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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Five Fighters Join Team Fight to Walk!


New York, NY (May 18, 2011) – Junior middleweight contender DeAndre Latimore and prospects Sid El Harrak, Denis Douglin, Vinny O’Brien, and Delen Parsley have all joined Team Fight to Walk.

Created by unbeaten junior middleweight and West Point graduate Boyd Melson in association with, Team Fight to Walk’s mission is to raise awareness within the boxing community about the importance of stem cell research for spinal cord injuries.

Globally recognized as one of the best 154 pound fighters on the planet, Latimore, 22-3 (17 KO’s), is working towards landing another world title bout. The hard hitting Las Vegas based St. Lucian dropped a controversial decision in 2009 to then titlist Cory Spinks, but has won three of his last four bouts to put himself back in the mix.

“I’m very happy to be helping out,” said Latimore. “I know many people that are paralyzed and becoming involved makes me feel like a better person because I know that I’m helping those in need.”

Although he’s only fought twice as a professional, O’Brien, 2-0 (2 KO’s), has already made a splash in the North Jersey area. The charismatic and likeable East Hanover resident is a crowd pleasing fighter who brings a bevy of fans to support him. He’s also agreed to donate a percentage of his purse following his fight Friday evening in Newark, NJ.

Known as “The Messenger”, El Harrak had an outstanding 52-8 amateur record and turned pro in 2008, declining an opportunity to represent Morocco in the Olympic Games. Based out of Santa Clara, CA, El Harrak has an excellent 10-1 professional ledger and will donate a percentage of commission from ticket sales following his June 17 bout.

“I chose to get involved because helping make a difference in ones life is a beautiful thing,” said the talented welterweight. If everyone was willing to lend a helping hand to hose in need, a lot could be done and the world would be a better place to live in.”

Like El Harrak, Douglin, 12-1 (8 KO’s), is a 23 year old with the heart of a champion. The Morganville, NJ native and 2008 National Golden Gloves Champion decided to become involved with the cause after hearing about the daily struggles that people suffering from severe must endure.

Parsley, also an unbeaten rising star, is 5-0 with 2 knockouts and is quickly becoming a fan favorite in his native New York City. The former Junior Olympic Champion didn’t think twice about joining.

“Everyone deserves a chance to enjoy life to its fullest potential,” Parsley said of joining Team Fight to Walk. “It also feels great to help others that are having their hardships in life.”

With five new members representing Team Fight to Walk and a number of others expected to join the fight in the near future, Dr. Patricia Morton, Director of The Spinal Cord Injury Project, is thrilled by the generosity of the boxing community.

“I am awed by passion and commitment of these fighters to find a cure for all people with spinal cord injuries,” said Dr. Morton, who launched “We are deeply grateful for what they are doing for this entire community.”

Tax deductible donations can be made at and Team Fight to Walk’s website,, will have more information along with updates shortly.


(EAST HANOVER, NJ)—Welterweight prospect Vinny “The Lion” O’Brien has recently announced his involvement with the charity and that he will be donating 10 percent of his purse from his May 20 fight to the organization. is the fundraising project of SCINetUSA, the clinical trial network that was launched to test promising treatments for chronic spinal cord injury in the US. SCINetUSA will organize, administer, train clinicians and get approvals for the clinical trials.

O’Brien is also joining Team Fight to Walk, which is in association with the It is a team of fighters that are helping raise awareness and funds for the pending clinical trial.

“This organization was brought to me and I read up on it and did my research and truly believe it’s a great organization,” said O’Brien. “And I just wish my purse was $20 million. Not only me, but most of us wake up in the morning and get out of bed and take advantage that we have use of every limb and full control of our bodies. I can’t even imagine how difficult it must be for the patients and anything I can do to bring even just one person a little closer to motor movement and a dream to walk again I will.”

Since making his professional debut March 5, O’Brien has been garnering international attention due to his intense fight style and ability to put on a show for the fans. But outside of the ring the up-and-coming welterweight stays just as busy as when he is training for a fight.

In addition to working with, O’Brien also does his part to help impact other charitable organizations, including United Way, Boys and Girls Club and Find A Dream.

“It means a lot to me to be able to give back and be a part of these organizations,” said O’Brien. “Athletes are held in a higher standard, and it is important that we donate our time to charities. I feel like I have a great responsibility to reach out to those in need and be a positive role model or someone they can turn to for inspiration or motivation. Athletes have to lead by example.”

O’Brien stated in an interview prior to his first fight that besides making a huge impact in the boxing world with his skills and performance in the ring, outside of the ring he was adamant about bringing class back to the sport.

Actions speak louder than words, and rather than simply telling the fans and media what they want to hear to boost his popularity, the young fighter has and continues to live up to his words by diligently doing all he can.

“Boxing has been a big part of my life and more recently over the past four years,” said O’Brien. “Not to be a cliché but I was born for this, and everything about me is made for the path I’m on now. I will always be a part of boxing and find any and all ways I can help this sport. Boxing has been around since the gladiators and is an American tradition, and it deserves the respect of anyone involved with the sport to help bring class back to this beautiful science.”

Vinny “The Lion” O’Brien returns to action next Friday, May 20 as he will be making his debut on ESPN’s Friday Night Fights. To purchase tickets contact Lou Esa at 973-885-7962. For more information on Vinny visit or!/VinnyLionOBrien.

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Monday, May 16, 2011

ESPN's Friday Night Fights And Main Events Return To New Jersey

Former Junior Middleweight Challenger and U.S. Olympian Co-Featured

ESPN's Friday Night Fights presented by Corona Extra, will originate from Newark, N.J. May 20 at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN2 when former junior middleweight world title challenger Joel "El Predador" Julio (36-4, 31 KO's, WBC#33) and undefeated 2008 U.S. Olympian Sadam "The World Kid" Ali (12-0, 7 KO's) are featured in co-main events. Joe Tessitore and Teddy Atlas will be ringside at the Amerihealth Pavilion describing the action. The card is presented by Main Events.

Prudential Centers' Amerihealth Pavilion will bring Main Events back to the intimacy and excitement of its roots. Beginning in May 1978, and lasting through April 1986, Main Events made its name in the boxing business with a series of more than 50 fight cards at Ice World, a little known ice skating rink in Totowa, N.J. By 1980, ESPN had begun televising the "Fights on Ice" series. What started out as a local incubator for local boxing talent quickly grew into a nationally known phenomenon. The final show at Totowa in 1986 featured Mark Breland and was broadcast live on ABC.

This Friday Miami resident and Colombian native Julio will meet Buffalo's Anges "Baby Face" Adjaho (17-5, 9 KO's). After being TKO'd in the 11th round by Alfredo Angulo, Julio rebounded with a 10-round unanimous decision win against Jamaal Davis in his last fight.

"Joel's been preparing for this fight for about three months," trainer Anthony Hamm said. "I've been working with Joel since the Angulo fight. I didn't want him to take that fight, especially at 154 pounds, because Joel's a natural 147-pounder. He looks good at this weight and he's punching harder now. He's going to be a sight to see this fight."

