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 New York February 8th:  In front of a packed house on Wednesday night   Broadway Boxing. The bouts were streamed live on DiBella Entertainment's Facebook page. Broadway Boxing is presented by Nissan of Queens, Azad Watches, OPTYX and Christos Steak House.

(Photo Credit: Ed Diller/DiBella Entertainment)

In the main event, Noel Murphy, 139.2 lbs., of Woodlawn, NY, by way of County Cork, Ireland, and Brooklyn's Mikkel LesPierre, 139.4 lbs., waged a barnburner for 10 thrilling rounds. It became a war of attrition with many ebbs and flows between the two southpaws. Murphy stormed out of his corner and was the aggressor for the first two frames, focusing a lot of his attack downstairs. In the third, LesPierre stymied that pressure with expert footwork and counter shots. The middle rounds were close, though LesPierre's right hooks created a bruise underneath Murphy's left eye. The sixth featured plenty of exciting exchanges then LesPierre found the proper distance again to land combinations led by his potent uppercuts. With a sense of urgency, Murphy picked up the pace in the ninth and never let up for the remaining six minutes, attacking the body and continually moving forward. However, he also lost a point in round nine for a rabbit punch, which was the deciding factor in the decision. The judges tallied 97-92, and 95-94 twice, all for LesPierre, now 19-0-1 (8 KOs), who seized the WBC USNBC super lightweight title with the victory. Murphy is now 12-1 (2 KOs). Without the point deduction, the bout would have been declared a majority draw. Born in Trinidad and Tobago, LesPierre moved to the US at age six and was raised in the Flatbush neighborhood of Brooklyn, NY. He is trained by Don Saxby out of Gleason's Gym.

In front of a large cheering section, the popular Jude "King Zar" Franklin, 128 lbs., took on Italian Floriano Pagliara, 129.6 lbs., in a battle of Brooklyn. The contest began with wild exchanges, though Franklin was the more accurate puncher. Backing Pagliara into the ropes, Franklin planted a right hook to the body followed by an overhand right upstairs to drop his fellow Brooklynite just one minute into the bout. Trained by Elmo Serrano out of Gleason's Gym, Franklin kept up the pressure, digging shots to the body. A game Pagliara tried to fire back in round two, but that only left himself open for counters. Franklin landed a straight right that decked Pagliara a second time, resulting in a TKO stoppage at 1:31 of the second stanza. Franklin's record now stands at 7-0 (6 KOs), while Pagliara fell to 16-8-2 (7 KOs).

(Photo Credit: Ed Diller/DiBella Entertainment)

Ukrainian heavyweight prospect Oleksandr "Sasha" Teslenko, 220 lbs., of Toronto, Canada, patiently stalked Keenan Hickman, 269.2 lbs., of Baton Rouge, LA, from the outset, landing stiff jabs to the midsection before launching powerful straight rights. One straight right wobbled Hickman near the end of round one. The same punch dropped Hickman in the second. Though he arose, Hickman endured another 20 seconds of punishment before the referee halted the bout at the 1:09 mark. Hickman's ledger dipped to 6-3-1 (2 KOs). The 6'5" 25-year-old Teslenko, born in Chernivtsi, Ukraine, improved to 12-0 (10 KOs). Teslenko, now managed by Gary Freedman, took up boxing at age eight at the behest of his father. As an amateur, Teslenko became a three-time Ukrainian National champion while accumulating an impressive 224-23 record. During this time, Teslenko also earned a degree in Marketing from the University of Chernivtsi and served in the Ukrainian Army alongside DBE stablemate Ivan Golub.

Heavyweight prospect Stephan Shaw, 261.8 lbs., of St. Louis, MO, dominated Joel Caudle, 265 lbs., of Raleigh, NC, over six frames en route to a unanimous decision in his DBE debut. Shaw's offense steadily increased as the fight wore on; beginning with stiff jabs to keep a proper distance to land straight rights and short left hooks. Soon after, Shaw added hooks to the body to his arsenal followed by combinations. Caudle was game, landing his own leather in exchanges, but Shaw remained in control throughout. Scorecards read 60-54, twice, and 59-55, to up Shaw's record to 10-0 (6 KOs), while Caudle, 7-2-1 (5 KOs), suffered his second defeat. Following a stellar amateur career that included 2013 PAL and USA National Championships titles, Shaw turned professional in December 2013. Managed by David McWater's Split-T Management, Shaw trains with four-time Olympic Boxing coach Basheer Abdullah out of  Arena Gym in San Diego, California.

Williams finishes Wilson.

(Photo Credit: Ed Diller/DiBella Entertainment)

In his New York debut, East Hartford, Connecticut's Mykquan Williams, 146 lbs., finished Preston Wilson, 142.8 lbs., of Parkersburg, WV, inside the opening frame. Williams quickly found a home for his straight right upstairs, clearly bothering Wilson. Near the bell, a three-punch combination started by a right uppercut dropped Wilson for the full count, ending the contest at the 2:59 mark. Wilson fell to 4-3-1 (3 KOs). Trained by Connecticut Boxing Hall of Famer Paul Cichon and managed by the renowned Jackie Kallen, Williams upped his record to 10-0 (6 KOs). Williams was also a decorated amateur with a 45-13 record, highlighted by three gold-medal performances at the Ringside World Championships, in addition to winning the PAL Tournament and Silver Gloves Championships.

Southpaw Jonathan Arroyo, 146 lbs., of Patchogue, Long Island, NY, improved to 2-0 (1 KOs) with a second-round stoppage of Andrea Crepaldi, 142.2 lbs., of Manhattan, NY, who was making his pro debut. Arroyo used his height and reach advantages to keep Crepaldi at the end of his power shots, landing a series of hooks to stagger his foe and force a stoppage win.










NEW YORK CITY (January 8, 2018) DIBELLA ENTERTAINMENT's acclaimed BROADWAY BOXING series returns to B.B. King Blues Club & Grill in Manhattan on Wednesday, February 7, headlined by a sensational eight-round welterweight crosstown clash between NOEL MURPHY (12-0, 2 KOs), of Woodlawn, New York, and Brooklyn's MIKKEL LESPIERRE (18-0-1, 8 KOs).

Tickets for the BROADWAY BOXING event, promoted by DiBella Entertainment and presented by Nissan of Queens, Azad Watches, OPTYX, and Christos Steak House, are currently on sale and are priced at $125, $100, $75 and $55. Tables are also available for purchase for this event, with VIP tables going for $1,000 per table (5 seats at $200 per seat), Ringside tables for $500 (5 seats at $100), and $375 tables (5 seats at $75). Tickets are available for purchase by calling the DiBella Entertainment office at (212) 947-2577. Doors open at 6:30pm with the first bout scheduled for 7:00pm. B.B. King Blues Club & Grill is located at 237 W. 42nd Street between 7th and 8th Avenues in Times Square.

"We're very excited to return to our Manhattan home at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill for another action-packed card," said LOU DIBELLA, President of DiBella Entertainment. "Our main event is a terrific crosstown battle between two undefeated welterweights, Noel Murphy and Mikkel LesPierre, both of whom will have very loud and passionate fan bases on hand. I'm thrilled to welcome junior lightweight Jon Fernandez, one of the best and most exciting prospects in boxing, to New York City for the first time. Following up on our December event, this is going to be another memorable evening for local boxing fans."

The 23-year-old Murphy, a native of Cork, Ireland, starts his 2018 campaign following a highly successful and busy 2017, which included five victories. Most recently, Murphy returned to Ireland to win an eight-round decision versus Gyorgy Mizsei Jr. on October 7, at National Stadium in Dublin. Prior to that, fighting on the Adrien Broner-Mikey Garcia undercard on July 29, Murphy impressed the Barclays Center crowd with an eight-round decision versus Julio Cesar Sanchez.

"I'm delighted for this opportunity to headline a show at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill in Times Square, New York," said Murphy. "I want to thank my promoter Lou DiBella and my manager Kevin Crowley for putting this fight together. Mikkel LesPierre is a difficult opponent, but these are the types of fights I want. I can't wait for February 7."

LesPierre is returning to the ring highly confident following the most impressive victory of his five-year professional career. On December 2, 2017, LesPierre knocked out Mario Beltre in the sixth round in the Dominican Republic to capture the WBC Fecarbox 140lb. title. Born in Trinidad and Tobago, LesPierre moved to Brooklyn, New York, at age six.

"I have been overlooked my whole career," said LesPierre. "However, I did it my way. It's chess, not checkers and I'm here to stay."

Just 22 years old, Spain's JON FERNANDEZ (14-0, 12 KOs) has quickly built a reputation as one of the most exciting prospects in boxing. With two stunning knockouts telecast on SHOWTIME in 2017, Fernandez finished the year on the highly respected list of Dan Rafael's ESPN Top Prospects of 2017. Returning to Spain on September 29, 2017, Fernandez stopped undefeated Alexander Podolsky in the sixth round, seizing the WBC Silver super featherweight title.

In a six-round junior lightweight bout, Brooklyn's JUDE "King Zar" FRANKLIN (6-0, 5 KOs) takes on Italian FLORIANO "Flash" PAGLIARA (16-7-2, 7 KOs). Trained by Elmo Serrano, out of Gleason's Gym, Franklin is taking a big step up in competition and will do so in front of hometown fans for just the second time in his young career.

Freeport, New York, welterweight newcomer JONATHAN ARROYO (1-0), who turned pro this past November, will compete in a four-rounder.











Plus Undefeated Radzhab Butaev, Junior Fa & 2016 U.S. Olympian Charles Conwell Featured In Separate Bouts

Live on SHOWTIME at 10 p.m. ET/PT

From Masonic Temple & Performing Arts Center in Cleveland

NEW YORK (Oct. 18, 2017)- Undefeated featherweight Luis Rosa will face once-beaten Yuandale Evans in a 10-round matchup of 126-pound prospects looking to make a statement in one of boxing's deepest divisions in the main event of ShoBox: The New Generation Friday, Nov. 10 live on SHOWTIME (10 p.m. ET/PT) from Masonic Temple & Performing Arts Center in Cleveland.

The quadruple header features eight fighters making their ShoBox debuts, including six undefeated prospects. The four-fight telecast is ShoBox's first return to Cleveland since 2014.

In the co-feature, former Russian amateur standout Radzhab Butaev (7-0, 6 KOs, WSOB: 9-1) will take on Colombia's Janer Gonzalez (19-0-1, 15 KOs) in an eight-round welterweight matchup. Butaev compiled a record of 304-12 in the unpaid ranks, followed by a 9-1 record in the World Series of Boxing, while Gonzalez was a member of the Colombian National Team with an equally impressive 291-29 record as an amateur. In a televised heavyweight attraction, New Zealand's Junior Fa (12-0, 7 KOs), who owns two amateur victories over countryman and current WBO Heavyweight World Champion Joseph Parker, will face Pittsburgh's Fred Latham (9-0-2, 5 KOs) in an eight-round bout.

In the ShoBox opening bout, undefeated 2016 U.S. Olympian and Cleveland native Charles Conwell (5-0, 5 KOs) will look to keep his knockout streak intact in his hometown debut in a six-round super welterweight matchup with Panama's Roque "Rocky" Zapata (4-1-3, 0 KOs).

"I am thrilled to bring this talent-filled quadruple header to the ShoBox series, from the Masonic Temple in Cleveland, Ohio," said Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment. "Undefeated featherweight contender Luis Rosa Jr. faces hard puncher Yuandale Evans. Amateur prodigy Radzhab Butaev and New Zealand heavyweight prospect Junior Fa -who defeated Joseph Parker as an amateur-will be tested by fellow unbeaten opponents. U.S. Olympian Charles Conwell, one of the most exciting young prospects in boxing, will make his national TV debut in his hometown. On November 10, to quote Ian Hunter, 'Cleveland Rocks!'"

Tickets are priced from $35 to $90 and can be obtained by visiting BoxingCleveland.com. The Masonic Temple and Performance Arts Center is located at 3615 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44115. Doors will open on the night of the event at 7:00 p.m.

LUIS ROSA vs. YUANDALE EVANS - 10-Round Featherweight Bout

The 26-year-old Rosa (23-0, 11 KOs) is a Puerto Rico native who lives and fights out of New Haven, Conn. The come-forward, aggressive Rosa has recorded four knockouts in his last seven fights.

Trained by his father Luis Rosa Sr. and managed by his mother Marilyn, Rosa is currently ranked No. 10 by the WBC at 126 pounds, and was 95-10 as an amateur. Fighting in one of boxing's deepest divisions (Leo Santa Cruz, Abner Mares, Carl Frampton, Gary Russell Jr.), the U.S. National Silver Medalist is looking to establish himself as a featherweight contender, and has career wins over Luis Orlando Del Valle (18-1) and Jorge Diaz (17-2).

"I'm dedicating this fight to the people who are still suffering from the tragedy of the hurricane," Rosa said. "We are and always have been very strong people and I take that into the ring with me on November 10. I've seen some tapes of Evans. He's a tough, strong fighter but my skills are much greater and I will be victorious and move one step closer to a shot at a world title."

The 28-year-old Evans (19-1, 14 KOs) is a Cleveland native fighting in his hometown for the first time. Known as a power-puncher who works fast, Evans has recorded eight of his 14 knockouts in the first round. His only professional loss came against future world title holder Javier Fortuna in April of 2012.

Evans, who took a three-year hiatus following the Fortuna loss, is coming off the best win of his career - a hard-fought 10-round unanimous decison over Billel Dib (21-1; WBO No. 7-ranked coming into the fight) in Miami, Okla., in April.

"I'm thrilled to be fighting at home in Cleveland, the city of Champions," Evans said. "It's been a very long time since I've had a home fight. Truly, I've been a road warrior fighting all over the world.

"I've followed Luis Rosa for a couple years, I know he's a very tough Puerto Rican fighter. He's the same height as me and will come to fight, which will make for an all-action fight. But I know I'm the toughest competition he's had and I'm planning to win in front of the big hometown crowd and everyone watching on SHOWTIME."

The vacant WBC Continental Americas Title belt is on the line for this fight.

RADZHAB BUTAEV vs. JANER GONZALEZ - 8-Round Welterweight Bout

Russian Radzhab Butaev had a stellar amateur career during which he compiled a record of 304-12 with 164 KOs. A former Russian National Champion, Butaev qualified for the 2016 Olympics but instead elected to turn pro in the United States.

Butaev has progressed quickly since turning professional in March of 2016 - of his seven professional fights, six of his seven opponents have had winning records. The 23-year old is coming into his fifth fight of the year and the eighth fight in his short, 18-month professional career. Five of Butaev's seven fights have taken place in the U.S, while his other two victories were on his home turf in Moscow, Russia. In his last fight in July, the 23-year-old Butaev knocked out Sherzodbek Alimjanov in Red Square in Moscow.

Said Butaev, "This is a great opportunity to fight on SHOWTIME and I'm looking forward to putting on a tremendous performance. I know that Colombian fighters are well known for their power but I faced many hard hitters in the amateurs and I'll be ready for victory on November 10."

A native of Barranquilla, Colombia, the heavy-handed Janer Gonzalez sports a record of 19-0-1 with 15 knockouts. Prior to turning professional in 2011, Gonzalez was a member of the Colombian National Boxing Team, compiling a record of 291-29. Gonzalez, who returned in September following a two and a half-year layoff, will make his U.S. debut against Butaev.

"It's a dream come true to make my television debut in the United States," said Gonzalez. "I grew up watching all of my favorite boxers fighting in the U.S. and now it's my turn. It's truly surreal how everything unfolded. I was ready to give up on boxing when an opportunity just came my way. I fought in Mexico and here I am.

"I had a long layoff, but I needed it. It has made me more appreciative, more motivated. I work harder now. I had my last fight on a Saturday and on Monday I was back in the gym. I've studied my opponent. I'm ready. My style will mold to his I'll get on his face and counterpunch. On November 10 boxing fans will see a Colombian warrior that came to America to become a legend."

Butaev vs. Gonzalez is promoted in association with Fight Promotions.

JUNIOR FA vs. FRED LATHAM - Eight Rounds Heavyweight Bout

Standing 6-feet, 5 inches and weighing 270 pounds, the 27-year-old Junior Fa has compiled a professional record of 12-0 with seven knockouts since turning pro in February 2016. Fa had a successful amateur career, which included two victories over reigning WBO Heavyweight Champion Joseph Parker. The native of Papakura, New Zealand has most recently trained in England with heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua and has also sparred with Joshua's Oct. 28 opponent Carlos Takam.

