By: William Holmes
The following is the Boxing Insider notebook for the week of January 14th to January 21st, covering the comings and goings in the sport of boxing that you might have missed.
Juan Carlos Burgos Demands a Rematch
On Saturday night Roman Martinez received a gift draw against Juan Carlos Burgos, and Burgos’ promoters Banner Promotions and Thompson Boxing are filing a request to the WBO for an immediate rematch.
Even before the scores were announced, the HBO broadcast team called into question about the judges as they had 9 combined title assignments with Signorile working his first title bout ever. Official punch states showed a 286-193 advantage for Burgos with a 234-164 tally on power punches.
“Juan Carlos won that fight hands down and this week we will file for an immediate rematch”, said Arthur Pelullo, CEO of Banner Promotions.
Continued Pelullo, “The kid worked hard and should be a world champion this morning. We just hope the WBO agrees with what the whole world saw and does the right thing by granting us this rematch”.
Arreola vs. Stiverne Announced
On Wednesday January 23rd Goose Tutor Promotions in association with Don King Productions will announced a matchup between Chris “The Nightmare” Arreola and Bermane “B-Ware” Stiverne. Arreola and Stiverne are ranked #1 and #2 by the WBC respectively. The fight will take place on March 9, 2013 at Orange County Fair & Event Center “The Hangar” in Costa Mesa, California and will be televised live on HBO. The press conference to announce the fight will happen on Wednesday, January 23rd at 11:30 AM at Sisley’s Italian Kitchen Restaurant in Sherman Oaks, CA.
Kimbo Slice Returns to Action
Gary Shaw Productions has announced a heavyweight showdown on the undercard to the Mundine vs. Geale world title fight at the Sydney Entertainment Centre on Wednesday, January 30th. Cult sensation Kimbo Slice will put his devastating punching power to the ultimate test when he squares off with Shane Tilyard.
“Tilyard thinks he’s been in the ring with tough guys but he’s never been in there with a monster like me,” stated Kimbo Slice. “He better be ready because I’m coming to knock his head off and show the fans of Australia who the real KO King is.”
Tilyard overcame some formidable opposition including former kickboxing world champion Nathan ‘Carnage’ Corbett and NRL star turned boxer John Hopoate to claim the KO Kimbo competition and earn the right to fight former UFC star Kimbo Slice.
Tickets are available at www.ticketmaster.com.au
Mayweather Promotions Signs Mickey Bey
Professional boxer Mickey Bey (19-0) has signed with Floyd Mayweather’s very won Mayweather Promotions. The two have known each other for over a decade and the two still train together.
Bey is excited to be working with “one of the best business men in the world and in sports”, and looking towards the future, he states that, “boxing is the type of sport where it matters who you are with… it can’t get any better than being with The Money Team. [Mayweather] is the strongest force in boxing, and it will be easy for him to make a lot of things happen, I’m excited to be able to make history with The Money Team.”
Sergio Thompson Defeats Moises Castro, Wilder Overpowers Greer
Sergio Thompson (26-2) defeated Moises Castro (29-20-4) on Saturday night in Villahermosa, Mexico. Thompson was coming off an upset victory over Jorge Linares in March of 2012 and has been on a tear. Castro received a cut over his left eye in the fourth round and the blood from the cut forced the ringside doctor to stop the fight at 1:25 of round five.
Deontay Wilder (27-0) fought on the same card and TKO’d Matt Greer (15-9) at 1:16 of round 2. This was another mismatch for Wilder and he scored three knockdowns in the second round before the referee called off the fight.
Frankie Gavin Defeats Jason Welborn
Frankie Gavin (15-0) fought Jason Welborn (11-2) at Walsall, England on Friday night. Gavin scored a knockdown in the seventh round with a left to the body. When Welborn got back to his feet Gavin pounced on him with punches until the referee stopped it at 2:23 of round seven.
Demetrius Andrade to Get First Real Test in Friday’s Main Event on ShoBox
Demetrius Andrade (18-0) makes his first start for trainer Virgil Hunter when he faces former world title challenger Freddy Hernandez (30-3) in the junior middleweight main event on ShoBox: The New Generation this Friday, January 25th on Showtime. The co-feature will be Raymond “Tito” Serrano (18-1) and Emmanuel “Tranzforma” Taylor (15-1). Virgil Hunter and Andrade have been together for only a couple of months, and Virgil had the following to say about Demetrius.
