Falcao Stops Woods In Three

FALCAO STOPS WOODS IN THREE

Middleweight Esquiva Falcao from Viloria, Brazil goes to (25-0, 17 KO’s) breaking down Manny Woods (16-9-1, 6 KO’s) from St. Petersburg, Florida hitting him with heavy punches ending his night at the official time 2:18 seconds of round three by TKO victory.

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Fan-favorite Manfredo Jr. returns for next chapter “The Pride of Providence” faces Melvin Russell on November 23 at Twin River Casino Hotel on UFC FIGHT PASS®

Fan-favorite Manfredo Jr. returns for next chapter

“The Pride of Providence” faces Melvin Russell on November 23 at Twin River Casino Hotel on UFC FIGHT PASS®

Providence, RI – Rhode Island boxing icon Peter Manfredo Jr., “The Pride of Providence,” returns to the ring Saturday, November 23 to headline the second event of CES Boxing’s UFC FIGHT PASS® year-end tripleheader at Twin River Casino Hotel.

Fighting for the first time since 2016, Manfredo Jr. (40-7-1, 21 KOs) faces “The Romantic Redneck” Melvin Russell (11-7-2, 7 KOs) of Lloyd, KY, in a 10-round light heavyweight bout, one of four bouts on the UFC FIGHT PASS® stream.

Tickets for the event start at $49 and are available online at http://www.cesboxing.com, and http://www.showclix.com or by phone at 401-724-2253. Doors open at 5 p.m. ET with the first preliminary bout beginning at 6. The UFC FIGHT PASS® stream begins at 8 p.m. ET with CES Boxing publicist and matchmaker Michael Parente handling play-by-play and commentary. UFC FIGHT PASS® subscriptions are available at http://www.ufcfightpass.com.

The buzz is beginning to reach its fever pitch as Manfredo Jr., born and raised in the Federal Hill neighborhood of Providence, returns to the Ocean State, where he’s fought 22 times since making his professional debut at Rhode Island’s historic Rhodes-on-the-Pawtuxet in 2000. Manfredo Jr. also helped launch Twin River’s Event Center in 2007, knocking out veteran Ted Muller in the main event of the casino’s first live combat sports event.

Nineteen years and more than 100 shows later, Twin River is once again home to “The Pride of Providence,” who hopes to improve upon his unbeaten record of 7-0-1 at the venue. One of Rhode Island’s most accomplished fighters in this, or any, era, Manfredo Jr. is a former IBO world middleweight champion and former three-time world title challenger who rose to fame on Season 1 of The Contender reality television series. He became a household name on the show following his win over Alfonso Gomez in 2005 and later went toe-to-toe twice with Sergio Mora and challenged Joe Calzaghe and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. for world titles.

Fighting just a stone’s throw from where he grew up in Federal Hill, Manfredo Jr. returned to the Ocean State in 2006 following his run on The Contender and dazzled fans at The Dunkin’ Donuts Center with knockout wins over regional standouts Scott Pemberton and Joey Spina, arguably the most dominant stretch of his career. In 2012, he returned to Twin River with an impressive win over veteran Rayco Saunders and then honored lifetime friend and fellow Rhode Island legend Gary Balletto a year later with a knockout win over in-state rival Rich Gingras, wearing Balletto’s trunks to the ring just four months after Balletto was paralyzed in an accident at his home.

The legend continues November 23 as Manfredo Jr. returns to write the next chapter in his storied career, his first bout since May of 2016 when he and “Mr. Providence” Vladine Biosse fought to a draw in the highly-publicized “Battle for the Capital” at Twin River.

“This is going to be a night to remember,” said CES Boxing president Jimmy Burchfield Sr., who helped launch Manfredo Jr.’s pro career nearly two decades ago. “The Homecoming King is back! What could be better than the return of living legend Peter Manfredo Jr. on combat sports’ No. 1 streaming platform? The beautiful Twin River Casino Event Center is the place to be November 23. The crowd noise will be deafening and many of our sport’s young stars will get the opportunity to share the ring with a true legend — a fighter, father and husband who they look up to as a role model. You cannot miss this event!”

