Former England International Luke Gibb returns to the ring on September 14
Super-lightweight Luke Gibb (4-1) will head back to the ring for the first time in almost a year when he fights on JE Promotions’ ‘Next Level’ event on September 14 at Mote Park in Maidstone.
The 30-year-old from Bexleyheath got back to winning ways against Naheem Chaudry (0-27) last October after a surprise defeat to Lewis Ritson’s sparring partner Jordan Ellison (8-12) in February 2017 when challenging for the British Challenge belt.
The former Team GB boxer was keen to be fast-tracked by promoter Joe Elfidh and rushed into an eight-round Challenge belt contest in just his fourth fight.
A second-round knockdown at the hands of Northern Area title contender ‘Baby J’ Ellison put ‘Gibbo’ on the backfoot and, despite his bravest efforts, he couldn’t quite claw his way back into the contest, losing for the first time as a pro, 74-78 on points.\After a short break, he returned on JE Promotions’ ‘The Homecoming’ show last October and became only the second boxer to ever drop Blackburn’s Chaudry when a powerful left uppercut landed heavily in the fourth and final round.\The pressure-fighter wanted to continue the momentum, but his plans were thwarted when an abnormality in a routine brain scan was detected.
He explained, “There was a change in my last brain scan and the BBBofC said I couldn’t box on the JE Promotions February show. I went to see a specialist and they said I was fine, but it took a long procedure getting in touch with the Board, but they cleared me to box eventually.
“I’m looking to get back in on this show and make a bit of a statement and hopefully get some sort of title afterwards, whether it’s Southern Area or something like that.
“I want to get something out of boxing, to be honest, after so much time I’ve given to the sport. I just want to keep active, have a week off after this next fight, then get straight back into camp again.
“My professional career has been stop-start with things out of my control, so I just want to get on with it now and keep active and see where it gets me.”
Luke, managed by Joe Elfidh, trains with Ray Askew and Sam Latham at the Invicta Gym in Sheerness. The thriving gym allows Gibb to experience sparring with unbeaten super-welterweight Lenny Fuller, who is currently preparing for Ultimate Boxxer 5, as well as MTK-signed Bradley Haxell and promising debutant Brooklyn Tilley.
As an amateur, Luke was a two-time Junior ABA finalist; a London ABA winner; Four Nations silver medalist; England representative and was selected for the Team GB Development Squad.
The commitment to travel to Sheffield for training took its toll on the young amateur, who decided to drop his place on the squad in favor of a career as a nightclub promoter instead. Now, the standout amateur wants to be paid back for his lifetime in the sport.
“I got offered an eliminator for the English super-lightweight title, but only had a month’s notice. I was actually up for it but Ray [Askew] and Joe [Elfidh] both said no, because there’s not enough time and they’ve got my best interests at heart.
“That’s sort of where I want to go; obviously I want a title before anything, but if there’s a big money fight that comes along then I’d be stupid not to consider it. If I keep active, keep winning, then hopefully more of those opportunities will come along.”
The ‘Next Level’ card also features Danny ‘The Real Deal’ Shannon (4-7-1); unbeaten light-heavyweight Paul ‘Bomber’ Brown (4-0); making his long-awaited comeback, Zeki Hussein (0-1); Gillingham southpaw Mick Mills (1-12); and debutants Jimmy Peckham and Brooklyn Tilley.
Young, confident Peixoto ready to put on a show
East Providence, RI, native and decorated amateur makes long-awaited CES Boxing debut
|Lincoln, RI (Aug. 7, 2019) — He works full-time five days a week, sometimes six, installing insulation in homes, and can even do construction, everything from dry wall to stick framing.
When he’s done, he rides his bike to the Big Six Boxing Academy in Providence — seven and a half miles there, and seven and a half home — to work on the one craft you can’t learn in a classroom.
Elijah Peixoto (1-0, 1 KO) might be the best-kept secret in New England boxing if not for his extensive amateur background. The 24-year-old East Providence, RI, native’s resume dwarfs that of most who’ve come out of this region and puts him in elite company with some of the best in the northeast to lace up in the gloves.
