Seniesa “Superbad” Estrada looks to defend her WBC Silver Light Flyweight Title for a second time

LOS ANGELES: Seniesa “Superbad” Estrada (16-0, 6 KOs), one of the most important female boxers of this era, will look to take over Hollywood, Calif. as she defends her WBC Silver Light Flyweight Title for a second time in a 10-round main event against a soon-to-be announced opponent. The event will take place on Thursday, June 13 at Avalon Hollywood. The fights will be streamed live on RingTV.com and on Facebook Watch via the Golden Boy Fight Night Page beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/7:00 p.m. PT. The series will also be available on regional sports networks around the nation.

Estrada is a native of East Los Angeles, Calif. who earned multiple titles as an amateur boxer before turning professional in 2011. Since then, the 26-year-old has developed into one of the biggest names in women’s boxing, fighting on important cards in Southern California and in Mexico, where she captured a regional title in November 2018. Estrada plans to fight for a world title in the near future, but she’ll have to get passed a tough opponent that will be announced shortly.

“I’m excited fighting at home again,” said Seniesa Estrada. “My last two fights were in Mexico, so it’s cool to be fighting in front of my fans, friends and family who will be coming out to support me as I defend my WBC Silver Light Flyweight Title. I think this will be the last time I defend it before I challenge for a world title. I have high hopes that we can sell this place out because I know my fans have been waiting for me to fight in Los Angeles. I expect it to be a great event!”

In the co-main event, Armenian contender Azat “Crazy A” Hovhannisyan (16-3, 13 KOs) will face Glen Porras (32-8, 20 KOs) of Cotabato, Philippines in a 10-round super bantamweight fight.

Carlos Caraballo (11-0, 11 KOs) of Ponce, Puerto Rico will fight in an eight-round bantamweight bout.

Christian “Chimpa” Gonzalez (19-3, 15 KOs) of Buena Park, Calif. will make his highly anticipated return in an eight-round lightweight fight.

David “Junebug” Mijares (7-0, 3 KOs) of Pasadena, Calif.will compete in a six-round lightweight battle.

Jose Vargas (5-0, 4 KOs) of Pasadena, Calif. will participate in a six-round super bantamweight clash.

Pat Manuel (1-0) of Duarte, Calif. will open the night in a four-round super featherweight fight.

The opponents for this event will be announced shortly.

Miguel Berchelt defends his WBC super featherweight world title; Navarrete knocks out Dogboe in the 12th

TUCSON, Ariz.: It was pure savagery in the desert. Miguel Berchelt defended his WBC super featherweight world title over Francisco Vargas after Vargas retired on his stool following the sixth round of a brawl in front of 4,424 fans at Tucson Arena.

It was the fifth successful title defense for Berchelt (36-1, 32 KOs), who defeated Vargas (25-2-2, 18 KOs) via 11th-round knockout in January 2017 to the win the belt.

“I did what I said I was going to do in the ring,” Berchelt said. “More importantly, I want to thank Francisco ‘Bandito’ Vargas. He’s a true Mexican warrior, and more than anything, let me tell you, he gave me my first opportunity at a world title. So, it was only fair that I would give him a shot to win his world title back. But his corner did the right thing in saving him from more punishment.”

“I want to prove that I’m the best 130-pounder in the world. In {two weeks}, it will be Jamel Herring taking on {WBO champion Masayuki} Ito. I want the winner of that fight because I don’t want to leave any doubt as to who the best super featherweight in the world is.”

Said Vargas: I am going to speak with my team, and we’ll see what happens in the future.”

Navarrete KOs Dogboe

Emanuel Navarrete did it again. The WBO junior bantamweight world champion defended his title against the man he beat five months prior, Isaac “Royal Storm” Dogboe, via 12th-round TKO. Navarrete won a unanimous decision versus Dogboe (20-2, 14 KOs) in their first meeting last Dec. 8 at Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden, and the rematch was more of the same.

