Monthly Archives: June 2015

THURMAN VS KAHN? KEY FIGHT WILL PROMOTERS BITE

 
@AmirKingKhan vs. @KeithOneTimeThurman 

Report: @latinboxsports 

Graphics credits: @crownboxing 

Spells a lot of Anger and Fury, To Me Thurman the very Best new star to break in the welterweight division, it makes for a riveting fight because Khan will box and push to take the young lion (Thurman) out early but please that would spell for a huge mistake Thurman brings his powerful punches up from nowhere they can hurt you at anytime. Khan yes has mobility but Thurman such a technician at cutting off the ring he will make Kahn less Mobile and make him fight.

No matter what unfolds it’s a key fight Thurman has awfully a huge heart there is clearly something to be said about that. Kahn will use his experience and show no weakness he will fight Thurman back carefully, one other thing about this fight it will show who deserves a shot at the Mayweather sweepstakes. Thurman continues become a threat no matter who he faces right now. I’m personally picking the lion Thurman these fighters have each other to excite fans instead of focusing on TMT Lottery. @premierboxingchampions @swansonpr @swanson_comm 

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WITH THE BELT AROUND HIS WAISTNEWLY CROWNED IBF CHAMPIONJOSE PEDRAZA CEMENTS HIMSELFAS PUERTO RICO’S NEXT BIG STAR

 
Photo credits: Scott Foster

New York, NY – This past Saturday, Puerto Rico’s Jose “The Sniper” Pedraza fulfilled a lifelong dream when he picked up the IBF world super featherweight championship with a flawless performance against once-beaten contender Andrey Klimov. With the impressive showing, Pedraza, who improved to a perfect 20-0, 12KO’s, with the near shutout victory, clearly cemented himself as the next rising star to come out of the island.
 

“Words cannot express how happy I am right now,” said Pedraza. “I have sacrificed my life for the last 14 years to become a world champion. This was a long, hard road, but it is a dream come true. Every fighter thinks about this day, and now that I am here, I plan on reigning for many years to come. I want to thank my manager Al Haymon, my father, and my promoters for believing in me and giving me this opportunity.”

 

“From Wilfredo Gomez to Felix Trinidad to Miguel Cotto, Puerto Rico has a legendary boxing history. Former Olympian Jose Pedraza, a newly crowned world champion, continues this great tradition. The possibilities are limitless for this young star, as he begins his title reign and continues to carry the mantel of great Puerto Rican champions,” said promoter Lou DiBella.

 

“I am extremely happy and excited for Jose and what the future holds for him. He has spent many years, and countless hours of work to get to this point. It is an honor to be a part of this promotional team and I’m thrilled to be working with Al Haymon and my good friend and partner Lou DiBella in guiding Jose’s future,” said promoter Javier Bustillo.

 

“Pedraza once again showed he’s an elite fighter winning his first world title in dominating fashion,” said promoter Gary Shaw. “When I discovered him in the amateurs, I knew he was a special talent. His ability to make adjustments on the fly is what separates him from the rest of the champions. Puerto Rico has a shining star in Pedraza that they can be proud of.”

 

Ever since he first turned pro in 2011, there have been very high hopes for Pedraza. An outstanding amateur who represented his native Puerto Rico at the 2008 Olympic games, Pedraza longed to become a part of the nation’s storied history of great champions and contenders. Over the next four-plus years, Pedraza steadily moved up the ranks of the super featherweight division, garnering rave reviews in the process and setting himself up for a crack at his first world title shot with a dominant 12-round unanimous decision over fellow top-contender Michael Farenas in November of last year.

