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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Andre Berto, Victor Ortiz Get Ready For WBC Welterweight Title Clash On April 16th At Foxwoods


On Saturday, April 16th, Foxwoods Resort Casino will hold another scintillating boxing match-up when undefeated WBC welterweight champion Andre Berto (27-0, 21 KO's) defends his title against "Vicious" Victor Ortiz (28-2-2, 22 KO's) in a scheduled twelve-rounder. Today, at the beautiful Palm West Restaurant in New York's Times Square, Berto and Ortiz met face-to-face at their press conference to officially announce the fight.

"I'm going to take that belt," exclaimed Ortiz. "I assure you I am taking that belt."


Ortiz is unbeaten in his last five fights (4-0-1) since being stopped by Marcos "El Chino" Maidana in the 6th round of a war on June 27, 2009. He appears to be over that difficult night in 2009. However, if any lingering effects arise from the Maidana fight during his battle with Berto, can Ortiz handle that added pressure?

"I go to bed and I sleep fine," responded Ortiz. "I have nothing to worry about. I came back the next fight to knockout Antonio Diaz."

Ortiz did not express any negative feelings about his opponent, only displaying a high-level of confidence heading into his showdown with Berto.

"It's been a long, long run for Berto," stated Ortiz. "'Is he great? Not in my eyes.' They say he's the best thing since slice bread. I agree to disagree. He has a very pretty record, but I'll take care of that on April 16th."

Ortiz' training camp has been going exactly as he visioned it.

"Training camp has been fun and tough at the same time," commented Ortiz. "It's been a tough stage of that next level, but I am handling it quite well."

If he beats Berto, would he ever rematch Maidana?

Ortiz replied, "I tried. I'm definitely the wrong guy to ask. Maidana had me as a mandatory. It made me angry. 'You can't give me a rematch, a guy who you supposedly exposed and knocked out?' Give me a shot, and 9 out of 10 times I will beat you!"

Andre Berto is very happy Ortiz accepted this fight, and fully understands that Ortiz' knockout power could present a problem to him, if he lets it.

"He stepped up to the plate," said Berto. "If you make a mistake, he will KO you."

Berto does not believe that Ortiz is psychologically over his TKO loss to Maidana, and feels those memories will come back to haunt him in the ring on April 16th.

Berto remarked, "He's trying to convince himself, so he appears to be a lot more confident. He dreams about Maidana. I'm strong and I have speed. And, I'm intelligent with it."

As a result of Ortiz' bout with Maidana, Berto thinks he can simply outfight him. 

"I'm stronger and faster," claimed Berto. "We've both had our backs against the wall. You've seen how he's reacted, and how I reacted. We'll test him out and see what's up."


Tickets are priced at $350, $200, $125, and $65 and went on sale today through the MGM Grand at Foxwoods box office. Tickets can be purchased online at www.mgmatfoxwoods.com, by calling the MGM Grand at Foxwoods at 1-866-646-0609, or in person at the MGM Grand at Foxwoods box office.

For information about DiBella Entertainment, including a list of all upcoming bouts, please visit www.dbe1.com, or follow Lou DiBella on twitter, @loudibella.

For information on Golden Boy Promotions, visit www.goldenboypromotions.com, on twitter @GoldenBoyBoxing or Victor Ortiz @VICIOUSOrtiz.

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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Broadway Boxing Returns To The BB King Blues Club Featuring Puerto Rican Sensation José Pedraza


(March 15, 2011 – New York, NY) New York City’s longest running and most successful boxing series, Broadway Boxing presented by Coors Light, returns March 29 to the most intimate venue for boxing in the country, the BB King Blues Club in Times Square. In the main event, José Pedraza, who turned pro in his last fight in his native Puerto Rico, returns to the ring.

Tickets for Broadway Boxing are on sale now through DiBella Entertainment, and start at only $55. Tickets can be purchased by calling DiBella Entertainment at (212) 947-2577.

Those scheduled to see action on the undercard include several of the most popular and exciting pugilists that the New York fight scene has to offer, such as junior welterweight Willie Monroe, light heavyweight Seanie Monaghan, and junior middleweight Delen Parsley. In addition, lightweight Scott Burrell (2-0, 2 KOs), and super middleweight Travis Peterkin (1-0, 1 KO), both from Brooklyn, will face opponents to be named, as well as junior welterweight Gabriel DaLuc, of Quincy, MA, making his pro debut.

