ZAYAS SHOWS DEPTH OF TALENT

Zayas punishes LaVallais in eight

New York City – Unbeaten junior middleweight Xander Zayas (13-0, 9 KOs) took a one-sided eight-round shutout against defensive-minded spoiler Quincy LaVallais (12-3-1, 7 KOs). The whole fight was pretty much one-way traffic from Zayas. Scores were 80-71, 80-72, 80-72. On Saturday night on the Edgar Berlanga vs. Steve Rolls
Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden (New York City)

LEBRON WEARS OUT RUIZ

New York City – Unbeaten junior lightweight Henry Lebron (15-0, 10 KOs) stopped Jose Ruiz (23-6-3, 16 KOs) in round seven. Credit to Ruiz for battling on as the Referee’s stoppage at 2:23. One-sided fight. On Saturday night on the Edgar Berlanga vs. Steve Rolls Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden (New York City)

TUCKER RETURNS STRONG

Tucker shoots the left hook to the body catches McGruder clean

New York City – Unbeaten welterweight Jahi Tucker (7-0, 4 KOs) outpointed Tracey McGruder (6-2 4 KOs) over six rounds by scores of 60-52, 59-55, 59-55. On Saturday night on the Edgar Berlanga vs. Steve Rolls
Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden (New York City)

BAUZA ROLLS ON

New York City – Unbeaten junior welterweight John “El Terrible” Bauza (17-0, 7 KOs) was roughed up and somewhat exposed by veteran Tony “Lightning” Luis (29-5, 10 KOs), but did enough to win 80-72, 79-73, 78-74 over eight rounds on Saturday night’s Edgar Berlanga vs. Steve Rolls
Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden (New York City).

DAVIS BACK WITH KO

Davis left finds Carmouche chin quickly

New York City – Unbeaten junior welterweight Kelvin Davis (3-0, 2 KOs) needed just :77 seconds to blow away Phillip Carmouche (2-3, 0 KOs). Carmouche down twice. On the undercard of Edgar Berlanga vs. Steve Rolls live from the
Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

Carrington: The Shot That was herd around the Garden

New York City – Unbeaten junior lightweight Bruce “Shu Shu” Carrington (3-0, 2 KOs) scored a spectacular fifth round KO over the very game Yeuri Andujar (5-5-1, 3 KOs). Carrington knocked Andujar out cold with a left hook at :51. on the undercard of Edgar Berlanga vs. Steve Rolls Saturday night at the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

Almestica Turns Red Hot at The Garden

Almestica Crushing right hand on Valentin

New York City – Junior Welterweight Armani Almestica (5-0, 5 KO’s) from Orlando, Florida had a dominating performance at the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City stopping Luis Valentin Portalatin (3-4, 1 KO) from Toa Alta, Puerto Rico ending his night at The official time of the stoppage was 1:57 seconds of round three by TKO victory.

ROMAN “CHOCOLATITO” GONZALEZ SURPRISES TRAINER MARCOS CABALLERO WITH WBC TRAINER’S BELTALSO SURPRISES KIDS BY WALKING IN TO A LOCAL BOXING GYM

Torrance, CA – Newly crowned WBC Diamond Super Flyweight Champion, Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez (51-3, 41 KOs)had one request Saturday night after his Unanimous Decision win against Julio Cesar “Rey” Martinez, (18-2, 14 KOs). Gonzalez wanted to honor his trainer, Marcos Caballero, with a WBC Champion Trainer’s Belt before he goes back to his country, Nicaragua. WBC President, Mauricio Sulaiman, moved fast on this request and brought the belt himself to Los Angeles so Gonzalez’ wish could be fulfilled. Roman Gonzalez and Team Chocolatito made their way from Coachella, CA to the WBC Headquarters in Torrance, CA Wednesday afternoon to surprise Coach Caballero. The moment “Chocolatito” walked into the office with the WBC Champion Trainer’s belt, Caballero looked surprised and teary-eyed. It was definitely a beautiful moment where Roman got the opportunity to honor his trainer.
Also present in the WBC USA office was Ring Magazine’s Editor-In-Chief, Dougie Fischerwho presented Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez with the 2020Comeback Of The Year Award. Due to the pandemic, Fischer was unable to present Gonzalez with this award until now!QUOTES FROM MARCOS CABALLERO
” This means so much to me, I didn’t expect it. Thank you Roman Gonzalez, WBC and everyone for this honor!”” Last fight against Estrada, my granddaughters made me a paper Champion belt because they felt I deserved it. Now I get to go home and show them the real thing!””I’m very grateful to everyone on the team, but most of all, my wife. She has supported me since Day one, I couldn’t do this without her support.”Later that day, Roman Gonzalez made his way down the street to The Rock Boxing Gym in Carson, CA where he surprised Amateur Boxers in the community. Gonzalez walked into the gym, all the kids looked shocked to have the living legend in their gym. Chocolatito got a chance to speak to the kids, watch them spar and of course take photos with him.
QUOTES FROM ROMAN GONZALEZ
“I’m grateful and blessed to have the opportunity to visit the great kids. They are are future of Boxing!””It’s crazy because when I was a kid, we sometimes couldn’t afford food to eat, now I can’t really eat because I have to make weight, the irony of life!”

