New York, NY (January 5, 2018) DIBELLA ENTERTAINMENT has signed former unified junior welterweight world champion JULIUS “The Blue Machine” INDONGO to an exclusive long-term promotional agreement.
Sporting a record of 22-1 with 11 knockouts, the Namibia native will be relocating his training camp to Omaha, Nebraska, in preparation for his return to the ring in the United States.
Said Indongo,”I’m very happy for the opportunity to fight for DiBella Entertainment. I will make sure that I work hard in order to open doors for my fellow Namibians. It’s an unexpected dream that turned into reality. DiBella Entertainment, I’m thrilled to continue my career and achieve my goals with your promotional push.”
“I’m very excited to start working with Julius, not only is he a former unified junior welterweight world champion but also a true road warrior, winning titles in both Russia and Scotland,” said LOU DIBELLA, President of DiBella Entertainment. “He’s very serious about becoming a world champion again, including moving his training camp to the US, and I look forward to working with him toward another world title opportunity.”
Said Indongo manager MICHAEL CARTER, “We are really excited to be a part of the DiBella Entertainment family, and are extremely grateful for the opportunity. That being said, we are confident that Julius Indongo will regain every title he lost and obtain the others he was pursuing. With the backing of a solid promotional company like DiBella Entertainment, we know that Indongo will once again become a dominant force in the junior welterweight division and become an even greater source of pride to his Namibian fans and supporters.”
On December 3, 2016, Indongo traveled to Moscow, Russia, to knock out Eduard Troyanovsky in the first round to capture the IBF junior welterweight world title. Four months later, on April 15, 2017, Indongo won a 12-round unanimous decision against Ricky Burns in Glasgow, Scotland, adding the WBA junior welterweight world title around his waist.
In his most recent outing, fighting in the United States for the first time and in the first four-belt world title unification bout since 2004, Indongo suffered his only defeat to Terence Crawford on August 19, 2017, in Lincoln, Nebraska. With Crawford having vacated the belts and moving up to welterweight, Indongo will begin the journey of reclaiming his previously held titles.
Dmitriy Salita of Salita Promotions proudly announces the signing of Baltimore-based female super middleweight prospect and former amateur world standout Franchon Crews-Dezurn to a promotional contract.
Crews-Dezurn joins a Salita Promotions women’s boxing roster that includes superstar Claressa Shields, European star Christina Hammer, and Russian future champion Elena Savelyeva.
30-year-old Crews-Dezurn, 2-1, 1 KO as a professional, is a former highly decorated, elite amateur boxer. Among her many championships, she was an eight-time US Open National Champion, a four-time National Female Golden Gloves Champion, a four-time Pan Am Continental Champion, a two-time National PAL Champion, and a two-time US Olympic Team Alternate.
She also represented Team USA in numerous international competitions, and in 2011, Crews-Dezurn made history by becoming the first of three women in the United States to qualify and compete in the debut of women’s boxing at the Pan American Games.
Since stepping up on short notice and losing a decision in an exciting fight to women’s superstar and former amateur rival Claressa Shields in her pro debut in November 2016, Crews-Dezurn spent 2017 beating Louisiana-based contenders Latashia Burton (TKO 1) in March and Sydney LeBlanc (UD 4) in August.
She will make her debut fighting under the Salita Promotions banner against North Carolina’s Tiffany Woodard on Friday, January 12, on the untelevised undercard of WBC/IBF World Champion Claressa Shields’ 168-pound title defense versus mandatory challenger Tori Nelson, live on SHOWTIME (10 p.m. ET/PT) from the Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, New York.
“I’m very excited and grateful for the opportunity to have such a great platform for me and for women’s boxing,” said Crews-Dezurn. “There’s a lot of excitement in the Super Middleweight and Middleweight divisions and I can’t wait to be right in the thick of it.”
Crews-Dezurn says she’ll be looking to rise in the rankings on her way to high-profile showdowns, including a possible rematch with Shields.
“I love what Dmitriy has done with Claressa and he just signed Christina Hammer. I’m a fighter. I’d like to fight a few six- and eight-rounders, build myself up inside and outside the ring through hard work. There are some great fights out there. I’m excited. There’s Claressa, Hammer, Cornejo, Nikki Adler, Tori Nelson. I want to fight for a world title before the end of the year, but my competitive side says let’s do it right now.”
Crews-Dezurn trains at the Headbangers Boxing Gym in Washington, DC, under well-regarded trainer Barry Hunter, as well as Patrice “Boogie” Harris, Jamie Harris and her husband Glenn Dezurn Jr.
