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Caleb Plant Drops & Defeats Colombia's Juan De Angel
BETHLEHEM, PA. (August 23, 2016) - Undefeated Caleb "Sweet Hands" Plant (14-0, 10 KOs) dropped and dominated Colombia's Juan De Angel (18-5-1, 17 KOs) on his way to a unanimous decision victory Tuesday night in the main event of Premier Boxing Champions TOE-TO-TOE TUESDAYS on FS1 and BOXEO DE CAMPEONES on FOX Deportes from Sands Bethlehem Events Center in Bethlehem, Pa.

The Nashville-native was able to keep his perfect record intact and was in control from start to finish of his first 10-round bout. Plant was patient in the early rounds, looking to find the distance against his power-punching opponent.
 
Plant's offense began to break through in round three and in round four he caught De Angel lingering in the pocket and dropped him with a left hook. De Angel got to his feet but was never able to get his own offense going and spent much of the night trying to tie up the more aggressive Plant.
 
In the ninth round, a clash of heads caused a temporary halt in the action and saw Plant emerge with a cut on his head. Plant was able to battle through and and kept his momentum going throughout the remainder of the fight.
 
Plant was twice as accurate as De Angel and landed 30 percent of his punches compared to 15 percent from De Angel. The judges saw the bout the same and all scored it 100-89 after 10-rounds of super middleweight action.
 
The co-main event of the night saw a pair of Washington, D.C. welterweights do battle as David Grayton (15-1, 11 KOs) earned a victory over previously unbeaten Kareem Martin (8-1-1, 3 KOs) via a stoppage in the eighth and final round.
 
The southpaw Grayton pressed forward early and often, looking to disrupt Martin and keep him uncomfortable. Martin was sharp early on, especially with right hand counters. He was the more accurate fighter over the first three rounds, but the experience of Grayton began to take over.
 
As the fight went on, Grayton's attack gained effectiveness and Martin appeared to wear down from the constant pace. Grayton out threw Martin 537 to 308 and landed 172 punches to Martin's 106.
 
Grayton took control of the fight in the sixth round, hurting Martin early with a blistering body attack and rocked him late in the round with crisp uppercuts. By round eight, Martin had faded and Grayton sensed his moment. A left hand to the body dropped Martin early, and while he beat the count, Grayton quickly pounced and delivered a flurry that caused referee Benjy Esteves Jr. to stop the fight 41 seconds into the round.
 
Two-time Ecuadorian Olympian Carlos Gongora (6-0, 5 KOs)started the telecast off with an impressive first round stoppage of previously unbeaten Ronald Mixon (7-1, 6 KOs) in their light heavyweight clash.
 
Gongora wasted little time, feinting a right hook and following with a thudding overhand left that put Mixon on the mat immediately. The knockdown prompted referee Gary Rosato to wave off the count and stop the bout 1:16 into the first round.

 

 

 

 

 

Hardy and Vincent steal the show in Coney Island- Spence shows why he is “The Truth”

By: Daxx Khan - BillyCBoxing.com


Sunday afternoon at the Ford Amphitheater in Coney Island, New York, DiBella Entertainment provided fans an exciting edition of PBC on NBC. The card was headlined by an IBF welterweight title eliminator between undefeated welterweight Errol Spence and veteran Leonard Bundu.


Early on Bundu using a combination of awkwardness and movement, had success with his left troubling Spence slightly. Whether it was a lack of power behind the punches of Bundu or sheer determination by Spence, the success was short lived.


Once Spence found his range, Bundu became target practice for Errol’s jab and could not escape its accuracy. In the sixth Spence landed a short crisp hook to the body that put Bundu on the mat, incorrectly called a slip by referee Johnny Callas. The incorrect call mattered none as Spence jumped on Bundu immediately closing the show at 2:06 of the round.


In his post-fight interview when asked about his potential match up against IBF title holder Kell Brook, Spence replied.


"I want to fight for a title next. I would want to fight Kell Brook, but if he doesn't go down in weight, he vacates or is stripped, I don't care, I just want to fight for the belt."


In only his second career defeat Leonard Bundu drops to 33-2-2 (12), Errol Spence now stands at 21-0 (18).


In an exciting back and forth grudge match Heather Hardy and Shelly Vincent met for the vacant WBC International female featherweight title. It was a fight two years in the making and worth the wait as neither lady gave an inch nor was there a single lull in the action.


The crowd on hand and on TV were treated to a genuinely entertaining encounter as both fighters brought their “A Game”, mixing it up in a variety of ways. We saw infighting, counters, defense, footwork, volume and most of all what every fight fan wants to see.


Heart and desire to win convincingly leaving no question they gave it their all!


If there was an advantage for either it was Heathers jab, when not trading inside with Vincent, it allowed her to score points on the outside. Shelly despite continuous pressure abandoned her jab when working her way in close, using head movement instead to avoid the offense of Hardy. That tactic even when effective was costly on the judges’ scorecards. According to official punch stats Vincent did not land a single jab in rounds two, four, six or eight, despite landing meaningful combinations in close.


At the end of the night Heather Hardy based off her jab, was able to impress two of the three officials enough to earn a majority decision. The official scores read 99-91, 97-93 and 95-95.


If Vincent had worked the jab more might have created a different outcome, it was a close fight where neither clearly dominated at any point. I scored the bout 96-94 in favor of Heather Hardy based off the jab connect difference, the 99-91 score was completely biased and cannot be justified.


Heather Hardy with the hard fought win improved to 18-0 (4), Shelly Vincent in her first defeat now stands at 18-1 (1).


In their post-fight interviews this is what both had to say:


Heather Hardy- "It was a great fight, I don’t understand Shelly but I have respect for her, without her this fight could not have happened. There is a sea of female talent out there more than just Heather Hardy and Shelly Vincent, I hope they get their opportunity."


Shelly Vincent- "The scores were all over the place, I landed the harder shots and was pushing her backwards. We are in NY, people warned me let’s do it again in Providence."


In Undercard action-
Featherweight Claudio Marrero improved to 21-1 (15) after stopping an out gunned Luis Hinojosa at 2:55 seconds of the fourth round. Luis Hinojosa now stands at 28-10 (17).


Welterweight Julian Sosa improved his record to 6-0-1 (2) after outpointing Rene Marquez by scores of 59-55 twice and 58-55, Rene Marquez drops to 5-3 (2).


Cruiserweight Joseph Williams out of Queens NY, improved to 10-0 (7) after giving Kansas hopeful Chris Harris a one-sided boxing lesson, scores read 60-54 across the board. Chris Harris in his first loss now has a record of 2-1-2 (2).


Super Welterweight Chordale Booker improved to 3-0 (2) shutting out a game Brandon Philips Black 1-2 (0) with scores of 40-35 on all three judge’s cards.


In an unexpectedly entertaining fight, unknown lightweights Abraham Nova and Wilfredo Garriga provided six rounds of nonstop action. They would trade knockdowns with Nova going down in the second and Garriga the third.


At any point when would land a solid punch the other returned fire with equal or greater intensity. The final scores read 56-56 and 57-55 twice in favor of Nova who won by Majority decision.


Abraham Nova improved to 2-0 (1), Wilfredo Garriga now stands at 3-3-1 (2).
 

 

 

 

Olympic Boxing, Pro Career Path and Boxing Legacy A Matter of Choice!
By: Coach "K" - BillyCBoxing.com


This past Saturday, at the Olympic games in Rio was the first United States vs Cuba Olympic Gold Medal bout since Philadelphia light middleweight David "American Dream" Reid knocked out Cuban Alfredo Duvergel in the final round of the 1996 games in Atlanta. this time around, long over do for the US, Newark, New Jersey's highly touted bantamweight Shakur Stevenson was forced to settle for Silver Saturday losing a split decision to Cuba’s Robeisy Ramirez.

The smaller but more experienced, 22 year old, Ramirez giving away a significant advantage in height and reach started and remained the aggressor from the opening sound to the final bell putting the 19 year old Stevenson in reverse and at times in the amateur and pro boxing forbidden zone on the ropes. Fighting in a much more pro style Ramirez staying behind a high guard, bobbed and weaved his way inside and around Stevenson's usually accurate jabs catching a surprised and possibly over confident Stevenson rapid combinations landing cleanly several times to take the opening frame.