Brooklyn's Ali, taking a step up in class, will meet "The Renegade" John Revish (9-3-2, 8 KO's). Ali is coming off a third-round knockout over Javier Perez. After that fight,'s Dan Rafael wrote, "Ali looked very good in dismantling Perez. Ali, with a tremendous speed and power advantage, nearly had Perez out in the first round when he crushed him with a left hook to the jaw. The punch sent Perez's head swiveling and knocked him to his rear end. In the third round, Ali landed another brutal left hook to the jaw that dropped Perez even harder. Perez was flat on his back and spread eagle as the referee stopped it at 2 minutes, 40 seconds. He remained on the floor for a few minutes, and Ali had himself an eye-catching victory."

Studio host Brian Kenny will present all the latest boxing news and highlights.
"We plan to replicate the Ice World model in this new space and develop the champions of the future," said Main Events CEO Kathy Duva.

World champions, including Breland, Rocky Lockridge, Bobby Czyz, Livingstone Bramble, Pinklon Thomas, Buddy McGirt, Tracy Harris Patterson, John John Molina, Robert Hines, Leo Randolph and Vinny Pazienza all made early career appearances at the Totowa rink. Also among the notables who fought there were eventual top contenders Alex Ramos, Chuck Wepner, Mike Quarry, Christy Elliott, Curtis Harris, James "Hard Rock" Green, Ramon Ranquello, Hilliard Edmonds, Jr., Francesco Damiani and Scott Frank.

Ticket Info:

Tickets are on sale now, $103 for ringside and reserved floor seats, $63 general admission bleachers and $33 general admission standing. Tickets are available online through, 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

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Andre Ward: "I Want That WBC Belt!"

Arthur Abraham: "I Don't Think He (Ward) Has Power At Super Middleweight."

Donnell Holmes Fighting For Recognition

Story by Chris Williams
What does a professional boxer do in a year and a half hiatus from the ring? In the case of undefeated heavyweight Donnell Holmes, he drives a truck to support his family, and re-focuses his professional boxing career for one last run at a heavyweight Title shot.

Donnell Holmes returns to the ring May 20 at the Long Branch Saloon in Raleigh. While he is facing a relatively unknown fighter, Holmes sees this tune up as a gauge to measure where he is mentally and physically.

“I’ve been riding a truck to make ends meet, and I can’t afford to take time off to spar and do the things necessary for my profession. This fight is going to let me know where my wind is and how sharp I am or how much work I’ll need to get sharp. I need this fight.”

Holmes last fought February 27, 2010. He scored a crushing second round knockout of Brad Gregory. The fight was attended by then IBF President Marian Muhammad, and was supposed to be Holmes’ audition for a Heavyweight title eliminator fight. Things never transpired, and a year and a half later, Holmes is in the same spot – fighting for recognition.

"I’ve been boxing as a pro for over eight years. Boxing hasn’t done (expletive) for me. I turned pro wanting to make money and be able to take care of my family and friends. I wanted to measure myself against other great fighters to see where I stand. Instead, I’m broke. I’ve been through promoters Don King, Gary Shaw, and a guy (Rick Lazes) who cared nothing about me or my family. I was a showpiece for him. He got more out of telling people he was my promoter than helping me get fights to feed me and my family. Now, I feel like I’m starting over trying to get a title shot."

With a record of 33-0-2 (28 KO’s), Donnell Holmes should be fighting for an opportunity to face one of the Klitschkos or David Haye. He is using May 20 to jump start his career, earn a world ranking, and gain the attention of some of boxing’s top promoters.

Will fame and fortune soon come for Donnell Holmes? Paul Marinaccio and Crystal McGill’s Jaw Breaker Promotions are putting their faith in him by promoting the May 20th card, which will also feature boxers John “Bang Bang” Butler and undefeated Vernon Alston. Marinaccio, who recently fought ranked heavyweight Tony Thompson, and McGill believe they are leading Donnell to the runway - hoping he will
take off and finally get his shot before he turns 40.

For Holmes, May 20th will be treated like his professional debut. His opponent doesn’t matter; What matters is how he feels and how sharp he looks!

Tickets for Fight II – East Coast vs. West Coast featuring Donnell Holmes on Friday, May 20 start at $35 and are available through or for VIP Tables please call RallyPoints at (919) 678-1088. The action starts at 7:30.

Friday, May 13, 2011


Long-time super middleweight contender, Jean-Paul Mendy will finally get his crack at a world championship when he takes on defending IBF super middleweight champion, Lucian Bute on July 9th at the Romexpo Dome in Bute's home country of Romania. Bute-Mendy is promoted by EuroPlus Computers S.R.L., and Interbox in association with Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing.

"I am pleased that Jean-Paul Mendy finally has his world title shot, especially against such a great Champion in Lucian Bute" stated Mendy's promoter, Joe DeGuardia, CEO and President of Star Boxing. "The super middleweight division is one of the most exciting divisions in boxing right now, and it will be exciting to be in Romania watching a World Title between two fighters with 57 combined wins, no defeats and 39 KO's among them."

John-Paul Mendy stated: "I have been waiting for this opportunity for a long time. It will be a very great night in Romania on July 9th and I am very pleased that I will finally be in the ring fighting for the World Championship against Bute. I expect to bring the IBF Title belt home with me"

The southpaw Mendy, a 1996 Olympian for his native France, has compiled a 29-0-1, 16 KO record and has been pro for over 10 years. Mendy won the French super middleweight title in just his 9th fight, defeating 19-1 Rachid Kanfouah. Mendy defended that title four times.

Bute, who sports a perfect 28-0, 23KO record has defended his IBF title successfully seven times since winning the belt in 2007 against Alejandro Berrio. Bute, who was born in Romania and represented his native country in the 2003 Amateur World Championships, moved to Canada to begin his pro career. Bute has a strong following in his adopted home, having fought almost all of his professional fights there. The bout on July 9th will only be Bute's second time fighting in his home country of Romania as a professional, and first time as a World Champion.

Bute-Mendy is presented by EuroPlus Computers S.R.L., and Interbox, in association with Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing. The bout is scheduled for twelve rounds and is for the IBF Super Middleweight Championship of the World. The bout will take place Saturday, July 9th at the Romexpo Dome in Bucharest, Romania.

Super Six Semifinalists Carl Froch & Glen Johnson Make Their Prediction For This Saturday’s Semifinal Affair Between Andre Ward & Arthur Abraham; Froch & Johnson Square Off June 4 At Boardwalk Hall In Atlantic City

NEW YORK, NY (May 13, 2011) In 22 days, WBC super middleweight champion Carl “The Cobra” Froch and Glen “The Road Warrior” Johnson will take the ring at the Adrian Phillips Ballroom at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City in the semifinals of the SHOWTIME Super Six World Boxing Classic. But, by the time they step in the ring, both combatants will already know who is in store next for the winner, as this Saturday WBA super middleweight champion Andre Ward and Arthur Abraham square off in the first semifinal bout.

Froch and Johnson weighed in on this weekend’s battle:

Carl “The Cobra” Froch: “I feel Abraham has got the punching power in both hands to take Ward to places he has never been inside a boxing ring. It’s just a matter of whether or not he can get past Ward’s excellent boxing ability, the kind of ability that earned him an Olympic Gold Medal. Although this is the pros, I still think the smart money is on a points win for Ward. But, don't be surprised if Abraham turns up meaning business and uses his strength to close the ring down. He might just catch Ward unexpectedly for a KO win.”

