By: Sean Crose
Fox Sports 1 aired the early portion of Saturday’s Erislandy Lara – Greg Vendetti PBC card live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. The undercard saw super lightweight Justin Pauldo, 13-1, face the 21-3-3 Josec Ruiz in a scheduled eight round affair. The fast paced fighters went the distance and the battle resulted in Pauldo wining by unanimous decision.
The undercard also featured super welterweight Thomas LaMana, 28-3-1, in a scheduled 10 rounder against the 18-1 Brian Mendoza. LaMana had his moments throughout the bout, but the judges ultimately gave the nod to Mendoza via unanimous decision.
By: William Holmes
On Saturday night the Rabobank Arena in Bakersfile California will be the host site for Al Haymon’s Premier Boxing Champions Card. This event will be shown live on Fox Sports 1.
The main event will be a Super Middleweight bout between former world titlist Peter Quillin and Alfredo Angulo. The co-main event of the evening will be between Miguel Beltran Jr. and Chris Colbert in the lightweight division.
The undercard is stacked with fights and well known contenders and prospects. Fighters on the undercard include Thomas Dulorme, Jesus Ramos, Gary Antonio Russell, Francisco Ochoa, and Gary Antuanne Russell.
The following is a preview of the co-main event and main event of the evening.
Chris Colbert (12-0) vs. Miguel Beltran Jr. (33-7); Lightweights
The co-main event of the night will be between Chris Colbert and Miguel Beltran Jr. in the lightweight division.
Colbert is a high ceiling prospects that actually qualified for the 2016 Olympics but decided to not participate and turned pro instead. Colbert is a former Golden Gloves Champion. Beltran has faced some significant opposition as a professional, but has no notable amateur experience.
Colbert is only twenty two years old and is eight years younger than Beltran. Colbert has also been significantly more active ein the past two years. He fought three times in 2019 and twice in 2018. Beltran has yet to fight in 2019 and fought twice in 2018.
Beltran does appear to have an edge in power. Beltran has twenty two stoppage victories while Colbert only has four stoppage wins. However, Beltran has been stopped twice in his career while Colbert is undefeated.
It should also be noted that Beltran is 2-2 in his last four fights.
Beltran doesn’t have many notable wins. His biggest wins were against Fernando Garcia, Miguel Roman, and Eduardo Lazcano. He has losses to Yuriorkis Gamboa, Casey Ramos, Francisco Gabiel Pina, Luis Sanchez, Carlos Diaz Ramirez, Roman Martinez, and Joksan Hernandez.
Colbert has never been defeated as a pro. He has defeated the likes of Alberto Mercado, Mario Briones, Josh Hernandez, Fatiou Fassinou, Austin Dulay, and Titus Williams.
This should be an easier win for an uprising Colbert against a downward trending Beltran.
Peter Quillin (34-1-1) vs. Alfredo Angulo (25-7); Super Middleweights
Peter Quillin is a former belt holder in the middleweight division, until he lost it by TKO to Daniel Jacobs. Since then he hasn’t been very active and only fought once in 2019, once in 2018, and once in 2017.
Luckily he is facing someone who has fought only once in 2019, once in 2018 and zero times in 2017. Both Angulo and Quillin are past their primes, but Quillin is one year younger at thirty six years old. They are about equal in power, with Angulo having twenty one stoppage victories and Quillin having twenty three stoppage victories.
Quillin will have a four inch height advantage and about a two inch reach advantage. Quillin also has a clear edge in speed over the at times plodding Angulo.
Quillin had a rather short amateur career and turned pro at a young age. Angulo competed for Mexico in the 2004 Olympics.
Quillin has defeated the likes of J’Leon Love, Michael Zerafa, Lukas Konecny, Gabriel Rosado, Fernando Guerrero, Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam, Ronald Wright, and Craig McEwan. His lone loss was to Daniel Jacobs.
Angulo does not have the professional resume of Quillin. He has defeated the likes of Evert Bravo, Jorge Silva, Raul Casarez, Joachim Alcine, Joel Julio, Harry Joe Yorgey, and Gabriel Rosado. His losses were to Kermit Cintron, James Kirkland, Sergio Mora, Freddy Hernandez, James De La Rosa, Canelo Alvarez, and Erislandy Lara.
Angulo has struggled as of late and has gone 3-5 in his last eight fights. Even though Quillin is getting older, he still has the goods to dispatch of Angulo.
By: Hans Themistode
The Super Middleweight division has a new champion to contend with.
Caleb Plant (18-0, 10 KOs) outclassed Jose Uzcategui (28-3, 23 KOs) tonight as he won a unanimous decision and picked up Uzcateguis IBF title in the process. The scorecards read 115-111 and two scores of 116-110 all in favor of the new champion.
