Tuesday, December 29, 2020

Belated Boxing Day Thoughts


If there is anything that the year 2020 has taught us it should be that it has been far from the normal year both in terms of the circumstances created by the ongoing global COVID-19 epidemic and how those circumstances have caused differences from the normal routines not just in everyday life, but also in sports as a whole. While it is not uncommon to see Boxing events held on a daily basis internationally and in particular on Boxing Day, a holiday that is not widely observed here in the United States, it is rare to see Boxing cards stateside held during the period of time between the Christmas and New Year’s holidays. In part due to the ongoing crisis, this changed at least as far as 2020 was concerned as the Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) group of promoters held a card at the Shrine Exposition Center in Los Angeles, CA.


This card, which was televised nationally here in the United States on the national Fox Network, featured two fights with interesting storylines going in. The first of those bouts featured former longtime Jr. Middleweight contender James Kirkland, who was attempting to rekindle his career. Kirkland, who had returned to the ring in August 2019 following a four year hiatus after suffering a brutal knockout loss at the hands of Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, had scored two knockout wins in his comeback over veterans Colby Courter and Jas Phipps. Now competing in his third fight as a Middleweight, Kirkland looking to continue building momentum faced off with rising contender Juan Macias Montiel. Although Montiel had suffered four losses in twenty-seven previous professional bouts, what was notable was every one of his twenty-one career victories came via knockout. 


Despite being at a disadvantage in terms of experience compared to Kirkland, Montiel’s growing reputation as a power puncher made this an intriguing bout as Kirkland, a fighter also known for his ability to end fights quickly only knows one direction and that is to come forward and try to impose his will on opponents. Montiel would show however, that he had no intention of being a foot note on Kirkland’s comeback trail as he quickly dropped him with a short left hook to the jaw, this was followed by a follow-up barrage that sent Kirkland down for a second time. Kirkland struggled following the second knockdown, but did manage to get to his feet. Although the fight was allowed to continue, Kirkland could not stop Montiel’s assault and following a third knockdown, the fight was halted at 1:56 of the first round.


This fight immediately brought back memories for this observer of a first round knockout loss Kirkland suffered back in April 2011 at the hands of Nobuhiro Ishida. Much like this fight, Ishida was able to drop Kirkland early and Kirkland was put in a position where he was never able to recover and the bout was quickly stopped. A significant difference between that fight nearly a decade ago and this bout beyond Kirkland now being thirty-six years old was, I noticed that Kirkland’s stance coming out of the corner for this fight against Montiel was not good in that it was a wide stance that seemed to make him susceptible to being caught off balance. What was also clear in my eyes though the two knockout losses have similarities, is once Montiel scored the first knockdown of Kirkland with the short left hook, Kirkland seemingly had no punch resistance and this made the outcome academic.


While this observer has long said it is not my place or others who cover the sport to tell a fighter when they should consider retirement, James Kirkland has been through many wars and with his ability to take a punch seemingly compromised, it is something that he and those close to him may want to consider as you never want to see a fighter take one punch too many. Even though some would argue that anyone can get caught and that is indeed true, having seen and covered the type of knockouts James Kirkland has suffered in his career and also knowing he has been through many battles does concern yours truly as to his long-term well-being.


The second bout that took place on December 26th, was one in the 168lb. Super-Middleweight division that featured unbeaten contender David Morrell squaring off against veteran Mike Gavronski. Morrell, a former Cuban national champion as an amateur has largely benefited from the status he earned during his amateur career as a professional in that in just three previous professional bouts, he had already earned a position holding interim/regular champion status in the World Boxing Association (WBA) Super-Middleweight ratings, which theoretically puts him in line for a potential challenge of recently crowned WBA/WBC world champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez. While it is rare to see fighters which such limited experience in the professional ranks, fighters who have significant pedigrees as amateurs have been able to skyrocket up the ranks with the opportunities that they are given out of the gate with success.


Although the idea of highly regarded amateur boxers being elevated to potentially challenge for a world championship is one that will likely continue to be a subject of skepticism due to countless other fighters, who may not have had the benefit of significant amateur backgrounds, but who may have more experience on the professional level of the sport not being offered the same opportunities, it will likely be something that should be viewed on a case by case basis. After all, not every fighter’s backstory and subsequent journey into Boxing is exactly the same and as such, it is not something that can be generalized, though it is understandable how critics can point out what they might view as flaws in pushing a fighter so quickly.


In the case of David Morrell however, he has made the most of the opportunities he has received thus far and his encounter with the more experienced Mike Gavronski was no exception. Morrell battered Gavronski relentlessly scoring a knockdown in the first round and continued an onslaught of punishment until the fight was stopped in the third round.


