Author: Daxx Khan

Groves and Eubank Jr. entertained the fans at public workout in Manchester

Press Release
13 February 2018

Groves and Eubank Jr. entertained the fans at public workout in Manchester

George Groves (27-3, 20 KOs) and Chris Eubank Jr. (26-1, 20 KOs) entertained hundreds of fans at the National Football Museum ahead of their Ali Trophy semi-final on Saturday at the Manchester Arena.

“I am not for one second taking him lightly,” said Groves. “Junior definitely has a good engine but as soon as I hit him, I am going to hurt him and put him away.”

‘The Saint’ puts his WBA World Super-Middleweight title on the line on Saturday against the IBO Champion Eubank Jr., with the winner fighting countryman Callum Smith or German Juergen Braehmer for the inaugural Muhammad Ali Trophy.

Eubank Jr. tells he is living the dream this week and see himself go all the way to the final.

“It is the biggest fight of my career. I have dreamed of being part of such a big fight since I started boxing,” said Eubank Jr. “Groves will not last 12 rounds. He should enjoy the last days with that WBA belt because on Saturday I’m going to take it and proceed to the final.”

 All Photo’s Credit World Boxing Super Series

No Place Like Home for Cassius Chaney

(Baltimore, Maryland) – After leaving his home town of Baltimore, Maryland at the age of 13, and rolling up more miles than he cares to count as a collegiate athlete and professional boxer, Cassius Chaney (11-0, 8 KOs) has finally come home.

Undefeated heavyweight Chaney now lives and trains in Baltimore. He spent four years as a standout scholarship basketball star at the University of New Haven in Connecticut. His switch to professional boxing after earning a degree in sports management took Chaney from Florida to England for bouts, and as a sparring partner for Tyson and Hughie Fury and other top heavyweights.

Now Chaney is back in Baltimore, training with Calvin Ford at the Upton Boxing Center. Ford, known as “The Mayor of Baltimore Boxing” and the real-life inspiration for the character Cutty on the popular TV series “The Wire” is hard at work preparing Chaney for his bout with Tim Washington (6-5, 6 KOs) of Toledo, Ohio at The Theater at Madison Square Garden on the Sergey Kovalev vs. Igor Mikhalkin non-televised undercard on Saturday, March 3.

“A big part of the change was the comfort of my family, my mom still being here in Baltimore,” said Chaney. “I’ve learned you can’t be everywhere at once. Because of sports, I’ve never had the chance to be home too long. During a visit, I went by the gym, I liked the staff and the atmosphere, and being home and not having to worry about travel. I liked going to Florida to train, but it was difficult,” explained Chaney.

Chaney made the switch to training with Ford, and as a result is rethinking his approach with the help of some tough love from his new team. “They’re learning me, I’m learning them,” said Chaney. “Some of it for me is not thinking so much,” which is not an easy thing for the rare boxer with a college degree. “I gravitate toward people who think a lot.”

Chaney says Ford tells him not to overthink, “to let it flow, be comfortable, that’s what I’m trying to get back to.”

As much as Chaney and Ford work on his skills and boxing craft, Chaney says Ford and assistant coach Kenny Ellis are working on his mental toughness. “They do things to try and push my buttons,” said Chaney. “They want to rile me up. In the ring, I’m not being nice. But I’m a thinker, I have to try and get out of that.”

Chaney is at heart still a student, and knows how to do his homework outside the ring. He became accustomed to studying game films as a college basketball player, and those habits have translated to boxing. “I can watch fights all day. I can watch them one time and remember … I look for tendencies, not specifically how (an opponent) is going to fight me,” said Chaney.

Chaney said he’s been inspired recently by the 2010 book written by basketball great Kobe Bryant, The Kobe Code: Eight Principles For Success — An Insider’s Look Into Los Angeles Laker Kobe Bryant’s Warrior Life & the Code He Lives By. “The principles of winning are always true. Once a winner, always a winner,” said Chaney.

