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Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Amanda Serrano Captures NABF Super Featherweight Title

By: Bob Trieger

NEW YORK (June 14, 2011) – Unbeaten 22-year-old Amanda “The Real Deal” Serrano captured the vacant NABF super featherweight title, stopping Jennifer Scott at 1:46 of the opening round, last Saturday night at historic Roseland Ballroom in New York City.

Serrano (10-0-1, 6 KOs), a native of Puerto Rico who lives in Brooklyn, was fighting at home in New York City for the first time as a professional. “It was awesome,” the stylish southpaw spoke about fighting at home and winning her first title belt. “I felt it when my music started playing as I walked to the ring. I heard everybody yelling my name and I could feel the blood go from my toes to my head. It was extra special because I won my first title, in New York City, in front of my father (Ismael) who was watching me fight for the first time as a pro.

“From the first punch I knew I had my opponent, so I kept putting pressure on her. I dropped her and when she got up, I knew she hadn’t recovered, and I jumped on her. I’m not sure what’s next for me. I’ll fight anybody my promoter, Boxing 360, and manager put in front of me. I always train hard and will be ready for my next fight.”

Amanda is presently rated No. 4 by independent source WBAN, as well as No. 6 by the WIBA.

Boxing 360 Founder/CEO Mario Yagobi doesn’t want to rush his budding star. “She’s a young fighter who hasn’t fought eight rounds, yet,” he explained. “She needs ring experience. She’s a great prospect. She was very exciting for the minute or two this fight lasted, but the fans really loved her. I believe she’s going to be a big ticket seller in New York City. Within a year, she will be ready to fight anybody in the world but, for now, she has a belt she can defend and gain valuable experience. Boxing is Amanda’s world. All she does is box and her time is coming.”

“Amanda looked good,” Boxing 360 Director of Boxing Bob Duffy commented. “She was very impressive. Both women came into the fight in great shape. Amanda’s young and talented. She was fired-up for this fight, fighting for national pride on a Puerto Rican celebration card.”

Other members of Boxing 360’s stable include USBA heavyweight champion Maurice “Sugar Moe” Harris, WBC #4 super bantamweight Leon “Hurry Up” Moore, former IBF super middleweight champion Alejandro “Naco” Berrio, WBC Caribbean & NY State super middleweight champion Lennox “2 Sharpe” Allen Dominican lightweight champion Eudy “AK47” Bernardo, KO king Tyrone Brunson, Nick “Hands of Gold” Casal, middleweight prospect DonYil Livingston, Emad Ali, Mike Mollo, “King” David Estrada and Angel “Toro” Hernandez.

Go to for more information about Serrano, Boxing 360 or any of its other fighters.

Middleweight Champion Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez Signs New Deal With DiBella Entertainment; Return To The Ring Slated For October 1st

By: Alex Dombroff, Dibella Entertainment

NEW YORK, NY (June 14, 2011) – On Tuesday afternoon in New York City, WBC Middleweight Diamond Champion and universally recognized top-3 pound for pound fighter, Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez (47-2-2, 26 KOs), signed a new multi-year, multi-million dollar deal that will keep his promotional interest with DiBella Entertainment (“DBE”) for the foreseeable future.

“This is an important day for DiBella Entertainment,” said DiBella. “Sergio Martinez has proved in his recent run of fights that there is no challenge he fears and that there is no challenge he cannot conquer. Together, we will look to make the biggest fights against the biggest names in boxing, and we won’t stop until ‘Maravilla’ is universally recognized as pound-for-pound, the best in boxing.”

Martinez, 36, originally linked up with DBE in 2007, and has gone 7-1-1 over the span. The only blemishes on his record during that time were a close decision loss to Paul Williams in a fight widely heralded as the 2009 Fight of the Year, and a universally criticized draw versus former champion Kermit Cintron in 2009, a bout where most people thought Martinez should’ve been awarded a knockout in round seven, and also did more than enough to win after 12 rounds.

After a victory over Kelly Pavlik to win the middleweight crown in April 2010, and a stirring second round knockout to avenge his loss to Williams in November, Martinez was named the 2010 Fighter of the Year.

Martinez began 2011 in a big way in March, stopping previously unbeaten Sergiy Dzinziruk in eight rounds.

“I’ve never had any doubt that DiBella Entertainment is the best promoter in boxing,” said Martinez. “I have no doubt that we will continue to do great things together. This is exactly what I wanted.”

Also in attendance at the signing, which took place at a local stationary store just a few blocks from DBE’s mid-town headquarters, was Martinez’ longtime adviser, Sampson Lewkowicz.

“This is about finishing what we started,” said Lewkowicz. “I believe that in Sergio Martinez we have a grand champion who is the best fighter in the world."

Martinez is scheduled to return to the ring October 1 on HBO against European middleweight champion Darren Barker (23-0, 14 KOs).

NABA Lightweight Champion Logan Cotton McGuinness Headlines ‘Friday Night At The Fights’

Photo Credit: Hennessy Sports
By: Bob Trieger

TORONTO (June 14, 2011) – NABA Lightweight Champion Logan Cotton McGuinness defends his title for the first time June 24th in the 10-round main event against Daniel “Canerito” Ruiz, headlining “Friday Night At The Fights,” at Hershey Centre in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada.

The “Friday Night At the Fights” show is presented by United Boxing Promotions, in association with McGuiness’ promoter, Hennessy Sports, and Groupe Yvon Michel.

Hot, unbeaten prospect McGuinness (14-0-1, 7 KOs), rated No. 11 by the WBA, will be fighting at home where he won the NABA belt this past February, stopping veteran Hector Julio Avila (47-5) in the fourth round.

The only blemish on Cotton’s otherwise perfect pro record is a six-round draw 13 months ago with dangerous Walter Estrada, who holds victories against former world champion Nate Campbell and Verquan Kimbrough.

Ruiz (22-3-1, 16 KOs) will be fighting outside of his native Mexico for the first time. He is undefeated in his last five fights with four wins and a draw. He is the former Mexican Pacific Coast Featherweight Champion.

Two-time Canadian Olympian and world title cruiserweight challenger, Troy Ross (24-2, 16 KOs), fights an opponent to soon be determined in an eight-round Special Feature. Ross is the top-rated IBF contender at No. 3 (#1 and #2 are not rated), as well as ranked No. 5 by The Ring magazine, No. 14 by the WBA, and No. 15 by the WBC.

Go on line at for more information about McGuinness’ June 24th title defense.

Tickets to “Friday Night at the Fights,” starting at $30.00, may be purchased at the Hershey Centre box office, through Ticket Master by dialing 416-872-5000, or by going on line to

Monday, June 13, 2011

New Haven Six To Be Showcased June 18 On ‘The New Generation Boxing Series’ In Hartford

By: Bob Trieger

HARTFORD (June 13, 2011) – Undefeated, highly-regarded junior featherweight Luis Rosa, Jr. (6-0, 5 KOs) lead the New Haven Six into the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford this Saturday night, launching “The New Generation Boxing Series,” presented by Bulldog Cartel Promotions, Saturday night, June 18 at.

“This new series is all about Connecticut boxers fighting at home,” said former pro boxer and new Bulldog Cartel promoter Craig Salamone. “There are a lot of talented, young boxers in this state and our goal is to get them fighting at home on a regular basis in order for them to build fan-bases. We have six New Haven-based fighters on this show and our plans call for us to promote our next show in New Haven later this summer.”

The eight-round main event features two veteran cruiserweights sporting deceiving records, Joshua “Juice” Harris (7-4-1, 5 KOs), of Providence, and Harvey “Candy Man” Jolly (11-17-1, 6 KOs).

Undefeated Puerto Rican welterweight prospect Javier “El Chino” Flores (5-0, 5 KOs), now fighting out of Hartford, takes on veteran Shaka Moore (11-15-3, 2 KOs), of Norwalk, in the eight-round co-feature.

Rosa, Jr. (6-0, 5 KOs), who recently signed a promotional contract DiBella Entertainment, takes on dangerous Shawn “Bones” Nichol (5-4, 5 KOs) in a six-round bout. As a heralded amateur boxer, Rosa was a two-time New England Golden Gloves champion and 2009 USA Boxing National Championship silver medalist, which earned him a spot on the US National Boxing Team.

New Haven favorites such as lightweight Oscar Bonilla, junior featherweight Josh Crespo and super middleweight Charles Foster will all be making their pro debuts in four-round matches, respectively, versus Corey White (1-1, 1 KO) and a pro debuting pair of opponents, Frankie Garriga and Lee Snow.

