Monthly Archives: February 2014

Q & A SAUL CANELO ALVAREZ

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Photo via: HoganPhotos
(“What are your thoughts on what figures to be a slugfest with Angulo?)

“There are hard fights and there are difficult fights; this is going to be a very hard fight, a grueling fight. I know Angulo is training like he never has before.”

(If victorious, who do you want to fight next?)

“I am not thinking of any other fighter or any future fight. My only focus is on Angulo and March 8. This is a really tough fight and it is the only fight I think about.”

(How is this camp different than your past camps, or is it different at all?)

“I learned a lot from the Mayweather fight, not only physically, but mentally. It was a great learning experience. This camp may not look that different, but I’ve been applying everything I learned into this camp and trying to refine some of the things I do.”

(How have you managed to handle the media scrutiny throughout your career?)

“I don’t think about it. This performance is going to regain everybody’s confidence in me.”

(Did you ever think you’d reach these heights as a professional fighter?)

“No, never. I always just tried to be the best fighter I could be, the best in the world. All of this notoriety and popularity is a plus but I’m just a normal person trying to succeed and reach my goal.”

(Is Angulo made to order?)

“His style is one that I enjoy because I know he loves to trade punches so I won’t have to go looking for him.”

(Do you consider yourself a superstar?)

“I do not and would never consider myself a superstar. I leave that up to the fans and media to decide.”

(Any advice for fighters coming up?)

“Work hard and stay in the gym. If you stay disciplined, good things will happen.”

(Is there a fighter you’ve faced that reminds you of Angulo?)
“I think that if I had to name one fighter it would be Carlos Baldomir, because I fought him when I was so young and he was so strong at that point in his career.”

(Is it important for you to win by knockout, or just to come out victorious on March 8?)

“I never go into a fight looking for a knockout. I just want to win convincingly, although there’s no doubt our styles will make for an exciting fight.”

KALAJDZIC READY FOR PRIME TIME

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By Damon”Latinbox”Gonzalez
Photos: Robert Richards/Mr.Paparrazi

Tampa, Florida – IBU Light Heavyweight Champion Radivoje “Hot Rod” Kalajdzic (14-0, 9 KO’s)put on a very impressive performance making quick work out of Samson Onyango (20-7, 13 KO’s) stopping him with a devastating right had putting him down twice in the first round as Kalajdzic wins in .55 of the 1st Round by TKO victory in-front of a sold out crowed at the Doubletree Westshore Hotel in Tampa, Florida. Presented by Alessi Promotions “Valentines Day Brawl”. Look for Kalajdzic to be back in the ring on Saturday, March 29, 2014 in Atlantic City, NJ. Kovalev fight card stay tune for further details.

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KALAJDZIC READY FOR PRIME TIME
By Damon”Latinbox”Gonzalez
Photos: Robert Richards/Mr.Paparrazi

Tampa, Florida – IBU Light Heavyweight Champion Radivoje “Hot Rod” Kalajdzic (14-0, 9 KO’s)put on a very impressive performance making quick work out of Samson Onyango (20-7, 13 KO’s) stopping him with a devastating right had putting him down twice in the first round as Kalajdzic wins in .55 of the 1st Round by TKO victory in-front of a sold out crowed at the Doubletree Westshore Hotel in Tampa, Florida. Presented by Alessi Promotions “Valentines Day Brawl”. Look for Kalajdzic to be back in the ring on Saturday, March 29, 2014 in Atlantic City, NJ. Kovalev fight card stay tune for further details.

In the co – main event Noemi Bosques (5-0-1, 1 KO) battles Marisol Miranda (5-7, 1KO) in a good technical match up, Bosques got her pace going early attacking Miranda with good combinations to her head and body, Miranda had problems setting her punches early, Miranda worked her way back in the fight throwing nice hooks of her own walking down Bosques, Who stepped on the gas giving Miranda shots right up the middle.

