Written by The Sweet Science
Monday, 24 September 2012 16:54
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.
"Rising Olympian Star In The Big Apple," presented by Sadam Ali's World Kid Promotions, will be distributed in the United States by Integrated Sports Media for live viewing at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT on both cable and satellite pay per view via iN Demand, DISH Network and Avail-TVN for a suggested retail price of only $29.95.
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.
Tickets, priced at $150.00, $100.00 and $50.00, are on sale and available to purchase by calling 917.807.3630 or 917.655.5254 in Brooklyn and Queens, 718.744.8855 in Manhattan, or 201.914.9392 in Staten Island and New Jersey.
For more information about "Rising Olympian Star In The Big Apple," go online to www.SadamAliBoxing.com or www.integratedsportsnet.com. Sadam Ali can be followed on Twitter @realworldkidali.
Written by The Sweet Science
Saturday, 22 September 2012 07:25
WEIGHTS FROM QUEENS, NY
Joe Smith 173 1/2 – Yasin Rashid 174 1/2
Frank Galarza 153 – Alantez Fox 152
(NY State Jr. Middleweight Title)
Juan Dominguez 123 1/2 - Jesus Bayron 125
Rafael Vazquez 124 1/2 - Jhovany Collado 124 1/2
Elton Dharry 116 - Gabriel Cruz 115
Boyd Melson 154 1/2 - Yolexcy Leiva 153
Allan Phelan 125 - Micah Branch 125
Angel Garcia 133 - Pedro Andres 130
Daniel Gonzalez 146 - Anthony Smith 147 1/2
Promoters: New Legend Boxing, Old World Boxing, W.O.N Promotions
Venue: Resorts World Casino New York
1st Bell: 7pm eastern
Written by The Sweet Science
Friday, 21 September 2012 09:58
SANTA YNEZ, Calif. (Sept. 20, 2012) – The four confident, determined and motivated super bantamweights competing on an excellent doubleheader on ShoBox: The New Generation tomorrow/Friday, Sept. 21, live on SHOWTIME® (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) made weight Thursday at Chumash Casino Resort.
Combined, the ShoBox fighters are 62-1-1, but each will be facing his toughest opponent to date on Friday night.
In what should be an exciting 10-round main event between boxers with contrasting styles, unbeaten, world-ranked Jonathan Romero (21-0, 12 KOs) of Cali, Colombia, faces Efrain Esquivias Jr. (16-1, 9 KOs), of Gardena, Calif., for the No. 2 ranking in the IBF.
A terrific ShoBox co-feature will match Roman Morales (12-0, 6 KOs), of San Ardo, Calif., and Jonathan Arellano (13-0-1, 3 KOs), of Ontario, Calif., in an eight-round match for the WBC Latino Championship..
Tickets for the Gary Shaw Productions event, priced at $35, $45, $55, $70 and $85, are on sale at Chumash Resort Casino Box office or online at www.startickets.com.
Barry Tompkins will call the blow-by-blow action on ShoBox with Steve Farhood serving as expert analyst. Gordon Hall is the executive producer of ShoBox with Richard Gaughan producing and Rick Phillips directing.
WEIGHTS: Romero and Esquivias each weighed 122 pounds, but Esquivias had to shed two pounds to do it. Morales and Arellano also tipped the scale at 122.
What the fighters said Thursday:
“It’s exciting to be back on SHOWTIME and I just love the attention and exposure it brings to me.
“I expect Esquivias to come forward from the start and try and get right in my face, so I am prepared to do whatever it takes. Whether it means I have to box and move around or slug in the middle of the ring, I’m ready. I hurt my left thumb in my last fight, but it is 100 percent now.
“I feel I am mentally stronger than when I fought Chris Avalos (Romero won a split decision last Dec. 2 on ShoBox), and look to put on a better show this time.
“Esquivias is a good fighter. I’ve watched a lot of tape and know he is very aggressive and will be coming to fight his fight. But his style is good for me and I will adjust to whatever he is trying to do.
