Smith, Jr. Gets The Victory Over Hart.

Report by: Damon Gonzalez

Photo credits: Kenny Ludwig

Atlantic City, N.J. – Philadelphia’s Jesse Hart wanted revenge. Joe Smith Jr. didn’t let that happen.

Smith, who knocked out Hart’s mentor and fellow Philly pugilist Bernard Hopkins in 2016, was dominant but had to settle for a split decision in the Top Rank on ESPN main event in front of 3,415 fans at Etess Arena at Hard Rock Live. While it appeared to be a clear decision for Smith, one judge scored the bout 95-94 for Hart, while Smith prevailed on the other cards by scores of 98-91 and 97-92.

Steven “SO Cold” Nelson (16-0, 12 KOs) from Omaha, Nebraska scores a eighth round TKO at 1:44 seconds over tough Cem Kilic (14-1, 9 KOs) from Los Angeles, CA.

lightweight Joseph Adorno (14-0-1, 12 KOs) and Hector Garcia (14-7-4, 8 KOs) battled to an eight round draw. Scores were 77-75 Adorno, 77-75 Garcia, 76-76. Adorno was a 34:1 favorite.

Undefeated heavyweight Sonny Conto (6-0, 5 KOs) from Philadelphia, PA. made easy work by finishing off Curtis Head (5-4, 3 KOs) from Inkster, Michigan at the 2:08 second mark of the opening round by KO victory for Conto.

Super middleweight Chris “The Sandman” Thomas (14-1-1, 9 KOs) from Beachwood, N.J. waisted no time hitting Samir Barbosa (37-17-3, 26 KOs) from Rio Grande, Brazil with hard shots keeping the pressure on him as the referee seen enough calling a stop to the contest at the official time of .47 seconds of round one Thomas winning by TKO victory.

Super bantamweight Jeremy Adorno (4-0, 1 KO) from Allentown, PA. scored a 4 round unanimous decision over Fernando Ibarra (2-3, 0 KOs) from Cincinnati, OH. Adorno floored Ibarra in round 2 clearly dominated the fight leading up to the Judges official scores 45-35 3x for Adorno.

Welterweight Shinard Bunch (6-1, 5 KOs) from Trenton, New Jersey scored a sixth round TKO over Dennis Okoth (4-3-1, 2 KOs) from Siaya, Kenya.

Welterweight rising star Xander Zayas (3-0, 2 KO) scores a 4 round unanimous decision over Corey Champion (1-2, 1 KO). Scores were 40-36, 40-36, 40-35. First time going the full distance for Zayas.

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Light Heavyweight Jesse Hart (26-2, 21 KO’s) from Philadelphia, PA. will collide against Joe Smith (24-3, 20 KO’s) from Long Island, NY. on Saturday January 11, 2020 at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Atlantic City, NJ. Live on ESPN Presented by Top Rank, Inc. & Peltz Boxing.

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Florida Boxing Hall of Fame 2020 Class Announced

CLASS OF 2020

FIGHTERS

Bonnie Canino

Eliseo Castillo

Robert Daniels

Jeff Lacy

Buster Mathis, Jr.

Jeff Sims

Rocky Torres

Glen Wolfe

TRAINERS

Ben Getty

PROMOTERS

Jeff Gibson

MEDIA

Joe Bruno

Dalia Duran

Alan Hopper

PARTICIPANTS

Lou Harris

Lou Martinez

Charles Mooney

Floyd Self

OFF/COMM

Phyllis Garry

Emil Lombardi, Jr.

Mark Streisand

Achievement Award

Phil Alessi, Jr.

Orlando Cuellar

Ioka – Cintron Make Weight in Japan

Weigh-In: Main Event WBO Jr. Bantamweight World Champion Kazuto Ioka 114.8 lbs & Jeyvier Cintrón 114.6 lbs

Kosei Tanaka – Wulan Tuolehazi

WBO Flyweight Title

Miyo Yoshida – Liping Shi

WBO Female Super Flyweight Title

Yusaku Kuga – Jhunriel Ramonal

WBO Asia Pacific Super Bantamweight Title

Ginjiro Shigeoka – Ray Loreto

WBO Asia Pacific Minimumweight Title

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Kazuto Ioka (24-2, 14 KO’s)

from Tokyo, Japan will collide against Jeyvier Cintron (11-0, 5 KO’s) from Bayamon, Puerto Rico on Tuesday December 31, 2019 at the

Ota-City General Gymnasium in Tokyo, Japan. Ioka-Cintron will battle for the WBO World Super Flyweight Title.

Kazuto Ioka (24-2, 14 KO’s)

de Tokio, Japón, chocará contra Jeyvier Cintron (11-0, 5 KO’s) de Bayamón, Puerto Rico el martes 31 de diciembre de 2019 en el

Ota-City General Gymnasium en Tokio, Japón. Ioka-Cintron luchará por el título mundial súper mosca de la OMB.

