Saturday, May 25, 2019

Filip Hrgovic Blasts Gregory Corbin In WBC International Title Bout!

(Photos by Daniel Cork)

Heavyweight 2016 bronze medalist Filip Hrgovic of Croatia improves to (8-0,6 KO's) with a one minute stoppage of Gregory Corbin of Texas, who loses his second straight bout to fall to (15-2, 9 KO's).

Hrgovic capitalized on Corbin's mistake of overextending his jab and landing a perfectly placed right hand to the ear to send him down to the canvas. Corbin made it to his feet, but clearly looked dazed. The referee took a good look at Corbin and saw he wasn't able to continue. Corbin complained that the punch was behind the head, but it was a clean shot.

Devin Haney Destroys Antonio Moran In DAZN Debut!

(Photos by Daniel Cork)

In the highly anticipated match-up between Devin Haney and Antonio Moran at the National Harbor in Oxon Hill, MD Devin Haney defeated Antonio Moran by knockout on the Matchroom Boxing / Devin Haney Promotions card live on DAZN.

Haney mixed it up well in the opening round of this championship contest. He put together some good work upstairs and to the body of Moran. In the second round Haney landed a good left hook to catch the attention of Moran. Moran tried to mix it up with Haney, but was met with some good counter punches. Haney's speed started to look like the deciding factor as the rounds added up. Moran tried to find ways to get close, but Haney had no parts of it. in round five Moran fell to the canvas, but it seemed as if he tripped over his own feet while Haney landed a body shot so it was called a knockdown. At the halfway mark of this scheduled twelve-round bout Haney was in complete control. Haney's footwork and use of angles took away every offensive tactic Moran trried to come up with. The closing moment of the fight was when Haney landed a crushing overhand right that put Moran out before he hit the canvas. As soon as Moran dropped to the canvas it was no need for referee Kenny Chevalier to count. He waived the contest off at 2:32 of round seven.

Devin Haney remains undefeated with a record of (22-0, 14 KO's) as Antonio Moran falls to (24-4, 17 KO's).

Michael Hunter Dominates Fabio Maldonado To Defend His WBA International Heavyweight Title!

(Photos by Daniel Cork)

Inside the MGM National Harbor in Oxon Hill, MD, Michael Hunter of Las Vegas, Nevada defeated Fabio Maldonado of Sao Paolo, Brazil by second round TKO to defend his WBA International heavyweight title. 

Hunter didn't need much time to over power Maldonado. Hunter opened up the bout using his jab to control Maldonado by landing it at will. In the second round Hunter landed some hard shots to get the first knockdown of Maldonado. After receiving the eight count he was able to continue, Hunter sent him down again for another eight count that he survived. Hunter added more pressure by landing some shots that Maldonado couldn't defend himself from. The referee saw Maldonado was in trouble so he stepped to stop the contest at 1:45 of the second-round.

Michael Hunter is now (17-1, 12 KO's) as Fabio Maldonado falls to (26-3, 25 KO's).

Jessica McCaskill Captures Unified Super Lightweight Championship World Title!

(Photos by Daniel Cork)

On the Matchroom Boxing in association with Devin Haney Promotions card at the MGM National Harbor in Oxon Hill, MD, Jessica McCaskill of Chicago, Illinois defeated Anahi Sanchez of Buenos Aires Argentina by unanimous decision. 

In this 10-round super lightweight championship contest both of these fighters put on a outstanding display to represent women's boxing. It was action packed from opening bell. In every round these ladies went blow for blow. They took chances on engaging in throwing shots that they knew would be countered by the other. That is the case for the entire bout. The ladies had a lot of inside action where at time both looked to be hurt. The changing point of the bout happened in round nine when McCaskill landed a couple of hard right hands to stagger Sanchez to close the round. In the final round McCaskill kept the pressure up to finish the fight strong. McCaskill's last serge at the end of the bout gave her the victory with scores of 99-91, 98-92 and 96-94 to become the Unified WBC and WBA Super Lightweight Champion of the world.

McCaskill record improve to (7-2, 3 KO's) while the former champion falls to (19-4, 11 KO's).

Undercard Results From Matchroom Boxing Card At The MGM National Harbor!

(Photos by Daniel Cork)

Two time Olympian Daniyar Yaleussinov of Berezino, Kazakhstan defeated Luis Normabuena of San Juan, California by six-round unanimous decision.

Yaleussinov established himself early in the opening round. He used his jab to back Normabuena and keep him off balance. Normabuena bounced back to make it turn into a much more competitive than Yaleussinov was expecting. The two exchanged blows through most of the bout, but in the fourth round Yaleussinov land a hard left hand to Normabuena against the ropes. Normabuena recovered well and continued to battle Yaleussinov into the closing round. All three judges scored the contest for Yaleussinov 59-55, and 60-54 twice. 

Yaleussinov remains undefeated at (7-0, 3 KO's) while Normabuena falls to (3-2-1).


In a scheduled four-round super middleweight bout Baltimore, MD's Lorenzo "Truck" Simpson dominated Rafael Garcia by first-round TKO.

What looked to be a tough match-up on paper for Lorenzo "Truck" Simpson, he proved it was easier that expected. The young undefeated rising star looked very confident as he wasted no time landing his jab. Simpson set up some good combinations off of his jab that hurt Garcia. It was Simpson's uppercut that did the damage and sent Garcia falling backwards. It wasn't just one, but it was five uppercuts in a row that staggered Garcia. Simpson kept coming forward to land more shots, but the referee stepped in to stop the contest at 1:19 of the first-round. 

