Joey Reynolds, Pete Wood & Cast at WOR.AM 2/26/2008











New York, NY (Feb. 6, 2012) - Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. defended his version of the WBC Middleweight Championship this past Saturday, February 4, and as long as Sergio "Maravilla" Martinez follows suit in his upcoming matchup against Matthew Macklin on March 17, promoter Lou DiBella expects the two to meet to determine who is the full and real WBC Middleweight Champion.


"As long as Sergio takes care business on March 17, Chavez must fight him next.  Either fight him or he has to vacate his title.  It's plain and simple," said DiBella.  "We are tired of waiting for Chavez to step up to the plate.  He needs to stop hiding behind his people and be a real champion.  He says that he wants the fight, so then prove it.  The WBC ruled in our favor at their convention in December, and the two were both permitted to have voluntary defenses.  We don't want to look past Sergio's fight on March 17 because he is going to have his hands full with Macklin.  If Sergio wins though, I expect negotiations to begin immediately for Sergio against Julio. .Immediately.


The only reason that Chavez has the title now is because Martinez vacated the belt when his mandatory challenger was allegedly not up to television programming standards. If Chavez does not want to meet his mandatory, then the son of the legend should do the honorable thing and vacate his WBC title rather than continuing to face lesser opposition. After the Rubio fight this past Saturday, HBO boxing analyst Jim Lampley candidly stated that Chavez "still has not fought a fighter of legitimate championship


Martinez (48-2-2, 27KO's) defends his Middleweight crown against top-rated Irish middleweight contender Matthew "Mack the Knife" Macklin (28-3, 19KOs) on St. Patrick's Day, March 17, at The Theater at Madison Square Garden.  The card, promoted by DiBella entertainment, entitled "THE REAL Middleweight Championship - Get Your Irish Up", will be aired live on HBO's "World Championship Boxing"
















On Saturday, January 21st, hardcore and casual boxing enthusiasts will be treated to a scintillating war at the Asylum Arena in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania when hometown favorite “King” Gabriel Rosado (18-5, 10 KO’s) battles Tijuana Mexico’s Jesus Soto-Karass (24-6-3, 16 KO’s) in a ten-round junior middleweight showdown live on NBC at 9pm E/T. The bout is part of a brilliant card headlined by a ten-round heavyweight clash between “Fast” Eddie Chambers (36-2, 18 KO’s) and Sergei “White Wolf” Liakhovich (25-4, 16 KO’s), and is the first of four outstanding fight cards to be televised by the network this year.

Rosado is truly looking forward to showcasing his talent in the very first televised bout of the four upcoming shows that will air on NBC.

“This is what boxing needs right now,” boasted Rosado. “We both bring it. Chambers vs. Liakhovich is another great match-up. The fans really deserve these fights. It will make for great TV, and the fans will definitely tune in to watch it.”

Rosado, 25, has never been in a dull fight due to his crowd-pleasing style, and is riding a four-fight winning streak heading into his contest with Soto-Karass. He’s been victorious in 6 of his last 7 bouts. In that time span, the only blemish on Rosado’s record resulted from a close, ten-round majority decision loss at the hands of Derek Ennis in 2010.

Rosado keeps himself in tremendous shape between fights, as he already has proven by stepping into the ring three times in each of the last two years. Rosado’s technique is very exciting for fight fans because he uses adept lateral movement remarkably well, but always ends up in a blow-for-blow fracas with the opposition. Once Rosado gets hit, the Philadelphia fighter in him truly shines the brightest to the masses watching him. From there, his fights soar to the highest level, a peak where only few fighters that display a massive amount of heart can take a battle.

Rosado is ecstatic to fight again in his hometown of Philadelphia.

Billy Briscoe, Rosado’s head trainer, started him off in the gym 8 years ago. Rosado compiled a 14-3 amateur record over a two year period before turning professional. Briscoe believes this training camp has been one of Rosado’s strongest.

“I work on making Gabe’s weaker points his stronger points,” explained Briscoe. “He will utilize his jab better, use more head movement and have better snap to his punches in this fight.”

Briscoe added, “We’ve been training about five weeks now, and it will be eight weeks by fight time. We are always looking for progression. I like to train a fighter to a peak, not a plateau. I rest him every other day. We are right where we want to be at this time.”

