Check out the trailer here.
"The Hurt Business", a documentary that takes an in depth look into the world of mixed martial arts and the UFC, debuts on September 29th on selected movie theaters. It should be an interesting watch for all fight fans.
Check out the trailer here.
By: Landis Dillard
According to an article published by The Mirror, Billy Joe Saunders will be returning next month at Cardiff's Motorpoint Arena to finally defend his WBO middleweight title. An opponent has yet to be announced although the fight is less than one month away. Thus, we can assume that it will be a safe and unthreatening opponent whom Saunders should be able to outclass. Saunders insists that he "can't wait to shake the cobwebs off", but he recently turned down a huge opportunity to face Gabriel Rosado on the undercard of Canelo-Smith on September 17th. A hand injury reportedly sidelined Saunders since facing Andy Lee last December, but his previous outbursts on Twitter about Rosado and other potential opponents tarnished the public's perception of him. Let's see who takes the fight on such short notice.
By: Frances Cruz
Filipino Donnie Nietes earned a unanimous decision over Edgar Sosa to win his flyweight debut in the main event of Pinoy Pride 38 this past Saturday at the StubHub Center in Carson, CA. All three judges scored the bout 120-108. Nietes, who is on a twelve year winning streak, simply outclassed Sosa by blocking and countering beautifully, which included a barrage of left uppercuts and straight right hands that connected and hurt Sosa.
“I want to fight bigger names,” said Nietes according to Fight News. “I believe I’m done with the 108 division. There’s no one else for me. I want to go after the other world champions out there. One world champion at a time, but I want to fight more if I can.”
Also featured on the card was 21-year-old powerhouse Mark Magsayo, who earned a unanimous decision over Ramiro Robles to retain the WBO International title. The judges scored the fight 118-108, 119-107, 120-106.
Robles, (13-6-1, 8 KOs) was a late replacement for Magsayo's original opponent Ruben Garcia, who kept coming forward despite the punishment that he endured. After knocking Robles down with a right hook to the head in round two, he continued attacking relentlessly to the body. Magsayo also dropped Robles in round seven with a hook to the body and almost again in round eight. Magsayo was bit more relaxed in the remaining few rounds but earned the unanimous decision as he defeated Robles convincingly.
Jorge Linares (41-3) earned a lot of respect this weekend.
Linares went into Anthony Crolla's hometown of Manchester, England, and walked away with Crolla's WBA lightweight world title.
Linares and Crolla battled in a 12 round war that went to the scorecards. All three judges scored it for Linares with scores of 117-111, 115-113 and 115-114. With the win, Linares picked up Crolla's WBA world lightweight title.
For the 31 year-old Linares, its the signature win he's been seeking for years. Linares looked like a star in the making in 2011, but that came to a crashing halt after losing back-to-back fights in 2011 and 2012 by TKO. Since 2012, Linares has been on a roll winning 10 straight fights, including the WBC title in 2014 and now the WBA title in 2016.
By: Frances Cruz
We want to shine a spotlight on one of the good guys in the boxing game.
Once a week, Michael Wilson (known to many as @BrotherJR76 on Twitter), gathers boxing fans and media from all over the world on a weekly podcast to discuss the sweet science on the Pound 4 Pound Boxing Report.
If you haven't tuned in to the Pound 4 Pound Boxing Report, we suggest that you do. The Pound 4 Pound Boxing Report is a live YouTube show and podcast that talks all things boxing. Created and hosted by Michael Wilson, he asks the questions that spark debates around current events and post fight analysis.
The Pound 4 Pound Boxing Report regularly has guests from California, Chicago, New York, and Europe calling in to give their boxing opinions.
Michael developed the Pound 4 Pound Boxing Report when he was asked to choose one thing in his life that he always wanted to do. A conversation between Michael, Danielle J.Me (@DanielleJMe), Neal Carter (@NealCarter), and Shareef Jackson (@shareefjackson) started it all. Danielle asked what Michael's passion was, Shareef suggested that he start a blog, and Neal gave him tips on starting a podcast and a live YouTube show. His passion led him to his purpose, and the show has been running successfully since 2012.
Born and raised in South Carolina, Michael's passion for boxing started around the time when Roy Jones was robbed of the Olympic gold medal at the 1988 Olympics. Although he expressed interest in training at the local gym, a spinal surgery prevented him from doing so. That didn't stop him from attending local fights and developing an admiration for smaller fighters such as Michael Carbajal, Orlando Canizales, and Pernell Whitaker.
