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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Peter ‘Kid Chocolate’ Quillin Training Camp Notes


LOS ANGELES (April 26, 2011) – Unbeaten prospect Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin (23-0, 17 KOs), breaks camp today (Tues) at Big Bear and arrives tomorrow in Reno for Friday night’s showdown against past world title challenger Jesse Brinkley (35-6, 22 KOs) in the 10 round main event, airing live on Telefutura, for the vacant USBO super middleweight championship.

Below find training camp notes and quotes from the 27-year-old Quillin, who was born in Chicago, raised in Grand Rapids (MI), and moved a year ago from Brooklyn to Los Angeles.

Training for Friday’s Fight

Quillin was back in Wild Card Gym three days after his last fight, a win by four-round TKO versus Dennis Sharpe on February 11. “I’m not champ yet, so there are no days off.” Qullin had training camp at Big Bear the past two weeks. In addition to training at Wild Card, prior to heading up to Big Bear, he spent two or three days a week for six weeks at his strength-and-conditioning coach Brad Bose’s Anatomi gym in Santa Monica, much of the time working out on The Vortex that “Kid Chocolate” described as a torture machine.

Big Bear

This is the first time in his pro career that Quillin has trained in high altitude, at Big Bear in the Summit High Altitude Training Center. “I came up here in good shape. Working at an elevated level is different. Great fighters have trained here like Oscar De La Hoya (his promoter). Shane Mosley and ‘Chop Chop’ Corley came by to say hello. That meant a lot to me. I’m very fortunate to be in this situation.

“I trained before in the Poconos (Mountains in Northeast Pennsylvania) but that’s nothing like up here. The Poconos are maybe 2500-3000 (feel above sea level) but it is 7000 here. I was always training there for four or six round fights but this is a 10-rounder.”

Sparring

Since being at Big Bear, Quillin has sparred five times for a total 39 rounds, the most 11 rounds in one day, with undefeated light heavyweight Sergey Kovalev (14-0, 12 KOs) and light middleweight Robert Garcia (29-2, 21 KOs). But he regularly sparred Monday, Wednesday and Fridays – 6 to 10 rounds each time – at Wild Card before heading to Big Bear. “Wild Card is packed with sparring partners – world champs, former world champs and up-and-comers. Before coming up here I sparred with guys like (Nobuhiro) Ishida and (Vanes) Martirosyan. Sergey and Robert have given me good sparring at Big Bear.”

1st Title Fight

“This is my first title fight but I’ve trained for a lot of my fights like they were title fights. It was that way for my fights against (Antwun) Echols, (Dionisio) Miranda and (Sam) Hill. Now, I have this great team that’s more capable of taking me where I’m going. I’ve elevated my skills working with all of these guys.”

Trainers

Quillin’s day-to-day trainer for this fight has been Eric Brown, who is Freddie Roach’s chief assistant. “They’ve put together a great game plan for this fight. I’m not going to tell the world what it is but everybody will see Friday night what I’m capable of doing in the ring.”

Brown has been quite impressed by Quillin’s improvements: “I’ve been most impressed by his patience and ability. His overall game has really improved. When he first came to Wild Card, he was in decent shape but when he started working with his strength-and-conditioning coach it (improvements) was evident right away. He’s had world-class sparring at Wild Card. His first fight, in Canada, was okay but it was hard to tell how much he’d improved because he knocked out his opponent in the first round. His second fight was testimony to his conditioning. He was on another level. He’s worked hard in the gym and I’ve seen a vast improvement, especially in his strength.

“Jesse (Brinkley) has been around for a while since The Contender. He came to the Wild Card for sparring. He’s a tough kid with a big heart – a fighter! He does nothing in particular very well but he’s good with everything. He’s not at Peter’s level, though, mentally, physically or skill wise. Everybody will see that Friday.”

For more information about Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin go online to www.TheKidChocolate.com or follow him on Twitter @/Kid Chocolate.

Casal & Serrano Knockouts In Boxing 360 Debuts

NEW YORK (April 26, 2011) – Welterweight Nick “Hands of Gold” Casal and unbeaten lightweight Amanda “The Real Deal” Serrano made impressive Boxing 360 debuts last Friday night in Hamburg, New York.

Fighting for the first time in 1 ½ years, Casal (30-4-1, 16KOs) stopped veteran Martin Tucker (7-9, 3 KOs) in the third round, while unbeaten 23-year-old Serrano (9-0-1, 5 KOs) completed her trilogy with former IWBF champion Ela “Bam Bam” Nunez (9-9, 2 KOs) by way of a fourth-round knockout.

“We’re very happy with the performances by Nick and Amanda,” Boxing 360 CEO & Founder Mario Yagobi said. “We’re going to keep them busy, move them up the ratings ladder, and position them for world title fight shots.”

Tucker has been somewhat of a gatekeeper for the 147-pound division having fought top prospects such as undefeated Sharif Bogere (19-0, 2 KOs) and Ivan Popoca (15-0-1, 10 KOs), and he also upset previously unbeaten Michael Torres (13-0). Casal dropped a game Tucker at the end of the opening round, once again with a flurry of punches in the third, after which the fight was halted.

“It felt great,” Casal spoke about his ring return. “There were a lot of people there supporting me. It’s always good fighting at home (Casal is from nearby Niagara Falls).

I was a little rusty but did a good job, especially after being off for 1 ½ years. But I’m only 25 and been fighting seven years.

“I want to stay busy and fight as often as possible. I think Mario can do that for me. Everybody makes mistakes when they’re young. I’m more mature today and I’m looking forward to fighting for a world title. No more time to play, it’s now or never for me.”

Serrano and Nunez had fought to a four-round draw in 2009, marking the lone blemish on Amanda’s pro record, and Serrano won a six-round decision (59-55, 59-55, 58-56) this past January. Serrano wanted one more fight against Nunez to make a statement by knocking her out. She did just that midway through the fourth round. Their trilogy fight is scheduled for six rounds.

Serrano is rated in the top six of four ratings groups: WBAN #3, WBC #4, GBU #5 and WIBA #6. “After the draw, we asked Nunez for a rematch and she agreed,” Serrano explained the making of their third fight. “After I beat her by decision, she asked is for a rematch and we gave it to her. My trainer was a little upset with me because I didn’t stop her, so I went back to the gym to work even hard, and ran more. I watched the (Victor) Ortiz-(Andre) Berto fight and thought about Ortiz refusing to lose. I wanted to show my profession going from a draw, to winning by decision, and then stopping her. I want to win major title this year. I want to become the face of women’s boxing.”

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-holders, middleweight Lennox “2 Sharpe” Allen and welterweight Danny Sostre, KO king Tyrone Brunson, middleweight prospect DonYil Livingston, Joshua “The Juice” Harris, Emad Ali, Angel “Toro” Hernandez and “King” David Estrada.

Go to www.Boxing360.com for more information about Serrano, Boxing 360 or any of its other fighters, as well as its scheduled events.

