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HBO Boxing Results: Jacobs Defeats Sulecki, Miller Decisions Duhaupas


By: William Holmes

Eddie Hearn promoted Daniel Jacobs at the Barclays Center in his hometown of Brooklyn, New York tonight on the HBO network.

Three major fight cards were shown on US Television tonight, with the HBO show being broadcast last.


Photo Credit: HBO Boxing Twitter Account

Attendance looked sparse at the beginning of the telecast as Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller (20-0-1) took in Johan Duhaupas (37-4) in a WBA Heavyweight Title Eliminator.

Miller weighed in at 304 pounds and was able to easily walk Duhaupas down in the opening rounds. He connected with two good overhand rights in the first that forced Duhaupas to cover up.
Miller continued to walk Duhaupas down in the second round and was able to land some heavy uppercuts on Duhaupas by the ropes. Miller was warned to keep his punches up when he landed a shot below the belt in the second round.

Duhaupas was able to land some short combinations in the middle of the ring in the third round but Miller took those shots well and landed several good short shots.

Miller had Duhaupas stunned in the fifth round when he momentarily switched to a southpaw stance. Miller’s controlled the pace and distance in the sixth and seventh rounds, but Duhaupas was able to show enough offense in the eighth round to maybe steal it form Miller.

Miller looked like he was slowing down a little bit in the ninth and tenth rounds but tagged Duhaupas several times in the eleventh round and looked close to knocking him down.

Duhaupas was a little hesitant to come out for the final round but did so at his corner’s urging. He was far too behind to win by decision in the final round and looked like he was trying to survive rather than trying to win as the fight came to an end.

Jarrell Miller wins by unanimous decision with scores of 119-109, 119-109, and 117-111.

The main event of the night was between Daniel Jacobs (33-2) and Maciej Sulecki (26-0) in a WBA Middleweight Eliminator.

The crowd was very vocal throughout this fight and Jacobs looked like the bigger fighter in the ring as Sulecki has spent a lot of his career fighting in the junior middleweight division.
Sulecki showed good upper body movement early on and was able to land a solid straight right hand on Jacobs when he switched to a southpaw stance in the second round.

Jacobs connected with a good hook/uppercut combination in the third round and was getting his timing down better. His shoulder roll defense was working for him and Jacobs ended the third round strong.

Jacobs landed a strong left hook at the end of the fourth round and his cross arm defense was giving Sulecki fits in the fifth round.

Sulecki however remained slick throughout and may have stolen the seventh or eighth rounds, but he wasn’t throwing combinations and seemed ok with landing one to two punches at a time while Jacobs was more likely to throw combinations.

Jacobs hand speed was more apparent in the later rounds though he was getting hit by Sulecki. Jacobs focused more on the body in the tenth and eleventh rounds.

There were a lot of swing rounds in the middle rounds, but Jacobs saved his best round for last when he connected with a combination ending right hand that sent Sulecki to the mat. Sulecki was able to beat the count and end the fight swinging, but Jacobs appeared to have done enough to win the fight.

The judges scored it 116-111, 117-110 and 115-112 for Daniel Jacobs.

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Roc Nation’s “Unwavering Commitment To Humanitarianism” Stops At Daniel Franco


By: Sean Crose

“Roc Nation maintains an unwavering commitment to humanitarianism across its brand portfolio, working to advance social good globally and provide opportunities for vulnerable populations to succeed. Roc Nation supports the expansion of client’s philanthropic efforts through three key areas: full service management of their foundations, philanthropic advisement, and strategic, high-impact partnerships.” – Roc Nation’s web site.

Daniel Twitch Franco is now recovering from brain surgery. It says so on his Twitter page, for all the world to see. Has Roc Nation Sports, which promoted Franco when he was severely damaged while acting as one of companies’ boxers, done anything to help Franco aside from its most fundamental legal obligations? Nope. I reached out to Franco last week to ask if Roc Nation had suddenly and belatedly decided to show concern for its former fighter’s well-being. Franco assured me that Roc Nation has remained as indifferent to his plight as ever – at least on the surface of things – even though he and his family are in debt up to their eyeballs in medical expenses.

Make no mistake about it, what happened to Franco and his family is life changing stuff. And while Roc Nation has presumably done all it legally has to, it would be nice if the company, or if it’s founder, Jay-Z, would reach out to help a former fighter in need. Don’t expect that to happen. Whether Jay-Z is even aware of Daniel Franco’s existence, much less his plight, is legitimately up for debate. You can’t criticize a guy for not helping someone he’s never even heard of, after all.

You can criticize Roc Nation, however, for showcasing its “Philanthropy” on its home page while letting one of its own struggle without batting so much as an eye. Of course, Roc Nation may (“may” being the operative word here) be trying to help the Franco’s behind the scenes. If that were the case, however, it would be nice if the company would let the Francos know. Needless to say that, as of this writing, Roc Nation has yet to return my call for this article (I left a message around 10:30 AM Friday morning. It’s now around 12:30 PM Monday afternoon). This is no surprise, as the entity is famous in the boxing world for being less than easy to deal with.

This isn’t a question of boxing, however. This is a question of reaching out to someone – or to at least show empathy on a basic human level. No doubt there’s a team of lawyers tossing legitimate concerns Roc Nation’s way on this matter. That, however, doesn’t make the silence here any less deafening. While other companies might scramble to fix a situation like the one regarding the Francos, Roc Nation appears unmoved by criticism. That, however, doesn’t make its treatment of the Francos any less right.

Not that anyone who can do anything about it seems to care. Daniel Franco knew what he was getting into when he took up boxing, but one would hope a company cashing in on boxers would go the extra yard when boxers get hurt.

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HBO World Championship Boxing Results: Seldin, Miller, and Jacobs Win Comfortably


By: William Holmes

Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Sports put on their first HBO card featuring their newest signee, middleweight Daniel Jacobs, at the NYCB Live, Home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, New York.

Three bouts were televised tonight. The opening bout was between Cletus “The Hebrew Hammer” Seldin and Roberto Ortiz in the junior welterweight division, the second bout was between Jerell Miller and Mariusz Wach in the heavyweight division, and the main event was between Daniel Jacobs and Luis Arias in the middleweight division.


