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Sun 30-Aug-2015
By John J. Raspanti: WBC junior featherweight champion Leo Santa Cruz (31-0-1, 17 KOs) proved that he belongs in the upper echelon of the featherweight division by winning an exciting 12-round majority decision over former three-division world champion Abner Mares (29-2, 15 KOs) at a raucous Staples Center in Los Angeles, Calif. Saturday night. Two judges scored the fight 117-111 for Santa Cruz, while the third saw a 114-114 draw. MaxBoxing and tabbed Santa Cruz the winner 115 Santa Cruz wins LA bragging rights by defeating Mares
Thu 27-Aug-2015
By John J. Raspanti: They met seven years ago in where else, a boxing gym in Southern California. Both were local products. The two Mexican Americans spared roughly 30 rounds for the next few days. Abner Mares was 22 at the time, Leo Santa Cruz two years younger. Neither will say who had the advantage. When the sparing was over, Mares figured he’d likely fight Santa Cruz again someday in a real fight. “I’ve always thought that when you’re in the gym training with someone around... Mares and Santa Cruz battle for LA bragging rights
Fri 21-Aug-2015
By John J. Raspanti: After disposing of little-known Italian Andrea Di Luisa in the fourth round last Saturday night at the Bell Centre in Montreal, CN., former IBF super middleweight champion Lucian Bute shouted, “I’m back.” But is he? Bute, 35, hasn’t been the same fighter since being steamrolled by Carl Froch in May 2012. Froch not only beat the tar out of the transplanted Romanian, he took away his mojo. Immediately after the match, Bute talked rematch, but his words rung hollow, especially Bute returns after long layoff to stop Di Luisa
Mon 17-Aug-2015
By John J. Raspanti: Though undefeated, Krtsztof Glowacki (25-0, 16 KOs) was given little chance of upsetting defending WBO cruiserweight champion Marco Huck (38-3-1, 26 KOs) last Friday night at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ. Things looked bleak for the challenger when he found himself on his back in round six, courtesy of a wide left hand. But Glowacki, a star in Poland but little known in the United States, was hardly finished. Five rounds later, Glowacki stopped Huck in round 11 to Behind on the scorecards, Glowacki upsets Huck
Wed 12-Aug-2015
By John J. Raspanti: New Zealand heavyweight Joseph Parker began perfecting his world class jab before he hit kindergarten. At the age of 3, he was popping his tiny knuckles into the palm of his father Dempsey, who just happened to be named after legendary heavyweight champion Jack Dempsey. “I don’t remember a time when boxing was not a part of our family life,” Parker told Anson Wainwright of ringtv, “My father Dempsey had always loved boxing and we would always watch the boxing fights on... How good is heavyweight prospect Parker?
Mon 10-Aug-2015
By John J. Raspanti: Middleweight prospect Ievgen Khytrov (11-0, 10 KOs) rallied to stop upset-minded Nick Brinson (17-4-2, 7 KOs) in the final round last night at Bally’s in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Brinson, 29, a loser in two of his last three bouts had something to prove. He reunited with his former trainer and got himself in tip-top condition. Khytrov, 26, the 2011 World Amateur Champion and 2012 Olympian, was last seen going the distance for the first time in his professional career... Khytrov comes from way back to stop Brinson
Sun 9-Aug-2015
By John J. Raspanti: You can’t call him a prospect anymore. Manual "Tino" Avila captured the NABF super bantamweight title by scoring a sixth round TKO over former world title challenger Yoandris Salinas at the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif. Saturday night. Avila (18-0, 8 KOs) opened the fight fast. He tattooed Salinas with jabs and sneaky right hands. Salinas looked to counter, but missed most of his shots... Avila wins NABF title by stopping Salinas
Tue 4-Aug-2015
