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Canada amateur star Laviolette hopes to enhance his reputation against Sparrow Sept. 8 in Philly.

Philadelphia, PA—Junior lightweight boxer Joey Laviolette may have a big reputation in Canada, but he is a virtual unknown in the United States.  The 29-year-old native of Halifax, Nova Scotia, hopes to change that when he takes on Avery Sparrow, of Philadelphia, PA, in the scheduled eight-round main event Friday evening, Sept. 8, at the 2300 Arena. The Sparrow-Laviolette contest tops a 10-bout card which begins at 7.30 pm.

Laviolette may be only 6-0, 4 K0s, as a pro, but he had a prolific amateur career in which he won 85 out of 111 bouts and four Canadian National Championships.  He also was a member of the Canadian National Team from 2009 to 2011.

“My father used to train, although he never competed as a boxer, so he took me and my brother Matt to the gym when I was 10 years old and I just never left and that’s how I got started,” Laviolette said.
“When I was in high school I played recreational basketball and ice hockey but I never competed on a school team or in an official league.”  As for going up against a talented fighter like Sparrow (7-1, 3 K0s), Laviolette does not appear to be intimidated or fearful.

“It’s a big opportunity to showcase my skills against a good fighter,” Laviolette said.  “This will be my first professional fight outside of Canada, but going to somebody else’s hometown to fight never bothered me as an amateur and I don’t think it will bother me as a professional.

“I competed in the Francophone Games in Lebanon (for French-speaking countries) and the Panama Games in Mexico and in various tournaments in Ecuador, Venezuela, Mexico and the United States a couple of times and I won the Ringside Tournament there in 2009. “I feel I’m right where I need to be at 6-0 and this is a perfect point in my career to have a true test against Sparrow.”

A pro since 2012, Laviolette has boxed twice this year against a pair of Mexican featherweights.  He out-pointed Juan Manuel Benitez over four rounds and stopped Emmanuel Villamar in six.  Both fights were in New Brunswick, Canada. Away from the ring, Laviolette works as a carpenter during the day and he also is a musician, occasionally taking part in small acoustic performances in local pubs in Nova Scotia.  He plays the guitar and refers to himself as an intermediate piano player.  His favorite Canadian fighter is Arturo Gatti, but his all-time favorite is Sugar Ray Leonard.

Laviolette has been married to his wife, Lisa, since 2012, and they have a 4-year-old daughter, Breah.
“I know there is a lot of buzz in Philadelphia and the boxing community about this fight with Avery Sparrow, a true test for me,” Sparrow said.  “I feel truly blessed to have the family I have and the ability to compete in a sport that has captivated me since my dad first took me to the Citadel Boxing Gym when I was 10.  This next fight with Sparrow is everything I have been training for up to this point.”

Chicago Cruiserweight Junior Wright to Face Russia’s Ruslan Fayfer for IBF #2 Spot

This Friday, August 18, in Krasnodar, Russia, IBF #14-rated cruiserweight “Hurricane” Junior Wright (16-2-1, 13 KOs) of Chicago will face hometown favorite and IBF #8-rated Ruslan Fayfer (20-0, 14 KOs) in an eliminator for the #2 contender spot.
For the talented 31-year-old Wright, a victory would spell another shot at a world championship. But when a fighter is coming into a Russian fighter’s hometown, that isn’t always easy. Still, Wright and his trainer Rick Wilson have spent eight weeks preparing for this fight, believing that Junior is coming back to US with the victory.
“Fighters come from the US to fight in Russia they all come home with a bad story,” said Wright, “but we’re not. We’re coming out of Krasnodar with a beautiful gift.”
Wright was last seen stopping Detroit’s Damon McCreary in two rounds in January of this year.

“Junior Wright has shown throughout his career that he is one of the most dedicated fighters in the cruiserweight division,” said his promoter, Dmitriy Salita. “Fighting the best available contenders, Junior is once again showing his will and desire to be the best cruiserweight in the world.  I expect a ‘Hurricane-like’ performance from him on Friday.”

Polish Champions Glowacki and Masternak join Ali Trophy as reserves

Former World Champion Krzysztof Glowacki (27-1, 17 KOs) and fellow Polish star Mateusz Masternak (39-4, 26 KOs) have signed-up to act as reserves in the World Boxing Super Series cruiserweight quarter-finals.