Photo Credit: HBO Boxing Twitter

The first bout of the night was between Cletus Seldin (25-0) and Roberto Ortiz (35-1-2) in the junior welterweight division.

Cletus Seldin wasted no time and took the pressure right to Roberto Ortiz and knocked him down with a big overhand right in the first twenty seconds of the opening round. Ortiz was able to get back up and had to withstand an aggressive assault by Seldin. Seldin as able to land two good uppercuts that forced Ortiz to take a knee, who complained about getting hit behind the head.

Seldin continued his pressure into the second round and opened up a bad cut over the left eye of Ortiz from a hard right hook. The ringside doctor took a look at the eye of Ortiz but allowed the fight to continue.

By the third round blood was pouring out of the cut above Ortiz’s eye, and Seldin was loading up with his right hands and was looking for a stoppage. An elbow to the nose by Seldin forced Ortiz to take a knee, but his cut above his eye was bleeding badly.

The ringside doctor took another look at the cut over Ortiz’s eye and told the referee the fight should be stopped.

Cletus Seldin wins by TKO at 2:43 of the third round.

The next bout of the night was between Jarrell Miller (19-0) and Mariusz Wach (33-2) in the heavyweight division.

Wach was active with his jab in the first round and was able to use his height advantage to keep Miller at bay. Miller was able to land a few jabs of his own, but Wach was more accurate with it in the opening round.

Miller was landing more punches in the second round, including some good short right uppercuts. Miller’s hand speed controlled in the third and fourth rounds and he was showing a good variety of punches and combination.

Wach was able to have some success with his straight right hand in the opening four rounds, but stopped throwing it midway through the fifth after lading a good straight right hand.

Wach complained to his corner that he hurt his right hand before the start of the sixth and basically stopped throwing it during that round. Miller was greatly outlanding Wach by this point and even had Wach momentarily stunned in the middle of the seventh round.

Wach’s corner could have stopped the fight before the start of the eighth round, but they allowed Wach to continue fighting while only using one hand. Wach’s right hand hurt so bad that he showed visible signs of pain even when he blocked a punch by Miller.

Wach came out for the start of the ninth round but he was still not using his right hand. The referee jumped up to the ring canvas and told the referee to stop the fight.

Miller wins by TKO at 1:02 of the ninth round.

Daniel Jacobs (32-2) and Luis Arias (18-0) met in the middleweight division in the main event of the night.

Jacobs was the taller fighter and had the obvious power advantage going into this fight. His power was evident in the opening round when he landed a hard right cross that forced Arias to try to tackle Jacobs to keep from taking more punishment. Jacobs landed a good lead left hook at the end of the first.

Arias was warned to keep his punches up in the second round but he continued to focus to the body. Jacobs ended the second round with a good combination.

Jacobs walked Arias down in the third and fourth round and was able to land some good right uppercuts. Arias had a good right hand in the fifth round, but that was his only effective offense displayed in the first half of the fight.

Jacobs looked extremely confident in the seventh and eighth round as his accuracy gradually increased. Arias was fighting while moving backwards in the ninth round and Jacobs did not look worried about Arias’ power at all.

Arias needed a knockout or at least a flurry of knockdowns in the championship rounds in order to win the fight, but that never came. Jacobs just continued to apply pressure and land hard shots to the body and head and was able to score a knockdown in the eleventh round, even though it was a clipping hook that landed behind the head.

The judges scored it 118-109, 120-107, and 119-108 for Daniel Jacobs.

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HBO World Championship Boxing Preview: Seldin vs. Ortiz, Miller vs. Wach, Jacobs vs. Arias


By: William Holmes

On Saturday night Eddie Hearn’s latest acquisition, Daniel Jacobs, will be on display on HBO. He will be facing Luis Arias in the main event of the evening. Two other bouts are also planned to be broadcast, a heavyweight fight between Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller and Mariusz Wach in the heavyweight division and a junior welterweight bout between Cletus Seldin and Roberto Ortiz.

The NYCB Live, Home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, New York will be the host site for Saturday’s boxing card.


Photo Credit: Ed Mulholland/Matchroom Boxing

The following is a preview of Saturday’s HBO card.

Cletus Seldin (25-0) vs. Roberto Ortiz (35-1-2); Junior Welterweights

The opening bout of the night will be between Cletus “The Hebrew Hammer” Seldin and Roberto Ortiz in the junior welterweight division.

Seldin is a local fighter with a large, supportive fan base. He’s fought in New York for most of his career with a large majority of his fights taking place at the Paramount Theatre. He’s undefeated, but he is currently thirty one years old and his window of opportunity for a legitimate world title fight is getting smaller.

His opponent Roberto Ortiz is the same age and has fought mainly in Mexico. He fought one time in the United States and was stopped by Lucas Matthysse. Ortiz will have a slight two and a half inch height and reach advantage.

Neither Seldin or Ortiz has a notable amateur background in boxing. However, Seldin does have experience in wrestling and judo. He also was a finalist in the New York Golden Gloves tournament.

Both boxers have decent power. Seldin has sixteen stoppage wins on his resume while Ortiz has twenty six. Seldin has never tasted defeated while Ortiz was stopped in his one fight against a big name opponent.

Neither boxer has any big name victories. Seldin’s best wins were against Jesus Selig, Johnny Garcia, and Bayan Jargal. Ortiz’s best wins were against Reyes Sanchez and John Aparicio.

This is an excellent test for Seldin and it will be the toughest of his career. Ortiz has a good record, but lost the only fight in which he faced a good opponent. Seldin should be able to win a close victory, but we’ll definitely have a better idea if he’s a legitimate contender on Saturday night.

Jarrell Miller (19-0) vs. Mariusz Wach (33-2); Heavyweights

Jarrell Miller is an intriguing heavyweight prospect in that he has experienced some surprising success in another combat sport, that being kickboxing.

He was able to defeat UFC veteran Pat Barry in a kickboxing match and went 19-0 in Muay Thai before going to kick boxing. He found some success in kickboxing’s prestige league, K1, and lost to UFC veteran Mirko Cro Cop twice by decision.

