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Sunday, March 20, 2011

NIGHT OF UPSETS HIGHLIGHT ROUND 2 AT HARRAH’S IN CHESTER, PA

Green, Kevlishvilli, Miranda and Ellis score upset victories while Ocasio and Goyco impressive at Round 2 at Harrah’s in Chester.

CHESTER, PA (March 20, 2011)—This past Friday night a capacity crowd at Harrah’s in Chester, PA a saw a memorable night of boxing as it was a night filled with thrilling action with four big upsets topping the bill.

The card was promoted by Joey Eye Boxing along with David Feldman.

In the main event, Bryne Green squeaked out a razor thin split decision over Ryan Belasco. The difference on the score cards was a flash knockdown that Green scored in round five. Belasco boxed well and Green landed some quick combinations.

When the scores were announced at the end of the eight round bout, many in the crowd booed as they thought that despite the knockdown Belasco had pulled it out.

In the co-feature, it was much of the same as the main event as Georgi Kevlishvilli made his American debut as he took a controversial split decision from Anthony Flores.

Flores used the jab to keep the hard charging Kevlishvilli at bay but the Russian continued to move forward and evidentially stole rounds by trying to dictate the action.

Again many at ringside were bewildered by the outcome.

After the show, promoter Joey Eye agreed with the consensus ringside opinions.

“The two main fights were definitely controversial and we would want to see rematches on those fights. I thought Flores defiantly pulled it out and we will be working to secure a rematch for Anthony.”

“But a night like this just goes to show that we aren’t just blowing smoke when we told everyone we want good competitive fights where before the fight you don’t know who will win. Tonight we saw that as everybody came to win and we look forward to another night like this when we have ROUND 3 on June 3rd”

Local favorite and Radnor Police Sergeant Jamie Campbell was bitten by the upset bug as last minute replacement William Miranda won a four round unanimous decision over Campbell in their Heavyweight bout.

The tone was set early as in the opening bout, winless Ramon Castro finally got on the right side of a decision as he scored a four round unanimous decision over previously undefeated Luis Castro.

Angel Ocasio kept his perfect mark intact as he scored a knockdown en route to a four round unanimous decision over George Santiago.

Teneal Goyco scored a highlight reel knockout with a fourth round destruction over Dennis Morris.

Ladies Lightweight Elizabeth Sherman scored a close split decision over Karen Dulin in a rematch.

Pro debuting Fred Jenkins Jr. was impressive in his pro debut by stopping Scott Bronner in a Light Heavyweight bout.

Rounding out the card was an exciting fight that ended in a draw between Philadelphia based Lightweight Lonnie Jackson Jr. and William Morris

THESE BOUTS CAN BE SEEN FOR JUST $9.99 ON WWW.GOFIGHTLIVE.TV

FULL RESULTS

8 ROUNDS—LIGHTWEIGHTS—Bryne Green (6-4) 133 ½ lbs of Vineland, NJ S DEC over Ryan Belasco (14-5-3) 134 ½ lbs of Wilmington, DE..scores were 76-75 on 2 cards for Green and 77-74 for Belasco

6 ROUNDS—JR. LIGHTWEIGHTS—Georgi Kevlishvilli (12-1) 129 lbs of Moscow, Russia S DEC over Anthony Flores (9-3-1) 129 lbs of Philadelphia, PA… Scores were 59-55 on 2 cards for Kevlishvilli and 59-55 for Flores.

4 ROUNDS—Lightweights—Angel Ocasio (4-0) 133 lbs of Philadelphia, PA U DEC over George Santiago (1-3) 133 lbs of Brooklyn, NY…scores were 40-35; 39-36; 39-36

4 ROUNDS—HEAVYWEIGHTS—William Miranda (2-2) 230 lbs of Allentown, PA U DEC over Jamie Campbell (3-2) 281 lbs of Ridley Park, PA… scores were 40-36; 39-37 & 38-37

4 ROUNDS-FEMALE LIGHTWEIGHTS—Elizabeth Sherman (3-0) 127 ½ lbs of Philadelphia, PA S DEC over Karen Dulin (2-8) 127 ½ lbs of Mystic, CT… Scores were 39-37 on 2 cards for Sherman and 39-37 for Dulin

