ENTERTAINMENT SIGNS FORMER UNIFIED JUNIOR WELTERWEIGHT WORLD
CHAMPION JULIUS INDONGO
New York, NY (January 5, 2018)
DIBELLA ENTERTAINMENT has signed former unified junior
welterweight world champion JULIUS "The
Blue Machine" INDONGO to an exclusive long-term
Sporting a record of 22-1 with 11 knockouts, the Namibia
native will be relocating his training camp to Omaha, Nebraska,
in preparation for his return to the ring in the United States.
Said Indongo, "I'm very happy for the opportunity to fight
for DiBella Entertainment. I will make sure that I work hard in
order to open doors for my fellow Namibians. It's an unexpected
dream that turned into reality. DiBella Entertainment, I'm
thrilled to continue my career and achieve my goals with your
"I'm very excited to start working with Julius, not only is
he a former unified junior welterweight world champion but also
a true road warrior, winning titles in both Russia and
Scotland," said LOU DIBELLA, President of DiBella Entertainment.
"He's very serious about becoming a world champion again,
including moving his training camp to the US, and I look forward
to working with him toward another world title opportunity."
Said Indongo manager MICHAEL CARTER, "We are really excited
to be a part of the DiBella Entertainment family, and are
extremely grateful for the opportunity. That being said, we are
confident that Julius Indongo will regain every title he lost
and obtain the others he was pursuing. With the backing of a
solid promotional company like DiBella Entertainment, we know
that Indongo will once again become a dominant force in the
junior welterweight division and become an even greater source
of pride to his Namibian fans and supporters."
On December 3, 2016, Indongo traveled to Moscow, Russia, to
knock out Eduard Troyanovsky in the first round to capture the
IBF junior welterweight world title.
Four months later, on April 15, 2017, Indongo won a 12-round
unanimous decision against Ricky Burns in Glasgow, Scotland,
adding the WBA junior welterweight world title around his waist.
In his most recent outing, fighting in the United States for
the first time and in the first four-belt world title
unification bout since 2004, Indongo suffered his only defeat to
Terence Crawford on August 19, 2017, in Lincoln, Nebraska.
With Crawford having vacated the belts and moving up to
welterweight, Indongo will begin the journey of reclaiming his
previously held titles.
WHO IS LUIS ARIAS?
Middleweight is 18-0, and OVERLOOKED.
Middleweight Luis Arias feels he has been
overlooked as a major player in the division. Arias states
that he is undefeated and nobody knows what he brings to the
table. He faces a stern test in top contender Daniel Jacobs,
who took GGG to the limit in his last fight earlier this year.
Besides some curse words, here what Arias had to say to
correspondent Krystal Hart.
Arias, originally from Cuba, residing in
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, comes into the ring with an 18-0 record,
with 9 knockouts. Arias is currently the USBA
Middleweight Champion, with his last bout, a TKO victory over
Arif Magomedev, on the undercard of the Ward-Kovalev fight in
Las Vegas on June 17th. He is ranked #6 in America by
Can Arias pull the upset? Can he do what few
others did? Arias thinks so, and claims that mistakes are in
Jacobs DNA. Tune in or see ya at the fights on HBO at 10pm
CONLAN: PROFESSIONAL BOXER
To make Professional
Debut on St. Patrick's Day at the theater at Madison Square
Ireland's own Michael "Mick"
Conlan will make his professional boxing debut at Madison Square
Garden on St Patrick's day. The
main event, which will be at junior featherweight, will be a six
round affair against Denver's Tim Ibarra
(4-4-1 KO). And to make it more of a night, Conlan will be
walked in by Irish MMA star Conar MacGregor.
Historically, some of the elite
Olympians have made their pro debuts at the Garden --- Evander
Holyfield, George Foreman, Pernel Whitaker, Mark Breland,
Jermaine Taylor and others have all made their debuts at the
Conlan, 25, from Belfast,
Northern Ireland, will take up camp in Los Angeles, California.