At the time of the stoppage, two of the judges had Navarrete ahead 109-99, with the third judge scoring it 109-98.

Navarrete (27-1, 23 KOs) scored knockdowns in the sixth and 12th rounds. Following the knockdown in the 12th, Dogboe’s father and trainer, Paul Dogboe, threw in the towel.

“It really surprised me that he took so many hard shots, but at the same time, he continued to throw strong punches,” Navarrete said. “I want to thank Dogboe because he gave me the opportunity to become a world champion, and now in this second fight, he gave me the opportunity to demonstrate that my first triumph wasn’t by accident and that there is a reason why I have the title. And to all the fighters at122 pounds, I tell them that if they want my title, then they can come and try and take it. ‘El Vaquero’ is here!”

“It’s not over until the final bell. Hats off to Navarrete. He did a great job,” Dogboe said. “Making super bantamweight is getting too difficult. My next fight, I will be moving up to {featherweight}. I will be much more comfortable there.”

The CompuBox stats told the story of the bout. Navarrete landed 314 punches, 215 of which were power shots. Meanwhile, Dogboe landed only 121 of 523 punches.

In other action:

Mykal “The Professor” Fox (20-1, 5 KOs) upset 2016 Olympic gold medalist Fazliddin “Fayzi” Gaibnazarov (7-1, 4 KOs) in a 10-round super lightweight bout, winning by scores of 96-92 2x and 95-93. Fox had a nearly nine-inch height advantage and used his southpaw jab and long arms to his advantage.

Phoenix native Carlos Castro (23-0, 9 KOs) defended his WBC Continental Americas super bantamweight belt for the first time, outlasting the game Mario Diaz (18-3, 7 KOs) by scores of 100-89 2x and 98-91. Castro knocked down Diaz in the second round and kept him at bay with his 70-inch reach.

“We knew it was a tough fight, and that’s why we prepared so hard for this battle. But this is my title, and no one is going to take it from me,” Castro said My next step is to keep working hard and to move closer to a world title shot. I love fighting in front of my home state fans. The fans in Tucson are special.”

Former three-time world title challenger Miguel Marriaga (28-3, 24 KOs) kept his hopes for a fourth world title shot alive, knocking out fellow Colombian and late replacement Ruben Cervera (10-2, 9 KOs) following the conclusion of the third round.

Marriaga scored a pair of knockdowns in the second round, while Cervera notched a flash knockdown of his own in the third. Marriaga’s body attack was too much, and Cervera elected to retire on his stool.

“He was a last-minute opponent that came a little heavier than what I’m used to fighting, and that’s why I focused on punishing the body,” Marriaga said. “He connected well with a solid punch and I went down, but he didn’t hurt me badly. My plan was to punish him with body shots until he did not want to continue and finally he didn’t come out to fight following the third round.”

Super lightweight prospect Miguel Parra (17-1-1, 12 KOs) made short work of David Morales (13-11,13 KOs), as Morales was unable to continue following the first round. Parra has now won eight fights in a row.

Tucson native Manny Guajardo (5-0, 0 KOs) kept his unbeaten record alive, edging Jonathan Espino (2-4, 3 KOs) by four-round majority decision (40-36, 39-37 and 38-38) in a middleweight bout.

ROAD FC 054 opening announcement: La In-Jae defends the Middleweight Title against Yang Hae-Jun

ROAD Fighting Championship announces the opening of ROAD FC 054 which will take place on June 15, 2019 in Wonju, South Korea. The main event will be Middleweight Champion La In-Jae’s first defense of the belt against top challenger Yang Hae-Jun.

ROAD FC Middleweight Championship

Middleweight Champion La In-Jae (8-0-1, Team Korea MMA) created the changing of the guard when he defeated long-time Korean MMA fighter “Ryo” Choi Young in a blazing three round battle at ROAD FC 048. He is a dominant wrestler with powerful striking who has worn down opponent after opponent, going undefeated and showing that he can dismantle whatever game plan is brought to him with grinding precision.

