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Top Rank Boxing on ESPN+ Results: Ancajas Receives Disputed Draw, Uzcategui Decisions Maderna


By: William Holmes

Top Rank put on a fight card live from the Oracle Arena in Oakland, California on the ESPN+ streaming service.

The undercard featured several prospects and contenders, including Genesis Servania, Askhat Ualikhanov, Janibek Alimkhanuly, and Joshua Greer Jr.

The opening bout of the main card was between Jerwin Ancajas (30-1-1) and Alejandro Santiago (16-2-4) for the IBF Junior Bantamweight Title. Ancajas looks at Manny Pacquiao as a mentor and is the longest reigning current champion in the junior bantamweight division.

Ancajas, a southpaw, was the taller fighter of the two and had moderate success with the jab in the opening round, and was pressing the action in the opening half of the second, but a right uppercut to the chin by Santiago in the second led to a fierce round ending exchange.


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The action picked up in the third and fourth rounds, with Santiago often getting the better of their exchanges. Santiago landed a blistering right hand in the fourth round that was the best punch of the fight to this point.

Santiago landed several hard shots in the fifth round but Ancajas may have stolen the sixth and seventh rounds with a consistent and accurate jab, but none of his shots appeared to hurt Santiago.

In the eighth round compubox stats showed that Ancajas had landed more power shots, but Santiago’s had a more noticeable effect on his opponent. Santiago’s overhand right found it’s home several times in the ninth round, and even though he was tagged more often in the tenth, he still appeared to be landing the more damaging shots.

The final two rounds were close, with the straight left of Ancajas finding its home in the eleventh and Santiago doing better damage in close in the final round, but could have rationally been scored for either fight.

The final scores were 116-112 Ancajas, 118-111 Santiago, and 114-114 for a draw. The scores were met with a chorus of boos from the crowd.

The main event was between Jose Uzcategui (27-2) and Ezequiel Maderna (26-4) in the super middleweight division.

Uzcategui looked like the stronger fighter early on and had Maderna fighting of of his back food. Maderna was able to land his check left hook early on, but Uzcategui was clearly landing the harder punches.

Uzcategui was walking throw the shots of Maderna in the second and third round while landing heavy blows to the head and chin. In the middle of the third round he had a 31-11 edge in power shots.

Uzcategui pressed the action in the fourth and fifth rounds, and didn’t appear to be worried about the power of Maderna at all as he at times switched to a southpaw stance.


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Uzcategui had clear control in the sixth and seventh rounds, but was met with some derision from the fans when the fighters tied up instead of willingly exchange. Maderna, to his credit, was taking some heavy shots form Uzcategui but was still fighting back.

Uzcategui appeared to step off the gas pedal in the eighth and coasted through the round, but he picked up his aggression in the final two rounds, landing heavy shots at will from all angles, but Maderna was able to stay standing and survive.

The final scores were 98-92, 100-90, and 100-90 for Jose Uzcategui.

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Top Rank Boxing on ESPN+ Preview: Uzcategui vs. Maderna


By: Michael Kane

Jose Uzcategui has his his first outing since becoming full IBF World Super Middleweight champion when he takes on Ezequiel Maderna in a 10 round non title bout.

Uzcategui (27-2 23 KO) who won the interim title by defeating Andre Dirrell back in March by KO in what was a rematch after their first fight ended in a disqualification loss for Uzcategui after he knocked out Dirrell as the bell was sounding.


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Uzcategui was made full champion after James DeGale relinquished his belt, seemingly not wanting to face Uzcategui.

Maderna won the Argentinian title in his last outing in January, beating Martin Fidel Rios by unanimous decision.

Expect the big hitting champion Uzcategui to carry on winning probably by KO.

Also on the main card is Filipino boxer Jerwin Ancajas making another defence of his IBF junior bantamweight title. Ancajas (30-1-1 20KO) is the longest current reigning junior bantamweight champion. He will defend for the 6th time against Argentinian Alejandro Santiago.

Santiago competed for the WBO NABO super flyweight title in his last bought against Jose Martinez however the bout ended in a draw.

This match up is a big step up in calibre of opposition that Santiago will have faced. Expect Ancajas to win comfortably. Again by KO.

As part of the press conference on Wednesday, Uzcategui said, “Since the beginning of my career, I have never underestimated anybody. I know that this is a great opportunity for Maderna. I know that he’s very hungry. He knows the opportunity that he has in front of him.

