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Avila Perspective, Chap. 199: Usyk-Joshua II, Navarrete-Baez, Figueroa-Lipinets and More

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It’s beginning to be a habit.

Once again Anthony Joshua attempts to right a wrong when he faces Oleksandr Usyk to regain the heavyweight titles. We’ve heard this all before.

“It’s a must-win fight. Preparations have been tough, but I like the pressure,” said Joshua.

Ukraine’s Usyk (19-0, 13 KOs) defends the IBF, WBA, WBO titles against England’s Joshua (24-2, 22 KOs) on Saturday Aug. 20, at Jedda, Saudi Arabia. DAZN will stream the Matchroom Boxing card.

It was almost a year ago when Usyk extracted the heavyweight titles from Joshua with a blend of surprising inside attacks mixed with high technical maneuvering. It caught Joshua off-balance once again as it did when he lost to Andy Ruiz in June 2019.

The physical specimen Joshua was forced to resort to jab and run tactics to avenge his loss to Ruiz and was successful in the rematch.

But will those tactics work with Usyk, a clever and resourceful boxer?

“We learned from each other in that first fight. This is a continuation and the first round on Saturday will be round 13,” said Usyk.

Usyk, a former undisputed cruiserweight world champion, moved up to heavyweight and dared challenge the dangerous heavyweights. Now he holds all the belts except the WBC which Tyson Fury possesses for the moment.

The only question remaining for the current champion Usyk are his concerns for family and loves ones due to the war with Russia that is taking place in his homeland Ukraine.

“He made his decision to take the rematch in these circumstances after he had received massive support from his Ukrainian compatriots,” said Alexander Krassyuk, Usyk’s promoter. “People wanted him to fight.”

Can history repeat itself and see Joshua regain his belts?

Joshua hired famed trainer Robert Garcia and his staff to prepare him for the rematch. The trainer based in Riverside, California, was optimistic about the chances of his charge.

“On Saturday night we are going to walk out with those belts. I think he peaked at the right moment,” said Garcia who has worked with numerous world champions.

Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn seems inclined to let the matter be settled in the prize ring.

“Two tremendous fighters, two tremendous athletes, champions and ambassadors of the sport that people in Saudi Arabia and all around the world can be inspired by,” said Hearn. “The best is still to come.”

World Title Fight in San Diego

“El Vaquero” returns to San Diego on the Top Rank card on Saturday Aug. 20, and faces another local talent.

Mexico City’s Emanuel “Vaquero” Navarrete (35-1, 29 KOs) defends the WBO featherweight world title against Calexico, California’s Eduardo Baez (21-2-2, 7 KOs) at the Pechanga Arena in San Diego, Calif. ESPN will televise the Top Rank card.

Baez hails from nearby Calexico, which is located further inland and across the border from Mexicali, Mexico. Though not as big a border town as Tijuana, it has produced its share of talented fighters like Jorge “Maromero” Paez and Alfredo “El Perro” Angulo.

Navarrete has proven to be a monster at featherweight and thwarted the efforts of talented Joet Gonzalez the last time he stepped in the same arena last October. It was perhaps the most brutal fight of the year.

Also on the card is San Diego’s own Giovanni Santillan (29-0) facing Julio Luna Avila (19-0-2) in a battle of undefeated welterweights. Santillan is a boxer-puncher and Luna Avila is the younger brother of female bantamweight world champ Yulihan Luna Avila.

Some other prospects to watch are Lindolfo Delgado and Nico Ali Walsh the grandson of the late great Muhammad Ali.

PBC in Florida

Despite a late change of headliners Omar Figueroa will remain on the main event and face Sergey Lipinets in a super lightweight clash on Saturday, Aug. 20. The PBC fight card will be televised on Showtime from Hollywood, Florida.

Adrien Broner was forced to pull out of the fight due to mental stress and was replaced by former super lightweight world titlist Lipinets who is based in Southern California.

