It is with heavy heart to learn of the passing of Super Welterweight Patrick Day who succumbed to injuries after being knocked out in the tenth round of his October 12th 2019, bout against Charles Conwell. The two fighters were part of the undercard for Oleksandr Usyk versus Chazz Witherspoon main event broadcast on DAZN which took place at the Wintrust Arena in Chicago Illinois.
The knockout took place at one minute and forty six seconds of the tenth and final round, Conwell landed a combination which sent Day to the canvas and upon seeing the manner in which Day fell, referee Celestino Ruiz immediately waved the contest off and called for paramedics.
Once taken out of the ring by stretcher and brought back to the dressing room, transport was arranged for Day to be taken to a local hospital where he underwent immediate surgery for injuries. He would be placed in a medically induced coma afterwards and never regained consciousness.
Patrick Day once the number one ranked 152 lb amateur in the country, turned professional on January 23rd, 2013 where he scored a first round knockout over Zachariah Kelley.
On behalf of Billy C, Sal Cenicola, Alex Pierpaoli my self and everyone else at the Talkin Boxing with Billy C TV & Radio show we extend out condolences to the family and friends of Patrick Day in this very solemn time.
Sampson Lewkowicz proudly announces the signing of WBC #5 minimumweight Luis Angel “Flechito” Castillo to a promotional contract.
22-year-old Castillo (16-0-1, 11 KOs), from Los Mochis, SIN, Mexico, is trained and managed by legendary trainer of champions Manuel Montiel at the Cochul Gym. He went 35-4 as an amateur and won some regional titles.
As a professional, however, Castillo has already secured a world rating and scored a dominant 10-round decision over former IBF world champion Mario “Dragoncito” Rodriguez in March 2018. In his last ring appearance, he needed just two rounds to stop 12-1 countryman Jose Alonso Nunez Lopez.
“I am very proud to have signed with Sampson,” said Castillo. “He has taken many boxers to world championships. I will work hard to live up to his faith in me and win another world title for Los Mochis.”
Montiel, brother of world champion Fernando Montiel and hall-of-fame candidate Jorge Arce among many others, says he’s happy to have brokered this deal for his young fighter.
“Sampson and I have enjoyed a business partnership and friendship for many years and I know he will do a perfect job with this young fighter,” said Montiel. “I have the utmost faith he will be given the opportunities he needs to reach his dreams. Luis is a very hard worker and is very dedicated to his training. He now has everything he needs to win a championship.”
“I am looking forward to helping Luis Castillo, another outstanding fighter from Montiel’s Cochul Gym. Manuel and I have been friends almost since I started boxing and I know he will only work with fighters who live right and train right, so I know Luis will be perfectly prepared for his fights. It is my pleasure to be associated with such a talented young fighter and his coach and my dear friend Manuel Montiel.”
PETERBOROUGH, ONTARIO, CANADA (October 16, 2019) – Undefeated super welterweight and hometown hero Cody “The Crippler” Crowley will headline this Saturday night’s stacked “Homecoming V: Going Global” card, presented by CCC Promotions, at Peterborough Memorial Centre in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada. The event will be streamed worldwide, live and exclusively on UFC FIGHT PASS®, the world’s leading digital subscription service for combat sports, starting at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT.
The 26-year-old Crowley (17-0, 9 KOs), who is also co-founder of CCC Promotions, will defend his Canada Professional Boxing Council (CPBC) National super welterweight title at home in the 12-round main event against intra-country rival “Super” Mian Hussain (16-1, 6 KOs), of Montreal.
Crowley, who is rated No. 9 in the world by the World Boxing Association in the welterweight division, is an Irish-Canadian rising star who trains in Las Vegas.
The entertaining southpaw’s most recent fight was this past February in his initial CPBC title defense, when he won a 12-round unanimous decision versus Stuart McLellan (25-2-3).
“It’s destiny,” Crowley said about him headlining at home on UFC FIGHT PASS. “We’ve done this on our own. I plan to fight here at home once a year. I want to show local youths how to take advantage of opportunities, creating inspiration and motivation for these youths coming up.
