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Elijah Pierce Stops Juan Carlos Pena in Two Rounds

Baltimore, Maryland (November 21, 2022) –Super Bantamweight contender Elijah Pierce notched his second consecutive second round knockout as he took out Juan Carlos Pena in Oklahoma City.

 

Pierce, who is promoted by Jeter Promotions and is now ranked number-35 by the WBC, after winning the WBC USNBC title on the last Jeter Promotions card on October 15th at the Hall! at Live Casino Hotel Maryland, registered those two early victories in just over a month. They are the first two fights under Jeter Promotions and Pierce has not disappointed.

 

After a feeling out first round, Pierce picked up the pace in round two, as he dropped Pena with a counter left midway through the round. Pena beat the count, but was visibly hurt. Pierce then knocked down Pena for a second time with a right hook. The referee waived the count immediately awarding Elijah Pierce the knockout victory with the time of the stoppage 2:15 of round two, 

 

Pierce picked up his 7th consecutive victory, improving his record to 16-2 with 14 knockouts. Pena is now 32-9 and was coming off of a split decision loss to former world title challenger Stephon Young.

 

Elijah will be back for his third fight in three months when he is back on December 9th at Center Stage in Atlanta, Georgia. The combined record of Pierce’s last four opponents is 58-10.

 

Elijah wants all the big fights in the division. Carlos Castro, Azat Hovhannisyan, TJ Doheny, Liam Davies, Gamal Yafai or any of the Golden Boy prospects which includes Hector Valdez, Rudy Garcia, Katsuma Akitsugi.

 

Elijah is managed by Trifon Petrov and Jessie Tanksley. He is trained by his father Andy Pierce, plus Aaron Salamone and Alain Felipe. 

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Giovanni Marquez and Omar Rosario Remain Undefeated With wins in Texas and Puerto Rico

Giovanni Marquez

NEW YORK (November 21, 2022) -This past Saturday night, welterweight prospect Giovanni Marquez and junior welterweight prospect Omar Rosario remained undefeated with wins in Texas and Puerto Rico.

Marquez and Rosario are managed by Split-T Management.

The 21-Year-old Marquez stopped Luis Valentin Portalatin in round three at The Lone Star Convention Center in Conroe, Texas.

Marquez dropped Portlatin three times, with the finisher coming from a vicious right hand that slumped Portalatin to his knees in the third round.

The 21-year-old Marquez (L) lands a hard right to the jaw of Luis Valentin (R).

With the win, Marquez of Houston, Texas is 4-0 with three knockouts.

Marquez began boxing at the age of 12 as he is the son of former U.S. Olympian, world junior middleweight world champion and current broadcaster Raul Marquez.

Marquez had an amateur record of 75-12, which culminated in winning the National Golden Glove tournament this past August in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He was named the Most Outstanding boxer in the tournament.

Marquez, who won the 152-pound National Golden Gloves, will begin his pro career around 145-pounds, with the goal to campaign as a junior welterweight.

Saturday in Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico, junior welterweight Omar Rosario stayed undefeated with a six-round unanimous decision over previously undefeated Bryan Ismael Rodriguez Rivera.

Omar Rosario (L) bangs away against tough Bryan Ismael Rodriguez Rivera (R).

Scores were 60-54 on all cards for the 24 year-old Caguas native, who is now 9-0. Rivera, also from Caguas, Puerto Rico is 4-1-1.

Rosario is promoted by Top Rank.

Photos by Hosanna Rull / iRull Photos / El Tigre Management.

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Mike Ohan, Jr. lands dream fight vs. U.S. Olympian Tiger Johnson

Dec. 10 at Madison Square Garden

QUINCY, Mass. (November 10, 2022) – Former New England Welterweight Champion Mike Ohan, Jr. (16-1, 9 KOs) is preparing for his potential career-changing fight on December 10th against 2020 U.S. Olympian Tiger Johnson (6-0, 4 KOs) at the famed Madison Square Garden in New York City.

Johnson vs. Ohan, Jr. is a scheduled 8-round welterweight match on a Top Rank card, headlined by a Heisman Night fight featuring Teofimo Lopez against Jose Pedraza, which will be streamed live on ESPN+.

Ohan, Jr. isn’t overly concerned about fighting a much-hyped prospect, who is promoted by event promoter Top Rank,, at the mecca of boxing on a much larger viewing platform.

“I’ll embrace it,” Ohan, Jr. “I’ve fought a lot of top guys in the amateurs like Jamaine Ortiz, who just fought Vasiliy Lomachenko. I feel like I belong at the top level with them, but they started competing earlier than me in the amateurs. I was 16-17 and had a lot of catching up to do.   

“This is what all the years of me working so hard has been for. It’s been a dream of mine even as a kid, before I started boxing. It’s starting to payoff; I need to executive the game plan on fight night.”

“I couldn’t be prouder of Mike and what he has accomplished so far in boxing,” Ohan’s promoter, Granite Chin president Chris Traietti commented. “He’s a great guy with great work ethic, and he has a ton of heart. He jumped all over this opportunity when it was presented. This is why guys fight; to hopefully get a chance to shine at an event like this at Madison Square Garden. Mike grinded and grinded, now he has his well-deserved opportunity at stardom.”

