GAMBOA PUTS THE HURT ON BELTRAN,JR AND THE COMEBACK OF JUANMA LOPEZ A SUCCESS

By Damon “Latinbox” Gonzalez/Ringside

Miami, Florida – Lightweight Yuriorkis “El Ciclon”Gamboa (29-2, 17 KO’s) from Miami, Florida. In the main event in-front of a sold out Miami-Dade Expo scores a ten round unanimous decision over former world Champion Miguel “Barreterito” Beltran Jr (33-7, 22 KO’s) from Los Mochis, Mexico.

I give it to Beltran, Jr. for putting forth a great effort last night taking the fight to the very slick puncher Gamboa.

It was good to see Gamboa takes step back picks his spots to land good solid shots all night long, Beltran, Jr. a very tough gain fighter showed spirit and will, but Gamboa setting up the counter shots makes Beltran, Jr. pay as he continued to lean in and get popped. The judges official scores 99-90, 98-91, 100-89.

In the co-main event Super Featherweight “Juanma” Juan Manuel Lopez (36-6, 32 KO’s) from Caguas, Puerto Rico. made his return to the ring scoring a well fought unanimous decision win over tough “Piedrita” Christian Ruben Mino (19-3, 17 KO’s) from Argentina. Clearly Lopez was the bigger man in the fight Mino opens up with right hands that were not connecting, Lopez getting a bit frustrated with Mino’s tactics in the fight a lot of grabbing and holding, López showed nice work by dropping Mino with hard shots sending him down to the canvas in rounds three, four and six. Mino being desperate tried to make it a dog fight but it was all López tonight. The official scores were 97-88, 96-89 (2x).

Welterweight Harold Calderon (18-0, 11 KO’s) from Miami, Florida. finishes off Emiliano Martin Garcia (16-3, 13 KO’s) from Argentina at 1:11 seconds of round seven by TKO victory.

Calderon picking his spots throughout the fight, Garcia pretty much just standing there getting hit all night, I would-have liked to see Calderon use his range better and fight tall popping the jab, Garcia too predictable, Calderon performed well.

Cuban Super Bantamweight

Jorge De Jesus Romero (12-0, 9 KO) from Miami, FL. scores a 8 round unanimous decision victory over gain fighter Jason Vera (5-6, 3 KO’s) from Miami, FL.

Ramero showing early on he wasn’t afraid of going inside mixing it up early against Vera.

Ramero didn’t have to look for Vera he was right in Ramero’s alley who was fighting at a faster pace just a step ahead of Vera, you didn’t have to look for him Ramero making it a meaningful fight he was definitely sharper with his punches and nice timed hooks to the body. Vera showed effort but it was Ramero dictating the fight.

After eight rounds all three judges scores were 80-72 all for Ramero.

In the opening bout of the night Welterwceight Sonny Dueversonne (4-0-2, 2 KO’s) from Avon Park,FL. scores a six round

unanimous decision over

Jesus Almonte (4-1, 1 KO’s) judges official scores

58-56, 59-55 (2x)

Glowacki-Vlasov & Briedis-Mikaelian go head-to-head above Chicago

Mairis Briedis vs Noel Mikaelian and Krzysztof Glowacki vs Maksim Vlasov are the two Ali Trophy Cruiserweight Quarter-Finals on an incredible doubleheader when the World Boxing Super Series comes to the UIC Pavilion in Chicago on Saturday.

Glowacki and Vlasov face each other for the vacant Interim WBO title while Briedis and Mikaelian compete for the WBC Diamond title.

The fighters met at a press conference on Thursday in the Windy City and went head-to-head 1,353 feet in the air at the Sky Deck at the Willis Tower, USA’s second tallest building.

“I’m really happy to be here in Chicago and I’m looking forward to the fight on Saturday,” said Poland’s Glowacki. “I have a different style than my opponent, so I’m expecting a really interesting fight.”

The Polish immigrant population in the city of Chicago, at nearly 70,000 persons, is one of the largest in the United States.

