EVANDER HOLYFIELD KICKS OFF “REAL DEAL CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING”
SERIES AT FREEDOM HALL IN LOUISVILLE, KY
ON CBS SPORTS NET, SATURDAY, JUNE 24
KY – May 12, 2017 –
Four-time heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield and his
company Real Deal Sports & Entertainment announced today
that he will kick off his “Real Deal Championship Boxing”
series on Saturday, June 24, at Freedom Hall in Louisville,
KY, in partnership with locally based Top Knotch Boxing and
undercard at Freedom Hall will consist of three amateur and
eight professional bouts, including local boxers.
Participants in the main event and undercard will be
announced within the next 10 days.
first installment of the “Real Deal Championship Boxing”
series on June 24 will be branded as “Evander’s Tribute to
Ali” that will air live on CBS Sports Net at 10pm ET. The
fight card will be a part of the locally based “I Am Ali”
Festival, which is a six-week celebration of the one-year
anniversary of Muhammad Ali’s passing and his global impact
proud to bring the inaugural event for the ‘Real Deal
Championship Boxing’ series to Louisville, KY, and I am
especially pleased to have it take place during the ‘I Am
Ali’ Festival,” said Evander Holyfield. “I share many of the
same principles as Ali, and this event allows me to pay
tribute to his legacy.”
an inspiration to me as I started my professional career;
the integrity and sportsmanship that this event brings to
boxing is one way I can give back to fighters to help them
succeed, both in the ring and in life,” Holyfield continued.
thrilled to welcome Evander Holyfield and Real Deal Sports &
Entertainment to Kentucky for this exciting night of
boxing,” said Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin. “Our state has a
rich boxing heritage, and we have worked hard in recent
months to cut red tape and remove unnecessary bureaucracy
hampering the industry. As a result, Kentucky is able to
once again host large scale, combat sports events. We
anticipate that this will be the first of many to come and
are grateful to Real Deal Sports & Entertainment for their
vote of confidence.”
Sports Net broadcast will open with a tribute to Muhammad
Ali hosted by Holyfield and narrated by CBS Sports Net
commentator Benny Ricardo.
“Louisville loves sports, and we love to win,” said
Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer. “This event is a big win for
our city, and another chance for us to welcome folks from
around the nation and the world to the hometown of Muhammad
last professional boxing event held at Freedom Hall took
place on July 30, 2004, when a relative unknown from England
named Danny Williams shocked Mike Tyson by stopping him in
the fourth round. Among the fights on the undercard that
night, Laila Ali, daughter of Muhammad Ali, defended her
IWBF super middleweight title with a ninth-round TKO against
Hall is a major venue in boxing history, starting with
Muhammad Ali’s professional debut in 1960 through Jimmy
Ellis’ heavyweight world title elimination battle against
Argentinean Oscar Bonavena in 1967, and Mike Tyson’s defeat
in 2004,” said Jason Rittenberry, President and CEO of
Kentucky Venues. “We are very proud and excited to partner
with Evander Holyfield’s Real Deal Sports & Entertainment
and Joe Reeves’ Top Knotch Boxing to bring the next
generation of champion boxers to Freedom Hall and to the
thrilled to be able to play a role in bringing
championship-level boxing back to Louisville,” said Joe
Reeves, founding partner of Top Knotch Boxing and board
member of Louisville TKO, one of two beneficiaries of the
event. “Louisville TKO strives every day to empower young
men and women to build positive futures by offering a
structured boxing program, positive reinforcement, academic
support, and connection to the community. This event allows
us to continue this focus on youth development.”
“Evander’s Tribute to Ali” takes place during the week of
the “I Am Ali” Festival that highlights Muhammad’s core
value of respect.
losing The Champ in June, there has been a renewed interest
in Muhammad Ali’s life from the community and the world. His
work, both in and out of the ring, truly exemplifies why he
earned the title of the ‘Greatest of All Time’,” said
Muhammad Ali Center President and CEO Donald Lassere. “It is
appropriate to bring back championship-level boxing to
Muhammad’s hometown of Louisville, KY, where his
professional career was launched. We’re excited to host it
as part of the community-wide ‘I Am Ali’ Festival, running
June 3 through July 15, which will celebrate Ali's life and
the proceeds from the June 24 event will be donated to
Louisville TKO and the Muhammad Ali Center to help support
youth development activities in the Louisville area.
“Experience and history tell us that sports often change the
lives of young people for the better,” said Karl Schmitt,
Jr., President and CEO of the Louisville Sports Commission.
“Boxing provided Muhammad Ali the opportunity of a lifetime,
and we especially are thrilled to help bring
championship-level boxing back to Louisville to benefit two
FIGHT FOR THE RIGHT TO FIGHT
On March 22, 1967, Muhammad Ali defended his world
heavyweight boxing championship for the ninth time, knocking
out Zora Folley in the seventh round. This would be Ali’s
last bout for over three and a half years.
On April 28, 1967, Muhammad Ali reported for but declined
to submit to induction into the Armed Forces of the United
States on the grounds of his religious beliefs as a minister
of the Islamic Religion.
That same day, the New York State Athletic Commission
suspended Muhammad Ali’s boxing license because of his
refusal to submit to induction. The World Boxing Association
(W.B.A.) immediately stripped Ali of his title. It soon
became clear that no state would allow Ali to box.
On June 20, 1967, Ali’s federal criminal jury trial
resulted in his conviction for knowingly and willfully
refusing to submit to induction into the Armed Forces of the
United States, a felony. Although he had no prior criminal
record or charges, the judge sentenced Ali to five years
imprisonment and a fine of $10,000. Imprisonment was delayed
pending the result of Ali’s appeals.
On September 22, 1969, Ali applied to the New York State
Athletic Commission for renewal of his expired license to
box in New York. On October 14, 1969, the Commission
unanimously denied his application because his “refusal to
enter the service and felony conviction in violation of
Federal law is regarded by this Commission to be detrimental
to the best interests of boxing, or to the public interest,
convenience or necessity.” Following the Commission’s
decision, Ali brought an action for a preliminary injunction
restraining the Commission from denying him a license to box
in the State of New York.
The legal battle was important, because it was clear that
no other state would allow Ali to box, for the same reasons.
He could not leave the country to box, because his passport
had been seized as a condition of his release on $5,000 bond
pending his appeal.
On September 14, 1970, the United States District Court
for the Southern District of New York granted Ali’s motion
for a preliminary injunction restraining the New York State
Athletic Commission from refusing to grant him a boxing
license. Ali’s Fourteenth Amendment Due Process claim was
based in part on his charge that the Commission’s action was
arbitrary and capricious in that Ali’s conviction for draft
evasion had no rational relationship to the regulated
activity of boxing and therefore was irrelevant to the
proper exercise of the Commission’s functions. The Court
Ali also alleged that the Commission discriminated
against him in violation of his rights under the Equal
Protection clause of the Fourteenth Amendment, which
requires the government to treat similarly situated persons
similarly, without discrimination. The Court also agreed.
In support of his equal protection claim, Ali
demonstrated numerous other occasions in which professional
boxers who had been convicted of crimes had been licensed
despite their records. For example, Joey Giardello had been
convicted of assault. Rocco Barbella, also known as Rocky
Graziano, twice had been convicted of petty larceny, and had
been court martialed while serving in the United States Army
and convicted of being absent without leave and disobeying
orders. Graziano was sentenced to one year hard labor and a
dishonorable discharge. Sonny Liston had been convicted of
armed robbery and assault with intent to kill. Unlike Ali,
these boxers had been granted licenses to box.
The Commission’s records revealed at least 244 instances
in recent years in which it granted, renewed, or reinstated
boxing licenses to applicants who had been convicted of one
or more felonies, misdemeanors or military offenses. Some 94
felons licensed included persons convicted of activities
such as second degree murder, burglary, armed robbery,
extortion, grand larceny, rape, sodomy, aggravated assault
and battery, embezzlement, arson, and receiving stolen
property. The 15 military offenses included convictions or
dishonorable discharges for desertion from the Armed Forces
of the United States, assault upon an officer, burglary and
larceny. 35 licenses were granted to felons and
misdemeanants in 1968 and 1969, subsequent to the suspension
of Ali’s license.
Furthermore, the Commission had not in the past
distinguished between recent convictions or sentences not
yet served, and those older or served. The Commission’s
records revealed numerous instances where a license had been
issued in the same year of the applicant’s conviction of a
serious crime. 28 boxers had been licensed to box while on
probation, and 26 while serving their sentences on parole.
