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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Rojas Wins, Findley Scores Upset

 By: Michael Gerard Seiler

DiBella Entertainment put on another invigorating show at the famed BB King Blues Club and Grill in New York City last night.

In the main event, former WBC Featherweight champion Elio Rojas (24-2, 14 KO's) returned to the ring after a two and a half year layoff, and soundly defeated Robert Osiobe (14-10-4, 6 KO's) by an eight-round unanimous decision. Rojas won via scores of 80-71 twice and 79-72.

Rojas, 31, landed numerous lead right hands while fiercely battling Osiobe's rough tactics throughout the entire match-up. During round five, referee Arthur Mercante, Jr. deducted one point from Osiobe for excessive holding. Osiobe, 36, showed great difficulty dealing with Rojas' adept hand speed and lateral movement.

The bout took place at junior welterweight.

Junior lightweight Bryant "Pee Wee" Cruz (12-0, 6 KO's) captured a six-round majority decision victory over tough Jose Morales (7-6, 2 KO's) in the co-main event. The final tallies were 57-57, 60-54 and 59-55.

Both fighters exchanged blow-for-blow in close quarters for the full eighteen minutes to please the sellout crowd. The fight appeared much closer than the official scorecards indicated.

Despite sustaining a hematoma on the right side of his forehead, Derrick Findley (21-13-1, 13 KO's) shocked Lamar Russ (14-2, 7 KO's), winning an eight-round unanimous decision via scores of 77-72, 76-73 and 75-74.

Although Russ exhibited a clear height and reach advantage, Findley popped him early in round one with consecutive right crosses. 

Findley continued to counter Russ effectively in the second round, connecting with a hard right uppercut to the body.

In the opening moments of round four, Findley unleashed a left hook that instantaneously floored Russ. Shortly thereafter, Findley developed a large hematoma on his forehead. It was unclear from ringside if a punch, elbow or headbutt caused the massive swelling. Next, Russ briefly abandoned his jab and threw wild, looping  shots. After examining Findley when the round ended, the ringside physician allowed him to continue fighting.

Referee Arthur Mercante, Jr. deducted one point from Russ in the seventh round for holding. Then, Findley threw and connected with a colossal right hand shot that sent Russ crashing onto the canvas. Surprisingly, Russ recovered and made it to the eighth and final round. 

During the final minute of action, Russ peppered Findley with three straight right crosses to the head. After that, Findley landed a crushing left hook on Russ' jaw. From that moment on, both combatants traded fiercely until the final bell.

Brooklyn featherweight Rafael Vazquez (12-1, 10 KO's) scored a TKO victory at 1:20 of round five against Derrick Wilson (10-7-2, 3 KO's) in the most exciting fight of the night.

Wilson, 25, worked well behind his left jab in the first round and used lots of lateral movement to stifle the offense of Vazquez.

Wilson continued to outwork Vazquez in round two, but Vazquez tagged him early with an accurate left hook-right cross-left hook combination. 

Just as Wilson appeared to find his range in the third round, Vazquez, 36, dropped him with a lightning-quick left hook to the face. 

Vazquez nailed Wilson with a right cross-left hook combination to begin round four. Then, a right uppercut followed by a swift left hook from Wilson dropped Vazquez. Moments later, Vazquez staggered Wilson with a right cross-left hook combination.

Wilson desperately tried to clinch after getting struck with a well-placed right hand shot from Vazquez in the fifth round. Subsequently, Vazquez fearlessly assaulted Wilson with right crosses until the bout was stopped.

Light heavyweight Junior Younan (6-0, 5 KO's) blitzed right through Marlon Farr (4-7) in :26 of the 1st round. 

After trapping Farr in a neutral corner, Younan, 18, knocked Farr unconscious with a series of brutal right crosses and left hooks. Referee David Fields was a few seconds late on the stoppage, causing Farr to absorb approximately three unnecessary blows to the head. 

Louis Cruz (9-0, 4 KO's) stayed undefeated, scoring a six-round unanimous decision versus Cameron Krael (5-6-2) by scores of 60-54 twice and 58-56.

Cruz, a junior welterweight, used his proficient foot speed to outbox his foe. Yet, Krael was relentless, and attacked Cruz with crisp, clean body shots for the duration of the fight. When Cruz had trouble containing Krael, he released sudden lead right hand shots. Cruz sustained minor swelling underneath his right eye during the fifth round. The judges' official scorecards were not reflective of the competitiveness put on display by Krael.

In cruiserweight action, Travis Peterkin (11-0, 5 KO's) outpointed Lamont Williams (5-5-1, 2 KO's) in a six-round bout via scores of 60-54 and 59-55 twice. Peterkin, a southpaw, pressed the action throughout the fight, but threw too many wide punches. As a result, he lacked the delivery to finish Williams.

Junior welterweight Jonathan Alonso made a successful pro debut, stopping Jose Gomez (3-8) at 1:52 of round three. Born in the Dominican Republic, but now residing in Spain, the 23-year-old prospect displayed a definitive advantage of hand speed and natural power. While Gomez possessed a sturdy chin, he consumed a multitude of grueling shots with each passing round. 

A fast right uppercut to the body and then to the head from Alonso left Gomez crouching in the corner, and the fight was immediately stopped.

Photo Credits: DiBella Entertainment/Ed Diller

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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