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UNDEFEATED NO MORE Castellanos Takes Out Ronny Rios in Indio



INDIO, Ca.-With only one stretcher available, one fallen fighter needed to walk out of the ring with assistance because it had just been used for Santa Ana’s Ronny Rios, who was knocked out by Mexico’s Robinson Castellanos in the previous fight on Friday.

It was a stunning upset to see Rios dazed and bewildered as Mexico’s Castellanos landed powerful blows beginning in the first round at Fantasy Springs Casino. It was the main event and most expected the kid from Orange County to maintain his undefeated streak. Not on Friday.

Rios (23-1, 10 Kos) is managed by Frank Espinoza, who had guided his career like a master navigator. He also manages Antonio Orozco, who was also matched against a top level boxer. It was a crossroads fight for both fighters. On this day Orozco passed and Rios did not.

A Castellanos (20-10, 13 Kos) overhand right dropped Rios in the first round and he was on wobbly legs for the entire first round. The fight could have been stopped as Rios staggered and swayed for the remaining minute plus, but he survived. For the next four rounds he rallied a bit, but Castellanos used his experience and his long left jab to snap Rios’ head back viciously. Punches kept coming until 11 seconds into round 5, when the referee wisely stopped the fight.

Rios left on an ambulance. No information on his health was available at press time.


Antonio Orozco defeated former world champion Steve “Two Pounds” Forbes, a pro’s pro. It was a heated fight for the first four rounds but slowly the fight’s complexion changed as Orozco’s strength and stamina took over and Forbes couldn’t match it.

“I was set up to throw some big shots but he kept working with small shots,” said Forbes, who has fought many world champions, including Oscar De La Hoya. “He pressured a bit, but more important kept throwing. He was smart.”

It was an important fight for Orozco, who needed a win over someone that had lived and fought in the A level. Forbes is known for his skill and chin and defensive prowess. During these past few years those boxers wishing to pass through Gate A toward the elite fighters must fight Forbes. Orozco was successful because he was able to use his youthful tools to manipulate through the web of defenses that Forbes can toss at any opponent much like the Marvel character Dr. Strange can toss spells. The San Diego fighter cut through those webs by mounting a machine gun attack and did not resort to cannon fire. Everyone knows you can’t knock out Forbes.

“I fight to win. I tried to land big shots but he was strong,” said Forbes, who now lives and trains in Los Angeles. “He’s a big kid.”

De La Hoya

Diego De La Hoya (7-0, 5 Kos) simply out-quicked fellow Mexican Luis Ruiz (5-3-1) in a six round super bantamweight clash. De La Hoya was moving and firing punches at 100 mph and Ruiz was at the legal speed limit of 70.

The youngster who trains with Indio’s Joel Diaz was more defensive in this fight and was able to avoid most of Ruiz’s shots. Even when standing right in front the taller Ruiz, the lightning fists of De La Hoya seemed to ooze confidence away from Ruiz each round.

After six rounds it was obvious that De La Hoya won each and every round and he did 60-54 on all three cards.

Mexico’s Tony Gutierrez (16-0-1, 7 Kos) won by majority decision over Dashon Johnson (15-16-3), who exposed the lack of speed by the Tijuana fighter. But Johnson took his foot off the pedal and allowed the illusion that Gutierrez was winning rounds by staying inside and allowing the Antonio Margarito-like fighter to fire punches.

Santiago Guevara beat Rocco Espinoza to the punch for two rounds, then seemed to get tired. That allowed Las Vegas’ Espinoza to fight his style and though he lost every round according to the judges, it was a more competitive fight. The scores were 40-36 for Guevara.

Oscar Negrete (8-0, 3 Kos) of Colombia defeated Salvador Perez (2-6-2) by knockout at 1:55 of round two. A left to the body did the job in the super bantamweight match up.

Neeco Macias (7-0, 3 Kos) knocked out Roberto Crespo (4-5) at the end of round two. Crespo could not answer the bell for round three.

The last fight of the night was between two junior welterweights with three pro fights between them. Jesus Delgado (2-0-1, 1 KO) fired a wide left hook behind the ear of Chula Vista’s Joan Valenzuela (1-1) and down he went for more than a minute. Sadly, the stretcher had been taken to transport Rios so Valenzuela lay on the canvas for several minutes and then was escorted arm in arm to the dressing room.

The next Golden Boy fight card at Fantasy Springs Casino is planned for Nov. 13. Jojo Diaz will be the main event and he will be joined on the card by Diego De La Hoya and Julian Ramirez.


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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.

Other Bouts

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.



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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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