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Fast Results – Carl Frampton & Amir Khan Win U.K. Homecomings

On a very busy international weekend for the Sweet Science, popular former two-division world champion Carl Frampton​ paid his immense respect

Jeffrey Freeman

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On a very busy international weekend for the Sweet Science, popular former two-division world champion Carl Frampton​ paid his immense respect to 35 -year-old Nonito Donaire​ by conclusively defeating the former four-division world champion via unanimous decision on Saturday night at the packed SSE Arena in his hometown of Belfast, Northern Ireland. There were no knockdowns. All three official judges’ scores in favor of Frampton were 117-111.

“I stuck to the game plan,” said the winner.

After a feel-out first, swelling began to appear under the left eye of Donaire in the second, a result of Frampton’s stutter-step right hands. By the third, Frampton was boxing very well and working in the left hook to Nonito’s now nicked nose. As the fight continued, Frampton never stood in range of Donaire long enough to get caught with anything too serious. The aging Donaire was always a step behind his opponent; failing to let his hands go often enough.

In the fifth round, Donaire landed a trio of clean left uppercuts with his own back on the ropes. Unfazed, Frampton returned fire in the sixth with more flush right hands to the damaged left eye of Donaire. In the seventh, Donaire suddenly turned his back for a flash and then nearly turned the tables on Frampton with another strong (right) uppercut that buzzed the Irishman good.

Television replay revealed it was an accidental head clash that caused Donaire to turn away from Frampton, pawing at a fresh slice over his right eye. Nonito’s face was a frightful mess.

Frampton then went on cruise control for the remainder of the fight. A Donaire left hook in the eleventh did hurt Frampton (he admitted it afterwards) but it was too little too late. The festive arena atmosphere in Belfast was electric with approximately nine thousand fans of Frampton singing in a “Frampton Wonderland” for a return to the top for their once beaten Irish “Jackal.”

With the victory, Frampton, a prime 31 and peaking as a professional, won the interim WBO featherweight championship and he moves a step closer to a full-on world title tilt with Oscar Valdez at the 18K seat capacity Windsor Park in Belfast and/or a rubber match with Mexican arch rival Leo Santa Cruz, holder of the WBA featherweight title belt briefly worn by Frampton.

Frampton improves to 25-1 (14) while Donaire sees his record slip to 38-5 (24). It was Frampton’s first fight with new trainer Jamie Moore after splitting with the McGuigan clan.

Donaire, Fighter of the Year in 2012 with four wins in twelve months, lost his “Next Manny Pacquiao” mojo in 2013 to Guillermo Rigondeaux. He was then brutally stopped in 2014 by Nicholas Walters. In 2016, Jessie Magdaleno handed him a unanimous decision loss to defend his WBO 122 lb. title. “Donaire is a still dangerous mofo,” Frampton let slip of the Filipino Flash.

Retirement now looks likely for Donaire.

Promoter Frank Warren announced that he is indeed taking Frampton to Windsor Park in August, a dream come true for Frampton. “I can’t wait to get there,” he said of the venue.

Aired on BT Sport in the U.K. and on the Showtime’s YouTube channel in the U.S., Frampton weighed in at 125 1⁄4 while Donaire tipped the scales at 125 1⁄2.

On the Belfast undercard Zolani Tete ​successfully defended his WBO bantamweight championship, defeating a badly faded Omar Narvaez​ by unanimous shutout decision. All three judges saw it 120-108 for Tete. At 42, the Argentine Narvaez is a dozen years older than his peaking South African conqueror. Narvaez offered little more than a strong survival instinct.

In Liverpool, Amir Khan​ won his first match in nearly two years, scoring an easy homecoming TKO in one round of Canadian invader Phil Lo Greco a​t the sold-out Echo Arena. Exactly 9,351 fans spent exactly 39 seconds watching Khan thrown combinations at his overmatched target.

The bout was contested at a 150 lb. catchweight which both boxers made with ease. A bone dry Lo Greco was knocked down 15 seconds into the bout from a solid right hand to the head. Khan then pounced on his wounded opponent and a fast flurry from the Bolton native sent Lo Greco down again into the ropes where referee Victor Loughlin stopped it at :39 of the opening round.

