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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

FORMER CRUISERWEIGHT CHAMPION BOBBY GUNN TO GO TO BATTLE IN BAREKNUCKLE BRAWL

By: Chris Cella

Four-time cruiserweight champion Bobby “The Celtic Warrior” Gunn has made a name for himself in the square ring due to his ability to throw hands, exceptional knockout power and heart of a lion. He has achieved what many aspiring boxers dream of, but he’s not done yet.

On August 5, Gunn will be taking on MMA fighter Chris Thompson in a bareknuckle boxing match in Scottsdale, Arizona under London Prize Ring rules.

This will be the first organized bareknuckle boxing event since 1889 when John Sullivan defeated Jake Kilrain after a 75 round marathon fight to be declared the champion. In two weeks, Gunn will look to add another championship title to his already impressive resume.

“I am very excited for this fight. Fans watch fights to see guys trade punches, and we are going to put on a show,” said Gunn. “Everything has to have a starting point. I believe this can be the sport of the future. It’s the original form of boxing.”

Bareknuckle fighting is nothing new to Gunn, who has over 60 bouts under his belt throughout the world. Gunn wanted to have a bareknuckle contest with former MMA fighter Kimbo Slice not too long ago, but the fight never happened. While many critics and skeptics think bareknuckle brawling is too vicious, Gunn assures people that it is quite safe.

“Not only is the bareknuckle match an organized event with ring doctors, it is a fight between two professionals”, said Gunn. “This isn’t a back alley bum fight or bar fight. Safety is a big issue, and they have it covered.”

When MMA first emerged onto the scene, many believed the sport was barbaric and dangerous, but studies have shown that it is safer than boxing because of all the safety precautions taken. This is due to the ongoing and accrued punishment a boxer may experience throughout a fight, as opposed to one or two blows a MMA fighter may suffer before the fight is called.

“I want to make this sport cleaner, and show people that it’s not as ferocious as they think,” said Gunn. “We are going to show people that it’s not barbaric, and that’s the truth.”

Dominick Scibetta, Bobby Gunn’s trainer, elaborated on the difference between bareknuckle fighting and boxing.

“Bareknuckle fighting is a different style than boxing,” said Scibetta. “You don’t have as many head shots because fighters don’t want to break their hands, and there are certain areas you want to hit a guy. Bobby has a lot of experience with this, so we have been focusing a great deal on conditioning for this fight.”

Gunn is adamant about thanking his team for their ongoing support and getting him ready for another big fight.

“I want to thank all of my team, Dominick Scibetta, Kyle White, Al Ross and Renato Colantoni for always supporting and standing behind me!”

Don’t miss as New Jersey’s own Bobby Gunn makes history. Tickets are still available for this epic bout by visiting www.badboyfights.com.

"STAR POWER: MAYWEATHER VS. ORTIZ" GETS BIGGER, BETTER AND BRIGHTER AS CANELO ALVAREZ VS. ALFONSO GOMEZ IS ADDED TO CREATE TWO-SITE, STAR-STUDDED SEPTEMBER 17 BOXING EXTRAVAGANZA PRESENTED LIVE BY HBO PAY-PER-VIEW® STAPLES CENTER IN LOS ANGELES TO CO-HOST PAY-PER-VIEW MEGA EVENT WITH MGM GRAND GARDEN ARENA IN LAS VEGAS

LOS ANGELES, July 26 - "STAR POWER: Mayweather vs. Ortiz" just got propelled into another galaxy, as it was announced today that rising Mexican superstar Canelo Alvarez will defend his WBC super welterweight championship against Alfonso Gomez on the televised undercard of the September 17 pay-per-view extravaganza featuring the WBC welterweight world championship mega-fight between Floyd Mayweather and Victor Ortiz.

Making this announcement more significant and unique is the fact that Alvarez and Gomez will face each other at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, while Mayweather and Ortiz will battle at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, creating a mega-event from two world-class cities.

Fans in attendance at each arena will be able to see the fight LIVE from the other arena, making this a first-time, split-site boxing experience taking place on Mexican Independence Day boxing weekend.

Both bouts will be produced and distributed LIVE by HBO Pay-Per-View beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT.

Following the showing of Mayweather vs. Ortiz at STAPLES Center, fans in attendance will see two special post-fight concerts performed by Los Tucanes de Tijuana and El Gran Silencio.

"'STAR POWER' is living up to its name as a mega-event with the addition of Canelo Alvarez vs. Alfonso Gomez," said Leonard Ellerbe, CEO Mayweather Promotions. "To have this event emanate from two separate locations like STAPLES Center and MGM Grand Garden Arena is a testament to the size and magnitude of the event and what it will deliver to the fans in the arenas and those watching at home on pay-per-view. Floyd is absolutely thrilled that Alvarez vs. Gomez will be a part of this show from Los Angeles."

"This is a historic and unprecedented night for boxing and Golden Boy Promotions as we showcase the extraordinary talents of Mayweather, Ortiz, Alvarez and Gomez from two iconic and world-renowned venues in STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, the capitol of sports and entertainment and MGM Grand in Las Vegas, truly the boxing mega-center of the world," said Richard Schaefer, CEO Golden Boy Promotions. "This show is now even more loaded with stars, and to have Alvarez vs. Gomez join the magnificent boxing match-up of the year between Floyd Mayweather and Victor Ortiz is exactly why we named the fight 'STAR POWER,' which is expected to set attendance and viewership records in one night."

"September 17 at STAPLES Center will be a night to remember for boxing fans in Los Angeles as it will mark the first time the arena will host a boxing match, a pay-per-view viewing and a post-fight concert all on the same day," Lee Zeidman, STAPLES Center General Manager. "We are looking forward to what will no doubt be an incredible action-packed night of boxing and live entertainment."

"The MGM Resorts family is very excited to welcome the return of Floyd Mayweather to the MGM Grand on September 17," said Richard Sturm, president of Sports & Entertainment for MGM Resorts International. "This championship event marks Mayweather's first fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in more than 15 months and continues our tradition as the leader in the sports and entertainment industry."

"With the anticipation and star power of Mayweather-Ortiz from MGM Grand in Las Vegas, the addition of Alvarez vs. Gomez live from STAPLES Center in Los Angeles and the celebration of Mexican Independence Day, viewers are in for a fantastic night of boxing on September 17," said Mark Taffet of HBO Pay-Per-View.

Tickets for Alvarez vs. Gomez are priced at $300, $150, $75 and $50, are on sale now and available for purchase online at ticketmaster.com, via Ticketmaster charge-by-phone lines at (800)745-3000. Tickets are also available at STAPLES Center box office.

Tickets for Mayweather vs. Ortiz are priced at $1,250, $1,000, $600, $300 and $150, not including applicable service charges, with a total ticket limit of twelve (12) per person. Ticket sales are limited to ten (10) per person at the $1,250, $1,000, $600 and $300 price levels with a ticket limit of two (2) per person at the $150 price level. To charge by phone with a major credit card, call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000. Tickets also are available for purchase at www.mgmgrand.com or www.ticketmaster.com.

Already Mexico's brightest young star, 21-year-old Canelo Alvarez (37-0-1, 27 KO's) of Guadalajara is quickly becoming an international sensation with fans around the world taking noting of his power and prowess in the ring and his charm and charisma outside of the ring. Following wins over former World Champions Carlos Baldomir and Lovemore N'Dou in 2010, Alvarez kicked off 2011 with a March victory over Matthew Hatton that earned him the WBC Super Welterweight World Championship. Three months later, Alvarez returned to Guadalajara for a homecoming title defense and victory over Ryan Rhodes that captivated a nation. With his American fan base growing at a meteoric pace, Alvarez will hold court in the City of Angels as he defends his title from STAPLES Center and fights for the Mexican people against ultra-tough Alfonso Gomez.

"I'm happy to come back to fight in Los Angeles at STAPLES Center for another Mexican Independence Day weekend," said Alvarez. "Alfonso Gomez is a good fighter and also from Guadalajara, Mexico. I hope the fight will be explosive because that is what the fans will be looking for between two Mexican warriors like us, but I feel confident I am going to win the fight."

A fan favorite who was present in American living rooms every week when he competed on "The Contender" reality show, Alfonso Gomez (23-4-2, 12 KO's) has proven that he has what it takes to battle it out with the elite in the years since his stint on national television. The owner of wins over Arturo Gatti, Ben Tackie, and Jesse Brinkley, the 30-year old Los Angeles resident (who originally hails from Guadalajara) has also faced current WBA Super Welterweight World Champion Miguel Cotto and Peter Manfredo Jr., but he is currently showing the best form of his 10-year career thanks to a five-fight winning streak that includes victories over Jesus Soto Karass and Jose Luis Castillo. Now, he prepares for his second world title shot as he takes on Canelo Alvarez on September 17.

"Canelo's popularity is great for him and for boxing," said Gomez. "I know Canelo's team thinks I'm just another notch on his belt, but it's not the first time a popular fighter made the same mistake. I've fought and beaten much better competition and I'm coming to win the world title. Canelo and I come from the same place and we are both Mexican warriors. I heard there's another fight happening in Las Vegas on September 17, but as far as I'm concerned, the best fight on that day will be at STAPLES Center. I can think of no better way to celebrate Mexican Independence Day weekend...Viva Mexico!"

"STAR POWER: Mayweather vs. Ortiz" is promoted by Mayweather Promotions and Golden Boy Promotions, and sponsored by Cerveza Tecate, DeWALT Tools and AT&T. The 12-round mega-fight, which will be contested for Ortiz's WBC Welterweight World Championship, will take place Saturday, Sept. 17 at MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nev.

"STAR POWER LOS ANGELES: Alvarez vs. Gomez" is promoted by Mayweather Promotions and Golden Boy Promotions in association with Canelo Promotions, and sponsored by Cerveza Tecate, DeWALT Tools and AT&T. The 12-roundfight, which will be contested for Alvarez's WBC Super Welterweight World Championship, will take place Saturday, Sept. 17 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, Calif.

