TACOMA, Wash. – Few fighters have enjoyed more success at Battle at the Boat during the series’ 20 years than Mike Gavronski.
The Tacoma native will look to continue his winning ways at the nation’s longest running tribal casino boxing series when he faces Quinton Rankin in the main event of Battle at the Boat 111 at the Emerald Queen Casino on Saturday, June 3.
Gavronski will fight for the first time in the light heavyweight division. He brings an impressive record of 22-2-1 with 14 knockouts into the 10-round contest.
“Everything has been going great with Mike leading up to this fight,” said Gavronski’s trainer Sam Ditusa. “He’s down in San Antonio training right now. He went down there his last two fights and trains for five weeks. Each time turned out really well. It just basically gets him away from home and allows him to focus completely on boxing.”
It’s hard to argue with Ditusa’s assessment as Gavronski looked razor sharp in his last two bouts.Gavronski defeated Thomas Awimbono (25-4-1) in his last bout on Nov. 19, 2016, a win that came on the heels of his triumph over previously undefeated Australian champion Jake Carr on Sept. 10 2016.The victories improved Gavronski’s all-time record at the Emerald Queen Casino to 9-1.
“Those two fights were easily the best of Mike’s career,” promoter Brian Halquist said. “He looked like a completely different fighter against Carr and Awimbono. He was quicker and more accurate. He really put on a show and we expect the same type of performance from him on June 3 as he is right on the verge of being ranked among the top 20 in the world.”
Fighting out of Charlotte, North Carolina, Rankin is 12-3-2 with 9 KOs. He is 8-1-2 over his last 11 bouts with his only setback coming against undefeated Medzhid Bektemirov (18-0) on June 13, 2016. Rankin is coming off a draw against undefeated Todd Unthank May (10-0) on March 11.
“The opponent pool is really dwindling for Mike,” Ditusa said. “He’s going up a weight class. It’s just getting harder to find opponents for him. He’s fought some very tough fighters and I think Rankin falls right into that category.”
Battle at the Boat 111 Card
Saturday, June 3, 2017
10 Round Main Event – 173 pounds
Mike Gavronski (22-2-1, 14 KOs) vs. Quinton Rankin (12-3-2, 9 KOs)
5 Round Semi-Main Events
170 pounds: Tommy Turner (4-7-0, 3 KOs) vs. Issac Tadeo (8-0-0, 4 KOs)
147 pounds: Andres Reyes (6-2-1, KO) vs. Will Hughes (5-5-0, 3 KOs)
4 Round Undercard Bouts
177 pounds: Richard Vansiclen (3-0-0, 2 KOs) vs. Justin Milani (1-4-0)
140 pounds: Andre Keys (3-1-0, KO) vs. Ricardo Maldonado (7-6-1, 1 KO)
140 pounds: Niko McFarland (0-3-0) vs. Shae Green (debut)
Robert Helenius’ (24-1, 15 KOs) and Dereck Chisora’s (26-7, 18 KOs) WBC Silver World Heavyweight title fight, which was due to take place on May 27 at the Hartwall Arena in Helsinki, Finland, will be rescheduled for after the summer.
Helenius and Chisora were set to renew their rivalry following a controversial European title fight in December 2011. However, as promoter Nisse Sauerland explains, boxing fans will now have to wait a little longer before seeing the heavyweight rivals go toe-to-toe in a hotly anticipated rematch.
‘’It is with regret that we have been forced to reschedule this event, but due to a number of contributing factors, this has been a neccesary decision,’’ said Sauerland.
‘’I would like to apologise to all the fans who were looking forward to a great spectacle on May 27, but we will deliver an even bigger and better event after the summer.’’
Thursday night, Star boxing presented a full card streamed on the “Fight Night LIVE” Facebook page, from the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Connecticut. As action took place inside the ring, commentators Ray Flores and Michael Woods, interacted with Facebook viewers who shared their opinion of the event. This new series, can be pivotal for upcoming young fighters in terms of exposure and provides viewing opportunities, for fans across the globe who might normally, not have access to a live event, be it in person or on television.
The main event, was a junior middleweight contest between multi-time world title challenger Delvin Rodriguez and rising prospect Courtney Pennington.This was a critical bout for both men, Rodriguez hoping for an opportunity at one more high profile fight, entered on a ten month layoff and was 1-2-1 in his previous four. In order to get that opportunity, he needed to not just win but look sensational doing so. His opponent, Courtney Pennington entering on a two fight win streak, needed a convincing win to position himself for a bout against another top prospect and heighten his career to the next level.
