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Sunday, December 12, 2010

Mares, Agbeko Advance In Showtime's Bantamweight Tournament


Abner Mares (21-0-1, 13 KO's) won a twelve-round split decision over Vic "The Raging Bull" Darchinyan (35-3-1, 27 KO's). The victory places Mares in the finals of Showtime's Bantamweight Tournament, where he will face Joseph "King Kong" Agbeko, who defeated Yonnhy Perez by a twelve round unanimous decision in the main event. Mares won by 115-111 on Tom McDonough's scorecard, and 115-112 on Alan Krebs' scorecard. Judge Glen Hameda saw it 115-111 for Darchinyan.

Mares suffered a deep gash along his hairline on the left side of his head from an accidental headbutt in round one. Mares scored with a right cross - left uppercut combination in round two, but was floored by Darchinyan's counter left. It was the first time Mares was floored as a professional, and he bounced right back up.

After Darchinyan landed his left hand numerous times throughout the first two rounds, Mares stepped up his punch output in the third round, landing a right to Darchinyan's body. Mares was aggressive, utilizing his left jab with blood pouring down his face from the cut. Mares also sustained a minor cut on the side of his left eye in the round.

Darchinyan landed a straight left to start the fourth round, but Mares came out quickly, scoring with rights and lefts to Darchinyan's body. Referee Robert Howard deducted one point from Mares for excessive low blows.

In round five, Mares connected with a short left uppercut. Then, Mares landed a right to the body, as he tried to trap Darchinyan in the corner. Darchinyan, 34, found the target midway through the round again, pummeling Mares potent straight lefts. However, Mares answered quickly with some counter left hooks.

Mares landed a big right hand in round six, and walked through most of Darchinyan's shots. Darchinyan landed two massive straight lefts, although Mares, 25, absorbed the punches like a true Mexican warrior. Darchinyan came on strong in the closing seconds, but Mares' youth was starting to have an impact in the fight.

In the seventh round, Mares floored Darchinyan when he connected with a grazing left jab, as Darchinyan was off balance. Referee Robert Howard made the correct call. Mares did land the punch, so it would have been incorrect if Howard had ruled Darchinyan slipped. 

Mares' punch output dropped slightly in round eight. As Mares pressed the action, Darchinyan caught him with a straight left. Next, Darchinyan scored with a lunging left uppercut.

Mares came out furiously in the ninth round, walloping Darhinyan with a right cross - left hook combination. Then, Mares struck Darchinyan in the body with a fast right. Mares began to overwhelm Darchinyan with his swift combinations, landing short rights and rapid left uppercuts. Toward the end of the round, Darchinyan connected with a counter left uppercut.

Mares had a solid tenth round, peppering Darchinyan with rights to the body, vicious left hooks to the head and a firm right hand that sent Darchinyan backwards.

Mares continued to have a higher work rate, striking Darchinyan with a right cross. Yet, Darchinyan would not back down, landing consecutive, flush lefts. Moments later, Mares hurt Darchinyan with a spirited left hook.

In the twelfth round, Mares hit Darchinyan with a right cross. Then, Darchinyan connected with a straight left to Mares' body, but held him after the punch landed. Following a crisp left hook that found its target, Mares struck Darchinyan with wild shots from various angles. After that, he tagged Darchinyan coming forward with a straight right, but Darchinyan responded with a solid left cross.

In the end, Mares' youth, athletic ability and large volume of punches helped edge out a split-decision victory. Darchinyan hit Mares cleanly quite a few times, but Mares fought through these punches that would have put other fighters down for the count.

Next, Darchinyan will face Yonnhy Perez in a consolation bout, while Mares squares off against slick boxer-puncher Joseph Agbeko in the finals of the bantamweight tournament.

AGBEKO OUTPOINTS PEREZ

Joseph "King Kong" Agbeko (28-2, 22 KO's) captured a twelve-round unanimous decision over tough Yonnhy Perez (20-1-1, 14 KO's), pushing ahead a showdown with Abner Mares in the finals of Showtime's Bantamweight Tournament. Official scores were 117-111 (Alan Krebs), 116-112 (Glen Hameda) and 115-113 (Glen Feldman).

Agbeko, 30, and Perez, 31, fought very competitively in round one. Perez put on the pressure, as Agbeko utilized his left jab and moved in and out very efficiently. 

In round two, Perez landed frequently, but Agbeko countered well and delivered punches from a multitude of angles, keeping Perez from sitting down on his punches. 

Perez closed the gap in round three, trapping Agbeko in the corner and connecting with a three-punch combination. Perez' punches were very accurate, as Agbeko tried to control the distance between them.

Agbeko found his range and struck Perez with clean, counter rights in round four. Perez received a minor cut above his left eye, resulting from Agbeko's flush right hands finding its target.

Perez got close in round five to landing some deadly shots, but Agbeko was too elusive for the hard-punching Colombian fighter. Yet, Perez did connect with consecutive rights that briefly stunned Agbeko. 

In the first thirty seconds of round six, both men delivered a series of blazing punches. A right cross by Perez momentarily buckled Agbeko, who was now slugging it out with Perez instead of using his lateral movement. 

In the seventh round, Agbeko went back to circling around the ring and found his range. After connecting with an overhand right, Agbeko landed a right uppercut followed by a flush right cross. Perez received a cut on his forehead, as well as minor swelling under his left cheek.

Agbeko forced Perez back in round eight, landing clean rights and beating him to the punch. Agbeko's right hands were set up behind a well-timed left jab. Perez landed some right crosses, but Agbeko took the punches and kept unleashing his own. 

Perez picked up the pace in round nine, landing a solid counter left hook. Agbeko's punch output dropped during the round. 

After controlling most of the action in round ten, Agbeko connected with a devastating right cross behind his accurate left jab in round eleven, which was the best punch either fighter had landed in the round. Perez' punches lost steam, which enabled Agbeko to hit him at his own will.

In round twelve, Agbeko fought astutely by not entering into any heated exchanges, understanding that he was most likely ahead on the scorecards. Agbeko boxed intelligently, striking Perez with the jab and tactfully using angles until the final bell.

Agbeko versus Mares presents a very interesting match-up. Mares likes to throw a high volume of punches, relying at times on his youthful energy when trading shots with the opposition. Mares also possesses the gifted ability to hurt the competition with either hand. Adversely, Agbeko is a polished boxer, punching at various angles and avoiding an opponent's counter attack by sticking and moving smoothly. Currently, Agbeko utilizes his left jab much better than Mares. Fans are going to be treated to a very stimulating bout when these two men battle in the near future.

Khan Wins War Versus Maidana


Amir "King" Khan (24-1, 17 KO's) proved to the world last night that he can now take a solid punch, winning a vigorous twelve-round unanimous decision over the resilient, hard-punching Argentinian warrior Marcos "El Chino" Maidana (29-2, 27 KO's), in what could be "Fight-of-the-Year". Both C.J. Ross and Jerry Roth scored the bout 114-111, while Glenn Throwbridge scored it 113-112. With the victory, Khan retained his WBA Junior Welterweight title.

