Jhonny Gonzalez shocks the boxing world with a huge round one knockout over Abner Mares.
Fight Week 19th – 25th August
Jhonny Gonzalez (55-8, 47KOs) caused a massive upset after a dramatic knockout in the first round against previously undefeated Abner Mares (26-1-1, 14KOs).
Mares entered the contest whilst coming off a career best performance and was undefeated, having faced the most elite fighters in his weight classes.
Mares won three world titles and viewed as a future pound for pound star.
Despite his underdog tag, Gonzalez was able to win another world title, knocking Mares down with a picture perfect left hook before finishing the job when the referee called an immediate halt to the fight.
‘It is the single greatest and most glorious moment of my life’, said newly crowned WBC featherweight champion Gonzalez.
On the undercard to the previous fight, Leo Santa Cruz (25-0-1, 15KOs) broke down Victor Terrazas (37-3-1, 21KOs) in the third round.
Neither fighter took any time to adjust to the tempo of the fight as both competitors let their hands go from the opening bell of the fiery match.
Santa Cruz caused two knock downs on his opponent and when Terrazes told the referee he could not see out of his right eye due to a welt, the fight was called off.
New York played host to Danny ‘Miracle Man’ Jacobs (26-1, 23KOs), continuing his recovery from spinal cancer as Jacobs scored a highlight knockout win over Giovanni Lorenzo (32-6,24KOs).
Jacobs dominated the fight with his jab and landed a powerful right hand, collapsing Lorenzo and subsequently ended the fight.
In Germany, Bulgarian heavyweight Kubrat Pulev (18-0, 9KOs) continued his quest for a heavyweight title shot by defeating Tony Thompson (38-4,26KOs).
‘I still have a lot of work to do as I need to get better for this challenge [a world title fight]’, said Pulev who has put himself in the position of mandatory challenger for the IBF belt.
Finally, also on the cards was former two division champion Arthur Abraham (37-4, 28KOs) who won a unanimous decision over Namibian Willbeforce Shihepo (20-7, 15KOs).
Abraham, who appeared to be flat throughout the fight, put some good combination together to get the nod over 12 rounds.
The fight places Abraham in position to score a marquee fight, possibly a third match with WBO titleholder Robert Stieglitz as both fighters are based in Germany.
Written by Adam Vrahnos