|Kirkland Remains Unbeaten!
By Benny Henderson Jr., Doghouse Boxing (Mar 9, 2009)
Saturday night at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, CA, televised live on HBO’s Boxing After Dark, undefeated junior middleweight sensation James Kirkland 25-0 (22) kept up his winning ways by stopping his hard hitting opponent Joel Julio 34-3 (31) in six rounds, earning the twenty-four year old rising star his twenty-fifth consecutive victory.
In what had to be his toughest test to date, the tough Texan took charge over the strong Columbian, applying effective pressure throughout the duration of the bout. Kirkland used his strength and will to swing the fight his way, systematically breaking down his opponent all the way until the end, which came at the end of the sixth.
Kirkland not only garnered his twenty-second victory by knockout, but pounded out his sixth back-to-back knockout victory.
Kirkland, who not only is the number one contender in the WBA but also holds a top ten ranking in the other three major sanctioning bodies, is currently ranked number 10 ranking in Ring magazine’s 154-pound division.
Could world title recognition be next?
The “Vicious” One rips through “Mighty Mike”
In a battle for the WBO NABO and USBA light welterweight straps, stinging southpaw Victor Ortiz 24-1-1 (19) ripped through Greece’s very own Mike Arnaoutis 21-3-2 (10) in two rounds to claim his eighth consecutive knockout victory.
Ortiz, who is steadily making a name for himself amongst the boxing world, made short work out of the one time world title challenger Arnaoutis, who did not look so mighty as he ate a straight left hand from Ortiz. Victor followed up the power punch with a flurry of shots which prompted the referee to jump in and call a halt to the bout at 1:27 in the second round.
A clash of heads ends the night prematurely for Guerrero
In what looked to be a promising match-up between former two time IBF featherweight champion Robert Guerrero 23-1-1 (16) and undefeated Indonesian Daud Yordan 17-0 (12) turned out to be a bloody mess as an unintentional headbutt caused the bout to be called a no decision in the second round when “The Ghost” suffered a laceration over his right eye.
Guerrero, who recently got back in the ring after an eleven month lay off (due to promotional reasons), looked to gain his second win under his new promoter Golden Boy, but instead got a face full of forehead which ended the night prematurely for both fighters at 1:47 in the second round. Sources say, as before with other minor setbacks, “The Ghost” will once again reappear!
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