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Press Conference Notes & Photos: Artur Beterbiev & Anthony Yarde Ready for Wembley Showdown

Beterbiev vs. Yarde goes down SATURDAY (3:30 p.m. ET/12:30 p.m. PT) at OVO Arena Wembley LIVE & EXCLUSIVELY on ESPN+

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LONDON (Jan. 27, 2023) — WBC/WBO/IBF unified light heavyweight champion Artur Beterbiev (18-0, 18 KOs) talks with his fists more than his mouth. Boxing’s only world champion with a 100 percent knockout rate is on enemy turf as he prepares to defend his collection of belts against British puncher Anthony Yarde (23-2, 22 KOs) on Saturday at OVO Arena Wembley in London.

Artur Beterbiev (L) and Anthony Yarde (R) at the Weigh-In.

Weigh-In Results

•  Artur Beterbiev 174.5 lbs vs. Anthony Yarde 174 1/4 lbs.
(Beterbiev’s WBC/IBF/WBO Light Heavyweight Titles — 12 Rounds)
Judges: Jerome Lades, Jun Bae Lim and Robin Taylor
Referee: Steve Gray
•   Moses Itauma 248 lbs vs. Marcel Bode 220 lbs. 
(Heavyweight — 4 Rounds)   •   Tommy Fletcher 199.4 lbs vs. Darryl Sharp 188.5 lbs.
(Cruiserweight — 6 Rounds)
   •    Karol Itauma 174.1 lbs vs. Ezequiel Maderna 174.7 lbs.
(Vacant WBC International Light Heavyweight Title — 10 Rounds)
•    Artem Dalakian 111.6 lbs vs. David Jimenez 111.1 lbs. 
(Dalakian’s WBA Flyweight World Title — 12 Rounds)

Yarde is the far more loquacious of the fighters, but there was a shared respect between the two combatants at Thursday’s press conference. Beterbiev and Yarde did have an intense staredown, but it was all business two days before fight night.

Beterbiev-Yarde and undercard bouts will stream live and exclusively in the U.S. on ESPN+ at 3:30 p.m. ET/12:30 p.m. PT.

Artur Beterbiev (L) and Anthony Yarde (R) staring each other down at the press conference this week.

This is what Beterbiev, Yarde and Top Rank chairman Bob Arum had to say.

Artur Beterbiev

“In our camp, we always try to be ready for different scenarios. If it’s a tough fight, we’re going to be ready.”

“I feel good. I hope on January 28 I will change a little bit (to turn into a monster). I said he looks like a bodybuilder because of his muscles. I don’t have this muscle and I didn’t say it to mean anything bad. I said it because he looks strong!”

Anthony Yarde

“Everyone knows the type of character I am. I’m very calm. I jump at opportunities, and again, you go thorough certain things in your journey to strengthen you. You go through certain things in your journey to prepare you as well. So, that’s why I keep saying I’m so excited.”

“I’m happy to be alive, happy to be at this stage of my life as well. Being an underdog, over-dog middle dog… it don’t matter to me. I’m a dog! When I get in the ring and I start throwing my hands about, everyone knows what I can do. If you want to say it does anything to me, it gives me that little push, that little urge. But, again, it’s expected. I don’t lie or bullsh*t anybody. He’s got 18 fights, 18 wins, {100 percent} knockout ratio, Olympian. He’s done a lot in the sport, and that’s why he should be respected. I’ve respected him this far. As I said before, when we get in the ring, surely he will be saying the same thing. There’s no respect in the ring when you try and take the respect away from your opponent.”  

“Three belts, legacy and history. I’m happy it’s Beterbiev. This scary person. I’m happy that it’s three belts. It just makes it all that much better. It’s gonna feel like it’s earned. It’s not no easy way out. There’s a lot of fighters that get a mandatory world title, or they get someone that they’re meant to beat, they’re the a-side, etc. I like this route. This route gives me the goosebumps, the good feeling. It’s the journey. The journey is what makes me happy.”

Bob Arum

“I think, pound for pound, the biggest puncher in boxing today is the guy on my right who has knocked out every opponent that has been put in front of him, not because he isn’t a very good boxer — because he is a very good boxer — but he also has that magic that you can’t really train a fighter for. It’s instinctive, the ability to punch and knock out an opponent. So, I’m very happy to be here. I know Anthony Yarde, I’ve followed him. He’s a terrific fighter, also with a big punch. He’s a very, very exciting type of fighter.”

Marc Ramsay (Beterbiev’s Trainer)

“We’ve known {about} Anthony Yarde for a long time. I look at all the light heavyweights from their beginning until they reach the level of my fighter. I know he’s a good fighter, a complete fighter. He’s fast, he’s powerful, he can box, he can counterpunch. But we get ready for all of those elements in the training camp. We have a very productive training camp. We reached every single objective that we faced before the training camp. No excuse, no injury, no nothing. We’re just ready to perform and give the fans what they want to see.”

“I know everyone wants to talk about {Beterbiev’s perfect KO rate} and has questions about this, but this is really not the focus we have as a team. We work with Artur to get ready to fight the best way we can. Power is power. Power is there, but that is not the main objective for us. We don’t put the focus on that.”

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NO LIMIT

JEAN PASCAL VS. MICHAEL EIFERT

March 16 at Place Bell in Laval

IBF ELIMINATOR TO DETERMINE ARTUR BETERBIEV’S MANDATORY CHALLENGER

LAVAL, Québec, Canada (January 27, 2023)  As he himself mentioned yesterday on his social networks, Jean Pascal is fully recovered from the COVID-19 virus, which struck him down in early January. He has received the green light from his doctor and will resume intense training starting next Monday. DiBella Entertainment, in association with Groupe Yvon Michel and Jean Pascal Promotions, and in collaboration with Blanko Sports and SES Sports Events GmbH, officially confirm the postponed “No Limit” event will now take place on March 16th at Place Bell in Laval, Canada, as two-time world champion Pascal (36-6-1, 20 KOs) faces Germany’s Michael Eifert (11-1, 4 KOs) to determine the mandatory challenger for  International Boxing Federation (IBF) World Light Heavyweight champion Artur Beterbiev (18-0-0, 18 KOs).

 

Tickets are now on sale, ranging from $40 in the stands up to $500 on the floor. Tables for six people, including wine and meals, are also available for $3,500 or $4,500 plus tax. Tickets may be purchased online at evenco.ca or by email at info@groupeyvonmichel.ca. Tickets already purchased for February 9th will be honored.

This international event is presented by Mise-O-Jeu. The evening’s bout sheet is comprised of seven other fights:

 

The co-feature pits popular Mathieu “G-Time” Germain (21-2-1, 9 KOs) and Steven Wilcox (24-3-1, 7 KOs), a member of the famed family of four pro fighters. Germain began a streak of three consecutive victories in May 2021, in Quebec City, by taking the measure of Steve Claggett (33-7-2, 23 KOs) in 10 rounds. Wilcox has won his last six fights, including his most recent victory last November, by way of a fourth-round technical knockout against Mexican Francisco Martinez (11-4, 6 KOs).

To mark Saint Patrick’s Day, the authentic Irishman and promising light heavyweight prospect “Mighty” Joseph Ward (8-1, 4 KOs), of Ireland, will also be in action in an eight-round fight.

World contender Jessica “Cobra” Camara (10-3, 2 KOs), of Montreal, returns to Quebec for the first time since 2019. She has since fought five fights in the United States, including the WBA and WBO super lightweight world championship versus Kali Reis (19-7-1, 5 KOs) in New Hampshire in November 2021. She lost by split decision in an extremely close and hard-fought fight. She will meet Prisca “La Guerrera” Vicot (14-8, 2 KOs), a French woman who lives in San Diego, California.

Spectators will have the pleasure of seeing rising star Caroline Veyre (2-0) in action after her dazzling performance on January 13th on the Clavel-Plata card, in which she dominated Esefania Franco (4-5). Veyre was a 2020 Canadian Olympian and 2015 Pan-American Games gold medalist. On March 16th, she will likely face solid opposition in Emma “Valkyria” Gongora (5-2), fighting out of Marseille, France. She has won her last five fights, including her most recent win against Martine Vallieres Bisson (5-2, 1KO) at Casino de Montreal last September.

Young Italian sensation Yoel Angeloni (1-0), the latest discovery of International Boxing Hall of Fame promoter Lou DiBella, plans to impress in a four-round special attraction. The welterweight prodigy has a bright future ahead of him.

Also, Vancouver’s skillful Eric Basran (3-0, 1 KO) intends to double down in 2023. Veyre’s teammate on Canada’s National Team returns to the ring after taking a six-round unanimous decision on January 13th against Juan Carlos Garcia (4-3), of Mexico City. This time he takes on Ruben Vallejo (7-1-1, 3 KOs) in a potentially explosive confrontation.

Former Canadian amateur champion Amanda Galle (7-0-1, 1 KO) is slated to fight in a bantamweight eight-round bout.

Pascal will meet with members of the media via teleconference this coming Monday morning to answer questions.

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The iconic Roy Jones Jr.

Chat with a Champion

Former middleweight, super middleweight, light heavyweight, and heavyweight king

By Staff Writer Kirk Lang

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April 1: Robeisy Ramirez-Isaac Dogboe Interim WBO Featherweight Title Showdown & Xander Zayas-Ronald Cruz Headline Loaded Card at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa LIVE on ESPN+

Featherweight contender Joet Gonzalez, U.S. Olympian Tiger Johnson, Tulsa-born heavyweight prospect Jeremiah Milton, and Jahi Tucker-Nikoloz Sekhniashvili junior middleweight clash are scheduled in undercard action

TULSA, OK (Jan. 26, 2023) — Two-time Olympic gold medalist Robeisy “El Tren” Ramírez will lock horns with Isaac “Royal Storm” Dogboe in a 12-round showdown for the vacant interim WBO featherweight world title Saturday, April 1, at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa.
 
In the eight-round co-feature, Puerto Rican sensation Xander Zayas looks to extend his unbeaten record against nine-year veteran Ronald “Diablo” Cruz.
 
Ramirez-Dogboe and Zayas-Cruz headlines a packed card streaming live and exclusively in the U.S. on ESPN+.
 
Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Holden Productions, tickets starting at $49.50 are on sale now and available to purchase at www.hardrockcasinotulsa.com.
 
“We have seen Robeisy Ramirez grow from a decorated Olympian to a young man on the verge of stardom. Isaac Dogboe is no pushover and represents the toughest test of Ramirez’s career. I expect an exciting, dramatic fight for the great fans in Tulsa,” said Top Rank chairman Bob Arum. “2023 will be a huge year for Xander Zayas, a superstar in the making who I believe will be Puerto Rico’s next champion.”
 
Ramirez (11-1, 7 KOs), from Cienfuegos, Cuba, went from losing his pro debut in August 2019 to one of the division’s top contenders in 2023. Ranked No. 3 by the WBO, Ramirez had a breakthrough in 2022, knocking out Irishman Eric Donovan, the previously unbeaten Abraham Nova, and Argentinean contender Jose Matias Romero. Ramirez has knocked out five of his past six foes, a stunning power surge he hopes carries over to The Sooner State. He is considered one of the greatest boxers ever to emerge from the famed Cuban amateur system and seeks to author a career-best victory in Tulsa.
 
“I have been boxing for more than 20 years and have been a fighter every step of the way,” Ramirez said. “I never forgot where I came from, but I refuse to define myself by past accomplishments. Even after winning my second Olympic gold medal, I endured hardships. I embraced the challenges ahead of me and know that my greatest tests and most significant accomplishments in boxing are still ahead of me.
 
“On April 1, I will enter the ring with the hunger that has brought me here and the hunger that comes with knowing that there is still much to achieve. This is just the beginning for Robeisy ‘El Tren’ Ramírez.”
 
Dogboe (24-2, 15 KOs) has a rapid championship rise at junior featherweight, but he lost his title and career momentum with back-to-back defeats to Emanuel Navarrete. He overhauled his camp following the Navarrete losses, linking up with decorated trainer Barry Hunter at Headbangers Boxing Gym in Washington, D.C. The Dogboe/Hunter partnership has resulted in four consecutive victories, including majority decisions over Adam Lopez and Christopher Diaz. He earned a shot at the interim title with last July’s split decision over Joet Gonzalez, a toe-to-toe battle in Hinckley, Minnesota, that ranked among the year’s best action fights. Dogboe, from Anyako, Ghana, represented his homeland at the 2012 London Olympics and spent much of his childhood in London.
 
“Nearly five years ago, I became the WBO junior featherweight champion of the world, to the shock of many people. On April 1, I will be crowned a two-time, two-division champion,” Dogboe said. “Ramirez is a good fighter, and I commend him for his achievements. I’ve waited patiently for this opportunity, and I want to thank Bob Arum and the Top Rank family for being good to me over the years. My team and I are preparing for this life-changing opportunity. God Bless all the boxing fans and boxing enthusiasts for their continuous support.”
 
The 20-year-old Zayas (15-0, 10 KOs), from San Juan, has been ticketed for stardom since signing with Top Rank at 16. He broke through in 2021 with six victories, setting up a 2022 that saw him graduate to eight-rounders. Zayas shut out Louisiana’s Quincy LaVallais over eight rounds, knocked out the durable Elias Espadas in five, and made a “Heisman Night” statement in December with a near-shutout decision over Alexis Salazar. Zayas’ road to contention continues against Cruz (18-2-1, 12, KOs), a Los Angeles native who has never been knocked out as a pro. Cruz went 10 competitive rounds with Damian Sosa last August, dropping a unanimous decision.
 
Zayas said, “2023 is going to be big for my career. I’m going into the new year with all the power and the mindset needed to make a name for myself in the division. I’m locked in. Laser focused. It all starts on April 1 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. I’m very excited to be on this card since I’ll have the opportunity to showcase my skills as the co-feature on ESPN+. This time, I’ll be fighting against a worthy Mexican opponent, and I’m planning to put on a show for all the boxing fans.”
 
Undercard bouts, also streaming live and exclusively on ESPN+, include:

  • In an eight-round grudge match, Jahi Tucker (9-0, 5 KOs) will make his junior middleweight debut against Nikoloz Sekhniashvili (8-1, 6 KOs). Tucker called for a fight against Zayas, but he must first face Zayas’ training partner, a former amateur standout from the nation of Georgia. Sekhniashvili returned from a 15-month layoff last November to stop the previously unbeaten David Rodriguez in three rounds. 

“I am excited to be fighting on a Top Rank card again, this time against an undefeated fighter,” Sekhniashvili said. “I know Jahi is going to run and likes to use his mouth more than his hands. He will try to avoid me, but once I make contact, he will slow down instantly. I can’t wait until April 1.”
 
Tucker said, “Nikoloz is going to be easy work. After I get finished with him, I want to fight Xander.”

  • Two-time world title challenger Joet Gonzalez (25-3, 13 KOs), from Glendora, California returns against Mexican veteran Jose Enrique Vivas (22-2, 11 KOs) in a 10-round featherweight firefight. Gonzalez looks to rebound from last July’s tight split decision defeat to Dogboe. Despite the Dobgoe setback, Gonzalez is still ranked in the top 10 of the WBC and WBO featherweight rankings. Vivas kept his title hopes alive last August with a split decision over Edy Valencia.
     
  • Junior welterweight phenom Tiger Johnson (7-0, 5 KOs), who represented the U.S. at the Tokyo Olympics, fights in his first second scheduled eight-rounder against an opponent to be named. Johnson stopped Harry Gigliotti in five rounds at Hard Rock Tulsa last August.
     
  • Tulsa-born heavyweight prospect Jeremiah Milton (8-0, 6 KOs) returns home against an opponent to be named. Milton has fought in Tulsa three times a pro, securing two first-round knockouts and a second-round stoppage.
     
  • Cleveland-born lightweight Abdullah Mason (6-0, 5 KOs) makes his 2023 debut in a six-rounder. Mason fought at Hard Rock Tulsa last August, outlasting the game Angel Rebollar en route to a four-round decision win.
     
  • Light heavyweight prospect Dante Benjamin Jr. (5-0, 3 KOs), from Cleveland, aims to continue his knockout momentum in a six-rounder. Benjamin opened his 2023 campaign Jan. 14 with a first-round stoppage over Emmanueal Austin.

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Golden Boy to Open 2023 at YouTube Theater with Main Event Featuring

Santa Ana’s Alexis Rocha Defending NABO Welterweight Title

Live and Exclusive on DAZN

First Boxing Event Held at YouTube Theater in Inglewood, CA

(L-R): Alexis Rocha and Oscar de la Hoya chat at YouTube Theater ahead of Rocha’s scheduled NABO Welterweight title defense against Anthony “Juice” Young on Saturday, January 28, 2023.

 

 

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Rigo Looks To Put On A Show February 24 At Hialeah Park  

Former World Champion Guillermo Rigondeaux Comes To Career Crossroads;

Now 42 Years Old, Rigo Finds Himself In A “Must Win Big” Situation 

Hialeah, FL / January 21, 2023 – Former two-time world boxing champion Guillermo Rigondeaux arrives at the ultimate career crossroads when he returns to action for the first time in a year on Friday, February 24, 2023 at Hialeah Park. 

With a professional record of 20-3-1 (13 KOs), the now 42-year-old Rigondeaux faces battle-tested super bantamweight Jesús Martinez, who will bring a mark of 33-17-1 (16 KOs) into the Hialeah Park headliner. 

Rigondeaux, who dropped decisions to Vincent Astrolabio in February of 2022 and John Real Casimero in August of 2021, has been sidelined since suffering severe facial burns and eye injuries in a freak kitchen accident at his home in Miami over ten months ago. 

“After the way he lost his last two fights and because of his time away from boxing, winning is just not good enough, Rigo must entertain,” said Alberto “Beto” Ferreiro, Sports Journalist and host of Café Deportivos con Beto.   “Rigondeaux is obligated to win big and to put on a good show for his fans if he expects another title shot.”  

Rigondeaux, the former WBO/WBA Super Bantamweight and WBA Bantamweight world champion will attempt to tap the fountain of youth in his 25th professional fight as he looks to win for the first time since defeating Liborio Solis in February of 2020. 

“Rigo must attack and knock Jesús Martinez out,” added Ferreiro.  “That’ll be his only option if he wants to continue boxing at a higher level. Anything less than that will likely mean the end of Rigondeaux’s long professional career.” 

Tickets for what promises to be an action-packed card at Hialeah Park on Friday, February 24, 2023 are on sale at the Hialeah Park web site (www.hialeahparkcasino.com).   

Hialeah Park Casino, with entrances at 100 East 32nd Street and 2200 East 4th Avenue, is easily accessible from all major Miami highways and conveniently located just minutes by car from Miami International Airport, South Beach, Downtown Miami, Coral Gables, and Doral. 

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Nine-Time World Champion Nonito Donaire Confirmed For Price Promotions February 18th Pro Boxing Card”

From The Pen of Dr. David “Ole Head” Price

CHESTER, PA (JANUARY 21, 2023)–Price Promotions who at this current time has one main goal, and one main focus and that focus is on Dylan Price. Dylan (Affectionately called) “Real Dyl” is a bantamweight contender that seems to be more times than not on the wrong end of the stick.

Price has won “Most Outstanding Boxer” in two National Tournaments, yet not many know of his name. He is a star, but at the lower divisions so… Well who the hell really cares, right? Now you have to also take into account that his father, David, is a very smart business mind so not too many promoters want to deal with that type of person.

The primary promoters choose to deal with people that can be told, and when confronted, will submit, but the senior Price was not really moved by the former nor the latter. However, there was one particular company that showed love to the Price’s. and that was Mayweather Promotions. They, particularly, Leonard Ellerbe were kind to the Price’s (In the way that they understand how to be) so that being said, David Price owes Leonard Ellerbe an apology. “I have done so via text and by voicemail and my final apology is in the form of this release” (how appropriate a word).

“However, as a whole, this industry is not without its share of undesirables. These individuals or even groups of individuals have conspired to keep my son Dylan and myself from mainstream boxing. I know, I know another bitter father that sees his son as something beyond his actual abilities. Well, riddle me this, if my son isn’t as good as I believe him to be, then why is it that to date we have never received a call from a matchmaker representing any of the minor or major promotional companies . Not even one can ever say that they have ever reached out with a possible match for my son. In other words if he isn’t what he thinks he is, then why not serve up another meal for one of your 118lb monsters? Why not have a seven- Time National Champion, Two -Time MVP that was 10-0, 11-0, 12-0, 13-0, 14-0 and is currently 15-0, with 10kos as an opponent for someone in your 118lb stable. All of the major boxing promotions have at least one 118lb boxer if not more, but still we are sitting here all by our lonesome. .. I’m sorry I digressed!!!!”

When Mayweather in their attempt to show love, had us featured on their Facebook channel in January 2019. We actually lost. Yes 15-0 Dylan Price has a loss! But Dylan also has a father who also has a heavenly Father who saw fit to have the Nevada State Athletic Commission make a random request to check this particular fighter’s urine, and to our surprise my former business partner and still close friend Doc Nowicki called me and said I was looking on Boxrec and Dylan’s name has an 0 beside it. I of course thought he was mistaken, but when I researched Boxrec, I saw the same. I immediately contacted the Commission and they confirmed that it was in- fact, accurate. He cheated, he cheated, he cheated, I celebrated!!!! But there’s not going to be much of a fuss surrounding positive news regarding a 115lb African American kid that had their record sponged due to cheating. Nope that gives those that were hoping that we failed more energy to galvanize.

Good plan but…………..the God that I serve saw otherwise. Long story for another time but this same individual has caught the eye of the former king, and soon to be back on his throne to once-again be the king of the bantamweight division. That being future first-ballot Hall of Famer, Nonito Donaire.”

“The Filipino Flash” has agreed to be Dylan “The Real Dyl” Price’ trainer along with his beautiful wife Rachel. Rachel has proven that she is more than capable to function as the team’s lead strategist and strength Coach. The unlikely pair of families have in a relatively short period of time, developed a bond, a kindred spirit connection of some sorts.

Ok Listen you don’t have to have a THD in Theology to ask these questions;

1.     Why would a fighter in the same division share information from the first 10 minutes that he met another fighter? Why would he tell him secret techniques that he had developed over the course of his career?

2.     Why would a 40-year-old, nine- time World Champion, that is still chasing greatness seeking an unprecedented 10th World Championship, decide to get on a plane, oh yeah, bring his wife at the bequest of the senior Price and assist them in training???

3.     A 118lber former King who is seeking title number ten, decides to take on as a protégé another contender in his current division by the name of Dylan Price, weird right?

“Nine-Time World Champion Nonito Donaire Confirmed For Price Promotions February 18th Boxing Card”

Price Promotions will be having their first Star Studded Event of 2023 which will also be their 3rd event since conception. These Star Studded Events are focused around one individual fighter by the name of Dylan Price.

In each of the events, Price Promotions has created their version of “24/7” or “All Access” entitled 7on7, “7 weeks, 7 episodes, 7 minutes welcome to 7on7”. The 7on7 series can be currently viewed on Price Productions Youtube Page. There are several pages with this name but we are the one with 27 Subscribers (as of January 14, 2023). Filming has also begun on 6 mini sitcoms (several of which feature Dylan Price) created by Dr. David Price, President and Founder of Price Promotions, DKP Productions and Price Productions LLC. He is also the senior partner in an app being developed called Profetsplus.com (Prophets for Profit). The youngest boxer in the family will be making his professional debut at 135lbs. The 18 year old Devin “Baby Boy” Price (sometimes Kristian; another story, another day) is excited about the opportunity to begin his professional career on Saturday February 18th.

This Star-Studded Event will be held on Saturday February 18, 2023 located at the Elevations Event Center at 51 S 9th Street, Chester Pa 19013.

Tickets will be released on Wednesday February 1, 2023,  and the fight will be available for purchase on Pay-Per-View at Profetsplus.com

            The Dream Team:

1.     Fighter: Dylan “The Real Dyl” Price

2.     Trainer: Nonito Donaire;

3.     Trainer: David Price

4.     Trainer: Wade Hinnant

5.     Adjunct Trainer: Nate Campbell

6.     Adjunct Trainer: Paulie Malignaggi

7.     Strategist & Strength: Rachel Donaire

8.     Cutman: Danny Davis

9.     Chief Advisor: J Russell Peltz

10.  Public Relations: Marc Abrams

11.  Sponsor: APS, Shane Goodell

12.  Matchmaker: TBA

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Country Box, A New Sports Franchise for Nashville

January 21, 2023, Nashville, Tennessee-A new sports franchise, Country Box, is entering the vibrant Nashville sports entertainment market. Country Box is a monthly live professional boxing series and music festival that will be held on the first Tuesday of the month at the Troubadour Theater, starting on February 07, 2023.

The first episode of Country Box is wittingly entitled Return of Genesis as it is the reincarnation of the popular Tuesday Night Fights series. The main event will see Ukrainian Heavyweight Contender and Two-Time Golden Gloves Winner Iegor Plevako (7-0) take on Brazilian Marcelo Heavyweight Contender Marcelo Da Silva (22-5). In a special feature bout Nashville’s own amateur standout and Cruiserweight Prospect Erick “El Torito” Arellano (Debut) does his Professional Debut as a boxer. Arellano’s dad, Ramon Arellano, owns the popular Mexican Restaurant in Nashville.

Nashville’s reputation as the home of Country Music and emergence as a top-flight sports city is the primary reason why it was selected as the site for Country Box. More importantly, two of the new series’ founding partners, SC1 and JAM Productions, also have very strong connections to Music City and the country music industry. Given how the city has rallied behind all three of its professional sports teams, it is reasonable to expect Nashville would rally behind the boxing series as well. With this in mind, and the organizers’ ties to the city, it is only natural to put Country Box here. 

The initial reaction to Country Box has been unfettered enthusiasm. Both the concept and the promoters have been welcomed wholeheartedly. This is not surprising when one considers the factors the demographics, population, viewership, politics and policies and generations. The Nashville metropolitan area has 1.3 million people, and the population has grown by two percent each in the past two years. Many of these people are northern transplants coming from cities where boxing is popular. There are also plenty of young people coming to the city nicknamed the Athens of the South looking to attend universities such as Tennessee State University, Fisk University and Vanderbilt University. If boxing wants to appeal to more young fans, there is no better place for Boxing and Country Box than Nashville. Not to mention, Nashville was the host to one of the most successful boxing series in history, Tuesday Night Fights, a series that did 47 weekly shows at its zenith in 1997 in Nashville. Tuesday Night Fights was the brainchild of Nashville resident Jimmy Adams and was held in front of a packed house at the now closed Music City Mic Factory.  Jimmy Adams and Ashley Adams (Jimmy Adams Media) are Co-Founders and Co-Promoters of the new Series. Official Event Promoter, Lion Heart Boxing Productions, Ltd, is the other founder of the series.

Nashville is definitely the place to be, and the Troubadour Theater is the perfect fit for Country Box. The Troubadour Theater is an old cowboy church that was converted into one of the best dance halls in Nashville. It boasts a large dance floor, a stage large enough for 7+ piece bands with lots of space to give this an epic feel. Awesome shows such as Nashville King and routine audience interaction make it feel like old Nashville. Says official series promoter Ed Mendy, “Don’t let the outside fool you. It’s in a strip mall which at first made it look a little dicey to me, but the troubadour theater is a class act all around. It is not only close to the Grand Ole Opry; it’s neatly decorated and well-appointed inside. It’s a cozy venue with only 500 seats but one cannot find a more and perfect set up for club boxing. There’s not a bad seat in the house and we expect Country Box to be the scarcest ticket in boxing.”

Nashville is a popular tourist destination, thanks in part to its music and the iconic Downtown District with its hotels and music entertainment venues. Country will help with the city’s continued branding and tourism as it will be streamed live as a pay per view, televised in over 100 million USA homes using regional cable, and syndicated worldwide as feasible. As Nashville continues to grow into a burgeoning music and sporting metropolis, Country Box expects to grow with it.

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March 25: Jose Ramirez-Richard Commey Junior Welterweight Main Event & Seniesa Estrada-Tina Rupprecht Title Unification Showdown Set for Fresno’s Save Mart Center LIVE on ESPN

Ramirez-Commey and Estrada-Rupprecht will be broadcast live on ESPN, ESPN Deportes and ESPN+ at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT.

Tickets starting at $29 go on sale Friday, Jan. 13 at 10 a.m.

FRESNO, Calif. (Jan. 12, 2023) — The fighting pride of California’s Central Valley and one of boxing’s pound-for-pound queens are joining forces for a special Fresno Fight Night.
 
Former unified 140-pound world champion Jose Ramirez will meet former lightweight world champion Richard “RC” Commey in the 12-round junior welterweight main event Saturday, March 25, at Save Mart Center in Fresno, California.
 
The co-feature will be a world title unification clash, as WBA minimumweight world champion Seniesa “Super Bad” Estrada collides with WBC world champion Tina Rupprecht.

Ramirez-Commey and Estrada-Rupprecht will be broadcast live on ESPN, ESPN Deportes and ESPN+ at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT.
 
Promoted by Top Rank, in association with DiBella Entertainment, tickets starting at $29 go on sale go on sale Friday, Jan. 13 at 10 a.m. PT and can be purchased at Ticketmaster.com and the Arena Box Office.
 
Ramirez (27-1, 17 KOs), from Avenal, California, returns home to the friendly confines of the Save Mart Center, which has hosted six of his previous fights. Following his 2021 decision defeat to Josh Taylor for the undisputed junior welterweight title, Ramirez rebounded last March with a unanimous decision victory over former two-weight world champion Jose Pedraza. He has been among the sport’s best 140-pounders since winning the WBC world title over Amir Imam in March 2018. After defending that title twice, Ramirez stopped Maurice Hooker in six brutal rounds to unify the WBC and WBO titles. Ramirez retained both belts with a hard-fought majority decision over Viktor Postol in August 2020, a win that set up the Taylor showdown. 
 
“Fresno and the Save Mart Center hold a special place in my heart, and I am blessed to be able fight in front of my Central Valley fans once again,” Ramirez said. “Richard Commey is a championship fighter with everything to gain. I expect the best version of Commey on March 25. My goal is to become champion again, and I am more motivated than ever to prove that I am the best junior welterweight in the world.”
 
“Ramirez is motivated like I have never seen, and he’s out to prove some things,” said Rick Mirigian, Ramirez’s manager. “It all starts in Fresno in front of 15,000 hometown fans.”
 
Commey (30-4-1, 27 KOs), from Accra, Ghana, made his name as one of the sport’s top lightweights, winning Commonwealth honors before capturing the IBF world title in February 2019. His title reign lasted 10 months, as he knocked out former world champion Ray Beltran before a stunning second-round stoppage defeat to Teofimo Lopez at Madison Square Garden. Commey’s lightweight run ended with a December 2021 decision loss to Vasiliy Lomachenko. Last August, in his junior welterweight debut, he fought to a 10-round draw against Pedraza.
 
Commey said, “I want to thank my team for putting me on the path to fulfilling my dream of becoming a two-weight world champion. I also want to thank Bob Arum and Top Rank for once again showing faith in me by allowing me to headline against a formidable opponent in Jose Ramirez. I’m up for the challenge, and I intend to make Ghana and all my fans around the world proud.”
 
Estrada (23-0, 9 KOs), from East Los Angeles, California, returns to her home state intent on unifying world titles for the first time in her decorated career. The 30-year-old veteran turned pro nearly a dozen years ago and has competed at the world class level in three weight classes. In 2021, she captured the WBA minimumweight and WBO light flyweight titles in consecutive fights. Estrada then vacated the light flyweight title to pursue undisputed glory at minimumweight. She signed with Top Rank last year and returned from a nearly 11-month layoff in November to shut out Jazmin Gala Villarino.
 
“I want to give Tina credit for being a world champion who isn’t afraid of a unification fight, unlike Yokasta Valle,” Estrada said. “Since we couldn’t get Yokasta into the ring, we decided to do one better and fight the woman who beat her. The Fresno fans are passionate, and they are in for a great show.”
 
Rupprecht (12-0-1, 3 KOs), from Augsburg, Germany, has made five defenses of her world title after being elevated from interim champion in 2018. Earlier that year, she toppled Valle, who is the current IBF and WBO unified minimumweight world champion In July 2021, Rupprecht edged former world champion Katia Gutierrez by split decision. Following more than a year away from the ring, she shook off the ring rust to dominate Peruvian veteran Rocio Gaspar to set up the Estrada showdown. Rupprecht has fought all but one of her pro bouts in Germany and will make the nearly 6,000-mile journey in hopes of ruining Estrada’s undisputed goal.
 
“To fight in America against a fellow world champion in a world title unification is a dream come true for me,” Rupprecht said. “Seniesa is considered one of the sport’s best fighters, and I look forward to seeing who the true number one in the division is. This will be a Fight of the Year candidate and another huge night for female boxing. I’m going to be victorious and return to Germany with two world title belts.”
 
The undercard, streaming live and exclusively on ESPN+, is scheduled to include the following standouts:

Lightweight contender Raymond “Danger” Muratalla (16-0, 13 KOs), from Fontana, California, and trained by Robert Garcia, makes his 2023 debut in a 10-rounder. Muratalla went 3-0 in 2022, including stoppage victories over veterans Jeremy Hill and Miguel Contreras.
 
Rising lightweight Karlos Balderas (14-1, 12 KOs), a 2016 U.S. Olympian from Santa Maria, California, looks to author his sixth consecutive victory in an eight-rounder. Balderas is coming off a career-best showing over Esteban Sanchez, a methodical beatdown that resulted in an eighth-round TKO.
 
Antonio “El Gigante” Mireles (6-0, 6 KOs), a 6-foot-9 heavyweight from Des Moines, Iowa, aims for knockout number seven in a six-rounder. Mireles has three first-round knockouts and three second-round stoppages on his ledger.
 
Lightweight prospect Charlie Sheehy (5-0, 4 KOs), the former U.S. amateur star from Brisbane, California, makes his third professional appearance in Fresno in a six-rounder.
 
Javier “Milwaukee Made” Martinez (8-0, 2 KOs), who trains with Ramirez at Robert Garcia Boxing Academy, will fight an opponent to be named in a six-round middleweight tilt.
 
Flyweight prospect Jessie James Guerrero (3-0-1, 3 KOs), from Gilroy, California, will see action in a four-rounder in his U.S. debut.

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ATLANTIC CITY BOXING HALL OF FAME ANNOUNCES CLASS OF 2023

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (January 12, 2023) — Today the Atlantic City Boxing Hall of Fame (ACBHOF), announced the twenty (24) Honorees selected for Induction into its Hall of Fame: the 7th Annual Awards & Induction Weekend will be held Friday September 29th, through Sunday October 1st, 2023, at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City

2023 INDUCTION CLASS

FIGHTERS: George Foreman, Shannon Briggs, David Tua, Pinklon Thomas, Tracy Harris Patterson, Doug Dewitt, Darroll Wilson, Shamone Alvarez and Jamillia Lawrence.

CONTRIBUTORS:  Arnold Robbins {Trainer & Manager}, Matt Howard {Advisor}, Joe Hand Sr.{Promoter}, Lee Samuels {Public Relations} Rudy Battle{Referee}, Benyj Esteves Jr.{Referee} and Joseph Santoliquito{Media}

POSTHUMOUSLY: Buster Drayton {Fighter} and Marty Feldman{Trainer & Manager}

PIONEERS: Horace M. Leeds {Fighter}, Joe Miller {Promoter}, Rocky Castellani {Fighter/ Official}, “KO” Becky O’Niell {Manager}, Willie O’Niell {Trainer} and Frankie Polo {Fighter}

“We are extremely excited about this newest class of inductees selected for the “2023” Atlantic City Boxing Hall of Fame, and very much looking forward to honoring this esteemed group of individuals who have helped make Atlantic City a recognized boxing Mecca known around the world.” – Ray McCline, ACBHOF President & Founder

The Atlantic City Boxing Hall of Fame Awards & Induction Weekend will offer boxing enthusiasts a weekend full of excellent programming, including a VIP cocktail reception, meet & greets with the legends, and a fight fan experience that features spectacular artwork, exhibits, and boxing memorabilia. The highlight of the weekend is our Induction red-carpet ceremony which takes place in an award-show atmosphere.

“We are excited to host the 7th annual Atlantic City Boxing Hall of Fame Awards and Induction Weekend,” said Mike Woodside, Vice President of Entertainment and Marketing Services at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City. “This impressive group of inductees has strong ties to Atlantic City, including George Foreman who fought his last professional fight here at Etess Arena against fellow inductee Shannon Briggs.”

“So many historic fights were in Atlantic City. I’m very proud to be inducted into the A. C. Boxing Hall of Fame.” – George Foreman

“Atlantic City is where I started my humble boxing career. Atlantic City showed me love and will always have a place in my heart. I’m honored to be inducted into the Atlantic City Boxing Hall of Fame 2023 Class.” – David Tua

A special thanks to our partners, sponsors and supporters: Mayor Marty Small Sr., City of Atlantic City, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City, Boardwalk Resorts, Casino Reinvestment Development Authority, Atlantic City Sports Commission, Sparbar Ltd, Expressions Graphic Designs, Icons of Boxing Memorabilia, Adams Boxing, Sampson Boxing, WBC, IBF, Fight Night Apparel, CM 3D Crystal’s, Chris Guzman Gloves and Patrick Killian Arts.

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Rocky Marciano (R) and Archie Moore (L) after their bout in 1955 where Marciano won by 9th round KO.

Roberto Duran

Dempsey – Tunney second fight in 19

Buster Douglas (L) getting rocked by Evander Holyfield (R).

 

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Roy Jones Jr. (R) connecting with a right to challenger Lou Del Valle at Madison Square Garden on Luly 18, 1998. Jones retained his WBC light heavyweight title plus won the WBA Light heavyweight title. (Photo by Alex Rinaldi)

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Bernard Hopkins (L) stabbing Felix Trinidad (R) with a hard jab in their September 29, 2001, bout in Madison Square Garden. Hopkins retained his IBF and WBC middleweight titles plus won Trinidad’s WBA Middleweight title. (Photo by Alex Rinaldi)

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Sugar Shane Mosley working out at the International Boxing Hall of fame.  (Photo by Alex Rinaldi)

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Andrew Golota (L) vs John Ruiz (R). Ruiz successfully defended his WBA heavyweight title on November 13, 2004, in Madison Square Garden.  (Photo by Alex Rinaldi)

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“NO LIMIT”

LAVAL BELL PLACE

JEAN PASCAL VS. MICHAEL EIFERT

IBF TITLE ELIMINATOR

PASCAL AFFECTED BY COVID; EVENT POSTPONED TO MARCH

MONTRÉAL, Québec, Canada (January 6, 2022)  Late last night, Jean Pascal informed Groupe Yvon Michel (GYM) that he had tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. His symptoms are too severe for him to continue training for his IBF Light Heavyweight title elimination fight against German Michael Eifert, “No Limit”, scheduled for Place Bell in Laval on February 9th.

 

Co-promoter of the event, DiBella Entertainment (DBE) President Lou DiBella, contacted Eifert’s promoter, Benedikt Poelchau, President of Blanko Sports, and also informed the IBF of the situation. It was agreed that the fight and the entire event would be postponed to a later date to be determined in March.

 

More details will be communicated soon.

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Granite Chin Promotions

Presents “Turf War 4” Pro-Am boxing card

Feb. 18th in Melrose, MA

QUINCY, Mass. (January 6, 2023) – Granite Chin Promotions (GCP) has announced it will present its first boxing event in Melrose, “Turf War 4” Pro-Am card, February 18th at Melrose Memorial Hall in Melrose, Massachusetts.

“Turf War 4”, which will be streamed live on BXNGTV.com, will mark Granite Chin’s first promotion in Melrose, which is located in Greater Boston.

“I am excited to be running for the first time at the Melrose Memorial Hall,” Granite Chin President Chris Traietti said. “Over the last few years there have been some exciting local shows there and it will be nice to have Granite Chin be a part of the boxing legacy of Melrose Memorial Hall.” 

Massachusetts Middleweight Champion Anthony “The Gentle Savage” Andreozzi (4-2, 1 KO) will make his first title defense in the 6-round main event versus challenger Jamer Jones (2-1, 2 KOs), of Pittsfield (MA). In his last fight this past November, Andreozzi captured the vacant title with a 6-round majority decision in Bridgewater (MA) versus Julien Baptiste.

The 6-round co-featured event pits former New England Heavyweight Champion Justin “Crazy Train” Rolfe (7-4-1, 5 KOs), fighting out of Fairfield, ME, against Jonathan Gruber (3-1, 2 KOs), of Fall River, MA., for the vacant USBF title. Rolfe will return to the ring for the first time in 10 months.

Former New England Welterweight Champion Mike “Bad Man” Ohan, Jr. (16-2, 9 KOs) will bounce back from his last fight in December against undefeated U.S. Olympian Tiger Johnson (7-0, KOs), in which the popular Holbrook fighter gained respect at a national level for his tough performance, albeit in a loss by way of a 5th round stoppage. The fight was at famed Madison Square Garden and streamed live on ESPN+. Ohan will face Puerto Rican junior welterweight Daniel “The Hudson Valley Kid” Sostre (13-22-1, 5 KOs) in a scheduled 10-round bout.

The opening fight on the pro card matches New Jersey welterweight Tyrone “Hands of Stone” Luckey (16-19-4, 12 KOs), the former ABF USA Mid-American super lightweight title holder, and veteran Indianapolis fighter DeWayne Wisdom (8-61-3, 4 KOs) in a 4-rounder.

“This is going to be an action-packed card from top to bottom,” Traietti added. “Putting on the amateurs is always a nice way to get a look at the future of boxing in the area.  I have no doubt that both the amateurs and the pros will come to fight and put on a show for the fans in attendance and those buying the livestream at BXNGTV.COM.”

Several USA Boxing-sanctioned bouts featuring local amateurs will be in action prior to the first pro  fight..

Tickets are on sale and priced (plus fees) at $70.00 (VIP Stage Seating), $60.00 (General Floor Seating) and $45.00 (General Auditorium Seating). Go online to purchase at https://granite-chin-promotions.ticketleap.com/ or from any of the participating fighters.

Doors open at 6 p.m. ET, first bout at 7 p.m. ET.

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 Pelé friend of Muhammad Ali passes away at age 82

SAO PAULO (AP) — Pelé, the Brazilian superstar of the sport of soccer who won a record three World Cups and became one of the most compelling and iconic commanding sports heroes of the 20th century died from cancer. He was 82.

9/10/1986 President Reagan with soccer player Pele and President Sarney of Brazil during a state dinner in the blue room

Unlike many soccer players of the past and present, Pelé stands above them all as a true legend in the world of sports.

The benchmark figure in what is known in soccer circles as “the beautiful game” Pelé had been treated for colon cancer since 2021. The medical center where he had been hospitalized for the last month said he died of multiple organ failure as a result of the cancer – proving once again that there are very few effective cancer treatments out there and cures are as rare as a snow cone in the center of the sun.