“Obviously we were preparing for a certain style, but the fight fell through, so I just have to take all my experience and the things I’ve learned all these years and apply it toward Sergey,” said Figueroa. “He’s no pushover and he’s a former world champion. We know we have our hands full.”

Figueroa is coming off consecutive losses and faces Lipinets who also lost his last contest.

My last loss [to Jaron Ennis] was at 147 pounds, so I’m going back to 140 and I want to be world champion again and show that I’m a force to be reckoned with,” Lipinets said.

Also, on the same card, Southern California’s Brandun Lee (25-0, 22 KOs) makes a quick return after four months and fights Will Madera (17-1-3, 10 KOs) in a super lightweight contest. Expect the winner of this fight to move on to main event status.

“I just have to keep doing what I’ve been doing. I have to go in there with a brain, don’t be dumb and look for the knockout right away. If it comes, it comes. I’ve already gone 10 rounds and I have no problem going another 10. Just be smart,” said Lee.

Other Notes: ProBox TV

Boxing on a new streaming site called ProBox TV takes place tonight Friday, Aug. 19, with Cotto Promotions staging its inaugural fight card pitting Juan Carlos Camacho Jr. (13-1, 7 KOs) against Southern California’s Fernando Diaz (11-1-1, 3 KOs) in the main event.

The cost is $1.99 a month and features bi-weekly schedule of events beginning tonight and the next coming on Sept. 9.  https://twitter.com/ProBox_TV and https://www.youtube.com/c/ProBoxTV

Hosting tonight’s card are Claudia Trejos, Paulie Malignaggi, Ivan Calderon, Mike Goldberg and Alan Obrador.

ProBox also has a weekly podcast along with talk shows, gym visits and behind-the-scene encounters. For more information go to this link: https://proboxtv.com/what-is-probox-tv/en

Fights to Watch

Fri. ProBoxTV 6 p.m. Juan Carlos Camacho (13-1) vs Fernando Diaz (11-1-1).

Fri. CANELA.TV, 6 p.m. Manuel Gallegos (19-1) vs Jesus Moroyoqui (10-1-1).

Fri. FITE.TV 7 p.m. Luis Feliciano (15-0) vs Alejandro Frias (14-6-2).

Sat. DAZN 10 a.m. Oleksandr Usyk (19-0) vs Anthony Joshua (24-2).

Sat. Showtime 5 p.m. Omar Figueroa (28-2-1) vs Sergey Lipinets (16-2-1).

Sat. ESPN 7 p.m. Emanuel Navarrete (35-1) vs Eduardo Baez (21-2-2).

Sat. ThompsonBoxing.com 8 p.m. Ruben Torres (18-0) vs Cristian Baez (18-1).

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Garcia Promotions’ Event in San Bernardino was a Showcase for Saul Rodriguez

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SAN BERNARDINO-Saul “Neno” Rodriguez, out of action for nearly three years, returned to the prize ring on Saturday in San Bernardino at the Club Event Center in a Garcia Promotions event. San Bernardino is in the Inland Empire which is two counties just east of Los Angeles.

Riverside’s Rodriguez (24-1-1) weighed much more than the designated weight and his match with Mexico’s Juan Meza Angulo was demoted to an exhibition because of the weight disparity. Despite wearing head gear, the popular Riverside fighter was able to stop Angulo (6-1) in his first fight since February 28, 2020.

Though Rodriguez looked slightly over-weight as a super lightweight, it didn’t dampen his sharp punching skills. He immediately caught Meza with a well-timed overhand right. Luckily, Rodriguez didn’t put muscle on it. The fight proceeded.

Because of inactivity, Rodriguez seemed to relish getting back to work. He moved around and tried different combinations. Everything seemed to be working in his favor. But Meza countered a left by Rodriguez with a strong right. It proved the popular Riverside fighter needs work on bringing back his left quickly.

After Meza connected things got serious.

Rodriguez immediately opened the third round at a quicker tempo and seemed intent on changing from a wait-and-see attitude to one of bad intentions. Meza didn’t notice the change and looked to catch Rodriguez with a combo and instead was caught with a monster counter-right. Down went Meza with a thud. The fight was stopped.