In round two, the battle of southpaws would see Stevenson giving away his optimum jabbing range meet the quicker, tighter Ramirez in close allowing the aggressive Cuban to continue out work him.  The physically talented Newark prodigy would battle back late in the closing seconds scoring enough clean shots of his own including a couple of solid uppercuts enabling him to close and capture round two.

The fight even going into round three, saw Ramirez a Gold Medalist as a flyweight at the 2012 games in London display a profound sense of confidence and a superior workrate, out throwing and out landing Stevenson who having not fought in the semifinal round because his Russian opponent Vladimir Nikitin, was forced to withdraw because of injuries sustained in the quarter finals may have allowed the more experienced and determined Cuban to gain and maintain a razor's edge in the round and the fight for a well fought split decision win.

After being served his first loss in 26 international fights, an emotional Stevenson taking a Silver Medal, the best result for an American male boxer since Andre Ward won a Gold Medal in 2004, openly shaken fighter regrouped and remained positive while admitting that Ramirez had won the fight saying “Hopefully they will allow Cuba to go to the pros in America because I definitely want to fight him again, I promise it’s going to be a different story.’’

The fight fought and all the hullabaloo about Floyd Mayweather's scouting of the Olympics over the question remains where and what will Stevenson or for that fact Ramirezdo or go now. With the new political grounds open with Cuba and some conflicting responses from Stevenson about turning pro one has to wonder which path will the "potential" stars take? Will it be one a 1996 Featherweight Bronze Medal winner Floyd "Money" Mayweather or that of a 1992 Lightweight Gold Medalist Oscar "Golden Boy" De La Hoya.

With both De La Hoya and Mayweather coming off impressive amateur careers highlighted by medal wins and both turning pro right out of their respective Olympic games co-incidentally starting and divorcing their pro careers from the same original promoter (Bob Arum) it would be De La Hoya that would fight the tougher, more timely competition.

While the still "unbeaten" Mayweather is seen by many millennial TMZ modeled fans as a "Master of the Sweet Science" while simultaneously being described by many other pundits as a dodger and picker due one way pre-fight negotiations and safe opponent selection its there where the De La Hoya and Mayweather career paths diverge.

The contrast starts with their first pro fights. De La Hoya started his pro career stopping a then 5-1-1 Lamar Williams in one round while Mayweather began his pro run facing off against another debuting fighter Roberto Apodaca.

De La Hoya, compiling a record of  39-6, 30Ko's, winning eight world titles in six weight divisions battling the likes of Troy Dorsey, Jorge Paez, John John Molina, Rafael Ruelas, Jesse James Leija, Julio Cesar Chavez (twice), Miguel Angel Gonzalez (unbeaten 41-0), Pernell Whitaker, Hector Camacho, Wilfredo Rivera, Ike Quartey, Oba Carr, Arturo Gatti, Javier Castillejo, Fernando Vargas, Yory Boy Campas, Felix Sturm (unbeaten 20-0), Ricardo Mayorga, Floyd himself (unbeaten 37-0) and Steve Forbes its the prime challenges of unbeatens, Giorgio Campanella (unbeaten 20-0), Genero Hernandez (unbeaten 30-0-1), Felix Trinidad, Shane Mosley (twice) or moving up to fight Bernard Hopkins at middleweight and a long time Floyd avoided prime Manny Pacquiao that makes the "Golden Boy" stand out.

It would take De La Hoya 12 fights and just over 2 years against a combined opposition record of 182-53-18, including a win over Floyds uncle Jeff Mayweather to win his first title stopping unbeaten WBO Super Featherweight Champion Jimmi Bredahl (16-0) in ten rounds.

In comparison Mayweather fighting against an combined opposition record of 206-107-13 would win his first title in his eighteenth fight over about the same time but coming beating Genero Hernandez, a fighter De La Hoya had beaten three years earlier in his nineteenth fight. The key here though is Mayweather would not go on and face "The Golden Boy" until nine years later well past his prime.

It is that avoidance and careful selection of opponents taking on declining fighters and "retiring" in 2008 to avoid the talent laden hot and heavy action that exposes his true colors together with his surgically protective career modus operandi selection of Andre Berto for his Rocky Marciano record tying 49th opponent that secures the picking claim.

Sure the so called self proclaimed "Best Ever" Mayweather, 49-0, 26Ko's has made more money, but I'm not sure where that stands in the equation. It's when you consider Mayweather's total package including wins over Louie Leija (the cousin of De La Hoya opponent, World Champion Jesse James Leija, Genaro Hernandez who De La Hoya already beat three years earlier, a beaten Arturo Gatti who Mayweather would face after his 5th round TKO loss to De La Hoya and three wars with Mickey Ward at the same time avoiding a fading Julio Cesar Chavez who just beat Ivan Robinson who just defeated Gatti in back to back fights the wins over Diego Corrales and Jose Luis Castillo (twice) just don't make the case.

Of course there is Carlos Baldomir and Zab Judah (after he lost to Baldomir), a well worn Oscar De La Hoya, Ricky Hatton, Juan Manuel Marquez (fought refusing to make his own negotiated catchweight) and the at least five years too late fights against Shane Mosley, Miguel Cotto and Manny Pacquiao but when you add a fight against "Viscious" Victor ortiz (LOL) that the fan wanted fights avoided against say Ricardo Torres, Kendall Holt, Joel Casamayor, Juan Diaz, David Diaz, Cory Spinks, Vernon Forrest, Ike Quartey, Verno Phillips, Sergio Gabriel Martinez, Paul Williams, Antonio Margarito, Kermit Cintron, Joshua Clottey, Oktay Urkal, Amir Khan Kostya Tszyu and the lack of a career defining fight that casts a huge shadow over "Moneys" zero.

While we currently are witnessing the shameful WWE styled matching of fighters today, highlighted by the sad case of WBC Light Heavyweight Champions Adonis Stevenson's ducking and dodging of WBA, IBF and WBO World Light Heavyweight Sergey Kovalev while blue collar, old school fighters up and coming fighters like Joe Smith Jr. taking their chances challenging themselves and fighting their way up the ladder are avoided and shelved you can't help but recall Mayweather's long time evasion of Manny Pacquiao who while being four years "Money May's" senior De La Hoya fought eight years earlier.

While I see plenty of talent in both young Olympic stars, Ramirez and Stevenson, the question is which styled path will best allow them to meet and test their full potential? Which road will they chose? Will it be Oscar's challenging "Golden One" or Mayweather's paid to play money making "Yellow Brick Road".

When it comes to young talented fighters like Ramirez, Stevenson and the futures of female Olympians Katie Taylor or Clarissa Shields of course it's their future and their choice. By all means I do understand its also about making money. That's understood, but with that comes a personal choice between a potentially more lucrative, no risk, high reward, protect the zero Mayweather path of facing high profile broken down or lower division climbing names or the personal and professional challenging path of a true tradesman like Oscar De La Hoya who combining the two constantly facing incrementally increasing progressive and challenging opposition, like the "Golden Boy" along with professional and self satisfaction you can earn your fair share of financial reward.

After examining both paths along side that of Manny Pacquiao's its not just who you fought, but when and where did they come from. That said, I believe when it comes to their records and competition comparison that boxing historians will place both Oscar De La Hoya and Manny Pacquiao above the "money maker." Only time will tell, who which will search to fill their full potential or take the easy way out.

 

 

 

 

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JARRELL “BIG BABY” MILLER TOPS FRED KASSI

Mason Menard KOs Bahomir Mamadjonov, Antonio Nieves and Alejandro Santiago Fight To A Split Draw & Bakhtiyar Eyubov Wins By Split Decision Against Karim Mayfield
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (Aug. 20, 2016) – Undefeated heavyweight prospect Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller won by third-round TKO over veteran Fred Kassi in the ShoBox: The New Generation main event, Friday, live on SHOWTIME from Rhinos Stadium in Rochester, N.Y.