The founder of THE USA BOXING NEWS – Joseph Rinaldi died from cancer in 1983 at the age of 46. Sadly, little appears to have changed since then. Now the great Pelé joins the tragic ranks of those felled by cancer and the AMA’s relatively ineffective treatment of the disease.

“Pelé changed everything. He transformed football into art, entertainment,” Neymar, a fellow Brazilian soccer star, said on Instagram. “Football and Brazil elevated their standing thanks to the King! He is gone, but his magic will endure. Pelé is eternal!

Widely regarded as soccer’s greatest player, Pelé spent nearly two decades enchanting fans and dazzling opponents as the game’s most prolific scorer with Brazilian club Santos and the Brazil national team along with a stretch on the American team in the 1970s known as the New York Cosmos.

His grace, pure athleticism and his acrobatic abilities including his now famous bicycle kick, revolutionized the sport and made Pelé a household name in virtually every household in the world.

He was also a personal friend of Muhammad Ali and Pelé was one of the mourners after Ali’s death.

Pelé was so huge that in 1981 he starred in the popular movie – Escape to Victory an American-British-Italian sports war film directed by John Huston and starring Sylvester Stallone, Michael CaineMax von Sydow and Pelé.

The film is about Allied prisoners of war who are interned in a German prison camp during the Second World War who play an exhibition match of football against a German team.

Pelé, like all great sport’s icons of his caliber, will be greatly missed.

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Granite Chin Promotions’

Brand steadily rising in boxing

QUINCY, Mass. (January 2, 2023) – Back in 2011, Iraq War Veteran Chris Traietti founded Granite Chin Promotions (GCP) simply as a platform for him to continue his professional boxing career, not as the future business he now runs as one of the top under-40 promoters in the industry.

The 37-year-old Traietti, who lives and works out of Quincy, Massachusetts, retired as a fighter in 2021 with a 30-4 (24 KOs) pro record, including the New England Cruiserweight title belt. Now, he has found a niche as a club-show promoter who also provides quality fighters for major events across the United States.

“After I lost to Eddie Caminero in 2010, Traietti explained, “I was in denial, thinking everybody was out to get me. I blamed everybody for my situation. Without a clue, I decided to promote my own shows to keep going. I put together a patchwork team. I lost to Edwin Rodriguez (2011) and didn’t want to be an opponent. Nobody (promoters) wanted to work with me, and I was my worst enemy. I disappeared. I then decided to get serious and got back in the gym with my trainer, Jimmy Farrell. No promoters would work with me, so I started doing shows to keep my career on life support. In 2015, I was contacted by (matchmaker) Eric Bottjer who was working for Roc Nation. He needed to put fighters on local shows. I had bigger names on my shows and started to make some money. I thought that I could do it as a fighter and promoter and got serious.

In 2016, I had the Mike Lee fight. If I won, I thought I’d get some real offers to sign with promoters. I only had my trainer (Farrell) for 2 ½ weeks to work with and I basically trained myself. I didn’t know what I was doing and lost to Lee. I did get a call from Roc Nation, which was fizzling out but not dead, to get on a show in Marina Bay (Quincy, MA), and that was my last show working with Roc Nation. I was back promoting, but not making any money. I did get some wins. I started promoting audience shows in New Hampshire in 2017. (International matchmaker) Whitfield Hayden reached out to me, and I helped PBC by delivering fighters for a show in New York City. I have a key PBC contact, and I was retired as a fighter. Money was coming in and I started signing good, rugged opponents, because I was on to something, surviving the test of time.”

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Granite Chin arguably promoted as many shows as any promoter in the country, creating a way to promote shows there like presenting doubleheaders (22 total fights) that drew 700 fans during the day, 1100 at night.  It was a combination accomplishment. Not only did Traietti promote shows to build his fighters, other promoters and managers paid him to place their fighters on GCP cards. Word rapidly spread within the boxing industry and the GCP brand reached another level as Traietti gained more respect as a promoter and invaluable matchmaker.

Traietti realized this past year that he needed to change his philosophy to elevate his brand, focusing more on GCP shows in terms of putting on more competitive, entertaining match ups.

“We didn’t have the best of fights and I wasn’t doing my fighters justice,” Traietti said.  “It was hurting our brand. I needed my guys to fight tougher opponents. I have fighters like Antonio Todd and Tyrone Luckey who will fight anybody, anytime. Other guys really stepped up this year as well. But my goal is for my guys to make as much money as possible and then leave boxing with all their facilities and no damage. Everybody on our roster has a place because this is a team. Each one has a special spot on the roster and plays roles in GCP’s growth. I sincerely mean that every fighter on my roster plays a critical role for the business and I have a profound amount of respect for all my fighters. They make all of all of this possible.”

Traietti and GCP has also found a home in Springfield (MA) – 90 miles west of Boston – where GCP recently had its best show at MassMutual with 1500 fans. Supported by an outside investor with boxing and business interests in Western Massachusetts, Gunther Fishgold, Traietti is tremendously encouraged about GCP’s future with its new base. The most promising fighters on GCP’s roster are a pair of newly crowned Massachusetts champions, Holyoke welterweight Denzel “Double Impact” Whitley (10-0, 6 KOs) and Pittsfield light heavyweight Steve Sumpter (7-0, 6 KOs). Traietti is also signing additional Western Mass. prospects.

“I see a clear path in Springfield,” Traietti commented. “Having Denzel on the GCP roster is huge. He passed his first step up in his last fight                          . We will be promoting our second show there on March 11th. We plan to have at least 3 there in 2023 and by 2025, 4 or 5, and become the exclusive boxing promoter at MassMutual. Each show we have a bigger product. BXNG TV (live streaming) has been great, but my goal is to be promoting shows on network TV. I don’t think that’s out of the realm of possibility, but not in 2023. We will be building our product for something in the future like ShoBox in 2024/2025. Our guys are willing to take the tough fights. I’m looking to get Denzel and Steve bigger regional titles to help make every Springfield show better than the last one.

“I’m taken more seriously in the industry. I’m now known in this business. It’s wild! It was great to hear at Madison Square Garden for Mike Ohan’s fight introduction, when it was announced that he was represented by Granite Chin Promotions. It really took me back. Amazing to have people watching the fight on ESPN to hear that. I didn’t envision this back in 2021. I thought I’d have 300-400 people at our shows in an armory for as long as Granite Chin lasted. I had no idea that this would happen. I’ve survived the test of time, I think.”

If you really want to fight, Chris Traietti and Granite Chin Promotions are the way to go for real fighters only.

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Undefeated super flyweight John “Scrappy” Ramirez to fight Sirichai Thaiyen in 2023 WBA Title Eliminator

LAS VEGAS (December 27, 2022) – Fast rising, undefeated North American Boxing Association (NABA) Super Flyweight Champion John “Scrappy” Ramirez (10-0, 8 KOs) and veteran Thai boxer Sirichai Thaiyen (64-4, 42 KOs) have accepted offers from the World Boxing Association (WBA) to throwdown in a 2023 WBA Title Eliminator to determine the mandatory challenger for WBA Super Flyweight World Champion Joshua “El Profesor” Franco (18-1, 8 KOs).

The date, site and other details for the title eliminator are to be determined, Ramirez’ manager David Suh (3 Point Management “3 PM”) confirmed, after being informed of the title eliminator at the recent WBA Convention. Ramirez is rated No. 2 by the WBA, Thaiyen No. 3, and the No. 1 spot is unrated with the Ramirez-Thaiyen winner to be elevated into that position.

The entertaining Ramirez, 26, fights out of the mean streets of South Central, Los Angeles. He burst upon the boxing scene in his December 20th pro debut, which he won by way of an opening-round knockout of Jose Otero Solis in Galveston, Texas. Despite limited opportunities for all boxers to fight during the COVID-19 pandemic, Ramirez was placed on the fast track by 3 PM, fighting seven times in 2021, twice this year.

“Everything is happening so fast that it’s hard to believe,” Ramirez said. “This is what I envisioned before I even started boxing at 20. I said I was going to be world champion. I’m living what I’ve envisioned and that’s so insane because it’s really happening, I’ve never doubted myself. I have the balls to say what I’ve envisioned and then I go out and do it. There’s only one guy in my way (of a world title fight) and no way he stops me on a mission. He may have all that experience, but he’s never faced anybody like me. I’m on a mission for the belt, so I’m taking him out of the way. I’m not overlooking him, though. I’m taking the steps to prepare for this fight because this is boxing, and anything can happen.

“He hasn’t fought anybody who thinks like me or with my physical tools. The last guy who knocked him out (Artem Dalakian) fights like me. My ring IQ is higher than his (Thaiyen) ring IQ; I’m more physical, more of a savage than him. He can walk towards me all he wants, until I get him and put him to sleep.”

In his most recent action, “Scrappy” captured the North American Boxing Association this past May 14th in Ontario, California, with a Knockout of the Year-caliber performance against Jan Salvatierra (8-1), who lasted only 2:25 in the opening round, blasted through the ropes and out of the ring.

“I’ve preparing for this fight for a long time,” Ramirez added. “I was back in the gym 3 days after my last fight, and I’ve been preparing for this moment. It was no vacation. I’m better now. I was supposed to have 2 or 3 fights that fell through, but everything happens for a reason. I’m still developing. Six months is a long time, but I’ve been making a good investment in my craft. I only gave fans 2 minutes in my last fight, and now I want to showcase my skills to everybody.

“I put myself in a dark place in training, pushing more and I’ve embraced the pain. I’m getting quality sparring and you need to be uncomfortable to get comfortable in the ring. Even on my morning runs, if my knee hurt, I just went for more. That’s the way to get mentally strong.”

The 32-year-old Thaiyen, aka Yodmongkol CP Freshmart, is the reigning Asian Boxing Federation Super Flyweight Champion, as well as a former WBA Interim Flyweight World and WBC Youth World Light Flyweight titleholder.

He is riding a 14-fight win streak dating back to 2018. He lost his only world title fights against Dalakian (16-0) in 2018 for the WBA Flyweight World Championship by way of a seventh-round technical knockout, Juan Carlos Reveco (34-1) in 2014 by fifth-round TKO in 2014 for the same title. The two world title fight setbacks were his only pro fights outside of his native Thailand, respectively, in Ukraine and Venezuela.

“I’ll fight this guy anywhere,” Ramirez concluded. “I’d go around the world and back, it doesn’t matter, because it’s my skill against his. He’s getting stopped in the late rounds. I’m going to showcase my skills, season him, and then finish him in the seventh or eighth round…. unless I happen to catch him earlier. I’m going to take care of him!”

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WCBS inks Mexico’s top boxing prospect

Oscar Álvarez Jr. to exclusive promotional contract

 

LOS ANGELES, Calif. (December 27, 2022) — World Cup Boxing Series (WCBS) has signed arguably the leading Mexican prospect, undefeated super featherweight Oscar Alverez, Jr. (7-0, 7 KOs), to an exclusive promotional contract.

WCBS was launched in 2020 by CEO Terry Hollan and promoter/matchmaker Guy Taylor.

The 19-year-old Alvarez, physically speaking, is a boxing freak for a super featherweight, standing 6’ 3” with a 78” reach, which he has used to his advantage during his 15-month pro career, stopping each of his seven opponents.

“When do you ever see a 6’3” super featherweight,” Taylor asked. “It’s freakish to see somebody like that in front of you, and then you top it off with one-punch, knockout power, in addition to his accurate, precise combination punching, and surgical body-attack on the inside. That’s a handful for anyone to fight at any level.

“If I had to compare him to anyone right now it would be Sebastian Fundora (6’ 5” junior middleweight), solely on their similar physical attributes. If anything, I would say 6’ 3” at 130-pounds is a little more intimidating, given the average featherweight is 5’ 6”.

As an amateur, Alvarez Jr. started boxing at the age of 4 (see picture below), under the guidance of his father and current trainer, Oscar Alvarez, Sr. Alvarez’ amazing amateur career spanned more than 14 years, capped by back-to-back gold medals performances in the 2019 and 2020 Mexican National Championships, along with a Pan American Games bronze medalist in Cali, Colombia.

Alvarez, Jr. finished his amateur career in 2020 with an incredible 665-12 record. That’s right, he won 665 of 677 amateur matches.

“I have never seen an amateur record like this in my 20-plus years in boxing,” Taylor noted.

After capturing a bronze medal in the Pan American Games, Alvarez, Jr decided to turn pro rather than stay in the amateurs and pursue a spot on the 2024 Mexico Olympic Team.

“It was just time to turn pro,” he explained. “My style of an aggressive, intelligent counter-puncher is best suited for professional boxing.”

“Junior” selected one of fastest growing boxing promotional companies, WCBS, to direct him in the pro ranks.

“I am very excited to sign with World Cup Boxing Series,” he added. “I want to make my family proud and excite my fans every time I fight. I don’t care who I fight, I’ll be ready for anyone they put in front of me.”    

Alvarez, Jr. made his professional debut on September 11, 2021, as a featherweight, scoring a first-round technical knockout over fellow debut fighter, Ivan Rabago, at Casino de Esperanza in Esperanza, Sonora, Mexico. Alvarez would make his hometown debut on a WCBS show on December 17, 2021, scoring another first-round TKO, and he was brought back just two months later in his hometown of Obregon, Sonora, Mexico on another WCBS show, where he scored another sensational opening-round TKO, grabbing the attention of Hollan and Taylor.

His toughest test came this past June 18th, when he made his USA debut at the Commerce Casino in Commerce, California versus fan-favorite Brandon Cruz (8-2) in a scheduled 6-round lightweight bout. Alvarez, who was supposed to be just an opponent, turned out to be anything but, trapping Cruz on the ropes for a fourth-round knockout that silenced the partisan Southern California crowd.

“We’re already working on Oscar’s next fight, which will take place in late January 2023, and then, if all goes well with no major lumps or bumps, he will be part of our next 4-Man Tournament slated to begin in March 2023. At only 19 there is no rush, but with more than 600 amateur wins, we’re not going to hold him back either.”

Alvarez, Jr. joins a strong, growing family of WCBS fighters from Mexico, including former NABF / Latino Welterweight Champion Santiago Dominguez (25-0, (19 KOs), super middleweight contender Manuel Gallegos (20-1, 17 KOs), WBC Latino Lightweight Champion Luis Torres (17-0, 10KOs), as well as two other promising, young prospects, super lightweight Jorge Lugo Cota (11-0, 8 KOs) and lightweight Marco Cota Moreno (8-1, 6 KOs).

 

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February 3: Emanuel Navarrete-Liam Wilson Junior Lightweight Title Showdown Set for Desert Diamond Arena LIVE on ESPN

Navarrete-Wilson, Jose Pedraza-Arnold Barboza Jr. junior welterweight co-feature and heavyweight Olympic silver medalist Richard Torrez Jr. headline Friday fight night LIVE from Glendale, Arizona, on ESPN, ESPN Deportes and ESPN+ at 10 p.m. EST/7 p.m. PST

Undefeated stars Nico Ali Walsh and Emiliano Fernando Vargas will see action on the ESPN+-streamed undercard

Tickets starting at $25 go on sale Wednesday, Dec. 21 at 11 a.m. PST / 12 p.m. MST via Ticketmaster.com

GLENDALE, Ariz. (Dec. 21, 2022) — A new junior lightweight king will be crowned in the desert.

Mexican star Emanuel “Vaquero” Navarrete and Australian contender Liam Wilson will fight for the vacant WBO junior lightweight world title Friday, Feb. 3, at Desert Diamond Arena in Glendale, Arizona. Navarrete, the reigning WBO featherweight world champion, hopes to become the 10th Mexican-born boxer to win world titles in three weight divisions.

Junior welterweight contenders collide in the 10-round co-feature as Arnold Barboza Jr. hopes to earn a career-best victory against Jose “Sniper” Pedraza, a former two-weight world champion from Cidra, Puerto Rico. 

Navarrete-Wilson, Pedraza-Barboza, and the return of U.S. Olympic silver medalist Richard Torrez Jr. in a six-round heavyweight special feature will be broadcast live on ESPN, ESPN Deportes and ESPN+ at 10 p.m. EST/7 p.m. PST.

Promoted by Top Rank, tickets starting at $25 go on sale Wednesday, Dec. 21 at 11 a.m. PST / 12 p.m. MST and can be purchased via Ticketmaster.com.

Navarrete (36-1, 30 KOs), from San Juan Zitlaltepec, Mexico, won the WBO junior featherweight crown from Isaac Dogboe in December 2018 and made five defenses of that title in a nine-month span. He out-hustled Ruben Villa to win the vacant WBO featherweight strap in October 2020 and has since defended that title three times. Navarrete is one of the sport’s premier offensive fighters, an aggressor who wings punches from all angles. In his October 2021 title defense over Joet Gonzalez, he threw 979 punches over 12 rounds, including 104 in the 12th round. He returned to the ring in August, rebounding from a slow start to knock out countryman Eduardo Baez with a body shot in the sixth round. The Baez victory marked Navarrete’s 31st consecutive victory dating back to 2012.
 
“This is my opportunity to become a three-division world champion. I am going for that crown,” Navarrete said. “Liam Wilson is a good fighter, but this is my moment, and everyone will see a much more complete ‘Vaquero’ Navarrete that has a lot of thirst for victory. My ideal weight is 130 pounds, and that will be demonstrated on February 3rd when I become world champion for Mexico and San Juan Zitlaltepec. Wilson will not get in the way of my dream.”

Wilson (11-1, 7 KOs), from Caboolture, Australia, is the WBO No. 3 junior contender. He has never fought away from his home country, but he will take the nearly 8,000-mile journey hoping to spring a major upset. Wilson stepped up to fight Navarrete after Oscar Valdez suffered a training injury and enters the fight with momentum on his side. After a stunning fifth-round TKO loss to Filipino contender Joe Noynay in July 2021, Wilson gained revenge in March with a second-round knockout courtesy of his “left hook from hell.” He kept the momentum going in June with a 10-round unanimous decision over former world title challenger Matias Rueda.

Wilson said, “He’s a champion, a warrior, and a household name around the world, but now it’s my time. I’m coming to upset the parade. I’ve waited my entire life for this moment, and I won’t let it slip because it means more to me. I swore an oath to my father on his deathbed that I would one day win a world title for him. I’m looking forward to fulfilling this promise on February 3rd.”

Barboza (27-0, 10 KOs), from South El Monte, California, is ranked in the top 10 by the WBC and WBO. The longtime contender turned pro in 2013 and has steadily climbed up the rankings with victories over Mike Alvarado, Alex Saucedo, and Antonio Moran. In July, Barboza returned from an 11-month layoff to snatch the ‘0’ from Danielito Zorrilla in a crowd-pleasing 10-round main event.

Barboza said, “It’s a big card, and there will be a lot of eyes on us. Pedraza is a formidable opponent. He’s my toughest to date and has only lost to the very best. I’m looking forward to the challenge. At this point, anyone I face is standing in the way of my goal, which is to win a world title. I am going to make a big statement on February 3rd.”
 
Pedraza (29-4-1, 14 KOs) ruled the junior lightweight and lightweight divisions before moving up to the junior welterweight ranks in 2019. He is 3-2-1 as a junior welterweight, having shared the ring with many of the division’s most notable names. In March, he pushed former unified champion Jose Ramirez 12 rounds before dropping a tight unanimous decision. Less than six months later, he battled former lightweight champion Richard Commey to a draw in a fight most observers believe Pedraza did enough to edge out. Pedraza had a Madison Square Garden main event against Teofimo Lopez scheduled for December 10th, but Pedraza withdrew with a non-COVID viral infection. The 33-year-old understands a victory over Barboza moves him closer to a world title opportunity.
 
Pedraza said, “I have recovered completely from the illness that obligated me to pull out of my fight with Teofimo Lopez. Right now, I feel 100 percent, and I know Arnold Barboza Jr. is one of the best fighters in the division. I’m sure this will be a great fight where I will reaffirm my level as an elite fighter at 140 pounds.”
 
Torrez (4-0, 4 KOs), from Tulare, California, captured an Olympic silver medal in Tokyo and turned pro under the Top Rank banner in March. A 6’2, 230-pound southpaw, Torrez has never been extended past the third round in his young career. In October, he shined at Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden, thrilling the New York City fans with a third-round stoppage over Ahmed Hefny. 

Undercard bouts — streaming live and exclusively on ESPN+ — include many of Top Rank’s burgeoning young talents.

Las Vegas product Andres “Savage” Cortes (18-0, 10 KOs) takes on Puerto Rican knockout puncher Luis Melendez (17-2, 13 KOs) in a crossroads junior lightweight tilt scheduled for 10 rounds. Cortes, a former U.S. amateur standout, notched a near-shutout over Abraham Montoya in his last outing.

Middleweight prospect Nico Ali Walsh (7-0, 5 KOs), grandson of “The Greatest,” looks to make it 8-0 against Phoenix-based spoiler Eduardo Ayala (9-2-1, 3 KOs) in a six-rounder. This is the 2023 debut for Ali Walsh, who went 4-0 with three knockouts in 2022.

Lightweight sensation Emiliano Fernando Vargas (2-0, 2 KOs), son of former junior middleweight world champion Fernando Vargas, returns in a four-rounder against an opponent to be named. Vargas made his Top Rank debut in November and knocked out Julio Martinez in the second round with a highlight-reel left hook.

Sacramento native Xavier Martinez (18-1, 12 KOs) seeks his second straight ‘W’ in a 10-rounder at junior lightweight against an opponent to be named.

Junior welterweight Lindolfo Delgado (16-0, 13 KOs), a 2016 Mexican Olympian, steps up against Clarence Booth (21-6, 13 KOs) in an eight-rounder. In August, Delgado authored a career-best victory over then-unbeaten prospect Omar Aguilar. The eight-round shootout ranked among the year’s best action fights.

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“NO LIMIT”

JEAN PASCAL VS. MICHAEL EIFERT

IBF LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE ELIMINATOR

February 9 at Place Bell in Laval

The winner becomes the mandatory challenger for World Champion Artur Beterbiev

LAVAL, Quebec, Canada (December 19, 2022) — DiBella Entertainment, Groupe Yvon Michel and Jean Pascal Promotions, in association with Blanko Sports and SES Sports Events GmbH, will present “NO LIMIT” at Place Bell in Laval, Quebec, Canada, on February 9, headlined by Quebecer and two-time world champion Jean Pascal (36-6-1, 20KOs) against Germany’s Michael Eifert (11-1, 4KO) in the International Boxing Federation (IBF) World Title Eliminator to determine the mandatory challenger for IBF Light Heavyweight World Champion Artur Beterbiev (18-0, 18KO).

Tickets are now on sale, ranging from $40 in the stands to $500 on the floor. Tables for six people, wine and meal included, are also available for $3,500 and $4,500 plus taxes. Tickets may be purchased on Evenco.ca or by email at info@groupeyvonmichel.ca. Pascal vs. Eifert will be available in Canada via pay-per-view on Canal Indigo, Bell TV, Shaw TV, Fite.tv and GYMboxe.tv for $64.99.

“Five years ago, most people in boxing wrote Jean Pascal off. Since then, his only loss was to Dmitry Bivol and he’s beaten Ahmed Elbiali, Marcus Browne, Badou Jack and Fanlong Meng as an underdog,” said Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment. “There is a lot of fight left in Jean Pascal, one of Canada’s all-time great fighters. He will prove that on February 9 against Michael Eifert, and secure yet another title shot in his illustrious career.”

“Jean Pascal made his debut with us just a few months after the founding of GYM,” said GYM President Yvon Michel. “Since then, we have been involved in 36 of his 43 fights, including his last in Quebec in 2018. It is with great pride that we participate in this expected return to Quebec. According to a survey of Quebec boxing experts and amateurs, Champ Pascal has been chosen as the greatest Quebec boxer of the 21st century. On February 9, another page in its history will be written.”

Jean Pascal was an Athens Olympian in 2004. He was WBC light heavyweight champion from 2009 to 2011, as well as WBA champion from 2019-2020. He has had 12 world title fights, the first in 2008 in England against Carl Froch and the last 11 years later in Atlanta against Badou Jack. During this period, he met all the best light heavyweights of his generation including Adrian Diaconu, Chad Dawson, Bernard Hopkins, Lucian Bute, Sergey Kovalev, Dmitry Bivol and set many records for ticket sales and pay-per-view, with Lucian Bute at the Bell Center in 2014 where more than 21,000 spectators attended the event. In his most recent fight last May in Florida, he edged undefeated IBF #1 contender Fanlong Meng (17-0) to set the stage for the championship eliminator against Eifert.

Jean Pascal said: “Major props to Lou DiBella, Yvon Michel and Greg Leon for making this happen. It’s been a long time coming, but I’m finally where I want to be, back home performing in front of my people. My fans have always been a major source of inspiration and their kind words have helped keep me going strong at 40 years young.

“It’s very important for me to give you guys a great show and, on February 9, that’s exactly what I’m going to do.

“Michael Eifert is a good, solid fighter and the final obstacle on my road back to the championship. I respect him like all my opponents, but it’s my intention to destroy him as quickly as possible.

“I don’t want to fight away from home again and taking care of business on February 9 is the best way to make sure I won’t have to.”

“Jean Pascal has amazing confidence, a heart bigger than Montreal and you might need two wheelbarrows to carry his, well, let’s call it intestinal fortitude,” said Pascal’s manager Greg Leon.

“Pascal is a throwback who would thrive in any light heavyweight era. As a manager, all you can hope for is the athlete to give 100-percent of himself once that bell rings and, in that regard, Jean Pascal absolutely never disappoints.

“February 9 will be a special night for him. Five years away from home is a long time. Few fighters would have persevered on the road the way he has to make it back here and that just shows the level of champion he is. Michael Eifert will soon learn just how badly Jean wants to remain back at home where he belongs.”

Michael Eifert, 24, lives in Magdeburg, Germany. A professional since 2018, he had his only loss by majority decision in 2020 against Tom Dzemski (14-0), a loss he avenged the following year while winning the IBF Youth and WBC Youth world titles. In his last fight, he captured the IBF Inter-Continental light heavyweight title against Italian Adriano Sperandio, which earned him a place in this title eliminator against Pascal.

“This is a lifetime opportunity and a dream come true for me,” said Michael Eifert. “I can’t wait to come to Canada to give the performance of my life versus a great champion in Jean Pascal. It’s youth versus experience. It’s the young lion challenging the old lion to battle to be the king of the jungle.”

“I want to thank Lou DiBella and Yvon Michel for this fantastic co-promotion,” said Benedikt Poelchau, Eifert’s promoter. “We have huge respect for Jean Pascal, a legend in the sport of boxing. I also tremendously respect 24-year-old Michael Eifert for taking on such a challenge, for shooting for the stars, at such a young age. He will put his heart into this fight, and I expect an exciting matchup for boxing fans around the world.”

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Hall of Fame Referee Steve Smoger Passes Away at Age 79

Referee Steve Smoger officiating the Lucas Matthysse vs. Lamont Peterson bout.

Story by Henry Hascup

Sad to announce the passing of famed Atlantic City-based referee Steve Smoger at the age of 79 after a long illness. Born August 15, 1943 in Norfolk, VA. Smoger’s interest in boxing was inspired by his father, whom he’d spend time watching the Gillette Cavalcade of Sports.

He started in boxing in the early 1970s as a judge and referee for the Police Athletic League. With Atlantic City experiencing a pro boxing boom Smoger kept a busy pace as an inspector (1978-1983) in New Jersey. In 1984 he began his career as a professional referee there and two years later (1986) he officiated his first world title go, an IBF flyweight bout, in South Korea. He has since become one of the most respected and in-demand referees in the sport. In over three decades in boxing Smoger has been third man in the ring for nearly 200 title bouts and officiated all over the world including Argentina, Italy, Germany, Thailand, Japan and China. He was arbiter for such notable contests as Canizales vs. Seabrooks, McCallum vs. Toney I, Holmes vs. Mercer, Jones Jr. vs. Hopkins I, Pazienza vs. Duran II, Micky Ward vs. Augustus, Hopkins vs. Trinidad, Forrest vs. Mosley I, Pavlik vs.Taylor I, Andre Ward vs. Froch, Andre Ward vs. Dawson and Garcia vs. JudahBorn August 15, 1950 in Norfolk, VA. Smoger’s interest in boxing was inspired by his father, whom he’d spend time watching the Gillette Cavalcade of Sports.

He started in boxing in the early 1970s as a judge and referee for the Police Athletic League. With Atlantic City experiencing a pro boxing boom Smoger kept a busy pace as an inspector (1978-1983) in New Jersey. In 1984 he began his career as a professional referee there and two years later (1986) he officiated his first world title go, an IBF flyweight bout, in South Korea. He has since become one of the most respected and in-demand referees in the sport. In over three decades in boxing Smoger has been third man in the ring for nearly 200 title bouts and officiated all over the world including Argentina, Italy, Germany, Thailand, Japan and China. He was arbiter for such notable contests as Canizales vs. Seabrooks, McCallum vs. Toney I, Holmes vs. Mercer, Jones Jr. vs. Hopkins I, Pazienza vs. Duran II, Micky Ward vs. Augustus, Hopkins vs. Trinidad, Forrest vs. Mosley I, Pavlik vs.Taylor I, Andre Ward vs. Froch, Andre Ward vs. Dawson and Garcia vs. Judah.

In 2015, Smoger was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame. Smoger is also a member of the New Jersey Boxing Hall of Fame, Pennsylvania Boxing Hall of Fame, Philadelphia Spots Hall of Fame and Atlantic City Boxing Hall of Fame.

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CHAMPIONS, CHALLENGERS, AND CONTENDERS IN TRAINING AND FIGHTS PAGE

Ray Mercer (L) vs Evander Holyfield (R). (Photo by Alex Rinaldi)

Mike Tyson stopping Frank Bruno for the heavyweight title.

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The USA Boxing News Book Review

McFarland& Company, Inc., Publishers – 250 pp

Reviewed by John Rinaldi and Alex Rinaldi

Now that the holiday season has approached us, it is time to search out to find a perfect gift for friends or loved ones.  If the intended beneficiary of such a gift is a fan of “The Sweet Science” then look no further than the new book: WILLIE PEP – A Biography of the 20th Century’s Greatest Featherweight by the famed boxing author Mark Allen Baker.

Pep (R) going after Saddler (L) in their second fight.

Looking over past book reviews and Mr. Allen’s numerous published works, the author has penned many wonderful texts including, The World Colored Heavyweight Championship, 1876-1937, Battling Nelson – The Durable Dane, CONNECTICUT BOXING – THE FIGHTS, THE FIGHTERS AND THE FIGHT GAME, Between the Ropes at Madison Square Garden, Lou Ambers, and The Fighting Times of Abe Attell. 

 

Besides the current book, the others mentioned would also make wonderful holiday presents.

Featherweight king Willie Pep -L- floors top lightweight contender Allie Stolz -R- in their January 29, 1943 bout in MSG. Pep won a 10-round decision.

Before even flipping a page, a book on Willie Pep already piqued our interest since we are big fans of the immortal 2-time featherweight king.  Through our past positions as Board Members of The International Boxing Hall of Fame and roles as Vice President and Secretary for a few terms, we had the wonderful opportunity to meet Pep numerous times between 1990 and 2000. Not only was the featherweight legend friendly with the press, but he was amazing in dealing with the boxing fans who would make the yearly pilgrimage to Canastota, New York to attend the annual Boxing Hall of Fame Induction ceremony.

 

All through these years, Willie never tired of greeting the fans, posing for photographs, and signing thousands of autographs. He seemed to enjoy the admiration and always treated the fans with a smile and a funny comment. He was simply a great guy.

In addition to being fans of the Will o’ the Wisp, the founder of our publication, The USA Boxing News, Joseph Rinaldi, was a huge admirer of Pep and his ring exploits. In fact, Joseph Rinaldi was one of the 19,097 fans who packed Madison Square Garden on February 11, 1949, to witness Willie Pep regaining his featherweight title over the legendary Sandy Saddler by a unanimous 15-round decision. That battle was arguably one of the greatest fights of all time, and probably Pep’s finest performance.

 

In glorious detail, Mr. Baker takes the readers back to Yesteryear at a ringside seat to that fight, along with numerous other bouts. The author gives such vivid accounts of Pep’s battles, so much so, that the reader can literally hear the thump of the punches landed in those contests.

 

While many consider us to be top-level boxing historians, Mr. Baker still repeatedly educates us with information that we never knew before.

 

We cannot think of one author out there who researches a subject as diligently as the author does. Not only is his narrative absorbing, but his footnotes alone make for additional compelling reading.

 

Willie Pep has been the subject of many books over the past 70-plus years, but never has his ring accomplishments been burned into the pages better than Mr. Baker’s work. If one had not been impressed with Pep’s amazing career before reading this text, then after reading, there will be further acclaim of Willie “Will o’ the Wisp” Pep.

Featherweight champion Willie Pep -L- vs. ex-champ Chalky Wright -R- in their 1944 rematch won by Pep.

Over a professional career that began on July 25, 1940, and ended with his final bout on March 16, 1966, Pep amassed an incredible record of 229-11-1 (65 KO’s), and Mr. Baker brings his readers to every ring contest. Not only does the author give a vivid account of Pep’s bouts, but also informs the readers of each of Willie’s opponents. So instead of just giving the outcomes of each ring meeting, there is a plethora of information regarding Willie’s foes.

The great Willie Pep posing with his two Featherweight Championship Belts. (Photo by Alex Rinaldi)

Mr. Baker is always one to bring up details that are unexpected. One such account occurred on October 1, 1965, on a fight card promoted by Hall of Famer Don Elbaum at the War Memorial Arena in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. The card featured not only Pep winning a third-round TKO over Willie Little, but also was topped by the immortal Sugar Ray Robinson beating Canadian Welterweight Champion Peter Schmidt on a 10-round decision. Although both legends were in the twilight of their respective career, it was still a promotion featuring both Willie Pep and Sugar Ray Robinson, arguably two of the greatest fistic immortals of all time! Surprisingly, only a small crowd of 1,600 fans turned out. What a shocker! You can fill a stadium today to watch those two pugilistic greats perform in the ring, no matter what stage of their careers.

Willie Pep -L- attacks Featherweight Champ Chalky Wright -R- on his way to winning the title on November 20, 1942.

There are even more nuggets, such as Pep’s survival from an airplane crash on a late Sunday night on January 5, 1947, in a wooded area near Vineland, New Jersey. The crash killed 3 people and wounded 20 others. Miraculously, Pep only suffered a broken leg and two chipped and split vertebrae. Even more of a wonderwork was that Pep returned to the ring six months later on June 17 and defeated Victor Flores at the Hartford Auditorium’s outdoor arena on a 10-round decision – winning all ten rounds!  Pep then goes on to his regular fight every ten days schedule. What a remarkable fighter!

The author takes the readers through Pep’s childhood, his sensational amateur career, and his march to the World’s Featherweight Championship. From his victory over Featherweight title holder Chalky Wright on November 20, 1942, until his dethronement at the mighty fists of the immortal Sandy Saddler on October 29, 1948, and onwards through three more battles against the dangerous Saddler and so forth, Willie Pep’s gutsy fortitude and immense talent shines brightly through the pages.

Willie Pep at the Boxing Hall of Fame. (Photo by Alex Rinaldi)

We did not think it could be possible, but Mr. Baker outshines himself with this marvelous book on the incomparable Willie Pep.

 

This book is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED for SUPER READING!!

Alex Rinaldi with the great former 2-time featherweight champion Willie Pep. (Photo by John Rinaldi)

The book can be purchased in paperback and Kindle versions on Amazon, in paperback and Nook Book versions at Barnes and Noble bookstores, Barnes and Noble’s website, and at bookstores around the globe.

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NYC Split: Teofimo Lopez Edges Sandor Martin

Young stars Keyshawn Davis, Jared Anderson and Xander Zayas remain undefeated

NEW YORK (Dec. 12, 2022) — On Saturday night, junior welterweight contender Teofimo Lopez (18-1, 13 KOs) headlined in the big room at Madison Square Garden for the first time with a hard-earned split decision win over Spanish southpaw Sandor Martin (40-3, 13 KOs) in a 10-round final eliminator for the WBC crown. One judge had the bout 95-94 for Martin, while two others had it 96-93 and 97-92 for Lopez.
 
The former lightweight king was originally scheduled to fight Jose Pedraza, but a non-COVID-related illness forced the Puerto Rican contender to pull out of the fight. Martin immediately accepted the opportunity on three weeks’ notice.
 
Lopez initiated the bout in usual fashion by taking the center of the ring and trying to control the action with his speed and power. But at the end of the round, the two accidentally clashed heads, which evidently broke Martin’s nose and bothered him for the rest of the fight.
 
Martin’s quick footwork also began to cause problems in the opening minutes, especially as he used his lead right hand to lure Lopez in. In the second round, Martin was successful with that strategy and even dropped Lopez with a counter right hook.
 
Lopez then spent the rest of the fight trying to attack Martin and counter him when he committed to his punches. Martin was successful in preventing Lopez from positioning himself to land combinations, but at times he was also more concerned with evading shots than exchanging with Lopez.
 
As the fight ended, Lopez appeared to fight with more urgency while Martin seemed to think he had the fight won.
 
Lopez said, “It’s so hard to fight somebody like this when they’re running the whole time. Every time this guy committed, I countered and got him every time. He just ran the whole time. It’s OK, though. We got a lot to work on. But first off, I want to thank God for this. No matter what it was. I apologize to everybody tonight. This is not how we perform. But, listen, our dancer partner was running the whole time.
 
“Every time that this man wanted to commit, I was countering him and tagging him. That’s why he was running the whole time. I felt great overall. I knew he was tired. He didn’t want to commit. He was staying on his back foot and just running around the whole time. But it is what it is. This makes it look good. These guys are going to want to fight me now. More than ever. Now this is great. Now I can actually have a good fight.
 
“We would love to fight Josh Taylor. We would love to fight Regis Prograis. Or even a rematch with George Kambosos. My whole thing now is just staying focused and staying devoted.”
 
Martin said, “It was a surprise with the judges. I won this fight clearly. For one judge, I only won two rounds? Really? There were two knockdowns. The referee didn’t count one of the knockdowns. He missed all of his punches. That’s a masterclass of boxing. That’s a robbery. But that’s the sport of boxing.
 
“In the ring, I controlled all the action. The timing. The moments. In the ring, controlled everything with my will. Teofimo was overanxious. In the eighth round, his corner told him, ‘Hey, let’s do it. You could lose this fight.’
 
“It wasn’t just the broken nose. I only had three weeks of preparation. The broken nose was from an accidental headbutt. But I didn’t worry about this. But I knew that it would hurt every time he punched me there.  But he didn’t punch me. Every time he punched me, I said ‘Ow.’ But he touched me three times? Four times, maximum? Really? You win with this?”
 
Anderson Destroys Forrest in Two Rounds

Heavyweight contender Jared “The Real Big Baby” Anderson (13-0, 13 KOs) retained his 100% knockout ratio by scoring a second-round TKO victory over Jerry Forrest (26-6-2, 20 KOs). Anderson captured the WBO International and WBC Silver USNBC titles with tonight’s dominant victory. 

Anderson (R) pounds Forrest (L) against the ropes.

Anderson tried to box calmly, but a few hard left hands from Forrest, a southpaw, forced him to step up the action after the first 30 seconds of the opening round. Anderson then began letting his hands go at full force, nearly stopping Forrest when he had him on the ropes and landing a total of 54 out of 114 punches thrown within the first three minutes of the bout.
 
In the following round, Anderson continued his dominance and landed a hard right hand that forced the referee to stop the fight at 1:34 of the second round. 
 
Anderson said, “Like my corner said, once I get hit it’s a whole different ballgame. I switch up everything. My mindset. How I fight. Everything. I try to come in cool and calm. I see everybody kind of was expecting him to go out early. I didn’t want that. I did want to get all the way warmed up. But once he did hit me, as ya’ll see, something flipped, and all I saw was red. The 114 punches came, and we picked it up.
 
“I learned to keep my composure even earlier. It shouldn’t have to take me to get hit for me to be able to do that. But everything was alright once I started to adjust myself and get my feet up under me. I have been kind of off for a little second, but I definitely think I came back and made it better.
 
Zayas Ends the Year in Style against Salazar
 
Rising junior middleweight prospect Xander Zayas (15-0, 10 KOs) defeated Alexis Salazar (25-5, 10 KOs) via unanimous decision following eight rounds of action. Zayas retained his NABO 154-pound title and captured the NABF belt in the process.
 
There was no feel out process as Zayas began to land shots in the opening round. Salazar was able to connect in the following rounds, but Zayas was able to make the proper adjustments in order to allow his skills to dominate his opponent. The 20-year-old Puerto Rican prospect was especially successful in landing shots to the body, implementing a relentless attack to his opponent’s ribs in the final round in order to stop Salazar. Scores: 80-72 and 79-73 2x.
 
Zayas said, “Thank you to all my Puerto Rican fans who came out and are watching back home. This one is for you guys. Thank you for all the support and the love. I got to go back and see this fight. But they told me that I looked good. There were a couple moments where I let down my defense. But I give myself a nice B+.
 
“Little by little, we keep improving, keep getting better. But I feel like we can still work a little bit on everything. My distance. My punch output. My defense. My angles. Everything. I feel like we can improve on everything.”

Davis Shines in Tough Test against Burgos 
 
Olympic silver medalist Keyshawn Davis (7-0, 5 KOs) passed the toughest test of his career by soundly defeating three-time world title challenger Juan Carlos Burgos (35-7-3, 21 KOs) via eight-round unanimous decision. Davis controlled the fight from beginning to end with his speed, power and superior skills. Scores: 80-72 3x.
 
Davis said, “I felt great, man. He’s definitely a tough veteran. I was definitely trying to stop him in there. I had him hurt a lot of times, but he’s a veteran and knows how to survive. That’s what he did tonight.
 
“I would give myself an A, but I ain’t stop him. So, I give myself a B+. I felt like I was conditioned throughout each and every round. There were rounds where I was picking it up and some rounds where I was slowing it down just to catch him with a big shot. I give myself a B+ tonight.”

Light Heavyweights: Irish southpaw Joe Ward (8-1, 4 KOs) scored an eight-round unanimous decision win against Frederic Julan (12-2, 10 KOs). Scores: 78-74 and 79-73 2x.

Heavyweights: Undefeated Polish prospect Damian Knyba (10-0, 6 KOs) dominated Emilio Salas (7-4-1, 3 KOs) en route to a TKO win at 1:56 of the second round.
 
Junior Welterweights: U.S. Olympic standout Tiger Johnson (7-0, 5 KOs) scored a fifth-round technical knockout victory over Mike Ohan Jr. (16-2, 9 KOs). Time of stoppage: 1:29.

