A look back at August matchesIf August was supposed to serve as the calm before the September boxing storm, then September must have a hurricane in the forecast. The month started with an exciting crossroads bout between Andre Berto and Devon Alexander. It was an exciting fight that most thought Alexander had pulled out, but Berto got the decision. Devon Alexander is one of boxing’s class acts so social media outcry was heavy. In what was supposed to be a career-ender for the loser, both fighters now have a nice payday in the future, either with a rematch or in separate bouts. Heavyweight Bryant Jennings jumped his way back into the Top 10 with his dramatic knockout victory over Alexander Dimitrenko. Knocked down in the fourth round and starting to lose momentum, Jennings dug deep and came back for a ninth-round knockout. Dropped and hurt bad, Jennings overcame adversity that he had faced in his two defeats, but was unable to overcome. Perhaps his experience and confidence to be able to turn the tide may help him the next time he is in a big title fight. The end of the month was also the end of a Cinderella story, as the clock struck midnight for Ray Beltran when he lost in the first title defense of his lightweight belt against the younger Jose “Sniper” Pedraza. It was a battle of momentum, as Pedraza got off to an early lead. Beltran worked his way back into the fight and it was even going into the final two rounds. Pedraza’s knockdown of Beltran in the 11th round secured the bout for the new champion. Big applause for the hometown judges in Arizona for scoring the fight right and not with their hearts, as Beltran is a local boxer. Pedraza deserved and received the close decision victory and put himself in line for a bout with the division’s jackpot, Vasyl Lomachenko, possibly in December.
Escobar Training Grounds adds another beltCongratulations to Tracy, CA bred, South Lake Tahoe resident Cameron Church who on August 25th won the King of The Cage amateur lightweight championship in Reno with his victory over the previously undefeated Kaisar Saulbayev. Church is now 13-0 in his overall fight career, with a 4-0 MMA record, and holds a Muay Thai Kickboxing belt and now one for the MMA.
— Simon Ruvalcaba