Assuming they are not needed to act as reserves, the fighters will box on the undercards of the quarter-final they are assigned to.

Glowacki, who’s only defeat came at the hands of tournament favourite Aleksandr Usyk last year, is the reserve for the Mairis Briedis vs Mike Perez quarter-final and WBC World Title match-up at the Riga Arena, Latvia on September 30.

While former European Title holder Masternak has been named as reserve for the Murat Gassiev vs Krzysztof Wlodarczyk quarter-final and IBF World Title bout.

Ticket details for the World Boxing Super Series’ quarter-final between Briedis and Perez on September 30th at the Riga Arena in Latvia will be announced shortly.

09/09/17 – Cruiserweight Quarter-Final: 
Oleksandr Usyk vs. Marco Huck (WBO World) 
Max-Schmeling-Halle, Berlin, Germany
16/09/17 – Super Middleweight Quarter-Final: 
Callum Smith vs. Erik Skoglund (WBC Diamond)
Echo Arena, Liverpool, United Kingdom 

23/09/17 – Cruiserweight Quarter-Final: 

Yunier Dorticos vs. Dmitry Kudryashov (WBA World)
Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas, USA

30/09/17 – Cruiserweight Quarter-Final: 
Mairis Briedis vs. Mike Perez (WBC World) 
Riga Arena, Riga, Latvia

07/10/17 – Super Middleweight Quarter-Final:
Chris Eubank Jr vs. Avni Yildirim (IBO World)
Hanns-Martin-Schleyer Halle, Stuttgart, Germany  

14/10/17 – Super Middleweight Quarter-Final: 
George Groves vs. Jamie Cox (WBA Super)
The SSE Arena, Wembley, London, United Kingdom  
Cruiserweight Quarter-Finals: 
Murat Gassiev vs. Krzysztof Wlodarczyk (IBF World)
Super Middleweight Quarter-Finals:
Juergen Braehmer vs. Rob Brant
Number of participants: 16 
Number of belts: 7
Number of world champions: 6
Number of former world champions: 3
Number of undefeated fighters: 9
Combined Record of participants: 423 wins, 17 losses, 294 KOs 

Joe Smith Jr. Fights Nine Rounds With a Broken Jaw

Popular Long Island light heavyweight contender JOE SMITH JR. (23-2-0, 19 KO’S), gritted his way through Saturday’s ten round battle with SULLIVAN BARRERA (20-1-0, 14 KO’s), after suffering a broken jaw early in the 2nd round. Even with a broken jaw, Smith Jr. dug deep to fire away at the skilled Barrera until the final bell, in which he ultimately fell short by scores of 96-93 and 97-92 twice.

In a fight that had the cheering crowd on their feet throughout, Smith and Barrera went to war from the opening bell. Prior to breaking his jaw, Smith wasted no time showing his sheer power as he drilled Barrera with a hard left hook to the forehead in the opening round sending Barrera sprawling to the canvas. Barrera, hurt from the knockdown, showed his proven grit and determination by rising and finishing the round.

Although having his jaw broken in the second round, Smith continued to fight hard throughout the fight which featured excellent two-way action. Smith showed a great chin and tons of heart as he tried his best to fight through a debilitating injury. Smith landed some heavy blows stunning Barrera on occasion but Sullivan outworked him to grab the decision on the judges scorecards.

“Joe knocked down Barrera hard in the first round but in the second round he sustained a broken jaw,” said JOE DEGUARDIA, CEO and President of STAR BOXING. “It’s a similar injury to the one he suffered five years ago and frankly it’s amazing that he continued to valiantly fight over the next eight rounds and finish the fight.”

In his only other previous loss, Smith also suffered a broken jaw against Eddie Caminero five years ago.

Continued DeGuardia, “After spending part of Saturday night at the UCLA Medical Center, Joe will have surgery later this week in New York and we’ll know more then about a time frame for his full recovery. We congratulate Sullivan Barrera on his victory.”

We at Star Boxing are extremely proud of Joe for fighting this fight under such extreme conditions as are all his fans who came to the fight last night from Long Island and those who watched on HBO. Joe Smith is a true warrior and epitomizes what a real fighter is supposed to be.