Photo credits: Nancy Rodriguez/WBC Boxing

Ring Annoncer David Diamante Statement

Life teaches you to roll with punches.

Learning how to walk again & recovering from a horrific accident is not what I thought I’d be dealing with weeks after hitting the milestone of my 50th birthday. The end of the year was going to be a celebratory time with friends and family. But “life” had other plans.

On Dec 20, 2021, I was critically injured in a motorcycle accident.

Like fighters, motorcyclists hear stories. Stories of brothers being thrown from a motorcycle, paralyzed or worse. I know the risks. Suddenly, I found myself in a similar circumstance.

I slid & slammed into a parked van, cracking my body in half. I was in critical condition. My spine was fractured in 4 places & I suffered multiple broken ribs in addition to a severe knee injury.

I’ve been injured before. But this was different. I’ve lived an incredibly full life with few regrets. There aren’t many things I fear, but being paralyzed & unable to care for myself is one of them.

When people ask me now how I’m doing, I say I’m OK. The pain is always there. Doing simple things that people take for granted like putting on socks, sitting in a chair, or carrying groceries is suddenly very challenging. I took myself off social media because my condition was extraordinarily painful. More importantly, I needed to focus fully on the healing process during this critical time of recovery. I promised that I would recover from this injury faster than anyone ever had. And I meant it.

Every gift, every letter, every call & message that I’ve received has been meaningful to me. I’m truly grateful for all of them. My heart is filled with gratitude.

I’m still learning my new normal. I’m recovering & growing in the process. Learning how to walk again despite the intense pain has been one of the most significant accomplishments of my life.

I’m thrilled to share with you the news that I’ll be entering the ring again March 5 to announce the World Championship fight in San Diego. Going through the ropes – as physically challenging as it will be – will mean more to me than you can imagine.

I love you all…From the bottom of my heart, thank you 🙏 ❤️👊🏼

Illustration by Dan Sites

JIMMY KELLY DEFEATS KANAT ISLAM TO CAPTURE THE WBO GLOBAL MIDDLEWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP

Photo Credit: Damon Gonzalez/ProBox/LatinBoxSports

PLANT CITY, Florida – Jimmy “Kilrain” Kelly (26-2, 10 KOs) of Manchester, United Kingdom defeated Kazakh contender Kanat “QazaQ” Islam (28-1, 22 KOs) by majority decision in the ProBox Promotions’ main event Friday evening in Plant City, Florida.

Kelly, who captured the WBO Global Middleweight Championship, won with scores of 96-94, 97-93 and 95-95. The fight took place at Whitesands Event Center, one of 11 scraps put together by the Florida-based company headed by Garry Jonas.

“I thought I won every round,” said Jimmy Kelly, who admitted after that he wanted to fly home quickly to see his two kids. “I even hurt my hand and could only box with my jab during the last four rounds. Despite that, I still feel I won every round. I felt his pressure, but I didn’t feel his power. Kanat was looking for the counter all night, but I didn’t let him do it.”

