UPCOMING MAIN BOXING EVENTS . . . . June 22 Shields Vs. Gabriels, Detroit, MI . . . Sat July 14th Prograis Vs. Velasco, jr welterweights, from New Orleans. . . . Sat July 14th, from Kuala Lampur - -  Pacquaio Vs. Matthysse, welterweights. . . July 28 Garcia Vs. Easter, lightweight unification championship, from Los Angeles . . . Sat Jul 28 London,England WhyteVs. Parker, heavyweights . also Katie Taylor vs Connor,  and Brook vs Cook, super-weltwerweights . . .  Aug 4, from Atlantic City,  Kovalev Vs Alvarez, light-heavyweights . . . Aug 25 Danny Garcia Vs. Porter, welterweight championship . . . . .for more news, stay in tune on TruFanBoxing.com  . . . 










Hall of Fame referee Steve Smoger successfully transitioned from amateur to pro boxing . . .

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (June 13, 2018) -- Hall of Fame referee Steve "Double S" Smoger, arguably the most recognizable and respected official in boxing history, holds the unique distinction of officiating in more states and countries than any of his peers. 

Smoger ranks among the top six all-time, No. 2 American, in terms of most pro boxing matches officiated (1015), including an incredible 220 world time matches. He has been a referee in some of the greatest boxing matches ever - Vernon Forrest-Shane Mosley, Bernard Forrest-Felix Trinidad, Kelly Pavlik-Jermain Taylor, Roy Jones, Jr.-Hopkins, Micky Ward-Emanuel Burton, Andre Ward-Carl Froch and Miguel Cotto-Antonio Margarito II among the most notable.

Also, Smoger has refereed matches featuring a Who's Who of Boxing: Mike Tyson, Lennox Lewis, Larry Holmes, Evander Holyfield. Roberto Duran, Hector Camacho Sr., James Toney, Mike McCallum, Vinny Paz, Floyd Mayweather Jr., Arturo Gatti, Felix Trinidad, Diego Corrales, Gennady Golovkin, Lucia Rijker, Christy Martin and so many others..

 In addition to the International Boxing Hall of Fame, Smoger has also been inducted into four other Hall of Fames in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia and Atlantic City.

As a youngster, Smoger got hooked on boxing, primarily because his father was an "awesome fan", who religiously watched the popular Friday night boxing series, Gillette Cavalcade of Sports, with his son. Steve's father told him that boxing was the last version of will and skill, one-on-one, to determine the better man that night.

 Smoger said he was too small to play football, too short for basketball, so he became a cross-country runner in high school. A friend invited Smoger to the local YMCA in New Jersey to get checkout its boxing program. Only one day working with a pro boxer was enough for Steve to realize that being a boxer wasn't for him. But he still loved boxing.

 After he started refereeing amateur matches in southern New Jersey and Delaware, Smoger got the break of his life that dramatically changed his life. "Everything in life is timing," Smoger explained. "The gentleman who gave George Foreman the small American that he proudly waved after winning a gold medal at the 1968 Olympics, Pat Duffy, opened a gym in southern Jersey. I told him that I wanted to train as a referee. I trained under the great Frank Cappuccino and then had to honor to train with Zach Clayton. He trained to music so referees moved without being herky-jerky. In 1978, I started officiating then-AAU boxing and worked out of the Atlantic City PAL gym, which remains a vibrant amateur boxing club. I'm still there 40 years later, serving on its Board of Directors, and I'm also its legal counsel.

"Then, the boxing gods shined on me. Casinos were coming to Atlantic City in 1978 and boxing was involved at all the casinos there. I was the district attorney in Atlantic City, so after work I went to the PAL gym to workout with the kids. One day, the phone rang in the gym. Nobody else was there, so I answered. It was the New Jersey Boxing Commissioner, 'Jersey' Joe Walcott, who asked me who was in charge. I said that, at that time, I was in charge. He said there was a pro show that night and they were short of inspectors. He said that they need somebody to watch the hand wrapping. I told him I was well versed in hand wrapping and that was it, I was hired to work that show and they gave me the royal treatment."

 "Walcott's chief second was Chief Roy Johnson, who Walcott brought into the state commission. He hired me in 1982 as a probationary referee. Two years later, I was a licensed referee and, as they say, the rest is history."

Today, Smoger is still a very active referee, traveling around the world to officiate, as well as co-chairman of the International Boxing Association (IBA) officials, and a valued USA Boxing Alumni Association advisor. Steve has made several appearances at Alumni Association gatherings across the country. 

"I am honored to be the 'unofficial' representative of all officials who've made the transition from amateur to pro boxing," Smoger commented. "I'm the only active referee (Alumni Association advisor) who made the transition from the amateur to the pro level.

 "The accent has always been No. 1, on boxers, and No. 2, coaches. USA Boxing is the best group I've ever been associated with and, for me personally, I've seen what amateur boxing does for kids in this country. They learn under difficult circumstances, through boxing, to successfully reach different levels in life. I enjoy watching the development of youths who go through the USA Boxing program and do very well.

 "Boxing enables boxers. My accent is on youths, to watch them grow and develop, not turn pro, to better their lives."




Adonis Stevenson Training Camp Quotes & Photos

"I'm the best fighter in this division, period." - Stevenson 

Light Heavyweight World Champion Stevenson Takes on 
Two-Division Champion Badou Jack Saturday, May 19 live on SHOWTIME® from Air Canada Centre in Toronto.

TORONTO (May 15, 2018) - WBC Light Heavyweight World Champion Adonis "Superman" Stevenson is set to make his ninth, and perhaps most difficult, world title defense when he faces two-division world champion Badou Jack Saturday, May 19 live on SHOWTIME from Air Canada Centre in an event presented by Premier Boxing Champions. As fight week events in Toronto near, Stevenson shared some thoughts on his training camp and Saturday's showdown.

"Badou is a two-time world champion for a reason," said Stevenson. "I'm not underestimating him. I know he's durable and that he has attributes like good head movement and I'll have to be ready for everything."
Although many consider this Stevenson's toughest defense in at least a few years, the champion's mindset is unchanged from any of his other world title fights.
"Every fight is a big fight for me," said Stevenson. "This fight is nothing different. Badou Jack is a good fighter and people think very highly of him. But in my mind, he's just the next guy that I have to beat."

With knockout victories in seven of his nine world title fights, Stevenson has become known for exceptional power, especially in his left hand. This serves as a strategy for the champion and is something he trains for under the guidance of his trainer Javan "Sugar" Hill. 
"I'm always going for the knockout," said Stevenson. "I'm still ready for 12 rounds, but I want the stoppage every time. I'm hungry for knockouts. If Badou comes in aggressive, this could end very quickly.

"You have to step into the ring with me to understand my power. If I connect right just one time, that's it, lights out. We train specifically for knockouts. You'll have to wait and see how I do it on May 19."
As the longest-reigning champion at 175-pounds, and the second longest-reigning champion in boxing, Stevenson has established his case as the best fighter in the division, something he looks to continue to prove on May 19. 
"I'm the king at light heavyweight," said Stevenson. "I beat the king to become the king. I know that I've accomplished some great things and me and my team plan to continue to do everything we can to stay on top.

"I'm the best fighter in this division, period. When I win on May 19, I'll just be doing my job. People might still talk trash, but I'll still be the champ."
Stevenson vs. Jack is part of a split-site SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING®telecast beginning at 10 p.m. ET/PT with featherweight champion Gary Russell, Jr. defending his title against mandatory title challenger Joseph Diaz from the MGM National Harbor in Maryland on Saturday, May 19.
Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by Groupe Yvon Michel, Lee Baxter Promotions and Mayweather Promotions, are on sale now and available at 


Errol Spence Jr. vs. Lamont Peterson Press Conference

Welterweight World Title Showdown Headlines SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING Saturday, January 20 from Barclays Center in Brooklyn & Presented by Premier Boxing Champions

BROOKLYN (November 29, 2017) - Unbeaten welterweight world champion Errol Spence Jr. and former champion Lamont Peterson went face-to-face for the first time Wednesday at a press conference in Brooklyn to discuss their world title showdown headlining action on Saturday, January 20 live on SHOWTIME. The event is presented by Premier Boxing Champions from Barclays Center, the home of BROOKLYN BOXING®.

SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING coverage begins live at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT and will feature undercard attractions that will be announced in the near future.

Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by DiBella Entertainment and TGB Promotions, are priced starting at $50, and are on sale now. Tickets can be purchased at ticketmaster.com, barclayscenter.com or by calling 800-745-3000. Tickets can also be purchased at the American Express Box Office at Barclays Center. Group discounts are available by calling 844-BKLYN-GP. The SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING telecast will also be available in Spanish via secondary audio programming (SAP).

Here is what the press conference participants had to say Wednesday:


"You're going to see the same Errol Spence that you're used to. I can't look ahead because I know how dangerous Lamont Peterson is. I've been in training camps with him and I know what he can do.

"I've seen too many fighters look down the road and get beat before they get to the big fight. I have to be 100 percent focused and hungry. I'm fully dedicated to this fight.

"Lamont can push me to even greater levels. I feel like he is a better fighter than Kell Brook and has even more heart than Kell Brook and he can bring out the best in me.

"I think it's going to start out as a boxing match, but as we go on, it's going to be a dog fight. We both have big hearts. I've never known Lamont to turn down any fight. Not a lot of people wanted to fight me. The big names shied away from me but Lamont stood up and said he'd fight me. This is going to be a hard fight.