“When I was 21, I gave myself a 10-year plan to be world champion. I’m obsessed with being world champion; I eat and sleep boxing. I gave boxing a decade of my life and I’m halfway there. 2020 is going to be huge for my career. Too many weird things have happened for me not to become world champion.”
The co-featured event showcases one of Canada’s most popular boxers, lightweight Tony “The Lightning” Luis (28-3, 10 KOs), in an eight-round bout against his veteran Mexican opponent, Ricardo “Riky” Lara (22-6, 10 KOs). A former Interim world title challenger, Luis is a blood-and-guts type fighter who has won his last nine fights, including the North American Boxing Association (NABA) lightweight title.
A pair of undefeated heavyweight prospects, Moses Johnson (4-0, 4 KOs) and Patrick “Magic” Mailata (2-0, 2 KOs), will also gain invaluable exposure fighting on UFC FIGHT PASS. Johnson, fighting out of Huntington, NY, faces Jose Manuel “Dionamita” Paredes (3-3-3, 2 KOs) in a six-rounder, while Samoa-native Mailata, who now lives in Las Vegas, takes on unbeaten Mexican boxer Jorge Sevilla “Bombon” Acosta (2-0, 2 KOs). Mailata, whose fight will open the UFC FIGHT PASS live stream, is a four-time New Zealand amateur champion who won a bronze medal at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
Also fighting on the undercard, all in six-round fights, are undefeated Canadian Mazlum Akdeniz (9-0, 4 KOs), vs. Hungarian Adam “Bad Boy” Mate (28-15, 21 KOs), Montreal female super lightweight Jessica “The Cobra” Camara (6-1) vs. Mexican Beatriz Jimenez (6-2, 1 KO), Canadian super lightweight Lucas Bahdi (4-0, 4 KOs) vs. Mexican Victor Manuel “El Pimientas” Campos (6-8, 2 Kos), and United Kingdom super lightweight Adam “Hitman” Hague (15-1-1, 2 KOs). vs. Alan “Superman” Ayala (7-0, 3 Kos), of Mexico.
Saturday night at the Wintrust Arena, Chicago, Illinois Matchroom Boxing hosted a triple header on DAZN featuring former Cruiserweight kingpin and consensus top five rated pound for pound fighter Oleksandr Usyk making his heavyweight debut against Chazz Witherspoon, WBA light heavyweight title holder Dmitry Bivol defending his title against Lenin Castillo and unified super lightweight champion Jessica McCaskill taking on Erica Anabella Farias in rematch of their 2018 contest.
In the main event Oleksandr Usyk dominated Chazz Witherspoon with superior boxing ability and footwork that kept Witherspoon from generating any offense of his own. There were several moments when Usyk pinned Witherspoon on the ropes while throwing combinations that left Chazz with no other option but cover up and weather the storm. It would be the story of the fight until a tired and outclassed Witherspoon decided to retire on his stool at the end of round seven.
With the win Oleksandr Usyk improves to 17-0(13) while Chazz Witherspoon now stands at 38-4(29).
This fight left us little to nothing in terms of what we can expect from Usyk as a heavyweight, the only thing I could take away from the performance is Usyk needs to start quicker and set down more on his punches if he is to be successful against top tier opposition. It would be unfair to criticize his performance against Witherspoon considering Usyk had been preparing for a totally different fighter in Tyrone Sprong. We can only hope as fans that his next bout is against a more notable opponent who can provide some answers to those questions.
The co-feature between Dmitry Bivol and Lenin Castillo was a one sided affair with Bivol controlling every minute of the fight. There was a knockdown scored by Bivol in round six that surprised Castillo more than hurt him. While the contest was a shut out performance for Bivol fans were unhappy with his not seeking a KO finish. In my opinion Bivol is by far the most talented fighter at light heavyweight but criticism is mounting due to his lack of killer instinct and could hurt his marketability.
With the win Dmitry Bivol improves to 17-0 (11) Lennon Castillo now stands at 20-3 (15), hopefully we see Bivol against a top name in his next bout or he makes the move to super middleweight to take on champions in that division.
When Jessica McCaskill and Erica Anabella Farias stepped into the ring it was for unsettled business which took place in their first meeting at this same venue on October 6th 2018. On that night the less experienced McCaskill defeated Farias to unify the women’s WBA and WBC super-lightweight championships.