伊岡一人(24-2、14 KO)

東京から、日本は、2019年12月31日火曜日に、プエルトリコのバヤモンからのJeyvier Cintron(11-0、5 KO)と衝突します。

東京都大田市総合体育館 Ioka-Cintronは、WBO世界スーパーフライ級タイトルをめぐって戦います。

Photo credits: @naobox2001

Davis Crushes Gamboa

Davis Crushes Gamboa in Twelve –

Most likely the last of Gamboa

Atlanta, GA. – Bombs away for the vacant WBA lightweight belt, WBA #1 rated Gervonta “Tank” Davis (23-0, 22 KOs) scored a twelfth round KO at 1:17 seconds over Yuriorkis “El Ciclon de Guantanamo” Gamboa (30-3, 18 KOs) possibly sending him into retirement on Saturday night at the State Farm Arena in Atlanta, Georgia.

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Photo credits: @lsboxing 📸

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THE FIGHT IS ON! TICKETS ON SALE TOMORROW FOR HIGHLY ANTICIPATED CHAMPIONSHIP REMATCH BETWEEN UNBEATEN WBC HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION DEONTAY WILDER & UNDEFEATED LINEAL CHAMPION TYSON FURY

 

Saturday, February 22 from the MGM Grand Garden Arena
in Las Vegas on FOX Sports PPV & ESPN+ PPV 
 
Wilder vs. Fury II Tickets on Sale Tomorrow, Saturday, 
December 28 at 10 a.m. PT!
 
LAS VEGAS – The long-awaited rematch of heavyweight titans is set, as undefeated WBC championDeontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder and unbeaten lineal champion Tyson “The Gypsy King” Fury continue their rivalry in the ring Saturday, Feb. 22 live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas in a historic, joint FOX Sports PPV & ESPN+ PPV.
 
Tickets are on sale tomorrow, Saturday, Dec. 28 at 10 a.m. PT and can be purchased at www.mgmgrand.com or www.axs.com.The event is promoted by BombZquad Promotions, TGB Promotions, Top Rank and Frank Warren’s Queensberry Promotions. A Premier Boxing Champions presentation.
 
I’m happy and I’m excited that the rematch is finally happening,” said Wilder. “I want to give the fans what they want to see. I’ve been doing it with my last three outings – Fury, Breazeale and Ortiz. They’ve been spectacular events – from my ring walks where I gather all the energy of the people, to my uniforms that I wear to help spread that energy. Then I give them what they all come for – the knockouts, and my knockouts have been amazing. I proved myself the first time and I’m ready to do it again. It was a very controversial fight. I promise my fans that there won’t be any controversy with this one. I’m going to finish it.”
 
“There’s no more ducking and diving,” said Fury. “The date has been set, and the ‘Bomb Squad’ is about to be securely detonated and the real champion crowned as the world watches on for the most anticipated fight in years. This is unfinished business for me, but come February 22, this dosser will finally get what’s coming to him, and I can’t wait!”
 
Wilder vs. Fury II has been highly anticipated since their first meeting when Wilder retained his title via split draw after Fury miraculously rose from a 12th-round knockdown to finish the fight. It is one of the most memorable moments in heavyweight history and has raised the historical stakes heading into the rematch February 22.

Ioka – Cintron Going Out The Year with a Bang

@kazuto_ioka_official 🆚 @jeyviercintron

Kazuto Ioka (24-2, 14 KO’s)

from Tokyo, Japan will collide against Jeyvier Cintron (11-0, 5 KO’s) from Bayamon, Puerto Rico on Tuesday December 31, 2019 at the

Ota-City General Gymnasium in Tokyo, Japan. Ioka-Cintron will battle for the WBO World Super Flyweight Title.

Kazuto Ioka (24-2, 14 KO’s)

de Tokio, Japón, chocará contra Jeyvier Cintron (11-0, 5 KO’s) de Bayamón, Puerto Rico el martes 31 de diciembre de 2019 en el

Ota-City General Gymnasium en Tokio, Japón. Ioka-Cintron luchará por el título mundial súper mosca de la OMB.

伊岡一人(24-2、14 KO)

東京から、日本は、2019年12月31日火曜日に、プエルトリコのバヤモンからのJeyvier Cintron(11-0、5 KO)と衝突します。

東京都大田市総合体育館 Ioka-Cintronは、WBO世界スーパーフライ級タイトルをめぐって戦います。

Photos: @jeyviercintron

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Gonzalez Enters The Dragon

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Super Flyweight Roman ‘Chocolatito’ Gonzalez (48-2, 40 KO’s) from Managua, Nicaragua scores a second round TKO win over Diomel Diocos (14-6-3, 4 KO’s) from Paranaque City, Metro Manila, Philippines. On Monday night at the Arena Yokohama Kanazawa, Japan

Presented by Akihiko Honda’s Teiken Promotions.

Photo credits: @naobox2001