He has been very successful since switching to boxing. He’s undefeated and has seventeen stoppage wins, including eight stoppage victories in a row. He fought once in 2017 and three times in 2016.

Miller does have some amateur boxing experience. He made it to the finals of the New York Golden Gloves and lost to Tor Hammer on points. His opponent, Mariusz Wach, also had a successful amateur career and was a Polish National Champion and an Olympic alternate.

Miller will have an eight year age advantage on Wach, who is currently thirty seven years old. Wach will have a height advantage of about three and a half inches and a reach advantage of four inches.

In addition to being tested as a kickboxer, Miller also has defeated some notable heavyweights. His notable wins include Gerald Washington, Fred Kassi, and Donovan Dennis.

Wach’s biggest wins have come against Tye Fields, Kevin McBride, and Jason Gavern. His losses were to Alexander Povetkin and Wladimir Klitschko.

Wach’s age and relative inactivity is a concern. He fought only once in 2017 and once in 2016, against less than impressive opposition.

There’s been a lot of talk recently about a potential heavyweight fight between Deontay Wilder and Anthony Joshua, but an impressive win by Miller could result in him getting a title shot before Wilder and Joshua meet inside the ring.

Daniel Jacobs (32-2) vs. Luis Arias (18-0); Middleweights

Daniel Jacobs earned the title of “Miracle Man” after defeating a diagnosis of bone cancer in 2011. He was previously signed to Al Haymon’s Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) but has recently decided to sign with Eddie Hearn and Matchroom Sport.

Jacobs had a very successful amateur career. He was a Junior Olympics National Champion, a Police Athletic League (PAL) National Champion, and a National Golden Gloves Champion. His opponent, Luis Arias, also had a very successful amateur career. He was a US National Champion at middleweight in 2008 and 2010 and was also a Gold Medal PAL winner.

Arias is twenty seven years old and three years younger than Jacobs. Jacobs will have a very sleight half an inch reach advantage over Arias.

Jacobs has a large edge in power over Arias. Jacobs has stopped twenty nine of his opponents and nine of his past ten fights were TKO victories. Arias only has nine stoppage victories, but three of his past four fights were TKO victories.

Jacobs has the better professional resume of the two boxers. He has defeated the likes of Ishe Smith, Jarrod Fletcher, Caleb Truax, Sergio Mora, and Peter Quillin. His losses were a close decision loss to Gennady Golovkin and a shocking knockout loss to Dmitry Pirog.

Arias has defeated the likes of Arif Magomedov, Scott Sigmon, and Jorge Silva.

Arias does have an edge in activity. He already fought twice in 2017 and fought three times in 2016. Jacobs has only fought once in 2016 and once in 2017.

This should actually be a tougher fight for Jacobs than most expect. Arias has the amateur background to match Jacobs and he has never tasted defeat. He’s also been in the ring more often than Jacobs and won’t have to worry about ring rust.

However, Jacobs was very impressive in his defeat to Gennady Golovkin and is filled with confidence. Arias has never felt the power of a boxer like Jacobs and has never been in the ring as a professional with someone of Jacobs’ caliber.

This is Daniel Jacobs’ fight to lose, but Arias has enough talent to make it closer than expected.

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Daniel Jacobs: “At The End Of The Day It’s About What You Do Inside The Ring.”


By: Sean Crose

Top middleweight Daniel Jacobs may be taking his November 11th opponent, Luis Arias, seriously as a foe. What Jacobs is not doing, however, is taking Arias seriously as a talker. “It is kind of hard to listen to him because he is trying to force you guys into believing something that does not exist or really is not there,” Jacobs said of Arias on a recent conference call. Still, Jacobs claimed he wasn’t shocked by Arias’ words, as Arias was once part of Floyd Mayweather’s stable of fighters.


Photo Credit Ed Mulholland/Matchroom Boxing

“You have to realize that this guy is a former TMT (The Money Team) guy,” said Jacobs. “He is used to the brash talk.” There’s little doubt that the 18-0 Arias is at least talking a good game in the lead up for a bout most expect him to lose. “I’m going to rough him up,” he told me. “I’m going to be in his face all night.” Some might argue that’s not the best strategy to employ against a man with an over eighty percent knockout ratio, but Arias appears confident as his showdown with Jacobs at New York’s Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum approaches.

“I do think he’s over-rated,” he said, referring to Jacobs. “If you go and look at his record,” Arias went on to add, “there is nobody there that he beat.” British promoter Eddie Hearn, who has recently teamed up with Jacobs, wasn’t willing to sell Milwaukee’s Arias short. “Maybe I’m a little bit different,” Hearn claimed. “Maybe I’m too much of a fan – it the upset comes, the upset comes.” Not that there was any questions where the man’s loyalty could be found. “Of course Danny Jacobs is our guy,” he said, “and I want him to win but if Luis Arias goes out there and gets the victory – good on him.”

I asked Hearn if Jacob’s impressive performance against Gennady Golovkin at Madison Square Garden last winter had anything to do with his interest in the Brooklyn native. “Many felt that he won,” Hearn said of that fight. “You know that he’s on that level.” The promoter made it clear, though, that he was well aware of the cold, hard facts of the matter. “He (Jacobs) didn’t win (the Golovkin fight),” he stated, “and that’s the reality of it.”

Jacobs also came across as a practical man on the call. After admitting he’d like to knock Arias out, Jabobs went on to say that he “would be completely fine getting a decision.” A decision? Against a man he’s clearly supposed to be better than? “I’m a boxer puncher,” Jacobs explained, “and I love to box.” In fact, Jacobs is such a realist that he made it clear where he feels he stands in relation to Golovkin and Canelo Alvarez, who Golovkin recently fought to a draw. “I know,” he said, “that even though these guys aren’t really fearful of me, right now I’m in a lose-lose situation with those guys because I am not technically a champion.”

“They know it’s not worth it to step in there with a guy like me,” Jacobs continued. “I’d rather continue to do my job, climb the ladder, get a title eventually and maybe chase these guys, but to fight me right now? I don’t see that happening.” And so, for the moment at least, there’s Arias. “My job is to continue what I’ve been doing,” said Jacobs. “I’m a professional and have to act accordingly and the goal is to get the job done and look impressive.”