“I am going to try and put on a great performance for everybody. I know that I’m in a tough division but I believe I am the best in division. I don’t see anybody coming and beating me.”

Maderna said, ” I recognise that Jose Uzcategui is a great champion. I know his background, that he has a tremendous amateur career. That’s why he’s the champion, I can say that about me too. I also had a great amateur career. I fought in the 2008 Olympics.

“I’m going to try and do my best, especially since this is my first opportunity in the United States.”

Ancajas said, “The last fight, we weren’t that impressive. This time, we trained hard and long. We do things that we didn’t do before, and we’ll try our best to come up with a better performance this time.”

Santiago said, “This means a lot yo me. I turned pro 8 years ago. I’ve been training really hard for this fight. I am going to do my best to take this title with us.

” I feel very comfortable. I don’t feel any pressure. If we look at my record, I’ve fought plenty of giys in their backyards. I prepare myself for 12 rounds. I won’t go in their looking for the knockout. I’m going to go in there and try and win rounds.”

The event takes place at the home of NBA’s Golden State Warriors, Oakland’s Oracle Arena tonight. You can catch the action on ESPN +.

Full card:

ESPN+ (10:30 p.m. ET)

• Jose Uzcategui 172.6 lbs vs. Ezequiel Maderna 172 lbs
(Light Heavyweight – 10 Rounds)

• Jerwin Ancajas 114.2 lbs vs. Alejandro Santiago 114.6 lbs
(Ancajas’ IBF Junior Bantamweight title – 12 Rounds)

ESPN+ (7:30 p.m. ET)

• Rico Ramos 127.4 lbs vs. Daniel Olea 123.2 lbs
(Featherweight – 8 Rounds)

• Genesis Servania 123.6 lbs vs. Carlos Carlson 123.2 lbs
(Featherweight – 10/8Rounds)

• Joshua Greer Jr. 119.6 lbs vs. Giovanni Delgado 122 lbs
(Super Bantamweight – 10/8 Rounds)

• Askhat Ualikhanov 141.8 lbs vs. Angel Hernandez 146.6 lbs
(Welterweight – 8/6 Rounds)

• Janibek Alimkhanuly 163.6 lbs vs. Carlos Galvan 162.6 lbs
(Super Middleweight – 8/6 Rounds)

• Christopher Zavala 126.4 lbs vs. Dominic Blanco 129.4 lbs
(Super Featherweight – 4 Rounds)

• Derry Noble 117 lbs vs. Edson Noria 116.8 lbs
(Bantamweight – 4 Rounds)

• Justin Cardona 136 lbs vs. Arturo Izaguirre 138 lbs
(Super Lightweight – 4 Rounds)

• Rene Moreno 131 lbs vs. Bacilio Monterroso 128.6 lbs
(Lightweight – 4 Rounds)

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PBC on ESPN Results: Beterbiev Wins by TKO, Perrella Stop Grayton


PBC on ESPN Results: Beterbiev Wins by TKO, Perrella Stop Grayton
By: William Holmes

Al Haymon’s Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) was broadcast tonight from the Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada.

Artur Beterbiev has defeated every single opponent by stoppage thus far in his professional career but is coming back from a year away from the ring.

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The opening bout of the night was between Bryant Perrella (13-0) and David Grayton (14-0) in the welterweight division.

Grayton came out aggressively in the opening round but was wild and sloppy in doing so. Perrella was able to land a hard left counter, but Grayton kept up the pressure and was outworking Perrella.

Perella was able to quickly turn the tide in the second round with a quick left hand and countering the aggression of Grayton. Perella was able to land a glancing blow on Grayton that sent him to the mat, but he followed it up with several hard combinations when he got back to his feet, including a lead right hook that wobbled his legs and several hard left crosses and right hooks.

Grayton was badly hurt by the combinations of Perrella and the referee jumped in to stop the bout. Perrella wins by TKO at 2:19 of the second round.

The next bout of the night was a six round bout in the super welterweight division between Edgar Ortega (16-5) and Jamontay Clark (9-0).

Ortega was an underdog coming into the bout, but started off strong by landing a quick straight right to the body. Clark showed some good quick hands and hard a large height advantage over his opponent, but Ortega was able to catch Clark by surprised with a looping right hand that sent Clark to the mat.

