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Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Pacquiao - Clottey Rebate Offer

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Alexander TKO's Urango


 (Devon Alexander)

Devon Alexander (20-0, 13 KO’s) put on a brilliant boxing exhibition before stopping Juan Urango (22-3-1, 17 KO’s) in the eighth round. Alexander, who won a vacant WBC junior welterweight title by previously defeating Junior Witter, added the IBF junior welterweight title to his collection with the victory. Until last night, no fighter has ever been able to stop the durable and aggressive Urango.

In the first round, Alexander landed punches off his right jab, and used a lot lateral movement to frustrate Urango. He caught Urango with a sharp, right uppercut, which proved to be a punch that Urango would have problems with all night.

Early on, Alexander established his range and remained elusive throughout the fight. Alexander repeatedly threw combinations off his right jab and kept circling. Urango put pressure on Alexander, but was unable to hit him flush most of the fight. Urango only landed clean punches when Alexander stopped moving. Again, Alexander connected with a right uppercut to Urango’s head in round two.

In the third round, Urango pressed forward, but without using an effective right jab. As a result, Urango suffered a cut above his left eye from Alexander continually beating him to the punch. The fourth round was a better round for Urango because he let his hands go more. However, Alexander was still dictating the pace.

Alexander did not jab much in round five, but utilized it effectively again in round six. He was able to hit Urango with some straight lefts behind the jab. Yet, Urango was having a good round when Alexander traded shots with him. Urango successfully landed his right hooks and straight lefts when he threw a barrage of punches.

In round seven, Urango started to close the distance between them. Still, Alexander was controlling the round by landing a series of right hooks, right uppercuts and straight lefts. Urango could not match the hand speed of Alexander, although he was more competitive when Alexander momentarily stopped jabbing and moving. Then, Urango had the opportunity to land some solid punches.

Alexander floored and seriously hurt Urango in the eighth round, when he connected with a right jab-straight left-right uppercut combination. Urango was attempting to strike Alexander with a right hook, but Alexander’s blistering right uppercut reached the target quicker. A dazed Urango got back to his feet, only to find Alexander on the attack. Alexander fired another right uppercut, and followed it with a straight left-right hook combination. Urango went down again. This time when Urango got back up, referee Benjy Esteves stopped the bout.

Alexander’s next opponent may be Zab Judah or Timothy Bradley. Previously, Judah knocked out Cory Spinks, who like Alexander is from St. Louis, Missouri, back in 2005. Bradley is regarded by many as the best at 140 lbs., and holds the WBO junior welterweight title.

Alexander has never been knocked off his feet during training, in the amateurs or as a professional.

Darchinyan Batters Guerrero, Angulo Gets Robbed

Vic Darchinyan retained his WBC and WBA super flyweight titles by dominating a young Rodrigo Guerrero for twelve, one-sided rounds. The official scores were 118-110, 117-111 and 120-108. Guerrero, 22, entered the bout having only fifteen fights as a professional. On the other hand, Darchinyan came into the fight having thirty six professional bouts, and compiled a record of 11-2, 10 KO's in world title bouts. This fight was Guerrero's first world title bout. Guerrero also only competed in 20 amateur bouts, while Darchinyan fought in 170.

From the opening bell, Darchinyan showed the young, Mexican warrior his power by repeatedly landing his straight left. In the first round, Darchinyan landed a solid right hook. Then, Guerrero went after Darchinyan's body, but Darchinyan kept firing his straight lefts, connecting with two of them just as the bell rang to end the round.

In round two, Darchinyan continued to be assertive, landing his straight lefts after Guerrero unleashed his punches. Guerrero seemed frustrated, and could not get his punches off first. Darchinyan started to land his right hook followed by his straight left in round three. After getting hammered with straight lefts from Darchinyan, Guerrero momentarily switched to a southpaw stance. However, Guerrero switched right back to a conventional stance when Darchinyan hit him with more flush shots. Toward the end of round three, Darchinyan staggered Guerrero with a short, left uppercut.

In round four, Guerrero suffered a cut above his right eye. Darchinyan continued his violent assault on Guerrero, but Guerrero was taking his punches. Guerrero was just not throwing enough or had the power to stop the relentless attack of Darchinyan.

Darchinyan started to connect with some blistering left uppercuts in the middle rounds. Guerrero was displaying a valiant effort, although he was getting a real beating from Darchinyan. Guerrero's punch output steadily declined and in the seventh round, Darchinyan hit Guerrero with a crushing straight left that sent Guerrero's mouthpiece flying in the air.

It became quite clear by round eight that Guerrero was not going to defeat Darchinyan. Guerrero could not figure out Darchinyan's awkward, southpaw style. Nevertheless, Guerrero kept coming forward and was doing his best. His corner should have considered stopping the fight, although Guerrero was so determined to capture his first world title. As the fight got into the later rounds, Darchinyan continued to strike Guerrero with very clean punches.