Two other New Haven boxers are slated to be in action June 18: junior welterweight Carlos Hernandez (0-2) and undefeated super lightweight Christian Lao (2-0, 1 KOs), who will square-off, respectively, against Barrington Douse (0-1) and Javier Calderon (1-0, 1 KO).

All fights and fighters are subject to change.

Former world light middleweight champion Vincent “The Ambassador” Pettway will be working the corners of Jolley and Snow.

Tickets are priced at $80.00 (ringside) and $40.00 (general admission) and available to purchase by going on line to, at the Connecticut Convention Center box office, and calling 860.759.8898 or 203.889.1222.

World Cruiserweight Contender Troy Ross Added To June 24 Show In Canada

By: Bob Trieger 

TORONTO (June 13, 2011) – World cruiserweight contender Troy Ross has been added to the “Friday Night At The Fights” professional boxing card, June 24 at Hershey Centre in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada.

“Friday Night At The Fights” is being presented by United Boxing Promotions in association with Hennessy Sports and Groupe Yvon Michel.

Ross is the top-rated IBF contender at No. 3 (#1 and #2 are not rated), as well as ranked No. 5 by The Ring magazine, No. 14 by the WBA, and No. 15 by the WBC. The two-time Canadian Olympian will face an opponent to be determined June 24 in a eight-round bout. Troy wants a rematch with IBF champion Steve Cunningham and he also has issued a challenge to unbeaten Lateef Kayode for a major showdown later this summer.

“I can’t wait to get back in action,” Ross said. “I’m trying to force (IBF champion Steve) Cunningham into a rematch. I dropped him and should have won that fight by technical decision because he thumbed me in the eye and the fight was stopped (cut eyelid) because of that. I’m fighting June 24th to get sharp for Cunningham, Kayode or any of the top 10 fighters I may fight this year on my way to winning a world title.”

A native of Guyana who lives in Toronto, Ross (24-2, 16 KOs) was a member of the 1996 and 2000 Canadian Olympic Teams, and winner of The Contender, Season Four reality television series.

Ross’ most notable wins to date have been against former NABF/USBA champion Felix Cora, Jr. (TKO1), Ehino Ehikamenor (TKO4), David Haye-conquerer (as an amateur) Michael Simms (DEC10), Akinyemi Laleye (DEC5), and Brazilian Olympian Daniel Bispo (KO1). Troy’s last fight was a win by unanimous 10-round decision over Carl Handy (24-7-2) this past October.

Tickets to “Friday Night at the Fights,” starting at $30.00, may be purchased at the Hershey Centre box office, through Ticket Master by dialing 416-872-5000, or by going on-line to

Trout Defeats Lopez

WBA News

WBA Super Welterweight champion Austin Trout won a twelve-round unanimous decision over David “The Destroyer” Lopez to retain his title on Saturday night at the Auditorio Miguel Barragan in San Luis Potosi, Mexico. Scores were 119-109, 117-110 and 118-109, all in favor of Trout.


By: Kevin Rooney, Star Boxing

 Delvin Rodriguez

On July 15th, Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing presents a highly anticipated ESPN "Friday Night Fights" card at New York City's famed Roseland Ballroom with a sensational main event, featuring exciting former welterweight world title challenger, Delvin Rodriguez (25-5-2, 14KO's) looking to throw himself into the mix of top jr. middleweight contenders when he takes on top rated, Pawel "Raging Bull" Wolak (29-1, 19KO's) in a can't miss, all-action showdown.

"This fight has all the makings to be a fight of the year candidate," stated Joe DeGuardia, CEO and President of Star Boxing, Rodriguez's promoter. "You have two guys who continuously produce fireworks each and every time they step into the ring, going up against one another in what is arguably the most important fight of their respective careers. These are the type of fights that as a true fight fan you just know you can't miss."

"I'm excited to get back into the ring and show that I am a force to be reckoned with in the jr. middleweight division," said Rodriguez. "I have a new team behind me and I feel better than I ever have before. On July 15th, Pawel Wolak and the entire world will see a stronger, faster, and more exciting Delvin Rodriguez."

 Pawel Wolak

"I want to thank Delvin Rodriquez for taking the fight," stated Wolak. "It is going to be a hard fight with lots of action. I expect Delvin will give me everything he's got and I will be prepared. The fans will get their money worth like they do with every fight of mine. I am looking forward to continuing towards my goal of winning a world title by end of 2011."

The bout between Rodriguez and Wolak, who is rated as the WBO #3, WBA #6, IBF #8, WBC #11 jr. middleweight in the world, has huge implications for both fighters. Wolak, who is currently riding an eight fight win streak, including his most impressive victory to date in his last bout, when he dominated and made former WBA jr. middleweight champion Yuri Foreman retire on his stool after six rounds, is looking to cash in on his recent success, and earn his shot at a world title. While Rodriguez on the other hand, who has become a fan-favorite, drawing some of the highest ratings on ESPN's "Friday Night Fights" over the years, knows a win over the red-hot Wolak will throw him right into the mix with the top jr. middleweights in the world, and put him back on the path to challenging for another world title.

The Rodriguez-Wolak bout is scheduled for ten rounds and is promoted by Star Boxing in association with Top Rank.


Tickets are priced at $50, $75, $100 and $200 and can be purchased by calling Star Boxing at (718) 823-2000, or visiting Tickets may also be purchased through any Ticketmaster outlet, calling Ticketmaster 1 (800) 745-3000, or simply by Clicking Here. Doors open at 6:30PM, with the first bout scheduled for 7:00PM. ESPN will begin live coverage at 9PM ET.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Holm vs. Mathis For ‘World Dominance’ Announced


Dec. 2 at Route 66 Casino Hotel in Albuquerque

By: Bob Trieger

ALBUQUERQUE, NM (June 11, 2011) – Right after she registered her 30th career victory last night, promoter Lenny Fresquez announced that Holly “The Preachers Daughter” Holm will take on Anne Sophie Mathis -- the top two pound-for-pound female boxers in the world -- December 2 for “World Dominance,” at the Route 66 Casino Hotel in Albuquerque.

Holm dominated all 10-rounds en route to unanimous decision (100-90 X 3) victory last night against aggressive Victoria Cisneros at Route 66 Casino Hotel.

Holm (30-1-3, 9 KOs) will try to regain her IBA Welterweight title and WBAN Championship Belt in the 10-round main event against Mathis (23-1, 20 KOs), the WBO European Welterweight Champion from France. Holm-Mathis, presented by Fresquez Productions, is a modern day match-up between the consummate boxer, southpaw Holm, and knockout specialist, Mathis, who will be fighting outside of Europe for the first time.

“This has all the makings of an instant classic, potentially one of the greatest fights in women’s boxing history,” Fresquez said. “Holly has exhausted all of her competitive options in the U.S., fighting just about every legitimate title challenger – 11 world champions – and now she wants to test herself against the best European fighter, Ann Sophie Mathis. It promises to be a memorable night for boxing fans all over the world, not just women’s boxing fans.”

Holm’s only loss was in 2004 and she’s won 23 of 24 fights since with one draw. A multiple world champion in three different divisions (light welterweight, welterweight and light middleweight), Holly has defeated all of the significant names in women’s boxing from the 140 through 154-pound classes, including Christy Martin, Mary Jo Sanders, Mia St. John, Jane Couch, Duda Yankovich and Chevelle Hallback (twice).

Mathis is riding a 22-fight win streak, dating back to 1995 when she lost in her second pro fight, and she’s a two-time world light welterweight champion. December 2nd will mark the fifth anniversary of her first world title victory, in which she stopped previously unbeaten Myriam Lamare (13-0) for the WBA crown as well as the vacant EBU championship. Ann Sophie’s victims also include Couch, Yankovich, Ana Pascal and Nathalie Toro.

For more information about “World Dominance: Holm vs. Mathis” go on line to



Star Boxing's hard-hitting, Puerto Rican prospect Emanuel Gonzalez kept his undefeated record in tact with a dominating performance over Jason Rorie earlier tonight on the undercard of the Boricua Invasion at the Roseland Ballroom in New York City.

The 23-year-old super featherweight Gonzalez, a 2008 NY Golden Gloves 125 lb. open Champion, dominated Rorie from the opening bell, landing crisp, hard right hands and uppercuts behind a piston-like jab.  Gonzalez's jab bloodied the face of Rorie almost immediately, but to his credit, Rorie hung tough. 

