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Abner Mares floored defending champion Jesus Cuellar and won a split decision to earn the WBA featherweight title Saturday night in Los Angeles. Mares (30-2-1, 15 KO’s) had the upper hand in a fast-paced fight that thrilled the fans at the Galen Center on the USC campus.

Cuellar (28-2, 21 KO’s) put together a good stretch in the middle rounds where he was able to back Mares up at times and make it a close fight. But, the game-changer came in the 11th when Mares caught Cuellar on the way in with a big right hand the scored a knockdown.

Official scores were 117-110 and 116-111 for Mares while one judge scored it 115-112 for Cuellar. The Mares scores correctly reflected who won the fight and by how much.



Andre Ward returned to the ring on Saturday night and earned a 12-round unanimous decision win over Sullivan Barrera in front of Ward’s hometown crowd in Oakland, CA. Ward (29-0, 15 KO’s) dropped Barrera in the third round of the IBF light heavyweight title eliminator with a left hook and had a point deducted for a low blow, finishing ahead on the scorecards by wide margins: 119-109, 117-109 and 117-108.

Barrera (17-1, 12 KO’s) lost for the first time and really didn’t present Ward with too much in the way of offense. The bigger Barrera did land some solid shots on Ward, but no damage was done and Ward was able to mount an offense throughout the fight.

It wasn’t vintage Ward and there was definitely rust. The HBO commentary said otherwise, but if you watched the fight objectively, Andre Ward took a long time to get going and didn’t finish strong over the final rounds. It was a good exercise for Ward, but a fight with Sergey Kovalev should be a couple of fights away, at least.


HBO and Showtime went head-to-head tonight with a pair of undefeated champions defending their titles in the respective main events. Terence “Bud” Crawford and Leo Santa Cruz both passed their tests with stoppage wins.

Crawford (28-0, 20 KO’s), had a live challenger in Hank Lundy to deal with and the Omaha, NE native thrilled the fans at Madison Square Garden with a TKO5 to retain the WBO super lightweight title.

Likewise, Santa Cruz (32-0-1, 18 KO’s), sent his Southern California fans home happy with a fifth-round knockout of Kiko Martinez (35-7, 26 KO’s) to keep the WBA super title at featherweight.

Crawford got a stiff test from Lundy (26-6-1, 13 KO’s) in the first round as the challenger threw heavy shots, sometimes from wild angles and postures. Crawford quickly switched to a southpaw stance and fought that way till the end. Lundy got some solid power shots in during that first round, but the fight changed at the start of round two.

The pace slowed to a more measured battle and Crawford gained the upper hand due to his precise boxing skills.

In the final round, Crawford hurt Lundy with a flush right hand to the  jaw and he followed up to score a brutal knockdown. Lundy was able to continue but the fight was waved off moments later with Crawford landing at will and Lundy covering up against the ropes.

Official time of the stoppage was 2:09 of round five.

Out west, Santa Cruz started very quickly and dropped the hard-charging Martinez twice in the first round. It was pinpoint punching from Santa Cruz landing flush on the challenger, who came in willing to take a few shots.

He got them, as Santa Cruz nearly ended the fight in the first round.

But Martinez rebounded and fought well over the next few rounds, backing the champion up and landing solid shots of his own. It was a spirited fight until the fifth round when Santa Cruz got his man in trouble again with power shots and closed the show with a lethal barrage of unanswered shots. This fight also ended at the 2:09 mark of round five.


Unbeaten super lightweight Jose Ramirez (16-0, 12 KO’s) got up from a second-round knockdown and earned a unanimous decision over Johnny Garcia (19-4-1, 11 KO’s) Saturday night in Fresno, CA. The U.S. Olympian, fighting in front of a hometown crowd of 13,120 at the SaveMart Center, won comfortably by scores of 79-73, 79-73 and 77-74.

Ramirez was busy from the opening bell, but he turned it up a notch after taking a short right hand that sent him to the canvas in round two. The elite skills of Ramirez proved to be too much for the tough and willing Garcia.

