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A message from Jimmy Burchfield Sr.

Throughout the 2017 season, we’ve reflected on our 25th anniversary in combat sports with tremendous pride in our own achievements and respect for the ever-changing sports’ landscape.

Adjusting and adapting is never easy. There are certain realities that become difficult to face over the course of time, but you can either choose to carve your own path on the sports’ winding road or fold up shop and find a purpose in life.

We chose to create our own niche. Here we are, 25 years later, as one of the leaders in a competitive industry, bringing our fans quality entertainment combined with the kind of cutting-edge technology that has also enhanced our viewers’ experience in the fast-changing multimedia digital age.

At the root of it all, nothing is more important than the product in the ring. Boxing fans are as demanding as they come and they expect quality, competitive fights. They develop rooting interests in our fighterss and are granted access to the personalities and talent unseen in any other professional sport. Our athletes aren’t just boxers. They’re fathers, cousins, brothers, workers, laborers or even military veterans. Being in the ring, even for just a handful of fights, is a humbling experience and it brings our fighters much closer to our fans. CES Boxing is a family-owned company and we stress the importance of family, faith and hard work in everything we do.

Tomorrow is our season finale, our official 25th anniversary party at the beautiful Twin River Casino, a fitting stage for our 2017 exit. This venue has been the home for many of our most memorable moments and we’ll take some time tomorrow to reflect on the highlights and heroes and all the people who’ve made a difference through the years to keep the engine running behind the scenes.

Many of our fighters, both past and present, will be in attendance, from former Olympian Jason Estrada to female world champion Jaime Clampitt, plus Kippy Diggs, Matt Godfrey and Gary “Tiger” Balletto. We’ll also be joined by some of our budding MMA stars, including Gary Balletto Jr. and John Gotti III.

More importantly, we’ve put together another stacked fight card to close the year in style. One day, 25 years now, we look forward to celebrating 50 years with some of the names you’ll see in the ring on Dec. 7th, starting with Worcester’s Khiary Gray. The humble, hard-working Gray is moving down from 154 pounds to 147, a major step as he looks to revitalize his career in a new weight class. Standing in his way is the hard-nosed Greg Jackson of Philadelphia, a true champion from the City of Brotherly Love cut from the same cloth as Philadelphia’s greatest ring warriors. This main event is a classic in the making with both fighters looking to reach the pinnacle in 2018. A win tomorrow puts them on the right path.

With this being our 25th anniversary celebration, it’s only fitting we feature another epic female bout. CES Boxing has been one of the leading advocates for female boxing over the last quarter. We featured female fighters as headliners during an era in which other promoters wouldn’t give women a chance. We’re proud of the work we’ve done in this field and we’re proud to feature Marshfield’s Aleksandra Magdziak Lopes, one of many pioneers in this sport, in an exciting clash with Ontario’s Natasha Spence.

Many of our fan-favorites are also back in action, including rising stars Jamaine Ortiz, Kendrick Ball Jr. and Anthony Marsella Jr., all of whom boast undefeated records. Likewise, we continue to span generations as we present the Rhode Island and Twin River debuts of Bobby Harris III and Jarel Pemberton, the sons of two former all-time greats. Jarel’s father, Scott “Sandman” Pemberton, thrilled crowds for many years under the CES Boxing banner and Bobby’s father, Bobby Harris Jr., turned heads as one of the founding fathers of boxing in Worcester.

This is a night of celebration and remembrance. We are also honoring longtime sports broadcaster Ken Bell as this year’s inductee into the CES Ring of Honor. For years, Ken sat ringside to bring our fans all the current news and information on our rising stars and helped develop otherwise unknown fighters into household names.

One thing is certain: 25 years is just the beginning, so while we honor the past tomorrow night, we also have our eyes on the future as we look to bring you another quarter century of the best in combat sports.

