Fight Chatter

Posted: Tues. March 6, 2018

By Jeannie Avila

Fight Chatter Feb. 6, 2018


Saul “Canelo” Alvarez was found to have traces of a banned substance in his blood stream during a recent test. One of his results came back positive for trace levels of Clenbuterol, consistent with meat contamination that has impacted dozens of athletes in Mexico over the last years. Both Golden Boy Promotions and 360 Promotions have stated it does not put the fight in jeopardy between Gennady Golovkin and Alvarez on May 5, at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. HBO will televise on pay-per-view.

WBA super bantamweight titlist Danny Roman (24-2-1) defeated Japan’s Ryo Matsumoto (21-2) by unanimous decision to retain the world title in his first defense. The match took place in Tokyo at legendary Korakuen Hall. Roman, 27, lives and trains in Los Angeles. He is signed by Thompson Boxing Promotions.

Deontay Wilder (40-0, 39 KOs) knocked out Luis Ortiz (28-1, 24 KOs) in the 10th round to retain the WBC heavyweight world title on Saturday March 3, in Brooklyn, New York. It was Wilder’s seventh defense of the title he won back in 2015 against Bermane Stiverne.

Bolivia’s Juan Uzcategui (27-2, 23 KOs) stopped Andre Dirrell (26-3) in the eighth round to capture the interim IBF super middleweight title  on Saturday. It was the second time he had stopped Dirrell who was erroneously given a win despite getting knocked out by the Bolivian in their previous fight last May 2017. Replays had shown that the punch was legal but the Maryland Athletic Commission ruled against Uzcategui. This time he finished the job.

Luis Nery (26-0, 20 KOs) knocked out former champion Shinsuke Yamanaka (27-2-2) in the second round but lost the WBC bantamweight world title on the scales when he arrived five pounds over weight. Yamanaka retired after losing the fight. The WBC organization said they would be investigating how Nery could arrive to fight five pounds overweight. It was an unfair advantage though the Mexican fighter lost the title.  

Alicia Napoleon (9-1) was the winner by unanimous decision after 10 rounds versus Femke Hermans (6-1) on Saturday March 3. The WBA super middleweight world title fight took place in Brooklyn, New York.

Layla McCarter (41-13-5) stopped Victoria Cisneros (13-20-2) in the eighth round on Saturday March 3. The GBU, WIBF welterweight title fight was held in Ignacio, Colorado.

On Friday March 9, middleweights Maricela Cornejo (9-2) and Lisa Garland (15-9) meet in six rounder at the OC Hangar in Costa Mesa, California. ESPN will televise.

On Saturday March 10, super featherweights Mikaela Mayer (3-0) and Maria Semertzoglou (7-3) meet in a six round fight at the StubHub Center in Carson, California.

Saturday March 10, light flyweights Natalie Gonzalez (3-0) and Judit Hachbold (4-3) meet in six round bout in Brooklyn, New York.

In Japan on Thursday March 8, minimum weights Kayoko Ebata (11-7) and Ji Hyun Park (22-2) meet in a 10 round fight for the WBO title in Tokyo. Also, light flyweights Chaoz Minowa (5-0) and Tenkai Tsunami (24-12) meet in a 10 round fight for the WBO title. Other fights Saemi Hanagata (13-7-4) and Erika Hanawa (8-1) fight for OPBF minimum weight title; Yuki Koseki (5-4) vs. Yumemi Ikemoto (4-1); Sana Hazuki (6-2-1) vs Nanae Suzuki (5-2-1); Miyo Yoshida (8-1) vs Kai Johnson (5-11-3); Sayaka Aoki (3-3-2) vs Yumiko Shimooka (4-4).