UNCASVILLE, Conn. (October 3, 2012) - North American Boxing Federation (NABF) heavyweight champion Tony "TNT" Grano has been named the 2012 Connecticut Professional Boxer of the Year by the Connecticut Boxing Hall of Fame.
Grano and the other 2012 award winners - Elvis Figueroa, Conn. Amateur Boxer of the Year; Dick Flaherty, Official of the Year; Mitchell Etess, Contributor To Boxing - will be honored November 17 at the 8th annual Connecticut Boxing Hall of Fame (CBHOF) Gala Induction in the Uncas Ballroom at Mohegan Sun.
The 2012 CBHOF Hall of Fame inductees are former World Boxing Association (WBA) light middleweight champion "Tremendous" Travis Simms, former World Boxing Union (WBU) middleweight titlist "Dangerous" Dana Rosenblatt, five-time Trainer of the Year Freddie Roach, promoter Jimmy Burchfield (Classic Entertainment and Sports, Inc.), manager George Cruz and the late manager/promoter Lou Viscusi.
The 31-year-old Grano (20-2-1, 16 KOs), fighting out of Hebron (CT) by way of Hartford, is the first recipient of Conn Boxer of the Year award as a professional and amateur. He was selected as the amateur winner in the inaugural year of the CBHOF, after Grano captured a gold medal at the 2005 U.S. National Championships and silver medal at the National Golden Gloves Tournament.
The hard-hitting Grano, now promoted by legendary Don King, has had two significant fights this year, stopping Brian Minto (35-4) in the third-round of their NABF title eliminator, and knocking out former world title challenger DaVarryl Williamson (27-6) in the fourth round this past June for the vacant NABF title. Grano is rated No. 10 in the world by the World Boxing Council (WBC).
Figueroa, who celebrates his 16th birthday on Monday, is a light heavyweight from New Haven who has a 19-3 amateur record. He is a two-time Silver Gloves champion, who captured a gold medal at this year's National Junior Olympics Tournament in Mobile, Alabama.
Flaherty is an International boxing judge and retired referee. Now living in G;astonbury (CT), he has judged a reported 26 world championships since he started in 1987, including the recent Saul "Canelo" Alvarez vs. Josesito Lopez match in Las Vegas. Dick started refereeing in 1969 and he recently retired in that role. Although he primarily refereed fights held in New England, he was the third man in the ring for three world title fights, including Sergio Mora's upset of the late Vernon Forrest for the WBC light middleweight champion at Mohegan Sun in 2008.
Etess, who lives in East Lyme (CT), is the Chief Executive Officer of the Mohegan Sun Gaming Authority. He first came to Mohegan Sun in 2004 and served as CEO and President of Mohegan Sun. Mitchell was responsible for overseeing management and operations at Mohegan Sun, which developed into one of the premier venues in the United States for boxing.
Tickets for the 8th annual CBHOF Gala Induction Dinner, reasonably priced at $75.00, are on sale now by calling Kim Baker at Mohegan Sun (1.860-.862.7377) or Sherman Cain at the Manchester Journal Inquirer (1.800.237.3606 X321). Doors open at 5:30 p.m. ET, cocktails at 6 p.m. ET, followed by dinner.
Go online to www.ctboxinghof.com for additional information about the CBHOF.
NEW YORK (October 2, 2012) - Ring 8 will host a commemorative ceremony for the old Sunnyside Garden Arena this Saturday afternoon ( October 6), starting at 12 noon (ET), highlighted by the unveiling of a monument on the site of the former sports venue at 44-10 Queens Boulevard in Sunnyside, New York.
The Sunnyside Garden Arena monument reads: This monument is in honor and dedicated to those men who fought in the amateurs and professional bouts.
Originally built in 1926 by railroad baron, Jay Gould, as a private tennis club, the property was sold in 1945 and became a public arena, hosting amateur and professional boxing, wrestling, roller derby and kick-boxing during the next 32 years. Several films were shot there, including Mr. Universe in 1951, starring Vincent Edwards, and President John F. Kennedy campaigned in front of Sunnyside Garden Arena in 1960.