He learned that the most exciting fights aren't simply based on brawling. Michael prefers "the skillful guys that can bring the action". Briefly reminiscing about the unforgettable, action-packed war between Nigel Benn and Gerald McClennan in 1995, Michael acknowledges the physical implications of the sport and how it can impact a fighter. Both contenders suffered terribly, with McClennan returning to the United States blind and crippled.
The versatile and intelligent counter puncher Andre Ward tops Michael's pound for pound list. When asked about talent that boxing fans should keep an eye on, Michael mentioned Anthony Joshua, Errol Spence, Vasyl Lomachenko, and Terence Crawford. They are all great choices who are perceived as threats in their divisions.
Some highly anticipated bouts are quickly approaching according to Michael, so you won't want to miss the following fights:
Crolla v. Linares: September 24th
Kovalev v. Ward: November 19th
Check out the Pound for Pound Report on Itunes, Soundcloud, and Twitter via the links below:
Mexican superstar Saul "Canelo" Alvarez picked up another win knocking Liam Smith.
The fight took place at AT&T Stadium at Arlington, Texas and was the headline fight of the HBO Pay Per View.
Canelo dominated the fight and punished Smith with vicious body shots. Smith was able to get shots in, but he didn't have the power to hurt Canelo. Canelo was able to drop Smith in rounds 7, 8, and 9. The end came after Canelo landed a devastating left hook to the body on Smith that sent Smith to the mat in round 9. Smith couldn't get up. The referee waived off the fight giving Canelo the win.
With the win, Canelo takes Smith's WBO super welterweight (154 lbs) title. The win also improves Canelos record to 48-1-1, 34 KOs.
By: Frances Cruz
Middleweight Willie "El Mongoose" Monroe, Jr. scored a unanimous decision win over "King" Gabriel Rosado to secure the vacant WBO Intercontinental title in the co-main event of Canelo-Smith tonight at AT&T Stadium. Although Rosado vowed to make Monroe, Jr. quit (as he did when he faced Gennady Golovkin) in a previous interview with Fightnews.com, that certainly did not happen as fans were bored to tears tonight. In a fight considered to be a possible title eliminator for Canelo Alvarez's next opponent, fans expected more action and expressed their displeasure with resounding boos.
Rosado continuously applied pressure to rope Monroe into a brawl, but Monroe countered from a distance and landed his jab often.
Ukrainian 2012 Olympic gold medalist Oleksandr Usyk picked up the WBO world cruiserweight title in just his 10th professional fight.
The 29 year-old Usyk showed no fear as he travelled to Krzysztof Glowacki's home country of Poland to fight for Glowacki's WBO cruiserweight title.
It was a big win for Usyk as Glowacki was undefeated going into the fight. Usyk controlled the fight with his footwork and outstanding jab. Glowacki had moments of offense against Usyk, but his offense generally came one punch at a time.
Glowacki started to mount a comeback near the end of the fight, but it was too little too late at that point. The fight went the distance and Usyk picked up the unanimous decision win with scores of 119-109, 117-111, and 117-111.
With the win, Usyk improves to 10-0, 9 KOs and joins Tony Bellew (WBC champion) and Denis Lebedev (WBA and IBF champion) as the world champions in the cruiserweight division.
By: Frances Cruz
2012 U.S. Olympian NABF featherweight champ Joseph "Jojo" Diaz, Jr. remained undefeated tonight after he earned a 9th round TKO over Andrew "El Chango" Cancio. Diaz simply outclassed Cancio and dominated the fight from the opening bell. Although it didn't seem that Cancio was in any danger of being knocked out, Diaz's speed, precision, slickness, and volume punching were just too overwhelming for Cancio. After sustaining a busted nose in round 3, Cancio continued to press forward. The referee ultimately waved off the the fight at 2:29 in round 9. It was obvious that Cancio's corner felt that he had shed enough blood. The punch statistics reflect that Diaz out punched his opponent tonight landing 230 of 492 (47%) of his power shots, compared to 52 of 366 (14%) for Cancio.
For Diaz, this win improves his record to 22-0 (13 KOs). "This is a great victory. It will open up so many doors for me moving forward," Diaz said to ESPN. Diaz, a 23 year old southpaw, should receive a shot at a featherweight title as he has proved to be an exciting and dangerous prospect in his professional career. Many are anticipating a face off between Diaz and exciting WBO Featherweight Champion, Oscar Valdez, who also holds a strong amateur record and carries a similar skill set to Diaz. Hopefully, Golden Boy and Top Rank will work together to bring this fight to fruition because fans want to see it.
Eddie Ramirez, from Aurora, IL, took a major step forward in his career knocking out previously undefeated Kevin Watts in the main event on Premier Boxing Champions Toe-to-Toe Tuesday Night Fights.
Both Ramirez and Watts were both undefeated 24 year-old prospects going into the fight.
