Boxing results from the weekend: Leigh Wood, Abraham Nova, Livan Navarro
Leigh Wood secured an impressive stoppage win against Ryan Doyle to retain his Commonwealth Featherweight title at the Motorpoint Arena Nottingham on Saturday.
The local hero dominated the fight and had blooded Doyle by the halfway mark before landing a stunning left hook in the tenth and final round that saw the former champion counted out on the canvas.
“Incredible. Best night of my boxing career so far, loved every minute of it,” Wood said on Sky Sports afterwards. “I felt a little bit flat in the changing room but the crowd picked me up. I had to box smart, he’s a tough kid.
“Credit to Ryan Doyle, he’s a tough, tough kid. He was fit but I poured my heart into that camp and he wouldn’t beat me tonight no matter what.”
Jordan Gill lost his WBA International Featherweight title to Enrique Tinoco in the first loss of his professional career.
Gill was dropped three times by brutal body shots from his Mexican challenger before trainer Dave Coldwell pulled his man out after eight rounds.
Speaking after the loss Gill said: “I’m not going to make excuses but I’m going to. I’ve been on the toilet all afternoon. I think I’ve got food poisoning, I was not going to pull out on the day, I didn’t want to quit in the fight.
“He’s a good fighter but that was not me in there. I was terrible, I couldn’t do anything in there. Every time he touched me, it felt like I was going to explode. I will have to come back another day, but tonight is his, congratulations to him.”
Earlier in the night, Rotherham Lightweight Atif Shafiq moved to 21-2 with a comfortable 60-55 points win over Mexican Arturo Lopez.
Liverpool’s Stephen Smith got back to winning ways in his first fight since December 2017, earning a 60-54 decision over Des Newton.
Bournemouth Cruiserweight Chris Billam-Smith stopped Italy’s Yassine Habachi in three rounds to progress to 9-0 (8 KOs) ahead his his WBA Inter-Continental title clash with unbeaten Londoner Richard Riakporhe at The O2 on July 20.
Ipswich Heavyweight Fabio Wardley looked impressive as he stopped the durable Dennis Lewandowski in three rounds to move to 7-0 (6 KOs).
Talented New Jersey Super-Featherweight Raymond Ford got the win on his UK debut, outpointing Latvia’s Aleksandrs Birkenbergs over four rounds in his second professional contest.
Crowthorne debutant Charles Frankham started life at Super-Featherweight with a strong win against Tzemal Xouseinoglou, outpointing his Greek opponent 40-37.
Sheffield’s most successful ever amateur Dalton Smith began life in the paid ranks with a classy punch-perfect 40-36 points win over Croatia’s Luka Leskovic.
Denaby Lightweight talent Terri Harper moved to 7-0 (4 KOs) as she stopped former World Champion Claudia Andrea Lopez in impressive fashion.
Carlton Featherweight Brad Daws had to wait to the very end of the night to produce an explosive first round KO win over Zigurds Krauklis.
In the first Murphys Boxing event of a multi fight deal with UFC Fight Pass, fans watched NABA Super Featherweight Champion, Abraham Nova (15-0, 11 KOs) stop Argentina’s Mario Ezequiel Sayal Lozano (18-3-1, 9 KOs) in the second round of scheduled 10 round fight last night in Springfield, Massachusetts live from MGM Springfield.
Nova, who is currently ranked #10 in the WBA’s super featherweight world rankings, put on a near perfect performance in front of a packed crowd of ‘Super’ supporters. After a tentative first round from both fighters, Nova found his range midway through the second and exploded on Lozano. Firing off a series of fast and powerful combinations to both the body and head, Nova dropped the only twice beaten, Lozano forcing the referee to call a halt to the contest at 2:26 into the second round.
“I’m ready for anybody. Top 10. Top 2. The Champ. Anybody can get it. I’m the best kept secret in boxing. It’s time to make my national television debut and let the world know who Abraham ‘Super’ Nova is.”, said the outgoing and confident young prospect who sports a bleach blonde beard and has one of the most creative ring walks in all of boxing.
Nova’s promoter, Murphys Boxing founder, Ken Casey was thrilled with Nova’s performance and is anxious to get the 25 year old in a title eliminator with another Top 10 ranked fighter.
“He’s got the whole package. The look. The entrance. The talent. The performance. The fan base. He’s accurate and sharp but he also punches with bad intentions. You can just tell he’s on a different level. He’s a world class fighter.”