Fa, who won a bronze medal at the Commonwealth Games, will fight for just the second time in the United States.

"I'm thrilled to be fighting in the United States again and on SHOWTIME," said Fa. "I know Latham is undefeated but I also plan on staying unbeaten on November 10. Training with Anthony Joshua improved my boxing in many ways and just as important taught me what it takes inside the gym to become a world champion."

Fighting out of Pittsburgh, Pa., Fred Latham (9-0-2, 5 KOs) is a former Pennsylvania Golden Gloves Champion. In his last bout on December 3, 2016, the 27-year-old Latham battled to a split decision draw against Alonzo Butler.

Said Latham, "I appreciate the opportunity to fight on SHOWTIME and I am looking forward to facing Fa. I've heard a lot about him and the great heavyweight prospect he is but on November 10 I'll show the world that I'm a much better fighter."

CHARLES CONWELL vs. ROQUE 'Rocky' ZAPATA - Six-Round Super Welterweight Bout

Nineteen-year-old Charles Conwell, who turns 20 on Nov. 2, is 5-0 with all of his victories coming by way of technical knockout. The Cleveland native has a decorated resume - he went 134-14, was the National Gold Gloves Champion in 2015, and a 2016 U.S. Olympian. Conwell has been busy since turning pro last year, having fought all five of his professional fights in the past eight months. In his last fight in August, Conwell earned a technical knockout against Rey Trujillo.

"I'm thrilled to be fighting at home for the first time as a professional and on ShoBox," said Conwell. "I can't wait to put on a great performance for the Cleveland fans and those seeing me for the first time on national television."

The 21-year-old Zapata is a native of Panama City, Panama now fighting out of Culpepper, Va. Having compiled a record of 4-1-3 since turning profssional 18 months ago, he is currently riding a three bout winning streak. Zapata is coming off the biggest win of his career, a six-round decision over previously undefeated Justin Steave on June 24 in Pittsburgh.

"This fight with Charles Conwell is an exciting challenge for me. He had a great amateur career and he made the Olympic team," said Zapata. "I've been offered to fight him twice, but at the time I was injured and had to decline. But on November 10, Charles and I will come face-to-face and put on a show for the fans. I'm ready to do my job."

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New York City (August 4, 2017) DIBELLA ENTERTAINMENT's acclaimed BROADWAY BOXING series will return to the beautiful Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut, on Friday, September 15, 2017, headlined by an excellent 10-round clash between popular heavyweight prospect ALEXIS SANTOS (18-1, 15 KOs), of nearby Lawrence, Massachusetts, and cross-town rival, Ireland's NIALL KENNEDY (8-0, 5 KOs), promoted by Ken Casey's Boston-based Murphys Boxing. Broadway Boxing is presented by Nissan of Queens, Azad Watches, OPTYX, and Christos Steak House.

Tickets for the event, promoted by DiBella Entertainment in association with Murphys Boxing, priced at $125, $75 and $45 are Now On Sale and can be purchased online at Foxwoods.com, Ticketmaster.com, by calling 800-200-2882, or visiting the Foxwoods box office. Foxwoods Resort Casino is located at 350 Trolley Line Boulevard, Mashantucket, Connecticut 06338. Doors will open to the Fox Theater at 7:00 p.m. ET with the first bell at 7:30 p.m. ET.

"I am happy to again bring Broadway Boxing back to our home away from home at Foxwoods Resort Casino," said LOU DIBELLA, President of DiBella Entertainment. "The series at Foxwoods has seen a number of terrific heavyweight brawls of late and New England's own Alexis Santos battling Ireland's Niall Kennedy promises to be very entertaining. Popular local stars Shelly Vincent, a great ambassador for women's boxing from Rhode Island, East Hartford up-and-coming unbeaten welterweight Mykquan Williams, and Nicholas DeQuattro, in his pro debut, will appear on the stacked undercard, along with undefeated New York cruiserweight prospect Joe Williams."

The 27-year-old fan favorite Santos returns to Foxwoods Resort Casino on a five-bout winning streak highlighted by an eight-round unanimous decision over Jesse Barboza on November 19, 2016, in an action-packed bout from start to finish that had the crowd roaring throughout. With the victory, Santos seized the New England heavyweight championship.

Most recently Santos scored a first-round knockout of Andy Perez on February 24, 2017, in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

"I'm thrilled to be fighting again at Foxwood Resort Casino," said Santos. "The fan support for my first fight there last November was fantastic.

"Niall Kennedy has more amateur experience than I, but I've had more fights as a professional. It's a great crossroads fight and I can't wait for September 15."

Backed by longtime member of Boston's famed Dropkick Murphys, Ken Casey, Kennedy, a native of Gorey, West Ireland, has become a fan favorite among the city's Irish population, with knockout victories on the last two annual St. Patrick's Day cards. Before turning pro in May 2015, Kennedy accumulated an impressive 130-20 amateur record. He is trained by the renowned Paschal Collins, brother of former world champion Steve Collins, out of Celtic Warrior Boxing Gym in Dublin. In addition to his burgeoning boxing career, the 33-year-old has also worked as a police officer for the past 11 years.






New York, NY (5/19/17) - On Thursday evening, DiBella Entertainment's popular Broadway Boxing series returned to New York for the first time in almost a year with a special edition, one-time-only event, held at Brooklyn's historic Paramount Theater at Long Island University.

Brooklyn's Heather "The Heat" Hardy headlined the card facing Hungarian Edina Kiss in an eight-round featherweight rematch. Before becoming a staple at Barclays Center (where she has fought seven of her last nine bouts), Hardy, now a two-division WBC International champion, was regularly featured on Broadway Boxing, making her pro debut on the series in August 2012.
Hardy's first bout against Kiss, of Budapest, Hungary, took place on the undercard of the March 4 welterweight unification battle between Keith Thurman and Danny Garcia, with the Brooklynite earning a unanimous points win. In the rematch, Hardy, 125.6, applied pressure from the outset and never let up, intent on establishing herself as the more physically imposing fighter. Determined to wear Kiss down, Hardy primarily focused on landing her power shots. In round four, a left hook and straight right rattled Kiss, who tired over the latter half of the bout. At this stage, Kiss' offense amounted to winging haymakers, which Hardy easily evaded and countered. Scorecards read 80-72 twice, and 79-73, all in favor of Hardy via unanimous decision. With the loss, Kiss' ledger fell to 14-4 (8 KOs).

At the conclusion of the bout, Hardy, now 20-0 (4 KOs) as a boxer, officially announced that she would be a two-sport athlete, making her MMA debut on the Bellator-promoted event at Madison Square Garden on June 24.

In his New York debut, 2016 American Olympian Charles Conwell, 153.2, of Cleveland, OH, handed Jeff Souffrant, 153.6, of Ft. Lauderdale, FL, his first knockout defeat, in the opening stanza. Co-promoted by DiBella Entertainment and Holden Productions, and managed by David McWater's Split-T Management, the 19-year-old Conwell used his jab to bring up Souffrant's guard, leaving his midsection an open target. Several well-placed straight rights to the body led to an overhand right to the temple that wobbled Souffrant. Conwell pounced on his adversary, throwing a barrage of shots until the referee jumped in to end the contest at 2:43 of the round. Earning his second straight first-round knockout, Conwell is now 2-0 (2 KOs), while Souffrant's record fell to 3-2 (1 KO). Building an amateur record of 132-14, Conwell was an 11-time National champion.

Irish Noel Murphy, 145.8, of County Cork, Ireland, but now living in Woodlawn, NY, faced his most experienced opponent yet in Brian Jones, 146.6, of Los Angeles, CA, and outworked him over eight exciting rounds. Murphy showed impressive accuracy, placing sneaky straight rights through Jones' guard and countering well when the Californian was moving forward. The Irishman employed a sustained body attack in the middle rounds to diminish his foe's offensive output as well. In round six, with Murphy on the hunt for a stoppage, thrilling exchanges developed to the delight of the crowd. With scores of 80-72, and 79-73 twice, Murphy earned a unanimous decision to improve to 10-0 (2 KOs). Jones' record is now 14-8 (8 KOs). Entering the bout, Murphy was coming off his first pro victory at home in Ireland to pick up the BUI Celtic welterweight title in February. Murphy was a multi-time National champion as an amateur before relocating to Yonkers, NY, and embarking on his professional career in November 2014.














 New York, NY (4/26/17) - On Thursday, May 18, DiBella Entertainment's popular Broadway Boxing series will make its long-awaited return to New York for the first time in almost a year with a special edition, one-time-only event, held at Brooklyn's historic Paramount Theater at Long Island University. Brooklyn's undefeated female sensation Heather "The Heat" Hardy will appear in a special attraction eight-round featherweight rematch versus Hungary's Edina "DNA" Kiss to go along with a stacked undercard featuring 2016 Olympian Charles Conwell, 15-0 prospect Eric Walker, and Irish favorite Noel Murphy.

 Broadway Boxing: Hardy vs. Kiss is sponsored by Nissan of Queens, OPTYX, Azad Watches and Christos Steak House. Tickets start at $45 and are available by visiting

https://tickets.completeticketsolutions.com/DEI/Online/default.asp or calling 888-612-4191. 

 Broadway Boxing was launched in April 2004 as a monthly boxing series featuring local prospects and contenders. By August of 2008, Broadway Boxing had become a weekly series on SNY with a combination of live programming and taped delayed broadcasts of previous events. For almost nine years, Broadway Boxing has aired every Sunday night at 8 p.m. ET on SNY. During that time, the series has grown to produce some of the highest ratings for any program broadcast on SNY, outside of NY Mets games. World champions such as Vitali Klitschko, Gennady Golovkin, Jose Pedraza, Andre Berto, Paulie Malignaggi, Peter Quillin, Guillermo Rigondeaux, Yuriorkis Gamboa, DeMarcus Corley, Randall Bailey and Amanda Serrano have appeared on the series.

 "The insurance requirements in New York have kept DiBella Entertainment's flagship series and almost all club shows out of New York for the past year because they just aren't financially viable," said Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment. "But the public clamoring has been too great to ignore; we are going to plant our flag for one night and we hope boxing fans come out and support live boxing featuring homegrown and world class talent."

 Now a two-division WBC International champion, Brooklyn's popular Heather "The Heat" Hardy (19-0, 4 KOs) will return to the series where she got her start in boxing. Before becoming a staple at Barclays Center (where she has fought seven of her last eight bouts), Hardy was a regular on Broadway Boxing, making her pro debut on the series in August 2012. She quickly amassed a loyal following with her charismatic personality and fan-friendly style. It was in October 2014 on Broadway Boxing when Hardy won her first WBC International title at junior featherweight. Last August at Ford Amphitheater in Coney Island, Hardy handed rival Shelly Vincent her first loss to capture the WBC International title at featherweight. The entertaining slugfest was televised by NBC Sports Net and helped to increase Hardy's national profile.

 Hardy's opponent on May 18 will be Budapest, Hungary's Edina "DNA" Kiss (14-3, 8 KOs), who has two wins against former world title challenger Erika Kalderas. The pair last fought each other on March 4, at Barclays Center, with Hardy winning a unanimous decision. Kiss rebounded with a six-round unanimous decision victory on April 15.

 "I'm very anxious and excited to get back in the ring on May 18, hoping that a dominant performance will put me on track for my next fight to be for a world title," said Hardy.

 Junior middleweight prospect Eric Walker (15-0, 8 KOs), of Plaquemine, LA, will make his New York debut in a 10-round bout on the undercard. He had an unconventional amateur boxing career, going 61-1 during 13 years in Dixon Correctional Institution. Walker entered the prison system at only 15 years old with no boxing experience and rose through the ranks, eventually becoming the captain of the institution's boxing team. Following his release in June 2013, Walker turned pro that December. Two years later, Walker was called in as an underdog to face 13-0 prospect Christopher Pearson on Spike TV and dominated en route to an eight-round unanimous decision. In his next bout, Walker went the 10-round distance for the first time to seize the WBC Continental Americas title with a unanimous decision versus Josue Ovando. He has since added another two knockout victories to his ledger.

2016 Olympian Charles Conwell (1-0, 1 KO), of Cleveland, OH, will follow up his successful pro debut in a four-round bout on the show. Conwell was a highly accomplished amateur who represented the United States at the 2016 Olympics in Rio. Building a record of 132-14, he was also an 11-time National champion. Conwell comes from a boxing family; all eight of his siblings were enrolled in the sport at a young age by their father, Charles Sr. Co-promoted by DiBella Entertainment and Holden Productions, and managed by David McWater's Split-T Management, the 19-year-old Conwell made his pro debut on April 21, at Buffalo Run Casino, in Miami, OK, with a 41-second first-round knockout.

 Noel Murphy (9-0, 2 KOs), 22, of County Cork, Ireland, returns to the tri-state area for the ninth time in 10 pro bouts. Murphy was a multi-time National champion as an amateur before relocating to Yonkers, NY, and embarking on his professional career in November 2014. Murphy began 2017 by earning an impressive six-round unanimous decision in January versus previously unbeaten prospect Maxito Sainvil, at Barclays Center. In his last bout, Murphy dominated Spain's Avelino Vazquez via unanimous decision on February 25, to win the BUI Celtic welterweight title in front of a packed house at National Stadium in Dublin.

 Puerto Rican sensation Nicklaus Flaz (4-0, 4 KOs) took up boxing at the age of 14. Born in Bayamon, Flaz initially used boxing as a way to lose weight, but he soon fell in love with the sport and pursued an amateur career. Throughout the next six years, Flaz won numerous tournaments while accumulating a tremendous record of 88-6. In addition to being a three-time National champion for Puerto Rico between 2013-'15, Flaz also won gold medals at the Cheo Aponte Games in 2013 and '14, Copa Romana tournament in 2014, and International Wilfredo Gomez tournament in 2014. Flaz will compete in a six-round middleweight bout.





Saturday, March 18, 2017


LOS ANGELES, CA (January 24, 2017) Former World Boxing Council (WBC) Super Flyweight Champion CARLOS "PRINCIPE" CUADRAS, (35-1-1, 27 KO’s) returns to battle against cross-town rival and Former World Title Challenger DAVID "SEVERO" CARMONA, (20-3-5, 8 KO’s), also of Mexico, on Saturday, March 18 at The Mecca of Boxing, Madison Square Garden.

Cuadras vs. Carmona, scheduled for ten rounds, will be featured on the televised undercard of the World Middleweight Championship between Unified Middleweight World Champion GENNADY "GGG" GOLOVKIN, (36-0-0, 33 KO’s) and WBA Middleweight World Champion and Mandatory Challenger DANIEL "THE MIRACLE MAN" JACOBS, (32-1, 29 KO’s). 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.

"I wanted a rematch with Roman Gonzalez but right now my sole focus is on Carmona, we’ve known each other for many years and there is a true rivalry between us," said Cuadras. "I’m looking forward to settling it in the ring at Madison Square Garden, the home of so many classic battles and in front of the great Mexican boxing fans in New York City and those watching on HBO Pay-Per-View."

Said Carmona, "Carlos has accomplished a great deal in boxing, being a former world champion and undefeated for many years. However, my time is now and I look forward to being victorious on March 18."

"We’re very excited to add this all-Mexican battle between Carlos Cuadras and David Carmona to an already outstanding boxing event," said TOM LOEFFLER, Managing Director of K2 PROMOTIONS. "Cuadras is coming off one of the best fights of 2016 in his world title fight with "Chocolatito" last September on HBO and Carmona is looking to prove he’s worthy of another world title opportunity."

"Carlos was one of the true breakout stars in boxing last year in his valiant performance against ‘Chocolatito’. We’ve gotten a tremendous response to our showcasing of the lighter weights at our events from boxing fans and the media and we’re very excited to have these two super flyweight battles on the televised undercard."

"Adding this third bout to the March 18 event continues our commitment to boxing fans in the arena and those watching on HBO Pay-Per-View that we will provide maximum value at our events. Tickets for Madison Square Garden are selling fast and we look forward to another outstanding event on March 18."