Manfredo Jr. will be joined on UFC FIGHT PASS® by several Rhode Island fan-favorites, including Cranston junior welterweight Nick DeLomba (15-2, 4 KOs), who faces Argentinian Diego Vicente Perez (13-8-1, 11 KOs) in the eight-round co-main event. The live stream also features an intriguing six-round Fight of the Night candidate between unbeaten super featherweights Michael Valentin (6-0-1, 1 KO) of Providence and Joshua Orta (5-0, 2 KOs) of Holbrook, MA, plus a six-round welterweight war between undefeated Providence native Victor Reynoso (5-0, 5 KOs) and the dangerous Roque Zapata (6-2-5) of Culpeper, VA.

DeLomba returns to Twin River for the first time in more than a year and puts his four-fight win streak on the line against the dangerous Perez, who has won five of his last six, all by knockout. DeLomba last fought in Rhode Island in September of 2018, defeating Chris Singleton by unanimous decision, and most recently fought in July with a knockout win over Rynell Griffin in New Hampshire.

Valetin and Orta could steal the show November 23. The two have had their sights set on one another since Orta turned pro in 2018. Since then, Orta has racked up five wins in the past year while Valentin also boasts an undefeated record at 6-0-1.

Reynoso is also facing his toughest test date. An officer at Bridgewater State Hospital in Massachusetts, Reynoso recently made quick work of Kenny Chery in August, winning by third round knockout for his fifth knockout victory in as many fights. Zapata, a veteran of 13 fights, has never been stopped and has scored upset wins on the road against Philadelphia’s Isaiah Wise and Fred Jenkins Jr. and Reading, PA, vet Nicolas Hernandez.

The preliminary card features an eclectic mix of veterans and newcomers, starting with Brian Barbosa (31-7, 23 KOs) of Providence making his long-awaited return and the professional boxing debut of Gary Balletto III, the son of the iconic “Tiger” Balletto, who amassed a pro record of 31-3-2. Cranston’s Balletto is transitioning from the cage to the ring, boxing professionally for the first time following seven professional MMA fights with CES MMA between 2015 and 2018.

Barbosa is back for the first time since 2013. “The Bull” ran off an impressive streak of 11 consecutive knockouts between 1994 and 1997 as one of the region’s top fighters and also returned from an eight-year layoff in 2011 with a knockout win over Rhode Island rival Joe Gardner. A former USBA and NABO middleweight champion, Barbosa went on to face former super welterweight world champion Carl Daniels in an IBF title eliminator in 2000 and

Also on the preliminary card, super lightweight Wilson Mascarenhas (2-1) of New Bedford, MA, faces undefeated Jose Zaragoza (2-0) of Sedalia, MO, and female lightweight Shayna Foppiano (1-0-1, 1 KO) of Everett, MA, battles Brazilian Raquel Santos, who also lives and trains in Everett and will be making her pro debut. Both are four-round bouts. Brockton, MA, heavyweight Chad Leoncello also makes his professional debut in a four-round bout.

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GERVONTA DAVIS AND BADOU JACK DISCUSS UPCOMING DECEMBER 28 MATCHUPS

Davis To Face Yuriorkis Gamboa For WBA Lightweight World Championship While Jack Challenges WBA Light Heavyweight Titlist Jean Pascal Live On SHOWTIME From State Farm Arena In Atlanta.

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WHAT: Gervonta Davis and Badou Jackmet with members of the media last Saturday in Las Vegas to discuss their upcoming matchups taking place Saturday, December 28 live on SHOWTIME at the award-winning State Farm Arena in Atlanta in a special year-end Premier Boxing Champions event.
 
Two-time super featherweight champion Davis will take on former unified world champion Yuriorkis Gamboa for the WBA Lightweight World Championship as the 24-year-old Davis looks to conquer another division.  In the co-main event of a special holiday SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® telecast, former two-division champion Jack will challenge WBA Light Heavyweight World Champion Jean Pascal.  
 
