Author: Daxx Khan

Garcia and Kiryl Relikh claim their Position’s in the 140 lb Division with Dominate wins

Saturday night at the Freeman Coliseum, San Antonio, Texas an edition of Showtime Championship boxing aired with a Junior Welterweight world title double header. The main event would be IBF 140 lb champion Sergey Lipinets making the first defense of his title against three division world champion Mikey Garcia co-featured by former multi division world champion Rances Barthelemy against Kiryl Relikh meeting for the vacant WBA 140 lb championship. If those bouts were not enough to please fans, Showtime extreme broadcast three exciting undercard bouts at bantamweight, lightweight and Super Lightweight divisions.

The main event between Sergey Lipinets and Mikey Garcia was a quality bout from start to finish. It opened with both fighters feeling each other out Garcia was slightly more active while Lipinets visibly the more physically strong fighter. It would be the volume of Garcia versus the come forward style of Lipinets all night, Garcia appeared as though he was doing more damage because of his work-rate while Lipinets who was more reserved with his punches forced Garcia to fight while moving backwards.

At the midway point, Garcia would deal with a bloodied nose while Lipinets face started swelling due to the volume of punches landed by Garcia.In the seventh Lipinets missed an overhand right then was dropped for the first time in his career from a Garcia left hook counter. While not hurt Lipinets would get up and pressure Garcia keeping the round outside the knockdown close. The remainder of the fight was a “Give and Take” experience as both men had equal success and they closed round twelve fighting like each man needed the round to walk away champion. When official scores were read Judges Mark Caloy and Julie Lederman scored it 117-110 while Nelson Vazquez 116-111 all in favor of Mikey Garcia who is now a four division world champion. My personal scorecard was 115-113 for Garcia and the lower work rate of Lipinets was a major factor along with the knockdown. Should Lipinets had been a more active fighter in my opinion the night would have belonged to him but its not his style of fighting.

With the win Mikey Garcia improved to 38-0 (30) while Sergey Lipinets suffering only his first defeat now stands at 13-1 (10). I think Lipinets has a future as a 140 lb fighter with some adjustments to his style he is capable of claiming another world title. This division despite wins over Adrien Boner and now Sergey Lipinets is too big for Garcia who despite his boxing ability lacks power for the more active top names at 140 lbs.

The nights co-feature between Kiryl Relikh and Rances Barthelemy, while it promised to be an exciting affair based off both men’s styles and their first meeting won by Barthelemy in a disputed split decision ended up a one sided affair. It opened with Barthelemy attempting to box while using the jab and keep Relikh at a distance. The fighter from Belarus who has been victim of questionable scoring against both Barthelemy and Ricky Burns in consecutive bouts had other ideas.

A steady work rate of over 100 punches per round along with responsible pressure from Relikh kept Barthelemy on his back-foot all night. There was little offense from Barthelemy and what offense there was he connected a small percentage of those punches, the most success from Barthelemy came with low-blows which cost him an extra point in round seven.

This was a dominate performance from Kiryl Relikh who used his work-rate and combinations punching to shut Rances Barthelemy down in a non-competitive affair When official scores were read Judges Alfredo Polanco and Cesar Ramos had it 118-109 while Rafael Ramos 117-110 all in favor of Kiryl Relikh who along with the WBA 140 lb world title improved to 22-2 (19). The former two division world champion Rances Barthelemy after his first loss now stands at 26-1 (13).

Opening the night on Showtime Extreme was an IBF Lightweight elimination bout between former world title challenger Richard Commey and undefeated  Alejandro Luna. In the opening rounds, Commey working with new trainer Andre Rozier looked sharp as he boxed behind the jab followed by crisp combinations. At the start of round four Luna, with his face showing signs of the Commey jab had some successful moments when he pinned Commey to the ropes and let loose combinations. A pep talk from from Andre Rozier at the end of round five that reminded Commey laying against the ropes cost him split decision losses against both Robert Easter Jr and Denis Shafikov encouraged Commey to start round six strong in rings center.

Once the fight was back in ring center, Commey shortly after dropped Luna for the first time in his career. He would get up take the mandatory eight count but be deducted an extra point by referee David Fields for spitting out his mouth piece. The bout would last only seconds more as another Richard Commey combination put Luna on his back halting the affair at 1:54 of round six. With the win Richard Commey now the mandatory challenger for Robert Easter Jr and his IBF lightweight title improved to 26-2 (23), after only his first defeat Alejandro Luna now stands at 22-1 (15).

