Russell Jr. vs. Diaz Jr. Final Press Conference

WBC Featherweight Champion Gary Russell Jr. and Joseph Diaz Jr. held their final press conference Thursday before their May 19, clash, at the MGM National Harbor in Oxon, Maryland.  It will not be only a clash of Juniors but also a clash for former Olympians. Gary Russell Jr. participated in the 2008 Olympics, while Diaz Jr. was part of the 2012 U.S. Olympic team. The two combatants will meet for the WBC Featherweight World Championship.  It’s easy to see how the composure, etiquette and vacillating respect these “juniors” display is rooted in more than mere sportsmanship. The fight will be part of Showtime Championship Boxing telecast. The fighters were joined on stage by their fathers Gary Russell Sr., Joseph Diaz Sr. and Showtime President of Sports & Events Programming, Stephen Espinoza.

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WBC Gary Russell Jr. is chomping at the bit to get back in the ring after a year off, and eager to defend his title. Russell Sr. stated the long wait was due to politics.  However, Russell Jr.’s main goal is to get a rematch with pound for pound king Vasyl Lomachenko.  The Russells believe in the prestige of the WBC strap.  “As long as I have this strap, nobody is walking in here and taking it.” He knows Diaz will be at his best but Russell is not concerned. “I believed in my ability to make necessary adjustments no matter what my opponent brings to the ring.” Russell Jr also heap praised on his opponent. “Diaz worked his way up the ranks to get this fight. He did everything you have to do to get in position to fight for the world title.”

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Number 1 contender, Joseph Diaz Jr. believes it is his moment.  “I absolutely think Gary is overlooking me.” Diaz Jr. continued to say he was very excited for a chance at the title.  “I trained for this my whole life. This opportunity has been presented to me by my hard work.” Diaz Jr. confidence is sparked by his trainer Diaz Sr. “It’s a blessing to be in this position. I really believe that God didn’t bring us this far only to bring us this far.” Russell Jr. is fast fighter. Joseph’s a little slower but he’s actually faster than most people think.

Russell Jr. stated he thought it was ironic that both are trained by their fathers. “I think that that’s pretty cool because at the end of the day that’s your last line of defense. When you go to your coaching, that’s your last line of defense. When everything goes wrong in the ring, you go to your corners and your corners gives you instructions what’s going wrong and why it’s going wrong, you have to have a level of trust and belief in your corner.”

May 19, 2018, that trust will be on full display when the two combatants enter the ring at the MGM Harbor part of a two-part Showtime Telecast featuring Russell Jr. vs. Joseph Diaz Jr. in the U.S. and Adonis Stevenson vs Badou Jack in Toronto.

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Adrien Broner vs. Jessie Vargas

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Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York

Jessie Vargas (29-2-1, 10 KOs) fought to a Majority Draw, against Adrien Broner (33-3-1, 24KOs) in a late action pulsed bout.  Vargas used his height to land jabs which took Broner out of his game. He followed up with several body shots which slowed the already cautious Broner.  Vargas would continue to focus on the body which seemed to bother Broner. Vargas built upon his activity up until round 7. In round 7, Broner would adjust his style and land an over hand right which kept Vargas honest.  He would follow up his right with several body shots which secured him the middle rounds.  As Vargas slowed, Broner became more active landing straight rights which resulted in several bruises and a cut over Vargas’ left eye.  In round 10, Broner landed two consecutive uppercuts to close out the round, nearly sending Vargas down. Vargas would recover in round 11, However, Broner would continue to land 1’s and 2’s never going for the knock out. In round 12, Vargas returned to his old form, landing jabs and an over hand right to keep Broner at bay. Vargas would dance and use Broner’s pension for inactivity to cruise to the end of the 12th round. The fight was then ruled a draw 115-113, 114-114, 114-114.

