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Sunday, March 13, 2011

Martinez Drops Dzinziruk 5 Times En Route To An 8th Round Stoppage; Lee Triumphs Over McEwan

Sergio "Maravilla" Martinez (47-2-2, 26 KO's) was victorious once again, stopping a courageous Sergiy "Dzyna" Dzinziruk (37-1, 23 KO's) at 1:43 of the 8th round to win the vacant WBC Diamond middleweight championship. Martinez, 36, is now (31-1-1, 20 KO's) in his last 33 fights. For most of the bout, Martinez made his work in the ring look quite easy, but afterward, he gave credit to his fierce opponent.

"No fight is an easy fight," stated Martinez, who spoke briefly at the post-fight press conference before heading to get a few stitches at a nearby hospital. "I want to continue to fight the best."

Martinez was asked by the press to call someone out, and he did not hesitate to mention a name.

Martinez replied, "Cotto."

Lou Dibella, who promotes Martinez, is willing to match him with anyone in the sport after his outstanding performance against Dzinziruk.

"If it's my guess, Bob Arum will not make a fight between Sergio and Cotto," announced Dibella. "Maybe, Cotto is man enough to ask Bob Arum to make the fight? Bob Arum is not making any fight with his guys against other people. He seems to be lining up bum after bum to face Manny Pacquiao and Miguel Cotto."

Dibella added, "I want the biggest fight we can get. Martinez is the best fighter in the world."

Indeed, Martinez supported his promoter's case.

Martinez opened the first round by splitting the defensive guard of Dzinziruk with a precise left uppercut. From there, he got his punches off first and displayed a distinct advantage in hand speed over Dzinziruk.

In round two, Dzinziruk scored with an overhand left behind a double-right jab. However, Martinez proved to be faster, scoring with a right hook to Dzinziruk's head. Toward the end of the round, Martinez landed a multitude of body shots. Dzinziruk simply could not catch Martinez when he moved in and out.

Martinez completely out-jabbed Dzinziruk throughout round three, repeatedly peppering him in the face with his right hand.

In round four, Martinez' quick right jab - left cross combination floored Dzinziruk. Undoubtedly, Martinez found his range, and never lost it. Later, Dzinziruk struck Martinez low and connected with a solid left-hand shot to the head, but Martinez shook off the effects.

During round five, Martinez controlled the tempo for the first minute. Then, Dzinziruk came on in the second half of the round until he was dropped again by consecutive left hands from Martinez.

Martinez continued to utilize his right jab successfully in rounds six and seven, throwing and landing punishing left crosses off it.

In round eight, Martinez sent Dzinziruk crashing to the canvas yet again after landing a piercing overhand left. When Dzinziruk attempted to rise, he fell flat on his face. Yet, he recovered momentarily until Martinez landed back-to-back left hands that sent him down for a second time in the round. Finally, Martinez put Dzinziruk away when he connected with a sweeping right hook to his head, as referee Arthur Mercante, Jr. halted the action.


In front of a very boisterous crowd emphatically cheering his name, middleweight contender Andy Lee (25-1, 19 KO's) scored a tenth-round technical knockout over Scotland's Craig McEwan (19-1, 10 KO's), who he also defeated in the amateur ranks. The official time of the knockout was :56. 

"I was losing the fight in the last few rounds," exclaimed Lee. "But, I saw him getting tired and I saw my punches having a good effect on him."

Lee started the fight well, landing two rock-solid right hooks to McEwan's head early in round one. Those right hooks really set the tone for the 26-year-old from Limerick, Ireland, as he hardly missed with that punch throughout the bout. However, the lack of a steady right jab from Lee almost cost him the fight.

In round two, McEwan was able to get in close quarters and connect with damaging right hooks of his own. Then, a series of straight lefts sent Lee into the ropes as the bell rang to end the round.

Lee bounced back with a better third round, landing the right hook behind his jab more efficiently. McEwan seemed a little uncertain about letting his hands go. Again, McEwan had no answer for Lee's right hook, as he often got tagged with it.

Late in round four, McEwan, 28, jarred Lee with a barrage of punches. 

McEwan aggressively attacked Lee's body in the fifth round. Lee briefly clinched after getting nailed by a right hook - straight left combination.

At times, Lee was getting out-boxed in the center of the ring during round six. Yet, Lee managed to come back strong in the following round.

In round seven, Lee struck McEwan with a devastating right hook he never saw coming. 

Both fighters landed solid punches in round eight, which ended up being a close, well-contested round.

It turned out that Lee had a lot more left in the gas tank than McEwan during round nine. All of a sudden, Lee unleashed a smashing straight-left hand punch that dropped McEwan near the corner. With the crowd erupting, Lee could not finish him off.

In round ten, Lee caught McEwan once more with a straight left, which he followed with consecutive right hooks that left McEwan stunned. After that, Lee released an overhand left that found its mark and referee Steve Smoger stopped the fight. 

McEwan showed a ton of heart, never quitting and battling Lee with every bit of energy he had in his body. On the other hand, Lee had a little bit more tenacity, displaying the resourcefulness and skill to come from behind in a fight. Lee also exhibited a granite-like chin, and the capability to land his right hook with regularity. Nevertheless, Lee still needs to work on jabbing consistently, as well as discharging his punches at the right time.

"Overall, I wasn't happy with my performance," claimed Lee at the post-fight press conference. "I hurt him early in the fight and I think that worked against me. In the middle rounds I thought I was losing the fight, so I said to myself, 'If I am going to lose, he's going to have to kill me.'"


20-year-old Javier "El Abejon" Fortuna (14-0, 11 KO's) scored another stimulating knockout, flattening Derrick "Dynamite" Wilson (8-2-2, 2 KO's) at 2:27 of round eight in a featherweight bout. 

Fortuna, a southpaw, started trading bombs in the beginning of round one with the 22-year-old Wilson, who gave Fortuna a rough fight despite getting dropped several times.

In round two, Fortuna was much more patient, looking for openings to land a left-hand shot. Wilson did an efficient job of circling, and not engaging with the explosive Dominican. 

Wilson started to push Fortuna back with a steady left jab in round three. However, Fortuna floored the Florida native with a destructive right hook to the head. Fortuna tried to take him out, but Wilson kept him turning and survived the round. Late in the round, Fortuna landed a vicious left uppercut that caused Wilson to clinch. 

After Wilson landed a right cross - left hook combination, Fortuna carefully placed his shots during round four.

Fortuna fought mostly in spurts in round five, as he was being consistently out-boxed by Wilson. Then, Wilson snapped Fortuna's head back with a brutal right cross moments before the bell to close the round.

Still, Wilson lacked the power to keep Fortuna from coming at him energetically, and he paid the price for it in round six when Fortuna landed a massive counter-right hook to the head, dropping Wilson a second time in the bout. Wilson displayed minor bruising under his left eye.

Despite the two knockdowns, Wilson stayed in Fortuna's face throughout round seven, which would prove costly in the eighth round. Fortuna continued to look for that big punch to put Wilson away; He found it in round eight.

As he was slipping in the ring, Wilson got knocked down again after Fortuna landed a glancing right hook. Wilson was not badly harmed, and the action progressed. When Wilson attempted to connect with a left hook, Fortuna stepped into him, landing a crushing left-hand shot that left Wilson motionless on his back for approximately two minutes.


Welterweight prospect Thomas "The French" Dulorme (10-0, 9 KO's) scored a brilliant second-round technical knockout against Guillermo Valdez (12-3, 3 KO's). Dulorme, 21, hails from Carolina, Puerto Rico, and all his knockout victims have been stopped in two rounds or less. 

In round one, Dulorme hurt Valdez with his sharp left jab. After that, a right cross - right uppercut combination from Dulorme almost put Valdez through the ropes. 

Dulorme hammered Valdez with a thunderous right cross, followed by a flurry of punches until the bout was halted at 2:30 of round two.

Dulorme exhibits exceptional natural balance and adept hand speed. His overall coordination and talent is way above average for fighters at his current level. Dulorme is promoted by Gary Shaw.


36-year-old Sonya Lamonakis (4-0, 1 KO) captured a six-round unanimous decision over Tanzee Daniel (4-1, 1 KO) in a heavyweight slugfest. Steve Weisfeld scored the bout 58-56, while Julie Lederman and Glenn Feldman scored it 59-55. The referee was Joe Lupino. Lamonakis is a 4-time New York Golden Gloves champion.

Light heavyweight Seanie Monaghan (6-0, 4 KO's) defeated Billy "Steel" Cunningham (5-9, 4 KO's) by a four-round unanimous decision. Glen Feldman, Clark Sammartino and Don Ackerman all scored the fight 40-36. The referee was Dick Flaherty.

Monaghan hasn't fought an opponent with a winning record yet, but he looked much improved from his last outing, hurting Cunningham with hard, crisp body shots the entire fight.

Junior middleweight Abraham Lopez (2-1-1) beat Andrew "Drama" Jones (0-4-1) via four-round unanimous decision. Glenn Feldman and Steve Weisfeld gave scores of 39-37 to Lopez, while Julie Lederman scored the bout 40-36. The referee was Joe Lupino.