Much respect,

Usyk-Briedis semi-final confirmed for Riga January 27

The Ali Trophy semi-final bout in the cruiserweight edition of the World Boxing Super Series between WBO World Champion Aleksandr Usyk (13-0, 11 KOs) and WBC World Champion Mairis Briedis (23-0, 18 KOs) hits the Arena Riga, Latvia on January 27, 2018.

“The stand-out atmosphere in the quarter-finals was the noise the fans made in the sold-out Arena Riga,” said Kalle Sauerland, Comosa’s Chief Boxing Officer.

“We are very excited to bring the Ali Trophy to Latvia on January 27. Usyk is Olympic Champion, World Champion and the number one seed in the tournament but when he collides with national hero and World Champion Briedis he will meet by far his toughest challenge in his career. This is the biggest unification fight in the division since many, many years.”

2012 Olympic Champion, 30-year-old Usyk expressed before the tournament his desire to unify the belts in the cruiserweight division and to take home the Muhammad Ali Trophy. And he kicked off in style:

The Ukrainian went to Berlin in Germany on September 9 in the tournament opener and produced a spectacular display at the Max-Schmeling-Arena to stop former world champion Marco Huck in the 10th round. Now he travels to another opponent’s backyard to face a current champion.

“I do not care where I fight,” said Usyk, the tournament’s number one seed.

“In Riga, there will be 10.000 fans and that’s great. The fans should expect a beautiful and interesting battle between two world champions.”

32-year-old Briedis excited an ecstatic hometown crowd at a sold-out Arena Riga on September 30 to score a unanimous decision in his quarter-final over the tough Cuban challenger Mike Perez.

“I had a gut feeling that the World Boxing Super Series might return to Riga because of the incredible crowd at the Arena Riga in the quarter-final bout against Mike Perez,” said Briedis, the tournament’s third seed.

“I’m really happy with how it has turned out. I am thankful to the Latvian fans who made it possible by being so passionate and devoted. Now it’s all about preparing for Usyk and put up a great show when January comes.”

Usyk and Briedis will soon come face-to-face at a kickoff press conference in Riga

Class of 2018 Announced in Canastota!

“We’re extremely excited about the Class of 2018 and are very much looking forward to paying tribute to the new inductees in Canastota next June,” said Executive Director Edward Brophy.

The 2018 Hall of Fame Induction Weekend will be held June 7-10th in Canastota, NY. Many events in “Boxing’s Hometown” of Canastota throughout the four-day celebration, including a 5K Race / Fun Run, golf tournament, boxing autograph card show, VIP Cocktail Reception, Parade of Champions and the Official Induction Ceremony on the Hall of Fame Museum Grounds, are scheduled. The Hall of Fame Weekend evening events include Friday night’s Fight Night at Turning Stone and Saturday’s Banquet of Champions. Both events will take place at Turning Stone Resort Casino.

The Hall of Fame also released names of posthumous honorees: Sid Terris in the Old-Timer Category; and ring announcer Johnny Addie and promoter Lorraine Chargin in the Non Participant Category. Inductees were voted in by members of the Boxing Writers Association and a panel of international boxing historians. Biographies on the Class of 2018 can be found on www.ibhof.com


“It’s a dream of many boxers to be a member of the Hall of Fame family. I’ve thought about the Hall of Fame but I never expected one day that I would be among the legends who were always examples for me such as Muhammad Ali, Mike Tyson and so many world famous boxers. It’s a big honor for me.”

–          Vitali Klitschko

“It’s an honor to be elected into the Hall of Fame and recognized for my achievements. I’m overwhelmed by the news. It is a dream come true to be part of the Hall of Fame and I can’t wait until next June to be in Canastota.”

–          Erik Morales

“Wow! It’s great. It’s an honor. I love my fans and I’m grateful that my accomplishments in boxing are being honored. It feels so great to be in the Hall of Fame.”

–          Winky Wright

“Oh great! This news has made my day. I’m just so happy. I’ve been wishing and praying for this. For her to be the only woman besides Aileen Eaton in the Hall, on many fronts it’s a great honor. I’m really at a loss for words. I’ve dreamt of this.”

