Report: Damon “Latinbox” Gonzalez

@AllStarBoxing @pirata_23 welterweight prospect Emmanuel “Pirata” De Jesus (11-0-7 KO’s) of Canovanas, Puerto Rico battles Aaron Steadman (10-5-2-6 KO’s) of Ocala, Florida schedule for 6 rounds. Everything Set for the start of Boxeo TELEMUNDO Ford Fall Series in Tampa, Florida. Tampa, FL: Boxeo Telemundo Ford and All Star Boxing, Inc will kick off their Fall Series this Friday, October 3rd, 2014 from the A La Carte Event Pavilion in Tampa, FL. In the main event local favorite Daniel “Alacran” Lozano (12-1-9 KO’s) of Bowling Greens, Florida will face Jonathan “Pitbull” Vidal (18-2-10 KO’s) of Guaynabo, Puerto Rico in a bout schedule for 10 Rounds for the WBO Latin Jr. Bantamweight Title. Also undefeated welterweight prospect Emmanuel “Pirata” De Jesus (11-0-7 KO’s) of Canovanas, Puerto Rico battles Aaron Steadman (10-5-2-6 KO’s) of Ocala, Florida schedule for 6 rounds, In a special attraction local female prospect Noemi “La Rebelde” Bosques (6-1) of Tampa, Florida will face Ivanna Coleman (1-5) of Slidell, Lousiana schedule for 6 rounds at flyweight. Another 5 bouts round up the show including local fighters Radivoje “Hot Rod” Kalajdzic, Ricky Tomlinson, Omar Albanil and the pro debut of Sammy “Hurricane” Valentin amongst others. Doors open 7:30 PM, First bell at 8:00 PM. Telemundo Network available in HD will televise starting at 11:35 PM. Tuto Zabala, Jr., All Star Boxing, Inc is presenting the show in association with Shea Bailey Promotions. A La Carte Event Pavilion is located at 4050 Dana Shores Drive, Tampa, FL. @allstarboxinginc @RubenDeJesus407 @deportestelemundo



Photo credits: Ruben “Tank” Cortez

Middleweight rising star Antonio Tarver, Jr. @tarverjr in his professional debut scores his 1st professional victory Monday night on #GoldenBoyLive by scoring a TKO victory over Zachary Briones who drops to (1-2). Tarver,Jr. was very tough came right after Briones early landing hard punches to the head and body of Briones who could not really establish himself early, Tarver, Jr. used good lateral movement giving Briones a lot of problems and absorbed way too many punches in the 4th round.

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24-year-old light-middleweight inks exclusive long-term deal with
award-winning premium cable network

LOS ANGELES – Golden Boy Promotions Founder Oscar de la Hoya, HBO Sports President Ken Hershman, and superstar boxer Canelo Álvarez today announced a major new agreement to showcase the fan-favorite fighter’s matches on HBO Sports.

“For all of my career, I have wanted to fight on HBO for one main reason-I believe it will allow more of my fans to see me in action,” said Álvarez (44-1-1, 31 KOs). “Today marks a huge milestone for me, and I look forward to a long and successful partnership with HBO.”

Álvarez, a light-middleweight knockout artist known for his tremendous punching power, made his pro debut in 2005 at 15-years-old and quickly became one of the most popular prize fighters in the sport. His exciting fighting style and reputation for taking on all comers has captured the attention of fans all around the world.

“Everyone at HBO is excited to welcome back Canelo Álvarez to the HBO family, and we can’t wait to re-introduce him to our subscribers,” said Ken Hershman, president of HBO Sports. “At only 24-years-old, Canelo has already established himself as one of the boxing world’s brightest stars, and we look forward to a long and mutually beneficial relationship as we embark on this new chapter together. We are delighted to partner with Oscar de la Hoya and Golden Boy Promotions in presenting Canelo’s fights and events on our various platforms.”

The award-winning network has a 40-year history of presenting the best fights on television. Canelo has previously fought seven times on HBO platforms in his pro career; three times on the HBO Boxing After Dark series in 2011 against Kermit Cintron, Matthew Hatton and Ryan Rhodes, and four on the HBO Pay-Per-View platform versus Jose Miguel Cotto (2010), Carlos “Tata” Baldomir (2010), Alfonso Gomez (2011) and Sugar Shane Mosley (2012).

“I’m thrilled to be part of this historic agreement between Canelo Álvarez and HBO Sports, an agreement that marks another major step in Golden Boy Promotions’ primary goal-to give boxing fans the fights they want to see,” said Oscar de la Hoya, founder of Golden Boy Promotions. “Canelo is the best young fighter in the sport, and this move will help line him up to fight top opponents in the sport for many years to come.”