 Naturally, questions regarding whether David Morrell is ready to compete against the top Super-Middleweights will likely continue to be asked because though Mike Gavronski was quite “Game “ and tried to hold up against the punishment, he was not able to provide Morrell with a test. If there is an argument for pushing amateur standouts into contention almost immediately upon turning pro that might satisfy some critics of such practices, it might be that amateurs who have the background similar to that of Morrell’s have such expectations placed upon them based on what they were able to accomplish on the amateur level of the sport that it theoretically eliminates the possibility of giving a fighter an opportunity to spend the initial stages of their professional career fighting against boxers that are not viewed in high regard and thus the potential to pad their record a bit before facing a legitimate test.


While again, not every fighter’s journey is the same and some do reach world title contention and even are able to win world championships before others are able to earn their opportunity to do the same, it should remain a case by case basis. Although this fight did little as far as answering questions about David Morrell, it remains to be seen as to where his particular case will fall on the argument of whether accomplished amateur boxers should be pushed up the ranks so quickly.


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Garcia-Campbell Preview


One of the bigger fights that emerged on the Boxing schedule as the turbulent year of 2020 began its closing months was an intriguing battle in Boxing’s Lightweight division between undefeated rising contender Ryan Garcia and former two-time world title challenger and former Olympic Gold medalist Luke Campbell. Garcia, who began to surface on the radars of many with a fifth round knockout of Braulio Rodriguez on the undercard of Saul “Canelo” Alvarez’ victory over Rocky Fielding in December 2018, has skyrocketed into the discussion of top contenders in the talent deep 135lb. Lightweight division. With a record of 20-0, with 17 Knockouts as well as a significant social media presence, it is not hard to see why Garcia is regarded as one of the sport’s hottest rising stars. Such status is only increased by the fact that Garcia has scored knockouts in highlight reel fashion in last four fights, three of which did not go past the third round.


While there is no doubt that Garcia’s star is on the rise, inevitably the question that is asked of all hot rising prospects turned contenders is when will they face a legitimate test on their way to a potential challenge for a world championship. For Garcia, the answer will likely come in the form of Luke Campbell as the two will clash in a highly anticipated Lightweight encounter on January 2nd at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, TX. The bout, which will be broadcast globally on digital subscription sports streaming network DAZN, is billed as a bout that will determine interim/regular champion status in the World Boxing Council’s (WBC) ratings in the Lightweight division. A bout originally scheduled for December 5th in California, the fight was postponed due to Campbell testing positive for the COVID-19 virus. With Campbell now recovered, the fight is back on. 


This in the view of this observer is a classic scenario of youth versus experience. In Luke Campbell, Garcia will face a fighter that in addition to his olympic pedigree, is a former two-time world title challenger. Campbell has also never been stopped in his career. Campbell, who has won twenty of his twenty-three professional bouts, is a solid boxer/puncher who gave impressive showings in defeat in his two previous attempts at a world championship against Jorge Linares in 2017 and in his last bout in August of last year against Vasyl Lomachenko.


While there is the question regarding whether Ryan Garcia is ready for the best that the 135lb. Lightweight division has to offer after emerging on the scene so quickly, there are also questions regarding Campbell. In addition to the question regarding how Campbell will look coming off his most recent setback against Lomachenko, there is also the more important question regarding what possible effects the COVID-19 virus might have had on him in terms of the long-term. It is important to remember that even though there have been athletes throughout all sports who have had the COVID-19 virus that have made seemingly full recoveries and have returned to their normal activities and sports in a relatively short period of time, there is still much unknown about COVID-19, including, but not limited to what the potential long-term effects on one’s body might be. As such, this will be something that will remain a question for the foreseeable future for athletes like Campbell who have had to deal with the virus.


The key for Campbell in this fight in my eyes will be whether he will be able to extend Garcia into the middle and late rounds of the fight. Those periods that are often referred to as the deep waters of a fight, and to be more specific, whether he can do this while providing Garcia a difficult fight.  


Although Garcia has gone the distance in three of his twenty career fights, one could argue that he has not yet been put in a situation where he has faced significant resistance in his career nor has he really been put in a position where he needs to make adjustments in the middle of a fight due to elements of his strategy perhaps not working as well as intended. It will be interesting to see if Campbell can avoid the punching power that Garcia has demonstrated thus far in his career and if he can, we will likely get some answers to those questions regarding Ryan Garcia.


In terms of what this could mean in the overall picture for the winner of this fight, the victor will likely be a candidate to face recently crowned undefeated Undisputed Lightweight world champion Teofimo Lopez. While due to the depth of the Lightweight division, which is full of unbeaten contenders, veterans, and world champions who have moved into the division to seek world titles in the weight class, it is not a certainty that the winner of Garcia-Campbell will fight for the Lightweight championship of the world later in 2021, a victory specifically one that comes in impressive fashion would likely go a long way in terms of determining how soon a title shot would come.


As Boxing turns its attention to what will hopefully be a more prosperous year that would also return the sport to some semblance of normalcy, there may be no better way to get things going in a big way than to focus on one of the richest divisions in Boxing, where one rising star will meet a former world title challenger. Each fighter looking to take one step closer to a shot at a world championship. It is the kind of storyline the sport of Boxing thrives on. The only thing left is for Ryan Garcia and Luke Campbell to do battle on Saturday, January 2nd.


