Updates From Europe
By: Joel Arkin – April 14, 2017
EC Promotions, based out of Germany, will be putting on a boxing card, Friday, May 19th at the Barclaycard Arena in Hamburg Germany. A feature fight that night will be prospect, Mario Daser, taking a huge step up in competition, when he faces the un-retiring Ola Afolabi. Afolabi retired after losing to Marco Huck by 10th round TKO in February of 2016. However, boxing is a sport where retired fighters, get the itch to return, and find themselves back in the ring even after taking a lot of punishment and being past their prime. While Daser hasn’t fought top level competition. Ola will be a question mark. Can Daser exploit Afolabi’s weaknesses and win? It’s not something out of the question. However, Ola is a road warrior, and fighting in enemy territory is something he is known for. If this is a close fight, don’t be surprised if the judges give it to the prospect as he’s the hometown guy. On the same card, Christian Hammer returns to the ring. He is on a four-fight win streak, since being stopped by Tyson Fury. His last two wins being his most impressive, winning a split over Erkan Teper in October 2016 and then defeating David Price by TKO in round 7 back in February of this year. Karo Murat, known for losing his title to Bernard Hopkins some years back, will also be on the card.
There was supposed to be a purse bid between EBU light heavyweight champion, Robert Stieglitz and Erik Skoglund, however at the last minute, Skoglund bailed on the purse bid. Now Stieglitz will have to wait a few days until the EBU formally announces a new mandatory for Robert. Skoglund is looking in a different direction, as he is hoping to lock up a fight with secondary light heavyweight title holder, Nathan Cleverly. Cleverly owes a rematch to Juergen Braehmer. He defeated Braehmer by TKO last year when Juergen broke his hand and retired after the sixth round. Cleverly was given permission to take a fight before facing Braehmer in his owed rematch.
A card in France On May 6th will feature a trio of regional European title bouts. Christopher Rebrasse, who has faced some of the best European talent, will face Serhiy Demchenko, an Italian based Ukrainian for the EBU-EU super middleweight strap. Also, Hakim Zoulikha will face TBA. Also, Marvin Petit with face Jerobe Santana at lightweight.
The co-feature for the Abraham vs. Krasniqi card has been announced. Heavyweight Tom Schwarz, who is undefeated at 18-0, will battle Adnan Redzovic. While Redzovic is 17-1, most of his wins have come against subpar competition. His lone loss was by TKO against Arnold Gjergjaj back in October of 2014. The vacant WBO Intercontinental title will be on the line in this one.
My two cents for the week: While I am fascinated by Abraham vs. Krasniqi fight. I feel the loser will need to seriously reevaluate their career. Both fighters have had their fair share of chances and continue to get eliminator and mandatory positions, but after a while, you will need to know when it is time to hang it up. Arthur just turned 37 and has been pro since 2003. He has done a lot in his career, but a loss here, he may need to think about his future and maybe that it doesn’t involve him being in the ring when he shouldn’t be. Krasniqi who is only 30, has lost in all his major title challenges. I think this will be a close bout, where both guys stun each other. I am just hoping fans will be treated to a fun fight.
Christopher Brooker vs. Oscar Riojas in featured bout May 12th
Jerome Conquest in co-feature bout
Philadelphia, PA. – Battle tested super middleweight Christopher Brooker will take on veteran Oscar Riojas in the eight-round featured bout on Friday night, May 12th at The SugarHouse Casino.
Brooker of Philadelphia has a record of 11-3 with five knockouts. The 25 year-old is known for taking on anyone at anytime. The combined record of his last seven foes is a staggering 92-9-3, with Brooker winning five of those bouts, and Brooker has appeared on national television three times.
Brooker is a two-year professional, who already has wins over Leo Hall (8-0), John Magda (11-0), Antowyan Aikens (10-1-1), Gabriel Pham (6-0) & former world title challenger Elvin Ayala (28-7-1). Brooker has dropped his last two bouts to Ronald Gavril (16-1) in a bout that Brooker was even on the scorecards before being stopped in the final round. On January 20th, Brooker dropped an eight-round unanimous decision to undefeated Ronald Ellis (13-0-1) in Atlantic City. That fight was shown live on ShoBox: The New generation.
