Monthly Archives: April 2014



By Damon Gonzalez
Photo By: PRBBP

Puerto Rico – In a hard fought battle for the WBA Fedelatin Super Lightweight title in-front of a sold out crowd at Coliseum Ruben Rodriguez in Bayamon, PR. Goldenboy Promotions in association with PR Best Boxing Promotions entertained the roaring crowd on Monday Night Fights Live on FoxSports1.

WBA #10 super lightweight Michael “The Artist” Perez (20-1-1, 10 KOs) scored a ten round unanimous decision over Jorge “Koky” Romero (24-8, 21 KOs) on Monday night at the Ruben Rodriguez Coliseum in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. Perez seemed like he could have stepped on the gas and got a stoppage, but he was content to go to the scorecards for the fifth straight time. Scores were 98-92 on all three cards.

2008 Puerto Rican Olympian bantamweight McJoe Arroyo (14-0, 7 KOs) scored a one-sided eight round unanimous decision over former world title challenger David Quijano (15-5-1, 9 KOs). Arroyo had Quijano in serious trouble in round two, but had to go the full distance. Scores were 80-72, 79-73, 79-73.

Unbeaten WBC #3, IBF #11, WBO #13 featherweight Jayson “La Maravilla” Velez (22-0, 16 KOs) scored a second round TKO against Miguel “Mikito” Soto (12-3, 12 KOs). The TKO came at 2:10 after the second time Soto was sent to the canvas. Soto went to the floor one time in the first round also.

Undefeated welterweight John Karl Sosa (10-0, 6 KOs) scored an uneventful six round unanimous decision over Victor “Picu” Perez (3-2, 1 KOs). Scores were 59-55, 58-56, 58-56.

Super Welterweight Prichard “DiggetTime” Colon (9-0, 9 KO’s) engaged in short battle against Javier Garcia from Gurabo,PR. Colon quickly establishes himself early on banging the body of Garcia who created no distance just stood there fighting survival right from early on. Colon finishes off Garcia by TKO in the 3rd round in-front of the exited cheering crowed at Coliseum Ruben Rodriguez.




By Damon “Latinbox” Gonzalez
Photo by: Joe Miranda

Carlson,CA. – It is truly fitting in rare fight occasions we are treated and honored to receive a GATTI-WARD Battle in the Sport of boxing and what a way to humble yourself with complete love of the sport last night in a sold out StubHub Center. 140 lbs Lucas Matthysse (35-3, 33KO’s) vs. John Molina, Jr. (27-4, 22 KO’s) gave the boxing world a thriller fight.
Molina, Jr. clearly dominating early on in the series as Matthysse getting outboxed but didn’t give in, getting dropped early on by Molina,Jr. No question I believe pissed off Matthysse who battled back from coming off the deck no question what a site watching these 2 gladiators crush each other in the center of the ring.
Molina,Jr. with a heart like a Giant came ridiculously with blows that I could not understand how Matthysse was still standing.

But he clearly was right in his face Molina,Jr. all night long with the heavier hands landing bombs in return scoring a shocking devastating TKO at .22 seconds of round 11. Matthysse redeemed himself right back on top as a threat in 140 lbs division. But rightfully so it is fitting for the sport that these two warriors do it again to begin there trilogy.



Report By Damon”Latinbox” Gonzalez
Photo: Rhonda Michelle Costa @TwinFlameImages

Lt. Heavyweight Joey”The Boxer” Ruelas (8-0, 3 KO’s) dominating in his unanimous decision over tough Rollin Williams who was held to just an 18 percent punching connect rate. Ruelas got the job done in-front of the sold out crowed at the Celebrity Theater. Ruelas still undefeated pushed Williams to fight blasting him with a rocket-like right hand in the 3rd round, Williams fighting in trouble waters through out the fight held his own but was not enough tonight in loosing to Ruelas in the UD. Judges scores were 59-33, 58-54 & 60-52 all in favor to Ruelas.

