UNDEFEATED SUPER MIDDLEWEIGHT PROSPECTS
RONALD ELLIS & JUNIOR YOUNAN HEADLINE FEB. 2 SHOBOX: THE NEW GENERATION
Highly Touted Lightweight Prospect Devin Haney Opens Telecast That
Features Eight Fighters With A Combined Record Of 113-3-3, Including
Five Unbeaten Fighters
Friday, Feb. 2 Live On SHOWTIME® At 10 p.m. ET/PT
From WinnaVegas Casino in Sloan, Iowa
NEW YORK (Jan. 3, 2018)
- A battle of unbeaten super
middleweight prospects will headline a ShoBox: The New Generation
quadrupleheader on Friday, Feb. 2, live on SHOWTIME at 10 p.m. ET/PT
from WinnaVegas Casino in Sloan, Iowa, as two-time ShoBox veteran Ronald
Ellis takes on New Yorker Junior Younan.
Ellis (14-0-1, 10 KOs), of Lynn, Mass., and Brooklyn's Younan (13-0,
9 KOs) will clash in the 10-round main event of a four-fight telecast
that features eight fighters with a combined record of 113-3-3.
An undefeated boxer losing for the first time was a common theme on
ShoBox in 2017 as 15 prospects lost their perfect record on the popular
developmental series last year. Now in its 17th year, a total of 171
fighters have suffered their first loss on ShoBox. All three fights
leading up to the main event on Feb. 2 are eight-round matchups that
include an undefeated "A-side" fighter facing his toughest test to date.
In the co-feature, former Dominican Olympian Wellington Romero
(12-0-1, 6 KOs) will take on Philadelphia's Sam Teah (12-1-1, 5 KOs) in
a super lightweight scrap contracted at 141 pounds. Cleveland's Thomas
Mattice (10-0, 8 KOs) will face two-time ShoBox winner and Lancaster,
Pa. resident Rolando Chinea (15-1-1, 6 KOs) in a lightweight matchup.
In the telecast opener, highly regarded undefeated Devin Haney (18-0,
12 KOs), of Las Vegas, will take on Harmonito Dela Torre (19-1, 12 KOs)
in another bout pitting two 135-pound prospects.
RONALD ELLIS vs. JUNIOR YOUNAN - 10-Round Super Middleweight
Ellis returns to ShoBox in his first bout since defeating Christopher
Brooker via a unanimous decision in Atlantic City last January. In his
ShoBox debut, Ellis fought Jerry Odom to a majority draw in Atlantic
City in February 2016.
Originally from Lynn, Mass., the 28-year-old Ellis currently lives
and trains in Los Angeles at the Iron Gym under trainer Jerry Rosenberg
and his father Ronald Ellis Sr.
"It's going to be fireworks from the jump," said Ellis, who was
scheduled to fight Taneal Goyco in November, but the fight was scrapped
when Goyco weighed three pounds over the super middleweight limit. "Younan
is a good little fighter, but we are trying to get him out of there.
This is my first main event, and I want to impress. It will be a good
way to start 2018, which will be my year."
Ellis upset highly regarded Terrell Gausha to win the 2010 National
Golden Gloves. Gausha would go on to represent the U.S. at the 2012
Younan, who is promoted by Roc Nation Sports, was a highly touted
amateur boxer who compiled a 90-5 record before turning professional in
2013 at the age of 18. Once dubbed by The New York Times as "a boxing
prodigy" as a 10-year-old, Younan was a two-time National Junior Golden
Gloves champion, the 2011 National Junior Olympic championship, and at
one point was the No. 1-rated junior boxer in his weight class by USA
Because of injuries, Younan fought just one time in 2015. After a
nine-month layoff, he returned in March of 2016 to beat Cristian
Solorzano and has remained active since. Eight of Younan's 13 pro wins
have ended in the first round, including three of his last five fights.
The 22-year-old is trained by his father, Sherif Younan
"It's a pleasure to fight on SHOWTIME and I'm excited to put on a
show for all the viewers," Younan said. "I've been working as hard as
possible and I'm confident my efforts will pay off. I'm going to break
my opponent's spirit and pick him apart. This is my time - in 2018, I'm
looking to make a title run and this fight is just the first step."