As for Nova’s immediate future, Casey confirmed he will be making his national TV debut in his next fight.
“We’re finalizing a nationally televised fight for Abraham this summer against another Top 10 fighter that we will be announcing soon. Then I’d like to see him fight for the mandatory by the end of the year. We think he can win the big one, so it’s time to get him the opportunity. We’re incredibly excited about Nova’s future. He’s ready to be a star.”
The co-main event saw Murphys Boxing’s own William Foster III (10-0, 7 KOs) absolutely dominate and drop Argentina’s Ramon Esperanza (22-16-1, 11 KOs) multiple times before the referee called a stop to the fight at 2:39 into the fourth round of a scheduled 8 round bout. Foster, the current Jr. NABF Super Featherweight Champion and younger brother of NABA Light Heavyweight Champion, Charles Foster, looked sensational, using a relentless body attack to overwhelm his more experienced opponent from the opening bell. The buzz on Foster continues to build in New England and he brought a vocal crowd from his hometown of nearby Hartford, Connecticut.
Recent Murphys Boxing signee, Venezuelan Olympian, Luis Arcon Diaz (7-0, 7 KOs) continued his knockout streak stopping Argentina’s Jose Aubel (8-4, 7 KOs) at 2:36 into the fourth round of a scheduled 6 round junior welterweight bout.
Local Springfield fighter, Derek Whitley Jr. (5-1-1) won a unanimous decision over Philadelphia’s Bryan Goldsby (5-11) in a 4 round welterweight fight. Goldsby had several moments throughout the fight but the MMA veteran didn’t stay busy enough against the counter-punching southpaw who won with decisions of 39-27 and 40-36 twice.
2x Olympian from Ecuador, Carlos Gongora (16-0, 12 KOs) won a hard-fought unanimous decision over a game and rugged veteran, Damien Ezequiel Bonelli (23-6, 20 KOs) in a 10 round middleweight fight with scores of 99-91 and 98-92 twice. Gongora, who is signed with Murphys Boxing, is the current WBC South American Middleweight Champion.
Springfield’s own Anthony Velazquez (6-0, 6 KOs) continued his impressive KO streak against an outgunned Bruno Diaz (0-6) dropping him twice in less than a minute into the first round of a 4 round welterweight bout before the referee waved off the contest at 1:32 for a 1st round TKO.
The hard-hitting Ray Jay Bermudez (7-0, 5 KOs) who hails from nearby Albany, New York unleashed a barrage of hard hooks dropping a helpless Patrick Leal (0-6) three times for a first round TKO at 1:35 seconds into a scheduled 4 round welterweight bout.
Boston based amateur standout, James Perella (3-0, 3 KOs) made easy work of Paulo DeSouza (0-14) dropping him twice in the first round before the referee called a stoppage 16 seconds into the second round of a scheduled 4 round welterweight fight after DeSouza was badly hurt by a straight right. It was Perella’s third fight in his first two months as a professional.
The event also saw the presentation of Murphys Boxing’s Warrior’s Code Award which has been established to honor legendary New England based fighters.
The latest award was presented to light heavyweight title challenger and now successful commentator and trainer, John Scully. Scully who is based out of nearby Hartford, Connecticut fought several times in Springfield throughout his career.
The ‘Iceman’ was presented with a plaque in the ring by Murphys Boxing’s Ken Casey and Sean Sullivan and he received a standing ovation from the appreciative crowd after sharing a few poignant words about his career.
Undefeated Cuban welterweight Livan “Machine Gun Kid” Navarro (11-0, 7 KOs) dominated former top contender Breidis Prescott over eight one-sided rounds tonight in the Hard Rock Event Center at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida.
Fighting in the 10-round main event of Rumble at the Rock V “Night of the Undefeated,” presented by Kris Lawrence and The Heavyweight Factory, Navarro beat Prescott like a heavy bag and took shockingly little in return.
The badly faded Prescott (now 31-17, 22 KOs) of Miami via Barranquilla, Colombia, tried in every round, but has lost the reflexes to land consistently against high-level competition. The free-swinging and entertaining Navarro landed with power to the head and body with shocking regularity.
The scores were 78-74, 79-73 and 80-72
WBA No. 7-rated featherweight contender Hairon Socarras (22-0-3, 14 KOs) of Miami via Marianao, Cuba, scored an impressive fifth-round stoppage over Monteria, Colombia’s Jesus Martinez (25-7, 12 KOs).