Tickets for the event, which is promoted by Mayweather Promotions, GTD Promotions and TGB Promotions, are available through Ticketmaster.com. 
 
Also participating in Saturday’s luncheon at Wolfgang Puck at MGM Grand were Leonard Ellerbe, CEO of Mayweather Promotions, and Stephen Espinoza, President, Sports & Event Programming, Showtime Networks Inc.
 
Here’s what the fighters and executives had to say:
 
GERVONTA DAVIS:
Thoughts about Gamboa and moving up in weight:
“We know Gamboa is a veteran and that he’s had a lot of wars, so we know we have a tough fight. He’s definitely dangerous. He can hit. He can fight. 
 
“His last fight he made 134, so we know he can get bigger than me at that weight. I’m going into this knowing he’s a bigger fighter than me. I’m just going to bring my power and capitalize on that weight class and becoming world champion. 
 
“I believe I’m one of the top fighters in the world, but I don’t compare myself to other fighters. I just go out and get the job done. 
 
“Atlanta is my second home. I’m confident I’ll sell it out.”
 
On his ability and uniqueness as a fighter:
“I come from a different cloth than these other guys. I’ve been through everything in my life. A lot of people haven’t experienced what I have. If I ever get beat it would have to be by someone who’s been through what I have been through. It can’t be anyone who’s just been training all their life. 
 
“Every time I step in the ring I’m willing to leave it all in there. A lot of people haven’t seen my full skills because I haven’t fought an opponent that has brought them out.”
 
On his potential in the sport:
“The boxing world hasn’t seen my true potential as a fighter, they’ve just seen my power. I’m the type of boxer where if you don’t belong in there with me, you won’t be in there too long. Some fighters like to take their time. I’m the type, if I know you’re not on my level, I’m going to show it. The world will see. I’ll fight anybody.”
 
BADOU JACK:
On his upcoming matchup against Pascal:
“I’m excited for this fight. I actually called Pascal the day before his last fight and let him know I was rooting for him. But this is business at the end of the day. I’m coming to take back my title.”
 
On how he feels at this age:
“I feel like a young 36 years old. I live a clean life. I’m always in the gym training and I try not to take any punishment. I have a couple of years left and I’m more motivated now than ever. I needed that little break. I hadn’t had a break since I was an amateur twenty years ago. I took time to relax with the family and eat good food. Now I’m hungry.”
 
On his last performance against Marcus Browne:
“Everyone who saw me in my last fight could see I was flat. My fighting instinct kicked in at that point. He was fighting a dead man.”  
 
On the Davis vs. Gamboa matchup:
“It’s a great fight. Gamboa is a little older, but he looked good in his last fight. I’m a big, big fan of Tank – the way he fights, his speed, his athleticism, everything. He has star power. He was on my undercard, now I’m on his. He’s going to bring great things to the sport and as long as he stays focused, he’s going to be a superstar.  He’s already a superstar.”
 
LEONARD ELLERBE:
On Davis’ position and progression in the sport: 
“We’re going to show everyone how he’s going to become the biggest star in the sport. In 2020 we’re going to blow this out of the water.  We’ve been able to think outside the box.  That’s how you grow the sport.  We’ve made a concerted effort to cross him over to the mainstream; working with the Baltimore Ravens, his parade, now Atlanta.  
 
“Our plan is to make the biggest and best fights out there. We’re going to call the shots and it’s going to be on our terms, and we’ll let everyone know when that happens. Everyone wants to fight Tank. There’s one common thing when you talk about 126, 130, 135, and now 140. There’s one name that’s common among the fighters and that’s Tank. This is going to be a great journey and you better get on it now. 
 
“If he can get past Gamboa on December 28, then in 2020 he’s going into that pay-per-view world. When you have that kind of star power and you’re thinking outside of the box, not just boxing fans, we’re going to make the biggest fights out there in the world.”
 
On Badou Jack:
“Badou’s a promoter’s dream. He’s a guy who gives you no problems. He’s out there doing wonderful things for himself and his family. He’s doing so much to help so many others. He’s using his platform in the right way. It’s an honor to work with a fighter like him.
 