A boxer since the age of 12, Peixoto finished 119-27 as an amateur, including four Southern New England Golden Gloves championships, multiple New England Regional titles, four additional Regional Junior Olympic championships and a trip the 2018 Olympic Trials Qualifiers. Two years before that, he won the Cape Verdean Olympic Trials, but the team did not compete due to financial reasons.
Arguably one of a handful of truly elite fighters to emerge from New England in this generation, Peixoto recently signed a long-term promotional agreement with CES Boxing and will make his Rhode Island debut Friday night at Twin River Casino Hotel in a four-round super lightweight bout against Tampa’s Carlos Otero (2-0).
“I want to put on the best show I can,” Peixoto said. “I’ve been in with the best of the best. I’m not afraid to step in there with anyone, and if I have to step up early in my career to show everyone I’m ready, I’m with it.
“It’s going to be crazy. The energy is going to be wild.”
The work ethic that pushes Peixoto to work a full-time job — and not just a desk job, but a job that requires demanding, physical labor — and balance it with his boxing career was instilled at an early age. His grandfather, Charlie Babbitt, and father, Ricardo Crawford, introduced him to the sport as a child. He boxed in all circles, training and sparring as a youth alongside Rhode Island icons Jamie Clampitt, Gary Balletto and Jarrod Tillinghast, absorbing as much as he could along the way. He also met former pro Josh Beeman through his current trainer, Roland Estrada.
Upon launching his amateur career, Peixoto knew it’d only be a matter of time before he turned pro. To put his resume into perspective, Peixoto faced current unbeaten Worcester, MA, lightweight Jamaine Ortiz — who also appears on Friday’s show — seven times as an amateur. The two also fought alongside one another at the 2016 Trials, Ortiz at 141 pounds and Peixoto at 132.
“Every time was a war, and when I say a war, I mean a war,” Peixoto said. “There’s a mutual respect between us. That’s the kind of brotherhood you normally wouldn’t have with another sport.”
The two met up again at an amateur event in Rhode Island, where Ortiz urged Peixoto to turn pro.
“A year later we’re on the same card,” Peixoto said. “Life is crazy sometimes.”
Fighting everywhere as an amateur from Memphis to Spokane to Chattanooga prepared Peixoto for that long-awaited pro debut, and, as expected, he put on a show, stopping Carlos Galindo in the second round of their scheduled four-round fight in June.
“When I was younger, people always told me I had more of a pro style. That’s how my father taught me,” he said. “You could look at my style and say, ‘That kid is going to be great.’ It’s written all over the walls.”
Peixoto, who graduated from East Providence High School and went to vocational school to learn construction, expects to climb the ladder quickly. In his just his second fight, he faces Otero, also an accomplished amateur, who goes by the nickname “Slick Hands.” When Estrada fielded the offer for Peixoto to fight Otero, he never hesitated to accept, bluntly stating, “Elijah can take care of himself in the ring.”
The four-round fight between the two could steal the show on Friday’s stacked undercard, which would be a fitting scenario for the long-awaited homecoming of one of Rhode Island’s most accomplished amateurs. The hard work is starting to pay off, and as the accolades roll in, Peixoto will undoubtedly answer the bell by continuing to outwork everyone in his path.
“If you really want something, you have to work for it,” Peixoto said. “I hope that other person is training as hard as me, because when I step in that ring you know I’ll be working from Day 1.
“This sport makes me dig deep because I want to get to that level where I don’t have to work. I want to work hard now so I won’t have to work anymore. I want everyone to know my skill level and my passion.”
Next Friday’s main event features reigning NBA Heavyweight World Champion Juiseppe Cusumano (18-2, 16 KOs) of Sicily in the quest to add another belt to his collection when he battles “The Gentle Giant” Steve Vukosa (11-1, 4 KOs) of nearby Quincy, MA, in an eight-round bout for the vacant WBC USNBC crown.
In the co-main event, Ortiz (11-0, 6 KOs) the reigning WBC Youth World Lightweight Champion, puts his unbeaten record on the line in an eight-round showdown against French challenger Romain Couture (8-1-1, 4 KOs), who makes his United States debut.
The undercard features six undefeated prospects looking to keep their perfect records, including Pawtucket, RI, featherweight Ricky De Los Santos (8-0, 1 KO), who battles Reading, PA, vet and Dominican standout Yeuri Andujar (4-1, 3 KOs) in a six-round featured bout. Lightweight Michael Valentin (6-0, 1 KO) of Providence, RI, also steps up in his toughest test to date against Philadelphia’s Lonnie Jackson Jr. (4-1-1, 1 KO), in a six-round special attraction.
