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Daigo Higa is a name you’ll want to remember. The undefeated 22-year-old improved to 15-0 (15 KOs) with a devastating stoppage of Moises Fuentes in just 2 minutes and 32 seconds.

Although Fuentes came into the fight having lost two of his last three fights, he avenged one of those defeats and had never been dominated in this fashion. The shorter Higa stunned him with a short right hook at the 1:15 mark. Fuentes was trapped on the ropes and absorbed several more right and left hooks before getting put down by a straight right to the body. He appeared to beat the count, but the referee waived off the contest amidst Fuentes’s protests.

Higa’s 15th straight knockout ties a national record for Japanese fighters. In addition, the win marks the second successful defense of his WBC World flyweight title. Fuentes falls to 25-5-1, having lost three of his last four bouts dating back to December 2016.



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SONORA, MEXICO — WBA and WBO flyweight titlist Juan Francisco Estrada made the sixth defense of his belts and possibly ended Hernan “Tyson” Marquez’s run as a contender with a 10th round stoppage at the Centro Convenciones.

Marquez fought on even terms for the first three rounds before the precision and variety of Estrada’s offense began to take a noticeable effect. The momentum swayed to Estrada for good in fifth as he repeatedly drove the challenger to the ropes with vicious body shots.

Then came the knockdowns, seven in total. Marquez tasted the canvas twice in the sixth via a digging right to the body and series of body blows along the ropes. Marquez fell twice more in the seventh, this time off left hook body shots. The fifth knockdown came in the ninth courtesy of a counter right hook. The final two ended Marquez’s night in the 10th — a thudding left hook and a straight right did the damage.

At 27 years old and a 10 year pro, Marquez is in clear decline. Over his last 10 fights, starting with a Fight of Year level war against Brian Viloria in 2012, Marquez is 5-4-1 with each defeat coming via knockout.

Should Estrada rival and WBC champion Roman Gonzalez defeat Brian Viloria on October 17, the path becomes clear for a unification rematch backed by HBO. Gonzalez holds a 2012 unanimous decision victory over Estrada in a highly competitive encounter.


LOS ANGELES — Flyweight star Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez (43-0, 37 KOs) couldn’t have delivered a better U.S. and HBO debut in needing less than two full rounds to mow down respected veteran Edgar Sosa (51-9, 30 KOs).

Sosa attempted to fight off the backfoot but found himself quickly timed with lead hooks and straight¬†rights to the body. Gonzalez accomplished this with precision timing and accuracy. The WBC champion also showed showed excellent defense in casually picking off most of Sosa’s attempts to counter.

In round two, Gonzalez scored his first knockdown when the fight went inside via an overhand right. Sosa beat the count and took another quick trip to the canvas after back-peddling into a left and right uppercut. The final knockdown came with Sosa trapped on the ropes and forced to his knees by nearly 30 unanswered power shots.

Potential future opponents include an anticipated rematch and unification against WBA and WBO titlist Juan Francisco Estrada, who debuted on HBO in 2013 by defeating Brian Viloria, and moving up to face super flyweight phenom and WBO champion Naoya Inoue.



What (Zou & I) have to do is get back in the damn gym and work harder. – Freddie Roach

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What was billed as the “Showdown at the Sands” quickly became a pedestrian boxing lesson with Amnat Ruenroeng retaining his IBF flyweight title via a unanimous decision (116-111 all) over previously undefeated Zou Shiming.

Fighting for a title in just his 7th pro fight, Shiming and his promotional backer Top Rank were confident due to Shiming’s size advantage and the fact he held several amateur wins over the champion. Their professional battle was fought on different terms with Ruenroeng using movement and hard counters to nullify Shiming’s wild punches and tendency to lung in with shots.

Although Ruenroeng suffered a questionable flash knockdown in the second, he remained composed and outboxed Shiming for long stretches. Shiming’s moments were only when Ruenroeng appeared to take rounds off, most notably in the seventh and ninth stanzas. A more decisive points win for Ruenroeng¬†could have been possible if referee Mark Nelson had ruled a knockdown on Shiming in the eleventh when the challenger was floored with a check left hook.

Amnat Ruenroeng improves to 15-0 (5 KOs) and continues to raise his profile following a 2014 that saw him viewed as a Fighter of the Year candidate with wins over Kazuto Ioka and Rocky Fuentes. Zou Shiming falls to 6-1 (1 KO).

Per Top Rank CEO Bob Arum, July 18 is the target date for Shiming’s comeback bout.



GLEN TAPIA TKO3 DANIEL DAWSON: Glen Tapia posted his third straight knockout victory in stopping veteran Daniel Dawson. At 37 years old,Dawson is at the end of his career but got a bit of a boost by flooring Austin Trout twice last year in a losing effort. This demolition should cement Dawson as nothing more than a stay busy fight for most Top 20 super welterweights.


WBC flyweight champion Roman Gonzalez extended his KO streak to seven with an efficient and dominating sixth round stoppage over Rocky Fuentes earlier today in Tokyo.

Gonzalez was in cruise control and did whatever he pleased with the overmatched Fuentes. The champion’s deadly accuracy was featured anytime the two got in close quarters with Gonzalez punishing the Fuentes with sharp hooks and uppercuts. The constant bodily harm caught up to the challenger in the sixth when a right uppercut through the guard for a knockdown. Fuentes beat the count but was summarily beaten into a corner, prompting the ref to call the bout with seconds remaining in the round.