4 ROUNDS—Light Heavyweights—Teneal Goyco (4-1, 2 KO’s) 172 ½ lbs of Philadelphia, PA TKO 4 (:36) over Dennis Morris (1-1) 176 lbs of Milwaukee, WI

4 ROUNDS—LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHTS—Fred Jenkins Jr. (1-0, 1 KO) 170 lbs of Philadelphia, PA TKO 2 (2:21) Scott Bronner (0-1) 172 lbs of Lebanon, PA

4 ROUNDS—LIGHTWEIGHTS—Lonnie Jackson Jr. (1-0-1) 133 lbs of Philadelphia, PA MAJ DRAW with William Morgan (0-0-1) 134 lbs of Philadelphia, PA… Scores were 38-37 Morgan and 37-37 on 2 cards

4 ROUNDS—LIGHTWEIGHTS—Ramon Ellis (1-6) 134 lbs of Philadelphia U DEC over Luis Castro (3-1) 135 lbs of Philadelphia…Scores were 40-36; 39-37 on two cards

THE NEXT CARD AT HARRAH’S CHESTER WILL BE FRIDAY NIGHT JUNE 3RD

Providence Amateur Boxer Toka Kahn-Clary Earns Spot On U.S. Boxing Team For Pan-Am Qualifier

PROVIDENCE (March 20, 2011) – U.S. Olympic Boxing Team hopeful Toka Kahn- Clary, an 18-year-old senior at E3 Academy in Providence, won a close decision today (Sunday) against U.S. Marine Tommy Rogue at the 2011 Pan American Games Box-Offs, held at the Olympic Training Center’s Sports Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

By winning at the Pan American Box-Offs, Kahn-Clary earned a spot on the U.S. Team heading to the 2011 Pan Am International Games Qualifier 1, March 25-30, in Venezuela.

Kahn-Clary and Rogue, who is the U.S. Armed Forces Championship winner, fought to a 13-13 (25-25) deadlock that went in Toka’s favor by way of a 3-2 judges’ poll. He had defeated Louis Cruz in the semifinals, 6-3.

The Liberia-native who moved to Providence 12 years ago opened had already captured top honors in the 132-pound lightweight division this year at the at the New England Tournament of Champions at Foxwoods Resort Casino (CT), New England Golden Gloves Tournament in Lowell (MA), and Northeast Regional Championships at Lake Placid (NY).

Kahn-Clary’s coach, Peter Manfredo Sr., (Manfredo’s Gym in Pawtucket), has been named as a coach for the New England squad competing in the National Golden Gloves Tournament, as well as the Region 1 team (New England, New York and New Jersey) at the U.S. Championships. “I’ll be seeing plenty of Toka,” his proud trainer said. “This was a real tough fight. Toka was losing going into the third (final) round but he hhit him with some real nice one-twos. The other kid kept coming at him and Toka won it with his left. Toka beat Rogue before in Newport when a team from New England fought the U.S. Marines boxing team. They go all over boxing and the boxers are all in tremendous shape. This was a real big win for Toka.”

Last year, Kahn-Clary took gold 123-pound bantamweight class at the National Golden Gloves Tournament. His career amateur record is 71-6 and he has qualified for The USA Boxing National Championships, June 20-25, at Colorado Springs. The top four finishers will qualifier for the U.S. Olympic Team Trials to box for a spot on the squad competing at the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

Toka is aiming for a spot on the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team, which will compete in London. Kahn-Clary would become the third straight Olympic boxer from Rhode Island, joining Jason Estrada and Demetrius Andrade from the 2004 and 2008 squads, respectively.

Vinny O'Brien LIVE on Beyond Ringside Radio Tonight

Tonight at 7 p.m. EST/6 CST, welterweight prospect Vinny “The Lion” O’Brien will be appearing on Beyond Ringside Radio. The Beyond Ringside Radio Show is wrestling, boxing and MMA fans number one source for all of the latest news and interviews that pertain to fighting sports.

Beyond Ringside airs live every Saturday at 11 a.m. EST/10 CST and Sunday at 7 p.m. EST/ CST.

O’Brien will be discussing his TKO win in his pro debut, his upcoming bout on April 9, and his involvement with the nonprofit organization Find A Dream.

“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.”

