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Tuesday, February 8, 2011

March 5th Judah - Mabuza Undercard

The undercard of the IBF 140 pound title fight between Zab Judah and Kaizer Mabuza, held at the Prudential Center's AmeriHealth Pavilion in Newark on March 5, will feature an exciting group of local NJ/NY fighters. This will be the inaugural event for the AmeriHealth Pavilion, which traditionally serves as the NJ Devils practice facility.

Prudential Center fans have come to anticipate the promise of a truly exciting boxing experience when they come to see Brooklyn's, Sadam Ali, 11-0, 6KO's. The Jr. Olympic national Champion has scored 5 professional wins at Pru Center and has developed a loyal fan base here. In his toughest fight to date, Ali is slated to take on Juliano Ramos of Sao Paolo, Brazil, 16-4, 13 KO's, in an 8 round welterweight clash. Ramos has been in notable fights with Mike Jones, Kermit Cintron and Yudel Johnson.

An 8-round Middleweight southpaw battle will ensue when Norwalk Connecticut's, Tarvis "Marvelous" Simms, 26-1-1, 11 KO's comes up against tough, durable, John Mackey of Washington DC, 13-5-2, 6 KO's.  In his last appearance at Prudential Center, Simms scored a unanimous 6 round decision over Willis Locket.

Dong-Chul Yun, 9-4-1, 7 KO's, is travelling from South Korea to the United States to make his US debut vs. Joselito Collado, 11-0, 3 KO's. Collado will bring a large contingent of fans from Queens, NY to cheer him on in the scheduled 8 rounder.

Five-time Golden Gloves winner, Shemuel Pagan, Brooklyn, NY, made his victorious pro debut at Prudential Center in August 2010. Pagan returns to Newark for a 4 round Lightweight fight against Philly's, Lonnie Jackson, 1-0. Early in their amateur career Jackson beat Pagan by 1 point.

Joseph Judah, Brooklyn, NY, 5-1-, 1 KO, is making his first appearance on one of his brother Zab's cards. Joseph will try to better his record when he takes on Greg Hackett of Chester, PA, 2-5.

Lightweight, Joe Peralta Alejo, of Jersey City, 4-1. 2KO's, adds more local flavor to the card in his first fight back since he upset undefeated, Christian Martinez. The 4 round opponent will be confirmed shortly.

Local Jersey amateur favorite and 2010 NJ Golden Gloves Champion, Vinny O'Brien, will make his pro debut as he takes on David Navarro of Philadelphia, PA, 0-1. O'Brien is trained by former heavyweight Lou Esa who also fought in an ice arena during Main Event's Ice World days.
The fight promoted by Main Events and Super Judah Promotions will take place on March 5th at Prudential Center's AmeriHealth Pavilion, Newark, NJ. Doors open at 7:30pm; First fight 8:00pm. Tickets priced at $253 Ringside, $103 Reserved seating on floor, $88 General Admission in Bleachers and $53 GA Standing Room on floor. Tickets available at Prudential Center Box Office, by calling TicketMaster at 800-745-3000 or

Judah vs. Mabuza will be distributed in North America by Integrated Sports Media for live viewing at 9 PM/ET 6 PM/PT on both cable and satellite pay per view via iN Demand, DIRECTV, Avail-TVN and DISH Network in the United States, as well as Viewer's Choice, Shaw and Bell TV in Canada, for a suggested retail price of only $29.95.

The Ali, Simms and Dong Chul Yun fights will be televised along with the Judah vs. Mabuza title fight.

Erick Ochieng - Easy Win Over Noble Leads To Title Shot

 Erick ‘The Eagle’ Ochieng Earlier Today At The Ultrachem TKO Gym In London

London - Tuesday, 8th February 2011

On Saturday night Stoke Newington’s exceptional Light Middleweight prospect Erick ‘The Eagle’ Ochieng easily secured his sixth win, albeit not in his usual all action style.

Ochieng’s opponent, the reigning British Masters Light Middleweight Champion  Lee ‘Lightning’ Noble, clearly didn’t come to fight,  instead he just closed up shop and pulled down the shutters, in a similar way that he did against Ochieng’s Ultrachem TKO  Gym mate ‘Phat’ Pat McAleese back in September.

‘The Eagle’ had been ringside when Noble knocked out a tiring McAleese - who had thrown a hundred plus punches for over eight rounds - in the ninth with more or less his first real punch of the fight.

On Saturday Ochieng showed a maturity that belied his tender years, by choosing a more patient route than McAleese, by using his jab to good effect and waiting for the opportunity to open up Noble’s fortress like defense.

After six rounds no real opportunity had arisen and judge Ken Curtis rightfully declared the fight a shutout 60-54 points victory to ‘The Eagle’.

Earlier today Ochieng popped into the Ultrachem TKO Gym in Canning Town, whilst there he gave his view of the fight as well as announced the exciting news regarding his next fight. “I thank God for the victory man. Lee was quite heavy, he was eleven-eight and I was eleven-three.

First round I just kept showing him my jab. He was covering up a lot so all I could do was hit him with the jab. Eventually he come forward a bit so I’d hit him with my jab. He was eating my Jab all the time. There wasn’t much I could do he just wasn’t throwing, so I kept jabbing.

That’s all he did was cover up and sometimes used his jab. He’s quite strong but he didn’t want to give me any openings or make a fight of it.

I was in great shape and was ready for any opportunities. He should have opened up and come to fight. I came to fight but he didn’t want to know, he just covered up and stayed out of trouble.

At the end of the six rounds I won, I still won. I feel good, that’s six in a row. Yeah and now my next fight will be for the Southern Area title.

I have such great fans, they were standing shouting ‘Eagle, Eagle, Eagle’ throughout. I was disappointed for them that he didn’t want to make a fight of it. They still kept chanting though.

I have such great fans and can’t thank them enough for the great support. Thanks, you guys are the best fans in the world.”

It is expected that an announcement will be made soon on the date and opponent for Erick ‘The Eagle’ Ochieng’s challenge for the Southern Area Light Middleweight title - Watch this space.


February 8th, 2011

Reno -- Let’s Get It On Promotions is pleased to announce the signing of super-featherweight prospect, “Lightning” Lonnie Smith (12-2-2, 9 KOs) to an exclusive promotional agreement.

Smith, of Las Vegas, is coming off an explosive first round knockout of Jose Gomez January 7th. Lonnie, who also goes by “Lonnie Love” and “El Negro Mexicano” is known for his non-stop, action packed fighting style. His bouts are often, if not usually, given “Fight of the Night” awards. The heart and passion that Smith displays while fighting, are matched by his charisma and good character out of the ring.

“Lonnie is the type of fighter I would pay to see fight.” Says Let’s Get It On Promotions’ Tommy Lane. “Whether it is live, or on television, boxing and sports fans will fall in love with Lonnie Smith. He is very involved in the community, works with less-fortunate youth, and runs his own turkey drive during thanksgiving. But in the ring, he fights his butt off! I can’t wait until he fights on TV.”

