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Top Rank On ESPN Recap: Navarrete Decisions Villa


By: Sean Crose

The 31-1 featherweight Emanuel Navarrete faced off against the18-0 Ruben Villa inside the bubble at that MGM Grand in Las Vegas Friday evening. At stake was the vacant WBO featherweight title. The bout was aired live on ESPN, and was presented by Top Rank Promotions.

The opening round saw Navarrete swinging a bit wildly at times. When he did land in the last thirty seconds of the round, however, Villa hit the mat. Beating the count, Villa was able to survive the first. The awkward Navarrete continued to reach with his punches in the second. Villa, however, was unable to control the tempo. By the third, Villa seemed to have found his comfort zone and was employing better ring generalship than he had previously.

Navarrete was able to drop Villa again in the fourth. Villa had been doing well, but Navarrete was too powerful for his best shots not to be effective. Once again, Villa was able to get up and survive the round. Navarrete took to hunting his man in the fifth, then continued to steamroll along in the sixth. By the seventh it was clear to anyone who was watching that Navarrete’s hands were just too heavy for Villa.

Still, Villa’s footwork kept him from harm in the eighth. Villa would have to do something truly impressive, however, if he were to somehow win the fight. Navarrete continued to throw wildly in the ninth, clearly feeling that he needed to do nothing more. Villa was seemingly able to take the tenth with aggressive punching and effective footwork.

The eleventh was a close, high octane three minute fight. The final round saw Navarrete stalk his man the same as he had stalked Villa through much of the fight. After the final bell, the judges ruled it for Navarrete by scores of 115-111, 114-112, and 114-112, allowing Navarrete to walk away with the WBO belt.

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Terence Crawford vs Kell Brook Inching Towards The Finish Line


By: Hans Themistode

Kell Brook is on the verge of getting exactly what he wants. 

Kell Brook and Mark DeLuca Weigh In Ahead ahead of their fight tomorrow night at the FlyDSA Arena in Sheffield. 7th February 2020 Picture By Mark Robinson.

The former 147 pound belt holder has been on a full fledged campaign to get a showdown with current WBO welterweight champion Terence Crawford. Now it appears that he’ll get his wish as both sides are inching towards the finish line. 

Originally, with Top Rank offering Brook 1.5 million to take the bout with Crawford, their negotiations seemed to be dead in the water. However, sources close to the situation have told The Athletic that they have since upped their offer to roughly two million. 

Although Top Rank seems to have placated the financial worries of Brook, Crawford on the other hand, hasn’t agreed to his purse just yet. Despite that, he has acknowledged that the Brook contest is number one on his radar and his ring return will take place later on this year.

“That’s what they saying is at the top of the list,” said Crawford as he watched his good buddy Jamel Herring dismantle Jonathan Oquendo. If it’s Kell Brook that I’m fighting then it’s Kell Brook that I’m fighting. Hopefully November, that’s the plan”

For Brook, his days of fighting on the big stage were thought to be long gone. After back to back losses to both Gennadiy Golovkin and Errol Spence Jr. in 2016 and 2017 respectively, Brook suffered consecutive orbital fractures and a loss of motivation. Since then, he’s abandoned the 147 pound division all together and began making noise at 154. Yet with three straight victories under his belt against less than stellar competition, Brook has decided to move back down in weight. In the past he’s complained that squeezing down his Jr middleweight frame to the welterweight limit has cost him on fight night. 

With that being said, a matchup with who many consider the best fighter in the world has apparently changed his mind. 

As for Crawford, a showdown with Brook may represent the fourth defense of WBO title, but for fans of the Nebraska native, he isn’t the name most were hoping for. 

Over the past several months, Crawford has gone back and forth with former unified welterweight champion Keith Thurman. In addition to the former titlist, promoter Bob Arum was optimistic of his chances in getting eight division champion and current WBA welterweight belt holder Manny Pacquiao into the ring with Crawford. 

Despite the confidence, nothing ever materialized with either man which left the door wide open for a Brook vs Crawford matchup. 

In terms of the possible date and location, nothing has been finalized but Arum is zeroing in on mid November. 

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ESPN Boxing Results: Oscar Valdez Struggles in Stoppage Win Over Jayson Velez


Oscar Valdez vs Jayson Velez

Oscar Valdez (28-0, 22 KOs) was given the solo spotlight tonight at the MGM Grand Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada. His dance partner on the night in Jayson Velez (29-7-1, 21, KOs) was thought to be nothing more then a durable opponent who would fold when the going go tough.

However, Velez had other ideas. Valdez had a difficult time finding his rhythm and was consistently hit with shots during the early going. His struggles didn’t last long though, as he began to bully his way on the inside.