O’Brien is quickly becoming a fan favorite to New Jersey boxing fans. In his debut he put on a performance that was reminiscent of a young Arturo Gatti. O’Brien was relentless with his attack and wore down his opponent punch by punch until the fight was ended.

Having garnered much attention on both a national and local level leading up to his professional debut, O’Brien delivered to his fans and erased any questions marks skeptics may have had on his level of skill.

O’Brien trains under the watchful eye of former heavyweight knockout artist Lou Esa at Final Round Boxing in Whippany and works relentlessly to achieve his goal of becoming world champion in the near future.

“Boxing is my life, both in and out of the ring,” said O’Brien. “I want to bring class back to the sport, and I want boxing fans to look at the sport the way they did years ago. I know that boxing will always be a major part of my life.”

When O’Brien is not training, he spends his time teaching boxing to kids, and upon hearing of Find A Dream, he expressed his interest in becoming part of the organization.

“I’m excited to be working with Find A Dream and getting involved with the kids,” said O’Brien. “Growing up I came from where a lot of these kids do, and I want to be able to share my life experiences as well as boxing with them. If I can help just one kid work towards what they want to do in life or change their outlook or path in life, then it will be more than fulfilling. But ultimately I want to help as many kids as possible.”

Tune in to Beyond Ringside Radio tonight at 7 p.m. eastern to listen to Vinny “The Lion” O’Brien.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Klitschko KO's Solis In 1st Round, Retains WBC Heavyweight Title

Vitali Klitschko (42-2, 39 KO's) retained his WBC heavyweight title, kayoing Odlanier Solis (17-1, 12 KO's) in the first round. Official time of the knockout was 3:00.

Klitschko, 39, controlled the fight with his enormous size advantage, utilizing his long left jab to keep Solis off-balance. At 1:50, Solis landed a quick, sneaky overhand right to Klitschko's sturdy jaw. Shortly thereafter, Klitschko hit Solis with a grazing right-hand shot that sent him on his back. Solis, 30, appeared to injure one or both of his legs when he fell to the canvas. As a result, Solis was unable to beat referee Jose Guadalupe Garcia's ten count.

Solis, a 2004 Olympic gold medalist with a stellar amateur record of 347-12, was supposed to provide a stiff test to Klitschko's heavyweight title reign. 

Vitali Klitschko vs. Odlanier Solis March 19th Video Promo

Friday, March 18, 2011

BARTHELEMY PICKS UP WIN ON FRIDAY NIGHT FIGHTS

Tonight at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, FL, 2004 Olympic Gold Medalist, Yan Barthelemy improved to 12-2, 4KO's and a perfect 4-0 since teaming up with trainer Orlando Cuellar and signing with Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing, winning a ten round unanimous decision over Francis Ruiz (9-4, 4 KOs) in the opening bout on ESPN's "Friday Night Fights". The bout, scheduled for ten rounds in the super bantamweight division, was promoted by The Heavyweight Factory in association with Star Boxing.

Barthelemy used acurate punching and a high work rate to dominate Ruiz dropping him once in the third. Ruiz hung tough but was simply over-matched against the highly skilled Cuban Barthelemy. In the end Barthelemy won by scores of 100-89, 98-91 and 97-92.

Vitali Klitschko - Odlanier Solis Official Weigh-In

GOLD MEDALIST BARTHELEMY OPENS ESPN "FRIDAY NIGHT FIGHTS" TELECAST


This Friday at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, FL, 2004 Olympic Gold Medalist, Yan Barthelemy (11-2, 4KO's) will square off against Dominican Francis Ruiz (9-3, 4 KOs) in the opening bout on ESPN's "Friday Night Fights". Barthelemy was originally scheduled to face Chris Avalos (18-1, 15KO's) but Avalos was forced to pull out citing a hand injury suffered recently in sparring. The bout, scheduled for ten rounds in the super bantamweight division, is promoted by The Heavyweight Factory in association with Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing.

After starting his career 6-0, the Cuban Gold Medalist Barthelemy hit a bit of a rough patch, going 2-2 in his next four, before righting the ship behind a new team, which included, highly regarded trainer, Orlando Cuellar. Since joining with Cuellar, coupled by the signing of Star Boxing, Barthelemy is 3-0, with all three of those wins coming by way of knockout, including a fourth round stoppage of previously unbeaten, and fellow 2004 Olympian Roberto Benitez.

