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Amir “King” Khan Decisively Beats Carlos Molina in L.A.



LOS ANGLES-Amir “King” Khan dominated with his speed and stopped Southern California’s Carlos Molina to hand him his first defeat. Khan also proved he’s ready for a rematch with his conqueror Danny Garcia for the junior welterweight world title.

Khan (27-3, 19 Kos) defeated Norwalk’s Molina (17-1-1, 7 Kos) by using his blistering speed and movement before more than 6,000 fans at the L.A. Sports Arena. The difference in size and speed proved too much but there were moments for Molina.

“I knew I got him with a couple of shots and he still came forward,” said Khan. “He came to win.”

Khan erupted with his hand speed and caught Molina with precise combinations that reddened the left eye of the Southern Californian. Molina fought off several attacks and managed to land a left hook flush in the first round.

Molina gave Khan a taste of his power and stunned the fleet British fighter in the second round with a counter right hand and a left hook. But Khan used his impressive speedy combinations to out punch Molina over three minutes.

“The plan was to jab and fight patiently,” Khan said. “I decided to stick to the plan.”

Khan seemed to take the fifth round off and allowed Molina to unload a couple of solid combinations. The left hook did most of the scoring in round five for Molina who also used the jab to get closer to the speedy Khan. Molina’s face was getting redder each round from absorbing the Khan combinations.

After the first seven rounds Khan slipped into cruise control and fought when he wanted to fight by erupting into blistering combinations that strafed Molina’s face. The local fighter continued to look for that perfect opening that seldom came. A few left hook counters worked but nothing to shock Khan’s equilibrium. At the end of the 10th, Molina’s father stepped on the apron and signaled to referee Jack Reiss to end the fight. Khan was declared the winner by technical knockout.

“I don’t know what happened. I tried to pull the trigger and I couldn’t,” said Molina. “I didn’t do my job.”

All three judges had Khan winning all 10 rounds.

Other bouts
In a battle between Mexican border town fighters Alfredo “Perro” Angulo (22-2, 18 Kos) of Mexicali out-slugged Tijuana’s Jorge Silva (18-3-2, 14 Kos) after 10 rounds of a brutal junior middleweight contest.

Silva started quickly in the first round by landing several overhand right bombs that seemed to catch Angulo by surprise. But after that, Angulo began to find the remedy for the muscular Tijuana fighter by shortening his punches and going to the body. It worked. After 10 rounds of back and forth exchanges, all three judges scored it for Angulo 97-93. No knockdowns were scored.

“I felt a little sluggish. That’s why I was a little slower,” said Angulo. “I threw a lot of punches and he took a lot of shots.”

The popular Angulo, who formerly lived in Indio, seemed sharper as the fight proceeded. Now promoted by Golden Boy, the Mexicali native hopes to get an opportunity to fight WBC junior middleweight titlist Saul “Canelo” Alvarez by next year.

Veteran Julio Diaz (40-7-1, 29 Kos) continued his assault against the younger welterweight prospects and contenders and this time had to settle for a draw against undefeated Shawn Porter (20-0-1, 14 Kos) after 10 back and forth rounds.

Diaz, a former two-time lightweight world champion, has found the heavier 147-pound division to his liking and nearly toppled Porter, a fighter known for his strength and speed. After Porter took the first three rounds by volume punching, Diaz began to time the assaults and unloading some accurate counter shots. From then on Diaz began accumulating rounds from the inside. After 10 back and forth rounds the fight was ruled a split draw 96-94 for Porter, 96-94 for Diaz and 95-95 for the draw.

Former Olympic heavyweight boxer Deontay Wilder (26-0, 26 Kos) knocked out Florida’s Kevin Price (13-1, 6 Kos) to win the battle of undefeated heavyweights. A one-two combination by Wilder caught Price flush in the jaw and sent him down in sections. Referee Ray Corona stopped the fight at 51 seconds of round three.

