Bulgaria’s Kubrat Pulev makes his U.S. debut in a 10-round heavyweight battle versus Romania’s Bogdan Dinu. Their bout will air live on ESPN Saturday evening from The Hangar in Costa Mesa, California.
Pulev (26-1, 13KOs)—who represented Bulgaria in the 2008 Beijing Olympics—is a leading contender for one of the heavyweight belts presently in the possession of England’s Anthony Joshua. He earned his place in line following a decision win over Hughie Fury last October, which streamed live on ESPN+.
The bout tops a two-fight telecast on ESPN’s flagship station beginning at 10:00pm ET. The televised co-feature pits a pair of former titlists as Jessie Magdaleno squares off with Rico Ramos in a 10-round featherweight battle.
Javier Molina picked up his second straight win following a hard-fought unanimous decision over Mexico’s Abdiel Ramirez.
Scores were 78-74 (twice) and 79-73, none of which reflected the competitive two-way action over the course of their eight round super lightweight battle.
Molina (19-2, 8KOs) jumped out to an early lead, boxing well in the first two rounds but quickly caught up in a slugfest as the fleshy but aggressive Ramirez was determined to turn the bout into a firefight. His aggression made for an entertaining affair for the adoring crowd, most of whom were there in support of Molina who hails from nearby Norwalk.
Just as Ramirez (24-4-1, 22KOs) appeared to narrow the gap, Molina—whose twin brother Oscar and older brother Carlos are also pro boxers—surged ahead in the final two rounds to secure the victory. The wide scorecards guaranteed him a victory well before that point, but his strong finish provided positive momentum for his career moving forward.
Erick De Leon suffered the first knockdown of his young career, but overcame the sequence to stop Jose Luis Gallegos in the 7th round of their lightweight battle.
The evening’s curtain raiser saw De Leon (19-0-1, 11KOs) well in control until round five, when Gallegos fought his way off the ropes to score a counter right hand for the bout’s lone knockdown. The moment was short lived, as De Leon recovered and unloaded power punches until forcing a stoppage at 1:51 of round seven with Gallegos (16-6, 12KOs) still on his feet.
Chris van Heerden returned to the ring for the first time since the WBC’s failed welterweight tournament last April, settling for a technical decision win over Mahonry Montes.
The fast-paced but largely uncompetitive welterweight battle was stopped in round six, when van Heerden (27-2-1, 12KOs) suffered a cut over his right eye due an accidental headbutt. The South African welterweight was ahead 60-54 on all three scorecards at the time of the stoppage.
In addition to it being his first fight since last April, the event marked van Heerden’s first piece of ring action since his father was tragically murdered back home in South Africa last December. The boxer sported “DAD” across the beltline of his ring trunks in honor of his late father.
Glad his father got killed. If a poc did what his father did, you people would be justifying his death
Anyone ever seen the movie Hot Fuzz? I cant see a pic of Dinu without thinking “Yarp”! Coincidentally the same guy plays the Hound in GoT.
Im glad to see Van Herdeen winning another. I hope he fights every 3 months on ESPN and rises in the welterweight rankings. On another note, there has been boxing on the ESPN+ app for the last few hours and…
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Prelim fights will stream live at 6:30 pm ET on ESPN+, with the main card starting at 10 pm ET on ESPN.
Pulev (26-1, 13 KO) is still a contender at heavyweight, and is the current IBF mandatory challenger, meaning hes ostensibly in line for a fight with Anthony Joshua. The 37-year-old Bulgarian last fought in October, beating Hughie Fury in an eliminator, and has since signed with Top Rank.
Hell face Bogdan Dinu (18-1, 14 KO), a Romanian who had fought his entire career at home and in Quebec, then got the call to face Jarrell Miller in November. It didnt go well, as Miller knocked him out in the fourth round. Being honest, not much more is expected tonight.
Magdaleno (25-1, 18 KO) is a former super bantamweight titleholder moving up to featherweight, coming off of a title loss to Isaac Dogboe in April 2018. Hell face another former super bantamweight titlist, veteran Rico Ramos (30-5, 14 KO). Both fights are set for 10 rounds.