Following a cagey first round that favored Kassi (18-5-1, 10 KOs), Brooklynite Miller (18-0-1, 16 KOs), turned up the body work and pressure in rounds two and three. After landing 36-of-57 power shots in the third and racking up 30 connects to the body, Kassi retired on the stool between rounds, citing a hand injury. Miller landed an impressive 57 percent of his power shots for the fight and limited Kassi to 22 percent of his hooks, crosses and uppercuts.  

Kassi said after the fight that his right hand was injured in the second and pushed through the pain for one more round before giving in.  

The 6-foot-4, Miller viciously attacked the body and delivered some big rights and combinations. Kassi had some moments where he out-boxed his opponent, but Miller’s power and size—a possible 50+-pound advantage—was the deciding factor. With this victory, “Big Baby” ups his winning streak to 14 straight.  

“I knew it would take some time to get going tonight.  I was thinking maybe three or four rounds to warm up and get going.  But in the second round, I got my wind and I knew I hurt him,” said Miller, who is ranked among the top 10 heavyweights in three of the four sanctioning bodies. “My legs came alive and I touched his body and his head.  I knew I was going to get the stoppage.   

“I think he could have continued, though.  He just didn’t want to.  That’s why I take my hat off to Deontay Wilder.  I still want to break his jaw, but he finished his fight with a broken hand.  That’s what champions do.  Kassi didn’t want to continue.   

“Let’s talk about all these heavyweights.  Tyson Fury, he doesn’t want this work.  He’s always complaining.  He’s always sick or something.  I don’t know what’s wrong with him.  Wilder, every five minutes he breaks another finger.  Look, it’s just a matter of time before these guys are going to have to put up or shut up.  Anthony Joshua, that’s going to be a mega fight.  I am just begging for him to call my name.”   

Kassi said, “I must have hurt my hand in the first round because in the second, every time I hit him I felt a shock.  I wanted to keep going but he’s a big guy and I couldn’t use my hand.  When you fight a guy that is 50 pounds heavier than you are, you need all the weapons.”  

In the co-main event, promising Louisiana lightweight “Rock Hard Mighty” Mason Menard scored a brutal knockout at 2:26 of the ninth-round over battled-tested Bahodir Mamadjonov, winning the WBO NABO Lightweight belt.

Both Menard and Mamadjonov were facing their most dangerous foe to date. Mamadjonov (18-3, 11 KOs), showed great ring generalship successfully keeping Menard's output down for the first six rounds, but Menard (32-1, 24 KOs) dramatically turned the fight around with body shots that produced two knockdowns in the seventh. A slow eighth-round followed but the ninth brought another series of power shots leading to the third and final knockdown, prompting referee Steve Smoger to intervene and halt the contest.

At the time of the stoppage Menard, who out-landed Mamadjonov 10-0 in the bout's final 26 seconds, was ahead by two points on two scorecards and four points on the third.

“I feel great, but it was a B-level performance from me,” said Menard who is coming from a knockout-of-the-year candidate, “I could have done better. My opponent was an awkward fighter and we got him with two weeks’ notice. I knew if I kept putting the pressure, slowly he would fade and I would take him out in the later rounds and that’s exactly how it happened. He was hurting to the body. I knew after the first couple rounds he was breathing really heavy, so the game plan was to start touching him to the body. It was affecting him greatly. I’m definitely excited to get my second SHOWTIME knockout and I got some rounds under my belt. It’s been years since I went that many rounds, so it was good to know I can go that long and still finish strong.”

“I don’t really know what went wrong,” said Mamadjonov, who is known for his high boxing IQ. “It was short notice and I think I lost too much weight. I didn’t feel his punches, but he caught me with some good body shots. I was fighting evenly with him until the weight loss caught up to me and I got tired. I feel ok now. I’m good. I am disappointed but I’m fine. I’ll be back.”

NABO Bantamweight Champion Antonio Nieves, of Cleveland, Ohio and Tijuana’s Alejandro Santiago battled to a 10-round split draw (96-94 Nieves, 96-94 Santiago and 95-95) in the second fight of the ShoBox quadrupleheader.

Nieves, (16-0-2, 8 KOs), remains undefeated, but Santiago’s (11-2-2, 3 KOs) boxing ability clearly caught him off guard. The first five rounds featured brisk long-range boxing that was incredibly even.  Santiago, a late-sub for Nikolay Potapov, appeared to pull away in rounds 6-10 as he out-landed Nieves 129-86 overall and 100-61 in power punches.

Winning the late rounds was not enough for Santiago, who was stepping up in weight and opposition. Judge Don Ackerman had Nieves ahead 96-94 while Eric Marlinski had it 96-94 for Santiago. Pasquale Procopio's 95-95 card proved pivotal. Given Santiago's second-half surge, the Mexican visitor was unlucky not to get the win.

“I thought it was close, but I think I pulled it out,” said Nieves. “I should have gotten the victory by maybe one or two points. But the judges see what they saw, you know? I do not feel I put on the impressive performance I was hoping to. I wasn’t at my best.  He (Santiago) was a little awkward and my right hand was hurting a little bit, but I really don’t know why I wasn’t letting my hands go like I usually do. I learned I have to stick to my game plan and keep using my jab. I didn’t use it like I usually do. I need to just do what I do and not worry about what my opponent is doing. I don’t think nerves had anything to do with it, even though it was the biggest fight of my career. I was just letting him get off first. I should have followed my game plan, rather than react to what he was doing. I give myself a C for my performance tonight.”

Santiago, who came as a late replacement and was clearly the underdog, also felt he won the fight.

“It was close, but I think I won the fight. I was always sure I’d beat him and I did. I landed more punches,” said Santiago. “I thought Nieves would be stronger than he was in there. I usually fight at super flyweight. I was coming up in weight to do this. It was an opportunity to open more doors for me and I took it. And I think that’s what I did tonight.”

In the opening bout of the telecast, undefeated welterweight Bakhtiyar Eyubov of Brooklyn, N.Y., by way of Kazakhstan won a close 10-round split decision—that could have gone either way—against veteran Karim Mayfield of San Francisco, Calif. (95-94 twice for Eyubov and 95-94 for Mayfield).

Eyubov (11-0, 10 KOs), who had never been past the third round, was taken to uncharted waters by the more experienced Mayfield (19-4-1, 11 KOs). Mayfield extended Eyubov far longer than any other opponent and despite out-landing the adoptive Brooklynite in each of the final four rounds (110-80 overall and 87-66 power) Eyubov escaped with a split decision.  It was a learning victory for Eyubov and a disheartening loss for Mayfield, who averaged 69 punches per round to Eyubov's 52.

“I felt it was close, but I did everything I wanted to do and I feel I won nearly every round,” said Eyubov. “I was surprised by Mayfield, especially how hard his head is. He is a real man. My lip is a little swollen but that’s because of headbutts. Mayfield fought dirty in there.  But I’m happy with the decision. I learned that I can go 10 rounds if I have to. I could go 12. I was still strong at the end of the fight.

Mayfield, who was clearly disappointed with the result, felt he won the fight.

“It was a good fight and he’s a tough fighter for sure, but I landed the harder shots and kept active. He was a tough guy, don’t get me wrong, but I certainly won that fight,” said Mayfield. “I feel I performed well. There’s always more work you can do, but for the most part I feel I did good. People thought for some odd reason the fight wouldn’t even go the distance, which is ludicrous. I won the fight though. It was part of my game plan to frustrate him and I feel I did that. I executed my plan well. Of course, there was more I could have done. I could have thrown more punches, but I did well. They made it seem like he punched like hell, but I guess all punches feel hard to me, so if you’re a hard puncher or a light puncher, it’s still a punch and I don’t want to get punched. I got hit but I was never stunned or anything like that.

“I would love a rematch.”

Eyubov responded, “I don’t know if I would fight him again. I will think about it.”

 

 

 

 

WILLIE MONROE, JR. TO FACE GABRIEL ROSADO IN CROSSROADS SHOWDOWN AS THE CO-MAIN EVENT TO CANELO VS. SMITH ON SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 17
LOS ANGELES  - As fans from around the world get ready to descend on the home of the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas for the world championship showdown between former two-division world champion and Mexican superstar Canelo Alvarez (47-1-1, 33 KOs) and current WBO Junior Middleweight World Champion, Liam "Beefy" Smith (23-0-1,13 KOs), Golden Boy Promotions today announced the Saturday, September 17 event will also feature three non-stop action fights as part of the HBO Pay-Per-View telecast beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT.

