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Friday, April 15, 2011

Manny Pacquiao: Inside The Philippine Phenomenon - FIGHT CAMP 360° Bonus Video

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Amir Khan vs. Paul McCloskey: "These Guys From Ireland, They Come To Win!"

Shumenov Prepared To Continue History Making Boxing Journey

LAS VEGAS (April 14, 2011) – WBA/IBA Light Heavyweight Champion Beibut Shumenov (11-1, 7 KOs) remains fully prepared to continue his history-making journey to unify the light heavyweight titles before the end of 2011 with one of the other 175-pound division world champions.

Shumenov’s dream suffered a setback in January when WBO titlist Juergen Braehmer pulled out of their unification title fight only a few days before their scheduled showdown in Kazakhstan. In only his 12th pro fight, Beibut was supposed to fight Braehmer (36-2, 29 KOs) in a world unification match, breaking what is believed to be the record for fewest fights in a major unification bout in which both featured fighters were world champions. The mark held by WBA cruiserweight king Evander Holyfield, who set the mark in his 15th pro fight against IBF champ Ricky Parky in 1987, is still within Shumenov’s striking range.

Shumenov, the 2004 Kazakhstan Olympian, has been on an unprecedented, accelerated pace since his pro debut only 3 1/2 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 Gabriel Campillo by decision for the WBA crown in his 10th bout, breaking the record of 15 set by Jeff “Hit Man” Harding in 1989.

“I don’t think about records,” Shumenov said. “I just want the challenge of fighting the best to become the undisputed light heavyweight champion of the world in order to be considered the best. I have a lot more to accomplish in my career to even be mentioned in the same conversation as a future Hall of Famer like Evander Holyfield.

“I chose to fight Braehmer to unify the light heavyweight division, but he pulled out, refusing to be examined by the Kazakhstan Boxing Commission doctor, and breaching his contract. I put Braehmer in the rear view mirror and got right back on track successfully defending my titles against William Joppy, who I applauded for accepting the fight on such late notice. Now, I’m fully focused on collecting the other world light heavyweight titles.”

Joppy became the fourth world champion Shumenov has defeated in his relatively young pro career. Beibut also joined fellow world champion, Lucian Bute, and former superstar Felix Trinidad as the only fighters to knockout Joppy, when Shumenov floored his experienced opponent in the fifth and then finished him off with a vicious left hook to the body in the following round.

“My goal is to unify the light heavyweight division,” Shumenov repeated. “I want to fight the other world champions and I’ll be watching their upcoming world light heavyweight title fights with great interest. I’m trying to learn everything so I can be the best.”

Shumenov owns and operates the Las Vegas-based KZ Event Productions along with his brother, Chingis. In addition to promoting Beibut, Team KZ also includes three undefeated, world-rated boxers in WBA International Light Heavyweight champion Gayrat Ahemedov (16-0-1, 10 KOs), WBA rated No. 2 contender; WBA FEDALATIN Welterweight king Ravshan Hudaynazarov (14-0, 12 KOs), rated No. 9 by the WBA; WBA International Super Lightweight titlist Alexandr Zhuravskiy (11-0, 8 KOs), who is ranked No. 15 by the WBA.

“Beibut is a very special individual who has defied boxing logic since the very beginning of his career,” Shumenov’s head trainer Kevin Barry noted. “He has been instrumental in helping to develop the careers of Gayrat, Ravshan and Alexandr as a leader for them to follow. Beibut sets the standard and they try and keep up with him. Beibut Shumenov is priceless.”

Go online to for additional information about Shumenov, KZ Event Productions or any of its fighters.


On Friday, April 22nd, at the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, CT, Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing will present that weeks ESPN "Friday Night Fights". Headlining the card is "The Mongolian Mongoose" Bayan Jargal (15-1-3, 10KO's) squaring off against the "Khanqueror" Breidis Prescott (23-2, 19KO's) in a ten round jr. welterweight showdown. Also featured on the card will be 2008 US Olympian, and highly regarded undefeated jr. middleweight prospect, Demetrius Andrade (12-0, 8KO's) taking on once beaten Omar Bell (8-1, 5KO's). If the two featured ESPN bouts aren't intriguing enough for you, Star Boxing's Publicist, Kevin Rooney, Jr. will be making his pro-debut on the undercard.

The 26-year-old Rooney Jr., who graduated from Fordham University in the Bronx in 2007 and has been working for Star full-time since the summer of 2008, is trained and managed by his father, Mike Tyson's former trainer, Kevin Rooney Sr. After beginning boxing at just five years old, Rooney Jr. stepped away from the sport before coming back to it and returning to training after he came on board with Star.