On September 10, 2016, then undefeated WBC Super Flyweight World Champion Cuadras and three-division world champion ROMAN "CHOCOLATITO" GONZALEZ waged war in a 2016 "Fight of the Year" candidate in front of a huge crowd at The Fabulous Forum and telecast on HBO.

After twelve epic rounds of world class action, the 28-year-old Cuadras lost a very close decision to Gonzalez in a battle that had the Mexican and Nicaraguan partisan crowds on their feet cheering throughout.

Carmona is returning to the ring following the toughest test of his seven-year professional career. On May 8, 2016, the 25-year-old Carmona traveled to Tokyo, Japan to challenge undefeated Champion NAOYA INOUE. Following twelve action packed rounds, Carmona came up short on the judges’ scorecards but validated his standing among the best in the division.

Presented by K2 Promotions, tickets priced at $1000, $600, $400, $300, $200 and $100, are now on sale and can be purchased at the Madison Square Garden Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, Ticketmaster charge by phone (866-858-0008) and online at www.ticketmaster.com or www.thegarden.com


Badou Jack & James DeGale Meet in Super Middleweight World Championship Unification Showdown Saturday, January 14

From Barclays Center in Brooklyn Live on SHOWTIME

Junior Lightweight World Champion Jose Pedraza
Battles Undefeated Rising Star Gervonta Davis in


Tickets on Sale Friday at 10 a.m. ET!

BROOKLYN (November 16, 2016) - WBC Super Middleweight World Champion Badou Jack (20-1-2, 12 KOs) and IBF Super Middleweight World Champion James DeGale (23-1, 14 KOs)will look to stake their claim as the best 168-pound fighter in the world when they meet in a title unification clash on Saturday, January 14 from Barclays Center in Brooklyn and live on SHOWTIME as boxing returns to New York for the first time in five months.

The SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING telecast will also feature undefeated junior lightweight world champion Jose "Sniper" Pedraza (22-0, 12 KOs) defending his title against up-and-coming Mayweather Promotions' undefeated contender Gervonta "The One" Davis (16-0, 15 KOs).

"I'm expecting a very tough fight from James DeGale," said Jack. "But I'm very confident that I'm going to win the fight and become the unified champion. This is an incredible stage to be at Barclays Center and on SHOWTIME and I'm going to take full advantage of it. I'm ready to make my mark as the best in the division."

"I am so happy that this fight has finally been made," said DeGale. "This is the best fighting the best. This is what boxing is all about. Badou Jack is a very good fighter and he's underrated. I am going to have to be 100 percent on my game to beat him, but I am confident I will deliver on January 14. I have already fulfilled my dream of becoming a world champion and now it is time to unify."

"Davis is a great young fighter with an impressive record," said Pedraza. "He is a complete fighter and I am very happy to fight a challenger of his caliber. However, I do feel that Davis has been protected so I plan to really show off in this fight and perform at my best. Defeating Davis will be a great start to 2017, a year I would love to unify my division. I am thrilled to be back on SHOWTIME and look forward to putting on a great show for all those in attendance at Barclays Center."

"I'm excited for the opportunity to fight a respected undefeated world champion like Jose Pedraza," said Davis. "I'm also ready to show the boxing world what I'm capable of doing. Boxing is searching for its next star and I believe that I'm the one. On January 14, I plan to show what over 200 amateur wins and 12 years of training with coach Calvin Ford looks like. Baltimore, we're here. Brooklyn, I'm ready to shine for you. Jose Pedraza, get ready. I'm coming to kick your a**."

"Mayweather Promotions is pleased to have the opportunity to bring this huge event to Brooklyn and Barclays Center," said Floyd Mayweather, President of Mayweather Promotions. "Badou Jack versus James DeGale is one of the best match-ups in the sport. It's the best fighting the best. I believe that Badou Jack has what it takes to be a unified world champion. I'm also excited to see Gervonta Davis fight for his first world title. He has the skills to be a fighter who carries the sport. He has a tough, undefeated world champion in front of him and I am looking forward to seeing him perform on January 14. These are two evenly-matched fights that will bring a lot of explosive action to the ring on fight night, you don't want to miss it."

Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by Mayweather Promotions and DiBella Entertainment, start at $25. Tickets are available starting Friday, Nov. 18 at 10 a.m. and can be purchased online by visiting www.ticketmaster.com, www.barclayscenter.com or by calling 1-800-745-3000. Tickets are also available at the American Express Box Office at Barclays Center. Group discounts are available by calling 844-BKLYN-GP.

Both Jack and DeGale retained their titles on SHOWTIME in April. Jack kept his belt via a controversial split draw against Lucian Bute, a match in which many thought Jack had prevailed, while DeGale defeated mandatory challenger Rogelio Medina. Both fighters were sharp; each landed over 60 percent of his respective power punches to set up this showdown for the top spot in the super middleweight division.

"We're looking forward to bringing our first boxing event to Barclays Center in Brooklyn on January 14, when Badou Jack will face James DeGale in a world title unification bout live on SHOWTIME," said Leonard Ellerbe, CEO of Mayweather Promotions. "Badou has a tremendous work ethic and ability to stay focused and this has helped him get to where he is now in his career. He's prepared to keep putting the hard work in to stay on top. Every time he was counted out, it just made him work harder. He's proof that if you stay focused and dedicated to your craft, you can reach your dreams. I'm also eager to see Mayweather Promotions' own Gervonta Davis in his first world title fight. We believe there is a bright future ahead for that young man and this could be the first step on his way to a truly special career."

"Boxing will return to New York in 2017 with a tremendous card at Barclays Center on January 14 featuring two high caliber championship contests," said Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment. "With Badou Jack and James DeGale facing off, you have champion versus champion, the best fighting the best in what promises to be an action-packed battle in a super middleweight unification. Puerto Rico's only world champion, undefeated Jose Pedraza, will defend his junior lightweight title against a hungry, heavy-handed challenger in Gervonta Davis."

"Jack vs. DeGale is a terrific start to 2017," said Brett Yormark, CEO of Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment. "I want to thank Floyd Mayweather for making this fight happen and to Lou DiBella for his continued support of BROOKLYN BOXING. In our fifth year at Barclays Center, we are committed to boxing more than ever before."

"In 2016, SHOWTIME delivered more high-quality, competitive fights than any other network and 2017 will be no different. We're thrilled to kick off the year with a true '50/50' unification fight between two world champions in the prime of their career," said Stephen Espinoza, Executive Vice President and General Manager, SHOWTIME Sports. "Badou Jack vs. James DeGale is boxing at its best - a matchup between the No. 1 - and No. 2-ranked boxers in the division - the right fight happening at the right time. And the Jose Pedraza-Gervonta Davis co-feature, which features two of boxing's rising stars, could have been a main event on its own. There is no better way to begin the year, as well as our tremendous run of four separate SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING presentations over a seven-week span."

Jack, who fights out of Las Vegas by way of Stockholm, Sweden, captured the WBC 168-pound crown with a 12-round majority decision over previously unbeaten defending champion Anthony Dirrelllast April 24. A former amateur standout who represented Gambia in the 2008 Olympics, Jack retained his belt against former world title challenger George Groves last Sept. 12 on the undercard of Floyd Mayweather's final fight. Jack was an underdog against both Dirrell and Groves before retaining his title. The 6-foot-1, 33-year-old won four in a row leading up to his controversial draw against Bute in April.

DeGale won the vacant IBF belt in his U.S. debut last May by dropping Andre Dirrell twice on his way to a unanimous decision. The 2008 Olympic Gold Medalist from London then successfully defended it last November in a thrilling shootout with the hometown favorite and former titlist Bute. The 30-year-old, who's only blemish came in a majority decision in his 11th bout against the then-unbeaten Groves, will make his fourth consecutive start outside his native England as he looks to become a global power and a unified champion at 168 pounds.

The switch-hitting Puerto Rican Olympian Pedraza backed up his "The Sniper" moniker against Andrey Klimov, picking apart the Russian with superior speed and accuracy on his way to a world title win last June. Pedraza earned a shot at the title in his previous bout with a career-best victory over former world title challenger Michael Farenas. The 27-year-old then went on to defend his title successfully against Edner Cherry last October and most recently against Stephen Smith in April. This fight marks the fourth consecutive time that Pedraza has fought on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING.

A highly regarded prospect that won the 2012 National Gloves championship, the 22-year-old Davis recorded five victories inside of the distance in 2015. The Baltimore native, who Floyd Mayweather has called "the next big star in boxing," kept his momentum going into 2016 as he recorded a sixth-round stoppage of Guillermo Avila in April and a first round knockout of Mario Macias in June. Davis enters his first world title showdown with seven straight victories by stoppage.








New York, NY (3/31/16) - On Wednesday night, DiBella Entertainment staged another installment of its popular Broadway Boxing series at New York City's famed B.B. King Blues Club and Grill in midtown Manhattan in front of a passionate sold-out crowd.

(Photo Credit: Ed Diller/DiBella Entertainment)

In the evening's main event, southpaw Chris "Golden" Galeano, Bronx, met Devaun "Unique" Lee, Queens, in a sizzling battle of the boroughs. Heading into the fight, both Galeano and Lee were coming off impressive victories over previously undefeated prospects. The fiercely contested action developed a pattern early on with Galeano having success employing a higher work rate while Lee was landing the harder punches. Keeping a busy pace, Galeano tried to control the fight on the outside, finding the mark with his straight right often when Lee moved in closer. However, Lee was catching Galeano with his countershots on occasion to shorten that distance and one right hook rocked his adversary hard in the fifth frame. The second half continued with Galeano having the flashier combinations and Lee banging away with heavier shots inside. Though Galeano appeared fresh in the ninth, moving well and jabbing, Lee had a huge 10th round, badly hurting his foe during exchanges. After 10 rounds, the verdict was initially announced as a draw, however, Lee was later awarded a split decision win when a tabulation error was discovered. The final scores were 97-93 Lee, and 96-94 each way. In his first fight past six rounds, Lee improved to 7-2 (3 KOs) while picking up the New York State middleweight title and handing Galeano his first defeat to move his record to 10-1 (1 KO).

(Photo Credit: Ed Diller/DiBella Entertainment)

World-ranked super featherweight contender Tevin Farmer, 130, of Philadelphia, engaged veteran Gamaliel Diaz, 129½, of Nezahualcoyotl, Mexico, in a 10-round contest with the vacant NABF title at stake. Fighting in New York for the first time as a pro, Farmer was quick to demonstrate his advantage in hand speed, dropping Diaz in the opening frame with a tremendous left hook. The game and experienced Diaz recovered well to keep a consistent offense throughout the next four rounds, forcing Farmer to employ his defensive prowess, slipping punches while looking for countering opportunities. In the sixth, Diaz landed his best punch thus far with a straight right to Farmer's chin. However, Farmer literally punctuated that round with a straight left to drop Diaz at the bell. The Philadelphian controlled the action for the remainder of the bout, knocking Diaz' mouthpiece out with a counter left in the seventh then flooring him again in the final stanza. With scores of 97-90 twice, and 95-92, Farmer seized the NABF belt via unanimous decision, while increasing his remarkable winning streak to 14 in a row since starting out his career at 7-4-1. Farmer, a great, great nephew of the legendary lightweight champion Joe Gans, is now 21-4-1 (5 KOs), while Diaz' record fell to 39-14-3 (18 KOs).

Cindy Serrano, Brooklyn, 131, administered a technically sound performance, outboxing Hungary's Renata Domsodi, 128¾, Budapest, over six one-sided rounds. An accidental headbutt opened a cut over Domsodi's left eye in the second. Despite the cut, Domsodi continued to move forward, though Serrano had no problems dismantling her foe. By round five, Serrano was landing her straight right with regularity. Three scores of 60-54 awarded a unanimous decision victory to Serrano, now 24-5-3 (10 KOs). Domsodi fell to 13-9 (6 KOs).

Back in the ring just six weeks after his last victory, Brooklyn junior welterweight southpaw Shemuel "The Chosen One" Pagan, 137, had to overcome a few moments of adversity against the cagey Ryan Picou, 136¼, of Las Vegas, to outpoint him over six action-packed rounds with effective aggressiveness. Primarily focusing on his offense, Pagan left himself open for counters and was rocked by a short right hook in the second round. He easily won the third, however, by digging to the body and placing his straight left hand well. In round four, a left hook caught an off balance Pagan for a knockdown call. Energized to enact revenge, Pagan dominated the final two frames with accurate combinations. Scorecards read 58-55, and 57-56 twice, all for Pagan by unanimous decision, who improved to 8-0 (4 KOs). Picou's ledger dropped to 2-8. As an amateur, Pagan was a five-time New York Golden Gloves champion as well as a 2008 Olympic team alternate.

Feinting and pressuring his way inside, the world-ranked Russian southpaw Artur "Wolverine" Akavov, 160, Pskov, administered a heavy-handed, quick-fisted attack chopping down the taller and durable Todd "Blazin' and Amazin'" Manuel, 158½, of Rayne, LA. After four and a half rounds of punishment, Manuel finally dropped to a knee from a straight left to the body in the fifth. He arose but was met with a barrage of shots, including two left hooks to the midsection forcing the second knockdown. Though weakened, Manuel survived the round. In the sixth frame, an Akavov straight left downstairs dropped Manuel to his knees once more, resulting in referee HarveyDock calling a halt to the action at the 0:37 mark. In his second fight stateside, Akavov upped his record to 16-1 (7 KOs), while Manuel evened out at 11-11-1 (1 KO). Ranked number five by the WBO at middleweight, Akavov is working his way toward a world title shot in the near future.

Fighting for the first time since his entertaining draw against Lenin Castillo last August, Brooklyn's "Notorious" Travis Peterkin, 180¾, stalked Larry Pryor, 180½, of Frederick, MD, early on, backing him up with a stiff jab. Whenever he had Pryor cornered, Peterkin would unleash his combinations. Halfway through the opener, the southpaw Peterkin found a home for his powerful straight left and landed it consistently throughout the eight-round contest. The Brooklynite began digging hooks to the body as the bout wore on as well. A cut opened up by Pryor's left eye in round four. All three judges scored the bout 80-72 for Peterkin via unanimous decision, to improve his record to 16-0-1 (7 KOs). Pryor's record dropped to 9-13 (5 KOs).







New York, NY (1/27/16) - On Wednesday night, DiBella Entertainment staged another installment of its popular Broadway Boxing series at New York City's famed B.B. King Blues Club and Grill in midtown Manhattan in front of a passionate and lively crowd.

Photo Credit: Ed Diller/DiBella Entertainment)

The 24-year-old Puerto Rican New Haven, CT, resident and featherweight contender Luis Rosa, 125½, challenged Mexican veteran German Meraz, 124¾, in a scheduled eight-round bout. Switching between his natural orthodox stance and southpaw throughout the opening frame, Rosa began digging left hooks to the body. He continued to apply pressure and land hooks downstairs weakening Meraz's legs. The Mexican subsequently began slipping to the canvas throughout the ensuing rounds resulting in a point deduction in round five. It was also in that frame that Rosa felled Meraz with a devastating right uppercut. Rosa scored a second knockdown in the seventh en route to winning a unanimous decision on scores of 80-68 and 79-69 twice. Ranked no. 12 by the WBC, Rosa improved his resume to 22-0 (10 KOs) while Meraz dropped to 48-37-1 (29 KOs).

Popular Providence, RI, featherweight Michelle "Shelly" Vincent, 125¾, made her New York debut a successful one against Hungary's Renata Domsodi, 124½, Budapest, earning a six-round unanimous decision. Vincent swarmed the Hungarian, who proved tough to withstand the rampant onslaughts of leather. Domsodi's left hook made its presence known in round two letting Shelly know she was no pushover. Vincent kept the pressure on as the two fought shoulder-to-shoulder over the second half of the contest. After six rounds of action, all three judges scored the bout 60-54 in favor of Vincent via unanimous decision. Vincent upped her record to 16-0 (1 KO), while Domsodi fell to 12-8 (5 KOs). Following the bout, rival Heather Hardy entered the ring to help promote a potential matchup against Vincent in the near future.