Regardless, such distinctions would have the undesirable
effect of discouraging a convicted applicant from exercising
his right to pursue an appeal.
The court held that denying Ali a license because of his
refusal to serve in the Armed Forces, while granting
licenses to hundreds of other applicants convicted of other
crimes and military offenses, appeared to be on its face
intentional, arbitrary, and unreasonable discrimination. The
court could not find a rational basis for singling out the
offense of draft evasion as detrimental to the interests of
boxing while holding that criminal activities such as
murder, rape, and arson were not so classified. Draft
offenders do not usually pose rehabilitation problems or
threats to the public safety in the way that convicts of
other crimes do. Additionally, there could be no rational
basis for distinguishing between a deserter from the Armed
Forces, to whom a license was granted, and a person who
refuses to serve in the first place.
Therefore, the court granted Ali’s motion and enjoined
the Commission from denying him a license to box. Although
his federal criminal appeals were ongoing, Muhammad Ali
would be able to box again.
Undercard for this weekend GGG card has been set. Two
female bouts are also seeing action...
Fans watching on HBO will see world middleweight champion
Gennady “GGG” Golovkin fight Dominic Wade and flyweight king
Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez take on McWilliams Arroyo. Fans
attending the fights at the Fabulous Forum in Inglewood will
see four additional undercard matches.
In female action, Kenia Enriquez (15-1, 7 KOs) faces
Amaris “Diamond Girl” Quintana (9-2-2, 1 KOs) in an eight
round flyweight bout and Seniesa “Superbad” Estrada (5-0, 1
KO) battles Selene Lopez (3-4-3, 1 KO). Also, undefeated
lightweight prospect Ryan “Blue Chip” Martin (13-0, 8 KOs)
meets Rosberg “Lobito” Montoya (16-7-1, 13 KOs) in a
scheduled six round clash. Rounding out the action is a
“Battle of the Pedros” as undefeated junior lightweight
Pedro “Little Pete” Duran (13-0, 10 KOs) collides with Pedro
“Manitas de Piedra” Lopez (6-2-1, 2 KOs).
STATE ANNOUNCES CLASS OF 2016
NEW YORK (December 29, 2015) –
The New York State Boxing Hall of Fame (NYSBHOF), sponsored
by Ring 8, has announced its 18-member Class of 2016. The
fifth annual NYSBHOF induction dinner will be held Sunday
afternoon (12:30-5:30 p.m. ET), April 3, at Russo’s On The
Bay in Howard Beach, New York.
“This is another very strong class of inductees,” said
Ring 8 & NYSBHOF president Bob Duffy, who was inducted into
the NYSBHOF last year. “We are honoring New York’s finest in
our sport. This is all about recognizing great fighters, as
well as others involved in boxing, from the state of New
Living boxers heading into the NYSBHOF include former
world welterweight champion (’90-91) and 1986 New York
Golden Gloves winner, Bronx fighter Aaron “Superman” Davis
(49-6, 31 KOs), Rochester’s world junior welterweight
champion (’93-94) Charles “The Natural” Murray (44-9, 26
KOs), Bronx two-time world lightweight title challenger and
1970 New York Golden Gloves co-champion Vilomar Fernandez
(30-11-2, 9 KOs), and New York City’s world lightweight
title challenger Edwin Viruet.
Posthumous participants being inducted are Spanish
Harlem’s 4-time, 3-division world champion Hector “Macho”
Camacho (79-6-3, 45 KOs), Brooklyn’s world middleweight
champion (1952) Rocky Graziano (67-10-6, 52 KOs), Buffalo’s
world lightweight (’25-26) titlist Rocky Kansas (62-11-6, 38
KOs), Brooklyn’s 2-time world bantamweight titleholder Joe
Lynch (99-36-19 2 NC, 37 KOs) and Brooklyn’s “uncrowned
welterweight champion” Joe Miceli (60-42-8, 28 KOs).
Non-participants heading into the NYSBHOF are Canastota’s
International Boxing Hall of Fame executive director Ed
Brophy, Bronx promoter Joe DeGuardia, Melville’s
commissioner/media personality Randy Gordon and Queens
promoter/manager Dennis Rappaport.
Posthumous non-participant inductees are Bronx manager
Howie Albert, Manhattan’s East Side trainer/cutman Freddie
Brown, New York City television commentator
Howard Cosell, Manhattan’s Lower East Side
boxer/referee Ruby Goldstein and New York City manager Jimmy
Each inductee will receive a custom-designed belt
signifying his induction into the NYSBHOF. Plaques are on
display at the New York State Athletic Commission.
The 2016 inductees were selected by the NYSBHOF
nominating committee members: Jack Hirsch, Steve Farhood,
Bobby Cassidy, Jr., Don Majeski, Henry Hascup, Ron McNair,
Angelo Prospero and Neil Terens.
All boxers needed to be inactive for at least three years
in order to be eligible for NYSBHOF induction, and all
inductees must have resided in New York State for a
significant portion of their boxing careers or during the
prime of their respective career.
CLASS of 2012: Carmen
Basilio, Mike McCallum, Mike Tyson, Jake LaMotta, Riddick
Bowe, Carlos Ortiz, Vito Antuofermo, Emile Griffith, “Sugar”
Ray Robinson, Gene Tunney, Benny Leonard, Tony Canzoneri,
Harold Lederman, Steve Acunto, Jimmy Glenn, Gil Clancy, Ray
Arcel, Nat Fleischer, Bill Gallo and Arthur Mercante, Sr.
CLASS of 2013: Jack Dempsey,
Johnny Dundee, Sandy Saddler, Maxie Rosenbloom, Joey Archer,
Iran Barkley, Mark Breland, Bobby Cassidy, Doug Jones,
Junior Jones, James “Buddy” McGirt, Eddie Mustafa Muhammad,
Bob Arum, Shelly Finkel, Tony Graziano, Larry Merchant,
Teddy Brenner, Mike Jacobs, Tex Rickard and Don Dunphy.
CLASS OF 2014: Floyd
Patterson, Tracy Harris Patterson, Billy Backus, Kevin
Kelley, Juan LaPorte, Gerry Cooney, Mustafa Hamsho, Howard
Davis, Jr., Lou Ambers, Jack Britton, Terry McGovern, Teddy
Atlas, Lou DiBella, Steve Farhood, Gene Moore, Angelo
Prospero, Whitey Bimstein, Cus D’Amato, William Muldoon and
CLASS OF 2015: Saoul Mamby,
Joey Giambra, Johnny Persol, Harold Weston, Lonnie Bradley,
Paul Berlenbach, Billy Graham, Frankie Genaro, Bob Miller,
Tommy Ryan, Jimmy Slattery, Bob Duffy, Mike Katz, Tommy
Gallagher, Bruce Silverglade, Charley Goldman, Jimmy
Johnston, Cedric Kushner, Harry Markson, Damon Runyon and Al
Tickets are priced at $125.00 per adult and $50.00 for
children (under 16), and include a complete brunch and
cocktail hour upon entry, starting at 12:30 PM/ET, as well
as dinner (prime rib, fish or poultry) and open bar
throughout the evening. Tickets are available to purchase by
calling NYSBHOF/Ring 8 president Bob Duffy at 516.313.2304.
Ads for the NYSBHOF program are available, ranging from
$50.00 to $250.00, by contacting Duffy. Go on line at
additional information about the New York State Boxing Hall
COTTO VS. CANELO ALVAREZ
WHO WILL BE
VICTORIOUS ON NOVEMBER 21?
FIGURES AND MEDIA WRITERS MAKE THEIR PREDICTIONS FOR THE
EPIC PUERTO RICO VS. MEXICO SHOWDOWN
LIVE FROM THE
MANDALAY BAY Events Center in Las Vegas AND produced and
distributed by HBO Pay-Per-View
LAS VEGAS (Nov. 17, 2015) –
Buzz is building for the epic showdown set for this
Saturday, November 21 when Ring Magazine Middleweight
World Champion Miguel Cotto (40-4, 33 KOs) and former
two-time Super Welterweight World Champion Canelo Alvarez
(45-1-1, 32 KOs) will meet in the ring at the Mandalay Bay
Events Center in Las Vegas for the Ring Magazine
Middleweight World Championship.
Home to some of the greatest fighters to ever lace up the
gloves, the middleweight division has long been a favorite
of boxing fans because of the opportunity to watch fighters
with unique skill sets and intangibles compete on the
sport’s biggest stages.
As 20-time middleweight world champion Bernard Hopkins
has said of the division he ruled for more than a decade,
“The middleweight division has the power of the
heavyweights, and the speed of the flyweights. That’s why
the middleweight division will always be one of the
prestigious divisions of all-time.”