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Daniel Jacobs Set To Headline HBO Card


By: Sean Crose

Middleweight contender Daniel Jacobs recently announced that he had teamed up with British super promoter Eddie Hearn. Not only that, Jacobs also made it clear that he had teamed up with HBO. It was obviously a fresh start for the man who gave middleweight champ Gennady Golovkin a run for his money when they met in New York’s Madison Square Garden last winter. Now it’s been announced that Jacobs, the skilled 30 year old with a record of 32-2, will be facing the undefeated 18-0 Luis Arias at New York’s Nassau Coliseum on November 11th.


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The bout will headline an HBO card that will also showcase heavyweight Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller, as the 19-0 knockout artist (all but two of his fights haven’t made it to the final bell) battles Mariusz Wach, 33-2, in a 12 rounder. Miller recently defeated contender Gerald Washington in impressive fashion last July. This time around, he’ll be facing a man who once fought Wladimir Klitschko for the heavyweight championship (he lost by unambitious decision). Wach has won six out of seven since his 2012 title loss, however, and will clearly see this as a chance to make a mark of a very large stage.

As for Milwaukee’s Arias, the chance to face the fighter known as “The Miracle Man” is the opportunity of a lifetime. The 27 year old has never fought anyone near the level of Jacobs before. What’s more, Jacobs is a native of Brooklyn. That means Arias will be facing a New Yorker in New York. Wach, a native of Poland, will be finding himself in the same situation as Arias that night, for Miller is a Brooklyn native, like Jacobs. For his own part, though, Arias is eager for the 12 round opportunity that’s presented itself. “I’ve been hungry for a fight of this magnitude,” he says, “and I’m going to shock the world.”

If that were to be the case, it would prove disastrous for promoter Hearn, who clearly has big plans for Jacobs. “We believe that Danny is the number one middleweight in the world,” he claims, “and the aim is to collect every belt in the division.” England’s Hearn is clearly aware of something American promoters haven’t been – the fact that Jacobs is marketable. A pleasant personality and cancer survivor with a high ring IQ and thunderous power, Jacobs remains a man to watch at middleweight, despite the fact that he dropped a decision to Golovkin in a very close fight. Indeed, Jacobs remains a serious threat to Canelo Alvarez, Gennady Golovkin and any other big name in the middleweight division And his alliance with Hearn – along with HBO – only serves to make the threat he presents more formidable.

Provided, of course, that he gets past Arias this November.

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Daniel Lozana wins WBO NABA Super Flyweight Championship


Daniel Lozana wins WBO NABA Super Flyweight Championship
By: James Cullinane

Always be prepared.

Any good trainer will reinforce that with his fighters because you never know when you might get the call that could change your life forever. And the ones who are dedicated, the gym rats who stay in fighting shape even without a fight lined up, are the ones who will capitalize. After tonight, you can add Daniel “Alacran” Lozano to the list of fighters who stay prepared.

Lozano vs Carmona

In a stunning upset, Lozano (14 – 4: 11 KO) defeated former champion, David “Severo” Carmona (20 – 5 – 5; 8 KO), with a knockout 2:33 into the second round to win the vacant WBO NABA Super Flyweight Championship in the main event of All-Star Boxing’s “New Generation” fight card held at Osceola Heritage Park in Kissimmee, Florida Friday night.

Jose “Chiquiro” Martinez, the current WBC Latino Super Flyweight Champion withdrew from the fight after Carmona weighed in four pounds over the limit. A testy exchange ensued between Carmona and Martinez’s trainer at the weigh-in when Carmona shrugged off the violation as no big deal. The fight, which was to be featured on Telemundo’s Boxeo Summer Series Grand Finale, was then called off late Thursday.

Enter Lozano. With less than twenty-four hours to prepare, he rocked Carmona with a sweeping left two minutes into the second round. Badly shaken, Carmona willed himself off his back just in time to beat the count, but he was obviously still hurt from the punch.

Moving in quickly to finish, Lozano threw a rangefinder left hook that surprisingly landed clean, before unleashing a right that caught Carmona on the top of the head and dropped him to the canvas for a second time.

And suddenly, Daniel Lozano was a champion.

In the lead-up fight to the main event, Top Rank fighter Jean Carlos “Chapito” Rivera (12 – 0; 7 KO) continued his impressive streak of victories with a third round TKO of Juan Carlos Benavidez (7 – 10 – 1; 4 KO).

Rivera vs Benavidez

Rivera, from Bayamon, Puerto Rico, landed a sharp right hand in the first round that put Benavidez on the canvas. After a quiet second round, Rivera came out strong in the third, landing a hard body shot that hurt Benavidez before finishing him with an impressive left uppercut – left hook combo just under the two-minute mark of the third round.

In the preliminary bouts, Manny Woods, Jr. (16 – 6; 6KO) from St. Pete, FL, landed a crushing, straight right to drop Danny “Bebo” Pastrana 1:38 into the second round of their middleweight clash.

After the feeling-out opening round, Woods’ corner must have sensed something as he came out swinging from the outset of the next round, stunning Pastrana with a power punch moments before catching him coming off the ropes with a clean shot to the chin.

For Pastrana, a popular, local fighter from Kissimmee, it was a disappointing result after a years-long layoff from the ring.​

The other Top Rank prospect on the card, lightweight Henery “Moncho” Lebron (3 – 0; 3KO), from Aguadillo, Puerto Rico, crumbled Oscar Quezada Mendoza (5 – 4; 2KO) from Aguas Prieta, Mexico with a devastating body shot 2: 19 into the first round, a shot that left Mendoza rolling on the canvas long after the fight was called.

In the opening fight of the night, Noe Lozano (2 – 1) from Ft. Pierce, FL won a split decision, outpointing Daruma Almenarez (1 – 2; 1KO) from West Palm Beach, FL in a closely contested 4-rounder.

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Overweight Jacobs Should Fess Up and Quit Crying After Loss!