“I’ve been training there for the last three years. The whole team is amazing. You’re in there with world champs and title contenders. The level of intensity is always very high. And it’s a family atmosphere I love it there.”
“Women’s boxing is suddenly flooded with great talent and Franchon, as a pioneering woman of the modern boxing age, deserves to be part of that group,” said Dmitriy Salita. “I’m happy to have reached an agreement with her. With her tremendous skill and marketable personality, Franchon has the potential to become another women’s superstar in a golden age for the sport.”
Also featured on the January 12 telecast, Uzbekistan power-puncher Shohjahon Ergashev (11-0, 11 KOs) will face fellow undefeated and top-10 ranked Sonny Fredrickson (18-0, 12 KOs) of Toledo, Ohio. In the co-feature, Jesse Hernandez (10-1, 7 KOs) will take on Ernesto Garza (9-2, 5 KOs; 1-3 WSB) in a 10-round super bantamweight bout.
TACOMA, Wash. – Seattle’s Walter “2 Guns” Wright makes his return to professional boxing on Friday, Jan. 12 at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, Wash. when he fights at Battle at the Boat 114.
A 2001 U.S. National Amateur Championship finalist, Wright (14-4, 7 KOs) will step inside the ring for the first time in five years. He will face Rafael Valencia in a 6-round bout in the 167-pound division.
“Walter is back in business,” said Wright’s trainer Kenny Ellis. “He’s looking sharp and really excited to get back in there and do what he does best.”
The six-bout card will also feature a 10-round main event between welterweights John Jackson (17-3-2, 13 KOs) and Manuel Perez (28-12-1, 7 KOs).
This will mark Wright’s 12th career fight at the Emerald Queen Casino. He has an all-time record of 10-1-0 with 6 knockouts at the Tacoma venue.
“Sometimes as a professional athlete the mental side of the sport can really weigh on you. Physically, (Walter) was fine, but he just needed some time away from boxing. It ended up being the best thing for him,” said Ellis, a former WBA NABA middleweight champion who used to train with Wright. “He’s in the gym looking better than ever. He’s been putting in the work.”
A product of the Tacoma Boxing Club, Wright was a rare five-time Tacoma Golden Gloves champion – becoming just the seventh fighter at the time to win five or more titles at the long-running amateur tournament.
Wright won his first Tacoma Golden Gloves titles in 1999 in the 147-pound division. He added titles at 156 in 2000 and 2001 and at 165 in 2002 and 2003. Only Mylon Watkins, a former two-time National Golden Gloves champion, has won more local titles, winning six consecutive Tacoma Golden Gloves championships between 1981 and 1986.
Wright notched his first professional victory on Nov. 14, 2003 with a victory over Jose Medina in front of his hometown crowd, winning by unanimous decision at Seahawks Stadium.
Five months later he made his Emerald Queen Casino debut, defeating previously undefeated Mike Hannah by TKO which quickly made him a fan favorite among local fight fans.
Wright would post his 10th straight victory on Oct. 22, 2005 by knocking out Kemal Kolenovic at the Emerald Queen Casino.
His stellar 10-1 record and exciting in-ring style caught the attention of the producers of the ESPN reality show “The Contender” who added Wright to their Season 2 lineup to participate in the show’s welterweight tournament.
Wright became one of the show’s breakthrough stars, winning his 11th consecutive fight by beating Andre Eason in the first round.
Wright would eventually lose on the show in the tournament’s semifinals to future two-time IBF world super welterweight champion Cornelius Bundrage by decision.
Wright would close out “The Contender” by scoring a TKO victory over Vinroy Barrett at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sept. 26, 2006 on a televised national audience on ESPN.
Two more triumphs at the Emerald Queen Casino would follow, including a win by TKO over undefeated Dan Wallace on Jan. 12, 2007 before losing to former IBU world super welterweight champion Peter Manfredo in 2013 in his last bout.
“I’m very excited to see Walt make his long-awaited comeback to boxing,” said promoter, Brian Halquist. “He’s working hard. If anyone can make a comeback work, it’s Walter.”
Highlighting the undercard will be a pair of undefeated fighters in Jorge Linares (2-0-0) and Fatlum Zhuta (4-0-1, 3 KOs).
Linares will face the debuting Journey Newson in a four-round 140-pound bout, while Zhuta squares off against Eddie Hunter (10-13-2, 3 KOs) in a clash of super middleweights.
