Wednesday April 6 at 1:00pm a press conference will be held at Terra Restaurant and Bar, 2330 McMenamin Dr. Hampton. The press conference will be open to the public. In attendance will be Legendary Heavyweight Champion “Big” George Foreman. “Big” George Foreman will be working the corner when his son 11-0 10ko George “Monk” Foreman enters the ring Saturday, April 9, for his Heavyweight Main Event go against tough Eric Lindsey at Hampton Roads Convention Center. George III is 28 years old but has only been boxing for two years. He entered the pro ranks with no amateur background, simply as a way to stay in shape.
Some may say, but he is George Foreman’s son, the proper response is, he is George “Monk” Foreman III. In boxing he will be the kind of fighter, he will be. He is a beginner, with no amateur fights to have learned from. His true learning takes place one fight at a time in the ring. He prepares with his gym time and then comes the next test.
Eric Lindsey is test number 12. It is not Big George in the ring, although Big George is the teacher…it’s George III. Eric Lindsey is the next test he must take in this 6 round main event. Eric is what is known as a trial horse, one of these rough tough guys that has nothing to lose when he enters the ring. He is a guy that can give a beginner trouble,. Lindsey is 3-10 1ko, but he has been in with tough opposition, he has fought 6 undefeated fighters. Lindsey’s last two opponents have fought for titles. And Lindsey is by no means fearful of legend, he has already been there. Just 2 fights ago he boxed Alfredo Escalera Jr. son of great WBC Super Featherweight Champion Alfredo Escalera. There is no pressure on Lindsey, he has taken on some tough fights. George III is new and still testing the waters with a long road ahead.
The Fight Nights co-feature will see Virginia Beach Police Officer, Frankie Fillapone 6-2 2ko in a 6 round Super Middleweight bout. Frankie will face tough Adrian Redmond, Turnersburg NC, 4-9-1 3ko. Frankie will spend Saturday afternoon in a wedding party, literally stripping off his tux to jump into the ring for his nights fight.
Don “The Professor” Haley of Virginia Beach will make his return to the ring, in his first fight in 9 years. When Don retired he was a Middleweight, 9 years later he is a Middleweight. Don has lived his life healthy and clean…(sound familiar). He is in his 40’s, he has remained in shape…and the excitement of this show was a call he had to answer.
Don has had a great life since he retired from boxing with a 4-3 1ko record. Don is a respected College Professor at Virginia Wesleyan College Professor and Tidewater Community College in Criminal Justice.
He has been a Marine, Corrections Officer, Police Officer and Detective. He trains police in self defense. He is the creator of “Girls Gone Safe” self defense video for woman. Don is also behind, The Sid Pearl FOOTBALL BOOTCAMP held at the Law Enforcement Training Academy in Virginia Beach. Welcoming kids from ages 8-15 years old.
Now he is back in the ring and on April 9, he will face Aaron Anderson of Knoxville TN in a 4 Round Middleweight bout. Anderson is 1-10, but Anderson has remained active. Only 26 years old, all of Anderson’ fights have been in less than the last 3 years. Anderson comes to fight, and has never been stopped close to 20 years younger and fighting, while Don has been working a classroom.
Today literally, Don Haley started his day at 6:00am prepared his lesson, taught school, attended to his personal business and tonight went to the gym training from 7:00 – 10:00 pm. Exactly what he has been doing the last few weeks and the schedule he will continue right up to fight time. Don Haley well respected in the community, living a great life and once again entering the ring, the smallest square in the world where it’s just you and the other guy, and may the best man win.
Pete Yates 1-2 1ko of Norfolk is coming off a hard fought split decision loss in Chester PA. That bout was the evenings fight of the night. This time Yates will take on beginning prospect Greg Lindsey of Virginia Beach in a 4 round Super Middleweight fight.
Virginia Beach’s Joe Cusamano 2-0 2ko one of Virginia’s hotest looking hopefuls will fight 4 Heavyweight rounds against South Carolina’s Antonio Robertson 0-2.
Russian Heavyweight Serhiy Karpenko now fighting out of Big Bear CA 3-1 2ko, will box 4 rounds against Corey Winfield 4-7 2ko of Winston Salem NC.
Virginia Beach Middleweight Ken Moody Jr 1-2 will go 4 rounds against Scranton PA’s Stephon Burgette 0-0-1. Burgette is handled by former WBF International Cruiserweight Champion Chris Mills.
