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3rd April 2023
By: Rich Lopez
Gamebred Boxing 4 Full Fight Report: Anthony Pettis Defeats Roy Jones Jr. Plus: Vitor Belfort Victorious
over Jacare Souza and Jose Aldo vs Jeremy Stephens Ends in a Draw.
Gamebred Boxing 4 provided a fun and entertaining boxing card Saturday night at the Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. In total there was thirteen fights on the card. There were eight fights for the PPV telecast and five fights for the free preview telecast. Also there was one opening bout to start the evening. The card had a little bit of everything for the fans. We saw the return of a boxing hall of famer, MMA fighters trying out their skills in boxing and overall just fun fights.
In the main event, former WEC and UFC Lightweight Champion Anthony Pettis (1-0) scored a majority decision win over boxing Hall of Fame Legend Roy Jones Jr. (66-10, 47 KO’s). The fight was in the cruiserweight division for eight rounds. It was great to see the legend Roy Jones Jr enter the ring who was once one of the greatest fighters of all-time. Growing up in the 90’s, Jones was one of the most gifted fighters I have ever seen and truly a complete fighter. The 54-year-old Jones decided to give boxing another shot but as expected his days are long gone. Pettis, who put on weight for this cruiserweight fight, had his way the entire fight. Pettis was just more active than Jones and did just enough to win rounds.
Pettis stayed the aggressor for most of the fight and Jones just tried to counter punch Pettis and stayed out of harm’s way. Jones would only have his best moments in the third and fourth round where he opened up a little and landed a few shots on Pettis but that didn’t last long. Jones would try to land his quick and flashy punches but his timing was way off. The scores for this fight
were 76-76 even, 75-77 and 78-74 in favor of Pettis. The fight was not close and I think the judges felt pity for Jones and probably gave him rounds where he made his best effort. Credit to Pettis as he trained hard for the fight and he outworked the older fighter and he got the victory in his hometown.
As for Jones, he gets credit for stepping in the ring and going to distance. At the end, I’m glad Jones did not sustain any major damage. He stated in his post-fight interview, that he is considering on fighting still, but I really hope he stays retired. Jones is an all-time great and has nothing left to prove.
The co-main event was in the cruiserweight division for six rounds. Vitor Belfort (2-0, 1 KO) defeated Jacare Souza (0-1) by unanimous decision in a bruising fight. This was a rematch of two Brazilian MMA legends as Souza defeated Belfort in MMA a couple years back. This time around Belfort even things up but in a boxing match. Rounds one and two, Souza had success coming forward and was the aggressor. However, Belfort exploded in round three when he dropped Souza twice with hard left hands to the head. Souza managed to survive and come back in round four. Belfort once again came back in round five and hurt Souza. In the final sixth round, with both men bloodied they went toe-to-toe to end the fight. The final scores for the fight were 58-54 (twice) and 57-55 all for Belfort.
In another battle between MMA fighters, MMA Hall of Famer Jose Aldo (1-0-1) and Jeremy Stephens (0- 0-1) battled to a controversial majority draw. This was also a rematch between the two fighters who met in the UFC a few years back where Aldo defeated Stephens. This time in the boxing ring, even though one fighter seemed the winner at the end, the judges said otherwise. The two fighters stood in the middle of the ring for the most part and traded blows. It was Aldo getting the better of the exchanges throughout the fight though. Stephens was the aggressor but Aldo was countering him well and used a good jab. Aldo looked a little winded in rounds four and five and Stephens did better in those rounds. In the final sixth round, both Aldo and Stephens traded punches where Aldo got the better of the exchanges. At the end, one judge had it 58-56 for Aldo and the other two judges had it 57-57 even. Good performance from both men, but Aldo should have won this fight. Maybe a rematch will be in the future.
Another Milwaukee native also secured a victory on the card in an eight round super lightweight bout. Luis Feliciano (17-0, 8 KO’s) won a hard-earned unanimous decision over Clarence Booth (21-8, 13 KO’s). This was the first time in Feliciano’s pro career fighting in his hometown and he made the most of it. Feliciano used quick combinations and countered well on the charging Booth. Even though Feliciano was in control most of the fight, Booth was tough and also had his moments especially in rounds four and five. Both fighters traded back and forth in rounds seven and the final eighth round. The scores were 78-
74, 79-73 and 77-75 all for Feliciano. Both fighters fought well and showed the fans a really good boxing match.
