Smith vs. Barrera is presented by Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing® in association with Main Events.
The 27-year-old Smith of Long Island, New York said, “I’m thrilled to be back on HBO against another top light heavyweight, Sullivan Barrera, I’ve already started training and will be ‘more than ready’ on July 15. There’s a number of great fighters in our division and I’m looking forward to another victory on my way to a world title shot.”
“This is a great opportunity for me. I want to thank my entire team for making this happen. I respect Joe for taking this fight. He is a great fighter and I have a tough test on July 15. I will work hard to put on a great show for all the fans,” stated Barrera.
“This should be a spectacular fight,” said Joe DeGuardia, President and CEO of Star Boxing. “Over the past few months many have refused to fight Joe Smith Jr., so I give credit to Sullivan Barrera, who, like Joe, is a tough fighter willing to fight anyone. Joe’s captivating rise as a humble working-class ‘Common Man’ has resonated with sports fans all over the world and I look forward to being at the Forum on HBO as Joe and Sullivan battle for the future.”
Kathy Duva, CEO of Main Events, stated, “This is a really interesting fight. It is a can’t miss because Barrera and Smith are both finishers. We are all eager to see how this plays out and I give credit to both men for wanting a challenge.”
Smith bursted onto the international boxing scene last June, knocking out the highly favored, former world title challenger, Andrzej Fonfara in the first round of a nationally televised contest from the Pole’s hometown of Chicago.
Six months later Smith challenged future Hall of Famer Bernard Hopkins at the Fabulous Forum and live on HBO. Dominating the legend on December 17 through the first seven rounds, the construction laborer Smith drilled Hopkins to the canvas and out of the ring earning the knockout in the eighth round.
Barrera is riding a two bout knockout streak with victories over Paul Parker on April 15 and Vyacheslav Shabaranskyy on December 16, 2016. His only loss was to light heavyweight champion Andre Ward in March 2016.
Two-time Olympic Gold Medalist and Women’s NABF Middleweight Champion, Claressa “T-Rex” Shields had a very special visitor at her gym yesterday, none other than all-time Michigan great Thomas “Hitman” Hearns.Hearns, from Detroit, is the 1980 and 1984 The Ring Magazine “Fighter of the Year” and the first boxer in history to win world titles in five weight divisions: welterweight, light middleweight, middleweight, super middleweight and light heavyweight.
“I came out to see her because I want her to do well. I think it’s wonderful that a female fighter is the best from Michigan right now,” said Hearns. “The world is all about change and this is change for the better. I feel good about it. The champions from the past from Michigan are passing the torch to the next great fighter from here and that’s Claressa. The fans in Michigan should come out and help support her because she is the future.”
Shields said she was humbled to have such an all-time great supporting her.
“To have Tommy Hearns come out to my gym means a lot to me, I feel like I’m moving my career in the right direction and getting the right attention. I’m not just some girl putting on some gloves. It means a lot to be the latest big-name fighter to come from Michigan. I’m glad Tommy Hearns chose to come here and it does feel like a passing of the torch. He is very supportive and it feels great to be respected by such a great world champion.”
Shields says her training is going extremely well for her third professional and second championship fight.
“Carolina Duer is one of the best female fighters in boxing,” said Lewkowicz. “In the US, she will get the best training possible. It is only a matter of time before she becomes the star North America that she is back home. I am very happy to be working with her. This is the perfect time for her career, as female boxing has become very popular once again.”
TACOMA, Wash. – Few fighters have enjoyed more success at Battle at the Boat during the series’ 20 years than Mike Gavronski.
The Tacoma native will look to continue his winning ways at the nation’s longest running tribal casino boxing series when he faces Quinton Rankin in the main event of Battle at the Boat 111 at the Emerald Queen Casino on Saturday, June 3.
Gavronski will fight for the first time in the light heavyweight division. He brings an impressive record of 22-2-1 with 14 knockouts into the 10-round contest.
“Everything has been going great with Mike leading up to this fight,” said Gavronski’s trainer Sam Ditusa. “He’s down in San Antonio training right now. He went down there his last two fights and trains for five weeks. Each time turned out really well. It just basically gets him away from home and allows him to focus completely on boxing.”
It’s hard to argue with Ditusa’s assessment as Gavronski looked razor sharp in his last two bouts.Gavronski defeated Thomas Awimbono (25-4-1) in his last bout on Nov. 19, 2016, a win that came on the heels of his triumph over previously undefeated Australian champion Jake Carr on Sept. 10 2016.The victories improved Gavronski’s all-time record at the Emerald Queen Casino to 9-1.
“Those two fights were easily the best of Mike’s career,” promoter Brian Halquist said. “He looked like a completely different fighter against Carr and Awimbono. He was quicker and more accurate. He really put on a show and we expect the same type of performance from him on June 3 as he is right on the verge of being ranked among the top 20 in the world.”
Fighting out of Charlotte, North Carolina, Rankin is 12-3-2 with 9 KOs. He is 8-1-2 over his last 11 bouts with his only setback coming against undefeated Medzhid Bektemirov (18-0) on June 13, 2016. Rankin is coming off a draw against undefeated Todd Unthank May (10-0) on March 11.
“The opponent pool is really dwindling for Mike,” Ditusa said. “He’s going up a weight class. It’s just getting harder to find opponents for him. He’s fought some very tough fighters and I think Rankin falls right into that category.”
