Beyond the big Showtime tripleheader, and Wladimir Klitschko’s most recent title defense, there was plenty of other boxing action all around the globe over the weekend. Right here, you’ll find a round-up of all of the weekend’s boxing results. Take a look.
Special Thursday Night Friday Night Fights Results
Game. Set. Match. Josesito “The Riverside Rocky” Lopez (32-6, 19 KOs) overwhelmed Southern California rival Aron “El Asesino” Martinez (19-3-1, 4 KOs) with relentless pressure and timely power punching to score a fifth round TKO victory that stirred the pro-Lopez crowd into a hot frenzy. It is Lopez’ first knockout win since 2011.
“I came to put on a great fight and show everyone that I’m ready to make some noise in the welterweight division,” said Lopez, who is co-promoted by Thompson Boxing Promotions and Goossen Tutor Promotions. “I had a nice bounce to my step since the opening round and I just never took my foot off the gas.”
Although he would not say during his post-fight interview whether or not he went in looking for a knockout, Lopez clearly wanted to end the fight inside of the 10-round limit. His laser focused eyes, the swagger behind his movements, the way he threw combinations, all set the table for his nineteenth knockout win. Furthermore, his strategy of pushing Martinez into the ropes and unloading the leather paid off tremendously.
“Aron is a tough boxer that likes to trap you on the inside, but tonight, I was able to put my hands on him,” Lopez said.
Martinez, who never backed down from the pressure, landed quality shots of his own, but failed to gather enough momentum to alter the course of the fight. In the deciding fifth, Lopez punched Martinez into a neutral corner and landed a vicious left hook to the jaw, prompting the referee to step in and put an end to it at the 1:19 mark.
“Josesito caught me with a good combination,” said Martinez, who is exclusively promoted by Thompson Boxing Promotions. “I’ll regroup and bounce back from this.”
“Both Josesito and Aron deserve plenty of credit for putting on an amazing fight,” said Ken Thompson, president of Thompson Boxing Promotions. “They treated fans in attendance and those watching on ESPN to a spectacular show. Aron displayed grit and determination, but tonight was vintage Josesito. He was not going to be denied.”
In the scheduled ten round co-feature, Washington D.C.’s Thomas Williams Jr. continued to put the light heavyweight division on notice, scoring a third round stoppage of former world title challenger Enrique Ornelas of Guanajuato, Mexico.
Drilling the aggressive Andrade to the canvas in the second round, Williams Jr. dropped him again in the third to earn the stoppage at the 2:48 mark of the stanza.
Williams Jr. improved to 16-0-0 with 12KO’s while Ornelas moved to 34-9-0 (22KO’s).
Said Williams after the fight, “I wanted to take my time, he’s an experienced veteran. He made a couple mistakes and I was able to capitalize on them. Hopefully I continue to move up in the rankings towards a title opportunity.”
Locked N Loaded Results
In the shocking result of the night, Ruben Tamayo (23-5-3, 15 KOs) upset the more talented Efrain Esquivias (17-3-1, 10 KOs) in Thompson Boxing Promotions “Locked n Loaded” main event, Friday, April 25, from the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, Calif.
Tamayo, from Mexico, earned a majority decision (78-74, 76-76, 77-75) win over Esquivias, who was coming off a ninth round knockout victory over Mexican legend Rafael Marquez in September.
Esquivias, known as a slow starter, came out with an aggression not seen in quite some time, but the taller Tamayo made a bigger impression on the judges with his timely combinations and better defense.
In the co-feature, Giovani Santillan (12-0, 7 KOs), a power-punching welterweight, remained undefeated and notched his twelfth professional victory by outpointing the crafty and previously unbeaten Daniyar Ganyk (10-1, 4 KOs) of Ukraine. Scores were 78-74 all around.
Santillan, 22, did his best work in the fifth round fighting in close quarters. The San Diego southpaw caught Ganyk with a three-punch combination to the head and body that showered ringside photographers with beads of sweat.
The rangy Ukrainian proved elusive at times, preferring to counterpunch and box from the outside, but Santillan was able to close the gap with overhand lefts and straight rights. Ganyk caught Santillan with a stiff right hand in the second round that bloodied his nose, however, it did not become an issue in later rounds.