"I used to watch Lamont and his brother Anthony Peterson before I ever met them. I like their styles, the way they throw body punches and the fundamentals that they learned from Barry Hunter.

"I think I can be known as the best pound-for-pound in the sport, but I have to take it one fight at a time. I want to be the undisputed welterweight champion. That should be everyone's ultimate goal - to be the best fighter in the sport. But first I have a big test ahead of me January 20.

"This is the business of the sport. I was a young guy when Lamont was giving me advice. Now we've gotten to this point. It really shows his longevity in the sport and how I've reached the ranks of being a top pro fighter.

"Sparring with Lamont Peterson was really great work. It was a learning experience. I was an amateur so I was going at a fast pace and Lamont was being patient, blocking and countering and picking his shots. He was fighting at a pro pace and I didn't really understand it until I got farther into my career.

"You've seen me and Lamont fight. We're not in boring fights. We have fan-friendly styles and you're going to get a really good fight. We have the mentality to really go after it and give it our all to get this win.

"I want the best in this division to all fight each other. It's time for everyone else to stand up and proclaim that they want to be great. That's how we get this division to the peak. I don't feel like waiting to fight the best. I want to prove myself."


"This is a world title fight and I'm thankful for that. I try not to make too much out of each fight. I just want to take it one fight at a time. I've done this for 13 years as a professional. All fights are the same. I'm going to go in there and take care of business.

"As a top fighter, you're obligated to take what comes on the table. Regardless of who it is. It's boxing. It's a sport and we're competitors. We want to go in there and compete to see who's the best. We're going to treat it like business like we always do.

"You already know when I fight, it's a feeling out process to start, but in my head, I'm ready to go. It's going to get rough in the trenches and we'll see who wants it more.

"I knew six years ago when Errol was in my camp that we'd get to this point. I knew he would be a champion. For the most part, I've seen him improve and progress throughout the pro ranks and I believe he's going to keep getting better.

"I don't pay any attention to the outside noise. I respect everyone's opinion. I just go out and train to do what I love to do. I do this because I love to box. I'm not here to get on a list. I truly love this sport.

"I can't worry about people thinking that Errol is the next star in this sport. I believe that, but I can't worry about it. It is up to me and my team to come up with the right type of strategy and execute it.

"I'm not too worried about figuring out his southpaw stance. I've been around long enough and encountered enough southpaws. I'm confident I'll be able to handle it.

"The size may seem like an advantage for Errol, but it's up to me and my team to figure out the best way to negate it. I know who I am. I'm a competitive person. Regardless of everything, I'm going to come to win."

DERRICK JAMES, Spence's Trainer

"We have a game plan in place. We'll try to perfect everything leading up to this one. We're working on making Errol a more complete fighter every time out. He'll be better than he was when you saw him against Brook.

"We're looking for the perfect fight. It takes a great fighter to bring out the greatness in another great fighter. These guys are high caliber fighters and it's about as good a matchup as you can have in the division.

"These are two guys with the mentality to go after it. But they also have technical skill. This is going to be an old school fight between guys with real skills.

"It's one thing to do it, but it's another to teach. I've really understood this sport since I became a trainer. Fighters are developed, not born. I'm going to keep working with these guys on the fundamentals so we can bring up the whole sport."

BARRY HUNTER, Peterson's Trainer

"When I look at Errol Spence, I instantly fell in love with him because he reminded me of Lamont so much. They both have that dog mentality. I've always known he was a special fighter.

"Lamont told me when he worked with Errol that he really liked the kid. He knew he would be a world champion. I had to remind myself that this is business. We have to fight our friends.

"These are the two guys who are ready to fight anybody. The fight on January 20 is going to be one to remember. It's a fan-friendly fight.

"Errol Spence is the best fighter in the welterweight division. You have athletes that can fight and athletes who are fighters. Errol and Lamont are both. They have the skills and they have the ability to fight.

"To be the best in the world, you have to fight the best in the world. All the greats have done it. In order to get back to the glory days, we need to put the best against the best. I have confidence in Lamont Peterson against anybody."

LOU DIBELLA, President of DiBella Entertainment

"There are very few fights you could make that are better in the welterweight division than this fight. It's going to take place at the home of big-time boxing, here at Barclays Center in Brooklyn and live on SHOWTIME.

"Errol Spence is one of the most talked about fighters in the sport. Some think he could be the best fighter in the world. He's consistently said he only wants to fight the best and on January 20 he will be fighting another champion and another great welterweight. Lamont Peterson never backs down from a challenge and we know he'll be ready for this fight on January 20.

"This is a great event that continues the run of significant meaningful matchups on SHOWTIME. It's been great quality programming. The fight cards have all been incredibly easy to promote because the fights have been so strong. You have to make fights with great fighters battling other great fighters. That's what we need to energize our fans and our sport."

STEPHEN ESPINOZA, Executive VP & General Manager, SHOWTIME Sports

"As we come to the end of 2017 we look back on what has been a really strong year. 25 nights of live boxing, 80 live boxing matches and 27 world title fights. Not just title fights, but world title fights featuring top ranked challengers against top ranked champions.

"We've brought you the most watched fight of the year in Keith Thurman vs. Danny Garcia right here at Barclays Center on CBS. It was also the most watched primetime boxing match in nearly 20 years. But we will not be resting on our laurels.

"We'll kick off next year with an incredibly strong card. Errol Spence has grown up on SHOWTIME and we're proud of that. He made his debut on ShoBox and won his world title on SHOWTIME. He has knocked out nine straight opponents and in his last five fights his opponents have an impressive record of 141-7-3.

"Not a lot of fighters are rushing to fight Errol Spence. Lamont Peterson not only stepped up to the challenge, but he relinquished his welterweight title to take this fight. That's the kind of fighter he is. He has one of the strongest resumes in the division and he's fought the best guys in the sport.

"We're thrilled to kick off the year with this matchup. It's another great fight in the welterweight division, a division we've been paying a lot of attention to for years. We'll see you on January 20."

BRETT YORMARK, CEO of Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment

"We're coming off of an incredible 2017 for BROOKLYN BOXING. It far exceeded my expectations. We're very committed to boxing, not just now, but in the future. This fight kicks off what I think will be a great 2018 for BROOKLYN BOXING.

"Lamont was on the first ever PBC card at Barclays Center in 2015 and Brooklyn is happy to have you back. Errol was here in the spring of 2016 and we've had him as a fan several times, but we far prefer having you here in the ring.

"Barclays Center is known for hosting 50-50 fights and this is no different. We're thrilled to be holding this event here in Brooklyn. We look forward to seeing you on January 20."

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Brooklyn October 14, 2017

It was  a Triple Header -- all jr.middle-weights, or super-welters if you prefer, with the night having a very good fight, a quick KO, and a boring snoozer as a main event. 

Hurd (153.6) Vs. Trout (153).

Rd 1 Trout gets in some shots as both fighters posture and feel each other out  10-9 Trout

Rd 2 Trout is outfoxing and out-speeding Hurd. Hurd is having trouble adjusting to the timing of his opponent, and gets hit with crisp lead left hands. Trout 10-9

Rd 3 Hurd is coming on, taking some crisp punches from Trout, but is willing to take a couple to land his own. Hurd 10-9.

Rd 4 Trout comes back and connects with brutal power shots. Trout 10-9

Rd 5 Trout and Hurd exchange, however edge to Hurd, who is putting more pressure on. Hurd 10-9.

Rd 6 Hurd revs it into another gear and puts relentless pressure. Stuns Trout  Hurd 10-9

Rd 7 Hurd, bleeding from the left eye, dares Trout to hit him. He stuns Trout on occasion Hurd 10-9.

Rd 8 more pressure from Hurd, but he is showing signs of tiring also. Hurd 10-9

Rd 9 Trouts right eye swells up and is bleeding. He has little left in the tank. Hurd, bleeding from the left eye, is also showing signs of punching himself out.

Rd 10 Hurd is all over Trout  and is letting it fly to get Trout out of there. Hurd staggers Trout, who wilts toward the corner. The crowd is chanting "Stop The Fight!"  Trout is wilting as the bell rings.

The referee and Doctor converse and the fight is awarded to Hurd via 10th round TKO.

CHARLO (153.6) VS LUBIN (153.4)

Rd 1 A Charlo right puts an end to the fight at 2:41. Charlo is declared winner.

LARA (153.6) VS GAUSHA (153.2)

The fight is a technical and tactical bore, with Lara getting the edge in each and every round.  The final tally over 12 rounds had Lara the winner 116-111, 117-110 (2X)




New York 6/20/2017 --  The official announcement of a fight card featuring Adrian Broner and lightweight champion Mikey Garcia in a showcase bout was held yesterday in the Chelsea in Manhattan.

Both fighters accepted this bout right away, in what seems to be a hell of a barn burner and mega fight of the summer season. Broner's trainer Mike Stafford stated that Broner will be in serious training in Colorado Springs, away from the problems and distractions that have plagued his fighter throughout his career. 

And Garcia will be making a jump up in weight, and against a legitimate fighter who carries power. Whether he can carry that power up to 140 lbs ---- "we will have to wait and see till I enter the ring" stated Garcia.

Broner hams it up at the New York Press Conference

The fight will be over twelve rounds, with no title at stake. "I'll do whatever it takes to win" mentioned Garcia, who expects the best and focused Broner on fight night. This is a crossroads fight for both, with a victory being the key to lucrative matchups against other top fighters in the future.