Smith is no stranger to Let’s Get It On Promotions’ shows, having appeared on three of them since 2009. He currently trains with Skipper Kelp.  

Says Smith, “My fighting style is an immaculate conception between Christie Martin and “Marvelous” Marvin Hagler. Hard fighting is what you see three minutes of every round.”

When asked why the comparison to Christie Martin, Smith responded, “She nearly got stabbed to death and is fighting a few months later! That’s a true fighter’s spirit!”
Smith’s next fight is being scheduled for Spring.

 (Photo: Terry Lane, Lonnie Smith, Tommy Lane)

Kevin Mitchell, Jimmy Tibbs, Chris Evangelou Plus More On Steve Bunce Show This Thursday

Kevin Mitchell & Steve Bunce at the Ultrachem TKO Gym in London

Steve Bunce
The Definitive Voice of British Boxing
BBC London Boxing Hour

London - Tuesday, 8th February 2011

This coming Thursday’s edition of The Steve Bunce Boxing Hour - BBC Radio London 94.9 between  8-9pm on Thursday 10th February 2011 - features part II of the Jimmy Tibbs interview which covers his life as a trainer at the Royal Oak.

Jimmy also talks abou  Nigel Benn and Michael Watson as well as some of his current charges Kevin Mitchell and Billy Joe Saunders, who he trains at the Ultrachem TKO Gym in Canning Town.

Steve will also be airing an interview, he undertook last week when visiting Johnny Eames’ TKO gym, with Kevin Mitchell on that night at Upton Park and his future.

Joining Steve live in the studio will be rising Light Welterweight prospect Chris ‘The Flash’ Evangelou, who will be talking about his career to date as well as his upcoming bout on the undercard of the Hennessy Sports promoted John O’Donnell - Craig Watson British Welterweight title clash at Wembley Arena on February 19th.

Also joining Steve live on the phone, from New York, will be legendary boxing writer and historian Bert Randolph Sugar who will be talking about his latest book.

Plus more guests live on the phones.

Steve Bunce’s Boxing Hour goes out on BBC Radio London every Thursday between 8-9pm on BBC London 94.9, online live on BBC iPlayer.

Steve’s exciting thriller ‘The Fixer’ has recently been reprinted and is available now on-line at and all good bookshops, RRP. £9.99.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Polish Boxers Kamil Laszczyk & Rafael Jastrzebski Added To "Brick City Brawl"

 Kamil Laszczyk

NEWARK, NJ (February 7, 2011) - Polish boxers Kamil Laszczyk and Rafael Jastrzebski have been added to "Brick City Brawl" on February 19 at Essex County College, which will be promoted by Prize Fight and Global Boxing Promotions.

The main event will feature undefeated heavyweight Mariusz Wach (23-0, 11 KO) of Krakow, Poland against Jonathan Haggler (23-3, 18 KO) of Winston-Salem, North Carolina for the vacant WBC Baltic heavyweight championship on FoxSports.

Laszczyk, 19, is from Wroclaw, Poland and won six national championships back home during a 110-7 amateur career. Laszczyk was training previously with Polish super middleweight champion Piotr Wilczewski but will now work with Aroz "Terrific" Gist.

Making his pro debut, Laszczyk is the first product of the Global Boxing Foundation, which brings young amateur boxers from Poland to America to help them achieve their boxing dreams. As a featherweight, Laszczyk needed all the help he could get.

"There is a very limited market for smaller weight fighters in Europe," says Mariusz Kolodziej, President of Global Boxing Promotions. "In the next couple of months, we want to adjust him to the American style of boxing and match him with the right fights to make him a world-class professional."

Jastrzebski, 29, of Bydgoszcz, Poland competes in the super-middleweight division. His record of 3-6-1 (1 KO) is deceiving, as he was the victim of flagrant mismanagement early in his career. Often times the naive Jastrzebski was placed in cruiserweight (200 pounds) matches to build up the records of others, where he was outweighed by 10 pounds or more.

Now based in Atlantic City, NJ and trained by Bill Johnson and conditioning coach Sean Sutton, Jastrzebski is getting a second chance.

"I'm willing to give him another chance in life because he was misrepresented in his career," says Kolodziej. "It's more than just sports or money, this is his life. He came to America to be a champion and we want to give him every chance. I see great potential in him."

Since teaming up with countryman and unbeaten middleweight Przemek "Patrick" Majewski, Jastrzebski is 3-0 with 1 knockout.

Both men will compete in four round bouts against opponents to be named later.

For more information on Laszczyk, Jastrzebski or any other Global Boxing fighters, visit

Tickets for this championship night of boxing are priced at $120; $70& $30 by calling 1-866-468-7619; logging onto or as well as Global Boxing Gym (5601-5711 Tonnelle Ave. North Bergen, NJ, 07047)
Doors open at 7PM, first fight is at 8PM.



On Thursday, March 17th, St Paddy's Day, Star Boxing brings an exciting card to the Plattduetsche Park Restaurant in Long Island.   Headlining the "March Mayhem" card is Star Boxing's popular  jr. welterweight prospect, Huntington's undefeated, Chris Algieri (10-0, 5KO's), as he takes on upset-minded Martin Tucker (7-7, 3KO's) in an eight round jr. welterweight contest.

Algieri is coming off a unanimous decision over James Hope.  Algieri and Tucker were originally scheduled to fight  in September, but Algieri was forced to pull out after breaking his hand in training.  Now the hand is fully healed and Algieri looks to continue on his climb up the loaded jr. welterweight division ladder.

Algieri turned pro boxer in 2008, after an extensive and successful career as a kick boxer. After winning the USKBA Northeast Championship as an amateur, Algieri turned pro when he was just 19-years-old, and went on to win the WKA Super Welterweight World Championship only two years later. Algieri ended his kick boxing career as the undefeated, undisputed kick boxing world champion, in not one, but two weight divisions.
The 30-year-old Tucker, who hails from Ohio, is a tough brawler who has only been stopped once in his career. Tucker recently had his career best victory, an upset unanimous decision victory over previously unbeaten Michael Torres (13-0, 7KO's).
A complete list of the undercard will be announced shortly.  Tickets for "March Mayhem" are priced at $100 for Gold Ringside (first row), $75 Ringside, and $50 for General Admission.  Tickets can be purchased by calling Star Boxing at 718 823-2000, or visiting www.starboxing.comDoors open at 6:45PM with the first bout scheduled for 7:30PM.  The Plattduetsche Park Restaurant is located at 1132 Hempstead Tpke, Franklin Square, NY 11010.