“I knew he was going to be a tough opponent because of his reach and our limited scouting reports on him,” Santillan said. “He moves well and has a good chin, but that’s not enough to beat me. I was able to land quality shots almost every round.”
Top lightweight prospect Jose Roman (16-1-1, 12 KOs) of Garden Grove, Calif. added another knockout win to his resume against Lauro Alcantar (8-2, 1 KO) of Mexico. This one ended quickly, with Roman flooring Alcantar with a left hook to the body in the opening round.
“It feels good to know that all the hard work in training camp is paying off,” said Jose Roman, who is trained by one of the finest trainers in the game, former lightweight boxer Joel Diaz. “I’m improving with every fight and I’m looking forward to the next one.”
Super featherweight Erick Ituarte (6-0-1, 1 KO) of Santa Ana, Calif. cruised to a 4-round unanimous decision win over Juan Jose Sandoval (7-14-1, 4 KOs) of San Bernardino, Calif. Scores were 39-37 and 40-36 twice. Ituarte looked the part of a polished prospect. He fought with equal ease on the outside, in tight spaces, or on the ropes.
Super bantamweights Fernando Samaniego (6-0-1, 3 KOs) of Phoenix and Francisco Camacho (2-4-1, 1 KO) of Mexico kicked things off with a competitive match that resulted in a majority draw. Samaniego landed the stronger punches, but Camacho proved the busier fighter. However, neither boxer managed to make a compelling case for the outright win. One judge scored the fight 39-37 for Samaniego, while the other two had it even at 38-38.
Rockin Fights Results
In front of another standing room only crowd at The Paramount in Huntington, New York, hot junior welterweight prospect Cletus “The Hebrew Hammer” Seldin, stayed undefeated with a sensational seventh round stoppage of Nicaraguan veteran Wilfredo Acuna.
The Seldin/Acuna clash headlined “ROCKIN FIGHTS 13”, another installment of the acclaimed and widely popular Long Island professional boxing series presented by Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing.
Dropping Acuna in the opening stanza with a crunching right hand to the body Seldin took control of the action immediately. Although outgunned, Acuna fought bravely the entire fight forcing Seldin to work hard throughout the scheduled eight rounder.
In the seventh, Seldin turned up the heat on Acuna and referee Arthur Mercante Jr. stopped the clash under a barrage of punches from the fan favorite.
With the win Seldin improves to 13-0-0 (10KO’s), while Acuna moves to 14-14-0 (11KO’s).
In a six round heavyweight thrilling fan friendly fight, Constantin Bejenaru of Catskill, New York, stayed undefeated with a six round unanimous decision over Newark, New Jersey’s Aaron Kinch.
Landing the cleaner blows in the action packed contest, Bejenaru improved to 5-1-1 (3KO’s), while Kinch fell to 5-3-1 (1KO).
In an upset in the middleweight division, Lekan Byfield of Westchester, New York, won a six round unanimous decision over Union City, New Jersey’s Jason Escalera.
With the win Byfield evened his record to 5-5-2 while Escalera’s went to 13-2-1 (12KO’s).
In a highly entertaining junior middleweight battle between undefeated prospects, Brooklyn’s Courtney Pennington and Marcus Beckford of Uniondale, New York fought to a six round draw.
With both fighters wanting to stay undefeated, each emptied their tank to the delight of the roaring crowd at The Paramount during the fast paced bout.
With the decision Pennington’s record moved to 7-0-1 (4KO’s), while Beckford’s went to 1-0-3.
Light heavyweight prospects opened the “ROCKIN FIGHTS 13” event with Nyack, New York’s Max Tassy taking a four round decision over Marlon Farr of St. Louis, Missouri.
Although Tassy controlled the action with his fast combinations, Farr stayed on the attack, rocking Tassy on two separate occasions during the battle.
Tassy earned his second professional win, now 2-0-0, while Farr fell to 3-5-0.
KO Kings of Tomorrow Results
Late replacement Rowland Bryant (18-3, 12 KOs) won a one-sided unanimous eight-round decision over veteran Pittsburgh light heavyweight Rayco “War” Saunders (23-23-2, 10 KOs) in last night’s main event on the “KO Kings of Tomorrow” card, presented by Iron Mike Productions (IMP), at Sands Casino Resort in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
In the co-feature, Kyrgyzstan bantamweight Timur “Here Comes Trouble” Shailezov (17-7, 4 KOs) upset previously undefeated Miguel “No Fear” Cartagena (12-1, 5 KOs), fighting out of Philadelphia. Shailezov dropped Cartagena once and damaged his opponent’s nose so severely that Cartegena’s corner requested the fight be halted in the third round.