Photo Credit: Ed Diller/DiBella Entertainment)

Bronx native Louis Cruz, 139½, and Michael Chudecki, 139, of Szamocin, Poland, each demonstrated tremendous heart as they sustained heavy artillery from their adversary in an eight-round back-and-forth slugfest. Cruz held control early on using a steady jab while bobbing and weaving out of harm's way. However, as the rounds wore on, Cruz often went into a defensive shell against the ropes where Chudecki would unload his power shots. A point was deducted from Cruz in rounds four and five for fouls, with Chudecki also losing a point in the seventh after hitting Cruz while he was down from a slip. Behind on the scorecards, Cruz staged a tremendous comeback in round six, landing clean and hard hooks upstairs that staggered the Polish fighter. Chudecki returned fire in round seven, though Cruz exchanged with him as best he could. In the eighth and final stanza, Cruz unleashed damaging straight rights, uppercuts and left hooks. Chudecki ate all of Cruz's leather and dominated the remaining 60 seconds, bringing the crowd to its feet. Chudecki was awarded the points victory with scores of 79-70, and 77-72 twice, improving his record to 11-1-1 (3 KOs). Cruz's record is now 11-1 (5 KOs).

Recent world title challenger Jerry Belmontes, 138½, Corpus Christi, TX, engaged Ukrainian junior welterweight Valentyn Golovko, 139½, Kharkov, in an evenly matched eight-round affair. Golovko held the advantage whenever he maintained a distance and was particularly effective with his overhand right. However, when the experienced and battletested Belmontes closed the gap, the contest featured thrilling exchanges and transformed into a battle of attrition. The judges tallied 76-76, 78-74 and 77-75 for Belmontes, who earned a majority decision to up his record to 21-8 (6 KOs). Golovko was handed his first defeat opposite 21 previous victories, including 14 knockouts.

Devaun Lee, 160, of Jamaica, Queens, and two-time New Jersey Golden Gloves champion Ian "Young General" Green, 160, Paterson, NJ, waged an exhilarating war for six rounds. Green dictated the pace at the outset, setting up power shots with a stiff jab, while Lee stayed on the outside looking for counters. Hooks to the body and head from Green followed in round two. However, with Green closing the distance, Lee found opportunities to land effective counter shots. The exchanges escalated in the third and fourth rounds. By the fifth, the tide had turned and it was Lee pumping a stinging jab at a tiring Green, who may have suffered a broken nose by this point. With fatigue setting on both determined fighters, Lee appeared to have the edge in the sixth and final round. Scorecards read 58-56 twice, and 57-57, awarding a majority decision to Lee to improve his record to 6-2 (3 KOs). Green tasted defeat for the first time as a pro, with his ledger dropping to 8-1 (6 KOs).

Returning to the ring for the first time since his draw against fellow light heavyweight prospect Travis Peterkin last August, the Dominican Lenin Castillo, 175¼, needed just 42 seconds to impressively stop Brazilian knockout artist Marcelo Tavares, 173, Sao Paulo, now 8-1-1 (8 KOs). Castillo, a former amateur standout and 2008 Dominican Olympian, began hooking to the body then landed a right uppercut that slumped Tavares into the ropes where he stayed for the full count. Castillo improved to 13-0-1 (8 KOs).

Featherweight prospect Derrick Murray, 125¾, of Saint Louis, MO, improved to 12-0-1 (5 KOs), winning a six-round unanimous decision over a game Darryl Hayes, 125½, Houston, TX, now 5-6 (1 KO), on scores of 60-54 twice, and 59-53.












New York, NY (11/18/15) - This Friday, DiBella Entertainment's Broadway Boxing returns to the Aviator Sports and Events Center in Brooklyn, NY, for the latest installment of the popular series. Headlining the card will be undefeated prospects Chris Galeano (9-0, 1KO) and Shawn Cameron (10-0, 5KO's) as the two square off in a 10-round battle for NYC bragging rights and with the New York State middleweight title on the line.

In the co-feature bout, Brooklyn's own former two-time world champion Amanda Serrano (25-1-1, 18KO's) will continue her quest toward another world championship when she squares off against Djemilla Gontaruk (9-2, 1KO) in a 10-round super featherweight matchup. The bout against Gontaruk will be Serrano's fourth of 2015, as she seeks to reclaim a piece of the super featherweight crown.

Eager to finish off his year strong will be former #1-rated U.S. amateur and NY Golden Gloves champion Patrick Day (11-1-1, 6KO's) as he squares off against Carlos Garcia in a scheduled eight-round junior middleweight matchup. The 23-year-old Day suffered his first loss as a professional back in January of this year, when he dropped an entertaining majority decision to fellow up-and-coming prospect Alantez Fox on SHOWTIME's ShoBox: The New Generation. Day bounced back nicely from the defeat, winning two bouts in April and July, and is resolute to make it three in a row when he faces the Puerto Rican Garcia on Friday night.

Popular Irish welterweight Noel Murphy (4-0, 2KO's) is also set to see action in one of the featured undercard bouts, as he battles Anton Williamson in their scheduled four-rounder. A native of County Cork, Ireland, the 21-year-old Murphy was a multi-time national champion as an amateur before relocating to Yonkers, NY, and embarking on his professional career in November of last year. Murphy has quickly become one of the more popular up-and-comers throughout the New York area and will be looking to impress in front of his growing allegiance of fans when he challenges Williamson.

Intent on breaking onto the national scene in 2016, Quebec's undefeated super middleweight Francy Ntetu (15-0, 3KO's) is determined to keep his undefeated record intact when he competes against Oscar Riojas (9-3, 3KO's) in their scheduled eight-rounder.

Making his U.S. debut on the card will be Russia's WBO European middleweight champion Artur Akavav (14-1, 5KO's) as he boxes Fredy Lopez (9-2, 7KO's) in a scheduled eight-round middleweight matchup. Akavav has rattled off nine consecutive victories since dropping a close decision to Oleg Liseev in 2012. Akavav would like to throw his name into the mix of the loaded middleweight division in 2016, but must first take care of business against Lopez.

Rounding out the card will be Long Island's pro-debuting Tyrone James, as he takes on David Perez in a four-round welterweight matchup. James had a very successful amateur career, which included a finals appearance at the 2015 Golden Gloves and winning the NY Amateur Boxing championships this year as well.

Tickets are currently on sale and are priced at $100, $70 and $35. Tickets are available for purchase by calling the DiBella Entertainment office at (212) 947-2577. Doors open at 6:30pm with the first bout scheduled for 7:00pm.





New York, NY (9/17/15) - This Saturday night, New Legend Boxing and DiBella Entertainment (DBE) will host International Fight Night, live from the beautiful Resorts World Casino New York City, in Queens, NY.

Headlining the card, in his DBE debut, will be world-rated cruiserweight contender (WBC #13) Alex Guerrero (12-0-1, 6KO's) putting his undefeated record on the line against once-beaten Brian Howard (10-1, 8KO's) in the 10-round feature bout of the evening.

Also making his DBE debut on the card will be undefeated middleweight prospect Steve Rolls (11-0, 6KO's) as he takes on Tyi Edmonds (5-2, 3KO's) in an eight-round middleweight matchup. The Canadian-native Rolls had a very successful amateur career, competing on both the 2009 and 2010 Canadian National boxing team, compiling an impressive 83-14 record in the process.

Looking to make it a perfect 4-0 in 2015 will be the Bronx's Chris Galeano (8-0) as he squares off against hard-hitting Colby Courter (8-6, 7KO's). The undefeated 22-year-old prospect Galeano won nearly every major competition during his amateur career, closing out his campaign career by winning the 2013 NY Golden Gloves and 2013 165-pound USA National Championship, propelling him to a #1-ranking in the US. The soon-to-be college graduate Galeano has shown steady improvement with each outing and will be looking to impress when he takes on Courter in their six-round middleweight showdown.

Fellow NY Golden Gloves champion Wesley Ferrer (9-0, 5KO's) will look to move into double-digit victories when he takes on Luis Rodriguez in their six-round lightweight matchup. The Brooklynite Ferrer was an outstanding amateur. In addition to winning the 2013 New York City Golden Gloves championship and competing at the National Golden Gloves, Ferrer was the 2012 New York Amateur Boxing and New York City Metro Tournament champion and 2009 Golden Gloves champion. Ferrer is quickly becoming one of the more popular up-and-coming prospects throughout the NYC area, and a raucous crowd is expected to once again be on hand come Saturday night.

Fast-rising female middleweight prospect Alicia Napoleon (3-0, 3KO's) will look to keep her perfect knockout ratio intact when she squares off against Latasha Burton (4-4) in their four-round contest. The hard-hitting Napoleon is coming off a 19-second demolition over Natalie King in her last bout in July and will be looking to continue her streak when she takes on Burton, who has never been stopped.

Dominican amateur superstar Carlos Adames (2-0, 1KO's) is also set to see action when he squares off against Rasheed Olawale Lawal (1-1-1) in their six-round welterweight matchup. Now living in Brooklyn and training at the famed Gleason's Boxing Gym, Adames has shown tremendous ability. A gifted boxer with lightning speed and devastating power, Adames will be looking to impress once again when he takes on the Nigerian-native Lawal.

DiBella Entertainment's latest Irish-charge Noel Murphy (3-0, 2KO's) will also appear on the card in a four-round welterweight matchup when he squares off against Mack Babb. The 21-year-old Murphy was a two-time National champion in his native Ireland before relocating to Yonkers, NY. Murphy has shown vast improvement through just three fights thus far in his pro career and is quickly developing a rabid fan-base amongst the large Irish fan-base here in NYC.

Brooklynites, Marlon Brown (4-0, 2KO's) and Julian Sosa (2-0, 1KO) (1-0, 1KO) will all see action on the card in separate four-round bouts. Brown is set to square off against Evincii Dixon while Sosa squares off against Jorge Soto.

Tickets are priced at $125 ringside, $75 reserved seating and $50 general admission. Tickets may be purchased by calling Resorts World Casino New York City at (718) 215-2828 or by visiting the Casino box office. Tickets may also be purchased at the door on the night of the fight. Doors open at 6 p.m. with the first bout scheduled for 7 p.m.

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New York, NY (7/9/15) - On Wednesday night, DiBella Entertainment (DBE) hosted an action-packed Broadway Boxing card in front of a raucous sold-out crowd at NYC's famed B.B. King Blues Club & Grill, sponsored by Manfredi Auto Group and Everlast, headlined by the always-exciting Bryant "Peewee" Cruz, of Port Chester, NY.

Cruz, left, dominated his opponent from the opening bell.

Photo Ed Diller, DBE

While Martin Cardona, 129.4 lbs., of Tucson, AZ, attempted to box and move, Cruz, 131 lbs., effortlessly cut the ring off, often countering his adversary's jab with quick overhand rights. Cruz took advantage whenever he had Cardona trapped against the ropes, digging shots to the midsection. The powerful left hook of Cruz was on display as well and it was clear that Cardona was breaking down. Feeling that their charge was sustaining too much punishment, Cardona's corner elected not to send him out for the fifth frame, resulting in a TKO victory for Cruz. With the impressive victory, Cruz improved to 15-0 (8 KOs), while Cardona fell to 19-6 (14 KOs).

For as long as the bout lasted, Brooklyn southpaw Shawn "Killa" Cameron, 153.4 lbs., stood shoulder-to-shoulder with Francisco Reza, 153.6 lbs., of Torreon, Mexico, banging away in combination. In round one, Reza landed a short right hook to drop an off-balance Cameron for a flash knockdown. Cameron, however, was not hurt and quickly arose to rock Reza in the red corner with a right hook. The Brooklynite continued to press forward as the bout progressed, remaining very accurate with a large volume of power punches. A barrage of shots in round five felled Reza in a heap, prompting referee Harvey Dock to stop the action at the 1:55 mark. Cameron's record improved to 10-0 (5 KOs), while Reza has now hit .500 with a record of 14-14 (11 KOs).

Junior middleweight prospect Patrick Day, 153.6 lbs., of Freeport, NY, dominated the sturdy Lenwood Dozier, 151 lbs., of Washington, D.C., over eight exciting rounds. Day's jab was on point allowing for straight-right followup shots. He soon closed the distance and began to slow Dozier down with a focused attack to the body over the course of the action. As the bout progressed, Dozier's punch output dwindled, with the exception of round six when he fought in a more spirited manner. Day continued to overpower Dozier with an impressive offensive arsenal in the closing frames to earn three scorecards of 80-72 for a unanimous decision victory, upping his record to 11-1-1 (6 KOs). Dozier's record is now 9-8-1 (4 KOs).
Alicia "The Empress" Napoleon, 155 lbs., of Lindenhurst, NY, burst out of her corner at the opening bell throwing bombs, repeatedly landing compact straight rights to the chin of Natalie King, 157.2 lbs., of Tampa, FL, until her foe was forced into a shell unable to return fire, forcing a stoppage just 19 seconds into the bout. Napoleon is now 3-0 (3 KOs), while King remains winless at 0-4.

Brooklyn southpaw brawler Mikkel LesPierre, 142.8 lbs., pinned Detroit's Larry Ventus, 139.6 lbs., against the ropes for much of the opening round, peppering him with flurries. Ventus was dropped to the seat of his pants in round two from a combination. In the third round, Ventus elected to box and create distance, but LesPierre quickly caught up to him, knocking him down another two times to end the bout by TKO at the 1:13 mark. LesPierre is now 9-0-1 (4 KOs), while Ventus fell to 6-9-1 (3 KOs).

Sergiy Lipinetc, 141.8 lbs., a former amateur prodigy from Moscow and now a blue-chip prospect living in Los Angeles, expertly avoided Kendal Mena's offensive attempts, as he easily countered with stiff jabs to set up combinations. One sweeping overhand right felled Mena, 141.6 lbs., of Miami, FL, hard as the second frame concluded. An even more compact overhand right put Mena on the canvas once again resulting in referee Eric Dali halting the bout at 1:40 of round three. With the TKO victory, Lipinetc improved to 7-0 (6 KOs). Mena's record is now 20-2 (11 KOs).

Bronx's Peter Dobson, 147.8 lbs., blasted William Walters, 147.6 lbs., of Sacramento, CA, with powershots from the outset, causing him to stumble into the ropes following an overhand right to end round one. Bobbing and weaving his way inside, Dobson repeatedly connected with short straight rights to Walters' chin. Another powerful left hook from Dobson rocked Walters' into the ropes yet again prompting referee Harvey Dock to end the contest at 1:33 of the third stanza. Dobson's record upped to 5-0 (4 KOs), while Walters saw his ledger drop to 2-8 (1 KO).

The English/Irish Steed Woodall, now living and training in Miami, FL, pressed the action and gradually overcame the slick switch-hitting style of the awkward Devaun Lee over the six-round distance. He was particularly accurate with his overhand right. Lee did his best to keep his foe at bay with a steady jab, but Woodall fought his way inside, landing hooks in combination. The competitive fight ended with a thrilling sixth frame as both combatants threw bombs, though Woodall remained dominant. Scorecards read 57-57, and 58-56 twice in favor of Woodall via majority decision, improving his record to 8-0-1 (5 KOs), while Lee dropped to 4-2 (2 KOs). As an amateur, Woodall was a five-time English National champion and a two-time British champion, having accrued a 41-5 record along the way. He then relocated to the US in 2014 and turned pro in March of that year.
Dispensing with his jab, Dauren Yeleussinov, 162.6 lbs., mercilessly pounded on Henry Beckford, 163 lbs., of Roosevelt, NY, throughout their six-round affair, primarily throwing hooks upstairs and down. By round three, Beckford appeared to tire from the onslaught to his midsection, thought he proved game to endure punishment for the remainder of the contest. All three judges tallied 60-54 for Yeleussinov by way of unanimous decision to bring his record to 3-0 (2 KOs). Beckford's record fell to 2-3 (1 KO). Yeleussinov had an extensive amateur career that saw him compile a 397-23 record, with more than 100 knockouts. He is a four-time National champion for Kazakhstan and won gold twice at the Universiade Championships as well as at the National Junior Championships.

In a wild slugfest, Maxito "The Anvil" Sainvil, 145.4 lbs., Spring Valley, NY, was full of energy at the start of the contest hoping that the slower Danny Rosenberger, 145.4 lbs., of Youngstown, OH, would fold under the pressure. However, wildly throwing punches windmill style resulted in Sainvil growing fatigued and he was nearly dropped by his sturdy foe in round three. Though Rosenberger's short counters continued to give Sainvil problems over the second half, he continued to trade shot for shot as best he could. One judge scored the bout 39-37 for Sainvil, but was overruled by two tallies of 38-38, resulting in a majority draw. With the draw, both boxers remain unbeaten, as Sainvil's record was brought to 2-0-1 (1 KO) and Rosenberger's to 0-0-2.

