Florida Boxing Hall of Fame Reschedules 2020 Induction Ceremony Due to Covid-19

Tampa, Florida – Due to the Covid 19 lockdown, the Florida Boxing Hall of Fame has rescheduled the 2020 Class of 2020 Induction Weekend to Friday, Saturday, Sunday August 21-23. The event will still take place at the Westshore Grand Hotel in Tampa, Florida.

The inductees are:

Fighters: Eliseo Castillo, Buster Mathis Jr., Robert Daniels, Jeff Lacy, Glenn Wolfe, Rocky Torres, Bonnie Canino, Jeff Sims*

Trainers: Ben Getty*

Promoters: Jeff Gibson

Media: Alan Hopper, Joe Bruno, Dalia Duran

Participants: Charles Mooney, Lou Martinez, Lou Harris*, Floyd Self*

Officials/Commission: Mark Streisand, Emil Lombardi Jr., Phyllis Garry

Special Achievement Award: Orlando Cuellar, Phil Alessi Jr.

IBF /IBF Board Member and former professional boxing referee Eddie Cotton R.I.P.

Edward Cotton

IBF Board Member and former professional boxing referee, passed away this morning April 17, 2020.

According to his wife Ruby, Eddie was hospitalized 2 weeks ago with pneumonia. He was diagnosed with COVID-19 at the hospital.

Eddie’s career as a professional boxing referee started in Atlantic City, NJ in 1992 and it was quite a remarkable one. He refereed over 50 world title fights, some of the most notable bouts being Riddick Bowe vs. Andrew Golota (2), Lennox Lewis vs. Mike Tyson and George Foreman vs. Shannon Briggs. His last professional boxing match as a referee, Felix Sturm vs. Sam Soliman, was on May 31, 2014 in Germany. At that time, Eddie had just been elected as a new member of the IBF Board of Directors. Eddie was also involved with several organizations dedicated to youth boxing such as the American Association for the Improvement of Boxing, YCS Foundation and the Lou Costello Sportsmen Club located in his hometown of Paterson, New Jersey. Not only was he active in the boxing community, but along with his wife Ruby, both were very involved in their local community and their local government.

Eddie Cotton was an asset on the IBF Board of Directors, and to the organization as a whole. He had a lot to offer, and we are heartbroken and deeply saddened by his passing. He was a big guy with a big personality, and always positive. He gave back to his community, and was appreciative of his peers in boxing. He will be missed. Eddie is survived by his wife Ruby and his two children, Candace and Edward III.


Miami, FL – Top Female Amateur Standout Isamary Aquinofrom San Antonio, TX has turned professional signing with renowned boxing manager Peter Kahn, it was announced today.

The 19-year-old Aquino, currently a college student at Texas State University in San Marcos, TX, will compete in the 118lb. division as a professional where she will make her pro debut later this year. Most recently she competed in the 2020 U.S. Olympic Trials.

“Initially I was very disappointed in not making the 2020 U.S. Olympic Team,” said Aquino. “However, once the opportunity came to turn professional I was definitely headed in that direction. I’m very excited to get started with Peter Kahn and look forward to putting on great fights for my current fans and boxing fans all over the world while continuing my college studies.”

“When I was five years old, my Dad took me to the gym to show me some self-defense and boxing moves. By the time I turned 15 I had made Team USA and really fell in love with the sport.” 

Aquino had an illustrious amateur career compiling a record of 80-10, losing a highly controversial decision to Lupe Gutierrez in the semi-finals of the 2020 U.S. Olympic Trials. She is trained by Arturo Ramos in her hometown. 

Said Peter Kahn, “I’m very excited to be working with Isamary and her team. Her success as an amateur competing for USA Boxing including the recent Olympic Trials and her international success illustrates she has everything it takes to have a prosperous career as a professional. What interests me the most is that her exciting style of fighting is built more for the professional ranks than amateurs and I see her being a world champion in a few years. Isamary will also be a great ambassador for female fighters and I feel she will serve as an inspiration for young Latina girls and girls around the world.”

Signing with Kahn, Aquino joins a team that includes 17-year-old phenom Xander Zayas and world ranked contenders Emmanuel Tagoe, George Kambosos, Chris Van Heerden, Amir Imam in addition to amateur standouts Aaron Aponte and Trinidad Vargas. 

Said Xander Zayas, “I have known Isamary Aquino since the amateurs when she represented Team USA in multiple International tournaments. I believe she is a great boxer with a lot of room to grow and learn, also she is working with the best manager in the game, Peter Kahn. He is going to guide her down the right path to becoming a world champion. I’m very happy for her and for my manager Peter.”