Ohan, Jr. is the son of a retired pro boxer, (14-6-2, 11 KOs), who served as a sparring partner for the great Marvelous Marvin Hagler.

The 24-year-old Johnson, fighting out of Cleveland, was a highly decorated U.S. amateur boxer who was a member of the 2020 .USA Olympic Boxing Team. He was a 2-time winner of the USA National Championships (2016 & 2017), as well as a gold medalist at the 2016 AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships, and 2014 USA Junior Olympic National Championships.

“He’s a great fighter,” Ohan, Jr. talked about his upcoming opponent. “Everything he does, he’s excellent at, not just good. I have to bring my A game to prove I belong. All the greats have adjusted to the situation and that’s what I have to do. I’ve put in all the blood, sweat and tears. Whatever he throws, I’ll be ready.”

Fighting in Madison Square Garden is the ultimate venue for Ohan, Jr. along with most fighters. Some may feel that the cards are stacked against Ohan, Jr., but he clearly isn’t worried about all the hoopla associated with fighting at MSG on ESPN+ against the event promoter’s highly touted boxer.

“It’s just going to be me and him in the ring,” Ohan, Jr. concluded. “Madison Square Garden is an historic place. Rocky Marciano, Sugar Ray Robinson…all the greats have fought there. I love boxing history and I’m blessed to be fighting there. I do live closer to New York City than him and I’m sure people will come out for me.

“At the end of the day, though, everybody will know who I am. An impressive performance will raise my stock, but I’m going in the ring to win!”

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Seven Split-T Management Fighters Pick Up Wins

 

Ortiz, Stevens, Brady, Johnson, Conto, Zamarron and Vargas Get Hands Raised in Fight in The United States and Puerto Rico

 

NEW YORK (November 4, 2022) -Seven Split-T Management fighters had their hand raised in fights throughout the United States and Puerto Rico.

Willito Ortiz (Photo by Golden Boy and Tom Hogan)

 Wednesday night in Puerto Rico, Willito Ortiz stopped Bryan Rodriguez in the opening round of their super lightweight bout. Ortiz landed some hard shots that put Rodriguez to the canvas. Rodriguez had enough as he sat on his knee and took the full count of 10 at 2;05.

 

Ortiz of Bayamon, Puerto Rico is 1-0 with one knockout.

Saturday in San Diego, Asa Stevens remained undefeated with a four-round unanimous over Mychaquel Shields in a super bantamweight bout.

 

Stevens of Waianae, Hawaii won by scores of 40-35 on all cards, and is now 3-0. Shields was making his pro debut.

 

Stevens is promoted by Golden Boy Promotions.

Asa Stevens (Courtesy of Top Rank and Mikey Williams)

Saturday in New York, two Split-T prospects remained undefeated with impressive victories.


Haven Brady Jr. moved up to eight-rounds and won a unanimous decision over Eric Mondragon in a junior lightweight contest.

 

Brady of Albany, Georgia won by tallies of 79-73 twice and 8-74 to raise his record to 8-0. Mondragon of Maywood, California is 8-1-1.

Haven Brady Jr. (Courtesy of Mikey Williams and Top Rank)

On the same card at The Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden and streamed on ESPN+, 2021 United States Olympian, Tiger Johnson pitched a shutout and won a six-round unanimous decision over Esteban Garcia in a junior welterweight bout,

 

Johnson of Cleveland, Ohio won by scores of 60-54 on all cards and is now 6-0. Garcia of Brawley, California is 15-2.

Tiger Johnson (Photo by Darryl Cobb Jr.)

 In Philadelphia, heavyweight Sonny Conto remained undefeated with a second-round stoppage in a scheduled six-round main event at the 2300 Arena.

 

Bryant shot right out of his corner, and went after Conto. The Philadelphia native engaged in a back-and-forth brawl and dropped Bryant with a hard left hand just before the bell sounded to end the opening frame. In round two, Conto continued to pound away until Bryant was weary, and the fight was stopped by the corner at 2:13.

 

Conto of Philadelphia is now 11-0 with nine knockouts. Bryant of Pittsburgh is 6-2.

 

Brady, Johnson and Conto are promoted by Top Rank.

 

In Milwaukee, two more Split-T fighters got victories on a card at The Tripoli Shrine Center.

 

Rolando Vargas of Milwaukee moved to 8-1 with a split decision win over Charles Garner (6-2) in a junior welterweight bout.

 

Javier Zamarron made an explosive pro debut with an opening round knockout of Ahmond Rayshaun Oates in a featherweight bout.

 

Zamarron of Sheboygan, Wisconsin dropped Oates three times before the fight was finally halted in the opening frame.

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Syracuse light middleweight Amir Anderson 

goes from tears to gold for USA Boxing 

2022 Youth World Championships, November 14-26 in La Nucia, Spain

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (November 4, 2022) – Syracuse light middleweight Amir “Cashman” Anderson has gone from being bullied in school to one of the faces of USA Boxing’s immediate future.

The 18-year-old Anderson has already captured top honors at the 2022 Summer Festival National Championships, 2022 USA Boxing National Qualifier, 2021 USA Boxing Youth National Championships, 2019 USA Boxing Junior National Championships and 2019 Eastern Regional Open in his young career.

Now, though, he’s preparing for his first international tournament, the Youth World Championships, November 14-26, in La Nucia, Spain.