The Mayweather vs. Ortiz & Alvarez vs. Gomez pay-per-view telecast, which begins at 9:00 p.m. ET / 6:00 p.m. PT, will be produced and distributed by HBO Pay-Per-View® and will be available to more than 92 million pay-per-view homes. The telecast will be available in HD-TV for those viewers who can receive HD. HBO Pay-Per-View®, a division of Home Box Office, Inc., is the leading supplier of event programming to the pay-per-view industry. For Mayweather vs. Ortiz fight week updates, log on to www.hbo.com.

For more information, visit www.floydmayweather.com, www.goldenboypromotions.com, www.mgmgrand.com and www.staplescenter.com; follow on Twitter at @floydmayweather, @mayweatherpromo, @goldenboyboxing, @VICIOUSOrtiz, @mgmgrand; or become a fan on Facebook at www.facebook.com/FloydMayweather, www.facebook.com/Mayweatherpromotions, www.facebook.com/GoldenBoyBoxing. Follow HBO Boxing news at www.hbo.com/boxing, Facebook at www.facebook.com/hboboxing and on Twitter @hboboxing. Follow STAPLES Center on Facebook at www.facebook.com/staplescenter and on Twitter @STAPLESCenterLA.

HBO®'s Emmy® Award-winning all-access series "24/7" premieres an all-new edition when "24/7 Mayweather/Ortiz" debuts Saturday, Aug. 27 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT. The four-part series will air for three consecutive Saturday nights before the finale airs the night before the welterweight championship showdown in Las Vegas.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Judah vs. Khan Weigh-In

Photo Credits: Joe Comporeale

Zab "Super" Judah and Amir "King" Khan stepped on the scale today, both weighing in at 140 lbs. The 12-round WBA and IBF Super Lightweight World Championship Unification fight takes place tomorrow at Mandalay Bay Events Center.

 Photo Credits: Joe Comporeale

Thursday, July 21, 2011

VANES MARTIROSYAN VS. ALFREDO ANGULO IN WBC SUPER WELTERWEIGHT FINAL ELIMINATION BOUT


The World Boxing Council has ordered the free negotiations period for the Martirosyan vs. Angulo fight to determine the mandatory challenger in the WBC Super Welterweight division.

Vanes Martirosyan, of Armenia (30-0-0 / 19 KO´s), captured the WBC Super Welterweight Silver Championship in a spectacular knockout against Saul Roman. Alfredo Angulo, of Mexico (19-1-0 / 16 KO´s), defeated Joachim Alcine in his last fight by an impressive first-round knockout.

If there is no agreement in the free negotiations period, a purse offer will be conducted at the WBC Executive Offices in Mexico City on August 19th, 2011.

WBC LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT TOURNAMENT

The World Boxing Council has ordered a tournament to determine the next mandatory contender in the WBC Light Heavyweight division.

Chris Henry (U.S.) vs. Ismayl Syllakh (U.S.)

With the winner of this bout to face the winner of:

Jean Pascal (Haiti/Canada) vs. Zsolt Erdei (Hungary)

Peter 'Kid Chocolate' Quillin Ready To Hit Curveball Out Of Park

By: Bob Trieger

LAS VEGAS (July 21 2011) – Undefeated middleweight prospect Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin may be a prizefighter, rather than a baseball player, but never-the-less, the talented Cuban-American plans to hit a curveball out of the park Saturday night in Las Vegas.

Coming off of an explosive third-round destruction of former world title challenger Jesse Brinkley this past April for the USBO super middleweight title, Quillin (24-0, 18 KOs) prepared for the last eight weeks to fight once again in his natural weight class against veteran middleweight “Marvelous” Tarvis Simms (27-1-1, 11 KOs), a southpaw, in a 10-round bout on Saturday night’s Amir Khan vs. Zab Judah undercard at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.

Quillin-Simms, however, was recently cancelled when Tarvis reportedly broke a rib in training camp. Now, the International Boxing Federation No. 5-rated Quillin, fighting out of Los Angeles, is facing an entirely different fighter, Jason “The Hammer” LeHoullier(21-5-1, 8 KOs).

“I sparred and trained to fight a southpaw, Simms, and now I’m fighting a right-handed boxer,” Quillin said. “Hey, I’m a fighter and I can adjust to anybody. When Simms fell out all I cared about was still fighting. Jason LeHoullier stepped in and took a fight with 1 ½ weeks to go and that’s something not many guys would do against a top-level fighter like me. I’m not taking anything away from him because fighters like him can be dangerous. He may be coming in here trying to shock the world, tired of hearing people say he can’t win, and that could cause problems. But, I am totally focused on him. I know he’s a guy who puts it all on the line, but he’s facing a guy who can box and is a big puncher. I’m going to set him up, and then, bang like a firecracker.”

Quillin has received a lot of attention lately because his trainer, Freddie Roach, went public saying "Kid Chocolate” can beat world middleweight champion Sergio Martinez. “I would have been ready to fight Sergio Martinez on July 23,” Quillin added. “Physically, I’m ready and I would have been 10 times more ready mentally for that fight. For now, though, I’m 100-percent focused on Jason LeHoullier. After this fight, I’ll be ready to fight anybody in the world, including Sergio Martinez. The sky’s the limit for me. If everything goes right Saturday night, I’d like to comeback right away and fight September 17. But, I’m not into the business end of boxing, I’m a fighter, and I’ll let my promoter, Golden Boy Promotions, and manager, John Seip, take care of that.”

Quillin-LeHoullier is a scheduled 10-round bout on the non-televised portion of the Khan-Judah world junior welterweight unification fight on HBO.

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

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Quotes From “Noche de ‘Maravilla’” Kick Off Press Conference


NEW YORK, NY (July 20, 2011) – Today at the 230 Fifth Rooftop Lounge, under the sweltering Manhattan sun, middleweight champion Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez and “Dazzling” Darren Barker, along with members of their respective camps and other boxing luminaries, gathered to announce “Noche de ‘Maravilla’” – or “Marvelous Night” – their October 1 clash emanating from historic Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City.

As the press conference got going at noon in New York City, simultaneously tickets were going on sale. Tickets for “Noche de ‘Maravilla’” are priced at $300, $200, $150, and $50 and can be purchased online at Ticketmaster.com, by phone at 1-800-745-3000, at any Ticketmaster retail outlet, or in person at the Boardwalk Hall box office.

Below are comments from participants in today’s kick-off press conference:

Sergio Martinez, Middleweight World Champion:

“I want to thank HBO and DiBella Entertainment and Sampson Lewkowicz, my adviser. I also want to thank Darren and all of his team.”

“I hope to see everyone on October 1.”

Darren Barker, Challenger:

“It’s nice to see this New York sun keeping my belt warm.”

“I am from London, my father was a boxer; I grew up around boxing. I’ve dedicated my life to this sport. I had over amateur 100 fights, fighting in hostile environments in other countries and coming away with medals. I live for that moment.”

“There is a great series of movies, Rocky. They captured the mentality of the underdog. If the favorite always won in sport, it wouldn’t be any fun. I’m here to prove that the underdog can cause a massive upset. So, you may not know who I am now, but come October 1, you will know exactly who ‘Dazzling’ Darren Barker is.”

Lou DiBella, Promoter of “Noche de ‘Maravilla’”:

“We believe this will be Maravilla’s night, but there is a man, ‘Dazzling’ Darren Barker, who wanted this fight. He called for this fight. And you should reward those who want the big fights.”

“There are plenty of $50 tickets, so this is an affordable night of great boxing.”

“HBO has made a commitment to Sergio Martinez since he came to America. HBO has made a commitment to showcasing the best of boxing.”

“Sergio Martinez respects Darren Barker and that’s why this fight is happening. Darren took to twitter and, bizarrely, that is how this fight happened. Eddie Hearn and I basically did the negotiations over twitter. This might be the first major fight ever made over twitter.”

“Sergio Martinez is a great champion. Not only one of the best fighters I’ve ever promoted, but one of the best guys I’ve ever promoted. He’s an extremely bright guy with a wonderful social consensus. He is, in fact, maravilla.”

Eddie Hearn, Barker’s Promoter:

“This fight was made in about 20 minutes on twitter, but that’s the relationship we have with Lou.”

“It’s been interesting talking to the press today, and they’re asking me who Darren Barker is. In England, he’s well renowned, but we quite like not being known. Darren has never even been in a fight where he has remotely been in trouble, so it’s hard to say how good Darren Barker is.”

“When we signed Darren Barker, we sat down and looked at the future, and he said to us ‘you might think I’m crazy, but if you ever get the chance to make a fight with Sergio Martinez, make it happen.’ And that’s why we take our hat off to Darren. He wants to fight the best middleweight in the world, because if you beat the best middleweight in the world, you are the best middleweight in the world. On October 1, Darren has the chance to become the best middleweight in the world.”

“Darren is a determined young man who has been through a lot of trials and tribulations, but he has remained committed to his dream. And [the press conference] is part of the dream, but it’s only half of the dream. We believe we can shock the world, and we wouldn’t be here otherwise.”

Kery Davis, Senior VP Programming for HBO Sports:

“What can you say about Sergio Martinez? 2010 FOY of the year, 2010 KOY, a great start to 2011 with a knockout of Sergiy Dziniziruk. This is Sergio’s sixth appearance on the network and he always puts on a great performance. He is quick, powerful, charismatic, and I swear Lou and Sampson are going to announce soon that they have signed him with Dos Equis to play “The Most Interesting Man in the World.”

“In looking at tapes of Darren Barker, he has a tremendous background. And he impressed us quite a bit with something he said leading up to this. He said he has been fighting for 16 years and its all leading up to this. That is the kind of fighting spirit we are looking for.”

Ken Condon, Representative of Caesars Atlantic City:

“Tickets are very reasonable for this level of fight, starting at $50 going up to $300 for ringside. This will be Sergio’s fourth fight in Atlantic City and he has developed a following here. It has become his home away from home.”

“From what I’ve heard, not too many people what to fight Sergio Martinez, but Darren Barker stepped up to the plate. I urge people to come down, enjoy the fall in Atlantic City, and enjoy your weekend on the shore.”

