By Sig Guillermo
Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey- In another show-stopping performance, former WBO Super Featherweight titlist, Adrien “The Problem” Broner (25W-0-21KO’s) of Cincinnati, Ohio surpassed any and all expectations by dominating WBC lightweight champion, Antonio “Tony” DeMarco (28W-3L-21KO’s-1D) of Tijuana, Mexico to a one-sided eighth round technical knockout in his first attempt at 135 lbs. to claim the WBC lightweight strap. Read more
By Erik Aguilar
Ontario, California- Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero improved his record to (31-1-1, 18KO) with a grueling 12rd win over Andre Berto (28-2, 22KO) to retain his WBC interim welterweight title at the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, California.
Guerrero, who has only fought at welterweight once, came out fast and aggressive against Berto. With the pressure, Robert was able to score a knock down in each of the first two rounds. After the second round, Berto’s right eye began to swell shut from a clean punch that Guerrero landed. Throughout the fight, Berto was unable to use his quick speed because Guerrero had him mostly smothered. Andre was able to land vicious uppercuts on Robert that would swing his head back. After 12 rounds, the judges all saw it the same, a 116-110 unanimous decision win for Robert Guerrero.
In the post fight presser, Robert made it crystal clear who he wanted next-
“I want to fight Floyd Mayweather! Floyd, stop running and ducking me. I’m coming for you.”- Robert Guerrero
In the televised co main event, Keith Thurman (19-0, 18Kos) destroyed former champion Carlos Quintana (29-4, 23Ko’s) in 4 rounds to capture the vacant NABO Junior Middleweight title. Thurman blasted Quintana in the first with a vicious body shot that sent the Puerto Rican to the mat. In the fourth, Thurman unleashed a brutal assault that prompted the referee to step in and call a halt to the bout, giving Thurman the TKO win.
Coachella’s own Randy Caballero improved his record to (17-0, 9KO) with a Tko win over a very game, but outclassed Rigoberto Casillas (8-9-1, 6KO). Casillas absorbed monster shot after monster shot from Caballero and kept coming. Before the start of the 4th rd, the referee stopped the fight with the advice from the ringside doctor. Although he lost, Casillas received a standing ovation from the crowd for his effort.
Former Olympic heavyweight Dominic Breazeale captured his second win with as many knockouts by stopping Mike Bissett (1-1, 1ko) in the second round. Although Breazeale was the heavy favorite, Bissett had his moments in the fight by catching Dominic with heavy power shots to the face.
By Sig Guillermo
Citizens Business Bank Arena, Ontario, California- WBC interim welterweight champion, Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero (30W-1L-18KO’s-1D) of Gilroy, California faces former two-time welterweight titlist, Andre “The Beast” Berto (28W-1L-22KO’s) of Winter Haven, Florida in a scheduled twelve round showdown. Read more
By Sig Guillermo
-Gimnasio Municipal, “Jose Neri Santos”, Ciudad Juarez, Mexico- Former WBO Flyweight/WBO Super Flyweight/WBO/WBC Bantamweight Champion, Fernando “Cochulito” Montiel (48W-4L-37KO’s) of Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico battles fellow compatriot, Giovanni “El Ruso” Caro (24W-11L-19KO’s-4D) in a scheduled twelve round junior featherweight matchup for the vacant WBC United States (USNBC) Silver super bantamweight title. Read more
By Sig Guillermo
Manchester Arena, Manchester, Lancashire, United Kingdom- Former WBA Super/IBF/IBO/The Ring Light Welterweight/WBA Welterweight Champion, Ricky “The Hitman” Hatton (45W-2L-32KO’s) of Manchester, England returns to the ring after a three-year hiatus to face former WBA welterweight titlist, Vyacheslav Senchenko (32W-1L-21KO’s) of Donetsk, Ukraine in a ten round welterweight contest. Read more
By Sig Guillermo
Hisense Arena, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia- Former IBO cruiserweight champion, Danny “The Green Machine” Green of Perth, West Australia (32W-5L-28KO’s) faces Commonwealth cruiserweight titlist, Shane “Mountain Warrior” Cameron (29W-2L-22KO’s) of Auckland, New Zealand in a scheduled twelve round cruiserweight contest for the vacant IBO cruiserweight title. Read more
By Sig Guillermo
By Sig Guillermo
Capital FM Arena, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom- Reigning IBF super middleweight champion, Carl “The Cobra” Froch (30W-2L-22KO’s) of Nottingham, England made quick and easy work of former USBA light heavyweight titlist, Yusaf “Mack Attack” Mack (31W-5L-17KO’s-2D) of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania by third round technical knockout . Referee Phil Edwards was forced to stop the contest at 2:30 of the third stanza; making another strong statement for a possible rematch against WBA Super /WBC/The Ring Super Middleweight Champion, Andre “S.O.G. Ward (26W-0-14KO’s). Read more