Conquest, El Maachi & McAleese Co-Headline ESSEX ERUPTION Super Show On March 19th

TKO Box Office
Steve Goodwin Promotions
Goresbrook Leisure Centre, Dagenham, Essex
Saturday, 19th March 2011

London - Monday, 7th February 2011

‘ESSEX ERUPTION’, the second of the two-event extravaganza during March to celebrate Steve Goodwin’s first anniversary as a promoter, sees Romford Cruiserweight prospect  Tony ‘Conqueror’ Conquest, International Masters Light Middleweight Champion Yassine ‘The Showman’ El Maachi and Newmarket’s ‘Phat’ Pat McAleese co-headline the mega show at the Goresbrook Leisure Centre in Dagenham, Essex on Saturday 19th March 2011.

Since turning pro, in September ‘09, Conquest has convincingly won all five of his fights. However it was his last outing, against the highly experienced battler Hastings Rasani, that Conquest showed his true potential.

Right from the start Conquest oozed confidence and made easy work of controlling the fight. As Conquest showcased his range of combinations Rasani just stood his ground, seemingly content to bide his time.

Conquest was savvy, using sharp attacks and swift movement to prevent Rasani being able to mount any sustained attacks of his own. After six rounds Conquest was rightfully declared the winner by a clear 60-54 points margin.

International Masters Light Middleweight Champion Yassine El Maachi gets his first outing of 2011, in a non-championship warm up bout, against a yet to be named opponent. El Maachi is hoping to secure a place in the upcoming Sky Televised Prizefighter series in May.

El Maachi, the current International Master Light Middleweight Champion, successfully defended his title against European #4 ranked Jimmy Colas at Steve Goodwin’s magnificent ‘Judgement Day’ event back in December.

To describe Yassine’s performance as exceptional would be an understatement, awe inspiring may be a better statement but still wouldn’t get across just how slick, classy and totally dominating his performance  over the former EBU-EU, and current WBC Latino Light Middleweight champion was.

From the first bell El Maachi teased and frustrated Colas with his unorthodox attacks. Time after time El Maachi would trip the light fantastic before letting rip with a flurry of punches, leaving Colas lashing out at his shadow.

Throughout the contest El Maachi picked off Colas at ease, with wickedly fast uppercuts and combinations, before sashaying away before the hapless Colas could even respond.

As the fight progressed El Maachi stepped the pace up and often showboated as the baying crowd chanted ‘Yassine, Yassine, Yassine’. In round eight El Maachi let rip a scintillatingly fast and vicious right-left combination that rocked Colas to the core, however before El Maachi could finish Colas off the bell rang to end the round.

El Maachi shifted to an even higher gear for the final two rounds, in doing so he put on one helluva show and picking off Colas with exquisite uppercuts, right crosses and blisteringly fast combinations. A knockout finish looked to be on the cards but in the end Colas showed his durability by surviving the constant onslaught. Referee Jeff Hinds scored the bout a resounding 98-92 to Yassine El Maachi.

Newmarket’s Light Middleweight prospect ‘Phat’ Pat McAleese makes his welcome return to the ring, after suffering his first loss against Lee ‘Lightning’ Noble at Steve Goodwin’s superb ‘It’s Personal’ event in September.

For almost nine rounds McAleese not just outworked Noble, he plain dominated him. Noble’s work rate was exceptionally poor, he seemed content to cover up and absorb the constant barrage of punches, only occasionally responding with the odd jab or flurry here and there.

In the dying seconds of the ninth round Noble let rip with a peach of a right uppercut. It was a near perfect shot and dropped McAleese on the spot. Up until that fateful moment McAleese had been winning the round, as he had done the eight that preceded it.

On the 19th March McAleese will be facing another tough battle as his opponent will be Germany’s # 26 ranked Marcen Gierke, who is a three time German title challenger.

McAleese will be determined to make a statement on his return as he has already being hinting at a trilogy fight with Noble in the very near future.

Explosive all action fighters seem to be the standard at Steve Goodwin promoted shows and as such it comes as no surprise that supporting the headlining trio is a ten bout undercard featuring some of the most exciting local young fighters looking to make their mark in 2011.

Woodford Green’s unbeaten Light Middleweight Michael ‘The Zambezi Hitman’ Norgrove gets his fifth outing, against the seriously tough Czech Jan Balog.

Pat McAleese’s Ultrachem TKO team mate Daniel ‘Hurricane’ Herdman, from Stevenage, is set to face Halesowen hardman Kevin McCauley.

Another of the young prospects from Johnny Eames’ TKO stable, Carshalton’s ‘Pretty’ Ricky Boylan, gets his third outing against Nuneaton bruiser Kristian Laight.

In addition Romford Light Heavyweight Billy Slate, unbeaten Belvedere Featherweight ‘Saint’ George Jupp, Biggleswade Light Middleweight Jamie Boness, Rainham Super Featherweight Richard Hines and more will be in action against yet to be named opponents.

Tickets for ESSEX ERUPTION at the Goresbrook Leisure Centre in Dagenham, Essex on Saturday 19th March 2011 - and Part 1 of the Goodwin Anniversary Celebrations UNLEASH THE FURY at the York Hall, Bethnal Green, London on Saturday  5th March 2011 - are priced £35 (Unreserved) or £60 (Ringside) and on sale NOW.

For tickets call: 07960 850645, book on-line at or in person at The Ultrachem TKO Gym, Gillian House, Stephenson Street, Canning Town, London E16 4SA.

Sunday, February 6, 2011


Network Begins 2011 with Record-Breaking Ratings
Due to World-Class Exclusive Programming
LOS ANGELES, February 4, 2011 - FOX Deportes - FOX Deportes' premiere boxing series, "Top Rank Live," knocked-out the competition by delivering the highest boxing ratings in U.S. Latino sports-cable network history. With nearly 400,000 viewers, the network was first for the night in Prime and Late Fringe on Saturday, January 29th. The heavy-hitting two-hour broadcast featured a throw down between top contender Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and Billy Lyell, and ranked #1 among Spanish Cable networks for the evening.

"With a strong start in 2011 due to exclusive programming like Top Rank, we continue to be 100% focused on best serving our multi-lingual and multi-generational Latino viewers who expect and deserve the highest caliber content," said Vincent Cordero, Executive Vice President and General Manager, FOX Deportes. "We're thrilled to be associated with Top Rank, who continues their legacy of delivering some of the most exciting and memorable fights in the world."

Adding to the excitement and authenticity of this series, many of the fights aired on FOX Deportes feature well-known Hispanic boxers, like Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., and at least one broadcast per month will originate directly from Mexico. Former world champions, world-class contenders, and up-and-coming prospects are scheduled to appear in future shows.

"This demonstrates Julio's great popularity in the US and Mexico," said Todd duBoef, President of Top Rank. "Top Rank is proud of our partnership with FOX Deportes and consistently delivering our series to the US Hispanic audience on a regular basis."

These record breaking ratings come on the heels of Fox Deportes achieving the highest rated Barclays Premier League soccer match in Network history, with the January 16th Tottenham vs. Manchester United match which delivered nearly 200k viewers.