Former world title challenger Willie "El Mongoose" Monroe, Jr.  (20-2, 6 KO's ) of Rochester, N.Y. will take on blood-and-guts contender, "King" Gabriel Rosado (23-9, 13 KO's, 1 NC) of Philadelphia, in a 12-round, middleweight bout as the co-main event to Canelo vs. Smith. The sure-fire action fight features two of boxing's most resilient fighters who have taken on the top fighters in the division on their rise to stardom, garnering praise and respect from boxing fans. With a final run up the middleweight ladder at stake for the winner, this 50/50 fight will feature non-stop action and two warriors desperate for a win.  

"I am happy to be back in championship contention," said Willie Monroe, Jr. "Gabriel Rosado is a warrior and this should make a for a great fight. I am looking forward to this opportunity. It is a big venue, but I don't care if I am fighting in front of 200 people or 2 million people. I am always focused and I plan to put on a great performance on September 17."   

"I'm excited for the opportunity to perform at AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys," said Gabriel Rosado. "Fernando Vargas, my trainer and I are on a winning streak and getting better as we continue to work together. We have all the confidence we'll be victorious on September 17. Training camp is going great; despite the change in opponent, we still continue to maintain our focus. Willie Monroe, Jr. is a southpaw as well so the game plan doesn't change much. He's in my way of me gaining a world title so I'm working harder than ever before to get that chance again. This is going to be a great fight for all the fans, I know I am coming in with everything I got and I know Willie Monroe, Jr. will do the same. I would like to thank Golden Boy Promotions, AT&T Stadium, and HBO for having me part of such a big event, I promise all boxing fans, this is the fight to watch on September 17."

Canelo vs. Smith, a 12-round fight for the WBO Junior Middleweight World Championship, is promoted by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Frank Warren and Canelo Promotions. Gabriel Rosado vs. Willie Monroe, Jr. is presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Banner Promotions and Diego De La Hoya vs. Luis Orlando Del Valle is presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Roc Nation Sports. The event is sponsored by "Tecate, BORN BOLD," O'Reilly's Auto Parts, Adriana's Insurance and Casa Mexico Tequila and will take place on Saturday, September 17 at AT&T Stadium, doors open at 2:30 p.m. CT. and will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT.

Willie began boxing at the age of six and comes from an acclaimed boxing family, which includes his father, Willie "The Body Rock" Monroe, who fought for the USBA and NABF titles at middleweight and super middleweight; his great uncle Willie "The Worm" Monroe (39-10-1) who was considered one of the best Middleweights of the 1970's and holds a win over the great Marvin Hagler; his cousin Marcus Hall (6-6-1), and his late grandfather, Lee Monroe, a distinguished amateur in his fighting days. Willie had a distinguished amateur career, as well, which saw him go 128-14. He was a three-time national champion and won countless regional and state championships. He was a 2-time Empire State Games champion and 4-time State Golden Gloves champion. He lost in the quarterfinals of the 2008 Olympic trials to former IBF Welterweight champion Shawn Porter. Willie's big breakthrough was winning the 2014 Boxcino Middleweight tournament on ESPN's Friday Night Fights. Willie then took a ten-round unanimous decision win over perennial contender Bryan Vera on January 16, 2015 from Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, New York. With this impressive run of victories, Willie earned an opportunity to fight for the WBA Middleweight title of the world. On May 16, 2015, Willie took on WBA/Interim WBC Middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin in a bout that headlined HBO Championship Boxing at The Forum in Inglewood, California. In his last bout on June 11, 2016, Willie scored two knockdowns and went on to win an impressive ten-round unanimous decision over 2015 Boxcino Junior Middleweight Champion John Thompson. The bout took place at the Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, New York.

Since making his film debut in last year's Creed, the latest installment of the internationally recognized Rocky franchise, "King" Gabe Rosado is fresh off of an exciting victory over Joshua "Grand Master" Clottey this past December 2015 and an exciting decision victory over Antonio "Tony" Gutierrez on the undercard of Fight of the Year contender Vargas vs. Salido on June 4. Rosado has established himself as one of the most entertaining fighters to watch in the sport taking on some of the toughest and elite fighters in the middleweight division. The epitome of Philadelphia toughness, Rosado has been battling the best for over a decade, including Gennady "GGG" Golovkin, David Lemieux, Peter "Kid Chocolate" Quillin, Jesus Soto "Renuente" Karass, Alfredo "Perro" Angulo, Kassim "The Dream" Ouma and Jermell "Iron Man" Charlo. But this September, the stage is all his, and he expects to leave Texas with a victory under his belt when he takes on Willie Monroe, Jr.
 

 

 

 

WBC HEAVYWEIGHT DIVISION STATUS
On May 15, 2016, the WBC granted Champion Deontay Wilder the right to make a voluntary defense of his World Title, which took place on July 16, 2016.  In connection with that defense, Champion Wilder injured his right hand and arm, injuries that required surgery. As a result of his injuries and surgeries, Champion Wilder is expected to be inactive until some time in 2017.

Deontay Wilder is comfirmed as WBC heavyweight champion and will have the time to recover from his multiple injuries and surgeries. Wilder will retain his rights as champion, including the 70% advantage in case his mandatory bout needs to go to purse bid process, once he returns to action.

An interim championship is ordered between the two highest available contenders, No. 1 Alexander Povetkin and No. 2 Bermane Stiverne.

The free negotiations period begins today and if there is no agreement, a purse bid will be conducted on Friday, September 16. The split will be 50 percent for each fighter. Clean Boxing Program VADA testing will be mandatory, as well as the 10 percent bonus from the bid for the winner of the contest.

 

Billy C - "This is a complete joke! How does Stiverne deserve a any shot at this point? The WBC clearly wants another sanctioning fee. This is the problem with boxing."


 


Team Shumenov responds to Lebedev vs. Gassiev world title fight announcement
LAS VEGAS  - Team Shumenov believes it is worth reviewing recent history enlight of the recent announcement that WBA Super/IBF cruiserweight world champion Denis Lebedev will defend against Murat Gassiev in late November or early December in Russia:  A condition for allowing  Lebedev to fight IBF cruiserweight champion Victor Emilio Ramirez on May 21, 2016 was that Lebedev had to fight WBA cruiserweight world champion Beibut Shumenov within 120 days.  (Lebedev hasn't made a mandatory defense since April 10, 2015.) Shumenov has done everything to make that fight, while Lebedev has done nothing but run from his mandatory title fight.  When it first became obvious in June that Lebedev was trying to avoid his mandated WBA title fight, Shumenov repeatedly requested that the WBA order a purse bid.
 
Lebedev ignored the WBA and then recently sought, after the WBA deadline had passed, a special permit allowing him to fight Gassiev, which Shumenov officially objected to within 48 hours. WBA Interim cruiserweight world champion Yunier Dorticos has also objected.   At this present time, though, Team Shumenov is still waiting to hear the WBA's ruling in terms of stripping Lebedev if he decides to fight Gassiev instead of Shumenov.
 
It really is very simple.  Shumenov wants to fight Lebedev, who is doing everything he can to avoid it.  If Lebedev doesn't care to meet his obligations and conditions of his prior special permit, he should relinquish his title.  Lebedev and his people need to rejoin the rest of us in the real world and stop claiming that Shumenov has not been pushing for this fight.  

According to a recent report, Lebedev's camp members erroneously reported that, "Shumenov is not exactly pushing the issue" (to fight Lebedev next).
 

 



LUCIAN BUTE VICTIM OF CONTAMINATED SUPPLEMENT MADE BY PHARMAGENIC
MONTRÉAL  - Former world champion Lucian Bute  learned late yesterday afternoon that the test of his "B" sample was positive, as was his "A" sample, which was no surprise and these findings were welcomed by Lucian and his team.

When the initial announcement of the positive result revealed Ostarine, Lucian didn't understand what could have happened, hence his disbelief of the situation yet hope regarding test results of his sample "B". At that time it was announced extensive research would be conducted to find out what really happened. Today, more than ever, Lucian says he never knowingly used illegal products during his illustrious career in professional boxing.  

