Monday, August 10, 2020

Francisco Fonseca Brutal First Round KO Win, Targets Carl Frampton And Super Featherweight Champs

  

Press Release: August 10, 2020 By Dragon Fire Boxing and Buffalo Boxing Promotions - Former multi time World title challenger Francisco Fonseca moves to 26-3-2 after a brutal Round KO tonight (Saturday August 8th) in Nuevo, Nicararo Managua in his homeland of Nicaragua. 

Credit: Dragon Fire Boxing/Buffalo Boxing Promotions 

 

Fonseca vs Eusebio Osejo headlined the Buffalo Boxing Promotions event and Fonseca sent a clear message to the Super Featherweight Division, with a highlight reel KO straight right to body, that sucked the soul out of Osejo.

 

Trainer, former legendary WBC and WBA World champion Rosendo Alavarez discussed Fonsecas performance;

 

"Fonseca has really put in the hard work in training for this fight, he really wanted to show what he's trained for in the main event of the Buffalo Boxing event.

 

Tonight we saw a new and rejuvenated Fonseca and the plan was always finishing the fight early and in style, we worked on the straight right to the body in the camp". 

Credit: Dragon Fire Boxing/Buffalo Boxing Promotions 

 

Former World title Challenge Fonseca disucces fight preparations and future targets.

 

"I have trained day and night, It was really satisfying to get the round 1 KO. The punch was timed to perfection.

 

I'm very lucky to have such a good team around me with Buffalo Boxing, Ruth and Rosendo and my manager Dragon Fire Boxings Tony Tolj.

 

With my team, I'm ready for all the top contenders like Carl Frampton, Felix Verdejo and we will be ready for any of the World Champions, Berchelt, Diaz, Herring, Alvarado. I will discuss with Tony and we will plan."

 

Dragon Fire Boxing's manager Tony Tolj opened up about the plans for Fonseca going forward.

 

He said, "I'm very pleased with tonights performance of Fonseca. He gave his absolute commitment in the lead up and it really showed.

 

All Francisco wants is another World title shot, I know Frampton needs an opponent for his fight. Im happy to put Fonsecas name in the Frampton pool. It would be an honour to fight such a respected boxer. 

 

I have a lot of belief in Francisco and the team and I believe the sky's the limit for Fonseca and another shot at one of the World Champions is coming."

 

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Friday, August 7, 2020

Harper And Jonas Fight To Grueling Draw

 A history making night in British Women’s Boxing history where two British fighters faced off for a world championship for the first time saw undefeated unified WBC/IBO World Jr. Lightweight champion fight to a hard-fought ten round split decision draw with former 2012 British Olympian Natasha Jonas on Friday night at the headquarters of Matchroom Boxing in Brentwood, England. Most of the bout was fought in close and saw several fierce exchanges between the two fighters throughout. Although each fighter was able to hurt the other with solid hooks and combinations to the head throughout the fight, neither was able to stand out clearly from the other. The combination of the fight being fought at a high pace as well as the two minute round limits in which bouts in Women’s Boxing are fought under made this bout extremely difficult to score. The challenger Jonas was cut over the right eye in the second round as a result of an accidental clash of heads. This however, did not effect Jonas’ performance throughout the fight and the bout remained competitive from start to finish. Official scores were: 96-94 (Harper), 96-65 (Jonas), and 95-95 (Even) resulting in the split decision draw at the conclusion of the ten round world championship bout. Terri Harper advances to 10-0-1, with 5 Knockouts. Natasha Jonas advances to 9-1-1, with 7 Knockouts.

 

 

Also on this card:

 

In a battle for the Commonwealth Cruiserweight championship, Chris Billiam-Smith scored a second round knockout over a “Game”, but overmatched previously unbeaten Nathan Thorley to retain his title. Billiam-Smith immediately established he was the aggressor as he looked to push Thorley back from the opening bell. Billiam-Smith dropped Thorley with a series of short left hooks to the head while the fighters were in close in the closing seconds of round one. This would be followed by a second knockdown of a cornered Thorley in round two. Despite the knockdowns, Thorley continued to try and turn the momentum and caught Billiam-Smith with a right hand to the head, but it was a counter right hand to the head by Billiam-Smith that sent Thorley down for a third time. Although Thorley was able to get up as he had done following the two previous knockdowns, the fight was stopped at 2:05 of round two.  Chris Billiam-Smith advances to 11-1, with 10 Knockouts. Nathan Thorley falls to 14-1, with 6 Knockouts.

 

Jr. Middleweight prospect Anthony Fowler scored a seventh round stoppage over a very “Game “ Adam Harper. Fowler appeared to be the stronger of the two from the outset consistently applying pressure on Harper and pushing him back. This was evident as Fowler’s harder punches gradually took a toll on Harper. Fowler was penalized a point in round two for a low blow. Despite the point deduction, Fowler remained in control. In round four Harper was dropped with a flush right hand to the jaw. The increasingly one-sided combat was halted in round seven when Harper was being battered against the ropes. Official time of the stoppage was 1:34 of round seven. Anthony Fowler advances to 13-1, with 10 Knockouts. Adam Harper falls to 9-2, with 0 Knockouts.

