By Dan Ambrose: In an impressive performance, 31-year-old former three division world champion Abner Mares (29-2-1, 15 KOs) defeated the bigger and stronger WBA World featherweight champion Jesus Cuellar (28-2, 21 KOs) by a 12 round split decision on Saturday night to rip his title away from him in a fight on Showtime Boxing from the USC’s Galen Center in Los Angeles. Mares surprisingly dropped the 30-year-old Cuellar in the 11th round to seal his victory. The final judges’ scored were 116-111, 117-110 for Mares, and 115-112 for Cuellar. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Unbeaten WBA/WBO light welterweight champion Terence “Bud” Crawford (30-0, 21 KOs) held onto his titles in stopping #1 WBA, #2 WBC, #2 WBO challenger John Molina Jr. (29-7, 23 KOs) in the 8th round on Saturday night in front of a large crowd of Crawford fans at the CenturyLink Arena in Omaha, Nebraska. Crawford ran around the ring most of the fight, jabbing, holding, jabbing and pot shotting the very slow 33-year-old Molina Jr.
In the 8th, Crawford suddenly stopped moving and threw a flurry of shots that hurt Molina Jr. Crawford then finished Molina off with three right hands to the head and right to the body. The referee Mark Nelson then halted the fight. The official time of the stoppage was at 2:32 of the 8th.
Crawford said afterwards that he feels he should be 2016 ‘Fighter of the Year’ for his wins over Molina Jr., Hank Lundy and Viktor Postol. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Undefeated IBF World junior middleweight champion Jermall Charlo (25-0, 19 KOs) stopped previously unbeaten #1 IBF Julian “J-Rock” Williams (22-1-1, 14 KOs) in the 5th round on Saturday night at the USC Galen Center in Los Angeles, California. The Charlo-Williams fight was televised on Premier Boxing Champions on Showtime.
The 26-year-old Charlo dropped Williams twice in the 5th round. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua (18-0, 18 KOs) made easy work of #8 IBF challenger Eric Molina (25-4, 19 KOs) in stopping the reluctant fighter in the 3rd round on Saturday night at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, England. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: #10 WBC heavyweight contender Dillian Whyte (20-1, 15 KOs) won a 12 round split decision win over #11 WBC Dereck Chisora (26-7, 18 KOs) in their WBC heavyweight title eliminator bout at the Manchester Arena in Manchcester, England. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Former WBA super bantamweight champion Scott Quigg (32-1-2, 24 KOs) stopped the game but limited Jose Cayetano (20-5, 9 KOs) in the 9th round in his debut at featherweight on Saturday night at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, UK. Quigg, 28, dropped the 31-year-old Cayetano with a right hand to the head in the 9th. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Unbeaten #11 WBA Khalid Yafai (21-0, 14 KOs) defeated former WBA super flyweight champion Luis Concepcion (35-5, 24 KOs) by a 12 round unanimous decision to capture the vacant WBA 115lb title on Saturday night at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, England. The final judges’ scores were 120-108, 119-108 and 117-110. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Unbeaten #1 WBC 168lb contender Callum Smith (22-0, 17 KOs) successfully defended his British super middleweight title on Saturday night in stopping a badly over-matched Luke Blackledge (22-3-2, 7 KOs) in the 10th round at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, England. The sudden ending to the fight had the boxing fans in the arena quiet and stunned. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: In surprising results, Frank Buglioni (19-2-1, 15 KOs) rallied to stop British light heavyweight champion Hosea Burton (18-1, 9 KOs) in the 12th round on Saturday night on the undercard of the clash between IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua vs. Eric Molina at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, UK. Buglioni knocked the 28-year-old Burton down once in the 11th and twice in 12th round. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: John Molina Jr. came in 4 pounds over the limit on Friday in weighing in at 144lbs for his title fight against WBC/WBO light welterweight champion Terence Crawford at the CenturyLink Arena in Omaha, Nebraska.
Molina Jr. (29-6, 23 KOs) says he took all the weight that he could in training camp, but he couldn’t lose the last 4 pounds. He’s outgrown the 140lb weight class, which isn’t surprising given that he’s 33-years-old now and he’s tall at 5’10”. It’s a wonder that Molina Jr. was able to make 140 at all in the past considering he’s huge for the weight class.
You can argue that some of Molina’s past defeats might be due to him having to drain down to a weight that isn’t right for his body size. Molina Jr. did make 140 for his last fight against Ruslan Provodnikov last June. Molina fought well in beating the Russian Provodnikov by a 12 round unanimous decision. He didn’t look weak for the fight. Read the rest of this entry »