Also on the Showtime Extreme broadcast, undefeated Super Lightweight prospect Mario Barrios needed just three minutes and thirty five seconds to boost his resume with a second round stoppage over veteran Eudy Bernardo.  After a feel out first round, Barrios landed a sensational counter right hand that sent Bernardo crashing to the canvas ending the affair at 35 seconds of round two. While viewers didn’t get a long look at Barrios what little bit they did impressed and with his win Mario Barrios improved to 21-0 (13) while Eudy Bernardo now stands at 23-3 (17).

The final Showtime extreme broadcast bout was a one sided affair between undefeated Super Bantamweight prospect Brandon Figueroa and Giovanni Delgado. There was no lack of action and Giovanni Delgado certainly showed tremendous heart but tremendously over-matched he took a beating every minute of every round. It was the work rate of Figueroa along with combination punching that Giovanni Delgado had no answers for he also had no advice from his corner. It was the type of fight that could have been stopped after round four without dispute from anyone watching but referee Gregorio Alvarez refused to acknowledge the one sided beating. At the end of round six Delgado’s corner-man asked “What do you want to do you looked good lets give it another round” and this was after his corner threatened to halt the bout after round five.

A silent Delgado should have advised his corner to say “My Fighter has had enough” yet they allowed him to take more punishment until finally a commission member signaled to referee Gregorio Alvarez it was enough punishment for Delgado and the contest was waved off in the sixth. With the win Brandon Figueroa improved to 15-0 (10 ) while Giovanni Delgado now stands at 16-7 ( 9). My personal hope is Delgado a game young man finds a new team to work with for future contest.

In off air action-
Welterweight- Eimantas Stanionis 5-0 (4) def. Hector Munoz 25-20-1 (17) via TKO 4

Super Welterweight-Yulian Tembotov 6-0 (4) def. Noe Lozano 2-3 via UD 6.

Heavyweight- Efe Ajagba 4-0 (4) def. Antonio Johnson 6-3 (4) via KO 1.

Cruiserweight- Efetobor Apochi 3-0 (3) def. Darrius Flowers 2-6 (2) via TKO 2.

Super Flyweight- Robert Rodrigiez 1-0 def. Giovanni Noriega 1-2 (1) via UD 4.

Prograis and Baranchyk score Stoppage wins in Deadwood

Saturday from the Deadwood Mountain Grand in Deadwood South Dakota, Showtime broadcast a Junior Welterweight double header featuring two undefeated prospects Regis Prograis and Ivan Baranchyk in separate bouts. They would be fighting seasoned veterans for an opportunity to earn a world title shot in their next contest, opening up the night on both the televised and UN-televised portion of the event were two undefeated heavyweights  Tre Lippe Morrison and Junior Fa also in separate contest.

The nights main event between undefeated Regis Prograis and former unified champion Julius Indongo on paper  was an intriguing match-up. While Prograis was undefeated and had wins over several fellow undefeated prospects in which he was the underdog going in he had never faced anyone the level of Indongo. The former champion whose only loss came last summer at the hands of pound for former undisputed Junior Welterweight King Terence Crawford via third round TKO  has always been outside of that fight most successful on the road. It was as the visiting fighter Indongo won both his titles and against  more experienced champions than Prograis. There was also an added bit of drama on the scales where Prograis needed more than one attempt to make weight placing that question mark over him “How conditioned is he”?

The bout opened with Indongo working off his jab, using movement and out-boxing Prograis who appeared to have no answers on how to approach Indongo other than straight forward. A jab landed midway though appeared to hurt Indongo after his legs buckled then near the round end another jab placed Indongo onto the canvas. While he won the round aside from the knockdown he appeared  unsteady on his legs going to the corner.

It would be the same tempo in round two as Indongo jabbed Prograis used movement and easily out boxed him. There would be a jab landed by Prograis that put Indongo down for the second time, he beat the count fell to another jab shortly after then was stopped moments later when an overhand left caught him flush on the temple. With the win Prograis improved to 21-0 (18) and he now holds the WBC interim 140 lb title. This s the second loss in the career of Julius Indongo he now stands at 22-2 (11).