 

Going into the fight, there were questions on how the 26-year-old 2008 Olympian would approach his opponent. Klimov had only been defeated once before, losing a decision to the 2014 Fighter of the Year Terence Crawford back in 2013 and was known as a hard-nosed and relentless pressure fighter. Pedraza stated before the contest that he would use his boxing ability to neutralize Klimov’s attack, but also that he wouldn’t be afraid to stand toe-to-toe with the tough Russian. Just as advertised, Pedraza did exactly that, having his way against Klimov from the outset. Round after round, Pedraza controlled the pace behind his lightning-quick combinations and footwork, consistently beating Klimov to the punch and tattooing him with hard shots to the body and head. In the middle rounds, Pedraza switched from southpaw to orthodox, and began walking Klimov down, dishing out severe punishment that began to show more and more on Klimov’s battered face. Klimov was able to make it to the final bell, but just couldn’t muster up much of anything else, as he was thoroughly dominated in what was easily Pedraza’s most impressive showing to date.

 

The same night Pedraza claimed his IBF crown on Showtime, another highly regarded up-and-coming Puerto Rican star saw action, as Felix Verdejo made his HBO debut, claiming a 10-round decision victory over Ivan Najera. There have been ongoing debates over the past couple of years as to who would emerge as Puerto Rico’s next great champion. Before his fight on Saturday night, the humble Pedraza stated that Verdejo “was a good fighter, and a good person, but Jose Pedraza will be Puerto Rico’s next world champion.” And right he was.
Pedraza’s promoters DiBella Entertainment, Universal Promotions, and Gary Shaw productions and advisor Al Haymon are already planning his first defense. An announcement will be made in the coming monthsas to whom Pedraza will face and where the defense will take place. However, one thing is for sure: Pedraza would love to make his first defense at home.

 

“Winning a world title has been a lifelong dream of mine. Now that I have the belt, I would love nothing more in the world than to make my first defense in Puerto Rico in front of all my great fans.” 

  

SOLID WIN FOR JOSEAN FIGUEROA TO HIS PEOPLE IN AGUADA

 
The aguadeño Josean Figueroa gave him his audience what he wanted: a great victory. Super bantamweight 28-year-old an impressive unanimous decision win over toabajeño Jonell Nieves in the eight round clash on Saturday which starred billboard series to the maximum Boxing Miguel Cotto Promotions presented in partnership with the companies signed up H2 Entertainment and Roc Nation in the coliseum Ismael Delgado, of Aguada. With the win, Figueroa, who was coming off a draw with Jose ‘Wonder Boy’ Lopez in his previous presentation, improved his record to 9-3-2 and seven knockouts, while Nieves left hers at 4-2 and three KOs. The judges voted 79-73, 77-74 and 77-74 in favor of the local hero. “It was a war” after the game said coach Nieves, Chelo Oliveras. “It was, but I really did not see it as open as the judges gave unanimous decision.” “Even in the seventh assault, when Jonuel was taking the best part, there was a slip that everyone clearly saw, but the referee sang fall,” he said. “I think after the referee until he realized, but it was too late to reverse their decision.” “I know I gave him a blow and he fell, the worse I do not know whether there was slip,” he said in turn Figueroa, who was fighting for the first time in his village. “What I do know is that when he got up was not stunned.” However, he denied that the fall would have dramatically changed the pace of the fight.