Yang Hae-Jun (12-6, Team Posse) is a veteran from Spirit MC and Neofight, and rose to international acclaim at Legend FC. He has been the powerful, threatening knockout artist with an increasing cache of weapons in his arsenal. Although Yang lost in his highly anticipated return against the acrobatic Michel Pereira, he came back to choke out Lim Dong-Hwan at ROAD FC 052.

Champion La will again be tested by the power of deep experience that challenger Yang has, however La wants to prove to the world that he’s no longer a prospect, but a champion.

ROAD FC 053

Prior to ROAD FC 054, ROAD FC 053 will take place on May 18 as the very first MMA event on the resort island of Jeju, South Korea. The main event will be the long-anticipated Lightweight Championship defense by Kwon A-Sol as he takes on $1 Million Tournament winner Mansour Barnaoui. The co-main event will be the return of young Chinese heavyweight standout Aorigele against kickboxing legend Jérôme Le Banner.

Event: ROAD Fighting Championship 053

Date: May 18, 2019

Venue: Halla Gymnasium

City: Jeju Island, South Korea

ROAD FC $1 Million Lightweight Championship

Kwon A-Sol vs Mansour Barnaoui

Openweight Match

Aorigele vs Jérôme Le Banner

Lightweight Match

Tamotsu Hayashi vs Shin Dong-Guk

Featherweight Match

Park Hyun-Geun vs Yang Ji-Ho

90kg Catchweight Match

Lim Dong-Hwan vs Kim Tae-In

Young Guns 42

Bantamweight Match

Park Seok-Han vs Kubo Kenta

Flyweight Match

Go Gi-Won vs Hwang Chang-Hwan

Welterweight Match

Yoon Tae-Young vs Lim Byeong-Ha

Women’s Bantamweight Match

Yang Hee-Jo vs Rowan Pilger

68kg Catchweight Match

Shin Ji-Seung vs Ji Young-Min

Event: ROAD Fighting Championship 054

Date: June 15, 2019

Venue: Wonju Gymnasium

City: Wonju, South Korea

Middleweight Championship

La In-Jae vs Yang Hae-Jun

Gary Russell Jr. defends his title against Kiko Martinez in the co-feature to Wilder vs. Breazeale on Saturday, May 18

BROOKLYN: WBC Featherweight World Champion Gary Russell Jr. will defend his title against former world champion Kiko Martinez in the co-feature to Wilder vs. Breazeale on Saturday, May 18 live on SHOWTIME from Barclays Center, the home of BROOKLYN BOXING™, and presented by Premier Boxing Champions.

SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® begins at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT and will also feature unbeaten super lightweight contender Juan Heraldez squaring-off against former world champion Argenis Mendez in a 10-round attraction. The event is headlined by WBC Heavyweight Champion Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder as he makes the ninth defense of his title against mandatory challenger Dominic “Trouble” Breazeale.

“Gary Russell Jr. is one of the most skilled fighters in the sport and he’ll look to stake his spot atop the featherweight division on May 18 against the always exciting former champion Kiko Martinez,” said Tom Brown, President of TGB Promotions. “The event will also feature a battle between a rising contender in the 140-pound division in Juan Heraldez going up against one of the division’s toughest and most active contenders in Argenis Mendez. This is truly going to be an electric night leading up to heavyweight champion of the world Deontay Wilder in the main event.”

“Preceding the night’s main attraction will be Gary Russell Jr. defending his title against a tough and experienced Kiko Martinez, making for a battle that is sure to bring excitement to the fans, plus Mayweather Promotions’ young prospect Juan Heraldez will open the telecast looking to put on a show, as he continues to elevate his career to new heights,” said Leonard Ellerbe, CEO of Mayweather Promotions. “I’m confident that he will execute his game plan impressively and showcase his talent against a seasoned and tested Argenis Mendez, who has been in the ring with some of the top guys in the super lightweight division. The fans at Barclays and those tuning in on SHOWTIME will see a night of non-stop action come May 18.”