Anderson started boxing in 2012, after his mother advised him to go to a gym to learn how to be tougher skinned.

“In my younger years,” he explained, “I used to cry instead of fighting back, when I was bullied. My mother wanted me to be tougher. I went to the gym and have never turned back.

“USA Boxing has changed me mentality-wise towards life. I’ve learned so much and I’m a believer. No matter what, even if I lose, go on to the next fight, and keep working hard to be the best I can. I’ve been on Team USA twice. Not a lot make it once, never mind twice. I’ve only lost three times in 30 tournament fights.”

Anderson is excited to be competing in his first international tournament to prove himself at a higher level. He has set high standards for himself, his next chapter starting later this month in Spain.

“It’s a blessing, I can’t wait,” Anderson spoke about going to the Youth World Championships. “I can’t wait to compete against the best in the world. I’ve proven myself as the best nationally. I want to get gold at these championships and a belt at the 2022 Nationals. I want to compete at the 2024 Olympics (Paris) and be a multi-gold medalist in international boxing.”

Self-described as a “mental frustration” to fight, Anderson is a well-rounded, all-around Olympic-style boxer with a high upside. He can move around the ring or fight in the pocket with great success, orthodox or southpaw style, and from all ranges – close, mid and long.

“I’m grateful to represent my country,” Anderson concluded. “I’m honored and proud of myself. I always want to represent the USA and go around the world to show what a great country we live in.

“I want to also represent people who are battling anything in their lives, because I’ve had issues, and I’m still pushing myself to be the best.”

The only tears Amir Anderson may shed now will be the result of his major successes in his very bright future.

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Sonny Conto Stops James Bryant in 2

PHILADELPHIA (OCTOBER 31, 2022) — Heavyweight Sonny Conto remained undefeated with a second-round stoppage in a scheduled six-round main event at the 2300 Arena.

The fight card, which drew an enthusiastic crowd, was promoted by Joe Hand Promotions,

Bryant shot right out of his corner and went after Conto. The Philadelphia native engaged in a back-and-forth brawl and dropped Bryant with a hard left hand just before the bell sounded to end the opening frame. In round two, Conto continued to pound away until Bryant was weary, and the fight was stopped by the corner at 2:13.

Conto of Philadelphia is now 11-0 with nine knockouts. Bryant of Pittsburgh is 6-2.

In the co-feature, rising 21-year-old prospect Bryce Mills won a six-round unanimous decision over Larry Fryers in a junior welterweight bout.

Mills of Liverpool, New York won by scores of 60-54 on all cards and is now 10-1. Fryers of Yonkers, New York is 11-6-1.

Everlon Still took a four-round unanimous decision over Tariq Green in a super middleweight fight.

Still of Voorhees, New Jersey won by scores of 40-36 and 39-37 twice and is now 3-2. Green of Philadelphia is 2-2.

Carlos Marrero won a four-round unanimous decision over Tyree Arnold in a junior welterweight bout.

Marrero of Bridgeport, Connecticut won by scores of 39-37 on all cards and is now 4-8-3. Arnold of Philadelphia is 1-5/

Shane Slocumb made a successful pro debut with a second-round stoppage over Jonathan Wiles in a scheduled four-round heavyweight bout.

The time of the stoppage was 2:58 for the Philadelphia native Slocumb, who is now 1-0 with one knockout. Wiles of Philadelphia is 0-2.

James White stopped Kenyan Williams in round three of their four-round light heavyweight contest.

The time of the stoppage was 2:39 for the debuting White of Warwick, Pennsylvania. Williams of Winchester, Virginia is 0-3.

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David Navarro and Joseph Hicks Get Stoppage Wins in Atlantic City

NEW YORK (October 28, 2022) -Split-T Management fighters David Navarro and Joseph Hicks Jr. scored second round stoppage victories on Friday night at Ballys Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City. Their fights were part of the non-televised undercard of a SHOBOX: The New Generation card

Navarro of Los Angeles stopped Luis Domingo Hernandez in round two of their six-round super featherweight bout.

The 22 year-old Navarro hurt Hernandez in the second frame after a hard flurry of punches. Navarro was able to finish the fight at 1:02 to raise his record to 5-1 with three knockouts. Hernandez falls to 14-7-1.

Hicks took out Luis Solis also in round two of their six-round middleweight bout.

Hicks of Grand Rapids, Michigan landed a hard combination that sent Solis to the deck, and the fight was stopped at 2:52 of round three. Hicks kept his perfect mark intact as he is now 3-0 with three knockouts.

Hicks says his brief encounter with Solis was a learning experience. “I learned to try to get warmer in the dressing room before I come out. I didn’t feel warm in the first round, but besides that I’m ready for whatever comes next.”

Hicks was a stellar amateur where he was elected Captain of Team USA Boxing, National Golden Gloves Champion 2019. Three-time Eastern Elite Qualifier Champion (2017, 2018, 2019) & a five-time Michigan Golden Gloves Champion (2013, 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019).

Solis is 25-15-4.

Hicks is promoted by Salita Promotions.

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SONNY CONTO TO TAKE ON JAMES BRYANT IN MAIN EVENT ON SATURDAY, OCTOBER 29TH AT 2300 ARENA IN SOUTH PHILADELPHIA

Popular South Philadelphia heavyweight Sonny Conto will take on James Bryant in the six-round headline bout on Saturday, October 29th at the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia.