Round after round, Gonzalez showed that he was just too fast, strong and accurate for his opponent.  In the end, Gonzalez was awarded a six-round unanimous decision by scores of 60-54, 60-54, while the third judge gave the spirited Rorie one round, scoring it 59-55.  With the win, Gonzalez improved his record to a perfect 9-0, 7KO's.  Look for Gonzalez, who is now 2-0 since signing with Star Boxing in April, to be back in action very soon.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Boricua Invasion II

Photo Credit: Team Puerto Rico Boxing

Featherweights Luis Del Valle (L) and Dat Nguyen (R) face-off after weighing in for the main event of Boricua Invasion II, to be aired live on ShoBox: The New Generation on Saturday night from the Roseland Ballroom in New York City.

Troy Ross Targets Kayode-Godfrey Winner

By: Bob Trieger

TORONTO (June 10, 2011) – Two-time Canadian Olympian Troy Ross has issued a challenge to the winner of tonight’s (Friday, June 10) featured fight on ShoBox between undefeated, highly-touted Lateef “Power” Kayode (16-0, 14 KOs) and former world title contender Matt “Too Smooth” Godfrey (20-2, 14 KOs).

Ross is the top-rated IBF contender at No. 3 (#1 and #2 are not rated), in addition to being rated No. 5 by The Ring magazine, No. 14 by the WBA, and No. 15 by the WBC.

“I think Kayode-Godfrey is a 50-50 fight and I want a shot at the winner,” Ross said. “Cunningham seems unwilling to fight me again for whatever reasons, but Kayode and Godfrey are legitimate, throwback-type fighters who both only want to fight the best. I really admire their fighting spirits and I think they’re going to have a great fight. The winner has an open invitation to fight me later this summer. All he needs to do is have his promoter contact mine.”

Ross (24-2, 16 KOs), a native of Guyana who lives in Toronto, was a member of the 1996 and 2000 Canadian Olympic Teams. The powerful southpaw was the winner of The Contender, Season Four reality television series and he portrayed light heavyweight contender John Henry Lewis in the movie, “Cinderella Man.”

In 2001, Ross made his pro debut and went on to win his first 12 pro fights, immediately rebounding from his first loss to capture the Canadian cruiserweight title in 2005, then reeled-off 11 victories in a row before controversially losing his only world title fight to Cunningham a year ago. Ross floored Cunningham in the fourth round but the fight was halted by the referee in the fifth round due to a cut on Ross’ eyelid. Troy protested insisting Cunningham thumbed him in the eye and that the fight should have ended after four rounds with a technical decision going in his favor. Many observers felt that Cunningham was on the verge of being stopped if the fight had continued. Cunningham and Ross were mandated to fight for the vacant IBF title, ironically, because Godfrey had pulled out of his fight against Cunningham.

Ross’ most notable wins to date have been against former NABF/USBA champion Felix Cora, Jr. (TKO1), Ehino Ehikamenor (TKO4), David Haye-conquerer (as an amateur) Michael Simms (DEC10), Akinyemi Laleye (DEC5), and Brazilian Olympian Daniel Bispo (KO1). Troy’s last action was a win by unanimous 10-round decision over Carl Handy (24-7-2) this past October.



By: Marc Abrams

SPRINGFIELD, MO (June 10, 2011)—On Saturday night July 23rd, popular Cruiserweight B.J. Flores will return to his childhood home to take on tough Nick Iannuzzi for the Interim NABO and the NABA championship, which will headline a hybrid card featuring four Boxing and seven MMA bouts at the O’Reiley Center.

The shoe is promoted by Joe Kelly’s Titan Entertainment and Wes Slay Productions.

Flores, who now resides in Las Vegas and has a record of 24-1-1 with fifteen wins coming by knockout, will be making his fourth appearance in Springfield, and first start since 2007 in his childhood home.

Iannuzzi of Tampa, Florida has a record of 16-2 with nine knockouts.

“I love fighting here and know this is the place where my roots were planted so its always exciting to come back here," said Flores.

“"I am very much looking forward to getting back in the ring in front of my hometown fans. This will be an exciting event with all the area’s best MMA fighters and 4 professional boxing matches! We are determined to bring a VERY high Quality show to Springfield Missouri."

“I have been STARVING to get back into the ring! Been training like a DOG! My last fight has simply made me more hungry and determined. I can’t wait to face another hi level opponent in this tyype of make or break fight. The winner of this fight takes a GIANT step forward and the Loser takes a GIANT step backwards!!"

In that last fight, Flores traveled across the globe only to put up a valiant effort in suffering his first professional loss to local icon Danny Green in Australia.

"The truth of the matter is, I have been waiting to get back into the ring because we were supposed to fight again in Australia and I had received countless emails and calls from them telling me of their desire to have me DOWN UNDER after the close fight with Danny Green. The people saw what they saw and for that reason Angelo Hyder and Danny wanted me back. It wasn’t until about 1 and half months ago that we found out they were moving in another direction. So, I am now moving forward."

"I have a lot to learn and will be much better with keeping an active schedule and that is exactly what I plan to do. We have a great following in Missouri and I plan on fighting here every 3 months to keep me sharp and keep moving towards another title shot. Before my last fight I was off almost 16 months and you can never be at your best under those conditions. I will NOT let that happen again!"

“Nick Iannuzzi provides a great challenge. We had offered this fight to 8 different guys rated in the top ten in the US and ALL of them had turned it down except IANUZZI. This guy is coming off a very controversially loss to WBO #3 WBA #3 WBC #4 Lateef Kayode. Everyone saw the fight that night and EVERYONE except the three judges thought Iannuzzi had done enough to win the fight. He is tough and gritty and I thought he performed very well on SHOWTIME. Immediately after the fight I did a press release calling out L Kayode. However his camp responded by simply saying I am a racist and blah blah blah. Listen, I all want to do is fight! I don’t care where Lateef is from!! However, I will now look to the next best thing. Fighting the guy who all the SHOWTIME announcers had winning the fight. Nick Iannuzzi. I am looking forward to fighting for the NABO interim and NABA titles and gaining a rating with the WBO and WBA by facing a tough opponent. This fight will put me right back into position to fight another BIG fight! I am very UP for the challenge and looking forward to getting one step closer to another title shot!"

Flores is currently ranked #13 by the WBO, and is a former NABA Super Cruiserweight; WBF Super Cruiserweight; USBA and NABO Cruiserweight champion.

Tickets go on sale at the beginning of JULY!!!

WBA KO To Drugs In Costa Rica


On Wednesday in San Jose, Costa Rica, WBA Executive Vice President Gilberto Jesus Mendoza announced details on the July 30 WBA KO Drugs Festival which will take place at the National Gym with a capacity of 5000. The card will feature super middleweights Jaime “El Indio” Barboza (17-4, 8 KOs) against Brian Magee (34-4-1, 24 KOs) for a vacant WBA world title. In other action, local super featherweight Bryan “El Tiquito” Vasquez (26-0, 14 KOs) will fight for the vacant WBA Fedelatin title against Juan Manuel Osorio (22-2, 15 KOs) . Also, super lightweight Elvin Perez (21-4-3, 14 KOs) faces Juan Ruiz (8-0, 4 KOs).

Mendoza met with Minister of Tourism Carlos Ricardo Benavides and Minister of Sports William Todd.

Thursday, June 9, 2011



By: Marc Abrams 

Indianapolis, Indiana (June 9, 2011)—Frankin “Yah Yah” Lawrence is looking to get into the thick of the heavyweight championship picture.

If nothing else, he has earned it.

With consecutive stoppage wins over contenders Lance Whitaker, Jason Estrada and most recently Jason Gavern, Lawrence has more wins over good competition then most of the boxers that make up the top-ten in the four major organizations.

Lawrence has a record of 15-2-2 with ten knockouts, and could conceivably be on a fourteen fight unbeaten streak if not for a controversial decision loss to former WBC Heavyweight champion Oliver McCall.

That did not deter Lawrence, as on September 11, 2010, he stopped Whitaker (35-6-1) in seven rounds. He followed that up by battering Estrada (16-3) over ten rounds, stopping the former U.S. Olympian for the first time in his professional career. Even top rated contender Tomasz Adamek can’t say that.

Just this past May 27th, Lawrence battered Jason Gavern to solidify his status as the WBC Caribbean Heavyweight champion, as he dropped Gavern twice en route to making him quit on his stool after the seventh round.

"I am ready for anyone, whether it’s for one of the steppingstone fights against a top-ten guy or a championship fight, I am ready, I am the guy who will bring the heavyweight championship back to America“, said Lawrence.

“The heavyweight division needs someone who comes to fight and, not only do I do that, I will add an influx of personality.”

“Franklin has shown that he is a force to be reckoned with in the heavyweight division," said Dave Escalet, Fisticuffs Promotions.