Jim Mercante, Representative of the World Boxing Council:

“We are here on a hot, hot day for New York to kick off what is going to be a hot, hot fight. This is the type of fight that my father, Arthur Mercante, would have wanted to referee.”

“Noche de ‘Maravilla’: Martinez vs. Barker” is being presented by DiBella Entertainment in association with Matchroom Sport, and Caesars Atlantic City, and is sponsored by Corona. The show will be aired live on HBO’s World Championship Boxing®, beginning at 10:00 PM ET/7:00 PM PT.

Tickets On Sale Now For “Noche de ‘Maravilla’” Featuring Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez Defending His Middleweight Title vs. “Dazzling” Darren Barker On October 1 In Atlantic City


Tickets, which begin at just $50, can be purchased online at Ticketmaster.com, by phone at 1-800-745-3000, at any Ticketmaster retail outlet, or in person at the Boardwalk Hall box office. Ringside seats are only $300 for this night of championship boxing.

“Noche de ‘Maravilla’: Martinez vs. Barker” is being presented by DiBella Entertainment in association with Matchroom Sport and Caesars Atlantic City, and is sponsored by Corona. The show will be aired LIVE on HBO’s World Championship Boxing®, beginning at 10:00 PM ET/7:00 PM PT.

For information about DiBella Entertainment, please visit www.dbe1.com, or follow Lou DiBella on twitter @loudibella. Follow Sergio Martinez on twitter @maravillabox and Darren Barker on twitter @darrenbarker82.

Follow HBO Boxing news at www.hbo.com/boxing, Facebook at www.facebook.com/hboboxing and on Twitter www.twitter.com/hboboxing

Pernell Whitaker: "As Long As I Keep Zab Focused, He Shouldn't Have A Problem."

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Brian Vera Signs Promotional Contract With DiBella Entertainment

By: Alex Dombroff

New York, NY (July 13, 2011) – DiBella Entertainment has added middleweight contender Brian Vera to its stable of fighters. Vera, 29, is a Mexican-American from Austin, TX, who is a straightforward brawler capable winning big fights, no matter what the odds are. In his 24-fight career, Vera (19-5, 12 KOs) has upset the applecart, and top middleweights, on several occasions.

In his last bout on June 24, Vera impressively stopped Eloy Suarez with a body shot in the eighth round.

“There are boxers, there are runners, and then there are fighters. Brian Vera is a fighter and he will give anyone in the middleweight division a fight,” said Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment. “Just look at his record and you will see that Brian Vera has never backed down from a challenge. That's the kind of guy that anyone would be happy to promote.”

After winning fourteen consecutive fights between 2004 and 2007 to begin his career, Vera joined the cast of season three of The Contender reality television show. In his first bout as a member of the cast, he lost the first fight of his career, a second round knockout at the hands of eventual finalist Jaidon Codrington. Vera made his mark on the show, however, when he returned on the undercard of the finals bout between Codrington and Sakio Bika, by winning a clear cut unanimous decision over fellow show participant Max Alexander.

One fight later, in the biggest win of his career, Vera got off the deck to stop the then-undefeated and highly touted prospect Andy Lee in the seventh round in March 2008.

Since then, Vera has refused to back down from a challenge. He has gotten in the ring with some of the top names in and around the middleweight decision. His wins over Sebastian Demers and The Contender season one winner Sergio Mora have propelled him into a full-fledged middleweight contender. His losses to James Kirkland, Craig McEwan, Issac Rodrigues, and Maksym Bursak have only enforced Vera’s reputation as an all action warrior who won’t back down from a challenge.

“Fighting big names is what motivates me,” said Vera. “With DiBella Entertainment I want to take on all comers and eventually get my chance at the middleweight championship.”

Vera’s DiBella Entertainment debut is anticipated for this fall. Full details will be announced in the coming days.

For more information about DiBella Entertainment, including a list of all upcoming bouts, please visit www.dbe1.com, or follow Lou DiBella on twitter, @loudibella.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Rigondeaux Targets Ramos

By: Bob Trieger

CORK, Ireland (July 11, 2011) – No sooner had new World Boxing Association (“WBA”) Super Bantamweight Champion Rico “Suavecito” Ramos had his arm raised victoriously after his seventh-round knockout of defending champion Akishumni Shimoda last Saturday night in Atlantic City, WBA Interim titlist Guillermo “The Jackal” Rigondeaux issued an instant challenge to the 24-year-old Ramos for a supreme 122-pound showdown.

The Shimoda-Ramos fight was on the verge of being called off when Rigondeaux’ Irish manager, Gary Hyde, through renown boxing lawyer Patrick English, lodged an objection to the WBA. The action resulted in the promoters for both Shimoda and Ramos being instructed to make a deal with Team Rigondeaux or their fight wouldn’t be sanctioned.

As WBA world Interim champion, Rigo should have been the next challenger for Shimoda's title, but the Japanese champion by-passed Rigondeaux in favor of an easier title defense against Ramos.

Top Rank-promoted Rigo will now fight Ramos (20-0, 7 KOs) and the Cuban sensation has vowed to take the title belt from Ramos. “I stepped aside and let the fight go ahead,” Rigondeaux explained, “even though they ignored the fact that I was next in line. Ramos will soon regret that he won the title when we get it on.

“Ramos is a tough, aggressive fighter but those types of fighters suit me. I promise he will not have enough time to enjoy this victory because I will be taking that belt from him when we meet in the ring. My goal is to be the undisputed 122-pound world champion and I want to achieve this goal by the end 2012.”

Rigondeaux, arguably the greatest amateur boxer of all-time, defected from Cuba and made his pro debut May 22, 2009, won the NABA super bantamweight title in his third action as a pro and last November in only his seventh fight, he won a 12-round decision against Ricardo Cordoba (37-2-2) to become the WBA Interim 122-pound divisional champion. His last fight was an opening-round destruction of former European champion Willie Casey (11-1) last March in Dublin.

A crafty southpaw and deadly body puncher, Rigondeaux (8-0, 6 KOs) now fights out of Miami, and trains in Houston with Ronnie Shields. Rigo is a 2-time Olympic Gold Medalist, as well as a 7-time national champion who captured a pair of World Championship titles during his amazing 243-4 amateur career.

Hyde also manages promising prospects such as British welterweight Mark Heffron (5-0, 4 KOs) and Georgian junior welterweight Levan Ghvarmichava (4-0, 3 KOs), as well as the newly-signed former European Super bantamweight champion Willie “Big Bang” Casey (11-1, 7 KOs), of Ireland.

Colonel Bob Sheridan Returns To Action


By: Benny Ricardo

The pipes were clear; the energy through the roof and the main event took place right where he likes it, in his kill zone area. The Colonel, Bob Sheridan, was back on the air calling another championship fight that is rapidly nearing the thousand mark. Top Rank’s Director of TV production, Marty Corwin told the Colonel “You were in mid-season form, it was like you never left.”

A legendary announcing career that dates all the way back to his call of the “Rumble in Jungle” between Ali and Foreman, at the Mai Stadium in Kinshasa, Zaire back on October 30, 1974, was back on the air. Only this time The Colonel’s journey to announce a fight was longer than any he had ever had for this itinerary transcended life and death.

Saturday night from the Home Depot Center in Carson, California, the main event of Brandon Rios and Urbano Antillon was the kind of fights the Colonel loves to call. It took place in the zone he likes to call “The Kill Zone”. It’s that zone where boxers enter inside arms length where angles, waist and head movements are vital for survival. It is the kill zone because a fighter enters it willing to pay the price of knowing it is kill or be killed.

Rios was magnificent as was Antillon in bringing the fight to each other, it was one of those great fights where the ebb and flow had the Antillon and Rios fans seemingly doing the wave, taking turns jumping up and down. But even if it would not have been that great a fight, no problem. The Colonel has been known to use his pipes and rhetoric to make an ordinary seem extraordinary.

As the Colonel likes to describe his craft “I’m an entertainer, not a journalist and I am having fun calling the fight.” Nobody has had more fun in life than the Colonel but when faced with death he realized “Dying is easy, living is the hard part.”

Back from 30 days in a coma with fluid in his lungs, pneumonia, major back surgery and a rehab program that was 24/7 for over 6-months, The Colonel is back and there is no ten count to be heard for him, just his booming voice and passion for the sport he loves.

It was as if the Colonel’s beloved friend, ring announcer Jimmy Lennon announced the verdict of it all, “And still…the heavyweight champion announcer of all time…The Colonel, Bob Sheridan.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Gabriel “Tito” Bracero Headlines Broadway Boxing On July 30 From The Aviator Sports & Events Center In Brooklyn

Local Favorites McLeod-Wells, Monaghan, Peterkin, & Parsley To See Action On The Undercard

By: Alex Dombroff

NEW YORK, NY (July 8, 2011) – New York City’s longest running and most successful professional boxing series, Broadway Boxing, returns July 30 to the Aviator Sports and Events Center at Floyd Bennett Field in Brooklyn. In the main event, the series’ mainstay Gabriel Bracero returns in the main event in the wake of his most impressive victory. Bracero will take on Danie “The White Lion” Van Staden (8-6, 2 KOs) of Key West, FL.

Those scheduled to see action on the undercard include several of the most popular and exciting pugilists that the New York fight scene has to offer, such as flyweight Keisher McLeod-Wells, light heavyweight Seanie Monaghan, junior middleweight Delen Parsley, and light heavyweight Joe Smith Jr. In addition, middleweight Jonathan Cepeda, Brooklyn heavyweight Travis Peterkin, 2-0 (2 KOs), and heavyweight Todd Brown, 32, 3-0 (2 KOs), of St. Louis, MO, will face opponents to be named, as well as cruiserweight Jay Rodriguez, of Queens, NY, making his pro debut.

Tickets for Broadway Boxing are on sale now through DiBella Entertainment, and start at only $55. Tickets can be purchased by calling DiBella Entertainment at (212) 947-2577. VIP tables for 10 are also available.