Plant did an excellent job of boxing and moving all night. Uzcategui just couldn’t seem to find a rhythm as Plant made him miss countless shots. It was no surprise that Uzcategui would be at a major disadvantage in the boxing department. However it was believed that he had the edge in terms of power. That seemed to be in favor of Plant as well as he knocked Uzcategui down early in the second round. He then placed the former champion on the canvas for the second time in the fourth round. The rest of the fight played out mostly under Plants terms. Hitting Uzcategui whenever he wanted while causing his opponent to hit nothing but air.
The first half of the fight was all Plant but the second half however saw things become a lot more competitive. Uzcategui managed to his opponent with huge bombs as Plant seemed to be winded going down the stretch. Although Uzcategui came on strong during the championship rounds he gave away too many rounds in the first half of the fight to complete his comeback.
Just a few short months ago Uzcategui was viewed as possibly the best at the Super Middleweight division. His ability to come forward and land big power shots were thought to have a damning effect on anyone he would be matched up with. Tonight Plant showed that the former champion is too one dimensional and took full advantage.
A win over Uzcategui is impressive but it becomes even more eye opening when you consider just how dominant Plant was tonight. The Super Middleweight division has a ton of great fighters. However Plant might just be better than the rest.
By Jake Donovan
From brand inception through present day, the brass at Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) have looked past mounting criticism of its product with its eyes on the bigger picture.
Its parternship with Fox Sports has already begun to show why patience remains a virtue.
The rebranding of the PBC on Fox primetime boxing series—which was formally announced during a glossy press conference on November 13—is due to launch with a December 22 tripleheader live from Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. The event will kick off a lucrative multi-year agreement between PBC and Fox Sports, with live shows due to run monthly in primetime on Fox and FS1.
The first show under the new agreement is headlined by the Charlo twins—Jermall and Jermell—in separate title bouts, marking the first time either Charlo serves in the main event of a primetime boxing telecast after years of frequently playing in supporting capacity on cable giant Showtime. Jermall (27-0, 21KOs) defends his interim middleweight title versus Willie Monore, Jr. (23-3, 6KOs) in the main event, while Jermell (31-0, 15KOs) defends his 154-pound strap versus Tony Harrison (27-2, 21KOs) in the co-feature.
Both bouts served as the first offerings of Fox’s ‘PBC Countdown’ series, airing this past Saturday immediately following the network’s live coverage of Major League Soccer (MLS) Cup series. ‘PBC Countdown: Jermall Charlo vs. Willie Monroe Jr.’ drew a favorable 1.0 overnight rating (roughly 1.2 million viewers; final figures to come Tuesday morning) for its 11:00pm timeslot, doing well on an active sports night to hold the majority of the audience from MLS Cup, which at 1.35 million viewers drew its best televised audience since 1998.
The 11:30pm-slotted ‘PBC Countdown: Jermell Charlo vs. Tony Harrison’ special pulled a 0.6 overnight rating.
“The PBC’s entire mission has been to find a partnership that will allow boxing to reach a mass audience and we believe we’ve found that partner in FOX,” Tim Smith, vice president of communication for PBC told BoxingInsider.com. “Having an opportunity to reach a potential audience of 120 million viewers on a regular monthly basis with events and other shows is a real game changer for the sport.”
The launching of ‘PBC Countdown’ comes on the heels of network promos for the December 22 telecast having frequently run during every edition of NFL (National Football League) on Fox since the initial November 13 network presser.
The latest batch came in Sunday’s Game of the Week offering, where the Dallas Cowboys beat the Philadelphia Eagles in an overtime thriller which produced a 16.0 overnight rating, the best for any NFL afternoon game this season. Promos for the Charlos’ bouts were also part of network coverage which drew more than 50 million viewers for pro and college football a week ago, as well as back-to-back Thursday Night Football telecasts on Fox—both featuring the Cowboys in games watched by more than 53 million combined viewers.
Network promos will continue to run throughout this Thursday’s edition of NFL on Fox, pitting the 11-2 Kansas City Chiefs versus the 10-3 Los Angeles Chargers in a game with major playoff implications at stake. The Charlos will garner more exclusive coverage this Saturday afternoon, starring in the network’s debut of ‘PBC Face-To-Face’ series hosted by award-winning sports writer Mike Coppinger.
Similar coverage will come with every edition of PBC on Fox. The next primetime edition will air January 26—also live from Brooklyn, New York—followed by shows on February 14 and March 9 leading into the debut of “PBC on Fox Pay-Per-View”, headlined by Errol Spence Jr. in a welterweight title defense versus Mikey Garcia, who moves up from lightweight in a battle of unbeaten pound-for-pound entrants.
Spence and Garcia have both benefitted from NFL exposure, each making separate appearances at Cowboys Stadium for November 22 and November 29 games which aired live on Fox.