The evenings co-feature was an IBF 140 lb title eliminator between unbeaten Ivan Baranchyk and veteran Peter Petrov. It was an interesting bout on paper as Petrov who has faced the better competition was stepping up in weight and as a last minute replacement opponent. In the past Petrov had faced the better competition by far, his lone stoppage loss came at the hands of Marcos Maidana in 2011 when he challenged Maidana for the WBA 140 lb title. There is no question Maidana especially at his best was a murderous puncher, Baranchyk would be in for a long night if he could not find a way to neutralize the veteran early.

It would be seconds into the contest when Baranchyk sent Petrov to the canvas for the first time. Once up Petrov out boxed Baranchyk for the rounds remainder. He then found himself touching canvas again in the second round. Over the next several rounds Petrov out boxed Baranchyk at times but was continued to be placed on his back-foot by the pressure of Baranchyk.

There would be another knockdown in round six scored by Baranchyk a fairly even seventh then after nonstop pressure which eventually placed Petrov on the ropes in round eight referee Mark Nelson had seen enough and halted the affair. It was a solid Performance for the ever improving Ivan Baranchyk who improved to 18-0 (11) and is now in position to face the winner of Mikey Garcia and Sergey Lipinets when they meet for Lipinets IBF 140 lb title. The veteran Peter Petrov after this now stands at 38-6-2 (19) and will most likely drop back down to lightweight where he at his best.

Opening the nights televised portion were heavyweights Junior Fa and Craig Lewis. It was anything but exciting though both men  landed their fair share of hard punches, midway though Lewis appeared ready to be on his way out more because of exhaustion than what Junior Fa had landed. In the fifth Lewis would gain a second wind and drive Fa backwards who himself seemed tired. There was a slightly higher work-rate by Fa who used his jab more to set up a few combinations that turned the fight in his favor.

The final three rounds six though eight became nothing more than “Home-run” attempts by both men who could hardly muster up enough strength to throw two punches at a time. It was unbeaten Junior Fa who landed at a slightly higher rate giving him the win via eighth round majority decision by scores of 76-76, 78-74 and 79-73, my unofficial score read 77-75 in favor of Fa. The New Zealand prospect improved to 14-0 (8) while Craig Lewis now stands at 14-2-1(8).

In Undercard bouts off air-

Heavyweight-Trey Lippe Morrison 14-0 (14) def. Oswaldo Ortega 3-8 (1) via TKO 6.

Super Lightweight- Charles Conwell 7-0 (5) def. Juan Jesus Rivera 28-20 (18) via UD 6
60-53 on all three Judges cards.

Lightweight- Matt Remillard 27-1 (15) def. Jesus A Valdez 22-4-1 (11) via TD 6.
Official scores read 80-72, 80-72 and 79-73.


World Boxing Super Series Celebrates One-Year Anniversary

One year ago Comosa AG announced the World Boxing Super Series, a revolutionary bracket-style elimination tournament, and the quest for the biggest prize in boxing, The Muhammad Ali Trophy.

The ambition was to set new standards, ensure coherent storylines and provide top-class boxing throughout the year. In other words: To change the world of boxing.

In the past year, words have been transformed into action and stories of courage, rivalries and exciting encounters have been told.

Tens of thousands of spectators have witnessed the Ali Trophy experience at some magnificent arenas in the US, UK, Germany, Latvia and Russia. Nearly 1,000 Reporters and Photographers have covered the events and fans in over 100 Countries have watched the unimaginable action LIVE on their screen of choice.

32 Shoulder Programs have been produced to capture the background stories of the boxers and the fight week drama: Over 13 hours of groundbreaking documentary in total.

12 incredible fights in the Quarter and Semi-Final stages of the World Boxing Super Series have led to two mouth-watering match-ups, and the best is yet to come:

Ukraine’s Aleksandr Usyk and Russia’s Murat Gassiev meet in the unprecedented fight for the Ali trophy, which will also act as a unification for the WBO, WBC, IBF and WBA belts plus the RING Magazine Cruiserweight title.

In the Super Middleweight division British finalists George Groves and Callum Smith face-off in the fight for the Ali Trophy and WBA’s ‘Super’ World title as well as the prestigious WBC Diamond Championship.

“Today we celebrate a very special birthday,” Comosa’s CEO, Roberto Dalmiglio. “The tournament is a dream coming true for Comosa and the two first stages delivered what boxing fans have been craving for years; The best fighting the best.”