STAR SIGNINGS: DEGUARDIA ADDS MENDY AND USAROV TO ROSTER

Joe DeGuardia, CEO and President of Star Boxing, recently traveled to Rome to partake in an exhibition that opened at the Museum of Contemporary Art featuring selected portraits from world renowned photographer Howard Schatz project: "The Italian-Americans in Boxing", in which DeGuardia's portrait was featured. As in the past, DeGuardia's trip to Europe wasn't just pleasure as there is always business to take care. . Upon returning from Rome, DeGuardia locked in the signing of two undefeated European fighters, France's IBF#1 rated super middleweight contender, Jean Paul Mendy, and Russia's hot super bantamweight prospect Sakhib Usarov.


"Both Mendy and Usarov are great additions to the Star Boxing stable," stated DeGuardia. "Mendy has been a legitimate top-ten contender for some time, and he is currently the #1 mandatory challenger for Lucian Bute's 168 lb. World Championship. We certainly look forward to the Bute-Mendy World Championship."

Bute won the IBF super middleweight title in late 2007 and has successfully defended it seven times, with the latest coming in March of this year against Brian Magee. Bute is considered by many to be the king of the star-studded super middleweight division.

The southpaw Mendy, whose record stands at 29-0-1, 16KO's, represented his native France at the 1996 Olympics. He began his professional career in 2000, scoring a second round TKO over Guy Dia Njoh. In 2002 Mendy won the France Super Middleweight Title, and in 2008 picked up the IBF International Super Middleweight Title.


Also a southpaw, Sakhib Usarov sports an unblemished record of 15-0, 6KO's. Born in Tajikistan, Usarov now calls Moscow, Russia his home. Usarov turned pro in late 2006 scoring a first round TKO over Shuhrat Usmonov. In 2008 Usarov won the vacant Russian Bantamweight Title. In 2009, Usarov scored a twelve round shut-out over Alexander Fedorov to pick up the WBO European Bantamweight Title. Usarov picked up two wins in 2010, including an eight round decision over fellow unbeaten prospect Illhom Rahimov.

"Usarov is an exciting up and coming prospect that can fight anywhere between 115 to 122 lbs," added DeGuardia. "He has yet to fight in the outside of Russia, but we are looking forward to bringing him over state-side, and begin marketing him throughout the US. I understand that he is willing to fight anybody and that says a lot."

DeGuardia looks forward to the World Championship Bute-Mendy fight and plans to bring Usarov over to the states and feature him on a Star Boxing promoted card sometime in the very near future.

Monday, April 25, 2011

LIBRADO ANDRADE TO FACE AARON PRYOR, JR. IN MAY 6 “SÓLO BOXEO TECATE” MAIN EVENT

ENRIQUE ORNELAS, RANDY CABALLERO, DEONTAY WILDER & PALM SPRINGS-AREA FIGHTERS ALSO FEATURED AT FANTASY SPRINGS RESORT CASINO IN INDIO, CALIFORNIA.

LOS ANGELES, April 25 – It’s a family affair on Friday, May 6, as brothers Librado Andrade and Enrique Ornelas headline an intriguing doubleheader at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California. The theme of family continues further with the main event, as Andrade will square off against Aaron Pryor, Jr., the son of the legendary Hall of Fame boxer, Aaron Pryor, in a ten-round light heavyweight bout.

In the co-featured bout, scheduled for eight rounds in the light heavyweight division, Ornelas will face an opponent to be named. Also in action, unbeaten rising star and Coachella local hero, Randy Caballero, battles an opponent to be announced in a six round junior featherweight contest.

Andrade vs. Pryor Jr. is presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with DiBella Entertainment and sponsored by Cerveza Tecate. Doors open at 6:00pm PT on fight night and the first bell rings at 7:00pm PT. The TeleFutura broadcast begins at 11:30pm ET / PT (10:30pm CT).

Tickets, priced at $25, $35 and $45 are on sale now and available for purchase at the Fantasy Springs Box Office, by calling (800) 827-2946 or online at www.fantasyspringsresort.com.

Fans at home can also be part of the action by participating in Cinturón Tecate and voting for the fighter in the main event who displayed the most character in the ring by sending a text message to 55333. Voting will be open through the end of the weekend.

Born in Jesus del Monte, Guadalajara, Mexico, currently residing in La Habra, Calif. and one of the toughest men in the 168-pound weight class, Librado Andrade (29-3, 22 KO’s) has a relentless style that has made him feared throughout the division. A three-time world title challenger (Lucian Bute twice and Mikkel Kessler) who has become a bona fide star in an unlikely place – Canada – the 32-year-old Andrade will fight for the first time back home in California since 2008. He looks to keep his momentum going forward towards another title shot following his eighth round technical knockout over former World Champion Eric Lucas last May.

The son of former Junior Welterweight World Champion Aaron Pryor, Aaron Pryor Jr. (15-3, 11 KO’s) is a Cincinnati Golden Gloves title holder now carving out his own niche in the professional game. Pryor is a daunting sight at 6’ 4”and has won three of his last four bouts, including an impressive decision victory over Dyah Davis last November. Now looking to get back in the win column after a hard-fought decision loss against unbeaten Edwin Rodriguez, Pryor believes he has the talent and style to beat Andrade on May 6.

Andrade’s younger brother by two years, Enrique Ornelas (30-7, 20 KO’s) is a crowd-pleaser as well, with the kind of punching power that can short-circuit any opponent’s night. A fearless battler who has been in the ring with future Hall of Famer Bernard “The Executioner” Hopkins, current Super Middleweight World Champion Robert Stieglitz, former World Champion Bronco McKart and top contender Marco Antonio “Veneno” Rubio, Ornelas is pleased to be fighting back home in California and promises a big night for all his fans on May 6.

20-year-old Randy Caballero (9-0, 5 KO’s) has gotten off to a fast start in 2011, defeating Manuel Ortega, Hugo Ramos and Felix Perez in successive bouts. On May 6, he will make his fifth appearance at the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, and he will undoubtedly have a legion of his growing fan-base in attendance that night.

2008 U.S. Olympic Bronze medalist Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder (15-0, 15 KO’s) is back in action on the May 6 card and he will be looking to keep his amazing knockout streak intact against an opponent to be named in a six round heavyweight bout. After a 6-0 run in 2010, the Tuscaloosa, Alabama native began his 2011 campaign in February with a second round technical knockout over DeAndrey Abron and the 6-foot-7 warrior is looking more intimidating with each fight.

In undercard action will be a host of Coachella Valley-area natives looking to please their hometown fight fans. Palm Springs’ Hugo Ramos (3-8-2, 1 KO) will square off against San Bernardino’s Juan Sandoval (2-6-1, 2 KO’s) in a four round featherweight match and Indio’s own Alfredo Madrigal (1-0) takes on debuting Palm Springs native Mario Villareal in a four round junior featherweight bout.

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 “Sólo 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.

Opponents for Andrade and Ornelas will be announced at a later date, along with a full slate of undercard bouts. For more information, visit www.goldenboypromotions.com, www.fantasyspringsresort.com, follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/GoldenBoyBoxing, www.twitter.com/fantasysprings, www.twitter.com/TeamCaballero or visit us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GoldenBoyBoxing or www.facebook.com/fantasyspringsresort.