Noemi Bosques has nothing to gain by focusing on the controversial turned decision made by the State of Florida Boxing Commission judges who officially announced Bosques in-front of a sold out crowed the split decision win that was turned as ring announcer Bob Alexander called Bosques & opponent Marisol Miranda back into the ring to re-announce the results to a draw.

Bosques – Miranda was a close well fought contest by both fighters distributing plenty of action right from the bell, Bosques pressed the action to Miranda who came like an oncoming train coming forward landing nice shots of her own but mistakenly walking right into Bosques hard right hooks, her performance in my eyes appeared to grab on to the fight and stay dominating, Miranda was very strong with her power punches attacking Bosques but made few mistakes taking shots not protecting herself as she was coming in with her brave display but was ultimately outworked.

UNDERCARD RESULTS FROM TAMPA
In the opening bout Middleweights Robert Burwell goes to (3-0) by winning the UD against David Mayo (0-1), 40-36 on all judges cards.
In the opening series both fighter created the action as David Mayo from Pasadena, Tx. Popped the quick jab early to Burwell who wasn’t moving his head both fighter exchange Mayo catching Burwell with a short left hook in the corner, Burwell continues to fight going backwards but catches the taller Mayo who retreated from the jab.

Jr. Welterweight Yasmani Calzadilla Leon (1-0,1KO) crushes Bert Cross (0-1) with a series of combinations that slowed Cross right from the opening of the round, referee Dennis DeBon jumps in to stop the contest at 1:18 of round 1 TKO debut win for the quick starring Calzadilla.

Tampa’s Rafael Rivera finds himself in a all out war against tough Jose Miguel Castro from Puerto Rico, Castro starting off early getting Rivera’s attention with nice body shots, Rivera buckled momentarily in the early going, fought back weathering the attack by the oncoming Castro.

Rivera campaigned to take over the final 2 rounds of 4 by attacking more aggressive using good boxing skills not allowing Castro to stay in this close fight. Slowing Rivera’s attack in the final round, Jr. Lightweights Jose Miguel Castro (1-1)from Carolina, PR. Gets his 1st win tonight in Tampa,FL. In a technical slug-out with Rafael Rivera (1-1) in his 1st loss by split decision.

Jr. Welterweight Joseph Fernandez (4-1-2) from Arcadia,FL. outworks Howard Reece (1-3,1KO) taking the unanimous decision 40-36 all judges cards. Fernandez adjusted quickly to the wrestling demonstration displayed by Reece with grabbing and pulling down tactics, Fernandez kept his head catching Reece leaning forward all night.

Welterweights Paulie Simpson (2-1) from Tampa takes his 1st Pro loss to Victor Perez (3-3) from Carolina, PR. Pressing Simpson all night, Perez wins on the judges’ cards 39-37, 40-36 twice.

CHRIS ALGIERI WINS DOMINANT DECISION OVER EMANUEL TAYLOR

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12TH CONSECUTIVE SELLOUT FOR
STAR BOXING AT THE PARAMOUNT
New York – Friday night in front of a standing room only crowd at The Paramount and a nationally televised ESPN Friday Night Fights audience, “The Fighting Pride of Huntington”, Chris Algieri won a dominant ten round unanimous decision over world ranked junior welterweight Emanuel Taylor of Baltimore, Maryland by scores of 98-92, and 97-93 twice.

The ESPN Friday Night Fights/Rockin’ Fights 12 event was the 12th consecutive sellout at The Paramount for Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing.

With the win Algieri improved his undefeated record to 19-0 with eight stoppages while Taylor, ranked #4 by the International Boxing Federation moved to 17-2 with twelve knockouts.

Pressing the action from the opening bell, Algieri displayed his full arsenal of skills throughout the fight, a stiff jab, excellent hooks to the body and head, terrific movement and solid defense for the victory in front of his hometown fans, the eighth time he has headlined at the sold out venue.

“This was an outstanding victory for Chris, he truly showed the entire boxing world that he has the skills that compare favorably with any of the top junior welterweights in the world” said DeGuardia, now in his 22nd year of promoting and responsible for the extraordinary boxing renaissance on Long Island.

