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ShoBox Results: Unbeaten Jaron “Boots” Ennis Looks Spectacular in Winning No. 21

By: Ken Hissner

Vito Mielnicki’s GH3, Victory Promotions and Banner Promotions at the WinnaVegas Casino & Resort, Sloan, Iowa, brought in the hottest prospect in the country in unbeaten Philly welterweight Jaron “Boots” Ennis, taking on Armando “The Gentleman” Alvarez, of Key West, FL, for the vacant WBC United States Silver (USNBC) welterweight title over 10 rounds of boxing over USA Showtime.

Welterweight Jaron “Boots” Ennis, 21-0 (19), of Philly, easily demolished Armando “The Gentleman” Alvarez, 13-1 (7), of Key West, FL, at 2:59 of the third round.

In the opening round it was all Ennis showing his quickness as the plodding Alvarez is doing more holding than fighting. Ennis starts moving and still out landing Alvarez. Alvarez warned for a low blow by referee Adam Pollack. Ennis impresses the fans having the bewildered Alvarez he signed for this one.

In the second round Ennis gave Alvarez all kinds of moves confusing him. Ennis fighting southpaw landed a lead left to the chin of Alvarez. Back to orthodox Ennis rocked Alvarez with a left hook to the head. Ennis kept backing up Alvarez who continues to do more holding than fighting. A right uppercut to the body hurt Alvarez. More body shots from Ennis had Alvarez looking bewildered. In the third round Ennis was “having fun” which is part of his entertaining to the fans.

Ennis stood looking away with an eye on Alvarez who threw a punch missing by a mile. An Ennis body shot dropped Alvarez who was cut under the left eye. Another half a dozen punches from Ennis without return. Suddenly Alvarez took a knee taking a county. A left hook from Ennis dropped Alvarez on the seat of his trunks. Alvarez tries holding taking much punishment as the referee asks him several times if he wants to continue before finally stopping it with a second left in the round. Ennis looked superb and very entertaining. Alvarez proclaimed before the fight he will go to the body but it was Ennis who went to the body.

Ennis is managed by his father while being promoted by Chris Middendorf’s Victory Boxing Promotions. “There are a lot of questions swirling around Ennis right now. Does he deserve to have his first fight on national television as the main event on ShoBox? Why was he fighting in Utah, New Mexico, Indiana, North Carolina, Virginia, DC, and small shows? Why was he moved so quickly with twenty fights in his first two years as a pro? Are all of your questions answered after tonight?” said Middendorf.

“I’m really excited about “Boots” and I brought Chris (Middendorf) in with his Victory Boxing Promotions. I am now starting my own promotion called N.O.W. Promotions. We will co-promote “Boots” together. I have big plans for him. I’ve had (Terence) Crawford and other pound for pound guys. I have had 34 world champions. I am so high on “Boots”. He wants to be the best fighter in the world. Crawford felt the same. Those guys are special. He just turned 21 (June 26th). His dad and I have known each other for 20 years. I’m getting ready to put 5 or 6 prospects with his dad. He teaches defense that nobody does anymore. They just teach offense. He takes his time with them and teaches them to slip punches,” said Dunkin.

Super lightweight southpaw Montana “Too Pretty” Love, 11-0-1 (5), of Cleveland, OH, and Kenneth “Bossman” Sims, Jr., 12-1-1 (4), of Chicago, IL, battled to a 8 round draw in a good fight.

In the first round both boxers let it all hang out. Sims had Love pinned against the ropes. Sims was landing lead rights to the chin of Love. In the second round Sims landed half a dozen unanswered punches before backing off the taunting Love. Sims turned southpaw the second half of the round.

In the third round it was Love landing a right hook. Seconds later a lead left to the chin of Sims by. Sims went back and forth orthodox to southpaw seeing a different Love in this round. In the fourth round Love had Sims on the ropes. Best round so far for Love evening the score.

In the fifth round Love knocked out the mouthpiece of Sims halting the action until referee Paul Parry gets the corner to replace it. It was a big round for Love. In the sixth round Sims comes out fast knowing the fight is slipping away from him the past three rounds. Love pinned Sims on the ropes until the referee breaks them. Back into the middle of the ring Sims took over.

In the seventh round Sims kept Love against the ropes but did catch several counter rights to the head. Close round for Sims. It was possibly the best round of the fight. In the eighth and final round it was Sims keeping Love against the ropes for the most part. The fans were loving the action. Sims was showing good hand speed at the end. Good action in this one.