By Sig Guillermo
-Capital FM Arena, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England- Current IBF super middleweight champion, Carl “The Cobra” Froch (29W-2L-21KO’s) of Nottingham, England puts his prominent IBF strap on the line against USBA light heavyweight titlist, Yusaf “Mack Attack” Mack (31W-4L-17KO’s-2D) of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in a scheduled twelve round championship contest. Read more
By Sig Guillermo
Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey- In another explosive evening of boxing, reigning and defending WBC lightweight champion, Antonio “Tony” DeMarco (28W-2L-21KO’s-1D) of Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico meets the flashy bravado of former WBO Super Featherweight titlist, Adrien “The Problem” Broner (24W-0-20KO’s) in a scheduled twelve round championship matchup. Read more
By Logan Carver
It took some time, but Argentina’s Sergio “La Maravilla” Martinez (50W-2L28KO’s-2D) finally received the large payday he so long deserved since having first exploded onto the boxing radar in 2010; and in so, looking spectacular. Not only did he succeed in outclassing the younger & heavier former WBC Middleweight Champion, Julio Cesar “La Leyenda Continua” Chavez, Jr. (46W-1L-32KO’s-1D) for eleven straight rounds, but he would also go on to survive a savage twelfth round knockdown to prove he is indeed THE MAN at 160lbs. The son of the Mexican icon had no answers in having his perfect record taken apart, and by the end of the night, we had a new WBC Middleweight king. Despite requiring surgery for a torn right knee ligament as well as a fractured left hand, many devoted fans had already begun tossing out lucrative possibilities for the Argentinean favorite. Although the former Argentinean cyclist is said to have 3-4 more fights left in him, it should be more than enough to earn him a spot among some of the very best Argentinean fighters of all time such as Pascual “El León Mendocino” Perez (84W-7L-57KO’s-1D), Nicolino “El Intocable” Locche (117W-4L-14KO’s-14KO’s), Victor “El Leopardo de Morón” Galindez (55W-9L-34KO’s-4D), and Carlos “Escopeta” Monzon (87W-3L-59KO’s-9D). To claim a victory over any of those mentioned below would properly conclude the final chapter of Martinez’s illustrious career, and cement his path of greatness.
-Julio Cesar “La Leyenda Continua” Chavez, Jr. (46W-1-32KO’s-1D) (Rematch)
Let’s be honest, Martinez dominated Chavez throughout their first fight, but that last round rally from Chavez has left a lot of fans wondering. Had Chavez started sooner rather than later, would the outcome have been different? Along with the added hype regarding a possible rematch at Dallas Cowboy’s stadium early next year, everyone involved is already guaranteed another ride on the Top Rank money machine. So who could blame Martinez for taking another big day, especially considering he may leave the sport soon? Personally, I don’t believe there is need for a rematch anytime soon. Chavez, 26, should take a tune up, possibly against former Irish/British/European middleweight titlist, Matthew “Mack The Knife” Macklin (29W-4L20KO’s) who’s coming off a first round knockout of Haitian-Canadian middleweight talent, Joachim “Ti-Joa” Alcine (33W-3L-19KO’s) this past September. If victorious against Macklin, perhaps a rematch with Martinez could then be discussed.
-WBC/WBA/The Ring Magazine 168 lbs. Champion, Andre “S.O.G.” Ward (26W-0-14KO’s):
For years fans have been beating the drums for Floyd “Money” Mayweather, Jr. (43W-0-26KO’s) & Manny “Pac Man” Pacquiao (54W-4L-38KO’s-2D) to settle who the best P4P fighter is, but now that is has become clear that it’s not going to happen & perhaps too late for it to happen; fans have turned their attention to next two best fighters in Andre Ward & Sergio Martinez. In my opinion, Ward is THE best fighter in the world, & he has clearly demonstrated his worth with his dominating 10th round technical knockout over WBC Light Heavyweight/Ring Magazine champion, Chad “Bad” Dawson (31W-2L-17KO’s) two months ago. Unlike Mayweather/Pacquiao there is only one issue here, & that is weight. Up until about 2 years ago, Martinez had been battling at 154lbs, & despite having found success at 160, he’s still considered to be a true Jr. Middleweight. The elusive Argentinean has been fighting above his limit, & Ward has acknowledged this. So why not meet each other in the middle somewhere? Let’s say at 164lbs, give the fans the fight they deserve.
