Leo Santa Cruz channels different side of himself in thrilling win over Abner Mares

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Leo Santa Cruz, right, outboxed Abner Mares in an all-out slugfest and won a majority decision Saturday night at Staples Center in Los Angeles. (Suzanne Teresa/Premier Boxing Champions)

BY JASON BRACELIN

In a sensational scrap that lived up to its billing as one of the biggest showdowns ever between Mexican-American fighters, Leo Santa Cruz won a majority decision over Abner Mares, with the two fighters throwing more than 2,000 punches combined at their hometown Staples Center on Saturday night in front of a raucous, adrenalized crowd of 13,109.

Seriously, there’s going to be a run on throat lozenges in the L.A. area in the wake of all the cheering and chanting that reverberated through the arena throughout the night.

Perhaps the biggest revelation in the immediate aftermath of the bout is how Santa Cruz, normally one of the most dogged, reliable volume fighters in the sport, channeled a different side of himself against Mares, tempering pressure with patience and tactically picking Mares apart.

But it wasn’t easy. Mares got off to a blazing start and, initially, Santa Cruz felt the burn as Mares unleashed lighting-quick combos to the body while bulldozing him into the ropes. Continue reading

Sibling excellence from Soledad and Lucas Matthysse

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Edith Soledad Matthysse, became WBC featherweight Champion one month ago after defeating tough and talented Canadian, Jelena Mrdjenovich, in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

On October 3 in Carson, California, Lucas Matthysse, the brother of Soledad, will contest the vacant WBC super lightweight title fighting against Ukrainian, Viktor Postol, who is undefeated and ranked 1 by the WBC.

If Lucas wins, he and Soledad would become the first brother and sister WBC world Champions.

There have been several sets of brothers who were Champions, including Raul and Ramon Garcia, Juan Manuel and Rafael Marquez, Erik and Diego Morales, Gabriel and Rafael Ruelas, Jorge and Ulises Solís, Haosai and Kaokor Galaxy, Ratanapol and Ratanachai sor Vorapin, Vitali and Wladimir Klitschko…and others.

“It is very important to me, that my sister has already done her work conquering the WBC world championship. It would be so very special for us and Argentina. I am very happy for what Soledad has achieved. And now it’s my turn,” Lucas pledged.

There still almost a month prior to the Lucas’ fight. And the enticing prospect of making boxing history as the first brother and sister WBC champions, is an added incentive as well as inspiration for this exciting upcoming bout.

Zab Judah Headlines Night of GCP Boxing at The Space at Westbury on September 10‏

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On Thursday, September 10, promoter Greg Cohen of Greg Cohen Promotions and Super Judah Promotions, in association with GH3 Promotions and David Schuster’s Winner Take All Productions, will continue GCP’s “Championship Boxing” series with a world-class event, once again at The Space at Westbury in Westbury, New York.

In the night’s 10-round super lightweight main event, five-time world champion and former Undisputed World Welterweight Champion Zab “Super” Judah (42-9, 29 KOs) of Brooklyn, New York, will face Florida, via Barranquilla, Colombia’s Hevinson Herrera (18-11-1, 12 KOs).

This will be Judah’s first fight under his new GCP co-promotional banner. The charismatic former champion will be looking to get back into the mix of the world’s best in the division with an impressive victory. Continue reading

Cotto and “Canelo” Core skills in The Big Apple

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American press and the world joined to attend the third BIG conference of the WBC middleweight world champion, Miguel Cotto, and the former world champion, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez in New York.

It’s all part of the build up to their blockbuster clash of November 21st at the Mandalay Bay Hotel in Las Vegas, USA. Another drop of effervescence in the simmering fisticuffs rivalry between Mexico and Puerto Rico.

Cotto´s popular trainer, American Freddie Roach commented: “After I saw Cotto crushing ‘Maravilla’ Martínez, I was convinced that would also happen to Alvarez. Miguel will beat him, and he must knock him out. Miguel is a predator, a puncher that doesn’t allow his victims to escape. He has a killer instinct inside the ring”.

Mexican Eddie Reynoso, trainer of “Canelo”, also had something to say: “ We know that the winner will be Saul. I have followed Cotto´s career and I will say he was a great fight at 140 pounds. But in this division he won’t be able to handle Saul’s strength. I admire and respect Roach, but this time we will be the winners.”

“Canelo” stated: “ I am happy having this fight after all the negotiations. I am sure I will get the victory over one of the best fighters in the entire world. He won’t stop me.”

Cotto on the other hand pledged: “ I always have fun with all things my rivals claim. Saul is just like the other fighters that pledged they would beat me, and the beaten ones were them.”

ANDRZEJ FONFARA & NATHAN CLEVERLY COLLIDE OCTOBER 16‏

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Bruising Polish star Andrzej Fonfara (27-3, 16 KOs) and former world champion Nathan Cleverly (29-2, 15 KOs) will meet in a 12-round light heavyweight battle as Premier Boxing Champions on Spike returns to UIC Pavilion in Chicago on Friday, October 16, with televised coverage beginning at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

Fonfara, a fan-favorite in Chicago, will be fighting at UIC Pavilion for the 14th time in his career and is fresh off a stunning performance against former world champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. in April of this year. He steps up again to fight a top light heavyweight in former world champion Cleverly and if he can get by this stiff test, he will be in a position to face all of the other top light heavyweights in this talent rich division.

“I’m excited to return to my hometown of Chicago on this big fight night against a world class fighter like Nathan Cleverly,” said Fonfara. “This will be a tough fight for both of us. Cleverly is a solid fighter and it’s no fluke that he was a world champion and that he defended his belt so many times. Our fighting styles guarantee that everyone can expect fireworks on October 16th. I want this fight to be a quick stop on my way to a rematch with Adonis Stevenson.” Continue reading

Floyd Mayweather : “Berto is a dangerous rival”

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Check out the checkers! Undefeated WBC welterweight Champion and Pound for Pound Ruler Floyd Mayweather insists he isn’t underestimating former champion Andre Berto in the build up to a great fight on September 12th in Las Vegas.

“ Berto is a tough competitor. He’ll try to put pressure on me throughout the fight. A good jab can work well, but he’ll be throwing lots of combinations. My fast fight against Paquiao was more like a chess game. This time will be like Chinese checkers, a fast match. I have sparred a lot at the gym. I have like 10 sparring partners.”

Losing to Canelo won’t diminish Cotto

Photo Credit: Gene Belvins-HoganPhotos/Roc Nation Sports/Golden Boy Promotions

Photo Credit: Gene Belvins-HoganPhotos/Roc Nation Sports/Golden Boy Promotions

By Rich Mancuso

Miguel Cotto has nothing more to prove when he opposes Canelo Alvarez for his middleweight title on November 21st at the Mandalay Bay Hotel/Casino in Las Vegas. The HBO Pay-Per-View event may not have the magnitude of the Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Manny Pacquiao hype but boxing does have Cotto and Alvarez to make it interesting.

And there are so many ways this fight can go with the hype. Another major title on the line between two fighters from Puerto Rico and Mexico. There is also the legacy Cotto is leaving on the sport as the first four-time division champion from Puerto Rico.

Alvarez, on the other hand still has to prove he belongs with the elite that have been a part of this illustrious sport. But a win for Alvarez and all of a sudden he knocks off the great Miguel Cotto, thus a beginning of perhaps a legacy.

it is a fight that promises to have that potential and where have we heard that one before? Boxing needs good fights, and for the second time this year the fans are getting the possibilities of a good one and they do deserve to see the best, though it remains to be determined if fans will buy into this one after the fiasco of Mayweather-Pacquiao. Continue reading