Scores were 77-75 Sims, 77-75 Love, 76-76 a draw. This writer had it 77-75 Sims.

Lightweight Thomas “Gunna Man” Mattice, 13-0 (10), of Cleveland, OH, came off the canvas to win a highly disputed split decision over Armenian Zhora Hamazaryan, 9-1 (6), of L.A., CA, over 8 rounds.

In the first round Mattice moved well to his left using his jab. Hamazaryan walked Mattice against the ropes landing good body shots as Mattice held his hands high. Mattice started moving again boxing well. Hamazaryan landed a good lead overhand right to the chin of Mattice. In the second round Hamazaryan had Mattice covering up until after a jab a power shot right on the chin of Mattice dropped him for an 8 count. Hamazaryan jumped on Mattice who was holding and even wrestled Hamazaryan to the canvas. A left hook by Hamazaryan to the chin of Mattice had the latter grabbing to get through the round.

In the third round Mattice’s head seemed clear as Hamazaryan is trying to pick it up where he left it off in the previous round. Mattice was boxing well but took a good right on the chin from Hamazaryan that didn’t seem to have any effect.

Mattice ended the round with a right uppercut to the chin of Hamazaryan. In the fourth round Mattice boxed well even in close. A left hook from Hamazaryan to the chin had Mattice falling into a clinch. They exchanged rights up to the bell.

In the fifth round Hamazaryan kept coming in low trying to get under the jab of Mattice that is bothering him. Mattice landed right uppercuts and chopping rights to the chin and head of Hamazaryan who seems to be tiring having only four rounds of boxing in the past twenty rounds. In the sixth round Hamazaryan rushes in taking counter punches from Mattice. Mattice the second half of the round is on the run again. Hamazaryan seemed to get a second wind pressuring Mattice with wild left hooks and overhand rights to the head.

In the seventh round Hamazaryan kept the pressure on Mattice hurting Mattice with a right to the chin forcing Mattice to clinch forcing referee Adam Pollack to warn him for holding. Hamazaryan landed a leaping left hook to the chin of Mattice who continued to move to his left trying to avoid left hooks from Hamazaryan. In the eighth and final round Hamazaryan kept Mattice on the move with good body and head shots. In the final minute Mattice started using more offense but Hamazaryan got right back into his face with both hands.

Scores were 77-74 Hamazaryan, 76-75 Mattice twice. This writer had it 77-74 Hamazaryan.

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Devin “The Dream” Haney & Joshua “Don’t Blink” Greer, Jr. Win Friday Night

By: Ken Hissner

Hard Hitting Promotions, Greg Cohen Promotions and Devin Haney Promotions over Sho-Box before a standing room only crowd at the 2300 Arena in Philly Friday night.

In the Main Event Super Lightweight Devin “The Dream” Haney, 19-0 (12), of Las Vegas, NV, forced Mason “Rock Hard Mighty” Menard, 33-3 (24), of Rayne, LA, to retire after nine shut out rounds to win the vacant USBA Lightweight title.

Photo Credit: Showtime Boxing Twitter Account

This one was a mismatch from the opening bell with Haney dazzling Menard who couldn’t land but a handful of punches the entire fight. Haney had a machine gun like jab throughout. He would land the right hand almost at will though Menard had his hands held high at all times. Round after round Haney dominated. He made this vacant USBA title bout look so easy. He forced Menard to not come out for the tenth and final round. Haney will deservingly be in the top ten of the IBF rankings with this shout out of a match.

Super Bantamweight Glenn Dezurn, 9-2-1 (6), of Baltimore, MD, was stopped at 1:47 of the 8th round losing to Joshua “Don’t Blink” Greer, Jr., 17-1-1 (9), of Chicago, IL.

From the opening round up until the sixth round Greer dominated. Dezurn started to turn things around in the sixth and seventh rounds. In the eighth round Greer landed a hard right to the chin of Dezurn and down he went. He was up at the count of 8 from Referee Benjy Esteves, Jr. Greer raced across the ring having Dezurn defenseless forcing Referee Esteves, to wave it off!

Light Heavyweight Alvin “Iron Majik” Vermall, Jr., 15-1-1 (12), of Catskill, NY, was defeated by southpaw Charles ”The Truth” Foster, 16-0 (8), of New Haven, CT, over 8 rounds.

