WBA #8 Foster beats Grachev, targets Pascal

Photos: Emily Harney

In a special matinee outdoor event at MGM Springfield presented by Murphys Boxing and broadcast live on UFC Fight Pass, Charles Foster (19-0, 9 KOs) defended his NABA Light Heavyweight Championship against Denis Grachev (19-8-1, 10 KOs) winning a 10 round unanimous decision.
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Foster, who is currently ranked #8 in the world by the WBA, outboxed the game Russian from the start, using his superior speed and ring generalship to win by scores of 100-90, 97-93 and 97-91.

To Grachev’s credit, he came forward the entire fight looking for an opportunity but he could never land more than one punch at a time and found himself walking into Foster’s combinations.

“I felt good about my performance tonight.”, said the world ranked contender who fights for Murphys Boxing.

“Grachev was durable and strong. He’s been in there with world champions and contenders and I was still able to sweep him with a unanimous decision. Definitely a good learning experience. I got cut in the second round and had to fight the rest of the night with it. I stayed calm under the pressure and I need to experience that type of adversity. Now it’s on to the next one. I want another fighter in the Top 10. I think I’m about two or three fights away from a world title shot.”

In regards to his next opponent, the soft spoken contender who prefers to do his talking in the ring, did mention one name he would love to share the ring with next.

“It’s up to my promoter, Murphys Boxing, my manager and my coach in regards to who I fight next but if I had my pick I would want to fight Jean Pascal. He looked great winning the WBA Interim Championship in a big upset and I’m ranked #8 in the world by the WBA and have the NABA title. I think it would make for a great fight between a former world champ and an undefeated contender. The winner would definitely be deserving of a world title shot.”

In additional action on the card…

In a shocking upset, former USA Olympian, Devin Vargas (21-5, 9 KOs) handed popular Irish heavyweight prospect, Niall Kennedy (13-1-1, 8 KOs) his first professional defeat by TKO in the 5th round of a scheduled 10 round bout.

Kennedy started strong, hurting Vargas in the third round but the crafty veteran began timing the undefeated prospect with surprisingly fast combinations. Continually beating Kennedy to the punch, the 37 year old showed flashes of the speed and ring generalship that once made him captain of the 2004 United States Olympic Boxing Team. After hurting and cornering Kennedy late in the 5th round, Vargas unleashed a barrage of punches that snapped the Irishman’s head back multiple times forcing the referee to stop the contest with only two seconds remaining in the round.

Kennedy, who has amassed an impressive following in the Massachusetts area and was on the verge of a world ranking, was naturally disappointed but still gracious and classy in defeat giving all credit to Vargas who in turn showed mutual respect to his opponent.

It was a show stealing, action packed heavyweight battle and it now leaves Vargas, a father of 5 who works full time at a Toledo, Ohio jeep manufacturing plant and also works as a high school football coach, suddenly back in the mix in the red hot division.

Springfield’s own Anthony Velazquez (7-0, 7 KOs) stopped Philadelphia’s Vincent Floyd (4-8-1, 2 KOs) 58 seconds into the 4th round of a 6 round welterweight bout. Floyd, who was giving the flashy young power puncher his toughest test to date, rightfully complained about a quick stoppage after a flurry from Velazquez brought the contest to a sudden end. The tough as nails Philly fighter, while down on the cards, didn’t even seem in trouble let alone hurt, but the crowd was in a frenzy and it may have influenced the hasty stoppage. Regardless with his combination of speed and power, Velazquez is without a doubt one of New England’s most promising young fighters.

Back from one of the shorter retirements in recent memory, world title challenger and New England fan favorite, Shelly Vincent (26-2, 1 KO) returned to the ring to win a unanimous decision over Karen Dulin (3-20-1, 1 KO) in a 6 round featherweight bout. ‘Shelito’s Way’ dedicated the fight to her first trainer who recently passed away and hinted at retirement again but said the right fight could bring her back to the ring.

Elvis Figueroa (7-0, 4 KOs) who trains alongside Charles Foster in New Haven made incredibly short work of Argentina’s Marcelo Molina (23-16-1, 19 KOs) overwhelming and stopping him in the 1st round of a 6 round super middleweight bout.