Fans, many of them wearing Team Neno t-shirts, were deliriously happy to see Rodriguez back in action.

In the co-main event, San Bernardino’s Leo Ruiz clashed with granite-chinned Cameron Krael.

Ruiz (11-0, 7 KOs) unloaded horrific bombs on Krael (19-25-3) who calmly kept his gloves covering his head and although some managed to connect flush, nothing fazed the Las Vegas fighter.

Round after round Ruiz unloaded on Krael only to quickly realize that attempting a knockout was futile. The reputation of Krael’s chin was correct and no need to break a knuckle trying to score a knockout. Instead, Ruiz went six rounds and won every one to take a win by unanimous decision by scores of 60-54 on all three cards.

Other Bouts

Gabe Muratalla (9-0) knocked out Michael Nielsen (6-3) with a four-punch combination in the third round of a bantamweight fight. Body shots dropped Nielsen in the second round.

Ventura’s Jose Delgado (10-1-4), a southpaw, overcome a sluggish start with body shots to defeat San Bernardino’s Jesus Beltran (6-3-1) by majority decision after four rounds in a lightweight fight.

Riverside’s Victor Pelayo (2-0) defeated Milwaukee’s D’Angelo Hopgood (2-1) by decision after four rounds in a very close super bantamweight match. Both fighters showed solid fundamentals in a fight that could have easily been scored a draw. Pelayo won by decision 39-37 on all cards.

Riverside’s Jose Rodriguez (2-0) stopped Henry Mendez (0-9-2) in the fourth round of a super welterweight bout. Mendez was deducted a point in the second round for incessant holding after numerous warnings.

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Alexis Rocha KOs Brave but Overmatched George Ashie on DAZN.

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Golden Boy Promotions’ potted their first offering of 2023 at the recently opened YouTube Theater, a 6,000-seat venue situated inside the stadium built to house LA’s two NFL franchises. The main event was a scheduled 12-round welterweight match between Alexis Rocha, a southpaw from nearby Santa Ana and George Ashie, a 38-year-old Ghanaian making his U.S. debut. Ashie was a late substitute for Anthony Young who reportedly suffered a nose injury in training. The match and supporting bouts were live-streamed on DAZN.

Ashie, who was fighting above his normal weight class and carried a career-high 146 pounds, was brave but out-gunned. Rocha knocked him down in the third frame with a right hook and hurt him several more times as the fight progressed although Ashie never stopped trying. In round six, an accidental clash of heads left Rocha with a nasty cut on his left eyebrow. He fought with more urgency after this incident and knocked Ashie out cold in the next round. The official time was 2:08 of round seven.

It was the fifth straight win for Rocha who improved his ledger to 22-1 (14 KOs). After the bout, he expressed an interest in fighting Terence Crawford. Ashie fell to 33-6-1 (25).

Other Bouts of Note

Floyd “Austin Kid” Schofield, a precocious 20-year-old lightweight, had Albert Mercado on the canvas in the second round but was unable to put him away despite hurting him multiple times and went 10 rounds for the first time in his young career.

Schofield, the 2022 TSS Prospect of the Year, improved to 13-0 (11), winning 100-89 on all three cards. Mercado, a 35-year-old Connecticut-born Puerto Rican, declined to 17-5-1 but retained his distinction of having never been stopped.

Super middleweight Bektemir Melikuziev, a 2016 Olympic silver medalist for Uzbekistan who lives and trains in Indio, California, overpowered San Diego’s Ulises Sierra who was on the deck twice from body punches before the fight was waived off at the 2:59 mark of round three. It was the fourth straight victory for Melikuziev (11-1, 9 KOs) after suffering a stunning one-punch knockout at the hands of seemingly shopworn Gabriel Rosado with whom he is pursuing a rematch. Sierra was 17-2-2 heading in with eight of his wins coming in Mexico.

