Upsets in Corona on Thompson Boxing Show

Undefeated bantamweight prospect Saul “The Beast” Sanchez squared off in his first title defense against Edwin “El Puto” Rodriguez and was dethroned in a split decision loss on Friday at Thompson Boxing’s New Blood fight night at the Omega Products International in Corona, CA

Oscar and Usher Introduce Mexican Independence Fights

Oscar De La Hoya the “Golden Boy” himself introduced the promotional company’s upcoming fight night happening Sept. 14th. The event will take place during Mexican Independence Day weekend, which will include some of the best rising fighters. The celebratory night will take place at Dignity Health Sports Center, in Carson, CA. and will be live streamed on DAZN.

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. 

Bohachuk Belts Marin for 15th Straight KOs

The event that headlined the night was between rising star, Ukrainian Serhii “El Flaco” Bohachuck (14-0, 14 KO’s) and Mexican warrior, Fernando Marin (16-3-3, 12 KO’s). This bout was the knockout star, Bohachuck’s first 10-round scheduled bout and he has become a crowd favorite at the Avalon Theater in Hollywood.

Saakyan and Panin at Montebello Fights

Arthur Saakyan  and Vlad Panin scored victories on Saturday July 28, at Quiet Cannon in Montebello, Calif. Both are veterans of the Battle of the Rising Stars fight cards held by All Star Boxing.

Battle in Texas - Maurice Hooker vs Jose Carlos Ramirez

An epic battle looms in Texas as WBO super lightweight world titlist Maurice Hooker takes on WBC super lightweight world titlist in a unification clash in Arlington, Texas. The match will be shown on DAZN.

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. 

Pablo Rubio Wins Title

The main event, fighting for the Global Boxing Organization state featherweight title between Pablo “The Shark” Rubio Jr. (12-0) and Mike “Money” Fowler (7-22) was a steady 6 round fight at Pico Rivera Sports Arena in Pico Rivera, Calif. The boxing event was promoted by Red Boxing International. 

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. 

Rey Vargas Wins and Other Results on Golden Boy Show

In front of a crowd of boxing friends and family at the Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, CA, a 12-round battle had Rey Vargas (34-0, 22 KO) of Mexico put his WBC super-bantamweight title on the line against Japans Tomoki Kameda (36-3, 20 KO). Several other marquee fights ended in upsets.

Seniesa "Super Bad" Estrada Wins in Hollywood

Seniesa “Super Bad” Estrada defended her WBC silver lightweight title for the second time, at the Avalon Theater in Hollywood, CA. The main event between Estrada (17-0, 7 KO’s), of East Los Angeles and Gretchen Abaniel (18-11, 6 KO’s), of the Philippines ended earlier than anticipated. 

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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