To assist in his search for truth, Lucian retained the services of a Los Angles-based lawyer, Howard Jacobs, who requested all nutritious supplement products used by Bute during in his training camp for the fight against Badou Jack.

KorvalLabs, an accredited laboratory in California specializing in sport, was  mandated to carry out all of the analyzes, and results were obtained Monday. However, analysis of a product named Dynamita recovery, made by Pharmagenic laboratory in San Diego, California, contained traces of contamination, Ostarine.

The supplement formula prescribed by physical trainer Angel Heredia (see photos) had to be perfectly free of all illegal substances in its composition, meaning, unfortunately, it had been contaminated during preparation of this supplement at the Pharmagenic laboratory.
              
Responsibility for the detection of Ostarine in Bute's tests was totally up to Pharmagenic laboratory in San Diego. Bute and his lawyer intend to pursue legal proceedings against the laboratory that has caused irreparable harm to the integrity and reputation of the former IBF super middleweight champion.

Details of the investigation were forwarded to the athletic commission in Washington DC, which will therefore be inviting Bute to enable representations and explanations of what happened before it takes a decision.

Meanwhile, Lucian Bute is in training at the gym of the Grant brothers regularly, does not put his career in question and is determined to take all means to become world champion in his division once the details of this case are fully set.

 

 

 

 

How Long Before Mikey Steps It Up Again?
By Rahat "The Gift Media" Haque - BillyCBoxing.com

 

Mikey Garcia was sensational on his return vs Elios Rojas.  He was expected to be sensational, as it was regarded as a tune up fight by almost all boxing pundits unanimously. It was clearly a step down from the likes of Roman Martinez , Juan Burgos, Juanma Lopez and Orlando Salido. Stellar names he had previously conquered. After an absence of almost two years, it wasn’t too much to ask of his fans to grant him one tune up. But what he is saying now comes as a shock to many. He is at least very clear about his intentions which is very refreshing to hear in a sport where many boxers and promoters alike like to give vague answers. But as refreshing as it is, the reality is that 35-0 Mikey Garcia has stated his intentions to move down to 135 and fight Terry Flanagan for the WBO belt. As good as Terry might be, he is not on Mikey’s level, with a resume that consists of mostly English names. The belt means zilch, fact is Terry Flanagan would be tune up fight number 2 for Mikey, and the Oxnard pugilist’s stock will take a hit. It will be sad to see a fighter as dangerous and polished as Mikey Garcia to go down the Danny Garcia route, where you basically long tail your career by fighting a string of B level competition, and only have the occasional competitive match as perceived by the public.


Terry Flanagan was set to fight Top Rank rising star Felix Verdejo, before the latter was involved in motor crash. Prayers go out to him for a speedy recovery. I reckon Verdejo’s Olympic pedigree and faster development would have proved too much for Flanagan whose development was much slower than Felix’s on his way to his 31-0 record, which definitely stinks of being padded. And then Mikey would have to face Verdejo, which actually would be a very appealing fight as they would at least be equal in technical prowess. That is a fight I would be psyched for. But now Juan Diaz being Felix’s replacement, I don’t want to see neither Juan nor Terry as Mikey’s next opponent. And I think most fans would share my opinion.


There are so many great fights to be made at 140, which is why most fans gave him a pass when he chose to return at this highly competitive division, albeit with a tune up fight. But now he wants to go back to 135, reason being he feels more comfortable there and saw that he could make 135 easily in his process to make 140. That is acceptable to me. If he feels he has more leverage in a certain weight class, he should be allowed to make that division his home and rule the roost. But the choice of fight matters greatly, no matter what the division is. Terry Flanagan will pose zero threat to Mikey.  Neither will any of other champs at lightweight except Rances Barthelemy, going on to show how meaningless the belts are these days.


IBF champ at 135, Rances Barthelemy, will make things tricky for Mikey with the former’s Cuban style of boxing. Other than him, both Mickey Bey and Robert Easter Jr. would pose interesting challenges to Mikey. Both are very in form fighters with excellent boxing knowledge and slickness. Mickey Bey lost a very close decision to Rances Barthelemy, while Robert Easter had a giant step up with the former 135 threat Argenis Mendez whom he demolished with style. I would be happy with Mikey fighting any of these three guys, Rances, Mickey Bey or Robert Easter Jr. as those make interesting fights where people cannot pick the winner conclusively, or at least have to rub some brain cells together before calling the fight.  This won’t be the case with Terry Flanagan with all due respect to the WBO champ. If it is really a belt that you are after Mikey, just fight Rances Barthelemy. Your fans and detractors alike will respect you for it.
 

 

 

 

 

Remembering the "Old Master" Joe Gans!
By: Coach K - August 10, 2016 - BillyCBoxing.com

On this day 106 years ago, boxing great and former World Lightweight Champion Joe "Old Master" Gans died at the age of 35 in his life long hometown of Baltimore, Maryland.

Born Joseph Gant; November 25th, 1874 a young Gans found his way to boxing after competing and winning a "Battle Royal", (a fight involving three or more combatants until only one fighter remains standing) at the Monumental Theater in Baltimore turning to pro boxing shortly after at the tender age of 17 in a local no decision smoker October 23rd, 1893 at the Avon Club with fellow Baltimorean Buck Myers.

After Compiling a record of  81-5-13, 48Ko's 4ND, 1NC and losing a Colored Lightweight Title challenge of Bobby Dobbs September 27th 1897, Gans in his 105th bout would lose a World Lightweight Title challenge to Buffalo, New York's, Frank Erne, March 23rd, 1900 when after being severely cut by an accidental head-butt in the 12th round of the scheduled 25 rounder Gans asked to have the bout stopped.

Going 13-0-1 over the next nine months, it would be December 13th in a non title fight at Tattersall's, in Chicago, Illinois, the "Old Master" surprisingly down once in the 1st round and six times in the 2nd round allegedly "took a dive" suffering just his sixth loss in 120 fights a 2nd round KO loss to Brooklyn, World Featherweight Champion and future Hall of Famer Terry McGovern.

It would be two years, eighteen wins (three coming in one night July 15th, 1901) and one draw later, on May 12th, 1902 that Gans would claim his first title stopping Erne in one round to capture the World Lightweight title.

Following twenty one victories, two draws and six title defenses over George 'Elbows' McFadden, Rufe Turner, Kid McPartland, Charley Sieger, Gus Gardner and Steve Crosby Gans would suffer two point losses in non title fights in 1903 both coming to future Hall of Famers, first heavyweight champion Joe Louis's future trainer Jack Blackburn and Boston Tar Baby" Sam Langford, the Langford fight coming just one day after beating Dave Holly in a six round newspaper decision.

Quickly returning to his winning ways retaining his title with a ten round title defense win over Willie Fitzgerald at the Light Guard Armory, Detroit, Michigan January 12th, 1904, the skilled Baltimore fighter unbeaten in his next sixteen bouts including a fifteen round revenge win over Jack Blackburn and a 20 round draw with future Boston's future Hall of Famer Joe "The Barbados Demon" Walcott it wouldn't be until after a three bout 2-0-1 trek with Boston's previously unbeaten future Welterweight World Champion Mike Twin Sullivan, the first a draw  and the middle fight a title defense that Gans would lose his tenth bout, a six round non title newspaper decision to Willie Lewis, May 1906.
 
Gans more often than not having to deal with the politics of the color his skin as well as the strengths of his rivals banked another victory over Blackburn on June 29th adding a 20 round title defense win over Dave Holly on July 23rd, the "Old Master in the sports first "The Fight of the Century" September 3rd would retain his title with a DQ win over future Hall of Famer Battling Nelson. The champion Gans paid $11,000 to Nelson's $22,500 punished nearly blinding the challenger nelson putting him down several times until Nelson was disqualified for throwing and landing a heavy low blow in round 42 and the fight was stopped on the foul. It would be two years and eight wins later until Gans would suffer his next defeat dropping back to back title fights with Nelson, July and September 1908.

The "Old Master" would go out on a winning note putting Birmingham, West Midlands, UK's Jabez White down four times winning a newspaper decision, March 12th, 1909.

