Weekend results in boxing from around the globe
Saturday, Sept. 10
Roman Gonzalez UD 12 Carlos Cuadras, WBC super flyweight title, The Forum, Inglewood, California
Undefeated WBC flyweight champion Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez, 46-0 (38), topped previously unbeaten WBC super flyweight champion Carlos “Principe” Cuadras, 35-1-1 (27), by unanimous decision on Saturday night at The Forum in Inglewood, California. Chocolatito was aggressive in his measured attack, allowing him to claim claim a fourth world title in as many divisions.
Yoshihiro Kamegai TKO 8 Jesus Soto Karass II, The Forum, Inglewood, California
This was a rematch of their war earlier this year that ended in a stalemate. Super welterweight slugger Yoshihiro Kamegai, 27-3-2 (24), completely dominated Jesus “Renuente” Soto Karass, 28-11-4 (18). Soto Karass was hurt with a body shot in round one and seemed to struggle from that point on. Finally, after Soto Karass was dropped in round eight, his corner decided enough was enough and stopped it at the end of the round.
Gennady Golovkin TKO 5 Kell Brook, IBF and WBC world middleweight titles, O2 Arena, London, England
IBF/WBA/WBC world middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin, 36-0 (33), scored a fifth round TKO over IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook, 36-1 (25). A good bout that had London, England’s O2 Arena screaming. Brook will raise his profile more in this loss than he would have with a welterweight title defense. After the fight, Golovkin said he “respects Brook but he isn’t a middleweight.” That about sums it up. A great showing by Brook but he simply couldn’t match the Golovkin’s power. Interestingly, don’t be surprised to hear some criticism of Golovkin as fans will point out how often Golovkin got hit and wonder what would have happened had he faced a strong middleweight or super middleweight? Golovkin trainer Abel Sanchez said after the fight that “Nobody from 154 to 168 can match the power of Golovkin.” Golovkin stated in a post-fight interview that he’d “love to return, 100%, to London to face Billy Joe Saunders” (who holds the WBO middleweight title). Here’s hoping Saunders has the guts of his welterweight countryman and invites Golovkin back for a real middleweight title defense.
Lee Haskins UD 12 Stuart Hall II, IBF world bantamweight title, O2 Arena, London, England
IBF bantamweight champion Lee Haskins, 33-3 (14), picked up where he left off in 2012, scoring a unanimous decision over former champ Stuart Hall, 20-5-2 (7). Hall put up a game run in the second half of the fight but, in the end, Haskins swept on all three official ringside judges’ scorecards.
Johnriel Casimero TKO 10 Charlie Edwards, IBF flyweight title, O2 Arena, London, England
IBF flyweight champion Johnriel Casimero, 23-3 (15), of the Philippines scored a 10th round TKO over Charlie Edwards of Britain, 8-1 (3). Casimero was coming on strong and a vicious left hook spelled an end for Edwards. Impressive showing for the surging Filipino star.
Friday Sept. 9
Daniel Jacobs TKO 7 Sergio Mora II, WBA “regular” middleweight title, Santander Arena, Reading, Pennsylvania
WBA “regular” middleweight world champion Daniel “The Miracle Man” Jacobs, 32-1 (29) successfully defended his title in a rematch with a seventh round stoppage over former WBC 154-pound champion Sergio “The Latin Snake” Mora, 28-4-2 (9). Jacobs dominated and seemed to be hurting Mora with everything by the end. Jacobs then called out Gennady Golovkin afterward. Jacobs looked good in dominating Mora but “GGG” is a whole different animal. Hard not to root for a guy who KO’d cancer a few years back!
Robert Easter Jr. SD 12 Richard Commey, vacant IBF lightweight championship, Santander Arena, Reading, Pennsylvania
Great clash between unbeaten lightweights Robert Easter Jr., 18-0 (14), and Richard Commey, 24-1 (22). This was a great back-and-forth fight that had the crowd buzzing. In the end, Easter grabbed the win – and the vacant IBF 135-pound title – via split decision. Good fight!
Eduard Troyanovsky TKO 2 Keita Obara, IBF super lightweight title, Krylia Sovetov, Moscow, Russia
Unbeaten IBF super lightweight champion Eduard Troyanovsky, 25-0 (22) scored a second round stoppage over mandatory challenger Keita Obara, 16-2-1 (15). A one-sided fight with Troyanovsky looking impressive in dominating Obara.