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Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Perez Happy To Be Fighting At Home In Hartford

Grano Headlines “The Willie Pep Boxing Classic" Saturday Night At Connecticut Convention Center

HARTFORD (April 6, 2011) – Popular East Hartford lightweight Joseph “Chip” Perez (5-0, 2 KOs) puts his undefeated record on the line Saturday night at home against unbeaten Esteban Nichol (2-0, 1 KO) on “The Willie Pep Boxing Classic” card, presented by Hard Hittin’ Promotions (“HHP”), at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford.

In a crossroads fight of significant interest, local heavyweight favorite Tony “TNT” Grano (17-2-1, 13 KOs), the 2005 U.S. Nationals amateur champion, meets veteran “Diamond” Dominque Alexander (20-10-1, 10 KOs) in the eight-round main event.

Perez, who works for the Connecticut Department of Children & Family, was born and raised in Holyoke (MA). The 24-year-old former New England Golden Gloves champion recently has had, unfortunately, several scheduled fights fall through. His last action was back in November, a first-round knockout of Ronnie Peterson at Mohegan Sun. Saturday night he’s matched against Nichol in a four-round bout.

“I don’t know anything about my opponent other than he’s 2-0 and a former Golden Gloves champ from Colorado,” Perez said. “I trust my manager, Bret Hallenbeck, and I’m always ready to fight. My style depends on my opponent. I adjust to what my he does in the ring.

“Fighting at home is awesome. Mohegan Sun is in Connecticut but it’s a long distance (from Hartford) compared to the Connecticut Convention Center, which is only five minutes from my house. I was born and raised in Holyoke and I always have a lot of family and friends from there supporting me when I fight. They’ll be there for this fight, too, along with family, friends and co-workers from here (Hartford).”

Perez’ chief second is former world title contender “Iceman” John Scully, who trains numerous boxers at Lion’s Den Connecticut in Middletown. “He’s has been very exciting and dynamic so far in each of his five fights,” Scully commented. “He’s shown that he can box and punch, but he’s been most exciting for fans when he comes in with both guns blazing, letting go five and six punch combinations. He had more than 100 amateur bouts. He spars frequently with the likes of Matt Remillard and Mike Oliver and more than holds his own. If he stays on course, I think he will have a great future in the professional game.”

Remillard and Oliver are locally-based world-class boxers. “Sparring with them has been a great experience for me,” Perez noted, “going against guys who are such bigger names. I’ve learned how to adjust and adapt by working with these two world class fighters. I study Matt and Mike, as well as John, when they spar and try to remember what I saw when I’m in the ring. I’m learning what they’ve been through, in and out of the ring, and I often talk to them about boxing.”

Bantamweight Danny Aquino (5-1, 1 KO), fighting out of Meriden (CT), faces James Owens (4-2, 2 KOs) in the six-round co-feature.

The undercard showcases some of the best young fighters in New England, including Norwalk (CT) veteran Shakha Moore (10-15-3, 2 KOs) vs. welterweight Noel Garcia (2-8, 1 KO), and promising New Haven featherweight and former amateur standout, Luis Rosa (5-0, 2 KOs) vs. Tommy Attencio (4-6, 2 KOs), both in six-round bouts .

Also scheduled to fight on the is Middletown (CT) favorite, light heavyweight Doug Cartelli (1-0), against Jaquan Williams in his pro debut, plus undefeated Philadelphia super featherweight Frank Trader (7-0, 2 KOs) versus John Willoughby (2-6, 1 KO). All fights and fighters are subject to change.

There will be a special wheelchair boxing exhibition match wheelchair boxer Ian Cannon, an 18-year-old college student who faces former New England Golden Gloves champion Luis Reynoso, of Springfield (MA), in a three-round wheelchair boxing exhibition under amateur boxing rules (headgear, large gloves, etc.). The inspirational Cannon, of Glastonbury (CT), suffers from cerebral palsy but regularly trains at Lion’s Den Connecticut in Middletown, where he has developed a wheelchair boxing program, “Roll With The Punches.”

Tickets are priced at $100.00 (ringside), $80.00 (preferred seating), $60.00 (reserved) and $40.00 (general admission) and are available to purchase by calling 860.402.4838 or The Lion’s Den at 860.613.2394.

Willie Pep: Born Gugliermo Papaleo in 1922 in Middletown, CT. He was a 2-time world champion who retired in 1966 after a 26 year professional career with an amazing 229-11-1 (65 KOs) record. In 1990, Pep was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in Canastota, New York. He died November 23, 2006 at the age of 84.

De La Hoya: "You Can't Count Out Legends In This Sport."

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

UNDEFEATED CANADIAN MIDDLEWEIGHT DAVID LEMIUEX READY TO MAKE A STATEMENT IN WBC TITLE ELIMINATOR BOUT AGAINST MARCO ANTONIO RUBIO THIS FRIDAY, APRIL 8 LIVE ON ESPN'S FRIDAY NIGHT FIGHTS FROM THE BELL CENTRE IN MONTREAL

Montreal, Canada (April 5)...Undefeated Canadian middleweight David Lemieux (25-0, 24 KOs) is prepared to make a serious statement when he faces Marco Antonio Rubio (49-5-1, 42 KOs) in a WBC middleweight title eliminator this Friday, April 8 from the Bell Centre in Montreal. The Lemieux vs. Rubio fight, which is the final installment of Groupe Yvon Michel's highly acclaimed FAST AND THE FURIOUS fight series, will be the main event of ESPN's Friday Night Fights that evening (11:00 p.m. ET, ESPN2).

"Rubio is the best opponent I have fought to date," said Lemieux, whose list of conquests includes Hector Camacho Jr. whom he beat in a first round knockout. "It is going to be interesting to see what Rubio brings to the table. He is a big puncher and has a lot more experience than I do. I am ready to give it my all and I am preparing for war."

"We are excited to see David in a terrific fight that night from the Bell Centre in Montreal and we are delighted that the US boxing fans will have a chance to see him on ESPN's Friday Night Fights," said Yvon Michel, President of Groupe Yvon Michel. "He is a fantastic, very exciting fighter and I think this very competitive fight against Rubio will catapult him to another stage of his career. It is a terrific main event fight and a really great way to end our Fast and Furious Fight series too."

Lemieux, who has knocked out 24 of his 25 career opponents, is in a position that most fighters dream of - he is one step away from a world title. Rubio, who has an impressive resume and brings his veteran's experience to the ring, will be a sure test for the undefeated Lemieux. If victorious, Lemieux will be set to face the winner of WBC Middleweight Championship between Sebastian Zbik vs. Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. taking place on June 4.

"I honestly feel that Rubio is tougher than either of the fighters I would face for the title if I win," Lemieux continued. "I am not looking past Rubio and taking it one step at a time, but I am really looking forward to making a statement with this fight and doing whatever I have to do to get a shot at the middleweight title."

Long before Lemieux was ranked the #2-ranked middleweight in the world by the WBC, he was a troublemaker running in the wrong circles. A self-proclaimed "Dennis the Menace," Lemieux was kicked out of school multiple times, as his family moved from house to house, and was often found fighting in the streets. At the age of nine, a neighbor caught Lemieux smoking a cigar and offered to take him to the boxing gym in order to teach him discipline.

"Boxing saved my life," said Lemieux. "Violence and drugs were all around me when I was growing up. If I hadn't discovered boxing, I don't know what I would be doing. I never would have been good at a routine desk job. I fell in love with the boxing gym, and I never wanted to leave."

Follow David Lemieux on Twitter at www.Twitter.com/lemieuxboxing.

Become a fan of Lemieux Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/pages/David-Lemieux/105301672854587?ref=ts&sk=info.

Tickets: Tickets for Lemieux vs. Rubio are available now at the Bell Centre Box Office, evenko.ca or through GYM (514.383.0666) starting at $60.

Danny Aquino Ready To Make Statement In Ring

HARTFORD (April 5, 2011) – Mexican-American bantamweight prospect Danny Aquino, trained by his father Julian, is looking forward to making a statement Saturday night in the six-round co-feature fighter on “The Willie Pep Boxing Classic” card, presented by Hard Hittin’ Promotions (“HHP”), at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford.

In a crossroads fight of significant interest, local heavyweight favorite Tony “TNT” Grano (17-2-1, 13 KOs), the 2005 U.S. Nationals amateur champion, takes on veteran “Diamond” Dominque Alexander (20-10-1, 10 KOs) in the eighth-round main event.

The 21-year-old Aquino (5-1, 1 KO), fighting out of Meriden (CT), will attempt to bounce back from his only pro loss, last December in Florida against undefeated Yoandris Salinsas by way of a four-round split decision, in the six-round co-feature versus James Owens (4-2, 2 KOs).

“I’m looking forward to fight at home this weekend,” Danny said. “I know I’ll have a lot of family and friends there supporting me. My last fight I thought that I won a unanimous decision, but we fought in my opponent’s hometown and they gave him a win by split decision. That’s ok, though, because it’s made me a different fighter. I’ve trained much harder and I’m better shape for this fight.

“My opponent has two losses but they were to undefeated guys who have real good records (Leo Santa Cruz 15-0-1, 9 KOs and Rances Barthelemy 11-0-0, 9 KOs). Ownes is going to be a good test for me. I’m a warrior who comes forward but, for this fight, people are going to be seeing a little different Danny Aquino. I’m still going to bring it, but. I’ll also be boxing more than in the past.”

The undercard showcases some of the best young fighters in New England, including Norwalk (CT) veteran Shakha Moore (10-15-3, 2 KOs) vs. TBA, and promising New Haven featherweight and former amateur standout, Luis Rosa (5-0, 2 KOs) vs. Tommy Attencio (4-6, 2 KOs), both in six-round bouts; undefeated East Hartford Joseph “Chip” Perez (5-0, 2 KOs) faces unbeaten Esteban Nicol (2-0) in a 4-rounder.