Gans investing in a jazz club and a hotel the "Old Master" would not get to enjoy the fruits of his labor for long contracting tuberculosis he would succumb to the deadly disease August 10th, 1910. Laid to rest at the Mount Auburn Cemetery in Baltimore Gans was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1990 and his memorial at Mount Auburn was restored in 2005.

Widely credited for inventing the jab, Gans was a polished boxer-puncher with great speed, power, combination punching skill and a masterful defense but it was his "scientific" approach to fighting that made him special.

A student of his craft, Gans with his trademark version of the "Sweet Science" demonstrated the ability to turn defense into offense by limiting his defensive movement while avoiding punches allowing him to remain in prime punching position and respond in offense taking apart opponents with pinpoint accuracy a style earning the nickname "Old Master".

Gans killer instinct was best be described by former boxing manager and second, George Blake who recalled Gans telling him "If you happen to hit a man in a certain place and it hurts, that is the place to hit him again, you only have to hit him half as hard there as any other place to finish him."

Mistakenly known as the first African American World Champion the skilled fighting on the inside as well as at a distance the fundamentally flawless Gans, a potent puncher finishing a brilliant and inspiring career with a record of  145-10-16, 100Ko's and a 58.5% KO ratio is listed among The Ring magazine's list of 100 greatest punchers of all time and is also considered by many boxing pundits as one of the greatest boxers of all time, pound-for-pound.

Fighting in the color segregated era Gans obvious natural boxing talent and superiority a "well known secret" conning white managers and promoters to allow their fighters to take Gans fights with the Baltimore fighter often forced to pull his punches and carry his opponents in later rounds. It would be by Gans own admission that rumors would come that he took a dive in at least two high profile fights.

Gans used as a character guide in Ernest Hemingway's short story "A Matter of Colour" not only set boxing standards but like Canadian born George “Little Chocolate” Dixon fighting out of Boston who became the real first black African American World Champion knocking out Cal McCarthy, March 31st 1890 through his life in and out of the ring gave African Americans much needed hope at a time of deep racial segregation and in a period of wide social unrest.

I can only hope some of todays fighters and future pugilist will discover Gans "Sweet Science" sending todays ducking, running and hiding, low risk safe way out to the back of the gym.

To check out the "Old Master" Joe Gans go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DXjqO_lo4ak:

 

 

 

 

SERGEY KOVALEV VS. ANDRE WARD SHOWDOWN OFFICIALLY SET FOR SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 19 PRESENTED LIVE BY HBO PAY-PER-VIEW®
OAKLAND, CA  - On Saturday, Nov. 19 the world's best pound-for-pound boxer will be crowned. Sergey "Krusher" Kovalev (30-0-1, 26 KOs), the WBO, WBA and IBF Light Heavyweight World Champion, and Andre "S.O.G." Ward (30-0, 15 KOs) Two-Time World Champion, officially announced their long-awaited showdown following Ward's victory over Alexander Brand at the conclusion of the live HBO World Championship Boxing® telecast Saturday night at Oracle Arena in Oakland. Kovalev vs. Ward will take place Saturday, Nov. 19. The event will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT and is presented by Main Events, Roc Nation Sports, Krusher Promotions and Andre Ward Promotions.

Kovalev and Ward are currently ranked the number two and number four pound-for-pound boxers in the world, respectively, by The Ring Magazine, making their hotly anticipated fight only the third bout in the history of The Ring Magazine pound-for-pound list to pit two undefeated top-five ranked pound-for-pound fighters against each other. Odds makers and pundits have this fight evenly matched at 50-50 and it is poised to be a sure-fire 2016 Fight of the Year candidate. History will be made on Nov. 19th!
 
Making the fight even more intriguing, Kovalev and Ward are polar opposites. The Russian Wrecking Ball Sergey "Krusher" Kovalev is an unbeaten knockout artist sitting atop boxing's light heavyweight division. With his ferocity in the ring and his charisma outside of it, Krusher is on his way to becoming the sport's next big star. The last American man to win an Olympic Gold Medal in boxing, Andre "S.O.G." Ward is already a future Hall of Famer. Known for his strong character and integrity outside the ring and his warrior's instinct inside it, Ward has not lost a fight, amateur or professional, since he was 12-years-old. Kovalev's seemingly unstoppable offense-first approach stands in stark contrast to Ward's slick, defensive style that has been an unsolvable riddle for every foe he's taken on.
 
Neither man has faced an opponent like this before. Who will be the next "Pound for Pound" king? Find out Saturday, Nov. 19!

Live on HBO during the Ward-Brand fight, when asked about whether or not Ward is ready to face him Kovalev said, "I think he is ready. I am ready too. The fight against Chilemba was similar to how it is going to be against Andre Ward. He is a really great champion and he proved this today. I just want to say, let's do it November 19 on HBO."
 
Ward responded, "I am excited, man. I am looking forward to it. I want to be the light heavyweight champion of the world. I got past this step. He got past his step. We will see you in November. I have been doing this for 22 years and if I am not ready to fight the best now then I will never be ready. I have been preparing for these moments since I been a kid. You got to respect Sergey for the way he has gotten to where he has gotten. He didn't have any soft touches. He wasn't protected. He wasn't really pushed by the media. He is a guy who should get a lot more credit than he has. The winner of this fight could possibly be pound-for-pound #1."

*The Ring Magazine began publishing pound-for-pound rankings in 1989.
 
Kovalev, the Russian Wrecking Ball, 33, has been dominating boxing's light heavyweight division with his aggressive, fan-friendly style since his breakout performance against then-unbeaten Nathan Cleverly in 2013. His rise to boxing stardom has been meteoric, as he has gone from an unknown fighter from Chelyabinsk, Russia to headlining HBO Pay-Per-View in just four years after signing with his first promoter, Main Events. Out of of Kovalev's 30 career victories 26 have come by way of knockout. Additionally, he has entered into championship rounds only twice in his professional career. Kovalev has always sought to test himself against the best boxing has to offer; he wants to prove in the ring that he deserves that mantle.
 
Ward, 32, the last American man to win an Olympic Gold Medal in boxing (2004), reigned as the WBA Super Middleweight World Champion from 2009 to 2015 while fighting mostly out of his hometown, Oakland, CA. He announced his intention to move to up to the light heavyweight division in search of a bigger challenge in 2015, shortly after signing with his current promoter, Roc Nation Sports. He has been a top rated pound-for-pound fighter since 2011. Ward is seeking to assume his place and leave a legacy at the top of the sport.



 

 

Daniel Jacobs vs. Sergio Mora Rematch Set For September

SANTANDER, PA.  - Middleweight world champion Daniel "The Miracle Man" Jacobs (31-1, 28 KOs) will defend his title in a rematch against former world champion Sergio "The Latin Snake" Mora (28-4-2, 9 KOs) that headlines Premier Boxing Champions on Spike, Friday, September 9 from Santander Arena, in Reading, Pa.
 
Televised coverage begins at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT and features undefeated lightweights colliding for a vacant world title as Robert Easter Jr. (17-0, 14 KOs) takes on Richard Commey (24-0, 22 KOs). Also on the card, heavyweight contender Travis "My Time" Kauffman (30-1, 22 KOs) will be featured in a 10-round fight.
 
Jacobs and Mora met in an August 2015 firefight that saw both men hit the canvas in round one. Mora was floored by a Jacobs right hand but the tricky veteran recovered and caught Jacobs with a clean left that put Jacobs on the ground. The action was halted in round two after Jacobs knocked Mora down again, rendering him unable to continue after fracturing his ankle on his way to the mat.
 
"This is business for me, but it is also more personal than any fight I have ever had," said Jacobs. "Sergio has been using these antics online to get this rematch and he has gotten under my skin. There has been a lot of back and forth as far as people's opinions as to who would have won the fight had he not gotten hurt. I am looking at this as an opportunity to clarify that I am the real champion. I want to shut his trap in primetime."
 
"I don't think Jacobs wanted this rematch, but it was destined to happen and now he has to deal with it," said Mora. "I thought the first fight was going my way. I knocked him down in the first round and was out boxing him in the second round. He knows that I have enough power to hurt him. He has more to worry about going into this fight than in the first fight. Look at my resume, I have fought solid opposition. Jacobs doesn't have that type of resume."
 