–          Don Chargin, husband of Lorraine Chargin

“Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Oh my God. I’m completely surprised. I’m looking forward to coming to Canastota in June for the Hall of Fame Weekend.”

–          Klaus-Peter Kohl

“It’s an honor. I didn’t expect this. I heard from some boxing friends that I was on the ballot but having been out of the sport for a few years I didn’t expect it to happen. It is quite an honor and I appreciate the call very much. It’s a little overwhelming. I’ve never been to Canastota and I’ve heard so many great things about that weekend through other friends who have been inducted and I look forward to it. It’s rare for me, but I’m a little speechless right now.”

–          Steve Albert

“I got chills. I’m so honored and so grateful to the sport, the fighters and the Hall of Fame. What an amazing feeling to have this unique recognition. It’s just an amazing feeling to have been able to have observed and witnessed the excellence of so many incredible athletes. To have been able to have played a part in being able to interview them and bring it to the public is an incredible feeling.”

–          Jim Gray

31st annual Ring 8 Holiday Event & Awards Ceremony this Sunday afternoon in New York

NEW YORK (December 5, 2017) – Limited tickets are still available for this Sunday afternoon’s 31st annual Ring 8 Holiday Event and Awards Ceremony, between 12:30 and 5:30 p.m. ET, at Russo’s On The Bay in Howard Beach, New York.

Six world champions will be attending, including three award winners: WBO Junior Lightweight World Champion and two-time Olympic gold medalist Vasyl “Hi Tech” Lomachenko (Muhammad Ali International Fighter of the Year), Hall-of-Famer Michael Spinks (Historical Award), and five-time world champion Amanda “The Real Deal” Serrano (New York State Female Fighter of the Year).

Another Hall-of Fame star, Evander “The Real Deal” Holyfield, is unable to attend the festivities because of a travel conflict but he did receive his Legends Award at the last Ring 8 meeting.

World champions Vito AntuofermoIran Barkley and Luis Collazo are confirmed special guests.

Other 2017 Ring 8 award winners include two-time Irish Olympian Michael Conlan(International Prospect of the Year Award), 2012 U.S. Olympian “Sir” Marcus Browne (New York State Fighter of the Year), of Staten Island.

“The anticipation is continuing to grow as we move closer to the Ring 8 awards banquet on Sunday,” Ring 8 president Jack Hirsch said. “We are honored that Vasyl Lomachenko and Michael Conlan will be attending despite having fought at Madison Square Garden the night before.  Many consider Lomachenko the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world, and Conlan the best prospect. And it will be a special treat for fans to see Michael Spinks, who will be given recognition as being the first light heavyweight champion in history to have won the heavyweight crown.

 “The awards banquet is very reasonably priced. Not only will people get to mingle with great fighters, but the food at Russo’s on the Bay is superb and the atmosphere first rate.”

2017 RING 8 Award Winners
Muhammad Ali International Fighter of the Year: Vasyl Lomachenko
Historical Award: Michael Spinks
International Prospect of the Year: Michael Conlan
NYS Fighter of the Year: Marcus Browne
NYS Female Fighter of the Year: Amanda Serrano
Sunnyside Gardens Award:: Bobby Cassidy, Sr.
NYS Prospect of the Year: Devaun Lee
Rising Contender Award: Skender & Enver Halili
Sam Kellerman Media Award: Matt Christie
NYS Trainer of the Year: Hector Rosa
Long & Meritorious Service: Edwin Torres
NYS Official of the Year: Robert Perez
NYS Promoter of the Year: Mercedes Vasquez Simmons
Uncrowned Champion: Richard Kiley
Ringside Physician of the Year: Dr. Osric King
Good Guy Award: Joanne Doyle Hutchins
Ring 8 Member of the Year: George Newman
Community Service Award: Mike Reno

Ali & Holyfield to be inducted this Friday into USA Boxing Alumni Hall of Fame inaugural class

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (December 5, 2017) – The fledgling USA Boxing Alumni Association will host a gala reception this Friday night (Dec.) 8, highlighted by the induction of the inaugural class of the USA Boxing Alumni Hall of Fame, at the Courtyard by Marriott Downtown in Salk Lake City, Utah.