He is best remembered for his moments after a disputed decision
loss to Russia's Vladimir Nikitin in the summer Olympic games in
Rio de Janeiro. Nikitin was so banged up that he could not
continue in the tournament. The decision has resulted in hopeful
changes in Olympic scoring. With all that behind him Conlan was
recently signed by Top Rank.
Some terrific fighters have
fought in Madison Square Garden on St Pattys day. The whose who
list include Willie Pep, Beau Jack, Sergio Martinez and Matthew
And Boxing For The Young
an article by
At 26, Jessie Vargas is not the youngest boxer on the scene.
But he certainly started young. Aged only eight, he was picked
up for training by Roger Mayweather,
before moving on to former world champ
Cornelius BozaEdwards at the age
of ten. Given this extensive and impressive heritage, it’s
perhaps unsurprising that Vargas is currently the WBO
welterweight champion. Vargas’s career has not been short of
interesting and even controversial moments, which continue to
distinguish him almost as much as his undoubtedly impressive
boxing record and world championships.
It’s not unusual for young men to develop an interest in
boxing. Increasingly, crises in masculinity and growing pressure
to look (and, in some cases, act) a certain way have seen more
and more young men turning to the gym. The example of boxers who
started young, like Jessie Vargas, is arguably a very positive
influence on such young men. All too often, those who wish to be
fit, to ‘prove themselves’, or to fit in with a certain
idealised body image can
develop unhealthy obsessions,
to dangerous practices
in order to achieve their aims. Boxing gives these young men a
focus, a way in which to gain confidence and fitness without
becoming too fixated on abstract goals like ‘looking good’ or
‘feeling better’. Boxing puts young men in touch with their
bodies, helps them to understand their bodies as tools rather
than as aesthetic concepts, and gives them both confidence and
goals. Jessie Vargas began boxing at the age of eight, and was
in the ring in his teens. His example, arguably, provides a
great inspiration for otherwise directionless young men.
Vargas was born in Los Angeles in 1989. Having been training
as a boxer since childhood, it did not take long for the
developing champion to rack up an impressive amateur career. He
was twice US Junior National Champion, with a 120-20 record. At
the time, he was often confused with Mexican boxer
Francisco ‘El Bandito’ Vargas - particularly when he took on his Spanish
appellation ‘La Nuevo Generacion’. Even now, those researching
Vargas will find a lot of inaccurate information insisting that
he represented Mexico in the 2008 Beijing Olympics! However,
confusion diminished when Jessie Vargas went pro, and began to
distinguish himself in the professional arena. In 2008, he made
a name for himself by defeating Joel Gonzalez with a first round
KO. He went on to garner attention via a somewhat bizarre
incident with Trenton Titsworth. During a 2008 fight, Titsworth
kissed Vargas on the neck - a move which confused and amused
fans. Vargas was less amused, and punched Titsworth during the
break. After some debate, Titsworth was deducted two points for
‘Unsportsmanlike conduct’, while Vargas lost one point for
losing his temper. Jim Lampley, commentating for HBO,
said of the incident “He
kissed Vargas behind the ear which prompted Vargas to knock the
living shit out of him. A lot of guys will do that when you kiss
‘em”. In the years which followed, Vargas gained an impressive
record, defeating Daniel Sarmiento, Ramon Montano, and Vivian
Harris among others. He won his first world championship in
April 2014, defeating Khahbib Allakhverdiev for the WBO and IBO
junior welterweight titles. In 2015, he was defeated by Timothy
Bradley Jr in another curious match. Just as Vargas was
beginning to regain the upper hand in the match, with about 15
seconds to go, referee Pat Russell walked in and stopped the
match. The whole thing was a mistake - Russell had thought he
heard the bell - but Vargas was disappointed, later stating that
he could have won had Russell let the fight run for its allotted
time. Vargas has called for a rematch, which Bradley does not
appear reluctant to give.