In the first round the taller Foster used his jab with Vermall trying to get inside. Foster keeps measuring Vermall who is missing more than landing. Foster landed a lead left to the mid-section of Vermall. Foster ended the round with a hard left uppercut to the chin of Vermall. In the second round Vermall rocked Foster with a right uppercut. He keeps leaping in trying to land the big punch on Foster who is not co-operating. Referee Rosato warns Foster for hitting behind the head. Foster landed a 3-punch combination. Vermall came right back just before the bell landing a solid right to the chin of Foster. In the third round Foster keeps pawing with the jab with Vermall rushing in and ending in a clinch. Foster uses an occasional left uppercut to the chin of Vermall who seems frustrated not getting his punches in.

In the fourth round Vermall leaped in with a left hook to the head of Foster. Foster lands a lead left to the chin with Vermall coming right back with a right to the chin of Foster. Too many clinches on the part of both. Vermall ends the round with a solid right to the chin of Foster. In the fifth round Vermall comes out trying to make a brawl of it while Foster lands a chopping left to the head of Vermall who comes in low. Foster lands a solid left uppercut to the chin of Vermall. Vermall hurt Foster with a wild right to the chin at the bell.

In the sixth round Foster is trying to keep Vermall at bay but Vermall jumps in with wild punches to the head of Foster. Foster continues to get the better of the always coming forward Vermall. In the seventh round

Super Bantamweight Arnold “Arni” Khegai, 12-0-1 (5), of Odessa, UKR, defeated Adam “Mantequilla” Lopez, 16-3-2 (8), of San Antonio, TX, over 8 rounds.

In the first round Khegai is pushing Lopez back with little action in the round. In the second round Khegai landed a lead right to the chin of Lopez. Khegai landed a right hand to the chin of Lopez driving him back halfway across the ring. In the third round Lopez landed a 3-punch combination rocking Khegai. Khegai landed a lead right to the chin of Lopez just prior to the bell. In the fourth round Khegai landed a lead right to the chin of Lopez who came right back with a left hook to the head of Khegai. Halfway through the round things started to heat up a bit.

In the fifth round Khegai landed a chopping right while in a clinch and then was warned for using the cuff of his glove. Both fighters have received numerous warnings. In the sixth round Referee Benjy Esteves, Jr. took a point from Khegai. Both boxers are throwing wild punches with neither gaining an edge. In the seventh round both boxers are throwing bombs and then falling into a clinch. It’s been a very sloppy showing up to the eighth and final round. In the eighth round Khegai rocked Lopez with a right hand to the chin. Lopez came back with a combination to the head of Khegai. Khegai landed a left hook to the chin of Lopez heard throughout the arena.

Judge Braswell and DiPalo had it 78-74 and Carter 78-73. This writer had it 77-74.

Lightweight southpaw Jeremy “King” Cuevas, 9-0 (7), of Philadelphia, stopped Hector Marengo, 7-12-4 (4), of Arecibo, PR, at 1:51 of the second round.

In the first round Cuevas landed a lead left to the chin of Marengo knocking him back several steps. Cuevas landed a lead left to the head of Marengo stunning him. It was all Cuevas with little action. In the second round Cuevas landed a flurry of punches pinning Marengo in a corner. Cuevas landed a dozen punches finally dropping Marengo to a knee. Cuevas jumped on him causing referee Shawn Clarke to wave it off.

Lightweight Branden “The Gift” Pizarro, 10-1 (4), of North Philly Badlands, shut out Israel “Isra” Villela, 6-10 (2) of Cancun, MEX, over 6 rounds.

In the first two rounds Pizarro dominated with his jab while Villela got in a right to the body and a left hook to the head. Pizarro briefly turned southpaw. In the third round Pizarro continued to move well using his jab with an occasional right to the head of Villela. Pizarro got warned by Referee Bashir for pulling Villela by the back of the neck. In the fourth round the flashy Pizarro landed a right uppercut to the body of Villela. Villela was chasing Pizarro until he ran into a flurry of punches. Villela landed a right to the head of Pizarro who shook his head as if there was little on it. Pizarro landed a right to the head followed by a left hook to the body. Pizarro landed a hard right uppercut to the chin of Villela that got the fans into it.