By John J. Raspanti: Manual “Tino” Avila has engaged in 17 professional fights. He’s won them all, scoring seven of those wins by knockout. On August 8, Avila, still considered a prospect, will step up in class when he meets Yoandris Salinas at the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California. Up for grabs is the vacant NABF super bantamweight title. The Cuban-born Salinas (21-2-2, 14 KOs) came within a couple of points of upsetting WBA super featherweight champion Scott Quigg in 2013, Avila goes for first title August 8
Sun 2-Aug-2015
By John J. Raspanti: Light welterweight champion Danny Garcia, fighting as a welterweight for the first time in his career, stopped game Paulie Malignaggi in round nine at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York Saturday night. In round one it was obvious that Garcia (31-0, 18 KOs) was the stronger fighter. He kept Malignaggi (33-7, 7 KOs) on the end of his jab--and also landed two pretty good right hands. Malignaggi did some good work in round two. He connected with a few light, but scoring Garcia remains undefeated by stopping Malignaggi in round nine
Wed 29-Jul-2015
By John J. Raspanti: At this point in his life, 34-year-old Paulie “Magic Man” Malignaggi might be better known as a ringside commentator instead of a two-division world champion. Malignaggi’s lone fight last year was a painful one. He met former IBF welterweight champion Shawn Porter at the DC Armory in Washington, DC. Malignaggi can barely break an egg with his punches. He’s scored seven knockouts in his 39-fight career. His lack of punching power has hurt him. In spite of this disadvantage, M Malignaggi will need some magic to defeat Garcia
Sun 26-Jul-2015
By John J. Raspanti (Photo © David Spagnolo, Main Events): Coming off the biggest victory of his career, an eighth round stoppage of former champion Jean Pascal four months ago, WBO, WBA and IBF light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev admitted that staying focused against 50-1 underdog Nadjib Mohammedi was a challenge. In the end it made no difference, as Kovalev (28-0-1, 25 KOs) stopped Mohammedi (37-4, 23 KOs) in round three Saturday night at the Mandalay Bay Events... Kovalev demolishes Mohammedi in three rounds
Thu 23-Jul-2015
By John J. Raspanti: After the fall, the six-foot, eight-inch giant stood in his corner with a dazed expression on his face, tears rolling down his cheeks. David Price had been knocked out in a professional boxing match for the third time in two years. His plunge had been swift and dramatic. Only three years ago, Price, of Liverpool, ENG. appeared to be on his way to a shot at the heavyweight championship of the world. ESPN had named him prospect of the year. His amateur background... Down goes Price
Fri 17-Jul-2015
By John J. Raspanti: After recently covering the Mauricio Herrera vs. Hank Lundy fight at the LA Sports Arena, I wandered into the deserted square where the work crew was breaking down the ring. First the turnbuckle came down, followed by the ropes and the ring posts until all that remained was a platform with a blue canvas. It didn’t take long to bring it all down. In a few months, the entire building will follow to make way for a new structure. Fifty-six years of sports... Saying goodbye to the LA Sports Arena
Sun 12-Jul-2015
By John J. Raspanti at ringside (Photo © German Villasenor, MaxBoxing): Snakebite Mauricio Herrera (23-5, 7 KOs) captured the NABF junior welterweight title by majority technical decision over a disgruntled Hank Lundy (25-5, 12 KOs) at the Los Angeles Sports Arena in Los Angeles, California Saturday night. Referee Jack Reiss halted the contest near the end of round five--due to a bad cut around Herrera’s right eye. An accidental head butt in the opening round had done the damage... Herrera defeats Lundy by technical decision
Thu 9-Jul-2015
By John J. Raspanti: All fighters hate to lose, but bad decisions can alter careers. Maurcio Herrera and Hank Lundy both came up empty in their last bouts. Herrera, 35, is becoming something of a "Heartbreak Kid" when it comes to questionable decisions. Last December, Herrera (21-5, 7 KOs) squared off against rising prospect Jose Benavidez. Top Rank, the company that promotes Benavidez, is grooming the youngster for stardom. Herrera didn’t get the memo... Herrera and Lundy are hungry for victory
Mon 6-Jul-2015