Chaney says his role models in boxing are Lennox Lewis, Bernard Hopkins, and the great Muhammad Ali. “The intellectual ones are the ones I gravitate to,” said Chaney.

No matter where he calls home, Chaney’s loyal fans continue to support him as a professional boxer and should be in force at Madison Square Garden. Surprisingly, Chaney has never appeared at the Garden, even during his collegiate basketball days. His only experience was a single visit to watch the WNBA’s New York Liberty play.

“Main Events has given me so many opportunities, fighting in England, Canada, and Las Vegas. I have a lot of people interested in checking the fight out. I always perform my best in big moments. I’ve gotten a lot of knockouts on HBO cards. More than anything, I’m getting better. I’m excited to get there and put on a show, back on HBO,” promised Chaney.

UNDEFEATED REGIS PROGRAIS TO FACE FORMER UNIFIED WORLD CHAMPION JULIUS INDONGO FOR INTERIM WBC SUPER LIGHTWEIGHT WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

NEW YORK (Feb. 12, 2018) – Undefeated 140-pound contender Regis Prograis will now face former unified world champion Julius Indongo for the vacant Interim WBC Super Lightweight World Championship on Friday, March 9, in the 12-round main event of SHOWTIME BOXING: SPECIAL EDITION live on SHOWTIME at 10 p.m. ET/PT from Deadwood Mountain Grand in Deadwood, South Dakota.
Indongo replaces the previously announced Viktor Postol, who was forced to withdraw from the bout with a hand injury.
Born in Namibia and now fighting out of Omaha, NE, Indongo (22-1, 11 KOs) is a former unified champion who held the IBF and WBA 140-pound titles.
In 2016, Indongo traveled to Moscow, Russia, to dethrone IBF Junior Welterweight Champion Eduard Troyanovsky with a stunning first-round knockout. In his first defense as champion, Indongo traveled to Glasgow, Scotland, for a unification bout with WBA Champion Ricky Burns. The 35-year-old won a 12-round unanimous decision to become unified champion.
In his first bout as a unified titleholder, Indongo made his U.S. debut against fellow undefeated and unified champion Terence Crawford in a showdown to determine the undisputed champion of the 140-pound division. It was the first championship bout with all four major world titles at stake since Jermain Taylor dethroned Bernard Hopkins in 2005. Indongo lost to Crawford to suffer the only defeat of his professional career.
“I’m very excited to fight Regis Prograis on March 9,” said Indongo. “This is a great opportunity for me toward becoming a world champion again. I know how good Prograis is, but come March 9, I’ll be victorious.”
“While it’s unfortunate that Viktor Postol suffered this training injury, we’re thrilled that Julius Indongo jumped right at the opportunity to face Regis Prograis for the interim WBC title,” said Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment. “Regis wanted to prove himself against the best, and he will still be afforded that opportunity when he meets former champion Indongo in what promises to be a sensational clash of styles.”

Prograis (20-0, 17 KOs), of Houston by way of New Orleans, has scored knockouts in 13 of his last 14 fights and is a rising star in the wide-open 140-pound division. Indongo represents the toughest challenge of his career with his lone loss to one of the top fighters in boxing, Terence Crawford.
In the 12-round co-feature, undefeated 140-pound contenders Ivan Baranchyk (17-0, 10 KOs) and Anthony Yigit (21-0-1, 7 KOs) will square off in a Junior Welterweight World Title Eliminator to become the mandatory challenger for IBF champion Sergey Lipinets. Lipinets will defend his belt the following day, March 10, on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® against undefeated three-division champion Mikey Garcia.

U.S. Olympian Nico Hernandez Captures IBA Americas title In 4th pro fight

PARK CITY, Kan. (February 11, 2018) – U.S. Olympian and hometown favorite Nico Hernandez captured the vacant International Boxing Association (IBA) Americas flyweight title in his fourth professional fight, headlining last night’s “KO Night Boxing” Gold & Glory” card, at Hartman Arena in Park City, Kansas.