Boxing, however, was its main attraction, seating 2000 with tickets back costing only $4.00 for general admission and $8.00 for ringside. Before television, Sunnyside Garden Arena served as sort of a minor league system for boxing, noted by the Ring 8 member and Daily News cartoonist, the late Bill Gallo, whose father reported fights for the New York Sun. Fighters who consistently won fights at Sunnyside Garden Arena often graduated to the Mecca in Manhattan, Madison Square Garden.
Some of the more notable boxers who fought at Sunnyside Garden Arena between 1945 and 1977 included Emile Griffith, Bob Cassidy, Gerry Cooney, Jose Torres, Oscar Bonevena Sr., Eddie Gregory and Archer brothers, Jimmy and Joey. Other Ring 8 members who also fought there included Henny Wallitsch, Bobby Bartels, John Colon, Tommy Englehardt and Lenny Mangiapane.
"Ring 8 is proud to remember Sunnyside Garden Arena and honor the great boxers who fought there for more than three decades," Ring 8 president Bob Duffy said. "Sunnyside Garden Arena still has a lot of meaningful memories for many of our Ring 8 members. In 1977, Sunnyside Garden Arena was razed to build the Wendy's franchise that is there now, but boxing memories from that site will live forever. This monument guarantees that Sunnyside Garden Arena will never be forgotten."
Formed in 1954 by an ex-prizefighter, Jack Grebelsky, Ring 8 became the eighth subsidiary of what was then known as the National Veteran Boxers Association - hence, RING 8 - and today the organization's motto still remains: Boxers Helping Boxers.
RING 8 is fully committed to supporting less fortunate people in the boxing community who may require assistance in terms of paying rent, medical expenses, or whatever justifiable need.
Go on line to www.Ring8ny.com for more information about RING 8, the largest group of its kind in the United States with more than 350 members. Annual membership dues is only $25.00 and each member is entitled to a buffet dinner at RING 8 monthly meetings, the third Tuesday of every month, excluding July and August. All active boxers, amateur and professional, are entitled to a complimentary RING 8 yearly membership.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - September 30, 2012 - Leon Gast, the Academy Award-winning director of "When We Were Kings," has joined the Shadow Box Film Festival advisory board.
"We are thrilled that Leon Gast has decided to join our team and lend his support to this unique film festival," said Shadow Box Film Festival director David Schuster. "Leon's passion and work have been an inspiration to filmmakers all over the world."
Gast's Oscar-winning documentary, "When We Were Kings," is the story of the 1974 heavyweight championship fight between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman - known as The Rumble in the Jungle. It won the 1996 Academy Award for Documentary Feature and the Independent Spirit Award. Gast is currently working on a documentary on Filippino boxing champion Manny Pacquiao.
The Shadow Box Film Festival is dedicated exclusively to boxing films. Boxing has always made for great drama. There are few moments in sport as exciting as the culmination of a big fight. The crowd rising, the tension building, the fighters tapping sources of pride and energy they didn't know existed.
It's the stuff that legends are made of. Well, the film industry has been borrowing from that legend for decades. We'd like to showcase that!
The festival will take place over two days -- Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, 2012 -- at the SVA Theatre at 333 West 23rd Street in New York City.
"We are very fortunate to have a stellar advisory board that has been assembled for the festival," said Schuster. "We have an incredible cross-section of people from the worlds of boxing and entertainment. This group will resonate with fans of both film and boxing."
The Shadow Boxing Film Festival Advisory Board consist of:
* Honorary chairman Mark McPherson, former world-ranked junior middleweight contender
* David Schuster, boxing event producer
* Michael Bentt, former WBO heavyweight champion
* Mark Breland, former Olympic gold medalist and WBA welterweight champion
* Bobby Cassidy Jr., sports journalist, Newsday
* Chris Cassidy, Director of Photography of the critically acclaimed documentary, Side By Side.
* Aaron Cohen, Emmy-winning writer for HBO's 24/7 franchise
* Kevin Connolly, star of "Entourage"
* John Duddy, former IBA middleweight champion
* Steve Farhood, boxing analyst, SHOWTIME
* Leon Gast, Oscar-winning director, "When We Were Kings."