Another red-hot fighter, Marqus Bates (7-2, 5 KOs) of Taunton, MA, aims for his sixth consecutive win in an intriguing six-round welterweight bout against well-traveled Lancaster, PA, vet Evincii Dixon (8-23-2, 3 KOs), who fights for the 34th time in six years and returns to Rhode Island for the first time since 2013.
Also facing a tall order on the undercard, Big Six Boxing Academy super welterweights Victor Reynoso (4-0, 4 KOs) and Lamont Powell (4-0, 1 KO), both of Providence, put their identical records on the line in four-round featured bouts. Reynoso battles Canadian Kenny Chery (2-2, 1 KO), whom Powell faced in February, while Powell looks to build off his impressive win in April in a major step-up against Reading’s Ricardo Garcia (14-7-1, 9 KOs), a Dominican Republic native and veteran of 22 professional fights. Worcester, MA, welterweight Nicholas Briggs (4-0, 3 KOs), also unbeaten, returns to face Macon, GA, native Bryan Goldsby (5-13), a veteran of 18 professional bouts.
Saturday night live from the Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn NY, PBC and Fox brought us a quality card headlined by heavyweights Adam Kownacki and Chris Arreola with a light heavyweight co-feature consisting of Marcus Browne taking on Jean Pascal. While many including myself didn’t have high expectations for this event considering both Pascal and Arreola are well past their primes, the event proved to be one of the best PBC cards of 2019.
There was no one who could have predicted what would happen between Adam Kownacki and Chris Arreola, the undefeated Kownacki in his last four fights defeated two former world title challengers and former world champion. As for Arreola the 38 year old former title challenger had been fairly inactive since being stopped by WBC heavyweight belt holder Deontay Wilder in 2016. On paper at least this appeared no more than a showcase bout for Kownacki as he continues his quest at gaining a world title opportunity.
The bout started with Arreola moving his head and being defensively responsible, a trait he has been criticized for not doing throughout his career. When Kownacki closed the distance he started to land his uppercut inside snapping Arreola’s head backwards.
It would be then Arreola showed he still had something left in his tank because his punch output would increase matching Kownacki blow for blow even landing the harder shots.
The two fighters fought a brutal grueling pace for the entire twelve rounds, there was not an ounce of give in either man at any moment. When all was said and done despite a great performance by Arreola the difference in this bout was Kownacki always coming forward even after taking big punches from Arreola.
The final scores would read 117-111 twice and 118-110 all in favor of Adam Kownacki who improved to 20-0 (15) while Chris Arreola drops to 38-6-1(33). Those scorecards were unfair to Arreola, while I agree the right man won it was a much closer margin and did not reflect what a great effort Arreola put in while breaking the record for the most punches ever thrown by a heavyweight in one fight 1125. The duo together broke the record for both combined punches thrown 2172 and landed 689 in a heavyweight contest.
When light heavyweights Marcus Browne and Jean Pascal stepped in to meet for the WBC silver and WBA interim titles, there were few if anyone who thought the undefeated Browne would not emerge victorious. He had scored the biggest win of his career over former two division Badou Jack in January and only needed to get past the aging inactive former champion Pascal to do so.
We would see nothing from Jean Pascal early on to alter that opinion, Pascal had issues with closing the distance due to Browne keeping him at bay with his jab. In rounds two and three not only was Browne able to control the distance with his jab, Jean Pascal seemed unable to throw more than one punch at a time until a leaping hook in the fourth dropped Browne to the canvas.
The former champion despite scoring a knockdown, unable to capitalize on a stunned Browne was out boxed by in the fifth and sixth rounds. At the start of round seven, Jean pascal looked like a tired faded fighter until he once again dropped Browne with a wide right hook to the head. This time unlike the fourth Pascal was able to follow up and capitalize on the moment when another big hook placed Browne on the canvas for the third time.
With three knockdowns suffered, Browne gained his composure and went back to using his jab to maintain distance then Pascal leaping in for another attempt at landing the hook would clash heads with Browne opening up a massive cut which forced referee Gary Rosado to halt the action.