In 2015, a group of middleweights are in the midst of a
quest to add their own names to the aforementioned list, and
beginning with the November 21 mega fight between Puerto
Rico’s Miguel Cotto and Mexico’s Canelo Alvarez at the
Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas; the era of the “New
Kings of the Middleweight Division” is underway.
Cotto vs. Canelo is shaping up to be the biggest fight in
boxing this year and the biggest fight in the history of the
famed Puerto Rico vs. Mexico rivalry. Below is what
celebrities, sports figures, media writers and other
fighters had to say about their picks for the outcome of
Cotto vs. Canelo on Nov. 21:
Sugar Ray Leonard, Six-Time World
Champion and Olympic Gold Medalist:
“I like Cotto for sentimental reasons and for what he has
meant to the sport and boxing fans! Canelo has developed and
grown along the way and taken to school against one of the
best in Mayweather. If Cotto becomes that Miguel Cotto I
remember, he will win by a smart, technical and fearless
Lennox Lewis, Undisputed World
Heavyweight Champion and Olympic Gold Medalist:
“I’m picking Cotto over Canelo because he has the most
George Foreman, Two-Time
Heavyweight Champion and Olympic Gold Medalist:
“It will be a battle of wills as they are evenly matched.
In my opinion, things will start to separate after that.
Canelo Alvarez punches like a mule. Cotto just doesn't have
the heart to run; he will stand to fight after six rounds
and by the ninth round he'll most likely be KO'D by Canelo.”
Tom Loeffler, Managing Director of
K2 Promotions and Gennady “GGG” Golovkin, Current Unified
WBA, IBF, WBC and IBO Middleweight Champion:
“It should be a great fight between two champions and two
proven warriors. The edge goes to Canelo as he is younger
and physically bigger than Cotto, however you can't count
out Cotto with Freddie Roach in his corner. Tom sees it as
Canelo by decision, and Gennady thinks Canelo will stop
Sylvester Stallone, Academy Award
Nominee Staring in “Creed”:
“One of those two guys will win for sure.”
Mario Lopez, Host of “Extra”:
“We are going for Canelo. My loyalty is to Oscar De La
Hoya and Golden Boy Promotions. This is a big Puerto Rico
and Mexican rivalry.”
Rosie Perez, Acclaimed American
“I'm sticking with my fellow Boricua. Win lose or draw,
Miguel Cotto all the way!"
Kate Del Castillo, Acclaimed
Mexican Actress Staring in “The 33”:
“Oh my gosh, are you kidding me? Canelo, of course! Of
John David Washington, Star of HBO
“We the fans are in for a dynamic action packed fight.
Should be violent and dramatic. I love Cotto because he is
all heart. Canelo is a beast and more experienced now. I
can't call it. What I can predict is this will truly be a
fan friendly fight and one of the most entertaining fights
this year no hype needed. We will get our money's worth.”
Bruce Buffer, Official Octagon
Announcer for UFC:
“Both Cotto and Canelo possess boxing skills and styles
that will make a much-anticipated war in the square ring as
they will bring the fight to each other. I give the edge to
Miguel Cotto and may the best man that night win.”
Claudio Sanchez, Lead Singer and
Guitarist for Coheed and Cambria:
“Miguel Cotto. His experience, his new trainer Freddie
Roach and he left hook to the body will be the key to
beating Canelo Alvarez. Viva Puerto Rico!”
Erick Aybar, Short Stop for the
"I like Cotto because he is a more experienced boxer, a
harder puncher and is always leading the attack.”
Angie Martinez, American Radio
Personality and “The Voice of New York” on Power 105.1:
“Cotto, by decision.”
Rusney Castillo, Right Fielder for
the Boston Red Sox:
“I have to support our Roc Nation family member, Miguel
Cotto, in his fight against Canelo Alvarez on Nov. 21. I may
not be sure what round he will overcome Canelo, but I am
confident that Cotto will take the night!”
Larry Merchant, Longtime Boxing
Analyst and Commentator for HBO Sports:
“Old Sayings, ‘Youth must be served.’ Canelo, 25, by TKO
in round 10.
Old Sayings also say, ‘Great fighters always have one
great fight left in them.’ Cotto, 35, by decision.
Canelo was lulled, listless vs. Mayweather; true grit vs.
Kirkland. Cotto re-dedicated and restored himself vs. so-so
opposition. Therefore, I’ve got Canelo.”
Dan Rafael, ESPN.com:
“Cotto is a great fighter who will be in the Hall of Fame
someday but Canelo might join him there eventually and he is
10 years younger and whole lot fresher. Boxing is usually a
young man's game so I am going with Canelo by a late
Kevin Iole, Yahoo! Sports:
“Canelo by decision. A lot of people lost faith in Canelo
after he lost to Floyd Mayweather Jr. Mayweather did that to
a lot of fighters. Alvarez is a supremely gifted fighter who
has learned a lot since that fight. He punches well with
both hands and is increasingly putting his punches together
well. He’s the naturally bigger man and has youth on his
side. Cotto’s late-career resurgence has been fueled, in
part, by less than stellar opposition. Sergio Martinez was
at the end of the line when they fought. I greatly respect
Cotto, and he’s going to make it a fight, but I think the
bigger, younger and stronger man will win it.”
Tim Dahlberg, Associated Press:
“I think it will be a good fight early with both fighters
taking some punishment. In the end, I think Alvarez will
wear down Cotto and win by TKO in the 11th round.”
Lyle Fitzsimmons, CBSSports.com:
“I can't recall a recent high-profile fight that seems
like so much a 50/50 proposition going in. Cotto has the
resume and the skill set. Canelo has the youth and size. In
the end, I think this will be the fight in which the
youngster proves that he belongs among the elites, using an
advantage in energy to carry him to a narrow win in a
punishing fight. Canelo by decision.”
Lance Pugmire, The Los Angeles
“Canelo Alvarez’s youth and power should decide this
Even if Miguel Cotto is the smarter, more tactical
fighter, he is likely to be drawn into a battle where
Alvarez will punish him, and it will likely happen often
enough to result in a late stoppage victory. I’ll say, 11th
Jeff Powell, The Daily Mail:
“Canelo by decision.
Even though Freddie Roach’s training has clearly improved
Cotto, youth and strength will prevail in what is likely to
be a close fight through the first seven or eight rounds
with Canelo pulling away in the later stages.”
Sergio Machado, NBCDeportes.com:
“Miguel Cotto has been and still is a great boxer,
actually one of the best in history. However, boxing, like
pretty much everything else in life, has generational
changes and this may be the time for Canelo Álvarez to take
the torch and establish himself as one of the most prominent
faces of the sport. Canelo represents a big problem for
Cotto because of his power. In his few losses and even in
some wins, Cotto has shown problems when he gets hit with
power. Cotto likes to engage as well and this is something
very dangerous against an opponent with prominent heavy
hands. I think Canelo has a slim chance to KO Cotto in the
Francisco Cuevas, NBC Deportes:
“When two boxers like Canelo and Cotto meet in the ring
is a great event for boxing. Cotto should win because of his
experience and dedication but Canelo should also win because
of his youth and power. At the end of the day the fanatics
around the world will win, witnessing a true classic match
between two warriors.”
Brian Campbell, ESPN.com:
“Cotto by decision.
Canelo’s advantages in size and youth are hard to ignore.
But Cotto’s edge in experience will ultimately be the
deciding factor. The more Cotto can use his powerful left
hook to dissuade Canelo from turning the fight into a brawl,
the bigger the opening will be for the Puerto Rican icon to
keep it a boxing match, which plays into his favor.”
Steve Kim, UCNLive.com:
“In what I believe is a very evenly matched fight, I
think youth will eventually prevail and I'm picking Saul
Alvarez to edge Miguel Cotto in what will be a hard-fought
contest that will see pockets of great action and swings in
Steve Springer, Author and Former
Los Angeles Times Award-Winning Sports Writer:
“Canelo by split decision. Canelo wasn't ready for prime
time when fought Mayweather, but this is his time.At 35,
Cotto still has some fight left in him, but his age will
show Saturday night. In a tough, competitive, often brutal
match, the torch will be passed.”
“I think Miguel Cotto is going to surprise some people
and put a boxing lesson on Canelo. Freddie Roach is one of
the best of putting a game plan together and exploiting
weaknesses, I think he has seen how Canelo has problem with
movement and good boxers. You are going to see a combination
of excellent boxing, defense and power punching from Cotto
and he will cruise to a unanimous dominate decision.”
