Boxing results from the weekend: Andrew Moloney; Petr Petrov; Erick DeLeon; More
Andrew Moloney produced a stunning knockout against the tough Chilian Miguel Gonzalez on Gonzelez’ home turf of Santiago, Chile, implementing himself at the top of the World Boxing Association’s world rankings.
In a fight that was toe to toe action from the offset, Moloney, who was controversially down on the scorecards, delivered a crushing left hook to Gonzalez’ chin in the eighth round, sending his South American counterpart to the canvas, in a fashion that prohibited the game Chilean from meeting the referee’s count.
Moloney opened up on his performance and how stoppage victory, “Gonzalez was a good fighter, he was better than I thought in honesty and produced a career-best display and I want to thank his team for giving me the opportunity to come to Chile and fight him, as well as thanking my manager Tony Tolj who had worked tirelessly since AUgust of 2017 to make this fight happen as well as my training team led by Angelo for getting me in top shape for it.
“I thought I was going to stop him to the body going in but the shot that stopped him was the shot we had been working on in the gym and it paid off in great style. After a knockdown was scored against me for slipping, I knew I had to take it out of the judges’ hands so I did and I was delighted with the victory.”
2014 Commonwealth Gold Medalist Moloney now prospectively sits at number 2 in the WBA world rankings, with Kal Yafai and WBA number 1 Norbelto Jiminez possibly potentially clashing on the undercard of Anthony Joshua’s IBO, IBF, WBA & WBO title defence at Madison Square Garden against Jarrell Miller.
The 2 weight WBA Oceania belt holder discussed Yafai, Jiminez and his plans for the immediate future, “I think both Yafai and Jiminez are good fighters and when they clash it will be a close fight. I feel Yafai has a bit more class and will win the fight, but it will be a really close fight and I definitely want to fight the winner for the world title.
“If the winner unifies or doesn’t want to fight me I will possibly look to fight in the interim but I will leave that up to the team and I am going to have a few weeks rest and then get back in the gym and continue improving for what big opportunities could be on the horizon.”
The slightly bigger Moloney brother, Jason, fights this Saturday against Cris Paulino at the Seagulls Rugby League Club in Tweets Head, New South Wales for the WBA Oceania Bantamweight title in his first fight since his controversial loss to Emmanuel Rodriguez for the IBF World Bantamweight title.
Andrew gave his take on brother Jason’s chances this coming Saturday evening, “Jason will be looking back to get to winning and I’m fully confident that he will look better than ever against a good fighter in Paulino. He’s been working hard in the gym and he’s had great sparring with the likes of Billel Dib who is also fighting on the card and has been in good form. It’s going to be a good night of boxing and I fully expect explosive performances from Jason and Billel.
“Jason still has a high world ranking, so hopefully we will both be competing for world titles in 2019 and both of us will be world champions and I believe this is a very realistic goal that will come fruition sooner rather than later.”
This past Saturday at the San Mateo Event Center, Cali Boxing Management’s super bantamweight prospect, Eros Correa (7-0, 6 KOs), remained undefeated with a unanimous decision victory over Zakaria Miri (0-2). Correa goes the distance for the first time in his career, ending his six-fight knockout streak. The fight was promoted by Ambition Empire Promotions.
Correa, who was an alternate on the 2012 US Olympic team, controlled the action from the opening round, using great ring generalship to set up his attack. Miri did his best to counter the combination punching that Correa was displaying, but to no avail. Correa was the aggressor the entire fight and cruised to a unanimous decision. Scorecards read 40-36 across the board all for Correa.
“Being that this was my first time fighting in the Bay Area, where I’m from, I felt I was trying to hard to get the knockout,” said Eros Correa. “I won ever round convincingly, but I felt if I would have settled down a bit, I could have gotten him out of there. It was a great learning experience and now I do believe it’s time for me to move up to six-round bouts. I’m hoping to get back in the ring in next month or early May.