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Garcia vs, Campbell takes place on Saturday, January 2nd at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, TX. The fight as well as its full undercard can be seen globally on digital subscription sports streaming network DAZN beginning at 3PM ET/12PM PT (U.S. Time.) For more information about DAZN including schedules, list of compatible streaming devices/platforms/Smart TVs, availability around the world, and to subscribe please visit: www.DAZN.com. Check your local listings for start time internationally. 


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Monday, December 28, 2020

World Rated Light Flyweight Ronald Chacon Joins International Promoter Tony Toljs Dragon Fire Boxing


Press Release: December 28, 2020 By Dragon Fire Boxing – Venezuelan Ronald Chacon (23-1) managed and promoted by Orangel Ramos and Talento Activo has joined the every growing stable of powerhouse Boxing Icon Tony Tolj, who will be the International Promoter if Chacon. 

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Chacon has racked up an impressive 23 victories with the sole defeat while moving up the world rankings, being currently WBA World #7 and IBF World #9

Ronald Chacon opened up about about joing international promoter Tony Toljs Dragon Fire Boxing 

"This is a dream come true, I have such a strong team with Mr Orangel Ramos and Talento Active, the biggest and best Managerial and Promotional team in Venezuela. Now to add someone like Mr Tony Tolj and his international Dragon Fire Boxing team I know my future is in good hands and we will secure a world title Championship opportunity. 

International Boxing magnate Tony Tolj discusses his new signee:

"First and foremost its an honour to work together with my dear friend Sir Orangel Ramos and his excellent company Talento Activo, he has been a shining light in boxing in Venezuela so for me to collaborate with him is an honour.

Well be guiding Ronald Chacon in his career, he is already WBA #7 and IBF #9 in the light Flyweight division, and will be watching with an open eye the next fights of IBF Champion Felix Alvarado (35-2), WBA Super Light Flyweight Champion Hiroto Kyoguchi (14-0) and countryman WBA World Light Flyweight Champion Carlos Canizales (22-0).

When the time is right we will aiming secure the World Championship match and bring some glory back to the great country of Venezuela."


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Thursday, December 24, 2020

Happy Holidays/Schedule Update

We would like to wish all of all readers a very Happy and safe Holiday season. We here at The Boxing Truth® are between rounds for the Christmas holiday. Due to the schedule being adjusted this year, we will be providing coverage of the Premier Boxing Champions card scheduled for Saturday, December 26th.  Material regarding this card will be released on Wednesday, December 30th.


On Tuesday, December 29th,  a preview for the rescheduled Lightweight bout between undefeated contender Ryan Garcia and Luke Campbell will be released. Subsequent coverage of that bout, which will take place on January 2ndwill be released on January 3rd. Additional information about the planned schedule to begin 2021 will be released during the first full week of January. Stay tuned.


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Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Thoughts On Smith-Alvarez


In previewing Smith-Alvarez, a significant portion concerned the circumstances of the well-publicized legal dispute that Saul “Canelo” Alvarez found himself in, in recent months both with now his former promoter Oscar De La Hoya of Golden Boy Promotions and digital subscription sports streaming network DAZN. While the circumstances including what was a relatively short period of negotiation to bring a fight between the number one Super-Middleweight in the world in the unbeaten WBA world champion Callum Smith and Alvarez, were as compelling and full of twists and turns as the simple prospect of two of the best fighters in the world facing each other, on December 19th with all legal issues resolved, with Alvarez’ relationship with DAZN beginning a new chapter, it was time for the two fighters to meet in the ring at the Alamodome in San Antonio, TX before a crowd of 12,000 socially distanced spectators due to the ongoing global COVID-19 epidemic.


The primary question this observer had in mind going into this fight beyond how each fighter would look as the period of time between when the fight was officially made and the actual bout itself was relatively short, was how the 5’8 Alvarez would deal with the 6’3 Smith. Although Alvarez has fought fighters that have had both a height and reach advantage over him in his career, one might argue that in this case, he was facing a fighter of equal skill level as well as someone who like Alvarez was in his athletic prime.


Although the physics of the fight favored Smith, the story of this encounter would center on Alvarez’ ability to use effective upper body movement to systematically walk the champion backwards, land the compact and crisp combinations that he is known for, make Smith miss, and counter punch effectively. One aspect that is a basic tactic in regard to a taller and longer fighter facing an opponent that is shorter physically is to see the taller fighter look to use their physical advantages by trying to keep the shorter fighter at distance where theoretically the shorter fighter will have difficulty being able to execute their offense.


In this fight, there were periods where Callum Smith was able to have success when the combat was being fought in the center of the ring where he was able to land his jab as well as occasional body shots and combinations. As the fight progressed however, Smith unable to tie Alvarez up as he came forward and was caught too frequently against the ropes. While it should not be overlooked that Saul Alvarez did a masterful job in utilizing head and upper body movement, which is very difficult to land punches consistently against, an aspect of a fight plan for a taller/longer fighter that was missing from Smith’s strategy was not only tying Alvarez up as he came on the inside, but also an inability by Smith to turn his body away from the ropes to allow himself an opportunity to manage distance between himself and his opponent. 


