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San Diego amateur boxer Jonathan Mansour experienced emotional roller-coaster ride in 2020

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (January 7, 2021) – In 2019, Jonathan “Magic” Mansour finished fifth at the USA Olympic Trials as one of the youngest competitors in the field, and the now 21-year-old San Diego featherweight had planned to put on a magical performance at the 2020 USA Boxing National Championships this past December, at the Shreveport Convention Center in Shreveport, Louisiana.

In late October, Mansour was named as the USA Boxing Olympic Qualifying Team alternate in the featherweight division, replacing the original alternate, David Navarro, who recently turned pro. Brooklyn’s Bruce Carrington is the USA Boxing Olympic Qualifying Team representative in the featherweight division, who needs to finish among the top six finishers at the Americas Qualification Tournament this May. The Last Chance Qualifier will be at the World Qualifier in June.

“Being the Olympic alternate keeps me faithful in God’s process in making my Olympic dreams come true,” Mansour said. “I am excited to perform with Team USA to fight for gold and obtain my number one spot. I am glad I stayed ready for this opportunity knowing my time will come.”

As it turned out, the 2020 USA Boxing National Championships was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic until March 25-April 3, 2021 at the same venue.

Mansour started boxing at the age of eight, choosing to box because he always wanted to be different and loved to fight. He told his uncle that he wanted to go the boxing gym with him one day, instead of going to his grandmother’s house to swim with his cousins, and the rest is history.

“After he took me to the gym,” Mansour noted, “I’ve never missed a day since. I have sacrificed many friends, parties, my entire high school years, and more. Through all the tough times and especially during this pandemic, my coaches and I picked up my training even more. Being ranked number 4 in the USA still keeps me hungry for that number 1 spot, and I will make sure to fight for it until I’ve achieved it.”

Mansour captured gold medals at the 2018 National Golden Gloves and Monkton International Boxing Cup, as well as the 2019 Last Chance Qualifier. Standing 5′ 10″, he is tall for a featherweight, and he effectively uses his range advantage to out-box his opponents, often switching effortlessly from southpaw to orthodox stances.

“I have realized that my style is very different and stands out much more,” Mansour added. “It is the reason I got my nickname, ‘Magic.’ I fight smarter not harder and my coaches and I adjust to all styles, whether my opponent is coming forward or moving backwards.

 

Mansour joined the USA Boxing Olympic Qualifying Team on October 28th at the Multination Training Camp in Chula Vista, Calif. Each fighter needed to be quarantined for five days and then cleared after passing COVID testing. Nobody was allowed to leave his or her room other than to train or dine.

“We still trained during the quarantine,” he explained, “but we didn’t make contact until our test results came back negative. Being in the bubble was pretty boring, but it gave me a lot of time to focus on myself and my life. It was a great experience stepping into the ring with the Great Britain Olympic Team. I learned more and more everyday and studied all my test match footage. Camp was 16 days and USA had members of the Canadian Olympic Boxing Team there as well. Some days we trained two times a day and on the days we didn’t I still did my night jogging to keep my legs fresh for the test matches.”

2020 was an emotional roller-coaster ride for Mansour, who is now preparing to return to Colorado Springs from January 14th to February 19th with members of Team USA to train and prepare for upcoming tournaments. All the ups and downs, though, have been well worth it for Mansour.

“Being a 2021 Olympic Boxing Team alternate is a blessing,” he concluded. “It is definitely a big opportunity that my team and I have been preparing for to make the best of it. I’ve always dreamed of becoming an Olympic gold medalist and hard work will get me there.”

 

OMAR BORDOY INKS PROMOTIONAL AGREEMENT WITH STAR BOXING

Star Boxing is pleased to announce the signing of Danbury Connecticut fan-favorite OMAR “THE BEAST” BORDOY (10-1 3KO’s). At 25-years-old, Bordoy stands at 5’5″ and matches his nickname in the ring, unleashing his inner ‘Beast’ fighting much bigger than his frame would suggest.

Bordoy is no stranger to Star Boxing events, having made his pro debut at Star Boxing’s “Slugfest at the Sun” on the undercard of Connecticut Boxing Hall of Fame Inductee, Delvin Rodriguez vs Courtney Pennington. Bordoy pitched a shutout, winning by unanimous decision, “Joe DeGuardia gave me my pro debut back in 2017,” said Bordoy, “I never forgot him giving me the chance to begin my career and now giving me the opportunity to further my career.”

