Froch overwhelms Bute in 5 to become second fiddle at 168!
By: Daxx Kahn - BillyCBoxing.com
In what was a battle that had so many on the fence who would prevail, Carl “The Cobra” Froch overwhelmed undefeated IBF Super Middleweight Champion Lucian Bute in Nottinghamshire United Kingdom Saturday night. It was not that Froch over powered or out boxed Bute; he overwhelmed him with volume punching. When Bute did punch he landed hard enough to have Froch’s nose red and swollen but Carl’s nonstop attack left Bute with nothing to answer in return.
Referee Earl Brown stepped in between the fighters causing a stoppage at 1:05 of the 5th round handing Froch his 3rd world title at 168lbs and Bute his first defeat. Lucian Bute’s resume now stands at 30 (24)-1 (1) while Froch improves to 29 (21)-2. This bout did little to leave fans doubting that Andre Ward is still the number one man at 168lbs as he holds a victory over Froch and possesses the divisions WBA/WBC title belts. Ward is slated to face WBC Light heavyweight champion Chad Dawson September 8th with Ward's Super Middleweight titles on the line.
In undercard action Super Bantamweight Carl Frampton improved his resume to 14-0 (9) with a 12 ROUND UD Victory over former fellow unbeaten prospect Raul Hirales claiming the vacant IBF Inter-Continental super bantamweight title for his efforts. Hirales lowers his resume to 16-1-1. Light Middleweight Erick Ochieng defended his divisional BBBofC English belt over A.A Lowe by UD 10. Ochieng improved to 10-1 while Lowe drops to 10-7-1.
Light Welterweight Pier Olivier Cote stopped opponent Mark Lloyd in the 5th round to improve his record to 19-0 (13), Lloyd’s record falls to 15-6.
Middleweight John Ryder keeps his unblemished record with an 8 round PTS win over Luke Robinson. Ryder improves to 11-0 (6) Robinson is now at 8-3-1.
Welterweight Kieran Farrell out pointed Jason Nesbitt bringing his record to 12-0, light welterweight Scott Cardle def. Ideh Ockuko by PTS for his 3rd pro win.
In the Middleweight division, Ryan Aston stopped Paul Samuels in the 5th round to bring his record to 7-0 and Adnan Amar defeated journeyman Terry Carruthers, Amars record now stands at 26-2.
KIM OUTWORKS RAHIMOV IN ESPN2 FNF MAIN EVENT
By: Rick Gagne - BillyCBoxing.com
Alisher "Ali" Rahimov 23-0 (12) has taken the long route towards becoming a contender since representing the Ukraine in the 2000 Olympic games and was looking to prove his mettle at the Ameristar Casino in St. Charles Missouri against the battle hardened Ji Hoon Kim 23-7 (18) of Korea. 10 Rds. Lightweights.
In the main event of ESPN2's FNF Ji Hoon Kim used his height and reach to outpoint Alisher "Ali' Rahimov over 10 heated rounds. Kim threw and landed far more punches than Rahimov, but Rahimov made it close by timing some nice right hand counters that landed flush on Kim. He missed a lot of opportunities to bang Kim's body when Kim raised his left arm out at an angle repeatedly. Both warriors gave it their all and fought their kind of fight. It was the type of fight that could be scored either way, depending on what you like. I liked Kim by a score of 96-94, Teddy Atlas had it even and the judges, Barbara Madison 98-92, Jerry Griffin 96-94 and Marty Bickle had it for Kim by 97-93.
On the undercard HW Vince Thompson moved to 11-0 (2) against former Cruiserweight Contender contestant Joell Godfrey who fell to 14-7-1 (6) in a lackluster fight. Godfrey spent too much time covering up and Thompson utilized a southpaw jab, looping shots and not much else to win a unanimous decision by scores of 80-72 and 78-74.
Michael Moorer was interviewed as well about his fighter Ryan Coyne who moved to 20-0 (6) by unanimous decision over Julius Fogle 15-7 in a LH clash. Also, Leon Spinks's grandson, Leon Spinks III improved to 2-0 (2 KOs) at welterweight KO'ing 0-2 Casey Crane.
Biosse stuns sold-out crowd at Twin River with dominant victory over veteran Spina
LINCOLN, R.I. – Something about the bright lights and the big stage seems to bring out the best in Vladine Biosse.
Facing the toughest test of his career, Biosse (13-1-1) fought what might’ve been his best fight, out-slugging and out-working veteran Joey Spina (26-3-2) in a 78-74, 78-74, 79-73 unanimous decision win Thursday night in front of a sold-out crowd at Twin River Casino to retain his New England super middleweight title.
Nicknamed “Mr. Providence,” Biosse won the highly-anticipated intrastate showdown by landing the cleaner, harder punches and beating the “K.O. Kid” at his own game. Spina’s power – he entered the fight with 18 knockouts in 26 victories – was supposed to be the decided factor, but it was Biosse, arguably the more athletic of the two, who looked every bit like the knockout artist.