A determined Ivan "Beast" Baranchyk, 142.2 lbs., was aggressive, winging power shots and landing enough times to make it difficult for the taller Alfred Hall, of Jackson, MI. In the third, Hall, 144 lbs., collapsed under a volley of punches, hitting the deck for a full 10-count, at the 0:41 mark. The incredibly active Baranchyk, now living and training in Brooklyn, improved to 8-0 (7 KOs), while Hall dropped to 4-11-2 (2 KOs). As an amateur, the Belarus-native Baranchyk won gold at the 2010 Class A Vilnuse tournament, 2011 and 2013 Match Event tournament, 2011 Kostukovichi International tournament, 2011 and 2012 Soligorsk Open International tournament, 2012 Class A Liventsev tournament, 2013 Active Military tournament, 2013 Republic of Belarus Open Cup, 2014 Vitebsk University tournament in Belarus, and was an amateur champion of Belarus from 2009-2014.



June 6, 2015 Boxing is Brooklyn!

Cotto vs Geale will be for the WBC World Middleweight championship at the Barclay Center in Brooklyn on June 6, 2015 and seen on HBO.

Miguel Cotto (39-4, 32 KO's), age 34 from Puerto Rico battles at catch weight of 157lbs against two time Middleweight champion Daniel “Real Deal” Geale, (31-3 16 ko's), age 33 from Tasmania, Australia.

Miguel Cotto has a rich cultural attachment in Brooklyn with a loyal friends in a wholesome integrity with Puerto Rican heritage living in Brooklyn. As stated “ I'm looking forward to seeing all Puerto Rican fans on June 6 and to being part of another exciting boxing night in Brooklyn”. With the Puerto Rican Day parade festival is a Puerto Rican tradition, Miguel Cotto is part of New York and New York is boxing and Brooklyn is where it will be happening June 6. Cotto is the first Puerto Rican world champion in four different weight classes.

Cotto opponent is by way of down under; Sydney Australia; is two time Middleweight champion Daniel “ Real Deal” Geale, which can make this event a tremendous global audience.

Geale arrived with his competitive skills and with his most trusted and loyalist team members. Trainer Graham Shaw and cutman Brian Wilmott. Both respectable in their own right and of men on their respected endeavor.

Daniel “Real Deal” Geale strategy will be as stated by Geale “ I have to be switched on and smart … I have to make him miss, I have to frustrate him”. No toe to toe assault as Cotto may expect. Trainer Graham Shaw logistics will be for Real Deal to utilize head movement, quick hand movement and feet movement all in sync, will prove to be the needed style to frustrate Cotto and cause him to miss. With plenty of head movement as planned, little need for cutman Brian Wilmott, but he'll be in the corner anyway.

Geale confesses “ last but not least, I thank Miguel Cotto for the opportunity to become a world champion once again. I have total respect for Miguel and his achievement, but I can win this fight and that is exactly what I intend to do come June 6 in Brooklyn ay Barclay Center.

This is an exciting evening!!

The under-card is worth mentioning in the vain of global enterprise. A highly regarded stand-out and a major splash in the heavyweight division 6' 6” 260 lbs. Southpaw from Henan China.

Zhang “Big Bang” Zhilei (3-0, 2 KO's). Profile includes Amateur Boxer bronze World Amateur Championship in 2009 as well as 2008 Beijing Olympics in the super heavyweight

On this exciting new under-card is Dustin “The White Tiger” Fleischer from Monmouth New Jersey. A worthy young prospect ready to invade Brooklyn to gain the “W”. Amateur record is 112-18, youngest graduate of U.S Olympic Education Center @ age 16. Fleischer was U.S.A. Boxing #5 open-fighter ranking @ 132 lbs in 2007 within good company Sadam Ali and Danny Garcia ranked ahead of him. Impressive!! People took notice. He proves himself to be a patriot with the posting on his Facebook. “ All my military and veteran followers on here
thank you for your service and have a great day”. Well said. Check it out!!!

Also to be on the outlook for is much prized prospect Junior “ Sugar Boy” Younan (6-0 5 ko's) Super- Middleweight, highly regarded prodigy by New York Times. Amateur record of 90-5,
WOW, impressive!!

The is an event to see. This will enhance all boxing fans experience.
Stacked under-card. Should be good!!!




On Sunday, June 21, 2015, Ring 10 will be taking up the challenge of the Second Annual Run with the Champs Walk/Jog-A-Thon. It will be a fun and fit activity for anyone that wants to participate. The event will not only raise funds for Ring 10 to help fighters and their families, but also promote physical fitness. We are hoping to make this walk/jog-a-thon a profitable fundraiser for our worthy cause, so the more contributions we raise, the more successful we will be at achieving our goal.

On this day we will charge $10 per person for admission. Anyone can participate. We will host this event at Villa Maria Academy in the Bronx. This is a beautiful school on 10 acres of waterfront property.

Participants are encouraged to complete their pledge sheet prior to May 1, 2015. Our goal is at least 10 pledges per participant and hopefully more.

If you would like a pledge sheet or need more information, please contact Ring 10′s Vice President, Mike Bernard, at 718-823-5083 or peteacher56@aol.com.

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New York, NY (1/29/15) - On Thursday night, DiBella Entertainment (DBE) hosted an action-packed Broadway Boxing card in front of a raucous sold-out crowd at NYC's famed B.B. King Blues Club & Grill, sponsored by Manfredi Auto Group and Everlast, headlined by the always-exciting world-ranked super bantamweight contender Rafael Vazquez, who put on an impressive display of punching power.

(Photo credit: Ed Diller/DiBella Entertainment)

In the evening's main event, Vazquez, 122, scored an impressive TKO after four rounds over San Antonio's Joseph Rios. Following a tame first frame, Vazquez twice dropped Rios in round two with left hooks. In the third, Vazquez was hurting Rios, 120¼, with every punch, particularly his straight rights. A jab-straight right combination to the ear brought a downtrodden Rios to his knees at the end of the fourth round. Rios did not continue on into the fifth. Vazquez improved to 13-1 (11 KOs), while Rios saw his record fall to 13-12-2 (4 KOs).

(Photo credit: Ed Diller/DiBella Entertainment)

Luis "KO King" Rosa Jr. lived up to his nickname demolishing the normally durable Noel Echevarria inside the opening round. Echevarria, 122¾, of Raleigh, NC, made the poor choice of electing to trade with the heavy-handed Rosa, to which the New Haven-resident obliged. Trapping Echevarria in a neutral corner, Rosa, 123¾, blasted him with a right hook followed by a combination to drop his foe to his knees. Echevarria arose, but Rosa, now 18-0 (8 KOs), swarmed all over him until he had him backed into another corner to deliver the finishing blows. A smashing left hook began a demoralizing barrage of punches to fell Echevarria, now 11-5 (6 KOs), for good at the 2:32 mark.

"Luis Rosa is a beast!" exclaimed promoter Lou DiBella afterward.
In an eight-round cruiserweight contest, Brownsville southpaw Travis Peterkin, 180½, pounded on late-replacement from Boston, Julio Garcia, 182, for three minutes, leaving him bruised and battered. In between rounds, with Garcia on his stool, the referee stopped the bout on the advice of the ringside doctor. Peterkin's record increased to 14-0 (6 KOs), with Garcia dropping to 6-8 (3 KOs).
Brooklyn junior middleweight southpaw Shawn "Killa" Cameron, 154, backed up Daniel Calzada, 153¾, with a consistent jab to set up his straight left hand. Whenever he had Calzada against the ropes, Cameron would dig hard hooks downstairs. A game Calzada stood his ground on occasion, determined to trade. When fatigued, Calzada looked to smother Cameron's attack, but Cameron dished out the leather on the inside as well, standing shoulder-to-shoulder. All three judges deemed Cameron the victor on unanimous scores of 58-56, upping his record to 8-0 (4 KOs). The hard-nosed Calzada fell to 10-13-2 (2KOs).

Bronx middleweight southpaw Chris "Golden" Galeano, 155¾, remained unbeaten, upping his record to 6-0, with a dominant six-round unanimous decision victory over Alex Mancera. Galeano kept Mancera, 156, at bay with a stiff jab while using it to set up popping straight lefts. As the fight wore on, Galeano began hooking off the jab. One of those right hooks cut Mancera over his left eye in round six. The judges tallied 59-55 twice and 58-56, all for Galeano. Mancera's record fell to 7-6-1 (5 KOs).

Brooklyn's Wesley Ferrer, 134¼, earned a six-round unanimous shutout over the tough Hilario Ramirez-Medina, 134½, in a lightweight affair. Ferrer focused his attack downstairs and remained the busier and more aggressive fighter throughout. The Brooklynite was on the verge of a knockout in the sixth round, but the bell saved Medina. All three scorecards read 60-54. Ferrer improved to 7-0 (4 KOs), while Medina fell to 2-5.

Super middleweights Steed Woodall, 161, and Jas Phipps, 160½, battled to a six-round draw. Early on, Woodall, now 6-0-1 (4 KOs), used proper footwork and an excellent jab to control the action. Phipps, now 4-5-1 (1 KO), of Tucson, AZ, picked up steam over the second half, finding success with his straight left. In the final stanza, the English/Irish Woodall, now living and training in Miami, FL, emptied the tank, unloading his full arsenal. Scorecards read 58-56 for Phipps and 57-57 twice, though most in attendance felt Woodall deserved to win.

Ukrainian dynamite power-puncher Ivan Golub, co-promoted by DiBella Entertainment and Fight Promotions Inc., now living and training in Brooklyn, stood toe-to-toe with Rashawn McCain for nearly the entire first frame, thrilling the crowd, in a middleweight contest scheduled for six rounds. In the midst of an exchange, Golub, 156½, landed a monstrous left hook to the temple to floor McCain, 155½, hard. The referee immediately waved the contest over at the 2:58 mark, leaving McCain with a 2-3 record, while Golub improved to 6-0 (5 KOs).
Light heavyweight Lennox "2 Sharpe" Allen, 173, of Brooklyn, ended a 17-month layoff to impressively knock out Kojo Issah, 173, of Frederick, MD, at 1:51 of round two.

Following an action-packed opening round, Allen wrestled the awkward Issah out of a clinch to land two right hooks to the body dropping his adversary in a heap. Cringing in pain, Issah was unable to beat the count. Allen improved to 18-0-1 (11 KOs), with Issah's record falling to 14-2 (7 KOs).

Belarus-native Ivan "Beast" Baranchyk, 138½, also now living and training in Brooklyn and co-promoted by DiBella Entertainment and Fight Promotions Inc., halted Ian James, 137½, at 1:55 of round one. After stalking James around the ring and pounding him with a vicious body attack, Baranchyk staggered his foe with a straight right. Looking to finish him off, Baranchyk landed a huge left hook to knock James out cold. Baranchyk is now 4-0 (3 KOs), leaving James at 3-12-1 (1 KO).




New York Oct 16, 2014:  In an entertaining 10 round woman's Heather Hardy relied on footwork and counter-  punching to outwork her opponent, Crystal Hoy of Las Vegas.  It was a vastly improved version  of Hardy from her last bout, as she kept Hoy in front and center and was dominant round after round. Hoy fought well and had her moments, but was simply at the short end as each round concluded. Result was a Majority decision for Hardy who improves to 11-0. Hoy drops to 5-7. Scores were 100-90, 99-91, and 95-95.

Light-heavyweight Travis Peterkin, 13-0, 5 Ko's continues to pile up victories, this time out-boxing faded journeyman Otis Griffin over 8 rounds. Peterkin was the aggressor throughout, but Griffin relied on his experience to keep himself upright, using the jab at times to stymie his foe. Griffin came alive in the final round, backing Peterkin up with a series of straight right hands, but it was too little, too late. Tallies were 80-72, 79-73 (2X) as Peterkin slowly climbs up in the ranks. 

Long Island's Patrick Day 9-0-1, threw the kitchen sink at his opponent, Felipe Reyes, out working and outpunching his opponent en route to a six round unanimous decision. Day scored with powerful left hooks and straight right hands but Reyes kept plodding forward, looking for more. A crisp left right had Reyes reeling onto the ropes in round 5, and it was scored as a knockdown. All three judges scored the fight for Day 60-54.

In welterweight action, Wellington Arias Romero (4-0-1, 2 KO's) battled to a four-round majority draw with tough Lazar Stojadinovic (1-1-1). Official scorecards were 38-38 twice, and one tally in favor of Stojadinovic 39-37.

in round one, although Romero landed the straighter, cleaner punches. Stojadinovic sustained a minor abrasion underneath his left eye.

From that point to the remainder of the bout, Stojadinovic relentlessly attacked Romero's body, trapping him multiple times in the corner and smothering his punches in close quarters.

Super middleweight prospect Steed Woodall improved to (5-0, 3 KO's), thoroughly outclassing Azamat Umarzoda (0-6-2) over four rounds. Official score tallies were 40-36 twice and 39-37 on the other scorecard.

Woodall displayed difficulty putting combinations together, while Umarzoda struggled to put forth a strong offensive initiative due to his tight, crouching defense and lack of offensive ability. Woodall utilized superior lateral movement, landing his straight right-hand shots all fight, as Umarzoda only connected with his short right cross on occasion when Woodall brought his left jab back low.

Upcoming middleweight phenom Ivan Golub (2-0, 1 KO) needed just 1:11 of the 1st round to dispose of Kirk Huff (3-2, 1 KO). Golub, a Ukrainian southpaw who now resides in Brooklyn, NY, unleashed a devastating right hook to the body, followed by a vicious left uppercut to Huff's ribcage forcing the action to be stopped. The 25-year-old owns a stellar 270-32 amateur record, and is on the fast track to stardom.

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New York, NY (9/23/14) - On Saturday, September 20, Brooklyn fan favorite junior middleweight Frank Galarza remained unbeaten while headlining an exciting night of action promoted by New Legend Boxing, at Resorts World Casino, in Jamaica, NY. Both junior middleweight Alantez Fox and featherweight Danny Aquino were also successful in comeback fights on the undercard. All three dynamic prospects are co-promoted by DiBella Entertainment and New Legend Boxing.

Facing the awkward Jonathan Batista, of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, in an eight-round contest, Galarza, 153¾, started off by patiently stalking his foe over the first two frames. In the third, the Brooklynite picked up the pace, digging to the body. Trapping Batista, 152¾, in his own corner, Galarza landed a powerful left hook downstairs to drop him to a knee. From then on, the hometowner was in complete control, while Batista grew increasingly frustrated, resorting to dirty tactics. Referee Harvey Dock deducted a point from Batista in round four for hitting behind the head and ultimately had to disqualify him at 0:45 of the fifth frame for repeated infractions. With the loss, Batista's record fell to 14-4 (7 KOs). World ranked by the World Boxing Council (WBC) and now 15-0-2 (9 KOs), the charismatic and talented Galarza is on the rise and poised for stardom.

"It felt great to fight in front of my hometown fans again," said Galarza. "This was my sixth fight at Resorts in Queens, and my fan base continues to grow. I have people coming to see me from all over, Boston, Chicago, Connecticut, wherever. I must be doing something right. I felt good in there against Batista, but I was a little too anxious to knock him out. I was looking for that one big punch, but then I adjusted and began to break him down. Batista started getting a little dirty, but I kept my composure. Whether he was disqualified or not, it didn't matter. He was going to get knocked out eventually. I got the win and that's what matters. Now, it's back to training and I'm just looking forward to the next fight."

Former Galarza rival and now promotional stable mate Alantez Fox, 157, of Forestville, MD, returned to the ring following a 53-week absence while sorting out managerial issues. Shaking off the ring rust against the upset-minded Jonathan Garcia, 156½, of Cerro Gordo, Puerto Rico, the 6'5" Fox established a distance early on with his long jab and superior reach. Garcia did his best to close the gap, winging hooks to the midsection. By the middle rounds, Fox did fight in close quarters to Garcia's advantage on occasion. However, he wisely switched tactics to focus on straight punches to ward off his opponent's advances. As Garcia tired down the stretch, Fox used right hook pot shots to keep him at bay. Punctuating the fight by pinning Garcia against the ropes with flurries, Fox earned a unanimous six-round decision on tallies of 60-54, and 59-55 twice, to improve to 13-0-1 (4 KOs).