A sizable crowd was there to support Correa, as many of his fans from San Jose, CA, were in attendance.
“Eros’ popularity was evident as about 300 fans from hometown of San Jose showed up,” said Andrew Bocanegra, of Cali Boxing Management. “All though he didn’t get the knockout, he put on a dominating performance for everyone in attendance. We are looking to get him back in the ring sometime in the month of May.”
“Correa showed he can go a full four rounds if needed,” said Jessie Sanchez, of Cali Boxing Management. “In this sport, you’re not going to get the knockout every time you step in the ring, sometime a fighter will have to go the distance. It was a good thing for him to get those needed rounds against a tough opponent, like Miri.”
On Saturday, lightweight contender Petr Petrov scored a 4th round stoppage over Hermin Isava in Petrov’s home country of Spain.
The fight was Petrov’s 1st fight in Spain in almost seven years.
With the win, Petrov raises his mark to 39-6-2 with 20 knockouts, and the former Boxcino champion and two-time world title challenger is ready for another run at a world championship.
“I know Petr was happy to fight at home, and he was thrilled to fight, and win very impressively in front of his family and friends. Now we will look to bring him back in a significant fight that he deserves,” sad Banner Promotions President, Arthur Pelullo.
Erick DeLeon and lightweight prospect Eric Puente both kept their perfect records intact with wins on the Top Rank Promoted show,
DeLeon remained undefeated by stopping Jose Luis Gallegos in round six of their scheduled eight-round junior lightweight bout.
DeLeon dominated the first four rounds by landing hard body shots that started to break Gallegos down. Gallegos dropped DeLeon in round five with a hard right hand off the ropes. That was short lived as DeLeon regrouped very nicely and started attacking Gallegos and began to hurt him with a flurry of punches that forced the referee to stop the fight at 1:35 of round six.
DeLeon was a three-time (2009-2011) National Golden Gloves champion as well as a Ringside World champion in 2008 and 2008 National Silver Gloves champion.
DeLeon, 131 1/2 lbs of Detroit is now 19-0-1 with 11 knockouts. Gallegos, 131 1/2 lbs of La Barca. MX, and has defeated undefeated fighters before, is 16-6.
Puente, Puente of Vista, California by way of Sinaloa, Mexico won a four-round unanimous decision over Alejandro Lopez.
Puente boxed very well, and raised his record to 2-0 with the unanimous decision by scores of 40-36 twice, and 39-37.
Puente won the 2016 National Youth Open Championship, and was a member of Team USA. Puente was a favorite to be a member of the 2020 United States Olympic Team.
For two rounds Recky Dulay kept shaking his head, indicating the punches Giovanni Cabrera Mioletti was landing had no effect on him.
Turns out they did.
Cabrera Mioletti remained undefeated with a third-round TKO victory over Dulay in the main event of Battle at the Boat 120 Saturday at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, Wash.
Cabrera Mioletti improved his record to a spotless 16-0-0, picking up his fourth consecutive win via knockout.
The super featherweight bout was scheduled for 10 rounds, but Cabrera Mioletti’s power made sure it never saw the fourth round.
After an evenly fought first round, Cabrera Mioletti started to take control of the contest, connecting with jabs and combinations throughout the next two rounds.
Following the third round, Dulay (11-5-0, 6 KOs) remained in his corner, leading to the stoppage.
Miguel Contreras highlighted a strong undercard with a second-round TKO (2:35) victory over Keasen Freeman to improve his record to 7-0.
Niko McFarland won his fourth consecutive fight by defeating Manuel Ortega by unanimous decision (40-36, 40-36, 40-36) in a 140-pound bout.
The undercard also saw Charon Spain defeat Andres Garcia Abarca by unanimous decision (39-37, 39-37, 39-37), William Parra-Smith score a win over Luis DeAlba by third-round TKO (:01) and Gerardo Esquivel beat Dylan Blakesley by first-round TKO (2:51).