In this training camp, Rosado has worked extensively on strength and cardio preparation with Jason Sargus, President and Chief Operating Officer of Brazen Boxing.

“He’s coming up to my weight class,” stated Rosado. “I have the size advantage, and I am going to use my power more in this fight. I could always box, but I am going to back this guy up!”

Rosado added, “He’s used to guys boxing him. I am not going to give him a comfort zone. I am going to overpower him, walk him down and back him up. I will take him out of his element.”

Soto-Karass, 29, is known to have a granite chin, and on no account has he been knocked out in a prize fight. From December of 2005 thru August of 2009, Soto-Karass never sustained a loss, compiling a record of (13-0-1, 6 KO’s). In spite of this, Soto-Karass has not won a bout in his last four ring appearances, going 0-3 with one no-contest. Soto-Karass desperately needs a win to further his career in the sport.

He by no means takes a backward step to his challengers, which was clearly exhibited in his two confrontations with Mike Jones. Soto-Karass’ biggest claim to fame in his professional career is losing a highly-contested, ten-round majority decision in his first scuffle against Jones in a welterweight bout on the undercard of Manny Pacquiao vs. Antonio Margarito in late 2010. That was a match fans have not forgotten. Soto-Karass wore Jones down with relentless pressure, taking an enormous amount of punishment to dish out his own damaging shots in a back and forth melee.

Rosado acquired a great deal of knowledge and understanding of Soto-Karass’ tendencies by watching his fights with Jones, and he plans to exploit the Mexican’s flaws.

“The key is to work Soto-Karass’ body,” acknowledged Rosado. “He has a good chin, so I am going to break him down in the body more than Jones did.”

The strategies of both fighters guarantee an elevated encounter in the City of Brotherly Love on January 21st. If there was ever a fight deemed a “crossroads fight” in boxing, Rosado vs. Soto-Karass is certainly it. Neither man can afford another loss on their record. Rosado is currently ranked #10 by the IBF, and could land another gigantic fight if he is victorious. However, if Rosado loses, he may find it near impossible to crack the top-ten rankings again of a major sanctioning body. For Soto-Karass, a setback would be devastating, most likely leaving the Mexican warrior as a future opponent for up and coming prospects down the road. Yet, if Soto-Karass comes out on top, he could launch his status to where it was just after his first brawl with Mike Jones.

There’s no better recipe for an exhilarating fight than two guys in complete desperation for victory, especially when the face-off will occur in an extremely loud venue in Philadelphia. NBC and all boxing fans won the moment this fight was signed, but only one fighter can triumph on January 21st.


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Mashantucket, CT/New York, NY - (10/12/2011)Boxing's new odd couple is a Massachusetts pair training together thousands of miles away from home in Houston, undefeated super middleweight Edwin "La Bomba" Rodriguez and light welterweight prospect Danny O'Connor, who will be fighting on October 21 in separate bouts at the MGM Grand Theater at Foxwoods.  


Rodriguez (19-0, 14 KOs) headlines "Octoberfist: Fight Night Done Right," presented by DiBella Entertainment, against another undefeated fighter and friend, New York City brawler Will "Power" Rosinky (14-0, 8 KOs), on ShoBox: The New Generation LIVE on SHOWTIME® at 11 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast).  Also being broadcast live on SHOWTIME®  is a junior welterweight co-feature, matching rising contender Gabriel "Tito" Bracero (17-0, 3KOs) and always tough Daniel Sostre (11-4-1, 4KOs) for the vacant NABF title.  Both bouts are scheduled for 10 rounds. 


The 26-year-old Rodriguez (19-0, 14 KOs), a native of the Dominican Republic fighting out of Worcester (MA), is already considered a legitimate world title contender, presently rated among the top 12 in all four major governing bodies (IBF #5, WBC #6, WBA #8 and WBO # 12). "La Bomba" and O'Connor (15-1, 4 KOs), the popular Irish-American boxer from Framingham (MA), met in 2005 as New England teammates.  A friendship soon blossomed and O'Connor soon started training at Rodriguez' gym, the Worcester Boys & Girls Club.


They eventually went their separate ways. Rodriguez turned pro and O'Connor went to China as a member of the 2008 U.S. Olympic Boxing Team as an alternate.  Now, they're back together in Houston, sharing an apartment and being trained by the highly-regarded Ronnie Shields.


