European super bantamweight champion Bernard Dunne (24-1, 14 KOs) was completely destroyed by challenger Kiko Martinez (16-0, 13 KOs) of Spain, who knocked Dunne down three times en route to stopping him in the 1st round on Saturday night at the Point, in Dublin, Ireland. Martinez, 21, although looking more like 31, was simply too much for the frail-looking Dunne, as he pounced on him from the opening bell and quickly knocked him down with a blistering combination.
Dunne, 27, got up from the knockdown and shrugged his shoulders as if to say it was nothing, but Martinez came right back for more, landing three consecutive right hands that knocked Dunne down again. After getting up, Dunne briefly tried to make a fight of it by landing several shots, but it was to now avail, as Martinez bombarded him with a flurry of hooks that sent Dunne down for the final time. The referee Terry O’conner swiftly moved in and halted the bout.
35-year old knockout artist, Gery Penalosa (52-6-2, 35 KOs) came from behind tonight to stop WBO bantamweight champion Jhonny Gonzlaez (34-6, 29 KOs) with a crashing body shot in the 7th round tonight at the Arco Arena in Sacramento. Gonzalez, 25, had up to that point been easily beating Penalosa, hitting him with essentially any punch he threw. Penalosa, though, was able to connect with big punches at times, but they were few and far between. As the rounds went by, it looked hopeless for the old ring warrior Penalosa, was he was hopelessly behind by the start of the 7th round.
After taking six rounds of punishment from Gonzalez, looked as if he’d had enough going into the seventh round, as every punch he threw in the seventh round had knockout intentions on it. Gonzalez, however, always one to like a good scrape, tried to trade with Penalosa, and got hit by a perfectly thrown left body shot from Penalosa, sending Gonzalez to the canvas in extreme pain. He tried to get up but the body shot kept him from getting to his feet in time for the bout to continue. As it was, if he’d made it up, Penalosa looked fully prepared to finish the matter the second the action continued.
By Jason Kim: Middleweight Bronko Mckart (51-7, 31 KOs) showed that he still had a little bit left in his boxing bag of tricks by beating Enrique Ornelas (25-4, 15 KOs) by split decision to capture the vacant NABF middleweight title at the New Alhambra, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on Friday night. Mckart, as usual, proved hard to hit as ducked punches and moved his torso to twist out of the way of shots thrown by Ornelas. He knocked Ornelas down in the 3rd round with a glancing right hook. There were no other knockdowns, however, and the bout quickly settled into protracted war in which both fighters traded pot shots. The judges’ scores were as follows scores were 114-113, 114-113 and 113-114.
After the fourth, Mckart didn’t throw as many punches, looking as if he was making an effort to save his energy for the late round. In fact, the fight was all Ornelas until the 8th round, when Mckart decided it was a good time to start fighting back. At that point, he began as before, landing hooks to the head and body, and generally making Ornelas look very average. Still, howeve, Mckart had to when the last two rounds in order to get the decision, considering he’d given away so many of the middle rounds due to not staying busy.
Heavyweight Rob Calloway (66-7-1, 52 KOs) outworked Terry Smith (30-3-1, 18 KOs) in the early rounds and then held on to win a close unanimous decision on Friday night at the Springfield Expo Center in Springfield, Missouri. Calloway, 38, scored a knockdown at the bell in the 8th round, after connecting with a big right hand. Smith, though badly hurt from the punch, he recovered remarkably well in between rounds. In the 10th round, Smith came on strong and landed a number of big punches and had Calloway hurt briefly, and holding on at the end. The final judges’ scores were 96-93, 96-94, 96-93, awarding the decision to Calloway.
In the early going, Calloway, weighing only 206 lbs, showed that he was much quicker than Smith, landing fast right hands that landed flush much of the time. Smith, clearly the more powerful punch, was often far too economical with his punches and thus was easily outworked by Calloway. There was no mystery about Calloway’s offense, since it basically came down to his right hand, which he used almost exclusively in the fight. His jab, when he actually used it, wasn’t a factor in the fight.
Undefeated middleweight prospect Joe Greene (16-0, 12 KOs) quickly took out his opponent Darryl Salmon (15-2, 4 KOs) in the 1st round on Wednesday night at the Seminole Hard Rock Cafe Hotel and Casino, in Hollywood, Florida. Greene, 21, despite being knocked down once in the opening minute of the bout, rebounded well, connecting with a pulverizing left hand shortly after to plant Salmon on the canvas where he was then quickly counted out by the referee.