Presented by “KO Night Boxing LLC,” the card was taped live to be shown at a later date on CBS Sports Network. “KO Night Boxing” Gold & Glory” card, presented by KO Night Boxing LLC,

The 22-year-old Hernandez (4-0, 3 KOs) stopped last-minute replacement, game Victor “El Torito” Torres, in the fifth round. Hernandez’ original opponent, Hungarian champion Joseph Ajtai (19-9, 12 KOs), never made it to Wichita due to a series of unfortunate circumstances. Ajtai lost one day in Frankfurt, Germany, after leaving his passport on the plane he took from Budapest. Once he landed in Chicago on Wednesday, he was tied up by a visa issue at U.S. Customs. He missed his connecting flight to Wichita and because of snowstorms that grounded numerous flights, including those to Wichita, Ajtai never made it out of O’Hare Airport, stranded there for several days.

The IBA granted a special exception for Hernandez to fight Torres, due to these unforeseen problems, with the agreement that Hernandez would next fight Ajtai for an IBA title.

“It was an electric night,” promoter John Andersen said. “Once again, Nico made the proper adjustment that can be credited to his amateur pedigree. In the amateurs, opponents often change at the last moment and Nico has overcome many obstacles during his boxing career. We’re going to give Josef another title shot against Nico in April or May. They have unfinished business together!

“I was very pleased with Nico’s performance. It’s the best I’ve seen him. He was unbelievable in every way, on point throughout the fight. We also want to give Torres credit for accepting the fight on such late notice.”

Hernandez came out fast from the start, battering Torres’ body with tremendous combinations, and he never let up. Torres absorbed punishment but remained upright, but IBA referee Steve Smoger halted the action in the fifth round for Torres’ safety.

“I’m not leaving this belt,” Hernandez commented at the post fight press conference as he handled his IBA Americas belt. “It’s going everywhere with me. I was looking forward to this fight and I’m ready to continue my success. This is the first (title belt) of many. I got what I worked hard for. I want to thank my coaches, all the work paid off, and now I have this (title belt).”

In the co-featured event, Minneapolis welterweight Javonte Starks (13-2, 7 KOs) and Mexican veteran Cesar Soriano (28-36-2, 17 KOs) fought to a six-round majority draw.

Bakersfield, CA pro-debuting Derrick Clayton upset Milwaukee junior welterweight Akeem Black (3-2, 1 KO), registering a second-round technical knockout.

Wichita middleweight Jeff Sturm (2-0, 1 KO) remained undefeated, stopping intrastate rival Brian Clements, of Topeka, halfway through the opening round.

Another pro-debuting California fighter, junior welterweight Chazz Macias, needed only 1:20 to knockout Omaha’s Corey Roberts.

Fighting for the first time in 5 ½ years, Washington D.C. heavyweight Maurice “Freight Train” Byarm (14-2-1, 10 KOs) took out 300-pounder Richard “Silverback” Carmack (15-13-1, 12 KOs) in round one.

OFFICIAL RESULTS

 MAIN EVENT – VACANT IBA AMERICAS FLYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP

Nico Hernandez (4-0, 3 KOs), Wichita, KS

WTKO5 (0:55)

Victor Torres (2-8-1, 1 KO), Modesto, CA

(Hernandez won vacant IBA Americas flyweight title)

 CO-FEATURE – WELTERWEIGHTS

Cesar Soriano (28-36-2, 17 KOs), Iztacalco, Distrito Federal, Mexico

D6 (5-56, 57-57, 57-57)

Javonte Starks (13-2-1, 7 KOs), Minneapolis, MN

 HEAVYEIGHTS

Maurice Byarm (14-2-1, 10 KOs), Washington D.C.