Pedraza (1-0, 1 KO), 21, after a stellar amateur career, is already poised to become the next boxing superstar out of Puerto Rico. Highlights of Pedraza’s amateur résumé include competing in the 2008 Olympic Games, winning a gold medal in the Central American and Caribbean Games in 2010, silver in the World Amateur Championships in 2009 and the 2010 Pan American Championships, and bronze at the 2007 Pan American Games and the 2008 Boxing World Cup.

Pedraza professionally debuted as a junior lightweight with a TKO1 over Felix Rivera on February 18, at Coliseo Pachin Vicens in Ponce. Although only one fight into his professional campaign, with his amateur pedigree, it won’t be long before Pedraza is in contention for a world title and is sought after by the major networks.

Monroe Jr. (10-0, 4 KOs), 24, has had boxing in his blood from a young age. His father was a middleweight contender in the 90s, and his great uncle was the famous middleweight contender out of Philadelphia, Willie “The Worm” Monroe. Three years into his pro career, he has been carrying on the tradition nicely. In his last bout, Monroe, who lives and trains in Rochester, stopped then 6-2 Mickey Scarborough inside five rounds.

Monaghan (6-0, 4 KOs), 28, a brick layer out of Long Beach, NY, carries the luck of the Irish each time he steps into the ring. Although he did not have much amateur experience, with only 15 bouts, Monaghan was able to reach the finals of the New York Golden Gloves tournament before turning pro last May. Making up for lack of an amateur background, Monaghan is keeping a busy schedule as a pro, and will be fighting for the second time this month when he steps into the ring at BB King Blues Club on March 29. In his last fight, Monaghan outclassed Billy Cunningham over four rounds, winning a unanimous decision on the Martinez-Dzinziruk undercard.

Parsley (4-0, 2 KOs), 23, of Brooklyn, NY, is a former amateur standout and son of famed Gleason’s Gym trainer Delen “Blimp” Parsley, who doubles as his trainer. Standing at 6’2”, Parsley used his exceptional height to his advantage in winning a four-round unanimous decision over Eberto Medina in his Broadway Boxing debut on December 1.

Tickets for Broadway Boxing are on sale now through DiBella Entertainment, and start at only $55. VIP Ringside tickets are $125, Floor Seat tickets are $75, and General Admission tickets are $55. Tables for groups of 5 are also available. Tickets can be purchased by calling DiBella Entertainment: (212) 947-2577, and more information can be obtained by visiting www.dbe1.com.

Rigondeaux Crossed Atlantic To Make Big Splash In Saturday’s World Title Fight Defense Versus Irishman Casey In Dublin

CORK, Ireland (March 15, 2011) – WBA Interim World Super Bantamweight Champion Guillermo “The Jackal” Rigondeaux, arguably the greatest amateur boxer of all-time, arrived March 7 in Ireland to complete his extensive training for his first title defense this Saturday night (Mar. 19) in Dublin against Irish favorite, former European title holder Willie “Big Bang” Casey.

The Guillermo-Casey title fight features a pair of unbeaten boxers headlining a show promoted by Top Rank, Nowhere 2 Hyde Promotions and Dolphil Promotions. RTE will air the fight live in Ireland and it’ll be available to watch online at www.rte.ie/live starting at 6 PM/ET, 3 PM/PT in the United States.

Rigondeaux (7-0, 5 KOs), a southpaw now fighting out of Miami, was a 2-time Olympic Gold Medalist, as well as a 7-time national champion who captured a pair of World Championship titles during his amazing 243-4 amateur career.

After breaking training camp in Houston (TX), The Ring No.6-rated super bantamweight Rigondeaux traveled to Ireland for his third visit having experienced an Irish heart-warming welcome in January, when he held a public workout before hundreds of mightily impressed boxing fans at the luxurious Montenotte Hotel in Cork.

Unlike other world champions who would have a half-dozen or so supporting team members for a fight in a foreign country, especially one half-way around the world, Guillermo’s fans have purchased more than 1,200 tickets for the nearly sold-out show at The City West Convention Centre in Dublin.

