Boxing Insider Notebook: Jacobs, Cletus Seldin wins, Groves Accident, Mora, and more
By: William Holmes
The following is the Boxing Insider notebook for the week of June 16th to June 23rd, covering the comings and goings in the sport of boxing that you might have missed.
Daniel Jacobs Set to Face Sergio Mora
Daniel Jacobs (29-1) is scheduled to face former world champion Sergio Mora (28-3-2) as the televised opener of Premier Boxing Champions on ESPN on Saturday, August 1st at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. The main event of the evening will be a welterweight bout between Danny Garcia (30-0) and Paulie Malignaggi (33-6).
“I’m just excited to be on this great card and to be able to perform at Barclays Center is an honor,” said Jacobs. “I’m looking forward to making the best out of this opportunity and most importantly I want to give the Brooklyn fans a great show. I get to go to work in my own backyard.”
“I went back to the ‘drawing board,’ worked hard and now I’m blessed to be a part of this great event,” said Mora, “I don’t plan to let this opportunity get by me. On August 1, I’m coming to Brooklyn to win.”
George Groves Statement on Training Camp Incident
Team Sauerland released the following statement:
We can confirm that a minor incident took place during George Grove’s training camp with the Royal Marines on Monday afternoon as part of his preparation for his forthcoming WBC Super Middleweight World Championship fight with Badou Jack scheduled to take place in the United States in late August or early September.
George was taken to hospital for precautionary checks but immediately released following the incident that took place while taking part in a boat activity with the Marines. The injury will not affect his preparations for the Jack fight and he will continue his training camp as planned.
George Groves and Team Sauerland hope to make an announcement in the coming days with regards to the date and location of the fight as negotiations continue.
Broadway Boxing Returns July 8th
On July 8th, DiBella Entertainment’s Broadway Boxing Series will return to the B.B. King Blue Club and Grill in midtown Manhattan with a 10-bout card.
Bryant “Peewee” Cruz (14-0) will headline the card as he puts his undefeated record on the line against Martin Cardona (19-5) in a junior lightweight matchup scheduled for eight rounds. Cruz has previously placed second in the 2012 National Golden Gloves and is linked up with world-renowned trainer Ronnie Shields.
Junior middleweight prospect Patrick Day (10-1) and undefeated Shawn Cameron (9-0) are also scheduled to compete on the undercard.
Cletus “The Hebrew Hammer” Seldin Remains Undefeated
Star Boxing’s Cletus Seldin (17-0) remained undefeated on Friday night with a TKO victory over Ranee Ganoy (38-13-2) in the fourth round in a junior welterweight bout at the Paramount in Huntington before a packed house.
Seldin scored a knockdown in the second round and another knockdown in the fourth round before the referee stopped the bout.
“Once I got his timing down, I was able to land the hard punches,” said Seldin following another impressive performance. “That’s when I was able to drop him in the second round, and again in the fourth.”
Patrick Nielsen Retains WBA International Title
Patrick Nielsen (26-1) successfully defended his WBA International Super Middleweight title with a victory over Charles Adamu (23-7) at the Ballerup Super Arena in Copenhagen.
Nielsen was able to sweep the judges’ scorecards with scores of 120-108 on all three cards for Nielsen.
‘’I wanted the knockout, but he made it difficult for me’’ said Nielsen. ‘’I started strongly and shook him in the first round, but after that, he just wanted to survive. I worked my jab and looked for openings but it wasn’t to be. The most important thing is the result, and I’m pleased I beat him and defended my title. Now I look to the future and the big fights that are out there for me!’’
Boxing Returns to Atlantic City
On Saturday night, August 15th, Silverspoon Promotions will bring boxing to Atlantic City at the Playground (Formerly the Caesars Pier) in Atlantic City.
The 10 round main event will feature Heavyweight contender Chazz “The Gentleman” Witherspoon (33-3). Witherspoon was last seen stopping Galen Brown in the fifth round in nearby Pennsauken, New Jersey.
Malik Hawkins (4-0), Courtney Blocker (6-0), Parris Chisholm (2-0), Vidal Rivera (2-0), and Anthony Young (10-1) are also scheduled to appear.
Everlast Opens First Stores in United States
Everlast Worldwide is excited to announce the opening of its first brand stores in the United States.
The new Everlast stores will showcase boxing and MMA gear, along with a fresh, new line of fitness apparel for men and women, as well as a wide assortment of fitness, yoga, cycling, and running accessories for all types of athletes.
“We’re very excited to launch our first Everlast stores in the United States. The Everlast brand has been one of the most recognized global sports brands for over 100 years, and we’re evolving as a company. A brick & mortar presence is a great way for us to help tell our new brand story,” says CEO and President, Neil Morton.
Abraham Garzon, head of the Everlast stores, states, “We could not be more thrilled to bring this innovative concept to the US. We are now able to tap into our rich heritage of fight sports and mix it with our new contemporary fitness line, all while giving customers the best brand experience possible.”
The first three stores will open this summer at the following locations:
Westside Country Mall
27001 US Highway 19 North
Clearwater, FL 33761
Westfield Broward Mall
8000 W. Broward Blvd.
Plantation, FL 33388
Pembroke Lakes Mall
14201 Pines Blvd.
Pembroke Pines, FL 33026