Biosse had gone 1-1-1 in his previous three bouts, including a knockout loss to Denis Grachev last May and a draw against John Mackey in October, but he looked as sharp as ever Thursday with a performance reminiscent of his unanimous-decision win over Joey McCreedy on ESPN2’s “Friday Night Fights” in July of 2010.
The former University of Rhode Island football star has quietly carved a niche as an elite, primetime performer; he’s 2-0 in nationally-televised bouts – both on ESPN – and now owns an impressive win over one of Providence’s most heralded fighters. For Spina, Thursday was his second consecutive loss, beginning with his split-decision loss to Jerson Ravelo in March in Atlantic City.
The biggest upset of the night occurred when previously-unbeaten middleweight Thomas Falowo (6-1) suffered the first loss of his career to Cedar Hill, Tex., Samuel Clarkson (5-0) by split decision, 7-56, 55-58, 57-56 despite the fact Falowo scored a knockdown in the opening round. Two of the three judges – Eddie Scungio and Glen Feldman – gave Clarkson four of the final five rounds in what was a hotly-contested fight from start to finish. Both fighters threw a high volume of punches throughout the fight, but the difference was Clarkson’s activity in the closing seconds of the later rounds, particularly in the fourth when he wobbled Falowo with a hard right hand, perhaps doing enough damage to steal the round.
The four-round special attraction featured veteran super middleweights Paul Gonsalves (4-2) of Harwich, Mass., and Providence’s Richard “Bobo The Bull” Starnino (9-8-2), with Gonsalves earning a 40-37, 39-37, 39-37 unanimous decision despite each fighter hitting the canvas in the third round.
Former reality television star Rich Gingras (11-3) of “The Contender” failed to get past the second round against Oklahoma City veteran Terrance Smith Jr. (8-13-2) in his CES debut, suffering a nasty cut above his left eye that forced the ringside physician to stop the fight between rounds. The Attleboro, Mass., native lost for the first time since 2009.
Former three-time Golden Gloves champion Zack Ramsey (1-0, 1 KO) of Springfield, Mass., dazzled the crowd in his pro debut with a third-round knockout win over Providence’s Alan Beeman (0-2). Mixing style with substance, Ramsey peppered Beeman over the first two rounds with an array of left hooks and quick, right jabs, dropping Beeman midway through the second. Ramsey finished his opponent for good just 37 seconds into the third round courtesy of two overhand rights that sent Beeman tumbling to the canvas.
Also on the undercard, Burlington, Vt., super middleweight Kevin Cobbs (4-0) kept his perfect record intact with a hard-fought, 39-37, 39-37, 39-37 unanimous-decision win over Cleburne, Tex., native Kentrell Claiborne (2-6) while Rincon, Puerto Rico native Julio Garcia (5-3), who trains in Boston with former world heavyweight champion John Ruiz, battered Joe Gardner (8-5) of Woonsocket, R.I., 40-34, 39-35, 39-35, dropping Gardner in both the third and fourth rounds. Fan-favorite Alex Amparo (4-0) of Providence kept his perfect record intact despite a game effort from Cranston, R.I., super middleweight Luis Felix, who agreed to the fight on Wednesday. Amparo won by unanimous decision, 40-36, 40-36, 39-37.
Fighting for the second time in two months, Providence female bantamweight Shelito Vincent (3-0) pieced together another dominant performance, defeating Fort Myers, Fla., native Carmen Cruz (0-1), 40-36, 40-36, 40-36, in Cruz’s pro debut. Vincent came within seconds of her first career knockout, pressuring Cruz against the ropes before the final bell sounded. Medford, Oreg., native Mike Wilson (6-0) won his New England debut, narrowly beating Atlanta’s Joseph Rabotte (11-21-1) by majority decision, 40-36, 39-37, 38-38.
DELVIN RODRIGUEZ: A SECOND CHANCE AT A LIFETIME GOAL
BRONX, NY - Delvin Rodriguez's life as a 32-year-old world ranked prizefighter, father and son looks to add another title on Saturday, June 2nd, as he gets a second chance to a lifetime goal, being called a 'world champion'.
Although known as one of boxing's true warriors with a recent five-year span facing only the toughest fights in the welterweight and now junior middleweight divisions, Rodriguez gets a second opportunity to become a world champion, a title he's worked towards since he was 10 years old when he had his first amateur bout.
With a huge crowd expected at The Home Depot Center in Carson, California and a SHOWTIME televised audience, Rodriguez will challenge WBA Junior Middleweight World Champion Austin Trout over twelve rounds.
Rodriguez first fought for the world title on August 1, 2009, against Isaac Hlatshwayo at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, Connecticut. The bout for the IBF Welterweight Title, seemingly was won by Rodriguez over the twelve rounds as he controlled the action throughout only to be disappointed by the split decision loss.
Promoted by Star Boxing for most of his career, Rodriguez typifies fighters from a different era; with no tune-ups or "stay busy" fights on his ledger.
