Posts Tagged ‘cruiserweight’


LIVERPOOL — Tony Bellew was dominant on Saturday in dispatching BJ Flores in three rounds to retain his WBC cruiserweight title.

Bellew played the role of counter-puncher while Flores was the stalking aggressor. In the first round, Flores was able to capitalize and catch the champion with wide right hands.

The momentum turned suddenly when a Bellew counter left strayed low. Flores turned to complain to the referee about the non-call, allowing Bellew to pounce with hooks for the first knockdown.

An enraged Flores pressed Bellew for the rest of the round as both men were stunned with haymakers. The American challenger would get the worst of the damage as Bellew’s better accuracy put Flores down twice more to conclude the round.

Flores would futilely attempt to drag Bellew into a brawl in round three. But the champion remained calm and moved away to create space when needed. A short exchange resulted in Flores crumbling to his knees from a left hook counter. The challenger was not up fully at the count of 10 and did not protest the referee stoppage.

The real fun happened seconds afterward with Bellew storming from the ring to confront David Haye. Did Bellew sell this potential fight for you?


MOSCOW — Denis Lebedev is now the unified WBA and IBF cruiserweight champion after scoring a second round stoppage over Victor Emilio Ramirez at the Khodynka Ice Palace.

Although Lebedev had little trouble with Ramirez, the ending moments were scary due to the reluctance of referee Steve Smoger. Over the span of roughly 30 seconds, Lebedev battered Ramirez. He scored an uncalled knockdown when Ramirez’s glove touched the canvas, and made Ramirez turn his back in complete surrender. Still, Smoger just stood there and Lebedev got in more unnecessary shots before Smoger finally decided to halt a pending fatality.

This is the second time Smoger has stood by and let Lebedev beat on a helpless opponent. Do these two have some type of “brutality contract” we don’t know about?



On Tuesday night’s edition of Premier Boxing Champions, undefeated Gennady Golovkin stablemate Murat “Iron” Gassiev delivered a chilling one-punch knockout of Jordan Shimmell. The left hook bomb came in the first round and is the latest example of why the cruiserweight division is criminally overlooked in today’s boxing landscape.

Remember Gassiev’s name. Jordan Shimmell definitely will.




Roy Jones Jr. notched his second stoppage of the year last night with a left hook to the body on Hany Atiyo. The knockout came with 1:35 left in the first round.

Jones was the aggressor in the fight, coming forward behind a high guard and looking to bang away with hooks. Atiyo’s brief offensive forays where telegraphed shots the Jones easily caught on his gloves before the finishing blow.

The bout was Jones’ third venture to Russia and improves his record to 59-8. Atiyo falls to 14-3.


This was definitely not Roy Jones destroying Virgil Hill, but not horrible for any 45-year old boxer not named Bernard Hopkins. Let’s just hope that Roy keeps his senior tour somewhere around this level of competition. If so, he can probably rack up wins until he’s 50. But he dares to fight a credible guy, another frightening KO defeat is on tap.



The guessing game about Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.’s weight ends later today with the official weigh-in. The browsing window opens at 5:45 p.m. with the undercard bouts starting at 6 p.m. ET. Chavez Jr. and Vera are expected to go on at 6:15 p.m. ET. The fight airs live this Saturday (September 28) on HBO. Click HERE to watch the live stream.

The weigh-in is at 3PM on Friday,” said Arum, “the only weigh-in in the history of boxing where we see the fighters making weight and we reveal the weight for the first time at the weigh-in. Something very unique in boxing, so everybody come because it’s not the normal weigh-in…” – Bob Arum


LOS ANGELES — Yesterday (September 25) at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel, Top Rank CEO Bob Arum tried to put his best spin on the weight fiasco concerning this Saturday’s middleweight/super-middleweight/light-heavyweight interim cruiserweight matchup between Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and Brian Vera. At press time, the weight for the fight will be determined by what weight Chavez decides to come in at. Yes, you read that right.

It’s not out of the question that Chavez may possibly outweigh Vera by anywhere from 20-30 pounds on fight night. Us boxing writers and fans are a snarky bunch, so I’ve seen a lot of people making jokes on Twitter and their sites. I can’t find much humor in this because it’s downright dangerous for both fighters.

More on that later today. For now, you can watch the full final press conference below. 


Showtime Sports is live-streaming today’s weigh-in featuring WBC featherweight titlist Abner Mares vs. Jhonny Gonzalez, and Leo Santa Cruz against WBC super bantamweight title-holder Victor Terrazas. You can check out the event on Ustream or Showtime Sports at the 3 p.m. ET start time. The card kicks off tomorrow at 8 p.m. on Showtime with live undercard bouts. The two championships bouts will air at 10 p.m. following the debut of All Access: Mayweather vs. Canelo.