 

Team Bordoy with StarBoxing
CEO Joe DeGuardia

Burdoy would later make an appearance at Star Boxing’s acclaimed “Rockin’ Fights” series at The Paramount in Huntington, New York, where he went to war with Terrell Bostic on the undercard of Long Island’s former World Champion, and “Rockin’ Fights” alum, Chris Algieri vs Angel Hernandez. Bordoy would drop Bostic in the third-round of the scheduled six-round fight, which proved to be the difference earning the decision in a thrilling fight.

Bordoy had this to say about signing with NY Hall of Fame promoter, Joe DeGuardia, “I couldn’t be more excited to sign a contract with Star Boxing. I’ve always been an underdog and I come from nothing, so I’m looking forward to showing the world that from nothing you can become something. The confidence Star Boxing is showing me only makes me hungrier and I look forward to having an explosive year in 2021.”

Trainer and Manager, AJ GALANTE echoed Bordoy’s sentiment, “Star Boxing consistently puts their fighters in positions to be successful. I look forward to continuing to help further guide Omar’s career, and with Joe DeGuardia and Star Boxing in our corner, the sky is the limit.”

Star Boxing CEO JOE DEGUARDIA stated, “Omar’s development from his pro debut at Mohegan Sun, to his electric victory at The Paramount has been impressive. I believe together with his team, we can continue to develop Omar, and get him the opportunities he needs to make real noise in the super lightweight division. We are happy to welcome him to Star Boxing.”

Jan. 20th ShoBox debut Career-changing opportunity for Unbeaten super lightweight “Marvelous” Mykquan Williams

HARTFORD (January 7, 2021) – Last month, hours after receiving the disappointing news that his first fight in 14 months had been scraped, unbeaten East Hartford (CT) super lightweight prospect “Marvelous” Mykquan Williams (15-0-1, 7 KOs) received word that instead of fighting in relatively obscurity in Cancun, he would be making his ShoBox: The New Generation” debut, January 20th at nearby Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut.

Williams, 22, will headline against undefeated Colombian knockout artist Yeis Gabriel “El Tigre” Solano (15-0, 10 KOs) in the 10-round main event on SHOWTIME, airing live at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m., to kick off ShoBox’s 20th season. Mohegan Sun is only a 45-minute drive from Williams’ home, but his fan-base won’t be there rooting him on, unfortunately, because COVID-19 restrictions ban attendees.

ShoBox is renowned for building future world champions, 83 to date and counting, including Andre WardErrol Spence, Jr., Nonito DonaireDeontay Wilder, and Williams’ fellow Nutmeg State fighter, Chad Dawson.

“I was upset to learn a week before my fight in Cancun that it was canceled,” Williams explained. “I’ve been out of the ring for a while. I had trained hard and was in the zone. But the same day I found out that my fight in Cancun had been canceled, I learned that I’d be fighting on ShoBox at Mohegan Sun. It was a curse and blessing. The opportunity to fight on ShoBox only a few weeks later, on a bigger and better platform, is a great opportunity for me.

“At least I don’t have to travel now and my opponent’s coming in, I believe, from California where he’s training. Fighting on ShoBox completely elevates my exposure. I have a chance to show the nation, if not the world, who I am and how good a fighter I am. I’ll be showcasing my skills on a great platform. It just came about. I think I’m the B side fighter, but that doesn’t bother me.”

Williams’ head trainer since he was an amateur and throughout his 4 1/2-year pro career is Paul Cichon. “This is like a blessing in disguise,” Cichon commented. “We went from losing the fight in Cancun and to Mykey now fighting in the main event on ShoBox, It’s great for Mykey and our team. This change is perfect for us. If Mykey performs like he think he will, doors will open-up for him once the gates open for boxing, after he beats this kid who has a good record. This is the right time!”

The 28-year-old Solano is a southpaw who is a former World Boxing Association (WBA) Fedebol lightweight champion. He’s fought only once outside of Columbia or Mexico, back on September 6, 2019 in his most recent action, when he won an 8-round split decision against 20-1 Elias Damien Araujo in Iowa. Solano’s other 14 opponents had an accumulative record of 67-227-12.

“Mykey has fought better opponents,” Cichon noted. “Solano is a strong southpaw with a 15-0 record and 10 knockouts. We expect him to come out blazing. I don’t think he’s fought anybody of Mykey’s caliber. Mykey has been moved much better.”

“I don’t know too much about him other than he’s a lefty and coming up in weight,” Williams added “They wanted to fight at 135 and agreed to fight at 138. I don’t have any issues fighting southpaws. I’ve fought five left-handers.”