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Tyson Fury demolishes game Derek Chisora in 10 rounds

Champ calls out other heavyweight title holder Oleksander Usyk as an “ugly chavvy” and a “rabbit”

Story by Alexander R. Rinaldi and Joseph Rinaldi

LONDON — At Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London, England, World Heavyweight Champion Tyson Fury (33-0-1, 24 KOs) delivered once again on his promise to obliterate every man left in the heavyweight division.

This time on December 3, before 60,000 fans of his faithful, “The Gypsy King” who is not only the WBC champion, but also the Lineal heavyweight champion, TKO’d the sturdy, but hopelessly overmatched challenger Derek Chisora (33-13, 23 KOs) via a 10th-round stoppage in the third fight of their trilogy.

Though Chisora started off fairly well attacking the behemoth Tyson Fury with a volley of punches from both hands, once Fury got going Chisora’s plan of winning on aggression soon shifted gears to become simply a plan of survival. So much so that it appeared that Chisora suddenly discarded his weapons and thereafter became a human punching bag for the huge Fury for most of the fight.

Fury, meanwhile, punched from all angles delivering blows to both the head, ribs, and midsection of Chisora. Fury also employed in deadly, devasting fashion, right uppercuts that seemed to nearly sever the Zimbabwe-born challenger’s head from his shoulders.  The drubbing was so fierce and brutal that it harkened one back to medieval England – watching a condemned prisoner from the Tower of London meet his maker at the end of an executioner’s blade.

The trouble for Chisora really began in round three when Fury began smashing and rocking Chisora around the ring with swift, windmill-like punches. 

The pummeling was so intense that at one point the challenger instinctively grabbed hold of the top ring rope to save himself from crashing to the canvas after being severely wobbled by a left hook and right uppercut to the jaw.

In hindsight, what Chisora should have done was pull that top rope around himself, back up, and use it as a catapult to exit both the ring and the stadium!

To his credit, Chisora bravely hung in there, and with his hard granite-like jaw even managed to keep on his feet for not only the round, but also for the remainder of the bout. As a matter of fact, the challenger’s head was so thick that Fury actually hurt his hands from punching Chisora’s skull so often in the fight.

Fury after the fight - thrilled with his win and place on the heavyweight landscape.

Tyson Fury after the fight – thrilled with his win and place on the heavyweight landscape.

In addition to the champion’s frequent and constant lathering of punches to Chisora’s face, according to CompuBox, Fury also managed to land a total of 70 body shots throughout the fight. This figure was more than Fury ever landed in any of his prior fights.

For a fighter who is now 38 years old, Fury, like wisdom itself, is actually getting better with age.

By round ten, Chisora was reduced to the beaten form of a crippled and demolished bull after the matador had inserted a dozen swords in its carcass and then threw him on a barbecue.

The challenger’s lips were so swollen that they were nearly touching his nose and his right eye seemed be looking through a tiny crack in the wall while his left eye seemed to be peering through a keyhole on an old doorknob.

Fury (R) smashing a hard right to Chisora’s head.

Finally, after Fury landed one more stinging combination to Chisora’s head, referee Victor Loughlin wisely put a stop to the bout at 2:51 of the tenth round.

After the fight, Fury said, “Firstly, I want to say thank you to my lord and savior Jesus Christ for giving me another victory tonight. Secondly, I just want to say what a fuc*ing crowd! Come on! 60,000 people here today. I love every single one of you people. You’re amazing. I’m flabbergasted for words to say how much it means to me.”

“I felt good. I needed some rounds,” Fury revealed. “I haven’t boxed since April. It’s been 8 or 9 months since then. I’ve been out of retirement. I’ve had a lot go on. I felt like I was landing my jab, landing some good punches. I take nothing away from Chisora. He’s an absolute warrior. It’s been a privilege to fight him three times. He’s an absolute British folk hero. What a warrior. What an African British warrior. We’ve done three epic fights, and what a tough man. I was hitting him with shots that would’ve knocked anybody else out, and he stood up to every one of them.”

Referee stopping the fight in the tenth round.

Chisora, who pocketed a career high of close to $8 million said thankfully, “You know what, thanks to the ref. As a fighter, you don’t want to stop. You want to go out in your shield. Thank you, Tyson, I really appreciate this. There is a big fight coming up. Everyone wants to see one champion in the heavyweight division. The last one we had was Lennox Lewis. I would like to see him and Usyk in Saudi [Arabia]. That’s what we want to see now. That’s the fight we should make happen now.”

Fury agreed and shouted to the crowd, “Where’s Usyk! Where’s Oleksander Usyk!” Upon hearing that Usyk joined Fury in the ring. ‘I’m going to splatter you,” Tyson then said to Usyk. “You little rabbit, you little sausage, you ugly little chavvy. I will be the farmer who skins him, puts him in a pie and eats him for breakfast.’” Fury then shouted, “You’re next, little bitch.” He also called the Ukraine champion, “a 15-stone (210 pounds) bodybuilder” as well as, “You ugly little man” and declaring “End you! End you!” to Usyk’s who seemed to remain impassive to the insults.  Fury ended the tirade with, “What you gonna do? what you’re gonna do fuckall!”

Notwithstanding, Tyson Fury did applaud Usyk’s guts for even entering the ring. ‘He [Usyk] is ugly, like me, but it’s not good looks which wins fights. It’s the man inside the man and unlike Anthony Joshua who’s never confronted me, he’s turned up to declare his challenge.”

Still heavyweight champion of the world – Tyson Fury!

On a funny note, in their dressing rooms afterwards, instead of calling for an ambulance to handle his injuries, Chisora was able to bring two huge Five Guys burgers to Fury’s dressing room for their supper.

“All of this is boxing, it’s what brings me alive,” exclaimed Fury who does not need a Gypsy crystal ball to know that he will devastate Usyk when they finally square off.

For his efforts Fury should receive, once the final pay-per-view numbers come in, around $5o million.

As for the future, after “The Gypsy King” beats Usyk, Fury, who has referred to himself as “the greatest fighter of my era” plans to come back to Las Vegas for a Fury-Wilder IV bout. With the exciting and charismatic Fury at the heavyweight helm – boxing is once more a must-see sport.

On the undercard

Dubois Overcomes Adversity to Retain Belt

London native Daniel Dubois (19-1, 18 KOs) overcame three knockdowns in the first round before stopping South African Kevin Lerena (28-2, 14 KOs) at the end of the third round to retain his WBA ‘Regular’ heavyweight title.
 
Dubois had a difficult start as a counter left hook wobbled him and sent him to the canvas. The hard-hitting heavyweight then took a knee due to a right ankle injury and visited the canvas once more before the round ended.

Dubois (R) lands a jarring uppercut to Kevin Lerena (L).

In the second round, Dubois began to find his rhythm and even managed to hurt Lerena with a counter right uppercut followed by a left hook. In the following round, Dubois dropped Lerena with a straight right hand before ending matters with a fight-finishing flurry.

Lightweights: Ukrainian Olympic silver medalist Denys Berinchyk (17-0, 9 KOs) maintained his undefeated status and won the European title with a 12-round unanimous decision victory against Yvan Mendy (47-6-1, 22 KOs). Scores: 117-112 and 116-112 2x.
 
Light Heavyweights: Karol Itauma (9-0, 7 KOs) scored a technical knockout win over Vladimir Belujsky (12-6-1, 8 KOs) at 1:18 of the eighth round.
 
Lightweights: 18-year-old rising prospect Royston Barney Smith (4-0, 2 KOs) defeated Cruz Perez (3-4, 1 KO) via knockout in the first round. Time of stoppage: 1:02.

(Photo Courtesy: Mikey Williams/Top Rank via Getty Images)

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Press Conference Notes: The Gypsy King Ready to Defend Heavyweight Crown Against Longtime Nemesis Derek Chisora in Sold-Out London Showdown

Tyson Fury-Chisora to stream LIVE and exclusively in the U.S. on ESPN+ Saturday at 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT

LONDON (Dec. 2, 2022) — The Tyson Fury Roadshow returned to London this week, and the undefeated WBC/Lineal heavyweight world champion arrived at Thursday’s press conference in a flashy suit, and proceeded to entertain the masses in typical “Gypsy King” fashion.

Fury (32-0-1, 23 KOs) will defend his crown this Saturday (ESPN+, 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT) against longtime rival Derek Chisora (33-12, 23 KOs) at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in front of an expected sold-out crowd of roughly 70,000. Fury defeated Chisora in 2011 (UD 12) and 2014 (TKO 10), but this is the first time they will fight with the heavyweight title on the line.

Since their second meeting, Fury went on to topple Wladimir Klitschko for the heavyweight title, participate in a historic trilogy against Deontay Wilder, and pack a UK-record 94,000 fans into Wembley Stadium for his April 2022 showdown against Dillian Whyte. Chisora continued as one of Britain’s most popular attractions, most recently edging two-time world title challenger Kubrat Pulev by split decision.

At the press conference, this is what Fury, Chisora and Top Rank Chairman Bob Arum had to say.

Tyson Fury

“Whoever fights Derek Chisora is in for a fuc*ing good fight. That’s what we know. That’s what we prepared for. And he was available and ready to rock n’ roll. He stepped up to the plate, and bang, here we are. There’s going to be a throwdown for the fans right before Christmas.”
 
“I needed to fight this year regardless of who it was. I love fighting. I always need to fight. I wish I could fight every single month of my life. Derek’s the same. We love to fight. So, if we could fight 12 times next year, that’d be fantastic.”
 
“I’m doing what I love to do. I’m getting paid to do what I love. I take my career very seriously. I’m looking forward to it. I cannot wait to get out there, put on a show and entertain. Come Saturday night, there’s no friendship. There are no friends in business, and this is a business transaction. So, we’re going to go in there, punch the fuck out of each other, and then afterward we can have a nice little sandwich, a nice cup of tea, whatever he wants. Not a problem. But while we’re in there, we’re in fight mode. We’re going to put on a great show.”

Derek Chisora

“I can’t sit here and try to be more aggressive to Tyson and try to say so many bad words because the man I’m looking at right now is giving me an opportunity when nobody wanted to give me an opportunity. He called me up and he said to me, ‘I want to fight you. I want to give you a big payday.’ And I said, ‘Yes. Let’s make it happen.’ For me to sit here and try to talk shit and say so many bad things about a man who is actually giving me food on the table for my kids, I cannot.”
 
“All these guys in the game don’t want me to be on this stage. But, come Saturday, I can guarantee you this: friendship will be out of the door. Me and this big man are going to get it on. I’m not going to try to hold back on anything. Come Saturday, I’m going to war. I want to take what’s his and make it mine.”
 
“I was born in Africa. And one thing we do in Africa is we don’t give up. You only give up when you die. That’s the African mentality. Africa is a {continent} that keeps giving and giving. You can take anything you want, but we’ve got more than you can take. So, we don’t give up.”

Bob Arum

“I don’t see any reason why the [Oleksandr] Uysk fight with Tyson Fury can’t be made speedily without much trouble. I know the Usyk people very well. His manager, Egis Klimas, is a really good friend of mine. He manages Lomachenko and Janibek. I’ve dealt with him a whole lot over the years. I know Oleksandr Usyk. I know he wants the fight. I talked with Tyson a little while ago, and he wants the fight. That fight will happen next unless Mr. Chisora lands his punch. Don’t discount Chisora. He is a hell of a fighter. He has a tremendous punch. I remember when he fought Usyk. He gave Uysk life or death. That fight could have gone either way. You can’t, in this business, count your chickens before they hatch.”
 

Saturday, December 3

 ESPN+ (1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT)
 

Tyson Fury vs. Derek Chisora, 12 rounds, Fury’s WBC & Lineal Heavyweight titles
 
Daniel Dubois vs. Kevin Lerena, 12 rounds, Dubois’ WBA ‘Regular” Heavyweight Title
 
Yvan Mendy vs. Denys Berinchyk, 12 rounds, Mendy’s European Lightweight Title
 
Karol Itauma vs. Vladimir Belujsky, 8/6 rounds, light heavyweight
 
Royston Barney Smith vs. Cruz Perez, 4 rounds, lightweight

(Photo Courtesy: Mikey Williams/Top Rank via Getty Images)

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Undefeated Super Welterweight Marques Valle Takes on Luis Midyael Sanchez Friday Night in Plant City, Florida

NEW YORK (December 2, 2022) -Friday night in Plant City, Florida, undefeated super welterweight Marques Valle will be back in action when he takes on Luis Midyael Sanchez in a bout scheduled for six-rounds.

Valle is managed by Split-T Management.

Valle of Wesley Chapel, Florida is a perfect 6-0 with six knockouts. The 23 year-old Valle has been explosive in his victories over the likes of Leonidas Fowlkes (2-0) and his last bout when he took out quality veteran Benjamin Whitaker in the opening round on September 9th in Plant City.

Sanchez of San Juan, Puerto Rico is 9-3 with six knockouts. The 28 year-old Sanchez is coming off a loss to undefeated Alex Rincon on March 19th in Los Angeles.

“It’s been great fighting on ProBoxTV. I couldn’t ask for anything better,” said Valle.

Marques alongside younger brother and fellow Split-T Management fighter Dominic, who also holds a perfect professional record in the paid ranks.

The older and bigger of the brothers opened up about his relationship with his younger brother Dominic as well as the love he has for his Puerto Rican roots.

Marques stated, “We’ve always been close, but boxing brought us closer. We train together, we push each other, and we have a great relationship. We really get that extra bit of hard work from each other which is what you need to be a champion I believe.”

The older Valle continued, and elaborated on his love for his Puerto Rican heritage, “Honestly, if I wasn’t Puerto Rican I don’t think I’d be boxing, because growing up everybody had to know how to fight, watching the fight, and it was like a holiday every time a big fight happened.

“There’s been so many great Puerto Rican champions, and I want to follow in their footsteps. In 2023 I want to push into those world rankings and show everyone I’m the future of Puerto Rican and Florida boxing.”

Valle weighed 153.6 lbs. Sanchez was 153.4

Valle is prmoted by Pro Box Promotions with Friday’s fight being streamed live on Pro Box TV.

Photos By Gabe Gomez / Pro Box Promotions

 

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After some indication of the Argentina team disrespecting his Country of Mexico, Canelo Alvarez sends out severe warning to Argentina soccer star Lionel Messi – “He better pray to God that I don’t find him!”

Story by Alexander R. Rinaldi and Joseph Rinaldi

With the FIFA World Cup going on in Qatar, the emotions of fans regarding their countries and their football (soccer) teams are reaching a global fever pitch to the point that there appears to be various mini sports World Wars going on throughout the world.

If the World Cup in of itself is not enough to get countries and their countrymen riled and hot under the collar, when a player on an opposing team, especially one who is part of the winning team, disrespects another country – then fireworks and explosions go off – and not in a good way.

Case in point – last Saturday November 26 after Argentina defeated Mexico by a score of 2-0, apparently and reportedly, the captain of the Argentina team, one Lionel Messi allegedly kicked and/or was stepping on a shirt of the Mexican team on the floor of the team’s locker room.

Though it was not entirely clear whether the act was accidental, incidental, or intentional – the sight alone of seeing one’s country’s shirt somewhat disrespected like that clearly sent off sirens in the skulls of the Mexican people. One of whom was none other than Canelo Alvarez, probably the best pound for pound fighter in the world today who also happens to be a native citizen of Mexico.

As a result of what he observed on a video, Canelo’ Álvarez took it on his part to send a clear warning to the purported Argentina offender, namely Argentina Soccer captain Lionel Messi, whom he accused of disrespecting Mexico.

Purported photo of Lionel Messi kicking Mexican Team Jersey.

“Did you see Messi cleaning the floor with our shirt and flag????” Álvarez tweeted, apparently referencing a video in which Messi appears to kick a Mexico shirt that is on the floor during Argentina’s celebrations in the changing room.

“He better pray to God that I don’t find him!!” Álvarez added in another tweet, with a series of angry emojis. “Just like I respect Argentina, he has to respect Mexico! I’m not talking about the country as a whole, just about the bulls**t that Messi pulled.”

To make matters worse for the Mexicans, it was Messi who scored the first goal, to keep Argentina’s World Cup dream alive and to set back México’s chances.

 “It’s one thing them being better than us (in football), it’s another thing to have respect,” added Alvarez.

This week, Argentina takes on Poland in its final group match on Wednesday, with Mexico facing Saudi Arabia. All four teams in Group C remain in with a chance of qualifying for the round of 16.

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Top welterweight prospects Raul “Cugar” Curiel (11-0, 9 KOs) of Guadalajara, Mexico will make his main event debut on DAZN

Wrapping up the year at home with the Golden Boy Fight Night: LA Edition series, one of Golden Boy’s top welterweight prospects Raul “Cugar” Curiel (11-0, 9 KOs) of Guadalajara, Mexico will make his main event debut on DAZN as he defends his NABF Welterweight title against a soon-to-be announced opponent. The scheduled 10-round scrap will take place on Saturday, December 17 at The Commerce Casino and Hotel and will be broadcast worldwide on DAZN.

Proving chief support to the card in a classic Mexico vs. Puerto Rico matchup, Mexicali, Mexico’s Diego De La Hoya (23-1, 11 KOs) will face former WBO Junior Featherweight Champion Wilfredo Vazquez, Jr. (26-7-1, 20 KOs) of Bayamon, PR in a 10-round featherweight fight.

Newly signed to his new promotional home at Golden Boy, Monterrey, Mexico’s Aaron Silva (10-0, 7 KOs) will be looking to impress in an eight-round super middleweight fight. One of Golden Boy’s fan-favorites, Jousce “Tito” Gonzalez (13-0-1, 12 KOs) of Glendora, California will participate in a 10-round super lightweight fight. Opponents for their fights will be announced soon.

Also on the card, Nick “Slicknick” Sullivan (6-0, 1 KO) of Norfolk, Virginia fight is scheduled for a six-round lightweight matchup against Pasadena, Texas’s Carlos Nava (9-0, 6 KOs). Gregory Morales (13-1, 8 KOs) of San Antonio, Texas will participate in a six-round bantamweight tilt and Dalis Kaleiopu (3-0, 3 KOs) of Waianae, Hawaii is scheduled for a six-round super featherweight fight. Opponents for their respective fights will be announced at a later date as well.

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Stephan Shaw Remains Undefeated with Unanimous Decision Over Rydell Booker in New York City

NEW YORK (November 28ken, 2022) -Last Tuesday night at The Edison Ballroom in New York, Stephan Shaw remained undefeated with an emphatic eight-round unanimous decision over Rydell Booker in a heavyweight bout.

Shaw is managed by Split-T Management.

Shaw dominated the action boxed very well and showed why he is one of the top American heavyweight prospects as he busted up Booker with good jabs and right hands that Booker’s nose was bleeding badly in the seventh round.

Shaw, 234.4 lbs of Saint Louis, MO won by scores of 80-72 on all cards and is now 18-0. Booker. 256.6 lbs of Detroit, MI is 26-7-1.

Shaw is promoted by DiBella Entertainment and Top Rank.

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Tyson Fury returns to ring to take on Derek Chisora to end their trilogy

By Alexander R. Rinaldi and Joseph Rinaldi

For the sake of the heavyweight division, and boxing as a whole, the first gift of the yuletide holiday season will be the return of the People’s Heavyweight Champion – Tyson Fury.

Soon cheers will fall upon Tyson Fury like the fallen snow outside in his native London, in a modern day updated Dicken’s novel complete with golden rings, Christmas lights, robes, and leather boxing gloves.

For on December 3, Heavyweight champion Tyson Fury (32-0-1, 23 KOs) is scheduled to fight the third fight in his trilogy with Derek Chisora at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium for Fury’s WBC Heavyweight Title.

In their two previous fights Tyson easily won them both; the first was on July 23, 2011 (decision win) and the second on November 29, 2014 (TKO).

While very few fans were calling for a third fight between the two, however, since Oleksandr Usyk and Anthony Joshua have both apparently turned tail, Chisora (33-12, 23 KOs) willingly agreed to fill the dance card in their spot.

Although the sport of boxing has throughout time become a theater of the unexpected, it is very unlikely that Chisora will see the last bell ring in their scheduled 12-rounder.

The sportsbooks have agreed, thereby setting the betting line in favor of Fury at a 25-1 favorite to defeat Chisora.

After his expected victory, Tyson Fury looks forward to a fight with the elusive other Heavyweight Champion Oleksandr Usyk next. That is, of course, if Usyk can summon up even a modicum of guts to take on Fury, instead of milking his titles like a ruthless, robber baron through another extended furlough.

A fight with the overachieving Uysk would give Fury, the WBC champ, the ability to final become the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world since Usyk, owns the IBF, IBO, WBA and WBO belts.

Most fans throughout the world, probably with the exception of the Ukraine, are hoping that Tyson not only destroys Uysk, but also permanently removes him from the heavyweight landscape, which he has done nothing but raise a bore flag in his two prior heavyweight title fights.

It has been reported that both promoters Bob Arum and Frank Warren expect that the fight with  Usyk (20-0, 13 KOs) will take place either late in February or early in March.

If Fury-Usyk does not get worked out, it is anticipated that Fury will square off against fellow Brit Joe Joyce.

London’s Joyce (15-0, 14 KOs) is not ranked among the WBC’s contenders for Fury’s belt because he won the WBO interim championship in his last fight, an 11th-round knockout of former WBO champ Joseph Parker on September 24 at AO Arena in Manchester, England. The 37-year-old Joyce is the mandatory challenger for Usyk’s WBO championship, but a fight with Manchester’s Fury would do big business in the United Kingdom.

Joyce, was a former 2016 Olympic silver medalist, became the first fighter to knock out New Zealand’s Parker in 33 professional fights (30-3, 21 KOs).

“If Usyk don’t want no smoke in February, then let’s do [Joe] Joyce at Wembley,” Fury told host Dev Sahni in a video posted to Queensberry Promotions’ YouTube channel Tuesday. “You heard it here first. Joe, get your skates on, get fit, moosh, because if the middleweight don’t want no smoke, you’re in. Because I’m fighting three times next year, and you can be one of ‘em.”

Fury was at ringside when Joyce impressively stopped former WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker, in the 11th round.

“I’ve had a lovely day of watching boxing, watching all the big fights and studying all the heavyweights,” Fury said in a video that was posted to his Instagram and Twitter accounts late in September. “And I’ve gotta say that big Joe Joyce is the second-best heavyweight in the world, behind me self. And on his day, given his moment, who knows if he could beat me or not? I think we’ll have to find out one of the days.”

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December 10: Teofimo Lopez-Sandor Martin Tabbed for Heisman Night Main Event at Madison Square Garden LIVE on ESPN

Martin replaces Jose Pedraza, who contracted a non-COVID-related illness

Lopez-Martin headlines a loaded quadruple-header LIVE on ESPN, ESPN Deportes & ESPN+ at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT

NEW YORK (Nov. 21, 2022) — Junior welterweight contender Teofimo Lopez will have a new “Heisman Night” foe. Jose “Sniper” Pedraza contracted a non-COVID-related illness, and Lopez will now face former European champion Sandor Martin on Saturday, Dec. 10, at Madison Square Garden.
 
Lopez-Martin, scheduled for 10 rounds, is a final eliminator for the WBC world title.
 
Brooklyn native Lopez (17-1, 13 KOs), the former lightweight king, made his junior welterweight debut in August with a seventh-round stoppage over Pedro Campa. He hopes to become a two-weight world champion in 2023, but the WBO No. 1 junior welterweight contender must first defeat the slippery Spanish southpaw. Martin (40-2, 13 KOs), who hails from Barcelona, authored the 2021 Upset of the Year when he stunned Mikey Garcia by majority decision and sent the four-weight world champion into retirement. Martin, ranked in the top 15 by all four major sanctioning organizations, followed up the Garcia triumph with a 10-round unanimous decision over Jose Felix in April.

“We wish Jose Pedraza a speedy recovery, but we look forward to facing Sandor Martin. He was the opponent we originally wanted for Heisman Night at Madison Square Garden,” Lopez said. “I will continue to silence the doubters as I take over the 140-pound division. I look forward to giving my hometown fans a special night of boxing.”
 
Martin said, “I’ve dreamed of fighting in a main event at Madison Square Garden. This is my time. I’ve taken the risk, and I will take control against Teofimo Lopez on December 10th. I will give the fans what they want to see.”
 
Lopez-Martin tops a televised quadruple-header airing immediately after the Heisman Trophy Ceremony at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT on ESPN, ESPN Deportes and ESPN+. Heavyweight sensation Jared “The Real Big Baby” Anderson aims for his 13th straight knockout against the battle-tested Jerry “Slugger” Forrest, Puerto Rican junior middleweight star Xander Zayas steps up in class against 28-fight veteran Alexis Salazar, and 2020 Olympic silver medalist Keyshawn Davis looks to jumpstart his world title ambitions in a lightweight duel versus Juan Carlos Burgos.
 
Promoted by Top Rank, in association with OPI Since ’82, tickets starting at $51 are on sale now at Ticketmaster.com.

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January 28: Unified Light Heavyweight King Artur Beterbiev to Defend Crown Against Knockout King Anthony Yarde at OVO Arena Wembley in London

The 175-pound showdown will be shown on BT Sport in the UK and on ESPN+ in the U.S.

LONDON (Nov. 20, 2022) — London calls for the light-heavyweight king. WBC, WBO and IBF world champion Artur Beterbiev will defend his belts against big-punching British challenger Anthony Yarde at the OVO Arena Wembley on Saturday, January 28.
 
The WBO No.1 contender gets his shot at the Montreal-based Beterbiev (18-0, 18 KOs), boxing’s only world champion with a 100 percent knockout ratio. He will be fighting professionally in the United Kingdom for the first time, with the highly decorated former amateur having fought in London at the 2012 Olympic Games.
 
Promoted by Frank Warren and Queensberry, in association with Top Rank, this huge 175-pound showdown will be shown exclusively on BT Sport in the UK and streaming live and exclusively on ESPN+ in the U.S.
 
Tickets for Beterbiev vs Yarde at The O2 on Saturday 28 January 2023 go on general sale at 11am on Thursday 24 November from AXS.com and ticketmaster.co.uk.
 
“This will undoubtedly be the biggest challenge of Anthony’s career to date, and we have made sure he will get the best conditions possible by securing him home advantage,” said Yarde’s promoter, Frank Warren of Queensberry. “It is going to be a huge occasion at the OVO Arena Wembley, which is the same venue where Anthony made his professional debut in May 2015.
 
“Of course, we know a great champion like Beterbiev has no fears of traveling and virtually all of his biggest wins have come outside his now home nation of Canada. Boxing is all about timing, and we are hoping the time is right for Anthony to fulfill his huge potential and pull off what would be one of the biggest wins by a British fighter.
 
“This is going to be a spectacular show staged in conjunction with our friends at Top Rank, and I am sure it is an event the public will get behind in massive numbers to support Anthony’s attempt to achieve his dream.”
 
“This is a matchup between two of the most devastating light heavyweight punchers, and I look forward to the great Artur Beterbiev showcasing his prodigious talent for the incredible UK fans,” said Top Rank chairman Bob Arum. “Anthony Yarde was ringside for Artur’s last fight, and he certainly does not lack confidence. He is a dangerous fighter, and I know Artur will be switched on for one of the toughest bouts of his illustrious career.”
 
Beterbiev won his first world title in November 2017 with a 12th-round stoppage of Enrico Koelling and defended his IBF belt on two further occasions – including against Britain’s Callum Johnson – before entering into a unification match against WBC champion Oleksandr Gvozdyk in October 2019.  Ukrainian puncher Gvozdyk, who was unbeaten at the time, was stopped in the 10th round. Beterbiev defended his titles against Adam Deines and Marcus Browne ahead of a three-belt unification against WBO champion Joe Smith Jr. in June at Hulu Theater Madison Square Garden, where the American was stopped in two rounds. In the amateur ranks, Beterbiev won silver at the 2007 World Championships before striking gold at the 2009 event. He also won gold medals at the 2006 and 2010 European Championships.
 
“I never back down from a challenge, and Anthony Yarde is a top contender who asked for this fight. I look forward to fighting in London for the first time since the Olympics,” Beterbiev said. “Yarde called me ‘slow’ after my fight with Joe Smith Jr., but slow and steady wins the race. And on January 28, I will win in London.”
 
The Wembley event represents a second world title attempt from Yarde (23-2, 22 KOs) who previously travelled to Chelyabinsk, Russia, to take on the long-standing champion Sergey Kovalev, ultimately being stopped in the 11th round after coming close to forcing a finish himself in the eighth round. Yarde’s first title came in fight No. 11 when he knocked out Chris Hobbs in four rounds for the Southern Area belt.
 
Yarde then fought seven consecutive fights with either the WBO European or Intercontinental belts at stake, or both, as Yarde knocked out each of those foes in seven rounds or less. Post-Kovalev, Yarde continued with fights during the pandemic against Dec Spelman and a domestic dust-up against Lyndon Arthur. Yarde dropped a split decision against his Manchester rival, and after a swift comeback fight in Birmingham, Yarde sought redemption against Arthur. The vintage Yarde returned, and he knocked out Arthur in four rounds to once again earn the WBO No. 1 spot.
 
“January 28 will be my night,” said Yarde. “My destiny playing out in my home city, and this is what I have been longing for throughout my professional career, which started at Wembley. I won’t make any big predictions for this fight against a strong unified champion in Artur Beterbiev, but what I will say is that I will leave nothing to chance, and I am at my best when I fight fire with fire.”

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SATURDAY: Liam Davies-Ionut Baluta Junior Featherweight Main Event & Light Heavyweight Contender Anthony Yarde Headline UK Fight Card Streaming LIVE on ESPN+

 Streaming action from Telford, England, starts at 2 p.m. ET/11 a.m. PT

(Nov. 16, 2022) — The upset-minded Ionut Baluta hopes to defy the odds again when he battles the unbeaten Liam Davies in the 12-round main event for the vacant European junior featherweight title Saturday at Telford International Centre in Telford, England.
 
In the 10-round co-feature, big-punching light heavyweight contender Anthony Yarde faces Stefani Koykov in a match that could have world title implications for the London native.
 
Davies-Baluta and Yarde-Koykov top a loaded bill streaming live and exclusively in the U.S. on ESPN+ starting at 2 p.m. ET/11 a.m. PT.
 
Davies (12-0, 5 KOs) is a former English bantamweight champion who captured the British junior featherweight strap in his last outing with a hard-fought decision over Marc Leach at Telford International Centre. He is a four-year pro who also holds a near-shutout win over Nicaragua’s Dixon Flores. Baluta (15-3, 3 KOs), a native of Romania who now trains in England, is no stranger to upsetting the apple cart. In 2020, he stunned former world champion TJ Doheny by decision and knocked out Irish Olympian Davey Oliver Joyce in consecutive bouts. Following a razor-thin decision loss to Michael Conlan last April, Baluta rebounded to upset Brad Foster in May for the WBC International title.
 
Yarde (22-2, 21 KOs), the WBO No. 1 light heavyweight contender, is in line for a shot at unified champion Artur Beterbiev in early 2023. He hopes to shake off the ring rust following a nearly yearlong layoff. In his last outing, he knocked out Lyndon Arthur in four rounds, avenging a December 2020 split decision defeat. Koykov (14-1, 12 KOs) has won 12 straight bouts since the lone blemish on his record.
 
In other streaming action:

  • Unbeaten prospect Eithan James (9-0) steps up against southpaw boxer-puncher Connor Parker (14-1, 1 KO) in a 10-rounder for the vacant WBO European junior welterweight strap.
     
  • Rising light heavyweight Ezra Taylor (3-0, 2 KOs) will fight in a six-rounder against an opponent to be named.
     
  • Irish lightweight prospect William Hayden (4-0, 1 KO) looks to improve to 5-0 in a six-rounder versus Romanian veteran Marian Marius Istrate (3-13).
     
  • In a 10-rounder at welterweight, Owen Cooper (6-0, 2 KOs) clashes with Jamie Stewart (3-2-2).

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December 10: Michael Conlan-Karim Guerfi Belfast Showdown to Stream Live and Exclusively in the U.S. on ESPN+

Live coverage begins at 1:15 p.m. ET/10:15 a.m. PT
Unbeaten Top Rank prospects Paddy Donovan, Kieran Molloy and Kurt Walker are scheduled to fight in undercard bouts

(Nov. 8, 2022) — Featherweight contender Michael “Mick” Conlan looks to shine in his Belfast homecoming when he battles French veteran Karim Guerfi on Saturday, Dec. 10, at The SSE Arena.
 
Conlan-Guerfi and undercard bouts will stream live and exclusively in the U.S. on ESPN+ starting at 1:15 p.m. ET/10:15 a.m. PT. The Belfast bonanza kicks off a fistic marathon on the ESPN family of networks. Conlan-Guerfi precedes “Heisman Night” from Madison Square Garden featuring the junior welterweight main event between former lightweight king Teofimo Lopez and former two-weight world champion Jose “Sniper” Pedraza.
 
Conlan (17-1, 8 KOs) returns for his second Belfast block party since his valiant challenge of WBA featherweight champion Leigh Wood in March. The two-time Irish Olympian was leading on the scorecards before being knocked out in the 12th round. In August, he returned to his winning ways with a one-sided decision over three-time world title challenger Miguel Marriaga at The SSE Arena. Guerfi (31-6, 9 KOs), from Manosque, France, is a former two-division European champion coming off a decision win over Mexican veteran Ricardo Mercado in July.
 
Undercard standouts include a trio of undefeated Top Rank-signed prospects: junior middleweight Kieran Molloy (3-0, 2 KOs) and featherweight Kurt Walker (4-0, 1 KO) will see action in six-rounders, while rising welterweight Paddy Donovan (9-0, 6 KOs) aims for his third victory of the year in an eight-rounder.

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Dmitry Bivol outpoints and outpunches the tough Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez to retain WBA Light Heavyweight title in Abu Dhabi

STORY BY ALEX AND JOHN RINALDI

VETIHAD ARENA, ABU DHABI — WBA light heavyweight champion Dmitry Bivol has made the year 2022 his very simply by his awesome title defenses and his apparent ease in winning on holding on to his ring laurels.

The same occurred again in the Middle East as Bovil scored a near shutout over the previously unbeaten and tough challenger Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez.

Although prior to the fight, Ramirez could not exclaim enough how bad he was going to beat Bovil, once the bell rang Zurdo seemed more like a slow, tired bull against a dominant primed matador. 

In this bout, Bivol (21-0, 11 KOs) was back in the ring for the first time since outpunching and outpointing the reigning pound-for-pound king Saul “Canelo” Alvarez. In this bout Bovil seemed to have no problem clobbering the Mexican southpaw Ramirez, who carried a 44-0 record into the ring.

Bovil began and ended the bout with his clever boxing and underestimated ability to avoid punches and stay out of harm’s way. In round one the fighters teased the crowd by going head-to-head with the other at the end of round one.

This action unfortunately was limited, and for the most part Bovil picked apart his adversary like a daisy in the hands of lovelorn maiden girl.

All too many jabs, crosses, and left hooks found Zurdo’s chin and head to the point that it appeared that they were magnetically drawn his head.

To his credit, Zurdo Ramirez (44-1, 30 KOs) refused to go down and in fact managed to display a rather granite chin throughout the bout. He also did make an attempt to up his aggression in final three rounds, but it was all to no avail. Bovil was just that much better and quicker than the two.

Surprising, in the final round when Ramirez clearly needed either a knockout or a meteor to strike the champion, it was Bivol who uploaded his cartridge and began blasting away in the final minutes of the fight

“You know, the lion is not the biggest animal in the jungle,” Bivol said after the fight of his ability to force Ramirez to go backward. “But he’s king. Yeah, Zurdo is bigger than me, but it doesn’t matter.”

By the fight’s end and the tallies were counted, Bovil easily retained his title by a unanimous decision by margins of 118-110 and 117-111 (twice).

With the big win, Bovil may be looking ahead to a big money Canelo rematch or a unification bout with Artur Beterbiev for the undisputed light-heavyweight championship..

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Finnish boxing fans are treated to a rip-roaring fight show promoted by Pro Boxing Team Finland at the Liikuntahalli in Jarvanpaa

Samuli Karkkainen -L- opens up with a two-fisted attack on Samo Jangirov -R-.

Story by Per-Ake Persson

Jarvanpaa, Finland. Local hero and cruiserweight Samuli Karkkainen, 16-1 (7 KO’s), headlined this Pro Boxing Team Finland show on October 29, and it was the first show ever in this small town outside of Helsinki at the Liikuntahalli, and there was a good crowd on hand to watch Karkkainen again beat tough Swedish brawler Samo Jangirov, 8-4-2 (1 KO), on points. The first time they fought it was for eight rounds, but this time it was for ten. Karkkainen, a southpaw, boxed well behind his jab, kept his distance, and built an early lead as his opponent was struggling to get started.

Samuli Karkkainen -R- slips a left thrown by Samo Jangirov -L-.

In the later rounds Jangirov came on stronger and in the ninth he landed the best punch in the whole fight, a solid right hook, but the Finn took it well and cruised to a unanimous decision. The judges had 99-91, 97-93 and a too close 96-95.

Samuli Karkkainen -R- rocks Samo Jangirov -L-.

Welterweight Amin Nuri, 4-1, outboxed Dane Frank Madsen, 7-3, in the first four rounds and looked sharp. His conditioning, however, left something to be desired as he tired down the stretch. Madsen came on strong and after the sixth an upset looked like a possibility until Nuri, a southpaw, won the seventh as he put together some good left uppercuts. The judges were generous to the Finn, though, and scored it 79-73 twice and 78-74. The USA Boxing News had it 77-75 for Nuri.

Heavyweight Mika Mielonen, 5-0, had no problems in stopping Estonian Anton Sjomkin, 14-17-1. It was all over at 2:29 of the second of a scheduled six-rounder. Sjomkin was once a decent super middleweight, but that was a long time ago.

Samuli Karkkainen -R- attacks Samo Jangirov -L-.

Super middle Ivan Perala, 4-0, stopped Hungarian Zoltan Lepsenyi, 2-10, in the very first round. Lepsenyi made a fast start, but Perala moved out of harm’s way and then caught his opponent with a crackling one-two combination. Suddenly, Lepsenyi stumbled and the Finn, a good prospect, landed with a straight right and that was it. Zoltan got up but was halted by the referee and it was a good call.

Light heavies Marko Mononen, 7-4, and Janne Rantanen, 6-4, opened the show and put up a good fight with Rantanen winning a majority decision after four rounds. It was scored 40-36, 39-37 and 38-38.

Super middle Anton Embulaev made his pro debut and outscored veteran Attila Tibor Nagy, 11-41-1, and won every round in their four-rounder, but Nagy made him work hard for the win. Embulaev is trained by former EBU champ Amin Asikainen.

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Vasiliy Lomachenko Rallies to Defeat Jamaine Ortiz in Lightweight Main Event

Robeisy Ramirez KOs Jose Matias Romero in co-feature

NEW YORK (Oct. 29, 2022) — With a potential undisputed lightweight title showdown on the line, former three-weight world champion Vasiliy “Loma” Lomachenko had to dig deep. While it wasn’t the dominant performance many expected, Lomachenko rallied in the late rounds to edge Jamaine “The Technician” Ortiz (16-1-1, 8 KOs) by unanimous decision (115-113, 116-112 and 117-111) Saturday evening at Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden.

Ortiz came out firing his jab in the opening round, as Lomachenko sustained some bruising under his right eye. Lomachenko stunned Ortiz momentarily in the third round, but the underdog hung tough and was even on two scorecards and ahead by two points on the other at the fight’s halfway mark. Two of the judges had Lomachenko sweeping the final six rounds in a tale of two fights. Lomachenko outlanded Ortiz, 125-122.

Lomachenko (17-2, 11 KOs) will now look towards a potential super fight with undisputed lightweight champion Devin Haney, who was seated ringside to scout his potential foe.

“I’m happy. I’m happy to come back in the ring and make this a great show,” Lomachenko said. “Thank you to my fans for the support. You know what motivated me. Four belts!

“Look, I’m ready. I’m ready for any option.”

Midway through Lomachenko’s post-fight interview, he was joined in the ring by Haney, who also welcomed the challenge.

Haney said, “I think it wasn’t the best performance, but I know if me and Loma were to fight, we’d see a better version on the night. Congratulations, and hopefully we can get it on.”

Added Top Rank chairman Bob Arum: “The fight to make in the lightweight division is Haney versus Lomachenko, and we will do everything we can to make the undisputed championship showdown that all fight fans want to see. They are the world’s premier lightweights, and it would be a fantastic battle.”

“El Tren Rolls On

Robeisy “El Tren” Ramirez (11-1, 7 KOs) wants a featherweight title shot, and he may get it soon. The two-time Olympic gold medalist steamrolled late replacement Jose Matias Romero (26-3, 9 KOs) via ninth-round TKO to retain his USBA and WBO Global belts. Ramirez had his man his trouble in the first and seventh rounds, but the Argentina native refused to relent. In the ninth, Ramirez uncorked a left hand that staggered Romero and ended the one-way carnage.

Ramirez outlanded Romero in power punches, 129-32, including a 19-3 advantage in the ninth round. He is now targeting a featherweight world title shot in early 2023.

“We know that Matias is a fighter who is slick, who knows how to survive inside the ring, and that was his plan. I hurt him early, but then we tried to get him out early. And then, Ismael Salas, who is my strategist… he is a chess master. He’s moving the pieces in there, and finally we were able to do it properly and get him out of there,” Ramirez said. “I think the result speaks for itself. I got the stoppage, sent a message, and in the end, if {Emanuel} Navarrete is no longer the champion at 126 pounds, if he’s fighting Oscar Valdez for the championship at 130 pounds, then I got next at 126, and I want that belt.”

In undercard action:

Heavyweight: Richard Torrez Jr. (4-0, 4 KOs) TKO 3 Ahmed Hefny (13-3, 5 KOs). In the evening’s final preliminary bout, Torrez joined his Olympic teammates in the win column. After a second-round stoppage and a pair of first-round knockouts to start his pro career, Torrez saw the third round for the first time. Hefny was knocked down with a left hand in the second, and the onslaught continued in the third until referee Arthur Mercante stepped in.

Featherweight: Duke Ragan (8-0, 1 KO) UD Luis Lebron (18-5-1, 11 KOs), Scores: 79-73, 78-74 and 77-75. U.S. Olympic silver medalist Ragan did what he does best, which is to use his well-schooled defense to offset his hard-charging foe. Lebron, the Puerto Rican power puncher, was never deterred, if not effective. The Garden crowd booed the verdict, but Cincinnati’s Ragan did more than enough to seal the victory on the judges’ cards.

Middleweight: Troy Isley (8-0, 4 KOs) UD 8 Quincy Lavallais (14-4-1, 9 KOs), Scores: 80-72 2x and 79-73. Isley passed his first eight-round test with flying colors, nearly shutting out Lavallais, a six-year pro known for his iron chin.

