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Cotto vs Martinez: Fight time, live streams, TV schedule and more (June 7, 2014)

By Scott Christ

Miguel Cotto and Sergio Martinez are the main event tonight, but the full fight card starts early, and here’s how you can watch.

This evening from the legendary Madison Square Garden in New York City, Miguel Cotto headlines once again, this time challenging middleweight champion Sergio Martinez in the main event of a four-fight HBO pay-per-view event.

BLH will have full live coverage of the card, starting early with a prelim fight stream at 6:00 pm EDT, and then continuing at 9:00 pm with the pay-per-view event.

Preliminary Undercard Fight Time: 6:00 pm EDT

Pay-Per-View Card Fight Time: 9:00 pm EDT

Preliminary Undercard Stream: Right here on Bad Left Hook.

TV Channels: HBO PPV (US) / BoxNation (UK) / Main Event PPV (AUS) / Sport 1 (HUN) / Sky Arena PPV (NZ) / RPC Channel 4 (PAN)

PPV Card: Run order: Andy Lee vs John Jackson; Jorge Melendez vs Javier Maciel; Wilfredo Vazquez Jr vs Marvin Sonsona; Miguel Cotto vs Sergio Martinez.

Live Streams: There are no legal U.S. live streams, except for the preliminary fights. BoxNation subscribers in the UK can stream at Live Sport TV.

Source: Bad Left Hook


Cotto vs Martinez live stream of undercard fights at 6 pm EDT (June 7, 2014)

By Scott Christ

Felix Verdejo, Jose “Wonder Boy” Lopez, Jose Pedraza, and Willie Nelson are among those in early action on the Cotto-Martinez card starting at 6:00 pm EDT.

Today at 6:00 pm EDT, Bad Left Hook will stream the Cotto-Martinez preliminary fights and red carpet show, featuring some strong prospects in action, and more.

In action:

Lightweights, 6 Rounds: Felix Verdejo (12-0, 9 KO) vs Engelberto Valenzuela (8-1, 3 KO)
Middleweights, 8 Rounds: Willie Nelson (21-1-1, 12 KO) vs Darryl Cunningham (29-6, 11 KO)
Super Bantamweights, 8 Rounds: Jose Lopez (13-0, 11 KO) vs Raul Hidalgo (21-10, 16 KO)
Lightweights, 6 Rounds: Jose Pedraza (16-0, 10 KO) vs Arturo Uruzquieta (15-5, 6 KO)
Super Flyweights, 4 Rounds: Janthony Ortiz (pro debut) vs Elio David Ruiz (1-4, 0 KO)

We’ll have coverage of all of those fights, with post-fight analysis running on the front page, as well, updated after each fight. With Verdejo, Lopez, and Pedraza, there are some very serious prospects in action here, and you also have Nelson, a contender at 154/160 who’s staying busy against Michigan veteran Darryl Cunningham, a fighter you may remember from “ShoBox: Rebirth of ‘The Matrix.'”

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Golovkin, Geale, Jennings & Perez hit MSG

By Togorashi On Friday evening in front of a huge crowd of fans, all four fighters from the upcoming “G4″ boxing extravaganza hit New York City’s Madison Square Garden. With the artwork of their Saturday, July 26th event looking down from the …

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Jhonson beats Gonzalez but doesn’t impress promoter Mike Tyson

By Doug Fischer

Yudel Jhonson was successful in every way in beating Norberto Gonzalez on Friday night, except the way that may ultimately matter most.

He sure didn’t impress his promoter.

Though he thoroughly dominated Gonzalez en route to a 10-round unanimous decision in the main event of ESPN’s Friday Night Fights, Mike Tyson was less than thrilled with the in-ring action, or the reaction of the audience.

“Yudel Jhonson shouldn’t be fighting in the main event with people walking out of the building. The main events should go to (fighters who entertain the fans). People don’t say I’m going to save up my money to watch Yudel Jhonson fight. That’s just not going to happen,” said Tyson.

The crowd at the Turning Stone Casino in Verona, N.Y., was raucous throughout the evening, but quieted entirely during the featured bout, save for the requisite cat calls towards the ring card girls.