Up until the tenth and final round, their contest was extremely competitive. With that being said, Valdez refused to take a chance on the judges scorecards and ended the night early with two knockdowns which forced the referee to step in and put a halt to the contest.

Isaac Dogboe vs Chris Avalos

Isaac Dogboe (21-2, 14 KOs) was built up to be a star in the sport of boxing after grabbing the WBO super bantamweight title from Jessie Magdaleno. His career however, took a turn for the worse after back to back losses to Emanuel Navarrete.

With a win tonight over Chris Avalos (27-8, 20 KOs) tonight at the MGM Grand Conference Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, Dogboe found himself back in the winners circle.

Dogboe’s performance was one sided all night as Avalos had no answers and was ultimately stopped in the 8th and final round.

Elvis Rodriguez vs Dennis Okoth

Unsurprisingly, Elvis Rodriguez (8-0-1, 8 KOs) scored another knockout victory. This time, his explosive talents were used on journeymen Dennis Okoth (4-4-1, 2 KOs).

Okoth was quickly overwhelmed and found himself staring up at the ceiling lights as a straight left hand sent him down and out in the second round.

Kim Clavel vs Natalie Gonzalez

Kim Clavel (12-0, 2 KOs) made it look easy tonight against Natalie Gonzalez (6-1, 1 KO). Their contest took place at the MGM Grand Conference Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The ESPY award winner was in complete control from the opening bell. She consistently landed punches on her opponent while evading the attack coming on the other side of the ring. After eight one sided rounds, Clavel walked away with the unanimous decision victory. The final scorecards turned in by the judges were as followed: 80-72 across the board.

Edgar Berlanga vs Eric Moon

If you blinked during the co main event of Edgar Berlanga (14-0, 14 KOs) vs Eric Moon (11-3, 6 KOs), then there’s a good chance you missed the entire contest.

Berlanga needed just a few seconds to get rid of his man. He pushed Moon back into the corner and poured on the power shots. It didn’t take long for Moon to fall, and when he did, it was painful.

Once he hit the canvas, the contest was called off shortly after.

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ESPN Boxing Results: Edgar Berlanga Makes it 14 Straight First Round Knockouts Against Eric Moon


If you blinked during the co main event of Edgar Berlanga (14-0, 14 KOs) vs Eric Moon (11-3, 6 KOs), then there’s a good chance you missed the entire contest.

Berlanga needed just a few seconds to get rid of his man. He pushed Moon back into the corner and poured on the power shots. It didn’t take long for Moon to fall, and when he did, it was painful.

Once he hit the canvas, the contest was called off shortly after.

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ESPN Boxing Results: Kim Clavel Picks Up The Unanimous Decision Victory Against Natalie Gonzalez


Kim Clavel (12-0, 2 KOs) made it look easy tonight against Natalie Gonzalez (6-1, 1 KO). Their contest took place at the MGM Grand Conference Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The ESPY award winner was in complete control from the opening bell. She consistently landed punches on her opponent while evading the attack coming on the other side of the ring. After eight one sided rounds, Clavel walked away with the unanimous decision victory. The final scorecards turned in by the judges were as followed: 80-72 across the board.

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ESPN Boxing Results: Elvis Rodriguez Stops Dennis Okoth


Unsurprisingly, Elvis Rodriguez (8-0-1, 8 KOs) scored another knockout victory. This time, his explosive talents were used on journeymen Dennis Okoth (4-4-1, 2 KOs).

Okoth was quickly overwhelmed and found himself staring up at the ceiling lights as a straight left hand sent him down and out in the second round.

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Oscar Valdez vs Jayson Velez: Fight Preview and Weigh in Results


By: Hans Themistode

Oscar Valdez is one win away from where he truly wants to be.

The former WBO featherweight titlist steps into the ring against Jayson Velez tomorrow night at the MGM Grand Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada. 

As for the matchup itself, most believe that it will be one way traffic all night long. Valdez is a former champion in a lower weight division, and has plenty riding on the line in this one. Current WBC super featherweight world champion Miguel Berchelt is already waiting for Valdez should he make it through the night. 

For Velez, not much is expected of him. The fringe contender is fresh off a loss against Jaime Arboleda and has seemingly always come up short when the spotlight has shone its brightest upon him. 

In a 2018 matchup against Ryan Garcia, Velez was thoroughly outboxed. Two years prior, Velez tasted defeat in four straight contests. Another loss is expected on the night as he has been pegged as a heavy underdog according to the betting public. 

With the main event all but decided, the rest of the card will provide plenty of intrigue. Former super bantamweight world champion Isaac Dogboe is hoping to get back into the title hunt when he takes on Chris Avalos. 

