Favorite, underdog boxing highlights from Friday, February 27, 2015

(l to r) Johnny Garcia, Cletus "The Hebrew Hammer" Seldin, Raymond Serrano and Jeremy Bryan.

(l to r) Johnny Garcia, Cletus “The Hebrew Hammer” Seldin, Raymond Serrano and Jeremy Bryan pose for photos at the Thursday, February 26, 2015 weigh-ins.

At the Paramount Theatre, Huntington, N. Y.:

Cletus “The Hebrew Hammer” Seldin (16-0, 13 KOs) registered a 5th round TKO victory over Johnny Garcia (19-3-1, 11 KOs) to win the WBC International Silver Super Lightweight title.

On the same fight card it was Raymond Serrano (21-2-0, 9 KOs) winning a 10 round mixed decision victory over Jeremy Bryan (17-6, 7 KOs).

Also, lightweight Luis Franco (12-1-1, 8 KOs) stopped Osumanu Akaba (31-8-1, 24 KOs) in the seventh round of their scheduled eight rounder.

They're calling it the upset of the week as we watch the referee raise Jamell Tyson's arm to signify his victory over Alan Gotay (r).

Some people are calling it the “upset of the week.” (photo, left) Referee Shada Murdaugh raises Jamell Tyson’s arm to signify his victory over Alan Gotay (r).

On Friday at the Paramount Theatre, Huntington, New York, Jamell Tyson (4-11-3, 2 KOs) got an early first round stoppage against the favorite Alan Gotay (8-2, 4 KOs). The win surprised a great many – especially the over-confidant Gotay.

Congratulations to 30 year-old welterweight Marteze “Too Sweet” Logan (26-61-2, 6 KOs) of Covington, Tennessee who lost his 30th straight fight, 36th loss in his last 37. The only other active boxer from Tennessee close to matching Logan’s feat of survival is Chris Buford of Memphis. He has 20 straight losses.

(photo, left) It appears welterweight Marteze “Too Sweet” Logan will soon be on the receiving end of a left hook. Marteze's younger brother, Donnell Logan, is shown on the scales before a recent fight. 

(photo, left) It appears welterweight Marteze “Too Sweet” Logan will soon be on the receiving end of a solid left hook. Marteze’s younger brother, Donnell Logan (r), is shown on the scales the day before his recent fight.

 

Donnell Logan (r), Marteze Logan’s younger brother, also a welterweight, has done slightly better than his older brother. He has 3 wins in his last 21 fights, three wins over Chris Buford from August 3 to December 16, 2004, while Marteze Logan only has one win over Chris Buford. After the brothers fought a total of 21 times in 2004, it’s likely most promoters put these gents on their speed dial.

Fantasy Springs Casino, Indio, CA welterweight, 25 year-old Pablo Cesar “El Demoledor” Cano (29-4-1) of Atizapan de Zaragoza, México, Mexico won a mixed decision victory over Juan Carlos Abreu (18-2-1) of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

Eric Morales lands another

Eric Morales (r) lands another solid left hook to the head of Pablo Cano during their nonstop battle back on September 17, 2011.

Boxing fans should remember Cano. He fought Erik Morales on September 17, 2011, when Morales was fighting for and won his fourth world title against the undefeated 21 year old Cano (21-0-1) on the undercard of that train wreck between Floyd Mayweather and Victor Ortiz.

Diego "The Golden Kid" De La Hoya is photographed hitting the speed bag under the watchful eye of his asture trainer Diaz (r).trained under Díaz include, Antonio Díaz, Julio Díaz, Timothy Bradley, Abner Mares, Vicente Escobedo Christopher Dragoo and UFC fighter Cub Swanson.

Diego “The Golden Kid” De La Hoya is photographed hits the speed bag under the watchful eye of his astute trainer Joel Diaz (r). Some of the great boxers who have trained under Díaz include, Antonio Díaz, Julio Díaz, Timothy Bradley, Abner Mares, Vicente Escobedo Christopher Dragoo and UFC fighter Cub Swanson.

