Fight Chatter March 3, 2019

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Fight Chatter for March 3, 2019


By Uppercutmagazine staff 

Cuban heavyweight Luis Ortiz (31-1) pulled ahead with a persistent and steady attack over Germany’s very tough Christian Hammer (24-6) to win by unanimous decision in an entertaining 10 round fight. Also, Mexico’s Eduardo Ramirez (22-1-3) knocked out Panama’s Bryan De Gracia (24-2-1) in the ninth round of a featherweight fight in Brooklyn, New York.  


Mexico’s Mariana “Barby” Juarez (52-9-4) had too much for Spain’s Eva Naranjo (15-1) a former kickboxing world champion in nearly winning every round by unanimous decision on Saturday March 2. Juarez, 39, was too skillful for 40-year-old Naranjo who was handed her first professional defeat. It was Juarez’s seventh defense of the WBC bantamweight world title since winning it on April 1, 2017.


WBA titlist Brian Castano (15-0-1) retained the title after 12 rounds with a split decision draw against Cuba’s Erislandy Lara (25-3-3) in a super welterweight fight on Saturday March 2. The fight took pace at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Super bantamweight Antonio Russell (13-0) won by technical knockout in the sixth round over Jose Maria Cardenas (16-4).


Upcoming fights


WBC lightweight titlist Delfine Persoon (42-1) defends against Melissa St. Vil (11-3-4) in a fight scheduled for 10 rounds on Saturday March 9. The world title fight takes place at West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. St. Vil, 35, is ranked number one as a super featherweight but is moving up in weight for this title opportunity. Persoon, 34, is making the 10th defense of the title since winning it back in April 2014.


WBC welterweight titlist Shawn Porter (29-2-1) defends against Yordenis Uga (23-3) on Saturday March 9, at the Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California. It’s Porter’s first defense since defeating Danny Garcia for the title last September. Also, former champion Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero (34-6-1) meets Hevinson Herrera (24-16-1) in an eight round welterweight match. FOX will televise.


WBA light heavyweight titlist Dmitry Bivol (15-0) defends against Joe Smith (24-2) on Saturday March 9, at Turning Stone Resort and Casino in Verona, New York. It’s the fourth defense of the title since winning it in March 2018. Also, WBO super lightweight titlist Maurice Hooker (25-0-3) defends against Mikkel LesPierre (21-0-1) in a world title match set for 12 rounds. Both fights will be streamed by DAZN.


Middleweight world champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and Daniel Jacobs will be appearing at press conference open to the public on Monday March 4, at the Microsoft Theater at LA Live. The public portion begins at 7 p.m. and is free. Doors open to the public at 6 p.m.