Riojas of Monterrey, Mexico has a record of 14-7-1 with four knockouts. The 33 year-old Riojas in a four year professional, who won his first 11 bouts. Like Brooker, Riojas has not shied from tough competition as the combined record of Riojas opponents that have defeated him are 81-1-2.
Riojas and Brooker have two common foes as Riojas has dropped fights to Gavril and Ellis. Riojas is coming off a eight-round unanimous decision over Roberto Nafate on April 6 in Leon, Mexico.
In the six-round co-feature, lightweight Jerome Conquest (6-2, 1 KO) of Philadelphia will compete against an opponent to be named.
Also in six-round bouts:
Blake Mansfield (5-0-1, 2 KO’s) of Burlington, NC will fight Henry Beckford (4-6, 1 KO) of Coram, NY in a super middleweight bout.
Steven Ortiz (5-0, 1 KO) of Philadelphia will take on an opponent to be named in a lightweight bout.
In four-round bouts:
Sam Orapeza (1-0) of Philadelphia battles Kyle McNutt (1-2, 1 KO) of Battle Creek, MI in a cruiserweight affair.
Jeffrey Torres (2-0, 1 KO) of Philadelphia will fight Kashon Hutchinson (2-2, 1 KO) in a battle of Keystone State based lightweights.
Lamont McLaughlin (0-1) of Pennsauken, NJ will look for his first win against an opponent to be named in a light heavyweight fight.
Harold Lopez (1-0, 1 KO) of Bethlehem, PA will square off with Tyrone Arzeno (0-1) of Philadelphia in a bantamweight bout.
Late Results From The Weekend
By: Joel Arkin – April 12, 2017
Saturday night, Grant Brothers Boxing and Rixa Promotions gave us a show from the Tohu in Montreal. The audience was treated to a 10 fight card, featuring some of the best local talent from the province of Quebec. In the main event Roody Pierre-Paul beat Noel Majia Rincon but decision in a tough fight, Roody improved to 14-3-1 while Noel fell to 20-12-1. Other notable winners that night was Erik Bazinyan, who is a prospect on the rise, defeating Alis Sijaric in the 4th round. Erik improves to 15-0, while Sijaric falls to 13-3. Dario Bredicean, who was discovered by Lucian Bute, defeated his opponent early in the second round, improving to 13-0. He is only 23, the sky is the limit for this Montreal based, born in Florida prospect. There was only one upset, Mexican, Jose Garcia knocked down Dwayne Durel early in the fight, and could keep the momentum going, to win a split decision, improving to 6-3 while Dwayne Durel takes his first loss and falls to 6-1. Olympic prospect Christian M’Bili also saw action, stopping his opponent in the third to improve to 3-0. Two other locals saw their debut, Jean Michel Bolivar and Mohamed Soumaoro, were able to get their first professional victory, both winning by TKO.
The fight between past his prime veteran, Shane Mosley and Russian prospect, Magomed Kurbanov, which was slated for May 5 in Yekaterinburg Russia, was postponed to September 9th due to an injury to Mosley. RCC Promotions owner Alexey Titov has been notorious for doing shady business tactics with MMA, which he also promotes and usually runs events that feature both boxing and MMA. It is sad to think that at 45, this promoter would want to use Mosley as a stepping stone name to push his young prospect to bigger heights. The other frightening thing is, Russia doesn’t drug test, so their fighters could be anything potentially. I don’t think this will have a good result for Shane sadly. Shane is 3-5-1 dating back to 2010. Kurbanov is undefeated at 10-0. He will still be fighting May 5th, but now against, Virgilijus Stapulinois, who is 27-4-1, to get himself ready for the Mosley fight.
It was made official yesterday that the Abraham Krasniqi fight from Germany, will be available on satellite and cable PPV on April 22, at 2pm. This is a WBO super middleweight title eliminator, with the winner getting a shot at Gilberto Ramirez, who Arthur Abraham lost the belt too, a year ago, last April when he was virtually shut out and provided very little offense. Krasniqi fought for a world title twice at light heavyweight. Losing both times to Nathan Cleverly by decision and then getting stopped by Jurgen Braehmer. Since the drop to 168lbs, he has won 3 straight to get himself this title eliminator. Abraham has won one fight since losing his title, defeating Tim Robin-Lihaug by 8th round stoppage last July. The loser here certainly will have his career in trouble as they both have had more than a few chances at the top spot. It will be promoted by SES boxing, who won the purse bid and promotes Krasniqi. They will have a full undercard of the best German fighters in that stable.