Gonzalez (20-4, 13 KOs), normally a high-tempo pressure fighter, was neutralized by the slick boxing of Jhonson. In particular, he couldn’t get out of the way of Jhonson’s left hand, and certainly wasn’t fond of the Cuban’s body shots either.

If the bout is to be considered dreary, some of the fault lies with Gonzalez for simply being double tough. Jhonson (16-1, 9 KOs) threatened to end the fight with a knockdown at the end of round 5, and hurt him badly again with a left uppercut to the body in the seventh round.

A low blow in the ninth from Jhonson seemed to enrage and energize Gonzalez, but his recklessness got him into trouble immediately. Less than a minute later, he ran into a short left hand on the inside that dropped him for a count of eight and nearly ended the fight.

Instead, it went the distance, with 97-91 scores for Jhonson awarded unanimously.

Others in the Iron Mike stable managed to please Tyson however, in particular Sammy Vasquez Jr., who turned in another impressive television performance, blasting through Jay Krupp via third-round TKO.

Vasquez, Monessen, Pa., nearly ended the night early, decking Krupp with a straight left hand near the end of the first round. He wobbled Krupp with the very next punch following the eight count, but the bell sounded moments after.

He continued to overpower Krupp in the second frame, dropping him with a short right hook that prompted the ringside physician to have a look.

The doctor would get an elongated look at him in the next round, as Vasquez sent him to the canvas with a quick left hand he couldn’t recover from.

Tyson says he sees immediate main event possibilities for Vasquez (15-0, 11 KOs), and indicated that Oscar De La Hoya expressed interest in a co-promotional deal with his fighter.

“We’d like to bring him back to Pittsburgh and have him fight Paul Spadafora,” said Tyson. “That fight would (bring) a sellout crowd.”

In the broadcast opener, Ukrainian middleweight prospect Ievgin Khytrov scored a scintillating third-round stoppage over Chris Chatman.

After some early struggles against the shifty, busy journeyman, Khytrov’s thudding power began to take effect. By the third round, he had Chatman pinned on the ropes consistently, and was looking to trade hooks.

“The left hook was there from the first round, but I waited a little until the left hook would be more effective. I had the straight right, left hook set up from the first round,” said Khytrov.

At 2:18 of the third, he found the exchange he was looking for, and landed a left hook square on Chatman’s chin that pancaked him on the canvas. Remarkably, he was able to get back to a vertical base before the count of 10, but the referee wisely waved the fight off anyway.

Khytrov (5-0, 5 KOs), a 2012 Olympian, displayed some fight-ending power—and some serious defensive deficiencies—both of which will make him a staple on Iron Mike Productions television dates for the foreseeable future.

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Centeno outpoints Ibarra, Santana upsets Gomez on ShoBox card

By Doug Fischer

INDIO, Calif. — Even though the fight lacked a steady flow of excitement, Hugo Centeno showed who the “boss” was against Gerardo Ibarra on Friday night.

Centeno won a one-sided 10 round unanimous decision over Ibarra at the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in this Southern California desert town.

The bout headlined a Golden Boy Promotions card and was televised live on Showtime.

Centeno was coming off a 10th-round come-from-behind knockout victory over Angel Osuna in his last fight on Dec. 13. That bout also took place in Indio.

Centeno was scheduled to fight 2008 United States Olympian Domonique Dolton, but Dolton had to back out of the fight less than a week ago due to suffering an injury in training camp.

Ibarra started out well in the opening round, taking the fight to Centeno and landing some hooks and crosses that produced blood from Centeno’s nose. It would be the only clear round Ibarra won as Centeno took over in the second round.

Centeno, who was working for the first time with trainer Eric Brown, kept Ibarra on the outside, landing the more telling blows during exchanges between the two fighters. Ibarra attempted to load up at times, but Centeno would beat him to the punch with straight rights to the head.

Whenever Ibarra was able to get on the inside, Centeno made him pay, landing hard left or right uppercuts to the head. It worked well for Centeno in the second half of the fight, especially when the outcome of the fight was already decided.