"Delvin has been terrific to promote. He's always challenged himself with each bout to face the highest ranked guy available, a fight that could lead to a world title bout. For him it's all about getting that world title belt and the fans and TV networks have been the recipients of numerous excellent battles he's been involved in," said Joe DeGuardia, President of Star Boxing.
Sporting a battle tested record of 26-5-3 with fourteen knockouts, Rodriguez has appeared on ESPN Friday Night Fights eleven times in numerous, action packed fights against other world ranked contenders.
On Wednesday, June 6th, Rodriguez will be honored by the esteemed Boxing Writer's Association of America with a nod to his "Fight of the Year" against popular Polish and world ranked junior middleweight Pawel Wolak at Roseland Ballroom in New York City on July 15, 2011.
In a bout promoted by Star Boxing and televised on ESPN Friday Night Fights, Rodriguez and Wolak engaged in a fistic battle that fans will remember for a lifetime. Despite it being his first bout at junior middleweight, Rodriguez was able to control the pace and successfully counter punch the overly aggressively bull-rushing style of Wolak.
The bout featured non-stop two way action amid a packed house of over 2,500 New York City fight fans who stood and cheered throughout, Rodriguez and Wolak emptied their tanks during each three minute round.
With the bout declared a draw, Rodriguez was determined, "I thought I won and I want to fight him again next" he stated in ring during the post fight TV interview.
Said DeGuardia, "It's a testament to Delvin's character that being involved in that type of draining, intense battle and that he'd want an immediate rematch. But Delvin thought he won and wanted to prove to the fans who watched that he could beat Wolak again, and more convincingly."
"So for weeks afterwards Delvin was calling me wanting the rematch. And while I'm working on it I bring up perhaps a bout in between, not a tune up, but just a different opponent, but he wanted Wolak again. "
Continued Rodriguez, "I wasn't interested in facing anyone else. Nothing had been resolved in the first fight so I wanted an opportunity to beat him, which I clearly did the second time. I had no interest in taking a sideways step for a different fight, I wanted to keep moving forward and that would mean beating Wolak."
"It really speaks loudly that he wanted to face Wolak right away. The first bout was such a hard battle, but he wanted to start 'Round 11' right away," continued DeGuardia.
"The rematch took place at Madison Square Garden on December 3rd on the HBO Pay Per View broadcast of the Cotto/Margarito rematch, a perfect opportunity to show Delvin again. Delvin would get his rematch on the biggest stage in boxing."
Stated Rodriguez, 'It really was a groundswell of support from the fans and media, particularly on the East Coast. They demanded the rematch and I was honored to have it take place at Madison Square Garden on such a terrific card."
In the rematch in front of a loud and boisterous packed house of over 22,000 fans, Rodriguez fought beautifully and brutally, working each round behind a terrific jab and excellent overhand rights. Scores at the end of the ten rounder were all in favor of Rodriguez, earning him the unanimous decision (100-90, 98-91, 98-92). Most impressive was, in spite of being substantially and clearly ahead, Rodriguez put on an unforgettable final round performance, brutally battering Wolak, and leaving nothing in the ring.
"I sat down on my punches more and really hurt him early in the fight. As soon as the final round started I wanted to finish him off, I didn't want to leave it in the judges hands" said Rodriguez.
Stated DeGuardia, "It's always a special night having your fighter win at The Garden and Delvin looked sensational. The two fights really were indicative of Delvin's career; a true warrior."
"Consequently it moved him up in the WBA rankings and now he's got a second shot at a world title against Trout and he's more than ready."
"For fans of Delvin there's not much for me to say, they already know about the warrior and person that he is. For those unfamiliar to him or his career, the best thing I can say is buy a ticket or tune in to the SHOWTIME broadcast on June 2nd. He's a special fighter and he's got a second chance at his dream."
Concluded Rodriguez, "My life is my career, my goal has always been to win a world title and that's my plan for June 2nd."
"Four Warned" features former Light Heavyweight World Champion Antonio "Magic Man" Tarver (29-6, 20 KO's) facing unbeaten Lateef Kayode (18-0, 14 KO's) in a 12-round cruiserweight fight, former undisputed junior middleweight kingpin Winky Wright (51-5-1, 25 KO's) returning to the ring to meet undefeated Peter Quillin (26-0, 20 KO's) in a middleweight bout, Austin Trout (24-0, 14 KO's) risking his perfect record and WBA Super Welterweight belt against Delvin Rodriguez (26-5-3, 14 KO's) and IBF number one rated bantamweight contender Vusi Malinga (20-3, 12 KO's) facing IBF number five rated contender Leo Santa Cruz (19-0-1, 11 KO's) for the vacant IBF bantamweight title. All four bouts will be telecast on Saturday, June 2, live on SHOWTIME® (9:00 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) from The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. "Four Warned" is presented by A.T. Entertainment, Golden Boy Promotions and Gary Shaw Productions with Trout vs. Rodriguez being presented in association with Greg Cohen Promotions and Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing and Malinga vs. Santa Cruz being presented in association with Branco Sports Productions. The event is sponsored by Corona and AT&T.