Fighting with confident aggression, the determined Socarras clubbed to the body with his fast hands and eventually dropped his tough Colombian foe with a short left hook in the fifth. Martinez elected not to come out for round six, so referee Frank Santori Jr. waved it off. Under Florida rules, the official ending came at 2:59 of round five.
In a four-round light heavyweight special attraction, Fort Lauderdale’s popular “Bad” Blake Davis moved to 2-0, 1 KO with a four-round unanimous decision over Quintell Thompson (2-8-1, 2 KOs) of Columbia, Missouri.
Davis got off to a great start, dropping Thompson with the follow-up of a strong right hand, but Thompson hung tough and kept it interesting with his lunging left hooks. The tall and rangy Davis landed enough right hands and uppercuts to deserve the nod. The scores were
40-35 across the board.
20-year-old super lightweight Logan “The Korican Kid” Yoon (16-0, 12 KOs) of Honolulu won a fairly routine eight-round decision over Robert Frankel (37-21-1, 8 KOs) of Denver.
Yoon, who held the WBO-NABO Youth Super Lightweight Championship and was the WBO #13-rated world contender before suffering a knee injury last year, got back to work and put in some solid work to shake the rust off.
There were no knockdowns. The scores were 78-74, 80-72 and 80-72.
In yet another spectacular all-out war that “Rumble at the Rock” has become known for, 2012 Cuban Olympian Irosvani “El Assassino” Duvergel (6-0, 3 KOs) of Miami via Guantanamo, Cuba, scored a thrilling six-round unanimous decision over the aptly named Jerhed “Underdog” Fenderson (5-11, 2 KOs) of Las Vegas.
After a pair of fairly normal rounds won by Duvergel’s activity rate, war broke out in the third.
Fenderson dropped Duvergel hard with a sweeping left hook midway through the round and appeared ready to move in and finish the Cuban.
Not so fast.
The always-exciting Duvergel landed a picture-perfect left hook of his own that dropped Fenderson “timber” style. Before round’s end, he scored another knockdown as well.
With the crowd on its feet, Duvergel battered Fenderson in rounds four and five. He scored a body shot knockdown on Fenderson in round four and seemed to have righted the ship.
Not so fast.
In round six, Fenderson came alive again and battered the spaghetti legged Duvergel from pillar to post for all three minutes.
Duvergel made it out of the round and stayed undefeated (scores 59-53, 59-54 and 59-54). Credit to both warriors. They are already scheduled to rematch in July.
Welterweight prospect Derrieck “Pretty Boy” Cuevas (21-0-1, 14 KOs) of Miami via San Juan won an ugly eight-round unanimous decision over former contender Albert “Tornado” Mensah (27-8-1, 15 KOs) of Tampa via Accra, Ghana (scores 78-74, 80-72 and 80-72).
Florida referee Sam Burgos’s seeming inability to recognize holding or most types of fouls turned what could have been an interesting crossroads battle into an earmuffed Mensah being pinned against the ropes and Cuevas pounding on him like some hanging meat in a Rocky movie, though not landing with consequence.
Mensah would occasionally attempt a flurry to keep Cuevas honest, but not enough to make a serious bid to win. Not much of a learning experience for Cuevas, as he probably won’t encounter that type of defensive passiveness much on his way up the food chain.
In the opening bout of the night, two-time Olympic medalist Ivan “The Kazakh Giant” Dychko of Boca Raton, Florida, via Rudniy, Kazakhstan, stayed undefeated with a TKO 3 (1:48) over former heavyweight title challenger Ray “The Rainman” Austin of Cleveland.
Referee James Warring waved off the scheduled six-rounder after Austin indicated he had injured his left arm. Before that Dychko was landing frequently and cruising to victory. The once capable Austin need to have a long look in the mirror. Dychko is now 8-0, 8 KOs. Austin falls to 29-10-4, 18 KOs.
Junior Lightweight Abraham Nova made an explosive debut under the Split-T Management banner with an impressive 2nd round stoppage over Mario Ezequiel Sayal Lozano in the main event on Friday night at The MGM Springfield in Springfield, Massachusetts.
Nova, who is the NABA Super Featherweight champion, landed a hard flurry of punches that eventually sent Lozano down to the canvas, and the bout was stopped at 2:26.
“I’m ready for anybody. Top 10. Top 2. The Champ. Anybody can get it. I’m the best kept secret in boxing. It’s time to make my national television debut and let the world know who Abraham ‘Super’ Nova is,” said Nova.
