Crawford Entered Ring at Jr Welterweight for Gamboa

Story by: Chester Rivers

Omaha, Nebraska, U.S.A, WBO lightweight champion Terrance Crawford defended his 135 lb championship against challenger Yuriorkis Gamboa (23-1, 16 KO’s). The only problem was Crawford entered the ring unofficially 152 lbs. During their pre-fight instructions, there was no doubt as to who was the larger man. Crawford dwarfed the 5’5 1/2″ Gamboa as the two fighters stood nose to nose will receiving instructions from the referee. If ever there was a time to bring back the same day weigh in the time is now.

Weighing in on the same day ended in the early 1980′s. Because promoters were in fear of losing money when one fighter would come in overweight and the other fighter refusing to fight because of this issue.

It was proposed that the fighters would have a 24 hr weigh in window to make the agreed upon weight. At the moment either fighter make weight that would be his official weight for the fight regardless of his weight at the time he steps in the ring. Most fighters today take full advantage of this loop hole by campaigning nearly 20 lbs. lighter than their natural body weight.
What would be the impacted of this reform?

It would force fighters to fight at their natural body weight. Fighters such as Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, Julio Caesar Chavez Jr and now Terrance Crawford would not have a 10 to 15 lb weight advantage over their opponent. It would also have a drastic change on who holds the title. Can you imagine Canelo Alvarez, who normally weighs around 167 on fight night campaigning at super middleweight? Would he still be as successful fighting guy his on size? Crawford knocked Gamboa down several times before knocking him out in the ninth was staggered by a Gamboa punch in the eight. What would have been the result if the both were the same size?

While others are arguing about reform in boxing because of perceived corruption with the commissions and judging, lets start with the reform that can protect the health of the fighters by bringing back the same day weigh in and forcing fighters to pick on guys their own size.


Featherweight Prospect Gervonta Davis Looks to Become a Role Model


Story by: Brandi Miller

It’s not easy growing up in the city of Baltimore. Baltimore city has long been crime ridden and drug infested. When Gervonta Davis got into an altercation at the early age of 5 years old his uncle decided he didn’t want Davis to take the wrong path that would be sure to leave him dead or locked up. He took Davis to Upton Boxing Center where he met coach Calvin Ford, who was the inspiration for the character Dennis “Cutty” Wise on the hit HBO show The Wire. Coach Calvin as he is known in the gym saw great potential in Davis at a very young age and together they embarked on an amateur career that spawned many belts and national championships. Gervonta finished his amateur career with an outstanding record of 206-15.

After capturing a national Golden Gloves title the young fighter set his sights on turning pro. Davis turned pro in February 2013 and currently holds a record of 7-0 (7KOs). I had the chance to interview Davis. We talked about how he manages school, training, signing with Al Haymon, and the influence of being in camp with Adrien Broner and Lamont Peterson.

Davis who dropped out of high school in the ninth grade in order to dedicate himself to boxing recently returned to school in order to obtain his high school diploma. He explained how his education is important because it will help him understand the business side of the sport because boxing itself will only take you so far. He says that everyone should try to obtain their diploma because it is an accomplishment that will only benefit you. He takes classes in a smaller classroom setting now, so the distractions that were once there are gone. Davis recently passed all his classes on his report card and is on track to obtaining his diploma in the near future.

Davis’s focus is now only on training and school so he can become not just a better boxer, but a better person overall. He made a big career move earlier this year when he signed with boxing advisor Al Haymon who has a great deal of power in the boxing business. Gervonta said when he received the call he went crazy because this was someone he and his coach always hoped to work with. Davis got connected to Haymon because of his heavy involvement in camp with Haymon fighters Adrien Broner and Lamont Peterson. Adrien and Lamont kept talking about Davis and eventually Haymon had no choice but to see what all the talk was about.

I asked Davis what he learned from being around fighters who have competed at the world championship level and he simply replied “I just learn from their mistakes.” He wants to pick up where they left off. Davis realizes he has the opportunity to put his family in a better position and that’s what he is trying to do. In his last fight against Joshua Arocho he stopped the durable Arocho in the second round with Arocho’s trainer refusing to let him come out for the next round. Davis is a crafty southpaw with ferocious power and speed. He is expected to make a return to the ring in August. He said to “expect a hardcore fighter who is slick like Mayweather but gutter like Mike Tyson.” My last question for Davis focused on what he wanted to accomplish in the sport of boxing. He said “I want to become a champion and uplift the city of Baltimore. I want to be a role model for the youth and give back.” This young man isn’t just fighting for himself he is fighting for all those who struggle.