Ibarra attempted to rally in the final rounds, but his punches had little effect and he had slowed down considerably compared to what he had down in the opening rounds.

All three judges scored the bout in favor of Centeno, 99-91, 99-91, and 100-90.

Centeno, from Oxnard, Calif., goes to 21-0 1NC, with 11 KOs. Ibarra, from Houston, Tex., drops to 14-1, 8 KOs.

Santana gets upset win over Gomez

In the co-feature bout, Francisco Santana won a 10-round unanimous decision over Eddie Gomez. It was the first loss of Gomez’s career.

Gomez controlled the first half of the fight, beating Santana to the punch with right hands and left hooks to the body. Santana initiated exchanges, but threw no jabs, making it easy for Gomez to counter to the head or body.

Santana increased his punch output and aggression in the middle rounds. He was rewarded by landing the more telling punches, even backing up Gomez during those rounds.

Santana seemed to slow down in the eighth round, allowing Gomez to land hard left hooks to the body in the hopes of slowing Santana down.

Sensing the fight was in the balance, Santana pushed the action in the 10th round. Gomez circled around the ring, bobbing and weaving punches, but was stunned in the final moments as Santana landed a left hook to the head.

All three judges scored the bout in favor of Santana, 96-94, 97-93, and 98-92.

Santana, from Santa Barbara, Calif., improves to 20-3-1, 9 KOs. Gomez, from the Bronx, N.Y., drops to 16-1, 10 KOs.

Undercard bouts:

– 2012 United States Olympian Terrell Gausha won a 10-round unanimous decision over James Winchester.
It was all Gausha as he landed the more telling blows during most of the fight. Gausha (10-0, 5 KOs) countered anything Winchester threw, even though it would have served him best to initiate exchanges.

Gausha dropped Winchester (16-10, 6 KOs) with a right hand in the eighth round. Winchester got up, but had to deal with a barrage of punches from Gausha and a cut that bleeding profusely from above his left eye. To his credit, Winchester fought back, making for decent exchanges between the two until the final bell.
All three judges scored the bout 100-89 in favor of Winchester.

– Featherweight prospect Diego De La Hoya (5-0, 4 KOs) stopped Rigoberto Casillas in the third round. De La Hoya, who is the younger cousin of Oscar De La Hoya, was on the offensive from the opening bell, putting Casillas on the defensive.

De La Hoya stunned Casillas (10-12-1, 8 KOs) a handful of times in the second round, particularly with left hooks or right crosses to the head. Immediately after the start of the third round, De La Hoya hurt Casillas with a left-right combination to the head. Right when De La Hoya was going in for the kill, referee Pat Russell stepped in and stopped the bout at 28 seconds.

– Super bantamweight Oscar Negrete (5-0, 1 KO) stopped Pablo Cupul after the second round when Cupul (4-16, 3 KOs) was unable to continue, citing an injury.

– In a fight featuring local fighters making their professional debuts, David Figueroa won a four round unanimous decision over Rick Quevedo. All three judges scored the bout in favor of Figueroa, 40-36, 40-36, and 39-37.

– Middleweight Immanuwel Aleem stopped Cameron Allen (5-16, 3 KOs) in the fourth round. Aleem (8-0, 4 KOs) dropped Allen once in the second and twice in the fourth before referee Raul Caiz, Jr. waved the fight over at 2:56.

– Welterweight David Grayton (8-0, 7 KOs) dropped German Valdez (3-5, 1 KO) twice en route to a sixth round knockout victory. Referee Jack Reiss stopped the bout at 59 seconds of the sixth round.

– In the opening bout of the card, Kyrone (3-0, 2 KOs) won a four round unanimous decision over Jas Phipps (4-4, 1 KO). All three judges scored the bout 40-36 in favor of Davis.

Francisco A. Salazar has written for RingTV since October of 2013 and has covered boxing in Southern California and abroad since 2000. He also covers boxing for the Ventura County (CA) Star newspaper, Boxingscene.com, and Knockout Nation. He can be reached by email at santio89@yahoo.com or on Twitter at FSalazarBoxing

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