PROVIDENCE, R.I. (June 17th, 2019) — There are many reasons why some professional fighters hang on longer than most people think they should.Some need the money. Others miss the limelight.
Chad Dawson is simply motivated by the thrill of victory and an opportunity to reclaim his throne atop the light heavyweight division.
“If I didn’t think I had anything left, I wouldn’t be doing it right now,” said the former two-time world champion, who returns to the ring Saturday, June 29th, 2019 at Foxwoods Resort Casino after two and a half years away from the sport.
“I want to get back in the spotlight, back into contention and back into the ring with the guys who are at the top now.”
Dawson (34-5, 19 KOs), who turns 37 in July, faces North Carolina vet Quinton Rankin (15-5-2, 12 KOs) in the eight-round main event of CES Boxing’s pro-am spectacular at the historic Fox Theater. The event streams live on Facebook via FIGHTNIGHT LIVE and also includes a 10-round featherweight co-feature bout between fellow New Haven boxer Tramaine Williams(17-0, 6 KOs) and Filipino Neil John Tabanao (17-5, 11 KOs).
Dawson is not the first — and he certainly won’t be the last — fighter to return to the sport following a long layoff or retirement. Comeback stories are part of the fabric of pro boxing. Everyone loves an underdog and fans are inherently drawn to the inspirational, yet cautionary, tale of an ex-fighter looking for one more shot at glory.
Some end better than others. Sugar Ray Robinson retired at the age of 31 in 1952, only to return two years and win the world middleweight two more times before finally calling it quits in 1965 with a whopping 201 pro bouts on his resume. Former heavyweight champ George Foreman ended a 10-year layoff in 1987, returning to the ring at 38 and winning an additional 27 fights before he stunned world champion Michael Moorer with a 10-round knockout victory in 1994 at the age of 45.
Sugar Ray Leonard tried, but failed, returning to boxing after a six-year layoff at the age of 40 to face Hector Camacho Jr., who dismantled him en route to a devastating fifth-round knockout. More recently, former junior welterweight king Zab Judah, now 41, suffered a brain bleed following a knockout loss to Cletus Seldin earlier this month in his third fight since ending a four-year layoff.
Judah’s recent setback is fresh in Dawson’s mind, yet hasn’t deterred the former two-time champ in the quest to take over the 175-pound division, a weight class he ruled swiftly and effectively during the best stretch of his career between 2007 and 2012.
In that time-frame, Dawson defended his WBC world light heavyweight title three times, including the first of two wins over legendary road warrior Glen Johnson, then captured the IBO and IBF titles by beating Antonio Tarver in 2008. The two fought again a year and it was more of the same as Dawson won by unanimous decision for the second time. Dawson then closed out the year with a second win over Johnson, re-adding the WBC belt back to his repertoire.
A setback against Jean Pascal in 2010 forced Dawson to go back to the drawing back. Two years later, he regained the WBC title by beating Bernard Hopkins in a rematch of their first bout that ended in a no contest.
Having beaten everyone the light heavyweight division had to offer, Dawson dropped to 168 pounds to challenge unbeaten pound-for-pound king Andre Ward in 2012, a fight that ended with a battered Dawson bowing out in the 10th round of their scheduled 12-round title bout.
The next five years, as Dawson put it, were particular hard both for he and his family. The well-wishers and support staff that stuck by him through the good times could no longer be found. The phone stopped ringing. In an effort to “stay away from the negative stuff,” Dawson relocated to his family to Nevada for a few years before returning to Connecticut in 2015.
During that stretch, Dawson’s performance in the ring was sporadic at best. He absorbed a knockout loss to Adonis Stevenson in 2013 in an attempt to regain the WBC light heavyweight title, but then won three of his next four before another setback against Andrzej Fonfara in March of 2017.
He knows there are still naysayers who don’t think he should come back or doubt his ability to compete at the highest level, but Dawson wouldn’t be doing this if he wasn’t confident he could make another run at a world title. The time is now, he says, based on a few important factors; Ward retired two years ago after crushing former world champ Sergey Kovalev a second time, and, Dawson said, Kovalev is not the same fighter he was when he surged to a 30-0 record in capturing the WBO, WBO and IBF world title. Furthermore, Dawson is unimpressed with Oleksandr Gvozdyk, who recently pummeled Stevenson to capture the WBC title.