“Yes there were two rounds in which he took control of the fight and won clearly, but not this,” he said. “It was a big fight: the boy came prepared.” And Figueroa also praised public support Aguada. “It felt terrific to have all these people screaming and applauding one,” he said, before calculating that would be at least about 2,500 fans at the Coliseum. “I know all the ‘ringside’ and the boxes were full,” he said. “When Cotto want to come back up here, here we are.” The veteran Commissioner Jose ‘Toto’ Peñagarícano also praised the fight and assistance. “It was a criminal … the most exciting fight of the whole billboard,” she said, “and the court was completely full.”
Meanwhile, moroveño flyweight Carlos Narvaez improved his record to 10-0 and six knockouts when he defeated by wide unanimous decision over veteran starter excontendor aguadeño Omar ‘Pastor’ Soto (15-15-1 now six). “What he did was survive, for their experience,” admitted Carlos Velez coach Soto. “All you have Narvaez is that is big and strong.” On the other hand, the junior welterweight comerieño Kelvin Nieves (now 8-1-1 and four) won by KO’t on Gurabo Javier Garcia (6-9-1 and two) when his opponent did not come out of a fourth assault combat pointed to six episodes. In addition, the prospect Mayaguez Richy Rodriguez knocked in the first assault to super bantamweight debutant Moca. Jonathan Hernandez, to improve to 4-0 with four knockouts.
For its part, the Aguadilla welterweight Javier Flores improved to 12-0 with 11 knockouts to dispatch the minute 36 seconds of the fourth assault in a scheduled eight episodes Jorge Cordero (4-12 and four) of Moca.
In addition, the bantamweight Bayamon, Bryan Chevalier, improved to 4-0 with four knockouts by winning by TKO in the second minute and eight seconds of the first episode of Angel Lopez (now 2-15 and two) of Moca. Meanwhile, the heavyweight of Aguada, Jeffrey Acevedo, improved to 9-1 with eight knockouts when I ordered by TKO at 1:14 minutes of the first assault of Arecibo Jesus Gonzalez (0-4) and lightweight aguadeño Charneco Alexander put his mark 4-1 with four knockouts to break the fast track to 2:27 of the first episode debutant Juan Rojas of Trujillo Alto.
Finally, carolinense featherweight Jose Carmona improved to 1-1 when he knocked technically the initial assault 2:07 newcomer Kelvin Floyd, Aguada. The main bouts will be televised program on Univision on Saturday at 10:30 pm 

HERRERA’S TIME IS NOW

 
@mauricioherrera359 🇲🇽🇲🇽🇲🇽

Indeed a one-punch kayo artist but lives to fight like a warrior, Hands down Herrera attacks in a smooth and relentless rhythm it’s very exiting to watch. Herrera has proven he can punch with punchers just ask Danny Garcia. He’s capable of hurting his opponents with either hand, and is protected by perhaps one of the best chins in boxing. 

@mauricioherrera359 vs. @hammerinhank_lundy 

#HerreraLundy, is a 10-round super lightweight bout for the vacant NABF title 

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HERRERA LOOKS TO DEFINE HIS OWN LEGACY SATURDAY NIGHT.

 
By Damon “Latinbox” Gonzalez
A fight night tale Mexican warrior Mauricio Herrera doesn’t fight to leave it in the judges hands. On Saturday July 11th, two dressing rooms a hundred yards apart at LA Sports Arena Herrera fight night relaxed, feet kicked up his mood as cool as drinking an ice tea. Not concerned much at teeing off on Hank Lundy till the opening bell.
On the opposite end of the building body tensed, face scowling, fist smacking Lundy intense approach realizes he is in for a war against Herrera.
Both warriors will battle for the NABF Super Lightweight title, The tension of this fight is so thick you can cut it with a pitchfork. The long walk to the four corners ring predicts to be a epic war based on who these warriors are. Herrera not a shadowbox fighter clearly his gloves will find Lundy’s face quick and fast, The mental preparation of Lundy is key in this fight, his counter attack is his gem, Look for Lundy to attempt to stay right in his game plan, Herrera punches at such a high volume a foresee it spelling trouble mid into the fight foe Lundy. Get ready fight fans for a entertaining fight. #HerreraLundy #HBOLatinoBoxing Follow @HBOLatino
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PERRELLA DROPS BOMB IN BAMA!

 
@goodfella_bp Welterweight rising star Bryant Perrella (9-0, 8 KO’s) from Ft. Myers, Florida. on the road to glory the young talented 26 year old prospect on his course to reach the welterweight throne currently making a lot of noise with his prestigious performances. 

@Goodfella_BP successfully put his hard punches together demolishing Abraham Alvarez by first round Technical knock out stoppage at Bartow Arena, Birmingham, Alabama on the #WilderMolina undercard attraction bout. 

Perrella’s Post-Fight quotes “I Went out there and executed the game plan exactly as planned. It feels great to have a performance like that against a much more experienced guy (20-8). Now I’m just ready for the next step and excited to see what #HaymonBoxing has in store” 

Photo credits: Scott Foster 

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MIKE “YES INDEED” REED WINS IN NYC, IMPROVES TO 15-0, 8 KOs

 
 Photo credits: Mikey Williams/Top Rank

Reed defeated Luis Joel Gonzalez by unanimous decision on the HBO “Boxing After Dark” undercard, held at The Theater at Madison Square Garden.