Battle at the Boat 114 will feature the VIP experience with 3rd Row Seats being discounted to $75 per ticket. All fans seated in in the VIP section (rows 1-3) will have an exclusive access point and a dedicated server to help create a true VIP experience.
Battle at the Boat 114 Card
Friday, Jan. 12, 2018
10 Round Main Event – Welterweights
John Jackson (17-3-2, 13 KOs) vs. Manuel Perez (28-12-1, 7 KOs)
6 Round Semi-Main Event
167 pounds: Walter Wright (14-4-0, 7 KOs) vs. Rafael Valencia (3-8-0, 2 KOs)
4 Round Undercard Bouts
172 pounds: Fatlum Zhuta (4-0-1, 3 KOs) vs. Eddie Hunter (10-13-2, 3 KOs)
140 pounds: Journey Newson (debut) vs. Jorge Linares (2-0-0, 2 KOs)
185 pounds: Alex Cazac (0-1-0) vs. Carlos Villanueva (2-3-0)
145 pounds: Eduardo Torres (1-1-1) vs. Chris Varner (debut)
The 2017 year will be coming to an official end in two days time, for boxing it was a banner year full of high quality action, excitement and match making on the highest level. We certainly have many great memories to reflect on as years pass by. While boxing has always been the worlds premier sport, entering 2018 boxing is truly an “Unparalleled Global Phenomenon” with no equal. Yet we need to remind ourselves the current success of this sport, has to be credited equally to those no longer with us as it does those who are. If not for the dedication of past members on every level and in all capacities, those still active would have nothing to build off nor a bar of excellence set that determines “Greatness”.
That willingness to invest themselves be it physically, emotionally and or both not only fulfilled their passion for boxing but created something which brought out a similar passion in those who followed. This year boxing lost more members on all levels and in every capacity than any I can personally recall. It felt as though not a week passed by news of a Hall of Famer, World Champion, Olympian, Promoter, Referee, Judge, Amateur Standout or even “Fight Doctor” had heard the final “Ten Count” and looking back there wasn’t.
It doesn’t matter if they were one of the elite or unknown journeymen, how many or few times they stepped between the ropes. If they trained world champions, promoted international events or local club shows. If we agreed with or cursed them for their decisions. Their time in the sport, even on the most minimal level created memories for fans. They helped build this phenomenon we have a “Love Hate Relationship” with and without them, boxing would be a little if not a lot less exciting for us all.
There will be some names you recognize immediately, most you probably never heard of at all. The majority had left their days involved with boxing behind long ago and some were just getting started. In no particular order be it accomplishments or roles as members of the sport. We say farewell and “Thank You” to the following in sincere appreciation for all they contributed.
David Bey- 3/11/1957 – 9/14/2017 (Industrial accident)
Heavyweight boxer whose career spanned from 1981-1994.
Tim Hague- 5/9/1989 – 6/18/2017 (Injuries sustained in the ring)
Ferdie Pacheco- 12/8/1927-11/16/2017
AKA “The Fight Doctor”
Rafael Garcia 1929-11/14/2017 (Complications from Leukemia)
Raúl Castañeda- 9/20/82 – 9/6/2017 (Murdered)
Junior Flyweight representing Mexico at the 2004 Olympic games.
Tony Madigan- 1/04/1930 – 10/29/2017
Three time Olympian representing Australia at the 1952,1956 and 1960 games.
Boris Nikolov- 03/10/1929 – 1/29/2017
1952 Olympic Bronze Medalist. Nikolov was the first Bulgarian ever to win a medal in the Olympics.
Theradtric ‘Jimmy’ Jones — 03/10/1940- 03/26/2017
Amateur fighter who once faced Cassius Clay at the 1960 Chicago Golden Gloves Tournament of Champions.
Sinethemba Magibisela– 01/01/1987- 09-24-2017 (Murdered)
Cesar Diaz 07/16/1997- 11/24/2017 (Auto Accident)
Rodrigo “Rocky” Valdes- 12/22/1946 – 03/15/2017
Two time Middleweight Champion.
Marty Feldman- 10/25/1933 – 02/14/2017
Boxer and Promoter.