Claressa Shields Named 2017 ‘Biggest Powerhouse’ in Sports by Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Sports Awards

Budding women’s boxing superstar, community activist, role model and two-time Olympic gold medalist, Claressa Shields has been bestowed with another honor, as she has been announced as the winner of the 2017 Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Sports Award for “Biggest Powerhouse.”
In winning the prestigious award, which honors the heaviest hitters, strongest sluggers and unstoppable players in sports each year, Shields beat out a field of such well-known stars as Demarcus Cousins (New Orleans Pelicans), Von Miller (Denver Broncos), David Ortiz (Boston Red Sox) and Mike Trout (Los Angeles Angels).
“It is a tremendous honor and great thrill to win the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Sports Award because it comes from the kids,” said Claressa Shields. “I work hard every day to show all children that nothing in life is impossible if you believe in yourself. If this kid from Flint can win Olympic gold medals, boxing world championships, and succeed in life, then you can do it too!”

Shields’ promoter, Dmitriy Salita, says she deserves all the incredible accolades and honors she’s received.
“Claressa is a true champion of the people with her incredible story of overcoming adversity through her own self-belief and determination. Her accomplishments, inside and outside the ring, make Claressa a real-life American hero and an inspiration to every young person.”
22-year-old Shields (3-0, 1 KO), from Flint, Michigan, is currently in training for her first world-title shot on August 4 against German star and WBC Super Middleweight World Champion Nikki Adler (16-0, 9 KOs). The 10-round super-middleweight match-up, will be televised live on ShoBox: The New Generation (10 pm ET/PT), and held at MGM Grand Detroit.
The Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Sports Awards are the only kid-oriented award show focusing on the world’s best athletes and each year’s greatest sports moments. Held at UCLA’s Pauley Pavilion in Los Angeles, this year’s broadcast was once again hosted by Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson.

The winners were chosen predominantly by children’s online voting.

Berchelt outclasses Miuara, Barrera “Educates” Smith Jr in Inglewood

Saturday night on HBO from the Forum in Inglewood California, Golden Boy Promotions, Zanfer Promotions, Teiken Promotions, Main Events and Star Boxing joined together to host a tremendous triple header featuring some of the sports most exciting fighters. In the main event, WBC super featherweight champion Miguel Berchelt made the first defense of his title against Takashi Miura, who lost that same title to Francisco Vargas the fighter Berchelt won it from this past January.

It was a “Matador versus Bull” type contest, as the very dangerous Miuara stalked Berchelt kept him off balance using combinations and foot work. There would be a flash knockdown in round one scored by Berchelt and brutal body punches landed by Miuara that had Berchelt gasping for air in later rounds. It was not the most exciting contest either fighter has participated in but both entered with a game plan and stuck with it. At the end it was Berchelt whose plan worked out for the better giving him a unanimous decision victory, official scores read 116-111, 119-108 and120-109 all in favor of Miguel Berchelt who retained his title and improved to 32-1 (28), Takashi Miura now stands at 31-4-2 (24).

The most exciting fight on the card, was between Jezreel Corrales and Robinson Castellanos for Corrales WBA Super World super featherweight title. It started with Corrales using his superior movement and boxing ability winning the first two rounds. An accidental head-butt in round two, invigorated Castellanos who applied pressure and started throwing body punches in high volume. A monumental round took place for Castellanos in the fourth, when he dropped Corrales not once but twice by punishing his body then following with combinations to the head.

Corrales goes down from a Castellanos uppercut.

They traded momentum in rounds five and six, Corrales scored a knockdown in the seventh after catching Castellanos with a punch he didn’t see, then went to win the eighth and ninth rounds. In round nine Castellanos turned the momentum back in his favor while Corrales posed more than punched.

Castellanos going down in round 7 from a Corrales left hand.

The tenth round would last only thirty seconds before a brutal head-butt, opened a cut under Castellanos eye and now with two cuts that had blood flowing freely, the ringside doctor advised referee Jerry Cantu to the contest. When scores were read, the judges seen it officially 94-93, 96-92 in favor of Corrales and once even at 94-94 allowing Corrales to retain his titles with a majority decision victory. With the win Corrales retained his title and improved to 22-1 (8), the hard luck Robinson Castellanos who always puts in a great effort now stands at 24-13 (14). With any luck the right thing will be done and a rematch made before Corrales faces another opponent.