Clark was able to survive the round and re-establish control in the second round. He picked up his aggression in the second round and had Ortega in trouble by the ropes. He was able to land several hard body shots in the third round and Ortega looked like he was tiring by the fourth.

Clark buckled the legs of Ortega in the fifth round and Ortega was never able to capitalize on his opening round knockdown.

The judges scored it 58-55, 58-54, and 58-54 for Clark.

The main event of the night was between Artur Beterbiev (9-0) and Ezequiel Maderna (23-2) in the light heavyweight division.

Beterbiev was a heavy favorite going into this fight and his power advantage showed early on by stumbling Maderna with a left hand in the first round and several hard straight rights to the body.

Beterbiev lands a rabbit punch in the second round that sent Maderna to the mat but it doesn’t count as a knockdown. Beterbiev controlled the remainder of the second round with his jab and hard combinations.

Beterbiev blew open the doors in the third round with two hard right hands that sends Maderna to the mat. Maderna was wobbly when he gets back to his feet and is sent to the mat for a second time from a combination by Beterbiev. Maderna does all he can do to survive the round, including spitting out his mouthpiece and getting deducted a point, but he is able to last the round.

Beterbiev ended Maderna’s misery in the fourth round by dropping him two times before Maderna convinced his corner to stop the fight.

Artur Beterbiev wins by TKO at 0:56 of the fourth round.

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PBC on ESPN Preview: Perrella vs. Grayton, Beterbiev vs. Maderna


PBC on ESPN Preview: Perrella vs. Grayton, Beterbiev vs. Maderna
By: William Holmes

On Saturday night the Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada will be the host site of another Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) card on ESPN.

Al Haymon’s company will televise at least two bouts on Saturday night. HBO will be televising a competing card around the same time as the PBC card.

The following is a preview of both the televised bouts.

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Bryant Perrella (13-0) vs. David Grayton (14-0); Welterweights

The first bout of the evening will be between two rising prospects that have yet to face any significant competition at this point in their careers.

Grayton has significant power, as he has stopped ten of his opponents. Perrella however, has stopped twelve of his opponents and his last ten victories were by KO or TKO.

They are both of a similar age, Grayton is twenty eight years old and Perrella is twenty seven. They both had successful amateur careers. Grayton is a former national golden gloves champion, and he even defeated Errol Spence as an amateur in 2010. Perrella was a bronze medalist in the National Police Athletic League Tournament in 2010.

Neither boxer has faced anyone of note in the amateurs. Grayton has only defeated two people with winning records, Martin Wright and Daniel Souza Santos. Every other opponent he has faced has losing records. Perrella has defeated the likes of Ramon Ayala and Patrick Boozer, but his professional resume is only slightly better.

On paper, this is a tough fight to pick. Not much is known about either boxer as a professional. However, a slight edge will have to go towards Grayton since he was able to defeat Errol Spence Jr. as an amateur and was a former National Golden Gloves Champion.

Artur Beterbiev (9-0) vs. Ezequiel Osvaldo Maderna (23-2); Light Heavyweights

Artur Beterbiev is a young gun in the light heavyweight division that is on the fast track to a world championship.

Beterbiev is from Dagestan and is of Chechen Descent, but he currently resides in and fights out of Montreal, Canada. Most of the fans in attendance will likely be supporting him.

Beterbiev was very successful as an amateur in Russia and won a silver medal at the 2007 World Championships and a gold medal at the 2009 World Championships. He even beat Sergey Kovalev as an amateur.

Maderna also had a successful amateur career, but not on the same level as Beterbiev. Maderna competed for Argentina in the 2008 Summer Olympics.

Beterbiev has won every fight by stoppage as a professional. He has defeated the likes of Alexander Johnson, Gabriel Campillo, and former world champion Tavoris Cloud.

Maderna has fifteen stoppage victories to his resume. He has not been very active and only fought once in 2015 and zero times in 2016. He has lost to the likes of Thomas Oosthuizen and Edwin Rodriguez. His resume lacks any big victories, but his best ones to date have come against Ronaldo Mansilla and Jose Alberto Clavero.

Beterbiev will be giving up about three inches in height and five inches in reach to Maderna. He is also two years older than his opponent.

But this will be an easy fight for Beterbiev and it should end in another knockout victory for him.

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