Brooklyn junior welterweight prospect Gabriel “Tito” Bracero (16-0, 2 KOs), 30, is returning to the platform that has become home court for him. July 30 will mark his eighth appearance on Broadway Boxing. Bracero is coming off his most impressive victory to date, knocking out Guillermo Valdes in just 40 seconds at Roseland Ballroom on July 11, celebrating his heritage during Puerto Rican Day Parade weekend. A two-time New York Golden Gloves champion and Junior Olympics champion, Bracero turned pro in 2001, at the age of 20, scoring five four-round decisions. However, his career would be put on hold as he succumbed to the lure of the streets and spent time in prison on a weapons charge. Refocused upon his release, Bracero resumed his career in 2009 and has won 11 in a row. Until recently, Bracero was not known to have much power, but his style is that of a volume puncher who applies relentless pressure in wearing opponents down.

Flyweight Keisher “Fire” McLeod-Wells (4-1, 1 KO), 34, of New York, NY, is a slick boxer with a stinging jab, who will be making her third appearance on Broadway Boxing, this time in a New York State title bout. After an accomplished amateur career that included 12 titles, four of which were New York Golden Gloves championships, McLeod-Wells turned pro on February 3, 2009, with a 55-second knockout over Treasure Saunders at the Masonic Temple in Brooklyn. “Fire” then traveled to Panama, going 1-1 in a pair of fights in May and July of that year. After defeating Abigail Villar in a four-round unanimous decision, McLeod-Wells then lost a controversial four-round majority decision to Laura Ledezma. Avoided by many fighters near her weight class, McLeod-Wells was forced into a bit of a layoff before taking a spot on a DiBella Entertainment-promoted show at BB King Blues Club, on March 31, 2010, winning a four-round unanimous decision over Laura Gomez. In her last fight, McLeod-Wells moved up to six-rounders, winning a unanimous decision over Melissa McMorrow, on February 9, 2011.

Dominican middleweight Jonathan Cepeda (10-0, 9 KOs), 27, of West Palm Beach, FL, is a rugged power puncher, who has shown poise and patience in the ring while stalking his foes, looking for openings. He is coming off seven consecutive knockout victories, and turned pro as a middleweight, on November 21, 2008, with a first round stoppage of Charles Wade in Florida. In his last bout on April 16, Cepeda needed just 129 seconds to knock out Brad Austin in North Carolina.

Seanie Monaghan (7-0, 4 KOs), 28, is an Irish brick layer out of Long Beach, NY. Despite a lack of amateur experience, with just 15 bouts, Monaghan was able to reach the finals of the New York Golden Gloves before turning pro in May 2010. Making up for his minimal amateur background, Monaghan is maintaining a busy schedule as a pro at light heavyweight, as his fight on July 30 will be his fourth this year thus far. In March, Monaghan fought twice, winning unanimous four-round decisions over Billy Cunningham and Michael Glenn.

Delen “Sniper” Parsley (5-0, 2 KOs), 23, of Brooklyn, NY, is a former amateur standout and son of famed Gleason’s Gym coach Delen “Blimp” Parsley. Turning pro in July 2009 as a junior middleweight, Parsley’s last two ring appearances have taken place at the BB King Blues Club on Broadway Boxing. In both fights, Parsley, standing 6’2”, used his exceptional height to his advantage in winning unanimous decisions over Eberto Medina in a four-rounder then graduating to six rounds in defeating David Lopez.

After winning the New York Golden Gloves as a novice in 2008, light heavyweight Joe Smith Jr., of Mastic, NY, turned professional on Halloween 2009 in explosive fashion. Smith, now 6-1 (6 KOs), started his pro career with four first-round knockouts followed by two second-round stoppages. However, when he steps back into the ring on July 30 at the Aviator, it will be at the same venue at which he sustained his first defeat, a fourth-round TKO to Eddie Caminero last August, that saw him suffer a broken jaw.

Tickets for Broadway Boxing are on sale now through DiBella Entertainment, and start at only $55. VIP Ringside tickets are $125, Floor Seat tickets are $75, and General Admission tickets are $55. Tickets can be purchased by calling DiBella Entertainment at (212) 947-2577, and more information can be obtained by visiting www.dbe1.com.

Floyd Mayweather, Jr.: "Genaro Hernandez Gave Me My First Chance."

Thursday, July 7, 2011

More Mayweather - Ortiz Photos From NYC Press Conference

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USAROV TO FIGHT ON BUTE-MENDY UNDERCARD SATURDAY NIGHT

SAHIB USAROV

By: Kevin Rooney, Jr. 

This Saturday night, on the undercard of the IBF Super Middleweight World Championship between Lucian Bute (28-0, 23KO's) and IBF #1 contender, Jean-Paul Mendy (29-0-1, 16KO's), WBO European Bantamweight Champion, Sahib Usarov (15-0, 6KO's) will make his Star Boxing debut when he takes on hard-hitting Sergio Gomez Acevedo (16-8, 12KO's) in an eight-round super bantamweight match-up. The bout is promoted by EuroPlus Computers S.R.L. and Interbox in association with Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing.

The southpaw Usarov, picked up the vacant WBO European belt with a twelve-round shut-out over Alexander Fedorov in October of 2009. Since then he has fought just twice, including a win over previously undefeated Ilhom Rahimov. Looking to be more active and to begin making a name for himself on the world scene, Usarov signed with Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing earlier this spring. The bout on Saturday night will only be Usarov's second outside of Russia.

"Sahib is a very exciting fighter, and we think he can immediately become a major player in his division," stated Joe DeGuardia, CEO of Star Boxing. "This is a great opportunity for him to be able to fight on a card of this magnitude, before a sold out crowd. We expect Sahib to win and win impressively, and are looking forward to bringing him over state-side sometime in the very near future."

Usarov vs. Acevedo is scheduled for eight rounds in the super bantamweight division. In the main event, Lucian Bute (28-0, 23KO's) defends his IBF Super Middleweight Championship against IBF #1 contender Jean-Paul Mendy (29-0-1, 16KO's). Both bouts are promoted by EuroPlus Computers S.R.L. and Interbox in association with Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing.

Rios - Antillon Final Presser


 WBA NEWS

Undefeated WBA Lightweight champion Brandon "Bam Bam" Rios, Oxnard, California and top-rated contender Urbano Antillon, Maywood, California pose during the final press conference for their upcoming World Lightweight title fight on Saturday, July 9 at The Home Depot Center in Carson, California, USA.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Douglin To Meet McCants Saturday In AC!

Morganville, NJ (July 6, 2011) – 2008 National Golden Gloves titlist and highly touted junior middleweight Denis “Da Mommas Boy” Douglin makes his return to the ring this Saturday evening at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ when he battles grizzled Philadelphian Phillip McCants.

With a 9-2-1 professional ledger and three wins by knockout, McCants is yet another fighter from the City of Brotherly Love that is tougher than nails. The 30 year old veteran has never been stopped and is known for having solid skills. In his most recent bout, McCants bested 12-2 Kaseem Wilson.

Douglin, 12-1 (8 KO’s), is fighting for the first time since a stunning defeat to Doel Carrasquillo, and recognizes that he can’t take anything for granted. Refreshed, retooled and 100% focused on boxing, the Morganville, N.J. based Brooklynite is excited to silence his critics with a strong showing.

“I feel great,” said Douglin. “I don’t care who I’m fighting. I just want to go out and show people that my last fight was a fluke, and that it won’t happen again.”

Tickets to the outstanding evening of boxing, headlined a showdown between Paul Williams and Erislandy Lara, start at $50. Fans can purchase tickets at ticketmaster.com, or in person at Boardwalk Hall.

Fans can follow Denis at Twitter.com/Damommasboy

LIGHT - HEAVYWEIGHTS TONY FERRANTE, ANDRE HEMPHILL IN RETURN BOUT JULY 15 AT BALLY’S ATLANTIC CITY

Atlantic City, NJ — A pair of light-heavyweights from Philadelphia, PA, Tony Ferrante and Andre Hemphill, square off in the eight-round semifinal contest on Friday evening, July 15, at Bally’s Atlantic City. First fight is 7.30 p.m.

Topping the seven-bout card is a scheduled 10-round junior middleweight contest between Gabriel Rosado, of Philadelphia, PA, and Allen Conyers, of the Bronx, NY.

This will be the second time around for Ferrante (above left) and Hemphill (right), who battled toe-to-toe on Jan. 15, 2010, at the South Philly Arena. Ferrante earned a six-round split decision in a fight many believed Hemphill had won.


A pro less than four years, Ferrante is 10-2, 5 K0s. In his last fight June 3 at Harrah’s Chester (PA), he knocked out Joe Park, of Florence, SC, in four rounds.

Ferrante, 27, has lost only to Chuck Mussachio, of Wildwood, NJ, and to Ronson Frank, of Rosedale, NY. He has defeated Simon Carr, of Philadelphia, PA, and Bill Bailey, of Bakersfield, CA.

Hemphill, 31, is only 10-17-2, 5 K0s, but he has made a career out of accepting hard fights on short notice. For this one, however, he has had two months to get ready.

A pro since 2005, Hemphill also lost to Mussachio (majority decision) and beat Carr. Both Hemphill and Ferrante also have defeated Tony Pietrantonio, of Youngstown, OH.

Hemphill has boxed 13 men who were undefeated at the time he fought them.

A six-round junior middleweight contest features Jamaal Davis, of Philadelphia, PA, against Eberto Medina, of Newark, NJ.

Davis is 12-8, 6 K0s, while Medina is 5-6, 1 K0.

Four four-round bouts complete the card.

Tickets priced at $50 and $75 are on sale at the offices of Peltz Boxing Promotions (215-765-0922) and through Ticketmaster (800-745-3000). They also can be purchased online at www.peltzboxing.com and www.ticketmaster.com.

Peter "Kid Chocolate" Quillin On Mission

By: Bob Trieger

LOS ANGELES (July 6, 2011) – From the mean streets of Grand Rapids to living in New York and now Hollywood, undefeated middleweight prospect Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin is on the verge of boxing greatness, and is being talked about in boxing circles as being a fighter ready for a high-profile world title fight within a year.