In the fifth round Villela landed an overhand right to the chin of Pizarro. Pizarro switches from orthodox to southpaw with little coming from southpaw. The fans start chanting “Branden, Branden”, just prior to the bell. In the sixth and final round Villela walked into a Pizarro left hook to the chin. Both boxers warned for infractions by the referee. Pizarro ended the round with a left hook to the chin of Villela.

Judge Carter, Weisfeld and DiPallo had it 60-54 as did this writer.

Light Heavyweight David “One-Two” Murray, 7-2-1 (6), of Wilmington, DE, was knocked out by Jamaican Craig “Danger” Duncan, 11-1-1 (9), of Apopka, FL, at 2:45 of the fourth round.

In the first round both fighters are known for their punching power which means there is little action with one waiting for the other to land a bomb. The last thrown punch of the round was Duncan landing the first right hand to the chin of Murray. In the second round Duncan continues to stalk Murray finally both are opening up. Duncan carries his hands to his side finally landing an uppercut to the body of Murray. Duncan pinned Murray against the ropes. Murray landed a right to the head of Duncan.

In the third round Duncan comes out using a lot of feints and landed a right to the head of Murray. Murray landed a right of his own to the head of Duncan seconds later. Duncan forced Murray to hold after landing a pair of body shots. With half a minute left in the round Duncan landed a flurry of punches. In the fourth round Murray landed a double left hook to the head of Duncan. Duncan came back pinning Murray against the ropes with both fighters landing haymakers. Duncan landed an uppercut to the chin of Murray and down he went to a knee. Duncan landed a lead right to the chin of Murray who went face first down and out cold. It took about 10 minutes before Murray was assisted from the ring.

In the opening bout returning after 18 months Super Lightweight, Milton ”El Santo” Santiago, 17-0 (3), of North Philadelphia, shut out Jorge L Munguia, 13-12 (5), of Tegucigalpha, Honduras, over 6 rounds.

In the first round both fighters were mixing it up. Santiago landed a combination dropping Munguia. Santiago ran across the ring jumping right on Munguia knocking his mouthpiece out. Santiago was warned twice about hitting behind the head by Referee Ron Bashir. In the second round Santiago continue to press Munguia who wouldn’t give up. Santiago landed a lead right to the head of Munguia. Munguia started pressing Santiago until he ran into a combination from Santiago.

In the third round Santiago was warned for a third time by Referee Bashir this time for using his head. Munguia was warned for a low blow. Santiago controlled the round but the action slowed down. In the fourth round Santiago backed Munguia into a corner but Munguia fought himself out of the corner. Santiago is going to the body with uppercuts from both hands. Munguia is very game. In the fifth round Santiago is still throwing punches but Munguia shows him no respect fighting back. Santiago is warned for pushing. Munguia is throwing punches but can’t match Santiago. In the sixth and last round missed with a pair of uppercuts. Both boxers raised their arms up trying to get the fans into it. Santiago has a pleasing style but little power or Munguia would have been out by now. Munguia was warned for a low blow.

Judges Page had it 60-54 Judge Carter, Weisfeld and this writer had it 60-53.

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Two Events Same Night in Philly 2300 Arena & SugarHouse on Friday

By: Ken Hissner

When will the PA Boxing Director learn you cannot have two boxing events on the same night like he did December 1st? 2300 Arena in South Philly is sold out per Will Ruiz of Hard Hitting Promotions with co-promoter Greg Cohen Promotions Showtime event Friday at Front & Oregon. At SugarHouse Casino Marshall Kauffman’s Kings Promotions are on 1001 Delaware Avenue.

Photo Credit: Devin Haney Twitter Account

The main event at 2300 has Devin “The Dream” Haney, 18-0 (12), of Las Vegas, NV, taking on Mason “Rock Hard Mighty” Menard, 33-2 (24), of Rayne, LA, for the USBA Lightweight Title over 10 rounds. At the Press Conference Wednesday Haney was there but Menard a no show. Doors open at 6:30 and First Bout at 7:15.

Showtime will have four of the eight bouts aired starting at 9pm. The co-feature has Super Bantamweight Joshua “Don’t Blink” Greer, Jr., 16-1 (8), taking on Glenn Dezurn, Jr., 9-1-1 (6), of Baltimore, MD, in a 10 round bout
Light Heavyweight Alvin “Iron Majik” Varmall 15-0-1 (12), of Catskill, NY,takes on Charles Foster, 15-0 (8), of New Haven, CT, in a 8 round bout. Super Bantamweight Adam “Mantequilla” Lopez, 16-2-2 (8), of San Antonio, TX, takes on Arnold “Ami” Khegai, 11-0-1 (8), of Odessa, UKR, over 8 rounds. They are the four Showtime bouts.

