By Dan Ambrose: WBA junior middleweight champion Erislandy Lara (22-2-2, 13 KOs) called out both Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and Gennady “GGG” Golovkin last night following his 12 round unanimous decision victory over Vanes “The Nightmare” Martirosyan (36-2-1, 21 KOs) at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.
Lara, 33, lost to Canelo in 2014 by a disputed 12 round split decision, and he’s been calling for a rematch with him ever since. Lara has yet to fight IBF/IBO/WBA/WBC middleweight champion Golovkin, but he’s willing to go up to 160 to fight him. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: The powerful Shannon Briggs (60-6-1, 53 KOs) picked up his ninth straight victory in his comeback last Saturday night in defeating the capable Emilio Ezequiel Zarate (20-17-3, 11 KOs) by a 1st round knockout at the O2 Arena in London, England.
Briggs sealed the victory with a monstrous left hook to the body that had Zarate on the canvas looking like he was in agony from the shot. The victory for Briggs puts him in an important fight with former two division world champ David Haye (28-2, 26 KOs), who won his fight in the main event on the same card in defeating Arnold Gjergjaj (29-1, 21 KOs) in stopping him in the 2nd round.
Briggs clearly stole the show with his more impressive performance in stopping the 34-year-old Zarate. Briggs attracted the most interest on the card, oddly enough. The Haye-Gjergjaj fight was more like the walk out fight that was a mere after though to the real main event on the card. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jim Dower: WBA World cruiserweight champion Beibut Shumenov (17-2, 11 KOs) had to get up off the deck to come back and defeat #11 WBA challenger Junior Wright (15-2-1, 12 KOs) by a 10th round knockout on Saturday night in Shumenov’s first defense of his title at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, in Nevada. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jim Dower: WBA World junior middleweight champion Erislandy Lara (23-2-2, 13 KOs) held onto his title on Saturday night in defeating #15 WBC fringe contender Vanes Martirosyan (36-3-1, 21 KOs) by a close 12 round unanimous decision at the Vegas Events Center (DLVEC) in Las Vegas. The judges scored the fight 115-112, 116-111, 116-111.
Martirosyan was wrongly docked a point for throwing a punch on the belt-line in the 11th round. Referee Vic Drakulitch blew the call by counting it as a low blow. It’s unfortunate that a bad call should come in a crucial round like that, but that’s boxing. The point deduction helped Lara, was starting to struggle at the time. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jim Dower: In a very hotly contested bout, IBF junior middleweight champion Jermall Charlo (24-0, 18 KOs) bad to struggle hard to defeat former WBA 154lb champion Austin Trout (30-3, 17 KOs) by a 12 round unanimous decision at the the Chelsea at the Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas, Nevada. The judges’ scores were 115-113, 116-112, 116-112. Read the rest of this entry »
By Patrick McHugh: #1 WBC Jermell Charlo (28-0, 13 KOs) scored an eighth round knockout over #2 WBC John Jackson (20-3, 15 KOs) to capture the vacant WBC junior middleweight title on Saturday night at the Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas, Nevada. Charlo, 26, was trailing in the fight going into the 8th round, when he badly hurt Jackson with a right hand to the head that caused him to turn his back. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jeff Aranow: Former WBA heavyweight champion David Haye (28-2, 26 KOs) showed that he’s a real threat tonight to any heavyweight champion in the division with his 2nd round knockout win over the big 6’5″ Arnold Gjergjaj (29-1, 21 KOs) at the O2 Arena in London, England. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jim Dower: WBA World cruiserweight champion Denis Lebedev (29-1, 22 KOs) proved to be too powerful for IBF cruiserweight champion Victor Emilio Ramirez (22-3-1, 17 KOs) in stopping him in the 2nd round on Saturday night in their unification match at the Khodynka Ice Palace in Moscow, Russia.
Lebedev, 36, knocked Ramirez down with a flurry of head shots in the 2nd round. After Ramirez got back up, Lebedev unloaded on him with a blizzard of power shots that resulted in referee Steve Smoger stepping in to halt the fight at 1:57 of the round. It appeared that Ramirez had gone down a second time when he reached down with both gloves and touched the canvas to keep from falling. Smoger didn’t count it as a knockdown, but he did stop the fight moments later. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jeff Aranow: In an impressive display of raw punching power, former WBO heavyweight champion Shannon “The Cannnon” Briggs (60-6-1, 53 KOs) stopped journeyman Emilio Ezequiel Zarate (20-17-3, 11 KOs) in the 1st round of a scheduled 10 round bout on Saturday night at the O2 Arena in London, England. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: British heavyweight Dillian Whyte (16-1, 13 KOs) was not impressed with what he saw of unbeaten #4 IBF Joseph Parker (19-0, 16 KOs) in his 12 round unanimous decision win over #3 IBF Carlos Takam (33-3-1, 25 KOs) in their IBF heavyweight eliminator bout on Saturday night at the Vodafone Events Center, in Manukau City, New Zealand.
Parker, 24, won the fight to become the IBF mandatory to IBF champion Anthony Joshua. Whyte was watching the fight as a commentator for Sky Sports, and he saw a lot of flaws in both Parker and Takam’s game that he wasn’t impressed with. Whyte, 28, thinks he would beat Parker if it had been him that was fighting him.
Unfortunately for Whyte, he didn’t fight Parker and he’s not the one who will be getting a payday against Joshua. Whyte will be fighting on Joshua’s undercard on June 25 against an opponent still to be determined at the O2 Arena in London, UK. Read the rest of this entry »