Khan opened the first round aggressively, but Maidana caught him with a pair of hard overhand rights. From there, Khan circled as Maidana pressed the action. With approximately twenty seconds left in the round, Khan hammered Maidana with a right followed by a perfectly-placed left hook to the body, instantly dropping him. Maidana got up, but was on shaky legs. Khan came close to ending the bout at that moment, landing a barrage of punches, although the bell rang to end the round.

In round two, Maidana caught Khan with a flush left hook, but Khan answered with a right cross - left uppercut combination. Khan pushed Maidana back, connecting with a series of crisp, accurate combinations to the body and head. Khan displayed too much hand speed for Maidana, landing numerous times to the Argentine combatant's head.

Maidana landed a short right that momentarily hurt Khan in the third round. Again, Khan countered quickly with a sequence of sharp punches, and started using more lateral movement.

During the first 1:30 of round four, Khan blistered Maidana with lightning-quick punches. However, Maidana was relentless, and scored with consecutive left uppercuts as Khan tried to cover up in the second half of the round. In the closing seconds, Khan fired and landed a right uppercut - left hook combination.

Maidana closed the distance in round five, landing an array of left hooks and overhand rights. Yet, referee Joe Cortez deducted one point from Maidana, who was visibly down on the scorecards, for attempting to elbow Khan on a break. Khan had a better second half of the round, striking Maidana with a right uppercut followed by a left hook. Maidana responded near the end of round, connecting with a right to the body and left hook to Khan's head.

In round six, Maidana sustained a cut near the corner of his right eye. Khan flurried, but Maidana kept coming at him, landing a string of uppercuts, left hooks and right crosses. Overall, Khan landed the cleaner punches in the round.

Finally, Maidana's effort would be rewarded. In round seven, Maidana landed a massive overhand right that buckled Khan. Then, Maidana scored with his right uppercut followed by consecutive right hands. After that, Maidana landed a left uppercut - left hook combination. As Khan was against the ropes, Maidana belted him in the body repeatedly while one arm was being held by Khan.

In round eight, Maidana looked extremely tired. Khan took full advantage, nailing Maidana with a succession of rights.

Then, Khan tagged Maidana in round nine with a sharp right uppercut, as Maidana applied pressure. Khan's four-punch combinations and superior hand speed kept Maidana away for the better part of the round.  

Maidana regained his energy in round ten, rocking Khan with a powerful overhand right. Next, Maidana chased Khan around the ring, landing a barrage of rights, left hooks and uppercuts with both hands. Khan responded with a straight right, and somehow managed to stay on his feet.

Maidana appeared a little gassed in round eleven, but continued to stalk Khan. After Khan connected with a fast right uppercut, he hurt Maidana with a precise right - left combination. Later, Maidana answered with rights and lefts to the body followed by a clean right uppercut that struck Khan in the face, although Khan seemed to land the sharper punches in the round.

While Khan closed the twelfth round with a flurry and connected with many flush rights, Maidana brought tremendous pressure, landing wide overhand rights and rock-solid left hooks to Khan's body.

Many members of the boxing media and fight fans believed Maidana would be too tough for Khan to handle, while others had Khan using his ring generalship to capture a decision. Few considered Khan would actually trade punches with Maidana as often as he did. When Khan got hurt during the bout, he showed he was capable of surviving. Maybe, Khan's chin is durable after all?  Khan has vastly improved his skills working under trainer Freddie Roach, and appears ready to conquer the junior welterweight division.

But, will Khan ever attempt to avenge his lone defeat, a first-round knockout at the hands of Breidis Prescott in 2008? There have been rumors swirling about a possible fight with Juan Manuel Marquez next, or perhaps Khan will square-off against the Devon Alexander vs. Timothy Bradley winner on January 29, 2011?

Friday, December 10, 2010

Adamek TKO's Maddalone

In front of 8,218 boisterous fans at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, Tomasz "Goral" Adamek (43-1, 28 KO's) won his twelfth straight bout, stopping the fearless Vinny Maddalone (33-7, 24 KO's) at 2:17 of the fifth round. It was Adamek's sixth career victory at the Prudential Center since 2008.


"Vinny is a tough opponent, but I am faster," stated Adamek. "I knew if I was quick, I could hit him hard."

In the beginning of round one, Adamek connected with a hard right cross to Maddalone's head. During the second half of the round, Adamek attacked Maddalone's body with a series of rights and lefts. Adamek's distinguished lateral movement frustrated Maddalone, and limited his ability to throw and land punches.

Maddalone picked up momentum in round two, scoring with an overhand right. However, Adamek dictated the pace by using a steady left jab to control distance.

In round four, Adamek, 34, wobbled Maddalone, 36, after connecting with a thunderous left hook. Then, Adamek sent Maddalone into the ropes when he landed a straight right hand. Maddalone responded, firing and landing a big left hook. After that, Maddalone stepped up his aggression and connected with an overhand right.

Adamek floored Maddalone with a devastating left hook in the fifth round. Maddalone, a resilient warrior, got back up, but was on shaky legs. Adamek closed the distance, landing a right cross - left hook combination. Next, Adamek connected with a barrage of rights and lefts until Maddalone's corner signaled referee Steve Smoger to stop the fight.

"He had really, really quick hands tonight," said Maddalone. "I was really surprised how quick his hands really are and I give him all the credit in the world. He was the better man tonight."


Maddalone added, "I never saw the punch coming. That's what happens when you don't see it - they hurt. He's a proven champion like I said from day one, and he has a bright future ahead of him in the heavyweight division."

MAJEWSKI STOPS CAMINERO IN 8TH ROUND


30-year-old middleweight Patrick "The Machine" Majewski (15-0, 10 KO's) scored a sensational eighth round stoppage against a very tenacious Eddie "Thunder" Caminero (7-4, 7 KO's). Official time of the stoppage was 1:20. 

In round one, Caminero sustained a cut on the corner of his left eye, but he managed to put a lot of pressure on Majewski, landing a series of wide overhand rights and body shots. Majewski seemed surprised by Caminero's effort, and he also received a cut above his left eye.

Majewski regularly tried to work behind his left jab, although Caminero was disrupting his rhythm by landing bombs from various angles. 

While Caminero relentlessly charged forward, it was quite evident that Majewski possessed more power in his punches, as he displayed astute, technical abilities. By round four, Majewski's inefficient work rate enabled Caminero to get close and land damaging punches. Approximately five seconds before the start of the fifth round, Caminero was off his stool and ready to go, while Majewski used all the seconds in between rounds to recover.

By round six, Majewski had gained full control. Bleeding from both sides of his eyes, Majewski started to land detrimental right hand shots. After round seven, Caminero momentarily stumbled walking back to his corner.

In round eight during a heated exchange, Majewski connected with a perfectly-timed straight right that left Caminero briefly out on his feet before crashing to the canvas. Referee Sparkle Lee immediately halted the bout.

"I wasn't looking for a knockout," confirmed Majewski. "If you're looking for the knockout, you're never going to find it."

Majewski added, "In the last round, I tried to relax because he was throwing some bombs. But, I put some combinations together and took him out." 

What did Majewski learn from this fight?

"To move your head," answered Majewski. "If you stop moving your head, your opponent will move it for you."