The fight would go to the scorecards and despite Marcus Browne clearly out boxing Jean Pascal the three knockdowns would cost him the fight by scores of 75-74 on all three Judges Cards. With the win Jean Pascal now the WBC silver and WBA interim light heavyweight champion improved to 34-6-1(20), Marcus Browne in his first defeat drops to 23-1(16).
The televised opener was a junior middleweight contest between former world title challenger Curtis Stevens and veteran Wale Omotoso, fighting only a combined three times in as many years it didn’t take long before learning which man was affected most by their inactivity.
In the first round Omotoso would place Stevens on the canvas with a right to the head that while not appearing to be overly hard, he never fully recovered from. While Stevens gave an honest effort anything Omotoso landed appeared to do damage. There was a knockdown scored by Omotoso in the second round and with nothing coming in return from Stevens offensively afterwards, a third round knockdown was enough for referee Johnny Callas to halt the contest at 1:28 of round three.
With the win Wale Omotoso improved to 28-4 (22), Curtis Stevens now stands at 30-7 (22).
In Undercard action
Heavyweight- Brian Howard 15-3 (12) def. Carlos Negron 20-3 (16) via KO 1
Featherweight- Cobia Breedy 14-0 (4) def. Ryan Lee Allen 10-4-1(5) via UD 10.
Welterweight- Brian Jones 15-10 (9) def. Julian Sosa 13-1-1(5) via TKO 5
Featherweight- Helen Joseph 16-3-2 (10) def. Edina Kiss 15-11 (9) via UD 6
Heavyweight- Marsellos Wilder 5-1(2) def. Nicoy Clarke 2-4 via UD 4.
Junior Middleweight- Kestna Davis 4-0 def. Jaime Meza 0-3 via UD 4
LAS VEGAS (August 3, 2019) – World Boxing Council (WBC) female World super featherweight champion Eva Wahlstrom retained her title by fighting to a 10-round split draw last night with challenger Ronica “Queen” Jeffrey at Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas.
Wahlstrom vs. Jeffrey was the main event on another RJJ Boxing on UFC FIGHT PASS series installment, which was streamed live on UFC FIGHT PASS®, the world’s leading digital subscription service for combat sports
RJJ Boxing Promotions offered free admission to reward its loyal Las Vegas fans and 5,400 turned out to watch the action.
Wahlstrom (22-1-2), fighting out of Finland, was coming off a loss by decision to undefeated Irish star Katie Taylor this past February at famed Madison Square Garden in New York City. The skilled Finn has been the WBC titlist since 2015 and this was her fifth successful title defense.
Jeffrey (17-1-1, 1 KO), a former IWBF world champion from Brooklyn, was riding a four-fight win streak going into last night’s fight against Wahlstrom.
Wahlstrom (L) and Jeffrey put on a good show in the main event
Wahlstrom and Jeffrey are both tactical, pure boxers who fought that way last night, going back and forth without either being hurt. It was an even fight that could have gone either way with judge Tim Cheatham scoring it a draw (95-95), Richard Ocasio slightly favored Walstrom (96-94), and Lisa Giampa inexplicitly had Jeffrey winning all 10 rounds (100-90).
In the co-featured event, former top 10 rated junior middleweight John “The Phenom” Vera (19-1, 11 KOs) moved up to middleweight, after losing for the first time as a pro last March in France to Michel Soro by way of a 12-round decision. Vera, fighting out of Fort Worth, Texas, won a six-round decision against his Uzbek opponent, Ravshan Hudaynazarov (17-2, 13 KOs), the former WBA FEDALATIN welterweight champion.
John Vera (R) looked good in his return last night as a middleweight
Las Vegas-based super bantamweight Jamie “The Miracle” Mitchell (5-0-2, 3 KOs) and Virginian Britain Hart (3-3-2, 2 KOs) battled to a six-round majority draw.
Local favorite Trevor Covington won his professional debut, taking a four-round unanimous decision in the Fight of the Night against Los Angles super flyweight Ming Freeman (1-4-1), who had a point deducted for a low blow.