Conto will be fighting just a mile from his home in South Philadelphia and will look to thrill his large hometown fan base when he takes on Bryant.

The 26 year-old Conto has a record of 10-0 with eight knockouts. This will be the third appearance for Conto at the 2300 Arena. In Conto’s last bout in Bensalem, Pennsylvania on May 13th, he stopped Justin Rolfe in three rounds.

Bryant of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania has a record of 6-1 with four knockouts. The 37-year-old Bryant is on a three-fight winning streak, which includes his most recent outing when he decisioned Thomas Hawkins on March 7, 2020, in Pittsburgh.

Tickets at $55, $75, $100 and $150 are on sale: https://2300arena.showare.com/orderticketsvenue.asp?p=436

Bryce Mills (9-1, 4 KOs) of Liverpool, NY will look for his fourth consecutive victory when he takes on Larry Fryers (11-5-1, 4 KOs) of Yonkers, NY via Clones, Ireland, in a six-round junior welterweight bout. This will be the third consecutive appearance for Mills on a Joe Hand Promotions card, as he has wins over Daiyaan Butt, as well as a September 1st victory defeating Carlos Marrero.

Devin Gantt (1-0, 1 KO) of Sicklerville, NJ will see action in a four-round featherweight bout following his impressive third-round stoppage over Taijiro Arakawa on September 1st.  

Tariq Green (2-1, 1 KO) of Philadelphia, PA will take on Everlon Still (2-2, 1 KO) of Voorhees, NJ in a four-round super middleweight contest.

Carlos Marrero (3-8-3) of Bridgeport, CT will be fighting Tyree Arnold (1-4) of Philadelphia, PA in a four-round junior welterweight fight.

Shane Slocumb of Philadelphia, PA will be making his pro debut in a heavyweight fight against Johnathan Wiles (0-1) of Philadelphia, PA.

In a battle of pro debuting light heavyweights, James White of Warwick, PA battles John Pratt of Philadelphia, PA.

Tyler Zwicharowksi (1-0, 1 KO) of Philadelphia, PA will take on an opponent to be named in a four-round middleweight fight.

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Split-T Management Fighters David Navarro and Joseph Hicks in Action on Tonight in Atlantic City

NEW YORK (October 21, 2022) -Tonight, Split-T Management fighters David Navarro and Joseph Hicks will see action at Ballys Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City. Their fights will be part of the non-televised undercard of a SHOBOX: The New Generation card (9:30 pm ET/PT).

Navarro of Los Angeles will take on Luis Domingo Hernandez in a six-round super featherweight bout.

The 22 year-old Navarro has a record of 4-1 with two knockouts. A two-year professional, Navarro is coming off a six-round unanimous decision over Gavin Guaman on March 11th in Deadwood, South Dakota.

Hernandez of the Dominican Republic is 14-6-1 with nine knockouts. The 28 year-old Hernandez is a nine-year pro, who will be making his United States debut, and he is coming off a defeat to Juan Carlos Camacho on February 26th in The Dominican Republic.

Navarro weighed 127.6 lbs. Hernandez was 126.8 lbs.

Hicks will take on Luis Solis in a six-round middleweight bout.

Hicks of Grand Rapids, Michigan is 3-0 with three knockouts. The 28 year-old Hicks is still in his rookie year as a pro and he is coming off a first-round stoppage over Jonathan Batista on August 10th in Detroit.

Hicks was a stellar amateur where he was elected Captain of Team USA Boxing, National Golden Gloves Champion 2019. Three-time Eastern Elite Qualifier Champion (2017, 2018, 2019) & a five-time Michigan Golden Gloves Champion (2013, 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019).

Solis of Yucatan, Mexico is a veteran as he is 25-14-4 with 21 knockouts. At 30 years-old, Solis is a 12 year-pro. He has wins over Ricardo May (1-0), Angel Cano (2-0), Cristian Aguilar Galaz (4-0), Mario Cauich (1-0), Luis Antonio Fitch (19-3), former world champion Cristobal Cruz, Nery Saguilan (38-9-1), Roberto Carlos Dominguez (1-0). Solis is coming off a defeat to Lorenzo Simpson on November 6, 2021 in Baltimore.

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October 29: Robeisy Ramirez-Jose Matias Romero Confirmed as Lomachenko-Ortiz Co-Feature at Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden LIVE on ESPN+

Jessie Magdaleno was forced to withdraw from the Ramirez fight with a hand injury

NEW YORK (Oct 21, 2022) — Rising featherweight contender Robeisy “El Tren” Ramirez will fight Argentina’s Jose Matias Romero in a 10-round showdown Saturday, Oct. 29 at Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden. Romero replaces former world champion Jessie Magdaleno, who was forced to withdraw from the bout with a hand injury.

Ramirez-Matias will serve as the co-feature to the Vasiliy Lomachenko-Jamaine Ortiz lightweight main event, streaming live and exclusively in the U.S. on ESPN+.

“The opponent does not matter. I will put on a show October 29 in New York City,” Ramirez said. “I have the utmost respect for Romero, who took the fight on short notice. But once we get in that ring, I am coming full steam ahead at him for the win. ‘El Tren’ will not be derailed.”