Battle at the Boat 120 results
Main Events – 128 pounds (10 rounds)
Giovanni Cabrera Mioletti (16-0-0, 7 KOs) d. Recky Dulay (11-5-0, 6 KOs), TKO (3rd round, 3:00)
140 pounds – Niko McFarland d. Manuel Ortega, unanimous decision (40-36, 40-36, 40-36)
146 pounds – Charon Spain d. Andres Garcia Abarca, unanimous decision (39-37, 39-37, 39-37)
141 pounds – William Parra-Smith d. Luis DeAlba, TKO (3rd round, :01)
140 pounds – Miguel Contreras d. Keasen Freeman, TKO (2nd round, 2:35)
145 pounds – Gerardo Esquivel d. Dylan Blakesley, TKO (1st round, 2:51)
Last night at The Avalon Hollywood, Prince Ranch Boxing’s undefeated welterweight prospect, Blair “The Flair” Cobbs (10-0-1, 6 KOs), picked up the biggest victory of his career winning an eight-round unanimous decision over North Hollywood’s Ferdinand Kerobyan (11-1, 9 KOs). With the win, Cobbs captured the vacant Jr. NABF Title on a card that was promoted by Golden Boy Promotions who promotes both fighters.
Cobbs, who hails from Las Vegas by way of Philadelphia, came in as an underdog as well as fighting in Kerobyan’s hometown of Hollywood, CA. The hostile crowd was silenced from the opening round as Cobbs didn’t let the rowdy fans phase him one bit. Cobb’s put on a masterclass boxing lesson outclassing Kerobyan from the southpaw stance.
“To be honest, I would grade myself a B- after this fight,” said Cobbs. “I know people say I did good, but I haven’t shown everything I can do yet. I can punch while moving my feet, pivot, jab-step, I do a lot technical stuff and I haven’t had a fight that has shown my true potential. I’m happy I got the win while capturing my first regional title. I’m also glad my manager Greg Hannley, and my promoter Golden Boy Promotions, for putting me in such a great position.
Kerobyan was cut in the first round from what was ruled a clash of heads. Early on it was the hand speed of Cobbs that proved to be far too much for Kerobyan. Cobbs kept attacking Kerobyan’s cut with his jab as Kerobyan struggled to cut off the ring. Cobbs had to show his Philly toughness holding off Kerobyan who surged late in the bout causing his eye to swell. In the end, Cobbs received the biggest win of his career picking up a unanimous decision over a highly touted prospect and winning the first title of his career. The judges scored the bout 79-73, 77-75 and 77-75 all in favor for Blair Cobbs.
“This is the type of performance we expected and is why we are so eager to work with Blair Cobbs,” stated Greg Hannely of Prince Ranch Boxing. “He has the confidence and skill of a true warrior and this is just another step towards the goal of making him a world champ.”
Kozin Cruises To Second WBF World Title
More than 5000 spectators watched at the MHP Arena in Ludwigsburg, Germany, and many more on TV in Slovenia, as Ema Kozin became a two-weight World Boxing Federation (WBF) world champion on Saturday night, March 23.
Already the reigning WBF World Champion at Middleweight, Kozin won the vacant WBF Womens World Super Middleweight title, scoring a unanimous decision, in a decent but unspectacular fight, over Sanna Turunen from Finland.
Although Turunen was bleeding from a cut on the nose in the last round, she never looked in danger of getting stopped in the fight, but judges Herbert Urich, Andreas Mueller and Helmut Ranze all had her clearly behind at the end, with scores of 98-92, 99-92 and 97-93 respectively.
“The Princess” Kozin, a 20-year-old Southpaw from Ljubljana, is now the youngest two-weight WBF World Champion in history, she was only eighteen when capturing the Middleweight crown, and improves her record to 16-0-1 (8). Turunen drops to 5-3-1 (1).