Fight Chatter

By Jeannie Coston-Avila

Fight Chatter July 22, 2018

Mikey Garcia (38-0, 30 KOs) and Robert Easter (21-0, 14 KOs) meet in a unification clash for the WBC and IBF lightweight titles on Saturday July 28, in Los Angeles, Calif. Garcia, 30, recently won the super lightweight title but is dropping back down in weight to meet Easter. Also, undefeated super lightweight prospect Mario Barrios (21-0) of San Antonio, Texas meets Jose “Gato” Roman (24-2-1) of Garden Grove, Calif. in a 10 round bout. It’s a large fight card at Staples Center in downtown L.A. Showtime will televise.


Ireland’s Katie Taylor (9-0) defends the WBA and IBF lightweight world titles against American Kimberly Connor (13-3-2) in a 10 round fight at London, England on Saturday July 28.


Christopher Diaz (23-0, 15 KOs) meets Masayuki Ito (23-1-1, 12 KOs) for the vacant WBO super featherweight world title on Saturday July 28, at Kissimmee, Florida. Diaz, 23, fights out of Puerto Rico. Ito, 27, fights out of Tokyo, Japan. The fight card will be televised by ESPN. Also, Carlos Adames (14-0) meets San Bernardino’s Artemio Reyes (25-2) in a welterweight clash.


Ukraine’s Oleksandr Usyk (15-0,11 KOs) won the cruiserweight world title clash by unanimous decision versus Russia’s Murat Gassiev (26-1, ) on Saturday in Moscow, Russia. The win by Usyk gives him the WBC, WBA, WBO and IBF cruiserweight world titles in the finale of the World Boxing Super Series. Usyk, 31, used his boxer/puncher style to keep the hard-punching Gassiev from landing any of his powerful blows. No knockdowns were scored in the 12-round fight. The second half of the match saw more movement from the Ukrainian fighter and that proved unsolvable for Gassiev. The scores were 120-108, 119-109 twice for Usyk.


Welterweight world champion Cecilia Braekhus (34-0, 9 KOs) convincingly defeated Russia’s Inna Sagaydakovskaya (7-1, 3 KOs) by unanimous decision after 10 rounds at Moscow. Braekhus, 36, retains the WBC, WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO welterweight world titles. It was the Russian fighter’s first world title attempt. Braekhus recently fought in Los Angeles where she defeated Kali Reis by decision despite being knocked down for the first time in her career. Braekhus was in complete control in her fight against the Russian prizefighter.


Sor Rungvisai (46-4-1, 41 KOs), the WBC super flyweight world titlist, needed only one round to knock out Young Gil Bae (28-7-2) in a super bantamweight fight on Saturday in Bangkok, Thailand. Rungvisai is scheduled to defend the world title in October.


WBA super featherweight titlist Alberto Machado (20-0, 16 KOs) knocked down Ghana’s Rafael Mensah (31-1, 23 KOs) in the first round and then rolled to victory by unanimous decision in their 12 round fight on Saturday in Las Vegas. It was Machado’s first title defense. Both Machado and Mensah fight in a southpaw stance.


Lamont Roach (17-0-1, 7 KOs) scored a technical knockout win over Deivi Julio Bassa (20-5) to win the vacant WBO International super featherweight title on Friday July 20 in Cancun, Mexico. Roach, 22, fights out of Washington D.C. and is signed by Golden Boy Promotions.


Thomas Mattice (13-0) suffered a knockdown early in the fight against Zhora Hamazaryan (9-1) and won a debatable split decision after eight rounds in a lightweight clash. The fight was televised on Showtime and left fans angry at the decision. Mattice, 27, fights out of Cleveland and Hamazaryan, 22, fights out of California. Also, Jaron Ennis (21-0) knocked out Armando Alvarez (18-1) in the third round of a welterweight fight to win the vacant WBC Silver title.


Alexy Egorov (6-0, 5 KOs) knocked out Lateef Kayode (21-4) in the sixth round of their cruiserweight clash on Friday July 20 in El Monte, Calif. Russia’s Egorov, 27, trains in Southern California and has four knockouts in a row. Kayode, 35, since fighting for the WBA cruiserweight title in 2015 against Denis Lebedev has lost four consecutive fights. Three came via knockout.


Michael Dutchover (10-0) knocked out Sergio Ramirez (5-3) in the second round with a single right cross on Friday July 20, at Ontario, California. Dutchover, 20, is originally from Texas but trains in Santa Fe Springs, Calif. Also, Mario Hernandez (7-0) bulled his win to victory over Jonah Flores (5-1) to win by decision after six rounds in a bantamweight showdown.


Ava Knight (15-2-4) defeated Leesa Daniels (1-3) by decision after six rounds in a bantamweight fight on Saturday in Memphis, Tenn. Knight, 29, had not fought in more than two years.


Shelly Vincent (23-1) defeated Calixta Silgado (16-10-3) by majority decision after eight rounds in a featherweight fight on Saturday in Connecticut. Vincent, 39, won by scores of 78-74 twice and 76-76. Silgado, 30, fights out of Colombia and it was the second time they fought in a year. Vincent won the first fight by decision too.