Lorenzo Simpson improves to (4-0,3 KO's) while Rafael Garcia suffers his third defeat and is now (9-3, 6 KO's). 

In a six-round lightweight bout Luis Gerardo Perez of Puebla, Mexico defeated Mack Allison IV of Baltimore,MD by unanimous decision.

Allison and Perez went straight to work in this slug fest of a bout. It was nothing but hooks and uppercuts from both fighters. The exchange of punches took place primarily in the center of the ring. Allison looked to land the harder shots, but Perez stood in strong to land plenty of his own shots. Perez was a little too aggressive in the close of the rounds when he landed shots after the bell on three different occasions without a point being taken away.  It was a lot of the action from both fighters making the fight look very even, but Allison was landing more punches. All three judges saw it differently and scored it the same at 59-55 for Perez.

Perez improves his record to (6-2, 1 KO) while Allison falls to (9-3-1, 7 KO's).

Devin Haney Will Battles Antonio Moran Tonight To Remain Undefeated!

(Photo by Daniel Cork)

Top Lightweight prospect Devin Haney has his eyes on remaining undefeated going into his 22nd professional fight tonight as he takes on Antonio Moran (24-3) in defense of his WBC International title. The fight is the main event on the Matchroom Boxing USA card at MGM National Harbor in Oxon Hill, MD.  The card also features two heavyweight title bouts, Filip Hrgovic vs. Gregory Corbin (WBC International) and Michael Hunter vs. Fabio Maldonado (WBA International). 

The 20 year old Haney proved to be a boxing standout during his days as an amateur. He decided to begin his professional career by debuting when he was just 17 years old. Through his few years as a professional he has wrapped up 21 victories, 13 inside the distance. Haney really started to make his statement in the lightweight division last year with victories over veteran Mason Menard, Juan Carlos Burgos for the vacant IBF North American title and Xolisani Ndongeni for the vacant WBC International and WBO Inter-Continental titles. 

The 26 year old Moran is coming off a second-round TKO win over Victor Alejandro Zuniga on Dec. 7, 2018 in Auditorio Blackberry, Mexico City. Moran's most memorable bout was a hard fought contest with Jose Pedraza in June of last year where he lost by 12-round unanimous decision at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.  Moran is looking to make a statement with a win over the up and coming superstar lightweight prospect Devin Haney to get back into world championship contingency. 

The main three bout featuring Devin Haney vs. Antonio Moran, Filip Hrgovic vs. Gregory Corbin and Michael Hunter vs. Fabio Maldonado will start at 9pm ET live on DAZN and Sky Sports in the UK. The remainder of the undercard starts at 6:15 pm ET. Closing out the undercard, and leading into the 9pm bouts will be Jessica McCaskill vs. Anahi Sanchez in a WBC and WBA super lightweight world title fight. Both of these ladies are putting their title on the line.


Mack Allison IV vs. Luis Eduardo Perez

Lorenzo Simpson vs. Rafael Garcia 

Danisar Yalussinov vs. Juan Norabuena 

How to live stream Devin Haney vs. Antonio Moran on DAZN:

Korobov Camp Change Of Heart, Not Accepting Majority Draw Decision In Immanuwel Aleem Bout!

Korobov Camp Wants Investigation Into May 11th Bout With Aleem!

Article by Gary "Digital" Williams,
Boxing Along The Beltway

There is some interesting fallout from the May 11th bout between Richmond, VA middleweight Immanuwel Aleem and Matt Korobov of St. Petersburg, FL that took place at the Eagle Bank Arena in Fairfax, VA and ended in a 10-round majority draw.

The Korobov camp recently filed a protest with the Virginia Department of Occupational Licensing and Regulations and this week, sent formal letters to Virginia Governor Ralph Northam and the state's Attorney General, Mark Herring.  The letters, sent by Korobov attorney, Leon Margules, have items they claim is evidence of what they call "corruption" by the state's commission.

Margules alleges a conflict of interest because the two judges who ruled the bout a 95-95 draw -- Mark D'Attilio and Brian Costello -- are both members of Virginia's Boxing, Martial Arts, and Professional Wrestling Advisory Board.  Costello serves as chair of the board.  Margules says that the two appointed themselves to this contest and he criticizes the appointment of Michelle Myers, who Margules claims is a "relatively inexperienced referee" despite the fact that Myers has been a pro referee since 2009.  The letters question why the Aleem-Korobov bout was the only bout of the three televised encounters on this card that had non-neutral officials.

When the scores were originally announced, Korobov was declared the winner by majority decision.  However, 20 minutes later, media received a scorecard that had D'Atillio's round 10 score for Korobov changed from a 10 to a 9, resulting in the majority draw.  Margules's letter claims that many members of the boxing media, as well as fans, agreed that Korobov won the bout.  New Jersey State Athletic Commission Chair Larry Hazzard, Sr., was in attendance and served as an unofficial judge for the contest.  Hazzard scored the bout 97-92 for Korobov.

The letter also points out a situation in the fourth round when Korobov seemed to send Aleem down with a counter right hand only to have Myers rule a foul on Korobov.  The video, however, seemed to show that Myers was correct as Korobov's punch landed on the back of Aleem's head after Aleem missed Korobov with a punch.