BRINKLEY: "I WANT TO FIGHT FOR A WORLD TITLE AGAIN!"

April 25th, 2011, Reno -- A shot at the championship of the world is why most fighters enter the business of boxing. Terry Malloy, the hero in the 1954 Academy Award winning film, On the Waterfront, explained in a few famous words how his life and boxing career suffered because he failed to reach that level.

“I coulda had class, I coulda been a contender, I coulda been somebody.”

Malloy’s perception as a fighter, and his own perception of himself, was forever damaged because he chose the road more traveled. Although he had the talent, he never became a legitimate world title contender, while the opponents he “danced” with and carried, did.

Jesse Brinkley is no washed up pug from the streets, but his obsession of being a world title contender matches that of Terry Malloy. The difference with Brinkley - the journey is not yet over.

The 35 year old Nevadan has entered the ring 41 times, successful in 35 of those fights. Not only is he an older fighter by age, but the odometer on him as a boxer has steadily increased. A classic boxer-puncher, Brinkley has been in some wars in recent years. He has boxed 218 rounds - some of those rounds have been spent slugging it out with the likes of Curtis Stevens and Lucian Bute. Brinkley feels that he is at the top of his game, but knows that there is not a lot of time left.

“We don’t have time to rebuild. That’s why you have to take a fight with a top guy like Quillin.”
Brinkley is referring to his upcoming April 29th bout against undefeated Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin (23-0, 17 Kos). The fight is scheduled for ten rounds and is for the IBO USBO super-middleweight championship.

“I need this type of fight. If I beat Quillin, that can position me to another world title shot. I want to fight for a world title again. There is a lot on the line for me in this fight.”

Brinkley’s last fight still haunts him. Last October he fought super-middleweight king, Lucian Bute (28-0, 23 KOs) in Montreal, Canada. There, he had a taste of the top of the mountain. For nine rounds, the championship of the world was within his grasp.

“I know I was an underdog, but I never imagined I would lose that fight. I haven’t stopped thinking about it since. I have to be back at that level.”

Brinkley is still a top ten ranked super-middleweight, a legitimate contender, but his performance against Quillin will decide if another world title shot is in his future.

“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.

Vic Darchinyan: "I Think He Quit!"

Gary Shaw: "(Perez) Would Not Have Gone Two More Rounds."

Saturday, April 23, 2011

RESULTS FROM MOHEGAN SUN

In the main event of ESPN's Friday Night Fights from the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, CT, Breidis Prescott (24-2, 19 KOs) won a near shutout unanimous decision over a game Bayan Jargal (15-2-3, 9 KOs). Prescott worked his jab and landed the better power punches throughout the fight. Jargal had no answer to Prescott's movement and hand speed. All three judges scored the bout for Prescott by scores of 99-91, 99-90, and 100-90. The five bout fight card was promoted by Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing.

Undefeated junior middleweight Demetrius "The Hammer" Andrade landed a solid left to the body of his opponent Omar Bell (8-2, 5 KOs) which sent him to the canvas in the middle of round two. Bell, although up on one knee, was unable to answer the ten count of referee Dick Flaherty. Andrade with the knockout improves to (13-0, 9 KOs), while Bell suffers only the second loss of his professional career.

Junior middleweight Kevin Rooney (1-0), who is known amongst boxing circles as the publicist for Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing, made his professional debut a successful one as he dropped Philadelphia's Terrell Nelson (0-3) twice in the fight, once in the first round and once in the second round both with left hands. In the end, Rooney scored a four round unanimous decision win over Nelson by scores of 40-34 on all three cards.

Unbeaten heavyweight Joe Hanks knocked down his opponent once in the second round as he controlled the tempo of the bout against Terrell Nelson. Hanks landed hooks and kept Nelson on the defensive as he used his size and reach advantage to out land Nelson at every chance he could get. Hanks had Nelson in trouble several times during the bout. Nelson was unable to continue the fight after four rounds, which gave Hanks the TKO victory.

Burlington, VT's Kevin Cobbs (1-0, 1 KO) scored the first knockout of his professional career in his very first pro fight. Cobbs knocked the previously unbeaten Nicholas Lavin (2-1, 2 KOs) twice in the first round, with the second knockdown being his last of the fight. Referee Steve Smoger after the second knockdown immediately stopped the bout giving Cobbs the first round TKO victory at 1:30.

Fight results reported by Scott Ploof and Billy "Loops" Luppert as Kevin Rooney Jr. the publicist for Star Boxing, was a little busy making his pro debut.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Tapia vs. Archuleta - A Historical Rubber Match Set To Broadcast On GFL COMBAT SPORTS NETWORK

The ultimate setting for boxing fans is indisputably the “Rubber Match”. Legendary fighters such as, “Robinson” vs. “LaMotta”, “Ali” vs. “Frazier”, “Duran” vs. “Leonard”, and “Tarver” vs. “Jones” have carried the tie-breaking burden into the ring while fans sense personal bragging rights are all on the line.

*Boxing enthusiast get ready on June 4th, 2011 for another historical boxing trilogy!

Albuquerque, New Mexico - Team Tapia Boxing and Promotions, an Albuquerque, New Mexico based boxing organization, is set to host its first professional boxing event of 2011 with Johnny Tapia vs. Frankie Archuleta III. Tapia vs. Archuleta III is stacked with coercive match-ups and features a trilogy as its Main Event.

Team Tapia Boxing and Promotions event, accordingly named “Tapia/Archuleta III”, is a professional boxing event that will take place on Saturday June 4th, 2011 at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Albuquerque, NM. The card includes six pro fights with amateur openers, Two successful Albuquerque boxers will be on the under card: Josh “Pitbull” Torres (5-1-1, 3 KOs) and Hector Munoz (18-4-1, 11 KOs) are scheduled to compete.

According to Teresa Tapia, co-founder of Team Tapia Boxing and Promotions, “We are extremely excited to host the trilogy fight between Johnny and Frankie and what could be Johnny’s last boxing bout in what is and was an illustrious career inside the squared circle.”

Tickets for “Tapia/Archuleta III” are available now and start at $25 with ringside tickets for $200. To purchase event tickets go to the Hard Rock-Albuquerque Casino box-office or you can go online and purchase by logging on to www.HardRockAbq.com , www.HoldMyTicket.com or www.SalMora.com.

*Hard Rock Hotel and Casino is located at 11000 Broadway Southeast, Albuquerque, NM.

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Tickets On Sale For May 20th Main Events Brick City Boxing Series Joel Julio vs. Antwone Smith Prudential Center's AmeriHealth Pavilion, Newark, NJ

The main event features the much anticipated 10 round junior middleweight bout between Joel Julio of Monteria, Columbia (36-4, 31KOs) and Antwone Smith, of Miami Fl, (20-2-1, 12KOs). The Main Events Brick City Boxing Series card will take place in the intimate boxing club environment of Prudential Center's AmeriHealth Pavilion, in Newark, New Jersey.