ESPN begins live coverage at 9PM ET. In the main event WBA #1, WBC #6 and WBO #7 rated welterweight contender Brad Soloman (16-0, 7KO's) defends his WBA International welterweight title against Demetrius Hopkins (30-1-1, 11KO's).

SEGURA vs. CALDERON II PPV PROMO

Vinny O’Brien Returns To The Ring April 9

Following his stellar performance in his professional debut, winning by TKO, welterweight prospect Vinny “The Lion” O’Brien will be returning to the ring April 9 as part of the undercard for the Tomasz Adamek and Kevin McBride heavyweight fight at the Prudential Center.

Tickets have recently been made available for the fight and due to the rising popularity of the top prospect, it is likely that they will sell out fast.

“Two weeks ago 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.”

O’Brien is quickly becoming a fan favorite to New Jersey boxing fans. In his debut he put on a performance that was reminiscent of a young Arturo Gatti. O’Brien was relentless with his attack and wore down his opponent punch by punch until the fight was ended.

Having garnered much attention on both a national and local level leading up to his professional debut, O’Brien delivered to his fans and erased any questions marks skeptics may have had on his level of skill.

“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.”

O’Brien trains under the watchful eye of former heavyweight knockout artist Lou Esa at Final Round Boxing in Whippany and works relentlessly to achieve his goal of becoming world champion in the near future.

“Boxing is my life, both in and out of the ring,” said O’Brien. “I want to bring class back to the sport, and I want boxing fans to look at the sport the way they did years ago. I know that boxing will always be a major part of my life.”

Vinny “The Lion” O’Brien is quickly becoming a household name and potentially may be the most exciting up-and-coming fighter boxing has seen in years. Don’t miss the opportunity to watch NJ’s welterweight prospect go to battle April 9 at the Prudential Center.

To purchase tickets contact Lou Esa at 973-885-7962. For more information on Vinny visit www.thelionobrien.com.

"MARCH MAYHEM" RESULTS ALGIERI TURNS IN FLAWLESS PERFORMANCE

Earlier tonight, Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing, presented an exciting five bout card before a packed house at the Plattduetsche Park Restaurant in Franklin Square, NY (Long Island). Star Boxing's hometown favorite and undefeated jr. welterweight prospect Chris Algieri, headlined the card, as he took on Philadelphia's Julias Edmonds.

Algieri came out fast and hard in the first, setting the pace from the opening bell. Algieri worked behind a stiff jab and scored well with both hands.

In the 2nd, Algieri began digging a vicious left hook to the body that continously found its mark. Algieri used beautiful footwoork to position himself to set up the left hook to the body that began breaking Edmonds down.


In the fourth another left hook to the body sent Edmonds to the ropes and Algieri was immediately all over him, landing a vicious flurry that sent Edmonds down for the first time in the fight. Edmonds beat the count but was visibly hurt. As soon as the action resumed Algieri jumped all over him, landing shot after shot. With Edmonds covering, the referee mercifully called a halt to the contest. Official time of the stoppage was 2:24 of the fourth round. With the highly impressive performance Algieri improved to 11-0, 6KO's and looks to be well on his way towards becoming a serious contender in the loaded jr. welterweight division.


In the co-feature bout of the evening, former four-time national champion, and 2008 U.S. Olympic Team Alternate, Adam "Showtime" Willett won a dominate four round unanimous decision over Sharieff Hayes in their cruiserweight contest. It was the first time back in the ring for Willett, who nearly lost his life last year when he was shot in the chest.

Willett didn't show much ring rust as he continously peppered Hayes with combinations to both the body and head throughout the bout.  Hayes hung tough but wasn't able to put together much offense against the quick handed Willett.  In the end Willett pitched a shutout, winning by scores of 40-36 on all three judges scorecards improving his record to 2-1 as a pro.

UNDERCARD ACTION

In the opening bout of the night, Polish amateur star, Kamil Laszczyk scored a spectacular 2nd round knockout over Luquan Lewis. After a dominate first round, Laszczyk landed a tremendous overhand right near the end of the second that sent Lewis through the ropes completely unconscious. Lewis's body lay draped over the 2nd rope until ringside physicians came to his aid and laid him back in the ring. Very impressive performance for Laszczyk who was accompanied into the ring by top-rated Polish jr. middleweight contender Pawel Wolak. Laszczyk improved to 2-0, 2KO's.