In addition to delivering the biggest Live Events that matter most to U.S. Latinos, Fox Deportes has equally demonstrated its commitment to delivering the best Live News programs in the business. On January 8th, the network continued that legacy by launching "Fox Deportes Extra", a weekend daytime sports News show, produced in Los Angeles specifically for U.S. Latinos. Since its debut, "Fox Deportes Extra" has outperformed prior-year and prior-quarter time-period ratings by 50% to 200%.

"Our ratings leadership clearly validates our mission to exclusively deliver the absolute best in both sports Live-Event and News/Talk content," said Cordero.

FOX Deportes rated as the #1 U.S. Latino sports-cable network in primetime in 2010, as well as being the only U.S. Latino sports-cable network to grow year-vs.-year in all key dayparts, including Total Day, Prime and Late Fringe. Additionally, FOX Deportes had 17 of the top 25 highest rated sports programs in its coverage area in Spanish cable.

Artistic Perfection; Perez Punishes Herrera en route to 8th Round Stoppage!

Lares, Puerto Rico (February 6, 2011) – Michael Angelo “The Artist” Perez of Newark, NJ notched his twelfth victory as a professional following an impressive 8th round stoppage over game Marcos Herrera Friday evening at the Coliseo Felix Mendez in Lares, PR.
Fighting for the first time in what he calls his second hometown, Perez was in control from the opening bell. The former amateur star consistently tagged Herrera with a plethora of punches to both the body and head, while displaying solid defensive reflexes to avoid many return shots. Herrera hung in tough and never stopped fighting until a vicious right hook from Perez badly staggered him. A follow up onslaught forced Referee Ramon Pena to halt bout at 1:36 of the 8th and final round.
“I wasn’t looking for the knockout, I just planned to punish him over eight rounds,” said Perez, who appeared on Telefutura’s “Solo Boxeo Tecate” series for the second straight time. “I saw the opening to stop him after I landed the right hook and the fans were happy to see the bout end early.”
Perez, 12-0-1 NC (6 KO’s), also acknowledged that at 21, there’s plenty of room for improvement.
“I am learning something new and getting better every fight, so I am going to continue working tirelessly until I become a world champion.”
Perez’ next bout will be announced shortly.

Adamek - McBride Fight: April 23rd, Prudential Center, Newark, New Jersey

It's official, Adamek-McBride will take place at Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. Rumors were flying that, Tomasz Adamek, Jersey City, NJ, 43-1, 28KO's, would be fighting in Poland this April. Kathy Duva, Adamek's promoter and Main Events CEO, confirmed that the Polish boxing star will instead return to "The Rock" on April 23rd to take on Irish born, Kevin McBride, Brockton, Massachusetts, 35-8-1, 29 KO's.

"There were a lot of things taken into consideration when choosing this fight. Overall, though, Tomasz was just more comfortable staying at home for this fight," Kathy Duva, CEO Main Events and Adamek's promoter said. "We'll now focus on McBride, and then focus all of our efforts into the big one in September," said Duva. "I think that his fans at Prudential Center will give Tomasz a great sendoff to Poland in this fight, and I wouldn't be surprised to see some of them in Poland in September."

Most famous for his sixth-round knockout victory over Mike Tyson in '05, McBride will be the largest man that Adamek has ever fought. Adamek will be happy to give his "hometown" fans an opportunity to watch him fight before his scheduled September Klitschko fight.

Friday, February 4, 2011


Special to Air on Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia this Monday, February 7 at 6:30 p.m. and on The Comcast Network Wednesday, February 16 at 7 p.m. 

Philadelphia, PA (Friday, February 4) - Bernard "The Executioner" Hopkins will be featured this Monday, February 7 (6:30 p.m.) on Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia's monthly magazine program "Net Impact Philly" as the sports network celebrates Black History Month by profiling some of the city's most influential African-American athletes. The program will re-air on The Comcast Network on Wednesday, February 16 (7 p.m.), which airs across the country in 14 select local markets.

The feature will give a behind-the-scenes look into Hopkins' life as a 46-year-old boxing legend and amazing success story. Cameras captured Hopkins in the gym as he prepared for his fight against Jean Pascal this past December and continued rolling while he performed his continuous work in the local community. From Hopkins' days as a troubled young man to his unmatched boxing accomplishments, "Net Impact Philly" tells the story of this true Philadelphia champion.

The program will also profile former Temple University Men's Basketball Coach and Hall of Famer John Chaney and Trayvon King, a junior and star point guard at Martin Luther King High School in Philadelphia.

"I am honored to be part of Comcast Philly's celebration of Black History Month," said Hopkins. "Being a Philadelphian is a big part of who I am. I am proud of my roots and I hope that my story can be a positive influence for youth who are growing up in a similar situation as I did to go out and make a negative into a positive."

Follow Bernard Hopkins on Twitter at for more information.

Heavyweight Breakdown: Courtesy Of Trufan Boxing; Interviews With World Champion Wladimir Klitschko, Lennox Lewis, And Larry Holmes Are Featured

The link to the show can be found here:

Thursday, February 3, 2011

McAleese Backs Ochieng To Beat Noble This Saturday

Ultrachem TKO Boxing Gym

‘Phat’ Pat McAleese and Erick Ochieng with Erick’s manager-coach Brian Lawrence behind

London - Thursday, 3rd March 2011

Light Middleweight prospect ‘Phat’ Pat McAleese today gave his full support to Erick ‘The Eagle’ Ochieng by stating that his Ultrachem TKO Boxing Gym mate will easily defeat Lee ‘Lightning’ Noble this Saturday at the Frank Maloney promoted Jamie Arthur vs Jason Booth Commonwealth Super Bantamweight title clash at the Brentwood Leisure Centre, Brentwood, Essex.

The only blemishes on McAleese’s otherwise immaculate record have come courtesy of Noble. The first, at Goresbrook Leisure Centre in March last year, was declared a draw by referee Richard James Davis even though McAleese had a superior work rate and had landed the more meaningful shots throughout.

The rematch, at Steve Goodwin’s excellent ‘It’ Personal’ event in September, had far more at stake, being it was for the vacant British Masters Light Middleweight title.

For almost nine rounds McAleese not just outworked Noble, he plain dominated him. Noble’s work rate was exceptionally poor, he seemed content to cover up and absorb the constant barrage of punches, only occasionally responding with the odd jab or flurry here and there.

In the dying seconds of the ninth round Noble let rip with a peach of a right uppercut. It was a near perfect shot and dropped McAleese on the spot.

On learning that Ultrachem TKO gym mate Ochieng’s replacement opponent for Saturday’s Sky Sports televised event was to be Noble, Newmarket’s McAleese was quick to show his support by saying, “I don’t think Erick will have too much trouble, he hits hard, he’s got a fast jab. When I fought him (Lee Noble) I was eight rounds up going into the ninth round but just got caught by a lucky shot.