On the horizon followers of the World Boxing Super Super Series can see two epic confrontations and the contours of a new season.

“We are now looking forward to the perfect culmination of what has been a spectacular first season for the World Boxing Super Series and the Ali Trophy.”

“It has been a wonderful year, but we are looking forward to many more birthdays. We have only just begun!”

“We are very happy with what we have accomplished over not only the last twelve months but also the four years of research and development before the launch in New York,” said Comosa’s Chief Boxing Officer and one of the original co-founders, Kalle Sauerland.

“We are happy with the look and feel of the ring-walks, the productions, and the events, but most of all we are delighted with the amazing reaction of the fans and media to what is the Champions League of Boxing and the sporting value in Season One has certainly fitted that title.“

“We have seen some historic events with Fight of the Year contenders and now we have four very worthy finalists. We cannot wait to see the exciting conclusion of the inaugural season of the Ali Trophy.”

Ashley and Thorslund make weight ahead of WBC World title contest

Dina Thorslund (10-0, 6 KOs) and her opponent Alicia Ashley (24-11-1, 4 KOs) both made weight today ahead of their WBC Female World Super Bantamweight Championship contest tomorrow night at the Struer Energi Park in Denmark.

Thorslund can become Denmark’s first World Champion since Mikkel Kessler and the country’s second ever female World Champion if she is able to overcome the experienced New York-based Jamaican in front of her home fans in Struer.

WBC Female World Super Bantamweight Championship 
Dina Thorslund: 55.2 kg
Alicia Ashley: 54.5 kg

An action-packed undercard sees the return of Dennis Ceylan who faces Jesus Sanchez following his World title eliminator defeat to Josh Warrington plus rising Danish stars Kem Ljungquist, Mikkel Nielsen, Frederik Hede Jensen, Adam Bashanov, Haris Dzindo and German middleweight Araik Marutjan.

Featherweight – 8 Rounds: 
Dennis Ceylan: 57.6 kg
Jesus Sanchez: 57.5 kg

Heavyweight – 6 Rounds: 
Kem Ljungquist: 107.5 kg
Frantisek Kohout: 101.5 kg

Middleweight –  4 Rounds: 
Araik Marutjan: 73 kg
Nikoloz Gvajava: TBC*

Super Welterweight – 6 Round: 
Mikkel Nielsen: 69.4 kg
Jemel Shalamberidze: TBC*

Super Featherweight – 4 Rounds: 
Frederik Hede Jensen: 57 kg
Brian Pelaez: 58 kg

Super Middleweight – 4 Rounds: 
Haris Dzindo: 75 kg
Karoly Lakatos: 72 kg

Super Middleweight – 6 Rounds: 
Adam Bashanov:
Nick Hannig: 77.5 kg

*Nikoloz Gvajava and Jemel Shalamberidze will be weighed in later. 

With current champion Fatuma Zarika injured, Thorslund and Ashley will contest the ‘interim’ WBC title. Upon her return, Zarika will fight the winner of Thorslund and Ashley to determine the WBC’s ‘undisputed’ 122lbs champion.

New York’s Premier Amateur Boxing Tournament “New York Metro Qualifier: The Road to the Garden” Opens with a Bang!

March 6, 2018 – New York, NY – Competitors and fans alike braved the elements as Mother Nature’s “bomb cyclone” struck the area, selling out the first two nights of Metro’s The Road to the Garden event. World champion Iran Barkley and five-time Golden Gloves champion David Villar were amongst the luminaries witnessing the events, along with former New York State Athletic Commissioner Melvina Lathan. Yonkers PAL saw ten exciting bouts in the 152 pound (welterweight) Novice class, with nine going to a decision and one stopped by the referee:

⦁ Zachary Blumberg (Freeport PAL) defeated Muhammad Saeed, (Rustam’s BC) – RSC, Rd 2.
⦁ Abdraimov Arat (Unattached) defeated Cristian Calderon (Woodside BC) – SD.
⦁ Wilson Valencia (Morris Park BC) defeated Joshua Wilson (Atlas Cops & Kids) – SD.
⦁ Patrick Gough (Green Fitness) defeated Hansel Gonzalez (John’s Gym) – UD.
⦁ Richard Daunt (Finest Fitness BC) defeated Salvatore Pomilla (Champs BC) – UD.
⦁ Jayson Capetillo (Brotherhood BC) defeated Jason Castanon (Sweatbox BC) – UD.
⦁ Davaughn Stevens (John’s Gym) defeated Bryant Kim (New York Athletic Club) – UD.
⦁ Kevin Anderson (Gleason’s Gym) defeated Jeffrey Barreau (FDNY BC) – SD.
⦁ Lloyd Rosario (Starrett City BC) defeated Karem Elnokrashy (Mendez Boxing) – UD.
⦁ David Moore (Freeport PAL) defeated Damion Nelson (Lou Benson’s Elmcor BC) – UD.