Greene, a natural southpaw, blessed with extraordinary power, came out with mean intentions at the opening bell, as he was putting everything he had into every punch, causing him to be off balance after throwing them. It was during one of these occasions that Salmon connected with a hard left hand that sent Greene to the canvas. He immediately got up, however, and looked more embarrassed than actually hurt. All the same, it wasn’t the last time that Salmon connected cleanly with a left hand, showing that Greene had a got a lot of work to do on his defense side of his fight game. Though he quickly moved in and stopped Salmon a minute late, it could be a potential problem for Greene down the road when he takes on harder punching middleweights, such as Kelly Pavlik. Read the rest of this entry »
By Larry Bass: Cruiserweight Francisco Palacios (12-0, 6 KOs) won a stunning sixth round TKO over Louis Azille (19-4-2, 15 KOs) on Wednesday night at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, in Hollywood, Florida. Palacios, 30, was trailing the fight entering the sixth round, when he suddenly surprised Azille with a perfectly thrown right uppercut, and then a right hand, which badly hurt Azille and sent him down. After making it up, Palacios followed with a flurry of punches, punctuated by two hard right hands that staggered Azille, causing the referee to intervene and call a halt to the bout in the sixth.
Before the knockdown, however, Palacios looked nothing like an eventual winner, as he mostly ran around the ring wearing his Hector Camacho imitation shorts, and throwing weak shots while trying his best to avoid getting hit by Azille. It didn’t look good, and made for bad boxing entertainment, causing many of the ringside fans to boo loudly by the fourth round. During these rounds, Palacios, whose goal is to one day become the cruiserweight champion of the world, gave few indications that he’ll eventually win a title. Even with the knockout, Palacios looked very mediocre, and was lucky to be in the ring with the 36-year old Azille, who was only making his second fight in the past three years.
Welterweight challenger Joshua Clottey (32-2, 19 KOs) defeated two-time title challenger Felix Flores (22-6, 16 KOs) by 10-round unanimous decision on Thursday night at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. Clottey, 30, using mostly quick combinations, was simply too much for the slower, plodding Flores to contend with. However, made it interesting in the first half of the fight, often forcing Clottey to the ropes where Flores would then unleash hard body shots.
Clottey, never one to a good scrape, went a long with Flores’ game plan, trying to beat him at his own game. However, it was clearly not working, so following the sixth round in which Clottey received a tongue lashing in between rounds by his trainer, Clottey came out in the seventh round and focused entirely on boxing. It worked, as he easily won the remaining four rounds without any trouble. The final judges’ score were 97-93, 99-91, and 100-90. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dave Lahr: Heavyweight challenger Tye Fields (39-1, 35 KOs) completely dominated an intimidated looking Domonic Jenkins (12-7-1, 6 KOs), stopping him in 7th round after Jenkins failed to come out for the 8th round on Thursday night at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. Jenkins, 34, looked like he didn’t want to be there from the opening bell, as he rarely threw punches, and instead mostly stood in front of Fields and absorbed continuous punishment for seven rounds. The fight perhaps should have been stopped as early as the fourth round when it became apparent that Jenkins was not interested in exchanging punches with the 6’9″ Fields. Although it’s hard to understand why not, since Fields didn’t present any semblance of defensive ability all fight long, with his main focus being his offensive output.
Fields, 32, threw a lot of punches during the fight, averaging an incredible 94 per round. However, it was slightly less than his usual enormous punch volume, perhaps in part because Jenkins was doing so little against him, that there was no real need to throw as many punches. Fields mixed in quite a few jabs during the bout, something unheard of for him, as he mostly throws wide hooks with both hands. The jabs, however, were thrown incredibly slow, as was Field’s other punches. It didn’t matter, though, because with the sheer volume of punches that Field’s was throwing and landing, he was punishing Jenkins badly. Read the rest of this entry »
Shane Mosley (44-4, 37 KOs) vs. Miguel Cotto (30-0, 25 KOs) bout appears to be almost complete for November 10, 2007. Both sides have agreed to terms and all that’s needed is the final signings which should be taking place shortly. The bout will likely be for Cotto’s WBA welterweight (147 lb) title. Mosley, 35, has won five consecutive bots since losing back to back fights to Winky Wright in March and November 2004. Along the way, Mosley, formerly widely considered to be the # 1 pound-for-pound fighter in all boxing, twice beat the great Fernando Vargas, and recently soundly beat defensive artist Luis Collazo by unanimous 12-round decision in February 2007.
Cotto, 26, has been nothing short of spectacular since moving up to the welterweight division in December 2006, stopping Carlos Quintana (5th round December 2006), Oktay Urkal (11th round TKO in March 2007) and Zab Judah (11th round TKO in June 2007). Before that, Cotto has been fighting at light welterweight but was forced to move up because he could no longer comfortably make the weight limit without drastic dieting.
Undefeated WBC/WBO middleweight champion Jermain Taylor (27-0-1, 17 KOs), will be meeting up with middleweight knockout artist Kelly Pavlik (31-0, 28 KOs) in September 29, 2007, at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Pavlik, 25, is ranked # 1 in both the WBO and WBC, which made it almost impossible for Taylor, who at first wasn’t excited at the prospect of the fight, not to fight Pavlik. To get to this position, Pavlik destroyed Edison Miranda, perhaps the hardest puncher in the middleweight division, in the 7th round in May 2007. The destruction was so complete that it left no question that Pavllik was the top dog in the division, aside from champion Taylor. Read the rest of this entry »