Kyle White of Fort Lee NJ, will travel to Hampton to take on Benito Fernandez of Spartanburg SC. White is a 3-0 2ko tough, fast Light Heavyweight. Fernandez has 12 times the ring experience with a record of 20-17 7ko’s.
Jerry Forrest, Newport News in his pro debut for 4 rounds Heavyweight against Washington D.C.’s Kareem Wilson 0-5.
Chesapeake boxer William Bailey 10-20-2 5ko will see action in a 4 round Cruiserweght matchup against an opponent TBA.
Doors Open 6:30, First Bout 7:30
Tickets are $100 VIP, $50 Ringside, $35 GA, and are available at Terra Restaurant, 2330 McMenamin Street, Hampton 757 838-9463, Hybrid Training Center, 3636 VA Beach Blvd, VA Beach 757 490-6906, Hectors Tires & Rims, 3840 Little Creek Rd 757 480-7266, On-line at www.donhaley.com or www.girlsgonesafe.com, And by Calling Pete Yates 757 717-9955.
Boxing a Family Business for Davis
Lots of kids want to be just like their old man when they grow up.
Dyah Davis was not one of them.
“From the age of seven to first year of college I swore up and down I was going to be an NBA player some day,” recollects 29-year-old Davis, the son of Howard Davis Jr, who was the 1976 Olympic Games’ gold medal winner named Outstanding Boxer, and then a solid world-class professional.
“But then in college I saw Vitali Klitschko and Lennox Lewis fight on TV and I said ‘I can do that,’ so I called up my dad and said ‘pops I want to box.’ He said ‘Box what? Oranges and grapes?’ He asked me how much I weigh. I told him 225 and he said what?!? You’re going to have to start running. I thought I was a heavyweight. My father said ‘you’re only 6′ 1″, you’re no heavyweight.’ I started running and the weight started melting off. Before I knew it, I was making my debut at 175.”
And so, at age 23 and with no amateur career at all, Dyah Davis went into the family business. Six years later, he sports a record of 18-2-1 with 9 KOs and is a surprisingly skillful super middleweight contender.
Davis will face Texas-based Marcus “Too Much” Johnson (20-0, 15 KOs) in the 10-round main event on Showtime’s fantastic ShoBox: The New Generation Triple Header entitled “Rumble on the Rio” from the Laredo Energy Arena in Laredo, Texas, on April 8 (broadcast starts at 11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West coast).
“I’m feeling great man. Training went well and it’s starting to wind down now. I’m in great condition and I’ve trained for ten full rounds, but if I get him in some trouble I’ll put him away. I feel like I still have some things to prove and getting a win over Marcus would be very big for me.”
Thoroughbred genes aren’t much good unless someone teaches the horse to run. That’s why Davis is trained by highly regarded former world champion John David Jackson at the Heavyweight Hit Factory Gym in Hollywood, Florida.
“We have come up with a plan to off-set whatever he’s (Johnson) doing and hopefully he can execute it and make it work,” says Jackson. “Johnson has good power. Yes, he’s fought a bunch of stiffs, but he beat them all. That means he can fight. He’s fundamentally sound; not overwhelming but does everything well. He’s not a guy we’re taking lightly. Definitely most dangerous opponent we have faced. But if everything goes according to plan and Dyah implements whatever he sees during the fight, he can definitely be victorious.”
After training all day with Jackson, Davis says he will often seek out fatherly advice. “I’m at my dad’s house now and we’re going over some fight video. My father always tells me whenever I spar to imagine myself being in the ring and under the bright lights because I haven’t had the amateur experience to get me ready for it. My dad is the man I got to for advice.”
A professional boxer on the world stage in hot pursuit of a championship belt. Turns out Dyah Davis is a lot like his old man.
Amidu vs. Revish New Main Event for April 9 Boxing Event at Horseshoe Casino
Battle for the NABA-US Super Lightweight Championship
The main event has changed again for the Hitz Boxing Fight Night event on Saturday, April 9, at the Venue in the Horseshoe Casino, in Hammond, Indiana.
Yakubu “Black Mamba” Amidu (19-2-1, 16 KOs) will face Louisiana’s John Revish (10-2-2, 8 KOs) for the NABA-US Super Lightweight Title.
26-year-old Amidu’s only losses have come to current WBO champion Ricky Burns and multiple-time world championship challenger Ali Funeka. This will be Revish’s second consecutive title fight. He held capable veteran Jason Pires to a majority draw last March and even dropped him twice.
“This is shaping up to be a great fight between these two,” said Bobby Hitz, Founder of Hitz Boxing. “They can both punch and they’ve both been in with good opposition. Two solid pros going to war to see who can win this championship.”