I think Erick’s a little bit more cagey, I think he’ll pick Noble off and out work him. Noble’ll find it hard because he’ll be hitting down a lot, being taller and Erick gets really low. I think he’ll find it really hard to fight Erick.

Erick will come through with flying colours.”

Switching tack McAleese spoke a little about his last bout as well as his upcoming fight on March 19th and the possibility of a second rematch between himself and Noble,  “Trilogy, I’d like to fight him again. I’m fighting on the 19th March and then I’ve got a show on the 30th April, which is in Newmarket where I live.

I’ve boxed him (Noble) twice. The first one I thought I’d won hands down but they gave a draw. The last time I was eight rounds up going into the ninth and got caught by a lucky shot.

I think a third time I’ll want to just put my mind to rest. Neither of them should have been negatives on my record, I just want to set the record straight.

I’ve been working well with Johnny Eames and Brian O’Shaughnessy, who’s my new co-trainer. Doing loads and loads of new things. Come 19th March I’m going to come out a much improved fighter.

Hopefully I’ll get the win and then look for a rematch with Noble.”

‘Phat’ Pat McAleese will next be in action at the Steve Goodwin promoted ‘Essex Eruption’ event, headlined by Tony Conquest and Yassine El Maachi, at the Goresbrook Leisure Centre in Dagenham, Essex, on Saturday 19th March 2011.

Tickets for ‘Essex Eruption’ at the Goresbrook Leisure Centre, Dagenham, Essex on Saturday  19th March 2011 are on sale now - priced £35 (Unreserved) or £60 (Ringside).

For tickets call: 07960 850645, book on-line at or in person at The Ultrachem TKO Gym, Gillian House, Stephenson Street, Canning Town, London E16 4SA.

Douglin To Face Carrasquillo February 18!

Morganville, NJ (February 3, 2011) – Unbeaten junior middleweight Denis “Da Mommas Boy” Douglin will look to take another step in the right direction when he battles cement fisted veteran Doel Carrasquillo Friday, February 18 at the Wicomico Civic Center in Salisbury, MD.
Douglin, 12-0 (8 KO’s), is scheduled to fight in an eight rounder for the first time as a professional. The Morganville, NJ native stopped his last five opponents, most recently demolishing 11-2 Matt Berkshire in less than two minutes on December 17.
Although his counterpart’s record of 14-17-1 with 12 KO’s doesn’t indicate frequent success, Carrasquillo is a proven spoiler that shattered dreams of notable fighters such as Isam Khalil, Wayland Willingham, Keenan Collins, The Contender’s Aaron Torres and Jorge Melendez. The Lancaster, PA based Puerto Rican is Douglin’s most experienced opponent to date, having also gone toe to toe wit the likes of 2000 Olympic Silver Medalist Ricardo Williams, highly touted Willie Nelson, Steve Chambers, unbeaten contender Mike Jones and Tim Coleman amongst others.
“I know he is a very rugged and tough guy, so I am training for a hard eight round fight,” said Douglin, the 2008 National Golden Gloves Middleweight Champion. “My goal is to knock him out, impress the fans and leave it out of the judges’ hands!”
The Douglin-Carrasquillo bout is part of the untelevised portion of an ESPN Friday Night Fights card promoted by Prize Fight Boxing in association with Global Boxing Promotions.
Fans can reach Denis at

Nonito Donaire Shows Off His Title Belts

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

"Celtic War: Lee vs. McEwan", Top Prospects Fortuna, Andrade, Kielczewski Highlight March 12 "Diamond Elite" Undercard

NEW YORK, NY (Feb. 2, 2011) Some of the top prospects in boxing will be showcased March 12 on the hottest New England pro boxing show of the 21st century,  “Diamond Elite,” live on HBO World Championship Boxing  from MGM Grand Arena at Foxwoods in Mashantucket, Connecticut.
World Boxing Council (“WBC”) Emeritus and The Ring Magazine middleweight champion, 2010 Fighter of the Year Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez (46-2-2, 25 KOs), takes on World Boxing Organization (“WBO”) junior middleweight champion, Sergiy “Razor” Dzinziruk (37-0, 34 KOs), in the 12-round main event for the vacant World Boxing Council Diamond middleweight title.
The chief supporting fight is “Celtic War,” pitting exciting middleweights Andy Lee of Ireland and Scotland’s Craig McEwan, in the 10-round co-feature of ethnic rivalry, potentially offering world title shot implications for the winner.
Lee (24-1, 18 KOs) will enter the ring riding a nine-fight win streak since his lone career setback to Bryan Vera in 2008. Since then, though, the Emmanuel Steward-trained Irish banger has defeated James Cook, Willie Gibbs, Michael Walker, and former world title challenger Mamadou Thiam. Lee, a 2004 Irish Olympian now living in New York City, is ranked #5 by the WBA and #14 by the WBC.
McEwan (19-0, 10 KOs) was born and raised in Edinburgh, Scotland, but he now lives in Hollywood, California where he trains with world renowned trainer Freddie Roach, who is a native New Englander. McEwan is coming off the most significant victory of his career on July 23, 2010, when he took a decision from former world title challenger Danny Perez. McEwan also holds a victory over Vera, the only man to defeat Lee as a professional. 
An array of undefeated, promising prospects round-out a loaded top-to-bottom card against opponents to soon be determined. Leading the way is explosive Dominican featherweight Javier “El Abejon” Fortuna (13-0, 10 KOs), who has the same head trainer as Martinez, Gabriel Sarmiento, in an 8-round bout. Fortuna had many people tabbing his as the next “Marvilla” after his last performance when he knocked out the previously undefeated Victor Valenzuela in a matter of minutes.
A pair of unbeaten junior middleweights with 2008 Olympian pedigrees will be in action, Demetrius “Boo Boo” Andrade (12-0, 8 KOs), of Providence, and Puerto Rican knockout specialist Jonathan “Montequilla” Gonzalez (11-0, 11 KOs), in separate matches.
Local favorite Ryan “The Polish Prince” Kielczewski (8-0, 2 KOs), a lightweight from Quincy, Massachusetts, fights February 9 in New York City but he is scheduled to come right back Mar. 12 for a scheduled 6-rounder at MGM Grand at Foxwoods. The 2008 National Golden Gloves Tournament runner-up has a growing legion of passionate fans in New England.
Greek heavyweight Soyna Lamonakis (3-0, 1 KO), a 4-time New York Golden Gloves champion now living in Turner Falls, Massachusetts, brings her crowd-pleasing style into the squared-circle in a 6-round match. Preparing for St. Patrick’s Day, Irish-American light heavyweight Seannie Monaghan (4-0, 3 KOs), fighting out of Long Island, puts his undefeated pro record on the line in a 4-round bout. Also fighting on the undercard in a 4-rounder is California welterweight Abraham Lopez (1-1).
“Diamond Elite: Martinez vs. Dzinziruk” will be presented by DiBella Entertainment in association with Gary Shaw Productions and Banner Promotions. Lee vs. McEwan will be presented by DiBella Entertainment in association with Golden Boy Promotions. Both bouts will be broadcast live on HBO’s World Championship Boxing beginning at 10:30pm ET / 7:30pm PT.
Tickets for “Diamond Elite: Martinez vs. Dzinziruk,” are priced at $450, $250, $125, $75, and $50 and on sale through the MGM Grand at Foxwoods box office. Tickets can be purchased online at, by calling the MGM Grand at Foxwoods at 1-866-646-0609, or in person at the MGM Grand at Foxwoods box office. 