Jones had a great deal of trouble countering the barrage of punches from Lopez. In round four, Lopez really hurt Jones with his consistent, overwhelming body attack.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Andre Berto vs. Victor Ortiz WBC Welterweight Championship April 16 At MGM Grand At Foxwoods

NEW YORK, NY (Mar. 12, 2011) – Boxing is back at Foxwoods.

DiBella Entertainment announced today that the World Boxing Council (“WBC”) Welterweight title fight between undefeated, defending champion Andre Berto and challenger “Vicious” Victor Ortiz will be take place April 16 in MGM Grand Theater at Foxwoods in Mashantucket, Connecticut, the site of tonight’s middleweight title showdown between Sergio Martinez and Sergiy Dzinziruk.

Berto vs. Ortiz is presented by DiBella Entertainment, in association with Golden Boy Promotions. The bout will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing. Tickets are priced at $350, $200, $125, and $65 and will go on sale Wednesday, March 16 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.

“I am so happy to be coming back to one of the premiere fight venues on the east coast,” said Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment, the promoter of the show. “Berto vs. Ortiz is as compelling of a match as could be made in the welterweight division. I will see to it that the undercard is packed with some of the biggest names in boxing from New England and the rest of the world. April 16 will be another great night for boxing at the MGM Grand at Foxwoods.”

Berto (27-0, 21 KOs), a 2004 Haiti Olympian fighting out of Miami, captured the WBC welterweight belt in 2008 by stopping Miguel Angel Rodriguez in the seventh round. The lightning-quick Berto has made five successful title defenses, in order, against world champions Steve Forbes (DEC12), Luis Collazo (DEC12), Juan Urango (DEC12), and Carlos Quintana (TKO8), as well as veteran Freddy Hernandez (TKO1) last November.

Former NABO/USBA title holder Ortiz (28-2-2, 22 KOs), fighting out of Oxnard (CA), is a crafty southpaw who has won four of his last fight fights with one draw. His most notable victories have been against world champions Vivian Harris (KO3), Nate Campbell (DEC10) and Carlos Maussa (KO1).

For more information about DiBella Entertainment, including a list of all upcoming bouts, please visit, or follow Lou DiBella on twitter, @loudibella.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Welterweight Prospect Vinny O’Brien To Appear Tonight On Friday Night At The Fights

‘Friday Night at the Fights’—Sirius XM’s number one boxing talk radio show, hosted by boxing great Gerry Cooney—announced that welterweight prospect Vinny “The Lion” O’Brien will be a guest on the show tonight at 8:15 p.m.

To listen to the show tune into Sirius 125, XM 241 at 7 p.m. Eastern.

Last Saturday at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ O’Brien made his professional debut in impressive fashion, winning by TKO following the third round. O’Brien displayed heart, determination and will and put on a action packed show for the fans.

O’Brien, who trains under the tutelage of former heavyweight knockout artist Lou Esa at Final Round Boxing and Fitness in Whippany, has already been put on the April 9 fight card of Tomasz Adamek and Kevin McBride, to take place at the Prudential Center.

“Last week I went out and did everything Lou and I trained for,” said O’Brien. “It felt great to win by TKO and give the fans a good show. Now it back to business and I have my focus on the April 9 fight.”

In the months building up to his professional debut, O’Brien has garnered much attention from boxing fans and media around the world, appearing in a video for Ring Magazine as well as countless interviews and features.

Amidst all of the media attention he has received, O’Brien has remained grounded and goes about things as usual.

“I felt like I went out there in my debut and showed all the doubters that I am the real deal, and showed all my supporters what they have been believing in,” said O’Brien. “I am excited to get back into the ring April 9, and I want to stay busy and keep winning so the whole world becomes familiar with the name Vinny O’Brien.”

Don’t miss the opportunity to listen to Vinny “The Lion” O’Brien talk about his TKO win or his upcoming fight April 9.

Friday Nights at the Fights airs live tonight at 7 p.m. Eastern on 125 Sirius, XM 241.


Atlantic City, NJ—The billboards and the posters and the press releases may be promoting the HBO-televised matches featuring Yuriorkis Gamboa vs. Jorge Solis and Matt Remillard vs. Miguel Angel Garcia, but the fans who jam the 2,700-seat ballroom at Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall on Saturday evening, March 26, will be coming to see another fight which will not be part of the telecast.

It’s the scheduled 12-round contest between USBA super bantamweight champion Teon Kennedy, of Philadelphia, PA, and challenger Jorge Diaz, of New Brunswick, NJ.

Both men are undefeated and both men bring large contingents of die-hard followers.

Kennedy, 24, is 16-0-1, 7 K0s. He won the vacant USBA 122-pound title Nov. 20, 2009, when he knocked out Francisco Rodriguez, of Chicago, IL, in the 10th round at the Blue Horizon in Philadelphia.

In two subsequent fights, Kennedy outpointed Jose Angel Berranza, of Mexico City, over 12 rounds, then K0d Alex Becerra, of El Paso, TX, in 10 rounds.

A pro since 2007, Kennedy is ranked No. 3 in the world by the IBF, No. 14 by the WBA, No. 23 by the WBC. He also has beaten Lucian Gonzales, Andre Wilson and Thomas Snow.

Kennedy won the 2004 National Golden Gloves flyweight championship in Kansas City, MO. He is managed by Doc Nowicki, Jim Williams and Joe Hand, who also handle the career of unbeaten welterweight Mike Jones. Kennedy is trained by ex-pro lightweight Wade Hinnant and his brother Randy Hinnant.

Diaz, 23, is 15-0, 9 K0s. In his last fight Oct, 30 at Bally’s Atlantic City, Diaz scored a 10-round decision over Emanuel Lucero, of Mexico City, in one of the best fights of 2010 in Atlantic City.

A pro since 2007, Diaz has several impressive wins on his resume, including a sixth-round knockout over highly touted Cuban Yan Barthelemy in Madison Square Garden and an eight-round decision over previously undefeated (16-0) Mexican Alejandro Lopez in Key West, FL.

Against common foes, Diaz out-pointed Lante Addy, of Ghana, over six rounds, while Kennedy was held to a 10-round draw by Addy. Also, Diaz K0d Arthur Parker, of Lancaster, PA, in two rounds, two months after Kennedy beat Parker via four-round decision.

Diaz is managed by Pat Lynch and Sal Alessi. Lynch guided the successful career of the late Arturo Gatti. He is trained by ex-pro welterweight Joe Grier.

A swarming, all-action fighter, Diaz will put pressure on the slick-boxing Kennedy from bell-to-bell.

Kennedy has excellent defensive skills, but he is not shy about standing toe-to-toe and trading punches.

Each man is 5-foot-5 and neither man is known to back down from a good fight.

The first of seven fights begins at 8 pm.

Tickets priced at $50, $100 and $200 are on sale at the offices of Peltz Boxing Promotions (215-765-0922) and all Ticketmaster outlets (800-736-1420). They also can be purchased online at and


On Thursday March 17th, St. Paddy's Day, Star Boxing, brings live professional boxing back to Long Island, when it presents, "March Mayhem" at the Plattduetsche Park Restaurant in Franklin Square, NY. Headlining the show is Huntington's popular undefeated jr. welterweight prospect Chris Algieri (10-0, 5KO's) as he takes on Philadelphia's tough Julius Edmonds (7-10). Algieri-Edmonds is scheduled for eight rounds.

Fighting in his first bout since he was shot and nearly killed last year will be the former four-time national champion, Adam "Showtime" Willett (1-1). Willett, who was the number one ranked heavyweight in the US for three consecutive years and was an alternate to the 2008 US Olympic Team, was shot once in the chest while working as a High School Security Guard and defending two of his female students who were being harassed by two older men. Willett is fighting Sharieff Hayes, who has two professional bouts under his belt as well. The bout is scheduled for four rounds in the heavyweight division.

World-rated jr. featherweight Leon Moore (27-2, 22KO's) will also see action on the card when he takes on Jason Rorie over six scheduled rounds. The WBC #3, and WBO #13 rated Moore originally hails from Ghana but now lives and trains in New York City.

Rising prospect, Issouf Kinda (9-0, 4KO's), who hails from Burkina Faso but now calls Long Island his home, will take on Jorge Ruiz in a six round jr. welterweight contest.

Also scheduled to appear on the card is the Bronx's heavy-handed, Danny "Joey" Valle (3-0, 3KO's). Valle, a former NY Golden Gloves Champion, is trained by his father Victor Valle Jr. Between Valle Jr. and his father, world renowned trainer and Danny's grandfather, Victor Valle Sr.,(now deceased) the two have been training fighters for over 100 years. Valle is scheduled to square off against New Jersey's Sidell Blocker in a four round lightweight contest.

Super Featherweight, Kamil Łaszczyk (1-0, 1KO) will also see action on the card when he takes on an opponent TBA. Łaszczyk had a decorated amateur career in his native country of Poland, amassing an impressive 110-7, which included winning six Polish national championships. Łaszczyk made his pro debut a few weeks back on March 5th, scoring a 2nd round TKO over Emil Brooks in Woodhaven, NY. Łaszczyk's bout is scheduled for four rounds.

Rounding out the card is Newark's, Joseliz Cepeda (3-1) who looks to make it four wins in a row when he takes on Corey White (1-0, 1KO) in a four round super featherweight showdown.