OTHER RESULTS

Danny Valle W4 Siddell Blocker

Joseliz Cepeda W4 Corey White

Thursday, March 17, 2011

World Light Heavyweight Champion Beibut Shumenov Severs Ties With Goossen Tutor Promotions


LAS VEGAS (March 17, 2011) – World Boxing Association/International Boxing Association Light Heavyweight Champion Beibut Shumenov filed a lawsuit today (Thursday, March 17, 2011) against Goossen Tutor Promotions. The lawsuit asks the Nevada court to confirm that a promotional agreement between Shumenov and Goossen Tutor is terminated.

Shumenov terminated his agreement with Goossen Tutor Promotions in January of this year.

Shumenov alleges that Goossen Tutor Promotions violated its duties under the contract in different ways. The lawsuit charges breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, fraud and deceptive trade practices and seeks a judicial confirmation that the agreement is terminated. Shumenov seeks unspecified damages, including punitive damages

Beibut is anxious to continue on his mission to unify the world light heavyweight titles and he will move forward through his promotion company, KZ Event Productions, Inc.

Shumenov (11-1, 7 KOs), the 2004 Kazakhstan Olympian, has been on an unprecedented, accelerated pace since his pro debut only three years ago, defeating two world champions in his first eight bouts, Montell Griffin and Byron Mitchell. A year ago, Shumenov established the mark for fewest pro fights needed to capture a major world light heavyweight title, defeating defending champion Gabriel Campillo by 12-round decision for the WBA crown in his 10th bout, breaking the record of 15 set by Jeff “Hit Man” Harding in 1989.

Shumenov was supposed to fight World Boxing Organization 175-pound titlist Juergen Braehmer in a Unification title fight January 8 in Shymkent, Kazakhstan, however, Braehmer unexpectedly pulled-out of the match the week of the fight claiming gastrointestinal problems.

Shumenov registered a victory by sixth-round knockout against Braehmer’s replacement, Joppy, who became the fourth world champion Beibut has defeated during his relative young pro career.

Shumenov owns and operates the Las Vegas-based KZ Event Productions along with his brother, Chingis.

For additional information about Shumenov go online to www.KZEventProductions.com.

Peter Manfredo, Jr. Wants Shot At Sergio Martinez' WBC Middleweight Championship

PROVIDENCE (March 17, 2011) – Middleweight contender Peter “The Pride of Providence” Manfredo, Jr. had a ringside seat in MGM Grand Theater at Foxwoods last Saturday night to witness the superlative performance turned in by WBC Emeritus and The Ring 160-pound champion Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez, who dropped previously unbeaten WBO junior welterweight titlist Sergiy “Razor” Dzinziruk five times en route to a major statement-victory by eighth-round knockout.

Manfredo (37-6, 20 KOs), arguably the leading American middleweight challenger, is riding a six-fight win streak since losing to super middleweight Saki Bika in 2008. The star of The Contender, Season One is currently rated No. 7 by the IBF and No. 9 by the WBC.

Now working fulltime as a laborer at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence, ironically, where he headlined four major shows, Manfredo dreams of fighting Martinez there this summer. The popular Italian-American boxer is like a modern-day Rocky with a twist: Peter’s not breaking legs but he is sweeping floors to provide for his family.

“Martinez is one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world, right up there with Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather,” Manfredo said. “Imagine me fighting him at The Dunk where I headlined shows and now work? That would be straight out of Hollywood! I know fight fans in Providence would give him a royal welcome. He would definitely be a tough fight for me and I’d be an underdog, but I’ve put myself in a challenger’s position the past two years, and I want a shot at the best. Getting a fight against Martinez is what fighters dream about, especially at home, and I’ve worked hard the past two years to get to this point. Hey, this is boxing and nothing’s written in stone; it only takes one shot to change the world. That’s boxing, and maybe I land an old Micky Ward shot to the body, and my life would be changed.