Toks Owoh - Journey Back To The Top Flight Begins On March 5th

TKO Box Office
Steve Goodwin for CLM Promotions
Toks Owoh vs. JJ Ojuederie
5th March 2011 @ York Hall, London
London - Wednesday, 2nd February 2011
Former IBF Inter-Continental Super Middleweight title challenger Toks Owoh is set to begin his second campaign for championship glory in earnest, albeit this time in the Cruiserweight division. His opponent, at the Steve Goodwin promoted ‘Unleash The Fury’ event at York Hall in Bethnal Green, London, on Saturday 5th March 2011, will be former Southern Area Light Heavyweight Champion JJ Ojuederie.

It was in 2000, after amassing a 16-1 record littered with TKO stoppages, that Toks earned the right to challenge American Glen ‘Road Warrior’ Johnson for the IBF Inter-Continental Super Middleweight Crown. Toks’ dream of a World title shot came to an abrupt end when he was stopped in the sixth round.

Johnson’s unexpected victory catapulted him to World fame and embarked him on a journey that see him move to Light Heavyweight and capture the WBO Inter-Continental light heavyweight title, before securing IBA, IBO and IBF Light Heavyweight World crowns.

Johnson became a super star and battled, and beat, such notables as Clinton Woods Antonio Tarver, Roy Jones, Daniel Judah and Yusaf Mack, whilst Toks on the other hand was left in the wilderness. No fights materialised for almost two years and when they did he had more or less been consigned to ‘journeyman’ status.

Toks did win the first of these bouts, against Mondli Mbonambi in January 2002, but then followed three bad point losses, against Valery Odin, Eric Teymour and Ryan Walls. In the final fight of his first campaign, a four rounder against Paul Bonson at the Equinox Nightclub in London, Toks secured the win and then called it a day.

In October ‘10, following a five year sabbatical, Toks made his long overdue return to the ring with a warm-up four rounder against Hastings Rasani. A tidy 39-37 points victory convinced Toks that he still had what it takes and the search for a promoter began.

His search didn’t take that long and in December 2010 promoter Steve Goodwin signed Toks. The bout against JJ Ojuederie on March 5th will be Toks' debut under the Goodwin Promotions banner and his first step back towards the top flight.

Earlier today Toks spoke briefly on his upcoming fight.  “There’s not much for me to say. It’s Leon Williams I really want but he don’t want to fight me. He knows what I am capable of, so he don’t want to fight me. JJ’s been calling me out for a long time so why not fight him.

This is my second fight back since 2005, I was # 3 in the world at one time in my career and I think I can get myself back there. I know what I can do.

I’ve been in there with some of the best fighters in the world, I’ve learned from being in with the best. JJ’s not in my league, just look at my record JJ’s never fight anyone like I fight.

It’s gonna be a good fight, with me and JJ Ojuederie it’s gonna be a good fight.”

Toks Owoh versus JJ Ojuederie is supported by a huge fourteen bout undercard featuring some of London’s best upcoming talents and includes Ultrachem TKO’s ‘Dynamo’ Daryl Setterfield against Birmingham’s Andrew ‘Paddy’ Patterson.

Three Ultrachem TKO gym mates of Daryl Setterfield are also on the show, Light Heavyweight Joel ‘El Toro’ McIntyre, Light Middleweights Nathan Weise and Brett O’Callaghan, all against yet to be named opponents.

Also appearing on the show are Rainham Super Featherweight Richard Hines, Luton Lightweight Michael ‘Chunky’ Devine, unbeaten Biggleswade Light Middleweight Jamie Boness, Minster. Kent Light Heavyweight Dan ‘Woody’ Woodgate, Woolwich Super Middleweight Eder Kurti, Waltham Abbey Light Welterweight Phil Gill and unbeaten in twelve Hackney Middleweight Wayne Alwan-Arab.

Making his first outing as a professional is Highbury Super Featherweight Charlie Kelly who is set to face the highly experienced Birmingham battler Anthony ‘Spanner’ Hanna.

Also making their pro debuts at ‘Unleash The Fury’ are Harlesden Lightweight Met Sekiraqa and former World Kick Boxing Champion, Llir Canolli from Cosavo.

Tickets for Unleash The Fury at the York Hall, Bethnal Green, London on Saturday 5th March 2011 are on sale now - priced £35 (Unreserved) or £60 (Ringside).

For tickets call: 07960 850645, book on-line at or in person at The Ultrachem TKO Gym, Gillian House, Stephenson Street, Canning Town, London E16 4SA.

Monday, January 31, 2011

Broadway Boxing Returns


Atlantic City, NJ-- Junior welterweight Ronald Cruz, coming off the biggest win of his career, takes on Dillet Frederick in the scheduled eight-round semifinal Saturday evening, Feb. 26, in the Grand Ballroom of Bally’s Atlantic City

Gabriel Rosado and Jamaal Davis collide in the all-Philadelphia junior middleweight main event, set for 12 rounds.
Cruz, 24, of Bethlehem, PA, knocked out highly regarded Jeremy Bryan, of Paterson, NJ, in six rounds last Oct. 30 in the same ring.  After falling behind in the first three rounds, Cruz took control in the fourth, dropped Bryan twice in the fifth and finished him off with another knockdown 59 seconds in the sixth round when the fight was stopped.       
A pro for two years, Cruz has scored seven knockouts en route to a 10-0 record.  He is managed by ex-pro lightweight Jimmy Deoria, of Phoenixville, PA.
Cruz has become a regular at Bally’s, having beaten Julias Edmonds, Ashantie Hendrickson and Juan Ramon Cruz there.
Frederick, 28, of Fort Myers, FL, originally was set to fight Cruz last Sept. 25 at Bally’s, but a physical exam in the dressing room the night of the fight revealed Frederick had a sore right hand and the match was canceled.  Because of that, Cruz went looking for a fight and grabbed the chance to fight Bryan 35 days later.
A pro since 2001, Frederick is 7-3-1, 4 K0s.  He, too, comes here off his best win, a third-round knockout over previously undefeated (12-0-2) Raymond Charles, of El Campo, TX, on July 16 in Tampa, FL.
Five additional bouts complete the card, which begins at 7.30 p.m.  The show is being promoted by Peltz Boxing Promotions, Inc.
Tickets priced at $50 and $75 are on sale at the offices of Peltz Boxing (215-765-0922) and all Ticketmaster outlets (800-345-7000).  They also can be purchased online at  and at

Jimmy Tibbs: ‘Colin Lynes Could Fight For Another World Title’

Ultrachem TKO Gym & Team Tibbs
Jimmy Tibbs On Colin Lynes
Jimmy Tibbs, Colin Lynes and Mark Tibbs at the Ultrachem TKO Gym in London

London - Monday, 31st January 2011

When Jimmy Tibbs says that former IBO Light Welterweight World Champion Colin Lynes, whose next fight is on Saturday 12th February 2011 at Olympia in Liverpool, could campaign for a second world crown, this time at Welterweight, only a boxing philistine could possibly doubt the man’s words.