“There a lot of good fighters in this division, but I think a Chad Dawson in tip-top shape can beat these guys,” Dawson said.
We may soon find out, but first Dawson must get past Rankin, a scrappy underdog who enters this fight with, in his own words, “nothing to lose.” This is a good barometer for Dawson to test himself and see just how far along he is in his quest to recapture the magic that earned him a spot among the sport’s elite.
“Honestly, it’s a fight I should win,” Dawson said matter-of-factly. “With my pedigree, my background and my experience, I should come out on top.”
While there have been detractors — mainly anonymous profiles and faceless names on social media — Dawson says he’s felt an overwhelming amount of support since announcing his comeback, perhaps a sign that he’s finally learned to block out the negativity that clouded his judgment for the last five years. Dawson recently alluded to this on social media with a lengthy post about the highs and lows athletes experience in professional, quoting Golden State Warriors power forward DeMarcus Cousins, who recently said, “We’re idolized as superstar athletes, not human beings.”
“What I went through is what all fighters go through,” Dawson said. “Boxing is a brutal sport. Some are fortunate to leave with money and some aren’t. I wanted everyone to understand where I’m coming from. We all have families to take care of — kids, wives, mothers, fathers, people who depend on us.
“We’re fighters, but we’re regular people like everyone else. When you’re on top, the phone is ringing off the hook. All that stuff stops when you take a couple of losses. When you’re not on top, people forget about you.”
With his family back in Hampton, roughly 70 miles north of New Haven, Dawson has reunited with his first promoter, Jimmy Burchfield Sr., who helped guide him to his first 17 wins as a pro, including a WBC youth world title in 2005 when Dawson was just 23 years old.
“He’s the first one who took a chance on me,” Dawson said of Burchfield. “I owe a lot of this to him. He got me in the position to be able to fight on Showtime and HBO and get the big fights that put me in position to fight for a world title.
“What better place to be than with Jimmy and CES? I’m back home. It’d be great to finish my career with Jimmy.”
That all-important first step in less than two weeks away and Dawson feels like a new man, both physically and mentally. He’s taking his training day by day to ensure he doesn’t overdo it so that he’s in “perfect shape” come fight night.
Walking away is never easy, whether it’s boxers, baseball players or football Hall of Famers, but most know when their time has come. Dawson isn’t there yet. There’s still something left in the tank and he’s ready to put it all on display on June 29th.
“Athletes in generals, we always feel we have more to offer,” Dawson said. “We can do more regardless of what our body or mind tells us. For me, the last five years haven’t gone the way I wanted them to go. I’ve done a lot. I’ve accomplished everything I said I wanted to do in boxing.
“Now I’m doing this for me. It’s not for anybody else. It’s not for money. I want to show everyone I still have something left.”
Manchester, Conn., super welterweight Jose Rivera (7-4, 5 KOs) battles Luca Podda (7-3, 3 KOs) of Miami in a six-round bout and Oscar Bonilla (5-3-2, 1 KO) of Bridgeport, Conn., faces Julio Perez (4-3) of Worcester, Mass., in a six-round lightweight bout.
Also featured on the main card, New Haven female flyweight Marisa Belenchia (0-0) makes her professional debut against Delaney Owen (0-2) of Clearwater, Fla., and featherweight Nathan Martinez (3-0, 1 KOs) of Bridgeport puts his unbeaten record on the line against Minnesota’s Jose Homar Rios (2-6-1, 1 KO), both in four-round bouts. Junior welterweight Wilson Mascarenhas (1-1) of New Bedford, Mass., faces Joshua Oxendine (0-0) of Pembroke, N.C., and undefeated featherweight Jacob Marrero (3-0, 2 KOs) returns to Foxwoods for the third time in a separate four-round bout.
Showtime for the main card is 7 p.m. ET, preceded by a 10-fight amateur preliminary card featuring Dawson’s son, Chad Dawson Jr., and the debut of Lennox Estrada, the son of U.S. Olympian and former heavyweight title-challenger Jason Estrada of Providence, R.I.
