By: William Holmes
The following is the Boxing Insider notebook for the week of May 6th to May 13th covering the comings and goings in the sport of boxing that you might have missed.
Maddalone Knocks Out Carmack
Star Boxing held an event at the Paramount in Huntington, New York on Saturday night. Vinny Maddalone (37-8-0) stopped Richard Carmack (21-1) in the third round at 2:57 after landing hard hooks to the body and head. Lionell Thompson (14-2) scored an upset over Yathomas Riley (8-1) with scores of 77-75, 77-75, and 79-73.
Darchinyan Stops Gallo
Vic Darchinyan (39-5-1) was impressive in his debut for Top Rank as he disposed of Javier gallo (18-7-1) in the fourth round. This bout occurred at the Uni-Trade Stadium in Laredo, Texas. Darchinyan knocked Gallo down three times in the second round. The end came in the fourth round when Darchinyan knocked Gallo down with a straight left hand and Gallo failed to get back up. The fight was waived off at 0:26 of the fourth round.
Ricky Burns Escapes Defeat
Ricky Burns (36-2) took on Jose Gonzalez (22-1) in the lightweight division on Saturday in Glascow, Scotland. This was supposed to be a tune up fight for Burns, but Gonzalez controlled the bout for the first six rounds and appeared to be headed for an upset. The tide changed however in the seventh round when Burns turned up the head and both fighters rocked each other. Burns fared better in the eighth and ninth rounds and Gonzalez quit on his stool after the ninth round. Gonzalez was ahead on the scorecards when he quit.
Mike Tyson Cartoon Included in Adult Swim’s New Slate
Mike Tyson will voice himself in an animated series set to debut on the Cartoon Network’s Adult swim. His series will join seven other new originals and nine pilots. The new animated comedy series will be called Mike Tyson Mysteries. More information can be found at http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/upfronts-2013-mike-tyson-cartoon-520704
Promoter Nisse Sauerland Offers Holly Holm Fight With Cecilia Braekhus
“Our US representative Don Majewski was at Holm´s fight in Albuquerque last weekend,” Sauerland said. “He negotiated with her promoter Lenny Fresquez afterwards and made them another offer to stage the women´s fight of the century. We would have come to Las Vegas and we would have paid Holm the biggest purse of her career. Unfortunately, she turned us down again, claiming she wants to focus on her MMA career instead. That´s very disappointing and it confirms once again what we have been saying for a long time – that Holm is scared of fighting Cecilia because she knows she can´t keep up with her. We will now explore other options for Cecilia, of which there are plenty. She will be back in the ring after the summer break to continue her domination of women´s boxing.”
David Haye Pulls Out of Manuel Charr Fight
David Haye was due to fight Manuel Charr at the Manchester Arena on June 29th. Haye however has damaged his left hand and had to pull out of the fight. “I pick up injuries now and again in training, and sometimes carry them into fights, but this was one I simply couldn’t recover from. I need to rest it up for at least four weeks.” http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/sport/boxing/4927311/David-Haye-pulls-out-of-Manuel-Charr-fight.html
Michael Buffer to Serve as Ring Announcer for Monte Carlo Million Dollar Super Four Final
Rodney Berman of South Africa’s Golden Gloves has confirmed that Hall of Famer, Michael Buffer will be doing ring-announcing duties for the final of the “Monte Carlo Million Dollar Super Four” tournament in Monaco on July 13th.
“He is a true professional and perhaps the only announcer whose presence resonates internationally,” said Berman. “He’ll be one of a number of stars at the final.”
Edwin Rodriguez (23-0) will meet Denis Grachev (13-1-1) in the “Super Four” final for a US $1 million purse, to be split 60/40.
Maidana vs. Lopez & Lara vs. Angulo Press Conference Quotes
“ My plan is to go toe-to toe. I don’t know what Josesito is going to do, but that’s what I plan to do. Pressure is the key to the fight.”
“The 147-pound division is where I feel best. I didn’t feel that way at 140. Now I’m free and I can eat more. My body is different and you can see the definition.”
“When you’re fighting a heavy puncher like Maidana, you have to be smart. The move up to 154 pounds helped me now that I’m back at 147. Now I feel I’m a true welterweight. I feel great in the gym; stronger and faster.
“This is a fight I have to win. It’s a fight that keeps me on the map. This is where I want to be and I’m working my ass off.
“This is my third fight after my time off and conditioning-wise I’m feeling like my old self, feeling like I used to feel. There’s no doubt I’ll be in better condition than I was for my last two fights. There was just too much time off. Now, I’m in a rhythm.