Broner, 27, has two losses, while Garcia is unbeaten as a professional. Garcia served as a principal sparring partner of Marcus Maidana in his preparation for Broner, which resulted in a twelve round decision victory for Maidana.  

As for Garcia, 29, this is the third bout, and biggest challenge, since he was of two years due to promotional & management problems.

Garcia addresses media in NYC

Garcia has been installed as a slight favorite, but as always fans must assume that a Broner with motivation will show up. "I see that I am a 5-1 underdog", stated Broner, who feels that that is a big mistake. How he deals with the pressure and counter-punching of Garcia will be debatable till the opening bell, and the possibility of a knockout or TKO is high. However or whatever the result, it promises to be an interesting and intriguing fight.    












 LAS VEGAS, NV (June 1, 2017) –  Roc Nation Sports and Main Events are pleased to announce the addition of four non-televised and two free-view fights, featuring a talented slate of ones to watch, to the undercard of Andre Ward vs. Sergey Kovalev 2: “The Rematch” on Saturday, June 17 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. The championship event featuring the highly anticipated main event and a full undercard, presented by Corona Extra, will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View® beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT.

 The non-televised portion of the action-packed undercard include Georgian Enriko Gogokhia (4-0, 2 KOs) vs. Jonathan Steele (7-0, 5 KOs) of Dallas, Texas, in a six-round welterweight bout; Russian Bakhram Murtazaliev (8-0, 6 KOs) vs. Gerald “G5” Sherrell (6-0, 2 KOs) of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in a six-round middleweight bout; North Bergen, New Jersey’s John Bauza (6-0, 3 KOs) vs. an opponent to be announced, in a four-round junior welterweight bout; and Brooklyn, New York’s Junior “The Young God” Younan (11-0, 8 KOs) vs. Hungarian Zoltan Sera (28-12, 19 KOs) in a six-round super middleweight bout.

 The special free-view will begin at 7:00 p.m. ET/4:00 p.m. PT and will be available on YouTube.com/HBOBoxing, cable, satellite, and telco channels prior to the main event lineup. The first of two free-view telecasts pits undefeated top prospect Tramaine “Mighty Midget” Williams (10-0, 3 KOs) of New Haven, Connecticut, against tested veteran Christopher Martin (30-8-3, 10 KOs) of San Diego, California, in an eight-round junior featherweight showdown. 

 "A lot of people don't even get one chance in life but I’m blessed to have gotten two, so I have to take advantage of it,” said Williams. “I don’t feel any different going into this fight, it’s just another day. My past success came from hard work and that was a gift. Christopher Martin is a good and tough fighter. He has been in there before against good opponents but they're not Midget.”

 “I’m looking to use my experience against Tramaine Williams on June 17,” said Martin. “I believe that is going to play a big part in me winning—whether by decision or knockout.”



Highest Attended Boxing Event at Barclays Center

BROOKLYN (MARCH 6, 2017) Saturday’s highly anticipated showdown between Keith “One Time” Thurman and Danny “Swift” Garcia ranked as the highest-grossing non-Nets sporting event in Barclays Center history. The event also set a record for boxing attendance at Barclays Center with 16,533.

The Saturday, March 4 matchup of Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) on CBS saw Thurman (28-0, 22 KOs) become the unified welterweight world champion with a split-decision victory over Garcia (33-1, 19 KOs), defending his WBA belt and picking up Garcia’s WBC crown on boxing’s biggest stage in primetime on CBS. The judges scored it 116-112 Thurman, 115-113 Thurman and 115-113 Garcia. This was only the third time in history that undefeated fighters unified the 147-pound division.

This live broadcast of the PBC Showtime Championship Boxing on CBS, placed CBS as the No. 1 network in prime time on Saturday night, according to Nielsen overnight ratings.

On Saturday, it was also announced the WBC Welterweight Eliminator between former 147-pound champions Andre Berto and Shawn Porter will take place Saturday, April 22at Barclays Center. The winner of this Berto-Porter matchup becomes the mandatory challenger of Thurman.



New York, NY (1/20/17) - Dominican Felix Diaz (19-1, 9 KOs) ended a successful 2016 as a world ranked junior welterweight contender with another two impressive victories added to his ledger. He is determined to continue that momentum this year by facing the biggest challenges. The top name on his hit list remains WBC/WBO junior welterweight world champion Terence Crawford.

"I spent half of last year calling out Crawford. He went the easy route, facing John Molina, who entered their December title fight three pounds above the weight limit and was way overmatched. Now, it is time for Crawford to face a real challenge," said Diaz.

"It doesn't look like he'll be fighting Pacquiao any time soon. I am highly ranked by the WBC and WBO, and I am willing to go to Omaha, if that's what he wants. I respect Crawford as a champion and would love the opportunity to knock him out in his hometown. My promoter Lou DiBella is ready and willing to talk to Bob Arum to get a deal done. It would be a great fight for boxing fans. Let's get it on."

Diaz closed out last year fighting in his native Dominican Republic for the first time in three and a half years, breaking down his opponent en route to a TKO victory, on December 16, in Santo Domingo.

Prior to that, Diaz won a thrilling 10-round war against highly regarded, undefeated contender 21-0 Sammy Vasquez in Birmingham, AL. The bout was shown live on FOX, and served as the co-main event to Deontay Wilder's heavyweight title defense versus Chris Arreola.

The Vasquez fight came just nine months after Diaz lost a questionable majority decision to former IBF 140lb. champ Lamont Peterson in his adversary's backyard. Wins over 15-1-1 Emmanuel Lartei, 13-2-2 Adrian Granados, and 23-1 Gabriel Bracero earned Diaz the shot against Peterson.

Following the win over Vasquez, Diaz, the only boxer to win an Olympic gold medal for the Dominican Republic, signed a long-term promotional agreement with DiBella Entertainment. Ranked no. 5 by the WBC, no. 13 by the WBO and no. 15 by the IBF, Diaz is anxious to prove that he belongs among boxing's elite.

"Arum and I have worked together for a long time," said Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment. "Diaz facing Crawford is a very attractive fight, one that promises a lot of action, and I am confident that we can get it done. We'd be happy to fight on HBO and in Omaha, or anywhere else. While many fighters are avoiding Crawford, Diaz is ready for the challenge. The question is, does Crawford want it?"

"Terence Crawford is someone we've been going after for a while," said Diaz' manager Jose Nunez. "We would love the opportunity to fight for the world title. Diaz wants to face the best and the best at 140 pounds is Crawford. He continues to maintain his conditioning and will be ready when called, hopefully in April. It all depends on whether Crawford wants to step up to the challenge."


Op: Klitschko -- Career unfulfilled?


Why Wladimir Klitschko Never Became the Star He Could Be

by Kevin Kennedy

The lengthy career of Ukrainian boxer Wladimir Klitschko has been one that first became a true international story when he captured the gold medal in the Super-heavyweight division at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta. From there, he quickly found success as a professional, becoming the WBC International heavyweight champion in just his 17th bout.

That victory over American Marcus McIntyre was a third round knockout came in February 1998. Yet by December, Klitschko had lost the title to another American Ross Puritty by getting knocked out in the 11th round. He would go on to recapture and then lose the title three more times, the last time coming on November 28, when he lost the title to American Tyson Fury in a unanimous 12-round decision.

Over his two decades in the ring, Klitschko has defended his titles 28 times and reigned for the second longest period of time. The title defenses are a heavyweight boxing record, yet his image pales in comparison to boxers that are in this rare stratosphere. Names like Joe Louis, Muhammad Ali and Larry Holmes continue to resonate decades after they last fought, yet Klitschko is dismissed as a pretender to this throne, never named among the best of his generation.

Boxing experts and fans have never really accepted Klitschko for a number of reasons, chief among them the fact that his style of boxing is considered boring to watch. More technical than physical, no one really speaks about the devastating power the 6-6 Ukranian can unleash during a bout. It’s been put on display a few times but he’s usually content to slog through a match and move on. That’s something that annoys ticket buyers who paid plenty to watch that power be wielded.

One of the more damning indictments of Klitschko is that he’s never really been content to challenge other fighters. They have to bring the fight to him, with many of those opponents also eliciting some anger. That’s because many of them have been considered substandard, a modern day version of Joe Louis’ so-called Bum of the Month club. In both cases, the eventual result was essentially already determined, yet Klitschko did nothing to change the negative perception that such a designation brought.

Klitschko’s career began with that raw power before evolving into the more-criticized style he still employs. That change coincided with the arrival of the legendary Emanuel Steward in 2004 and led to a steady stream of victories. Even after Steward died in 2012, Klitschko didn’t change this approach, which brought professional, if not popular success.

Another reason that Klitschko isn’t in the hallowed talk of past heavyweights is due to the fact the MMA fighting has been able to erode plenty of boxing’s stature when it comes to major fights. Those brutal bouts grab more attention, in contrast to Klitschko forging ahead with his strategic approach.

Legacies can be difficult to craft, with Klitschko seemingly destined to have his dismissed by boxing aficionados in the years ahead.      