Ramirez (10-1, 6 KOs), a two-time Olympic gold medalist from Cuba, is coming off a sensational one-punch knockout over Abraham Nova and is closing in on a world title opportunity. Romero (26-2, 9 KOs) has won two fights since back-to-back decision defeats to top lightweights Michel Rivera and Isaac Cruz. He’s now at his natural weight and hopes to stun Ramirez under the Garden lights.

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Elijah Pierce Stops Daron Williams in 2nd Round to Win WBC USNBC Super Bantamweight Title

Hanover, Maryland (October 18, 2022)–Elijah Pierce announced himself as a serious contender in the 122-pound division as he stopped Daron Williams to win the WBC USNBC title in front of a huge crowd at the Hall at Live! Casino Hotel Maryland.

This was the ninth consecutive crowd pleasing show promoted by Jeter Promotions at Live! Casino Hotel Maryland.

Jeter Promotions signee Pierce dropped Williams three times and dominated the fight. Pierce, who will continue to surge up the rankings, has a record of 15-2 with 12 knockouts. Williams of Maryland is now 9-2.

“Jeter Promotions is excited for the future of Elijah. Based on his performance, we see a really bright future and he will be a force at 122 pounds. He has been fighting guys two divisions above his best and more natural weight. Tonight we saw him at 122 lbs, and you saw the results against a quality opponent.

With the win, Pierce puts the 122-pound division on high alert.

Francois Scarbono Jr, won a four-round unanimous decision over previously undefeated Antonio Dunton-El in a super featherweight clash. The rounds were very close, but Scarbono took all three cards to raise his mark to 3-0. Dunton-El is 2-1-2.

Mansaborie Condie remained undefeated by winning a four-round unanimous decision over Brandon Clark in a super middleweight bout. Conde dropped Clark in the opening round en-route to his seventh victory without a loss. Conde is now 7-0. Clark is 2-4.

Jaqeeem Hutcherson and Ernest Hall battled to a six-round majority draw in their ABF Atlantic Super Featherweight title bout. Scores were 59-55 for Hutcherson and 57-57 twice. Hall is now 4-2-1. Hutcherson is 6-1-1.

Joseph Veazey remained undefeated by stopping Rashad Kilpatrick in round two of their six-round welterweight clash. Veazey dropped Kilpatrick in the opening frame. Veazey ended things in round two when he landed a big flurry of punches that forced a referee stoppage at 46 seconds. Veazey is now 8-0 with five knockouts. Kilpatrick is 5-2. 

“Veazey can really fight and he has the intangibles that could make him a star. I look forward to Joey’s progress as he develops into a serious prospect.”

Derrick Vann took a six-round split decision over A.J. Williams in a super middleweight fight. Vann took two cards by 58-56 tallies. Williams won a card by a score of 59-55. Vann is now 3-6. Williams is 6-2.

Brandon Chambers remained undefeated with a six-round majority decision over Vit Y in a battle for the ABF USA Super Bantamweight title. Scores were 59-55 twice and 57-57 for Chambers, who is now 9-0-1. Y is 7-2-1.

Stacy Selby remained undefeated with a four-round unanimous decision over Maurice Anthony in a welterweight bout. Anthony landed a punch in the opening round that made the knee of Selby touch the ground. That was the high point of the fight for Anthony as Selby won the rest of the fight and took the score cards by 39-37 and 38-37 twice. Selby is now 4-0. Anthony is 3-5.

In a battle of debuters, Jeffrey Yu stopped Mateo Diaz in round two of their featherweight contest. The time of the stoppage was 2:22 for Yu.

Ahmad Muhammad Jones remained undefeated with a four-round unanimous decision over Kani Burnside in a super lightweight contest. Scores were 40-36 and 39-37 twice for Jones, who is now 3-0. Burnside is 1-1.

Dwayne Holmes won a four-round unanimous decision over Rensley Washington III in a super bantamweight fight. Scores were 40-36 on all cards for Holmes, who is now 3-0. Washington is 1-2.

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MCGRAIL DELIVERS BEAT DOWN ON ESPINOZA AT PROBELLUM LIVERPOOL II 

LIVERPOOL, OCTOBER 15 – Peter McGrail broke the spirit of Alexander Espinoza and forced a sixth-round stoppage with a masterclass display in front of his fans.

The majestic McGrail dropped the tough Nicaraguan with a peach of a backhand in round four at Probellum Liverpool II at the Eventim Olympia and continued to systematically dismantle his experienced rival.

McGrail, one of the stand-out world amateurs of his generation, was ready to dish out further punishment at the start of round six but Espinoza’s corner threw in the towel and retired their forlorn fighter.

A proud son of Liverpool, McGrail moves to 5-0 (4 KOS) as a pro having made the sternest test of his career appear impressively straightforward.

McGrail said: “This was my first time topping a bill and the crowd were unbelievable.

“I thought it was a good performance, it wasn’t 10 out of 10, but overall, I am happy.  It was a step-up on paper so I’m happy to get him out of there, because he went 10 rounds with Kash Farooq last year.

“I am overwhelmed by the support and can’t wait for the next one already!”

Jazza Dickens won the vacant IBO world featherweight title after a hard fought 12 rounds with tough South African Lerato Dlamini.