It was Khan’s first bout in the United Kingdom since 2013. With substitute trainer Joe Goossen in his corner, Khan made a statement, free of mistakes and chin checks. Before the comeback bout, Amir promised to “beat Phil and beat him well.” Mission accomplished. Back to business.

In the fight buildup, Khan stated he couldn’t see anything going wrong against Lo Greco and it didn’t. Khan was barely touched, if at all. Aired on Sky Sports in the U.K. and Top Rank ESPN+ in the U.S., Khan improves his ring record to 32-4 (19) while Lo Greco fell to 28-4 (15).

“I didn’t want it to go the distance,” said Khan during the post-fight interview. “I came in to do a clinical job. I saw the opening, right hand, left hook combination, and I finished him off. I want to give the fans in England the best fights. I want to fight the best welterweights out there. I will fight and beat Kell Brook if it ever comes down to that,” he promised.

“Amir Khan is back with a big bang!”

“I love a Khan-Brook fight,” said premier promoter Eddie Hearn. “It’s what the British public wants and we should deliver what the British public want.”

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Bohachuk KOs Unlucky Number 13 in Hollywood

David A. Avila

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HOLLYWOOD, Calif.-Super welterweight prospect Serhii “El Flaco” Bohachuk (13-0, 13 KOs) disposed of local urban legend Cleotis “Mookie” Pendarvis with nary a sweat in less than four rounds on Sunday evening at the Avalon Theater before a sold out crowd.

Bohachuk remained undefeated and continued his knockout streak with Pendarvis (21-5-2, 9 KOs) the victim. Aside from the main event, the 360 Promotions card was stacked with competitive action.

Bohachuk, 23, trained expecting an easy fight especially knowing that Pendarvis lacked firepower. But sometimes firepower is not all that important.

“He only had nine knockouts,” said Bohachuk, who trains with Abel Sanchez and Max Golovkin (Gennady’s twin) in Big Bear, Calif. “It was easy fight.”

The young Ukrainian felt it was easy but Pendarvis still unleashed several Cracker Jack combinations that caught Bohachuk flush. If only Pendarvis had power there might have been a different result.

Bohachuk floored Pendarvis in the first round with a left hook dug into the liver of Pendarvis and down he went. He resumed the fight but was visibly worried.

In the second round Mookie unleashed some of his magic with a sizzling left uppercut left cross combination that stung Bohachuk for a split second. Then he followed that with a sneaky overhand left and a right hook combination that seemed to come out of the dark. But without power behind those blows, Bohachuk remained in control.

Bohachuk regained total control in the third round and floored Pendarvis with a left hook bomb that immediately dropped him to the ground. The round ended seconds later and seemingly allowed Pendarvis to escape, but at seven seconds into the fourth round Pendarvis told the referee he could not continue and the fight was stopped.

“I wanted the fight to go longer,” Bohachuk said.

A super middleweight match saw Ali Akhmedov (13-0, 10 KOs) defeat Sacramento’s Mike Guy (9-4-1) by decision after eight rounds. All three judges scored it for Akhmedov who struggled with Guy’s stop and go style.

Kazakhstan’s Meiirim Nursultanov (11-0, 8 KOs) out-worked Luis Hernandez after eight rounds in a middleweight clash to win by unanimous decision.

Other Bouts

A lightweight clash between Mario Ramos (8-0) and Arnulfo Becerra (7-2) started slowly for two rounds then erupted into a bloody war for the remaining four rounds. Becerra caught Ramos repeatedly with three and four-punch combinations but Ramos always retaliated back. The crowd roared at the action that saw both suffer cuts and bruises to each other’s face that did not discourage more blows. Ramos was deemed the winner by decision.

“He pushed me into a war,” said Ramos of Becerra. “That’s what fans want.”

Other winners on the fight card were Devon Lee (7-0), Adrian Corona (4-0), Christian Robles (3-0), George Navarro (5-0-1) and Timothy Ortiz by knockout in his pro debut.

In attendance were actor Mario Lopez, WBC minimum weight titlist Louisa Hawton, European champion Scott Quigg and others.

“They’ll be appearing on our future shows this year,” said Tom Loeffler of 360 Promotions.