Continued Vince Gatti, Peter Kahn’s Director of Amateur Scouting, “We’re very proud to work with Isamary; having the opportunity to add someone with her experience, boxing IQ, and exciting fighting style. Along with her Puerto Rican and Mexican roots, I truly believe Isamary is going to be one of the most exciting females to come into the sport of women’s boxing in a long time.”

Stated Mike Campbell, USA Boxing Events and Operations Manager, “She’s special to me. My biggest event that I ever did in the Gulf LBC was the first Texas Women’s Championships. Isa came and competed on her birthday!  She faced a national champion and that meant a lot to a show host.”

“She’s been blessed with a wonderful support system around her with an attentive father. She has definitely become better from learning her boxing fundamentals at the Ramos Boxing Club in San Antonio which has been a true Texas powerhouse gym producing top Junior Olympians in the talent rich South Texas area, many who now fill the pro prospect ranks.”

AQIB FIAZ SIGNS WITH MATCHROOM BOXINGOldham Super-Featherweight prospect inks deal with Eddie Hearn

Rising Super-Featherweight prospect Aqib Fiaz has signed a multi-fight promotional deal with Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing.

Trained by renowned coach Jamie Moore at the VIP Gym in Astley alongside two-weight World Champion Carl Frampton and former WBA Super-Middleweight ruler Rocky Fielding, Oldham’s Fiaz is rapidly improving with every fight and has already amassed an impressive following in his hometown. 

He made the decision to turn professional in March 2019 following a successful stint in the amateur code in which he represented his country at Senior level twice. In 75 amateur bouts, Fiaz won nine Area Titles and a National Youth Title at 60kg in 2017. 

Fiaz fulfilled a life-long dream when he fought at Manchester Arena last month on the undercard of Jono Carroll vs. Scott Quigg, earning a shutout points with over Dean Jones to move to 5-0, and the 20-year-old is hoping for more big nights in the North West following his link-up with Matchroom. 

“I’ve worked my whole life for a deal like this,” said Fiaz. “I’d like to thank Eddie Hearn and Matchroom Boxing. I can’t thank them enough for giving me this opportunity. I’m only 20-years-old and I’m already being trained by one of the best trainers in the country in Jamie Moore. Now on top of that I’ve been signed to the best boxing promoters in the world.

“I’m really excited and I can’t wait to get back out there and cracking on with the next chapter of my career. I feel like a caged animal with this isolation and I’m ready to go now. I’m still training in my garage at home, keeping fit and ready to make my big Matchroom debut later this year. 

“I’m a come-forward pressure fighter and I’ve always studied the likes of Michael Gomez, Ricky Hatton and Jamie Moore. I can also box as well because I boxed for England, I’ve boxed at a high level as an amateur and there’s a lot of sides to my game that I haven’t shown in the ring yet. 

“I started boxing around the age of eleven which was when I had my first fight. I was very overweight as a kid. At first it was all about losing weight, but I ended up falling in love with the sport. I lost my first amateur fight but I enjoyed the competition, being punched in the face and punching someone back.

“I was first invited to the VIP Gym as a sparring partner for Carl Frampton when he boxed Josh Warrington. From there I asked Jamie if he’d like to train me and he said yes. I’ve been there since the beginning of 2019 and I’m constantly improving. I’m learning loads from Carl, Jack and Rocky and soaking it all up.

“Dillian Whyte vs. Alexander Povetkin is the next show in Manchester, so I’d love to get on that one for my first fight with Eddie. It’s absolutely massive and one of the shows that I’d be at as a fan if I wasn’t boxing. You’ve got Katie Taylor vs. Amanda Serrano and Callum Johnson in a European Title fight. If I’m on that then it will be the icing on the cake.”

“I’m delighted to add exciting Super-Featherweight prospect Aqib Fiaz to our growing stable of talent,” said Eddie Hearn. “I was very impressed with his performance on the Jono Carroll vs. Scott Quigg undercard last month and Jamie Moore has been raving about his talents for a while. It always helps being a big ticket seller in this game and Aqib has already got a huge following in Oldham. I’m looking forward to watching his career develop over the next few years.”

You can follow Aqib’s journey on Twitter: @AqibFiazBoxing and Instagram: aqib_fiaz

USYK COLLIDES WITH CHISORA AT THE O2Pound-for-pound star faces Brit favourite in Heavyweight war

Ukrainian pound-for-pound star Oleksandr Usyk will face British favourite Derek Chisora in a colossal Heavyweight clash at The O2 in London on Saturday May 23, live on Sky Sports Box Office in the UK and DAZN in the US. 

