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By Gary “Digital” Williams at ringside
49-year-old IBF light heavyweight champion Bernard Hopkins (55-6-2, 32 KOs) continued to make history by schooling and thoroughly outclassing WBA counterpart Beibut Shumenov (14-2, 9 KOs) to unify the titles on Saturday night in front of 6,823 at the DC Armory in Washington DC. Hopkins’ experience and awkward grabbing style totally befuddled Shumenov, who foolishly didn’t even have a trainer in the corner to advise him on tactics. Hopkins was able to mostly dictate the pace and for the most part easily counter whatever the 19 years younger Shumenov did. Hopkins floored Shumenov with a right hand in round eleven. Scores on two cards were 116-111, 116-111 Hopkins. Judge Gustavo Padilla somehow scored the one-sided route 114-113 for Shumenov!
In the most impressive performance of the night, IBF welterweight champion Shawn Porter (24-0-1, 15 KOs)…
By Gary Digital Williams at the scale
Photos: Tom Casino/Showtime
Bernard Hopkins 172.4 vs. Beibut Shumenov 174.4
(IBF/WBA light heavyweight titles)
Shawn Porter 146.8 vs. Paulie Malignaggi 146.2
(IBF welterweight title)
Peter Quillin 159.8 vs. Lukas Konecny 158.25
(WBO middleweight title)
Sadam Ali 146.25 vs. Michael Clark 144
(Vacant NABO Welterweight title)
Zachary Ochoa 139.5 vs. Hector Marengo 140.25
Marcus Browne 174 vs. Otis Griffin 176
D’Mitrius Ballard 168 vs. Quincy Miner 165
Dominic Wade 163 vs. Marcus Upshaw 157
David Grayton 148 vs. Howard Reece 149
Chris Alexander 135 vs. Jose Valderrama…
Miguel Cotto is very confident that he will become a four division world champion, and the first in his country to do so, that he has completely blocked out the notion that he is the underdog, and that he's facing a fighter who hasn't been beaten in a very long time. Cotto is very relaxed and poised but it may not be enough at this point in his career. Miguel has had a wonderful career, but now it seems that he is just fighting for the money and the fans are not believing in him as a fighter that can dethrone the super talented Sergio Martinez.
"Cotto is done." said boxing expert Adam Savon "I have watched Miguel Cotto as a child to adulthood and I can see that his fire is gone, now he's just making a nest egg for himself. Martinez is old and…Continue
Featherweights Gary Russell and Vasyl Lomachenko, both former ESPN.com prospects of the year, will meet for a vacant world title after Golden Boy Promotions, representing Russell, beat archrival Top Rank, Lomachenko's promoter, in one of the closest purse bids in memory Friday.
Golden Boy won the promotional rights to the fight with a bid of $1,052,250, edging Top Rank's offer of $1,050,000 at the ceremony in Orlando, Fla., site of a Top Rank card on Saturday night.
The difference of $2,250 was only two-tenths of 1 percent between the bids. The minimum bid was $150,000.
Golden Boy Promotions chief executive Richard Schaefer said the fight will take place on June 21, likely at the StubHub Center in Carson, Calif., as an undercard bout of a Showtime telecast for which the main event is not yet set.
Lomachenko is entitled to 60 percent of the winning offer ($631,350), and Russell will receive the remaining 40 percent ($420,900). Both figures…Continue
Philadelphia, PA (APRIL 18, 2014)--Two undefeated fighters remain in the Boxcino 2014 Middleweight tournament. Brandon Adams of Los Angeles raised a lot of eyebrows with his 4th round stoppage over Daniel Edouard in the quarterfinals that took place on February 28 in Hammond, Indiana.
Adams, who is now 13-0 with 9 knockouts takes Raymond Gatica (14-2, 9…
Photo Credit: Stephanie Trapp / SHOWTIME
MONROEVILLE, Pa. (April 17, 2014) - It turns out promoter Mike Tyson can stir the pot almost as much as heavyweight champ Mike Tyson. Almost.
Tyson seemed right at home in his new role as promoter Thursday as he guided his Iron Mike Productions fighters through the final press conference and weigh-in for tomorrow's ShoBox: The New Generation event.
Friday's tripleheader airs live on SHOWTIME®, home…Continue
Alan Sanchez was battling it out with Jorge Silva. Both fighters were in some good exchanges. Then in the 6th round Alan hit Silva with a good overhand right and he dropped hard. He beat the count but he was staggering around still. Referee Rafael Ramos saw enough and stopped the fight. With the win Alan Sanchez improves to 13-3, 7 KO's.
Joseph Rodriguez and Francisco Arellano gave it their all for 4 rounds. Joseph seemed to land the cleaner shots over the last 2 rounds. The judges saw it 40-36 all for Joseph Rodriguez Jr.…Continue
Benjamin Whitaker was calm, cool, and collective and he picked apart Milton Ramos in the first round. Benjamin just started pot shotting him after that. In the 3rd round Benjamin knocked Milton's mouth piece out. Benjamin hit Milton with some combos in the 5th and Milton lost his mouth piece again. The ref took a point away. Bejamin is comfortably ahead. Slow action from the 6th and 7th round. In the 8th round Benjamin knocked the mouth piece out twice. Ramos lost 2 more points that round. Benjamin won a easy unanimous decision.
Girban Ruiz and Warren Steward let it all hang out. Warren hurt Girban early in fight but he came back and hurt Warren. Back and forth for the whole 3 minutes. In the second round Girban took to right back to Warren. He was merciless as Warren tried to fight back. Warren suffered a cut during the exchange of punches and the ref seen enough.…Continue