Albany, New York’s Ray Jay Bermudez (8-0, 5 KOs) won a unanimous, but very close, decision against Quincy, Florida’s Leonardo Kenon (3-7, 1 KO) in a back and forth 4 round junior welterweight bout.

Derrick Whitley Jr. (6-1-1) of Springfield’s famed fighting Whitley family won a unanimous decision over Massachusetts veteran Antonio Chaves Fernandez (9-29-4, 3 KOs) in a 6 round welterweight bout.

Springfield’s Josh Orta (5-0, 2 KOs) won a unanimous decision over Argentina’s Matias Arriagada (6-7, 3 KOs) in a well matched 4 round junior welterweight bout.

In the opener, Springfield’s Rollin Whitley (1-0) made his long awaited professional debut winning a unanimous decision over Florida first timer, Ayron Palmer (0-1). Whitley pumped up the partisan crowd by coming out to the ring to the theme song from the classic tv western, Rawhide before dropping Palmer in the 1st round on way to a 4 round unanimous decision in a competitive fight in the junior welterweight division.

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Results from Columbus, Ohio

By Brad Snyder-The Undercard
Photos: Bob Ryder

Express Live! Venue in Columbus was rocking Friday night, as Troy Speakman put on his Title Boxing Club Presents Championship Boxing. The night featured two standing ovations, chants of “This is awesome!” and two very controversial decisions.
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A rematch in the junior middleweight division, which featured the NABA WBA Title on the line had Jamie Walker (9-2-2, 3 KOs) facing off with Daniel Karpency (9-2-1, 4 KOs). Walker, at 39 years of age, was closing in on bigger fights. A controversial decision (96-94-Karpency, 97-93-Walker, 98-92-Karpency) led to Karpency taking home the NABA WBA title.

Round seven had Walker fighting out of a neutral corner. His back was to the corner firing away at incoming Karpency. It looked as if Walker was receiving the best of the exchanges. The crowd was certainly not pleased with the decision.

In what is one of the top fights this writer has ever witnessed, an all out war produced the most excitement of the night. Isaiah Steen (13-0, 10 KOs) survived three slips in the ring. The last of the three being controversial, as most of the crowd and commission thought it should have been considered a knockdown. Gorjan Slaveski (5-1-1, 3 KOs), fighting southpaw and throwing haymakers all during the fight, lost the close Super Middleweight fight. The 1st Round has Steen scoring first, but in the middle rounds, it appeared Slaveski’s style gave Steen problems. Steen and Slaveski fought toe to toe for most of the 8-Round fight, both giving each other fits. The judges came back (76-76, 78-74, 78-74) in favor of Steen for the Majority Decision.

Alante Green (6-0-1, 5 KOs) produced a vicious knockout to defeat Eric Abraham (6-6, 3 KOs) in a cruiserweight contest. The 2:56 mark Round 3 KO proves Green will be a force to reckon with in the cruiserweight division.

Travis “Bam Bam” Davis improved to (4-0, 2 KOs) with a SD (39-37 Davis, 39-37 Wheeler, 39-37 Davis ) victory over Sidney Wheeler (1-1) in a cruiserweight contest.

Alfred Leisure (4-0, 3 KOs) won by 3rd Round TKO at the 1:15 mark against Corey Dulaney (5-10-3, 1 KO) in a Junior Middleweight contest.

Garrett “Sunshine” Ross (2-1) received the first loss in his career being defeated by Latiss Norman (4-4, 2 KOs) by UD (39-37, 39-37, 40-36).

The night had an honor legendary Ohio trainer, John Johnson. A banner was hung in the balcony to acknowledge the champions and lives that Johnson influenced.

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WBO champ Navarrete stops de Vaca in three

By Miguel Maravilla at ringside

WBO junior featherweight world champion Emanuel “Vaquero” Navarrete (28-1, 24 KOs) scored an impressive third round TKO over previously unbeaten Francisco “Panchito” de Vaca (20-1, 6 KOs) before 3,944 on Saturday night in the inaugural boxing card at the Banc of California Stadium located on the site of the former Los Angeles Sports Arena.