Top Rank tweeted the following from boss Bob Arum:


Andy Vences KO2 over Manuel Rojas
Joe Louie Lopez KO3 over Dave Courchaine
Guy Robb UD8 over Juan Ruiz
Alex Rios KO2 over Emilio Hernandez
Saul Lomas KO1 over Eduardo Dominguez
Eric Altimirano KO4 over Ricardo Maldonado



Saul “Canelo” Alvarez defeated Miguel Cotto by unanimous decision Saturday night, further staking his claim to be the best fighter in the post-Mayweather world. Alvarez (46-1-1, 32 KO’s) turned back a strong attack from Cotto (40-5-0, 33 KO’s) and won by comfortable margins of 119-109, 118-110 and 117-111. had it a little closer at 116-112 for Alvarez.

It was a very interesting fight, worthy of the pay-per-view buildup, with Cotto attacking and moving, at time controlling the fight, while Alvarez countered well. Neither fighter was in serious trouble but it was an action fight throughout.

Down the stretch, Cotto’s attack was unable to sustain any effectiveness and Alvarez finished well.

Both fighters’ resumes feature some of the biggest names in the sport. While Cotto has lost three of his last six fights, all against big-name opposition, Alvarez continues his run that was only slowed down by a decision loss to Mayweather in 2013. This was a fight where Alvarez was too young and strong for the aging Cotto, who did nothing to embarrass himself.



Timothy Bradley, fighting with Teddy Atlas in his corner for the first time, looked extremely sharp in stopping Brandon Rios in the 9th round on Saturday night in Las Vegas. Bradley (33-1-1, 13 KO’s) was very busy and punished an out-of-shape Rios with clean shots to the body and head throughout.

Rios (33-3-1, 24 KO’s) looked out of shape and reportedly weighed 170 lbs. as he entered the ring for the welterweight title fight.

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HBO and Showtime went head-to-head this weekend with a pair of good boxing telecasts featuring name fighters. The Showtime card featured Adrien “The Problem” Broner coming back from a loss to Shawn Porter and he looked pretty good against little-known Khabib Allakhverdiev. The fight was stopped at the 2:23 mark of the 12th and final round and Broner (31-2, 23 KO’s) was successful in looking good in front of his hometown Cincinnati fans.

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Deontay Wilder retained his WBC Heavyweight title with a punishing TKO in the 11th round over live challenger Johann Duhaupas Saturday night in Birmingham, AL. It wasn’t easy.

In his second title defense Wilder (35-0, 34 KO’s) came up against an unknown in Duhaupas, but the challenger got noticed in the early rounds for his attacking style that left its mark on the champion’s face. Duhaupas (32-3, 20 KO’s) ignored the partisan crowd and came right at Wilder, defending himself well and getting off a stiff left jab that couldn’t miss.

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Heard that one before?

Timothy Bradley Jr. won a unanimous decision over Jesse Vargas at the StubHub Center in Carson, CA, but it wasn’t that simple. It never is for Bradley.

Bradley (32-1-1, 12 KO’s) turned back a strong challenge from Vargas in the early rounds and pulled away over the second half of the fight to build a comfortable margin. But Vargas (26-1, 9 KO’s) landed the punch of the night in the waning seconds of the 12th round and had Bradley badly hurt. While Vargas was trying to capitalize, with Bradley holding on, referee Pat Russell thought he heard the final bell (it was the 10-second warning) and declared the fight over.

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Shawn Porter pressured his way to a big lead over Adrien Broner in their 144-lb. fight on Friday night, then got up from a 12th-round knockdown to post a unanimous decision victory. The Premiere Boxing Champions show on NBC featured the two former champions in somewhat of a crossroads fight and Porter had the clear upper hand.

Official scores were 118-108, 115-111 and 114-112. InTheCorner.Net scored it 115-111 for Porter.

From the outset, Porter (26-1-1, 16 KO’s) pressured Broner and “The Problem” got off to his customary slow start. A pattern emerged where Porter’s activity and volume punching would meet Broner’s precise counter-punching in rounds that could possibly be difficult to score.

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