Middleweight prospect Chris Pearson (7-0, 6 Kos) of Ohio proved too sharp for Las Vegas boxer Yusmani Abreu (3-6-1). After five rounds Abreu’s corner stopped the fight at the end of the fifth round to give Pearson the technical knockout win.

Daytime fight card.
Southern California’s IBF bantamweight titlist Leo Santa Cruz pounded his way to victory and amateur champion Joe Diaz won his pro debut on Saturday afternoon.

It was only a month ago that Santa Cruz (23-0-1, 13 Kos) last fought, but with an opportunity to fight on a CBS televised fight card, the Golden Boy Promotions fighter accepted the challenge against the undefeated Alberto Guevara (16-1, 6 Kos) and handed him his first defeat.

Mexico’s Guevara was confident of victory before the fight but after the fifth round a long right cross by Santa Cruz caught the challenger flush. From that point on the complexion of the fight changed and slowly the energy sapped from Guevara.

“He hurt me in the fifth round,” said Guevara, who had never fought in the U.S. “But I hurt him in round 12.”

Santa Cruz re-injured his nose that was broken in his prior fight last month at the Staples Center, but was able to maintain pressure on the elusive Guevara. During the last six rounds the constant pressure and attack to Guevara’s body seemed to wilt the Mexican fighter. Santa Cruz felt he could have done more but wasn’t 100 percent healthy.

“I couldn’t breathe so I couldn’t perform my best,” said Santa Cruz who also hurt his right hand during the fight. ‘I switched southpaw because I hurt my right hand.”

The Los Angeles-based fighter, who is the youngest of the fighting Santa Cruz brothers, continued to attack relentlessly and never allowed Guevara to set up his punches. It was a clean sweep of the last six rounds for Santa Cruz according to two of the three ringside judges. But all were unanimous in giving the fight to the defending champion 116-112, 118-110, 119-109.

London Olympian Joseph Diaz (1-0) was the clear victor in his match against Minnesota’s Vicente Alfaro (5-3) after four rounds of a featherweight bout. Diaz, a southpaw who fights out of South El Monte, was the stronger fighter and never allowed his opponent to get going. A Diaz right hooked floored Alfaro in round four but he beat the count. All three judges scored it 40-35 for Diaz in his pro debut.

Olympian Errol Spence Jr. (2-0, 2 Kos) pounded out Richard Andrews (5-3-3) of Virginia at 34 seconds of round two in a junior middleweight fight set for four rounds. The southpaw Spence had all of the advantages including height and speed and forced referee Tom Taylor to end the one-sided fight.


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Fast Results From London: Joshua Takes Out Povetkin in the 7th



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It was a very wet night at Wembley Stadium, but the dampness didn’t diminish the enthusiasm of the crowd which welcomed UK sporting hero Anthony Joshua into the ring with a thunderous ovation. And Joshua didn’t disappoint. After six relatively even rounds, he found his range in the seventh and became the first man to stop Alexander Povetkin. A three punch combo that began with an overhand right sent Povetkin sprawling into the ropes. The Russian beat the count, but Joshua smelled blood and as soon as the ref allowed the proceedings to continue he moved in for the kill. The official time was 1:59.

Povetkin started fast and in the eyes of many observers won the first three rounds. A sharp right hand in the waning seconds of round one reddened Joshua’s nose which leaked blood in the next round. The tide began to turn in round four when Povetkin suffered a cut above his left eye.

Povetkin (now 34-2), was the lighter man by 23 pounds. Joshua had a four inch height advantage and a seven inch reach advantage. And it mattered greatly that AJ was the younger man by 10-plus years. Povetkin wasn’t intimidated by Joshua and had several good moments but, at age 39, his reflexes betrayed him once the fight had crossed the midpoint.

Joshua, who owns three of the four meaningful heavyweight title belts, improved to 22-0 with his 21st stoppage. His next fight is penciled in for April 13 of next year against an opponent to be determined. His promoter Eddie Hearn has reserved that date at Wembley Stadium.