A former world champion, Canelo is eager to once again hold a title belt. His record includes victories over some of the best fighters in the light-middleweight division including Austin “No Doubt” Trout, Alfredo “El Perro” Angulo, Sugar Shane Mosley and most recently the dangerous southpaw, Erislandy Lara. Canelo’s lone blemish in 46 fights came in September 2013 against Floyd “Money” Mayweather in the highest grossing bout of all time, further cementing Canelo’s stature as boxing’s next superstar fighter.



Photo credits: George Jimenez @GeoIMAGEZ



New York, NY – On Saturday, September 20, Brooklyn fan favorite junior middleweight Frank Galarza remained unbeaten while headlining an exciting night of action promoted by New Legend Boxing, at Resorts World Casino, in Jamaica, NY. Both junior middleweight Alantez Fox and featherweight Danny Aquino were also successful in comeback fights on the undercard. All three dynamic prospects are co-promoted by DiBella Entertainment and New Legend Boxing.

Facing the awkward Jonathan Batista, of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, in an eight-round contest, Galarza, 153¾, started off by patiently stalking his foe over the first two frames. In the third, the Brooklynite picked up the pace, digging to the body. Trapping Batista, 152¾, in his own corner, Galarza landed a powerful left hook downstairs to drop him to a knee. From then on, the hometowner was in complete control, while Batista grew increasingly frustrated, resorting to dirty tactics. Referee Harvey Dock deducted a point from Batista in round four for hitting behind the head and ultimately had to disqualify him at 0:45 of the fifth frame for repeated infractions. With the loss, Batista’s record fell to 14-4 (7 KOs). World ranked by the World Boxing Council (WBC) and now 15-0-2 (9 KOs), the charismatic and talented Galarza is on the rise and poised for stardom.

“It felt great to fight in front of my hometown fans again,” said Galarza. “This was my sixth fight at Resorts in Queens, and my fan base continues to grow. I have people coming to see me from all over, Boston, Chicago, Connecticut, wherever. I must be doing something right. I felt good in there against Batista, but I was a little too anxious to knock him out. I was looking for that one big punch, but then I adjusted and began to break him down. Batista started getting a little dirty, but I kept my composure. Whether he was disqualified or not, it didn’t matter. He was going to get knocked out eventually. I got the win and that’s what matters. Now, it’s back to training and I’m just looking forward to the next fight.”

Former Galarza rival and now promotional stable mate Alantez Fox, 157, of Forestville, MD, returned to the ring following a 53-week absence while sorting out managerial issues. Shaking off the ring rust against the upset-minded Jonathan Garcia, 156½, of Cerro Gordo, Puerto Rico, the 6’5″ Fox established a distance early on with his long jab and superior reach. Garcia did his best to close the gap, winging hooks to the midsection. By the middle rounds, Fox did fight in close quarters to Garcia’s advantage on occasion. However, he wisely switched tactics to focus on straight punches to ward off his opponent’s advances. As Garcia tired down the stretch, Fox used right hook pot shots to keep him at bay. Punctuating the fight by pinning Garcia against the ropes with flurries, Fox earned a unanimous six-round decision on tallies of 60-54, and 59-55 twice, to improve to 13-0-1 (4 KOs).

“Having been off for so long, I was kind of nervous excited going into the fight,” said Fox. “Garcia was a real durable, tough guy and he landed some good shots on me. I was working on my patience and picking my shots in there. I did feel a bit rusty, but once I got into my groove, the fight wasn’t too challenging. I’ll be back in the gym by next week and would love to stay active and fight again in the next few months.”

Mexican featherweight Danny Aquino, from Meriden, Conn., ended an 18-month layoff to secure a six-round majority decision victory in what was a wild shootout against the very game local Dominican Jhovanny Collado, of Jamaica, Queens. From the opening bell, Aquino, 122, displayed relentless pressure and pure aggression as he swarmed Collado, 124, who was more than willing to return fire. Working his way inside with combinations to the body and landing his overhand right upstairs, Aquino dominated much of the action. However, he survived a scare in round four when Collado caught him coming in to drop him twice. Fighting on instinct, Aquino managed to hurt his adversary by round’s end. The pair never let up for the remainder of the contest, often bringing the raucous crowd to their feet. Scorecards read 57-55 twice, and 56-56, to award Aquino the verdict. At 16-2 (10 KOs), Aquino is an all-action brawler looking to work his way back into the world rankings.

