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Notes on Another StubHub Classic and a Look at Two Upcoming Shows

Notes on Another StubHub Classic and a Look at Two Upcoming Shows

By: David A. Avila Apr 26 2017

Hard core fight fans gathered at the StubHub and were treated once again to a memorable and impressive clash between featherweights. Mexico’s Oscar Valdez promised to ratchet up the intensity and was met with equal vigor by relatively unknown Miguel Marriaga of Colombia last Saturday before 5,600 fans. And of course it took place at the StubHub. If you’re a fight fan, you know all about ...

Ringside at the StubHub: Valdez, Ramirez, Magdaleno Triumphant

Ringside at the StubHub: Valdez, Ramirez, Magdaleno Triumphant

By: David A. Avila Apr 23 2017

CARSON, CALIF.-WBO featherweight titlist Oscar Valdez wanted a thriller and Colombia’s Miguel Marriaga helped with 12 rounds of back and forth high level action that saw the champion retain the title by unanimous decision on Saturday. And once again an arena seemed to bring out the best in a world title fight. Valdez (22-0, 19 KOs) walked into the StubHub Center looking to improve on a pre...

Power Hitters Lead Saturday’s Top Rank Show at StubHub

Power Hitters Lead Saturday’s Top Rank Show at StubHub

By: David A. Avila Apr 21 2017

TOP RANK BOXING AT THE "HUB" -- Power hitters arrive just in time to greet the heat at the venue known for making legendary fights. Spring heat will greet three world champions of Mexican descent and an Olympian plus a few others. WBO featherweight titlist Oscar Valdez (21-0, 19 KOs) headlines the card with another title defense this time against Colombia’s Miguel Marriaga (25-1, 21 KOs) a...

Malfunctioning Radar: The Tragic Fate of Wilfred Benitez

Malfunctioning Radar: The Tragic Fate of Wilfred Benitez

By: Jose Corpas Apr 11 2017

WILFRED BENITEZ, BOXING'S BOY WONDER -- They said he possessed radar. The military uses radar to detect enemy aircraft and guided missiles. Air traffic controllers and pilots rely on radar during heavy fog and darkness to keep 300,000-ton 747s from landing anywhere other than the runway. Traffic court judges say it’s infallible. Wilfred Benitez used his radar to slip the punches of some of the b...

R.I.P. Rodrigo Valdez, Former World Middleweight Champion

R.I.P. Rodrigo Valdez, Former World Middleweight Champion

By: Arne K. Lang Mar 15 2017

RODRIGO VALDEZ DEAD AT AGE 70 -- Former world middleweight champion Rodrigo “Rocky” Valdez died today (March 15) at his home in Cartagena, Columbia. His death was attributed to a heart condition complicated by diabetes. He was 70 years old. Born Rodrigo Valdes on Dec. 22, 1946, Valdez was two months shy of his 18th birthday when he made his pro debut in Cartagena. He went on to win the WBC ...

Weekend Boxing Recaps: Razor-thin Decisions and two Frightful Knockouts

Weekend Boxing Recaps: Razor-thin Decisions and two Frightful Knockouts

By: Arne K. Lang Mar 12 2017

The second weekend of March was chock full of good boxing matches. As usual, Mexicans were well represented among the winners and losers. On Friday, big wins were scored by a Japanese Mexican and by a Mexican from Northern Ireland. In Tokyo, former WBO world bantamweight champion Tomoki “El Mexicanito” Kameda (33-2) had a relatively easy time in a 10-round match with Thai Veteran Pipat Chai...

In an Upset, Romero Duno Brutally KOs Chimpa Gonzalez in L.A.

In an Upset, Romero Duno Brutally KOs Chimpa Gonzalez in L.A.

By: David A. Avila Mar 11 2017

RINGSIDE AT THE BELASCO THEATER -Hometown favorite Chimpa Gonzalez was brutally knocked out in the second round by Filipino lightweight Romero Duno who won the WBC Youth title with the win on Friday. Gonzalez was sent to the hospital after the fight. Duno (13-1, 12 KOs) walked in with a reputation as a hard puncher and defeated the equally hard-punching Gonzalez (16-1, 14 KOs) who was defending...

Quick Results from Brooklyn: Thurman Upends Garcia by Split Decision

Quick Results from Brooklyn: Thurman Upends Garcia by Split Decision

By: The Sweet Science Mar 04 2017

KEITH THURMAN WINS BY SPLIT DECISION -- The welterweight title unification showdown between undefeated title-holders Keith Thurman and Danny Garcia attracted a crowd of 16,553, a record high for a boxing event at the Barclays Center. Those in the building anticipated a zesty encounter comparable to Thurman’s last appearance here on June 25 when he scored a narrow, albeit unanimous decision over ...

Saul “Neno” Rodriguez Ready to Unload in Mayweather Promotions Debut

Saul “Neno” Rodriguez Ready to Unload in Mayweather Promotions Debut

By: David A. Avila Feb 15 2017

NENO RODRIGUEZ MOVING ON UP -- RIVERSIDE, Ca.-Working out in a narrow-sized boxing gym located near Riverside North High, super featherweight contender Saul “Neno” Rodriguez (pictured with his father) has that look of a young gunfighter you might envision during the old Wild West days. He’s got an itchy trigger finger and plenty of bullets. Next week Rodriguez (20-0-1, 15 KOs) gets a c...

Is Giovanni Santillan the Newest Gem for Thompson Boxing?

Is Giovanni Santillan the Newest Gem for Thompson Boxing?

By: David A. Avila Feb 09 2017

SANTILLAN vs TIENDA GOES FRIDAY -- It’s one of the biggest secrets in boxing, but Thompson Boxing Promotions has long been uncovering some of the best talent in Southern California. Will Giovanni Santillan be their next discovered gem? Santillan (20-0, 11 KOs) a slick-fighting southpaw out of San Diego, faces Mexico’s Omar Tienda (18-3, 11 KOs) in the main event on Friday Feb. 10, at the...