Local fighter favorites to be featured on the undercard include: Sadam "World Kid' Ali of Brooklyn, NY, 12-0, 7 KO's, who is scheduled to take on John Revish of Baton Rouge, LA 9-3-2, 8 KO's; Jose "Mangu" Peralta of Jersey City 6-1, 4 KO's; crowd-pleasing Vinny O'Brien of East Hanover, 2-0, 2KO's; Newark favorite, Angel Concepcion, 4-0; and Tyrone Luckey of Middletown, NJ, 3-0,3 KO's.

Tickets are on sale now, $100 for ringside and reserved floor seats, $60 general admission bleachers and $30 general admission standing. Tickets available online at www.ticketmaster.com, Charge-by-phone: 1-800-745-3000, Ticketmaster Express 866-448-7849 and Ticketmaster ticket centers. Tickets are also available at Prudential Center's Box Office and www.prucenter.com.

The fight is promoted by Main Events in association with DiBella Entertainment and will be broadcast on ESPN2.

Peter "Kid Chocolate" Quillin Used 'Torture Machine' To Prepare For April 29 Title Fight Against Brinkley


LOS ANGELES (April 22, 2011) – Prior to leaving for his Big Bear training camp in final preparation for his April 29th showdown against Jesse Brinkley, undefeated prospect Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin used a Vortex machine at his strength-and-conditioning coach Brad Bose’s Anatomy gym in Santa Monica in order to increase his arm strength and power punching.

The 27-year-old Quillin (23-0, 17 KOs), born in Chicago and raised in Grand Rapids (MI), moved a year ago from Brooklyn to LA, where he hooked-up with Roach and started training at his famed Wild Card Gym, in addition to signing an exclusive promotional contract with Golden Boy Promotions.

“Kid Chocolate” headlines an April 29 show against former world title challenger Brinkley (35-6, 22 KOs) in Reno, Nevada, airing on Telefutura in a 10-round bout for the vacant USBO super middleweight title.

The Vortex, according to Bose (www.bosemangement.com), is an intimidating machine to look at, about 6-feet wide and 4 to 5 feet deep. Bose trains a lot of celebrities at his gym, some on The Vortex, including Robert Downing, Jr. for the movie, Ironman, as well as many mixed-martial-arts fighters. Boxers from the Wild Card like Quillin have started taking advantages of this functional training machine.

“The Vortex is unique in that it helps train athletes in more of a sports specific way,” Bose explained. “A lot of training in boxing is kind of old fashioned. The machine can be weighed down with 30 pounds for boxers who throw 1600 to 1800 punches within a five to 12 minute span. It increases their punching strength and speed, as well as get them ready for the later rounds, when a boxer’s arms are fatigued and they can barely hold them up.

“’Kid’ worked on it for six weeks before going to train in high altitude, where this training will also help his body recover faster. I saw quite a difference in him from the first day when he started with 15 pounds on his arms. After six weeks he made it up to 45 pounds for each arm, throwing 200 punches without a rest. A fighter may average 600 punches thrown in a fight. Training on this machine they have 45 pounds for each arm, throwing 200 punches in two minutes, for 20 minutes without resting. Throwing punches in the ring is no big deal because their arms won’t get tired.”

“The Vortex is like a torture machine,” Quillin remarked. “Brad had me throwing 1200 punches with 30-pound weights. I noticed a big difference. I really feel stronger. I’m up at Big Bear now to get used to the altitude for the fight in Reno. Freddie’s my trainer but he’s with Manny (Pacquaio), so I’m working with his assistant, Eric Brown. I work a lot with him and Freddie still oversees everything.”

Brinkley, who is coming off a ninth-round knockout last October in an IBF super middleweight title fight against champion Lucian Bute, will be fighting Quillin at home in Reno. The 34-year-old Brinkley is, perhaps, best known as a participant in the The Contender, Season One reality television show. His most notable victories have been against Otis Griffin, Curtis Stevens, and Joey Gilbert.

“This is the biggest fight of my life,” the personable Quillin remarked. “Brinkley’s coming off his world title fight against Bute and I wanted to find-out how I’d do against Jesse Brinkley. He’s strong, tough and always comes to fight. I want to campaign as a middleweight but walk around between fights weighing like a super middleweight. I took this fight because I couldn’t say no to my first title fight.

“I’m as sharp as a razor. He’s going to have to watch-out for me punching from every angle. I can hurt him with punches to the head or body. Once he punches, I’ll counter-punch. Boxing is a lot like poker, spades or dominos – it can fall either way. I’ll be trying to knockout Jesse Brinkley, but anything can happen, so I’m training to just win and prove that I belong at the elite level.”

For more information about Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin go online to www.TheKidChocolate.com or follow him on Twitter @/Kid Chocolate.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

RE-LIVE SHEIKA – WILSON I TONIGHT FREE ON GFL

PRELUDE TO SATURDAY NIGHT’S REMATCH THAT WILL BE FOR THE USBA CRUISERWEIGHT TITLE LIVE ON WWW.GFL.TV

NEW YORK / ATLANTIC CITY (April 21, 2011)—It was one of the better action fights of 2010 and this Saturday night Omar Shieka and Garrett Wilson re-acquaint each other after their four round war that thrilled the fans on March 26th, 2010 in Hamilton, New Jersey.

In that fight it was Wilson who dominated the former four-time world title challenger over the first two plus rounds as he scored at will. Wilson’s confidence rose to the point where he was playing to the crowd and that cost him as he got caught in round four and eventually stopped.

Now they meet again this Saturday night at Caesars in Atlantic City but this time a lot is on the line as the USBA Cruiserweight title and world ranking’s will be on the line.

To get fans ready for this much anticipated rematch, the first fight will be replayed FREE of charge to the viewers of www.gfl.tv beginning at 8pm est Thursday and the fight will be available through Saturday afternoon.

Sheika – Wilson II—The USBA Cruiserweight championship will take place Saturday April 23rd at 7:30 pm EST.

The card is presented by Peltz Boxing and will be streamed LIVE all over the world on www.gfl.tv for a price of just $9.99

To order the seven fight card which includes undefeated Jr. Welterweight sensation Ronald Cruz and undefeated Heavyweight Bryant Jennings, Click: http://www.gfl.tv/Events/Fight/Boxing/Sheika_vs_Wilson__USBA_cruiserweight_title/1000

Richie Boy Promotions Sues Tavoris Cloud & Don King

MIAMI (April 21, 2011) – Richie Boy Promotions filed a lawsuit this past Tuesday (April 19, 2011) in the 11th District Judicial Circuit Court in Miami against International Boxing Federation Light Heavyweight Champion Tavoris Cloud, as well as his promoter, Don King Productions, and head trainer, Al Bonanni.

Richie Boy Promotions acquired contractual rights for Cloud from his original promoter, 8 Count Productions, in February, 2009 and then soon hired Bonanni, who had previously worked for Don King Productions (“DKP”), to run its boxing business and serve as Cloud’s head trainer. Cloud captured the IBF light heavyweight title on August 28, 2009 via a unanimous 12-round decision against Clinton Woods in a bout promoted by Richie Boy.

