October 29, 2022
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GLENDALE, Ariz. - Jake Paul's inexplicable boxing resume now includes a victory over one of the greatest MMA fighters of all time.
The YouTube star turned boxer defeated former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva via unanimous decision (77-74, 78-73, 78-73) on Saturday night here at Desert Diamond Arena. The fight was very competitive, but Paul pulled away at the end and sealed the win by dropping Silva in the eighth round with a right hand.
Paul described hitting Silva, someone he was a huge fan of as a child, as "unreal."
"He was my idol growing up," Paul said. "He inspired me to be great."
This was the toughest match so far for the 25-year-old Paul. Silva is 47 years old, but has put in strong boxing performances, including a win over former world champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., after leaving the UFC in 2020.
Paul (6-0) now owns wins over three UFC fighters: Silva, former welterweight champion Tyron Woodley (two wins, including a knockout) and Ben Askren.
Paul then called out another UFC luminary: Nate Diaz, who was on hand supporting teammate Chris Avila, who competed on the card. Diaz and his team and members of Paul's team had a fight backstage with drinks flying both ways earlier in the night. Diaz became a free agent after his fight last month at UFC 279.
Read Marc Raimondi's full summary here...
Vasiliy Lomachenko defeated Jamaine Ortiz in hard fought
Lomachenko returns to the ring for unanimous victory
Vasiliy Lomachenko defeated Jamaine Ortiz by unanimous decision in front of a raucous crowd at Madison Square Garden.
Vasiliy Lomachenko earned a unanimous decision victory over Jamaine Ortiz in a fight that was much tougher than expected for him on Saturday night at New York's Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden.
The win sets Lomachenko (17-2, 11 KOs) up for a potential matchup next year with undisputed lightweight champion Devin Haney, who was in attendance Saturday.
Ortiz (16-1-1, 8 KO's), a major underdog, was in control for the first half of the 135-pound fight thanks to his athleticism, superior size and jab, but Lomachenko rallied down the stretch to earn a hotly contested match.
The judges scored it 115-113, 116-112 and 117-111.
Read Mike Coppinger's full summary here...
Jake Paul - Anderson Silva round by round analysis by Marc Raimondi
Ronda 8:Paul drops Silva with a right hand to all but seals the deal on the decision. Paul had strong submission control for the fight. Silva slowed down a bit after a good start. Paul 10-8. Paul 77-74.
Ronda 7:Clear round Paul. He got a good combination from the start. Both men appear to be slowing down. Let's see if Silva has anything left in the warehouse. Paul seems to be on his way to overcome this delay. Paul 10-9. 67-66.
Ronda 6:This is a very close fight. Paul was winning the whole round until Silva delivered a great flurry at the end, which included a nice uppercut that knocked Paul's head back. It's unclear if that was enough to give Silva the advantage. Paul 10-9. 57-57.
Ronda 5:Ronda Silva very clear. He showed that there is still gas in the tank at this stage. Paul seems a little tired or maybe he's given up. Silva pushed hard and put Paul against the ropes many times, throwing combinations. Once again, many were blocked. But some landed too, and Paul didn't land much. Silva 10-9. Silva 48-47.
Ronda 4:Another close round, but the momentum seems to be turning. Paul is getting more confident with his shot combinations and lands some solid right hands and left hooks in the fourth. Silva also had some moments, but Paul is blocking a lot of his shots. Paul 10-9. 38-38.
Ronda 3:Similar round for Silva, but Paul landed harder and mixed in more combinations. Paul had a tough pair of right hands. Silva is bleeding from the nose. Most of Silva's combinations were blocked by Paul. Very close to the round. Paul 10-9. Silva 29-28.
2nd round:Silva stepped up and pushed hard to start, landing some decent shots. Some were blocked. Paul had a good right hand late in the round. Silva also played some typical mind games with Paul, dropping his hands and shuffling his feet. Silva 10-9. Silva 20-18.
Round 1:Not a ton going on. Silva landed a nice left hand late in the round. Paul had some decent right hands on his body and smelled a few others. Silva did it wrong. Silva's left was the best of the round. Silva 10-9.
Vasiliy Lomachenko - Jamaine Ortiz round-by-round analysis by Mike Coppinger
Lomachenko notched a unanimous decision win over Ortiz 115-113, 116-112, 117-111. Ortiz, who was a big underdog, impressed, particularly in the first half, but Lomachenko came up hard to move on to a potential fight with undisputed lightweight champion Devin Haney.
Ronda 12:An exhausted Ortiz stumbles across the finish line in his first 12-round fight. Lomachenko closes out strong in a close fight that featured some tough scoring rounds. 10-9, Lomachenko. 115-113, Lomachenko.
Ronda 11:Lomachenko showing the urgency needed in a close fight. He showered punishment in the round, and Ortiz's face swells all over the place. 10-9, Lomachenko. 105-104, Lomachenko.
Ronda 10:Lomachenko beat Ortiz with a punch early in the round, but Ortiz began timing Lomachenko with sharp rights to the body to end the streak. Another close round. 10-9, Lomachenko, 95-95.