Tickets for this BombZquad event can be purchased at ticketmaster.com and barclayscenter.com, Tickets can also be purchased at the American Express Box Office at Barclays Center. Group discounts are available by calling 844-BKLYN-GP. The Heraldez vs. Mendez fight is co-promoted with Mayweather Promotions.

The 30-year-old Russell (29-1, 17 KOs), who was born in Washington, D.C. and now lives in Capitol Heights, Maryland, will make the fourth defense of his featherweight world title on May 18 and his second career appearance at Barclays Center. Russell won his title by knocking out Jhonny Gonzalez in 2015. After stopping Patrick Hyland and Oscar Escandon, he most recently defeated previously unbeaten Joseph Diaz Jr. last May. Russell, who is trained by his father, Gary, Sr., is part of a boxing family. Two of his younger brothers, Gary Antonio and Gary Antuanne, are currently unbeaten professionals.

“I expect to send a message to everyone in or near my division that I’m a force to be reckoned with,” said Russell. “I want to unify against Leo Santa Cruz and I’m going to do what I have to do to get there. I’m never going to take any opponent lightly and right now, it’s my job to take care of Kiko Martinez before I worry about anything else. On May 18 you should expect to see excitement, punching power, hand speed, fast combinations and a great level of boxing IQ. I’m the best in boxing today and I prove that every time I get in the ring.”

A native of Comunidad Valenciana, Spain, Martinez (39-8-2, 28 KOs) has faced the best names in and around the featherweight division throughout his career. He won a super bantamweight world title in 2013 by stopping Jhonatan Romero and has faced the likes of Leo Santa Cruz, Carl Frampton, Josh Warrington and Scott Quigg. The 33-year-old is unbeaten in his last four contests, including most recently defeating Marc Vidal for a European featherweight title in October.

“I’ve been waiting for this opportunity to win another world title and I’m thankful and excited for May 18,” said Martinez. “Gary Russell Jr is in for a rude awakening. I have a lot of experience and I feel great at featherweight. There will be nothing better than celebrating my 50th fight with a new world title.”

The undefeated Heraldez (16-0, 10 KOs) continued to rise up the rankings in 2019 when he knocked out Eddie Ramirez in their February showdown. The 28-year-old from Las Vegas earned a decision victory over Kevin Watts and a stoppage of Maynard Allison in 2018. That followed up a unanimous decision victory over then unbeaten prospect Jose Miguel Borrego in his first 10-round bout in August 2017 on the Mayweather vs. McGregor undercard.

“I’m one of the best super lightweights in the world and I’m going to show it again on May 18,” said Heraldez. “They keep lining them up and I’ll keep knocking them down. Mendez is good, veteran opposition, but I’m going to show I’m on a different level. This is a great opportunity to once again perform on a big stage and I’m going to take full advantage and steal the show.”

Mendez (25-5-2, 12 KOs) most recently fought to a competitive split-draw against Anthony Peterson in March, running his unbeaten streak up to three fights. The 32-year-old defeated Eddie Ramirez and Ivan Redkach in back-to-back fights after losses to Robert Easter Jr. and Luke Campbell. Originally from San Juan de la Maguana, Dominican Republic and now living in Brooklyn, N.Y, Mendez won the IBF super featherweight title with a knockout victory over Juan Carlos Salgado in 2013.

“This fight is do or die for me to become champion again,” said Mendez. “Anthony Peterson ran from me in our fight in March, so if Heraldez does that on May 18, I will be better prepared. If he stands and fights with me, I feel strongly that I will dominate him and make a statement to everyone that I’m an elite 140-pound fighter.”

Erick Ituarte Defends Lengthy Unbeaten Streak on April 19

ORANGE, Calif. (April 9, 2019) – Featherweight talent Erick Ituarte (20-1-1, 3 KOs), riding high on a thirteen-fight winning streak, headlines “Locked n’ Loaded” on FridayApril 19, from the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, Calif.  