Dickens has twice failed in his attempts to win world titles, but it was third time lucky for the popular 31-year-old, who was awarded the win on all three of the judges’ scorecards.

Roared on by huge support, Dickens was given the win 115-113, 115-113 and 116-112 by the officials and will now target the biggest fights in the division, against Leigh Wood and Josh Warrington.

An emotional Dickens said: “I have been working for this for 18 long hard years.

“But I did it with my fans, we did it together.  Tonight, I am going to celebrate with everyone in Liverpool.”

Steven Cairns extended his perfect professional record by controlling his six-round fight with Angelo Turco.
Cairns, who won 60-53 on the scorecards, said: “The holding from Turco was a little bit frustrating but this is boxing and that is just another bit of experience.”

Joe McGrail came through the “toughest fight” of his fledgling career, as he survived a cut and a damaged hand to record a clear points win.

McGrail defeated Nicaraguan Alexander Taylor 59-55, with brother Peter watching on from ringside, to move to 6-0, but 19-year-old Joe said that didn’t tell the whole story.

He sustained a cut by the side of his left eye and hurt his hand, both in the second round.

McGrail said: “It was the toughest fight I’ve had so far as a pro.
“In the second round I got a cut after an accidental elbow and then, in the same round I’ve hurt my right hand.  I didn’t throw it much after that, my coach told me to feint with it and throw it to the body, where it was soft.”

Undercard Results:
Frankie Stringer 40-36 Lee Hallett
Blane Hyland 60-54 Mikey Young
John Edwards 40-36 Simas Volosinas

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Press Conference Notes: Tensions Rise as Haney & Kambosos Ready for Second Undisputed Showdown

Haney-Kambosos 2 will be broadcast LIVE on ESPN, ESPN Deportes & ESPN+ Saturday from Rod Laver Arena (Melbourne, Australia) at 10:30 p.m. ET/7:30 p.m. PT

MELBOURNE, Australia (Oct. 14, 2022) — Undisputed lightweight world champion Devin “The Dream” Haney and former champion George Kambosos Jr. re-exchanged “pleasantries” at the press conference two days shy of their showdown at Rod Laver Arena.

The combatants talked some trash, but it was Haney’s father/trainer, Bill Haney, who stole the show. He presented Kambosos (20-1, 10 KOs) — or at least attempted to — a copy of Sun Tzu’s “The Art of War,” a reference to Kambosos post-weigh-in mind tricks before their first bout back in June. Kambosos was none too pleased and knocked the book off the dais.

Haney (28-0, 15 KOs) dominated Kambosos to unify all the belts at Melbourne’s Marvel Stadium, and a little more than four months later, the world’s top lightweights will do it again.

Haney-Kambosos 2 will be broadcast live in prime time SATURDAY (taking place Sunday afternoon local time) on ESPN, ESPN Deportes and ESPN+ at 10:30 p.m. ET/7:30 p.m PT.

Undercard bouts — streaming live and exclusively on ESPN+ at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT — include twin brothers Jason & Andrew Moloney in separate contests. Jason Moloney will take on Thailand’s Nawaphon Kaikanha in a final eliminator for the WBC bantamweight world title, while Andrew Moloney battles the Dominican contender Norbelto Jimenez for the vacant WBO International junior bantamweight strap. 

In a special world title attraction, Cherneka Johnson (14-1, 6 KOs) will make the first defense of her IBF junior featherweight world title against Australian two-time world champion Susie “Q” Ramadan (29-3, 12 KOs).

At Friday’s press conference, this is what the fighters had to say.

Devin Haney

“It’s great to be back here in Melbourne. I made history here. And it won’t be no different on the 16th. The name of the game is to hit and not get hit. I’m a student of the game. So, that’s what I follow. I might be one of the best defensive fighters in boxing. But on the 16th, I’ll look to show more offense.”
 
“They’ve been quiet. But every time they open their mouth, it’s a different excuse. They talk this quiet stuff, but they keep making up excuses. Now it’s the coach. Then it was the referee, because I was holding. Every excuse in the book. But why did you fire your whole team? If you truly felt like I was holding too much, why did you fire your whole team?”
 
“There are a lot of big fights out there to be made. I’ve been calling out Loma for a while. But my main focus is on getting past George Kambosos. Then we can talk about what’s next.”

George Kambosos Jr.

“I’m physically and mentally focused on this fight right now. Nothing else matters. Whatever was said or whatever was done…I’m zoned in on this moment. Nothing will break my focus. I’m not interested in anything else. I’m interested on Sunday and what I do then.”
 
“The changes have been made. You learn from your losses. You come back a better fighter. So, I’ve made my changes. I’ve looked at certain things. I’ve gone back to my roots as well. We’re just focused. I’m not going to give anything away. I’m just zoned in. Sunday is when I’ll do my talking. We’ll see who laughs last.”
 
“He’s got a fantastic jab. But we have put in fantastic work to not only evade his jab, but whatever he tries to bring. It doesn’t matter. Did I let him jab too much? He’s got a great jab. But that’s why boxing is the sweet science.”