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Navarrete came out landing big punches in the opening round snapping de Vaca’s head back a few times. De Vaca answered with some solid counters as the things began to warm up. In round two, Navarrete landed a three punch combination dropping De Vaca. The third round saw Navarrete go for the stoppage as he came out attacking De Vaca and bloodying him. Credit to the challenger as he kept fighting back but the champ’s attack was too much and referee Raul Caiz Sr. stepped in to stop the fight at 1:54.

Afterward, Navarrete stated, “I want to thank my supporters, and second of all, I want to continue the tradition of Mexican boxing in Los Angeles. I want to fill arenas and follow in the footsteps of Mexican legends.”

“I’m talking to {Top Rank} about fighting September 14 on the Tyson Fury card in Las Vegas. I want to thank Bob Arum and Zanfer Promotions for the opportunity…De Vaca showed his fighting heart. He gave 100 percent in the ring tonight.”

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Navarette-De Vaca undercard results

By Miguel Maravilla at ringside

In the opening bout from the Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles, Russian lightweight Dmitry Yun (2-0) won a unanimous decision over Javier Martinez (5-7, 3 KOs). Martinez scored a knockdown in the opening seconds as Yun was up on his feet quickly. Referee Jack Reiss deducted a point from Martinez in the third as Martinez continued spitting out his mouthpiece. Shortly after Martinez sent Yun to the canvas a second time. Martinez kept fighting on as he made things complicated for Yun. Sensing the urgency Yun pressed hard in the final round. Scores were 57-54, 57-54, and 56-54 in favor of Yun.

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Feigenbutz stops Nunez in eight

IBF #3, WBA #5, WBO #6, WBC #11 super middleweight Vincent Feigenbutz (31-2, 28 KOs) scored an eighth round TKO over previously unbeaten Cesar Nunez (16–1-1, 8 KOs) on Saturday night at the Friedrich Ebert Halle in Ludwigshafen, Germany. Feigenbutz, a former WBA interim champion, battered Nunez to the canvas twice in round eight and the bout was waved off after Nunez continued to absorb punishment without firing back. Time was 1:58.

In the co-feature, unbeaten super welterweight Ahmad Ali (15-0-1, 10 KOs) unanimously outpointed Arman Torosyan (19-7-1, 16 KOs) over twelve rounds. Scores were 117-109, 115-113, 117-110.

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Yeritsyan stops Chapman

By Rocky Morales at ringside

Unbeaten welterweight Gor Yeritsyan (11-0, 10 KOs) made his U.S.A. debut a successful one with a sixth round stoppage over Derion Chapman (3-5-1, 2 KOs) on Friday night at the Burbank Marriott, in Burbank, CA. Yeritsyan, a 24-year-old hailing from Yerevan, Armenia, had all his previous fights in Russia but was in good company for his American debut with each Freddy Roach and former U.S. Olympian, Vanes Martirosyan, working his corner.

In Russia, Yeritsyan had been facing higher level opponents than Chapman, including former world title challenger Ali Funeka, and was originally scheduled to face Amir Khan conqueror Breidis Prescott, but the fight fell through days ago requiring the last minute replacement of Chapman.

Yeritsyan was all business from the opening bell, ignoring the taunts and clowning around of Chapman. With a chant of “Gor, Gor, Gor!!!” from his fans in attendance, Yeritsyan was the hunter and Chapman was the prey. Chapman was able to make it through the first three rounds without heavy damage but Yeritsyan was in command of the fight. In the fourth round, however, Yeritsyan would drop Chapman and he’d drop him again in the fifth round of the scheduled six round fight.

Between the fifth and sixth round, Chapman’s corner informed the referee that their fighter had seen enough and the bout was waved off making Yeritsyan the knockout winner at 3:00 of the sixth round. Yeritsyan clearly established himself as a welterweight with a lot of promise. He will likely be back to a much higher caliber opponent next time around and has the potential to become a very welcome addition to the American fight scene. With Roach and Martirosyan on his team, the sky is the limit for the very talented Yeritsyan.