Undercard Results

Xavier Montelongo W4 Juan Carlos Benavides (lightweight)
Francisco De Vaca TKO2 Rafael Rivera (bantamweight)
Edgar Brito W4 Jesus Pacheco (bantamweight)
Sijuola Shabazz KO1 Johnny Jackson (light heavyweight)
Keenan Carbajal D4 John Herrera (super featherweight)
Tim Riddell KO1 Miguelito Marti (super lightweight)



By Damon”Latinbox”Gonzalez
This fight is very important for Keith”OneTime Thurman, more so then Julio Diaz, It to me as an interesting fight for that reason. For Thurman to win, he has to apply pressure early, Diaz not a guy that can fight going backwards and Thurman who has great punching power, will certainly be able to hurt him enough.
I’m looking at your boxer vs. slugger fight here Diaz been around the block a while he is not a push over, Thurman on the other hand I think is stronger, and will come right at you to get tattooed. Thurman with troumendous young resiliency, He’s just very tough to fight.
Diaz is a gutty scrappy fighter who’s able to withstand anything, he has to outgut and out hustle Thurman in order to stay ahead. You never know what can happen if Diaz starts quick. Thurman when he fights, He just goes for broke he establishes himself right from the opening bell. I don’t think Diaz is going to run in this fight but it is a matter of if he falls behind with his punches in the fight.
I expect the tough Thurman to wear down Diaz and get a late knockout.

THURMAN vs. DIAZ, a 12-round fight for Thurman’s Interim WBA Welterweight World Championship on Saturday, April 26, is promoted by Golden Boy Promotions and sponsored by Corona, AT&T and Casamigos Tequila. It will take place at StubHub Center in Carson, Calif., and will air as the main event of the SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® telecast (9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT) and will be available in Spanish via secondary audio programming (SAP). In the co-feature, Argentine knockout artist Lucas Matthysse faces hard-hitting John Molina in a 10-round junior welterweight bout that is presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Goossen Tutor Promotions. In the opening bout of the telecast, Omar Figueroa Jr. defends his WBC Lightweight title against fellow Texan Jerry Belmontes. Preliminary fights will air on SHOWTIME EXTREME®. Photo Credit: Esther Lin/SHOWTIME.



By Damon”Latinbox”Gonzalez & Rico Santiago Ringside
Photo: LatinboxSports
WBO #6 rated featherweight Gamalier Rodriguez (24-2-3, 16 KOs) pounded out a ten round unanimous decision over former Olympian and world title challenger Orlando “El Fenomeno” Cruz (20-4-1, 10 KOs) on Saturday night at the Bahia Shrine Temple in Orlando, Florida. Scores were 97-92, 97-92 and 96-93 for Rodriguez, who retained his NABO featherweight title. No question Cruz came to fight, referee Frank Santore had his hands full all night long with tons of clinching and warnings in this combat. Rodriguez had his hands full with the experienced Cruz who showed a lot of slickness in the fight. Rodriguez caught good opportunities going down stairs and up stairs but to me had problems getting out the exchanges in the right distance allowing Cruz to tag him. Rodriguez not doing a good job with un tangling himself with Cruz all night long. Rodriguez jab broke Cruz rhythm but Cruz responds nice by fighting him close inside. Rodriguez left it all in the ring unbelievably Cruz fights back in hard exchanges but just continued to bend and get hit by Rodriguez who pulls out the win in there 10 round eventful match up.



Unbeaten lightweight Felix “Diamante” Verdejo (12-0, 9 KOs) needed just .74 seconds to demolish Ivan “El Oso” Zavala (6-6-1, 2 KOs). The fight was the co-feature on Saturday night’s big UniMas card at the Bahia Shrine Temple, Orlando, Florida. Presented by Top Rank in association of All Star Boxing,Inc. Verdejo came out jabbing Zavala quickly. Verdejo very relaxed smiling in the dressing room before the fight very relaxed came in the ring as serious as you can get, got aggressive quick catching Zavala with a devistating right hand that send Zavala right down as referee James Warring counted out Zavala giving Verdejo his 12th victory.


