Author: Daxx Khan

Berchelt outclasses Miuara, Barrera “Educates” Smith Jr in Inglewood

Saturday night on HBO from the Forum in Inglewood California, Golden Boy Promotions, Zanfer Promotions, Teiken Promotions, Main Events and Star Boxing joined together to host a tremendous triple header featuring some of the sports most exciting fighters. In the main event, WBC super featherweight champion Miguel Berchelt made the first defense of his title against Takashi Miura, who lost that same title to Francisco Vargas the fighter Berchelt won it from this past January.

It was a “Matador versus Bull” type contest, as the very dangerous Miuara stalked Berchelt kept him off balance using combinations and foot work. There would be a flash knockdown in round one scored by Berchelt and brutal body punches landed by Miuara that had Berchelt gasping for air in later rounds. It was not the most exciting contest either fighter has participated in but both entered with a game plan and stuck with it. At the end it was Berchelt whose plan worked out for the better giving him a unanimous decision victory, official scores read 116-111, 119-108 and120-109 all in favor of Miguel Berchelt who retained his title and improved to 32-1 (28), Takashi Miura now stands at 31-4-2 (24).

The most exciting fight on the card, was between Jezreel Corrales and Robinson Castellanos for Corrales WBA Super World super featherweight title. It started with Corrales using his superior movement and boxing ability winning the first two rounds. An accidental head-butt in round two, invigorated Castellanos who applied pressure and started throwing body punches in high volume. A monumental round took place for Castellanos in the fourth, when he dropped Corrales not once but twice by punishing his body then following with combinations to the head.

Corrales goes down from a Castellanos uppercut.

They traded momentum in rounds five and six, Corrales scored a knockdown in the seventh after catching Castellanos with a punch he didn’t see, then went to win the eighth and ninth rounds. In round nine Castellanos turned the momentum back in his favor while Corrales posed more than punched.

Castellanos going down in round 7 from a Corrales left hand.

The tenth round would last only thirty seconds before a brutal head-butt, opened a cut under Castellanos eye and now with two cuts that had blood flowing freely, the ringside doctor advised referee Jerry Cantu to the contest. When scores were read, the judges seen it officially 94-93, 96-92 in favor of Corrales and once even at 94-94 allowing Corrales to retain his titles with a majority decision victory. With the win Corrales retained his title and improved to 22-1 (8), the hard luck Robinson Castellanos who always puts in a great effort now stands at 24-13 (14). With any luck the right thing will be done and a rematch made before Corrales faces another opponent.

A highly anticipated light heavyweight bout took place, between hard hitting Smith Jr and Sullivan Barrera for the WBC International light heavyweight title held by Smith Jr. When an overhand left dropped Barrera early in round one, it appeared this was going to be a short night for Smith Jr who has been battering opponents in highlight reel fashion lately. Once Barrera went down Smith Jr immediately ran to the ropes in a premature celebration, a bad habit often developed by fighters who begin to rely on their power. When Smith Jr jumped off the ropes he turned around to find Barrera and ready up ready to fight, the round finished with Smith Jr absorbing punishment from Barrera..

Smith Jr drops Barrera in the first with a left to the head.

The next nine rounds would be all Sullivan Barrera, landing continuous crisp clean combinations that backed Smith Jr to the ropes then snapped his head with uppercuts. On Occasion Smith Jr would get in a counter punch when Barrera dropped his hands, those were few and far between without enough power to deter the attack of Sullivan.

At one point, Barrera was handling Smith Jr so easily referee Jack Reiss went to the corner of Smith Jr and asked “Are you OK, you don’t normally fight like this”, in reference to Smith Jr the normally aggressive fighter entering what can best be described as “Survival” mode. This bout originally scheduled for twelve rounds, Star Boxing and Main Events promoters for the fighters agreed to a ten round limit on fight day. This was a wise decision by team Smith Jr considering as the tenth ended he was leaning forward and stamina seemingly non-existent. In my opinion should the fight have headed to the twelfth, Smith Jr more than likely would have ended up being stopped by Barrera who was showing no signs of fatigue. The final scores read 96-93, and 97-92 twice all in favor of Sullivan Barrera who along with claiming the 175lb WBC International light heavyweight title improved to 20-1 (14), Joe Smith Jr now stands at 23-2 (19).