Thanks to Lorin Chvotkin for facilitating this interview. Photo courtesy of Team Davis.

Prediction for Floyd Mayweather’s September 13th Fight


Story by Robert Uzzell and Chip Mitchell

Floyd Mayweather, Jr is in the final three fights of his career. Many names have been thrown out there: Manny Pacquiao, Miguel Cotto, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, Keith Thurman, Danny Garcia, Shawn Porter, and of course Marcos Maidana.

In Floyd’s last fight, he faced his stiffest challenge in a while in defeating Maidana by majority decision. The victory by Floyd came at the cost of a few shots to the family jewels and a nice shiner above his right eye.

Before we get to the predictions, let’s look at the odds of each fighter facing Floyd in September.

Manny Pacquiao – 0%. The politics or politricks involved continue and even if both guys were ready to play, there is not enough time to build up this super-fight.

Miguel Cotto – 5%. Cotto just fought on June 7 and even though Sergio Martinez proved to be no more than good sparring for Junito, Cotto needs more time off. Miguel is on a high right now with The Bug in his corner, and many are calling for a rematch with Mayweather. However, a lucrative bout with fellow Hispanic star Alvarez looms large for the new tandem of Oscar and Arum. Of course, Erislandy Lara may have something to say about that. Nevertheless, Cotto would be wise to wait for the outcome of Alvarez/Lara in July before weighing his options.

Saul Canelo Alvarez – 0%. Unless Team Mayweather does to Lara what Team Canelo did to Ishe Smith, this one ain’t happening. Remember Canelo came up with a sweeter deal for Lara, meaning much more money. Ishe Smith knew what time it was and had no hard feelings. It’s doubtful we would see the same thing happen here. Alvarez has a July bout which rules him out. Besides, he would have to beat Lara and Cotto to get another shot at Floyd. Continue reading

Tyrieshia Douglas: “Anyone can get it from 108lbs to 115lbs”


Story by: Brandi Miller

Tyrieshia “Lady Tiga” Douglas 4-0 (1KO) returns to the ring on June 28th at DuBurns Arena in Baltimore, MD. She will face Christina Fuentes in a six round bout. In her last bout she had a rematch against Marisol Miranda in which she completely dominated once again and also forced Miranda into retirement. Douglas is campaigning from 108lbs to 115lbs challenging anyone who will face her. Her goal is to be a world champion before the 2014 year is up.

She recently made a few changes in her camp and now trains with promoter and trainer James Hogan. Douglas and Hogan share the same goal of gaining recognition for women’s boxing. The card she is fighting on will also be host to the main event between Tori Nelson vs Nicole Woods.

I interviewed Douglas where she spoke of the horrors of her upbringing and how she plans to still strive for greatness regardless of obstacles in her way. Douglas and her siblings had been bounced around from group home to group home. She has been through much adversity but has found a passion in which she can release some of her pain. Boxing has been the gateway for not only her but also her younger brother, rising prospect Antoine Douglas. Both Tyrieshia and Antoine competed in the 2012 Olympic trials making them the first brother and sister to compete in the Olympic boxing trials. Now that they both have turned professional they continue their climb to success.

Tyrieshia is lined up for big fights should she get past her opponent this Saturday. She plans to make two major fights later this year. Her dream is to become a role model for any person who has struggled in life and show them that its possible to achieve anything through hard work. She will continue to fight for those who are underprivileged and to fight for women to become household names in the sport of boxing. You can follow Tyrieshia Douglas on instagram @lady_tiga or on twitter @Douglas_Tiga1.

The Ponytail Promotions card will take place this Saturday June 28th at DuBurns Arena 3100 Boston St Baltimore, MD. Doors open at 6pm. Prices are $30, $50, and $75.

August 9th in Brooklyn Coming into Shape!

Golden Boy Promotions is back at Barclays Center on Saturday, August 9, with a Showtime tripleheader featuring three world title fights. Boxing on Brooklyn’s biggest stage will be unified junior welterweight world champion Danny “Swift” Garcia (28-0, 16 KOs) will meet “Lightning” Rod Salka (19-3, 3 KOs), Garcia’s fellow IBF 140-pound titleholder Lamont Peterson (32-2-1, 16 KOs) will face New York’s Edgar “El Chamaco” Santana (29-4, 20 KOs) and Brooklyn’s own Daniel “Miracle Man” Jacobs (27-1, 24 KOs) will challenge Australia’s Jarrod “Left Jab” Fletcher (18-1, 10 KOs) for the vacant WBA middleweight championship, joining current reigning WBA middleweight champions Gennady Golovkin and Dmitry Chudinov.