“What contenders have had those three consecutive wins? I think Franklin is ready for something big and, with the roll that he is on, we believe that he has as much right to not only be ranked high by the organizations, but he will beat any of those top contenders and earn his shot at the heavyweight championship.”

Weigh-In Photos For Boricua Invasion I

Welterweights Kenny Galarza (L) and Irving Garcia face off after weighing in for their main event bout of Boricua Invasion I, to be aired on live ESPN2 Friday Night Fights from the Roseland Ballroom in New York City.

Welterweights Thomas Dulorme (R) and former world champion DeMarcus “Chop Chop” Corley face off after weighing in for their NABA title bout as part of Boricua Invasion I, to be aired live on ESPN2 Friday Night Fights from the Roseland Ballroom in New York City.
All Photo Credits Belong To Team Puerto Rico Boxing

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Peter Quillin Added To Judah vs. Khan Undercard

 (Peter Quillin pictured above)

Undefeated super middleweight contender Peter "Kid Chocolate" Quillin (24-0, 18 KO's) will battle veteran "Marvelous" Tarvis Simms (27-1-1, 11 KO's) in an eight-round bout on the Amir Khan vs. Zab Judah undercard July 23rd at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. Quillin, 27, is coming off his most impressive performance to date, a third-round TKO against a very durable Jesse Brinkley. Quillin has kayoed four of his last five opponents, and hopes to challenge Sergio Martinez this fall. Simms, 40, has won two straight fights since dropping a ten-round unanimous decision to Allan Green in 2009. It is not currently known if the contest will air on HBO.

Boricua Invasion I & II Final Press Conference Quotes

By: Alex Dombroff, Dibella Entertainment

NEW YORK, NY (June 8, 2011) – On the precipice of Puerto Rican Day Parade weekend, the top young talent from the island of Puerto Rico gathered at the Parlour Restaurant in midtown Manhattan as they put the finishing touches on preparations for Boricua Invasion I & II, a two day boxing extravaganza set to take place this weekend in Times Square.

On Friday, June 10, ESPN2 Friday Night Fights will be live from the Roseland Ballroom in New York City as Kenny Galarza (14-1, 14 KOs) takes on Irving Garcia (17-6-3, 8 KOs) in a battle of welterweight contenders. In the co-feature, welterweight terror Thomas Dulorme (11-0, 10 KOs) faces former world champion DeMarcus “Chop Chop” Corley (37-17-1, 22 KOs). Other Puerto Rican fighters featured will be 2008 Puerto Rican Olympian Jose Pedraza (2-0, 2 KOs) in a junior lightweight contest, junior welterweight prospect and Bronx native Steven Martinez (9-0, 7 KOs), Newark resident Alex Perez (13-0, 7 KOs) in a welterweight contest and New York junior lightweight Emanuel Gonzalez (8-0, 7 KOs).

On Saturday, June 11, Showtime’s ShoBox: The New Generation cameras will be rolling, again at the Roseland Ballroom, for Boricua Invasion II when featherweights Luis Del Valle (12-0, 10 KOs) and Dat Nguyen (17-1, 6 KOs) battle for the NABA title. In the co-feature, the NABO and WBA Fedelatin super welterweight titles will be on the line when Jonathan Gonzalez (13-0, 13 KOs) battles veteran Richard Gutierrez (26-6-1, 16 KOs). Also on the show is ├╝ber popular junior welterweight Gabriel Bracero (15-0, 1 KO), female super featherweight from Brooklyn Amanda Serrano (9-0-1, 5 KOs), and junior welterweight Jorge Maysonet, Jr. (3-0, 2 KOs).

On Sunday, all of the key participants will be riding on the New York Daily News float in the Puerto Rican Day Parade.

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.

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.

Below are quotes from the participants in today’s press conference:

Promoter Lou DiBella:
“Team Puerto Rico is a concept that, I think, will carry Puerto Rican boxing to a new level. It will also introduce American fight fans to the best fighters in Puerto Rico.”

Promoter Gary Shaw:
“Years ago I was on the New Jersey commission when Team Freedom started. The huge difference between Team Puerto Rico and Team Freedom is that when the Team Freedom fighters came to America [from Cuba], they sensed freedom for the first time and went ballistic and none of them really panned out. All the Team Puerto Rico fighters have a great work ethic. We don’t have to get them in the gym. It was a dream come true when we were able to sign these kids.”

Promoter Javier Bustillo:
“We are very honored to be part of this Team Puerto Rico. This is very important for the people on the island of Puerto Rico.”

Kenny Galarza:
“I respect Irving Garcia as a person, but in the ring I respect nobody. I promise a great fight.”

Irving Garcia:
“I came here to put on a great show and [Galarza and I] are going to put on a great fight.”

Thomas Dulorme:
“I am happy that the world gets to see me. Corley may have been training for five weeks, but this day is mine. I have seen Corley fight since I was a kid. What I want to happen in the ring will be done.”

DeMarcus “Chop Chop” Corley:
“I’ve been here before. I’ve been on the big stage. I know what it takes to step up to the plate and knock the ball out of the park. I respect the young man who is 11-0 for taking this fight, but I am coming to fight.”

Jose Pedraza:
“I am very happy to be in New York and to be on ESPN in my third professional fight. I don’t know anything about my opponent [Tomi Archambald], but I am desperate. I am desperate to fight, win, and then celebrate on Sunday.”

Steven Martinez:
“I am so happy to be part of the tradition of the Puerto Rican Day Parade.”

Luis Del Valle:
“I give a lot of credit for Dat Nguyen to take the fight. I hope you bring your A-game because I’m ready. It won’t matter how many punches a round that you throw.”

Dat Nguyen:
“I want to thank Luis Del Valle for fighting me. I’ve always wanted to fight guys that are tough, but I haven’t gotten to do that thus far. That motivates me.”

Jonathan Gonzalez:
“I am very thankful for my first fight in New York and I’m going to put on a great demonstration. I’m ready to fight ten rounds, but it won’t last that long. I have knocked out all thirteen boxers I’ve faced and [Gutierrez] will be number fourteen.”

Richard Gutierrez:
“I want to thank my whole team that has been working with me in preparation for this fight. Everybody knows me, my nickname is “The Bull” and I will show everybody why. Gonzalez has fought nobody. This is the first time he will fight a real boxer.”

Gabriel Bracero:
“I’m extremely honored to be fighting on a weekend of Puerto Rican pride. I’ve been working hard and I’ve been having a great training camp. I will be 16-0 come Saturday and I will continue my mission of chasing a world title.”

Rising Star Javier Flores Ready To Shine June 18 On ‘The New Generation Boxing Series’ Card In Hartford

By: Bob Trieger

HARTFORD (June 8, 2011) – Undefeated Puerto Rican welterweight prospect Javier “El Chino” Flores takes on veteran Shaka Moore in the eight-round co-feature on “The New Generation Boxing Series,” presented by Bulldog Cartel Promotions, Saturday night, June 18 launches its Saturday night, June 18 at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford.

The eight-round main event features battle-tested cruiserweights with deceiving records, Joshua “Juice” Harris (7-4-1, 5 KOs), of Providence, and Harvey “Candy Man” Jolly (11-17-1, 6 KOs).

Flores (5-0, 5 KOs), now fighting out of Hartford, has stopped each of his five opponents as a professional, including an electrifying second-round knockout of Marcus Hall this past February. As an amateur in Puerto Rico, Javier won 65 of 68 matches with 32 knockouts and all of his losses were on points.

“I’m going to give the public a good fight to watch,” Flores said the former Puerto Rico Nationa Boxing Team member. “I’m giving a maximum effort to make it an action-packed fight. I don’t go into a fight looking for a knockout, but after a round or two feeling out my opponent, once I know he can’t hurt me I apply more pressure, break him down, and the knockout comes.“I have power in both hands and a variety of punches. My friends like my left upper-cut the best and I’m working to use that punch in combinations with different punches.”

The 35-year-old veteran Moore (11-15-3, 2 KOs), of Norwalk (CT), is coming off of a win in April by fourth-round technical decision against Noel Garcia, also at the Connecticut Convention Center. During his 15-year pro career, he’s fought the likes of Israel “Pito” Cardona and Demetrius Hopkins.

“I know my opponent has a lot of experience,” Flores noted. His last fight I noticed that he didn’t have a lot of stamina. On June 18th I’m going to apply pressure and expose him”

Another hot prospect on the card, super middleweight Lamar Russ (7-0, 5 KOs), puts his perfect record on the line against TBA. Russ, also fighting out of Hartford, upset Haitian Olympian Elie Augustama by six-round decision in December.