A highly anticipated light heavyweight bout took place, between hard hitting Smith Jr and Sullivan Barrera for the WBC International light heavyweight title held by Smith Jr. When an overhand left dropped Barrera early in round one, it appeared this was going to be a short night for Smith Jr who has been battering opponents in highlight reel fashion lately. Once Barrera went down Smith Jr immediately ran to the ropes in a premature celebration, a bad habit often developed by fighters who begin to rely on their power. When Smith Jr jumped off the ropes he turned around to find Barrera and ready up ready to fight, the round finished with Smith Jr absorbing punishment from Barrera..

Smith Jr drops Barrera in the first with a left to the head.

The next nine rounds would be all Sullivan Barrera, landing continuous crisp clean combinations that backed Smith Jr to the ropes then snapped his head with uppercuts. On Occasion Smith Jr would get in a counter punch when Barrera dropped his hands, those were few and far between without enough power to deter the attack of Sullivan.

At one point, Barrera was handling Smith Jr so easily referee Jack Reiss went to the corner of Smith Jr and asked “Are you OK, you don’t normally fight like this”, in reference to Smith Jr the normally aggressive fighter entering what can best be described as “Survival” mode. This bout originally scheduled for twelve rounds, Star Boxing and Main Events promoters for the fighters agreed to a ten round limit on fight day. This was a wise decision by team Smith Jr considering as the tenth ended he was leaning forward and stamina seemingly non-existent. In my opinion should the fight have headed to the twelfth, Smith Jr more than likely would have ended up being stopped by Barrera who was showing no signs of fatigue. The final scores read 96-93, and 97-92 twice all in favor of Sullivan Barrera who along with claiming the 175lb WBC International light heavyweight title improved to 20-1 (14), Joe Smith Jr now stands at 23-2 (19).

Barrera snaps the head of Smith Jr back with clean uppercuts

In Undercard action-

Lightweight- Mercito Gesta 31-1-2 (17) def. Martin Honorio 33-11-1 (16) via KO 8.

Featherweight- Manny Robles Jr 13-0 (5) def. Christian Esquivel 30-12 (23) via KO 5.

Featherweight- Diuhl Olguin 12-6-3 (9) def. Horacio Garcia 32-3-1(23) via SD 8.                                                    Scores read 77-73 twice for Olguin and 76-74 for Garcia.

Super Featherweight- Recky Dulay 10-2 (7) def. Jaime Arboleda 10-1 (8) via KO 3.

Lightweight- Ryan Garcia 10-0 (9) def. Mario Antonio Macias 28-23 (14) via KO 2.





Eubank Jr defeats Abraham next stop “World Boxing Super Series”, Selby Retains his title

At the Wembley Arena in London, on a Poxon Sports promoted card Chris Eubank Jr made the first defense of his IBO super middleweight title won this past February after stopping Renold Quinlan in ten rounds. His opponent former two division world champion Arthur Abraham, entered on a two fight win streak since losing his WBO World super middleweight title to Gilberto Ramirez in April of 2016. What was more important for both fighters than the “Alphabet” trinket, is winner of this contest would enter the coveted “World Boxing Super Series” beginning this fall.

It was a workman like performance for Eubank Jr, at times he looked very average wondering why Abraham would not be deterred by his attack, of course Abraham has never been a fighter who could be deterred. This was a case of Arthur Abraham, not letting his hands go enough to score points while Eubank Jr looked for openings that could possibly end the affair. The official scores read 118-110, 118-110 and 120-108 all for Eubank Jr who is headed for the “World Boxing Super Series” where he will face undefeated Avni Yildirim. Chris Eubank Jr now stands at 25-1 (19), Arthur Abraham 46-6 (30).

In the co-feature, Lee Selby retained his IBF featherweight title with a dominate performance over rugged veteran Jonathan Victor Barros. While Barrios put in a solid effort he was out boxed by Lee Selby and dropped in the twelfth moments before the contest ended. The final scores read 119-108 and 117-110 twice all in favor of the champion Lee Selby who improved to 25-1 (9) Jonathan Victor Barros now stands at 41-5-1 (22).

The ever improving Kid Galahad,  scored the biggest win of his career when he stopped Jose Cayetano in the tenth round claiming the vacant IBF Inter-Continental featherweight title for his efforts. This win should put him in position to have a domestic showdown and title opportunity against  IBF champion  Lee Selby. With the win Galahad improved to 23-0 (14), Jose Cayetano now stands at 21-6 (10).