In the twelfth round, Darchinyan forcefully tried to knockout Guerrero. Yet, Guerrero managed to finish the fight on his feet after absorbing some rock-solid right hooks, straight lefts and left uppercuts. At 34-years-old, has Darchinyan lost some sting on his punches? Or was the younger Guerrero extremely durable?

With the victory, Vic Darchinyan improves his record to 34-2-1, 27 KO's, while Rodrigo Guerrero falls to 13-2-1, 9 KO's. If Darchinyan cannot attain a rematch with Nonito Donaire at 115 lbs., he may move up to the bantamweight division for his next fight. In 2007, Donaire knocked out Darchinyan in the 5th round.


(Lenny Zappavigna Pictured Above)

In a highly competitive lightweight bout, Australian Lenny Zappavigna (23-0, 15 KO's) won a controversial unanimous decision over Fernando Angulo (22-7, 14 KO's). The official scores were 114-113 and 116-111 twice, which was clearly absurd.

In the early rounds, Zappavigna viciously attacked Angulo's body, and was successful landing a few overhand rights. On the other hand, Angulo set up his punches behind a stiff, left jab. Whenever Angulo threw his jab, it significantly neutralized Zappavigna's onslaught. Still, Zappavigna connected with a hard, overhand right over Angulo's jab in round two, but Angulo started placing his shots more accurately later in the fight. 

In round three, Zappavigna hurt Angulo after landing a brutal left hook to the body. Both fighters continued to trade shots. During the exchange, Zappavigna landed the best punch when he connected with a solid left hook to the head.

Angulo really started to find his range by round four. He absorbed the punches better, which became evident when Zappavigna started to suffer swelling under his eyes. By round six, Zappavigna was not throwing as much. Zappavigna never displayed much of a jab in the early rounds, and totally abandoned it by the middle rounds. As a result, Angulo hit Zappavigna with a stinging left jab and got his punches off first. In round seven, Angulo landed a sharp, right uppercut in close range.

After landing a series of left hooks, Angulo opened up a small cut much wider above Zappavigna's right eye in the eighth round. By now, Angulo was landing many more punches. In round nine, Zappavigna countered with a right after one of Angulo's jabs. Angulo kept attacking, landing counter rights followed by a left hook. Toward the end of round ten, Angulo hurt Zappavigna with a left hook to the head, and buckled him with a hard right hand.

Both men engaged in another heated exchange in round eleven. Angulo landed a left hook to the head, but was countered by a left hook to the body by Zappavigna. Then, both men traded overhand rights.

Zappavigna came on strong in the round twelve. Yet, Angulo caught him with steady jabs, rights and left hooks.

While Zappavigna gave a spirited effort, he did not control the majority of the minutes in the rounds. Yes, Zappavigna was aggressive and fought courageously, but he did not land the more damaging blows in the bout, as it was apparent when looking at the faces and condition of both men after the fight. Without a doubt, Angulo controlled the pace for much of the fight by working behind his jab. When Angulo jabbed, Zappavigna was a fighter relying on pure aggression and nothing more. Zappavigna's attack was visibly neutralized anytime Angulo jabbed. Mostly, the competitiveness in the bout resulted from Zappavigna lunging forward and attacking when Angulo momentarily stopped jabbing. Zappavigna may have been awarded a victory against Angulo, but he will need a strong presence of a jab to be successful in the future. Zappavigna will not be able to walk through opponents on natural strength and heart alone, which was obvious tonight.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Photos & Quotes From Mayweather - Mosley Press Conference

 
(Oscar De La Hoya Speaking) 

"This fight reminds me when you watched Ray Leonard and Thomas Hearns," De La Hoya said. "This fight here is like watching the Super Bowl, NBA Championship, and the World Series. It's boxing's version of a World Series. 

"I fought both fighters and I already know what's going to happen. I already know there will be a knockout, and it ain't going to be pretty!"



(Nazim Richardson Speaking) 

"I had the privilege of watching both these men come up," Richardson stated. "I go back to watching Floyd when he used to battle Carlos Navarro. Right now, we have an opportunity to make history here. 

(In reference to Mayweather believing he is the greatest fighter of all time) "I will support anything they say. It makes it easier to not ask the question after May 1st."


(Shane Mosley Speaking)

"I'm going to take my hat off to Mayweather because I never thought we were going to get a fight," said Mosley. "Everybody is afraid to get in the ring with me."


(Floyd Mayweather Speaking)

"I would like to thank God because without God, none of this would be possible," stated Mayweather. "I would like to thank the media, all of the sponsors, HBO, Team Mayweather and all the fans.

"It takes two to make a mega fight. Shane Mosley is one of the best welterweights of our era. The only thing I want to do is fight the best and continue to fight the best. 