By John J. Raspanti (Photo © German Villasenor, MaxBoxing): "The toughest fight that I probably ever had was against Timothy Bradley...toughest fight of my life. Dude is just a was a high-paced fight and I just never forgot it." - Andre Ward on FightHype. Timothy Bradley has engaged in 35 professional prize fights. He’s lost once. Bradley, who was born in Cathedral City, California, is not super quick or outrageously flashy... Learning to appreciate Tim Bradley
Sun 28-Jun-2015
By John J. Raspanti (Photo © German Villasenor, MaxBoxing): It’s been 20 months since two-division world champion Timothy Bradley has been victorious in a boxing match. Bradley returned to his winning ways Saturday night by winning a 12 unanimous decision over Jessie Vargas at the StubHub Center in Carson, California. The scores were 116-112, 117-111 and 115-112. Maxboxing and had Bradley winning by a tally of 116-112... Bradley hangs on to win unanimous decision over Vargas
Thu 25-Jun-2015
By John J. Raspanti: Away from the place he calls his "office" for the past 19 months, Andre Ward returned to work last Saturday night with a dominant performance by stopping overmatched Paul Smith at The Oracle Arena in Oakland, California. Prior to his appearance, 31-year-old Ward had been stuck in legal hell with his former promoter, the late Dan Goossen. Ward wanted out of his contract. Both sides pointed fingers. Ward sued, and lost. His career sat in limbo... Andre Ward shines in return, Adrien Broner a dud
Sun 21-Jun-2015
By John J. Raspanti: Out of the ring 19 months, WBA super middleweight champion Andre Ward (28-0, 15 KOs) made a triumphant return by stopping overmatched Paul Smith (35-6, 20 KOs) in round nine at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, CA. Saturday night. Ward utilized his left jab in the first two rounds while Smith was content to follow. The 2004 Olympic gold medalist began to open up in rounds three and four... Ward returns, stops Smith in round nine
Thu 18-Jun-2015
By John J. Raspanti: Paul “El Gallo Negro” Mendez (18-2, 9 KOs) returns to the ring for the third time this year when he faces David “The Destroyer” Lopez (41-15-1, 25 KOs) June 26 at the Salinas Storm House in Salinas, California. Mendez turned professional in 2009. He was victorious in his first two bouts, but lost his third. Learning on the job, Mendez worked with trainer Virgil Hunter and sparred with super middleweight champion Andre Ward. It was obvious that Mendez had talent, but was raw Rising Mendez faces Lopez in important 10 rounder
Mon 15-Jun-2015
By John J. Raspanti: “But GGG is like all punchers. That’s why with a guy like GGG, -- you have to show them, and by the time they figure it out, guess what? Fight’s over." - Andre Ward. In 2004, Andre Ward surprised many by capturing the gold medal at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece. Ward debuted as a professional a year later when he beat Chris Molina. In 2008, he defeated Jerson Ravelo to win NABO super middleweight title. There were whispers about the strength of Ward’s chin and. Ready to make a point: Andre Ward returns to the ring
Sat 13-Jun-2015
By John J. Raspanti: Talented WBA junior middleweight champion Erislandy Lara (21-2, 12 KOs) regained his title for the third time by dominating game Delvin Rodriguez (28-8-4, 16 KOs) over 12 rounds Friday night at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago, Illinois. All three judges scored the fight 120-107 for Lara, who also floored Rodriguez in round six. Rodriguez wasn’t expected to give Lara much of a fight, but he tried everything he could think of against his skilled opponent... Lara pitches a 12 round shutout over Rodriguez
Mon 8-Jun-2015
By John J. Raspanti: "You can’t box a boxer. You’ve got to fight him." - Delvin Rodriguez. Veteran battler Delvin Rodriguez is hoping WBA super middleweight champion Erislandy Lara has been underestimating him leading up to their June 12 fight at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago, Illinois. “They’re expecting a really easy fight,” Rodriguez told this writer on the phone a few weeks ago. “For me that’s an advantage. I want the element of surprise”... Can Rodriguez surprise Lara on June 12?
