By Chet Mills: Once beaten heavyweight prospect Jason Estrada (12-1, 2 KOs) earned a dull 10-round unanimous decision over journeyman fighter Lance Whitaker (32-5-1, 27 KOs) on Friday night at the Twin River Event Center, in Lincoln, Rhode Island. Estrada, 27, a former thee-time U.S. amateur super heavyweight champion from 2001-2004, as well as a super heavyweight for U.S. in the 2004 Olympic games in Athens, outclassed a badly weight-drained Whitaker, 35, who came into the fight at 239 lbs, a total of around 40-45 lbs away from his optimal weight of the mid 270s.
It’s unclear why Whitaker, an excellent puncher at 270, would suddenly decide he needed to take off a great deal of weight in order to compete against the younger heavyweights. Certainly, he hasn’t been doing well in recent years, but that has seemed more due to his limited boxing skills than because of his tremendous size. What his reasons, his drastic weight loss accomplished nothing for him other than making him weaker against the high volume puncher Estrada. Read the rest of this entry »
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By Scott Gilfoid: Undefeated super featherweight prospect Argenis Mendez (11-0, 8 KOs) had a much tougher than expected time in the process of defeating the tough Mexican Oscar De La Cruz (5-5, 2 KOs) by fifth round TKO on Friday night at the Aviator Sports Arena, in Brooklyn, New York.
Mendez, a former 2004 Olympian for the Dominican Republic Olympic team, had to overcome fierce resistance from Cruz, 31, taking a lot of punishment from before stopping him with a flurry of punches in the 5th round. Mendez, who had a an impressive amateur record of 238-12, was fought almost to a standstill by the game Cruz, who kept coming forward all fight long, pressuring the tall 5’10” Mendez, and forcing him to trade on the inside where he was less adept than Cruz. Read the rest of this entry »
By Nate Anderson: EBU (European) lightweight champion Yuri Romanov (21-2, 14 KOs) sliced up a game but limited Jon Thaxton (33-8, 18 KOs), defeating him by a 6th round TKO when Thaxton’s corner stopped the fight due to a severe cut over his right eye on Friday night at the York Hall, Bethnal Green, in London. Thaxton, 33, didn’t have his BBCofC British lightweight title on the line, and it lucky for him, because he was never in this fight. Thaxton made it mildly interesting in the first three rounds of the fight, exchanging fiercely with Romanov. However, Thaxton suffered a bad cut over his right eye, a result of a hard right hand from Romanov, and from then on it was only a matter of time before the referee stopped the fight.
Finally, at the end of the 5th round, with Thaxton bleeding all over the place from his deep cut, his corner stepped in and asked that the fight be stopped. Referee Massimo Barrovecchio then waited until Thaxton came out for the sixth round, before officially stopping the one-sided bout. Read the rest of this entry »
By Aaron Klein: Undefeated light welterweight prospect Lee Purdy (7-0, 3 KOs) made short work of Jamie Spence (4-2, 2 KOs), on Friday night, winning by a 1st round TKO of a six round scheduled bout at the York Hall, in Bethnal Green, London. Purdy, a fighter with very heavy hands, was coming into this fight having knocked out his last opponent Craig Dyer in 107 seconds of the 1st round, showing Purdy’s enormous power. Spence, unfortunately for him, didn’t last much longer as Purdy immediately tore into him as soon as the fight started.
With both fighters trading tremendous shots, Purdy suddenly landed a big right hand that dropped Spence who fell awkwardly face first on the canvas. He got up and received a standing eight count but it seemed almost certain that he wouldn’t be able to make it out of the round in one piece. As soon as the fight resumed, Purdy was all over Spence, landing an unanswered storm of punches ending with a big right hand that staggered Spence causing the referee Marcus McDonnell to step in and halt the fight with Spence still on his feet, looking badly hurt and unable to walk without staggering. Read the rest of this entry »
Former WBO bantamweight champion Jhonny Gonzalez (37-6, 31 KOs) had an easy time with his overmatched opponent Edel Ruiz (29-20-4, 20 KOs), knocking him out in the third round of a scheduled 10-round bout at the Morongo Casino Resort & Spa, in Cabazon, California on Friday night. Gonzalez, who was making only his third fight since losing his WBO bantamweight title in a 7th round TKO to Gerry Penalosa on August 11th, 2007, dropped Ruiz three times in the third round before the fight was stopped by referee Jose Cobian seconds after the third knockdown in the round. Gonzalez, 27, fought mostly in an unusually reserved style in the first round, throwing very few punches and looking as if he wanted to carry his opponent for a few rounds. In fact, Gonzalez threw next to nothing in the first round landing only a handful of punches.