"Having been off for so long, I was kind of nervous excited going into the fight," said Fox. "Garcia was a real durable, tough guy and he landed some good shots on me. I was working on my patience and picking my shots in there. I did feel a bit rusty, but once I got into my groove, the fight wasn't too challenging. I'll be back in the gym by next week and would love to stay active and fight again in the next few months."

Mexican featherweight Danny Aquino, from Meriden, Conn., ended an 18-month layoff to secure a six-round majority decision victory in what was a wild shootout against the very game local Dominican Jhovanny Collado, of Jamaica, Queens. From the opening bell, Aquino, 122, displayed relentless pressure and pure aggression as he swarmed Collado, 124, who was more than willing to return fire. Working his way inside with combinations to the body and landing his overhand right upstairs, Aquino dominated much of the action. However, he survived a scare in round four when Collado caught him coming in to drop him twice. Fighting on instinct, Aquino managed to hurt his adversary by round's end. The pair never let up for the remainder of the contest, often bringing the raucous crowd to their feet. Scorecards read 57-55 twice, and 56-56, to award Aquino the verdict. At 16-2 (10 KOs), Aquino is an all-action brawler looking to work his way back into the world rankings.

"It felt good to come back," said Aquino, "but I never expected to end up on the floor like that in the fourth round. I just dropped my hands a little bit, got careless and he caught me with one of his wild hooks, but I got up and did what I had to do to win. I boxed a little bit in the fifth to clear my head and was fine by the last round. Other than that one round, I knew I was in control and winning the fight. Whatever DiBella Entertainment and New Legend Boxing think is good for me next, I'll take. I will fight anybody."

"It was great to see Fox and Aquino back in the ring after such a long layoff," said Felipe Gomez, of New Legend Boxing. "I think both fighters demonstrated that they are ready to step it up and take on bigger fights. Galarza's fan base turned out in full force to watch him break down a tough veteran in Batista with body shots. I believe Galarza has what it takes to be in the mix for a title fight in the near future. All three of these fighters are exciting to watch and worthy of televised fights."

"Galarza is definitely ready to take the next step toward becoming a contender. He truly has the talent and the personality to become a major star in boxing," said Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment. "I'm happy that Fox and Aquino were able to get back into the ring and shake off the cobwebs with impressive victories. Both fighters have a lot of potential and we will work hard to get them the best possible opportunities."






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Dmitriy Salita’s Star of David promotions is nourishing boxing from the roots. It was the neighborhood fight clubs that served as boxing’s incubator back in the mid 1900’s - Broadway Arena, Coney Island Velodrome, MacArthur Stadium, the Brooklyn Elks Lodge, Eastern Parkway Arena, Fort Hamilton Arena, Prospect Hall and Ridgewood Grove – Brooklyn’s own testing grounds where great fighters emerged, learning their trade from the 4 rounders to main event stardom. All a thing of the past and a major reason why American prizefighters are watching the rest of the world take over the sport.

Salita’s series of shows from the Millenium Theater (newly named the Master Theater) in Brighton Beach, Brooklyn is re-establishing the tradition and values of the neighborhood fight club and developing a new crop of young fighters as well as showcasing those who have already reached the “stardom” level.

Dmitriy Salita, former North American Boxing Association Light-Welterweight Champion and International Boxing Federation International Light-Welterweight Champion, losing only 2 of 38 professional fights, realizes that for a sport to flourish – much like a great tree – you must start at the roots to produce a great crop.

The featured main bouts will showcase undefeated cruiserweight Junior Wright, 11-0-1 with 9 KO’s and in a co-feature main attraction, female boxing sensation Amanda Serrano, 21-1-1 with 16 KO’s will be looking to move ahead to a possible title shot.

Also on the card, looking to climb that ladder to stardom are Light-welterweight Gary Beriguette, 5-0, 3 KO’s, Lightweight Dimash Niyazov, 6-0-2, 4 KO’s, Middleweight Akil Auguste, 4-1, 4 KO’s going against Godson Noel 3-0, 2 KO’s, Middleweight Pete Reyes, 4-0, 2 KO’s and debuting Light Middleweight Peter Dobson.





By: Michael Gerard Seiler

Photo Credits: DiBella Entertainment/Ed Diller

August 14, 2014

In the main event, former WBC Featherweight champion Elio Rojas (24-2, 14 KO's) returned to the ring after a two and a half year layoff, and soundly defeated Robert Osiobe (14-10-4, 6 KO's) by an eight-round unanimous decision. Rojas won via scores of 80-71 twice and 79-72.  The bout took place at BB Kings Blues Club in the heart of New York City.

Rojas, 31, landed numerous lead right hands while fiercely battling Osiobe's rough tactics throughout the entire match-up. During round five, referee Arthur Mercante, Jr. deducted one point from Osiobe for excessive holding. Osiobe, 36, showed great difficulty dealing with Rojas' adept hand speed and lateral movement.

The bout took place at junior welterweight.

Junior lightweight Bryant "Pee Wee" Cruz (12-0, 6 KO's) captured a six-round majority decision victory over tough Jose Morales (7-6, 2 KO's) in the co-main event. The final tallies were 57-57, 60-54 and 59-55.

Both fighters exchanged blow-for-blow in close quarters for the full eighteen minutes to please the sellout crowd. The fight appeared much closer than the official scorecards indicated.

Despite sustaining a hematoma on the right side of his forehead, Derrick Findley (21-13-1, 13 KO's) shocked Lamar Russ (14-2, 7 KO's), winning an eight-round unanimous decision via scores of 77-72, 76-73 and 75-74.

Russ (R) connects with a right hand.

Although Russ exhibited a clear height and reach advantage, Findley popped him early in round one with consecutive right crosses.

Findley continued to counter Russ effectively in the second round, connecting with a hard right uppercut to the body.

In the opening moments of round four, Findley unleashed a left hook that instantaneously floored Russ. Shortly thereafter, Findley developed a large hematoma on his forehead. It was unclear from ringside if a punch, elbow or headbutt caused the massive swelling. Next, Russ briefly abandoned his jab and threw wild, looping shots. After examining Findley when the round ended, the ringside physician allowed him to continue fighting.

Referee Arthur Mercante, Jr. deducted one point from Russ in the seventh round for holding. Then, Findley threw and connected with a colossal right hand shot that sent Russ crashing onto the canvas. Surprisingly, Russ recovered and made it to the eighth and final round.

During the final minute of action, Russ peppered Findley with three straight right crosses to the head. After that, Findley landed a crushing left hook on Russ' jaw. From that moment on, both combatants traded fiercely until the final bell.

Brooklyn featherweight Rafael Vazquez (12-1, 10 KO's) scored a TKO victory at 1:20 of round five against Derrick Wilson (10-7-2, 3 KO's) in the most exciting fight of the night.

Vasquez (r) lands on  Wilson

Wilson, 25, worked well behind his left jab in the first round and used lots of lateral movement to stifle the offense of Vazquez.

Wilson continued to outwork Vazquez in round two, but Vazquez tagged him early with an accurate left hook-right cross-left hook combination.

Just as Wilson appeared to find his range in the third round, Vazquez, 36, dropped him with a lightning-quick left hook to the face.

Vazquez nailed Wilson with a right cross-left hook combination to begin round four. Then, a right uppercut followed by a swift left hook from Wilson dropped Vazquez. Moments later, Vazquez staggered Wilson with a right cross-left hook combination.

Wilson desperately tried to clinch after getting struck with a well-placed right hand shot from Vazquez in the fifth round. Subsequently, Vazquez fearlessly assaulted Wilson with right crosses until the bout was stopped.

Light heavyweight Junior Younan (6-0, 5 KO's) blitzed right through Marlon Farr (4-7) in :26 of the 1st round.

After trapping Farr in a neutral corner, Younan, 18, knocked Farr unconscious with a series of brutal right crosses and left hooks. Referee David Fields was a few seconds late on the stoppage, causing Farr to absorb approximately three unnecessary blows to the head.

Louis Cruz (9-0, 4 KO's) stayed undefeated, scoring a six-round unanimous decision versus Cameron Krael (5-6-2) by scores of 60-54 twice and 58-56.

Cruz, a junior welterweight, used his proficient foot speed to outbox his foe. Yet, Krael was relentless, and attacked Cruz with crisp, clean body shots for the duration of the fight. When Cruz had trouble containing Krael, he released sudden lead right hand shots. Cruz sustained minor swelling underneath his right eye during the fifth round. The judges' official scorecards were not reflective of the competitiveness put on display by Krael.

In cruiserweight action, Travis Peterkin (11-0, 5 KO's) outpointed Lamont Williams (5-5-1, 2 KO's) in a six-round bout via scores of 60-54 and 59-55 twice. Peterkin, a southpaw, pressed the action throughout the fight, but threw too many wide punches. As a result, he lacked the delivery to finish Williams.

Peterkin puts pressure on Williams

Junior welterweight Jonathan Alonso made a successful pro debut, stopping Jose Gomez (3-8) at 1:52 of round three. Born in the Dominican Republic, but now residing in Spain, the 23-year-old prospect displayed a definitive advantage of hand speed and natural power. While Gomez possessed a sturdy chin, he consumed a multitude of grueling shots with each passing round.

A fast right uppercut to the body and then to the head from Alonso left Gomez crouching in the corner, and the fight was immediately stopped.

Photo Credits: DiBella Entertainment/Ed Diller

Posted By Michael Gerard Seiler to BOXING LEDGER | LATEST BOXING BLOGS | BOXING ARTICLES | BOXING BLOG FIGHT at 8/14/2014 12:30:00 AM




Wednesday, July 23, 2014



It took jr. lightweight Patrick Hyland (28-1, 12 KO's)  three rounds to wear down his opponent Noel Echevarria (11-3, 6 KO's) of Winston-Salem, North Carolina in the main event at BB King Blues Club last night. Make no mistake about it, though, the fight was rock'em sock'em affair for as long as it lasted. It was an impressive stoppage for Hyland, who had an opponent with a strong determination to pull off the upset. The problem for Echevarria occurred late in the second round  when Hyland rocked him with a series of right and left hooks. Dazed, Echevarria reached his corner and was looked at by the ringside doctor, who gave the fighter a chance to continue.  A series of  Hyland head shots in the fourth round put an end to the fight. Time was .54.

Six Round War

The most impressive bout of the evening was the opening bout, where local Danny Gonzalez (6-0-1), Woodhaven, NY, was taken to the limit by unheralded Ray Velez (3-5-1), Brooklyn, NY, who refused to give in to the onslaughts of Gonzalez, and registering some counter-shots of his own. The fight seemed to turn in the fourth round, when Gonzalez put it fifth gear and got the better of it in the last two rounds. Scores were 59-55 (2X), and 58-58. TRUFANBOXING scored it even after four, then giving Gonzalez the last two frames and a 58-56 win.

Ukrainian Explosion

 Veteran Ayiandil Khurtsidze, (28-2-2, 17KO's) 164lbs, used his leverage to stop a faded Allen Conyers, Bronx, NY in one round. Conyers, at one time a KO threat, was no match as Khurtsidze prowled his prey for a minute then unloaded a left hook that dropped Conyers in his corner. Time was 1.23.

Super middleweight Sergey Derevyanchenko was an amateur star in the Ukraine, a clever boxer who excelled in international competition, and stood victorious in his first pro bout, retiring Cromwell Gordon of Las Vegas after two rounds. Gordon tried to box with his counterpart, but was simply outclassed by the fundamentally rich Derevyanchencho, and could not come out for the third frame.

Smith, Day and Martin Victorious

Joe Smith improved to 16-1 with a stoppage of a game Tyrell Hendrix, Los Angeles. Hendrix came to box, Smith came to fight, and broke through Hendrix's defense with reckless abandon.  After a series of knockdowns, Hendrix could not continue, Time of stoppage 1.45. Patrick Day, 154lbs, improved his victory total to eight wins without defeat with a stoppage of overmatched Brad Jackson, Denver, CO in two rounds.  Charles Martin, 241, kept his NABO heavyweight belt with a KO over Kerston Maxwell, 265, at 2.33 of the third round.



Emile Griffith's tombstone unveiling address.

10AM/JUNE 21st

St. Michael's cemetery 7202 Astoria Blvd. East Elmhurst, N.Y. 11370

Tel: 718-278-3240 or 718-278-2812

Waterfront Crabhouse 203 Borden Avenue, N.Y. 11101

Tel: 718-729-4862

Hello to all for those who knew my father six-times boxing champion Emile Griffith. On Saturday June 21st, at 10:00am till 11:00am I Luis R. Griffith, (son) will be holding an unveiling of my father's tombstone ceremony at St. Michael Cemetery in Astoria Blvd. Queens N.Y. followed by a lunching ceremony honoring the life and times of this great boxing legend Emile Griffith, at The famous Waterfront Crabhouse, in Long Island City, Queens, N.Y. hosted by New York's own Ring 8 boxing association. So everyone is welcome to come and honor & celebrate this great champion. The cost of the meal will be $10.00 dollars for each person so please come all and enjoy some great food & drinks and fun with all of the champ's family and friends.





New York City (April 10, 2014)---New York area fight fans, get ready for another action-packed evening of professional boxing, featuring many of the best and brightest pugilists in the region.

Promoter Dmitriy Salita is proud and excited to announce a fight card, sure to promise thrilling action, and ferocious knockouts, at the Millennium Theater in Brighton Beach, Brooklyn on May 15. "I am excited about another talent packed show," Salita said. "The show will showcase multi-cultural NYC with some of the best contenders in the sport, all from different communities. That's what boxing in New York City is all about!"

Salita's Star of David Promotions has crafted a top-notch slate, topped by cruiserweight contender Steve Bujaj. The 12-0 Albanian native snapped up the NY State cruiser crown at the Millennium in February, and Salita promises he will be matched tough on May 15 as he continues his push to a world title. Bujaj will bring a rooting section down from Yonkers, where he resides. "Bujaj is an excellent fighter, who is looking to climb up the contender ladder," Salita said. "He is looking to place himself into title contention this year."

Jarrell Miller, a promising heavyweight just signed to Star of David, will also see action. The Brooklyn resident, nicknamed "Big Baby," has been making foes whimper like a newborn; he is 8-0, with 8 KOs. Can 13-2 Vincent Thompson make his "0" go? "Jarrell Miller is one of best, most explosive heavyweight prospects in America," the promoter said. "He is taking on a tough contender, a fellow prospect, and is very focused on making a statement in this fight."

Middleweight prospect Steve Martinez wowed the Millennium crowd with his power-punching style at the Theater in February, and Salita is bringing the 14-1 Bronx boxer back for an encore on May 15. Opponent Taronze Washington will be flown in from Texas, having won two of his last three fights, with a desire to silence Martinez' fans traveling down from the Bronx. "Steve Martinez is back in the ring again and is looking to put on another exciting performance," Salita said. "Steve is looking to fight top contenders in the division."

Boxing fans will be entertained by the talented hitter Amanda Serrano, a Puerto Rican-born Brooklyn resident who boasts a 20-1 record. The former WBC super featherweight champion craves another world title shot, ASAP, and needs a win in Brighton Beach to maintain momentum.

Also gloving up May 15 at the Millennium: Dimash Niyazov, a 5-0-2 pugilist from Staten Island; fellow New Yorker Peter Reyes, a 4-0 slugger who seeks the show-stopper KO in every bout; Marco Suarez, a 2-0 prospect from the Bronx; and 3-1 Akil Auguste from Brooklyn.

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






Philadelphia, PA: Philadelphia's own Steve "USS" Cunningham (26-6-0, 12 KOs) hopes to win over his hometown crowd at the Liacouras Center at Temple University on April 4th when he attempts to take the USBA Heavyweight Championship belt from the undefeated champion, Amir "Hardcore" Mansour (20-0-0, 15 KOs), on NBCSN Fight Night. Cunningham, a two-time cruiserweight champion, learned to fight while in the United States Navy and has not fought in his home town since March 29, 2003 when he defeated Demetrius Jenkins at the Philadelphia Spectrum on the Tua-Rahman undercard. Cunningham said, "The last time I fought in Philadelphia, Philly didn't know me. I learned to fight in the Navy so I didn't have a following at home. I have always wanted to fight in Philly at this level or higher."