WKO1 (1:34)

Richard “Silverback” Carmack (15-13-1, 12 KOs), Kansas City, MO

 MIDDLEWEIGHTS

Jeff Strum (2-0, 1 KO), Wichita, KS

WKO1 (1:12)

Brian Clements (0-1-1), Topeka, KS

 JUNIOR MIDDLEWEIGHTS

Derrick Clayton (1-0, 1 KO), Bakersfield, CA

WTKO2 (2:59)

Akeem Black (3-2, 1 KO), Milwaukee, WI

 JUNIOR WELTERWEIGHTS

Chazz Macias (1-0, 1KO), Tehachapi, CA

WKO1 (1:20)

Corey Roberts (0-4), Omaha, NE

“Fightin’ Irish” boxing history rich in Boston

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (February 12, 2018) – “Fightin’ Irish” and Boston boxing has been synonymous for more than a century, since the Irish first started emigrating to the United States in general, Boston in particular, after the Great Potato Famine.

Many Irish and Irish-American boxers have fought in the Greater Boston area, some born and others resettling there. This rich tradition continues next month in a different way when the three-city 2018 USA vs. Ireland Northeast Boxing Tour kicks-off Monday, March 12, at the newly renovated Royale Entertainment Complex in Boston’s famed theater district. The Boston stop, which is being presented by Budweiser, will have general admission tickets for $20.00 and a limited amount of $30.00 reserved tickets go on sale today (Monday, Feb. 12) at 12 p.m. ET are available to purchase online here.

The USA vs. Ireland Northeast Boxing Tour will continue March 15 at the MassMutual Center in Springfield, Mass., concluding March 21 at The Manchester Downtown Hotel in New Hampshire.

All the duels will begin at 7:00 p.m. EST and tickets will be made available for purchase in the coming weeks. Each city will showcase up to 12 bouts, which will all be live streamed, free of charge, on USA Boxing’s website (www.usaboxing.org).

The tradition started back in the 19th century with “The Boston Strongboy,” John. L. Sullivan (Roxbury, MA), the first millionaire American athlete, as well as the first “gloves” world heavyweight champion and final “bare knuckles” heavyweight champion of the world. An International Boxing Hall of Famer, Sullivan won 38 of 38 pro fights, 30 coming by knockout, with only one loss and two draws.

Another Hall-of-Famer from that era, Jake Kilrain (29-5-8, 17 KOs), lived in Somerville and Quincy, both Boston suburbs.   Kilrain (1829-1899) also reigned as world heavyweight champion.

Irish boxers from Greater Boston continued this rich tradition through the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th centuries with world champions and top contenders such as welterweight Paddy Duffy (31-3,16, 18 KOs), Lawrence welterweight Mike Glover (Cavanaugh – 30-5-5, 16 KOs), and Charlestown welterweight Mike “Twin” Sullivan (28-6-16, 17 KOs), and Newton bantamweight Jimmy Walsh (33-10-20, 14 KOs)

In the 1950’s, Woburn lightweight “Irish” Tommy Collins (61-12, 44 KOs) was dropped 10 times at the Boston Garden by world champion Jimmy Carter, until he finally succumbed in the fourth round. His gutsy performance, however, earned him an appearance on the popular Ed Sullivan Show.

Arlington heavyweight Tom McNeeley (37-14, 28 KOs), unsuccessfully fought for the world title in 1961, stopped in the fourth round of his Toronto fight versus defending champion Floyd Patterson, and McNeeley’s son, Boston-native and later Medfield resident Peter “Hurricane” McNeeley (47-7, 30 KOs) famously was stopped in the opening round by “Iron” Mike Tyson in the latter’s first fight after his release from prison.

In the 1980’s, Irish boxers made their way to Boston to fight; some returned home after their careers, others relocated in the area. In 1984, Ireland-native Sean Mannion(42-14, 13 KOs), who had moved to the Dorchester section of Boston, lost a 15-round decision in Madison Square Garden to Mike McCallum for the World Boxing Association (WBA) Super Middleweight World Championship.