IMP featherweight prospect Dennis Galarza (3-0, 2 KOs) stole the show, turning in a superlative performance, punctuated by a devastating knockout of overmatched Mexican invader Abraham Rubio (4-4, 1 KO) at 1:12 of the opening round.
In other undercard fights, Lancaster, PA lightweight Rolando Chinea (7-0-1, 4 KOs) kept his unbeaten record intact with a six-round unanimous decision over Ronnie Reams (4-4, 1 KO), York, PA lightweight pitched a near shutout taking a six-round decision from Carlos Lopez (4-4), Easton, PA welterweight Arthur Trujillo improved to 5-0 (3 KOs) with a third round stoppage of Kevin “The Scarecrow” Womack (4-5-1, 2 KOs), and Reading, PA junior middleweight Erik Spring (1-0) won his professional debut by way of a four-round split decision versus Lionel Charles (0-2).
Rowland Bryant (18-3, 12 KOs), Altamonte Springs, Florida
WDEC8 (80-72, 80-72, 78-74)
Rayco Saunders (23-23-2, 10 KOs), Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Erik Spring (1-0), Reading, Pennsylvania
WDEC4 (39-37, 39-37, 38-38)
Lionel Charles (1-1), New York, New York
Arthur Trujillo (5-0, 3 KOs), Easton, Pennsylvania
Kevin Womack (4-5-1, 2 KOs), Baltimore, Maryland
Rolando Chinea (7-0-1, 4 KOs), Lancaster, Pennsylvania
60-54, 60-54, 59-55)
Ronnie Reams (4-4, 1 KO), Colorado Springs, Colorado
San Quinones Jr. (6-2, 2 KOs), York, Pennsylvania
WDEC6 (60-54, 60-54, 59-55)
Carlos Lopez (4-4, 0 KOs), San Juan, Puerto Rico
Dennis Galarza (3-0, 2 KOs), Miami, Florida
Abraham Rubio (4-3, 1 KO, Sonora, Mexico
Timur Shailezov (17-7, 4 KOs), Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
Miguel Cartagena (12-1, 5 KOs), Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Results from Wisconsin
Undefeated prospects, Jr. Welterweight Kenneth “Bossman” Sims Jr. (2-0, 1 KO) and Super-Bantamweight Eduardo Martinez (2-0, 1 KO) were victorious this weekend at the Turner Hall Ballroom in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Both men competed in separate 4-round bouts.
Martinez mounted a vicious body attack that forced his opponent, Mateo Soto (0-5), to quit on his stool after the first round. The body blows were heard throughout the arena and Martinez was elated with joy, winning is second professional bout by knockout, the first of his bright career.
“My goal was to come out here tonight and get the knockout,” said Martinez. “I felt my punches were doing a lot of damage because I could hear my opponent grunting every time I landed a shot to his body. Gary Shaw, Antonio Leonard and James Prince are doing a great job with my career and I can’t wait to return to action. I’m very happy with my performance and I want to get back in the ring as soon as possible.”
Sims Jr. won by 2nd round knockout by using superior boxing skills while landing hard shots to his opponent Jose Araguz (0-2). After a series of nice combinations that had Arqauz hurt in round one, a right hook ended the bout in the second round. Sims records his first knockout of his career.
“I brought the heat like I said I was going to do, and I got the KO,” said Sims Jr. “There is nothing more exciting than winning a professional fight by knockout. Man I was juiced. All my people came out to see me tonight and I delivered, which makes me very happy. I want to thank my team for all their support especially my promoters Gary Shaw and Antonio Leonard, along with my manager James Prince. I’m hoping to make a quick return to the ring.”
“We knew we had the goods when we signed Sims Jr. and Martinez,” said Gary Shaw. “These kids are very special and tonight they dazzled the crowed with their performances. I’m very proud of them. Antonio Leonard, James Prince and I will be looking to get them both back in the ring very soon.”