Kovalev-Ward “Pound FOR POUND”

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HBO Boxing News: John David Jackson and Virgil Hunter Trainer Debate (Click to Watch)

LAS VEGAS, NV (November 17, 2016) World renown trainers, John David Jackson and Virgil Hunter, squared off in a debate moderated by HBO Boxing InsiderKieran Mulvaney on Wednesday, Nov. 16, ahead of Sergey Kovalev vs. Andre Ward “Pound For Pound” showdown on Nov. 19 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

John David Jackson is the trainer of WBO, WBA and IBF Light Heavyweight World ChampionSergey “Krusher” Kovalev (30-0-1, 26 KOs). Virgil Hunter is the trainer of Two-Time World Champion and 2004 Olympic Gold MedalistAndre “S.O.G.” Ward (30-0, 15 KOs). Here is what the trainers had to say:

John David Jackson, Trainer of Sergey Kovalev:

“Alright, thank you very much it’s nice to have the press out here and I’m glad you made it out the Sergey Kovalev Andre Ward fight is a fight that I am glad was made for a lot of reasons, but one reason is for the fans because this fight was deserved. In boxing today, there’s too many fights that aren’t being made these are the best fighters in the world so it definitely had to be made.

“Decline I say because when you look at his past (Ward’s) last five years and the way he dominated 168. He fought different fights and he fought a different way.

“In Andre I see many thing but you know what on that night they might not show. He may become totally different but we are prepared for what he brings to us.

“Andre has a lot of strengths. You know when you look at him or when you really study him he’s a well schooled fighter he listens to everything Virgil preaches and he definitely absorbs it. The one beautiful thing I’ve noticed from that is he trusts Virgil. When you trust your trainer that speaks volumes for you, you listen to everything he tells you to do, so any game plan that Virgil advises he’s gonna follow.

“I really studied Andre these past few weeks I have a great appreciation for what he does because looked and I said you know what his style was similar to mine. I was busy in my fights, I was very captivated in my moves, I set traps for my opponents. As soon as I sat down and recognized what he does, I like what he (Ward) does he’s very smart.

“Once I really sat down and studied Andre and Virgil I had to sit back and give them all the credit they deserve I kinda sold them short a couple years back.

“He don’t need to worry about the knockout if the knock come it come but if it doesn’t we are prepared to go 12 hard rounds to get the victory by decision.

“We knew going in that this was the fight that would make Sergey a household name his names good but being in a fight with a name like Andre ward makes it even better.

Virgil Hunter, Trainer of Andre Ward:

“Sergey Kovalev vs. Andre Ward ‘Pound For Pound’ is going to be a historical initiation. As far as preparing for this fight, we’ve been preparing for it from the first time that he started boxing.

“Each fighter is different but you have the masses, the critics who need to be impressed by a certain way that a victory comes up. We came out of the garage from a one-and-a-half-year layoff and fought Sullivan Barrera. He was the number one contender at the time, so it was a dangerous fight until the fight was over, then Barrera was garbage. Nobody is ever going to be satisfied. That’s just the nature of the game so you have to be satisfied with yourself.

“I’m very attuned to body language, I’m very attuned to tone of voice, and from what I hear, from what I see, it’s safe to say that there is a lot of disarray in that camp. What I mean by that is I don’t even know if Coach Jackson is getting the respect he is due in that camp but time will tell. For instance, why do we have to make an excuse for Kovalev in Russia for selling tickets and things. Don’t you have a team who could have taken care of that? You’re supposed to have a team to take care of that to take the pressure off the fighter.

“I believe somebody probably told Kovalev to say that Ward is a dirty fighter because you go eight, nine weeks and all of a sudden he is a dirty fighter? Kovalev will learn, one day, to not be everyone’s robot and do what they tell and ask him to do. He does it because he’s loyal. It doesn’t even sound like him. That’s not him saying that. That’s not in his character. That is his promoter saying that. It’s nothing but if he kicks Ward, he’ll get kicked back. Simple as that.

“We know Kovalev is a dangerous fighter, we give him all he’s due. I give Coach Jackson all he’s due. The coaching fraternity is a very tough fraternity. We are the first ones to get the blame. The fighter never takes full responsibility for his shortcomings. The fighter always has other people in his ear, telling him there is a better way, so I understand what he goes through as a coach.

“I just want the best Andre Ward and the best Sergey Kovalev. If Kovalev wins the fight, my respect goes out to him. If we win the fight, my respect goes out to him because they can’t be great unless they fight each other. Sometimes two people come out of that situation looking great. I wish the best to both of them regardless of what happens.

“‘Do I believe that Ward will exhibit mental toughness? Yes, without a doubt. Do I believe that Kovalev will exhibit it? I’m sure he will as well, and that’s the making of a great fight.”

Kovalev vs. Ward "Pound For Pound", a 12-round mega-fight for the WBO/IBF/WBA light heavyweight title at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, is presented by Main Events, Roc Nation Sports, Krusher Promotions and Andre Ward Promotions and is sponsored by the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, Corona Extra, Monster Products, JetLux, Zappos, Jordan Brand and Shoe Palace. The championship event will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View® beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT. Tickets are available on http://axs.com/axs.com and the T-Mobile Arena box office.


Isaac Chilemba Returns to the Ring to Face Oleksandr Gvozdyk on Kovalev vs. Ward "Pound for Pound" Undercard Saturday, November 19 from the T-Mobile Arena

Presented Live by HBO Pay-Per-View®

Las Vegas, Nevada: Isaac "Golden Boy" Chilemba (24-4-2, 10 KOs) will return to the United States on Saturday, Nov. 19 to face dangerous light heavyweight prospect and NABF Light Heavyweight Champion Oleksandr "The Nail" Gvozdyk (11-0, 9 KOs) in a ten round bout as part of the Kovalev vs. Ward "Pound for Pound" pay-per-view telecast live from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, NV. The bout will be presented by Main Events in association with Top Rank. The event will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT.

Chilemba, 29, a native of Blantyre, Malawi fighting out of Johannesburg, South Africa, is coming off a hard-fought loss against WBO, WBA and IBF Light Heavyweight World Champion Sergey "Krusher" Kovalev. Isaac holds the impressive distinction as only the second fighter in Kovalev's career to go the full 12 rounds. The only is future Hall-of-Famer Bernard "The Alien" Hopkins. In doing so, Chilemba managed to raise more than a few eyebrows among boxing fans and media.

In this redemption fight, Chilemba will have a tough challenge against Oleksandr Gvozdyk, 29, of Kharkov, Ukraine. Despite having only 11 professional bouts, Gvozdyk is a top-ten ranked light heavyweight in the WBC, WBO and IBF. Since making his professional debut in 2014, Oleksandr has defeated the first 11 opponents he has faced, stopping nine of them for an impressive 82% knockout-to-win ratio. In his last bout Gvozdyk secured his fifth straight stoppage and made his first successful defense of his NABF Light Heavyweight Title against Tommy Karpency in Las Vegas in July.

When asked about this match-up Chilemba responded, "Firstly, I thank Main Events for standing by me and for this opportunity. I thank my manager, Jodi Solomon, for always standing by my side and believing in me. I thank HBO, my fans, and all boxing followers around the globe. Oleksandr Gvozdyk, with a good amateur back ground, who is a highly as a rated and undefeated as a pro. I'm going to work with my idol, the person I look up to most, Roy Jones Jr. This is a huge opportunity for me to train with him, learn from him, and have him in my corner. Not only is he the greatest, but he cares and has love for the game. I'm looking forward to getting back in the ring, and completing what I should have done in my fight against Kovalev, but 10 times better than ever!"

This fight will be the first time Isaac will be working with his new trainer and legendary fighter, Roy Jones, Jr. who said, "Isaac is a very exciting fighter with a lot of upside. I am very excited to be training him and be part of his team now. I look forward to seeing much bigger and better things from him in the future. He is fighting a very good opponent so we look forward to this challenge. I can't wait to start to work with him."

Chilemba's manager, Jodi Solomon, added, "I am very grateful and happy that Main Events gave Isaac the opportunity to be on this card. I have no doubt he will come into the ring with as much determination and heart as he did against Kovalev and prove that he has what it takes. Also having Roy Jones Jr. in his corner I believe will only bring out an even better Isaac."

Gvozdyk said, "I am really happy to have this opportunity to fight on such a big card like Kovalev-Ward. Thanks to Top Rank, Main Events and to my manager Egis Klimas to make my goals come true! Chilemba is a tough opponent and I am expecting a tough fight. It's a good test for me and I will pass it!"

Oleksandr's trainer, Robert Garcia, added, "Oleksandr Gvozdyk is an Olympic medalist with a lot of amateur experience, great skills and tremendous power. Chilemba is a very good fighter who lost a decision to Kovalev. I think Chilemba will bring the best out of Gvozdyk. Gvozdyk is very dedicated and came to the USA to become a world champion and this fight gets him closer to that dream."

Gvozdyk is managed by Egis Klimas who also manages Sergey Kovalev. Klimas said, "I want to thank our promoter and Chilemba's promoter, Main Events, for giving us this great opportunity. A special thanks to Isaac for taking this fight right after his severe fight against 'The Krusher.' Isaac look good in his last fight and we hope he can bring the same kind of performance or even better to the ring on November 19. We are very excited as bouts like this one will make this great show better and better. See you in Las Vegas on November 19 or on HBO Pay-Per-View."

According to Main Events' CEO, Kathy Duva, "Isaac was a warrior against Sergey Kovalev. That was a tough battle for both fighters. Many fighters would have preferred a tune-up fight after facing Sergey Kovalev for 12 rounds but Isaac has the heart of a champion. He wasted no time getting back in the ring and demanded the toughest opposition we could find for him. This should be a great match-up on November 19 in Las Vegas."

"This is a huge opportunity and a step up fight for Oleksandr especially fighting on this card. We believe he's ready but there's only one way to find out and we'll all have the answer on November 19," said Carl Moretti, VP, Top Rank.