 The reception is being held in conjunction with the 2017 USA Boxing Elite and Youth National Championships and Junior and Prep Open, Dec. 5-9, also held in Salt Lake City.

 Created to champion a lifelong, mutually beneficial relations between USA Boxing and its alumni, –boxers, officials, coaches and boxing fans — The Alumni Association connects generations of champions, inspiring and giving back to USA Boxing’s future boxing champions, in and out of the ring.

 “The Alumni Association will bring together former boxers, coaches and official who have reached all levels of success in amateur boxing, as well as people who have all over for Olympic-style boxing,” explained Mike McAtee, USA Boxing Executive Director. “This association will help expand our grassroots and create fight champions of USA Boxing and alumni members.”

 “The Greatest” and “The Real Deal”, respectively, Muhammad Ali and Evander Holyfield, will be the first boxers inducted into the USA Boxing Alumni Association Hall of Fame, joining two others, veteran coaches Roosevelt Sanders and Tom Coulter, also being inducted as charter members.

The late Ali is the lone three-time lineal world heavyweight champion of all-time, who as an amateur (known then as Cassius Clay), captured a gold medal at the 1960 Olympics in Rome.

Holyfield was the first and remains the only undisputed cruiserweight and heavyweight world champion. At the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles, Holyfield won a bronze medal as a light heavyweight, after a he suffered a questionable disqualification in his semifinals match. Earlier this year, Holyfield started his promotional company, The Real; Deal Boxing.

 A 1993 USA Boxing Hall of Fame inductee, Roosevelt coached the U.S. Marines boxing team in 1975-1978 and 1988-2000. He also served as assistant coach on the USA Olympic boxing teams in 1984 and 1992.

 Coulter has been a boxing coach for more than 62 years, continuing to conduct boxing clinics today around the glove. In addition to coaching the iconic 1988 USA Olympic boxing team, which captured eight individual medals, he was a consultant for the 1996 squad that won 14 meals. A national boxing champion at Syracuse University, Coulter also coaches the U.S. Army Boxing Team.

 International Boxing Hall of Fame inductee Al Bernstein will serve as Master of ceremonies for Friday’s event. “USA Boxing makes a positive difference in the lives of thousands and thousands of young people ion a daily basis,” the voice of Showtime Boxing said,” and I am so honored to serve as emcee for the inaugural USA Boxing Alumni Association Hall of Fame Reception. This new arm of USA Boxing will be a terrific addition to an already great organization. I look forward to it.”.

 Four Olympic medalists from Team USA will be in attendance: 1984 gold medalist Paul Gonzales, 1984 and 1988 silver medalists, respectively, Virgil Hill and Michael Carbajal, and 1972 bronze medalist Jessie Valdez.

 Other boxing dignitaries who are confirmed attendees include 1992 Olympian Raul Marquez, Hall of Fame referee Steve Smoger, National Golden Gloves champion and NBC boxing announcer B.J. Flores, three-time New England Golden Gloves champion “Irish” Micky Ward, former Air Force Academy coach Eddie Welchers, Rocky Mountain Golden Gloves franchise tournament director Larry Fullmer and others.

 The USA Boxing Alumni Association is open to anyone who has a love for boxing and would like to stay connected with amateur boxing. Members are granted access to a wide variety of special events host by the Alumni Association, including Friday evening’s USA Boxing Alumni Association Hall of Fame reception.

Gassiev-Dorticos semi-final set for Sochi, 3 February

The Ali Trophy semi-final bout in the cruiserweight edition of the World Boxing Super Series between IBF World Champion Murat Gassiev (25-0, 18 KOs) and WBA World Champion Yunier Dorticos (22-0, 21 KOs) takes place at the Bolshoy Ice Dome in Sochi, Russia on February 3, 2018.

