Russian born, Canadian based light heavyweight destroyer Artur Beterbiev (12-0, 12 KOs) won the IBF light heavyweight world title in just his twelfth pro bout last night in Fresno, California when he stopped a survival-minded Enrico Koelling (23-2, 6 KOs) in the twelfth and final round.
Beterbiev was in control the entire way though Koelling did land some good shots in spots. At the end of the day it seemed as though Koelling was more concerned with surviving and proved a tough nut to crack as he continued backing off and covering up. Slowly but surely Beterbiev broke him down and in Round 12 scored two knockdowns to prompt the referee stoppage. The IBF belt Beterbiev won was the one previously vacated by the recently retired Andre Ward.
On the same card, undefeated popular lightweight Jose Ramirez (21-0, 16 KOs) made a statement with a second round destruction of previously undefeated Mike Reed (23-1, 12 KOs).
On HBO last night, top rated middleweight Danny Jacobs (33-2, 29 KOs) returned to action for the first time under Eddie Herns’ Matchroom Boxing in a headlining bout at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, New York where he easily outpointed previously Luis Arias (18-1, 9 KOs) over twelve rounds. The bout was the main event on HBO.
Jacobs was in command all night behind a quick jab and good combination punching and even scored a knockdown late in the bout when Arias’s glove touched the mat. Scores were 120-107, 119-108 and 118-109, all for ‘The Miracle Man’ who now looks poised to face the David Lemieux – Billy Joe Saunders winner in 2018 before a possible lucrative fight against the Canelo – GGG winner later next year.
On the undercard, popular Jewish boxer Cletus ‘The Hebrew Hammer’ Seldin (21-0, 17 KOs) remained undefeated with a third round knockout of Roberto Ortiz (35-2-2, 26 KOs). Seldin tore into Ortiz from the opening bell, scoring two first round knockdowns. It was all Seldin in this one who battered Ortiz from pillar to post in the ensuing rounds until it was mercifully stopped in Round 2.
American heavyweight Jarrell ‘Big Baby’ Miller (20-0, 18 KOs) remained undefeated on the undercard, stopping Mariusz Wach (33-3, 17 KOs) in Round 9. It was slightly anticlimactic as despite controlling the action the bout was eventually stopped due to Wach injuring his right hand.
Great card in Ontario last night dubbed “For The Fallen,” a Remembrance Day championship boxing event at the Powerade Centre in Brampton, ON, presented by Lee Baxter Promotions. In the main event of the evening top rated Canadian based welterweight Sam Vargas (29-3-1, 14 KOs) scored a grueling and hard fought ten round split decision over Finland’s Jussi Koivula (23-5-1, 9 KOs). It was a rough and tumble affair with Vargas getting up from a knockdown and rallying for the win. Both fighters lost points for fouls and there were several shifts in momentum. When all was said and done, scores were 97-90 and 95-92 for Vargas with Koivula getting a 94-83 tally in his favour. The victory saw Vargas retain his WBA-NABA Welterweight Title.
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In the co-main event, popular UK born Mexican resident Alex Dilmaghani (16-1, 5 KOs) pounded out an eight round unanimous decision over Finland’s Tuomo Eronen (19-5, 8 KOs). Dilmaghani, who has fought in Canada five of his last six outings, was ahead by scores of 80-72 on all three cards.
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In preliminary action, popular Canadian pinoy super bantamweight Marc Pagcaliwangan (10-1-1, 8 KOs) suffered his first pro setback dropping a majority decision to Mexican spoiler Daniel Olea (12-4-1, 4 KOs) in what was a very entertaining affair:
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Big fight in the UK this weekend with former junior middleweight titleist Liam Smith (26-1-1, 14 KOs) scoring a twelve round majority decision over Liam Williams (16-2-1, 11 KOs) at the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle. Smith won the first encounter by TKO on cuts and in the rematch removed all doubt with a competitive but clear 117-111 and 116-112 win (with the third scorecard curiously even at 114-114).
Rising welterweight contender Carlos Ocampo (22-0, 13 KOs) remained unbeaten last night in Mexico with a seventh round TKO of Darío Ferman (19-4, 11 KOs):
Two Cleveland boxers stole the show Friday night in the final ShoBox: The New Generation telecast of 2017 live on SHOWTIME.
Once-beaten southpaw Yuandale Evans (20-1, 14 KOs) had Cleveland’s fight fans on their feet for the final two dramatic rounds as the East Cleveland boxer earned an exciting, all-action split decision victory over previously undefeated featherweight Luis Rosa (23-1, 11 KOs) in the 10-round main event. Two judges scored the fight in favor of Evans – 96-94 and 97-93 – while the third judge had Rosa winning, 96-94, on Friday night at The Masonic at Templelive Cleveland.
It was a night that saw three previously undefeated fighters lose their unbeaten records. Rosa became the 171st fighter to lose his undefeated record in the 16-year history of ShoBox.
“I’m tired but I’m feeling great,” Evans said. “My performance was great. I’ve never felt myself pushed that hard. He’s a tough Puerto Rican. He’s a very tough fighter. The crowd really propelled me to victory tonight, and I’m grateful for that.”
In the co-main event, undefeated Russian standout Radzhab Butaev (8-0, 6 KOs; WSB: 9-1) earned a hard-fought unanimous decision over Colombia’s previously unbeaten Janer Gonzalez (18-1-1, 15 KOs) in an eight-round welterweight matchup. The three judges scored the fight, 80-72, 79-73, 77-75, in favor of Butaev.
It was a technically sound fight between two accomplished former amateur standouts. Butaev, who dominated from the early rounds, connected on 41 percent of his power punches (66 of 162) compared to 27 percent for Gonzalez (47 or 173).
“I felt like I controlled the whole fight, but he was more durable than I expected,” said Butaev through a translator. “Gonzalez landed good shots but he couldn’t finish me.”
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