WORCESTER, Mass. (June 15, 2019) – Three-time, two-division world champion “El Gallo” Jose Antonio Rivera concluded his remarkable 26 ½-year professional boxing career last night, winning a hard fought, eight-round split decision over Travis “Sweet Feet” Scott, in the “Quest For 50” main event at The Palladium in Worcester, Massachusetts.
The 46-year-old Rivera fought professionally for the 50th and final time, at home in “Quest For 50,” presented by Shearns Boxing Promotions and Rivera Promotions Entertainment,
Rivera (43-6-1, 25 KOs) stalked his elusive opponent, cutting off the ring and firing punches to the head and body of 38-year-old Scott (19-6, 5 KOs). His aggression, guile and the same determination and displayed throughout his career.
The only knockdown of the fight came near the end of the fifth round, when Scott caught Rivera with a right on the top of the head. The three judges scored the fight: 77-74 and 76-75 for Rivera, 76-75 for Scott.
“I thought I was winning the fight,” Rivera aid after the fight,” but I felt that I had to put my punches together in the last few rounds. It was a flash knockdown; I wasn’t hurt at all. It all comes down to training. I tell young fighters to train, train, train until they’ve given 100-percent and train a little more. I was the busier fight and kept throwing multiple punches to his one at a time.
“This was definitely my last fight. It’s time for my new career. (Rivera was recently promoted to Associate Chief Court Officer.) Every time you go into the ring, you want to win, especially the last one. It was great to win my last fight in my hometown of Worcester.”
Rivera lost 40-pounds in five months to prepare for his fight. He improved his pro record in Worcester to 15-1 (6 KOs).
In the co-featured event, New England middleweight champion Kendrick “Peppa” Bell, Jr. (13-1-2, 9 KOs), another Worcester fighter, got into a rough firefight with the unorthodox Honduran super middleweight Juan Celin Zapata (6-15-2, 4 KOs) in a non-title fight. Ball floored Zapata twice in the opening round, once in the second, and three times in the third. Referee Paul Casey called off the fight after the seventh final knockdown in round three.
Worcester favorite Owen “The Problem” Minor (2-0, 2 KOs, arguably the most promising Massachusetts-born heavyweight prospect of this century, needed only 31-seconds to take care of pro-debuting Joseph Raposo
The New England junior welterweight title remains vacant, because the fight between Sydney “Keelo” Maccow (6-8, 3 KOs) and Anthony Everett (1-7, 1 KO), on the advice of the ring physician Dr. Peter Warner, their fight was stopped after two rounds due to a massive hematoma on Everett’s forehead, resulting from an unintentional headbutt.
Hartford welterweight “The Special One” Sharad Collier (2-0-1, 2 KOs), a two-time New England Golden Gloves champion, overwhelmed his opponent, Bruno Dias (0-8), knocking him to the canvas three times. The last trip resulted in referee Kevin Hopewaving off the fight with 30-seconds left in round one.
Worcester junior lightweight Philip “Rock Solid” Davis (2-1-1, 1 KO) and Henry Garcia
Providence welterweight Elijah Peixoto (1-0, 1 KO) turned in a superlative pro debut, dropping Carlos Galindo (1-12) three times in the opening round and twice in the second, the last with a vicious body shot after which referee Hope immediately halted the fight.
Complete results below:
MAIN EVENT – MIDDLEWEIGHTS
Jose Antonio Rivera (43-6-1, 25 KOs), Worcester, MA
WDEC (77-74, 76-75, 75-76)
Travis Scott (19-6, 5 KOs), Baton Rouge, LA lbs.
CO-FEATURE – SUPER MIDDLEWEIGHTS
Kendrick Ball, Jr. (13-1-2, 9 KOs), Worcester, MA.