While this can indeed prove to be a task that is easier said than done, as was the case in this fight, it also seemed to this observer that Smith seemed willing to engage with Alvarez in the type of fight that would favor the challenger. A fight that was in close where the two fighters would exchange offense. Despite the fact that this bout was not a toe to toe battle, this was a tactical mistake by Smith in this observer’s view.


Smith seeming to not implement a more tactical strategy that would allow him to use his physical attributes to his advantage played into Alvarez’ approach. As the fight progressed, Alvarez continued to walk in and land increasingly hard blows to the head and body of the champion. A consistent pattern that continued for the rest of the bout as Alvarez out boxed and out worked his taller and longer foe to win a dominant twelve round unanimous decision, Smith’s WBA world championship as well as the vacant WBC world championship in the Super-Middleweight division as the World Boxing Council elected to sanction the fight for its world championship in the days prior to the bout.


Although this ended up being another demonstration of Saul Alvarez’ ever evolving skillset in an impressive performance against an elite Super-Middleweight in Callum Smith, many including this observer wonder if this victory will lead to the highly anticipated third encounter between Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin. A potential third fight now has even greater implications as Alvarez has the unique distinction of being a unified world champion in two weight classes simultaneously as he also holds world titles in the 160lb. Middleweight division where Golovkin also holds status as a unified world champion.


While yours truly has long been vocal about my dislike for the flawed “Catchweight” concept in the sport of Boxing, I believe a scenario could be implemented where you could conceivably see Alvarez’ world championships in both the Middleweight and Super-Middleweight divisions as well as the unified portion of the World Middleweight championship that Gennady Golovkin currently holds put at stake in one fight.


A fight that frankly everyone in the sport as well as digital subscription sports streaming network DAZN wants to see. Although the relationship between Alvarez and DAZN has seen some bumps in the road recently, both appear to be embarking on a new chapter working together with the element of Alvarez being a promotional free agent. With Golovkin also under a broadcast agreement with the network, as well as DAZN continuing to expand globally, it is a fight that makes sense for all involved and perhaps one that might be easier to make now that Alvarez is a promotional free agent. For his part, Alvarez boldly stated after his victory over Callum Smith that he doesn’t run from any opponent so, we will have to wait and see what happens next.


One element that cannot be ignored and will not be by this observer was a development that occurred in the days leading up to Smith-Alvarez. I am referring to the decision by DAZN to make the fight as well as its full undercard available to cable/satellite providers on pay-per-view at the unfortunate standard inflated price point of $69.99. While some were critical of this decision and some incorrectly assumed that this was an indication that DAZN was abandoning its status as an alternative to the pay-per-view model, a model that this observer has long criticized, it was a decision aimed towards trying to attract new subscribers as with purchase, those that saw the card through cable/satellite received a redemption code allowing access to a four month subscription to DAZN’s streaming network. 


Even though it should also not be overlooked that the cable/satellite providers set those inflated price points, it may be an effective strategy by DAZN to attract new subscribers, despite the steady decline of the cable/satellite industry as more subscribers opt for streaming options over traditional pay-TV services. A decline that has only increased due to the COVID-19 epidemic and the economic impacts felt by many due to the ongoing crisis. 


Although many cynics continue to point out what they see as flaws in DAZN’s strategy by offering a more reasonably priced subscription approach, one that in time will offer even more value as the rights for various sports and leagues go on the open market for bidding globally in addition to the Boxing/combat sports centric offering currently available here in the United States, the network has shown a few things that even cynics that are objective would find difficult to argue against.


DAZN has provided Boxing fans with significantly more content on a consistent basis than one would see on a cable/satellite network or the pay-per-view model, often staging multiple cards in a thirty-day period when the schedule is active and this consistency was only interrupted for a period of time due to the circumstances of COVID-19. Perhaps more importantly, the network has shown recently that it can resolve disputes and in the case of Saul Alvarez, work out new agreements in an effort to keep providing the best value they can for their subscribers.


With Alvarez and the network now passed the bump in the road, Gennady Golovkin successfully defending his world championship over Kamil Szeremeta on the evening before Alvarez’ victory over Callum Smith, and DAZN’s increasing global expansion, the elements appear to be in place for what could be an exciting 2021 for Boxing. One can only hope not only for all the above, but for the world as a whole that the circumstances of COVID-19 improve and there will be nothing more standing in the way of progress for both Boxing as well as sports television consumption.


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Tuesday, December 22, 2020

Nathan "The Hornet" Singh Inks Long Term Management Deal With Tony Tolj's Dragon Fire Boxing


Press Release: December 22, 2020 By Dragon Fire Boxing – 21 year old decorated Fijian amateur standout, Nathan "The Hornet" Singh (3-0) has signed lengthy management terms with leading Australasian manger and promoter, Tony Tolj. 

