In a junior lightweight battle which was the walkout bout on Saturday night’s show in Chicago, two young Chicago prospects, 25 year old Giovanni “Gio” Cabrera-Mioletti and 23 year old Josh Hernandez, battled it out for ten rounds with Gio keeping his undefeated record intact by walking away with a hard fought, split decision victory.
Gio (18-0-0 with 7 KOs) tipped the scales at 131 while Hernandez (9–3 with 7 KOs) weighed in at an even 130. Both fighters came up through the ranks of Chicago’s amateur boxing scene and it promised to be a war from the get-go. By the time these two Chicago rivals stepped into the ring, most of the crowd, who had come to see Ukrainian superstar and undisputed cruiserweight champion, turned heavyweight, Oleksandr Usyk, had left Chicago’s Wintrust Arena. What a shame, because those who stayed behind saw an action packed, closely fought 10 round battle that may well have been the best fight of the night.
By Tom Donelson / Author, Member Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA)
On October 5, 2019 at Madison Square Garden, New York, Gennady Golovkin faced Sergey Derevyanchenko for the vacant IBF middleweight championship. Golovkin began the fight dropping Derevyanchenko in the first round and a left hook open up a cut over Derenyuanchenko and it look like this could be an early night for GGG and visions of a third Canelo Alvarez-GGG fight.
Derenyuanchenko sensing time was running out, came out fighting in the third round as he hit Golovkin from angles including body shots. This round saw Derenyuanchenko sending a message, “I am not done yet.”
This coming Thursday, October 10, 2019 Fight Club OC will return with our unique hybrid show consisting of pro boxing and pro MMA to The Hangar at the OC Fair & Event Center! This six bout event is sure to feature crushing KO’s, split-second submissions, and the kind of combat sports experience you won’t get anywhere else in the Orange County. The second to last Fight Club OC show of 2019 takes place on Thursday night in Costa Mesa, CA with tickets available at www.socafights.com
All seats can be had for the very low price of $60.
Headlining the boxing side will be Maywood’s Jose Casillas 2-0 (2KOs) vs. Lake Elsinore’s Jorge Porras 0-2-1. Do not let Porras record fool you! He is a crafty boxer and he promises to not be fazed by the heavy-handed Casillas. Their four round featherweight bout is expected to be a hotly contested war. Fight Club OC is known for its headliners closing the show and Casillas and Porras plan to follow in that rich tradition!
By Tom Donelson / Author, Member Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA)
The Welterweight division is the most competitive division in boxing today with every top fighter nearly equal to each other and when the elites of the division fight each other, it is often a dog fight. On September 28, 2019 at Staples Center, Los Angeles, California, Spence versus Porter was just like many of the key fights in the division over the past few years. It was a tight, tough event, not necessarily easy to score but in my view, the last two rounds determine the fight.
Spence is a technically sound fighter with all the classic tools that any boxer would want. He can box, move but he also has the power to stop an opponent. Porter is awkward fighter who bores in his opponent and throws punches from various angles and his punches are hard to always see coming. Both styles were on display and Spence found himself getting hit with punches he rarely got nailed with in past fights, but Porter also found that there were many moments in which Spence boxing skills diffuse his inside game. Another aspect of the fight was Spence ability to fight inside and this allowed to Spence to neutralize Porter. This showed up in the last two rounds.
By Tom Donelson / Author, Member Boxing Writers Association of America / contributor to dmboxing.com since 2008
On Saturday, September 14, 2019 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Tyson Fury found himself in a battle of survival against Otto Wallin. Yes, Fury won the decision decisively on the scorecard but forget the scorecard, Wallin proved to be a tough competitor and not the easy tune up that Fury and pundits thought it would be. While the first round was uneventful, the second round saw Fury using his reach and right hand to keep Wallin at bay. The third round saw the dramatic moment of the fight as Wallin right hook open up a major gash over the left eye in around that Fury was winning.
The cut challenged both Fury’s corner, who had to stem the bleeding enough to keep their fighter in the bout and Fury, who now had to take his fight game to another level with the distinct possibility that the fight could be stopped. If the fight was stopped, Fury loses since this was caused by a punch. Throughout the fourth round, Wallin targeted the eye and started to connect. By the end of the fourth round, Wallin even had a slight advantage over Fury with punches connected.
*** FLASHBACK *** this article originally appeared on dmboxing.com on April 23, 2017
The following article was written by Steve Corbo and is Reprinted here on dmboxing.com with permission of Fra Noi www.franoi.com Copyright 2017.
About The Author: Steve Corbo has more than 35 years in the boxing game. He has been a professional boxing judge; color commentator for televised boxing; and is a top ring announcer, especially in Europe, where he has announced major world championship title bouts. Harold Lederman, a Boxing Hall of Famer and member of HBO Boxing’s broadcast team, has called Corbo, “one of the best boxing ring announcers in the entire world.” A Chicago native, he has also been heard as the backup PA announcer for the Chicago Blackhawks. He is a graduate of the University of Southern California.
Ladies and gentlemen, introducing one of professional boxing’s most respected stars outside of the ring. From Chicago, the only Italian-American professional boxing judge in the state of Illinois, always in the neutral corner, is Mauro DiFiore.
DiFiore never steps into the ring and he must always maintain strict neutrality. His skills and 50 years of boxing experience have made him one of the most sought after professional boxing judges in the world.
His reputation as one of the best has brought him to a level few ever attain. The globetrotting DiFiore has judged championship matches all over the world. He has appeared on HBO, Showtime, ESPN and several international networks where he has been seen by millions of fight fans.
FLASHBACK *** this article originally appeared on dmboxing.com on November 17, 2011
By Jim Amato / Senior Boxing Writer / a contributor to dmboxing.com since 2008 with outstanding expertise and loyalty – thank you, Jimbo!
In the 1970’s and 80’s the bantamweight division was loaded with talent. Great champions like Ruben Olivares, Carlos Zarate, Daniel Zaragoza and Jeff Chandler forged their Hall Of Fame careers in that era. So did Lupe Pintor who should be in the Hall Of Fame. There were also fine champions like Rafael Herrera, Chucho Castillo, Rodolfo Martinez, Romeo Anaya and Alberto Davila.
One tough hombre from that era just missed being crowned a world champion. Nevertheless his all out action style repeatedly drew big crowds to the Olympic Auditorium and the Inglewood Forum. His name was Frankie Duarte.
By Gene Aguilera / Boxing Hall of Fame Author, East LA Music Historian, University of Southern California Graduate
Lee Espinoza, 71, is one of those special people in boxing. When you first meet him, it feels like you’ve known him forever. Mr. Espinoza has spent the last 42 years in boxing as a manager and trainer in the Coachella Valley, which is in the middle of the desert in Southern California, close to Indio and Palm Springs. Today, he is proud of the 9,000 square foot Lee Espinoza Coachella Valley Boxing Club (named after him with all due respect) that serves the professional and amateur boxing world in the Coachella Valley. Born in Michoacan, Mexico, Lee has travelled the world faithfully working the corners of his boxers that come out of his famed gym.
Lee’s boxing club (complete with two boxing rings) has a true vision of producing world champions as well as keeping the bad boys of the neighborhood off the streets and in the ring; local politicians (of Riverside County) truly appreciate the work Lee does for the youth. The walls of his office and gym make you feel like you are in a boxing hall of fame museum, as they are filled with posters and photographs of boxing’s all-time greats.