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Alex Dilmaghani: “Luckily For Me, I’m Able To Fight Extremely Well.”

By: Sean Crose

Super featherweight Alex Dilmaghani possess a record of 19-1 with 8 wins by knockout. The Briton is set to face the 25-2-1 Francisco Fonseca at London’s York Hall this month. At stake in the scheduled 12 round bout is the vacant International Boxing Organization World Super Featherweight Title. Yet there’s far more to Dilmaghani than the raw data and expectations surrounding an upcoming match. For the twenty eight year old is one of the more interesting fighters out there. Not only does Dilmaghani have a law degree, he’s worked with the great Nacho Beristain, and has what may be an expert knowledge of some of the sport’s past.

“Mostly its the mindset of the past fighters that intrigue me,” says Dilmaghani, whose knowledge of boxing history hearkens back to Mike Tyson’s encyclopedic recall of fistic yesteryear. “They fought under a lot more difficult circumstances.” The fighter is clearly curious by nature, and eager to learn all he can about this toughest of sports. “It’s good to learn different styles,” he says, “what beats what.” Dilmaghani also argues that “the more knowledge you have, it’s always better. It holds you in good stead. Knowledge is wealth at the end of the day.”

Here is a man who has aimed to learn from the best. He’s sparred with none other than Juan Manuel Marquez, after all, and has picked the brain of legendary trainer Nacho Beristain. “It was fantastic working with Nacho,” he says. “It was a great learning a lot from him, I used to ask him a lot of questions, and he always used to be very accommodating.”

As for his unique background in the law, the London native is humble. “I don’t know if I’m the first law graduate,” he says of himself and his peers. “Juan Manuel Marquez himself was an accountant.” When it comes to boxing, Dilmaghani knows the most important thing is what one can do in the ring. “The fundamental main thing is, you have to be able to fight,” he says. “Luckily for me, I’m able to fight extremely well.” With a single loss on his resume dating all the way back to June of 2011, Dilmaghani plans on taking his fighting ability to the next stage of his career.

“I’m a lot more familiar with Fonseca than past opponents,” he states. “I’ve seen him up and close…I’m very familiar with him compared to the other opponents I’ve had.”

Alex Dilmaghani v Francisco Fonseca is exclusively live in the UK on Channel 5 from 9pm on Saturday 16th November with the undercard starting a 7pm on 5Spike.

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Top Rank Boxing on ESPN Preview: Saucedo vs. Zappavigna, Ramirez vs. Angulo

By: William Holmes

On Saturday night the WBO Super Middleweight Champion, Gilberto Ramirez, will be defending his title in his home state against challenger Roamer Alexis-Angulo. Alex Saucedo, who is also from Oklahoma City will also be competing on the card when he takes on Lenny Zappavigna in the junior welterweight division.

This card is being promoted by Top Rank Promotions and will be televised live on ESPN. It will take place at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Photo Credit: Top Rank Boxing Twitter Account

The undercard will also feature several prospects and former title contenders. Mike Alvarado, Julian Rodriguez, and Mikaela Mayer are just some of boxers competing on the undercard that fight fans may be interested in seeing.

The following is a preview of both planned televised bouts:

Alex Saucedo (27-0) vs. Lenny Zappavigna (37-3); Junior Welterweights

The opening televised bout will be between Alex Saucedo and Lenny Zappavigna in the junior welterweight division.

Saucedo is a young twenty four year old undefeated prospect. He is currently six years younger than his opponent and will have a rather large four inch height advantage and about a four and a half inch reach advantage.

Saucedo has been fairly active recently He fought once in 2018 and three times in 2017. Three of his past four fights have been KO/TKO victories. Zappavigna has also been fairly active, he fought twice in 2017 and twice in 2016.

Zappavigna does appear to have an edge in two areas. He appears to be the more powerful puncher of the two. He has stopped twenty seven of his opponents while Saucedo has stopped seventeen. But, two of Zappavigna’s losses were by KO/TKO. Saucedo has never tasted defeat.