"I always had the itch to get back into it, but when I started working for Joe (DeGuardia) and Star is when I really started to seriously think about it," says Rooney Jr. "I started training and took it one step at a time and now I am ready to take the next step."

While the typical fight night is a bit hectic for Rooney Jr. who handles all of the Public Relations, as well as many of the event coordination duties for Star, the April 22nd show will have him undoubtedly a bit more busy.

"Luckily for me my father's accent is Staten Island, Joe's is the Bronx, so I shouldn't get the two confused when I'm getting orders from both throughout the night," says Rooney with a laugh.

"He better end his fight quickly and be in and out of that dressing room before the next fight starts or we will have a real problem," jokes DeGuardia, CEO and President of Star Boxing, a former boxer himself. "All jokes aside, we couldn't be happier than to have Kevin make his debut on one of our cards. Working for Star, and the relationship we have built together the last three years it's only fitting."

"For those who haven't seen Kevin fight before, he has ability," adds DeGuardia. "I think a lot of people are going to be surprised when they see him in the ring. We are excited to see how far he can go with it. Besides the fact that he has his father's name and his father behind him, he is good looking Irish kid, with an exciting style, fighting out of New York. We are looking forward to start bringing in the Irish fan base, which is known to come out in armies to support their Irish fighters."

"I'm very excited for the opportunity to have my debut on one of Joe's cards," says Rooney. "Not a lot of people get to ever fight on such a high profile card, let alone make their pro-debut on it, so I couldn't be more thankful. I have been thinking about this day for a very long-time, and finally it's almost here. I have a lot of people coming out to show their support and I don't plan on letting them down."

Regarding his future in the sport, Rooney is optimistic.

"I'm working really hard every day in the gym. I feel myself maturing and improving each and every day. There are things that I obviously need to work on, but that's the great thing about this sport, you are always learning something new. While I might not have the biggest amateur background (Rooney Jr. had approximately 12 fights total from when he started as a young kid till now) I feel that I have one of the best trainers in the entire world in my father, and as long as I keep listening to him and keep working hard, the sky's the limit."

Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased by calling Ticketmaster at 1 (800) 745-3000 or visiting Tickets can also be purchased by calling the Star Boxing office at (718) 823-2000 or visiting 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.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

NY State Welterweight Champion Daniel Sostre Extends Unbeaten Streak To 10

NEW YORK (April 13, 2011) – New York State welterweight champion Daniel “The Hudson Valley Kid” Sostre extended his unbeaten streak to 10 after fighting to an eight-round draw last Thursday with hometown favorite Damian “Divo” Frias in Miami.

Sostre (11-3-1, 4 KOs), the newest member of Boxing 360’s growing stable of fighters, took the fight on late notice and fought WBC FECARBOX light welterweight champion Frias (16-4-1, 7 KOs) in his backyard. It marked Sostre’s first fight in 12 months and the Puerto Rico native, now living in Manhattan, hasn’t lost in four years.

“I’ve known him for a long time,” Boxing 360 Director of Boxing Bob Duffy talked about Sostre. “He spoke to us about promoting him and we worked out a deal. Fighting a draw on last minute notice against a hometown fighter, considering he hadn’t fought in a year, was a big positive. He always gives his best and never says no to a challenge. He’s defended his NY State title three times. He wants to prove that, with time to train properly, he belongs with anybody in his division.”

Sostre captured the NY State title in 2009 via a majority eight-round decision against Mike Ruiz, followed by successful title defenses against Tommy Rainone (DEC8), Frank Houghtaling (TKO6) and Jay Krupp (DEC8).

Other members of Boxing 360’s stable include USBA heavyweight champion Maurice “Sugar Moe” Harris, former IBF super middleweight champion Alejandro “Naco” Berrio,

WBC No. 3 super bantamweight Leon “Hurry Up” Moore, NY State super middleweight title-holder Lennox “2 Sharpe” Allen, KO king Tyrone Brunson, Nick “Hands of Gold” Casal, Amanda “The Real Deal” Serrano, middleweight prospect DonYil Livingston, Joshua “The Juice” Harris, Emad Ali, Angel “Toro” Hernandez and “King” David Estrada.

Go on line to for more information about Sostre, or any of Boxing 360 fighters, as well as upcoming events.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011


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Super Middleweight Scott Sigmon ; Undefeated knockout sensation Jonathan Cepeda and Heavyweight Elijah McCall to see action on championship card from North Carolina

GREENSBORO / NEW YORK (April 12, 2011)—This Saturday night from the Greensboro Coliseum a night of championship boxing will take place

In the main event, undefeated popular Light Heavyweight Scott “Cujo” Sigmon takes on Tiwon Taylor in a ten round bout for the UNBC America’s Light Heavyweight title.