Promising junior featherweight Luis Rosa, Jr. (6-0, 5 KOs), representing New Haven, vs. Shawn “Bones” Nichol (5-4, 5 KOs) in a six-rounder. Also fighting on the undercard in four-round bouts are New Haven junior welterweight Carlos Hernandez (0-2) against Springfield’s (MA) Barrington Douse (0-1), along with three New Haven boxers making their pro debuts – lightweight Oscar Bonilla vs. Corey White (1-1, 1 KO), junior featherweight Josh Crespo vs. Frankie Garriga and super middleweight Charles Foster vs. Lee Snow. Garriga and Snow will also be making their pro debuts.

Former IBO super bantamweight champion “Machine Gun” Mike Oliver (24-2, 8 KOs), rated No. 2 by the USBA and fighting out of Hartford, vs. TBA and unbeaten New Haven super lightweight Christian Lao (2-0, 1 KO) vs. Javier Calderon (1-0, 1 KO)have been added to the card.

Former world light middleweight champion Vincent “The Ambassador” Pettway will be working the corners of Jolley and Snow.

Tickets are priced at $80.00 (ringside) and $40.00 (general admission) and available to purchase by going on line to, at the Connecticut Convention Center box office, and calling 860.759.8898 or 203.889.1222.

Providence Amateur Boxer Toka Kahn-Clary Off To The Nationals

By: Bob Trieger

PROVIDENCE (June 8, 2011) – U.S. Olympic Boxing Team hopeful Toka Kahn-Clary, the recent 18-year-old E3 Academy graduate in Providence, will be shooting for a berth in the U.S. Olympic Team Trials when he competes in the upcoming 2001 USA Boxing National Championships at Colorado Springs.

By finishing among the top four in the 132-pound division at The Nationals, June 20-24, Kahn-Clary will advance to the U.S. Olympic Team Trials. The winners there in each of the eight divisions will become members of the 2012 U.S. Olympic Boxing Team, which will participate in the 2011 World Championships in Baku, Azerbaijan to try and qualify for 2012 Olympic Games in London.

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

Kahn-Clary’s coach, Peter Manfredo Sr., (Manfredo’s Gym in Pawtucket), explained that Toka will represent Regional 1 (New England, New York and New Jersey) at The Nationals. “All Toka needs to do is win two fights and he’ll qualify for the U.S. Olympic Team Box-Offs,” said Manfredo, who is also coach of the Regional 1 team. “Toka is looking real good. He’s had great sparring partners, pros and amateurs. I brought in all styles – power, speed, pressure, etc. – because we wanted him to work with every possibility that he may box in this tournament. The Nationals is most prestigious and important tournament because the top four make it to the Box-offs, unlike only the winners for the other four tournaments (PAL, Golden Globes, Armed Forces and Last Chance Qualifier).”

Last year, Kahn-Clary (72-7 career amateur record) captured a gold medal in the 123-pound bantamweight class of the National Golden Gloves Tournament.

If Toka earns a spot on the 2012 U.S. Olympic Boxing Team, he will become the third straight Olympic boxer from Rhode Island, joining Jason Estrada and Demetrius Andrade from the 2004 and 2008 squads, respectively.










Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Floyd Mayweather, Jr. Returns September 17th Versus Victor Ortiz





The Biggest, The Brightest and The Best To Meet September 17

In Mexican Independence Day Weekend Match-Up

Las Vegas, NV (June 7)...The wait is over and once again Floyd "Money" Mayweather delivers as the undefeated six-time world champion announced today via his Twitter account @floydmayweather that he will return to the ring on Saturday, September 17, to face the hard-hitting and explosive current WBC Welterweight World Champion "Vicious" Victor Ortiz in what is now the biggest international boxing event of 2011.

The announcement of the fight, which will take place on Mexican Independence Day weekend, widely considered boxing's biggest weekend, sends shock waves across the sports pages as there is no denying that the younger, stronger and current champion Ortiz poses an extremely credible threat to Mayweather, who returns to the ring after a 16-month hiatus. It is a highly competitive and very dangerous match-up that will give fans a chance to see the sport's biggest star against the sport's newest star in one ring on one very special night of boxing action.

"I am ready to return to the ring and give my fans a fantastic night of boxing by fighting the best out there and for me, that is Victor Ortiz," said Mayweather. "He is the current champion and an extremely talented fighter who showed amazing skills, and heart, in his last performance against Andre Berto. At this stage of my career, these are the challenges I look for, a young, strong, rising star looking to make his mark in boxing by beating me. Like the rest of my opponents, he is going to try to prove that he can beat me. I commend him for accepting the fight, but on September 17, Ortiz is just going to be another casualty, the 42nd one who tried and failed. Trust me, I will be ready."

"I respect Mayweather because he has been a champion for many years and I know he will be ready, but so will I," said Ortiz. "I'm a strong fighter and I have worked really hard to silence my critics. I'm a world champion for a reason and I am not going to let go of my title any time soon. This is going to be a great fight, but I will remain a world champion for many years to come."

Floyd Mayweather (41-0, 25 KO's) remains boxing's biggest attraction, wowing crowds and generating record pay-per-view numbers each time he steps into the ring. In his last ring appearance on May 1, 2010, Mayweather dismantled Sugar Shane Mosley in a lopsided unanimous decision victory. Mayweather is no stranger to fighting on Mexican Independence Day weekend either, as prior to his sensational win over Mosley, he took on Mexican boxing star Juan Manuel Marquez on September 19, 2009, beating his opponent in spectacular fashion. During his extraordinary career, he has amassed wins over world champions such as Diego Corrales, Jose Luis Castillo, Arturo Gatti, Zab Judah, Oscar de la Hoya and Ricky Hatton.

Victor Ortiz (29-2-2, 22 KO's) is on fire. He is riding a six-fight undefeated streak including his sensational win over Andre Berto on April 16 of this year. The hard-punching southpaw proved himself throughout their 12-round battle when he survived a knock down in the sixth round and came back to drop Berto at the end of the sixth round in one of the most exciting fights in boxing this year. Ortiz, who was already known as one of the most powerful young fighters in the sport but was questioned in the past for his desire, showed the world that his heart matches his hands of steel when faced with the best in boxing.

"When Floyd fights, everyone stops to watch and this is an exciting time for boxing as it always is when Floyd steps into the ring," said Leonard Ellerbe, CEO of Mayweather Promotions. "There is no better showman than Floyd and he backs up his legacy with amazing, one-of-a-kind skills. Victor Ortiz has shown us that he is a great fighter too and for the two of them to meet makes for a gigantic night for fans all over the world. It's always a thrill to see Floyd fight and it's even better when he faces the best out there such as a true champion like Ortiz. This is going to be a fight to remember. Sports fans have a lot to look forward to on September 17."

"There is no doubt that September 17 will again be this year's biggest night of boxing worldwide," said Richard Schaefer, CEO of Golden Boy Promotions. "When Floyd Mayweather fights, it is an event which brings fight fans, sports fans and the general public together to see this truly gifted athlete perform. Every year Floyd sets the bar and standard for most pay-per-view buys and this year will be no different. In Victor Ortiz, he is facing a young, strong and highly motivated world champion who knows that a win over the pound for pound champion will catapult him into superstardom. The stage is set and I can't wait for the showdown of the year."

Mayweather vs. Ortiz is promoted by Mayweather Promotions and Golden Boy Promotions. A nationwide press tour is being planned for the week of June 20 with additional details about it and the fight to be announced shortly.

Monday, June 6, 2011




By: Marc Abrams

WOODHAVEN, NY (JUNE 6, 2011)-On Friday night June 24th New Legend Boxing Promotions in association with Old World Boxing promotions presents a night of boxing that will feature three fights for the New York State Title.

The main event will be an eight round bantamweight fight featuring undefeated Juan Dominguez of Brooklyn, New York via Santiago de los Caballeros, Dominican Republic taking on an opponent to be named for the New York State title.

Dominguez has a perfect mark of 7-0 with five knockouts and the twenty-five year old has taken out his last five opponents within three rounds.

In his last bout, Dominguez stopped undefeated Gabriel Gomez in three rounds at the Cordon Bleu on March 4th.

The eight round co-feature will pit popular Eileen Olszewski taking on Melissa McMorrow in a battle for the New York State Super Flyweight bout.

Olszewski of New York has a record of 7-2 and has fought all over the world and is a former world champion.