David Avila, TheSweetScience.com:
“Before Cotto began training with Freddie Roach, I would
have picked Canelo by KO. But Cotto has become a more
technical and strategic fighter under Roach. Now, I consider
it a deadlocked even fight. I see it ending in a draw.”
Cotto vs. Canelo, a 12-round fight for Cotto’s Ring
Magazine Middleweight World Championship, takes place
Saturday, Nov. 21 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las
Vegas. The fight is presented by Roc Nation Sports, Golden
Boy Promotions, Miguel Cotto Promotions and Canelo
Promotions and sponsored by Corona Extra; Mexico, Live it to
Believe it!; O’Reilly Auto Parts; Tequila Cazadores and
Corporate Travel Made Simple (ctms). Also on the
pay-per-view telecast will be Takashi Miura vs. Francisco
Vargas in a 12-round co-featured fight for the WBC Super
Featherweight World Championship presented in association
with Teiken Promotions; Guillermo Rigondeaux vs. Drian
Francisco in a 10-round super bantamweight bout presented in
association with Caribe Promotions; and Jayson Velez vs.
Ronny Rios is a 10-round featherweight bout which will open
the pay-per-view telecast. 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.
Randy Caballero vs. Lee Haskins, a 12-round fight for the
IBF Bantamweight World Championship, is presented in
association with Bristol Boxing Ltd. and will be featured as
part of the preliminary undercards available on digital
platforms starting at 7:00 p.m. ET/4:00 p.m. PT.
"RAINMAKER" MELSON TRIUMPHANT IN RING RETURN
ON BROADWAY BOXING
RAFAEL VAZQUEZ DOMINATES
TO WIN UNANIMOUS DECISION
JONATHAN ALONSO BLASTS THROUGH FOE IN TWO ROUNDS
RYE BROOK, NY
New York, NY (5/9/15) - On Friday night,
for the second time this year, DiBella Entertainment staged
its popular Broadway Boxing series north to the suburbs of
Westchester County with an exciting eight-bout card, in
front of a raucous sold-out crowd at the beautiful Hilton
Westchester in Rye Brook, NY.
Headlining the card, West Point graduate Boyd "Rainmaker"
Melson, 153½, White Plains, NY, made his much-anticipated
ring return against the always-game Mike Ruiz, 153¾,
Glenbrook, NY, in a 10-round super welterweight contest.
Ending a 15-month layoff that was spent healing from a right
arm injury suffered in his previous bout and a subsequent
torn rotator cuff incurred during training, Melson showed no
ill effects outboxing Ruiz in an impressive showing.
Throughout, Melson displayed tremendous accuracy, focusing
on his straighter punches, which were also aided by Ruiz'
lack of head movement. Beating Ruiz to the punch, Melson's
speed was causing his adversary problems, not letting him
find a rhythm. Ruiz, who himself was coming off of a
year-and-a-half layoff, tried to make it a rough fight in
close, having his best moments in round four as the action
intensified. Melson, however, kept pumping his jab to
establish a distance as much as he could. In the sixth,
Melson floored Ruiz and continued to land his straight right
well in the following frame. Maintaining control over the
closing rounds, Melson went on to win a unanimous decision
on scores of 100-89, 99-90, and 98-91, to improve to 14-1-1
(3 KOs). With the victory, Melson, who leads the "Fight To
Walk" boxing team and donates almost his entire purse to the
JustaDollarPlease organization, which specializes in stem
cell research, picked up the WBC USNBC super welterweight
title. Ruiz suffered his second loss in a row, dropping to
17-8 (9 KOs).
Photo Credit: Ed Diller/DiBella
Popular heavyweight Alexander "Lights Out"
Vanasse, 207¼, of Carmel, NY, engaged Raymond Santiago,
234¼, of Amsterdam, NY, in an entertaining brawl with a
large, adoring fan base cheering him on. Landing the sharper
punches, Vanasse jabbed to the body to set up his hooks
upstairs. In round two, a barrage of shots forced the
referee to halt the action at 2:58 of the stanza, feeling
that Santiago was taking too much punishment. Vanasse
improved to 2-0 (2 KOs), while Santiago's ledger dipped to
In a good-action scrap, Maxito "The Anvil"
Sainvil, 146¾, Nyack, NY, was much too powerful and
aggressive for his Brooklynite foe Anton Williamson. The
shorter Sainvil bobbed and weaved his way inside
Williamson's reach, pounding away at the body with hooks
from both hands. Applying pressure throughout, Sainvil
focused on his uppercut and left hook as the bout
progressed. On occasion, Williamson, 146½, was able to land
countershots, though a left hook upstairs floored him in the
third. After four frames, Sainvil won a unanimous decision
on scores of 40-35 twice, and 38-37, to improve to 2-0 (1
KO), while Williamson fell to 1-3.
Southpaw Max Tassy, 169½, of Nyack, NY,
was unable to overcome the awkward style of the tall, lanky
and switch-hitting Ralph Johnson, 171¼, of Worcester, MA,
during their four-round firefight. Overall, Johnson landed
more punches, especially on the inside. One judge had the
bout a 38-38 draw, but was overruled by two tallies of 39-37
in favor of Johnson, 2-5 (1 KO), awarding him the majority
decision victory. Tassy is now 3-1 (1 KO).
Photo Credit: Ed Diller/DiBella
Brooklyn's WBA #7-ranked junior
featherweight contender Rafael Vazquez, 122½, earned his
seventh victory in a row outboxing Mexico City's Pedro Melo,
122¾, for eight one-sided rounds. Vazquez' entire arsenal
was on display, mixing in shots to the body and head,
particularly with his left hook. A straight right upstairs
followed by a left hook to the midsection bent Melo over in
obvious pain to end round two. A straight right-left hook
combination dropped Melo in the third and a right cross put
him down a second time in round five. Vazquez, now 14-1 (11
KOs), continued to be aggressive for the remainder of the
fight, winning a unanimous shutout on three identical scores
of 80-70. Melo's record fell to 13-8-2 (4 KOs).
Former world title challenger and WBO European junior
welterweight titlist Sergey Fedchenko, 140½, Kharkiv,
Ukraine, dismantled the tenacious Renald Garrido, 139½, of
Marseille, Bouches-du-Rhône, France, over eight exciting
rounds with technical boxing wizardry. Garrido pressured and
came forward all night, throwing punches in bunches, though
in wild fashion. However, Garrido missed his target often,
as the elusive Fedchenko also proved adept at defensive
footwork. Fedchenko effortlessly countered Garrido's
aggression with pinpoint straights, overhand shots and
hooks. The judges tallied 77-75 twice, and 76-76, with
Fedchenko the winner by way of majority decision. With both
boxers making their US debut, Fedchenko improved to 34-3 (14
KOs), while Garrido fell to 14-10-1 (2 KOs).
Photo Credit: Ed Diller/DiBella
Co-promoted by DiBella Entertainment and
Maravilla Box Promotions, the superbly talented amateur
prodigy Jonathan "Maravilla" Alonso, 141¼, is now 4-0 (3
KOs) as a pro after scoring a second-round TKO over the
headstrong Jose Guzman, 138½, 5-10-1, Bronx, NY. With
superior hand speed, Alonso quickly found a home for his
overhand right, breaking through Guzman's guard to tag him
on the chin. The unbeaten prospect also wisely dug in shots
to the body whenever Guzman applied pressure. Following two
completed rounds, Guzman did not come out of his corner for
the third stanza. Considered one of the best amateur boxers
in Spain's history, Alonso was born in Moca, Dominican
Republic, but moved to Spain at just seven years old. He
took up boxing as an amateur at the age of 16, compiling an
85-11 record, including having competed in the 2012 London
Olympics. He won gold medals at the Campeonato de España
Junior tournament in 2009, as well as at the Campeonato de
España tournament in 2011 and 2012. Alonso also picked up
silver at Spain's Golden Gloves tournament and the Bosnian
Tournament, both in 2011.
Montreal's Francy Ntetu, 167½, who is co-promoted by DiBella
Entertainment and former light heavyweight champion Jean
Pascal, outboxed Milton Nunez, 167½, of Barranquilla,
Colombia, over eight frames to win a dominant unanimous
decision. Down the stretch, Ntetu's crisp punches had
stunning accuracy, as he repeatedly landed his overhand
right and often adding in his left hook upstairs. Scorecards
read 80-72, and 79-73 twice. Now 15-0 (3 KOs), Ntetu, a
former Canadian amateur champion and veteran of 85 amateur
contests, is on the verge of transitioning from prospect to
contender. Nunez dropped to 28-14-1 (25 KOs).
