VERONA, N.Y. (June 7, 2017) – Former unified world champion and current boxing promoter and mentor Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez, along with his protégé Jon “JonFer” Fernandez, an undefeated prospect at 130 pounds, discuss future plans ahead of Fernandez’s second appearance on ShoBox: The New Generation this Friday, June 9, live on SHOWTIME (10:30 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on West Coast) from Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, N.Y.
Martinez, known for his extensive career and impact inside the ring and now at the helm of Maravillabox Promotions, has worked with Fernandez since his pro debut at only 19 years old. Fernandez (12-0, 10 KOs), who is co-promoted by DiBella Entertainment and MaravillaBox Promotions, has remained undefeated and undeterred, climbing up the prospect ranks with five fights in 2015, another five in 2016 and now getting ready for his third fight this year.
In addition to June 9’s ShoBox being Fernandez’s third fight this year, it will also be his third time fighting on American soil as he opens the SHOWTIME telecast facing tough opposition in Juan Reyes (14-3-3, 2 KOs) for what could be an important fight in his development as he tries to turn from prospect to contender.
The card, which takes place during the 2017 Hall of Fame Weekend where longtime ShoBox analysts Barry Tompkins and Steve Farhood will be inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame, features undefeated super lightweights Regis “Rougarou” Prograis (19-0, 16 KOs) and Joel Diaz Jr. (23-0, 19 KOs) in the 10-round main event. The co-feature will pit Steve Rolls (15-0, 9 KOs) against Demond Nicholson (17-1-1, 16 KOs) in an eight-round super middleweight bout.
SERGIO “MARAVILLA” MARTINEZ:
How would you describe Jon Fernandez’s style?
“I believe that JonFer is a very well-rounded, complete fighter. He can take advantage of his great wingspan and reach but has no problem fighting in close distance. Furthermore, he’s hitting really hard. I believe we’ll see him fighting with big names in the division soon.
“JonFer has a classic boxing style-a classic, orthodox style. He’s effective when he’s attacking as well as defending. He poses a vision and a combat insight that is truly amazing. Not only does he have speed and precision, but he also has potential in his fists. But, the best characteristic that JonFer possesses is his great professionalism in the sport and in his personal life.”
What would you say is different in Jon compared to other boxers in the division?
“His head, he is very mature for his age. In that sense, he reminds me of myself. He is very serious when he’s working and always looking to improve.
“He has a stupendous perception of the errors his rivals make. He knows how to read the battle and knows when and how to define a fight. I believe that the more fights and time go by, JonFer will establish himself at the top level alongside the top boxers in the world.”
As Jon develops, what plans do you have for him?
“To continue with the hard work like we have to this date. I respect every step in his career. I’d like for JonFer to continue training and preparing himself for what can be a bright and stupendous future.”
Who do you want him to fight – Jesus Cuellar, Orlando Salido, Gervonta Davis, Jose Pedraza, Carl Frampton?
“All of the names mentioned are already great champions. They are all owed their due respect and it would be an honor, not only for Jonfer but for Maravilabox to have the possibility of making fight with any of them.
“Jose Pedraza would be a great test. We’d really like to make that fight happen. JonFer has sparred with Frampton before his rematch with Santa Cruz and we know he was up to the challenge. And of course, we would love to go for the world title against Gervonta Davis and think it would be a great fight. A clash of styles.”
What belts do you want him to go for first?
“First, we’d like him to set a good base. The best for us is to continue building his career step by step and for him to continue learning and adapting himself bit by bit to the top level. As we continue making fights happen, there will be more opportunities for international and world titles. The goal is to get JonFer to become a WBC champion, the most important entity.
“We would be really excited to be able to win the European championship, but we’re ready to fight anyone. All of the belts are important and provide experience.”
What would you see as the ideal next step for JonFer in the next few years?
“Ideally we want to keep him at a weight in which he feels the most comfortable. As fights and time go by, if he needs to go up in weight, he’d do so without a problem. It’s possible for him to end up fighting in superior divisions, but for now we are focused on 130 and I think he can still battle at this weight for several years.”
Can you name who you think are the top five active boxers today?
“I really like Errol Spence Jr., he has a great style that I feel is like mine was. Canelo [Alvarez] and [Gennady] Golovkin are two of my favorites as well, they’ll put on a great fight. Andre Ward, Jorge Linares… There is a lot of talent in the sport at the moment.
What memories of Steve Farhood and Barry Tompkins stand out to you?
“Yes, of course, I have some great moments of my years in the United States and I remember Steve always in front of the SHOWTIME cameras. He is a great professional.
