Fight Night Recap Tampa
Damon A. GonzalezLatinbox Communications
Fight Night Recap Tampa
Damon A. GonzalezLatinbox Communications
FORMER UNIFIED SUPER LIGHTWEIGHT
WORLD CHAMPION AMIR “KING” KHAN TO FACE CURRENT
WBC SUPER LIGHTWEIGHT WORLD CHAMPION
DANNY “SWIFT” GARCIA ON JULY 14AT
THE MANDALAY BAY EVENTS CENTER IN LAS VEGAS
LIVE ON HBO WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING
LOS ANGELES, June 4 – Former Unified Super Lightweight World Champion Amir “King” Khan makes his 2012 ring debut when he returns to the venue of perhaps his most accomplished professional triumphwhen he meets undefeated phenom and current WBC Super Lightweight World Champion Danny “Swift” Garcia Saturday, July 14 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in a fight televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing.
“Khan vs. Garcia,” a 12-round super lightweight bout, is presented by Golden Boy Promotions and Khan Promotions and sponsored by Corona and AT&T. The fight will be broadcast live on HBO World Championship Boxing at 11:00 p.m. ET/ PT in the United States and live on Sky Sports 1HD in the United Kingdom at 1:00 a.m. GMT on July 15.
Tickets priced at $250, $200, $150, $100 and $50, not including applicable service charges, are available for purchase at the Mandalay Bay box office and all Las Vegas Ticketmaster locations (select Smith’s Food and Drug Centers and Ritmo Latino). To charge by phone with a major credit card, call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000. Tickets also are available for purchase atwww.mandaylaybay.com or http://www.ticketmaster.com. Tickets for fans traveling from the United Kingdom are available for purchase online at http://www.sportscorporation.com or by calling +44 (0)845 163 0845.
Amir “King” Khan (26-2, 18 KOs), who at only 25 years old is already a star in the United Kingdom, selling out huge arenas and racking up impressive pay-per-view numbers. Considered one of the sport’s future stars, Khan has sailed to the heights of the worlds of amateur and professional boxing, however, he is far from finished on his quest to becoming the best of his era. An accomplished amateur who earned a silver medal at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens at only 17 years old, the Bolton, England native took the professional game by storm in 2005 and, with the exception of a brief bump in the road in 2008 when he was upset by Breidis Prescott, Khan has since been nearly unstoppable. Khan first became a world champion in July 2009 when he defeated WBA Super Lightweight World Champion Andreas Kotelnik. Khan defended the crown five times, first knocking out previously undefeated Dmitriy Salita in less than one round. Next, in his United States debut at Madison Square Garden in May 2010, he dominated the always tough and current WBA Welterweight World Champion Paul Malignaggi en route to an 11th round technical knockout win. On December 11, 2010 at Mandalay Bay, Khan battled Marcos Maidana in what was eventually named the Boxing Writers Association of America 2010 Fight of the Year. The fight saw Khan dominate the early rounds, scoring a first round knockdown, but Maidana closed the gap in the later rounds. Khan displayed some extremely impressive fortitude in surviving a vicious 10th round onslaught by Maidana in which the British star looked to be on the brink of being knocked out. Khan made it out of the round on his feet and came out swinging in the 11th and 12th rounds, sealing the unanimous decision victory in an instant classic.
On April 16, 2011, Khan retained his title by defeating European Champion Paul McCloskey via technical decision in front of a sold-out crowd of more than 17,000 at the MEN Arena in Manchester, England. Next came a July 23, 2011 win over then IBF Junior Welterweight Champion Zab Judah, making Khan the unified 140-pound world champion. Next up was an IBF mandatory bout against Lamont Peterson, and in another Fight of the Year candidate on December 10 of last year, Khan lost a controversial split decision and his titles. A rematch was the first order of business, but after Peterson failed a pre-fight drug test and their scheduled May 19 bout was canceled, Khan was forced to look for another big fight. Luckily, he found it in the form of a bout against WBC Super Lightweight World Champion Danny Garcia on July 14.