Jimmy has spent more than 50 years in boxing, he was a top-class amateur and professional boxer and has also been a manager and a promoter. However as a trainer Jimmy earned the reputation of being one of, if not, Britain's finest.

Over the years Jimmy has prepared and guided such British Boxing luminaries as Nigel Benn, Chris Pyatt, Charlie Magri, Barry McGuigan, Steve Collins, Dennis Andries, Wayne Alexander, Lloyd Honeyghan, Alex Arthur and Frank Bruno to World Championship success, and many more to British, Commonwealth and European honours.

Currently Jimmy is coaching, in addition to the aforementioned Colin Lynes, some of the brightest upcoming young British fighters such as the Mitchell brothers, Kevin and Vinny, former Olympian Billy Joe Saunders, Freddie Turner, Akaash Bhatia and Billy Morgan at the Ultrachem TKO Boxing Gym in Canning Town, London.

It was following a sparring session between Colin and Michael Grant at the TKO gym that Jimmy spoke about the future prospects of the former Light Welterweight World Champion, “Colin Lynes is fighting on the 12th February. He’s been with us for about six months now.

He’s the former British, European and IBO Light Welterweight World Champion. Because of weight problems he’s suffered a bit, so he’s decided to move up to Welterweight.

We’ve had him moving about with some good Middleweights, Light Middleweights and he’s as strong as an Ox.

Give him a couple of warm up fights and he’ll end up fighting for a Welterweight title, whether that’s the British title, Commonwealth title or European title, and he will win it because of the life he lives and the way he looks after himself. He’s always in condition, and that doesn’t mean to say that he’s training every day.

He looks after his body when he’s not training, and that’s what a lot of youngsters should learn in this game today.

They have one fight, two fights, they go away and come back rolypolys and all they’re doing is not training to get fight fit, they’re training to get the weight off. I’ve got a couple of fighters that should go to a clinic and see a doctor because they’re going to be in serious trouble in years to come.

Whereas Colin Lynes is 33 years of age, he’s had 41 fights and he’s not got a mark on him. He’s got the rhythm of a twenty year old because he looks after his body in and out the ring.

He’s got a spring in his step, he’s still got that, he makes people work, in and out, in and out all the time, he makes them move their body about. That’s because he looks after himself when he’s not boxing.

In my opinion Colin could still fight for another World title.”

Colin Lynes, against a yet to be named opponent, will be on the undercard of the Matchroom Sports promoted John Watson versus Anthony Crolla, for the vacant British Lightweight title, on Saturday 12th February 2011 at Olympia in Liverpool.

Steve Bunce’s Thriller ‘The Fixer’ Reprinted - In The Shops Now!

‘The Fixer’

London - Monday 31st January 2011

Boxing aficionados are in for a double treat this week, Mark Wahlberg’s movie  ‘The Fighter’ hits the big screen and Steve ‘Mr Boxing’ Bunce’s excellent thriller ‘The Fixer’ is back in the bookshops, resplendent in it’s new cover, having gone to it’s second print.

Whilst Mark Wahlberg based ‘The Fighter’ on a well documented story of ‘Irish’ Mickey Ward’s journey to the WBU World title. Steve takes a very different tack, instead of focusing on a well known boxer, his protagonist is from another realm of the sport altogether, one that I know only too well, as Steve’s hero is a boxing writer come ‘middleman’.

The Fixer , which was first published in April 2010, follows a month in the life of a fight fixer called Ray Lester - he puts people in the fight business together and scrapes a living from a variety of legal jobs inside the boxing business.

Ray is contacted by a wayward blonde and asked to find her dad. He agrees and ends up coming close to too many nutjobs. He ends up in Las Vegas at the Hatton-Mayweather fight, on Atlantic City's dirty boardwalk, in an East End gym and on the bleak streets of Blackpool trying to make sense of the carnage; at the same time he has to make an honest living from his list of fighters and mad contacts.

On the news that The Fixer has made a welcome return to the bookshops Steve said, "It's a great time for the second print of the book to come out. The new film, The Fighter, just won two Golden Globes and will be a massive hit. In the USA a new boxing show on FX called Lights Out is getting rave reviews. This book fits right in there and there is clearly an appetite for an unconventional look at the boxing business.

I've been in the business since I was about ten at the old St.Pancras nursery near St.Pancras station, Las Vegas for over 50 fights, Olympic boxing, forgotten nights, deaths and a zillion ringsides talking cobblers. Great way to waste a life!

There is a lot of talk about journeymen boxers at the moment with all the Prizefighter buzz. Well, my book is packed with journeymen and the men that control them and use them. In the book the journeyman comes close to getting a voice - close. He's too bashed up to speak and has to eat a kebab through a straw!

The Fixer is part of a quartet - the second book will be out next year.

A lot of fight people have called me after reading it and told me: 'I found it, I've found myself. Thanks, Steve.' That's quality."

Steve Bunce, better known as Buncey, has worked as a journalist and broadcaster since 1985 and is widely regarded as 'the voice of British boxing'.  

A regular columnist for Boxing Monthly, Buncey also contributes to The Independent and the Sunday Herald.  He has a monthly boxing show on BBC Radio Five Live and hosts a weekly boxing chat show on BBC Radio London 94.9 & DAB on Thursdays at 8pm.

The Fixer by Steve Bunce is available now on-line at and all good bookshops, RRP. £9.99.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Bradley Unifies WBC/WBO Titles On Technical Decision

For a brief time, Devon Alexander and Timothy Bradley's professional boxing careers stood promisingly side-by-side. But, by the end of the night at the Silverdome in Pontiac, Michigan, their stature in the highly competitive junior welterweight division were quite different, resembling two elevators that had traveled in vastly opposite directions.

Timothy Bradley (27-0, 11 KO's) unified the WBC/WBO Junior Welterweight titles, capturing a ten-round technical decision victory over Devon Alexander (21-1, 13 KO's). The fight went to the scorecards after referee Frank Garza, on the advice of the ringside physician, deemed Alexander unable to continue due to an accidental clash of heads. Official scores were 96-95, 97-93 and 98-93 all in favor of Bradley.