Kovalev vs. Ward will take place Saturday, Nov. 19 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nev. The event will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT. "Pound for Pound" is presented by Main Events, Roc Nation Sports, Krusher Promotions and Andre Ward Promotions and sponsored by MGM Grand Hotel & Casino.


New Book on Panama Al Brown - Boxing's First Latino World Champion.

Win By KO Publications is proud to announce the release of Black Ink, by Jose Corpas. Black Ink is the long overdue biography of Panama Al Brown, a boxer so unpopular, fans stormed the ring and nearly killed him in an attack that might be considered a hate crime today. Outside the ring, the leaders of the "Manly Art" were so determined not to have a gay boxing champion that they stripped him of his recognition, without an explanation. But Brown was too good, and eventually fought his way to become recognized as the first Latino world champion. In this riveting book, Jose Corpas makes sure Al Brown is never forgotten.







New York, NY (5/2/16) - This past Saturday night, DiBella Entertainment saw a trio of its prospects pick up victories on separate cards as Abel Ramos, Dardan Zenunaj and Lamar Russ all added to the win column of their respective records.
Ramos, returning for the first time since his lone loss as a professional at the hands of red-hot undefeated prospect Regis Prograis on ShoBox in December, scored a third-round knockout over Javier Mercado (23-11-2, 21KO's) in Mexico. The former amateur standout saw his record improve to 15-1-2, 10KO's, and is set to return later this month in his home state of Arizona, as he looks to gear up for another big fight in the talent-laden 140lb. division.

Like Ramos, Zenunaj (12-1, 9KO's) also fought on the December ShoBox, when he upset and stopped previously undefeated prospect Bryant Cruz in a thrilling junior lightweight contest. Returning for the first time since career-best victory, Zenunaj pounded out an eight-round decision over tough Mexican Naciff Castillo.

Following a year-and-half layoff, middleweight Lamar Russ scored a devastating one-punch, first-round knockout over former two-time world title challenger Antwun Echols in front of his hometown fans in North Carolina. Russ (16-2, 8KO's) was involved in a bad car accident in August of 2015, and took off the rest of the year to recover and get himself back into fighting shape. There are many attractive fights to be made in the 160lb. division for the college graduate Russ, who, in 2013, dropped a competitive decision to three-time middleweight world title challenger Matthew Macklin on HBO.




Former  Light Heavyweight Champion  Beibut  Shumenov Ready to become a World Champ at  Cruiserweight

By David Selwyn

(July 14 ,2015)   Team Shumenov conducted a media only workout today  in a private  gym in  sunny Las  Vegas. Shumenov looked strong and in condition during his   drills. He was  hitting the pads  held by an assistant trainer and also conducted  some defensive drills. After the workout, TrufanBoxing.com was able to sit down with him and ask him a few questions . . .

DS    How do you feel at this weight ?

BS   I feel great. When I first came to this country ,I was a solid 240lbs. People told me I was too short to fight at  Heavyweight or Cruiserweight  so I became a Light   Heavyweight.  In the last few fights it became  very difficult to cut weight.  I feel great at this weight and I plan to be a  unified   world champion at Cruiserweight.

DS  Have you watched any  fight tapes of your   July 24th opponent B.J. Flores  ?

BS   No.  I let my coach   Ismael Salas watch tape and he comes up with a game plan. It is my job to follow his game plan

DS    Can you tell me a little  about you new coach?

BS   Sure.  Coach Salas coached many great   amateur boxers in   Cuba. He made a lot of them amateur world champions   He now also works with Yuriokis  Gamboa and Rances (Bartelemy).

DS      How come you did not have a trainer in your corner when you fought  Bernard Hopkins ?

BS    I could not find a  coach. I had a few fights that I self  trained. With Coach  Salas  I am learning something new everyday and it is great !

DS    Thank you for your time  Bebiut

BS    Thank you Dave.  The pleasure is all mine . I hope I can show the world  that I can be a World Champion again   My manager  Al Haymon will help me get to the top once again






On Thursday, April 16, Roc Nation Sports and Miguel Cotto Promotions hosted a press conference at The 40/40 Club in Manhattan to announce the next highly anticipated battle for Miguel Cotto (39-4, 32 KO’s), the reigning WBC Middleweight and Ring Magazine World Champion and the first native of Puerto Rico to become world champion in four different weight classes. On June 6, 2015, Cotto will defend his titles against former Two-Time World Champion Daniel Geale (31-3, 16 KO’s) of Australia in a fight that will be televised live on HBO from Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

Here’s what the participants had to say:

Miguel Cotto: “All I have to say is I’ve been here for the past two days and I’m eager to get back to Los Angeles and get into another training session and get back to New York on June 6. All I have to worry about is my mindset during the fight. I know Daniel is a great fighter and I’m going to do my best as always to bring a good and exciting fight to all the fans. See you all on June 6.”

Daniel Geale: “I’m as excited as you can ever imagine. This is a great moment for me. And come June 6, it’s going to be a hell of a fight and I can’t wait to walk away with the titles.”

Michael Yormark, President & Chief of Branding and Strategy of Roc Nation: “Today is a historic day for Roc Nation and our boxing division. Muhammed Ali once said ‘he who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.’ At Roc Nation, we decided to launch our boxing division in August of 2014. We knew we were taking a risk. We knew that we were entering a sport that was established with a long history in a deep-rooted culture. It took courage, but frankly Roc Nation is nothing if not courageous…we’re committed to promoting the biggest fights and the biggest fighters. Now just a few short months later, we stand here with one of the best fighters in the world, announcing a world championship bout inside the new mecca of boxing, Barclays Center, and broadcast on the standard bearer for live boxing telecasts, HBO. It took courage and risk to get here but this is a proud moment for all of us.”

Hector Soto, Miguel Cotto Promotions: “Miguel Cotto is back and he’s in his second home in New York. As everyone knows, it’s been a tradition for the past couple of years that Miguel fights on the eve of the Puerto Rican Day Parade, so it’s an honor to fight during that time again. On June 6, Miguel Cotto will defend his Middleweight WBC Championship against a tough opponent, Daniel Geale. Have no doubt, it will be a great fight at Barclays Center and everyone will enjoy the fight especially the Puerto Ricans. Miguel Cotto will be ready, will train as hard as always and be ready for the challenge Daniel Geale brings.”

Gary Shaw, Gary Shaw Productions: “If you look at Daniel’s fight against Sturm, when we went to Germany and lifted the belt and became the world champion, that’s the Daniel Geale you’re going to see on June 6. You’re going to see a great fight. Miguel Cotto is a great fighter. Daniel understands that and we have a great deal of respect for him, but on June 6 on HBO at Barclays Center, it will be a whole new night. It will be a night when Daniel Geale takes the belt back to Australia.”

Brett Yormark, CEO of Barclays Center and the Brooklyn Nets: “Boxing is a big part of what we do at Barclays Center. We’re very passionate about it and very deeply committed. This will be our 13th big night of Brooklyn Boxing in just two and a half years and I am proud to say that Barclays Center is the new mecca of boxing in this country. Miguel Cotto has a storied history in New York, so we are delighted that he is calling Barclays Center his new home in this city.”

Tickets, priced at $500, $350, $250, $200, $150, $100, $50 and $25, not including applicable service charges and taxes, go on sale Wednesday, April 22 at 10:00 AM ET. Tickets will be available at www.barclayscenter.com, www.ticketmaster.com and at the American Express Box Office at Barclays Center beginning Thursday, April 23 at 12:00 PM ET. To charge by phone, call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000.

Cotto vs. Geale, a 12-round fight for Cotto’s WBC and Ring Magazine Middleweight World Championships, takes place Saturday, June 6 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn and will be televised live on HBO. The fight is presented by Roc Nation Sports and Miguel Cotto Promotions in association Gary Shaw Productions and is sponsored by Cerveza Tecate.


Undercard to be announced shortly

HBO to Cover Event

Klitscho back at MSG after 7 years

New York Feb 4th: "I'm back!" said a proud Wladimir Klitscho at a press conference at the Garden today, as he hopes to defend his heavyweight title for an 18th time against an upstart from Philadelphia, Bryant Jennings. Jennings brings a 19-0 record into the contest, and has two consecutive victories against then unbeaten fighters in his last two bouts.

Klitscho, who last defended his title at the Garden in 2008 (a lackluster event, to say the least) hopes to bring some excitement and entertainment to town on April 25th.

And many heavyweight champions defended their titles successfully at the Garden. Jack Dempsey defended in 1920 against Bill Brennan and Joe Louis, Rocky Marciano, Muhammad Ali, Joe Frazier and Larry Holmes are just some of the other names who successfully defended their championship belts at the Garden.

"He's Rocky Balboa" stated the champion, donning a silver suit and looking younger than his 38 years, and even quoted Frank Sinatra as he looked at his opponent "if you can make it here, you can make it anywhere." And true, both have made it, and Jennings plans to bring his best when the two collide.  "I know there will be a knockout, whether its him or me" stated the challenger, who laughed off the Balboa comparison.

Klitscho, 63-3, with 53 KO's, is third in the history of title defenses, behind Joe Louis (25) and Larry Holmes (20). He currently holds the IBF, WBO, WBA, IBO, and Ring Magazine Heavyweight titles.