Zappavigna also appears to have the better amateur career of the two. He competed in the 2005 World Championships and was a Bronze Medalist in the 2006 Commonwealth games.

Saucedo has the better professional resume. He has defeated the likes of Abner Lopez, Gustavo David Vittori, Raymond Serrano, and Clarence Booth. Zappavigna has defeated the lkes of JK Yang, Ramon Ayala, and Misael Castillo. His losses were to Miguel Vazquez, Ammeth Diaz, and Sergey Lipinets.

Saucedo physical edges in height, reach, and age will likely be too much for Zappavigna to overcome.

Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez vs. Roamer Alexis Angulo; WBO Super Middleweight Title

Saturday night will be Gilberto Ramirez’s fourth defense of his world title.

Zurdo is a very good boxer who still needs an “elite” level victory to establish himself as one of today’s greats. Columbian boxer Roamer Alexis Angulo is not that elite level boxer that Ramirez needs.

Ramirez is in the middle of his athletic prime at twenty seven years old. Angulo is already either past or close to past his prime at the age of thirty four. Ramirez will also have about an inch and a half height advantage over his opponent.

Ramirez has been fairly active. He fought once in 2018 and twice in 2017. He also has twenty five stoppage wins on his record, but only one of his past five fights were stoppage victories. Angulo has twenty stoppage wins on his record and is currently riding a five fight win streak. However, two of those victories were against opponents with sub .500 records. Two of his past five fights were against guys with records of 2-33 and 6-19.

Angulo turned pro late and has no notable victories. His best wins to date were against Evert Bravo and Izaak Cardona. He turned professional late around the age of 26 in 2010.

Ramirez will be facing a third straight fighter with an undefeated record. He has defeated the likes of Habib Ahmed, Jesse Hart, Max Bursak, Arthur Abraham, Gevorg Khatchikian, Derek Edwards. Ramirez, a southpaw, looked especially good against Jesse Hart, a known power puncher.

Angulo is taking a big step up in competition and he has a daunting task in facing a world champion in his home state. He has never faced someone remotely close to the level of Ramirez and it’s unlikely he’ll survive to the final bell.

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Interview with Alex “The Bronx Bomber” Ramos

By Will Vickers

Alex “The Bronx Bomber” Ramos is a former IBF USBA middleweight champion from Manhattan, USA. Ramos predominantly fought in the 1980’s and finished with the career statistics of 39-10-2, 24 KO’s. This exclusive interview takes a step back in time and gives us an insight into the life of a boxer with a varied career with many troughs and peaks. He came from being the middleweight champion and living the highlife with celebrities, to becoming homeless on the streets and suffering with alcohol dependency. Alex Ramos managed to overcome all of this and set up the Retired Boxers Foundation which is now an integral part of the boxing community and a haven for boxers when their careers end. Without further ado ladies and gentlemen this is what Alex “The Bronx Bomber” Ramos had to share with us…

WV: Alex, could you give us some information and background on yourself?

I was born on January 17, 1961, in the Bronx, New York. My father was a carnival boxer and wanted me to box. I didn’t really care until I saw Muhammad Ali on the television and I found out that we both shared the same birthday! Funny how a little thing like that would make me re-think boxing! By the time I was eleven years old, I was knocking out grown men! I had a great amateur career, fighting in every tournament I could, and I won them all, including the Police Athletic League Tournament, the Empire State Tournament and of course, the Golden Gloves. I fought in 1977, 1978, 1979 and 1980. I won four New York Golden Gloves and was just inducted into the New York Golden Gloves Hall of Fame for winning four Golden Gloves, in four different weight categories. I am most proud of these accomplishments. I also won the AAU National Championship in 1979. I am listed as number six in the top ten Golden Gloves Fighters of all time.

WV: At what age did you begin to box? Why did you get into boxing? Why were you so good at it?

