July 29, 2022
And We’re Back!
By: Bill Calogero
It’s been an on and off past two years with me and professional boxing, the sport I love and have been involved with for over 35 years as a promoter, manager, adviser, writer, gym owner, commentator and of course a talk show host for TV, Radio and podcasts. I wanted to let everyone know that the passion is back and so is Billy C!
I’ve got to be honest when I say that I definitely had some trouble with the sport and how it is going today verses the past, but I’ve realized that this is really how it’s always been. I think the biggest issue that I’ve have these past two years was the way fighters seem to take the easy way out. I mean this is a vicious sport and throughout its history, most fighters have given more than they have received in financial compensation so in a way, I get it, but I can’t help but feel the result has been a decline.
Add to that that promoters don’t really promote anymore. They want to be like the UFC model; that is a league and what that translates to in boxing is to only promote and support their fighters and not cross over to fight another promoter’s fighter. Everyone knows that Don King and Bob Arum, never really had any love for each other, but when a fight needed to happen and when the fans wanted it, they worked it out. That simply doesn’t happen anymore. Add to that Internet stars getting the love and actually being regarded as boxers just makes me sick.
HOWEVER, when they can generate the money, well, then things happen. I guess for me it was more about the fighters who gave it their all in years gone by and to me it disrespects them. Add to that today’s young boxing fan seems to think they know it all and it also seems that they have no interest in learning about its history, which to me is the most important part of the sport. Boxing and its history is like no other sport and in my opinion, you need to know about it. BUT…that’s me and I think I’ve come to the point where I want to move forward and hope that maybe, just maybe I can sway some of the younger fans into trying to FOCUS and listen to and of course learn about the fighters who paved the way for the fighters of today. The warriors who made the sport.
With that said, I would like everyone to know that the show will begin to come back on a regular basis beginning with a post Danny Garcia vs. Jose Benavidez Jr. fight show. This time around we plan on offering our show exclusively on YouTube and of course our Podcast. The show will be located at www.YouTube.com/TalkinBoxing and BillyCBoxing.com, where you can watch the show or listen to the Podcast through BillyCBoxing.com or of course ITunes. I hope to get some commentating gigs as well, but the phone has to ring for that boys & girls!
Finally, I want everyone to know that I will begin writing again. I will start out with a bi-monthly article posted right here on BillyCBoxing.com. I also plan on writing another book. I currently have several ideas on whom it will be on and hope to make my decision soon.
In the meantime, tune into our post fight show approximately ten (10) minutes after the official decision is announced from the Garcia-Benavidez Jr. fight this Saturday evening.
Danny Garcia has a record of 36-3 (21 KO’s). He’s never been stopped and his only losses are to Error Spence Jr., Shawn Porter and Keith Thurman. He’s former World Jr. Welterweight and welterweight champion. (Note: I have some interviews Danny & I had when he was just starting out that I plan to air soon…they are a MUST to hear all these years later!)
Garcia takes on Jose Benavidez Jr. who has a record of 27-1-1 (18 KO’s). His only loss was a 12th round KO defeat at the hands of one of boxing’s best, Terence Crawford. His last fight was a Majority decision DRAW against Francisco Emanuel Torres (17-3) this past November. It should be a good test for Garcia who hasn’t been in the ring since December of 2020.
The other fight that should be interesting on this card will be the return of Adam Kownacki, who is 20 – 2 (15 KO’s). Both his losses came at the hands of Robert Helenius. The first was a 4th round stoppage in 2020 and the second in the rematch; a 6th round stoppage in 2021. He’s looking to rebound against the 16-1 (12 KO’s) Al Eren Demirezen. His only loss came in 2019 against Efe Ajagba. Since that loss, he has rattled off five consecutive wins.
The results of both of these fights should determine the futures of both Garcia and Kownacki, both fan favorites.
Tune in at www.billycboxing.com
May 1, 2017
Lake George, NY – Billy C’s “Talkin Boxing With Billy C TV & Radio Show” has
been added to Holyfield Television’s Sports Programming.
Holyfield TV is currently available through DirectTV, Comcast, Amazon, Google,
ITunes and many over the air TV channels from coast to coast. The Holyfield network is
expanding rapidly. It currently has over 53 million combined subscribers.
“This is just the first step in our growth plan”, stated Bill Calogero, host & founder of the
show. He continued, “We started this show a long time ago and have battled our way to
where we are today. I want to thank Louis Lewow of Lewow Media for his hard work
and dedication to getting this deal done. With his continued guidance, we hope to be
announcing several more networks the show will be available on very soon.”