ALI OUTCLASSES GUZMAN


Sadam Ali (11-0, 6 KO's) continued his winning ways, capturing an eight-round unanimous decision victory over Manuel Guzman (7-10-2, 3 KO's) in a welterweight contest. All three judges scored the bout 80-72.

"It was my first time going eight rounds," said Ali. "The rounds are only going to go up more."

Ali, 22, thoroughly outclassed Guzman, who showed a great deal of trouble dealing with the crisp combinations and smooth lateral movement of the rising Brooklyn superstar.

In round three, Ali's blistering sequence of punches left Guzman with a cut under his left eye. From a safe distance, Ali peppered Guzman with powerful right crosses and sharp left hooks, baffling the 27-year-old Costa Rican fighter. 

"He caught me with a couple of clean shots, but thank God for the chin I got," stated Ali.

Guzman could not handle Ali's superior athletic ability, fast hands and extremely accurate punches. He was never able to close the gap and put his punches together, as Ali was simply too good in every aspect of the fight.

Ali declared, "I love boxing. I pray to God and train hard and everything seems good so far."
SIMMS DECISIONS LOCKETT


After a year absence from the ring, super middleweight contender Tarvis Simms (26-1-1, 11 KO's) returned to action, scoring a six-round unanimous decision over Willis Lockett (12-11-5, 5 KO's). Official scores were 60-54 and 60-53 twice. 

"The first couple rounds I felt pretty sharp," said Simms. "Obviously, all that went out the window when I knocked him down. Instead of going back to what we worked on, I started forcing the punches, trying to get him out of there. That's why I didn't get the knockout, but I'm happy to get in the rounds after such a long layoff."

In round one, Simms utilized his left jab and scored with a counter left hook. After that, two consecutive rights staggered Lockett. After Lockett was briefly tossed to the canvas, a left - right combination by Simms floored him. 

Lockett tried to fight in close quarters during round two, however, Simms responded by landing a short left hook to his head. Then, Lockett connected with an overhand right, although he displayed poor balance and was hesitant to let his hands go. Simms momentarily switched to a southpaw stance during the round, striking Lockett with a straight left followed by a right hook.

During round three, Lockett was looping his shots and exhibited little power behind them.

In round five, Simms' punch output significantly dropped, which enabled Lockett to connect with some wide overhand rights. Lockett also managed to score with a few short hooks to the body.

Simms was better in round six, landing a counter left hook. Then, Simms closed the round with a rock-solid right hook from the southpaw stance.

At 39-years-old, Simms wants to get back in the ring quickly. 

"I would like to get back in the ring in February," revealed Simms. "I would like to fight as often as possible. I'll get sharper with more rounds."

ROSADO OUTPOINTS MEDINA

In a junior middleweight bout, Gabriel Rosado (15-5, 8 KO's) defeated Jose Medina (12-9, 5 KO's) by an eight-round unanimous decision. Rosado won by scores of 80-72, 79-72, and 78-73. 

Rosado scored with overhand rights set up by his left jab in the opening round. After getting tagged by a left hook from Medina, Rosado landed vicious lefts and rights to Medina's body. 

With thirty seconds to go in round three, a quick overhand right by Rosado dropped Medina. 

In round four, Rosado connected with violent left hooks and right crosses, snapping Medina's head back. 

Medina sustained a cut left eye in the sixth round. Overall, Rosado was much more fluid with his punches, finding the target repeatedly throughout the course of the bout. 

CONCEPCION WINS 4TH IN A ROW

Light heavyweight Angel Concepcion (4-0) improved his record, winning by scores of 40-36 on all scorecards against Lekan Byfield, who was making his professional debut. Byfield was outweighed by 11.5 lbs. entering the contest, and was frequently pushed back by Concepcion's left jab. 

Concepion was a little passive in round one, but struck Byfield with a solid right - left combination to the body in round two.

In round three, Concepcion hurt Byfield with a right cross - left hook combination. Midway through the round, referee Sparkle Lee had to separate them for wrestling against the ropes. 

For the most part, whenever Concepcion opened up his arsenal, he caught Byfield with clean, effective punches.

JENNINGS STOPS SMITH

Philadelphia heavyweight Bryant Jennings (5-0, 3 KO's) stopped Randy Smith (0-1) at 2:18 of round two.

Jennings, 26, hurt Smith with an overhand right in round one. Later, Jennings staggered Smith when he connected with a left hook - right cross combination. 

After scoring with a sweeping left hook to the body in round two, Jennings hurt Smith when he landed a right uppercut. Then, an overhand right knocked Smith's mouthpiece out, and Jennings followed up with a massive left hook that floored the 256 lb. giant. 

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Weigh-In Results: Adamek vs. Maddalone

Tomasz Adamek (216.5 lbs.) , Vinny Maddalone (230 lbs.)


Gabriel Rosado (155 lbs.) , Jose Medina (156 lbs.)


Sadam Ali (147 lbs.) , Manuel Guzman (145 lbs.)


Eddie Caminero (158.5 lbs.) , Patrick Mejewski (160 lbs.)


Tarvis Simms (167 lbs.) , Willis Lockett (167 lbs.)


Lekan Byfield (166.5 lbs.) , Angel Concepcion (177 lbs.)


Bryant Jennings (223 lbs.) , Randy Smith (256.5 lbs.)


Thursday, December 2, 2010

Broadway Boxing Results


Dibella Entertainment put on another exhilarating card at the famed B.B. Kings Blues Club in New York's Times Square last night, which featured several emerging superstars.

 BRACERO VICTORIOUS AGAIN

29-year-old Gabriel Bracero (13-0, 1 KO) remained undefeated, capturing an eight-round unanimous decision over Hector Alatorre (16-13, 5 KO's). All three judges scored the bout 80-72 for the Brooklyn resident.

Bracero exhibits exceptional balance when he is jabbing and moving laterally around the ring. It was no different than his previous outings, as Bracero did a tremendous job of sticking and moving throughout the fight, utilizing his left jab and throwing loads of combinations behind it. Bracero was first with his shots through the majority of the fight. Alatorre, a southpaw, closed the distance on occasion, but he never really hurt Bracero. However, he did leave a small cut on the left side of Bracero's head from a right hook he landed in round two. 

In round three, Bracero received a minor hairline cut from a headbutt caused by Alatorre when they met in close quarters.

All through the fight, Bracero let Alatorre get close enough where he could let loose numerous combinations, while keeping him turning thereafter. Bracero believes he put on a good show in front of a growing fan base.

"He's a tough kid," confirmed Bracero. "I guess he likes to get hit. He came in with his head and elbows, but he couldn't do anything to me."

Afterward, Bracero also discussed his style and technique.

"I thank God that everything that comes out is natural," stated Bracero. "The only things I work on are my conditioning and sitting down on my punches. I feel really good. I'm having fun taking care of business and doing my job."

Additionally, Bracero gave an honest assessment on where he needs improvement.

"I have to learn to stick and move without giving guys opportunities to headbutt and elbow me," acknowledged Bracero. "We're working on that little by little."

FORTUNA ANNIHILATES VALENZUELA

Junior lightweight sensation Javier Fortuna (13-0, 10 KO's) scored a devastating knockout at 1:10 of the first round over previously unbeaten Victor Valenzuela (8-1, 1 KO). The victory marked Fortuna's 7th stoppage in the first round.