International Street Cannibals (ISC) Present “STRIKE!”
BRINGING TOGETHER BOXING & CHAMBER MUSIC AT THE LEGENDARY
GLEASON’S GYM (DUMBO, BROOKLYN)
SATURDAY, APRIL 25, 2015, 8 PM
“Brash new-music ensemble.”
The New York Times “Geniality, with the promise of exertion
in and around the ring.” The Wall Street Journal
New York, NY – The International Street
Cannibals (ISC) – an innovative collection of seasoned
musicians/composers directed by Dan Barrett – joins force
with young boxers from the legendary Gleason’s Gym (Dumbo,
Brooklyn) for another round of Strike! The concert event
will bring together the art of boxing with the art of
chamber music to highlight the close kinship existing
between these two highly disciplined practices. Drawing its
players from groups such as Orpheus, The Orchestra of St.
Luke’s, and the Absolute Ensemble, Strike! was founded in
2005 as a laboratory for ritual and artistic expression that
defies assumptions regarding performance spaces and
audiences. WHEN: Saturday, April 25 at 8 p.m.
WHERE: Gleason’s Gym – training home of 132 world champions,
among them Mohammed Ali, George Foreman, Larry Holmes, and
Roberto Duran - 77 Front Street (Dumbo, Brooklyn)
TICKETS: $20/$15 Students, Seniors/$10 for
under 17 at door or by calling 718-9792872 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
For information, visit www.gleasonsgym.net or
Part of an ongoing educational youth
series created by Dan Barrett and facilitated by Technical
Directors Tyler Learned and Charles Moses, STRIKE!
interprets sport and music as sister art forms. It brings
together the formal and rigorous training of each
discipline, allowing them to combine in surprising
partnerships while engendering new artistic forms. New music
compositions from some of today’s most dexterous composers
as well as classical masters will be heard in the
unfamiliar, yet disciplined environment of the boxing ring.
10- to 15-minute sets of 3- to 4-minute chamber works will
alternate with 8-minute bouts of boxing, three rounds each.
60-second thematic musical interludes will be performed in
between the teen pugilists’ rounds. Performances will take
place in the three main rings of the gym, contributing to a
theater-in-the-round effect, with the audience progressing
from one ring to another.
Intro: * Strike!’s Theme song: A swing version of the
well-beloved German folk tune, “Die Gedanken sind Frei,”
calling for freedom of thought.
Music Segment I: * J.S. Bach: “Fugue in f#
minor” (WTC, Bk. 1), in an ethereal arrangement for flute,
violin, viola by Dan Wotan Barrett, performed with shadow
boxing. * Dan Barrett: “Manos de Piedra” (Premiere), a
pan-tonal stomp with Latin rhythmic infusions, dedicated to
boxing legend Roberto Durán. * Dan Barrett: "Potnia Theron
Sleeps" (Premiere), an ode to Artemis and tribute to Sonya
Lamonakis, women's heavyweight champion of Spartan descent.
* Evan Fein: "Tango," for contrabassoon and string trio – a
deconstruction of the Argentinian form moving from the
enigmatic to the feverish.
BOUT #1: Teen pugilists Jalah Davis and
Deron McKay. 60-second interludes: * Joe Gallant: "Tangent
2a. X" (Premiere), for violin/6-string bass, in which
“transmission dust gathers like onyx soot against a cracked
pane.” * Daniel Palkowski: “Wet Space #2,” for alto flute
Music Segment II: * Paul Hindemith: "Pastorale"
from Wir Bauen eine Stadt (arr. Barrett). * Even Fein:
“Encore #1,” for solo violin (Chala Yancy, soloist). * Dan
Barrett: "Alien-Nation" (Premiere), a musical tribute to
boxing champion Bernard Hopkins - the inspiration behind the
"STRIKE!" series. * Daniel Palkowski: "Scherzo Cubique"
(Premiere), an incongruously rectangular take for 4
instruments, on what is traditionally a 3-beat construct.
BOUT #2: Teen pugilists Kevin Barker and
Tommy Martinez. 60-second interludes: * Dan Barrett:
"Berceuse for Emanuel" (for Emanuel Augustus Burton)
(Premiere). * Dan Barrett: "Floyd's Fuga" (for Floyd
Mayweather Jr.) (Premiere).
Music Segment III: * Joe Gallant: "Hydra" (Premiere), for
string trio and 6-string electric bass – a noir-ish
meditation “on international spy-vs-spy intrigue, viewed
from a Gotham spire.” * W.A. Mozart: “Flute Quartet No. 4 in
A major, K 298,” for flute, violin, viola, cello.
BOUT #3: Teen pugilists Kenneth Guerrero
and Michael Umhaefer. Accompanying Music: * Music for Round
1: Dan Barrett: "Naseem Theme” (for Naseem Hamed)
* Music for Round 2: Dan Barrett: "Cat's Concatenation" (for
Leon “Cat” Taylor) (Premiere). * Music for Round 3: Dan
Barrett: "Rigondeaux's Wriggle" (for Guillermo Rigondeaux)
60-second interludes: * Dan Barrett: "X-Position: Periode
Klassische" (for Bernard Hopkins) (Premiere). * Paul
Hindemith: "Wir Bauen Eine Stadt" (arr. Barrett).
The ISC Ensemble: Linda DiMartino-Wetherill, flute; Gili
Sharrett, contrabasson; Chala Yancy, violin; Arman Alpyspaev,
viola; Joe Gallant, electric 6string bass; Cesare Papetti,
percussion; Dan Barrett, conductor/cellist.
Teen boxers: Kevin Barker, Jalah Davis, Kenneth Guerrero,
Deron McKay, Tommy Martinez, and Michael Umhaefer.
ISC Technical Staff: Tyler Learned (Stage Director), Daniel
Palkowski (Video director), and Charles Moses from Viper
Studios (Technical Director).
The event is a fundraiser for the
Gleason’s Gym’s “Give a Kid a Dream” program. For sixteen
years, the program has provided children from disadvantaged
backgrounds a place to come and develop themselves both
physically and mentally through the sport of boxing.
Established in 1991, Gleason's Gym "Give a Kid a Dream " has
worked to provide mentorship to disadvantaged youths through
the sport of boxing, as well as academic tutoring, through
the efforts of individual person trainers, tutors, and
advisors, to help the children. It is currently supported by
Gleason’s itself and the efforts of individual personal
trainers, who volunteer their time or substantially discount
their rates in order to help the children.
About International Street Cannibals:
Created by Dan Barrett in the spirit of Montaigne’s 1580
essay, “Of Cannibals” – in which the French philosopher
derides the status distinctions and disingenuous mores of a
modern society – the ensemble presents a mix of fresh
compositions and the more arresting in classical music,
showcasing diverse modalities while challenging assumptions
about the concert space. Since its inception in 2005, The
ISC has performed at it's performance home, the storied
performance space of St. Mark’s in-the-Bowery (NYC), as well
as Le Poisson Rouge, The Outreach International Festival (Schwaz,
Austria), The Counterpoint Italy Festival (Lucca, Italy),
The Austrian Culture Forum, Spectrum NYC, HOWL! Festival
(New York), Players Theater, and the boxers’ legendary
training gym, Gleason’s. The ISC can be heard on two CDs
released in 201011. In 2015 the ISC will release two more
CDs, released by Naxos: Non Western Omelet
To Defend her IFBA World Flyweight Championship
By David Selwyn
Eileen "The Hawaiian Mongoose " Olszewski will defend her
IFBA World Flyweight Championship on
January 16th, 2015 against Christina Fuentes. The fight
will take place in Fuentes's hometown of Laredo Texas. It
will be the first Female World Championship to be held in
Laredo,Texas and is being promoted by Triple A Promotions.
Olszewski is a 3 time world champion . This will be her
9th world title fight in only her 18th professional fight.
The "Hawaiian Mongoose" was only 4-0
when she fought for first world title . She fought the WBC
Flyweight Champion Stefania Bianchini (16-2-2 ) and earned a
hard fought draw in the champion's home country of Italy.In
her next fight at the age of 39, Eileen fought WBAN's # 1
ranked flyweight in the world Elena "Baby Doll" Reid ,
Olszewski was the opponent for Reid who at the time was the
IFBA and WIBA champion. Olszewski easily beat Reid and won
her first world title.
Olszewski later added the GBU World title and on
September 25th 2013 she earned her third World Championship
with a brutal TKO win over Patricia Alcivar capturing her
current IFBA title
Earlier this month , Bernard Hopkins lost all his World
Titles at the age of 49. This loss left Olszewski as the
oldest current World Champion at 46 years young !
