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RODRIGUEZ-CAMERON WAGE WAR AT THE SUN!
July 24, Uncasville, CT - Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing put on a terrific 5 bout card last night as former 2 time world championship challenger Delvin Rodriguez (29-8-4 16KO Danbury, CT) had all he could handle from Iraqi War veteran Shawn Cameron (10-2 5KO Brooklyn, NY) as the two warriors fought at a fever pace over the 10 round distance in a Jr. Middleweight battle in the main event at "Slugfest at the Sun" at The Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, CT last night.

The action was fast and furious right from the start with both fighters landing hard punches on each other.  Rodriguez tried to use his vast edge in experience landing several clean counterpunches but the ever so tough Cameron kept coming forward, throwing bombs throughout the fight.

There was plenty of ebb and flow in this battle of attrition as the action was heated in every round.  As the bell sounded for the 10th and final round ringside observers thought the fight was up for grabs and the two combatants fought as if they felt the same way.  The final thirty seconds had the crowd of 2,600 plus in a frenzy as Rodriguez and Cameron stood toe to toe trading shots.  As the final bell sounded, both fighters were given a well deserved standing ovation by the fans as Rodriguez came away with the close unanimous win 96-94 on two cards and 97-93 on the third.

The semi final bout saw a minor upset as previously undefeated Light Heavyweight Joel De La Paz (7-1 4KO Atlantic City, NJ) was hammered midway through the first round by Naim Terbunja (9-1 1KO E. Moriches, NY) in a bout scheduled for 6 rounds.  Terbunja landed a crushing overhand right to the chin of De La Paz sending the New Jersey fighter flat on his face as the referee correctly called off the fight immediately.  

The reminder of the undercard saw Michael McLaughlin (12-1-1 5KO Boston, MA) capture the vacant New England Welterweight title with a unanimous 8 round victory over veteran Shakha Moore (12-22-3 2KO Norwalk, CT), Brooklyn's Scott "Bang Bang" Burrell (12-2 8KO) had too much firepower for a game Joseph "Chip" Perez (12-4-2 3KO Hartford, CT) winning a 6 round decision in the Jr. Welterweight division, and Jose "Rated R" Rivera (1-01KO Hartford, CT) made his pro debut a successful one as he stopped winless Saul Almeida (0-8 Boston, MA) in the 3rd round of a schedule 4 round Middleweight fight.
 
 
 
 
UPTON WINS ENGLISH TITLE WITH STUNNING STOPPAGE
ANTHONY UPTON became the second member of the Upton Clan to hold a national title following a stunning display against Luke Paddock in Cannock on Sunday afternoon.

The 24-year-old, who is trained by boxing legend Ricky Hatton, won the vacant English super-lightweight crown with a hellacious left cross 34 seconds into the ninth round.

It was a text book shot that rocked Paddock down to his boots and sent him crashing to the canvas. The Bloxwich man did get back to his feet, but was unsteady and referee John Latham correctly waved it off. The victory follows on from Anthony’s older brother Pauly being crowned Irish super-welterweight champion in April.

“It’s unbelievable. When I saw him shake his head and say he couldn’t continue I was so happy I dropped to my knees because no one sees how much effort boxers put in and how much It means,” Anthony, now 13-1 (5 KOs), said. “I’ve spent nine weeks away from my family and I missed them dearly and now it’s paid off. I was trying to get him (Paddock) with that punch a lot. I kept overdoing it and missing. I knew he’d lean in with his shots, but I was too far away. Ricky told me not to stand too far apart from him because all I needed was an inch more and I did what Ricky told me, tagged Luke and he went down.” He added: “Full respect to Luke Paddock. He’s a great fighter and good luck to him in the future.”

On the undercard, Anthony’s other punching sibling, Sonny, warmed up for his own English title opportunity by seeing off Atherton danger man William Warburton over eight rounds.

Sonny will now box Ben Hall for the vacant super-welterweight strap on a Frank Warren show in the Autumn.

Also in action from the Hatton stable were unbeaten prospects Reuben Arrowsmith and Sam Evans.

Evans stretched his record to 5-0 by outboxing Kevin McCauley over six rounds, while Arrowsmith used devastating uppercuts to drop and then stop Latvian southpaw Viktors Drizlionoks inside three rounds.

The card also saw Leon Gower and debutant Sahib Mann score third round stoppages over Craig Derbyshire and Daniel Mickleburgh respectively. Former world kickboxing champion Chad Sugden defeated Christian Hoskin Gomez 59-56 over six-threes.

 

 

 

 

Crawford dominates Postol to become unified 140lb King!

By: Daxx Khan - BillyCBoxing.com


The 140lb unification bout fight fans have been looking forward to between Terence Crawford and Viktor Postol took place Saturday night at the MGM Grand on HBO PPV. With the divisions WBO and WBC belts on the line and house full of fans who traveled from Omaha Nebraska, there was electricity in the air.


It would be a slow start as both men looked to find an opening, neither wanting to make the first mistake. Once the two found their rhythm or should I say once Crawford found his rhythm it became a one-sided affair.


Viktor Postol could not manage any sort of sustained offense, his jab was not pumping and Crawford countered easily from the southpaw stance. After Postol went down twice in the fifth round from lightning fast Crawford left hands he became gun shy, only throwing and connecting with an occasional counter.


Having success five seconds of every other round was not going to win the fight or even make it close, when all was over it appeared nothing more than a sparring session for Crawford who won by wide margins on all three score cards.


Judges Guido Cavalleri and Don Trella scored it 118-107, while a more generous Dave Moretti scored the bout 117-108.


Terence Crawford the new unified WBO and WBC super lightweight champion improved to 29-0 (20), Viktor Postol now stands at 28-1 (12).

The last time two undefeated 140lb champions faced off for the WBO and WBC titles was in January of 2011, when Timothy Bradley took on Devon Alexander. That bout was stopped in round ten due to a cut suffered by Alexander in the third. Much like Postol who went down twice in round five and became gun-shy, Alexander did the same and allowed Bradley to dominate the bouts remainder.


Afterwards Timothy Bradley went on to become a top five pound for pound rated fighter, Alexander remained a top ten fighter but always fell short in his biggest bouts. It will be interesting to see if Terence Crawford and Viktor Postol follow the same paths from here out.


In the nights co-feature a bout in which two other undefeated fighters met for a world title, Oscar Valdez blasted out Matias Carlos Adrian Rueda for the vacant WBO World featherweight title. It was a short and impressive performance for Oscar Valdez who needed less than two rounds to claim the vacant title.


The new champion Oscar Valdez improved to 20-0 (18), Matias Carlos Adrian Rueda now stands at 26-1 (23).


When welterweights Jose Benavidez and Francisco Santana stepped in the ring I expected a competitive and close fight, it was both. In the early going and until the midway point I actually had Santana up on my cards and saying to myself “Benavidez record is a product of careful matchmaking”.


That’s when Benavidez would switch to southpaw and start imposing himself, up until then he laid on the ropes more often than not as if he was tired. He began landing cleaner and crisper shots causing Santana to seek a brawl.


When the fight had ended Santana in my opinion won the early rounds, Benavidez the later rounds. At the bouts conclusion, my scorecard read unofficially 96-64 for Santana, the judges seen it totally different and were all over the place with their scores.


One Judge Kermit Bayless seen it 96-94 for Benavidez a score which I have no complaints, but Glen Feldman’s 98-92 and Adalaide Byrd with her score of 100-90 in favor of Benavidez were totally unacceptable. Those scores were completely off target and single moment that added a blemish to what up until that point had been a quality event. Jose Benavidez improves to 25-0 (16), Francisco Santana drops to 24-5-1 (12).

In what would be his second pay per view appearance in under four months, light heavyweight Oleksandr Gvozdyk stopped former world title challenger Tommy Karpency at 2:21 of round six.


Gvozdyk in his first pay per view appearance last April on the undercard of Pacquiao vs Bradley three, took just two rounds to halt former world title challenger Nadjib Mohammedi. In that fight he won the then vacant NABF light heavyweight title which he defended against Karpency.


Against Karpency despite the win, Gvozdyk appeared very vulnerable. He was dropped in the first round and appeared on his way to being upset, to his credit Gvozdyk would weather the storm and stop Karpency at 2:21 of round six.


In an important note, Karpency later stated his vision was blurred from a punch so he could not see well enough to continue the fight, this was certainly not a case where Karpency gave up due to lack of willingness. If not for the impaired vision we quite possibly would have seen a different outcome.  Oleksandr Gvozdyk improves to 11-0 (9), Tommy Karpency now stands at 26-6-1 (15).


In Undercard action prior to the PPV start.
Super Middleweight - Ryota Murata 11-0 (8) def. George Tahdooahnippah 34-3-3 (24) via TKO 1. After Murata dropped Tahdooahnippah with a body shot that appeared might end the fight, George got on his feet and was met with a barrage of punches that forced the referee to halt the action.


Welterweight- Leonardo Zappavigna 35-2 (25) def. IK Yang 19-2 (14) via TKO 6. It was a close start with Yang showing to be the more technical fighter until Zappavigna started pumping the jab with authority. Slowly as the rounds passed Zappavigna would close the distance, find a home for his left hand and finally catch Yang at 43 seconds into the 6th.


Middleweight- Stanyslav Skorokhod 11-1 def. Hakim Bryant 6-1 via UD 6. In the first Skorokhod would drop Bryant but to Hakim’s credit he rose, applied pressure throughout even scoring some impressive shots of his own.


In the end though Skorokhod was just too technical and prevailed winning by scores of 59-53 and 60-52 twice. With some adjustments at the gym I would like to see Bryant back in the ring, he showed a huge heart and potential despite a one sided points loss.


Light Heavyweight- Stephen Nelson 3-0 def. Tim Meeks 5-3-1 via TKO 4. After getting up from a first round knockdown Meeks offered no resistance throughout.