Williams had been frustrated but he became more patient in terms of being unable to fight during the pandemic. Because he turned pro at 18, he’s had 16 pro fights to date, and he’s still only 22, and experiencing a lost year doesn’t adversely affect him as much as older fighters.

“I’m still young and don’t think about running out of time,” Williams concluded. “There’s nothing we could have done differently during the pandemic.

Williams is promoted by DiBella Entertainment and managed by veteran Jackie Kallen.

“I am thrilled that Showtime is giving Mykquan this opportunity to show the boxing world what he can do,” Kallen remarked. “This is his coming out party and I think he’ll now begin to make some serious noise in the 140-pound weight class. This is an important step on his journey toward a world title. I’m very excited and proud of him.”

If you believe in things happen for a reason, Mykquan Williams could very well be “Marvelous” on Jan. 20th, and his already bright career will be even more illuminated.

Ryan Garcia stops Luke Campbell in seven, Alvarado twins go 1-1 in championship fights Saturday January 2nd

Saturday night on DAZN at the American Airlines Center in Dallas Texas, lightweight contenders Ryan Garcia and Luke Campbell faced off for the number one position with the WBC. In co-features Twin brothers Rene and Felix Alvarado attempted to retain their championships.

In the main event despite Garcia heading into the contest undefeated, many have questioned the caliber of Garcia’s opposition even stating “His opponents have been carefully selected”. It was Luke Campbell the Olympian and former two time world title challenger who despite losing those attempts, gave a credible accounts of himself along with wins over two former world champions expected to answer doubts on Garcia’s ability.

The contest started out with Garcia setting the pace while Campbell used his jab and footwork, in round two a counter from Campbell as Garcia moved in recklessly dropped him for the first time in his career. At the surprise of many Garcia beat the count regrouped himself and finished the round strong.

As rounds three and four passed, Garcia remained the aggressor while Campbell used his reach and footwork to limit that effectiveness. As a competitive fifth neared end, Garcia caught Campbell with a big right hand that visibly hurt him and most likely the bell saved Campbell before Garcia could jump in to follow up on his momentum.

With time to regroup before the sixth started Campbell used his boxing ability to slow the action. As he  looked for an opening to catch Garcia moving in with his hands low and repeat what took place in the second which would swing momentum back into his favor. While Campbell didn’t turn the momentum around he did keep Garcia from capitalizing on the late fifth round punch that had rocked Luke. When the round was over Garcia’s corner admonished him for being overly aggressive stating “Calm down the stopping will come”.

The seventh round was tactical by both fighters with Campbell seemingly having fully recovered, using once again using his counter punching and footwork to keep Garcia from rushing in, until a fast left hook to the body of Campbell from Garcia dropped the two time world title challenger. On the canvas in agony Campbell was unable to beat the ten count and referee Laurence Cole waved off the contests at 1:58 of round seven.

With the win and now the WBC mandatory challenger Ryan Garcia improves to 21-0 (18) while Luke Campbell drops to 20-4 (16).

The contest proved that Ryan Garcia is indeed a legitimate top ten contender at lightweight, a fight against WBC champion Devin Haney would be interesting but Garcia’s reckless approach and lazy defense needs improvement. If basing my opinion off Saturdays performance, Garcia wouldn’t fare well against the divisions big punchers be it unified WBA/WBO/IBF champion Teofimo Lopez or WBA regular belt holder Gervonta Davis.

In the co-feature Rene Alvarado faced Roger Gutierrez in a WBA regular Super Featherweight title affair, the pair had previously faced off in 2017 before Alvarado claimed this version of the WBA belts. That night Alvarado beat up, bloodied and forced a stoppage by the corner of Gutierrez in the seventh round.

It was a tough fight fought by both men Saturday, momentum swung back and forth throughout, while the champion pressed the action Gutierrez fought more composed and dropped Alvarado three times over the duration. Those knockdowns were crucial and would win the contest for Gutierrez by a close but unanimous decision with scores of 113-112 on all three official cards.

With a version of the Super Featherweight title around his waist, Roger Gutierrez improved to 25-3-1 (20) while Rene Alvarado drops to 32-9 (21).

In an IBF Jr Flyweight championship contest, belt holder Felix Alvarado (Twin Brother of Rene Alvarado) successfully defended his title stopping IBF minimumweight belt holder DeeJay Kriel in the tenth round of an all action high paced contest. With the win Felix Alvarado  improves to 36-2 (31) while DeeJay Kriel drops to 16-2-1 (8).