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In a 12-round lightweight bout, Joshua’s Olympic Games teammate and fellow gold medalist Luke Campbell (19-2) avenged the first loss of his career with a unanimous decision (119-109, 118-111,116-112) over France’s Yvan Mendy (40-5-1). This was Campbell’s second start since coming up short in a bid for Jorge Linares’s lightweight title and his first fight under his new trainer Shane McGuigan.

In their first meeting in December of 2015 at London’s O2 Arena, Mendy won a split decision that should have been unanimous. Campbell insisted that he had improved greatly in the interim and tonight’s fight bore witness. However, he needs to develop a harder punch to rank among the top lightweights in the world, a list headed by Mikey Garcia. As this fight was framed as a WBC title eliminator, Campbell is next in line to meet Garcia, but Mikey has indicated that he will pursue bigger game.

Lawrence Okolie, a 2016 Olympian who trains with Anthony Joshua, won a Lonsdale belt in only his 10th pro start with a 12-round decision over defending BBBofC cruiserweight champion Matty Askin in a messy fight. The undefeated Okolie had a point deducted in round five for leading with his head and had two more points deducted for holding, but banked enough rounds to get the nod on all three cards: 116-110, 114-112, and 114-113. Askin, who declined to 23-4-1, had won five straight heading in.

A 10-round heavyweight match between Sergey Kuzmin (13-0, 1 NC) and David Price (22-6) ended suddenly when Price retired on his stool after four relatively even rounds. The six-foot-eight, china-chinned Price claimed to have aggravated a biceps tear.

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Michael Dutchover Remains Undefeated in Ontario, Calif.

Transplanted Texan Michael Dutchover needed a little time to figure out Costa Rican Bergman Aguilar but when he did it was over quickly on Friday.



Michael Dutchover

ONTARIO-Calif.-Transplanted Texan Michael Dutchover needed a little time to figure out Costa Rican Bergman Aguilar but when he did it was over quickly on Friday.

Lightweight prospect Dutchover (11-0, 8 KOs) knocked out southpaw Aguilera (14-4-1, 4 KOs) in the fifth round with a barrage of body blows that left the Costa Rican limp at the Doubletree Hotel.

For two rounds Aguilar used an awkward counter-punching style that had Dutchover a little tentative. But once he figured out that combination punching was the key, he opened up with barrages and floored Aguilar with body shots at the end of round four.

That signaled doom for Aguilar.

The fifth round saw Dutchover target the body with impunity as Aguilar tried holding, running and covering up with no success. Referee Wayne Hedgepeth signaled the fight over at 2:31 of the fifth round giving Dutchover the win by knockout.

In a bantamweight clash Santa Ana’s Mario Hernandez (7-0-1, 3 KOs) and Mexico City’s Ivan Gonzalez (4-1-2, 1 KO) fought to a majority draw after six back and forth rounds.

Hernandez targeted the body against the taller Gonzalez who relied on long range counters. Both found success but neither could prove superiority after six turbulent rounds.

After six rounds one judge saw it 58-56 for Gonzalez but the two other judges saw it 57-57 for a majority draw.

Other bouts

South Central L.A.’s Ruben Torres (7-0, 6 KOs) extended his undefeated streak with a knockout over Mexico’s Eder “El Koreano” Amaro (6-6, 2 KOs) in a lightweight fight. But it wasn’t easy.

Amaro switched from southpaw to orthodox and was matching Torres for two rounds until the taller local fighter began blasting away to the body and head with precision. Many in the crowd cheered “Koreano” in unison but it couldn’t help once Torres zeroed in.

At the end of the fourth round Amaro could not continue and the fight was stopped giving a knockout for Torres.

Richard Brewart Jr. (2-0) mowed through Edward Aceves (0-5) flooring him with body shots in the first round then overwhelming him in the second. After seven unanswered blows referee Eddie Hernandez stopped the fight at 1:32 of round two giving Rancho Cucamonga’s Brewart the win by knockout in the super welterweight bout.

Southpaw David Ortiz (1-0) won his pro debut by unanimous decision after four rounds in a welterweight match against San Diego’s Mario Angeles (2-11-2). Ortiz lives in Bloomington, Calif. and is trained by Henry Ramirez. No knockdowns were scored.