Sun 7-Jun-2015
By John J. Raspanti: WBC middleweight champion Miguel Cotto (40-4, 33 KOs) made the first defense of his middleweight crown a successful one by blasting out former champion Daniel Geale (31-3, 16 KOs) in round four at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Cotto, 34, landed a big left hook to the body a mere after the opening bell. The punch was foreshadowing for what would transpire later in the match. A short compact jab caused Geale to stumble... Cotto demolishes Geale
Thu 4-Jun-2015
By John J. Raspanti: There are many characters floating around the boxing world. It doesn’t take a Sherlock Holmes to spot the good ones. One such as Chuck Williams. When I first spotted him a few years ago in Las Vegas, his stocky build and commanding presence reminded me of the late great actor James Cagney. Even the way he told a story brought the pugnacious Cagney to mind. Oh yeah, and he’s Irish. For most of his 81 years, Williams has dedicated himself to boxing, whether in the amateur For the love of boxing: Chuck Williams
Sun 31-May-2015
By John J. Raspanti: With his rumored dream fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr. on the line, former two-time champion Amir Khan did just enough to win a hard fought 12 round unanimous decision over boxer turned brawler Chris Algieri at The Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. Scores were 117-111 (twice) and 115-113. and Doghouseboxing had Khan winning the bout by a 115-113 score. The fight started fast... Amir Khan wins 12 round decision over game Chris Algieri
Wed 27-May-2015
By John J. Raspanti: Of all the books written on legendary former heavyweight champion Jack Johnson, none have been able to give the boxing fan an account of Johnson’s early fights from varying points of view. Until now. Adam Pollack’s seventh book, In the Ring with Jack Johnson, Part 1: The Rise is a not only a richly detailed narrative of Johnson’s early career, but a history lesson of the times. Pollack is also able to peek inside the psyche of Johnson—revealing an ambitious and dedicated... The rise of Jack Johnson
Mon 25-May-2015
By John J. Raspanti: James DeGale (21-1, 14 KOs) became the first British Olympic gold medalist to capture a world championship by winning a 12 round unanimous decision over Andre Dirrell (24-2, 16 KOs) Saturday afternoon at the Agganis Arena in Boston, Massachusetts. The scores were 114-112 (twice) and 117-109 for the new champion. and Doghouseboxing also had DeGale winning the fight by a 114-112 tally... DeGale floors Dirrell twice, wins IBF world title
Fri 22-May-2015
By John J. Raspanti: When he stepped through the ropes last Saturday night at The Forum in Inglewood, CA., Roman Gonzalez was still something of a mystery. Though undefeated in 42 fights, with 36 knockouts, the native of Managua, Nicaragua’s career was more “Invisible Man" than the "Incredible Hulk". His fight against former light flyweight champion Edgar Sosa would be only his fourth in the United States. It was being televised on HBO Championship Boxing--as the lead in for middleweight A force to be reckoned with: "Chocolatito" Gonzalez
Sun 17-May-2015
By John J. Raspanti (Photo © German Villasenor, MaxBoxing): WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin says he wants to fight the big boys. In the interim, Golovkin (33-0, 30 KOs) stopped gutsy challenger Willie Monroe Jr. (19-2, 6 KOs) in round six at the Forum in Inglewood, California Saturday night. In round one, Monroe Jr., a shifty southpaw, found success with his right jab. Golovkin stayed busy by connecting with lead right hands to head and body... GGG's knockout streak reaches 20, stops Monroe Jr. in six
Tue 12-May-2015
By John J. Raspanti: A hush fell over the crowd as the man with the white mustache made his way into the bar. As he stopped near a table, with his wife at his side, a group of admirers crowded around him, eager to shake his hand and take a snapshot. He obliged. I couldn’t help myself either. I had wanted to meet Danny Lopez for years. His wife, Bonnie, was kind enough to take a picture of us. I’ll cherish it forever... Mingling with pugilistic legends: The West Coast Boxing Hall of Fame
Sun 10-May-2015
By John J. Raspanti Photo © Ed Mulholland, Golden Boy via Getty Images: All it took was a little over eight minutes, but man was it fun getting there. Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (45-1-1, 32 KOs) brutally knocked out James “The Mandingo Warrior” Kirkland (32-2, 28 KOs) in round three at the Minute Maid Stadium in Houston, TX Saturday night, but it wasn’t as easy as it sounds. As expected, Kirkland, a southpaw, took it to Alvarez seconds into the match. He pushed the redhead into the ropes and landed Alvarez ices Kirkland in explosive battle