Unbeaten 2004 Olympian middleweight Matt Korobov (23-0, 14 KOs) stayed unbeaten when Emill Gonzalez (11-8-1, 8 KOs) quit at the end of round six in his corner. Korobov came right at Gonzalez with hard right hands and body shots making a statement in 6 rounds outworking the coming foward Gonzalez, Just using his power as a young fighter breaking down Gonzalez.


Unbeaten super featherweight Alberto Machado (7-0, 5 KOs) scored a 2nd round TKO over Jesus Lule (6-9, 1 KO). Time was 1:12. Machado came right at him hard creating an opening, tagging Lule as he walked right into the power right hand of Machado. The young Cotto Promotions prodigy had the hight and reach to make a lot of problems early for Lule in the fight. Machado pressed the action that pushed the temple quickly that let to a big left hand that stopped Lule. Machado an aggressive boxer picking his spots closed the gab and ended it with bodywork and right to the head finishing off Lule.


Unbeaten welterweight Antonio Ortiz (6-0, 4 KOs) from Humacao,PR. knocked out Ramon Pena (7-6, 5 KOs) 1:05 of round 3. His left hook found Pena with his hands down as Ortiz boxed him and switched to south paw as Pena did’not expect the hard left hand that gave Pena trouble early on. Pena just not smothering the power punches of the stronger Ortiz who was the power puncher in the fight.


Super featherweight Christopher “Pitufo” Diaz (5-0, 3 KOs) stopped Lamar Charlton (1-5-2, 1 KO) at 2:39 in the second round. Charlton started trying to fight close mistakenly leaned on him Diaz threw a sharp upper cut then banged right to the body of Charlton who quickly started fighting going backwards. Diaz having all his opportunities as Charlton leaning foward having a hard time with Diaz hand speed. Charlton took a blow on the belt and right away responded in foul fashion as referee Frank Santone directed Diaz to his neutral corner as Charlton took the 5 minutes to recover Diaz in his corner screaming to Charlton to common and fight. Action resumed as Diaz stepped on the gas and ended the night with the body attack that deflated Charlton in two.


Featherweight Jayron Santiago (2-0, 1 KO) needed just 1:41 of round 1 to finish James Alexander (0-3). with the more hurting punches in there opening exchange of punches. Santiago the youngest signing fighter to fight for All Star Boxing,Inc. was very impressive in his big moment in Orlando.

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Pittsburgh Power undercard announced for Friday, April 18


DEERFIELD BEACH, Fla. – Sensational 18-year-old welterweight prospect Erickson “The Hammer” Lubin (4-0, 4 KOs) and 2004 Olympic silver medalist Yudel Jhonson (14-1, 9 KOs) will provide chief support this Friday evening, April 18, in separate bouts on “Pittsburgh Power,” presented by Iron Mike Productions (IMP), at Monroeville Convention Center in Monroeville, Pa.

Hall of Fame boxer and president of IMP, “Iron” Mike Tyson, who fought 17 times on SHOWTIME®, will make his return to the network in a new capacity as the promotion makes its debut on the network. Three of IMP’s most highly regarded unbeaten fighters will be showcased in a live tripleheader airing on ShoBox: The New Generation (SHOWTIME, 10:45 ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast).

Explosive Cuban southpaw Alexei “The Hurricane” Collado (18-0, 16 KOs), of Miami, Fla., by way Cork, Ireland, and Havana, Cuba, faces Pittsburgh-area crowd favorite “Lightning” Rod Salka (18-3, 3 KOs), of Bunola, Pa., in the 10-round main event for the vacant WBC Interim FECARBOX title.

Slick southpaw and 2008 Olympic gold medalist Felix Diaz (14-0, 8 KOs), of Oxnard, Calif., by way of Santa Domingo, Dominican Republic meets Emmanuel Lartey (15-1-1, 7 KOs), of Brooklyn by way of Ghana, in an eight-round co-feature for the vacant WBC FECARBOX welterweight championship.