Christina Fuentes is only 22 years old. This will be her
2nd try at a World Championship . Despite the 24 year age
difference ,these two ladies have a lot in common Both women
have a history of fighting the best fighters in the world
and do not back down from a challenge. They both have the
distinction of never being knocked down or stopped in a
fight.They are both true professionals who have mutual
respect for each other !
LEGEND BERNARD HOPKINS TO MEET UNDEFEATED SERGEY KOVALEV IN
LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT UNIFICATION BOUT
LIVE ON HBO WORLD
IBF, WBA and WBO
Championships all on the line as The Alien vs. Krusher comes
to the East Coast in November
(August 4, 2014) -- Speed,
savvy and defense will come face-to-face with explosive
power and force this November when Bernard "The Alien"
Hopkins takes on Sergey "Krusher" Kovalev in a Light
Heavyweight Unification title fight, Golden Boy Promotions
and Main Events announced today.
Hopkins, incredibly just two months short of his 50th
birthday, is seeking to add the WBO Light Heavyweight
Championship to his collection of IBF and WBA belts. Kovalev,
who burst on the scene just a year ago, has never lost a
fight and has won 23 of his 25 victories by knockout.
"Everything I do at this point in my career affects my
legacy," Hopkins (55-6-2, 32 KOs) said. "I've set and broken
many records, but becoming the oldest undisputed light
heavyweight world champion is the goal and Kovalev stands in
the way of that goal. He's another young, hungry fighter and
just like the ones that came before him, he will leave the
"I respect Bernard Hopkins for taking this fight," said
the 31-year-old Kovalev (25-0-1, 23 KOs). "When I came to
America, it was dream to fight the best and now I am
fighting, I have my chance. He says he is alien. He punch, I
punch, then we see who is gonna go to Mars."
In April, Hopkins defeated Beibut Shumenov to win the WBA
Light Heavyweight World Championship, breaking his own
record as the oldest fighter in history to win a world
title, which he set in May of 2011 after defeating Jean
Pascal at age 46. Kovalev comes off of the third defense of
his WBO Light Heavyweight Title on HBO, defeating Blake
Caparello by TKO on Saturday night. Hopkins vs. Kovalev is
set to take place in the first half of November and will be
held on the East Coast at a venue still to be determined.
"Golden Boy Promotions has been crystal clear that we
will make the best fights for our fans no matter who else is
promoting it, where it takes place or what network
broadcasts it; this is Exhibit 'A' of our keeping that
commitment," said Oscar De La Hoya, President of Golden Boy
Promotions. "At 49 years of age, Bernard continues to
electrify crowds with lightening quickness and impregnable
defense; Sergey hits with thunderous force and is an
early-round knockout threat every time he steps in the ring.
With those two forces coming together, fans are in for a
"Throughout boxing's history, great champions have always
been motivated by fighting the best," said Main Events' CEO,
Kathy Duva. "Bernard Hopkins and Oscar De La Hoya are both
living legends who never back down from a challenge. Sergey
Kovalev made it clear that all he wants to do is test his
skills against the finest in the world. Main Events has
always been able to deliver the biggest fights for its
fighters and their fans. Since George Foreman defeated Joe
Frazier in 1973, HBO has been synonymous with boxing at its
highest level. It shouldn't be any surprise that when you
combine those elements, you get the most anticipated fight
of the year."
"Sports capture our imagination when elite athletes seek
superlative challenges of the highest stakes, which is
precisely the caliber of fight these two intrepid champions
have given their fans by choosing to face-off against one
another," Peter Nelson, Vice President of Programming, HBO
Sports said. "Hopkins vs. Kovalev is a destination event,
and HBO is delighted to present this light heavyweight
unification championship to our subscribers."
Judgement Day in Davenport
Adam J. Pollack
Davenport, Iowa May 31st – Last night
at the Danceland Ballroom, Armer Boxing and Calkins Sports
Productions hosted another evening of professional boxing
before a nice-sized and enthusiastic crowd.
Southpaw Jeremy Marts landed a single powerful left cross
to knock out Frank Young in the 1st round.
Gilbert Venegas, Jr. was far too strong and powerful for
the game southpaw William Bokhart, winning his pro debut. At
the end of the 1st round, Venegas scored a flash knockdown
with a single right to the jaw.
In the 2nd round, Venegas appeared to drop Bokhart with a
short hook but the referee waived it off, feeling that
Venegas had wrestled/twisted/thrown Bokhart down. No matter.
A single right decked Bokhart again. After rising, Venegas
again immediately fired and landed another straight right to
the jaw and Bokhart went down, leading to the stoppage.
Limberth Ponce was far too fast and active for the game
Eli Smith. Ponce landed rights and double hooks quite often
to win the 1st round. In the 2nd round, a nonstop barrage
dropped Smith. Another nonstop barrage along the ropes
decked him again, leading to the stoppage.
Undefeated Cruiserweight Jordan Shimell looked very
poised and polished, calmly pounding on and dismantling
Jonathan Corn with heavy blows. In the 1st round, a barrage
to the body and head dropped Corn, and his corner threw in
the towel. It was clear that Corn wanted no more of his
Former top contender Antwun Echols and Felika Correa
treated the crowd to an entertaining 3-round exhibition.
Clearly, Echols was holding back his power, being careful
not to knock out the game Correa. Echols mostly played
defense, allowing Correa to work. However, every now and
then, Echols fired in some crisp body shots and nicely timed
counter head shots. One of his blows slightly staggered
Correa in the 1st round, but Echols was more careful after
that. After all, it was just a friendly exhibition.
The main event was between Lance Williams and Travis
Thomas, won by Thomas by a majority decision – Adam Pollack
(myself) had it 57-57, but judges Jim Barr and Mike
Fitzgerald both had it 59-55 for Thomas.
I thought this was a difficult fight to score,
particularly the first three rounds.
Both fighters were very cautious in the 1st round. Not
much happened in the way of blows landed, but I felt that
Williams landed a bit more, and seemed to control the style
of the fight with his speedy defensive boxing. Still, it was
In the 2nd round, both were again fairly cautious. Thomas
was a bit gamer, but he could not land, for Williams had
good head movement, footwork, and inside smothering. Thomas
had the heavier hands, but Williams the faster blows.
Williams primarily fired some jabs, lead rights, and
occasional body shots. Again it was a close round but I
thought Williams edged it.
Thomas started to get going more in the 3rd round,
landing some solid jabs, but it was still a fairly close
round overall, and just at the end of the round, Williams
landed a big right that was the most solid and effective of
the round, slightly knocking Thomas off balance. Hence, I
gave Williams this round, but would not criticize a judge
for giving this round to Thomas.
Quite frankly, I would not criticize a judge for any type
of scoring in the first three rounds, but I thought
Williams’ ring generalship overall was controlling the bout
up to this point. However, I was in the minority.
The next three rounds were not very difficult to score.
Williams’s offense fell off a bit, and Thomas picked up his
offense, pressuring, throwing, and landing just a bit more
than he had in the first three rounds. His gameness,
strength, and some solid jabs made it clear that Thomas had
earned the last three stanzas. Hence, I gave the first three
close to Williams, and the last three to Thomas. But the
other two judges gave Thomas five of the six rounds.
The real standouts on this card were Venegas, Jr. and
Shimmell. I am intrigued to see how their careers progress.
UNITE AT ROOSEVELT FIELD
Tyson, Holyfield, Leonard, Duran, Hearns
Meet 700 Fans of the Sweet Science at the Steiner Store on
***700 Flock to Autograph Session/Meet and
New York, April 7—Mike Tyson hasn’t been in the ring in
nearly a decade, but his popularity hasn’t waned. You would
have thought that he had a championship fight on the horizon
when 700 fans of the “Sweet Science” flocked to meet the
former heavyweight champ at the Steiner Store on Saturday
(April 5) in Garden City on Long Island. It took 12 security
guards to escort “Iron Mike” from the signing because a
massive crowd had gathered in Roosevelt Field Mall. The
Tyson fans paid from $149 for a photo op to $2,000 for a VIP
package with all five former champs.
greets Holyfield as Hearns looks on.
Evander Holyfield vs. Mike Tyson II (June 28, 1997) and
Sugar Ray Leonard vs. Roberto Duran II (November 25, 1980)
produced two of the most bizarre finishes in the history of
boxing. The headlines blared “Tyson bites Holyfield,” and
“No Mas.” Steiner Sports presented boxing aficionados the
chance to meet these boxing legends, along with Thomas
“Hitman” Hearns, at the ticketed event. The Tyson fans paid
from $149 for a photo op to $2,000 for a VIP package with
all five former champs.
