San Juan, Puerto Rico– Team Puerto Rico goes on the attack again in the month of August. As a unit, Team P.R. is composed of some of the best young talent the island has to offer and their goal is to find the island’s next star. The fighters of Team P.R are Cesar “Junito” Seda Jr., Jose “Sniper” Pedraza, Thomas Dulorme and include Jonathan “Mantequilla” Gonzalez, Luis “Orlandito” Del Valle, Hector’ El Flaco’ Sanchez, Kenny “Battle Star” Galarza, and Jorge “Machito” Maysonet and Eliezer “Waa” Gonzalez. This joint venyure of promoters Lou Di Bella, Gary Shaw, Universal, Miguel Cotto and the World Boxing Organization is to keep the young talent busy.
COTTO & THE WBO GIVING THE DEAD SOME RESPECT
Cotto’s promotional team and the WBO honored a young hot prospect that died because of street violence, Juan “El Puma” Gonzalez during the fight card called Electrizante that was held June 15 in Catano, P.R, where we had a chance to see one of Cotto’s top prospects Jayson “Maravilla” Velez go ten hard rounds vs. Carlos Valcarcel, a fight where Velez got the deserved decision.
NEW ERA* OF HBO BOXING BEGINS AT MANDALAY BAY TONIGHT!
After being bounced out of office last week, Sports CEO Ross Greenburg is getting more money via a “Golden Parachute” from his years at HBO than any of us can only dream about. That being said, we can pray the waspy guys at Time Warner pull the plug on the Sports Vice President Kerry Davis*, sooner rather than later. For if this boxing programing is to turn it’s ratings around, the man with the oh so beautiful wife and kids, Kerry needs to get the boot too!
WILL KHAN ANSWER QUESTIONS OR AFFIRM DOUBTERS?
Las Vegas, NV– (HBO) Amir Khan (25-1, 17 KOs) vs. Zab Judah (41-6, 28 KOs) (WBA & IBF 140 lb. titles) Odds/Prediction: Khan 2 1/2 to 1. Khan’s young, Judah, a 15 year pro is old by industry standards. But with Pernell Whitaker training him and Victor Conte offering nutritional advice, more people I know are going with Zab to Read more
Miami, FL– A couple of weeks ago, ESPN’s Friday Night Fights were trying to start something new, a “Judge’s View Camera” on their first fight of the night where Mike Dallas (17-2-1, 7 KOs) lost via Majority Decision (one judge had it even at 95-95, while the other two went with Mauricio Herrera (18-1, 7 KOs) with scores of 98-92 & 96-94.
CREDIT TEDDY ATLAS & ESPN 2 FOR TRYING TO RIGHT WRONGS!
Even though they said in no way were they trying to look for an excuse for all the bad judging of late, I thought that’s exactly what they were doing. They would show us how sometimes judges could miss the action because of the angle from where they were seated, etc. I can understand being one or two rounds off, but the decision was bull s*it! After the fight Dallas said, “It’s not fun any more,” seeing he felt he won, as did the unhappy crowd.
VALCARCEL & WBO HAVE THREE FIGHTS IN THREE COUNTRIES!
San Juan, Puerto Rico– World Boxing Organization (WBO) President Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel, announced today the referees and judges who will work on the three World title fights to be held this Saturday, July 16, in Germany, the United Kingdom and Hawaii.
MARCO HUCK VS HUGO HERNÁN GARAY
At the Olympia-Eissportzentrum in Munich, Germany, cruiserweight (200 lbs) champion Marco Huck (32-1, 23 KOs) from Serbia, will defend the WBO belt for the seventh time his title against Argentinian Hugo Hernán Garay (34-5, 18 KOs) in a Sauerland Events presentation. For this bout the referee will be Luis Pabón from Puerto Rico, while the judges are Donald Trella and John Stewart from the USA and Britain’s Mickey Vann. The supervisor will be Paco Valcárcel.
New York, NY– An array of fights await us this weekend, below is a short chronological “Reader’s Digest” style lay out of the action.
FRIDAY NIGHT ACTION ESPN 2 at 9 PM ET: the popular fight series “ESPN Friday Night Fights” kicks off the boxing weekend. Each installment of the decorated series features news, analysis of upcoming bouts, interviews, celebrity guests offering insight into the world of boxing, and competitive scraps. This week’s card showcases super middleweight (168) southpaw pug Jesus Gonzales (26-1, 14 KOs) pitted against power punching thug Francisco Sierra (24-3-1, 22 KOs) in a scheduled 10 rounder from the US Airway Center in Phoenix, Arizona.