Heavyweight road warrior Sherman "Tank" Williams Challenging Chauncy Welliver on June 28 in Macau
VERO BEACH, FL -- Heavyweight road warrior Sherman "Tank" Williams, a Bahamian sports legend, will travel halfway around the world to challenge WBO Asia Pacific and WBC Asian Boxing Council Champion Chauncy "Hillyard Hammer" Welliver on June 28 in Macau, China.
Williams (34-11-2, 19 KOs) hasn't fought in 1 ½ years, since he was involved in a highly-controversial "no contest" with Evander Holyfield for the World Boxing Federation title, at The Greenbrier in White Sulpher Springs, West Virginia.
"I'm looking for a break," Williams said about his fight with Welliver (53-5-5, 20 KOs). "I'm not discouraged. I'll be coming to fight like I always do. I've been sitting on the bench, training in the gym, and I couldn't wait to fight. This is an important fight for me. I don't know too much about Welliver other than he's had a lot of fights. The only two guys he's fought I'm familiar with are David Bostice and Bert Cooper in his last fight. He has a lot of experience and I'm sure he coming in top shape to fight. I have a lot of experience, against better opponents, and I'm sure that he's never fought anybody like Sherman 'Tank' Williams. A lot of his fights have gone the distance, so he better put on his track shoes. I should be able to go over there and take him into the ocean. It's going to be a helluva fight.
"Everybody knows I was robbed against Holyfield. I studied his fights tricks and tactics and noticed that he didn't like to be roughed up or hit to the body. He was open for overhand rights and left hooks. I followed the game plan and was on the verge of upsetting Holyfield and shocking the world. The referee was in over his head and never should have been working a big fight like that. Holyfield was cut over the eye in the second round but the referee didn't say anything about a head-butt - the rules state that he had to after the second round - until after the fight was over. He was confused and negotiated with Holyfield's corner. He ruled it a no contest draw, but there's no such thing as a no contest draw. I was robbed, shattered and hurt."
Holyfield said in a post fight interview on the pay-per-view broadcast that he would give Williams a rematch in the Bahamas but it never happened. "We negotiated between March and September but no numbers we discussed were suitable for Holyfield," Williams explained. "Hey, I'm Bahamian and Caribbean people are tough skinned. I refuse to lose or let anybody take me down. The Holyfield fight really hurt my career. I had been on a pretty good roll, winning my last 10 of 11, but I had been out of action 16 months from a car accident in 2009. Holyfield's team picked me as an opponent because I'd been inactive for so long. He would have been knocked out if he came out for another round and that's why he wouldn't fight me again. That unfortunate injustice really hurt me and my family."
"Sherman is a strong guy who has been avoided by top heavyweights," Williams' manager Si Stern commented. "They've come up with every reason not to fight him. Sherman has a good record and he's a super nice guy, too. We're hoping that this fight is the start of something good for him."
The Holyfield win he should have had in West Virginia most likely would have gotten "Tank" a world rating or close to it. Without that victory or an opportunity for a rematch, Williams was unable to secure a significant fight, and he went back to serving as a sparring partner for the Klitschko brothers, Wladimir and Vitali, and others.
Williams continues to chase his dream to fight for a world championship. He can position himself closer to his goal by impressively defeating Welliver, who is ranked No. 6 by the WBC and No. 8 by the WBO.
"I'd like a shot at the Klitschkos or Povetkin," Williams concluded. "I tried to fight the British heavyweights - Haye, Chisora or Fury - but those guys just like to talk about how good they are. They aren't interested in fighting a tough guy like me. I wish heavyweights today were like Ali and Foreman, who fought everybody, including the absolute best of their era. My opportunities have been too few and far between. I haven't been out the past 1 ½ years by design. Over the years, I've been a true road warrior, fighting who and where I had to, suffering some losses because of that. I'm going to Macau and I plan to take Welliver's belts back to the Bahamas and United States."
COMING UP AT GLEASON's GYM!
May 29, 2012 11:00 AM
The US Navy and The Royal Navy will have a free workout at Gleason's Gym.
The Fleet is in for Fleet week and all the military people are invited to enjoy the gym.
May 31-June 1-2, 2012
The Second Annual Masters National Championships.
June 3, 2012 3:00 PM
Fighting for the Arts
One part arts performance, One part sporting event, One part fashion show and One part fundraising party.
At The Lambertville Rescue Squad
June 9, 2012 7:00 PM
Johnny Rodz professional wrestling show
June 10, 2012 4:00 PM
David Lawrence Book signing.
Dr. Lawrence has been with Gleason's Gym for over 30 years as a professional boxer and trainer. He is a published author with several books to his credit. His latest book "King of White Collar Boxing" is his best yet.
June 14, 2012
Buy tickets for Sonya Lamonakis' fight on DiBella Entertainment next Broadway Boxing Show.
At the Roseland Ballroom in New York City.