 

Undefeated Featherweight prospect Ivan Price scored a six round decision over veteran Jonny Phillips. For the duration of the bout, Price, known to his fans as “Hopey”, used his movement and timing to out box and out work Phillips to earn a convincing decision victory. Ivan Price advances to 3-0, with 1 Knockout. Jonny Phillips falls to 5-5, with 2 Knockouts.

 

The second card in Matchroom Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn’s “Fight Camp” series being held at the Hearn family home has continued to provide a mix of prospects continuing their rise, to contenders trying to position themselves for an opportunity at a world championships, to now two main events in back to back weeks that not only might see rematches down the line, but also two fights that could be candidates for Fight of the year honors for what has been a very difficult 2020 for the world due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. With Eddie Hearn looking to continue his “Fight Camp” series as well as starting to resume Matchroom’s United States promotional branch with a card in Oklahoma next weekend, it will be interesting to see if the momentum as well as well-matched bouts can continue.

 

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Monday, August 3, 2020

Francisco Fonseca returns August 8, Targets Carl Frampton

Press Release: August 3, 2020 By Dragon Fire Boxing – Former multi time World title challenger Francisco Fonseca (25-3-2) returns August 8th in Nuevo, Nicararo Managua in his homeland of Nicaragua. He will face local rival Eusebio Osejo in an 8 round lightweight showdown.  

Credit: Dragon Fire Boxing 


Fonseca vs Osejo will be the headline fight on Nicaraguas, Buffalo Boxing Promotions event. 

Fonseca was arguably unlucky to not walk away with the IBO World super featherweight title, as he fought Alex Dilmaghini to a draw in the United Kingdom. Since then Fonseca has been one of the few to accept the challenge of future star Ryan Garcia in a fight that took place above his natural 130-pound weight class. Fonseca has also Challenged IBF World Champion Tevin Farmer in close hard fought fight at his natural weight of 130lbs. He learned and greatly improved since his previous IBF title fight with 2 pound overweight Gervonta Davis.

Trainer, former WBC and WBA champion Rosendo Alavarez discussed his fighter;

"Fonseca has really put in the hard work in training, I have no doubt this will be the fight of the night of Buffalo Boxing promotions S.A. 

You will see a new and rejuvenated Fonseca and we plan finishing the fight early and in style".

Former World title Challenge Fonseca disucces fight preparations and future targets.

"I have trained day and night, I cant wait to get back in the ring and show my people of Nicaragua what I can do. I'm very lucky O have such a good team around me with Buffalo Boxing, Ruth and Rosendo and Dragon Fire Boxings Tony Tolj.

I'm ready for all the top contenders like Carl Frampton, Felix Verdejo and we will be ready for any of the World Champions, Berchelt, Diaz, Herring, Alvarado. I will discuss with Tony and we will plan."

Dragon Fire Boxing's powerhouse manager Tony Tolj opened up about the plans for Fonseca going forward.

He said, "I'm very happy that Fonseca will be back in the ring on August 8 in Nicaragua. It will be on a Bufalo Boxing Promotion and they have been a mainstay promotion in the region for close to two decades now. He will box in front of millions on national television, so this is a really good opportunity for him against a good opponent.

"The plan is to continue to develop Fonseca into a position where the right opportunities will come. Rosendo Alvarez and I will then analyze the next move for him but our goal, for now, is to continue to build Fonseca's profile prior to getting him big opportunities all over the world. I have a lot of belief in Francisco and the team and I believe the sky's the limit for Fonseca."

 

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Saturday, August 1, 2020

Cheeseman Decisions Eggington


Jr. Middleweight contender Ted Cheeseman scored a hard-fought twelve round unanimous decision over fellow contender Sam Eggington on Saturday night at the Matchroom Boxing headquarters compound in Brentwood, England. From the opening bell, Cheeseman and Eggington engaged each other in near non-stop combat. While it was difficult to distinguish who had the upper hand due to the fight being fought at such a high pace, Cheeseman was the one who consistently forced the action and initiated offense while Eggington was returning offense rather than throwing his punches first. The highlight of Cheeseman’s offense throughout was his overhead right, which he was able to land with increased regularity as the fight progressed. This along with periodically staggering Eggington proved to be the difference as Cheeseman would get the nod from the three official judges at the end of the grueling twelve round bout. Official scores were: 116-113 (On two scorecards), and 115-114 all in favor of Cheeseman. Ted Cheeseman advances to 16-2-1, with 9 Knockouts. Sam Eggington falls to 28-7, with 17 Knockouts.

 

Also on this card:

 

In a battle for the vacant British Lightweight championship, James Tennyson scored a sixth round stoppage of a very “Game” Gavin Gwynne. Gwynne was the more active of the two fighters throughout, but Tennyson’s harder punches eventually took their toll on him. A right hook to the head forced Gwynne to take a knee in round six. Tennyson followed up with a barrage of punches after Gwynne got up from the knockdown and was able to force a stoppage at 2:30 of the round. James Tennyson advances to 27-3, with 23 Knockouts. Gavin Gwynne falls to 12-2, with 2 Knockouts.