Danny Garcia: “This is my third fight at Barclays Center, and it feels like a second home to me. I’ll be ready for Rod Salka, and I’m going to give my Brooklyn fans another great show.”

Rod Salka: “This is the biggest stage I have fought on in my career, but that doesn’t intimidate me. Danny Garcia is beatable, and I’m going to show the world how it’s done. My experience has prepared me for this, and I will be ready on August 9.”

Lamont Peterson: “I’m really excited about this fight and about making a statement to the boxing world that I’m the true junior welterweight world champion. I know Danny will be watching me, and I’ll be watching him. After August 9, there will be only one fight to make at 140 pounds.”

Edgar Santana: “I want to thank Lamont Peterson and his team for giving me this opportunity. This has been a long time coming for me and I’m just so excited and thankful to finally be getting a crack at the world championship. This is an absolute pleasure for me to get this opportunity, especially since the fight is taking place right here in my hometown of New York. I haven’t fought here in a couple of years and I expect to have a ton of people there to support me come August 9.”

Daniel Jacobs: “This whole comeback has been a dream so far, and what better way to keep it going than with a world title fight in my borough? This is the fight I’ve been waiting for and no one will keep me from that belt.”

Jarrod Fletcher: “I know that the hometown crowd will be in Jacob’s corner, but that’s fine. My goal like Daniel’s is to win the WBA Middleweight title – and regardless of where the fight is taking place, I intend on having my hand raised and hearing the ring announcer say ‘AND THE NEW WBA Middleweight World Champion Jarrod “Left Jab” Fletcher…!’”

Oscar De La Hoya: “We are thrilled to be able to bring such a stacked card; this should help answer any and all questions about the future of Golden Boy Promotions – it is brighter than ever. Barclays Center and the Brooklyn fans have been great supporters of Golden Boy boxing, and we can’t wait to bring them another great show on August 9.”

Results from Stubhub Center!

By Rahmon Ford reporting ringside

Carson, California – In a grueling and brutal twelve round affair, eight-time and five-division champion Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero (32-2-1, 18 KOs) dug deep to win a unanimous decision over Yoshihiro Kamegai (24-2-1, 21 KO’s). This will definitely be a finalist for 2014 fight of the year.

Guerrero made the fight tougher than expected by electing to slug it out with Kamegai. Guerrero suffered major damage to his left eye, which had a cut over the lid and was almost swollen shut. His corner did a superb job in holding the eye together as Guerrero was able to finish strong. This is the type of fight that takes a lot out of each fighter. Kamegai gave as much as he took and when the fight was over, judges saw it 116-112, 117-111, and 117-111. Hats off to both warriors for giving fans a great fight! While most predicted Lomachenko/Russell would be the night’s most entertaining bout, Guerrero and Kamegai stole the show. The Fight Journal scored the fight 116-112 for Guerrero.

Olympic gold medalist Vasyl Lomachenko (2-1, 1 KO) scored a twelve round majority decision over previously undefeated Gary Russell Jr. (24-1, 14 KOs) of Washington, DC to capture the vacant WBO featherweight world championship. Russell was much busier on offense, but Lomachenko definitely landed the more powerful punches.

Russell was extremely busy in the first half of most rounds, while Lomachenko scored in the second half of each. However, the lateral movement displayed by Lomachenko was superb and the bodywork equally as impressive. In the final round, Russell seemed to have lost his balance in the final minute and absorbed some shots to the head that hopefully don’t result in damage later down the line. Pat Russell and Max DeLuca had it 116-112 for Lomachenko. Lisa Giampa was grossly off the mark with her 114-114 card. The Fight Journal scored it 116-112 for Lomachenko.

Former light welterweight champ Devon Alexander (26-2, 14 KOs) won a crowd pleasing ten round unanimous decision over Jesus Soto Karass (28-10-3, 18 KOs) in a catch-weight bout. Alexander, not known much as a crowd pleaser, chose to mix it up in spots to help create a very entertaining scrap. Scores were off the mark at 97-93, 99-91, 99-91. The Fight Journal scored the bout 96-94 for Alexander.