The 29-year-old Jacobs followed up his victory over Mora with a sensational first round knockout of previously unbeaten former champion Peter Quillin in their highly anticipated December showdown.  An inspirational figure representing Brooklyn, New York, Jacobs completed his road from cancer survivor to champion when he defeated Jarrod Fletcher for the middleweight title in 2014.
 
The winner of NBC's "The Contender" series, the 35-year-old Mora is a former world champion at super welterweight and looking to add a middleweight crown to his name as he returns to the ring for the first time since the injury suffered in the first Jacobs fight. The Los Angeles native owns victories over Ishe Smith, Peter Manfredo Jr. and Vernon Forrest.
 
An accomplished amateur who was a 2012 U.S. Olympic alternate, the 25-year-old Easter Jr. picked up four victories in 2015 including knockouts over Osumanu Akaba, Miguel Mendoza, Alejandro Rodriguez and Juan Ramon Solis. Unbeaten since turning pro in 2012, the Toledo, Ohio-born prospect faced the toughest challenge of his career in April when he impressively stopped former world champion Algenis Mendez also on Spike.
 
Representing Accra, Ghana, Commey has climbed the ranks since turning pro in 2011 and has yet to be defeated. The 29-year-old won his first 11 bouts fighting out of Ghana before going to London, Denmark, South Africa and Germany to improve his record to 24-0. Commey fought in the U.S. as well, stopping Bahodir Mamadjonov in the eighth round last May.
 
A local attraction fighting out of Reading, Kauffman is the son of longtime trainer and promoter Marshall Kauffman. Kauffman won his first 18 pro fights and entered his last bout on a 12-fight winning streak. The 30-year-old dropped Chris Arreola in his last outing before losing a majority decision that was later changed to a no decision. Now, Kauffman looks to impress in his hometown as he returns to the ring.

 

 

 

 

Frampton vs Santa Cruz Proves Risk Is Worth the Reward!
By: Coach K - BillyCBoxing.com


Saturday night, at the Barclay Center in Brooklyn, New York Northern Ireland's IBF World Super Bantamweight Champion Carl "The Jackal" Frampton and Rosemead, California's Leo "El Terremoto" Santa Cruz did more for boxing in one night than what Floyd Mayweather did in forty nine fights. That is they excited it's grassroots fans with a all in, all out competitive and entertaining career defining fight. The question is what will the victor Frampton do now?

Saturdays title unifying battle of unbeaten super bantamweights described as a 50-50 fight by both participants, going off less the pre-fight Las Vegas circus styled nonsense of glove negotiations and PED allegations saw the two combatants, the skill tradesman they are demonstrate their mutual respect of each other and sport going right to work "The Jackal" relieving Santa Cruz of his WBC Championship strap with a incredibly hard fought and skillfully contested back and forth twelve round fight leaving all in attendance and watching LIVE on Showtime' Championship Boxing the need to see more quickly spurring suggestions of a rematch.

Frampton fighting intelligently with his version of the "sweet science" answered Santa Cruz pressure offense with a sharp angled, quick change, crafty defense, backed by space measuring, clean heavy scoring shots grabbing the early lead needed to hold off the relentless WBC Champion to secure a well deserved hard fought 114-114, 116-112, 117-111 majority decision.

Frampton already showing no sense for this era's penchant to protect the zero by picking or dodging opponents by moving up in weight and crossing the pond to face the unbeaten Santa Cruz and making history becoming Ireland's first two division world champion now finds himself in the well deserved position of reaping in the reward of several future lucrative but risky options.

One option comes in the a choice of fighting once beatens like Barry Island, Wales IBF Featherweight Champion, '"Lightning" Lee Selby, 23-1, 8Ko's, WBC World Featherweight Titlist Gary Russell Jr. 27-1, 16Ko's or an immediate rematch with the now 32-1-1, 18Ko's, Santa Cruz.

A second option could be a battle with Nogales, Mexico's newly crowned undefeated WBO Featherweight Champion Oscar "The King" Valdez, 20-0, 18Ko's or a third option of facing another unbeaten "Jackal" coming in the name of much avoided Cuban, Guillermo Rigondeaux, 17-0, 11Ko's.

While all three options are fan friendly match-ups and any "pick" outside the named list being a step backwards with Frampton and Selby both holding the services of infamous "advisor" Al Haymon, a UK based blockbuster showdown with the Welshman, Selby leaving future money fights with any of the above probably makes the most $cense right now.

 

 

 

 

Why Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez IS the true current “Pound for Pound” #1 Boxer in the world

By: Johnny "Blaze" Robbins - BillyCBoxing.com

When you look at the history of Boxing, and the real reason we even discuss pound for pound Champions today, you have to look at how “Sugar” Ray Robinson was able to win multiple world titles in more than one division, and the calibre of fighters that can do this while defeating highly regarded World Champions, especially in three or more weight divisions. The Boxer, who exemplifies this in today’s current era, is Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez of Nicaragua.

Gonzalez in 11 years as a professional Boxer, has compiled a record of 45 wins, no loses, along with 38 KO’s! He has already won world titles in three different weight divisions at 29 years old, and even though he made the Flyweight limit for his latest world title fight, he actually walked into the bout weighing 126 lbs. Which means Roman Gonzalez is walking into the actual fight itself, as a featherweight! A full four weight classes above where he is still dominating his topped ranked opposition currently. “Chocolatito” in my opinion, could very well be the next “Manny” Pacquiao typed fighter who wins world titles in 8 different weight classes. A feat only Pacquiao himself has ever attained. And considering, that Roman Gonzalez won his first world title at Minimum weight, 8 years ago at only age 21, he definitely deserves to be recognized for his pound for pound accomplishments to date, more so than any other active fighter in Boxing today.

In a new world of boxing, where champions fight at catch-weights for bouts, and even disregard world title belts all together, often so the promotional companies in charge of the Boxer’s careers, can come to an agreement financially to terms that allow a lot of these high grossing, modern day “Super Fights” to occur. Look at what Floyd Mayweather Jr. a former pound for pound king of boxing had accomplished, as he’s an amazing 5 divisional world champion. When Floyd was previously retired, Manny Pacquiao was the pound for pound #1 ranked Boxer in the world, and as mentioned, “PacMan” Pacquiao holds the current record at world titles in 8 different weight divisions. I could see “Chocolatito”, with his precision punching ability and superior boxing skill and talent, moving up in many more weight classes. No doubt. And with the interest building in Nicaragua’s favourite fighter of the modern era, especially on TV and PPV in the United States, it’s also possible that this 29 year old Boxing phenom could potentially equal Pacquiao’s unreal record. Maybe even win 8 world titles in different weight divisions? ...Who knows? Roman Gonzalez has slick movement defensively, and solid footwork, with big power still in his 3rd division as world champion, and really only his 5’3” stature is holding him back from moving up in weight so easily.

Gonzalez is naturally walking into the ring at Featherweight, and is setting his sights on the next two divisions in front of him, as he has already publicly stated he intends to win world titles at Super Flyweight and then at Bantamweight, and the thought itself, is not that farfetched at all. Gonzalez “Defines” pound for pound with what he has already accomplished, but his next world title fight in September against Carlos Cuadras, is in fact for his 4th division title, the WBC Super Flyweight belt. A win in that fight will definitely be an exclamation mark on an already extensive and impressive professional record! ...and with Floyd Mayweather now retired, “Chocolatito” is the obvious choice to step in, and wear that crown of “Pound for Pound” Boxing King.

Gonzalez has made the “little weights” a lot more popular, in both hardcore boxing fans minds, as well as with the top TV promotion in boxing Premier Boxing Champion’s shows recently. Which have actually seen a Flyweight, as one of their top attractions?! It’s been a very long time since someone weighing in at only 112 lbs, has captivated audiences with overwhelming performances, against true upper echelon talent, constantly and consistently, and all the while scoring KO’s. And Ramon Gonzalez right now, is doing just that.

