Golden Boy on ESPN Kicks off GGG Vs Canelo Weekend With an Action Packed Card
September 13, 2018
Anthony Saldana (77 articles)
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Golden Boy on ESPN Kicks off GGG Vs Canelo Weekend With an Action Packed Card

By Anthony “Stacks” Saldaña

 

Thursday night inside of the “The Joint” at The Hard Rock Casino in Las Vegas, Golden Boy showcased some of their top talent on ESPN as they kicked off the Gennady “GGG” Golovkin vs  Canelo headlining the bout was undefeated Ruslan Madiyev (12-1, 5 KO’s) as he battled Mexican Veteran Pablo Cesar Cano (30-7-1, 21 KO’s) in an absolute war that lasted five rounds before a clash of heads caused the fight to come a controversial stoppage. Cano who has been in the ring with many of the best in the sport including “Sugar” Shane Mosley stood his ground as both fighters threw punches in bunches. It was in the fifth round that Madiyev appeared to catch Cano with a solid jab opening up a cut over his left eye, Referee Russell Mora signaled punch but in between rounds the overhead monitor showed the gash was clearly caused by a butt. The ringside physician went to the corner and ruled that Cano could not continue and after several minutes of conversation the commission ruled that due to an injury caused by the butt the fight would go to the scorecards where all three judges scored the fight 49-47 in favor of  Cano giving him the TKO victory. 

 

In the Co-Main event of the night “La Diva” Maricela Cornejo (12-3, 5 KO’s) of Los Angeles, California battled Franchon Crews for the vacant WBC Super Middleweight Title. From the opening bell Crews threw wild punches and dirty tactics while attacking Cornejo who used much of the first round to establish her jab and distance. Then in the second round it was Cornejo hitting the canvas as during a clinch Crews used a move out the WWE playbook to toss Cornejo to the ground. Crews continued attacking with relentless pressure during the middle rounds as the backpedaling Cornejo never could find an answer to the awkward fighting style of her opponent. Going into the 10th and final round it was clear that Cornejo needed a knockout to emerge victorious, but that never came to fruition as after the final bell rang the judges returned with the scores of 95-95 and 99-91 twice in favor of the new WBC Female Super Middleweight Champion Franchon Crews “I’m very grateful, hats off to Mari and her team, thank you God and thank you Golden Boy. I knew her will and determination wouldn’t be stronger than mine so yes I’m very grateful for this opportunity” stated Crews after her victory. Supreme Boxing spoke to Cornejo after the bout and she stated “After Crews pushed me down in the first round my back began to lock up on me and after I was tossed down again I was injured. I tried my hardest for my fans but could never establish my Jab due to my injury.”

 

In Other Bouts 

 

Raul Curiel (5-0, 3 KO’s) defeated Ryan Pino(8-3, 4 KO’s) by unanimous decision in a 6-round Super Welterweight bout

 

Isaac Zarate (16-3-3, 3 KO’s) a split decision victory over Horacio Garcia (34-5, 25 KO’s) in an 8 round featherweight bout. 

 

Xu Can (10-0, 1 KO) Kumming, China of wins a split decision victory over Enrique Bernache (24-12, 12 KO’s) in an 8-round Featherweight bout

 

Bilal Akkawy (18-0-1) defeated Cristian Olivas (16-3, 13 KO’s) of Tijuana, Mexico by unanimous decision in an 8-round Light Heavyweight bout

 

Francisco Esparza (9-0-1, 3 KO’s) of Las Vegas, Nevada defeated Diuhl Olguin (13-12-3, 9 KO’s) of Guadalajara, Mexico in an 8-round super featherweight bout.

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