The November 22 Thanksgiving edition drew 30.8 million viewers, while the November 29 showing—in which the Cowboys upset the NFL-best New Orleans Saints—drew more than 21 million viewers, the best-ever showing for any NFL Thursday Night Football installment (excluding Thanksgiving games) since the primetime series debuted five years ago.
“Our boxers have made in game appearances on NFL broadcasts that have been viewed by tens of millions of people,” Smith points out. “[T]he Charlos, who fight on December 22 have been the beneficiaries of the first Countdown show and teases of their upcoming fights during each NFL game on FOX since the fight was announced.
“That’s the kind of complete commitment that will foster real growth in the sport. We’re excited about the 2019 season of PBC on FOX.”
Over in Ontario, California – around 35 miles east of Los Angeles – Victor Ortiz and John Molina were meant to be facing off over the course of a scheduled 12 rounds with both men looking for one final crack at the big time. That was until Ortiz got himself in a spot of bother with the police, having handed himself in on charges of sexual assault – a wholly serious affair – promoter Tom Brown was forced to bump Brandon Figueroa vs Oscar Escandon to main event with The Hearbreaker, Figueroa, looking to move 17 and 0 against the gritty Colombian and former world title challenger.
Flying high as a professional, Brandon Figueroa was seeking to claim the biggest scalp of his career in the form of Oscar Escandon and with a streak of three successive knockouts, he certainly fancied his chances pre-fight of getting the job done within the scheduled 10 rounds.
Figueroa stood firm at the centre of the ring, statuesque for the first thirty seconds before resting on the shoulder of Escandon and working the inside pockets, getting big shots his Colombian opponent along with the occasional swift overhand.
Escandon looked to push the case for himself and extended his jab frequently, looking busy and fresh with his work but landing nothing of particular substance. Figueroa, on the other hand, was landing the more noticeable shots with a cracking straight left landing flush to the face of his opponent.
Fighting in the light blue shorts, Figueroa took a heavy tumble in the second – and a tumble, only – and sought to double up on the jab as he switched stances periodically. A real tussle emerged on the ropes with both men firing across the horizon, Escandon tagged the younger boxer with a god body shot to bring a wry smile from the face of Figueroa.
A real postage stamp fight over the opening third of the fight, both men were mixing it with good shots of their own but it was the younger fighter that, perhaps predictably, was showing the better energy and landed a couple of solid left hooks to keep Escandon in check.
Escandon was seeking to echo the plan of Figueroa in working on the inside and wearing down the body and whilst he was finding moderate success, it was hard to claim he was winning the fight.
Cut above the left eye, it made no difference to the strategy and confidence of Figueroa who snapped in and out of range from his counterpart but remained ever constant with accurate jabs and crisp left hand shots.
Round 5 of a scheduled 10 saw the fight from a little more with Figueroa starting to dictate the pace of the bout to greater effectiveness, good left hooks from the body saw Escandon visibly slow in his movements but he kept firing shots into his opponent – showing plenty of guts.
Figueroa snapped back immediately, hurting his man but chose not to follow up in pursuit of a stoppage and the rhythm continued into the latter half of the fight with both men finding pockets of success throughout each fight but Figueroa controlling much of the bout with his superior work-rate and more vicious punch intention.
Just when the bout looked destined for a routine points victory, Figueroa wound up and landed a flush right uppercut to the chin of his man to send his to the canvas in an instant – Escandon tried to get back up but only collapsed back, a sickening punch and a mesmerising knockout. Job done for Brandon Figueroa.
Joe Joyce, the British protagonist, was making his Stateside debut against Iago Kiladze, the Georgian Grizzly Bear, with the Juggernaut seeking to make an immediate splash over in America.
Up against Kiladze this fight was always going to be a “Joe Joyce showcase” with there being very little genuine hope of Kiladze springing an upset but the former cruiserweight prospect is known for his ability to make situations difficult so it was pertinent that Joyce stuck to the fundamentals that have seen him go to 5 and 0 in the space of a year and claim the Commonwealth title along the way.
The arts graduate from Putney, London, was punching downwards against a smaller opponent but Kiladze scampered across the ring during the early phases, skipping his way along the ropes on his toes and evading the awkward limbs of Joyce.
With eyes set on his Georgian counterpart in a manner akin to a bird of prey, Joyce never looked anything but focussed and mirrored Kiladze’s movement to an inch, Joyce began to target the body and, as he did, Kiladze threw back some adventurous shots of his own.
Into the second round we moved and a huge hook, seemingly from nowhere, sent Kiladze to the canvas with an audible thud. Sensing the stoppage was near, Joyce continued to pepper the body of his more experienced opponent, sinking his hands into the ribcage of Kiladze.
