Rigondeaux: Can He Topple Lomachenko?

By Damon “Latinbox” Gonzalez

Photo credits: Janer Bigio

New York – There’s no question Guillermo Rigondeaux blistering hand-speed appears to still be there he will certainly get his chance to break back into the elite when he faces Vasyl Lomachenko at the Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York, with that said it is very easy to make a case for Lomachenko outpointing Rigondeaux.

Look closely at Lomachenko’s strong jab, his smart, purposeful movement, and sturdy chin at his weight, but for a split second I didn’t think Rigondeaux would panic or succumb in the face of Lomachenko’s attack perhaps a arguable decision in this one, I do not see Rigondeaux or Lomachenko getting stopped.

Styles mean everything in this business, and in this matchup they mean even more then that.

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History will be made on December 9th when Ukrainian wizard Vasyl Lomachenko takes on Guillermo Rigondeaux at the Madison Square Garden Theater. In what is surely the best skills match-up in boxing, a pair of two-time Olympic gold medallists meet for the first time.

Lomachenko, the fastest ever two-weight World Champion, defends his WBO World Super-Featherweight Title, while unbeaten Cuban opponent is moving up from Super-Bantamweight for this unmissable December dust-up. @thegarden

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‘WORLD KID’ IS A WORLD CHAMPION: SADAM ALI PULLS OFF STUNNING UNANIMOUS DECISION UPSET OF MIGUEL COTTO IN FAREWELL FIGHT OF HIS LEGENDARY CAREER AT MADISON SQUARE GARDEN WBC SUPER BANTAMWEIGHT WORLD CHAMPION REY VARGAS MAKES SECOND SUCCESSFUL TITLE DEFENSE IN CO-MAIN EVENT PUERTO RICO’S ANGEL ‘TITO’ ACOSTA WINS VACANT WBO JUNIOR FLYWEIGHT WITH SENSATIONAL 10th-ROUND KNOCKOUT

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NEW YORK CITY – On a night that Madison Square Garden and the boxing world bid farewell to a boxing legend in Miguel Cotto (41-6, 33 KOs), Sadam “World Kid” Ali (26-1, 14 KOs) stole the show, winning a unanimous decision victory and the WBO Junior Middleweight World Championship in front of 12,391 fans and televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing. The final scores were 115-113 twice and 116-112.

Ali, a 2008 U.S. Olympian from Brooklyn, hurt Cotto twice in the early rounds and used slick defense and solid counterpunching to keep Cotto at bay throughout the 12-round bout.

“I worked hard for it,” Ali said. “I took advantage of this fight, and I made sure to make it count. I want to Thank God, and also thank team Cotto, They could have taken an easier fight if they wanted too. I had him hurt here or there in the first couple of rounds. I knew I had to do something, or he would have dug in. By the 11th round, I thought the fight was close. Whatever Golden Boy Promotions has next, I’ll take it. Good things happen to good people. I have been training since I was eight years old, and I am glad I got this win at MSG, in my hometown.”

Cotto, a six-time, four-division world champion and the fighting pride of Caguas, Puerto Rico confirmed his retirement after the bout.

“I am feeling good with the performance,” Cotto said. “Something happened to my left bicep in the seventh round. I don’t want to make excuses, Sadam won the fight. It is my last fight. I am good, and I want to be happy in my home with my family. Thank you for all the fans. I am proud to call MSG my second home. I had the opportunity to provide the best for my family because of the sport.”

In the co-main event, despite suffering severe gashes over both eyes caused by accidental headbutts, WBC Super Bantamweight World Champion Rey Vargas (31-0, 22 KOs) defended his title a second time,rolling to a 12-round unanimous decision victory over a very game Oscar “El Jaguar” Negrete (17-1, 7 KOs). The scores were 119-109 twice and 120-108.

“I am glad that we got the win, and I continue being unbeaten with my belt,” Vargas said. “It was difficult finding my rhythm at the beginning of the fight, and the cuts did not help. I have the humility to say that I made my share of mistakes, but I feel that Negrete fought very dirty, and was not a very good boxer.”

 

In a battle pitting Puerto Rico against Mexico for the vacant WBO Junior Flyweight World Championship, Angel “Tito” Acosta (17-1, 17 KOs) of San Juan, Puerto Rico landed huge shots throughout the early and middle rounds before knocking out Neuvo Leon, Meixco’s Juan “Pinky” Alejo (25-5-1, 15 KOs) with a vicious left hook in the 10th round of a scheduled 12.

“It’s taken me five years to get here, and I’m cherishing this moment for me and for Puerto Rico,” Acosta said. “I’ve learned a lot since my last fight for a world title against Kosei Tanaka, and this fight proves that I learned and fixed all I needed to win a world championship. My next steps will be up to my promoters, but I know I am in good hands.”

 

Santa Ana, California’s Ronny Rios (29-2, 13 KOs) used a combination of left hooks to the body and right hands upstairs to dominate Monteria, Colombia’s Deivis Julio (19-4, 11 KOs) over 10 rounds in a match up of featherweights. Rios took home a unanimous decision by the scores of 100-90, 99-91 and 97-93.

“It was an ugly win, but we got to accomplish it on the undercard of Miguel Cotto,” Rios said. “He was a southpaw, with an awkward style. He was also a veteran, so he had his little tricks. Overall, this was a huge motivation, and I’m just glad to get back in my groove.”