“I always knew he was a great talent and sometimes you can find the diamonds in the rough. Everyone’s always looking at the guys coming out of the Olympics. We saw him in the gym and he really messed a guy up. We had an eye on him and we worked out a deal with Lou [DiBella] and the rest is history. 
 
“We had one setback, but everything happens for a reason, and he’s just taken off since. He’s a great fighter and I like the fact that he’s always willing to fight the best. Never had to second guess that he’s willing to fight everybody.”  
 
STEPHEN ESPINOZA:
“There are advantages and disadvantages to promoting a show on this date. There has been a lot of success promoting music shows on that weekend. It’s not apples to apples, but it’s one of the factors that went in and there’s a way to turn this into something special and unique because of Gervonta’s fan base. 
 
“It’s great to have skilled boxers but we need, for the health of the sport, guys like Gervonta who are putting butts in the seats. That’s the key in bringing him to Atlanta. Boxing is a part of a culture that crosses over into music and sports. There’s not an athlete who doesn’t watch a pay-per-view boxing match. Tapping into that with a personality like Tank is only going to expand the sport. 
 
“There’s an authenticity and an openness about Gervonta. There’s a lot of people who’ve had setbacks who don’t talk about it, like Tank. It takes a risk to talk about that and that’s why a lot of people can relate. This is Tank. What you see is what you get. It’s very real. It’s very authentic and I think that’s why people connect with him the person as opposed to him the fighter.”

Round 12: International Olympic Committee and Boxing / Round 12: Comité Olímpico Internacional y el Boxeo

Boxing is one of the sports found in the original Olympic Games and has been a part of the modern Olympic Games since 1904. Boxing is extremely popular and legendary professional champions such as Muhammad Ali, George Foreman, Sugar Ray Leonard and Oscar Dela Hoya, just to name a few, found their roots in Olympic glory.

AIBA, the International Federation in charge of Olympic Boxing competition, fell into disgrace, and in fact ruined amateur boxing with its multiple scandals over the past two decades. AIBA modified the nature of boxing in the amateur field and began a process in which they, among other disgraceful measures:  i) became managers and promoters of boxers, which is a direct conflict of interest; ii) removed the head guard from competition; iii) orchestrated a corrupt officiating system; and, most importantly eliminated the distinction between amateur and professional athletes. That last measure allowed professional boxers to qualify and compete in the Olympic Games, starting with Rio 2016.

The international Olympic Committee and its President Thomas Bach have heroically stepped in and have taken unprecedented actions in an attempt to save boxing and its participation in the Olympic Games.

The IOC took an aggressive role in investigating AIBA’s operations and, after a process which lasted more than a year, finally suspended AIBA and took away their role as administrators of boxing leading to Tokyo 2020.

The IOC is responsible for giving the Olympic Games to the world.  Each sport is responsible to organize competitive, clean and safe athlete participation during the Olympic Games.  It is now up to Boxing to save itself and collaborate with the IOC to give to the world what it expects from that ancient sport during the Olympic Games.

The IOC appointed a Task Force to oversee the process and competition for Tokyo 2020 under the leadership of Mr. Morinari Watanabe of Japan. The IOC has given each country the responsibility and opportunity to conduct their own qualification process organized by their national Olympic committee in conjunction with the corresponding national boxing federation.

It is the absolute responsibility of each nation to produce the talent which will have the opportunity to compete for Olympic glory.

It is understandable that the IOC would not get into complicated details of the sport of boxing and has carried on with the rules established by AIBA for RIO 2016. Boxing is struggling with the burden of AIBA’s collapse and failure, as well as AIBA’s actions which were contrary the health and safety of the athletes…but now there is a great opportunity for boxing to find the right path and bring back the Olympic dream to the minds of the young athletes of the world.