In the co-featured bout, Paterson, New Jersey’s Jeremy Bryan won an eight round unanimous decision over Bronx, New York resident Issouf Kinda by scores of 78-74 and 77-75 twice.

Getting back in the win column with the big victory, Bryan raised his record to 17-3 with seven stoppages while Kinda headed to 16-2, six knockouts.

Opening the show for ESPN Friday Night Fights, hot junior middleweight local prospect Wendy Toussaint stayed perfect with a four round decision over Anthony Gangemi of Mine Hill, New Jersey by scores of 39-37 twice and 38-38.

Continuing to impress with each appearance at The Paramount, Toussaint improved to 4-0 while Gangemi fell to 4-2 with three stoppages.

In a scheduled six round lightweight clash, Huntington’s Alan Gotay,
8-0-0 (4KO’s) scored a massive first round knockout over Chicago’s Carl McNickles, 8-5-0 (6KO’s). The win was Gotay’s seventh appearance in front of The Paramount crowd.

Hicksville’s Anthony Karperis improved to 6-2-0 (3KO’s) with a six round unanimous decision over Calvin Smith of Prichard, Alabama.

TWO TITLE FIGHTS FEATURED ON TELEVISA AND FOX DEPORTES ON FEB. 15

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WBC SILVER FEATHERWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
ROBINSON “ROBIN HOOD” CASTELLANOS
VS. RENE ALVARADO

WBC YOUTH LIGHTWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
ROBERTO “TITO” MANZANAREZ VS.
CARLOS “COREANO” RODRIGUEZ

LOS ANGELES – Owner of boxing’s most deceiving record, Mexico City’s Robinson “Robin Hood” Castellanos will look for his 12th straight win on Saturday, February 15 when he defends his WBC Silver Featherweight Championship against Nicaragua’s Rene Alvarado in the main event of a Televisa and FOX Deportes-televised card at Centro Internacional de Convenciones in Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico.

In the co-main event, scheduled for 10 rounds, Los Mochis’ Roberto “Tito” Manzanarez faces off with San Buenaventura, Chihuahua, Mexico’s Carlos “Coreano” Rodriguez for the WBC Youth Lightweight Championship.

After starting off his professional career with a dismal 8-9 record, 31-year-old Robinson “Robin Hood” Castellanos (19-9, 12 KO’s) began a hot streak that hasn’t cooled off yet, as he’s won 11 straight since 2010. The WBC Silver champion since 2011, Castellanos has defeated former world champion Celestino Caballero and always tough Derrick Wilson in defense of his crown, and this Saturday, he will seek yet another successful title fight win.

Twenty-four-year-old Managua native Rene Alvarado (19-2, 13 KO’s) has won five of his last six, with four of those wins coming by knockout. The way the former Nicaraguan champion sees it, that’s a good omen for him heading into the biggest fight of his career, a televised showdown with Castellanos for the WBC Silver title.

Lightweight phenom Roberto “Tito” Manzanarez (25-1, 21 KO’s) has done a lot thus far in his pro career, winning all but one of his 26 bouts while winning the WBC Youth Intercontinental title that he defended twice in 2013 with knockouts of Francisco Camargo and Alejandro Barrera. Now ready to start off his 2014 season with a bang, the 19-year-old has every intention of scoring another knockout this weekend.

Looking to not only stop Manzanarez’ hot streak but go home to Chihuahua with his first pro title, Carlos Rodriguez (8-0, 3 KO’s) has had a steady climb thus far in a career that began in February of 2012, and now two years later, he’s ready for his big step-up fight on Saturday night.