Jessie Vargas Vital
Born - 1989 (Age 26)
Birthplace - Los Angeles, California (USA)
Hometown - Las Vegas, Nevada (USA)
Height - 5’10”/178cm
Reach - 71”/180cm
Stance - Orthodox
Alias - “La Nueva Generacion”
Manager - Cameron Dunkin
Trainers - Roger Mayweather, Cornelius Boza
Edwards, Robert Alzacar, Ismael Salas, Roy Jones Jr, Erik
Morales, Dewey Cooper
Titles - WBO World Welterweight Champion
(current), WBO and IBO World Light Superweight title (2014), WBS
Continental Americas welterweight title (2013)
The Next Great Fighter
By Adam J. Pollack
I have been following Terence Crawford
since his days as an amateur. Omaha is part of the Mid-West
region, so I had the opportunity to see him in action on several
occasions. At the National PAL, I saw him win a decision over
the talented Mikey Garcia. He always has been what you call
solid in all areas – good defense, speed, power, skill,
footwork, condition, chin, and will to win. He never was what
you call amazing in any one area, but he always was very good in
all areas. And that actually is what makes Terence Crawford
special in today’s world of boxing – he is a complete fighter.
Crawford can box or he can punch, he can fight inside or
outside, righty or southpaw, and can find openings to the body
or head. He is a versatile multi-faceted fighter who can adapt
and find a way to beat all different styles. In short, he is a
As a professional, Crawford has only improved and
developed further. He fought his fourth pro bout right here in
Iowa City in 2008, winning a unanimous decision over the durable
Aaron Anderson, impressing the crowd with his speed, work-rate,
defensive skills, and yes, power. Crawford is a boxer-puncher.
In 2010, Crawford again was in Iowa City, taking on Marty
Robbins, a fighter who had over 60 bouts of experience, stopping
him in the 3rd round with vicious well-placed body
Crawford wasn’t a star then, but he wasn’t being
rushed either. His manager, Cameron Dunkin, was developing him
gradually, allowing him to progress properly, giving him the
right opponents, the kind who help develop a young prospect and
enable him not only to be positioned to fight for a title, but
ready to win it when the time comes. And that type of management
has borne fruit.
Crawford’s first big test came in 2013 against
Breidis Prescott, a big, tall, powerful junior welterweight.
Prescott was best known for knocking out Amir Khan in the 1st
round, and for his highly entertaining war with Mike Alvarado in
which he was tko’d in the final round. Crawford boxed
intelligently, winning a clear unanimous decision over Prescott,
showing that he could compete with bigger, more powerful men.
Thereafter, Crawford’s confidence seemed to
skyrocket. He next defeated 34-1-1 Alejandro Sanabria on a 6th
round tko, and earned a unanimous decision victory over then
16-0 Andrey Klimov, winning every round. He won his first world
championship by defeating Scotland’s 36-2-1 Ricky Burns via
unanimous decision in Scotland to win the WBO world lightweight
title. Not bad at all for someone from Omaha, Nebraska, a place
that is not exactly a hotbed of boxing.
But the fight that proved that Crawford isn’t just
good but special was the war with then undefeated 23-0 Yuriorkis
Gamboa. Former Olympic gold medalist Gamboa was one of those
obvious Cuban talents with blazing speed, crushing power, solid
footwork, good condition, and a great will to win. In the fight
of the year, Gamboa and Crawford went at it, and Crawford
emerged with the knockout victory in the 9th round.
Crawford’s most entertaining performance was in his biggest and
toughest fight, showing he is a fighter who can and will rise to
And with that victory, Terence Crawford became the
next big deal in boxing, the guy you admire and can’t wait to
see next. We now know he indeed is one heck of a fighter and
boxer combined, and will find a way to win the tough fight. He
followed up the Gamboa victory with a solid workmanlike
performance, displaying his boxing skill in earning a clear
unanimous decision over the tough and durable 29-6-1 Ray
Seeking bigger game and tougher challenges,
Crawford moved up to 140 pounds to fight then 22-1 Thomas
Dulorme, who had victories over Demarcus Corley, Karim Mayfield,
and Hank Lundy. Once again, when danger seemed to loom largest,
Crawford put forth an impressive performance. Against Dulorme,
Crawford demonstrated his versatility and adaptability, starting
off as a cautious quick elusive boxer, but eventually figuring
out his powerful opponent and attacking and finishing him off in
the 6th round.