I got into boxing before I was nine years old. My mom let me take the subway in New York as long as one of the older guys from the gym went with me. That worked for a while, and one day the guys didn’t show up, so I just went by myself. My mother would have killed me, if she knew. I was good at it because I trained in some tough gyms and I just had natural athletic ability. When you are training in the gyms where the professionals are training, you learn a lot.

WV: Tell us about winning the Golden Gloves in the 1980s. Anything interesting to tell us?

I fought in 1977, 1978, 1979 and 1980 and won the tournament every year. I won four New York Golden Gloves and was just inducted into the New York Golden Gloves Hall of Fame for winning four Golden Gloves, in four different weight categories. I am most proud of these accomplishments.

WV: Could you tell us about your time fighting on the USA team?

I was too young to belong to the USA team, but they took me anyway! I was in camp with a lot of great fighters!

WV: Who gave you the nickname the Bronx Bomber?

I got the nickname from George Steinbrenner, the owner of the New York Yankees! I fought at Yankee Stadium several times. Mr. Steinbrenner blessed me with the New York Yankee’s pin stripe robe and trunks! I am the only fighter ever to wear the authentic Yankee pin stripes in boxing.

WV: Tell us how and why you decided to turn from professional to amateur?

I turned professional after a great amateur career, with 189 fights and 132 knockouts. I always planned to turn professional, but the issue was kind of forced when then President Jimmy Carter boycotted the Moscow Olympics in 1984. I was tagged to be a gold medallist, but I never got the chance. Funny thing is that President Carter allowed us to go to Moscow and fight the opponents named for me in the Olympics, and I won every fight, including the Cuban fighters. No Gold Medal, and it certainly took away the chance for making a professional debut with a splash! Just not meant to be.

WV: Shelly Finkel trained you? What is so special about him? And how did your relationship begin and develop?

Shelly Finkel was my manager. I was his first fighter. He managed Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield, Pernell Whittaker, and now has Deontay Wilder. I signed with Top Rank, but somewhere in the middle, Shelly and Lou Duva created and started Main Events, both of which still exist and are quite successful. My main trainer was Georgy Benton and Janks Morton. Both were disciplinarians, which I needed!

WV: Tell us about how you defeated Curtis Parker in 1984 to become the champ?

I was considered a good technical boxer and I had a tremendous punch! Against the advice of my trainer and my manager, I did not box Curtis Parker. I could have won a lot easier, but I wanted to shut some boxing writers up about my ability to take a punch. Remember, I was still young! I engaged Curtis in his fight—an inside fight. The fight was brutal, and it made the point I wanted to make.

WV: What did it feeling like becoming the champion? Did it change you at all?

It’s kind of funny but boxing even in the amateurs made me a chick magnet. That was everything for me, all the way through my boxing career. It was also the demise of my career. They said I “lost the battle with Cupid,” and they were right! When I became the champ after Parker, I got more attention from writers and other boxing people. I wanted a shot at a world title, but it never came to be. I always say, “God don’t make no mistakes!

WV: After you retired you suffered from alcohol abuse and ended up homeless. Why was this? Could you tell us more about your experiences?

Yes. I was an alcoholic and I abused cocaine. Alcoholism runs in my family, and God knows that the fans wanted nothing more than to buy you a drink or slip you some cocaine. In the beginning, it doesn’t bother you so much, but as time goes on, it’s a life killer. I wasn’t dead, but I was broke and living on the streets of Hollywood. I woke up one morning and asked myself what I was doing! Did I want to die homeless and a drunk? What would my mother have thought! She had recently passed away, and I didn’t get to see her when she needed me. I wanted to help fighters like me and there were plenty of them around. I knew I did not want to die saying I “coulda, shoulda, woulda” done something to help fighters. I continue to struggle with alcohol, but I have had eight years sober, and more recently, four years. I finally figured out that having a brain injury and drinking alcohol is like putting fuel on a fire. I have suffered from everything a fighter goes through at the end of their career, including normal hydro encephaly (too much water on the brain) and had surgery to put in a shunt so that the excess fluid around my brain would drain into my abdomen. I also suffer from partial complex seizures, which is directly related to my big loss in 1984. I was hanging from the ropes, and that was the year that Shelly Finkel stopped being my manager. I managed a comeback in 1985 and got myself ranked in the top ten, and my last fight was with Jorge “Locomoto” Castro.