Glen “The Road Warrior” Johnson: “It is going to be a tough, close fight. I like Ward pulling out a close win. If Abraham is going to win, he’s going to have to score a knockout, but I see Ward using his speed and coming away with the decision.”

Carl Froch vs. Glen Johnson is presented by DiBella Entertainment and Warriors Boxing, in association with Matchroom Sports and Caesars Atlantic City. The bout will be televised live on SHOWTIME Championship Boxing starting at 9 PM ET/PT (delayed on the west coast).

Tickets are priced at $300, $150, $100, and $50 and are on sale through the Boardwalk Hall box office and Ticketmaster. Tickets can be purchased online at, charge by phone (800-745-3000), or in person at Boardwalk Hall Atlantic City.

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

Team Puerto Rico Boxing present back-to-back boxing spectacular, Boricua Invasion I & II on June 10 & 11 at the Roseland Ballroom in NYC

Galarza, Dulorme, Pedraza top Friday night; Del Valle, Gonzalez, Arroyo, Sanchez, and Bracero to see action on Saturday

NEW YORK, NY (May 12, 2011) Two of boxing’s top promoters have put together a tribute to the great Puerto Rican boxers of past and future in the only way they know how: by staging two spectacular boxing shows, back-to-back in the same venue, loaded with the best young talent the island nation has to offer and hosted by one its greatest champions on the precipice of Puerto Rican Day Parade weekend.

On June 10 and 11 the Roseland Ballroom in will be the headquarters for Boricua boxing pride as Gary Shaw Productions (“GSP”) and DiBella Entertainment (“DBE”) proudly present Boricua Invasion I and II. Boricua Boxing I will air live on ESPN2 Friday Night Fights, while Boricua Boxing II will be televised live on Showtime on ShoBox: The New Generation.

Both events will prominently feature members of Team Puerto Rico Boxing, the eight-man team of Puerto Rico’s future ring stars that GSP, DBE, Javier Bustillo’s Universal Promotions, and Leon Margules of Warriors Boxing have joined forces to assemble.

With hall-of-fame champion, and Puerto Rico’s beloved son, Felix “Tito” Trinidad acting as ambassador and host, Borcua Invasion I will feature highlight-reel welterweight KO specialist Kenny “Battlestar” Galarza (14-1, 14 KOs), of Juana Diaz, PR, in the main event against fellow Puerto Rican contender, Irving Garcia (17-6-3, 8 KOs). Topping undercard are the unstoppable welterweight on everybody’s “one to watch” list, Thomas “Tormenta” Dulorme (11-0, 10 KOs) as he battles former world champion DeMarcus Corley (37-17-1, 22 KOs), and former Puerto Rican Olympian, the 21-year old sensation,, Jose “El Dulce” Pedraza (2-0, 2 KOs) against an opponent to be named.

Special added attractions appearing on the undercard will be San Juan’s own Emanuel Gonzalez (9-7, 4 KOs) in a light heavyweight scrap, Puerto Rico-born women’s former world champion Melissa Hernandez (14-2-3, 5 KOs) of the Bronx, undefeated New Jersey welterweight southpaw Alex Perez (13-0, 7 KOs), Kansas heavyweight Steve Martin (0-1) and Dominican lightweight Jose Guzman (8-1, 5 KO).

Tickets for Boricua Invasion I on Friday, June 10 are priced at $175, $125, $75, $45 and are available through, charge-by-phone, or at any Ticketmaster outlet. On Saturday, Doors will open at 6:00 pm and the action starts at 6:30.

The next night, with legendary Trinidad once again acting as host, Boricua Invasion II will feature five more members of Team Puerto Rico Boxing taking their turn in the spotlight, as popular undefeated Puerto Rican featherweight Luis “Orlandito” Del Valle (12-0, 10 KOs) faces the stiffest test of his young career against the all-action Vietnamese brawler Dat Nguyen (117-1, 6 KOs). Rounding out the ShoBox broadcast will be Vincent Arroyo, coming off an 8-round decision over previously unbeaten Willie Nelson, against fellow Boricua Hector Sanchez (19-1, 9 KOs) and intimidating middleweight knockout artist Jonathan “Mantequilla Gonzalez (12-0, 12 KOs) against an opponent to be named.

In a special off-TV attraction, unbeaten Gabriel “Tito” Bracero will duke it out with an opponent that will be announced in the coming days.

On the undercard, team member Jorge “Machito” Maysonet Jr. (3-0, 2 KOs), the promising son of former world title challenger Jorge Maysonet Sr., will look to stay unbeaten in a light welterweight four-rounder, Cupey Alto, Puerto Rico’s undefeated junior middleweight Elieser Gonzalez (11-0, 6 KOs), Bronx, New York super bantamweight Raul Lopez (5-1, 3 KOs) and undefeated Puerto Rican women’s sensation Amada Serrano (9-0-1, 5 KOs) will all see action.

Tickets for Boricua Invasion II on Saturday, June 11 are priced at $200, $150, $85, and $55 and are available through, charge-by-phone, or at any Ticketmaster outlet. On Saturday, Doors will open at 7:00 pm and the action starts at 7:30.

“These two events are the only right way to celebrate Puerto Rican boxing and its heritage and its future,” said Shaw of the blockbuster shows. “The mood in the Roseland Ballroom will be electric both nights, as New York City’s Puerto Rican citizens and fans of action-packed boxing flock to see their champions of tomorrow.”

“We are rolling out Team Puerto Rico Boxing in style with these two events,” added Lou DiBella. “If you live in the New York area, get a ticket and see what true nationalist passion looks and feels like, as the Puerto Rican fighters and fans join forces to celebrate their great country. Friday, June 10 and Saturday, June 11 will be unforgettable reminders of the glory days of boxing and I’m proud to be doing this.”

For eight decades, the fabulous Roseland Ballroom has been known as "The World's Greatest Ballroom." It has echoed with some of the greatest concerts, entertainers and events of our time. Dancers such as Arthur Murray, Joan Crawford, Ray Bolger and Fred Astaire have graced its stage and entertainers from Ozzie Nelson to The Rolling Stones and Madonna have played there. Roseland continues what it started in the 1920's, which is the tradition of bringing distinguished acts and clients to its venue, but now with an updated style.

For more information on Team Puerto Rico Boxing and Boricua Invasion I & II, visit or For more information on the Roseland Ballroom, visit

Peter ‘Kid Chocolate’ Quillin Now In Sweet Position

LOS ANGELES (May 11, 2011) – Newly-crowned USBO Super Middleweight champion and undefeated prospect, Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin (24-0, 18 KO’s), finds himself in a sweet position after his electrifying knockout of former world title challenger Jesse Brinkley (35-7, 22 KO’s) on April 30 in Reno, Nevada in a fight televised live on TeleFutura’s “Solo Boxeo Tecate.”

The 27-year-old Quillin rocked Brinkley in the opening round with an overhand right, showed poise during target practice in the following round, and finished-off the then International Boxing Federation (“IBF”) No. 7-rated Brinkley when referee Joe Cortez mercifully halted the action at 2:34 of the third.

“Going into that fight I had a lot more confidence to do in the ring what I had worked so hard on in training camp,” Quillin said. “I orchestrated my camp and was more in rhythm to take care of boxing in order to be an explosive winner. I hurt him in the first round but didn’t go in for the kill. I relaxed and took my shots, realizing I could hit him again at any time. I hit him with a lot of hard, accurate shots. I stayed with our game plan in the second round but my corner (trainer Eric Brown) told me after the second round that Brinkley was ready to go.