When I think of some of the best fighters in recent years who never won a title. I can not help but think of Jerry Quarry and Yaqui Lopez. Pierre Fourie and “Bad” Bennie Briscoe also come to mind. Without a doubt another one is Armando Muniz. Born in 1947 Muniz turned professional in 1970 and won his first twelve bouts. In 1971 he drew with rugged Oscar “Shotgun” Albarado. Then came big wins over Gil King and Clyde Gray. Muniz suffered his first loss when he was out boxed by the great Emile Griffith in 1972. There were also losses to Raul Soriano and Jose Martin Flores but he closed the year halting Adolph Pruitt for the NABF welterweight title. In all Armando had eleven fights in 1972 !

In 1973 Muniz lost the NABF title to cagey Eddie Perkins. He was also upset by Zovek Barajas. The following year saw Muniz lose again to Perkins. He also lost to the capable Marcos Geraldo. He blitzed Billy Lloyd in one round but dropped a verdict to smooth boxing Angel Espada. Armando ended the year on a big note though defeating the highly regarded Hedgemon Lewis. The win over Lewis earned him a shot at the great Jose Napoles and the world welterweight title. In a bout with a highly controversial ending a badly cut Napoles was a awarded a technical decision after twelve rounds. The details of this fight would make for a story in itself. The controversial ending led to a rematch and this time Napoles won a fifteen round decision. In between his two bouts with Muniz, Napoles gave up the WBA version of the title. Angel Espada would beat Clyde Gray to claim the vacant crown.

Napoles would eventually lose his title to England’s John H. Stracey. The Brit in turn would lose his title to Carlos Palomino. In 1977 Muniz would challenge Palomino for the WBC championship. In a great fight Palomino stopped Muniz for the first time in his career in the fifteenth and final round. Muniz stayed in the mix for a rematch beating Barajas in their return encounter. He was upset by Jose Palacios but he came back to stop the rated Pete Ranzany. Next came a 1978 rematch with Palomino and Carlos retained his title by decision. Sugar Ray Leonard was then looking to move up in the ratings and who better to fight then a four time world title challenger. Muniz was no longer the fighter he once was and Leonard was a rising superstar. Ray stopped Muniz ending his career. In 59 fights Muniz posted a 44-14-1 record with 30 KO’s.

Pipino Cuevas is inducted in the International Boxing Hall Of Fame. I was not sure if I agreed with that honor but when you look at his championship reign, one has to be impressed. He won the WBA version of the welterweight crown in 1976 when he upset Angel Espada in two devastating rounds. Until losing his title in two rounds to the fearsome Tommy Hearns in 1980, Pipino racked up eleven defenses. He was a crushing puncher with a wrecking ball left hook that left a trail of broken bones and victims. He was in a word, awesome.

What if…In the building of a possible unification showdown between Palomino and Cuevas, the Cuevas camp decided to meet Muniz and use him as a “measuring stick” so to speak. Let’s say the fight took place in 1977 after Armando’s first loss to Palomino. This would be for Pipino’s WBA title. This bout would have been a huge draw in Los Angeles. Who would have won ? Here is one possible scenario…

ROUND 1- Cuevas comes out fast and wastes little time introducing himself. Firing away with both hands he quickly has Muniz on the defensive. Armando is using all his guile to avoid the onslaught. Finally a big left hook drops Muniz to his hands and knees late in the round. Armando is up at “5″ but seems to be OK. The bell sounds before Pipino can follow up.

ROUND 2- Pipino is again going after Muniz in earnest. Some punches are missing but the ones that are landing hurt Armando. Muniz is just trying to weather the storm at this point. Again another Cuevas left hook drops Muniz on his side. This time Muniz takes the “8″ count and is able to ward off Cuevas until the bell.

ROUND 3- Cuevas is like a machine that never stops throwing punches. Most of them are bombs. Muniz is wobbled a few times but he keeps his feet. When possible Armando is digging in some body shots but Pipino is still in charge.

ROUND 4- The pattern of the fight is the same as Muniz has all he can do to hold off Pipino’s relentless attack. At this point Cuevas has a huge lead and it seems like only a matter of time before Muniz will cave in.

ROUND 5- For the first time in the fight Muniz has landed some meaningful punches. A left hook got Pipino’s attention and later a straight right. Cuevas has slowed down a bit but he is still very dangerous.

ROUND 6- There were some pretty good exchanges in this round and again Cuevas hurt Muniz. Armando managed to stay upright but Cuevas pulled out the round to add to his commanding lead.

ROUND 7- Muniz is mixing his punches well to the body and head and Pipino appears to be bothered. Cuevas is still winging away and draws blood from Armando’s nose. Still Muniz was the busier fighter this session and he is awarded the round.

ROUND 8- Cuevas is still launching bombs but now he is missing more then he is landing. Muniz is matching punch rate with Cuevas and his punches are more accurate now. A couple of nice combinations by Muniz jolt Pipino. Another round for Armando.

ROUND 9- The Cuevas corner is trying to fire up their charge. Pipino continues to come forward occasionally landing a good punch. At this point though his work rate has diminished and Muniz has landed some effective counters and is still working Pipino’s midsection.

ROUND 10- Although Muniz has rallied he is still far behind on the cards with three rounds left. Both men are showing the marks of a very intense battle. Cuevas appears to be tiring while Muniz seems rejuvenated. A hard straight right stuns Pipino after he missed a wide left hook. Armando then stepped in with his own left and Cuevas is down. Pipino is up at four but looks confused. The two are trading shots and Pipino’s legs buckle from another hard left but he does not go down. Finally the bell sounds as the crowd is in a frenzy.

ROUND 11- Muniz is looking to land another big shot but he is wisely not loading up. He is throwing short punches in nice combinations. He is now slipping most of Pipino’s arcing shots and countering well. A body shot seems to freeze Cuevas for a moment and a sharp left hook to the temple sends him staggering across the ring. Muniz follows with a flurry that drops Pipino to his knees. Cuevas is up at “6″ but he is in a bad way. Muniz is teeing off as Pipino is now defenseless. Just as the referee is jumping in Cuevas slides down the ropes. The referee waves it off at 2:03 of the eleventh round. The winner and NEW, WBA welterweight champion, Armando Muniz.

For whatever reason a unification fight between Carlos Palomino and Pipino Cuevas never took place. It should have. All the ingredients for a classic fight were there. I personally always thought that Palomino was the better man. One reason why is because he defeated who I thought at the time was the #2 welterweight in the world, Armando Muniz. There is a good chance that if Armando would have received a title shot with Cuevas he may have finally won that elusive world title.

Jim Amato


Sergio 'Maravilla' Martinez Decides to Continue Boxing Career

After lengthy discussions with members of his team, now-former WBC Middleweight Champion Sergio "Maravilla" Martinez has decided to continue his boxing career.

Determined to return and erase the terrible memory of what happened against fellow-great Miguel Cotto in June, 39-year-old Martinez will next face a top-10 contender with the goal of recapturing his world title.

"Miguel De Pablos (Business Manager) and I met with Sergio at his home in Madrid and he says he is 100% healthy and ready to do what it takes to return to the very top of boxing," said Martinez advisor Sampson Lewkowicz.

Lewkowicz says Martinez will first undergo a full battery of head-to-toe testing from top specialists in New York, but pending full medical clearance, the former champion will be returning to the ring on a mission.

"Against Cotto, Sergio was badly hurt in the opening round from the first left hook that landed," continued Lewkowicz, "after that, he remembers only pieces and had very little control of his body and especially his legs. He fought entirely on instinct. It was the worst night of his entire career and he is coming back to prove he is a superstar fighter who just had a bad night."

Martinez (51-3-2, 28 KOs) had been favored to defeat the smaller Cotto when the pair met last month at Madison Square Garden. But one monstrous Cotto left hook a minute into the fight led to three first-round knockdowns and an eventual 10-round stoppage loss.

While many speculated that Martinez's previously injured knee had affected the southpaw's normally cat-like agility in the fight, Lewkowicz says it was not the case.

"He got caught with an unexpected punch and it disconnected his body. It happens in boxing, especially against a puncher like Miguel Cotto. If you look at the tape of the fight, look how slow his hands were. A bad knee doesn't cause your hands to slow. It was clear it was not the real Sergio in the ring that night."

Lou DiBella of DiBella Entertainment, who will continue as Martinez's promoter, says a great fighter like Martinez deserves the benefit of the doubt if he still feels he can compete at an elite level.

"Obviously June 7 was a terrible night in the ring for Sergio Martinez," said the always outspoken DiBella. "But he says he can still do it and that he's totally committed to winning back his title, so I stand behind him. He's already come back to do great things after a stoppage loss to Antonio Margarito earlier in his career and he's positive he can do it again. So we're going to put him in with someone who can get him in line for a title shot and see what he can do. If he doesn't look to be the same fighter anymore, I will be the first to admit it, but he deserves the chance to prove it was just an off-night in an otherwise stellar career."

No opponent or return date have yet been finalized, but an announcement will be made in the near future.

Stiverne-Arreola an Intriguing War

Adam J. Pollack

 Los Angeles May 11 On Saturday night, Bermane Stiverne won the vacant WBC heavyweight belt with a 6th round knockout over Chris Arreola. The fight was filled with twists and turns, and an ebb and flow which made it difficult to predict how ultimately it would turn out.

 As they approached the ring, Arreola clearly was the crowd favorite. They cheered for him wildly. Conversely, Stiverne received boos. Both men were a massive 239 pounds. This writer was on record as disapproving of any weight above 230 for Arreola, and his appearance confirmed my thoughts. There was surplus flesh in evidence.