Steve “Celtic Warrior” Collins (25-2-1, 18 KOs) moved to Everett, later to Brockton, to work with Goody and Pat Petronelli, who handled Marvelous Marvin Haglerthroughout is Hall of Fame career. Collins captured the World Boxing Organization (WBO) middleweight and super middleweight world titles before moving back to Ireland.

Collins’ younger brother, Packie Collins, also moved to Brockton to fight. He later worked with Irish heavyweight champion Kevin “The Clones Colossus” McBride(35-10-1, 29 KOs), who went on to knock Tyson out and into retirement. McBride, who still lives in Dorchester, was a stablemate of former Team Ireland head coach and current Team USA head coach, Billy Walsh, at the European Games. Both were also Ireland Olympians, respectively, in 1988 and 1992.

Another Ireland Olympian, Wayne “Pocket Rocket” McCullough (27-7, 18 KOs), moved to Las Vegas from Northern Ireland. The luck of the Irish wasn’t with him in Boston in 1997, when he lost his World Boxing Council (WBC) bantamweight title at Hynes Convention Center, by way of a 12-round split decision to Daniel Zaragoza.

Arguably the most famous and popular Irish-American boxer, outside of Sullivan and Jack Dempsey, is Lowell junior welterweight “Irish” Micky Ward (38-13, 27 KOs), who was involved in three Fight of the Year award winners, two from his epic trilogy with Arturo Gatti, and the first boxer with more than 10 career losses to earn a $1-million purse. Ward’s life was portrayed by another Boston icon, actor Mark Wahlberg, in the award-winning movie, “The Fighter.”

Irish boxers are still coming to Boston to fight. Locally-based Murphys Boxing has promoted numerous shows in Boston featuring world-class boxers such as Gary “Spike” O’Sullivan and undefeated super bantamweight TJ “Power” Doheny (18-0, 13 KOs), as well as undefeated rising stars such as “Sting” Ray Mayotte and New England & Massachusetts heavyweight champion Niall Kennedy (10-0, 6 KOs).

The Irish team will announce its boxers later this month after the conclusion of its National Championships.

Headlining Team USA’s roster is 2017 World Championship bronze medalist Troy Isley (Alexandria, VA). USA Boxing’s team will also include Virginia Fuchs (Kemah, Texas), who won four international gold medals in 2017, 2016 Youth World Champion and 2017 Elite Continental Championships silver medalist, Delante Johnson(Cleveland, OH), 2017 USA Boxing Heavyweight National Champion Jared Anderson (Toledo, OH) and 2016 Youth World Championship bronze medalist and 2017 USA Boxing Super Heavyweight National Champion, Richard Torrez (Tulare, CA). A full roster for each city will be released closer to the start of the tour.

 USA vs. Ireland Schedule

March 12: Royale Entertainment Complex, Boston, Mass.

March 15: MassMutual Center, Springfield, Mass.

March 21: The Manchester Downtown Hotel, Manchester, N.H.

Sullivan Barrera “After Ward, Bivol is my toughest challenge”

MIAMI, Florida – Top light heavyweight contender Sullivan Barrera is working hard in the second half of his training camp for his March 3rd HBO televised clash against WBA light heavyweight champoin Dmitry Bivol.

The 35-year-old former Cuban amateur standout has been on quite a run.  After losing a unanimous decision to the now retired former pound-for-pound king Andre Ward, Barrera has put together a four fight win streak against the likes of Vyacheslav Shabranskyy, Paul “Pay Per View” Parker, Joe Smith Jr. and the hard hitting Felix Valera.

While that is an impressive list, Barrera knows that none of those opponents are as formidable as the challenge that lies ahead of him on March 3rd at The Theatre at Madison Square Garden.

“Bivol is a great fighter. He will be the second best fighter I have faced and second only to Andre Ward,” said Barrera.  “He has a great amateur pedigree and has been knocking out the majority of his opponents.  I know I need to bring my ‘A’ game to beat him.”