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The action begins at 8pm eastern time.

Sigmon of Bedford, Virginia has a record of 15-2 with seven knockouts and has a great fan base in the Virginia area.

Sigmon is riding a seven bout winning streak and has defeated the likes of Abdul Gillard (2-0); Frankie Filipone (2-0); Toris Brewer (14-2); Julius Kennedy (7-1) and his last fight he scored a 4th round stoppage over John Michael Terry.

Taylor is a veteran who has been in with the “whose-who” of the Light Heavyweight divisions.

The native of Las Vegas has a record of 26-19-1 with nineteen knockouts and has been in the ring with Jerry Ballard (18-1); Saul Montana (31-6); Former world champion Fabrice Tiozzo (42-2); Elvir Muriqi (25-1); Former world champion Adrian Diocanu (12-0); Daniel Judah (18-0-2); Former world champion Lou Del Valle (31-3-1); Max Alexander (8-0-1); Omar Sheika (26-8); Joe Spina (24-1); Yathomas Riley (6-0); Alfonso Lopez (17-0) and his last bout with Dyah Davis (17-1);

In a six round co-feature, undefeated middleweight and exciting knockout artist Jonathan Cepeda of West Palm Beach, FL taking on Brad Austin.

Cepeda has built a reputation for his knockout prowess in Florida and will be looking for his eighth consecutive stoppage. He is coming off a 2nd round stoppage over Rafael Gonzalez on April 1st.

Austin of Johnson City, Tennessee has a record of 8-10 with five knockouts and because of his ring experience should be a test for Cepeda.

Austin has been in the ring with prospects Peter Quillin (6-0); James McGirt (14-0); Edwin Rodriguez (8-0); Farah Ennis (9-0); Isaac Rodriguez (14-0); Daniel Kooij (7-0); and in his last bout Lamar Russ (5-0).

The son of former WBC Heavyweight champion, Oliver McCall, Elijah McCall (4-1-1, 4 KO’s) will take on Matt Green (14-20, 10 KO’s) in a four round Heavyweight bout.

Undefeated Middleweight Ronnie Glass (5-0-1, 3 KO’s) will take on sixty-nine fight veteran Kevin Carter in bout scheduled for four rounds.

In a Jr. Lightweight bout scheduled for six rounds, Jesse Carradine (6-1-1, 4 KO’s) battles John Willoughy (3-7, 2 KO’s)

Two pro debaters will get it on as Kwan Morgan and David Cook will see their first paid action in a four round Cruiserweight bout.

In a four round Light Heavyweight bout, Quinton Rankin (1-0, 1 KO) will tangle with Travis White in an all North Carolina battle.

In a ladies six round affair, Lisa Garland (5-4, 2 KO’s) will take on Ohio’s Natoya Ervin (2-7) in a Welterweight bout.

Rounding out the card will Cristian Dominguez making his pro debut when he takes on undefeated Mickey Osborne (3-0, 3 KO’s) in a Welterweight bout scheduled for five rounds.



On Friday April 22nd, 2007 Amateur World Champion and 2008 US Olympian, Demetrius Andrade (12-0, 8KO's) will look to take another step up the jr. middleweight ranks when he opens up that evening's ESPN "Friday Night Fights" telecast against arguably his toughest opponent to date, once beaten, Omar Bell (8-1, 5KO's) at Mohegan Sun, in Uncasville, CT. Headlining the show, which is promoted by Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing, will be an intriguing ten round match-up between exciting jr. welterweights, Bayan "The Mongolian Mongoose" Jargal (15-1-3, 10KO's) and "Khanqueror" Breidis Prescott (23-2, 19KO's).

"This will be his (Demetrius) fourth time fighting at Mohegan Sun and already his seventh time fighting on ESPN since turning pro. He's received great exposure on the national level, and I am also pleased that we have been able to showcase him right at home here for his fans on the east coast," stated Joe DeGuardia, CEO of Star Boxing and co-promoter of Andrade with Banner Promotions. "Demetrius is moving along well and has a very bright future ahead of him . This will be his third scheduled eight rounder and by the year's end we expect him to be moving up to ten-rounders and distancing himself from the other top 154 pounders in the world."

Andrade, who skills, which include lightening fast hand speed, and power in both hands to accompany a stellar defensive game, has had boxing insiders talking about him ever since he turned pro in late 2008. While Andrade has been impressive each and every time out, there have been some in the boxing world that believe Andrade hasn't been matched tough enough to this point in his career, something that DeGuardia disputes.