Ronda 9:Lomachenko didn't shoot long enough, instead sitting back as he did in Lomachenko's 10-9 loss to Teofimo Lopez Jr.. 86-85, Ortiz.
Ronda 8:Ortiz's jab is giving Lomachenko fits, and Ortiz returns to his torrid pace. Lomachenko just can't close the gap consistently so far. 10-9, Ortiz. 77-75, Ortiz.
Ronda 7:Ortiz continues to pump the jab, but not at the same rate he set earlier in the fight. Lomachenko finds more and more opportunities and makes Ortiz pay. 10-9, Lomachenko. 67-66, Ortiz.
Ronda 6:By far the best round of the Lomachenko fight. He's closing Ortiz's left eye quickly with that strong left jab, and now he's hitting him with power shots at will. Can Ortiz find a second wind? 10-9, Lomachenko. 58-56, Ortiz.
Ronda 5:Ortiz is the aggressor and continues to dictate the pace of this fight in a huge upset. Lomachenko is crushing Ortiz with quick combos, but he's yet to win any rounds. 10-9, Ortiz. 49-46, Ortiz.
Ronda 4:Ortiz really took the fight to Lomachenko, doubling and tripling the jab, and now throwing some powerful right hands behind him. Lomachenko also did a good job, with a package of powerful shots. 10-9, Ortiz. 39-37, Ortiz.
Ronda 3:Ortiz continues to have success with his jab, but there isn't much behind it. Lomachenko opened the scoring with a left-right combo that caught Ortiz's attention to win the round. 10-9, Lomachenko. 29-28, Ortiz.
2nd round:Lomachenko is known as a slow starter and tonight is no different. Ortiz continues to work the jab to keep Lomachenko out. 10-9, Ortiz. 20-18, Ortiz.
Round 1:Ortiz launched his polite jab from the opening bell, using it to keep the little Lomachanko at bay. He scored the round with a strong right hand to the body, and Lomachenko already has a large welt under his right eye. 10-9, Ortiz.
In New York: Robeisy Ramírez takes his time, against José Romero in round 9
Ramírez turned in another impressive performance with a ninth-round TKO of Romero as he closed in on a featherweight title shot.
The two-time Olympic gold medalist from Cuba dropped Romero with a left hand in the first round and submitted the Argentine with a pair of left hands that prompted the referee to stop the fight with 40 seconds remaining in round 9.
Ramirez (11-1, 7 KOs) was set for a fight against Jessie Magdaleno, but the former champion pulled out with a hand injury. Instead, Ramirez made a statement with the submission of Romero (26-3, 9 KOs), who went the distance with Isaac Cruz and Michel Rivera last year.
Ramirez was coming off a knockout of Abraham Nova in June.-- copper
In Arizona: Ashton Sylve to Braulio Rodríguez in just over a minute
Jake Paul's future as a prosecutor looks bright.
Sylve, the teen contender Paul promotes under the Most Valuable Promotions banner, stopped the veteran Rodriguez by KO just 1:01 into the first round. Rodríguez entered wildly. Sylve dodged, and then Sylve landed an absolutely gorgeous left hook that dropped Rodriguez for good.
"I can do another round, I can do a few more rounds," said Sylve.
Sylve (8-0) is just 18 years old and one of the best fighters in boxing. The Long Beach, California native has finished all of his fights by knockout. Rodriguez (20-5), a 34-year-old Dominican, faced Ryan Garcia just two fights ago.
Earlier this year, Sylve became the third fighter to sign with Most Valuable Promotions, after Paul and boxer Amanda Serrano.--Raimondi
No Arizona: Uriah Hall dominates Le'Veon Bell in boxing fight
Consider it a moral victory for Le'Veon Bell, the former NFL player.
Uriah Hall, a UFC veteran, clearly won every round against Bell via unanimous decision in a four-round bout (40-36, 40-36, 40-36), but Bell wasn't stopped and was never truly bad. wounded against someone with much more combat sports experience than him. Bell even landed a very strong right hand in the third that backed up Hall.
"This is the toughest sport in the world and I'm very supportive of it," Hall said in his post-fight interview. "I'm proud of you man…I was definitely surprised. It's really good."
Hall also called out Jake Paul immediately after defeating Bell.
"I'm the guy who's going to come here and expose it," Hall said. "If Anderson [Silva] doesn't do this, I'll be the one to fuck you."
Hall gave chase for most of the fight with Bell trying to get away and going for blows to the face or body. Bell was making awkward moves and Hall had a hard time getting through the ring, though he did come up with some hard right hands, left hooks and combinations. Hall landed three straight right hands in the third round and finished strong with a big exchange with Bell.
Bell and Hall were making their professional boxing debuts, but Hall has 17 years of experience in MMA and karate. Bell, a 30-year-old Ohio native, is a former NFL All-Pro and Pro Bowler for the Pittsburgh Steelers and other teams.
Hall, a 38-year-old Jamaican fighter who grew up in New York and lives in Dallas, is tied for the most knockouts/knockouts in UFC middleweight history (8). He announced his retirement from the UFC in August.--Raimondi
In New York: Richard Torrez Jr. def. Ahmed Hefny in the third round
Torrez, an Olympic silver medalist, scored three knockdowns on Hefny en route to a third-round win.