The 25 year old Dogboe was thought to be boxing’s next big star until back to back defeats against Emmanuel Navarrete dimmed his star considerably. With five losses in his last seven ring appearances, Avalos could be exactly what the doctor ordered for Dogboe.

The night kicks off at 8 PM ET tomorrow night on ESPN. 

For the full weigh-in results, scroll down below. 

Oscar Valdez 129.9 pounds (27-0, 21 KOs) vs Jayson Velez 130 pounds (29-6-1, 21 KOs) 

Edgar Berlanga 169 pounds (13-0, 13 KOs) vs Eric Moon 168.7 pounds (11-2, 6 KOs) 

Kim Clavel 109.8 pounds (11-0, 2 KOs) vs Natalie Gonzalez 109.9 pounds (6-0, 1 KO) 

Elvis Rodriguez 141.8 pounds (7-0-1, 7 KOs) vs Dennis Okoth 141.5 pounds (4-3-1, 2 KOs)

Isaac Dogboe 126 pounds (20-2, 14 KOs) vs Chris Avalos 125.9 pounds (27-7, 20 KOs)

Genc Pilana 167.3 pounds (8-1-1, 4 KOs) vs Raphael Igbokwe 165 pounds (14-2, 6 KOs) 

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ESPN Boxing Results: Felix Verdejo Makes a Statement Against Will Madera


Felix Verdejo vs Will Madera

Former superstar prospect Felix Verdejo was once amongst the rising stars in the sport of boxing. A motorcycle however, coupled with an upset loss saw his star dim.

After his quick first round knockout over Will Madera tonight, it’s shining bright once again.

Verdejo’s main event at the MGM Grand Conference Center in Las Vegas, Nevada didn’t last long as he pummeled his man from the very beginning. The shots landed by Verdejo seemed to be ubiquitous and Madero had no answer.

The contest came to an end once Verdejo cornered his man and let off a barrage of punches that saw Madera go down and stay there.

Kenny Davis Jr vs Eduardo Sanchez

Kicking off a night of boxing was Jr lightweight prospects Kenny Davis Jr (3-2, 0 KOs) and Eduardo Sanchez (2-3, 0 KOs).

There was absolutely no feel out round between either man as they met in the center of the ring and banged it out. Sanchez was out working his man early on until the third round changed everything. With only a few seconds remaining, Davis Jr floored his man. Sanchez struggled to his feet but managed to continue the contest.

From there, it was bombs away as both men let their hands go. At the end of four rounds, the judges were in agreement as they scored the contest in the favor of Davis Jr.

Jared Anderson vs Hector Perez

It didn’t take long for heavyweight prospect Jared Anderson (5-0, 5 KOs) to take out Hector Perez (7-3, 3 KOs). Their contest at the MGM Grand Conference Center in Las Vegas, Nevada was over with roughly one minute.

With one strong right hand, Perez hit the deck and contest was over as the referee counted him out.

Martino Jules vs Alex Jumakhonov

Martino Jules (10-0, 2 KOs) nearly saw his undefeated record blemished for the first time in his career. In the co main event against Alex Jumakhonov (8-3-2, 4 KOs) at the MGM Grand Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada, Jules was pushed to the absolute limit.

Jamakhonov pushed the pace and punished his opponent on the inside. Jules however, made the adjustments and began to out box his man. In the end, he did just enough to squeak by with a unanimous decision victory. The final scorecards were as followed: 76-76 and two scores of 78-74 all in favor of Jules.

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ESPN Boxing Results: Martino Jules Squeaks By Alex Jumakhonov


Martino Jules (10-0, 2 KOs) nearly saw his undefeated record blemished for the first time in his career. In the co main event against Alex Jumakhonov (8-3-2, 4 KOs) at the MGM Grand Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada, Jules was pushed to the absolute limit.

Jamakhonov pushed the pace and punished his opponent on the inside. Jules however, made the adjustments and began to out box his man. In the end, he did just enough to squeak by with a unanimous decision victory. The final scorecards were as followed: 76-76 and two scores of 78-74 all in favor of Jules.

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ESPN Boxing Results: Jared Anderson Scores Another Knockout Win


It didn’t take long for heavyweight prospect Jared Anderson (5-0, 5 KOs) to take out Hector Perez (7-3, 3 KOs). Their contest at the MGM Grand Conference Center in Las Vegas, Nevada was over with roughly one minute.

With one strong right hand, Perez hit the deck and contest was over as the referee counted him out.

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ESPN Boxing Results: Kenny Davis Jr Out Slugs Eduardo Sanchez


Kicking off a night of boxing was Jr lightweight prospects Kenny Davis Jr (3-2, 0 KOs) and Eduardo Sanchez (2-3, 0 KOs).