It was Ruiz, 30, who landed many more shots in the round. Ruiz had lost five of six fights going into last nights’ fight, any many more than that if you were inclined to dig deeper in his career record. In the second round, Ruiz continued to land well with left hands to the head of Gonzalez, while also showing some nifty foot movement. Read the rest of this entry »
By Manuel Perez: In perhaps the most exciting fight of the night, lightweight prospect David Rodela (9-1-2, 5 KOs) stopped previously unbeaten prospect Ramon Ayala (8-1, 3 KOs) in the 4th round of a scheduled 6-round bout at the Morongo Casino Resort & Spa, in Cabazon, California on Friday night. In the 4th round, Ayala, 19, had just landed a flurry of uppercuts to the head of Rodela, and appeared to be in control of the round, when Rodela suddenly fired a back a a three-punch combination ending with a powerful right hand that dropped Ayala to the canvas, flat on his back. Read the rest of this entry »
By Manuel Perez: Former lightweight/super featherweight champion Jesus Chavez (43-4, 29 KOs) struggled in beating Puerto Rican Daniel Jimenez (17-3, 10 Kos) by a hard fought 10-round unanimous decision on Friday night at the Morongo Casino Resort & Spa, in Cabazon, California. Chavez, now 35, was making his first appearance in 13 months and only his third fight in almost three years. Chavez, wearing a knee brace on his badly damaged right knee, looked old and slow for most of the fight, missing punches and getting outworked by the younger 27 year-old Jimenez.
Though the final judges’ scores scored the fight in Chavez’s favor by a 97-93, 96-94 and 96-94, it was more of an even fight. I had it scored a draw and if anything, Jimenez appeared to be the better overall fighter. It wasn’t a good sign for Chavez, who if he still hopes to challenge for a title in the future, he’s going to need to improve a lot more over this performance. Jimenez, though a good fighter, isn’t a even a ranked contender, yet he looked like a champion next to Chavez, and easily made him look old and ragged in contrast. Read the rest of this entry »
By Erik Schmidt: Unbeaten NABF light middleweight champion Yuri Foreman (25-0, 8 KOs) successfully defended his title on Thursday night with a lopsided 10-round unanimous decision over contender Saul Roman at the Aviator Sports Arena , in Brooklyn, New York. The fight was never remotely close as Foreman easily was in control over every round of the fight. The final judges’ scores were 97-93, 98-92, and 98-92. The only round I could possibly see giving to Roman, 27, was the 7th in which he matched Foreman for punches landed. However, Roman’s shots were considerably weaker and he was outfoxed in the round, hence I couldn’t even give him that round.
Foreman dominated the first and second rounds, using his lateral movement, fast hands and superior boxing skills to confuse the much slower Roman. Foreman could do pretty much whatever he wanted to do without worry of being hit in return by Roman, who was always a step slow in his attempts to land. In the 2nd and third rounds, Roman was cut over both his left and right eyes, the left one being a particularly nasty cut that would give him problems for the remainder of the bout. Read the rest of this entry »
By Erik Schmidt: In what turned out to be a disappoint premature stoppage by referee Ricky Gonzalez, # 1 ranked IBF welterweight champion Joshua Clottey (34-2, 20 KOs) stopped an overmatched Jose Luis Cruz (34-4-2, 27 KOs) in the 5th round last night at the Aviator Sports Arena, in Brooklyn, New York. Shortly after Clottey landed a series of punishing shots, ending with two consecutive left hands to the head of Cruz in the 5th, the referee jumped in and stopped the bout at 2:48 of the round. However, before Cruz looked perfectly okay and had been fighting back well the entire round up until the quick stopped. The referee said later that Cruz was wincing after every shot from Clottey, which was his reasoning for stopping the fight with Cruz still on his feet.
Clottey, 31, looked far from his best in the fight as he very economical with his punches and mostly fighting hard for the last 30 seconds of each round. He’s had a history of fading in the 2nd half of his bouts dating back to his 12th round unanimous decision loss to Antonio Margarito in a title shot for his WBO welterweight crown in December 2006. Read the rest of this entry »