Fortuna, 20, connected with a quick left uppercut in the early seconds. From there, both men exchanged heated flurries. All of a sudden, a straight left - right hook combination by Fortuna buckled Valenzuela near the ropes. Referee Arthur Mercante, Jr. immediately stopped the fight. Valenzuela went crashing down, his eyes wide open while he lay on the canvas. Valenzuela shouted, "No". After that, Valenzuela, 23, stayed motionless for approximately forty seconds, but eventually sat on his stool and reached his feet again.

Fortuna, a native of La Romana, Dominican Republic, was brought to the United States by matchmaker, advisor and promoter, Sampson Lewkowicz, who also brought Manny Pacquiao and Sergio Martinez to the United States. Fortuna was trained by Gabriel Sarmiento, who is the head trainer for middleweight champion Sergio Martinez.

After the fight, promoter Lou Dibella exclaimed, "The kid is a beast!"

HAMER DOMINATES KING

Tor Hamer (13-1, 9 KO's) totally outclassed and outpointed Demetrice King (15-19, 13 KO's), winning an eight-round unanimous decision. Hamer won by scores of 80-72 on all the judges' cards. 

Hamer, 27, circled and constantly got his punches off before King, landing precise combinations. Hamer looked much improved, as King displayed a great deal of hesitation to mix it up with the sharp punching, New York based heavyweight. Hamer's hand speed simply overwhelmed King, which enabled Hamer to land at will.

Hamer desperately wants to avenge his only professional loss, a six-round split decision to unbeaten 35-year-old Kelvin Price (9-0, 6 KO's).

LAMONAKIS DEFEATS WOODARD

Sonya Lamonakis (3-0, 1 KO) beat Tiffany Woodard (3-4, 2 KO's) by a close six-round unanimous decision in a heavyweight bout. Lamonakis won by scores of 58-57 and 58-56 twice.

In the early moments of round one, Lamonakis, 36, hit Woodard, 23, with a powerful left hook. From that point, the bout turned into a complete slugfest. Lamonakis pressed forward, continually attacking Woodard's body and scoring with left hooks. Woodard caught Lamonakis with a series of head shots, as Lamonakis charged at her.

In round two, both fighters exchanged a multitude of blows, however, it was Lamonakis landing the cleaner, effective shots. Heading to her corner after the round, Lamonakis seemed slightly fatigued.

During round four, Woodard connected with a hard three-punch combination, but Lamonakis kept pressuring unremittingly.

Toward the end of round five, Woodard belted Lamonakis with a sequence of shots to the head.

Lamonakis brought merciless pressure in the final round, frequently scoring with body shots. Woodard continued to fire head shots, although it was Lamonakis who had the higher connect rate.

Lamonakis, who hails from Greece, is a four-time New York Golden Gloves Champion, and is also a school teacher during the day. It was Lamonakis' 2nd consecutive victory at B.B. Kings in Manhattan.  

PEREZ OUTPOINTS CARASQUILLO

In welterweight action, Newark, New Jersey's Alex Perez (13-0, 7 KO's) captured a difficult eight-round unanimous decision over Doel Carasquillo (14-17, 12 KO's), who despite his record, was an extremely tough opponent. Official scores were 78-73 and 78-72 twice.

Perez, a 28-year-old southpaw, scored frequently with lightning-quick combinations, hurting Carasquillo, 37, with countless crisp lefts. Still, Carasquillo kept coming at Perez relentlessly, absorbing a tremendous amount of punishment to the head. However, Carasquillo floored Perez with a quick right in round five. Perez got up at the count of six, but it was the beginning of Perez losing steam on his punches. After taking more punches from Carasquillo in the sixth round, Perez trapped Carasquillo in the corner and unloaded a barrage of punches until the bell rang ending the round.

Perez used more lateral movement in the seventh round, as he hammered Carasquillo with multiple body and head shots. At times, Carasquillo made gestures at Perez to let him know that his punches were not hurting him. Yet, Perez was outworking and breaking Carasquillo down. While Carasquillo kept the pressure on, his punch output significantly dropped. 

In a highly competitive eighth round, Perez was much more fluid with his punches than Carasquillo, and had enough in the gas tank to outwork him in the final three minutes to seize the win.

 MARTINEZ DECISIONS LOPEZ

20-year-old Steven Martinez (7-0, 6 KO's) continues to improve, outpointing David Lopez (3-3-3) over six rounds in a junior middleweight contest. All three judges scored the fight in favor of Martinez 59-55.

Martinez showed great composure and patience during the bout. He never rushed his punches, and creatively looked for openings before letting his hands go. He also formed his own openings by working behind a steady left jab. Martinez was poised and exhibited tremendous natural balance, striking Lopez repeatedly with well-timed left hooks that eventually brought Lopez to a point where he was not unleashing many punches.

As an amateur, Martinez won the 2008 National Golden Gloves as a welterweight. He is off to a fast start in his professional career, and is co-managed by New York Giants running back Brandon Jacobs.

PARSLEY TAKES DECISION OVER MEDINA

22-year-old Delen Parsley (4-0, 2 KO's) of Brooklyn, N.Y. defeated Eberto Medina (5-5, 1 KO) by a four-round unanimous decision in a junior middleweight showdown. All three judges scored the fight 39-37 in favor of Parsley.

"I thought it was a good, solid performance," stated Parsley. "At times, I rushed it a bit, but it was my first time fighting at home."

Parsley used the ring to his advantage in round one, scoring with body shots and a right to Medina's head. Medina momentarily dazed Parsley when he connected with a strong right, but Parsley responded quickly, striking Medina at the bell with a right hand shot that left Medina's mouthpiece on the canvas. 

Round two started at a faster pace, as Medina caught Parsley with a left hook. Both men went toe-to-toe, although it was Medina applying constant pressure. 

In round three, it appeared that Parsley floored Medina with a rock-solid left hook, but referee Wayne Kelly ruled that Medina had slipped. Yet, Medina's mouthpiece had popped out. After that, Parsley struck Medina with consecutive left uppercuts, snapping the Newark, New Jersey native's head back. 

During round four, Parsley had Medina in trouble in the corner, but let him escape. In the last thirty seconds, Parlsey landed the cleaner, sharper punches.

Parsley added, "He was a tough guy and a good test for me. I was trying to land my left hook to the body off my jab. Hopefully, I can fight again on the east coast before Christmas."

GONZALEZ OVERWHELMS WASHINGTON

Light heavyweight Angel Gonzalez (2-2, 1 KO) needed just :43 in round one to dispose of Borngod Washington (0-7). Gonzalez pounded Washington on the ropes with a series of left hooks until referee Arthur Mercante, Jr. halted the action.

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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Fight Preview: Hopkins vs. Pascal

On Saturday, December 18, 45-year-old Bernard "The Executioner" Hopkins (51-5-1, 32 KO's) will attempt to become the oldest fighter in boxing history to obtain a major world title when he battles WBC and Ring Magazine Light Heavyweight champion Jean Pascal (26-1, 16 KO's). The fight will take place in Quebec City, Canada at the Pepsi Coliseum. Within 48 hours of tickets being placed on sale, more than 15,000 were purchased for an arena that holds 16,333 seats. The fight will be broadcast LIVE on Showtime in the United States, and distributed on pay-per-view in Canada on Canal Indigo, Bell TV, Shaw TV, and Viewer's Choice in French and English.