"Look at the opponents he has faced thus far in his career. He has beaten three undefeated guys and three more with just one loss on their records. Only two of them have had losing records, and it's not as though they were 2-64, one guy was 0-1 who Demetrius fought in his second fight, and the other was 11-12. Is it his fault that he beats these guys as easily as he does? People forget that Demetrius is still only 23-years-old. He has a very long and prosperous career ahead of him, and his competition is better than those fed to most other prospects."

Interestingly, Andrade holds a six round unanimous decision over Chris Chatman, who was 4-0 when he met up with Andrade in October of 2009. Since that loss to Andrade, Chatman has reeled off five wins, including two against unbeaten prospects, Alberto Herrera (7-0) and Lester Gonzalez (11-0). In his last bout, Chatman held highly regarded prospect and 2007 US Amateur Champion, Charles Hatley (14-0, 11KO's) to an eight round majority draw.

After suffering the lone defeat of his career in 2008 against fellow highly regarded prospect Keith Thurman (15-0, 14KO's), Bell returned in 2010 and picked up two victories, including a six round shut-out in his last fight against previously undefeated Quinton Willis. Originally from the Island of Jamaica, Bell now calls Georgia home.

First bout is scheduled for 7:30PM. Andrade-Bell is scheduled for eight round sin the jr. middleweight division and will go live on ESPN2 at 8PM ET. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased by calling Ticketmaster at 1 (800) 745-3000 or visiting Tickets can also be purchased by calling the Star Boxing office at (718) 823-2000 or visiting 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.

Monday, April 11, 2011



Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing will bring exciting live professional boxing back on a regular basis to the historic Paradise Theater starting on Thursday May 5th, entitled "Cinco De Mayo Fight Night".

"I'm thrilled to get the Punchin at the Paradise series up and running on a regular basis. There is nothing more enjoyable to me then to be able to produce quality boxing events right here in the Bronx," stated DeGuardia, who was born and raised in the Bronx, and has run his successful law firm and Star Boxing out of the borough since 1992. "We have five dates locked in already. We plan to get things started with a bang with our Cinco De Mayo show, which will feature some of the most exciting up and coming Latino prospects in boxing, including at least two who call the Bronx their home. The "Punchin at the Paradise" series has produced some of the most exciting shows in New York in the past few years, and we feel with what we have lined up for the rest of this year, the best is still yet to come!"

While "Cinco De Mayo Fight Night" will mark the eleventh show of Star Boxing's popular, "Punchin at the Paradise" fights, it is the first time that dates are pre-set and identified for the year. With the reputation of exciting thrilling fights already established from the previous shows, DeGuardia looks to further build of the series success, something he believes starts by having the dates for the rest of the year already locked in.

"Anytime we did a show, people were always saying how they couldn't wait for the next one, and to send them info immediately on the show as soon as we knew when it would be. Now everyone knows when the dates will be, so it will help us further be able to market and build the series into what we know it has the potential to be, one of the most popular boxing series on the entire East Coast. In addition to benefiting the fans, the boxers will also know our dates and can plan accordingly. It is a win-win for everyone."

Below are the scheduled dates for the 2011 Paradise Series:

1. Thursday May 5th

2. Thursday July 7th

3. Thursday Ocotber 6th

4. Thursday December 1st

5. Open date - roaming date for TV

Tickets are priced at $30, $50 and $100 and can be purchased by calling the Star Boxing office at 718 823-2000, visiting or simply by CLICKING HERE:

Tickets On Sale Now For The Super Six World Boxing Classic Semifinal Pitting WBC Super Middleweight Champion Carl “Cobra” Froch Against Battle-Tested “Road Warrior” Glen Johnson Tickets Start At Just $50

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ (April 11, 2011) – Tickets are on sale now for the Super Six semifinal clash between WBC super middleweight champion Carl “Cobra” Froch and Glen “The Road Warrior” Johnson at the Adrian Phillips Ballroom at historic Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City.

Tickets, priced at $300, $150, $100, and $50, can be purchased through the Boardwalk Hall ticket office and Ticketmaster. Tickets can be purchased online at, by phone at 1-800-745-3000, at any Ticketmaster retail outlet or in person at Boardwalk Hall box office.

“The Super Six is all about exciting fights, and no one brings the excitement like Glen Johnson and Carl Froch,” said Lou DiBella. “No fight fan will forget being in the building for this event.”

Froch vs. Johnson, The Super Six World Boxing Classic semifinal, is presented by DiBella Entertainment and Warriors Boxing, in association with Caesar’s Atlantic City. The bout will be televised live on SHOWTIME Championship Boxing.

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

‘Kid Chocolate’ Played Wild Card As Unbeaten Peter Quillin Headed West For Success

NEW YORK (April 11, 2011) – A year ago, undefeated prospect Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin packed his bags and headed West, moving from Brooklyn to Los Angeles in what can only be described as a culture shock experience.