Coming off of an explosive third-round destruction of former world title challenger Jesse Brinkley this past April for the USBO super middleweight title, Quillin (24-0, 18 KOs) will return to compete in his natural middleweight division in an old fashioned throw-down with veteran “Marvelous” Tarvis Simms (27-1-1, 11 KOs) in 10-round bout on the July 23 Amir Khan vs. Zab Judah undercard at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.

Quillin-Simms will be fought on the off-television portion of the event, while Khan vs. Judah headlines on HBO. “A fight is a fight and my time will come,” IBF # 5 rated Quillin said.“I put in the same effort to put on an impressive winning performance,” IBF #5 rated Quillin said. “The pressure last camp was to see how I would beat Brinkley. This time it’s Tarvis Simms, and I’m training to destroy him.

“I’m never in a comfortable situation because, in boxing, you can always lose. I figure, why put in anything less than maximum effort in training? I’m trying to prove that I’m an elite, top-ten fighter and, even when I win a world title, I’m always going to be a hungry fighter because of where I come from. After my last fight, I went right back in the Wild Card Gym training with Freddie Roach and Eric Brown. I’ve already started back training in the torture chamber (with strength-and-conditioning coach Brad Bose at Anatomi Gym in Santa Monica).”

The 40-year-old Simms is twelve years older than Quillin, and the twin brother of two-time World Junior Middleweight Champion, Travis Simms. His only loss was a 10-round decision to Allan Green two years ago, when he was a late replacement fighting for the first time in 14 months.

“What I’m looking for against Simms is rounds,” Quillin explained.“My last three fights were all four rounds or less. I had a first-round knockout in Quebec, followed by a fourth-round TKO, and then stopped a world title challenger in the third. Tarvis is 27-1-1, but he’s stepping-up to fight me, not the other way around. I met him and he’s a cool guy. I’m hoping that he’s preparing as hard as me to put in the rounds and showcase his talent. If he does, it will be an entertaining fight.”

No boxer appreciates being active more than “Kid Chocolate,” who was on the shelf for 18 months (2008-2010) with a broken hand, hairline fracture of his eye socket and emergency appendectomy.

“Boxing isn’t a job for me because I love it,” Quillin remarked. “I want to stay busy and active, and I’m happy Golden Boy got me right back in the ring. I train hard, five hours a day, six days a week and that doesn’t include all of the running I do. I’m like old-time boxers who liked to fight all the time. I want to bring that back to boxing because fans appreciate and enjoy it.

“I was a street kid growing up in Grand Rapids. I never thought that I’d be anything in life. I learned from boxing that anything I do, I need to fight for it, in or out of the ring. That’s what gave me the courage to move to Brooklyn and then to California. I’ve been to so many different places because of boxing. I’m hungry to make it big. Boxing really saved my life.”

“Kid Chocolate” is continuing on his mission for excellence.

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

TWO DAYS UNTIL MAYWEATHER VS. ORTIZ BLASTS OFF AT THE BOX OFFICE


Las Vegas (July 6, 2011) - Tickets for the biggest boxing event of 2011 "STAR POWER: Mayweather vs. Ortiz," featuring boxing's biggest star Floyd "Money" Mayweather and boxing's newest star "Vicious" Victor Ortiz, will go on sale FRIDAY, JULY 8 at 1:00 p.m. ET/ 10:00 a.m. PT. The Welterweight World Championship bout, set for Saturday, Sept. 17 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, is expected to produce meteoric box office numbers.

Tickets priced at $1,250, $1,000, $600, $300 and $150, not including applicable service charges, are limited to ten (10) per person and $150 tickets are limited to two (2) per person with a total ticket limit of ten (10) per person. To charge by phone with a major credit card, call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000. Tickets also will be available for purchase at the MGM Grand Garden Arena Box Office and online at www.mgmgrand.com or www.ticketmaster.com.

"STAR POWER: Mayweather vs. Ortiz" is promoted by Mayweather Promotions and Golden Boy Promotions, and sponsored by Cerveza Tecate, DeWALT Tools and AT&T. The 12-round mega-fight, which will be contested for Ortiz's WBC Welterweight World Championship, will take place Saturday, Sept. 17 at MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nev. and will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View® beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT.

"STAR POWER" in History: Did you know?

  • The Space Shuttle Discovery made its final launch into space on February 24, 2011, the same day that Floyd Mayweather celebrated his 34th birthday.

  • Victor Ortiz was born on January 31, 1987, the 29th anniversary of the first successful American satellite, Explorer I, launch into space.

  • The first of the outer solar system asteroids known as Centaurs (minor planets that behave with characteristics of both asteroids and comets) were discovered in 1977 - the same year Mayweather was born.

  • The first supernova (the explosion of a star) in more than three centuries was seen by the naked eye in 1987 - the same year Ortiz was born.

HBO®'s Emmy® Award-winning all-access series "24/7" premieres an all-new edition when "24/7 Mayweather/Ortiz" debuts Saturday, Aug. 27 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT. The four-part series will air for three consecutive Saturday nights before the finale airs the night before the welterweight championship showdown in Las Vegas.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

NOTICE TO CHAMPION NONITO DONAIRE

WBC NEWS

The World Boxing Council established communication twice with WBC Bantamweight world champion, Nonito Donaire, of The Philippines, by virtue of the fact that Donaire won his title by defeating “Cochulito” Montiel, of Mexico, on February 19th, 2011, and has not put his title on the line.

From the previously mentioned date up to now, four months and 13 days have gone by; Donaire has held the title since then, but has not made any defense of it.

Our rules and regulations obligate all champions to make a title defense every four months, as six months without doing so represent declaring the title vacant.

Considering the aforementioned facts, Nonito Donaire is being notified in time that he must comply with his obligations as a champion, and so far, we have not received a reply from the Philippine fighter.

KEVIN ROONEY, JR. RETURNS ON RODRIGUEZ - WOLAK UNDERCARD JULY 15TH AT ROSELAND BALLROOM


On Friday July 15th, at the Roseland Ballroom in NYC, Delvin Rodriguez (25-5-2, 14KO's) squares off against Pawel "Raging Bull" Wolak (29-1, 19KO's) in a must see ten round jr. middleweight showdown. The bout, promoted by Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing, will be the feature bout on that week's edition of ESPN's "Friday Night Fights". Before Rodriguez and Wolak step inside the ring, Kevin "Kid" Rooney, the son of world renowned trainer, Kevin Rooney, and Star Boxing's own publicist, will look to improve to 2-0 when he takes on Queen's Elmer Vera in a four round jr. middleweight match-up.

"As soon as we began working on this card, Kevin told me he wanted to be on it," stated Joe DeGuardia, President and CEO of Star Boxing (Rooney's boss). "Kevin put on a good performance in his pro-debut, and he had a lot of people make the trip out to Connecticut to show their support. Now he has the opportunity to showcase his skills right here in NY in front of his hometown fans and I know he is really looking forward to it."


Rooney is coming off an impressive victory in his pro-debut back on April 22nd at the Mohegan Sun Resort and Casino in Uncasville, CT. Before a large contingent of fans, Rooney won a dominating four round decision over Philadelphia's, Dave Navarro. The fight, which was shown live on ESPN's "Friday Night Fights", saw Rooney control the fight against Navarro from the opening bell, dropping his opponent just a half minute into the first round with a left hook. Rooney dropped Navarro again hard in the second with another left hook, and went on to dominate the remainder of the fight. The two left hooks from Rooney earned him the Just For Men, "Punch of the Night". Now Rooney (1-0) looks to turn in an equally impressive performance on July 15th.

"I'm really excited to get back in there and put on another exciting performance for everyone who comes out to the Roseland Ballroom," stated Rooney. "Overall I was very happy with my debut. I had a tremendous amount of fan support and I'm really excited about having the opportunity now to fight right here in NYC. I know there were things I could have done better in my debut, but I am just going to keep working hard in the gym and listening to my father and keep improving from each fight to the next."

"KC (as Rooney Sr. refers to his son) fought on Friday and was back in the gym training on Monday, he is very determined and a very hard worker, and as a trainer and father I couldn't ask for more than that," stated Rooney Sr. "KC put on a very good showing in his debut and I expect an even better performance out of him on July 15th."

Tickets are priced at $50, $75, $100 and $200 and can be purchased by calling Star Boxing at (718) 823-2000, or visiting www.starboxing.com. Tickets may also be purchased through any Ticketmaster outlet 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.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Klitschko Conquers Haye Via Unanimous Decision, Wins WBA Super World Title


WBA NEWS

By: Michael Seiler

IBF/WBO/IBO Heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (55-3, 49 KOs) defeated England's David Haye (25-2, 23 KOs) by a one-sided, twelve-round unanimous decision on Saturday night at the Imtech Arena in Hamburg, Germany. With the victory, Klitschko captured Haye's WBA Super World Heavyweight title. Official scores were 117-109, 118-108, and 116-110. 

Klitschko fought extremely well behind his left jab. Haye rarely caught Klitschko flush, and was unable to put together combinations. He used a lot of lateral movement, although he was too cautious, rarely mixing it up with the larger Klitschko. As the rounds progressed, Klitschko took control by backing up Haye with the jab, and subsequently, Klitschko started to find a home with his devastating right-hand shots in the later rounds.

Friday, July 1, 2011

DiBella Entertainment Signs Former World Champion Joachim Alcine

By: Alex Dombroff

NEW YORK, NY (July 1, 2011) – DiBella Entertainment has added former WBA junior middleweight champion Joachim Alcine to its stable of fighters. Alcine, 35, is a Haitian-born Canadian who employs a very technical style of boxing but in a crowd-pleasing way. After an extended layoff, Alcine is ready to return to the ring and prove that he belongs among the junior middleweight elite.

“I’m looking forward to getting back into the ring very soon,” says Alcine. “I’m out to prove to the boxing world, my fans and most importantly myself that I am still one of the best junior middleweights in the world. I know that as long as I take care of my business in the ring, my advisor Greg Leon and promoter Lou DiBella will get me the fights I want and need.”