Ramirez actually got dropped in the 2nd round by Watts when Watts was able to sneak in a right uppercut. Ramirez recovered nicely and dominated rounds 3 through 7 by smothering Watts with volume punching and vicious body shots.
The end finally came in round 7 when Ramirez dropped Watts in the corner. Watts was unable to get up by the count of 10 so the referee waived off the fight giving Ramirez the KO win.
With the win, Ramirez improves to 15-0, 10 KOs.
Roman "Chocolatito" Gonzalez was tested big time on Saturday night.
Chocolatito, who HBO believes is the #1 pound for pound boxer in the world, moved up in weight from flyweight (112 lbs) to super flyweight (115 lbs) to take on the WBC champion Carlos Cuadras at the Forum in Inglewood, California.
Unlike most of the Chocolatito's opponents, Cuadras didn't fold under Chocolatito's relentless pressure. Instead, Cuadras used movement and 5-6 punch combinations to keep Chocolatito at bay for most of the fight.
For the second fight in a row, Chocolatito was not able to knock out his opponent, but his constant pressure and volume of punches earned him the victory. Chocolatito picked up the unanimous decision decision wins with scores of 117-111, 116-112, and 115-113 to become the new WBC super flyweight champion.
By: Frances Cruz
When Jesus Soto-Karass and Yoshihiro Kamegai fought in April 2016, they fought to a draw. Many called it the fight of the year. An action-packed brawl until the final bell, Kamegai and Soto-Karass attacked each other with vicious power shots. Many expected the same action for their rematch, and neither opponent failed to disappoint. The outcome was much different though.
With paralyzing body shots and uppercuts, Kamegai punished Soto-Karass until his corner called off the fight in round 8. As Soto-Karass sat on his stool wincing in pain, it was obvious that he could not continue.
It was impressive that Soto-Karass came forward although Kamegai's consistent body attack left him hunched over as he fought to continue. Kamegai ultimately outworked him with quicker punches and a superior offensive strategy. This win improves Kamegai's record to 27-3, with 24 of those wins coming by way of knockout.
By: Frances Cruz
"GGG" made "Special K" pay tonight after earning a spectacular 5th round TKO win at London's O2 Arena. In what many would regard as GGG's most vulnerable performance yet, Kell Brook had moments when he shined. Countering with a sharp right hook and using impressive lateral movement, he made Golovkin miss...and sometimes miss badly. As the fight continued, Golovkin looked for the big knockout shot as he swung wildly. Brook was nearly sent to the canvas in round 1 but regained his composure in round 2. It was obvious that Brook had the snappier, quicker, and more precise punches, but it was Golovkin's overwhelming power and relentlessness that Brook was unable to escape from.
After Golovkin unloaded a barrage of power shots in round 5, Brook appeared hurt as he eagerly moved around the ring to create some distance. Brook wasn't firing back though, and his corner threw in the towel. While that seemed to be a premature decision from Brook's corner, we later learned that Brook suffered a broken eye socket in round 2.
Brook told the Telegraph, "In the second round he broke my eye-socket, but I was seeing three or four of him so it became very difficult. I was settling into it and throwing some good punches, but when you're seeing three or four, it is hard."
Danny Jacobs returned to the ring on Friday to take on Sergio Mora in a rematch of their fight from last year.
In their first fight, Jacobs won by TKO after Mora suffered a knee injury. Mora thought he deserved a rematch because Mora had dropped Jacobs in round 1 of their first fight, but other than that flash knockdown, Jacobs dominated the first fight.
In their rematch, Jacobs gave Mora a one-sided ass beating. Jacobs dominated the fight, dropped Mora numerous times, including three times in round 7, which lead to Mora's corner throwing in the towel to give Jacobs the TKO win.
The win improves Jacob's record to 32-1, 29 KOs. With the win, Jacobs retains his WBA regular middleweight title.
Heavyweight Andy Ruiz, Jr. (28-0, 19 KOs) stayed undefeated this Saturday beating 40 year-old Franklin Lawrence (21-2-2) by unanimous decision on Unimas.
Despite the win, Ruiz's stock may have dropped by his performance. Ruiz, who always struggles with weight, looked slow for most of the fight and struggled to throw more than one punch at a time.
The charismatic Ruiz has built up a strong and loyal fan base over the last few years, but weight has always been the issue with Ruiz. There's no doubt he has boxing talent, but he needs to drop some weight and get in shape if he wants to compete at a high level.
Ruiz is rumored to be fighting Tyson Fury's cousin Hughie Fury (20-0, 10 KOs) on the Tyson Fury vs. Wladimir Klitschko card.
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