Barrera snaps the head of Smith Jr back with clean uppercuts

In Undercard action-

Lightweight- Mercito Gesta 31-1-2 (17) def. Martin Honorio 33-11-1 (16) via KO 8.

Featherweight- Manny Robles Jr 13-0 (5) def. Christian Esquivel 30-12 (23) via KO 5.

Featherweight- Diuhl Olguin 12-6-3 (9) def. Horacio Garcia 32-3-1(23) via SD 8.                                                    Scores read 77-73 twice for Olguin and 76-74 for Garcia.

Super Featherweight- Recky Dulay 10-2 (7) def. Jaime Arboleda 10-1 (8) via KO 3.

Lightweight- Ryan Garcia 10-0 (9) def. Mario Antonio Macias 28-23 (14) via KO 2.





Eubank Jr defeats Abraham next stop “World Boxing Super Series”, Selby Retains his title

At the Wembley Arena in London, on a Poxon Sports promoted card Chris Eubank Jr made the first defense of his IBO super middleweight title won this past February after stopping Renold Quinlan in ten rounds. His opponent former two division world champion Arthur Abraham, entered on a two fight win streak since losing his WBO World super middleweight title to Gilberto Ramirez in April of 2016. What was more important for both fighters than the “Alphabet” trinket, is winner of this contest would enter the coveted “World Boxing Super Series” beginning this fall.

It was a workman like performance for Eubank Jr, at times he looked very average wondering why Abraham would not be deterred by his attack, of course Abraham has never been a fighter who could be deterred. This was a case of Arthur Abraham, not letting his hands go enough to score points while Eubank Jr looked for openings that could possibly end the affair. The official scores read 118-110, 118-110 and 120-108 all for Eubank Jr who is headed for the “World Boxing Super Series” where he will face undefeated Avni Yildirim. Chris Eubank Jr now stands at 25-1 (19), Arthur Abraham 46-6 (30).

In the co-feature, Lee Selby retained his IBF featherweight title with a dominate performance over rugged veteran Jonathan Victor Barros. While Barrios put in a solid effort he was out boxed by Lee Selby and dropped in the twelfth moments before the contest ended. The final scores read 119-108 and 117-110 twice all in favor of the champion Lee Selby who improved to 25-1 (9) Jonathan Victor Barros now stands at 41-5-1 (22).

The ever improving Kid Galahad,  scored the biggest win of his career when he stopped Jose Cayetano in the tenth round claiming the vacant IBF Inter-Continental featherweight title for his efforts. This win should put him in position to have a domestic showdown and title opportunity against  IBF champion  Lee Selby. With the win Galahad improved to 23-0 (14), Jose Cayetano now stands at 21-6 (10).

In undercard action-

Super Featherweight- Martin Joseph Ward improved to 18-0-2 (8) after he scored a twelve round unanimous decision win over Anthony Cacace 15-1 (7). That contest was for the BBBofC British and vacant Commonwealth (British Empire)  super featherweight title.

Super Lightweight- Michal Syrowatka 19-1 (7) def. Robbie Davies Jnr 15-1 (11) via TKO 12
Michal Syrowatka was down in 9th and Robbie Davies the 12th.

Middleweight- Patrick Wojcicki 9-0 (4) def.Darryl Sharp 5-18 via UD 6.

Welterweight- Chris Kongo 5-0 (3)  def. William Warburton 23-118-9 (4) via UD 4.
What impresses me personally, despite 118 losses Warburton has only been stopped twice, he is a true throwback “Tradesman” fighter. While he will never be a world champion, he will always find fights, win or lose get through them while taking minimal punishment while helping his younger opponents improve their overall skillset in an actual fight setting. He is better than his record indicates.