“It’s very important for me to have a lot of Polish people come over and cheer for me. It really makes your heart rejoice when you hear those voices in the audience. My assumption is that I can go all the way and win the Muhammad Ali trophy.”

Maksim Vlasov is promising an interesting fight between the pair.

“I think it’ll be a wonderful fight because we have two different styles; Glowacki and myself,” said Russia’s Vlasov.

“Glowacki is more aggressive. He’s going to try pressing me and try to knock me out. I have a different style. I’m going to have to work around that and I think it’s going to be an interesting fight.

 “Every fight is important, but this fight is decisive. It’s going to showcase me and prove that I belong, having this status in this weight category. I think I’m going to give a good showing.”

“We watched many of his fights. Practically all the fights that were available. We recognized his style and identified certain actions we need to take against him. We know him very well, I feel.”

One of the stars of Season 1, Latvia’s former WBC World Champion Mairis Briedis is looking forward to another season of the best versus best.

“I said before these are the eight best cruiserweight fighters and these guys are very lucky because we have a thousand fighters in this weight and just eight lucky fighters are here,” said Latvia’s Briedis.

“We will see what happens in the ring. I can say nothing now about the fight. Saturday we will see what happens.”

Briedis can count on hundreds of fans from the local Latvian community.

“I hope a lot of Latvians come and can be heard in the arena. I want to hear Latvian voices,” he said.

Germany’s Noel Mikaelian is looking forward to competing against one of the best in the cruiserweight division.

“I’m really excited and glad to be part of this big tournament and I’m looking forward to the competition,” said Mikaelian.

“Briedis a great fighter. He did well in the first season against Perez and Usyk. He’s a great fighter and I have much respect for him, but I am a great fighter too, so I shouldn’t overestimate him. We’ll see a great match on Saturday.”

“It’s great to be in Chicago,” said Kalle Sauerland, Comosa’s Chief Boxing Officer. “It’s great to be in the sixth week back-to-back of our sensational doubleheaders, the quarterfinals of the World Boxing Super Series. We started out in Yokohama, Japan, and we end on the other side of the planet, in Chicago. There is so much history here in this great fight city.”

“The World Boxing Super Series is all about bringing the best against the best and we are delighted, for the second season in a row, to bring this weight class to you, a weight class that in the first season delivered so many great fights.”

Fans in the U.S. can watch the Ali Trophy quarter-finals LIVE on DAZN, the global sports streaming platform. To sign up for a one-month free trial, fans can visit DAZN.comor download the DAZN app to their preferred connected device.

Ali Trophy Quarter-Finals:

1. October 7th, Yokohama Arena, Yokohama, Japan – Ali Trophy Quarter-Finals 
Naoya Inoue (Japan) beat Juan Carlos Payano (Dominican Republic) – KO1
WBA ‘Regular’ Bantamweight Championship 
&
Kiryl Relikh (Belarus) beat Eduard Troyanovsky (Russia) – UD
WBA Super-Lightweight Championship 

2. October 13th, Ekaterinburg Expo, Ekaterinburg, Russia – Ali Trophy Quarter-Finals 
Zolani Tete (South Africa) beat Mikhail Aloyan (Russia) – UD
WBO Bantamweight World Championship  
&
Andrew Tabiti (USA) beat Ruslan Fayfer (Russia) – UD
Cruiserweight Quarter-Final 

3. October 20th, CFE Arena, Orlando, USA – Ali Trophy Quarter-Finals 
Emmanuel Rodriguez (Puerto Rico) beat Jason Moloney (Australia) – SD
IBF Bantamweight Championship 
&
Yunier Dorticos (Cuba) beat Mateusz Masternak (Poland) – UD
Cruiserweight Quarter-Final 

4. October 27th, U.N.O. Lakefront Arena, New Orleans, USA – Ali Trophy Quarter-Finals 
Regis Prograis (United States) beat Terry Flanagan (England) – UD
‘Interim’ WBC Super-Lightweight Title 
&
Ivan Baranchyk (Belarus) beat Anthony Yigit (Sweden) – TKO7
Vacant IBF Super-Lightweight Championship