What does a fight against Pascal mean to Hopkins at this stage in his career?

"He brings belts to the table," said Hopkins. "He's a guy that's confident because he's champion. And when you're home, you're confident and you're also nervous. He wants to impress everybody, but he's only human. I just want to promote this 46-year-old, 45-year-old man beating up a young guy."

Hopkins added, "There's a lot of 40-year-olds running around here now and older, who are going to be dropping their cane and putting their teeth in rooting for me. At the end of the day, I am the poster boy for longevity if you do the right things early."

Hopkins has won five of his last six fights, his only loss in that time span emerging from a controversial twelve round split decision against Joe Calzaghe. In that same duration, Hopkins owns victories over Antonio Tarver, Ronald "Winky" Wright, Kelly "The Ghost" Pavlik, Enrique Ornelas and the renowned Roy Jones, Jr., all of which came by twelve round unanimous decisions. Hopkins' last knockout win was against Oscar De La Hoya in 2004. Yet, despite his age, this crafty veteran is still on top of his game. Hopkins, already the oldest fighter in boxing history to hold the middleweight title, is looking to accomplish the feat now at light heavyweight, which would also place him in boxing history as the oldest fighter ever to win a noteworthy title. Previously, Hopkins holds the record as the longest reigning middleweight champion, making 20 consecutive defenses of his titles from April 29, 1995 - July 16, 2005.

"You cannot alter history, you cannot downplay history," exclaimed Hopkins. "That's what I thrive off of right now; That's my motivation."

Hopkins added, "There are fighters that are not the same anymore. That's the risk you take when you're going in there, because being young is a blessing. Being young has a lot of benefits, but being experienced and also having a young mind and a young body is a double threat that your going up against. That's what I represent. I represent that."

Pascal, 28, was born in Haiti, but now resides in Laval, Quebec, Canada. He will have a raucous, hometown crowd supporting him in his toughest challenge to date. After losing by a twelve round unanimous decision to Carl Froch in a super middleweight clash, Pascal went on to win five consecutive fights, most recently defeating the heavily favored Chad Dawson by an 11th round technical decision. Two fights after his only professional loss to Froch, Pascal captured the WBC Light Heavyweight title when he beat Adrian Diaconu by a twelve round unanimous decision. Now, a vastly improved Pascal looks to secure a win against Hopkins, a fighter who has never been thoroughly beaten in a fight, nor was he ever knocked out.

"His biggest problem is his inexperience," stated Naazim Richardson, Hopkins' head trainer. "We're going to be able to trap him in certain exchanges, and he won't be able to take advantage of it."

Richardson believes Pascal will immediately attack Hopkins from the opening bell.

"For a young man, that's the advantage a young man takes," added Richardson. "Youth is always going to jump on the old - that's for sure. He's not going to be able to sit back and play a chess game with Bernard."

Pascal has youth on his side, but Hopkins has the edge in experience, battling a long list of A-level fighters, many of which fought him much later in his career. And still, Hopkins virtually dominated all of them, including Glen Johnson, Antwun Echols, Felix Trinidad, as well as others mentioned above. Hopkins handed Johnson (TKO 11) and Trinidad (TKO 12) their first professional defeats, and was the first fighter to knockout Oscar De La Hoya, stopping him with a perfectly timed left hook to the body in the ninth round.

Look for Hopkins to deceive Pascal by luring him into close range, so he can quickly counter him. On the other hand, Pascal owns a solid right hand, and will need to dictate the pace of this fight by utilizing his left jab and hand speed. Can Pascal overwhelm Hopkins with his swift hands? Will Pascal be able to land enough punches against an extremely clever Philadelphia boxer-puncher? Hopkins is a master at setting the tone of his fights, as he has successfully proven for countless years against practically everyone. Although he is in the twilight of his career, Hopkins knows exactly when to throw and where to place his punches effectively. Hopkins has also shown the proficient ability to fight particularly well in close quarters, something that Pascal has not displayed yet.

"I am a risk-taking guy, but I take the right, educated and smart risks," said Hopkins. "I am not a risk-guy just to say that I am going to do something that I have no shot of accomplishing. A lot of people are going to have to adjust their books after this fight, after this one-sided fight!" 

It's an intriguing match-up with many questions to be answered. How much improved and polished is Pascal after beating Dawson? Will Hopkins school another young fighter rising in the rankings, like he did to a previously unbeaten Kelly Pavlik in Atlantic City, N.J.? Can Hopkins capitalize on the defensive flaws Pascal exhibited against Dawson?

No one seemed willing to take on Pascal in his backyard except Hopkins, who knows he must be at his absolute best to acquire a decision victory, if he cannot knockout Pascal. Every time Pascal's fans cheer after he lands a punch will surely have a profound effect on the judges' scorecards, as it will maximize the actual damage Pascal's punches produce. Knowing the situation of fighting in an opponent's hometown, Hopkins was more than eager to accept the challenge, which exemplifies the belief he has in himself to succeed. Hopkins' conditioning level cannot be disputed, because he has dominated fighters much younger than him for several years. Yet, Pascal is a young lion in his prime, and is keen on adding a legend's name to his growing resume. At some point, Hopkins will not be able to sustain the level of success he has demonstrated in recent years. Will he come to that point in his career on December 18th?

11-30-2010: Bernard "The Executioner" Hopkins' Media Workout Photos From Joe Hand's Boxing Gym In Philadelphia, Pennsylvania







Sunday, November 28, 2010

Ward Decisions Bika, Retains WBA Super Middleweight Title


Andre "S.O.G." Ward (23-0, 13 KO's) defeated Sakio "The Scorpion" Bika (28-5-2, 19 KO's) by a twelve round unanimous decision, retaining his WBA Super Middleweight championship. Official scores were 120-108 (Marty Sammon) and 118-110 (Jon Schorle & Hunter Walton) twice.

In the first round, Ward and Bika exhibited extremely quick hand speed. Bika, 31, showed no fear, and violently charged at Ward from the opening bell.

Ward, 26, connected with a short left hook to Bika's body early in round two. Both fighters tried to establish their jab to initiate the exchanges, but it was Ward who displayed better balance after unleashing his shots.

Ward opened round three by landing an overhand right. Then, Bika connected with a series of rights during a clinch. After that, Ward responded by hitting Bika in the head with a left hook. Bika was very unpredictable, and threw shots from many unexpected angles. As a result, Bika was off-balance at times, which enabled Ward to land left hooks when Bika pulled straight back.

In round four, Ward was busier than Bika with the jab, and momentarily wobbled Bika after countering Bika's left jab with a sharp left hook. Clearly, Ward's punches demonstrated more pop at this point.

Bika briefly dazed Ward with a short right late in round five, although Ward fought back furiously, nailing Bika with an onslaught of left hooks and short rights.

Both men landed swift, well-placed body shots during round six in close quarters.