Light Heavyweight- Joel McIntyre 16-1 (3)  def. Remigijus Ziausys 20-78-5 via UD 4

Super Lightweight- Nathanael Wilson 4-0-1 (2) def. Yaddollah Ghasemi 1-10-1 (1) via TKO 2




Baranchyk stock plummets with win over Smith, Chinea and Lopez dig deep in Oklahoma on ShoBox

Friday night at the Buffalo Run Casino Miami, Oklahoma, an edition of ShoBox was presented by GH3 Promotions, DiBella Entertainment and Holden Productions. In the main event undefeated Super Lightweight prospect’s Ivan Baranchyk and Keenan Smith faced off in an ugly eight round feature. The hard hitting Baranchyk, fighting for the sixth time at the venue fought a reckless and amateurish style. His punches were wide, he led with his head and even the canvas twice due to his own momentum after missed punches. While Keenan Smith had moments of success, his time was spent more worried about possibly being butted, fouled or tripped to the canvas than being able to implement a fight plan.

The referee Gary Ritter, who would play an unnecessary role in several bouts failed to keep Baranchyk under control and even deducted a point from Smith for holding while Baranchyk moved his head recklessly during clinches. In the end despite his efforts Baranchyk failed to get the stoppage he had been seeking, though he did win a unanimous decision by scores of 80-71, 79-72 and 78-73. With this win Baranchyk improved to 17-0 (10) while Smith suffering his first loss dropped to 11-1 (5).

If referee Gary Ritter would have done his job correctly, Smith who when able to box and not concentrate on avoiding fouls his skill was several levels above that of Baranchyk and had a very strong chance to pull off the upset. In my opinion that speaks more about the lack of skill Baranchyk possesses than what Smith at this stage does.

The cards most entertaining contest, took place between undefeated super lightweights Kenneth Sims Jr and once beaten Rolando Chinea. It was a fast start for Sims Jr, it appeared early his superior speed and jab would make  for an easy nights work. That all changed after the second round, Chinea slowly imposed his will on Sims Jr, with a steady attack to the head and body, while none of the punches were overly hard the pressure from Chinea drained the stamina of Sims Jr his. only offensive output were “Shoe-shine” moments at the end of rounds. In the eighth and final round, both fighters managed to find hidden stamina and closed the bout strong trading punches until final bell.

While he was less skilled and vastly slower, the determination of Rolando Chinea overcame the talent advantage of Sims Jr earning him a majority decision victory. The official scores read 77-75 twice and 76-76, in my opinion the 77-75 scores were accurate. With his win Rolando Chinea improved to 15-1-1 (6), Sims Jr after suffering his first loss stands at Kenneth Sims Jr- 12-1 (4).

Highly thought of middleweight prospect Antoine Douglas, continued his journey towards title contention by stopping a vary hard hitting Juan De Angel in four rounds claiming the vacant WBA-NABA middleweight title. The fast rising career of Douglas was paused when he suffered a tenth round TKO loss against hard hitting Avtandil Khurtsidze in March of 2016. Since Douglas has won two straight prior to facing De Angel though neither opponent possessed the power of De Angel.  He stated after Friday’s win “I knew some adjustments needs to be made in camp and with my team after the loss, I have been working on those and on portions of my skillset that need improvement”. With his win the 24yr old Douglas improved to 22-1-1 (16), Juan De Angel drops to 20-7-1 (18).

The first televised bout too placed between super bantamweights Adam Lopez and undefeated Glenn Dezurn. This was a rugged bout, mixed with skill unlike what was witnessed between Ivan Baranchyk and Keenan Smith. When Glenn Dezurn was able to use his uppercut he had tremendous success, Lopez  used body work to halt that momentum. This was the other bout in which referee Gary Ritter made himself too known, threatening to deduct a point from Lopez anytime a body shot on the beltline landed.

Those threats did not deter Lopez who continued wearing Dezurn down pinning him against the ropes where he landed successful combinations. The final scores read exactly as they did in the Rolando Chinea and Kenneth Sims Jr bout 77-75 twice and 76-76, difference here was Judges were split on those 77-75 scores making it a majority draw. My scores read 78-75 in favor of Lopez due to his effective aggressiveness. With the outcome Glenn Dezurn- 9-0-1 (6) now stands at Adam Lopez- 16-1-1 (8).

In an undercard bout- Bantamweight Joshua Greer Jr improved to 14-2-1 (6) when he pummeled Leroy Davila in the fourth and fifth rounds of their scheduled eight round contest. Up until those rounds it was a close affair, the amount of punches Davilia absorbed forced his corner to halt the contest after the fifth had ended and they did so wisely. With his win Joshua Greer Jr improved to 14-2-1 (6), Leroy Davila now stands at 5-2 (3).