 

Featherweight contender Jordan Gill scored a ten unanimous round decision over Reece Belotti. The story of the fight was largely based on how Gill was able to control distance by keeping Belotti on the end of his jab and catching him with short combinations. Belotti was able to get on the inside and land to the body of Gill occasionally, but he was unable to really find his rhythm. Belotti also fought the last four rounds with a cut over his left eye that was opened by a left hook from Gill in round six. Official scores were 96-95, and 97-93 (On two scorecards) all in favor of Jordan Gill. Jordan Gill advances to 25-1, with 7 Knockouts. Reece Belotti falls to 14-4, with 12 Knockouts.

 

In a battle for the vacant English Heavyweight championship, unbeaten prospect of Fabio Wardley scored a third round stoppage of Simon Vallily. After two uneventful rounds, Wardley exploded in round three badly staggering Vallily and sending him across the ring and against the ropes. A brutal barrage of unanswered punches that followed forced Referee Howard Foster to step in and stop the fight at 1:01 of round three. Fabio Wardley advances to 9-0, with 8 Knockouts. Simon Vallily falls to 17-3-1, with 7 Knockouts.

 

 

Undefeated Lightweight Dalton Smith scored a devastating fifth round knockout over fellow prospect Nathan Bennett. Smith found success early landing his overhead right behind his jab. It was this combination that Smith frequently landed and in the fifth round an overhand right behind a jab landed on the temple of Bennett and sent him down and out on the canvas. Official time was 2:56 of round five. Dalton Smith advances to 6-0, with 5 Knockouts. Nathan Bennett falls to 9-2, with 2 Knockouts.

 

This card, which was the first for promoter Eddie Hearn under the circumstances of COVID-19 was well-matched and competitive. While it is groundbreaking to see a promoter stage a card on his family’s estate, which also serves as a headquarters for Matchroom Boxing and Matchroom Sport, in the current circumstances, these cards, which Hearn has dubbed “Fight Camp”, is an out of the box idea. Although most would probably say such an idea would not have come to fruition under normal circumstances where promoters can stage cards in arenas, stadiums, and other public venues, this idea, which has some similarities to what promoter Bob Arum has done with his recent events in Las Vegas, is a concept that can be built on and hopefully, one that in time will have the addition of spectators.

 

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The Conclusion Of July 2020 In Boxing Part 2


In part one of this column, this observer discussed some of the notable bouts that took place in the latter stages of July in the sport of Boxing. While there is more in regard to what took place inside of the ring in both traditional and Bareknuckle Boxing that will be discussed here in part two, we begin the second half of this feature column by discussing a story that generated significant attention that frankly is comparable to when major fights between the sport’s biggest stars in terms of the buzz it has garnered. I am referring to the announced exhibition between hall of famers Mike Tyson and Roy Jones, which is scheduled for September 12th in Carson, CA.

 

Although some may think there is a little sarcasm in how I have described what will be a non-competitive exhibition, it is important to remember that we are talking about two fighters who in their respective primes were among the top fighters in the entire sport and in the case of Mike Tyson, a fighter who was front and center as Boxing’s top pay-per-view attraction for several years regardless of who his opposition was. Roy Jones meanwhile spent several years through the bulk of his prime regarded by many as the best pound for pound fighter in the sport.

 

While it should be kept in mind that this will be an exhibition between two men who are past their competitive peaks, we are still discussing two of the best fighters throughout the history of the sport. Despite the fact that Roy Jones spent the majority of his career fighting in the Middleweight, Super-Middleweight, and Light-Heavyweight divisions, the idea of a potential fight between himself and Mike Tyson was once not far fetched. Some may recall shortly after Jones moved up in weight from the Light-Heavyweight division to defeat John Ruiz for the WBA Heavyweight world championship in March 2003, there was talk amongst many within the sport of potential fights with both Tyson and Evander Holyfield if Jones opted to remain as a Heavyweight.

 

As most know, Jones eventually chose to move back down to the Light-Heavyweight division. Jones’ decision, which this observer has always held the opinion was a mistake, resulted in a decline of both his reflexes/skills and his standing in the sport as he would suffer some severe knockout losses during the latter years of his career. Even though we will never really know how things might have looked in a competitive scenario for Jones had he opted to stay at Heavyweight and squared off again either Tyson or Holyfield, the element of “What If” has remained a source of interest for many particularly those fans, experts, and historians who like to engage in fantasy fight debates.

 

The question of “What if” likely won’t be answered due to both fighters advanced age and the fact that this exhibition will take place under strict guidelines set forth by the California State Athletic Commission (CSAC), which has mandated that the scheduled eight round exhibition will be stopped if it becomes too violent or if either fighter suffers a cut. Nevertheless, the pairing of Tyson and Jones maintains interest. Some may ask the question of why that is the case.



Well, in taking some time to think about this exhibition, I thought of two scenarios that are somewhat similar including one that was Boxing-related that I covered many years ago, which I enjoyed. The first scenario comes from the world of baseball. Prior to the circumstances of COVID-19, one of the highlights on the New York Yankees season calendar is a game usually during the month of July, which is preceded by the annual Old Timer’s Day ceremony and exhibition game featuring Yankees alumni. Although no one who attends the day expects to see heated competition amongst those who participate in the exhibition game, it still provides a bit of nostalgia for baseball fans who get to see glimpses of some of the all-time greats who have worn the Yankee pinstripes in a friendly exhibition.