Bivol has stopped his previous four opponents and only 2 of his 12 victims have made it to the final bell.  Barrera has a lot of respect for his opponent and believes his power is legitimate.

“He has knocked guys out with one punch. I know I have to be careful in there.  He is a very confident fighter. He knows he has power and knows how to get in position to use it.  That is why I am taking him very seriously,” Barrera explained.

Barrera knows that a victory over Bivol will open a lot of doors as fights against champions like Sergey Kovalev, the Adonis Stevenson-Badou Jack winner and Artur Beterbiev could be available to him but the Cuban refuses to look ahead.

“March 3rd is all that matters. God willing I get the win and then we can talk about future plans but right now I am focused on Bivol.  I know I have to concentrate on him and give him all of my attention,” said Barrera.

Lundy: “Corley talked himself into an ass whooping!”

PHILADELPHIA (Feb. 9th, 2018) – It’s too early to start calling him the “new” Hank Lundy, but the Philadelphia warhorse known affectionately as “Hammerin’” Hank has starting thinking about his future outside of the ring while keeping his sights set firmly on the present.

As he prepares for tomorrow’s fight against ageless Washington, D.C. native DeMarcus Corley at the 2300 Arena, Lundy is confident as ever in both his campaign for a world title at 135 pounds and his life beyond boxing, which he’s helped secure through wise investments.

Three years ago, Lundy (28-6-1, 14 KOs) started his own cleaning company, Hammerin’ Hank Cleaning Services, Inc., cleaning houses and businesses in the Philadelphia area. In August, he added a third job to his resume, starting a position as a checker for a local trucking company, where he inspects packages before they hit the road.

Later this year, Lundy and his wife, Valerie, will add a baby boy to their family, which will be Lundy’s seventh child (he currently has four daughters and two sons). His goal is to build a solid foundation for the entire family so he can dictate when it’s his time to retire from boxing rather than continue to fight past his prime to “make ends meet.”

Corley (50-28-1, 28 KOs), for what it’s worth, turns 44 in June. Tomorrow’s fight against Lundy will be his 80th professional bout, a fate Lundy wants to avoid.

“You have a lot of guys who are in the game now who are fighting and shouldn’t be fighting. To me, this is just him trying to fight for money, to stay in the game and feed his family,” Lundy said. “Most of these fighters don’t invest. That’s one mistake that ‘Hammerin’’ Hank Lundy won’t make. Some of this big money you make, you’ve got to learn to put it away.

“That’s how it is. You see Hank Lundy is willing to fight anyone, anywhere, so he jumped on. You know I won’t duck anybody. Deep down, he knows this is war for him. He can talk a good game on the radio and all of that bullcrap, but at the end of the day he knows I’m coming to knock him out.

“He knows he can’t beat Hank Lundy.”

Tomorrow’s event at the 2300 Arena is promoted by Will Ruiz of Hard Hitting Promotions. Lundy remains under the promotional guidance of Jimmy Burchfield Sr. and CES Boxing. This will be his second consecutive fight in his hometown and just his third since 2009, the sign of a long, satisfying career finally coming full circle after Lundy rose to fame as one of boxing’s most feared road warriors.

Since winning his first title in 2010, Lundy has fought in Tennessee, Rhode Island, Montreal, Connecticut, Indiana, New Jersey, Ukraine, New Hampshire, Ohio, New York and Los Angeles.

“Hank Lundy has paid his dues,” Burchfield Sr. said. “He took the fights no one else wanted to take, traveled to places nowhere else dared go, and faced the fighters others in his weight class have steadily avoided.

“He put on a show at this very same arena in June and he’s poised to do it again. Lundy is a TV-friendly fighters who makes new fans everywhere he goes, but there’s no place like Philadelphia and no fighter more deserving of fighting in one of the sport’s most historic cities than ‘Hammerin’’ Hank.”