The Talkin Boxing With Billy C TV Radio Show is professional boxing’s best no
nonsense boxing talk program. Joining Billy C on a regular basis is Sal “Rocky”
Cenicola, Larry Hazzard, Daxx Khan, Alex Pierpaoli, and the most interesting collection
of different guests ever assembled. The show covers boxing; it’s past, present and future
presented in an entertaining opinionated way.
The Talkin Boxing With Billy C TV & Radio Show is in its 14th year and is available
via TV, Radio, YouTube, Internet, FaceBook, Twitter and Podcast. Check your local TV
& Radio providers for channel air times. Watch LIVE daily from 8-10 am EST via
YouTube at www.youtube.com/TalkinBoxing or download our app at http://fite.tv/billyc.
For all information on the show visit www.BillyCBoxing.com.
To contact Billy C directly: Billy@TalkinBoxing.com.
For information about adding the show to your network contact Louis Lewow at
Updates From Europe
By: Joel Arkin – April 14, 2017
EC Promotions, based out of Germany, will be putting on a boxing card, Friday, May 19th at the Barclaycard Arena in Hamburg Germany. A feature fight that night will be prospect, Mario Daser, taking a huge step up in competition, when he faces the un-retiring Ola Afolabi. Afolabi retired after losing to Marco Huck by 10th round TKO in February of 2016. However, boxing is a sport where retired fighters, get the itch to return, and find themselves back in the ring even after taking a lot of punishment and being past their prime. While Daser hasn’t fought top level competition. Ola will be a question mark. Can Daser exploit Afolabi’s weaknesses and win? It’s not something out of the question. However, Ola is a road warrior, and fighting in enemy territory is something he is known for. If this is a close fight, don’t be surprised if the judges give it to the prospect as he’s the hometown guy. On the same card, Christian Hammer returns to the ring. He is on a four-fight win streak, since being stopped by Tyson Fury. His last two wins being his most impressive, winning a split over Erkan Teper in October 2016 and then defeating David Price by TKO in round 7 back in February of this year. Karo Murat, known for losing his title to Bernard Hopkins some years back, will also be on the card.
There was supposed to be a purse bid between EBU light heavyweight champion, Robert Stieglitz and Erik Skoglund, however at the last minute, Skoglund bailed on the purse bid. Now Stieglitz will have to wait a few days until the EBU formally announces a new mandatory for Robert. Skoglund is looking in a different direction, as he is hoping to lock up a fight with secondary light heavyweight title holder, Nathan Cleverly. Cleverly owes a rematch to Juergen Braehmer. He defeated Braehmer by TKO last year when Juergen broke his hand and retired after the sixth round. Cleverly was given permission to take a fight before facing Braehmer in his owed rematch.
A card in France On May 6th will feature a trio of regional European title bouts. Christopher Rebrasse, who has faced some of the best European talent, will face Serhiy Demchenko, an Italian based Ukrainian for the EBU-EU super middleweight strap. Also, Hakim Zoulikha will face TBA. Also, Marvin Petit with face Jerobe Santana at lightweight.
The co-feature for the Abraham vs. Krasniqi card has been announced. Heavyweight Tom Schwarz, who is undefeated at 18-0, will battle Adnan Redzovic. While Redzovic is 17-1, most of his wins have come against subpar competition. His lone loss was by TKO against Arnold Gjergjaj back in October of 2014. The vacant WBO Intercontinental title will be on the line in this one.
My two cents for the week: While I am fascinated by Abraham vs. Krasniqi fight. I feel the loser will need to seriously reevaluate their career. Both fighters have had their fair share of chances and continue to get eliminator and mandatory positions, but after a while, you will need to know when it is time to hang it up. Arthur just turned 37 and has been pro since 2003. He has done a lot in his career, but a loss here, he may need to think about his future and maybe that it doesn’t involve him being in the ring when he shouldn’t be. Krasniqi who is only 30, has lost in all his major title challenges. I think this will be a close bout, where both guys stun each other. I am just hoping fans will be treated to a fun fight.
Christopher Brooker vs. Oscar Riojas in featured bout May 12th
Jerome Conquest in co-feature bout
Philadelphia, PA. – Battle tested super middleweight Christopher Brooker will take on veteran Oscar Riojas in the eight-round featured bout on Friday night, May 12th at The SugarHouse Casino.
Brooker of Philadelphia has a record of 11-3 with five knockouts. The 25 year-old is known for taking on anyone at anytime. The combined record of his last seven foes is a staggering 92-9-3, with Brooker winning five of those bouts, and Brooker has appeared on national television three times.
Brooker is a two-year professional, who already has wins over Leo Hall (8-0), John Magda (11-0), Antowyan Aikens (10-1-1), Gabriel Pham (6-0) & former world title challenger Elvin Ayala (28-7-1). Brooker has dropped his last two bouts to Ronald Gavril (16-1) in a bout that Brooker was even on the scorecards before being stopped in the final round. On January 20th, Brooker dropped an eight-round unanimous decision to undefeated Ronald Ellis (13-0-1) in Atlantic City. That fight was shown live on ShoBox: The New generation.
