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MEET MICHAEL CONLAN: PROFESSIONAL BOXER

To make Professional Debut on St. Patrick's Day at the theater at Madison Square Garden

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 Garden.

 

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 Macklin. 

JLM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jessie Vargas And Boxing For The Young

an article by Helen French

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 Boza Edwards 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.

Starting Young

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, or turn 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.

Biography

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 Statistics

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)

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Terence Crawford:

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 winner.

 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 blows.  

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 the occasion.

 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 Beltran.

 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"
IRELAND'S FEATHERWEIGHT
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 dream.

"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.

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Tribute to Emile Griffith

Ring 8 Meeting Tuesday, Sept. 17

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NEW YORK (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.

 The 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.

 His 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.

Griffith’s fights being shown are against Dick Tiger, Luis Rodriguez, Florentino Fernandez, Andy Heilman, Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, and the second Nino Benvenutti fight. 

“Emile was 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 Boxers.

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 to 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 DEJESUS

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 contender.

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 Mamby.

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 champion.

 

 

JIM AMATO

 

 

Conlan ready for the Garden on March 17th

 

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