In undercard action

Junior Middleweight- Alex Rincon improved to 8-0 (6) after scoring a six round decision over Sergio Lucio Gonzalez 6-8-1 (1)

Super Middleweight- Franchon Crews Dezurn 7-1 (2) def. Ashleigh Curry 8-14 (1)  via. UD 8

Lightweight- Sean Garcia 6-0 (2) def. Rene Marquez 5-6 (2)  via. MD 4

Cruiserweight- Tristan Kalkreuth 7-0 (5) def. Jorge Armando Martinez 4-6 (1)  via. TKO 1

Middleweight- Raul Curiel 9-0 (7) def. Ramses Agaton 22-13-3 (12)  via. TKO 2

Bantamweight- Asa Stevens 1-0 def. Francisco Bonilla 6-9-3 (3)  via. UD 4

STRAP UP YOUR BOOTS: “THE COMMON MAN” JOE SMITH JR. FIGHTS FOR WORLD TITLE ON FEBRUARY 13TH AGAINST RUSSIAN MAXIM VLASOV

Light heavyweight contender JOE “THE BEAST” SMITH JR., the consummate everyman, spent more than a decade as a union laborer on Long Island. He now owns and operates a tree service business, chopping and trimming trees when he’s not training.
At 31 years old, this far-from-average Joe will battle Russian veteran MAXIM VLASOV for the vacant WBO light heavyweight world title Saturday, Feb. 13. In the 10-round lightweight co-feature, former world champion Richard “RC” Commey will fight Dominican slickster Jackson Marinez.

Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing and Patriot Promotions, Smith-Vlasov and Commey-Marinez will be televised live on ESPN and ESPN Deportes at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT.

“This is Rocky IV come to life,” said Top Rank chairman BOB ARUM. “Joe Smith Jr. is boxing’s blue-collar hero, a relentless fighter who chops down trees outside the ring and chops down opponents when the lights are bright. Maxim Vlasov is a tough Russian who is going to meet Joe punch for punch in the center of the ring. This will be an early contender for 2021 Fight of the Year.”

Star Boxing CEO JOE DEGUARDIA said, “I am very confident that Joe Smith Jr. will be the new WBO world champion, but I also know that Maxim Vlasov is a strong and seasoned fighter who also wants to become champion. It will make for a great night of boxing on ESPN. Kudos to the WBO for recognizing Joe’s talents and mandating this fight, and to Bob Arum and Top Rank for their continued excellence during this pandemic.”

Smith (26-3, 21 KOs) is best known for sending living legend Bernard Hopkins through the ropes and into retirement in 2016, but a world title has thus far proven elusive. He received a shot at the WBA light heavyweight world title in March 2019 and nearly knocked out Dmitry Bivol in the 10th round, but Bivol hung on to win a unanimous decision. Smith rampaged in 2020, dominating Jesse Hart over 10 rounds and knocking out former world champion Eleider Alvarez in an August title eliminator. Those victories propelled Smith to the WBO No. 1 ranking and a second crack at world title glory.

 

Smith said, “I have worked very hard to get a second opportunity at a world title. I feel I have improved, and on February 13, I am going to make my dream come true and become world champion.”

Vlasov (45-3, 26 KOs), a 15-year-pro, has been a world-level operator at super middleweight, light heavyweight and cruiserweight. He moved down to light heavyweight in early 2019 and soon joined the ranks of the top contenders. In a six-month span, Vlasov stopped Omar Garcia in four rounds, topped longtime contender Isaac Chilemba by unanimous decision to avenge a 2011 defeat, and shut out the previously undefeated Emmanuel Martey over 10 rounds.

“This is a great chance, and perhaps my last opportunity, to finally become a world champion,” Vlasov said. “Smith is a strong and relentless fighter, so I expect a very serious challenge.”

Commey (29-3, 26 KOs), from Accra, Ghana, has been a lightweight since turning pro in his home nation in February 2011. He fell just short in his first attempt at a world title, dropping a split decision to Robert Easter Jr. in September 2016 for the vacant IBF title. Commey won the IBF title in February 2019 with a second-round stoppage over Isa Chaniev, then defended it in June with an eighth-round knockout over former world champion Ray Beltran. His title reign ended that December, when Teofimo Lopez emerged with a star-making second-round TKO. Commey has not fought since the Lopez fight and is re-energized for another world title run.

Commey said, “It’s been a long and frustrating wait to get back into the ring, and February 13 can’t come soon enough. I’ve kept myself in shape, but once I heard the date, I stepped up my training. All I’ve been thinking about is winning back my title. I am not looking past Jackson Marinez, as I know he is a tough, slick fighter, so he has my full attention. The road to redemption begins now.”