Also scheduled to fight on the undercard are a pair of Middletown (CT) favorites, light heavyweight Doug Cartelli (1-0) and pro-debuting super featherweight Willie Picard, respectively, against the Williams brothers, Jaquan Williams in his pro debut and Charles (0-1), plus undefeated Philadelphia super featherweight Frank Trader (7-0, 2 KOs) versus John Willoughby (2-6, 1 KO). All fights and fighters are subject to change.

There will be a special wheelchair boxing exhibition match wheelchair boxer Ian Cannon, an 18-year-old college student who meets former New England Golden Gloves champion Luis Reynoso, of Springfield (MA), in a three-round wheelchair boxing exhibition under amateur boxing rules (headgear, large gloves, etc.). The inspirational Cannon, of Glastonbury (CT), suffers from cerebral palsy but regularly trains at Lion’s Den Connecticut in Middletown, where he has developed a wheelchair boxing program, “Roll With The Punches.”

Tickets are priced at $100.00 (ringside), $80.00 (preferred seating), $60.00 (reserved) and $40.00 (general admission) and are available to purchase by calling 860.402.4838 or The Lion’s Den at 860.613.2394.

Willie Pep: Born Gugliermo Papaleo in 1922 in Middletown, CT. He was a 2-time world champion who retired in 1966 after a 26 year professional career with an amazing 229-11-1 (65 KOs) record. In 1990, Pep was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in Canastota, New York. He died November 23, 2006 at the age of 84.

Monday, April 4, 2011

FRANKLIN LAWRENCE TO VITALI KLITSCHKO: “HEY, WHY NOT ME FOR JUNE 4?”

Photo Credit: Sara Rivest

INDIANAPOLIS, IN (April 4, 2011)—Fresh off his one round stoppage over Odlanier Solis on March 19th, WBC Heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko has indicated that he would like to get back in the ring on June 4th and emerging contender Franklin “Yah Yah” Lawrence believes he has as much any right with his recent credentials to be Klitschko’s opponent that night.

Lawrence of Indianapolis has a record of 14-2-2 with nine knockouts and is coming off a tenth round stoppage over former U.S Olympian Jason Estrada back on January 29th.

Before that bout, Lawrence stopped perennial contender Lance Whitaker in seven rounds.

“I know getting a title opportunity is based on merit and my last two wins are as quality wins as any of the guys they are talking about to be Vitali’s challenger.” Said Lawrence

“The fella that is rumored to have the inside track on the fight hasn’t had a big win in about six years and here I have two in about six months. I understand that Adamek maybe getting a shot in the fall but all you have to do is look at the Estrada fight’s and compare what he did and what I did and Estrada came into the fight with me saying it was the first fight he was at 100 percent in a long time”

“I know that given the opportunity I will rise to the occasion. I have one loss that is legitimate. Everyone who saw my fight with McCall knows I won that fight but that is the past and I am looking towards a shot at realizing my dream to bring the Heavyweight title back to the heartland of America.”

“Franklin has worked hard and all you have to do is see his wins. His brother offered Dereck Chisora an opportunity with a lot less of a resume then Franklin so if Vitali looks at Franklins victories he knows he is as worthy as him or Sosnowski”, said Lawrence’s promoter Dave Escalet of Fisticuffs Promotions.

CASTILLO ELECTRIFIES BROOKLYN CROWD WITH EIGHTEEN SECOND KNOCKOUT

BROOKLYN, NY (April 4, 2011)—Saturday night at the Aviator Sports Complex, an enthusiastic crowd witnessed an action packed boxing that was promoted by Rob Diaz and Havoc Boxing Promotions.

In the main event, Joel Castillo wasted no time in destroying Billy Ray Cunningham in a bout that was scheduled for six rounds in the Light Heavyweight division.

Castillo came out and landed one crushing left hook that knocked Cunningham down and out which had the near capacity crowd screaming.

Castillo now is 8-0 with five knockouts.

In the co-feature, Jr. Lightweight Mark Davis remained perfect as he used a vicious body attack to score a stoppage over rugged Ramesis Gil at the end of five rounds in their scheduled six round bout.

Leon Moore, who is ranked number-three by the WBC in the Super Bantamweight division, was workmanlike in scoring a six round unanimous decision over grizzled vet Felipe Almanza

Other winners on the card included undefeated Heavyweight Ramadan Yasser; Undefeated Jr. Middleweight Frank Galarza; Welterweight Tommy Rainone and undefeated Middleweight DonYil Livingston.

Angel Cruz scored a sensational unanimous decision victory over Yonathan Arias in a six round Bantamweight bout that will be on a short list for fight of the year.

The bouts were broadcasted LIVE all over the world and can be still purchased on www.gfl.tv

FULL RESULTS

6 ROUNDS-LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHTS—Joel Castillo (8-0, 5 KO’s) 172 lbs of Bronx, NY KO 1 (:18) over Billy Ray Cunningham (5-10) 167 lbs of Columbus, MS

6 ROUNDS—JR. LIGHTWEIGHTS—Mark Davis (15-0) 129 lbs of Cleveland, OH TKO END 5 over Ramesis Gil (6-2-4) 130 lbs of San Juan, Puerto Rico

6 ROUNDS—FEATHERWEIGHTS—Leon Moore (28-2) 123 lbs of Brooklyn, NY U DEC over Felipe Almanza (18-23-4) 121 ½ lbs of Lorica, Colombia…scores were 59-54 on all cards

4 ROUNDS—HEAVYWEIGHTS—Ramadan Yasser (3-0) 204 lbs of New York, NY MAJ DEC over Jose Mario Flores (1-1) 202 lbs of Washington, DC..Scores were 39-37; 39-37 and 38-38

4 ROUNDS—JR. MIDDLEWEIGHTS—Frank Galarza (3-0) 152 lbs of Brooklyn, NY U DEC over Noel Garcia (2-8-1) 150 lbs of Springfield, MA…Scores were 40-36 on all cards

6 ROUNDS—JR. MIDDLEWEIGHTS—Tommy Rainone (13-4) 149 lbs of Plainview, NY U DEC over Arthur Medina (13-23) 148 lbs of Fort Collins, Co…Scores were 60-52; 60-52 and 59-53

6 ROUNDS—BANTAMWEIGHTS—Angel Cruz (5-1) 116 lbs of Juamadiaz, PR U DEC over Yonathan Arias (11-7) 113 lbs of Santiago de los Caballeros, DR…scores 59-55 and 58-56 on two cards

6 ROUNDS—MIDDLEWEIGHTS—DonYil Livingston (3-0) 159 lbs of Los Angeles, CA U DEC over Greg Hackett (2-7) 157 lbs of Philadelphia, PA…scores were 57-56 on all cards

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Quick Results From Chicago

In the main Event, Super Middleweight Donovan George improves his record to 22-1-1 (19 KO's) after he KO’s Maxell Taylor 15-3-1 (6 KO's) in round #8 to claim the Vacant USBA title.

Undefeated Light heavyweight Sergey Kovalev 14-0 (12 KO's) defeats Julius Fogle 15-7 (10 KO's) via KO in 1:16 in round #2.

Fan Favorite Genaro Mendez 3-1-1 (2 KO's) suffers his first defeat at the ends of Undefeated Junior welterweight Javier Loya 4-0 (3KO's) via UD 39-38,38-37 & 40 X 34. Early in round 1 Loya drops Mendez twice, both time Mendez hops right up and shows no effects of the shots. Mendez comes back and looks strong the rest of the fight, judges scorecards are every place due to how close the fight truly is.

Super middleweight Joe Linenfelser 9-1-1 (7 KO's) earns a unanimous decision over Jeremy Marts 6-11 (4KO's)

Luis Santiago 1-0 (1 KO) making his pro debut earns a TKO victory over William Bokhart 0-5 at 2:58 of round #1

Super Featherweights Jeremias Correa 2-0 (1 KO) defeats Anthony Linenfelser 2-3 (2KO's) all three judges are in agreement 39-37 x 3

Middleweight Ramon Valenzuela Jr 4-0 (1KO) defeats William Chouloute 1-3 (1 KO) via UD all three judges are in agreement 40-36 x 3

Demetrice King Paid In Full For Tua Fight

NEW YORK (April 2, 2011) – Heavyweight Demetrice King has been paid in full, by Gotham Boxing president Cedric Kushner, for his March 19th fight in New Zealand against David Tua. This was confirmed over the phone by King from his home in Jackson, Michigan.

“I had no reason to believe there would be any problems with the promotion given Mr. Kushner’s reputation,” King said. “However, it did cross my mind when a promoter who had scheduled the fight four months prior didn’t purchase our airline tickets until the day before our departure and take advantage of a lesser price booked in advance. When Mr. Kushner returned to the U.S., I told him that I hadn’t been paid by the local promoter, Mr. Tuigamala. Mr. Kushner told me not to worry because he’d sort things out, and guaranteed me I would get every dollar I was entitled to. That was good enough for me, even though the delay caused me and my family an inconvenience, but I knew Mr. Kushner would be true to his word and he was. I hope he can get me more fights in the future.”

King lost a 10-round decision to Tua but left New Zealand without receiving his $10,000 purse due to the insistence by the show’s promoter, Inga Tuigamala, that Kushner was responsible for paying King.

“I was just helping Mr. Tuigamala’s promotional company, Plantation Boxing Gym, in the interest of David Tua and I was not obligated in any way to pay Demetrice,” Kushner explained. “My company, Gotham Boxing, had no financial interest in the event. This unfortunate situation, for me as well as Demetrice and his family, was read by many people worldwide, unfairly projecting my company and I in a poor light. I’ve been in the entertainment business for 35 years between boxing and the rock business and a situation like this is something you would expect to see in the movies or in some other fictional form.”

Late last year, Kushner flew to New Zealand to speak with Tua about plans for his next fight. When Cedric asked David what he had in mind for the holidays, David said he wanted to stay in New Zealand to be with his family and that his friend, former New Zealand rugby player Inga Tuigamala, was promoting a small show on March 19th and he had discussed with Inga for a position for himself on the card. Subsequently, at a meeting – attended by Cedric, David and his wife, Robina, and Inga – it was agreed that David would not return to the United States to train but he would stay in New Zealand to prepare for the March 19th fight. Everyone was in complete agreement. Kushner shook hands with the principals and offered to assist them in whatever manner they required.