There was absolutely no feel out round between either man as they met in the center of the ring and banged it out. Sanchez was out working his man early on until the third round changed everything. With only a few seconds remaining, Davis Jr floored his man. Sanchez struggled to his feet but managed to continue the contest.

From there, it was bombs away as both men let their hands go. At the end of four rounds, the judges were in agreement as they scored the contest in the favor of Davis Jr.

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ESPN Boxing Results: Mikaela Mayer Boxes Circles Around Helen Joseph


Mikaela Mayer vs Helen Joseph

In what was the first women’s main event on ESPN in several years, former Olympian Mikaela Mayer (13-5, KOs) made it look easy against Helen Joseph (17-5-2, 10 KOs).

Watching tonight’s contest at the MGM Grand Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada was akin to watching a movie on replay. From the first round to the tenth, nothing changed as Mayer did whatever she wanted, whenever she wanted and cruised to a unanimous decision victory.

Javier Martinez vs Jonathan Burrs

Highly touted amateur Javier Martinez (1-0, 0 KOs) jumped into the win column tonight for his pro debut at the MGM Grand Conference Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Waiting on Marinez on the night was the unheralded Jonathan Burrs (2-2, 0 KOs).

If the undefeated newly turned pro was expecting an easy night at the office, then he was sadly mistaken. The two traded power shots in the middle of the ring and barely allowed time for a lull period.

It may have taken Martinez the entire four rounds to get the job done, but it was a clean sweep on the according to all three judges who scored it 40-36 in favor of Martinez.

Clay Burns vs Ruben Cervera

For the second time in three weeks, Clay Burns (9-9-2, 4 KOs) found himself on the wrong end of a unanimous decision at the hands of the judges.

Ruben Cervera on the other hand, made it two wins in a row after losing his previous two. It was simply an easy nights work for Cervera as he landed a quick knockdown in the first round. From there he outworked his man over the course of six rounds and pulled in the 12th victory of his career.

Clay Collard vs Lorawnt Nelson

After handing losses to three undefeated prospects in a row, Clay Collard (8-2-3, 3 KOs) walked into his matchup against Lorawnt Nelson (5-4, 4 KOs) as a heavy favorite.

Collard proved his backers right as he floored his man multiple times en route to a second knockout win.

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Ryan Garcia Opens Up as The Heavy Betting Favorite Against UFC Star Henry Cejudo


By: Hans Themistode

Super lightweight contender Ryan Garcia has been foaming at the mouth for a big fight. As of late, he’s been linked to former title challenger Luke Campbell for a WBC title eliminator that will take place supposedly later this year. 

Although Campbell would be the biggest fight of his career, Garcia has his eyes set on someone else. 

Two division UFC champion and Olympic gold medalist Henry Cejudo, does not sound like someone who is truly retired. But after dominating Dominick Cruz inside of the cage just two months ago, Cedujo decided to hang up his gloves. 

That retirement however, seems to only apply to the world of mixed martial arts as both Cejudo and Garcia have consistently traded shots at one another over social media. 

At the moment, their contest is considered a long shot but that hasn’t stopped oddsmakers from giving you their feeling on who would win. 

Those looking to make a few bucks will be immediately turned off as Garcia has opened up as a -1000 favorite. Cejudo on the other hand, can be found at +600.

With the betting public counting out Cejudo and a trophy case full of UFC gold, he doesn’t need to step into the ring against Garcia. Yet for some reason, he just can’t walk away. 

“The Fight really tugs at me, the one that I really want. The easiest money and the biggest money is with the golden girl Ryan Garcia,” said Cejudo on his social media account. “So Ryan Garcia, if you are watching, since you can’t speak Spanish, answer the call and sign the damn contract.”

With plenty of options at his disposal, it is unknown whether or not Garcia will take the bait. With that being said, it doesn’t appear that Cejudo will be going away anytime soon. 

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ESPN Boxing Results: Clay Collard Beats Down Lorawnt Nelson


After handing losses to three undefeated prospects in a row, Clay Collard (8-2-3, 3 KOs) walked into his matchup against Lorawnt Nelson (5-4, 4 KOs) as a heavy favorite.

Collard proved his backers right as he floored his man multiple times en route to a second knockout win.

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ESPN Boxing Results: Ruben Cervera Defeats Clay Burns


For the second time in three weeks, Clay Burns (9-9-2, 4 KOs) found himself on the wrong end of a unanimous decision at the hands of the judges.

Ruben Cervera on the other hand, made it two wins in a row after losing his previous two. It was simply an easy nights work for Cervera as he landed a quick knockdown in the first round. From there he outworked his man over the course of six rounds and pulled in the 12th victory of his career.

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