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ShoBox Preview: Ellis vs. Ware


By: Hector Franco

This upcoming Friday night at the Main Street Armory in Rochester, New York the next edition of Showtime’s ShoBox series will take place. In the broadcast’s main event Lynn, Massachusetts native Ronald “Akeem” Ellis (15-0-2, 10 KOs) will take on DeAndre “Axeman” Ware (12-1-2, 8 KOs) in a ten-round Super Middleweight (168) bout.

Ellis is a 2010 National Golden Gloves champion where he defeated super middleweight contender and 2012 U.S. Olympian Terrell Gausha in the finals. Standing at over 5’10 with a 77-inch reach, Ellis has some physical advantages over his opponent and will look to a victory to further pursue a goal of winning a world title.

Ellis’s opponent Ware is coming off of the first loss of his professional career. Ware lost a unanimous decision to Germany’s Cem Kilic in September of last year. The bout with Kilic was taken on short notice hindering Ware’s performance. However for Ellis, the Toledo, Ohio native has had a full training camp. Ware has been boxing for less than ten years and currently holds a job as a firefighter in the Toledo, Ohio area.

The bout between Ellis and Ware will be contested for three vacant major regional titles including the NABA, United States Boxing Organization and WBC Continental Americas super middleweight titles.

Ellis will be making his fourth appearance on the ShoBox platform with his most known bout being a draw against Roc Nation’s Junior Younan in February of last year. Both men have much to prove against one another with bigger opportunities awaiting the pugilist who comes out with his hands raised in victory. The two fighters know what’s at stake and are treating the match as the most significant of their respective careers.

The primary supporting fight on the undercard will feature an eight-round Lightweight (135) contest between two undefeated fighters. Cleveland, Ohio’s Thomas “Gunna Man” Mattice (13-0-1, 10 KOs) will take on New York’s Will Madera (12-0-2, 6 KOs).

The bout is taking the place of a scheduled match that featured Hawaii’s Logan Yoon who suffered a knee injury in training camp. Yoon would have faced Mexico’s Richard Zamora in a Super Lightweight (140) contest.

Mattice will be appearing on ShoBox for the fourth time. In his previous two bouts, Mattice faced off with Armenia’s Zhora Hamazaryan. In their first bout, Mattice received a controversial split-decision victory in a match where he was knocked down in the second round. In the rematch, Mattice fought another closely contested bout with Hamazaryan that resulted in a draw. Before stepping in the ring with Hamazaryan, Mattice was on a six-fight knockout streak that he looks to continue against Madera.

Madera is a former three-time New York Golden Gloves champion. After falling to two consecutive draws in late 2017 and early 2018, Madera returned to his winning ways scoring a second-round stoppage over Curtis Niko Morton in September of last year.

Starting the night’s festivities will be an eight-round super featherweight contest between the unbeaten Abraham Nova (14-0, 10 KOs) and Ghana’s Oluwaseun Joshua Wahab (16-0, 10 KOs).

The ShoBox: The New Generation series has been an overwhelming success for Showtime. It gives an avenue for up and coming boxers to work on their craft on a national platform. The telecast will feature three fights between undefeated fighters who will be looking to further their path onto greater ventures. As we saw last year with HBO, these kinds of shows are not guaranteed to last forever. Boxing fans should make sure to tune in to not miss any action.

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PBC on Fox Sports Results: Plant Cruises to Victory, Grayton and Gongora Win by TKO


PBC on Fox Sports Results: Plant Cruises to Victory, Grayton and Gongora Win by TKO
By: William Holmes

The Sands Bethlehem Events Center in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania was the host site for tonight’s broadcast of Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) on Fox Sports 1.

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Three bouts were televised tonight, and the opening bout was between Carlos Gongora (5-0) and Ronald Mixon (7-0) in the light heavyweight division.

Mixon had a three inch in reach and height on Gongora, but both boxers were the same age. Gongora was a former two time Olympian for Ecuador.

Both boxers tried to feel each other out in the opening minute of the round, but Gongora was able to land a hard straight left hand by the ropes that momentarily stunned Mixon. Gongora followed that up with another straight left hand seconds later and Mixon dropped to the mat.

Mixon struggled to get back to his feet, but he was still clearly shot and struggled to even get to his knees. The referee waived off the fight 1:16 of the first round, giving Gongora a TKO victory.

The next bout was between Kareem Martin (8-0-1) and David Grayton (14-1) in the welterweight division.

Martin and Grayton were former sparring partners and they wasted no time in going after each other. Martin was the better defensive boxer and landed cleaner and harder counters. Grayton, a southpaw, had difficulty avoiding the counter rights of Martin.

Martin’s counter punching was on point in the second round and he was able to open up a cut over the right eye of Grayton. Grayton’s pressure was much more effective in the third round and he was able to walk through the punches of Martin.

There were some very good exchanges in the opening minute of fourth round, but Martin was able to land the harder shots. Martin showed more movement in the fifth round and was able to counter while avoiding risky exchanges.

Grayton came out firing at the start of the sixth round and had Martin backing up and holding on to try to slow the assault down. Martin was able to land a few hard shots, but Grayton took them well and kept up the intense pressure. Martin looked tired at the end of the round.

Grayton was told by his corner to walk Martin down before the start of the seventh round, and he responded to his corner with a high volume of punches to the body and head of Martin. Martin just could not keep up with Grayton.

Grayton jumped on Martin at the start of the eighth and scored a knockdown with a good left hand. Martin got back to his feet but was on wobbly legs and covered up while Grayton unleashed another combination on him.

Martin wasn’t able to answer and the referee jumped in and stopped the bout.

David Grayton defeats Kareem Martin by TKO at 0:41 of the eighth round.

A swing bout between Eric Newell (8-3-3) and Wes Triplett (3-1) in the heavyweight division was also shown. Wes Triplett won it by TKO at 0:27 of the third round.

Caleb “Sweet Hands” Plant (13-0) squared off against Juan De Angel (18-4-1) in the main event of the night in the middleweight division.

Plant, a Tennessee native, established control of the center of the ring in the opening round and was able to pop shot De Angel with jabs and lead hooks. De Angel was not able to mount much of an offensive attack.

De Angel was a little more aggressive at the start of the second round, but a good left to the body by Plant quickly slowed down De Angel. Plant had De Angel backing up in the third round and his right hand was finding it’s target with regularity.

Plant’s pressure paid off in the fourth round when he scored a knockdown with a left hook to the jaw of De Angel. De Angel was able to get back up before the count of ten and was able to survive the round.

Plant looked extremely comfortable in the fifth round and was battering De Angel from corner to corner while deftly avoiding any counter shots. Plant continued to outbox De Angel in the sixth round and was never seriously threatened. He mixed up his combinations well to the body and head in the seventh round.

De Angel was in pure survival mode in the eighth round and rarely went on the offensive attack. The only question in the final two rounds of the fight was whether or not Plant could stop De Angel, but that stoppage never came.

Caleb Plant won comfortably on the judges scorecards with scores of 100-89 on all three scorecards.

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