5. November 3rd, SSE Hydro, Glasgow, Scotland – Ali Trophy Quarter-Finals 
Nonito Donaire (Philippines) beat Ryan Burnett (Northern Ireland) – TKO4
WBA ‘Unified’ Bantamweight Championship
&
Josh Taylor (Scotland) beat Ryan Martin (United States) – TKO7
WBC Super-Lightweight Silver Title 

6. November 10th, UIC Pavilion in Chicago, USA – Ali Trophy Quarter-Finals 
Mairis Briedis vs. Noel Mikaelian
WBC Diamond Belt
&
Krzysztof Glowacki vs. Maksim Vlasov
vacant Interim WBO World Championship 

Juan “Pinky” Alejo ready for Bomba Gonzalez

Miami, FL: The old saying goes “Its not how you start but how you finish” this proves right for WBO #15 WBC #24 Juan “Pinky” Alejo (24-5-1 14 KO) who started off losing his first 3 fights but later resurrected his career and won the next 20 bouts in a row.

This amazing accomplishment earned him his first WBO world title opportunity, where he dropped a unanimous decision to 3x world champion & Philipino legend Donnie “Ahas” Neites. Alejo, didn’t let the defeat phase him and continued his winning ways adding 5 more bouts to his column before stepping up for another vacant title shot against Angel “Tito” Acosta at the Madison Square Garden in what was Miguel Cotto’s farewell from boxing. Although Alejo came up short in his second attempt, he feels those fights gave him the experience he needs to defeat Jonathan “Bomba” Gonzalez.

Alejo Stated: I started my career with 3 losses and never doubted myself at any moment, i took a short break and now i am ready for my Telemundo debut next Friday. I have been training for 2 months already and all my experience i have acquired throughout my career fighting legends, will make me victorious on Friday night.” He continued “Bomba” Gonzalez better be ready, because on November 16th he’s in for a treat”

The co feature of the night see’s the return of Christian “Macho Time” Camacho (7-1 1 KO) son of the legendary Hector “Macho” Camacho. He squares off against Mexico City’s Issac Cerda (6-2 1 KO) in a 6 round featherweight bout.

Also on the show former Team USA 2016 Rio Olympian Antonio Vargas (8-0 3 KO’s) from Kissimmee, Florida faces Jorge “El Wero” Perez (12-5-1 4 KO’s) in his first 8 round bout.

“Bomba” Gonzalez vs “Pinky” Alejo airs live on Telemundo November 16th at 11:35 EST/ Check local listings.

6 more bouts scheduled, Doors open at 7:00PM first bell 8:00PM

Tickets are already available by visiting ohpark.com/ Ticketmaster.com or at the box office in Osceola Heritage Park.

Golden Boy enters “Beast Mode or No Mode” Introducing undefeated Heavyweight Sensation James “The Beast” Wilson Jared Shaw managed Heavyweight recently inked promotional deal with Golden Boy Promotions