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 Doors 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.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

‘Diamond Elite’ Final Press Conference Quotes

Sergio Martinez, Sergiy Dzinziruk, Andy Lee, and Craig McEwan

MASHANTUCKET, CT (Mar. 10, 2011) – The final “Diamond Elite” press conference was held today at Comix in Foxwoods Casino Resort. The WBC Middleweight Diamond Championship showdown, featuring 2010 Fighter of the Year Sergio Martinez and Sergiy Dzinziruk, will be on HBO World Championship Boxing along with Andy Lee vs. Craig McEwan in a “Celtic War.” All four fighters and representatives from their respective camps were in attendance.

Below are quotes from the participants:

Lou DiBella, promoter of Martinez and Lee: “I think it’s going to be a tremendous night of boxing. I can’t tell you how impressed I am with the property. Foxwoods is great and it’s been a pleasure working with the staff here.”

“This will be on television – HBO Sports – and it’s a very competitive card with the two fights on TV real TV fights. Sergio Martinez is the Fighter of the Year and had the Knockout of the Year. He’s fighting a guy who is a technically sound fighter with a great jab and defense. Sergiy will find out that he’s not in with just another fighter. I expect a very competitive fight.”

“I want to thank our sponsors: Corona, the Dominican Republic Tourism Board and Hennessey.”

“We have as terrific undercard off TV with some terrific fighters. We have a female heavyweight from New York, Sonya Lamonakis, fighting another fighter from New York (Tanzee Daniels). If you like women’s boxing, this is going to be a war.”

“This sport needs everybody pulling together. We’ve had four major promoters working together without a single problem. That’s how to elevate boxing and bring it back.

“We’re having ‘Celtic War’ five days before St. Patrick’s Day. I’m proud to promote Andy Lee. The winner of this fight will establish himself for the fighter he is. It’s the first opportunity for Craig and Andy on HBO and its stage and legitimacy.”

“My partner and one of the best judges of talent in the world is Sampson Lewkowicz. He scours the world looking for the next Sergio Martinez.”

“Some people will be a little surprised – Gabriel Sarmiento won’t be in Sergio’s corner because of a personal issue. His brother, Pablo, will be in Sergio’s corner. He’s trained Sergio before. Gabriel ran the camp until the final day of camp last Friday.”

“It’s no secret that I didn’t like this fight. HBO twisted my arm but I give them credit. This is the best possible opponent in the world to fight Sergio. Sergio agreed to fight him despite giving up his middleweight belt. He wants to leave a legacy of fighting the best and there’s no doubt that Sergiy is the best 154-pounder in the world.”

“This is what’s at stake (Diamond belt). It costs about $50,000 and has diamonds all over it. The stakes are big.”

“This (Martinez) is one of the most talented athletes and people I’ve ever worked with. Sergio is concerned with people and he has a sense of community and integrity. His nickname, ‘Maravilla,’ marvelous and he is indeed, marvelous.”

“Sergio promised me to speak in English at the next press conference. He has a great teacher and he’s done a great job.”

Sergio Martinez: “I thank HBO, WBC, my promoter, advisor, trainers Gabriel and Pablo, and my team. This Saturday you will see the best Sergio Martinez. This fight is for Argentina.”

Kery Davis, HBO: “We really have a special night of programming with the premier of the Runnin’ Rebels documentary immediately followed with world championship boxing starting at 10:30 eastern, 7:30 pacific. Sergio was a relatively unknown boxer but he beat Kelly Pavlik and followed that with unquestionably the Knockout of the Year against Paul Williams. Sergio is good looking, intelligent and he has charisma. The sky is the limit for him. He is fighting the challenge of his life. Many feel Sergiy Dzinziruk is the No. 1 154 pounder in the world. He is relatively unknown. When you put the best middleweight in the world against the best junior middleweight in the world, you should never apologize, and we don’t. Lee and McEwan are trying to make names for themselves and statements. They’re looking forward to fighting the winner of the main event. Sergio and Sergiy are stepping-up to take the challenge. Sergiy is stepping-up in weight. Sergio is fighting the toughest guy. We’re looking forward to a great night of programming.”

Scott Butera, Foxwoods Resort Casino, President & CEO: “Here at Foxwoods, we have a long-standing tradition with the sport of boxing and have hosted some of the boxing world’s most high profile fights and some of the world’s greatest athletes. As North America’s largest resort casino there are few venues in the Northeast more fitting to host this World Middleweight Championship bout featuring Sergio Martinez and Sergiy Dzinziruk than MGM Grand at Foxwoods and our world-class MGM Grand Theater. The event’s equally exciting undercard, dubbed the ‘Celtic War,’ pits the Andy Lee and Craig McEwan.

“And we have a ‘Who’s Who’ of industry vets on property for the big event, including Lou DiBella of DiBella Entertainment, Arthur Pelullo of Banner Promotions, and Gary Shaw of Gary Shaw Promotions, as well as none other than Oscar de la Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions.

“We’re always thrilled to showcase Foxwoods to a national audience, and HBO’s live broadcast of Saturday’s event will provide a great vehicle for us to do just that. We’re grateful to everybody in this room. Let’s have a great night on Saturday.”

Robert Diaz, Golden Boy Promotions: “This is what boxing is about – four promoters working together to give the public two great fights. McEwan is in a tough fight but he’s more than ready. I can tell you that for a fact. He is fighting for his family, country and himself. Remember, there years ago what happened not too far from here (Lee was knocked out by Bryan Vera).”

Craig McEwan: “This is a big stage for me. I’m ready to put on a big show and show everybody what I’ve got. Andy’s a great guy but Saturday is business. Afterwards we can go out for a pint. I’ve always wanted the (WBC) green belt and this fight will get me one step closer to that.”

Andy Lee: “Everything has been said. Craig, I know well, but I have a job to win this fight. Afterwards we can be friends. I’ve trained 100-percent and want to thank Sugar Hill and Roger Lee. I’ve had the best camp ever, in Florida, with a lot of sparring and conditioning. We’ve left no stone unturned.”

Gary Shaw, co-promoter of Dzinziruk: “This is a tremendous fight, deserving to be at MGM Grand at Foxwoods. I’m happy because it is a great fight. I want to thank HBO for putting Sergiy on their card because he’s truly a great fighter. It may not turn out the way Lou and his team think.

“I am a cancer survivor. If you’re over 40, get a PSA test. It saved my life and it could save yours.

“To Lou and Sampson, thanks for taking this fight and I give a lot of credit to them because Sergio had the opportunity for an easier fight. But they took the challenge and I have a lot of respect for Sergio. I represent the best 154-pounder in the world, the single best in the world at 154 pounds, and he wanted this fight. It’s a big step up; up in weight for the fight, and they didn’t want it. I know at the end of the day, no matter what Sergio and Sampson say, it is an impossibility to knockout Sergiy. We will leave here with a win; I guarantee it!”

Artie Pelullo, co-promoter of Dzinziruk: “I’ve put on more than 30 shows at Foxwoods since 1992. HBO and Ross Greenburg have a heckuva fight. They went out of their way to make it. They have the two best: best middleweight and best junior middleweight, who doesn’t know how to lose. It’s going to be great – two guys who know they need to win to move on. Boxing rewards you for winning and both know everything’s on the line. After Martinez knocked out Paul Williams, the fight we get is against the best middleweight in the world. We called Sergiy and he said make the fight. Both are in harm’s way. It’s going to be a very good show because they both know they have to win.”

Sampson Lewkowicz, advisor of Sergio Martinez: “This is my first time here at Foxwoods and it’s wonderful. HBO chose this fight because it’s the best money can buy. Gary Shaw says he guarantees he’ll win the fight. His partner, Artie Pellulo, didn’t say that. Sergio Martinez, if he doesn’t knock him out, he will beat him up. He went from 154 to 160 to be the best. There was no catch-weight because the champion is a middleweight. Sergio ‘Maravilla’ Martinez is the champion of the people, champion of the press; the champion of everybody on earth, inside and outside the ring. I am so proud to be part of this team.”

Pablo Sarmiento, trainer of Sergio Martinez: “Every training camp for Sergio gets better than the last. Saturday you will find out that it’s the best Sergio you’ve ever seen. The challenger is a great fighter and we respect him.”

Sergiy Dzinziruk: “I want to thank everybody for this opportunity and Sergio Martinez, especially, for the opportunity to fight in such a big fight. It’s a dream come true for me. I’m very excited. It’s going to be a great fight and I will be victorious at the end of the night.”

Bob Yalen, representing the WBC: “On behalf of the WBC, Jose and Mauricio, to Sampson, Sergio on behalf of the year you had, and Lou for promoting such a great fighter and fighter, let me present these plaques to all three of them.

“I’m a historian. I don’t think people realize how great a fight this is in the ring. Argentina and Europe have a great history of middleweight fighters. The Ukraine has built a great history. These are two great fighters. I thank HBO for allowing it to happen and Foxwoods for bringing it here.”