Tommy Harrison- 11/08/1931 – 04/14/2017
Heavyweight fighter who was subject of the movie “Resurrecting the Champ”
Starring Samuel L. Jackson
Terry Downes- 05/09/1939 – 10/06/2017
BBBofC British Middleweight Champion
Paul Stivaletta- 08/10/1935 – 08/03/2017
Larry Paul- 04/19/1952- 10/09/2017
1972 ABA Light middleweight champion
Errol Christie- 01/29/1963 – 06/11/2017
1981 ABA Light Middleweight Champion
Craig Payne- 05/22/1961 – 04/07/2017
1983 National Golden Gloves Super Heavyweight Champion who
held wins over Mike Tyson and Teofilo Stevenson.
Joe DeNucci- 08/30/1939 – 09/08/2017
Joe Sanchez (Baltimore)- 06/15/1931 – 03/26/2017
Paul Poirier- 09/04/1957 – 06/26/2017
Marlon Wright- 08/27/1965 – 07/06/2017 (Cancer)
Lou Duva- 05/28/1922 – 05/28/2017 (Natural Causes)
Matchmaker, Promoter, Trainer.
Eduardo “El Gato” Corletti- 08/14/1941 – 08/04/2017
Heavyweight, 1960 Olympian representing Argentina
Cirilo Gil- 07/29/1937 – 07/20/2017
South American Welterweight Champion from Argentina.
Danny “Bang Bang” Wombe- 01/05/1927 – 03/26/2017
Eric Martinez- 03/31/1979 – 06/22/ 2017
Tony “Tiger” Medina- 06/05/1932 – 01/27/2017
Carlos Aro- 09/22/1939 – 07/16/2017
1960 Olympian representing Argentina as a Featherweight.
South American Lightweight Champion.
Al Dublin- 12/08/1937 – 03/03/2017
1959 New York Golden Gloves Champion at 126 lbs.
William “Bee Bee” Washington- 06/10/1924 – 03/20/2017
Anthony Cooks- 03/07/1965 – 04/01/2017 (Murdered)
Cruiserweight and former Kansas/Oklahoma Golden Gloves Champion
Lenny Bickford- 07/10/1928 – 04/02/2017
George Smith- 03/19/1940 – 02/09/2017
Judge, 2006 Connecticut Boxing Hall of Fame William Hutt Award
for state boxing official of the year
Frenchie Germaine- 10/26/1932 – 02/11/2017
Jorge “Coco” Peralta- 03/17/1936 – 02/21/2017
South American Welterweight Champion
Paul Ferreri- 01/02/1948 – 07/14/2017
Commonwealth Bantamweight Champion.
Australian National Boxing Hall of Fame Inductee.
Al Nevarez- 07/12/1931 – 03/24/2017
Luis Folledo- 10/10/1937 – 05/21/2017
Middleweight, Spain’s 1961-1962 Fighter of the Year.
Enrique “El Maestrito” Orozco- 06/13/1974 – 10/18/2017 (Cancer)
NABF Flyweight Champion.
Jim LeBel- 10/10/1935 – 04/23/2017
Miguel Cea- 09/29/1955 – 04/29/2017
Light Heavyweight (Chile)
Napoleon Tagoe- 05/26/1973 – 10/25/2017 (Brain aneurysm)
Ghanaian Middleweight Champion, WBC Continental Americas Light Heavyweight Champion.
Founder of Will Power Boxing Street Academy, and Will Power Boxing Promotions in Ghana.
Robbie Davies- 10/10/1949 – 08/04/2017
1976 Olympian for Great Britain.
1977 ABA Middleweight Champion.
Harry Smith- 08/23/1932 – 02/08/2017
1954 NY Golden Gloves Featherweight Champion.
1953 Intercity Golden Gloves Champion.
1955 Chicago Golden Gloves Featherweight Champion
1956 National AAU Featherweight Champion
Gale Van Hoy- 11/25/1933- 01/02/2017
Judge of over 518 professional bouts.
John Kodjo Mensan- 03/12/1948 – 06/07/2017
Enrique Higgins- 03/09/1944- 04/01/2017
Featherweight world title challenger.