Prior to the fourth referee Vic Drakulich and Meeks corner were in agreement that should Meeks not offer any sort of resistance after the first thirty seconds it would be stopped.


As Meeks absorbed punishment and because officially no one but the referee was able to call an end to the fight, a member of the Las Vegas commission entered the ring and instructed Drakulich to halt the bout. That was a situation I personally cannot remember seeing before, a commission member entering the ring because the referee did not follow through on his agreement with the corner of a fighter taking abuse.
 

 

 

ADAM LOPEZ & ROMAN REYNOSO FIGHT TO A DRAW
MASHANTUCKET, Conn. (July 23, 2016) - With a potential title shot on the line, Adam Lopez and Roman Reynoso fought to a 10-round draw in the main event of the 15-year anniversary telecast of ShoBox: The New Generation Friday on SHOWTIME® from Foxwoods Resort Casino.

In attendance ringside before the fight, newly crowned IBF Junior Featherweight World Champion Jonathan Guzman (22-0, 22 KOs) announced that he'd like fight the winner of Lopez-Reynoso, raising the stakes for this matchup of 122-pound prospects. While the fight was close and entertaining, analyst Steve Farhood, who has called all 219 ShoBox telecasts, didn't believe either fighter did enough to earn an immediate title shot against Guzman.

The fight looked like a toss-up heading into the 10th - with Lopez leading by just one connect after nine rounds - and the Ronnie Shields pupil came up with a huge final round rally. The undefeated prospect hurt Reynoso (18-1-2, 7 KOs) in the final seconds with a flurry of shots, forcing the Argentine spit out his mouthpiece to buy himself nearly 30 seconds of rest. Seemingly out on his feet, Reynoso somehow survived the onslaught without falling to the canvas before the final bell. Lopez (15-0-1, 7 KOs) out-landed Reynoso 34-21 overall and 34-20 in power shots in the final round, but it wasn't enough to earn him the victory.

Judge Don Ackerman saw Lopez a 96-94 winner, while Bill Morande had it 97-93 Reynoso, and Peter Hary cast the deciding ballot at 95-95. All three judges scored the last round 10-9 for Lopez. Had Reynoso fell to the canvas in the final seconds, the 10-8 round would have given Lopez the win.

"It was a tough fight. He didn't want to engage," said Lopez, who out-landed Reynoso 158-144 overall and 131-125 in power shots. "He's slick and experienced and a good fighter. I feel that this was my best performance on ShoBox. I have been working on new things with Ronnie Shields and it showed in there. I know I hurt him in the last round.

"The decision was bullshit. He could not hit me."

"It was a close fight, but I feel I won," Reynoso said. "He never hurt me. The only thing that surprised me is that he was more aggressive than in other fights. I hurt my hand from hitting him."

Late replacement Jerry Odom knocked out previously once-beaten Julius Jackson with a vicious third round knockout (1:57) in the ShoBox co-feature.

Jackson (19-2, 15 KOs), the son of former two-division world champion Julian "The Hawk" Jackson, was outworking Odom through two rounds, who took the fight 10-days notice after Ronaldo Ellis suffered a hand injury. That was until Washington, D.C.'s Odom (14-2-1, 13 KOs) clocked Jackson with a flush right counter shot with one minute left in the third, spelling the end for Jackson, who couldn't beat the count and suffered his second consecutive knockout loss.

"I saw the right hand. I was throwing combinations and I saw the opening and landed a good shot," Odom said. "As opposed to the last couple fights, I am in a great place physically, mentally and spiritually. I have a great team around me. We are unbreakable."

"He threw the punch at the right time and caught me," Jackson said. "I was OK, but the referee stopped the fight. I felt up until that point, I was boxing well and winning every round."

Rolando Chinea won a close, eight-round split decision victory over O'Shaquie Foster (10-2, 7 KOs) in a matchup of lightweights, scored 79-73 (Chinea), 77-75 (Foster) and 78-74 (Chinea).

Chinea (13-1-1, 6 KOs) was the aggressor, dictating the tempo of the fight from the outset. And while most rounds were extremely close - closer than the relatively wide scorecards - Chinea's activity was the difference. Chinea threw 733 total punches, compared to 641 for Foster, and he edged Foster by nearly 150 power punches (592-449).

"He is a hell of a fighter and it was fun to fight him," said Chinea, who was largely able to minimize the jab, Foster's best weapon. "Like I said before the fight, he could not take pressure. I brought the pressure. I blocked and slipped a lot of his punches. My will and desire to win outweighed his will to punch.

"He did not take my pressure well. I worked my shots well inside and that was a difference in the fight."

Foster, who's record fell to 10-2 with 7 KOs, complained that he "had distractions and couldn't focus."

In the opening bout of the telecast, Ian Green handed previously undefeated super welterweight prospect Khiary Gray the first loss of his career with a stunning second round TKO (2:50).

With former world champion and fellow Paterson, N.J., Kendall Holt in his corner, Green (10-1, 8 KOs) came from behind to floor Gray with a big right cross to the chin that sent him tumbling face-forward into the canvas. Gray, a local favorite from nearby Worchester, Mass., tried to hold on with just 30 seconds left in the round, but he couldn't make it to the break and was falling backward into the ropes when the referee halted the contest.

"I got him good, and I got him out of there," said Green, who out-landed Gray 14-0 in the final minute. "He got me good one time, but I kept my left hand up and hung in there. We're going all the way up. This is just the start."

Gray (13-1, 10 KOs), who was seemingly in control of the fight and rocking Green with ease, became the 151st fighter to suffer his initial defeat on the prospect developmental series.

"He just caught me," Gray said. "I don't even know what punch it was. I didn't even see it. I tried to hold on and waste some time, but I got caught again. I just need to get back to the gym and fix my mistakes. I'll bounce back."
 
 

 

 

 

TERENCE CRAWFORD ADDS A TITLE TO BECOME DIVISION KING
By: Bill Dwyre

LAS VEGAS – Speed kills.  Saturday night, in a big-time boxing arena, in a big-time battle for future fame and riches, a Porsche took on a Ford Fairlane.  The result at the finish line was never in doubt.

 

 "The Iceman" VIKTOR POSTOL, a nice 140-pounder from Kiev, Ukraine, with a title belt that said WBC, summarized:  “He was too fast.  I had no answer for him.”
 
Freddie Roach, a Hall-of-Fame trainer who had prepared Postol, seconded that summary:  “He surprised me how fast he was.”

 

The “he” in all this was  TERENCE "Bud" CRAWFORD, the pride of Omaha, Neb., and now lineal king of the sport’s 140-pounders, with ownership of both Postol’s  World Boxing Council (WBC) belt and his own  World Boxing Organization (WBO).  In boxing, they call that title unification.  Also in boxing, they call what Crawford did to Postol, in front of 7,027 in the  MGM Grand Garden Arena here, a rout.

The three judges, Guido Cavalleri, Don Trella and Dave Moretti, made the rout official.  Cavalleri and Trella scored it 118-107, or 10 rounds to two with a 10-7 fifth round, when Crawford knocked Postol down twice.  Those were both kind of rinky-dink knockdowns, Postol losing his balance and touching his knee down after a routine punch, and then later touching the canvas with his glove after another.  The most interesting part of the scoring was Moretti’s 117-108 that included a 10-9 round for Postol, even though he had been penalized a point during the 11th round by referee Tony Weeks for hitting Crawford behind the head.

Those details mattered much less than the significance of Crawford’s victory, and the domination therein.  Top Rank Promotions, of whom Crawford is a part, must now find the best-possible opponent for its star, Manny Pacquiao, who took a boxer’s retirement (defined as saying you are going to quit and then you don’t) and will fight Nov. 5 at the Thomas and Mack Center here.  If boxing is to creep back into the sports’ public mainstream, as it recovers from the 2015 Pacquiao-Floyd Mayweather Jr., farce, Pacquiao’s next fight must be appealing and actually competitive.  Not just promoted as such.

While Saturday night’s Crawford - Postol fight wasn’t one of those on-the-edge-of-your-seat battles, Crawford’s speed and excellence will certainly give some fans hope for some real drama against Pacquiao.  Bob Arum, Top Rank’s founder and chief executive, kept it close to his vest after the fight, saying that the night was for celebration for Crawford and not for decision-making quite yet on a Pacquiao foe.  All reports had Arum grinning as he said it.

Boxing is in deep need of mainstream superstars.  Crawford may have just sprinted into that picture.  The current biggest name in the sport -- Mayweather is retired, too, and likely will be back soon -- is Gennady Golovkin, known affectionately as Triple G.  Golovkin has a hard time getting big-name fighters to box him.  Most recently, one of those, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, beat Amir Khan impressively and motioned to Golovkin, in the audience, that he wanted him next.  But after Canelo and his handlers slept on it, they decided to take a different fight in September in Dallas. Speculation now is that Canelo will be ready to fight Triple-G sometime around 2040, if they can find an arena in a rest home.

After Crawford-Postol, the only hesitation in canonizing Crawford might be the question of just how good Postol really was.  He had earned the spot in this fight with a stunning knockout of Lucas Matthyyse.  But once Postol got in the ring with Crawford, it was readily apparent that a good fighter was taking on a great one.

Postol tried to stalk Crawford, but it was like trying to catch a bird with your bare hands.  Postol was like a hunter, trying to adjust his gunsight.  But once he did, the target had disappeared.  He fought from a straight-up, jab-arm-extended stance that triggered memories of grainy news-reel films of Max Schmeling.  Crawford’s strategy was simpler: Now you see him, now you don’t.

Crawford gave credit to his trainer, Brian McIntyre, who studied Postol on film and concluded that he had to be stationary to throw a decent punch.