Juan Celin Zapata (6-15-2, 4 KOs), Bronx, NY
Owen Minor (2-0, 2 KOs), Worcester, MA
Joseph Raposo (0-1), Medford, MA
VACANT NEW ENGLAND JUNIOR WELTERWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
Sydney Maccow (6-8, 3 KOs), Brooklyn, NY
No Contest (2)
Anthony Everett (1-7, 1 KO), Lawrence, MA
Sharrad Collier (2-0-1, 2 KOs), Hartford, CT
Bruno Dias (0-8), Woburn, MA
Elijah Peixoto (1-0, 1 KO), East Providence, RI
Carlos Galindo (1-11), Woburn, MA
JUNIOR LIGHTWEIGHTS (4)
Philip Davis (2-1-1, 1 KO), Worcester, MA.
WDEC4 (40-36, 40-36, 4036)
Henry Garcia (0-3-1), New Bedford, MA.
Salita Promotions proudly announces the signing of Philadelphia featherweight contender Eric “The Outlaw” Hunter to a promotional contract.
Hunter (21-4, 11 KOs) is a highly skilled technician with 13 years experience as a top contender. Blessed with amazing hand speed, Hunter can fight effectively from both the orthodox and southpaw stances.
The 32-year-old was last seen dropping a controversial unanimous decision to then IBF Featherweight Champion Lee Selby in April of 2016, a fight he bitterly protested and considered leaving the sport over.
“Everybody knows that politics and not having the right people around me got the best of me,” said Hunter. “I should be champion today. That’s one of the reasons I took off. That took a lot out of me. You’d think I’d have got another shot right after that. That didn’t happen. I feel like I’ve been cheated, but things seem like they are in place now.”
With time to rejuvenate and regain his desire, Hunter has also teamed up with manager Vincent Scolpino, and says he’s ready for one more assault on the 126-lb division. He’ll start with his first fight under the Salita Promotions banner on Friday, July 12 at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, Washington against Mexican veteran German Meraz (62-56-2, 39 KOs).
The pair will meet on the untelevised undercard of “Battle at the Boat 122,” broadcast live on ShoBox: The New Generation and headlined by two top undefeated heavyweight prospects putting their unblemished records on the line in separate bouts. American heavyweight prospect Jermaine Franklin returns against the streaking Jerry Forrest in the 10-round headliner and undefeated Swedish heavyweight and top-10 ranked contender Otto Wallin battles former world title challenger BJ Flores in a 10-round clash.
“I’m in shape,” he continued, (against Meraz) “I’ll be trying to knock the rust off and hopefully fight for a world title later in the year. Salita seems to be able to get things done for his fighters, so that’s what I hope happens for me. I’ve been off for a while, but I don’t think I’ve lost anything. I never took any beatings in my career. I’m still hard to hit. I don’t smoke or drink. I don’t have any outside problems. I know I’ll be ready July 12.
“Eric Hunter is on a mission to win a world!” said Dmitriy Salita. “He is going to bring an aura of excitement with Philly flare to the talent packed featherweight division.”
|COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo (June 14, 2019) – The final day of boxing at the 2019 Bornemissza Tournament in Eger, Hungary was dominated by the young American team, taking seven golds and one silver, which earned them Best Team of the Tournament.
Pineweight Richard Fernandez Jr. continued his impressive international debut by picking up Team USA’s first gold medal of the day. Fernandez took a split decision victory over India’s Singh Yaiphaba Soibam to capture his first international title. His impressive week of boxing earned him the Best Junior Boxer of the Tournament honors.
Floyd Diaz (Las Vegas, Nev.) continued the American’s winning ways with his own victory in the light flyweight final. Diaz grabbed all five judges’ cards in his first international championship bout over Jakobsen Magnus of Denmark for USA Boxing’s second gold.
Featherweight Emilio Garcia (Laredo, Texas) put on a dominating performance over Singh Laishangbam Rabichandra of India, which included a standing eight count in the third round, to pick up the unanimous decision victory, as well as the young American’s first international gold medal.
Two-time Junior National Champion Joel Iriate (Bakersfield, Calif.) followed his teammates and took a split decision victory over India’s Vanshaj for his first international gold medal. The lightweight’s win was the fourth gold medal for the Americans.
Jahi Tucker (Deer Park, N.Y.) was the fifth member of Team USA to pick up their first international title. The light welterweight won by unanimous decision over Bendeguz Szigetvari of Hungary, while light middleweight Nathan Lugo (Marietta, Ga.) defeated Hungary’s Gergo Sztupa by abandonment, his second win by abandonment of the tournament.