 

WASHINGTON, D.C., U.S.A. – On Saturday night, June 13, at New York City’s Theater at Madison Square Garden, Top Rank light welterweight professional boxer, Mike “Yes Indeed” Reed (Washington, D.C./Waldorf, MD) defeated Luis Joel Gonzalez (Puerto Rico) by unanimous decision in an 8 round bout. For most of the fight, Reed walked his opponent down while displaying a varied attack of jabs and powerful body shots. Judges at ringside scored the contest for Reed 80-73, 80-72, and 80-72. With the win, Reed’s record improved to 15-0, with 8 KOs, while Gonzalez’s record moved to 11-2-1, with 6 KOs. Reed-Gonzalez opened the non-televised portion of the HBO “Boxing After Dark” fight card, promoted by Top Rank, in association with All-Star Boxing. In the main event, Jamaica’s Nicholas “The Axe Man” Walters (26-0, 21 KOs) defeated Colombia’s Miguel Marriaga (20-1, 18 KOs) by unanimous decision, and in the co-main event, Puerto Rico’s Felix Verdejo (18-0, 13 KOs) defeated San Antonio’s Ivan Najera (16-1, 8 KOs) by unanimous decision. The HBO Boxing fight card took place on the eve of the annual Puerto Rican Day Parade in New York City.

The 22-year-old Reed talked about his win in New York City. He said, “I thought I had a solid performance. Gonzalez came to fight and win on the eve of the Puerto Rican Day Parade. I did what I was supposed to do. I hit him hard to the body and slowed him down. He had real good leg movement and we saw that on film. In the first three or four rounds he came out a southpaw, and I adjusted accordingly, hitting him with some good body shots and counter hooks. Southpaw fighters aren’t used to fighting other southpaw fighters. Then, he made a switch and I adjusted to that as well. He was a good opponent, and he made me work for my win. We don’t know the next fight date yet, so I’ll take a couple days off, and then get right back to the gym. I want to stay close to my fight weight, so I’ll be ready when Top Rank calls. Thank you Top Rank, HBO, Nike Boxing and Athlete Performance Solutions, my team, all the media, and everyone that continues to support Team Reed.”

Reed’s father, trainer, and manager, Michael “Buck” Pinson (Dream Team Boxing Gym/Clinton, MD), said, “I thought my son performed well. He showed a lot of hand speed and a lot of power. Gonzalez was a real durable guy. We definitely wanted the knockout, but it didn’t come. We’ll go back to the gym, back to the drawing board, and continue to work on throwing combinations and hard punches. All the fans I spoke to at the Garden said they really enjoyed his fight. Team Reed should be back in the ring again soon. We appreciate all of our fans that made the drive to NYC. We’re already looking forward to the next one.”

VERDEJO QUOTES

 
 How does 18-0 sounds?

Great, Im happy with the work we did tonight, I brought happiness to my Country and that its what I wanted to do.

 

You fought a warrior

Yes we knew he was a tuff opponent , with a lot of experience and we knew it was going to be tuff.

 

What went to your mind when you knock him and he would come back up?

I was relax, and I was concentrated in the fight, I was trying to hit him to see if it I could end it but , we had to go the long distance, but we did a good job.

 

How was it to hear you name and Puerto Rico at MSG/

I was awesome , I’m happy with the Puerto Ricans fans , Im proud to be Puerto Rican

 

You are being compare to Tito Trinidad 

Its an honor to be compare with a star like Tito , someone who gave so much happiness to my Country , I will continue to work hard to get new goals

 

Whats next?

We have to see how my hand its doing , but we will continue to work hard for the future

 

Hand?