When factoring in the scores for Dezurn versus Lopez and Sims Jr versus Rolando Chinea, the way referee Gary Ritter interjected himself without cause, deducting a point from Keenan Smith, allowing Ivan Baranchyk to fight reckless, threatening Lopez for borderline blows. It was apparent, everyone involved were doing their best at finding ways that keep the “A’ side fighter with undefeated records intact or at worse appear the fighter were closer on paper than what took place inside the ring. The referee for those bouts Gary Ritter seemed intent on deducting a point from any fighter he possibly could justify doing so, and in my opinion deducting the point from Smith for trying to keep Baranchyk from fouling him was that opportunity. He realized no one would complain if the crowd favorite was given an extra bit of assistance.



Berchelt vs. Miura, Corrales vs. Castellanos and Smith, Jr. vs. Barrera LA Media Workout Quotes

LOS ANGELES  (July 12, 2017) Fighters from the July 14 LA FIGHT CLUB card and July 15 HBO Boxing After 

Dark triple header led by Miguel “El Alacran” Berchelt (31-1, 28 KOs) and Takashi Miura (31-3-2, 24 KOs) today hosted a Los Angeles media workout at City of Angels Gym ahead of their respective fights.
On July 15 live from the “Fabulous” Forum, televised on HBO Boxing After Dark,Berchelt will take on Miura in a WBC Super Featherweight Championship main event. The triple header will also feature Panamanian super featherweight Jezreel “El Invisible” Corrales (21-1, 8 KOs) who will make his U.S. debut against Robinson “Robin Hood” Castellanos (24-12, 14 KOs) for Corrales’s WBA Super World title. Opening up the action-packed HBO telecast, current two-time WBC International Light Heavyweight Champion Joe Smith, Jr. (23-1, 19 KOs) will put his belt on the line against the Miami’s Sullivan Barrera (19-1, 14 KOs). On the RING TV live streamed portion of the card, Mercito “No Mercy” Gesta (30-1-2, 16 KOs) will run up against Martin “El Brochas” Honorio (33-10-1, 16 KOs), Ryan “Kingry” Garcia (9-0, 8 KOs) will go up against a TBA opponent, and Manny “Chato” Robles (12-0, 4 KOs) will step up his competition with Chihuahua, Mex.’s Juan “El Peñita” Jimenez (23-12, 16 KOs).
 Below is what fighters on the Saturday, July 15 HBO Boxing After Dark triple header had to say at today’s workout:
Miguel “El Alacran” Berchelt, Current WBC Super Featherweight Champion:
 “I consider myself a world champion, and fighting Takashi Miura is a way to prove that I am the best in my class. Some of my advantages include my height, the fact that I haven’t been in many wars, and my youth.
 “I have a youthful hunger that makes the difference between the two of us. It’s cool to know that I am facing the best in my division – I was able to get through Francisco Vargas, so I know that I can take on Miura.
 “Our plan is simple: win round by round. I will show the crowd that not only can I box, but that I can keep my energy through the rounds. Fighting with intelligence is key-you can be in a war but if you’re not smart with how you land your punches it won’t benefit you or help you win.
 “Overall, I am excited to be able to fight again in Los Angeles with my fellow paisanos (countrymen).”
Takashi Miura, Former WBC Super Featherweight World Champion:
 “Training camp went extremely well, and I am pleased with how everything is going. I am getting used to the environment and time difference in LA, but should be fully ready to go come fight week.
 “After my last loss, I became depressed for a couple of months. I thought I wouldn’t be able to come back to the level that I once was. However, boxing is everything to me, and I couldn’t just walk away.
“I have more heart than Berchelt. I want this more than I want anything. I am expecting a war because I know he won’t want to give up his belt that easy. But I want it back. If there’s a possibility to unify the titles, I will, if the opportunity is there. Our division is known for a lot of wars.”
Jezreel “El Invisible” Corrales, Current WBA Super World Super Featherweight Champion:
 “I’ve always been confident in my training. They call me ‘El Invisible’ because you can’t see me in the ring when I’m moving.