In semi-main event action, Jessy Martínez (13-0, 8 KOs) was the unanimous decision winner over Chilean fighter Luis Norambuena (3-4-1) in a six round super welterweight bout. Norambuena proved pesky and made Martínez, from nearby Woodland Hills, CA, work hard for 18 minutes for a unanimous decision victory. Judges scored it 60-54, 59-55 and 59-55 all in favor of Martínez. Norambuena, meanwhile, drops his fourth straight fight.

In a four round light heavyweight bout, 42-year-old Eddie Jackson (1-0) made a successful boxing debut with a unanimous decision victory over Zlatko Ledic (2-5-1, 1 KO). It was not a pretty fight as the muscular Jackson primitively bulled his way to a victory over the smoother boxing but lighter punching Ledic. Jackson’s victory was loudly cheered by his many fans in attendance. Judges scored the bout 39-37, 40-36 and 39-37, all in favor of Jackson.

In a six round super lightweight attraction, Ruben Rodriguez (8-0, 3 KOs) beat Argentinian, Gonzalo Dallera (5-5, 4 KOs) by way of a fourth-round knockout. Dallera aggressively pressed the action with wide looping power shots but then again, those shots mostly missed the mark as Rodriguez, with top trainer Robert Garcia, in his corner, patiently boxed and used Dallera’s own aggression against him. Rodriguez dropped Dallera twice in the second round but was unable to get the knockout victory quite yet. The third and fourth rounds were somewhat frustrating as Dallera seemed ready to go but Rodriguez was unable to take advantage. Finally, an illegal kidney punch from Rodriguez prompted the referee to stop the bout, not by disqualification, but by knockout victory for Rodriguez. Dallera protested briefly and half-heartedly but then seemed relieved the fight was over. Time of the stoppage was 1:57 of the fourth round.

In a four round lightweight bout, Ikeem Abdullah (2-0-1) and Gerardo Alvarez (1-1-2) fought to a four round majority draw. Abdullah seemed the more talented boxer but simply was outhustled by the hardnosed Alvarez so a draw seemed the correct outcome.

In opening action, a four round welterweight bout, David Morales (4-3-2, 1 KO) overcame a bad cut over his eye caused by a headbutt, to win a unanimous decision victory over the determined but limited Anthony Zender (1-3). All of the judges saw it the same with 40-36 in favor of Morales.

“Valley Fight Night” was presented by Bash Boxing, Ground Zero Promotions, Lights Out Promotions and PR Sports and hosted by the Burbank Marriott, in Burbank, CA. The next installment of Valley Fight Night to be announced soon.

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Tszyu defeats Ritchie in battle of contenders

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing

IBF #11 Tim Tszyu (14-0, 10 KOs) outscored IBF #9 Dwight Ritchie (19-2, 2 KOs) over ten rounds at Star City Casino, Sydney, NSW, Australia on Wednesday. Tszyu connected with accurate combinations consistently and cut Ritchie’s left eye in round three which the doctor inspected but allowed the contest to continue. Tszyu outworked Ritchie in most of the rounds to be crowned the winner by scores of 97-93, 98-92, 98-93 to capture the IBF Australasian and WBO Global Championships.

Super middleweight Cesar Mateo Tapia (11-0, 6 KOs) battered former IBO super-middleweight Champion Renold Quinlan (12-5, 8 KOs) over ten rounds to be awarded the decision by scores of 98-92, 99-92, 97-93 and be crowned the Australian super middleweight champion.

WBA #6 super-middleweight Aldos Yerbossynuly (12-0, 8 KOs) outscored Rocky Jerkic (17-2, 13 KOs) over ten rounds to win by scores of 99-91, 98-92, 98-92. Yerbossynuly was in control from the opening bell as he outworked the Australian but in round ten was in trouble when Jerkic connected with accurate headshots, however, he survived the hear the bell.

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Televised on Foxtel Main Event Pay-Per-View

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