Four Philadelphia boxers in 6 round bouts will fill out the card with Lightweight southpaw Jeremy “King” Cuevas, 8-0 (6), of Philly, taking on Hector Marengo, 7-11-4 (4), of Arecibo, PR. Lightweight Branden “The Gift” Pizarro, 9-1 (4), of Philly, taking on Israel “Isra” Villela, 6-9 (2), of Cancun, MEX. Light Heavyweight David ‘One-Two” Murray, 7-1-1 (6), of Philly, taking on Craig “Danger” Duncan, 10-1-1 (8), of Apopka, FL. Opening the show will be the return of Milton “El Santo” Santiago, 16-0 (3), of Philly, after 18 months taking on Jorge L Munguia, 13-11 (5), of Tegucigalpa, Honduras.

At the press conference were Haney, Greer, Dezurn, Varmall, Lopez, Cuevas, Murray, Duncan and Santiago. “This will be my sixth appearance tying a record on Showtime. Thank God, my team, my dad, Hard Hitting and Greg Cohen. Come Friday I want to show them I’m up there with those at the top,” said Haney. “Thank God, I have a pillow for Dezurn to put him to sleep on,” said Greer. “I want to thank my coach, parents and am looking forward for a great fight and to put another guy to sleep bringing Showtime back to Philly,” said Cuevas.

At the SugarHouse Casino in the main event will be Super Lightweight Mykal “The Professor” Fox, 16-0 (4), of Forestville, MD, taking on Anthony Mercado, 11-3 (10), of Arecibo, PR, over 8 rounds. Eleven Sports will cover the event. There will be seven other bouts with a pair of 6 rounder’s and 6 bouts at 4 rounds.

Returning to the ring after 21 months is “The Fighting Ring Announcer” Super Bantamweight Alex Barbosa, 5-3-1 (1), of Philly. The rest of the undercard has Bantamweight’s Romuel Cruz, Jerrod Miner and Desmond Moore of Philly. Also, Super Featherweight’s Joshafat Ortiz of Reading and Jordan “The Kidd” Peters, of D.C., Heavyweight Michael Polite Coffie, of NY. Lightweight Thomas Mattice, 11-0 (9), of Cleveland, OH, was added this week.

Doors open at 6pm and Starting time for first bout is 7pm.

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Prograis Wins interim WBC Super Light Title Friday in South Dakota

By: Ken Hissner

Lou DiBella’s DiBella Entertainment and USA Showtime promoted the interim World Boxing Council World Super Lightweight Title fight Friday night from Deadwood Mountain Grand, in Deadwood, South Dakota.

In the Main Event southpaw Regis “Ruga Rou” Prograis, 21-0 (18), of New Orleans, LA, living in Houston, TX, the WBC No. 2 contender, destroyed the former IBF World and WBA World Super Lightweight champion southpaw Julius “Blue Machine” Indongo, 22-2 (11), of Windhoek, Nambia, living in Omaha, NEB, the WBC No. 8 Contender, with four knockdowns at 2:54 of the second round.

In the first round the taller Indongo landed a combination to the head of Prograis. A solid right hook by Prograis to the chin of Indongo hurt him. A strong jab from Prograis to the chin of Indongo almost knocked him down. Prograis landed a right uppercut to the chin of Indongo dropped him to the canvas. In the second round Indongo used his jab with occasional long left hands to the chin of Prograis. Both fighters went to the body.

A left from Prograis to the chin of Indongo dropped him. Two more times left hands to the chin of Indongo dropped him for the second and third time forcing referee Ian John-Lewis to wave it off.
“I didn’t have a chance to show all my punches since it ended so soon. This 140 pound division is mine,” said Prograis.
Holden Production and Banner Promotions promoted the co-feature.

In the co-feature Russian born Super Lightweight Ivan “The Beast” Baranchyk, 18-0 (11), out of Brooklyn, NY, stopped late sub Russian Petr “El Czar” Petrov, 38-6-1 (19), out of Madrid, Spain, at 1:12 of the eighth round of a scheduled twelve.