Bheki Moyo- 10/06/1974 03/15/2017 (Found dead in a public Park reason unknown)
Super Welterweight of over 75 bouts without a win
David Lopez- 11/24/1977- 07/06/2017 (Murdered)
Super Welterweight (Once Challenged for Austin Trout’s WBA Title)
Everardo Armenta- 04/13/1937 – 11/20/2017
Willie Price- 01/27/1929- 11/15/2017
Walter Stone- 1944 -2017
Jean Pierre Planque- 10/11/1951 – 08/19/2017
Billy Supple- 10/24/1930 – 11/04/2017
Leonardo Paredes- 05/07/1955 – 10/14/2017
Light Flyweight Panama
Victor Regino Cepillo- 01/01/1972-11/01/2017 (Murdered)
Columbian Super Flyweight
Frank Calabro- 01/01/1941 – 10/30/2017
1959. 1964,1965 New England AAU and Golden Gloves
Karl Hess- 04/10/1959 – 09/14/2017
Spider Denny- 08/22/1944 – 10/20/2017
Fred Potter- 03/01/1931 – 10/05/2017
Judge, Referee, Inspector
Johnny Gall- 02/18/1919 – 09/16/2017
Tony Hughes- 05/17/1935 – 10/05/2017
Roy Matthews- 11/09/1970 – 09/25/2017
Danny McAloon- 1942-2017 (Alzheimer’s disease)
Ricardo Dominguez- 07/20/1985 – 20/21/2017 (Cancer)
Lightweight World title Challenger.
Frank Bullard- 06/26/1943 – 03/09/2017
Jackie Donnelly- 12/22/1935 – 01/09/2017
New York State Lightweight Champion
Nick Durandt- 12/26/1963 – 04/21/2017
Promoter, Manager South Africa.
Tony LaBarbara- 10/04/1937 – 01/29/2017
Lightweight- Buffalo Boxing Hall of Fame Inductee.
Sammy Brooks- 05/22/1966 – 09/06/2017
Hughie Smith- 10/05/1923 – 03/28/2017
Al “Bubble Gum” Sheriff- 05/27/1964 – 02/26/2017
Rafael “El Borrego” Chavez 03/09/1959 – 06/25/2017 (Murdered)
Welterweight, Brother of Julio Cesar Chavez.
Rocky Fusco- 02/21/1930 – 08/11/2017
Randy Hunter- 07/11/1963 – 07/24/2017
Ricky Ronci- 04/20/1927 – 07/25/2017
Johnny Brewer- 11/29/1921 – 01/01/2017
Sugar Ramos- 12/02/1941- 09-03-2017
World Featherweight Champion.
Don Foster- 03/16/1931 – 05/28/2017
Dennis Harbon- 05/14/1948 – 05/14/2017
Keith Hendryx- 01/21/1976 – 10/01/2017 (Auto Accident)
Severin Oloubi- 03/03/2017 (Age Unknown)
David “Tornado” Sanchez- 02/02/1992 – 05/19/2017 (Auto Accident)
Willi Quatuor- 02/20/1937 – 01/19/2017
Carla Witherspoon- 04/16/1968 – 11/11/2017
Cal Brown– 07/22/1937 – 08/28/2017
Geyci Lorenzo- 10/17/1982 – 08/09/2017
Sandor Balogh- 03/08/1985 – 04/13/2017
Jimmy Dinardo- 06/03/1930 – 19/09/2017
LeRoy Benson- 01/05/1934- 02/23/2017
Boxer, Judge, Referee
Julio Cesar Segura- 01/03/1945 – 05/05/2017
Boxer, Judge, Referee
Davey Mills- 07/27/1938 – 03/20/2017
Jo van den Broek- 10/22/1944 – 06/03/2017
Billy LeBouef- 12/03/1937- 07/24/2017
Rocky Batolbato- 01/10/1985 – 07/23/2017 (hit by a Car)
Jim Brewer- 01/08/1937- 06/15/2017
Eddie “Bossman” Brooks- 06/10/1938 – 07/15/2017
Rodolfo “El Chivo” Diaz- 10/12/1938 – 06/29/2017
Dick Spencer- 09/12/1933 – 06/24/2017
Ulises Hueto Elizalde- 09/18/1983 – 06/21/2017 (Murdered)
Jim Isperduli- 12/12/1956 – 04/30/2017
Lou Lake- 11/11/1939 – 04/07/2017
Tom Cleary- 06/22/1949 – 05/21/2017
Jorge “El Rufo” Montoya- 03/28/1987 – 04/21/2017 (Murdered)
Tony Russi- 07/08/1929 – 06/08/2017
Roberto Sanchez- 06/04/1984 – 09/17/2017
Marcia Champion- 02/28/1963 – 05/08/2017
Dick Gambino- 03/05/1941 – 06/11/2017
Jimmy Clipper- 05/17/1933 – 06/01/2017
Jose Comite- 01/18/1932 – 05/31/2017
Wes Rockett- 04/09/1963 – 04/23/2017
Rudy Paz- 05/27/1938 – 05/03/2017
Ben Cervantes- 01/10/1929 – 05/08/2017
Herbert Nkabiti- 03/27/1981 – 04/29/2017 (Injuries suffered in the ring)
Fred Heatley- 07/21/1934 – 04/21/2017
Willibald Palatin- 11/15/1944 – 01/01/2017
Joe Corso- 12/12/1923 – 01/03/2017
Jeff Floyd- 07/16/1958 – 04/04/2017
Genival Roque de Azevedo Filho- 10/03/1977 – 09/13/2017
Ismael Gutierrez- 06/17/1937 01/24/2017
Patrick Lane- 03/17/1931 – 02/19/2017
Daniel Talon- 09/03/1946 – 02/06/2017
Referee, Judge, Inspector.