 Part 1 - Welcome to Camp

Mexico City, MEX (March 10) - The countdown to one of 2011's most exciting nights of boxing has begun and the stars of the April 9 "Action Heroes" main event Erik "El Terrible" Morales and Marcos "El Chino" Maidana are deep in training. Each week camp notes will be distributed to update media and fans on training camp happenings leading up to fight night at MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nev. which will be televised live on HBO Pay-Per-View®.

Morales poses at his training facility in the Centro Ceremonial Otomi. 
Photo Credit: Etzel Espinoza/Golden Boy Promotions


Camp Location: Centro Ceremonial Otomí in Toluca Estado, Mexico

It's back to the familiar for Erik "El Terrible" Morales, who is training at the Centro Ceremonial Otomí in Toluca Estado, the site he where trained for many of his most memorable fights including his legendary trilogies against Barrera and Pacquiao. Morales ended his two-year retirement 11-months ago and has scored three consecutive wins. Now, he is preparing for one of the biggest tests of his 18-year career, 12 rounds against boxing's "Master of Mayhem," Marcos Maidana.

"Everything in the gym has been great," said Morales. "I am preparing for a battle. I am doing everything according to Maidana's skill level."

Training over 3,000 meters above sea level over an hour away from the hustle and bustle of Mexico City has its advantages, as Morales is able to concentrate on getting in championship fighting shape away from the distractions of everyday life. However, during his down time he catches up on his emails, reading books and playing dominos with members of his team.

Morales' team includes his father, Jose"Olivaritos" Morales, who has been in his son's corner his entire career as well as other returning members of his camp Fernando Fernandez and Tiburcio Garcia, who help Morales with mitt work in the gym.

"I am confident in my preparation for this fight," Morales continued. "I am looking forward to establishing an unbeatable plan and a great strategy to get the victory I know I can get on April 9."

Maidana works out at the Boxeo de Gala in Mexico City as he prepares to fight Erik Morales.   
Photo Credit: Golden Boy Promotions


Camp Locations: Mexico City, Mexico (until March 15), Las Vegas, Nev. (March 16 to April 8)

In preparing to face one of Mexico's greatest boxing legends, Marcos "El Chino" Maidana has immersed himself in Mexican culture, society and atmosphere. He is not only training in Mexico City for the first time in his career spaning 31 professional fights, but has also teamed with veteran trainer Rudy Perez, who knows a thing or two about defeating Erik Morales. Perez successfully trained Marco Antonio Barrera to beat Morales in two of their three epic battles; Morales vs. Barrera II and III taking place on June 22, 2002 and November 27, 2004 respectively.

"I am not training in Mexico to spite Morales in any way," said Maidana. "I feel comfortable with the Mexican people. I feel accepted by them and if I knock Morales out like I know I can, it is my hope that the Mexican fans will adopt me as their own. I have been told many times that I have a Mexican fighting style and I hope to develop that more as I train in Mexico."

In addition to surrounding himself with all-things Mexican, Maidana is taking advantage of the altitude in the capital city (2,200 meters above sea level). He rises early (5:00 a.m.) and starts the day off with intense roadwork as he adapts to the high altitude. He then returns to his apartment to eat breakfast and rest. In the afternoon he heads to either the Boxeo de Gala gym or Pino Suárez gym for sparring, strength training and to work on his technique.

Maidana, who has trained in Las Vegas for several of his recent fights, will depart his new-found Mexican home and head to the familiarity of the desert on March 15 as his strength and conditioning coach, Cruz "Pensa" García, believes that five weeks is enough time for Maidana to spend training at high altitude.

"Working out in Mexico has been a great experience so far," said Maidana. "But a combination of the altitude in Mexico City and the familiarity of Las Vegas is what I need to get the result I want in the ring on April 9."

"Action Heroes" featuring Morales vs. Maidana in a 12-round junior welterweight bout and Guerrero vs. Katsidis in a 12-round lightweight battle is presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Erik Morales' Box Latino and Universum Box Promotions and sponsored by Cerveza Tecate, AT&T, DeWalt Tools and Tres Generaciones. Guerrero vs. Katsidis is presented in association with Sampson Boxing. The bouts will be produced and distributed live on HBO Pay-Per-View beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT.

Tickets for "Action Heroes" priced at $350, $250, $150, $75, $50 and $25 are on sale now and available to charge by phone with a major credit card, call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000. Tickets also are available for purchase at or

A stacked slate of undercard bouts, including the rest of the HBO Pay-Per-View broadcast, will be announced at a later date. For more information, visit, on Twitter at,,, or become a fan on Facebook at

The Morales vs. Maidana pay-per-view telecast, which begins at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT, has a suggested retail price of $44.95, will be produced and distributed by HBO Pay-Per-View® and will be available to more than 71 million pay-per-view homes. The telecast will be available in HD-TV for those viewers who can receive HD. HBO Pay-Per-View®, a division of Home Box Office, Inc., is the leading supplier of event programming to the pay-per-view industry. For Morales vs. Maidana fight week updates, log on to

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Michael “The Brazilian Rocky” Oliveira Returns Home To Fight March 25 In Sao Paulo

 Interim WBC Latino title fight vs. Abel Adriel

MIAMI (Mar. 9, 2011) – Undefeated Michael “The Brazilian Rocky” Oliveira returns home for his second consecutive fight in his native Brazil, March 25 versus unbeaten Argentinean prospect Abel “El Principito” Nicolas Adriel for the Interim World Boxing Council Latino Super Middleweight Championship, headlining the “International Boxing Challenge” pro-am event at Mauro Pinheiro Gymnasium in Sao Paulo.

“International Boxing Challenge,” presented by MO Productions, will air live on SporTV, TV Globo International and A 4-round pro bout between a pair of Sao Paulo middleweights, pro-debuting Douglas Ataibe and Valdevan “Baiano” Pereira, is on the card as well as a pair of soon-to-be-announced amateur matches, featuring members of the Brazilian National Olympic Boxing Team..

The 20-year-old Oliveira (13-0, 11 KOs), now rated No. 10 by the USBA, was born in Sao Paulo but he moved two weeks after birth with his family to Miami. In his Brazilian debut last November in Sao Paulo, Oliveira stopped rugged Junior Ramos (10-5) in the third round.

Oliveira, who won the UNBC title September 11, 2009, recently was selected as the repeat winner of the Brazilian International Press Award’s Athlete of the Year (2009 and now 2010).

“We’re very excited to announce that we have signed a contract with TV Globo to televise Michael’s next six fights starting March 25,” MO Productions president and Michael’s father, Carlos Oliveira, said. “Our goal is to position Michael, at home in Brazil, as a future world champion. We believe Michael has the talent and marketability to be a star in Brazil, converting Brazilian sports fans into his supporters. Soccer isn’t the only sport in Brazil and we’re expecting a lot of support in Sao Paulo.

“The March 25th show will be a memorable evening of entertainment for everybody. Famed Brazilian pianist and conductor, Joao Carlos Martins, will perform the Brazilian National Anthem prior to the 10-round main event; Brazilian choreographer Ivaldo Bertazzo’s extraordinary work will be part of the event, and Michael’s walk-out music will be supported by the Drummers of Maccha-Verde School of Samba.”

Oliveira has returned to his roots in hopes of reestablishing boxing back to the days of Brazilian boxing icons, Hall of Famer Eder “Golden Bantam” Jofre, and more recent superstar Acelino “Popo” Freitas.

Brazilians and Argentineans are traditional arch-rivals in sports and the 21-year-old Adriel, who fights out of Pigue, Buenos Aires, Argentina, is a natural foe for Oliveira, who has many family members and friends living in Brazil. Adriel is a consummate boxer who fought a pair of draws in his second and third pro fights. He fought 10 times last year and once in 2011, when he won a unanimous 8-round decision against Fernando Enrique Battaglia this past January in Buenos Aires.

All fights and fighters are subject to change.

GENERAL ADMISSION TICKETS ARE FREE. Contact Maria Fulfaro ( about purchasing VIP tables for $400.00 each.

Doors open at 6:30 PM/GMT (5:30 PM/ET), first bout at 7:30 PM/GMT (6:30 PM/ET). Go on line to for additional information.

Undefeated Amanda Serrano Joins Boxing 360 Stable

NEW YORK (Mar. 9, 2011) – Undefeated title challenger Amanda “The Real Deal” Serrano has signed an exclusive promotional with Boxing 360 and joined the New York-based company’s growing stable of future champions.

The 23-year-old Serrano (8-0-1, 4 KOs), who was born in Puerto Rico, now fighting out of Brooklyn, is slick-boxing younger sister of former lightweight contender, Cindy Serrano. Amanda is presently rated No. 3 by independent source WBAN, as well as No. 7 by the WIBA.

“I wasn’t sure about getting involved in female boxing,” Boxing 360 CEO & Founder Mario Yagobi explained. “But I was at her last fight in upstate New York and I was unbelievably impressed by what I saw from her in the ring. I was equally impressed outside of the ring when we spoke. All she does is train to fight. She doesn’t have a cell phone, a boyfriend, or even go out with friends. She trains everyday to the point of exhaustion, goes home to sleep, and then it is right back to the gym the next day for the same routine. Amanda Serrano is a world champion in the making and we’re going to position here for that opportunity.”

In her last bout in January, Serrano thoroughly dominated rugged Ela Nunez for a win by unanimous 6-round decision, avenging the only blemish on Amanda’s record, a draw versus Nunez in 2009.

