February 24, 2017, Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula, California played host to Mayweather Promotions Takeover. Justin “The Chosen One” DeLoach (17-1, 9 KOs) knocked out Chris “Young King” Pearson (14-2, 10 KOs) in Round 2.
Lightweight Saul Rodriguez (21-0-1, 15 KOs) won a split decision over Oscar Bravo (22-7, 10 KOs). The scores were 95-94, 97-92 for Rodriguez, and 95-94 for Bravo.
Unbeaten Cruiserweight prospect, Andrew Tabiti (14-0, 12 KOs) scored a 6th round TKO over Quantis Graves (11-1-2, 4 KOs).
PBC honored the passing of the “greatest” of all time with a touching opening ten-bell count.
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.
Hard Rock Live Arena Seminole Hotel & Casino, Hollywood, Florida
IBF Lightweight Champion, Rances “Kid Blast” Barthelemy (25-0, 13KOs) won via split decision over Mickey “The Spirit” Bey (22-2-1, 10KOs). Round 2, Bey was credited with a knock down, which upon review was a clash of heads. ‘Kid Blast’ controlled the fight by keeping Bey at arms length. It would seem, Barthelemy would win by unanimous decision. However, this is the world of boxing and in this world nothing is ever that easy. Two judges scored the fight 116-111 and 117-110 for Barthelemy. However, another judge scored the fight 116-111 for Bey, astounding bemused the crowd.
Caleb “Sweet Hands” Plant (13-0, 10KOs) won by knock out over Carlos “El Guerrero” Galvan (12-5-1, 11KOs). In the 4th round, Plant landed a hard shot to Galvan’s body, which sent him down for the 10 count.
Bantamweight Emmanuel ‘Manny’ Rodriquez (15-0, 10KOs), clenches bragging rights for his native; Puerto Rico, in a one-sided match up against Alberto Guevara (24-3, 9KOs). Guevara would be on the receiving end of a left eye cut, after an accidental clash of heads in the 4th round. Rodriquez won by unanimous decision. The scores were 99-91, 100-90, and 99-91.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The DC Armory in Washington DC hosted Showtime Boxing. In a stunner, Badou “The Ripper” Jack (21-1-1, 12 KOs) retains his WBC Super Middleweight title against Lucian Bute (32-4, 25 KOs) with a majority draw. Jack would box effectively throughout the 12 rounds, landing his right at will to Bute’s head and body. The 1st round saw each fighter feeling the other out. Jack would begin to dictate the pace of the bout with an effective jab and crisp right. The Ripper’s perpetual motion threw off Bute’s timing. Probably thinking he was winning the fight easily, Jack coasted the last three round. Bute would capitalize by pressing the action and landing his left on a clearly tired Jack. The fight ended with Jack landing 61% of his power shots. Judge Stephen Rados scored the bout 117-111, Judges Glen Crocker and Omar Mintun Sr. both had it 114-114. Jack will face DeGale in a Super Middleweight unification bout in the fall. On 05/26/2016, the WBC stated Bute tested positive for the banned susbtance enobosaram. The fight will probably be rulled a no contest.
After the fight, Jack stated, “I won the fight, but everybody saw it though so it’s all good. I feel I landed more punches than him. But everybody saw it though, so that’s what matters. He was very tough. I may have given away a couple of rounds, maybe the last one or two rounds or so but I won the fight clearly. Right now I’m just going to relax, go home and see my beautiful daughter, take some time off and be back in the fall with DeGale.”
IBF Super Middleweight Champion, “Chunky” James DeGale (23-1, 14 KOs) won a controversial unanimous decision over Rogelio “Porky” Medina (36-7, 30 KOs). Porky took the fight to DeGale pressuring the champ from the opening bell. DeGale would resort to posturing by sticking his tongue out which did not win over the DC crowd. ‘Porky’ would respond by spitting at DeGale. Medina would continue to press the action in the later rounds with strong body punches and left hooks. DeGale would counter Medina’s shots with crisp rights. The later rounds would see DeGale begin to show the effects of the body shots by staying on the ropes. Medina would capitalize with effective combinations to the head and body. In the end, a battered and bruised DeGale would get the unanimous decision win 115-113, 117-111 2x much to the dismay of the DC Armory crowd.
DeGale on his performance, “The boxing skills are too good. If I’m being honest, he’s a very strong fighter, but skills pay the bills. I watched this guy years ago and this guy didn’t have the engine like that. He’s gotten better and stronger in the last year and a half. I’m a bit disappointed – I should be taking out people like Porky Medina, no disrespect to him.”
Medina on DeGale, “I pressured him and came here to give a good fight and good performance. That’s what I came to do tonight. I don’t know what he came to do. He just came to run, and avoid going to war with me as much as possible. I don’t see how they can give the decision to someone that doesn’t want to fight.”