ROSELAND BOUTS END WITH A HARDY GOOD TIME AS DIBELLA ENTERTAINMENT CLOSES ROSELAND BALLROOM WITH A BANG “THE LAST DANCE” DELIVERS AN ACTION-PACKED NIGHT OF FIGHTS

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New York, NY – Earlier tonight, DiBella Entertainment hosted the last ever boxing event to take place at the historic Roseland Ballroom in mid-town Manhattan. The nine-bout card was the epitome of old-school New York boxing, and was as good of a sendoff as the ballroom could have asked for.

In the main event of the final boxing event ever at the famed Roseland Ballroom, Boyd Melson, 160, White Plains, NY, of “Team Fight to Walk”, outboxed Donald Ward, 155, Memphis, TN, to earn a majority decision victory on scores of 78-74, 79-73, and 76-76.
Melson hurt Ward on occasion with his straight right and right hook upstairs. Ward threw some nice flurries to the body, but was not active enough. Melson improved to 14-1-1 (4 KOs), while Ward fell to 6-4 (3 KOs).

In what will go down as one of the best fights in “Broadway Boxing” history, Brooklyn’s fierce and popular Heather “The Heat” Hardy, 121¾, and Cristina Fuentes, 121¾, Laredo, TX, blasted away at each other from the outset, never letting up for their entire eight-round scrap. With the crowd on their feet, Hardy pounded away to the head and body of Fuentes, who happily ate those punches to land her own. Hardy seemed determine to prove her toughness rather than boxing finesse, with bobbing and weaving not part of this night’s game plan. Already one of New York City’s hottest tickets in female boxing, this performance will surely elevate her popularity by leaps and bounds. After eight explosive rounds, Hardy, now 8-0 (2 KOs), would win a well-deserved split decision (all cards 57-55). Fuentes’ record dropped to 2-5-3.

The always-exciting Joe Smith, 175½, Long Island, NY, outboxed the experienced Otis Griffin, 177, Sacramento, CA, over six frames. Smith’s aggressiveness and pressure style kept Griffin tentative. The judges tallied 60-54 twice, and 59-55, all for Smith, who improved to 14-1 (11 KOs). Griffin, who has battled many elite fighters, dropped to 24-15-2 (10 KOs).

The popular junior lightweight prospect Bryant “PeeWee” Cruz, 130½, 9-0 (5 KOs), New Rochelle, NY, came out blasting, quickly dropping Joshua Reyes, 129½, 5-2 (2 KOs), with a series of shots in round one. However, Reyes proved his heart, coming back to trade heavy shots with Cruz over the remainder of the fight, with the crowd cheering wildly. Cruz dealt with the pressure of Reyes with precise counter shots and combinations to win a unanimous decision on scores of 58-55 twice, and 59-54.

Brooklyn light heavyweight prospect Travis Peterkin, 177, 11-0 (5 KOs), outfought the game Michael Gbenga, 174½, 13-11 (13 KOs), Washington, DC, to earn a six-round unanimous decision with a score of 60-53 three times. Gbenga tried to make it an ugly fight early and crowd Peterkin, but the Brooklynite did his best when he created distance to land his jab and snapping straight right hand. Gbenga lost a point in round four for excessive head butting.

SMS-promoted lightweight Donte Strayhorn, 136, Cincinnati, OH, battled Jose Gomez, 133½, Kent, WA, over four intense rounds. Strayhorn fought well on the outside establishing his jab, but the stocky Gomez fought his way in close to make it a trench war. However, Strayhorn’s strategy proved to dominate the majority of the rounds, to earn him a majority decision with scores of 39-37 twice, and one vote of 38-38. Strayhorn improved to 5-1 (1 KO), while Gomez went home with a 3-6 record.

Chris Galeano, 155, the former #1-rated U.S. amateur from the Bronx, improved to 2-0 with a dominant four-round shutout decision over Travis McClaren. Galeano controlled the action and boxed nicely, scoring with hard combinations to both the body and head of McClaren. McClaren, 154½, hung tough and tried to walk the taller Galeano down, landing a few shots of his own, but in the end, Galeano, now 2-0, was just too slick for his opponent, who fell to 1-4.