"We're on a mission to accomplish something special together," Rodriguez DBE

explained, "and become world champions from Massachusetts. We both left our family back home (Edwin has a wife and five-year-old twins) to train here with Ronnie Shields.

  In many ways having Danny here makes it a little better because we know what each other is going through." 


Rodriguez and Rosinsky also have a history together, dating back to the amateur ranks, where they were members of the 2006 USA Boxing Team that traveled to China.  They were also 2005 USA National Champions; Rodriguez at middleweight and Rosinsky at light heavyweight.


"He (Rosinky) is a tough but nice kid," Edwin noted.  "He's a real fighter, too.  I know him and he knows me, but I'm not the same fighter he knew.  It's great being trained by Ronnie Shields, and I'm not the same fighter."     

O'Connor (15-1, 4 KOs) readily admits that he and his Houston roommate, Edwin, are complete opposites.  "We are like the odd couple:  I'm always on time, he's not; I don't like playing video games, he does.  I love Edwin because he's such a genuine person and a great guy. Being here with him makes it bearable.  I have a seven-month old son, Liam, who I've barely seen because I've been here the last three months.  I really miss him and my wife.  It's tough, but it's also funny.  I'm very relaxed before my fight but, watching Edwin fight, I'm a nervous wreck."


O'Connor's first loss as a pro came earlier this year, ironically, on ShoBox to Bracero.  DBE

He followed Rodriguez to Houston and rebounded nicely last month with a first-round knockout victory.



"I always try to do better than Edwin," said O'Connor who will be in a six-round, off-TV bout vs. TBA on Oct. 21.  "We push each other all the time in training.  If I get a little uptight, Edwin will be the first to tell me and, when I get cranky making weight, he'll tell me I'm being a bitch.  We're totally opposite, except in the boxing world."


Shields, a former two-time world title challenger and "Trainer of the Year," has embraced his New England fighters and made them part of his family.  "Edwin has been with me about four months now," Shields commented.  "This is a kid who wants to learn in order to be the best.  He will be world champion.  He's done everything I've asked.  He's had a great training camp and this is his time to shine.  His opponent (Rosinsky) is good, maybe a little heavier - a light heavyweight -- than Edwin, but they're fighting at a catch weight of 172 pounds. He comes forward and Edwin won't go toe-to-toe with him.  This guy is coming forward to knock out Edwin, who needs to show his boxing skills in this fight. 


"We're working with Danny to sit down on his punches.  He's a good boxer but he didn't know how to fight on the inside.  He's learning how to turn into his punch and I think it surprised him to know he has more power than he thought.  He can box but fighting inside can't be foreign to him.


"I love these two guys.  They're two of the best I've ever met in this business.  Edwin's a blessing.  How can you not love Edwin?  Danny's a great guy, too.  They fuel each other in the gym and are good for each other being so far away from home.  They share an apartment and do everything together - train, eat, movies, run, etc.  It's like a family affair with them and the other fighters at my gym.  They come over to my house for dinner once in a while.  Hey, they're family now."


Two other talented New England boxers will be in action on Oct. 21.  Exciting Quincy (MA) junior lightweight Ryan "Polish Prince" Kielczewski (11-0, 2 KOs) is always a crowd pleaser, while New Haven super bantamweight Rosa (8-0, 5 KOs) is a sound, overall prospect.








Heavyweight Giants Mariusz Wach and Kevin McBride Meet Face to Face At Final Press Conference
-Photo Credit: Sylwek Wosko

 NORTH BERGEN, N.J. (July 21, 2011) – The man who ended Mike Tyson’s reign atop the heavyweight division six years ago is threatening to put an end to another promising career before it has a chance to blossom.


 Clones, Ireland veteran Kevin McBride (35-9-1, 29 KOs) might be considered the heavy underdog on Friday, July 29th, 2011 at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn., but he’s predicting another major upset against undefeated Polish heavyweight Mariusz Wach (24-0, 12 KOs) of North Bergen, NJ,  in the main event of “Heat Wave,” presented by Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment & Sports in association with Global Boxing Promotions.


The two are fighting in the 12-round main event for the vacant World Boxing Council (WBC) International heavyweight title, a belt once held by former world champions John RuizDavid TuaOleg Maskaev and Oliver McCall, along with current heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko.