“It’s going to be a very good fight, the bull versus the matador. I have a lot of respect for Lara. He’s a really good fighter and he wants to show he’s the best, but he’s going to have to come out and fight.
“There’s always a lot at stake when I fight, so I know I can’t look ahead or take Angulo for granted. He is my total focus now. After I win on June 8; I can start thinking about a world title shot again.
“The fact that I’m favored to win means nothing. Once the bell rings, it doesn’t matter what the odds are. It’s what you do in the ring that counts.
Bute vs. Pascal Update
Interbox and Groupe Yvon Michel (GYM) have reserved the dates of Saturday, December 7th and Saturday, January 25th at the Montreal Bell Centre for the postponed Lucian Bute vs. Jean Pascal mega-fight.
The promoters have reserved two dates in order to afford HBO options and they plan to discuss the two options with HBO executives in a few weeks before announcing the exact rescheduled date. All tickets purchased will be accepted.
Snagfilms to Premier The Good Son: The Ray Mancini Story this Summer.
SnagFilms has acquired the exclusive U.S. distribution rights (theatrical, digital, home video, and television) to The Good Son: The Ray Mancini Story. The film will be released on Ultra VOD July 16th and in theaters on August 9th. For more information on The Good Son visit www.snagfilms.com/thegoodson
Boxing Legends to Attend 2nd Annual All Star Boxing Legends Gala Awards Dinner June 1st
Dozens of boxing legends will return to Atlantic City on June 1st 2013. Former boxing champions Iran Barkley, Corey Spinks, Marlon Starling, Ivan Robinson, DeMarcus Corley, William Joppy, Tony Tubbs, and others will join IBF President Daryl Peoples and numerous other boxing personalities during the 2nd Annual All Star Boxing Legends Gala tribute awards dinner on Saturday, June 1st at the Resorts Casino Hotel’s Ballroom. More information can be found at www.acboxinggala.com
Perez vs. Gamboa Announced for June 8th
Undefeated lightweight contender Darley Perez (28-0) has signed on to fight Cuban superstar Yuriorkis Gamboa (22-0) in the co-feature of an HBO telecast taking place on the June 8th card from the Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada. The main event will be the light heavyweight title between Chad Dawson and Adonis Stevenson.
“I wouldn’t dare take Gamboa lightly, I’ll train hard for a tough fight and he’d be well advised to do the same because I’m a top fighter. I will prove to everyone that I am a world-class fighter and the rest of the world will figure out what I already know after June 8th,” said Perez.
“I keep looking to prove my worth and will now do so in trying to win a 4th world title in a third weight class, the lightweight division,” Gamboa said. “I like challenging myself. June 8th I plan on showing my best yet again.”
ESPN Boxing Coming to Minneapolis on June 21st
On Friday, June 21, 2013 at the Minneapolis Convention Center and broadcast live on ESPN Friday Night Fights, Seconds Out Promotions and Warriors Boxing will proudly present a night of world class boxing featuring Rances “Kid Blast” Barthelemy (18-0) taking on Fahsai Sakkreerin (39-3-1) in an IBF Super Featherweight Title Eliminator. The co feature will be Caleb Truax (21-1-1) against Don George (24-3). Tickets can be bought at www.sofights.com
Don Kings Invites Leaders of Russia, Panama to Cruiserweight Unification
Don King has invited the leaders of Russia and Panama to the WBA Cruiserweight Unification Championship between Denis Lebedev (25-1) and Guillermo Jones (38-3-2) on May 17th at the Crocus City Hall in Moscow, Russia.
“I have invited the leaders of Russia and Panama to attend our big boxing event in Moscow on May 17th as the world champions in the main event hail from these great countries,” King said. “Sports can transcend boundaries and bring us together, so what better way to exemplify that than to have these great leaders on the scene supporting their countrymen.”
John Molina Jr. Set to Battle Andrey Klimov
Goosen Tutor Promotions presents a night of world-class lightweight contenders, where the main event features John Molina Jr. (25-2) against Russia’s undefeated and dangerous Andrey Klimov (15-0) in a fight scheduled for ten rounds on June 8th at the Little Creek Casino in Kamilche, Washington and televised live on ESPN “Friday Night Fights” series.
Super middleweight Farrah Ennis (20-1) will fight Anthony Hanshaw (23-2) on the undercard.
“Molina-Klimov is one of those fights that I believe won’t have a loser,” stated Promoter Dan Goosen. “Look at the Brandon Rios-Mike Alvarado bouts as an example. The fans want exciting, competitive fights, and no matter who wins in that type of fight, both fighters come out on top and get other opportunities. This will be a fight for the fans.”