Usyk (17-0, 13 KOs) made the move to Heavyweight after dominating at Cruiserweight, ending his extraordinary spell at 200lbs as the Undisputed king with a phenomenal run of victories in his opponents’ backyard against Marco Huck, Mairis Breidis, Murat Gassiev and Tony Bellew. 

The 2012 Olympic Gold medallist began his assault on the Heavyweight division by retiring Chazz Witherspoon in seven rounds at the Wintrust Arena in Chicago last October and continues his bid to become a two-weight World Champion when he faces an in-form Chisora (32-9, 23 KOs).

Former World Title challenger Chisora scored a devastating second round knockout over Poland’s Artur Szpilka at The O2 in July 2019, a year on from his incredible eighth round KO win against Carlos Takam at the same venue, before blitzing fellow Brit David Price in four rounds last October.

The famous Greenwich venue has become a lion’s den for Chisora in recent years, playing host to his last six fights, and the Finchley powerhouse is planning on giving Usyk nightmares in his first real test in the big boy division. 

“Boxing in Manchester in 2018 was an amazing experience, now I get to do it in London at the famous O2 Arena and I can’t wait to fight in front of the British fans once again,” said Usyk. “As a Cruiserweight, I reached the highest heights as Undisputed Champion and now I am following the same path as a Heavyweight.

“I expect a real test in Chisora – he is strong, tough and resilient. I recall being an amateur and watching his fight with Vitali Klitschko. It seemed so big and far away. Now I am myself taking a fight against Chisora. I am working hard in my training camp to show a spectacular performance on May 23rd. Dear friends, I will see you soon!”

“WAR is coming,” said Chisora. “Usyk reckons he can step up and survive with the big boys. He may be the Undisputed Cruiserweight Champion of the World but on May 23rd he will find out what it feels like to be hit by a real Heavyweight. He is coming to my backyard, I’m going to remind him exactly why he hid in the Cruiserweight division and also get revenge for my boy, Tony Bellew. This will be WAR.”

“This has the potential to be one of the great O2 nights – a Heavyweight blockbuster that can only be full of drama,” said Eddie Hearn. “Usyk, who has become a UK fans favourite in his own right, did it all at Cruiserweight, becoming Undisputed World Champion in just 15 fights.

“Now he attempts the same feat in the glamour division, with the big boys. Has he bitten off more than he can chew with Del Boy, who has consistently proved the doubters wrong and become one of the toughest, explosive Heavyweights in the game. Anything can happen on May 23, drop everything and don’t miss it!”

“This barn stormer fight against Usyk, the Mandatory Challenger for AJ’s WBO World title, has been talked about for more than six months,” said David Haye. “WAR Chisora had been written off by all the experts, in reality a couple of years ago people believed his career to be over and many still consider Chisora’s chances of victory on May 23rd as minute, and who can blame them?

“Derek is a fighter with 9 losses on his professional record, who will be stepping in a ring with a former Undisputed Cruiserweight World Champion and 2012 Olympic Gold medallist – Usyk is a fighter found in everyone’s top five pound for pound list. On paper it’s mission impossible, but in reality, WAR Chisora is preparing to bring something Usyk has never seen before, an intensity from a rock solid 119kg wrecking machine, who will bulldoze his way to a victory in his hometown.”

“Oleksandr Usyk against Derek Chisora has all the ingredients for a classic Heavyweight clash,” said Adam Smith, Sky Sports’ Head of Boxing Development. Can the supremely talented Ukrainian withstand Chisora’s relentless aggression on a red-hot night at The O2? I’ve spoken to Chisora’s manager David Haye who is massively confident that his fighter will topple the former Undisputed Cruiserweight king.

“We know all about Usyk’s class, having witnessed his dramatic battle with Tony Bellew at Manchester Arena – and a certain Anthony Joshua will be keeping a close eye on a potential foe for the future. We’ve got a real Heavyweight line-up in the coming weeks, with Dillian Whyte’s explosive encounter against Alexander Povetkin, Usyk‘s risky showdown with Chisora and then AJ takes centre stage for his huge World Title fight against Kubrat Pulev.”