“All coaches get their fair share of calls, and I get some, too.” Hunter said. “Demetrius called me and we started talking. I’d been aware of him because he was an Olympian and knew he was a good kid, but once we met I was most definitely very pleased to make his acquaintance. I enjoy working with him.”
Sergiy Dzinziruk: Has the Tools to be the Best
Southpaw middleweight contender Sergiy Dzinziruk is preparing for his January 25th contest against Brian Vera on ESPN 2’s Friday Night Fights. The bout will take place at the Turning Stone Resort & Casino in Verona, New York.
“I’ve been working very hard in the gym, but specifically I’ve been working at getting the most out of my natural abilities. I have all the tools needed to become the very best and being aware in the ring doesn’t just come from the defensive side of things, you have to know your limits and capabilities offensively and be willing to push yourself further each time,” Dzinziruk said
Joey Eye Boxing Celebrates 2 Year Anniversary
This Saturday night, January 26th, will be a special night inside of Harrahs Philadelphia as a 12 bout card of boxing will take place to celebrate the two year anniversary of Joey Eye Boxing Promotions & David Feldman’s partnership with the casino. This will be the tenth show that the due has put on in Harrahs Philadelphia.
“This will be a special night of boxing in many regards for myself and my partner David Feldman,” said Joey “Eye” Intrieri, founder of Joey Eye Boxing. This six round main event will be between Victor Vasquez (15-7-1) and Esteban Rodriguez (6-4-1) in a lightweight bout. Tickets can be purchased at www.webtix.net
Bam Bam Brandon Rios Hosts 2013 Meet and Greet
Brandon Rios and Magnifico Boxing Gym will be hosting a can’t miss Meet and Greet for the Southern California fans on February 24th, 2013. Special guests include Israel Vazquez and Steven Luevano, WBO Champion Miguel “Mikey” Garcia, and Robert Garcia.
The free event begins at 3:30 pm at Magnifico Boxing Gym, 9201 California Avenue, Southgate, CA 90280. For more information visit www.bambamrios.com
Mike Dallas Jr. Prepared for Biggest Fight of his Career
World-rated light welterweight Mike Dallas Jr. (19-2-1) is geared up for what will be the biggest and most emotional fight of his career as he takes on Argentine sensation Lucas Matthysse (32-2) in a Showtime Championship Boxing main event on Saturday, January 26th at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. The broadcast begins live on Showtime beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.
“This fight means a lot to me,” the 26 year old boxer said. “It’s the biggest fight I’ve had. If I win this fight it takes me to another level. “ Dallas has dedicated the bout to his late father, Mike Dallas Sr.
Robert Woge Gets Crack at IBF Intercontinental Strap
Up until last week Robert Woge (10-0, 9 KOs) did not even know if he was going to participate on the bill of the European Light Heavyweight Championship between Eduard Gutknecht and Juergen Braehmer at the Max-Schmeling-Halle in Berlin on February 2. But not only will the prodigy of coach Ulli Wegner be part of the night, he will also get his first shot at a professional title, when he takes on Hakim Zoulikha (18-3, 9 KOs) for the vacant IBF Intercontinental Title.
Woge, who is known for his spectacular and hugely entertaining style of fighting, is rewarded for his professional
attitude when it comes to training. “I’m constantly keeping myself in shape. This sport isn’t just my job it’s also my greatest passion. That is why I kept myself active right after my last fight against Serhiy Demchenko on November 3. And that showed during the latest fitness test – I have improved in almost every aspect,” says the light heavyweight.
Yoan Pablo Hernandez Suffers Fracture
Yoan Pablo Henandez (27-1); the IBF World Champion in the cruiserweight division broke his left hand during a sparring session ahead of his upcoming fight on February 2nd. Hernandez was set to defend against Eric Fields (21-1) at the Max-Schmeling-Halle in Berlin, Germany.
Frederick Ness, Managing Director of Sauerland Event said: “We will stand by Pablo and will make sure that he receives the best medical attention out there. We are all hoping that he gets back as soon as possible.” Unfortunately for Hernandez, this is not the first time that his left hand is a cause for concern. He suffered the same sort of fracture during his impressive performance against Steve Cunningham back in February 2012.