Boxing 360 Director of Boxing Bob Duffy believes Amanda is ready to challenge cross-town rival Maureen Shea, the reigning NABF featherweight champion from the Bronx. “I think it’s a natural for New York City and would draw a lot of interest,” Duffy said. “Maureen is the first female NABF champ from New York City. She’s the best and Amanda wants to fight the best. She needs to get past Maureen to get to where she eventually wants to reach.”

Other members of Boxing 360’s stable include USBA heavyweight champion Maurice “Sugar Moe” Harris, WBC #3 rated super bantamweight contender Leon “Hurry Up” Moore, former IBF super middleweight champion Alejandro “Naco” Berrio, NY State super middleweight title-holder Lennox “2 Sharpe” Allen, KO king Tyrone Brunson, Nick “Hands of Gold” Casal, Mike Mollo, Joshua “The Juice” Harris, Emad Ali, Angel “Toro” Hernandez and “King” David Estrada.

Go to for more information about Serrano, Boxing 360 or any of its other fighters, as well as its scheduled events.


Exciting super featherweight prospect, Danny "Joey" Valle (3-0, 3KO's) has been added to the upcoming "March Mayhem" card Thursday, March 17th at the Plattduetsche Park Restaurant in Franklin Square, NY (Long Island). Valle will square off against New Jersey's Siddell Blocker in a four round lightweight showdwn. The card, promoted by Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing, is headlined by Huntington's exciting undefeated jr. welterweight prospect Chris Algieri (10-0, 5KO's).

For Valle, a 2003 NY Golden Gloves Champion, boxing is in his blood. Between Valle Jr. and his father, world renowned trainer and Danny's grandfather, Victor Valle Sr. (now deceased), the two have trained some of New York's most notable fighters, including most recently former WBC heavyweight champion Oleg Maskaev.

The 25-year-old Bronx native Valle turned pro in October of 2009, scoring a 2nd round knockout. Valle followed up his debut with two more 2nd round stoppages in 2010. When not training for his own fights, Valle assists his father in training other fighters.

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 Doors 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.

Santander Silgado vs. Carlos Javier Ojeda Roldan; Silgado (18-0, 16 KO's) Makes His USA Debut On April 2nd At The Aviator Sports Complex In Brooklyn, NY


NEW YORK CITY (MARCH 8, 2011)—Tuesday at Portobellos in New York City, Havoc Boxing Promotions held the kick off press conference for a big boxing event that will take place on Saturday April 2nd at the Aviator Sports Complex in Brooklyn, New York.

In the main event, Light Heavyweight contender, Elvir “The Kosovo Kid” Muriqi (38-5, 23 KO’s) will take part in the ten round main event.

Also present was Light Heavyweight Joel Torres (7-0, 4 KO’s) who will be fighting in the eight round co-feature along with Jr. Middleweight Frank Galarza (2-0, 1 KO); Jr. Middleweight Charles Vanderveer (1-1, 1 KO) and Bantamweight Elton Dharry (6-5-1, 1 KO)

Also seeing action on April 2nd will be undefeated cruiserweight Santander Silgado (18-0, 16 KO’s); super featherweight Gary Stark Jr. (23-3, 8 KO’s); welterweight Tommy Rainone (13-4, 4 KO’s); light heavyweight Ronson Frank (16-0, 8 KO’s) & Jr. Welterweight Jose Peralta (5-1, 3 KO’s)


Elvir Muriqi (38-5, 23 KO’S)

“I love fighting. Can I make it without fighting? Yes but I love fighting and winning. I have the ability to one day be world champion. I feel like I haven’t lost since 2004 but sometimes things don’t go your way. I promise in April 2nd I will come in better shape than I did the last time. Everybody knows that I come to fight every time

Joel Castillo (7-0, 4 KO’s)

“I been training hard for quite a while and I plan to give it my all. Its my first co-main event and I look forward to the future and keep growing and making progress.”

Elton Dharry (6-5-1)

“I appreciate being on this show. I will show up to fight and show up to win”

Frank Galarza (2-0, 1 KO)

“This is my first time being on a Havoc card and I look forward to a great fight”

Charles Vanderveer (1-1)

“Feels good to be back in the gym training hard and working hard. April 2nd be there to see me.”

Robert Diaz (CEO Havoc Boxing Promotions)

“We are going with everything we planned from the beginning. We have fighters calling us wanting to participate on our shows. We are looking to do way more fighters per year due to all the fighters we have at our disposal. We just want to put on good shows and have good fights and give fighters opportunities”

Felipe Gomez (Matchmaker)

“The more shows that Havoc does the better it gets. This show will be better than the first two."


Tickets for this special night of boxing are priced at $50 for all seats and can be purchased at the Following Locations:

The Aviator Box Office
New Legend Boxing Club (718) 487 4474 or

The Aviator Sports Complex is located at:

3159 Flatbush Ave - Brooklyn, N.Y. 11234

For more information on Havoc Boxing, Click:

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Integrated Sports Media Distributing "La Revancha" PPV Segura-Calderon 2, Live April 2 From Mexico

HOBOKEN, N.J. (March 8, 2011) – Integrated Sports Media, the undisputed leader in the pay-per-view boxing, announced today that it will be distributing “La Revancha,” featuring the highly-anticipated rematch between WBO and The Ring light flyweight champion, Giovani “El Guerrero Azteca” Segura, and former 108-pound king, Ivan “Iron Boy” Calderon, April 2 live from Auditorio del Estado in Mexicali, Mexico.

“La Revancha,” presented by Zanfer Promotions and PR Best Boxing, will be distributed in the United States 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, DISH Network and Avail-TVN, for a suggested retail price of only $39.95.

“Segura-Calderon I was the consensus Fight of the Year and there’s no reason not to believe that the rematch will be just as exciting,” Integrated Sports Media president Doug Jacobs said. “This fight will determine who the ‘baddest little boxer in the world’ is today. Fight fans can’t want to see these two Latino warriors go to war once again. The other pay-per-view fights will soon be announced.”

Segura (26-1-1, 22 KOs), fighting out of Bell, California by way of Mexico, captured the WBO, The Ring and WBA Super light flyweight titles last October, when he knocked-out the previously unbeaten champion Calderon (34-1-1, 6 KOs) in the eighth round in Puerto Rico. Segura was leading (69-64, 68-65, 67-66) on all three judges’ scorecards at the time of the stoppage.

The 28-year-old Segura, who will turn 29 the day before his fight against Calderon, also holds notable victories against Daniel Reyes KO1) and Carlos Tamara (DEC12). Giovanni has fought only once since defeating Calderon, last November in a non-title fight triumph against Manuel Vargas who retired after seven rounds.

Calderon, the pride of Puerto Rico, prior to fighting Segura had been the WBO light flyweight champion for more than three years (six successful title defences) and WBO minimum weight titlist (11 successful title defences) from 2003 until he moved up to light flyweight in 2007. Ivan is currently rated No. 1 by The Ring, as well as No. 3 by the WBO.

His boxing resume reads like a Who’s Who list of great 108 and 105 pound world champions and challengers, including victories against the likes of Rodel Mayol, Reyes, Higo Fidel Cazares (twice), Nelson Dieppa, Issac Bustos, Roberto Carlos Leyva, Ednar Cardenas, Alex Sanchez and Eduardo Ray Marquez.

For more information about the Sebura-Calderon 2 PPV event go to Follow Integrated Sports Media on Twitter @IntegratedPPV.

Integrated Sports Media (ISM): North America’s leading distributor of International Pay-Per-View and Closed Circuit sporting events has presented World Championship and world-class boxing matches featuring Vitali Klitschko, David Haye, Evander Holyfield, Roy Jones, Jr., Amir Khan,Tomasz Adamek, Ricky Hatton, Giovani Segura, Cristian Mijares, Zab Judah, Ivan Calderon, Rocky Martinez, Marco Antonio Barrera, Erik Morales, Arthur Abraham, John Ruiz, Nicolai Valuev, Nicolai Valuev, Wilfredo Vasquez, Jr. and Ruslan Chagaev. In addition, ISM distributed numerous International soccer matches showcasing teams like Real Madrid, Club America of Mexico and the National Teams of Argentina, Honduras, El Salvador and the USA, as well as World Championship and world-class mixed martial arts shows featuring Fedor Emelianenko, Tim Sylvia, Bobby Lashley, Bob Sapp, Jeff Monson, and Roy Nelson. For more information on upcoming Integrated Sports Media events visit


CHESTER, PA (March 8, 2011)—On Friday night, March 18th at the beautiful Harrah’s Casino in Chester, Pennsylvania, popular Jr. Welterweight “Rockin” Ryan Belasco will take on Bryne Green in the eight round main event.

The card is promoted by Joey Eye Boxing and David Feldman.

Belasco of Wilmington, Delaware has a record of 14-4-3 with three knockouts and not only takes on anyone but is usually in the most entertaining fight of the night.

Belasco has taken on quality opposition such as Elad Shmuoel (15-1); Brian Miller (1-0-1); Victor Vasquez (7-1); Andrew Farmer (12-1).

His most impressive win was the fifth round stoppage over Vasquez.