As Cloud’s promoter, Richie Boy Promotions negotiated and entered into an agreement for Cloud’s first title defense against mandatory challenger Glen Johnson, which was scheduled to take place April 10, 2010. During this negotiation period, however, Richie Boy Promotions terminated Bonanni, who then introduced Cloud to his former employer, Don King. DKP signed Cloud to another promotional contract despite knowing about Cloud’s exclusive promotional contract with Richie Boy Promotions.

Richie Boy alleges that Cloud breached his contract with Richie Boy Promotions by entering into another promotional contract with DKP as well as participating in his August 7, 2010 title fight against Johnson, which Cloud won via 12-round unanimous decision. Cloud (22-0, 18 KOs) defeated Fulgencio Zuniga by 12-round decision last December, and he now has a mandatory defense pending against IBF #1 contender Yusaf Mack.

Complaints filed in the aforementioned lawsuit by Richie Boy Promotions against the three defendants include Breach of Contract (Cloud), Unjust Enrichment (DKP), Tortious Interference with Contract (DKP and Bonanni), Tortious Interference with Business Relationships (DKP and Bonanni, Fraudulent Misrepresentation (Bonanni), and Breach of Fudicuary Duty (Bonanni).

Richie Boy Promotions has demanded a jury trial and judgment for monetary damages, and awarding such other and further relief as the Court deems just and proper.

Kushner Recovering From Spinal Surgery

NEW YORK (April 21, 2011) – Veteran boxing promoter Cedric Kushner, President of New York City-based Gotham Boxing, is recovering from spinal surgery yesterday that took nearly seven hours. He is resting comfortably at Mt. Sinai Hospital (room 315), located at Madison and 100th St., in New York City. He is expected to be there for a few days and then be transferred to another facility for physical rehabilitation.

Kushner, a former rock promoter, has been involved in boxing for the past 30 years. His company has promoted more than 30 world champions and presented more than 300 world title fights in North America, Europe, Asia, South America, Australia and Africa.

Get well wishes may emailed to him to cedkushner@aol.com.

Leon Moore Wants His First World Title Shot To ‘Hurry Up’ And Finally Happen

NEW YORK (April 21, 2011) – World Boxing Council No. 3 rated super bantamweight Leon “Hurry Up” Moore is ready for his first world title shot and he’s willing to travel from his new home in New York City to Japan if that’s what it takes to challenge WBC champion Toshiaki Nishioka.

The 32-year-old southpaw Moore (28-2, 22 KOs), a native of Guyana, is the reigning PABA and WBC CABOFE super bantamweight champion, as well as the former NABA, Guyanese and CABOFE bantamweight titlist. He moved to the Big Apple earlier this year after signing a promotional contract with New York City-based Boxing 360.

“Nishioka has been a great world champion who has given top challengers their title shots for the past few years,” Moore said. “But now it’s my time and I’m ready to challenge him right in his home country. I’ve heard that his promoter (Honda) wants to make his next fight in Las Vegas. Hey, I’ll fight him in Japan, Las Vegas, New York or on a cruise ship in the Pacific Ocean. Whatever it takes, I’m willing and able to fight him for his belt. My nickname is ‘Hurry Up’ and that’s how I feel about my title shot. Let’s make it happen, Toshiaki.”

Nishioka (38-4-3, 24 KOs) captured the WBC crown back in 2008, when he won a 12-round decision against Napapol Sor Rungvisia. The Japanese warrior has successfully defended his title belt six times against Gernaro Garcia, Jhonny Gonzalez, Ivan Hernandez, Balweg Bangoyan, Rendall Munroe and earlier this month versus Mauricio Javier Munoz.

Moore is riding a 10-fight, four-year win streak including a unanimous 12-round decision against former two-time world champion Maurico Pastrana for the WBC CABOFE and NABA bantamweight belts in September 2009, as well as a unanimous 12-round decision versus Indonesia Boxing Association champion Marangin Marbun for the vacant PABA crown in January 2010. His last action was a win by six-round decision in a stay-busy fight this past April 2 in Brooklyn against veteran Felipe Almanza, marking Moore’s U.S. debut.

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

NY State super middleweight title-holders, middleweight Lennox “2 Sharpe” Allen and welterweight Danny Sostre, 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 www.boxing360.com for more information about Moore, any of Boxing 360 fighters, or upcoming events.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Abner Mares vs. Joseph Agbeko: Fight Cancelled

Oscar De La Hoya: "I Expect Agbeko To Press Him (Mares) The Whole Night."

Casal & Serrano Making Boxing 360 Debuts Friday Night In Upstate NY

NEW YORK (April 20, 2011) – Light welterweight Nick “Hands of Gold” Casal and unbeaten lightweight Amanda “The Real Deal” Serrano make their Boxing 360 debuts Friday night in Hamburg, New York.

“We’re looking forward to watching them in action under the Boxing 360 banner,” Boxing 360 CEO & Founder Mario Yagobi said,”We want to thank promoter Juan Santiago (Don Juan Fighting Promotions) for putting our fighters on his card. Nick is fighting close to his home in Buffalo and everybody’s anxious to see him back in the ring after a long absence. It wasn’t easy finding a suitable opponent for Nick because he’s so talented. Nick had some personal issues in the past but he’s fully focused now on his boxing career. He’s only 25 years old but experienced having had 26 pro fights.

“I wasn’t sure about getting involved in female boxing until I saw Amanda’s last fight live from ringside. She’s unbelievably impressive in and out of the ring. All Amanda does is train to fight, everyday to the point of exhaustion, then she goes home to sleep, and starts all over again the next day at the gym. Amanda is a world champion in the making and this fight will help position her for that opportunity.”

Casal (29-4-1, 15 KOs), who was a highly decorated U.S. amateur, returns to the ring for the first time since November 6, 2009, when he won an eight-round decision against Christopher Fernandez. His opponent Friday night in a six-round bout is veteran Martin Tucker (7-8, 3 KOs), who was the third different fighter to accepted the fight against the gifted Casal. Tucker has been somewhat of a gatekeeper for the 147-pound division having fought top prospects such as undefeated Sharif Bogere (19-0, 2 KOs) and Ivan Popoca (15-0-1, 10 KOs), and he also upset previously unbeaten Michael Torres (13-0).

In 2004, Casal turned pro and he was unbeaten in his first 17 pro bouts, including a pair of draws. Nick extended current WBC Silver champion Antonio “Tony” DeMarco, former WBC Interim light titlist, the full 10 rounds in 2002 in a losing effort (94-96, 93-93, 97-93) that still demonstrated his vast potential.

The 23-year-old Serrano (8-0-1, 4 KOs) was born in Puerto Rico, but she now lives and fights out of Brooklyn. The slick-boxing younger sister of former lightweight contender, Cindy Serrano, faces former IWBF champion Ela “Bam Bam” Nunez (9-8, 2 KOs) for the third time. They fought to a four-round draw in 2009, marking the lone blemish on Amanda’s pro record, and Serrano won a six-round decision (59-55, 59-55, 58-56) this past January. Their trilogy fight is scheduled for six rounds.

Both fighters are world rated: Serrano WBAN #3, WBC #4, GBU #5 and WIBA #6, Nunez GBU #4, WBAN #7 and WBC #11.

