BARTHELEMY PROMOTER: WHAT CONTROVERSY?

Leon Margules, co-promoter of now IBF #2 super featherweight contender Rances “Kid Blast” Barthelemy (18-0, 11 KOs) says he feels the level of controversy after Barthelemy’s close but deserved 12-round unanimous (115-113, 116-112, 116-112) decision over Arash Usmanee on Friday night at Stage 305 in the Magic City Casino in Miami, is both surprising and unfounded. “Some internet writers from some reputable sites have been claiming Usmanee was robbed and that this was a ‘corrupt’ and ‘hometown’ decision and to them I say: Before you try to sully the reputations of some long-time boxing people, watch it again closely without the commentary and decide for yourselves.”

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JORGE MAYSONET JR. REMAINS UNDEFEATED WITH FIRST-ROUND DESTRUCTION

In the feature bout of the evening, scheduled for eight rounds in the lightweight division, Jorge "Machito" Maysonet Jr., (10-0, 9 KOs) demolished Ramesis Gil (8-5-5, 5 KOs) by way of a first round KO. From the beginning of the fight, Maysonet came out very aggressive, connecting with left and right hooks to the face and body of Gil, who went down on three occasions. The referee seen that Gil was unstable to continue and the fight was halted at the 1:23 mark.

Leon Margules, President of Warriors Boxing, wishes to congratulate his fighters, IBF #10 super middleweight Don “Da Bomb” George (23-2-1, 20 KOs), IBF #6, WBC #8 junior middleweight “King” Carlos Molina (20-5-2, 6 KOs) and Cuban light heavyweight Vilier Quinonez (5-0, 3 KOs) for their impressive victories Friday night at Buffalo Run Casino in Miami, Oklahoma, and live on ESPN Friday Night Fights. Chicago native George scored a TKO 6 over opponent Dionisio Miranda after the one-sided bout was stopped between the sixth and seventh rounds. A powerful puncher, George stalked his Colombian opponent behind thudding one/two combinations. He started catching Miranda with regularity in the fourth. After a couple rounds of eating strong right hands, the normally durable Miranda had had enough.

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ADONIS STEVENSON STOPS GEORGE IN 12,
AWAITS TITLE SHOT

By Jake Donovan

Adonis Stevenson scored five knockdowns en route to a 12th round stoppage of Donovan George in their super middleweight title eliminator Friday evening in Montreal, Canada.

Both fighters brought the heat after a tentative opening round, but Stevenson proved to be too much for the visiting American fighter. Two body shot knockdowns in round five had George in serious trouble, only for the Chicago native to come roaring back to cap a Round of the Year contender.

George went for broke in the sixth round, but once again found himself on the canvas and on the verge of being stopped. Stevenson unloaded with left hands and body shots, but George did his best to remain upright for as long as his body would allow.

Two more knockdowns came in the final round. To his credit, erratic referee Marlon B. Wright gave the visiting fighter every chance to recover but finally waved off the bout after George doubled over in pain following the fifth - and final - knockdown of the evening.

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PRESCOTT DECISIONS FIGUEROA;
BARTHELEMY DEFEATS RODRIGUEZ

By Jim Dower

Colombian Breidis Prescott (26-4, 18 KO’s) defeated Francisco Figueroa (20-5-1, 13 KO’s) by an eight round unanimous decision on Saturday night at the Doubletree Miamimart Hotel, in Miami, Florida. The final judges’ scores were 79-71, 77-73 and 78-71, all for Prescott.