Belasco is riding a three fight winning streak which includes his most recent outing when he scored a six round unanimous decision over Gustavo Dailey on December 3rd in Dover, Delaware.

Like Belasco, Green of Vineland, New Jersey is no stranger to stepping up and fighting top competition.

Green won his first three bouts before dropping a decision to undefeated Victor Valenzuela (2-0). Green then defeated undefeated Luis Esqullin (1-0) and Edward Valdez before losing his last three bouts with the latest being to Vasquez (11-4-1) via split decision in a bout that Green dropped Vasquez on October 8th.

The co-feature is an evenly matched six round Super Featherweight bout between “Flawless” Anthony Flores and Georgi Kevlishvilli.

Flores is one of the top young prospects in the area as the twenty-three year old has a record of 9-2 with six knockouts.

The Philadelphia native won his first eight bouts which included wins over veterans Darrell Martin (2-2) and Ikem Orji (4-0). He suffered his fist setback to Valenzuela and drew with world ranked Carlos Vinan in a bout that many thought that Flores deserved the decision.

Flores is coming off a eight round defeat to world ranked and undefeated Arash Usmanee (8-0) on October 8th in Philadelphia.

Kevlishvilli of Moscow, Russia will be making his American debut and he sports an impressive record of 11-1 with three knockouts

Kevlishvilli won his first eleven bouts which included a win over undefeated Saichon SotornPitak (10-0). In his last bout, he then took on yet another undefeated fighter and was stopped in one round by Ayup Arsaev (8-0) in a battle for the WBC Baltic Featherweight title on October 3, 2009.

In a four round Cruiserweight bout, Taneal Goyco (3-1, 1 KO) squares off with Maurice Amaro (1-3) in a battle of Philadelphians.

Angel Ocasio (3-0, 1 KO) of Philadelphia will take part in a four round lightweight bout when he takes on an opponent to be named.

In a four round female lightweight attraction undefeated Elizabeth Sherman (2-0, 1 KO) battles Jennifer Wood (1-1, 1 KO) of Richmond, VA

Popular Heavyweight Jamie Campbell (3-1, 1 KO) of Ridley Park, PA will take on KC Cunningham (0-3) of Philadelphia in a four round bout.

Lightweight Lonnie Jackson Jr. (1-0) of Philadelphia takes on debuting William Morgan of Philadelphia in a four round bout.

Luis Castro (3-0, 1 KO) of Philadelphia returns after a two year layoff to fight Ramon Ellis (0-6) of Philadelphia in a four round bout in the Lightweight division

Rounding out the card will be the pro debut of Fred Jenkins Jr. of Philadelphia battling Scott Bronner in a Light Heavyweight bout.

Tickets are now on sale for $100 (VIP); $60 (Ringside) and $45 (General Admission) and can be purchased at the Harrahs Chester Gift Shop; By calling Joey Eye (267-304-9399); David Feldman (610-291-0806); 800-480-8020 and Peltz Boxing 215-765-0922 or on

Matt “Sharp Shooter” Remillard Training Camp Notes

MANCHESTER, Conn. (March 8, 2011) – The fight to determine America’s leading featherweight, pitting unbeaten NABF and NABO champion Matt “Sharp Shooter” Remillard against undefeated IBF # 1 contender Mikey Garcia, is the 10-round co-feature on Top Rank’s “Featherweight Fury,” March 26 on HBO After Dark live from Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey .

The 24-year-old Remillard (23-0, 14 KOs) is at his Passaic, New Jersey in training camp with his new head trainer, Michael “Mike Red” Skownowski. The WBA #3, WBO #4 and WBC #5 rated Remillard puts his NABF and NABO title belts on the line against USBA titlist Garcia (24-0, 20 KOs).

There are world title shot implications for the Remillard-Garcia winner against IBF Featherweight Champion Yuriorkis Gamboa, or his challenger Jorge Solis if he pulls off an upset, in the 12-round “Featherweight Fury” headliner.

Tickets, priced at $200, $100 and $50 plus applicable fees, are available to purchase at the Boardwalk Hall Box Office or by calling Ticketmaster at 800.736.1420 or online at

Below find Remillard’s quotes from training camp:

Making his Top Rank Debut

“It’s my first fight with Top Rank, so I need to be impressive, because they’ve shown a lot of faith in me by putting my first fight with Top Rank on HBO in a very big fight. There’s a lot of pressure but I thrive on pressure.”

Fighting on HBO for the first time

“I’ve only fought on ESPN once and that was for only four rounds. HBO is the biggest network. Everybody wants to fight on HBO. This is the perfect opportunity for me and I will be prepared. It’s going to be a good show.”

The Impact

“It all hasn’t hit me, yet. After a few weeks training in New Jersey, I think it’ll hit me when I finally sit down at the press conference in New York City, and then go to Atlantic City for the final few days. Talking about the fight, seeing everybody there, including the main event fighters….it’ll hit me then.”

New Trainer

“We have a couple of more weeks working together but everything has been smooth to this point. We have a good game plan and mesh well together. He watches over me during training, reviews some of my fight tapes at night, and comes in the next day with something new. He’s a good guy and a good trainer who brings a lot to the table.”

Mikey Garcia

“I knew him pretty well when we were amateurs. I can’t say a bad word about him. I know his style: he’s a banger who hits hard with both hands. He’s one of the best fighters in our division and he has a great team. Robert Garcia (Garcia’s older brother and head trainer) has done a tremendous job with Mikey and his whole stable of fighters. (Nonito) Donaire just won the Fight of the Year and (Brandon) Rios the title. Garcia is on a roll and somebody has to stop him.”

The Fight

“I think we have a great TV fight. This is a fight that deserves to be on television and I’m glad HBO put its faith in both of us. You don’t see two young, undefeated fighters going against each other very often. (Timothy) Bradley and (Devan) Alexander did a few weeks ago, but a lot of people didn’t think it lived up to all the hype. Everybody expected an all out war but stuff happens like Alexander getting cut.”

Potential Gamboa Fight

“We’re (Remillard and Garcia) both trying to get into the spot where Gamboa is. We’re both heading that way and we have to go through each other to get there.”

Attorneys At Sullivan & Galleshaw, LLP In Boxers’ Corners Fighting Injustices

NEW YORK (March 8, 2011) – Professional boxers need a real fighter in their corner such as attorneys Keith Sullivan and James Galleshaw, whose passions for the sweet science finds them leading a  crusade to aid active and past participants, as well as organizations and groups associated with the sport.

The New York based attorneys and childhood friends five years ago formed their practice – Sullivan & Galleshaw, LLP – concentrating on personal injury, criminal defense and commercial litigation with locations in Manhattan, Queens and Brooklyn. They have 24 years of legal experience between them.

Sullivan & Galleshaw LLP also seriously takes its commitment to pro bono and civic work, taking on less fortunate individuals and causes who otherwise would be left without legal representation and likely taken advantage of.

For Attorney Sullivan, 38, boxers and boxing have been special clients for him dating back to his work on a landmark victory representing two-time world champion Joey Gamache against the New York State Athletic Commission. A case that took many twists and turns, as well as 10 years to reach a verdict. Attorney Sullivan charged the NYSAC with negligence for failing to properly carry-out its duties and responsibilities, by conducting an improper weigh-in of Arturo Gatti that allowed him to exceed the 141-pound weight limit for his February 26, 2000 fight against Sullivan’s client, Gamache.

The judge admitted in rulings before the trial that this was a very difficult case for the plaintiff and that Gamache’s legal team would have an up-hill battle proving the NYAC’s negligent. Attorneys Sullivan and Galleshaw were not intimidated or scared off; it strengthened their resolve to fight to expose the pure incompetence of the Commission.

During the trial, the NYSAC Executive Director who conducted the weigh-ins was exposed in that when Gatti was weighing-in the Commission member touched the scale, pushing the counter-weight to a heavier position past the pre-set weight of 141 pounds. Gatti was then told to raise his arms but when the needle failed to balance, his weight was quickly and erroneously called by the same NYSAC Executive Director as 141 pounds. Gatti got off of the scale and immediately guzzled liquid to hydrate as Team Gamache immediately protested, albeit, in vain.

The following evening, only a few hours before the fight, an unofficial weigh-in was conducted and Gatti tipped the scales at 160 pounds. Now effectively a middleweight, fighting an opponent three weight divisions below him, Gatti floored the lighter welterweight Gamache twice in the opening round, and brutally knocked him out in the second. It took several minutes for Gamache to regain consciousness and he was hospitalized for two days. Gamache, who suffered migraine headaches and neurological damage, never fought again.  

Nearly 10 years after the fight, Judge Melvin Schweitzer ruled in Gamache’s favor, finding that Gatti had been given an unfair advantage due to the negligent NYSAC. “We were extremely pleased that by making that decision,” Attorney Sullivan commented, “the court said that the commission can and will be held accountable when they conduct themselves in a negligent manner that results in injuries to the fighters. They had a duty that day that, when Joey weighed in at 141 pounds, that his opponent also weigh in at the same weight. It was disgraceful. The decision sent a very strong message to all commissions everywhere in the United States that fighters are more than pawns for profit and cannot be used and abused.”