It was obvious after the first two rounds, Rodriguez always the warrior, just didn’t have it in him. At 37yrs old, with forty two tough bouts behind him, Rodriguez battled both Pennington and time. He did start out pressing the action, yet was unable to cut the ring off and inflict any meaningful punishment. The younger fresher Pennington, incorporated double and triple jabs with movement, never in any danger or in need of adjusting his style, cruised to a comfortable unanimous decision by scores of 98-92 twice and 97-93.
The co-feature and most closely contested bout of the evening, was a female Super Welterweight contest between former world title holder, Kali Reis and Ashleigh Curry. In an interview, prior to the bout Reis gave Curry very little respect and implied it was nothing more than a “Stay Busy” fight.
Either Reis was over confident, or she and her team had not done their homework on Curry. While Ashleigh Curry, cannot be described as a technical fighter, her movement, counter punching off the ropes and awkward angles troubled Reis for every minute of every round. The official scores read 57-57 from Judge Tom Carusone, 58-56 in favor of Reis from Steve Weisfeld and 59-55 in favor of Reis from Judge Peter Harry. My own unofficial score was 58-56 in favor of Ashley, I can see an argument for the 58-56 in favor of Reis handed in by Steve Weisfeld. A score of 59-55 from Peter Harry was pure “Home Cooking” as broadcaster Ray Flores stated.
Super Welterweight Jose Rivera, scored a highlight reel stoppage over the tall, lanky, Marcus Beckford. At the start, Beckford had some success, using his reach and jab but after some adjustments by Rivera, a counter punch over a lazy Beckford jab ended the affair in round four. Jose Rivera improved to 3-1 (3), Marcus Beckford drops to 3-7-3 (1).
Welterweight Daniel Gonzalez, won a hard fought six round decision over veteran Samuel Amoako. This was a solid learning experience for Gonzalez, despite Amoako losing ten straight prior, he has been a stern test for many top prospects. In his career, Amoako has only been stopped twice, once against then top ten ranked Gavin Rees, the other against hard hitting Miguel Roman. All three scorecards, read 60-54 in favor of Gonzalez who improved to 14-0-1(5), Samuel Amoako now stands at 21-15 (15).
Super Lightweight Anthony Laureano, scored a six round decision over Sidney Maccow after a back and forth battle. Early Maccow, controlled the pace, using his jab keeping Laureano at a distance. After making a slight adjustment, Laureano applied pressure used head movement and combination punching to gain a well deserved points decision. The official scores read 58-56 on all three scorecards. Anthony Laureano improved to 4-0 (2), Sidney Maccow now stands at 4-6 (3).
Cruiserweight Richard Rivera, scored a fourth round TKO over Marco Parente, using combinations and pressure to continuously keep Parente on the back-foot. Despite a game effort by Marco Parente, he was never able to adjust and needed saving by referee Danny Schiavone at 2:27 of the round. Richard Rivera improved to 2-0 (2), Marco Parente coming up short in his debut is 0-1.
In a lightweight contest, between two fighters making their professional debuts, Omar Bordoy defeated Jonathon Rojas by unanimous decision. There was not a dull moment of the contest, both fighters gave it their all, Bordoy and his pressure style, won over the judges who all scored it the same 40-36 in favor of Omar Bordoy.
It was a bout, as I stated earlier because of this exposure through live streaming and the efforts of both fighters, fans who watched, will want to see them in action again sooner than later.
According to Joe DeGuardia, head of Star Boxing, fans can look forward to more events like these coming soon.
WORCESTER, Mass. (May 10, 2017, 2017) – Undefeated rising super featherweight prospect Irvin Gonzalez will headline the third installment of the “New England’s Future” series, Saturday night, June 10, as professional boxing returns for the first time in 11 years to the DCU Center (Exhibition Hall) in Worcester, Massachusetts.
“New England’s Future 3” is presented by Rivera Promotions Entertainment (RPE), which is owned and operated by retired three-time, two division world champion Jose Antonio Rivera and his son, Anthonee (A.J.) Rivera.
Arguably the top New England prospect, the 21-year-old Gonzalez (6-0, 6 KOs) is continuing Worcester’s rich boxing tradition, which dates back nearly a century. A 2015 N. E. Golden Gloves champion, Gonzalez has knocked out all six of his pro opponents, four in the opening round, the other two in the second. Gonzalez will fight Raul Lopez (10-2-1, 5 KOs), of Bronx (NY), in an eight-round match for the vacant Universal Boxing Federation (UBF) East Regional super featherweight championship.