Kiladze, beginning to look worse for wear, seemed now to stagger as opposed to scamper and a left hook followed by a right and another left to the head of Kiladze saw his head bobble around like a ship in a stormy sea – the scarlet red face of Kiladze was a testament to the power that Joyce possesses.
The British heavyweight began to loosen up as the fight progressed and towards the end of a, relatively dull, third round, he exploded into the body of Kiladze – who was on the ropes – twisting the full power of his torso into the shots and dropping the Georgian to the canvas for a second time.
For the third time in the fight Kiladze hit the floor, in the fifth round, with a shot that, actually, was just a tentative, pawing jab from the big Putney man but it was enough, he’d had enough and returned to his corner, to secure Joe Joyce a 6th win and his 6th by knockout.
In the opening heavyweight bout of the evening Efe Ajagba (6-0, 5KOs) took on a fellow unbeaten professional in Nick Jones (7-0, 5KOs) with the 2016 Olympian hoping to get a stiffer contest than his, now infamous, one second bout versus Curtis Harper back in August.
Standing 6foot 5inches tall, Ajagba came into the ring looking like a figure sculpted from clay, impeccably formed and he led with a rangy, reaching left jab before landing some big right hands early on to signal his intentions from the off.
Looking patient from the centre of the ring Ajagba was in clear control even from the immediate offerings and Jones began to soak shots up almost instantaneously, several clubbing rights landing to the temple of Jones with those snapping hands of Ajagba breaking Jones’ guard with an alarming frequency.
With Jones ignoring the warning signs, Ajagba barely even flicked up a gear as he pieced together the punches with ease, throwing a soft left jab to tee up a crunchy nut of a right hook, snapping the neck of his counterpart back to send him crumpling to the canvas. A first round stoppage for Efe Ajagba within two minutes of the bell – the 24 year old moves to 7 and 0 with five of those victories now coming in the opening round.
Earlier on in the evening Jesse Rodriguez advanced his unbeaten record to seven without defeat when he issued Ediwn Reyes with an eight round shellacking, the scorecards were 80-72, 80-72 and 79-73, whilst Stephen Fulton dazzled over the course of eight rounds against, 102 fight veteran, German Meraz with some hard-hitting body shots and impressive hand speed – the scores for that contest were 80-71 across the board as Fulton moves to 14 and 0.
Brandon Figueroa lived up to his name, breaking the heart of Escandon but the real story of the night was Joe Joyce who lived up to expectations and moves on to December 1st, the undercard of Wilder-Fury, with both Luis Ortiz and Gerald Washington as rumoured opponents.
The world awaits!
By: Ken Hissner
At the Beau River Resort & Casino, in Biloxi, MS, Saturday, Premier Boxing Champions and Tom Brown’s TGB Promotions co-promoted over USA FS1.
In the Main Event Super Lightweight Eddie “El Escorpion” Ramirez, 17-2 (11), of Chicago, IL, was knocked down 3 times losing to former IBF Super World champion Dominican Argenis Mendez, 25-5-1 (12), of Brooklyn, NY, in a 10 rounder.
Photo Credit: Premier Boxing Champions Twitter Account
In the first round Ramirez started fast using a jab and left hooks to the body of Mendez. Mendez came back with a lead right to the chin of Ramirez. Mendez seconds later repeated with the right to the head of Ramirez who ducked into it. Mendez was warned for a low blow by Referee Freddy Steinwinder.
In the second round Ramirez landed a half dozen unanswered punches to the body and head of Mendez. Ramirez landed a right uppercut to the chin of Mendez. Ramirez landed a long right to the chin of Mendez. Mendez countered with a right to the shin of Ramirez knocking him down to his knees falling forward with his head on the canvas.
In the third round Mendez went for the finish and got hit with a right uppercut to the chin. Mendez came back with a right to the head of Ramirez dropping him. Inside Mendez landed five unanswered punches. Ramirez came back pushing Mendez into a corner with a flurry of punches. In the fourth round Mendez had his hands high as Ramirez landed half a dozen punches to the head and body of Mendez. Mendez came back throwing punches to the head of Ramirez. Both fighters exchanged right hands to the chin.
In the fifth round Ramirez landed a flurry of body and head punches on Mendez. Mendez came back with a vicious left hook to the midsection of Ramirez dropping him to his knees. Mendez followed up with a right to the chin of Ramirez knocking him down again. Mendez ended the round with a left hook to the head of Ramirez.
In the sixth round Mendez came out throwing bombs hurting Ramirez with a solid right to the head. Ramirez came back hurting Mendez with a right to the head. Ramirez landed a short right to the head of Mendez driving him into a corner. Ramirez drove Mendez into another corner of the ring with a two handed attack.