Today, Attorney Sullivan is still deeply involved in boxing as legal counsel for former Irish Olympian and world middleweight contender, Andy Lee (24-1, 18 KOs), who fights Craig McEwen this Saturday night (March 12) live on HBO Championship Boxing at MGM Grand Arena at Foxwoods; the North American Boxing Federation (NABF), a not-for-profit regional sanctioning body within the World Boxing Council; and the Boxing Writers Association of America.

“I’ve always loved boxing since I first watched Mike Tyson fight on HBO,” native-New Yorker Sullivan explained. “I was in grammar school and was fascinated by boxers. My grandfather was a big fan of boxing. Boxing was a sport I gravitated towards because of its one-on-one pure human challenge.

“I first got involved representing boxers after meeting legendary trainer Bob Jackson, who was also a state corrections official, when I was working out at the famed Gleason’s Gym. We hit it off right away and he’s been like an uncle figure to me ever since. Boxing is a great outlet for troubled youths – a safe haven – and it’s very rewarding helping some of them become successful young men. A lot of boxers get taken advantage of and I couldn’t stand it. They need people on their side, so I got involved, and it’s been a labor of love for me. More often than not, I end up agreeing to take on cases or causes for boxers on a pro-bono basis. Together with my partner, James Galleshaw, and our good friend and fellow lawyer, David Berlin, we make a great team representing many fighters, organizations and people in the sport.”

Sullivan and Gallleshaw LLP also are strong supporters of The Dr Theodore A. Atlas Foundation, named in memory of ESPN boxing analyst and world-renown trainer Teddy Atlas’ father. Attorney Sullivan is a Board of Director with the foundation. Additionally, he is a board member with RING-8, a 57-year-old organization that is Veteran Boxers Association for New York State.

The Dr. Atlas Foundation provides financial, medial, and emotional support to individuals and organizations in need, particularly for the needs of children. Two non-profit youth boxing gyms were recently opened-up, one in Sullivan’s childhood neighborhood – Flatbush, Brooklyn – by the Dr. Atlas Foundation. “It is amazing for me to be able to give back to the youth in this much need community,” Attorney Sullivan noted, “where I was born and raised, and where my family’s story really began.”

RING 8 is dedicated to its motto of Boxers Helping Boxers:  lending a helping hand to those in the boxing community who are less fortunate and may require assistance in terms of paying their rent, medical expenses, or whatever justifiable need may arise.

Outside of the boxing world, Sullivan and Galleshaw LLP has raised $30,000 for U.S. War Veterans through the Wounded Warrior Project, founded a promotional and event company – Cocktails 4 Charities – that donates 100-percent of its proceeds to charity, and currently the firm represents Merit Matters, an FDNY (Fire Department of New York) civic organization, on a purely pro bono basis. Merit Matters is comprised of current and retired members of the FDNY and concerned citizens of New York City. The firm is working with Merit Matters to raise awareness and will file an appeal of a recent Federal Court ruling, which has abolished merit-based hiring and uses race as the basis for hiring and to promote within the FDNY.

Attorney Sullivan is an adjunct law professor, lecturer for the National portion of the Bar Exam, and a legal commentator for Fox News, CNN and MSNBC.   

For more information about Sullivan & Galleshaw LLP go on line at

Monday, March 7, 2011

Boxing 360 Inks Nick Casal

NEW YORK (Mar. 7, 2011) – Fast-rising boxing promotional company Boxing 360 has signed the new-and-improved Nick “Hands of Gold” Casal, a light welterweight from Buffalo, to an exclusive promotional contract.

“Nick’s had some issues in the past but he’s fully focused now,” Boxing 360 CEO & Founder Mario Yagobi said. “He’s only 25 years old yet experienced with 26 pro fights under his belt. He has a great attitude. Nick isn’t looking for easy fight and he’ll fight anybody we put in front of him. We have high hopes for him and hope to get him in a fight in April. He will be training in Las Vegas.”

Casal (29-4-1, 15 KOs) was a highly decorated amateur, capturing gold medals at the 2002 U.S. National Junior Championships, and at the Sweden Box-Cup for Under-19 boxers. In 2003, Nick reached the quarter-finals of the National Golden Gloves Tournament, defeating Anthony Dirrell in the process, before losing to current world champion Andre Berto. Casal also won a bronze medal at the 2004 U.S. Championships but he had to drop out of the competition with a hand injury.

In 2004, Casal turned pro and he was unbeaten in his first 17 pro bouts, including a pair of draws. Nick extended current WBC Silver champion Antonio “Tony” DeMarco, the former WBC Interim light titlist, the full 10 rounds in 2002, albeit in a losing effort (94-96, 93-93, 97-93) that demonstrated his vast potential. The relatively inactive Casal has won his last two fights, including an 8-round decision against Christopher Fernandez (18-7-1), on November 6, 2009 in his last action.

Other members of Boxing 360’s stable include USBA heavyweight champion Maurice “Sugar Moe” Harris, WBC #3 rated super bantamweight contender Leon “Hurry Up” Moore, former IBF super middleweight champion Alejandro “Naco” Berrio, NY State super middleweight title-holder Lennox “2 Sharpe” Allen, KO king Tyrone Brunson, Mike Mollo, Joshua “The Juice” Harris, Emad Ali, Angel “Toro” Hernandez and “King” David Estrada.

Go to for more information about Casal, Boxing 360 or any of its other fighters as well as scheduled events.


On Thursday March 17th at the Plattduetsche Park Restaurant in Franklin Square, NY (Long Island), former four-time national champion, and 2008 U.S. Olympic Team alternate, Adam "Showtime" Willett (1-1) will return to the ring for the first time since his life was nearly taken when he takes on Sharieff Hayes (0-2) in a four round heavyweight contest. The show, entitled, "March Mayhem" is promoted by Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing, and is headlined by Huntington's popular undefeated jr. welterweight prospect Chris Algieri (10-0, 5KO's).

It was a warm spring day April 7th 2010. Bellport resident Adam Willett, who had turned pro boxer a year earlier after an illustrious amateur career which saw him become the number one ranked heavyweight in the U.S. for three consecutive years, was finishing up his day of work at the South Country High School in North Bellport Long Island. As he was getting ready to leave, Willet, who in addition to boxing, was working full-time as a school security guard, noticed that there was some commotion going on at the Miracle Plaza Shopping Center, located right across the street from the South Country High School. Two of the High School's students were being harassed by a few older men, so Willet immediately rushed to their aid.

Willett and one man argued before the man sped away in his car. While Willett was getting into his vehicle the man returned with a gun. Willett, who as a boxer is accustomed to dodging punches, was hit with a shot that he just couldn't get out of the way of. Willett had been shot once in the chest with the bullet from a high powered handgun. A fighter by trade for most of his life, Willett was now fighting for his life.

Willett was rushed to the hospital and immediately went into surgery. Willett would spend a week in a medically induced coma, as doctors monitored his progress.

As soon as Willett awoke from his coma, the first words that came out of his mouth when he turned to his father were, "Dad will I be able to fight again?" Upon hearing his father tell him yes, that's all the words of encouragement Willett says he needed.

"I never doubted his words of reassurance and I just took them and ran with it. I honestly believe it was those words that gave me such a speedy recovery."

Willett was back in the gym doing light training just four months after the shooting and while he admits the road back hasn't necessarily been easy, just like he has done the majority of his life, Willett has never stopped fighting.

Looking back on the day Willett says, "You know me getting shot was a traumatic and life changing event for me. I don't remember a lot about what took place that day, everything is muffled in my memory bank. The only thing I can recall vividly is thinking about all the things I didn't get a chance to do, experience and accomplish. I kid you not when you go through something like I went through and almost dying, it really makes you think about all the things that are really important that we take for-granted every day. I just thank God I'm still here and still able to do what I love to do."

Optimistic people like to say that for everything negative, there is always a positive, and Willett is a strong believer in that.

"After the shooting I looked at life from a totally different standpoint. I realized after facing death and beating it that life is too short and you have to live it up to the best of your ability. I always loved boxing, but after being shot I realized I don't just love it, but I can't live without it. I made a decision that day lying in the hospital bed that I didn't just want to come back to come back, I wanted to come back and be the world's greatest. I'm willing to do whatever it takes to make that dream become a reality. After the ordeal I have been through, I know that there is nothing that can stand in my way."

While he has been boxing since he was a teenager, the fight on March 17th will be special for Willett.

"I'm extremely eager, and excited, there really are no words to describe how much I want this. God, the all mighty, gave me a second chance and I'm taking full advantage of it. I'm a new man starting over but ready to take on the world as it comes. I want to thank everyone who stood by my side. I truly appreciate all the prayers that went up for me and all the positive comments left on my behalf. I would like to send a special thanks to all those who kept me motivated and my mind focused on my ultimate goal of getting back into the ring. With that being said, Showtime Willett is back! I look forward to seeing everyone come out on March 17th."

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 Doors 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.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

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Judah vs. Mabuza Post-Fight Press Conference

Judah Proves He's 'Super', Stops Mabuza In Seven To Win Vacant IBF Crown

Zab "Super" Judah (41-6, 28 KO's) moved back into elite status in the junior welterweight division, stopping a sturdy Kaizer Mabuza (23-7-3, 14 KO's) at :59 of round seven to win the vacant IBF Junior Welterweight title. 

