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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Hyland Rebounds With Knockout Win

By: Michael Gerard Seiler

DiBella Entertainment's "Broadway Boxing" series returned to the renowned BB King Blues Club and Grill Wednesday evening in midtown Manhattan, offering fight fans a sizzling night of action on a tremendously hot and humid night. 

The sweltering conditions outside had no effect on Patrick Hyland's sound performance inside the ring, as the aggressor from Dublin, Ireland stopped Noel Echevarria at :54 of round four in the main event.

Hyland, 30, lost his previous fight via twelve-round unanimous decision to rising featherweight star Javier Fortuna. After taking all of 2013 off, a revved-up Hyland delivered a much needed victory in front of his supporters.

In the first round, Hyland imposed his will subtly on Echevarria, landing with both fists during their exchanges.

Clearly possessing the edge in power, Hyland hurt Echevarria, 23, with an onslaught of punches in round three, especially a rock-solid left hook to the body in the closing seconds.

After ripping off a series of thunderous punches and connecting, Hyland forced Echevarria to turn away when he struck him with a final flush left hook to the head, causing the bout to be halted immediately.

Hyland improved his professional record to 28-1, 13 KO's, while Echevarria dropped to 11-4, 6 KO's. Echevarria is winless in his last four contests.

21-year-old Patrick Day (8-0-1, 5 KO's) scored his third consecutive knockout, stopping Brad Jackson (15-10-1, 7 KO's) at :15 of the second round. Day floored Jackson in the first round with a swift overhand right. Moments later, Jackson landed a grazing left hook that left an off-balanced Day touching the canvas with his glove, resulting in an official knockdown being called.

As soon as he heard the bell to start round two, Day rushed to the center of the ring and unleashed a furious left hook-right cross combination, instantly dropping Jackson and ending the contest.

Sergey Derevyanchenko (1-0, 1 KO) won his professional debut, making Cromwell Gordon (4-11, 4 KO's) quit after just two rounds of a super middleweight bout. The 28-year-old Ukrainian relentlessly pressured Gordon, hurting him with a right uppercut in the second round that penetrated through his high defensive guard.

Derevyanchenko won a bronze medal at middleweight in the 2007 World Amateur Boxing Championships.

In other action, 28-year-old heavyweight "Prince" Charles Martin won a lackluster contest, stopping Kerston Manswell, 37, at 2:33 of round three to retain his WBO NABO title. Martin, a southpaw, has won his last eight fights by knockout, and owns a 18-0-1, 16 KO's record. Manswell's record fell to 24-9, 14 KO's.

Welterweight Danny Gonzalez (6-0-1, 3 KO's) remained unbeaten, capturing a six-round unanimous decision over Brooklyn's Ray Velez (3-5-1, 1 KO). Official scores were 58-56 and 59-55 twice. In the early rounds, both fighters utilized lots of lateral movement, but threw few combinations. Velez came on strong in the third and fourth rounds. In the fifth and sixth rounds, the bout was highly competitive in close quarters.

Super middleweight Avtandil Khurtsidze (28-2-2, 17 KO's) needed just 1:23 to dispose of Allen Conyers (12-10, 9 KO's). Khurtsidze pulverized Conyers with a myriad of devastating left hooks en route to victory.

Joe Smith, Jr. upped his record to (16-1, 13 KO's) by defeating Tyrell Hendrix (11-5-1, 4 KO's) via technical knockout in round three of a light heavyweight affair. Smith, Jr., 24, stunned Hendrix with a hard overhand right in round two. Seconds later, Smith, Jr. sent Hendrix quickly to the canvas when he connected with a crisp right uppercut. A series of right uppercuts and left hooks pushed the fight to be stopped in the third round.