APRIL 22 CHICAGO FIGHT CARD SHAPING UP
A pair of exciting “All Chicago” six-round match-ups have been announced for the undercard at Warriors Boxing Promotions’ next “Windy City Fight Night” on Friday, April 28, at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago.
In an battle of undefeated Windy City featherweights, Giovanni Mioletti (6-0, 1 KO) will take his toughest test to date against comebacking and also undefeated William Hernandez (3-0). And in an intriguing super middleweight six-rounder, Chicago’s undefeated Ruben Schobitz (2-0, 1 KO) will face upset-minded spoiler Cesar Ruiz (2-4, 2 KOs).
Both bouts are in support of the eight-round main event featuring undefeated super lightweight Ramiro “El Lobito” Carrillo (11-0, 7 KOs), plus separate six-round brawls for undefeated super featherweight Josh Hernandez (5-0, 4 KOs); power-punching lightweight Jessica “CasKILLA” McCaskill (3-1, 2 KOs) and lightweight Jose Felix Quezada (11-1, 6 KOs).
In a very special added attraction, Chicago-based bantamweight prospect Shawn Simpson (4-0, 2 KOs) will make his promotional debut under the Warriors banner against Mexico’s Jose Elizondo (2-2) in a six-round match-up.
“I’m excited to be facing an undefeated boxer and I’m really pumped to be fighting in front of a large crowd of family and friends,” Mioletti said. “I want to put on a great show for them.”
22-year-old Mioletti says he is motivated for the challenge. “I love the level of competition,” he said, “and I love fighting in my hometown.”
“I don’t know much about him. I’m just going in blind,” said 26-year-old Hernandez. “So, I’ll just go in with confidence and if I train hard I always have a chance to win. I’m training hard seven days a week.”
Hernandez is returning from a six-year layoff that saw him obtain an accounting degree and start a family. The layoff, he says, won’t be an issue.
“I’m ready and coming into this fight stronger than ever before. I’ve been dying to get back in the ring and it’s almost time.”
The promising Schobitz, from Chicago via Austria, says training is going well and he’s confident there won’t be another upset by his opponent Cesar Ruiz. In January of this year, Ruiz scored a shock TKO 1 over well-regarded, and then undefeated, Martez McGregor at the UIC Pavilion.
“Training is going great. I’m working out twice or three times a day and focusing a lot on using my legs and getting my legs strong. I sparred him (Ruiz) before and I saw his last fight. He’s a come-forward guy. He knocked out Martez with a long left hook, but he doesn’t have a lot of resources. And like they say, a good big man always beats a good little man.”
Schobitz, who came to the US to train for the Austrian amateur championships, which he won, liked what he saw and returned as a professional, in search of glory.
“I spent all my money I had saved up in Austria as a teen to move here to box. Obviously, you come here with goals to be world champion and learn as much as you can and gain experience. I want to go as far as I can. Boxing is a sport I love. I love to fight more than anything else.”
Andre Ward Facing the Heavyweight Decision of a Kovalev Rematch!
By: Coach K – January 11, 2017
After helping boxing fill the void for boxing’s TMZ, Floyd Mayweather fans taking on Russian “Krusher” Sergey Kovalev Andre “SOG” Ward following his controversial decision win has a tough world championship career call to make.
After contentious contract negotiations, including “warm up bouts for both fighters Ward entering the Kovalev fight still healing the business wounds of a contract dispute with Goosen Promotions “SOG” signing with Roc Nation and going down for the first time in his career is faced with another one of those long time boxing business and legacy hurdles, a rematch clause.
It is that rematch clause giving Ward, 31-0, 15Ko’s the chance to squash the buzz of a controversial decision the opportunity to clearly frame and define his legacy.