“I’m here to win,” McBride said Thursday at the Global Boxing Gym during the third leg of CES’ east-coast publicity tour. “God bless him – he’s undefeated and he has 24 wins, but I’m the champ. I’ve got more knockouts than he has wins.


“He better watch out. I know I’m still the underdog like I was against Tyson, but I feel I have the punch that can be the equalizer against anyone in the world.”


McBride is so confident he’ll win the title, he’s even gone as far as to plan his next move.


“I’m saving the fireworks for the 29th,” he said. “After I beat him, I’d like to fight [undefeated prospect] Tyson Fury and then take my shot at a world title.”


Even after beating Tyson in 2005, McBride never got a shot at world title before retiring two years later. Six months after his comeback fight in October of 2010, McBride fought former cruiserweight champion Tomasz Adamek for the North American Boxing Organization (NABO) and International Boxing Federation (IBF) International heavyweight titles, but lost a unanimous 12-round decision.


“He got tired of running around the ring because Adamek wouldn’t fight him!” Burchfield said.


A win over Wach on the 29th would bring McBride one step closer to a shot at that elusive world title.


“He’s worked real hard,” said McBride’s manager, Jerry Quinn. “He’s putting his heart and soul into this fight.”


For Wach, the stakes are equally high; with a perfect 24-0 record, he’s now ranked 13th in the WBC and is on the cusp of a major title fight if he can get past McBride next Friday.


“This fight means a lot to me. It can open a lot of doors, or those doors could be closed,” Wach said. “I’ve spent the past three months putting in endless hours training. The plan is in place; I just hope he doesn’t break my plans for the future.”


“This is what boxing needs,” Burchfield added. “Someone is going to get knocked out. There is no doubt about that.”


Wach, who last fought on Feb. 19 in a knockout win over Jonathan Haggler, has benefitted from the tutelage of trainers Juan and Carlos De Leon, who are known throughout boxing for their work with undefeated heavyweight “Baby” Joe Mesi.


“He’s a lot like Mesi,” Juan De Leon said. “I feel as though I have a future heavyweight champion on my hands.”


Next week’s WBC International heavyweight title bout between Wach and McBride is one of two title fights at Mohegan Sun; Former world-title challenger Elvin Ayala (23-5-1, 11 KOs) of New Haven, Conn., will face Israel “Pito” Cardona (36-10, 28 KOs) of Hartford for the vacant WBC United States National Boxing Council (USNBC) middleweight title, a title once held by former world champions Paul “The Punisher” Williams and Lamont Peterson.


The undercard includes New Haven welterweight Edwin Soto (6-0-1, 2 KOs) battling Michael Denby (3-11-4, 2 KOs) of Felton, Del.; and undefeated heavyweight Artur Spzilka of Poland (5-0, 3 KOs) facing Philadelphia’s David Williams (6-4-1, 2 KOs). Cruiserweight Jose Torres of Springfield, Mass., will make his debut against fellow newcomer Pedro Rivera of Southbridge, Mass.; super middleweightGreg McCoy (2-3-1, 1 KO) of New Haven will fight in a separate four-round bout against Worcester’s Ralph Johnson (0-1); and super middleweight Keith Kozlin (6-2, 4 KOs) of Warwick, R.I., will face Woonsocket’s Reynaldo Rodriguez (5-2, 2 KOs) in a six-round intrastate showdown. The special attraction on July 29th will be an eight-round light middleweight bout featuring Worcester, Mass., veteran and former three-time world champion Jose Antonio Rivera (40-6-1, 24 KOs) against Paul Mpendo (7-7-4, 3 KOs) of Oregon. Junior welterweight Agustine Mauras (1-0, 1 KO) of Lawrence, Mass., will face rival Johnathan Vazquez (4-0, 3 KOs) of New Bedford, Mass., in a rematch of their amateur bout three years ago. All fights and fighters are subject to change.


























12-Round IBF Super Lightweight Elimination Bout Between

Victor Cayo and Lamont Peterson Now Among Televised Attractions


Edison Miranda vs. Yordanis Despaigne

Also Featured on July 29 ESPN2 "Friday Night Fights" Broadcast


LAS VEGAS (June 30, 2011) - Due to injuries suffered in a car accident involving former lightweight champion Joel Casamayor, the lineup for the July 29 "Fight Night at The Cosmopolitan" event at the Chelsea Ballroom has changed.

