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Gervonta Davis In Court Sept 19th

Baltimore area media outlets and boxing sites are reporting that former IBF world lightweight champ Gervonta Davis was in court to face assault charges.



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Gervonta Davis In Court Sept 19th – Several Baltimore area media outlets and boxing sites are reporting that former IBF world junior lightweight champion Gervonta Davis was in court this week to face assault charges.

Apparently, an incident took place on August 1st that led to charges being filed against Davis> Further details, including  who filed the charge, are not currently available. He was in court on September 19th and made bail and his next scheduled court date is set for October 19th.

This may be the start of a legal can of worms for Davis, as one report says Maryland court records revealed eight active investigations involving Davis, of which four are driving offenses. Davis is from Baltimore.

The 22 year old Davis won the IBF belt in January of this year and he was considered one of the crown jewels of Floyd Mayweather Jr’s “The Money Team” roster. Davis shined in a May title defense in England where he waxed Liam Walsh in three rounds but he struggled to put away upstart Costa Rican Francisco Fonseca on the undercard of Mayweather vs McGregor in his last outing on August 16th.

Perhaps the August 1st incident was on his mind, but Davis lost his IBF belt before the Fonseca fight when he failed to make weight. During the fight, the Showtime broadcast team that included Paulie Malignaggi alluded to Davis’ being affected by his move to Las Vegas.

It will be interesting to see what happens next for Davis. The Fonseca camp has been lobbying for a re-match but that may be further away from happening now. That will become clearer when the exact nature of what Davis is facing is known. Stay tuned here at TSS for more details on this breaking story.


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Philly Guys Jennings and Hart Take Different Paths to TKOs in Atlantic City



ATLANTIC CITY, N.J.—Heavyweight Bryant Jennings and super middleweight Jesse Hart are from the same hardscrabble North Philadelphia neighborhood, but their methods of attaining the desired result can hardly be described as similar. The more cerebral Jennings, a vegan who years ago swore off red meat, prefers the strategic approach, patiently taking his time to execute a fight plan and waiting to capitalize on openings in an opponent’s defense that don’t always come early or often. Hart, son of 1970s Philly knockout artist Eugene “Cyclone” Hart, has much of his dad’s trademark eagerness to take care of business as quickly and emphatically as possible. He fights with the impatience of a man whose hair is on fire, or with the realization he is double-parked outside the arena and the meter maid is just down the street.

But circumstances have a way of rewriting a prepared script on the fly, which is why Jennings, on the wrong end of a flash fourth-round flooring by the very large Alexander Dimitrenko, fought with a heightened sense of urgency in registering a ninth-round technical knockout in the main event of Saturday night’s Top Rank on ESPN card in Ovation Hall at the Ocean Resort Casino, formerly known as the Revel. He dropped the 6-foot-7, 257-pound Dimitrenko twice in the eighth round, and finished off the 20-1 underdog with a ripping right uppercut that sent him crashing to the canvas again in the climactic ninth. Although Dimitrenko beat the count, referee Al Huggins stepped in and waved the bout to a conclusion after an elapsed time of one minute, 56 seconds, to the displeasure of many of the 2,543 spectators in attendance as well as Dimitrenko, who vainly argued that he was fighting back and the stoppage was premature.

“I was in the fight,” complained Dimitrenko, 36, who held advantages of four inches in height and 32 pounds over the 33-year-old, more-sculpted Jennings. “I wanted to continue. I don’t know why the referee stopped it.”

All signs, however, pointed to the ending being the same had Huggins delayed a bit before stepping in. After Dimitrenko sent a surprised Jennings onto one knee with an overhand right in the fourth round, it was if a message had been sent and received by the Philadelphian and his trainer, John David Jackson, that it might be time to ratchet up the pressure to thwart any possibility of an upset being sprung.

“I was prepared for a tough 12 rounds,” Jennings (24-2, 14 KOs) allowed. “I did what I had to do. I was in great shape. He’s a big dude, and he’s not as slow as I thought. I made adjustments and got the job done.”

The long odds against Dimitrenko (41-4, 26 KOs) might have owed in part to the fact that the card was loaded with Philly-area fighters, all of whom seemed to bring their own cheering sections of fans who no doubt laid down some wagers in the casino’s newly opened sports book. In addition to Jennings and Hart (25-1, 21 KOs), who dismissed Mike Gavronski (24-3-1, 15 KOs) in three one-sided rounds, other winners included Philly bantamweight Christian Carto (16-0, 11 KOs), Camden, N.J., lightweight Jason Sosa (21-3-4, 15 KOs), Allentown, Pa., lightweight Joseph Adorno (9-0, 9 KOs) and Atlantic City super welterweight homeboy Thomas “Cornflake” LaManna (26-2-1, 9 KOs). In the top non-televised undercard bout, but one that was available via the ESPN+ app, 2016 Olympic silver medalist Shakur Stevenson (8-0, 4 KOs), from Newark, N.J., played it safe in pitching a dull eight-round shutout at Mexico’s Carlos Ruiz (16-5-2, 6 KOs).