Friday night, March 2, at Church Street Boxing, the 132-pound and 141-pound Novices showed what amateur boxing is all about, hosting seven 132 pound lightweight bouts as well as one 141 pound light welterweight bout.

⦁ Desean McCain (Lou Benson’s Elmcor BC) defeated Nestor Velez (Ardon’s Sweet Science) – UD.
⦁ Taquee McDaniel (Eastern Queens BC) defeated Michael Feldman (Extreme Fight Club) – UD.
⦁ Brandon Pena (Atlas Cops & Kids) defeated Gerald Alvarado (Unattached) – RSC Rd 2.
⦁ Kelvin Renoso (John’s Gym) defeated Elijah Brown (Brotherhood BC) – SD.
⦁ Arique Hayes (Green Fitness BC) defeated Algenis Amparo (Ardon Sweet Science) – UD.
⦁ Ronny Reyes (Morris Park BC) defeated Wagner Morales (John’s Gym) – RSC Rd 2.
⦁ Musa Cham (Morris Park BC) defeated Chanel Delacruz (El Maestro BC) -UD.
⦁ Julius Wallace (Kayo BC) defeated Alex Marshall (Main Street BC) – UD.

With competitions scheduled through March and into April, the tournament promises many more exciting matches. For information, go to, and be sure to watch the action live on YouTube and Facebook at Puglife Chronicles @publifechronicles.

The tournament continues this week on Thursday night, March 8, starting at 7:30 PM at Main Street Boxing, 156 Gramatan Avenue in Mount Vernon, featuring the 178 light heavyweight Novice weight class.

On Friday night, March 9, the 165 middleweight Novice weight class will compete at Work Train Fight, 636 Broadway in Manhattan, also starting at 7:30 PM.


Alicia Ashley arrives in Denmark, ready for WBC World title showdown with Thorslund

Alicia Ashley (24-11, 4 KOs) has arrived in Denmark, ready for her WBC Female World Super Bantamweight Championship contest against undefeated hometown hero Dina Thorslund (10-0, 6 KOs) on Saturday at the Struer Energi Park.

Accompanied by legendary coach Hector Roca, the former two-time WBC World Champion touched down in Copenhagen earlier this week, and came face-to-face with Thorslund today at a press conference at the Crowne Plaza Copenhagen Towers hotel.

“I’m very happy to be here. I have fought all over the world and I’m looking forward to showcasing my skills for the Danish fans on Saturday,” said Ashley.

“I’m a boxer. I will use my movement and experience, but I can also stand and fight. I have a lot of weapons in my arsenal. Fighting away from home, I might be the underdog, but I have been in this situation many times before and have come out on top.”

Born in Jamaica, Ashley moved to America as a child and grew up in Brownsville, the tough Brooklyn neighborhood, which among other notable fighters has produced former heavyweight champions Mike Tyson, Riddick Bowe and Shannon Briggs.

“I moved to America when I was 11 years old and grew up in Brownsville, Brooklyn. I was raised by a single mother with 2 older brothers, and we had a very competitive and highly disciplined upbringing,” she says.

Still based in New York, the fighter known as ‘Slick’ trains out of Brooklyn’s legendary Gleason’s Gym, and on Saturday, will rely on a wealth of experience with veteran coach Hector Roca and former pro-fighter Ada Velez comprising her corner team.

Roca has trained multiple World Champions including Boxing Hall Of Famer Arturo ‘Thunder’ Gatti, and was even tasked with training Oscar wining actress Hilary Swank for her role the Clint Eastwood’s Million Dollar Baby. While, Velez, a former World title-holder, returns to Denmark following a competitive 2004 fight with Anita Christensen in Aarhus.