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-holders, middleweight Lennox “2 Sharpe” Allen and welterweight Danny Sostre, KO king Tyrone Brunson, middleweight prospect DonYil Livingston, Joshua “The Juice” Harris, Emad Ali, Angel “Toro” Hernandez and “King” David Estrada.

Go to www.Boxing360.com for more information about Serrano, Boxing 360 or any of its other fighters, as well as its scheduled events.

SHEIKA – WILSON II—THE USBA CRUISERWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP THIS SATURDAY LIVE ON GFL

NEW YORK / ATLANTIC CITY (April 20, 2011)—This Saturday night from Caesars in Atlantic City, former four-time world title challenger Omar Sheika will take on Garrett “The Ultimate Warrior” Wilson for the USBA Cruiserweight championship that will headline a seven bout that will be streamed live all over the world on www.gfl.tv

The show, promoted by Hall of Fame promoter Russell Peltz and Peltz Boxing will start at 7:30 pm and will be available for a price of $9.99 and can be accessed by clicking: http://www.gfl.tv/Events/Fight/Boxing/Sheika_vs_Wilson__USBA_cruiserweight_title/1000

On March 26, 2010, Sheika and Wilson waged war in Hamilton, New Jersey when the huge underdog Wilson out worked and boxed beautifully over the first two-plus rounds and what many thought would be an easy victory for Sheika. With his back against the wall Sheika turned things around and hurt Wilson in round four. Being that cagey vet, Sheika seized the opportunity and finished Wilson off in round four.

That bout was streamed LIVE all over the world on www.gfl.tv

Sheika has come up short against the best opposition in the world as he fought for versions of the Super Middleweight title on four occasions only to drop fights to Joe Calzaghe, Eric Lucas, Jeff Lacy and Markus Beyer. Sheika also dropped fights to Roy Jones and Adrian Diocanu.

With a win on Saturday, Sheika will be placed back in line to chase that elusive world title.

Sheika holds wins over former Light Heavyweight champion Glen Johnson and former two-division champion Simon Brown.

Wilson has lived up to his nickname as Philadelphia’s “Ultimate Warrior” as he is willing to fight anyone, anyplace, anytime.

He has fought the likes of Dennis Hasson (6-0); Dyah Davis (12-1); 6’5” Puerto Rican Olympian Carlos Negron (6-0); Julio Cesar Matthews (9-0) and Sheika.

Wilson earned this bout on the strength of his last two bouts when he held Andreas Taylor (16-10 to a draw and his last bout when he shocked highly regarded Aaron Williams (20-2-1) in the seventh round.

Headlining the undercard will be one of the fastest rising Jr. Welterweights in the world in undefeated Ronald Cruz.

Cruz of Bethlehem, PA will take on rugged Manuel Guzman in a bout scheduled for eight rounds.

Cruz has a perfect mark of 11-0 with eight knockouts has exploded on the scene based on his last two bout as he stopped highly regarded prospect Jeremy Bryan in six rounds and his last bout he took out Dillet Frederick in three.

Guzman of Lancaster, PA will provide a stern test as he has never been stopped in his nineteen fight career which includes battles with Latif Mundy (3-0); former Contender contestant Aaron Torres; undefeated Bayan Jargal (5-0-1); undefeated knockout artist James Stevenson; and former U.S. Olympian Sadam Ali (10-0) with most of those bouts taking place at Welterweight or Jr. Middleweight

Guzman holds a win over then undefeated prospect Tommy Rainone (11-0)

Jennings, of Philadelphia has been tabbed as a Heavyweight to watch in the boxing’s inner circles, has a record of 6-0 with three knockouts and is stepping up the competition to face fellow Philly banger David Williams in a bout scheduled for six rounds.

-NOTE- The first Wilson – Sheika will air for FREE on www.gfl.tv beginning Thursday April 21 at 8pm and run through Saturday April 23

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12 Rounds—USBA Cuiserweight Title—Omar Sheika (30-10, 21 KO’s) vs. Garrett Wilson (9-5-1, 4 KO’s)

8 Rounds- Jr. Welteweights—Ronald Cruz (11-0, 8 KO’s) vs. Manuel Guzman (7-10-2, 3 KO’s)
6 Rounds- Heavyweights—Bryant Jennings (6-0, 3 KO’s) vs. David Williams (6-3-1, 2 KO’s)
4 Rounds- Super Middleweights—Jose Medina (15-20, 11 KO’s) vs. Derrick Webster (6-0, 4 KO’s)
4 Rounds- Jr. Welterweights—Korey Sloane (PD) vs. Edgardo Torres (1-0, 1 KO)
4 Rounds- Super Middleweights—Antowyan Aikens (PD) vs. Willie Mack (PD)
4 Rounds- Welterweights—Dontre King (3-9-2, 1 KO) vs. Keane Davis (1-1)

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Welterweight Contender Joel "Love Child" Julio Takes On Tough Antoine Smith When Brick City Boxing Series Returns To AmeriHealth Pavilion



Main Events CEO, Kathy Duva, confirmed a May 20th junior middleweight bout featuring Joel Julio (36-4, 31KOs) vs. Antwone Smith (20-2-1, 12KOs). The fight will be the main event in the next installment of the Main Events Brick City Boxing Series, held in the intimate boxing club environment of Prudential Center's AmeriHealth Pavilion, Newark, New Jersey. The fight will be broadcast on ESPN 2, 9-11pm EST. The fight is promoted by Main Events in association with DiBella Entertainment. Local fighter favorites to be featured on the undercard include: Sadam "World Kid' Ali of Brooklyn, NY; Jose "Mangu" Peralta of Jersey City, NJ; Vinny O'Brien of East Hanover, NJ; and Tyrone Luckey of Middletown, NJ.

"Julio and Smith is a perfect fight to headline the next installment of the Brick City Boxing Series at Prudential's AmeriHealth Pavilion," said Duva."Two extremely popular fighters who are at a crossroads in their careers will meet in a significant bout that might very well determine both of their futures. The winner likely will go on to challenge for the world title in what has become a wide open welterweight division. A great deal is on the line and, as always, the fans can expect another great night of Brick City excitement and entertainment in the ring."

Ticket information will be released shortly.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

MIKE TYSON'S FORMER TRAINER KEVIN ROONEY TALKS ABOUT SON TURNING PRO


He was born into it. Grew up around and was engulfed in it. His job now has him working full-time in it, but this Friday night, Kevin Rooney Jr will experience a whole new side of professional boxing that he hasn't before. He will make his pro-debut on the undercard of Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing ESPN "Friday Night Fights" card at Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, CT. Headlining the show will be an intriguing ten round showdown between jr. welterweight prospects, "The Mongolian Mongoose" Bayan Jargal (15-1-3, 10KO's) and "Khanqueror" Breidis Prescott (23-2, 19KO's). Also featured on the card is 2008 US Olympian and highly regarded jr. middleweight prospect Demetrius Andrade (12-0, 8KO's) taking on once beaten Omar Bell (8-1, 5KO's).