“This is an important fight with a top ranking on the line. I hope if I win I can fight for the world title in my next fight. I know I feel I’m ready.’’
“This fight is for No. 2 in the IBF, so it is very important. I’m looking to win, make a good impression and fight for the title.
“I’ve seen Romero’s fights. I’m not sure he likes to get pressured. But for sure I’m going to make him go backwards.
“I’ve trained hard and have worked especially hard getting off to a fast start. I know I’m a slow starter. I’m expecting to start fast and set a good pace. I like to be a crowd-pleaser and entertain the fans.
“Even though I thought I won my fight against Chris Avalos (he lost a majority decision last June 23), I didn’t get discouraged when the decision didn’t go my way. In fact, it made me become more motivated and work even harder.
“I plan to bring it against Romero. That’s my style. I think I showed in my last fight (against Avalos) that I belonged. Now I need to show that I can win.’’
“I’ve done it twice so I feel much more comfortable going eight rounds. I think I did a good job in my last fight on ShoBox (he won a unanimous decision over the Roger Mayweather-trained Alexis Santiago) and listened to my corner OK. When I needed to get my second wind, I did and kept pushing forward.
“I think this is the toughest fight I’ve had. I know Arellano is quick and moves a lot and is going to box. I just have to be smart, keep my hands up and try and cut him off. If I get him against the ropes, I’ll go to the body. But I think jabbing a lot more is the most important key for me heading into the fight.
“I just hope to win so that when I get a few more fights and get some more experience, I’ll be ready for a 10-round fight against a top-10 guy fight. I’ve been winning decisions, but that is good. I just want to win. There is no pressure to try for a knockout. If it comes, it comes …
“I’ve had some good sparring with Nonito Donaire. I think we’ve helped each other.’’
“This is my first fight on ShoBox but I feel I’ve been preparing for it since I was a kid. So, naturally, I am very excited but at the same time I’m not overwhelmed. I’ve always felt that if I worked hard these kind of opportunities would come.
“This is going to be a great fight. I’m looking forward to fighting someone who is really going to try and push me. I feel I I have good movement and speed, but my trainer, Henry Ramirez, has been trying to get more to stay in the pocket and throw more.
“I work very hard. I’m looking at this great opportunity for me to prove myself.’’
Written by The Sweet Science
Friday, 21 September 2012 09:56
2008 U.S. Olympian Demetrius Andrade Outclasses Alexis Hlores in Two Rounds Results from Manchester, New Hampshire
MANCHESTER, N.H. (September 20, 2012) - World-ranked junior middleweight Demetrius "Boo Boo" Andrade (18-0, 13 KOs) displayed his entire arsenal tonight, stopping Alexis "Hurricane" Hloris (16-4-2, 12 KOs) in the second round, headlining the11th annual Fight To Educate Pro-Am card at Verizon Wireless Center in Manchester, New Hampshire.
The 24-year-old Andrade, a 2008 U.S. Olympian, dropped Fernandez early in the second round with a straight left and then finished the show with a right hook. Fernandez beat the count but the referee halted the action as the second round ended.
"I wouldn't say I was rusty, just cautious in the first round, feeling him out to see what he had," Andrade said after the fight. "I established my jab. I came out in the second round knowing he had trouble with my jab and left. I put some power and speed behind my punches. I showcased it (his entire arsenal); it looked good and sealed the deal.
"I want (Sergie) Dzinziruk (former WBO champion, 37-1, 27 KOs). His only loss was to the best, Sergio Martinez, and he just had a draw (Jonathan Gonzalez). His name would look good on my resume."
Andrade, fighting out of Providence (RI), is co-promoted by Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing and Banner Promotions. The slick southpaw is ranked No. 4 by the International Boxing Federation (IBF) and No. 5 by the World Boxing Organization (WBO), as well as No. 10 by the World Boxing Council (WBC) and No. 15 by the World Boxing Association (WBA).
