WORCESTER, Mass. (May 10, 2017, 2017) – Undefeated rising super featherweight prospect Irvin Gonzalez will headline the third installment of the “New England’s Future” series, Saturday night, June 10, as professional boxing returns for the first time in 11 years to the DCU Center (Exhibition Hall) in Worcester, Massachusetts.
“New England’s Future 3” is presented by Rivera Promotions Entertainment (RPE), which is owned and operated by retired three-time, two division world champion Jose Antonio Rivera and his son, Anthonee (A.J.) Rivera.
Arguably the top New England prospect, the 21-year-old Gonzalez (6-0, 6 KOs) is continuing Worcester’s rich boxing tradition, which dates back nearly a century. A 2015 N. E. Golden Gloves champion, Gonzalez has knocked out all six of his pro opponents, four in the opening round, the other two in the second. Gonzalez will fight Raul Lopez (10-2-1, 5 KOs), of Bronx (NY), in an eight-round match for the vacant Universal Boxing Federation (UBF) East Regional super featherweight championship.
Former International Boxing Organization (IBO heavyweight world champion, Sonya “The Scholar” Lamonakis (10-2-2, 1 KO), will face TBA in the eight-round co-feature for the vacant UBF World heavyweight title. Lamonakis is a New York City teacher who lived in Turners Falls (MA) and graduated from Springfield (MA) College. She is a native of Greece and a four-time New York Golden Gloves champion.
“I am excited that we will be having our ‘New England’s Future 3’ boxing event at the DCU Center,” promoter Jose Antonio Rivera said. “The last time there was boxing at the DCU was when I fought for and won the WBA Junior Middleweight world title. It was an electric night with the fight televised live on Showtime. I am hoping we can bring the same kind of excitement with our action- packed lineup of young and hungry up-and-coming boxers.
“We have two UBF title fights on the line with Sonya Lamonakis fighting for the female UBF Heavyweight World Title and Worcester’s own Irving Gonzalez, in only his seventh pro fight, fighting for the UBF 126-pound division East Regional championship. I’m also excited to have five Worcester boxers on our event at the DCU and I hope our Worcester fan-base comes out to support them. I am looking forward to seeing another great night of action-packed boxing.”
Powerhouse fighter Vinnie “American Nightmare” Carita (16-1-1, 15 KOs), fighting out of Pembroke (MA), returns in an eight-round Special Cruiserweight Attraction against TBA.
Also fighting on the undercard, all in four-round bouts, are Worcester welterweight Andy Gonzalez (6-1, 5 KOs) vs. Baltimore’s Kevin “The Scarecrow” Womack, Jr. (7-14-3, 5 KOs), Lawrence (MA) junior welterweight Adrian “Tonka” Sosa (2-0, 2 KOs) vs. Las Vegas’ Johnny Frazier (2-3-0-4, 2 KOs), New Haven (CT) featherweight Josh Crespo (7-4-3, 3 KOs) vs. Georgia’s Gabriel Braxton (2-18, 1 KO), Worcester featherweight Ranse Andino (1-0) vs. Woburn (MA) Gilvan Santos (0-3), Springfield (MA) junior middleweight Derrick “Double Impact” Whitley (1-0) vs. Norwalk (CT) veteran Shaka Moore (12-22-3, 2 KOs), Worcester’s Bobby Harris III vs. Brazil’s Nathan Schulte in a battle of pro-debuting super middleweights, Southbridge (MA) junior welterweight Wilfredo “El Sucaro” Pagan (1-0) vs. Lawrence’s Anthony Everett (1-5), Worcester heavyweight Bryan Daniels (4-0, 2 KOs) vs. Florida’s Christopher “The Archbishop” Boykins (1-8) and Hartford’s (CT) Richie “Popeye The Sailor Man” Rivera (1-0, 1 KO) vs. Michigan’s Michael Shipp (1-4, 1 KO) fighting at a 180-pound catch-weight.
THURSDAY, MAY 18
PARAMOUNT THEATER AT LONG ISLAND UNIVERSITY, BROOKLYN, NY
New York, NY (5/9/17) – Charles Conwell, a 2016 United States Olympian, will fight as a professional for the second time on May 18 as part of the special One-Night-Only return of DiBella Entertainment’s Broadway Boxing to New York from the Paramount Theater on the campus of LIU-Brooklyn.