Official results below:
MAIN EVENT – WBC WORLD FEMALE SUPER FEATHERWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
Eva Wahlstrom (22-1-2, 3 KOs), Champion, Helsinki, Finland
SD10 (96-94, 95-95, 90-100)
Ronica Jeffrey (17-1-1, 1 KO), Challenger, Brooklyn, NY
(Wahlstrom retained world title)
CO-FEATURE – MIDDLEWEIGHTS
John “The Phenom” Vera (19-1, 11 KOs), Fort Worth, TX
WDEC 6 (58-56, 58-56, 58-56)
Ravshan Hudaynazarov (17-2, 13 KOs), Las Vegas, NV by way of Uzbekistan
Jamie Mitchell (5-0-2, 3 KOs), Las Vegas, NV
MD6 (589-56, 57-57, 57-57
Britain Hart (3-3-2, 2 KOs), Roanoke, VA
Trevor Covington (1-0), Henderson, NV
WDEC4 (37-36, 37-36, 37-36)
Ming Freedom (1-4-1), Los Angeles, CA
LIMA, Peru (August 3, 2019)– The American teams time in Lima, Peru at the 2019 Pan American Games came to a close last night after six intense days of boxing action at the Miguel Grau Coliseum.
Bantamweight Duke Ragan (Cincinnati, Ohio) and light welterweight Keyshawn Davis (Norfolk, Va.) began the night coming up short against Cuban duo, David Caballero Garcia and Andy Cruz, respectively, to leave these Pan American Games with silver medals.
Team USA captain Virginia Fuchs (Houston, Texas) met a familiar foe in tonight’s flyweight championship bout, Ingrid Valencia of Colombia. However, this time Valencia received the judges’ cards on a 4-1 decision to give Fuchs Team USA’s third silver medal of the night.
Middleweight Naomi Graham (Colorado Springs, Colo.) closed out the tournament by leaving everything in the ring against Jessica Caicedo Sinisterra, of Colombia, but came up short in the judges’ eyes by a 4-1 decision to add a fourth silver to Team USA’s final medal count.
Head Coach Billy Walsh (Colorado Springs, Colo.), National Assistant Coach Kay Koroma (Colorado Springs, Colo.), as well as assistant coaches Joe Guzman (Fountain, Colo.) and Jeff Mays (San Antonio, Texas) guided the American delegation throughout the tournament to USA Boxing’s best performance since the 1983 Pan American Games, which won 12 medals. Team USA entered these Championships with 11 boxers, with 10 boxers medaling. The team will return to the United States on August 4.
51 kg. Ingrid Valencia/COL dec. over Virginia Fuchs, Houston, Texas/USA, 4-1
56 kg. David Caballero Garcia/CUB dec. over Duke Ragan, Cincinnati, Ohio/USA, 5-0
64 kg. Andy Cruz/CUB dec. over Keyshawn Davis, Norfolk, Va./USA, 4-1
75 kg. Jessica Caicedo Sinisterra/COL dec. over Naomi Graham, Colorado Springs, Colo./USA, 4-1
IEVGEN KHYTROV STOPS GABRIEL PHAM TO CAPTURE WBC USNBC SUPER MIDDLEWEIGHT TITLE IN BROADWAY BOXING MAIN EVENT STREAMED ON UFC FIGHT PASS
ERIC WALKER DOMINATES JOSE ANTONIO ABREU TO EARN TKO VICTORY
IVAN GOLUB BREAKS DOWN JOAQUIM CARNEIRO
New York, NY (August 2, 2019) – On Thursday night, DiBella Entertainment hosted a special edition of its Broadway Boxing Summer Series, titled “Night of the Contenders”, from the Monroeville Convention Center, in Monroeville, PA. The event was promoted by DiBella Entertainment, in association with Pinnacle Fighting Championships, and presented by Nissan of Queens, Azad Watches, OPTYX, Christos Steak House and Gagliardi Insurance. The action was streamed live on UFC FIGHT PASS®, the world’s leading digital subscription service for combat sports.