*Chris Kenneally, writer and director of documentaries "Side By Side" and "Crazy Legs Conti: Zen and the Art of Competitive Eating"
* Holt McCallany, star of "Lights Out"
* Seamus McDonagh, former heavyweight contender
* Bob Mladinich, author and boxing writer
WHAT: The Shadow Box Film Festival
WHERE: SVA Theatre, 333 West 23rd Street (8th and 9th Avenues)
WHEN: Friday, November 30 and Saturday, December 1, 2012
LAWTON, OK (September 30, 2012) In front of a sold-out crowd of passionate boxing fans at the Comanche Nation Casino in Lawton, Oklahoma on Friday night, hometown fan favorite George "Comanche Boy" Tahdooahnippah put on a sensational performance, stopping Gundrick "Sho Gun" King and winning the NABA Middleweight Title.
Battering the stronger King over the first two rounds with a full arsenal of power shots, Tahdooahnippah had the fans standing and cheering throughout the action.
An accidental clash of heads in the third round caused a cut over King's left eye. After the stanza, the Tuscaloosa, Alabama native's corner requested that the referee stop the bout and Tahdooahnippah was declared the winner.
Staying undefeated Tahdooahnippah improved to 31-0-1 (23KO's), while King moved to 18-9-0 (11KO's).
Said Joe DeGuardia of Star Boxing who promoted the event, "We're very proud of George's performance and highly impressed with the crowd and passion the fans had throughout the card. It was a terrific show and we look forward to returning to the Comanche Nation Casino for future events."
In the co-main event, Houston, Texas native Don Mouton and Abel Perry of Colorado Springs, CO, stood toe-to-toe throughout their eight round middleweight clash in an all-action scrap. Mouton landed the harder, stronger punches and was awarded the majority decision upping his record to 11-4-1 (9KO's), while Perry fell to 18-6-0 (9KO's).
In the super middleweight division, David Lujuan of Wichita Falls, Texas, 3-0-1 (1KO), stayed undefeated, winning a four round unanimous decision over Oklahoma City's Ritchie Cherry, 2-5-0 (1KO) in a fantastic, crowd pleasing fight featuring non-stop action throughout.
Tulsa, Oklahoma middleweight Chris Barnes, 2-1-1 (1KO) won a four round battle over Willie Gilbert, 0-1-1, of Oklahoma City in a rematch of their draw six weeks ago.
Rounding out the card, heavyweights provided some outstanding action as Constantin Bejenaru, 8-0-0 (2KO's), of Bacau, Romania, survived a first round knockdown to stop pro debuting Dwayne Jackson in the second round as each fighter threw massive bombs throughout the bout.
Main Events' rising 154 pounder Gabriel Rosado, promoter Russell Pelyz and Rosado trainer Billy Briscoe took queries from the fight press on a recent conference call.
How frustrating is it to you to keep getting all these wins and not be able to get the big fights?
Gabriel Rosado: "I just gotta keep chipping away. I just gotta keep doing' what I'm doing'. That's why with Charles Whittaker, everyone kept telling me 'Don't look past Charles Whittaker, don't focus on something else, something big.' And you know I didn't. I knew that it was important to make a statement, not just to win. I had to stop that guy and I had to dominate because I do want the big fight. You know, it gets a little frustrating because what makes sense to me is just putting (together) good fights. You just gotta deal with the politics that involves itself with boxing. I'm just going to keep doing what I've been doing. I'm not going to let it distract me or lose focus. I'm going to just keep getting better."
J Russell Peltz: "I don't think it's that frustrating for me. Sometimes Gabby wants to go from kindergarten to his PhD without going through junior high and high school. When we first got together I remember him saying to me, 'I'll fight anybody, I need someone to protect from myself.' We've come a long way in a year."