Inga soon asked Cedric to assist in securing Tua’s opponent at a reasonable price. Kushner made arrangements through a boxing agent for King to be Tua’s opponent and all parties signed off. Inga approved King’s requested purse, amount of rooms, airfares and other related expenses. Inga then requested that Kushner secure a signed contract as soon as possible.

Robina asked Cedric to assist in securing Tua’s opponent at a reasonable price. Then

Kushner contacted one of his agents who obtained Demetrice King and the deal was struck, subject to Tua agreeing to fight King.

Robina then asked Cedric to forward a Demetrius King-signed contract for David to sign and she could forward a fully executed copy to Maori Television, which had required a signed contract to confirm that the fight was taking place on March 19.

“I was not responsible in any way for paying Demetrice’s purse,” Kushner continued. “I’m David Tua’s promoter and whatever is in his best interest is also in my best interest. Therefore, when Robina asked me for the paperwork, I used a Gotham Boxing contract only as a template, assuming Inga would be fully responsible for all payments as the show’s promoter. I didn’t suspect anything was wrong until Inga told me hours before Demetrice was flying home that Gotham Boxing, not his company, was responsible for paying King. I was blown away. Why would I seek confirmation of his approval for all aspects of the deal – purse, airline tickets, hotel rooms, etc. – if I were paying for the fight? Why did he buy the airline tickets? I still thought he was joking. I wasn’t overly concerned until I returned to New York City and received phone calls of concern and then read numerous stories tarnishing my reputation. I paid Demetrice because I didn’t want him to get ‘stiffed,’ however; all I did was help to secure an opponent for David Tua. It’s a pity that this type of thing has to take place and the poor fighter is made to suffer, but I’m lucky we got this dealt with.”

SERRANO IMPRESSIVE IN PHILLY, DOMINATES ALARCON

Earlier tonight undefeated welterweight prospect, Raymond "Tito" Serrano continued his rise up the welterweight ranks with a 5th round TKO over Corey Alarcon in the main event of "Unfinished Business" at the South Philly Asylum Arena in Philadelphia, PA. The bout was promoted by Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing and KEA Boxing Promotions.

The 21-year-old, Serrano dominated Alarcon throughout, dropping him with a hard left hook to the body in round one. Another left hook to the body hurt Alarcon in the second but he was able to stay on his feet.

Rounds three and four were similar with Serrano working behind a piston-like jab to continue punishing his opponent.

In the 5th Serrano really poured it on, unloading with a heavy barrage of punches. A beautifully placed left hook to the head dropped Alarcon for the second time in the fight. Alarcon was able to beat the count but as soon as the bout resumed Serrano jumped all over him dropping him again with a crisp right, left combination. At this point the referee had seen enough and called a halt to the contest at. Official time of stoppage was 44 seconds of the 5th round.

Very impressive showing behind a large contingent of fans for the hometown favorite Serrano.

With the victory Serrano improved to a perfect 15-0, 8KO's. Look for the Philadelphian native to be back in action May 5th on Star Boxing's upcoming card at the Paradise Theater in the Bronx, NY.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Hector Camacho Jr. Looks to Avenge Father’s Loss to Saul Duran April 8

Next Friday night, April 8, in Atlanta, Middleweight boxer Hector Camacho Jr. will look to avenge his father’s loss against Saul Duran. Hector “Macho” Camacho—a boxing legend with multiple championships—fought Duran at the tail end of his career last May and was defeated in 10 rounds, ending his incredible career with a record of 79-6-3.

This fight is not only about Camacho Jr. getting revenge and evening the playing field against Duran, but to also win to keep his hopes of getting another championship fight later this year.

“Of course I want to get out there and avenge my father’s loss,” said Camacho Jr. about fighting Duran. “But at the end of the day it is about getting the ‘W’ and working towards a title fight.”

Last year Camacho Jr. fought David Lemieux for the WBC International middleweight title and was defeated. Since, he has rebounded with a win over Juan Astorga, and looks to make an impact in his fight against Duran to make a bid for an upcoming title shot.

“Losing that championship fight in October really irks me, and I have been using it as motivation for getting ready for these upcoming fights,” said Camacho Jr. “I need to continue to win, and if I can land a huge fight by September or October then I’ll be right on point with my game plan.”

Camacho Jr. is adamant about staying active in upcoming months in preparation for a possible championship fight.

“After the bout with Duran I want to line up at least two more fights between now and the summer, and keep working hard to get to the top.”

When Camacho Jr. is not training he donates a large part of his time to working with inner city kids and is a Board Member for the nonprofit organization Find A Dream.

“I came from where a lot of these kids are coming from, and boxing was my way out,” said Camacho Jr. “Find A Dream is doing a great thing working with youth in communities throughout America. When kids don’t have a mentor or have direction, it is easy for them to stray of the path and get involved in drugs or gangs. But having an outlet like Find A Dream will help them stay on track and give them something to work for.”

Camacho Jr. will go to battle with Saul Duran Friday, April 8 at the North Atlanta Trade Center in Norcross, Georgia.

JESSE BRINKLEY VS. PETER QUILLIN PRESS CONFERENCE HIGHLIGHTS


April 1st, 2011. Reno -- A press conference was held at the Eldorado Hotel Casino on Tuesday afternoon for the highly anticipated April 29th super-middleweight bout between Yerington, NV’s Jesse Brinkley (35-6, 22 KOs) and Brooklyn, NY’s Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin (23-0, 17 KOs).

Jesse Brinkley discussed what this fight means to him in the wake of his loss against IBF super-middleweight champion, Lucian Bute.

“I never thought I would be back here without the world title. Let’s just start out by saying that the loss was a disappointment to me. I haven’t gotten over that loss.”

“I want to be back to the world championship level. I want to fight for another world title. I’m here to fight Peter Quillin because I believe he is the type of fighter that if you beat him you are right back at the HBO/Showtime level.”

“After the fight with Lucian, I have a lot of questions that need to be answered. I need to know what it is like to go to war again with a young lion.”

Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin focused on the fact that this fight is a big step up in his career.

“Come April 29th, you’re going to see Kid Chocolate and Jesse Brinkley get it on. You have to take opportunities when they come. I want the world to see me as a bona fide champion.”

“I know Jesse is going to be tough. I want to be 24-0 after this fight. If the knockout comes, then I will go home with a big knockout, but if not, I will settle for a big win.”

“This is a great fight for boxing fans.” Says Robert Diaz, matchmaker for Golden Boy Promotions. “We have high expectations for Peter Quillin, and we think that his style matches up perfectly to beat Jesse Brinkley.”

Let’s Get It On Promotions’ Tommy Lane spoke in more detail about the main event.

“After the Bute fight in the dressing room, Jesse came to Terry and me and asked ‘When can we go back and rock Reno?’”

“Its a fight that Jesse can win, and should win. But it’s the type of fight where each guy is the gate-keeper to the other’s career. It is a fight that is very consequential.”

Let’s Get It On Promotions’ Terry Lane, discussed how this card is a kick off to the Cinco De Mayo celebration.

“We invite the Mexican and Mexican-American community to this fight on April 29th to help begin their Cinco De Mayo festivities. Boxing is so entrenched in the Mexican culture.”

Continuing with the Cinco De Mayo theme, undercard details were announced at Tuesday’s press conference. Returning to fight in Northern Nevada for the third time is “El Negro Mexicano” “Lightning” Lonnie Smith (12-2-2) from Las Vegas, NV. Smith will fight in a six round bout. It was also announced that decorated amateur “Chuy” Elizondo from Carson City, NV will make his pro debut on the undercard. Undefeated super-middleweight Carlos Gaytan from Reno (2-0-1, 1 KO) will also be on the undercard in a four round bout.

What is being billed as a special attraction bout, former two-time University of Nevada, Reno collegiate welterweight boxing champion, Thomas Gennaro, will be making his pro debut on April 29th. Gennaro, who has thrived in a long standing Northern Nevada boxing tradition, is excited to be fighting as a professional.

“This has been something that has crawled inside me and I need to do. April 29th, I’m going to come out and let it shine.”

“I’m ready to get back in the ring in front of Reno and make this happen. I’m ready to rock!”

As a side note, and some fun boxing trivia, famed boxing writer Michael Marley once fought for the University of Nevada Boxing team. So did Mills Lane, who was the 1960 collegiate welterweight champion.

Brinkley vs. Quillin will be held at the Reno Events Center in Downtown Reno. The fight will be televised on Telefutura’s Solo Boxeo series. Check local listings. Tickets are available on Ticketmaster.com, by calling 800-745-3000, or by visiting the Silver Legacy or Reno Events Center box office during hours of operation. Prices are $33.25, $63.25, and $103.25. Doors open at 6pm, first bell at 7pm. The card is being presented by Don Chargin Productions, Golden Boy Promotions, Let’s Get It On Promotions, PR Entertainment, The Eldorado Hotel Casino, Silver Legacy Resort Casino and The Circus Circus Hotel Casino.

All bouts subject to change.

Abner Mares: "My Style Will Make Him Do Whatever I Want!"

SALUTE TO PHILADELPHIA BOXERS CARD TO TAKE PLACE ON APRIL 15TH AT THE NEW PALLADIUM IN PHILADELPHIA

Philly favorites Coy Evans, Fred Jenkins and Kaseem Wilson plus New York stars Edgar Santana &  Melissa Hernandez 

PHILADELPHIA (March 31, 2011)—On Friday night, April 15 Wilkes Productions presents “Salute to Philly Boxers” card that will take place at the New Palladium That is located at 229 West Allegheny Ave. in Philadelphia

The card is dubbed “Rumble Night in North Philly”

In the main event, undefeated Featherweight Coy “Pretty Boy” Evans will see action in the six round main event.