June 23, 2012 6:00 PM
Monthly Amateur boxing series At Gleason's Gym
June 16, 2012 11:00AM - 4:00PM
Support Our Troops
The Tunnel to Towers Foundation and The Gary Sinise Foundation in Building for America's Bravest will both be the benefit recipients of an Open House-Block Party by Lombardi's Harley-Davidson. There will be plenty of Raffles, door prizes and contests.
June 24, 2012
Kate Sekules Book Launch party.
Kate was a pioneer in Women's Boxing and helped lay the groundwork for the women competing in the London Olympics this year. Her book "The Boxer's Heart" is a must read. By Invitation Only.
July 14, 2012
Monthly Amateur Boxing Series At Gleason's Gym
July 28, 2012 6:00 PM
New York Boxing Tournament At Gleason's Gym
August 9-12, 2012
Long Island Boxing Championship Tournament At Gleason's Gym
August 23-26, 2012
This years Fantasy Boxing Camp is the tenth anniversary. It will be in a new 5 Star location. The site will be Honor's Haven Resort and Spa in Ellenville, New York.
For details go to our website: www.gleasonsgym.net.
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September 15, 2012 6:00 PM
Monthly Amateur Boxing Series At Gleason's Gym
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VICTOR ORTIZ vs. JOSESITO LOPEZ & CHRIS ARREOLA JUNE 23 KICKOFF PRESS CONFERENCE QUOTES
LOS ANGELES – Former World Champion "Vicious" Victor Ortiz and popular contender Josesito Lopez held a press conference in downtown Los Angeles on Wednesday to formally announce that Lopez will step in to face Ortiz, of Ventura, Calif., by way of Garden City, Kansas, for the vacant World Boxing Council (WBC) Silver Welterweight title in the main event of a SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING tripleheader on Saturday, June 23, at STAPLES Center live on SHOWTIME® (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast).
It was also announced on Wednesday that the Ortiz vs. Lopez event will include top-rated heavyweight Chris Arreola (35-2, 30 KO’s), of Riverside, Calif., in a 10-round bout against an opponent to be determined. Those two fights will join the previously announced 12-round bout between Humberto Soto and Lucas Matthysse for the vacant WBC Continental Americas Super Lightweight title.
Lopez (29-4, 17 KO’s), of Riverside, replaces Ortiz’s (29-3-2, 22 KO’s) original opponent Andre Berto who failed a pre-fight drug test.
The event is promoted by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Goossen Tutor Promotions and Thompson Boxing Promotions and sponsored by Corona, DeWalt Tools and AT&T. Soto vs. Matthysse is presented in association with Baja Boxing Promotions and Arano Box Promotions.
Here’s what the participants had to say on Wednesday:
“I’m not taking anyone for granted at all. Josesito is a great fighter. We share one thing in common, and that’s a lot of heart. It’s going to be a great night. He’s ready to fight, and that makes two of us.
“It’s too bad (that Berto failed the drug test), but at the end of the day we have to prepare for another champion, and that’s Josesito Lopez.
“I’ve been training for more than six months for this fight, but that’s what world champions do. I have to be prepared to fight anyone if I want to prove that I’m the best.
“Lopez is a warrior and I know he’ll come to fight on June 23.
“Josesito knows this is a huge opportunity for him on a big stage. That’s why I can’t take him lightly.”
“I’m excited about this opportunity. I’ve been in training and working hard.
“This is a once in a lifetime opportunity and I plan to take advantage of it.
“People who have seen me fight know I’m tough and I leave it all in the ring. Once you see me fight, you’ll fall in love with my style. I plan to win over some of Victor’s fans on June 23.
“It’s no secret that Victor has a weak chin and I plan to exploit that. I’ll be looking for the knockout. If not, I know I’ll need to win 10 out of the 12 rounds to walk out of there a champion. I can’t leave it in the judges’ hands.
“I’m aggressive, I like to bang. I like to come forward and put the pressure on my opponents.”
“It’s an honor to be fighting at STAPLES Center again. The last time I left here I was dejected. I was in tears because I had just lost the biggest fight of my career. It was embarrassing, but I’m going to leave here with my hands in the air on June 23.
“My job is to put the fight in my hands. I’m going to get the knockout and give the fans what they want to see. I’m not going to leave it to the judges.
“The difference between this fight and the last time I fought at STAPLES is I’m in shape. I’m training and ready to fight.
“The fact that I could challenge (Wladimir) Klitschko isn’t a distraction, it’s motivation, but I can’t look past June 23 if I want to win a world title.”
TRAINING CAMP QUOTES & NOTES:
ANTONIO TARVER & LATEEF KAYODE, "WINKY" WRIGHT & "KID CHOCOLATE" QUILLIN, AUSTIN TROUT, DELVIN RODRIGUEZ
& LEO SANTA CRUZ
NEW YORK - Training camp continues in full steam for the talented and confident boxers who'll be fighting on "Four Warned" - the highly anticipated quadrupleheader featuring a pair of boxing legends in dangerous assignments and two world championship fights on Saturday, June 2, live on SHOWTIME® from The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.