Also in action in an eight-round super featherweight bout, Devin Cushing (13-0, 10 KO’s) scored a TKO in third round over Damian Marchiano (18-12-1, 7 KO’s). This is a fight where Cushing has his way and Marchiano did not provide much in the fight. Cushing was landing straight left hands on Marchiano and Marchiano just stood there taking punches. In the third round, Cushing landed a right hook followed by a left hook that dropped Marchiano. The Argentinian got up but the referee stopped the fight as Marchiano could no longer continue. The stoppage was at 2:59 of the third round.
The fight of the night took place in a women’s six round featherweight bout. Gina Mazany (1-0) made a successful pro debut with a majority decision win over Pearl Gonzalez (2-1, 1 KO). This was an exciting fight with both women providing heated exchanges. Mazany took the initiative early in the fight by being the aggressor but also being effective with straight left hands. She was out working Gonzalez in the fight. It was not until the fifth and final sixth round where Gonzalez was able to pick up the intensity
and have her moments. Both women fought and brawled the whole fight which received a standing ovation when the fight was over. The final scores were 57-57 even, 59-55 and 58-56 for Mazany. It was a well-deserved victory for Mazany in a great fight. Hopefully a rematch will take place.
In a battle of heavyweights scheduled for six rounds, Dillon Cleckler (1-0, 1 KO) stopped Josh Burns (0-1) in the first round. Both fighters were making their pro debuts. Midway through the round, Cleckler landed a monster right hand that dropped Burns on his back. Burns managed to get up but Cleckler landed a barrage of punches that dropped Burns again. Burns was out of it and the referee stopped the fight at 1:20 of the first round.
In the opening fight of the PPV telecast, it was the battle of Nguyen’s in a four round bantamweight bout. Bi Nguyen (1-0) scored a unanimous decision over Andy Nguyen (0-1). Bi Nguyen was in control all night. She used consistent pressure and backed up Andy Nguyen throughout the fight. Bi Nguyen stalked and outworked her opponent. All judges scored it for Bi Nguyen with scores of 39-37.
The free preview card started in the cruiserweight division for four rounds. Also in a battle of MMA fighters making their pro boxing debuts, Markus Perez (1-0, 1 KO) stopped Joe Riggs (0-1) in the third round. It was a close fight for the first two rounds. Then in the third round, Riggs messed up his left ankle and he showed the effects of it. It was a tough break for Riggs as Perez took advantage of it and ended the fight with a left hook followed by a right hook that dropped Riggs. At that point Riggs could
not continue. The ending came at 1:19 of the third round.
In a four round super featherweight fight, Mandeep Jangra (4-0, 3 KO’s) scored a TKO in the second round over Ryan Reber (0-1). It was a dominating performance by Jangra who dropped Reber with a left hook in the first round. Reber managed to survive the round but Jangra put Reber down again with a left hook to the body towards the end of the second round. Reber finished the round but the fight was stopped by advice of the doctor. The ending came at 3:00 of the second round.
In a four round super featherweight bout another Milwaukee native was successful. Javier Zamarron (3-0, 2 KO’s) scored a unanimous decision over Roberto Armas (0-1). Armas had a decent first round being super aggressive but then Zamarron took over the fight. Zamarron was effective with counter punches and he out boxed Armas. Zamarron did a good job with body shots that slowed down Armas. The scores were 39-37 (twice) and 40-36 all for Zamarron.
The free preview card started out with a four round welterweight bout. Cade Howell (4-1, 3 KOs) scored an unanimous decision over Christopher Wingate (0-2). Wingate put a lot of pressure in the fight but Howell boxed well. Howell landed the more effective and cleaner punches. Scores were 40-36 and 39-37 (twice) all for Howell.
The first fight on the card was in the women’s lightweight division. Danielle Cohen (1-0) had a successful pro debut with a unanimous decision over Danielle Wynn (0-2). The scores were 40-36 all for Cohen.
Overall a great card for Gamebred Boxing and hopefully we get to see more of these events again.
Photo Credit: Phil Lambert/Gamebred Boxing