This fight was rough and ugly filled with fouls and holding, both fighters were deducted points for their infractions. The end result was a majority decision in favor of McCaskill by scores of 94-94, 97-91 and 96-92.
When super welterweights Charles Conwell and Patrick Day faced off fans were excited to see if Conwell could progress to the next level by keeping his undefeated record intact while facing a slick well-schooled fighter like Day. It was a dominate performance for Conwell that was marred by tragedy when Day suffered a tenth round stoppage loss he never regained consciousness from. He was taken from the venue by ambulance and underwent emergency surgery. With the win Charles Conwell improved to 11-0 (8) while Day now stands at 17-4-1 (6).
As of the moment as I type this Day is in a medically induced coma, myself and everyone else from the Talkin Boxing with Billy C show and the Daily Sports Inc. Wish Patrick Day a full recovery
In Undercard action
Super Middleweight-Anthony Sims Jr 20-0(18) def. Morgan Fitch 19-4-1(8) via TKO 6
Super Bantamweight-TJ Doheny 22-1(16) def. Jesus Martinez 26-10(13) via UD 8
Super Lightweight- Movladdin Biyarslanov 5-0(4) def. Tyrome Jones 4-6-1(1) via UD 6
Super Featherweight- Otha Jones III 4-0(1) def. Eric Manriquez 7-9-1(3) via MD
The eight heavyweight fighters who will go head to head in Ultimate Boxxer 6 on Friday, December 13 have now been confirmed. The event takes place from Manchester and will be live on BT Sport 1, BoxNation and BT Sport Youtube.
Ultimate Boxxer returns to Manchester for the first time since the explosive cruiserweight tournament that saw the Sauerland’s Mikael Lawal reign surpreme, before Olympian Steven Donnelly wowed the fans by powering his way to victory at UB5 at the O2 in September.
Now attention turns to the most coveted division of them all.
Nick Webb, Sean Turner, Mark Bennett, Jonathan Palata, Josh Sandland, Jay McFarlane, Kamil Sokolowski and Chris Healey will all arrive on December 13 with huge confidence to take home the money and the golden robe.
‘The heavyweight division is absolutely thriving right now and we are very excited to put on this monster event and add to a huge December calendar for heavyweight fight fans,’ said Ultimate Boxxer founder Ben Shalom.
The Scott Welch-managed contender Nick ‘Wild’ Webb (13-2) enters UB6 with an impressive professional record, with 11 wins coming by way of KO against opponents such as Ferenc Zsalek and Chris Healey. He has been frustrated by title fights with Daniel Dubois and Nathan Gorman falling through in the past, and will be hoping to put his only defeats to date against Dave Allen and Sokolowski (who also joins the tournament) firmly behind him.
Sean ‘Big Sexy’ Turner (12-3) followed the example set by Ultimate Boxxer 5 champion Steven Donnelly and went about guaranteeing his spot on the UB6 card by hammering the social media team across Instagram and Twitter. The monster Irishman has had an impressive amateur career with 120 amateur fights, winning 90 contests. He held multiple junior titles and boxed Anthony Joshua twice, losing both on points. After defeats to Filip Hrgovic and Nathan Gorman in his last two outings, the Peter Taylor-trained Dubliner will be out to prove he’s back on the right path to heavyweight glory at UB6.
Former army man Mark ‘Bad News’ Bennett (5-0) toured Afghanistan before a serious injury culminated in a medical discharge. He took up boxing as a 27-year-old, and has never looked back. He hasn’t lost a bout in either the unlicensed scene or amongst the professional ranks. Bennett, who is relatively unknown could come into this as a dark horse having already beaten Ferenc Zsalek and ABA finalist Chris Healey in his professional career.
Frank Warren-fighter Jonathan ‘God Speed’ Palata (7-0) enters the fray at UB6 with an impressive and unbeaten professional record, following a stellar amateur career which saw him rack up an ABA Novice Championship, London ABA Championship and he also won the prestigious Haringey Box Cup. He fights out of the famous Peacock Gym in Canning Town.
For former professional rugby league player Josh Sandland (4-1-1).