Like so many of the sports greats before him, the 2004 US Olympic Light Heavyweight Gold Medalist is now faced with a personal and revealing choice, one that has defined many of those before him. One that has led to such historical rematches like “Sugar” Ray Robinson vs. Carmen Basilio II, Rocky Graziano vs. Tony Zale II, “Sugar” Ray Leonard vs. Thomas “Hitman” Hearns II, Rafael Marquez vs. Israel Vazquez II and Evander Holyfield vs. Riddick Bowe II. Not ending there, the rematch choice has gone onto draw out some unforgettable, trilogies including Floyd Patterson vs. Ingemar Johansson III, Erik Morales vs. Marco Antonio Barrera III, Micky Ward vs. Arturo Gatti III and of course the near fight to the death “Thriller in Manilla” Muhammad Ali vs. Joe Frazier III.
While no family man could disparage the reigning WBA, IBF and WBO World Light Heavyweight Champion for taking the biggest pay day, it is it’s more than just a man’s word or signature on the line for the financially sound Ward. He has a heavyweight choice to make. A choice no just for him, but one that could help steer the sport itself away from the last two decades of no risk, high reward, safe, ducking and dodging path of least resistance.
With todays newly found creation of college safe zones, I can only hope the aspiration for the proverbial undefeated “zero” doesn’t bring us a Mayweather styled timely first retirement or a step aside or in this case a go away check that would deny the sport and it’s loving fans the long-endeared right to witness true personal challenge, world championship drive and pursuit for greatness of fighting the best they demand and deserve to see. Anything short would be a sign it’s time hang them up and follow “Vicious” Victor Ortiz to the movies.
Week Seven of the “Daily News Golden Gloves Tournament” from Newburgh NY- Highlights and results
By: Daxx Khan – RingSide – March 24, 2017
On Wednesday night March 22nd, week seven of the “New York Daily News Golden Gloves” took place at upstate New York’s “Newburgh Free Academy”. Through the efforts of Leonard Lee, head of “Newburgh Hook Elite Boxing” and matchmaker Diana Rodriguez, it would be the first time a tournament bracket would be held at the location.
Throughout its ninety years of existence, “New York Daily News Golden Gloves” has given boxing fans their first glimpse at dozens of future world champions. Even the sports, all time “Pound for Pound” King, “Sugar” Ray Robinson began his journey winning the gloves. When you mention “East Coast Amateur Boxing Tournament’s”, nothing holds prestige in the hearts of fans and fighters like “New York Daily News Golden Gloves”.
In attendance to lend their support, were former world champions, Iran “The Blade” Barkley, Alicia “Slick” Ashley and “Downtown” Leona Brown”. Also in attendance, was former multi-time New York Daily News Golden Gloves winner and director Brian Adams.
Opening the event, would be a series of 165lb Female, Semi-Final Bouts.
Rachele Beckley out of the “Main Street Boxing Club”, used her combination punching to score a decision over hard hitting Leah Cooper of “Gold Folk Boxing”.
Krystal Dixon scored the first of two wins, for “Champs Boxing Club”, outpointing Marine Beauchamp of “Worldwide Boxing”.
114lb Male Novice semi-final bracket.
Gerardo Vazquez of “Rustams Boxing Club”, defeated Basel Baker of “John’s Gym”.
Matthew Sanchez of “Worldwide Boxing Club”, scored the only stoppage of the event, halting Joseph Roman in the second round.
132lb Male Novice semi-final bracket.
Ricardo Rodriguez scored the first of two wins for “Gleason’s Gym”, claiming a decision over Taqee McDaniel of “Eastern Queens Boxing”.
In a bout between two fighters, out of the same boxing club, Ronny Reyes defeated Musa Cham, both boxers represented “Morris Park Boxing”.
James Lluveres of “Champs Boxing Club”, scored the gyms second win of the event, winning a decision over James Belizaire of “Eye of the Tiger Boxing”.
Female 125lb Semi-Final
Andrea Tosto, scored the evenings second win for “Gleason’s Gym”, with a close decision over Samantha Mang of “Work Train Fight”.
In my opinion, the most complete fighter on card in terms of all-around boxing ability, was Trudy Li out of the “Sweatbox Boxing Club”. Over three rounds, En-route to winning a decision over Elise Seignolle out of “NYAC”, Li demonstrated ring generalship and an overall boxing IQ far beyond any other fighter of the night.
Male 201+ Open semi-finals.
Boris Zarate of “Freeport PAL” and Nicolas Rubens of “Starrett City Boxing Club”, provided the cards most action-packed bout. It was all about, landing power punches from the start. In the end, Boris Zarate was awarded a close decision, the contest could have gone in either direction, with no argument from observers.