With “Chocolatito”’s spectacular boxing skill, and punches in bunches style, (behind a solid jab often as well), while consistently throwing combinations of 3 and 4 (or more) punches at a time (much like a minimum weight does ironically enough, as smaller fighters have always tended to throw more punches per round, than the heavier weighted Boxers do) and Gonzalez is also scoring with extremely high connect percentages on those blows as well. Roman Gonzalez is flat out exciting to watch! And he has also been a big draw to watch live in person, and on TV, because Roman Gonzalez is also a crowd pleasing, pure power puncher. Like Manny Pacquiao before him, as Gonzalez moves up in weight in these earlier divisions, his power seems to be increasing with his size as well. Gonzalez has KO’s in four of his five world title fights at Flyweight, four of his six world title fights at Light Flyweight, and he won all four of his world title bouts at Minimum weight by KO.

 

 

 

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ROBERT "THE GHOST" GUERRERO RETURNS TO THE RING AUG 27
New York, NY,  -  Robert "The Ghost" Guerrero (33-4-1) takes on David Emanuel Peralta (25-2-1) on Saturday, August 27 from the Honda Center in Anaheim, CA. on SPIKE TV.
 
Robert Guerrero is among the biggest names in boxing today, having fought the sport's marquee names like Floyd Mayweather. A former world champion in multiple weight classes, he owns signature victories over Andre Berto and Joel Casamayor. But now Guerrero is on a quest to return to the top of the welterweight division beginning with this matchup on August 27. He must defeat the hard-hitting Argentinian slugger David Emanuel Peralta to see his dreams of sitting atop the division realized once again.
 
The tripleheader also features all-action slugger Alfredo Angulo (24-5)taking on battle-tested Freddy Hernandez (33-8)in a battle of Mexican brawlers. A fan favorite in Southern California, Angulo enters this fight coming off of two knockout victories and he will look to make it three in a row when he steps into the ring on August 27. A veteran of many exciting 154-pound contests, Angulo is looking to continue to make noise in the middleweight division against Hernandez, who has won his last three fights heading into this showdown.
 
Rounding out the night of televised fights is 2012 U.S. Olympian Terrell Gausha (18-0) putting his undefeated record on the line against the Bronx's Steve Martinez (16-2). Fighting out of Cleveland, Gausha has risen up the rankings with five victories in 2015 and a seventh round stoppage of Orlando Lora in April. Now he will test himself against against the dangerous Martinez, who has recorded knockouts in 13 of his 16 victories.  
 
 

 

 

TOM MOLINEAUX: From Bondage To Baddest Man On The Planet – A Must Read For All
Lake George, NY – Bill Calogero, host of boxing’s Undisputed Champion of Boxing Talk program, the Talkin Boxing With Billy C TV & Radio Show, officially released his first book, Tom Molineaux: From Bondage To Baddest Man On The Planet two weeks ago. Since then, the demand for signed copies, which are available through the Book Club section of the BillyCBoxing.com website, has not stopped.
 
The book tells the story of Tom Molineaux, who was born a Slave on a Virginia Plantation during the late 1700’s, became a fighter, fought and won his freedom, fought for a World Title and whose fame rose to the height of being the very first high-profile World-Wide sports celebrity. However, because of the color of his skin not only during his lifetime but unfortunately continues to this day, he has become virtually a forgotten name. Molineaux is not only an important piece of Boxing History he’s also a major part of American History. Calogero’s book tells the complete story and wants people to read the book and help set the record straight. It’s time to give Molineaux the credit he deserves.
 
Here’s What’s Been Said Recently About the Book:
 
Charley Fitch - Professional boxing referee:
Finished reading “Tom Molineaux” today and it is fantastic! Congratulations on writing a truly excellent book covering a person with historical significance that goes well beyond boxing.
 
What a story. Well written and interesting to read. A treasure of information that I’m going to be purchasing several more copies of as Christmas presents.
 
I loved the details and how you were able to put Molineaux’ achievements in historical context (slavery, American Revolution). This is much more than a boxing book. It’s important history from several often neglected aspects.
 
Plus, book was factual and told the story of a human being overcoming longest of odds to reach highest of highs only to succumb to the lowest of lows. It included the man’s warts, the character flaws and failings.  That is how life is. I loved the honesty of it.
 
Thank you for writing “From Bondage to Baddest Man on the Planet” and bringing Tom Molineaux’s amazing story to life. Before reading your book I knew nothing about him. Due to the work you have done that has changed.
 
Don “Bear” Koss:
In his new book, Tom Molineaux, From Bondage to Baddest Man on the Planet, Bill Calogero, presents the story of an early prize ring warrior to a new generation of boxing fans. Molineau’s story, hitherto known only to boxing’s historical cognoscenti, is a compelling tale hallmarking the meteoric rise and fall whose personality was imbued with human frailty while suffering societal injustice.
 
Chronicling the life and career of a prize ring pugilist and evaluating it is especially challenging. The difficulties go well beyond the difference in rules between the Prize Ring and the Queensberry eras. The most common tool used in contemporary evaluation is film or tape.  YouTube dominates contemporary culture. When no film exists, or when the quality of existing film is poor in quality as in the case of the early 20th century contemporary evaluators tend to denigrate the skills of boxers of an earlier era.
 
Newspapers and other print sources must be brought to the fore when evaluating earlier fighters. When there is a paucity of these sources the problem is magnified. For the most part, only major fights in the careers of pugilists have been recorded. One can compare the number of recorded fights of Daniel Mendoza with those of his contemporaries. There is a substantial difference in the numbers. Mendoza published his memoires and listed his fights. The difference in number is large enough to allow the inference that at least 60 % of a pugilist’s record is lost to history. In the case of Molineaux the problem is even more acute. As Billy C points out, Molineaux was a product of what was euphemistically called the peculiar institution, Slavery, and however much revisionist may white-wash this fact, it won’t go away.
 
Bill C utilizes the existing source material for prize ring history (old and rare books) to overcome these problems. He synthesizes these sources to give us the life of Tom Molineaux presented in fresh and colloquial language. Bill is concerned with presenting the facts of Molineaux’s life. This is evidenced by his omission of references to Molineaux and George Washington, because nothing beyond their anecdotal nature could be substantiated. His effort to present the facts of Molineaux’s life, is undermined to a degree, by a lack of citation in his text. Academics always find a lack of citations troublesome. I was still able to check source material by cross referencing this book with Billy C’s essay “Tom Molineaux: From Slave to American Heavyweight Champion”  in Aycock & Scott’s The First Black Boxing Champions. The lack of citations could possibly limit the purchasing of this book by libraries to those with specialized sports of Black History specializations but should not hinder the boxing fan from making Tom Molineaux’s life a part of their own.
 
Donald R Koss
 Longtime Member International Boxing Research Organization
World Boxing Hall of Fame Elector
Emeritus Professor of Library and Information Science, Richard J. Daley College
Member, Dubois’ Company, 3rd New York Regiment, MWTA (A Midwestern group of historical revolutionary war re-enactors)
 
 
A MUST READ for not only boxing buff's but American history in general
By:  Anthony Owens -  Life-long Boxing fan
 
Fantastic read, the life of Tom Molineaux is a mixture of not only boxing but American history. Learning the struggles of Molineaux from start to finish and manner in which they were told made it impossible to put down.
 
As a boxing fan while reading portions in the book leading up to Molineaux's biggest bouts and how his training was progressing left me with that same feeling of anticipation I get when counting down to a modern big time Pay-Per View event as if I had no idea who would prevail.
 
When the bouts themselves were described I could virtually hear the crowd yelling and sounds of thudding punches. The first bout against Cribb was so detailed in the description at one point I was thinking to myself I hope this doesn't get stopped on cuts!
 
The way Bill Calogero tells of Molineaux's struggles from being born a slave to gaining freedom, fighting for recognition not only as a prize fighter but as a MAN left me in awe of the type person Tom Molineaux must have been on the inside and fortitude he possessed.
 
The only thing I could not understand after reading the book was why has no one told his story in full before?
 
 
You can a copy of the book right now at Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com and where all good books are sold.  You can get a signed copy of the book by visiting the Book Club section at BillyCBoxing.com.
 
For Interviews you can contact Bill Calogero directly by email at: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

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