Alhambra heavyweight Dominic Breazeale set for Yasmany Consuegra

Dominic Breazeale hits the speed bad/Photo courtesy of TGB Promotions

 

Heavyweight Dominic Breazeale of Alhambra is 14-0 with 13 knockouts since turning pro in November 2012 after competing in the 2012 Olympic Games. But Breazeale has not fought anyone of note.

Breazeale on Saturday will face what figures to be his toughest opponent when he squares off with Yasmany Consuegra of Miami via Cuba in a daytime card at StubHub Center (on NBC). Consuegra is 17-0 with 14 knockouts.

Breazeale, 29, is looking forward to the challenge.

“Definitely toughest competition to date thus far,” he said. “Definitely. Yasmany is 17-0, 14 KOs.  One of those guys that steps in the ring with a ton of confidence.  We’re both undefeated fighters and I was extremely excited when I got the call.  … It’s a great setting, a great way to have a stepping-stone to the next level.  I want to be considered the top heavyweight and I guess you’ve got to fight top guys to get there.”

 

 

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Amir Khan indicates he was smart enough not to overlook Chris Algieri

 

Amir Khan/Photo by Paul Thomas, Associated Press

 

Amir Khan of England had his hands full this past Friday with Chris Algieri, who fought his heart out against Khan in the welterweight main event at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. From the sound of it, Khan knew Algieri would not be a walk in the park for him. Khan said as much after he earned a unanimous decision by scores of 115-113, 117-111 and 117-111.

“Chris gave it his all tonight,” Khan said. “This is the best Algieri we’ve seen in a long time, and if he’d have fought Manny (Pacquiao) that way, he might have won.”

Pacquiao won a very lopsided decision over Algieri in November in Macau, China.

Khan has been pining for a fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr. He intimated he had to put that out of his head while dealing with Algieri.

“Everyone knows I want Floyd next after all the talk about it, but when you wait and hope for something for this long, it can set you back,” said Khan, who is 31-3 with 19 knockouts. “I don’t want to overlook any other fighters, including Chris.”

 

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Leo Santa Cruz wins decision over Jose Cayetano in Saturday’s semi-main

The semi-main event Saturday underneath Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Manny Pacquiao featured super bantamweight champion Leo Santa Cruz of Lincoln Heights taking on Jose Cayetano of Tijuana in a non-title fight in the featherweight division.

Even though Santa Cruz was moving up in weight, he figured to have an easy time of it as Cayetano (17-4) is not in his class. Santa Cruz (30-0-1) did in the sense that he won big on the scorecards – he won by three scores of 100-90. But fans seemed a bit restless that he could not stop Cayetano inside the distance.

There were a few boos.

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Vasyl Lomachenko knocks out Gamalier Rodriguez on the undercard of the Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Manny Pacquiao fight

Vasyl Lomachenko, a highly decorated amateur who won gold medals in both the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games, retained his featherweight world title with a ninth-round knockout of Gamalier Rodriguez of Puerto Rico on the undercard of Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Manny Pacquiao on Saturday night at MGM Grand. Referee Robert Byrd counted out Rodriguez at 50 seconds of the round.

Lomachenko, of the Ukraine, won the gold medal in the featherweight division in the 2008 Beijing Games and the gold medal in the 2012 London Games.

Lomachenko was winning by scores of 80-69, 78-71 and 79-70 at the time of the knockout.

Fans would love to see Lomachenko in a title-unfication bout with fellow champion Nicholas Walters, who is an absolute beast.

“Anyone in my weight division with a title,” Lomachenko said when asked who’s next. “That’s who I want to fight. I want to fight all the champions.”

Lomachenko, 27, won his title in just his third pro fight. He is 4-1 with two knockouts.

Rodriguez is now 25-3-3.

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Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. is stopped by Andrzej Fonfara after nine rounds

Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., left, and Andrzej Fonfara pose after they weighed in Friday for their fight Saturday at StubHub Center in Carson/Photo by Gene Blevins, Los Angeles Daily News

 

Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. could not answer the bell for the 10th round Saturday night at StubHub Center, Andrzej Fonfara of Poland stopping Chavez via ninth-round technical knockout.

Chavez told trainer Joe Goossen after the ninth round to stop the fight, that there was something wrong with his leg. But Chavez never mentioned a leg injury during a post-fight interview inside the ring. Chavez was beaten to the punch by Fonfara all the way through, getting decked by Fonfara in the ninth round ahead of the fight being stopped between rounds.

It was the first fight at light heavyweight for Chavez (48-2-1) , the former middleweight champion from Mexico. Fonfara (27-3)  was ahead by seven, seven and nine points at the time. It was Chavez’s first fight in 13 months.