The events final contest, took place between local Newburgh resident, Marquise Williams out of “Newburgh Hook Elite” and Matthew Tinker of “NYAC”. The judges scored it for Williams, who will have his hands full should he face Boris Zarate in the next round.
After a quality show and turnout from local fans, hopefully more events will take place for young fighters in and around the Newburgh Area. The efforts of Leonard Lee and team from “Newburgh Hook Elite Boxing”, in my opinion proved they are serious about bringing boxing to their local area on a regular basis.
There is already an event scheduled in April, when Lee and his team from “Newburgh Hook Elite”, take on a visiting team from “Ireland”. It will be billed as “USA vs. Ireland”, taking place as part of an ever growing “Put down the guns and pick up the gloves” campaign.
GOLOVKIN VS JACOBS FINAL THOUGHTS- A Quality fight that viewers KO’d!
By: Daxx Khan – March 20, 2017
On Saturday night, prior to Gennady “GGG” Golovkin and Daniel Jacobs stepping into the ring, the outcome was already solidified in fans minds “Someone was getting knocked out and in sensational fashion”. The reasons on, who and why when asked, always returned the same responses. Those who chose GGG stated “Jacobs has been stopped before, Pirog stopped him, GGG has twice the power and skill. He was down against light punching Sergio Mora, no way he last twelve round against Golovkin”.
The Jacobs supporters stated “GGG looked beatable against Kell Brook, if a blown-up welterweight had success, Jacobs combination of power, size and age advantage will be too much for GGG. This is the perfect time to take advantage of a declining champion”.
Instead of a brutal KO win for either fighter, we were given a closely contested, high quality bout. One where both fighters used their minds and physical skillset. In doing so, it seems the majority, who didn’t witness the knockout they craved are disappointed.
Instead of GGG absorbing punches willingly, a strategy he has implored in past bouts, one that opens his opponent up for counter shots. The shots that when he lands, usually ends fights. He rolled with punches, used a high guard, made sure he didn’t risk over extending himself.
He did this because, he knew Jacobs was bigger, allowing him to absorb punches better than other opponents. He knew the longer reach of Jacobs, would make it difficult to get in close and work the body without paying a heavy price. Instead he chose to pick his shots, not become over anxious, risk being countered himself. He waited to deliver his power shots when he knew the target was in range.
As for Jacobs, he knew GGG was not Peter Quillin, trying to jump all over him, meant risk being countered. One is all a guy like GGG needs to end the night. A knockdown in round four, reminded him just how quick it could end. He knew GGG had issues with guys who move in the past, his reach and footwork was key.
The predictions and expectations prior to fight time were credible. Considering the history of each fighter, in terms of finishing opponents in dynamic fashion. We were not in the ring, we were not taking the punches and despite what was said during the buildup, both fighters also knew something else. They knew the counter points of those predictions.
It’s true, GGG looked slow against Brook. With Brook, having naturally faster hands and feet, GGG at any time in his career would have looked slower. The size difference was also exaggerated, Brook a very large welterweight, fought nine times as a junior middleweight and high as middleweight prior to the GGG bout. Also, GGG, had prepared for another opponent, Brook was a replacement opponent.
It’s also true, Daniel Jacobs was stopped by Dmitry Pirog. He was also winning, on all three scorecards when stoppage occurred. That was in 2010, this is 2017, a whole lifetime in boxing years. Since Jacobs, continuously raised his level of competition in each bout, stopping everyone in his path. A KO loss, doesn’t always mean a fighter has a suspect chin. If it did, Henry Armstrong, who lost his pro debut by stoppage, would have never went 180 more bouts, losing just one more by stoppage. Claiming world titles, in three divisions at the same time, when there were only eight divisions and one title in each.
Team Jacobs and team Golovkin took those into consideration going in. Each fighter knew what the public expected, a war with someone looking up towards the lights when it ended. The fact, each fighter did what was needed, to avoid that ending, without sacrificing their integrity inside the ring as a fighter. Is something only, the absolute elite are capable of.