The night’s undercard is packed with up-and-coming young contenders, mostly from the Chicago area.
Scheduled to appear are: Hammond’s own Ruben “Modern Day Warrior” Galvan (27-15-4, 10 KOs) in a welterweight match-up; Chicago middleweight Mike Kurzeja (4-0, 4 KOs); Chicago super middleweight Ninos Abraham (5-0, 2 KOs); Chicago heavyweight Dave Latoria (7-0, 3 KOs); Chicago junior lightweight Paulie Settepani making his pro debut; Chicago Junior Middleweight JOHN LEWUS (24-4-1, 20 KOs) and Chicago light welterweight Russell Fiore (4-0-1, 4 KOs) in separate bouts.
For more information, please visit: www.hitzboxing.com.
World rated super bantamweight Leon Moore & prospect DonYil Livingston win in Big Apple
NEW YORK (April 4, 2011) – A pair of Boxing 360 fighters, World Boxing Council No. 3 rated super bantamweight Leon “Hurry Up” Moore and promising middleweight prospect DonYil Livingston, both registered unanimous six-round decision victories last Saturday evening in Brooklyn.
The 31-year-old southpaw Moore (28-2, 22 KOs), from Guyana, is the reigning PABA and WBC CABOFE super bantamweight champion, as well as the former NABA, Guyanese and CABOFE bantamweight titlist. In his United States debut, He defeated Moore outclassed veteran Felipe Almanza (18-23-4, 9 KOs).
“We were excited to introduce Leon Moore to U.S. boxing fans,” Boxing 360 CEO and Founder Mario Yagobi commented. “He’s a world-rated super bantamweight contender. Our goal is to better position him for a world title fight this year against (WBC super bantamweight champion Toshiaki) Nishioka or any of the other world champions.”
Moore captured the WBC CABOFE and NABA bantamweight belts in September 2009, when he won a unanimous 12-round decision against former 2-time world champion Maurico Pastrana. Last January, Leon won a unanimous 12-round decision versus Indonesia Boxing Association champion Marangin Marbun for the vacant PABA crown. In his last fight (Nov. 16), Moore won a 10-round decision against Breilor Teran in Guyana.
Livingston (3-0), the most recent addition to the growing Boxing 360 stable, won a six-round decision against rugged Greg Hackett (2-7). “We’re very high on DonYil who was a highly decorated amateur boxer,” Yagobi noted. “This was his first fight on the East Coast. He has good bloodlines, his cousin is Andre Ward.”
Livingston, 26, fights out of Palmdale, California. He had a solid 178-23 (83 KOs) amateur record, including gold medal performances in the National Silver Gloves (1996, 1998 and 2000), National Junior Golden Gloves (1995-2000), 2000 National & International Junior Olympic s, 2001 National Under-19 Tournament, and 2004 Ringside World Championships.
“Most importantly,” Boxing 360 director of boxing Bob Duffy remarked, “Leon and DonYil both won their New York City debuts. Leon was in total control of his fight and DonYil got in much needed work against a tough opponent.”
Other members of Boxing 360’s stable include USBA heavyweight champion Maurice “Sugar Moe” Harris, former IBF super middleweight champion Alejandro “Naco” Berrio, NY State super middleweight title-holder Lennox “2 Sharpe” Allen, KO king Tyrone Brunson, Nick “Hands of Gold” Casal, Amanda “The Real Deal” Serrano, Mike Mollo, Joshua “The Juice” Harris, Emad Ali, Angel “Toro” Hernandez and “King” David Estrada.
Go on line to www.boxing360.com for more information about Moore, Livingston, or any of Boxing 360 fighters, as well as upcoming events.
Margules Congratulates Wlodarczyk for Successful Defense
The American promoter of WBC cruiserweight champion Krzysztof “Diablo” Wlodarczyk is congratulating his fighter for retaining his title by 12-round split decision over Francisco “The Wizard” Palacios.
Fighting in the main event Saturday night at the Hala Luczniczka in Bydgoszcz, Poland, Wlodarczyk (45-2-1, 32 KOs) was able to defeat the #1 rated and previously undefeated Palacios (20-1, 13 KOs) by scores of 118-112 and 116-113 Wlodarczyk over-ruling a 115-113 Palacios tally.
“It took a true champion to execute a game plan perfectly and beat back the challenge of a very skilled fighter,” said Leon Margules of Warriors Boxing. “There were over 8,000 fans here tonight watching Krzysztof put on a masterful performance.”