Rooney Jr., is trained and managed by his father, Kevin Rooney Sr., who after having a very respectable professional boxing career of his own, took over the reins from Cus D' Amato and lead Mike Tyson to become the youngest heavyweight champion in boxing history. Rooney who worked under D'Amato's tutelage and began assisting him in his coaching duties when Tyson was still an amateur, took complete control over Tyson, when D'Amato passed away in November of 1985. At the time Tyson was 11-0 as a pro. Before leaving Rooney, Tyson had amassed a perfect 35-0, 31KO's record, and was the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world.

Rooney went on to work with a number fighters over the years, including most notably ring legend and five-time champion, Vinny Pazienza. Now his main focus has shifted to his son.

"I'm very excited about him turning pro, and watching him develop," stated Rooney Sr. (who calls Jr. K.C.) "He is learning in there, you can see he is trying to take what I teach him and tell him and use it in the ring, and that is a good thing. He is a smart fighter, and he is very dedicated and disciplined, he trains very hard. He also is very strong. I had him in with my pro cruiserweight, Nasi Hani. He is 5-0 as a pro and had almost 100 amateur fights. After they got done sparring I asked Nasi how he was, and he was very impressed, when I told him that he would be fighting at only jr. middleweight and middleweight he almost couldn't believe it."

"The thing though about KC that I like is he has balls, he has the 'fighter' mentality. That's how I was in the ring, that's how I want all my fighters to be. Anytime you step into that ring, whether its sparring or an actual fight, you have to be ready to go out there and say 'here I am let's go', and he has that. He has an exciting style and he gives it his all each and every time he steps into the ring, and that is going to make for a fun ride for all of us involved along the way."

For those who think Rooney Jr. turning pro is some publicity stunt (after all he is the PR guy for Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing) Rooney Sr. says that's the farthest thing from the truth.

"KC began boxing when he was just 5-years-old. He was in the gym almost every day until he was 9 and then he stopped competing. He was very active growing up though and played almost every sport there was. In high school he would work out at my gym to stay in shape for baseball and football. Then a little over two years ago he tells me "Dad I want to give boxing another shot'. So I told him, go to the gym, start training get yourself into shape then do some sparring see how you feel. After about six months of sparring he said he wanted to turn pro, but I told him, have a few fights as amateur get some experience. So he competed in the NY Golden Gloves last year and made it to the quarter finals and got robbed by the kid who ended up winning the championship. I told him to give the gloves one more shot this year and, same story different year. But KC knows, and anyone who has seen him fight knows, he just doesn't have an amateur style. I truly believe he is going to do very well and turn a lot of heads as a pro. So for anyone who thinks that this is just some stunt, or that he picked up a pair of gloves the other day and said he wanted to be a boxer, they are wrong and are going to be very surprised when you see him in that ring. Fighting is in his blood. I guess his mother can blame me for that one," says Rooney with a chuckle.

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.

NOTE: Due to the NBA playoffs ESPN3.com and ESPN Deportes will start their telecasts LIVE at 8PM, ESPN2 will re-air at 10:30 PM.

2011 PHILADELPHIA GOLDEN GLOVES AMATEUR REMIX, SATURDAY APRIL 30TH AT JAMES SHULER MEMORIAL GYM

PHILADELPHIA (April 18, 2011)—On Saturday night April 30th at The James Shuler Memorial Gym in West Philadelphia, some of the top amateur fighters in Philadelphia will be on display as well as an exhibition featuring number-one ranked Light Heavyweight in the world Yusaf Mack will take place at the “Philadelphia Golden Gloves Remix”

See the future champions of Philadelphia on display such as Silver Gloves national champion Rasheem Brown; Maurice Harris; Isiah Gibbons; Tony DeBose; Rob Latimore and Ashir Soloman.

Mack, who will be fighting Tavoris Cloud for the IBF Light Heavyweight championship, will do an exhibition with Dhafir Smith.

Tickets for this great evening are just $20 and they can be purchased at the gym which is located at 750 N Brooklyn St, Philadelphia, PA. Tel: 215-416-1282

The first bout will start at 7:30 pm and expect appearances by many of the top pros in Philadelphia.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Ortiz vs. Berto Post-Fight Press Conference Quotes

MASHANTUCKET, CT (April 16, 2011) – New World Boxing Council (“WBC”) Welterweight Champion “Vicious” Victor Ortiz addressed the media following his thrilling twelve round unanimous decision victory over Andre Berto on Saturday night.

Berto, who hurt his right hand in round and required medical attention, did not attend the press conference.

Here are post fight quotes from the participants:

Victor Ortiz, WBC Welterweight Champion: “Andre Berto – I know he’s not here – we both went through a great war; nothing but respect. It was a very exciting fight. He hits very hard. I have a head harder than a rock. I wonder what the headline will read: Victor doesn’t have….fill in the blank. It wasn’t a walk in the park but I got the goods.”

“I want to thank Manny Pacquiao for his words. We talked today and he said to stick to my plan, that I’m a very good fighter, and don’t take anybody’s negativity.”

“I saw Andre Berto as a champion. There’s no stopping Berto. I didn’t prepare to knockout Berto. I knew it would go the full distance. I pictured myself with two black eyes, but I would have the green belt.”

“There are a lot of great fighters at 147’; I’m completely done with 140. I’m going to take a vacation and then shoot for the big names. I don’t make a helluva lot. Why not shoot for the big ones?”

“Stuff happens. That was the past. Maidana still doesn’t have anything on me. That wasn’t my night. I fought with a broken wrist and the fight was stopped. They said I gave up, I didn’t give up. I didn’t fight kMorales. He’s a great guy but past his time and I strongly believe he beat Maidana. He wouldn’t give me a rematch but I’m the guy with no courage, no heart, no balls. But I’m the guy with the belt.”

“I didn’t see it as close. I knew I pulled off a victory. You see the new WBC Welterweight Champion.”

“I wasn’t expecting an easy fight. I expected a war. I studied him and he’s no joke. He knocked out some good guys but I saw the Luis Collazo fight. He (Collazo) was the first to beat him (Berto). I tip my hat to you.”

“It goes back to when I was young. I didn’t have anything when I was young. I raised my brother. I thought this was my dream. I wasn’t going to stand for anything less. I was moving up to 147 but knew I carried my power. For three months, every day at the gym, I would say the new champ.”

Lou DiBella, promoter of the show and Berto: “Berto can’t attend the press conference. Dr. Schwartz said he has a possible break of his right hand and possible concussion. He went to the hospital. We have no issues. Very, very close. No problems from our team. Victor Ortiz answered all of the questions about his heart. You know Victor Ortiz is a welterweight.”

“There were no losers when you out on a fight like this. I’m very proud to promote this fight.”

“Yesterday would have been the 39th birthday of Arturo Gatti. Arturo Gatti would have been very pleased of the fight tonight.”

Richard Schaeffer, CEO of Golden Boy Promotions and Ortiz’s promoter: “We’ve been waiting for a guy to bring excitement back to boxing and Victor Ortiz did that tonight.”

“We’re very proud of Victor Ortiz. He was attacked by some in the media. They questioned his heart and the will to go to war. He proved he has heart and the will to win, against an undefeated guy like Berto and gave him no chance.”