If anyone who watched, cannot understand, more importantly appreciate what, Gennady Golovkin and Daniel Jacobs did Saturday night, regardless of who won is not a boxing fan. They are a “Fight Fan”, fight fans are good for business, they strip boxing of its integrity while keeping the sport in business. They do it simply because all they understand are knockouts and their rationalization on who should win comes from the internet. This continued trend will soon leave promoters and fighters with little choice, if money is to be made. Give the masses their basic entertainment, let them gorge in subpar quality. Just keep them happy, it’s not as if they know the difference nor do they care about quality.
There have been empires, who collapsed for those same reasons, instead of pleasing the social media trolls now for PPV buys, someone should Google how that ended. Since the UFC stealing boxings thunder daily isn’t enough.
LEMIEUX STOPS STEVENS COLD! Gamboa lowers his stock on HBO
By: Daxx Khan – March 12, 2017
Saturday night at the Turning Stone Casino, former IBF middleweight title holder David Lemieux took on former world title challenger Curtis Stevens in the headliner of an HBO broadcast. This was an important fight for both men, for Stevens it would decide if he stays a relevant name or becomes an “Opponent” caliber fighter. The career of Stevens has always been a rough road, whenever he has momentum, he falls short in that step-up fight which could bring his career to the next level. While Stevens gives it his all in every fight, when he loses, he loses big. In the case of Lemieux, he was dominated by Gennady Golovkin to such an extent, fans have almost forgotten he is a former world champion, capable of stepping in with just about anyone from 160-168lbs in boxing today.
In the first round, Lemieux hurt Stevens early keeping him on the backfoot. In the second Lemieux slowed a bit, Stevens landed some hard shots of his own and seemed to hurt Lemieux to the body towards rounds end.
When back in the corners, Lemieux’s trainer Marc Ramsey stated “Relax and wait for the opening”, he did just that and stopped Curtis Stevens cold at 1:59 of the third round. It was the best KO of the last year without question in my opinion. They would take Curtis Stevens out of the ring by stretcher and to a local hospital.
In his post-fight interview, David Lemieux was polite, wished Stevens well and stated he would like to fight Billy Joe Saunders next if possible. Unlike Yuriorkis Gamboa, David Lemieux is without question still a relevant fighter in his division, in fact outside of Gennady Golovkin and Danny Jacobs he might be the best middleweight in boxing today.
The co-feature between former two division champion Yuriorkis Gamboa and rugged Nicaraguan Rene Alvarado had a similar scenario, at least for Gamboa. A once “Pound for Pound” prospect, Gamboa has looked ordinary at best since being stopped by Terence Crawford in 2014. The fact, he has faced B level opponents, struggling against one, Hylon Williams Jr in the same venue just over a year ago, has done nothing to help erase a growing “Over rated” stigma that has become attached since loss against Crawford.
It was questionable on how Gamboa, would perform even before the fight began, rehydrating 14lbs in 24 hours. He weighed officially 131lbs yet entered at 145lbs virtually a welterweight. His performance showed it, he looked mediocre, his pace was slow, he threw single punches and was dropped in the final round for an eight count. As for Rene Alvarado, he was fighting a welterweight and gave his best. In the end judges seen it 97-93 and 97-92 twice for Yuriorkis Gamboa who improved to 26-1 (17). In the loss, Rene Alvarado now stands at 24-8 (16).
In my opinion it’s safe to say Yuriorkis Gamboa is done as a top-rated fighter, he will continue to be in these type bouts, doing just enough to get by. Contrary to what the HBO announce team said he will not drop down in weight and be a threat to Vasyl Lomachenko.
In Undercard action-
Super Lightweight- Yves Ulysse Jr 12-0 (8) Zachary Ochoa 16-0 (7)
vacant NABF Junior super lightweight title
Featherweight- Diego De La Hoya 17-0 (9) def. Roberto Pucheta 10-10-1 (6) UD 8.
Super Middleweight- D’Mitrius Ballard 16-0 (12) def. Zoltan Sera 28-12(19) via TKO 4.
Light Heavyweight- Todd Unthank May 10-0-1 (4) draw. Quinton Rankin 12-3-2 (9) D6.
Lightweight- Damon Allen 11-0-1 (5) def. Adam Mate 24-11 (17) via TKO 2.
Super Welterweight- Alex Rincon 1-0 (1) def. Shaun Lee Henson 2-4 (2) via TKO 2.