Pablo Cesar Cano Defeats Ruslan Madiev
Photos: Tom Hogan - Hoganphotos/Golden Boy
Mexican warrior Pablo "El Demoledor" Cesar Cano (31-7-1,
21 KOs) defeated Kazakhstani boxer Ruslan Madiev (12-1,
5 KOs) via fifth-round technical decision in the
scheduled 10-round main event of the Sept. 13 edition of
Golden Boy Boxing on ESPN at The Joint at the Hard Rock
Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas. After a vicious head-butt
worsened nasty cut on the left side of Cano's forehead,
the fight was stopped at the end of the fifth round.
Cano was awarded the technical decision victory with
three scores of 49-46.
"I felt comfortable in there before the cut," said Pablo
Cesar Cano. "We worked hard. It was a good thing that he
came out and threw a lot of punches because I took
advantage of it. If he wants the rematch, he can get it
"I feel very well," said Ruslan Madiev. "I wanted to
take it slow in the first few rounds and then start to
apply more pressure. It was an unfortunate head-butt."
Franchon Crews-Dezurn (4-1, 1 KO) of Baltimore, Maryland
captured the WBC Super Middleweight Title by scoring a
dominant 10-round unanimous decision win against
Maricela Cornejo (12-3, 5 KOs) in tonight's main event.
"This is for my mom," said Franchon Crews. "This is the
first time, but I know her will and determination wasn'
stronger than mine. There were some rough areas in
there, but it's a learning curve and we did everything
we could. It seems so much more real. If you believe in
yourself, go for it."
"Truly, from I don't know what round, I found that I'm
too light for this division now," said Maricela Cornejo.
"The push downs made my back completely cramp up. I
couldn't move. I couldn't release my jabs because my
back was cramped. It was like I was frozen. And if I did
jab they were weak. It's an excuse, but I tried to get
something out and I couldn't get anything out. She's
known for pushing down opponents, so I expected it, but
I didn't think she was going to be as heavy as she was."
Raul Curiel (5-0, 3 KOs) of Jalisco, Mexico won via
unanimous decision against Ryan Pino (8-3, 4KOs) of
Puerto Rico in a six round welterweight fight with all
three score cards of 60-54.
"We executed what we worked on in camp," said Raul
Curiel. "I had a great preparation. We actually met in
the amateurs. I beat him then and I beat him now. I
thank my trainers and my manager, Frank Espinoza."
Isaac Zarate (15-4-3, 2 KOs) of San Pedro, Calif. beat
Horacio Garcia (34-5, 25 KOs) via controversial split
decision victory in an eight-round featherweight clash.
Zarate won the fight with scores of 75-77 and 74-78,
while one judge scored the fight 77-75 for Garcia.
"The key to winning this fight was being smarter," said
Zarate. "I made sure to not stay in front of him. That's
why I won the fight. I feel great."
Xu Can (10-0, 1 KO) of Kumming, Chinascored a split
decision victory against Enrique Bernache (24-11, 12
KOs) of Guadalajara, Mexico in an eight-round
featherweight battle. Can won with scores of 77-75 and
78-74, while one judge scored the fight 75-77 for
"I'm feeling good. I'm really happy right now," said Xu
Can. "Next time I would try and get here earlier to
train. This is a 15 hour time difference from China and
I'm very excited but it's hard to adjust. I'd like to
thank my family and friends for all of their support."
Bilal Akkawy (18-0-1, 14 KOs) of Sydney, Australia
scored an eight-round unanimous decision victory against
Cristian Olivas (16-3, 13 KOs) of Tijuana, Mexico in an
eight-round light heavyweight fight. Akkawy won with
three scores of 80-71.
"I feel good. This was my first fight in the United
States," said Bilal Akkawy. "It's an honor to fight with
Golden Boy Promotions. I really had to stop and enjoy
the moment. I could have worked on a few things, but
there are no excuses. He was tough. Next time you will
see a better Bilal."
Francisco Esparza (8-0-1, 3 KOs) of Las Vegas, Nevada
defeated Dihul Olguin (13-11-3, 9 KOs) of Guadalajara,
Mexico via unanimous decision in the first bout of the
evening, which was held in the super featherweight
division. Esparza won with scores of two scores of 80-72
"I feel good. I did what I had to do to win," said
Francisco Esparza."He was a tough opponent. I learned to
keep my distance. Next time, maybe I'll pressure a
little more. His fight was on the inside, so I threw