Yunier Dorticos Murat Gassiev Photo World Boxing Super Series

“The consistent growth of our tournament concept keeps attracting major sports investors. Comosa is very proud to bring the Ali Trophy semi-final to Sochi,” said Comosa’s CEO, Roberto Dalmiglio.

“This fight is a very special one,” said Kalle Sauerland, Comosa’s Chief Boxing Officer:

“The level in the Ali Trophy tournament is already of the very highest, but when you have two such decorated boxers with massive KO power then the only guaranteed winner is the fans.

Two World Champions collide in Sochi, this special Olympic City. Russia hold tight for the Ali Trophy experience, the lights and stars are on their way!”

Murat ‘Iron’ Gassiev, the Russian second seed, earned his spot in the semi-final when he blew away Polish Krzysztof Wlodarczyk in New Jersey in October with a powerful performance to produce a third-round KO.

“The location for the semi-final was not important for me, but the fact that it will be in Russia and the beautiful city of Sochi makes me very glad,” said Gassiev.

“This means my family and friends and a lot of people from my home region of Ossetia will be attending. Also, it is always an honour and pleasure to fight in front of my countrymen,” said the 24-year-old and expresses a lot of respect for his upcoming challenge.

“Dorticos is a very good dangerous fighter. It is going to be great to test my skills against an opponent like him. I am confident we will deliver great boxing for fans around the world.”

Cuban Dorticos aka ‘The KO Doctor’, the tournament’s fourth seed, impressed in his quarter-final with a devastating KO victory in the third round over Russian Dmitri Kudryashov in San Antonio in September. And he predicts another jaw-dropping output against another Russian in the host city of the 2014 Winter Olympics.

“I am looking forward to fighting in Sochi. No matter where I fight, I will work hard to take my opponent out,” said 31-year-old Dorticos who is fighting out of Miami, USA.

“I believe I am the best in the world and the future winner of the Muhammad Ali Trophy. I can’t wait to show Gassiev and the fans in Russia and all over the world what ‘The KO Doctor’ is about!”

The cruiserweight final of the World Boxing Super Series will take place in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia in May 2018.


03/02/18 Cruiserweight Semi-Final:
Murat Gassiev vs. Yunier Dorticos (IBF World & WBA World)
Bolshoy Ice Dome, Sochi, Russia​

17/02/18 Super Middleweight Semi-Final:
George Groves vs. Chris Eubank Jr (WBA Super World & IBO World)
Manchester Arena, Manchester, UK

TBC Cruiserweight Semi-Final:
Aleksandr Usyk vs. Mairis Briedis (WBO World & WBC World)

TBC Super Middleweight Semi-Final:
Callum Smith vs. Juergen Braehmer (WBC Diamond Belt)

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 (at start): 423 wins, 17 losses, 294 KOs

Organised by Comosa AG, the World Boxing Super Series will kick off in September 2017, featuring the Cruiserweight and Super Middleweight divisions. In each weight class, eight elite boxers will battle it out in a bracket-style elimination tournament, with four quarter-finals (fall 2017), two semi-finals (early 2018) and one final (May 2018). This makes for seven top fights per weight class, and a total of 14 fights in Season One to be staged in premier venues around the globe. The winners of the World Boxing Super Series will rightfully receive The Greatest Prize in Boxing, the Muhammad Ali Trophy

Toka Kahn-Clary wins WBC USNBC featherweight title, prospects Fabio Turchi & Irvin Gonzalez winners

 PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island (December 2, 2017) – Professional boxing returned to The Strand Ballroom and Theatre in Providence last night, December 1 for the first time in 20 years and popular Providence featherweight Toka “T-Nice” Kahn Clarydidn’t disappoint the large, raucous crowd.

