Maliek Montgomery Wins Fight Of The Year Contender Against Aleem Jumakhonov

By: Sean Crose Boxing returned to the Mechanics Bank Arena in Bakersfield, California for the second night in a row Sunday when Aleem Jumakhonov faced off against Maliek Montgomery in a PBC on FS1 card. Things started off with the 5-1 Angel Barrientes battling the 7-8-1 Victor Torres in a scheduled six round super bantamweight affair. Torres tried to get through Barrientes' considerable height advantage in the first. In the second however, Barrientes began employing pressure of his own. The left hand of Barrientes allowed him to perform very well in the third. Torres tried coming in behind the jab in the fourth, to limited success. Torres continued to gamely come forward in the fifth. The sixth and final round played out like the previous five, with Barrientes trying to edge the aggressive Torres with his size and strength. Needless to say, Barrientes left the ring with a unanimous decision win. Next up was a junior welterweight affair, as the 26-12 Jairo Lopez took on the 11-1 Omar Juarez in a scheduled eight rounder. Juarez came out swinging in the first, while Lopez tried to carefully apply pressure. Juarez, however, was able to land well. Lopez continued to fight gamely in the second while Juarez employed patience and foot movement. Lopez resumed his attack in the third, while Juarez tossed off occasional thudding punches. Juarez started having some quite impressive moments in the fourth, employing a speed and power advantage over his foe. A powerful right in the fifth put down Lopez. The man got up, but he was clearly looking beat up. Still, the gutsy underdog managed to survive the round. The sixth round saw Juarez remain disciplined. This was not a man who was going to exert too much energy in the ring. Lopez continued to earn his pay in the seventh, unwilling to stop pursuing his man. Juarez pursued his opponent in the eight and final round, perhaps looking for a late stoppage or knockout. The judges ended up ruling in Juarez' favor, giving the man a unanimous decision win. It was time for the scheduled 10 round featherweight main event. The 9-3-2 Jumakhonov found the 10-0 Montgomery coming right at him with a determined jab. The man's sharp, disciplined movements were immediately telling in the first. Jumakhonov certainly proved he was game in the second, coming forward to face his man. The third round was an action affair. Montgomery had found a fighter in his grill, determined to win and unwilling to give him space. Montgomery put his man on the ropes in the fourth and banged away to the body. The round ended with both men firing away. Montgomery employed distance to good effect in the fifth. By the sixth, Montgomery landed well and was trying to end the show, landing furiously on his still game opponent. Yet Montgomery continued to fire back. He may not have been in the same league, but by the seventh it was clear Jumakhonov deserved a lot of credit - for it was a grueling affair. The fight remained a war in the eighth, but by distancing himself from his opponent at times, Montgomery was able to use the range he created to his advantage. Still, Jumakhonov kept on brawling. In between rounds referee Jack Reese had the ring doctor look at Jumakhonov. The fighter was allowed to continue. To the surprise of everyone, Jumakhonov actually hurt Montgomery at the beginning of the ninth. Montgomery, however, hacked away at his opponent in return. Sure enough, Montgomery unloaded in the tenth - but Jumakhonov simply wouldn't stop fighting to win. The final seconds were an explosion of violence. The judges ultimately ruled in favor of Montgomery via unanimous decision. It was some kind of fight. The post Maliek Montgomery Wins Fight Of The Year Contender Against Aleem Jumakhonov appeared first on BoxingInsider.com.

Maliek Montgomery Wins Fight Of The Year Contender Against Aleem Jumakhonov

By: Sean Crose

Boxing returned to the Mechanics Bank Arena in Bakersfield, California for the second night in a row Sunday when Aleem Jumakhonov faced off against Maliek Montgomery in a PBC on FS1 card. Things started off with the 5-1 Angel Barrientes battling the 7-8-1 Victor Torres in a scheduled six round super bantamweight affair. Torres tried to get through Barrientes' considerable height advantage in the first. In the second however, Barrientes began employing pressure of his own.

The left hand of Barrientes allowed him to perform very well in the third. Torres tried coming in behind the jab in the fourth, to limited success. Torres continued to gamely come forward in the fifth. The sixth and final round played out like the previous five, with Barrientes trying to edge the aggressive Torres with his size and strength. Needless to say, Barrientes left the ring with a unanimous decision win.

Next up was a junior welterweight affair, as the 26-12 Jairo Lopez took on the 11-1 Omar Juarez in a scheduled eight rounder. Juarez came out swinging in the first, while Lopez tried to carefully apply pressure. Juarez, however, was able to land well. Lopez continued to fight gamely in the second while Juarez employed patience and foot movement. Lopez resumed his attack in the third, while Juarez tossed off occasional thudding punches. Juarez started having some quite impressive moments in the fourth, employing a speed and power advantage over his foe.

A powerful right in the fifth put down Lopez. The man got up, but he was clearly looking beat up. Still, the gutsy underdog managed to survive the round. The sixth round saw Juarez remain disciplined. This was not a man who was going to exert too much energy in the ring. Lopez continued to earn his pay in the seventh, unwilling to stop pursuing his man. Juarez pursued his opponent in the eight and final round, perhaps looking for a late stoppage or knockout. The judges ended up ruling in Juarez' favor, giving the man a unanimous decision win.