In the co-main event, “Pistol” Pete Dobson (15-0, 9 KOs) of The Bronx, New York beat Mexican southpaw Jose Miguel Borrego (19-4) via wide unanimous decision. Dobson’s accuracy, movement, ring generalship, all of that added up to a long night for Borrego, by scores of 97-93, 98-92 and 100-90. Dobson has sharpened his game by getting superior sparring, against the likes of Terence Crawford, of late.

Jonathan Eniz (12-8, 2 KOs) of Buenos Aires, Argentina scored an upset unanimous decision victory against Mark Reyes Jr. (14-2, 12 KOs) of Tampa, Florida after 10 rounds of action. The three judges scored the fight in Eniz’s favor with the following scorecards: 95-94, 95-94, 96-93. 

The Argentine won over the sold-out house with this fast hands, crazy stamina and slick movement. Reyes Jr looked a step behind at times, but he drew massive cheers from locals, for his ability to slick and duck, when he avoided getting tagged hard as Eniz flurried maniacally in round nine.

Najee Lopez (3-0, 3 KOs), a cruiserweight standout of Puerto Rican nationality who represents Ellwood, Georgia, scored a second-round knockout victory against Alex “El Principe” Theran (23-7, 15 KOs) in what was his first fight scheduled for six rounds. Lopez scored two knockdowns, the latter of which ended matters at :33 of the aforementioned round. Lopez said after that he believes he’s ready for another step up, after downing a boxer who’d battled Anthony Yarde, Yunieski Gonzalezand Hot Rod Kalajdzic. “I feel like I can compete with the best of them,” Lopez said after the victory.

Marques Valle (4-0, 4 KOs) of Wesley Chapel, Florida scored a vicious stoppage win over Robbie Rose (1-2) of Richburg, South Carolina in what was a scheduled six-round welterweight battle. The older Valle brother, age 23, ended the fight at 1:29 of the very first round. His power and hand speed were on a different level.

Rising Puerto Rican knockout artist Julio Solis (6-0, 6 KOs) scored a first-round knockout against Trenton Gibson (1-1) of San Antonio, Texas in a lightweight battle originally scheduled for four rounds. The time of stoppage was 1:41 of the opening round. A healthy portion of the sold-out crowd seemed to be Solis rooters.

Floridan prospect Dominic Valle (3-0, 3 KOs) defeated Nelson Colon Torres (4-6, 3 KOs) of Aibonito, Puerto Rico via knockout in what was originally a scheduled four-round bout in the super featherweight division. Valle, the younger of the Valles, at 21, ended matters at 1:56 of the third round.

Light heavyweight Matthew Tinker (8-0, 6 KOs), a UK-born prospect who calls the United States his home, maintained his undefeated record by defeating Brandon Maddox (8-5-1, 6 KOs) of Detroit, Michigan via six-round unanimous decision. Tinker, using a persistent jab, won with scores of 58-56, 58-56, and 59-55.

Casey Dixon (1-0, 1 KO) of Atlanta, George won his first professional bout via second-round knockout againstArsenio Hall (3-6) of Chester, South Carolina in a light heavyweight clash. The brawler Dixon ended matters at :28 of round two.

Imran Haddabah (4-0, 4 KOs) of Saint Petersburg, Florida knocked out Dominique Wiltz (0-3) of Houston, in a light heavyweight bout. The bout was halted at 2:39 of the second round as the 6-4 winner struck with a nasty hook which buzzed Wiltz badly.

Tommy Wu (1-0) made a successful professional debut with a four-round unanimous decision win against Anthony Curtiss (3-14, 2 KOs) of Butte, Montana. The California welterweight came out rumbling in the first, and he found a stubborn target in Curtiss. Wu won via scores of 39-36, 40-36 and 40-36.

Islam vs. Kelly was a 10-round fight presented by ProBox Promotions for the WBO Global Middleweight Championship. The event took place on Friday, Feb. 25 at Whitesands Events Center in Plant City, Florida.

About ProBox Promotions 

ProBox Promotions is a Florida-based company founded by entrepreneur Garry Jonas out of a desire to incorporate his love of boxing and business marketing to develop a revolutionary way to promote the sport. The company boasts an impressive stable of fighters that includes Erickson Lubin, Mark Reyes Jr., Jose Miguel Borrego and more.