Eddie Marcinko- 04/06/1928 – 02/18/2017
Salvador Huerta- 01/13/1950 – 01/18/2017
Peter Sharpe- 01/29/1934 – 02/24/2017
Terry Hanna- 03/03/1954 – 02/25/2017
Bobby Daldy- 06/16/1944 – 02/03/2017
Peter Bissonnette- 05/27/1954 – 09/29/2017
Celso Hidalgo- 07/28/1930 – 09/17/2017
Dave Napper- 08/22/1940 – 03/12/2017
Johnny Deutsch- 04/21/1941 – 04/07/2017
Bob Gallant- 03/16/1927 – 04/02/2017
Cesar Saavedra- 01/01/1932 – 03/22/2017
Joe Cascella- 11/11/1925 – 03/29/2017
Ruben Davila-03/17/1940 – 03/01/2017
James Reilly- 08/17/1928 – 03/23/2017
Rosie Caballero- 06/02/2017 – 09/12/2017
Alvin Boudreaux- 04/10/1933 – 04/28/2017
Roberto Nunez-11/09/1963 – 08/25/2017 (Murdered)
Laurie Holt-09/06/1963 – 04/18/2017
George DeGabriel- 08/07/1929 – 03/20/2017
Brian Renney- 01/04/1941- 06/22/2017
Jerry Riddle-12/15/1935 – 08/15/2017
Mark Enix- 08/09/1970 – 08/18/2017
Terry Rindal- 07/20/1935 – 08/12/2017
Walter Cavalieri- 10/15/1930 – 08/09/2017
Wayne Dillon- 06/29/1923 – 02/06/2017
Laurie Holt-09/06/1963 – 04/18/2017
Chuck Bollinger- 11/05/1936 – 03/18/2017
Zoltan Kiss- 07/22/1972 – 03/27/2017
Sylvester Murphey- 01/19/1951 – 03/03/2017
Billy Dolphin 12/08/1941 – 01/03/2017
Joe Jones- 06/01/1941 – 03/18/2017
We here at the “Talkin Boxing with Billy C TV Show” wish everyone a “Happy New Year” and look forward to a Banner 2018 in boxing.
Every year boxing leaves fans something to remember, even if that memory is what fights “Should of Happened” but due to boxing politics never did. In 2017 we had a few bouts that “Should of Happened” but those disappointments were few and certainly overshadowed by what boxing did deliver. We witnessed three bouts between legitimate top ten “Pound for Pound” ranked fighters, Gennady Golovkin versus Canelo Alvarez, Andre Ward versus Sergey Kovalev and Vasyl Lomachenko versus Guillermo Rigondeaux, all genuine “Super Fights” in any era.
We were given answers how certain fighters on the rise, would respond or could they respond if ever placed into a position of adversity. A question unified heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua answered with flying colors, after being dropped for the first time in his professional career by former long time “Kingpin” Wladimir Klitschko. We also seen an abundance of fighters, once boxing’s elite announce their retirement from the ring. While some had not fought this year or even in 2016, their official announcement sent out a notice “Boxing is entering a new Era”.
There were some such as Juan Manuel Marquez, Andre Ward and Jean Pascal who not only left on their terms but with sensational stoppage wins. We seen Timothy Bradley Jr after his loss to Manny Pacquiao say “I have had enough, I accomplished what I came here for, the time to go is now while still possessing all my faculties”. Then of course like many greats of past eras, a larger number of fighters were ushered out by opponents just a little younger, a lot fresher and certainly less accomplished. As was the case for Shane Mosley, Takashi Uchiyama, Robert Guerrero, Orlando Salido and Miguel Cotto. The careers of Robert Guerrero, Orlando Salido and Takashi Uchiyama were literally waved off with a referee standing above them to avoid further punishment.