"I got a great team and a lot of good support. I am going to continue to go out there and dominate the best.

"They say he is the WBA champion, but we all know belts collect dust.

"The world can be against you, but when God is on your side, can't no man stop you."

 
(Mayweather Staring At Shane Mosley)

 
(Mosley Looking Into The Crowd)

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Vazquez Jr. KO's Sonsona, Wins WBO Super Bantamweight Title


Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. (18-0-1, 15 KO's) captured the WBO super bantamweight title by defeating Marvin Sonsona (14-1-1, 12 KO's) via fourth round knockout. The 25-year-old Vazquez improved in each round, landing sharp, accurate left hooks and right hands. Sonsona, 19, who moved up two weight classes, could not stop Vazquez from imposing his will on him.

"I knew he had a good punch, but I had experience. This is my night, and now I'm anxious to scale the heights of this division," said Vazquez.

Sonsona was much more fluid with his punches than Vazquez in a slow paced round one. Vazquez seemed hesitant to let his hands go. Maybe Vazquez was just being patient? In round two, Vazquez used his feints to create openings and started to push Sonsona back with hard right hands and left hooks.

Vazquez continued to press the action in round three, where he trapped Sonsona against the ropes. Vazquez landed a left hook to the body, but Sonsona, a southpaw, countered with a quick left uppercut. Then, Vazquez fired a right to Sonsona's head.

Vazquez displayed a lot of patience before placing his punches, but sensed he could take the younger Sonsona out. In round four with Sonsona's back against the ropes again, Vazquez landed a left hook to the body and followed it with a straight right that snapped Sonsona's head back. Next, Vazquez unleashed a left hook to the body that floored Sonsona, who went down after a delayed reaction to the punch. Sonsona could not beat the referee's ten count.

Vazquez is unbeaten, but more importantly, he established himself as one of the sport's most elite fighters. On the other hand, Sonsona discovered that jumping two weight classes at the very young age of nineteen proved costly. Then again, Sonsona faced a great reward with a victory.

Undercard Bouts

In his professional debut, McJoe Arroyo stopped Giovanni Rivera in the second round of a bantamweight bout. Arroyo, a southpaw, floored Rivera in the first round with a flush, straight left to the face. Then, Arroyo landed a questionable low blow, which resulted in Rivera receiving extra time to recover from the referee. However, Arroyo closed the show in round two when he landed a solid left to Rivera's head. The devastating punch sent Rivera back into the ropes before he hit the canvas face first.

In a cruiserweight bout, 6' 6" Carlos Negron scored a first round knockout over an overmatched Roy Ashworth. After flooring Ashworth earlier in the round, Negron connected with a sharp left hook to the head that put Ashworth down for the ten count. It was Negron's fifth 1st round knockout as he improved his record to 8-0, 6 KO's.

McWilliams Arroyo, twin brother of McJoe Arroyo, scored a destructive, first round knockout over Eliecer Sanchez. Arroyo connected with a hard right hand that stunned Sanchez. Then, Arroyo landed a right uppercut in close range. As Sanchez pulled back, Arroyo let go a crushing, straight right, which landed perfectly on Sanchez's chin. For approximately two minutes, Sanchez lay motionless on the canvas. However, Sanchez was helped to his stool and appeared okay. Both men were making their professional debut in the flyweight division.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Luis Ramos: The Next Great Lightweight

 
As an eight-year-old boy, Luis Ramos was on his way to church when he came across a building with bright, shining lights. After entering the building, Ramos realized it was a gym that offered a variety of sports such as soccer, basketball and boxing. Having a mother from Guatemala and a father from Mexico, Ramos' early passion was soccer. However, a new infatuation quickly developed after a lady told him the gym offered boxing.                    

"I didn't know they had boxing in there. No one ever boxed in my family," said Ramos. 

Ramos immediately fell in love with the sport once he saw kids hitting the punching bags. This moment marked the beginning to a career as a professional prizefighter.

Hector Lopez, who currently trains Ramos, noticed Ramos repeatedly coming to the gym and shadow boxing. After Lopez started training him, a close relationship evolved. Later, they won national tournaments together. Ramos, who fights southpaw and is naturally left handed, fought in 126 amateur bouts. Today, Ramos credits much of his success in the ring to Lopez.

"My trainer is my biggest strength in the ring," stated Ramos. "He puts in the hard work with me. Hector helps with my power, speed and angle movement. We work on mistakes and correct them."

Lopez also inspired the 21-year-old fighter outside the ring.
"Hector has been like a second dad to me; He taught me the value of real life," said Ramos.

Since turning professional in 2007, Ramos has compiled a record of 13-0, 7 KO's. He displays exceptional balance, and demonstrates a tremendous amount of patience when placing his punches. His maturity is exhibited by the way he sits down on his punches, which is something he constantly works on in the gym.

