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News: Kem Ljungquist, Henderson Shocks Robinson, Landeros

Kem Ljungquist (6-0, 4 KOs) meets Dominik Musil (3-1, 2 KOs) on the undercard of Dina Thorslund's WBO Female World Super Bantamweight title defence against Alesia Graf on January 19 at the Struer Energi Park.
 
"I'm looking forward to getting back in the ring," said the Danish heavyweight hope. "Musil is an exciting opponent, but he is one that I should be able to beat. I look forward to entertaining the fans in Struer!"
 
Ljungquist was last in action on September 28 in Jeddah, Saudia Arabia, as part of the World Boxing Super Series final between George Groves and Callum Smith, scoring a second-round stoppage against Egypt’s Morad Omar.
 
"It was a good fight for me and a great experience to be part of the World Boxing Super Series," he says. "Morad Omar came to win, but I quickly found the right openings and was happy with the win."
 
The 28 year-old has enjoyed a perfect 2018. Ljungquist has claimed five wins from five fights, and also acted as sparring partner for the returning Tyson Fury.
 
"It was a great experience to spar Fury," said Ljungquist. "I know he has recommended me to other top heavyweights, and I hope he will call again.
 
"I feel I'm getting better by sparring with the best, and I'm getting matched harder and harder in my fights. In 2019, I look forward to developing more against even stronger opponents."
 
The Herlev boxer calls himself his own worst critic, and while he admits he is still in the development phase, it is clear his eyes are on the prize.
 
"My motivation, to achieve something big in my career, is huge,” he says. “It’s a privilege to make a living from boxing and I would like to go all the way. I want to keep improving until I finally get the big fights for the big belts.
 
"It's all about training hard, full throttle and living right. I have managed to do well so far and if I continue to do that, then the opportunities will come.”
 
Ljungquist’s eight round heavyweight clash with Musil is the latest addition to a stacked card in Struer. Dina Thorslund defends her WBO Female World Super Bantamweight title against Germany's Alesia Graf, former European Champion Dennis Ceylan rematches Jesus Sanchez for the EU Featherweight crown, and Oliver Flodin faces Abdul Khattab in a Scandinavian middleweight thriller.

This past Friday night, Kalvin Henderson remained undefeated and he established himself as a top super middleweight prospect by scoring a 7th round stoppage over Brandon Robinson in a thrilling battle at the 2300 Arena.

The fight headlined a six-bout card promoted by King's Promotions.

The entire card was streamed live and can be viewed on-demand on the King's Boxing Facebook page.

The fight was a grueling battle that had many ebbs and flows.  The contest at times was a boxing match, with both fighters trying to establish their jabs, but much of it was fought on the inside with each guy having success in the close fight.

In round two, Robinson began to swell under his left eye that was the result of a punch by Henderson.

In round three, but men were cut from punches as Robinson was cut over his right eye, while Henderson was cut over the left optic.

In round five, the fight changed as Henderson dropped Robinson with a hard uppercut.  When Robinson got to his feet, his left eye was virtually shut.  Robinson showed tremendous courage as he came forward and even, with just one eye, landed some good shots on Henderson.

In round seven, Henderson came out with a renewed vigor, and turned up his work-rate and he dropped Robinson twice and ended the fight at 2:08 of the round.

Henderson, 166.4 lbs of Fort Worth, Texas is now 11-0 with seven knockouts.  Robinson, 168.1 lbs of Philadelphia is 11-2,

In the co-feature, Paul Koon shook off four-years of ring rust to win a four-round unanimous decision over Cade Rodriguez in a heavyweight bout.

Koon dropped Rodriguez in round one with a left hook on the inside.  Koon was not able to finish off his large opponent, but came home with to win by scores of 40-35 twice and 39-36.

Koon, 237.4 lbs of Philadelphia is 4-0. Rodriguez, 293.9 lbs of Monroe, GA is 293.9 lbs of Monroe, GA is 2-3.