In the co-main event, the undefeated Diego “The Golden Kid” De La Hoya of Mexicali, B. C., Mexico, the 20 year-old cousin of Oscar De La Hoya, won his ninth straight by winning an unanimous decision shutout victory over 27 year-old Manuel Roman (17-4-3) of Paramount, CA.

Fernando Fuentes  awaits his turn on the scale at a recent weigh-in.

On Thursday afternoon, we see Fernando Fuentes (l) awaiting his turn to be weighed for the Friday, February 27th fight at Fantasy Springs Casino, Indio, CA for his fight against Oscar Negrete.

On the undercard, bantamweight Fernando Fuentes (5-4, 1 KO) of Real Deal Boxing in Hemet, CA, a former USA Amateur LBC 44 standout, lost another tough one, a split decision to the 27 year-old Oscar Negrete (8-0) of Los Angeles. Since turning pro, Fuentes has only faced tough competition. Only one boxer of the nine people he’s faced, had a losing record, Jorge Porras (0-1).

Since June 20, 2008, Ali Wyatt has gone winless in 15 straight fights. His next fight is against Asinia Byfield (his debut) on March 7, 2015 at Camden Centre, Kings Cross, London, United Kingdom.

(top) For Friday's show, Tony "The Tiger" Thompson was in excellent shape but the same  can't be said for his opponent Odlainder Solis (bottom).

(top) For Friday’s show in Turkey, Tony “The Tiger” Thompson was in excellent shape but the same can not be said for his opponent Odlanier Solis (bottom).

The 6’5” southpaw, heavyweight Anthony Tyrone “Tony the Tiger” Thompson of Washington D. C. (40-5-0, 27 KOs) is an amazing guy with exceptional genes. On Friday at the Gloria Sports Arena, Gloria Hotels and Resorts, Antalya, Turkey, the 43 year-old (261¾ pound) Thompson upset the 34 year-old Odlanier “La Sombra” Solis (20-3, 271¾ pounds) from Miami, Florida by way of Havana, Cuba to win the WBC Continental Americas heavyweight title when Solis sat on his stool and refused to come out for round nine. With the win, Thompson keeps his career alive and remains in contention for a shot at the WBC title now held by Deontay Wilder.

Friday’s bout was supposed to be a revenge fight for Solis, who on March 22, 2014 lost to the unranked underdog by a mixed decision. So much for Solis and his vow to get even. Last year at this time, The Ring Magazine had Solis ranked as their #7 heavyweight contender in the world. Thompson was unranked by the same publication.

Ascensio Hilario

Raul Ascensio (l) and Mariano Hilario (r) pose for photos at their recent weigh-in.

In Friday’s Main Event at the Gimnasio Emporio Barceló, Alcorcon, Comunidad de Madrid, Spain a risk taking manager had 28 year-old, six-foot-tall Mariano “El Tiburon” Hilario (11-2-0, 4 KOs) taking on 40 year-old Raul Asencio (7-45-2, 1 KO) of Villarreal, Comunidad Valenciana, Spain.

Fortunately for Hilario and his manager, the knockout of Asencio came in round two. What if Hilario had been upset? He was already signed for big bucks to face Hadillah Mohoumadi (18-3-1, 13 KOs) on March 14th at the Velodrome Couvert, Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, Yvelines, France for the much ballyhooed European Super Middleweight title, a title vacated by George Groves. Though the parties won’t admit it, they did take a risk of having Hilario either injured or losing outright. Especially when you consider Asencio is three years younger than Tony Thompson and 10 years younger than Bernard “The Executioner” Hopkins.

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Jim Wyatt, a 1970 graduate of St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, has written weekly sports features for several Military newspapers, WCKMuayThai.com, SportofBoxing.com and Examiner.com as their San Diego Boxing Examiner. He was one of the four "Wise Guys" who predicted winning football selections versus the Vegas spreads. Some of the people he enjoyed meeting: Earvin "Magic" Johnson, WWF Wrestler Lita, LaDainian Tomlinson, Nate Kaeding and Darren Bennett of the Chargers, Tony Gwynn and Jake Peavy of the Padres, soccer stars Shannon MacMillan and Julie Foudy, Mixed Martial Artists Cris Cyborg, Junior Dos Santos, the Nogueira brothers plus the many great people involved in boxing and Muaythai.