Alcine joins Zsolt Erdei, Allan Green, J’Leon Love, Luis Rosa, and Delen Parsley Jr. as members of the DBE stable also advised by Greg Leon.

Said Leon, "I feel like I've been saying it every other week lately, but it's always a pleasure to work with DBE. Team Alcine looks forward to achieving great results under his promotional banner."

It was after Alcine moved to Canada at the age of nine when he grew fascinated with the sport of boxing. However, due to having strict parents, it wasn’t until the age of 16 that Alcine took up the sport, acquiring an amateur record of 42-6 over the next eight years. Turning pro on May 28, 1999, Alcine dispatched Louis Bouchard at 2:44 of the opening round in Montreal. Word quickly spread about this rising prospect six months later when Alcine took on local amateur star Jason Naugler and won a majority four-round decision in his opponent’s hometown of Edmonton. Television caught wind of Alcine and began to air his early fights, recognizing that his style was well suited for such a platform. He also started to gain a following by appearing on the undercards of popular Canadian fighters such as Davey Hilton and Eric Lucas.

On May 25, 2002, with a record of 12-0 (8 KOs), Alcine fought the crafty and experienced Marcos Primera at the Lowes Speedway, in Charlotte, NC, in what was his introduction to an American audience, as the bout was televised by Showtime’s popular series, “ShoBox: The New Generation.” Not only was it Alcine’s United States debut, it was the first time that he fought outside of Canada. After outboxing Primera over 12 rounds, Alcine won a unanimous decision to earn the IBA junior middleweight title.

Over the next four and a half years, and 15 straight wins with 10 knockouts, Alcine would go on to acquire several other minor titles at junior middleweight, including the Canadian title, as well as the WBA Fedelatin, NABA, WBC International, and WBA Fedecentro belts.

Notable victories during this period include blasting out former Canadian junior middleweight and middleweight champion Stephan Ouellet in just 69 seconds, and stopping former IBF junior middleweight title challenger Carlos Bojorquez in seven rounds, and former WBA junior middleweight titlist Carl Daniels in six.

On July 7, 2007, Alcine got his first world title opportunity, making his third US appearance when he traveled to the champion’s home state of Connecticut, taking on the undefeated Travis Simms, at Harbour Yard Arena in Bridgeport. Maintaining his role as the aggressor throughout, combined with scoring a knockdown in the ninth frame, earned Alcine a unanimous decision as he picked up the WBA junior middleweight crown. In his first defense, Alcine thoroughly dominated Alfonso Mosquera before dropping him twice in the 12th round, on his way to the TKO victory.

It was in his next bout that Alcine lost his title to Daniel Santos via sixth-round knockout in a close fight, on July 11, 2008. However, in 2009, a refreshed Alcine bounced back with two impressive unanimous decision victories over quality foes Eric Mitchell in 10 and Christophe Canclaux in 12. These two wins warranted him a WBC eliminator against the hard punching Alfredo Angulo, but he would stunningly get stopped inside one round, on July 17, 2010.

Alcine, 32-2 (19 KOs), is looking forward to getting back on track under the DiBella Entertainment banner. His next bout is not yet scheduled.

WBC Champion Wonjongkam Wins, Awaits Result Of Edgar Sosa's Fight

Today, in Hatyai, Thailand, WBC Flyweight champion Pongsaklek Wonjongkam (Thailand) kept his world title, defeating the brave Japanese contender Takuya Kogawa. this friday, july 1st, in Hatyai, Thailand.

It was an explosive battle for 12 rounds, in which the experienced Pongsaklek did everything he needed to win the bout.

Takuya was faster, and had better technique at a distance, but the veteran champion worked better when counter-attacking, and took advantage of the mistakes of his rival, landing more demolishing left hooks.
 

There were no knockdowns in the bout.

The official scores were: Mr. Stephen Blea (USA)  118-110; Mr. Jae bon Kim (Korea) 116-112 and Mr. F. Marty, (Switzerland) 117-111, all in favor of Pongsaklek Wonjongkam. 
 
Pongsaklek is now awaiting the former WBC Light Flyweight champion, and current WBC International Flyweight champion Edgar Sosa, who fights this Saturday in Mexico.

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Floyd Mayweather, Jr.: "Shane Mosley Told Me I Should Have Manny Pacquiao Take The Test."

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Vacant Belt Up For Grabs In Ayala vs. Cardona Showdown At Mohegan Sun

By: Michael Parente

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (June 30, 2011) – Elvin Ayala – known affectionately as “The Pride of New Haven” – plans on beating crosstown rival Israel “Pito” Cardona of Hartford, Conn., so convincingly that Cardona’s fans might reconsider their allegiance.

“People from Hartford are going to want to move to New Haven,” Ayala quipped.

Truth is, there’s more than just hometown pride on the line when Ayala and Cardona lock horns Friday, July 29th, 2011 in the co-main event of “Heat Wave,” presented by Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment & Sports at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville; the two are fighting for the vacant World Boxing Council U.S. National Boxing Council (WBC USNBC) middleweight title, a championship formerly held by some of boxing’s elite fighters in various divisions, most notably former two-time world champion Paul “The Punisher” Williams (39-2, 27 KOs), who won the WBC USNBC welterweight title in 2006 and went on to capture the World Boxing Organization’s welterweight and light middleweight titles in 2007 and 2008, respectively; and former WBO light welterweight champion Lamont Peterson (28-1-1, 14 KOs), who also won the WBC USNBC light welterweight title in ’06. The list of former and current WBC USNBC champions also includes Worcester, Mass., super middleweight Edwin Rodriguez (18-0, 13 KOs), Providence, R.I., light heavyweight Joey “K.O. Kid” Spina (26-1-2, 18 KOs), and current North American Boxing Organization (NABO) champion and No. 7-ranked lightweight John Molina Jr. (23-1, 19 KOs).

“I’m taking the belt home,” said Cardona, who hasn’t fought since losing to Hector Camacho Jr. in 2009.

“There’s no way he’s beating me. He’s going to have to kill me. I don’t talk [trash]. I don’t even know who he is. He could be a great guy, but when that bell rings it’s a different story.”

Neither fighter in next month’s co-main event is a stranger to boxing’s biggest stage; Ayala (23-5-1, 11 KOs) fought current World Boxing Association (WBA) super middleweight champion Arthur Abraham for a world title in 2008 while the 36-year-old Cardona (36-10, 28 KOs) is a former two-time world champion in the super featherweight and light welterweight divisions, winning the International Boxing Organization (IBO) super featherweight title in 1995 with a unanimous-decision victory over Jeff Mayweather, and then capturing the organization’s light welterweight belt two years later by knocking out Steve Larrimore in Connecticut.

“I feel like it’s, ‘Here we go again!’” Ayala said. “I’ve been in this position before, but now it’s time for me to prove myself. I know [Cardona] is an older guy, but he’s well experienced. He’s been a world champion, so I know he has a lot of experience. I don’t want to make any mistakes. I’ve been looking better with each fight so far, so I want to do even better this time.”

While Ayala, 30, is in the midst of what could be his final run at another world-title opportunity, Cardona is taking what will surely be his last shot at adding a fifth title to his own resume; in addition to the two world championships he won in the ‘90s, Cardona is also a former United States Boxing Association (USBA) and North American Boxing Federation (NABF) lightweight champion.

Though the records show Cardona lost a unanimous decision to Paul Spadafora in 1999 for the International Boxing Federation (IBF) middleweight title, Cardona maintains he’s never lost a world-title bout on a level playing field, pointing to Spadafora’s arrest in 2003 for shooting his pregnant girlfriend as proof that his opponent “was on something” at the time of the fight. Two years later, Spadafora plead guilty to drug use charges and served additional jail time, though no link has ever been made between his drug use outside of the ring and his career inside the squared circle.

“When you mess around with drugs … you do stupid [things],” Cardona said.

Cardona also questioned the integrity of the IBF, which absorbed a serious blow in 1999 when former president Bob Lee resigned in the wake of racketeering and bribery charges, and claims he was “robbed” of a potential third world title.

“That’s another story for another time,” Cardona said. “Right now, I’m getting another title shot and it’s made me 10 times more motivated. I don’t lose title fights. You want me to fight for a title? Hell yeah! I’m soaking wet right now; I just worked out. I’m very excited. This is going to be a war.

“Guess what? My experience is definitely going to be a factor. I’ve been there. I’ve been with the best. I’ve been where he hasn’t gone. Nothing he brings will be a surprise to me. It’s going to be a fight, and it’ll come down to whoever wants it more.”

These days, facing Ayala is no easy task regardless of age. Since signing a promotional contract with CES, Ayala is 3-0 in 2011, including back-to-back knockout wins over Joe Gardner (April 1) and George Armenta (May 6). Working with newly-hired trainer Peter Manfredo Sr. has had a positive impact on Ayala’s preparation for this upcoming bout as he looks to continue his climb to the top of the rankings in the middleweight division.

“Not only is he saying the right thing, but with the way I feel when he speaks to me, I absorb everything a lot better than if it were coming from the average Joe,” Ayala said. “I trust a lot of what he’s saying. I could literally go in there with a blindfold on and have him tell me what to do and I would still win the fight.”

Cardona’s recent record is somewhat deceiving; while he’s lost his last four fights, he’s done so against elite competition, including a knockout loss to red-hot welterweight prospect Mike Jones (25-0, 19 KOs) and a unanimous-decision loss to Camacho Jr. (53-4-1, 28 KOs) for the WBC Caribbean Boxing Federation title. Ayala is ignoring the numbers and heeding the advice of his peers.

“I few people I spoke to who have sparred against him say you can hit him with everything and he keeps coming forward,” Ayala said. “I’m not looking for a knockout; I’m just going to finesse it and put my skills on display. I’ve got OK pop, but my main thing is boxing. The goal is to hit him and not get hit.”

