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Training Camp Notes: Arif Magomedov

Oxnard, CA: As Arif “The Predator” Magomedov (18-1, 11 KOs) prepares to face his toughest opponent to date, Luis “Cuba” Arias (17-0, 8 KOs), on the Ward vs. Kovalev 2 HBO Pay Per View® telecast on June 17 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center, he will have a new trainer in his corner, Marco Contreras, the long-time assistant to legendary trainer, Robert Garcia.
After he first arrived in the United States in 2015 from Russia, Magomedov trained with UFC star Ronda Rousey’s notorious trainer Edmond Tarverdyan. During their time together, Arif secured a 4-0 record with two knockouts and earned the NABO Middleweight Title. Tarverdyan’s training schedule with Rousey proved to be too difficult to maneuver around, so they parted ways amicably. Since then, Magomedov suffered his first career loss against to Andrew Hernandez in May of last year. He returned to Russia for the remainder of 2016 and stopped Chris Herrmann in the second round in his most recent fight.
Earlier this year, Arif returned to the US to prepare for his appearance on HBO Latino Boxing against Elias Espadas. While he was in Russia, Magomedov’s manager, 2016 BWAA Manager of the Year Egis Klimas, had arranged for Contreras to begin training Magomedov. The two men met for the first time at the airport, as soon as Arif arrived in Los Angeles. When asked about his initial impressions of Arif, Marco replied, “Arif is a tough guy. He’s got experience. He came back after that one loss in Vegas determined to make a change for his career. He’s been really adjusting well. He’s a good fighter, pressure fighter and he can take a punch. It’s always a pressure fight. So he’s gonna come, come and come and be in front of your face all night. He’s not gonna be dancing around, he’s just gonna be there and make it a fight. I don’t see any weaknesses right now. Mentally he’s good. He wants to prove a point.”
Magomedov and Contreras train at Klimas’ new gym, the Boxing Laboratory, in Oxnard, California where several of Klimas’ fighters, including Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev, train. The environment has been beneficial for Magomedov, who added, “I am very happy that I ended up in this gym. I really, really like to work with Marco. I am so happy that I ended up here in Oxnard.”
The fight with Espadas was scrapped at the last minute due to illness. Because he was already training with Marco for the Espadas fight, they felt he was in prime condition to accept the fight with Arias when it was offered to him shortly thereafter. Magomedov acknowledges that Arias will be a tough opponent for him, but is ready for the challenge. He said, “I watched all his fights. He’s a good boxer, he moves well, he’s fast but I made some notes that I need to make and know what I have to do.”
Furthermore, he feels he learned a lot from his loss against Hernandez and can apply those lessons to this fight. “I had enough time to think, to look back at everything, to see if I need to make adjustments and I did make certain adjustments. I learned something for myself, that I won’t let this happen again.”
Main Events CEO Kathy Duva visited Arif at the Boxing Laboratory last week and was happy to see a change in him: “Before the Hernandez fight, Arif just didn’t seem like himself. When I saw him at the gym last week, I saw the Arif who had been so impressive in the ring against Derrick Webster. Training in Oxnard and working with Marco has been great for him and I can’t wait to see the results in the ring at Mandalay Bay on June 17th.” 


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.

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.

Irvin Gonzalez (6-0, 6 KOs), Worcester, MA
Raul Lopez (10-2-1, 5 KOs), Bronx, NY

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

Richie “Popeye The Sailor Man” Rivera (1-0, 1 KO), Hartford, CT
Nathan Schulte (0-2), Catrina, Brazil