Quillin, who was rated as high as No. 5 by the IBF before a series of unfortunate circumstances (broken hand, hairline fracture of eye socket and emergency appendectomy) shelved him for 18 months, is now handled by multiple Trainer of the Year, Freddie Roach, at his famed Wild Card Gym.

“I moved to LA for my boxing career and it’s made a huge difference,” the personable son of a Cuban father and African-American mother said. “Quality sparring is the big difference. Anytime you’re in Wild Card you could end-up sparring with world champions, former champions or up-and-comers. I’ve sparred with Gennady Golovkin (WBA middleweight champion), Julio Chavez Jr. (WBC middleweight title challenger), Mathew Macklin (European middleweight champion), Craig McEwan and others.

“You always pick up new things training here. Whether he’s there three hours, three days or three months, Freddie is the guy! Even when he’s away, Freddie is on top of everything, either from talking to his assistants or watching video tape. Freddie’s always watching you. I’ve already shown more knockout power since I’ve been training with him. I know my last two fights may have been against lesser quality guys, but I knocked them both out, setting things up with my jab and having more confidence in my punching power.”

The 27-year-old Quillin (23-0, 17 KOs), born in Chicago and raised in Grand Rapids (MI), also signed an exclusive promotional contract with Golden Boy Promotions. Now he’s on the verge of his most significant career fight April 29 in Reno, Nevada, headlining a show airing on Telefutura against former world title challenger Jessie Brinkley (35-6, 22 KOs), in a 10-round bout for the vacant USBO super middleweight title.

“Golden Boy gets you out there,” Quillin explained his reason for signing with GBP. “Everybody in boxing knows who you are because you’re in Golden Boy’s stable. They told me that they’re high on me and will try and make me a star. Thank God, I made this change for my career. I was sitting around in New York, nothing happen for me back there.

“2009 was a bad year for me, first with hand surgery that kept me out of action for three or four months, and then I was hurt sparring with world cruiserweight champion Guillermo Jones, who must have weighed about 245 pounds. I had sparred with him before for a few of his fights, it wasn’t unusual for me, and he gave me credit when he won his world title. I overcame that injury (hairline fracture eye) and then, two weeks before my fight, I was eating and my stomach felt funny. I was rushed to the hospital and had an emergency appendectomy. I came back (Feb. 6, 2010) against (Fernando) Zuniga and won (10 DEC) but was rusty.”

Two months later, “Kid Chocolate” hit the road and headed west and now, the fighter who is known for tossing candy kisses into the crowd after each of his fights is starting to make history of his own.

For more information about Pete “Kid Chocolate” Qullin go to or follow him on Twitter @/kidchocolate.

Sunday, April 10, 2011



 Marcos Maidana W 12 MD Over Erik Morales (114-114, 116-112, 116-112)

Robert Guerrero W 12 UD Over Michael Katsidis (117-108, 118-106, 118-107)

 Nobuhiro Ishida TKO 1 Versus James Kirkland (Time - 1:52)

Paulie Malignaggi W 10 Versus Jose Miguel Cotto (99-91, 99-91, 97-93)

Danny Garcia W 10 Against Nate Campbell (100-90, 99-91, 98-92)

Mikael Zewski W 6 SD Against Clint Coronel (60-54, 59-55, 54-60)

Rakhim Chakhkiev KO 3 Over Harvey Jolly (Time - 2:18)


Erik Morales, Six-Time & Three Division World Champion

"I want to acknowledge everyone who came to see this fight. I'm a good fighter. I fight for the people of Tijuana.

"I think he [Maidana] may have won a close fight, but not a clean win. I think that I won the fight because I landed the better punches.

"[I thought I could beat him]because I have a lot of speed. I have also have dignity and heart.

"I want a rematch. I thought I won. I'm better than him.

"I finished the fight with my heart. Long live Mexico!"

Marcos Maidana, WBA Interim Super Lightweight Champion

"I am very happy to have won the title.

"We knew that Erik Morales was a great warrior and he was going to give a great fight. I never thought it was going to be an easy fight. I was expecting a war and that is exactly what happened.

"I was staying positive and trying to catch him with the counter [punch]. I was never tired.

"I would like the rematch, but there are other fighters in the division I would want to fight as well.

"It surprised me that he was able to take those punches. He was very difficult to knock out. In order to knock him out, you need a stick or a hammer or something.

"I like when fighters stand in front of me and are brave.

"Morales is a good fighter and a strong fighter. He can continue his career because he'll do well.

"I really did find this [fight] close, but I came out as the winner at the end."

