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EVANDER HOLYFIELD KICKS OFF “REAL DEAL CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING” SERIES AT FREEDOM HALL IN LOUISVILLE, KY  

 LIVE ON CBS SPORTS NET, SATURDAY, JUNE 24

 Louisville, 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 Kentucky Venues.  

 The 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.  

 The 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 and legacy.  

 “I’m 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.”  

 “Ali was 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.  

 “We are 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.”  

The CBS 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 Ali.”  

The 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 Monica Nuñez.  

 “Freedom 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 world.”  

 “I’m 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.  

“Since 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 legacy.”  

Part of 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 worthwhile causes.”  

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MUHAMMAD ALI’S FIGHT FOR THE RIGHT TO FIGHT

By Adam J. Pollack

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 agreed.

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.

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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).

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NEW YORK 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 York.”

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 Jacobs.

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 Tom O’Rourke.

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 Weill.

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 www.Ring8ny.com for additional information about the New York State Boxing Hall of Fame.

 

 

 

 

 

 

MIGUEL COTTO VS. CANELO ALVAREZ

WHO WILL BE VICTORIOUS ON NOVEMBER 21?

CELEBRITIES, SPORTS 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 decision.”

Lennox Lewis, Undisputed World Heavyweight Champion and Olympic Gold Medalist:

“I’m picking Cotto over Canelo because he has the most experience.”

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 Cotto late.”

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 Actress:

“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 course!”

John David Washington, Star of HBO series “Ballers”:

“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 Atlanta Braves:

"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 knockout.”

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 Times:

“Canelo Alvarez’s youth and power should decide this fight.

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 round.”

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 later rounds.”

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 momentum."

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.”

Robert Littal, BlackSportsOnline.com:

“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.

 

 

 

 

 

BOYD "RAINMAKER" MELSON TRIUMPHANT IN RING RETURN
ON BROADWAY BOXING

RAFAEL VAZQUEZ DOMINATES
TO WIN UNANIMOUS DECISION
JONATHAN ALONSO BLASTS THROUGH FOE IN TWO ROUNDS
HILTON WESTCHESTER
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 Entertainment)

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 1-6.

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 Entertainment)

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 Entertainment)

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).
 

DBE

 

 

The 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: info@gleasonsgym.net
For information, visit www.gleasonsgym.net or http://streetcannibals.com

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.
 

PROGRAM:
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 and viola.

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) (Premiere).
* 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) (Premiere).
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
 

JD

 

 

 

 

Olszewski 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 !

-ED-

 

 

 

BOXING LEGEND BERNARD HOPKINS TO MEET UNDEFEATED SERGEY KOVALEV IN LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT UNIFICATION BOUT

LIVE ON HBO WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING®

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 ring beltless."

"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 real treat."

"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."

-ME-

 

 

 

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 powerful foe.

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 very close.

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.

 

 

 

 

LEGENDS UNITE AT ROOSEVELT FIELD

Tyson, Holyfield, Leonard, Duran, Hearns Meet 700 Fans of the Sweet Science at the Steiner Store on April 5

***700 Flock to Autograph Session/Meet and Greet***

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.

Duran 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 Mills Lane.

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 Welterweight Championship.

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 won.

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 MATTERED

JUDAH HANDCUFFED, MALIGNAGGI TAKES TROPHY IN BROOKLYN BATTLE

Jay Monte

"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.

JLM    

 

 

GOLOVKIN STYMIES 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 ultimate end.

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 points victory.

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 family. 

ALIFOBI GAINS IBO CRUISERWEIGHT TITLE

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.

HARRISON OUTPOINTS TORRES

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. 

Torres (R) tried to penetrate Harrison's defense, but came up short.

JLM    

 

 

"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 Kissimmee, Florida.

The 12-round Guzman-Mosquera main event will be broadcast throughout America on "Boxeo Telemundo," starting at 11:30 pm. ET.

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 reckoned with."

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 407-935-1412.

Go online to www.AquinitySports.com 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.

TRE

 

Team Jorge 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."

 

 

 

20 NEW Boxing Greats will enter the NYBHOF on Sunday, April 28th

 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 Beach, New York.

“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 greatest 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, Tex Rickard.

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 name inscribed.

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 their boxing 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.

Go on line at www.Ring8ny.com for additional information about the New York State Boxing Hall of Fame.



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pacquiao Vs. Marquez 4

COULD THE FOURTH TIME BE A CHARM?
 

Saturday December 8, 2012 at MGM Grand Garden Arena.

Could the fourth time be the charm? A replay of the previous three bouts? A canard or conundrum? We'll see on Saturday December 8, 2012 at MGM Grand Garden Arena. The fans await to see which champion combatant will prevail. Or will this just drift into perpetuity? Still after three attempts to find out who is superior boxer the fans must know.

Both combatants think they each had won the previous three bouts and the boxing community may think otherwise? Both have sterling and almost identical credentials. Both are certainly Canastota bound. Both are revered by their fellow countryman. Both are high stakes player in boxing in the international boxing world. In return both give honour and pride back to their respective countries.

In one corner will be Manny Pacquiao, the congressman from the Philippines. With a moniker of Pacman, and a record of eight division world titles, in just as many divisions (54-4-2 38KO's). A three time fighter of the year award. Fighter of the decade by Boxing Writers Association of America. He states he “fights for the honor of the Filipino people”

In the next corner will be the rival, Juan “ Dinamita” Marquez, four time titled champ in four different classes. Resides in Mexico City, Mexico ( 54-6-1 39KO's) The one draw on his record was placed there by rival Pacquiao. Being a consummate Mexican warrior got him the soubriquet 'Dinamita' along with the Boxing Writers Association of America. Awarded '2009 Fight of the Year' against Juan Diaz. He states “ he is motivated by the Mexican people, which will full this arena for the Mexican glory come December 8.

This mano-mano fight leads both these opponent to bring the best of both individuals.

The final resultant could be like the former results and defies credulity.

The final arbitrators are of course the beloved fans. 2012

Contributing Boxing Writer: Bazooka

Chairman of Professionals World Professional Boxing Federation and United States Boxing Council (WPBF-USBC)

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