"USS" Cunningham

Photo Credits:

Darryl Cobb Jr./Main Events

His opponent, Mansour, a native of Wilmington, DE, has deeper boxing roots in Philadelphia. Mansour worked with Joe Hand at the Joe Hand Gym in Philadelphia after he was released from the Schuylkill Federal Correction Institution in Minersville, PA. According to Steve's trainer, Brother Naazim Richardson, "Fighting here in Philly is an advantage for Mansour. His supporters are based in Philly. He's got Philly history behind him. We have to work harder than Mansour. We have to do more to win over these fans. Plan on Steve Cunningham being Steve Cunningham. We have to be intelligent enough to know how he is thinking about it and we are. Some of the things that we have implemented into Steve's training I am confident we have found a way to deal with it."

The two were sparring partners shortly after Mansour was released from prison. About their time as sparring partners Richardson said, "Mansour is going to try to prove to Steve that he is a better fighter than when they sparred together. The sparring advantage actually goes to Mansour. They didn't spar enough to give away anything about Steve. We have to be intelligent enough to know how he is thinking about it and we are." Cunningham said, "I don't want to lose ever. The USBA title would be a step on the stairs to heaven. This is a national title and it will move me up in the rankings. This will get me a step closer."

According to Cunningham this has been one of his hardest training camps yet, "This camp has been grueling. Brother Naazim has been really taxing on my body. I need and enjoy my rest when I get it. I have added a lot of things to my cardio: swimming, sprints and rowing. We have been putting different stuff in there. We feel very confident that we are going to get in there and do our job which is to win." Richardson believes Steve is ready to face the Southpaw, "Some of the things that we have implemented into Steve's training I am confident we have found a way to deal with it."

About April 4th:

The event features a ten-round bout for the USBA Heavyweight Title between Steve "USS" Cunningham and USBA champion Amir "Hardcore" Mansour live on NBCSN Fight Night from the Liacouras Center in Philadelphia, PA. The Fight Night broadcast will begin at 10 pm ET/7 pm PT. The card is presented by Main Events and Peltz Boxing in association with BAM Boxing and Joe Hand Promotions. The undercard will include a ten round middleweight match-up between Curtis "Showtime" Stevens and Tureano Johnson. The remaining undercard fights will be announced shortly. Tickets are on sale now at www.comcastTix.com and the Liacouras Center Box Office.



TruFanBoxing welcomes the Irish Police Boxing Team

New York - Webster Hall, Thursday March 6, 2014 7:30PM



New York February 13, 2014 - Broadway Boxing staged its last show last night in the heart of New York City, actually a hop skip and jump from the famous Broadway in the middle of Manhattan' s theater district.

The historic venue opened in 1919 and went on to become one of New York's top dance spots for nearly a century. The card was a good one with modest attendance as the last bout crowned winner Boyd Melson, 160.2 lbs, from White Plains with a unanimous 8 round decision over Donald Ward, 155lbs, from Memphis TN. With the victory Melson improved to 14-1-1.

The bout of the night was the co-feature, where Heather Hardy 121.8lbs engaged in a furious battle with Christina Fuentes, also 121.8lbs, Laredo TX over eight rounds.  Fuentes came out with guns blazing throwing hooks and backing up Hardy onto the ropes. A good combination caught Hardy's attention and you knew this one would be a good one while it lasted.

And lasted it did. Hardy fought back and piled the points up despite having some setbacks. Fuentes pressed the action round after round, but Hardy kept the movement , kept punching, until near the end of the sixth when Fuentes caught Hardy with a left hook that left the latter momentarily stunned.  Hardy recovered, and the next two rounds continued to outpunch her opponent. The sharper volume punches belonged to Hardy, the harder punches with Fuentes. In the end Hardy was victorious by Split Decision, 77-75 (2X) 75-77. Hardy improves to 8-0.

In other bouts,  Long Island light-heavyweight Joe Smith improved his record  to 14-1 with a unanimous decision over journeyman Otis Griffin.  

Jr. Lightweights-Bryant Cruz W6 Joshua Reyes  -- action packed Reyes pressed the action and had moments

Light-heavyweights-Travis Peterkin W6 Michael Gbenga

Lightweights-Donte Strayhorn W4 Jose Gomez

Jr. Middleweights-Chris Galeano W4 Travis McClaren

Jr. Lightweights-Danny Gonzalez D4 Ray Velez

Lightweights-Ryan Martin W4 Jose Del Valle

Dibella plans his next show at the Aviator in Brooklyn in late March.




Tottenville product Anthony Caramanno was a successful amateur champion, earned a college degree, took a year off from boxing in 2013, has announced that he is welcoming a new challenge, starting in 2014.

The only three time Italian American champ in NYC Golden Glove history, Caramanno hopes to duplicate his success in the professional ranks as he takes his first test on January 25th in Atlantic City.  Caramanno takes on another fighter making his pro debut, in the super-bantamweight division.

The scheduled four rounder is on the undercard of the Derrick Rossy/Joey Dawejko main event at the Golden Nugget. The Event is sponsored by KOMALNUTRITION.COM.

Caramanno hopes to continue a long string of NYC boxers and its history, and along with unbeaten light-heavyweight Marcus Browne, represents the Staten Island side of the stable.  The fighter grew up a big fan of Paulie Malignaggi and Floyd Mayweather Jr., and realizes this game is about boxing, more boxing, and defense.    

Anthony Caramanno

Team Caramanno, along with his father/trainer are working hard to get off to a flying start.  "This is hard work" stated  Caramanno, noting that training can be difficult, but necessary, to ensure success.

Team Caramanno (with Johnny Turner and Tommy Dades) invades  The Golden Nuggett January 25th.

And so it starts on January 25th, just a baby step, and a successful amateur career now in the rear view mirror.




A parade of prospects invade NYC's historic Webster Hall Wednesday night, with a hope and dreams of big things to come. The main event  features Olympian  Ievgen Khytrov in his pro debut at middleweight. Khytrov has a huge amateur resume and has been said to be the next "GGG" .

Khytrov was a member of a powerful Ukrainian team that had been the leader in amateur boxing in recent years. Whether that translates to the pros remains to be seen but already it has seen dividends.  Vasyl Lomenchenko, member of the team, is 1-0 and is already slated for a title bout in March 2014.

Khytrov is being tutored by former champ Buddy McGirt at the famous Gleason's gym, and looks forward to adding to his resume in 2014. 

Khytrov with promoter Salita

 Included in the show will be upcoming heavyweight Jarrel Miller, now 6-0 with 6 KO's, cruiserweight from the Bronx NY Steven Bujaj - and folks I have seen this guy he can really bring it , as evidenced with his 9-0 record and six by knockout.  Rounding out the card will be Pete Reyes 3-0 with 2 knockouts, and talented middleweight Akil Auguste,  who looks to rebound after a tough decision loss in August. 

The card at Webster Hall has a  total of ten bouts that is promoted by Dimitry Salita's Star Of David promotions.  Salita has promoted over 10 cards in the past, but this is the first at Webster Hall in the heart of New York's Soho district.  





Nov 2, 10:02am

GGG Big Favorite at Garden 

The training is over and the monsters of the middleweight division collide tonight, as Curtis Stevens challenges Gennady Golovkin in a twelve round contest. Gennady, or a.k.a. "GGG" is a substantial favorite as the two enter the ring about 11:15pm tonight.

Give Stevens credit. He took the fight when other fighters would not, and claims the hype machine has well, overhyped the talents of his opponent. According to his trainer, Andre Rozier, GGG leaves openings, and hopes to have his fighter capitalize on the opportunities presented.

Golovkin is a fighting machine with oodles of talent. He can bang with either hand and is smooth in his boxing presence. He has 24 KO's in 27 wins without a loss. he has knocked out 14 straight in the last few years.  Fighters to go the distance with GGG? Oh yeah, we can name them - Ian Gardner, Amar Amari, and one Mehdi Bouadia. Many believe he is a new star in an new era for boxing. This is impressive enough for the odds-makers to install him as an 7-1 favorite.

As to the bout itself don't look for GGG to come out and duke it out with Stevens. He will look to counter and  find openings to the body. That is where GGG may be vulnerable to a left hook, or an "opening" as Rozier explained. If GGG gets caught, it could be a terrific bout, or a quick end. Unlikely, but in boxing anything can happen. 

  GGG signs autographs at public workout 10/30/13

 GGG is on a roll and invades the Garden, Stevens hometown. If GGG is "Superman", Stevens is "Kryptonite". Could be. Win, lose or draw, this could be a stepping stone for Curtis. Fans may admire him more in defeat rather than victory. Remember Stevens is a solid puncher, and has not lost campaigning as a middleweight.  Still, I think Golovkin slowly overwhelms him and stops him in 4. 




 Ron Ross
October 3, 2013
Maybe Tommy Gallagher, Gabe Bracero’s manager called the shot  at DiBella Entertainment’s press conference at the Marco Polo Restaurant in downtown Brooklyn when he said that HBO, and Showtime wouldn’t bid on the November 9th match at the Aviator Sports and Events Center because both main event fighters, Dmitriy Salita and Gabriel Bracero, were gentlemen.

It was like going to a multiplex theater with tickets to “THE CHAINSAW MASSACRE” and winding up in a theater showing a double feature of “LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE” and “MARY POPPINS”.

Bracero and Salita, (R) a Brooklyn battle Nov 9th


There was no jawing, shoving, challenges or put-downs. Both fighters extolled the virtues and qualities of the other and thanked each other for agreeing to the upcoming match. And they were sincere. For Bracero, at 32, and Salita, 31, it is time for Dream to become Reality. (Bernard Hopkins may not share this opinion!)

Dubbed THE BATTLE FOR BROOKLYN, two quality fighters as well as two quality gentlemen will be putting it all on the line in a welterweight show that should fill the arena. Salita, sporting a 35-1-1 record with 18 knockouts and Bracero. 22-1 with 4 knockouts may not be able to stop the hands of the clock from running down but they will be doing everything in their power to stop the hands of their opponent– their future is NOW – November 9th !

The undercard will feature 5-time New York Golden Gloves champion Shemuel “The Chosen One” Pagan, a lightweight Puerto Rican/Observant Jew with a 2-0 record; the much heralded professional debut of 17-yaer old boxing prodigy Junior “Sugar Boy” Younan and to add just a little more glamor to the show – Okay! A lot more glamor – The Blond Bombshell – unbeaten (6-0) Heather Hardy! These three young fighters have all been signed promotional contracts with DiBella Entertainment.


It’s the Battle For Brooklyn!
Don’t miss the fireworks on November 9th
Tickets priced at $125, $85, $65, $45 (212-947-2577)

Ron Ross



- Ron Ross

A tree cannot grow and flourish without healthy roots. Slowly, it withers and decays. Where, once people would stop to admire and appreciate it, they gradually turn away and ignore it. The freshness, vitality and excitement are gone.

Dmitriy Salita realizes that the sport of Boxing which has become a focal point in his life, is not so unlike a tree. Without its roots it can suffer the same fate. He does not want to see that happen - more importantly, he is doing something about it. Too many in the boxing world have chosen to feast from the fruits at the top of the sport while sadly neglecting the nourishment so vital to its existence. Its roots, the neighborhood clubs, the youngsters in need of development are ignored with sole emphasis being put on grabbing the fruits from the highest branches before they are fully ripened and developed.

In his continuing effort to do what he can to help revitalize the sport, his Star of David Promotions is one of the very few organizations dedicated to the growth of the sport while giving an opportunity for young athletes to learn their trade.

This Thursday night, August 22nd, the Star of David Promotions will be presenting "Brooklyn Brawl-Bragging Rights", a neighborhood rivalry card - once the nucleus of the prizefighting

world, at the Fight Factory Arena, located at 24 Cobek Street in the Brighton Beach section of Brooklyn.

Below is a lineup of the evening's fights. Come early and expect a lot of loud cheering. It will be a much homier experience than a "Casino" fight card!

Undefeated Enver Hallili (3-0, 1 KO) of Bronx, NY will take on once defeated former Amateur standout Treysean Wiggins (3-1, 3 KO's) of Newburgh, NY in a 6 round welterweight clash. Undefeated Brooklyn's Glenford Nickey(2-0, 1 KO) will take on his toughest test to date when he takes on rugged Bronx contender Joshua Nieves (2-2, 2 KO's) in a four round Super Featherweight clash. Undefeated middleweight Brooklyn contender Pete Reyes (2-0, 1 KO) will tussle with Bronx veteran Juan Zapata (2-6-1, 1 KO) in a bout scheduled for four rounds.

A cross roads fights between cruiser weight Brooklyn resident Myron Kadyrov (3-2, 2 KO's) and Armin Mrkanovic (6-2, 3 KO's) of Queens is expected to produce fireworks in a bout scheduled for six rounds.

Welterweight pro debuters Mack Babb of Brooklyn and Java Sosa of the Bronx will both look to get their first pro win as they square off against one another in a 4 round bout.

Appearing in a four round bout will be Brooklyn fan favorite Super Featherweight, Angel Garcia (5-2, 2 KO's); ,Five-Time Detroit Golden Gloves champion and Kronk Gym Super Middleweight Anthony Barnes (1-0, 1KO) will take on Joe Yeardon (2-4-2) of Berlin, New York in a bout scheduled for four rounds; Two-Time golden gloves champion and Amateur standoutWessley Ferrer of Brooklyn will be make his pro debut in a four round Lightweight bout; Featherweight Trevis Hall (3-1-1, 1 KO); Golden Gloves champion Marco Suarez of the Bronx will all also make his pro debut in a four round Super Middleweight bout.

Rounding out the show will be Rajiv "Badabing" Bhattacharya (9-0, 6 KO's) of Brooklyn's Starret City Boxing Club looking to capture the New York State Welterweight title in an bout scheduled for eight rounds.

"The New York theme is very strong. All of our fights are local rivalries for Bragging Rights. Great fights top to bottom." finished Salita

The show will feature a special musical performance by New York upcoming pop sensation Describe who will look to entertain the crowd with his soulful energy in a special live performance.

Tickets are priced at VIP $100, Ringside $75 and General Seating $45

for more information and tickets call 646 -401-5657 or visit

Fight Factory Arena is located at 24 Cobek court, Brooklyn, New York 11235



December 9, 2012


International Fight Night returns to Aqueduct NY

New Legend, Old World Boxing,W.O.N. Promotions at Resorts World Casino again sponsored a good night of local boxing at the Resorts World Casino in Queens, N.Y. Sanctioned by the New York State Athletic Commission. We witnessed 8 bouts of good boxing and good matchmaking, as well. Young exciting local boxers. A fine stable of talent.

Headlining the event was Vinny Maddalone,  Queens native and crown pleaser At (36-8-0 27' KO's) and 231.5 lbs. And opponent Byron Polley from St Joseph MS. (25-13-1 11Ko's) and 268.5 (lets say portly) took it to him from the gate both big guys swung for the rafters, early on landing bombs. Maddalone in the first round got clubbed with a few big shots. But, from the first go around, Vinny took the bend in stride and figured out his portly opponents style.... pole axing. Then Vinny the crown pleaser, just adopted Polley's style and beat his portly opponent into submission and got a TKO call. The 8 rounder ended early with a Vinny win (TKO 3).

Co-feature Frank Galarza, Sunset Park Brooklyn N.Y., (8-0-1 5ko's) Jr. Middleweight. In the other corner Robert Lopez (4-3-2 1Ko) from Vineland N.J. From round one both guys went for it. Heavy leather and plenty of it. Frank worked the body and in the 4th he laid on the mustard. Roberto also throw body shots, but Franks shots eventually prevailed, Lopez took a hard uppercut in the 6th. By nights end Lopez showed guts and a mouse under his eye. Frank won 56-54 on all judges cards.

Lightweights Juan Dominguez Brooklyn N.Y. (11-0-7 7ko's) 121lbs. And Jhon Alberto Molina from Barranquilla Columbia (30-21-3 19ko's). Check this Dominguez kid out! He's taking on a seasoned pro that had more KO's then Juan had fights. Round 1 started slow, both guys cautious. Then Molina picked up the pace in the 2nd Round. Juan was working the body mostly and in the 3rd round Juan was peppering Molina which caused him a bloody nose. The bout ended strangely with a W for Dominguez. Molina could not continue, cramps.