Evans of Philadelphia has a record of 10-0-1 with two wins coming by knockout.

Evans has is one of the top prospects in Philadelphia and has been stepping up the competition with each bout. Evans has been fighting opponents with significantly more experience yet Evans has come through with flying colors.

In his last bout, Evans scored a six round unanimous decision over Felipe Almanza (18-19-4) on January 28th in Philadelphia.

Also seeing action is the woman who many consider to be the top pound for pound female fighter in the world in Melissa “Hurracan” Hernandez.

The native of Bronx, NY has a record of 14-2-3 with five knockouts.

Hernandez has faced some of the top female fighters in the world and has captured the WIBA International Super Bantamweight title with a ten round unanimous decision over Lisa Brown (12-2-3)

Hernandez also captured the Global Boxing Union Lightweight title with a majority decision over Layla McCarter (23-12-5)

She added more hardware as she won the WIBA International Lightweight title with a unanimous decision over Victoria Cisneros.

She is coming off a four round stoppage over DJ Morrison on January 20th in Charlotte, NC

Rounding out the six round bouts will be Jr. Welterweight Edgar Santana.

Santana of New York has an impressive mark of 24-3 with fifteen knockouts and was considered one of the top prospects in the Jr. Welterweight division as he won twenty-one of his first twenty-three bouts as he had quality wins over Francisco Campos (20-5-1); Meacher Major (12-2-1).

This will be Santana’s first fight in three years and he is riding a three fight winning streak

In four round bouts, Kaseem Wilson, (12-2-1, 4 KO’s) of Philadelphia; Light Heavyweight Fred Jenkins Jr. (1-0, 1 KO) Heavyweight Mark Ridout (Pro Debut); Marvin Jones (2-0, 2 KO’s) of Tampa, Florida and Jr. Middleweight Glenwood Latimer (Pro Debut) will also see action against opponent to be announced.

Tickets for this special night of boxing cost: $50 for Ringside and $40 for General Admission and be purchased at the New Palladium (267-773-8411) ; Wilkes Productions (215-222-7127) & Sloan Harrison 215.471.6540

SERRANO RETURNS HOME HEADLINES "UNFINISHED BUSINESS" TONIGHT IN PHILLY


RAYMOND "TITO" SERRANO

Star Boxing's rising undefeated welterweight prospect from Philadelphia, Raymond "Tito" Serrano returns home for the first time in over two years when he takes on Corey Alarcon in the main event of "Unfinished Business" tonight at the South Philly Asylum Arena in Philadelphia, PA. The bout is promoted by Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing and KEA Boxing Promotions.

The 21-year-old, Serrano (14-0, 7KO's) burst onto the scene in late 2007 scoring a first round TKO over Tierre King. Since then he has gradually begun to make the transition from prospect to up and coming contender. Serrano has been featured on ESPN's "Friday Night Fights" on two separate occasions, both times winning impressive eight round unanimous decisions (UD8 Jay Krupp 12-1, UD8 Ronald Warrior 13-2-1). Serrano picked up three wins in 2010, including an impressive eight round victory over current IBA Intercontinental Welterweight Champion Ayi Bruce in July (19-3, 12KO's) in July. Bruce holds a decision win over former top-rated welterweight Shamone Alvarez.

Alarcon is no pushover and has been in the ring with a number of top prospects including Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., Vernon Paris, Rocky Juarez, Chad Broussard, and Mike "No Joke" Stewart. Alarcon also owns a victory (DQ) over welterweight contender and soon to be world title challenger, "Vicious" Victor Ortiz.

Serrano and Alarcon (14-16-1, 4KO's) officially weighed-in minutes ago with Serrano tipping the scales at a ripped and ready 146lbs. and Alarcon weighing in at 147 1/2 lbs.

Doors open at 7:30PM and first bout is at 8PM. Tickets are $100 (VIP ringside), $100 (VIP upper box), $65 (ringside) and $45 (general admission). You can purchase tickets at www.KEAboxing.com (973-903-2907) or at the Arena box office.

Floyd Mayweather, Jr.: "He Takes The Test And We Got A Fight!"

Thursday, March 31, 2011

RONALD CRUZ, MANUEL GUZMAN TAKE THEIR PENNSYLVANIA RIVALRY TO CAESARS ATLANTIC CITY APRIL 23

Atlantic City, NJ—Welterweights Ronald Cruz and Manuel Guzman, who live and train within forty miles of each other in Pennsylvania, will take their in-state rivalry to New Jersey when they meet in an eight-round contest Saturday evening, April 23, in the Palladium Ballroom at Caesars Atlantic City.

The Cruz-Guzman fight will serve as the semifinal to the scheduled 12-round main event which features Omar Sheika, of Paterson, NJ, against Garrett Wilson, of Philadelphia, PA, for the vacant United States Boxing Association (USBA) cruiserweight title. The first of seven fights begins at 7.30 p.m. in the 1,450-seat ballroom, the first time it has been used for boxing.

Cruz, 24, of Bethlehem, PA, is coming off a pair of strong performances. He knocked out Jeremy Bryan, of Paterson, NJ, last Oct. 30 at Bally’s Atlantic City, then followed with a third-round K0 over Dillet Frederick, of Fort Myers, FL, on Feb. 26 in the same ring.

A pro less than 28 months, Cruz is 11-0, 8 K0s.

Guzman, 28, of Lancaster, PA, comes into this fight having lost an eight-round decision to former U.S. Olympian Sadam Ali last Dec. 9 at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ. Ali is unbeaten in 11 pro fights himself.

Prior to that, Guzman got off the floor in the first round and knocked out Ardrick Butler, of Philadelphia, PA, in two rounds July 9, 2010, at Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall.

A pro since 2006, Guzman is 7-10-2, 3 K0s. He has never been stopped and was the first boxer to beat then-undefeated Tommy Rainone, of New York, in 2008.

Five additional fights complete the card.

Tickets priced at $50 and $75 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.

R.I.P. Gil Clancy

From Ring 8 - http://www.ring8ny.com/

It saddened us to learn that Hall of Fame boxing trainer and commentator, Gil Clancy, passed away this morning. Gil worked with Muhammad Ali, Joe Frazier, George Foreman, Jerry Quarry as well as Gerry Cooney in his bout with Foreman. He was the first and only trainer of Emile Griffith, and led him to win both the welterweight and middleweight championships of the world. He was a class act and an asset to the great sport of boxing. He will surely be missed. May he rest in peace.

 Gil pictured here with Emile Griffith & Howie Albert

Gil Clancy was born on May 30, 1922. Clancy is a Hall of Fame boxing trainer and one of the most noted boxing commentators of the 1980s and 1990s. Clancy is a member of the International Boxing Hall of Fame. In 1983, he won the Sam Taub Award for excellence in boxing broadcasting journalism.

He is married to Nancy Clancy, and has six children and a number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

After the famous No Más Fight between Roberto Durán and Sugar Ray Leonard was stopped in the 8th round when Duran quit with a “No más! No más!”, it was Gil Clancy who first suggested that Duran must have quit due to stomach distress and probably had to use the bathroom. Ultimately, this turned out to be just about what Durán later said himself.

Fighters Trained

Alex Miteff
Oscar Bonavena
Gregorio Peralta
Muhammad Ali (at different times during career)
Joe Frazier (at different times during career)
Mac Foster
Johnny Persol
Jerry Quarry
Gerry Cooney (during fight with Foreman)
Jorge Victor Ahumada
Tony Anthony
Tom Bethea
Ralph Jones
Juan Carlos Rivero
Emile Griffith
Rodrigo Valdez
Harold Weston Jr.
Oscar De La Hoya
Ken Buchanan
Juan La Porte
George Foreman (after the Ali fight, until first retirement)
Charlie Green
Manuel Alvarez
Eddie Mustafa Muhammad (as a manager)

Awards & Recognition

1967 & 1973 Boxing Writers Association of America Manager of the Year

1983 Sam Taub Award: Boxing Writers Association of America Excellence in Broadcasting Journalism Award

Inducted into the World Boxing Hall of Fame, “Expanded Category” (Managers & Trainers)

Inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame, “Non-Participant”

Miscellaneous

Took over matchmaking duties from Teddy Brenner at Madison Square Garden in late 1978. He held the position for three years.

In the early 1980s, Clancy started working as a television boxing commentator. He worked for CBS Sports, MSG Network, and HBO. In an interview with Zachary Levin, Clancy told how he got his start: “I was at a cocktail party with Angelo (Dundee). And Barry Frank was there. He was president of CBS Sports. And we always used to joke around, Angelo and I. So Barry Frank says, ‘Could you guys do that on the air?’ I say, ‘Sure.’ The next week we were on the air from Italy.”

Grano In Crossroads Fight April 9 In Hartford

“The Willie Pep Boxing Classic" at Connecticut Convention Center

HARTFORD (March 31, 2011) – Popular Connecticut heavyweight Tony “TNT” Grano will be in a crossroads fight April 9 when he headlines “The Willie Pep Boxing Classic,” presented by Hard Hittin’ Promotions (“HHP”), at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford.

Grano (17-2-1, 13 KOs), fighting out of nearby Hebron, faces veteran “Diamond” Dominque Alexander in the 8-round main event. Grano, the WBF All-Americas heavyweight champion and 2005 U.S. Nationals winner, is coming off his second career loss, the first by stoppage, last June to Nicolai Firtha in June. Grano hopes to get back where he was in 2009, when he knocked out previously unbeaten Travis Kauffman (18-0) on ShoBox.

“I feel real good and have been training hard,” Grano reported. “I’ve been getting good work in the gym, hitting the roads running, and I’ve been working with good sparring partners. I feel sharp and I’m excited about getting back into the ring. I felt that I got a bad shake in my last fight where there was an early stoppage. I was in great condition, physically, but not mentally. I wasn’t focused and didn’t have a good game plan, Not being focused killed me.

“He rocked me in the first round and I was hit when down. That through me out of what game plan I had and I went toe-to-toe with a big guy – punch-for-punch – and you can’t do that in this division. I was totally shocked when the referee stopped the fight. I was throwing back and had just hit him with a three-punch combination.”