It is a quick turnaround for Conwell, 19, who knocked out Jeremiah Page (3-4, 2 KOs) in 41 seconds in his professional debut on April 21, at Buffalo Run Resort and Casino in Miami, Oklahoma. Conwell is co-promoted by Tony Holden’s Holden Productions and managed by David McWater’s Split-T Management.
“I am so excited to fight in New York City,” said Conwell. “I will always represent Cleveland and I love the fans in Oklahoma, but New York is a city where stars are born. New York will become a second home for me on way to a world championship.”
“Charles Cowell will be one of the most active prospects in boxing. Tony Holden and I have plans to fight Charles all over this country, but I can’t wait to watch him make a splash in New York on Broadway Boxing,” said Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment. “This is a United States Olympian and I hope the local fans and boxing media respond accordingly.”
Broadway Boxing returns to New York for the first time since June 2016, on a One-Night-Only basis due to the insurance requirements imposed on boxing promoters by the New York legislature in August of last year.
Former WBO Female Middleweight Champion Kali Reis fights against the very tough Ashleigh Curry (7-10-4, 1KO) in a special 6 round Jr. Middleweight Female match that highlights a sensational undercard to the Delvin Rodriguez – Courtney Pennington fight Thursday, May 11th, at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT.
Reis won the WBO Title April 16, 2016, defeating Maricela Cornejo in New Zealand but lost it in her first defense as she traveled to Germany to take on Christina Hammer in her last fight on November 5th of last year. Reis is known for her all action style and always brings a large contingent of fans to her fights.
Curry has fought many of the top females in her division and the tough southpaw has given all of them hard fights. Curry was stopped in her pro debut, but since then has gone the distance in every fight. She has battled with the likes of Melissa St. Vil, Melissa Hernandez, and Mary McGee.
Many local standouts will also be appearing on Thursday, May 11th, including undefeated Jr. Welterweight Danny Gonzalez (13-0-1, 5KO’s) Woodhaven, NY who faces the dangerous Bryne Green (7-10-1, 3KO’S) Vineland, NJ in an 8 round bout.
Recent Star Boxing® signee Anthony Laureano (3-0, 2KO’S) Hartford, CT takes on Sidney Maccow (4-5, 3KO’S) New York City, NY in a 6 round Jr. Welterweight fight.
Jose Rivera (2-1, 1KO) Hartford, CT returns to the Sun taking on Marcus Beckford, (3-6-3, 1KO) East Meadow, NY in a 6 round Jr. Middleweight match.
Richie Rivera (1-0, 1KO) Hartford, CT fights Marco Parente making his Pro Debut from Toronto, CN in a 4 round Light Heavyweight fight.
Two Pro Debut fighters meet in a 4 round Lightweight battle as Danbury’s Omar Bodoy meets Newark’s Jonathan Rojas.
Finally, Hartford’s Carlos Perez makes his Pro Debut against Jr. Welterweight Dan Murray (1-1) Lakota Park, NJ in a 4 round Lightweight contest.
On the March 2012 cover of “The Ring” magazine, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and Julio Cesar Chavez JR, stand in fighting poses, underneath is a caption that reads “IS THE TIME NOW?”. Since it’s five years and two months later, obviously promoters felt that was not the time. In 24hrs though, at the Las Vegas T-Mobile arena despite if that was the time it should have taken place, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and Julio Cesar Chavez JR will meet.
When that issue of “The Ring”, was released both fighters were undefeated world champions. At the time Julio Cesar Chavez JR was boxing’s WBC middleweight champion, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez the WBC junior middleweight champion. A short while later, in his biggest step up bout, Chavez Jr outside scoring a 12th round knockdown, would be dominated by then middleweight king Sergio Martinez.
As for Canelo Alvarez, he would score multiple victories, claim another world title with a decision, over then WBA 154lb title holder Austin Trout. Then face boxing’s, “Pound for Pound King” Floyd Mayweather Jr on September 14th 2013, he too would be dominated, despite questionable scoring that ended in a majority decision loss.
The two fighters, would go in opposite directions after their first losses. A jump in weight for Canelo, claiming the middleweight title from Miguel Cotto. Then after refusing to face Gennady Golovkin, he vacated that championship returned to junior middleweight, claimed another title belt stopping Liam Smith while becoming a huge pay-per view draw during the process.
As for Chavez Jr, bad training habits and lack luster performances against journeyman Brian Vera, led him to lose public support. If that was not enough, a knockout loss at the hands of Andrzej Fonfara at light heavyweight in 2015, seen his star virtually fade.