Battle at the Boat 111 Card
Saturday, June 3, 2017
10 Round Main Event – 173 pounds
Mike Gavronski (22-2-1, 14 KOs) vs. Quinton Rankin (12-3-2, 9 KOs)
5 Round Semi-Main Events
170 pounds: Tommy Turner (4-7-0, 3 KOs) vs. Issac Tadeo (8-0-0, 4 KOs)
147 pounds: Andres Reyes (6-2-1, KO) vs. Will Hughes (5-5-0, 3 KOs)
4 Round Undercard Bouts
177 pounds: Richard Vansiclen (3-0-0, 2 KOs) vs. Justin Milani (1-4-0)
140 pounds: Andre Keys (3-1-0, KO) vs. Ricardo Maldonado (7-6-1, 1 KO)
140 pounds: Niko McFarland (0-3-0) vs. Shae Green (debut)
Robert Helenius’ (24-1, 15 KOs) and Dereck Chisora’s (26-7, 18 KOs) WBC Silver World Heavyweight title fight, which was due to take place on May 27 at the Hartwall Arena in Helsinki, Finland, will be rescheduled for after the summer.
Helenius and Chisora were set to renew their rivalry following a controversial European title fight in December 2011. However, as promoter Nisse Sauerland explains, boxing fans will now have to wait a little longer before seeing the heavyweight rivals go toe-to-toe in a hotly anticipated rematch.
‘’It is with regret that we have been forced to reschedule this event, but due to a number of contributing factors, this has been a neccesary decision,’’ said Sauerland.
‘’I would like to apologise to all the fans who were looking forward to a great spectacle on May 27, but we will deliver an even bigger and better event after the summer.’’
Thursday night, Star boxing presented a full card streamed on the “Fight Night LIVE” Facebook page, from the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Connecticut. As action took place inside the ring, commentators Ray Flores and Michael Woods, interacted with Facebook viewers who shared their opinion of the event. This new series, can be pivotal for upcoming young fighters in terms of exposure and provides viewing opportunities, for fans across the globe who might normally, not have access to a live event, be it in person or on television.
The main event, was a junior middleweight contest between multi-time world title challenger Delvin Rodriguez and rising prospect Courtney Pennington.This was a critical bout for both men, Rodriguez hoping for an opportunity at one more high profile fight, entered on a ten month layoff and was 1-2-1 in his previous four. In order to get that opportunity, he needed to not just win but look sensational doing so. His opponent, Courtney Pennington entering on a two fight win streak, needed a convincing win to position himself for a bout against another top prospect and heighten his career to the next level.
It was obvious after the first two rounds, Rodriguez always the warrior, just didn’t have it in him. At 37yrs old, with forty two tough bouts behind him, Rodriguez battled both Pennington and time. He did start out pressing the action, yet was unable to cut the ring off and inflict any meaningful punishment. The younger fresher Pennington, incorporated double and triple jabs with movement, never in any danger or in need of adjusting his style, cruised to a comfortable unanimous decision by scores of 98-92 twice and 97-93.
The co-feature and most closely contested bout of the evening, was a female Super Welterweight contest between former world title holder, Kali Reis and Ashleigh Curry. In an interview, prior to the bout Reis gave Curry very little respect and implied it was nothing more than a “Stay Busy” fight.
Either Reis was over confident, or she and her team had not done their homework on Curry. While Ashleigh Curry, cannot be described as a technical fighter, her movement, counter punching off the ropes and awkward angles troubled Reis for every minute of every round. The official scores read 57-57 from Judge Tom Carusone, 58-56 in favor of Reis from Steve Weisfeld and 59-55 in favor of Reis from Judge Peter Harry. My own unofficial score was 58-56 in favor of Ashley, I can see an argument for the 58-56 in favor of Reis handed in by Steve Weisfeld. A score of 59-55 from Peter Harry was pure “Home Cooking” as broadcaster Ray Flores stated.
Super Welterweight Jose Rivera, scored a highlight reel stoppage over the tall, lanky, Marcus Beckford. At the start, Beckford had some success, using his reach and jab but after some adjustments by Rivera, a counter punch over a lazy Beckford jab ended the affair in round four. Jose Rivera improved to 3-1 (3), Marcus Beckford drops to 3-7-3 (1).
Welterweight Daniel Gonzalez, won a hard fought six round decision over veteran Samuel Amoako. This was a solid learning experience for Gonzalez, despite Amoako losing ten straight prior, he has been a stern test for many top prospects. In his career, Amoako has only been stopped twice, once against then top ten ranked Gavin Rees, the other against hard hitting Miguel Roman. All three scorecards, read 60-54 in favor of Gonzalez who improved to 14-0-1(5), Samuel Amoako now stands at 21-15 (15).
Super Lightweight Anthony Laureano, scored a six round decision over Sidney Maccow after a back and forth battle. Early Maccow, controlled the pace, using his jab keeping Laureano at a distance. After making a slight adjustment, Laureano applied pressure used head movement and combination punching to gain a well deserved points decision. The official scores read 58-56 on all three scorecards. Anthony Laureano improved to 4-0 (2), Sidney Maccow now stands at 4-6 (3).
Cruiserweight Richard Rivera, scored a fourth round TKO over Marco Parente, using combinations and pressure to continuously keep Parente on the back-foot. Despite a game effort by Marco Parente, he was never able to adjust and needed saving by referee Danny Schiavone at 2:27 of the round. Richard Rivera improved to 2-0 (2), Marco Parente coming up short in his debut is 0-1.
In a lightweight contest, between two fighters making their professional debuts, Omar Bordoy defeated Jonathon Rojas by unanimous decision. There was not a dull moment of the contest, both fighters gave it their all, Bordoy and his pressure style, won over the judges who all scored it the same 40-36 in favor of Omar Bordoy.
It was a bout, as I stated earlier because of this exposure through live streaming and the efforts of both fighters, fans who watched, will want to see them in action again sooner than later.
According to Joe DeGuardia, head of Star Boxing, fans can look forward to more events like these coming soon.
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.