 

In Boxing terms, when scenarios like this come up, I always find myself thinking of a Boxing card I covered in June 1999, which was promoted as a pay-per-view attraction called “Legends of Boxing.” A Boxing card, which was an attempt to establish a division of sorts for advanced age fighters throughout the sport to compete against fighters of a similar age. The card, which took place in North Carolina, was headlined by two rematches of Heavyweight world championship fights from the 1980’s as co-main events.between Tim Witherspoon and Greg Page and Larry Holmes and James “Bonecrusher” Smith. The rematch between Holmes and Smith was labeled as being for the Legends of Boxing World Heavyweight Championship. Although the attempt to create what would be the equivalent of a seniors tour in the PGA for Boxing did not last, the concept, which was originally the idea of “Bonecrusher” Smith was ahead of its time and the card was competitive from top to bottom. 

 

In the years since that card took place, I have periodically brought up the idea of the concept being reintroduced. Whether or not the Tyson-Jones exhibition could be an unofficial restarting point for the seniors tour of Boxing remains to be seen. What is a source of skepticism however, is the rumor that the exhibition event will be televised on a pay-per-view basis for a price point of $50. It is important to keep in mind that the pay-per-view model has been in steady decline as the sport of Boxing has moved more in the direction of adapting a subscription-based streaming model thanks largely to the success of networks like DAZN, ESPN+, and UFC Fight Pass among others.

 

Despite the name recognition value that both Tyson and Jones bring to the table, if the price point is indeed $50 or above, it is debatable as to how successful the event will be especially given that it has been mandated as a non-competitive exhibition as well as taking place in the midst of the global COVID-19 epidemic. For reference, the “Legends of Boxing “ card in 1999, which consisted of bouts that were official professional fights was only priced at $19.99. While that price point is more economical, it would make more sense in this observer’s eyes for the promoters of this exhibition to seek a broadcast deal with either DAZN or ESPN+ two top networks in the sport that are each looking for additional content for their respective subscribers due to COVID-19 bringing sports to a halt. 

 

Although sports are slowly attempting to resume, a deal with either network for an exhibition like this will likely get more eyes on what the promoters are looking to present than going through an increasingly outdated and overpriced model of pay-per-view. Whether the suggestion of yours truly ends up being one the promoters choose to explore remains to be seen. 

 

Similar questions might surround two scheduled pay-per-view cards that will be produced by United States premium cable network Showtime in September and October. While I intend on sharing more thoughts on both of those scheduled cards as we get closer to those events, assuming there are no COVID-19 related compilations, a major issue for those promoters and networks who insist on doing cards via pay-per-view will be to deliver those cards at reasonable price points that the public will support even during an ongoing epidemic and subsequent economic recession. 

 

As for the networks that are central to the digital subscription streaming model, it was also announced late in July that the Bareknuckle Fighting Championship (BKFC), one of the prominent promoters of Boxing in bareknuckle-form has signed a broadcast deal with DAZN, which will begin later in August. This was accompanied by the launch of the promotion’s own digital subscription streaming network BKTV. The announcements appear to indicate that the BKFC, much as has been the case for many prominent Boxing and MMA promoters, are moving away from the traditional pay-per-view model and adapting the subscription-streaming approach. Although some may say there is a danger of the digital streaming market becoming inflated with so many options available for both sports content and entertainment, I believe the important factor will be for these networks to offer economically reasonable and flexible options that will allow consumers to pick and choose, which options are best suited for them. 

 

As more information about the BKFC’s deal with DAZN and their own BKFC digital network becomes available, I plan to share further thoughts in a  subsequent column here on The Boxing Truth®️. For the moment however, I believe this is another important step in the right direction both for the BKFC as well as DAZN, which will only benefit both going forward.

 

While the majority of the second part of this special feature column has focused on events that have taken place outside of the Boxing ring, there were two notable bouts that took place during the second half of the final weekend of July 2020. The first featured Undefeated Heavyweight prospect Joe Joyce facing veteran contender Michael Wallisch of Germany in the studios of sports television network BT Sport in London, England. In an atmosphere that was quite similar to what we have seen done by promoter Bob Arum’s Top Rank, Inc. cards that have taken place in Las Vegas, NV, Joyce dominated a “Game”, but overmatched Wallisch, scoring three knockdowns before ultimately getting a stoppage in round three of the scheduled ten round bout.

 

The tenth knockout in eleven career wins for Joyce will likely set up an encounter with fellow undefeated prospect Daniel Dubois providing that Dubois is successful in his scheduled August 29th bout against unbeaten prospect Erik Pfeifer in the same BT Sport studio.

 

Finally, to close out July, former IBF Jr. Middleweight world champion Carlos Molina returned to the ring and scored a convincing ten round unanimous decision over veteran Abraham Juarez in Michoacan de Ocampo, Mexico. Molina, one of the few fighters who has been active more than once during the COVID-19 epidemic, scored a fifth round stoppage in his previous outing in June over Michi Munoz. Although Molina has been successful in his last four fights and has been able to establish himself as a promoter promoting his fights under the banner of King Carlos Promotions, it will be interesting to see if the former world champion will attempt to climb his way back to contention after two workmanlike victories against relatively unknown opposition.