Bout 5 was Angel “Sweetness” Garcia from Bensonhurst Brooklyn N.Y. (4-1-0, 3kos) against Victor Galindo from Savana Grande PR (1-1-0 1 KO). 1st. Round both guys stalked each other, Angel dancing a little too much Galindo stalking, trying to cut off the ring unsuccessfully but when he catches Sweetness he lands bruising shots. First round could go to Victor Galindo, maybe, because of Angels dancing. Both guys are sturdy opponents, good matchmaking. Second round same as first. Crown almost booing! Garcia may have stolen the last seconds of the third. Not doing well in the beginning Angel begins to figures the guy out. By the 4th round, he's called “Sweetness” because he sweetened the bout by turning it on and pulling out a W. Another sweet win for Garcia. Can't take anything away from Galindo though!! GOOD!!

The next fight was a four rounder and somewhat competitive. Bryant “Pee Wee” Cruz, Jr. Lightweight pro debut from Port Chester N.Y. vs. Jonathan Caban, Bronx N.Y. Both fighters started by circling each other, but then after the first round they came out blazing in the second.

Both competitive, both backing each other up. Sometimes fighting off the ropes, both throwing big punches. But the referee saw something and stopped it at one minute of the third round.

Next, was an interesting and exciting bout. Was a change of pace, two competent action female combatants. The ever so lovely, tough Heather “The Heat” Hardy (3-0) featherweight took on tough and game Ivana “Boom Boom” Coleman from Slidell, LA. in a four rounder. “Heat” went for the body, while “Boom Boom” took to the head. Both evenly matched, both throwing leather, “Boom Boom” received a bloody nose and a loss, by decision.

The highlight of the evening was supposed to have been this bout. Light heavyweight division The pro debut of Robert “The Children s Champ” Garris from Mount Vernon N.Y. Taking on a  tough, no mercy, Abdellah Smith, Queens N.Y. (1-4-0, 1kO), a fighter who proved to have punch. After beating up Rob on the ropes for the entire first round, Smith launched a right cross that landed square and ended the fight. With Garris still on the canvas, Abdellah showed true sportsmanship, and Rob showed true guts during the brief bout.

P.S. Rob “The Children s Champ” Garris got his moniker by helping children with life’s challenges. Keep up the good work champ!

An memorable bout, the first bout of the evening, was WOW, ACTION!!

Lt. Weight Neuky Santelises from Washington Heights, N.Y. Took on tough Micah Branch (1-2-0) from Cincinnati Ohio in Neukys first pro bout. Both guys tough little guys! First round both stalked, second round the fight began, each given as best they got. Bruising battle, from both fighters. The first round and the third round Santelises went back to his corner smiling showing confidence. Third round fist flew from both combatants. Branch may have lost, but we will see more of both guys in the future, especially Branch. You can't take anything away from him talented, smart and tough. Neuky wins decision. We will see more from him in the future.

The evening culminated from a first Lt. weight bout 'a real pier sixer' to a final heavyweight bout that ended in a pole axing.

See you in Queens again March 3, 2013

Bazooka Contributing Journalist


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

CIO Favorite Information Consultants LLC


Boxing in Kings County 2012

Brooklyn has much to offer in th way of boxing; it has Floyd Bennett Field Aviator, now the Barclay Center and the boxing citadel Gleason Gym. Now after eighty years absents the borough has championship boxing, October 20, 2012@ The Barclay Center. The future looks bright for boxing and Brooklyn.

At Gleasons Gym today a workout exhibition was held and the press was invited. Participants were Danny “ The Golden Child “ Jacobs (22-1, 19KO's) and the champ of the borough himself, native son and Gleasons own the loveable Paulie “The Magic Man” Malignaggi, formerly the IBF Jr. Welterweight champ, most recently in April 2012 traveled half way around the world to the Ukraine to capture the WBA Welterweight world title from Vyachslav Senchenko in his hometown. Talk about intestinal fortitude? Like Paulie would say “That’s Brooklyn baby”

Danny “ The Golden Child” Jacobs (221-1 19KO's), sauntered into Gleasons with his seasoned trainer Andre Rozier and promptly prepared to show us what he's got. After facing the most challenging opponent in life by beating the BIG C. A champion in life he is, Golden Child certainly.

After surgery and painful, arduous rehab the doctor have given him the OK to continue his quest for a world title, in his native Kings county.

As he stated “It's a slow road in recovery and I am just grateful to be alive and well enough to have the opportunity to continue my professional boxing career on October 20. I am looking forward to it immensely”.

Danny and Andre stepped in the ring and worked the mitts. Crisps, sharp, accurate, loud punches on target. Like the sound of thunder on each strike of the mitts. Looked good.

Paulie Malignaggi strolls in feeling quite at home. The champ arrived with his long time confident and handler Pete and Paulies cousin Frankie. Confidence imbued as in all champions of his caliber The usual garrulous pugilist entered kingly, regal and royal. The champs exhibit incorporated stretching, shadow boxing, jump roping, speed bag all the while loquacious to the press and making the fans laugh, quite enjoyable. Then the champ stepped into the square circle, the show began earnestly. He moved, showed angles shadowed boxed, parred and pivoted. Upon entering the ring he shimmed, shook, rolled his shoulders. A method used back when; when cutman suggested to the great ones, to limber up and get the blood flowing. Through erudition and experience cutman and trainers acknowledge that this removes carbon dioxide from between the muscles after strenuous weeks of exercising. Important! The champ is a throw back to that epoch and encapsulates these old time techniques. He does this each time he steps into the ring, now could be his trademark, he's relaxed. The cooling down period consists of autographs, photos, and the usual entertaining Paulie. He certainly is Brooklyn.

So here we have it: Welcome to the borough of Kings, Brooklyn USA!!

Contributing Journalist: Bazooka


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A great big A , not for Aqueduct but for the promoters of International Fight Night. Old World

Boxing, New Legend Boxing, and W.O.N. Promotions.

Fight exciting bouts of young local fighters. The matchmakers of Old World boxing, New Legend and W.O.N. Promotions designed their A game in a near sold-out crowd.

The first bout was Daniel Gonzales (2-0 1 Ko) stopped Anthony Smith in the second round. In the four round Jr. Middleweight division, both had their pro-debut.

Micah Branch (1-2) received a four round unanimous decision against Allen Phelen (0-2) in the featherweight bout.

Angel Garcia (3-1 (2)) capped the four round unanimous decision over Pedro Andres (0-2) in the Jr. Lightweight division.

The Guyanese Super featherweight Elton Dharry, (10-5 (5)) executed the game plan perfectly with the ingredients of power and speed that badly bloodied opponents face. Gabriel Cruz (4-5- 10) with a TKO. Dharry best performance to date. Future looks good.

West Pointer champ Boyd Melson (10-1-4) scored a first round knockdown to set the tempo, then boxed and moved. Yolexcy Leiva (5-5(4)) chased and pressured Melson to no avail.

An upset came about in the bout between Rafael Vazquez (8-1) vs. Jhovanny Collado (4-6-2). Even though Vazguez finished the bout, he went down in round two, but hung in for the six round decision.

Super bantamweight prospect Juan Dominquez (11-0) knocked Jesus Bayron (5-6) twice in the six round fight 59-52 on all cards.

Frank Galarza (8-0) (4) engaged Alantez Fox (7-0) and won the New York State Jr. Middleweight title in a battle of two undefeated combatants. A war pursued from the first bell and both gave as good as they got. A rematch is in the calling.The main event was heavy hitter Joe Smith Jr. (11-1) taking on Yasin Rashid (7-3), knocked down Yasin four times in three rounds. Knocked down in round two once and three times in round three forced the ref to stop the fight, for Rashid safety. Yasin was game, kept getting up off the canvas.

The price was right. At the end of the night, the crowd went home happy witnessing an evening of good boxing. The next show at resorts World Casino will be December 8, 2012.

Contributing boxing writer; Bazooka

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History being set in 2012

YO” !!

Boxing + Brooklyn = Barclay Center in 2012

On October 20, 2012 Barclay Center located in Brooklyn will host a starstuded line up of champions to offer world championship triple header in 80 years, with Brooklyn’s top boxers.

The last championship fight was in 1931 Light Heavyweight Slapsie Maxie Rosenbaum vs. Jimmy Slattery @ Ebbets Field.

Headlining this event will be unbeaten Danny “Swifty” Garcia 24-0 (15 KO's) defending his WBA and WBC super-light weight title in a rematch, with world famous legend Erik “ El Terrible” Morales (52-8, 36 KO'S) 3 times world champion and future Hall of Famer.

The next co-bout will be headlined by Brooklyn’s own son himself. Born only a few blocks from Barclays Center. Long Island hospital. Brooklyn’s favorite native 2 times world champion Paulie “Magic Man” Malignaggi (31-4) and definitely a future Boxing Hall of Famer. Defending his WBA welterweight belt against power puncher Pablo Cesar Cano (25-1-1 19 KO's).

Under that superb line-up we have more Brooklyn cheer.

Chock -full - of - chocolate. Peter “ Kid Chocolate” Quillin (21-0) taking on unbeaten Hassan N'Dam (27-0-0 17 KO's) for the WBO middleweight crown.

A stable of New York exciting best are featured, such as Daniel “The Golden Child” Jacobs(22-1- 19 KO's), coming off a resent personal battle with paralysis and cancer. Best of health to him!

Everyone always loved and never forgot hometown boy and on the comeback trail former WBA Welterweight champ Luis Collazo (31-5- 16KO's). Welcome Back!

Rising star Eddie Gomez two times Jr. Olympic National champ (9-0).

Then there is ever durable and jockeying for a position to get at Paulie Malignaggi title in the future Dmitry “Star of David” Salita (34-1-1 18KO's).

Most interesting is, this American patriot West Point Graduate, Army brat Boyd Melson (9-1- 4KO's). An alternate for 2008 U.S. Olympic Boxing team. Inducted into the Jewish Sports Hall of Fame.

This is going to be an exciting night in Brooklyn U.S.A.

Fugetaboutit!!! Contributing Journalist - Bazooka




- Ron Ross

August 23, 2012

It may not be Madison Square Garden, but to the young men that climbed through the ropes at the Fight Factory in Brighton Beach, Brooklyn, it was the Garden of Dreams.

Theirs was a dream of future glories and conquests as they battled with a passion and zeal that had the crowd, comprised of their friends, neighbors and boxing fans, cheering in appreciation throughout the seven-bout program. Fourteen young amateur boxers giving everything they had, each reaching for the same goal – the same dream of someday being Champion of the World!

It was all made possible by one who knows their dream all too well. Dmitriy Salita, who has lost only one of his forty professional fights, after a spectacular amateur career nurtures the dream of winning a world championship. But waiting for his dream to become reality, he set out to share that dream with others and has chosen to promote the "Brooklyn Brawl" series showcasing amateur boxers. It is Salita’s way of being Salita – to give back to the sport, to give the opportunity for other young men to get started on the path to glory – to share that Impossible Dream by making it possible.

Dmitriy understands that for a tree to grow, blossom and flourish, you must nourish its roots. That is his mission.



Promoter Dmitriy Salita taking in some of the action on Thursday night's "Brooklyn Brawl" card (Photos by Jaime Woods)





- Ron Ross
There was a Tommy Gun in the house on Thursday night. This Tommy Gun was brought in all the way from South Africa after vanquishing all 19 prior opponents, 13 by the demolition (KO) route . But on this night at the Roseland Ballroom in New York City, the real fire power came from just a 50 minute train ride away as Long Beach’s favorite son, “Irish” Seanie Monaghan, shooting from the hip, blasted out a totally outgunned George Armenta, Silver Springs, MD.
It’s not that Thomas “Tommy Gun” Oosthuizen wasn’t impressive. He was a clear winner over tough, hard-punching Rowland Bryant from Altamonte Springs, Fl whose 16-1 record with 11 KO’s included a 3rdround stoppage over erstwhile contender Librado Andrade in his prior outing, but it was a workmanlike job rather than an explosive performance by Oosthuizen, successfully defending his IBO super Middleweight championship for the fifth time. He outpunched, outfought and outmaneuvered Bryant, who was unable to contend with the southpaw Tommy Gun’s height and reach advantage. The South African was the aggressor throughout, landing well to the body and head, opening his opponent up with a very effective right jab, overhand left combination upstairs, mixed with a good body attack. For Bryant, it proved to be a frustrating experience as he threw big windmill right hand bombs like he was throwing the ball in from centerfield for the New York Yankees – but there was no one to catch them. It was the pattern of the fight, Oosthuizen controlling the action , but not pulling the trigger and firing the heavy artillery.


Bryant’s best rounds were the 10th when he teed off with about a half dozen of the big right hand swings, which were shrugged off by the granite-chinned South African and the final round where he made a gallant last ditch effort firing away with desperation swings. In return, as payment for services rendered, the much more accurate punching Oosthuizen sliced open a cut above Bryant’s right eye. There was no disagreement with the 117-111,117-111, 118-110 unanimous call for Oosthuizen, now 20-0-1, 13 KO’s, who looked good in spite of never pulling the trigger.


Do not feel sorry for those fans who came to see the explosive fire power though. They were not deprived. The roar for Seanie Monaghan began as Long Beach’s unbeaten light heavyweight, 15-0, 10 KO’s walked from his dressing room to the ring and never subsided as Monaghan’s two glove-encased fists seemed as potent as any weapon could be . George Armenta, 174, 14-10, 11 KO’s, never stood a chance as Monaghan blasted him out at 2:25 of the 3rd round of their scheduled 10 rounder after dropping him in both the 2nd and 3rd rounds with smashing rights to the head before finishing him off.

Monaghan had a hard act to follow, though. For what had to be the action fight of the night, two young ladies who you should never have to give up your seat in the subway to, had the crowd roaring throughout their 4 round non-stop action-packed bout. Brooklyn’s Heather Hardy, 119, by way of Gleason’s Gym, made her pro debut against Columbus, Ohio’s Mikayla Nebel, 117, 0-2. There was shock and sadness from the hometown girl’s vocal fan base, as Heather was unceremoniously dumped during a furious exchange about a minute into the first round. For the next 3 ½rounds it was no let-up, all-out warfare with Heather Hardy getting slightly the better of all the action and pulling out a thrilling 38-37 win on all cards.


In a junior middleweight 6 rounder, West Point grad Boyd Melson, coming off his first pro loss, a battle of undefeated prospects in March when he dropped a thrilling, close decision to Delen Parsley, scored a convincing 59-55 win on all cards over Texan Khalik Menninger, 154, 6-8-3 (4 KO’s) There was a moment of concern for Melson when Menninger rocked him with a solid overhand desperation right in the final round and tried throwing everything in his arsenal, but “The Raimaker” Melson, weathered the storm and won handily.


Floriano Pagliara, Brooklyn, 130 ½, 13-4-2 (7 KO’s), and Willie Villanueva, Albuquerque, NM, 130 ½, 10-4-3 (2 KO’s), fought to a 6 round draw.
In other undercard bouts:


In a Junior Welterweight 4 rounder, Brooklyn’s Zach Ochoa, 139, 2-0 (2 KO’s) landed what seemed to be a not very hard left jab to the face of Cody Osbourne, 139, a young man from Muskegon, MI, who, it seems, does not take a punch very well as he went to the canvas after taking this one and upon arising decided he had taken enough. This was his third fight and third loss. Any line of work should be more suitable. But these are hard times …
In 6 round middleweight bout, Jonathan Cepeda, West Palm Beach, FL 161, 12-0, (11 KO’s), showed he’s a prospect to watch out for, as he convincingly demolished Chicago’s Orpheus Waite, dropping him three times in the first round for a 2:42 KO. Waite, 160, is now 7-5-2.
Allan Benitez, El Paso, TX, 136, 6-1, 1 KO, opened the evening’s show with a 6 round unanimous decision victory – 58-56 on all 3 cards – over Atlantic City, New Jersey’s Osnel Charles, 133, 9-4-1, 1 KO.


It was another enjoyable Broadway Boxing card promoted by Lou DiBella but any talk you may hear of Seanie Monaghan running for Mayor of Long Beach …



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