Photo Credit: Naoki Fakuda
This evening marks another evening of “The Adrien Broner Show”. That’s what the world champion boxer called his 12-round fight against Antonio DeMarco (28-2-1, 21ko) at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The native Cincinnatian will be attempting to gain his second world title against DeMarco, this time the WBC lightweight title. It was nearly a year ago when Broner (24-0-0, 20ko) won the WBO super featherweight championship in his hometown. Since then, Broner has continued to rise to stardom now becoming a fixture in the global boxing scene and fighting in front of HBO audiences.
At the young age of 23, the future has a lot offer for Broner, and the next step is against the experienced Mexican, DeMarco. With an impressive record, DeMarco is looking to finish off his best year in the sport. It started last October when he rallied for one of the most exciting knockout finishes of 2011 over Jorge Linares to win the world title. Since then, DeMarco has won twice more, the latest being a first round stoppage over a 24-1 John Molina in September.
“DeMarco is definitely my best opponent so far on paper,” Broner said in a media conference call. “It is the biggest fight of my career thus far. I am not looking past anyone. I have to take it one fight at a time.
“I have been training very hard,” Broner continued. “I want to thank DeMarco and his team for taking the fight and coming to the U.S. to fight me. I know he is a great champion. He is ready and I am ready. It is going to be an electrifying fight and I am ready to go.”
Though the southpaw DeMarco is going to present a new challenge, Broner still believes that he will be able to show his opponent why he’s called “The Problem.”
“You are going to see a totally different Adrien Broner on Saturday night,” Broner said. I am going to be able to show more of my skills on Saturday night because DeMarco has such talent. They say if one good talent goes up against another good talent, it brings out something in the elite.
“DeMarco has fought good guys, but he hasn’t fought me.”
Alan Dawson – London
Mexican light middleweight dog Alfredo Angulo had his thrilling career in the light middleweight division interrupted earlier this year when, after turning himself in to an immigration detention centre in California, Angulo was held for seven months on account of living in the United States with an expired Visa. He was released in August and, ahead of his return to the ring on November 10, discussed his experiences at El Centro…
On the protracted nature of his release…
I had no idea when I was going to get out. I was told it was going to be a short time and obviously that didn’t happen. So I just kept focusing on staying strong, just to get out of there.
I kept thinking about my daughter, which is very important to me. And also I kept thinking about helping other detainees, that were in the same situation as I was, get out and making a difference in helping them out. And obviously the last thing was being able to get back in the ring and fighting in the United States again.
On staying in shape whilst detained…
The reality is they didn’t let me train in there. A simple thing like having tennis shoes… it took me two months. They didn’t allow me to use or have tennis shoes for two months. The rules stipulate that it’s a three-day process, but for some reason it took me two months to get tennis shoes. The only thing I ever did to stay physically fit and in shape was play handball and I did that every day for two hours a day. It was team play, two on two or four.
On his current status…
I’m here [in the US] legally. Everything is fine. The process is behind me. All I have to do now is just think about the future and move forward.
Angulo (20-2-0, 17ko) looks to bounce back from a 2011 defeat to James Kirkland on Saturday, when he takes on Raul Casarez at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles on the undercard of the super bantamweight showdown between Abner Mares and Anselmo Moreno.
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With the hunt for an opponent for WBC junior middleweight belt holder Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez (40-0-1, 29ko) on Saturday, September 15 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada still apparently ongoing, WBA titlist at 154lbs Austin ‘No Doubt’ Trout (25-0-0, 14ko) has issued a reminder to his Mexican rival. Eager for a world title unification, Trout has challenged Canelo…
“Canelo, if you want my belt, come try and take it! After I beat your brother in your hometown to win my title, you came forward and stated you wanted to fight me to avenge your brother’s loss. Ever since I immediately accepted your challenge, you have disappeared. Now we have a chance to unify the titles and give the fans a fight between two young, undefeated world champions, but it seems as though you are more interested in taking on lesser-quality opposition and avoiding me again.”