Alexander has fought WBO heavyweight champion Shannon Briggs and current WBO cruiserweight titlist Krzysztof Wlodarczyk, in addition to world heavyweight title challengers Kali Meehan and Fres Oquendo, and Odlanier Solis.

“I know Alexander is experienced with over 30 fights against guys like Briggs and Solis. I do know that every time he’s stepped up he’s been stopped. I don’t take anybody lightly but, personally, I don’t think he can last more than four rounds with me. Not the way I feel right now. I’m very confident and in great shape. This is a good guy for me to get back in the ring with.

“I’m ready to make a serious statement. I’m going to show everybody on April 9th that I’m ready to make the next step up. After this fight I want to stay busy and get back in the ring in May or June.”

The undercard showcases some of the best young fighters in New England, including Meriden (CT) by way of Mexico bantamweight Danny Aquino (5-1, 1 KO) vs. James Owens (4-2, 2 KOs), Puerto Rican junior welterweight prospect – training in New Haven – Javier “El Chino” Flores (5-0, 4 KOs) vs. game Norwalk (CT) veteran Shakha Moore (10-15-3, 2 KOs), and promising New Haven featherweight and former amateur standout, Luis Rosa (5-0, 2 KOs) vs. Tommy Attencio (4-6, 2 KOs), all in 6-round bouts. Undefeated East Hartford Joseph “Chip” Perez (5-0, 2 KOs) faces Charles Vanderveer (1-1, 1 KO) in a 4-rounder.

Also scheduled to fight on the undercard are a pair of Middletown (CT) favorites, light heavyweight Doug Cartelli (1-0) and pro-debuting junior middleweight Willie Picard. They’ll be facing the Williams brothers, respectively, Jaquan (pro debut) and Charles (0-1), from North Carolina. All fights and fighters are subject to change.

Tickets are priced at $100.00 (ringside), $80.00 (preferred seating), $60.00 (reserved) and $40.00 (general admission) and are available to purchase by calling 860.402.4838 or The Lions Den at 860.613.2394.

Willie Pep: Born Gugloermo Papaleo in 1922 in Middletown, CT. He was a 2-time world champion who retired in 1966 after a 26 year professional career with an amazing 229-11-1 (65 KOs) record. In 1990, Pep was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in Canastota, New York. He died November 23, 2006 at the age of 84.

UNDEFEATED CANADIAN MIDDLEWEIGHT DAVID LEMIUEX READY TO MAKE A STATEMENT IN WBC TITLE ELIMINATOR BOUT AGAINST MARCO ANTONIO RUBIO APRIL 8 LIVE ON ESPN'S FRIDAY NIGHT FIGHTS FROM THE BELL CENTRE IN MONTREAL

Montreal, Canada (March 31) - Undefeated Canadian middleweight David Lemieux (25-0, 24 KOs) is prepared to make a serious statement when he faces Marco Antonio Rubio (49-5-1, 42 KOs) in a WBC middleweight title eliminator on Friday, April 8 from the Bell Centre in Montreal. The Lemieux vs. Rubio fight, which is the final installment of Groupe Yvon Michel's highly acclaimed FAST AND THE FURIOUS fight series, will be the main event of ESPN's Friday Night Fights that evening (11:00 p.m. ET, ESPN2).

"Rubio is the best opponent I have fought to date," said Lemieux, whose list of conquests includes Hector Camacho Jr. whom he beat in a first round knockout. "It is going to be interesting to see what Rubio brings to the table. He is a big puncher and has a lot more experience than I do. I am ready to give it my all and I am preparing for war."

"We are excited to see David in a terrific fight that night from the Bell Centre in Montreal and we are delighted that the US boxing fans will have a chance to see him on ESPN's Friday Night Fights," said Yvon Michel, President of Groupe Yvon Michel. "He is a fantastic, very exciting fighter and I think this very competitive fight against Rubio will catapult him to another stage of his career. It is a terrific main event fight and a really great way to end our Fast and Furious Fight series too."

Lemieux, who has knocked out 24 of his 25 career opponents, is in a position that most fighters dream of - he is one step away from a world title. Rubio, who has an impressive resume and brings his veteran's experience to the ring, will be a sure test for the undefeated Lemieux. If victorious, Lemieux will be set to face the winner of WBC Middleweight Championship between Sebastian Zbik vs. Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. taking place on June 4.

"I honestly feel that Rubio is tougher than either of the fighters I would face for the title if I win," Lemieux continued. "I am not looking past Rubio and taking it one step at a time, but I am really looking forward to making a statement with this fight and doing whatever I have to do to get a shot at the middleweight title."

Long before Lemieux was ranked the #2-ranked middleweight in the world by the WBC, he was a troublemaker running in the wrong circles. A self-proclaimed "Dennis the Menace," Lemieux was kicked out of school multiple times, as his family moved from house to house, and was often found fighting in the streets. At the age of nine, a neighbor caught Lemieux smoking a cigar and offered to take him to the boxing gym in order to teach him discipline.

"Boxing saved my life," said Lemieux. "Violence and drugs were all around me when I was growing up. If I hadn't discovered boxing, I don't know what I would be doing. I never would have been good at a routine desk job. I fell in love with the boxing gym, and I never wanted to leave."

Follow David Lemieux on Twitter at www.Twitter.com/lemieuxboxing.

Become a fan of Lemieux Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/pages/David-Lemieux/105301672854587?ref=ts&sk=info.

Tickets: Tickets for Lemieux vs. Rubio are available now at the Bell Centre Box Office, http://www.evenko.ca or through GYM (514.383.0666) starting at $60.

Son Of Great Ricardo Lopez Added To Saturday Night’s Segura-Calderon 2 PPV Card

HOBOKEN, N.J. (March 31, 2011) – Unbeaten Mexican flyweight prospect, Alonso “Finito” Lopez, son of legendary Mexican boxer Ricardo “Finito” Lopez, has been added to Saturday night’s “La Revancha” pay-per-view event, 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, live from Auditorio del Estado in Mexicali, Mexico.

The 25-year-old Lopez (8-0-1, 3 KOs) faces Jorge Guerrero (5-4, 2 KOs) in a six-round bout. Lopez’ father, four-time world champion and Hall of Fame inductuee Ricardo “Finito” Lopez (51-0-1, 38 KOs), who established the record for most consecutive title bouts without losing (26), defended his WBC Strawweight title 21 times.

“La Revancha: Segura-Calderon 2,” presented by Zanfer Promotions and PR Best Boxing, will be distributed live 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. It will also available worldwide on Internet PPV (excluding Mexico and Puerto Rico) via www.Integratedsportsnet.neulion.com.

The 12 round co-feature matches a pair of former world title challengers from Mexico, Jorge “Baby Face” Lacierva (38-7-6, 26 KOs) and Fernando “Wary” Beltran, Jr. (35-4-1, 19 KOs), in an IBF featherweight eliminator.

Veteran Ricardo “Piolo” Castillo (39-9-2, 26 KOs), a three-time world title challenger, battles Joksan “El Torito” Hernandez (21-3, 14 KOs), the former WBC Continental Americas super featherweight titlist, in a 12-round bout for the IBF Latino Featherweight Championship. Castillo is the younger brother of two-time world lightweight champion Jose Luis Castillo.

Time permitting, additional bouts will air, possibly undefeated Mexican super bantamweight prospect Ramon “Cobra” Maas (24-0, 15 KOs) versus dangerous Enrique “Duende” Bernache (15-2, 7 KOs) in a 10 rounder, as well as one showcasing 18-year-old Mexican-American phenom Jose Benavides (10-0, 9 KOs), the hot super lightweight prospect from Los Angeles. Benavides had an outstanding 120-5 amateur record, including a gold-medal performance at the 2009 National Golden Gloves Tournament.

All fights and fighters are subject to change.

Segura-Calderon I was one of the 2010 Fights of the Year. 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. Segura, who will turn 29 this Friday, also holds notable victories against Daniel Reyes KO1) and Carlos Tamara (DEC12).

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, who is rated No. 1 by The Ring, as well as No. 3 by the WBO, has defeated great 108 and 105 pound world champions and challengers such as 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.

Prior to the main event, the great Julio Cesar Chavez, Sr. will be honored by the Boxing Commission of Mexicali as one of the best pound-for-pound boxers in Mexican history. Chavez will also receive an award for his induction into the International Boxing Hall of Fame.

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

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Broadway Boxing Results


By: Michael Gerard Seiler

Junior lightweight Jose Pedraza (2-0, 2 KO's) made a successful U.S.A. professional debut at the BB King Blues Club and Grill, stopping Corben Page (1-2) at 2:25 of the first round.

Pedraza displayed excellent balance and coordination, as well as an abundance of future-star qualities. He overwhelmed Page with his hand speed and power, dropping the Oregon native with a quick right-hand shot in the beginning of the round. Page got up, but was met with blistering combinations from the Puerto Rican sensation. Once again, Pedraza put Page on the canvas with a short right cross. At this point, Page's face was badly bruised and he was trapped in the corner. Referee Joe Cusano finally stopped the bout after Pedraza unloaded another barrage of punches to Page's head and body.

In the co-main event, Darnell Boone (18-17-3, 7 KO's) upset previously unbeaten Willie Monroe, Jr. (10-1, 4 KO's), capturing an eight-round split decision victory. Official scores were 78-73 and 77-74 for Boone, and 76-75 for Monroe.

Monroe, a southpaw, appeared to win the first two rounds using his right jab and superior lateral movement. However, Boone came on strong in the third round, connecting with an overhand right and many shots to the body. At times, Monroe's back was against the ropes, as Boone smothered his punches.

Monroe kept Boone away in round four behind his jab and slick movement, although he had trouble in round five. Boone stalked him all over the ring, landing a left hook that floored Monroe, but it was ruled a slip by the referee. Boone aggressively attacked and scored with shots to Monroe's body.