Middleweight Antwan Hunter Jr. (Syracuse, N.Y.) closed out the tournament with an impressive performance over Norway’s Ovald Markus to capture Team USA’s seventh gold of the tournament.
Welterweight Kasir Goldston (Albany, N.Y.) began the day for the young American team with a heartbreaking split decision loss to Hungary’s Mate Horvath to take the silver medal.
Team USA is leaving the 69th edition of the Bornemissza Tournament with a total of 12 medals. Joseph Almajdi (Arlington, Texas), Carl Garrison (Balch Springs, Texas), Diego Luna (San Diego, Calif.) and Trinidad Vargas (Grand Prairie, Texas) picked up bronze, all four first international medal, in yesterday’s semifinals.
This year’s edition brought 209 boxers from 23 different nations to Hungary to compete for gold. USA Boxing was guided by National Junior and Youth Coach Augie Sanchez(Las Vegas, Nev.), with Edward Ochoa Jr. (Gilbert, Ariz.) and Pete Rojas Jr. (Grand Prairie, Texas) serving as assistant coaches. Also attending with the American delegation was Dr. Kevin Lee (Dallas, Texas), Team Manager Derrick Raedel(Colorado Springs, Colo.) and referee and judge David Zawacki (Santa Monica, Calif.) to the tournament.
46 kg: Richard Fernandez Jr., San Antonio, Texas/USA, dec. over Singh Yaiphaba Soibam/IND, SD
48 kg: Floyd Diaz, Las Vegas, Nev./USA, dec. over Jakobsen Magnus/DEN, UD
57 kg: Emilio Garcia, Laredo, Texas/USA, dec. over Singh Laishangbam Rabichandra/IND, UD
60 kg: Joel Iriarte, Bakersfield, Calif./USA, dec. over Vanshaj/IND, SD
63 kg: Jahi Tucker, Deer Park, N.Y./USA, Bendeguz Szigetvari/HUN, UD
66 kg: Mate Horvath/HUN, dec. over Kasir Goldston, Albany, N.Y./USA, SD
70 kg: Nathan Lugo, Marietta, Ga./USA won by abandonment over Gergo Sztupa/HUN, AB
75 kg: Antwan Hunter Jr., Syracuse, N.Y./USA, dec. over Ovald Markus/NOR, UD
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (June 13, 2019) – Newly crowned World Boxing Organization (WBO) super featherweight champion Jamel “Semper Fi” Herring has been a fighter practically all his life as a U.S. Marine and elite boxer.
The 33-year-old Herring (20-2, 10 KOs), fighting out of Cincinnati, has come full circle since he started boxing at the age of 15. “I started because I was doing poorly in school, cut from the basketball team,” he explained on why he chose the Sweet Science. “I didn’t want to be in the streets. It was not my character, so I had to find something else to do. A friend introduced me to boxing and I stuck with it. I eventually got my grades back up and made high honor roll.”
Herring also developed into an Olympic boxer, mostly while he was serving nine years in the U.S. Marines, and even when he was deployed twice in Iraq. He compiled an 81-15 amateur record, including top honors at the 2011 & 2012 Armed Forces Championships, 2011 U.S. Olympic Trials and 2012 US Nationals gold medalist, along with a silver medal at the 2010 World Military Games. He was the first active duty U.S. Marine to qualify for the US Boxing Team since 1992, as well as the first U.S. Marine to compete in the 2012 Olympics.
“I boxed a little during my second deployment during free time,” he noted. “I came back from my second deployment toward the end of 2007 and began boxing for the Marine Corps in 2008. Most of my amateur career came under the Marine Corps. I learned a lot traveling with the Marine Corps. I got to see more styles and competed in national tournaments as a Marine. They also had the funding to send me.”
The highlight of his amateur career was representing his country at the 2012 Olympics in London as captain of Team USA. Although he lost (19-9) in the opening round to two-time Kazakh boxer Daniyar Yeleussinov, who won gold at the 2013 World Championships and later at the 2016 Olympics, the opening Olympic ceremonies was the most memorable moment of his entire amateur boxing career for a special reason.