“He is one of the highest-regarded boxing writers in the world. He is a man with a young mentality who knows how to appreciate good boxing.
“Barry Tompkins is a prestigious commentator and what I remember the most about him is seeing him commentate on fights in the era of Tyson and J.C. Chavez. To be a commentator of that stature then, he had to be an excellent professional.”
What would you say is the best (and worst) part about being a promoter?
“To be a promoter is thrilling. I believe that taking the career of the boxers in your hands must be treated like it’s your own life. It’s a true adventure. I can’t find a negative thing to say about being a promoter.”
Do you miss being a boxer?
“To this day I can say that I do not have any desire to return to the ring. My last fights were torturous and I still have problems with my knee to the date as I try to go about my daily life. I continue to train an hour each day and continue to love boxing, but now I prefer watching the youngsters like Jon and help them with my experience.”
JON “JONFER” FERNANDEZ:
Can you tell us what it is like for you to work with someone like Sergio Martinez?
“It’s great, Sergio is always very attentive and a mirror to watch yourself in. Like an athlete, he was one of the greats, but as a person he is even better. Maravillabox Promotions is composed of thorough professionals and the way they treat me is excellent.”
How is your training going? Is your camp any different for this fight?
“I haven’t had too much time since my last fight, just about five weeks. It has been tough, but we were coming off of a much more difficult preparation in fighting for Spain’s world title. I think this will make for a great fight and the fans will have a lot of fun.”
What are your plans for the future? In your career, life, boxing, in the next five years…
“I just got married in April and it was a great experience, the happiest day of my life. I would love to have kids soon. As far as boxing goes, of course I’d like to be a world champion. But first I’d like to go for the European title. I’d like to fight against the best prospects in the division and continuing to make great fights. I will be a world champion one day, I know I can get there.”
Who would you say is your all-time favorite boxer?
“I can’t just say one, I have several. Sergio Martinez, obviously. I also really like Terrance Crawford and Juan Manuel Marquez. Out of the boxing legends, I’ll stick to Alexis Arguello.”
Rivera promotions presents “New England’s Future 3”, to take place Saturday June 10th the DCU Center, Exhibition Hall, Worcester, Mass. The series, is fast becoming a staple for the New England boxing scene, mixed with upcoming prospects, veteran journeyman and established world champions.
VACANT UBF HEAVYWEIGHT WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP (8)
Sonya “The Scholar” Lamonakis (10-2-2 (1 KO), New York, NY by way of Greece
Laura “Lady Ram” Ramsey (10-7 (5 KOs), Winter Haven, FL.
VACANT UBF ALL-AMERICAN SUPER FEATHERWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP (8)
Irvin Gonzalez (6-0, 6 KOs), Worcester, MA
Raul Lopez (10-2-1, 5 KOs), Bronx, NY
SPECIAL CRUISWEWEIGHT ATTRACTION (8)
Vinnie “American Nightmare” Carita (16-1-1 (15 KOs), Pembroke, MA
Marcelo Leandro “Queizada” Da Silva (22-4, 17 KOs), Osasco, Sao Paulo, Brazil
CATCHWEIGHT 205 lbs. (4)
Bryan Daniels (4-0, 2 KOs), Worcester, MA
Christopher “The Archbishop” Boykins (1-8, 0 KOs), Orlando, FL
LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHTS (4)
Richie “Popeye The Sailor Man” Rivera (1-0, 1 KO), Hartford, CT
Nathan Schulte (0-2), Catrina, Brazil
SUPER MIDDLEWEIGHTS (4)
Bobby Harris III ((pro debut), Worcester, MA
Rodrigo Almeida (1-6, 0 KOs), Woburn, MA
Neal Sullivan (pro debut), Worcester, MA
Saul Almeida (0-8), Framingham, MA
Andy Gonzalez (6-1, 5 KOs), Worcester, MA
Antonio Chaves Fernandez (7-32-4, 2 KOs), Brockton, MA
Derrick “Double Impact” Whitley (1-0, 0 KOs), Springfield, MA
Shaka Moore (12-22-3, 2 KOs), Norwalk, CT
Wilfredo “El Sucaro” Pagan (1-0, 0 KOs), Worcester, MA
Anthony Everett (1-5, 0 KOs), Lawrence, MA
JUNIOR WELTERWEIGHTS (6)
Adrian Sosa (2-0, 2 KOs), Lawrence, MA
Zach Johnson (0-1), New York, NY
The showdown between Gennady “GGG” Golovkin and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez fans have asked for and both men claimed they have wanted is now official. They will meet on September 16th in Las Vegas at the T-Mobile Arena for Golovkins WBA Super, WBC, IBF and IBO middleweight titles. Yet despite, being excited as is everyone in boxing with the contest finalized. I can’t help but wonder “Why now and not when both men were middleweight champions?” Is it because Golovkin appeared vulnerable in his last two outings? Is it because Canelo and Golden boy after the Julio Cesar Chavez Jr bout can no longer convince the public he is not a middleweight?