Ultimate Boxxer represents another chance to succeed in top-level sport, having played for Huddersfield Giants and Wakefield Wildcats. He triumphed over Jay McFarlane earlier this year and showed he was dangerous. His only defeat came to Tom Little two years ago when he had just joined the professional ranks.
Glasgow hard man Jay ‘Ghost’ McFarlane (10-4) arrives on the UB6 scene as the youngest fighter in the tournament at just 21. He spent some time in a Caribbean orphanage as a youngster, and has dived into 14 professional fights already in his career. He fought at Madison Square Garden against Matt McKinney in March 2018, and dropped to 14 stone 4lbs to fight for the Scottish Cruiserweight title, which he won against Ratu Latianara in June of last year.
A former Muay-Thai champion, Polish-born Kamil Sokolowski (7-15-2) won only two of his first 13 fights, with defeats coming against the likes of Dillian Whyte, Kash Ali and Gary Cornish. Starting out as a journeymen, he has since refocused his efforts, and has improved dramatically under the watchful eye of Gavin Lane at the Barum Boxing Club in Barnstaple. Only Whyte and Nathan Gorman have stopped him in his career. Tipped as a dangerous darkhorse.
Representing Manchester on this heavyweight show is ABC southpaw Chris Healey (8-6) who has been dogged by injury after winning six of his first seven professional fights, but the 31-year-old is keen to show he’s back to his best after major back surgery, and the loss of his father in 2016. His last two defeats have been against fellow UB6 contenders Mark Bennett and Jonathan Palata.
HARTFORD, Conn. (October 10, 2019) – Undefeated prospect Richard “Popeye The Sailor Man” Rivera is a true throwback fighter; he just asks when and where, not who and why.
Going into 2019, Rivera and his head trainer, Tony Blanco, who co-promotes Rivera (along with partners Rivera and Michael Tran) under the Hartford Boxing Promotions banner, vowed to keep their light heavyweight/cruiserweight more active and the plan has worked to perfection.
Rivera (14-0, 11 KOs), the 28-year-old knockout artist from Hartford (CT), will be fighting November 1st at Hard Rock Hotel in Daytona Beach, Florida, in a six-round bout against an opponent to be determined.
It will mark his sixth fight of 2019, fourth since he signed a co-promotional deal with Joe DeGuardia‘s Star Boxing, and also the third on a card promoted by Hall of Famer Christy Martin.
“The plan has been to stay busy and expand my fan-base,” Rivera said. “I’m amazed about how many of my fans (from Hartford) are going to my Florida fight. I watched a friend book 10 flights and Airbnb. I’ve got such a good fan-base. I have friends and family in Florida who are going to my fight. (Rivera is of Puerto Rican heritage and Florida is home to many Puerto Ricans and Puerto-Rican Americans.)
“Boxing is more of a business today, but fighters still need to fight. I use a little of boxing’s old and new like technology. It’s all about risk and reward to have wealth and health when your career is over. The plan has been to stay busy. No breaks to take, the grind never stops. I’ve always been a little jittery before a fight, but I’ve become much comfortable in the ring. I’ve had the will to win and to fight my fight.
“We have a good relationship with Joe (DeGuardia). Joe genuinely believes in my potential. He’s allowing ‘Popeye’ to take off and allowing me to take a stay-busy fight on another promoter’s card like November 1 in Florida, even though I just fought on his show a few weeks ago and will be fighting on his show in December as well.”
Blanco is thrilled with his working relationship with DeGuardia, as well as the friendship he and Rivera have developed with Martin. “Working with Joe has been fantastic,” Blanco remarked. “I knew that I would, but we’re closer now. He’s a visionary and I like the way he works. We’re on the same page and together we’re going to bring a big show to Connecticut in December.
Christy has been so good to us. She has a great soul; I love her and we’re glad to be back with her for this stay-busy fight. We really want to keep Richie busy. I honestly can’t wait to see what the future holds for ‘Popeye.’ Everyone is very excited.”
“I’m pleased that fans in Florida will get to see ‘Fight Night at the Hard Rock,'” DeGuardia added. “‘Popeye’s’ got as great persona, in and out of the ring, and with this activity the future is bright for him.”