The undercard of “Heat Wave” features undefeated Polish heavyweight Mariusz Wach (24-0, 12 KOs) starring in the second half of the co-main event, along with Pawtucket, R.I., middleweight Thomas Falowo (3-0, 3 KOs) facing Russ Niggemyer (2-2, 2 KOs) of Hilliard, Ohio; New Haven welterweight Edwin Soto (6-0-1, 2 KOs) battling Jose Duran (6-5-2, 3 KOs) of Sarasota, Fla.; undefeated heavyweight Artur Spzilka of Poland (5-0, 3 KOs) facing Tobias Rice (3-3, 2 KOs) of Macon, Ga., and New Bedford, Mass., welterweight Johnathan Vazquez (4-0, 3 KOs) taking on Augustine Maurus of Lawrence, Mass., in Maurus’ debut. Cruiserweight Jose Torres of Worcester, Mass., will also make his debut, and super middleweight Keith Kozlin (6-2, 4 KOs) of Warwick, R.I., will face Woonsocket’s Reynaldo Rodriguez (5-2, 2 KOs) in a six-round intrastate showdown. All fights and fighters are subject to change.

Tickets for “Heat Wave,” priced at $40, $65 and $105, can be purchased by calling CES at 401.724.2253/2254 or calling Ticketmaster at 1.800.745.3000. Fans can also purchase tickets online at www.cesboxing.com, www.ticketmaster.com, or at the Mohegan Sun Box Office. For more information on “Heat Wave,” visit www.cesboxing.com or www.mohegansun.com. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., with the first bout scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

Santiago Hoping Third Time’s The Charm For Shumenov Title Fight


‘Fire& Fury’ on Solo Boxeo Tecate show July 29 LIVE at South Point Hotel Casino, Las Vegas

By: Bob Trieger

LAS VEGAS (June 30, 2011) – Two-time world title challenger Danny “The Bronx Bomber” Santiago is hoping the third time’s the charm for him when he challenges World Boxing Association/International Boxing Association Light Heavyweight World Champion Beibut Shumenov, headlining the “Fire and Fury” pro boxing card, July 29 on the TeleFutura’s Solo Boxeo Tecate show, airing LIVE from South Point Hotel Casino in Las Vegas.

“Fire & Fury” is being promoted by KZ Event Productions, which is owned and operated by the Shumenov brothers, Beibut and Chingis, in Las Vegas. Shumenov-Santiago is somewhat of a boxing anomaly, featuring a pair of college graduates in a world title fight.

WBA #15 ranked Santiago (31-4-1, 19 KOs), fighting out of Ocala, Florida, is a two-time world title challenger. His signature victory was a fourth-round technical knockout of 30-1 Elvir Muriqi. Santiago was also featured on the third season of The Contender reality television series.

The Bronx native who lives in Ocala (FL) has had two proposed fights fall out, including one against Roy Jones, Jr. “I promised myself and my family that I would continue boxing as long as I still enjoyed it,” the University of South Florida graduate (business & accounting major) explained. “I still do. I opened a business - a gym around boxing (Central Florida Boxing – www.centralfloridaboxing.com) –to have something to fall back on when I retire from boxing. It’s turned out be a great thing. I had those two fights fall through but things like that happen when you’re self-promoted. But I stayed in my gym, working hard, and now I’m blessed to have this opportunity.”

Shumenov (11-1, 7 KOs), the 2004 Kazakhstan Olympian who is now fighting out of Las Vegas, set a light heavyweight record for capturing a world title in the fewest career fights, 10, when (Jan. 10, 2010) he won a 12-round decision againstGabriel Campillo in Las Vegas. Shumenov has successfully defended his WBA/IBA titles twice against No. 1 mandatory challenger Viacheslav Uzelkov (UDEC12) and three-time world champion William Joppy (KO6) last January in Shymkent, Kazakhstan. In his 11 pro fights, Beibut has defeated four world champions (Campillo, Joppy, Byron Mitchell and Montell Griffin) and two world title challengers (Uzelkov and Epifanio Mendoza).

“I don’t know Beibut but he’s obviously a unique individual having already accomplished what he has in 11 pro fights,” Santiago remarked. “But this is a business and I will do what I have to do in the ring against him. Boxing is what we’ve both chosen to do. Fighting is easy; it’s everything else in this business that’s difficult. Dealing with his people, though, I can tell you, they’re as professional as any I’ve ever worked with in boxing. It may be surprising for me to say this but, they’re very honest, first-class people. Everything they’ve said has actually happened.”

Santiago has more professional ring experience than Shumenov by 10 years, 24 fights and 97 rounds. Danny has lost two world light heavyweight title fights, both in 2007, to Zsolt Erdei (WBO) and Antonio Tarver (IBO).

“I don’t really have very much of an experience advantage over him,” Danny added.”Don’t look past his Olympics experience, on the grandest stage, fighting the best in the world. I may have more pro fights than him but he’s fought the same class of fighters, pro and Olympians, as I have.

“I’m not trying to butter him up but Shumenov is very exciting, smart, and strong. And just look at him - he’s a ‘brick-house!’ I need to be in the best shape of my life for this fight to fulfill the dream I had as a kid that I now have as a grown adult (win a world title).”

“Fire & Fury” is being presented by KZ Event Productions in association with Golden Boy Promotions, Don Chargin Promotions, Guilty Boxing, Solo Boxeo Tecate and South Point Hotel Casino.

Tickets, starting at $25.00, are available to purchase at South Point’s box office, on-line at http://www.southpointeventscenter.com/events.php, or by calling 1.702.797.8055.

Doors open at 5:30 PM/PT, first bout at 6:00 PM/PT, first TV bout at 8:30 PM/PT

Go on line to www.KZEventProductions.com for additional information about “Fire & Fury,” Shumenov or any of the KZEvent Productions fighters.

BRONX BATTLES FEATURED ON PUNCHIN' AT THE PARADISE 12 THURSDAY JULY 7TH

Star Boxing News

By: Kevin Rooney, Jr. 

On Thursday July 7th, Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing returns to the Paradise Theater in the Bronx, for the latest installment of its popular, "Punchin at the Paradise" fight night series. The card will feature a number of exciting match-ups, including two separate fights that matches Bronx vs. Bronx, in a battle for neighborhood bragging rights. In addition to the pro fights featured on the card, there are also four amateur bouts scheduled to open up the show. The entire show will be broadcast live on GFL.TV

"Our goal, and our vision with the series, is to be able to build up boxing here in the Bronx. We have a tremendous venue with the Paradise Theater, and now by putting together exciting fights, that match Bronx Fighters vs. Bronx Fighters, we are confident we are well on our way to achieving that goal," stated Joe DeGuardia, CEO and President of Star Boxing. "Back in the glory days of boxing, these were the type of fights and cards you saw all the time. You have one guy fighting out of one gym in the Bronx, who is going to bring all his friends and supporters, fighting another guy whose gym is just a neighborhood away who will have all his fans cheering him on as well. Not only does it make for exciting fights, but also for a great atmosphere and in my eyes that's what boxing is all about."

The first Bronx Battle of the night will see tough veterans, Stephon "The Mandingo Warrior" Owusu (7-6, 4KO's) (Bronxchester Boxing Club) and Angel "White Tiger" Rios (9-4, 6KO's) (John's Gym) go toe-to-toe in a six round welterweight showdown. Both Owusu and Rios, have similar stories, as both began their careers in the late 1990's (Owusu in 1998, Rios in 1999). Both ran into some legal trouble a few years later that put their respective careers on the sidelines.

Rios who has been out of the ring since 2003, has been in with some pretty good opposition, having went the distance with former WBO super featherweight Champion, Mike Achondo, as well as former IBF, WBA and WBO lightweight Champion, Nate Campell.

Owusu, who made his return to the ring back in May on the first Punchin at the Paradise card of 2011, looked very good as he won a dominate four round decision before a strong contingent of fans in his first bout since 2000. With both fighters knowing that they can't afford to have any additional hiccups in their careers, you can expect an all out war when the two meet on July 7th.

The second Bronx Battle matches former NY Golden Gloves Champion, Danny Valle (4-0, 3KO's) against former bitter amateur rival, and fellow NY Golden Gloves Champion, Angel Torres, in a six round super featherweight showdown. There is bad blood between Valle and Torres that stems from their amateur days. They have talked about fighting one another for years, and now they will finally get a chance to settle the score once and for all on July 7th.

Also scheduled to see action on the card in separate four round bouts is the Bronx's super middleweight, Michael Ocasio (1-0, 1KO) and Mount Vernon welterweight, Juan Perez.

Ocasio, who trains at the Morris Park Boxing Club, was a former baseball standout, and was on scholarship at the University of Miami before injuring his shoulder and forcing him away from the sport. Now Ocasio, who comes from a boxing background, is looking to see how far his athletic ability can take him in the fight game.

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 www.starboxing.com 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.

Marquez, Dapudong Face-To-Face


WBA NEWS

At the the Bicentennial Square, fans came out to greet the main event fighters of Saturday's big boxing evening, which is called - "Mexico vs Philippines" - presented by Zanfer at the Multipurpose Center (CMU) in Hermosillo, and it will be televised on TV Azteca nationally, and internationally by Fox Sports. World Boxing Association (WBA) Flyweight champion Hernan "Tyson" Marquez (30-2-0, 23 KOs) will defend the title against dangerous Filipino Edrin Dapudong (22-3-0, 13 KOs).

Beibut Shumenov vs. Danny Santiago Promo Video

James “Bouie” Fisher June 1, 1928 – June 30, 2011

By: Alex Dombroff

On behalf of the Fisher family, it is with great sadness that DiBella Entertainment announces the passing of legendary boxing trainer, James “Bouie” Fisher. He was 83.

Fisher, best known for his work with Bernard Hopkins, was a mainstay in the Philadelphia boxing scene for decades. He won the 2001 Eddie Futch-John F.X. Condon Award, presented by the Boxing Writers’ Association of America annually to honor the year’s best trainer.

Fisher leaves behind his wife, Peggy; 8 children: Andre, Bernadette, Bernard, Cecilia, James, Josephine, Valerie, and Victoria; and 15 grand children.