Rising super middleweight contender Kalvin Henderson dropped Antowyan Aikens five-times in less than three rounds, and stopped Aikens in the 3rd frame of their scheduled eight-round super middleweight bout that headlined an eight-bout card at 2300 Arena in Philadelphia.
The card, which was the inaugural event that was streamed by Warfare Sports, was promoted by King’s Promotions and Titans Boxing Promotions.
Henderson dropped Aikens with a jab in round two. That opened up Aikens for an Henderson onsluaught, as the fighter nicknamed “Hot Sauce” put AIkens down two more times before the 2nd round could end. Already on shaky legs, it was another jab that sent The Atlantic City native down for a fourth time. Henderson wasted no time in disposing of Aikens, as he ended things with a hard right hand for the fifth and final knockdown at 2:14.
Henderson of Fayetville, Arkansas won his 2nd bout at The 2300 Arena, and is now 12-0 with eight knockouts. Aikens of Atlantic City is now 13-7-1.
In the co-feature, Brandon Robinson survived a 1st round knockdown to comeback and take an eight-round split decision over DeVaun Lee in a super middleweight contest.
Lee landed an overhand right in the opening frame that clipped the chin of Robinson, and Robinson’s knee grazed the canvas for a knockdown. He shook that off, and both fighters took turns in dictating the action. Both were able to land some good power shots, and the fight was tight they whole way while providing good action throughout.
When the scores were tallied, they read 77-74 and 77-75 for Robinson. Lee won on one card 76-75.
Robinson of Philadelphia is now 13-2. Lee of Jamaica Queens, New York is 10-6-1.
Good looking super bantamweight prospect Raeese Aleem stopped normally durable Ramiro Robles in the opening frame of their scheduled eight-round bout.
Aleem dropped Robles three times, with the punctuation shot being a left hook to the body that sent Robles down at 1:51.
Aleem of Las Vegas is 14-0 with eight knockouts.Robles of Queretaro, Mexico is 15-9-2.
Alycia Baumgardner made quick work of Gabriella Mezei, as she needed just 68 seconds of their scheduled six-round junior lightweight contest.
Baumgardner scored knockdowns on body shots on the overmatched Mezei.
Baumgardner of Fremont, Ohio is 7-1 with five knockouts. Mezei of Covasna, Romania is 9-18-5.
In non-streamed bouts:
Former U.S. Olympian Paul Kroll scored his 3rd consecutive stoppage as he took out Vincent Floyd in the opening round of a scheduled six-round welterweight bout.
Kroll hurt Floyd with a right hand that backed up Floyd to the ropes. Kroll then landed a barrage of power punches, and the bout was stopped at 2:27.
Kroll is 3-0 with three knockouts. Floyd of Philadelphia is 4-7-1.
Ryan Umberger dropped Darryl Fenton twice in en-route to a 1st round stoppage of their scheduled four-round middleweight fight.
The time of the stoppage was 1:34
Umberger of Philadelphia is 2-0 with two knockouts. Fenton of Washington, DC is 1-5-1.
Antonio DuBose won a six-round majority decision over Weusi Johnson in a featherweight bout.
DuBose of Philadelphia won by scores of 59-55, 58-56 and 57-57, and is now 11-2-1. Johnson of Wilmington, Delaware is 3-12-1.
Hector Mercado won a four-round majority decision over LaQuan Evans in a junior middleweight fight.
Mercado of Veracruz, Mexico won by scores of 40-36, 39-37 and 38-38 and is now 3-10. Evans of Philadelphia is 1-1.
Last night at the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia, Prince Ranch Boxing’s undefeated super bantamweight prospect, Raeese Aleem (14-0, 8 KOs), remained undefeated with a first round knockout over Ramiro Robles (15-7-2, 9 KOs). The scheduled 8-round bout was promoted by Marshall Kauffman’s King’s Promotions.
“After my last two fights fell through, I really wanted to make a statement in this fight and I got the KO in the first round,” said Aleem. “I’m hoping to get right back with after this momentous victory.”
“Aleem looked fantastic last night scoring a first round knockout,” said manager Greg Hannley of Prince Ranch Boxing. “He’s certainly one of the top prospects in the super bantamweight division. We’ll be looking to get him right back in there.”
“All the hard work in the gym paid off for Aleem.” said trainer Bones Adams. “He looked sensational last night. We are ready to fight anyone in the division. Raeese is the real deal, he’s going to be a world champion some day soon.”