She has won two in a row which includes an eight round unanimous decision over Anastasia Toktaulova on December 17th in Miami

McMorrow of San Carlos, California has a record of 4-2-3 and has fought good competition.

She held Amaris Quintana to draws in their two encounters.

McMorrow will be making her second consecutive trip to New York as she lost a unanimous decision to Keisher Mcloed-Wells (3-1) on February 9th at BB Kings in Times Square.

In a third New York State title bout, Jonathan Cuba (5-3, 4 KO's) will take on Ariel Duran (7-2, 4 KO's) in an eight round bout for the New York State Lightweight championship.

Cuba of New York is known as a tough hard punching fighter who is willing to take on all comers.

Duran of The Dominican Republic won his first six bouts and now he will be making his American debut as he as previously fought all of his fights in his homeland.

In a six round Welterweight bout, current New York State Welterweight champion, Martin Wright will compete in a non-title bout against Willie Walton.

Wright (9-1-2, 4 KO's) of Brooklyn won the New York State championship with an exciting split decision victory over Mike Ruiz on May 19th.

Walton (4-4 with all of wins coming by stoppage) is from Salt Lake City, Utah.

Popular Welterweight Tommy Rainone (14-4, 4 KO's) of New York will look to make it two in a row when he takes on an opponent to be named in a six round bout.

Edward Valdez (4-8-2, 3 KO's) of New York will take on Nalo Leal (3-11-1, 1 KO) of Airway Heights, Washington in a six round Lightweight bout.

Super Middleweight Travis Peterkin (2-0, 2 KO's) of Brooklyn will look to stay perfect when he takes on Terrence Anderson (2-4, 1 KO) of San Antonio Texas in a bout scheduled for four rounds.

Rounding out the card will be the dynamic Burrell Twins in separate bouts.

The Burrell's from Brooklyn, New York via London, England in four round bouts that will feature Deano (2-1, 1 KO) & Scotty (3-0, 2 KO's). Each will see action in Lightweight bouts against opponents to be named.

Limited tickets are still available for this fantastic show priced at $60 and $80 each; (VIP Tables - SOLD OUT) and can be purchased by calling New Legend Boxing Gym at 718-487-4474

Cordon Bleu is located at
96-01 Jamaica Avenue
Woodhaven, NY 11421

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By: Marc Abrams

Ferrante and Brown score knockouts; Ocasio, Jenkins, Nelson & Tiberi score wins

CHESTER, PA (June 6, 2011)—This past Friday night, popular Lightweight Victor Vasquez got back into the win column as he scored a fourth round stoppage over Gustavo Dailey in a rematch that highlight a terrific seven bout card at Harrah’s in Chester, Pa.

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Vaaquez pounded Dailey’s body throughout the fight before landing a right to the top of the head that sent Dailey wobbling to the canvas. When he rose to his feet the referee stopped the fight.

In the co-feature, Tony Ferrnate was systematic in taking out Joe Park at 2:47 of round four of their scheduled six round bout.

Ferrante was coming off a devastating stoppage loss in January showed no ill effects of that fight and was very aggressive in getting his tenth victory.

Other winners include local favorites Angel Ocasio; Fred Jenkins Jr. (who defeated Todd Erikkson in a bout where Erikkson took the bout on less than one day’s notice); Joey Tiberi and the Naim Nelson.


6 Rounds Lightweights—Victor Vasquez (13-5-2, 7 KO’s) 135 lbs of Philadelphia, PA TKO 4 (2:46) over Gustavo Dailey (4-12) 133 ½ lbs of Philadelphia, PA

6 Rounds Light Heavyweights—Tony Ferrante (10-2, 5 KO’s) 175 lbs of Philadelphia, PA TKO 4 (2:47) over Joe Park (8-6) 174 lbs of Florence, SC

4 Rounds Lightweights—Angel Ocasio (5-0) 135 lbs of Philadelphia, PA U DEC over Randolph Scott (0-4) 134 lbs of Salisbury, MD…scores were 40-35; 39-36; 39-364

4 Rounds—Middleweights Rashad Brown (4-0, 2 KO’s) 162 lbs of Philadelphia, PA TKO 1 (2:59) over Phillip Burnette (2-3) 157 lbs of Myrtle Beach, SC

4 Rounds Super Middleweights—Fred Jenkins Jr. (2-0) 165 lbs of Philadelphia, PA U DEC over Todd Erikkson (3-6-2) 166 ½ lbs of Dover, NJ…scores were 39-37 on all cards

4 Rounds Lightweights—Joey Tiberi (4-0) 135 lbs of Newark, DE U DEC over Jonathan Ocassio (0-8) 132 ½ lbs of Philadelphia, PA…scores were 40-36; 39-37; 39-37

Naim Nelson (1-0) 140 ½ lbs of Philadelphia, PA U DEC over Kywame Hill (1-8) 143 lbs of Philadelphia, PA…scores were 40-36 on all cards

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Undefeated Amanda Serrano Fights For NABF Title

By: Bob Trieger

NEW YORK (June 6, 2011) – Undefeated super featherweight Amanda “The Real Deal” Serrano fights at home for her first professional title Saturday night, June 11 at the historic Roseland Ballroom in New York City.

The 23-year-old Serrano (9-0-1, 5 KOs), a native of Puerto Rico who is now fighting out of Brooklyn, faces Jennifer Scott in an eight-round bout for the vacant North American Boxing Federation title.

“I’m the best female fighter in New York City and I’m going to prove it June 11th,” said the slick-boxing younger sister of former world lightweight contender, Cindy Serrano. “My sister fought for a couple of titles and I won the New York Golden Gloves, but this is my first title shot as a pro and I’m ready and prepared to win. My goal is to win the world title and then fight in Puerto Rico. (Amanda was born in Puerto Rico and moved to Brooklyn when she was one)

“This is my first fight in New York City as a professional boxer. I’m very excited to know that I’m going to have a lot of family, friends and fans there supporting me. I want them all to see how far I’ve progressed. It’s going to be a fun night.”

Serrano would have preferred to fight the former NABF champion, Maureen Shea, but she was stripped of the belt. “She has no heart,” Serrano blasted Shea. “She was offered a fight against me but turned it down and was stripped. Maybe if she has a heart transplant we can fight in the future. It would have been nice – Brooklyn vs. Bronx – if she took the fight.

“I want to be the face of women’s boxing. I can box and brawl. I want to be a role model for girls to look up to. My opponent for this fight doesn’t have a great record (2-3, 2 KOs) but she’s tough and coming to fight. She’s an undefeated MMA fighter, too. I never take anybody lightly. Look what happened to Maureen Shea. She was knocked out by a fighter with a 2-2 record. My last opponent (Ela Nunez) had never been knockout until I stopped her and I want to be the first to knockout Scott.”

Serrano also wants to be proudly displaying her new NABF title belt around her waist the day after her fight, hopefully, on a float in the New York City Puerto Rican Day Parade.

“No female fighter sacrifices like Amanda,” Boxing 360 Founder & CEO Mario Yagobi noted. “She’s an exciting fighter with a great future. Bob (Duffy, Boxing 360 Director of Boxing) worked very, very hard to make this title fight happen. We’d like to thank the NABF for sanctioning it. Amanda is working hard to be world champion. No woman dedicates herself to boxing like Amanda. Boxing is her life.”

Amanda is presently rated No. 4 by independent source WBAN, as well as No. 6 by the WIBA.

“Amanda’s main goal is to win a world title and this is her first step,” Duffy commented. “She’s fighting at home the night before the Puerto Rican Day parade. I want to thank the show’s promoters, Lou DiBella and Gary Shaw, for having this title fight on their card.”

Other members of Boxing 360’s stable include USBA heavyweight champion Maurice “Sugar Moe” Harris, WBC #3 super bantamweight Leon “Hurry Up” Moore, former IBF super middleweight champion Alejandro “Naco” Berrio, WBC Caribbean & NY State super middleweight champion Lennox “2 Sharpe” Allen, NY State champion welterweight Danny Sostre, Dominican lightweight champion Eudy “AK47” Bernardo, KO king Tyrone Brunson, Nick “Hands of Gold” Casal, middleweight prospect DonYil Livingston, Joshua “The Juice” Harris, Emad Ali, Mike Mollo, “King” David Estrada and Angel “Toro” Hernandez.

Go to for more information about Serrano, Boxing 360 or any of its other fighters.

Carl Froch vs. Glen Johnson Post Fight Quotes & Attendance

Official Attendance: 2,286

Carl Froch, WBC Super Middleweight Champion/Super Six Finalist:

“Everyone is finally starting to acknowledge what I’ve done in successive fights.”