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Charr-Oquendo Scuttled When Charr Tests Positive; the Odious WBA Saves Face



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Manuel Charr and Fres Oquendo were scheduled to fight in Cologne, Germany, later this month (Sept. 29). Charr would be defending his WBA world heavyweight title, the “regular” version of it, not the “super” version which rests in the hands of Anthony Joshua.

The bout was quickly cancelled when it was revealed that Charr had tested positive for two banned anabolic steroids. The test was performed by VADA, the anti-doping agency identified with Las Vegas neurologist Dr. Margaret Goodman.

The 33-year-old Charr, born in Lebanon but a resident of Germany since the age of three, won the belt in his last start with a unanimous decision over 281-pound Russian behemoth Alexander Ustinov in Oberhausen, Germany. The title was vacant. Charr won the right to fight for it with a 10-round decision over Albanian slug Sefer Seferi. The victory over Ustinov elevated his record to 31-4. He has been stopped three times, by Vitali Klitschko, Alexander Povetkin, and Mairis Briedis.

If it wasn’t for bad luck, as the old saying goes, Fres Oquendo wouldn’t have any luck at all. For various reasons, his fights keep falling out. Before long he’ll be drawing social security. Well, not exactly, but he turned 45 in April and hasn’t fought in more than four years.

Oquendo has competed for this belt before. In his last ring appearance in July of 2014, he lost a majority decision to Russia’s Ruslan Chagaev in Grozny, Russia. As a concession for taking the fight on short notice, Team Oquendo negotiated a rematch clause in the contract, but a shoulder injury prevented Fres from activating it. When the injury healed, he had to go to court to compel Chagaev to fulfill his obligation. But then the Russian retired, muddling the water.

The WBA was legally bound to find Oquendo a title fight and in desperation turned to ancient Shannon Briggs. But the Oquendo-Briggs fight, scheduled for June 3 of last year in Hollywood, Florida, fell out when Briggs’ urine specimen showed an abnormally high level of testosterone.

Fres Oquendo was dogged by bad luck even before these recent developments. His professional record, 37-8, is somewhat misleading as six of his eight defeats were razor-thin including his 2003 setback to Chris Byrd and his 2006 setback to Evander Holyfield. However, Oquendo, something of a cutie, was never a crowd-pleaser and in none of his narrow defeats was there a public clamor for a rematch.

The cancellation of Charr-Oquendo cuts the World Boxing Association out of a sanctioning fee, but one would think that the WBA honchos are actually rather pleased by this turn of events. The fight, more precisely the WBA’s world title imprimatur, would have brought more unwanted publicity to the Panama-based organization.

ESPN’s Dan Rafael, who has the largest platform of any boxing writer, has been a persistent critic of the organization which once recognized 41 “champions” in 17 weight classes. In 2009, Rafael wrote, “(The WBA) has become such an absolute farce that even somebody like me, who follows boxing closely, sometimes has a hard time keeping track of all the nonsensical so-called world title belts the WBA has been doling out at an alarming rate. It almost reminds me of the ladies at Costco who hand out various samples on a busy Saturday afternoon.”

Rafael took note when WBA president Gilberto Mendoza promised to cull the herd by eliminating “regular” titles, and then became more caustic when Mendoza didn’t follow through. Recently, in one short, punchy diatribe, Rafael blistered the WBA as wretched, vile, and rancid.

Regardless of your opinion, it’s hard not to feel sorry for Fres Oquendo who keeps getting stranded at the altar. No, he’s not fun to watch and a man of his age shouldn’t be taking any more punches, but he has always been an honest workman and by all accounts he’s a very decent man. Born in Puerto Rico but raised in Chicago, Oquendo pitched right in when the island nation of his birth was ravaged by Hurricane Maria. He was personally responsible for relocating Puerto Rican boxing legend Wilfred Benitez and Benitez’s sister, his caregiver, to Chicago where their lives wouldn’t be as hard.

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