Fri 8-May-2015
By John J. Raspanti: It’s easy to forget that Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, who meets heavy-handed James Kirkland this Saturday night at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas, is only 24 years old. But, in a sense, he’s a veteran since he was 15 when he started boxing. Alvarez sports a gaudy record of 44 wins and one defeat. That loss was to the best fighter of his generation, Floyd Mayweather. Kirkland is a powerful southpaw with 28 knockouts in his 31 wins. The only blemish on his record came a Canelo Alvarez faces dangerous James Kirkland May 9
Tue 5-May-2015
By John J. Raspanti (Photo © Chris Farina / Top Rank): This guy is good. Super-talented Vasyl Lomachenko (4-1, 2 KOs) retained his WBO featherweight championship by stopping overwhelmed Gamalier Rodriguez (25-3-3, 17 KOs) in round nine at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada last Saturday night. The bout started slowly. Lomanchecko, a southpaw, worked off his jab. Rodriguez, slightly taller, went to the body. Lomachenko connected with a hard left in round two... Lomachenko stops Rodriguez in round nine, retains featherweight title
Sun 3-May-2015
By John J. Raspanti: The money was paid in full. In a bout many called the “Fight of the 21st Century,” Floyd “Money” Mayweather (48-0, 26 KOs) outworked peoples champion Manny Pacquiao (57-6-2, 38 KOs) over 12 rounds to win a clear unanimous decision at a sold-out MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, NV. Saturday night. Mayweather stays undefeated, wins 12-round decision over Pacquiao
Thu 30-Apr-2015
By John J. Raspanti: A boxing career is all about moving forward. A setback can be devastating, especially nowadays when one loss can seriously damage a fighter’ aspirations. On April 30, at the Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio, CA, Mercito Gesta (28-1, 16 KOs) will meet Carlos Molina (17-2-1, 7 KOs) in what is arguably the most important fight of their respective careers. A glance at Gesta’s record shows a bid for lightweight championship honors in 2012. It would be easy to consider that Gesta and Molina meet at the crossroads
Wed 29-Apr-2015
By John J. Raspanti: Each day the “Fight of the 21stCentury” between undefeated Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao inches closer. The bout has been talked about for over five years. On social media, fans argue 24-7 on who’s going to win. They discuss possible scenarios. Many of the discussions turn personal and nasty. Since the fight was announced, Mayweather (47-0, 26 KOs) and Pacquiao (56-5, 38 KOs) have also been debating the finer points of their match. That makes sense. They’re Mayweather and Pacquiao play point, counter point
Mon 27-Apr-2015
By John J. Raspanti: Over-confidence can be a killer. Just ask Phillip Jackson Benson, who last week faced perennial upset machine Darnell "Deezol" Boone at the Valley Forge Casino Resort in Valley Forge, PA. Jackson Benson entered the squared circle that night riding a 12-fight win streak--including 10 consecutive knockouts. He undoubtedly looked up Boone’s misleading record of 20 wins and 21 losses. He probably figured that all he had to do was show up... Boone drops the bomb, stops Benson in six
Fri 24-Apr-2015
By John J. Raspanti: A few weeks ago at the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, IND, undefeated super middleweight Mike “Hollywood” Jimenez tasted the canvas for the second time in his undefeated boxing career. Normally this would be bad thing, but Jimenez turned a potential disaster into a positive. In the first round, Jimenez was mixing it up with heavy-handed journeyman Kevin Engel. But something was missing. He didn’t feel sharp. He was doing pretty well until a straight right dropped him. He was Down but not out, Mike Jimenez rises to face his toughest test
Mon 20-Apr-2015
By John J. Raspanti: In an old fashioned brawl, Lucas Matthysse (37-3, 34 KOs) survived some rocky moments to win a 12 round majority decision over super tough Ruslan Provodnikov (24-4, 17 KOs) at the Turning Stone and Casino in Verona, New York. The scores were 114-114 and 115-113 (twice) for Matthysse. Maxboxing and Doghouseboxing judged Matthysse the winner by a 115-113 tally... Matthysse edges Provodnikov in thrilling 12 rounder
Wed 15-Apr-2015
By John J. Raspanti: “Fasten your seatbelts. It’s going to be a bumpy night.” Lucas Matthysee has knocked out 34 of 36 opponents. Ruslan Provodnikov has scored 17 knockouts in his 24 wins. Former champions Matthysee and Provodnikov will meet this Saturday night at Turning Stone Casino in Verona, New York, in one of the most eagerly anticipated matches this year. Both men are looking forward to testing themselves against each other... Matthysee and Provodnikov prepare to go to war