“Our game plan was to box him the first five rounds and go from there with a lot of pressure. I hurt him in the first but didn’t pressure him then because I didn’t exactly know how he’d react. I never underestimated him because he’s a serious fighter. I didn’t want to risk trying to finish him off then. I was in the biggest fight of my career and just did what was natural. I knew I had a lot of power and he was right there for me to hit. I wanted to show more boxing, go to the body, but the fight only lasted three rounds.”

Quillin is now in an enviable position, training at Wild Club Boxing Club under Freddie Roach and Brown, promoted by Golden Boy, and even being mentioned as a participant in a high-profile fight, possibly against Sergio Martinez.

“I’ll fight anybody put in front of me as long as everybody – Golden Boy, my manager (John Seip) and corner – all agree that the opponent is the right one at this stage of my career,” Quillin noted.

Seip doesn’t believe there’s a rush for “Kid Chocolate” to be in a mega-fight, or need to fight again above middleweight. He noted that Quillin is a relatively young 27 with only 15 amateur matches and no “wars” as a professional having won 84 of 86 rounds.

“I’ve been with Petey six years and we’re going to stay the course,” Seip explained. “Why deviate? He’s on his way and totally destroyed Brinkley. He’s getting stronger working with his strength-and-conditioning coach, Brad Bose (Anatomi Gym in Santa Monica), who I call ‘The Professor’ because of his cutting edge programs. We’re sold on Golden Boy, Freddie Roach and Eric Brown, and believe with them he’ll become world champion. Petey has youth, athleticism, speed and power but people still haven’t seen his best punch, yet – left hook – because he’s been hurting guys with his right. I’d like to get him one or two more fights against a top 10, top 5 opponent before putting him in a world title fight. Physically, he’s capable right now, but this is the big time and I want to make sure he’s mentally prepared for the pressures of fighting in a major fight.

“He certainly was impressive, looking real strong against Brinkley, but Petey is going back down to 160 for good. We took this one fight against Brinkley because it was a great opportunity, but Petey is a middleweight, and I believe he’s the biggest puncher there. After the fight Brinkley told me Petey hits harder than (Lucian) Bute. We’ve been patient all along and there’s no reason to change now.”

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

Thursday, May 12, 2011



LOS ANGELES, May 11 - "Vicious" Victor Ortiz's stirring April victory over Andre Berto not only earned him the WBC Welterweight World Championship, but it also showed the power of perseverance against all odds, and not just in the ring, but in life as well. As a result, Ortiz was honored yesterday with a proclamation signed by Kansas Governor Sam Brownback as well as with the declaration of May 10 being named "Victor Ortiz Day" in his home state. Ortiz also visited the Kansas House of Representatives and was honored with a standing ovation during the final legislative meeting of the term.

"I wanted to take this chance to honor a Kansas champion," said Governor Brownback. "Victor's story is not only a lesson in the value of positivity - it's also a lesson in determination, patience and hard work. He exemplifies the spirit of not getting bitter over the circumstances of your life, but rather to channel your energy into making yourself better."

"I'm honored that Kansas has love for me, because eight years ago, I was Victor who? Now I'm hanging with the Governor," smiled the 24-year-old world champion, a native of Liberal, Kansas who grew up in Garden City. "I'm excited by all the attention this world title has brought to me in the last two weeks. It was an honor and a privilege for the government and the people of Kansas to acknowledge my hard work. Now, my gift to them will be to continue to work hard and always perform like I did on April 16."

Added Ortiz' longtime manager Rolando Arellano, "Victor's win was one of the sweetest moments in my 15-year career. Getting to celebrate this momentous occasion with him in Kansas is a very humbling experience for me."

Abandoned by his parents as a child, Ortiz and his siblings were forced to deal with unbelievable hardship, but through boxing, Victor found his light at the end of the tunnel. Through the ups and downs every fighter goes through in the ring, he persevered and eventually earned his first world title in a bout many are calling the first great fight of 2011.

"It is my hope that no child in Kansas ever has to face the circumstances that Victor had to," said Governor Brownback said. "But now, everyone that knows Victor says that he can't keep a smile off of his face. That positivity has served him well in his boxing career, and it's that positivity that I would like to celebrate and honor today. Victor didn't get bitter-he got better."

"Victor's story is such an inspiring one and to see him rise the way he has makes me feel fortunate that I know him and that we have him on our team," said Oscar de la Hoya, President of Golden Boy Promotions. "The best part of this is that this story isn't finished yet, as he has a bright future ahead of him."

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Floyd Mayweather Claims He Agreed And Signed To Everything

Ponce De Leon: "For Me, The Fight Was Easy (w/Broner)."

New Opponent For Joel Julio On May 20th

 Brick City Boxing Series, Prudential Center, Newark,  New Jersey

Main Events CEO, Kathy Duva, today officially announced a new opponent for Joel Julio's May 20th welterweight bout. Julio (36-4, 31KOs) will take on Anges Adjaho, of Cotonou, Benin (Africa), 17-5, 9KO's. Antwone Smith was forced to withdraw from his fight against Joel Julio because of an elbow injury. For Julio this fight is particularly important because it will be his first test back at the 147 weight class.

Held in the intimate boxing club environment of Prudential Center's AmeriHealth Pavilion, Newark, New Jersey, the fight will be broadcast on ESPN 2, 9-11 pm EST. The Brick City Boxing Series fight is promoted by Main Events.

Local fighter favorites to be featured on the undercard include: Sadam "World Kid' Ali of Brooklyn, NY, 12-0, 7 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; Bronx, NY's Joel Castillo, 8-0, 5KO's; 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 are available online through, 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

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Son Of The Legend, Aaron Pryor, Jr., Scores Majority Decision Win Over Librado Andrade In Sólo Boxeo Tecate Main Event

INDIO, CA (May 7, 2011) – Aaron Pryor, Jr. doesn’t fight like his dad, boxing legend Aaron “Hawk” Pryor, but he is starting to learn how it feels to score big wins, just like his old man did three decades ago. Pryor, Jr. notched the biggest victory of his career on Friday night, sticking and moving his way to a 10-round majority decision over former three time world title challenger Librado Andrade in the main event of TeleFutura’s Sólo Boxeo Tecate from the Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio, CA.

Andrade vs. Pryor Jr. was presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with DiBella Entertainment and sponsored by Cerveza Tecate.

The Cincinnati native Pryor, Jr. (16-3, 11 KOs), 32, looked like a different fighter than the one from his first 18 professional bouts, displaying a much improved jab and head movement to keep the all-action Andrade (29-4, 22 KOs), 32, at bay. In contrast to Pryor, Sr., who was known for his non-stop punching style, the younger pugilist wisely boxed, and often found a home for his right hand when Andrade pressed forward.

When the cards were tallied, it was Pryor Jr.’s boxing acumen that was rewarded with a majority decision. Scorecards were 96-94, 96-94, 95-95.

“I’m just so happy to get my career jumpstarted,” said Pryor, Jr. following the win. “Andrade was very tough, and one of the hardest punchers I’ve ever faced. I know I have a lot of work to put in, but I can feel the improvements.”