Junior Welterweight: Tiger Johnson (6-0, 4 KOs) UD 6 Esteban Garcia (15-2, 7 KOs), Scores: 60-54 3x. Johnson’s three-bout knockout streak ended, but the Tokyo 2020 U.S. Olympian gained much-needed experience in going the six-round distance for the first time in his career.

Middleweight: Nico Ali Walsh (7-0, 5 KOs) UD 6 Billy Wagner (5-3, 1 KO), Scores: 58-56 2x and 59-55. Ali Walsh received a lot of resistance from Montana native Wagner, who weathered an early storm and even appeared to stun the grandson of “The Greatest” at the end of the second round. Wagner could not sustain his early success, as Ali Walsh pressed forward in the final two rounds to secure the narrow victory. 

Lightweight: Abdullah Mason (5-0, 4 KOs) TKO 4 Angel Barrera (4-1), :21. Southpaw sensation Mason, from Cleveland, Ohio, fought well beyond his years with a methodical and devastating beatdown of Barrera. Mason notched a pair of knockdowns in the third round, the first coming courtesy of a straight left hand. Early in the fourth, a sweeping left compelled referee Johnny Callas to wave off the fight.

Junior Lightweight: Haven Brady Jr. (8-0, 4 KOs) UD 8 Eric Mondragon (7-1-1, 4 KOs), Scores: 79-73 2x and 78-74. In a battle of unbeatens, Brady authored the most significant win of his career, picking apart the California-born Mondragon with an assortment of jabs and uppercuts.

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Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder makes his impressive ring return with vicious first-round KO of Robert “The Nordic Nightmare” Helenius before a sold-out crowd at Brooklyn’s Barclay CenterStory by Alex and John Rinaldi

The last time the world saw Deontay Wilder was last October 9th when he was lying on the canvas after being knocked out by Tyson Fury for the second time in his career.

Since then, Wilder has debated retirement, actually considered retirement, then eventually decided to leave retirement and return back to the prize ring – his virtual home away from home.

In the meantime, a life-like statue was dedicated to Wilder in his hometown of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, a gesture that both honored and touched the former heavyweight champion. So much so that he felt that he owed it to his fans, as well as to himself, to recapture his past glory and to reclaim his rightful heavyweight championship laurels.

Considering the fact that Wilder almost had Tyson Fury knocked out in their last outing, plus witnessed the emergence of a mechanical bore like Olexsander Usyk take his spot upon a paper throne, combined with the recent pathetic performances of Anthony Joshua, “The Bronze Bomber” must clearly feel like he has a very good shot of becoming the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world.

More importantly, Wilder probably wants to set the record straight that, unlike the feather-duster puncher Usyk and the reluctant, lily-livered Joshua, Deontay is still biggest puncher in heavyweight history.

For his return on Saturday night, Wilder wisely refused NOT to take it easy and, instead, opted to take on the big and tough Robert “The Nordic Nightmare” Helenius, who entered the ring with an impressive ledger of 31-3 (20 KO’s). Hailing from Stockholm, Sweden and presently residing in Mariehamn, Finland, Helenius is fiercely prided by his Viking heritage, which is in effect, a history of killing, massacring, arson, looting, and destroying towns and villages throughout Europe and the neighboring continents.

So feared people were of the Vikings that townspeople would immediately flee from their villages just on the mere word or rumor that the Vikings were coming. Somehow, they would rather leave their homes, their treasures, and their livestock than to face the sword, the spear, the battle axe, the bow and arrow or the seax of the Vikings. Understandably, these villagers preferred to have their heads remain on their shoulders than to have them seared off and mounted on top of the town’s gate posts.

Though Helenius was not massacring farmers and townspeople – he was beating up and knocking out top ranked heavyweights over the course of his impressive career.

Although it was an intriguing matchup, little did anyone realize was that Helenius had about the same chance as a mountain goat battling an eagle at the edge of a cliff. 

Still, he never fought a force of nature like Deontay Wilder.

Entering the ring a relatively light 214 pounds for his first bout in just over a year — Wilder appeared carved out of stone with a shield of pure muscle forged on his body. He looked mean and lean and ready to do some damage, even though he was 23 ½ pounds lighter than when he faced Fury. Helenius, who was about the same height as the 6-foot 6-inch Wilder, entered the fight at a solid 249 pounds.

Before a sold-out crowd at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, a venue which he has headlined four times in the past and a place Wilder has credited for providing him with inspiration to triumph in, Deontay looked and fought menacing the instant the opening bell clanged to begin their WBC heavyweight title eliminator.

Right from the start, Wilder was the aggressor throwing punches to both the body and head of the huge Helenius. To his credit, the Nordic Nightmare showed no fear of the Bronze Bomber and was actively throwing jabs and some combinations as well as using his weight and strength to move Wilder back at times.

Then with a little less than 15 seconds remaining, Wilder trapped Helenius in a corner and blasted off two hard double left hooks – the first to the ribs and the second to the right jaw of Helenius. They both landed with a loud thud upon the body and head of the Swede.  As Helenius was about to counter with a right – Wilder beat him to the punch unleashing a ferocious right cross that landed with the speed of a bullet and power of a hydrogen bomb.

Helenius was immediately unconscious upon impact as his body crashed to the canvas as if he was downed by a torpedo or a meteor.

Referee Michael Griffin began the count over the fallen corpse-like Helenius until he realized that he was completely unresponsive and wisely stopped the fight right then and there. So demolished was Helenius that the referee could have counted to a million in a dozen languages and still Helenius would not have risen in time.

Since Helenius was not moving or budging at all many in the arena feared he was on his way to visiting his Viking ancestors in Valhalla.

Thankfully, Helenius was eventually able to stand and make his way out of the ring – the same ring where he just saw his dreams of fighting for a heavyweight title go up in smoke.

“I set him up,” Wilder said after the fight. “I allowed him to reach and when he reached, I attacked. It was a great fight.”  

It was the third time Helenius has been KO’d in his career, sinking the 38-year-old to career ledger of 31-4 (20 KOs).

With the win, Wilder remains the WBC’s No. 1 contender, with Fury holding the WBC title and the listless Olexsander Usyk in possession of the other three belts.

Prior to the bout, Wilder talked of a potential matchup with Anthony Joshua, who is coming off two straight losses to Usyk. He’s also mentioned a possible showdown with former unified champion Andy Ruiz.

At this point of his career, Wilder is also looking for either a rematch with Fury or a chance to fight for any of the heavyweight belts.

Unfortunately, Usyk is currently rehabbing from injuries while Fury is considering a big matchup with Anthony Joshua or a smaller fight with Derek Chisora.

“I’ve been hearing rumors about Usyk, but he’s not here is he? When guys see these knockouts they turn the corner away from me,” Wilder explained. “I’m ready for whatever. Whether it’s Andy Ruiz Jr. or Usyk, I’m ready. Deontay is back and the excitement in the heavyweight division is back!”

Truer words could not be told.

As for his brave opponent, Wilder remarked, “Robert has the heart of a champion, and I knew what he was capable of. I didn’t take him lightly at all. I know that he really wanted this. When you fight Deontay Wilder, you have to have your A-plus game.”

Concerning his training leading up to the fight, Wilder revealed, “It’s been a good camp for me. We worked to make this fun for me,” Wilder said. “We work at this so much that it can just become a job. We made it fun again. We put in over 700 rounds, and it paid off tonight big time.”

It also paid off in each of the fighters’ wallets as Wilder pocketed a cool $20 million, while Helenius earned $1 million.

Thankfully, Wilder is back and looks to be better than ever. Boxing and the heavyweight division needs Deontay Wilder. Ring killers like him are hard to find and do not come around this way too often.

When the heavyweight dust eventually settles it is very likely that Wilder will be the new Sheriff in town. With his talent and charisma there is nothing that he cannot accomplish.

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WILDER VS HELENIUS BETTING PREVIEW

Bookmakers made Deontay Wilder a big favourite against Robert Helenius when they come head-to-head in their clash on Saturday 15th October 2022 at Barclays Center, New York, United States.

He is currently 1/9 (-910) to win the clash outright, while you can get 9/2 (+450) on Robert Helenius if you fancy the big upset.

That means that oddsmakers think there is 84% chance of Wilder winning while giving Helenius a 16% chance.

Wilder opened as the favourite at 1/7 (-710) however, that price has now got wider by 97/-100 (+100).

Helenius opened at 9/2 (+450).

The fight is scheduled for 12 rounds in the Heavyweight division, which means both fighters don’t have to make any weight limit.

This contest is a final eliminator for the WBC heavyweight championship of the world.

WILDER VS HELENIUS HEAD-TO-HEAD

Deontay Wilder steps into the ring with a record of 42 wins, 2 loses and 1 draw, 41 of those wins coming by the way of knock out.

Robert Helenius will make his way to the ring with a record of 31 wins, 3 loses and 0 draws, with 20 of those wins by knock out.

The stats suggest Wilder has a massive power advantage over Helenius, boosting at 98% knock out percentage over Helenius’ 65%.

Deontay Wilder is the younger man by 2 years, at 36 years old.

Wilder has 4-inch reach advantage.

Both Deontay Wilder & Robert Helenius fight out of an orthodox stance.

Wilder’s experience as a professional fighter is relatively equal to Helenius’, having had 11 more fights, and made his debut in 2008, 5 months later than Helenius, whose first professional fight was in 2008. He has fought 34 less professional rounds, 161 to Helenius’ 195.

Deontay Wilder goes into the fight ranked number 1 by the WBC and 2 by the RING at heavyweight.

Robert Helenius is currently ranked number 2 by the WBA and 4 by the WBC in the 201lb division.

WILDER VS HELENIUS BETTING FORM

Deontay Wilder has stopped 2 of his last 5 opponents.

In his last fight, he lost to Tyson Fury on 9th October 2021 by knockout in the 11th round in their WBC World Heavyweight and The Ring Heavyweight championship fight at T-Mobile Arena, Nevada, United States.

Previous to that, he had been beaten by Tyson Fury on 22nd February 2020 by technical knockout in the 7th round in their WBC World Heavyweight and The Ring Heavyweight championship fight at MGM Grand, Las Vegas. He was a 11/4 (+280) underdog going into the contest.

Going into that contest, he had beat Luis Ortiz on 23rd November 2019 by knockout in the 7th round in their WBC World Heavyweight championship fight at MGM Grand, Las Vegas.

Before that, he had won against Dominic Breazeale on 18th May 2019 by knockout in the 1st round in their WBC World Heavyweight championship fight at Barclays Center, New York. He was a 13/100 (-770) favourite going into the contest.

He had drawn with Tyson Fury on 1st December 2018 by split draw in their 12-round contest in their WBC World Heavyweight championship fight at Staples Center, LA. He was a 6/5 (+120) underdog going into the contest.

Helenius has beaten 3 of his last 5 opponents, stopping 2 of them, going the distance once.

In his last fight, he beat Adam Kownacki on 9th October 2021 by split draw in the 6th round at T-Mobile Arena, Nevada, United States. He was a 9/4 (+230) underdog going into the fight.

Previous to that, he had beat Adam Kownacki on 7th March 2020 by technical knockout in the 4th round at Barclays Center, New York. He was a 9/1 (+900) underdog going into the fight.

Going into that contest, he had lost to Gerald Washington on 13th July 2019 by knockout in the 8th round at Armory, Minnesota. He was a 53/100 (-190) favourite going into the fight.

Before that, he had defeated Erkan Teper on 29th September 2018 by knockout in the 8th round at Waldenbuch, Baden-Württemberg, Germany. He was a 11/4 (+280) underdog going into the fight.

He had been beaten by Dillian Whyte on 28th October 2017 by unanimous decision in their 12 round contest at Principality Stadium, Wales, United Kingdom. He was a 4/1 (+400) underdog going into the fight.

WHO’S BEEN MORE ACTIVE?

If you think ring rust and activity is a big factor in this fight, Deontay Wilder has been fighting more than Robert Helenius.

Deontay Wilder last fought 11 months and 24 days ago, while Robert Helenius’ last outing was 11 months and 24 days ago.

Wilder’s last 5 fights have come over a period of 3 years, 10 months and 2 days, meaning he has been fighting on average every 9 months and 7 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 38 rounds, meaning that they have lasted 7.6 rounds on average.

Helenius’ last 5 fights have come over a period of 4 years, 11 months and 5 days, meaning he has been fighting on average every 11 months and 26 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 38 rounds, meaning that they have lasted 7.6 rounds on average.

WHAT’S THE LATEST TIME I CAN BET ON WILDER VS HELENIUS PRE FIGHT?

The fighters are expected to ringwalk at around 11:00 PM EST / 8:00 PM PST at Barclays Center, New York, United States, which is around 4:00 AM BST in the UK.

WHERE CAN I WATCH WILDER VS HELENIUS FOR IN-PLAY BETTING?

Wilder vs Helenius will be broadcast on FOX Sports PPV in the US.

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NAOYA INOUE VS PAUL BUTLER IN DECEMBER FOR UNDISPUTED BANTAMWEIGHT TITLE 

LONDON, OCTOBER 14 – Paul Butler goes in search of boxing immortality in December when he faces Naoya Inoue for the undisputed world bantamweight title. 

The WBO champion tackles Japanese hero Inoue, at the Ariake Arena in Tokyo, on Tuesday, December 13 on a historic night for the sport, promoted by Ohashi Promotion and Teiken Promotions in association with Probellum

Inoue holds the IBF, WBA and WBC belts and wants to clean up the division before moving up in weight – but two-time world champion Butler holds the missing piece of the puzzle. 

And the fighter from Ellesmere Port, in the UK, heads to the Land of the Rising Sun, fully intent on becoming boxing’s first undisputed bantamweight champion in half a century and scoring one of the biggest away wins by a British fighter ever. 

Paul Butler said: “I’ve been boxing for over 20 years and all the successes and set-backs have led me here, to the biggest fight of my career, with the biggest prize in the sport on offer. 

“I am under no illusions as to the size of the task that faces me, but I have been going to bed dreaming of becoming the undisputed bantamweight champion of the world. 

“Inoue is a phenomenal fighter but not one person should be underestimating me, my skills, or my resolve.  I am going to Japan to write my name into the history of our sport.” 

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Richard Schaefer, President of Probellum, said: “It does not get any bigger than this, but Paul Butler is ready to carve out history, cause a seismic upset and return home as the undisputed world bantamweight champion. 

“We all appreciate how good Naoya Inoue is, we have seen it repeatedly, but the people who really know Paul, know what he is made of and the greater the challenge, the greater his performance will be.” 

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Boxers Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua along with other British Boxers lead the boxing world’s tributes after Queen Elizabeth’s death

The USA Boxing News also mourns the Queen – for the Royals are known for their love of boxing

Story by Alexander R. Rinaldi and Joseph Rinaldi

Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury paid homage to Queen Elizabeth II and have led the boxing world’s tributes to her Majesty after her passing last week. Elizabeth served as the Queen of England from June 2, 1953, to September 8, 2022 – the longest reign as monarch in the country’s history.

Her reign as Queen stretched from the beginning of the heavyweight reign of Rocky Marciano all the way up to the present-day heavyweight king – Tyson Fury. 

She died a true boxing fan at her official Scottish residence of Balmoral Castle as confirmed by Buckingham Palace. It was further reported that, “The Queen died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon.”

Boxer Henry Cooper with a young Princess Anne in the 1970s.

She was buried today after a long, ceremonial State funeral. 

The coffin was followed in procession on the carriage by King Charles III and Camilla, the Queen Consort, along with other members of the family. The entire procession began from the Palace of Westminster then to Wellington Arch, at Hyde Park Corner, to eventually the Royal crypt at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle.

Queen Elizabeth II and Muhammad Ali in 1975.

Since the Queen and the Royals were huge boxing fans and admired many prizefighters, especially those from the United Kingdom, an amazing outpouring of emotion turned out in the boxing world as many former champions reacted to the tragic news of the loss of their beloved Queen.

Queen Elizabeth II (R) shakes hands with boxer Amir Khan

Tyson Fury wrote: “Thoughts & prayers with my Queen tonight, may God be with you.”

Fury and his wife Paris also left flowers and a card at the gates of Buckingham Palace following the passing of Queen Elizabeth II.

Fury’s card read: ‘To Our Queen, great may your bed be in Heaven. Love from Tyson and Paris xx Gypsy King x.’

The Queen greets world lightweight boxing champion Naseem Hamed.

Meanwhile, Anthony Joshua tweeted: “Rest in Peace,” with a white heart emoji. Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn also tweeted: “Rest in peace Your Majesty. thank you for everything.”

The British Nigerian-born World Heavyweight Boxer, Anthony Joshua had been previously awarded the Officer of the Most Excellent Order (OBE) of the British Empire award by the Monarch of England, Queen Elizabeth.

Heavyweight champion Brank Bruno and Prince Charles – the new King of England.

After the responses from Joshua and Fury, the rest of the boxing world likewise reacted. 

Former Champion Chris Eubank Sr. said: “My deepest condolences to our Nation of the United Kingdom and Commonwealth countries and the entire world.”

The Queen greets then Heavyweight Champion Lennox Lewis.

Eubank added,” Queen Elizabeth II was our dream ideal for Afro Caribbeans who came to the UK in the 1950s (WINDRUSH) to rebuild this Great Nation from the decimation of the Nazi invasion on our Great London and other parts of Great Britain. Her Majesty’s Grace, elegance and flawless lifelong service to her people is a story of the Ultimate Warrior Queen. I never stopped trying to be worthy of My Queen’s approval. This was indeed the greatest day of my life, for I feel I may have won her confidence. Queen Elizabeth II has been my perfect role model, and I will continue to Love her even after death.”

Tyson Fury placing flowers and a note to the Queen at Buckingham Palace.

The throne now goes to her oldest son and heir, Prince Charles, with Prince William the next in line after that – all of them impassioned boxing fans. As a result, in an outpouring of emotion, the boxing world reacted to the tragic news.

Prince Harry working out on the hand pads.

Frank Bruno also sent a heartfelt condolence. “We all knew the end was near but to me, our Queen was like a member of our family. I was lucky and blessed to meet her a few times. She was the Matriarch, mother of our nation. My thoughts are with the Royal Family – sad, sad day.”

Most weekend sporting events in the United Kingdom have been cancelled out of respect to the Queen. In the boxing world, however, it is less clear if bouts will be held or not. The British Boxing Board of Control recently announced that all fights sanctioned under their auspices on Friday night will be postponed to another date, with an additional statement expected imminently on Saturday and Sunday’s fights.

England has always held their fistic heroes in high regard. For instance, heavyweight boxer Henry Cooper was initially appointed as an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 1969, then later was awarded a Papal Knighthood in 1978. To the delight of boxing fans across the English Isle, Cooper was eventually fully knighted in 2000.

Approximately one million people are expected to travel to London ahead of the Queen’s state funeral on Monday.

Tyson Fury was apparently eager to pay his respects in person before the funeral, as he personally posted a tribute to Her Majesty on social media.

Frank Bruno with Princess Diana.

“Queen’s funeral today,” exclaimed Fury. “I’ve been off social media for the past 10 days, mourning in respect for our Queen who’s died. Not posted nothing, not being interested in anything else, to be fair. I hope all the funeral goes well. Condolences to the full family. And may she rest in Heaven for eternity in the mighty name of Jesus. Amen.”

Anthony Joshua meets the Queen.

Joshua speaking in front of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles.

The 34-year-old was in the headlines once again this week after agreeing terms to face Anthony Joshua in a ‘Battle of Britain’ fight on December 3.

The Queen with Muhammad Ali.

Although contracts are yet to be signed, promoter Eddie Hearn recently revealed that Joshua wanted to fight his heavyweight rival as soon as possible, even if it meant a 60-40 purse split in favor of the Gypsy King.

Prince William donning a pair of boxing gloves.

Condolences also from The USA Boxing News. We have always appreciated Queen Elizabeth’s love of boxing, and we know with the entire Royals’ love of the sport, boxing will continue to be the huge attraction it is in Great Britain and the entire United Kingdom.

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Hometown hero Kem Ljunqqbist outboxes Benoit Huber to capture vacant WBC INT Bridgerweight title at the Nykoebing Falster Hallen

Story by Per-Ake Persson

Nykobing Foster, Denmark. Last Friday night on September 16, Danish heavy Kem Ljunqqbist (14-0, 8 KO’s) moved to the WBC creation bridgerweight and working with his family and friends put together Kem Ljungqvist Promotion and staged his own show in his hometown in front of a near sellout crowd.

Headlining the event, Ljungquist won the vacant WBC International bridgerweight title with a unanimous decision after ten over Swiss Benoit Huber (8-3, 6 KO’s). It was scored 98-92 twice and 97-93 for the Dane, a tall southpaw.

The win was fair enough, but the unbeaten 6’ 6 ½” Ljungqvist, 32, of Copenhagen, Denmark, made hard work of it as he failed to use his superior reach and often allowed his strong and wild swinging opponent to get off first.

Huber, 35, of Sion, Switzerland, who came in on late notice for South African Chris Thompson, moved up from cruiserweight and while he was tough and well prepared, he was also unschooled and swung wildly with both hands. All in all, this made for an exciting, though, not pretty fight with more misses than hits. Both tired in the later rounds, but Ljungqvist’s overall better skills won it for him.

Team Ljungqvist is happy after victory

Kem Ljungqvist Promotion was also reportedly a winner at the gate and that opens the door for more shows in this small town in the south of Denmark.

As for the undercard the less said the better with three fights lasting less than ten minutes.

French heavyweight Wilfried Florimond turned pro and stopped an out of shape and overweight Georgian named Soso Abuladze 1:11 into the second round. Abuladze was down in the first, bled badly from the nose and when he collapsed again in the second it was stopped.

Florimond is suspended in France for his part in a brawl at an amateur show where he assaulted a 60-year-old coach. Wilfried, however, is now licensed in Luxembourg and apparently all prefer to look the other way.

Heva Sharif accepted this fight on less than 24 hours’ notice (replacing Frank Madsen, who in turn had replaced Haris Dzindo) and knocked out inept Bosnian Jasmin Mahalbasic 1:01 of the very first round in a fight that never should have been allowed to take place.

Middleweight Jakob Porsgaard took out a slightly more schooled opponent in Nehrudin Cikaric in the second. As Cikaric got up from the second knockdown he was counted out.

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November 1: Kenshiro Teraji-Hiroto Kyoguchi Light Flyweight Unification Battle Headlines Loaded Quadruple-Header from Japan LIVE on ESPN+

 WBO light flyweight champion Jonathan Gonzalez defends strap against Shokichi Iwata in the co-feature

(Sept. 14, 2022) — The light flyweight division takes center stage Tuesday, Nov. 1, as two championship fights with three world titles at stake headline a loaded card from Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.
 
WBC champion Kenshiro Teraji attempts to unify titles against WBA king Hiroto Kyoguchi in the main event. In the co-feature, Puerto Rico’s WBO champion, Jonathan “Bomba” Gonzalez, will defend his strap versus Japanese contender Shokichi Iwata.
 
Teraji-Kyoguchi, Gonzalez-Iwata, and undercard action will stream live and exclusively in the U.S. on ESPN+ starting at 7:30 a.m. ET/4:30 a.m. PT.
 
“The Amazing Boy” Teraji (19-1, 11 KOs) is an eight-year pro who won the WBC world title in May 2017. He made eight defenses of that crown until a stunning 10th-round knockout defeat to Masamichi Yabuki last September. Less than six months later, Teraji exacted revenge with a third-round knockout over Yabuki to regain his title. Kyoguchi (16-0, 11 KOs) is a two-weight champion who was the IBF 105-pound ruler until he vacated that belt to move up to light flyweight. Since winning the WBA light flyweight crown on New Year’s Eve 2018 against Hekkie Budler, he has made four title defenses. He is coming off June’s eighth-round stoppage over Esteban Bermudez, which ranks among the year’s best title fights.
 
Gonzalez (26-3-1, 14 KOs) fell short in his first attempt at a world title in 2019 against Kosei Tanaka. He fulfilled his championship destiny last October when he edged Elwin Soto by split decision. Gonzalez defended his WBO title in June with a unanimous decision against Filipino upstart Mark Anthony Barriga. Iwata (9-0, 6 KOs), from Tokyo, won the Japan Boxing Commission, OPBF and WBO Asia Pacific titles en route to earning his first world title shot.
 
In other action scheduled on the ESPN+ stream:
 
Junto Nakatani (23-0, 18 KOs) vs. Francisco Rodriguez (36-5-1, 25 KOs), 10 rounds, junior bantamweight — WBO flyweight champion Nakatani tests the junior bantamweight waters against Mexican action star Rodriguez, a former unified 105-pound world champion.
 
Shuichiro Yoshino (15-0, 11 KOs) vs. Masayoshi Nakatani (20-2, 14 KOs), 12 rounds, WBO Asia Pacific Lightweight Title — Yoshino is coming off a technical decision over former world champion Masayuki Ito. Nakatani rebounded from last year’s knockout loss to Vasiliy Lomachenko with June’s first-round blitzing of Harmonito Dela Torre.

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Boxing Legend and Hall of Famer Roberto Duran Confirmed for Sixth Annual Box Fan Expo, During Mexican Independence Day Weekend, Saturday September 17, in Las Vegas

Box Fan Expo – the Largest Boxing Fan Event held in the U.S –

the Ultimate Boxing Fan Experience

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Las Vegas (September 8, 2022) – Boxing Legend and Hall of Famer Roberto Duran has confirmed that he will appear alongside the “WBA” at the Sixth Annual Box Fan Expo on Saturday, September 17, 2022, at the Las Vegas Convention Center from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Expo will also coincide with the mega trilogy fight between Canelo Alvarez vs Gennady Golovkin, that will take place later that evening at the T-Mobile Arena.

 

Duran will hold a Meet & Greet with his fans at the “WBA” World Boxing Association booth during the fan event held over the Mexican Independence Day weekend.

 

The Box Fan Expo is an annual fan event that coincides with some of the sports’ legendary, classic fights in Las Vegas, including Mayweather vs. Maidana II, Mayweather vs. Berto, Canelo vs. Chavez Jr., Canelo vs. GGG II, and Canelo vs. Jacobs. Centered in boxing’s longtime home – Las Vegas – this year’s Expo is a must-do for fight fans coming in for this legendary weekend, with dozens of professional fighters, promoters, and companies involved in the boxing industry. The Expo is the largest and only Boxing Fan Expo held in the United States. http://boxfanexpo.com – @BoxFanExpo

 

Tickets to the Box Fan Expo are available at Eventbrite –https://bit.ly/BOXFANEXPO2022

 

Duran will make his second appearance at this years’ Expo and will be signing gloves, photos, personal items and memorabilia. Boxing Fans will have an opportunity to take pictures with this boxing legend also known as “Manos De Piedra” (“Hands of Stone”) and also purchase Merchandise from the WBA booth.

 

Duran joins the WBA, Seniesa Estrada, Ryan Garcia, Teofimo Lopez, Juan Manuel Marquez, Michael Spinks, Franchón Crews-Dezurn, Marco Antonio Barrera, Rolando Romero, Jose Ramírez, David Benavidez, Shawn Porter, Jessie Vargas and Erik Morales as an early commitment to this year’s Box Fan Expo, with more Boxing stars to be announced.

 

About Roberto Duran

Roberto Duran, a true legend of the sport is widely regarded as one of the greatest boxers of all time. He was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame on June 10th, 2007. A versatile brawler in the ring, he was nicknamed “Manos de Piedra” (“Hands of Stone“) during his career. In 2002, he was chosen by The Ring to be the fifth greatest fighter of the last 80 years. The Associated Press voted Duran as the #1 lightweight of the 20th century. Many even consider him the greatest lightweight of all time. He held world titles at four different weights – lightweight (1972–79), welterweight (1980), light middleweight (1983–84) and middleweight (1989). He was the second boxer to have fought a span of five decades, the first being Jack Johnson.

Roberto Duran in front of his white Trans Am in the late 1970s.

 About Box Fan Expo

Box Fan Expo is the ultimate boxing fan experience event, which allows fans to meet the stars of boxing that represent the past, present and future of the sport. With hosted autograph signings, meet-and-greets with current and former boxing world champions, limited edition merchandise for sale, giveaways and more, this is the ultimate event for fans of the sport.

 

Past boxing stars that have participated include: Floyd Mayweather, Mike Tyson, Roberto Duran, Sugar Ray Leonard, Julio Cesar Chavez, Juan Manuel Marquez, Tommy Hearns, Roy Jones Jr, Marco Antonio Barrera, Erik Morales, Andre Ward, Mikey Garcia, Marcos Maidana, Devin Haney, David Benavidez, Errol Spence Jr, Sergio Martinez, Keith Thurman, Danny Garcia, Tim Bradley, Deontay Wilder, Amir Khan, Shawn Porter, Fernando Vargas, Abner Mares, James Toney, Jessie Vargas, Vinny Paz, Mia St.John, Leo Santa Cruz, Badou Jack, Terry Norris, Riddick Bowe, Earnie Shavers, Michael & Leon Spinks, Danny Jacobs, Claressa Shields, Teofimo Lopez, Brandon Rios, Jorge Linares, and many more.

 

Exhibitors include boxing promoters, gear, apparel, equipment, energy drinks, supplement products, broadcasting media, sanctioning bodies, and other companies who showcase their brand to fans and the boxing industry as a whole.

 

Throughout the next few days leading up to the Event, there will be more updates on the many stars that will commit their appearance at the Boxing Expo.

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Undisputed Lightweight Champion Devin “The Dream” Haney 
to Defend Crown in Rematch Versus Former Champion “Ferocious” George Kambosos Jr. at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, Australia 

Haney-Kambosos 2 Goes Down Saturday, October 15, 
in Prime Time, LIVE on ESPN, ESPN Deportes and ESPN+

 MELBOURNE, Australia (Aug. 23, 2022) — America’s dream maker and Australia’s emperor are primed for a second Down Under showdown to establish ultimate supremacy at 135 pounds.
 
Undisputed lightweight world champion Devin “The Dream” Haney will defend all the belts against Sydney native “Ferocious” George Kambosos Jr. on Saturday, Oct. 15 (Sunday afternoon, Oct. 16 local time), at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, Australia. Haney-Kambosos 2 will be broadcast in prime time in the United States, live on ESPN, ESPN Deportes & ESPN+. 
 
Haney and Kambosos first tangled June 5 in Melbourne as a Victoria-record boxing crowd of 41,129 fans packed Marvel Stadium to watch the world’s best lightweights unify the division. Haney neutralized Kambosos and earned a clear points verdict to become the undisputed champion.
 
Promoted by Top Rank, Devin Haney Promotions, DiBella Entertainment, Ferocious Promotions, Duco Events, and TEG Sport, Haney-Kambosos 2 will feature a world-class undercard, and a pumped up Kambosos hell-bent on revenge. Tickets to this epic rematch will go on-sale on Thursday, Aug. 25, at 10 am AEST via tegsport.com.au.
 
“George Kambosos is quiet right now like he should have been before our first fight. I wish him a healthy training camp,” Haney said. “I’m expecting a hungry and determined Kambosos on October 16th in Melbourne. I will be prepared for any adjustment he brings. This is a great opportunity to gain more Aussie fans and add to my legacy.”
 
“Devin Haney is a special fighter, but you can never count out George Kambosos Jr., especially when his most ardent supporters will be out in full force,” said Top Rank chairman Bob Arum. “These are the two best lightweights in the world, and it will be another memorable event in Melbourne.”
 
Kambosos said, “I am looking forward to October 16th at Rod Laver Arena, and that’s where I will do my talking. Inside the ring.”
 
 “George Kambosos Jr. is again the hungry challenger, chasing Devin Haney’s belts, with a chance to regain it all on home soil,” said Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment. “Kambosos-Haney 1 was the Devin Haney show. George is going to have to fight a completely different fight to get that victory, and he knows it. That alone assures an action-packed rematch. The odds are against George. He needs to defy the odds yet again.”
 
“With almost half of the crowd from the first fight hailing from outside Victoria, we look forward to welcoming boxing fans back to Melbourne to watch what will be an epic rematch, ” said Steve Dimopoulos, Victoria’s Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events. “We’re delivering a spectacular calendar of the biggest and best events – drawing more visitors to Victoria, more often and supporting businesses across the state.”
 
Haney (28-0, 15 KOs) returns to Melbourne intent on repeating his fistic masterclass, a victory that propelled him up the mythical pound-for-pound rankings. “The Dream” has been a history-making phenom since turning professional in Mexico less than one month after his 17th birthday. He made his U.S. debut in Las Vegas on the Manny Pacquiao-Timothy Bradley III undercard in April 2016, and at 19, he became the youngest licensed promoter in boxing history. He was awarded the WBC world championship in October 2019 and defended that belt four times before taking the 8,000-plus mile journey to battle Kambosos in his homeland. Haney overcame adversity, as his father/trainer, Bill Haney, was granted a temporary visa by the Australian government less than three days before the fight. Bill Haney arrived in Melbourne the evening before the bout, and the dynamic father-son duo made undisputed magic whilst stripping Kambosos of his three world title belts.
 
Kambosos (20-1, 10 KOs) became the toast of the sport with his decision verdict over Teofimo Lopez last November, which was named ESPN’s Upset of the Year. It was the culmination of a hard-fought journey for Kambosos. He fought in Malaysia, Greece, London, New York City, Connecticut, and Las Vegas as he graduated from prospect to contender. For Kambosos, who had 12 of his first 13 pro fights in Australia, the Haney super fight marked one of the most significant international sporting events to take place in Melbourne. He entered the fight as the slight underdog, but Haney was unfazed by the army of raucous Australian-Greek supporters that shook Marvel Stadium. Haney blunted Kambosos’ offensive arsenal with an educated jab to win going away. Kambosos exercised his rematch clause and is preparing to paint a masterpiece in this undisputed sequel.

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 Scottish Boxing Legend and Boxing Hall of Famer Ken Buchanan memorialized with a statue in his honor in Edinburgh, Scotland

By Alexander R. Rinaldi

One of the greatest ways and gestures to maintain and gain a grip on immortality is to have a statue dedicated in one’s honor. In the case of the legendary Scottish fighter Ken Buchanan, who was already considered the greatest Scottish boxer of all-time, and also had the distinction of being one of the best lightweight champions ever to lace on a pair of gloves, the erecting of a statute totally cements his place in Scottish lore and legend.

It has been written and said that as a poor lad from Northfield, Edinburgh, Buchanan was surprisingly introduced to boxing from his auntie Agnes from Musselburgh, who bought him a pair of boxing gloves when he was only 8 years old. Even his dearest aunt would never have or dreamed that her dearest Ken would later go on to become an Undisputed World Lightweight Champion and a Boxing Legend.

Ken Buchanan with his belts in his prime.

Though Scotland is known famously for being the birthplace of golf, as evidenced by the fame of the St. Andrews Golf Course, when Buchanan was fighting he became the biggest athlete in the country, rivalled only later by fellow  lightweight champion Jim Watt (WBC titleholder) and Race Car Legend Jackie Stewart.

With his world-wide recognition, Ken joined the ranks as such historical Scots as William Wallace, who was famously known for garnering a major victory against the English at Stirling Bridge in 1297, Mary Queen of Scots, and the iconic actor and original James Bond – Sean Connery.

In a boxing career that spanned three decades from 1965 to 1982, Buchanan captured the British Lightweight Title, the European Union title, and the WBC and WBA Lightweight Titles, thereby making him the undisputed Lightweight Champion of the World. As result, it was no surprise that he was eventually inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame.

Before he even earned a title shot, Buchanan had fought in four continents, eventually fighting in five continents before his pugilistic life came to a close in 1982. He retired with a ring record of 61-8 (27 KO’s), with four of those losses coming in the last four fights of his career.

His crowning moment came on September 26, 1970, when he travelled 4075 miles to San Juan Puerto Rico to win the World Lightweight Title from Ismael Laguna. Ken won the title via spilt decision.

As Buchanan would explain, “I didn’t know what to expect, it was 125 degrees when we got off the plane, I always remember my dad saying, ‘How are you going to fight in this heat son?' I trained really hard, pressured Laguna, stayed on top, and at the times when he wanted a breather, that’s when I went for him. A rematch was never written into the contract because he thought he was going to beat me so he would never have to fight me again.” But they would fight again the next year in New York's Madison Sqaure Garden and this time Buchanan would win a unanimous decision. In that fight, Ken  remebered how the fight was almost stopped by the ring doctor, “My eyes were swelling up so badly the referee had to call the doctor to take a look a few times – I was winning the fight and had it been stopped the crowd would have been in an uproar, I could hardly see out of one eye and the other was almost shut so my manager cut open the swelling with a razor, this allowed me to see and continue the fight. I went on to win the fight by a bigger margin than the previous encounter." The use of the razor was popularized many years later in the first "Rocky" film, but for Buchanan it was for all too real.

In 1970, Buchanan was named Fighter of the Year in 1970, beating the likes of Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier.

After Buchanan lost his title to the legendary Roberto Duran in 1972 he continued fighting for another decade beating such great fighters and champions as Carlos Ortiz and Jim Watt.

The fight between Edinburgh’s Ken Buchanan and Glasgow’s Gentleman Jim Watt on January 29, 1973, at the Albany Hotel in Glasgow, is still regarded by many as the best Scottish fight on home soil.  Buchanan captured a 15-round points decision and was awarded the Londsdale Belt as the British lightweight champion. 

When asked who best boxer of all time was, Buchanan replied, “I don’t single one out, but I’d have to say Sugar Ray Robinson, Rocky Marciano, Roberto Duran, Ismael Laguna, Marvin Hagler, Sugar Ray Leonard and off course Muhammad Ali, they were all great fighters”.  

Buchanan (L) and Duran (R) square off in their hidtoric 1972 championship bout in Madison Square Garden.

Interestingly enough, Buchanan and his past rival Roberto Duran would later become great friends and later the two would often appear at autograph shows together.

By the erection of the statue, Ken Buchanan will be forever remembered as one of the great boxers of all-time as well.

 

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Olekandr Usyk outhustles a listless Anthony Joshua to retain WBO/IBF/WBA/IBO heavyweight titles

Story by John and Alex Rinaldi

Laziness is a secret ingredient that goes into failure. But it’s only kept a secret from the person who fails. – Robert Half

August 20 – Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.  In another entirely forgettable heavyweight championship bout, and for the second time in a year, Oleksandr Usyk once again defeated a plodding Anthony Joshua to retain his Heavyweight laurels.

Mind you, neither “combatant” had fought since their first unremembered bout 11 months ago on September 25, 2021.  While Usyk was milking his laurels by apparently taking part in the Ukraine War, though there appears to be no snapshots available of him actually in the trenches, Joshua just sat things out while waiting for the automatic rematch to take place.

Sadly, after another twelve, dreary rounds of boxing, the bout was certainly not worth the wait.

Joshua (L) and Usyk (R) going head-to-head in round ten.

Most of the blame must go to the former heavyweight king Joshua, who fought a smaller, blown-up cruiserweight in Usyk who has no solid heavyweight punch, only to display the courage of a fainting goat and the aggressiveness of a Pygmy three-toed sloth.

To make matters worse, Joshua assumed a crouching, bending style trying to make himself smaller. The strange strategy beckons one to ask, “why would a big guy ever want to be smaller?” Isn’t it the benefit of a big guy to actually be the bigger of the two?

Well apparently, not in Joshua’s world.

By implementing that style, he actually made it easier for a smaller opponent like Usyk to find and land dozens of straight right jabs to his jaw consistently throughout the bout. Did he somehow believe that Usyk would simply get tired of hitting him?

George Foreman was certainly not crouching when he faced Joe Frazier for Smokin’ Joe’s heavyweight title in 1973, so that Frazier could land his shots better.

Joshua had every advantage in the book against Usyk, 35, except guts. As for the champion Usyk, he fared just slightly better, spending the night in his dull southpaw stance firing away half the time at Joshua’s gloves, which may have taken the worst beating of the night, compared to the ex-champ’s head and body.

It was puzzling to those in attendance at the Jeddah Superdome why Joshua was content to throw so few punches against a foe who had the courage of a knight, but the punch of a nerf ball. To even infer that Usyk’s blows on Joshua were comparable to those of attacking mosquitos is actually an insult to mosquitos. The champion’s wallops were more like annoying gnats or rice being thrown on a newlywed couple after their nuptials.

Joshua (L) attacking Usyk (R) in round nine.

After losing his title to another fighter he should have beaten, most thought Joshua would be more aggressive and walk through his adversary’s feather pillow shots and attack with his blistering blows.  Sadly, except for Round 9, when Joshua finally decided the throw two punches at a time and actually had Usyk hurt for those brief three minutes, Joshua showed the world that he is still in reality a puncher. His performance in round 9 even harkened back to his slugging style, the same style that originally perched high above the heavyweight heap. Unfortunately, AJ lazily let Usyk off the hook.

Like a smart fish, Usyk never put himself in a position to get on the hook again.

After that round, the former champ barely showed any life in the ring. You almost wanted someone to take his pulse between rounds to see if he was still alive.

To his credit, Usyk, of Shypntsi, Ukraine, but now residing in Oxnard, CA, landed his Sunday punch plenty of times on the mummy-like Joshua, but the shots had the effect of a cap gun on a runaway freight train. After the first five rounds, the ex-champ who barely did enough to win a few of the early going, decided to stop punching and just shuffle forward as if his feet were encased in cement.

Seeing that Joshua was not going to put up a gallant battle to win back his laurels, Usyk got braver and fired more punches to the head and body.  Although they did score, Joshua took them for the puff balls they were and just kept moving forward as if he was somnambulistic.

Usyk (L) landing a hard left uppercut to Joshua’s jaw (R).

What was Joshua thinking of as the rounds were piling up with none being banked by him in middle sessions?  All he did was hand the overrated, boring southpaw Usyk an easy victory.  Considering that Joshua lately possesses the chin as strong as a cord of balsa wood, the Ukrainian never ever came close to hurting the giant Brit.

Just when Joshua finally had a good round in the ninth, he allowed Usyk to win the last three frames to secure the win.

Surprisingly, there was one judge who saw Joshua winning the fight by scores of 115-113, but the other two officials had Usyk the victor by tallies of 115-113 and 116-112.

“If you knew my story, you would understand the passion,” Joshua said cryptically after his embarrassing loss. “I’m telling you this guy [Usyk] to beat me tonight, maybe I could have done better, but it shows the level of hard work he must have put in so please give him a round of applause as our heavyweight champion of the world.”

Joshua (24-3, 22 KO’s) added afterwards, “I am mad at myself. Not at anyone, just myself. I was like I got to get out here, because I’m mad. When you’re angry you might do stupid things, so I was mad. But then I realized this is sport, let me do the right thing. I had to mentally take myself into a dark place to compete for the championship belts. I had two fights, one with Usyk and one with my emotions, and both got the better of me.”