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Fighting out of Suva, Fiji Singh made an impressive professional debut and has quickly moved to 3-0 in the pro ranks

Singh is set to Challenge for the Fijian national title in the coming months.

Singh has not fought since February due to the global pandemic, he chose that period to enhance his backroom staff with a man continuously building world champions in Tony Tolj. The experienced boxing manger adds Nathan Singh to his talented and ever-growing stable which boasts over 50 fighters including the likes of World rated Andrew & Jason Moloney, Andres Campos, Bruno Tarimo also having also worked with the likes of WBA Fighter of the decade Chris John in the past. 

Singh remains undefeated with 19 amateur fights and 3 professional fights. Australian hall of fame trainer Johnny Lewis has gone on record as stating that Singh is the best Fijian boxer today. 

Singh has great enthusiasm about his career and gave his thoughts on his new team, goals in boxing and he is not messing about

"Signing with Tony Tolj and Dragon Fire Boxing is a blessing. A gift from god for passing all his tests in life. Ever since I was told by my father about this opportunity I've been so excited and looking forward everyday when I close my eyes before bed and open my eyes the next morning it's all I think about, just cant wait to smash some heads and show the world what I got. 

Training with the likes of the Moloney Twins, Bruno Tarimo, Andres Campos and others means better preparation, quality sparring, moving levels above and a step closer to achieving my goals 

Growing up in Fiji, It was tough not only for me but also for my family. During heavy rain our house would be under water than soon left without a house. My older brother 26 was sleeping in his car. My dad would spread cartons at the government gym for shelter. My mother at my grandmother's house. Me and my little brother at my previous managers house. Everything I and my brother have earned has got us a little stability. I'm grateful to god for testing me and finally opening doors for me not only me but also my family 

My father is my hero, for the past 44 years he had one dream and that is to train a world champion. Before he perishes I want him to see me become world champion. 

My goal in boxing is to become unified world champion in multiple weight divisions and to also retire undefeated

I would like to thank all my supporters so much for the love and support. Without the fans there are no boxers. God Bless".

Tony Tolj commentated further on his newest acquisition “He’s a good quality boxer with massive potential and I’m delighted to welcome to our team. One thing I look for in all my boxers is character. We can achieve as much as he wants in the sport, he’s got a great heart and character, as well as being a talented fighter. Im looking forward to the journey of The Fijian Phenomenon Nathan "The Hornet” Singh.


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Monday, December 21, 2020

“Action” Jackson England Eyes Return To The Ring


Press Release: December 21, 2020 By Dragon Fire Boxing – "Action" Jackson England's meteoric rise up the ranks of young Australian boxing prospects came to a grinding halt in the wake of COVID-19 this year. 

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From regular victories that saw him crack into the World Boxing Council's top 40 to being locked out of his gym in the space of a week, the pandemic hit hard for the Mandurah-based fighter.

"It was tough," he said.

"My last fight was in early March and a week after that our gym closed down."

 Jackson England has been training the house down since his last fight in March. Photo: Contah Photography.

It was a tumultuous time for England, who in the blink of an eye had gone from one of the country's brightest young stars to now punching his way forward through waves of uncertainty.

"I was spun out, to be honest," he said.

"Obviously everyone had to adjust in their own way and for me, like it was for a lot of people, everything was just happening so fast that it was a bit of a whirlwind."

England has since experienced the longest stint in his career without a fight.

Three times he has been on the cusp of returning to the ring, only to find out his opponent has backed down just weeks prior to the bouts.

"It got really frustrating," he said.

"One minute we're thinking great, we've got a fight set in stone, and the next that opportunity is gone.

"Then it happened again, and again, and it was just really agitating for me.

"I'm a competitor and I'm a fighter. I live to be in the ring, it's what I love to do, so it was a really hard time."

 England has his eyes set on a massive 2021. 

But with 2020 now winding down and a fresh start on the horizon, England is beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel.

With COVID-19 restrictions being relaxed around the country and boxing promoters eager to get back to fight night, the 22-year-old has found himself with options back on the table.

Perth's ever-popular Thunderdome fight card (in which England quickly became a fan-favourite) will return in February, while an opportunity in Sydney could also beckon for the young star.

The thought of returning to the ring is one that brings a smile to England's face.

"I get excited on a regular fight night, but to have waited this long, it would be on another level," he said.

"There were definitely times this year where I would be training and the thoughts of 'why am I even doing this?' would creep into my brain, but at the end of the day I just love it."

The next Thunderdome event will be held on February 26.