The latest world champion to emerge from the fighting city of Philadelphia, WBC Super Lightweight World Champion Danny “Swift” Garcia (23-0, 14 KOs) is unbeaten and untouched as a pro, a testament to his world-class talent, style and determination. A United States Olympic alternate who compiled a 107-13 record as an amateur and won the 2005 Under-19 National Championship, the 2005 International Championship in Finland and the 2006 United States National Championship before deciding to turn pro in November 2007, Garcia’s road to the top has been a smooth one for him, but not for his opponents. After winning seven of his first eight professional fights by knockout, Garcia began showing aspects of his game other than his power as his level of competition increased. By mid-2009, he started to make his move with knockouts of well-regarded Pavel Miranda, Oscar Leon and Enrique Colin, the latter fight earning him the WBC Youth Intercontinental title. 2010 was even more impressive for Garcia as he defeated top prospect Ashley Theophane and stopped contenders Jorge Romero and Mike Aranoutis, before announcing his arrival to the world in 2011. Last year, “Swift” defeated former World Champions Nate Campbell and Kendall Holt in successive bouts, earning himself a shot at a world title against legendary future Hall of Famer Erik Morales. In that fight on March 24 earlier this year, Garcia was in top form, knocking the Mexican icon down in the 11th round en route to a unanimous decision and the world championship. As the old adage goes, winning the title is the easy part, defending it is the tough part. After a celebratory few months that included being honored by Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, the tough part now begins for Garcia, and the 24-year-old is ready to defend his belt against all comers, starting with an extremely stiff test in former Two-Time World Champion Amir Khan this summer in Las Vegas.
CANASTOTA, NY – JUNE 4, 2012 – For boxers Thomas “Hitman” Hearns and Mark “Too Sharp” Johnson, ring announcer Michael Buffer, trainer Freddie Roach, broadcaster Al Bernstein and journalist Michael Katz, their day in the sun is rapidly approaching. On Sunday, June 10th they will join boxing’s immortals when they are officially inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in Canastota, New York.
“We are eagerly anticipating paying tribute to the incredible accomplishments of the members of the Class of 2012,” said Hall of Fame Executive Director Edward Brophy. “We look forward to welcoming them to Canastota to take their place in the Hall of Fame.”
“It is so exciting to think that they will be boarding airplanes in a few short days and making the trek to Canastota to receive boxing’s highest honor.”
Detroit’s Hearns won world titles in multiple divisions, Washington, D.C.’s Johnson was flyweight and super flyweight world champion, Buffer is known worldwide for “Let’s Get Ready To Rumble,” Roach has trained over 20 champions, Bernstein has a 30-year career as broadcaster for ESPN and SHOWTIME and journalist Katz wrote for The New York Daily News and The New York Times. Posthumous inductees will also be honored at the ceremony.
Each living inductee will receive a Hall of Fame Induction Certificate and gold Hall of Fame Ring. Also, a plaque with their biography and photo will be on permanent display on the Hall of Fame Wall. The Official Enshrinement Ceremony will be held on the Hall of Fame Museum Grounds in Canastota, New York on Sunday, June 10th at 2:30 p.m.
Over 40 boxing stars are scheduled to participate in weekend festivities.
By Damon Gonzalez – Ringside
Tampa, Florida – Another exiting series of club fights with Ker’s Winghouse Fight Night at the sold out A La Carte Pavilion, A high anticipated rematch between Manny Woods (8-2-1, 3 KO’s) could not step on the gas enough to beat Inka Laleye (5-1-3, 1 KO) who was on a mission to control the pace of the fight and keep Woods at bay most of the contest. Both fighters launched an impressive series of attacks throughout the contest Woods having his moments, However Laleye appeared more dominating and precise with his counter punching and shot selection. Referee Max Parker, Jr. jumped in to deduct a point from Laleye tonight for continuously hitting after the break other then that allowed both fighters to settle it on there own.