Undefeated Vermont welterweight Chris Gilbert improved to 5-0 (4 KOs) with a win over Antonio Chaves Fernandez. Gilbert dropped Fernandez midway through the opening round, trapped Fernandez on the ropes in the fourth and ended the fight by way of technical knockout with a powerful right uppercut
Fight To Educate, presented this year in part by Absolute Broadcasting WGAM, The Game, is a unique charity event that combines a love of sports with the vision of assisting children and seniors in need, who with fundraisers like this could be 'down for the count.' During the past 10 years, Fight To Educate has raised more than $500,000 in donations benefitting local New Hampshire non-profit organizations.
Proceeds from the 11th annual Fight To Educate will benefit SEE Science Center (www.see-sciencecenter.org), The Bobby Stephens Fund for Education (www.stepheneducationfund.com), and New Horizons for New Hampshire.
Demetrius Andrade WTKO2 (3:00) Alexis Hlores
Providence, RI Mount Clemens, MI
18-0 (13 KOs) 16-5-2 (12 KOs)
Chris Gilbert WTKO4 (2:50) Antonio Chaves Fernandez
Windsor, VT Quincy, MA
5-0 (4 KOs) 2-8-1 (0 KOs)
Joel Bishop WPTS3 John Rosa
West Forks, ME Lawrence, MA
Nico Clow WPTS3 Richie Ford
Claremont, NH Claremont, NH
Tevin Aleau WPTS3 Brandon Berry
Providence, RI West Forks, ME
Zack Morel WPTS3 Phil Kyser
New Hampton, NH Stockman ME
Rory Stapleton WPTS3 Keenan Manzi
Lancaster, NE Keene,
Wayne Stearns WPTS3 Angel Tricoche
Searsport, ME Haverhill, MA
Written by The Sweet Science
Thursday, 20 September 2012 20:06
MILLVILLE, N.J. – September 19, 2012 -- On Saturday night, November 10th, Gulfstream Boxing Promotions presents a special night of boxing at New Jersey Motorsports Park in Millville, New Jersey. In the main event, undefeated Jr. Middleweight Thomas “Cornflake” LaManna will see action against opponent to be named in a six round bout.
The bout for LaManna is special for a variety of reasons as he will be fighting in his hometown of Millville for the very first time and the bout takes place just two days before LaManna’s 21st birthday.
LaManna is 9-0 with five knockouts is coming off a six round split decision victory over tough Yolexcy Leiva on August 18th in Atlantic City.
“I am very excited about this fight and event coming to Millville”, said LaManna. “It should be a great night of boxing and I want to thank the New Jersey Motorsports Park and my promoter Vincent Ponte for making this dream of fighting at home to come true. I plan to put on a great fight and hopefully this could be the beginning of boxing in Millville.”
In the six-round co-feature, undefeated Jr. Welterweight Anthony “Juice “Young will see action against opponent to be named.
Young, of nearby Atlantic City, has a record of 6-0 with two knockouts and is coming off a four round unanimous majority decision over Richard Andrews on July 27th.
Competing in eight-round bouts will be undefeated Super Middleweight Derrick Webster and Jr. Lightweight Joselito Collado.
Webster of Glassboro, New Jersey, has a record of 13-0 with seven knockouts and is starting to get national attention as he has stepped up the competition in recent bouts. He is coming off an eight round unanimous decision over Sabou Ballagou on April 27th and Webster has recently spent time in the camps of Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and Andre Ward.
Collado of Queens, New York, has a record of 13-2 with three knockouts has fought top competition. He has an impressive first-round stoppage over Jules Blackwell (8-2-2) and decision over Rafael Lora (11-3). Collado’s only two blemishes have been to top prospect Casey Ramos (14-0) and his last bout when he lost a decision to Jerry Belmontes (16-0) on September 8th.
Also seeing action in a six round bout will be undefeated Middleweight Isiah Seldon.