It was not 100 % but it was efficient

Yes that’s part of my job but we are happy with the work with did

 

Message for fans

Continue to support me, you will have Felix for a long time 

VERDEJO ELECTRIC AT THE MSG THEATER 

  @diamanteverdejo VERDEJO ELECTRIC AT THE MSG THEATER 
Lightweight Felix “EL Diamante” Verdejo (18-0, 13 KO’s) shows big on his HBO Boxing debut beating Ivan Najera (16-1, 8 KO’s) handing Najera his 1st professional loss in a action packed fight. “EL Diamante” rises to the occasion at the Theater at Madison Square Garden in a all out brawl against Mexican warrior Ivan Najera. Using all the exiting elements electrifying the Madison Square Garden crowed Vedrejo got into some deep exchanges with Najera, Boxing, brawling landing high percentage shots at the battling Najera who had moments in the fight scoring shots, But it was all Verdejo catching him flush sending Najera down in the 5th and the 7th with explosive hard shots. Verdejo lands a hard uppercut in the 8th Najera wars it out till the final bell in the 10th. Judges scores 100-88 (2x) 99-98 for Verdejo WBO Latino Lightweight Champion.

NICHOLAS “AXE MAN” WALTERS AND

FELIX “EL DIAMANTE” VERDEJO HEADLINE

PUERTO RICAN DAY PARADE CARD AT THE GARDEN! 

Saturday, June 13, at The Theater at Madison Square Garden

Televised Live on HBO® NEW YORK – Undefeated World Boxing Association (WBA) featherweight world champion NICHOLAS “Axe Man” WALTERS of Jamaica, and the boxing gem of Puerto Rico, undefeated No. 3 world-rated lightweight contender FELIX “El Diamante” VERDEJO will headline, in separate bouts, a world championship card in New York during Puerto Rican Day Parade weekend. With 34 knockout victories between them, fireworks are all but assured for this event which will take place Saturday, June 13, in The Theater at Madison Square Garden. Both will be facing undefeated opponents. Walters, who is in the third year of his championship reign, will defend his world title against Top-10 contender MIGUEL “The Scorpion” MARRIAGA of Colombia. Verdejo, in his live HBO debut, will make the first defense of his newly-won World Boxing Organization (WBO) Latino lightweight title against IVAN “Bam Bam” NAJERA, of San Antonio, TX. Both fights will be televised live on @HBOBoxing After Dark, beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT. @trboxing @ToddDuboef @Bradleyajacobs @FrankStea @Boxeolarevista @BobArum @CarlMoretti @JasonMTang

MONAGHAN FINISHES OFF ZUNIGA IN NINE

  

@seaniemono Light Heavyweight “Irish” Seanie Monaghan (25-0, 16 KO’s) created room and broke down Fulgencio Zuniga (27-11-1, 24 KO’s) No question Zuniga was tough came right after Monaghan making a fight, Monaghan was just too much for him demolishing him in round nine at 2:10 seconds by TKO victory. NICHOLAS “AXE MAN” WALTERS AND
FELIX “EL DIAMANTE” VERDEJO HEADLINE

PUERTO RICAN DAY PARADE CARD AT THE GARDEN! 

Saturday, June 13, at The Theater at Madison Square Garden

Televised Live on HBO® NEW YORK – Undefeated World Boxing Association (WBA) featherweight world champion NICHOLAS “Axe Man” WALTERS of Jamaica, and the boxing gem of Puerto Rico, undefeated No. 3 world-rated lightweight contender FELIX “El Diamante” VERDEJO will headline, in separate bouts, a world championship card in New York during Puerto Rican Day Parade weekend. With 34 knockout victories between them, fireworks are all but assured for this event which will take place Saturday, June 13, in The Theater at Madison Square Garden. Both will be facing undefeated opponents. Walters, who is in the third year of his championship reign, will defend his world title against Top-10 contender MIGUEL “The Scorpion” MARRIAGA of Colombia. Verdejo, in his live HBO debut, will make the first defense of his newly-won World Boxing Organization (WBO) Latino lightweight title against IVAN “Bam Bam” NAJERA, of San Antonio, TX. Both fights will be televised live on @HBOBoxing After Dark, beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT. @trboxing @ToddDuboef @Bradleyajacobs @FrankStea @Boxeolarevista @BobArum @CarlMoretti @JasonMTang 

@AllStarBoxingInc @RickyDiamante @AxeManWalters