“I’m very happy to be making my U.S. debut and fighting with Golden Boy Promotions.”
Robinson “Robin Hood” Castellanos, Super Featherweight Contender:
 “We had a great training camp, and we did everything we could to put together the best fight possible. I don’t know which way the fight will go, however what I can tell you is that the only thing on my mind is winning.”
Joe Smith, Jr., Current WBC International Light Heavyweight Champion:
 “Since my last fight, everyone recognizes me more. I’ve been working on continuing my journey towards becoming a world champion.
 “In my fight with Barrera, we’re just all going to have to see what Saturday brings.”
Sullivan Barrera, Current USNBC Light Heavyweight Champion:
 “This fight is special because it is the first time my father will see me fight professionally. Joe Smith, Jr. is very good; he has power, but I have power too. I think I have a lot more experience than him, and I’m his biggest challenge yet.”
Mercito “No Mercy” Gesta, Lightweight Contender:
 “I’m always excited for every fight to get back in the ring, especially now that I’m fighting at the ‘Fabulous’ Forum for the first time. I’ve been working a lot on my sparring, and I’ve learned a lot going in to this fight. I’m ready.”
Ryan “Kingry” Garcia, Lightweight Prospect:
 “I’ve been focusing on staying consistent during my training camp, which was five weeks. I’ve been working with my strength and conditioning coach a lot. I know my opponent is a come-forward fighter, and we will both put on a great show on July 15 at the Forum.”
 On Friday, July 14 at LA FIGHT CLUB at the Belasco Theater, Venezuela’s Roger “The Kid” Gutierrez (14-0-1, 11 KOs) will face Nicaraguan warrior Rene “Gemelo” Alvarado (24-8, 16 KOs) in an eight-round super featherweight bout.  As the co-main event, Edgar “Kid Neza” Valerio will up the ante with Torreon, Mex.’s Jairo Hernandez(18-11, 9 KOs) in an eight-round featherweight bout. Opening up the Boxeo Estelar telecast on Estrella TV, Panama’s Jaime “Jaimito” Arboleda (10-0, 8 KOs) will take on Philly’s Recky Dulay (9-2, 6 KOs) for a six-round super featherweight contest.
Below is what the July 14 LA FIGHT CLUB fighters had to say at today’s workout:
Roger “The Kid” Gutierrez, Super Featherweight Contender:
 “I get to represent my people of Venezuela in this fight. This is my first professional fight in the U.S., and I’m excited to be able to do that against someone like Alvarado who has fought for titles and has proven to be a skillful fighter. We work on everything in camp, so I feel prepared to make my U.S debut.”
Rene “Gemelo” AlvaradoSuper Featherweight Contender:
 “I have a lot to gain if I win in this fight. I have to make my upward climb back to the top, and this fight is a step in that direction. I am by no means expecting an easy fight – we both want this.”
Edgar “Kid Neza” Valerio, Featherweight Prospect:
 “Right now, I feel like I’ve been getting better at being patient and calm in the ring. Boxing isn’t a game and taking punches isn’t easy, but I feel I’ve improved on keeping my composure.”
Jaime “Jaimito” ArboledaSuper Featherweight Prospect:
 “I have so much pride in being able to represent Panama. I will be going up against a Filipino fighter. He is fast, but we have prepared well to take him on and be able to box him. I feel good, and I am excited to fight in Los Angeles and give a good show.”   

Undefeated featherweight prospect Tramaine “The Mighty Midget” Williams to headline “KO Night Boxing: Rumble on the Water 2”

LONG BEACH. Calif. (July 13, 2017) – Undefeated featherweight prospect Tramaine “The Mighty Midget” Williams will headline the “KO Night Boxing: Rumble on the Water 2” card, on July 29, to air (10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT) on CBS Sports Network, live from The Queen Mary’s outdoor venue in Long Beach, California.  Presented by Black Tree, “KO Night Boxing: Rumble on the Water 2” is promoted by Roy Englebrecht Promotions, in association with KO Night Boxing LLC and Roc Nation Sports. Williams (11-0, 4 KOs) faces Angel “El Gato” Luna (12-3-1, 7 KOs) in the 10-round main event.