DiBella Entertainment joins the boxing world in mourning the tragic loss of this great man. Please keep Bouie and the Fisher family in your prayers at this difficult time.

Memorial service arrangements will be announced in the coming days.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Is A Vicious Cycle About To End Mayweather's Run?


By: Michael Gerard Seiler

You can call it a comeback, but you cannot call it a tune-up bout.

On Saturday, September 17th, Floyd Mayweather, Jr. (41-0, 25 KO's) returns to the ring to face "Vicious" Victor Ortiz (29-2-2, 22 KO's) in a monumental showdown at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada for Ortiz' WBC Welterweight title. This stimulating match-up will be televised LIVE on HBO PPV.

"Every time I step away from the sport, I make more money," exclaimed Mayweather during Tuesday's press conference at the Hudson Theatre in New York's Times Square. "But, I miss the sport and I'm ready to fight!"

Mayweather, 34, has been inactive since defeating "Sugar" Shane Mosley via twelve-round unanimous decision on May 1, 2010. Instead of selecting an easy opponent for his return, Mayweather elected to face Ortiz, who called him out in the course of an ESPN interview with Brian Kenny shortly after defeating Andre Berto.

"I wasn't 100% content with my performance versus Berto," revealed Ortiz. "I could have walked away with a knockout."

Aside from Manny Pacquiao, who refuses to obliged to Mayweather's demand for an Olympic-style drug test (random blood and urine testing preceding and following a potential fight), Ortiz is the best welterweight in the world, and he agreed to the testing warranted by Mayweather. Early odds in Las Vegas casinos have made Mayweather a herculean favorite over him at 8-1, although Ortiz is a highly formidable threat to dethrone the fighter nicknamed "Money".

Mayweather's trusted advisor and C.E.O. of Mayweather Promotions, Leonard Ellerbe, shared his thoughts on a possible Manny Pacquiao fight in the future.

"Everyone knows why the fight didn't happen," said Ellerbe. "He (Top Rank C.E.O. Bob Arum) knows his fighter will get his ass tore up. That's why the fight won't happen. This (Mayweather vs. Ortiz) is the biggest fight we could make. Manny is fighting guys Floyd already beat. When Floyd fights Manny, it will be an easy fight. Bob Arum is controlling the pot. Why put Pacquiao in there with him (Floyd) when he can match Pacquiao with one of his fighters, and no one will question him?" 

Ellerbe added, "Mayweather is the king of the throne. He's the biggest attraction in the sport. There's not going to be a lot of moving around. Ortiz' style matches Floyd well. It's going to be an easy fight. Ortiz makes way too many mistakes."

How long does Mayweather believe it will be before Olympic-style drug testing is adopted as a norm in the sport of boxing?

"When I become the head of boxing, it's going to be mandatory for everyone," stated Mayweather.

Is Mayweather's run of being unbeaten about to end?

"I want to go down as an all-time great," acknowledged Ortiz. "Now, I have that opportunity in front of me."

One of Ortiz' advantages in this upcoming contest is his southpaw stance, which is well-known to give conventional fighters, such as Mayweather, obstacles to overcome. Southpaws are extremely tricky. In 2006, Mayweather was nailed by a right hook from Zab Judah in the second round, and subsequently, his right glove touched the canvas. Referee Richard Steele should have ruled it a knockdown. Yet, Mayweather broke Judah down as the rounds progressed, and coasted to a twelve-round unanimous decision win. While Ortiz is not as sharp a puncher as Judah, he owns a ton of dynamism in both hands. Ortiz is naturally right-handed, and his right hand, which he will be jabbing with, is his most powerful one.

Another edge Ortiz has on Mayweather is youth; Ortiz is just 24-years-old, and is in the prime of his career. While Ortiz may lack the experience Mayweather holds, his ten-year upper-hand in age can be a decisive factor in the fight when considering Mayweather has been off over a year. As distinguished as Mayweather is and has been, his best days took place in the junior lightweight division ten years ago. How will the layoff affect Mayweather's superior lateral movement?

Ortiz, however, does not feel his age is an additional benefit.


"There are no advantages," responded Ortiz. "Mayweather is a great fighter, and I will be prepared to the fullest."

Will the size differential matter?

Ortiz seems to have settled in nicely at welterweight, and is by nature the bigger man. Having a smaller body frame, can Mayweather withstand the pressure Ortiz will bring?


"When the night of the fight comes, I'll be a lot bigger than he is," expressed Mayweather. 

Can Ortiz catch Mayweather with the big shot?

Ortiz may not be quicker than Mayweather, but he will undoubtedly be the hardest puncher Mayweather has ever faced. And, when you compile that with youth, a southpaw stance and a dominating, Carmen Basilio-like performance against a previously unbeaten Andre Berto at a convenient weight, you have the recipe for a colossal upset. Or, is it? 8-1 odds seem a little unrealistic anyway.

If you believe in karma, Ortiz may have some comfort in that category as well. It just may be his time to shine.

To briefly summarize, Ortiz' mother said that he would never amount to anything in life. Ortiz, who was forced to grow up in the foster-care system after his mother abandoned him at 7-years-old, has already evolved into an outstanding prizefighter and a very admirable person. Now, Ortiz has a very pragmatic chance to cement a place in boxing history, if he can become the first man to defeat the brash-talking, boxing savant, Mayweather. The last time Floyd Mayweather, Jr. lost was in 1996 as a featherweight in the amateurs when Bulgarian Serafim Todorov beat him on points 10-9.

Just imagine what a terrific story it would be if Ortiz won: A seven-year-old boy, who is now a man, told by his mother he would never amount to anything, an underdog who overcame immense hardships his whole life, rose to the top of the boxing landscape and emerged as the first fighter to defeat the most technically-gifted boxer of his generation.


"I'm here to fight," explained Ortiz. "I am going to leave it all in the ring."

Maybe, we shouldn't jump ahead?

On the other side of the coin, Floyd Mayweather, Jr. is arguably the best boxer since Muhammad Ali, and currently ranks as the best, or one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world. Mayweather possesses a remarkable resume of dominant victories against the likes of Genaro Hernandez, Angel Manfredy, Diego Corrales, Jose Luis Castillo (twice), Arturo Gatti, Zab Judah, Oscar De La Hoya, Ricky Hatton, Juan Manuel Marquez and "Sugar" Shane Mosley. Mayweather's level of experience compared to Ortiz is simply overwhelming. And, Mayweather holds leverage in a few other key areas.

Mayweather is deeply regarded as the best defensive fighter on the planet, as he is able to make his opponents miss with countless punches while standing directly in front of them. Mayweather also switches from defense to offense more efficiently than any fighter in the entire sport. He boasts the most pinpoint, accurate punches, and he repeatedly lands crisp, clean combinations. Will Ortiz be able to handle Mayweather's judicious punches? Or, is Mayweather too old to methodically break down a bigger fighter, such as Ortiz, compared to his previous opponents in the lower-weight classes? Since 2005, Mayweather only has four knockouts in his last ten fights versus fighters 140 lbs. and greater. And, Mayweather only has one stoppage win since 2006, a tenth-round TKO against Ricky Hatton in 2007. That being said, Mayweather doesn't need a knockout to win, but he will need an immeasurable resource - his legs, which are the first asset to go on an aging fighter.

HBO boxing commentator Larry Merchant once said that it would be interesting to see what would happen when Mayweather would have to stand and fight. Mayweather's abilities are a cut above anyone in the sport, however, he is not getting younger. This is Mayweather's initial fight back after a year away from boxing. All of the training and sparring in the gym can never take the place of a real fight. If his legs get old in the ring against a larger, younger opponent, Mayweather will be forced to come out of his defensive shell to showcase the offensive firepower fans used to see from him in the lower-weight classes, especially the 130 lb. division.

Can Mayweather still be in the prime of his career?


"You'll see September 17th," replied Mayweather.

Mayweather isn't fighting Pacquiao, although Ortiz presents a comparable challenge. Ortiz and Pacquiao are both southpaws, and they contain a sound offense. But, Ortiz is a much younger and bigger man, who punches harder. Pacquiao overwhelms his opponents with speed and whirlwind punches. Neither man has been in the ring before with a defensive genius like Mayweather and, a fighter who has never tasted defeat, does not now how to lose. Mayweather always finds a way to win. He knows no other way.

Will factors outside the ring impede Mayweather's performance on September 17th?

Mayweather is involved in business activities, such as music promotion. He owns Mayweather Promotions, and has also briefly mentioned doing a reality television show with rapper 50-Cent based on their friendship.
It is well-known Mayweather enjoys gambling on sports in Las Vegas by the numerous pictures posted on his facebook page of his winning tickets, mainly from NBA games. Then, there are Mayweather's pending legal issues. Manny Pacquiao has sued him for 100 million dollars in a defamation of character lawsuit. Recently, Mayweather refused to attend the deposition hearing to state his side of the story. Additionally, Mayweather is facing charges of domestic violence against his ex-girlfriend, Josie Harris. The felony counts of grand larceny, robbery and coercion could land the fighter up to 34 years in prison. The preliminary hearing is scheduled for October. 

Leonard Ellerbe did not discuss these issues in great detail.

"We separate business and boxing," answered Ellerbe. "We'll let our legal team handle that."

In regards to Manny Pacquiao's defamation of character lawsuit against him, Mayweather did not shy away from questions. Instead, he made a strong and valid point on the matter.



"Why didn't they subpoena any websites that put these comments on the internet?" voiced Mayweather.

Will Mayweather be completely focused on Ortiz? So far, distractions outside the ring have never affected Mayweather inside of it.

It remains to be seen whether or not boxing fans will ever get to witness Mayweather vs. Pacquiao. What we do know is that there is a major curve in the road to get there. No, it's not just the Olympic-style drug test or Bob Arum; It's Victor Ortiz. We are getting a highly-competitive fight on September 17th. You can surly bet on it. "Money" Mayweather knows it, and must break the "vicious" cycle in front of him for it to still have a chance at happening.

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