Rigondeaux’ somewhat surprising popularity in the Emerald Isle can be traced to his amateur days and Guillermo’s winning 2001 gold-medal performance at the World Championships in Belfast.

“Rigo” defected from Cuba and made his pro debut May 22, 2009, won the NABA super bantamweight title in his third action as a pro and last November in only his seventh fight, he won a unanimous 12-round decision against Ricardo Cordoba (37-2-2) to become the WBA Interim 122-pound divisional champion.

Casey (11-0, 7 KOs) stopped Paul Hyland in the fourth-round of their November 6 fight in Willie’s hometown of Limerick (Ireland), capturing the vacant European super bantamweight crown. The 29-year-old Casey, however, relinquished that strap in order to challenge Rigondeaux, who will have Ronnie Shields as his chief second for his third straight fight.

Irishman Gary Hyde has been Rigondeaux’ manager since he signed “The Jackal” in Cuba to an exclusive management agreement in early 2007. “Rigondeaux defending his world title in Ireland is a dream come true for me,” Hyde said from his office in Cork. “We are all very confident that ‘Rigo’ will leave here March 20th with his title and continue his quest to unify the 122-pound division.

“Casey is a true warrior and I’m sure that he will turn in the fight of his life to try and dethrone the greatest amateur boxer of all-time, ‘Rigo,’ who became world champion in only his seventh professional bout. But he hasn’t fought anybody close to having Guillermo’s brilliance and he’ll realize that right after the opening bell. In my lifetime, I have great memories of Irish fighters in world title fights – some won and others didn’t – but Casey will not have the luck of Irish this fight. He will be thoroughly out-classed by this modern-day phenomenon, Guillermo Rigondeaux.”

Hyde also has two other unbeaten fighters in action on the Rigondeaux-Casey card, Manchester, England welterweight prospect Mark Heffron (4-0, 3 KOs), and Georgian junior welterweight Levan Ghvarmichava (2-0, 2 KOs).

The highly-touted Heffron makes his first Irish appearance, in his first scheduled 6-round bout, against David Pulido (6-9, 2 KOs) having fought all of his pro fights, thus far, across Europe in The Netherlands, Poland, Hungry and at home on the undercard David Haye-Audley Harrison WBA Heavyweight Championship show.

Hyde first took special notice of 2007 and 2009 World Championship fighter Ghvamichava in 2009 when Levan defeated 2-time World Amateur Championship winner and 2008 Olympic bronze medalist, Rosniel Iglesias Sotolongo, of Cuba. Ghvamichava, who is trained by Paul and Sean McCullagh in Belfast, faces veteran Mihaita Mutu (27-16-2, 10 KOs) in a 4-round bout. Levan has already dazzled fans with his immense potential, starting with his pro debut this past January in Dublin, in which he defeated Konstantins Sakara by a second-round knockout. In his most recent fight last week, Levan took on 72-fight veteran Laszlo “The Rock” Komjathi, who went the distance with current WBA light welterweight champion Amir Khan, former world titlist Andriy Kotelnik, and world title challenger Wily Blain. Ghvarmichava nearly put Komjathi to sleep in the opening round and finished-off his rubbery legged opponent in the second.

Monday, March 14, 2011

OTG Video - Sergio Martinez Post-Fight Press Conference

OTG Video - Andy Lee Post-Fight Press Conference 03/12/2011

MULTI-SPORT CHAMPION ALGIERI LOOKS TO ADD BOXING CHAMPIONSHIP AND MEDICAL DEGREE SIMULTANEOUSLY


Some people are born with the competitive desire to succeed. Huntington's Chris Algieri seems to have that competitive desire. An athlete for his entire life, Chris has succeeded in whatever he has put his mind to. In High School Algieri was a State Champion Wreslter. After wrestling, Algieri took up kick boxing, and quickly became an amateur champion before turning pro, where just two years later he was a world champion. Now Algieri has his sights set on becoming a champion in the sport of boxing. Algieri who already has an impressive 10-0, 5KO record looks to improve on that, and continue on his path towards boxing supremecy when he takes on Philadelphia's tough Julius Edmonds on Thursday March 17th - St. Paddy's Day, at the Plattduetsche Park Restaurant in Franklin Square, NY. The bout, scheduled for eight rounds in the jr. welterweight division, headlines Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing, "March Mayhem" card.