Despite being the bigger puncher, Prescott was knocked down in the 5th round by Figueroa. However, that was about all Figueroa could do, as Prescott was able to use a powerful jab and scorching combinations to get the better of Figueroa. In the last two rounds, Prescott looked to be tiring as Figueroa took the fight to him. Luckily for Prescott that the fight was only eight rounds and not 12, because he might have run completely out of gas again like he did in his two losses to Paul McCloskey and Mike Alvarado recently. CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE

FONFARA DECISIONS JOHNSON;
CASTILLO STOPS POPOCA

By Jim Dower

Light heavyweight contender Andrzej Fonfara (22-2, 12 KO’s) defeated 43-year-old Glen Johnson (51-17-2, 36 KO’s) by a controversial 10 round unanimous decision on Friday night at the UIC Pavilion, in Chicago, Illinois, United States. The final judges’ scores were 99-91, 97-93 and 97-93. I personally scored the fight for Johnson by the score of 97-93. Johnson did a great job of outworking the younger Fonfara. Late in the fight Fonfara came on, but most of his shots were picked off on the gloves of Johnson. With this loss we may be seeing the end of Johnson, as he previously said he’d retire if he can’t beat Fonfara. Perhaps Johnson will have second thoughts about retiring due to the controversial nature of the decision. CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE

CLAN O’CONNOR CHEERS THEIR
HERO TO VICTORY

Fighting in the main event of a six-fight Boston vs. New York card at the Boston House of Blues before 2500 delirious fans, and with a  rock star in his corner, super lightweight boxing prospect Danny O’Connor knew he had to deliver in a big way.

Mission accomplished.

Showing vast improvements from working with acclaimed trainer Ronnie Shields, O’Connor, now 17-1, 5 KOs, dominated opponent Daniel Sostre of Highland, New York, forcing him to retire on his stool after four rounds.

It was the perfect ending to a spectacular event, engineered heavily by The Dropkick Murphys founder and bassist Ken Casey, who also worked O’Connor’s corner.
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Willie Nelson Shocks Yudel Jhonson,
Badou Jack Wins

By Rick Reeno

Texas Station Casino, Las Vegas - In the ShoBox televised headliner, Willie Nelson (18-1-1, 15KOs) won a ten round unanimous decision over previously undefeated junior middleweight prospect Yudel Jhonson (12-1, 8KOs). Both fighters were down in the fight. The scores were 95-94, 97-92 and 97-92.

Jhonson briefly stunned Nelson in the second round, but Nelson came right back with a combination of punches to send Jhonson down on all fours. In the fourth round, a huge left hand put Nelson down hard on his back. Nelson surprised everyone by getting up to his feet. Jhonson nearly finished him off against the ropes. Nelson held on and made it to the bell.

At the end of the fifth, Nelson once again staggered Jhonson with a good combination. Both of them had their moments in the remaining rounds. Nelson, however, closed strong in the tenth and final round with several well-timed power shots on the button.

In a battle of undefeated super middleweight prospects, Badou Jack (11-0, 8KOs) won a close eight round split decision over Colombian boxer Alexander Brand (17-1, 15KOs). The scores were 77-75 for Jack, 77-75 for Brand and 77-75 for Jack. 
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Chilemba Shocks Miranda:
Abdusalamov, Barthelemy Win

By Rick Reeno

Texas Station Gambling Hall, Las Vegas - Light heavyweight contender Isaac Chilemba (19-1-1, 9KOs) won a ten round unanimous decision over fading veteran Edison Miranda (35-7, 30KOs). The scores were 97-91, and 96-92 twice.

An early battle of boxer versus puncher. Chilemba was using his jab and finding openings. Miranda was his usual self - coming forward, applying a lot of pressure and swinging hard with both hands. Miranda workrate and pressure was the early difference, but the real feather in Miranda's cap was his ability to cut off the ring.

In the third round, an accidental clash of heads opened up a bad cut above the left eye of Miranda. The cut opened up further in the fourth and the blood was flowing down hard on Miranda's face. Miranda was already displaying some desperate to end it early. In the fifth round, referee Robert Byrd broke the fighters apart and took away a point from both of them. Chilemba lost a point for holding and hitting and Miranda lost a point for hitting behind the head. The cut was really bothering Miranda, who often used his glove to wipe away the flow of blood.

Chilemba hurt Miranda early in the seventh, but couldn't follow-up. Miranda was starting to slow down and Chilemba was started to land his punches without much resistance. The tide of the fight completely turned in in the eight. Miranda was a beaten fighter. He continued to come forward and threw punches, but he missed most of his shots and ate counters in return. READ MORE HERE