In undercard action-

Super Featherweight- Martin Joseph Ward improved to 18-0-2 (8) after he scored a twelve round unanimous decision win over Anthony Cacace 15-1 (7). That contest was for the BBBofC British and vacant Commonwealth (British Empire)  super featherweight title.

Super Lightweight- Michal Syrowatka 19-1 (7) def. Robbie Davies Jnr 15-1 (11) via TKO 12
Michal Syrowatka was down in 9th and Robbie Davies the 12th.

Middleweight- Patrick Wojcicki 9-0 (4) def.Darryl Sharp 5-18 via UD 6.

Welterweight- Chris Kongo 5-0 (3)  def. William Warburton 23-118-9 (4) via UD 4.
What impresses me personally, despite 118 losses Warburton has only been stopped twice, he is a true throwback “Tradesman” fighter. While he will never be a world champion, he will always find fights, win or lose get through them while taking minimal punishment while helping his younger opponents improve their overall skillset in an actual fight setting. He is better than his record indicates.

Light Heavyweight- Joel McIntyre 16-1 (3)  def. Remigijus Ziausys 20-78-5 via UD 4

Super Lightweight- Nathanael Wilson 4-0-1 (2) def. Yaddollah Ghasemi 1-10-1 (1) via TKO 2




Baranchyk stock plummets with win over Smith, Chinea and Lopez dig deep in Oklahoma on ShoBox

Friday night at the Buffalo Run Casino Miami, Oklahoma, an edition of ShoBox was presented by GH3 Promotions, DiBella Entertainment and Holden Productions. In the main event undefeated Super Lightweight prospect’s Ivan Baranchyk and Keenan Smith faced off in an ugly eight round feature. The hard hitting Baranchyk, fighting for the sixth time at the venue fought a reckless and amateurish style. His punches were wide, he led with his head and even the canvas twice due to his own momentum after missed punches. While Keenan Smith had moments of success, his time was spent more worried about possibly being butted, fouled or tripped to the canvas than being able to implement a fight plan.

The referee Gary Ritter, who would play an unnecessary role in several bouts failed to keep Baranchyk under control and even deducted a point from Smith for holding while Baranchyk moved his head recklessly during clinches. In the end despite his efforts Baranchyk failed to get the stoppage he had been seeking, though he did win a unanimous decision by scores of 80-71, 79-72 and 78-73. With this win Baranchyk improved to 17-0 (10) while Smith suffering his first loss dropped to 11-1 (5).

If referee Gary Ritter would have done his job correctly, Smith who when able to box and not concentrate on avoiding fouls his skill was several levels above that of Baranchyk and had a very strong chance to pull off the upset. In my opinion that speaks more about the lack of skill Baranchyk possesses than what Smith at this stage does.

The cards most entertaining contest, took place between undefeated super lightweights Kenneth Sims Jr and once beaten Rolando Chinea. It was a fast start for Sims Jr, it appeared early his superior speed and jab would make  for an easy nights work. That all changed after the second round, Chinea slowly imposed his will on Sims Jr, with a steady attack to the head and body, while none of the punches were overly hard the pressure from Chinea drained the stamina of Sims Jr his. only offensive output were “Shoe-shine” moments at the end of rounds. In the eighth and final round, both fighters managed to find hidden stamina and closed the bout strong trading punches until final bell.

While he was less skilled and vastly slower, the determination of Rolando Chinea overcame the talent advantage of Sims Jr earning him a majority decision victory. The official scores read 77-75 twice and 76-76, in my opinion the 77-75 scores were accurate. With his win Rolando Chinea improved to 15-1-1 (6), Sims Jr after suffering his first loss stands at Kenneth Sims Jr- 12-1 (4).

Highly thought of middleweight prospect Antoine Douglas, continued his journey towards title contention by stopping a vary hard hitting Juan De Angel in four rounds claiming the vacant WBA-NABA middleweight title. The fast rising career of Douglas was paused when he suffered a tenth round TKO loss against hard hitting Avtandil Khurtsidze in March of 2016. Since Douglas has won two straight prior to facing De Angel though neither opponent possessed the power of De Angel.  He stated after Friday’s win “I knew some adjustments needs to be made in camp and with my team after the loss, I have been working on those and on portions of my skillset that need improvement”. With his win the 24yr old Douglas improved to 22-1-1 (16), Juan De Angel drops to 20-7-1 (18).