Top Rank has down-the-road hopes for Jennings, who came away not only with Dimitrenko’s IBF International championship but also the vacant NABO title. But those fringe belts are worth little except maybe to hold Jennings’ pants up. What Jennings seeks is another shot at a widely recognized world title, his only previous bid for such coming on a unanimous-decision loss to IBF/WBA/WBO champ Wladimir Klitschko on April 25, 2015. Some would say he had a second crack at the big prize, losing to Luis Ortiz on a seventh-round TKO eight months after his points loss to Klitschko, but that was for an “interim” world title from the shameless WBA, which dispenses bejeweled belts as if they were gumballs from a convenience-store machine.

To hear Jackson tell it, Jennings might need another  three or four “learning-experience” bouts against an increasingly higher caliber of opposition before he is fully primed to test himself against the division’s best of the best, the current kings of the heavyweight ring IBF/WBA/WBO champ Anthony Joshua and WBC ruler Deontay Wilder. Jackson had said that he hoped Jennings would display a more effective inside game against Dimitrenko, and that exclamation-point uppercut – a weapon best utilized at close quarters – suggests another passing mark.

Punch statistics compiled by CompuBox, never the most accurate gauge of what transpires inside the ropes, were conclusive enough as Jennings found the target on 122 of 284, an impressive 43 percent, with Dimitrenko landing just 47 of 256, or 18.4 percent.

“In the fifth and sixth I had to grab the momentum back,” Jennings said. “I sensed him tiring. I didn’t get a chance to counter the way I wanted to, but I think tonight I (would have) beat Ortiz.”

Hart would not appear to require any more learning experiences to get what he most seeks, which is a rematch with the only man to defeat him, WBO 168-pound champ Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez (38-0, 25 KOs), who won a close unanimous decision on Sept. 22, 2017. Since both Hart and Ramirez are promoted by Top Rank, and Hart is already ranked No. 1 by the WBO, a do-over would seem to be in order, but Hart claims the champion is intentionally dragging his feet.

“That’s who I want,” Hart said when asked if he is targeting Ramirez. “Give me a chance to redeem myself. He’s talking about moving up to 175. Why? I’m right here! Come on, man. Stop with the excuses. I’m right here in front of you.”

Also in front of Hart, but not for long, was Gavronski, a 32-year-old from Tacoma, Wash., whose impressive record looks better on paper than it did in the ring. After Hart wobbled Gavronski with an overhand right in the opening round of the scheduled 10-rounder, the outcome was not so much a matter of “if” as “when.”

“When I looked at his eyes after the first knockdowns (of two, both coming in the third round), he got real scared,” Hart assessed. “He started holding, grabbing. He was fighting for survival.

“After that first round, when I hurt him, he wasn’t committing to any of his punches. That’s why I was walking straight to him. I was, like, `C’mon, fight!’ When I hit a guy, his whole reaction changes.”

Arguably the most entertaining bouts, in terms of two-way action, were Carto’s eight-round unanimous decision over 35-year-old Mexican Javier Gallo (25-16-1, 13 KOs), who took everything the more talented winner threw at him and tossed some right back at him. In the walkout bout, Sosa got nearly as good as he got from uppercut-tossing Puerto Rican Reynaldo Blanco (14-5, 8 KOs), but the two knockdowns Sosa registered in the eighth and final round eliminated whatever suspense might have been on the scorecards through seven.

In other bouts, Toronto, Canada-based Ukrainian heavyweight Oleksandr Teslenko (14-0, 11 KOs) floored Avery Gibson (9-9-4, 3 KOs) in the first round en route to a clinch-filled six-round unanimous decision; Adorno needed only 99 seconds to blast out Agustine Mauras (6-5-3, 3 KOs) in the first round, and LaManna notched an eight-round UD over the willing Matthew Strode (25-7, 9 KOs), of Marion, S.C.

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L.A. Fight Results: Akhmedov Keeps WBA Inter-Continental Title



LOS ANGELES-Russia’s Batyr Akhmedov survived a knockdown and mounted a furious rally to retain the WBA Inter-Continental super lightweight title by knockout of Ismael Barroso in a battle between southpaws on Saturday evening.

It was Akhmedov’s first defense of the title.

Despite only five total pro fights Akhmedov (5-0, 4 KOs) kept a hold on the title with a ninth round knockout of Venezuela’s Barroso (20-3-2, 19 KOs) at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel. It was not televised.

Trained by Joel Diaz in Indio, the Russian boxer was floored by Barroso with a counter left cross in the third round during a savage exchange of blows. He managed to survive by relying on his amateur style of running side to side. But that amateur style is what got him in trouble in the first place. During the exchange he went straight back and was caught with a long left counter.

Diaz warned him of moving straight back and loudly told him to stay in a low crouch. The tactics worked.

Akhmedov, 27, began attacking more aggressively and staying in the pocket longer. Slowly but surely he began mounting points round by round with quick combinations and effective lead left crosses. He gained confidence in every round.