Danny Gonzalez, 141, Queens, NY, and Ray Velez, 140½, Troy, NY, waged war for four blazing frames. Both fighters dispensed with their jabs and fought toe-to-toe from the outset. Gonzalez appeared to have the upper hand at times when he trapped Velez against the ropes and unloaded a fury of leather. In the end, scorecards read 40-36 Gonzalez, and two tallies of 38-38, resulting in a draw verdict. Gonzalez is now 5-0-1 (3 KOs), while Velez is 3-4-1 (1 KO).

Lightweight prospect Ryan Martin, 136, of Chattanooga, TN, and promoted by 50 Cent’s SMS Promotions, dominated the tough Jose Del Valle, 133½, over four rounds to earn a clear unanimous decision with a score of 40-36 across the board. Extended the distance for the first time as a pro, Martin, now 3-0 (2 KOs), would often counter Del Valle’s lazy jab with lead rights, in addition to banging away at the body.

SENSATIONAL UNDERCARD FOR THIS WEEK’S ESPN FNF / ROCKIN’ FIGHTS 12 EVENT AT THE PARAMOUNT IN HUNTINGTON, NEW YORK

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Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing has announced a sensational undercard for this week’s ESPN Friday Night Fights/Rockin’ Fights 12 live at The Paramount in Huntington, New York.

Headlining the special Valentine’s Day/February 14 card is an outstanding 10-round junior welterweight clash between “The Fighting Pride of Huntington” Chris Algieri and world ranked Emmanuel Taylor of Baltimore, Maryland.

“The main event is a true 50/50 fight with great risk and reward for both Algieri and Taylor,” said Joe DeGuardia, Founder and President of Star Boxing. “We’ve also complimented the headliner with a fantastic undercard featuring a very strong co-featured bout and three excellent Huntington prospects returning to The Paramount in separate bouts.”

Fighting for the third time at The Paramount, Bronx resident Issouf Kinda will face off against Paterson, New Jersey’s Jeremy Bryan in the eight round chief supporting bout which will open the ESPN Friday Night Fights telecast at 9:00 p.m. ET.

The 26-year-old Kinda, a native of the West African country of Burkina Faso, is looking to bounce back from his first loss of his career.

On May 24, 2013, Kinda, now 16-1-0 (6KO’s), battled evenly with Chris Howard in a bout telecast on ESPN Friday Night Fights. With Howard suffering a cut over his left eye from an accidental head-butt, the ringside physician stopped the bout with the judges awarding the Tennessee native a technical decision.

Prior to the loss against Howard, Kinda had put together two outstanding performances against former world title challenger Mike Arnaoutis (UD-10) and hot prospect Javier Loya (KO-2).

Known as “Hollywood”, the 27-year-old Bryan, 16-3-0 (7KO’s) is also looking to re-enter the win column. On April 12, 2013, the former national amateur standout was stopped by highly regarded and undefeated prospect Amir Imam in Las Vegas.

Also on the undercard, two hot Huntington based prospects will see action in separate six round lightweight bouts.

Impressing with each appearance, Alan Gotay, 7-0-0 (3KO’s), will be looking to jumpstart his 2014 campaign facing off against tough Chicago based veteran Carl McNickles, 8-4-0 (6KO’s).

The 23-year-old Gotay stayed busy in 2013, winning all five of his starts, each of which took place in front of standing room only crowds at The Paramount.

Anthony Karperis, 5-2-0 (3KO’s), will look to stay in the win column challenging Calvin Smith, 2-6-0, of Prichard, Alabama.

Karperis returns to battle following a hard fought fifth round stoppage of Michael Doyle on November 22 at The Paramount.

The 23-year-old Smith also returns to The Paramount seeking victory after losing a very close majority decision to Alan Gotay on November 22.

Huntington junior middleweight Wendy Toussaint, 3-0-0, will look to stay undefeated; clashing with Mine Hill, New Jersey’s Anthony Gangemi, 4-1-0 (3KO’s) in a four round tilt.