The first televised bout too placed between super bantamweights Adam Lopez and undefeated Glenn Dezurn. This was a rugged bout, mixed with skill unlike what was witnessed between Ivan Baranchyk and Keenan Smith. When Glenn Dezurn was able to use his uppercut he had tremendous success, Lopez  used body work to halt that momentum. This was the other bout in which referee Gary Ritter made himself too known, threatening to deduct a point from Lopez anytime a body shot on the beltline landed.

Those threats did not deter Lopez who continued wearing Dezurn down pinning him against the ropes where he landed successful combinations. The final scores read exactly as they did in the Rolando Chinea and Kenneth Sims Jr bout 77-75 twice and 76-76, difference here was Judges were split on those 77-75 scores making it a majority draw. My scores read 78-75 in favor of Lopez due to his effective aggressiveness. With the outcome Glenn Dezurn- 9-0-1 (6) now stands at Adam Lopez- 16-1-1 (8).

In an undercard bout- Bantamweight Joshua Greer Jr improved to 14-2-1 (6) when he pummeled Leroy Davila in the fourth and fifth rounds of their scheduled eight round contest. Up until those rounds it was a close affair, the amount of punches Davilia absorbed forced his corner to halt the contest after the fifth had ended and they did so wisely. With his win Joshua Greer Jr improved to 14-2-1 (6), Leroy Davila now stands at 5-2 (3).

When factoring in the scores for Dezurn versus Lopez and Sims Jr versus Rolando Chinea, the way referee Gary Ritter interjected himself without cause, deducting a point from Keenan Smith, allowing Ivan Baranchyk to fight reckless, threatening Lopez for borderline blows. It was apparent, everyone involved were doing their best at finding ways that keep the “A’ side fighter with undefeated records intact or at worse appear the fighter were closer on paper than what took place inside the ring. The referee for those bouts Gary Ritter seemed intent on deducting a point from any fighter he possibly could justify doing so, and in my opinion deducting the point from Smith for trying to keep Baranchyk from fouling him was that opportunity. He realized no one would complain if the crowd favorite was given an extra bit of assistance.



Berchelt vs. Miura, Corrales vs. Castellanos and Smith, Jr. vs. Barrera LA Media Workout Quotes

LOS ANGELES  (July 12, 2017) Fighters from the July 14 LA FIGHT CLUB card and July 15 HBO Boxing After 

