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Friday, August 3, 2012

Monaghan Impressive Again, Oosthuizen Captures Decision

Matchmaker Joe Quiambao put together another exciting card for Dibella Entertainment last night at Manhattan's historic Roseland Ballroom.

The main event featured rising light heavyweight contender "Irish" Seanie Monaghan (15-0, 10 KO's), who flattened George Armenta (14-10, 11 KO's) in the third round with a crushing right-hand shot.

Monaghan, 30, controlled the pace from the beginning behind a steady left jab. Just as the bell sounded to end round two, Monaghan connected with an overhand right that put Armenta swiftly on the canvas.

After Monaghan landed a right-left combination, Armenta began to throw a right hand when Monaghan stepped forward and struck him with a short right cross. Armenta could not beat the ten count. The knockout blow looked similar to Mike Tyson smashing Frans Botha in the fifth round of their epic heavyweight contest in 1999.

South African super middleweight Thomas Oosthuizen (20-0-1, 13 KO's) kept his unbeaten record intact, winning the IBO Super Middleweight championship via twelve-round unanimous decision versus Rowland Bryant (16-2, 11 KO's). Official scores were 118-110 and 117-111 twice.

Oosthuizen, a southpaw, dominated the fight when he landed combinations off his double jab. When he didn't double up on the jab, Bryant successfully connected with thunderous shots, especially overhand rights. Bryant pressed the action, as Oosthuizen utilized his superior lateral movement. Both men displayed a sturdy chin, giving fans an excellent co-main event. The fight was closer than the official scores indicated.

Junior featherweight Heather "The Heat" Hardy won her professional debut against Mikayla Nebel (0-3) in a slugfest. Hardy survived a scare in round one when she was floored by a flush overhand right. Hardy recovered quickly and finished the round strong. In the final round, Nebel appeared gassed while Hardy kept unleashing bombs. All three judges scored the fight 38-37 in favor of Hardy.

Other Bouts

Brooklyn's Boyd Melson (8-1, 3 KO's) earned a hard fought, six-round unanimous decision versus Khalik Memminger (6-9-3, 3 KO's) in a junior middleweight bout. Melson tallied 59-55 on all three official scorecards.

Floriano Pagliara (13-4-2, 6 KO's) battled Willie Villanueva (10-4-0, 2 KO's) to a six-round, split-decision draw in a back and forth lightweight match. Official scores were 57-57, 58-56 for Pagliara and 58-56 for Villanueva.

Surprisingly, Pagliara was the aggressor and Villanueva used more efficient lateral movement. In the first round, Pagliara did not employ his left jab much. Villanueva closed the fourth round with a vicious body shot, as Pagliara lay against the ropes. During the fifth round, Villanueva hammered Pagliara with a crisp right cross-left hook combination to the head. Pagliara continually got tagged with clean right-hand shots and had trouble fighting on the inside. Both men exhibited bloody faces when the final bell sounded.

Junior welterweight Zachary Ochoa improved to (2-0, 2 KO's), stopping Cody Osbourne (0-3) with a lightning-quick left jab in round one. Official time of the stoppage was :42.

Jersey City's Jonathan Cepeda (12-0, 11 KO's) stopped Orphius Waite (7-5-2, 5 KO's) at 1:42 of round one in a super middleweight match-up. Cepeda knocked Waite down with a savage right-hand blow. Then, a left hook sent Waite stumbling into the ropes and onto the canvas. After rising to his feet a second time, Cepeda nailed him with a rock-solid, right cross-left hook combination and the bout was immediately halted.

In a crowd-pleasing, junior welterweight bout, Allan Benitez (7-1, 1 KO) won a six-round, unanimous decision against veteran Osnel Charles (9-4-1, 1 KO). Official scores were 59-55 twice and 58-56. Both fighters landed solid punches throughout the fight, but neither man severely hurt the other. Benitez is trained by the well-known Robert Garcia.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Martinez vs. Chavez Jr. Heats Up In The Big Apple

Today, at the Edison Ballroom in New York City, Sergio "Maravilla" Martinez (49-2-2, 28 KO's) and undefeated WBC Middleweight titleholder Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. (46-0-1, 32 KO's) continued their media tour, building up their highly anticipated September 15th showdown scheduled at the historic Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. Martinez, 37, brings a 5-fight winning streak into the contest, while the 26-year-old Chavez, Jr. is coming off his most impressive professional win, a seventh-round stoppage against Andy Lee.

Lou Dibella, C.E.O. of Dibella Entertainment and promoter of Martinez, expressed his feelings about this fan-friendly, mega-fight occurring in a little more than two months.

"It took a half-hour to make the deal," declared Dibella. "If you decide to give the fans what they deserve, it's not rocket science. This is the best fight you can make in the middleweight division."

"We're happy to confirm the fight," stated Martinez' longtime trainer Pablo Sarmiento through translator Sampson Lewkowicz. "I don't know his (Chavez) plan, but he will have a major problem confronting Sergio. We're going to shut his big mouth and bring the title back to the right champion."

Fernando Beltran, President of Zanfer Promotions and member of Chavez' entourage, believes both men are clearly the two best middleweights in the world at the present time.

"On September 15th, the public is the winner of this fight," exclaimed Beltran.

Later, Beltran labeled Martinez a "clown" and Lou Dibella swiftly responded.

"We'll be the ones smiling after the 15th," said Dibella.

The legendary Julio Cesar Chavez, who turned 50-years-old today, also voiced his opinion on his son's opponent.

"I don't like his style," claimed Chavez Sr. "He's a runner. He (Martinez) talks a lot of bullshit and he'll have to eat his words on September 15th."

Before he gave his thoughts on Chavez Jr., Martinez noted he is dedicating this fight to Monique McClain, who he befriended after learning she was being harassed in school for her skin color and having a different hairstyle.

Then, he turned his attention to Chavez Jr.

"He finally said yes and won't run like a chicken," boasted Martinez.

After that, Chavez Jr. stepped up to the podium and mocked Martinez' style.

"I want to prove I am the best middleweight in the world," acknowledged Chavez. "Martinez has been dancing (a reference to Martinez appearing on Dancing with the Stars in Argentina). His only way to beat me is dancing. I think he found his real profession as a ballerina."

Chavez Jr. added, "I am glad he found another profession. After September 15th, he'll need to find something to do. I promise I will beat Martinez and it will be a great fight!"

Tickets for this middleweight blockbuster can be purchased now at the Thomas and Mack Center box office and Town Square Las Vegas Concierge, or on-line at You can also acquire tickets by calling (702) 739-FANS. Tickets are priced at $600, $400, $200, $100, $75, $50, and $25.

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