In other action: Lucas Matthysse (37-3) of Argentina won a 12-round majority decision over Ruslan Provodnikov (24-4) at Turning Stone Casino in Verona, N.Y. One judge had it even 114-114 while the other two had Matthysse ahead 115-113 and 115-113.

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Manny Pacquiao hopeful Floyd Mayweather Jr. tries to knock him out

Manny Pacquiao/Photo courtesy of Top Rank Inc.

 

Manny Pacquiao on Wednesday played host to a media workout at the Wild Card gym in Hollywood, where he is trained by Freddie Roach. A couple of hundred reporters and photographers were on hand, and that’s not including the 50 or so who were turned away because there wasn’t enough room for them.

During a question-and-answer period, Pacquiao was asked if it would be to his advantage if Floyd Mayweather Jr. opens up and tries to knock him out when they tangle May 2 in a welterweight title-unification fight at MGM Grand in Las Vegas (on HBO and Showtime pay-per-view). Pacquiao responded with a slight smile on his face.

“Well, if he does that, that’s good for me,” Pacquiao said. “I mean, I like that. That’s what I want and that’s definitely what the fans want, you know, action.”

 

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Philly’s Danny Garcia says he’s following footsteps of other Puerto Rican greats

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Super lightweight world champion Danny Garcia was born and raised in Philadelphia. But he is of Puerto Rican descent and when it comes to how he stacks up with other fighters of his heritage, he takes it very seriously.

“I used to love other great Puerto Rican boxers like Felix Trinidad, Miguel Cotto and Hector Camacho,” Garcia said. “I feel like I’m definitely working my way up into the ranks with them and following their footsteps.”

Right off the top, we noticed that Garcia left out Wilfredo Gomez. But Garcia has a lot on his mind as Saturday he will square off with fellow champion Lamont Peterson at Barclays Center in Brooklyn (on NBC). Also, Gomez, 58, retired in 1989 – the year after Garcia was born.

Garcia (29-0, 17 KOs) and Peterson (33-2-1, 17 KOs) will be fighting at a catch-weight of 143 pounds, so their titles will not be on the line.

 

 

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Light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson keeps belt with unanimous decision over Sakio Bika in Quebec City

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Adonis Stevenson/Photo courtesy of Premier Boxing Champions

 

Adonis Stevenson on Saturday retained his light heavyweight world title with a unanimous decision over Sakio Bika at Pepsi Coliseum in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. Stevenson decked Bika twice and won by scores of 115-110, 115-111 and and 116-110. Bika (32-7-3), of Australia via Cameroon, tasted the canvas in the sixth and ninth rounds.

Stevenson (26-1, 21 KOs), of Laval, Quebec, appears on a collision course with fellow champion Sergey Kovalev, who holds the other three belts.

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Julian Ramirez shuts out Raul Hidalgo in L.A. Fight Club main event at Belasco

 

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Julian “El Camaron” Ramirez of Los Angeles is now 14-0 after winning a lopsided unanimous decision over Raul Hidalgo of Mexico in the 10-round featherweight main event Thursday at Belasco Theater in Los Angeles. The card was part of Oscar De La Hoya’s L.A. Fight Club series.

Ramirez, just 22, won by three scores of 100-90 as Hidalgo (23-13) did not win a round.

Ramirez did good work both to the head and body.

 

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Sakio Bika must be dreaming if he thinks he’s going to KO Adonis Stevenson

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Perhaps Sakio Bika had a vision because he must have been dreaming when he said what he said at Wednesday’s final news conference promoting his challenge to light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson on Saturday. The two will square off at Pepsi Coliseum in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada (at 12 p.m. on CBS).

“He’s knocked people out, but I’ve never been knocked out,” said Bika, of Australia. “On Saturday, I’ll be the one to knock him out.

Stevenson, of Laval, Quebec, is a beast in the ring. His nickname is “Superman.” He is 25-1 with 21 knockouts for a knockout ratio of 80.7 percent. He won the title when he knocked out Chad Dawson in the first round in June 2013 and has made four successful defenses.

Bika is 32-6-3 with 21 knockouts, a knockout ratio of 51.2 percent. Bika is a former super middleweight champion, and this will be his first fight at light heavyweight.

There is always the chance that Stevenson will be looking past Bika to fellow champion Sergey Kovalev, as that fight could be on the horizon. Stevenson intimated that will not be the case.

“I’m very focused because I know Bika is very dangerous,” Stevenson said. “I know he’s going to come into the ring and try to give me trouble.”

 

 

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