 In the 1st round, Stiverne was cautious but landed the cleaner and harder blows. Arreola worked more but did not land as cleanly on Stiverne, who used a flicking jab from far away, and a tight guard when in close along the ropes. When Stiverne landed, one could tell that Arreola felt the blows, because he showed respect and backed away a lot more than usual.  A couple blows really rocked Arreola’s head. Stiverne appeared to be using a trap style, playing defense for a while, and then launching vicious fast powerful blows on occasion. Stiverne round.

 In the 2nd round, Arreola really got going and clearly outworked Stiverne, who appeared to just be loading up and looking for the one big shot. Stiverne spent a great portion of the round on the ropes and in corners covering up, playing defense, though he was being struck on the body and head with some shots. Still, Stiverne remained calm and even spoke to Arreola, something he did throughout the bout. Arreola would flurry with combinations, and then back away as Stiverne took his turn moving forward, but doing little but flicking jabs that mostly missed owing to being thrown from too far away. They were mostly being used as deterrents and range-finders. Stiverne only occasionally landed his big right, but not enough to win the round. He seemed to be loading up and not concerning himself with points. Arreola round.

 In the 3rd round, Stiverne landed some nice jabs and rights, but Arreola was still outworking him, especially when he got Bermane to the ropes. His flurries to the body and head had the crowd excited. Again Arreola was doing the work, Stiverne playing rope-a-dope defense, and loading up for the occasional big counter, not working much. It was Arreola’s round on superior work rate. He wasn’t hurting Stiverne, but was landing enough to win points.

 Again in the 4th round, Stiverne flicked jabs and mostly missed, using a paltry output. Arreola continued outworking him, particularly when he got Stieverne to the ropes. One had to wonder whether all of Stiverne’s big power punching was tiring him so much that he simply could not throw very often, given the energy output necessary for his big blows. This was another Arreola round.

The 5th round revealed a shift in the fight. Stiverne’s strategy to allow Arreola to work, but not land effectively very often, started to pay off. Arreola started to slow down, not throw as often, and move in more slowly. This allowed Stiverne to outbox him, using his quick outside blows to outland Arreola. Stiverne’s quick flicking jab was especially useful, hitting the head and body, and he occasionally hooked off of the jab. At one point, a big left hook rocked Arreola’s head. One had to cringe at the big blows Stiverne landed whenever he landed in this bout. When Bermane did land, there was no partial blocking by Chris. Stiverne landed some nice rights to the body and head as well.  Stiverne round.

 In the 6th round, Arreola continued moving in too slowly, both his guard and offensive output diminishing. Stiverne timed him with a powerful right, Arreola’s body gave out and he crumpled to the canvas. He gamely continued, but a barrage decked him again. He continued yet again, but the blows were rocking his head, and his legs were giving way, despite his efforts to continue. Hence, Referee Jack Reis saw the inevitable end and stepped in and stopped the bout.  Functionally, the bout was over when Arreola went down the first time. It was only his toughness and heart that kept him going.






Arreola-Stiverne Rematch Should Yield Fireworks

Adam J. Pollack

 The first time I saw Christobal Arreola was in 2001 at the National Golden Gloves in Reno, when he was just 178 pounds. His conditioning was tremendous, and he could really take a punch. Chris was an entertaining relentless warring machine. He won the tournament. I was impressed.

 Fast forward several years, and Arreola was a professional heavyweight. He was using the same style, taking it to guys, working the body and head, usually stopping his foes. He could still take a punch too. The only difference was he was bigger.

 However, Arreola continued getting bigger, and bigger. He still took it to guys, but his footwork slowed down, he threw less punches, and he got a bit slower. Because he was not making his opponents defend blows often enough, his defensive liabilities were getting exposed, and he was getting hit even more. He was still tough, and he had a heck of a chin, so he was always in fun fights. But the plodding Arreola got outboxed and outlanded by guys like Klitschko and even the smaller Adamek. Arreola struck me as a guy with a lot of ability, who could have been more, but never fully achieved his potential, owing to lack of discipline, particularly in regard to his diet.

 Here and there Arreola would train hard, watch his diet a bit more, and get down in weight. But then he would slip back into old habits, particularly for the fights that were the most meaningful. It was almost as if he could not help himself. Perhaps it was psychological. Weight and lack of training discipline could be alibis.

 When Arreola took on Bermane Stiverne, a fast, hard hitting, big, strong man with skill and ring generalship, instead of showing the discipline he needed to be at his best, Chris was a little less than what he needed. He again came into the ring too heavy. And once again, in a very good fight, Chris lost. He applied the pressure, threw some hard blows, but was just a bit too slow of hand and feet, and kept a pace that was within Stiverne’s comfort level. And so Chris lost the decision, and rightfully so. Yet, as always, Chris was fun to watch, because he took the punishment, got dropped by a brutal right to the nose, and kept trying, which is why he is still a fan favorite.

 But the time to suffer was in the gym, in training. Mike Tyson once said something to the effect that believe it or not, the hard part about fighting isn’t the fighting, but the training. When one trains hard and well, the fight should be easy.

 Arreola has been selling himself for this fight as being in better shape, more motivated and disciplined, having trained like he knew it might be his last chance for the big time. And yet, I keep thinking to myself that a leopard doesn’t change its spots, nor a zebra its stripes. People are who and what they are. The past is usually a harbinger of things to come. I don’t like Arreola when he is much over 230 pounds. I think he is too sluggish when very heavy.  So although people can change, can get motivated for the big one, as we saw with Buster Douglas against Mike Tyson, I will have to see it to believe it. The past usually repeats itself unless there is some fundamental alteration of style or preparation.

 It is possible that Arreola is telling the truth and has learned, adapted, improved, and trained harder than he did the first time he met Stiverne. It is also possible that Stiverne may be so full of confidence that it has become overconfidence. Bermane has been talking about knocking out Arreola. If he fights with that as his goal, it will be a fun fight for sure, and he will likely be giving Arreola his best chance to win. Boxing smart won the fight for Stiverne the first time. If he wars too much, he might regret it, because Chris can hit, and Chris can take a punch. The more you try to knock a guy out, the more likely it is that either you can be hit back, or you tire yourself out trying to earn the knockout. If Stiverne does that, then Arreola has a much better chance to win, and Stiverne may be the one with the regrets.

 Ultimately, regardless of what scenario plays out, I think it will be an entertaining fight. I don’t ever recall seeing Arreola in a boring fight. And rest assured, win or lose, Chris will give the fans a heck of a post-fight interview as well.

 The fight, which is being held at the USC Galen Center in Los Angeles, can be seen live on ESPN on Saturday evening.





WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 17, 2014) - Two world championship fights on one night is great for boxing fans. But Golden Boy Promotions and SHOWTIME believe that three is even better. So, on Saturday, April 19, joining the title fights between Bernard "The Alien" Hopkins and Beibut Shumenov and Peter "Kid Chocolate" Quillin and Lukas Konecny there will be a battle for the IBF Welterweight World title between champion Shawn "Showtime" Porter and former two-time and two division word champion and current NABF Welterweight titleholder Paulie "Magic Man" Malignaggi, making this tripleheader at the D.C. Armory in Washington, D.C. a must see.

"I fought hard to get this title. Paulie says he wants it, but is he willing to go through me to get it?" said Porter, who won his crown with an impressive win over Devon Alexander last December. "Fighting Malignaggi is like fighting Alexander. They don't have the strength or power to keep me away, and I will steamroll Paulie on my way to victory April 19."

"I'm excited to be back in a title fight so soon after my win over Zab Judah. I will become a three-time world champion on April 19," said Malignaggi. "Porter is a good fighter and I'm sure he'll be a champion again in the future, but he doesn't have the tools or experience to beat me."

A native of Akron, Ohio, unbeaten Shawn "Showtime" Porter (23-0-1, 14 KOs)showed on Dec. 7, 2013 that all of the rave reviews he received since his amateur days were well deserved, as he scored a 12-round unanimous decision win over Devon Alexander to win the IBF Welterweight World title. The win followed impressive professional victories over Julio Diaz, Phil Lo Greco and Alfonso Gomez that put Porter at the top of the 147-pound weight class. Now the 26-year-old begins his reign on April 19 against "Magic Man."

When he's not winning awards for his commentating work on SHOWTIME broadcasts, NABF Welterweight Champion Brooklyn's Paulie "Magic Man" Malignaggi (33-5, 7 KOs) is proving that, at 33, he's still one of the top welterweights in the world. Winner of six of his last seven bouts, with the only loss coming via split decision to Adrien Broner last June, Malignaggi was in top form when he defeated Zab Judah last December, and on April 19, he has the opportunity to become a three-time World Champion.

Hopkins vs. Shumenov, a 12-round fight for the IBF, IBA and WBA Light Heavyweight World Championship, will take place Saturday, April 19 at the DC Armory in Washington, D.C. The event is promoted by Golden Boy Promotions and sponsored by Corona, AT&T and Casamigos Tequila. In the co-features, Peter Quillin puts his WBO Middleweight World Title on the line against Lukas Konecny in a 12-round bout and Shawn Porter faces Paulie Malignaggi in a 12-round welterweight bout for his IBF World title. The live SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® telecast will begin at 9 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast) and will be available in Spanish via secondary audio programming (SAP).



Brooklyn, NY (January 14, 2014)--On Thursday night, February 27th at the Millennium Theater in Brooklyn, New York (1029 Brighton Beach Ave), Dmitry Salita's Star of David Promotions will be back with another edition of the Brooklyn Brawl series.