Overweight Jacobs Should Fess Up and Quit Crying After Loss!
By: Ken Hissner

On March 17th Gennady “GGG’ Golovkin, 36-0 (33), got on the scale and it was 159¾ while Danny “Miracle Man” Jacobs, 32-1 (29), stepped on the same scale and it was 159½.

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Golovkin was defending his WBA, WBC and IBF titles while Jacobs was the WBA World champion. The following day Jacobs failed to show up and meet the IBF rules of a day of the fight weigh-in to keep the weight differences at a maximum ten pounds. Golovkin got on the scales and it was 170 pounds. If Jacobs got up the day of the weigh-in and was 180 pounds he would still have a ten pound advantage in the fight. He obviously was over 180 and possibly as much as 185 and forfeited fighting for the IBF title and possibly having the entire fight cancelled. You know Jacobs got on a scale Saturday morning in order to decide not to show up for a second weigh-in or he would not have skipped Saturday’s weigh-in.

The fight itself lived up to the hype and then some. Jacobs fought well above what was expected which may have given a false opinion for many. In the fourth round Jacobs went down which can be considered the difference of winning and losing at the end.

Judge Max DeLuca scored it 114-113 while judges Don Trella and Steve Weisfeld scored it 115-112 as did this writer. DeLuca gave both fighters 6 rounds each while Trella and Weisfeld 7 rounds to Golovkin and 5 to Jacobs. Though listed as having a 1” advantage in height Golovkin had to look up to Jacobs who obviously had at least a 3” advantage in height.

The way the scoring broke down was as the following:

Golovkin took rounds 1, 3, 4, 5, 8 and 9. Jacobs rounds 2, 6, 7, 10, 11 and 12. Each fighter took 6 rounds apiece but the fourth round was the difference when Golovkin scored the lone knockdown of the fight to take a 10-8 round. Four of the twelve rounds were 2-1 to the winner. Those were Golovkin in the third, Jacobs in the second, seventh and twelfth rounds.

Golovkin keeps his WBA, WBC and IBF titles and improves to 37-0 with 33 knockouts. He is 34. Jacobs drops to 32-2 with 29 knockouts. He is 30. Golovkin made 17 WBA super world defenses, 3 IBF defenses and 1 WBC defense while Jacobs made 4 defenses. Golovkin has been a professional for 11 years and Jacobs 10 years.

Golovkin’s manager Tom Loeffler stated the next defense will be in June in KAZ. Their hope is WBO champion southpaw Billy Joe Saunders, 24-0 (12), from the UK with 1 defense will back up his mouth and put his signature on a contract with all 4 titles on the line.

Golovkin has a tentative September date with WBC super welterweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, 48-1-1 (34), who must defeat Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr., 50-2-1 (32), on May 6th with a 164½ weight limit. Alvarez has 7 defenses. He has never weighed more than 155 pounds.

Chavez was WBC World middleweight champion and had 3 defenses. His last 5 fights have been at super middleweight with a 172½ high. In his last fight in December of 2016 he came in at 168.

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Golovkin-Jacobs Was A Close Fight. Why Is That A Surprise?


Golovkin-Jacobs Was A Close Fight. Why Is That A Surprise?
By: Sean Crose

Lots of talk about this past weekend’s Gennady Golovkin-Daniel Jacobs battle for middleweight supremacy. The fact that it was something of a high-level affair rather than a blowout seems to have impacted boxing fans and analysts in an odd way. Apparently, some feel Golovkin, who won by a unanimous decision after clearly having a tough time of it, was “exposed.” Others feel the man showed his age (he’s well over thirty), while others feel he simply lost. No doubt there are those who believe a combination of all those things. One thing is certain, people were not expecting things to work out like they did in the ring on Saturday.

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Not to pat myself on the back, but I’m most distinctly NOT stunned things played out like they did. Before the bout, I discussed the possibility of Jacobs winning with other writers at Madison Square Garden. I explained that my mind told me there was no way Jacobs could win, but that my gut told me otherwise. And, in a sense, my gut may have been right, as I gave the Jacobs the nod after the final bell rang (though I clearly felt it could have gone either way). Obviously, the judges (who, let’s face it, are the ones who matter in these cases) disagreed with my initial assessment of the bout, but many others in the press box at the Garden gave the nod to Jacobs, as well.

There’s something irksome, however, about all the talk that Golovkin isn’t all he was cracked up to be. The guy had a tough fight. It happens. Not only is such nonsense insulting to Golovkin, it’s insulting to Jacobs, who put on a masterful performance. This was one of those rare fights where I would have been happy no matter what the decision was. In that sense, it reminded me of the first Floyd Mayweather – Marcos Maidana bout, where I afterwards felt pretty much any decision could be justified. Even more so than in the case of Mayweather-Maidana, though, this was a case of two of the best men in their division getting it on.

The truth is that Daniel Jacobs was under-rated right from the very beginning. More than anything else, there was a seriousness to the man in the lead up to this bout which should have given people pause. Here was a fighter who could hit like thunder and who, more importantly, was smart enough to know he had to come up with a sharp game plan for this one. The combination of ability and IQ should have convinced people that Jacobs would pose a threat to Golovkin, that he would come in with a cerebral mindset and apply the best strategy possible. Few focused on the potentiality of a very competitive fight, though. Just look at the pre-fight predictions for confirmation.

This was never going to be a walk in the park for Golovkin. The surprise shouldn’t be that a close battle was waged in the ring, but that people are taken aback that GGG didn’t make easier work of his opponent this time around. Jacobs was the real article, something some are belatedly starting to realize. For what it was worth, Jacobs himself was cool and easygoing in the post-fight press conference. Sure, he felt he should have won, or at least gotten a draw. He didn’t seem disappointed, though. That’s because he knew he was in the ring with an exceedingly serious opponent.

“This was my first test at 12 rounds,” Golovkin himself said during the press conference. “I needed a quality fight, not just the 12 rounds.”

