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Monday, November 19, 2018

We cannot underestimate Broner -- Pacquiao

Manny Pacquiao and Adrien Broner meet face to face on Monday in New York for the press conference and formally announced their 19 January 2019 welterweight title fight at the MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada.

In a venue packed with press and boxing personalities, Pacquiao (60-7-2, 39 KOs) was wearing a tuxedo and looking very calm. Broner (33-3-1 24 KOs) on the opposite side was wearing ripped jeans and a white t-shirt with a jacket on it.  The venue wasn't so ecstatic compared to Pacquiao's earlier fights in the US. There few bursts of laughter from the crowd though, when Broner threw a few lines of his usual antics. But, you know, the guy already had three losses so the bravado isn't like the way when "The Problem" was undefeated.

When Pacquiao was asked why he chose Broner, he said that "we can not underestimate him [Broner]. Everyone knows about Adrien Broner is good, experience boxer," said Pacquiao.

When asked about a potential rematch with Floyd Mayweather Jr. he said that "Floyd when we met in Japan, we talked and you know he said he wants to come out from retirement to fight me... to challenge me."

In that situation, he tried to bully me or whatever. I answered that way because it is not part of my language. I'm a person that don't want to say trash talk. All I know is just to fight in the ring," said Pacquiao.

Broner's response to Pacquiao talking about a rematch with Floyd, "you might get punched Manny!"

"You've got to get past me first big big mother fucker," said Broner that drew laughter from the crowd.

When Broner asked about what it means to him to fight Pacquiao, Broner spoke in all honesty and seriously said "it means a lot to me honestly. A win, you know, I turn a legend overnight."

Pacquiao was also asked his take about the elite young fighter who is now ruling the welterweight division like Crawford, Spence Jr., Thurman. Pacquiao's response, I can fight anybody." And I said, oh! Be careful what you wish Mr. Senator.

What do you think about this Pacquiao-Broner? Do you think there could ever be Pacquaio-Mayweather Jr. II?

Seniesa Estrada stops Debora Rengifo

MEXICALI, MEXICO (Nov. 17, 2018): Seniesa 'SuperBad" Estrada (15-0, 5 KOs) of East Los Angeles, Calif. scored a fourth-round technical knockout victory against Debora Rengifo (10-6-1, 5 KOs) of Rio Chico, Venezuela to capture the vacant WBC Silver Light Flyweight Title in the scheduled 10-round main event of"Mexicali Al Grito De Guerra" at Plaza De Toros Calafia in Mexicali, Mexico and televised on TV Azteca.

"I'm so honored to have fought here," said Seniesa Estrada. "It was a great atmosphere here with the Mexican fan base. I want to be the best in the world. I want to fight the best and get all the belts. I feel great. I had a cold all week. I was kind of nervous about how my body would feel going in. I stuck to the game plan. I wanted it to end early and it did."

"I was hurt in the first round, but I continued," said Debora Rengifo."I didn't expect this result. I prepared to win but these are things that happen in boxing. She [Estrada] had a very complicated style."

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Official Weights: Seniesa Estrada 106.8, Debora Rengifo 106.8

Seniesa Estrada faces Debora Rengifo in a 10-round fight for the Light Flyweight title presented by Golden Boy Promotions. The fight will take place Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018, at Plaza de Toros Calafia in Mexicali, Mexico. The action will be televised live on TV Azteca beginning at 8:30 p.m. PT.

Estrada (14-0, 4 KOs) official weight 106.8 pounds in tip-top shape and ready to go. Rengifo (11-5,1 6 KO's) weighing in also at 106.8 pounds and ready to rumble.

Maurice Hooker stops Alex Saucedo in Round 7, retains title

Maurice Hooker got off the canvas in the second round and stopped Alex Saucedo in round 7 to retain the title at the Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City. 

It was back and forth action in the first round as both men executing their game plans early on. In the second round, Hooker (25-0-3, 17 KO) was put down by an overhand right. He fell hard on the canvas with ass polishing the canvas.

Saucedo (28-1, 18 KO) sensing the fight could be over in the second round, marched forward tried to finish the fight early. Hooker managed to weather the storm with his defense and was able to end the round strong.

In the succeeding rounds, Hooker adjusted well into Saucedo's style and connected jabs and lead rights from outside. There were times that Hooker pinned down towards the ropes smothering punches from Saucedo.

In the seventh, Hooker buckled Saucedo with a left and right combination. The referee ruled a technical knockdown as it was the ropes that prevented Saucedo to go down. The referee took the mandatory count. Saucedo still hurt but wanted to continue.

Hooker approached Saucedo like a predator ready to catch its prey and unleashed the finishing blows that went unanswered. The referee jumped in and stopped the fight. The official time of stoppage: 1: 36-minute mark in the seventh round.

Take a look at how it went.

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On the undercard, Egidijus Kavaliauskas (21-0, 17 KO) could likely end up facing Terence Crawford. He secured a third round knockout of Roberto Arriaza (17-1, 13 KO).

Monday, November 12, 2018

Donaire-Tete possible in Manila

New Bantamweight title holder, Nonito Donaire's next fight could be held in Manila according to the "Filipino Flash".

“Nothing’s final but I know the promoters are talking about my next fight to be in Asia," Donaire said. Donaire won the bantamweight title against Ryan Burnet (19-1, 9 KOs) at The SSE Hydro, Glasgow. Burnett did not answer Round 5 due to injury. He was later on diagnosed having torn muscle fibre in right oblique.

With the win, Donaire moved to World Boxing Super Series (WBSS) semifinal against Zolani Tete (28-3, 21 KOs) of South Africa.

"Tete’s a formidable opponent. As soon as I get back to Las Vegas, I’ll be studying, preparing and learning how to win my next fight. It will probably be early next year when we do the fight. I’m excited to advance to the semifinals as I’m getting closer to my goal of becoming the first Filipino undisputed world champion in any division,” Donaire said.

Donaire (39-5, 25 KOs) moved back down to 118-pound for the WBSS. His last fight at this division was in 2011 when he outpointed Omar Narvaez at the Madison Square Garden WaMu Theater, New York.

If Donaire gets past Tete in the semi-finals, he will face the winner between Japan's sensation Naoya Inoue (17-0, 15 KOs) and Emmanuel Rodriquez (19-0, 12 KOs) for the WBSS Bantamweight finals.