WV: You have set up the Retired Boxing Foundation. What is it about and what do you represent?

I started creating a foundation in 1996. I had the support of many actors and actresses, including Shirley McClaine and Bo Derek! I was kind of spinning my wheels until I met Jacquie Richardson, who had set up many non-profit organizations and was a grant writer. The year was 1998 and we are now celebrating twenty years. Jacquie learned everything she could about boxing and what happens to fighters when their careers are over. She learned a lot from me and says I am the poster boy for everything that could go wrong in boxing. Because of that, she became somewhat of an expert and has been helping many families and fighters who could get better with the right kind of treatment. At some point, you need the expertise of neurologists, psychiatrists, therapists, etc. No man really likes to go to the doctor for anything, but I learned to trust Jacquie and she got me to the right doctors. Just because you show signs of pugilistic dementia, does not mean that you must sit around and wait to die! There are miraculous medications that help me. For a retired fighter, the path to wellness is quite different than that of a regular person.

For example, many family practitioners would prescribe Welbutron, which is a drug that has the opposite effect on a fighter. Fighters suffer from night terrors, aggression, etc. We created a Medical Advisory Board consisting of Dr. John Stiller, neuropsychiatry specialist in Washington DC, along with Dr. Ray Monsell, a neurologist from Cardiff Wails. We also had Dr. Van Buren Lemons, who is a neurosurgeon and now the Chair of the California Boxing Commission. All three of these specialists are part of the American Association of Professional Ringside Physicians. They have helped save my lives and many others in the sport of boxing.

WV: Tell us any tales from the Playboy mansion that you wish? Or about Hugh Hefner. How did that all come about?

The truth? Hugh Hefner liked boxing. We knew his personal assistant, Bill, and he asked Hugh if they would host a daytime event to announce the Retired Boxers Foundation partnership with a company that was supposed to support our fundraising. He agreed, and we spent a day at the Playboy mansion, with boxing luminaries, retired bunnies, current bunnies, celebrities and boxing dignitaries. The day we were there, there was beauty all around us, with Mr. Hefner’s collection of flamingos, peacocks, monkeys, etc. It was kind of ironic to take in all the beauty, and to see the infamous grotto, and a short look to the right, to see his children’s bicycles and toys on the tennis courts.

Yes! Hugh was a family man. Even though he was still married, he had seven girlfriends who accompanied him everywhere. We also got to go to the fights at the Mansion, which ESPN produced. Lots of celebrities. The funny thing is that the celebrities of the world adore boxing. I guess it’s because they relate to the individual fighting for victory.

WV: Anything else you would like to add for your readers?

Well, looking back and reflecting on my life as I answer your questions, I see that I have lived an extraordinary life.

I accomplished at a high level, and I scraped the bottom on a couple of occasions. Now, I have short term memory, but long-term memory is tremendous. I remember every fight, every punch, every win and every loss, but what I am most proud of is the Retired Boxers Foundation, and the relationship I have forged with the Richardson Family. God Bless them!

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Miguel Cruz Defeats Alex Martin in Rematch Tuesday at Sands

Miguel Cruz Defeats Alex Martin in Rematch Tuesday at Sands
By: Ken Hissner

Kings Promotions returns to the Sands in Bethlehem’s Event Center putting on8 bouts over FS1. In the Main Event Miguel Cruz of San Juan, PR, defeated his opponent Alex “Chi-town Heat” Martin of Chicago, IL,in January of this year.


In the rematch Miguel Cruz, 16-0 (11), of San Juan, PR, scored a pair of knockdowns to defeat Alex “Chi-town Heat” Martin, 13-2 (5), of Chicago, IL, over 10 rounds.