Marinez (19-1, 7 KOs), from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, entered 2020 largely unknown to fight fans. That all changed in August, when he out boxed the unbeaten Rolando Romero over 12 rounds. The official judges disagreed with most boxing observers, and Marinez lost a unanimous decision. Trained by Robert Garcia in Riverside, Calif., Marinez gets a shot at redemption and would enter the world title picture with a victory over Commey.

Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez improves to 41-0, Michael “The Bounty” Hunter rolls “Battle of Rio Grande” PPV results from Texas

Former world super middleweight champion Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez (41-0, 27 KOs), fighting for the first time since April 4, 2019, returned to the ring last night with a vengeance, stopping tough defending North American Boxing Federation (NABF) light heavyweight champion Alfonso “El Tigre” Lopez (32-4, 25 KOs) in the 10th round of the “Battle of Rio Grande” main event.

“Battle of Rio Grande,” presented by the two main event fighter’s promotional companies, Zurdo Promotions and El Tigre Promotions, aired live on pay per view from the Galveston Island Convention Center in Galveston, Texas.

The 29-year-old Ramirez displayed his world-class boxing skills and tremendous athleticism from the start, dropping Lopez in the fourth, but the defending champion was resilient right up until the very end. The ringside physician examined Lopez’ swollen right eye after the ninth round and when Ramirez floored Lopez with a right hook in the 10th, the referee waved off the fight. Lopez had his 10-right win streak snapped and Ramirez put reigning world light heavyweight champions Artur Beterviev (WBC & IBF) and Dmitry Bivol (WBA) on notice. Ramirez is ranked No. 1 by the WBO, as well as being WBA #45, WBO and  IBF #7.

“I’m glad I was able to get a fight in this year.” Martinez said. “Alfonso was tough as a bull and kept coming like the true warrior he is but overall, I’m happy with my performance. I felt some ring rust in the beginning, but I’m glad I was able to get back to my old form quickly. This was challenge as a fighter and a promoter, but I plan on doing more shows in the future and appreciate all my partners that helped out in the process (ie fite tv, el tigre promotions, and be def sports). Glad I have this one out the way and on to next one.”

World-rated heavyweight and 2012 U.S. Olympian, Michael “The Bounty” Hunter (19-1-1, 13 KOs), continued his mission to be world heavyweight champion, outclassing West Virginia’s Shawn Laughery (10-4, 6 KOs) in the 10-round co-featured event, closing the show in the fourth round with his second knockdown. Hunter is rated among the top 10 heavyweights in the world by the four major sanctioning bodies: IBF #4, WBO #8, WBC #9 and WBA #10.

California featherweight Jose Maria “Chema” Delgado (6-0-4, 2 KOs) can’t catch a break, at least not in the United States, where he fought to a draw for the fourth time last night against Armando Frausto (8-2, 5 KOs). Delgado’s six pro wins have all come in fights held in Mexico. Delgado and Frausto were fighting for the vacant American Boxing Organization (ABO) featherweight title that remains open.

Undefeated lightweight Juan Velazquez (6-0, 4 KOs) overwhelmed fellow Houstonian, Alexis Chavarria (4-3-3, 1 KO), putting him away in round two after pummeling him from the opening bell.

The first fighter signed by Ramirez’ Zurdo Promotions, Los Angeles bantamweight John “Scrappy” Ramirez (no relations), turned in an auspicious pro debut, stopping his Puerto Rican opponent, Jose “El Chavito” Solis (0-3) midway through the opening round.

Texas middleweight Charles “Pretty Bad Boy” Baylor (1-0, 1 KO) dominated fellow Texan Joel “The Assassin” Munoz (0-2) up until the latter’s corner ended the fight, Houston junior middleweight Raynard “Alief Ali” Talib, Jr. (3-0, 1 KO) overcame a first-round knockdown and a cut over his right eye to edge Adam “AD” Ealoms (4-19-3, 2 KOs) by way of a four-round unanimous decision (38-37 X 3), and the junior middleweight fight between pro-debuting Apostle Arias (0-0-1) and Lucas “God First” McDonald (0-5-1) ended in a technical draw, because McDonald was unable to continue fighting in the fourth round due to a serious cut resulting from an accidental headbutt.

Also fighting on the undercard, Houston’s Breyon Gorham improved to 7-0 (6 KOs) with a third-round technical knockout of Anthony Curtiss (2-7, 2 KOs), who managed to beat the count but was deemed to unsteady by the referee to continue fighting, and Delmonte “Sugar Bear” Randle (1-0, 1 KOs) won his pro debut when Jarvis Lee (0-3) retired after round one.