Martin has become one of Rivera’s top supporters, commenting: “First, he’s a great person. This venue only seats 500, but everybody wants to watch ‘Popeye’ fight. In another 5-6 fights, he’ll be fighting top 10 guys and in 1 ½ -to-2 years, I think he’ll be fighting for a world title. He’s being moved at the right pace and understands marketing, unlike so many other boxers who don’t understand its value. He is ready, willing and able to post on social media. I appreciate Joe DeGuardia for letting him fight on my show. He is building a following, because everybody who meets him or watches him fight love him. ‘Popeye’ is a kid that really gets it!”
Connecticut Boxing Hall of Fame
Class of 2019 Announced
Arturo Gatti, Chad Dawson, Delvin Rodriguez, Arthur Mercante, Sr., Eddie Campo & Teddy Davis
UNCASVILLE, Conn. (October 10, 2019) – The Connecticut Boxing Hall of Fame (CBHOF) has announced its six-member Class of 2019 to be inducted during the 15th annual CBHOF Gala Induction Dinner on Saturday night, November 9, in the Uncas Ballroom at Mohegan Sun.
The new CBHOF inductees are boxers Arturo “Thunder” Gatti, “Bad” Chad Dawson, Delvin Rodriguez, Eddie Campo and Teddy “Redtop” Davis, as well as referee Arthur Mercante, Sr.
“Once again,” CBHOF president John Laudati said, “the Connecticut Boxing Hall of Fame has elected a great class of Inductees. The 2019 class includes giants of the sport such as Arturo Gatti and Arthur Mercante, Sr., modern era stars in Delvin Rodriguez and ‘Bad’ Chad Dawson and historically significant fighters Teddy “Red Top” Davis and Eddie Compo. We look forward to seeing all of our boxing fans, family and friends at our gala induction dinner at Mohegan Sun on November 9th. ”
Not many remember the first time Hall of Famer Gatti fought in Connecticut. It was in August of 1998. Looking to snap a three-fight losing streak, Gatti took on the 21-3 Reyes Munoz. If you went for a hotdog you might have missed the first-round TKO for Gatti. The second appearance in Connecticut was far more memorable. It was the first in his trilogy with CBHOF member Micky Ward. The rousing affair at the Mohegan Sun Arena was the Fight of the Year in many publications. Ward won a majority decision, but the heart Gatti showed to withstand a brutal barrage in a scintillating Round 9 will forever stay in the minds of the fans who were there that night. Gatti would go on to win the next two fights with Ward. He also beat the 54-3-1 Tracy Harris Patterson to win the IBF super featherweight title. One of his successful title defenses came against the 44-3 Gabriel Ruelas. Gatti moved up to welterweight to take on Oscar De La Hoya, losing by TKO, but earning more respect for his grit. In 2005, Gatti beat Jesse James Leija to capture the WBC super lightweight title. Who did he lose it to? None other than the incomparable Floyd Mayweather Jr. in June of 2005. Gatti had a record of 40-9-0 before his tragic death at the age of 37 in July of 2009.
Dawson’s spectacular career of New Haven light heavyweight product Dawson was appropriately launched at the home for the Connecticut Boxing Hall of Fame. After a sterling amateur career, Dawson made his pro debut on Aug. 18, 2001 at the Mohegan Sun Casino. He scored a second-round TKO over Steve Garrett. Six of his first 10 fights were at the Mohegan Sun. Twenty one of his 41 fights have been in Connecticut. It was a meteoric rise for Dawson, who began his career 29-0. After beating CBHOF member Eric Harding to capture the NABF light heavyweight title in 2006, Dawson was ready for the 31-0 WBC light heavyweight champion Tomasz Adamek. It was no contest. Dawson battered Adamek in winning the unanimous decision in 2007, hastening the talk of him being one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world at the age of 25. Dawson would go on to defeat some of sport’s heavy hitters. He twice made successful title defenses against Glenn Johnson. He twice beat Antonio Tarver for the IBF and IBO light heavyweight titles. He twice fought the legendary Bernard Hopkins. The first bout Dawson appeared to be winning easily, but it was ruled a no contest. He beat Hopkins easily in the rematch. Dawson was 32-1 when he decided to drop in weight to take on WBC and WBA super middleweight champ Andre Ward, losing by TKO. Dawson remains active with a 37-5 record.