Next up for Crawford will be his fourth pro fight
in his home state of Nebraska. Crawford singlehandedly has
revitalized boxing in Nebraska. He has been packing the Century
Link Center, proving that spectators will flock to see a star,
no matter where he is from, or where he is fighting.
Crawford is taking on Dierry Jean, no easy foe.
Jean has a solid record of 29-1 with 20 KOs. The French
Canadian’s only loss was a decision to former champion Lamont
Peterson (who just recently gave Danny Garcia all he could
handle and defeated former undefeated Olympic gold medalist
Felix Diaz). Since then, Jean has won four straight fights,
three by knockout, all against solid opposition. Jean is a true
professional with good skill, power, and toughness.
No one expects Jean to win against such a complete
fighter as Crawford, but nevertheless, everyone wants to see
Crawford perform and be tested, because they know they are
watching someone special, the next big thing. And since Jean is
no slouch, he should be able to force Crawford to display his
abilities. What we do know about Terence Crawford at this point
is the sterner the test, the more he rises to the occasion.
Fans are waiting for one of the elite fighters at
140 – 147 pounds to risk taking on Crawford. In the meantime,
Crawford is going to continue developing, increasing his profile
in the sport. Be sure to watch Crawford-Jean this Saturday,
October 24 on HBO.
HYLAND LOOKING TO SHINE
WHEN HE HEADLINES
"McMAYHEM IN MIDTOWN"
WORLD TITLE CONTENDER PATRICK HYLAND KICKS OFF
2015 CAMPAIGN ON THE EVE OF ST. PATRICK'S DAY IN NYC
SATURDAY, MARCH 14TH
AT THE THEATER AT MADISON SQUARE GARDEN
New York, NY (2/11/15) - When once-beaten world title
contender Patrick Hyland (29-1, 13KO's) fights on the upcoming "McMayhem
in Midtown" card Saturday, March 14, at the Theater at Madison
Square Garden, the featherweight will be fulfilling a lifelong
"I'm thrilled to be headlining a card at the 'Mecca of
Boxing' on the eve of St. Patrick's Day. It just doesn't get
much better than that," said the fighting Irishman Hyland. "When
I signed with Lou (DiBella) last year, I told him that it was a
dream of mine to fight here. Having the chance to headline a
card, just days before all of the St. Patrick's Day Parade
festivities just makes it that much more special."
Nicknamed "The Punisher", Hyland's lone defeat as a
professional came against undefeated Javier Fortuna for the
interim WBA world featherweight title in 2012. Following the
loss to Fortuna, Hyland was forced to sit on the sidelines for a
year and a half as he waited for his contract with his previous
promoter to expire. Once a free agent, Hyland quickly signed
with DiBella Entertainment (DBE) late last year and has since
strung together two impressive victories; a fourth-round TKO
over Noel Echevarria and a dominant points victory over Oszkar
Fiko. Hyland is looking to have an even bigger and better 2015,
as he continues to stay active and position himself for another
world title opportunity.
"Last year was good for me and my career. I was able to
sign with Lou, get back in the ring and shake off the rust, and
get back to my winning ways. My only loss as a pro came against
Fortuna, and even in the loss, I showed the world that I am one
of the best 126-pounders in all of boxing. I honestly believe
that this is going to be my year. As long as I continue to win
and do my job, I know that Lou will give me the opportunities to
show the world that I am a force in the division and to once
again challenge for a piece of the featherweight world
championship," stated Hyland.