Cruz scored knockdowns in the first and fourth rounds. In the fifth round Martin was complaining to referee Gary Rosato about low blows so when nothing was done he landed a low blow flooring Cruz face down on the canvas. After a five minute rest it was all Martin for the next four rounds. By the ninth round Cruz was back on top winning the last two rounds and the decision.

Judges Steve Weisfeld, John McNair and Dave Braswell along with this writer had it 96-92 for the winner.
Welterweight southpaw Clarence Booth, 15-3 (8), of St. Petersburg, FL, stopped Anthony Mercado, 10-3 (9), of Arecibo, PR, at 1:30 of the fourth round of a scheduled 8.

Booth dropped two of the first three rounds but came back in the fourth round swarming all over Mercado before referee Erik Dali called a halt with Mercado helpless on the ropes.

On the undercard in the fight of the night Dominican featherweight Isaelin Florian, 6-1 (3), Reading, PA, suffered his first loss in losing against Avery Sparrow, 7-1 (3), of Philadelphia.

Sparrow came out to go to war and found himself on the canvas in the first round. He would come back and return the favor dropping Florian in the second round only to be dropped again in the fourth round. Sparrow would fight back and take the final two rounds and the decision.

Judges Kevin Morgan, Braslow and McNair scored it 58-54 while this writer had it 57-55 all for the winner. Rosado was the referee.

Super welterweight southpaw Nicholas Hernandez, 7-2 (1), of Lebanon, PA, won a disputed majority decision over Grayson Blake, 6-5-1 (2), State College over 6 rounds.

Hernandez was loading up the entire fight while being outworked by Grayson who couldn’t match him punch for punch power wise. Each round was almost too close to call. By the end of the match both fighters were smiling having known each other from the amateurs.

Judge Braswell scored it 57-57 while judges Weisfeld and Morgan had it 58-56 for the winner while this writer had it 60-54 for the loser.

Lightweight Jesus Lule, 11-22-1 (1), of Ft. Myers, FL, scored a mild upset over local boxer Ismael Serrano, 4-2 (1), of Bethlehem, PA, who was returning to the ring after 21 months of inactivity by second round stoppage at 2:10 in a scheduled 4 round bout.

Serrano started out fast but was taking more punishment then he was giving out when pinned against the ropes by Lule when referee Dali called a halt. Serrano was not pleased with the stoppage. It was only the second stoppage for Lule in a career of 34 bouts.

In the opening bout former flyweight amateur star Dylan Price, 3-0 (3), of Sicklersville, NJ, stormed out and took out Manuel Guerra, 1-3-1 (0), of Reynosa, MEX, ending it with a chopping right to the head. Guerrea was on his back trying to sit up but fell back as he was counted out by referee Dali at 1:09 of the first round.

Super lightweight Jesus Perez, 3-0 (1), of Allentown, PA, scored a knockdown in defeating Christian Molina, 4-3 (3), of Allentown, PA, over 4 rounds.

Judges had it 39-37 and 40-35 twice as did this writer.

Super welterweight Devin McMaster, 1-2 (0), of Allentown, PA, seemed to get the short end of the stick losing to Rick Pyle, 1-0 (0) of Harrisburg, PA, over 4 rounds.

It was give and take for the entire fight was almost too close to call. McMaster took the opening round with Pyle coming back to take the second round with the final two rounds very close.

All 3 judges scored it 40-36 for the winner while this writer had it 39-37 for the loser. Rosado was the referee.
It was probably the biggest crowd in years with a lot of local Spanish boxers on the card their fans came out to support them and received a really good show by Kings Promotions. It was their second promotion in 3 days with the last on Saturday in South Philly.

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Miguel Cruz and Alex Martin in Rematch Tuesday at Sands

Miguel Cruz and Alex Martin in Rematch Tuesday at Sands
By: Ken Hissner

Kings Promotions returns to the Sands in Bethlehem’s Event Center putting on a pair of 10 round bouts over FS1 with four major players in the welterweight division. In the Main Event Miguel Cruz, 15-0 (11) of Lake Mary, FL, defeated his opponent Alex “Chi-town Heat” Martin, 13-1 (5), originally from Chicago now living in Harvey, IL, in January of this year.