If you look up the word action in the dictionary, don’t be surprised if you see a Rodriguez’ picture. The Danbury product always gave people their money’s worth in a career where he won 19 of his first 21 bouts, including a TKO of 21-2 Luis Hernandez in a bout in May of 2006 that gave Rodriguez the USBA welterweight title. He lost his first title defense against Jesse Feliciano but showed his resilience by beating the 26-2 Oscar Diaz in his hometown of San Antonio to regain the USBA welterweight crown. Not only did Rodriguez beat Diaz in his own backyard, he knocked Diaz out in the 11th round in July of 2008. In March of 2009, Rodriguez would make a successful defense of his title by defeating a 20-1 Shamone Alvarez at the Mohegan Sun Arena. Rodriguez would eventually fight for the WBA super welterweight title, losing a decision to the 24-0 Austin Trout in 2012. In 2013, Rodriguez got a shot at the rugged Miguel Cotto, losing by a TKO. Rodriguez, who also dabbles in broadcasting, finished his career in 2017 with a 29-9-4 record.
Eddie Campagnuolo, aka Eddie Campo, had more letters in his last name than he did defeats in an outstanding professional career. If the name Campagnuolo doesn’t ring a bell, that’s because the featherweight boxer who was born and lived most of his life in New Haven would change his name to Eddie Compo. He wasn’t known as a fearsome puncher with just 14 knockouts in an 11-year career, but his winning percentage is one of the best in boxing history. Compo was 75-10-4. Compo would beat CBHOF inductees Teddy “Redtop” Davis, Julie Kogon, and Chico Vejar in a career where he took on all comers. Compo won his first 25 professional fights, many at the New Haven Arena. There was plenty of buzz around Compo’s world featherweight title fight with CBHOF inductee Willie Pep at Municipal Stadium in Waterbury in September of 1949. That’s because Compo was 57-1-3. Pep was 141-2-1. It may have been the only bout in the history of boxing where the two combatants combined for just under 200 wins with a mere 3 defeats. Pep won with a 7th-round TKO. Compo retired in 1955 and lived to the age of 69 before passing away in 1998.
Born Murray Cain in South Carolina in 1923, Davis struggled at the beginning of his career as a featherweight in the Midwest. He won only one of his first nine professional bouts. But a shift to New England turned his career around. He first made a name for himself by taking the legendary Willie Pep the distance in back-to-back fights in Hartford in 1948. In 1953, Davis captured the USA New England Light title with a victory over the 49-3-1 George Araujo in Boston. Just one month later, Davis made a successful title defense against Araujo in Madison Square Garden. In 1954, Davis would make successful title defenses in Waterbury and New Haven. It wasn’t until 1958 that Davis lost a title fight, bowing to Steve Ward in a bout for the New England Super Light title in Hartford. Davis would also take on the likes of Sandy Saddler, Eddie Compo, and Tony DeMarco in a solid career that spanned 14 years. Davis may have hung on a bit too long. He went 4-22-1 in his final 27 fights, causing his career record to end up at 71-75-6. He was just 42 when he died in 1966.
After refereeing more than 140 world title fights in 47 years, Mercante Sr. retired at the age of 81 in 2001. He would stay around the sport, accompanying his son Arthur Jr. to a fight card in Connecticut in 2004. As related in a 2010 espn.com story by Wallace Matthews, Mercante Jr., also a referee, heard a thump on the floor while staying in a Connecticut hotel with his dad. Fearing the worst, Mercante Jr. scurried to see if his dad had fallen to the floor. “I looked over and he’s down there doing push-ups,” Mercante Jr. related. Mercante Sr. was 84 at the time but he had lost none of the toughness that made him what the New York Times called the “most prominent referee in of the past half century” after the elder Mercante passed away in 2010. Mercante Sr. is best known for being the referee in the first Muhammad Ali-Joe Frazier fight in New York in 1971, but he had New England roots. Mercante Sr. was born in Brockton, Mass., where he was a childhood friend of Rocky Marciano. Mercante was also in the Navy, where his commanding officer was Gene Tunney, a former heavyweight champion of the world and a member of the Connecticut Boxing Hall of Fame. Mercante has also been inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame.