Two Days at the Stubhub photos by Al Applerose
On Friday night Ryan Garcia filled the stands at the StubHub Center then filled the air with his blinding speed against Puerto Rico's Jayson Velez. The battle for the NABF and NABO super featherweight titles went the distance on May 4.
Victorville's Ryan Garcia retained both belts by unanimous decision. Here referee Raul Caiz presents the winner. Standing on the other side is Garcia's father and trainer Henry Garcia. It was his second main event and first at the famous StubHub.
East Los Angeles contender Seniesa "Super Bad" Estrada showed why fans are excited about her. The speedy Estrada overwhelmed Amarilis Adorno and won by technical knockout in the third round of their light flyweight match.
Seniesa Estrada will soon be matched against rival Marlen Esparza in a fight between flyweights probably before the end of the year. Here Estrada recognizes the fans alongside her trainer Dean Campos.
Undisputed welterweight world champion Cecilia Braekhus became the first female fighter televised by HBO on Saturday May 5. The speedy fighter from Norway defended her WBA, WBC, WBO, IBF and IBO titles at the famous StubHub Center in the Los Angeles area.
For the first six rounds Braekhus showed off her speed and athleticism against the powerful Kali Reis. It seemed like an easy fight for six rounds. Braekhus has a wicked fast right cross that landed most of the night.
In the seventh round former middleweight world champion Kali Reis found her moment and caught Braekhus with her own right cross and floored the fighter recognized by many as the best pound for pound fighter in female boxing. Reis nearly knocked down Braekhus again in the eighth round too.
After 10 rounds Braekhus was deemed the winner by all three judges and retains the welterweight world championship. Who's next for Braekhus. Our favorite would be Las Vegas welterweight Layla McCarter who we consider the best fighter pound for pound. We shall see.
Popular Gennady "GGG" Golovkin was a happy man after winning the crowd's favor yet again. He also tied Bernard Hopkins for the most consecutive middleweight title defenses at 20. Team Golovkin celebrates as referee Jack Reiss raises his hand in victory.
In the main event on Saturday May 5, Gennady "GGG" Golovkin showed why fans love his style. Vanes Martirosyan jumped out to a lead in the first round then Golovkin shut him down with a savage attack in the second to win by knockout. The crowd roared.