Toussaint returns following a four round decision over Ahmed Tuba on November 22 at The Paramount. Gangemi had won his first four pro bouts prior to losing a six round decision to Justin Johnson on July 27, 2013.

Rounding out the undercard on the ESPN Friday Night Fights/Rockin’ Fights 12 card is a six round middleweight clash between Jason “Monstruo” Escalera, 13-1-1 (12KO’s) of Union City, New Jersey and Lekan Byfield, 4-5-2, of Atlanta, Georgia.

Escalera makes his first start since the initial loss of his career, an eighth round stoppage by world title challenger Edwin Rodriguez on September 29, 2012, in a bout telecast on HBO.

In 2013, “Road Warrior” Byfield took home two victories over highly regarded prospects, undefeated Isiah Seldon and Justin Verdin, both of which took place in the opponents hometown.

BLACK HISTORY MONTH SALUTES HERRING

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For black history month we salute Sgt. Jamel Elliby Herring went on to represent our country at the Olympics in London and also a championship fighter for the Marine Corps. Numerous deployments to combat and a well respected Sergeant of Marines. I got a chance to him myself. Yes he made history its February.
@ThePurpleCorner

JOHNATHAN OQUENDO RETURNS MARCH 14 IN KISSIMMEE, FLORIDA, FRONT MEXICAN GUILLERMO AVILA

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The Puerto Rican contender Jonathan ” Polvo ‘ Oquendo return to
ring on Friday, March 14 , when he takes on Mexican
Guillermo “El Borrego ” Avila Latino super bantamweight title by Council
World Boxing (CMB ) , in a sign that will be held in Kissimmee
Civic Center in Kissimmee , Florida, at a presentation of All Star Boxing
in association with PR Best Boxing Promotions ( PRBBP ), which will be transmitted to
Telemundo and Telemundo Boxing Ford hit series , which this year
celebrates its 25th anniversary .

Oquendo (23-3 , 16 KOs ) is coming off a TKO victory in four
rounds on Aztec Miguel Tamayo also the August 17, 2013 ,
while Avila (12-1, 9 KOs ) knocked out compatriot Leonardo Cervantes
in November after suffering his first defeat in September when it fell
decision against former world champion Wilfredo Vazquez Jr.

“This is a great opportunity for Jonathan , as well as fighting in the
Telemundo Boxing program , which has a large audience, is
fighting for a regional WBC title , which puts him in race
for a global fight this year 2013 in the junior featherweight , ” said Peter
Rivera , vice president of PRBBP on the vegalteño fighter. ” Jonathan is
working hard , as he always does , to be in the best condition for
Ávila ” .

The program Kissimmee, April 14 , will be the first this year All
Star Boxing, the company headed by Puerto Rican Felix ” Tutico ” Zabala, with
Telemundo and Telemundo Boxing program , and will feature other fighters
Puerto Ricans in action as bantamweight Jonathan Vidal (17-1, 9 KOs ) ,
who will face Mexican Antonio Tostado ( 12-1, 6 KOs ) to six rounds and
undefeated Emmanuel ” Pirata” of Jesus ( 9-0, 6 KOs ) in another six clash
chapters against an opponent to be announced.

MORALES REMAINS SHARP IN CAMP

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By Damon Gonzalez

Female fighting sensation Crystal Morales gets in some great sparring tonight with lightweight hard hitting Myra Manzo at the Daniel Ponce De Leon Gym in Montebello,CA.

CRUZ CONTROL IN A NY STATE OF MIND

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By Damon Gonzalez

New York, NY – Dominating beyond belief as highly talented Christina Cruz walks right through Welley Wallo back in April of 2013 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY.

Cruz marks her name in boxing history as she passes David Villar for her 7th straight Golden Glove crown the most titles in NY tournament’s 86-years history.

Cruz is Back to basics this week in the
gym. Next fight later this month in The New York Daily News Golden
Gloves then International competition in March with Team USA. #StayTuned @usaboxing