Local favorite and Iraq War veteran Sammy Vasquez, Jr. (13-0, 9 KOs), of Monesson, Pa., makes his IMP debut against fellow unbeaten Juan “The Beast” Rodriguez, Jr. (11-0, 5 KOs), of Union City, N.J., in an eight-round welterweight bout opening the broadcast.

Lubin, arguably the best teenage professional boxer in the world, was considered Team USA’s No. 1 overall prospect for the 2016 Olympics prior to him signing a promotional contract with Iron Mike Productions last October 1 on his 18th birthday. The multi-talented southpaw, who was the 2012 National PAL Champion, has knocked out all four of his opponents as a professional. He faces the toughest test of his young pro career in his first scheduled six-round fight against Mexican invader Jovan “Negrito” Ramirez (3-1, 1 KO). In his last fight, Ramirez suffered the first loss of his career to former world light middleweight champion Joachim Alcine.

Cuban-born Jhonson, fighting out of Miami, squares-off against Lenwood Dozier (9-5-1, 4 KOs), of Glen Burnie, Maryland, in an eight-round junior middleweight fight that has future world title fight implications for the gifted Cuban.

Another highly decorated amateur in the IMP stable, undefeated super featherweight Albert “Prince” Bell (3-0, 1 KO) will seeks revenge against Micah Branch (2-9-1) in a four-round match. Branch defeated Ohio native Bell, who now lives in Miami, as an amateur.

Also fighting on the undercard in a four-round bout is local favorite junior middleweight Andreas Kamouyerov, of Vemetia, Pa., versus New Jersey junior middleweight Malik Jackson (0-2-2).

Another heralded, undefeated prospect in action will be Cleveland lightweight Ryan “Blue Chip” Martin (4-0, 3 KOs) vs. an opponent to be determined in another four-rounder. Martin is promoted by Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson’s SMS Promotions. 50 Cent is expected to be in attendance.



By Damon “Latinbox”Gonzalez & Julio Dougals Ringside

Tampa,FL – As the chin goes, so does Maurenzo ‘T-Diddy” Smith (12-8-4, 9 KO’s) fans and fight observers at the Doubletree Westshore Hotel in Tampa, Florida got a look at the return of Shannon “The Cannon” Briggs (52-6-1, 46 KO’s) who starts the fight by firing a right hand right at the face of Smith applying the quick combat. It was clearly Briggs veteran attacking style that created a lot of problems for Smith early on. Briggs, eager to punch, started working the jab then came down quick on Smith with a hard body shot. Smith right away not a fan of the bigger stronger heavier punches of Briggs could not adjust and use size or pressure to keep the on-coming Briggs off of him.
Briggs did not let up, walking down Smith with lunges and wild overhand lefts and fights off the stronger Briggs who unleashes a left hook that staggers Smith who responds with a punch and push sending the 256 lbs. Briggs to the ropes hard, knocking over FL. State Boxing Commission Frank Gentile and judge Brian A. Garry backwards from the impact of Briggs. The fast hands of Briggs easily showed that he was in great physical shape. Briggs came right back at Smith attacking him with hard shots that dropped Smith stopping him at 2:59 of the 1st round by TKO.

Local favorite Ali Tareh (12-9-5, 6 KO’s) tonight pounded out a 2nd round TKO at 2:56 seconds over Roman Guevara from Grand Rapids, MI. in-front of a cheering crowd at the Doubletree Westshore Hotel in the co-main event. Tareh went right to work on Guevara who was getting completely out-boxed. Tareh made a weapon out of his jab catching Guevara walking right into punches, grinding him down quickly. The body attack was there for Tareh who began to wear down Guevara and easily putting round one in his pocket. Tareh came right back out jabbing his way into Guevara. I like the way Tareh settled dip low and threw a nice right hand coming upstairs on Guevara who is starting to show no tolerence for pressuere. Tareh not wasting any time ended the fight as the stoppage came towards the final seconds of round two as Guevara could not recover from the barrage of punches landed by Tareh.