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Big Surprises At The Garden: Gonzalez Stunned, GGG Sneaks By With Decision Win


Big Surprises At The Garden: Gonzalez Stunned, GGG Sneaks By With Decision Win
By: Sean Crose

The crowd at Madison Square Garden erupted Saturday evening when Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez, the already legendary, 46-0, four time titlist, entered the ring to defend his WBC super flyweight strap against Srisaket Sor Rungvisai, 44-4-1. Needless to say that very crowd was shocked when, late in the first round, Gonzalez was sent to the mat with a patented Rungvisai body blow. Cholcolatito survived the round, but the second proved to be a brutal affair at times, with both men banging away at each other. A serious looking cut stopped the action a bit in the third, but Gonzalez came back and went to war with Rungvisai in the middle of the ring.

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By the fourth, Gonzalez started firing with deadly accuracy. At times it looked like he was using his opponent’s head as target practice. The fifth round saw the action seesaw, as Rungvisai became aggressive, but then Gonzalez started banging away with uppercuts and his brutal straight overhand right. Indeed, it looked for a moment like the fight might be stopped. Rungvisai kept fighting, though. It was an absolute war. A head butt stopped the action a bit in the sixth, but the two men soon returned to swinging away at each other. The end of the round saw Gonzalez grinding away to the body and head. Yet a head butt put things on pause again in the final seconds.

By the seventh and eight things went apace as the bout was now a war of attrition. Things were so brutal that the doctors took a look at Gonzalez in the beginning of the ninth. Rungvisai went on to largely dominate the round…or, rather, get the better of it, as Gonzalez, his face butchered, was still nailing his man with clean, hard, shots. Chocolatito may well have taken the tenth, and by the eleventh, both fighters will still swinging away. The final round saw things ending as they had been waged from the early going – bloody and in a flurry of fists.

In a shocking upset, the decision went to Rungvisai.

A few minutes later it was time for the main event. Suffice to say, Gennady Golovkin’s entrance was unblievably loud and thrilling, as the 36-0 WBA, WBC and IBF world middleweight champ made his way to the ring. His opponent, the 32-1 Daniel Jacobs, looked ready to do battle himself, however. In under forty minutes, the better man would be known.

Jacobs did good offensive work by keeping clear of the man called GGGs power in the first. Would the trend continue, though? Well, it continued through the second, and perhaps even the third. Then, in the fourth, Jacobs went down. The Brooklyn native got up and held his man off, but Golovkin was patient. He also now knew he could get to his man. And get to his man Golovkin did in the fifth, though with nothing as damaging as he had thrown in the fourth. Jacobs certainly had his moments, but it was GGGs round. Jacobs looked good in the sixth, though Golovkin’s shots had more pop.

Jacobs went on, in the opinion of this author, to win the seventh. The eighth was an extremely close affair, with Jacobs getting the combinations in, but Golovkin landing stronger. It was becoming a hard fight to call. Golovkin, however, clearly landed hard and often enough to take the ninth. The tenth was extremely close and could, frankly, have gone either way. The eleventh, also, was razor thin. Golovkin hit harder. Jacobs proved to be the more skilled and active. Pick your poison. For the final round I thought Jacobs squeaked through.

No matter. GGG won a unanimous – though far from wide – decision.

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The Friends Of Daniel Jacobs


The Friends Of Daniel Jacobs
By: Sean Crose

I just recently caught the classic 70s crime film “The Friends of Eddie Coyle,” starring Robert Mitchum and Peter Boyle. Eddie Coyle’s friends in the movie aren’t exactly the kinds of friends you and I would ever want, as Eddie and his associates are Boston based crime figures. What’s interesting about the film, however, is the way these dysfunctional characters are, for better or (more likely) worse, all a part of a group that works towards a common goal (robbery). Middleweight slugger Daniel Jacobs is no criminal, but, like Coyle, he’s surrounded himself with an essential group of friends of his own. And like Coyle’s associates, the friends of Daniel Jacobs are driven by a single goal.

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That goal? Not robbery, but a single victory against the most feared man in boxing. For Gennady Golovkin is widely regarded as the king of the middleweight division. Should he prove victorious upon meeting Jacobs in combat Saturday at Madison Square Garden, all doubts regarding the guy’s supremacy may well be erased. With potential celebrity opponent Canelo Alvarez preparing to face Julio Caesar Chavez Jr, there’s really no greater challenge for Golovkin around the 160 pound mark at the moment than Jacobs.

And Jacobs means to rise to the occasion – with, of course, a little help from his friends. Aside from loyal trainer Andre Rozier, Jacobs has created a unique team from a diverse group of people to help him prepare for the Everest that is the fearsome Golovkin. He’s been training out in Oakland, in the gym of notable ring general Virgil Hunter. That means getting input not only from Hunter but potentially from Hunter’s stable of name fighters. Amir Khan, Peter Quillin, Andrzej Fonfara, Andre Berto – even Andre Ward – have been around. Just being in the presence of such a high-end element can up one’s confidence. And taking the opinions of serious members of the boxing community can prove invaluable.

Then there’s Chris Algieri. Yes, Jacobs has hired his fellow Empire State native to be his nutritionist. Those familiar with Algieri know the fighter (and former junior welterweight champ) is a master of nutrition and fitness (as well as cooking). And so he’s become a cook and running partner for Jacobs during camp. People can roll their eyes at Jacobs’ chances against the feared fighter known as GGG, but he’s clearly surrounded himself with people who know what they’re doing.

Come Saturday night in Manhattan, however, the friends of Daniel Jacobs won’t be there to help him. It will just be Jacobs and a certain destructive force other name fighters have chosen to avoid. No doubt those friends of Jacobs will hope they’ve prepared him well.

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Golovkin Speaks Of “Very Serious” Jacobs On Media Call


Golovkin Speaks Of “Very Serious” Jacobs On Media Call
By: Sean Crose

“I think when you have the right matchups in boxing,” K2 Promotions Tom Loeffler said Tuesday on a media conference call, “the fans respond.” Serious fight fans will surely be responding to next weekend’s Gennady Golovkin-Daniel Jacobs middleweight title throwdown in New York’s Madison Square Garden. Although the bout may not be a pay per view bonanza, it promises two top level fighters who can turn out the lights in the blink of an eye. It’s also telling that Golovkin, who was also on the call, is being groomed to be a top attraction – albeit slowly, thanks to a serious case of cold feet that seems to come over potential opponents before it’s time to sign a contract to face the man.