In the first round a jab from Baranchyk scored a knockdown when Petrov as his gloves touched the canvas breaking his fall. Baranchyk leaped with a left hook to the chin of Petrov. Petrov used his jab keeping Baranchyk off balance.

Baranchyk landed a solid left hook to the chin of Petrov. In the second round a left hook from Baranchyk to the chin of Petrov knocked him to the canvas and he got up immediately and started fighting when referee Mark Nelson jumped in and started his count. Petrov came back with a good right to the side of the head of Baranchyk. Petrov ducked into a Baranchyk left uppercut to the chin. The round ended as Petrov landed a right to the chin of Baranchyk.

In the third round Petrov landed a left hook to the body of Baranchyk. Baranchyk dropped Petrov to a knee with a left hook to the body but referee Nelson called it a slip. Petrov landed a right to the head of Baranchyk but got countered with a right to the head almost dropping him. Just prior to the bell Baranchyk landed two left hooks to the body knocking Petrov into the ropes. In the fourth round Petrov landed a double left hook to the body of Baranchyk. Baranchyk landed a double left hook to the body and head of Petrov. Petrov came back with a left hook to the body followed by a right to the head of Baranchyk. Baranchyk came back with a 3-punch combination to the body and head of Petrov. Petrov ended the round with several rights to the body and head of Baranchyk.

In the fifth round Baranchyk continued to throw punches with “bad intentions” to the head of Petrov. Baranchyk landed a lead right to the head of Petrov. Petrov landed a pair of left hooks to the body of Baranchyk. That was the best round of the fight so far. Petrov took the fight on five days notice and stepped up the super lightweight. In the sixth round Petrov landed an over hand right to the head of Baranchyk. Baranchyk came back with a combination to the head of Petrov. Baranchyk landed an overhand right to the ear of Petrov dropping him.

In the seventh round Baranchyk landed a pair of combinations to the head of Petrov. Baranchyk landed a chopping right to the head of Petrov. Just prior to the end of the round Baranchyk landed a flurry of punches to the body and head of Petrov. In the eighth round Baranchyk continued to show how his power was much stronger than Petrov driving him into the corner with a flurry of punches until referee Nelson wisely called a halt.
This writer had Baranchyk up 69-61 after seven rounds. Baranchyk is managed by David McWater.

Heavyweights Junior Fa, 14-0 (8), of Papakura, New Zealand, won a lack luster majority decision of late sub Craig Lewis, 14-2-1 (8), of Detroit, MI, over 8 rounds.

In the first round Fa landed the first punch a right to the chin of Lewis. Lewis is mostly using a jab. He missed quite a bit with his right hand. Inside the final minute of the round Fa landed a solid left hook to the head of Lewis and followed up with several more punches before Lewis tied him up. In the second round Fa landed a solid left hook backing Lewis up several steps. There were a dozen clinches after this keeping referee Mark Nelson busy.

In the third round Fa landed a good left hook to the chin of Lewis while inside.

Fa landed a solid right to the chin of Lewis getting his attention. Another round of about ten clinches. In the fourth round Fa came out and landed the first combination of the fight starting with a left hook followed by a straight right to the chin of Lewis. Lewis took the fight on two weeks notice and had his mouth open already gasping for air. He had swelling around his left eye. Lewis jumped in with a left hook to the chin of Fa. Again, too many clinches.

In the fifth round Lewis continued to come forward walking into a Fa left hook on the chin. Both threw right hands at the same time with both missing and falling into a clinch. Lewis landed a right to the chin of Fa. Fa came back with a right to the chin of Lewis. A Lewis jab to the mid-section of Fa knocked Fa off balance. In the sixth round it was Fa missed with a right and fell into a clinch time after time.
In the seventh round Fa landed a good left hook to the chin of Lewis. Fa landed a combination to the head of Lewis.

Referee Nelson continued to tell both boxers to stop clinching. In the eighth and final round Fa landed a pair of right’s to the head of Lewis. Fa looked exhausted and Lewis did too but seemed more active. Fa continued to hold Lewis. Lewis landed a left uppercut just prior to the bell on the chin of Fa. This fight was like watching wall paper dry.

Judge Rey Danseco had it 76-76, Juan Carlos Pelayo had it 78-74 and ? 79-73. This writer had it 77-75.