It was time for the scheduled 10 round featherweight main event. The 9-3-2 Jumakhonov found the 10-0 Montgomery coming right at him with a determined jab. The man's sharp, disciplined movements were immediately telling in the first. Jumakhonov certainly proved he was game in the second, coming forward to face his man. The third round was an action affair. Montgomery had found a fighter in his grill, determined to win and unwilling to give him space. Montgomery put his man on the ropes in the fourth and banged away to the body. The round ended with both men firing away.

Montgomery employed distance to good effect in the fifth. By the sixth, Montgomery landed well and was trying to end the show, landing furiously on his still game opponent. Yet Montgomery continued to fire back. He may not have been in the same league, but by the seventh it was clear Jumakhonov deserved a lot of credit - for it was a grueling affair.

The fight remained a war in the eighth, but by distancing himself from his opponent at times, Montgomery was able to use the range he created to his advantage. Still, Jumakhonov kept on brawling. In between rounds referee Jack Reese had the ring doctor look at Jumakhonov. The fighter was allowed to continue. To the surprise of everyone, Jumakhonov actually hurt Montgomery at the beginning of the ninth. Montgomery, however, hacked away at his opponent in return. Sure enough, Montgomery unloaded in the tenth - but Jumakhonov simply wouldn't stop fighting to win. The final seconds were an explosion of violence. The judges ultimately ruled in favor of Montgomery via unanimous decision.

It was some kind of fight.

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By: Hans Themistode Even with a world title opportunity ostensibly in his future, Joe Joyce refuses to sit idly by. The heavyweight contender saw his ranking shoot up to number one in the WBO, mostly due to his recent run of big-time wins. After proving his doubters wrong by picking up the knockout victory against Daniel Dubois in November of 2020, Joyce followed that up with another impressive win. This time, at the expense of Carlos Takam. The two clashed on July 24th, earlier this year at Wembley Arena in front of a jam-packed crowd. While the British native struggled early on, he would eventually end his night early, scoring the stoppage win in the sixth round. Although Joyce could sit on his hands and wait for his mandated title shot, the former Olympic silver medalist would much rather keep his winning train going. With the division's two belt holders currently on the verge of defending their titles in the next few weeks, Joyce attempted to lure former champion Joseph Parker to the negotiation table. Yet, with the former titlist scheduled to make a ring appearance against a familiar face, Joyce revealed that his team reached out to another highly rated contender but to no avail. “That was an option,” said Joyce in reference of Parker during an interview with IFL TV. “Now he’s obviously going to fight Dereck Chisora. I think [Luis] Ortiz was mentioned but I’m not sure he wants the smoke. He didn't want a war with the big juggernaut.” Ortiz, 42, has been mostly quiet over the past year. The Cuban native saw his heavyweight title dreams go up in smoke courtesy of a Deontay Wilder right hand in November of 2019. Since then, Ortiz has made just one ring appearance, stopping journeymen Alexander Flores in July of 2020 in the very first round. The tenuous effort of Flores gave Ortiz hope that he could make a quick turnaround since he sustained little to no damage. With that said, he continues to remain inactive on the sidelines. In a perfect world, Joyce would be presented with a contract with Ortiz’s name printed on the dotted line. No matter the case, the 36-year-old contender will press on with his training in the gym in the hopes that he’ll return sooner rather than later. “I’m just training and waiting on my fight date. I should be out before the end of the year.” The post Joe Joyce Reveals That Luis Ortiz Turned Down Their Clash: “He Didn’t Want A War With The Big Juggernaut” appeared first on BoxingInsider.com.

Joe Joyce Reveals That Luis Ortiz Turned Down Their Clash: “He Didn’t Want A War With The Big Juggernaut”

By: Hans Themistode

Even with a world title opportunity ostensibly in his future, Joe Joyce refuses to sit idly by.

The heavyweight contender saw his ranking shoot up to number one in the WBO, mostly due to his recent run of big-time wins. After proving his doubters wrong by picking up the knockout victory against Daniel Dubois in November of 2020, Joyce followed that up with another impressive win. This time, at the expense of Carlos Takam.

The two clashed on July 24th, earlier this year at Wembley Arena in front of a jam-packed crowd. While the British native struggled early on, he would eventually end his night early, scoring the stoppage win in the sixth round.

Although Joyce could sit on his hands and wait for his mandated title shot, the former Olympic silver medalist would much rather keep his winning train going. With the division's two belt holders currently on the verge of defending their titles in the next few weeks, Joyce attempted to lure former champion Joseph Parker to the negotiation table. Yet, with the former titlist scheduled to make a ring appearance against a familiar face, Joyce revealed that his team reached out to another highly rated contender but to no avail.

“That was an option,” said Joyce in reference of Parker during an interview with IFL TV. “Now he’s obviously going to fight Dereck Chisora. I think [Luis] Ortiz was mentioned but I’m not sure he wants the smoke. He didn't want a war with the big juggernaut.”

Ortiz, 42, has been mostly quiet over the past year. The Cuban native saw his heavyweight title dreams go up in smoke courtesy of a Deontay Wilder right hand in November of 2019. Since then, Ortiz has made just one ring appearance, stopping journeymen Alexander Flores in July of 2020 in the very first round.

The tenuous effort of Flores gave Ortiz hope that he could make a quick turnaround since he sustained little to no damage. With that said, he continues to remain inactive on the sidelines.

In a perfect world, Joyce would be presented with a contract with Ortiz’s name printed on the dotted line. No matter the case, the 36-year-old contender will press on with his training in the gym in the hopes that he’ll return sooner rather than later.

“I’m just training and waiting on my fight date. I should be out before the end of the year.”

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