Corley is equally well-traveled. The seasoned southpaw made his professional debut in 1996 and captured his first major championship five years later when he knocked out Felix Flores to win the World Boxing Organization (WBO) World Super Lightweight Title. After two successful title defenses, Corley spent the next decade facing boxing’s elite: Zab JudahFloyd Mayweather Jr.Miguel CottoDevon AlexanderAshley TheophaneMarcos MaidanaSerhii FedchenkoLucas MatthysseThomas Dulorme and Ruslan Provodnikov, among others.

Corley has yearned for this fight for the last three years, most recently making the push in 2016 after winning the Jamaican version of “The Contender” series with three wins in a two-month span. The 34-year-old Lundy will be the heavy favorite Saturday, creating a “high risk, low reward” scenario that makes this fight a must-win if he wants to continue campaigning for a world title at 135 pounds.

“Chop Chop’s been calling me out, but at the end of the day it was never the right time. I still feel this way,” Lundy said. “Chop Chop is an old vet, but at the end of the day it was like this: ‘What can I gain from beating Chop Chop?’ Nothing. I’m the younger fighter. I’m supposed to beat him. I’m supposed to knock him out. Hank Lundy is a big, big reward for him.

“On my side, it’s a low reward, but he talked himself into an ass whooping.”

Lundy’s Philadelphia homecoming in June of 2017 ended an eight-year drought away from the City of Brotherly Love. He ended the night with a fifth-round knockout win over Mexican challenger Daniel Evangelista, his second consecutive win since challenging pound-for-pound king Terence Crawford for the WBO World Super Lightweight Title at Madison Square Garden.

Fighting strictly at 135 after earning several big paydays at 140, Lundy is again aiming to please tomorrow in front of his hometown fans. At 34, there’s still plenty left in the tank, especially for an athlete as well-conditioned as he is, but the end could come at any time, which is why Lundy has worked to secure his future while concentrating on the present.

“I know what Chop Chop is coming in here trying to do. He’s going to put a lot of pressure on me, but my back has been against the wall before and I feel as though I’m in tremendous shape. I feel good, I look good, making weight was easy. I’m ready to go.”

All-New England’s Novice Division semifinals results from Lowell

LOWELL, Mass. (February 9, 2018) – Western New England and Central New England teams dominated last night’s semifinals round in the novice division of the New England Tournament of Champions, part of the 72nd annual New England Golden Gloves Championships, was held last night at historic Lowell Memorial Auditorium.

Team Western and Team Central won five and four individual matches, respectively, of 10 exciting bouts with the 10 winners advance to this coming Thursday’s (Feb. 15) novice division championship final at Lowell Memorial Auditorium. See the complete 2018 schedule of events below as well as last night’s complete results.

“Now, we’re down to the final two novice boxers in each weight class from the six New England states,” N. E. Executive Director Bobby Russo said. “It’s always interesting to see the cream rise to the top. The week after next the All-New England’s open division matches will be held and there will be more good match ups.”

FLYWEIGHTS (114 lbs.)

Jean Pineiro, Bridgeport, CT / WNE

DEC (4-1)

Thomas Curtis, Methuen, MA / CNE

 JUNIOR WELTERWEIGHTS (141 lbs.)

Nelson Perez, Marlboro, MA / CNE

DEC 5-0

Kevin Walsh, Brockton, MA / SNE

                                                                   WELTERWEIGHTS (152 LBS.)

Alexander Lynch, Quincy, MA / Grealish Boxing Club

DEC 5-0

Jacob Knowles, Canaan, ME

   Marc Soils, Westbrook, CT / WNE

DEC (5-0)

Marwan Tama, Cranston, RI / SNE

 MIDDLEWEIGHTS (165 lbs.)

Makenson Barjon, Bridgeport, CT / WNE

DEC 5-0

Kevin Pontier, Woonsocket, RI / SNE

 Cody Zombeck, Rochester, NH / NNE

DEC (5-0)

Greg Bono, Waltham, MA / CNE

                                                                 LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHTS (178 lbs.)