Super Featherweight Matt “Sharp Shooter” Remillard, 27-1 (15), of Hartford, CT, won by TD in 8 at 1:58 of the round over Jesus A. “Chuito” Valdez, 22-4-1 (11), of Sonora, MEX, of a scheduled 8.

Heavyweight Trey Lippe, 14-0 (14), of Tulsa, OK, stopped Oswaldo Ortega, 3-8 (1), Sonora, MEX, at 1:13 of the third in a scheduled 6.

Super welterweight Charles Conwell, 7-0 (5), of Cleveland, OH, shut out Juan Jesus Rivera, 28-20 (18), of Aguascalientes, MEX, over 6 rounds.

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Prograis & Indongo Battle for Interim WBC Super Lightweight Title Friday

By: Ken Hissner

Lou DiBella’s DiBella Entertainment and USA Showtime will bring you an interim World Boxing Council world Super Lightweight Title fight Friday night from Deadwood Mountain Grand, Deadwood, South Dakota.

In the Main Event a pair of southpaws will do battle with NABF Champion Regis Prograis, 20-0 (17), of Houston, TX, the WBC No. 2 contender taking on the former IBF World and WBA World Super Lightweight champion Julius “Blue Machine” Indongo, 22-1 (11), of Windhoek, Nambia, the WBC No. 8 Contender.

Prograis in his last fight in June of 2017 stopped Joel Diaz, Jr., then 23-0 at the Turning Stone Resort & Casino in Verona, NY, knocking him down four times in the second round before it was ended by the referee. It was only his second fight of 2017 and last one. He is quite a puncher and a fan favorite.

Indongo is coming off his first career loss to then 4-Organization world champion Terence “Bud” Crawford being knocked out in 3 rounds in August of 2017. This is a tough challenge to come back on for Indongo. He also holds rankings at No. 8 in the IBF and No. 9 in the WBO.

In the co-feature Russian born Super Lightweight Ivan “The Beast” Baranchyk, 17-0 (10), out of Miami, OK, where he has fought his last six fights. He takes on Russian Petr Petrov, 38-5-1 (19), out of Madrid, Spain.

Baranchyk was only 3-0 with those fights in Belarus when he came to the US and was signed by David McWater of Split-T Management. His last fourteen fights have been in the US. “I’m very excited about the fight. We think he gets the title shot when he wins,” said McWater.
In Baranchyk’s last fight he defeated Philadelphia’s Keenan “Killer” Smith, then 11-0, in July of 2017. In his previous fight in February he defeated Abel Ramos, then 17-1-2, in a USBA Super Lightweight title defense. He won that vacant title defeating Zhimin Wang, then 7-0, from China. Baranchyk’s last four wins have all been by decision.

In Petrov’s last fight in April of 2017 he lost a decision for the WBO World lightweight title to champion Terry Flanagan in the UK. In 2014 he won the ESPN Boxcino tournament at lightweight.
Heavyweights Junior Fa, 13-0 (8), of Papakura, New Zealand, takes on Craig Lewis, 14-1-1 (8), of Detroit, MI, over 8 rounds. This should be an interesting battle of young heavyweights.
This will be Fa’s third fight in the US. He holds a pair of wins in 2009 and 2012 over current WBO Champion Joseph Parker in the amateurs. In his last fight he knocked out Fred Lathan in November 2017 in the first round. Lewis had a NC with Lathan in 2014. In his last fight in August he knocked out Galen Brown, then 44-37-1 in 2 rounds.

Also on the card is Matt “Sharp Shooter” Remillard, 26-1 (15), of Hartford, CT, who will be taking on Jesus A. “Chuito” Valdez, 22-3-1 (11), of Sonora, MEX.
After losing in an NABF and WBO NABO featherweight title challenge to future world champion Mikey Garcia, then 24-0, in 2011 Remillard spent six years out of boxing only to come back in April of 2017 posting three wins. His last bout was a fourth round stoppage over Yardley Armenta Cruz, then 22-8. Valdez’s last fight was in September of 2017 scoring a stoppage win.

“The team has a great plan, we wanted at least 30 rounds before we step up the level of opposition we needed to work off ring rust which Matt has done and looks great. This will be his fourth fight back and he’s in the best shape of his life and is ready to fight anyone at 130 pounds after this fight,” said Seth DeRobbio (manager/agent).