SATURDAY’S JOINTS Showtime kicks it off at 10 PM ET with trash talking WBA lightweight (135) belt holder Brandon Rios (27-0-1, 20 KOs) facing battle tested seasoned former strap carrier Urbano Antillon (28-2, 20 KOs) over 12 proposed rounds of championship throw down for the crown at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California. Read more
Caguas P.R– Friday night in the Dade County Auditorium in Miami, FL, Puerto Rican Jesus Pabon (17-2, 11KOs) lost his 140 lb WBO Latin championship to Mexico’s Javier Castro (25-4, 20 KOs) by second round KO. The defeat was like throwing gasoline on a fire as this Island nation been wanting “get back” from the catastrophic month of April, one in which Puerto Rico not only lost three champions, but two challengers came up short. The Friday setback made it four champions from P.R in a three-month span to lose their belts to their arch rivals from Mexico.
TOP RANK, P.R. BOXING AND SHOWTIME LOOKING TO START ROLL
The first one in line to get his get back is Francisco “The” Wizard” Palacios (20-1, 13 KOs) from Bayamon P.R. Palacios just became the mandatory challenger for Krzysztof Wlodarczyk (45-2-1, 32 KOs) WBA 200 lb. title, the same one he went to Poland to try and take from Krzysztof in April. At the end of the fight many, even some Poles, most felt they gave the UD to the wrong guy in Krzysztof.
JUAN MA & JR. CAN THEY GET BACK ON “GOOD FOOT”Read more
Miami, FL– This is going to be a weekly report where we fight aficionados can have a constructive debate about boxing. I’ll talk about up and coming bouts, what’s happening in the world of boxing, and close with a question.
FIRST UP JULY’S LIGHTWEIGHT TITLE SCRAP
There are two bouts I would like to talk about, one is Brandon” Bam Bam” Rios (27-0-1, 20 KOs) vs. Urbano Antillon (28-2, 20 KOs) facing off in a matc that has the potential to be a great, maybe even a candidate for ‘fight of the year.’ Both have had memorable encounters, one when Antillon faced Humberto Soto in a fight that turned out to be a 12 round war for the WBC lightweight (135 lbs) title. It was a give and take battle, but at the end Soto kept the belt.
MAYAGÜEZ, PUERTO RICO– With the support of former World champion Carlos “El Indio” Quintana, the World Boxing Organization (WBO) went today to Mayaguez (in the west area of Puerto Rico) where they conducted a number of boxing clinics to the kids of the Yaguez Residential Complex as part of the Kids Drug Free program.
PACO PROVIDES THE FINANCES NEEDED!
WBO President Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel, said that “we are so happy because we are here in Mayaguez with Quintana giving these kids a message to keep away from drugs. That is our goal, to keep kids in sports and away of drugs and other issues”. Read more
Charlotte, NC-– There was a time in the not so distant past when boxing was considered “The sport of Kings.” Kids would collect and trade boxing cards, and would hang around gyms hoping to bump into their hero, just to ask if they could carry their gym bag. Stories about fighters were in the mainstream news, and not just for felonies, tax problems, or the never ending question of the day, performance enhancing drugs.
PROFESSOR SAYS FORREST GUMP NOT AS DUMB AS HE LOOKED
And, while all the reasons that boxing is no longer in the glorious position she once enjoyed is outside the scope of this article, it is evident that the fight game needs something to become a serious contender again for our entertainment time and dollar. Like Forrest Gump once said, “I may not be a smart man, Jenny, But I know what love is.” I may not have all the answers, but I do believe I have an idea or two that could at the very least help bring boxing out of the sports basement.
LOCAL SHOWS BUILD NATIONAL HEROES!Read more
San Francisco, CA– It was 1984, I was on a three year undefeated run in Golden Glove competition. Having just won my third straight championship, this after dusting off the younger but more experienced Dennis Crabtree at the Concord (now Sleep Train) Pavilion in Concord, CA, I was of the opinion that my body needed some time off. Then came a call from the late Otis Grimble, then a Sacramento Policeman who was alleged to be involved with some missing amateur boxing monies and LBC President of the U.S. Amateur Boxing Federation (who later committed suicide) called to offer me a fight with Zack Padilla. Far more experienced than I, Zack hadn’t lost in ions and was on a tear. After watching films of him, I realized that not only would I be unable to out box him, more importantly I couldn’t out punch him either. Not that he hit harder than my left cross from the southpaw stance, a punch that had knocked down five straight opponents, three for the count, it was his incredible chin and the fact that Zack could throw more than 100 punches a round. In case you didn’t know it, the amateur ranks put more emphasis on the number of shots thrown, rather than the quality of the punches.
INTEGRATED SPORTS MAIN EVENT SEES PUERO RICAN ICED!
Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico– In the hometown of ex-featherweight king Jorge Paez, Giovanni Segura, (107.8 lbs), Bell, CA KO 3 Ivan Calderon, (107.7), Guaynabo, Puerto Rico. (WBO 108 lb. title) Segura (27-1-1, 23 KOs) defeats ex-champ Calderon (34-2-1, 6 KOs) for the second time in a row. This time around it took three rounds and big shots to the body, though many were blatantly low. Time was 1:39. Looks like Calderon has little, if anything left.
Friday, April 1, 2011
ESPN 2 FRIDAY NIGHT FIGHTS HAS MUCKED UP JUDGINGRead more