The Boxing Insider notebook for the week of August 19th to August 26th covering the comings and goings in the sport of boxing that you might have missed.
Thompson Boxing Promotions “New Blood” Results
The main event from Thompson Boxing Promotions “New Blood” boxing series featured an all-action brawl between featherweights: Juan Reyes of Riverside, Calif. and Jonathan Arellano of Ontario, Calif. Reyes and Arellano, former sparring partners that perhaps know each other better than they should, thrilled the capacity crowd at the Omega Products Outdoor Arena in Corona, California.
The draw ended with scores of 76-74 for Reyes, while the other two judges scored it even, 75-75.
In the co-main event, Colombian middleweight prospect Alex Theran calmly stalked Texan Justin Williams through six rounds to remain undefeated scoring a unanimous decision victory sweeping it on all three scorecards 60-54, 60-54 and 60-54. Theran bettered his record to 15-0, 8 KOs, while Williams goes home to Texas with a record of 4-9-2, 2 KOs.
Omar Narvaez Retains Title
Omar Narvaez (40-1-2) fought in his home country in Chubut, Argentina and defeated the overmatched Hiroyuki Hisataka (22-11-1) in the junior bantamweight division. Narvaez was in control the whole bout and connected with numerous unanswered punches before the referee stopped the bout at 1:26 of the tenth round.
Murata and Linares Victorious in Japan
Ryota Murata (1-0) was a gold medalist for Japan in the 2012 Olympics and he fights in the middleweight division. Murata took the unusual route of fighting an experienced veteran in his professional debut and defeated Akio Shibata. Murata scored a knockdown in the first round and had Shibota badly hurt in the second round, before the referee stopped the fight at 2:24.
Jorge Linares (34-3) fought on the same card and easily defeated Berman Sanchez (26-6-3). Linares knocked Sanchez down three times in the second round before the bout was stopped. The end came at 1:09 of the second round.
First Ever Boxing Event to be Held at an Ohio Casino on September 7th
R&R Promotions and Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati will present the first ever boxing event at an Ohio casino on September 7th. “Fight Night at The Shoe,” to be held at The Shoe at the Horseshoe Casino, will feature 10 bouts in total with lightweight Brandon “Untouchable” Bennett in the main event. The co-main event will showcase Aaron Pryor Jr., the son of newly crowned pro boxing Hall of Famer. Aaron Pryor Sr. will be in attendance at the event, along with three-time world champion Adrien Broner and special invited guest former two-time champion Thomas “The Hitman” Hearns, as he looks to support his son Ronald Hearns who is also featured on the undercard.
The top talent in the Queen City will be appearing on the undercard includes heavyweights David Long and Danny Calhoun. Welterweight William “Action” Jackson (10-1-1, 5 KOs) and junior lightweight DeVonte Allen (5-1-1, 3 KOs) will also be fighting in separate bouts. Rounding out the card are undefeated prospects Mel Crossty (5-0-1, 1 KO), former U.S. Marine Jonathan Steele (1-0, 1 KO), and 2008 U.S. Olympian Raynell Williams (1-0, 1 KO).
Sergio Mora vs. Peter Quillin? Mora Wants the Fight
With undefeated IBF middleweight champion Peter Quillin still in search of an opponent for his upcoming title defense October 26 in Atlantic City, former WBC junior middleweight champion and current world-rated middleweight contender Sergio Mora says that he would be honored to step in to face the champ.
“Peter Quillin is a really strong, big, and avoided middleweight champion. He is annihilating everyone that he steps in against and because of that, not many people are jumping at the chance to face him. I have never been afraid to face any fighter in my entire career though and the same goes for Peter,” stated Mora.
Mora continued, “His style reminds me a lot of the late great Vernon Forrest, so I would be very familiar with the task at hand and would love the opportunity to take on that challenge. Being able to return to the network where I had the biggest win of my entire career, to take on another highly regarded world champion, would truly be an absolute honor.”
Boxnation to Screen “All Access” Floyd Mayweather vs. Canelo Alvarez Series
BoxNation is delighted to announce that it will be bringing the hit All Access series exclusively to UK screens ahead of Floyd “Money” Mayweather’s superfight against Saul “Canelo” Alvarez next month.
The documentary kicks-off on Monday 26 August at 7pm and will be free-to-air on BoxNation for Sky TV customers.
The series offers an intimate portrait into the lives of both fighters as it profiles boxing’s most anticipated card in over a decade, with two of the sports undefeated, and genuine pound-for-pound kings, clashing in a stunning bill at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on September 14.
Star Boxing Presents “Rocking Fights 10” at the Paramount on September 14th
Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing returns to it’s Long Island home on Saturday, September 14 at The Paramount in Huntington, New York, with the tenth installment of its’ acclaimed series of world class professional boxing, Rockin Fights.
This is the tenth Rockin Fights event we’ve held there, the first nine selling out, and we’re thrilled to showcase Huntington’s favorite son, undefeated Chris Algieri and former world champion Joshua Clottey in separate bouts” said DeGuardia.
“Also, knowing that September 14 is such a big night in boxing, we will broadcast LIVE from Las Vegas, the Mayweather/Canelo world title clash on the big screen ( multiple viewing areas) at The Paramount following the action in the ring.”