Is it because they fear Floyd Mayweather versus Conor McGregor might actually happen? If it did, Golden Boy Promotions and Oscar de la Hoya in particular know Canelo would lose his status as boxing’s biggest Pay-per view draw instantly. A disaster of that magnitude would send the companies upper offices into a state of depression they might never recover from.
Whatever the reason, this fight should highlight 2017 and bar Mayweather versus McGregor taking place, more than likely be the highest selling Pay-Per View since Floyd Mayweather faced Manny Pacquiao. With any luck, now that the “Marinating” process is over and fight official, the second most anticipated pay-per view of ths era delivers inside the ring what Mayweather versus Pacquiao didn’t.
MASHANTUCKET, CT (June 4, 2017) – The amazing comeback of Matt “Sharp Shooter” Remillard continued last night as the popular Connecticut lightweight stopped Fatiou Fassinou in the Broadway Boxing headliner held in Fox Theater, at Foxwoods Resort Casino, in Mashantucket, CT.
Remillard, 30, was the No. 2-ranked featherweight in the world in 2011, when he lost to future world champion Mikey Garcia (LRTD11). Fighting out of Manchester, CT, tonight’s fight was Remillard’s first in his home state in six-and-a-half years, due to him serving a five-year prison sentence. He returned to the ring this past April, taking an eight-round decision from Agustine Mauras, in Worcester, MA.
In the opening round, Remillard (25-1, 14 KOs) and the slick Benin-native, former WBC International Silver champion Fassinou (27-6-3, 14 KOs) got to know each other as both fighters were cautious. Remillard opened up in the second round, using his left to the body, dropping Fassinou in his corner during the final seconds. Remillard pressed the action in the third, peppering Fassinou around the ring in his familiar punishing style, putting Fassinou in his “Sharp Shooter” sights for target practice in the fourth. Fassinou failed to answer the bell for the fifth round.
“Against a southpaw, the left hook to the liver is there, a punch I’m known for,” Remillard commented after the fight. “He was a little sloppier than I expected. I felt good; I’m 24/7 in the gym. Maybe I’ll have one more fight this year to get in some rounds, and then get ready for a big 2018. I want a rematch with Garcia, at 135 or 140 pounds, 100-percent. He owes me a rematch. The guy he beat wasn’t me.”
In the co-feature, two New York City-based heavyweights, 6’5″ Russian Ruslan Shamalov (4-1, 3 KOs) and Dominican “Gentleman” George Arias (7-0, 3 KOs), fighting out of Brooklyn and the Bronx, respectively, put their undefeated records on the line. Shamalov’s power punches rocked the much shorter 5’11” Arias in the first round, but Arias stayed off the ropes and boxed much better in the second. The two fighters exchanged bombs throughout a terrific third round and, somehow, the fourth was even better with back-and-forth, non-stop action. The pace subsided slightly in the fifth round, setting the stage for a bombs-away sixth and final frame that didn’t disappoint. Shamalov and Arias fought a furious pace, especially for heavyweights, in a legitimate six-round “Fight of the Year” candidate. Arias, the leader of Team Wash Em’ Up in the Bronx, won a six-round unanimous decision by scores of 60-54, 59-55, and 58-56.
“This win was humungous for me,” said an overjoyed Arias, after his first six-round fight. “I had a game plan, but once he hurt me in the first round, my heart took over and I just fought. I like to fight for the people, so I held on in the first instead of taking a knee.”
Crowd favorite “Marvelous” Mykquan Williams (7-0, 4 KOs) gave himself an early high school graduation present as the East Hartford fighter defeated Nicaraguan welterweight Ariel “La Guerra” Vasquez (13-18-2, 9 KOs) in the former’s first six-round bout. The 19-year-old Williams, a five-time national amateur champion, is a budding star with tremendous upside. Poised beyond his years, Williams controlled the pace against his battle-tested southpaw opponent, who is 11 years Williams’ senior, displaying his vast arsenal of punches, especially his left-right combination that landed consistently. Williams’ fast hands exploded for the first time at the end of the second round, then he picked up his assault in the third, as he cruised to a six-round shutout decision, with with three tallies of 60-54. Williams graduates on June 20 from Prince Tech. “That was a good graduation present,” Williams said. “My hand speed played a big factor. He was a tough guy, especially for my first six-rounder.”