Seldon, of Atlantic City, has a record of 6-0 with three knockouts and the undefeated son of former WBA Heavyweight champion Bruce Seldon is coming off a second-round stoppage over Kenneth Moody on February 4th.
Appearing in four-round bouts will be Jon Bolden (5-4, 5 KO’s) of New York, Light Heavyweight Amir Shabazz (1-0) of Philadelphia, Middleweight Godson Noel (1-0, 1 KO) of Newark, and amateur star Jr. Middleweight Antoine Douglas of Virginia.
In attendance will be Former WBO and Olympic gold medalist heavyweight world champion Ray Mercer & former Two-Time IBF cruiserweight world champion Steve “USS” Cunningham.
“NJMP is proud to partner with Gulfstream Boxing Promotions to present this special event,” said NJMP general manager Brad Scott. “We’re looking forward to seeing all of the scheduled competitors, especially Millville’s own Thomas LaManna.”
Tickets for this exciting evening of boxing are priced at $125 (VIP—Which will include a meet and greet with Mercer & Cunningham), $75 and $50 and can be bought by calling (856) 899-7372, or ordering online at NJMP.com.
Written by The Sweet Science
Thursday, 20 September 2012 18:08
London (20th Sept) Mick Hennessy is delighted to announce that today the current European Super Middleweight Champion James Degale MBE has signed a long-term promotional contract with Hennessy Sports.
The 2008 Olympic Gold Medallist will make his Channel 5 debut at Glow, Bluewater on Saturday 13th October when he defends his European Super Middleweight title.
James DeGale MBE said, “I am over the moon with my new long-term promotional deal with Hennessy Sports. I can't wait to get back in the ring on October 13th and show the millions of viewers on Channel 5 what I’m all about.
“The new beginning is a thrilling prospect, SO WATCH THIS SPACE!” added James.
Mick Hennessy said, “I’m very excited to have signed a brilliant young talent like James DeGale.
“To travel to China to fight on away turf and be the only Brit to capture an Olympic gold medal in such difficult circumstances was an amazing feat.
“To already be European Champion after only 13 fights is also an amazing achievement, our goal is to nurture and enhance James extreme talent to the highest level and for him to become not only a genuine world champion but also a cross-over star worldwide,” added Mick.
James' parents Diane and Leroy said, “ We are very proud of James who has stayed positive and committed in these difficult times. James has remained focused and dedicated during the lull in his career. The new contract with Hennessy Sports heralds a new beginning for him.
“We remain very optimistic that James will fulfill his dreams of becoming a world champion. We are looking forward to the exciting and new chapter of his career with Hennessy Sports and Channel 5.”
James Degale MBE added, “Dear past, thanks for the lessons, dear future, I'm ready!"
Written by The Sweet Science
Thursday, 20 September 2012 12:17
NEW YORK (Sept. 20, 2012) —SHOWTIME® Sports will peel back the curtain and take viewers inside the intense fight week build-up to last Saturday’s blockbuster Canelo Alvarez-Josesito Lopez main event with Episode Two of ALL ACCESS: Canelo vs. Lopez, premiering Friday, Sept. 21 at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME, with multiple replays on CBS Sports Network, SHOWTIME EXTREME and Univision.
Through ALL ACCESS, viewers will feel the excitement and re-live the battle through those at the heart of the action.From fighter grand arrivals on Tuesday to the raw emotion following Saturday’s explosive world championship, ALL ACCESS gives viewers a ringside seat like no other show on television.
Written by The Sweet Science
Thursday, 20 September 2012 12:16
NEW YORK (September 20, 2012) - Bay State boxers Edwin "La Bomba" Rodriguez and Danny O'Connor have come almost full circle since their amateur days, training together in Houston and now fighting on DiBella Entertainment's "Road To Glory" card, September 29 on a special HBO Boxing After Dark tripleheader, live from the MGM Grand Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut.