The card on March 14 is promoted by DiBella Entertainment,
Ring of Fire Promotions and FDNY Bravest Boxing and features an
exciting night of both professional and amateur boxing. In
addition to Hyland, the pro portion of the card will also
showcase the long-awaited return of popular light heavyweight
boxer-turned-New York firefighter Will "Power" Rosinsky (17-2, 9
KOs). Opponents for both bouts will be announced shortly. The
amateur portion of the card will be made up of fights between
the FDNY Bravest Boxing team and the Garda Siochana Boxing team
of the Irish National Police Force who will be making the trip
over from Ireland. It will be the third meeting between the two
teams, with the 2015 Transatlantic Championship at stake.
Tickets for "McMayhem in Midtown" are priced at $100, $65
and $35, and are currently on sale. Tickets are available for
purchase by calling the DiBella Entertainment office at (212)
947-2577. Doors open at 7:00 PM, with the first bout scheduled
for 7:30 PM.
The event is sanctioned by USA Boxing and the NYSAC.
OP;Maidana’s Performance No Surprise
Adam J. Pollack
A lot of folks
are expressing surprise at Marcos Maidana’s performance, saying
he is a lot better than they thought, while at the same time
saying Mayweather is slipping. The truth is that Mayweather is
just as good as he has been during the past year, but in Maidana,
he met an opponent whose style would most test him. Struggling
with a very tough foe does not mean one is slipping. You aren’t
always going to be able to look good against or dominate really
rough, tough, strong, relentless, experienced fighters.
The way this
fight played out was no surprise to me whatsoever. I said all
along that Maidana would be a tough test for Mayweather. In
articles I wrote leading up to the fight, I said:
Why am I excited about this fight? … Marcos Maidana is a guy
who makes things happen, a guy who makes his opponent fight, who
usually finds a way to hit him very hard, and forces him to deal
with more pressure, strength, and hard punches than with which
he is used to dealing. … Marcos Maidana is the type of fighter
who will make Floyd fight hard, give him some troubles, and make
it a more entertaining fight, with the specter of defeat at the
hands of one punch hanging in the air. … The fact is that most
of Floyd’s most entertaining fights were against game inside
fighters with power. That is Maidana. …
Marcos Maidana … is very strong, sturdy, durable, relentless,
powerful, and knows how to get close. He hits the body, keeps a
good pace, and at times puts his punches together in nonstop
fashion surprisingly well. At age 30, he’s looking as frisky as
ever. So will it likely be a fun fight, one in which Floyd will
have to really show us what he has? You bet.
Hence, the fight
was what it was. It was the beautiful defensive specialist with
speed and skill up against the relentless warrior. It was one
heck of a fight, and we all should laud Mayweather for taking on
a guy who was a much tougher style matchup than Amir Khan would
have been. I applaud both fighters for giving us a great fight.
Meeting Tuesday, Sept. 17
(September 16, 2013) – Ring 8 will pay tribute to the late,
great Emile Griffith at tomorrow night’s (Tuesday, Sept. 17 at 7
p.m. ET) monthly meeting at historic Waterfront Crabhouse, in
Long Island City, New York.
six-time, three-division world champion Griffith (85-24-2, 23
KOs) was born in the Virgin Islands but lived most of his life
in New York City. He was inducted into the International Boxing
Hall of Fame in 1990 and was also inducted into the first class
of the New York State Boxing Hall of Fame in 2012, which is
sponsored by Ring 8.
tribute will include several speakers as well as viewing of some
of Griffith’s best fights on a projector screen. Speakers will
include his biographer, Ron Ross, Emile’s son, Louis, boxing
historian Henry Hascup and Bobby Bartels, his former sparring
partner and past president of Ring 8.
fights being shown are against Dick Tiger, Luis Rodriguez,
Florentino Fernandez, Andy Heilman, Rubin “Hurricane” Carter,
and the second Nino Benvenutti fight.
special to all of us at Ring 8 and were excited about paying
tribute to this great man and fighter,” Ring 8 president Bob
Duffy said. “He was a Ring 8 member for many years and we were
all very fortunate to know him.”