More info can be found at starboxing.com
Dereck Chisora: I want get the European Title, then Wladimir Klitchsko
Former World Title challenger Dereck Chisora, who recently enjoyed the best win of his career against Malik Scott, made headlines on his short break to Ibiza last month when the Finchley heavyweight came face to face with long-time rival and World Heavyweight Champion, Wladimir Klitchsko.
Chisora opened up about the meeting and reiterated his desire to face the younger Klitchsko brother in the ring in the next year. Chisora, who is mandatory challenger for the European Heavyweight Title, is part of a bumper line-up at the Copper Box Arena’s debut boxing event on the 21st September, headlined by Billy Joe Saunders’ British title defence against John Ryder.
Chisora, who stopped the previously unbeaten Scott in the sixth round, said: “I want to get hold of that European Title, because that will set up a shot against Wladimir that I’ve been waiting on for 2 years.”
“ I told him when I bumped into him in Ibiza that we had unfinished business and that I was coming for his World title belts. He seemed nervous about my presence but told me that he’s ready to make it happen”
The controversial star continued: “ It’s as bigger fight as any out there for him, with all that happened in Germany when I faced the elder brother. If I get hold of the European Title then it makes me the natural opponent for him. He’s much better facing me, a live opponent that will get the whole world’s attention, rather than getting another body that won’t come to win.”
“ It would be a very different fight to the Vitali fight, I’m a lot more experienced now, and experience was the only thing that beat me in that fight. It would be a very long night for Wladimir!”
SMS Promotions and DiBella Entertainment Announce Big Apple Boxing at Resorts World Casino
On September 16, Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson’s SMS Promotions and DiBella Entertainment (DBE) will host a special Monday night of boxing at the beautiful Resorts World Casino NYC in Jamaica, Queens. Titled “Big Apple Boxing”, it will be the first card staged by both promoters at the recently built casino, located in the same area of Queens in which 50 Cent grew up and began building his business empire. The card will feature a number of top up-and-coming talented prospects from both SMS Promotions and DBE, including two future stars that the companies have just signed to exclusive co-promotion contracts.
The two main bouts will feature SMS-promoted Mark Davis (17-0, 5KO’s) looking to keep his undefeated record intact and continue climbing the lightweight world ratings, and DBE’s super bantamweight contender Luis “Orlandito” Del Valle (17-1, 12KO’s). Both bouts are scheduled for eight rounds.
“I aim to deliver the most exciting fights possible. ‘Big Apple Boxing’ on September 16 will bring together extraordinary talent. The action will be intense,” stated 50 Cent.
“It is great to be working with 50 and SMS Promotions on this special Monday night of boxing and we’re looking forward to putting on a great card at Resorts World Casino,” said DiBella.
More information can be found at www.smsby50.com and www.dbe1.com
Glen Tapia Headlines at Bally’s A.C. on September 28th
The Jersey Boy, Glen Tapia of Passaic, N.J., coming off a thrilling victory on ESPN2/Friday Night Fights – takes on Elco ‘The Animal’ Garcia of Colorado on Top Rank’s Solo Boxeo Tecate boxing card at Bally’s Hotel and Casino on Saturday, September 28.
Tapia and Garcia will box 10 rounds in the junior middleweight division in Bally’s Grand Ballroom. Tapia, coming off his biggest win, has a record of 19-0 with 11 knockouts. Garcia, with a record of 27-8 with 13 knockouts, has won eight of his last nine bouts. He is living and fighting out of Denver, Colorado.
Tapia’s last fight was an all-out battle, a big, intense, fiery showdown against undefeated Abie Han of El Paso. Tapia went right to the attack, knocked down Han en route to a TKO 8 victory.
“That was a big win, showing everyone I am no longer a prospect, but a real contender working towards a title fight,” Tapia said.
Tapia is co-managed by Pat Lynch, the long-time manager of Arturi Gatti, and Sal Alessi. Alex Devia is the chief trainer.
The big Top Rank card will include young, hard-hitting super middleweight Jesse Hart, the son of champion Eugene ‘Cyclone’ Hart of Philadelphia. Jesse has a record of 9-0, 8 KOs. Cyclone will be in his son’s corner on fight night.
Former amateur superstar and now a rising prospect with tremendous skillwork, Toka Kahn Clary of Providence, Rhode Island, is on the card. He has a record of 7-0, 5 KOs and boxes in the junior lightweight division.
WBC President Jose Sulaiman Received Key to City of Miami
On August 20th World Boxing Council President Jose Sulaiman received a key to the city of Miami. The Mayor of Miami, Thomas Regalado, presented the key of the city to Jose Sulaiman. No word on why Jose Sulaiman received a key to the city.
Face Off With Max Kellerman: Bradley/Marquez Premieres Tuesday, September 3rd
Fight fans eager for a unique inside look at the highly anticipated Oct. 12th HBO Pay-Per-View welterweight world championship fight between undefeated rising star Timothy Bradley Jr. and the exceptional pound-for-pound ageless wonder Juan Manuel Marquez /I> debuts Tuesday, Sept. 3 at 11:00 p.m. (ET/PT) on HBO.
Moderated by Max Kellerman, Face Off is an insightful and often gripping “Crossfire” type interview session in which the two fighters square off and answer Kellerman’s questions. The fighters also get the chance to address each other and their fans in this engaging format.
The Bradley/Marquez extended version of Face Off is set to air multiple times on HBO and HBO2 and will also be available on the HBO On Demand® service, HBO GO®, www.hbo.com/boxing as well as various other new media platforms that distribute the program.
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