One fighter, Wladamir Klitschko who announced his retirement after facing Anthony Joshua actually increased the image of his legacy while going out on a loss. In April of 2017, Klitschko who had not fought since his 2015 loss to Tyson Fury coming in off a 2015 that ended a near decade of dominance returned from a nearly seventeen month hiatus to face unbeaten IBF title holder Anthony Joshua. When factoring in the long layoff, Klitschko’s age, lackluster performance in his loss to Tyson Fury and of course mythical “Glass Chin” few expected anything more than a “Showcase Performance” by the hard hitting Olympic Gold medalist Joshua.
Things are not always what they appear to be in boxing and in front of almost 90,000 fans, this was one of those nights. We were immediately thrown back when Klitschko, normally a slow starter not only stood his ground early against the younger champion but set the fights Tempo. He baited Joshua into getting hit flush with those legendary Klitschko right hands. He didn’t look to hold and wear Joshua down like he had to so many opponents of recent years, Klitschko appeared rejuvenated until a huge shot from Joshua sent him to the canvas in round five. At that moment almost everyone watching even after Klitschko beat the count was certain the fight would soon be over. Instead we seen Klitschko come right back at Joshua and seek a war..
In round six Klitschko dropped Joshua for the first time in his career and over the next several rounds had Joshua looking to avoid being knocked out. It didn’t matter if you were watching live or on television, the anticipation was equal and fans sat on the edge of their seats while neither Klitschko nor Joshua were willing to give an inch. A huge uppercut landed by Joshua late in round ten, a round where both fighters threw big punches and Klitschko seemed to have done slightly more snapped Klitschko’s head back and yet the supposed “Glass Chinned” former champion moved forward. We had seen lesser punches landed by Joshua end the nights of younger undefeated opponents than Klitschko yet the veteran champion refused to give in that easily.
In round eleven Joshua finally scored the knockout but he knew this was the biggest and toughest fight of his career. The former champion always a class act smiled, shrugged his shoulders as to say “Hey I gave it my best no excuses, Good for Anthony Joshua”, he even praised the young champion during their post fight interviews and Joshua returned the favor. At the time of the stoppage, Judges were split on who was ahead but all scored it razor thin at 96-93 and 95-93 in favor of Joshua with one Judge seeing it 95-93 in favor of Klitschko.
On that night Wladimir Klitschko erased the stigma of having a “Glass Chin”, proved he could be an exciting fighter so long as there was a willing opponent and most of all both Klitschko and Joshua reminded boxing fans on why there is nothing bigger then a “World Heavyweight Championship fight”. Something we had been void of since Lennox Lewis and Vitali Klitschko faced off in 2003.
The bar has been set for 2018, there are plenty of fights fans are hoping to see and many involve names already mentioned. Will they happen? This is boxing and there is no such thing as a correct answer to questions such as those, if they expect to continue the momentum 2017 has built I would say “Yes” we will see the big fights we are waiting for. After all boxing is a business and its only good business to give fans what they are hoping for.
WBO World Champion Aleksandr Usyk (13-0, 11 KOs) and WBC World Champion Mairis Briedis (23-0, 18 KOs) had their first face-off in Riga before the Ali Trophy semi-final bout in the Latvian capital on January 27th.
“Briedis is a good fighter, but the only thing he has that I want is his belt,” said Usyk. “I am looking forward to fighting in Riga, it’s going to be a great event. I am sure there will be a lot of people coming from Ukraine to support me. People can look forward to an entertaining fight between two world champions both eager to qualify for the final and win the Muhammad Ali Trophy.”
Said Mairis Briedis: “It is one of my dreams as a fighter to be part of one of the greatest fights of all time. I hope this fight will be a Hall of Fame fight. It has all the ingredients to become a classic.”
“Usyk was excellent as an amateur and he has been great as a professional, so it will be a tough challenge, but I believe that I have what it takes to beat him.”
“It is lovely to be in Riga,” said Comosa’s Chief Boxing Officer Kalle Sauerland. “This fight will be the biggest sports event ever on Latvian soil. We have to world champions, two amazing contenders, two sensational athletes. Briedis, the national hero of Latvia, the WBC Champion vs. Usyk, an Olympic Champion and World Champion. So the stage is set for a night full of drama.”
This biggest cruiserweight unification fight for several years takes place at the Arena Riga. The same place where Mairis Briedis booked his place in the semi-final by outpointing Mike Perez in front of a sold-out crowd of 10.000 fans.