-WBA 160 lbs. Champion, Gennady “God of War” Golovkin (24W-0-21KO’s):
If you haven’t heard of the Kazakhstan beast known as Gennady “God of War” Golovkin, don’t worry you’re not alone. Up until two months ago, Golovkin successfully annihilated the game but over matched former two-time European titlist, Grzegorz “Super G” Proska (28W-2L-21KO’s) in the 5th stanza on HBO. Before that night, numerous fans had no idea who he was & that even included some hardcore boxing enthusiasts. I have not seen too many young fighters in the ring from Kazakhstan, but from what I’ve witnessed so far, he possesses the right blend of punching power, patience & footwork to give “Maravilla” a true run for his money. Along with the age difference, Golovkin may dethrone the Middleweight King & begin his own legacy as one of the best.
-WBC 147 lbs. /WBA Super 154 lbs. Champion, Floyd “Money” Mayweather, Jr. (43W-0-26KO’s):
Like all fighters in or around 147-154lbs there is one man you want to fight & that is Floyd “Money” Mayweather. If Pacquiao does not prevail against Marquez in their scheduled fourth meeting in December, Mayweather’s only other competitive option would be a fight with Martinez at 154lbs. Unfortunately for Mayweather, a bout with “Maravilla” may be too high a risk for such low financial gain. Sadly, the days of “Sugar” Ray Leonard moving up to fight the Middleweight Champion of the world in “Marvelous” Marvin Hagler are over. But you never know with Mayweather, for he has surprised us all before. Against Cotto this past May, Floyd reminded us once again that he possesses the tenacity, speed, elusiveness, and chin to defy the odds. One could only hope that sometime in the near future, he will accept another dangerous challenge; preferably from Martinez before their respective careers come to a halt.
-Former WBA Super Light Middleweight Champion, Miguel Angel “Junito” Cotto (37W-3L-30KO’s) vs. WBA World light middleweight titlist, Austin “No Doubt” Trout (25W-0-14KO’s) for Cotto’s WBA 154 strap. (Winner)
In one of the better fights planned for later this year, four-time world champion, Miguel Cotto will be taking on unbeaten talent, Austin Trout in a fight that could make or break both fighters. For Cotto, it is a chance to prove he is still among the best in his division. For Trout, it will be the toughest & best opponent of his career. A win over Cotto could elevate Trout’s status tenfold. This will be his chance to prove that he is the real deal as well as a true force to be reckoned with. Although it would appear the winner is viewed as a shoe in to face Mexican star and reigning WBC Light Middleweight Champion, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (41W-0-30KO’s-1D) in a title unification bout, the talk remains cheap until the dotted line is signed. The winner may also be presented with the perfect opportunity to face Martinez.
-IBF/WBA Super 160 lbs. Champion, Daniel “Real Deal” Geale (28W-1L-15KO’s):
Rewinding to about one year ago and former British titlist, Daniel “Real Deal” Geale had not even been mentioned in the same breath as Martinez. Geale’s proven to be an all-around solid fighter as well as a top caliber talent by recently dethroning long-time IBF middleweight champion, Sebastian “The Hurricane” Sylvester (34W-5L-16KO’s-1D) via twelve round split decision this past September. He also holds a victory over former IBF Light Middleweight Champion, Roman “Made in Hell” Karmazin (40W-5L-26KO’s-2D). Prior to Karmazin, the Australian-born slugger lost his IBO Middleweight title in a debatable split decision to former interim WBA Light Middleweight/two-time WBA Super Middleweight/IBO Middleweight Champion, Anthony “The Man” Mundine (44W-4L-26KO’s) back in 2009. And then came the title unification bout with former WBA Middleweight titlist, Felix “Leonidas” Sturm (37W-3L-16KO’s-2D) in Sturm’s backyard of Oberhausen, Germany. Although Sturm has benefited greatly in close encounters at home, Geale had never been discouraged and proved his worth once again by outworking & out landing the German favorite; ending Sturm’s six-year winning streak to unify the IBF/WBA titles. The Australian-born slugger isn’t the most technically sound fighter, nor does he have amazing speed & power, but he certainly possesses enough determination & grit to overcome almost anything; including any advantage Martinez may have come fight night. Up next for Geale, a chance for redemption in a long-awaited rematch with Mundine in early 2013