WELLINGTON ROMERO vs. SAM TEAH - Eight-Round Super Lightweight
Romero is originally from the Dominican Republic now fighting out of
A southpaw, he fights under the Roc Nation Sports promotion and
represented the Dominican Republic in the 2012 London Olympics, where he
lost to eventual Gold Medalist Vasyl Lomachenko.
An accomplished amateur with 268 fights, Romero earned a bronze medal
at the 2010 Central American Games and made back-to-back appearances at
the 2011 World Amateur Boxing Championships and the 2011 Pan American
Games as a teenager.
The 26-year-old Romero fought twice in 2017, recording TKOs in both
wins over Kevin Womack Jr. and Mike Fowler.
"This fight on SHOWTIME is a great opportunity for me to showcase my
talent and I want to thank God, my team and everyone involved for this
opportunity," Romero said. "I'm going to deliver a world class
performance for all the boxing fans out there to enjoy. After defeating
my opponent, I know I will make a lasting impression on the viewers and
start paving my way to a world title belt."
This won't be the first time Philadelphia's Teah is facing an
undefeated fighter on ShoBox. In Las Vegas in 2015, Teah scored a
unanimous decision over previously undefeated O'Shaquie Foster. The
30-year-old's only loss came against then-undefeated Lavisas Williams in
Born in Liberia, Teah did not start boxing until the age of 19. His
last four fights have been close to home with three in his hometown of
Philadelphia and the other two in Bristol, Pa., and Atlantic City, N.J.
"I know my opponent was an Olympian, and he has been in front of a
lot of great fighters," Teah said. "I am excited to face him and take
the big challenge. I know I will be his toughest opponent. I am ready to
see what he is made of."
THOMAS MATTICE vs. ROLANDO CHINEA - Eight-Round Lightweight
A 27-year-old from Cleveland, Mattice turned pro in 2014 and had an
amateur record of 72-18. He was a three-time Ohio State Golden Gloves
champion, and bronze medal winner in the USA National Tournament in
In his last fight on Nov. 11, Mattice beat Orlando Rizo via
seventh-round stoppage in Georgia. Mattice, who has recorded four
straight KOs and eight overall in 10 professional fights, is a
boxer-puncher who likes to attack the body.
"It's a tough fight for sure," Mattice said. "I checked him out. It's
going to be a rough fight, but I am prepared for a war. I am prepared
for whatever he will bring. I am excited to fight on ShoBox. Ever since
I started boxing, I said one day that will be me fighting on TV, and now
that dream comes true."
The 26-year-old Chinea returns to ShoBox after handing previously
unbeaten Kenneth Sims Jr., the first loss of his professional career via
majority decision on July 14. The win moved Chinea's ShoBox record to
2-0. He had previously won an eight-round split decision victory over
O'Shaquie Foster in 2016.
A Puerto Rican native now living in Lancaster, Pa., Chinea suffered
his only defeat against the hands of Ismail Muwendo in 2015. He has won
five straight since, including two unanimous decisions over previously
undefeated Ladarius Miller and Mel Crossty, as well as the unbeaten
Sims. His last four opponents had a combined record of 38-1-1.
"I know Thomas Mattice is another undefeated fighter with a terrific
amateur career," Chinea said. "I am being brought in as his opponent, to
make him look good in his national TV debut. I respect Thomas for
agreeing to fight me. I am sure that he will bring his best, and it will
be another entertaining fight, Chinea style. I am going to be in the
best shape of my career. I am going to be stronger, and I am going to
hunt him down, rough him up, and beat him. I can't wait to fight and win
again on ShoBox."
DEVIN HANEY vs. HARMONITO DELA TORRE - Eight-Round Lightweights
Haney just turned 19 years old last November and already sports a
professional record of 18-0 with 12 knockouts. Trained and managed by
his father, William Haney, he has been active with nine fights in 2016
and seven in 2017. In his last fight onNov. 4, he scored a fifth-round
TKO against Hamza Sempewo in Atlanta.
Raised in Oakland, Calif., Haney was a seven-time national amateur
champion and compiled an impressive record of 130-8. Haney is currently
living and training in Las Vegas, where he sparred with Floyd Mayweather
as the pound-for-pound champ prepared to face Conor McGregor, and Shawn
Porter. Haney turned professional when he was 16 years old in Mexico.