“Opportunities to fight somebody like Martinez don’t come around every day. Now is the right time for me. I’d be honored to get in the ring to fight him. I know I can compete with him. Like (Vinny) Paz says, ‘Fight or die.’ Styles make fights and this would be a very entertaining match-up. I’m a classic boxer-puncher and he’s a very fast, awkward fighter who seems to have found his power in the last few fights. Sergio keeps his hands down and bobs his head. Boxers aren’t taught to do that but he can because he’s so good. Martinez reminds me of Roy Jones. I’ve proven myself and want to get it on with Martinez.”

Manfredo has the proper pedigree, as an amateur and pro, in addition to possibly having a strength advantage versus Martinez, who has moved-up from junior middleweight, while Manfredo dropped down from 168. Three of Manfredo’s six career losses have been against much larger super middleweights – Joe Calzaghe in their WBO title fight, former world champ Jeff Lacy, and Bika.

During his 10 ½ year career, Manfredo has defeated world champion Frankie Randall, The Contender 2 winner Grady Brewer, previously unbeaten prospect Sherwin Davis, world title challengers Scott Pemberton and Alfonso Gomez, and present WBA No. 6 rated light heavyweight Joey Spina.

“I have valuable experience against great champions like Martinez,” Manfredo added. “I went through the whole thing with Calzaghe and learned a valuable lesson. I won’t make those mistakes again. I’m experienced fighting super middleweights, who were too big for me, but I’m a real middleweight. I’ll go for broke against Martinez, if given the opportunity, because I have nothing to lose and everything to gain.”

Segura Expects Repeat Performance Versus Calderon


 ‘La Revancha’ PPV Apr. 2

HOBOKEN, N.J. (March 17, 2011) – WBO and The Ring light flyweight champion Giovani “El Guerrero Azteca” Segura expects nothing less than a winning repeat performance April 2 in his much anticipated rematch against former 108-pound king Ivan “Iron Boy” Calderon, headlining the “La Revancha” Pay-Per-View event, live from Auditorio del Estado in Mexicali, Mexico.

“La Revancha: Segura-Calderon 2,” 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 (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.

“This time he’s coming off of a loss that I gave him,” Segura said. “And we won’t be fighting in his home, Puerto Rico, where he was used to fighting. I’m hoping he reacts differently fighting in Mexico. The only I real advantage I have fighting in Mexicali is the support of the people, but everything else will be the same for both of us – rules, referee, gloves and ring.

“Calderon’s plan will be to stay away from me. He’ll try running around the ring – that’s the way he fights – but the first moment he feels my punch his running will be behind him and I’ll stop him, hitting up and down. He already knows how hard I punch and he must be worried. He has to stay away to make sure I don’t beat him but I will stop him to win.”

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.

“I see this fight going the same as the first one (one of the 2010 Fights of the Year),” added Segura, who has dedicated this fight to his son’s birth in July. “It’s going to be a war except it’ll be harder for Calderon because he knows my punching power. I’m working out in the gym as hard as I can. Another motivation factor for me is facing a Puerto Rican challenger. There’s always a rivalry between Mexican and Puerto Rican fighters. As a Mexican, I want to increase the number of Mexicans defeating Puerto Ricans. I’m been training real hard in Los Angeles, doing the same routine, running in parks, beaches and Mountains – all to beat Calderon! I had a Japanese sparring partner and right now there are three Latinos. We are at a strong time of preparation, almost ready but close enough to slowdown the rhythm.

“I will win. I don’t know how but I will look for a knockout, again in the eighth round. I’m not looking past this fight, but I’ll be looking for a fight against any of the 112-pound world champions. This is my last fight at 108 pounds. I’d like to make my first fight, as soon as possible, against WBO flyweight champion (Julio Cesar) ‘Pingo’ Miranda. I always go directly for what I want and had no doubts of my triumph in Puerto Rico. Nobody can make me doubt my abilities, I am a warrior.”

Prior to fighting Segura Calderon 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 and 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.

The co-feature matches Mexican featherweight champion and three-time world title challenger, Ricardo “Piola” Castillo (39-9-2, 26 KOs), against former WBC Continental Americas super featherweight titlist Joksan “El Torito” Hernandez (21-3, 14 KOs) in a 10-round bout. Castillo is the younger brother of 2-time world lightweight champion Jose Luis Castillo. All fights and fighters are subject to change.

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

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.

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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.

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