Friday, May 6, 2011


Earlier tonight, Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing, brought live professional boxing back to the Bronx with the latest installment of the "Punchin at the Paradise" fight series at the historic Paradise Theater on Grand Concourse in the Bronx. The show, which was the first of five scheduled shows at the Theater for 2011, was headlined by much anticipated return of The Bronx's Edgar Santana as he took on Robert Jones in the eight round main event.

 Santana vs. Jones

Santana who was returning to the ring for the first time since 2008, needed just one round to shake off the ring rust.  After a feeling out round in the first, Santana came out in the second and landed a vicious left, right combination to the body followed by a huge overhand right that sent Jones down hard.  Jones beat the count, but was clearly on shaky legs.  Santana wasted no time, jumping all over Jones with a barrage of shots, with Jones reeling agains the ropes the referee mercifully called a halt to the contest.  Impressive showing for Santana against Jones who had never been stopped before.  With the win Santana improves to 25-3, 16KO's and looks to be on his way to putting himself back into mix of top 147 pounders in the world.


Super Middleweight Jason "Monstruo" Escalera and Super Featherweight Emmanuel "Manny" Gonzalez, both made their Star Boxing debut's successful ones, as each scored TKO's over their respective opponents.

The former NY Golden Gloves Champion, Gonzalez, who was born in the Bronx, but now trains out of Puerto Rico, made quick work of his opponent Jacob Thorton, much to the delight of the large contingent of fans that came out to support the Bronx native.

Gonzalez vs. Thornton

Gonzalez came out looking very sharp and crisp with his punches. Almost immediately a hard right hand staggered Thorton. Thorton covered up, but something seemed to be wrong with his leg, as he winced in pain and was visibly limping. Gonzalez didn't make things much easier for his opponent as he trapped him in his corner, landing heavy rights and left both to the body and head. With Thorton taking heavy shots against the ropes, the ringside physcian stepped in to check on his leg, and quickly called a halt to the contest. Official time of the stoppage was 1:40 of the first round. With the win Gonzalez improves to 8-0, 7KO's.

Escalera, also a Golden Gloves Champion, who was fighting for the first time outside of his home state of New Jersey, easily lived up to his nickname "Monstruo" (Spanish for Monster) as he came out in the first and landed some monstrous over hand rights against his opponent Mustafah Johnson. Near the end of the first, two huge rights had Johnson clearly hurt and wobbly against the ropes, but luckily for him the bell sounded ending the round.

Escalera With Promoter Joe DeGuardia

It was more of the same for Escalera in the 2nd. With Johnson laying against the ropes Escalera landed a vicious right to the body, sending Johnson crumbling over in pain. The referee started his count but soon waved it off, officially calling a stoppage to the bout at 1:13 of the 2nd round. Escalera improves to 11-0, 10KO's. Look for both young stars to be back in action on the next "Punchin at the Paradise" card, scheduled for Thursday July 7th.


Stevins Bujaj TKO 1 Chuck Dillard

Stephon Owusu W 4 Juan Perez

Issouf Kinda KO 3 Jorge Ruiz

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Talking Boxing With Marshall Enzer

By: Michael Gerard Seiler,

Marshall Enzer serves as the lead cutman for the former undisputed welterweight champion, and two-time reigning IBF Junior Welterweight champion, Zab "Super" Judah. Clearly, Enzer is one of the most accomplished in the business, employed by countless, top-level fighters throughout his prominent career, including Michael Nunn, Gabriel Ruelas, Rafael Ruelas, Frankie Duarte, Oliver McCall, Hasim Rahman, Ron Johnson, Daniel Judah, Joseph Judah, Joel Casamayor, Yuriorkis Gamboa, Erislandy Lara, Lionel Butler, Mia St. John, and many more. 

Not long ago, Marshall spent some of his personal time talking about Zab Judah's next big bout, as well as this weekend's Manny Pacquiao vs. "Sugar" Shane Mosley match-up on Showtime PPV. He also discussed some past fights that aired on HBO.

Q. Where do the negotiations currently stand for a Judah vs. Marquez battle?

A. "First of all, I would like to thank the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and the Potter House Church. It's almost finalized. Zab has agreed to the terms. It most likely will take place at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on July 30th or August 6th. Marquez still has to sign. He's a free agent. Don King was out in Mexico trying to sign him last week. Both, Golden Boy Promotions and Top Rank are trying to sign him too. When that all comes together, we'll have a fight."

Q. If Judah gets past Marquez, who will be his next target?

A. "We can't project his next fight; We take things one day at a time. Otherwise, there won't be any future opportunities."

Q. What is your relationship with Zab on a day-to-day basis?

A. "We're great friends. He's there for me and I'm there for him. We do a lot of cool things together."

Q. As we all know, the biggest fight that can be made in the sport right now is Mayweather vs. Pacquiao. Do you ever see Mayweather vs. Pacquiao happening?

A. "Yes, but probably in 2012. I see Pacquiao fighting one or two more times before it happens. It will continue to keep building in the media."

Q. What were your thoughts when you watched Victor Ortiz defeat Andre Berto?

A. "Watch out for Victor Ortiz! That's Fernando Vargas # 2. He proved himself as a young kid. Everyone was picking Berto. People were saying Selcuk Aydin was the only one that could defeat Berto. Aydin took step-aside money from Berto, because he was the #1 contender for the WBC Welterweight title at the time. Then, the bout with Ortiz was made.

Q. Despite being 36-years-old, how bright is Sergio Martinez' future in the sport?

A. "It looks very bright. He has an awkward style, and is a very strong, stable fighter. Someone will have to outbox him to beat him. Martinez is all offense. If you brawl with him, the fight will be a coin flip."

Q. What do you predict the outcome will be in the Pacquiao vs. Mosley welterweight showdown?

A. "I would love to see Shane beat him, but I believe Manny will win easily on points. Pacquiao is just too quick for Shane's old reflexes."

Q. Let's briefly go back to discussing Zab. What's been his specific training regimen since his knockout win over Kaizer Mabuza?

A. "Training camp did not officially start yet, but he's been staying extremely active. Zab has not let up at all. He's not sparring right now, although he's doing 7-8 rounds on the mitts. He's also doing 200 sit-ups a day, and swimming at night in the nearby 24-hour fitness center.

Q. Pernell Whitaker's positive impact and influence over Zab was quite evident in the victory over Mabuza. Zab displayed a larger focus on defense and his use of angles. What will be the key points for Zab in his next fight?

A. "If the knockout comes, it comes. Zab's goal is to be in the best shape to go a full twelve rounds. He does not want anyone to outbox him. Whatever it takes to win the round, whatever it takes to win the fight, Zab is going to do it!"

Marshall added, "Thank you for taking the time to interview me. You're really providing great coverage for all of the world-class fighters."

I would like to thank Marshall again for sharing his highly-educated opinions and in-depth knowledge on the sport of boxing. For more information on Marshall Enzer's stellar career, please check out the following links:

Al Bernstein: "Shane Mosley Will Be More Competitive Than Mayweather Bout."

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

The Astoria: One Of The Oldest Clubs In Canada

Astoria -- short documentary from Alex Poutiainen on Vimeo.

Jimmy Lennon Jr.: "Announcing or not, I would see Pacquiao vs. Mosley."