Riojas of Monterrey, Mexico has a record of 14-7-1 with four knockouts. The 33 year-old Riojas in a four year professional, who won his first 11 bouts. Like Brooker, Riojas has not shied from tough competition as the combined record of Riojas opponents that have defeated him are 81-1-2.
Riojas and Brooker have two common foes as Riojas has dropped fights to Gavril and Ellis. Riojas is coming off a eight-round unanimous decision over Roberto Nafate on April 6 in Leon, Mexico.
In the six-round co-feature, lightweight Jerome Conquest (6-2, 1 KO) of Philadelphia will compete against an opponent to be named.
Also in six-round bouts:
Blake Mansfield (5-0-1, 2 KO’s) of Burlington, NC will fight Henry Beckford (4-6, 1 KO) of Coram, NY in a super middleweight bout.
Steven Ortiz (5-0, 1 KO) of Philadelphia will take on an opponent to be named in a lightweight bout.
In four-round bouts:
Sam Orapeza (1-0) of Philadelphia battles Kyle McNutt (1-2, 1 KO) of Battle Creek, MI in a cruiserweight affair.
Jeffrey Torres (2-0, 1 KO) of Philadelphia will fight Kashon Hutchinson (2-2, 1 KO) in a battle of Keystone State based lightweights.
Lamont McLaughlin (0-1) of Pennsauken, NJ will look for his first win against an opponent to be named in a light heavyweight fight.
Harold Lopez (1-0, 1 KO) of Bethlehem, PA will square off with Tyrone Arzeno (0-1) of Philadelphia in a bantamweight bout.
Late Results From The Weekend
By: Joel Arkin – April 12, 2017
Saturday night, Grant Brothers Boxing and Rixa Promotions gave us a show from the Tohu in Montreal. The audience was treated to a 10 fight card, featuring some of the best local talent from the province of Quebec. In the main event Roody Pierre-Paul beat Noel Majia Rincon but decision in a tough fight, Roody improved to 14-3-1 while Noel fell to 20-12-1. Other notable winners that night was Erik Bazinyan, who is a prospect on the rise, defeating Alis Sijaric in the 4th round. Erik improves to 15-0, while Sijaric falls to 13-3. Dario Bredicean, who was discovered by Lucian Bute, defeated his opponent early in the second round, improving to 13-0. He is only 23, the sky is the limit for this Montreal based, born in Florida prospect. There was only one upset, Mexican, Jose Garcia knocked down Dwayne Durel early in the fight, and could keep the momentum going, to win a split decision, improving to 6-3 while Dwayne Durel takes his first loss and falls to 6-1. Olympic prospect Christian M’Bili also saw action, stopping his opponent in the third to improve to 3-0. Two other locals saw their debut, Jean Michel Bolivar and Mohamed Soumaoro, were able to get their first professional victory, both winning by TKO.
The fight between past his prime veteran, Shane Mosley and Russian prospect, Magomed Kurbanov, which was slated for May 5 in Yekaterinburg Russia, was postponed to September 9th due to an injury to Mosley. RCC Promotions owner Alexey Titov has been notorious for doing shady business tactics with MMA, which he also promotes and usually runs events that feature both boxing and MMA. It is sad to think that at 45, this promoter would want to use Mosley as a stepping stone name to push his young prospect to bigger heights. The other frightening thing is, Russia doesn’t drug test, so their fighters could be anything potentially. I don’t think this will have a good result for Shane sadly. Shane is 3-5-1 dating back to 2010. Kurbanov is undefeated at 10-0. He will still be fighting May 5th, but now against, Virgilijus Stapulinois, who is 27-4-1, to get himself ready for the Mosley fight.
It was made official yesterday that the Abraham Krasniqi fight from Germany, will be available on satellite and cable PPV on April 22, at 2pm. This is a WBO super middleweight title eliminator, with the winner getting a shot at Gilberto Ramirez, who Arthur Abraham lost the belt too, a year ago, last April when he was virtually shut out and provided very little offense. Krasniqi fought for a world title twice at light heavyweight. Losing both times to Nathan Cleverly by decision and then getting stopped by Jurgen Braehmer. Since the drop to 168lbs, he has won 3 straight to get himself this title eliminator. Abraham has won one fight since losing his title, defeating Tim Robin-Lihaug by 8th round stoppage last July. The loser here certainly will have his career in trouble as they both have had more than a few chances at the top spot. It will be promoted by SES boxing, who won the purse bid and promotes Krasniqi. They will have a full undercard of the best German fighters in that stable.