Round 1: Dinu jabs to the body. Pulev tries to jab upstairs but eats one in return from Dinu. Another jab to the body lands for Dinu. Clubbing right hand partially lands for Pulev. Pulev gets his next right hook blocked. Jab lands for Pulev. Pulev misses on a one-two and then steps forward behind two more jabs that Dinu parries. Dinu throws a series of probing jabs that dont make much of an impact on Pulev. Dinu ducks a couple of punches from Pulev to end the round. I think Dinus jab edged him the round. Dinu 10-9.
Round 2: Pulev leads with a stiff jab but it doesnt land clean. Right hand to the body lands for Dinu. Pulev presses forward and then unloads an overhand right that Dinu is able to ride along the ropes. Both of the fighters get tangled and Dinu hits the deck. Pulev starts pushing his jab out the again now throws it to the body. Two hooks come from Pulev but Dinu is able to block both of them. Combination from Dinu gets block by Pulev this time. Pulev goes down to the body before finding himself in a clinch. Pulev 10-9, 19-19.
Round 3: Pulev starts off with a few jabs before Dinu tries to respond with a flurry of punches that back Pulev into a corner. Pulev misses on a wide left hook. Pulev starts pressing forward now looking to land a big right hand. Right hook from Pulev partially lands. Dinu tries his own right hand that Pulev blocks. Two hooks to the body land for Dinu. Another right hand to the body lands for Dinu who then gets back to his jab. I think Dinu edged this round too. Dinu 10-9.
Round 4: More jabs come from Pulev to start the round. Dinu tries to turn the table s and charges forward behind a barrage of punches and Pulev is bleeding badly from his left eye! Dinu throws a long flurry of punches as Pulev is a bloody mess — I cant tell if the cut came from a punch or a head clash but it would seem to be a head clash based on how big the cut is. Pulev tries to throw some right hands but cant land anything clean. Stiff jab lands for Dinu. Pulev throws a huge right hand that falls short at the bell. Dinu 10-9, 39-37.
Round 5: Doctor literally steps into the ring at the beginning of the round to check out Pulevs cut, he rules him good to continue. It looks like the cut was ruled as the result of a punch so if this fight is stopped it will be a TKO for Dinu. Replay shows the big gash definitely came from a clean right cross from Dinu. Jab lands for Dinu. Pulev pushes Dinu down. Pulev steps in and throws some big shots as Dinu might be needing to take this round off after all the punches he threw in the last round. Pulev 10-9.
Round 6: Pulev comes out on the attack, throwing jabs and right hands. Right hand misses from Dinu and Pulev comes back and lands his. Pulev chasing Dinu around the ring and looking to land a fight-ending shot. Counter jab lands for Dinu. Pulev flurries with Dinu along the ropes and Dinu just covers up. Jab lands for Pulev at the end of the round. Pulev 10-9, 57-57.
Round 7: Pulev loads up on a right hand to start the round but doesnt find the mark. More right hands come from Pulev as he tries to pummel Dinu in the corner. He eventually chops Dinu down in the corner! Pulev landed a punch in the back of the head with Dinu on the canvas but its ruled an accidental foul. If Dinu cant continue referee says itll go to the scorecards. The referee said hes giving Dinu a couple minutes. The referee takes a point from Pulev for the foul. Were back in action and Pulev comes back on the hunt. Right hand lands for Pulev and the second puts Dinu down again! Dinu gets up at the 9 1⁄2 count and Pulev loads up on more jabs and right hands. Pulev continues to throw right hands and Dinu collapses again. This time the referee stops it immediately. Pulev TKO-7.
Round 1: Magdaleno catches Ramos right out the gate with a lead right hook and the follows it up with a flurry of punches that catch Ramos unprepared. Ramos knows hes in a real fight already. Both fighters take each others measure at center ring, flicking a number of jabs before Magdaleno is able to land a nice counter. Magdaleno misses on a left hook as he tries to leap in with a big shot. Now Magdaleno lands a shot with his left hand to the body from his southpaw stance. Magdaleno 10-9.