“You saw one of the best welterweight fights in years. Definitely all fight fans would to see it again. There are a lot of opportunities for Victor at 147 bit we’ll sit down and get this fight made again.”

Ortiz Outpoints Berto In Slugfest, Captures WBC Welterweight Title


By: Michael Gerard Seiler

"Vicious" Victor Ortiz (29-2-2, 22 KO's) defeated Andre Berto (27-1, 21 KO's) by a twelve-round unanimous decision, capturing the WBC welterweight title in what could become the 'Fight of the Year' for 2011. Official scores were 115-110, 114-112 and 114-111.

Entering the bout, both fighters were heavily questioned by the media about their overall star-potential in the sport. After quitting against Marcos Maidana in 2009, Ortiz was believed to lack the heart and courage of a true fighter. On the other hand, there were questions about Berto's chin: Could he take a solid punch? Ortiz and Berto answered and silenced their critics at Foxwoods tonight, letting everything they had deep inside of them come out in the ring.

During round one, it appeared that Ortiz floored Berto with a grazing left-hand shot that landed just behind the Miami native's right ear. However, referee Mike Ortega incorrectly ruled it a slip. Even if a fighter slips, such as Berto did according to Ortega, if a punch lands on a fighter that is falling, the correct ruling would be a knockdown. In this case, Ortiz' punch caused Berto to fall. Moments later, Ortiz would get an official knockdown scored.

Ortiz staggered Berto with a powerful right hook, and followed it up with a straight left - right uppercut combination, dropping Berto to one knee in the corner. After that, Berto was not quite the same fighter; He never fully recovered, displaying shaky legs numerous times throughout the course of the fight.

In round two, Berto answered back, firing and connecting with a counter-right cross, flooring Ortiz. Yet, Ortiz, 24, was not really hurt, as his right glove prevented his back from touching the canvas as he fell. Ortiz regained his composure, holding his own the last twenty seconds of the round. Before the knockdown, Ortiz was beating Berto to the punch and controlling the round, as the 27-year-old's legs looked wobbly.


Ortiz rocked Berto during round three with consecutive straight lefts in the second half of the round. Early on, Ortiz stunned Berto with a devastating left uppercut. 


Berto opened round four by precisely landing a flush right cross to Ortiz' chin. Once again, Ortiz came right back, connecting with consecutive left-hand shots to Berto's head. Then, Ortiz pummeled Berto, leaving him with a bloody nose in his corner after the round.

After a close, competitive fifth round, Berto put Ortiz on the canvas with a crushing right cross. Ortiz' legs were unsteady, but Berto could not finish him. Next, a right hook and consecutive lefts to the head by Ortiz floored Berto, just before the bell rang to end the round.

From there, Ortiz beat up Berto in close quarters, fearlessly unleashing combinations and charging after him.

In round ten, Ortiz was deducted a point from referee Mike Ortega for hitting behind the head. Ortiz absorbed Berto's punches, and kept throwing more, showing a higher energy level.

After his back was pressed up against the ropes in round eleven, Berto looked as if he wished the fight was over. He was gassed from the relentless pressure applied by Ortiz.

Entering the twelfth round, Ortiz was not content to coast in the final three minutes; He only knew one way to finish - Go straight ahead and continue throwing punches until there is nothing left.

The courage, heart, and desire to win exhibited from both Ortiz and Berto was immeasurable. Still, Ortiz was simply the more complete fighter, proving the odds of being a 4-1 underdog were vastly inaccurate. While Berto hurt Ortiz at times, Ortiz landed harder and with greater accuracy.

Not to take away from Ortiz' victory, or to discredit Berto's performance in anyway, but Berto has been over-hyped by some in the media for a very long time. Berto has always shown trouble fighting in close quarters against elite fighters, usually electing to clinch after throwing power shots one-at-a-time. Berto has above average hand speed and efficient power, although he can be off-balance often with his enormously wide stance.

Did Berto underestimate Ortiz coming into the fight? Perhaps, but a fighter who knows how to fight on the inside with so much ferocity, as well as utilizing effective combination punching, such as Ortiz, will always give a one-dimensional fighter like Berto a great deal of trouble. If someone is going to defeat Ortiz again, it surely will not happen if that fighter only relies on his speed, agility and reflexes; One will need to have the complete package, and an added something that many critics thought Ortiz lacked - a ton of heart.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Khan Overwhelms McCloskey, Wins By Technical Decision


By: Michael Gerard Seiler

Amir "King" Khan (25-1, 17 KO's) won via sixth-round technical decision over Ireland's Paul "Dudey" McCloskey (22-1, 12 KO's), retaining his WBA junior welterweight title. Due to an accidental clash of heads in round six, the bout went to the scorecards where Khan received scores of 60-54 from all three judges. The victory marked Khan's 4th successful title defense since being kayoed in the first round by Bredeis Prescott on September 6, 2008. Now, Khan will look ahead to a potential unification fight with WBC/WBO junior welterweight champ Timothy Bradley (27-0, 11 KO's), which is tentatively scheduled for July 23rd.

Khan's lightning-quick hand speed, and the ability to swiftly move in and out, frustrated the slick 31-year-old southpaw. Khan utilized his left jab mostly as a rangefinder throughout the fight. His jab enabled him to setup a fierce body attack to slow McCloskey, who was hurt a few times in the middle rounds by Khan's right-hand shots.

In round six, Khan stepped forward while unleashing a straight right and clashed heads with McCloskey. The accidental headbutt left a deep gash above McCloskey's left eye. After the ringside doctor examined McCloskey, he deemed him unable to continue.

Prior to his bout with Khan, McCloskey had stopped his last five opponents despite having only twelve career knockouts.

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 www.KZEventProductions.com for additional information about Shumenov, KZ Event Productions or any of its fighters.

STAR BOXING'S KEVIN ROONEY, JR. WORKING OVERTIME AT APRIL 22ND MOHEGAN SUN SHOW


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 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.

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 www.boxing360.com for more information about Sostre, or any of Boxing 360 fighters, as well as upcoming events.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

NIGHT OF FUTURE CHAMPIONS THIS SATURDAY NIGHT ON GFL

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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.

To order this championship night of boxing for just $9.99, click: http://www.gfl.tv/Events/Fight/Boxing/Saturday_Night_KO_Fights_3_Future_World_Champions/1013

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.

ANDRADE TO OPEN ESPN TELECAST APRIL 22ND AT MOHEGAN SUN

DEMETRIUS ANDRADE WITH PROMOTER JOE DEGUARDIA 

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 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.

Monday, April 11, 2011

POPULAR BRONX BOXING SERIES ANNOUNCED: FIVE SCHEDULED SHOWS IN 2011 SERIES STARTS THURSDAY, MAY 5TH


PARADISE THEATER -  BRONX, NY

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 www.starboxing.com 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 http://www.ticketmaster.com/, 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 www.dbe1.com, 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 www.KidChocolate.com or follow him on Twitter @/kidchocolate.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

APRIL 9 "ACTION HEROES" RESULTS & POST-FIGHT QUOTES


 RESULTS 

 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)


POST-FIGHT QUOTES


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."

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