In round seven, Ward, showing that he was the more composed fighter, landed his punches with great accuracy. Bika's unorthodox, wild shots, which was reminiscent to Ricardo Mayorga's style versus the late Vernon Forrest, disrupted Ward's rhythm in the beginning of the fight, but by now, Ward had adjusted to it. 

Round eight brought out Ward's true character, as he dug deep and traded with Bika in close range. Late in the round, it was Bika who was connecting, although his punches were not as effective as in the previous rounds.

Ward roughed up Bika in the ninth round, landing an overhand right and scoring with fast body shots.

Again, Ward connected with an overhand right in round ten. Then, Bika tied Ward up shortly, however, Ward attacked Bika's body with vicious shots in succession.

Ward was initiating most of the action by round eleven, and caught Bika, who was bleeding from his left eye, in the face with a clean left hook.

Ward, displaying a cut on the bridge of his nose, was throwing wide shots with Bika when they got out of the clinches. Once again, Ward showed he is a complete fighter by adapting to yet another style tonight.

In his next bout, Ward will continue in Showtime's "Super Six" Tournament when he collides with Arthur Abraham, who lost by a wide margin on the scorecards to England's Carl Froch earlier in the night. Froch will now square off against Glen Johnson, who replaced Mikkel Kessler and recently defeated Allan Green.

Bika's style somewhat emulated what Ward can expect to see from Abraham. Abraham is a strong, pressure fighter, although Bika is known to be more fluid with his hands. At the moment, Ward seems well-prepared for a clash with the Armenian warrior. So far, Ward has proved he can acclimatize to any style, and is quickly rising to stardom in the boxing world.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Froch Defeats Abraham


Carl "The Cobra" Froch (27-1, 20 KO's) easily outpointed "King" Arthur Abraham (31-2, 25 KO's), reclaiming the vacant WBC Super Middleweight title at the Hartwall Arena in Helsinki, Finland. Official scores were 119-109 (Burt Clements) and 120-108 (Max DeLuca & Oren Schellenberger) twice. 

In the first round, Froch established his range with a sharp left jab, as Abraham assertively pressed the action with a high defensive guard. Froch struck Abraham repeatedly with hard rights to the body. 

Abraham, 30, closed the gap in round two, however, Froch connected more with his right hand behind a stiff left jab.

With a little over a minute left in round three, Abraham hit Froch in the head with a powerful left hook. Still, Froch, 33, dictated the pace of the round and displayed a solid chin. 

Abraham stepped up his punch output in round four, but Froch threw and landed more punches. Froch also started to put his punches together more in combination than the previous rounds.

In round six, Froch scored with a left hook at 1:50, and continued to frustrate Abraham with his superior lateral movement. 

Abraham was much more aggressive in round seven, striking Froch in the face with a potent left jab. Yet, Froch utilized his left jab, and kept using the ring to his advantage. 

Both men picked up the action in round eight. Froch backed Abraham into the corner, unloading a barrage of punches to the body and head. Abraham countered with an overhand right. Then, Froch closed the round by landing his overhand right.

Between rounds nine and ten, Abraham spit blood into a bucket in his corner, which most likely resulted from Froch peppering Abraham consistently with clean left jabs.

In round ten, Froch broke through Abraham's high defensive guard with an extremely accurate left jab. After scoring with a left hook to the body, Abraham momentarily grimaced. Abraham absorbed the shots, but Froch sent him back into the ropes when he landed a right to the body followed by a right to the head. To his credit, Abraham continued to charge forward, although he kept getting nailed by Froch's crisp left jab. Just as the round ended, Abraham struck Froch with a left hook to the head, and followed up with an overhand right. 

After feeling he was hit by a low blow in round eleven, Abraham briefly complained to referee Frank Garza. 

During round twelve, Abraham landed a grazing overhand right, but by this point, Froch had him enormously frustrated. Froch stuck to his plan of circling and firing his left jab. Froch moved in and out exceptionally well, baffling the tough Armenian fighter. Throughout the fight, Abraham very rarely got his punches off before Froch, which ultimately led to his defeat.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Broadway Boxing Returns December 1st


On Wednesday, December 1, Lou Dibella's Broadway Boxing series returns to the famed B.B. Kings Blues Club in Manhattan with another entertaining card.

In the main event, junior welterweight prospect Gabriel "Tito" Bracero (12-0, 1 KO) battles Hector "The Mongoose" Alatore, 29, (16-11, 5 KO's) in an eight round bout. Bracero, 29, will be making his 6th career appearance at B.B. Kings, and 3rd in a row. Bracero, a slick boxer, scored an eight-round, unanimous decision victory over Terry Buterbaugh in his last fight. 

In a clash of unbeaten super featherweights, Javier Fortuna (12-0, 9 KO's) squares off against Victor Valenzuela (8-0, 1 KO) in the co-main event. Four of Fortuna's last six fights have ended by a technical knockout. Just 20-years-old, Fortuna will be making his U.S. debut. Valenzuela, who resides in nearby Passaic, N.J., is looking to use his smooth boxing skills to score an upset. The bout is scheduled for eight rounds.

Also, Sonya Lamonakis (2-0, 1 KO) takes on Tiffany Woodard (3-3, 2 KO's) in a six-round, heavyweight contest. Lamonakis, a 35-year-old school teacher, won her last fight by a four-round, unanimous decision, which was a complete slugfest from the opening bell at B.B. Kings versus Alysia Williams-Stevenson.

In addition, the card will feature New York's heavyweight prospect Tor Hamer (12-1, 9 KO's), undefeated Jersey City, N.J. welterweight Alex Perez (12-0, 7 KO's), unbeaten Bronx, N.Y. junior middleweight sensation Steven Martinez (6-0, 6 KO's) and Brooklyn's lightning-quick, junior middleweight Delen Parsley, Jr. (3-0, 2 KO's) against opponents to be announced.

Tickets for Broadway Boxing are on sale now through Dibella Entertainment, and start at only $55.00. VIP Ringside tickets are $125.00, Floor Seat tickets, $75.00 and General Admission are $55.00. Tables for groups of five are also available. Tickets can be purchased by calling Dibella Entertainment: (212) 947-2577, and more information can be obtained by visiting www.dbe1.com.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Martinez KO's Williams In Rematch


Sergio "Maravilla" Martinez (46-2-2, 25 KO's) scored a sensational one-punch, 2nd round knockout against Paul "The Punisher" Williams (39-2, 27 KO's) at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J. With the victory, Martinez retained his WBC Middleweight title. Official time was 1:10.

Martinez, 35, used his first-class ring generalship to avoid Williams' brief attack in round one. Williams came out swinging, but did not land more cleaner punches in the round than Martinez. Martinez was able to get inside of Williams' 82-inch frame to connect with multiple straight left hands. Williams, 29, took Martinez' shots well, however, Martinez' left hands proved to be a sign of what was to come.

While Williams came out aggressive again to open the 2nd round, Martinez continued to counter Williams' aggression with his own. Martinez showed no fear, and would lets his hands go quickly every time he was within range. Besides Williams 82-inch reach advantage, he stands at 6' 1" tall, which leaves him vulnerable to be hit. As Williams attempted to throw a straight left, Martinez stepped forward and delivered a straight left hand to Williams' jaw that sent Williams face-first to the canvas instantly. As soon as Martinez connected with that left hand, Williams was out cold. It was one of the greatest one-punch knockouts in the history of the middleweight division, perhaps in the history of the entire sport.