 “We’re looking forward to partnering with Black Tree, Roy Englebrecht Promotions, Roc Nation Sports and The Queen Mary for another great ‘Knockout Night Boxing’ event,” KO Night Boxing president John Andersen said. “Tramaine Williams is one of the hottest prospects in boxing and we’re excited to have him fight on another ‘KO Night Boxing’ show.”
After a sizzling start to his pro career, the New Haven, Conn. Native was inactive for nearly two years (2-13-2015) due to out-of-the-ring issues, but bounced back strong in January 2016, signing a promotional contract with Roc Nation Sports.

In his first fight under the Roc Nation Sports banner, Williams dominated Eduardo Garza (6-1) en route to an eight-round unanimous the CBS Sports Network co-featured event in Wichita, Kansas last March.

In his last fight on the Andre Ward-Sergey Kovalev II card at Mandalay Bay, Williams produced the most signature victory to date, stopping former NABO, WBC US and California State super featherweight champion Christopher Martin (30-8-3) in the second round.

Luna, fighting out of the Dominican Republic, is a proven upset specialist having defeated then unbeaten (15-0-1, 11 KOs) Jose Lopez, on June 6, 2015 at Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn, by way of a six-round unanimous decision. Lopez is currently the reigning WBO International super featherweight champion.
Former amateur boxing prodigy, undefeated Brooklyn light heavyweight prospect Junior “The Young God” Younan (12-0, 9 KOs), will face an opponent to be determined in the eight-round co-featured event. Also fighting under the Roc Nation banner, the 21-year-old Younan compiled a sterling 90-5 amateur record, highlighted by his three-time Ringside World and three-time National PAL championship performances.
A pair of California heavyweights square off in the in the six-round CBSSN opener as Rodney Hernandez (10-5-2, 2 KOs), of Modesto, meets Los Angeles’ Jonnie Rice (6-2-1, 4 KOs), a former Winthrop College (SC) basketball player.
Fighting on the undercard in four-round matches are Los Angeles featherweight Sergio “El Nino” Quiroz (3-0) vs. Lupe Arroyo (2-0), of Huntington Beach (CA), Whittier (CA) lightweight George Acosta (2-0), and pro-debuting welterweights Eric Gomez, of Santa Ana (CA), and Long Beach’s Raul Calderon.

Chris Eubank Jr. vs. Arthur Abraham world title fight fact sheet

Chris Eubank Jr. vs. Arthur Abraham
Airing this Saturday live on PPV in US
CHRIS EUBANK JR. (24-1, 19 KOs), Champion, Brighton, Sussex, UK
“King” ARTHUR ABRAHAM (46-5, 30 KOs), Challenger, Berlin, Germany by way of Armenia
‘Lightning” LEO SELBY (24-1, 9 KOs), Champion, Barry, Wales, UK
JONATHAN VICTOR “Yoni” BARROS (41-4-1, 22 KOs), Ciudad Mendoza, Mendoza, Argentina
KID GALAHAD (22-0, 13 KOs), Champion, Sheffield, Yorkshire, UK by way of Qatar
JOSE “El Tigre” CAYETANO (21-5, 10 KOs), Challenger, Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico
ROBBIE DAVIES, JR. (15-0, 11 KOs), Champion, Liverpool, Merseyside, UK
MICHAL SYROWATKA (18-1, 6 KOs), Challenger, 18-1 (6 KOs)