Usyk still the heavyweight champion.

Joshua then appeared to be losing his mind when he took two of Usyk’s title belts and threw them to the canvas and said to the audience, “I’m not a 12-round fighter? Look at me, I’m a new breed of heavyweight,” said Joshua. “All of them heavyweights, Mike Tyson, Sonny Liston, Jack Dempsey, they say ‘he doesn’t throw combinations like Rocky Marciano,’ because I’m not f**king 14 stone (200 pounds). That’s why. I’m 18 stone (250 pounds). I’m heavy.” Really? Has he forgotten that both Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder were his size or bigger and they fought three amazing, courageous bouts throwing caution to the wind and fighting their proverbial hearts out.

He also failed to state that those great champions like Joe Louis and Rocky Marciano fought hard for fifteen rounds, not twelve rounds like they fight today.

If his nutty words were not enough, Joshua then for some unknown crazy reason wrapped himself again with the Ukrainian flag and pranced around the ring uttering strange unintelligible pronouncements about Ukrainian history and their inherent courage. What he should have done was use that flag like a cape and fly back the Britain to re-assess his boxing career and dig up his long-lost courage like a pirate’s treasure hidden off the coast Jamaica.

Even Joshua’s fan club members would not be so delusional to put him in the class of those great fistic champions. No one will be thinking of Joshua once his days are finished, which they appear to be now. Hasn’t he noticed the DEAD-END sign in front of him?

The ex-champion who appears to have lost his heart in the sport, plans to return to the ring before Christmas. “I’m a fighter for life,” remarked Anthony. “The hunger never dies.”

While that hunger appeared to have died this night, hopefully for Joshua and the sport of boxing, he can re-emerge as the ring killer that he once was, instead of the confederate fighter masquerading as a textbook boxer he tried to emulate in his two recent embarrassing loses against the overblown cruiserweight Usyk.

Roberto Duran (L) at the Joshua-Usyk fight.

As for Usyk (20-0, 13 KO’s), there are talks of him fighting Tyson Fury, which one should not hold their breath for since the contest is a mismatch of epic proportions. Usyk has nothing to beat Fury, nor Deontay Wilder for that matter. Usyk stated, “I’m sure that Tyson Fury is not retired yet. I’m sure, I’m convinced he wants to fight me. I want to fight him. If I’m not fighting Tyson Fury, I’m not fighting at all. I devote this victory to my country, my family, to my team, to all the people, militaries who are defending the country. This is already history. Many generations are going to watch this fight, especially when someone tried to beat me hard, but I withstood it and turned it a different way.”

After the fight the legendary Roberto Duran who was seated at ringside was not impressed by Joshua’s performance.  “Joshua did not apply enough pressure,” remarked Duran.  “He was too slow at throwing his punches. When a boxer moves around very fast in front of you like Usyk did, Joshua should have concentrated on the jab more. He was more tired in the fight than Usyk.” When asked if Usyk was more inspired by the events in Ukraine, Duran responded, “I don’t think so at all.” Duran also thought it is very possible that Usyk will fight Tyson Fury next.

With any luck, the Fury-Usyk match can take place, so the heavyweight division will have only one true champion – namely Tyson Fury.

For the forgettable rematch, both fighters earned a 50/50 split of the purse bid, which should net each of them £50 million ($58,775,250.00 in U.S. Dollars). Joshua will also take home substantial additional millions from various sponsorships and endorsements relating to the fight.

How long that gravy train will continue to exist for Joshua based upon his last two lacklustre performances is anyone’s guess.  

 

 

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Emanuel The Body Snatcher: Navarrete Knocks Out Eduardo Baez to Retain Featherweight Title

Nico Ali Walsh, Lindolfo Delgado & Giovani Santillan notch wins in undercard action

SAN DIEGO (Aug. 20, 2022) — It took some time for Emanuel Navarrete to warm up. But when he did, that was all he wrote. Navarrete defended his WBO featherweight world title with a sixth-round stoppage over Eduardo Baez on Saturday evening at Pechanga Arena.

Baez (21-3-2, 7 KOs), from Mexicali, Mexico, appeared on his way to a shocking upset until a body shot floored him for the count.

Navarrete (36-1, 30 KOs) was trailing on two of the three judges’ cards (50-45 and 48-47) at the time of the stoppage, while one card had Navarrete ahead 49-46. 

Navarrete had not fought for more than 10 months, his longest layoff since winning his first world title in December 2018. The rust came off in a flash in the sixth round, and now Navarrete can look ahead to future title defenses at featherweight or perhaps a move up to junior lightweight.

“I expected a fight like this. I never underestimated Eduardo Baez. I knew that he was an excellent fighter and the fact that he hit pretty hard. It was a lot more complicated than I anticipated. But then came that shot, and I was able to finish him,” Navarrete said. “That’s a very Mexican punch. It comes with my blood. And you can see, I don’t throw a perfect left hook like you’re used to seeing. But this one came out perfect for me. And you saw the result because not many guys can take that shot.”

Santillan Wins Decision in Hometown

Make it 30 for 30 for Giovani Santillan. The San Diego-born welterweight contender improved to 30-0 with a 10-round decision over the previously undefeated Julio Luna (19-1-2, 10 KOs) by scores of 100-90 2x and 96-94.

It was a rugged affair fought mostly in close quarters, and there were multiple head clashes. Santillan and Luna landed 150 power shots apiece, and Luna landed 22 more blows. The 100-90 scorecards came as a surprise, but the end result was a triumphant homecoming for Santillan.

“It was a lot tougher than I expected. Luna gave me a great fight, and I am just thankful for the opportunity to fight once again in my hometown,” Santillan said.

Liver Shiver: Ali Walsh Stops Reyes Sanchez in Rematch

Nearly 50 years after his grandfather fought in this same venue, Nico Ali Walsh (6-0, 5 KOs) made an emphatic statement in a rematch against Reyes Sanchez (7-3, 3 KOs). Ali Walsh, who struggled to defeat Sanchez by majority decision last December, knocked out Sanchez with a left hook to the body in the second round. It was the first fight for Ali Walsh with his new head trainer, Kay Koroma, and the new pairing paid dividends.

“I feel amazing. This was a special win because it was a rematch. It’s everything I’ve been working towards. My hard work is now showing in the ring. I want everyone to see that it’s a new me,” Ali Walsh said. “It was so gratifying. Timothy Bradley called it in the fighter meetings yesterday. It was a beautiful shot. It was the shot I was looking for. It was the shot I was dreaming about, and it happened because I worked so hard for it.”

In other results:

Junior Welterweight: Lindolfo Delgado (16-0, 13 KOs) UD 8 Omar Aguilar (24-1, 23 KOs), Scores: 77-75 and 79-73 2x. In a battle of unbeaten Mexican prospects, Delgado and Aguilar combined to put forth one of the year’s best action brawls. Delgado, a 2016 Olympian, bloodied Aguilar’s nose in the opening round, but Aguilar’s sheer pressure was effective. Delgado turned the tide in the fourth round, landing a counter right uppercut that stunned Aguilar, who held on and stumbled into the ropes. The last half of the eight-rounder saw Delgado use his counterpunching to offset Aguilar’s constant forward motion. When the final bell rang, the result was not in doubt, and Delgado swept it on the judges’ scorecards in a career-best showing.

Junior Lightweight: Austin Brooks (8-0, 2 KOs) UD 4 Oliver Galicia (5-1-1, 3 KOs), Scores: 40-35 3x. Southpaw hometown favorite Brooks dropped Galicia with straight left in the opening round and cruised to the shutout verdict.

Junior Lightweight: Xavier Martinez (18-1, 12 KOs) KO 5 Alejandro Guerrero (12-3, 9 KOs), 2:57. Martinez bounced back from his first career defeat with a one-sided beatdown over former U.S. amateur standout Guerrero. Martinez found his rhythm in the middle rounds, stunning Guerrero with a counter right hand at the end of the fourth. In the fifth, an explosive flurry against the ropes prompted referee Eddie Hernandez Sr. to step in.

Lightweight: Miguel Contreras (12-1-1, 6 KOs) UD 8 Josec Ruiz (23-7-3, 16 KOs). Scores: 80-72 2x and 79-73. Contreras, from Bakersfield, California, thrilled the home state fans with a pressure fighting exhibition that left Ruiz in retreat for most of the fight. “The Caveman” poured it on in the fifth and sixth rounds, but Honduras’ Ruiz, who has only been stopped once as a pro, survived to the final bell.

Featherweight: Luis Alberto Lopez (26-2, 15 KOs) KO 2 Yeison Vargas (20-11,15 KOs), 1:24. Lopez, the IBF No. 1 featherweight contender, lived up to his lofty ranking with a one-sided stoppage over Vargas. He landed a left hand to the body in the second that put Vargas down for the 10-count.

Heavyweight: Antonio Mireles (5-0, 5 KOs) KO 2 Kaleel Carter (2-2, 2 KOs), 1:52. Mireles overcame adversity for the first time in his young career, as Carter scored a knockdown in the opening round. A short left hand started the damage, but Mireles recovered and fought with a purpose in the second. Mireles’ combination punching stunned Carter, who turned his back and forced the referee to wave it off.

Photo from Mikey Williams / Top Rank via Getty Images

 

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Oleksandr Usyk vs. Anthony Joshua 2

Will Joshua enter the ring with his guts and punch or will Usyk win in another bore-fest?

By Alex and John Rinaldi

For fight fans around the globe there is nothing bigger and better than a great Heavyweight Championship bout. This was actually last seen when Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder squared off in their classic third fight to end their fistic trilogy to become one of the greatest fights of the ages.

Possibly, the same can be said for the second chapter of the Anthony Joshua – Oleksandr Usyk matchup. With that said though, preferably history does not repeat itself and the fans again get mistreated to another bore-fest of heavyweight proportions.

With three of the four recognized heavyweight world titles on the line this weekend at the King Abdullah Sports City Arena in Saudi Arabia, hopefully Joshua will enter the ring re-electrified and reinvigorated to take back what was originally his. Not that Usyk is a bad champion. His unbeaten record, which includes him capturing both the undisputed Cruiserweight Championship and three out of four Heavyweight titles clearly speak for itself. The problem is that his fights are about as exciting as a shuffleboard tournament played at a South Florida senior center, and he also sadly possesses the typical Eastern European charisma, which is essentially no charisma at all.

Against nearly everyone’s expectations, this past September saw the heavyweight landscape obliterated when Oleksandr Usyk scored a decision victory over the popular and powerful Anthony Joshua to win the WBA, IBF and WBO championships. Now the two men will battle one more time as Joshua tries to kickstart his third reign as world champion, while Usyk tries to secure and retain the laurels, he rightly won last year.

Prior to his bout with Joshua, Usyk had previously unified all four world championships at cruiserweight in 2018 when he won the Cruiserweight World Boxing Super Series by defeating Murat Gassiev in the tournament finals. He later made his heavyweight debut in 2019, scoring two sleep worthy wins over Chazz Witherspoon and Derek Chisora before beating a somewhat confused and unmotivated Joshua over 12 rounds.

To Joshua’s credit, after his first loss to Andy Ruiz, which ended with him being KO’d in a stunning fashion in June of 2019, Joshua did manage to come back six months later in December 2019 to reclaim his three world titles with a unanimous points decision.

This time around, Joshua has to rely upon his punching power – the same punching power that once stopped Wladimir Klitschko and 21 others in his 26-fight career. He also has to bring into the ring a big basket of guts along with the same courage that was once granted to the Cowardly Lion by the Wizard of Oz to re-fortify his stature in the sport in general, and the heavyweight division in particular, that has been essentially eclipsed by both Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder.

“He has to fight like a big guy. He can’t sit there and tag with this guy, he’s got to hit him with big shots,” said former heavyweight king and Hall of Famer Holyfield. “If you got a little brother. If you try to keep up, he moves too much, you’ve got to grab him and put all that weight on him and let him feel that you’re the stronger one and this is a big guy fight and there isn’t no way he can beat you in a big guy fight….I know both of the guys are capable of winning, it’s just who does it that night when the pressure happens. The fact of the matter is how a person thinks. I knew what my thinking was going to be in there. I always said that every guy that got the best of me was a guy lighter than me with fast hands, I sat there watching. But that’s what big guys used to do when they were in front of me, I was so good they sat there watching and then the fight is over.”

Perhaps Joshua should heed the advice of Holyfield a fighter who certainly rose to the occasion many times in his long, brilliant career.

As a better enticement for the fighters, especially to Joshua, is that the winner of the rematch will without question have their eye on a potential, highly lucrative bout with WBC champion Tyson Fury, with the victor to be crowned the Undisputed Heavyweight Champion of the World. Though the wildcard Fury has claimed to be retired — after seemingly unretiring for a handful of days — the possibility of winning all four Heavyweight titles, along with a purse of over $100 million, could easily, as proclaimed in the iconic movie The Godfather, be an offer he can’t  refuse.

Prediction:
As in Beatle’s lore, will Joshua Get Back his Heavyweight Championship laurels by training hard for Eight Days a Week, or will he sink like a Yellow Submarine and leave the ring singing I’m a Loser while he takes The Long and Winding Road into retirement and straight into the black hole and bastions of “what could have been?”
In his tune Glass Onion, John Lennon refers back to his classic song, I am the Walrus, when he says, “Here’s another clue for you all, the walrus was Paul.” In this fight, the clue from us all will be that Usyk will fall.
Tomorrow Never Knows….

Usyk vs. Joshua 2 fight card, odds

  • Oleksandr Usyk (c) -200 vs. Anthony Joshua +170, WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight titles
  • Filip Hrgovic -1000 vs. Zhilei Zhang +250, heavyweights
  • Callum Smith -1100 vs. Mathieu Bauderlique +700, light heavyweights
  • Badou Jack vs. Richard Rivera, cruiserweights
  • Ziyad Almaayouf vs. Jose Alatorre, super lightweights
  • Ramla Ali vs. Crystal Garcia Nova, women’s super-bantamweights
  • Andrew Tabiti vs. James Wilson, heavyweights
  • Ben Whittaker vs. Petar Nosic, light heavyweights
  • Daniel Lapin vs. Jozef Jurko, light heavyweights
  • Bader Al Samreen vs. Faud Taverdi, super lightweights

Viewing information

  • Date: 20 | Location: Jeddah Superdome — Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
  • Start time:12 p.m. ET (Main event expected around 5:15 p.m. ET)
  • How to watch/stream: DAZN

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2-Time World Champion Shawn Porter is Confirmed for Sixth Annual Box Fan Expo, During Mexican Independence Day Weekend on Saturday September 17, in Las Vegas  

Box Fan Expo – the Largest Boxing Fan Event held in the U.S –

the Ultimate Boxing Fan Experience

Las Vegas (August 8, 2022) – Two-time world champion “Showtime” Shawn Porter has confirmed that he will appear at the Sixth Annual Box Fan Expo on Saturday, September 17, 2022, at the Las Vegas Convention Center from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Expo will also coincide with the mega trilogy fight between Canelo Alvarez vs Gennady Golovkin, that will take place later that evening at the T-Mobile Arena. 

Porter will hold a Meet & Greet with his fans at The Porter Way Podcast, and he will be streaming LIVE at his booth during the fan event held over the Mexican Independence Day weekend.

The Box Fan Expo is an annual fan event that coincides with some of the sports’ legendary, classic fights in Las Vegas, including Mayweather vs. Maidana II, Mayweather vs. Berto, Canelo vs. Chavez Jr., Canelo vs. GGG II, and Canelo vs. Jacobs. Centered in boxing’s longtime home – Las Vegas – this year’s Expo is a must-do for fight fans coming in for this legendary weekend, with dozens of professional fighters, promoters, and companies involved in the boxing industry. The Expo is the largest and only Boxing Fan Expo held in the United States. http://boxfanexpo.com – @BoxFanExpo

Tickets to the Box Fan Expo are available at Eventbrite –https://bit.ly/BOXFANEXPO2022

Porter will make his sixth appearance at this years’ Expo and will be signing gloves, photos, and personal items. Boxing enthusiasts will have an opportunity to also take pictures with this fan friendly Boxing Star.

Porter joins Jessie Vargas and Erik Morales as an early commitment to this year’s Box Fan Expo, with more Boxing stars to be announced.

About Shawn Porter

Porter is an American former professional boxer who competed from 2008 to 2021. He is a two-time former welterweight world champion, having held the IBF title from 2013 to 2014 and the WBC title from 2018 to 2019. He is particularly known for his aggressive pressure fighting style, physical strength and high workrate. Some of his most noticeable fights came against Danny Garcia, Keith Thurman, Errol Spence Jr., Adrien Broner, Paulie Malignaggi, Andre Berto and Kell Brook to name a few.

About The Porter Way Podcast

Founded in 2020, Two-Time Welterweight world champion ”Showtime” Shawn Porter leads a unique, entertaining podcast focused on boxing & everything else in the sports & entertainment world. The Porter Way is a Blue Wire Podcast. More info: https://linktr.ee/theporterwaypodcast

About Box Fan Expo

Box Fan Expo is the ultimate boxing fan experience event, which allows fans to meet the stars of boxing that represent the past, present and future of the sport. With hosted autograph signings, meet-and-greets with current and former boxing world champions, limited edition merchandise for sale, giveaways and more, this is the ultimate event for fans of the sport.

Past boxing stars that have participated include: Floyd Mayweather, Mike Tyson, Roberto Duran, Sugar Ray Leonard, Julio Cesar Chavez, Juan Manuel Marquez, Tommy Hearns, Roy Jones Jr, Marco Antonio Barrera, Erik Morales, Andre Ward, Mikey Garcia, Marcos Maidana, Devin Haney, David Benavidez, Errol Spence Jr, Sergio Martinez, Keith Thurman, Danny Garcia, Tim Bradley, Deontay Wilder, Amir Khan, Shawn Porter, Fernando Vargas, Abner Mares, James Toney, Jessie Vargas, Vinny Paz, Mia St.John, Leo Santa Cruz, Badou Jack, Terry Norris, Riddick Bowe, Earnie Shavers, Michael & Leon Spinks, Danny Jacobs, Claressa Shields, Teofimo Lopez, Brandon Rios, Jorge Linares, and many more.

Exhibitors include boxing promoters, gear, apparel, equipment, energy drinks, supplement products, broadcasting media, sanctioning bodies, and other companies who showcase their brand to fans and the boxing industry as a whole.

Throughout the next few months leading up to the Event, there will be weekly updates on the many stars that will commit their appearance at the Boxing Expo

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Return of the Mick: Conlan Dominates Marriaga in Belfast Main Event  

 Paddy Donovan, Kieran Molloy, and Kurt Walker notch victories in undercard action

BELFAST (Aug. 6, 2022)  Michael “Mick” Conlan returned home to Belfast and got back on the winning track. Conlan, who lost a featherweight title bid in March, defeated Miguel Marriaga by unanimous decision in the 10-round featherweight main event Saturday at The SSE Arena.

Conlan (17-1, 8 KOs) prevailed by scores of 99-88 2x and 99-89, securing knockdowns in the seventh, eighth, and ninth rounds. Marriaga (30-6, 26 KOs), a three-time world title challenger, dropped to 1-3 in his last four fights but showed a flourish of his vaunted power. In the 10th round, he buckled Conlan, and there were anxious moments for both men navigating the slippery canvas.

Conlan got the result the packed house came to see. He then called for a rematch with Leigh Wood, the WBA champion who scored a come-from-behind 12th-round knockout in a modern boxing classic.

Conlan said, “I had to get rid of a lot of demons tonight. Even in the fuc*ing last round, he hit me with a shot. That guy can punch. {He has} 10 more knockouts than I have fights. He hit me with a jab in the first round, and it was like, ‘Oh, this guy actually can bang.’ I had to be careful and use my skills, which I did. In the last round, he caught me with a shot. Listen, I’ve been using my legs all night. I was a bit off the pace. He was pushing it. He landed a good shot. He buckled me a little bit. I felt it, and for me, to kind of come through that and it’s the last round… I got knocked out in my last fight in the last round. I think that says a lot. I’m back, baby. I’m ready for any of them.

“Obviously, I want Leigh Wood. It’s obvious, but Leigh has his own situation. So, hopefully he can deal with that and come through and the rematch can be done. If not, it’s any other champion. I want to get back in. I will be world champion, and I know I will. Whoever I face, I know I’ll beat him.”

In other action:

Welterweight: Tyrone McKenna (23-3-1, 6 KOs) UD 10 Chris Jenkins (23-6-3, 8 KOs), Scores: 96-95 2x and 97-94. Jenkins, a former British and Commonwealth welterweight champion, appeared to do enough to earn the victory, but the three judges ruled in favor of Belfast native McKenna. It was a battle of Jenkins’ steady pressure against southpaw volume McKenna, and the two waged a phone booth affair. McKenna recovered from a barrage of body blows to have counterpunching success in the ninth and 10th rounds.

Junior Middleweight: Kieran Molloy (2-0, 2 KOs) TKO 2 Evgenii Vazem (9-36, 7 KOs), 1:23. Molloy, from Galway, Ireland, shined in pro bout number two with a devastating performance over Vazem. Early in the second, a four-punch combination, punctuated by a right hook to the body, put Vazem down for the count.

Molloy said, “I fit right in here. I’m an entertainer. I’m a good fighter, and I proved tonight that I’m a good boxer as well. I didn’t even look for that shot. I just landed that uppercut a few times. His elbows were coming up, and it was a nice, sinking body shot, so I just took it.”  

Super Middleweight: Padraig McCrory (14-0, 8 KOs) TKO 5 Marco Antonio Periban (26-6-1, 17 KOs), 2:14. McCory moved his knockout streak to four with a one-sided drubbing over the former world title challenger. Periban was dropped three times in the fifth round, the final blows coming courtesy of a quick-trigger combination that knocked him into a neutral corner. The referee waved off the fight, and McCrory secured the second defense of his WBC International Silver belt.

Featherweight: Kurt Walker (3-0, 1 KO) PTS 6 Marcos Gabriel Martinez (18-4, 5 KOs), Score: 59-55. Walker, a 2020 Tokyo Olympian, stepped up in class and used his superior lateral movement and combination punching to stymie Argentina’s Martinez. Walker, who is signed to Top Rank, turned pro earlier this year and hopes to take the express lane to title contention at 27 years old.

Welterweight: Paddy Donovan (9-0, 6 KOs) PTS 8 Tom Hill (10-3, 2 KOs), Score: 80-72. The Irish southpaw sensation returned from injury — and a nearly six-month layoff — to shut out Hill. It was the first scheduled eight-rounder for Donovan, a 23-year-old who is trained and managed by former middleweight world champion Andy Lee.

Donovan said, “It’s very important to get the rounds in. Tommy is a very, very tough fighter. We knew that before. He hopped in the ring before he accepted the challenge. He’s beat the Irish number one welterweight, knocking him down twice in the fight, so we know what he’s capable of.”

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NONITO DONAIRE TARGETING KAZUTO IOKA AND ROMAN ‘CHOCOLATITO’ GONZALEZ 

 

LOS ANGELES, AUGUST 5 – Nonito Donaire is targeting huge fights at super flyweight with Kazuto Ioka and Roman ‘Chocolatito’ Gonzalez – before moving back up to chase bantamweight greatness. 

The former four-weight world champion has emphatically dismissed any idea of retiring following his brutal stoppage defeat to Naoya Inoue in June

Instead, the legendary Donaire, who will be 40 in November, intends on dropping down to the 115lbs division to chase mouth watering fights with WBO champion Ioka and the brilliant Chocolatito. 

And then the Filipino Flash plans to move back into the mix at bantamweight in pursuit of becoming the undisputed champion in that division. 

“It’s a really good fight with Chocolatito and people are saying it would be ‘legend versus legend’” Donaire told Probellum.com 

“It’s a big fight. But I do like the Ioka fight as well because I want to get that title and become a five-division champion and then move back up to 118 and go for the undisputed crown once everything else is open and I get another opportunity for it.” 

Donaire has revealed he was mulling over the move to super flyweight in the hours before he faced Inoue last month. 

“Before the fight with Inoue, Richard Schaefer and I talked about going down to 115,” Donaire said.  

“Making the weight was very simple for me and I made it quickly. I even made 117 before stepping on the scales.  

“Richard and I were talking and saying that regardless of what happens here, maybe I can go down to 115 and fight the guys in that division.  

“Richard is talking with Ioka’s people, with Mr Honda and he is talking to Chocolatito as well. It’s exciting, there are a lot of things to look forward to.” 

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Teofimo Lopez: “The Takeover is Back!”

Lopez-Pedro Campa headlines ESPN-televised bill SATURDAY, August 13 @ Resorts World Las Vegas

Tickets starting at $40 are on sale now and can be purchased at Etix.com

RINGOES, N.J.  (Aug. 4, 2022) — The Takeover 2.0 is 10 days away. Teofimo Lopez (16-1, 12 KOs), the former unified and lineal lightweight champion, will make his junior welterweight debut against Mexican veteran Pedro Campa (34-1-1, 23 KOs) on Saturday, Aug. 13, at the Resorts World Event Center at Resorts World Las Vegas.

Lopez is back following last November’s split decision shocker to George Kambosos Jr., which knocked him from the top of the lightweight heap. The Brooklyn native is training in New Jersey for Campa, a 30-year-old puncher who is unbeaten in eight fights dating back to 2017. 

Following a recent training session, this is what Lopez had to say about his ESPN-televised return.

“The Takeover is back! I took over the lightweight division, and I plan on doing the same at junior welterweight. Pedro Campa is a tough opponent with an aggressive Mexican style, and I can’t wait to put on a show for the fans.”

“Every person goes through challenges, but I’ve put the past behind me and am thrilled to be back fighting on ESPN and in Las Vegas. I am calling this fight the ‘Take Back’ because I am coming to regain what I’ve lost. One defeat does not define a fighter, and it won’t define me.”

“I had been fighting at lightweight since I was a teenager, and it was time to move up. I am going to be an even better, more explosive fighter. You will see that on August 13.”

“I am only 25 years old. My best years are in front of me. Pedro Campa is the start of a new chapter in my career. I will be a two-weight world champion very soon. Every contender and champion at junior welterweight better watch out because I am coming to clean out the division.”

Promoted by Top Rank, tickets starting at $40 are on sale now and can be purchased at Etix.com.

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San Diego Media Workout Alert: Emanuel Navarrete, Nico Ali Walsh & Hometown Hero Giovani Santillan Prepare for August 20 Card @ Pechanga Arena 
Media workout to take place MONDAY, Aug. 8 @ The BXING Club East Village 

Navarrete, Santillan and Ali Walsh to headline ESPN-televised tripleheader (10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT)

August 3 – Who: WBO featherweight world champion Emanuel “Vaquero” Navarrete, undefeated welterweight contender/San Diego native Giovani Santillan, and unbeaten middleweight prospect Nico Ali Walsh.
 
What: Navarrete, Santillan and Ali Walsh will conduct a media workout 12 days before they take center stage Saturday, Aug. 20, at Pechanga Arena San Diego.
 
Navarrete (35-1, 29 KOs) will defend his world title against his Mexican countryman, Eduardo Baez (21-2-2, 7 KOs). In the co-feature, Santillan (29-0, 17 KOs) risks his perfect against Julio Luna (19-0-2, 10 KOs).
 
Ali Walsh, the grandson of Muhammad Ali, opens the ESPN telecast in a rematch versus Reyes Sanchez (7-2, 3 KOs), the only man to take him the distance in his young career. Nearly 50 years ago, Ali fought at Pechanga Arena San Diego (then known as San Diego Sports Arena), suffering a broken jaw en route to a shocking decision defeat to Ken Norton.
 
Where: The BXING Club East Village
491 15th Street, San Diego

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The Homecoming: Newark Native Shakur Stevenson to Defend Unified Junior Lightweight Title Against Robson Conceição September 23 at Prudential Center LIVE on ESPN Lightweight sensation Keyshawn Davis set to return in the co-feature
Tickets starting at $50 are on sale TODAY, July 25

NEWARK, N.J. (July 25, 2022) — Brick City’s boxing superstar, Shakur Stevenson, is the junior lightweight king. He’ll soon return home to defend his throne.

Stevenson, the WBC, WBO and Ring Magazine champion, puts his hardware on the line against Brazilian standout Robson Conceição on Friday, Sept. 23, at Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. In the eight-round lightweight co-feature, Tokyo 2020 U.S. Olympic silver medalist Keyshawn Davis returns against an opponent to be named.
 
Stevenson-Conceição and Davis’ bout will air live on ESPN, ESPN Deportes and ESPN+ (simulcast) at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT.
 
Promoted by Top Rank, tickets starting at $50 go on sale TODAY, July 25, at 2 p.m. ET and can be purchased at Ticketmaster.com.
 
“The sensational Shakur Stevenson is a once in a generation boxing talent, and he’s back home in Newark as a world champion against a worthy contender in Robson Conceição,” said Top Rank chairman Bob Arum. “I also can’t wait to see young talents like Keyshawn Davis and Bruce Carrington perform on such a significant card.”
 
“Prudential Center is incredibly proud to partner once again with Top Rank and ESPN to host Newark’s own Shakur Stevenson in his homecoming bout, as he defends his junior lightweight world titles in this exciting matchup versus Robson Conceição”, said Dylan Wanagiel, VP of Sports Properties & Special Events for Prudential Center. “Having Shakur back home means a great deal to this city, as his presence alone is an inspiration to our next generation. We look forward to another historic night as we add to the rich history of combat sports in our great state of New Jersey. We welcome all fight aficionados to join the unique excitement of a Newark crowd, which we will share with the worldwide audiences of ESPN and ESPN Deportes.”
 
Stevenson (18-0, 9 KOs) returns to Prudential Center following a career-best performance in April over Oscar Valdez. He unified two junior lightweight titles in a near-shutout over 12 rounds and vaulted up the pound-for-pound rankings. Stevenson, a former featherweight world champion, won the WBO junior lightweight strap last October with a knockout over long-reigning champion Jamel Herring. In 18 professional fights since capturing a silver medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics, Stevenson has lost a small handful of rounds, establishing himself as the sport’s premier defensive practitioner. The southpaw stylist comes back to Brick City intent on maintaining his dominance.
 
Stevenson said, “I’m coming home to Newark and I’m back as a unified champion. I’ve always proudly represented Newark, and I’m ready to perform in front of my hometown fans at Prudential Center on September 23. Robson Conceição gave Oscar Valdez a tough fight. A lot of people felt like he won, but we’ll see how good he really is when he fights me.”

Conceição (17-1, 8 KOs) made history as Brazil’s first Olympic boxing gold medalist, turning pro under the Top Rank banner less than three months after the 2016 Rio Games. He entered the Valdez last fight last September with a 16-0 record, but the oddsmakers gave him little shot at dethroning the champion. Twelve rounds later, he lost a close points verdict but ultimately proved himself as a worthy title contender. Less than five months after the Valdez fight, he traveled to Tulsa, Oklahoma, and upset the previously undefeated Xavier Martinez over 10 rounds. Conceição, who fought the likes of Valdez, Vasiliy Lomachenko, Joe Cordina and Josh Taylor as an amateur, now gets the chance to battle another decorated amateur turned professional world champion.
 
Conceição said, “Shakur Stevenson is an excellent athlete and has my respect for everything he has accomplished. Our paths are crossing, and there will only be one champion. I guarantee the best performance of my life. It will be the fight of the year and a great show for the audience and my Brazilian fans, the ones that never give up!”
 
Davis (5-0, 4 KOs), from Norfolk, Virginia, shined in the Stevenson-Valdez co-feature, knocking out Esteban Sanchez in six rounds. The 23-year-old nicknamed “The Businessman,” is a rising star who has yet to lose a round in the paid ranks. The one-time amateur superstar was one of the fistic stars of Tokyo 2020. Davis ran roughshod through the lightweight bracket until the championship bout, where he lost a competitive decision to Cuban prodigy Andy Cruz.

The undercard, streaming live and exclusively on ESPN+, is highlighted by the fifth professional outing of featherweight Bruce Carrington, who hails from Brownsville, Brooklyn. Carrington (4-0, 3 KOs) will fight Chilean veteran Jose Argel (8-4, 2 KOs) in a six-rounder. Carrington has won three straight by knockout since turning pro with a decision victory last October on the Tyson Fury-Deontay Wilder III undercard.
 
In other undercard action:

Long Island-born welterweight prospect Jahi Tucker (8-0, 5 KOs) steps up in class against New Mexico’s Jose Luis Sanchez (11-2-1, 4 KOs) in a six-rounder. Sanchez went the distance against top junior middleweight prospect Xander Zayas last September.
 
A pair of Puerto Rican contenders, junior lightweight Henry “Moncho” Lebron (16-0, 10 KOs) and featherweight Orlando Gonzalez (18-1, 11 KOs), will see action in separate eight-rounders.
 
Floyd “Cashflow” Diaz (6-0, 2 KOs), from The Bronx, N.Y., fights in a six-rounder at junior featherweight, while popular Puerto Rican prospect Armani Almestica (6-0, 6 KOs) goes for knockout number seven in a six-rounder at lightweight.
 
Popular New York City welterweight Pablo Valdez (6-0, 5 KOs) makes his 2022 debut in a six-rounder.

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TICKETS GO ON SALE THURSDAY AND PRE-SALE TICKETS AVAILABLE TOMORROW FOR HEAVYWEIGHT SHOWDOWN BETWEEN ANDY RUIZ JR. & LUIS ORTIZ ON SEPTEMBER 4 DURING LABOR DAY WEEKEND FROM CRYPTO.COM ARENA IN LOS ANGELES

Former Unified Heavyweight Champion Ruiz Takes on Top Contender Ortiz In Much-Anticipated Clash Headlining FOX Sports PBC Pay-Per-View

For Pre-Sale Tickets Use Code: BOXING or CRYPTO

LOS ANGELES – June 23, 2022 – Tickets will go on sale Thursday for the explosive heavyweight showdown between former unified champion Andy “The Destroyer” Ruiz Jr. and top contender Luis “King Kong” Ortiz taking place on September 4 during Labor Day Weekend from Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles and headlining a FOX Sports PBC Pay-Per-View event.
 
Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by TGB Promotions, go on sale Thursday, June 23 at 10 a.m. PT and can be purchased online at AXS.com  
 
Pre-sale tickets are available TOMORROW beginning at 10 a.m. PT until 10 p.m. PT through AXS.com with the code: BOXING or CRYPTO

Viewers can live stream the PBC shows on the FOX Sports and FOX NOW apps or at FOXSports.com. In addition, all programs are available on FOX Sports on SiriusXM channel 83 on satellite radios and on the SiriusXM app.

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Manuel Gallegos vs. Jesus Moroyoqui

Headline “Canela Box Nights”

Aug. 19th Live & Free stream on Canela.tv and Canela Sports from Mexico

LOS ANGELES (August 2, 2022) – Only 10 days after the launching of the “Canela Box Nights” series, CANELA BOX and World Cup Boxing Series (WCBS), led by CEO Terry Hollan and promoter/matchmaker Guy Taylor, have announced boxing’s newest series will return August 19th to one of boxing’s true hotbeds, Los Mochis, Sonora, Mexico.

“Canela Box Nights” will be held and streamed live for free the third Friday evening every month in Mexico.

Los Mochis, Sonora is synonymous with elite boxing, producing stars such as 5-time World Champion Fernando Montiel 54-6 (39 KOs) and 4-division World Champion Jorge Arce (64-8, 49 KOs). 

The most recent WCBS signing, super-middleweight Manuel Gallegos (19-1, 16 KOs), has a legitimate shot at developing into the next star from Los Mochis. Gallegos appears to have the size, strength, skills, and chin to go deep in the loaded 168-pound division. Two fights ago. Gallegos defeated former Showtime and TMT fighter, Kevin Newman II (13-3-1, 8 KOs), of Las Vegas, by way of a close 10-round unanimous decision a year ago.

Gallegos’ opponent in the Aug. 19th 8-round main event is light heavyweight Jesus “Mazo” Moroyoqui (10-1, 7 KOs), of Navojoa, Sonora, the home of Mexican boxing legend and former International Boxing Federation (IBF) World Champion Luis “Yory Boy” Campas (107-17-3. 82 KOs). 

“I’ve had the privilege to sit ringside and watch both men fight on separate nights and when the opportunity came to make this fight happen it was something we couldn’t pass up,” explained Taylor. “Now, if you are a boxing purest and love the whole ‘hit and not get hit’ style, this main event match-up may not be for your favorite, but if want to see a fight with no pretense of defense then you better tune in on August 19th to CANELA.TV”.”

Moroyoqui had a good amateur career with more than 100 fights and as a pro he has already defeated two previously undefeated fighters. Moroyoqui’s last fight resulted in his first pro loss to current world-ranked, undefeated Diego Pacheco (15-0) on DAZN.

The 8-round co-featured event will serve as a great “table setter” as one of the top prospects in all of Mexico and member of the Mexico’s famous Montiel boxing family, super lightweight prospect Jorge Lugo Cota (7-0, 5 KOs), also from Los Mochis. An outstanding amateur who had a record of 155-10, coupled with numerous state and national championship performances, Cota takes a huge leap up in class versus former world title challenger Jesus Antonio Rubio (13-5-2, (7 KOs). 

Rubio defeated former world-ranked challenger and United States Boxing Association (USBA) Champion Sonny Fredrickson (21-3) back in the spring of 2021.  Defeating Fredrickson earned Rubio an opportunity to fight for the vacant World Boxing Association (WBA) Interim Junior Welterweight World Championship against undefeated Alberto Puello (20-0) a year ago albeit dropping a 12-round decision.  In Rubio’s last action, he fought to an 8-round split draw with Angel Martinez (14-1, 14KOs).

“I have always been known as an aggressive matchmaker in my 20 years of doing, but this is overly aggressive even for me,” Taylor noted. “We have the utmost confidence in our fighter (Lugo) and for him to make his first eight-round fight against a past world title challenger should tell you all about the confidence he has in himself.”

“Canela Box Nights” – LIVE, EXCLUSIVE and FREE stream on CANELA.TV, presented by World Cup Boxing Series, on Friday, August 19th from the Centennial Sports Center in Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico, starting 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT throughout the United States, Mexico, and Latin America.

Canela.TV is available for download on Roku, Apple TV, Android TV, Amazon Fire TV, as well as through linear channels on Samsung TV Plus, LG, Vizio, Plex, Distro TV and available through iTunes and Google Play.  Users can find a wide variety of content, including soap operas, news, movies, television series, cooking shows, among others, through the Hispanic lens.  For additional information on Canela.TV please visit: https://www.canela.tv/

“Canela Fight Nights” was created by CANELA MEDIA, a leading, minority-owned technology driven company committed to redefining digital media experiences for the Hispanic Community, and World Cup Boxing Series (WCBS), led by its creators CEO Terry Holland and promoter/matchmaker Guy Taylor.

ABOUT CANELA MEDIA: Canela Media is the leading, minority-owned technology driven company offering brands a complete ecosystem to connect with multicultural audiences starting with its free streaming platform service, Canela.TV which enriches the new generation of U.S. Latinos with free access to unique, culturally relevant content. In addition to TV content, Canela Music features a unique blend of Latin music programming , featuring various genres from Latin Pop, Regional Mexican, Classics, Romantic, and more.

Canela Media reaches more than 50 million unique Hispanics across its 180+ premium Spanish-language sites. Combined with the company’s proprietary data, Canela Media possesses in-depth knowledge and understanding of how to establish meaningful and culturally relevant connections with the new mainstream- U.S. and Latin America Hispanics.

Headquartered in New York, Canela Media is ranked as the third largest Hispanic ad-focused company and the only female-and minority-owned certified digital company. For more information please visit: https://canelamedia.com/

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Dog Fight: Isaac Dogboe Edges Joet Gonzalez in Featherweight Battle

Cabrera topples Flores Jr. in lightweight co-feature


HINCKLEY, Minn. (July 23, 2022) — Isaac “Royal Storm” Dogboe’s future was cloudy following back-to-back junior featherweight title fight losses to Emanuel Navarrete. Now, his future is brighter than ever.

Ghana’s Dogboe defeated two-time title challenger Joet Gonzalez by a 10-round split decision in the featherweight main event Saturday evening at the Grand Casino in Hinckley, Minnesota. The bout was a WBC title eliminator, and Dogboe won the WBO International title, putting him in a prime position to challenge for a world title.

Dogboe (24-2, 15 KOs), who won the first three rounds on two of the scorecards, swept the 10th to earn the win by scores of 96-94 on two cards. Gonzalez prevailed by the same margin on the other card.

Dogboe said, “I said to the people that my journey can be a Hollywood blockbuster movie, and I praise God always.
 
“I’ve always seen {trainer} Barry {Hunter} as a very inspirational person, a father figure. He’s a person that when it seems like it’s all gone, he always has something to say to you. I really needed him in my corner. He was able to pull that extra strength in me out. I want to say thanks to Joet Gonzalez. He’s a true warrior.

“Whoever the champions are, they should watch out. The ‘Royal Storm,’ I am back, baby!”

Gonzalez (25-3, 15 KOs), who outlanded Dogboe 197-190, believed he did enough to earn the win. Last October, he lost a 12-round barnburner to Navarrete in his second bid for the WBO featherweight title. Despite falling short, he still hopes a third title opportunity is in his future.

“Close fight. I thought I won the fight. I buckled him, I believe, twice in the fight. I stunned him,” Gonzalez said. “He didn’t really land too many shots. I landed the cleaner, harder shots. I was pushing him back, and he was holding most of the time. Roughing me and trying to stop me. But I thought I won the fight.”

Cabrera Dominates Flores Jr.

Welcome to the big show, Giovanni Cabrera. The Chicago native dropped Gabriel Flores Jr. three times en route to a dominant 10-round unanimous decision (98-89 3x) in the lightweight co-feature.

Cabrera exploded in the opening round, knocking down Flores with a straight right left seconds into the opening round. He added a second knockdown off a left hand that had Flores stumbling into the ropes.

Cabrera (21-0, 7 KOs) added a knockdown with a right hook in the fifth, but Flores, the fighting pride of Stockton, California, would not give in. Flores (21-2, 7 KOs) pressed forward in the fight’s second half, doing enough to win a pair of rounds on all three judges’ cards. But in the 10th round, Cabrera charged forward hoping for the knockout.

The knockout did not materialize, but Cabrera, who is trained by the legendary Freddie Roach, did not have to worry about the cards. He had done more than enough to author a signature victory.

I felt amazing. It’s what we worked on in the gym,” Cabrera said. “Everybody, I think, can see I’m a very slick boxer. As I’ve progressed in the professional ranks, there’s still growth to be had. There’s a lot to learn, and I have the best trainer in the world to do that. I’ve been working on my power. He felt it in the

first round. Gabriel Flores is as tough as they come. My hat’s off to him. This incredible fight wouldn’t have been made if he wasn’t brave enough to take it.”