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Torres Remains Unbeaten: 3-2-1 Boxing Results From Corona, CA


Undefeated Lightweight prospect Ruben Torres scored a dominant eight round unanimous decision over a very “Game” Jose Luis Rodriguez on Sunday night at Omega Products International in Corona, CA. The unbeaten Torres was in command from the opening bell and nearly had the grizzled veteran Rodriguez out in the fourth round after connecting with a brutal right uppercut to the head. Despite being on the verge of being stopped, Rodriguez, a veteran of thirty-nine professional bouts prior to this fight was able to hang in there and last the eight round distance against the highly touted Torres. Official scores were: 80-72, (On two scorecards) and 79-73 in favor of Torres. Ruben Torres advances to 14-0, with 11 Knockouts. Jose Luis Rodriguez falls to 25-14-1, with 13 Knockouts.


Jr. Bantamweight prospect Saul Sanchez pounded out a hard fought eight round unanimous decision over Mario Hernandez. What was an entertaining bout Sanchez got the better of the battle in a fight that saw several shifts in momentum. Sanchez’ general aggression and harder punches ultimately proved to be the difference in his getting the nod from the official judges who scored the fight unanimously in his favor. Official scores were: 78-74 (On two scorecards) and 79-73. Saul Sanchez advances to 15-1, with 8 Knockouts. Mario Hernandez falls to 10-2-1, with 3 Knockouts.


In a battle of undefeated Jr. Middleweights that began the evening, Richard Brewart scored a dramatic come from behind second round knockout over previously unbeaten in Louis Hernandez. A barrage of punches from Hernandez had Brewart badly stunned in round one before dropping Brewart with a left hook to the head. While it appeared Hernandez had the advantage, Brewart had other ideas in bringing a dramatic end to the fight with an overhand right to the head that sent Hernandez crashing down to the canvas. Although Hernandez miraculously was able to get back to his feet, he was in no condition to continue and the fight was promptly stopped. Official time of the stoppage was 1:48 of round two. Richard Brewart advances to 8-0, with 4 Knockouts. Louis Hernandez falls to 8-1-1, with 6 Knockouts.


This card, which was the final card of 2020 promoted by Thompson Boxing, provided a look at three prospects at varying stages of their development as well as a highlight reel knockout that depending on one’s perspective could be a choice of some as being one of the top knockouts of 2020. Like many in Boxing and throughout all of sports, the challenge for Thompson Boxing heading into 2021 will be continuing to try to adapt to the ever changing circumstances created by the ongoing COVID-19. While every promoter in the sport from those that operate on a global scale to those that are regionally-based benefit greatly from not only the atmosphere that live crowds bring to Boxing, as this observer said in his previous coverage of the most recent 3-2-1 Boxing event prior to this card, Thompson Boxing along with several other promoters that have been fortunate to be putting on events under such difficult circumstances has taken advantage of the technology that is available and has used it to get their bouts in front of as many eyes as possible.


Although no one can legitimately say what is in store for the sport or the world for that matter due to COVID-19, series like 3-2-1 Boxing is crucial for the sport. Crucial not only as a launching point for rising prospects as they look to progress in their respective careers, but more importantly under the circumstances currently can provide a way for not only young fighters that have levels of buzz surrounding them, but also lesser known fighters a way to hopefully remain active and support themselves and their families in the process. An example of the good that the sport of Boxing has to offer that unfortunately gets all too often overshadowed by the negative elements that surround Boxing.


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Sunday, December 20, 2020

The Perfect 10 Liam ‘The Mechanic’ Callanan Moves To 10-0

 Press Release: December 20, 2020 By Dragon Fire Boxing – Undefeated Australian standout

Liam ‘The Mechanic’ Callanan has moved to 10-0 in the pro ranks.

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The 25 year old Aussie Liam had been out of action for over a year. The Mechanic Returned Friday night at the Croatian Sports Complex in Australia's Gold Coast and tuned up Waikato Falefehi in an all action toe to toe clash.

Liam opened up about training, the fight and the future.

"I am grateful to be around the likes of Andrew and Jason Moloney, Bruno Tarimo and Footy legend Barry Hall on a daily basis, its is only making me a better fighter. They are all top class fighters so I enjoy being around them and they really bring the best out of me and motivate to become the best fighter I can be.

We have the best team going between fighters and trainers we share plenty of laughs and good vibes we all train hard but we enjoy ourselves. I have been training with Tony Nobbs since I was about 19, Tony has helped mentor me into the man I am today and guided me away from a bad lifestyle.

We have top-class trainers so to work with them on a daily basis is only going to improve me more so.

I plan on dropping down to the light heavyweight moving forward and I believe that fight fans will see the best of me at that weight and I will win titles when the times right and I trust my team to make that decision on when I should fight for a title. I am enjoying learning and improving and I am happy to wait for the right opportunity.

Callanan is nicknamed the mechanic due to his profession away from the ring. The Australian light heavyweight opened up about how he balances two professions. “It’s not the easiest thing to do but I enjoy both of my jobs. I’m just a common man who works hard with his hands but with boxing so I don’t really think of it as a job, its a labor of love.


“I’m a working-class man and I love how life has turned out and I’m happy so I want to continue working hard in and out of the ring and looking make 2021 a massive year.