“I wasn’t 100% happy with my performance, because I’m the kind of guy who likes to unload my shots. I didn’t do that enough tonight, but I did enough to win.”

“Johnson is a big, strong light heavyweight and he can hang in with everyone. He is a proud, strong man. He was fading towards the end because I was hitting him.”

“It was a professional performance tonight, which I’m proud of. I did enough to win without taking too many risks.”

“I’m going to stay on the ball. I will have a little bit of a rest, and I’ll go back and see my baby boy Rocco. But, I will stay straight and stay fit.”

“You always learn in every fight. Tonight I solidified that I can box on my last foot and give Ward problems doing that.”

Eddie Hearn, Froch’s Promoter:

“Carl deserves the utmost respect from everyone in the world. He is a real fighter. We don’t have enough people like Carl Froch in boxing.”

“We’re going to build his fight with Andre Ward for what it is: a unification fight between the two best super middleweights in the world.”

“I don’t think there has been anyone who has fought, successively, so many top opponents. Carl is just a fighter.”

Glen Johnson:

“My team has done a wonderful job with my career every since I teamed up with them. We have come up on the short end of the stick sometimes, and they have never given up on me.”

“For me, I will just go home and put more effort into it and see what I can bring next time.”

“It was a close fight. There was a lot of give and take. He hit me with some solid, clean shots.”

“Carl can fight. He is tough. We look forward to seeing a great fight between the two men who have made it to the finals.”

Lou DiBella, Johnson’s Co-Promoter:

“If you don’t love Glen Johnson then you don’t love boxing. It is an honor and privilege to be his promoter and to be his friend. You never get less than 100% from Glen Johnson.”

“Everyone on this team respects the heck out of Carl Froch. If Andre Ward thinks he will have an easy night, he is very wrong.”

“It was a very close fight going into the seventh or eighth round. Glen tried to take him out with one punch and Carl adjusted.”

Leon Margules, Johnson’s Co-Promoter:

“People who came here tonight saw a spectacular fight between two great warriors and champions. Anyone who saw the fight and knows boxing can appreciate the kind of battle Glen and Carl had.”

“For a 42-year-old athlete to fight twelve hard rounds like that is a spectacular feat.”

“I’m not disappointed in Glen’s performance; I’m only disappointed in the result.”

Zsolt “Firebird” Erdei Scores Impressive Sixth Round Stoppage Of Former World Champion Byron Mitchell

By: Alex Dombroff, Dibella Entertainment

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ (June 4, 2011) – Unbeaten former two time world champion Zsolt “Firebird” Erdei scored a sixth round technical knockout over former world champion Byron Mitchell on Saturday night in front of throngs of Hungarian supporters who chanted and cheered their man to victory.

Erdei vs. Mitchell served as the chief undercard bout to the Super Six semifinal clash between WBC super middleweight champion Carl Froch and Glen Johnson from the Adrian Phillips Ballroom at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City.

Erdei (33-0, 18 KOs) came out aggressively from the opening bell, never letting Mitchell (28-8-1, 21 KOs) put together any punches of his own. It was in stark contrast to Erdei’s last outing, also at Boardwalk Hall, where Erdei put on a dominant boxing clinic against veteran Sampson Onyango.

In the sixth round, Erdei’s activity put Mitchell on the canvas twice, the second time prompting referee Eddie Cotton to call a halt to the action at 1:58 of the round.

Erdei credited the rejuvenated performance him being comfortable fighting for the second straight time in America.

“The first fight, I was a little homesick,” said the Hungarian native, who spent most of his pro career fighting in Europe. “This time I had more preparation and more time to get used to being here. It showed in the ring.”

Looking ahead, Erdei, who held the WBO cruiserweight title from 2004-2009 before giving it up for a brief stint at cruiserweight, many possibilities in the talent-rich 175 lbs. division. A chance run-in just hour before his fight had his mind on one man in particular.

“I met Bernard Hopkins at the bakery in Caesars just before the fight,” said Erdei. “He was a real gentleman and we have a great mutual respect for each other. It would be an honor to fight him.”

Friday, June 3, 2011

Al Bernstein: "Johnson Needs To Get Inside The Jab Of Froch."


By: Kevin Rooney, Jr., Star Boxing

On Thursday, July 7th, Star Boxing returns to the historic Paradise Theater in the Bronx, with the latest installment of its ever popular "Punchin at the Paradise" fight series. The event on July 7th will mark the second of five scheduled dates at the Theater in 2011.

"Our return to the Theater in May was everything we expected it to be. We were able to put together an exciting night of boxing, before a packed house of raucous fans who turned out for the show. Now we are looking to feed and build off the success of that show and carry it over into the rest of the events we have scheduled at the Theater for this year," stated Joe DeGuardia, CEO and President of Star Boxing.

"The card is going to be filled with a lot of local talent from the New York area, and will also feature some intriguing neighborhood battles for bragging rights of the Bronx," added DeGuardia.

In addition to the pro fights on the card there will also be four exciting amateur bouts, featuring some very exciting prospects out of the New York City area.

Additional information regarding fighters on the card will be announced shortly. Doors open at 6:30PM, with the first bout scheduled for 7:00PM. 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 2403 Grand Concourse in the Bronx, NY.

Thursday, June 2, 2011




Respectful, but confident in going out to win and motivated to star in a big role inPay TV and high-profile event for the immediate future of boxing in the middleweight division, the undefeated world champion, Sebastian Zbik, and son of the legend, JulioCesar Chavez Jr., faced- on Wednesday, at the press conference that TopRank present to promote the role of next Saturday, to be held at the Staples Center inLos Angeles and Mexico who arrive by Azteca 7 signal

"It's time to fight and hope for the fans to have a great fight and I will do my best to win" said Zbik.

For its part, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (42-0-1, 30 KOs), said he was very excited to be at his first opportunity to become world champion and now he wants to climb into the ring to make history.

"I promise you I will go out on Saturday to give all, give a war and I'll go to win whatever it takes. I'll be the first middleweight champion from Mexico, said Junior, and added that "it's like a dream to be a day of winning the world title and will go out to winon Saturday, for me, for my family and my beloved Mexico, " said Chavez Carrasco,who was accompanied by the living legend of boxing his father, Julio Cesar Chavez Gonzalez and his younger brother Omar.

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Vanes Martirosyan (29-0-0, 18 KOs) will face Saul "Fiera" Roman (34-8-0, 29KOs) in a matchup of solid puncher which is in between the world championship silverweight Middle of the CMB. Both fighters claimed to bring the best possible physical condition and promised a great fight.

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By: Marc Abrams

NEW YORK / ALBUQUERQUE (JUNE 2, 2011)—This Saturday night two former world champions will do battle in what promises to be an action packed fight as former five-time world champion, Johnny “Mi Vida Loca” Tapia takes on former Flyweight world champion Mauricio Pastrana that will originate from Hard Rock in Albuquerque.

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Tapia, who has been one of boxing’s most talked about fighters for the past twenty years (for a myriad reasons) is winding down and wants to thrill his hometown fans in New Mexico one more time before he calls it a day.

Tapia has an astonishing record of 58-5-2 with thirty knockouts and captured the WBO Super Flyweight title with an eleventh round knockout over Henry Martinez in 1994.

He defended that title ten times before adding the IBF Super Flyweight title when he took a twelve round unanimous decision over cross-town rival Danny Romero in one of the mist anticipated grudge matches of the 1990’s.

After two more defenses, he claimed the WBA Bantamweight title with twelve round majority decision over Nana Konadu.

Tapia then went on to win the WBO Bantamweight belt with a twelve round unanimous decision over Jorge Julio.

Tapia won his final belt by scoring a twelve round majority decision to win the IBF Featherweight title over Manuel Medina.

He has won his last three bouts which includes fourth round stoppage over Jorge Alonso this past September 24th

Pastrana has a record of 35-15-2 with twenty three big knockouts.

On January 18th, 1997, Pastrana won the IBF Light Flyweight title with a split decision over former U.S. Olympic star Michael Carbajal.

He defended that title before winning the WBA Interim Flyweight title with a unanimous decision over Jose Bonilla.

Pastrana has come up just a bit short in three more world title opportunities but he has capable of pulling off the big upset on Saturday.

There will be at least three more fights on the live broadcast.

Hector Munoz (18-4-1, 11 KO’s) takes on Jorge Reyes (21-29-3, 17 KO’s) in a Welterweight bout.