Despite her opponent’s optimism, Thorslund insists she is ready to write her name in the history books as the first Danish World Champion since Mikkel Kessler defeated Brian Magee in 2012, and only the second female World Champion after Anita Christensen.

“I have a lot of respect for Alicia and what she has acheived in her career, but it’s my time now,” says Thorslund.  “I have trained really hard, and on Saturday night, I look forward to winning my first World title in front of my home fans in Struer.”

With current champion Fatuma Zarika injured, Thorslund and Ashley will contest the ‘interim’ WBC title. Upon her return, Zarika will fight the winner of Thorslund and Ashley to determine the WBC’s ‘undisputed’ 122lbs champion.

USA & Ireland team rosters announced by USA Boxing for Northeast Tour

USA Boxing Announces Rosters for USA vs. IRL Northeast Boxing Tour


COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (March 7, 2018) — USA Boxing announced today the tentative rosters for the three-city USA vs. IRL Northeast Boxing Tour that is kicking off March 12 at Boston’s Royale Entertainment Complex. All three stops will showcase top USA boxers that have won numerous international medals.

Boston’s stop, which is presented by Budweiser, will feature three World Championship medalists, including 2017 Elite World Championship bronze medalist Troy Isley (Alexandra, Va.), who just earned a silver at the 2018 Strandja Tournament in Sofia, Bulgaria last month, as well as 2016 Youth World Champions Delante Johnson (Cleveland, Ohio) and 2016 Youth World Championship bronze medalist Richard Torrez (Tulare, Calif.). Johnson and Torrez both represented Team USA with Isley in Bulgaria, where Johnson earned a bronze medal.

Other boxers to represent Team USA in Boston include Keyshawn Davis (Norfolk, Va.) who just earned his first international title in Bulgaria. Headlining the women is Virginia Fuchs (Kemah, Texas), who won four international gold medals in 2017 and began her 2018 with a bronze at the Strandja Tournament.

Team USA’s second dual at Springfield’s MassMutal Center on March 15 will be headlined once again Isley and Johnson, as well as their 2017 World Championship teammate Quinton Randall (Humble, Texas) will join them on this leg of the tour, along with 2017 National Champion and Continental Championship silver medalist Oshae Jones (Toledo, Ohio). Two-time World Champion Marc Castro (Fresno, Calif.) will represent Team USA for the first time at the elite level.

Amoskeag Beverages and Manchester PAL will present the third and final stop in Manchester, N.H. on March 21. Duke Ragan (Cincinnati, Ohio), 2017 World Championship silver medalist, will headline the final stop along with 2017 World Championship bronze medalist Freudis Rojas (Las Vegas, Nev.), as well as Fuchs and Torrez. Other boxers anticipated to compete include 2017 USA Boxing National Champions Jared Anderson (Toledo, Ohio) and international medalist Stacia Suttles (Bronx, N.Y.)

Team Ireland will bring a total of 18 different boxers to compete throughout the tour, and a full roster can be seen below for both teams.

For more information and to stay up-to-date on USA vs. IRL Northeast Boxing Tour, click here.