 

In reality, much like it has been for other fighters who have opted to try and compete during the COVID-19 epidemic, Molina has to go with whatever options are available to him and unfortunately, under the circumstances that does not necessarily mean being able to secure fights against top contenders and former world champions. Nevertheless, now two months into Boxing’s attempt to resume under COVID-19, one can say that those who have been able to operate have been able to make progress, despite some setbacks. As August 2020 now begins, with the circumstances of COVID-19 continuing to worsen in many areas of the United States as well as globally, the question is whether Boxing can maintain that progress. Unfortunately, promoters and networks that are prominent in the sport will likely not be able to answer that question as state and local officials will likely be the ones who will determine whether things need to be halted again not just for Boxing, but all of sports.

 

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Wednesday, July 29, 2020

The Conclusion Of July 2020 In Boxing Part 1


When Boxing is in its normal active state, it is perhaps one of the most active sports in the world with events in the sport taking place both in and out of the ring on a 24/7 basis almost every day of a calendar year with perhaps an exception for many being the period of time that covers end of the year celebrations including the Christmas holidays. Although the year 2020 has seen a significant change to what is usually the norm not just for Boxing, but all of sports due to the ongoing global COVID-19 crisis, the last full week in July 2020 produced several events throughout Boxing in and out of the ring in both traditional and Bareknuckle-form that for the first time in months was somewhat reminiscent of what the sport is like under normal circumstances.

 

While it would frankly be an impossible task to discuss everything that transpired in the context of one long-form feature column, this observer will offer the reader some of his thoughts on various topics that did circulate the Boxing news cycle in a special two-part feature column in an effort to cover as much ground as possible while hopefully, enlightening the reader on my perspective as well as what is to come in the weeks and months ahead. It is and should be no secret to those who know me as well as longtime readers that I have been uneasy about sports resuming under the circumstances of COVID-19. A view that I have expressed both here on The Boxing Truth®️ as well as on social media platforms.

 

Despite the opinion of some that if I feel so strongly that sports as a whole should remain inactive until the circumstances of COVID-19 improve due to safety reasons as well as health concerns, that I should sit out in protest, that frankly is the view of those who do not cover sports and thus do not have obligations to maintain or an understanding that those who work and/or are involved in any form of journalism are also entitled to their view as anyone else is, but express it in a professional manner while fulfilling their commitments. It  is my hope however, that the reader understands that while I might have a view based strongly on numbers that have been released that everyone has seen on a daily basis that indicate the circumstances of the COVID-19 virus are not improving and numbers of both newly diagnosed cases as well as unfortunately deaths increasing, I have remained professional and have resumed covering Boxing with the overriding theme being the sport attempting to operate under previously unforeseen circumstances that are far from the norm. Now that I have addressed this, I will continue with this column.

 

 A significant part of the coverage provided by yours truly since Boxing began attempting to resume in June has centered around cards that have taken place at the MGM Grand Convention Center in Las Vegas, NV. A venue that has come to be referred to by Boxing fans as “The Bubble” due to the protocols that have been put in place by both promoter Bob Arum’s Top Rank, Inc. as well as the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC.) due to COVID-19. A summer series of Boxing cards that have been televised here in the United States by sports television network ESPN and it’s digital subscription streaming network ESPN+.

 

The series, which has aired twice weekly for the majority of the last two months saw its finale in terms of a twice weekly format on Tuesday, July 21st. Two former world champions as well as a highly touted rising prospect were featured on the card. First to enter the ring was former WBO Jr. Featherweight world champion Issac Dogboe. Dogboe, who held the WBO world championship in the 122lb. Jr. Featherweight division in 2018, was looking to bounce back from two consecutive losses to Emmanuel Navarrete, the first resulting in the loss of his world title in December 2018. In what was his first fight in the 126lb. Featherweight division, Dogboe faced veteran and former world title challenger Chris Avalos in a scheduled eight round bout.


This fight was largely dictated by Dogboe patiently looking for and taking advantage of openings Avalos left him. Dogboe’s approach was highlighted by a consistent attack to Avalos’ body as well as combinations punching. What was most evident in my eyes was how calm Dogboe was in his approach and how he did not go looking for a knockout. The patience he showed as well as the consistency of his attack however, eventually took its toll on Avalos and Dogboe was able to get a stoppage in the eighth and final round. An impressive performance for a fighter in Dogboe who was likely looking at this fight as a way to test the waters of a new weight class. What should also have the served as a confidence booster for him after suffering those setbacks against Emmanuel Navarrete will likely lead to an opportunity for him in the future in the Featherweight division.

 

A rising prospect that has been generating buzz in the sport that also saw action on this card was undefeated Light-Heavyweight Edgar Berlanga. As is the case for some rising prospects, Berlanga has been able to garner attention for his ability to score quickly knockouts. An almost guaranteed way to turn heads for any fighter on the rise is when those knockouts come in the first round. In Berlanga’s case, all thirteen of his previous fights as a professional prior to his bout against Eric Moon on this card ended in a first round knockout. Such a statistic made the question going into this fight obvious, would this be number fourteen for Berlanga in terms of first round knockouts? While this can be a cliché, it did not take long for that question to be answered. 