“That was the anniversary of my daughter’s passing,” Herring said. “It let me know that no matter what, you can still accomplish anything, even through ups and downs.”
Other members of the 2012 USA Olympic Team Herring captained included present day world champions in the pro ranks such as Errol Spence, Jr., Claressa Shields and Marcus Browne, former world champion Rau’Shee Warren, and world title challengers Terrell Gausha, Michael Hunter and Dominic Breazeale.
Herring remains close to USA Boxing, saying: “USA Boxing helped me because of the relationships I created, many of which still remain today. I met other fighters from around the world that I kept good relationships with. It also helped me become more of the people-person I am today. Being team captain taught me patience, because I had to deal with a lot of personalities, I still use those traits today. And I’m still close to my Olympic teammates today.”
USA Boxing Alumni Association
“Jamel is the perfect example of resiliency and persistence,” mentioned Chris Cugliari, USA Boxing Alumni Association Director. “His hard work, sacrifice, and inability to quit no matter what obstacles he encounters will continue to inspire the next generation of champions for many years. The USA Boxing Alumni Association wants to thank him for all that he has given to others, both in and out of the ring.”
Nothing has ever come easy for Jamel Herring, especially his remarkable turnaround after the tragic loss of his infant daughter, Ariyanah, which happened three years to the day prior to the opening ceremonies of the Olympics.
“My road wasn’t easy,” Herring added, “I had my ups and downs. I’m an Olympian, but nothing was ever handed to me. I had to fight for everything I’ve gotten. This is my time!”
It certainly is, particularly after he defeated defending WBO super featherweight champion Masayuki Ito, this past May 25, to become world champion. Proof that good things do indeed happen to good people.
United Boxing Promotions inks
Canadian amateur standout
MISSISSAUGA, Ontario, Canada – (June 12, 2019) – United Boxing Promotions (UBP) has signed Canadian amateur boxing standout Brock Stumpf to an exclusive promotional contract.
Stumpf (1-0, 1 KO), a cruiserweight fighting out of Elora, Ontario, Canada, made his successful pro debut May 14, when his opponent, Eduardo Rodrigo Pacheco (4-5-2), was unable to continue fighting after one round.
“Having been an amateur standout at cruiserweight,” UBP manager Don MacDonald said, “Brock is a very exciting addition to our team and what a great time to join us. People love big punchers and knockouts; Brock will become a fan favorite very soon.”
Stumpf started boxing at the age of 16 at TNT Boxing Academy in Guelph, fought in his first amateur match the following year, and went on to win 45 of 60 amateur fights, many of which by stoppage. He is a three-time Ontario, two-time Silver Glove and three-time Brampton Cup champion.
The 2016 Canadian heavyweight champion fought in numerous international events for Team Canada, as well as in a dual match with Germany.
“I’m excited to sign with a world-class promotions company right here in Ontario – United Boxing Promotions – to start my professional career,” Stumpf commented. “I’ve been to a lot of United Boxing Promotions shows and have seen how it guides fighters from start to finish, debut prospect all the way to world title challenger, building many successful careers for its fighters.
“By adding United Boxing Promotions to my team, I feel I can pursue all my goals in boxing. I can’t wait to step back through the ropes September 14th at the CAA Centre for my next fight.”
Trained by Stevie Bailey, Stumpf has joined a growing UBP stable of talented boxers, including world super welterweight title challenger Brandon “Bad Boy” Cook (20-2, 13 KOs), NABA lightweight champion Josh “Dubs” O’Reilly (15-0, 5 KOs), former IBF International heavyeight champion Frankie Rill, WBC International Silver lightweight title-holder Christian Uruzguieta (18-4-1, 6 KOs), super welterweight Ricardo “Magic Man” Salas (13-1, 9 KOs), lightweight Mohammed Abedeen (10-1-1, 3 KOs), super welterweights Ryan Young (13-4, 10 KOs) and Karlton Hess (3-1, 2 KOs), middleweight Sukhdeep “Chakria” Singh Bhatti (5-0, 2 KOs), and newely signed three-time Canadian National champion Lucas “Prince” Bahdi (1-0, 1 KO).