This Thursday night, Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing, brings live professional boxing back to the Bronx, when it presents an exciting six bout card; the first of the 2011 "Punchin at the Paradise" fight series; at the historic Paradise Theater on Grand Concourse in the Bronx. The show is headlined by The Bronx's Edgar Santana (24-3, 15KO's) making his much anticipated return to the ring when he takes on Robert Jones in an eight round welterweight match-up.

Make his Star Boxing debut, and also fighting for the first time in front of his home fans since turning pro, will be the Bronx's highly touted Puerto Rican, Emmanuel Gonzalez (7-0, 6KO's). Gonzalez, who is a former NY Golden Gloves Champion, recently signed an exclusive promotional contract with Star Boxing after meeting with a number of other promoters looking to sign the unbeaten prospect. Gonzalez is set to square off against Jacob Thorton (2-3, 1KO) in a six round super featherweight showdown.

Another recent addition to the Star Boxing stable will make his debut under the promotional banner when super middleweight knockout artist, Jason "Monstruo" Escalera (10-0, 9KO's) takes on Mustafah Johnson. The Puerto Rican Escalera, also a Golden Gloves Champion as an amateur, has been dismantling his opponents since entering the pro ranks in 2008. Escalera-Johnson is scheduled for six rounds.

The Bronx's popular Albanian cruiserweight, Stivens "Superman" Bujaj (3-0, 2KO's) will also see action on the card when he takes on Chuck Dillard over four rounds. The 20-year-old Bujaj turned pro in 2010 shortly after winning the NY Golden Gloves Championship. Like Gonzalez, it will be the first time Bujaj has the opportunity to fight in front of his hometown Bronx fans since turning pro.

Another undefeated up and coming prospect, Long Island's, Issouf Kinda (9-0, 4KO's) will also look to continue his winning ways when he takes on Jorge Ruiz in a six round jr. welterweight match-up.

Rounding out the card will be a neighborhood battle when the Bronx's Stephen Owusu (6-6, 2KO's) returns to the ring for the first time since 2000 when he takes on nearby Mount Vernon's pro-debuting, Juan Perez. Owusu-Perez is scheduled for four rounds in the welterweight division.

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 can also be purchased by visiting the Paradise Theater box office, located at 2417 Grand Concourse in the Bronx, NY.

Freddie Roach: "Shane Can Handle Speed; Shane Has Power."

Monday, May 2, 2011


Welterweight prospect Vinny “The Lion” O’Brien of East Hanover has exploded onto the boxing scene, winning his first two fights by way of TKO. The explosive 24-year-old fighter has already shown his power and determination, and looks to continue his winning streak May 20 at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ.

O’Brien, who made his pro debut on PPV March 5, is looking forward to appearing on ESPN’s Friday Night Fights for the first time.

“I'm really excited about this opportunity and the ability to showcase my skills on a show that has such tradition in the boxing world,” said O’Brien. “I watch Friday Night Fights every week and I just want to go out there and show everyone who I am as fighter and what I can bring to this sport.”

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

Having garnered much attention on both a national and local level leading up to his professional debut and following his two TKO wins, O’Brien wants to continue putting on a show for his fans each time he steps into the ring.

“My fans are the best around and I don't think they understand how much I value their love and support for my dream, along with how much it pushes me in my training,” said O’Brien. “And come fight night, I want to be the hometown kid on this card and show ESPN how great my fans truly are. If you haven't come out to see me fight yet I just ask for this opportunity to come out so I can make you a fan. Thanks again to everyone who has shown continued support throughout my career.”

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

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

Vinny “The Lion” O’Brien is quickly becoming a household name and potentially may be the most exciting up-and-coming fighter boxing has seen in years. Don’t miss the opportunity to watch NJ’s welterweight prospect go to battle May 20 at the Prudential Center.

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


On Thursday May5th, Star Boxing will kick off the much anticipated 2011 Punchin at the Paradise Series. Fighting in one of the featured undercard bouts of the evening will be hard-hitting super middleweight prospect, Jason "Montruo" Escalera (10-0, 9KO's) as looks to impress in his Star Boxing debut when he takes on tough veteran Mustafah Johnson. Headlining the show will be the return of the Bronx's fan-favorite, Edgar Santana (24-3, 15KO's) as he looks to re-embark on his voyage towards boxing supremacy when he takes on Robert Jones in an eight round welterweight match-up. Escalera-Johnson is scheduled for six rounds in the super middleweight division.

"We had Jason on one of our shows last year, but this will be his first since signing with us," stated Joe DeGuardia, CEO and President of Star Boxing. "This will be Jason's first fight in New York, and for those who haven't seen him fight before, you are going to be in for a real treat. In addition to him being an up and coming prospect, he has an extremely exciting and fan-friendly style, which we feel will make him an instant hit with our fans at the Theater. Our fans have become accustomed to seeing exciting action-packed fights at our Punchin at the Paradise series, and Jason will produce exactly that."

The 26-year-old Puerto Rican Escalera carries absolute dynamite in both hands. After winning the 2007 NJ Golden Gloves Light Heavyweight Championship he turned pro just a year later, scoring the first of his nine knockouts against Jeff Gross in February of 2008. Escalera, who has spent his entire life living in Union City has made a name for himself throughout the New Jersey gym scene, sparring with a number of the state's top pro prospects, including multiple training camps with four-time super middleweight title challenger, Omar Sheika. The fight on the 5th will mark Escalera's first outside of New Jersey, and first since signing with Star Boxing. Escalera has promised to bring the excitement with him across the river and start making a name for himself throughout the New York fight scene.

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 can also be purchased by visiting the Paradise Theater box office, located at 2417 Grand Concourse in the Bronx, NY.

Friday, April 29, 2011

Ruiz Comfortable In Retirement, Staying Involved In Boxing

LAS VEGAS (April 29, 2011) – Two-time World Boxing Association (“WBA”) heavyweight champion John “The Quietman” Ruiz is enjoying retirement by spending time with his family in Las Vegas, but he is also staying involved in boxing in terms of the opening of his boxing gym in the Boston area, as well as starting a consulting agency, “Quietman Sports,” along with his longtime attorney and advisor, Boston Attorney Anthony M. Cardinale.

The 39-year-old Ruiz, who retired from the ring a year ago, had a 44-9-1 (30 KOs) career record and fought in 12 world title fights. In late May, Ruiz is opening a multi-fight gym – boxing, MMA and wrestling – named “Quietman Sports Gym,,” inside of Gold’s Gym in Medford (4000 Mystic Valley Parkway), which is a suburb of Boston only a few miles from where Ruiz grew-up in Chelsea.

“I’m enjoying life with my family in Las Vegas but it was time for the next chapter of my life,” Ruiz explained. “Boxing has been a big part of my life since I was a teenager. I want to pass along what I’ve learned through my experiences to young boxers. I’ll be spending a lot more time in Boston. I’m opening my gym to give kids a place to go, just like I had at the Somerville Boxing Club, where they can learn how box and stay off the streets. There are so many bad temptations for kids today and many of them really need a place to go. When I’m not in town my brother, Eddie, will be in charge of my gym.

“I’m also going to be an advisor so young fighters don’t go through a lot of what I had to go through coming up. Whether they need advice about who they should have as a promoter, manager or trainer, or what to look out for in the bad side of boxing, I’ll be available to them as a consultant. Our services will range from preparing a boxer to fight to negotiating contracts. If they have questions about contracts or other legal issues, Tony is one of the best in the business. During our 14 years and 12 world title fights together, we have seen and dealt with every good and bad aspect of the business.”