Flores said, “I should’ve kept on stepping to my left. The game plan kind of went to blur. My father was telling me to keep stepping to my left, keep feinting, keep flicking my jab, and keep jabbing. I didn’t really do much of any of that.”

In other results:

Middleweight: Javier Martinez (7-0, 2 KOs) UD 6 Chino Hill (7-1-1, 6 KOs). Scores: 60-54 and 59-55 2x. Milwaukee’s Martinez picked up the most substantial victory of his young career, nearly shutting out the savvy native of Davenport, Iowa. The Robert Garcia Boxing Academy-trained Martinez landed 25 more punches than Hill and connected at a 48 percent clip. Martinez, a one-time U.S. amateur standout, has been spotless since turning pro inside the MGM Grand Bubble two years ago.

Heavyweight: Guido Vianello (9-0-1, 9 KOs) TKO 4 Rafael Rios (11-4, 8 KOs), 2:59. 2016 Italian Olympian Vianello returned from a nearly 13-month layoff and didn’t skip a beat, lacing Rios with combinations until the finish came at the end of round four. Rios, with his nose bloodied, ate a vicious uppercut, then a combination capped by a left hook to the body that put him down for the 10-count.

Featherweight: Haven Brady Jr. (7-0, 4 KOs) UD 6 Aaron Echeveste (6-8, 3 KOs), Scores: 60-54 2x and 60-53. Brady put forth a workmanlike effort against Echeveste, an eight-year pro who has only been stopped once as a pro. He pressed for the knockout in the sixth round, landing a series of left hooks against the southpaw spoiler as the seconds ticked away. 
 
LightweightAbdullah Mason (3-0, 3 KOs) TKO 1 Luis Fernandez (1-4-1), 2:39. The 18-year-old southpaw, from Cleveland, Ohio, showed why he’s one of the sport’s ascending stars with a drubbing of Fernandez. The finishing flurry was punctuated by a brutal uppercut that prompted referee Mark Nelson to stop the fight.

HeavyweightAntonio Mireles (4-0, 4 KOs) TKO 2 Dennys Reyes (3-3, 1 KO), 2:09. “El Gigante,” the 6’9, 270-pound behemoth from Des Moines, Iowa, ended his evening early with a savage salvo in the second round. He knocked down Reyes with a chopping left hand, and when Reyes rose to his feet, a two-punch combination made the inevitable official.

Light HeavyweightDante Benjamin Jr. (3-0, 2 KOs) TKO 1 Corey Thompson (4-1, 3 KOs) 2:24. “Free Smoke” brought it to Minnesota, jumping all over the previously undefeated Thompson in the opening round of the scheduled four-rounder. Benjamin notched a pair of knockdowns, both of which left Thompson reeling into the ropes before the one-sided affair was called off.

Heavyweight: Colton Warner (5-1, 3 KOs) UD 4 Jimmy Barnes (1-3, 1 KO). Scores: 40-36 3x.

Middleweight: Antonio Woods (11-0, 9 KOs) TKO 1 Darryl Jones (4-5-1, 2 KOs), 2:36.

Heavyweight: Cayman Audie (2-1, 1 KO) UD 4 Anthony Garrett (1-1, 1 KO). Scores: 39-34 3x.

Photo by Mikey Williams / Top Rank via Getty Images

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Dylan Price Spectacular with Unanimous Decision over Drew Correll To win NBA Bantamweight World Title

 Chester Native Frankie Lynn Thrills Hometown Fans with 33 second KO in pro Debut

CHESTER, PA (July 18, 2022)–Bantamweight Dylan Price remained undefeated by displaying a scintillating performance in winning a 10-round unanimous decision over tough Drew Correll to capture the NBA Bantamweight world title at a sold out Elevations Event Center in Chester, Pennsylvania.

The six-bout card was promoted by Price Promotions.

Price came out fast by landing some wicked straight rights against the tall southpaw Correll. Correll looked to establish his long jab, and at times, he was successful. Price was able to put some vicious combinations throughout the contest. He was able to mix in hard body combinations with four and five flush punches to the head.   

Price was able to crack, but not break down the steel-chinned Correll. Almost each time it seemed like that anytime Correll was teetering on being in serious trouble, he would keep Price honest with a little flurry of punches.  Price’s punches were accurate, and were accompanied with speed and power, that saw Price came home with the victory and the title by scores of 99-91 and 98-92 twice.

Price of Sicklerville, New Jersey is now 15-0. Correll of Danville, New Jersey is 10-3.

The co-feature saw Frankie Lynn of Chester need just 32 seconds to dispose of Prince Francis in a one-sided battle of pro debuting middleweights.

Lynn dropped an overmatched Francis twice before the fight was halted.

Erron Peterson used a vicious body assault to take out Jeremiah Kendrick in round three of their scheduled four-round middleweight fight.

Peterson threw powerful punches to the side of Kendrick until it was determined that he had taken enough punishment for the evening at 2:56 of round three.

Peterson of Philadelphia is 1-0 with one knockout. Kendrick, also of Philadelphia, is 1-1.

Jalique Holden stopped Tyrique Gerald in round one of their four-round lightweight contest.

The time was 2:59 for Holden of Delaware, who is 1-0. Gerlad of Brooklyn, NY is 0-1.

Abimbola Osundairo put on a power-punching display and stopped Tariq Green in round two of their four-round super middleweight bout,

The time was 1:45 for Osundairo of Chicago, who is now 2-0 with one stoppage. Green of Philadelphia is 0-1.

The card kicked off with Aaron Newmose winning a four-round split decision over Jamir Anderson in a battle of debuting welterweight.

Newmose of Atlantic City won by scores of 39-37 twice, while Anderson won a card 39-37.

Photo by Darryl Cobb Jr.

 

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Hey Arnold: Barboza Defeats Zorrilla in 140-Pound Showdown

Silver Medal Star Richard Torrez Jr. Improves to 2-0

Arnold Barboza (R) and Danielito Zorrilla (L) square off with each other.

TEMECULA, Calif. (July 15, 2022) — Junior welterweight contender Arnold Barboza Jr. waited nearly 10 years as a pro to make his main event debut, and he took full advantage of the opportunity.

Barboza (27-0, 10 KOs), from South El Monte, California, grinded down Danielito Zorrilla to win a 10-round unanimous decision in front of a sold-out crowd of 2,836 Friday evening at Pechanga Resort Casino. Ranked No. 8 by the WBO at 140 pounds, he prevailed by scores of 98-92 and 97-93 2x.

Barboza returned from an 11-month layoff in vintage form, wearing down Zorrilla with a consistent body attack and well-placed right hands. Zorrilla (16-1, 12 KOs), down big on the cards, summoned one final charge in the 10th round. He landed a crisp right hand that wobbled Barboza, creating one very anxious moment for the Southern California standout. Barboza composed himself and held on for win number 27.

Barboza said, “I was a little rusty. It’s been a while. I’m not going to be inactive like that no more, man. I’m going to be fighting constantly.
 
“I was more off balance {in the 10th round}. I was right there. Once you saw me off balance, I was right back to my thing. Shout out to my conditioning. My conditioning was on point.

Arnold Barboza Jr. after his huge win.

“My manager knows, if we can’t get a title shot, you know who it is. We want Teofimo. It’s either a title shot or him.”

Muratalla Dominates Valtierra

Lightweight sensation Raymond “Danger” Muratalla (15-0, 12 KOs) shut out the game Jair Valtierra (16-2, 8 KOs) over eight rounds by identical scores of 80-71. Muratalla, from Fontana, California, dropped Valtierra with a left hook in the fourth.

Muratalla landed 133 power punches to 20 for Valtierra, but saw his nine-bout knockout streak end.

Raymond Muratalla (R) and Jair Valtierra (L) exchange punches on the inside.

Muratalla pressed for the knockout in the eighth round, but the stubborn Valtierra fired back and saw the final bell.

“I did OK. I felt like I was a little bit sloppy. I could’ve done a lot better. There are better days to come,” Muratalla said. “I just want to stay active, keep fighting, and whatever opponents they bring to me, they bring to me. I just want to get to the top, and I’m going to keep fighting and fighting.”

Torrez Jr. Stops Zavala Jr. in 58 Seconds

Richard Torrez Jr (R) smashed a jarring left to the jaw of Roberto Zavala Jr (L).

Heavyweight U.S. Olympic silver medalist Richard Torrez Jr. (2-0, 2 KOs) wasted little time, stopping Roberto Zavala Jr. (2-2-1, 2 KOs) at 58 seconds of the opening round. Torrez pressed forward and backed Zavala Jr. into the blue corner, unleashing a combination that prompted Eddie Hernandez Sr. to wave it off.

Torrez Jr. returns Aug. 27 on the ESPN-televised undercard of the Jose Pedraza-Richard Commey main event in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Torrez Jr. said, “I want to thank Top Rank for keeping me active and giving me the platform to showcase my talents. Every fight is a learning experience, and I can’t wait until August 27 in Tulsa.”

In other results:

Heavyweight: Stephan Shaw (17-0, 13 KOs) KO 1 Bernardo Marquez (14-5-1, 10 KOs), 2:35. “Big Shot” Shaw lived up to the billing with an explosive power burst that dropped Marquez three times in less than three minutes. Shaw, from St. Louis, ended the evening with a chopping right hand that dropped Marquez to the canvas. Shaw is 2-0 in 2022 since signing a co-promotional pact with Top Rank.

Stephan Shaw *R) pounds Bernardo Marquez (L) with a hard right.

Junior Featherweight: Floyd Diaz (6-0, 2 KOs) KO 3 Pedro Salome (3-1-1, 1 KO), 1:17. Four weeks after improving to 5-0, Diaz returned with a power flourish. After a competitive opening round, Diaz turned the tables in the second round and floored Salome with an overhand right in the third. Referee Daniel Sandoval waved off the fight after a three-punch combination staggered Salome.

Welterweight: Adrian Yung (28-7-3, 22 KOs) DRAW 6 Jorge Marron Jr. (20-3-2, 7 KOs). Scores: 59-55 Yung and 57-57 2x. Yung, who was originally supposed to fight Muratalla, was not fazed by the late-notice opponent. Marron, who hails from San Diego, brought a sizable cheering contingent but had to settle for his second consecutive draw. 

Featherweight: Austin Brooks (7-0, 2 KOs) UD 4 Victor Saravia. (1-3, 1 KO). Scores: 40-36 3x.

Photos from Mikey Williams / Top Rank via Getty Images

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FLORIDA BOXING HALL OF FAME INDUCTION WEEKEND TAKES PLACE DURING UNUSUAL DANGEROUS HEAT WAVE

 

Story by Mark Weisenmiller

Photos courtesy of Florida Boxing Hall of Fame

PETERSBURG, FL – Despite a dangerous, life-threatening heat wave that covered much of the American South, The Florida Boxing Hall of Fame (FLBHOF) conducted its annual induction weekend this year. The event was held at the Marriot Hotel here in St. Petersburg from Friday June 17th through induction day of Sunday June 19th.

2022 Florida Boxing Hall of Fame Inductees.

Eleven fights were scheduled for Friday evening, but one of them was cancelled. Thus, only 10 bouts happened. These fights, and the entire proceedings, were livestreamed by Gold Star Television.

Saturday’s first seminar was conducted by long-time Florida-based referees Brian Garry and Chris Young. These two have been conducting this seminar, or variations of it, during past FLBHOF induction ceremony weekends for many years and, like a singing duo that has worked together for many years, they know each other’s physical actions and vocal syncopations.

2022 FBHOF – 2022 Inductee – Former Heavyweight king Shannon Briggs.

The theme of the seminar was boxing refereeing and judging and Garry and Young relayed anecdotes of both fields from their past, and current experiences. Garry told a story of himself refereeing a bout in St. Petersburg some years ago that got so out of control that the frenzied audience moved their physical and vocal mayhem out of the arena where the fight was being held and continued their hellraising. Result: 25 of these people were arrested by St. Petersburg police. Young often emphasized the importance of positioning by referees, of themselves, during a bout. “Position is everything,” Young told the audience of 25 to 30 people.

Shannon Briggs -L- fires at George Foreman -R- in 1997 Lineal Heavyweight Title Fight. Photo by Pat Orr – The USA Boxing News.

Antonio Tarver was slated to give the next seminar with the theme of it being “A Fighter’s Perspective.” Tarver did not show up so former lightweight king Nate Campbell Jr. – a past FLBHOF inductee and a talented boxer who fought from 2002 to 2014 – filled in. Campbell spoke much about how mental preparation for a bout is just as important – indeed, in Campbell’s estimation, more important – than physical preparation. “When boxers trash talk an opponent,” explained Campbell to a packed audience, “It is not just done for the benefit of the media, but is a form of a boxer mentally psyching himself up for a upcoming bout.” Nate also admitted that he and his compatriot boxers undergo the mental strain of getting ready for a fight. “I can’t eat what I want; I can’t see the woman I love, I can’t see my kids. All of this is mentally grueling,” Campbell confessed.

2022 FBHOF – 2022 Inductee – Former WBO jr. welterweight and IBF welterweight champion Randall Bailey.

After lunch, FLBHOF President Steve Canton led a four-person panel (himself included) of a round robin discussion of many boxing-related topics. Among the things that he and his fellow panel members talked about – before another packed room – was how long fights should be; where fights should be held (Canton remembered when fights were held in baseball stadiums); the fact that TV network executives prefer 12-round fights to 15-round fights because the former fits television’s peculiar way of bending time; the point that major fights are no longer held on free TV and that this leads to less name recognition; the fact that good fighters will always watch and study both tapes of themselves and their opponents, and other matters. Canton said, “Fighters train for their fights; champions train all the time.” He also highly praised this year’s class of inductees.

2022 FBHOF – 2022 FLBHOF Inductee and former IBF Cruiserweight King Al Cole.

The seminar lasted until 3 PM and, in the interval until the formal dinner began at 6 PM, people lulled about or visited vendors who sold their wares (T-shirts, hats, etc.) from glass topped covered tables. There was also, as has been the case in past years, a plaster cast company’s worker making plaster casts of peoples’ fists.

IBF Cruiserweight Champion Al Cole. Photo by Alex Rinaldi

Seated at Table 25, at the back of the hotel space where the formal dinner was held, we had a full, wide-angle view of the room. Master of ceremonies for the evening, as has been the case in past years, was FLBHOF Vice President Bob Alexander. Two massive, large-screen movie screens – onto which was projected continuously played highlights of past boxing matches – enveloped the podium where Alexander reigned over the proceedings. Ten chairs were at each table and old friendships were renewed while new friendships began.

2022 FBHOF – L-R Announcer Bob Alexander and 2022 Inductee and former welterweight and jr. middleweight king Cory Spinks.

Between the salad and the entrée, many people looked at the aforementioned tables. Atop them now were dozens of items up for sale at a silent auction, ranging from a football jersey of local NFL team Tampa Bay Buccaneers player Mike Evans to a signed photo of local NHL team Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevsky (the Lightning were playing the Colorado Avalanche in the 2022 Stanley Cup Final at the time of this year’s FLBHOF induction ceremony weekend).

IBF welterweight king Cory Spinks -R- clobbers Ricardo Mayorga -L- with a right hand in their 2003 title bout.

Alexander announced the names of people from the boxing world who died in the previous year and one of these people was past FLBHOF President Walter “Butch” Flansburg. Canton thanked the crowd for coming and congratulated the new inductees. After this, Alexander acknowledged the people in the room who were Class of 2022 FLBHOF inductees. Keynote speaker of the evening was former amateur boxer, and now President of the Indiana Boxing Hall of Fame, Craig Houk.

2022 FBHOF -Inductee Fres Oquendo gives his acceptance speech.

Before the evening ended with dancing, awards were presented. More specifically, Chris Young, and brothers Vernon and Russell Ansell were given Special Achievement Awards, and the final award was the first annual Walter “Butch” Flansburg Award; this was presented to Tim Shipman, who is the Assistant Executive Director of the Florida State Boxing Commission.

Fres Oquendo stabs IBF heavyweight king Chris Byrd with a hard jab in 2003 bout. Photo by Tom Hogan-The USA Boxing News.

As people made their way to the Sunday morning hot buffet breakfast of eggs, bacon, and fried potatoes – all washed down with a selection of coffee; tea; or apple or orange juice – many seemed somewhat groggy. Two possible reasons: they stayed up too late after the previous evening’s festivities, or they watched the Lightning lose Game Two of the Stanley Cup Final. Yet, as these people took in sustenance, their spirits seemed to brighten.

2022 FBHOF – 2022 Inductee – Former Heavyweight Challenger David Tua has his fist casted to be placed in the Florida Boxing Hall of Fame Museum. Photo by Damon Gonzalez – LatinboxSports

The induction ceremony started at 11:20 AM. The FLBHOF Class of 2022 inductees was, and is, made up of 20 people – one PROMOTER (Richard Dobal); one person from the MEDIA world (Claudia Trejos); two OFFICIALS (Dennis DeBon and Dr. Ramon Garcia-Septien); three TRAINERS (Gus Curren; Tito Tiburon Ocasio; and Armando Wiz Fernandez); five PARTICIPANTS (Phil Alessi Jr.; Richard Fabian; Jerry Reyes; Joey Orduna; Steve Harris), and eight FIGHTERS (Randall Bailey; Al Cole; Fres Oquendo; David Tua; Shannon Briggs; Keith Mullings Sr.; David Armstrong, and Cory Spinks).

David Tua KO’s Michael Moorer. Photo by Alex Rinaldi.

The inductees walked into the room, two by two, to the tune of “Rocky” which was followed by the National Anthem. As it was Father’s Day, Alexander started the day by proclaiming, “A Happy Father’s Day to all of you fathers out there.” All of fathers applauded unabashedly.

2022 FBHOF – 2022 Inductee – Former WBO jr. welterweight and IBF welterweight champion Randall Bailey has his fist casted. Photo by Damon Gonzalez – LatinboxSports

The first inductee was the only posthumous one – Keith “The Brooklyn Assassin” Mullings Sr. He was only 53 when he died last May; cause of death has never been announced. Mullings captured the WBC super welterweight title on December 6, 1997 when he TKO’d the legendary “Terrible” Terry Norris in the ninth round. His eldest sister accepted on his behalf. “He [Keith] wanted to be remembered as a great fighter and he was. We (his immediate family) are deeply honored for this recognition,” she said. Before leaving the stage, she added “Brother, your fight is over.” Mullings’ final record was 16-8-1 (11 KO’s).

2022 FBHOF – 2022 Inductee Gus Curren.

Brian Garry gave a final 10-count bell ring to all who died in the boxing world in the past year. A video tribute to the late Walter “Butch” Flansburg was then shown. Beforehand, Alexander told the room packed with boxing fans, “This is the first induction ceremony that we’ve had where Butch Flansburg was not in attendance.” It ended as the crowd watched, in the video tribute, Flansburg getting inducted into last year’s FLBHOF class. Kathy Flansburg, Butch’s heartbroken wife, was not in attendance at this year’s induction ceremony.

2022 FBHOF – The late, legendary former FLBHOF Fame President Butch Flansburg was honored at the Induction Ceremony.

The ceremony continued and the next inductee was Steve Harris. He first thanked God, then his mother, then his brothers, and then, overcome with emotion, Harris nicely wrapped up his speech when he told his fellow inductees “This isn’t the end of the world. Keep involved in boxing. You can always teach a young person something.” Earlier in his life, he took this advice for, after an amateur boxing career of some 250 bouts, rather than turn professional, he decided to become a full-time boxing coach.

Next came Jerry Reyes. He took the stage accompanied by the Whitney Houston song Hero. When he told the audience that he was born in Puerto Rico, many of the crowd yelled approval and began to loudly yell “Woo, woo!” He is the founder and operator of Reyes Macho Time Boxing. Reyes gave it this name, for he was close friends with FLBHOF inductee and former world champion Hector “Macho” Camacho.

Former inspector for the Florida State Boxing Commission Richard Fabian followed. In addition to the above, he later went on to own and operate his own boxing consulting company. “You have to have passion before you have progression,” was Fabian’s motto during his boxing career. He told the crowd that his career in boxing has been a series of meeting the right people at the right time. “The thing that’s been important to me is the friends I’ve made along the way,” he confessed. Overcome by emotion, Fabian ended his speech in tears.

2022 FBHOF – L-R Bob Alexander, inductee Dr. Ramon Garcia-Septien, and FLBHOF President Steve Canton.

Joey Orduna was next. The matchmaker for T & K Boxing Promotions took the stage to the tune of Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now. He remembered first getting interested in boxing when he watched bouts on TV, especially those with Muhammad Ali, with his father. “You get stronger through adversity. These are tough times in the world now, but don’t get down. Let’s get going,” he enthusiastically said. He gave the longest acceptance speech of all the inductees.

Keith Mullings fires a left jab at Terry Norris in winning the WBC jr. middleweight title bout.

Phil Alessi Jr. is an example of a son taking over a business run by his father and making it even more successful. In this case, his father started the well-known and successful Alessi Bakery, which is based in Tampa. This affable Italian – who was inducted for his work in the fields of boxing management and promotion -took to the stage to the tune of That’s Amore as sung by Dean Martin. “I do all of this for my Lord, my family, and the legacy of my father,” he told the audience.

2022 FBHOF – L-R Inductee Claudia Trejos with FLBHOF President Steven Canton.

The next inductee was Dr. Garcia-Septien. Born in Cuba in 1952, his family made their way to Florida. In 1984, in Tampa, he received his first state license. During his decades long work in helping boxers, he has never charged a boxer for a medical service. Uniquely, the first person that he thanked was his sister. “Boxing is my life and boxing is my family,” he said. Dr. Garcia-Septien gave the shortest acceptance speech.

2022 FBHOF – L-R 2022 Inductee Steve Harris and FLBHOF President Steve Canton.

Born in 1954 in Buffalo, New York, Dennis DeBon, the next inductee, has refereed more than 400 professional bouts. He collects autographed boxing gloves and, for a hobby, works as an artist specializing in works made from glass. DeBon was the first inductee who, in his acceptance speech, first thanked everybody at the FLBHOF. DeBon recalled getting hit in the face while refereeing a bout and thanked Brian Garry who was his mentor.

2022 FBHOF – 2022 FLBHOF Class of Inductees Cake.

Born in 1969, Claudia Trejos was the MEDIA department inductee. As a child, she was a talented athlete. For more than 25 years, she has worked as a television boxing commentator. In 2002, she started work for the Univision broadcasting network and her career has continued to climb. “When they say you can’t, guess what? Yes, you can,” she gushed in her acceptance speech. Bob Alexander, who has worked professionally with Trejos, echoed this theme when in his introductory speech of her, he told the crowd that the Hispanic boxing commentator “is serving as a great role model for Hispanic women and also young girls out there.”

2022 FBHOF – Former NBA Lightweight Champ and 2022 Inductee David Armstrong.

Next was boxing promoter Richard Dobal. Taking the stage to the accompaniment of the Phil Collins song In The Air Tonight, he remarked, “I’ve worn many hats and promoter wasn’t originally one of them.” Eventually, he made his way to the vocation of boxing promoter with an emphasis of promoting matches in Miami and Key West. “Through the years, I’ve co-promoted fights in Ireland and Australia. It’s been a helluva ride,” Dobal mused.

2022 FBHOF – L-R Florida Boxing Hall of Famer and ex-heavyweight king Pinklon Thomas poses with 2022 Inductee Shannon Briggs.

Now came the TRAINERS inductees. First up was Gus Curren. He was born in 1974 in Bloomfield, New Jersey. Later his family settled in Vero Beach, Florida. The affable Curren, the only inductee clad in blue jeans, made his way to the stage and first thanked his mother and father. He then thanked his wife and told the crowd of the circumstances of their first meeting. “She (his wife) shook my hand and said, ‘Hello Gus, it’s nice to meet you.’ I said to her ‘Shake the hand that shook the world, baby!’ It turns out that you shook my world, baby, and I love you.” He then asked the audience to give applause to the FLBHOF board members; the audience did so.

Trainer Armando Wiz Fernandez was, to borrow a phrase from baseball, next up to bat. He was born in Cuba and had relatives who worked with Chris and Angelo Dundee in their gym in Miami. This led to Armando getting work in boxing. By the 1990’s, he was a fulltime trainer and cut man. The humble Fernandez told the audience that his father did not want him to go into boxing. “To me, it is an honor to be inducted with this great group of champions,” he proclaimed.

2022 FBHOF – L-R Announcer Bob Alexander, inductee David Tua, and FLBHOF President Steve Canton.

The final trainer inductee was Tito Tiburon Ocasio. In 1996 he stopped his career as a boxing trainer due to being involved in a major car accident; six years later, Ocasio returned to the Sweet Science. Among the many boxers that he worked with was Antonio Vargas, who represented Brazil in a Summer Olympiad. As Ocasio opened a Christian ministry and does volunteer religious work at the Coleman Correctional Facility, it was not surprising to hear him open his speech with “God bless everyone here today.” The most striking thing that he said was “Never think you are nobody. You are somebody.” His father, mother, and children were in attendance and Ocasio thanked all of them.

By tradition, now came the final department, the FIGHTERS. First of these to be inducted was Cory “The Next Generation” Spinks (39-8, 11 KO’s). The former undisputed welterweight king and 2-time IBF jr. middleweight champion was born in 1978 in St. Louis, Missouri, only five days after his father Leon upset heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali in their memorable bout. Cory would go into boxing and eventually win five different title belts. Before stepping behind the podium, he got up from his front row seat and started dancing. He had a hard time controlling his emotions during his acceptance speech. “We’re (boxers) the biggest giants and we’ve got the softest hearts,” he admitted.

Randall “The Knock-Out King” Bailey, the next inductee, was said to be one of the hardest boxers in boxing history by Alexander. The former WBO jr. welterweight and IBF welterweight champ now lives in Georgia with his family. Bailey finished with a pro record with 46 wins, 39 by KO, and 9 losses. Randall also gave a very short acceptance speech.

David Armstrong.

David “Diamond D” Armstrong (20-13-2, 12 KO’s) was next. As an amateur boxer, he had a record of 108 wins and only 7 losses. He ambled onstage to the accompaniment of a country and western song and wore a tan cowboy hat as he gave his speech. “Amazing, amazing, amazing,” the former NBA lightweight champion began and finished in a direct and to-the-point manner: “That’s it. We’re all good. I ain’t got anything more to say.”

Florida Boxing Hall of Fame Induction ring.

Florida Boxing Hall of Fame Induction ring.

Fres “The Big O” Oquendo was introduced by Alexander as “a man who always has a smile on his face.” Possibly that is since his final record as a pugilist was 37-8 (24 KO’s). Born in Puerto Rico, but raised in Chicago, he had 105 wins and only five losses during his amateur career. One of his bouts was against fellow inductee Tua.  The three-time world heavyweight challenger Oquendo held the USBA and NBA heavyweight titles, along with the WBO and WBC Latino heavyweight crowns, and the WBA Fedelatin belt. He spoke for many minutes and closed by telling the audience that his wife was in Chicago tending to their child who was recently diagnosed with COVID.

Former cruiserweight division champion Al “Ice” Cole (35-16-3, 16 KO’s) was the next inductee. Born in 1964 in New York, he grew up as an athlete who specialized in playing basketball; he did not take up boxing until he joined the Army. In 1989 he turned pro and then won his first 15 fights. Cole captured the IBF cruiserweight title with a 12-round decision over James Warring on July 30, 1992, at Waterloo Village in Stanhope, New Jersey. After 5 successful title defenses, Cole moved up to the heavyweight division. Before his fight with former heavyweight champ Tim Witherspoon, he was involved in a car accident which injured his back, yet he went ahead and fought Witherspoon anyway. He lost this fight, but the scoring was close. “Hey everybody, welcome to the Hall of Fame,” he gushed.  Although he has 16 losses to his record, the former cruiserweight king only suffered 1 loss in the cruiserweight ranks.

Shannon “The Cannon” Briggs was the next to last inductee. Born in Brooklyn in 1971, he had to deal with asthma as a child and he still suffers from it. Shannon won his first 25 bouts and then proceeded to beat George Foreman in a 12-round bout on a majority decision on November 22, 1997, in Atlantic City, NJ for the lineal heavyweight title. Briggs later captured the WBO heavyweight championship in the most dramatic way possible -by technical knockout with only one second remaining in the bout against title holder Siarhel Liakhovich on November 4, 2006, in Phoenix, AZ. His record was 60-6-1 and 1 NC (53 KO’s). Often gesturing with his arms while giving his acceptance speech, he began by telling the audience “Get comfortable because this is going to be awhile.” That it was – his speech covered many themes and was entertaining.

Randall Bailey (R) of the US floors compatriot Mike Jones (L) for an 11th round knock out victory in their fight for the vacant IBF Welterweight Championship at the MGM Grand Arena on June 9, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. AFP PHOTO / JOE KLAMAR (Photo credit should read JOE KLAMAR/AFP/GettyImages)

The final inductee was former #1-ranked heavyweight contender David “Tuaman” Tua. He and his wife travelled the farthest distance out of all who attended the weekend ceremonies: they live in their native New Zealand. Tua wrapped up his professional boxing career with an impressive 52-5-2 (43 KO’s) record.  He was mighty a slugger who KO’d future 3-time WBA heavyweight champion John Ruiz 19 seconds into the opening round on March 15, 1996, and then later KO’d former cruiserweight and 2-time heavyweight king Michael Moorer in 30 seconds of the first round on August 17, 2002. Tua only received one shot at the heavyweight title, facing Lennox Lewis on November 11, 2000, where he lost a 12-round unanimous decision.

Another highlight of Tua’s career was winning a bronze medal during the boxing competition at the 1992 Summer Olympiad held in Barcelona, Spain. He wore several leis around his neck and got the audience on his side when he began by saying “I’m going to keep this speech like me – short and sweet.” He thus proceeded to do so, and he kept the audience on his side when he told us that, in addition to it being Father’s Day and Induction Day, Sunday was also his wife’s birthday.

The Florida Boxing Hall of Fame is wonderful credit to the sport of boxing.  The USA Boxing News congratulates the 2022 Class of the FLBOF.

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 Artur Beterbiev Destroys Joe Smith Jr. in 2 Rounds to become WBC/WBO/IBF Light Heavyweight Champion at the Hula Theater in Madison Square Garden

Robeisy Ramirez KOs Abraham Nova in featherweight co-feature

STORY BY ALEX RINALDI AND JOHN RINALDI

UNDERCARD STORIES BY TOP RANK

NEW YORK (June 18, 2022) — In the year 1979, the southern rock band from Florida known as Molly Hatchet  released their epic and most popular song – Flirtin’ with Disaster.  The song began as follows:

I’m travelin’ down the road
I’m flirtin’ with disaster
I’ve got the pedal to the floor,
My life is running faster…

Interestingly enough, people tend to flirt with disaster in many different ways. Sometimes it is doing daredevil acts or engaging in bad relationships. Sometimes it is risking money on long shots or setting up a pup tent in the middle of a hurricane. In the world of boxing flirting with disaster is now declared as entering the ring against Artur Beterbiev.

As his record indicates, Beterbiev, who bears a striking resemblance to the Kryptonian villain Non played by Jack O’Halloran in the Christpher Reeve Superman and Superman II films,  has a 100% knockout record on his ledger of professional fights. That record is so established that it should be added and carved onto Moses’ tablet of the Ten Commandments.

Frankly, a person has a better chance of surviving a firing squad of machine gun bullets while tied to fence door then going the distance against the now three belt Light Heavyweight Champion Beterbiev.

Unfortunately for the sturdy and rugged WBO Light Heavyweight Champ Joe Smith Jr., he found this out the hard and painful way.

To his credit, Smith is a tough fighter and was a good champion. He is also fearless and packs a big punch of his own as his 22 KO’s indicated. Against Beterbiev, however, he was like the early American revolutionaries against the vast British army – he was outgunned and outmanned. Unlike General George Washington who accepted this fact and fought a war of attrition and eventually bested the formidable British through successful battles of hit and run and retreating when necessary to drain them of their ability to wage war, Smith went straight at Beterbiev.

Sadly for the New York union laborer Smith, little did he know he needed a whip, a chair, and a pistol along with his fists to find success with that game plan.

As result, with less than 44 seconds remaining in round two after suffering two previous knockdowns, he was stopped after receiving one more sledgehammer right hand blow to his left ear. That punch sent him staggering and stumbling to the ropes three sheets to the wind and firmly on the dark side of Queer Street, prompting Harvey Dock to stop the fight there and then.

Beterbiev (L) landing a hard left hook to Smith’s jaw in round two.

When the dust settled, WBC/IBF ruler Artur Beterbiev (18-0, 18 KOs) had defeated Joe Smith Jr. (28-4, 22 KOs) Saturday evening at Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden and captured Smith’s title along with the recognition of possibly being one of the premier hitters in boxing today and one step closer to fully unifying the light heavyweight division.

Although Smith started off well in the opening round fighting behind the left jab, with less then five seconds left in the stanza Beterbiev nailed Smith with a clubbing overhand right hand that sent Smith sailing to the canvas. While it was a flash knockdown, it also proved to be a harbinger and a gypsy curse of bad things to come.

With his solid fan base of New York fans and fellow union workers on hand trying to root him on, things only got worse for the Long Island native in the second, as a left hook that landed with the power of an anvil thrown off of the top floor of the Empire State Building, crashed Smith back to the canvas and nearly through the ropes. Like the courageous warrior he is, Smith bravely rose to his feet, but the end was near, actually very near. Like a storm of pure violence, Beterbiev landed another rain of thudding uppercuts, followed by another overhand right hand that left the referee with no other choice but to stop the fight and save the game Smith from further punishment.

Beterbiev celebrating after his huge KO win.

“My coach told me it’s not too far until I become a good boxer,” Beterbiev said. “Joe’s a little bit open, and it was more easy for me to get him. Both of us have a good punch, and both tried to connect first. I’m lucky that I was first.”

Sitting at ringside was British contender Anthony Yarde, who may be in line for a shot at Beterbiev this fall, though Beterbiev’s real preference is a unification fight with WBA champion Dmitry Bivol, the same fighter who recently defeated Canelo Alvarez in a torrid points win.

“Unification fights are more interesting, more motivating,” Beterbiev said. “I prefer unification fight. I want to be undisputed.”

Ramirez Topples Nova in Featherweight Co-Feature

Cuban southpaw star Robeisy Ramirez (10-1, 6 KOs) announced his presence as a featherweight contender in a big way with an even bigger left hand. Ramirez knocked out the previously unbeaten Abraham Nova (21-1, 15 KOs) in the fifth round to pick up the USBA and WBO Global belts. Ramirez, a two-time Olympic gold medalist, feinted with a right hand to the body and then came over the top with left that separated Nova from his senses.

Cuban southpaw star Robeisy Ramirez (L) staring down Abraham Nova (R) before scoring his thrilling KO win.

Ramirez said, “It was all about the strategy. I’m blessed to work with Ismael Salas, who is a genius in my corner. It really was about setting up that shot. If you watch the fight, it was about working, tapping the body until that opening was created. I knew he was dangerous, so I had to be careful, but when I saw my opening, I took it and I finished the fight.”

In other results:

Featherweight: Bruce Carrington (4-0, 3 KOs) RTD 5 Adrian Leyva (3-3-1, 1 KO). Carrington, the latest fistic prodigy from Brownsville, Brooklyn, authored a power punching clinic that forced Leyva to remain on his stool following the fifth round. He landed 69 of 121 power shots, including 11 of 17 in the fifth round. Leyva entered the fight riding a four-bout unbeaten streak.

Bruce Carrington (R) landing a hard left to the jaw of Adrian Leyva (L).

Welterweight: Jahi Tucker (8-0, 5 KOs) TKO 4 D’Andre Smith (11-2, 5 KOs), 2:27. Tucker, from Deer Park, New York, thrilled the home region fans with a relentless offensive display that prompted the commission to advise referee Shawn Clark to stop the fight. Tucker buzzed Smith in the second round, but Smith somehow weathered the storm to survive two more rounds.

Junior Featherweight: Floyd Diaz (5-0, 1 KO) UD 6 Daniil Platonovschi (4-1, 2 KOs). Scores: 60-54 2x and 59-55. Diaz cruised to a clear points win in a battle of unbeaten prospects, and he did so with a heavy heart. Earlier Saturday, Diaz’s grandfather, Juan Demetrio Diaz, passed away at the age of 68. Diaz honored his memory with a boxing tour de force.

Middleweight: Troy Isley (6-0, 4 KOs) TKO 6 Donte Stubbs (6-6, 2 KOs), :38. Isley, a U.S. Olympian, became the first man to stop Stubbs in a one-sided power punching display. Isley knocked down Stubbs at the end of the fourth, then ended the fight with a straight right hand early in the sixth. Stubbs rose to his feet on wobbly legs, and referee Charlie Fitch waved it off.

Junior Middleweight: Wendy Toussaint (14-1, 6 KOs) UD 8 Asinia Byfield (15-5-1, 7 KOs). Scores: 79-73 3x.

Junior Middleweight: Jahyae Brown (11-0, 8 KOs) UD 6 Keane McMahon (7-3, 4 KOs). Scores: 60-54 and 58-56 2x.

Photos from Mikey Williams / Top Rank via Getty Images

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Jalolov Stops Mulowayi in Final Round of ShoBox Main Event

Story by Kirk Lang

Verona, NY. It was not always a pretty affair throughout the contest, but 2020 Olympic super heavyweight gold medalist Bakhodir Jalolov ended matters in impressive fashion with a final round stoppage of 35-year-old Belgian Jack Mulowayi.

Bakhodir-Mulowayi was the 8-round main attraction of a ShoBox:The New Generation broadcast promoted by Lou DiBella and held at the Turning Stone Casino in Verona, New York on June 10.

The 27-year-old Bakhodir, of Sariosiyo, Uzbekistand, seemed to drop Mulowayi with a straight left midway through the round. However, perhaps because it was a delayed reaction fall after some wobbly legs from Mulowayi, referee Benjy Esteves ruled the trip to the canvas a slip.

Bakhodir clearly possessed the better overall skills and with his power – he had knocked out every man he faced going in – it seemed there was a good chance he would render the judges’ scorecards useless. With Mulowayi doing little to deter Bakhodir from coming forward, the southpaw Uzbek fighter would continually find openings for his favorite punch – the straight left. A straight left had Mulowayi on unsteady legs in the third frame. Bakhodir followed up with an aggressive attack, but Mulowayi hung in there.

Things turned a bit ugly in the fourth frame, with Mulowayi, 242, warned for hitting behind the head early on, and later, Bakhodir, 251, had a point deducted for excessive holding when Benjy Esteves was unable to separate the two fighters. The crowd expressed its displeasure with the grappling with some booing before Esteves took the point away. Bakhodir can be a force in the future, but it seems he would rather hold when he gets an opponent in close quarters rather than work over his foe with shorter range punches.

Bakhodir briefly showboated in the fifth frame when he took a page of Sugar Ray Leonard’s handbook to wind-up with one hand only to jab with the other. Soon after, he did a Roy Jones Jr., raising a leg off the canvas in an exaggerated fashion before letting loose with a punch that targeted his rival’s face.

Bakhodir Jalolov stops Jack Mulowayi in the 8th Round. Photo Courtesy of Showtime – Stephanie Trapp.

There was no more game playing after the fifth. A left hand from Bakhodir, thrown more like a hook, sent Mulowayi to the canvas face-first and even the fight fans in the cheap seats must have heard the thud his face meeting the canvas made. Fortunately, Mulowayi was able to get up from the knockdown. In addition, there were just a couple of seconds left in the round, so Bakhodir couldn’t mount a follow-up attack. Bakhodir tried to finish his adversary off in the early part of the seventh, but he could not, and when Bakhodir’s punch output lessened in the second half of the frame, Mulowayi resorted to some trash-talking.

But his time was coming.

One round later, Bakhodir came out punching in combination, and his last shot was a huge straight left hand that put Mulowayi flat on his back! Referee Benjy Esteves waved the fight off without a count and called ringside physicians over. Mulowayi stayed on the mat for several minutes before he got up on his own accord.

Bakhodir raised his record to 11-0 (11 KO’s), while Mulowayi saw his ledger drop to 11-3-1 (7 KO’s).

 “I feel really good about my performance,” said Bakhodir. “The opponent was at a really good level and a great fighter.”

He added, “He [Mulowayi] was a really tough durable guy.” Mulowayi had never been on the canvas, amateur or pro, prior to getting in the ring with Bakhodir.

In another heavyweight contest, Bronx, New York-based George Arias out-hustled Alante Green, of Cleveland, OH, over eight rounds to raise his unbeaten record to 18-0 (7 KO’s). The scores were 78-74 and 77-75 for Arias, while one judge saw it 77-75 for Green.

Green, who was coming up from cruiserweight for the first time, did not have the firepower to make Arias hesitate. More athletically gifted and possessing the harder punches, Arias scored points while fighting off his backfoot, taking advantage of Green’s come-forward but largely ineffective game plan. Green had a few moments in the contest, such as the third stanza when he landed a solid left hook with Arias backed against the ropes. Soon after, he scored with two consecutive hooks.  At the very end of the round, he caught Arias with a thudding straight right.

George Arias fires a left hand at Alante Green. (Photo by Kirk Lang).

Arias, however, got back on track in the fifth round, and continued to put rounds in the bank with his superior boxing skills. Green resorted to holding in the sixth frame, but it was not excessive enough to warrant a point deduction. Arias dominated the seventh frame, but Green seemed to save some energy for the eighth and final round. He was a bit busier with his hands and he also used his feet more, making himself a little bit more difficult to hit than in previous rounds. It was a nice mini comeback, but it was too little too late. Arias got the victory and the previously unbeaten Green saw his record fall to 10-1-1 (7 KO’s).

George Arias clobbers Alante Green with a left hook. Photo Courtesy of Showtime – Stephanie Trapp

In a lightweight contest scheduled for eight rounds, Quebec, Canada native Chann Thonson, 132 1/2, punished and bloodied formerly undefeated Tyler Tomlin, 134, of Cheatham County, TN, en route to a fifth-round stoppage. The time was 1:01.

Thonson came out a man on a mission, looking to cut the ring off quickly. Before the opening round was over, he had marked up Tomlin’s left eye with a straight right. He administered a one-sided pummeling in the third frame and had Tomlin walking back to his corner on shaky legs after landing some serious power punches. By the fourth round, Tomlin was bleeding from the mouth and nose, and his left eye was looking worse.

L-R – Chann Thonson trades with Tyler Tomlin. Photo Courtesy of Showtime – Stephanie Trapp.

A minute or so into the fifth round – after Thonson was gifting Tomlin with leather fist after leather fist – referee Mark Nelson had a ringside doctor take a close look at Tomlin. On the advice of the doctor, Nelson waved the fight off at the 1:01 mark.