In the seventh round Ramirez keeps coming forward outworking Mendez. In the final minute of the round it was Mendez landed with his right to the head of Ramirez. Ramirez landed half a dozen unanswered punches to the head and body of Mendez until he got hit with a Mendez chopping right to the head of Ramirez.
In the eighth round Ramirez out landed Mendez who was on the defense. It was Mendez landing several hard rights to the head of Ramirez at the bell. In the ninth round it was Mendez on the attack wrestling Ramirez to the canvas and falling with him. Ramirez is landing while Mendez is loading up. Both were throwing punches at the bell.
In the tenth and final round Ramirez was on the attack making Mendez holding on. Mendez came back with combinations backing Ramirez up. Both fighters exchanged right hands to the head. Mendez landed a good right to the head of Ramirez who tied him up. In the last ten seconds Mendez danced around like the round was over.
Judges scores were 98-88, 97-89 and 99-87. This writer had it 94-93.
In the co-feature 2012 Olympic Silver Medalist Mongolian Featherweight Tugstsogt “King Tug” Nyambayer, 10-0 (9), of L.A., CA, came off the canvas in the first round but scored three knockdowns stopping Oscar Escandon, 25-4 (17), of Ibague, COL, at 1:18 of the third round.
In the first round the taller Nyambayer is using an effective jab. Escandon got inside landing well to the body with a left hook. An overhand right to the head from Escandon dropped Nyambayer to a knee.
In the second round Escandon landed a double left hook to the head of Nyambayer. Backing up Nyambayer landed a right uppercut to the chin of Escandon. A left uppercut from Nyambayer to the body set up a right to the chin of Nyambayer dropping him. Nyambayer went after Escandon dropping him a second time with a right to the head. The last ten seconds instead of going after Escandon Nyambayer stood with his hands on his knees daring him to throw a punch.
In the third round a big right hand from Nyambayer to the chin dropped Escandon twice. As Referee Keith Hughes looked like he may stop the bout Nyambayer dropped Escdandon a third time with a right to the chin with Referee Hugh’s waving it off.
Super Welterweight Justin “The Chosen One” DeLoach, 17-3 (9), of Augusta, GA, blew an early lead getting dropped twice late in the fight losing to Jeison “Banana” Rosario, 15-1-1 (11), of Santo Domingo, DR, in 10.
In the first round Rosario keeps coming forward with hands held high getting countered by a right to the body from DeLoach. DeLoach took the lead going to the body of Rosario. In the second round DeLoach starts out with a lead right to the head of Rosario. Rosario snapped back the head of DeLoach with a solid jab. Rosario landed an overhand right to the head of DeLoach at the bell.
In the third round Rosario opened up with a lead right to the head of DeLoach. DeLoach warned for a low blow by Referee Bill Clancy. Rosario was following DeLoach around the ring looking for that big punch. Rosario missed a big right and got countered by a left hook from DeLoach to the chin.
In the third round DeLoach landed a right to the chin followed by a right to the body of Rosario.
Rosario at the middle of the round landed a right to the head of DeLoach. Rosario landed a left hook to the chin of DeLoach. In the fourth round Rosario continues to follow DeLoach but getting countered. Rosario walked right into a counter right on the chin by DeLoach. Rosario landed a lead right to the head with a minute left in the round. Rosario warned for a low blow. Rosario landed a left uppercut to the chin of DeLoach at the bell.
In the fifth round DeLoach came forward landing a right to the chin of Rosario. DeLoach dropped his hands to his side while backing up using his jab countering with his right. A sweeping left hook from Rosario dropped DeLoach face first to the canvas with twenty seconds left in the round. He was up at Referee Clancy’s 8 count.
In the sixth round Rosario was warned for a punch behind the head of DeLoach while in a clinch. Rosario hurt DeLoach with a right to the head making DeLoach hold. In the seventh round DeLoach’s nose is bleeding but he is throwing more punches than Rosario who continues to load up. Twice DeLoach jumped in and grabbed Rosario using the ring making Rosario miss when he does throw punches.
In the ninth round DeLoach continued to move and stick with his jab and counter rights. DeLoach landed a counter left hook to the chin of Rosario. Rosario landed a right over a DeLoach jab to the head knocking his head back.
In the tenth and final round Rosario landed a right to the head of DeLoach who took it well. Rosario landed a right to the back of the head of DeLoach who took a knee. Referee Clancy ruled it a knock down. Rosario landed a very low left hook on DeLoach and was warned one more warning and a point would be taken.
Judges scores were 97-91, 96-93 and 96-92 and this writer 94-94.
Lightweight southpaw Joshua “SBD” Zuniga, 9-1 (4), of L.A, CA, lost for the first time to Justin Pauldo, 11-1 (5), of Orlando, FL, over 8.
