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Superfly 3 Proves a Success at Inglewood Forum

David A. Avila

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INGLEWOOD, Calif.-Fight fans clamoring for international flavor got their wish with Japan, Mexico, Philippines and Puerto Rico sending some of their best to the Inglewood Forum on Saturday.

A battle between Mexican warriors saw former world champion Juan Francisco Estrada (pictured) out-duel the taller Felipe Orucuta in an elimination bout for the WBC super flyweight world title. More than 4,000 showed up.

Sonora, Mexico’s Estrada (37-3, 25 KOs) emerged the winner by unanimous decision over Mexico City’s Orucuta (36-5, 30 KOs) but the two 115-pounders slammed each other repeatedly in the 12-round clash.

Estrada started quickly with left hooks and flashy combinations but once Orucuta established the long left jab the complexion of the fight changed drastically. Back and forth the two Mexican warriors exchanged especially in the seventh and eighth round.

One judge scored it 118-110 and the other two 117-111 all for Estrada.

“It was good to compete against a great champion. I thought the scores were a lot closer,” said Orucuta. “The atmosphere was great.”

The winner Estrada expects a world challenge next and was very satisfied with the contest.

“It’s was a good fight. Whenever you have two Mexicans in the ring you are going to have a good fight,” said Estrada. “Orucuta was taller than I am and very physical.”

It was like watching two other Mexican warriors, Carlos Zarate and Alfonso Zamora, 40 years ago in the same arena. In that fight Zarate won by knockout and a riot ensued. No riot took place on this Saturday.

Draw

In a slow moving fight Donnie Nietes (41-1-5, 23 KOs) attempt to win a third division world title was put on hold after his match with fellow Filipino Aston Palicte (24-2-1, 9 KOs) ended in a split draw. Their 12 round slow motion affair was for the vacant WBO super flyweight world title.

“Of course I won the fight. I’m very disappointed. I dealt with his height perfectly I hurt him and I controlled the fight. I wanted to unify. Now I can’t even leave the ring with my belt,” said Nietes.

Nietes seemed to be in control against the much taller Palicte but the lack of action may have allowed the fight to be in question. No knockdowns were scored and the world title remains vacant.

Ioka

Japan’s Kazuto Ioka (23-1, 13 KOs) showed little rust from a year absence to knock down and out-punch Puerto Rico’s McWilliams Arroyo (17-4, 14 KOs) and win the vacant WBC Silver super flyweight after 10 rounds.

It was an exciting slugfest.

Ioka caught Arroyo with a stiff right counter that floored the Puerto Rican fighter in the third round. The Japanese fighter began with a nonstop attack to the body and then moved it upward in the second half.

Though Arroyo had better success in the last five rounds of the fight, Ioka proved very elusive when necessary and was able to find the openings of the Boricua fighter. After 10 rounds the scores were 99-90, 97-92 twice all for Ioka.

“Very appreciative of the opportunity to fight in the US, this is exactly how I hoped it would be, the atmosphere was fantastic,” said Ioka. “The fight was exactly what I expected according to plan. I want to fight again on Superfly 4.”

Arroyo was gracious in defeat.

“A real tough fighter I thought it was a closer fight. I knew he was a top quality opponent and really showed me in the ring that’s what he is,” said Arroyo. “This was my third time fighting here against quality opponents. I look forward to more.”

360 Promotions director Tom Loeffler said that Ioka will most definitely return to the next Superfly series possibly in March 2019.

“He was very impressive especially since he had a year off,” said Loeffler of Ioka. “He was coming up two weight divisions against a tough fighter like Arroyo.”

Other Bouts

Mexico’s Brenda Flores (13-4-1) masterfully used a counter-punching scheme to out-box the constant rushes by Louisa Hawton (8-2) before a loud and supportive audience. It was reminiscent of last February when Anahi Torres handed the Aussie her first pro loss.

“I was a little afraid that because she was signed with the promoter of the fight card, that things would not go well,” said Flores. “But after every round I felt I showed enough to win.”

Though Mexican fighters are known more for being aggressive, it was counter-punches that Flores utilized from the start. And she was successful. But Hawton felt she was the winner.

“She was on the run, I had her on her back foot,” said Hawton who is a former light flyweight world titlist. “I was pressuring her every round.”

Alexandru Marin (17-0, 11 KOs) edged Bruno Escalante (17-4-1, 7 KOs) to win the IBF Inter-Continental super flyweight title by split decision after 10 rounds.

Jonathan Esquivel (7-0, 7 KOs) floored Joan Valenzuela (5-10-1) twice in winning by knockout at 1:51 of the first round in a middleweight fight. Esquivel fights out of Anaheim, Calif.

Joselito Velasquez (6-0, 5 KOs) was the winner by unanimous decision after six rounds in a flyweight contest versus Jose Alfredo Flores (6-7, 3 KOs). All three judges scored it 60-54 for Velasquez who fights out of Oaxaca, Mexico.

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Bohachuk KOs Unlucky Number 13 in Hollywood

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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

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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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