Dark triple header led by Miguel “El Alacran” Berchelt (31-1, 28 KOs) and Takashi Miura (31-3-2, 24 KOs) today hosted a Los Angeles media workout at City of Angels Gym ahead of their respective fights.
On July 15 live from the “Fabulous” Forum, televised on HBO Boxing After Dark,Berchelt will take on Miura in a WBC Super Featherweight Championship main event. The triple header will also feature Panamanian super featherweight Jezreel “El Invisible” Corrales (21-1, 8 KOs) who will make his U.S. debut against Robinson “Robin Hood” Castellanos (24-12, 14 KOs) for Corrales’s WBA Super World title. Opening up the action-packed HBO telecast, current two-time WBC International Light Heavyweight Champion Joe Smith, Jr. (23-1, 19 KOs) will put his belt on the line against the Miami’s Sullivan Barrera (19-1, 14 KOs). On the RING TV live streamed portion of the card, Mercito “No Mercy” Gesta (30-1-2, 16 KOs) will run up against Martin “El Brochas” Honorio (33-10-1, 16 KOs), Ryan “Kingry” Garcia (9-0, 8 KOs) will go up against a TBA opponent, and Manny “Chato” Robles (12-0, 4 KOs) will step up his competition with Chihuahua, Mex.’s Juan “El Peñita” Jimenez (23-12, 16 KOs).
 Below is what fighters on the Saturday, July 15 HBO Boxing After Dark triple header had to say at today’s workout:
Miguel “El Alacran” Berchelt, Current WBC Super Featherweight Champion:
 “I consider myself a world champion, and fighting Takashi Miura is a way to prove that I am the best in my class. Some of my advantages include my height, the fact that I haven’t been in many wars, and my youth.
 “I have a youthful hunger that makes the difference between the two of us. It’s cool to know that I am facing the best in my division – I was able to get through Francisco Vargas, so I know that I can take on Miura.
 “Our plan is simple: win round by round. I will show the crowd that not only can I box, but that I can keep my energy through the rounds. Fighting with intelligence is key-you can be in a war but if you’re not smart with how you land your punches it won’t benefit you or help you win.
 “Overall, I am excited to be able to fight again in Los Angeles with my fellow paisanos (countrymen).”
Takashi Miura, Former WBC Super Featherweight World Champion:
 “Training camp went extremely well, and I am pleased with how everything is going. I am getting used to the environment and time difference in LA, but should be fully ready to go come fight week.
 “After my last loss, I became depressed for a couple of months. I thought I wouldn’t be able to come back to the level that I once was. However, boxing is everything to me, and I couldn’t just walk away.
“I have more heart than Berchelt. I want this more than I want anything. I am expecting a war because I know he won’t want to give up his belt that easy. But I want it back. If there’s a possibility to unify the titles, I will, if the opportunity is there. Our division is known for a lot of wars.”
Jezreel “El Invisible” Corrales, Current WBA Super World Super Featherweight Champion:
 “I’ve always been confident in my training. They call me ‘El Invisible’ because you can’t see me in the ring when I’m moving.
“I’m very happy to be making my U.S. debut and fighting with Golden Boy Promotions.”
Robinson “Robin Hood” Castellanos, Super Featherweight Contender:
 “We had a great training camp, and we did everything we could to put together the best fight possible. I don’t know which way the fight will go, however what I can tell you is that the only thing on my mind is winning.”
Joe Smith, Jr., Current WBC International Light Heavyweight Champion:
 “Since my last fight, everyone recognizes me more. I’ve been working on continuing my journey towards becoming a world champion.
 “In my fight with Barrera, we’re just all going to have to see what Saturday brings.”
Sullivan Barrera, Current USNBC Light Heavyweight Champion:
 “This fight is special because it is the first time my father will see me fight professionally. Joe Smith, Jr. is very good; he has power, but I have power too. I think I have a lot more experience than him, and I’m his biggest challenge yet.”
Mercito “No Mercy” Gesta, Lightweight Contender:
 “I’m always excited for every fight to get back in the ring, especially now that I’m fighting at the ‘Fabulous’ Forum for the first time. I’ve been working a lot on my sparring, and I’ve learned a lot going in to this fight. I’m ready.”
Ryan “Kingry” Garcia, Lightweight Prospect:
 “I’ve been focusing on staying consistent during my training camp, which was five weeks. I’ve been working with my strength and conditioning coach a lot. I know my opponent is a come-forward fighter, and we will both put on a great show on July 15 at the Forum.”
 On Friday, July 14 at LA FIGHT CLUB at the Belasco Theater, Venezuela’s Roger “The Kid” Gutierrez (14-0-1, 11 KOs) will face Nicaraguan warrior Rene “Gemelo” Alvarado (24-8, 16 KOs) in an eight-round super featherweight bout.  As the co-main event, Edgar “Kid Neza” Valerio will up the ante with Torreon, Mex.’s Jairo Hernandez(18-11, 9 KOs) in an eight-round featherweight bout. Opening up the Boxeo Estelar telecast on Estrella TV, Panama’s Jaime “Jaimito” Arboleda (10-0, 8 KOs) will take on Philly’s Recky Dulay (9-2, 6 KOs) for a six-round super featherweight contest.
Below is what the July 14 LA FIGHT CLUB fighters had to say at today’s workout:
Roger “The Kid” Gutierrez, Super Featherweight Contender:
 “I get to represent my people of Venezuela in this fight. This is my first professional fight in the U.S., and I’m excited to be able to do that against someone like Alvarado who has fought for titles and has proven to be a skillful fighter. We work on everything in camp, so I feel prepared to make my U.S debut.”
Rene “Gemelo” AlvaradoSuper Featherweight Contender:
 “I have a lot to gain if I win in this fight. I have to make my upward climb back to the top, and this fight is a step in that direction. I am by no means expecting an easy fight – we both want this.”
Edgar “Kid Neza” Valerio, Featherweight Prospect:
 “Right now, I feel like I’ve been getting better at being patient and calm in the ring. Boxing isn’t a game and taking punches isn’t easy, but I feel I’ve improved on keeping my composure.”
Jaime “Jaimito” ArboledaSuper Featherweight Prospect:
 “I have so much pride in being able to represent Panama. I will be going up against a Filipino fighter. He is fast, but we have prepared well to take him on and be able to box him. I feel good, and I am excited to fight in Los Angeles and give a good show.”   
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