Robert Guerrero, WBA & WBO Interim Lightweight Champion

"I had a great camp coming out and training in Las Vegas. This was the first time training away in a long time and it prepared me well. Now that I am able to go out to a training camp, I can learn a lot more.

"I felt great out there. I won two titles tonight.

"I'm a warrior. Sometimes you have to beat the guy at his own game. I got in there and I worked my jabs and punches.

"I was never hurt in the fight.

"One of the main things [I did] was keep the speed up and fire off shots.

"I'm ready for anyone. I want a shot at Marquez, the winner of the main event [Maidana], Zab Judah at 140 or Mayweather. Bring them all, I'll take the best.

"I wasn't shocked at all by the point deductions. The referee gave strict instructions before the fight. He said he wasn't going to mess around, so it wasn't a surprise. He did a great job.

"He [Katsidis] got in more than two low blows, but you just have to keep going.

"He [Katsidis] is the toughest guy I've ever fought.

"You haven't seen the best of Robert Guerrero yet."

James Kirkland, Junior Middleweight Contender

"I don't know why they stopped the fight. There is not a three knockdown rule in Vegas.

"I'm really upset right now. That was a messed up call. I was telling him I wanted to keep fighting. He [Ishida] wasn't anything. He had no power. This was messed up."

Nobuhiro Ishida, Former World Champion

"Thank you very much. It was an amazing opportunity to fight in Las Vegas and we appreciate it.

"As you know, Japan had a very big earthquake. It makes me happy and proud to come to the United States and win for my country.

"He [Kirkland] didn't expect this from me. He didn't respect what we had. Kirkland kept coming forward at me and so I kept going with my right, my right, my right and it worked. I had my country on my side and now I'm ready for a world title shot."

Paulie Malignaggi, Former World Champion

"It really felt good to be back in the spotlight and get a good 'W.'

"I feel great that I got to go 10 rounds against a good fighter. My last fight ended quickly, so this is what I wanted.

"I want to thank Golden Boy because a year after my Khan fight everyone thought I was done, and now I came out and won a big fight on a major network.

"I thought I fought smart and executed a good game plan. For anyone who wants to complain about how I don't step up to the plate and pick up the pace, I want you to know that I am tired of that shit.

"I look forward to the future and I believe it is still bright for me."

Oscar De La Hoya, President of Golden Boy Promotions

"I was telling everybody that you can never count out Erik Morales. I said to everyone 'Look at what happened to Kelly Pavlik and Bernard Hopkins. Look at what happened to Manny Pacquiao and Oscar de la Hoya.'

"Every single fight was a beautiful fight. Why don't we do a rematch of the whole card?

"This is what pay-per-view is all about. Giving fans exciting fights all the time."

Grano Stops Alexander In 6th Round

HARTFORD (April 9, 2011) – Heavyweight Tony “TNT” Grano got back on the winning track tonight in the main event on “The Willie Pep Boxing Classic,” presented by Hard Hittin’ Promotions, at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford.

Grano improved his record to 18-2-1 (14 KOs) with a sixth round technical knockout of crafty veteran “Diamond” Dominique Alexander (20-11-1, 10 KOs). Grano dropped Alexander three times in the final round.

“I am impressed by his durability,” Grano said after the fight. “I caught him with a lot of clean shots early. He’s a lot more durable than I thought. I hit him right on the button. It was a good experience for me. He gave me six rounds and I needed to be back in the ring. Surprisingly, he took my best shots. I didn’t think he had a good chin. I want to fight again very soon. I’m in great shape. I want to keep busy. I hope to fight again in May or June.”

In the co-feature, Meriden bantamweight prospect Danny Aquino (6-1, 2 KOs) turned in a very impressive performance, effectively working the body and then going upstairs to stop James Owens (4-3, 2 KOs) at 2:12 of the opening round. Aquino hurt Owens with a powerful left hook, trapping him on the ropes, and then unloading a barrage of punishing punches until referee Danny Schiavone signaled that the fight was over.

Fan friendly East Hartford super featherweight Joseph “Chip” Perez’ unbeaten win streak ended at five when he was disqualified for hitting undefeated Esteban Nichol, who had been decked and was on one knee as the referee counted.

Philadelphia light weight Frank Trader (8-0) kept his undefeated record intact, winning all six rounds en route to a unanimous decision victory against a game Tommy Atencio.

Welterweight Shakha Moore won his first fight in nearly four years by way of a technical decision against Noel Garcia. The scheduled six-round bout was halted after four due to damages resulting from accidental head-butts by both fighters.