Rodriguez (21-0, 14 KOs) defends his United States Boxing Association (USBA) title against unbeaten power-puncher Jason "Monstruo" Escalera (13-0-1, 12 KOs) in the 10-round main event, while super lightweight prospect Danny O'Connor (18-1, 6 KOs) faces Josh "Nino Assasino" Sosa (10-3, 5 KOs), providing chief support for the three HBO-televised fights, in an eight-round bout.
Unbeaten Luis Orlando "Orlandito" Del Valle (16-0, 11 KOs) takes on former three-time, two-division world champion Vic "Raging Bull" Darchinyan (37-5-1, 27 KOs) in the 10-round co-feature on HBO for the vacant North American Boxing Federation (NABF) super bantamweight title.
Completing the HBO tripleheader is a World Boxing Council (WBC) International welterweight title fight between champion Antonin Decarie and the undefeated Alex Perez (16-0, 9 KOs). Decarie-Perez replaced a Special Light Heavyweight Attraction bout between world-rated Isaac "Golden Boy" Chilemba (19-1-1, 9 KOs) and former two-time, two-division world champion Zsolt Erdei, who was forced to withdraw due to suffering two broken ribs during training camp.
The "Road To Glory" 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.
Dominican Republic-born Rodriguez moved to Worcester (MA) with his family 14 years ago when he was 13. O'Connor was born and raised in Framingham (MA), which is less than 30 miles from Worcester. O'Connor's third amateur bout was at the old Boys & Girls Club in Worcester on a show in which hometown hero Rodriguez was in the main event. The now 27-year-olds first met then, both developed into national amateur champions, and turned pro in 2008.
Back when they were amateurs, Rodriguez, O'Connor and Providence's Demetrius Andrade, a 2008 US Olympian, were roommates as members of USA traveling teams. "We dreamed of becoming world champions as professionals at the same time," Rodriguez remembered. "And we're getting close."
Rodriguez is the closest of that trio to fighting for a world championship. He is rated No. 4 by the International Boxing Federation (IBF) and World Boxing Council (WBC), as well as No. 8 by the World Boxing Association (WBA) and No. 9 by The Ring Magazine.
"I love fighting on the same cards as Edwin," O'Connor said. "He's headlining on HBO. We train and travel together; he's my best friend in boxing. But it's different for us right now. He's fighting in front of the lights and I'm trying to get there. He has to perform well September 29 to keep fighting on HBO and I need to impress the people from HBO."
The two took a circuitous route to Houston, joining trainer Ronnie Shields, in his new state-of-the-art boxing facility at Plex in Stafford, Texas. O'Connor quickly outgrew the Framingham PAL and started training at the Worcester Boys & Girls, rejoining Rodriguez there as young prizefighters. They traveled throughout New England, searching for sparring partners and a base, until they both landed at Manfredo's Gym in Pawtucket (RI) but with different trainers.
Rodriguez' manager, Larry Army, then made a critical change sending Edwin out of New England to Shields in Houston. After losing his first professional fight, O'Connor decided it was time for a change. His new manager, Ken Casey, founder and lead singer of the popular Boston-based band Dropkick Murphys, has opened up a new world, marketing-wise, for O'Connor, who did some research and came up with a list of potential trainers. His co-promoter, Leon Margules (DiBella Entertainment promotes Rodriguez and co-promotes O'Connor), has been friends with Shields for 20 years and a connection was made. O'Connor left Framingham without money or a place to live, nothing but the clothes on his back and his gym bag. "I hooked up with Edwin in Houston, where he let me stay with him," O'Connor noted. "But that's the type of person Edwin is, always helping."
"Danny came down here and I love it," Rodriguez added. "He pushes me. There are days I don't like running and he pushes me. We push each other."
Rodriguez originally was supposed to fight this summer and he will be in training camp for 14 weeks by September 29, missing his wedding anniversary with his wife, Stephanie, and being away from his twins of special needs who will turn six on the night of his fight against Escalera. The only time he was away from Shields was for a week on vacation back home, but Edwin pointed out that he trained daily and wasn't really on a vacation.