Former International Boxing Organization (IBO heavyweight world champion, Sonya “The Scholar” Lamonakis (10-2-2, 1 KO), will face TBA in the eight-round co-feature for the vacant UBF World heavyweight title. Lamonakis is a New York City teacher who lived in Turners Falls (MA) and graduated from Springfield (MA) College. She is a native of Greece and a four-time New York Golden Gloves champion.
“I am excited that we will be having our ‘New England’s Future 3’ boxing event at the DCU Center,” promoter Jose Antonio Rivera said. “The last time there was boxing at the DCU was when I fought for and won the WBA Junior Middleweight world title. It was an electric night with the fight televised live on Showtime. I am hoping we can bring the same kind of excitement with our action- packed lineup of young and hungry up-and-coming boxers.
“We have two UBF title fights on the line with Sonya Lamonakis fighting for the female UBF Heavyweight World Title and Worcester’s own Irving Gonzalez, in only his seventh pro fight, fighting for the UBF 126-pound division East Regional championship. I’m also excited to have five Worcester boxers on our event at the DCU and I hope our Worcester fan-base comes out to support them. I am looking forward to seeing another great night of action-packed boxing.”
Powerhouse fighter Vinnie “American Nightmare” Carita (16-1-1, 15 KOs), fighting out of Pembroke (MA), returns in an eight-round Special Cruiserweight Attraction against TBA.
Also fighting on the undercard, all in four-round bouts, are Worcester welterweight Andy Gonzalez (6-1, 5 KOs) vs. Baltimore’s Kevin “The Scarecrow” Womack, Jr. (7-14-3, 5 KOs), Lawrence (MA) junior welterweight Adrian “Tonka” Sosa (2-0, 2 KOs) vs. Las Vegas’ Johnny Frazier (2-3-0-4, 2 KOs), New Haven (CT) featherweight Josh Crespo (7-4-3, 3 KOs) vs. Georgia’s Gabriel Braxton (2-18, 1 KO), Worcester featherweight Ranse Andino (1-0) vs. Woburn (MA) Gilvan Santos (0-3), Springfield (MA) junior middleweight Derrick “Double Impact” Whitley (1-0) vs. Norwalk (CT) veteran Shaka Moore (12-22-3, 2 KOs), Worcester’s Bobby Harris III vs. Brazil’s Nathan Schulte in a battle of pro-debuting super middleweights, Southbridge (MA) junior welterweight Wilfredo “El Sucaro” Pagan (1-0) vs. Lawrence’s Anthony Everett (1-5), Worcester heavyweight Bryan Daniels (4-0, 2 KOs) vs. Florida’s Christopher “The Archbishop” Boykins (1-8) and Hartford’s (CT) Richie “Popeye The Sailor Man” Rivera (1-0, 1 KO) vs. Michigan’s Michael Shipp (1-4, 1 KO) fighting at a 180-pound catch-weight.
THURSDAY, MAY 18
PARAMOUNT THEATER AT LONG ISLAND UNIVERSITY, BROOKLYN, NY
New York, NY (5/9/17) – Charles Conwell, a 2016 United States Olympian, will fight as a professional for the second time on May 18 as part of the special One-Night-Only return of DiBella Entertainment’s Broadway Boxing to New York from the Paramount Theater on the campus of LIU-Brooklyn.
It is a quick turnaround for Conwell, 19, who knocked out Jeremiah Page (3-4, 2 KOs) in 41 seconds in his professional debut on April 21, at Buffalo Run Resort and Casino in Miami, Oklahoma. Conwell is co-promoted by Tony Holden’s Holden Productions and managed by David McWater’s Split-T Management.
“I am so excited to fight in New York City,” said Conwell. “I will always represent Cleveland and I love the fans in Oklahoma, but New York is a city where stars are born. New York will become a second home for me on way to a world championship.”
“Charles Cowell will be one of the most active prospects in boxing. Tony Holden and I have plans to fight Charles all over this country, but I can’t wait to watch him make a splash in New York on Broadway Boxing,” said Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment. “This is a United States Olympian and I hope the local fans and boxing media respond accordingly.”
Broadway Boxing returns to New York for the first time since June 2016, on a One-Night-Only basis due to the insurance requirements imposed on boxing promoters by the New York legislature in August of last year.
Former WBO Female Middleweight Champion Kali Reis fights against the very tough Ashleigh Curry (7-10-4, 1KO) in a special 6 round Jr. Middleweight Female match that highlights a sensational undercard to the Delvin Rodriguez – Courtney Pennington fight Thursday, May 11th, at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT.