"Fighting on SHOWTIME, specifically ShoBox, where many champions have
been made, is something I've envisioned since I turned professional in
2015," Haney said. "I'm in tough against Harmonito Dela Torre, a hungry
fighter who is coming off his first pro loss. I know his back is up
against the wall, so I'm expecting him to bring everything he's got. But
this is my time to shine on the big stage and I'm not going to let this
opportunity pass me by. I'm the future of boxing and everyone will see
my talent on February 2, especially Dela Torre."
Dela Torre is a 23-year-old Philippines native who has been training
with Osmiri Fernandez in Miami the past few months at the Sanman Boxing
Dela was scheduled to fight last on Aug. 22 in Las Vegas in a super
featherweight bout against undefeated Saul Rodriguez, who inexplicably
pulled out of the matchup a few days before the fight.
Instead, Dela Torre entered the ring in Las Vegas on Nov. 18 and
suffered his first loss against 2012 Olympic silver medalist Tugstsogt
Nyambayar in an eight-round unanimous decision, despite scoring a
second-round knockdown. It was the first time in his first nine fights
that Nyambayar was taken the distance.
Barry Tompkins will call the ShoBox action from ringside with Steve
Farhood and former world champion Raul Marquez serving as expert
analysts. The executive producer is Gordon Hall with Richard Gaughan
producing and Rick Phillips directing.
# # #
A New Pound-for-Pound Contender:
Terence Crawford Dominates Dierry Jean
By Adam J. Pollack
Omaha, Nebraska – On Saturday October 24 at the Century Link
Center, Omaha’s own world boxing champion Terence Crawford (27-0, 19
KOs) not only successfully defended his championship crown at 140
pounds, but demonstrated that he deserves to be on the current list of
top pound-for-pound world boxing champions. To say that he was
impressive in defeating Dierry Jean (29-2, 20 KOs) via 10th
round TKO is an understatement. Terence Crawford is a complete fighter.
The atmosphere was electric, as a huge and animated hometown crowd
packed the arena, eager to cheer for the man who has revitalized boxing
in Nebraska, a state that has not seen a top fighter since title
challenger Ron Stander, who Joe Frazier stopped in 4 rounds in 1972 in
Omaha. Crawford not only is a top fighter, but he is a champion, and one
of the best in the world regardless of weight division.
Dierry Jean came into the fight with only one loss in 30 professional
contests, and that by decision to Lamont Peterson. Terence Crawford
became the first and only man to stop Jean inside the distance. Jean was
quick and skillful, but nevertheless met his match in every area of the
Although Crawford started the 1st round in the conventional
right-handed stance, he soon switched to southpaw, and by the end of the
1st round, he decked the oncoming Jean with a short right
Thereafter, Crawford carefully selected and fired crisp, sharp, solid
shots. He was patient, poised, focused, intense but relaxed, and in
control. He maintained good defense against another fast fighter,
picking his moments to attack wisely. Crawford managed to land sneaky
fast short right hooks, a solid right jab, and mixed in well-placed body
blows along with his head shots. He calmly walked down Jean, but
maintained range well, knowing how to remain just out of range for
defense, or sliding into range for offense, moving his head, alert to
potential incoming attacks. Crawford was calm but alert. Here and there
he mixed up his single shots with bursts of combinations.
Jean was looking for a powerful straight right, which he landed only on
occasion, particularly in the 8th round, but even when he did
land, Crawford took it well and came right back at him, showing his
gameness and chin. And when Crawford attacked in earnest, his impact was
apparent. Jean was affected by the blows, as he retreated and his legs
seemed to wobble a bit.
Seemingly a common theme with referees these days, Referee Tony Weeks
stopped the 8th round early. For some reason, all too often,
some referees cannot seem to be able to distinguish the difference
between the 10-second warning sound and the bell, even though the two
sounds are different, as they were for the seven previous rounds, and
one always comes before the other.
Nevertheless, at the end of the 9th round, Crawford again
dropped Jean with a left over the top.
In the 10th round, Crawford attacked and had Jean wobbly and
moving all around the ring. Jean’s cornerman rose up the steps with
towel in hand, and seemed on the verge of stopping it, but held back, as
Jean teetered on the verge of being able to recover, or not recover.
Eventually, Crawford decked Jean into the ropes, and Referee Tony Weeks
stepped in and stopped the contest.