Kathy Duva, Main Events C.E.O., was absolutely elated with her fighter's performance, and spoke about Judah's work with Pernell Whitaker, as well as possible match-ups against Timothy Bradley and Amir Khan.

"That was after six weeks," exclaimed Duva. "Imagine what he'll look like after six months? I think Zab will take them all to school."

Judah also gave high praise to many people on his team at the post-fight press conference, especially his new trainer, Pernell "Sweet Pea" Whitaker. 

"For six weeks I went to college and got a Ph.D.," remarked Judah. "I graduated with honors tonight!"

Judah opened the first round with a sound game plan. He used his right jab and superior lateral movement to keep Mabuza turning. Mabuza charged forward with his hands held high, but Judah penetrated his defense with a sharp left cross to the head late in the round.

Judah, using lots of feints and angles, made Mabuza miss often in round two. Mabuza was looking to land a big right-hand shot. Judah utilized his defense to create offense, and landed a strong right hook to the body. However, Mabuza came on late in the round, connecting with distinct body punches.

Mabuza threw a multitude of shots at Judah, trapping him in the corner during round three. Nevertheless, Judah got himself out of the corner by unleashing a rigorous left uppercut and a powerful right hook to Mabuza's body. Mabuza countered with a right cross - left hook combination to Judah's head. Mabuza was pressing, although Judah slowed him with a potent overhand left. At the bell, Judah landed a straight left. 

In round four, Judah scored again with the straight left behind a well-timed right jab. Judah aggressively attacked Mabuza's body. Then, Mabuza unloaded a sequence of wide shots to Judah's body. Moments later, Mabuza connected with a right cross that landed precisely on Judah's chin. Judah was off-balanced, and his right glove touched the canvas, which was correctly ruled a knockdown by referee Samuel Viruet.

Judah shook the knockdown, and looked coherent again in the fifth round. First, Judah landed a right jab - left cross combination to Mabuza's head. Mabuza answered with a right-hand shot. Then, Judah countered with a straight left as he circled to his right. After that, Mabuza viciously assaulted Judah in the body with clubbing shots. Judah fought well in the beginning and end of the round, but Mabuza controlled the action in the middle part.

Once again, Mabuza brought heavy pressure in round six, stunning Judah after connecting with a piercing right cross that landed on Judah's jaw. However, Judah weathered the storm by using his superior lateral movement. Mabuza really started to find the target with his right hand. 

In round seven, Mabuza left himself slightly open and Judah found his mark, landing a sneaky left cross that sent Mabuza reeling into the ropes face-first. Mabuza seemed out on his feet, but Viruet let the action continue. Judah, who has always been one of the sport's best finishers, let loose an array of punishing right hooks and straight lefts until Viruet stepped in to save Mabuza. 

"I was glad to be given a chance to fight a big name like Zab Judah," explained Mabuza. "I had a chance to knock him out, but I didn't finish. I'd like to fight in America again if given the chance."

Mabuza added, "He had a lot of speed and experience. You win some and lose some. I will come back again and fight."


Middleweight Tarvis Simms (27-1-1, 11 KO's) captured an eight-round unanimous decision over John Mackey (13-6-2, 6 KO's). Official scores were 80-72, 79-73 and 78-74. Both men battled in close range throughout much of the bout, although Simms landed the cleaner, more effective punches. Simms was elusive, using a shoulder roll to avoid Mackey's shots, similar to James Toney and Floyd Mayweather Jr.'s style.


Vinny O'Brien (1-0, 1 KO) forced David Navarro (0-2) to quit on his stool after three completed rounds.

O'Brien got tagged frequently with Navarro's left jab during round one, but he managed to outwork him, landing a series of rights to Navarro's head and body.

In the beginning of round two, O'Brien struck Navarro with a damaging right uppercut as he tried to free his other arm from a clinch. Navarro answered by hammering O'Brien in the face with a swift left hook. Navarro sustained a cut above his left eye, and was bleeding from his mouth.

Navarro's eye became extremely swollen in round three, resulting from the beating O'Brien was dishing out with wild shots from various angles. O'Brien's ferocious shots and relentless attack eventually caused Navarro to surrender.


Jose "Mangu" Peralta (5-1, 3 KO's) stopped Clifford McPherson (2-4-1, 1 KO) at 2:44 of round one in a welterweight match-up. Peralta landed a grazing right-hand shot to McPherson's head, but as McPherson fell to the canvas, he appeared to hold his waist. Subsequently, he was counted out. It was learned later that when McPherson went down, he was not clutching his stomach; He was holding his right hand. Following the fight, McPherson held his right hand after he had removed his glove, indicating he injured it while unloading a punch.


Shemuel "The Chosen One" Pagan (2-0, 1 KO) stopped Marcos Garcia (0-4) at 1:33 of the first round in a lightweight bout. Pagan, a 5-time New York Golden Gloves champion, sent Garcia into the ropes after landing a sequence of violent straight lefts. Then, Pagan unleashed a brutal assault of vicious right hooks and devastating straight-left crosses until the bout was halted.


In a four round welterweight match-up, Chris Crosby (6-1, 1 KO) won via split decision versus Greg Hackett (2-6). Official scores were 39-37 for Hackett, while Crosby received scores of 39-37 and 40-36.

Crosby, who is not a hard puncher, caught Hackett with a solid right hook in round one. Later, they exchanged a series of fierce body blows.

Crosby utilized his right jab more in round two.

In round three, Crosby sent Hackett into the ropes with an accurate, straight left to the jaw. Hackett quickly answered with a counter right uppercut to Crosby's body.

Crosby started round four fast, landing a swift counter-right hook to Hackett's head and body. Hackett began winging a multitude of wild shots. To the close the fight, Hackett connected with consecutive overhand rights, while Crosby landed a left uppercut - right hook combination.

Zab "Super" Judah KO's Kaizer Mabuza

Saturday, March 5, 2011


 PHOTO CREDIT: Claudia Bocanegra

First New Legend Boxing Promotions thrills fans with action packed bouts

WOODHAVEN, NY (March 4, 2011)—An enthusiastic crowd packed Cordon Bleu Catering Hall in the Woodhaven section of Queens, New York and they were treated to a night of entertaining boxing that was promoted by New Legend Boxing Promotions.

In the main event, Juan Dominguez scored a third round stoppage over Gabriel Gomez in a battle of undefeated Featherweights that was scheduled for six rounds.

Dominguez dropped Gomez in round one with a hard right hand. Dominguez equaled that in round three by scoring a second knockdown in round three. Later in the round Dominguez dropped Gomez with a right to the top of the head and that’s when the fight was waved off at 2:05 of round three.

The co-feature, Mike Ruiz scored a third round stoppage over Jorge Barajas in a scheduled six round Welterweight bout. Ruiz dropped Barajas twice in round three with the first being a right off the ropes. He scored a second knockdown from a left to the body and moments later the fight was stopped by referee Eddie Claudio after a finishing barrage of punches from Ruiz.

Undercard winners included heavyweight Vinny Celentano; Former Polish amateur star, super featherweight Kamil Laszczyk; super featherweight Rafael Vazquez; undefeated female sensation Patricia Alcivar; Eilud Torres and Edward Valdez


6 ROUNDS—FEATHERWEIGHTS—Juan Dominguez (7-0, 5 KO’s) 124 lbs of Brooklyn, NY TKO 3 (2:05) over Gabriel Gomez(4-1) 124 lbs of Philadelphia

6 ROUNDS—WELTERWEIGHTS—Mike Ruiz (11-4, 6 KO’s) 148 ½ lbs of Lynbrook, NY TKO 3 (1:22) over Jorge Barajas (5-5) 147 ½ lbs of Idaho Falls, ID

6 Rounds—Lightweights-- Edward Valdez (4-8-2, 1 KO) 132 lbs of New York TKO 6 ( :49) over Angel Torres (2-5-2) 134 lbs of Yonkers, NY

6 ROUNDS – JR WELTERWEIGHTS—Eilud Torres (4-2-2) 140 lbs of Allentown, PA UD over Jonathan Cuba (5-3) 137 lbs of New York…Scores were 58-54; 57-55; 57-55

4 ROUNDS—FEMALE SUPER FLYWEIGHTS—Patricia Alcivar (4-0) 114 lbs Queens, NY UD OVER Laura Gomez (3-3) 118 ½ lbs Sonora, MX…Scores were 40-36 on all cards

4 ROUNDS—SUPER FEATHERWEIGHTS—Rafael Vazquez (5-0) 128 ¼ lbs of Brooklyn, NY UD over George Santiago (1-2) 131 lbs of Brooklyn, NY…Scores were 38-37; 39-36; 40-35

4 ROUNDS—SUPER FEATHERWEIGHTS—Kamil Laszczyk (1-0, 1 KO) 128 lbs of North Bergen, NJ TKO 2 (1:25) over Emil Brooks (0-3) 128 lbs of Buffalo, NY

4 ROUNDS—HEAVYWEIGHTS—Vinny Celentano (2-0) 228 lbs of Howard Beach, NY UD over Richard Mason (0-3) 213 lbs of Westbury, NY…Scores were 39-37 on all cards

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