The bout on the 17th will mark Algieri's first since signing with Star. Algieri was supposed to make his debut in late 2010, but suffered a broken hand in training and was forced to pull out of his scheduled fight. Now Algieri is back, fully healed, and looking to start making some noise.

"I'm very happy with the team around me right now," says Algieri. "I'm training with Keith Trimble at Bellmore Kickboxing Academy, and I have been working with Mike Camp at Competitive Edge for my strength and conditioning. I feel very strong and am really excited to get my boxing career back underway with Joe (Joe DeGuardia, CEO and President of Star Boxing)."

While Algieri only fought once in 2010, as he went through his promotional change, he stayed very active with his training, spending the first six months of 2010 training in Las Vegas, where he worked with such prospects as Rayshan Hudaynazarov (14-0, 12KO's), Anthony Lenk (10-1, 5KO's) and most notably, highly regarded, undefeated Saul "Canelo" Alvarez (35-0-1, 26KO's) who fights for the WBC Jr. Middleweight Championship this Saturday night. Working in Las Vegas, really helped improved Algieri's game.

While Boxing is a large part of Algieri's life, it certainly isn't the only career he is pursuing. A graduate of Stony Brook University, Algieri, who is of Italian and Argentinean descent and speaks Spanish, is currently studying Organic Chemistry at Touro in Bayshore, where he is finishing his pre-medical coursework. Algieri is looking to take is MCAT's sometime early next year, and hopes to be able to attend Medical School at Hofstra in 2013. At which time, if everything goes as planned, he will have become a champion again, in yet another sport.

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.com. Tickets may also be purchased at the Plattduetsche the night of the fight starting at 1PM. 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.

Chicago Boxing News Interviews Nelson Rodriguez – Strength And Conditioning Coach Of Joey Hernandez


CBN: Nelson, you are no stranger in combative sports, but for those who do not know you, can you tell people, who is Nelson Rodriguez?

Nelson Rodriguez: “I am a trainer based in Miami; I am currently Joey Hernandez’s strength and conditioning coach and also a good friend of his.”

CBN: I know strength and conditioning coaches are now being credited to their fighters successes, Phil Landman was been credited for Miguel Cotto's performances in the ring, many feel it was the conditioning that got him through some of those fights. Alex Ariza who is the conditioning coach of Manny Pacquiao has been hired by many fighters and is now somewhat a household name in the Boxing world, then there is John Schaeffer who many feel is one of the best fitness gurus in the world. I know how important you work is to you, can you tell the readers how important it is for a professional boxer to hire a strength and conditioning coach.

Nelson Rodriguez: “I have worked with Cotto’s camp and many other camps, I seen champions being born with the same workouts that I am doing with Joey right now, Joey knows for this fight he has to be a machine. He will be conditioned to be a non-stop throwing boxer and moving threw all 10 rounds.”

CBN: On March 25th Joey Hernandez will be facing the rugged and durable Angel "Toro" Hernandez, have you included anything different in Joey’s training to help prepare for “Toro”?

Nelson Rodriguez: “Angel "Toro" Hernandez is a very strong fighter! So coming to this fight, we have added a lot of different things in the training that Joey hasn’t ever done before. We know coming to this fight, it’s going to be a war.”

CBN: “Fearless” Fernando Hernandez who is head trainer of Angel “Toro” Hernandez has said Joey Hernandez has a habit, something in which Joey leaves himself vulnerable, do you think they are making a mistake by studying the Paredes fight?

Nelson Rodriguez: “We knew they would be looking at the footage of Joey vs. Ed Paredes, that left hook is not going to catch Joey again. For The "Ed Paredes” rematch, Joey really didn’t train but that was Joey’s mistake, he also didn’t have the corner he has now ! Everyone in the world saw, that he dropped his left hand and stood there banging with Ed....that was the biggest mistake! We have a total different game plan for this fight.”

CBN: Speaking of Paredes, do you feel that this Angel "Toro" Hernandez is bigger than the rematch between Paredes and Joey?

Nelson Rodriguez: “Oh Yeah, Joey is in a whole different level right now, Angel has been there with the big boys and this bout will also be for a title! In 10 years of knowing Joey, I have never seen him so focus and determine to win a fight like this one.”