USA Boxing Roster – **All rosters are subject to change**


51 kg / 112 lbs: Virginia Fuchs, Kemah, Texas, 29

60 kg / 132 lbs: Stacia Suttles, Bronx, N.Y., 23

60 kg / 132 lbs: Keyshawn Davis, Norfolk, Va., 19

64 kg / 141 lbs: Delante Johnson, Cleveland, Ohio, 19

69 kg / 152 lbs: Oshae Jones, Toledo, Ohio, 20

69 kg / 152 lbs: Quinton Randall, Humble, Texas, 27

75 kg / 165 lbs: Troy Isley, Alexandria, Va., 19

75 kg / 165 lbs: Nikita Ababiy, Brooklyn, N.Y., 19

81 kg / 178 lbs: Khalil Coe, Jersey City, N.J., 21

91 kg / 201 lbs: Adrian Tillman, Colorado Springs, Colo., 22

91+ kg / 201+ lbs: Richard Torrez, Tulare, Calif., 18


56 kg / 123 lbs: Marc Castro, Fresno, Calif., 18

60 kg / 132 lbs: Keyshawn Davis, Norfolk, Va., 19

64 kg / 141 lbs: Amelia Moore, Alexandria, Va., 28

64 kg / 141 lbs: Charlie Sheehy, Brisbane, Calif., 19

64 kg / 141 lbs. Delante Johnson, Cleveland, Ohio, 19

69 kg / 152 lbs: Oshae Jones, Toledo, Ohio,

69 kg / 152 lbs: Quinton Randall, Humble, Texas, 27

75 kg / 165 lbs: Nikita Ababiy, Brooklyn, N.Y., 19

75 kg / 165 lbs: Troy Isley, Alexandria, Va., 19

81 kg / 178 lbs: Khalil Coe, Jersey City, N.J., 21

91 kg / 201 lbs: Adrian Tillman, Colorado Springs, Colo., 22


51 kg / 112 lbs: Virginia Fuchs, Katy, Texas, 29

56 kg / 123 lbs: Duke Ragan, Cincinnati, Ohio, 29

60 kg / 132 lbs: Stacia Suttles, Bronx, N.Y., 23

60 kg / 132 lbs: James Browning, Las Vegas, Nev., 18

64 kg / 132 lbs: Charlie Sheehy, Brisbane, Calif., 19

69 kg / 152 lbs: Quinton Randall, Humble, Texas, 27

69 kg / 152 lbs: Freudis Rojas Jr., Las Vegas, Nev., 19

75 kg / 165 lbs: Nikita Ababiy, Brooklyn, N.Y., 19

75 kg / 175 lbs: Naomi Graham, Colorado Springs, Colo., 28

91 kg / 201 lbs: Jared Anderson, Toledo, Ohio, 18

91+ kg/ 201+ lbs: Richard Torres, Tulare, Calif., 18

Ireland’s Boxing Roster

54 kg / : Lauren Hogan, Offaly, 21

56 kg / 123 lbs: Evan Metcalfe, Dublin, 28

60 kg / 123 lbs: George Bates, Dublin, 23

60 kg / 123 lbs.: Francis Cleary, Mayo, 19

60 kg / 123 lbs.: Kellie Harrington, Dublin, 28

64 kg / 141 lbs.: Paddy Donovan, Limerick, 19

64 kg / 141 lbs: Caoimhin Ferguson, Antrim, 21

64 kg / 141 lbs.: Wayne Kelly, Laois, 21

69 kg / 152 lbs. L Eugene McKeever, Drogheda, 21

69 kg / 152 lbs: Kieran Molloy, Galway, 21

69 kg / 152 lbs: Grain Walsh, Offaly, 22

75 kg / 165 lbs: Aoife Burke, Dublin, 20

75 kg / 165 lbs: Brett McGinty, Derry, 19

75 kg / 165 lbs: Gerard French, Antrim, 20

75 kg / 165 lbs: Michael Nevin, Laois, 19

81 kg / 178 lbs: Caoimhin Hynes, Antrim, 20

91 kg / 201 lbs: Kiril Afanasev, Dublin, 26

91+ kg / 201+ lbs: Dean Gardiner, Tipperary, 27


USA vs. Ireland Schedule

March 12: Royale Entertainment Complex, Boston, Mass.

March 15: MassMutual Center, Springfield, Mass.

March 21: The Manchester Downtown Hotel, Manchester, N.H.

Xcite Fight Night Media Workout Quotes

PHILADELPHIA – Philly fighters featured on the Xcite Fight Night card this Friday, March 9 at Parx Casino articipated in an open to the public media workout Tuesday March 6th at Joe Hand Gym.

Here’s what they had to say!

Avery Sparrow, Featherweight, Ranked  No. 14 by WBO

Sparrow one of the fastest-rising prospects in the Philadelphia area, will take on seasoned veteran Jesus Serrano, of Nogales, Mexico in the main event.

“I watched some footage on Jesus Serrano. About one minute and then I turned it off and put on Floyd Mayweather. I wasn’t too impressed. Every time I see the possibly of an upset, I get more confident.”

“Some things that happened last year were designed just for me. The universe was working in my favor. After I fought Anthony Burgin, everything just fell in my lap.”

“When I fought Isaelin Florian that was 8 days notice. That came fast. But I’m in the gym and I’m not shying away from any opportunities. I wake up every day to be a star.”

“I watched 30 seconds of Jose Lopez and said, ‘Oh yea, we got this.’ I took the fight in eleven days notice. I could have done better. But I won convincingly.”