Jennifer “The Bolivian Queen” Salinas (20-4, 5 KOs) defeated Marquita Lee (3-5) by way of a hard-fought six-round unanimous decision. Salinas, fighting out of Providence, was the aggressor throughout, but Lee never took a backward step. Scorecards 59-55 twice, and 58-56, all for Salinas.
Unbeaten Russian middleweight prospect Radzhab “The Python” Butaev (6-0, 4 KOs) was too much for Mexican Abraham “The Swift” Alvarez (20-11-1, 11 KOs). Butaev dropped Alvarez early with a vicious left hook, from which Alvarez never fully recovered. A brutal right to the liver put the Mexican on mat once again, in obvious pain, as referee Joey Lupino immediately waved off the fight at 1:05 of round one.
Cuban cruiserweight Luis “El Leon” Garcia (15-0, 12 KOs) kept his perfect pro record intact with a first-round knockout of his outclassed Mexican opponent Felipe Romero (19-14-1, 13 KOs), fighting out of San Diego. Now living in Peekskill, NY, Garcia dropped Romero with an overhand right in the opening seconds and he never let up, consistently hurting Romero with a series of devastating rights. Garcia closed the show with a powerhouse uppercut, leading referee Johnny Callas to halt the action at the 1:48 mark.
Three-time Puerto Rican National Boxing team member Jose Roman (4-0, 3 KOs) went the distance for the first time against a game William Hill (2-3), of Detroit. The skilled Puerto Rican super welterweight applied pressure from the opening bell, using a fierce body attack on Hill, who was trapped on the ropes for most of the fight. The judges tallied 40-36 twice, and 39-37, all for Roman via unanimous decision.
TACOMA, Wash. – Battle at the Boat held its 20th anniversary show on Saturday and Mike Gavronski celebrated by picking up his 10th career victory at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, Wash. Gavronski defeated Quinton Rankin by unanimous decision in the 10-round light heavyweight main event of Battle at the Boat 111.Gavronski appeared as the 96-94, 97-93, 97-94 winner on the judge’s scorecard to improve his record to 23-2-1 with 14 KOs. Rankin fell to 12-4-2 with the loss.
Welterweight Andres Reyes continued to showcase his new-found punching power by knocking out Will Hughes in the first round (1:59) of their scheduled six-round semi-main event. Reyes (7-2-1, 2 KOs) needed nine fights before producing his first ever KO. The second one didn’t take nearly as long as Reyes floored Hughes with a right cross. Hughes was able to get to his feet rather quickly, but stumbled to regain his balance leading to the referee waving off the bout.
Undefeated Richard Vansiclen improved his record to 4-0 with his second-round knock out of Justin Milani. Vansiclen successfully connected on a barrage of punches while Milani was in the corner before ending the cruiserweight contest with a left 1:53 into the round. Super welterweight Kevin Torres (2-0-1, 2 KOs) made quick work of opponent Jesse Barich (0-2) by registering a TKO just 94 seconds into the contest.Jacob Ikaika Martin opened the card by scoring a victory in his pro debut, winning his 164-pound bout against Eric Cronkhite by unanimous decision (39-37, 40-36, 40-36). Seattle super lightweight Shae Green also won his career debut by unanimous decision, defeating Niko McFarland (39-37, 40-36, 39-37).
Saturday night on Showtime, at the Bell Centre Montreal, Quebec, Canada, GYM Promotions hosted the WBC light heavyweight world title rematch between Adonis Stevenson and Andrzej Fonfara. The pair had first met in 2014 and after an entertaining bout Stevenson was awarded the decision by scores of 115-110 twice and 116-109. Since then Stevenson has defended his title against, Dmitry Sukhotskiy, Sakio Bika,Tommy Karpency and most recently Thomas Williams Jr. Of those only one, former super middleweight Sakio Bika had previously proven capable to compete on a championship level and coincidentally go the distance, the rest were dispatched in five rounds or less.