The middleweight fight between Ivan Vazquez (5-0, 4 KOs) and Charon Spain (2-14-2, 1 KO) was canceled after Vazquez tested positive for COVID-19.

Complete results below:

 

                                                              OFFICIAL RESULTS

MAIN EVENT – NABF LIGHT HEAVYEIGHT CHAMPIONSIP

Gilberto Ramirez (41-0, 27 KOs), Mazatlán, Sinaloa, México

WTKO10 (0:59)

Alfonso Lopez (32-4, 25 KOs), Houston, TX

(Ramirez won NABF light heavyweight title)

CO-FEATURE – HEAVYWEIGHTS

Michael Hunter (19-1-1, 13 KOs), Las Vegas, NV

WKO4 (1:02)

Shawn Laughery (10-4, 6 KOs), Oak Hill, WV

HEAVYWEIGHTS

Demonte Randle (1-0, 1 KO), Texas City, TX

WTKO1 (3:00)

Jarvis Lee (0-3), Houston, Texas

SUPER MIDDLEWEIGHTS

Charles Baylor (1-0, 1 KO), Trinity, TX

WTKO2 ((1:40)

Joel Munoz (0-2), Dublin, TX

 

JUNIOR MIDDLEWEIGHTS

Raynard Talib, Jr. (3-0, 1 KO), Houston, TX

WDEC4 (38-37, 38-37, 38-37)

Adam Ealoms (4-19-3, 2 KOs), Bryan, TX

Apostle Arias (0-0-1, 0 KOs), Porter, TX

TD4

Lucas McDonald (0-5-1), Sealy, TX

WELTERWEIGHTS

Juan Velazquez (6-0, 4 KOs), Houston, TX

WTKO2 (2:14)

Alexis Chavarria (1-1, 0 KOs), Houston, TX

Breyon Gorham (7-0, 56KOs), Houston, TX

WTKO3 (2:14)

Antony Curtiss (2-7, 2 KOs), Butte, MT

 

VACANT ABO FEATHERWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP

Jose Maria Delgado (6-0-4, 2 KOs), Pittsburg, CA

D6(58-56, 57-57, 57-57)

Armando Frausto (8-1-1, 5 KOs), Alvin, TX

 

BANTAMWEIGHTS

John Ramirez (1-0, 1 KO), Los Angeles, CA

WTKO1 (1:51)

Jose Solis (0-3), San Juan, Puerto Rico

Welsh Area super-lightweight champion Kieran Gething (9-2-2, 2KOs) is recovering well from an operation on his elbow

On Wednesday, December 9, the 26-year-old from Pontypool went under the knife in an attempt to fix an ongoing problem.

He said after the corrective surgery, “The doctor said the operation on my elbow went very well, which is a weight off my mind.

“They had to remove the whole capsule around the joint, as it had thickened and inflamed, they also shaved off some bone – the part that had broken off and calcified.

“In the future, I’ve been advised to use support straps to stop hyperextension occurring again. The injury happened over a period of over five years or so, where it just grew worse and became especially bad in the past year or so.

“I can go running and cycling to keep fit, but just can’t use the elbow for up to three months. I have got a physio appointment on December 27, so I’m already looking forward to that to see if I’m healing well and on track to making my ring return.”

Gething injured his left elbow during training for his intended summer showdown with Irish lightweight champion Gary Cully (11-0, 5KOs), due to take place behind closed doors on August 26.

Although the damage had been sustained over a long period of time, Gething was hopeful to be ok for his fight with Cully but it became evident during sparring sessions that he wouldn’t be able to compete.

However, the MTK-signed talent is now hopeful to make his ring return shortly into the New Year.

“My manager has already said he wants me to go straight into a proper fight, which I believe means a 50-50 fight on TV,” he said excitedly. “I’ve got some time off work to recover but I’m still looking to train to keep my fitness levels up.”

The super-lightweight’s last fight was back in November last year when he reached a stalemate with Londoner Jeff Ofori (10-3-1, 3KOs) in the Golden Contract quarter-finals, which means he hasn’t fought at all in 2020.

Despite such a disappointing setback, the optimist remains upbeat, “I always like to look at things positively. I’ve accepted that 2020 has been taken off the table, but I’m optimistically looking ahead to getting better and fighting again in the New Year.

“I’m happy to go straight into a big fight, like I was preparing for previously. I just can’t wait to get back to punching again and to get my career back on track.”