 

Two vicious right hands to the head was all Berlanga needed to get a stoppage in just 1:02 of round one. While I have been impressed by what I have observed from watching Berlanga compete thus far, it can be very tempting when seeing a prospect who is capable of ending fights in the way that Berlanga has demonstrated to say it is only a matter of time before they are fighting for a world championship. I believe it is too soon to place that type of distinction on Edgar Berlanga as he has not faced opposition as of yet that have been able to provide a test for him. If he can continue to progress however, we might be having discussions regarding when he might fight for a world title soon rather than later.

 

The main event on July 21st saw undefeated former Featherweight world champion Oscar Valdez, who returned to the ring against veteran Jayson Velez in a scheduled ten round bout. A storyline going into this fight was the potential of if Valdez were successful in this fight that a potential encounter with current WBC Jr. Lightweight world champion Miguel Berchelt. 

 

Although Valdez generally landed the harder punches throughout this fight against Velez, it appeared for a period of time that Valdez might have been having trouble getting into a consistent rhythm. This was due to Velez’ movement and overall activity in the early rounds. Valdez however, was eventually able to find a home for his left hook that led to a knockdown of Velez in round five when a flush left hook to the jaw sent Velez down to the canvas. The success Valdez was able to have with his left hook along with an accumulation of punishment to the body of Velez ultimately turned the momentum in Valdez favor. A second knockdown as a result of another left hook to the head in round ten ultimately led to a third knockdown and a stoppage of the fight in Valdez’ favor.

 

Even though this fight was more difficult in spots for Valdez than some might have expected would be the case, if a fight between Valdez and Berchelt is indeed in the works for the future, this fight should be viewed as Valdez doing his part to set up that potential fight and doing what he needed to do, which was getting the victory. The conclusion of the twice weekly Top Rank Boxing cards could mean that such a fight might be intended to take place before the end of 2020. As the COVID-19 crisis continues to dictate things in terms of if sporting events take place, the question might come down to whether or not Top Rank or the fighters themselves will be willing to stage what normally would be a lucrative fight for all involved behind closed doors in an environment without spectators.

 

Although Top Rank’s closed door events have had a mixed reaction in the eyes of some fans due to a perceived lack of quality bouts, the protocols that Top Rank and the NSAC have established have set up a blueprint for other promoters and state athletic commissions to implement to stage Boxing cards. One such promoter Oscar De La Hoya, his promotional company Golden Boy Promotions, and it’s broadcast partner, subscription-based sports streaming network DAZN returned to action with a Boxing card on July 23rd, with a Boxing card at the Fantasy Springs Resort and Casino in Indio, CA.

 

Much like the cards Top Rank has staged in Las Vegas under the supervision of the NSAC, this card was held in a similar atmosphere where similar protocols were in place in a fan-less environment. As I have said in my previous coverage of Boxing events under the circumstances of COVID-19, watching fights take place without spectators can be an adjustment, but it is a necessity in what remains very uncertain times.

 

The return of Boxing for Golden Boy Promotions and DAZN was headlined by undefeated Welterweight contender Vergil Ortiz Jr. facing veteran Samuel Vargas in a scheduled ten round bout. Ortiz, who entered the bout unbeaten in fifteen professional fights has been on a path, which could lead to an opportunity at a world championship in the near future. In Samuel Vargas, the unbeaten Ortiz, who had stopped every opponent he has faced, faced an opponent that was a former North American Boxing Association (NABA) champion, but one who had failed when he had stepped up against world class opposition including former world champions Amir Khan and Danny Garcia to name a few. Despite his experience edge over Ortiz, Vargas was not thought by some to be able to provide him a test. For seven rounds, the always “Game” Vargas hung in against Vargas while taking significant punishment along the way.

 

A highlight of Ortiz’ offense was a solid jab that he threw and increasingly landed at will. This along with increased body punches and flush hooks over the course of the fight became the story of this encounter. With two seconds remaining in round seven, Referee Jack Reiss seeing what can only be described as the beating Vargas was taking, stepped in and stopped the fight. 

 

While the conclusion of this column should center around what the potential plans could be for Vergil Ortiz following his victory over Samuel Vargas and how those plans might be impacted by the COVID-19 crisis, there was one story that emerged from this card that became the central story in the aftermath. This observer is referring to a bout that took place on the undercard between undefeated Women’s Jr. Flyweights  Seniesa Estrada and Miranda Adkins. 

 

A fight between Estrada a top contender and Adkins an unbeaten fighter, but one who is forty-two years old and took the fight on short notice, ended in seven seconds when a combination by Estrada  to the head sent Adkins down in scary fashion resulting in the fight being immediately stopped.  While thankfully Adkins did not suffer serious injuries, there has been considerable criticism of both Golden Boy Promotions and the California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) for the fight, which is said to have the distinction of being the quickest knockout in Women’s Boxing history, being allowed to take place.