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

Adrian Sosa (2-0, 2 KOs), Lawrence, MA
Zach Johnson (0-1), New York, NY

Fighter Spotlight: Dmitry Bivol

LAS VEGAS:  When WBA Light Heavyweight Interim Champion Dmitry Bivol (10-0, 8 KOs) faces Cedric “L.O.W.” Agnew (29-2, 15 KOs) in a ten-round battle on Saturday, June 17 on the televised undercard of Ward vs. Kovalev 2: “The Rematch,” it may be the first time many fans watching on television or live at the Mandalay Bay Events Center catch a glimpse of the up-and-coming light heavyweight prospect from Kyrgyzstan.
Bivol is originally from Tokmak, Kyrgyzstan and now resides in Saint Petersburg, Russia. In his short two and a half-year pro career, he has quickly made a name for himself in the light heavyweight division. In his first ten fights, he amassed eight knockouts for an 80% knockout-to-win ratio. In only his seventh professional bout, he secured the WBA Light Heavyweight Interim Title when he knocked down Felix Valera twice on his way to a unanimous decision victory. Since then, he is 3-0 with two knockouts over Robert Berridge and Samuel Clarkson, despite only being 26 years old.
Despite his impressive and lightning-fast rise through the light heavyweight rankings, Bivol stays grounded in his approach to his next fight against Agnew. He said, “I look at my fights a bit differently; I don’t assume that one is more important than the other. A boxing career is like a staircase and when you successful with each win, you move up the staircase and this fight, of course, is another step up the staircase for me.”
He isn’t letting the added pressure of an international pay per view telecast affect his concentration and drive. “In reality, when you are inside the ring, mentally there is no difference whether you are at home or in the US or somewhere else,” said Bivol. “You have your opponent in front of you and that’s all I think about. I enjoy fighting in the US because the fans are very supportive and they will support the fighter they like, no matter what country or nationality he is. It’s all about being fan-friendly; anybody can create a big fan base for themselves in the US! We have our preparation system, our technique which we adhere to. It works well for me so we don’t change it much and just make adjustments to the different opponents we are facing.”
When asked about Agnew he added, “Agnew is an experienced boxer. He fought for the world title before against Sergey Kovalev. I have not faced opponents of his experience yet. I think he will stick to the same tactics that he usually does. He has been victorious in many fights using his counterpunching technique. I expect him to do the same with me. We will see what happens in the ring on fight night.”
Bivol’s trainer, Gennadii Mashyanov, said “Preparation to the fight goes in regular mode, I don’t like to give any predictions, so I can only tell that we are getting ready for the battle that fans and boxing experts will like.”

Golovkin Vs. Alvarez Official for September 16th- Why Now and Not Sooner?

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.

Fighting a much more experienced and taller opponent from Africa, promising Lynn, MA prospect Khiry “TNT” Todd (5-0, 5 KOs) won his fifth pro fight, all by knockout. A 2016 New England Golden Gloves champion, Todd gained invaluable experience against cagey super welterweight Nicolas Sarouna (12-9-1, 9 KOs), of Togo, who took a knee after getting hit by a sneaky uppercut in the third round. Sarouna failed to beat the 10-count as Todd improved his perfect record, with a TKO stoppage at the 1:32 mark. 


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.

Gavronski defeats Rankin in main event of Battle at the Boat 111

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).


Stevenson stops Fonfara in two- Just one number more than those impressed!!

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

Alexis Rocha and Niko Valdes remain undefeated after wins at “LA Fight Club” June second.

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.


Weights from Tacoma – Battle at the Boat 111

Official weights for Halquist Productions, “Battle at the Boat 111” at the Emerald Queens Casino, Tacoma Washington.

Main Event and Co-Feature

Light HeavyweightsMike Gavronski (171.5) vs. Quinton Rankin (173)

Welterweight ContestAndres Reyes (147) vs. Will Hughes (144.5)

Undercard Bouts

Light HeavyweightsRichard Vansiclen (177) vs. Justin Milani (176.5)

Super MiddleweightsJacob Ikaika Martin (163) vs. Erik Cronkhite (162)

Super WelterweightsJesse Barich (152) vs. Kevin Torres (152)

Super LightweightsNiko McFarland (139.5) vs. Shae Green (140)


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