Ian Cannon, an 18-year-old college student, was matched with former New England Golden Gloves champion Luis Reynoso, of Springfield (MA), in a wheelchair boxing exhibition (three, one minute-rounds) under amateur boxing rules (headgear, large gloves, etc.). Cannon, of Glastonbury (CT), suffers from cerebral palsy but he trains regularly at Lion’s Den Connecticut in Middletown, where he has created a wheelchair boxing program, Rollin With The Punches

Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra proclaimed Saturday, April 9, 2011 as Willie Pep Day in a special ceremony, in which the late Pep’s son, Billy, represented the family.

Complete Results:


Tony Grano (18-2-1, 14 KOs), Hebron, CT WTKO6 (2:09) Dominique Alexander (20-11-1, 10 KOs), Topeka, KS


Shakha Moore (11-15-3, 2 KOs), Norwalk, CT WTD4 (40-36, 39-37, 39-37) Noel Garcia (2-9, 1 KO), Springfield, MA


Esteban Nichol (3-0, 1 KO), Denver, CO WDQ3 (1:23) Joseph Perez (5-1, 2 KOs), E. Hartford, CT


Frank Trader (8-0, 2 KOs), Philadelphia, PA WDEC8 (60-54-60-54, 60-54) Tommy Atencio (5-7, 3 KOs), Denver, CO


Danny Aquino (6-1, 2 KOs), Meriden, CT WTKO1 (2:12) James Owens (4-3, 2 KOs), Milwaukee, WI

Friday, April 8, 2011

GFL Combat Sports Network Keeps Pace with Emerging Market Demand

It’s pretty safe to say that the Combat Sports Industry is growing faster than ever; or one could say – “The sport is growing at an unprecedented rate.” With the industry moving so fast, combat sports industry stakeholders are challenged to keep pace. GFL has embraced the challenge and is not only keeping pace; they are establishing the pulse for combat sports video content production and delivery.

Last weekend GFL successfully produced and broadcast their first and second live HD event with “Ring of Honor” on the GFL Roku channel setting precedent for making combat sports programming accessible on practically any TV set. And speaking of pace, last weekend alone fans were given access to 10 more great live events via GFL Combat Sports Network. GFL also launched on Droid Mobile and booked their 1000 event scheduled in April, 2011.

“GFL will strive to maintain pace with what’s happening in other sports and entertainment industries. It’s a very serious commitment we have made to our sport, our business clients and most importantly to our fans.”
~David Klarman - CEO Go Fight Net Inc.

- GFL is a pioneer in Internet Sports Broadcasting. Over the years GFL has broadcast more than 900 live events with over 4500 combat sports videos in 190 countries. GFL is especially proud to have served greater than 1.8 million public viewers last year with now over 150 combat sports related website affiliates in its network.

-GFL combat sports genres currently include Boxing, MMA and Professional Wrestling with plans to add more fight categories in 2011. GFL has expanded its programming to include: Daily News & Radio Shows with feature interviews and industry updates along with great Fight Photos, Fighter Videos and a robust Calendar of Upcoming Fight Events.

If Combat Sports is your game...Go Fight-Every Night with GFL Combat Sports Network

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LIVE on SHOWTIME® Saturday, June 4, at 9 p.m. ET/PT
From Adrian Philipps Ballroom of Atlantic City's Boardwalk Hall

NEW YORK (April 8, 2011) – An opportunity to compete for the inaugural Super Six World Boxing Classic Cup will be on the line when Carl “The Cobra” Froch (27-1, 20 KOs) defends his World Boxing Council (WBC) super middleweight title against former world champion Glen “The Road Warrior” Johnson (51-14-2, 35 KOs) of Miami, Fla., in the last Semifinal of the Super Six World Boxing Classic on Saturday, June 4, live on SHOWTIME® (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) from Adrian Philipps Ballroom of Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall.

The Froch-Johnson winner will advance to the Final against the victor of the May 14 Semifinal between World Boxing Association (WBA) champion Andre Ward (23-0, 13 KOs) of Oakland, Calif., and former world champion Arthur Abraham (32-2, 26 KOs), of Berlin, Germany, by way of Armenia. Ward-Abraham will be shown live on SHOWTIME (10 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) from The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.

Froch and Johnson are seeded Nos. 2 and 3, respectively, entering the Super Six Semifinals. Ward is seeded No. 1, Abraham No. 4.

In his last start on Nov. 27, 2010, the 33-year-old Froch, of Nottingham, England, manufactured perhaps a career-best performance, recapturing the then-vacant WBC 168-pound crown with a one-sided 12-round decision over Abraham in the final Group Stage 3 bout from Helsinki, Finland. There were no knockdowns but Froch dominated en route to tallying up the lopsided scores of 120-108 twice and 119-109.