 

The source of the criticism stems from how Adkins appeared unprepared as well as the brutal nature of the knockout. In terms of the experience Adkins had going into the fight, she was unbeaten in five bouts beginning in September 2018 up until this bout on July 24th. Those five bouts however, came against four opponents who were making their professional debuts and one who was winless in two previous bouts. In comparison, Estrada entered the bout unbeaten in eighteen bouts as well as earning interim/regular champion status in the World Boxing Association (WBA) rankings in the 108lb. Jr. Flyweight division.

 

This leads to an argument that there was a significant difference in terms of experience between the two fighters and what some might call negligence by both the CSAC and promoter Golden Boy Promotions. While I agree that there was an experience difference between the two fighters and one could make an argument that such a fight would not be sanctioned if the sport were operating under normal circumstances, a conundrum that athletic commissions around the world as well as promoters as they attempt to operate in the midst of an ongoing epidemic will be providing fighters who are able to compete with that opportunity.

 

Sometimes this includes the scenario of fighters who may not be as experienced being offered fights on short notice. Under an ideal scenario, one would hope that matchmaking would be more even on paper prior to a fight, the reality is no one truly knows what will happen until two fighters get into a ring to compete. Unfortunately, those who are trying to operate during this epidemic including athletic commissions need to be prepared for scenarios like this throughout the whole sport as several fighters who are considered top contenders and world champions both men and women could choose not to compete until the circumstances of the COVID-19 crisis improve significantly as well as financial reasons. For those who are opting to try and stay active during the time of uncertainty, they will have to take the opposition that is available to them who are willing to step in and compete.

 

If athletic commissions and/or promoters are unprepared to deal with such circumstances, perhaps all should consider halting the sport again until circumstances improve. Unfortunately, this is the reality that not only Boxing, but all of sports are facing.

 

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Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Steve Gago Calls For Sandy Messaoud Welterweight Title Challenge

Press Release: July 28, 2020 By Dragon Fire Boxing – DiaMond, Minsk in Belarus played host to WBA, IBF & WBO Welterweight Title clash as Frances Sandy Messaoud took on Khazakstans World rated Nursultan Zhangabaev. 

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Sandy Messaoud (14-6) scored a knockdown in the 2nd round, and used his volume and distance to frustrate Nursultan Zhangabayev (8-1). Zhangabayev's cut caused the fight to he stopped & Messaoud rightly takes the decision victory and become the new WBA Inter-Continental, IBF Australasian & WBO Oriental Welterweight Title.

Zhangabaevs last outing was August last year in Sydney Australia was controversial to say the least. He took on IBF Pan Pacific Welterweight Champion Steve Gago. Zhangabaev were very fortunate as he was dedecuted 3 points for repeated low blows. 

The man known as "The Timorese Terror" Steve Gago opens up about a potential clash with the Frenchmen.

"Im 12-1, I should be 13-0 how there was no DQ that fight is insane but thats boxing I have moved on since my fight with Nursultan. I'm now the WBC Asian Welterweight Champion.

I've just watched Sandy Messaoud, victory over Nursultan, he thoroughly deserved it. I would respectfully like to call out Sandy and challenge him him for his WBA, WBO and IBF titles and put up by WBC Title. 



All 4 sanctioning bodies winner take all fight, let's do this. I will speak with my manger Tony Tolj and he will do what he does best. I havent stopped training during the pandemic, Im ready to go and your gonna have to hit me with more than the Eiffel tower, The Timorese Terror is coming to Terrorize!"

 

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Friday, July 24, 2020

Update


We would like to let readers know that new material discussing some of the recent events in the sport of Boxing in a special two-part feature is in the works and part one will be released on Wednesday, July 29th. Stay tuned. “And That’s The Boxing Truth.”


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Tuesday, July 21, 2020

The Return Of Boxing In Germany


As the COVID-19 epidemic continues the sport of Boxing continues in its attempt to resume its normal activity under obvious constraints. Following the lead of successful cards that have been staged in Mexico and Las Vegas over the last month, SES Boxing Promotions took its first step in resuming on July 17th in Magdeburg, Germany. Unlike previous events that have taken place in a closed door environment due to the ongoing circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 virus, this card was the first to take place in front of a crowd of a thousand spectators.

 

While I was concerned given the circumstances of the global crisis, I was also curious as to how the atmosphere would look and whether guidelines similar to what has been a regular topic of discussion here in the United States would be followed. Although it should be no secret to longtime readers that this observer has been vocal in my concern regarding the attempt of not just Boxing, but all of sports to resume in the midst of what has become a global crisis, credit should be given to those who have done everything they can to put on events under circumstances that are not normal while also adhering to the respective guidelines that have been put in place by local, state, and federal officials.

 

In regard to the sport starting to resume on an international scale, I felt that this card could provide some insight as to what things might look like once spectators are allowed to resume attending events around the world. What I observed frankly did not give the impression that there were a thousand people in attendance. Perhaps, this was due to social distancing guidelines being in place where seating configurations were different than what one would associate with a crowd of that size. Even though this is purely speculation on the part of yours truly, from what I was able to see, it appeared that whatever guidelines that were in place were being followed.