"I think to expect that Canelo or Cotto or one of those guys was going to say three, four , five months ago, even after the Sechew Powell fight, 'Yeah we'll fight Gabby', I think that was a little unrealistic... I think now, even though a lot of people pooh-poohed Whittaker before the fight, they saw him cracking Gabby with some good left hooks after knockdowns, and the fact that Whittaker was actually a world-class fighter despite the fact that he hadn't been seen much on American TV, I think now Gabby is definitely in the mix with everybody. Whereas six months ago it was just wishful thinking, not ability-wise, but I think marketing-wise."
"I think Gabby is in the best spot of any junior middleweight in the world. I think he's just approaching his prime, he's on a hot streak. He's a self-promoted fighter, he markets himself, he promotes himself. He said to me when we were approaching the Whittaker fight, 'I don't care how much money I can get to fight in the Cayman Islands, I want the fight to be on NBC.'... Gabby was sharp enough to know that the fight had to be on television and that it wouldn't mean as much to him if he had beaten Whittaker in the Cayman Islands where no one would have seen it."
Have there been any talks with the Canelo people?
J Russell Peltz: "Sure, there were talks before he chose to fight Joselito Lopez a few weeks ago. I spoke to Stephen Espinoza at Showtime, but I guess they wanted to keep it in-house. We think Canelo should come out and play with guys his own size."
"If we knew it was written in stone that he would fight either Bundrage or the winner of Bundrage - Berto in March, without people paying for exceptions, twisting the IBF's arm, having the title stripped, that he would get in the ring in March that would be one thing. But there's no guarantee that that's gonna happen. If we could fight Lara or Kirkland he would do that. There's no way Gabby wants to sit around until March."
Russell how viable do you think the Canelo fight is right now?
J Russell Peltz: "It depends when Canelo wants to fight again. If he's going to wait until June, then maybe he's going to wait for the winner of Cotto and Trout. Kirkland is tied up in legal issues. Who else can Canelo fight right now? Mayweather? I mean, I understand those fights, but to let Canelo fight another guy like Joselito Lopez? I don't understand it. I know that the best action fight in the ring is any action fighter with Rosado."
Do you think it's possible that Team Canelo sees you as too stiff of a matchup for them and that's why they are avoiding you?
Gabriel Rosado: "You know I think it's funny because Canelo is the champion and they are taking care of him, protecting him. You shouldn't protect the champion. I think once you are the champion you should just fight the best competition out there. It's kind of like a joke, being the junior middleweight champ and then you're fighting lightweights. I think Canelo is a fighter. I think personally if it were up to Canelo he would take the fight. At the end of the day it is a business, he is the hot ticket at 154 so they want to keep that ball rolling, so obviously facing a guy like me is a big threat to them."
Are there catches or issues with the business or promotional side of making the Canelo fight?
Gabriel Rosado: "If he fights Maidana, which is the buzz, you know Maidana just fought Soto-Karass and Karass gave him a run for his money, almost even knocked out Maidana, and I crushed Soto-Karass, it was a one-sided fight and I just overpowered him. So I think people are just starting to know who I am. I think it's a fight that would sell because you have two young fighters. I'm Puerto Rican, he's Mexican and at the end of the day we all know that the biggest rivalry in boxing is Puerto Rico and Mexico. I think that can sell. And then he can fight and I can fight, we both have knockout power, so I think the fight is a fight that can sell."
J Russell Peltz: "I don't think there's a fighter in junior middleweight division this year that has had the kind of year that Gabby has against the kind of quality fighters he's fought. I think he's in the best position that he can possibly be. He's only 26 and he's not even in his prime yet. I think that's the biggest reason. What does Joselito Lopez mean? Even Maidana. Nobody is on a better streak than Gabby is right now, nobody."
What changed you from being an inconsistent fighter in 2010 to being a very consistent fighter now?
Gabriel Rosado: "I think having only 11 amateur fights, and then in the beginning part of my pro career I was still learning. I had all this will to win, and heart to win, but everything that my trainer was showing me wasn't there yet, it takes time to pick up on the skills that he taught me. I think with those losses I just learned how to win. I picked up the experience and I became seasoned. It's adversity that will either make you or break you. It just shows a lot that I've grown as a fighter. I'm just excited about what's next. I feel like I haven't even reached my prime yet. I'm still learning. Each day I'm progressing and I'm getting stronger."