Unbeaten Middleweight Jermall Charlo (27-0, 21 KOs) knocked out Hugo Centeno (26-2, 14 KOs) with a brutal left hook at :55 of round two, to claim the WBC Interim Middleweight Title.  Charlo started off round 1 establishing his flinching jab. Centeno stormed out in round 2 hoping to smother Charlo with his height. To make a long story short, he did not succeed. Charlo answered with to right’s and a left hook over Centeno’s right- which sent Centeno to sleep. Charlo is now the WBC Interim Middleweight Champion, and the number one contender for Gennady Golovkin’s WBC Title.

Gervonta Davis (20-0, 19 KOs), the undefeated super featherweight scored a 3rd round KO over Jesus Cuellar (28-3, 21 KOs). Davis landed a massive right to Cuellar’s body in the, 1st guiding the hard charging Cuellar into retreat mode.  Davis landed another body shot mid-way in the 2nd, hurling Cuellar to the mat. Cuellar answered the count.  As the round progressed, a distressed Cuellar folded into himself for the remainder of the round.  In round three, Davis closed the show with a flurry of uppercuts and body shots forcing Cuellar to the floor for the 2nd time. Seconds later is a depressed Cuellar is guided down again – causing Referee Estevez to call an end to the bout. Time was 2:55/

Female Featherweight Heather Hardy (21-0, 4 KOs) won an eight round unanimous decision over Paola Torres (10-3-1, 3 KOs). Scores were 78-74, 78-74, 79-73.

Welterweight Fabian Maidana (15-0, 11 KOs), younger brother of Marcos Maidana, won by a third round corner stoppage against Justin Savi (31-16-2, 21 KOs).

 

Champion Homecoming Adrien Broner vs. Adrian Granados 02/18/2017

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The Cintas Center in Cincinatti, Ohio hosted Adrien Broner (33-2-1NC, 24KOs) vs. Adrian Granados (32-1-1NC, 24KOs). The two puglists slugged it out for ten rounds in front of a raucous crowd. Granados started the fight on his toes dipping in and out with pot shots. Broner seemed to time Granados movements to perfection landing visibly unnerving power-shots in Round 2. Broner, after Round 2,  became a one-dimensional fighter due to an injured left hand. However, both fighters constantly traded blows with Broner seemingly landing the more effective shots in the later rounds. The action between the two men left both visibly spent by Round 10. The fight was called for Broner in a split decision 97-93 Broner, 97-93 Granados, and 96-94 Broner.

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After a 16-month layoff, Lamont Peterson (35-3-1, 17KOs) becomes a 2-time world champ after clutching the WBA welterweight title and effectively ending David Avanesyan’s (22-2-1-, 11KOs) reign. The two worked the inside, exchanging back and forth blows. However, Peterson would spread the point gap by chopping away at Avenesyans’ body, exercising merciless, uninhibited force. As the fight progressed, a clear victor began to emerge. In the weirdest move of the night, Avanesyan attempted to tire out “King Pet’s” legs, by lying on Peterson’s back; resulting in Avanesyan being tossed off, falling into a flip. In the end, the Peterson wins the WBA “Regular” Welterweight Championship unanimous decision 116-112, 116-112, and 115-113. He becomes the #1 contender for the winner of the March 4th bout between Garcia vs Thurman.

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Third times the charm. Light heavyweight ‘Sir’ Marcus Browne (19-0, 13KOs) let his right jab loose on challenger Thomas ‘Top Dog’ Williams (20-3, 14KOs). The 2nd round saw Browne begin his ascent to victory by sending Williams to the mat. However, “Sir Marcus” would tradeoff the point, by delivering a blow to the back of Williams head, while he was taking a knee. Williams would make friends with the mat for a total of 3 times, contributing to Browne’s one-sided win. The bout closed 42 seconds into the 6th round.

Showdown in Philly: Farmer vs Zenunaj

 

Venue- 2300 Arena in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

FRIDAY NIGHT RESULTS (12/02/2016)

By David Malandra Jr.