Trout was last seen scoring a dominant win over Delvin Rodriguez on June 2 on Showtime.
“I’ve proven to be head and shoulders above everyone they’ve put in front of me. I’m ready for my first defining moment as a fighter on the world stage, so I’m sending this challenge out to another champion who hasn’t yet been in a pick ‘em type of fight.”
Surprisingly, Trout says he doesn’t blame Alvarez for his choice of opponents thus far.
“If I could get away with fighting the Kermit Cintrons and Matthew Hattons of the world on HBO, I would too, but it’s time to step up Cinnamon. Time to find out what we’re both truly made of.”
Note: The WBC are reported to have rejected this unification.
Alan Dawson – London
Junior welterweight contender Lucas Matthysse, 29, knocked down June 23 opponent Humberto Soto, 32, at the end of the fifth round of their STAPLES Center duel in Los Angeles and, in so doing, claimed a stunning stoppage win. Soto enjoyed an early superiority over Matthysse but, as the contest wore on, Humberto began to trade but relinquished the upper-hand – and victory – to the Argentine. With the win, Matthysse captured the vacant WBC Continental Americas title.
Official verdict: Matthysse by way of KO.
“With my team we worked hard, trained hard, we knew we had to win by knockout,” said Matthysse to Showtime. “This is the best one [performance] because this didn’t go to the judges. [In my next fight] I just want the opportunity to fight whoever.”
Prospective opponents may not willingly align themselves with Matthysse (31-2-0, 29ko) as the Buenos Aires native’s power was the decisive factor, yet, during the initial jousting, he did show mild vulnerability as Soto (58-8-2, 34ko) out-boxed him.
With a body clad in decorative ink and boxing in baby blue trunks, Matthysse began the fight perhaps encumbered by his role as the favourite. Underdog Soto boxed positively, popped his jab out, sent in wide shots and parried Matthysse’s lead incoming punches. Lucas, a heavy-hitting Argentine, grew confidence late in the opening session, though, and showed Soto he possessed a foundation-rattling hook shot.
The stanza was Soto’s, though, as he had the faster hands, an aesthetically-pleasing combination-punching style and forced the fight early. That ability to out-box his man continued into the second round and Soto found success with his uppercut, together with his overhand right.
Matthysse’s desire to work, however, seemed to be impeded by a referee who was all too eager to make himself noted in the contest but, when the bout reached it’s third session and a barnburner broke out, it favoured Matthysse who was the harder puncher. Matthysse paid particular attention to Soto’s midsection and pummeled the rib-cage with acute shots. Soto’s demise was punctuated by his inability to avoid Matthysse’s favoured areas of the ring as he got himself trapped against the ropes and had no answer or defence for Matthysse’s overhand right over the follow-up left hand.
In the fourth, Matthysse increased his work-rate, let his fists go, continued to work Soto’s body, sat down on his punches and caught the Mexican cleanly with straight rights and left hooks. Soto was fighting back but, midway through the session, he was knocked back onto the ropes and stunned by Lucas’ Herculean power.
Between rounds, Matthysse – like George Foreman was known to – propped himself up on the corner and refused to take his stool in a statement that he was comfortable with the frenetic pace of the fight.
Despite Soto being known for throwing punches in bunches, it was Matthysse who pieced his shots together and, noticeably, threw punches in flurries of three. For all of Soto’s technically-sound attacking moves, he fell into the trap of fighting his opponent’s fight, staying in the pocket and failed to dart out of the danger zone once he had landed his shots. This allowed Matthysse to retaliate and, as had been the tale of the fight, it was his shots that had the greater snap.
That snap… that hellacious power when it was fully realised at the end of the fifth round, was enough to perturb Soto and his team from continuing the fight. Matthysse knocked down Soto with a succession of signature overhand rights, putting Humberto on his seat but, even though he returned to his stool – albeit on legs that were far from sturdy – his corner were not comfortable in allowing their ward to enter the sixth and so Matthysse was rewarded with a headline-grabbing stoppage victory in California.