 Kahn-Clary (24-1, 16 KOs) turned in a dominant performance, winning by way of a seventh-round technical knockout, over previously undefeated Filipino slugger John Vincent Moralde (19-1, 10 KOs), the WBC Asian featherweight titlist, to capture the vacant World Boxing Council (WBC) USNBC featherweight championship.

“Real Deal Championship Boxing V”, presented by Hall of Famer Evander Holyfield’s The Real Deal Boxing, aired live on CBS Sports Network, the undercard was live-streamed on www.TheRealDealBoxing.com. Calling the action were Paulie Malignaggi, Steve Farhood and Barry Tompkins.

The 25-year-old Kahn-Clary, who won the North American Boxing Association (NABA) title in his last fight, used a stiff jab and solid defense to frustrate his opponent early in the fight, setting the pace to take a decisive scoring advantage.

Toka-Kahn came out firing in the fourth round, applying more pressure to take full command, and he never let up. Rapid fire punches by Toka-Kahn, thrown from all angles, repeatedly landed on his overmatched opponent. By the end of round seven it was clear that the end was near for Moralde and it came suddenly when Moralde couldn’t continue anymore.

“This was great tonight,” Holyfield commented about promoting his first show in Providence. “We want Toka to be our first world champion and this performance should put him in good position. It was very important to build his fanbase at home in Providence and we look forward to promoting here in the near future.”

“I’m not a one-punch fighter,” WBA No. 14-rated Toka explained. “I kept walking him down and hit him with some good body shots. I’m not going to call anybody out by name but I’m ready to fight anybody in my weight class.”

“This is such a good feeling. I came here but could have ended up anywhere. I’m truly blessed to be in Providence and have these great fans. I have a great team behind me. I want to fight the best to be the best, it’s the only way to make money and be recognized. I’m ready for anybody!”

The American debut of undefeated Italian cruiserweight Fabio “Stone Crusher” Turchi (13-0, 11 KOs) was a clinic in last night’s co-featured event against Demetrius Banks (9-4, 4 KOs), of Detroit. Turchi patiently applied constant pressure, methodically breaking down the game Banks and hurting his opponent with a flurry of punches in the third round. The end came when Banks failed to answer the bell for round five.

“I’m so happy,” Turchi remarked after the fight. “This was so emotional for me because it was the first time I fought in front of Evander. I’m happy with my performance but I think I could have done better”.

“I felt the heat from the Italian-American fans and I thank them for helping me sustain. I also want to thank The Real Deal Boxing. My next fight will be February 2 at home in Florence, for the European Union title.”

In the CBSSN televised opener, red-hot featherweight prospect made Irvin Gonzalez(8-0, 7 KOs) made the most of his national TV debut, switching freely from orthodox stance to southpaw and back throughout the fight, en route to a sensational third-round knockout of Colombian knockout artist Marlon Olea (13-2, 12 KOs). The lightning-quick Gonzalez, of Worcester, MA, consistently beat his opponent to the punch, and finished off Olea with a straight right to the body to keep his perfect pro record intact. Olea was fighting in the U.S. for the first time.

“Tonight, I showed that I’m a real fighter,” Gonzalez said after the fight. “I believe I’m a contender in my weight class. I’m going back to the drawing board with my coaches and 2018 is going to be my year.”

Local favorite Nick DeLomba (12-2, 2 KOs), representing nearby Cranston, RI, pleased his supportive crowd, registering a hard-fought victory by way of an eight-round unanimous decision versus Bronx junior welterweight Louis Cruz (12-4, 6 KOs) for the vacant Universal Boxing Federation (UBF) junior welterweight title. Cruz was penalized a one-point deduction in the fourth round for a low blow. Scores were 79-72 and 78-73 twice.

Two-time New England Golden Gloves champion Timmy Ramos (4-0-2, 4 KOs), fighting out of Framingham, MA, remained unbeaten, but he fought a four-round split draw with Worcester, MA junior lightweight Phil Davis (1-1-1) in an entertaining give-and-take contest. Scores were 39-37 and 38-38 twice.