Froch is 2-1 in the Super Six. In addition to dismantling Abraham, he won a split decision over Andre Dirrell in Group Stage 1 and lost a tight decision – along with the WBC title – to Mikkel Kessler in back-and-forth Fight of the Year candidate in Group Stage 2.

The Jamaican-born Johnson, a tournament replacement for the injured Mikkel Kessler, advanced with an eighth-round knockout over Allan Green in a Group Stage 3 fight on Nov. 6, 2010, in Las Vegas.

Johnson, 42, a former world light heavyweight champion who was making his first start at 168 pounds in 10 years, was ahead by three points on one of the scorecards and behind by one on the others when a left hook to the body followed by an overhand right to the side of head finished Green at 0:36 in the eighth.

Following Group Stage 3, Froch called Johnson an “old wise fox” and said he expected nothing less than a strong performance from a “great” fighter like Johnson.

"Glen Johnson is a blue-collar fighter who always gives his best and is a gentleman outside of the ring,” said Froch. “He commands respect and I give him respect.”

And the respect is mutual. Johnson offered, “The guy is a two-time champion. You do it once then you can say maybe it’s a little luck but to do it twice you know he deserved it. I have tremendous respect for Carl Froch.”

But the kind words will cease when the bell rings for what should be a fiercely contested 12-round affair. Johnson said of Froch, “I know he has a few weaknesses and I have every intention of exploiting those. I really feel like I’m the favorite right now. I just have to take it one fight at a time.”

Froch added, "I don't just plan on beating him, but I plan on halting him in style. Our styles gel very well for a competitive battle for as long as it lasts and I'm looking forward to it. I have a date in the final of the Super Six and I won't be overlooking Johnson in any shape or form – which will spell bad news for Glen.

"It will be another win for the Cobra, maybe by stoppage as I plan on making another big statement for the SHOWTIME fans."

Both fighters hold the tournament in high regard and covet the value of emerging victorious. Froch opined, “I could win this tournament and retire – that’s what it means. I can win this and say, ‘You know what? I’ve done it. I don’t need to fight anymore.’ I wouldn’t do that – I’ve got a couple of years left in me and there’s some big fights out there for me – but that’s how big this tournament is.”

Johnson recalled, “I know when this [tournament] was first put together I remember thinking to myself, ‘Man, I wish I was a super middleweight.’ But I’m in right now and I’m here to win the entire tournament. I believe I’m in it for a reason and that’s to win it.”

“Glen Johnson and Carl Froch are two of the most fan friendly fighters in boxing, said promoter Lou DiBella. “Both are proven winners who have earned fans the ole fashioned way, by entertaining fans fight after fight. Glen is known as ‘The Road Warrior’ because he isn’t afraid to go to someone else’s turf for a big fight, and Carl’s biggest wins have come outside the UK. Everyone knows that both men will leave it all in the ring in Atlantic City for the right to advance to the Super Six final.”

The event is promoted by DiBella Entertainment, Warriors Boxing and Carl Froch.

For more information on the Super Six World Boxing Classic including exclusive photos, fight highlights and interviews, plus to view all episodes of the acclaimed documentary series FIGHT CAMP 360°: Inside The Super Six World Boxing Classic, please visit the website at


The inaugural Super Six World Boxing Classic is a ground-breaking, six-fighter tournament from SHOWTIME Sports® featuring the class of the super middleweight (168-pound) division from around the world. All bouts in the Super Six tournament will be contested under the Unified Rules of Boxing. Each boxer fights three bouts against different opponents in the field in the points-based Group Stage of competition (Win – 2 pts with a 1-pt bonus for KO/TKO; Loss – 0 pts; Draw – 1 pt.). After the Group Stage, the four fighters with the highest point totals will advance to the single-elimination SemiFinals. The winners of the Semifinal bouts will advance to the Finals and fight for the inaugural Super Six World Boxing Classic Cup.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Boxing Brings Alternative To School Budget Cuts - CBS News Video

Gelf's Varsity Letters - Boxing Night

Gelf's Varsity Letters sports reading series returns on Thursday, April 7, at 7:30 p.m., at Manhattan's (Le) Poisson Rouge. At this free monthly event, hosted by Gelf, Thomas Hauser, George Kimball, and Gary Andrew Poole will read from and talk about their work. Veteran boxing writers Hauser and Kimball have new collections out with profiles of some of the ring's most colorful characters. And, Poole will discuss his biography of Manny Pacquiao.

For more information about the event and links to interviews with the writers, visit

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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


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."

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Tickets: Tickets for Lemieux vs. Rubio are available now at the Bell Centre Box Office, 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


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.


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


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.”


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.


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, 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!"


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



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 (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


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 and

R.I.P. Gil Clancy

From Ring 8 -

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”


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.

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