In the first round both boxers were using their jabs feeling each other out. Pauldo got in a couple of lead rights on the chin of the southpaw Zuniga. In the second round Pauldo landed a lead straight right to the chin of Ramirez inside of the first 30 seconds. Zuniga does a lot of feinting but little connecting. Pauldo times his jab landing his straight right.
In the third round Ramirez landed a solid left to the chin of Pauldo getting the crowd into it. Ramirez missed with a left that Pauldo countered with a right to the chin of Ramirez. Ramirez rushed Pauldo landing a left to the chin before getting tied up by Pauldo. In the fourth round Zuniga landed a lead left to the chin of Pauldo. Ramirez rushed in and got hit with a Pauldo right uppercut to the midsection. Zuniga landed a lead left to the chin of Pauldo, who came back with a right to the chin of Zuniga. Pauldo continued landing the right to the chin of Zuniga. Just prior to the end of the round Pauldo had Ramirez in trouble. It was the best round up to this point.
In the fifth round Pauldo landed a right to the chin of Zuniga. Zuniga landed a good right hook to the side of the head of Pauldo. Zuniga keeps pumping the jab but it isn’t landing as much as it is a keeping Pauldo on the defense. Pauldo got in the last punch of the round a right to the chin of Zuniga. In the sixth round Zuniga landed a solid lead left to the chin of Pauldo on several occasions. Pauldo landed several right uppercuts to the body of Zuniga. He was warned by Referee Bill Clancy for a low blow.
Zuniga went to the body with both hands. Pauldo was warned a second time about a low blow. Then again about landing a punch after referee Clancy told him to break.
In the seventh round Zuniga landed a hard left to the chin of Pauldo. Zuniga got counter
ed by a left hook to the head by Pauldo. Zuniga is looking to hurt Pauldo being behind but got rocked by a Pauldo right to the chin. Pauldo decided to keep it in the middle of the ring the last minute. Zuniga landed the last punch of the round with a left to the chin of Pauldo.
In the eighth and final round Zuniga rushed out and got hurt with a left hook from Pauldo on the chin.
Pauldo landed a good combination with Zuniga countering with a left to the chin of Pauldo. Zuniga landed half a dozen punches before Pauldo countered with a right. Pauldo pushed Zuniga to the ropes leaning on him. Both boxers were their first eight. Zuniga looked the fresher of the two in the final round.
Judges scores were 79-73 twice and 78-74 with this writer 77-75.
By: Andrew Johnson
Jamal “Shango” James (22-1, 10 KOs) faces fellow welterweight Abel Ramos (18-2-2, 13 KOs) this Friday night in PBC on FS1’s main event (FS1 9:00 EST) at the historic Armory in downtown Minneapolis.
James is the WBA’s #4 welterweight contender and hopes to use the platform offered by the nationally televised event to legitimize his place among the top fighters at 147 lbs. Proud of his Minnesota roots, James wants to continue the recent momentum in Minnesota boxing that began with Caleb Truax upset of James DeGale last December.
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James, whose nickname means “African God of Thunder”, climbed up the rankings as a slick, defensive, counter-puncher with an impressive jab. At 6’2”, he reminds some fans of an early 1980s Thomas Hearns, but Shango employs a very different boxing strategy than the Motor City Cobra.
“The best thing I do in the ring is not get hit.” James told the media during Wednesday’s press conference. “I try to bring a little bit of the art back (to boxing). I am not a super big slugger, but I can still hurt you.”
He hurt Diego Chaves in his last fight and knocked out the rugged, Argentine veteran. James kept his distance in the fight’s early minutes with his long, weaponized jab, but brought the thunder late in the third round with a left hook to the body that put Chaves on the canvas and ended the fight.
Friday’s fight will be the first-time James has fought in Minnesota in over three years. He began boxing at the age of five when his mother brought him to Circle of Discipline gym in South Minneapolis. The trainers at the gym teach footwork and crisp punching to aspiring boxers, but also focus on faith and building character in youth whose backs are against the wall. After nearly 25 years of training at the gym, James embodies the holistic approach to the fight game preached by the Circle of Discipline.
“I am at a place in my life where I can give life back to others. I was able to bring a big event like this to Minnesota and we gave tickets to a ton of kids from low-income homes who may not have been able to afford it.” James told the Boxing Insider after the press conference. “We have given 100 tickets to high schools around the city and more to other organizations. I pray and hope that the more success I have, the more I am able to help my organization and community.”
If Jamal James wants a title shot in the next year, he needs to shine against Ramos on Friday night. Simply avoiding Abel Ramos’ punches and winning an uninspired decision may not be enough to make noise in a division full of marquee names and big money fights.
Ramos moved up to 147 lbs. for his last fight and won via TKO. He said that fighting at a heavier weight will allow him to bring new strength and endurance to the ring on Friday and is confident that he will defeat James in his homecoming and the return of boxing to the Armory.