The win was Gonzalez’s first defense of the flyweight strap he won in September by defeating Akira Yaegashi (TKO9). Of Gonzalez’s last 11 fights dating back to 2012, only Juan Francisco Estrada has lasted the distance. Estrada now holds the WBA¬†and WBO¬†flyweight belts¬†via 11th round TKO over Giovani¬†Segura in September. Should he defeat Joebert Alvarez on December 6, Estrada is expected to seek revenge against Gonzalez in early 2015.


MEXICO CITY, DISTRITO FEDERAL, Mexico — Juan Francisco Estrada left no doubts in the ring Saturday night against Giovani Segura. Estrada, defending his WBA and WBO flyweight titles, executed one of the top masterclass performances of the year by picking apart Segura and dispatching him via an 11th round TKO at the Arena Ciudad de Mexico.


SEGURA BEAT DOWN AT HIS OWN GAME: Giovani Segura is a bull of a fighter that likes to get in close and punish opponents. Estrada obliged him, but made Segura pay dearly for his aggression with digging hooks to the body, and head snapping right crosses and left hooks upstairs. Despite his long arms, Estrada impressively still maintained full leverage on his shots during inside exchanges and constantly forced Segura to give ground.

The seventh round was a brutal three minutes¬†where Estrada’s blistering offense nearly produced a knockdown. From then on, Segura opted to mostly try to fight off the backfoot to equally ineffective results. The strategy allowed for more space between fighters, which benefited Estrada’s longer reach and produced more torque on the champion’s punches, leaving Segura with grotesque swelling on the entire right side of his face.

The ending sequence in the 11th started from a snapping Estrada left hook at long-range. Segura stumbled backwards and was met with a right cross and several more power shots in the corner, forcing the referee to halt the bout.


AN EVEN BIGGER FLYWEIGHT SHOWDOWN: We had two big flyweight matchups this weekend with Roman Gonazalez beating Akira Yaegashi (TKO9) to win the lineal WBC flyweight title, and Estrada victory over Seguara. Gonzalez and Estrada previously met at light flyweight, with Gonzalez taking a close victory in 2012 (116-112 twice, 118-108).

The rematch would be a battle between two of the best fighters at the lower weights. These two technical wizards have shown the ability to adjust in the ring, hold solid power, and more often that not, they end their bouts decisively. The winner of this fight would unquestionably deserve a Top 5 spot on any competent Pound 4 Pound list.

The below link starts off shaky, but it clears up enough to enjoy watching the full fight below.



TOKYO, Japan — Roman Gonzalez captured the WBC flyweight last night with a ninth round technical knockout over Akira Yaegashi, cementing Gonzalez as one of the sport’s top Pound 4 Pound fighters.

Yaegashi, a Pound 4 Pound fighter himself and the lineal flyweight champion, was no match for Gonzalez from the opening bell. This could very well be a win we look back on as a defining moment in a legendary career. Not familiar with Gonzalez? Now’s the time to learn about the man nicknamed “Chocolatito” and the most dominating win streak in boxing.


AN EFFICIENT BEATING: Watching this fight would make you believe a mad scientist created Gonzalez with the sole purpose of destroying Yaegashi. Everything the Nicaraguan did negated Yaeghashi’s offense and defense. The opening two rounds saw Gonzalez establish the lethal accuracy of his right cross. The third had Yaegashi tasting the canvas from a counter left hook. When Yaegashi tried to fight off the backfoot, Gonzalez would quickly cut off the ring and punish him on the ropes with hooks. When Yaegashi attempted to stand his ground, Gonzalez riddled him with short rights, left hooks and uppercuts.

Round after round, Yaegashi’s lack of head movement resulted in crushing counter shots that buckled his legs. Nonetheless, the champion’s fighting heart had him always trying to respond with a frenetic array of shots¬†as his countrymen chanted “Akira!” Unfortunately for Yaegashi, his lack of big punching power meant Gonzalez could absorb his best and come back with debilitating power shots.

The ninth round was a thrilling last stand. Yaegashi threw his best combinations in the round’s opening minute, but quickly found himself repeating the pattern of the previous stanzas; being knocked around the ring and trying to survive. There would be no miraculous comeback after a big left uppercut sent Yaegashi toppling to the mat and the ref wisely calling off the fight.



GONZALEZ AT 27: “Chocolatito” is 27 years old and building a resume that already has him in esteemed company. Let’s take a quick look at how he sizes up with the two¬†widely viewed top Pound 4 Pound fighters in the sport, Floyd Mayweather and Andre Ward, when they were 27.

Gonzalez 40-0 (34 KOs)

– 10-0 in world title fights

– Champion at strawweight (WBA), light flyweight (WBA) and flyweight (WBC, lineal)

– A title win at super flyweight will make him the first Nicaraguan fighter to win titles in four different weight classes (Alexis Arguello was poised to do this but fell twice to Aaron Pryor in the early 80s).


Floyd Mayweather at 27, 31-0, 21 KOs

– 13-0 in world title fights

Рchampion at super featherweight and lightweight (lineal)


Andre Ward at 27, 24-0, 13 KOs

– lineal champion at super-middleweight, Super Six winner

– 5-0 in title fights


As you can see, Gonzalez is on the road to the Hall of Fame if he keeps up this level of competition and dominance. The winner of the other flyweight showdown this weekend, Giovani Segura vs. Juan Francisco Estrada, would be a logical opponent and another elite scalp for Gonzalez (Note: Gonzalez holds a unanimous decision win over Estrada at light flyweight).

Watch the full Gonzalez vs. Yaegashi fight below and witness a masterclass performance.