Thonson extended his undefeated record to 11-0 (7 KO’s) while Tomlin fell to 13-1 (9 KO’s).

Coming into the ring with a 72-pound weight advantage, “The Sandman” Amron Sands, 282, of Orlando, FL, outworked Joe Jones, 210, of Jersey City, NJ, over 8 rounds to win by scores of 77-75 on all three scorecards. He is now 12-2 (9 KO’s) while Jones dips to 13-5 (10 KO’s).

In a light heavyweight contest, New Haven, CT’s Charles Foster, 173, stopped Bo Gibbs Jr, 172 1/2, of Carney, OK, at 2:48 of the 4th round. Foster sent Gibbs to the canvas in the opening session with a straight left and continued to dominate throughout the contest. He hurt Gibbs early in the fourth round with another left. Later, the same punch made Gibbs look like one of those bobblehead dolls. Finally, a variety of power shots from both hands had the referee watching matters with a close eye. Soon after Gibbs’ mouthpiece went flying, referee Charlie Fitch ended matters.

L-R. Bo Gibbs Jr. advances towards Charles Foster. Photo by Al Derouin.

Foster improved to 21-0 (11 KO’s) and Gibbs dropped to 23-3 (9 KO’s). These more significant fights and other bouts were promoted by New York City-based Lou DiBella. Also, a special thank you to Turning Stone Director of Public Relations Kelly Abdo for her efforts in making sure The USA Boxing News had credentials. Abdo and her team were busy preparing for multiple events related to the International Boxing Hall of Fame induction weekend, including not only the Friday night fights, but also the Saturday banquet and the Sunday induction, which took place at the casino for the first time in the Hall of Fame’s history.

Photos by Kirk Lang and Al Derouin – courtesy of SHOWTIME

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Roberto Duran’s take on Canelo Alvarez’s recent points loss to Light Heavyweight Champion Dmitry Bivol

                                                      Bivol (R) nailing Canelo (L)

“It hurt me how Canelo lost. Thought I was a bit smarter. Canelo
didn’t prove anything. I saw him fight like an amateur.”
– Robert Duran-

Boxing: WBC Welterweight Title: Roberto Duran (L) in action vs Sugar Ray Leonard during fight at Olympic Stadium. Montreal, Canada 6/20/1980
CREDIT: Neil Leifer (Photo by Neil Leifer /Sports Illustrated/Getty Images)

Roberto Duran vs. Sugar Ray Leonard first bout. Duran invented the blue print on how to beat a great boxer.

Roberto Duran smacks Pipino Cuevas with a hard left jab in their 1983 slugfest.

Roberto Duran slugs away with Marvelous Marvin Hagler in their 1983 classic bout. The fight that most people thought Hands of Stone won.

A savage overhand right by Roberto Duran distorts Davey Moore’s face near the end. Duran scored a TKO in the eighth round to defeat Davey Moore, for the WBA junior middleweight title at Madison Square Garden.

Roberto Duran lands a right uppercut on Iran Barkley.

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TK Promotions stages knockout fight show in Ringkobing, Denmark

Middleweight prospect Jacob Bank KO’s Idaas Redjal to remain undefeated

#21 WBC ranked Heavyweight Kem Ljungqvist moves to (13-0) with KO win over veteran Paata Aduashvili 

Story by Per-Ake Persson

Ringkobing, Denmark. TK Promotions closed out the season on June 11 with a pro-am show at the ROFI Centre in Ringkobing in the North West of Denmark. 

Headlining was middleweight prospect Jakob Bank (6-0) taking on Frenchman Idaas Redjal (10-3-2) in a scheduled six-rounder. On a previous visit to Denmark, Redjajl gave Landry Kore a very tough time before getting knocked out and he was expected to test Bank. The young Dane, however, quickly established his jab and Redjal was cut on the cheek already in the opening frame. Idaas landed with a good right in the second, but Bank took it well. Jakob kept jabbing and working the body and Redjal, by now marked up on both cheeks, went down after a hard right and sat the count out. He was a spent force. One could of course argue that Redjal has seen better days, although Bank’s performance was nevertheless quite good.

Featherweight Payman Akbari (7-1) returned after a loss last time and won every round against the brave, but outclassed Georgian Tatishvili Bukhuti (3-1) in an eight-rounder. Bukhuti bled badly from the nose from the fourth round onwards and was at times covered in blood. Akbari, though, could never hurt his opponent and failed to follow up on his attack. He is a good boxer, but lacks punch and fighting spirit.

Cruiserweight Jeppe “Pain Train” Christensen (4-1) also came back from a loss and knocked out Slavia Margishvili (1-3) after 2:57 of the first round. Christensen just kept coming and while Margishvili landed with some good counters, “Pain Train” kept punching and Margishvili crumbled and was counted out.

Heavyweight Kem Ljungqvist (13-0), ranked #21 by the WBC at Bridgerweight, knocked out faded veteran Paata Aduashvili (10-34-2). The much bigger Dane took it easy in the first and opened up in the second and Aduashvili took the full count after a southpaw left to the head.

Welterweight Khybar Akbari opened the pro part of the show and was lucky to get a draw against Konstantine Jangavadze (5-24-3) in a four-rounder. Akbari made a good start but faded after that. 

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Undefeated Welterweight Contender Giovani Santillan Throws Out First Pitch at Padres Game

(JUNE 13, 2022) San Diego, California – Undefeated Welterweight contender Giovani Santillan threw out the first pitch at his beloved San Diego Padres game before Saturday’s game against the Colorado Rockies at Petco Park
The San Diego native, who is managed by Split-T Management and co-promoted by Top Rank and Thompson Boxing, wore number-one, threw a perfect strike that reminded fans of 1976 Cy Young Award winner Randy Jones.
“It was a great experience. Being born and raised in San Diego it was an honor to do this. The Padres have a great team, and being down on the field, and looking up in the stands, gave me the feeling of wanting to fight in a big stadium one day,” said Santillan.
Santillan has a record of 29-0 with 16 knockouts. His next bout will be announced soon.

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20 for 20: Edgar Berlanga Decisions Alexis Angulo 

Berlanga improves to 20-0 on the eve of Puerto Rican Day Parade

NEW YORK (June 11, 2022) — Super middleweight contender Edgar “The Chosen One” Berlanga didn’t get the knockout, but in front of the Puerto Rican faithful, he got the job done. Berlanga (20-0, 16 KOs) defeated two-time world title challenger Alexis Angulo (27-3, 23 KOs) by unanimous decision (99-91 2x and 98-92) over 10 rounds in front of 4,357 fans Saturday evening at Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden.

 

It was Berlanga’s first headlining appearance on the eve of the Puerto Rican Day Parade, a tradition made popular by 2022 International Hall of Fame inductee Miguel Cotto. 

Berlanga (L) stabs Angulo (R) with a staight jab.

While Berlanga rose to fame following 16 first-round knockouts to start his career, he won this fight by boxing and using his jab to offset the plodding-yet-aggressive Angulo. An Angulo uppercut bloodied Berlanga’s nose in the fourth, and Berlanga appeared to attempt to bite Angulo in the seventh. Berlanga landed clean left hooks and right hands in the ninth and 10th rounds, but his Colombian foe ate all the shots and kept coming.

 

“Mentally, I felt good. I felt happy the whole training camp. I moved the training camp to Puerto Rico, and I can’t be more grateful to be on my island training,” Berlanga said. “I did a full camp for this fight, and you see the difference tonight.

 

“He was throwing elbows. I was about to do a Mike Tyson on him. He kept throwing his elbows, and I didn’t want to get cut.”

 

Angulo said, “I think we both had a solid performance. He’s a young fighter, he’s a strong fighter, but nonetheless I think we both did well. I think I did better than him.”

Berlanga the winner with his son and corner.

Junior Lightweight: Henry Lebron (16-0, 10 KOs) UD 8 Luis Lebron (18-4-1, 11 KOs), Scores: 80-72, 79-73 and 78-74. In the all-Lebron Bowl, Henry Lebron made it 16 in a row with a masterclass in boxing off the back foot. Luis Lebron pushed the pace in the bout’s final stages, but Henry Lebron early work proved too much for him to overcome. Henry Lebron had the advantage in power shots landed, 88-62.

Henry Lebron (R) nails s Luis Lebron

Junior Featherweight: Victor Santillan (12-0, 4 KOs) UD 8 Carlos Caraballo (15-2, 14 KOs), Scores: 78-74 2x and 77-75. In this all-southpaw affair, Santillan upset the Puerto Rican crowd favorite with a disciplined display of smart pressure. Santillan stunned Caraballo in the fourth and seventh rounds, doing enough in the eyes of the judges to pull away. Santillan had fought most of his career in the Dominican Republic, but in his second bout on American soil, he authored his signature win.

Victor Santillan (R) slams Carlos Caraballo with a jarring right to the head.

Junior Welterweight: Dakota Linger (13-5-3, 9 KOs) TKO 2 Josue Vargas (20-3, 9 KOs), 2:06. West Virginia native Linger refused to read the script, shocking Vargas with a brutal display of power punching. Early in the second Linger landed an overhand right that dropped Vargas, although the referee did not rule it a knockdown. Sensing the end was near, Linger pressed forward and floored Vargas with an uppercut. Vargas rose gingerly, and following a barrage featuring dozens of winging blows, the bout was stopped.

Lightweight: Armani Almestica (6-0, 6 KOs) TKO 6 Eliseo Villalobos (2-3, 1 KO), 1:47. Southpaw puncher Almestica kept his perfect knockout rate alive with a one-sided drubbing of Villalobos, a native of Simi Valley, California. In the sixth round, Almestica landed a straight left hand that forced Villalobos back a step. Due to the accumulation of punishment, referee Shadi Murdaugh stopped the contest.

 

Featherweight: Orlando Gonzalez (18-1, 11 KOs) TKO 5 Pablo Cruz (22-5-1, 6 KOs), 1:00. Gonzalez was last seen losing his ‘0’ by unanimous decision last October to Cuban star Robeisy Ramirez, but the Puerto Rican southpaw returned with a vengeance. He battered Houston native Cruz, stunning his outmatched foe at the end of the second round. By the fifth, it was target practice, and the bout was halted following a series of right hooks to the head and body.

 

Junior Welterweight: Omar Rosario (7-0, 2 KOs) UD 6 Julio Rosa (4-1, 1 KO), Scores: 59-55 and 60-54 2x. It was all Rosario in this battle of unbeatens, as the 140-pound upstart initiated the action. Rosa was never in danger of being stopped and even opened up a cut under Rosario’s right eye. In the sixth round, Rosario landed a series of left hooks to put a stamp on his domination. 

 

Lightweight: Frevian Gonzalez (5-1, 1 KO) UD 4 Refugio Montellano (2-1, 1 KO) Scores: 40-36 3x. Almost one year to the day since he suffered his first professional defeat, Gonzalez, from Cidra, Puerto Rico, rebounded in fine form in front of the partisan crowd. The 5’7 pressure fighter ripped body shots to Montellano’s midsection and swept all four rounds.

 

Flyweight: Christina Cruz (3-0) UD 4 Maryguenn Vellinga (3-3-2, 2 KOs), Scores: 39-37 and 40-36 2x. Former U.S. amateur star Cruz used her jab to counter the aggressive Vellinga in the opening fight of the evening. It was a rematch of their November 2021 fight, which Cruz also won by unanimous decision.

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Devin Haney Dominates George Kambosos Jr. to Win Undisputed Lightweight Title

Jason Moloney KOs Aston Palicte in bantamweight co-feature

MELBOURNE, Australia (June 5, 2022) — Devin “The Dream” Haney (28-0, 15 KOs) became the undisputed lightweight champion of the world by outclassing George “Ferocious” Kambosos Jr. (20-1, 10 KOs) en route to a 12-round unanimous decision in front of 41,129 fans on Sunday afternoon at Marvel Stadium in Melbourne, Australia.
 
Haney unified his WBC championship with Kambosos’ WBA/WBO/IBF and Ring Magazine lightweight titles. With two scores of 116-112 and one score of 118-110, he became the eighth fighter in history to capture all four major championship titles in the four-belt era and the first to do so at 135 pounds.
 
Prior to the fight, Haney felt as if all the odds were stacked against him. He came in as the challenger, fighting on enemy territory in a stadium full of people wishing and hoping to see him lose. It even appeared as if his father would not be able to be in his corner for the fight.
 
But, if Bill Haney’s eleventh-hour entry into Australia indicated anything, it was that today belonged to Devin, and nothing would prevent his victory.

Indeed, though both men initiated the bout with firm, confident jabs, it was Haney’s superior boxing skills that allowed him to find his rhythm by the third and fourth rounds. Kambosos’ right hand seemed to be a factor early, but Haney’s footwork, his ability to smother and clinch on the inside, and even the way he would stop the former champion in his tracks with a stiff jab, prevented Kambosos from landing any significant punches.
 
By the final rounds, Haney had nullified Kambosos’ offense to such a degree that he could even take the gas off the pedal in the 12th round and cruise to a decision win.
 
Haney said, “This is a dream come true. I was going through it without my dad being here because I knew it was a big moment for us. We both dreamed of this. Since we started out, we said we wanted to be the best. It would have hurt me to accomplish this without him. I’m so thankful that we were able to accomplish this together.
 
“I was comfortable. I was just sticking to the game plan. The game plan was to go there and hit and not get hit, and I did that for the majority of the fight. I took the last round off just because I knew I was comfortably ahead, but I fought a good, smart fight.”

Devin “The Dream” Haney (R) lands a left hook to the jaw of George “Ferocious” Kambosos Jr. (R).

“I handicapped him of his best things. He wanted to land the overhand right, and he wanted to land the big left hook. I handicapped him. I was fighting both ways. When I would go to the left, I would fight his right hand. When I would go to the right, I would fight his left hook. And he couldn’t hit me with neither one of them.”
 
“I want to thank George Kambosos and all of Australia for coming out. Thank you, George, for giving me the shot. All of these so-called champions would not give me my shot. But George was a true champion, and he gave me my shot. Thank you for this.
 
Kambosos said, “This was amazing for the sport. It was amazing for the country. At the end of the day, I wanted to take the best and hardest tests. I’m going to give him full respect after his victory today. Let him have his time, and we’ll do it again. I have to implement a few things, but I thought the fight was very close. I’m not going to wreck his moment. I’ll let him have his moment. Last November, my moment was wrecked, so let him have his moment, and I’ll see you again real soon.
 
“I landed the right hand a few times. I worked it to the body, but he had a smart game plan. He grabbed and held a lot and did what he had to do to win. That’s what it’s about. You do what you have to do to win, and today they gave him the decision, but I’m sure it will change when we get it on again. Respect to him, and respect to boxing. This is boxing. You fight the best. Win, lose or draw. This is what it’s all about. F*** protecting records.  I’ve always been about fighting the best. I gave him a shot, and we’ll do it again.”

Moloney Crushes Palicte

Jason Moloney (L) knocks out Aston Palicte (R).

Two-time bantamweight title challenger Jason “Mayhem” Moloney (24-2, 19 KOs) delivered a spectacular third-round technical knockout victory against rugged Filipino Aston “Mighty” Palicte (28-5-1, 23 KOs). Moloney, inspired by the cheers of his countrymen, initiated the bout with a firm jab in the first round before finding his rhythm and attacking the body in the second. By the following round, Moloney had his target set and landed a perfectly-timed one-two combo that sent Palicte to the canvas. Moloney then ended matters with a quick flurry that forced the referee to put a halt to the fight at 2:35 of the third. Moloney retained his WBC Silver Bantamweight Title and added to his collection the vacant WBO International belt. 

In other results:

BANTAMWEIGHT: Andrew Moloney (24-2, 16 KOs) TKO 2 Alexander Espinoza (21-4-2, 8 KOs). Time: 3:00.

CRUISERWEIGHT: David Nyika (3-0, 2 KOS) UD 5 Karim Maatalla (2-2, 2 KOs). Scores: 49-46, 48-47 and 49-46

David Nyika

HEAVYWEIGHT: Hemi Ahio (19-0, 14 KOs) TKO 1 Christian Ndzie Tsoye (5-5-2, 4 KOs)

HEAVYWEIGHT: Lucas Browne (31-3, 27 KOs) KO 1 Junior Fa (19-2, 10 KOs). Time: 1:58.

JUNIOR MIDDLEWEIGHT: Terry Nickolas (2-1-1,  2 KOS) DRAW 6 Lachlan Higgins (7-4-2, 2 KOs). Scores: 58-56 Higgins, 57-57 2x.

FLYWEIGHT: Taylah Robertson (5-1, 1 KO) UD 5 Sarah Higginson (3-1-1, 1 KO). Scores: 50-45 3x

WELTERWEIGHT: Yoel Angeloni (1-0) UD 4 Ken Aitken (3-1, 1 KO). Scores: 39-37 2x and 40-36.

Photos from Mikey Williams / Top Rank via Getty Images

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Connecticut Boxing Hall of Fame Ceremony A Hit

Returns After a 2-Year Hiatus

Story by Kirk Lang

Photos by Alyssa Lang

2022 – Uncasville, CT. After a two-year absence due to the Corona Virus/Covid-19 outbreak, the Connecticut Boxing Hall of Fame’s annual induction ceremony made its return to Mohegan Sun and “we actually had one of our largest crowds,” said Connecticut Boxing Hall of Fame President John Laudati.

2022 Conn. Boxing Hall of Fame Inductee Elvin Ayala.

The Hall had more than 500 pre-sells for its May 21 event -tickets were priced at $90 – but some people skipped out at the last minute due to concerns about rising COVID cases. Even so, there were at least 450 in attendance, according to Laudati.

Referee Danny Schiavone, one of six inductees of the Class of 2021, noted at the start of his speech that “it’s good to get back to some normalcy.”

Enshrined along with Schiavone, a professional referee for 19 years, were former WBC USNBC middleweight champion Elvin Ayala, ex-USBA and IBO super bantamweight champion Mike “Machine Gun” Oliver, manager Mike Criscio, best known for his association with former light heavyweight champion Chad Dawson when Dawson was one of the best pound-for-pound fighters on the planet, trainer Jose “Papo” Colon and Frank Russo, who in addition to serving as executive director of the Hartford Civic Center in the 1970s and 1980s, also formed Monitor Productions, which helped promote the careers of 1984 U.S. Olympians Pernell Whitaker, Mark Breland, Evander Holyfield, Meldrick Taylor and Tyrell Biggs.

L-R. Host Randy Gordon with 2022 Conn. Boxing Hall of Famer Mike
Criscio, and CBHOF President John Laudati.

Russo had one of the best lines of the night when he said, matter-of-factly, “Thanks to Evander Holyfield for putting my daughter through college.”

The night began with appetizers just outside the Uncas Ballroom, as well as a red-carpet style photo booth, and induction dinner attendees were allowed inside around 7 p.m.  Randy Gordon, former editor-in-chief of The Ring, former chairman of the New York State Athletic Commission and current co-host of SiriusXM’s “At The Fights” alongside Gerry Cooney, served as the night’s Master of Ceremonies. Gordon has led the affair in the past, but a new twist was a different room layout and ring ropes that adorned the front of the stage, which served to make this classy boxing event seem even more special. Attendees were able to take part in a silent auction of boxing memorabilia, as well as purchase tickets for a 50/50 raffle, whose prize ending up being $1,080. Attendees also got to mix it up with Cooney, a special guest of the festivities.

Connecticut Boxing Hall of Fame. Three of the night’s inductees had ties to Hartford’s San Juan Center – Oliver, Colon and Schiavone.

Oliver first put on boxing gloves at Hartford’s Bellevue Square Boys Club at three years-old and learned to box under the tutelage of famed trainer Johnny Duke. Later, when the Bellevue gym closed in 1997, he would train out of the San Juan Center. Colon, 76, moved to the United States from Puerto Rico but first settled in New York City, and raised his boxing IQ at Cus D’Amato’s Gramercy Gym and Brooklyn’s Gleason’s Gym. He eventually relocated to Hartford and began working at the San Juan Center with future Connecticut Boxing Hall of Fame inductee George Cruz. Schiavone was a member of the gym and trained there throughout his amateur and professional assignments.

Conn. Boxing Hall of Fame 2022 Inducteed – Former USBA and IBO super bantamweight champion Mike Oliver.

Oliver’s biggest night in the ring was arguably winning the IBO super bantamweight title in 2007 at Mohegan Sun via a 12-round decision over Al Seeger. He had previously held the USBA super bantamweight title. He won those laurels at Mohegan in 2006 with a unanimous decision over Adam Carerra. Oliver’s last belt was the vacant USA New England super bantamweight championship. He earned it with a dominant decision victory over Castulo Gonzalez in 2009. Oliver, who in his prime was known for his rapid-fire fists, finally hung up the gloves this past November.

During his induction speech, he gave the late Johnny Duke nearly all the credit. Duke, who was inducted into the Connecticut Boxing Hall of Fame in 2005, was a father figure to him and Oliver followed him wherever he went.

“Wherever you’d find Duke, you’d find me,” Oliver said. “City Hall, I’m with Duke. If he went to his mother’s house, I was right there.”

He added, “If it wasn’t for Duke, I wouldn’t be here right now.” However, Oliver also gave thanks to everyone that played a part in his career, even the cut men for his fights.

L-R. Conn. Boxing Hall of Fame President John Laudati and 2022 Inductee Frank Russo.

Elvin Ayala, who trained out of the New Haven area, was a defensive specialist who never shied away from a challenge. He ran his record to 16-0 before his first defeat, a split decision 10-round points loss to David Banks. They rematched three months later, and Banks again won, this time by unanimous decision. From this point on, Ayala would fight a Who’s Who of boxing contenders and champions, including Sergio Mora, reigning IBF middleweight champion Arthur Abraham, Lajuan Simon, David Lemieux and Curtis “Showtime” Stevens. An entertaining draw with Mora, who was a personality on the boxing show The Contender, earned Ayala a title shot against Abraham. Fighting in Abraham’s home country of Germany, Ayala lasted until the 12th and final round before getting stopped. The draw with Mora also said a lot about Ayala’s talents, especially considering he had only 14 fights as an amateur, because eight months after tangling with Ayala, Mora captured the WBC super welterweight championship.

Conn. Boxing Hall of Fame 2022 Inductee Danny Schiavon.

Ayala fell short in bids for the USBA and NABF middleweight belts, but in between those setbacks he did manage to win the vacant WBC USNBC middleweight championship with a 10-round unanimous decision victory over Derrick Findley at Mohegan Sun in 2011. Referee Johnny Callas offered up some remarks about Ayala before he came up to the podium to accept his induction plaque. He also pulled out a bloody referee shirt that an Ayala punch from years ago soiled red.

Callas called it one of his greatest ring moments as a referee.

“I was standing in the pocket like this, and Elvin had his opponent on the ropes, and he hit him with the most perfect short left hand I’ve ever seen,” he said. “And it was right out of Raging Bull (the movie). That blood came squirting out, all over my shoulder, and I said, ‘Yeah baby. That’s the real deal.’” Callas said he was going to have Ayala sign the shirt after his induction.

Ayala said he was extremely grateful for the induction.

L-R Conn. Boxing Hall of Famer Marlon Starling and host Randy Gordon.

“I come from under the poverty line,” he said. “I lived in other people’s houses growing up. It was such a rough life. There was only drugs and violence and boxing.”

He added, “I used to fight in the street, boxing with the neighborhood kids and I noticed I was like moving, making them miss, and I just took it upon myself to start to run, to train.” Ayala, who had been living in Reading, PA, decided after getting in some trouble that maybe he should relocate to his mother’s home in New Haven. Soon after, he found Brian Clark’s Ring One boxing gym. He subsequently met Luis Rosa Sr. and relocated to Rosa’s gym in the Fair Haven section of New Haven.

“It’s just so many memories that boxing has given me,” said Ayala. “Ups and downs, and so many trials and errors and I’m thankful for it all.”

Asked by The USA Boxing News what the proudest moment of his career was, he admitted it wasn’t a big fight at a casino or sports venue. Rather it was the first time he was profiled in the newspapers, “while still living in the projects.”

At the Conn. Boxing Hall of Fame, former welterweight champion Marlon Starling and 7-year-old Laila, who was named after Muhammad Ali’s world champion daughter

Ayala added, “It was the first impact boxing had in my life and I felt I had a lot to accomplish after that. The first time I was in the newspapers was to announce I was ready to become a pro and everyone in the projects was knocking at my door to ask for autographs and pictures.” Ayala retired in 2019 with a 29-13-1 record.

Colon, who now trains fighters at fellow Connecticut Boxing Hall of Famer Paul Cichon’s Manchester Ring of Champions Society, gave the shortest induction speech, roughly one minute long. He said it was a great honor to be inducted and wanted to thank “God, my family and last but not least, Paul Cichon, for making his home my home.”

Criscio, best known for managing Dawson, first connected with the New Haven fighter when he walked into his pawn shop and asked him to represent him.

“I didn’t have any experience but part of being a good person is about helping others,” he said. “It wasn’t easy at first, but through hard work and determination, Chad became light heavyweight champion of the world.”

Criscio added, “Gradually I started signing fighters from all over the world, Alfredo Angulo, Chris Avalos, Joel Diaz, Peter Manfredo, Jean Pascal, Luis Rosa Jr., Shelly Vincent (popular Rhode Island fighter), Yordenis Ugas – these boxers had one thing in common. I treated them like family, like my own children.”

Criscio further stated, “Boxing has become a labor of love for me. It wasn’t about the money I would gain, or the notoriety. It was helping these young men reach their potential, to build better lives for themselves and their families. The road to success isn’t easy to navigate, but hard work and the passion made it possible for my guys to achieve the American Dream.”

Criscio has faced his own personal adversity. He’s beaten terminal cancer twice. And now he’s a Connecticut Boxing Hall of Famer.

When Russo took over lead duties at the Hartford Civic Center in 1974, he had no clue the adversity he’d face a mere four years later. The roof caved in.

“We were out of business,” he said. However, Russo and his team persevered, got the roof replaced and began hosting a plethora of boxing shows, and future world welterweight champion Marlon Starling became the civic center’s house fighter. The Hartford Civic Center also broadcasted the first Sugar Ray Leonard-Roberto Duran fight on closed circuit television after a live card featuring Starling. More than 13,000 fans packed the place that night. Russo would subsequently join forced with Shelly Finkel to help promote some of the top talent from the 1984 Olympic boxing team. Now 66 years-old, he is currently the business development chief for Global Spectrum.

Taking the stage for his induction, Russo began with, “I don’t think there’s anybody in the house that’s more surprised than I am about this honor, but I really appreciate it. I’m very humbled by it.”

On Saturday night, one might have thought Schiavone was a fighter inductee rather than an official being inducted. The applause was thunderous. Then again, many of his family members and friends from New York City and New Jersey made the trek for his induction. Schiavone has refereed more than 500 professional bouts, the most in the history of Connecticut boxing. Forty-seven were title fights and he’s been the third man in the ring for bouts involving such names as Roy Jones Jr., Vasiliy Lomachenko, Adrien Broner, Gary Russell, Jr., Hasim Rahman, Ray Mercer, David Tua and many others.

Schiavone told The USA Boxing News he plans to hang his induction plaque over the bar area of his living room.

He said while there are some people in life who might say they made their own success, he added that’s very rarely ever true.

“You have to have good people around you,” he said. “Somebody gave you a break. Somebody who took you under their wing, that type of thing. And I was blessed, really from the time I set foot in the San Juan Center.”

He said George Cruz planted the seed that ultimately led to his Hall of Fame induction.

“He had spoken to me about being an official,” said Schiavone. “I thought about it and I said, ‘Yeah, sure, it might be cool.’”

Cruz would introduce Schiavone to the late Roland Roy, who was the head of USA Boxing Region 1. Schiavone spent six years volunteering his time in the amateurs, as a referee and judge.

“Roland gave me a lot of work. He got me prepared for the pros,” he said. “At the beginning I didn’t expect anything. It was like umpiring Little League, or something.”

After six years of working fights, Cruz sent a film of Schiavone to Mike Mazulli, commissioner of the Mohegan Sun Athletic Commission. Mazulli and company liked what they saw and brought Schiavone in to referee professional fights.

“They gave me a shot, it’s been 19 years and here I am up here,” said Schiavone. He added he and fellow referees have become like family members. He was mentored by the late Arthur Mercante Sr. and retired Connecticut referee Dick Flaherty. He’s super close with refs such as Mike Ortega and New York City-based Benjy Esteves Jr., as well as Joe Cusano, a longtime Connecticut referee who has since retired from the sport.

“I’ve had some great people in my corner,” he said.

The night also saw a handful of individuals honored with special awards.

Unbeaten WBC USNBC super lightweight champion Mykquan Williams was honored with the Professional Boxer of the Year award. He’s been trained since he was seven by Manchester-based Paul Cichon. Williams is unbeaten in 17 fights and plans to “keep climbing that ladder.”

Cichon was a proud trainer inside the Uncas Ballroom.

“It’s great seeing a boxer getting acknowledgement for all the hard work and dedication that they put in behind the scenes,” he said.

Jahnyah Lumpkin, a junior at East Hartford High School, was honored with the Amateur Boxer of the Year award. Fighting out of the Charter Oak Boxing Academy, Lumpkin posted a 7-2 record during 2021, beating six nationally ranked fighters and earning a silver medal in the Silver Gloves National Championships. Lumpkin finished fourth in the U.S. National Championships.

Other award winners were Heather Concepcion (Amateur Official of the Year); judge Frank Lombardi (The William Hutt Official of the Year); Hartford area attorney Jeffrey Dressler (The George Smith Contribution to Boxing Award); and community service activist Jason Jakubowski (Willie Pep Courage Award).

The night also saw the induction of the Class of 2020, which was comprised of old timers that have passed on. Five of the seven were pro boxers – Steve Carr, Eddie Dolan, Al Gainer, Mosey King and Jimmy Leto. Rounding out the Class of 2020 was Barbara Dunn, the nation’s first female boxing commissioner, and Bill Lee, a sports editor and columnist for the Hartford Courant between the end of the 1930s and the mid-1970s. Carr fought during the Great Depression and became a fan favorite in the New Haven area. Dolan retired with an impressive record of 89-9-3. Gainer was a formidable light heavyweight who finished with a record of 77-23-6. King had a brief career as a lightweight, but went on to become the head boxing coach at Yale University. He would also become Connecticut’s first boxing commissioner. Leto, a welterweight, had a career that spanned 19 years. He finished with an impressive record of 125-29-12. He scored notable victories over Chalky Wright, Cocoa Kid and Fritzie Zivic.  

Ian Cannon, a wheelchair-bound former boxer who created a fitness program for people with disabilities titled Rolling with the Punches, always makes a point to attend the annual induction dinner. He was pleased to be back after COVID had delayed the affair.

Cannon said he enjoyed “catching up with everyone and immersing myself back in the combat sports culture.”

For the first time ever, the Connecticut Boxing Hall of Fame Board of Directors decided to do a spring event. Past inductions always took place at the end of the year.  

“Several people approached me at the dinner expressing their preference for a spring event,” said Connecticut Boxing Hall of Fame President John Laudati, adding, “I personally favor a spring event. Weather concerns are less than a late October or November date, and a spring date doesn’t compete with the holiday season when people are so busy with events. It also gives the board a full calendar year to consider our annual award winners.”

Asked to pick a highlight moment of the night, Laudati said there were many, including the inaugural Willie Pep Courage Award. However, he said “having former heavyweight contender Gerry Cooney at the event certainly lit up the room.”

He added, “He is a truly gracious man who found time for anyone and everyone who wanted a photo or an autograph. I couldn’t be happier with how Saturday night went.”

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Former heavyweight king Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder is honored with a bronze statue

Story by John and Alex Rinaldi

May 2022 – Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Years ago shortly before his death, actor Ray Bolger, who portrayed the Scarecrow in the classic 1939 movie The Wizard of Oz, was asked whether he received residuals from the endless telecasts of the endearing film, he remarked, “No, just immortality. I’ll settle for that.”

Sculptor Caleb O’Connor (L) and Deontay Wilder (R).

The same goes when individual has a statue erected in one’s honor – they experience a similar sense of immortality.  Former WBC heavyweight king Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder must feel the same way now after a bronze statue of him was unveiled at the Tuscaloosa Riverwalk in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. The ceremony was presented by the Tuscaloosa Tourism and Sports.

Statues have been erected of Gods, War Heroes, Presidents, and other famous icons, including the Statue of Liberty, for over 45,000 years. In the last century Prize Fighters and famous ring Champions such as Rocky Marciano, Joe Louis, Primo Carnera, Joe Frazier, Randolph Turpin, Larry Holmes, Ingemar Johansson, Roberto Duran, Muhammad Ali, Evander Holyfield, Jack Johnson, Julio Cesar Chavez, John L. Sullivan, Tony Demarco, Stanley Ketchel, Carmen Basilio, Mike Tyson, Joey Giardello, among others, have been added to those immortalized by the erection of statues in their honor. Now Deontay Wilder can be added to that exclusive list.

Deontay Wilder (L) vs. Chris Arreaola (R).

The hometown hero Wilder, 36, was on hand with his family and hundreds of fans who showed up to honor the fistic great.

The live-sized 6’ 7” bronze statue of the ex-champion is located outside of the Tuscaloosa Tourism and Sports (TTS) building on Jack Warner Parkway. It was sculpted by local artist Caleb O’Connor. Unlike the 220 to 250 pounds that Wilder weighed during his boxing career, the statue’s weight is 830 pounds!

A visibly shaken Wilder said before the crowd in attendance, “For the first time in my life, I’m at a loss for words. This is generational wealth. This is black excellence. This is greatness. This is a monumental moment for me.”

“We are excited to unveil this highly anticipated piece of public art featuring the Bronze Bomber – Tuscaloosa’s world-champion boxer – and created by Caleb O’Connor, who has adopted Tuscaloosa as his home and has created many other beautiful pieces in our city,” said Mayor Walt Maddox.

Deontay Wilder standing with sculptor Caleb O’Connor next to the statue.

“Our organization has long supported Deontay Wilder and his journey to becoming a heavyweight champion. We’re proud of his accomplishments and are thrilled the visitor center will be home to this incredible statue,” said Don Staley, president and CEO of TTS. “His championship title has put our community, Deontay’s hometown, on the map and his statue will pay tribute to that.”

Deontay Wilder began his boxing career in Tuscaloosa when he turned 20. In 2007 he won the Golden Gloves competition and took Gold in the U.S. National Championships. In the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Wilder captured the Bronze medal, which he embraced in his nickname of “The Bronze Bomber” that he used from his first professional fight onward.

Deontay Wilder (R) belting Bermane Stiverne (L).

On January 17, 2015, Wilder outpointed Bermaine Stiverne over 12 rounds to capture the WBC heavyweight championship.  During his reign of terror, he defended his title ten times, including a 12-round draw over Tyson Fury.

Fury would dethrone Wilder on February 22, 2020, with a 7th round TKO and in their third battle, Fury KO’d Deontay in the 11th round on October 9, 2021.  The third fight between Wilder and Fury would go down as one of the greatest heavyweight battles of all time, where both men were brutally battered to the canvas.

Because the WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight title holder Anthony Joshua at the time was afraid to face Wilder in a unification fight, most historians regard Wilder as the true heavyweight champion.

Wilder (42-2-1, 41 KO’s) still is not finished with the sport.

(in color trunks) Deontay Wilder knocks down Tyson Fury a 2nd time in the 12 round at the Staple Center Saturday. The fight was draw between both fighters from the judges scoring . Los Angeles, CA. Dec 1,2018.Photo by Gene Blevins/ZumaPress (Credit Image: © Gene Blevins/ZUMA Wire)

“I’ve been highly requested to come back,” Wilder said, “So many people have told me, ‘Come back, come back.’ I’d say I’m back by popular demand. And the business of boxing needs me. When there’s a thriving American champion, there’s nothing like it. When there’s not, you see it’s dead. There’s a drought. People know the difference now. I can’t stop right here. I must continue my journey. I have to, I have to.”

Wilder next to his life-like statue as the crowd cheers.

The estimated cost of the statue was over $30,000. The sculptor Caleb O’Connor figured that he worked 12-15-hour days, six days a week, for two-and-a-half months – amounting to nearly 800 hours! The life-size likeness (Wilder is 6-foot-7) required O’Connor to build scaffolding in his Tuscaloosa art studio, from which he fell twice near the end of one particular sculpting marathon.

Wilder approaches the statue as confetti floats in the air.

“Definitely some bruises, and I think I might’ve fractured a rib,” O’Connor said last week. “For a month after that, whenever I coughed or laughed it would hurt. It was almost unbearable. I just sculpted too long into the night.”

All in all, it was a great honor for a proud champion, who may still have some more exciting ring exploits to come.

It appears that Deontay Wilder, like Ray Bolger the Scarecrow before him, has also settled for immortality.

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Jermell Charlo clobbers Brian Castano to become boxing’s first super welterweight champion

 

Charlo drives a left hand to the body of Castano

 

Story by John and Alex Rinaldi

The battle of life is, in most cases, fought uphill; and to win it without a struggle were perhaps to win it without honor. If there were no difficulties there would be no success; if there were nothing to struggle for, there would be nothing to be achieved. –Samuel Smiles

 At the AT&T Center last July 17, Jermell Charlo and Brian Castano engaged in an unmerciful battle where both combatants fought their hearts out. There were numerous occasions where each champion was wobbled and near the precipice of defeat. After twelve grueling rounds, with all the super welterweight titles at stake, the bout was declared a draw.

Charlo drops Castano for the first time in Round 10.

It was one of the best fights of the year and certainly one that was hard to top – that is until their rematch!

At the Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, CA, Jermell “Iron Man” Charlo, of Richmond, TX, entered the rematch wearing the WBA, IBF and WBC super welterweight championship belts, while the previously unbeaten Brian “El Boxi” Castano, of Isidro Casanova, Buenos Aires, Argentina, climbed through the ropes with his WBO super welterweight belt. Both men at 32 are in the peak of their fistic abilities and they gave the fans on hand a clash they would soon not forget.

Charlo bludgeons Castano along the ropes.

At the bell, Charlo (35-1-1, 19 KO’s) came out fast and unloaded a plethora of jabs, rights and uppercuts that repeatedly nailed the advancing Castano to his head and midsection. The WBO king Castano, 153 ¾, was moving forward, but by leading with his right crosses, instead of working behind his jab, he left himself an easy mark for the jolting combinations of the WBA/WBC/IBF king Charlo, 152 ¾.

The first three rounds were all Charlo as he battered his opponent with stabbing right hands and hooks to the ribs. While Castano managed to knock his adversary back with crackling right hands to the jaw, he was still woefully getting outpunched. What was surprising was that it was Charlo who wound up being the superior body puncher as he constantly used Castano’s midsection as an archery target.

Charlo drops Castano for the second time in Round 10.

Castano finally came alive in the fourth round as he began to throw double jabs, which made it easier for him to score with his hard right hands. Though Charlo was stunned by a few of the rights that graced his skull, he never allowed his man to take any bows and he immediately whipped off a fusillade of lefts and rights that had Castano backing away.

The non-stop action continued into Round Five as Charlo had Castano hurt with jarring hooks and rights. Just when it appeared as if the Argentine was in trouble, he stormed back and hammered Charlo with a left hook that sent him into the ropes. Before he could counter back, Charlo was stunned with a smashing right and left hook. Showing his herculean conditioning, Charlo dug in and answered back with a left hook of his own as he punched himself off the ropes and walloped his foe with a right and another left hook. The two then slugged it out with savage fists flying until the bell!

Castano had his best round in the sixth as his jab was sharper. Charlo continued to bang away with his fast left hooks, however, Castano made him pay by countering with blistering right hands that rocked Jermell. Although Castano was scoring well, Charlo never gave him a chance to admire his handiwork as he always fired back with his own weapons of destruction.

Charlo came back in the seventh as he viciously attacked Castano’s body, which was beginning to slow him down. Although uppercuts, jabs and hooks painfully bounced off Castano, he never gave up and attacked at the end of the session and even stunned Charlo once again with right hands.

The next two frames were give-and-take with both men’s legs holding up quite well under the constant assault of leather. The two fought like the proud champions they were as they never gave the other a chance for a brief respite.  

One thing was certain, it was that the concession stands would see little action as very few fans were willing to leave their seats to miss a second of the constant torrid action.

Going into the fateful tenth, Charlo had a commanding lead on two scorecards at 89-82 and 88-83, while one tally had it a little closer at 87-84. Either way it appeared that all Charlo had to do was remain on his feet for the remainder of the contest.  He surely planned to do that, and at the same time was mentally formulating a plan whereby his opponent would not be so lucky. Charlo had no desire to have the fight go to the scorecards. His fists would wind up being the judge, jury and the executioner.

Charlo -L- and Castano -R- fire bombs at each other.

At the sound of the bell for Round 10, Charlo stormed out and blasted away at Castano. A scorching right hand to the body, quickly followed by a left hook to the jaw sent Castano crumbling to the canvas like a bale of hay thrown off the top of a barn.

Referee Jerry Cantu moved in and began counting. Castano bravely rose at “six” and was quickly looked over by Cantu who  permitted the fight to continue.

Immediately, Charlo raced at his wounded prey and unleashed a volley of lefts and rights, that culminated with a smashing left hook to the head and another hook to the ribs. Castano hit the canvas again.

Like the Phoenix, Castano miraculously rose once more, but he was clearly two blocks down the alley from Queer Street as the referee stopped counting at “one” and ended the bout at 2:33 of the tenth round.

“I could see that I was wearing him [Castano] out and was breaking him down,” said Charlo. “I feel like I really accomplished something very, very important, very, very major. Something that’s gonna stand for a long time.”

Castano said afterwards, “He [Charlo] was smarter this time. I felt that I won the first fight, but tonight he caught me and that was it. I feel like I still have a lot to give in boxing. I’m happy with my performance despite the loss. I feel like there’s a big room for corrections and improvements with my boxing.”

The difference between the two battles was that Charlo was just in such incredible condition. He never took a round off and kept on unloading bombs all night.  To his credit, Castano took some mighty shots, but eventually his body collapsed under the weight of the relentless exploding leather fists of Charlo.

Going into the fight, Charlo was the -210 favorite and guaranteed $1 million and will probably wind up with nearly $3 million after the PPV and live gate revenue are added.  As for Castano, he was guaranteed $350,000 and will earn nearly $650,000 once the dust settles.

“I’m durable,” remarked Charlo. I was going all 12, and unfortunately for Castano, my power got stronger by the rounds. This is legacy. This is something that is legendary. I’m a legend. I knew Castano was going to give it his all. I knew I had trained very, very hard, but you all can see that I came in at 152 pounds because I was really in shape, and I wanted to make sure that this was my fight. I listened to my corner this time. I got in my bag around the seventh round. I started sitting down a little bit more instead of boxing so much and moving around. I saw that he was wearing down a little bit and I was breaking him down. I just saw my punches being more effective. I get stronger in the later rounds if they didn’t know.”