Shields has been nothing short of a boxing professor for his two protégés from Massachusetts. They love working with the former "Trainer of the Year" and two-time world title challenger, who has been where the duo wants to get. Many may feel that Shields has changed Rodriguez from a brawler to boxer, O'Connor from boxer to puncher, but Coach Ronnie is turning both into complete fighters.
"Edwin always came forward, throwing punches, and when you hit him, he hit you back," Ronnie explained. "There's nothing wrong with that attitude, but you don't want to trade shots with an opponent who hits harder. You don't go head-to-head with an opponent like Donovan George who was stronger. Edwin boxed in the middle of the ring and won rounds, catching everything George threw on his gloves instead of his chin. Edwin agrees that he doesn't have to punch it out. I'm not taking the fight out of a fighter like Edwin. I'm making him more of a complete fighter like I'm doing with Danny, too. Complete fighters are smart fighters. If Edwin is losing late in a fight and needs a round or two, he can still do that if he needs to, but he has perfected his defense.
"When Danny first came here, I watched tapes of his fights and all he did was box against everybody. I asked him if he thought there was any other way to fight. He didn't know how to fight any differently. We worked on getting him to fight inside, not just to go in there throwing punches. He needed defense to create offense. He's done that perfectly in his last few fights and I've been impressed by his defense. He's knocking people out now. He's never going to be a power puncher, but he's punching harder and sitting down on his punches. He's a tough kid who sacrifices whatever I take to do it. I love working with him and Edwin.
"It's very important that there down here together. One feeds off of the other. If Edwin is having a down day, Danny picks him up, and vice-versa."
The journey doesn't end for Rodriguez or O'Connor until they reach their dreams of capturing a world title. Shields has both of them headed in the right direction and not too far away from achieving their goals. They've almost come full circle.
"Road to Glory" is the highly anticipated HBO Boxing After Dark tripleheader, featuring some of the brightest young fighters in all of boxing looking to continue on their paths toward their respective world championships. The card will take place on Saturday, September 29, at MGM Grand at Foxwoods. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased through the Foxwoods box office by calling 1 (800) 200-2882. Tickets are priced at $45, $75, $100 and $200.
Written by The Sweet Science
Wednesday, 19 September 2012 19:10
GOLDEN BOY PROMOTIONS AND FANTASY SPRINGS ANNOUNCE
MICKY WARD AND DICKY EKLUND AS VIP GUESTS AT
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 29 TELEFUTURA
TELEVISED BOXING EVENT
September 19, 2012 - INDIO, CA -"Irish" Micky Ward, the beloved retired junior welterweight boxer from Lowell, Massachusetts will greet fans along with his half-brother and former trainer Dicky Eklund at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif. prior to the September 29 edition of TeleFutura's "Solo Boxeo Tecate." The event co-features former World Champion Julio "The Kidd" Diaz of Coachella facing Puerto Rico's Hector Sanchez and Andrew "Chango" Cancio squaring off against veteran contender Roger "Speedy" Gonzalez.
Ward, a blue collar athlete who overcame many obstacles in life and prevailed through determination and hard work, is regarded as a working class hero. He was a fan favorite known for his devastating left hook to the body and his ability to withstand punishment while waiting to land his trademark shot.
Ward and Eklund will bewill be on hand to meet fans, sign autographs and take pictures from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. inside the Fantasy Springs Special Events Center. The meet and greet is open to the public with the purchase of a ticket to the September 29 event.
The brothers were the subject of the 2010 movie "The Fighter" which recounted Ward's climb to fame. Ward was played by actor Mark Wahlberg and Christian Bale, who captured an Oscar for his portrayal, played Eklund.
Eklund is a former three-time golden gloves champion with over 190 victories as an amateur. He faced Sugar Ray Leonard in a professional bout televised by HBO in 1978.
Diaz vs. Sanchez and Cancio vs. Gonzalez are presented by Golden Boy Promotions and sponsored by Cerveza Tecate. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. PT on fight night and the first bell rings at 7:00 p.m. PT. The TeleFutura broadcast begins at midnight ET/11:00 p.m. PT.