Bill Haney (Devin Haney’s Father/Trainer)

“Going into the first fight, we knew that George possessed things that are on an elite level. Our preparation was to outbox him. We wanted to do that and we wanted to do that convincingly based on the unknown. We didn’t know what we were going to get in Australia. To our surprise, we’ve met some wonderful people. The Australian government has been totally supportive. We feel this is a second home. Unlike the Kambosos’ over there, who make excuses after excuses. And we’re all tired of hearing them.
 
“Devin gave me one job today. He told me to go out and get this for George. It’s
‘The Art of War’ [by Sun Tzu]. If you can hand it to him over there. We want him to be well prepared and not misinformed. What excuse is he going to have on the 16th?”

Jason Moloney

“He has a very impressive record. You don’t become ranked as number 2 in the world without being a very good fighter. I’ve prepared for a very tough fight. He’s obviously had his whole career in Thailand. He’s been very successful over there. But I feel that he’s been a big fish in a small pond. I plan to welcome him into the world stage and show him the next level in this sport.”
 
“This is my dream, to fight for a world title and become world champion. And this is the final hurdle. I’ve been working extremely hard. I’m very motivated to go out there and win this fight.  I’ll do whatever takes. You saw a great performance last time, and this time will be even better.”

Nawaphon Kaikanha

“This is my first time fighting as a professional outside of Thailand. I’m very excited. At the same time, I feel honored that I’ve gotten the chance to fight in Australia in this beautiful country. It’s a very hospitable country, and I’m happy to be here.”
 
“All those 46 knockouts were not a product of luck. I worked hard for it. I trained hard for it. It’s the same for this fight. I have been training really hard for this fight.”

Andrew Moloney

“This is the perfect fight for me right now. I’ve had a very busy 14 months. This is my fifth fight in 14 months. I’ve worked my way up the rankings. And, Norbelto is ranked at number two in the world, and I feel like this is the perfect fight for me. I’m going to take his ranking. I’m going to put on the best performance of my career this Sunday and earn myself the opportunity to fight for a world title next.”

Norbelto Jimenez

“I have had two world title opportunities. I’m looking forward to this third opportunity. I have seen Moloney fight. I know him very well. I have a good record, thanks to God and to my manager, Belgica Peña, president of Shuan Boxing, and we’re coming for more.”

Cherneka Johnson

“Susie has a lot of experience. She’s been in the game for a long time. She’s paved the way for women’s boxing here in Australia, so I’m just excited to take on this match.”

Susie Ramadan

“I’ve fought in Melbourne for a very long time. Obviously, I’ve had a couple of fights overseas. But I’ve won the WBC and the IBF title here in Melbourne, so everything comes in threes, I guess. So, I’m really looking forward to it.”

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PETER MCGRAIL DELIVERS CHILLING PROBELLUM LIVERPOOL II PREDICTION 

LIVERPOOL, OCTOBER 14 – Peter McGrail delivered a chilling big fight prediction when he came face-to-face with Alexander Espinoza for the first time ahead of Probellum Liverpool II. 

World-champion-in-the-making McGrail headlines a packed card at the Eventim Olympia on Saturday night and has vowed to make light work of the hardest fight of his professional career, in front of his raucous fans.

The co-main event sees Jazza Dickens face dangerman Lerato Dlamini for the vacant IBO world featherweight title and the pair exchanged pre-fight barbs at Thursday’s press conference.

A confident Dlamini told host Ali Drew that he plans to cause a major upset and KO his rival, which prompted Dickens to ditch the pleasantries and set the South African straight.

Big fights for McGrail and Dickens are supported by a host of talented prospects, including Joe McGrail and Steven Cairns, with the action live and free to watch on Probellum.com.

Super bantamweight star, Peter McGrail said: “I see a one-sided fight, with me hitting him loads and him not hitting me much at all. “I hope his training camp has gone well and good luck to him on Saturday night, because he is going to need it.”

Alexander Espinoza, known as ‘Supernova’ said: “I won’t say a round in which this fight will end but it is all about me and I am going to be the winner.  I can promise everyone a good fight.”

‘Lights Out’ Lerato Dlamini said: “I think I am going to stop Jazza in the later rounds.
“I won’t get a decision in his backyard, so I think I am going to stop him.”

Jazza Dickens, a two-time world title challenger, replied: “I was going to welcome him to Liverpool but now he’s going home with a bandage on his head!  I see me getting my arm raised and getting this win in front of a crazy crowd here in Liverpool.”

Key fighter imagery from the press conference and event artwork can be found HERE 
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It’s all in the name…

James “Savage” Hagler, Jr. vs. Scott “Bombz” Lampert

 “Jimmy Farrell Fight Night”

Thanksgiving Eve, Nov. 23 in Bridgewater, MA 

QUINCY, Mass. (October 14, 2022) – Atlanta light heavyweight James “Savage” Hagler, Jr., the grandson of the late, great Marvelous Marvin Hagler, returns to New England to fight Scott “Bombz” Lampert on Thanksgiving Eve (Wednesday, November 23) in the 4-round, co-featured event on the inaugural “Jimmy Farrell Fight Night” card, presented by Granite Chin Promotions at the Bridgewater Veterans Club in Bridgewater, Massachusetts.

The Pro-Am card will pay tribute to the late Farrell, the highly respected trainer from Quincy (MA), who recently passed away after a long battle with cancer. A share of the proceeds will be donated to Old Colony Hospice.