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“I’ve never seen him hit nobody 100%,” said Golovkin’s trainer, Abel Sanchez, a man who comes across more like a polite, if not opinioned, guy next door than a top level corner man. “If I had a fighter that was so defensive he bored people to death,” Sanchez added later, “we wouldn’t be talking right now.” Golovkin is far from a boring fighter. At 36-0 with 33 knockouts, the man is a one man knockout machine. The 32-1 Daniel Jacobs, however, is a KO artist in his own right, having dusted all but four of his own opponents.

“Danny’s size has not been my concern,” Sanchez said, “but his punching power has been my concern because he can crack.” Golovkin himself is clearly aware of the threat the hard hitting product of Brooklyn is. “He’s a very good boxer and a very good man,” said Golovkin, later stating of Jacobs that “he’s the best,” out of the opponents he’s faced. Not that Golovkin is viewing Jacobs all that differently than he has his other foes. “We don’t change anything according to the opponent,” claimed Sanchez, who also stated that Golovkin is “one of those guys I’m fortunate to have in the gym because the other guys want to train like him.”

There was more than just talk of Jacobs on the call, however. Canelo Alvarez, who’s supposed to be facing Golovkin in the fall (provided both men emerge victorious from any bouts they have before then) was, of course, mentioned. As was Floyd Mayweather, who had some sharp criticism for Golovkin recently, claiming the man is vulnerable and not that great with his feet. “If he is so flat footed,” said Sanchez, “if he is so beatable, he (Floyd) just needs to call Tom Loeffler.” I asked both fighter and trainer what they had to say about the belief that Jacobs is a greater threat than Canelo might be.

“I don’t think Canelo is the puncher that Jacobs is,” Sanchez responded, adding that “they’re both very good fighters in their own right.” Golovkin himself answered that “Every fight is different. Every fighter is different,” adding that each fighter is “very serious.”

“Right now,” Golovkin concluded, “my focus is on Daniel Jacobs.”

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Boxing Insider Interview with Daniel Jacobs: The Best vs. The Best


Boxing Insider Interview with Daniel Jacobs: The Best vs. The Best
By: Francisco Martinez

March 18th Gennady Golovkin vs Daniel Jacobs for all the belts at the Madison Square Garden in New York. A fight between the two top middleweight fighters in the world with the winner going on to claim 160lbs dominance. Gennady Golovkin will bring pure brute power while Daniel Jacobs will look to utilize his own power in return along with speed and his technique to try and avoid Golovkin’s power in a bout that trainer Abel Sanchez believes won’t go the distance. BoxingInsider.com had the opportunity to catch up with Daniel Jacobs and ask him a few questions as he is 6 weeks away from battling for the WBC, IBF, WBA & IBO middleweight titles.

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BoxingInsider: “How’s training camp so far?”

Daniel Jacobs: “Great. Training camp is going very well. It was a great decision to come out here. Finish my training camp here. See some different things. Clear my mind and be away from a lot of distractions but just ultimately get that good training. Get that good endurance and make sure I can be in my best possible shape”

Daniel Jacobs added a few additions to his team having moved his training camp to Oakland, California away from back home in New York Jacobs and trainer Andre Rozier will be assisted by 2011 Boxing Writers Association of American Trainer Of The Year Virgil Hunter and nutritionist Chris Algieri former 140lbs WBO champ. Who will be in charge of preparing Daniel Jacobs meals throughout camp heading into March 18th.

BoxingInsider: “So much is being said about Gennady Golovkin’s perception of being the most feared middleweight out there. What do you expect from him come fight time?”

Daniel Jacobs: “Well, I don’t expect to fear him. I don’t fear him. I can see why people say that. I’m a fighter through and through. I don’t fear any person and to go inside that ring with a feared mentality, why even go inside the ring?”

Daniel Jacobs has been put down twice in his career once beaten my Dmitry Pirog who put Jacobs down who failed to rise before the count. However the circumstances before the fight played a major role in Jacobs performance that night. Having gone into the fight losing his grandmother a week before the WBO title bout. Daniel Jacobs has also showed the ability get back up after being floored. Doing just that when he faced Sergio Mora but at the same time Mora isn’t a fighter known for his power. Having only 9 K.O’s in a total of 35 fights the Latin Snake never relied on his power but his complicated skill. So the question of Jacobs chin arises heading into this bout.

BoxingInsider: “I know as a fighter you don’t want to feel his power but the question arises throughout the media and fans that, could you take his punch? What do you take to that questions? Why is that question being asked?”

Daniel Jacobs: “I think it’s being asked cause clearly people questioned my chin for some odd reason because I’ve been down two times in my career. I mean if you wanna questioned that about me being two times is understandable. He’s also a very strong guy he’s put out a lot of different guys as well. So I can understand why the questiones are there but it’s just up to me to prove that I’m bigger than that. That I’m stronger. I’m better. That I can prevent those things”

Gennady Golovkin faced Kell Brook a 147lbs fighter who made a 2 division jump in a act of daring to be great and In the process suffering a broken orbital bone and a beating his team was forced to intervene in and throw in the towel in the fifth round but not before Brook was able to get his licks in and at one point land on Golovkin and rocking him with a few punches. Leaving a aftermath of questions regarding Golovkin’s ability to take a punch being that a fighter 2 division below him shook him with his punches.

BoxingInsider: “As for yourself the questions you have in part of Gennady Golovkin. Kell Brook seemed like he was able to rock him during the fight he’s a much smaller fighter. If you land on him what do you expect? What can you do if you’re able to land clean on him?”

Daniel Jacobs: “I don’t know what to expect. We don’t know how truly he can handle those punches but if he allows me to hit him than I guess will see at that present time”

BoxingInsider: “Do you think his chin might be a question?”