Reis won the WBO Title April 16, 2016, defeating Maricela Cornejo in New Zealand but lost it in her first defense as she traveled to Germany to take on Christina Hammer in her last fight on November 5th of last year. Reis is known for her all action style and always brings a large contingent of fans to her fights.
Curry has fought many of the top females in her division and the tough southpaw has given all of them hard fights. Curry was stopped in her pro debut, but since then has gone the distance in every fight. She has battled with the likes of Melissa St. Vil, Melissa Hernandez, and Mary McGee.
Many local standouts will also be appearing on Thursday, May 11th, including undefeated Jr. Welterweight Danny Gonzalez (13-0-1, 5KO’s) Woodhaven, NY who faces the dangerous Bryne Green (7-10-1, 3KO’S) Vineland, NJ in an 8 round bout.
Recent Star Boxing® signee Anthony Laureano (3-0, 2KO’S) Hartford, CT takes on Sidney Maccow (4-5, 3KO’S) New York City, NY in a 6 round Jr. Welterweight fight.
Jose Rivera (2-1, 1KO) Hartford, CT returns to the Sun taking on Marcus Beckford, (3-6-3, 1KO) East Meadow, NY in a 6 round Jr. Middleweight match.
Richie Rivera (1-0, 1KO) Hartford, CT fights Marco Parente making his Pro Debut from Toronto, CN in a 4 round Light Heavyweight fight.
Two Pro Debut fighters meet in a 4 round Lightweight battle as Danbury’s Omar Bodoy meets Newark’s Jonathan Rojas.
Finally, Hartford’s Carlos Perez makes his Pro Debut against Jr. Welterweight Dan Murray (1-1) Lakota Park, NJ in a 4 round Lightweight contest.
On the March 2012 cover of “The Ring” magazine, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and Julio Cesar Chavez JR, stand in fighting poses, underneath is a caption that reads “IS THE TIME NOW?”. Since it’s five years and two months later, obviously promoters felt that was not the time. In 24hrs though, at the Las Vegas T-Mobile arena despite if that was the time it should have taken place, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and Julio Cesar Chavez JR will meet.
When that issue of “The Ring”, was released both fighters were undefeated world champions. At the time Julio Cesar Chavez JR was boxing’s WBC middleweight champion, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez the WBC junior middleweight champion. A short while later, in his biggest step up bout, Chavez Jr outside scoring a 12th round knockdown, would be dominated by then middleweight king Sergio Martinez.
As for Canelo Alvarez, he would score multiple victories, claim another world title with a decision, over then WBA 154lb title holder Austin Trout. Then face boxing’s, “Pound for Pound King” Floyd Mayweather Jr on September 14th 2013, he too would be dominated, despite questionable scoring that ended in a majority decision loss.
The two fighters, would go in opposite directions after their first losses. A jump in weight for Canelo, claiming the middleweight title from Miguel Cotto. Then after refusing to face Gennady Golovkin, he vacated that championship returned to junior middleweight, claimed another title belt stopping Liam Smith while becoming a huge pay-per view draw during the process.
As for Chavez Jr, bad training habits and lack luster performances against journeyman Brian Vera, led him to lose public support. If that was not enough, a knockout loss at the hands of Andrzej Fonfara at light heavyweight in 2015, seen his star virtually fade.
In 2016 Chavez Jr returned, to claim decision victories over durable fighters Dominik Britsch and Marcos Reyes (Who will face David Lemieux on the undercard at a 163lb Catchweight). Even with those victories, Chavez Jr failed to convince fans he was on the return to former glory. With Canelo vacating his middleweight title, after refusing to face middleweight kingpin Gennady Golovkin, despite promising the public. The two fighters finally, have decided they are going to give the public what was asked for five years ago.
The big question, leading up to the fight has been “Will Chavez Jr be in shape? Can he even make the super middleweight maximum of 168lbs, let alone a Catchweight of 164.5lbs?” While rumors circulated he was not training as he should, others that he was training harder than ever, we were given our answers when they hit the scales Friday afternoon.
The two fighters entered to loud ovations, Chavez Jr had more supporters than expected by most. The crowd seemed to be 60/40 in favor of Canelo and that 40% seemed to surprised even bother him. Up until that point, Chavez Jr had been covering up with sweats in public, helping fuel the rumors he was not in top condition. Once he stripped down to his underwear, any doubters in person or watching were suddenly quiet. When the official weight was announced, Chavez Jr not only made the contracted weight limit of 164.5lbs, he weighed a half pound under. As did Canelo who also weighed in at 164lbs even.
