THURMAN’S FIRE IS BURNING

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By Damon Gonzalez
Photo via: #TeamOneTime

St. Petersburg, FL – Too often in the fight game these days fighters run for cover, one of the most complicated recent issues that Interim WBA Welterweight Champion Keith “One Time” Thurman (22-0, 20 KO’s) faces in fight negotiations are currently to a minimum. One of the obstacles that Advisor Al Haymon & @GoldenBoyBoxing face getting marquee welterweight to answer the phone and challenge the hungry Thurman.

It has been a flip-flopping few months since Thurman’s TKO win by stopping Jesus Soto Karass, with welterweights pound for pound king Floyd Mayweather, Jr. facing Maidana, Porter vs. Malignaggi, Pacquiao vs. Bradley 2, Marquez vs. Alvarado & Khan vs. Broner just a few names Luis Carlos Abregu, Luis Collazo, Kell Brook, Bethel Ushona we just have to be patient and wait and see what will develop in the next few weeks.

Thurman with Legendary trainer Dan Birmingham will continue to stay on course at St.Pete Boxing Club until the phone rings, Therein lies a warrior that is ready to roar.

DIAMANTE STOPS SANTIAGO

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@diamanteverdejo

Puerto Rico – Felix Verdejo (11-0, 8 KOs) brought the crowd to their feet with an impressive third round TKO over Juan Santiago (14-12-1, 8 KOs) on Saturday night at the Coliseo Roger L. Mendoza in Caguas, Puerto Rico. In round one, Verdejo cut Santiago over the right eye with a sharp jab and continued his brutal assault in round two. Verdejo ended it in round three by dropping Santiago with a hard right hand.
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DIAZ SHOWS HIS POWER AGAINST BERNAZA.

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The exciting and promising junior lightweight Joel Diaz improved to 15-0, 12KO’s, winning a hard-fought six-round unanimous decision over game veteran Jose Angel Beranza. Diaz, trained by Abel Sanchez, pressed the action, landing a number of hard shots against the tough-as-nails Beranza throughout the six-round contest. In the end, all three judges scored the bout in Diaz’ favor with tallies of 60-54, and 59-55 twice.
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EMERGING STAR CHRISTOPHER GALEANO OUT PUNCHES UMARZODA TO VICTORY.

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Fighting before a loud contingency of fans, Bronx’s Christopher Galeano improved to a perfect 3-0 with a four-round unanimous decision over Azamat Umarzoda in their junior middleweight matchup. Galeano, a former amateur national champion, and co-promoted by 50 Cent’s SMS Promotions, boxed beautifully from the outside, landing crisp combinations to both the body and head. Umarzoda hung tough, but just wasn’t able to keep up with Galeano’s speed. In the end, all three judges scored the bout 39-37 in favor of Galeano.
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RUSS RETURNS IN A NO CONTEST

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Coming off his HBO-televised tough decision-loss to Matthew Macklin, middleweight prospect Lamar Russ, 160, 14-1 (7 KOs), Fayetteville, NC, battled Tony Hirsch, 160, 15-6-2, Oakland, CA. Russ was outboxing Hirsch early on, landing his overhand right behind a crisp jab. As the two boxers were pressing forward, an accidental head butt opened up a cut over Hirsch’s right eye in the first frame. In between rounds, however, the ringside physician determined that Hirsch was in no position to continue. As a result, the bout was declared a No-Contest.
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THE PRIDE OF LONG ISLAND JOE SMITH BRAWLS TO VICTORY.

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Brooklyn,NY – Joe Smith 178, Long Island, NY, trained by Tommy Gallagher, brawled with the tough Michael Gbenga, 172, Washington, DC, providing exciting two-way action in their scheduled eight-round light heavyweight contest. Smith applied pressure and focused his attack downstairs. After two rounds of punishment to the body, Gbenga was forced to retire on his stool prior to the start of the third frame, citing a rib injury. With the win, Smith improved to 15-1 (12 KOs), while Gbenga dropped to 13-12 (13 KOs). @dibellaent @loudibella @kevincrooney

A HARDY GOOD TIME IN BROOKLYN

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Brooklyn,NY – Fighting before a strong contingent of hometown fans, Brooklyn fan favorite Heather Hardy and the Bronx’s Nydia Feliciano went to war in their eight-round female junior featherweight feature bout. Feliciano was easily the toughest opponent of Hardy’s young career, having already fought for a world title in 2012. Round after round, Hardy and Feliciano furiously brawled, bringing the crowd to a standing ovation on a number of occasions. Hardy was the aggressor and pressed the action for the majority of the bout, and in the end, she was awarded the well-deserved unanimous decision, winning by scores of 79-73, and 78-74 twice. It was the most impressive victory to date for Hardy, who improved to a perfect 9-0, 2KO’s.

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