In 2016 Chavez Jr returned, to claim decision victories over durable fighters Dominik Britsch and Marcos Reyes (Who will face David Lemieux on the undercard at a 163lb Catchweight). Even with those victories, Chavez Jr failed to convince fans he was on the return to former glory. With Canelo vacating his middleweight title, after refusing to face middleweight kingpin Gennady Golovkin, despite promising the public. The two fighters finally, have decided they are going to give the public what was asked for five years ago.
The big question, leading up to the fight has been “Will Chavez Jr be in shape? Can he even make the super middleweight maximum of 168lbs, let alone a Catchweight of 164.5lbs?” While rumors circulated he was not training as he should, others that he was training harder than ever, we were given our answers when they hit the scales Friday afternoon.
The two fighters entered to loud ovations, Chavez Jr had more supporters than expected by most. The crowd seemed to be 60/40 in favor of Canelo and that 40% seemed to surprised even bother him. Up until that point, Chavez Jr had been covering up with sweats in public, helping fuel the rumors he was not in top condition. Once he stripped down to his underwear, any doubters in person or watching were suddenly quiet. When the official weight was announced, Chavez Jr not only made the contracted weight limit of 164.5lbs, he weighed a half pound under. As did Canelo who also weighed in at 164lbs even.
The only difference between the two, aside from a substantial height advantage for Chavez Jr, was bulk. It was Chavez Jr who appeared leaner. It was Canelo, the former middleweight belt holder who claimed to be a “Junior Middleweight”, his reasons for vacating his WBC 160lb strap that had the muscle bulk.
In the faceoff, Canelo seemed more intense, looking up at Chavez Jr with bad intentions in his eyes. The body language of Chavez Jr appeared confident and relaxed. When the stare down was over, Canelo gestured towards the crowd, Chavez Jr strolled off stage and began to speak with his father both appearing to be in a jovial mood. What was peculiar is the fact, Canelo took to drinking electrolyte’s almost immediately as if dehydrated. If Chavez Jr did once out of site we don’t know but any questions on his condition, at least in terms of weight have been answered.
PPV Undercard bouts official weights.
Middleweight bout. David Lemieux- 37-3 (33) 163lbs Marcos Reyes- 35-4 (26) 163lbs
Reyes first weighed 163 1/2lbs until stripping naked. (163lb contracted limit)
Welterweight bout. Lucas Matthysse- 37-4 (34) 147lbs. Emmanuel Taylor- 20-4 (14) 147lbs.
NABF featherweight title bout. Joseph Diaz Jr- 23-0 (15) 125.5lbs Manuel Avila- 22-0 (8) 125lbs
Off air undercard weights–
Super Bantamweight- Ronny Rios- 27-1 (12) 122lbs Vs,. Daniel Noriega- 30-10-1 (15) 122lbs
Lightweight- Ryan Garcia- 8-0 (7) 131 3/4lbs Vs. Tyrone Luckey-8-6-3 (6) 131 1/2lbs
Lightweight– Joseph Aguirre-16-0 (9) 135lbs Vs. Angel Aispuro- 8-4-2 (5) 134lbs
Super Welterweight– Raul Curiel (Debut) 148 1/2lbs Vs. Jesus Ibarra Sanchez- 2-1 (1) 148 1/2lbs
Flyweight– Marlen Esparza-1-0 110 1/2lbs Vs. Samantha Salazar-2-3-1 111lbs
Don’t forget to tune in and watch the Talkin Boxing With Billy C PPV Post fight show starting 10min after the main event winner is officially announced.
George Groves will challenge Fedor Chudinov for the vacant WBA World Super-Middleweight title at Bramall Lane in Sheffield on May 27, live on Sky Sports Box Office as chief support for the IBF World Welterweight title clash between Kell Brook and Errol Spence.
Groves is gunning to land a World strap in his fourth attempt following two epic clashes with Carl Froch in England and a split decision loss to Badou Jack in Las Vegas.
Chudinov landed the WBA belt in May 2015 with a win over Felix Sturm and the hard-hitting Russian is no stranger to Britain having beaten Frank Buglioni in a first defence in London four months later.
‘Saint’ George is confident that Chudinov will not get his hands on the title again in the Steel City, and with four wins on the bounce since teaming up with Shane McGuigan, the 29 year old believes he’ll finally be crowned a world ruler on May 27.