Sunday, July 13, 2014


Teams with trainer/husband and Manager still strong.
By: J. Monte
They say love matches are made in heaven, and fight matches are made by one’s manager, and boxer Eileen Olszewski may have both, married to her trainer/husband, and inking a three year contract with her longtime manager David Selwyn. Olszewski hopes to reach the big “Hawaii 50”, eclipsing the mark of the "Old Mongoose", Archie Moore, (who actually fought till age 47) but I would not dare to ask a woman her age.
Born Eileen Miyoko Kuwaye in Honolulu Hawaii in 1968, Olszewski went into boxing after years of ballet, New York Knicks dancer and studying the martial arts, then at age 32 teaming up with trainer and future husband Matthew Olszewski, winning three national Golden Gloves and three NYC Golden Gloves before turning professional in 2006.
The team was completed when Selwyn agreed to take over her career. “I saw her first fight and was impressed” says Selwyn, who had never managed a fighter at the time. Since then Selwyn has managed eight fighters but remains with his first, a bond that has never been broken.
“David has been the best thing that has happened to us” says Matthew, adding that with a good manager, the stress of being a boxer is limited to just the battle that lies ahead, not the finances and worries that can stress a boxer out. I asked her why her longtime bond with her manager is intact and she replied with one word -- “honesty.” It’s a key to any relationship and it has kept the team together for almost a decade now – and still grows stronger to this day. Matthew describes boxing as “an exact science” meaning everyone plays their part. “I train and prepare her according to what Dave gives us as an opportunity, and Dave has given us great opportunities” said Matthew “whether it is a four or six rounder or a major international title bout.”
Eileen, along with contemporary Alicia Ashley are the veterans of a woman’s fight culture that has been around, should I say, almost as long as they have. Don’t call them the deans of female boxing, since both are still active and very well seeing the ongoing evolutionary step of the female gender, its fistic footprint engineered to another level since the early days of Jackie Tonawanda and Cathy “Cat” Davis. Eileen still has a burning desire to box competitively in her mid -forties. She can fool you, like she did skeptics, into believing she is in her early thirties. Then again, the bond and team created have kept the pilot light lit after all these years.
 Three time world champion.
During most of her career, she has been a flyweight champion -- WIBA champion 2008-2011, GBU champion 2010-2013, and since last September, she is the reigning IFBA champion, in fact, she became the oldest flyweight champion ever, male or female, in the history of boxing.
"When it comes to details and contracts, David is a savant” added Eileen, "that what makes him a good manager - good for me at least, but not for the promoter trying to get over, especially overseas."
Hoping to stay in the gym and box till the great "Hawaii 50" this ageless champ is still competing, and winning, at an elite level. At this time she is scheduled to fight an eight-rounder on Ronson Frank's Uprising Promotions on Sept 6th.
Although Eileen has been fighting on the local circuit, this doesn’t rule out a challenge overseas. Selwyn still hopes to get a bout in Europe, places they have fought before.
Despite having a modest 9-5-2 record, a closer look at the record of Manager and fighter and what they have accomplished --two PPV events and two Main Events in Italy, also a co-feature on a Felix Sturm bout held in Germany. In 2008, Eileen fought four world champion fighters with combined record of 52-4 -- and gained a championship belt in the process. The “Old Mongoose” Archie may be gone, but his spirit must be with the “Hawaiian Mongoose” - still is going strong in 2014.
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Friday, April 11, 2014

Bone Stops Figueroa In U.S. Debut

By: Michael Gerard Seiler

DiBella Entertainment held another one of its exhilarating shows last night at the famed BB King Blues Club and Grill in New York City. Headlining the card was a fearless, hard-punching junior welterweight prospect whose ability will not go unnoticed for much longer.

25-year-old Erick Bone (14-1, 8 KO's) of Manabi, Ecuador burst onto the boxing scene in his first bout in the United States, stopping crafty southpaw Francisco Figueroa (20-7-1, 13 KO's) in just five rounds.  

Bone, a tall and rangy boxer, used his outstanding physical abilities and decisive edge in power to overwhelm Figueroa, 35, from the opening bell. Figueroa's acquired ring intelligence was no match for Bone's youth.

In round two, Bone connected with a thunderous left hook to the body in the opening minute. Figueroa recovered later in the round, using his adept lateral movement to survive.

