(Photo credit: Esther Lin/SHOWTIME) By Jim Dower: IBF super middleweight champion James “Chunky” DeGale (23-1, 14 KOs) had to work hard to defeat mandatory challenger Rogelio Medina (36-7, 30 KOs) by a 12 round unanimous decision on Saturday night in Showtime’s de facto tournament at the DC Armory in Washington, DC.
The final judges’ scores were 115-113, 117-111 and 117-111. The scores were wider than you would believe by watching the fight. Medina appeared to win at least five rounds. 117-111 didn’t give Medina credit for the good work he did in many of the rounds. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo Credit: Suzanne Teresa/Premier Boxing Champions) By Chris Williams: Undefeated heavyweight contender Gerald Washington (17-0-1, 11 KOs) used his big size advantage to beat former world title challenger Eddie Chambers (42-5, 23 KOs) by an 8 round unanimous decision on Saturday night on Premier Boxing Champions on Fox at the StubHub Center in Carson, California. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: We may have seen the end of former WBC welterweight champion Victor Ortiz’s pro career tonight with him getting knocked down and stopped in the 4th round by former IBF/WBC 147lb champion Andre Berto (31-4, 24 KOs) at the StubHub Center in Carson, California.
Berto did little until the 4th round at which time he knocked Ortiz down twice with big right hands. Ortiz failed to say he wanted to continue after the second knockdown when asked by referee Jack Reiss if he wanted to continue. The fight was official halted at 1:14 of the 4th. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo Credit: Suzanne Teresa/Premier Boxing Champions) By Chris Williams: Light heavyweight Thomas Williams Jr. (20-1, 14 KOs) took advantage of a very sloppy former world title challenger Edwin Rodriguez (28-2, 19 KOs) in stopping him in the 2nd round on Saturday night in a fight on Premier Boxing Champions on Fox at the StubHub Center in Carson, California.
Rodriguez came out throwing bombs in the first two rounds instead of boxing. Williams took advantage of Rodriguez’s sloppy form by knocking him down in the 2nd round with a hard left hand to the head. Rodriguez staggered to his feet but the referee halted the fight anyway due to how hurt he looked. The official time of the stoppage was 2:59 of the round. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo Credit: Suzanne Teresa/Premier Boxing Champions) By Chris Williams: 37-year-old Fernando Montiel (54-6-2, 39 KOs) finally got old on Saturday night in getting stopped in the 1st round against a much bigger and younger featherweight Jorge Lara (28-0-2, 20 KOs) at the StubHub Center in Carson, California. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: In a real stinker, unbeaten heavyweight prospect Hughie Fury (20-0, 10 KOs) beat high level journeyman Fred Kassi (18-4-1, 10 KOs) by a dull 7th round technical decision win to capture the vacant WBO International heavyweight title on Saturday night at the Copper Box Arena in London, UK. The crowd basically booed Hughie nonstop. I’ve never seen a home fighter booed as much as Hughie was.
That was pretty sad to see. I wonder what Tyson Fury was thinking in watching this spectacle? It’s not as if he could stand up and convince the crowd not to boo Hughie, because after all they had paid their hard-earned money to see what they had hoped would be an exciting fight. It was a fight, but it sure wasn’t exciting. Read the rest of this entry »
By Todd Creel: I recently found myself in Detroit, Michigan and was immediately drawn into the city’s boxing culture. Though the city itself is currently in rough shape, it seems to set the mood for the rough and relentless boxers created on it’s streets.
The popular Joe Louis’ legacy was in plain view all around in the form of statues, posters, and memorabilia. The Motor City has born numerous talented boxers over the decades, but the pugilist that was most eye catching to me was the first 4-time and first 5-time world champion, Thomas “The Hitman” Hearns.
Thomas Hearns, born October 18, 1958, was raised along with his eight brothers and sisters by a single mother in Grand Junction, Tennessee. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: IBF super middleweight champion James DeGale (22-1, 14 KOs) will be defending his title tonight against Rogelio Medina (36-6, 30 KOs) in what is supposed to be an easy fight for the 30-year-old DeGale at the DC Armory in Washington, DC. Nevertheless, when you see DeGale fight, you realize there is no such thing as an easy fight for him. He lacks the punching power to have an easy time against level A fighters.
DeGale can blast out the second tier variety guys, but he doesn’t have the pop in his punches to destroy guys with true rankings in the top 10. I am not talking about fighters with gift rankings that make no sense at all. I’m talking about real contenders with true talent and good chins. DeGale cannot KO those guys because he doesn’t have the kind of power needed to get the job done. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jeff Aranow: It’s been ages since we’ve seen 147 pound fighters Andre Berto and Victor Berto battle each other in an exciting 12 round war back in 2011. The two fighters were among the best in the division at the time they fought. Now they’ll be doing it again tonight when Berto and Ortiz, both now no longer top names, will be fighting on Premier Boxing Champions on Fox at the StubHub Center in Carson, California.
Berto vs. Ortiz has a start time of 8:00 p.m. ET. This fight isn’t the best fight on the card, however. There are some interesting undercard fights involving light heavyweight Edwin Rodriguez (28-1, 19 KOs) facing Thomas Williams Jr. (19-1, 13 KOs), and featherweight Fernando Montiel (54-5-2, 39 KOs) fighting Jorge Lara (27-0-2, 19 KOs). Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Matchroom Sport promoter Eddie Hearn says heavyweight Dillian Whyte (16-1, 13 KOs) could be added to the June 25th undercard for the Anthony Joshua vs. Dominic Breazeale card at the O2 Arena in London, UK.
Whyte, 28, is coming off shoulder surgery on his left shoulder from last December. He’ll be meeting with a doctor next week to determine whether his surgically repaired left shoulder will be ready by June 25th or not. That’s only two months away. Hearn didn’t say whether Whyte’s fight would be on the televised portion of the card on Sky Box Office PPV.
Hearn already has the super middleweight fight between George Groves and Martin Murray pegged as the co-feature bout despite the fact that both of these fighters were recently beaten in failed title fights. Hearn thinks that a fight between Groves and Murray could sellout the O2 Arena in it’s own. Read the rest of this entry »