Former Light Heavyweight champion “Bad Chad” Dawson (32-3, 18 KOs) won his first fight after a year layoff with a first round Knockout of George “Honey Boy” Blades (23-6, 16 KOs). Dawson was forced to pay $3,000 of his $15,000 purse for weighing in over the limit yesterday. Tonight he weighed in at 202 pounds. He didn’t have to worry about tiring in the late rounds as he dropped Blades twice en route to the stoppage. Blades went down with a body shot and waited until the count of ten to rise from the canvas. The referee waived the fight at 2:35 of the first round.

Two ex-U.S. Olympic heavyweights did battle as Dominic “Trouble” Breazeale (11-0, 10 KOs) scored a third round TKO against Devin Vargas (18-4, 7 KOs). Breazeale hurt Vargas in the first round and dropped Vargas in round two. Vargas bounced back and fought well in the third, but the bout was waved off by the referee when Vargas turned his back in the ropes. The referee ruled that Vargas “gave himself up” and felt he had no choice but to stop the fight. Time of the stoppage was 2:26 of the third.

Shogun Fights Tonight in Baltimore!

Shogun Fights X will take place on Saturday, June 21st 2014 at the Baltimore Arena in Downtown Baltimore Maryland. This event will feature Maryland’s top MMA talent and some of the best MMA fighters from the elite MMA schools in the surrounding area.

Saturday’s lineup:


Fight #2 – CHARLES GAMBLE VS. NAJIM WALI (205 lbs.)

Fight #3 – BRENT HESS VS. MYRON BAKER (145 lbs.)

Fight #4 – STEPHEN SPECK VS. TIMOTHY WADE (150 lbs.)



Fight #7 – UMAER HAQ VS. JON VINYARD (135 lbs.)

Fight #8 – FRANCISCO ISATA VS. ROB WATLEY (150 lbs.)


Fight #10 – ADI ALIC VS. ROB SULLIVAN (135 lbs.)

Courtesy:  Shogun Fights

Courtesy: Shogun Fights

Weights from Carson!

Robert Guerrero 146 vs. Yoshihiro Kamegai 146.7

Gary Russell Jr 125.5 vs. Vasyl Lomachenko 125.5
(WBO featherweight championship)

Devon Alexander 148.25 vs. Jesus Soto Karass 148
***Chad Dawson 182.8 vs. George Blades 177.5
Dominic Breazeale 251.6 vs. Devin Vargas 234
Sharif Bogere 136 vs. Miguel Zamudio 137
Michael Hunter 207.2 vs. Jerry Forrest 224.5
Vyacheslav Shabranskyy 175.25 vs. Michael Gbenga 172.75
Fabian Maidana 144.3 vs. Eddie Diz 149.8
Mark Anthony Hernandez 149.4 vs. Dante Stowers 151.25

*** Dawson fined $3,000 for not making contracted weight.

Pound for Pound star Nelson to defend World Title vs Woods 6/28!

Matt Yanofsky

Flier:  Matt Yano

Chip Mitchell: Baltimore, MD (June 20, 2014) – Undefeated multi-division world champion Tori “Sho Nuff” Nelson will defend her WIBA welterweight belt against longtime contender Nicole Woods Saturday, June 28 in the main event a Ponytail Promotions card at the Du Burns Arena.

$30 general admission, $50 floor seats, $75 VIP seats and $750 VIP tables of 10 are available by calling 410-499-5361 or going to

One of the best female fighters on the planet, Nelson is 9-0-3 with one win by knockout. Hailing from Ashburn, VA, the popular Nelson’s fresh off a second round stoppage of ring legend Mia St. John in May. The 37-year-old captured titles at welterweight and middleweight, traveling to Trinidad and Tobago in 2011 to win the latter. A true world champion, Nelson twice battled to controversial draws against Teresa Perozzi in her native Bermuda.

An Atlanta, GA native, Woods has one of the most impressive resumes in the sport. Dubbed as “Notorious”, Woods shared the squared circle with a number of top fighters, often fighting on the road. She’s fought the likes of Cecelia Braekhus, Melissa Hernandez (twice), Erica Farais, Belinda Laracuente and Kimberly Connor amongst others. In 27 pro fights, she’s been stopped just once.

The Woods-Nelson bout is scheduled for 10 rounds.

In the co-featured bout of the evening, Baltimore’s Willie “For Real” Williams, 13-7-2 (4 KO’s), battles Norfolk, VA’s Frankie “Freight Train” Filippone, 15-4-1 (2 KO’s), in an eight round light heavyweight contest. Williams and Filippone, who is a police officer in Virginia, meet for the vacant USBU championship.

