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Monday, October 20, 2014

BRADLEY vs. CHAVES


LAS VEGAS, NV (October 20, 2014) -- Former two-division world champion TIMOTHY "Desert Storm" BRADLEY JR. returns to the ring where he will battle one-time interim welterweight world champion DIEGO "La Joya" CHAVES in a 12-round welterweight rumble, Saturday, December 13, inside The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas (3708 Las Vegas Blvd South, Las Vegas, NV 89109).  The fight will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing®, beginning at 10:00 p.m. EST/PST.  The telecast will open with World Boxing Association (WBA) Interim Super Lightweight World Champion MAURICIO "El Maestro" HERRERA defending his title against undefeated contender JOSE BENAVIDEZ, JR.

These four gladiators boast a combined record of 96-7 (53 KOs) -- a winning ratio of 93% with over half of those victories coming by way knockout. 

"I'm excited to get back into the ring and showcase myself," Bradley told ESPN.com.  "Chaves is not that well known but the boxing fans know him. The boxing fans know that this guy can fight and that it won't be a walk in the park for me. I think it's going to be a great fight. I can't wait."

"I give Timothy Bradley all the credit in the world for coming back after his first loss to face me, especially after seeing how I hurt Brandon Rios in my last fight," said Chaves.  "We both have a lot to prove on December 13.  If Bradley thought he had it rough against Ruslan Provodnikov, wait until he collides with me."

"I'm so happy that this fight was made and I get to showcase my skills once again on a huge stage," said Herrera. "I'm coming off of one of the most important wins of my career and I plan on using that momentum to defend my title and convincingly defeat Benavidez on December 13."  

"I'm obviously excited and grateful for the opportunity to fight for the title.  It's something I've worked for since I was a kid," said Benavidez.  "I know I'll be bringing the title back to Phoenix with me. I have heard Herrera is looking past me and talking about moving up in weight when he wins, and I'm sorry that I'll be disrupting those plans on December 13th."

"Tim Bradley's return to the ring may be taking place at the end of the year but it's the beginning of a new and exciting phase of the boxing career of one of the sport's elite fighters, a man who has held a world title every year dating back to 2008," said Todd duBoef, president of Top Rank.  "Diego Chaves came so close when he faced Brandon Rios in his last fight and I anticipate seeing that same intensity and aggressiveness when he faces Tim.  This will be a war.  The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas will once again be hosting boxing at the highest level on December 13 and the world will be able to watch it on HBO."  

"So much hangs in the balance for both of these fighters - Herrera's WBA Super Lightweight World Title, Benavidez' undefeated record and much more," said Golden Boy Founder and President Oscar De La Hoya. "With Herrera's straight-ahead style against Benavidez' Olympic pedigree, we have all the makings of a fantastic fight for fans."

"There is no better way to present boxing fans with a pre-holiday gift than to feature the return of Timothy Bradley Jr. headlining an attractive card on World Championship Boxing, Live on HBO," said Peter Nelson, Vice President of Programming, HBO Sports. "Bradley squares off against Diego Chaves, whose in-your-face style of fighting will keep Tim on his toes the entire night. And we anticipate fireworks from the rest of the telecast action."

Bradley (31-1, 12 KOs), from Palm Springs, Calif., a former two-division world champion who unified the junior welterweight titles twice during his previous four-year reign, returns to the ring after suffering his first professional loss, in his welterweight championship rematch against Fighter of the Decade Manny Pacquiao last April. Before the Pacquiao rematch, Bradley posted three consecutive career-best victories.  After moving up in weight and beating Pacquiao in 2012 to capture the World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight crown, Bradley co-starred in the Fight of the Year on  March16, 2013, winning a brutal 12-round decision over future world champion Ruslan Provodnikov though Bradley was suffering from a concussion throughout most of the fight.  In his most recent fight, on October 12, 2013, Bradley gave a virtuoso performance in defeating three-division world champion and Mexican icon Juan Manuel Márquez proving that Bradley is indeed one of boxing's elite pound for pound fighters.

Chaves (23-2, 19 KOs), from Buenos Aires, is a power puncher who stalks his opponent with only one goal -- THE KNOCKOUT! His victory by knockout ratio of 83% proves it is usually "mission accomplished" for him. Chaves made his Las Vegas debut on August 2 when he fought former world champion Brandon Rios at The Cosmopolitan.  The fight was all blood and guts as both warriors tore into each other in a foul-filled bout that ended in the ninth round with Chaves being disqualified by referee Vic Drakulich.  At the time of the stoppage, Chaves was ahead by one point on one scorecard and down one point on the other two cards.  Chaves captured the WBA interim welterweight title in 2012, knocking out defending champion Ismael El Massoudi in the second round. Chaves' one-year title reign included a successful title defense against José Miranda, where he scored another second-round stoppage. He lost the title to Keith Thurman July 23, 2013. Chaves began 2014 with a third-round TKO of Juan Godoy on February 15. He is currently world-rated No. 7 by the WBA and No. 10 by the International Boxing Federation (IBF). 

Herrera (21-4, 7 KOs), from Riverside, Calif. and promoted by Oscar De La Hoya's Golden Boy Promotions, will be making the first defense of his interim world title.  He won the championship in his last fight, on July 12, dethroning Johan Perez via a majority decision in a fight that was as close as it was competitive.  It was a victory made sweeter by the fact Herrera had lost his previous title shot, against undefeated unified super lightweight world champion Danny Garcia on March 15, via a controversial majority decision that many thought Herrera had won.  Herrera's professional resume includes impressive victories over former WBO Junior Welterweight World Champion Ruslan Provodnikov and former amateur standout Mike Dallas, who had a combined record of 34-1-1 when he faced them.

Benavidez (21-0, 15 KOs), from Phoenix, AZ,  was a sensational amateur prospect, winning a Gold Medal at the 2009 National Golden Gloves Championships at the age of 16, the youngest fighter to ever win the National Golden Gloves Championships.  He turned professional one year later, at age 17, where he became the youngest professional boxer to be licensed by the Nevada State Athletic Commission.  He was granted an exception (the minimum age requirement was 18) because of his exceptional talent.  After spending most of 2013 sidelined with a broken hand he has come back to win all three of his 2014 fights decisively, including a first-round TKO of Henry Auraad on July 26.

Promoted by Top Rank®, in association with Golden Boy Promotions and Tecate, tickets to the Bradley-Chaves/Herrera-Benavidez world championship event go on sale  Friday,  October 24 at 10:00 a.m. PDT.  Priced at $40, $60, $100, $125 and $150, tickets will be available for purchase at www.cosmopolitan.com or through Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000 and www.tickermaster.com.  Room/ticket packages will also be available.

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.

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