Round 2: Ramos takes a stand at center ring but misses on a few jabs aimed at the head and body. Magdaleno jumps in an partially lands a shot, then lands right hook to the body shortly after. Ramos leads with a double left hand that doesnt quite find the mark. Left hand lands for Magdaleno this time, though! Ramos hasnt really been able to land a good shot on Magdaleno thus far in the fight. Magdaleno jabs to the body as Ramos remains on the defensive. Magdaleno 10-9, 20-18.
Round 3: Magdaleno leads with a number of jabs that arent designed to land as much as to establish the range. Right hook clips Ramos upstairs. Magdaleno lands a straight left hand this time, then a jab to the body. Ramos looks almost scared to come out from behind his high guard. Clean left hand lands for Magdaleno to the head. Ramos rakes a right hook to the body just before the end of the round. Ramos isnt fighting. Magdaleno 10-9.
Round 4: Ramos parries a series of jabs that come from Magdaleno. Now Magdaleno turns those jabs into hooks to the body and he lands well. Ramos is just content to stand behind a high guard and in an attempt to keep from taking too many big shots, which is preventing any sustained action. Straight left to the body lands for Magdaleno. Ramos just looks uninspired in the ring. Another hard left hand lands downstairs for Magdaleno. Magdaleno 10-9, 40-36.
Round 5: Both fighters trade jabs at center ring but neither make contact. Now Magdaleno lands a jab to the body, then another. Hard left hook lands to the body for Magdaleno. Another left lands downstairs for Magdaleno. Ramos continues to posture a lot but hes scarely throwing a punch, and when he does its half-hearted. Magdaleno lands another left hand to the body and then a stiff jab to the head. Magdaleno 10-9.
Round 6: Both fighters measure with their jabs in the middle of the ring and then Magdaleno throws a jab to the body that misses, then lands on a second attempt. Ramos paws with some jabs as he back Magdaleno to the corner and then throws a helpless combination that Magdaleno easily defends. Straight left to the body lands for Magdaleno. Now Magdaleno lands a jab to the body and follows it up with another straight left downstairs. Magdaleno 10-9, 60-54.
Round 7: Ramos throws a short uppercut to the body on the inside and then takes a few hard hooks from Magdaleno in return. Two right hooks land for Magdaleno during a clinch. Straight right lands for Ramos. Now Magdaleno lands another hard left to the body. Short left hook glances off Ramos head. Ramos steps right into a straight shot from Magdaleno before he falls into another clinch. Lead left hand lands for Magdaleno this time as he uses some lateral movement on the outside of the ring. Magdaleno 10-9.
Round 8: Magdaleno touches with several jabs as Ramos finds a rare instance to land a counter right hand. Straight left to the body lands again for Magdaleno. Magdaleno skips along the ropes and winds up in a clinch with Ramos but still finds some space to land a couple of body shots on the inside. Magdaleno lands another left hand to the body and I think everyones ready for this fight to end. Magdaleno 10-9, 80-72.
Round 9: Magdaleno leads with a jab to the head and body. Ramos steps forward and actually throws a combination. Ramos throws another combination that backs Magdaleno to the ropes. Ramos trainer can be heard urging him to throw more punches and keep working. Ramos steps forward again and partially lands a right hand. Jab lands for Ramos but the fighters immediately fall into a clinch. Ramos flurries again with Magdaleno on the ropes. Magdaleno might be a little tired. Ramos 10-9.
Round 10: Ramos comes out in an aggressive stance but Magdaleno partially lands a check hook. Now Magdaleno lands a straight left to the body again. Check hook lands again for Magdaleno. Ramos throws a flurry of arm punches that dont have much sting on them, but at least hes now throwing. Magdaleno tries to load up on a left to the body but cant make clean contact. Another right hook lands clean for Magdaleno upstairs. Two more hooks land for Magdaleno just before the bell. Magdaleno 10-9. Ive got it 99-91 for Magdaleno.