Rising welterweight star James “Keep’Em Sleepin” Stevenson looks to go 22-0 when he faces an opponent to be announced in an eight rounder. One of the many talented fighters in the Baltimore-Washington metropolitan area, Stevenson’s inching closer to a major fight in the near future.

In separate undercard bouts, prospects Demond “Dbestatit” Nicholson, Jeremy Trussell, Tyriesha Douglas, Seth Billups, Glenn Dezurn, Alexandru Marin and Andrew Farmer along with surging lightweight Tyrell “Da Show Shocka” Samuel, Travis Reeves and Kevin Womack Jr. will face opponents to be named.

“June 28 is going to be one of the best local cards in recent memory,” said Ponytail Promotions CEO James Hogan. “We’ve got many of the top male and female fighters in the Baltimore, Maryland, DC area under one roof. From the Nelson-Woods bout to Stevenson, Williams-Fillippone and all of the upcoming prospects, ticketholders are guaranteed to get their money’s worth and then some!”

Doors for this excellent evening of boxing open at 6 pm with the first bout scheduled for 7. Popular radio station 92Q and DJ Squirrel Wyde will be on hand from 6-8 PM with prizes and special giveaways.”

For more information, go to

Founded in 2014 by respected Baltimore-based boxing businessman James Hogan, Ponytail Promotions envisions becoming one of the top promotional firms in the United States. With a keen interest in both male and female fighters, Ponytail Promotions will run a total of 10-12 shows per year in Maryland, Virginia, Washington DC and North Carolina.

Algieri Wins Split Decision over Provodnikov!

Recap by: Chip Mitchell

Long Island’s Chris Algieri, (20-0, 8 KOs), is the new WBO light welterweight champion as he scored a hard-fought 12 round split decision over Ruslan Provodnikov (23-3, 16 KOs). It was Provodnikov’s first defense of the title.

The main event on HBO Championship Boxing took place at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Provodnikov knocked Algieri down twice in the first round, but couldn’t finish the job. As a result, Algieri slowly got back into the fight despite a swollen right eye suffered in the first. Algieri boxed well throughout the fight despite the fact that his eye was almost closed at the final bell.

Algieri threw more punches, landed more punches, and scored at a higher percentage. He also threw and landed more power shots than Provodnikov, even though Ruslan landed the harder punches. Judges scores: 114-112 (twice) for Algieri, and 117-109 for Provodnikov.

Provodnikov hoped to land a mega-fight with Manny Pacquiao or rematch with Timothy Bradley with a win. After tonight’s loss, his immediate future is uncertain. With the win, there are quite a few options for Algieri, as the light welterweight division is loaded. Even though Algieri doesn’t have a lot of pop on his punches, he is definitely an action fighter.

A rematch, though warranted, may not be in Provodnikov’s best interest. Algieri is in great shape and has great pair of legs. Both served him well in this fight tonight.

Krusher Returns to Atlantic City on August 2 to Defend his WBO Light Heavyweight World Title

Main Events – Atlantic City, NJ: Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (24-0-1, 22 KOs), the undefeated Russian Wrecking Ball, returns to HBO Boxing After Dark and Atlantic City on August 2nd to defend his WBO Light Heavyweight World Title against undefeated Blake “Il Capo” Caparello (19-0-1, 6 KOs) at Revel Casino Hotel.

Kovalev, 31, originally from Chelyabinsk, Russia and now residing in Fort Lauderdale, FL, will defend his WBO title for the third time since taking it by force from Nathan Cleverly in a four round TKO victory in Cleverly’s hometown of Cardiff, Wales on August 17, 2013. Renowned for his ability to knockout anyone who dares to step in the ring with him, Krusher has an astonishing 91% knockout-to-win ratio. This will be his fourth fight on HBO and his second in Atlantic City.

"Krusher" Photo Credits:  Rich Graessle/Main Events

Photo Credits: Rich Graessle/Main Events

“I am happy to be back in the ring on August 2nd and thanks to HBO for offering us the date. Looking forward to face an unbeaten fighter, I know he will be coming to fight and to take my title away, but it belongs to me and I won’t let that happen,” said Kovalev. “I already started my preparation for this bout and will be ready in good condition when time comes to step into ring.” “It is great to be back on HBO. It is the best place to showcase Sergey’s talents,” said John David Jackson, Sergey’s trainer.

