Giovanni Santillan stops Dodzi Kemeh in four

By Francisco Salazar

Unbeaten welterweight contender Giovanni Santillan scored a knockout victory Friday night, but he is unlikely to be fully satisfied.

Santillan stopped Dodzi Kemeh at the end of the fourth round at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, California.

The southpaw Santillan (23-0, 13 knockouts), who knocked out Sammy Valentin in his previous fight, easily outboxed Kemeh. He was the more technically gifted fighter and connected continually with barrages of punches to the head.

Kemeh, who was fighting for the first time outside his native Ghana, was staggered at the end of Round 2. He continued to fight back, however, and was giving a good account of himself in the fourth.

After that round concluded, a ringside physician was brought up to check what appeared to be a small cut over Kemeh’s left eye. After closely examining the eye, the physician recommended for referee Raul Caiz, Sr. to stop the bout.

Kemeh (19-2, 17 KOs) bounced off his stool in protest and the crowd booed the stoppage. The physician reportedly stated that he recommended the fight be stopped because of inflammation of the eye.

Santillan, who resides in the San Diego, is ranked No. 7 by the WBO.

In the co-feature, featherweight prospect Erick Ituarte (19-1-1, 3 KOs), who resides in nearby Garden Grove, knocked out late-substitute Gustavo Molina (25-17, 9 KOs) at 2:52 of the opening round.

Junior welterweight prospect Manuel Mendez (15-2-3, 11 KOs), who is trained by Joel Diaz, and Abraham Cordero fought to an eight-round majority decision draw.

Both fighters had their moments, which made for good ebb and flow, as they took turns to score with combinations.

In the opening bout of the Thompson Boxing card, junior welterweight Luis Zarazua (7-0-1, 4 KOs) knocked out Luis Silva (4-12, 1 KO) at 2:43 of the opening round.

Francisco A. Salazar has written for since October of 2013 and has covered boxing in Southern California and abroad since 2000. Francisco also covers boxing for the Ventura County (Calif.) Star newspaper,, and He can be reached by email at or on Twitter at FSalazarBoxing

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Joe Gallagher: Smith vs Brähmer should be on neutral ground

By Scott Christ

Joe Gallagher is hoping for a neutral site for Callum Smith to face Jürgen Brähmer.

Trainer Joe Gallagher is hesitant to have his fighter Callum Smith sent to Germany for a World Boxing Super Series semifinal matchup with Jürgen Brähmer, suggesting the fight should be on neutral ground.

“For the semi-final, I do think it should be on neutral ground. I don’t think it should be in England and I don’t think it should be in Germany,” he told Sky Sports. … “Put it in Monte Carlo, Monaco, or you can put it in Dublin. I’m sure they would love it over there. Amsterdam is one, or even put one of them [semi-finals] over in America. But I don’t think it should either be in Germany or the UK. It needs to be on neutral ground.”

Smith (23-0, 17 KO) beat Erik Skoglund by decision in the quarterfinal at home in Liverpool, while Brähmer (49-3, 35 KO) defeated Rob Brant at home in Schwerin, Germany.

Brähmer, 39, hasn’t fought outside of Germany since 2009, when he defeated Aleksy Kuziemski in Budapest. And that’s the only time he’s ever boxed outside of Germany as a professional.

There are also some questions about him actually being able to travel to fight in other countries, as he’s an ex-con, which can make it difficult for fighters or anyone to travel to other countries. The last time he was scheduled to fight in another country, he pulled out of a UK clash with Nathan Cleverly, citing an eye injury. It was hardly a shock to the boxing world that he wound up not going through with that fight.

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James Mulheron Flagged by USADA, Removed From UFC Shanghai

By Fernando Quiles Jr. Another day, another fighter gets flagged by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA). James Mulheron is the latest fighter hit by the USADA hammer. He was scheduled to take on Cyril Asker inside the Mercedes Benz Arena in Shanghai, China. The bout would have been part of the UFC Fight Night 122 card on Nov. 25. Mulheron […]

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Parker: I would KO Joshua and Wilder

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By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker is confident he has the power to knock out both WBA, IBF champion Anthony Joshua and WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder. “I don’t think I’ve ever gotten the respect of being a world champion, but everyone is entitled to their own opinion,” Parker said. “I feel as a world champion I have achieved something incredible in our country and am very happy with what I have achieved. But I don’t think I get the respect.

“Now I have the WBO, I want the WBC. I want the IBF. I want the WBA. AJ (Joshua) is a fighter who is champion of the world. My goal is to unify. My goal is to grab his belts and to say that I am the real champion. I don’t think I would have problems knocking them [Joshua or Wilder] out.”

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Weights from Ciudad Obregon

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Kenia Enríquez 107.8 vs. Jessica Nery Plata 107.8 lbs
(WBC interim world light flyweight title)

Gilberto Parra 107.8 vs. Leyman Benavides 107.8 lbs
(WBC silver light flyweight title)

Promoter: Zanfer, ARA Promotions
Venue: Centro de Usos Múltiples (CUM), Ciudad Obregón, Sonora, Mx
TV: TV Azteca

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HBO Latino picks up Shafikov-Alvarado

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Boxing fans will be treated to a clash on HBO Latino beginning at 1:05 a.m. ET/PT (tape delayed) or immediately following live HBO telecast in addition to the previously announced HBO Boxing After Dark tripleheader on December 9 from the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, NV.

Featured on the HBO Latino Boxing telecast in a ten-round junior lightweight contest, two-time world title challenger Denis Shafikov, (38-3-1, 20 KOs), of Miass, Russia now fighting out of Big Bear Lake, California will face-off against Managua, Nicaragua native Rene Alvarado (27-8-0, 19 KOs).

The previously announced HBO Boxing After Dark tripleheader features Orlando “Siri” Salido vs. Miguel “Mickey” Roman for the vacant WBC interim junior lightweight title, Tevin “American Idol” Farmer vs. Kenichi Ogawa for the vacant IBF junior lightweight world title, and former WBC super featherweight champion Francisco “El Bandido” Vargas takes on Stephen “Swifty” Smith.

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Weights from Atlantic City

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Thomas LaManna 147 vs. Samuel Amoako 147
(LBF Intercontinental welterweight title)

Raymond Serrano 146.8 vs. Enver Halili 146.6
(WBC Fecarbox welterweight title)

Adam Lopez 121.4 vs. Jorge Diaz 121.4
(WBC Fecarbox super bantamweight title)

Yurik Mamedov 146.7 vs. Vincent Floyd 147.3
Nicholas Lavin 192 vs. Alvin Varmall Jr. 183
Sidell Blocker 131.4 vs. Tomas Romain 130.5
Jonathan Arroyo 145.7 vs. Steve Moore 146.5
Frederick Julan 181.5 vs. Willis Lockett 182

Venue: The Claridge Hotel
Promoter: Rising Promotions, Greg Cohen Promotions, Winner Take All Productions

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