That is the type of fighter that is hard to beat today. Charlo is a throwback to the great 154-pounders of the past.

Next up for Charlo may be the WBO’s top rated contender Tim Tszyu.

The Charlo-Castano rematch was a ratings bonanza for the Showtime Network, which had its highest ratings in three years with an audience of 886,000 from its channel and streaming service.

The great sport of boxing is on a major upswing as fighters are going after unification bouts with all four titles at stake.  If Charlo stays in the weight class and defends his laurels on a regular basis, he will soon punch himself into the superstar status.

Photos courtesy of Showtime

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Canelo Alavarez loses lopsided decision to WBA Light Heavyweight Champion Dmitry Bivol in  Major Boxing Upset

Even Mike Tyson weighs in on the loss

Story by Alexander R. Rinaldi and Joseph Rinaldi

Going into the bout almost a 6-1 favorite against the Russian WBA Light Heavyweight Champion Dmitry Bivol, Undisputed Super Middleweight Champion and current ring legend, Canelo Alvarez must have reasoned that Bivol was certainly not at his level, nor with only 19 fights on his ledger, nearly as seasoned or experienced as he was.

Well, “experience” flew out the window literally at the sound of bell for round one and as for the “level” it came in the form of a plethora of Bivol straight jabs that continually painted Canelo’s face with a pallet of leather.

In front of a sold-out house of his faithful inside the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Alvarez (57-2-2, 39 KOs), a top-notch, four-division champion, sadly looked every bit like a mere challenger against the taller Russian champion, who made the best of his height, longer reach, and speed of foot and hand to score often and consistently in the fight.

Somehow, though Alvarez was the aggressor and kept going straight at Bovil, he lacked any real head movement or ducking abilities. He also failed to establish his own jab and literally let Bovil out-jab and outpoint him for nearly every round of the fight.

It was almost like watching the same Canelo Alvarez in his fateful loss to Floyd Mayweather almost a decade ago.

In this bout, while Canelo was the pursuer and the harder puncher of the two, especially when he connected with his uppercuts and left hooks, it was far too little in both scope and output to gain any real stronghold in the bout.

Bovil (R) fires away at Alvarz (L) with blazing punches.

As the rounds mounted,  and the sands in the hourglass swiftly disappeared, Canelo’s chances soon began to tick away as Bovil’s jab and quick combinations steadfastly kept Alvarez at bay and at a distance – far enough away for the Mexican legend to continuously come up short in hitting the mark of his Russian foe.

To make matters worse, and actually more harshly illuminating, Canelo tallied a career-low 84 total punches landing over twelve rounds, essentially an average of only seven punches per round. It could be said that many of the bouncers at some of the rougher joints on the Vegas Strip probably landed more blows that night.

Bivol (20-0, 11 KOs) for the most part, relied upon mostly his defense, which was literally his lethal offense of blazing punches and spearing  jabs, which enabled the WBA Light Heavyweight Champion to capture both the judges’ scorecards as well as pull off the amazing upset in the fight.

Going into the twelfth round, Alvarez needed either a miracle or a knockout, neither of which were being granted to him as the bell for the last round tolled, along with nearly all the bells prior to it, most of them tolling for Bovil.

Still, waiting for the judges’ scorecards, one always has to wonder how close a Canelo Alvarez fight is since he is always seemingly a favorite of the scorekeepers. This time was no different, except for the outcome which saw all three judges voting unanimously for Bovil by duplicate scores of 115-113. Interestingly enough, those scores amount to 7-5 in rounds. Had Canelo won only one more round it would have been tabbed a draw (6 rounds to 6) – A bonanza for the casinos and sports betting.

The USA Boxing News saw it a little more lopsided by a score of 117-111 (9 rounds to 3) for Bivol.

Still this is what makes boxing the great sport it is. No matter what the odds-makers say, boxing is still remains a lifelong member of the great theater of the unexpected.

It is fights and wins like this that fuels the excitement of championship boxing matches. For boxing, in its over two hundred years as an international sport, has proven over and over again that anything can happen on any given day.

“I’m sorry I ruined your plans [for a fall trilogy fight against] Gennadiy Golovkin, maybe,” Bivol said. “Congrats to [Alvarez], he’s a great champion and I respect him. But if you don’t believe in yourself, what do you do? You won’t achieve anything. I believe and my team believes.” 

Although Bivol allowed Alvarez to fight directly in front of him, he never gave the great multiple champion any real openings to strike at. What he did instead by implementing his highly effective offense and defense was to give the legendary Mexican fighter numerous ways to strike out.

“I felt his power. As you can see from my arm, he beat my arm up but not my head,” Bivol said Alvarez. “It’s better. He had a good speed and power. Maybe his mistake was he threw only hard punches. After hard punches, he relaxed and tired. I was feeling great. This was the biggest fight of my career and I enjoyed this fight. When the people booed me, it gave me more energy.”

According to CompuBox,  Bivol out-landed Alvarez by a margin of 152 to 84.

Even with all that evidence, Canelo, not surprisingly, said that he thought he was ahead on the scorecards heading into the final rounds.

Nonetheless, by the bout’s end Canelo was very gracious in defeat.

“He’s a great champion. Sometimes in boxing, you win or lose. I lost today and he won,” Alvarez said. “He’s a really good fighter. He’s a fighter who comes in and goes out. I also felt his power. It was a good victory for him.”

After the fight, Alvarez shared hopes for a rematch, to which Bivol seemed obvously willing to explore.

“A rematch? No problem. Let’s talk about a rematch,” Bivol said. “I took this fight because I just wanted the opportunity and I appreciate the opportunity. I am ready for the rematch, I just want to make sure I win and am treated like a champion now.”

As expected, Canelo plans to return to the prize ring. “It doesn’t end like this,” said Alvarez.  Nor should it.

The word going into the fight was that Canelo, had he won, was expected to face Gennadiy Golovkin in September to complete their trilogy. Now with the loss, a potential rematch with Bivol could be in works.

One thing for certain, Canelo left the ring with over $15 million in guaranteed monies plus 70% of the pay-per-view revenue. Bovil, also filled his wallet well with a guaranteed $2 million plus 30% of the fight’s pay-per-view revenue.

Alvarez vs. Bivol undercard results

  • Montana Love def. Gabriel Gollaz via unanimous decision (114-112, 114-112, 114-112)
  • Shakhram Giyasov def. Christian Gomez via unanimous decision (99-88, 99-88, 98-89)
  • Marc Castro def. Pedro Vicente via unanimous decision (60-54, 60-54, 60-54)
  • Zhilei Zhang def. Scott Alexander via first-round knockout

Mike Tyson’s take on Canelo’s loss

A little after viewing Canelo Alvarez’s shocking loss to Dmitry Bivol, former undisputed Heavyweight Champion and ring legend Mike Tyson, like the true student of boxing he is, extrapolated the reasons behind Alvarez’s loss.

Tyson, particularly pointed out that Canelo’s jab, or the lack thereof, was the main contributing factor and villain behind his one-sided loss.

 “I just think if Canelo was using his jab effectively, hard, the guy [Bivol] wouldn’t have come because the guy was coming in because he wasn’t worried about Canelo’s jab,” Tyson said. “So he got more aggressive and he got brave. If you’re not jabbing he [Álvarez] has no defense. If he’s not gonna jab, the guy is gonna walk right in on him like he did.” 

Tyson described  Álvarez’s jab as “basic” and that he should have been moving more like bobbing and weaving and creating angles while throwing his jabs. 

“I believe if he used his jab, it would’ve been a different fight.” 

Photos courtesy of Matchroom Boxing

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PHOTO FLASHBACK

James “Light Out”Toney. (PHOTO BY ALEX RINALDI) 

Julio Cesar Chavez (L) vs. Pernell “Sweet Pea” Whitaker at the Alamo Dome San Antonio. (PHOTO BY ALEX RINALDI)

Evander Holyfield (L) vs, George Foreman (R) in1991 at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. (PHOTO BY ALEX RINALDI)

Mike Tyson knocking out Alex Stewart at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City., (PHOTO BY ALEX RINALDI)

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Jack Johnson and Joe Choynski in jail after their historic fight

Jack Johnson (third from the Right) and Joe Choynski (second from the Left) in jail after their historic 1901 fight that Choynski won by KO.

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Shakur Stevenson overwhelms Oscar Valdez in Junior Lightweight Unification Showdown to become WBC and WBO junior Lightweight Champion

Keyshawn Davis and Nico Ali Walsh score KO wins on undercard

 Story by Alexander R. Rinaldi and Joseph Rinaldi

Undercard story and photos courtesy of TopRank.

LAS VEGAS — On Saturday night, in one of the greatest performances of the year thus far, Shakur Stevenson grabbed the gauntlet and showed the world that he is the new supernova in boxing as he easily manhandled the previously undefeated and very talented Oscar Valdez over twelve nearly one-sided rounds.

When the final bell tolled every person in the arena and anybody probably watching on television knew the WBO Junior Lightweight World Champion and Newark native Shakur Stevenson totally overwhelmed his Mexican foe. The judges agreed and unanimously decided for Stevenson by scores of 118-109 (twice) and 117-110. The USA Boxing News also scored it for Shakur at 118-109.

Lopez (L) nailing Stevenson (R) with a right to the ribs.

Although the fight was not very close there were some exciting moments which kept the predominately pro-Valdez crowd of 10,102 fans at the MGM Grand Garden Arena pretty enthralled throughout. Though they anxiously waited for Lopez to land one of his Atom Bombs to end Shakur’s big night, by the twelfth round it seemed like the fuse had fizzled out and there was only hope, and only hope alone that they prayed for.

Unfortunately for Lopez’s fans and the country of Mexico as a whole, hope vanished early on in the fight and rarely raised its winsome head again.

Wearing glittery silver trunks with NEWARK sewed across the back waistband, Stevenson (18-0, 9 KOs) swiftly peppered away with his right jab fighting in a southpaw stance. Though both fighters’ weights were nearly similar, Stevenson coming in at 130 to Lopez’s weight of 129.6, Shakur looked the much bigger of the two and the harder puncher.

Stevenson (L) battering Lopez (R) with both fists.

Considering that Lopez (30-1, 23 KO’s) wearing blue trunks with silver trim, entered the bout with a knockout percentage of nearly 77% compared to Stevenson’s 53%, Oscar never looked like the bigger puncher nor ever got into the groove of the fight.

For some strange reason, in this fight Lopez decided to adopt a high guard peek-a-boo style moving straight ahead to Stevenson, who used the tactic to fire off jabs and combinations to both Oscar’s head and body throughout the bout. Shakur also showed angles, moving side to side and back and forth. It was the classic matador versus the bull as Stevenson picked him apart all night.

The problem was that Lopez never even tried to duck or give his foe any head movement at all. For Shakur it was like shooting fish in a barrel.

Unified Junior Lightweight champion Shakur Stevenson.

One would have thought that after the first four rounds of this seemingly fruitless style, that a talented and experienced fighter like Lopez would have just changed his game plan, for the great ones usually do.

For some crazy reason, Lopez seemed married and loyal to his style which ended up having the same duplicitous allegiance of that of a cheating wife. It unabashedly crippled his chances and capsized his ability to win the fight.

He should have reviewed the legendary Roberto Duran’s explosive fight with the great Sugar Ray Leonard as a benchmark for his success. Instead it appears he followed the losing style of fellow stable mate Canelo Alvarez when he was outclassed and outpunched by Floyd Mayweather in their championship bout. Considering that Floyd Mayweather was a far cry from both Sugar Ray Leonard and Roberto Duran, the blueprint was clearly out there for sluggers who were fighting master boxers who sported quick hands, fluid movement, and a good punch.

The two fighters after their weigh in.

Lopez apparently ignored history and never changed throughout the bout. Considering that his pal Canelo Alvarez was seated ringside you would have thought he would have run up to the corner and vehemently implore Oscar to change his course. Instead Lopez became the captain of his own Titanic and the architect of his own disaster.

Still, Shakur kept to his winning style and showed everyone that he is honing the skills of a legendary ring master.

The only time Valdez saw some success was in rounds 3, 10, and 12, when he showed caution to the wind. Otherwise he was getting stabbed and jabbed consistently and he even attempted the despairing act of lunging. All to no avail.

After winning easily four of the first five rounds, Shakur upped the ante in round six when he spun Valdez into the ropes and clocked him with a solid right hook to the head followed by a murderous left cross to the chin. Lopez bounced off the ropes like a pinball and appeared to just touch the canvas briefly. Still, it was a knockdown – a stunning exclamation point to the night.

For the remaining six rounds it was cat and mouse, though it seemed more like a lion and a mouse.

By the end of the fight Lopez’s swollen, red, and cut face told the true story of the bout. 

As for Stevenson he was unmarked.

With the win, Shakur unified the Junior Lightweight Title. He now owns two (WBC and WBO) of the four recognized sanctioning body belts.

After the bout Stevenson said, “This victory means everything. I told ya’ll what I was going to do. I said I’m gonna beat Valdez, Canelo and Eddy Reynoso, so that was my game plan, beat the whole team and I feel good about it. Much respect to them, but that was my game plan.”

As for his future Shakur revealed, “I want to collect all the belts at 130 and become undisputed. I deserve to be a superstar, so that’s what I gotta do.”

The fighters pose with their belts at the weigh in.

As for Lopez, hopefully he can re-group and get back on track like he was since his career began.  “He did what he had to do to win the fight,” Valdez said. “He’s a great fighter. His speed is there. Power is there. He was just he better fighter tonight. Overall, a great fighter.”

Davis Knocks out Sanchez

The future of the lightweight division, Olympic silver medalist Keyshawn Davis, battered Mexican veteran Esteban Sanchez (18-2, 8 KOs) en route to sixth-round TKO in the co-feature. Sanchez provided some resistance, but Davis (5-0, 4 KOs) wore down his foe round by round. He landed 56.8 percent of his power shots, including 34 of 53 in the sixth round.

Davis (R) crashes a right to Sanchez’s (L)  jaw

Davis said, “He’s a great fighter, and I didn’t realize that until the first round. I said, ‘Whoa, he can fight!’ I knew I had to snap into a different Keyshawn. He’s a great fighter, a real respectful fighter. Hat’s off to Esteban Sanchez. Thank you for this opportunity. We should see a lot of Esteban Sanchez in the future.
 
“I just kept staying steady, staying with my rhythm. My coach, {Brian McIntyre}, kept telling me to go the body. I was trying to stab him a lot in the rounds, and honestly, I was just picking up round after round. I loved this fight because it challenged me. I felt challenged in the ring. I was happy I got a great performance and the stoppage.”

Keyshawn Davis

Ali Walsh Destroys Ibarra

The youngster with the famous last name, middleweight prospect Nico Ali Walsh, ignited the MGM Grand with a brutal first-round knockout over Alejandro Ibarra (7-2, 2 KOs). Ali Walsh (5-0, 4 KOs), the grandson of The Greatest, ended matters with a sweeping right hand. 

Nico Ali Walsh knocking out Alejandro Ibarra.

Ali Walsh said, “I was setting him up with the right hand. I noticed his left hand was going down when he threw the jab. I was trying to counter it, and that’s what I did. I wish the best for him and his team. He’s a true warrior. But I just waited for that setup, and I saw it and I took advantage.”

The rest of the Undercard

Lightweight: Raymond Muratalla (14-0, 12 KOs) KO 3 Jeremy Hill (16-3, 11 KOs), 2:23. Enter the danger zone. “Danger” Muratalla became the first man to stop New Orleans native Hill, finishing the fight with a crunching right hand.

Junior Lightweight: Andres Cortes (17-0, 10 KOs) KO 6 Alexis del Bosque (18-6-1, 9 KOs). Cortes, a Las Vegas, native, put on a show for the hometown fans, knocking down Cortes twice in a brutal power punching display. A three-punch combination dropped del Bosque in the sixth. After rising to his feet gingerly, the fight was halted.

Middleweight: Troy Isley (5-0, 3 KOs) TKO 2 Anthony Hannah (3-3, 2 KOs). U.S. Olympian Isley savaged Hannah with body blows, putting his overmatched foe down for the count with a right hand to the gut. Earlier in the second, he knocked down Hannah with a left hook to the body. 

Lightweight: Abdullah Mason (2-0, 2 KOs) TKO 1 Luciano Ramos (1-3), 2:32. The 18-year-old Mason, from Cleveland, Ohio, showed why he is one of the sport’s young prodigies with a first-round blitzing of Argentina’s Ramos. Referee Tony Weeks stopped the carnage after an assortment of lefts and rights left Ramos defenseless.

Welterweight: Jaylan Phillips (1-2-1, 1 KO) DRAW 4 Antoine Cobb (1-0-1, 1 KO). Scores: 39-37 Phillips and 38-38 2x. Phillips spoiled the spotless record of Cobb with a determined effort, sweeping the last the two rounds on the judges’ cards to earn a draw.

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Fury-ous Finish: Tyson Fury Knocks Out Dillian Whyte in the 6th round 

Heavyweight Champion Fury demolishes Whyte before 94,000 fans in attendance at London’s Wembley Stadium

LONDON  — On Saturday, after not having fought in his native land for almost four years, Tyson Fury (32-0-1, 23 KOs) returned home with a spectacular sixth-round knockout in front of a record-breaking 94,000 fans Saturday evening at Wembley Stadium in London.

As a result he is quickly asserting himself as the biggest athlete and draw on the planet.
 
The WBC/Lineal/Ring Magazine heavyweight champion defended his crown against former training partner Dillian Whyte with a vicious right uppercut that immediately ended matters at 2:59 of the sixth row. Fury (32-0-1, 23 KOs) has now won four of his last five fights via stoppage.

Fury crashes a jarring right to Whyte’s jaw.

To start the bout, both men attempted to engage in a bit of mind games, with Whyte (28-3, 19 KOs) entering the first round by working from a southpaw stance. The roles reversed in the following round with Fury commencing his attack from a left-handed position. But by the third round, none of that even mattered as Fury, now orthodox again, began snapping his jab, finding his rhythm and even smiling at Whyte as he began lunging with shots in the fourth and fifth rounds.
 
By this point, Fury had seen what kind of openings could be made when leading with his left hand as Whyte often used a cross-armed defense to evade shots. That’s when the “Gypsy King” circled in on his target to touch Whyte with a left hand before landing a fight-finishing uppercut that knocked the “Body Snatcher” down and out.

Showing the heart of an assassin – Fury (L) clocks Whyte (R) with a hard left hook.

Fury said, “I’m overwhelmed with the support. I can’t believe that my 94,000 countrymen and women have come here tonight to see my perform. I just want to say from the bottom of my heart, thank you so much to every single person who bought a ticket here tonight or stayed up late to watch it on TV.
 
“Dillian Whyte is a warrior. And I believe that Dillian will be a world champion. But tonight, he met a great in the sport. I’m one of the greatest heavyweights of all time. And unfortunately for Dillian Whyte, he had to face me here tonight. There’s no disgrace. He’s a tough, game man. He’s as strong as a bull. He’s got the heart of a lion. But you’re not messing with a mediocre heavyweight. You’re messing with the best man on the planet. And you saw that tonight with what happened.
 
“I think Lennox Lewis could even be proud of the right uppercut tonight.”
 
Essuman Decisions Tetley
 
Undefeated welterweight Ekow Essuman (17-0, 7 KOs) retained his British, Commonwealth, and IBF European 147-pound titles with a 12-round unanimous decision win against Englishman Darren Tetley (21-3, 9 KOs) in the night’s co-feature. Two judges scored the fight 116-112 for Essuman, while a third had it 117-111.
 
In undercard action:
 
Featherweight: Liverpool’s Nick Ball (15-0, 8 KOs) captured the WBC Silver Featherweight Title with a stoppage win over Isaac Lowe (21-2-3, 6 KOs). Ball dropped Lowe in the second round, and he managed to survive. Lowe was then cut by an accidental headbutt over his left eye in the third round as he continued to receive punches in the following rounds. Ball eventually stopped his foe with fight-finishing flurry at 1:45 of the sixth round.
 
Heavyweight: London native David Adeleye (9-0, 8 KOs) battered fellow Englishman Chris Healey (9-9, 2 KOs) en route to a TKO win. The referee halted the action at :52 of the fourth round.
 
Light Heavyweight: Tommy Fury (8-0, 4 KOs), the 22-year-old younger brother of the “Gypsy King,” defeated Daniel Bocianski (10-2, 2 KOs) of Nowy Sacz, Poland, via decision. Score: 60-54.
 
Light Heavyweight: Karol Itauma (7-0, 5 KOs), a rising southpaw of Slovak origin who lives in the U.K., scored a second-round technical knockout against Michal Ciach (2-12, 1 KO) of Poznan, Poland. Time of stoppage: 2:27.
 
Junior Lightweight: English prospect Royston Barney-Smith (2-0) scored a decision win against Romanian Constantin Radoi (0-11). Score: 40-36.

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By Mark Allen Baker

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Reviewed by John Rinaldi and Alex Rinaldi

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PAUL BUTLER WINS WBO INTERIM WORLD BANTAMWEIGHT TITLE ON ‘UNBELIEVABLE’ NIGHT

LIVERPOOL, APRIL 22 – Paul Butler has described the “unbelievable” feeling of becoming a two-time bantamweight champion of the world.

Butler out-pointed late replacement Jonas Sultan at Probellum Liverpool tonight to claim the WBO interim world title in front of his passionate fans.

The expectation is that the WBO will officially elevate Butler to the full champion and the 33-year-old and his fans are this evening celebrating him becoming a two-time title holder.

Butler won the IBF crown in 2014 but soon relinquished his belt to chase honours at super-flyweight and he admits it has been a “long journey” to get back to the top of the 118lbs division.

Butler was given the decision by all three ringside judges who scored the contest 116-112, 118-110 and 117-111 in favour of the local hero.

The new champion said: “It’s unbelievable, what a feeling!

“I have waited a long time to be a two-time world champion.

“It’s been a long journey and we only had 48 hours to come up with a gameplan for Sultan but that’s what I can do.  I nullified the bull tonight.”

Peter McGrail has warned the super-bantamweight division that he is only going to get “better and better” after recording a third straight stoppage win.

The Liverpool star halted Uriel Lopez in the fourth round after overwhelming the Mexican with yet another masterful display.

McGrail, now 4-0, said: “I am going to keep getting better and better.

“And hopefully, in the future, there will be some big nights coming to Liverpool.  We’re the next stock coming through, and we will be bringing world titles back to this city.”

Probellum’s Sam Jones added: “That was a great decision by the referee to stop the fight, Lopez was taking a lot of damage.

“This guy will be selling this arena out very, very soon and he will win world titles in numerous weight divisions.  Get behind Peter McGrail – what a fighter!”

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Jeremiah Nakathila Knocks out Miguel Berchelt in stunning impressive fashion

Eduardo Baez edges Jose Enrique Vivas in featherweight co-feature 

Story by Alexander R. Rinaldi and Joseph Rinaldi

UNDERCARD FIGHTS COURTESY OF TOP RANK

LAS VEGAS — Going into the first third of 2022 it is clear that in this year the lighter weight divisions are already exploding with knockouts and torrid-pace fighting. Fighters such as Shakur Stevenson, Oscar Valdez, George Kambosos, Josh Taylor, Errol Spence Jr., and of course, Terence Crawford, are lighting up the prize rings and spreading excitement all through the boxing world.

On Saturday night after demolishing former Junior Lightweight champion Miguel Berchelt, you can add to that short list Jeremiah Nakathila.  

Like  Ferdinand Magellan who sailed almost 10,000 miles to cross the Pacific Ocean to Guam and the Philippines in 1521 to capture riches and fame, Jeremiah Nakathila did the same journeying nearly 10,000 miles from Namibia to Las Vegas for his fight with Berchelt.

Jeremiah Nakathila (L) Pounds away at Miguel Berchelt.

Unlike Magellan who was killed in the Philippines after being caught in a battle between powerful rival chieftains, Nakathila not only arrived and survived, he also conquered.

In one of the bravest and fiercest performance of an underdog, Nakathila displaying the courage of a lion and the fists of Thor, knocked out former world champion Miguel Berchelt in an improbable and stunning upset at Resorts World Las Vegas.

“I’m going to put Miguel Berchelt back to sleep,” proclaimed Nakathila before the fight, echoing the defeat that Berchelt experienced when he was knocked out cold in his last ring appearance by former WBO featherweight champion Oscar Valdez on February 21, 2021. The last time the boxing viewing public saw Berchelt he was being taken away in an ambulance.

The winner – Jeremiah Nakathila after stopping Miguel Berchelt .

Meanwhile, Berchelt, who entered the ring wearing Mexican colors of green and black trunks with red trim, and weighing in at a solid 135, showed a great deal of confidence declaring before the fight, “I’m going to redeem myself and show that I’m here to stay. I think I’ll be a better version of myself at lightweight.”

Sadly for the former great champion, instead of redeeming himself – he actually repeated himself getting smashed once again to the canvas in another one-sided beating.

That picture must have been burned into Nakathila’s psyche, for once the fight began, the Namibian went after Berchelt with such ferocity that the former champion was never ever to establish a fight rhythm or sustain any type of offensive.

Right from the bell, Nakathila went straight after Berchelt taking the fight immediately to him. Although Nakathila, 133.6,  had previously lost a decision to Shakur Stevenson last June, in this fight the speed was solidly in his favor. Wearing black trunks with gold trim, which also matched his gold 8 ounce gloves, Nakathila quickly established the jab and overhand right hands. He also introduced early on his potent left hook. The same left hook that would consistently land on Berchelt’s head and ribs for the entire six rounds of the bout.

Miguel Berchelt after his loss.

The tone was set by the second round, when Nakathila crashed an overhand right to Berchelt’s jaw which knocked his head back so far it was if it was attached to a gate hinge.

Then came round three.

It was one of those rounds where one fighter’s eyes appeared like the black coal eyes of a panther while the other reflected the blinking eyes of a wallaby about to be devoured by a python. 

Halfway through the round, Nakathila, began pummeling Berchelt with left-right combinations eventually nailing him with two hard pile-driver left jabs which sent Berchelt to canvas. Though he rose quickly enough and took the eight count, it seemed that it was the slow dawning of the beginning of the end for the brave Mexican.

This pummeling continued until round five when Berchelt appeared to regain his strength and began trading bombs with Nakathila, who seemed to be tiring a bit.

At one point, the former champ even nailed his Nambian foe to the ropes and smothered him with a storm of punches. When the bell sounded, Berchelt’s fan base took a deep sigh and felt as if their man was turning the tide of the fight in his favor.

The problem is when dealing with tides, sometimes they go out to sea and gracefully return back to the shore, while other times they come crashing back in violent riptides. When that happens –  it changes everything.

Jeremiah Nakathila (R) clocks Miguel Berchelt with an overhand right.

For the sturdy and proud Berchelt, he soon found himself caught and drowning in that riptide in round six.

Though both fighters began the round trading blows, Berchelt in true grit fashion battled back with hard right hands, one of which even stunned Nakathila while he was trapped in the corner. To his credit, Nakathila eventually was able to regain his wind, and managed to escape the ropes that Berchelt tried to nail him to, and smashed Berchelt with a flurry of right crosses,  left hooks, overhand rights, and left jabs.

Then near the end of the round, Nakathila landed a terrific right to the jaw that sent Berchelt’s mouthpiece across the ring. Little did Berchelt realize that the both his mouthpiece and his chances of winning sailed away with that same punch.

After the round ended, seeing Berchelt (38-3, 34 KOs) bleeding and swollen, the referee Russell Mora on the advice of the ring doctor stopped the fight between rounds.

Nakathila (23-2, 19 KOs) said, “From the first round, my corner told me to take my time. I know what I have. I knew it would be difficult for him to reach the 10th round. It wasn’t so easy, but I made it look easy. He didn’t really bother me, the way he swung. I just got back to my game plan, and I capitalized. Luckily, he couldn’t continue. I was going to knock him out or put him to sleep in a bad way. Luckily, he saw it coming and decided he couldn’t come back.”

At the time of the stoppage, Nakathila was ahead 60-53 on all three scorecards, essentially winning every round.

Added Berchelt, “I’m going to get up. I’m going to rise from this. The great champions are not the ones who fall. The great champions are those who rise, and I will go home, spend time with my family, visit with them, get some rest, and I am going to come back stronger than ever.”

While it is three cheers for Nakathila, one does hope that the talented Berchelt regains his stature and returns to the prize ring.

Like Magellan whose ship rose in the ocean, Nakathila rose to the occasion, and like the historic explorer, he is now guaranteed a fight for the riches.

On the Undercard

Featherweight: Eduardo Baez (21-2-2, 7 KOs) MD 10 Jose Enrique Vivas (21-2, 11 KOs). Scores: 95-95, 96-94 and 98-92. In the co-feature, Baez announced his presence as a title contender with a closely contested victory over his Mexican countryman. It was expected to be a toe-to-toe barnburner, but Baez played the role of boxer, using an educated jab to blunt his rival’s attack. Vivas found pockets of success in the 10th, backing Baez to the ropes and unloading. Baez was never in serious trouble and prevailed by a slim margin on the cards. He outlanded Vivas 304-215.

Eduardo Baez (R) slams Jose Enrique Vivas with a terrific right uppercut.

Junior Featherweight: Carlos Caraballo (15-1, 14 KOs) MD 8 Luis Fernando Saavedra (9-7, 3 KOs). Scores: 76-76, 77-75 and 79-73. Caraballo rebounded from last October’s decision loss to Jonas Sultan with a closer-than-expected challenge from the rugged Mexican. It was a battle of Caraballo’s pure boxing against the come-forward body attack of Saavedra, who found occasional, if not consistent, success. Saavedra won the eighth round on all three judges’ cards, but Caraballo’s early lead held up.

Carlos Caraballo (L) nails Luis Fernando Saavedra (R) with a thudding left.

Welterweight: Tiger Johnson (3-0, 2 KOs) TKO 4 Sebastian Gabriel Chaves (5-4, 2 KOs), 1:42. Johnson, who represented the U.S. last summer at the Tokyo Olympics, kept the momentum going with a one-sided beatdown over Chaves. Johnson knocked down Chaves with a straight right hand early in the fourth and ended it later in the round with a left hook that prompted referee Kenny Bayless to wave off the contest. 

Junior WelterweightJosue Vargas (20-2, 9 KOs) UD 8 Nicolas Pablo Demario (15-6-3, 9 KOs) Scores: 76-74 2x and 76-73. Vargas returned from his first-round knockout defeat to Jose Zepeda, but it was not without controversy. The most eventful thing to happen was not Vargas getting dropped with a left hand in the fifth round. It happened later in the fifth, when Demario bit Vargas on the right shoulder. Demario was deducted one point for the infraction, and Vargas outboxed him the rest of the way.  

Featherweight: Haven Brady Jr. (6-0, 3 KOs) TKO 4 Jose Argel (8-3, 2 KOs), 2:05. “The Hitman” found his target early and often, battering Argel to the body in the first three rounds. Brady scored his first knockdown with a right hand, then ended the bout with an uppercut on the inside. Argel, from Chile, had never been knocked out entering the fight.

Light HeavyweightDante Benjamin Jr. (2-0, 1 KO) UD 4 Kevin Johnson (2-1, 1 KO). Scores: 40-36 3x. Benjamin, a native of Cleveland went the distance for the first time in his young career and cruised past the durable Johnson. 

Junior Featherweight: Arturo Cardenas (2-0-1, 2 KOs) DRAW 4 Juan Hernandez Martinez (2-0-1). In a phone booth affair, the judges’ cards reflected the back-and-forth nature of the four-rounder. Martinez swept the fourth to earn the draw. 

LightweightAdrian Serrano (0-0-1) DRAW 4 Estevan Partida (0-1-1). Scores: 38-38, 39-37 Serrano, 39-37 Partida. The 17-year-old Serrano, from Salinas, California, went for broke in the opening round but ran into a rough customer in Partida. Serrano won the fourth round on two of the three scorecards to salvage the draw in his pro debut.

Photos from Mikey Williams / Top Rank via Getty Images

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Heavyweight contender Ron Stander passes away 

October 17, 1944 – March 8, 2022


Ronald Stander was born October 17, 1944 in Fort Jackson, Columbia, South Carolina. Ronald passed away March 8, 2022 at his home with his loving wife, Toddy Ann, and his kitty, Sissy, by his side. He moved to Council Bluffs, Iowa at a young age. Attended Washington School at age 4. From there, he attended Bloomer School, where he told stories of being a catcher for Stan Bahnsen. He attended Abraham Lincoln High School, where he excelled in sports. In track, he was always trying to outthrow his record for shot put. He went to State two years in a row for wrestling. But his greatest love was football and with Albert Milner as his partner, they were able to rack up the points.

After graduating in 1962, he attended Northwest Missouri in Tarkio and Parsons College in Fairfield, Iowa with Football Scholarships. Soon after college, he became interested in boxing.

His natural athletic abilities carried over into boxing under the guidance of Leonard Hawkins. He began training for the Midwest Golden Gloves Tournament in February of 1967. He was awarded, The Charlie Moon Award for Outstanding Prospect. In 1968, he was the Omaha City Golden Gloves Heavyweight Champion and again in 1969. He also received the Sammy Williams Award for Outstanding Fighter in March of 1969. That same year in July, he began his professional career in boxing. From 1969 through March of 1972, he won 23 matches (14 were KO’s) with 1 draw and 1 loss, then on May 25, 1972, at the Omaha Civic Auditorium, The World Heavyweight Championship Fight with Joe Frazier was stopped in the 5th round, due to facial cuts that required 17 stitches. He ended his career in 1982 with a record of 61 fights, 28 knockouts, with the most notable being against Ernie Shavers, who landed face-first on the mat. Ron said, “His punches were like being hit by a nightstick.” During Ron’s career, the referees never ever did a count of 10 over him.

After boxing, Ron still was in the ring as a referee. He said, “I still get to be in the ring and call the shots and not feel them.” He worked as a referee for ESPN and USA Network, besides regular boxing events.

Ron furthered his career on the East Coast as a member of bouncers and bodyguards. Some of the most notables he was privileged to bodyguard were Liza Minnelli, Tom Jones, Gene Hackman, The Rolling Stones, and the Eagles. On the “Hotel California” album, the Eagles give special thanks to Ron Stander.

Ron Stander (L) after being stopped by heavyweight champion Joe Frazier (R) during their May 25, 1972 heavyweight championship fight in Omaha, Nebraska.

During his lifetime, Ron has had wonderful experiences and met lots of people that have become friends. Jack O’Halloran invited him to England when he was doing The Superman Movie. Ron got to meet Christopher Reeve. Redd Foxx always had a VIP table waiting for him whenever he was in Vegas. Evel Knievel, who shared the same birthday (October 17) spent over a week with Ron in Omaha. They had a great time hanging out a Paul’s Motorcycle Shop in Council Bluffs. Ron loved to race stockcars and was Number 99 at Playland Park. He always said, “99 on your Program, Number 1 in your Heart.” Mad Dog Vachon was another great friend. He loved to play Cribbage with Ron and Toddy Ann. Hollywood came calling and he found himself in a movie with Sean Penn. Another movie that played at the AMC Theater in Omaha on November 14, 1997 called, “The Mouse,” had Ron at the beginning with Burt Young.

Ron worked as a skilled machinist at Vickers Manufacturing Company until it closed. A most informative booklet about Ron’s boxing career was written and published by his promoter, Thomas Lovgren. A film documentary about Ron “The Bluffs Butcher” Stander by Andrew Batt was aired on Public TV Network.

At his 45th class reunion, Ron reconnected with a gal he had a crush on in high school. Her husband had passed 6 years before. After a year of dating, they were married on Halloween in 2008. Since both were retired, they had an opportunity to do some traveling to Alaska, California, Arizona, Texas and a West Coast trip on Amtrak.

Ron will always be known as the guy with a big heart, a firm handshake, a big smile following with a joke or two.

Ron never knew a stranger, they were just a friend he had never met. If he shook your hand, he considered you a friend. But if you asked him a stupid question, you got a stupid answer with a smile and a twinkle in his brown eyes. He will be missed by all his fans that knew of him, those that loved him and his family that he always said, “Love you more.”

Preceded in death by parents, Marie and Frank Stander. Survived by his loving wife, Toddy Ann, who adored him and referred to him as her hero; his children: Frank Stander (Judy Compton), Angie Carberry, Ryan Stander (Chyanne Walker), Rowan Stander (Erin Koerselman); grandchildren, the children of Frank and Robin Stander: Brooke (Dan) Baker, Jake (Amanda McClanahan); son of Mike and Angela Carberry: Harley Carberry; children of Ryan Stander: Mia Brown, Sabella Stander, Xavier Stander; children of Rowan Stander: Nala Stander, Rowan Stander, Sebastian Stander, Marabelle Stander.

He will be missed by the Cundall Family, his numerous cousins, as well as special friends he named: Sunflower Sue and Foxy French.

Story courtesy of Omaha world-Herald

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LONDON (March 1, 2022) —Two men will fight, but only one showed up for the press conference. WBC/Lineal/Ring Magazine heavyweight champion Tyson “The Gypsy King” Fury made it a solo act Tuesday to promote his April 23 showdown against Dillian Whyte at London’s Wembley Stadium connected by EE. Fury-Whyte will be broadcast live on Pay-Per-View in the U.S.

Fury (31-0-1, 22 KOs) has been the lineal champion since November 2015 and will fight on English soil for the first time since June 2018. Since then, he’s fought Deontay Wilder three times, cemented his status as the world’s best heavyweight, and has served as an inspiration for mental health sufferers around the world. Whyte (28-2, 19 KOs) is a consensus top-five heavyweight who knocked out Alexander Povetkin in a rematch last year to regain the WBC interim title.

Fury-Whyte marks the third time in boxing history that a pair of Brits are fighting for the heavyweight title. Fury managed without his counterpart at the press conference, lobbing insults and promising a memorable evening in front of an expected crowd of nearly 100,000.

Fury at London’s Wembley Stadium 

Promoted by Frank Warren’s Queensberry Promotions and Top Rank, tickets will be on sale exclusively from Ticketmaster at 12 p.m. UK/7 a.m. ET on Wednesday, March 2. News on undercard bouts will be announced shortly.

This is what Fury, Warren and Top Rank COO Brad Jacobs had to say at Tuesday’s press conference.

Tyson Fury

“It’s been a roller coaster of a ride, across the Atlantic Ocean in the exotic venues of MGM Grand, T-Mobile, Staples Center. I just feel like the song {by} Thin Lizzy, ‘The Boys Are Back in Town.’ Four years away, and I get to come back and showcase on the world’s biggest stage at Wembley Stadium, 100,000 people there. I’m just putting it on so the fans can come, the people who traveled to Las Vegas… not everyone was able to come. For the people who stayed up to five in the morning to see those fights on BT Sport, now they can come and enjoy an event on home soil and be a part of history. People will be talking about this event and saying, ‘Where were you when this happened?’”
 
“I know Dillian Whyte is going to come in prepared. He’s going to come in rugged and rough and game and aggressive. And he’s got a big left hook and a big right hand. Who knows? It could be me chinned on the night. I think both fighters are going for the knockout on the night. I just think when I land a ‘Lancaster Bomber’ on his jaw, it’s going to be over. That could be in round one, or it could be in round six. I don’t see it going past that. I’m looking to put on an excellent {fight} and showcase knockout boxing for the UK fans and then sing a load of songs afterwards and have a good time. Party on down in the big smoke!’”

“”If I can’t look like Muhammad Ali against this guy, then I’m in the wrong {profession}. I will chop him to bits. Not a problem. I will smash his face right in. You’re going to see a boxing masterclass. You’re going to see the difference in levels.”
 
“This man is a big old strong fellow who swings a big old punch in and knocks a man spark out if he connects. But if I’m daft enough to get hit off him and knocked out, then I don’t deserve to be heavyweight world champion.”

“I don’t blame him for not being here today because if he were here, I’d have probably stretched him at the press conference. It’s good he’s not here, otherwise I’d be remanded in a London jail cell somewhere. The buildup to this fight will be fantastic because Tyson Fury versus his own shadow sells for sure. I will make sure people are entertained.”

“My personal message to Dillian Whyte today is this: I will win this fight for England and for St. George on St. George’s Day. There we go.”

“He should be here promoting the fight. That’s my opinion, and I think it’s tough luck for him and his family and his legacy going forward.” 

Frank Warren

“I’m delighted. It’s great. We’re at Wembley. I think we’re going to sell out just under 100,000 capacity. It’s going to be a special night because you have the lineal champion, the WBC champion who has not been here for four years, not fought in the country for four years.”

Fury walking into Press Conference.

“The atmosphere is going to be brilliant. All we need — unfortunately he is not here today — is the other side of the card to show up.”

Brad Jacobs 

“Whyte is certainly a credible threat and is one of the top available contenders. It is unprofessional that he is not here today but we will get past that and move on. Everyone is second best to Tyson, in the ring, in personality, in everything.”

To watch the entire press conference, CLICK HERE.

Photos by Shaun Smith

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The Boxing World Mourns the death of former Florida Boxing Hall of Fame President and Hall of Famer Butch Flansburg

FHBOF 2017 – The Dynamic Duo of Boxing – Kathy and Butch Flansburg

STORY BY ALEX AND JOHN RINALDI

In these current sad days, the world became even bleaker with the heartbreaking passing of a true hero in the world of pugilism – Walter “Butch” Flansburg, the former President of the esteemed Florida Boxing Hall of Fame.

“The WBC mourns the passing of Walter “Butch” Flansburg the former President of the Florida Hall of Fame,” said The World Boxing Council and its President Mauricio Sulaimán, President of the World Boxing Council (WBC). “Butch Flansburg was a man dedicated to boxing with honesty and integrity, for which he will be remembered with admiration and affection. We send Walter’s family our deepest condolences.”

FHBOF 2017 – Butch Flansburg (R) inducting Alex (L) and John Rinaldi (C) in 2017.

Gilberto Mendoza, Jr. President of the World Boxing Association concurred. “Flansburg was known for being a boxing man who devoted most of his life to the sport. He was respected by the entire community and left a mark thanks to his integrity and sacrifice,” said Mendoza. “The pioneer organization sends condolences to his family and friends at this difficult time.”

Walter (Butch) Anthony Flansburg was born June 24, 1944 in Utica, New York to Walter and Viola Flansburg.

2021 FBHOF Inductee Arcadio Castro Jr. with Kathy Flansburg.

The senior Walter, who was originally from Germany, was a prisoner of war in World War II. With his dad in a POW camp, Butch’s mother became the main source of income to the struggling family.  It was also during this time that Butch’s grandmother from Italy helped to raise him and through her he learned to speak f