In the sixth round, Boone applied heavy pressure, but Monroe kept him turning.

Boone did very well in the seventh round, as Monroe stood in front of him too long at times without unleashing many punches.

Finally, Boone caught Monroe in the eighth round with a firm right-hand shot, sending the Rochester, New York native to the canvas.

Light heavyweight Seanie Monaghan (7-0, 4 KO's) put together another crowd-pleasing performance, winning a four-round unanimous decision against Michael Glenn (2-3, 1 KO). All three judges scored the contest 40-36 for Monaghan.

Although the official scores were one-sided, Monaghan went blow-for-blow with Glenn throughout the entire bout. Monaghan showed tremendous endurance, and his large volume of body punching slowly wore Glenn down.

Super middleweight prospect Travis Peterkin of Brooklyn, NY (2-0, 2 KO's) stopped Abdellah Smith (1-2, 1 KO) of Queens, NY at 2:33 of round one. Peterkin, a southpaw, hurt Smith with several straight-left bombs and vicious right hooks until the bout was halted.

Scott Burrell (3-0, 2 KO's) won a four-round unanimous decision over a tough Jemell Tyson (0-1-1) in a lightweight contest. Official scores were 39-37 and 40-36 twice.

Tyson was very competitive in round one, but Burrell landed multiple right crosses, leaving Tyson slightly staggering, as he walked back to his corner at the end of the round.

In round two, Burrell controlled the action with his devastating right-hand punches, although Tyson fought better in the middle of the round, scoring with fierce left uppercuts to Burrell's body.

It was quite apparent by round three that Burrell was the sharper puncher, and his shots were inflicting a lot of damage. Yet, Tyson fought well in the fourth round. Tyson cut Burrell's right eye with a series of straight lefts, and totally outworked him in the final round, but came up short on the judges' scorecards.

Junior middleweight Delen Parsley (5-0, 2 KO's) remained unbeaten, capturing a six-round unanimous decision over a fearless David Lopez (3-5, 3 KO's). Official scores were 58-56 and 59-55 twice.

Parsley, who prefers counter-punching over pressing his opponents, was the aggressor during the first two rounds. He successfully landed his right-hand shots during the first six minutes of action.

In round three, Lopez tried to catch Parsley with a lunging left hand, but missed widely. Suddenly, Lopez stepped up the pace. Parsley responded by tagging Lopez with a sharp left jab, and landing a thunderous left hook to the body.

Lopez got to Parsley in round four, exploding with a multitude of punches. Lopez, a southpaw, connected with several straight lefts and right hooks to Parsley's body.

Parsley controlled range in round five, although Lopez came on with wide punches toward the end of the round.

Once again, Lopez charged forward in round six, but was hesitant at times to let his hands go due to Parsley's hand speed.

Junior welterweight Gabriel DuLuc (1-0) won his professional debut over Joal Alarcon (0-2) by a four-round unanimous decision. All three judges scored the fight 40-35.

DuLuc, a Dorchester, Massachusetts native, sent Alarcon down in the first round with a thunderous right cross. From there, he dominated the round with right crosses and left hooks in succession.

DuLuc punished Alarcon with body shots in round two, and used lateral movement to frustrate him.

In rounds three and four, Alarcon's punch output steadily dropped, letting DuLuc coast to his first career victory.

JAMES KIRKLAND'S RETURN CONTINUES ON APRIL 9: KNOCKOUT KING FACES FORMER WORLD CHAMPION NOBUHIRO ISHIDA ON "ACTION HEROES" PAY-PER-VIEW EVENT FROM THE MGM GRAND GARDEN ARENA

LOS ANGELES, March 30 - After scoring two spectacular knockout wins in his return to the ring following a nearly two year absence, James "Mandingo Warrior" Kirkland has picked up where he left off...dominating his opponents. On the April 9 "Action Heroes" pay-per-view event at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, the knockout artist will continue his highly anticipated comeback against former Junior Middleweight World Champion Nobuhiro Ishida.

When James Kirkland (27-0, 24 KO's) is on a fight card, boxing fans know what they're in for, and it's usually a spectacular knockout. That's what they got on March 5 of this year when the Austin, Texas native who now lives and trains in Las Vegas returned to the ring and stopped Ashandi Gibbs in just 34 seconds. Just 13 days later, Kirkland struck again, this time dispatching Jhon Berrio in less than two rounds. The 27-year-old southpaw expects to get more work against Ishida, but with the dynamite Kirkland packs in his fists, it's advisable to stay in your seat for this one.

Owner of the interim WBA Junior Middleweight World Title for over a year from 2009 to 2010, 35-year-old Nobuhiro Ishida (22-6-2, 7 KO's) is a veteran who has the ability to show a young fighter like Kirkland some things he's never seen in the ring before. The Osaka, Japan native is a proud warrior who has never been stopped in his nearly 11-year professional career and is unbeaten in 12 of his last 13 bouts. In his last fight, Ishida lost a narrow split decision in a tough battle with Rigoberto "El Español" Alvarez, Canelo Alvarez's brother, and is looking forward to getting back on track in his United States debut on April 9.

"Action Heroes," featuring Erik Morales vs. Marcos Maidana in a 12-round junior welterweight bout, Robert Guerrero vs. Michael Katsidis in a 12-round bout for the vacant WBA and WBO Interim Lightweight Championships, James Kirkland vs. Nobuhiro Ishida in an 8-round middleweight bout and Paul Malignaggi vs. Jose Miguel Cotto in a 10-round welterweight bout, 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 Tequila. 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. 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.

For more information, visit www.goldenboypromotions.com, on Twitter at @GoldenBoyBoxing, @boxlatino, @UBPboxen, @terrible100, @ChinoMaidana, @TeamGuerrero, @MickKatsidis, @PAULMALIGNAGGI or become a fan on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GoldenBoyBoxing. Follow HBO Boxing news at www.hbo.com/boxing, Facebook at www.facebook.com/hboboxing and on Twitter www.twitter.com/hboboxing.

The Morales vs. Maidana pay-per-view telecast, which begins at 9:00 p.m. ET / 6:00 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.

STAR BOXING RETURNS TO MOHEGAN SUN APRIL 22ND ON ESPN'S "FRIDAY NIGHT FIGHTS"


On Friday, April 22nd, Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing returns to the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, CT with an intriguing double-header on ESPN's "Friday Night Fights". Kicking off the telecast will be Providence Rhode Island's 2008 U.S. Olympian, Demetrius Andrade as he takes on his toughest opponent to date when he squares off against once beaten Omar Bell in an eight round jr. middleweight showdown. Then all-action, Bayan Jargal looks to make the leap into the mix of top 140 pounders when he takes on the "Khanqueror" Breidis Prescott in a ten round jr. welterweight contest.

"We are excited to be returning to Mohegan Sun, with what promises to be an exciting double-header," stated Joe DeGuardia, CEO of Star Boxing, and promoter of Jargal and Andrade. "At Star Boxing we always look to make the best possible fights for the fans, and we feel April 22nd will be no different. You have one of the hottest prospects in all of boxing opening up the show, and Jargal and Prescott are both all-action fighters which is sure to produce fireworks. We are also looking to to pack the undercard with exciting local talent that will make it an entertaining and exciting show from top to bottom."

"Friday Night Fights and Mohegan Sun go hand-in-hand when it comes to providing a memorable night of action and competition," said Tom Cantone, Vice President of Sports and Entertainment at Mohegan Sun. "The relationship we've sustained throughout the years has provided boxing fans with entertainment and allows the region's premiere fighters to showcase their talents."

Jargal (15-1-3, 10KO's) who represented his native Mongolia at the 2004 World Games, is coming off his lone defeat as a pro, a very close, controversial split decision to Steve Chambers (23-1-1). Prescott, (23-3, 19KO's) who is ranked #11 by the WBA, began his career knocking out seventeen of the first eighteen opponents he faced. Prescott shocked the boxing world when he completely annihilated current WBA jr. welterweight champion, Amir Khan, knocking him out in the first round when the two met in 2008. Prescott has since all but begged Khan to step back into the ring with him, and get a shot at Khan's world title, but Khan refuses to fight the man who knocked him out. A win over "Khanqueror" Prescott would immediately throw Jargal into the mix of the loaded jr. welterweight division.

For Andrade (12-0, 8KO's), who along with representing the US in the 2008 Olympics, was the 2007 Amateur World Champion, it will mark the seventh time in just thirteen fights as a pro that the young star will be featured on ESPN. The 23-year-old southpaw, has continued to impress each time he steps in the ring, and is coming off a dominating eight round unanimous decision over another once beaten prospect Alberto Herrera (7-1-1) on ESPN in his last fight.

Bell (8-1, 5KO's) bounced back nice in 2010, (after suffering his first loss as a pro in 2008,) picking up two victories, including a shut-out win in his last fight against previously undefeated Quinton Willis. Bell's has a very exciting non-stop, high output punching style which will make for a very entertaining fight against the highly regarded Andrade.

Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased by calling Ticketmaster at 1 (800) 745-3000 or visiting www.ticketmaster.com. Tickets can also be purchased by calling the Star Boxing office at (718) 823-2000 or visiting www.starboxing.com. Tickets are also available for purchase at the Mohegan Sun Box Office. Tickets are priced at $80, $50 and $35. ESPN will begin live coverage of the event starting at 8PM ET.

Fan Favorite Sonya Lamonakis Added To ‘East-West Showdown’ Card

Berto-Ortiz headlines April 16 at MGM Grand at Foxwoods

NEW YORK, NY (Mar. 30, 2011) – Popular female heavyweight Sonya “The Scholar” Lamonakis has been added to the April 16 “East-West Showdown” card, featuring World Boxing Council (“WBC”) Welterweight World Champion and undefeated star Andre Berto against WBC # 5 rated challenger “Vicious” Victor Ortiz, at the MGM Grand Theater at Foxwoods in Mashantucket, Connecticut.