There will be snow on the streets of Minneapolis, but the atmosphere inside the Armory should be electric as the hometown crowd receives Jamal “Shango” James and welcomes boxing back to a building that hosted legends like Sugar Ray Robinson and Joe Louis decades ago.
Cuban Ugas stopped Lara at Tunica!
By: Ken Hissner
FS-1 Premier Boxing Champions promoted at the Fitz Casino & Hotel in Tunica, MS, Tuesday night.
In the main event Cuban Yordenis Ugas, 19-3 (9), out of Las Vegas, stopped Nicaraguan Nelson Lara, 17-8 (7), out of Costa Rica at 0:29 of the second round on a bad cut..
In the opening round Ugas was landing right hands to the body of the much shorter Lara. Lara answered with wide punches mostly missing. In the second round Ugas landed a right uppercut opening a bad cut over the left eye of Lara followed by a straight right to the head dropping him. Referee Bill Clancy called in the ring physician but made the final decision himself stopping the fight.
In a co-feature welterweight match Mexican 2012 Olympian Oscar Molina, 13-2-1 (10), out of Norwalk, CA, was soundly beaten by Levan “The Wolf” Ghvamichava, of Poti, GA, over 10 rounds.
In the opening round Molina who was moving down from super welterweight to welterweight used an effective jab while moving to his left having Ghvamichava following him and not cutting off the ring. In round two Ghvamichava who was moving up from super lightweight started showing his power going to the body of Molina while having his hands high giving Molina little offense to get through to his chin. In the third round Molina was using his jab but Ghvamichava is still going to the body very well.
In the fourth round Ghvamichava took control while Molina stayed in the middle of the ring instead of moving and he paid the price. With 10 seconds to go in the round Molina landed his best punch up until then an overhand right to the head of Ghvamichava who countered with his own right to the head. In the fifth round Molina was back to using his jab but Ghvamichava was using double jabs to the body followed by rights to the head of Molina.
In the sixth round Ghvamichava dropped Molina with a short right to the head down to a knee. The referee called it a slip. In the seventh round it seemed like the best round of the fight. Molina was landing good left hooks but one at a time.
In the eighth round Ghvamichava was waking right through Molina’s jab landing with both hands to the body and head of Molina.
In the ninth round Molina continued using the one punch left hook instead of using combinations. He landed a lead right to the head of Ghvamichava getting his attention. In the tenth and final round Molina was desperate knowing he was behind throwing wild punches with most only hitting air. Ghvamichava continued what he was doing since the second round coming forward taking it to Molina with double left hooks to the body and rights to the head.
The judges had it 98-92 twice and 97-93 as did this writer have it 97-93.
PBC on Fox Sports 1 Results: Leduan Barthelemy and Kyrone Davis Win Tuesday in CA!
By: Ken Hissner
At the Robinson Rancheria in Nice, CA, over PBC in the main event southpaw Cuban Leduan Barthelemy, 13-0 (7), now out of Las Vegas, from the Barthelemy family, after a tough eight rounds stopped Dominican Reynaldo Blanco, 14-4 (8), at 1:30 of the ninth round when Blanco’s corner threw in the towel shortly after Blanco was dropped.
The much taller Barthelemy dominated the first round as Blanco dropped down to 130 from his usual 135 on two weeks notice and used his right hand when possible. In the second and third rounds Blanco became the aggressor back Barthelemy up in a close round. In the fourth round it was Barthelemy being the aggressor hurting Blanco with a counter right hand to the head. Blanco’s right eye was starting to swell.
In the fifth and sixth rounds Barthelemy continued countering as Blanco was the aggressor throwing right hands against the southpaw. In the seventh round after an even six rounds Barthelemy kept setting up Blanco with a long jab and hook hurt Blanco. It looked like Blanco’s corner was not letting him out for the ninth but out came Blanco for the ninth round. Barthelemy dropped Blanco with a right hook to the chin. His corner waved to him to stay down but up he was at eight. It wasn’t seconds before Blanco’s corner threw in the towel at 1:30 of the ninth round.
In the semi-final as expected it was a war with southpaw Kyrone “Shut It Down” Davis, 12-1 (5), of Wilmington, DE, won a split decision over Mark Hernandez, 9-1 (2), of Fresno, CA, over ten rounds of action.
In the opening round though only having two knockouts in his nine wins Hernandez showed power with right uppercuts while Davis forced the action driving Hernandez into a neutral corner setting the stage for the entire fight. In the second round Hernandez came back in this round and near the end of the round rocked Davis with a left hook and a pair of right uppercuts. In the third round Davis outpunched Hernandez three to one but Hernandez had power on his right uppercuts. The corner of Davis in his trainer Stephen “Breadman” Edwards out of Philadelphia kept warning him about the uppercuts from Hernandez. In the fourth and fifth round Davis put on a vicious display of body shots that were breaking down Hernandez.
