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The first title-winner of 2018 is a young lion from Ghana. Before his countrymen last night at the Bukom Boxing Arena, 23-year old Isaac Dogboe scored two knockdowns off left hooks to capture the WBO interim super bantamweight title.

MAKING THE VISITOR UNCOMFORTABLE: Many of you will remember Juarez for his Fight of the Year-level battle with Nonito Donaire back in 2015. He’s highly durable, a relentless stalker and bruising body puncher. Dogboe made a statement in the opening minute by starting fast and backing Juarez up with heavy left hooks and blows to the body. The phone-booth fighting stunned Juarez and made him give ground.

Dogboe couldn’t maintain this the entire opening round, but he didn’t need to. He imprinted o Juarez’s psyche that he could hurt him and it made the Mexican slugger a more hesitant when he got inside. That allowed the faster Dogboe¬†to control the action from the backfoot and time counter left hooks.

EXPLOITING THE DEFENSIVE HOLES: The left hook counter hit paydirt in the second. Juarez was dropping his right hand when throwing left jabs and hooks, and Dogboe¬†detonated a left hook on the jaw for the first knockdown. Juarez was hurt but able to withstand Dogboe’s follow-up shots.

The pattern replicated for the next three rounds with Juarez continuing to come forward, but unable to trap the Ghanian long enough to work the body and slow him down.

The end came in the fifth when Dogboe launched a perfect left hook on an incoming Juarez. The Mexican fighter had a delayed reaction and staggered aimlessly before crashing to his back. Juarez beat the count, but his dazed demeanor prompted referee Tony Weeks to halt the contest.

THE LION OF GHAHA: The win gives Dogboe the interim WBO super bantamweight title and makes him the mandatory for Jessie Magdaleno, who is looking for an opponent on a March 10 card at California’s StubHub Center. Dogboe wasted no time in the post-fight interview in declaring his availability for that date.

“Jessie Magdaleno, I’m coming for you, baby!” Dogboe vowed. “I know you’re gonna run, but the Lion of Ghana is here! The Pound 4 Pound king¬†is here!”

The fight is a no-brainer in terms of excitement; it’s pitting two undefeated guys in their athletic primes together. However, I’m not sure if the money can be put together to get this done by March. Also, I could see Magdaleno, who last fought in April scoring a second-round TKO over Adeilson Dos Santos, wanting a tune-up before facing a hard-punching dynamo like Dogboe.



Looks like we’re at the end of the road for Anselmo Moreno. Last night, the former super bantamweight title-holder meekly submitted to Julio Ceja after being floored in the third round from a right uppercut.

In years past, Moreno was able to keep fighters honest with the accuracy and snap of his southpaw straight left. It failed him yesterday as Ceja¬†was able to get inside by the second, where he looked stronger in exchanges. Moreno’s balance began to look shaky and he was retreating to the ropes by the third. It was there that Ceja clipped him with a right uppercut for the¬†knockdown.

Moreno was still conscious but took the 10 count on bended knee before walking to his corner.

The loss drops Moreno to 36-6-1, having lost four of his last five fights. His previous fight, a rematch with WBC bantamweight champ Shinsuke Yamanaka, resulted in a seventh-round TKO defeat.



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CARDIFF, WALES — Guillermo Rigondeaux killed time this Saturday by breaking the jaw of an overmatched James Dickens for a second round corner stoppage at the Ice Arena.

Ridgondeaux fought at his usual measured pace. The punch output was low, but Rigondeaux controlled both rounds with excellent accuracy with the looping southpaw left. One of those shots in round two resulted in the apparent jaw fracture.

Dickens, who failed to land a significant punch, immediately let his corner know about the injury and retired.

Rigondeaux improves to 17-0 (11 KOs) with his seventh defense of the WBA super bantamweight title.


MANCHESTER — A big early lead proved crucial in allowing Carl Frampton to edge Scott Quigg by split decision to unify the WBA and IBF super bantamweight titles. What was billed as an all-action fight turned out to be a slow burn with the exciting moments come too late on Quigg’s end.

A GAME OF FEINTS: Through the first half of the bout, both men were wary to take any risks. The normally aggressive Quigg went with a counter-punching strategy from outside while Frampton opted to tentatively come forward behind the jab. It made for tense but ultimately boring viewing. By sheer activity, Frampton took most of these rounds. The clean punching was in single digits every round. The most significant shot came in the fourth when a Quigg right backed Frampton to the ropes. Outside of some brief Frampton showboating, the fifth and sixth stanzas proved equally uneventful.

SLOW WAKE-UP: Gradually, Quigg woke up to the fact he was in the most important fight of his life. He caught Frampton with a pair of decent hooks in the seventh, and had glimpses of solid body work in the eighth. He clipped Frampton on the ropes with an eye-catching clubbing right in round nine. Suddenly, Quigg was facing an opponent who was tiring and more stationary headed into the championship rounds.


MANO A MANO: The fans finally got what they wanted in both fighters going toe to toe in the championship rounds. This was Quigg’s wheelhouse, and he scored well to the body and forced clinches. However, Frampton was never in any true danger of being stopped. Despite Frampton firing heavy leather, Quigg held the scoring edge due to the power and clean landing of his work.