Returning to the ring for the first time since competing for “The Contender”, Ievgen “The Ukrainian Lion” Khytrov, 167.6 lbs., of Brooklyn, NY, moved up to the super middleweight division to face Gabriel Pham, 167.6 lbs., of Atlantic City, NJ, in the main event. Khytrov turned in a tremendous performance, pressuring his way inside the tall 6’3″ frame of southpaw Pham for the entire fight. Continually backing Pham against the ropes, Khytrov pounded the body with stinging jabs and followed up with hooks to the head. Pham attempted to counter off of the ropes, but an undeterred Khytrov maintained control and focused on cutting off the ring. Needing to offset Khytrov’s aggression to find any success, Pham increased his work rate near the midway point, attempting uppercuts as the Ukrainian pressed forward, but was never able to shift the momentum. By round six, Pham was growing fatigued and Khytrov’s left hook to the body resulted in three knockdowns. The referee waved the contest over following the third trip to the canvas at the 2:38 mark. With the win, Khytrov, now 19-2 (16 KOs), seized the WBC USNBC super middleweight title. Pham’s record is now 11-2 (5 KOs). The heavy-handed Khytrov, co-promoted by DiBella Entertainment and Fight Promotions Inc., defeated both Morgan Fitch and Malcolm McAllister by knockout on “The Contender” series last year.
Also fighting in his post-Contender ring return, Eric “The Baby Faced Assassin” Walker, 154.2 lbs., of Plaquemine, LA, took on Jose Antonio “Bachata” Abreu, 155 lbs., of La Romana, Dominican Republic, in the co-featured bout. Walker and Abreu began the contest trading their jab-straight right combinations. Whenever he found an opening, Walker launched powerful overhand rights as well. In the third frame, Walker set up his looping right hands over the top with stiff jabs downstairs. Now in full control, Walker let Abreu walk to him with an attack while he countered off of the ropes with accuracy. In the fourth, Abreu injured his right hand during an exchange and, after issuing an eight-count, the referee stopped the bout due to the Dominican being unable to continue. The time of the stoppage was 1:28. The TKO victory upped Walker’s record to 19-2 (9 KOs), with Abreu dropping to 14-6 (8 KOs). While on “The Contender”, Walker defeated John Jackson and John Thompson before losing a hard-fought majority decision over five rounds to tournament champion Brandon Adams on May 22, 2018, in Los Angeles.
Ukrainian welterweight contender Ivan “The Volk” Golub, 148.6 lbs., of Brooklyn, NY, used pressure and a varied arsenal of punches to dominate a game Joaquim Carneiro, 150.4 lbs., of Sao Paulo, Brazil. Co-promoted by DiBella Entertainment and Fight Promotions Inc., the southpaw Golub stalked Carneiro and consistently landed in combination, with jabs, straight lefts and right hooks to the midsection throughout the contest. To his credit, Carneiro fought back as best he could, attempting to work the body and trade shots with Golub, but never landed anything significant. In the fourth, Carneiro tried to counter Golub’s offense with haymaker overhand lefts. In round five, Golub shifted his focus downstairs and a sneaky right jab sent Carneiro to his knees for a knockdown. Once he arose, a few more lefts and rights to the ribs convinced the referee to halt the bout at the 1:52 mark. The victory improved Golub’s ledger to 17-1 (13 KOs), while Carneiro left the ring at 25-11 (23 KOs). In April, Golub captured the WBC USNBC welterweight title with a 10-round unanimous decision against Manuel Reyes. As an amateur, Golub accumulated a 270-32 record, while becoming a five-time Ukrainian National champion, and won bronze medals at the Junior World Championships in 2006 and at the World Championships in 2009. He also participated in the World Series of Boxing, winning all five of his bouts.
In his DiBella Entertainment debut, 20-year-old Puerto Rican junior welterweight prospect Victor Padilla, 139.4 lbs., ended a near two-year ring absence in devastating fashion, stopping Benjamin Borteye, 140.4 lbs., of Silver Spring, MD, inside the opening frame. The southpaw Padilla quickly stunned Borteye with his first jab-straight left then patiently cut off the ring until he had his foe trapped near a corner. Padilla then threw a right jab that decked Borteye. A follow-up barrage to the head and body forced a stoppage at the 1:12 mark to up Padilla’s record to 5-0 (5 KOs), while Borteye dropped to 4-8 (4 KOs). Now living in Berlin, NJ, Padilla was born in Vieques, Puerto Rico, and had a stellar amateur career, compiling a 90-7 record while becoming a three-time National champion. He is trained by Raul “Chino” Rivas and fights out of the same camp as IBF Super Featherweight World Champion Tevin Farmer.