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Tevin Farmer (24-4-1, 5KOs) over Darden Zenunaj (12-3, 9KOs) UD 99-91×2, 98-9

Garrett Wilson (17-11-1, 9KOs) over Lamont Capers (7-9-2, 0KOs) MD 58-56×2, 57-57

Joseph Adorno (debut) over Guy Newman (0-2, 0KOs) TKO 1:32 in the 1st round

Marcel Rivers (1-0, 1KO) over Tony Kim (0-1, 0KO) KO 0:41 in the 1st round

Roque Zapata (2-1-3, 1KO) over Isaiah Wise (3-1, 2KOs) Scores: 40-36, 39-37, 38-38

Victor Padilla (1-0, 1KO) over Kimmy St. Pierre (1-3, 1KO) KO 0:59 in 2nd round

Iegor Plevako (2-0, 1KO) over Montrell Castro (0-1, 0KOs) KO, 0:31 into 2nd round

Jose Gonzalez (6-0-1, 2KOs) over Tim Ibarra (4-4,1KO) Scores: 40-36×2, 39-37

 

Beterbiev scored a knock out over Madera

PBC on ESPN – June 04, 2016

Montreal, Canada

PBC honored the passing of the “greatest” of all time with a touching opening ten-bell count.

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Two time Russian Olympian Artur Beterbiev (10-0, 10KOs) scored a knock out over Ezequiel Osvaldo Maderna ( 23-3, 15KOs) in the 4th round of the light heavyweight title bout, at the Bell Center in Montreal, Canada. Beterbeiv had his way with the overmatched Maderna. Artur scored 2 knockdowns in Round 2. Beterbeiv would lay in wait for his prey in Round 4 dropping Maderna twice in the 4th round before (Maderna’s) corner threw in the towel. Time was 56 seconds.

Bryant “GoodFella” Perrella (14-0, 13KOs) retains his blemish-free record with a spectacular second round TKO against David Grayton (14-1, 10KOs).
The Floridian maintained accuracy and speed in the opening round, letting himself go, sending a dazed and footloose Grayton tumbling to the mat, 2:19 in the 2nd.

Lara Retains; Charlo Brothers Reign

Saturday May 21, 2016, the same day the Notorious B. I.G. would’ve turned 44, Showtime sports brought twin magic; Jermell and Jermall Charlo became the 2nd twins to hold World Championships.

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Venue- Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Nevada

 

The feature bout of the evening saw WBA Super Welterweight Champion Erislandy Lara (23-2-2 13KOs) win over Vanes Martirosyan (36-3-1, 21KOs). Martirosyan would press the action but Lara landed the more meaningful shots during the early rounds. Martirosyan focused his shots to Lara’s body, however the veteran, Lara would brush them off. Lara would find his rhythm in the middle rounds landing strong straight lefts, which dictated the action.

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The IBF Super Welterweight Championship belt settled nicely in the hands of its current owner for another title defense. Jermall Charlo (24-0, 18KOs) extends his perfect record against former WBA super welterweight champion, Austin ‘No Doubt’ Trout (30-3,17KOs). The early rounds saw Charlo dictate the bout behind a strong left jab and powerful straight right. Charlo damaged Trout’s right eye to the point of closing. However, Trout would recover in the Championship rounds behind a sneaky straight left. Charlo would win the fight by unanimous decision; scores were 116-112 2x and 115-113.

 

*Fireworks would continue after the bout with mandatory/confused contender Charles Hatley shoving Jermall Charlo instead of Jermell Charlo who he is set to face later this year.

 

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Floyd Mayweather’s vacated WBC Super Welterweight belt was up for grabs in the first bout of the night. It would be one half of the Charlo duo that would snag the 154lb pound Championship after a comeback performance for the ages. Jermell Charlo (28-0, 13KOs) suffered a lackluster performance possibly winning two of the eight rounds fought. John ‘Da Rock’ Jackson (20-3, 15KOs) son of former WBC Middleweight Champion Julian Jackson put on a boxing clinic for seven rounds. Charlo seemed befuddled (the catch word of the evening) by the movement of Jackson. Derrick James, Charlo’s trainer, in between round 7 and 8 lit a fire under Charlo by questioning his stamina. Charlo raced out at the start of the 8th round and landed a hard right hook that turned Jackson into a living statue. Referee Tony Weeks stopped the bout in Round 8. At the time of the stoppage, Jackson was up 69-64 on all scorecards.