The Casamayor vs. Jorge Teron match-up has been cancelled. In its place, will be a 12-round IBF Super Lightweight Elimination bout between the Dominican Republic's once-beaten IBF #3-rated Victor "Mermelada" Cayo (20-1, 18 KOs) and Washington DC's IBF #4-ranked Lamont Peterson (24-1-1, 14 KOs).


The 10-round light heavyweight showdown between Edison "Pantera" Miranda (34-5, 29 KOs) and Yordanis Despaigne (8-1, 4 KOs) will remain on the card.


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Cayo and Peterson will be fighting for the #1 world ranking and the right to face the winner of July 23 bout between current IBF king Zab Judah and WBA champion Amir Khan.


Victor "Mermelada" Cayo is an excellent fighter with good power, speed and incredible elusiveness.


The 26-year-old Dominican Republic native started boxing at the age of 11 after finding himself in several street fights. "One day I was walking by this boxing gym in my neighborhood and I asked the coach to teach me how to box and defend myself. I have been doing this ever since and won't stop till I become a world champion."


Cayo had over 300 amateur fights and won numerous tournaments including the Dominican Republic Military Games and won a Silver Medal in the Cupa Independencia De Boxeo, fighting against boxers from Canada, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Brazil, Haiti, Ecuador and Italy.


He is managed by Caesar Mercedes and trained by Gabriel Sarmiento and co-promoted by Warriors Boxing and Samson Boxing. He trains at World Crown Sports Facility in Oxnard, California.


At the age of 27, Lamont Peterson is a six-year pro. He is the older brother, by 14 months, of lightweight contender Anthony Peterson - both were amateur standouts before they turned pro.


The Petersons have been regularly featured on ESPN and HBO boxing telecasts and their story has been frequently discussed on the show. They were left without parents at an early age, with their father in prison and their mother suffering personal issues. The brothers were reportedly homeless on the streets of Washington, DC for several years. 

While homeless at age 10, they were noticed by Barry Hunter, a boxing coach. Over time Hunter developed their boxing skills while mentoring them and both brothers morphed into amateur boxing stars.


Lamont (28-1-1, 14 KOs) is a former WBO Interim Junior Welterweight World Champion. He won the title in April 2009. He is coming off a 10-round draw on December 11, 2010, with top-rated contender Victor Ortiz at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas and live on HBO. He suffered a 12 round decision loss in a WBO junior welterweight world title challenge against defending champion Timothy Bradley Jr. in December 2009.


Peterson was last seen in December fighting to an HBO-televised draw with now world champion Victor Oritz. Cayo's most recent appearance was a first-round knockout over Javier Gomez on October 29.


"Because of the unfortunate news that happened to Joel Casamayor, we were able to move this sensational Cayo vs. Peterson fight to The Cosmopolitan," explained promoter Leon Margules of Warriors Boxing, "and that is very, very good news for the fans in attendance and those who will be watching around the world. The July 30 Fight Night at the Cosmopolitan will be one of the best Friday Night Fights broadcasts of the year with tremendous significance on the world stage for its competitors. "


Undercard bouts will be announced shortly.


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Reprinted from original article in Boxing News Magazine