The WBC conducted a world consultation within Boxing Federations, Boxing Commissions, promoters, managers, trainers, media, fans and most importantly boxers, both amateur and professional.  On Tuesday, October 22nd, during the WBC 57th annual convention in Cancun, Mexico, a very lively discussion took place which involved delegates from all over the world.  The conclusion was clear and unanimous:

NO PROFESSIONAL BOXER SHOULD COMPETE AGAINST AMATEUR FIGHTERS, LIMITS SHOULD BE PUT ON THE EXPERIENCE OF THE PROFESSIONAL FIGHTERS, BEFORE THIS TOPIC MAY BE REEVALUATED.

Why ?

* There is no distinction in the definition between one professional fighter and another; there are no levels, limits or criteria: a professional boxer is a professional boxer regardless of whether he or she is a 4-round fighter or a World Champion.  However, there are marked differences between a 4-round fighter and a world champion in skill, development, strength, maturity and ability to hurt another and/or be hurt.

*  Professional fighters are much more mature and hold superior physical and mental strength when compared with young, amateur fighters.

* Professional fighters are required to make weight one-day and for one fight at a time.  Amateur fighters to have to remain under a set weight for 15-days or more.

* The mindset and purpose of amateur fighter are to score points.  Professional boxing is more about inflicting punishment upon one’s opponent.

* Amateur boxers are motivated by growing as athletes and bringing glory to their locality, region and country.  Professional boxer’s motivations are closely linked to business and financial interests.

The WBC Board of governors listened to the opinions and formal positions of many during the open floor meeting and it was unanimously voted to state the official position of the WBC, which represents the voice of the community of boxing worldwide.

It is recommended to all National Olympic Committees and National Boxing Federations to consider the words of concern about the dangerous disparity in level of competition and to organize their national qualification process exclusively with amateur fighters or fighters with very limited professional experience.

For those reasons, the overwhelming majority of countries around the world have already decided that professional boxers will not be allowed in their Olympic teams.  Among those countries, most notably listed are:

*  USA

* Canada

*  Ukraine

*  Japan

*  Spain

*  And many more

* Russia

*  Romania

No Olympic medal is worth a person’s life. The boxing community of the world must be united and support the International Olympic Committee’s efforts to bring back boxing as the major sport that has always been during the Olympic Games.

We respectfully confirm our position and with the hope that all like-minded people stand together for the safety and protection of our athletes.

firma-moro

Mauricio Sulaimán

WBC PRESIDENT

Javier Fortuna Stops Jesus Andres Cuellar in Co-Main Event Action.

Javier Fortuna Stops Jesus Andres Cuellar in Co-Main Event Action. @javier_fortuna

The co-main event featured former world champions Javier “El Abejón” Fortuna (35-2-1, 24 KOs) from the Dominican Republic knocking out Argentina’s Jesús Andrés Cuellar (29-4, 22 KOs) at the 2:01 mark of the second round in their super featherweight showdown. Fortuna knocked down Cuellar in both the first and second stanzas. Shortly following the second knockdown, the referee had seen enough, calling a stop to the action. “I expected a tough fight,” said Fortuna. “I wanted to be very active in this fight and win it for the Republic! “This being a WBC eliminator bout, we expect a shot at (Devin) Haney next,” concluded Fortuna.

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Former Super Welterweight World Champion Brian Carlos Castaño battles veteran contender Wale “Lucky Boy” Omotoso TONIGHT in a 154-pound headlining showdown on FS1 and FOX Deportes at 10:30 pm ET/7:30 pm PT. #CastanoOmotoso #PBConFS1 #PBCenFD

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Russell Bound

Preliminary action on FS2 featured 2016 U.S. Olympian Gary Antuanne Russell (12-0, 12 KOs) from Capitol Heights, Maryland securing an impressive knockout victory against Panama’s Juan Huertas (14-3-1, 10 KOs) in the first round (:40) of their super lightweight affair. @briancastanooo 🆚 @luckyboy85

Former Super Welterweight World Champion Brian Carlos Castaño battles veteran contender Wale “Lucky Boy” Omotoso TONIGHT in a 154-pound headlining showdown on FS1 and FOX Deportes at 10:30 pm ET/7:30 pm PT. #CastanoOmotoso #PBConFS1 #PBCenFD

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