Romuel Cruz pitched a shutout, and won a four-round unanimous decision over Hugo Rodriguez in a super bantamweight bout.

Cruz, 122 lbs of Philadelphia won by scores of 40-36 on all cards, and is now 3-0-1.  Rodriguez, 120.9 lbs of Nuevo Leon, Mexico is 0-2.

Isaiah Wise scored a sensational 2nd round stoppage over over Andy Gonzales in a scheduled six-round super welterweight fight.

In the opening seconds of the bout, both guys stood toe-to-toe and landed good shots on each other.  At the end of the frame, Wise landed a huge right hand that froze Gonzales.  Gonzales was looking around the ring, only to eat a monster right that sent him to the canvas. Clearly, the one-minute respite was not enough for Gonzalez, as Wise landed a hard flurry on the ropes, and the fight was stopped at 40 seconds.

Wise, 155.9 lbs of Philadelphia is now 7-2-1 with four knockouts.  Gonzales, 151.6 lbs of  Worcester, MA is 6-4.

James Brenadin and Sheldon Deverteuil battled to a four-round split draw in a fight featuring undefeated lightweights.

Each fighter took a card 39-37, and a 3rd card read even at 38-38.

Brenadin, 139.5 lbs of Lancaster, PA is 1-0-1.  Deverteuil, 137.1 lbs of Philadelphia is 1-0-2.

Travis Toledo dropped Ronnie Lawrence twice in en-rout to a first round stoppage in a scheduled four-round light heavyweight bout.

The time of the finish was 2:30 for Toledo, 173.3 lbs of Baltimore, who is now 4-0 with three knockouts.  Lawrence, 174.4 lbs of Philadelphia is 0-3.

landeros

In what was his third fight of the year, Riverside, California unbeaten prospect Joseph “El Tigre” Landeros extended his undefeated record to 15-0 (15 KO's) with a knockout in three rounds over Chiapa's Aramis Solis, 14-8 (9 KO's) at the Big Punch Arena in Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico.

The fight was part of the “Nights of Boxing” series card on Friday, December 7th and promoted by Jibaro Perez Promotions and was the possibly the last fight in Mexico for a career that started when Landeros was 15 years old.

For the Riverside fighter, 2018 was a year of transition and preparation for his incursion into boxing in the United States where he will be allowed to fight after February, when reaches adulthood at the age of 18.

Against Aramis Solis, it was a solid outing.

"I would have liked that this fight go a lot longer, but sometimes things just happen. The reason was that, after doing about 150 rounds of sparring in the training camp for this fight, I wanted to show my improved skills as much as possible. However, even in the short fight, where I took some pretty good punches, I felt in total control; " said Landeros.

"In general, I am happy to say that at 17 years of age, I have completed 15 professional fights and all have been won by knockout. Having said that, I will take some time to enjoy the holidays with my family, before going into the next big step in my career. Overall it has been a year of progress and a good preparation for the future. My team and I like to review and follow the successful footprints of other boxers in boxing history. Cases such that of Sugar Ray Leonard and Angelo Dundee, where the legendary manager made sure that Leonard was getting experience against all kinds of opposition. Boxers, punchers, movers.

If you followed my career, you will that this year's fights included a fast boxer in Irvin Ordaz, my first left handed opponent  in Luis Manuel Macias, and a tall defensive fighter in Aramis Solis. Also, the level of opposition has improved. Macias fought for a WBA regional title in Kiev and was a experienced 12-round fighter, while Solis has fought in several 10 and 8 rounds bouts in the past, fighting in Canada, Nicaragua and Australia, against world-class competition;" added Landeros.

"Also, after the last two fights, I now know that I can no longer make the 118 pound limit and will possibly have to go to 126 in 2019. I'm just growing according to my age. Next year will be interesting for me. First half of the year I still have to divide my time between boxing and school. In the second part, I will have the ability to go anywhere, against opponents of a much higher level; added Landeros, who closes this year with participation in a Nike Commercial and leading parts in two boxing movies that will be released in 2019.

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