Chris Pearson (14-1, 10KOs) in convincing fashion, won a uniamous decision over Joshua Okine (28-7-1, 17 KOs). Pearson got off to a quick start stunning Okine in the 1st round with a stiff jab. In Round 2, Pearson would throw a vicious low blow which sent Okine to the mat and left every man present cringing. Okine would recover and pick up the pace in the later rounds but it was too little too late as Pearson takes the decision win 99-92.
In a Super Lightweight bout, Sharif “The Lion” Bogere (28-1, 19 KOs) dominated Samuel Akoako (21-10, 15 KOs). Bogere was the quicker of the two combatants landing effective combinations against the slower Akoako. “The Lion” would stalk his prey over 10 rounds, winning a unanimous decision. Scores 100-90 3x
Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Friday April 29th
The Dirrell Brothers, natives of Flint, Michigan used their star power to broaden awareness, to the town’s water crisis. Friday night, the duo, fought for the people of Flint. For those who would like to help the people of Flint, #Fight4Flint has been set up for donations.
After losing to James DeGale a year ago in May, Andre “ The Resurrected” Dirrell (25-2-16KOs) came back in spectacular fashion with an impressive win over Australian Super Middleweight, Blake Caparello (22-2-1, 6KOs). Unlike his brother’s swift and furious win; ‘The Resurrected’ went the distance, stacking points against his Aussie opponent. Caparello would have his strongest lead in the 2nd round, when he sent the older Dirrell to the canvas with a left hook. Dirrell would not give up points again, showcasing his endurance. Scores were 98-1 3x.
“The Dog” Anthony Dirrell (29-1-1, 23KOs) fought like he wanted his title back, when he rocked Caleb Truax (26-3-2, 16KOs), sending him to the mat twice in the 1st round. After a lack luster performance by his own admission against Marco Rubio, Dirrell got off to a quick start with a sharp combination that sent Truax to the canvas. Truax would rise before the ten count, but “The Dog” would immediately send him back down with a devastating left right combination.
In a Super Bantamweight IBF eliminator, Jonathan Guzman (21-0, 21KOs) cruised to his 21st career win by knockout, against Daniel Rosas (20-3, 12KOs). Guzman kept the pressure on delivering his first knockdown in the 5th. Guzman was pushed into unfamiliar territory, by the tenacious Rosas, who pressed the action in the 4th with single left hooks. After the 8th round, the bout would be called due to (Rosas) receiving excessive punishment.
On Friday, April 01, 2016, in front of a sold out crowd of 8,172 at the DC Armory in Washington DC, former Super Lightweight Champion Adrien “The Problem” Broner (32-2, 24KOs) stopped Ashley “Treasure” Theophane (39-7-1, 11KOs) by TKO in the 9th round. It was a rough week for Broner. He lost his title for failing to make weight and is also being forced to settle an arrest warrant for felonious assault and aggravated robbery in his hometown of Cincinnati.
Broner took out all his frustrations on Englishman Ashley Theophane. In the early rounds, Broner brushed off Ashley’s overhand rights with vicious uppercuts and body shots. By the middle rounds, it was only a matter a time before the battered Theophane succumbed to Broner’s power. The end came in the 9th round after a Broner uppercut wobbled Theophane. Broner would follow up with a body shot, which later, after replay was shown to be a low blow sending the battered Theophane across the ring. Theophane raised his hand to signal of the low blow, But referee Luis Pabon waived the bout; calling it at 1:10 in the 9th round.
Adrien Broner’s stable mate Lightweight Robert Easter Jr. (17-0, 14KOs) dominated former Super Featherweight Champion Algenis Mendez (23-4-1, 12KOs) Easter Jr. walk down Mendez with a stiff jab and sharp right. In the 5th round, Easter Jr. landed a solid right hand which sent Mendez to dream land.
“My performance was okay. I could have done better, but I’m happy. I got touched more than I expected.
“Once I settled down, I knew I was going to catch him. I had to stay patient.
“Two boxers makes for a boring fight. I wanted to go in there and brawl, but be smart. I knew when I stepped on the gas I would put him to bed and that’s what I did.
“He was definitely the toughest opponent I have faced in a shorter fight. He is a former champ and he came in ready.
“This was a huge opportunity for me. Toledo, Ohio showed up tonight in DC and I’m just happy I got the knockout.”
Maryland’s Gervonta “The One” Davis (15-0, 14 KOs) won in spectacular fashion with a sixth round TKO over Guillermo Avilia (16-6, 13KOs). Davis a crowd favorite dominated from the opening bell. The One knocked Avilia down in the 5th round and finished him off at .29 in the 6th round.
“I knew he was a strong opponent. He kept bouncing back and I actually thought he was going to get up at the end too. He is very experienced and I thank him for taking the fight. He brought out the best in me.
“There is always room to get better and better, but this is another step toward my dream.
“I’m happy with my performance and it is even more special to have done it where I made my pro debut, so close to home.
“I’m happy I could get this victory for my team, Floyd Mayweather and everyone that supports me.”