Cruz has also defeated co-feature southpaw Samuel Figueroa, 11-1 (4) Anasco, PR who takes on Jamal “Shango” James, 20-1 (9) of Minneapolis.

On the undercard is Dominican featherweight Isaelin Florian, 6-0 (3), Reading, PA, against Avery Sparrow, 6-1 (3), of Philadelphia. Super lightweight Clarence Booth, 14-3 (7), of St. Petersburg, FL, takes on Anthony Mercado, 10-2 (9), Arecebo, PR.

Super welterweight Nicholas Hernandez, 6-2 (1), Lebanon, PA, takes on Grayson Blake, 6-4-1 (2), State College.

Lightweight Jesus Lule, 10-22-1 (1), Ft. Myers, FL, takes on Ismael Serrano, 4-1 (1), Bethlehem, PA.

Former flyweight amateur star Dylan Price, 2-0 (2), Sicklersville, NJ, takes on Manuel Guerra, 1-2-1 (0), Reynosa, MEX. Super lightweight Jesus Perez, 2-0 (1), Allentown, PA, takes on Christian Molina, 4-2 (3), Allentown, PA. Super welterweight Devin McMaster, 1-1 (0), Allentown, PA, takes on Rick Pyle, 0-0, of Harrisburg, PA.

Doors open at 6pm with first bout at 6:30pm. FSI starts at 9:00pm.

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Alex “Brick City Bullet” Perez and Juan “The Beast” Rodriguez Bring Boxing Back to Bayonne, NJ, with the “Fight of the Year!”

Alex “Brick City Bullet” Perez and Juan “The Beast” Rodriguez Bring Boxing Back to Bayonne, NJ, with the “Fight of the Year!”
By: Ken Hissner

At the Bayonne Pavillion, in Bayonne, New Jersey, boxing returned to Bayonne for the first time since 1978 some 38 years ago. Nick Jaynes LGM Promotions brought boxing back to Bayonne!

In the Main Event southpaw Alex “Brick City Bullet” Perez, 18-3 (10), of Newark, NJ, and southpaw Juan “The Beast” Rodriguez, Jr., 13-4 (5), of Union City, NJ, put on a great fight for the vacant IBU World Welterweight title with Rodriguez taking a split decision. It was originally called a draw before judge Lawrence Layton’s scorecard was re-checked. Half the people left the building thinking it was a draw.

In the opening round Perez was doing his thing until a right hand from Rodriguez caused Perez’s glove to touch the canvas counting it as a knockdown by referee Dali. Perez was not happy with the call. In the second round Rodriguez rocked Perez making him hold on. Perez is doing fine boxing but the shorter Rodriguez is getting power punches in. In the third round it was much closer but Rodriguez is continuing with the heavier punching. Rodriguez suffered a small cut on his forehead due to an accidental head butt. In the fourth round Perez pinned Rodriguez in his own corner landing half a dozen unanswered punches.

In the fifth round Perez was getting the better of it but Rodriguez landed a power punch left uppercut just prior to the bell. In the sixth round Perez had Rodriguez holding on after landing several combinations. A right hook by Rodriguez stunned Perez who continued to be the aggressor. Rodriguez continued to dig to the body. The fans have been vocal from the opening bell. In the seventh round Rodriguez opened the round landing a hard right to the chin of Perez. This caused Perez to put on a power show dropping Rodriguez in the corner. Upon Rodriguez rising from referee Dali’s count Perez jumped on him and continued to score well but Rodriguez is never out of the fight. This has turned into a great fight. This fight is going down to the wire. In the eighth and final round Rodriguez has stunned Perez on several occasions countering well. Perez continues after Rodriguez as the fans are on their feet.