LOS ANGELES (July 11, 2017) The all-action fighters participating on the stacked tripleheader this Saturday, July 15 have wrapped up camp and begin their journey to Los Angeles for their championship bouts at The “Fabulous” Forum.  The night will feature the rugged Miguel “El Alacran” Berchelt (31-1, 28 KOs) defending his hard-earned WBC Super Featherweight belt against Takashi Miura (31-3-2, 24 KOs) in a scheduled 12-round main event championship bout. Serving as chief support in the co-main event, Panamanian super-star and newly signed Golden Boy Promotions fighter Jezreel “El Invisible” Corrales (21-1, 8 KOs) will make his U.S. debut against Robinson “Robin Hood” Castellanos (24-12, 14 KOs) in a 12-round super featherweight bout for Corrales’s WBA Super World title. Opening up the HBO telecast, current two-time WBC International light heavyweight Champion Joe Smith, Jr. (23-1, 19 KOs) will put his belt on the line in a 12-round fight against Miami’s Sullivan Barrera (19-1, 14 KOs). The action will be televised on HBO Boxing After Dark® beginning at 9:50 p.m. EDT/PDT.
Hear what the fighters had to say about their upcoming bouts:
OSCAR DE LA HOYA, Chairman and CEO of Golden Boy Promotions:
“We saw what Miguel Berchelt is capable from his slugfest earlier this year against the rugged Francisco Vargas, and that level of action is what fans should expect to see on July 15 when he takes on former world champion Takashi Miura. With Jezreel Corrales facing Robinson Castellanos, who had an impressive upset over Yuriorkis Gamboa in May, plus Joe Smith, Jr. taking on the heavy-handed Sullivan Barrera, this triple header on HBO Boxing After Dark will surely deliver the type of non-stop action fans crave from boxing.”
 MIGUEL “EL ALACRAN” BERCHELT, Current WBC Super Featherweight Champion:
“I am ready to defend my title and very excited to fight in a big city like Los Angeles with the support of all my countrymen. We have prepared a great deal and next Saturday you will see the best Miguel Berchelt.”
“This by no means will be an easy fight – Miura has gone to war many times in his career and I am expecting nothing less in this fight. I want to prove that winning this belt was no fluke, and defending it against a warrior like Miura is the perfect opportunity to do that.”
TAKASHI MIURA, Former WBC Super Featherweight World Champion:
“I have had a great training camp for this fight.  The training is going well.  I am preparing myself for a tough fight.” 
“This will be my third fight in the United States, and I feel comfortable in getting myself acclimated to the time difference.  I am looking forward to being on HBO again and putting on an exciting fight for the boxing fans.”
“If I am able to get the belt back Saturday, and the opportunity is there, I would want to unify the belts in the super featherweight division.”
JEZREEL “EL INVISIBLE” CORRALES, Current WBA Super World Super Featherweight Champion:
 “I’m going up against a boxer who doesn’t like to waste his punches. I know that he has also watched my fights and that he has studied me well. I know that he will come forward to attack me, and to look for opportunities to get his lost chance back in the sport.”
“He will try to overwhelm me, and he will try to throw punches to knock me out, but, that’s why they call me ‘El Invisible’ (The Invisible). I won’t let him catch me. Like we say here in Panama, he will be left unsatisfied and wanting more after meeting me in the ring.”
ROBINSON “ROBIN HOOD” CASTELLANOS, Super Featherweight Contender:
“I’ve enjoyed this preparation; however, the work has been intense. There is a motivating environment in the team, and I am very encouraged.”
“We have been working with several left-handed sparring players to fine-tune the strategy. I know that Jezreel is surely doing his part to win, and I hope it turns out an attractive fight for fans and HBO for both him and me. This fight opens doors for me to take part in huge cards like this one.”
JOE SMITH, JR., Current WBC International Light Heavyweight Champion:
 “It feels great to be fighting on HBO. I’m looking forward to it, and I’m in great shape and ready to put on a tremendous performance against Sullivan Barrera. It’s not like fighting at home but I’m looking forward to fighting at the Forum again, I was treated very well there and it’s a tremendous and legendary venue. I like Los Angeles; the fans were very good to me as well.”
“I saw Sullivan Barrera’s fight with Andre Ward, and I’ve seen a few of his other fights. This fight is a huge challenge to me as he’s got a lot of experience but I’ll be ready on July 15.”
“I’d still like to fight Adonis Stevenson. I was ready this year, and I’ll be ready at any time but now my focus is solely on this fight. Joe DeGuardia has done a great job of getting me these opportunities, particularly with Fonfara and Hopkins and now with Barrera, it’s my job to take care of business in the ring.”
SULLIVAN BARRERA, Former USNBC Light Heavyweight Champion
“This is going to be a very interesting fight, and it is a great fight for my career. When I come out victorious, it should either give me a shot at the title or get me one step closer to fighting for a title. Smith beat a legend in Bernard Hopkins, but [Hopkins] had been out of the ring for a long time before their fight.”
“Down the road, I would like to fight for a title next. But if I cannot fight for a title in my next fight, I would like to fight Eleider Alvarez or Nathan Cleverly.”
“July 15, I am going to come out victorious. I want to let all the fans know that they should tune-in to HBO. With the help of God, on July 15 I will be coming back home with the WBC International light heavyweight belt.”