For more information about the “Quietman Sports Gym” or “Quietman Sports” consulting, go online to and click on


Joe DeGuardia, CEO and President of Star Boxing, has added yet another unbeaten prospect to his growing stable of fighters, the latest being former NY Golden Gloves Champion, and hot Puerto Rican prospect, Emanuel Gonzalez (7-0, 6KO's). Gonzalez will make his Star Boxing debut on the first show (May 5th) of the 2011 "Punchin at the Paradise" fight series at the historic Paradise Theater located on the Grand Concourse in the Bronx. Gonzalez will take on Jacob Thorton in a six round super featherweight match-up.

"Emanuel Gonzalez seems to have everything you look for in a fighter, he has the potential to be the complete package," stated DeGuardia. "He can box, he can bang, he has very fast hands and he can knock you out with either one of them. We are excited to feature him on our May 5th Bronx show, and believe he will quickly become a fan-favorite as well as an integal part of our series at the Paradise Theater."

Gonzalez a former NY Golden Gloves Champion, turned pro in December of 2008 scoring the first of his seven career knockouts when he stopped Jean Ramos in the third round of their scheduled four rounder. In his last bout, Gonzalez picked up a win in his native Puerto Rico over Pedro Salcedo.

Gonzalez is lucky number seven on the list of undefeated prospects DeGuardia has added within in the last year, as he joins Chris Algieri (11-0, 6KO's, jr. welterweight), Brandon Gonzales (14-0, 10KO's, middleweight), Jason Escalera (10-0, 9KO's, super middleweight), Jean Paul Mendy (29-0-1, 16KO's, super middleweight), Sakhib Usarov (15-0, 6KO's) and Joe Hanks (16-0, 11KO's, heavyweight).

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 can also be purchased by visiting the Paradise Theater box office, located at 2417 Grand Concourse in the Bronx, NY.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

USBA Heavyweight Champion Maurice Harris On Brink Of Living His Dream

NEW YORK (April 27, 2011) – The long, strange journey taken by Maurice “Sugar Moe” Harris finds the USBA heavyweight champion only two fights away from his living his dream to fight for the world title, as he prepares to go back to the future May 27 to participate in an International Boxing Federation (“IBF”) Box-Off against the same opponent he defeated a decade ago in the final of the “Thunderbox Heavyweight Tournament,” former world title challenger Tony “The Tiger” Thompson,” live on ESPN Friday Night Fights from Reno Events Center in Nevada.

Harris (24-14-2, 10 KOs) and Thompson are IBF rated No. 8 and No.9, respectively, and the winner of their 12-round May 27 co-feature earns a showdown against the other IBF Box-Off winner, “Fast” Eddie Chambers (36-2, 18 KOs), who defeated Derric Rossey by way of a 12-round unanimous decision this past February to become the IBF No. 1 contender. The Harris-Thompson winner automatically becomes No. 2 and earns a place in an IBF Title Eliminator against Chambers to ultimately determine the IBF mandatory challenger for champion Wladimir Klitschko (or David Haye if he wins their July 2nd unification fight.

“It feels good to finally be here,” Harris said from his training camp in New Jersey. “It’s been a long road and now I have a special opportunity against Tony Thompson, who is a great fighter but somebody I have to overcome. I don’t think I have an edge because I beat him in the ‘Thunderbox Tournament’ because that happened a long time ago (2002) and it was only a three-round fight. We were both younger then but we have to do it all over again.

“I’m fighting for something very important. I’m more focused today than I was when I fought Thompson. Age brings wisdom. Another fight against Thompson has always been there for us to clash. His name came up a few times and now it’s happening. He’s going to bring his ‘A’ game, I’m going to bring my ‘A’ game – may the best man win. I don’t want to get caught-up in the hype (future world title fight implications). I just want to remain focused on this fight.”

The 35-year-old Harris has beaten some of the best but also lost to journeymen playing the role of a classic heavyweight underachiever for most of his up-and-down 18-year pro career. The reborn-Harris, however, is riding high on the crest of a wave that he hopes reaches its zenith with a world title belt wrapped around his waist.

After making his pro debut December 4, 1992, losing a four-round decision to Joe Kenna, Harris lost three of his first five fights and was 5-4-2 midway through 1994. Back-to-back losses via knockouts to world title challengers Vaughn Bean and Dale Brown followed, but Harris bounced back strong with a win by eight-round decision versus previously unbeaten David Izon18-0) to start 1996.

When Harris stopped Jimmy Thunder (32-7) in the seventh round of their 1997 fight, Maurice was chosen as the opponent come-backing former world champion Larry Holmes, who won a 10-round split decision that most observers felt Maurice should have been awarded.

The resilient Harris, however, reeled-off seven straight victories, including a 10-round decision against world title challenger Jeremy Williams in 1999 on only a five-day notice. Harris eventually gained the experience he lacked with no amateur background to speak of when he later sparred with world champions Lennox Lewis and Mike Tyson.

Harris lost to another world title challenger, Derrick Jefferson, in one of 1999’s best and most entertaining fights, but Maurice became more inactive from that point on, winning his only two fights in 2000, and losing his 2001 showdowns to former and future world champions, Chris Byrd and Henry Akinwande.

In 2002, Harris knocked out previously unbeaten and future world title-holder Sergei Liakhovich (16-0) in the ninth round, earning him a spot in that November’s “Thunderbox” tournament, in which he captured the $100,000 winner’s purse by out-pointing Gerald Nobles, Israel Garcia and Thompson in the finale, fighting three-round bouts on the same evening.

After being stopped in the 10th round by Fres Oquendo in his first fight after upsetting Liakhovich, Harris found himself frustrated and on the shelf by his promoter Don King, fighting only four times in six years, idle for all of 2008 and 2009, until Maurice signed a promotional contract in late 2009 with Boxing 360. His first fight with his new promoter was a win by 6-round unanimous decision January 29, 2010 against Billy Zumbrun (23-10-1) in Albuquerque.

Harris went on to win six and eight round decisions, respectively, against 7-foot Julius Long and Robert Harris, setting the stage for his August 6, 2010 USBA title shot against a Nagy Aguilera, who was 10 years younger than Maurice and had defeated former world champion Oleg Maskaev only a five months earlier. Harris out-boxed Aquilera (16-3) by scores of 117-111, 117-111 and 115-113 for a unanimous 10-round decision and the USBA crown.

“I’ve believed all these years that I would someday be fighting for the world heavyweight title,” Harris concluded. “It took me to meet Mario (Yagobi, CEO and Founder of Boxing 360), somebody who believed in me, to get me this opportunity. I’m not there, yet, but I’m only two fights away from my dream of fighting for the world title.”

Other members of Boxing 360’s stable include WBC #3 rated super bantamweight Leon “Hurry Up” Moore, 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 to for more information about Harris, Boxing 360 or any of its other fighters.

Nacho Beristain Knows The Secret To Beating Manny Pacquiao


On Thursday May 5th, Popular welterweight prospect, Edgar Santana (24-3, 15KO's), returns to the ring, and will do it in front of his hometown fans in the Bronx, when he fights in the main event of the first of Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing's, five scheduled shows in 2011, at the beautiful and historic Paradise Theater on Grand Concourse. Star Boxing, which began the "Punchin at the Paradise" series in 2006, has locked in five dates at the Theater for the remainder of 2011, starting with the first show on May 5th.