Los Angeles, CA. – In an age where heavyweight boxing is once again a hot division.  The question is still asked, who will be that next Mike Tyson like knockout artist? Or has sports like football and basketball taken the best big men away from boxing?
Enter James “The Beast” Wilson.
Wilson has all the attributes of the above mentioned qualities.  A terrific athlete, who was in an NFL training camp with a background in fighting that displays ferocious power.
Wilson, who just signed with Golden Boy Promotions, has a record of 8-0 with seven knockouts, but his story begins over 20 years ago in the streets of Los Angeles.
Wilson was going through hard times and was homeless between the ages of 13 and 15, where he was sleeping in motels, park benches, and showering in those parks.  Wilson had a scrape with the law, and that changed his life….for the better.
“I was locked up and then placed in a group.  That actually got me to have structure and placed me on the right track. I did well in school and started playing sports and now I had positive options in my life,” said Wilson.
Wilson became the Los Angeles Times High School Football Player of the year, as well as a three-time all-city Track & Field athlete, which earned him a scholarship to Concord University in West Virginia.
Wilson, who graduated with a degree in sociology, then went on to play professional football in of all places, Poland.
After that he earned a training camp invite with the Chicago Bears.  However he chose to follow another athletic passion.
“I started doing Kenpo-Karate, Muay-Thai and Kickboxing.”  Wilson had a professional Kickboxing record of 16-2-1 where he  competed in top organizations such as K-1 and Glory. 
After that, Wilson tried his hand at MMA and racked up an impressive 5-2 record and fought for the highly regarded Bellator Fighting Championships.
Still not satisfied, Wilson started boxing.
Wilson again traveled the globe and began his punching for pay career in New Zealand.
“I knew a promoter in New Zealand, and I was able to fight every week there.  That sped up my process and development.  I came back to Los Angeles, and was able to get four more wins.”
At 7-0, Wilson then met longtime boxing industry player, Jared Shaw.
Shaw saw videos of Wilson on his Instagram account, and reached out to the undefeated heavyweight.
“Jared contacted me, and met at the gym, and he had the same vision for me that I had, and the rest is history.”
“I saw James as a diamond in the rough,” said Shaw.  “He has the combination and speed and power that you do not see in the heavyweight division.  He has that “it” factor that I saw with Kimbo Slice. I was fortunate enough to have signed Kimbo off of the fights that were seen on Youtube.  When Kimbo entered a room, you felt presence and energy.   I see a lot of the same qualities in terms of James being that type of an attraction.  Anybody who mistaken’s James for a football player or a Mixed Martial Artist will surely have their hands full in the boxing ring.  This is a blue-chip athlete, ” said Shaw, who grew up in the sport as his father Gary Shaw has been one of the top promoters in the world for the past three decades.
Shaw’s 1st job was to get James with the right trainer.  Enter Justin Fortune.
“I have known Justin for a long time.  Both as a strength and conditioning coach and as a trainer.  Most would know him at the side of Manny Pacquiao, but perhaps most people don’t know that Justin was a heavyweight prospect who fought Lennox Lewis.  What I like most about this pairing is Justin was a shorter heavyweight as well, but a powerful puncher.  His years of experience is what is going to help James accelerate his growth in the sport.  As a team, we have a goal to bring a world championship back to Los Angeles and in a timely fashion,” continued Shaw.
Shaw’s next move was to find the right promoter for Wilson to sign with, and the duo found one of the biggest companies in the world that was interested.
“A lot of promoters were looking at me.  I met with Golden Boy, and they saw my talent and vision and I feel that they will make it happen for me, and take me to the Heavyweight championship of the world,” said Wilson.
Shaw spoke highly of the marriage between fighter and promoter.  
“It is the perfect situation.  Golden Boy Promotions is one of  the leaders in our sport when it comes to promotion companies. In this situation, it worked out that you have a great prospect from Los Angeles fighting from a world renowned company based in Los Angeles.  Right now Golden Boy is at the top of the sport.  They promote arguably the top fighter in the world in Canelo Alvarez, and they were able to secure him an unprecedented deal with DAZN.  We look forward to the opportunities that will come for James, and to showcase James’ extraordinary set of  skills.  I have the 100% confidence in Oscar (De La Hoya), Eric (Gomez) and Robert (Diaz) to lead James to the Heavyweight championship of the world, and help maximize his earnings potential.  Los Angeles has never had a Heavyweight champion, so it makes perfect sense that the 1st one will be with a complete Los Angeles based team with James, Justin, Golden Boy and myself. “
“What I would like people to know about James is that inside the ropes, he is a Beast and Human Highlight Film, so Don’t Blink. But outside of the ring, he is an incredible father to his three boys.  A tremendous motivational speaker, and a positive role model to the inner-cities and the rest of the world.  He is big on community and helping the youth.  Especially those that are bullied.”
Wilson speaks to a lot of youngsters about Anti-Bullying. “I do a lot of speaking and seminars for anti-bullying.  I go to a lot of schools and foster homes and tell them my story.  I think I can be someone for kids to look up to and let them know that they have a future despite whatever circumstance they are in. I tell kids that your hands are weapons, your mouth is a weapon, and the pnly place for fighting is inside of a ring.”
When asked who he wants to fight and what his goals are in the sport, Wilson said, “I am not looking to fight anyone individual specifically, I am looking to fight all of them.  Most importantly, I am here to give the fans something to watch. It is 365 days of “Beast” season.  It’s Beast Mode or No Mode.”