Philadelphia welterweight Poindexter “Savage” Knight (1-0, 1 KOs), a 2017 National Golden Gloves champion, had an auspicious pro debut, trapping Samuel Forjoe (0-2) in the corner right after the first bell. The gifted southpaw, a prized prospect for fans to keep an eye on, unloaded ten unanswered punches until referee Danny Schiavone halted the action at 1:03 of the opening round.

Las Vegas junior middleweight Jeremy “J-Flash” Nichols (8-1-1, 2 KOs) opened the night with a six-round unanimous decision win over battled-tested Puerto Rican fighter Daniel Sostre (13-16-1, 5 KOs). Scores were 60-54 and 59-55 twice.

Ali derails Cotto in farewell bout, Acosta stops Alejo at the Garden

Saturday Night at Madison Square Garden, HBO broadcast a Golden Boy Promotions event headlined by what was announced as the final career bout of four division world champion Miguel Cotto. He would be defending his WBO Super Welterweight against former Olympian and Brooklyn native Sadam Ali. There were few who expected Sadam Ali who is a skilled boxer with fast hands and footwork to last more than a few rounds before an infamous Cotto left hook sent him crashing to the canvas. That opinion had much to do with his 2016 stoppage loss at the hands of Jessie Vargas when they met for the vacant WBO welterweight title. It appeared as  the stage was set for Cotto to go out with a “Hollywood Movie” career finish but in boxing things don’t always work that way and Saturday night would be no different.

The fight opened with Sadam Ali coming forward aggressively then using his footwork to avoid a Cotto counter attack. In round two it appeared Cotto had hurt Ali when a landed punch seemingly sent Sadam to the canvas but referee Charlie Fitch ruled it a slip and video replay enforced it as a correct call.
Over the next several rounds Cotto tried to time the rhythm of Ali, hoping a well placed punch would slow his younger fresher opponent down but he had minimal success doing so.There would be several different moments when Ali caught Cotto with clean hard punches that stunned him momentarily.

In the mid-rounds Cotto found a home for his left hook to the body that slowed Ali down and for a brief time it appeared he might be en route to taking control of the bout. Then the momentum and energy of Cotto faded midway through round nine. Once his punch output declined Cotto demonstrated his underestimated defense and made Ali miss his telegraphed power punches but with a limited offensive output Sadam Ali based on activity continued building up points.

When the 12th round arrived, Cotto behind on points looked to score a dramatic  come from behind knockout victory, Sadam Ali still the fresher fighter combined with Cotto’s fatigue prevented him from producing such an ending. When it was over official scores read 116-112 and 115-113 twice all in favor of Sadam Ali who along with claiming the WBO Super Lightweight title improved his record to 26-1 (14). In his final ring appearance Miguel Cotto will now retire with an overall 41-6 (33) record.

While the fight was not spectacular by any means it was a solid performance from Ali who by out  boxing the veteran Cotto and claiming his championship should have silenced critics that have not let him live down his loss to Jessie Vargas. On the opposite side without intentionally taking anything from his victory, the version of Cotto we witnessed at Madison Square Garden Saturday was that of a faded and ring worn veteran who recently as three fights ago was still performing levels above most in and around his division. In retrospect Miguel Cotto is retiring at the right time. The fact he went out on a loss against a talented fighter like Sadam Ali without being completely dominated is something top fighters that have recently retired outside of Floyd Mayweather and Andre Ward cannot claim. In his post fight interview Miguel Cotto reinforced he was done boxing, he would enjoy retirement by spending time with his family.

I personally hope he stays firm with that decision and for no terms makes a ring return something we see too many greats do at some point in time after retirement. When they do it rarely end up in success and a fighter like Miguel Cotto who has faced the very best in and around his weight class, who has given fans his all both physically and emotionally throughout his entire career, should be remembered that way. It would be a travesty for him to return and end up a name that builds up some prospects resume.