CBN: This fight has generated quite a buzz; Joey Hernandez has been very vocal on both social media and boxing sites, even going as far as calling Angel Hernandez a human punching bag. Almost instantly “Team Toro” responded by saying Joey Hernandez has never faced anyone like Toro and they believe Joey is underestimating Angel, Team Toro also released some videos mocking Joey Hernandez. What are your thoughts on the feud?

Nelson Rodriguez: “The mocking of Joey by Angel's camp is very funny to us. What we seen when these videos are released are Angel seems to be having issues with his weight, in the videos he looks heavy, he appears in his high 160’s or low 170’s.”

CBN: What is your reaction to the members of Toro's camp insinuating that Joey Hernandez will be KO'd in the fourth round?

Nelson Rodriguez: “When Ed Paredes dropped Joey, in their first fight, Joey got right back up, and I personally know Paredes and let me tell you he hits like a heavyweight. In order for Angel first has to wait for Joey to stay still to load up with a good shot... I guess it going to be a VERY long night for Angel! We are ready for war and on March 25th we will bring that belt back to Miami. We all know Chicago will be behind “El Toro” and Miami will be behind Joey, this has all the makings to be a great fight.”

CBN: What is your prediction on this fight?

Nelson Rodriguez: “My prediction is that it’s going to a war, but Joey will be bringing that belt back to Miami!”

CBN: Nelson, thank you for your time and thanks for giving the fight fans in Miami and Chicago an insight inside Team Twinkle’s camp.

Nelson Rodriguez: “No problem, Thanks to all my family and friends and make sure you support Joey Hernandez on March 25th 2011.”

OTG Video - Lou Dibella On Bob Arum

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.

 LEE TRIUMPHS OVER McEWAN

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.'"

FORTUNA SCORES ANOTHER DRAMATIC KNOCKOUT

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.

DULORME CLIMBING RANKINGS QUICKLY, STOPS VALDEZ IN 2ND ROUND

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.

OTHER BOUTS

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 www.mgmatfoxwoods.com, 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 www.dbe1.com, 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.

SUPER BANTAMWEIGHTS TEON KENNEDY, JORGE DIAZ PREPARE FOR MARCH 26 SHOWDOWN IN ATLANTIC CITY

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 www.peltzboxing.com and www.Ticketmaster.com.

OFFICIAL UNDERCARD ANNOUNCED FOR "MARCH MAYHEM" AT THE PLATTDUETSCHE

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 www.starboxing.com. 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.”

APRIL 9 "ACTION HEROES" CAMP NOTES


 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

ERIK "EL TERRIBLE" MORALES - RIGHT AT HOME

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

MARCOS "EL CHINO" MAIDANA - THE SIGHTS AND HEIGHTS OF MEXICO CITY

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 www.mgmgrand.com or www.ticketmaster.com.

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 www.goldenboypromotions.com, on Twitter at www.twitter.com/GoldenBoyBoxing, www.twitter.com/boxlatino, www.twitter.com/chinomaidana, www.twitter.com/TeamGuerrero or become a fan on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GoldenBoyBoxing.

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 www.hbo.com.

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 GloboEsporte.com. 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 (PR@MichaelOliveira.com) 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 www.MichaelOliveria.com 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 www.Boxing360.com for more information about Serrano, Boxing 360 or any of its other fighters, as well as its scheduled events.

YOUNG VALLE ADDED TO "MARCH MAYHEM" CARD AT THE PLATTDUETSCHE THURSDAY MARCH 17TH


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 www.starboxing.com. 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

HAVOC BOXING PRESS CONFERENCE QUOTES AND VIDEO LINK



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)

PRESS CONFERENCE QUOTES

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."

SPECIAL THANKS ANTHONY CATANZARO AND PORTOBELLOS

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 www.integratedsportsnet.com. 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 www.integratedsportsnet.com.

RYAN BELASCO TO BATTLE BRYNE GREEN TO HEADLINE ROUND 2 AT HARRAH’S IN CHESTER, PA ON MARCH 18TH

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 www.webtix.net

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 ticketmaster.com.

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 www.sullivangalleshaw.com.

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