The win puts Martinez in conversations for a potential bout with either Manny Pacquiao or Floyd Mayweather, Jr., possibly at a catch weight. Tonight, Martinez' bout with Williams took place at a catch weight of 158 lbs., two pounds under the middleweight limit. At 35-years-old, Martinez is younger than most 35-year-old fighters simply because he has not engaged in the brutal wars many other fighters have had by that time in their respective careers. In the meantime, Martinez without a doubt is more popular today and will be talked about now as one of the best fighters in the world, although some have already began the discussion prior to tonight's bout.

For Williams, he is still a very talented fighter who just got caught with a devastating punch. Yet, there are many reasons why that punch was able to land, and have the impact it did. If Williams is to return and make a significant impact, he must vastly improve his defense, which was a defense that had numerous holes in it prior to the rematch versus Martinez. Many in the media, in addition to countless fight fans, chose to ignore Williams' flaws beforehand when discussing where he ranked among the elite. Fighters can get away with their errors only so long before they encounter a fighter that can capitalize on all their mistakes. Williams met his match tonight. It was quite clear that Martinez studied Williams' tendencies from their first battle, made adjustments and the outcome spoke for itself. Hopefully, Williams can recover some of the momentum he had to salvage a once promising career.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Adamek Prepares For War Against Maddalone, Answers Questions About Klitschko Brothers, David Haye & Roy Jones, Jr.


Today, Tomasz Adamek (42-1, 27 KO's) held an open workout for the media at the World Boxing & Fitness Center in Jersey City, New Jersey, as he prepares for his upcoming fight on Thursday, December 9, at the Prudential Center against Vinny Maddalone (33-6, 24 KO's). The fight is being distributed in North America by Integrated Sports Media for LIVE viewing at 8pm EST/5pm PST on both cable and satellite PPV via iNDemand, DIRECTV, Avail-TVN and DISH Network in the United States, and Viewer's Choice and Bell TV in Canada for a suggested retail price of only $29.95.

Tickets priced at $53, $78, $103, and $253 (ringside) can be purchased at Prudential Center Box Office, by calling Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000 or visiting www.prucenter.com

Adamek feels his preparation is right where it should be at this time.

"I've been training hard for 7 weeks with Roger," said Adamek. "I'm ready to fight."


While Adamek seems extremely focused on Maddalone, questions continue to arise about a possible match-up versus Roy Jones, Jr. in March 2011. Adamek made the situation quite clear.

"We're in negotiation with Klitschko, David Haye and Roy Jones, Jr.," claimed Adamek. "Next year, I want a title fight. I'm ready."

Adamek added, "If we don't get a title fight, I will fight Roy Jones."

Adamek knows that his supreme conditioning has contributed to his successful career. He has also made it a priority to focus more on head movement during this training camp.

"If I am quick, I can beat everybody," declared Adamek.


Roger Bloodworth, Adamek's trainer, believes his fighter is much faster in this training camp than his previous one.

"He's a little more relaxed when he's throwing his punches, so he's faster," stated Bloodworth. "His foot movement is a little bit better than it was. He's getting a little bit better each camp. After this fight, we'll assess where he is."

Bloodworth added, "The only way you get more pop in your punch is with speed. He's coming along; He's doing it here. We'll see if he does it in the fight."


Kathy Duva, Main Events C.E.O., is really impressed by Adamek's consistency in each fight.

"Some fighters fight on emotion, sometimes they rise to the occasion, and he's just been on a straight line, which is needed for a long, fruitful career," said Duva. "He's somebody who has a very sure sense of who he is and what he wants; He is a very stable individual in every way."

Duva also addressed possible fights for Adamek if he gets past Maddalone, as well as the probability that David Haye battles a Klitschko brother in the near future.

"David Haye did 15 million on PPV in England," acknowledged Duva. "That's more money than the Klitschko brothers can generate in their own country. We're ready to go to England anytime."

Duva further commented, "His (Haye's) position, from what I've seen and heard through the media, is that he brought in 15 million in his country in his last fight, and a Klitschko brother brings in 4-5 million. The Klitschko brothers want a 50/50 split. I don't think they (Haye's team) have any right to accept that, not when you look at those economics."

Duva also stated, "Their (Klitschko brother's) team decided to keep them in Germany. They decided to completely destroy the pay-per-view market in the United States for him (Wladimir Klitschko), which would have been leverage he would have had. They basically put a ceiling on their earnings. Haye is now in the driver's seat. If they can't make a deal, and that would only happen if the Klitschko's bend tremendously in this situation, I believe his (Haye's) next best alternative is Tomasz. We would be more than happy to fight him in England. It's arguably the most competitive fight that could be made on paper. Why not do it? We're willing to be completely reasonable here."

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Pacquiao Wins 13th Straight, Damages Eye Of Tijuana Tornado


Manny Pacquiao (52-3-2, 38 KO's) captured the vacant WBC Light Middleweight title, defeating Antonio Margarito (38-7, 27 KO's) by a one-sided, twelve round unanimous decision at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Official scores were 120-108, 119-109 and 118-110. It was Pacquiao's 13th consecutive win, 2nd in a row at Cowboys Stadium.

Pacquiao, 31, opened the first round fast, circling to his left and scoring with a straight left to the body followed by a right hook to Margarito's head. Margarito, 32, never hit Pacquiao cleanly in round one, and could not get his punches off before the Filipino superstar.

In round two, Pacquiao kept fighting at a fast pace, but Margarito got more into a rhythm. He hammered Pacquiao with left and right uppercuts, and struck him with a hard right to the body. Pacquiao quickly countered with a straight left to Margarito's stomach. Then, he caught Margarito with a right hook to the head. The superior hand speed of Pacquiao continued to keep Margarito off-balance.

Margarito persisted to apply pressure in round three, although he lacked the presence of a strong left jab. Pacquiao, who found his range early in round one, blitzed Margarito with three-punch combinations from various angles.

In round four, Pacquiao hurt Margarito with a potent straight left to the body. As Margarito slowed, Pacquiao moved in with his whirlwind attack, damaging Margarito's right eye. Margarito sustained immense swelling under his right eye, along with a cut that started to bleed.

While Pacquiao was striking Margarito from a number of different angles in round five, Margarito closed the distance between them. However, Pacquiao absorbed Margarito's body and head shots.

With less than a minute left in round six, Pacquiao's left hand got caught under the top rope as he attempted to fire a straight left. As a result, Margarito briefly hurt Pacquiao with a left hook to the body. After that, Margarito landed a multitude of shots, but Pacquiao survived the assault.

In round seven, Pacquiao continued to find ways to break through Margarito's defense and land his dominant, straight left hand. At times, Margarito trapped Pacquiao and struck him with rights to the body and head.

The most competitive round in the fight was round eight. Both men exchanged sharp, accurate punches at high speed. Margarito connected with his body punches, in addition to landing hard right hands to Pacquiao's head. Margarito momentarily stunned Pacquiao with a left uppercut. Yet, Pacquiao answered quickly with precise combinations.