Callanan, is guided Oceania Manager of year Tony Tolj who gave his take on his charge.


"Liam is only getting better and better with each fight, we are in no rush with him as he is still young. 10-0 and is just getting started. Really looking forward to the future." 


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Saturday, December 19, 2020

Late Results From Milan, Italy: Yafai Wins European Championship


Jr. Featherweight Gamal Yafai scored a hard-fought twelve round unanimous decision over Luca Rigoldi to win the European Jr. Featherweight championship on Thursday night (December 17th) at the Allianz Cloud in Milan, Italy. What was a competitive bout from the opening bell, both fighters were able to have success in spots and neither fighter appeared to be able to stand out clearly from each other for a significant portion of the fight. Yafai had an edge in terms of punching power, but the champion Rigoldi seemed to get the better of the action due to his overall offensive output. A highlight of Yafai’s offense was clearly the body work he was able to execute throughout in landing hard hooks to the body as well as mixing in hooks and uppercuts to the head. 


As the fight progressed, the ebb and flow turned in Yafai’s favor as he seemed to make a slight adjustment to his strategy by using more lateral movement, which made Rigoldi miss with some of his offense and also seemed to reverse roles in that it was him that had the higher work rate in the latter rounds. It was this change in tactics as well as landing the harder punches of the two that ultimately allowed Yafai to earn the unanimous decision victory. Official scores were 119-109, and 116-112 (On two scorecards) for Gamal Yafai. Gamal Yafai advances to 18-1, with 10 Knockouts. Luca Rigoldi falls to 22-2-2, with 8 Knockouts.



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 Women’s IBF Jr. Lightweight world champion Maiva Hamadouche scored a dominant eighth round stoppage over a very “Game “, but over matched Nina Pavlovic. Although Pavlovic seemed to be getting the better of the action in round one, from the second round on, the champion administered a beating on the challenger highlighted by a constant body attack. It was a left hook to the body that dropped Pavlovic in the second round. The challenger showed tremendous heart and continued to fight on, despite being consistently pushed back and sustaining significant punishment throughout. Pavlovic was dropped for a second time in the middle rounds with another left hook to the body. The one-sided bout was finally halted in round eight when the challenger spit her mouthpiece out and then appeared to get sick in her corner prompting what frankly was an overdue stoppage. Official time of the stoppage was 1:34 of round eight. Maiva Hamadouche advances to 22-1, with 18 Knockouts. Nina Pavlovic falls to 6-4-1, with 1 Knockout.


Jr. Welterweight Devis Boschiero scored a ten round split decision over late substitute Samuel Gonzalez. Gonzalez seemed to have an edge in the early rounds due to his greater activity and elusiveness, but as the fight progressed, Boschiero was able to step up his activity, but neither fighter seemed to stand out clearly from the other in what was at times a messy and ugly fight to watch. All three judges turned in identical scores of 96-94, with two of those judges scoring in favor of Boschiero. Devis Boschiero advances to 49-6-2, 22 Knockouts. Samuel Gonzalez 22-7, 13 Knockouts.


In a non-title Lightweight bout, current European Lightweight champion Sandor Martin scored a workmanlike eight round decision over nineteen year old veteran Nestor Maradiaga. What was a formulaic bout Martin forced the action and outworked the “Game” youngster over the course of eight rounds to earn the decision victory. Sandor Martin advances to 37-2, with 13 Knockouts. Nestor Maradiaga falls to 8-10-1, with 4 Knockouts.


 Unbeaten Jr. Middleweight prospect Mirko Natalizi began the evening by scoring a third round stoppage over veteran Manuel Largacha. After a brief period where it appeared Natalizi was taking his time as opposed to really forcing the action, Natalizi began to let his hands go in round two and appeared to score a knockdown of Largacha with a combination to the head late in the round, but it was ruled a slip. At this point in the fight, Largacha did not have an answer for Natalizi’s hand speed and his lack of head movement allowed Natalizito bring an end to the fight in round three by connecting with a right hand to head that set off a barrage of unanswered punches and forced a stoppage of the bout. Official time of the stoppage was 2:58 of round three. Mirko Natalizi advances to 9-0, with 6 Knockouts. Manuel Largacha falls to 9-10-6, with 4 Knockouts. 


This card was the final card of 2020 promoted by Matchroom Boxing’s Italian promotional branch and OPI Since 82. Prior to the ongoing COVID-19 epidemic, promoter Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Boxing was in the midst of expanding his successful promotional company into various branches across the globe. Among those branches established by the England-based promoter has been in the United States as well as in Italy with the help of Italian-based promoter Salvatore Chechi of OPI Since 82. What has been a successful global expansion for Matchroom Boxing was of course impacted throughout 2020 due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.