In a match framed as a WBO minimumweight title eliminator, Oscar Collazo (6-0, 4 KOs) scored an impressive fifth-round stoppage of Yudel Reyes. Collazo knocked Reyes down twice in the fifth round, the second with a vicious right hand that put Reyes down so hard that the referee didn’t bother to count. The official time was 2:59 of round five.

In theory, Collazo’s next fight will come against the Filipino Melvin Jerusalem who won the title earlier this month with a second-round stoppage of Masataka Taniguchi in Osaka. Reyes, a 26-year-old Mexican making his U.S. debut, declined to 15-2.

Photo credit: Al Applerose

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Artur Beterbiev TKOs Anthony Yarde in a London Firefight

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The presumption, echoed by ESPN boxing commentator Bernardo Osuna, was that tonight’s bout at Wembley Arena in London between Artur Beterbiev and Anthony Yarde would be explosive and entertaining for as long as it lasted. That proved to be true and when the smoke cleared, Beterbiev, the rugged Montreal-based Russian had retained his three light heavyweight title belts and had added another knockout to his ledger, his nineteenth as a pro in as many opportunities.

Both men landed hard shots during the fight and both were marked up at the finish. Yarde had a cut under his right eye and Beterbiev had a cut on his left eyelid.

A chopping right hand from Beterbiev late in the first minute of the eighth round marked the beginning of the end for Yarde, the muscular 31-year-old Londoner who entered the contest sporting a record of 23-2 with 22 knockouts. The punch sent him reeling backward toward his corner where he landed on his knees. He beat the count, but turned toward his corner rather than referee Steve Gray.

Gray let the bout continue, but Beterbiev pressed his advantage and after a few more unanswered punches Yarde’s trainer Tunde Ajayi stepped up on the ring apron and summoned Gray to stop it. The official time was 2:01 of round eight.

Beterbiev hasn’t lost since losing a decision to amateur nemesis Oleksandr Usyk in the quarter finals of the 2012 London Olympics. At age 38, he shows no signs of slowing down.

In his post-fight interview, the self-effacing Russian said, “I hope some day I will be a good boxer,” and acknowledged that he would welcome a unification fight with fellow Russian Dmitry Bivol, the WBA title-holder.

WBA Title Fight

In a bout that was in theory the co-feature but went off during the earlier portion of the ESPN+ livestream, Artem Dalakian (21-0, 15 KOs) retained his WBA world flyweight title with a unanimous and somewhat controversial 12-round unanimous decision over Costa Rica’s David Jimenez (12-1). The judges had it 116-112 and 115-113 twice.

An Azerbaijan-born Ukrainian, Dalakian was making the sixth defense of the title he won in 2018 with a 12-round decision over Brian Viloria in Los Angeles in his lone previous appearance at a venue in the English-speaking world. His five title defenses were in Kiev. Jimenez was coming off a 12-round majority decision over Ricardo Sandoval in what ranked as one of the bigger upsets of 2021.

A Split for the Itauma Brothers

Promoter Frank Warren’s newest signee, 18-year-old heavyweight Moses Itauma, made a big splash in his pro debut, blasting out Czechoslovakia’s Marcel Bode (2-2) in 23 seconds. Moses and his older brother Karol Itauma are sons of a British citizen of Nigerian ancestry and a Slovakian mother.

In a shocking upset, Ezequiel Osvaldo Maderna, a 36-year-old Argentine who had lost six of his previous eight fights, forged a fifth-round stoppage of well-touted Karol Itauma who was 9-0 (7 KOs) as a pro coming in. Itauma ate numerous straight right hands before a straight right hand knocked him down for the count. The official time was 1:04 of round five. Maderna improved to 29-10 (11).

Also

The Frankham cousins, super welterweight Joshua and super featherweight Charles, improved their ledgers to 7-0 with 6-round shutouts over their respective opponents. The cousins are grandsons of John “Gypsy Johnny” Frankham, a former British light heavyweight champion.

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