Robert Delgado – Los Angeles
What had been shaping up to be a classic brawl between two of boxing’s greatest rival nations – Puerto Rico and Mexico – ended in anti-climax as Jorge Arce and Jesus Rojas left the MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas on Saturday, June 9 with a no contest on their record. An electric opening session was countered swiftly in the next as, ten seconds into round two, an illegal move resulted in an Arce injury, something that Rojas refuses to believe…
Official verdict: No contest.
“I put him down in the first round and then with my experience I was dominating him,” said experienced and fan-friendly Arce (60-6-2, 46ko) to HBO.
The knockdown struck by Arce in the first stanza, though, led to a competitive scuffle and those at ringside collectively – and rightly – assumed a barnburner was about to erupt. However, ten seconds into round two, Arce was on the canvas and was granted a five minute respite as he was effectively dropped with a four punch combination with each shot as illegal as the last (a clash of heads, a low blow, a shot to the kidney and a left hook to the ear when his back was turned).
It was the punch to the ear that did the most damage as Arce explained: “He hit me and I heard booming sounds. I understand his anxiety made him act that way. He hit me behind the ear, I feel like I’m falling sideways but with the ice I’m feeling better. This fight can’t end this way, we’ll do this again. We’ll have a rematch.”
Rojas (18-1-1, 13ko) did not accept Arce’s side of the story and believes the Sinaloa slugger was looking for an escape route. The 25-year-old said: “It is unfortunate, I came here to fight… yes, he put me down but I wanted to fight. The referee didn’t intervene at any moment and I hit him in the face. I threw a punch and that was it. The referee never intervened. [Arce is] a coward, he didn’t come to fight.”
On his decision to stop the contest, renowned referee Kenny Bayliss stated that Arce “got hit with an unintentional low blow. I gave him the full five minutes, he complained about his ear, I called the doctor in and he said he could not continue.”
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Powerful junior middleweight contender Gabriel Rosado says he should be the one to fight Saul Alvarez in September: “Let Canelo step up to the plate and fight a real man,” Rosado said after his impressive ninth-round knockout over world-ranked Sechew Powell on Friday night at the Sands Casino Resort, Bethlehem. Having witnessed both Paul Williams and James Kirkland withdraw due to injury, Canelo Alvarez has also been called out by Carlos Molina.
“They keep going over the same old names. Carlos Quintana? Please, give me a break. Carlos Molina? Get real! Those guys can’t hurt my sister. Maybe Canelo wants to play it safe.”
Rosado’s win over Powell should push Rosado to the top of the class at 154 pounds. It was Rosado’s sixth straight win, fourth by knockout, and improved his record to 20-5-0, 12ko.
Going into the fight, Rosado was ranked fifth by the IBF and ninth by the WBC. He should also pick up a WBO ranking now that he has won the vacant WBO Intercontinental junior middleweight belt: “A lot of guys talk tough, but don’t back it up,” Rosado added.
“I’ve fought tough guys every step of the way. My record may not be all that glittering to look at, but check out the guys I’ve fought. Name me another junior middleweight who came up the old-fashioned way like the old-timers did. Why should Canelo be afraid? He’s got one of those pretty records (40-0, 29ko). I should look like a piece of cake to him.
“If TV wants action, I’m their man. If they’re just looking for a pretty face with a pretty record, then they can choose one of those phony contenders. My day will come!”
Alvarez, the WBC champ at 154 pounds, was signed to defend against Paul Williams on September 15 in Las Vegas before Williams was severely injured in a motorcycle accident last weekend in Georgia. James Kirkland was the first choice to replace Williams, but that matchup fell apart.
“Stop playing around!” Rosado added. “I’m ready and I’m willing. Too many promoters play it safe with their fighters and want to keep everything in-house. That way they keep control, regardless of who wins. Let’s break that mold and make a real fight fans’ fight!”