Torrez, a 23-year-old from Tulare, California, landed a pair of left hands that sent Hefny to the canvas in the first round.
A series of kicks from Torrez (4-0, 4 KOs) led to another knockdown in the final seconds of Round 2. In Round 3, Hefny was deducted a point for a hold before going down for the third and final time, which prompted the referee to stop the fight without counting.
This was the first time Torrez had reached the third round. Hefny, a 38-year-old Egyptian, has lost twice in a row.-- copper
In Arizona: Bantamweight Alexandro Santiago defeats Antonio Nieves via seventh-round TKO.
In New York: Duke Ragan defeats Luis Lebron in close fight
Ragan faced the toughest test of his professional career in a unanimous decision win over Lebron.
Ragan, who won 77-75, 78-74 and 79-73, was forced to hold in round 7 after taking a right hand from Lebron. Later in the round, he had a point deducted for repeatedly spitting out his mouth guard, apparently to buy more recovery time.
Despite the tough times, Ragan (8-0, 1 KO) landed the cleanest shots and landed on Lebron's face.
A 25-year-old Olympian from Cincinnati, Ragan fought six rounds for the first time. Lebron (18-5-1, 11 KOs), a 30-year-old Puerto Rican, has lost five of his last seven fights.-- copper
In Arizona: Ávila beats 'Dr. Mike' by unanimous decision
After Mikhail Varshavski, the famous YouTuber nicknamed "Dr. Mike", had some initial success, the traffic was basically one way. Avila, a former member of Nate Diaz's team, used big overhands and left hooks to defeat Varshavski via unanimous decision (40-36, 40-36, 40-36) in a four-round fight to open the pay-per-view. see the part of the card. Diaz was watching from a front row seat.
Varshavski, who has tens of millions of subscribers on social media channels, was making his professional boxing debut and stood out as the only influencer other than Jake Paul to dove into boxing against an opponent who was already professional boxer. Avila, who has fought MMA in both the UFC and Bellator, has gone 2-1 as a professional boxer.
In the final seconds, Avila rocked Varshavski with combinations and came close to ending the fight, but Varshavski fought back with the bell.
Varshavski, 32, will donate her wrestling bag to the Harlem Boys & Girls Club. Avila, 29, was wearing "Real Fight Inc." in his shorts, which means he is the first fighter to sign with Diaz's new promotion company, which is about to be officially licensed.
"Any UFC fighter, get out of your contract and come get some truth," Avila said in his post-fight interview.--Raimondi
In New York: Nico Ali Walsh wins again
Ali Walsh, grandson of Muhammad Ali, continued his development with a unanimous decision win over Billy Wagner in a six-round middleweight bout.
Ali Walsh went the distance for the second time in his career with a 58-56, 58-56, 59-55 victory.
Ali Walsh (7-0, 5 KOs) landed a series of hard punches, particularly with his right hand, that left Wagner bloodied. However, Ali Walsh also absorbed a pack of power shots in return during the fight.
Ali Walsh, 22, who fights out of Las Vegas, ends the 2022 season with four wins. Wagner (5-3, 1 KO), a 29-year-old from Montana, lost for the second time in four fights.-- copper
In New York: Tiger Johnson shines in victory over Esteban García
Johnson, an Olympian from Cleveland, once again impressed with his smooth boxing and precise counter punches in a decision victory over Garcia.
All three judges scored the welterweight fight identically: 60-54.
Johnson (6-0, 4 KOs) used his courteous jab to set up his power shots and controlled the action from start to finish. The 24-year-old candidate was classified#25 on ESPN's list of top boxers under 25.
Garcia (15-2, 7 KOs) has already lost two of his last three fights.-- copper
In New York: Troy Isley passes Quincy LaVallais and remains undefeated
Isley, an Olympian from Washington DC, remained undefeated with a unanimous decision win over LaVallais in an eight-round middleweight bout.
A judge scored the fight 79-73 to go along with the shutout scores of 80-72 and 80-72.
The fight proved to be valuable experience for Isley, who was forced to go the eight round distance for the first time. LaVallais, 29, of Louisiana, suffered a decision loss to another Top Rank contender, Xander Zayas, in March. LaVallais (14-4-1, 9 KOs) has won two straight since the loss and has proven to be a durable opponent for Isley.
He stayed in the pocket and traded Isley, but the 24-year-old racked up points with his superior power and shot placement. Isley improved to 8-0 with four knockouts.-- copper
In Arizona: Shadasia Green def. Ogleidis Suarez in Round 5
Green dominated the fight with his pressing and hard punching combinations, forcing Suárez to not give up in the sixth round.
Although Green didn't do much damage, he landed a right hand and began to work his body ferociously in the fifth round. The official result was TKO at 2:00 of the fifth.
Green (11-0, 10 KOs), a 33-year-old New Jersey native, has stopped her last eight opponents. Suárez (30-5-1), a 35-year-old Venezuelan fighter, has already lost two of her last three fights.-- Raimondi