“It’s great to be back fighting on Sky Sports Box Office,” said Groves. ”I’m excited to be challenging for the World title on May 27 at Bramall Lane. Last year was a good year for me. I feel that the work I’ve been doing behind the scenes with Shane has really started to pay off, and I’m in a great position to capture the WBA title and push on from there.
“Fedor Chudinov is a good fighter. He proved that against Felix Sturm, but I honestly believe that I will have too much for him. It has always been my dream to become World Champion, and now it’s my time and nothing will stand in my way.”
“We’re delighted to deliver George this World title fight on home soil and it’s great to be working with Sky and Matchroom Boxing on what will be a terrific double header with two World title fights at the highest level,” said Nisse Sauerland.
“George will face a tough test from Fedor Chudinov, who has proved dangerous away from home with victories over Felix Sturm and Frank Buglioni, but George is an elite level fighter who is only just reaching his prime, and we’re confident on May 27, he will realise his dream, and Britain will have a new World Champion.”
“I’m delighted to add another big World title fight to this show on May 27,” said Eddie Hearn. “Since the Badou Jack defeat, George has worked his way back into position and is now on the verge of finally capturing that World title. It’s a very hard fight against a very tough Chudinov and I expect it to be an all action affair. There will be 26,000 packed into Bramall Lane on May 27 and British fight fans can expect another epic night.”
Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing® Jr. Welterweight Emanuel “Tranzforma” Taylor and his team arrived in Vegas on Monday evening, May 1st, before one of the biggest fights of his career. This Saturday, May 6th, on PPV, Emanuel will be taking on former Super Lightweight champion Lucas Matthysse in a 10 round Welterweight matchup on the undercard of the Canelo Alvarez- Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. mega fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. The fight will be contested for the WBA and WBO International Titles.
Emanuel Taylor had the honor of walking the red carpet Tuesday, May 2nd, surrounded by numerous boxing fans during the celebrated fighter arrival stroll in the magnificent MGM Grand Lobby accompanied by his fellow PPV fighters. With the days building up to the fight, Emanuel had an amazing media workout open to the public, at the MGM Grand Race & Sports Book on Wednesday, May 3rd, getting ready to head into today’s press conference that will be streamed live on Ring TV.
Taylor brings a record of 20-4-1, 14KO’S into the bout as his Argentinian opponent Matthysse carries an imposing 37-4, 34KO’s record.
The Edgewood, MD native knows the opportunity in front of him can be career changing and had this to say about his match with Matthysse, “Lucas Matthysse is a great fighter and a former world champion. He is a very good puncher and I know I have to be at my best to defeat him. I’ve had a great camp and I’m 100% confident that I will come out victorious on Saturday”.
Promoter Joe DeGuardia had these thoughts, “This is a huge fight for Manny. We all know how tough Matthysse is but I’ve never seen Manny so confident before a fight. A win will put him right into the thick of things in his division”.
SAM EVANS believe he’ll progress past the “journeyman level” and move onto title opportunities in Walsall this Friday night.
The 21-year-old returns to the Black Country in what will be his ninth outing in little over 18 months as a professional.
Having watched stablemates Nathan Gorman and Reuben Arrowsmith recently contest championships, he’s keen to be the latest fighter of Ricky Hatton’s stable to get a shot at a belt.
However, he must first pass a tricky six round test against Plymouth’s battle-hardened Christian Hoskin Gomez at the Banks’s Stadium.
“I’m 100 per cent focused on this fight and hopefully we can sit down afterwards and talk about what’s next. I want maybe an eight rounder and then it’ll be onto titles,” Evans said.
“I think I’m ready to go past the journeyman level now and I hope Ricky and the team can get me some kind of title shot before the end of the summer.
“Not that I’m calling Hoskin Gomez a journeyman. He’s more than that. He’s rough and tumble and comes to fight. I give him full respect.
“I’ve seen him fight a few times close up. He’s tough, he’s game, and likes to put on the pressure. It’s a good match up for me. I think his style suits me to a tee and it’ll make a great fight and I’ll come out on top.
“I enjoy the close up battles. I like going to war. I think it’s the perfect fight to move me to the next level.”
Friday’s event is entitled ‘Next Chapter’ and features Walsall duo, super lightweight, Luke Paddock, and bantamweight debutant, Humza Ali, along with Stoke cruiserweight, Luke Caci, Swadlincote super lightweight, Connor Parker, Wolverhampton bantamweight, Kyle Williams, and West Bromwich welterweight, Tommy Loach.