 

In the opening fight of the evening, welterweight prospect and Brooklyn native Zachary “Zungry” Ochoa (18-1, 7 KOs) landed early and often, en route to a unanimous six-round shutout decision over Tijuana, Mexico’s Erick Martinez (14-10-1, 8 KOs).

 

“This puts me in a great spot in my career,” Ochoa said. “I was shaking off a lot of dust since I haven’t been able to fight consistently, but this proves to me that I’m still worthy of the sport. I still have work to do, but when I was able to land my shots I was able to connect them crisp and effectively. I hope that I’ll be able to fight a lot more this year.”

 

Cotto vs. Ali was a 12-round fight for Cotto’s WBO World Junior Middleweight Championship, and was presented by Golden Boy Promotions and Miguel Cotto Promotions. Vargas vs. Negrete was a 12-round fight for Vargas’ WBC World Super Bantamweight Title and was presented by Golden Boy Promotions and Miguel Cotto Promotions in association with Promociones del Pueblo. The event was sponsored by Tecate, “THE OFFICIAL BEER OF BOXING,” “Hennessy: Never Stop. Never Settle,” and Casa Mexico Tequila.

Acosta Stops Alejo In Ten

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New York- @angeltitoacosta Puerto Rico’s Angel “Tito” Acosta (17-1, 16 KO’s) dominates Juan Alejo (25-5-1, 15 KO’s) by scoring a tenth round TKO win at Madison Square Garden dropping Alejo with a hard left hook combination that dropped Alejo who was too hurt to continue as Acosta finishes him off at the official time of 1:33 seconds of round ten, Acosta winner the WBO Jr. Flyweight title.

#CottoAli, a 12-round fight for the Cotto’s WBO World Junior Middleweight Championship, is presented by Golden Boy Promotions and Miguel Cotto Promotions and sponsored by Tecate, “THE OFFICIAL BEER OF BOXING,” and Hennessy “Never Stop. Never Settle,”and Casa Mexico Tequila. The event will take place Saturday, Dec. 2 at Madison Square Garden in New York City and will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.

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Rios Beats Julio at the Garden

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New York- Featherweight Ronnie Rios (29-2, 13 KO’s) from Santa Ana, CA. put his punches together scoring a 10 round unanimous decision victory over Deivis Julio (19-4, 11 KO’s) from Monteria, COL. who looked very predictable in the fight not using any distance walking into Rios right hooks all night long, Rios using his right hand behind the jab effectively as Julio continued walking streight into Rios power punches. Julio took a low blow shot that stopped the action in round seven as Julio used the entire five minutes to recover from his claims. Rios continued to keep the pressure on Julio as the fight went the distance. Judges official scores

97-93, 99-91, 100-90 for Rios.

#CottoAli, a 12-round fight for the Cotto’s WBO World Junior Middleweight Championship, is presented by Golden Boy Promotions and Miguel Cotto Promotions and sponsored by Tecate, “THE OFFICIAL BEER OF BOXING,” and Hennessy “Never Stop. Never Settle,”and Casa Mexico Tequila. The event will take place Saturday, Dec. 2 at Madison Square Garden in New York City and will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.

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Ochoa Coast To A Unanimous Decision Win Over Martínez

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New York- @zacharyochoa In the opening bout of the night at The Garden Brooklyn’s welterweight Zachary Ochoa (18-1, 7 KO’s) outworked a game Erick Martinez (14-10-1, 8 KO’s) scoring a six round unanimous decision victory, Ochoa press the action keeping the pressure on Martinez for six rounds going the distance, Judges official scores 60-54 (3x) for Ochoa.

#CottoAli, a 12-round fight for the Cotto’s WBO World Junior Middleweight Championship, is presented by Golden Boy Promotions and Miguel Cotto Promotions and sponsored by Tecate, “THE OFFICIAL BEER OF BOXING,” and Hennessy “Never Stop. Never Settle,”and Casa Mexico Tequila. The event will take place Saturday, Dec. 2 at Madison Square Garden in New York City and will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.

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Welterweight Ryan Robinson Makes Debut Tonight In Canada

The three-time former world heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis @mrlennoxlewis on hand with his welterweight prodigy Ryan Robinson @cnqrnlion from London, UK. and trainer Orlando Cuellar @commanderzero set to enter the ring tonight in his professional debut against Saulo Morales (1-0) from Mexico. The attraction is being held at the Scotiabank Conversation Centre, Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada. 🇬🇧 🇨🇦🥊

Gilberto Ramirez Lands on BoxWorld Magazine Dec Cover

@trboxing Banger @worldboxingorg Champion @zurdoramirez featured on December cover of @boxworldmagazine

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Mexican star @RamireZurdo defends his super middleweight title against Habib “Wild Hurricane” Ahmed Saturday, Feb. 3, live from Corpus Christi, Texas on @ESPN. #RamirezAhmed

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Cotto’s Last Hurrah

By Damon Gonzalez Latinbox

New York- People are commenting that Miguel Cotto is not going out on top because of his fight with Sadam Ali and that’s ok folks have a right to there opinion, But I clearly disagree with that, I see Cotto going out on his terms, it is very easy to forget 17 years of #WarCotto win or loose Cotto didn’t back down to anyone. The list speaks for it self.

Canelo

Geale

Sergio Martinez

Margarito * 2

Mayweather

Trout

Mayorga

Pacquiao

Clottey

Mosley

Judah

Malignaggi

Quintana

Branco

Torres

Corley

Bailey

Photo credits: Stacey Verbeek 📸