ABOUT RING 8:
Formed in 1954 by an ex-prizefighter, Jack Grebelsky, Ring 8
became the eighth subsidiary of what was then known as the
National Veteran Boxers Association — hence, RING 8 — and
today the organization’s motto still remains: Boxers Helping
RING 8 is fully committed
to supporting less fortunate people in the boxing community who
may require assistance in terms of paying rent, medical
expenses, or whatever justifiable need.
Go on line
www.Ring8ny.com for more information about RING 8, the
largest group of its kind in the United States with more than
350 members. Annual membership dues is only $25.00 and each
member is entitled to a buffet dinner at RING 8 monthly
meetings, the third Tuesday of every month, excluding July and
August. All active boxers, amateur and professional, are
entitled to a complimentary RING 8 yearly membership.
THE TRAGIC STORY OF ESTEBAN
If ever a boxer was a victim of being in the wrong place at the wrong
time, it was Puerto Rico’s
Esteban De Jesus. This former one time
claimant of the W.B.C. lightweight title may have been the best Puerto
Rican 135 pounder since Carlos Ortiz. Unfortunately he boxed during the
era of possibly the greatest of all lightweights,
Roberto Duran. This occurred on
November 17, 1972 at
Madison Square Garden. Esteban floored
Duran in the first round and then boxed his way to a decision win in a
non-title bout. Then he twice whipped the respected Ray Lampkin in bouts
for the American Lightweight title thus establishing himself as the top
On his way to his first meeting with Duran, Esteban had lost just
once and that was to W.B.A. featherweight champion Antonio Gomez in a
non-title fight. He defeated Josque Marquez twice, Victor Ortiz, Lionel
Hernandez, Percy Hayles, Angel Robinson, and Cleveland’s Chuck Wilburn.
After his victory over Duran, Esteban defeated the classy Johnny Gant
and former junior welterweight titleholder, Alfonso Frazier. These
victories finally set up a title shot against Duran. On March 16, 1974
in Panama City, Esteban again decked Duran in the first round. this time
though Roberto was in much better condition and he gradually wore down
his formidable foe stopping Esteban in round eleven.
One year later De Jesus moved up in
weight and challenged Antonio Cervantes
for the junior welterweight championship. Once again Esteban faded down
the stretch as he dropped a fifteen round decision. Again one year later
De Jesus received yet another title opportunity. He was matched with
W.B.C. lightweight champion Guts Suzuki. Showing his true class Esteban
Dominated Suzuki to win an easy decision and the crown. De Jesus would
defend his title successfully three times thus setting up the rubber
match with Duran for the undisputed title.
Duran v De Jesus III was held in Las Vegas and this much anticipated
Superfight would determine once and for all who was the world’s best
lightweight. In possibly the best performance of his career Duran proved
his superiority halting Estsban in round twelve. De Jesus would come
back and put together another win streak that included a victory over
Edwin Viruet. Once more De Jesus was granted a title shot. This time he
would meet W.B.C. junior welterweight champion Saoul Mamby. The bout
took place on July 7, 1980 and the signs of Esteban’s obviously eroding
skills were there for all to see. Mamby finally halted an exhausted and
outclassed De Jesus in round thirteen. The final chapter in this fine
but yet tragic career Esteban would never gain full acceptance as
lightweight champion although only the great Duran could master him.
Esteban’s final ledger is as follows; 62 bouts, 57 victories, and only 5
defeats. He scored 32 knockouts and he was stopped 3 times. All of his
setbacks were to world champions, Gomez, Duran twice, Cervantes, and
The bad luck that dogged Esteban's career was only an
omen of things to come. Not long after his retirement
Esteban was involved in a traffic dispute during which
he shot and killed a seventeen-year-old youth. For this
crime De Jesus was sentenced to life in prison. While in
prison De Jesus was infected with AIDS -- bedridden and
dying Esteban received a surprise visit from none other
then his old adversary,
Roberto Duran. In a
moment of compassion completely out of character for the
mean and macho Duran, he had come to pay his respects.
He had come to show his admiration for his toughest foe.
He also knew in his heart that Esteban was a true
Conlan ready for the Garden on March 17th
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