Puerto Rico’s Juanma Back In Action This Saturday

@juanjuanmalopez “REDEMPTION IN MIAMI” fight card, headlined by four-time world champion in three weight divisions and Olympic Gold Medalist YURIORKIS “El Ciclon De Guantánamo” GAMBOA will take place Saturday, November 10 at the MIAMI-DADE COUNTY FAIR EXPO CENTER, in Miami, Florida and will be available live on pay per view, beginning at 9 pm ET / 6pm PT.

Gamboa will battle two-time world title challenger MIGUEL “Barreterito” BELTRAN, JR. in a ten round lightweight bout. In the co-feature, JUAN “JuanMa” LOPEZ, three-time world champion in two weight classes will clash with CRISTIAN RUBEN “Piedrita” MINO, also in a ten-round lightweight bout.

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FLOYD MAYWEATHER JR OFFICIAL STATEMENT

@floydmayweather Official Statement

・・・

Las Vegas, NV. – Now that I am back on U.S. soil after a long and disappointing trip to Tokyo, I now have the time to address you, my fans and the media in regards to the upcoming event on December 31st that was recently announced. First and foremost, I want it to be clear that I, Floyd Mayweather, never agreed to an official bout with Tenshin Nasukawa. In fact (with all due respect) I have never heard of him until this recent trip to Japan. Ultimately, I was asked to participate in a 9 minute exhibition of 3 rounds with an opponent selected by the “Rizen Fighting Federation”. What I was originally informed of by Brent Johnson of “One Entertainment” was that this was to be an exhibition put on for a small group of wealthy spectators for a very large fee. This exhibition was previously arranged as a “Special Bout” purely for entertainment purposes with no intentions of being represented as an official fight card nor televised worldwide. Once I arrived to the press conference, my team and I were completely derailed by the new direction this event was going and we should have put a stop to it immediately. I want to sincerely apologize to my fans for the very misleading information that was announced during this press conference and I can assure you that I too was completely blindsided by the arrangements that were being made without my consent nor approval. For the sake of the several fans and attendees that flew in from all parts of the world to attend this past press conference, I was hesitant to create a huge disturbance by combating what was being said and for that I am truly sorry. I am a retired boxer that earns an unprecedented amount of money, globally, for appearances, speaking engagements and occasional small exhibitions. @leonardellerbe

Photo: @mayweatherpromotions

DEONTAY WILDER LOS ANGELES MEDIA DAY.

WBC Heavyweight Champion Deontay Wilder Battles Lineal Heavyweight Champion Tyson Fury Saturday, December 1 On SHOWTIME PPV® From STAPLES Center in Los Angeles.

Photos from Esther Lin/SHOWTIME @allelbows

LOS ANGELES – WBC Heavyweight World Champion Deontay Wilder held a jam-packed media day Monday in Los Angeles where he discussed his blockbuster matchup against lineal heavyweight champion Tyson Fury taking place Saturday, December 1 on SHOWTIME PPV® from STAPLES Center in Los Angeles.

Wilder arrived in Los Angeles, along with trainer Jay Deas, to show off his skills in front of media at Churchill Boxing Club in Santa Monica. The most significant heavyweight event in the U.S. in more than 15 years, Wilder vs. Fury tests the raw power of the 6-foot-7 Wilder against the unmatched size and mobility of the 6-foot-9 Fury.

 

Tickets for the event, which is promoted by BombZquad Enterprises and Queensberry Promotions, in association with DiBella Entertainment and TGB Promotions, are on sale now. Ticket prices start at $75, plus applicable fees and are available via AXS.com. Wilder vs. Fury will be produced and distributed by SHOWTIME PPV. 