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Fast Results from Oxon Hill: The Peterson Brothers Fail to Deliver

Arne K. Lang

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The story of boxing’s Peterson brothers, Lamont and Anthony, has been well documented. Growing up in Washington, DC, they were often homeless. Then Barry Hunter came into their life. A carpenter by trade, Hunter coached amateur boxing at a local rec center. He took the brothers in when Lamont, the older by 13 months, was only 10 years old and he’s been with them ever since, a rarity in a sport where some boxers seemingly change trainers more frequently than they change their underwear.

Today the brothers, who turned pro on the same card in 2004, appeared in the featured bouts of a Premier Boxing Champions show at the MGM National Harbor casino resort in Oxon Hill, Maryland, a stone’s throw across the Potomac from their old stomping grounds. And they were well-matched. Both of their fights were near “pick-‘em” affairs with the invaders the slightest of favorites.

Welterweight Lamont Peterson, a former two-division champion coming off a bad loss to Errol Spence Jr, was pitted against Sergey Lipinets, briefly a 140-pound title-holder coming off a loss on points to Mikey Garcia. Peterson was seemingly ahead on the cards through several frames, but one big punch, a straight right hand by Lipinets in round eight, turned the momentum in his favor.

The end came two rounds later when Lipinets hurt Peterson with on overhand right and followed up with an assault that sent the DC man down hard. Peterson arose on spaghetti legs but it was a moot point as his corner tossed in the white flag almost as soon as he hit the canvas. The official time was 2:59 of round 10.

After the fight, in an emotional moment in the ring, Peterson announced his retirement. If he holds tight to this decision, he will leave the sport with a 35-5-1 record. Sergey Lipinets, a kickboxing champion before he took up conventional boxing, improved to 15-1 with his 11th win by stoppage. Overall it was a good action fight with a high volume of punches thrown.

The co-feature, a 10-round junior welterweight contest between Anthony Peterson (37-1-1, 1 ND) and former IBF 130-pound champion Argenis Mendez (25-5-2) ended in a draw. The decision was unpopular with the pro-Peterson crowd but met the approval of the TV commentators and likely most everyone tuning in at home.

Both fought a technical fight. Peterson did most of the leading and seemingly had the fight in hand going into the late rounds where Mendez did his best work. There were no knockdowns or cuts, but Peterson suffered severe swelling over his left eye. The last round was the best with Mendez fighting with more urgency, perhaps out of fear that he would be victimized by a hometown decision.

Anthony Peterson was making his first start since January of last year when he coasted to an easy decision over Eduardo Florez, a decision later changed to a no-contest when Peterson tested positive for a banned substance.

In the swing bout, an entertaining 10-round contest in the 154-pound weight class, Cincinnati’s Jamontay Clark (14-1) overcame a rough patch in the third round to score a unanimous decision over Chicago’s Vernon Brown (10-1-1). The scores were 95-94 and 96-93 twice. At six-foot-two, the rangy Clark had a 7-inch height advantage.

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Pulev Wins Heavyweight Clash and Magdaleno Bests Rico Ramos in Costa Mesa

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COSTA MESA, Calif.-Eastern European heavyweights slugged it out in Orange County with Kubrat Pulev scoring a knockout win over Bogdan Dinu on Saturday evening. The win keeps him in line for a possible showdown with Top Rank’s newly signed Tyson Fury.

After a slow start the Bulgarian heavyweight Pulev (27-1, 14 KOs) scored the knockout win over Romania’s Dinu (18-2, 14 KOs) before a large supportive audience who arrived with Bulgarian flags and hats at the OC Hangar in Costa Mesa.

Until the fifth round the action lacked with both heavyweights not eager to fire. But an angry exchange of blows by Dinu saw Pulev emerge with a cut over his left eye. It also opened up the action between the European heavyweights.

Pulev increased the pressure and caught Dinu in the neutral corner where he unloaded right after right on the ducking Romanian fighter who dropped to a knee and was hit behind the head with a blow. The knockdown was ruled down by an illegal punch and a point was deducted from Pulev.

It didn’t matter. The Bulgarian heavyweight proceeded to unleash some more heavy rights and down went Dinu again. The Romanian fighter beat the count and was met with more right hand bombs and down he went for good this time at 2:40 of the eighth round. Referee Raul Caiz ruled it a knockout win for Pulev.