As round one began, Bradley, 27, intensely brought the fight to the 23-year-old Alexander, who circled to his left and looked for openings.

In round two, Bradley charged Alexander when he saw a gap within Alexander's stance. Alexander seemed confused once Bradley got into close range, and looked to land sharp counters immediately. With Bradley momentarily off-balanced, Alexander caught him with a well-timed right hook.

Bradley landed a huge left - right combination in the early moments of round three. After that, Alexander landed a right hook. Then, Bradley responded with a hard body blow. During an exchange, Alexander sustained a cut right eye, which was clearly the result of an accidental headbutt. However, referee Frank Garza wrongly indicated the cut resulted from a punch.

Both men fought sloppy in round four, winging wide shots and clinching. Still, Bradley was putting more 'pop' into his punches.

After Bradley connected with a right to the body in the fifth round, Alexander quickly countered with a straight left. As Bradley became more threatening, Alexander unleashed a higher punch output.

In round six, Bradley landed a flush right hand on Alexander's face, but the St. Louis native absorbed the punch exceptionally well. Afterward, Alexander dictated the momentum by outworking Bradley behind a large volume of punches.

Bradley dominated the first minute of the seventh round, although Alexander controlled the pace in the middle of the round. Alexander established his range, firing a series of right hooks and straight lefts. Both men exchanged blows at a furious pace the last 45 seconds of the round.

Two more accidental headbutts occurred in the eighth round, leaving both fighters slightly jarred. Alexander gave Bradley minor swelling under his left cheek after landing a powerful right hook.

Alexander landed a razor-sharp left uppercut in the ninth round, but Bradley countered instantly with swift right hand shots.

The final headbutt of the fight took place in the tenth round, which left Alexander in excruciating pain. Bradley moved into close range, appearing to throw a right, but the left side of his head collided ferociously with the left side of Alexander's head. While the ringside doctor conducted his examination of Alexander in the corner, Alexander complained of a burning sensation. This headbutt did not open a cut on Alexander's face or head, however, Bradley displayed a minor cut on the corner of his left eye in his post-fight interview with HBO's Larry Merchant.

At times, Alexander seemed hesitant to mix it up, waiting on Bradley to make a mistake. Bradley, on the other hand, forced the action the entire fight, showing the hard-nosed, courageous effort fight fans have grown accustomed to seeing from him.

There is a rematch clause in their contract, and it seems Alexander is interested in exercising the option.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Perez Headlines Inaugural Fight Card In Lares February 4th

Newark, NJ (January 29, 2011) – Unbeaten lightweight Michael Angelo “The Artist” Perez of Newark, NJ will return to Puerto Rico on Friday, February 4 as part of the first ever fight card in the city of Lares at the Coliseo Felix Mendez Acevedo when he faces Marcos Herrera 6-3-1 (2 KO’s).
Telefutura will televise the highly anticipate evening of boxing at 11:30 pm ET as part of their “Solo Boxeo Tecate” series.
When the opening bell sounds, Perez, 11-0 (5 KO’s), will be less than two months removed from his December 10 eight round slugfest against Jose Hernandez. In that fight, his first scheduled for eight rounds, Perez dug deep to pull out a thrilling decision victory, leaving the capacity crowd in Agua, Buenas, Puerto Rico and fans watching at home on Telefutura on the edge of their seats throughout the contest.
While most fighters would take a considerable amount of time before returning to the squared circle following a grueling slugfest, the 2008 National Golden Gloves Champion feels it’s his duty to represent what he calls his second hometown.
“It’s a pleasure to be fighting in Lares,” said Perez, most of whose family members and friends live in Lares. “Everybody has been asking me when I was coming back to Puerto Rico and Golden Boy decided to promote another card here, so it was a natural fit. I’m really looking forward to putting on another great show for my loyal fans.”
Tickets start at only $12 and can be purchased by calling Ticketcenter at 787-792-5000 or visiting
The card is promoted by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Promociones Miguel Cotto and H2 Entertainment.
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Thursday, January 27, 2011

Zab Judah & Pernell Whitaker: Taking Training To The Next Level

Pernell "Sweet Pea" Whitaker has joined Zab Judah's training camp to help Zab prepare for his upcoming title fight against Kaizer Mabuza.

Judah was frequently compared to fellow southpaw, Whitaker, who was also promoted by Main Events. Whitaker had this to say: "It's the beginning stages, but I am very impressed. I'm impressed with his work ethic. We're working twice a day. I see the change in Zab, he's changed a lot. I remember how his camps used to be, a lot of people around making noise, hollering and screaming. That doesn't happen anymore. He's much more focused."

"I'm putting Zab in school again and he's learning it all over again. I'm here to teach and I'm not playing around with him. Zab's got all the skills in the world, we just got to bring them out, get rid of all the bad habits."

"We've got a lot of similarities and that's the good part about it. There's always been a lot of me in the kid from the beginning. I'm just here to bring it out. I'm here to bring out the things they said I've done so well and that I know he can do well also."

One southpaw working with another southpaw: "That's a big thing. I don't have to be switching it around. It's natural. It' a match made in heaven for me. It's a blessing to be given the opportunity to work with Zab, to put him back on top, put him back in the position that I think he belongs in and to hold on to it. Almost anybody can get a world title, but can you hold it?"

"To beat Mabuza, Zab just needs to box. Be a boxer, not a fighter or a brawler. A lot of the African fighters are the same way, they just come to fight, and a fighter could never beat a good boxer. Zab's just gotta be smart that's all. He's got all the skills. You can't make that up."

Zab Judah talked about working with Whitaker, "When I was young I was privileged to work with such a great ring technician. Back then I sparred with him and I witnessed his skill. At this point in my career, Pernell isn't just going through the moves with me, he's explaining the techniques, the how and why. I'm listening, I'm learning. You know, it's like putting a hard drive into a computer; you're just downloading all that information, making it all work. Actually, Pernell and I started working together in about 1990. Now we're just polishing up!"

"Pernell is a very talented left-handed person period. It's a different thing working with someone who is 100% left-handed instead of working with someone who switches just for the moment. That person who is 100% left-handed, this is what they do 24 hours a day, so you get the experience from someone who lives it. Some of the moves and things he shows me I can tell that you got to be left handed to pull this off."

"We work out twice a day, morning is the boxing workout and then later in the day we do our conditioning. I'm learning the 'Pernell Whitaker secret' to strengthen my legs, its top secret. I feel great. God gave me speed and power, by learning new defensive and offensive techniques from Pernell we're creating an unstoppable force."

"I say to all my fans, stay tuned on March 5th to see the Zab Judah you love to watch, and to non-believers I say stay tuned and become believers. GODSPEED."

Judah (40-6, 27 KOs), will take on South Africa's Mabuza (23-6-3, 14 KOs) for the vacant Jr Welterweight crown on March 5th at the Amerihealth Pavilion at Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. The fight is being offered on Integrated Sports PPV.

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