2020 Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame Announcement Ceremony

Photos by Anthony Saldana / NVBHOF
LAS VEGAS, NV – The Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame announced its 2020 class of inductees today at the Fernando Vargas Fighting Foundation in Las Vegas. Inductees in attendance were, 2-Time World Champion Fernando Vargas, 2-Time World Champion, Bones Adams, WBC Lightweight Champion, Devin Haney, who was voted Fighter of the Year, Prospect of the Year, Rolando Romero, and Saalim Gonzales, father of Amateur Fighter of the Year, Rahim Gonzales. The group was introduced by NVBHOF founder, Rich Morrata, and President Michelle Corrales.
The 8th Annual Induction Weekend takes place at Red Rock Casino Resort and Spa in Las Vegas, Nevada on August 7th & 8th, 2020. For more information please visit www.nvbhof.comThe 2020 Induction Class includes
Fernando “El Feroz” Vargas (26-5, 22 KO’s)Clarence “Bones” Adams (44-7-4, 20 KOs)Andre “SOG” Ward (32-0, 16 KOs)James “Lights Out” Toney (77-10-3, 47 KOs)Miguel Cotto (41-6, 33 KOs)Mark “Too Sharp” Johnson (44-5-1, 28 KOs)Julian “The Hawk” Jackson (55-6, 49 KOs)Azumah “The Professor” Nelson (39-6-2, 28 KOs)Danny “Little Red” Lopez (42-6, 39 KOs)Jose Luis Castillo (66-13-1, 57 KOs)
Non-Boxer Inductees includes
Carlos PadillaLorenzo FertittaSammy MaciasJose Sulaiman
2019 Fighter of the YearDevin Haney (24-0, 14 KO’s)
2019 Prospect of the YearRolando “Rolly” Romero (11-0, 10 KOs)
2019 Amateur of the YearRahim Gonzales
For more information about the event and Sponsorship Opportunities, Please Contact:
Chief Executive Officer Michelle Corrales-Lewis
Phone: 702-3-NVBHOF (702-368-2463) Email: michelle@nvbhof.com

Sampson Boxing Signs Venezuela’s Roiman Villa to a Promotional Contract

Sampson Boxing proudly announces the signing of super lightweight knockout puncher Roiman “Flaco de Oro” Villa to a promotional contract.
26-year-old Villa (21-1, 21 KOs) hails from Baranquita, Venezuela. He started boxing at age six and went on to compile an amateur record of 138-9 and was a five-time national champion.
Villa says he first noticed his sensational power as a youngster.
“In the amateurs in Venezuela, I noticed the different effect my punches had compared to the other fighters. I’m gifted with a lot of power. That’s why I fight going forward all the time. I’m always looking for the knockout opportunity.”
Villa turned professional in 2015 and has been blasting out his South American competition. His lone trip to Mexico to fight led to him dropping a controversial decision to a Mexican fighter and to a desire to find solid promotional representation.
“Sampson is a promoter with hard-to-find values,” said Villa. “We are sure that his remarkable experience is critical to my dream of giving boxing fans a real show in the United States and becoming world champion. That’s the reason I’ve worked hard my entire career.”
“The boxing world will not know what hit them when Villa makes his US TV debut this year,” said Sampson Lewkowicz. “He is an exciting and fearless puncher who can knock out anyone he can hit. His style is made for television and the fans in America are going to love him.”
Lewkowicz says fans’ first look at the Venezuelan bomber will be announced shortly.

Photo credits: Roiman Villa 📸

Ramirez -Postol On for May 9

Fresno Fisticuffs: Jose Ramirez-Viktor Postol Set for Save Mart Center Super Lightweight Title Showdown May 9 LIVE on ESPN

Special edition of Top Rank of ESPN to begin at 10 p.m. ET

Jose Pedraza-Javier Molina super lightweight fight will open ESPN telecast.

FRESNO, Calif. – It took a little longer than expected, but WBC/WBO super lightweight world champion Jose Ramirez, the pride of California’s Central Valley, is set to return. Ramirez will defend his titles against mandatory challenger and former world champion Viktor “The Iceman” Postol Saturday, May 9 at Save Mart Center in Fresno, a short drive from Ramirez’s hometown of Avenal. Ramirez and Postol were set to fight Feb. 1 in China, but the bout was postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Ramirez-Postol and a 10-round super lightweight battle between former two-weight world champion Jose “Sniper” Pedraza and surging 2008 U.S. Olympian Javier “El Intocable” Molina will be televised LIVE on ESPN and ESPN Deportes beginning at 10 p.m. ET, with the undercard bouts scheduled to stream in English and Spanish on ESPN+ starting at 7 p.m. ET. @toprank #toprankboxing #boxeo