“East-West Showdown: Berto vs. Ortiz” is presented by DiBella Entertainment, in association with Golden Boy Promotions. The bout will be televised live on HBO’s World Championship Boxing starting at 9:45 PM/ET 6:45 PM/PT. The broadcast kicks off with Amir “King” Khan (24-1, 17 KOs) defending his WBA Super Lightweight World Title against Paul “Dudley” McCloskey (22-0, 12 KOs) from the M.E.N. Arena in Manchester, England.

Lamonakis (4-0, 1 KO), a native of Greece, is a sixth-grade teacher at Harlem’s Family Academy who trains at the famed Gleason’s Gym in New York City. A four-time New York Golden Gloves champion, Sonya was a field hockey and softball player at Springfield College in Massachusetts. She has been a professional boxer since last June and, in her most recent fight, March 12 on the Sergio Martinez-Sergiy Dzinziruk card, also at MGM Grand Theater at Foxwoods, she won an entertaining six-round unanimous decision against previously unbeaten Tanzee Daniel. Lamonakis will be matched in another six-round bout against an opponent to be determined.

“Sonya is an all-action fighter who attracts a lot of fans,” promoter Lou DiBella said. “She has done very well and we’re happy to get her right back in action. Fight fans love watching her fight. ‘The Scholar’ is one of the most exciting female fighters out there today.”

Lamonakis will take on an opponent to be announced.

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.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Bernard Hopkins On Jean Pascal: "Don't Be Surprised If He Dies In May In That Ring; Don't Be Surprised If I Kill Him!"

By: Michael Gerard Seiler, BoxingLedger.com

Bernard "The Executioner" Hopkins (51-5-2, 32 KO's), 46, will once again try to become the oldest champion in boxing history when he battles Jean Pascal (26-1-1, 16 KO's), 28, in a rematch on Saturday, May 21st, at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada. The bout will be for Pascal's WBC, IBO and Ring Magazine light heavyweight titles, as well as the vacant WBC Diamond light heavyweight title. Their first bout was scored a twelve-round majority draw.

A man should be very careful about ridiculing and inciting highly-motivated people, especially a legendary fighter such as Bernard Hopkins. Yesterday, Pascal crossed the line. He alleged that Hopkins is using performance enhancing drugs.

Today, Hopkins responded to those allegations at Planet Hollywood in New York City.

"Don't be surprised if he dies in May in that ring," exclaimed Hopkins. "Don't be surprised if I kill him!"


"He's a whiner," commented Pascal. "Me, I consider that I won the fight, a close fight. But, I am not a whiner. The judges decided otherwise, and scored it a draw. I accept it, because you can never call a close fight a robbery."

Pascal did not completely cease from his allegations about Hopkins this afternoon.

Pascal added, "May 21st you better be on something, because I'm going to bust your ass!"

At this point in his illustrious career, Hopkins doesn't need any extra fuel to get him going.

"I fight for a different reason," stated Hopkins. "I don't need boxing. I'm fine, very fine. Why I'm still fighting is not because I can't turn the lights off and get it out of my system. That's what I do; That's who the hell I am."

"I would never say something derogatory about an athlete without any proof to support it," said Nazim Richardson, Hopkins' trainer. "Because, you don't realize you are actually giving a man the greatest compliment in the world."


"Bernard Hopkins said he has fans in Montreal," claimed Yvon Michel, President of Groupe Yvon Michel. "He is right and that's the good story, which is sad because he has more fans in Montreal than Philadelphia."

More photos from today's press conference






Tickets priced at C$500, C$350, C$250, C$175, C$110, $C75, C$50, and C$35, go on sale on Friday, April 1, 2011 at 12:00p.m. E/T, and may be purchased at the Bell Centre box office, or by calling (514) 790-2525 or (877) 668-8269. Tickets will also be available online at www.evenko.ca. A limited number of VIP tables priced at C$4,000, C$3,000 and C$2,500 will also be available for purchase by calling the Bell Centre box office or GYM at (514) 383-0666. 

Segura-Calderon 2 Undercard Announced

‘La Revancha’ PPV Saturday Night

HOBOKEN, N.J. (March 21, 2011) – The pay-per-view undercard for Saturday night’s “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, has been officially announced.

“La Revancha: Segura-Calderon 2,” presented by Zanfer Promotions and PR Best Boxing, will be distributed live in the United States from Auditorio del Estado in Mexicali, Mexico 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.

The 12 round co-feature matches a pair of former world title challengers from Mexico, Jorge “Baby Face” Lacierva (38-7-6, 26 KOs) and Fernando “Wary” Beltran, Jr. (35-4-1, 19 KOs), in an IBF featherweight eliminator.

Veteran Ricardo “Piolo” Castillo (39-9-2, 26 KOs), a three-time world title challenger, battles Joksan “El Torito” Hernandez (21-3, 14 KOs), the former WBC Continental Americas super featherweight titlist, in a 12-round bout for the IBF Latino Featherweight Championship. Castillo is the younger brother of two-time world lightweight champion Jose Luis Castillo.

Also on the card, undefeated Mexican super bantamweight prospect Ramon “Cobra” Maas (24-0, 15 KOs) takes on dangerous Enrique “Duende” Bernache (15-2, 7 KOs) in a 10 rounder.

Time permitting, additional bouts will air, possibly one showcasing 18-year-old Mexican-American phenom Jose Benavides (10-0, 9 KOs), the hot super lightweight prospect from Los Angeles. Benavides, who is trained by Freddie Roach, had an outstanding 120-5 amateur record, including a gold-medal performance at the 2009 National Golden Gloves Tournament.

All fights and fighters are subject to change.

Segura-Calderon I was one of the 2010 Fights of the Year. 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. Segura, who will turn 29 this Friday, also holds notable victories against Daniel Reyes KO1) and Carlos Tamara (DEC12).

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, who is rated No. 1 by The Ring, as well as No. 3 by the WBO, has defeated great 108 and 105 pound world champions and challengers such as 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 Segura-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, 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.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Paul McCloskey's Official VIP 'Dudey Army' Afterparty Following The Amir Khan Fight

Quick Results From Chicago - Adama Demolishes Upshaw To Claim The USBA & IBO Titles

CFC Promotions LLC Presents "Chicago Fight Night"

Middleweight Osumanu Adama (19-2, 14 KOs) defeats Marcus Upshaw (13-5-1, 6 KOs) via KO in 0:42 of round #4 to capture the vacant USBA and IBO I/C belts

Jr. Middleweight Joey Hernandez (18-1-1, 10 KOs) defeats Angel Hernandez (30-10, 17 KOs) via DQ of round #8 to claim the USBO light middleweight Championship.

Chicago's highly touted prospect Welterweight Adrian Granados 7-1-1 (5KO’s) has proven himself as he fought eight rounds with Veteran Lanardo Tyner 24-4-1 (15KO’s) to a Draw

Light Welterweight Antonio Canas improves to 4-0 (3KO's) with a TKO over Andrew Hartley 2-20 (1KO) at 1:52 of Round #1

Lightweight Brooke Dierdorff 6-5-1 (3KO’s) fights to a draw with Ashleigh Curry 3-5-1 (1KO)

Super Middleweight Mike Jimenez 4-0 (3KO’s) decisions Cameron Allen 3-5 (1KO) after four bloody rounds of non stop action.

Featherweight Eric Estrada 9-1 (3KO's) defeats James Lester 9-5 (4KO's) by decision.

Brazil’s Prodigal Son Michael Oliveira Returns Home To Capture Interim WBC Title

SAO PAULO, Brazil (March 25, 2011) – Somebody’s “O” had to go in tonight’s Brazilian-Argentinean showdown between unbeaten prospects, as Michael “The Brazilian Rocky” Oliveira’s rising popularity in his native country continued to grow with his 10-round unanimous decision victory against a game Abel Nicolas “El Principito” Adriel, headlining the “International Boxing Challenge” pro-am event at Mauro Pinheiro Gymnasium in Sao Paulo.

The 20-year-old Oliveira (14-0, 11 KOs), rated No. 10 by the USBA, captured the Interim World Boxing Council Latino Super Middleweight Championship, defeating (98-92, 98-92, 97-93) previously undefeated Adriel (10-1-2, 2 KOs) in front of a spirited, partisan crowd.

“International Boxing Challenge,” presented by MO Productions, aired live on TV Globo Network, SporTV cable, GloboEsporte and TV Globo International.

Brazilians and Argentineans are traditional arch-rivals in sports and the 21-year-old Adriel, who fights out of Buenos Aires, was a natural foe for the hard-punching Oliveira. The extremely active Adriel is a consummate boxer who has now had 13 fights in only 14 months as a professional.

“He changed his style,” Oliveira said after the fight. “I usually fight on the inside but he fought on the inside, and I had to fight on the outside. My performance was sufficient to win and put smiles on the faces of the fans here tonight, but I’m not smiling. I know I’m 100 times better than I showed. I knew he didn’t have any power and he liked to work the body, but he didn’t go to the body as much as I had expected. When he started protecting himself downstairs, I went back upstairs at the end of the fight. It was a fight of adjustments.”

Oliveira, the repeat winner of the Brazilian International Press Award’s Athlete of the Year (2009 and 2010), was born in Sao Paulo but he moved two weeks after birth to Miami with his family. He made his Brazilian debut last November, stopping Junior Ramos in the third round, and remains committed to re-establishing boxing in Brazil.

“I think the people here in Brazil have put me on a pedestal but I’m really not there, yet,” Oliveira noted. “This fight was a valuable learning experience for me. I got sidetracked, expecting one thing from him, and I getting something else. You know, it was like at Christmas when you expect a ball but get a doll. He was tough and I’ll be better because of this fight.”

Oliveira expects to return to the ring once again in Sao Paulo in late May or early June.

Brazil’s last superstar boxer, 4-time world champion Acelino “Popo” Freitas, was in attendance supporting Oliveira.

“This was a very structured event and an incredible project,” Freitas commented. “Michael is very humble and calm in the ring. I flew two hours from my home to support him and what MO Productions is doing for boxing in Brazil.”