Tyson quipped that Steiner needed to put a fan in between
he and Holyfield so that another brawl wouldn’t ensue
similar to their heyday battles, but both former kingpins
were all smiles during the many photo ops. Duran hugged just
about everyone there, including Holyfield upon his arrival.
Holyfield and Tyson renewed their late nineties
heavyweight rivalry. The duo had engaged in a pair of epics
at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. In the first on November 9,
1996 Holyfield outmuscled Tyson to score one of the most
monumental upsets in boxing history. Holyfield became the
first heavyweight since Muhammad Ali to regain the
heavyweight title twice. The rematch was one of boxing’s
most bizarre encounters on June 28, 1997, and saw Tyson bite
off a piece of Holyfield’s ear to be disqualified by referee
Like Holyfield and Tyson, Sugar Ray Leonard and Roberto
Duran battled in one of the most famous championship fights
in boxing history. After Duran took the title from Leonard
in a unanimous decision on June 20, 1980 in Montreal, a
rematch was inevitable. Just five months later, on November
25 in New Orleans, Duran said “No Mas” and Leonard regained
the belt. It gained its famous moniker at the end of the
eighth round when Durán turned away from Leonard, towards
the referee and quit by saying "No más." To this day, Duran
says that stomach cramps. Leonard was the winner by a
technical knockout at 2:44 of Round 8, regaining the WBC
Nine years later, Leonard again beat Duran in their third
match up by unanimous decision on December 12, 1989, in a
fight that didn’t have nearly the hoopla of the first two.
Leonard and Thomas “Hitman” Hearns likewise had classic
encounters. They fought twice, once in 1981 and again in
1989, both are considered to be epics, both at Caesars
Palace in Las Vegas. In their first encounter on September
16, 1981, for the undisputed Welterweight championship,
Leonard beat Hearns by TKO at 1:45 in the 14th round when
the referee stopped the fight.
After almost eight years, the Leonard-Hearns rematch
finally happened. It was promoted as "The War". Leonard
(35-1 with 25 KOs) and Hearns (46-3 with 38 KOs) met on June
12, 1989 at Caesar's Palace in a scheduled twelve-rounder
for the WBC & WBO super-middleweight titles. Though Hearns
had Leonard on the canvas twice, the judges scored the fight
a draw, with both boxers retaining their respective titles.
The decision was soundly booed, as most felt that Hearns had
Hearns and Duran fought only once for the WBO Super
Welterweight championship. That was a dominating performance
by the Hitman, who dropped Duran twice in the first round.
After nailing Duran with a devastating right to the jaw in
the second round, Hearns stepped back and Duran fell face
first to the canvas. The fight was over.
IN THE END, A GAME-PLAN
MALIGNAGGI TAKES TROPHY IN BROOKLYN BATTLE
"Surprise, Surprise, Surprise" as Gomer
Pyle used to state in the 1960's -- you could say this about
Paulie Malignaggi's bout with Zab Judah, which concluded
with a concise victory in the battle of Brooklyn.
But the classic style in which Malignaggi
handled Judah should not be a surprise to most, since the
game plan that Malignaggi's group mapped out worked to
perfection. By establishing a jab, and following up with a
strong right hand, Judah looked lost as he was constantly on
his heels throughout the bout.
And anyone who ever entered the ring,
whether sparring or in a real bout, would know how it feels
- I mean to be helpless as an opponent keeps to the outside
with lateral movement - frustrating as your hands are
handcuffed in a position not ready to throw punches.
Now the critics are out and many are saying Judah is too
old, too slow, lost interest etc., but the fact is
Malignaggi prepared both mentally and physically for the
fight, while Judah, long seemed as the faster, stronger and
better fighter, now has to revamp his boxing career.
Amir Khan, who fought both men, told me
earlier that he thought Paulie was the better boxer, and
would favor him winning a decision. Many in Judah's
camp on Wednesday felt Zab would stop Malignaggi, because he
had too much in his arsenal and the fact that Malignaggi
never fought a southpaw, yet alone a good one. In the end it
looked liked Zab had never boxed a good orthodox boxer, and
that Paulie did his homework, knowing that Zab would not be
comfortable boxing on his back-foot.
STEVENS; NYC RECAP
TRUFAN Nov 3, 2013
Gennady "GGG" GOLOVKIN proved again that
he is a force to be reckoned with, stopping a game Curtis
Stevens last night at the theater at Madison Square Garden.
The end came after the 8th round, a round that saw Stevens
unable to get off the ropes, taking tremendous punishment
without offering any offensive counter.
Give Stevens credit. He pushed for the
bout and came into the contest in tremendous shape. He
looked strong in the first stanza, matched his opponents
hand speed - until a double left hook dropped him on the
canvas as the second round ended. After that it seemed
Golovkin was in control, wearing down Stevens until the
What is next for GGG? Feb 1 in Monte Carlo
against an opponent yet to be named. While staying
busy GGG mentioned Sergio Martinez and Peter Quillen as
possible future foes. Both own shares of the title and
Martinez is considered the real champion - he has never lost
his title in the ring - but has been in decline due to
injuries the last two years. A healthy Martinez might prove
to be an elusive target, but at 39 can he dodge the
relentless GGG pressure for the full 12? As of now Martinez
is looking for a lucrative bout with Miguel Cotto next June,
possible at 154, a weight Martinez is more comfortable with.
PEREZ OUT-DUELS ABDUSALAMOV
Mike Perez opened some eyes last night by
outpointing Magomed "MAGO" Abdusalamov over 10 rounds. It
was a brutal, power punch affair, with some boxing mixed in.
Perez broke Mago's nose in the second round, but the bullish
heavyweight came back time and time again scoring power
shots, but Perez took them well. Perez hurt Mago in the last
round, an exclamation point in a convincing hard fought
Abdusalamov was taken to the hospital
after and is currently in a medical induced coma to relieve
pressure on the brain. Our prayers are with him and his
ALIFOBI GAINS IBO
Ola Alifobi was a little too slick for his
fellow counterpart Lukasz Janik, winning a majority decision
over 12 rounds. Although Janik had his moments, Alifobi
wobbled Janik in the 7th frame, but Janik refused to quit despite being extremely exhausted. At times Janik would
snap out of it and counter effectively. In the end Alifobi
seemed to be more active while conserving energy and copping
the vacant IBO cruiserweight title.
Dusty Hernandez Harrison improved to 17-0
with a points win over Joel Torres. Dusty, a native of
Washington D.C. is a carbon copy (feature, not style) of an old time fighter by
the name of Bobby Dykes. Harrison's plan was to keep Torres
at bay with the jab and counterpunching. In the final frame
Torres put the most pressure on, tagging Harrison with a
left hook, but it was too little too late. With the victory
Harrison gains the WBC welterweight Youth title. Oh by the
way Dusty's real name is Arthur. How many fighters are named
Arthur? How about Arthur Pelkey, a European last name
Abraham and a famous Ref named
Mercante . . . Only 19 years old, the
future seems bright for the tall lanky welterweight.
tried to penetrate Harrison's defense, but came up short.
"LITTLE TYSON" SEEKS REDEMPTION
DEERFIELD BEACH, FL (June 23, 2013) - Two-time,
two-division World Champion, Joan "Little Tyson" Guzman
(33-1-1, 20 KOs) will be seeking redemption this Friday
night (June 28), fighting Panamanian boxer Vicente "El Loco"
Mosquera (32-2-1, 17 KOs) for the interim World Boxing
Association (WBA) junior welterweight title fight, in
The 12-round Guzman-Mosquera main event will be broadcast
throughout America on "Boxeo Telemundo," starting at 11:30
Guzman, fighting out of Miami, suffered the only loss of
his career last November, when he was unable to continue
fighting in the eighth round of his eighth world title
fight, due to suffering a serious leg injury from an
unintentional foul, which resulted in a loss for Guzman by
split eight-round decision to (76-75, 75-76, 75-76) to
Kjabib Allakhverdiev (18-0) for the vacant World Boxing
Association (WBA) light welterweight championship.
"I'm 100-percent recovered from my injury," Guzman said
from his Miami training camp. "I'm looking forward to
showing the boxing world that I'm still a force to be
A 1996 Dominican Republic Olympian, Guzman is the Captain
of Team Acquniity Sports. "All of our fighters respect and
look up to Joan," Acquinity sports Vice President of Boxing
operations Henry Rivalta stressed, "especially young
Dominicans like IBF world super featherweight champion
Argenis Mendez, Lenin Castillo, Felix Diaz, Claudio Marrero,
and Juan Carlos Payano. All of us would like nothing more
than for Juan to win another world championship. This isn't
Guzman's last hurrah, by any means. We know that he has a
lot left in his tank."