 

Much as has been the case with other cards that have taken place during the COVID-19 epidemic, many officials wore face masks or other forms of facial guard. There were some however, from what I was able to see that were not wearing any facial covering, but it did appear to my eye that those folks were placed in positions where social distancing was observed.

 

In the interest of honesty with the reader, after several weeks of adjusting to an atmosphere where no spectators beyond essential personnel have been present at Boxing events, it was refreshing to hear the element of crowd noise. The atmosphere of this card seemed to provide a mix of crowd noise with the atmosphere of an event without spectators where one could hear punches being landed more clearly than perhaps one would hear under normal circumstances. One can assume this was due to whatever the seating configurations were in observance of social distancing guidelines. 

 

The main event of this card featured undefeated former European Heavyweight champion Agit Kabayel in his first fight since March of last year facing veteran Evgenios Lazaridis of Greece. While this fight did not have much significance in terms of having the potential for the winner of the fight to challenge for a world championship in the near future, it did represent the first step for Kabayel, who recently vacated his European championship to focus on getting his name into the discussion in terms of world rated contenders. 

 

In Lazaridis, Kabayel faced a steady opponent, who had stopped only once in eighteen previous bouts in his professional career. Lazaridis, however, was not known for his punching power and the main question that surrounded this fight in my eyes, similar to other bouts that have taken place under the circumstances of COVID-19 was what effect would Kabayel’s inactivity in addition to having to prepare for fight in the midst of an epidemic would have on him. 

 

Kabayel quickly answered that question as he put on close to a perfect performance over the course of ten rounds. What was a highlight of the performance in my eyes was the success that Kabayel was able to have with his right hand and how he was able to mix his right hand into several combinations of punches. This along with consistent aggression throughout the bout was the story of the fight. Although Lazaridis remained very “Game “, an argument could be made that the fight, which followed a pattern of mostly one-way punishment could have been stopped as it became clear that Lazaridis could not find a way to turn the ebb and flow of the combat in his favor.

 

While this fight was one-sided, it was the type of performance by Kabayel that will likely lead to further opportunities for him down the line against a top ten contender. As for what this card could indicate for the return of crowds to Boxing events and other sports on a universal scale, the guidelines that were followed here could provide a blueprint for others to follow. The circumstances of COVID-19 however, will largely dictate how long it will be before things return to something akin to normal. For now, at best we can say that the process is one that will be gradual that can be described as baby steps. With cards scheduled to resume in California and the United Kingdom in the coming weeks, we will see how this process progresses.

 

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Sunday, July 19, 2020

"The Removalist" Francis Chua Aims To Remove The Domestic Lightweight Competition!


Press Release: July 19, 2020 By Dragon Fire Boxing - Perth based, Aussie known as the "Removalist" Francis Chua (7-1-1) boasts an excellent record of 7 wins from 8 fights, his lone loss being a controversial points decision to top flight Australian boxer Kye MacKenzie. Chua had previously upset MacKenzie’s tilt at a world title shot against Vasyl Lomachenko, when he beat the WBO #2 in front of a 40,000 crowd as undercard to a Jeff Horn bout in Brisbane. The November 2018's clash with Kye Mackenzie was the Australasian "Upset of the Year"  

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Prior to the global pandemic Francis Chua agreed to terms with the Vietnamese based promotional group Victory 8 to fight Vietnamese legend Nguyen Van Hai. The fight was set to take place in Manila on May 9 for the prestigious WBC Australasia lightweight title. 


“For sure, I was coming to win and I expected to win, I believe Im an old school type Gatti Ward type fighter. I will always give the fans a great show but with the corona virus it was not meant to be.” said Chua. 

 

Now Chua sets his sights on the domestic scene;

"I know Kye (MacKenzie) & Kayne Clarke are set to fight on the Horn Tszyu Undercard for WBA & IBO regional honours. Kye and I are 1 win each "on paper" but everyone who saw the second fight knows who really won tht fight so a trilogy to even up the score with all the regional belts would make sense. Im up for fighting anyone, anywhere, anytime. If Clarke who is a really good fighter too and I have full respect for anyone who steps foot in the ring".


"There is also local West Aussie Brandon Ogilvie, that would be another great local match up. That could headline Dragon Fire Boxing's Thunderdome series".


"Jacob NG is another up and coming boxer who is WBO & IBF World rated, both our camps have been in loose discussions previously but dates had never aligned".


"Then there's George Kambosos Jnr who is suppose to be fighting Lee Selby in an IBF Eliminator is a fight I would love to have. I was offered by manager the Big Moss, Tony Tolj a fight with George at the MGM Grand in Vegas on a Pacquiao undercard. Now that is things that you dream about growing up. However my manager really cares for me as a person and said Francis I know you have some of your close family that is terminally ill, you need to spend time with them. And it was the right decision as my head was all over the shop".


“If the Mackenzie fight doesn’t happen, I’ve got plenty of options and I’m grateful to my management for getting me the right opportunities and Tonys exactly when we should roll the dice, thats why hes the man.


“There is always the Thunderdome events in Perth and I want to continue to build my experience and look to win titles by taking on the best. That is what I really want going forward and I know that if I stay solid in the gym, I will get there when the time is right. All I want to do is make my family, friends and country proud, The Removalist is here to take out all the lightweights!!”

 

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