Go on line to www.MichaelOliveria.com for additional information.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Up & Coming Boxer Luis Ramos Talks Win Over Jose Hernandez

Guillermo Rigondeaux: A Champion In & Out Of The Ring

Cork, Ireland (March 25, 2011) – WBA Interim Super Bantamweight champion Guillermo ‘El Chacal’ Rigondeaux (8-0, 6 KOs), arguably the greatest amateur boxer of all time, retained his world title last Saturday night by beating previously undefeated hometown favorite and former European champion, Willie ‘Big Bang” Casey (11-1, 7 KOs), in impressive fashion at City West Convention Center in Dublin.

The Guillermo-Casey title fight featured a pair of undefeated boxers headlining a show promoted by Top Rank, Nowhere 2 Hyde Promotions and Dolphil Promotions. Nowhere 2 Hyde Promotions is owned and operated by Gary Hyde, who has managed Rigondeaux since he defected from Cuba in 2007.

‘Rigo’ entered the ring to roar of 4,200 fans loudly booing him, but the talented foreigner calmly pranced around the ring during the pre-fight announcements, and boldly made the executioner sign to the angry, partisan crowd.

At the sounding of the first bell, Casey headed straight at “Rigo,” expecting him to retreat, but Guillermo took a half-step back and countered with a furious combination. Casey instantly felt his opponent’s amazing power and less than one minute later the rugged Irishman was stopped in his tracks by Rigondeaux’ signature punch -- left cross to the liver.

The writing was on the wall as Casey started running scared, attempting to survive the onslaught. ‘Rigo’ is known as a great finisher and he went right after his soon-to-be eighth pro victim, catching Casey with a perfectly delivered uppercut that dropped Casey for the first time in his pro career. The extremely confident ‘Rigo’ strolled over to the neutral corner with one arm raised, signaling his impending victory. Casey rose and ran for cover with ‘Rigo’ closing in to finish the show.

Rigondeaux’ all-out attack, particularly a devastating combination, sent Willie flying across the ring, and down again. This time a dazed Casey rose on very unsteady legs and as the action was about to resume, veteran referee Stanley Christodoulou warned Willie that he would stop the fight if Casey was floored again. “Rigo” immediately jumped all over an overwhelmed and outclassed Casey, who stumbled forward and was going down but was saved further embarrassment by the referee officially who halted the action at 2:38 of the opening round. ‘Rigo” had successfully silenced the crowd with assassin-like results in his first Interim WBA title defense.

Much had been written about both fighters leading up to the March 19th showdown regarding their respective records professional and amateur, home countries, families and much more. What hadn’t been reported written about them, though, was the Cuban boxer’s many links to Ireland, as well as his humanitarian nature. Hyde, who hails from Cork, had been instrumental in bringing a number of Cuban fighters to Ireland, including Rigondeaux, to start their professional boxing careers.

“Rigondeaux defending his world title in Ireland was like a dream come true for me,” Hyde explained. “I managed Rigondeaux since 2007, when in Cuba he signed a managerial contract with me, but it wasn’t until 2009 that the great Cuban fighter managed to defect from Cuba to the United States in order to begin his professional career.”

In January of 2010, while preparing for his fifth pro fight versus Adolfo Landeros, a devastating earthquake hit the Island of Haiti. ‘Rigo’ told Hyde he wanted to donate the purse for that fight to Haitian relief efforts. Hyde contacted Dr. Mick Molloy, a medical officer with the Boxing Union of Ireland, who was at that time working in Boston at the Division of Disaster Medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Centre, which is associated with the Harvard Medical School network.

Dr. Molloy engaged in a number of trips to Haiti as a member of the disaster medical team from the International Centre for Disaster Resilience (ICDR), operated by prominent members of the Disaster Medicine section at Harvard Medical School, Dr Greg Ciottone and Dr Robert Macy.

Dr. Molloy spent more than a year in Boston specializing in disaster Medicine and returned to Ireland to finish his training in emergency medicine at Beaumont Hospital.

The first time Dr. Molloy and ‘Rigo’ actually met, however, was during the Rigondeaux-Casey fight week in Dublin and Dr. Molloy thanked him profusely for his donation to the Boston Children’s Foundation (BCF) and International Centre for Disaster Resilience (ICDR), which funded a six-member team for its initial mission to Haiti in January of 2010.

In addition to being a 2-time Olympic gold medalist, the 29-year-old Rigondeaux also was a 7-time Cuban national champion who captured a pair of World Championship titles, including his 2001triumph in Belfast, during an incredible 243-4 amateur career.

“Rigo” made his pro debut May 22, 2009, capturing the NABA super bantamweight title in his third fight 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 division champion.

The multi-talented southpaw, now fighting out of Miami, has been trained by Ronnie Shields for his past three fights. Rigondeaux is The Ring’s # 6 rated super bantamweight.

JOSE HERNANDEZ CHOSEN BY FANS AS THE BOXER WITH THE MOST CARÁCTER

Votes from “Sólo Boxeo Tecate” Viewers Place Him Closer to Receiving “Cinturón Tecate” Award

NEW YORK (March 25, 2011) – Although Jose Hernández could not tarnish Luis Ramos Jr.’s undefeated record during last week’s “Sólo Boxeo Tecate” broadcast, the judges at home still believed that he displayed the most character on the ring. With 61 percent of all votes received from across the nation, our champion for the week enters the “Cinturón Tecate” competition in a tie for 5th place with Michael Perez.

“Cinturón Tecate” (Tecate Belt) is an award created to support the boxers who display the most carácter in the ring during the “Sólo Boxeo Tecate” broadcast each Friday night on TeleFutura. Tecate recognizes that viewers at home are the best judges and allows fans to participate by sending a text message to 55333 to vote for their favorite boxer of the night. To thank participating fans, each text submitted gives them the opportunity to win special prizes. Additionally, adults can cast their vote via the “Sólo Boxeo Tecate” section of Univision.com.

As contenders in the competition, the boxers who receive the most votes throughout the season will have the opportunity to win the “Cinturón Tecate,” equipment for their gym and donations to charities of their choice in their name. The current rankings stand as follow:

Ranking Boxer % of Votes Date of Fight

1 Frankie Gomez 87% Jan. 14

2 Lucas Matthysse 80% Jan. 21

3 Eloy Perez 70% Feb. 18

4 Raúl Hirales Jr. 62% Jan. 28

5 Michael Perez 61% Feb. 4

5 José Hernández 61% Mar. 18

Today, Friday, March 25, fans can continue to support their favorite boxers by deciding whether El Paso, Texas native Antonio Escalante or Michoacán, Mexico’s own Alejandro Pérez displays the most carácter during their ten round junior lightweight bout from the Sports Center in Fairfield, Calif. To vote for the boxer with the most carácter, fans 21 and older can send a text message to 55333 with B1 to vote for Antonio Escalante or B2 to support Alejandro Pérez, or cast their vote through www.Univision.com, uniclave Solo Boxeo Tecate.

The “Sólo Boxeo Tecate” card will be broadcast live on TeleFutura at 11:30 p.m. ET/PT (10:30 p.m. CT).

For more information on “Cinturón Tecate,” results or to speak with a brand executive about the brand’s continuous support of boxing, please contact FORMULATIN at (212) 219-0321.

Tecate Boxing

Tecate, cerveza con carácter, is the largest beer brand to sponsor boxing matches in the U.S. Part of its commitment to make boxing accessible to consumers is the title sponsorship of “Solo Boxeo Tecate,” which creates an opportunity for local fans to witness some of the most exhilarating fights by today’s up-and-coming prospects. Additionally, Tecate has been a primary supporter of Golden Boy Promotions’ marquee events since 2007, and has launched a variety of initiatives to ensure consumers are part of the boxing experience, including boxer autograph signing sessions, commemorative cans, PPV mail-in rebate offers, and most recently the launch of a mobile museum “Tecate Museo de Boxeo”, which showcases decades of the most memorable moments in the sport.

About Heineken USA

Heineken USA Inc., the nation's premier beer importer, is a subsidiary of Heineken International BV, which is the world’s most international brewer. European brands imported into the U.S. include Heineken Lager, the world's most international beer brand; Heineken Light; Amstel Light, a leading imported light beer brand; Newcastle Brown Ale, the leading imported ale in the United States; and Buckler non-alcoholic brew. Heineken USA is also the exclusive USA importer for the Tecate, Tecate Light, Dos Equis, Sol, Carta Blanca and Bohemia brands from Mexico. For a safe ride home, download the Heineken USA-sponsored Taxi Magic™ application from your smartphone. Please visit www.EnjoyHeinekenResponsibly.com.

About Golden Boy Promotions

Los Angeles-based Golden Boy Promotions was established in 2002 by Oscar de la Hoya, the first Hispanic to own a national boxing promotional company. In 2007, in its fifth year of promoting, Golden Boy Promotions set a record by selling over 2.5 million in pay-per-view homes in a single night. Also in 2007, Golden Boy Promotions established the record for highest grossing pay-per-view homes in a single year with more than 4 million total. In 2009, the company broke records again by breaking the million mark in pay-per-view homes again with the return of Floyd Mayweather against Juan Manuel Marquez. Golden Boy Promotions is one of boxing’s most active and respected promoters, presenting shows in packed venues around the United States and the world on networks such as HBO, HBO Latino, HBO Plus, SHOWTIME, TeleFutura, Televisa, ESPN2 and Fox Sports Net.

Golden Boy Promotions currently has over 70 fighters under contract, from future Hall of Famers Bernard Hopkins and Juan Manuel Marquez to current world champions and superstars Nonito Donaire, Amir Khan, David Haye, Saul Alvarez and Chris John. Also included on the company’s roster are top contenders Marcos Maidana, Robert Guerrero, Victor Ortiz, Daniel Ponce De Leon, Librado Andrade and Abner Mares as well as highly regarded prospects Adrien Broner, Danny Garcia, Frankie Gomez, Erislandy Lara, Seth Mitchell, Carlos Velasquez and Deontay Wilder.

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