"Every time I'm training for a fight, me and Billy are adding something new to the game. One thing we added to this fight is that Charles Whittaker had a good right hand and we took that right out of the equation. We took his best weapon away from him and we countered him and actually made him fearful to throw his right hand."
Billy Briscoe, you are the trainer, but if you could be the matchmaker right now who would the fight be and why?
Billy Briscoe: "If I was the matchmaker I wouldn't be afraid to put Gabby in with anybody, because we've got the best 54-pounder in the world. I would like to get Canelo, I really would. For the simple fact he's a perceived superstar and if you beat a perceived superstar, you become a superstar. And this guy, he's not a bad fighter and I don't take nothing away from him. He's a fighter and I'm sure he would fight Gabby tomorrow if it was up to him, but he's got a team behind him and for some reason or another they keep fighting him with blown-up junior welterweights. But you know it's a whole other ballgame when you go hunting and the rabbit's got a gun, too. So as soon as these guys decide to take the fight, rest assured we'll get him, we'll smash him very easily. I believe in Gabby with the utmost confidence.
"Gabby has that grit; he has that will to win. You can't teach that. You can't give a guy a heart, you can't give him a chin, you can't make him a great puncher. And Gabby pretty much has got all of that. We're just honing his craft and working on his weaker points because a fighter is like a chain, he's only as strong as his weakest link. Most fighters just train, we train but we get educated at the same time. We watch tapes of fighters that people don't even know about...he'll take something and add his own twist and make it his own."
Russell, talk to us about Gabby and how he compares to other fighters.
J Russell Peltz: "The main difference is that Gabbywill fight anybody. A lot of guys say they'll fight anybody but then they bail out because it's not enough money, or it's in the wrong town, or it's on the wrong night of the week. His body is maturing physically. He's learning more. And he knows that. We talked about seizing the moment before the Soto-Karass fight, that you have to take advantage of these opportunities, you can't afford to let one slip by. Gabby is a very telegenic fighter, he's good for television. You haven't seen him in a bad fight in a long time. I remember after he fought Keenan Collins, it was a year ago and we weren't too happy with the fight and I don't think Gabby understood why we weren't happy, because at the time he said it was all about winning. But I think now he knows the difference between winning and performing and entertaining. I think that's one of the big differences in the last year."
New York, NY (9/26/12) - Earlier today, at the beautiful and brand new Mendez Boxing Club located at 23 East 26th Street in Manhattan, Puerto Rican knockout artist Jason "Monstruo" Escalera (13-0-1, 12KO's) and his trainer/manager Joe Botti, hosted an open media workout in preparation of Escalera's upcoming bout this Saturday night against fellow undefeated contender and current USBA super middleweight champion Edwin "La Bomba" Rodriguez (21-0, 14KO's). Rodriguez-Escalera is scheduled for 10 rounds, and will be the main event bout of the evening on the HBO Boxing After Dark telecast, coming to you live from the MGM Grand Theater at Foxwoods® Resort Casino in Mashantucket, CT.
The card, entitled "Road to Glory", will also feature Luis "Orlandito" Del Valle (16-0, 11 KOs) taking on former three-time, two-division world champion Vic "Raging Bull" Darchinyan (37-5-1, 27 KOs) in the 10-round co-feature for the vacant North American Boxing Federation (NABF) super bantamweight title. Opening up the HBO televised portion of the card will be (WBC) International welterweight champion Antonin Decarie (26-1, 7 KOs) squaring off against unbeaten contender Alex Perez (16-0, 9 KOs) for the vacant NABF welterweight title.
The event is promoted by DiBella Entertainment, in association with Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing and Gary Shaw Productions. All three bouts will be aired on HBO's Boxing After Dark beginning at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT.
Below are quotes and photos from the workout
JASON ESCALERA: "I had a very good camp for this fight and I feel great. I am already on weight and I am really looking forward to Saturday night. I know that some people feel that I might be in over my head, but I can assure everyone that this fight is coming at the perfect time."