Judge Steve Weisfeld had it 76-75 Perez, Lindsay Page 76-74 Rodriguez and Lawrence Layton 76-75 for Rodriguez. This writer had it 76-74 Rodriguez.

Heavyweight Tyrell “Juice” Wright, 9-0-1 (6), of Jersey City, NJ, won a 6 round decision over Nicholas Thompson, 5-2 (5), Burlington, NC.

In the opening round Wright was a little more active keeping the fight inside than Thompson was. In the second round there is a lot of holding keeping referee Dali busy. Wright is busier but Thompson got his licks in. In the third round Wright continues to throw more punches all to the body.

In the fourth round of a lack luster fight both boxers tie each other up again and again. Thompson landed a good right uppercut to the chin of Wright. AS the fifth round continued Thompson landed a right uppercut trying to keep Wright off of him. Both boxers look winded. In the sixth and final round Wright continues to punch and hold while Thompson allows him to get away with it. Thompson landed a right uppercut hurting Wright. This was a real “sleeper”. The popular light heavyweight Bobby Rooney worked the corner of Wright.

Judge Lawrence Layton and Steve Weisfeld had it 59-55 while Lindsay Page scored it 60-54. This writer had it 58-56.

Heavyweight Leon Johnson, 2-0 (2), of Newark, NJ, knocked out Alando Pugh, 1-9-1 (0), of D.C. at 2:48 of the first round. A right uppercut ended it as referee Bashir called a halt.

Super lightweight southpaw John Bauza, 3-0 (3), of North Bergen, NJ, scored an easy 4 round decision over Jose Carmona, 1-6 (1), of PR. Al Bashir was the referee.

In the opening round it was all Bauza using the jab. Midway through the round Bauza landed a 4-punch combination. In the second round a lead left by Bauza to the jaw of Carmona stunned him. Carmona was doing quite a bit of “rabbit punching” when the fighters got tied-up. In the third round it was more of the same with Bauza in complete control. In the fourth and final round Carmona was holding trying to go the distance and he made it.

Judges scores were 40-36 and 40-35 twice. This writer had it 40-36.

Middleweight Magdiel Cotto, 5-0 (4), of Comerio, PR, won an easy 4 round decision over southpaw Jermaine Corley, 0-1 (0), of Concord, NC, who showed plenty of guts hanging in there.

In the opening round it was all Cotto except for a low blow with referee Bashir giving Corley several minutes to continue. Cotto hurt Corley with a solid left hook to the chin making him hold on. In the second round Cotto landed three right hands to the mid-section of Corley. Cotto hurt Corley with a combination to the head forcing him to hold on again. Cotto is killing the body of Corley who dropped his mouthpiece for the second time in the round getting a warning from referee Bashir. In the third round Corley finally puts up some offense landing a 3-punch combination to the chin of Cotto. A right uppercut by Cotto to the mid-section of Corley doubled him over. He dropped his mouthpiece for the third time causing referee Bashir to take a point away from him. Somehow Corley made it to the bell taking a beating to the body by Cotto throughout the entire 4 rounds.

Judge Steve Weisfeld had it 40-35 while Lawrence Layton and Lindsay Page had it 40-32. This writer had it 40-35.

Heavyweight Egomir Plevako, 3-2 (1), of Kharkik, UKR, won a close 4 round decision over Kenny Cruz, 0-2-1 (0), of Bayamo, PR.

In the opening round the much taller Plevako used a long jab while Cruz was throwing overhand rights. A solid left hook to the chin by Plevako got the attention of Cruz. In the second round Cruz landed a solid overhand right to the chin of Plevako. In round three both boxers threw right hands with Plevako’s getting there first to the chin. It was a big round for Plevako while Cruz did more pounding on his chest than on Plevako. In the fourth and final round Cruz landed a double left hook to the chin of Plevako while against the ropes. This was the best round of the fight and the fan’s got into it. Plevako finished strong. Plevako had boxed in the World Series of Boxing.