Undefeated Welterweight, Vincent Mirabal (8-0, 1 KO) battles Eric Bradford (0-6) in a Welterweight bout

Josh Torres (5-1-1, 3 KO’s) takes on Janks Trotter (4-0-1, 4 KO’s) in a Welterweight bout

World Champion Beibut Shumenov Has Special Interest In Erdei-Mitchell Fight

By: Bob Trieger

LAS VEGAS (June 1, 2011) – WBA/IBA Light Heavyweight Champion Beibut Shumenov (11-1, 7 KOs), preparing for his third title defense this summer, has a special interest in Saturday night’s fight in Atlantic City between past world champions Zsolt “Firebird” Erdei and Byron “Slama from ‘Bama” Mitchell.

While history-making Shumenov dreams of unifying the light heavyweight division, he’s been unable to get any other world champions to put their title belt on the line. If none of the other world light heavyweight champions will get in the ring with Shumenov in 2011, Beibut will strongly consider a potential match-up later this year against the leading recognized non-world champion, Erdei (32-0, 17 KOs), a former two-time, two-division world titlist.

Shumenov, the 2004 Kazakhstan Olympian, has been on an unprecedented, accelerated pace since his pro debut only 3 ½ years ago. He has defeated four world champions in only 11 pro fights, including Mitchell, as well as Montell Griffin, William Joppy, and Gabriel Campillo. The 27-year-old Shumenov, fighting out of Las Vegas, captured the WBA crown January 9, 2010 in his 10th pro bout via a 12-round decision against Campillo, breaking the world light heavyweight record of 15 set by Jeff “Hit Man” Harding in 1989.

“Erdei is an undefeated, two-time world champion who I’ve been trying to fight through promoters for the past two years,” Shumenov said. “But, so far, we’ve been unable to make the fight happen. Mitchell is a two-time world champion, too. I fought (WTKO4) Byron in 2009 and since then we’ve become friends and helped each other during a couple of training camps. If Erdei should defeat Mitchell, I would love to fight Erdei on Showtime or HBO, and Mr. DiBella can contact me directly to make it happen.”

Shumenov owns and operates the Las Vegas-based, full service boxing promotional company, KZ Event Productions, along with his brother, Chingis. In addition to promoting Beibut, Team KZ also includes three undefeated, world-rated boxers: 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. 8 by the WBA; WBA International Super Lightweight titlist Alexandr Zhuravskiy (11-0, 8 KOs), who is ranked No. 15 by the WBA.

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


Mayor Michael Nutter (left) and Bernard Hopkins (right) face off in front of the Rocky Statue at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Photo Credit: Maxwell Brown/ City of Philadelphia

Philadelphia, PA (June 1)...Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter honored newly crowned WBC and Ring Magazine Light Heavyweight World Champion Bernard Hopkins today for his championship win over Jean Pascal which took place May 21.  The mayor presented Hopkins with a Liberty Bell replica and made a proclamation saluting Hopkins and acknowledging his history making accomplishment of becoming the oldest world champion in the history of boxing.

Bernard Hopkins, WBC and Ring Magazine Light Heavyweight World Champion

"The 'Rocky' movies are an inspiration to the blue collar workers of this city.  Rocky used what he had to make the best of it, which is what I had to do.  I played jacks like they were aces and I made something out of nothing.

"Where we are standing right now, is where I train.  It is where I started.

"I have run those steps [of the Philadelphia Museum of Art] for many years, even last month [in preparation for the Pascal fight].

"It means a great deal to me to be honored where I train.  This is where I have come all of my life. 

"I lost my first fight at the Blue Horizon in Philadelphia.  I lost a four round fight and I didn't let that stop me from continuing on in my career.

"I invested in my life...people ask, 'What is your secret?'  They are waiting for me to say 'I am that good,' but I am here because I invested in myself and made a determination not to get caught up in the high life of being a celebrity.

"You have to have good health to have a fighting chance.  You have to treat yourself like a temple."

 Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter

"Let's give it up for Bernard Hopkins, the new Light Heavyweight World Champion.  He had some challenges as a teenager.  He found himself on the wrong side of the law, but in prison, he found faith in himself and in boxing.  This is the real reason why Bernard Hopkins is a champion.

"The heritage of great boxing in Philadelphia is proudly being carried on by Bernard Hopkins.

"Even more than these accomplishments, his life is a lesson to all of us.  It is never too late to do something great.  It is never too late to change your life.

"Philadelphia is a city of second chances, and we are proud to honor Bernard Hopkins."

Bernard Hopkins poses in front of the Rocky Statue at the Philadelphia Museum of Art following a proclamation made by Mayor Michael Nutter honoring Hopkins.
Photo Credit: Swanson Communications

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Liakhovich Invites Helenius Into ‘The White Wolf’ Den July 16 In Munich

By: Bob Trieger

SCOTTSDALE, Arizona (June 1, 2011) – The delayed return of former world heavyweight champion and 1996 Bellarusian Olympian, Sergei “The White Wolf” Liakhovich is on July 16 as the Bellarusian Olympian takes on highly-touted, undefeated Robert “The Nordiac Nightmare” Helenius in Munich, Germany.

The 35-year-old Liakhovich (25-3, 16 KOs), rated No. 13 by the World Boxing Council, was supposed to be back in action April 9 in Newark after nearly a year-long absence, but an injury suffered in the final week of training camp forced him to withdraw. Instead of taking an easy tune-up, or sign a more lucrative deal offered by K2 Promotions, Liakhovich chose to make his Main Events debut against Helenius (15-0, 10 KOs), who is world rated among the top four governing bodies (WBO #2, IBF #3, WBA #8 and IBF (IBF #15), as well as No. 8 by The Ring. Helenius is a native of Norway but he lives and fights out of Germany.

“This is what being a true champion really is about,” Liakhovich explained. “I believe you have to take risks to get greater results. Boxing is the best of all sports but its core is in earning respect as a fighter. I think you can accomplish that by taking risks. I had to do that in the past when I fought Dominick Quinn, who was America’s top heavyweight hope at that time, and nobody gave me a chance when I went against Lamon Brewster. Both times taking risks paid off for me and this is not any different. My opponent is a good fighter. He proved that he deserves to be in the top 10 of the world by defeating Brewster and (Samuel) Peter. But he’s never faced anybody with my skills.

“I was very disappointed I had to cancel my (April) fight, but I believe what happens is always for a reason, and sometimes things turn out the way you did not expect. I am glad I have this opportunity and I will take full advantage of it. I’m working again with trainer Kenny Weldon, who was in my corner when I won the WBO title, and doing things that I had stopped. We’ve also been working on a few new things to prepare for this fight. I think it’s going to be a very good fight with two guys putting everything on the line.”

Back in 2006, Liahkovich was on top of the boxing world having won a unanimous decision (117-110, 115-113, 115-112) against Brewster for the WBO crown, sporting a 23-1(13 KOs) pro record that included notable wins against world title contender Guinn and previously undefeated Friday Ahunanya. In his first world title defense, however, Liakhovich lost his belt to Shannon Briggs by way of a 12th round technical knockout with only one second remaining in the fight, in which Sergei led on all three judges’ cards by scores of 106-103, 106-103 and 105-104.

After his fight against Briggs, Sergei was put on his old promoter’s shelf and he has fought only three times since 2006, the last a ninth-round stoppage of Evans Quinn a year ago in Germany.

“I have to give a lot of credit to Sergei,” Main Events CEO Kathy Duva commented. “From the moment he was offered the match with Helenius, he absolutely demanded that we make the fight. There are very few elite professional boxers who are willing to put everything on the line without a moment’s hesitation, as Sergei did, and accept such a challenge. I believe that his experience and courage will carry the day on July 16th against such a strong opponent. Sergei is one of the most fan friendly fighters in boxing and we all look forward to a great match in Munich. We also look forward to bringing home the win!”

Liakhovich’s Boston-based attorney and veteran boxing lawyer, Anthony Cardinale, got Sergei out of his last contract and negotiated his new deal with Main Events and the Helenius fight. “Sergei chose to take a fight that he could have easily avoided and made more money in a three-fight deal which was offered by K2 (two undercard bouts on the Wladimir Klitschko-David Haye and Vitali Klitschko-Tomasz Adamek cards followed by a guaranteed world title shot),” Atty. Cardinale noted. “His reasoning was a win against Helenius will make a world title fight considerably more valuable to him and his family than the deal offered by K2.

“If I were Helenius, I would be concerned because Sergei is getting into the ring a rested, top-conditioned, supremely motivated, championship caliber heavyweight with much more experience. This is not going to be a walk through like Helenius has had against out-of-shape, disinterested former champions just showing up for paydays. He is about to enter a hungry wolf’s den and he won’t come out undefeated.”

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