"I have been hearing things out of Edwin and his camp that he is going to put on a show, he is going to stop me and that Donovan George hits harder than I do. If he truthfully believes that, then he is going to be in for a big surprise on Saturday night. First off, I hit much harder then Donovan does, and I can assure you that he will find that out in the very first round. Also, I have never been down in my entire career. Not in the gym, not in the amateurs and not in the pro's. That being said, there is no shot that Edwin can knock me out. If he thinks he is in for an easy night on Saturday then he better think again."
JOE BOTTI:"This was the best camp Jason has ever had in his career. We had a full, hard eight weeks of training. We were sparring with the likes of Danny Jacobs, Glen Tapia, Joe Smith, Seanie Monaghan, Demetrius Hopkins and Jesse Hart, all top guys. We were working on a number of different things with Jason in camp, but mostly his defense and him working behind his jab. Edwin has been saying that he is going to go toe-to-toe with Jason, but we know that as soon as he gets hit with that first shot that he is going to start moving. We have prepared for that though, and Jason will be ready for whatever Edwin brings to the ring on Saturday night.
TOTOWA, NJ Up and coming light heavyweight superstar, Sergey Kovalev, 19-01, 17 KO's, has signed a multi-year promotional contract with Main Events.The Kovalev camp and the Main Events team are ecstatic about the deal.
Egis Klimas, Kovalev's manager explained, "We are finally in the right place. I knocked on many doors: Golden Boy, Top Rank, and more; However no one took it seriously that Sergey Kovalev will be the next big champion in his weight division. But Main Events has the same beliefs. They did take us seriously. We signed with them and we are very happy with our decision."
Kovalev stated, "This is the most important decision I have made in my professional career. I feel I have made a very good choice by signing with Main Events." He added, "I am ready for my next fight right now. I will fight anyone!"
Kovalev's commanding ring performance last Friday on NBC Sports Network "Fight Night" against Lionell Thompson created a buzz in the boxing world. He wants to get back in the ring as soon as possible.The undefeated Russian-born boxer has only had two fights go the distance as a professional.
Sergey Kovalev Fight Highlights from Sept. 21
"When Sergey is in the ring, he is simply electrifying," said promoter Kathy Duva of Main Events. "He told us that he will fight absolutely anyone in the light heavyweight division, and after watching his performance on NBC Sports Network on Friday night, I have no doubt that he is ready. We look forward to seeing more fireworks from Kovalev, who will undoubtedly become a force in one of boxing's hottest divisions."
Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing presents "WESTBURY WARS", asensational evening of world-class professional boxing on SATURDAY, OCTOBER 13 at the NYCB Theatre at Westbury in Westbury, New York. Headlining this special evening at this iconic venue will be a junior welterweight showdown between sensational, undefeated African warrior Issouf Kinda, defending his New York State Title against former world title challenger "Mighty" Mike Arnaoutis.
Advance tickets for this theatre-in-the-round seating event, priced at $150 for Gold Circle VIP, $60 for Ringside Reserved and $30 for Mezzanine Reserved, are available atwww.livenation.com, charge by phone at 800-745-3000, at the Westbury Box Office or through the Star Boxing office by calling (718) 823-2000 or on their website,www.starboxing.com.
Jason Stone, Senior Vice President of Live Nation stated, "Star Boxing has always been the premier presenter of boxing programs in New York and we welcome the association with them to bring the greatest boxers to the Westbury in the Round stage. Westbury was built for boxing and Joe DeGuardia will bring us the best and strongest shows."
Said Joe DeGuardia about this unique event, "The NYCB Theatre at Westbury has long been a world class venue for the best entertainment in the world. With seating in the round, boxing fans will enjoy a unique and up-close opportunity to view a great event that we're putting together."
"Issouf Kinda is a sensational prospect who continues to shine with each fight. This is his fourth fight in 2012 and he hasn't lost a round yet. Mike Arnaoutis with his wealth of experience on a world class level who is looking to work his way to another title shot represents a very tough test for Kinda."