“Sometimes its good and sometimes it’s bad,” said Pulev about his actions in a heavyweight fight. “Sometimes blood makes me very angry.”

Dinu felt that illegal blows led to his downfall. But the winner Pulev was satisfied.

“It doesn’t matter, I was prepared and really good in this moment. I think I was very good boxing today and showed good punching today,” Pulev said.

Former champions

An expected battle between flashy ex-super bantamweight world champions didn’t deliver the goods as Jessie Magdaleno (26-1, 18 KOs) defeated Rico Ramos (30-6, 14 KOs) by unanimous decision after 10 rounds in a featherweight contest for a vacant WBC regional title.

A tentative Magdaleno was cautious and deliberate against Ramos who seemed to be stuck in slow motion for the first half of the fight. Behind some lefts to the body and snappy combinations Magdaleno mounted up points for six rounds.

Ramos stepped up the action in the seventh round and began stepping into the danger zone while delivering some threatening combos inside. Magdaleno resorted to holding and moving as the action shifted in Ramos’s direction.

But it was never enough as Ramos seemed to lack pep. The last two rounds saw Ramos engage with Magdaleno but neither landed the killing blows. After 10 rounds all three judges saw the fight in favor of Magdaleno 97-93, 98-92, 99-91 who now holds the WBC USNBC featherweight title.

“It was a long layoff and I took a fight against a tough, tough veteran and former world champion,” said Magdaleno, whose last fight was the loss of the WBO super bantamweight title to Isaac Dogboe last May. “Got to go back to the drawing board. I boxed as good as I could, he’s just a tough fighter.”

Other Bouts

Max Dadashev (13-0, 11 KOs) was dropped in the second round by muscular Filipino southpaw Ricky Sismundo (35-13-3, 17 KOs) and had a look of surprise. He turned it up in the third round and caught Sismundo rushing in with a slick counter left-right combination on the button. Sismundo was counted out by referee Tom Taylor at 2:30 of the third round of the super lightweight clash.

Former Olympian Javier Molina (19-2, 8 KOs) had a rough customer in Mexico’s Abdiel Ramirez (24-4-1, 22 KOs) who never allowed him space to maneuver in their super lightweight match. After eight close turbulent rounds Molina was given the decision by scores 78-74 twice and 79-73.

South Africa’s Chris Van Heerden (27-2-1, 12 KOs) thoroughly out-boxed Mexico’s Mahonry Montes (35-9-1, 24 KOs) until a clash of heads erupted a cut over his right eye. The fight was stopped in the sixth round and Van Heerden was given a technical decision by scores 60-54 on all three cards.

Welterweights Bobirzhan Mominov (10-0, 8 KOs) and Jonathan Steele (9-3-1, 6 KOs) slugged it out for six back and forth rounds at high intensity. There were no knockdowns but plenty of high level stuff going on. The bigger Mominov had the advantage and tried to take out Mitchell, but the smaller welter from Texas was just too tough and skilled to be overrun. Judges scored it 59-54 three times. Good stuff.

Detroit’s Erick De Leon (19-0-1, 11 KOs) survived a knockdown in the fifth and rallied to win by technical knockout over Mexico’s Jose Luis Gallegos (16-6, 12 KOs) in the seventh round of a lightweight clash. A barrage of unanswered blows by De Leon forced referee Ray Corona to halt the fight at 1:55 of the seventh round.

L.A.’s David Kaminsky (4-0, 2 KOs) out-pointed rugged Arizona’s Estevan Payan (1-7-1) to win by unanimous decision after four round in a middleweight contest.

Tyler McCreary (15-0-1, 7 KOs) fought to a draw with Mexico’s Roberto Castaneda (23-11-2) after six rounds. He got all he could handle from the Mexicali featherweight as both traded blow for blow throughout the contest. It was good experience for the young McCreary who looked good but tried too hard to take out the hard headed Castaneda.

Eric Puente (2-0) beat Alejandro Lopez (1-4) by decision after four rounds in a lightweight match by 39-37 scores all three cards. It was a very close match with little separation between the two.

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