“It felt good to come back,” said Aquino, “but I never expected to end up on the floor like that in the fourth round. I just dropped my hands a little bit, got careless and he caught me with one of his wild hooks, but I got up and did what I had to do to win. I boxed a little bit in the fifth to clear my head and was fine by the last round. Other than that one round, I knew I was in control and winning the fight. Whatever DiBella Entertainment and New Legend Boxing think is good for me next, I’ll take. I will fight anybody.”

“It was great to see Fox and Aquino back in the ring after such a long layoff,” said Felipe Gomez, of New Legend Boxing. “I think both fighters demonstrated that they are ready to step it up and take on bigger fights. Galarza’s fan base turned out in full force to watch him break down a tough veteran in Batista with body shots. I believe Galarza has what it takes to be in the mix for a title fight in the near future. All three of these fighters are exciting to watch and worthy of televised fights.”

“Galarza is definitely ready to take the next step toward becoming a contender. He truly has the talent and the personality to become a major star in boxing,” said Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment. “I’m happy that Fox and Aquino were able to get back into the ring and shake off the cobwebs with impressive victories. Both fighters have a lot of potential and we will work hard to get them the best possible opportunities.”

Antonio Tarver, Jr. making pro debut Sept. 29 on card headlined by his father Antonio ‘Magic Man’ Tarver


MIAMI – A boxing rarity will happen September 29 when Antonio Tarver, Jr. makes his professional debut on the same card his father, 5-time world light heavyweight champion and 1996 U.S. Olympian Antonio “Magic Man” Tarver (30-6, 21 KOs), is headlining in a 10-round heavyweight bout against veteran Johnathon Banks (29-2-1, 19 KOs).

Tarver-Banks is the main event on a Golden Boy Promotions show, airing live on Fox Sports 1 from State Farm Arena in Hildalgo, Texas. Tarver, Jr. will face Zachary Briones (1-1, 1 KO), of Austin (TX), in a four-round, off-television bout.

“This is a blessing,” the 26-year-old Tarver, Jr. said about making his pro debut on a card headlined by his 45-year-old father. “I’ve always wanted to fight. This just happens to be on the same fight card as my father. My father came from nothing and he’s always persevered. Everything has worked out wonderfully.

“I grew up in Daytona Beach, playing basketball and football, but I’ve known fighters who were on the 1996 U.S. Olympic Team with my father – Floyd Mayweather, Jr., Nate Jones and others – since I was a little kid. I was always with my father at his fights and in the gym, but he never let me fight. Boxing is in my blood, though, and I finally started boxing after I hurt my ankle playing basketball. I was 19 and weighed around 200 pounds. I was in Tampa with my father and went to the West Tampa Boxing Gym, the old Legends, to get some help because my father said I had to lose weight before I could fight. It took me six months because of my ankle to get down to 180. I didn’t have my first amateur fight until I was 20. I finished with an 11-1 record as an amateur and now I’m just trying to catch up. I’m getting my feet as fast as my hands; nobody is tougher than me. I’m going to fight as a junior middleweight but this fight will be at 160.”

Father and son are quite different, in and out of the ring, outside of them both being southpaws. “I’m much more aggressive and he’s more defensive,” Tarver Jr. explained. “The first thing he taught me was defense. I have the best of both worlds, working side-by-side with him in the gym every day. My father taught me defense but I’ve learned how to mix it up. I keep my hands up but let ’em go, too. My father and I are different people and fighters. I don’t have a shaved head like him, either.”

Tarver did everything he could to keep his son out of boxing. “I can’t tell you how surprised I am he took it upon himself to choose boxing and really concentrate on it. He always came to the gym with me but I never thought I would see my son fight professionally, never mind make his pro debut on my card. He’d come to camp and soak it all in but I always tried to deter him from boxing.

“I think he’s a diamond in the rough, a sleeper prospect who will blossom. People should truly take notice because he’s going to be a special fighter. Antonio is a quick learner and dedicated. I’ve tried to be an example for him and now he’s pushing me in training camp. We are different. I’m a defensive fighter, something that’s a lost art. He’s aggressive, something I’m not, a real fan-friendly fighter. I’m going to help create and develop him into a fighting machine. An all-around, complete fighter with speed, power and defense. He only had a few amateur fights but he’s going to be the next big thing in boxing. It would be unfair for people to compare him to his father because of our different journeys we’ve taken in boxing.”