Tickets, priced at $25, $35 and $45, are on sale now and available for purchase at the Fantasy Springs Box Office, by calling (800) 827-2946 or online at www.fantasyspringsresort.com.
Written by The Sweet Science
Wednesday, 19 September 2012 16:03
NEW YORK (Sept. 19, 2012) – Four promising, talented super bantamweights with a combined record of 62-1-1 will share the spotlight in important fights this Friday, Sept. 21, on ShoBox: The New Generation live on SHOWTIME® (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) from Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, Calif.
One of the three unbeatens on the telecast, Colombia’s world-ranked Jonathan Romero (21-0, 12 KOs) will seek his 22nd consecutive victory when he meets Efrain Esquivias Jr. (16-1, 9 KOs), of Gardena, Calif., for the No. 2 ranking in the IBF and the WBC Latino championship in the 10-round main event.
The opening bout of the telecast will match Roman Morales (12-0, 6 KOs), of San Ardo, Calif., and Jonathan Arellano (13-0-1, 3 KOs), of Ontario, Calif., in an eight-round match.
ShoBox expert analyst and boxing historian Steve Farhood weighed-in on the event:
“This is a classic ShoBox card with two good matchups featuring fighters in the same division,”. “The 122-pound division is very strong overall, and it is also a very strong division for young prospects. Let’s see where these guys fit in.
“Romero scored an upset win over Chris Avalos last December on ShoBox and will be looking to continue to build off that. Romero is a boxer-puncher so it’ll be interesting to see how he does against Esquivias, who’ll be in his face all night.
“Morales is back on ShoBox after an impressive debut in July. He was a good amateur and seems to be progressing as a pro, but he’s matched against a very good boxer who’s also undefeated.’’
Tickets for the Gary Shaw Productions event, priced at $35, $45, $55, $70 and $85, are on sale and can be purchased at Chumash Resort Casino Box office or online at www.startickets.com.
The 5-foot-9, 25-year-old Romero is making his third start in a row in the United States, and fourth overall. In 2008, he won the Colombian National Amateur Championship at 119 pounds and represented his country in the Olympics. He turned pro in May 2009.
In an action packed slugfest two outings ago, he rebounded from an opening-round knockdown to win a questionable 10-round split decision over former contender, Avalos, last Dec. 2 on ShoBox at Chumash. He got a narrow decision by the scores of 96-93, 95-94 and 94-95.
Romero earned a lopsided eight-round decision over Adolfo Landeros in his most recent effort, this past May 11, where he fractured his left thumb. This is the first fight back for a solid up-and comer ranked No. 5 in the IBF and WBO and No. 9 in the WBA.
Romero is expecting a rough go Friday. "I've seen Esquivias fight,’’ he said. “He's a tough guy who’s going to be right in front of you, putting pressure on you. That's what we're preparing for, and we're going to be ready for it. I'm going to have the same approach I had against Avalos. I'm going to box, not stand right in front of him. If we have to adjust, we'll adjust."
Regarding the spelling of his first name, he said, “My name is spelled j-o-n-a-t-h-a-n.”
Esquivias, who is ranked 12th in the IBF, has also fought Landeros and Ramos. Like Romero, he won an eight-round decision over Landeros. But unlike Romero, he came up on the wrong end of a close decision to Ramos, losing a split 10-round nod in a spirited and competitive affair on June 23, 2012.
He’ll be looking to rebound in this one. “I'm aggressive but at the same time, smart,’’ the 5-foot-4, 29-year-old, five-year-pro said. “I’m a boxer-puncher. I can switch up. I can box, I can brawl. It depends on the opponent. I like to keep a hard pace, though, and entertain the fans. We know this is a tough fight, but this is a fight that can get me a world ranking and back in contention.’’
The ambidextrous Esquivias gets great sparring; he’s been in camps with WBC champs Abner Mares (Super Bantamweight) and Ponce De Leon (Featherweight), and former two-division world titleholder Jorge Linares.