Fighting for the vacant Florida Middleweight title Manny Woods starts off with nice double jab, Inka Laleye throws a wide left hook Woods goes to the body early Woods comes back with a over hand left that sets Laleye back, Woods finishes strong in 1st round.
In two Woods comes forward with a combination attacking Laleye who stays fighting tall but not controlling the pace, Laleye getting a peace of Woods throwing straight shots down the middle Woods taking it well Woods right hand has been landing consistent and very effective in the round, I have to lean too Woods in 2.
In 3 Inka continued to land Punches after Max Parker, Jr. called break 1 point was deducted from Laleye who now picked up the pace in the round finished strong and made his campaign to get back in the fight.
Laleye fighting smarter in the round Woods seems to be looking for a Home run at this point Laleye more effective in the round and appears to be in control of the pace of the bout.
Woods came out pressing on the gas looking to stop Laleye landing bombs in the round staggering Laleye momentarily, but stepped off and allowed Laleye to get back in the round.
I like what Woods is doing in the round he is showing his power by pushing Laleye back with some great power shots, Laleye jabs him with a lazy jab but nothing on it, He needs to get into a rhythm and create more opportunities to land shots on the coming forward Woods.
Final round both fighters landing bombs in the center of the ring, Woods punches landing flush, fight looks nothing like there 1st match.
Inka Laleye wins the split decision for the Florida State Middleweight title in a fight that could have gone either way.
In the co main event Kenneth “Right Hook” Lacy goes to (2-0, 1 KO) after annihilating Tampa’s Chris Barnett, The Fight Night fans had the opportunity on Facebook to vote for the order of the fight card line up and Lacy got the nod and was dominating.
Light Middleweights Sheldon Moore from Belgium goes to (4-1, 3 KO’s) in a split decision win over Donald Clark drops to (2-2, 1 KO). Moore patient put effective, Hurting Clark in the 3rd with a strong right hook accuracy the difference in the fight.
Welterweight action The Referee De Bon jumps in to stop the bout as a blooded up Marcus Powell (1-1) was annihilated from the opening Clarence Booth from St. Petersburg, FL. Wins a .58 TKO of the 3rd round.
Radivoje Kalajdzic remains undefeated (6-0, 4 KO’s) after a hard fought back and forth contest against rug it Mark Sanders (3-4-1, 2 KO’s).
Justin Jones (5-0-0, 3 KO’s) remains undefeated and really had his work cut out for him tonight facing Rohan Wilson (6-6-1, 1KO) who found ways to really confuse Jones early with wired punches from different angles and a head butt that blooded Jones and woke him up to jump inside and out work Rohan scoring a TKO 1:10 of the 4th round.
Alphonzo Black (3-0, 1 KO) from St. Petersburg in a impressive outing against Darrell Eacholes (0-2) wins on all three judges scorecards 40-36.
Young sensation Clerence Booth (3-1-0, 2 KO’s) from St. Petersburg rocked a very frustrated Marcus Powell as referee Dennis DeBon jumped in at 0:58 of the 3rd round to call a holt to the bout for the TKO victory for Booth.
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(June 1, 2012) – Top-Five pound-for pound fighter and four-division world champion NONITO “The Filipino Flash” DONAIRE and undefeated former world lightweight champion BRANDON “Bam Bam” RIOS will headline a spectacular all-action doubleheader, Saturday, July 7, under the stars at The Home Depot Center, in Carson, Calif. Donaire, the reigning World Boxing Organization (WBO) junior featherweight champion, will rumble with International Boxing Federation (IBF) champion JEFFREY “Marvelous Mongoose” MATHEBULA in a world title unification fight to determine the division’s top dog. Rios, in search of more worlds to conquer, will battle steel-fisted Top-10 contender MAURICIO “El Maestro” HERRERA, in a 10-round junior welterweight bout for Southern California bragging rights. The fights will be televised live on HBO Boxing After Dark®, beginning at 10 p.m. ET/PT.