 

Here is what Wilder and Deas had to say Thursday at media day, where Wilder was joined by his girlfriend Telli Swift and their eight-month-old daughter Kaorii:

 

DEONTAY WILDER

 

“I feel like I’m at my very best right now. Mentally, physically and emotionally I’m ready to go. Everything is perfect. I just want to get in the ring and show action. Tyson Fury doesn’t know what he’s gotten himself into.

 

“As a true champion, I know how to adjust to any fighter that’s in front of me. My experience facing fighters of all styles has prepared me for this special fight.

 

“I’ve had tremendous sparring. Every day I’m making adjustments and getting myself right so I can get my timing and style exactly how it needs to be. If the fight was this weekend, Deontay Wilder is ready to go.  

 

“Luis Ortiz was the most avoided fighter in the heavyweight division and I understand why he had never gotten the title shot before. I’m the type of fighter who gives people opportunities and he was the fighter I needed to face to prove to the world what I’m all about.

 

“This is not a game for me. Everyone has heard about what it’s like to be in the ring with me, but until you’re in there, you don’t know for sure that what you’ve been hearing is for real. I’m the best in the world. I don’t think any heavyweight has been through what I’ve been through.

 

“I’m training for a certain type of mission. As a fighter I have to have the mindset that I must be ready for anything. Then, once it’s time for the bell to ring, I become ‘The Bronze Bomber’.

 

“Fury has height just like me and he also brings an awkward style like myself. He’s rangy, mobile and he believes he’s the best in the world. You’ll get two giants who are athletic and move around the ring like no one else in this sport. 

 

“They say that I have the power and he has the boxing skills. We’ll see on December 1. It’s a puncher versus a boxer. I think the puncher is going to box his lights out, and then I’m going to knock his lights out.

 

“I don’t watch too much film or study guys past getting their style down and seeing how they use their styles. My trainers watch film and use that knowledge to give me advice throughout the fight. I find that my opponents fight differently depending on who they’re facing, so I can’t dwell too much on watching past fights.”

 

JAY DEAS, Wilder’s Trainer

 

“Tyson Fury is kind of like a Rubik’s cube. But a Rubik’s cube can be solved. Fury is a very versatile fighter who can move, he can box and fight from lots of distances. He’s the total package as a fighter and on top of that he’s strong-willed mentally. 

 

“We have our hands full, but I know that Deontay Wilder is the guy to handle Tyson Fury. Deontay is the the right guy to take over boxing and this is the first step in that.

 

“Deontay has had a fantastic camp and we’ve had really good sparring partners. Fury is a tall fighter, but it’s really the athleticism that makes him what he is. We believe we’re better off finding more athletic guys who are slightly shorter than Fury, rather than someone his height who is a statue.

 

“Fortunately Deontay has always been a focused fighter, so keeping him right mentally I don’t think will ever be a problem. Deontay can handle any chaos around him better than anyone I’ve seen. When he says he’s the man for this job, he really means it.

 

“The tough thing with preparing for Tyson Fury is that even he doesn’t know exactly what he’s going to do in there. He can fight lefty, righty, dirty or clean. We’re working on being prepared for all of these things and more. 

 

“Both guys are very athletic and very awkward style-wise, but once this fight combusts, it’s going to be phenomenal. You don’t want to blink or go to the bathroom, the pretzel can wait, because you’re going to want to catch every second of it.”

Greg Cohen Promotions Signs Super Middleweight Derrick Webster to a Promotional Contract