His Ukrainian opponent went to Berlin in 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.
TACOMA, Wash. – Brian Halquist Productions will kick off its 2018 season with a special Friday night boxing event on Friday, Jan. 12 with Battle at the Boat 114 at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, Wash.
The six-bout card will feature a 10-round main event between welterweights John Jackson and Manuel Perez and the return of Walter “2 Guns” Wright.
Jackson (17-3-2, 13 KOs) is coming off a victory over former USBA lightweight champion Tyrone Harris on May 13 in his hometown of Detroit. Jackson also holds wins over Reynaldo Hurtado, who once fought for the IBF world bantamweight championship, and former NABF super bantamweight champion Ricardo Hurtado.
“I’m really looking forward to fighting at the Emerald Queen, one of the premier boxing venues in North America, and in front of their enthusiastic fans,” Jackson said. “Manny Perez is a tough hard-nosed fighter, and the fans will get the same in me, as I always come to rumble and give every bit of myself. I’m training hard, and I’m even going to train Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day, as this opportunity means so much to me.”
Perez (28-12-1, 7 KOs) has won six out of his last seven fights and three consecutive with his only setback coming in a decision loss to undefeated Jose Carlos Ramirez in a bout for the WBC Continental Americas super lightweight title.
Perez’s most recent victory came against Behzod Nabiev, a former World Boxing Union interim welterweight champion on July 9. He also defeated Edgar Santana, who fought Lamont Peterson for the IBF world super lightweight title in 2014, to win the WBA-NABA super lightweight championship in 2012.
Perez followed up his title win over Santana by making a successful defense against Jose Miguel Cotto (the brother of Miguel Cotto), who once fought Pantan Narongwet to a draw in a bout for Narongwet’s WBA world lightweight title.
“I know Manny Perez is a known tough guy, and so am I,” Jackson said. “I got the edge in power, but Manny Perez can take it. This will be a good one for the fans to watch”
Seattle’s Walter Wright, a former four-time Tacoma Golden Gloves champion and 2001 U.S. amateur championship finalist, returns to the ring following a near five-year hiatus.
Wright won 11 consecutive fights between 2003 and 2006, leading to his appearance on the ESPN reality show “Contender Season 2” where he participated in the welterweight tournament and became one of the show’s stars.
Wright defeated Andre Eason in the first round before losing to future two-time IBF world super welterweight champion Cornelius Bundrage by decision in the semifinals.
This will mark Wright’s 12th career fight at the Emerald Queen Casino. He has an all-time record of 10-1-0 with 6 knockouts at the Tacoma venue.
Highlighting the undercard will be a pair of undefeated fighters in Jorge Linares (2-0-0) and Fatlum Zhuta (4-0-1, 3 KOs).
Linares will face the debuting Journey Newson in a four-round 140-pound bout, while Zhuta squares off against Kian Heidari (1-0-2) in a clash of super middleweights.
JOE DEGUARDIA’S STAR BOXING will kick off the new year with a bang, as Long Island’s own ANTHONY “SHOWTIME” KARPERIS returns to headline Rockin’ Fights 29 at The Paramount against tough Mexican brawler ERICK MARTINEZ in a 10-round jr. welterweight contest on January 26th.
Both Karperis and Martinez are looking to bounce back after tough losses. Karperis’ loss coming by the hands of highly rated prospect and former gold glove champion Louis Cruz, and Martinez’s loss coming courtesy of the up and coming Zachary “Zungry” Ochoa.
Earning hard fought, quality wins against Ariel Duran and Scott Burrell in two of his last three main events at The Paramount, Karperis returns for his fourth consecutive main event. With his strong Long Island following behind him, Karperis will use his crowd pleasing style, and infectious charisma in an attempt to earn his 15th victory.
Martinez will be no easy task for Karperis, as he has fought highly touted prospects in Zachary Ochoa, Juan Ruiz and Taras Shelestyuk. The crafty Mexican brawler will look to leave his mark on the soon to be sold out crowd at the Paramount, in search of a victory to steer his career in the right direction.
Promoter JOE DEGUARDIA had this to say about the main event, “We have put together a great card on January 26th to start the new year. Anthony Karperis always brings a unique and rowdy energy to the Paramount and his fans always show up, loud and proud. We have put him in against a tough Mexican brawler in Erick Martinez, who will be sure to test Karperis for the entirety of this fight. This is sure to be a great night of fights.