In the main event undefeated Cruiserweight contender Steve Bujaj (10-0, 6 KO's) is primed to stay undefeated as he fights in his first 8 round fight. The native New Yorker is Coming off an impressive performance on December 18th, when he stopped Mike Bissett in five rounds at Webster Hall. Steve is looking for another stoppage. Trainer of champions Billy Jilles said that the former Golden Gloves champions is " Best prospect in NYC"

In the co main event, Polish sensation Michael Chudecki (8-0, 3 KO's) looking to go for his first title as he takes on the tough, rugged and experienced Raphael Luna (4-6, 1 KO) in a Lightweight bout scheduled for eight rounds. Chudecki is coming off a six round unanimous decision over Joshua Nieves on December 18th at Webster Hall. Luna of Albany, New York coming off a NYC fight of the year candidate a 6 round draw against the undefeated Dimash Niyazov on December 18th at Webster Hall.

Jr. Middleweight Contender Steve Martinez (13-1, 10 KO's) of Bronx, New York is looking to make his way back to the ring and climb up the ranks. "I am the best Jr. Middleweight in New York and one of the best in the world. Now I am climbing up again, watch out!" said Martinez.

US Iraqi war veteran, undefeated Jr. Middleweight contender Shawn Cameron (6-0, 4 KO's) of Brooklyn, NY is dedicating his fight to the all the US military troops around the world. Cameron will compete in a 6 round bout.

Also seeing action in a six round bout will be Jr. Lightweight Angel Garcia (6-2, 2 KO's) of Brooklyn.

Fast and exciting undefeated Dimash Niyazov (4-0-2, 3 KO's) of Staten Island, NY is looking to impress his fans in a four round Lightweight bout.

The always-exciting Peter Reyes (4-0, 2 KO's) of New York will see action in a 4 round Middleweight bout. Former national Golden Gloves champion Jr. Welterweight Marcos Suarez (1-0-1) of Bronx, NY will also be on the card.

"I am grateful that we have such a full roster of talent for the show," said Dmitry Salita. "It is going to be a great and exciting night of boxing. I am excited to see Shawn Cameron, a war veteran that protected the United Stated to see action in the show! It's going to be a great night of bxing!"

Doors open at 6PM.

Tickets can be purchased at www.dsalita.com , eli@dsalita.com or by calling (646)481-5558


Top Super Featherweight Arash Usmanee to Face Mexican Slugger Juan Antonio Rodriguez on Friday Night Fights, January 10 at Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, Washington

On Friday, January 10, promoters Greg Cohen Promotions, DiBella Entertainment, Brian Halquist Productions, GH3 Promotions will proudly present "Battle at the Boat 94", a night of high-level professional boxing, televised live, worldwide by ESPN in the I-5 Showroom of the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, Washington.

In the night's main event, IBF #8-ranked Afghani-Canadian Arash Usmanee (20-1-1, 10 KOs) will face Mexican KO artist Juan Antonio "El Mozo" Rodriguez (25-4, 23 KOs) in a 10-round super featherweight battle.

And in the televised co-feature, longtime top contender and Erik Morales conqueror Zahir "Z-Man" Raheem (34-3, 21 KOs), the former Philadelphian turned hometown Tacoma hero, will continue his comeback against an opponent that is TBA.

On the undercard, former top cruiserweight contender Lateef "Power" Kayode (19-0, 15 KOs) will make the second appearance of his heavyweight campaign.

31-year-old Usmanee, was born in Afghanistan, is now based in Montreal, but trains in Las Vegas with former champion Eddie Mustafa Muhammad. He was last seen fighting to a draw with current IBF Super Featherweight Champion, Argenis Mendez, in August of 2013. In a battle many felt the aggressive Usmanee had won, the fight was declared a majority draw with one judge scoring for Usmanee.

Puebla, Mexico's hard-punching southpaw Juan Antonio Rodriguez was last seen n November of this year, scoring a TKO 4 over Javier Mercado at the Centro de Convenciones IMSS, in Tlalpan, Mexico. Rodriguez has been very competitive against top level opposition including former IBF Featherweight Champion Billy Dib, but has just fallen short. The fight against Usmanee will be his chance to join the upper ranks of the division.

37-year-old Zahir "Z Man" Raheem was a top-level featherweight for many years and scored a nationally televised win over all-time-great Erik Morales and dropped a highly questionable decision to multi-world champion Acelino Freitas. He began his comeback earlier this year and has notched three victories since stepping away in 2010. He was last seen scoring an impressive TKO 2 over Tim Coleman at the Emerald Queen Casino.

Undefeated 30-year-old Nigerian Lateef Kayode is best known for fighting to a draw with world champion and Roy Jones conqueror Antonio Tarver in June 2012. Kayode began campaigning as a heavyweight earlier this month and scored a devastating TKO 2 over Travis Fulton at the Chumash Casino in Santa Ynez, California.

"I am happy to be working with so many great promotional firms to bring this sensational event to the fans in Tacoma. We are expecting a total sell-out, standing room only." said event promoter Greg Cohen. "Arash Usmanee is the uncrowned champion of the world and I congratulate ESPN for recognizing his importance and putting him in another main event of one of their exceptional broadcasts. The entire night will be terrific. There is also a full undercard of local prospects. I expect this to be one of the best shows of the year."

"We are very excited to be working with Friday Night Fights once again," said Brian Halquist. "We have now been working with Zahir for over a year now and are absolutely ready for a national showcase. Being 3-0 with 3 knockouts, Zahir has done everything we have asked of him and more. After Zahir defeated Morales there were always questions surrounding a Raheem vs. Pacquiao fight, leaving behind some unfinished business. He belongs on the world stage and that's where we're going to take him."





on NBC

                                             at THE THEATER AT MADISON SQUARE GARDEN


Explosive 6'9" heavyweight contender and former unbeaten, Irish, Commonwealth and British Heavyweight Champion Tyson Fury, 20-0, 14 KO's, will make his New York debut on Saturday afternoon, April 20th when he takes on former cruiserweight World Champion Steve USS Cunningham, 25-5, 12 KO's, at The Theater at Madison Square Garden.

This fight is an official IBF Heavyweight Voluntary Eliminator fight for the #2 position between #9, Tyson Fury and #12, Steve Cunningham. The winner will become #2 and must meet #1 or the leading available contender to establish the mandatory challenger for Heavyweight King Wladimir Klitschko. The fight will be broadcast at 4PM ET on NBC as a special 2 hour afternoon presentation of NBC Sports Fight Night.

"Cunningham's got all the tools; a former World Champion, good fighter, he's got a lot of skill. I'm looking to put on a devastating performance; the best of my career to date." said Fury. "I'm absolutely ecstatic to be fighting at Madison Square Garden; it goes back in history and I can't wait to put my name with a long list of Champions who have fought there - I'm a historian of boxing myself so this is definitely the pinnacle of my career so far."

Mick Hennessy, Hennessy Sports CEO, said, "I'm very proud to say that Tyson Fury's American debut is taking place at Madison Square Garden, New York, this is a dream debut in the US for Tyson as this fight is also being shown live on network TV (NBC). It just doesn't get any better than this.

Steve Cunningham is ecstatic, "I'm looking forward to getting back in the ring on April 20th to face Fury. For the first time in my career I have a guy coming to my country to face me. I am certain he's never faced a fighter like me." He added, "What an amazing opportunity to fight in historic Madison Square Garden and return to NBC again. I am prepared to fight a great fight and come out with a victory."

Kathy Duva, Main Events CEO, "Giving Steve the opportunity to fight on NBC again - in a bigger venue for another shot at the #2 position in the IBF - after his controversial decision loss to Tomasz Adamek in December is what Main Events and Fight Night are all about.' Duva added, "Steve put on a fantastic performance against Adamek and deserves to be rewarded with this fight. We also get to introduce Tyson Fury, a young heavyweight contender, to the American public in a true crossroads match."




The history of great boxers to come out of the fine state of Ohio is rich and glorious. Many came well before my time. Jimmy Bivins and Johnny Risko. Joey Maxim, Paul Pirrone and the great Ezzard Charles. Need I go on ?

In my time that stretches back some forty years, this state has produced a fine array of talent in several weight classes. Let’s start with James “Buster” Douglas who re- wrote the definition of “upset” when he creamed Mike Tyson. Michael Dokes and Tony Tubbs will forever be in the record books as heavyweight titleholders.

The most popular big guy of my era was the thunderous punching Earnie Shavers. Ted Gullick and Mike Koranicki were better then average leather swappers.

Bernard Benton was a top flight cruiserweight as was hard punching Jeff Lampkin. The outstanding Prince Charles Williams was one of the best light heavyweights of his time. Go ask the astute Bobby Czyz for references. Doyle Baird of Akron met the likes of Nino Benvenuti, Emile Griffith, Don Fullmer and Jean Claude Bouttier as a middleweight. He had to go up to 175 to secure a title shot. At that weight he was outclassed by the capable Vincente Rondon. Roy Dale lost to the great “King” Carlos Monzon in a non-title encounter.

Aaron Pryor was the “Man” at 140. Two wins over Alexis Arguello cemented that. At 147 he was kayoed by Ohioan Bobby Joe Young. Bobby failed in his title try but Ohio produced two great champions at 135 lbs. in Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini and the hard punching Harry Arroyo. Greg Richardson dazzled them at 118 pounds.

There were many tough fighters like Carl and Mike Griffith. How about Ralph Moncrief who stopped Michael Olajide and Sanderline Williams who fought a draw with James Toney ? Craig Weber beat Frankie Randall and Angel Manfredy.

Kelly Pavlik has now been added to this long line of outstanding Ohio boxers. The legacy continues.

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