Junior flyweight dominator Giovanni Segura buckles up and flies to the Philippines to meet flyweight champ Brian Viloria and once unbeatable Roy Jones Jr. attempts to recover the past this weekend.
Now fighting at cruiserweight, the once untouchable Jones (54-8, 40 KOs) has lost three consecutive bouts and four out of the last six. Florida’s Jones meets Max Alexander (14-5-2, 2 KOs) on Saturday, Dec. 10 at the Civic Center in Atlanta.
Can Jones regain a semblance of his once unbeatable tenure?
“In the first round that Max slips, that’s the round he is going down. That may be the 1st, 2nd, 3rd or even the 10th. But, whenever it is, I will knock him out in the first round that he slips, I am ready,” stated Jones, 42.
Alexander, though he’s also lost in his last three bouts, has not been stopped before the final bell in any of those defeats. The New Jersey prizefighter can take a punch and plans to not only survive, he promised to knock out the future Hall of Famer Jones.
At one time Jones was invincible. He could land a left hook from 10 feet away and be out of range before you could blink. But once the legs go then you only have skill to help you. Saturday’s bout will pit Jones’ skill set and brains against Alexander for the UBO Intercontinental cruiserweight belt. It begins at 3 p.m. Eastern Time.
The fight can be seen on: http://www.ustream.tv/royjones for $9.99.
In the Far East, Mexico’s pound for pound prizefighter Giovanni Segura (28-1-1, 24 KOs) departs the junior flyweights to challenge WBO flyweight titleholder Brian “Hawaiian Punch” Viloria (29-3, 16 KOs) on Saturday Dec. 10 in Manila, Philippines.
Both fighters are Southern California based, with Segura fighting out of Los Angeles’s Azteca Boxing Club. The mini-bomber proved much too strong for the junior flyweight division and now moves up to face the very familiar Viloria.
Viloria and Segura have sparred each other in ring wars and know each other’s strengths and weaknesses.
“I've sparred with Segura in the past and we beat the hell out of each other. It was the kind of sparring where we could have charged the audience for an entrance fee and they wouldn't have complained,” said Viloria, who is also a former two-time junior flyweight world champion. “Segura is a very dangerous opponent for me but, if I beat him, I'll get to keep my title and grab his slot in Ring's pound-for-pound rankings.”
Segura has had problems making weight as a junior flyweight and thinks his power will carry to the 112-pound division. As a junior fly he destroyed Puerto Rico’s Ivan Calderon, a very talented fighter in back-to-back fights.
The fight can be seen on web stream at 8 p.m. ET at: www.integratedsportsnet.com.
Price for the fight is $29.99
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In mixed martial arts Michael “The Count” Bisping (23-3) stopped Jason “Mayhem” Miller (24-8) at 3:34 of round three on Saturday. Despite a lackluster first round Bisping revved it up from there and forced a stoppage with a savage ground and pound attack. The two fought at the Palms Resort Casino in Las Vegas.
Ontario’s Jonathan Arellano (11-0-1, 2 KOs) beat Jonathan Alcantara (4-6-2) by unanimous decision after six rounds at Chumash Casino on Friday. Arellano is a junior featherweight who is trained by Henry Ramirez.
WBC Youth champion Randy Caballero (13-0, 7 KOs) kept the title by unanimous decision after eight rounds with Arthur Santiago (7-4-1) at Fantasy Springs Casino on Friday. Also winning was Blythe’s Andrew Cancio (12-1-2, 11 KOs) by majority decision and Cathedral City’s Angel Osuna (7-3-1) by unanimous decision.
Holly Holm (30-2-3, 9 KOs) was knocked out by France’s Anne Sophie Mathis (26-1, 22 KOs) at 1:38 of round seven. The meeting of the two world champions took place in Holm’s hometown of Albuquerque, New Mexico. It was Holm’s first loss in seven years. Mathis wins the IBA welterweight world title.
Undefeated heavyweight Alex Flores (7-0, 5 KOs) stopped Kelsey Arnold (4-9-2) of Tennessee at 2:51 of round one. The end came during an exchange of punches as Flores connected with a right cross to the chin in front of a sold out crowd at OC Hangar in Costa Mesa. Flores fights out of Pomona. Also, Lissette Medel (4-1-1) out-boxed the much taller Yolanda Ezell (1-2) after six rounds of a junior lightweight bout. All three judges scored it for Medel who fights out of Maywood.
Mexico’s Mariana “Barbie” Juarez (31-5-3, 15 KOs) defends the WBC flyweight world title against fellow Mexican Diana Gonzalez (5-3, 2 KOs) on Saturday Dec. 10, in Cancun, Mexico. It’s Juarez’s fifth fight this year and fourth world title defense all in 12 months.
Japan’s knockout punching Koki Kameda (26-1, 16 KOs) defends the WBA bantamweight title against Mario Macias (23-7, 11 KOs) and WBA junior bantamweight titleholder Tepparith Kokietgym (18-2, 12 KOs) defends against Daiki Kameda (22-2, 14 KOs) on Wednesday Dec. 7. The two world title fights take place in Osaka, Japan.
WBA junior flyweight Yesica Bopp (18-0, 8 KOs) makes a world title defense against Olga Julio (10-11-1) on Friday Dec. 9. Bopp’s title defense takes place in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Canada’s Jelena Mrdjenovich (25-8-1, 12 KOs) and Argentina’s Alejandra Oliveras (23-2-2, 9 KOs) fight for the vacant WIBA featherweight world title on Friday Dec. 9. The match takes place in Edmonton, Canada. Both Mrdjenovich and Oliveras are former world champions.
Brazil’s Rosilette Dos Santos (24-5, 14 KOs) defends the WIBA junior bantamweight title against Colombia’s Paulina Cardona (19-9-4, 9 KOs) on Saturday Dec. 10. The world title match will be held in Parana, Brazil.
WBA heavyweight titleholder Alexander Povetkin (23-0, 16 KOs) retained the title by knockout in the eighth of American Cedric Boswell (35-2, 26 KOs) last Saturday. It was Povetkin’s first world title defense. Also, welterweight world champion Cecilia Braekhus (19-0, 5 KOs) stopped Hawaii’s Kuulei Kupihea (7-2) in 57 seconds of round 10.
Mexico City’s Jhonny Gonzalez (51-7, 45 KOs) pleased the hometown fans with a second round knockout of Roinet Caballero (31-11-1, 22 KOs) to retain the WBA featherweight world title.
Texas heavyweight David Rodriguez (36-0, 34 KOs) kept his record spotless with a knockout of Byron Polley (24-13-1, 11 KOs) at 1:28 of round two. The match took place on Saturday in Las Cruces, New Mexico.
Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios (30-0-1, 22 KOs) was stripped of the WBA lightweight title for failing to make the 135-pound weight limit. But he stopped England’s John Murray (31-2, 18 KOs) at 2:06 of round 11 to remain undefeated. The WBA lightweight title is now vacant.
In a close battle WBA super middleweight titleholder Felix Sturm (36-2-2, 16 KOs) fought to a draw with Martin Murray (23-0-1, 10 KOs) but keeps the title. The championship match was held Friday in Mannheim, Germany.
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