"Also, we're very excited to have "The Hebrew Hammer", Cletus Seldin making his return to the squared circle. Cletus' spectacular knockouts have played to packed houses since he turned pro last year
and the fans at the NYCB Theatre at Westbury are going to be amazed by his power. He's in against a very crafty veteran from Chicago, Carl McNickels and is sure to see some new looks coming at him in this fight."
"We're also putting together a sensational undercard of local favorites and terrific young prospects which we will announce shortly," DeGuardia continued.
Undefeated with a record of 14-0-0, (5KO's), Kinda is coming off a unanimous decision win over veteran Marteze Logan on AUGUST 24. He also served shut out unanimous decision wins over Luis Rodriguez and Angel Rios earlier this year.
A native of Athens, Greece, now fighting out of Queens, New York, the hard hitting Arnaoutis has compiled a record of 24-7-2 (11KO's) over his eleven-year career. Currently, the southpaw Arnaoutis is riding a two bout winning streak, most recently knocking out veteran Broderick Antoine in the seventh round at the Star Boxing VIP Boxing Event at Russo's On The Bay on MAY 2.
The heavy handed 26 year old Seldin, 8-0-0 with six stoppages, is making the fourth start of his 2012 campaign, having scored three consecutive knockouts all within the first two rounds this year. In his last start on JULY 28, he stopped Jonathan Garcia in the first round.
Known as "The Assassin", the 28-year-old McNickels, 8-3-0 (6KO's), has fought all over the country facing numerous top prospects.
In his last outing on St. Patrick's Day, MARCH 17, McNickels fought hometown favorite Danny McDermott at Madison Square Garden, losing a very close majority decision in an epic, back-and-forth battle.
A full undercard of exciting fights featuring numerous local prospects will be announced shortly.
Doors on the evening of the event will open at 6:30pm with the first bell at 7:30pm. Event, date and time are subject to change. Tickets are subject to applicable service charges.
The NYCB Theatre at Westbury is located at 960 Brush Hollow Road in Westbury,New York,11590.For directions and more information please visit their website atwww.thetheatrewestbury.com.For Westbury membership information, visitwww.westburymembership.com
September 25, 2012, Union City, NJ -- Sartonk Designs is proud to announce the Ali-King Award’s distinguished Judging Committee. The award will be presented to each of the top three writers of the Annual Ali-King essay contest. Winners will be honored at the New Jersey Boxing Hall of Fame Banquet on November 8, 2012. The essay contest is sponsored by the WBA, WBO, IBF, IBO, NJ Boxing Hall of Fame, USA Boxing NJ Association, Gleason's Gym, and Global Boxing.
Edward S. Majian, President of SARTONK, had this to say about the selection of judges: “We’ve learned that some youth in boxing are intimidated by essay writing. And we believe that those who exhibit enough faith in themselves to submit an essay deserve for their work to be judged by individuals who are not only critical thinkers, but also compassionate people. Whether boxer, educator or sports writer, each member of the Ali-King Judging Committee is a good example to boxing youth, and is therefore an agent of youth empowerment and literacy promotion. We're grateful for their involvement.”
The judges for the inaugural year of the Annual Ali-King Award are: Professor Anna Brown, Sonya “The Scholar” Lamonakis, Ryan Maquiñana, Professor Gordon Marino, and Michael Woods.
Professor Anna Brown serves as Chair of the Political Science Department and Director of the Social Justice program at Saint Peter's University. She is co-Editor, with James L. Marsh, of Faith, Resistance, and the Future: Daniel Berrigan's Contribution to Catholic Social Thought. Brown is also a member of the Kairos Peace Community and Witness Against Torture.
Sonya "The Scholar" Lamonakis is a professional female boxer who is also a NYC public school teacher. To go along with her educational credentials she is a 4x NYC Golden Champion, 2X National Champion, and a New England Golden Glove Champion. Ms. Lamonakis is a champion in and out of the ring, who with her tough love works hard to instill the value of education in her students.
Ryan Maquiñana is the Boxing Insider for Comcast SportsNet Bay Area (CSNBayArea.com) and a staff writer for BoxingScene.com. He recently served as a boxing web producer for NBC Olympics and has previously written for MaxBoxing.com. A voting member of the Boxing Writers Association of America, the Northern California native also covers the local fight beat on his blog, Norcalboxing.net.
