Canelo and Friends from MGM Grand in Las Vegas

Photos of Saul "Canelo" Alvarez and his battle against Sergey Kovalev for the light heavyweight crown; plus photos of East L.A.'s Seniesa Estrada versus Marlen Esparza; Ryan Garcia, Blair Cobbs and Evan Holyfield.

Hollywood Fight Night - Bohachuk Wins Again

It was a chilling Sunday in Hollywood as fans lined up for a stacked lineup at Tom Loeffler’s 360 Promotions “Hollywood Fight Night.” The main event of the night was the fight for the WBC Continental Americas title, between Serhii “El Flaco” Bohachuk (16-0, 16 KO’s) and Tyrone “Yung Gun” Brunson (28-8-2, 25 KO).

360 Promotions Hollywood Fight Night

The main event, a WBC Continental American championship, will take place between super welterweights, Serhii “El Flaco” Bohachuk (15-0) and Tyrone “Young Gun” Brunson (28-7-2, 25 KO’s). On Sunday Oct. 27, doors open at 3 p.m.  The 360 Promotions boxing card has become a popular event in Southern California.

Adelaida Ruiz and Friends

Adelaida "La Cobra" Ruiz co-headlined a boxing card at Pico Rivera Sports Arena. The L.A. prizefighter met Las Vegas super flyweight Mikayla Nebel in a six round co-main event on Saturday Oct. 12. Also, Chelsey Anderson fought Tess Kielhamer in a lightweight clash. Check out the photo gallery by Al Applerose.

Spence vs Porter in LA 

A compilation of photos by ace photographer Al Applerose at Staples Center in L.A. on Sept. 28. Several world title fights took place including Errol Spence Jr. vs Shawn Porter; David Benavidez vs Anthony Dirrell; Mario Barrios vs Batyr Akhmedov; Josesito Lopez vs John Molina, Robert Guerrero and Jerry Thomas and more.

Slugging September for Back to Back Female Clashes

First featherweights clashed for the WBO world title as Heather Hardy fought Amanda Serrano at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The next day in Los Angeles super middleweights Franchon Crews Dezurn and Maricela Cornejo battled for the WBC and WBO titles. Here is the story told in photos.

Boricuas Win and More

Three boxing cards took place in Southern California venues on three successive days. Two Puerto Rican fighters defeated Mexican fighters on different fight cards. Here are some photos taken of the three boxing cards.

July Reflections 2019 Photo Gallery

Here's a look at some of the great fights that took place this past July. All photos were taken by Al Applerose and took place in venues from Las Vegas to arenas big and small in Southern California. 

Jose Carlos Ramirez KOs Maurice Hooker

Jose Ramirez vs. Maurice Hooker had all the makings of a Fight-of-the-Year, until it suddenly came to a stop when Ramirez caught Hooker in the 6th round unifying the WBO and WBC titles with a mean sixth-round TKO on Saturday night in Hooker's hometown. 

Ruben Torres Wins at Doubletree Hotel in Ontario

South Central LA's Ruben Torres continues his march toward contender status with another sizzling win at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario. Torres fought Mexico's Ruben Tamayo on the Thompson Boxing Promotions fight card on Friday. 

Manny Makes History

Age wasn’t a negative factor for Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao as he wins the split decision over Keith “One Time” Thurman and becomes the oldest welterweight champion in boxing’s history at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas on Saturday and other results. 

J Rock Wins and Upcoming Fights This Week

In a strong candidate for Fight of the Year honors Julian “J Rock” Williams took the WBA, IBF and IBO super welterweight world titles from Jarrett “Swift” Hurd in a battle of the trenches won by unanimous decision after 12 rounds on Saturday. Also, upcoming fights this weekend in the USA.

MLB Strike 1994 25 Years Ago

A quarter of a century ago Major League Baseball stopped cold after a strike forced the remainder of the 1994 season to a complete and abrupt halt. No World Series took place that year and fans wondered about the future of the sport.

Dodgers Unfurl Walk-Off Formula 

For the 10th time this season the Dodgers conjured up a walk-off win but this time from one of the veterans Russell Martin who stung a liner through the infield to bring in two runs in the bottom of the ninth inning for a 2-1 come-from-behind victory.

Halfway Point MLB All Stars 2019 

We’ve reached the halfway point in the marathon that is Major League Baseball’s season 2019. Eighty-one games have been played and the MLB All Stars have been selected by the voters. The game takes place at Cleveland's Progressive Field on July 9.

Hyun-Jin Ryu and More Baseball Notes

Dodger southpaw Hyun-Jin Ryu nearly pitched a no-hitter against the Washington Nationals on Sunday but an eighth inning double by notorious Dodger killer Gerardo Parra killed the bid on Sunday May 12. But the Dodger southpaw maintains a consecutive shutout streak of 24 innings.

Trading Places and other Baseball Notes

After starting off white hot the Dodgers cooled off dramatically and lost six consecutive games. The Dodger relievers were mostly to blame and despite having leads against St. Louis and Milwaukee the bullpen stunk.

NL Western Division Picks

Today’s Dodgers lead by depth at pitching, depth at fielding and depth at hitting all which seem to point toward another championship. But you can never tell if injury to a key player or two scuttles the whole smooth operation. Analytics be damned, injury can wreck even the best of plans.

American League Western Division Picks

After winning back-to-back titles in the AL Western Division it might seem the Astros could be ripe for a letdown especially losing pitchers Dallas Keuchel and Charlie Morton. But the rest of the division has lost a lot too except for the Angels and they can’t compete just yet. 

AL Eastern Division Picks

This should be the New York Yankees year especially with the weak opening month schedule in 2019. The Bronx Bombers begin facing the lowly Baltimore Orioles and Detroit Tigers for the first nine games before meeting the Houston Astros. They could very well jump start with a nine-game winning streak to open the season. 

NL Eastern Division Picks

The Washington Nationals picked up starting pitcher Patrick Corbin and Anibal Sanchez to an already strong starting rotation featuring Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasberg and Joe Ross and you get one of the best rotations in baseball. They are going to be tough to beat.

NL Central Division Predictions

The Chicago Cubs remain the top club to beat with its strong pitching staff that includes a healthy Yu Darvish this year. Health is an important issue for this team especially with its pitching staff.

AL Central Division Picks

Cleveland has ruled the American League Central Division for the past three years. They did it with pitching and more pitching. Only one other starting rotation in the AL can rival Cleveland top to bottom. 

Baseball Hall of Fame 2019

New York Yankee closer Mariano Rivera was voted unanimously into the Baseball Hall of Fame by the baseball writers and will be joined by Edgar Martinez, Roy Halladay and Mike Mussina. They will also be accompanied by Harold Baines and Lee Smith who were voted in by the Veterans Committee last month. Induction ceremonies take place this summer in Cooperstown, New York.

Mike Trout Signs

The Los Angeles Angels signed Trout to a 12-year contract worth $426.5 million thus smashing the previous mark of $330 million set last week by Bryce Harper with the Philadelphia Phillies. More importantly it allows the struggling Angel franchise to build on tomorrow.

Dodger Don Newcombe Dies at 92

Don Newcombe followed the path led by Black baseball pioneer Jackie Robinson two years earlier. He became the first Black pitcher for the Dodger organization and was signed by then general manager Branch Rickey while playing for the Newark Eagles of the Negro League.

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