With Boxing events having resumed in many places around the world with either no spectators or spectators being allowed in limited capacities, one can only hope with things now resumed in Italy that Matchroom’s Italian promotional branch will be able to continue building on the momentum they were able to establish in the pre-COVID19 period. Along with digital subscription sports streaming network DAZN, promoters like Eddie Hearn have been able to take advantage of the opportunities the digital streaming model offers not just Boxing, but all of sports. As DAZN continues its global expansion, what this also means for Boxing is an increased opportunity to not only open the sport to new eyes, but also with the expanded access will also open up opportunities for fighters across the world to be able to gain exposure on a true global stage. Something that will only continue to benefit Boxing going forward and should be something all who love Boxing should support.


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Friday, December 18, 2020

Golovkin Dominates And Stops Szeremeta In 7


Unified IBF/IBO Middleweight world champion Gennady Golovkin scored a dominant seventh round stoppage over previously unbeaten IBF number one rated Middleweight contender Kamil Szeremeta on Friday night at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, FL. Golovkin dropped Szeremeta with a left hook to the head late in round one. The champion followed this by dropping his challenger with an overhand right that seemed to land behind the ear of Szeremeta in round two. Although Szeremeta was quite “Game” and got up from both knockdowns, it became clear very quickly that the challenger could not get the respect of the champion. In round four a series of left hands dropped Szeremeta for the third time. After being dropped for a fourth time by a jab in round seven, having seen seven rounds of one-sided combat, Referee Telis Assimenios promptly stopped the fight at the conclusion of round seven. Official time of the stoppage was 3:00 of round seven. Gennady Golovkin advances to 41-1-1, with 36 Knockouts. Kamil Szeremeta falls to 21-1, with 5 Knockouts.



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In a battle for the Women’s WBA Jr. Lightweight world championship undefeated two-division world champion Hyun Mi Choi outworked challenger Calista Silgado over ten rounds to earn a convincing unanimous decision victory. From the opening bell, Choi established a consistent pace and although Silgado had success in spots, she simply did not throw punches consistently to make a difference on the scorecards. Official scores were: 99-91, 98-92, and 97-93 in favor of Hyun Mi Choi. Hyun Mi Choi advances to 18-0-1, with 4 Knockouts. Calista Silgado falls to 19-12-3, with 14 Knockouts.



In a bout for the vacant IBO Super-Middleweight world championship undefeated Carlos Gongora made history by becoming the first fighter from Ecuador to win a world championship by scoring a come from behind twelfth round stoppage of previously undefeated Ali Akhmedov. What was a back and forth battle Gongora survived a barrage of punches that appeared to have him nearly out in the second round and as the fight progressed was willing to exchange with Akhmedov and held his own. Although Akhmedov seemed to be getting the better of the action, Gongora, down on the scorecards brought the fight to a sudden conclusion dropping Akhmedov with a flush left uppercut through the guard. Akhmedov was able to get to his feet, but sensing his opponent was in trouble Gongora pressed forward and scored a second knockdown with another uppercut to the head. This time Akhmedov was unable to beat the count as the count of Referee Frank Gentile was waved off midway through the count of ten. Official time of the stoppage was 1:57 of round twelve. Carlos Gongora advances to 19-0, with 14 Knockouts. Ali Akhmedov falls to 16-1, with 12 Knockouts.


Super-Middleweight contender John Ryder scored a formulaic ten round unanimous decision over Mike Guy. There simply is not much to say about this fight as the former world title challenger Ryder got ten rounds of work in against an opponent that did not offer much resistance, but did manage to go all ten rounds. Official scores were 99-91, 96-94, and 100-90 all in favor of Ryder. John Ryder advances to 28-5, with 16 Knockouts. Mike Guy falls to 12-6-1, with 5 Knockouts.


Undefeated Welterweight Reshat Mati scored a sixth round stoppage of Dennis OkothMati was in control from the opening bell and showed a mix of Boxing skill and punching power throughout. The end came when Mati was able to connect with a right hand and that set off a barrage of punches that forced a stoppage. Official time was 1:18 of round six. Reshat Mati advances to 9-0, with 7 Knockouts. Dennis Okoth falls to 4-5-1, with 2 Knockouts.


Unbeaten Featherweight Jalan Walker remained undefeated by scoring a six round unanimous decision over veteran Diuhl Olguin. Official scores were: 60-64 (On all three scorecards) for Walker. Jalan Walker advances to 7-0, with 6 Knockouts. Diuhl Olguin falls to 14-16-4, with 9 Knockouts.


The main storyline of this fight was Gennady Golovkin looking to begin his second reign as a World Middleweight champion by producing a performance similar to what he established his reputation on as a “Knockout Artist.” A key part of that storyline however, was if Golovkin could produce a performance that would drum up interest in a third encounter between himself and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez. While Alvarez will challenge Callum Smith for his WBA Super-Middleweight world championship tomorrow night (Saturday, December 19th) at the Alamodome in San Antonio, TX, for his part, Golovkin did what many expected him to do, dominate and score an impressive stoppage of former European Middleweight champion Kamil Szeremeta. Now the attention will turn to Callum Smith and Saul Alvarez. We will see what happens tomorrow night. 


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