As for Fonfara, since their first meeting has went 4-1, scoring decision wins over Doudou Ngumbu and Nathan Cleverly. In late round stoppages, defeated Julio Cesar Chavez Jr and Chad Dawson. His lone loss in that series, a brutal first round stoppage at the hands of Joe Smith Jr. In what seems logical, considering Stevens recent opponent list, Fonfara’s brutal KO suffered against Smith Jr, Andre Ward and Sergey Kovalev occupying one another’s schedule, shouldn’t Smith Jr or another universally ranked top five light heavyweight had been facing Stevenson? In boxing though what seems logical, one way or another never takes place.
The bout started with Fonfara circling, Stevenson landing a quick body shot that drops him for an eight count. After getting up, Fonfara misses a right hook and is driven to the corner under a barrage of punches before the bell sounds saving him. When the second round begins, a still dazed Fonfara circles, throws a few half hearted punches with little success, takes a combination that sends him reeling and Virgil Hunter jumps on the apron waving the towel. In twenty eight seconds of round two the contest is over. As a reward, fans in the crowd were treated to Stevenson, looking more like a “Court Jester” than “King” as he paraded wearing a crown. Those watching on TV, listened to Stevenson brag about being the best 175lb fighter in boxing and Al Haymon being thanked no less than five times. Adonis Stevenson improved to 29-1 (24), Andrzej Fonfara drops to 29-5 (17).
This was boxing’s best to offer as a “Lineal Light Heavyweight Championship” contest?
The co-feature between undefeated Eleider Alvarez and former champion Jean Pascal, for the mandatory WBC challenger position was a semi-entertaining affair. In vintage Jean Pascal fashion, he delivered very little in terms of punch output, releasing occasional offensive burst that excited fans and stole rounds. The jab of Alvarez, controlled the tempo and pace, building up what appeared to be a large points margin. When official scores were read, Judges despite Alvarez controlling three quarters of the contest, seen it 114-114, 118-110 and 115-113 a majority decision in favor of Alvarez. With the win and now mandatory WBC 175lb title challenger, Eleider Alvarez improved to 23-0 (11), Jean Pascal now stands at 31-5-1 (18).
In Undercard action-
Super Welterweight Mikael Zewski 28-1 (21) def. Fernando Silva 15-11-3 (6) via UD 8.
Official scores read 80-71 on all three cards.
Super Middleweight Dario Bredicean 14-0 (4) def. Manuel Garcia 15-14-2 (6) via UD 8.
Official scores read 80-72 on all three cards.
Middleweight- Christian Mbilli 4-0 (4) def.Cesar Ugarte 4-2 (2) via TKO 2
Friday night from the Belasco Theater, Los Angeles California on Estrella TV, Golden Boy promotions presented an installment of their boxing series “LA Fight Club”. In the main event, undefeated welterweights Cesar Valenzuela out of Mexico and 19yr old Alexis Rocha out of Santa Ana California traded shots for eight rounds. This was the toughest test of Rocha’s fourteen month career and first time he had gone past four rounds or faced an undefeated opponent.
The cleaner, harder shots and combination punching of Rocha would impress the judges who scored it 80-72 on all three cards. Alexis Rocha improved to 8-0 (5), Cesar Valenzuela after his first career defeat stands at 7-1 (2).
Super Middleweight prospect, 23yr old Niko Valdes sent his opponent Ernesto Berrospe packing, in under two rounds. In the first round, Berrospe was cut from an accidental head-butt and almost finished from a Valdez barrage before being saved by the bell. The assault continued in round two, Berrospe was sent to the canvas and bout halted moments later. Niko Valdes improved to 5-0 (5), Ernesto Berrospe now stands at 11-11 (6).
Hard hitting Featherweight veterans, Azat Hovhannisyan and Isao Gonzalo Carranza, considering both men possess one punch knockout power surprisingly went the eight round distance. While Hovhannisyan would prevail, Carranza cut over his left eye from an accidental head-butt, made him earn the win coming forward over eight action packed rounds. The official scores read 80-72 on all three judges cards, Azat Hovhannisyan improved to 12-2 (10) Isao Gonzalo Carranza now stands at 15-9-1 (9).
On the Undercard
In a Super Featherweight bout, 23yr old Tenochtitlan Nava scored a unanimous decision victory over Cristian Renteria. At the end of six rounds scorecards read 60-54 59-55 and 58-56 for Nava who improved to 6-0 (1), Cristian Renteria now stands at 7-5 (6).
In a lightweight bout, 22yr Jousce Gonzalez needed under a round to halt Daniel Bastien. It would be the fifth career victory and knockout for Gonzalez who made his debut in April of 2016. Jousce Gonzalez improved to 5-0 (5), Daniel Bastien now stands at4-6 (1) via KO 1.