Training Camp Notes: Sullivan Barrera Reunites with His Father for 7/15

Miami, FL:    It has been more than eight years since Sullivan Barrera (19-1, 14 KOs) defected from Cuba and left his friends and family behind to pursue his dream of becoming a professional boxer in the United States. On Saturday, July 15 he takes on Long Island, New York native Joe Smith Jr. (23-1, 19 KOs) for the WBA International Light Heavyweight Title and, for the first time in Sullivan’s life, his father, Rafael Barrera, will be watching him from ringside.
After an eight-year separation, father and son were reunited on Thursday when the elder Barrera was finally able to visit from Cuba. In Cuba, it is difficult for Sullivan’s father to watch him fight. On some rare occasions, Rafael is able to travel to one of Cuba’s larger hotel chains to watch his son fight live on television. Usually, though, Sullivan has to ship videos of his fights to Cuba for his father to see them.
The 35-year old from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba is elated to finally have his father here in the United States for his fight with Smith. When asked about the reunion, Sullivan said, “It has been eight years since I have seen my father. It is very important for me that he is here for this fight, for my mind and for everything. I want to get for him the victory. I am very excited.”
Understandably, the anticipation of his father’s visit has been a bit of a distraction for Sullivan. According to his trainer, Derik Santos, “I think it is just human nature. Sullivan always says he is out there to do his job, but there has to be an added layer of anxiety with his father being there the first time. You would have to expect that. He hasn’t seen his father in eight plus years. We trained this morning and we spoke about it. There was a kid-like giddiness about him. He can’t stop smiling about it. He is very excited, but it is my job to keep those emotions in check on fight night.”
Despite the added anxiety and anticipation of his father’s arrival, Barrera and Santos agree that they will be ready for Smith on July 15. They are fueled by Barrera being the underdog in this matchup. “I like the status of being the underdog. It motivates me to continue to prove to people that I belong at the top,” said Sullivan. “This is going to be a very interesting fight and it is a great fight for my career. When I come out victorious, it should either give me a shot at the title or get me one step closer to fighting for a title. Smith beat a legend in Bernard Hopkins, but Hopkins had been out of the ring for a long time before their fight. July 15, I am going to come out victorious.”
Berchelt vs. Miura, a 12-round fight for the WBC Super Featherweight World Championship, is presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Zanfer Promotions and Teiken Promotions. Corrales vs. Castellanos is presented by Golden Boy Promotions. Smith vs. Barerra is presented by Star Boxing in association with Main Events.

Sampson Boxing Signs Undefeated Featherweight Eduardo Ramirez to a Promotional Contract

Sampson boxing proudly announces the signing of undefeated featherweight Eduardo “Zurdito” Ramirez of Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico, to an exclusive long-term promotional contract.

Ramirez (20-0-2, 7 KOs) is a 24-year-old, highly skilled southpaw with fast hands and super defense. He is managed and trained by Manuel Montiel Jr., brother of the five-time world champion Fernando Montiel.
“I am shocked and honored to be chosen to join the stable of Sampson Lewkowicz,” said Ramirez. “My dream of a world title shot will come true now that he is helping me and that was my goal all along. All I have to do is keep wining and my team will do the rest.”
Montiel, who also manages and trains Sampson Boxing super welterweight contender Jorge Cota, was also happy with the deal.
“I am grateful to Sampson for giving us this opportunity with another of my fighters. We have made him a commitment to work hard to always bring Eduardo into the ring in the best shape possible to go all the way to the world championship.”
For Lewkowicz, the addition of Ramirez and partnership with Montiel are another avenue to bring Mexican boxing talent to the forefront. The well-known promoter already works with such names as Jorge “Pilon” Lara and Hugo “Cuatito” Ruiz to name a few.

“I am working hard to bring more Mexican champions to the world,” he explained. “I’m very proud to sign Eduardo and bring him and his team the opportunities they have worked so hard to reach.”

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