He added, “It is difficult to find an opponent to step in the ring with Sergey. Hopefully this Australian kid can step up to the plate. We are here to put on a show for the public. We know he is going to be a tough opponent but Sergey is up to the challenge.” Egis Klimas, Kovalev’s manager added, “We can’t wait to see Sergey in the ring again and hope for his victory with his third defense. He is building a fan base in Atlantic City and an audience on HBO. According to ratings on HBO from his last fight, many people want to see him in the ring. I am happy that he is becoming more popular with every bout – not only in Russia, but also here in US.”

Kovalev vs. Agnew Photo Credits:  Rich Graessle/Main Events

Kovalev vs. Agnew
Photo Credits: Rich Graessle/Main Events

Australia’s Caparello, 27, will be the third undefeated opponent who has put their “0” on the line against Kovalev since last August. While Caparello is not known as a knockout artist, he has far more experience in later rounds than the champion. “Il Capo” has gone the distance in 14 out of 20 fights and has been passed the eighth round nine times in his career. Because Kovalev knocked out almost all of his opponents, he has never fought past the eighth. Caparello said, “I would like to thank my promoter DiBella Entertainment, the WBO, Main Events and HBO for giving me this opportunity. I’m ready for this fight, you ain’t seen nothing yet. I won’t disappoint.”

Main Events’ CEO Kathy Duva said, “We would love for Sergey to fight all of the marquee names that have been avoiding him but they’re obviously afraid. So kudos to Caparello for stepping up! Sergey really is a fighter first. He just wants to be in the ring all the time, testing himself against the best. We are very grateful for the support we’ve gotten from HBO for Kovalev and our plan for him is to continue to fight the best opponent who’s willing to get in the ring.”

"Il Capo" Photo Courtesy of: DiBella Entertainment

“Il Capo”
Photo Courtesy of:
DiBella Entertainment

Lou DiBella, of DiBella Entertainment, Caparello’s promoter added, “Kovalev is one of boxing’s hardest punchers, but Blake Caparello is one of the best pure boxers in the 175 lb. division. This is a classic matchup between boxer and puncher and Blake has the skills to give Kovalev fits.”

Main Events’ matchmaker, Jolene Mizzone, can attest that finding opponents to face Krusher is never easy. She said, “The great thing about matching Sergey is he will fight ANYONE, anytime, anywhere. Caparello is a southpaw boxer who has the ability to outsmart a straight forward-type of puncher like Sergey. Caparello is undefeated and hungry which makes him a dangerous opponent. If Caparello can take Sergey’s power, then he could last longer than people might think.”

Blake Caparello Photo Courtesy of DiBella Entertainment

Blake Caparello
Photo Courtesy of DiBella Entertainment

About Kovalev vs. Caparello: The WBO Light Heavyweight World Championship between Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev, (24-0-1, 22 KOs) and Blake “Il Capo” Caparello (19-0-1, 6 KOs) is on Saturday, August 2nd at Revel Casino Hotel in Atlantic, City, NJ. The fight will be telecast as part of a split-site triple-header on HBO Boxing After Dark beginning at 9:45 PM ET/PT. The event is presented by Main Events in association with DiBella Entertainment. Ticket information will be released shortly.

Results from Madison Square Garden

Ken Goldfield

Ken Goldfield

Story by: Chip Mitchell – Madison Square Garden

Miguel Cotto TKO 10

Miguel Cotto made history by becoming the first Puerto Rican boxer to win a world title in four divisions, as he dominated WBC middleweight champion Sergio Martinez over nine rounds on Saturday night in front of an announced crowd of 21,090 at Madison Square Garden.

Cotto knocked Martinez down three times in the first round and Martinez never got back into the fight. Martinez obviously was damaged goods as his knees were a mess from start to finish.

Some members of the media, including myself, felt as if the corner spared Sergio more embarrassment than pain by encouraging the stoppage.

With the win, Miguel Cotto moves to 39-4 (32 KOs). Martinez falls to 51-3-2 (28 KOs).

Undercard Results from MSG:

Marvin Sonsona SD 10 Wilfredo Vazquez Jr
Javier Francisco Maciel MD 10 Jorge Melendez
Andy Lee KO 5 John Jackson
Felix Verdejo TKO 1 Engelberto Valenzuela
Jose “Wonder Boy” Lopez UD 8 Raul Hidalgo
Jose “Sniper” Pedraza TKO 1 Arturo Uruzquieta
Willie Nelson TKO 1 Darryl Cunningham
Jantony Ortiz KO 1 Elio David Ruiz

More to Come!