Photo credits: Kenny Ludwig

Greg Cohen Promotions proudly announces the signing of once-beaten super middleweight Derrick “Take It to The Bank” Webster.
 Glassboro, New Jersey’s Webster (28-1, 14 KOs) stands an enormous 6’ 4”, with fast and powerful hands. The naturally athletic southpaw only had 40 amateur fights and didn’t even start boxing until age 24 but picked up the sport very quickly. 
 Unlike most world-class fighters, Webster is a successful home-remodeling and construction business owner. He also played power forward for two seasons for the University of Maryland basketball while earning a bachelor’s degree in Juvenile Criminal Justice.
“It feels amazing,” said Webster of the signing. “I feel like I belong on this level. I have a different story from the people I’m around. They’ve been fighting since they were kids. I didn’t pick up gloves until I was 24. For me to be here, with people who have been fighting all their lives… I’ve already reached a level a lot of guys never reach.”
Webster says trusting the wrong people made for a tough road earlier in his career, but he’s ready for a run at a world championship now that he has father figure/trainer Denny Brown and the experienced promoter Cohen on his side.
From early on, people have been promising this and promising that. I’m past that point. I deal with that earlier in my career. I don’t have the patience to be playing around anymore. Greg says we’re fighting December 1 and then we will come back and fight again early next year. I expect to break into the world ratings and take my shot at a world championship.”
Webster is unique in that he’s not financially dependent on boxing. All of his sacrifice and work is done because he wants to.
“A lot of guys fight because they need it for their identity. I am successful in business already. I have built myself up as a brand. I have businesses that are doing well. Boxing just adds to my life. I still act. I do modelling. I don’t have to worry about money in boxing.”
Cohen says he’ll act quickly with Webster to get him into position for a world championship challenge. 
“Derrick is a unique talent who is overdue for a big fight. With almost no previous experience, he has worked his way to a 28-1 record with solid wins over several reliable veterans. At the top of his potential, he can be a super middleweight version of (former welterweight champion) Paul Williams. He’s a smart and naturally talented fighter with excellent potential to become a force at 168 lbs.”

THE PRODICTING FORECAST FOR CHRISTIAN CARTO VS. ANTONIO RODRIGUEZ

By Damon “Latinbox” Gonzalez

Photo: Kenny Ludwig

Phila,PA. – Bantamweight sensation Christian Carto (16-0, 11 KO’s) from Philadelphia, PA., has had a pretty easy ride since his last win on August 8th with a unanimous decision victory over Javier Gallo in Atlantic City, NJ. Stepping into the ring in his 8th fight appearance at the Sugar House Casino, He is ready for battle this Friday night in the main event Presented by KP Promotions, Carto taking on Antonio “Tony” Rodriguez (13-22-2, 6 KO’s) a Mexican hard-hitting puncher who figures to give a highly competitive fight.

Rodriguez coming off of a KO victory against Carlos Apodaca in September has his hands full with the highly talented Carto an aggressive boxer who throws sharp accurate combinations, clearly both men come to fight, and the fans at Sugar House can look forward to a bristling encounter, but is this a test for the 21-year-old Carto? The challenger Rodriguez is good enough to go the distance regardless of how Carto fares in his quest to seek another win.

Carto recording his last TKO win in August of 2017, since then he has fast tracked with five straight unanimous decision victories, no question a mark of improvement in technique for Carto keeping the past few fights in long range but punching with the puncher has been key for him.

Carto does have power indeed he has a right hand that can end a fight at any given time, but discipline for the young Carto is key in this match against the coming forward Rodriguez, But Carto’s style he looks best when his opponent is the aggressor, Carto very good at blocking punches with consummate skill, I expect Rodriguez to turn in a respectable performance against Carto and may have a few good moments in the contest, However Carto is growing and has the will to break Rodriguez in half ending the contest by knockout in the mid-rounds.

Marriaga Knocks Out Estrella in Four

Marriaga Knocks Out Estrella in Four

Miguel Marriaga has had three cracks at world title. He is well on his way to a fourth.

Marriaga (27-3, 23 KOs) knocked out Jose Estrella (20-15-1, 14 KOs) with a left hook to the body in the fourth round to stake his claim as a top featherweight contender. Marriaga, a Colombian power puncher, has won two straight fights since defeats in world title bouts against Vasiliy Lomachenko and Oscar Valdez. “He was a very tough and strong opponent,” Marriaga said. “I know he trained hard for this fight, but I trained harder. In the end, my experience was key in getting the victory. The plan was to attack the body and that’s exactly what I did. I knocked him out with a huge left hook to the body. “I know that I have what it takes to become a world champion. I want to challenge for another world title!”

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