Barroso, 35, was always dangerous in the title fight and though Akhmedov was winning every round after being dropped, each round saw both show dangerous speed and power in their blows.

In the ninth round Barroso looked to turn things around but was met with a strong left to the body and down he went for the count at 1:06 into the round. Akhmedov won by knockout and retains a hold on the WBA title.

Other Bouts

Pomona’s Israel Mercado (5-0) knocked out Thomas Herrera (9-20-1) at 19 seconds into the fourth round in a lightweight match. Four consecutive overhand rights floored the rugged Herrera and down he went.

Philippine’s John Lee Dato (6-0-1) ended the four round fight against Michael Gaxiola (4-16) with a rapid-fire eight punch combination that forced referee Sharon Sands to stop the featherweight contest at 1:47 of the fourth round.

Bakersfield’s Giovanni Noriega (2-2-1) knocked out debuting Joel Bermudez (0-1) at 2:11 of the first round. A counter right floored East L.A.’s Bermudez early in the round and he beat the count. But another right cross and two more blows staggered Bermudez again and referee Lou Moret stopped the fight giving Noriega the win by knockout.

Debuting heavyweights were evenly matched and proved it as Siala Siliga (0-0-1) and Mark Bradford (0-0-1) both knocked each other down in a four round fight. Bradford scored the first knockdown in the first round with a counter right cross. Then, Siliga scored a knockdown with a left hook in the third round. All three judges scored it 37-37 for a draw.

A super welterweight match saw Bertin Ngnibogha (2-0) defeat Bakersfield’s Derrick Clayton (1-2) by decision after four action packed rounds. Clayton showed a good chin in absorbing numerous overhand rights. Though Clayton has a strong left jab he took too many blows from Ngnibogha who was able to use his legs to move in and out of trouble.

Escondido’s Jonathan Espino (2-2) floored L.A.’s Arthur Saakyan (3-1) in the first round with a counter left hook during an exchange of blows. Saakyan beat the count. In the second round Saakyan tried to mount a rally and was met with a counter right cross and his legs wobbled badly. Referee Lou Moret stopped at the fight at 1:27 of the second round.

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Fast Results From Belfast: Fury UD 10; Frampton TKO’s Jackson




Carl Frampton dreamed about displaying his wares in historic Windsor Park, the home of Northern Ireland’s national soccer team, and when the day finally came he was upstaged by a big galoot from across the Irish Sea in Manchester. The locals may have been more interested in seeing Frampton and his Belfast buddy Paddy Barnes, but globally the fulcrum of the show was Tyson Fury who appeared in a supporting bout against former sparring partner Francesco Pianeta.

At the weigh-in, Fury, who turned 30 this week, tipped the scale at 258 pounds, 18 pounds lighter than 10 weeks ago when he launched his comeback. Pianeta, four inches shorter than Fury at 6’5”, weighed a career high 254 ½, quite a departure from Fury’s first comeback opponent, Sefir Sefiri, a pipsqueak by comparison.

Fury vs. Pianeta went the full 10 and although Fury won every round, the self-styled Gypsy King did nothing to temper the opinion of those that don’t fancy his chances against Deontay Wilder. Pianeta seldom let his hands go in what was an uneventful and rather boring fight, and Fury’s punches carried little steam.

After the fight, Fury said that his performance was calculated to get in rounds and shed more ring rust. After the fight, both Wilder and Frank Warren, Fury’s promoter, said that Wilder vs. Fury was a done deal and that the date and venue would be firmed up in the coming week. Insiders expect the bout to transpire in November in Las Vegas.


The rains came and came hard midway through the Fury-Pianeta fight and continued into the evening but that didn’t dim the enthusiasm of Carl Frampton’s supporters who welcomed him into the ring with a thunderous ovation. And Frampton, a former two-weight world champion, didn’t disappoint in his bout with the Aussie Luke Jackson, a scheduled 12-rounder for an interim WBC belt.

Jackson, who was 16-0 coming in, was game to the very end, but he was systematically broken down by Frampton who was the stronger man with heavier hands. In round eight, Frampton knocked Jackson to his knees with a harsh left hook to the rib cage and one could sense that the outclassed Aussie wasn’t likely to last the distance. The end came in the next round when Frampton landed another hard body shot followed by a looping left hand that snapped Jackson’s head back. At virtually that same moment, a towel came flying into the ring from Jackson’s corner. The official time was 1:21 of round nine.

Frampton improved to 26-1 with his 16th stoppage. He is expected to challenge IBF featherweight title holder Josh Warrington in December.

Paddy Barnes

A wicked body shot also factored into Paddy Barnes’ fight with defending WBC world flyweight champion Cristofer Rosales, but this punch left the crowd crestfallen.

Rosales (26-3, 19 KOs) ended matters in the fourth round with a wicked body punch that left Barnes on the canvas, writhing in pain, unable to beat the count.

Barnes, who had only five pro fights under his belt but a sterling amateur pedigree, bit off more than he could chew. The bookies weren’t fooled as Nicaragua’s Rosales, eight years the younger man at age twenty-three, opened a 5/2 favorite.

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