In the sixth round Hernandez was landing some left hooks to the head of Davis while being pushed into a neutral corner. Davis continued working the body taking several warnings from referee Dan Stell.
In the seventh round in what looked like a border line shot from Davis referee Stell stopped the action and took a point from Davis. Davis did enough to earn a 9-9 round. In the eighth round Davis continued outworking Hernandez who was slowed down with a barrage of body shots.
In the ninth round which was a first for both fighters Davis continued to keep Hernandez on the ropes outworking him but on several occasions would be hit with a right uppercut or left hook both to the chin. In the tenth and final round halfway through Hernandez rocked Davis with a counter right to the chin forcing Davis to hold on. Hernandez was not able to take advantage though taking the round.
Scores were 96-93 for Davis, 95-94 for Hernandez and 96-93 for Davis while this writer had it 97-92 for Davis.
Miguel Flores Upset by Dat Nguyen in Houston Tuesday!
By: Ken Hissner
Premier Boxing Champions promoted over FS1 at Silver Street Studio in Houston, TX, Tuesday night.
In the main event Miguel Flores, 21-1 (9), of Houston, TX, suffered his first loss being stopped by Dat “Dat Be Dat” Nguyen, 20-3 (7), of Vero Beach, FL, at 1:02 of the sixth round.
In the opening round Nguyen was the aggressor with Flores the counter puncher. It was a close feeling out round. In the second round Flores starts using his left hook to the body. Near the end of the round Nguyen rocked Flores with an overhand right to the head,
In the third round the action picked up with Nguyen landing several rights to the head of Flores who keeps going to the body with left hooks. Near the end of the round a three punch combination by Nguyen rocked Flores.
In the fourth round Flores missed with a combination while Nguyen landed a right counter to the head of Flores. With a minute left in the round Nguyen rocked Flores with a pair of rights to the head. The action continued to the bell with both boxers landing a punch one after the other. In the sixth round Nguyen continued to get the best of Flores who has returned to his hometown of Houston not impressive so far. A right left and right to the chin of Flores dropped him. Referee Cole seemed to give Flores a lot of time after the 8 count. Nguyen went right after him and was dishing out quite a bit of punishment when referee Lawrence Cole stepped in and waved it off. Flores was upset with the stoppage but had little in return. It seemed Flores only won the first round.
“I want to than God for without him it wouldn’t be possible. I want to thank my opponent who was very tough but God Bless I was able to win tonight. He’s a warrior like all Mexican’s but I came out on top tonight. I also want to thank the promoter Marshall Kauffman,” said Nguyen.
Super lightweight Darwin Price, 12-0 (6), of Houston, TX, easily defeated Hylon Williams, Jr., 16-4-1 (3), of Las Vegas, NV, over eight rounds.
In the opening round it was the much taller Price using an effective jab having Williams on the defense. With 30 seconds to go Price landed a solid right to the head of Williams. He would repeat this at the 0:20 and at the bell with right hands to the head. In the second round Williams was the aggressor with half a round to go. In the third round the accuracy of the jab of Price continued. Williams didn’t seem to get inside of that jab. In the fourth round Williams came out southpaw for half a round before returning to orthodox. Price continued using his jab with an occasional right to the chin of Williams. With 30 seconds to go Williams landed his first right hand to the jaw of Price.
In the fifth round Price landed a rare combination to the head of Williams. A double jab and a left hook from underneath by Price had Williams trying to cover up and landing few punches in return. In the sixth round it was the most lopsided round of the fight with Price punishing Williams who has no answer for preventing Price from landing at will. In the seventh round just under a minute left in the round Price landed a four punch combination. In the eighth and final round Williams switched back and fourth to southpaw but it didn’t stop Price landing jab after jab.
Judges Robert Gonzales, Randy Russell and Barry Yeats scores were all 80-72 as was this writer. Gary Simons was the referee.
Featherweight southpaw Brandon Figueroa, 11-0 (8), out of Weslaco, TX, stopped Raul Chirino, 10-5 (5), out of Miami, FL, at 1:30 of the fourth and final round.
In the opening round Figueroa was the more aggressive and landed quite a few body punches. He was warned twice by referee Lawrence Cole for low blows. In the second round it was all inside fighting with Figueroa again getting the better of Chirino. In the third round a right hook to the body followed by two lefts to the head dropped Chirino. Shortly later Figueroa went to the body and head dropping Chirino for the second time. In the fourth and final round Figueroa dropped Chirino with a right hook to the body with Chirino taking the full count of referee Lawrence Cole.