Class of 2021 Announced in Canastota!

WLADIMIR KLITSCHKO, FLOYD MAYWEATHER, ANDRE WARD,LAILA ALI, ANN WOLFE, MARIAN TRIMIAR & DR. MARGARET GOODMAN ELECTED TO INT’L BOXING HALL OF FAME

Posthumous inductees to also enter Hall include Davey Moore, Freddie Brown, Jackie McCoy, George Kimball, Jay Larkin & Jackie Tonawanda

CANASTOTA, NY – DECEMBER 15, 2020 – The International Boxing Hall of Fame and Museum announced today the members of the Class of 2021. Living inductees include champions Wladimir  Klitschko, Floyd Mayweather and Andre Ward in the men’s Modern category; Laila Ali and Ann Wolfe in the women’s Modern category; Marian Trimiar in the women’s Trailblazer category and Dr. Margaret Goodman in the Non-Participant category.

Posthumous inductees are: featherweight champion “The Springfield Rifle” Davey Moore in the Old Timer category; Jackie Tonawanda in the women’s Trailblazer category; cut man Freddie Brown and manager / trainer Jackie McCoy in the Non-Participant category; journalist George Kimball and television executive Jay Larkin in the Observer category. Inductees were voted in by members of the Boxing Writers Association and a panel of international boxing historians. Biographies on the Class of 2021 can be found on www.ibhof.com

“We’re extremely excited about the Class of 2021 and are very much looking forward to honoring the newest class of inductees to earn boxing’s highest honor,” said Executive Director Edward Brophy.

As previously announced, the Class of 2020 – Bernard Hopkins, Juan Manuel Marquez, Shane Mosley, Christy Martin, Lucia Rijker, Barbara Buttrick, Frank Erne, Paddy Ryan, Lou DiBella, Kathy Duva, Dan Goossen, Bernard Fernandez and Thomas Hauser – will be honored with the Class of 2021 following the postponement of the 2020 Induction Weekend.

The 2021 Hall of Fame Induction Weekend is scheduled for June 10-13 in Canastota, NY. Many events in “Boxing’s Hometown” of Canastota throughout the four-day celebration, including a 5K Race / Fun Run, golf tournament, boxing autograph card show, VIP Cocktail Reception, Parade of Champions and the Official Induction Ceremony on the Hall of Fame Museum Grounds, are scheduled. The Hall of Fame Weekend evening events include Friday night’s Fight Night at Turning Stone and Saturday’s Banquet of Champions. Both events will take place at Turning Stone Resort Casino in nearby Verona, NY.

COMMENTS UPON RECEIVING INDUCTION NEWS

“Thank you for the great news. It is an honor to be a Hall of Famer. I’m so impressed with the dedication and passion the Village of Canastota has for boxing. All of the champions feel so honored and blessed to be in the Hall of Fame. It’s amazing.”

Wladimir Klitschko

“It is a great honor for me to be inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame as a first-ballot nominee and a member of the 2021 class. Throughout my career, I gave everything I could to the sport of boxing, and now, to be recognized by one of the most prestigious honors in the sport for that hard work and dedication is very humbling. I am looking forward to attending the Hall of Fame Induction Weekend in June and being honored alongside the other members of the class of 2021 too.”

Floyd Mayweather

“I’ve been waiting for this call for most of my life. It finally came. I’m a first ballot Hall of Famer. God has been good to me. I can finally rest now. This chapter of my life is complete.”

Andre Ward

“It truly is an honor to be inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame, CANASTOTA, Class of 2021. Being that my father was also inducted many years ago, makes this honor extra special to me. I learned so much inside the ring that I have applied to every area of my life outside of the ring. Boxing will forever be my first love…and knowing that I will be on the Hall of Fame Wall, inspiring others who come behind me for years to come, is a blessing that I will never take for granted.”

Laila Ali

“I got goosebumps. I don’t think a lot of people understand what I did. I came off the streets, trained with the best and boxing saved my life. This makes all the work I did worth it. This means completion. I completed what I set out to do in life and in boxing. In boxing a lot of people have to live life first. I lived boxing first and boxing helped me through life. I would not be where I am in life if it wasn’t for boxing and this just puts the icing on the cake.”

Ann Wolfe

“Wow! This is really an honor. I appreciate the recognition very much. This is exciting news.”

Marian Trimiar

“This means everything. I can’t tell you how much I love boxing. I’ve always loved boxing and I love the fighters and it’s all about the fighters. The fact that I’m recognized in this way means so much because it means alot for the healthcare of the fighters, the safety of the sport and promoting improvements to the sport to make it better for everyone involved. It’s the best honor I could even imagine.”