Judge Steve Weisfeld had it 40-35, Lindsay Page 39-37 and Lawrence Layton 40-36. This writer had it 39-37. The referee was Eric Dali.

Welterweight Caleb Hernandez, 3-0 (1), of Paterson, NJ, defeated Lamont White, 0-3 (0), of D.C. at 2:39 of the fourth round by DQ.

In the opening round Hernandez set the pace with left hooks to the body. In the second round White switched to southpaw trying to already protect the right side of his body that was taking a pounding. Hernandez continued taking it to White. In the third round Hernandez continued out punching White who was trying his best. In the fourth and final round they clashed of heads. The referee called a time out and ruled a DQ for White not listening to his commands.

In the opening bout Lightweight Louis Perozo, 3-0 (2), of NYC, NY, knocked out Alexander Foster, 0-2 (0), of Alexandria, VA, at 0:41 of the first round. Referee Bashir waved it off as Foster hit the canvas.

Special guests were 2-time Cruiserweight champion Steve “USS” Cunningham, the pride of Bayonne NJ BHOF and former NJ Heavyweight Champion Chuck “Bayonne Bleeder “Wepner and also heavyweight title contender Bryant “Bye-Bye” Jennings. The ring announcer was Henry Hascup who heads the NJ BHOF. The promoter’s daughter Caitlyn did a good job singing the National Anthem.

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Boxing in Sands Casino in Bethlehem and Sugar House Casino in Philly This Week!

Boxing in Sands Casino in Bethlehem and Sugar House Casino in Philly This Week!
By: Ken Hissner

Sands Casino in Bethlehem, PA, continues to be busy thanks to Kings Promotions while Hard Hitting Promotions is the first running in the Sugar House Casino in South Philly.


The Sands event will be over Fox Sports 1 on Tuesday with a line-up of young talent with a total record of 60-6 versus some good record opposition. Headlining is Super Middleweight Caleb “Sweet Hands” Plant, 13-0 (10), from Nashville, TN, against Dominican Juan “La Amenaza” DeAngel, 18-4-1 (17), over 10 rounds. Caleb is a top prospect who has fought in PA on three occasions including twice at the Sands.

There will be four 8 round bouts with Cruiserweight Earl Newman, 9-0 (7), of Brooklyn, NY, and Leo Hall, 8-1 (7), of Detroit, MI, Middleweight Dominican Junior Castillo, 10-1 (9), meets Khurshid Abdullaev, 7-1-1 (3), of Kyrgyzstan now out of Oxnard, CA. Light heavyweight Ecuador’s Carlos Gongora, 5-0 (4), out of Brooklyn, NY, takes on Ronald Mixon, 7-0 (6), out of L.A. Kyron “Shut It Down” Davis, 10-1 (4), of Wilmington, DE, with a TBA opponent. Four other bouts will open the nine bout show.

At the Sugar House Casino they will feature 19 year-old sensation Super Lightweight Milton “El Santo” Santiago, 14-0 (3), of Philly, against Dominican Ken Alvarez, 7-4-2 (3), out of PR, over 8 rounds. This is a 10 bout card with three 6 round bouts featuring Ricky Lopez, 16-4 (6), of Colorado Springs, David “One-Two” Murray 4-1 (3), of Wilmington, DE, and National GG champion Christian Carto, 2-0 (2), of Philly, John Joe Nevin, 7-0 (4), Two-time Olympian from IRE, a Silver Medalist in 2012 Olympics, Lebron “Popeye” Lebron, 5-0 (2), of San Juan, PR, Ring Announcing-boxer Alex Barbosa, 5-2-1 (1) , and debuting Angel Pizarro, both out of Philly. Making their debut will be Philly’s Laurie Shiavo against Mary O’Leary of Springfield, MASS. Philly Heavyweight Pedro Martinez, 7-9 (3), of Philly will also appear. There will be a press conference Wednesday 5:30pm at the Labor Union Hall Local 57, on 500-506 N. Sixth Street, in South Philly.

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