Daniel Jacobs: “I don’t know. Anybody can be hurt. This is boxing. This whole genetic thing and this whole talk about he’s unstoppable. He’s never been hurt and you know all this talk about his chin is gonna be questioned once he gets hit by a true middleweight. I’m looking forward to just winning. However that win comes, I’m just looking forward to it. The questions about his chin. The questions about his heart is up for debate but at the end of the day I don’t care about that I just want to win”

Daniel Jacobs is coming into this bout with 29 K.O’s compared to Gennady Golovkin’s 33 knockouts who’s heading into this fight with 23 consecutive K.O’s, T.K.O’s or stoppages making Golovkin’s head trainer Abel Sanchez claims of this fight ending within the distance a highly likely scenario an adding to the combined total of 62 knockouts by both men. Gennady Golovkin vs Daniel Jacobs at the Madison Square Garden live on HBO PPV all the way from New York don’t miss it.

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The Most Anticipated Boxing Matchups of 2017


The Most Anticipated Boxing Matchup of 2017
By: Kevin Kennedy

2017 is going to be a special year for boxing, with the plenty of questions surrounding the top stars of the sport. Is this the year when Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor finally stop talking and meet in the squared circle? Is Gennady Golovkin ready to become a major force and the top PPV attraction in boxing? Is the pending return of Wladimir Klitschko the right remedy to revive the heavyweight division?

Here are the most anticipated boxing matchups for 2017:

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Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Conor McGregor

The talk of a proposed boxing match between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor dominated the headlines for much of 2016, but the self-proclaim “Fight of the Century” just took a major step towards becoming reality. Mayweather Jr. made a counter offer to McGregor’s demands of receiving a $100 million purse for the fight. His proposal was $15 million guaranteed and a portion of the pay-per-view sales. UFC president Dana White countered back with each participant receiving a $25 million purse and split of the PPV sales.

Mayweather Jr., the best boxer of his generation, retired undefeated at 49-0, and has reiterated that he won’t consider returning to the ring unless his payday is nine figures. However, this fight is different because Mayweather Jr. is tired of McGregor running his mouth off, and feels it’s time for a boxer to shut him up. McGregor added further suspense by obtaining a state of California boxing license late last year.

Gennady Golovkin vs. Daniel Jacobs (March 18th)

The undefeated middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin is pound-for-pound boxing’s best fighter. This spring, Golovkin will face his toughest opponent in Danny Jacobs, who is currently number two in the middleweight division. Jacobs earned this title bout with a first round knockout of Peter Quillin last December. He is a true technical fighter that will provide an excellent challenge for the champ.

Golovkin’s last victory was over welterweight champion, Kell Brooks, who gave him a pretty good fight. The first four rounds of the bout were very even, but the fight prematurely ended after Brooks sustained a broken eye socket in the fifth round. The key to defeating Golovkin is sustaining a constant attack of body punches because if not, it becomes a difficult task to slow him down.

Wladimir Klitschko vs. Anthony Joshua (April 29th)

The boxing world still hasn’t recovered from the shocking upset victory by Tyson Fury over Wladimir Klitschko for the heavyweight crown. Klitschko has been one of the most dominant boxers for over a decade, but he’s coming into a bout with Anthony Joshua after a long layoff at the age of 40-years old. This should be a very athletic boxing match as both fighters have excellent punching power. However, it’s unknown how Klitschko’s body will respond to a much younger challenger.

Joshua has quietly moved up the heavyweight division ranks by dominating each opponent that stood in his way. What’s impressive is his record as Joshua is 18-0 with 18 knockouts. This matchup has the potential to make the heavyweight division great once again, especially if Joshua can defeat Klitschko. He’s the future of the sport, but Joshua needs a signature win over a former champion like Klitschko to make boxing relevant once again.

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Atlantic City and Trenton Shows in New Jersey Friday and Saturday!


Atlantic City and Trenton Shows in New Jersey Friday and Saturday!
By: Ken Hissner

New Jersey boxing is off to a fast start with two shows scheduled this week. Friday at Bally’s Event Center, in Atlantic City with 11 bouts scheduled over Sho Box. The main event features two topsuper bantamweights in Adam “Mantequillo” Lopez, 16-0-1 (8), of San Antonio, TX, against Daniel “Baby Face Assassin” Roman, 21-2-1 (7), of Garden Grove, CA.

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The co-feature has Ronald Ellis, 13-0-1 (10), out of Lynn, MASS against Philly’s Christopher Brooker, 11-2 (5), in a cruiserweight bout. Two other Philly boxers on the card are Keenan Smith, 9-0 (3), returning after 14 months of inactivity. Also, top former amateur star super heavyweight Darmani “Tight” Rock, 6-0 (4) making his first fight near home.

Top New Jersey prospect Leroy “Lucious” Davila, 4-0 (2), of New Brunswick is againstAnthony Taylor, 4-0 (1), of Warren, OH. Stephon “Bossman” Young, 15-0-3 (6), of Chicago, IL, is against Elton Dharry, 20-5-1 (13), of Guyana living in Brooklyn, NY. FinallyKenneth “Showstopper” Sims, Jr., 10-0 (3), of St. Louis, MO, is against Emmanuel “Renegade”, 15-1-1 (5), of San Diego, CA.

In Trenton Saturday at the Sun National Bank Center, Rene Aiken of Boss Lady Promotions, and Honorable Mayor Eric Jackson returns for her second show at this facility“Bridge Wars” featuring her nephew the return of 3 division champion “Super” Zab Judah, 42-9 (29), headlines against Jorge Luis Munguia, 13-7 (5), of Hondoras. “I’m coming in at 143 and expect to go down to 140”. The co-feature has Derrick “Take it to the Bank” Webster, 21-1 (11), against Thomas Awimbono, 25-5-1 (21), of Accra, GH, for the vacant USBO super middleweight title. Trenton’s own cruiserweight Mike Hilton, 4-0 (4), returns back to this facility again. Camden’s Vidal Rivera, 4-0 (3), in the featherweight division meets James Early, 2-1 (0), of Seat Pleasant, MD. Also, on the undercard middleweight Jimmy Kelleher, 2-0 (2), of Scranton, PA, Philly’s Donald Smith, 3-0 (2), and Darin Holiday, of Philly making his debut against the grandson of “The Easton Assassin” Larry Holmes. In a female bout Carla Torres, 5-3 (0), of PR and Cleveland, OH, is featured. This will be a pro-am with boxers from NJ, NY and PA.

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