Professor of Philosophy at St. Olaf College, Gordon Marino is an award winning boxing writer for The Wall Street Journal. A former boxer and head coach of boxing at Virginia Military Institute, he also trains both amateur and professional boxers in Minnesota.
Michael Woods is a contributing writer at ESPN The Magazine and the Editor of TheSweetScience.com. Woods, a board-member of the Boxing Writers Association of America, lives in Park Slope, Brooklyn, with his wife and two daughters.
Tickets on sale for Oct. 27 Brooklyn PPV Featuring 2008 US Olympian Sadam Ali
Curtis Stevens added to card
NEW YORK (September 24, 2012) - Tickets are now on for the October 27th pay-per-view event, "Rising Olympian Star In The Big Apple," featuring undefeated welterweight prospect Sadam "World Kid" Ali (15-0, 9 KOs), a 2008 U.S. Olympian, live from Aviator Sports Complex in Brooklyn, New York.
Brownsville super middleweight Curtis "Showtime" Stevens (22-3, 16 KOs) has been added to the card in a eight-round bout against an opponent to be determined. Stevens is a former New York State light heavyweight champion who knocked out previously unbeaten Piotr Wilczewski (22-0) in the third round of their 2009 fight in Newark (NJ). A 2002 US National amateur champion, Stevens has also defeated world champion Carl Daniels.
The youngest boxing promoter in America, 23-year-old Ali was a highly-decorated amateur boxer who was a national champion in the Junior Olympics, Police Athlete League (PAL), Under-19 Tournament, as well as a two-time, two division New York City Golden Gloves champion. He became the first New York City boxer in 20 years, since Riddick Bowe in 1988, to earn a berth on the U.S. Olympic Boxing Team, and was the first Arab-American to ever represent the U.S. in the Olympic Games.
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Rising star Ali, fighting out of Brooklyn, is currently rated No. 8 by United States Boxing Association (USBA), as well as No. 12 by the North American Boxing Organization (NABO) and No. 15 by the North American Boxing Federation (NABF).
Ali, who won World Boxing Federation American welterweight title in his last fight in June versus Franklin Gonzalez (TKO8), takes on former Indiana State champion Jermaine "Too Sweet" White (17-5, 9 KOs), of Chicago, in the 10-round main event. Three of White's career losses have been to world champions Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr., Anthony Peterson and Paul Spadafora.
Colombian cruiserweight Santander "The Demolition Man" Silgado (22-0, 18 KOs) puts his unbeaten record on the line against veteran Gary "Pit Bull" Gomez (19-13-2, 7 KOs) in the 10-round co-feature. Silgado, now fighting out of Brooklyn, is world rated at No. 11 by the World Boxing Association (WBA) and No. 13 by the World Boxing Council (WBC). A seven-time Colombian national champion, Silgado captured the World Boxing Council FECARBOX title by defeating Willie Herring this past March. Salt Lake City's Gomez is a former WBC Continental Americas and Utah State champion. His most notable wins have been against Chad Van Sickle, who was 18-0-1 when Gomez defeated him by way of a 10-round decision, Rayco Saunders and Derrick Brown.
Newly crowned World Boxing Federation Intercontinental light middleweight champion Mike "El Cangri" Ruiz (17-7, 9 KOs) drops back to his natural welterweight division to face and opponent to soon be determined. Ruiz is coming off his 10th round TKO title-winning performance July 21 against hometown favorite Paul Delgado in Atlanta.
Also fighting on the undercard in four-round bouts against opponents to soon be announced are Brooklyn's one-handed Michael Constantino, who will be making his pro debut after fighting in the NYC Golden Gloves Tournament; Maine light middleweight Steven Gamache (3-0, 1 KO), the son of former world champion Joey Gamache; Brooklyn light middleweight Shawn Cameron in his pro debut. Brooklyn bantamweight Jennifer Santiago meets Louisiana invader Ivana Coleman (0-1). All fights and fighters are subject to change.