Heavyweight prospect Mike Balogun, 233.6 lbs., of Upper Marlboro, MD, overcame a first-round knockdown in the toughest test of his career against Ed Fountain, 240.6 lbs., of St. Louis, MO, to earn a unanimous decision victory. After recovering from his trip to the canvas via a Fountain right hand, the southpaw Balogun found the proper distance to dictate the action with his jab and ring generalship. Over the second half, Balogun began to throw jabs to the body and come back upstairs with straight lefts to keep Fountain from closing the gap, in what was his first scheduled eight-rounder. Scorecards read 78-73, and 77-74 twice, all for Balogun. Now 14-0 (10 KOs), Balogun is a former college football standout who started for the Oklahoma Sooners before playing in the NFL for three years. Fountain’s record dipped to 12-6 (5KOs).
Local fan favorite Bill Hutchinson, 134.4 lbs., of Pittsburgh, PA, improved to 17-4-2 (6 KOs) with a third-round stoppage of Charlie Serrano, 127.6 lbs., of Tampa, FL, who fell to 16-5-2 (5 KOs).
Heavyweight Bob Weisen, 195.8 lbs., of Pittsburgh, PA, made his pro debut a successful one, winning a four-round split decision against Dennis Vance (1-1, 1 KO), 235 lbs., of Detroit, MI. Scorecards read 40-36 each way, and 39-37 Weisen.
USA Boxing Clinches 10 Medals on Final Day of Quarterfinals at 2019 Pan American Games
LIMA, Peru (July 30, 2019) — Team USA continued its winning ways with four more victories yesterday in the third and final day of quarterfinal bouts in Lima, Peru at the 2019 Pan American Games, clinching 10 medals for USA Boxing.
Lightweight Rashida Ellis (Lynn, Mass.) picked up the first win for Team USA by taking three of the five judges’ cards over Krisandy Rios of Venezuela to advance to the medal rounds in the first session of today, while teammate Keyshawn Davis (Norfolk, Va.) will have to wait another day to make his Pan American Games debut following a walkover win over Luis Arcon of Venezuela.
2017 World Championship silver medalists Duke Ragan (Cincinnati, Ohio) kicked off the second session of the day, facing hometown boxer Jorvi Farronan of Peru. Ragan kept his composure with a loud crowd cheering for his opponent to take all five judges’ cards to clinch his spot in tomorrow’s semifinals.
Ragan’s 2017 World Championship teammate and bronze medalists Troy Isley(Alexandria, Va.) closed out the day with a 3-2 victory over Jorge Vivas of Colombia. Isley’s win moved Team USA to 10 medals, their best performance since the 1983 Pan American Team that won 11 out of 12 medals.
Tomorrow’s semifinal sessions will be a busy day for Team USA, as all 10 boxers will compete in the two sessions, looking to improve their bronze medals to a silver or gold with winning performances.
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56 kg: Duke Ragan, Cincinnati, Ohio/USA, dec. over Jorvi Farronan/PER, 5-0
64 kg: Keyshawn Davis, Norfolk, Va./USA, won by walkover over Luis Arcon/VEN, WO
51 kg: Virginia Fuchs, Houston, Texas/USA, vs. I. Rojas Cardozo/VEN
56 kg: Duke Ragan, Cincinnati, Ohio/USA, vs. Lucas Alexander Fernandez/URU
57 kg: Yarisel Ramirez, Las Vegas, Nev./USA, vs. Jucielen Cerqueira Romeu/BRA
60 kg: Rashida Ellis, Lynn, Mass./USA, vs. B. Ferreira Soares/BRA
64 kg: Keyshawn Davis, Norfolk, Va./USA, vs. Michael Alexander/TTO
64 kg: Oshae Jones, Toledo, Ohio/USA, vs. M. Moronta Hernand/DOM
69 kg: Delante Johnson, Cleveland, Ohio/USA, vs. Roniel Iglesias Sotolongo/CUB
75 kg: Naomi Graham, Colorado Springs, Colo. vs. Flavia Tereza Figueiredo/BRA
75 kg: Troy Isley, Alexandria, Va./USA, vs. Herbert Carvalho Da Conceic/BRA
91+ kg: Richard Torrez Jr., Tulare, Calif./USA, vs. Justiz Pero/CUB