Hagler (3-1, 1 KO), whose last name is an obvious target, fought for the first time in the Bay State this past  May in Dedham (MA), when he defeated Heitor Mangaravitte Senra by way of a 4-round unanimous decision. Bridgewater is only 7 miles from Brockton, where Hall of Famer Hagler lived and fought out of during his marvelous reign.

“Every time I fight,” Hagler, Jr. said, “my opponent is at his best because of my last name. They get bragging rights if they beat me. They get in the spotlight. I make sure I always bring my A game. I’m always fighting my opponents’ best. I’m not going to play with him. I won’t be taking him lightly. He’ll be at this best like all my opponents who know that they can make a name by beating me.

“It’s exciting for me to be fighting so close to Brockton; closer than my last fight in Massachusetts. I call Brockton my second home. I was there a lot as a kid, visiting my grandfather, and I played football for a year at Dean College.”

Hagler’s opponent, Lampert (3-6, 2 KOs), is psyched to fight Hagler, saying, “I love it! You couldn’t watch his grandfather fight and not be a Hagler fan. I think it’s cool. The only problem is that it’s hard for my family and friends to go watch me fight on Thanksgiving Eve in Bridgewater (Lampert is from Dover Plains, NY.

“It’s going to be bombs away. They call me ‘Bombz’ for a reason. I got my nickname from my original coach, John ‘Bombz’ Carlo. I’m his protégé, but that’s also my style. I’ve also trained at Champ’s Gym in Danbury (CT). I want a dog fight like most of my fights: exciting and violent.”

“This fight has all the components to make for an old-school, high-action 4-round fight,” Granite Chin Promotions president Chris Traietti commented. “Scott brings a ton of pressure, and every punch is his fastball. Hagler looks to be more on the outside and catch guys coming in. It is the kind of fight that could have been scheduled for 3 rounds and it still most likely wouldn’t go the distance. Someone is going to catch someone; I don’t see it ending any other way.”

The main event is a 6-round confrontation between Anthony “The Gentle Savage” Andreozzi (3-2, 1 KOs), of Swansea, and Woburn’s Julien “Black Dragon” Baptiste (4-2, 2 KOs) for the vacant Massachusetts State Welterweight Championship.

Fighting on the pro undercard in 4-round bouts is Brockton heavyweight Kirk Wilmont (1-0, 1 KOs) vs. Aquilla Prote (0-1), and pro-debuting Brockton junior welterweight Stephen Davis faces an opponent to be determined.

Additional pro matches, as well as the amateur portion of the card, will soon be announced.

Card subject to change.

Tickets are priced at $60.00 (floor seats), $40.00 (standing room only), and $400.00 for ringside tables of 4 are available for purchase at  https://granite-chin-promotions.ticketleap.com

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OLYMPIC CHAMP AND BRITISH TITLE ELIMINATOR ADDED TO SHEFFIELD SHOW

LONDON, OCTOBER 14 – The undercard for Probellum Sheffield just got a whole lot spicier with the addition of an Olympic gold medallist and another British title eliminator.

Sunny Edwards defends his world flyweight title against Felix Alvarado on Friday, November 11 at the Utilita Arena in the Steel City, with Jack Bateson vs Shabaz Masoud providing the fan-approved chief support bout. 

And Probellum can today confirm the rest of the card, which makes its debut promotion in Sheffield among the best shows staged in the UK this year – and tickets start at just £35. 

Olympic middleweight champion Hebert Conceição is a special addition to the show as he makes his UK debut in an eight-round contest. 

The Brazilian hero, 2-0 in the pros, won gold in Tokyo after producing a stunning final round knockout of his Ukrainian opponent and his route to the top of the professional ranks takes him through Sheffield next month. 

Thomas Essomba and Marcel Braithwaite will battle it out for the right to fight for the British super flyweight title, at Probellum Sheffield. 

Injury delayed their final eliminator but on November 11 the pair – both former opponents of world champ Edwards – clash in a bout that is sure to go down well with British boxing fans. 

Sheffield-based Essomba vs Braithwaite, of Liverpool, comes before super bantamweights Bateson and Masoud meet in a final eliminator for the British title, of their own.

One of Great Britain’s most decorated female amateur fighters, Lisa Whiteside, is also set to return to action at Probellum Sheffield, next month. 

The ‘Lionheart’ brought an end to a near-three year spell out of the ring, in July, when she dropped the experienced Jasmina Nad, en route to a points win in Newcastle. 

Whiteside gears up for world title fights down the line, with a fight in Sheffield, the city in which she was based when part of the Great Britain amateur squad. 

The undercard is then packed out with some of Yorkshire’s most talented young fighters, with Sheffield’s ‘Golden Kid’ Kyle Yousef looking to extend his 17-0 record. 

Also fighting out of the Steel City, super lightweight Levi Kinsiona (9-2) – known as ‘The Real Deal’ – appears, as does unbeaten light heavyweight Khalid Ayub (3-0). 

They are joined by Sheffield-based Nicolie Campbell – the ‘Pretty Boy Assassin’ – as well as Leeds’ unbeaten Ishmael Davis (9-0) and Bradley Cousins, a light heavyweight prospect from Doncaster. 

Tickets for one of the UK’s best shows of 2022 can be bought here, via fighters or by searching for ‘Probellum Sheffield’ at Ticketmaster. 

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