Undercard Action in the opening bout of the night “Ringside Action” Presented by Alessi Promotions, middleweight Robert Burwell (5-0, 2 KO’s) dominated Eric Salaman in his debut (0-1) outing. Salaman jumped in effectively trying to make a fight. Burwell put his punches together breaking down Salaman. Burwell’s work rate was too quick, with flashing good speed in his counter punching. Salaman showed his toughness but fell short as Burwell working inside, landed a right hand in attack stopping him at 2:23 of round 3.

Featherweight Charlie Serrano went (16-4-1, 5 KO’s) giving Carlos Fulgencio (19-14-1, 12 KO’s) a lot to chew on from the opening bell. Serrano went right to banging his body, stepping on the gas quickly and overwhelming Fulgencio with combinations and body shots dropping him to his knee at 1:31 of round 2 giving Serrano the TKO victory in front of the home crowd.

Jr Lightweight Ricky Tomlinson (2-0-2,1KO) from Thonotosassa,Florida. outworks tough Dwayne Wisdon from Indianappolis, IN. with a hard fought 4 round unanimous decision. Tomlinson coming off of a draw his last fight had something to prove tonight as he quickly unleashes an attack catching Wisdon leaning in gets cracked hard by Tomlinson who was using his feet more, getting Wisdon to follow him and unprotect himself after he throws his punches. Wisdon really needed to create space for himself making too many mistakes fighting Tomlinson’s fight that ends with judges scores 40-36 and 39-37 twice giving Tomlinson for the win.

Gibbs makes weight in Action tonight in AC.Ahsandi Gibbs 156.8 vs. Thomas LaManna 157 lbs. #SosaBrooks Venue: Bally’s Atlantic City Promoter: Peltz Boxing Promotions First Bout: 7:30 pm Tonight. Photo by #TeamRamos




By Damon “Latinbox” Gonzalez
Photo By: Marilyn Paulino – MVP Boxpics

QUEENS, NY – Saturday night in-front of a sold out crowed at Resorts World Casino in New York, “International Fight Night” presented by New Legends Boxing had a handful of entertaining action starting with Brooklyn’s hard hitting Jr. Middleweight Frank Galarza (13-0-2, 9 KO’s) who showed clearly to ringsiders that he is a threat in boxing, Galarza quickly jumped on tough Dominican fighter Franklin Gonzalez (16-13, 10 KO’s) with counter hooks and power punches the quickly slowed down Gonzalez who did little scoring of his own finishing him off at :37 seconds of Round 3 by KO victory.

Colombian fighter “El Pajarito” Manuel de los Reyes Herrera (21-13, 15 KO’s) came strong but fell short to the WBA FEDELATIN Super Bantamweight Champion Rafael “Dynamite” Vazquez (11-1, 9 KO’s) from Brooklyn, NY. As he picked apart Herrera mistakenly walking into Vasquez shots, getting tagged with trademark hooks and straight jabs the pedaling Herrera took more and threw less towards the 5th round where he was KO’s at 1:04 seconds giving Vazquez his 11th victory.

Undercard Action

Maurice Chalmers provided an easy target by defeating Hometown’s favorite Rajiv Bhattacharya by TKO 1:02 of the 5th round.

Devaun Lee (2-0, 1 KO) with a relentless performance celebrates after annihilating Josue Valdez by TKO at :37 of the 3rd round.

Brooklyn fighters Gary Beriguette (4-0, 2 KO’s) opened up Mack Babb with overhand rights and jabbed his way en route to a 4th round unanimous decision win.

Welterweights Brazilian brawler Rich Neves (7-1-1, 3 KO’s) from Garden City,NY. Showed that you can’t win all the fights by knock out but out worked Antonio Chaves Fernandez to win a 6 round unanimous decision.

Allan Phelan goes to (4-2, 3 KO’s) as Jesus Gonzalez looked helpless against Phelan’s constant pressure campaigning to a 6 round unanimous decision victory.