HOLLY HOLM SCHOOLS ROUSEY

She wasn’t given much of a chance, but Albuquerque, NM’s Holly Holm absolutely worked previously unbeaten Rhonda Rousey at UFC 193 Saturday night. The former boxing star stopped Rousey with a violent exchange that ended with a lethal kick to the neck area that put the MMA superstar down in the second round, defenseless.

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Rousey was bloodied by Holm’s dominant attack and there was never a moment where it looked like she had the upper hand. It was thought that Rousey would get the fight to the mat and dominate, but it was Holm who took Rousey down and was in control throughout.

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BRADLEY DOMINATES RIOS, SCORES 9TH RD KO

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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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WEEKEND RESULTS: BRONER SCORES TKO, POSTOL UPSETS MATTHYSSE

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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WEIGHTS FOR SATURDAY NIGHT TV FIGHTS

Official weigh-ins were held today for both the Showtime car featuring Adrien Broner vs. Khabib Allakhverdiev and the HBO show with Lucas Matthysse vs. Viktor Postol headlining. Here are the results:

SHOWTIME WEIGHTS  (Air time 10:00PM ET)

ADRIEN BRONER – 138.5
KHABIB ALLAKHVERDIEV – 139
(WBA SUPER LIGHTWEIGHT TITLE)

JOSE PEDRAZA – 129
EDNER CHERRY – 129
(IBF SUPER FEATHERWEIGHT TITLE)

HBO WEIGHTS  (Air Time 10:15PM ET)

LUCAS MATTHYSSE – 139.4
VIKTOR POSTOL – 139.4
(WBC SUPER LIGHTWEIGHT TITLE)

ANTONIO OROZCO – 140.6
HUMBERTO SOTO – 140

WILDER WORKS FOR TKO OF DUHAUPAS

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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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MAYWEATHER’S ODD JOURNEY

Floyd Mayweather Jr. finished off his Showtime contract last Saturday night with a win, as expected. He claims it was his last fight but that is hard to believe:

  • With the win, Floyd improved his perfect record to 49-0. That’s so close to a nice, shiny 50-0 mark that it is hard to ignore.
  • Floyd is without a peer in boxing, even at age 38.
  • He had no problem whatsoever following up his record-breaking showdown with Manny Pacquaio by hand-picking Andre Berto, a journeyman who had lost three of his last six fights, including one to recent Mayweather loser Robert Guerrero.

So, why in the world wouldn’t Floyd Mayweather Jr. take on at least one more fight to get his 50th win? Why wouldn’t he tempt the fate that the aging process has ruined so many other great champions with? He’s definitely arrogant enough to think he can keep his skills well beyond his prime.

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MAYWEATHER – BERTO WEIGH-IN

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Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Andre Berto both made weight today for Saturday night’s pay-per-view fight in Las Vegas. Mayweather (48-0, 26 KO’s) says this is his last fight while Berto (30-3, 23 KO’s) looks to pull off the greatest of upsets. The main event is for the WBC and WBA world welterweight titles.

Other bouts include Roman Martinez and Orlando Salido in a junior lightweight title fight and Badou Jack vs. George Groves for a super middleweight title.

FLOYD MAYWEATHER – 146
ANDRE BERTO – 145

ROMAN MARTINEZ – 129
ORLANDO SALIDO – 130

BADOU JACK – 167
GEORGE GROVES – 168

JHONNY GONZALEZ – 129
JONATHAN OQUENDO – 129

ISHE SMITH – 154
VANES MARTIROSYAN – 154

The Pay-Per-View telecast begins at 8PM ET/5PM PT.

Photo: Esther Lin/Showtime

 

BRADLEY FIGHTS, WINS, THERE’S CONTROVERSY

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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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PORTER OUTWORKS BRONER

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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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35 YEARS AGO: LEONARD – DURAN I

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June 20, 1980 in Montreal, Canada, Roberto Duran handed Sugar Ray Leonard his first professional loss.