The 37-year-old Guzman has defeated a virtual Who's Who
list of world-class fighters in the featherweight through
light welterweight divisions during his illustrious 16-year
professional boxing career: Ali Fundeka, Humberto Soto,
Jorge Rodrigo Barrios, Javier Jauregui and Fernando Beltran.
Doors open at 7:30 p.m. ET, first bell at 8:30 p.m. ET.
Tickets are available for sale, starting at a very
affordable $20.00, at the Kissimmee Civic Center, 201 Dakin
Ave. in downtown Kissimmee, or by calling
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for additional information about Guzman or any of his
Acquinity Sports stable-mates. Follow Acquinity Sports on
Twitter @AcquinitySports, or friend is at Facebook.com/AcquinitySports.
Melendez to Launch Official Protest Over Controversial
Ruling in Loss
to Nick Brinson Last Friday
Representatives of world-rated junior middleweight Jorge
"Destroyer" Melendez will file an official protest with the
Oneida Indian Nation Athletic Commission for what they see
as a result-changing error made by Referee Charlie Fitch
during Melendez's SHOBOX-televised upset decision loss to
local fighter Nick Brinson on Friday night (June 7, 2013) at
the Turning Stone Resort & Casino in Verona, NY.
José A. Acevedo, Advisor, and Edwin Diaz, Manager, say a
careful review of the fight will show that their fighter,
Melendez, should be awarded a TKO victory after the improper
issuance of a standing eight count in round four.
Late in the fourth round, Melendez landed a
picture-perfect counter left that sent Brinson into the
ropes, clearly out on his feet. Brinson did make a motion to
sit on the ropes and if referee Fitch had ruled at knockdown
at that point, it would have been a proper ruling. However,
a full seven seconds later, with Brinson stumbling
senselessly sideways towards his own corner, Fitch then
halted the action and issued a standing eight count (which
lasted 11-14 seconds by the Showtime clock).
"The Unified Rules of the Association of Boxing
Commissions were in effect Friday night," said Acevedo.
"When Referee Fitch gave Nick Brinson a standing eight
count, he was in violation of Rule #7, which clearly states
that no standing eight count was in effect. The ropes were
not holding Brinson up at the time he started the count, and
so his only justified options were to either allow the fight
to continue or rule a TKO. By jumping in and issuing the
illegal count, he improperly allowed Brinson time to recover
that was not allowed under the rules. This action changed
the outcome of the fight, as Brinson was clearly standing
but unconscious at the time it occurred."
"It is clear to all who witnessed that Jorge would have
gotten a knockout or TKO victory had the referee not jumped
in," added Diaz. "We will be petitioning the Oneida
Commission to either rule a TKO or change the result to a No
Contest. The rule violation was unequivocal and changed the
result of the fight unduly."
While all of Team Melendez agree that Referee Fitch had
no improper motives for his actions, the mistake he made is
serious enough to warrant changing the result of the fight.
"Jorge has a world rating to protect," said Hector Soto
from Miguel Cotto Promotions, "He did what he had to do
against a guy who fought well. He put his opponent out and
only the referee's mistake stopped that from happening, but
there is no doubt as to what should have happened. But to
hurt my fighter's career by taking a knockout away from him
improperly is not right and we trust the Oneida Indian
Nation Athletic Commission will agree."
from Ring 8 . . .
NEW YORK (March 6, 2013) – Golden-era heavyweight champion of
the world, Jack Dempsey, and legendary boxing promoter Bob Arum
lead a star-studded cast of 20 inductees into the second-year
New York State Boxing Hall of Fame (NYSBHOF)
The second annual NYSBHOF induction dinner will be held
Sunday afternoon (12:30-5:30 p.n. ET), April 28, at Russo’s On
The Bay in Howard
“This is an exceptional group of inductees,” NYSBHOF and Ring
8 president Bob Duffy said. “We are inducting legitimate New
Yorkers in the New York State Boxing Hall of Fame. All of these
inductees have a significant impact on New York State boxing
during their respective times. There are many other potential
inductees but this is only our second year. We’re confident that
any deserving people who haven’t been inducted yet will be
inducted in due time. There’s a process we’re
by Deal Boat" following. New York State was the driving
force in boxing for more than a half-century and remains a major
player in the sport, so we’ll have many, many great boxing
people to choose from over the years.”
Posthumous participants being inducted along with Dempsey
(61-6-9, 50 KOs) are the first great Italian boxer based in
America, featherweight Johnny Dundee (83-32-20, 17 KOs);
two-time world featherweight champion Sandy Saddler (144-16-2,
103 KOs) Sandy Saddler, who is best known for his epic rivalry
with Willie Pep; and world light heavyweight champion Maxie
Rosenbloom (207-39-26 (19 KOs).
Living boxers heading into the NYSBHOF are Bronx middleweight
Joey Archer (61-6-9, 50 KOs), three-division world champion from
the Bronx, Iran Barkley (43-19-1 (27 KOs); Brooklyn’s Mark
Breland (35-3-1, 25 KOs),1984 Olympic gold medalist and two-time
world welterweight titlist, Levittown light heavyweight Bobby
Cassidy (59-16-3, 27 KOs); world heavyweight challenger Doug
Jones (30-10-1, 20 KOs), Brooklyn’s world bantamweight and super
bantamweight champion Junior Jones (50-6, 28 KOs), Brentwood’s
light welterweight and welterweight champion James “Buddy”
McGirt (73-6-1, 48 KOs), Brooklyn’s world light heavyweight
champion Eddie Mustafa Muhammad (50-8-1, 39 KOs).
Non-participants heading into the NYSBHOF with Arum (Top
Rank) are Shelly Finkel, manager of a NYSBHOF inductee from last
year, Mike McCallum, as well as Evander Holyfield and Pernell
Whitaker; Tony Graziano, who managed last year’s NYSBHOF
inductee, Carmen Basilio, and world welterweight champion Billy
Backus; Brooklyn’s Larry Merchant, arguably television’s
boxing analyst; posthumously: Teddy Brenner, longtime
matchmaker for Madison Square Garden (1959-1973), boxing’s
premier blow-by-blow announcer on television and radio, Don
Dunphy; powerful promoter Mike Jacobs, and Dempsey’s promoter,
Each inductee will receive a custom-designed belt signifying
his induction into the NYSBHOF. Plaques are on display at the
New York State Athletic Commission and Waterfront Crabhouse.
Duffy also has revealed that Ring 8′s plan calls for a monument
to be built in Long Island City with every NYSBHOF inductee’s
The inductees were selected by NYSBHOF nominating committee
members, including Jack Hirsch, Steve Farhood, Don Majeski,
Henry Hascup, Ron McNair and Neil Terens.
“I believe the people on our nominating committee are second
to none for any nominating committee in boxing,” Duffy added.
“They’re all very knowledgeable and passionate about boxing in
New York State.”
All boxers needed to be inactive for at least three years, in
order to be eligible for NYSBHOF induction, and all inductees
must have resided in New York State for a significant portion of
by Deal Boat"careers.
Last year’s Inaugural Class included Basilio and McCallum,
Mike Tyson, Jake LaMotta, Riddick Bowe, Carlos Ortiz, Vito
Antuofermo, and Emile Griffith, as well as the late “Sugar” Ray
Robinson, Gene Tunney, Benny Leonard and Tony Canzoneri.
Non-participant inductees from the Class of 2012 included
judge/HBO analyst Harold Lederman, coach/instructor Steve Acunto,
trainer/cut-man Jimmy Glenn and, posthumously, trainers Gil
Clancy and Ray Arcel, Ring Magazine founder Nat Fleischer, New
York Daily News boxing reporter/cartoonist Bill Gallo, and
referee Arthur Mercante, Sr.
Tickets are priced at $150.00 per adult ($125.00 for Ring 8
members in good standing) and $50.00 for children, and includes
a complete brunch and cocktail hour upon entry, starting at
12:30 PM/ET, as well as dinner (prime rib, fish or poultry) and
open bar throughout the evening. Tickets are available to
purchase at the Waterfront Crabhouse (2-03 Borden Ave in Long
Island City), or by calling Mazzarella at 718.729.4862 or Ring 8
president Bob Duffy at 516.313.2304. Ads for the NYSBHOF program
are available, ranging from $50.00 to $250.00, by contacting
Mazzarella and Duffy.