Puerto Rico’s Palacios had his moments in the fight but, in the end, didn’t do enough to “take” the title.
“When you’re in with a kid like Krzysztof who can hit like a mule, you either go out on your shield or choose to play it safe and lose by decision. That’s the choice Palacios made tonight,” continued Margules. “He fought well in certain spots, but fought much too cautiously. Krzysztof’s punches were harder and more accurate throughout and he came on strong at the end.”
The victory over Palacios was Wlodarczyk’s second successful defense. He also formerly held the IBF title by defeating American Steve Cunningham.
JESSE BRINKLEY VS. PETER QUILLIN PRESS CONFERENCE HIGHLIGHTS
April 1st, 2011. Reno — A press conference was held at the Eldorado Hotel Casino on Tuesday afternoon for the highly anticipated April 29th super-middleweight bout between Yerington, NV’s Jesse Brinkley (35-6, 22 KOs) and Brooklyn, NY’s Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin (23-0, 17 KOs).
Jesse Brinkley discussed what this fight means to him in the wake of his loss against IBF super-middleweight champion, Lucian Bute.
“I never thought I would be back here without the world title. Let’s just start out by saying that the loss was a disappointment to me. I haven’t gotten over that loss.”
“I want to be back to the world championship level. I want to fight for another world title. I’m here to fight Peter Quillin because I believe he is the type of fighter that if you beat him you are right back at the HBO/Showtime level.”
“After the fight with Lucian, I have a lot of questions that need to be answered. I need to know what it is like to go to war again with a young lion.”
Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin focused on the fact that this fight is a big step up in his career.
“Come April 29th, you’re going to see Kid Chocolate and Jesse Brinkley get it on. You have to take opportunities when they come. I want the world to see me as a bona fide champion.”
“I know Jesse is going to be tough. I want to be 24-0 after this fight. If the knockout comes, then I will go home with a big knockout, but if not, I will settle for a big win.”
“This is a great fight for boxing fans.” Says Robert Diaz, matchmaker for Golden Boy Promotions. “We have high expectations for Peter Quillin, and we think that his style matches up perfectly to beat Jesse Brinkley.”
Let’s Get It On Promotions’ Tommy Lane spoke in more detail about the main event.
“After the Bute fight in the dressing room, Jesse came to Terry and me and asked ‘When can we go back and rock Reno?’”
“Its a fight that Jesse can win, and should win. But it’s the type of fight where each guy is the gate-keeper to the other’s career. It is a fight that is very consequential.”
Let’s Get It On Promotions’ Terry Lane, discussed how this card is a kick off to the Cinco De Mayo celebration.
“We invite the Mexican and Mexican-American community to this fight on April 29th to help begin their Cinco De Mayo festivities. Boxing is so entrenched in the Mexican culture.”
Continuing with the Cinco De Mayo theme, undercard details were announced at Tuesday’s press conference. Returning to fight in Northern Nevada for the third time is “El Negro Mexicano” “Lightning” Lonnie Smith (12-2-2) from Las Vegas, NV. Smith will fight in a six round bout. It was also announced that decorated amateur “Chuy” Elizondo from Carson City, NV will make his pro debut on the undercard. Undefeated super-middleweight Carlos Gaytan from Reno (2-0-1, 1 KO) will also be on the undercard in a four round bout.
What is being billed as a special attraction bout, former two-time University of Nevada, Reno collegiate welterweight boxing champion, Thomas Gennaro, will be making his pro debut on April 29th. Gennaro, who has thrived in a long standing Northern Nevada boxing tradition, is excited to be fighting as a professional.
“This has been something that has crawled inside me and I need to do. April 29th, I’m going to come out and let it shine.”
“I’m ready to get back in the ring in front of Reno and make this happen. I’m ready to rock!”
As a side note, and some fun boxing trivia, famed boxing writer Michael Marley once fought for the University of Nevada Boxing team. So did Mills Lane, who was the 1960 collegiate welterweight champion.
Brinkley vs. Quillin will be held at the Reno Events Center in Downtown Reno. The fight will be televised on Telefutura’s Solo Boxeo series. Check local listings. Tickets are available on Ticketmaster.com, by calling 800-745-3000, or by visiting the Silver Legacy or Reno Events Center box office during hours of operation. Prices are $33.25, $63.25, and $103.25. Doors open at 6pm, first bell at 7pm. The card is being presented by Don Chargin Productions, Golden Boy Promotions, Let’s Get It On Promotions, PR Entertainment, The Eldorado Hotel Casino, Silver Legacy Resort Casino and The Circus Circus Hotel Casino.