Rosado is not the only pugilist gunning for Alvarez as, now that James Kirkland is injured and unable to face WBC junior middleweight champion Saul Alvarez at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, the world’s uncrowned number one junior middleweight contender, Carlos Molina, would like the fight.
“Hell yeah I want that fight!” said Molina (19-5-2, 6ko) from his home in Chicago. “Every time I fight somebody, it seems like they get to fight Canelo after that. Kirkland was the second time it was going to happen. First time was with Kermit Cintron, whom I beat. Now they’re talking about giving the fight to Erislandy Lara that I had a controversial draw with… what can I do?”
Molina says he’s ready, willing and able to step in, should anyone on Team Canelo come up with the novel idea of fighting the rightful number one contender.
“I’m in the gym training. I’m ready for anyone, Canelo, anybody. I want to fight anybody in the top ten. I want hard fights, the toughest guys out there. This is the best division in boxing and that’s where I want to be.”
Molina says he would be up to his usual spoiler ways should he end up in a ring with Canelo: “I think he’s a good strong, young kid, but I see lots of openings to exploit on him. He’s good for a young guy, but how good? Let’s find out.”
Denzil Stone – Atlantic City
Three-weight world champion Shane Mosley may have been abdicated from the throne for good when he was so resoundingly beaten by Floyd Mayweather two years ago, but Cinco de Mayo opponent Saul Alvarez showed he may not be too far off boxing royalty himself as he extended his undefeated streak with a very unanimous decision at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas. It was Alvarez’s fourth WBC junior middleweight world title defence.
Official verdict: Alvarez via UD (119-109, 118-110, 119-109).
Landing his first punch after one and a half minutes, Alvarez paid too much respect to Mosley too early and arguably relinquished the first round to the ring veteran. Mosley popped a sturdy jab and fair one-two-three into Alvarez’s mouth but Saul swiftly discovered his hand-speed was far swifter than the man almost two decades his senior.
Canelo’s punches were the harder, as Mosley found out in round two when Alvarez executed his tough hookercuts prior to deflating Mosley with strong left hooks upstairs. In round three, Saul varied his jabbing as he landed left hands to the lips and to the midsection. Mosley, meanwhile, was not boxing with the same energy as he did in round one and appeared perturbed at Alvarez’s strength, length and technique.
When Mosley extended his lead arm out, Alvarez hooked over the jab. It was not just the trademark hook that Sugar Shane had to watch out for as the straight right, too, was dispatched with envious venom. The fight was temporarily halted toward the end of round three as a coming together of heads caused tears of blood to weep from an eyebrow cut on Canelo.
Alvarez put his punches together extraordinarily well in round four and, as a result of the two-punch moves, Mosley’s cheekbone was swelling. When Mosley was troubled by Canelo’s power, he tied up, however, in an effort to ward off the clinch, Saul pumped right hands into the kidneys. A donnybrooking dust-up erupted midway through the fifth as Alvarez loaded up on punishing power shots that crept lower and lower. A referee’s warning returned Saul’s attentions to Mosley’s face but the ring veteran was by no means capitulating and attempted to halt Saul’s asendancy by peeling off three punch combinations. When compared to the thudding power of Alvarez, though, Mosley’s power paled.
When Mosley was hurt during his bouts with both Floyd Mayweather Jr and Manny Pacquiao, he retreated into himself and employed survival tactics. By round six and seven there were clear signs that he wanted to mirror that approach with Alvarez as, just when Canelo attacked Sugar with speed, power and blistering flurries, he sought to spoil.
Alvarez busted Mosley with uppercuts, with four punch combos, with hook shots, body shots and right hands from range. Alvarez may have taken 90 seconds to assess Shane in that opening round but, having found his form in the contest’s third quarter, there appeared to be no stopping him as Mosley struggled to limit Alvarez’s success.