In the main event, former light heavyweight champion and current SHOWTIME boxing analyst Antonio "Magic Man" Tarver (29-6, 20 KO's), of Tampa, Fla., will face unbeaten, hard-hitting Lateef "Power" Kayode (18-0, 14 KO's), of Hollywood, Calif., by way of Lagos, Nigeria, in a 12-round cruiserweight bout.
Former world champion Ronald "Winky" Wright (51-5-1, 25 KO's), of St. Petersburg, Fla., returns to the ring to face undefeated Peter "Kid Chocolate" Quillin (26-0, 20 KO's), of Brooklyn, N.Y., in a 10-round junior middleweight co-feature.
In the featured world title fights, WBA super welterweight titlist Austin "No Doubt" Trout (24-0, 14 KO's), of Las Cruces, N.M., will defend against third-ranked WBA contender Delvin Rodriguez (26-5-3, 14 KO's), of Danbury, Conn., by way of Santiago, D.R., and IBF No. 1-rated bantamweight contender Vusi "Marvelous" Malinga (20-3, 12 KO's), of Johannesburg, South Africa, and unbeaten IBF No. 5-rated bantamweight contender Leo "Terremoto" Santa Cruz (19-0-1,11 KO's), of Lincoln Heights, Calif., will clash for the vacant IBF bantamweight crown.
Other than Malinga, who's still in South Africa, all the fighters on "Four Warned" train in the United States. Here's what the seven fighters said from their training camps:
"I changed things up starting with my last fight against Danny Green. I ran when I needed to run and I got into condition. I didn't overdo it and over-train like I normally had to do in order to make weight. I had to kill myself to get down in the past and we're not doing that now. We're taking our time, working in the gym and working on strength and conditioning and we're being consistent.
"If we miss a day to get some rest, that's OK and it's not the end of the world. As long as I'm eating good, living right and getting my rest, that's the main thing. We're not going to beat ourselves up in sparring. If I get fatigued to the point where I'm not as sharp anymore, they'll pull me out. I'm doing things like the veteran that I am and we're doing it real smart.
"We're keeping things in perspective. It's about having my body catch up with my mind, because my mind is there. I'm sharp. The reflexes are still there as well, but the body has to catch up because when I put my mind on it, the mind is already there and I'm dialed in, but the body needs to get the endurance built up. Don't worry, things are coming along great and we'll peak on fight night.
"I'm working in Tampa with my longtime trainer Jimmy Williams and Buddy McGirt comes down three or four days a week. He'll also be down the week before we leave for the fight and he knows what we've got to work on. Jimmy and Buddy work together great and I think I've got the best of both worlds with these guys. Jimmy is a great guy in preparation and I think Buddy is the best trainer in the game between rounds as far as giving the proper instructions and making sure he has his fighter's attention and focus."
"I've had a great camp at The Wild Card. I have a great team. We started early, so I've been working for a long time. It will be three months by fight time. I'm in the best condition ever. My body can take anything he throws at me. If he wants to trade, I will trade and if he wants to box, I will box. I can go 12 rounds without a problem, but there is no way he will be able to withstand the kind of punishment I will give him unless he plans on running away all night. Either way I am knocking this man out.
"If it goes the distance, they might try to rob me, so I am going to put Tarver to sleep before the 12th round. That way I am the judge and the jury."
"Camp is great. We're ready to fight. I'm ready to kick some butt.
"It's been great training in Tampa, while being home to see my kids. It motivates me even more to have my family around, but I'm glad I went away to Phoenix for a month to get my body used to the intense training again.
"Now I'm just fine-tuning and getting ready for June 2. There are a lot of different things I'm doing in camp with my trainer Dan Birmingham, but you have to wait to see it on fight night."
"The day of the fight will mark the 32-year anniversary of my father leaving Cuba and coming to the United States. He arrived in the United States on June 2, 1980, so I have a stronger reason why this fight means so much to me. I'm living the true American Dream.
"Winky keeps saying he is coming to knock Kid Chocolate's head off. I really want to know who put a battery in this man's back. Now the fans will expect Winky Wright to keep his word, but I will continue to be the powerhouse that I am. No ifs, ands or buts about it.
"This camp has taught me that if I want to perform at the top level, then I have to prepare at the top level. You can expect nothing less from me - only hard work. I'm a fulltime fighter that believes the job can never be done. When it comes to boxing, there's always room for improvement and ways to get better.
"The atmosphere at Wild Card is really supportive. You feel like you are going into the ring with a posse of other professionals right there with you. I'm fortunate to have Freddie Roach and Eric Brown working (with me) six days a week and I'm also blessed to work with Brad Bose who does my condition training three days a week. My brother Chedrick and my father Pedro have been the key to me in this camp with their support and love for me. That's why I know I'm going to take Winky Wright to Pluto.
"Thanks to all my sparring partners for prepping and pushing me. I'm the sharpest I ever been.