Miami, Fl  December 17, 2010           - Ron Ross
      Odlanier Solis’ performance against Cleveland’s Ray Austin in a Don King Promotion at the American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida will probably not sent icy fingers of fear running up and down the spine of Vitaly Klitschko. On the contrary, if he were found licking his chops in anticipation of a proposed showdown with the undefeated Cuban heavyweight (17-0, 13 stoppages) he couldn’t be faulted.
     In a scheduled 12 round WBC Heavyweight Final  Elimination Bout, which means that maybe the winner will fight Vitaly Klitschko for the title, Solis plodded, glowered and grimaced but was not very effective in landing punches. Oh, yes, when he did they were attention-getters. It was a Solis house. They cheered when he lunged, they roared at any punch he threw as long as it came within a foot of its intended target. But this was not the well-synchronized, deadly puncher of past performances, both here and in Cuba. Whether it was conditioning, a question of styles or just an off-night is open to conjecture but Odlanier “La Sombra” Solis has seen better nights. It took a bizarre ending – a mixture of his explosive power finally connecting and igniting and an act of self-destruction on the part of his opponent.
     Ray “The Rainman” Austin, 239 ¾, 28(18), 4-4, is a cutie-pie – which does not mean that he is adorable – that is strictly in the eyes of the beholder - he is a bit of a slick article between the ropes. He knows how to use the ring, and when necessary, to stay out of harm’s way. Against Solis it was necessary. With the pitter-patter of great big feet running a steady retreat throughout the contest and employing a flicking left jab like a feather-duster that you would feel safe using with your best china, confident there would absolutely be no breakage, he carried the fight into the 10th round actually leading on two cards.
     From the opening bell it was the stalker against the stalkee, where it seemed only a matter of time that Solis would wade through that flea-flicker left and create fistic mayhem, but he just wasn’t working on all cylinders. Not until the fifth round when he came barreling out with a two-fisted barrage and a ramrod-straight left floored Austin. When he pulled himself off the canvas, Solis tried desperately to end the fight with a sustained two-fisted attack for the rest of the round but Austin weathered the storm.
     Back to the chase. Again, from the sixth round on, it was the pitty-pat powerless lefts of the retreating Austin landing in great harmless numbers against Solis’ occasional crunching left hook to the body followed by an overhand right. Those occasionally landing blows by Solis coupled with Austin’s continuous flight obviously took its toll though and Solis knew it. He came roaring out at the bell for the tenth round banging away with both hands.  This was an attack that Austin was unable to elude. Referee Tommy Kimmons penalized him a point for holding as nearly out on his feet, he tried whatever he could to stay alive. Sensing the kill, Solis was all over him, continuing the relentless two-fisted barrage. In desperation, Austin draped himself over Solis, shoving him onto the ropes where they hung perilously like two beached whales as hands from the commission table at the ring apron were raised trying to keep them from falling from the ring. Somehow Kimmons managed to pry them apart and as he did, Austin, in a final act of self-destruction whacked Solis in the back of the head with the best punch he threw all night and was disqualified on the spot at 2:59 of the 10th round.
     Solis must remember one thing before climbing into the ring against Klitschko. He won this fight on a stoppage with his opponent throwing the last punch. In the future, he wants to be the guy throwing the punch that ends the fight.
     In the co-feature 12-rounder for the IBF Light Heavyweight Championship, undefeated titleholder Tavoris “Thunder” Cloud, Tallahassee, FL, 175, 22(18)-0, overwhelmed Colombian Fulgencio Zuniga, 174, 24(21)-5-1, outpunching him in volume and power. To his credit, Zuniga showed the heart of a lion as he never stopped trying but was simply unable to match Cloud’s firepower. He started most of the rounds by bringing the fight to Cloud, but his punches didn’t seem to hurt the champion. Cloud would then retaliate with a barrage of powerful punches that often rocked and staggered the challenger.
     Enroute to the one-sided win, Cloud, who received a cut above his left eye early in the fight, floored Zuniga twice. In the fifth round a solid right high on the head floored him and in the final round he dropped him with a left hook followed by a right to the jaw. The official scorecards of 117-108, 118-108, 115-109 all for Cloud, told the story.
     After two years away from the ring, Ricardo Mayorga, Managua, Nicaragua, 162 ½, 29(23)-8-1,didn’t seem to skip a beat in his return to action against Chicago’s Michael Walker, 160 ½,19(12)-6-2. Adhering closely to the rules, the Florida State Boxing Commission did not permit Mayorga to bring any sticks or stones into the ring but they could not stop him from calling names, taunting and making faces at his opponent. It may be true that names will never harm you, but when you add some solid clusters of punching along with the names – yeah, they hurt.
     Mayorga mixed up the taunting and mugging with enough banging away to the body, then the head to take a commanding lead. In the ninth round after a two point deduction by Referee Tommy Kimmons for punching Walker while he was on the canvas, Mayorga, who doesn’t let such things faze him, nailed Walker coming in with a wicked right uppercut, dropping him. When Walker arose, Mayorga was all over him, blasting his helpless opponent with a flurry of unanswered blows, stopping him at 1:09 of the ninth round.