The performance certainly bolstered Crawford’s argument for a
mega-fight with Manny Pacquiao, a fight discussed as a potential option
by promoter Bob Arum in the post-fight press conference. A Pacquiao-Crawford
fight certainly would be well-worth watching, for Terence Crawford is a
fine fighter who can do it all. He is fast, clever, and skillful, but he
also can punch and is game, with the desire not just to win, but to
finish his opponent. Hence, he is a fighter who you can not only admire
for his skill and talent, but enjoy watching for his entertainment
value. This performance proved that he belongs in the ring with the best
the sport has to offer, including Manny Pacquiao.
Junior middleweight Zsolt Daranyi (5-0, 5 KOs) stopped Sean Wilson in
the 2nd round. Daranyi fired quick snappy punches and decked
Wilson with powerful body blows in both the 1st and 2nd
rounds. Zsolt has good footwork, which he uses both offensively and
Super lightweight Alfredo Martinez (5-0, 2 KOs) won a unanimous 4-round
decision over Darin Hampton. Hampton went down twice in the 2nd
round, and again took a knee in the 4th round.
Super lightweight Alex Saucedo (19-0, 13 KOs) won a 6-round unanimous
decision over Angel Martinez, dropping Martinez in the 5th
round of the contest en route to the decision victory.
Super lightweight Julian Rodriguez (11-0, 9 KOs) pounded on Alvaro
Ortiz to earn a workmanlike unanimous 6-round decision.
Featherweight Evgeny Gradovich (20-1-1, 9 KOs) was the aggressor,
stronger, and outworked Aldimar Silva to earn a split 8-round decision.
I have no idea how one judge scored it for Silva. That judge probably
should not be allowed to work as a professional judge.
Welterweight Mikael Zewski (27-1, 21 KOs) stopped Ayi Bruce in the 5th
round. Zewski was too fast for Bruce, and the thudding blows that decked
him could be heard throughout the arena.
Heavyweight Andy Ruiz, Jr. (26-0, 17 KOs) brutally pounded on Raphael
Zumbano, beating his body and head throughout to earn a unanimous
8-round decision. Zumbano should be careful not to take so many beatings
like that. They tend to shorten careers.
SPECIAL GUEST SUGAR RAY LEONARD VISITS BOXING CARD IN
By ADAM POLLACK
Winnavegas Resort & Casino, Sloan, Iowa - On Saturday, October 3,
2015, Patrick Ortiz promoted an excellent night of boxing that featured
7 professional bouts, special guest Sugar Ray Leonard, and ring
announcer Jeff Connor from the Contender. I was one of the referees and
In a rematch of their prior draw bout, this time cruiserweight
Stephen Edwards outworked Jason Louck over 4 rounds to earn a unanimous
decision. Judges Adam Pollack and Jeannie Joiner both had it 39-37,
while judge Jeff Sinnett had it 40-36.
Middleweights Thomas Allen and Demetrius Walker engaged in a
hard-fought and very even battle that featured Allen's nose gushing
blood and spattering all over the place. Allen moved about, attacked
with quick flurries, and fired some thudding body shots on the inside.
Walker was not quite as active, but landed some very crisp and clean
solid head shots from the outside. All three judges, Pollack, Joiner,
and Sinnett agreed, scoring the bout 38-38 even for a draw.
Welterweight Darin Hampton scored a 1st round knockout over Charles
Dubray. Hampton started the fight with a straight right that immediately
decked Dubray in a delayed reaction. Dubray rose in pain and gamely
tried to fight back, but another right dropped him again. The circuit
breaker in Dubray's arms and legs seemed to have been switched, forcing
referee Paul Parry to stop the contest.
Cruiserweight Lorenzo Selectman scored a 4th round technical knockout
over Lucas St. Claire. Both men fought in a spirited fashion, but
Selectman's blows were more effective. St. Claire went down several
times, in part from being overwhelmed by blows and in part as a result
of ducking down too low and losing his balance. St. Claire kept rising
from the knockdowns and fighting gamely, but ultimately referee Pollack
stopped the bout in the 4th round when St. Claire went down from a solid
Welterweight Guy Smith was just too tall and fast for Benjamin Zelfer,
who was game and tough but couldn't find the correct range to land on a
consistent basis. Smith won a unanimous decision, 49-46 on Joiner and
Parry's cards, while Sinnett had it 50-45.