Bone sent Figueroa staggering into the ropes during round three, breaking Figueroa's defensive guard with a sharp right-hand shot. Moments later, Figueroa landed a short left cross to Bone's face. But, Bone walked through Figueroa's shots easily, unleashing furious combinations at will.

By the fourth round, Figueroa displayed signs of fatigue from Bone's accurate volume punching.

Lacking the power necessary to keep Bone from inflicting further damage, the fight was correctly halted at 2:40 of the fifth round.

The bout marked Figueroa's fourth consecutive loss. Bone's lone blemish on his professional record resulted from a twelve-round split-decision loss at the hands of undefeated Panamanian Alberto Mosquera in the Coliseo Ruminahui in Quito, Ecuador.

Bone exhibited tremendous raw potential, and could be the best fighter to come out of Ecuador since former middleweight contender Segundo Mercado, who battled Bernard Hopkins twice in the mid 1990's.

Entering the bout, Bone was ranked 15th by both the World Boxing Council and World Boxing Association in its junior welterweight rankings.

Other Action

Junior lightweight Bryant Cruz improved his record in the co-main event (10-0, 6 KO's) stopping Willshaun Boxley (6-11-1, 4 KO's) in :34 of round three with a blistering combination to the head. 

Rising lightweight sensation Louis Cruz (7-0, 4 KO's) from the Bronx, New York thoroughly outclassed Tony Walker (5-5-1, 3 KO's) of Cincinnati, Ohio in a six-round bout. All three ringside judges scored the fight 60-54 in favor of Cruz.

Cruz dominated behind a rock-solid right hand, a steady jab and superior lateral movement. Both fighters exchanged heated flurries in the final round. 

Brooklyn's Junior Younan (4-0, 4 KO's) knocked down Dustin Parrish (1-3, 1 KO) twice en route to a first-round stoppage at just :28 of a super middleweight contest. Younan floored Parrish with a quick right-hand shot. Shortly thereafter, Parrish found himself swiftly on the canvas once more following a lightning-quick left hook from Younan.

Lightweight Shemuel Pagan (5-0, 2 KO's), a five-time New York State Golden Gloves champion, disposed of James Gooding (1-6-1, 1 KO) in a mismatch at 1:50 of round two with a right hook-straight left combination.

Ryan Picou (1-2) won his first professional fight, unanimously outpointing and upsetting Ryan Gamache (2-1, 1 KO) via scores of 39-36, 38-36 and 38-37 in welterweight match-up.

Gamache controlled the fight early on, peppering Picou with many shots in round one. 

In round two, Gamache pressed forward carelessly and got drilled with a flush, well-timed right cross-left hook combination. Moments later, Picou scored a knockdown when his right cross forced Gamache's right glove to touch the canvas.

From that point, Gamache got reckless and Picou made him pay the price. Picou cracked him in the jaw with an overhand right in round three. Gamache was also deducted one point for dropping his mouthpiece a third time in the fight. 

In a fast-paced final fourth round, Picou still found a home for his right hand repeatedly.

Middleweight Ievgen Khytrov (4-0, 4 KO's) maintained his perfect record, scoring a TKO victory at 2:07 of round two against Jas Phipps (4-3, 1 KO). 

Khytrov floored Phipps with a right to the body, followed by a left hook to the head in the first round.

Khytrov stalked Phipps in round two, as he patiently sought openings in Phipps defense. Khytrov found his target with a series of head shots in succession causing the bout to be stopped  immediately.

In a battle of counter-punchers, featherweights Kiun Evans (7-0-1, 5 KO's) and Pedro Toledo (2-1-2) fought to a six-round majority draw. Official scores were 58-56 in favor of Evans, and 57-57 twice.

Toledo beat Evans to the punch in the beginning rounds, especially behind a stinging right cross. However, Evans closed the distance in the middle rounds when he picked up his left hand, tightening his defense. As Evans pressed the action, Toledo's punch output slightly faded. Yet, some ringside observers felt Toledo did enough to win a razor-thin decision.

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