The co-feature would be between undefeated WBC Super Bantamweight champion Rey Vargas facing his second undefeated opponent of 2017 Oscar Negrete. It was an interesting bout at times Negrete managed to get inside and make Vargas uncomfortable. When not inside Negrete would be peppered with uppercuts and
brutal body punches from Vargas. There would be accidental headbutts in rounds five and eight that opened cuts over the left and right eyes of Vargas despite bleeding freely still out boxed Negrete who could not match the skill set or natural physical advantages of Vargas. When the contest was over official scores read 119-109 twice and 120-108 in favor of Rey Vargas who after his first successful title defense improved to 31-0 (22), suffering his first career defeat Oscar Negrete now stands at 17-1 (7).

In a non televised title affair, hard hitting Junior Flyweight Angel Acosta faced off against Juan Alejo for the Vacant WBO World Light Flyweight Title. The two fighters delivered an action packed contest for fans in attendance at Madison Square Garden before Acosta let loose an onslaught that ended the contest at 1:33 seconds of round ten. With his victory Angel Acosta claimed the WBO World Light Flyweight championship and improved to 17-1 (17) while Juan Alejo drops to 24-5-1 (14).

It was a bad judgement call by HBO to not show this bout on the cards televised portion, with the success
of Septembers “Superfly” event and lower divisions gaining momentum fans at home fans would have appreciated being able to view these two world class fighters in action.

In Undercard action

Featherweight– Ronny Rios 29-2 (13) def. Deivi Julio Bassa 19-4 (11) via UD 10.
Official scores read 97-93, 99-91 and 100-90.

Super Lightweight– Zachary Ochoa 18-1 (7) def. Erick Daniel Martinez 14-11-1 (8) via UD 6.
Official scores 60-54 on all three Judges cards





New York City (December 1, 2017) WBO junior featherweight world champion AMANDA SERRANO (34-1-1, 26 KOs), of Brooklyn, New York, has been nominated by UNIVISION for its prestigious “Female Athlete of the Year” award, it was announced this week.

The award ceremony will take place on Sunday, December 17, 2017, from Miami, Florida, and will be telecast live on Univision at 8:00 p.m. ET.

Among the other world class female athletes nominated are 2016 Olympic silver medalist LUPITA GONZALEZ, who competed in race walking for her native Mexico, and three-time professional racquetball world champion PAOLA LONGORIA, also from Mexico. The 2017 Wimbledon champion GARBINE MUGURUZA, of Spain, and 2016 Olympic silver medalist triple-jumper YULIMAR ROJAS are also nominated.

 “This is an extraordinary honor to be included with these great athletes for Univision’s ‘Female Athlete of the Year,'” said the Puerto Rican-born Serrano. “I’ve won a number of awards in boxing, such as ‘fighter of the year’ and been a five-division world champion, but this is much more as I’m being recognized with these other amazing athletes who have been so successful in their respective fields. Just being nominated feels like winning for me. I can’t wait to meet all the great Latin athletes who will be at the awards ceremony on December 17.”

Said LOU DIBELLA, President of DIBELLA ENTERTAINMENT, “I’m thrilled for Amanda that she is nominated as Univision’s ‘Female Athlete of the Year.’ While she’s received numerous accolades as a world champion boxer, to be in the company of these other world class Latina athletes truly validates the international impact of her career.”

“Even though women’s boxing hasn’t reached the heights it deserves in this country, Amanda has overcome this perception to build a tremendous career that has flourished. She’s been a pleasure to promote and I’m excited for the opportunities that lie ahead for her in 2018.”

Since its inception in 2014, “Premios Univision Deportes” has grown to be the most-viewed celebration of sports by US Hispanics. The two-hour live event will feature some of the biggest names in Latin music and honor elite athletes in the most popular sports, as well as those who use sports as a vehicle for social change. A full list of categories and nominees will be announced at a later date.

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