"So many boxing fans here in the Bronx and New York, are excited for Edgar's return to the ring on May 5th," stated Joe DeGuardia, CEO and President of Star Boxing. Edgar actually made his pro-debut on one of our shows, and now he is making his much anticipated return to the ring, in some ways his second debut, on yet another Star Boxing card. So not only is it fitting for him, but also fitting for us that we are getting our Bronx series back underway and featuring it with one of the most popular fighters from the Bronx in the main event."

Santana was riding a three-fight win streak, including his most impressive as a pro, when he won a ten round decision, in a war against current NABF Light Welterweight Champ, Joselito Lopez on Showtime's Showbox: The New Generation back in April of 2008. While Lopez would go on to win seven fights in a row, including picking up the NABF title in his last fight against unbeaten Mike Dallas Jr., Santana was forced to wait on the sidelines, after running into some legal problems outside of the ring. With those problems behind him now, Santana has re-dedicated his life to the sport and looks to pick up right where he left off and continue on his quest to becoming world champion. Santana is set to square off against Robert "Wolf" Jones, a veteran of seveteen professional fights, in a scheduled eight rounder.

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 can also be purchased by visiting the Paradise Theater box office, located at 2417 Grand Concourse in the Bronx, NY.


Also, see Philadelphia favorites Tony Ferrante; Angel Ocasio; Fred Jenkins Jr.; Rashad Brown; debuting Tyrone Crawley, Jr. and Delaware’s Joey Tiberi

CHESTER, PA (April 27, 2011)—On Friday night, June 3rd it will be ROUND 3 at Harrah’s in Chester, Pa as Joey Eye Boxing & David Feldman presents a night action packed boxing that will feature some of the most exciting fighters in the Philadelphia area.

In the main event, popular Lightweight Victor Vasquez will return to Harrah’s Chester in a six round Lightweight bout.

Vasquez of Philadelphia has built up one of the biggest fan bases in Philadelphia due to his exciting style which always has him in the fight of the night whenever he steps into the ring.

Vasquez has a record of 12-5-1 with six knockouts and has been in some memorable fights in his young career.

In his last bout, Vasquez waged a terrific back and forth war with Osnel Charles before dropping a six round majority decision as part as ROUND 1 at Harrah’s in Chester.

He holds victories over undefeated Thomas McCuiston (1-0); Tyric Robinson (9-4-1) as well as an exciting six round split decision over Bryne Green (5-3) on October 8th in Philadelphia.

In a six round co-feature, Tony Ferrante will see action in a Light Heavyweight bout.

Ferrante like Vazquez has a very loyal fan base and has a record of 9-2 with four knockouts.

Ferrante of Northeast Philadelphia won his first nine bouts which included wins over Anthony Pietrantonio (6-1) and he won the WBF United States title with a eight round majority decision over Billy Bailey.

Ferrante lost that title when he dropped a ten round unanimous decision to Chuck Mussachio (15-1-2).

Ferrante will be looking to get back in the win column after he was stopped in three rounds to undefeated Ronson Frank (15-0) on January 28th

In a four round Lightweight bout, undefeated Lightweight Angel Ocasio will see action against an opponent to be named.

Ocasio of Philadelphia, has a record of 4-0 with one knockout is coming off an impressive four round unanimous decision over George Santiago as part of ROUND 2 that took place on March 18th at Harrah’s in Chester.

Fresh off his pro debut knockout win as part of ROUND 2, Fred Jenkins Jr. will see action in a four round Super Middleweight bout.

Undefeated Middleweight Rashad Brown of Philadelphia (3-0, 1 KO) will take part in a four round bout against an opponent to be named.

Joey Tiberi of Newark, Newark, Delaware (3-1, 1 KO) will look to make it two straights wins when fights in a four round Super Featherweight bout against an opponent to be named.

Rounding out the card will be the pro debut of Tyrone Crawley Jr. of Philadelphia in a four round Jr. Welterweight bout.

Crawley is the son of former Lightweight world championship challenger Tyrone “Butterfly” Crawley

Tickets are now on sale for $100 (VIP); $60 (Ringside) and $45 (General Admission) and can be purchased at the Harrahs Chester Gift Shop; By calling Joey Eye (267-304-9399); David Feldman (610-291-0806); 800-480-8020 or on



ATLANTIC CITY / NEW YORK (April 26, 2011)—This Past Saturday night at The Caesars Palladium Ballroom, Garrett Wilson won the USBA Cruiserweight title with a twelve round unanimous decision over Omar Sheika.

That result alone doesn’t tell the story as the two waged a back and forth war that had the capacity crowd at Caesars on their feet for the better part of the twelve rounds.

That fight plus six other action packed fights can now be seen on-demand on for just $9.99 by clicking:

Wilson was terrific all night as he landed some booming rights and hard jabs from the outset.

The product of Wilson’s work showed early as Sheika was bleeding from his right eye as early as round two. Wilson controlled the early rounds but you could that if he was to win this belt he would have to earn it.

The two continued to pound each other with Wilson getting the advantage and cutting the left eye of Sheika in the middle rounds.

Every time Sheika looked to be turning the fight around, it was Wilson landing shots out of the corner that quickly turned the tide in his advantage.

The last part of the fight was fast and furious as a desperate Sheika was banking on the one shot that would turn it around. There were a few instances where it looked like that was going to happen but Wilson not only weathered the storm but continued to pile up the points on his to get the victory.

Along with winning the coveted USBA belt, Wilson will most likely receive a favorable world ranking by the IBF and big fights will be on the horizon for the fighter so correctly dubbed “The Ultimate Warrior”

For Sheika it looks to be the end of the line for Paterson, New Jersey native as he had a terrific career by competing for the Super Middleweight championship of the world four times and fighting many memorable bouts.

“This was a war and fans who saw this and will be able to view this on are in for a treat”, said ringside Blow by Blow commentator, Marc Abrams of

“I have broadcasted over seventy shows and this was the most entertaining fight to call and I consider it a privilege to be able announce a great fight like that”

In the co-feature, rising Jr. Welterweight Ronald Cruz became the first man to stop Manuel Guzman in twenty fight by scoring a stoppage after round three of their scheduled eight round bout.

It was a close three round with both guys getting in some good shots before an arm injury shut down Guzman for the night.

Cruz, who is one of the fastest up and coming prospects in the country, is now 12-0 with nine knockouts.

Bryant “By By” Jennings kept his record perfect by scoring three knockdowns en route to a stoppage after the second round over David Williams in a battle of Philadelphia based Heavyweights.

Much like Cruz, Jennings is starting to garner buzz as his record now reads 7-0 with four knockouts.

Fans can also enjoy a terrific back and forth battle between debuting Korey Sloane and Edgardo Torres.

The two exchanged heavy shots throughout their four round Jr. Welterweight bout.

Those are just four of the seven bouts fans can see from this “Cant-Miss” night of boxing that was promoted by Hall of Famer, J Russell Peltz and Peltz Boxing.

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.”


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.”


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 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 for more information about Serrano, Boxing 360 or any of its other fighters, as well as its scheduled events.


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



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

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,, follow us on Twitter at,, or visit us on Facebook at or

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