"I can't relate to Winky's saying he's excited to be fighting on the same card as Tarver and that 'it feels good, it makes it easy to have your homeboy on the same card.' Winky makes it sounds like Tarver is going to help him fight me, but on June 2nd, it's just me and him. He'll wish he had Tarver's help.''
"I'm training at Las Cruces PAL Boxing Gym, the same gym I've trained at since I was 10-years-old.
"Camp has been great. I'm focused. I'm in terrific shape. I'm right on schedule. My weight is good. All I need is for time to go by so I can get in there on June 2nd.
"I've been running six or seven miles a day and sprinting three or four of those miles. I've been sparring 12 rounds with 30 seconds rest with three different guys - Shiju Shabazz, Aie Han and J.C. Candelo.
"I want to dedicate this camp to my good friend Lavar Washington, a childhood friend who passed a few days ago.''
"I've been training in the Adirondacks for the last four weeks and will stay here until I leave for the fight. This is my first time at this location, up in the mountains, and it's perfect, with no distractions and great running.
"This is my third camp with my trainer (former heavyweight contender) Fernily Feliz and we've had an excellent camp. Sparring has been terrific with Sechew Powell and Denis "Mama's Boy" Douglin.
"This is my third fight at 154 and I feel much stronger since moving up from 147. I don't have to worry about making weight."
Leo Santa Cruz
"This is a great opportunity to become a world champion. It will be the toughest fight of my career because I know Malinga will come very well prepared, but am very optimistic that I will win.''
"It's been a great camp. I've been training for almost two months and have had something like 95 rounds of sparring (with Julian Ramirez, Raymond Chacon and Joseph Diaz). I'm in great shape thanks to Jose Santa Cruz (trainer) and Daniel Garcia (conditioning trainer).
"This is a dream come true fore me. I am really looking forward to June 2nd.''
HOMETOWN-HERO CRUZ & ROAD-WARRIOR BREWER BATTLE
JUNE 1 AT SANDS CASINO BETHLEHEM NBC SPORTS NETWORK "FIGHT NIGHT"
Bethlehem, PA-World-rated welterweight Ronald Cruz , who has had all of his pro fights in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, and Prenice Brewer, who has boxed professionally in 13 different states, collide for the vacant WBC Continental Americas title in a scheduled 12-round contest on Friday evening, June 1, on the inaugural boxing show in the new 1,800-seat Events Center at the Sands Resort Casino Bethlehem.
The seven-fight card, which will be televised live as part of the NBC Sports Network Fight Night series, also features King Gabriel Rosado, of Philadelphia, PA, against Sechew Powell, of Brooklyn, NY, in a 12-rounder for the vacant WBO Inter-Continental junior middleweight crown in a matchup of top contenders. THe NBC Sports Network Fight Night telecast beings at 9PM ET.
Ranked No. 12 in the world at 147 pounds by the IBF, Cruz (above right) is 16-0, 12 K0s. Eight of his 16 fights have been in Pennsylvania-seven in Philadelphia, one in Bethlehem--and the other eight in Atlantic City, NJ.
In his last fight Feb. 25 in Atlantic City, the 25-year-old Cruz earned a unanimous 10-round decision over Allen Conyers, of the Bronx, NY.
"There are a lot of distractions when you fight in your hometown," said Jimmy Deoria, Cruz' manager and former lightweight pro boxer from the 1990s. "People are always calling for tickets. Reporters want to do interviews. Fans are always around. But Ronald is a warrior. He thrives under pressure. He's a lot more relaxed than I am."
Brewer (above left) has boxed only once in his Cleveland, OH, hometown. He has traveled from the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City to the Playboy Mansion in Beverly Hills, CA.
A pro since 2006, the 24-year-old Brewer has boxed in New York (three times), Missouri (three), Michigan (twice), and once each in Illinois, Oklahoma, Florida, California, Washington state, Kansas, Indiana, Connecticut, Ohio and the District of Columbia.
"Brewer had a lot of offers from different promoters when he turned pro," said matchmaker Eric Bottjer, who helps to arrange Cruz' fight schedule. "After awhile he decided to do it on his own and he's done pretty well for himself."
In is last fight Nov. 10, Brewer scored an upset victory over highly touted and previously unbeaten southpaw Emmanuel Taylor in Taylor's backyard of Washington, DC.
The eight-round split decision over Taylor improved Brewer's five-year pro record to 16-1-1, 7 K0s.
PRICE ON THE ROAD TO GLORY
DAVID PRICE has proven that he is the future of the world heavyweight division.
The 6ft 8in scouser’s stunning fourth round stoppage of Sam Sexton to lift the British and Commonwealth heavyweight titles on Saturday night earned him rave reviews. Price and his team are now eyeing either a summer clash in the United States or a British title defence on home soil.
Promoter Frank Maloney said: “We know David has an impeccable amateur pedigree, but to do a job like that on Sam in only his 13th professional fight was special. The only other person to beat Sexton was Dereck Chisora and I will let those who turned up at Aintree and watching on television decide who was the most impressive against him.”