“We kept moving, so he couldn’t do that,” Crawford said.

The only possible negative for Crawford Saturday night was his hot-dogging and trash-talking in the 12th and final round.  Postol was trying his best to swing for a knockout.  He and all 7,027 in the place knew that was his only chance.  Crawford, of course, was too fast for that, but taunted Postol’s valiant effort.  Crawford could take a lesson on that from Mayweather, who probably made close to a billion dollars in purses in his splendid and unbeaten career, but had fewer fans than he might have, had his comportment been a bit less abrasive.

As it turned out, the 7-1 Vegas odds on Crawford that so many found out of line -- Roach called that outrageous and said it should have been an even fight -- were about right. Roach had even put down a $1,000 bet on his fighter, but it is clear now that that was more in investment in public relations enhancement than a real expectation of a cash windfall.

Crawford’s windfall from Saturday night was $1.3 million.  That’s likely a pittance compared to what he might get to fight Pacquiao.

Postol will take home $675,000, and that may go fast.  When he arrives, he will see, for the first time, his twin sons, born last Tuesday. Diapers aren’t cheap.

 

 

 

 

 

Ball Jr., Wilson fight to a majority draw; Jones scores split-decision win against dangerous Burgin
MASHANTUCKET, Conn. (July 22nd, 2016) – Previously unbeaten junior middleweight Khiary Gray suffered his first career loss Friday on the main card of ShoBox: The New Generation’s 15th anniversary fight card at Foxwoods Resort Casino, courtesy of an overhand right that no one – including Gray – saw coming.

Gray (13-1) dominated the first round and a half against New Jersey’s Ian Green (10-1, 8 KOs) until Green caught him with an overhand right that sent the Worcester, Mass., native to the canvas for the first time in his career. Gray was visibly hurt and took his time getting back to his feet. He tried to hold on for the final 20 seconds of the round, but referee Arthur Mercante Jr. stepped in and stopped it at the 2-minute, 50-second mark as Green unloaded with his opponent pressed against the ropes.

“It was just jitterbugs for me in the first round,” said Green, who agreed to take the fight on four day’s notice and weighed in at 157 pounds, the lowest weight of his career. “I just kept my composure and got back to boxing.”

Gray peppered Green with overhand rounds in the opening round and kept applying pressure early in the second, but once he took his foot off the pedal, Green fought back and landed a perfect counter right that changed the course of the fight.

“He just caught me,” Gray said. “I don’t even know what punch it was. I didn’t even see it. I tried to hold on and waste some time, but I got caught again. I just need to get back to the gym and fix my mistakes. I’ll bounce back.”

Unbeaten middleweights Kendrick Ball Jr. and David Wilson stole the show Friday on the preliminary card of CES Boxing, GH3 Promotions and Sampson Boxing’s fight card at Foxwoods Resort Casino.

The two unbeaten sluggers fought to a majority draw following four see-saw rounds in which they exchanged blows and unloaded haymakers without much defense or posturing with the jab.

Ball (2-0-1), who just fought last Friday and recorded his second knockout win, faced his toughest test to date in the slick southpaw Wilson (5-0-1), who came out firing from the opening bell and pressed the action from start to finish. An effective counterpuncher, Ball fought effectively with his back against the ropes, at times catching Wilson clean and momentarily stalling his momentum.

Ball appeared to land the cleaner blows early, but tired a bit in the middle rounds as Wilson – who hadn’t fought in more than a year before Friday – continued to come forward and press the action. John McKaie scored it 39-37 in favor of Wilson while Don Ackerman and Peter Hary scored it 38-38.

Making his New England debut, Augusta, Ga., lightweight Divante Jones (9-0) earned a hard-fought split-decision win over Philadelphia’s Anthony Burgin (9-2), 38-37, 37-38, 38-37. Bill Morande and Ackerman scored it in favor of Jones while Hary gave it to Burgin. The fight was back-and-forth from the opening bell, but Jones fought his best in the second and third rounds to earn the narrow victory in his toughest test to date.

Unbeaten New Haven, Conn., welterweight Jimmy Williams (12-0-1) kept his perfect record intact on the preliminary card with a 58-56, 58-56, 60-54 win over 37-fight veteran Antonio Fernandes of Brockton, Mass.

The preliminary card also featured the New England debuts of two 2016 U.S. Olympic alternates. Lightweight Brent Venegas III (1-0, 1 KO) of Elk Grove, Calif., made his professional debut with a second-round knockout win over Alexandria, Va., native Christian Foster. Foster earned the stoppage at the 1:37 mark, but not before Foster sent him to the canvas in the opening round. Venegas returned the favor with a knockdown just seconds later and finished Foster for good midway through the second.

New Brunswick, N.J., super flyweight Leroy Davila (2-0, 1 KO) fought an entertaining, four-round war against Edgar Cortes (2-3) of Vineland, N.J., earning a 39-36, 39-36, 40-35 unanimous decision win. The two exchanged blows in the center of the ring for the majority of the fight, but Davila landed the cleaner, more effective blows. Morande and Ackerman scored it 39-36 while McKaie scored it 40-35.





Team Shumenov petitions WBA to declare purse bid for mandatory title fight vs. Lebedev or strip Lebedev of his world cruiserweight title belt
LAS VEGAS - It has been more than a month since World Boxing Association (WBA) world cruiserweight champion Beibut Shumenov (16-2, 10 KOs), based on the much publicized WBA Cruiserweight Tournament rules and regulations, petitioned the WBA to either declare a purse bid for a title fight between WBA Super cruiserweight champion Denis Lebedev, or strip Lebedev of his title belt for being non-compliant.

Last July, Shumenov defeated B.J. Flores by way of a 12-round unanimous decision to become the WBA mandatory challenger for   Lebedev, who hasn't fought a mandatory defense since April 10, 2015.

The WBA issued a resolution this past April that Lebedev, who defeated Victor Emelio Ramirez in May to also become International Boxing Federation cruiserweight champion, must fight Shumenov within 120 days of the latter's May 21, 2016 knockout victory over Junior Wright.
 
On record for making changes to insure only one world champion in each division, incredibly, the WBA presently has 38 different world title belt holders in only 17 different weight classes.  Only three WBA divisions have one world champion - super lightweight, lightweight and light flyweight - and eight have three world titlists, including its cruiserweight division, which presently has world champions in Lebedev, Shumenov and Interim champion Yunier Dorticos, who is the WBA second mandatory challenger.
 
In an apparent public relations move, the WBA has suddenly declared this month a rash of mandatory defenses, however, declaring and actually making these title fights are two different things, as Shumenov has unfortunately learned.  The WBA should have ordered a Lebedev vs. Shumenov purse bid on June 21, 2016, when the two sides couldn't come to an agreement, but the WBA failed to do so. When Shumenov repeated his request for a purse bid in June, the WBA failed once again to act.

WBA Rule D: Purse Bids
1. Call For Purse Bid. Bout participants shall reach an agreement on holding the bout no later than ninety (90) days before the expiration of the mandatory period. To confirm an agreement has been reached, the WBA must receive acceptable bout contracts signed by the boxers certifying they have reached terms for the bout. If no agreement has been reached, the Championships Committee, with the approval of the President, can call for Purse bid. A boxer may also request a purse bid at any time.
 
Lebedev's promoter, Andrei Ryabinsky, has been quoted in stories about having a deal in place for his fighter to defend his IBF title first.  In effect, the WBA is allowing Lebedev to hold the WBA Super cruiserweight title belt hostage, leveraging it against his IBF crown.  Shumenov, who is a former WBA Super light heavyweight champion, has now proudly worn the WBA belt around his waist for a total of nearly five years.
 
"I was looking forward to fighting Lebedev and I don't understand his unwillingness and refusal to step in the ring with me," Shumenov said.
 
Team Shumenov is extremely disappointed in the WBA's failure to act on making the fight with Lebedev that it mandated, in addition to being discouraged by the WBA's failure, after several requests had been made, to either set a purse bid date or strip Lebedev of his world title belt.  Not knowing if or when the WBA is finally going to rule has left Shumenov unable to book any fights. The WBA's failure to enforce its own purse bid rule, or strip Lebedev, has unfairly prevented  Shumenov from earning a living while at the peak of his pro boxing career.
 
Shumenov is the only native Kazakh to be a two-division world champion.  Now a resident of Las Vegas, he also represented his native Kazakhstan at the 2004 Olympics in Greece.
 

 

 

 

 

 

Unbeaten Sergiy Derevyanchenko Dominates Former Champion Sam Soliman on His Way to Second-Round Stoppage
Ievgen Khytrov Picks Apart & Stops Paul Mendez in the Ninth-Round to Remain Undefeated
MASHANTUCKET, CT (July 21, 2016) - Unbeaten rising middleweight Sergiy "The Technician" Derevyanchenko (9-0, 7 KOs) knocked down Sam "King" Soliman (44-14, 18 KOs) three times before stopping the former world champion in the second round of the main event of Premier Boxing Champions on ESPN and ESPN Deportes Thursday night from Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, CT.
 
A 2008 Ukranian Olympian, Derevyanchenko was in control from the start, standing his ground and delivering smart shots as Soliman attempted to flummox him with movement and awkward angles.
 
Soliman got caught with a missile right hand from Derevyanchenko that landed right on the chin and sent the off-balance Australian to the canvas. Soliman didn't appear hurt however, as he continued to come forward to try to disrupt and frustrate the undefeated fighter.
 
Derevyanchenko continued to land effective shots and caught Soliman off-balance again in round two, this time with a left hook that put Soliman on the ground. Soliman again got to his feet but Derevyanchenko quickly stunned Soliman and put him into survival mode.
 
Soliman tried to tie up and avoid Derevyanchenko, but eventually the undefeated fighter training, who trains in Brooklyn, landed several right hands before a sweeping left hook sent Soliman to the ground hard and for the final time of the night. Referee Johnny Callas waved the fight off at 2:41 of the second round.
 
The opening bout of the evening saw hard-hitting Ievgen Khytrov (13-0, 11 KOs) lay a non-stop attack on Paul Mendez (19-3-2, 9 KOs) before eventually earning a stoppage in the ninth-round of their middleweight matchup.
 
Khytrov and Mendez went toe-to-toe from the first-round, exchanging flurries and showing a willingness to stand in front of their opponent. It was Khytrov who showed the more varied attack while getting out to a fast start and landing 50 percent of his power punches over the first three rounds.
 
Mendez stood tough and continued throwing punches, but was unable to land anything that bothered Khytrov. The Ukranian-born fighter who trains in Brooklyn attacked the body early while dazing Mendez with uppercuts and power hooks. Rounds seven and eight saw Khytrov increase his attack as he seemingly landed power punches at will.
 
The fight continued in that one-sided manner throughout the opening minute of round nine. Sensing an opportunity, Khytrov cornered Mendez and hit him with a series of unanswered hooks that forced referee Joe Lupino to stop the fight, at the recommendation of the ringside physician, 1:20 into the round. Khytrov ended the fight with a 482-125 advantage in punches landed while landing 50 percent of his total shots.
 
Here is what the fighters had to say Thursday:
 
SERGIY DEREVYANCHENKO
"I looked into his eyes after I knocked him down the first time and I knew he would continue coming forward. I wasn't going to drop my guard. I didn't even feel that punch on my glove because it was so clean to the chin. But I felt the last knockdown.
 
"I warmed up more than once and that broke my rhythm. In the ring I had to get my rhythm.
 
"Soliman came out nervous and not very coordinated, but that's the way he usually fights. That's his style.
 
"I'm going to keep moving forward. I can't sit and wait. We will assess the situation and move from here."
 
SAM SOLIMAN
"I'm doing well. I didn't get to warm up, just a couple of minutes, but that's no excuse. He did his job. That's never happened before to me.
 
"He's a good boxer who did what he had to do. I can't take anything away from him.
 
"After every fight, fighters have to decide what to do next. I have a lot outside of boxing that makes me happy, and it takes the sting out of tonight."
 
IEVGEN KHYTROV
"I love to fight and battle and go toe-to-toe. I executed the game plan. My defense was much better and I've worked hard on my defense. This was my best fight because that guy stood and fought, he didn't run.
 
"I wasn't surprised that Mendez took so many punches because I didn't throw every punch hard, I mixed it up, but did throw some hard punches.
 
"I want a couple more fights then I want to fight for the world title. That's what I've worked so hard to do. I'm not going to dodge anybody. I want to fight Gennady Golovkin and take his belts."
 
UNDERCARD RESULTS FROM FOXWOODS
(WINNERS LISTED FIRST)
 
WELTERWEIGHTS
Ivan "The Volk" Golub (12-0, 10 KOs), Brooklyn, NY by way of Ukraine WTKO2 (1:20) Ernesto "Fantastico" Ortiz (10-4, 7 KOs), Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico
 
FEMALE FEATHERWEIGHTS
Shelly "Shelito's Way" Vincent (18-0, 1 KO), Providence, RI WDEC8 (77-75, 77-75, 76-76) Christina Ruiz (7-9-3, 4 KOs), San Antonio, TX
 
WELTERWEIGHTS
"Marvelous" Mykey Williams (3-0, 2 KOs), East Hartford, CT WDEC (40-36 X 3) Issac Johnson (2-4, 0 KOs), Colorado Springs, CO
 
MIDDLEWEIGHTS
Alantez "Slyaza" Fox (20-0-1, 9 KOs), Forestville, MD WTKO6 (3:00) Paul "Chicho" Valenzuela, Jr. (17-4, 11 KOs), Santa Rosalia, Baja California, Mexico
 
MIDDLEWEIGHTS
Christopher Davis-Fogg (1-0, 1 KO), Framingham, MA WTKO1 (1:24) Jeff Anderson (0-2), Lincoln, RI
 

 

 

 

 

Why Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez IS the true current “Pound for Pound” #1 Boxer in the world

By: Johnny "Blaze" Robbins - BillyCBoxing.com

When you look at the history of Boxing, and the real reason we even discuss pound for pound Champions today, you have to look at how “Sugar” Ray Robinson was able to win multiple world titles in more than one division, and the calibre of fighters that can do this while defeating highly regarded World Champions, especially in three or more weight divisions. The Boxer, who exemplifies this in today’s current era, is Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez of Nicaragua.

Gonzalez in 11 years as a professional Boxer, has compiled a record of 45 wins, no loses, along with 38 KO’s! He has already won world titles in three different weight divisions at 29 years old, and even though he made the Flyweight limit for his latest world title fight, he actually walked into the bout weighing 126 lbs. Which means Roman Gonzalez is walking into the actual fight itself, as a featherweight! A full four weight classes above where he is still dominating his topped ranked opposition currently. “Chocolatito” in my opinion, could very well be the next “Manny” Pacquiao typed fighter who wins world titles in 7 different weight classes. A feat only Pacquiao himself has ever attained. And considering, that Roman Gonzalez won his first world title at Minimum weight, 8 years ago at only age 21, he definitely deserves to be recognized for his pound for pound accomplishments to date, more so than any other active fighter in Boxing today.

In a new world of boxing, where champions fight at catch-weights for bouts, and even disregard world title belts all together, often so the promotional companies in charge of the Boxer’s careers, can come to an agreement financially to terms that allow a lot of these high grossing, modern day “Super Fights” to occur. Look at what Floyd Mayweather Jr. a former pound for pound king of boxing had accomplished, as he’s an amazing 5 divisional world champion. When Floyd was previously retired, Manny Pacquiao was the pound for pound #1 ranked Boxer in the world, and as mentioned, “PacMan” Pacquiao holds the current record at world titles in 7 different weight divisions. I could see “Chocolatito”, with his precision punching ability and superior boxing skill and talent, moving up in many more weight classes. No doubt. And with the interest building in Nicaragua’s favourite fighter of the modern era, especially on TV and PPV in the United States, it’s also possible that this 29 year old Boxing phenom could potentially equal Pacquiao’s unreal record. Maybe even win 8 world titles in different weight divisions? ...Who knows? Roman Gonzalez has slick movement defensively, and solid footwork, with big power still in his 3rd division as world champion, and really only his 5’3” stature is holding him back from moving up in weight so easily.

Gonzalez is naturally walking into the ring at Featherweight, and is setting his sights on the next two divisions in front of him, as he has already publicly stated he intends to win world titles at Super Flyweight and then at Bantamweight, and the thought itself, is not that farfetched at all. Gonzalez “Defines” pound for pound with what he has already accomplished, but his next world title fight in September against Carlos Cuadras, is in fact for his 4th division title, the WBC Super Flyweight belt. A win in that fight will definitely be an exclamation mark on an already extensive and impressive professional record! ...and with Floyd Mayweather now retired, “Chocolatito” is the obvious choice to step in, and wear that crown of “Pound for Pound” Boxing King.

Gonzalez has made the “little weights” a lot more popular, in both hardcore boxing fans minds, as well as with the top TV promotion in boxing Premier Boxing Champion’s shows recently. Which have actually seen a Flyweight, as one of their top attractions?! It’s been a very long time since someone weighing in at only 112 lbs, has captivated audiences with overwhelming performances, against true upper echelon talent, constantly and consistently, and all the while scoring KO’s. And Ramon Gonzalez right now, is doing just that.

With “Chocolatito”’s spectacular boxing skill, and punches in bunches style, (behind a solid jab often as well), while consistently throwing combinations of 3 and 4 (or more) punches at a time (much like a minimum weight does ironically enough, as smaller fighters have always tended to throw more punches per round, than the heavier weighted Boxers do) and Gonzalez is also scoring with extremely high connect percentages on those blows as well. Roman Gonzalez is flat out exciting to watch! And he has also been a big draw to watch live in person, and on TV, because Roman Gonzalez is also a crowd pleasing, pure power puncher. Like Manny Pacquiao before him, as Gonzalez moves up in weight in these earlier divisions, his power seems to be increasing with his size as well. Gonzalez has KO’s in four of his five world title fights at Flyweight, four of his six world title fights at Light Flyweight, and he won all four of his world title bouts at Minimum weight by KO.

 

 

 

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Tom Molineaux: From Bondage to Baddest Man on the Planet
A Review by: Johnny "Blaze" Robbins - BillyCBoxing.com

Bill Calogero’s first historical novel, about a man who should have been, the first ever Bare Knuckle Boxing World Champion, is a thrilling true life story, about slavery, black slavery in America, to be specific, and one man’s desire to be the World’s Greatest Boxer. Tom Molineaux was born into bondage on a plantation, as a slave in Virgina. But somehow after a series of unforeseeable events, that led to this black American slave getting the chance to literally fight for his freedom. And the rise through the ranks of American professional boxing, that have all but been erased from 19th century American History. Tom Molineaux would eventually travel across the ocean to fight for a title, not yet even conjured up! A World Boxing Title!

The Author, Bill Calogero’s round by round accounts, of the ruthless battles that Molineaux endured throughout his illustrious Professional career, are absolutely awe striking. His use of real coverage from Great Britain, from the most notable boxing writers and historians of the era, is also a priceless part of his presentation, of this hidden gem, of a real life rags to riches story. Indisputably this is a story that needs to be told, and added into the laurels of professional boxing history. Bill Calogero does an excellent job of detailing this once revered “Sonny” Liston, or Mike Tyson-esque Black American Hero ‘s life, while not holding out any punches about the lifestyle that Tom Molineaux eventually enjoyed at the famed Horse and Dolphin Country Inn, in London England, outside of the squared circle.

Much like the Quentin Tarantino movie Django Unchained, Calogero’s true to life tale of the first fight Molineaux would ever battle through. A bare knuckle affair, which somewhat followed the round rules of the time. When a round was ended, only after one of the combatants hit the ground, and a new round would commence if the felled boxer was able to continue after the thirty second count. Tom Molineaux, the slave, would have to fight his first true contest, as a battle to the death. And to top it off, as incentive, his slave master had made a promise to his prized worker and friend, that if he could win, considering the amount of the wager involved, Molineaux could earn himself his own freedom.   

In the modern era of professional boxing, or prizefighting, which was illegal in England in the early 1800’s, dark skinned champions are the norm. And the color of one’s skin has little to nothing to do, with who gets a fair crack and a world championship title. But during the era of the terrifying Tom Molineaux, the black man was looked upon, and treated in a way that would cause world outcry today. (That may be part of the reason why his story, from slavery to American boxing champion, isn’t so easily researched in America? You can decide for yourself).

Trained in the “sweet science” by the owner of the Horse and Dolphin Country Inn, a man known in this historic time of the bare knuckle era, as Bill “the Black Terror” Richmond, Molineaux would become a true student and practitioner of the art of boxing, and ultimately like Richmond had done before him, take on any comer willing to step inside the ropes with him. Molineaux’s ultimate goal was to bring glory to America, and defeat the undisputed British boxing champion. A feat “the Black Terror”, his friend and ultimately his trainer from London, England, had once attempted after his own historic victories between the ropes against Britain’s top ranked opposition. But what happened on that rainy day fight for his life, in front of a whopping ten thousand plus fans, in the illegal outdoor venue at Copthall Common in East Grinstead, Sussex. With spectators travelling from far and wide by horse and buggy, and on foot, to see the first ever world title fight, about thirty miles outside of London, when Tom Molineaux, would finally have his shot at immortal greatness, versus undisputed British boxing champion Tom Cribb. Is something completely out of this world! And Calogero shares this story with the reader, using a number of historic ringside accounts, with round by round coverage, in all of its bloody and gruesome, brutal detail.

Tom Molineaux’s life was just as much a horror story, as it was a story of a legendary rise from bondage, to athletic superiority. In this current age, where international cultural tensions are at an all time high, and where attempts to explain the history of the world, in all of its honesty, regardless of how horrifying awful the truth may be. Calogero does a wonderful job of digging up a lost artifact, and providing living proof, of an athletic journey that should not be forgotten by time. An American black man’s struggle and his desire for more, that led him to the brink of the unthinkable. This is a travesty in sports that truly has no parallel today. And yet the lessons that can be learned by reading this story, in many ways equal those of the downfall of Mike Tyson. Also this one man’s will to do the in-perceivable, even though he was mocked and called a crazy man, is comparable to the rise of such notable early black world boxing champions as Jack Johnson, and even the world shocking rise of “The Greatest of All Time”, Muhammad Ali. Tom Molineaux’s story deserves to be told. And Bill Calogero did a great job of covering this should be American Legend’s life, a tale that reads like a Hollywood movie that would have Rocky Balboa himself shuttering in awe over. Definitely a must read...

 

 

 

 

 

Know All Before you Speak

By: Rahat "The Gift Media" Haque - BillyCBoxing.com


This piece is a crossover between politics and boxing. And it pains me to write it because when Ali passed I thought there would be solidarity amongst all to celebrate him. But this hasn’t been the case as certain fringe groups have come out to tarnish the image of the man.  However negligible this other group’s size is, I want to address the charges head on because either I feel that they are deliberately misleading, or that they are just ignorant. In both cases, I can only write what I know to set them straight. 

   
Recently there has been a growing neo atheism movement that is against all organized religions, perhaps rightly so as religion has directly or indirectly caused a lot of evil in this world. But because it’s a movement, like all other movements it attempts to provide commentary on every current news clip out there. I am not singling neo atheism out, but it is in fact a popular trait of such groups to put their own spin on every story in the spotlight in an attempt to seize the zeitgeist. And so when the former three time heavyweight champ of the world Ali had left us, it was absolutely heart wrenching for me to see many of these self-proclaimed “anti-regressive” groups highlight certain things the pugilist had said in his earlier years when he was chummy with the Nation of Islam (NOI). I really thought the greatness of Ali would make anybody think twice about portraying him in a certain capacity without researching his life in its entirety. But that is precisely what has happened, as a very small section of neo atheists are using old quotes of his to paint him as a racist. Sad indeed.


I know exactly what quotes those commentaries are referring to. I saw the videos many years ago, as soon as they were available on the internet. This is not a revelation to me or any other serious Ali enthusiasts who are always on the lookout for new footage of the boxing legend. Yes, he does say that the white man is the devil, and that race intermixing is to be frowned upon. And many more inflammatory remarks. But that was Ali at that point of his life. As all wise men do, he too would change his stances as he accumulated more wisdom through his years. It really hurt him to see his friend Malcolm X killed by the NOI, especially as he was instructed to shun him by the orders of the group as soon as Malcolm was excommunicated. His amicability towards segregation began to decline over the years. And after he performed the Hajj ritual, he stopped completely with any leftover anti-white sentiments.  And from there on, over the years if you listened to him, his love was all inclusive. It had always been, just that sometimes to fight the oppression he had to take an extreme pro black position which may be said to be black supremacy by some. I don’t have an issue with recognizing it such. Because it too was a part of his live at one point. But to just stop there, and not analyze the rest of his life and how he evolved is just disrespectful and very much agenda driven. If he was really anti-white, why would he negotiate on the behalf of all those mostly Caucasian American prisoners from Saddam’s Iraq?  Why would he visit all those countries that he did, that were teeming with people of all different colors under various nationalities? Why would he befriend all those famous reporters most of who had white complexion?  No, indeed if Ali was a bigot he would not have taken the time out of his day to do all those things. People loved him, as he loved the people. White, brown, black, red and yellow. People change, the NOI had poisoned his mind on certain aspects, but he came out of it eventually. To quote the man “The man who views the world at 50 the same as he did at 20 has wasted 30 years of his life.”


To summarize, at one point in his life, he was influenced by NOI rhetoric. I supposed he got some of his charisma too from the same group, e.g., getting the courage to be so outspoken. But at the same light, he inadvertently had adopted some pretty ugly views. But as with his trash talk, I believe that it was always tongue in cheek, and that he didn’t mean it. Indeed he had too many white friends in order for him to be racist. And his personality was such that he loved all. And such love and camaraderie amongst fellow human beings eventually would engulf any iota of hate injected into him by NOI. And at one point, he would leave NOI, and convert to orthodox Sunni Islam. Not that the latter is a basket of roses either. And there are rumors that he had in the end even left Sunni Islam to join Sufi Islam, which is perceived to be a more spiritual and less stringent form of Islam. Though this to my knowledge is not substantiated yet. But one thing for sure is that Ali repented ever uttering those old statements that he did about the false virtues of segregation and race homogeneity. Indeed, the rest of his life is a testament to it. Rest in peace.

 


 


ROBERT "THE GHOST" GUERRERO RETURNS TO THE RING AUG 27
New York, NY,  -  Robert "The Ghost" Guerrero (33-4-1) takes on David Emanuel Peralta (25-2-1) on Saturday, August 27 from the Honda Center in Anaheim, CA. on SPIKE TV.
 
Robert Guerrero is among the biggest names in boxing today, having fought the sport's marquee names like Floyd Mayweather. A former world champion in multiple weight classes, he owns signature victories over Andre Berto and Joel Casamayor. But now Guerrero is on a quest to return to the top of the welterweight division beginning with this matchup on August 27. He must defeat the hard-hitting Argentinian slugger David Emanuel Peralta to see his dreams of sitting atop the division realized once again.
 
The tripleheader also features all-action slugger Alfredo Angulo (24-5)taking on battle-tested Freddy Hernandez (33-8)in a battle of Mexican brawlers. A fan favorite in Southern California, Angulo enters this fight coming off of two knockout victories and he will look to make it three in a row when he steps into the ring on August 27. A veteran of many exciting 154-pound contests, Angulo is looking to continue to make noise in the middleweight division against Hernandez, who has won his last three fights heading into this showdown.
 
Rounding out the night of televised fights is 2012 U.S. Olympian Terrell Gausha (18-0) putting his undefeated record on the line against the Bronx's Steve Martinez (16-2). Fighting out of Cleveland, Gausha has risen up the rankings with five victories in 2015 and a seventh round stoppage of Orlando Lora in April. Now he will test himself against against the dangerous Martinez, who has recorded knockouts in 13 of his 16 victories.  
 
 
 

 

Tugstsogt Nyambayar- A King seeking a throne

By: Daxx Khan - BillyCBoxing.com


Undefeated featherweight Tugstsogt Nyambayar is the type of fighter boxing loves, he has dynamite in both hands and technical ability to go along with it. As an amateur he perfected his fundamental’s and created a name for himself over sea’s winning a bronze medal in 2009 at the Asian championships then a silver at the world amateur championships. In 2010 he claimed gold at the FISU world university championship’s helping him qualify for the 2012 Olympic games where he won a silver for his home country of Mongolia.


The wins would make him a minor celebrity of sorts at home and in India where articles were released on him semi-regularly. Eventually Tugstsogt found his way overseas to the United States landing in Carson California where he hooked up with trainer Buddy McGirt. Since his 2015 pro debut Nyambayar has scored six straight stoppages in a total of twelve combined rounds.


While none of his opponents have been of any note he has faced some tough veteran journeyman such as 28 bout veteran Pedro Melo, former NABF title holder Juan Ruiz then this past Saturday he dismantled tough Rafael Vazquez in under a round.


Tugstsogt Nyambayar and Rafael Vazquez were supposed to be the co-feature for an ESPN broadcast PBC card from Tunica, Mississippi headlined by red hot Kazakhstan super lightweight prospect Sergey Lipinets who faced veteran Walter Castillo. While the Lipinets and Castillo fight was an entertaining affair with back and forth action, Nyambayar and his literal destruction of Vazquez stole the fans attention.


The 24yr old who has been dubbed “King Tug” is on a name to keep an eye on, if he can take a punch half with the ability as he can deliver, look of him to be headlining cards soon. I already after six pro fights all won by stoppage predict he surpasses fellow hard hitting countryman and former WBA Featherweight champion Lakva Sim.
 

 

 

 

MIKEY GARCIA RETURNS ON SATURDAY, JULY 30
Leo Santa Cruz Defends WBA Featherweight Championship vs. Carl Frampton
Two-Division Champ Mikey Garcia Returns Against Former Champion Elio Rojas
Tony Harrison and Sergey Rabchenko Meet in IBF 154-Pound Eliminator
BROOKLYN —Undefeated former two-division world champion Mikey Garcia will return to the ring after a two-and-a-half-year layoff on Saturday, July 30 on an exciting night of boxing on SHOWTIME and SHOWTIME EXTREME that is one of the strongest cards ever assembled at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

Garcia, who won world titles at featherweight and super featherweight, will fight former world champion Elio Rojas in a 10-round bout in the SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING co-feature of the Leo Santa Cruz vs. Carl Frampton event presented by Premier Boxing Champions (PBC).

In the opening bout of the SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING telecast that begins at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT, once-beaten 154-pound contenders Tony Harrison and Sergey Rabchenko will meet in a 12-round IBF Junior Middleweight Eliminator.  Harrison and Rabchenko will square off for the No. 2 mandatory challenger spot to IBF titlist Jermall Charlo, who successfully defended his crown on May 21, and undefeated contender Julian Williams, who earned the No. 1 mandatory position on March 5, both on SHOWTIME.  Harrison vs. Rabchenko is the sixth matchup in 2016 between top 154-pound fighters, a lineup showcasing three world title fights and three title elimination matches in one of boxing’s deepest divisions.

The combined record of the six fighters on the SHOWTIME telecast is an impressive 162-4-1 with 113 knockouts.

An all-Brooklyn showdown between welterweight technicians Paulie “Magic Man” Malignaggi and Gabriel “Tito” Bracero highlights the undercard action on SHOWTIME BOXING on SHOWTIME EXTREME.  The 10-round bout is a matchup between a former two-division world champion, Malignaggi, and a fellow Brooklyn native, Bracero, coming off the biggest win of his career when he knocked out Danny O’Connor last October.

A 10-round clash between once-beaten lightweight Ivan Redkach and streaking Tevin Farmer, a winner of 14 straight, will open the SHOWTIME EXTREME telecast live at 7 p.m. ET/PT.

The July 30 event at Barclays Center comes on the heels of last Saturday’s potential Fight of the Year thriller between Keith Thurman and Shawn Porter, a back-and-forth slugfest that generated the top grossing live gate and second-highest attended boxing event in venue history.

MIKEY GARCIA vs. ELIO ROJAS
“I expect to pick up right where I left off,” Garcia told SHOWTIME Sports reporter Jim Gray last Saturday on CBS.  “I was a world champion, I was undefeated, and I still am.  I didn’t leave because I was injured.  I think I’ll come back even better.  I’m hungrier now than I was before.

“I just have to get one fight in.  This first fight with Elio (Rojas) will be somewhere between 135 and 140 pounds, but I want to fight at 135 and win a title there.  I want to win a title there and keep going after champion after champion.  Now that all that (uncertainty) is behind me I look forward to the next stage of my career.  This next stage of my career will be what people remember me for.”

“Mikey Garcia is a great fighter,” Rojas said. “I want to thank him for this opportunity.  We are both former WBC World Champions and I expect a great fight.  However, all of the talk surrounding this fight has been about Mikey's comeback and his future plans.  I am no tune-up. This is also about me coming back and fighting again.  He may be looking past me, but I am fully focused on him and securing the victory.  I will do whatever I have to do to win, so I can move on and regain my world championship.”

Garcia (34-0, 28 KOs), of Ventura, Calif., is 28-years-old and in the prime of his career.  Once considered one of the top young boxers pound-for-pound in the world, he will make his first ring appearance since he retained the WBO 130-pound title with a 12-round unanimous decision over Juan Carlos Burgos on Jan. 25, 2014.  Garcia, the brother of renowned trainer Robert Garcia, has been victorious by knockout in 10 of his last 12 fights and holds impressive victories over Roman “Rocky” Martinez, Juan Manuel Lopez, Orlando Salido and Bernabe Concepcion.   

Rojas (24-2, 14 KOs), of San Francisco de Macoris, Dominican Republic, won the WBC featherweight world championship in 2009 with a 12-round unanimous decision over defending titleholder Takahiro Ao in Japan.  The 33-year-old successfully defended the title against Guty Espadas Jr. in 2010, before losing the belt via unanimous decision to Jhonny Gonzalez in April 2012.  Since the loss to Gonzalez, Rojas moved up to lightweight, where he defeated Robert Osiobe in August 2014.

TONY HARRISON vs. SERGEY RABCHENKO:
“I'm thrilled to return to the ring on this big stage for my first fight in Brooklyn, and I'm ready to put on a show,” said Harrison. “Fighting for a world title is my dream and I know that I have a challenge in front of me. I'm working hard in camp to get another knockout and to make my mark on the division.”

“This is the start of realizing my dream,” Rabchenko said.  “America is the Mecca of boxing so it is a huge privilege for me to be asked to fight there. American fans like to see knockouts and I like to knock people out so I think they will like what they see. I think I can build a fan base there.  I am hungrier than ever. I have not seen much of Harrison, but I am ready for anyone. People say he is a very good fighter with good power. I’m not worried. I have good power as well and I think I will have too much for him.”

At just 25-years-old, Harrison (23-1, 19 KOs) has showed tremendous promise. He manufactured a 10-fight knockout streak from 2013 to 2015 and proved he could recover from a loss when he dominated Cecil McCalla for 10 rounds in October 2015 and stopped Fernando Guerrero in impressive fashion in March.

Fighting out of Belaraus, Rabchenko (27-1, 20 KOs) is looking to put himself squarely into world title contention when he makes his U.S. debut on July 30. The 30-year-old is coming off  stoppage victories over Walter Calvo in May 2015 and Miguel Aguilar in February.

PAULIE MALIGNAGGI vs. GABRIEL BRACERO:
“I feel truly blessed to have yet another opportunity to fight in Brooklyn,” Malignaggi said.  “I have known Tito a long time and I know he always comes to fight.  We will give the Brooklyn fans a great appetizer before the terrific main event later that night in Barclays Center.”

“I'm looking to make a statement by winning this fight,” said Bracero. “Paulie and I have been friends since the amateurs and I'm thankful to have this opportunity, but he's had his run. Now it's time for me to have mine. This fight is going to change my life.”

A former world champion at 140 and 147-pounds, the 35-year-old Malignaggi (35-7, 7 KOs) will return to the ring to fight at Barclays Center for the fifth time. He has faced a slew of big names throughout his career and has been victorious over the likes of Zab Judah, Vyacheslav Senchenko and Pablo Cesar Cano. Born and raised in the Bensonhurst neighborhood of Brooklyn, “The Magic Man” was victorious twice fighting in his birth country of Italy last year after unsuccessfully challenging unbeaten Danny Garcia in August.

Another Brooklyn-native, Bracero (24-2, 5 KOs) comes off of a sensational one-punch knockout of rival Danny O’Connor in their rematch last October. The 35-year-old owns victories over Dmitry Salita and Pavel Miranda in addition to his first triumph over the previously unbeaten O’Connor in 2011.

IVAN REDKACH vs. TEVIN FARMER:
“I am extremely happy to be back in the ring on a big show in New York,” Redkach said.  “There are so many Ukrainian fans in New York and I am thrilled to have their support and will put on a great show for them. I want to thank Leo Santa Cruz and his team for having me in their camp as we both prepare ourselves to put on tremendous performances come July 30.”

“I couldn't be more excited about this fight,” Farmer said.  “This is my Barclays Center debut and it is going to be a spectacular performance.  I have called out anyone and everyone in the 130- pound division to no avail, so now I'm moving up to 135 to take on Redkach, one of the most feared punchers in the division. Redkach is an aggressive guy and I know he is coming to fight, but there is no way I leave that ring without my hand being raised.  This is a fight where I can and I will make a major statement.  I'm willing to fight whoever they put in front of me to inch closer to a world title opportunity and July 30 is another step in that direction.  I tip my hat off to Redkach for giving me this fight, but this is my time to shine.”

Born in Ukraine but fighting out of Los Angeles, Redkach (19-1-1, 15 KOs) began boxing at the age of six and has put together an impressive career since turning pro in 2009. The 30-year-old owns victories over Tony Luis, Sergey Gulyakevich and Yakubu Amidu. Most recently, Redkach knocked out Erick Daniel Martinez in October 2015 and fought to a draw with Luis Cruz in April.

Representing the fighting city of Philadelphia, Farmer (24-1-1, 5 KOs) has won 14 bouts in a row since losing to unbeaten world champion Jose Pedraza in 2012. The 25-year-old has come on strong in recent years, upsetting previously unbeaten fighters such as Emmanuel Gonzalez, Angel Luna and Camilo Perez. Farmer dominated veteran Gamaliel Diaz in March and will make his Barclays Center debut on July 30.

 

 

 

 

TWO-TIME WORLD CHAMPION ANDRE WARD AND POWER-PUNCHING COLOMBIAN Alexander Brand SET FOR SATURDAY, AUGUST 6
NEW YORK, NY  – Roc Nation Sports is pleased to announce that Two-Time World Champion and top-rated pound-for-pound fighter Andre Ward (29-0, 15 KOs) will return to the ring on Saturday, August 6, to continue his conquest of the light heavyweight division when he takes on power-punching Colombian Alexander Brand (25-1, 19 KOs) at Oracle Arena in Ward’s hometown of Oakland, California. The event will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing® beginning at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT.

Ward and Brand were slated to face each other last November on the pay-per-view undercard of Miguel Cotto vs. Canelo Alvarez, but a leg injury forced Ward to withdraw from participation in the event.

Ward vs. Brand is a 12-round fight presented by Roc Nation Sports and sponsored by Corona Extra, the motion picture HANDS OF STONE: The True Story of Roberto Duran, Corporate Travel Management Solutions (ctms) and The Clorox Company, supporting the Bay Area Community for over 100 years.

“We can get it on, right now,” said Ward.  “August 6th, I will be ready, so come out to Oracle Arena or tune in live on HBO.  Don’t miss it.”

“It will be a great honor to face Andre Ward on August 6 and better yet in his own backyard,” said Brand.  “Fighting somebody with such an illustrious career, facing a guy that perhaps hasn’t lost a round in his entire life, is even more thrilling.  We were set to face each other last November, but he was forced to pull out of the fight with an injury. Now the time has come to fight him and I can’t wait to derail his future plans.  I’ll work hard to spoil them.”

Known for his strong character and integrity outside the ring and his warrior’s instinct inside it, 32 year-old Andre Ward’s skill and talent were apparent early in his outstanding amateur career.  He racked up every title in the books, culminating in a gold medal in the light heavyweight division at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece.  As the only male American boxer to claim Olympic gold in the past decade, Ward joined the likes of Muhammad Ali, Sugar Ray Leonard and Oscar De La Hoya.  He turned professional on December 18, 2004, scoring a second round technical knockout victory over Chris Molina at Staples Center in a fight that was televised live on HBO.  He has gone on to rack up 27 more victories since then, building an ever-growing legion of fans in the process.  After becoming the Ring Magazine and WBA Super Middleweight World Champion, rising to the number two spot on the pound-for-pound list and winning the 2011 Fighter of the Year Award (ESPN, Sports Illustrated, Ring Magazine and the Boxing Writers Association of America), it was announced that Ward signed an exclusive promotional agreement with Roc Nation Sports in January 2015, opening a new chapter in his storied boxing career.  The Bay Area product returned to the ring on June 20, 2015 at the Oracle Arena in front of his hometown fans in Oakland, California and scored a ninth-round knockout over Paul Smith, continuing his unbeaten streak which dates back to when he was a 12-year-old amateur.  In his most recent fight on March 26, 2016, Ward made his highly publicized 175-pound debut against Cuba’s undefeated and IBF number one rated light heavyweight contender Sullivan Barrera in front of frenzied crowd at Oracle Arena that including luminaries such as Michael B. Jordan, Stephen Curry, Marshawn Lynch and Draymond Green.  Ward expertly managed the fight and began to unravel his opponent in the third round when he caught Barrera with a counter left hook, dropping him to the canvas.  The rest was a routine victory for Ward, who scored a dominating dispatch of Barrera by way of unanimous decision after 12 rounds.  Ward looks forward to a formidable challenge in Brand who is now the only obstacle in the way of his anticipated showdown against Unified Light Heavyweight World Champion Sergey Kovalev in the fall.

Bogota, Colombia native Alexander Brand (25-1, 19 KOs) turned professional at the relatively late age of 32 following a long and accomplished amateur career that saw him tally over 400 wins.  He burst on to the professional scene in 2009, scoring knockout wins in his first 12 fights and winning 15 of his first 17 bouts inside the distance.  His first and only professional setback came via an eight-round split decision loss to current WBC Super Middleweight World Champion Badou Jack in a 2012 fight that many ringside observers thought Brand had won.  Since that fight, Brand has passed every ring test with flying colors, notching eight consecutive victories.  In his last bout, Brand faced the sternest test of his career since the Jack fight when he fought a favored, undefeated and highly touted light heavyweight Medzhid Bektemirov on December 5, 2015 at Osceola Heritage Center in Kissimmee, Florida.  Brand weathered an early Bektemirov blitz, including recovering from a first round knockdown, and notched a 10-round split decision victory by the scores of 98-91, 98-91 and 94-95.  The 39 year-old Brand, who has held several regional title including the WBC Latino Super Middleweight and the WBC Silver Interim Super Middleweight Championships, will be looking to pull off another upset on August 6 and thrust himself into light heavyweight title contention.

 

 

 

 

 

Featherweight World Champion Leo Santa Cruz Defends Against Irish Star Carl Frampton Saturday, July 30

BROOKLYN  – Undefeated featherweight world champion Leo “El Terremoto” Santa Cruz (32-0-1, 18 KOs) and fellow unbeaten Irish star Carl “The Jackal” Frampton (22-0, 14 KOs) will meet with a world title and two perfect records at stake on Saturday, July 30 in the main event of a Premier Boxing Champions event from Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® telecast begins live on SHOWTIME® at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT.

Santa Cruz and Frampton collide in a battle of world champions who mix dizzying speed with incredible output that produces exciting fight after exciting fight. This fight will be the fifth featherweight world title fight presented by SHOWTIME in 2016. Frampton, a unified world champion at 122 pounds, a weight class Santa Cruz previously held a title at, will move up a notch in weight and challenge at 126 pounds.

"I've never been to New York before and I’m looking forward to this big opportunity to put on a show for new fans in a new city,” said Santa Cruz. “I always fight for the fans and I'm excited to be able to do that somewhere I haven't been before. Frampton is a good fighter. He has power and skills and he moves when he has to, but he has a weak chin. When he gets caught with a good punch, he goes down. He doesn't like pressure and I have that. I'm looking forward to putting on an exciting show at Barclays Center and I hope I leave with lots of new fans."

“I am in terrific shape, I feel fantastic in the gym and I am ready for the biggest fight of my career,” said Frampton. “On July 30 I will become a two weight world champion. I respect Leo Santa Cruz, he is a great fighter and person, but I am preparing meticulously to overcome any challenge he brings on July 30. I cannot wait to hear the crowd at Barclays Center. It is my first time boxing in New York, where some of the greatest fights have taken place. I know there will be a large number of fans traveling from the UK and Ireland but there is also a huge Irish-American audience and I am eager to show them all what I can do. Get your tickets now, it’s going to be a great fight!”

The popular Mexican-American Santa Cruz fights out of Los Angeles and won the 126-pound title in a “Fight of the Year” candidate against former three-division champ Abner Mares last August at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles. It was just the third fight in the featherweight division for Santa Cruz, who has won belts at 118 and 122 pounds while earning a reputation as one of boxing’s most active and exciting fighters. The 27-year-old also holds victories over Cristian Mijares and Eric Morel. He has competed in world title bouts in 11 of his last 13 fights since 2012. After stopping former world champion Kiko Martinez in the fifth round last Feb. 27, Santa Cruz makes his second world title defense in his East Coast debut.

After defeating rival Scott Quigg in their 122-pound unification bout last Feb. 27, Frampton will attempt to capture a world title in a second weight class. Fighting out of Belfast, Northern Ireland, the Irish national amateur champion in 2005 and 2009 expects to bring some of his rabid fans stateside come July 30. The 29-year-old became a world champion in 2014 when he defeated Kiko Martinez to earn a super bantamweight title. He made his U.S. debut in July 2015 when he defeated Alejandro “Cobrita” Gonzalez Jr. in Texas before unifying the title against Quigg.


 

 


"SHOOTOUT IN QUEBEC" - Adonis Stevenson vs. Thomas Williams Jr. WBC Light Heavyweight Championship
MONTREAL, Canada  - Groupe Yvon Michel (GYM) and Gestev are proud to officially announce, "SHOOTOUT", the next fight for power-punching Adonis "Superman" Stevenson, July 29 at Centre Videotron, a presentation of Videotron in association with Mise-O-Jeu.  This event is presented as part of the prestigious "Premier Boxing Champions" (PBC) series, to be broadcast live in the United States, and on Canal Indigo in Canada.

Stevenson (27-1, 22 KOs), who established himself as one of the most powerful pound-for-pound fighters in the world, will defend his World Boxing Council (WBC) and lineal light heavyweight (175 pound division) title for the seventh time, against the dangerous, WBC No. 9 rated Thomas "Top Dog" Williams (20-1, 14 KOs).
 
"I am very happy to get back in the ring for my next fight, which will be held July 29 in the superb Centre Videotron of Quebec, against Thomas Williams Jr.," Stevenson said.  I will demonstrate that, like fine wine, I am even better with age.  Even though I haven't boxed for 10 months, I've never left the gym and I'm willing to defend my crown."

Williams, of Fort Washington, Maryland, at 28, is 10 years younger than Stevenson and also left-handed.  He had a successful amateur career and is reputed to be a major danger in the ring as evidenced by his 10 victories won by knockout in less than two rounds, including his last two outings against renowned Edwin Rodriguez (28-1, 19 KOs) and Umberto Savigne (12-2, 9 KOs).

In both of those two fights, Williams was an underdog, but his determination and lethal punch made the difference.  "There were many who had lost trust in me two years ago after my loss to Gabriel Campillo (24-6-1, 11 KOs)," Williams explained. "I don't make excuses but there were circumstances that led to this result. I'm coming off the best performance of my career and I'm ready to make a change July 29 in terms of the holding title belt.  Stevenson has never faced a puncher like me in the past."

In the co-feature, current WBC Silver light heavyweight champion and WBC No. 1 contender, Eleider Alvarez (19-0, 10 KOs), will attempt to maintain his position as the WBC mandatory challenger against Maximiliano Gomez (22-5, 9 KOs), of Argentine.

Also scheduled to be in action are Nova Scotia native and adopted Montreal fighter Custio Clayton (8-0, 7 KOs), who will attempt to continue his rise in the welterweight division, Quebec heavyweight Eric Martel Bahoeli (11-6, 7 KOs) will realize his dream to fight in Videotron Centre, charismatic Montreal welterweight Junior Ulysse (10-0, 7 KOs) and welterweight Marie Eve Dicaire (4-0) are also slated to be in action.  Other fights and fighters will soon be announced for the July 29th card.

All fights and fighters are subject to change.
 

 

 

 

 

Too Many Titles = Less Value – We Need One World Champion Per Division!
By: Bill Calogero – BillyCBoxing.com

Once upon a time in the World of Professional Sports, to be labeled as Boxing’s “Heavyweight Champion Of The World” was the best honor you could obtain, as a professional athlete, hands down.   When kids played games like king of the mountain; when you won, you were “The Champion Of The World”.

As a boxing fan, it was easy to follow the sport of boxing when there were eight weight divisions and only one champion per division. The NORM was to become a pro fighter, work your way to being a prospect, then a contender. Since there was only one World Champion in each division, to make it into the top-ten contender list meant something. If you were the number ten ranked middleweight in the World, you were a dam good fighter.

Today we have seventeen weight divisions. We have a plethora  of sanctioning bodies, which all have titles in all of weight divisions. World Champions have become much too common, but it gets worse.

Let’s look at the top FOUR sanctioning bodies: WBC, WBO, IBF and the WBA. Of the top four, each one could have many world Champions in EACH division. For example, if we look at the Middleweight Division, each sanctioning body listed above could have a Super World Champion, a Regular World Champion, an Interim World Champion, a Champion Emeritus and a Champion in Recess. That ‘s FIVE middleweights all claiming to be the Middleweight Champion “Of The World”….all in ONE sanctioning body! Multiply that by four and we can conceivably have twenty middleweight fighters claiming to be the “Middleweight Champion Of The World.”

Add that each sanctioning body has their OWN top ten contenders, and you could have another pool of over forty fighters claiming to be a top-ten fighter.

What true value is there in being a World Champion? The value is a smoke screen made by the big promoters and TV Networks. They, for some reason, think the only way a fight will sell as a PPV or get great viewing numbers is if it’s for a “World Title”.

The other factor is that today, a manager and or promoter of a fighter feeds a potential good fighter a steady diet of cupcakes in order to build up his/her record so a network or larger promoter will have interest. Once that happens, the money in the sport of boxing can be made by the fighter and his team.

That is all great for the fighter, but what about the fan? What about the sport? Fighters used to want to prove they were the best by fighting the best. If that meant going up or down in weight, they did it…to prove they were the best.

Today, we see fighters who look for the easiest route to making big money that’s it. Don’t get me wrong, I think all fighters should make as much money as possible, but the truth is fighters are not real fighters unless they are willing to fight the real fights.

The best way a young fighter can progress is to have his team find him progressively harder fights each time out in order to give the fighter the chance to GET BETTER.

A question I always ask during my show is this: If the best football team played the worst team every week for an entire season and went undefeated, are they really the best team?

Boxing needs to refocus on what made it the great sport it is. Young fighters need to fight. Fans need to support the local club shows and support their local fighters. The fighters must not be afraid to fight real fights. Most of all, the fans need to understand that a fighter with some losses, is not a bad fighter! The FAN drives the sport of boxing. If boxing continues on the course it’s currently on, today’s fan WILL lose interest. How could they not? When you have fights that have lines so out of whack, that you have to put up over $10,000 to win $100, something is wrong.

When we can all look to one fighter in each division as the “Champion of The Word” again, boxing will be back. As far as I know, there is only one world, so we should only have one World Champion for each division.  

We have one Football Champion. We have one Baseball Champion. We have one Hockey Champion. We have one Basketball Champion.

We need to have one Champion per division in Boxing. It’s time to right the ship!

 

 

 

 

TOM MOLINEAUX: From Bondage To Baddest Man On The Planet – A Must Read For All
Lake George, NY – Bill Calogero, host of boxing’s Undisputed Champion of Boxing Talk program, the Talkin Boxing With Billy C TV & Radio Show, officially released his first book, Tom Molineaux: From Bondage To Baddest Man On The Planet two weeks ago. Since then, the demand for signed copies, which are available through the Book Club section of the BillyCBoxing.com website, has not stopped.
 
The book tells the story of Tom Molineaux, who was born a Slave on a Virginia Plantation during the late 1700’s, became a fighter, fought and won his freedom, fought for a World Title and whose fame rose to the height of being the very first high-profile World-Wide sports celebrity. However, because of the color of his skin not only during his lifetime but unfortunately continues to this day, he has become virtually a forgotten name. Molineaux is not only an important piece of Boxing History he’s also a major part of American History. Calogero’s book tells the complete story and wants people to read the book and help set the record straight. It’s time to give Molineaux the credit he deserves.
 
Here’s What’s Been Said Recently About the Book:
 
Charley Fitch - Professional boxing referee:
Finished reading “Tom Molineaux” today and it is fantastic! Congratulations on writing a truly excellent book covering a person with historical significance that goes well beyond boxing.
 
What a story. Well written and interesting to read. A treasure of information that I’m going to be purchasing several more copies of as Christmas presents.
 
I loved the details and how you were able to put Molineaux’ achievements in historical context (slavery, American Revolution). This is much more than a boxing book. It’s important history from several often neglected aspects.
 
Plus, book was factual and told the story of a human being overcoming longest of odds to reach highest of highs only to succumb to the lowest of lows. It included the man’s warts, the character flaws and failings.  That is how life is. I loved the honesty of it.
 
Thank you for writing “From Bondage to Baddest Man on the Planet” and bringing Tom Molineaux’s amazing story to life. Before reading your book I knew nothing about him. Due to the work you have done that has changed.
 
Don “Bear” Koss:
In his new book, Tom Molineaux, From Bondage to Baddest Man on the Planet, Bill Calogero, presents the story of an early prize ring warrior to a new generation of boxing fans. Molineau’s story, hitherto known only to boxing’s historical cognoscenti, is a compelling tale hallmarking the meteoric rise and fall whose personality was imbued with human frailty while suffering societal injustice.
 
Chronicling the life and career of a prize ring pugilist and evaluating it is especially challenging. The difficulties go well beyond the difference in rules between the Prize Ring and the Queensberry eras. The most common tool used in contemporary evaluation is film or tape.  YouTube dominates contemporary culture. When no film exists, or when the quality of existing film is poor in quality as in the case of the early 20th century contemporary evaluators tend to denigrate the skills of boxers of an earlier era.
 
Newspapers and other print sources must be brought to the fore when evaluating earlier fighters. When there is a paucity of these sources the problem is magnified. For the most part, only major fights in the careers of pugilists have been recorded. One can compare the number of recorded fights of Daniel Mendoza with those of his contemporaries. There is a substantial difference in the numbers. Mendoza published his memoires and listed his fights. The difference in number is large enough to allow the inference that at least 60 % of a pugilist’s record is lost to history. In the case of Molineaux the problem is even more acute. As Billy C points out, Molineaux was a product of what was euphemistically called the peculiar institution, Slavery, and however much revisionist may white-wash this fact, it won’t go away.
 
Bill C utilizes the existing source material for prize ring history (old and rare books) to overcome these problems. He synthesizes these sources to give us the life of Tom Molineaux presented in fresh and colloquial language. Bill is concerned with presenting the facts of Molineaux’s life. This is evidenced by his omission of references to Molineaux and George Washington, because nothing beyond their anecdotal nature could be substantiated. His effort to present the facts of Molineaux’s life, is undermined to a degree, by a lack of citation in his text. Academics always find a lack of citations troublesome. I was still able to check source material by cross referencing this book with Billy C’s essay “Tom Molineaux: From Slave to American Heavyweight Champion”  in Aycock & Scott’s The First Black Boxing Champions. The lack of citations could possibly limit the purchasing of this book by libraries to those with specialized sports of Black History specializations but should not hinder the boxing fan from making Tom Molineaux’s life a part of their own.
 
Donald R Koss
 Longtime Member International Boxing Research Organization
World Boxing Hall of Fame Elector
Emeritus Professor of Library and Information Science, Richard J. Daley College
Member, Dubois’ Company, 3rd New York Regiment, MWTA (A Midwestern group of historical revolutionary war re-enactors)
 
 
A MUST READ for not only boxing buff's but American history in general
By:  Anthony Owens -  Life-long Boxing fan
 
Fantastic read, the life of Tom Molineaux is a mixture of not only boxing but American history. Learning the struggles of Molineaux from start to finish and manner in which they were told made it impossible to put down.
 
As a boxing fan while reading portions in the book leading up to Molineaux's biggest bouts and how his training was progressing left me with that same feeling of anticipation I get when counting down to a modern big time Pay-Per View event as if I had no idea who would prevail.
 
When the bouts themselves were described I could virtually hear the crowd yelling and sounds of thudding punches. The first bout against Cribb was so detailed in the description at one point I was thinking to myself I hope this doesn't get stopped on cuts!
 
The way Bill Calogero tells of Molineaux's struggles from being born a slave to gaining freedom, fighting for recognition not only as a prize fighter but as a MAN left me in awe of the type person Tom Molineaux must have been on the inside and fortitude he possessed.
 
The only thing I could not understand after reading the book was why has no one told his story in full before?
 
 
You can a copy of the book right now at Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com and where all good books are sold.  You can get a signed copy of the book by visiting the Book Club section at BillyCBoxing.com.
 
For Interviews you can contact Bill Calogero directly by email at: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

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