Last week in boxing: Aug. 4, 2016
– In the main event at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn last Saturday, former 122-pound champion Carl “The Jackal” Frampton dethroned WBA featherweight champion Leo “El Terremoto” Santa Cruz in a fantastic give-and-take war. In the end, scores were 117-111, 116-112 and 114-114.
– Returning from a two-and-a-half-year layoff, former two-division world champion Mikey Garcia scored a fifth round TKO over former world champion Elio Rojas. After the fight, Garcia said he wants to go after the 135-pound title in his next bout.
– Former two-division world champion Paulie Malignaggi outpointed Gabriel Bracero in an all-Brooklyn welterweight showdown.
– WBA “regular” middleweight champion Daniel “Miracle Man” Jacobs defends against former junior middleweight champ Sergio “The Latin Snake” Mora on Sept. 9 in Reading, Pennsylvania. Jacobs and Mora previously met in August 2015, with Jacobs winning by TKO in round two after Mora suffered an ankle injury.
– WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis “Superman” Stevenson scored a fourth round KO over WBC No. 8-rated challenger Thomas “Top Dog” Williams Jr. last Friday night in Quebec City, Canada.
– “Cherry Patch,” a play written by Ron Scott Stevens, a former two-term chairman of the New York State Athletic Commission, opened last week at the Woodstock Playhouse in Woodstock, New York. Stevens’ record in boxing ranges from commissioner to promoter to matchmaker to ring announcer. However, Stevens has been writing plays for more than 30 years.
– Former three-time welterweight world champion Antonio “The Tijuana Tornado” Margarito faces (“Canelo’s” older brother) Ramon “Inocente” Alvarez Aug. 13 in Rosarito, Baja California.
– Former world champion Amir Khan has been hinting via social media that he could switch to mixed martial arts. An Instagram photo of Khan, inside an Octagon wearing a UFC belt, stated “UFC training has started.” Something tells me this is a terrible idea.
– Former two-division world champion Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero returns to the ring against David Emanuel “El Pirata” Peralta on Aug. 27 in Anaheim, California, headlining a “Premier Boxing Champions on Spike” broadcast.
– Undefeated pound-for-pound star and WBC flyweight champion Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez and WBC junior bantamweight world champion Carlos “Principe” Cuadras clash on Saturday, Sept. 10 at the Fabulous Forum in Inglewood, California. Gonzalez will be moving up in weight to challenge for another world title in his fourth division.
– Tweeted Top Rank Promotions boss Bob Arum (@BobArum) this week: “In discussions now with Manny Pacquiao and his team for his November 5 opponent. Await developments.” It seems WBO welterweight titlist Jessie Vargas has just fit that bill.