“I’m pushing to be a world champion. I got to beat certain guys and do certain things to get there. But I am willing to do those things. I’m getting better every fight. I train for a 12-round world championship fight every fight.”

“Winning two Philly Briscoe Awards is amazing. These are the little steps that we take to get to the big stage. It is satisfying.”

John Joe Nevin, Ireland’s 2012 Olympic Silver Medalist

Nevin who won a silver medal for Ireland in the 2012 Olympics, returns to Philadelphia for the second time when he boxes four- time Canadian national amateur champion Alex Torres Rynn in the scheduled eight-round lightweight semifinal.

“I don’t know Alex Torres Rynn. He knows me. Apparently, he’s talking some sh*t. He just wants to make a name for himself. I don’t think he’s that stupid to think he can win. He’s going to get his ass kicked. He can’t talk so much when he’s sleep!”

Jerome Conquest, WBF Lightweight Champion

Conquest of Philadelphia, a former Parx Casino® employee, will test himself against seasoned veteran Tyrone Luckey of Neptune, NJ.

Even before I turned pro, they judged me. They said I was nothing. They said I was a follower. But after 11 fights, I won a regional world title!” -Jerome Conquest

Nahir Albright, Junior Welterwight

Albright of Sickerville, NJ faces off with Sidney Maccow of New York, who will be traveling to Pennsylvania for the first time since his pro debut in 2014.

“I had an eight-week camp. I stay in the gym all year round. waiting for an opportunity. The guy I’m fighting is a veteran. He’s got more fights than me. I have to stick to the gameplan and be ready. I like Manny Pacquiao. He came from nothing. He used to run with no shoes. It shows you that hard work will get you anywhere in this sport.” -Nahir Albright

Isaiah Wise, 2017 Briscoe Award Nominee, Fight of the Year vs Fred Jenkins

Wise of North Philadelphia, will be in a classic Philly vs. New Jersey match up when he goes toe-to-toe with Anthony Prescott of Cherry Hill.

“Anthony Prescott is durable. He’s a crafty veteran. He’s not going to stop. But I don’t think he’s used to someone applying pressure like I do. I’m gritty. I want to live up to being a Philly fighter.”


The WBA will follow up in Yeison Cohen case


Gilberto Jesús Mendoza, President of the World Boxing Association (WBA), held a press conference in Barranquilla on Tuesday, March 6th, to talk about the case of Venezuelan boxer Yeison Cohen, who is in intensive care after his fight last Friday.

Mendoza reviewed the reports and studied the protocol that was followed during the incident, which allowed the boxer to be attended in the best possible way. “The attendance was fast, in fact, the “Clínica General del Norte” hospital is located very close to the hotel where the boxing card was held, and that is why Cohen is still struggling to get out of this difficult moment. However, there are things to correct and we as a world sanctioning body are here to meet with the other bodies involved and demand greater prevention protocols”, said the President of the WBA.

In addition, Mendoza stated that, as a WBA-Fedelatin title was disputed, the entire boxing card was insured. Therefore, the boxer has an economic support to pay for his recovery and, also, the promotion company “Cuadrilatero” has taken over his stay at the hospital. “There is no insurance or money that is above a life. However, these are things that promoters must comply with, as it is their responsibility. This has been fulfilled and the family has been supported”.


The WBA will follow up in Yeison Cohen case.

AMB hará seguimiento en caso de Yeison Cohen.

The President also commented on the need to create alliances with government agencies to continue with the World Boxing Academy and, thus, conduct joint studies so that the appropriate examinations can be done. Also, there will be emphasis on teaching boxers to be aware of their health.

“Our organization has always given priority to the boxers’ health. We ensure that their rights are respected and that is why we are here, to support them. I think we should also make more rigorous controls, make the athletes conscious that they must be aware of their health”, continued the President.

Finally, Mendoza also expressed his concern about the situation on the Venezuelan border and said: “there are several things that also affect the sport. There is a legal vacuum in the regulation, as many boxers from Venezuela pass through the border in search of an opportunity to help their families. Many come hungry and without requesting permission to leave the Venezuela Boxing Commission. Although this seems to be outside the sports field, it is still a concern because they are people who sometimes do not know how to do anything else than boxing and it is their only way to support their families”.

The WBA will keep a rigorous follow-up to this case to carry out the necessary corrective measures and to avoid this problem from happening again.

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