Price, 28, had hoped to meet Tyson Fury for the British and Commonwealth crowns, but the Manchester Gypsy refused to meet the man who beat him during his amateur days. The new champ and his team will meet this week to discuss potential opponents over the coming months.
Maloney added: “There are some credible British opponents who would be decent opposition and there has been interest from America for a while. Whatever decision is made will be in David’s best interests and nobody else. People might have dismissed David’s comment when he said he could become world heavyweight champion by his 20th fight. That doesn’t look a bad prediction now. He could most probably earn his chance quickly, but it is about becoming world champion and having a long reign.”
Holly Holm seeks retribution from Anne Sophie Mathis
'The Reckoning,' June 15 at Route 66 Casino Hotel in Albuquerque
ALBUQUERQUE, NM - For the first time in nearly eight years, nine-time World Champion Holly "The Preacher's Daughter" Holm (30-2-3, 9 KOs) will enter the ring coming off of a loss, seeking retribution June 15 from French knockout specialist Anne Sophie Mathis (26-1, 22 KOs), who stopped fan-favorite Holm in the seventh round of their International Boxing Association (IBA) and WBAN title fight last December, also fought for the mythical women's pound-for-pound championship.
Mathis-Holm II headlines "The Reckoning," presented by Fresquez Productions, in a 10-round main event at Route 66 Casino Hotel in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
"I felt like I was fighting well but got a little over anxious," the newly married Holm reflected. "I felt that I could land and wanted to follow-up, but I didn't stick to my defensive game plan. I didn't fully respect her power like I should have. It was definitely the toughest fight I've ever had. She's a stubborn-minded fighter unlike fighters I've faced. She's not cocky, or overconfident, just tough.
"She knows what I want to do but she's not scared of me. She's a good fighter who is confident of beating me. I'm confident I can beat her in this fight. I've evaluated a lot of things, taking what I did wrong, and making them right for this fight and beyond. I lost but I've learned the most from losing to make myself better for this fight."
Mathis, who was fighting in the United States for the first time, snapped Holm's seven-year, 24-fight unbeaten streak.
"I lost that fight, no excuses," Holly added. "I just got beat. There's no way around it. I had to be honest with myself to get better. It happened. Maybe it was good that it happened for me to get better at this stage of my career.
"I could have fought the rest of my career, never losing again, but I wanted to fight her. It was a rough fight for me and I've battled my demons over that night. If I didn't believe in myself, I've already lost. Nobody is going in there fighting for me."
During the course of her 10 ½ year professional career, has defeated many of the biggest names in women's boxing from the 140 through 154-pound weight classes, including Christy Martin, Mary Jo Sanders, Mia St. John, Couch, Yankovich and Chevelle Hallback (twice).
Seven-time and reigning IBA/WBAN World Champion Mathis is riding a 25-fight win streak, dating back to 1995 when she lost her second pro fight. She has beaten world champions such as Holm, Myriam Lamare (twice), Jane Couch, Duda Yankovich, Ana Pascal and Nathalie Toro.
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BillyCBoxing 2012 Hall Of Fame Inductees Announced!
Lake George, NY – After an extremely successful inaugural 2011 Induction weekend, 2012 looks to be bigger and better!
For the past four weeks, members of the BillyCBoxing Hall of Fame panel, which consists of the 2011 inductees, select members of the press and BillyCBoxing Contributors, submitted their thoughts from a ballot which listed ten posthumous and twenty living nominees. Each panel member was asked to select five from each group.
On today’s Talkin Boxing With Billy C TV & Radio show, the 2012 inductees were announced:
Posthumous 2012 BillyCBoxing Hall of Fame Inductees: Former World Champions, Henry Armstrong, Jack Johnson, Harry Greb, Joe Louis, Willie Pep and Billy Costello.
Living 2012 BillyCBoxing Hall of Fame Inductees: Former World Champions, Tony “The Tiger” Lopez, Tony DeMarco, Terry Norris, Tim Witherspoon, Buddy McGirt and Juan LaPorte.
“We had an interesting situation”, stated Bill Calogero, AKA Billy C. He continued, “After adding up all of the votes, we had a tie for the 5th spot, so rather than choose, I decided to induct both. I had already planned on inducting Billy Costello because he helped me come up with the concept of our Hall of Fame. I think this year is fitting that we have added twelve into the BillyCBoxing Hall of Fame.”
Billy C went on to say, “What makes the BillyCBoxing Hall of Fame different from the others is that the inductees have a say in who gets in. This year’s inductees will help us with next year’s nominees, and so on. Another thing is that we had two female fighters on our Ballot and both received votes. Last year was great, but this year will really be something!”
The BillyCBoxing Hall of Fame Induction weekend will take place November 16th, 17th and 18th, 2012 in South Glens Falls, NY. There will be activities scheduled for all three days. All of last year’s inductees are expected to attend this year’s ceremonies and it’s anticipated that most of this year’s inductees and or family members will be in attendance.
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