Sun 12-Apr-2015
By John J. Raspanti: Current WBC and WBA junior welterweight champion Danny Garcia captured a razor-thin split decision over former IBF titleholder Lamont Peterson at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, Saturday night. The scores were 114-114 (a draw) and 115-113 (twice) for Garcia. MaxBoxing and DoghouseBoxing had Garcia the winner by a tally of 115-113. The fight was contested at a catchweight of 143-pounds. Garcia made no attempt to get down to the junior welterweight limit of 140 Garcia edges Peterson in compelling 12 rounder
Thu 9-Apr-2015
By John J. Raspanti: Andy Lee will make the first defense of his WBO middleweight championship this Saturday against former champion Peter Quillin at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Lee (34-2, 24 KOs) captured the title by stopping favored Matt Korobov last year. The thirty-year almost didn’t make it to his match with Korobov. In June, Lee was floored in the first round by heavy-handed John Jackson. He survived to flatten Jackson with one punch in round five... Lee and his counter right look to derail Quillin
Mon 6-Apr-2015
John J. Raspanti: Stan “The Man” Martyniouk believes he’s a pretty good fighter. His record of 13 wins in 15 bouts bears that out... Training with Pacquiao was great, but Martyniouk wants a real fight
Mon 6-Apr-2015
By John J. Raspanti: WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis "Superman" Stevenson successfully defended his belt for the fifth time Saturday afternoon by winning a 12 unanimous decision over rugged Sakio Bika at the Pepsi Coliseum in Quebec City, Canada. The scores were 115-111, 116-110 and 115-110. Maxboxing and had Stevenson winning the fight by a 119-108 tally. In round one, Stevenson, a southpaw, moved slightly and established his jab... Stevenson pounds Bika to retain WBC title
Wed 1-Apr-2015
By John J. Raspanti: It pains me to read that former “blood and guts warrior” Matthew Saad Muhammad lies in a Philadelphia cemetery without a headstone. Saad Muhammad died last year at the age of 59. The cause of death was amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. It’s not surprising that in the end, his huge heart was stronger than his body. Saad Muhammad was dropped off at the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia in 1958... Matthew Saad Muhammad lies in an unmarked grave
Mon 30-Mar-2015
By John J. Raspanti (Photo © Esther Lin / SHOWTIME): Gary Russell Jr. made the most of his second attempt at a world title by stopping defending WBC featherweight titleholder Jhonny Gonzalez in round four at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada Saturday night. With a big edge in quickness and mobility, Russell Jr. (26-1, 15 KOs) worked angles and kept the heavy-handed Gonzalez at bay in round one. Gonzalez, a little taller, and with a reach advantage, stalked but mostly drew air... Russell Jr. floors Gonzalez three times, wins WBC title
Fri 27-Mar-2015
By John J. Raspanti: The boxer versus the slugger. It’s a cliché, but in this case it’s accurate. Jhonny Gonzalez (the slugger) defends his WBC world featherweight title against Gary Russell Jr. (the boxer) this Saturday night at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada. The styles of the two fighters is potentially the most interesting aspect of their bout. Russell Jr., 26, is all about speed. He’s loaded with it, but as he found out against Vasyl Lomachenko, speed can take you only so far. Opposites attract: Gonzalez meets Russell Jr.
Mon 23-Mar-2015
By John J. Raspanti: Alfonso Gomez (25-6-2, 12 KOs) boxed and slugged his way to a hard-fought 10 round unanimous decision over aggressive Yoshihiro Kamegai (25-3-1, 22 KOs) Friday night at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California. Gomez, 34, was quicker and busier throughout the match. In round one, he caught Kamegai, a southpaw, with a number of overhand rights. Kamegai worked the body—his thinking likely being that the 34-year-old Gomez would eventually run out of gas... Gomez gets the better of Kamegai
Fri 20-Mar-2015
By John J. Raspanti: Tonight on FOX 1 Sports and Fox Deportes, perennial contender Alfonso Gomez (24-6-2, 12 KOs) will battle Yoshihiro Kamegai (25-2-1, 22 KOs) at the Fantasy Springs Casino, in Indio, California. Competing in the hit TV show "The Contender" 11 years ago brought Gomez fame, if not fortune. Gomez was one of 16 contestants vying for a million dollars. By the end of the tournament he was ranked third, not bad for a guy who some thought wouldn’t make it out of the first Gomez and Kamegai set for potential barn burner on Fox Sports 1
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