CORRECT WINNER: Quigg waited entirely too long to get going, so Frampton winning was fair. The split decision? That is where we have a problem. Levi Martinez scored it 115-113, and there is no conceivable way I can fathom that based how lifeless Quigg was over the first six rounds. The other two scores of 116-112 were in line with my observations.

NEW BUSINESS: Frampton is now the unified IBF and WBA super bantamweight champion. However, this fight made plain two realities for each fighter. First, the division’s true champion, Guillermo Rigondeaux, would make both Frampton and Quigg look silly. Leo Santa Cruz, who competes tonight against Kiko Martinez, would bulldoze both with his size and high workrate. And considering Frampton’s team has a business arrangement with Premier Boxing Champions, we may just see Santa Cruz-Frampton contested at featherweight before’s year’s end.





“This was the toughest fight I’ve ever been in…” – NONITO DONAIRE

SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO — The bloodied and bruised face of¬†Nonito Donaire revealed the trial by fire he survived with Cesar Juarez to regain the WBO super bantamweight title.

Donaire dominated the early rounds with superb use of mid and long-range offense. The Filipino Flash made Juarez pay for his come-forward style with counter straight rights and left hooks and uppercuts. Although Donaire’s precision shots produced two knockdowns in the fourth, Juarez finished strong by pushing Donaire to the ropes with clubbing shots.




Juarez’s heart and recuperative powers proved to be a harbinger. No doubt fueled by the cheers of his countrymen, Juarez continued forcing Donaire to the ropes where he was vulnerable for wild but effective power shots. Donaire’s problems became compounded in the sixth when an errant slip and left foot injury compromised his mobility.

Donaire spent most of the middle rounds on the backfoot looking for big counters, causing him to lose most of these rounds on low activity. This allowed Juarez to land enough to produce a cut and pronounced left eye swelling.

Donaire’s power kept him from being overwhelmed in the championship rounds. His powerful¬†counter shots did significant damage to Juarez’s nose in the 10th, and eye-catching hooks in the final two rounds halted Juarez’s pressure enough to the take a unanimous decision (116-110 twice, 117-109).

Donaire won the WBO title that was stripped for Guillermo Rigondeaux, who originally won the belt from Donaire in 2013.




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BELFAST, IRELAND — Carl Frampton got the last laugh in the war of words with Chris Avalos by scoring an emphatic fifth round TKO to retain the IBF super bantamweight title.

Frampton begun going to work by nailing Avalos with clean right hands in the second. His best success came from keeping the bout at mid-range, where his better technique nullfied a 5.5-inch reach advantage for Avalos.

A flush right hand buckled Avalos in the fifth. Although he¬†didn’t go down, Frampton never allowed Avalos time to recover and secured a referee stoppage with no complaints from the challenger.

QUIGG AND THEN UNIFICATION?: Frampton affirmed his desire to face Scott Quigg¬†next in a big money UK showdown. If he wins, Frampton then will look towards a unification withthe division’s true champion, Guillermo Rigondeaux, or WBC title-holder Leo Santa Cruz. Because of Frampton’s drawing power in Ireland, he’ll likely hold the negotiation advantage of getting either of thsoe fights in his home country.

Between these unification options, Rigondeaux is the much tougher bout, but the Cuban is also the fighter who’s proven recently that he’ll travel. Frampton’s power gives him a puncher’s chance in that one. With Santa Cruz, who let his Golden Boy contract get brought out to avoid Rigondeaux, is unlikely to head to Belfast when his adviser Al Haymon can get him seven-figure paydays against sub-par competition.



OSAKA, Japan — Guillermo Rigondeaux¬†closed out 2014 with¬†hard-earned 11th round stoppage over Hisashi¬†Amagasa earlier today at the Bodymaker Colosseum.

Rigondeaux¬†promised a fight filled with “explosive¬†fireworks” and did his best to deliver by taking the lead and stalking his bigger opponent. Amagasa, a natural featherweight who moved down for this bout, enjoyed a 6 1/2 inch height advantage that forced Rigondeaux¬†to take offensive risks to get inside. For the most part, Amagasa¬†was too slow to time him. By the fifth, Rigondeaux was getting full leverage on his overhand lefts and eyeing a stoppage.

Amagasa got on board by catching Rigondeaux off-balance with a short right for a seventh-round flash knockdown. Rigondeau tried to hold, but his larger foe was able to break free and crash home more clubbing rights that stunned the champion and resulted in a second knockdown that questionable due to a push.

Amagasa¬†became the aggressor in the eighth, but that left him vulnerable to Rigondeaux’s counter-punching. The Cuban technician took control by landing hard straight lefts and dropping Amagasa¬†in the 10th.Through bad swelling on his jaw and right eye, Amagasa made a last stand in the 11th but couldn’t answer the bell for the final round.

The win was Rigondeaux’s¬†third defense on the unified WBA¬†and WBO¬†super bantamweight titles.