Both are training at Brazilian Rocky Fight Club in Miami with head trainer Orlando Cuellar, who trained Glen Johnson for his two fights (1-1) with Tarver. Cuellar sees similarities and differences as well working daily with the Tarvers.

“This is the first time I’ve trained a father and his son,” Cuellar commented, “but I don’t look at it that way. They are two fighters with separate needs. It does blow my mind when I think about it outside the gym. The father is more of an outside fighter who isn’t going inside just to get some respect. His technique is deeper. Antonio is a boxer/puncher, while his son is a boxer learning to work the three distances. In that process, in time or in so many fights, he will develop his own identity picking up the technique of the three distances. He has taken from a 5-time world champion but has also added to it.

“There are three places to fight in the ring: outside, middle and inside. I enjoy working with a pressure fighter like Junior because I want my guys to drop and stop opponents. They apply pressure to breakdown opponents, starting on the outside, working to the middle, and then getting inside. Junior is a very promising prospect who likes to mix it up and let his punches fly. His father, of course, has a lot more experience. He’s a tactical fighter who plays mind games inside the ring with his opponent. He’s a very intelligent fighter.”

The acorn hasn’t fallen far from the Tarver’s tree.






By Damon”Latinbox”Gonzalez

A welterweight main event battle between Russian brawler Konstaintin Pomomarvev (24-0, 12 KO) looks to break Cosme Rivera (37-18-3, 25 KO) in half on Saturday, September 20th | Phoenix, AZ – Celebrity Theatre UniMas will air at 11p ET/PT a “Solo Boxeo Tecate” bout featuring COSME RIVERA (37-18, 25 KOs), of Mexico, vs. KONSTANTIN PONOMARVEV (24-0, 12 KOs), of Russia. @trboxing @ironboypromotions @celebritytheatre @toddduboef @frankstea @UniMas at Celebrity Theater, Pheonix, AZ.



By Damon”Latinbox”Gonzalez

Bantamweight Fransisco C De Vaca “Panchito El Centenario” (7-0, 4 KO’s) coming off a UD win over Ernesto Guerrero back in July. The hard hitting De Vaca ready to rage again on Saturday, September 20th | Phoenix, AZ – Celebrity Theatre UniMas will air at 11p ET/PT a “Solo Boxeo Tecate” bout featuring COSME RIVERA (37-18, 25 KOs), of Mexico, vs. KONSTANTIN PONOMARVEV (24-0, 12 KOs), of Russia. @trboxing @ironboypromotions @celebritytheatre @UniMas @toddduboef @frankstea @carlmoretti Photo credits: E. Saravina at Celebrity Theater, Pheonix, AZ.



By Damon”Latinbox”Gonzalez

Oleksandr Gvozdyk (2-0, 1 KO) born on 15 April 1987 in Kharkiv, Ukrainian SSR, USSR) was a Ukrainian amateur boxer who won Light heavyweight Bronze at the 2012 Olympics. At the 2009 World Amateur Boxing Championships he beat two opponents before being edged out by Rene Krause. At the 2011 World Amateur Boxing Championship he beat tree fighters before falling to Egor Mekhonsev (RUS). 2014 signed his professional contract with @trboxing looks to fight his third fight against Lamont Williams (5-5-1, 2 KO) on Saturday, September 20th | Phoenix, AZ – Celebrity Theatre UniMas will air at 11p ET/PT a “Solo Boxeo Tecate” bout featuring COSME RIVERA (37-18, 25 KOs), of Mexico, vs. KONSTANTIN PONOMARVEV (24-0, 12 KOs), of Russia. @ironboypromotions @trboxing @toddduboef @frankstea @carlmoretti @UniMas @celebritytheatre at Celebrity Theater, Pheonix, AZ.



By Damon”Latinbox”Gonzalez

Lightweight rising star @shanemosley_jr (2-0, 2 KO’s) getting #WarTape put on by father @sugarshanem getting set to face Marchchristopher Adkins (2-2, 1 KO) on the exiting @trboxing @ironboypromotions @IronBoyBoxing card. #RiveraPonomarvev Saturday, September 20th | Phoenix, AZ – Celebrity Theatre UniMas will air at 11p ET/PT a “Solo Boxeo Tecate” bout featuring COSME RIVERA (37-18, 25 KOs), of Mexico, vs. KONSTANTIN PONOMARVEV (24-0, 12 KOs), of Russia. @celebritytheatre @UniMas @trboxing @toddduboef @carlmoretti @frankstea at Celebrity Theater, Pheonix, AZ.