Posts by Juan:
Story and Photos by Ricardo Ibarra
After nearly a two year long hiatus from the sport, top Pacific Northwest cruiserweight prospect Mike Wilson made his return to the ring last Saturday night at the Compton Arena in his hometown of Central Point, Oregon. Fighting under the promotional banner of his wife Jennifer Wilson’s newly formed Whited Delight Promotions, Wilson kept his unbeaten record intact with an emphatic second round knockout of previously unbeaten Kansas City prospect Derek Williams. The fight was the main event of a seven bout card that drew one of the largest boxing crowds seen in the region in recent years, showing the vast popularity of the local favorite Wilson. Read the rest of this entry “
By Christopher Morgan at ringside
LAS VEGAS, NV, March, 07, 2015 — The main event of NBC’s inaugural prime time network boxing telecast made the lackluster co-main a distant memory and gave viewers, as well as the sell out crowd, well more than their moneys worth. Keith “One Time” Thurman answered a lot of questions in mostly dominating top welterweight Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero over 12 hard fought rounds, winning both the slugging as well as the boxing war, though he had to walk through some fire to accomplish his task.
Robert Guerrero (32-2-1, 18 Kos) of Gilroy, California enters the ring first to Oscar-winning composer Hanz Zimmer’s heroic orchestral theme that he composed for NBC’s boxing series. The crowd, being majority Mexican-American, is definitely behind Robert, loudly cheering their blood and guts champ. Keith Thurman (24-0, 21 Kos) quickly follows, smiling and bouncing his way to the ring to the same orchestral themes. He also has strong crowd support — with a smattering of boos mixed in. Read the rest of this entry “
By Juan C. Ayllon
MONTE-CARLO, MONACO — Before a crowd of 900 at the Salle des Étoiles and countless TV viewers watching worldwide, the former Kazakhstan Olympian, Gennady Golovkin, successfully defended his championship belts (WBA Super World Middleweight, Interim WBC World Middleweight, and IBO titles), turning back the challenge of rugged Brit, Martin Murray, via stoppage in the 11th round.
Murray, who’d never been stopped and arguably was cheated in two previous world title challenges, did a fair amount of grabbing and punching, catching Golovkin repeatedly with right hands to the head. He had some success early, scoring 20 power punches to Golovkin’s 14 in the first two rounds (according to HBO’s Punch Stats), arguably taking the second round with his higher level of connects. Read the rest of this entry “
Former light heavyweight boxing contender and current boxing trainer, “Ice” John Sully, joined the father of Floyd “Money” Mayweather (who is rumored to be slated to fight fellow superstar Manny Pacquiao in May) — Floyd Mayweather, Sr. (also a former boxer and current trainer) in signing boxing gloves. Commenting on the experience, Scully wrote, “Floyd Sr. and I signing pairs of gloves at Foxwoods today after finishing up filming of the second season of “Knockout” for Nuvo-TV.”
By Juan C. Ayllon
Photos by Efren Gutierrez
CHICAGO, December 12, 2014 — There were thrills in supporting bouts, but what promised to be a barnburner at the UIC Pavilion ended in a whimper.
Last night’s main event at the UIC Pavilion had scarcely began when a right hook from the undefeated Rau’shee Warren (12-0, 3 knockouts, 117.5 lbs.) deposited the onrushing Javier Gallo (21-10-1, 12 KO’s, 118 lbs.) into the ropes. Righting himself, Gallo resumed the chase. The combatants circled. Unfortunately, before the bout got untracked, about a minute later, their heads slammed together and, blinking, Gallo collapsed. Writhing in pain, he rolled over on his back. Some booing ensued. Read the rest of this entry “