LESPIERRE EDGES MURPHY IN
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
(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
(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
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
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.
ENTERTAINMENT'S BROADWAY BOXING RETURNS TO
B.B. KING BLUES CLUB & GRILL
IN NEW YORK CITY ON WEDNESDAY,
UNDEFEATED WELTERWEIGHTS NOEL
MURPHY AND MIKKEL LESPIERRE
BATTLE IN CROSSTOWN
ALSO TOP JUNIOR LIGHTWEIGHT PROSPECT JON FERNANDEZ
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
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
"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
FEATHERWEIGHT PROSPECTS LUIS ROSA &
YUANDALE EVANS HEADLINE SHOBOX: THE NEW GENERATION
QUADRUPLEHEADER FRIDAY, NOV. 10 FROM CLEVELAND, OHIO
Plus Undefeated Radzhab Butaev,
Junior Fa & 2016 U.S. Olympian Charles Conwell Featured In
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
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
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
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
"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
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
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
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
"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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ENTERTAINMENT'S BROADWAY BOXING
RETURNS TO FOXWOODS RESORT CASINO
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2017
TICKETS ON SALE NOW!
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
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
Most recently Santos scored a first-round knockout of
Andy Perez on February 24, 2017, in Santo Domingo, Dominican
"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.
HARDY VICTORIOUS ON BROADWAY BOXING'S RETURN TO NEW YORK
EARNS FIRST-ROUND TKO IN NEW YORK DEBUT
IRISH NOEL MURPHY
DOMINATES FOE OVER EIGHT ROUNDS
PARAMOUNT THEATER AT
LONG ISLAND UNIVERSITY, BROOKLYN, NY
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
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.
BROADWAY BOXING RETURNS TO NEW YORK
DESPITE PERSISTING INSURANCE ISSUE
EDITION - ONE-TIME ONLY!
HEATHER "THE HEAT" HARDY FACES EDINA "DNA" KISS
IN SPECIAL ATTRACTION FEATHERWEIGHT BOUT
OLYMPIAN CHARLES CONWELL MAKES NY DEBUT
THURSDAY, MAY 18
PARAMOUNT THEATER AT LONG ISLAND UNIVERSITY, BROOKLYN, NY
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
or calling 888-612-4191.
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.
MEXICAN WARRIORS READY FOR NEW YORK
Saturday, March 18, 2017
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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
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
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& James DeGale Meet in Super Middleweight World Championship
Unification Showdown Saturday, January 14
Barclays Center in Brooklyn Live on SHOWTIME
Lightweight World Champion Jose Pedraza
Battles Undefeated Rising Star Gervonta Davis in
CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING Action
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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
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.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
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
"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
"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
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
DEFEATS CHRIS GALEANO IN A THRILLING BATTLE OF THE BOROUGHS
FARMER CAPTURES NABF
SUPER FEATHERWEIGHT TITLE
B.B. KING BLUES CLUB & GRILL, NEW
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
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
(Photo Credit: Ed Diller/DiBella
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
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).
DOMINATES MERAZ ON BROADWAY BOXING
CHUDECKI AND CRUZ
PRODUCE A THRILLER
B.B. KING BLUES CLUB
NEW YORK, NY
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
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
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
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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.
CHRIS GALEANO AND
COLLIDE IN 10-ROUND FEATURE BOUT
FOR THE NEW YORK
STATE MIDDLEWEIGHT TITLE
AVIATOR SPORTS AND
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
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
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
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.
BOXING AND DIBELLA ENTERTAINMENT HOST INTERNATIONAL FIGHT
SATURDAY AT RESORTS WORLD CASINO IN QUEENS, NY
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
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
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or by visiting the Casino box office. Tickets may also be
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at 6 p.m. with the first bout scheduled for 7 p.m.
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BRYANT "PEEWEE" CRUZ
ON BROADWAY BOXING
CAMERON HALTS REZA IN
DAY DOMINATES DOZIER OVER EIGHT ROUNDS
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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,
The is an event to see. This will
enhance all boxing fans experience.
Stacked under-card. Should be good!!!
RUN WITH THE CHAMPS 2015
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
RAFAEL VAZQUEZ BLASTS OUT
JOSEPH RIOS IN FOUR
ON BROADWAY BOXING ROSA DEMOLISHES ECHEVARRIA
THURSDAY, JANUARY 29, 2015 - BB KING BLUES CLUB & GRILL, NYC
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
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
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
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).
HARDY WINS IN NYC; BROADWAY
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
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JUNIOR MIDDLEWEIGHT PROSPECT "NOTORIOUS" FRANK GALARZA
REFLECTS ON PAST WEEKEND'S IMPRESSIVE VICTORY
AT RESORTS WORLD CASINO, IN
ALANTEZ FOX AND DANNY AQUINO ALSO
SCORE THRILLING WINS ON THE UNDERCARD
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
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."
BACK IN BRIGHTON BEACH
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 18
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.
ROJAS RETURNS IN NYC:
BB KINGS FIGHT RESULTS
Michael Gerard Seiler
Photo Credits: DiBella Entertainment/Ed Diller
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
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
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
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
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
Vasquez (r) lands on
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
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
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.
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HYLAND, PROSPECTS VICTORIOUS AT THE BLUES CLUB
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
BB KINGS BLUES CLUB
NEW YORK, NY
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.
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
Emile Griffith's tombstone unveiling address.
St. Michael's cemetery 7202 Astoria Blvd. East Elmhurst,
Tel: 718-278-3240 or 718-278-2812
Waterfront Crabhouse 203 Borden Avenue, N.Y. 11101
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.
LOCAL SHOW HITS MILLENNIUM IN BROOKLYN MAY 15
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
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
email@example.com or by calling (646)481-5558
PREPARED FOR PHILLY:TRAINING CAMP NOTES
CUNNINGHAM OUT TO PROVE WORTH IN PHILADELPHIA
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
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
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
and the Liacouras Center Box Office.
TruFanBoxing welcomes the Irish Police Boxing Team
New York - Webster Hall, Thursday March 6, 2014 7:30PM
ROSELAND CLOSING DOORS: LAST SHOW
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
Lightweights-Donte Strayhorn W4 Jose
Jr. Middleweights-Chris Galeano W4
Jr. Lightweights-Danny Gonzalez D4 Ray
Lightweights-Ryan Martin W4 Jose Del
Dibella plans his next show at the Aviator in Brooklyn in
TATEN ISLAND AMATEUR STAR READY FOR PRO DEBUT
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
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.
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.
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.
NYC' WEBSTER HALL PARADE OF PROSPECTS
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
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
GOLOVKIN-STEVENS - ONE SIDED OR TERRIFIC?
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
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
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.
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