On February 25th, Ramos will be back in the ring at Club Nokia, Los Angeles, California, to face Walter Estrada in a six round bout. He started preparing for this fight in January. Ramos believes a fighter's most important element is training.

"Training is 100% everything," said Ramos. "If you are putting all your time into studying, running and sparring, you should not have any problems. It has made me a greater fighter in life."

In his last bout, Ramos executed a perfect game plan, scoring a one-sided, six round unanimous decision over Cristian Favela. Ramos worked behind his jab in the first two rounds. Next, he opened up his arsenal with an aggressive body attack.

Ramos acknowledged, "I study my opponents in the first round. Some people think I start slow, but I always take my time. It helps me adapt to different styles. After that, I look for openings or gaps to break my opponents down. Then, we make adjustments in between rounds."

"When I shoot the jab, my left hand kicks in fast," stated Ramos. "Knowing where to hit comes naturally for me. As I am fighting, I am thinking at the same time. Hector taught me how to land perfect combinations to the body. I hit him with very hard shots. He was tough and wouldn't go down. I tried to do different things every round. If the body was open, I would work downstairs and finish upstairs. I listened to my corner and everything went well. They have made me successful in life."

Ramos fought four times in 2009, and hopes to be just as active in 2010. His goals for 2010 are well defined.

"I want to keep doing what I am doing," said Ramos. "I am focused on competing and staying undefeated."

The lightweight division has many talented fighters including Edwin Valero, Juan Manuel Marquez, Rolando Reyes, Humberto Soto, Ali Funeka, Michael Katsidis and Joan Guzman. While it would be an accomplishment to face a top ten lightweight, Ramos is not looking that far ahead. He is taking things one step at a time.

"It would be great to fight for a minor title this year, but I don't want to look too far down the road yet," stated Ramos. 

Although he also admits, "I want to prove myself and compete at an elite level like Michael Jordan in basketball."

Luis Ramos is managed by Frank Espinoza, and is one of several talented boxers representing the Espinoza Boxing Club. His stablemates include Israel Vazquez, Abner Mares, Abraham Lopez, Ronny Rios, Manny "Suavecito" Roman, Jesus "Pollo" Hernandez and Carlos Molina, who Ramos fought as an amateur.

“How Do You McNugget?”

 
(Photo taken from Friday's Event in Los Angeles)

This event – one of three that happened at McDonald’s locations across the country – served as the kickoff for the “How Do You McNugget?” Sweepstakes, an online sweepstakes that will give one grand prize winner a chance to have their own golden moment: a trip for two to the London 2012 Summer Olympic Games.

Customers can log online to www.mcdonalds.com/howdoyoumcnugget and must correctly identify how Olympians and athletes at these local events “McNugget.” They can find the answers by watching Olympian videos online at www.mcdonalds.com/mcnuggets and following the #HowDoYouMcNugget? hashtag feed and event updates on Twitter. In the photo, Oscar De La Hoya is showing consumers how he "punches it and crunches it" for his McNuggets.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Ji-Hoon Kim Defeats Tyrone Harris TKO 5, Provodnikov Remains Unbeaten



In the main event, 23-year-old lightweight Ji-Hoon Kim (20-5, 17 KO's) stopped Tyrone Harris (24-6, 16 KO's) at 1:52 in round five. Harris jumped on Kim early in the first and second rounds, landing a series of straight lefts and right hooks. However, Kim weathered the storm, and hit Harris with clean, consecutive rights to the head in round four. Harris suffered swelling and a cut above his right eye. In the fifth round, Kim continued his assault on Harris, nailing the southpaw with a right uppercut and overhand right to the head. Then, Kim landed a left hook to the body that sent Harris to the canvas. Harris got back to his feet, but was met with a barrage of punches from Kim, while his back was against the ropes. Kim has now won his last twelve fights, eleven by knockout.

 Pictured: Ji-Hoon Kim

Ruslan Provodnikov improved to (15-0, 10 KO's) after scoring an eighth round stoppage over Javier Jauregui (53-17-2, 36 KO's). Provodnikov started strong, landing punishing body shots in the opening round. Both fighters exchanged blow-for-blow in an action packed bout, but Jauregui could not match the pace of the 26-year-old Russian. Provodnikov was relentless in his punch output, and kept charging Jauregui until he wore down. Jauregui, 36, was able to hit Provodnikov with some counter left hooks and right uppercuts, although Provodnikov absorbed the punches. Provodnikov displayed enormous strength for a light welterweight, and would be a handful for any future opponent.

In a light heavyweight bout, Maxim Vlasov (16-0, 7 KO's) scored a first round knockout over Julius Fogle (15-2, 10 KO's). Fogle could not beat the ten count after being struck with a hard, overhand right.

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