Promoted by Top Rank, tickets for The Home Depot Center’s Donaire / Rios World Championship fight card go on sale Tomorrow! Saturday, June 2, at 10 a.m. PT. Priced at $100, $50 and $25, tickets can be purchased online at AXS.com or by phone at 888-929-7849 as well as The Home Depot Center Box Office (open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.). Suites are available by calling 1-877-604-8777. For information of group discounts, please call 1-877-234-8425.
Combined, these four warriors boast a combined record of 102-6-3 (60 KOs) – a winning percentage of 92%.
“The event at the Home Depot Center has two very good fights. Nonito Donaire, the 122-pound world champion, will take on the IBF champion, Jeffrey Mathebula from South Africa. In the other battle, Brandon Rios of Oxnard, California, will take on Mauricio Herrera of Riverside, California, in what should be a non-stop action fight,” said Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum of Top Rank.
Donaire (28-1, 18 KOs), a native of General Santos City, Philippines, now living in the Bay Area of San Leandro, Calif., is a consensus top-five pound-for-pound fighter. He enters this fight riding an 11-year, 27-bout winning streak, which includes an IBF/IBO flyweight title knockout victory of defending champion Vic Darchinyan, and a fourth-round blasting of former WBA bantamweight champion Wladimir Sidorenko, December 4, 2010. However, Donaire’s most impressive victory occurred on February 19, 2011, when he knocked out defending WBC/WBO bantamweight champion Fernando Montiel in the second round, ending Montiel’s 25-bout winning streak while also claiming his third world title in as many weight divisions. That victory was named the 2011 Knockout of the Year. Ten of Donaire’s last 12 victories have come by way of knockout. He successfully defended his World Bantamweight Championship last year by blitzing undefeated Omar Narvaez, winning virtually every round en route to a unanimous decision victory. In his last fight, which took place February 4, Donaire captured the vacant WBO 122-pound title, winning a gritty split-decision battle over former world champion Wilfredo Vazquez, Jr.
Mathebula (26-3-2, 14 KOs), of Johannesburg, South Africa, returns to the ring on the heels of his biggest victory where he captured the IBF junior featherweight title by dethroning defending champion Takalani Ndlovu on March 24. The split decision victory was sweet revenge for the split decision loss he suffered in a title elimination bout to his fellow countryman in 2010. Nearly six-feet tall, Mathebula has proven to be a formidable opponent in the junior featherweight division. Mathebula’s resume boasts title elimination bout victories over Julio Zarate and Oscar Chauke. A 2000 Olympian, Mathebula built an outstanding amateur record of 101-4 before making his professional debut in 2001.
Rios (30-0-1, 22 KOs), the former World Boxing Association (WBA) lightweight champion, from Oxnard, Calif., is on the hunt for his second world title in as many weight divisions. He enters this fight having won 10 of his previous 12 fights by knockout. One of boxing’s most exciting fighters, Rios is known for his an all-action fan-friendly fighting style. His trainer, former IBF junior lightweight champion Robert Garcia, calls it a “throwback” style with a warrior’s mentality that screams excitement. Highlight knockout victories on Rios’ resume include Miguel Acosta, Anthony Peterson, Urbano Antillon and John Murray. He returns to the ring after winning a tough split decision over WBA interim lightweight champion Richard Abril on April 14.
Herrrera (18-2, 7 KOs), of Riverside, Calif., enters this fight having won five of his last six bouts, highlighted by victories over Ruslan Provodnikov (17-0) and Mike Dallas, Jr. (17-1-1). His two-year winning streak was snapped in April when he came up short, losing a decision to undefeated No. 1 contender Mike Alvarado — a Fight of the Year candidate. It was bombs away early and often proving that Herrera has the chin and the skills to compete at a world-class level. Herrera is currently world-rated No. 8 by the IBF.