Ituarte, who lives in Santa Ana, Calif., faces veteran Jose Estrella (20-15-1, 14 KOs) of Mexico in the 10-round main event.

Ituarte, a former Junior NABF featherweight champion, is fighting for the first time this year. His last win occurred in May against previous world title challenger Carlos Carlson. Shortly after, a back injury nearly derailed his career, but now fully healthy, Ituarte has set his sights on a world title fight.

“I’m not looking passed Estrella because I know he’s a tough guy, but I need to look the part of a world champion in this fight to be considered a challenger to Oscar Valdez,” said Ituarte, who climbed to the No. 5 position in the WBO rankings last year, but is now unranked due to his absence. “I’ve been putting in a lot of work in training camp to make sure I make the best case for that world title shot.”

Known as a fast starter and volume puncher, Ituarte figures to be tested against the more experienced Estrella. Estrella has seen significant action against elite prospects and world title challengers. The pair share a common opponent in Carlson, whom Ituarte defeated on points, while Estrella suffered a decision loss.

“We’ve worked on a few new things this training camp,” Ituarte said. “I want to start fast and let him feel my punches early.”

Tickets for “Locked n’ Loaded” are priced at $40, $60, & $100, and are available for purchase by calling 714-935-0900, or online at ThompsonBoxing.com.

In the “Locked n’ Loaded” co-feature, Richard Brewart (4-0, 2 KOs), an undefeated prospect in the junior middleweight division fighting out Upland, Calif., fights Adan Ahumada (3-7-2, 2 KOs) of Mexico (4-rounds).

Welterweight prospect Luis Lopez (5-0, 3 KOs) of Corona, Calif. looks to continue the impressive start to his career when he faces Luis Acuña Rojas (2-3) of Mexico (4-rounds).

Unbeaten heavyweight Oscar Torres (4-0, 1 KO) of Riverside, Calif. aims to stay unbeaten against Thomas Hawkins (4-3, 1 KO) of Houston in a bout set for 4-rounds.

Chris Crowley and Davonte McCowen will each make their professional debuts in the 4-round “Locked n’ Loaded” show opener.

All fights will be live streamed on TB Presents: Locked n’ Loaded via our Facebookpage, YouTube channel, and ThompsonBoxing.com. Beto Duran will handle blow-by-blow duties, while Doug Fischer provides expert, color commentating.

The livestream starts at 8:00 p.m. PT / 11:00 p.m. ET.

The Doubletree Hotel is located at 222 N. Vineyard Ave., Ontario, CA 91764 and can be reached at 909-937-0900.

“Locked n’ Loaded” is presented by Thompson Boxing Promotions and sponsored by Everlast. 

World-rated Light Heavy Umar Salamov Defends WBO International Championship on April 18 Against Poland’s Norbert Dabrowski

World-class light heavyweight slugger Umar Salamov (23-1, 17 KOs) will return to action in his hometown of Grozny City, Russia, on Thursday, April 18, to defend his WBO International Light Heavyweight Championship against Poland’s Norbert Dabrowski (22-7-2, 9 KOs).

Salamov, rated WBA #7, IBF #6 and WBO #4, has been in Detroit since mid-January, training with Javan “Sugarhill” Steward and Rick Phillips at the world famous Kronk Gym in Detroit.

“My boxing ability, physical strength and confidence have gone to the next level,” said Salamov. “I had a great training camp and look forward to putting forth a boxing clinic for my fans back home. This is going to be the year when I win the light heavyweight world title and the next step is April 18.”

Salamov’s promoter, Dmitriy Salita, agrees the time is now for his power-punching Russian fighter.

“Umar is one of the best fighters in the world. April 18 will be a great test and another challenge for Umar. This is going to be a big year for Umar and an impressive victory will bring him a step closer to the world title.”