Sugar Ray with Adam
Middleweight Limberth Ponce scored an exciting 6th round technical
knockout over the strong, tough, and previously undefeated Bernard
Thomas, who had won all of his five contests by knockout. Ponce was just
too fast for him and Thomas left himself open to some very solid blows.
Ponce scored a knockdown in two separate rounds, and several
near-knockdowns. Thomas' head was clear but his legs would give way on
occasion, though usually he managed to recover and fight his way out of
trouble. Thomas was very game and fought back hard, and even landed some
solid left hooks. However, ultimately he allowed Ponce to land too many
powerful punches and his legs kept giving way until finally a barrage of
blows along the ropes forced referee Pollack to stop the contest.
The main event featured lightweights Manuel Perez and Gerardo Robles
fighting 8 rounds for the GBU Continental Lightweight Championship.
Although Robles moved and boxed on occasion, for the most part this was
an inside war, with both fighters leaning in with their heads and firing
away to the body and head. Although every round was competitive, Perez
was a bit stronger and more active and won a unanimous decision, 79-74
Parry, 80-72 Joiner, 78-74 Sinnett.
The crowd thoroughly enjoyed the show.
Nothing like boxing in Waterloo . . .
Marksman Boxing Show Hits the Mark
By Adam J. Pollack
Waterloo, IA Aug 3 – Last night at the Five
Sullivan Brothers Convention Center, Promoter Brandon Marks’ Marksman
Boxing Promotions hosted “Professional Hitmen,” which was one heck of a
good boxing card. I can honestly say that win or lose, every fighter
came to fight and give it their all. The evening was packed with nine
entertaining bouts. I was one of two referees who worked the card.
Gilbert Venegas, Jr. proved too powerful and relentless for the very
tough David LaQue, who took solid blows to the body and head throughout,
yet smiled and fought back until he physically could not take it anymore
and nature took over. The stoppage came in the 3rd round with LaQue on
the ropes and Venegas blasting away.
interrupted by Ref as opponent is done.
Jeremy Marts won a tough scrap with the
game and awkward Anthony Woods, who used his height, reach, footwork,
some speedy punches, and some clinching to make it challenging. However,
ultimately, Marts was stronger and more determined, and eventually wore
down and stopped Woods in the 3rd round after dropping him once and
pinning him in the corner with a nonstop unanswered barrage that led to
Lionel Jimenez landed very powerful body blows to deck the game
William Bokhart several times before the bout ended in the 4th round.
Bokhart took it, defended, and fired back, but Jimenez was too strong
Mike Plazola looked very strong against the game Starr Roberts, who
used some defense and sneaky counter blows, but Plazola wore him down
and stopped him in the 3rd round.
Travis Fulton found Blake Breitspecher to be somewhat of an awkward
foe at first. Although tall, Breitspecher ducked low very well, making
Fulton’s right miss over the top. Fulton figured out that he could land
a very solid quick jab and then move away from Breitspecher’s attempted
counters. Fulton also adapted to the ducking by coming underneath with
uppercuts on the inside, which dropped and stopped Breitspecher in the
Kevin Cruz pounded on the game Bryan Timmons, who took some very hard
staggering punches but kept fighting back hard until finally a nonstop
barrage along the ropes led to the stoppage in the 3rd round.
Limberth Ponce was too fast, relentless, and experienced for Pavel
Buravtsov, although the latter was game and fought hard. Ponce decked
Buravtsov in the 2nd round, and although he rose and continued to the
end of the round, it was clear that he was wilting and was just going to
take more punishment, and so his corner agreed to retire him in the
corner, which was a smart decision.
makes his mark
Greg Sykes won a 4-round unanimous decision over Jeremie Parks. The
pace was relatively slow, but Sykes had the better defense and the far
more powerful blows. Parks was just fast enough, defensively skilled
enough, and threw enough quick punches to keep it interesting, but Sykes
was the better fighter and landed the cleaner more effective shots.
Donovan Dennis put in a very workmanlike outing to win a unanimous
6-round decision over Jamal Woods. Dennis kept a very good pace for a
heavyweight, working consistently to the body and head throughout. At
times, Woods seemed somewhat like a human punching bag, mostly covering
and playing defense, but every now and then he suddenly would lash out
with some hard blows that might have caught and done damage to a lesser
foe. Dennis clearly outworked him.