Fidel “The Atrisco Kid” Maldonado Jr., a hard-hitting southpaw from Albuquerque, N.M., on Monday will take on John Nater of Puerto Rico at Cowboys Dance Hall in San Antonio. The Golden Boy Promotions/Leija*Battah Promotions card will be televised by Fox Sports 1.
Maldonado, 22, is 17-2 with 14 knockouts. That computes to a 73.6 knockout ratio, and he has stopped his past three opponents inside the distance.
Nater, whose full name is John Gregory Nater Jimenez, also has some pop. He is 13-4 with 10 knockouts. He has stopped his past two opponents in the first round. Nater is 23.
Super lightweight champion Danny Garcia is an outstanding fighter. He’s also smart enough to say all the right things at the right time.
Garcia, born and raised in Philadelphia, is of Puerto Rican descent. On Tuesday, he helped play host to a news conference in Puerto Rico promoting his March 15 title defense there against Mauricio Herrera of Riverside (on Showtime).
Garcia apparently wanted locals to know where his heart is, so he came with all kinds of good stuff.
“I am a Puerto Rican,” he said. “I could have been born on the moon, but I’m still a Puerto Rican.”
That’s not all.
“I think that Puerto Rico is going to accept me as its own after I win on March 15,” he said. “Philadelphia might be my birthplace, but Puerto Rico is my blood.”
Garcia, just 25, is 27-0 with 16 knockouts. Herrera, 33, is 20-3 with seven knockouts. The two will tangle at Coliseo Ruben Rodriguez in Bayamon.
Featherweight Oscar Gonzalez of Mexico City on Monday died from a brain injury sustained in Saturday’s 10th-round knockout loss to countryman Jesus Galicia in Mexico City, according to several reports.
Gonzalez, who was just 23, had been declared brain-dead Sunday. He went 23-3 with 14 knockouts during a seven-year career that began in March 2007 in Mexico, when he was still a month shy of his 17th birthday.
Gonzalez had won three consecutive fights, including one over former super bantamweight champion Rico Ramos of Pico Rivera this past April.
Featherweight Oscar Gonzalez of Mexico City has been declared brain-dead after he was knocked out in the 10th round by countryman Jesus Galicia on Saturday in Mexico City, according to several reports.
Gonzalez, 23, went 23-3 with 14 knockouts during a seven-year career. He was riding a three-fight winning streak. Included therein was a unanimous decision over Rico Ramos of Pico Rivera this past April in Shelton, Wash.
Gennady Golovkin of Kazakhstan on Saturday decked Osumanu Adama three times and stopped Adama at 1:20 of the seventh round to retain his middleweight title in the main event from Monte Carlo, Monaco. There was no American television feed.
Golovkin (29-0, 26 KOs) – with a knockout ratio of 89.6 percent – sent Adama to the canvas in the first, sixth and seventh rounds to earn his 16th consecutive victory by knockout. Golovkin is trained by West Covina native Abel Sanchez out of his gym in Big Bear.
Adama, of Ghana, is 22-4.
Victor Ortiz of Ventura had not been in the ring since June 2012, when his jaw was broken by Josesito Lopez in the ninth round at Staples Center. His return was not a happy one.
Southpaw Luis Collazo on Thursday night caught Ortiz with a clean right hook near the end of the second round, and knocked out Ortiz officially at 2:59 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Ortiz took a couple of more minor punches on the way down, went to both knees and never came close to rising.
Collazo, 32, of Brooklyn, is a former welterweight champion. He is now 35-5 with 18 knockouts. Ortiz, 27 on Friday, is also a former welterweight champion. He is now 29-5-2 and has lost three consecutive bouts.
Super lightweight champion Danny Garcia of Philadelphia will defend his two championship belts March 15 against Mauricio Herrera of Riverside at Coliseo Ruben Rodriguez in Bayamon, Puerto Rico (on Showtime), Golden Boy Promotions announced.
Garcia was born and raised in Philadelphia, and is of Puerto Rican descent.
“I’m a proud Puerto Rican and even though Herrera is a tough challenger, there is no way I’m losing in Puerto Rico,” said Garcia, 25; he is 27-0 with 16 knockouts.
Herrera, 33, is 20-3 with just seven knockouts. But he does have a January 2011 victory over current world champion Ruslan Provodnikov.
“I’ve waited a long time for a fight like this, and while I know Garcia is the favorite, I won’t be underestimated,” Herrera said. “I love the underdog role and I’m going to shock the world on March 15.”
The Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry on Thursday ruled that the Jan. 3 fight between super featherweight champion Argenis Mendez of the Dominican Republic and Rances Barthelemy of Cuba held at Target Center in Minneapolis be changed to a no-decision result, ESPN.com reported.
Barthelemy was originally given credit for a second-round knockout when he kept throwing after the second-round bell and knocked out Mendez. Even though Barthelemy was clearly guilty of a foul, referee Pete Podgorski did not rule as such and instead counted out Mendez.
The ruling also means Mendez will get his title belt back from Barthelemy, though the report indicated the IBF will likely order a rematch.
Floyd Mayweather Jr. has been named Fighter of the Year by the Boxing Writers Association of America for the second time.
Mayweather, 36, fought twice in 2013, thoroughly dominating both of his opponents. Mayweather won a wide decision over Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero in May at MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Four months later, in September at the same venue, Mayweather won a majority decision over Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, taking Alvarez’s junior middleweight title along the way. That was the fight in which judge C.J. Ross unbelievably scored the fight a draw; she took an enormous amount of heat and consequently walked away from the sport. In reality, it was another one-sided victory by Mayweather.
Mayweather, 45-0 with 26 knockouts, is expected to soon announce the identity of his next opponent.