Dr. Margaret Goodman

SA STAR KEVIN LERENA HEADLINES AFRICA’S BIGGEST BOXING CARD OF 2020 LIVE ON UFC FIGHT PASS, SATURDAY, DECEMBER 19

New York, NY (December 16, 2020) – DiBella Entertainment has teamed up with Rodney Berman’s Golden Gloves South Africa to co-promote explosive South African cruiserweight southpaw Kevin “Two Guns” Lerena (25-1, 12 KOs). In his first fight under their strategic alliance, Lerena will headline December Detonation, on Saturday, December 19, from Emperors Palace in Kempton Park, Gauteng, South Africa. The event will be streamed live on UFC FIGHT PASS®, the world’s leading digital subscription service for combat sports, beginning at 12:15pm ET/9:15am PT. The card will also be broadcast domestically, in Africa, by SuperSport. Lerena will defend his IBO cruiserweight title against American Patrick Ferguson (17-2-1, 13 KOs) in a 12-round championship contest.

“I’m thrilled that UFC FIGHT PASS® is streaming this significant and well-matched card from South Africa,” said Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment. “I’m excited to join forces with my old friend Rodney Berman and Golden Gloves to promote the charismatic, talented Kevin Lerena and young welterweight phenom Jab Makhense. This show will be a solid introduction to the best of African boxing. In concert with Rodney, I look forward to exposing more African talent to boxing fans everywhere in the future.”

“It is great to stage ‘December Detonation’ in conjunction with Hall-of-Famer Lou DiBella, who has been a household name in South African boxing circles ever since his involvement with the Lennox Lewis-Hasim Rahman heavyweight championship contest, and the opportunities he gave to South African greats, such as Baby Jake Matlala, Brian Mitchell and Vuyani Bungu, during his days at HBO,” said Rodney Berman, President of Golden Gloves South Africa.

“It’s very exciting that UFC FIGHT PASS® will be streaming our event live, introducing the cream of South Africa’s talent to American audiences,” continued Berman. “Kevin Lerena is poised to become a global star in the cruiserweight division. He is somewhat of an anomaly, having had great success without any amateur background. He brings power, skill and excitement to the ring. This star-studded bill also includes the unbeaten Jabulani Makhense, who is destined to reach great heights in the welterweight division.”

“It’s an honor for me to have my fight streamed by UFC FIGHT PASS® in the United States and around the world,” said Lerena. “I’m thrilled to now be co-promoted by Lou DiBella alongside my loyal promoter Rodney Berman.”

“I’m excited about Saturday’s fight,” continued Lerena. “I know that Ferguson will be prepared, but he will soon realize that I am on another level than him. I am determined to defend my title and I look forward to what the future will bring with DiBella Entertainment and Golden Gloves guiding my career.”

Lerena will be defending his IBO strap for the seventh time. He is also rated #2 by the WBA, #3 by the IBF, and #4 by The Ring at cruiserweight, as well as #3 by the WBC in their new bridgerweight division. The 28-year-old Lerena is coming off of a sixth-round stoppage of former world champion Firat Arslan on February 8, 2020.

Coming from a family heavily involved with horse racing, Lerena initially wanted to become a jockey. However, when a growth spurt ended that dream, he set his sights on becoming a professional boxer and, on November 30, 2011, he turned pro at the age of 19, with no amateur experience. Since then, he has captured the WBF African, WBC Youth Silver, WBA Pan African, and South African cruiserweight titles. He avenged his only loss to Johnny Muller by knocking him out in the 10th round of their rematch in 2016. When he’s not fighting, Lerena has been a paramedic for the last four years, working shifts as an ambulance emergency assistant.

Ferguson, from Spokane, WA, is riding a three-fight winning streak, following two close decision losses in 2019. He previously held the WBC USNBC title and was a touted US National champion as an amateur.

The UFC Fight Pass undercard will include two additional title fights featuring local stars from Gauteng, South Africa. In a 10-round welterweight clash, Jabulani Makhense (10-0, 5 KOs), a two-division African titleholder from Pretoria, Gauteng, will defend his WBA Pan African belt against Mardochee Kuvesa Katembo (13-3-1), of Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Opening up the stream, 22-year-old power-puncher Roarke Knapp (10-1-1, 8 KOs), from Edenvale, Gauteng, will vie for the vacant IBO Youth super welterweight title against Soweto, Gauteng’s undefeated Simon Dladla (6-0, 5 KOs) in a 10-round contest.

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