After a mediocre amateur career, Esquivias went pro in September 2007. Although being at a height disadvantage in the division, he has stayed active and continues to make good progress despite the close loss to Ramos.
"I’ve had a little over 100 amateur fights,’’ Esquivias said. “I started off pretty bad and didn't have many wins. But I took every fight as a learning experience, and I fought the best. I knew I could do better. I never gave up, and I kept learning something new off every loss. I won the National Golden Gloves in 2006 and I went pro, and I said, ‘I'll never lose again.’
"As of right now, I'm fully focused on fighting full-time. I was going to college, but I couldn't concentrate after I lost my father. All I was thinking about was making a promise that I made to him come true: to be a world champ. That's all that was on my mind, to train and make it happen. So I dedicated myself full-time to boxing. I've got a lot of weight to carry, and I'm working hard to make this dream come true."
The aggressive, switch-hitting Morales is making his second start on ShoBox at Chumash and seventh overall at Chumash since he went pro in February 2011. The good-looking youngster is fighting for the fifth time this year after fighting eight times in 2011.
Morales showed promise in his ShoBox debut, winning a crowd-pleasing, hard-fought but dominant eight-round decision over the Roger Mayweather-trained Alexis Santiago last July 20. Going eight rounds for the first time, Morales registered a knockdown in the third and combined a steady body attack with a big edge in power punching to outpoint Santiago by 80-71 on the three judges’ scorecards.
"I've been training really hard for this fight,’’ said the 5-foot-7, 23-year-old Morales, a former amateur standout and 2010 U.S. National Champion at 119 pounds who is coming off an eight-round unanimous decision victory over Jonathan Alcantara on Aug 24.
“I just had a fight about two weeks ago and took maybe three or four days off. I still train at the San Ardo Boxing Gym at home, but I also trained in San Carlos, Calif. I was there sparring with Nonito Donaire. There are a couple local fighters in the Fresno area but mostly I travel. I go to Oxnard and Maywood (both destinations, one way, are several hours away).’
Morales is familiar with Arellano. “I know he's kind of slick and moves around,’’ he said. “He's a boxer – hit and move. I plan is to push ahead and put the pressure on him. I like to use good power and speed and move a lot. I keep my hands up and move forward – nothing sloppy."
Arellano is trained by Henry Ramirez with an assist from Danny Zamora. A stablemate of Josesito Lopez and Chris Arreola, he’s won nine in a row since a four-round draw in March 2010, and is coming off an eight-round unanimous decision over Jose Beranza last June 22.
"I've had a good eight weeks to prepare,’’ he said. “I took a couple of weeks off after my last fight and just relaxed. I took some time off for my birthday, so I was able to enjoy that. It was the first time I wasn't in training camp or preparing for a fight in a long time. I got back in the gym, and that's when I found out we were on SHOWTIME.”
Regarding his style and goals, the 5-foot-6, 25-year-old Arellano said, “I'm more of a boxer-puncher. I've definitely gotten much smarter, just through experience in the ring. I’m being more calm and collected instead of being ruthless and reckless. In boxing, everyone has a reason why they do the sport. Growing up as an amateur, it's fun. You have dreams and goals. But being a pro is a little different. I feel I'm fighting for completely different reasons now. I feel I'm not fighting just for myself. As much as those dreams and goals are still intact, now I'm fighting for my family. It's more serious.
“At times when I'm in the ring, I feel like I have a complete advantage, I feel I fight for different reasons. If I'm in the ring and the guy is fighting for the same reason I am – he has a family and kids -- the fights become brutal. Those are the fights that are tougher. I'm going to go in there on Friday and give it all I've got."
This will be the toughest test for a slick boxer-puncher with good movement who has fought just 25 amateur fights.
Barry Tompkins will call the action from ringside with Farhood as analyst. The executive producer is Gordon Hall with Richard Gaughan producing and Rick Phillips directing.