After going blow-for-blow with Margarito the previous round, Pacquiao used more lateral movement in round nine. Still, Margarito experienced swelling under his left eye, as he was unable to stop Pacquiao's left hand from penetrating his guard.

Just as round ten began, referee Laurence Cole asked Margarito, "How many fingers am I holding up?" Margarito gave the correct answer and the bout kept going. Next, Pacquiao unleashed a right hook that almost floored the Mexican warrior. Then, Pacquiao landed a punishing straight left to Margarito's head, but Pacquiao could not knock him out.

Margarito's right eye was now completely swollen shut. The swelling was so severely large that the bruise could quiver.

In round eleven, Pacquiao moved in and out energetically, picking Margarito apart with a barrage of punches. Subsequently, it appeared that Pacquiao was unwilling to trade shots in round twelve, choosing instead to move and stay out of any heated exchanges. Clearly, Pacquiao understood he was up on the scorecards, and elected to coast in the final round.

What's next for Manny Pacquiao after another dominating performance? Will he and Floyd Mayweather, Jr. eventually come to an agreement to give all fight fans what they want? It remains to be seen, but there is always hope.

After taking a savage beating tonight, Margarito's career as a top contender seems over. While Margarito put forth his best effort and had Pacquiao hurt a few times during the bout, he was still handled quite easily despite showing a ton of courage. It's hard to imagine Margarito back on this stage, especially when many people felt he did not deserve the opportunity he received tonight.

Whether one believes Margarito should have even been allowed to fight again after ingredients for plaster of Paris were found in his hand wraps before his bout with "Sugar" Shane Mosley on January 24, 2009, the fact remains that Margarito served the suspension handed to him by the California State Athletic Commission.

Nazim Richardson, Mosley's trainer, discovered a white substance on Margarito's hand wraps prior to the bout, and brought it to the attention of the California State Athletic Commission. Margarito re-wrapped his hands three times before finally stepping into the ring to face Mosley. Meanwhile, the California State Athletic Commission seized the original hand wraps. Later, sulfur and calcium were found on the wraps, which turn into plaster of Paris when combined with oxygen. As a result, the commission revoked Margarito's license, as well as his trainer, Javier Capetillo. Margarito has vehemently denied using these tainted wraps deliberately, and has severed ties with Capetillo. Capetillo claimed the hardened pads were inserted by accident. It is unknown if Margarito used loaded gloves in previous fights. However, stains have been found on other hand wraps used by Margarito in past fights that appear very similar to those found on the tainted ones.

Prior to battling Pacquiao, Margarito defeated Roberto Garcia by a ten round unanimous decision in Mexico on May 8, 2010. In August 2010, Margarito was denied a license in California after re-applying when his one-year suspension ended. The California State Athletic Commission denied Margarito on a 5-1 vote, although Texas granted him a license without a hearing.

 JONES EDGES KARASS 
Philadelphia's Mike Jones, 27, (23-0, 18 KO's) remained unbeaten, defeating Jesus Soto Karass (24-5-3, 16 KO's) by a ten round majority decision in an extremely competitive welterweight match-up. Official scores were 94-94, 95-94 and 97-93.

Both fighters started round one by trying to impose their will. In round two, Jones opened a cut above Karass' right eye. Then, Jones unleashed a flurry of punches with Karass against ropes. Karass protected himself as well as he could, but took many clean shots. The most damaging punches that got through the guard of Karass was Jones' right uppercut and left hook. Jones exerted a great deal of energy going for the knockout, and he would pay the price in the next round for not finishing him. 

Karass sustained an additional cut over his left eye in round three. Conversely, Jones was gassed from his attempt at trying to knock out Karass the previous round. Karass kept charging forward, hammering Jones with a series of rights and lefts to the body, which significantly slowed him down. 

In round four, Karass pressed the action at a slightly slower pace. Jones started to bleed from his mouth. Karass viciously attacked Jones' body, although Jones got a second wind and managed to land numerous clean shots.
Karass outworked Jones in the fifth round, exhibiting a higher punch output. As the fight moved into the sixth round, Jones displayed the effects of Karass' steady body assault. Nevertheless, Jones bounced back with a strong seventh round, landing his right uppercut and quickly countering Karass as he circled around the ring. Still, Karass kept coming at him, unleashing countless body shots followed by a hard right hand.

Karass sent Jones stumbling into the ropes after he connected with a straight right hand in the eighth round. Jones' left eye became extremely swollen. As the fighters walked to their respective corners when the bell rang, Karass gave Jones a long stare.

The ringside doctor examined Karass during round nine, but let the fight continue. Karass had blood pouring out of his two cuts above each eye, while Jones' two eyes were enormously swollen and he was still bleeding from his mouth.

For being in a toe-to-toe war with Karass, Jones moved around the ring exceptionally well in the tenth round. He snapped Karass' head back a few times with his right uppercut, and landed the crisper punches in the round. In spite of this, a solid left hook by Karass slowed Jones a bit in the final thirty seconds. In the end, it was amazing that both fighters managed to stay on their feet throughout this brutal war.

RIGONDEAUX WINS SPLIT DECISION

In super bantamweight action, Guillermo Rigondeaux (7-0, 5 KO's) won a twelve round split decision versus Ricardo Cordoba (37-3-2, 27 KO's). Official scores were 114-112 for Cordoba, and 117-109 and 114-112 for Rigondeaux.

Rigondeaux, 30, floored Cordoba in the fourth round with a vicious, well-timed straight left to the body. After that, Rigondeaux went for the knockout, although Cordoba managed to survive. 

In round six, Cordoba, 28, registered a knockdown when Rigondeaux' right glove touched the canvas after Cordoba struck him with a right jab. After getting to his feet, Rigondeaux immediately nailed Cordoba with a straight left.

Rigondeaux connected with a sharp right uppercut in the seventh round, but Cordoba took the punch well. Throughout most of the fight, Rigondeaux showed his superior ring generalship, defensive mastery and a sound, natural coordination. Cordoba had a tremendous amount of trouble striking Rigondeaux with clean, effective punches. The score of 114-112 was utterly ridiculous in favor of Cordoba. Rigondeaux, a southpaw, clearly controlled the pace of this fight and never encountered any significant danger. 

RIOS TKO's LOWTHER

Lightweight contender Brandon Rios (26-0-1, 19 KO's) scored a fifth round TKO against Omri Lowther (14-3, 10 KO's). Official time of the stoppage was 2:17. 

The 24-year-old from Oxnard, California hurt Lowther, 26, with under a minute to go in round three when he landed an overhand right. Moments later, Rios struck and dazed Lowther again with a powerful left hook to the head, but Lowther made it out of the round.

Rios hurt Lowther many times with left hooks in the fourth round. Finally, Rios wobbled Lowther with consecutive right hands in round five. When Rios snapped Lowther's head back with another right hand, referee Raul Caiz Jr. promptly stopped the fight.

Rios applied steady pressure in each round. As the rounds progressed, it was evident that Lowther's punches lacked the power to hurt Rios. Rios placed his punches precisely, patiently created and looked for openings, and hurt Lowther every time he landed.

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