Jesse Batanda, Nashua, NH / CNE

DEC (5-0)

Josh Sealy, Fall River, MA / SNE

Dimani Williams, Bloomfield, CT / WNE

DEC (4-1)

Bradley Jimenez, Burlington, VT

 HEAVYWEIGHTS – (201+ lbs.)

Yuri Panferov,. New Haven, CT / WNE

RSC3 (1:27)

Emanuel Anaele, Brockton, MA / SNE

    Jean Fleuirassaint, Mattapn, MA / CNE

DEC (4-1)

Kevin Wilaon, Dover, NH / NNE

CNE – Central New England, SNE – Southern New England,

NNE – Northern New England, WNE – Western New England

Frank Galarza Never Gives Up and Always Gives Back

(Brooklyn, New York) – The old Frank Galarza (18-2-2, 11 KOs) is back and his timing couldn’t be better. In his second fight coming off of a 14-month layoff after suffering two difficult back-to-back losses, Galarza put together a strong performance at The Theater at Madison Square Garden on the Kovalev vs. Shabranskyy undercard, winning with solid scores in a unanimous decision.

Galarza returns to “his house,” the Mecca of Boxing, again on March 3 on the non-televised undercard of Sergey Kovalev vs. Igor Mikhalkin in a junior middleweight bout against veteran Ed Paredes (38-7-1, 25 KOs) of Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Galarza, now 32, said he knew he had to keep fighting. “My thing was to never quit. It’s easy to hang it up. Something inside me told me not to. Keep driving, keep seeking, keep pushing, keep asking,” said Galarza.

Galarza also found motivation in Youth Fighting Forward, the foundation he started in 2014, dedicated to engaging kids ages 8 to 17 of all backgrounds whether affected by crime, poverty, or simple low self-esteem through boxing and mentoring. Galarza saw a way to help kids who come from a background like his own — without family or other support systems — through boxing and mixed martial arts, along with a range of educational strategies. In a fitting twist, it was the kids who inspired Galarza to get back in the ring himself.

“I know what it’s like to not have much,” explained Galarza. “Look … Nobody expected me to become the person I became, in televised fights and knocking people out. Even I had some doubts, but I worked through it. I disciplined myself, trained myself, kept showing up. That’s the goal, keep showing up.”

Galarza said when he visits schools and tries to provide motivation, “A lot of them look at me and relate. They look up to the fact I was able to do it, had the confidence to do it. Just speaking to me gives them the confidence to do it. I know what it’s like not to have people believe in you. That makes them want to strive for something,” and it encourages Galarza to strive as well.

Galarza confesses he has something else in common with kids: he loves watching cartoons. “Deep down inside, I’m a big kid. I’m just a big kid,” Galarza admitted. “I don’t watch TV. I only watch cartoons. I watch ’em all! I watch all the new ones, the old ones. I love the ‘Team Titans.’

“Don’t judge me!” said Galarza with a big laugh. “It keeps me sane. I enjoy a good movie now and then, but you can ask my mother. I’ll watch cartoons all day.”

Back in the win column, the Brooklyn native says he finally feels like his old self. “I feel like my last fight, I needed to get my ferociousness back, the old Frank Galarza, my ‘Notorious.’ I needed to get back where I needed to be,” said Galarza.

Looking back on his return, Galarza said he’s pleased with his body work and display of boxing ability, including good movement and adjustments. “Toward the end of the rounds I decided to be smart and not get hit, I’ve proven that. Little corrections I need to do now, we’re sharpening our skills now.”

Galarza said he can’t wait to get back in the ring. “I’m comfortable, I’m back. Boxing sometimes takes a toll on you. It’s a love-hate relationship. I had to find the love again. The last fight brought the love and passion back. People can expect to see my passion for the sport” on March 3, Galarza promises fans.

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