Saul attacked Mosley with viciousness when pummeling the body in the ninth, combo’d in the tenth and jabbed and boxed on the inside in the penultimate round. Mosley by no means got steam-rolled, but everything that he attempted to do, Alvarez just did better. He was more powerful, he was stronger, he took a punch better, he threw a punch better and he was faster.
With the clear victory by a deservedly wide margin, Alvarez put a guaranteed future hall of famer’s name on his resume and boosted his chances for a super fight with either Floyd Mayweather or Miguel Cotto later in the year. While he rose to 40-0-1, 29ko, Mosley dropped down to 46-8-1, 39ko.
Denzil Stone – Atlantic City
Former welterweight champion of the world Carlos Quintana moved closer to contender status at junior middleweight as he overcame the odds and underdog status to teekayo Deandre Latimore on the Ring Kings undercard on Saturday, May 5 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. There was little to separate the two southpaws… that is, until, round six when a barrage of left hooks from El Indio finished off the Mayweather Boxing Club product.
Official verdict: Quintana by KO.
When two southpaws meet in the centre of the ring it can, at times, look aesthetically displeasing. Not in the case of Latimore v Quintana, though, as, following a bout of tentativeness during the initial swordsmanship, a cat and mouse game ensued whereby Quintana would come out of the traps, check to see if there’s any cheese, lay a two to three punch combination before exiting onto the outside – the ropeline of the ring – in order to stay away from a chasing Latimore.
Deandre, a sparring partner of Floyd Mayweather Jr and trained by Jeff Mayweather, edged Quintana in round two due to aggression but Carlos leveled the scores in round three having causing considerable markings around Latimore’s eye.
Similarly stylistically, both fighters jabbed with each other, met each other with power but, ultimately, it came down to who could load up and put their nose in front in the race for the victory. That race was won in the sixth by Quintana, who returned to the dressing room earlier than scheduled having checked Latimore’s chin with a number of left hooks to the side of the jaw and sending Deandre down and out for the count.
With the victory, the Puerto Rican – who was supported at ringside by his compatriot Miguel Cotto – secured his most significant triumph since Paul Williams in 2008, rising to 29-3-0, 23ko. Latimore fell to 23-4-0, 17ko in defeat.
Photos: Tom Hogan/Hogan Photos (unless otherwise stated)
Words: Petra Kirsch – Gelsenkirchen
During the promotion for the high-profile WBA junior middleweight world championship clash between defending titlist Miguel Cotto (37-2-0, 30ko) and challenger Floyd Mayweather Jr (42-0-0, 26ko), the latter had spoken out over the lack of excitement during segments of the popular HBO 24/7 series. Ahead of their May 5 showdown at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, the two pugilists finally got shirty after extended periods of amicable exchanges…
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Former three-time welterweight world champion Antonio Margarito (38-8-0, 27ko) will once again take to the ring, as it has been announced this his next fight will be held on Saturday, May 26, and will be televised by TV Azteca, as the Tijuana Tornado will be taking on Abel Perry at the Casino Del Sol Resort AVA Amphitheater in Tucson, Arizona. The bout will be supported by a performance from Jose Benavidez Jr against undetermined opposition.
Perry, hailing from Colorado Springs, Colorado sports a record consisting of 18-5-0, 9ko, has been in with Patrick Thompson, James De La Rosa, Marteze Logan, Donald Camarena and Grady Brewer. He is also a form fighter, riding a five win streak, four by stoppage.
Margarito is coming off a fight against Miguel Cotto last December that resulted in a disappointing stoppage by the commission doctor due to a swollen right eye, however, the tough Mexican stated that he is extremely happy to be able to continue with his boxing career and looks forward to getting back into the ring and fighting for his fans.
Margarito versus Perry will be a ten round main event bout.
Also on the nine-bout fight card will be undefeated KO artist Hanzel Martinez vs German Cruz, Phoenix, Arizona’s own undefeated Super Lightweight Jose Benavidez Jr. vs. TBA and Undefeated Lightweight Jose Roman vs. Javier Garcia.