The only difference between the two, aside from a substantial height advantage for Chavez Jr, was bulk. It was Chavez Jr who appeared leaner. It was Canelo, the former middleweight belt holder who claimed to be a “Junior Middleweight”, his reasons for vacating his WBC 160lb strap that had the muscle bulk.
In the faceoff, Canelo seemed more intense, looking up at Chavez Jr with bad intentions in his eyes. The body language of Chavez Jr appeared confident and relaxed. When the stare down was over, Canelo gestured towards the crowd, Chavez Jr strolled off stage and began to speak with his father both appearing to be in a jovial mood. What was peculiar is the fact, Canelo took to drinking electrolyte’s almost immediately as if dehydrated. If Chavez Jr did once out of site we don’t know but any questions on his condition, at least in terms of weight have been answered.
PPV Undercard bouts official weights.
Middleweight bout. David Lemieux- 37-3 (33) 163lbs Marcos Reyes- 35-4 (26) 163lbs
Reyes first weighed 163 1/2lbs until stripping naked. (163lb contracted limit)
Welterweight bout. Lucas Matthysse- 37-4 (34) 147lbs. Emmanuel Taylor- 20-4 (14) 147lbs.
NABF featherweight title bout. Joseph Diaz Jr- 23-0 (15) 125.5lbs Manuel Avila- 22-0 (8) 125lbs
Off air undercard weights–
Super Bantamweight- Ronny Rios- 27-1 (12) 122lbs Vs,. Daniel Noriega- 30-10-1 (15) 122lbs
Lightweight- Ryan Garcia- 8-0 (7) 131 3/4lbs Vs. Tyrone Luckey-8-6-3 (6) 131 1/2lbs
Lightweight– Joseph Aguirre-16-0 (9) 135lbs Vs. Angel Aispuro- 8-4-2 (5) 134lbs
Super Welterweight– Raul Curiel (Debut) 148 1/2lbs Vs. Jesus Ibarra Sanchez- 2-1 (1) 148 1/2lbs
Flyweight– Marlen Esparza-1-0 110 1/2lbs Vs. Samantha Salazar-2-3-1 111lbs
Don’t forget to tune in and watch the Talkin Boxing With Billy C PPV Post fight show starting 10min after the main event winner is officially announced.
George Groves will challenge Fedor Chudinov for the vacant WBA World Super-Middleweight title at Bramall Lane in Sheffield on May 27, live on Sky Sports Box Office as chief support for the IBF World Welterweight title clash between Kell Brook and Errol Spence.
Groves is gunning to land a World strap in his fourth attempt following two epic clashes with Carl Froch in England and a split decision loss to Badou Jack in Las Vegas.
Chudinov landed the WBA belt in May 2015 with a win over Felix Sturm and the hard-hitting Russian is no stranger to Britain having beaten Frank Buglioni in a first defence in London four months later.
‘Saint’ George is confident that Chudinov will not get his hands on the title again in the Steel City, and with four wins on the bounce since teaming up with Shane McGuigan, the 29 year old believes he’ll finally be crowned a world ruler on May 27.
“It’s great to be back fighting on Sky Sports Box Office,” said Groves. ”I’m excited to be challenging for the World title on May 27 at Bramall Lane. Last year was a good year for me. I feel that the work I’ve been doing behind the scenes with Shane has really started to pay off, and I’m in a great position to capture the WBA title and push on from there.
“Fedor Chudinov is a good fighter. He proved that against Felix Sturm, but I honestly believe that I will have too much for him. It has always been my dream to become World Champion, and now it’s my time and nothing will stand in my way.”
“We’re delighted to deliver George this World title fight on home soil and it’s great to be working with Sky and Matchroom Boxing on what will be a terrific double header with two World title fights at the highest level,” said Nisse Sauerland.
“George will face a tough test from Fedor Chudinov, who has proved dangerous away from home with victories over Felix Sturm and Frank Buglioni, but George is an elite level fighter who is only just reaching his prime, and we’re confident on May 27, he will realise his dream, and Britain will have a new World Champion.”
“I’m delighted to add another big World title fight to this show on May 27,” said Eddie Hearn. “Since the Badou Jack defeat, George has worked his way back into position and is now on the verge of finally capturing that World title. It’s a very hard fight against a very tough Chudinov and I expect it to be an all action affair. There will be 26,000 packed into Bramall Lane on May 27 and British fight fans can expect another epic night.”