This is a great lineup for Friday night and each fight could headline.

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ShoBox The Next Generation Results: Younan and Ellis Battle to a Draw and Mattice Wins by TKO

By Eric Lunger

​This evening on ShoBox: The Next Generation, undefeated prospect Junior Younan (13-0, 9 KOs) took on Ronald Ellis (14-0-1, 10 KOs) in a ten-round super middleweight bout at the WinnaVegas Casino and Resort in Sloan, Iowa. Younan, a Brooklyn native with an outstanding amateur background, has generated some real interest in his young career, and tonight was a sparkling chance to showcase his talents. Ellis was making his third appearance on The Next Generation, and his first foray at the (scheduled) ten-round distance.

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​The first round was action-packed with both men letting their hands go. Younan may have landed more effective jabs, but it was a very close round. The second round was more tactical by both men, with Younan flurrying but Ellis doing some effective work inside. The action slowed a bit in the third, with Younan looking confident and smooth, and Ellis keeping his hands home.

​In the fourth, Younan was content to counter Ellis as the latter came in. Ellis scored one successful sequence in close, but otherwise Younan was in control. As the middle rounds wore on, Ellis came forward, but Younan’s footwork and counter punching kept him ahead, in my view. It was a risky game, however, as judges can be reluctant to give rounds to the man on his back foot. Ellis scored some heavy shots in the seventh, bringing the crowd out of their seats and backing Younan up.

​Urgency from both men was the theme of the eighth round, and (for a change) Younan had Ellis on the ropes and scored a number of heavy shots. Clearly punched out, Younan took the last half of the round off, but Ellis was unable to respond. The action slowed again in the ninth, as both fighters took the round off. Both corners urged their fighters on for the tenth, with the bout clearly in the balance. Both men were visibly exhausted in the tenth, but Ellis landed one fierce uppercut late in the round. Was it enough?

​The judges scored the bout: 96-94 for Ellis, 96-94 for Younan, and 95-95, for a split draw.

​In the co-feature, Cleveland native Thomas Mattice (10-0, 8 KOs) took on Rolando Chinea (15-1-1, 6 KOs) from Lancaster, PA, by way of Puerto Rico, in an eight-round lightweight contest. Chinea is an aggressive pressure fighter, and he showed it in the first round. He is all pressure all the time. Mattice did well to absorb the attack, and in the second round Mattice landed some effective counters. The punch output in the first two rounds was absurdly high.

​Chinea continued his relentless assault in the middle rounds, pinning Mattice against the ropes and eating a few uppercuts. Nonetheless, Chinea landed a lot of effective shots. Mattice tried to use his jab to keep Chinea off of him – and at times was successful — but the Puerto Rican fighter just kept on coming. Then, suddenly, in the seventh, Mattice caught Chinea with a short right hook, snapping Chinea’s head back and staggering him. Mattice went on the attack, landing a succession of blows, and forcing a well-timed stoppage.

​In the opening televised bout, Montana Love (8-0, 4 KOs) of Cleveland, Ohio, took on Sam Teah (12-1-1, 5 KOs) of Philadelphia, PA. Love came in as a late substitute for Wellington Romero, who was sidelined by an injury. Love came out confidently, throwing a straight left from his southpaw stance, while Teah started slowly, or patiently, depending on your point of view. Teah had difficulty managing the distance to his opponent, struggling to settle into any sort of productive rhythm. Love landed more effective punches in the early rounds, countering Teah and using his hand speed to keep Teah at bay. The Philadelphia fighter presented a stationary target, remaining right in front of Love for the majority of the fight.

​Love scored well in the seventh, with Teah looking frustrated and confused. The eighth went the same way, with Montana Love putting on a professional and confident performance. The judges scored it 76-76, 78-74, 78-74 for Love.

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​ShoBox The Next Generation Preview: Undefeated Junior Younan vs. Ronald Ellis

By Eric Lunger

​This Friday’s edition of ShoBox: The Next Generation features a clash of exciting prospects in the super welterweight division, as Junior Younan (13-0, 9 KOs) takes on Ronald Ellis (14-0-1, 10 KOs) at the WinnaVegas Casino and Resort in Sloan, Iowa.

​Younan, 22, comes from Brooklyn, NY, and has an extensive amateur pedigree. A nine-time junior Olympic champion, an eight-time New York State Silver gloves champ, Younan grew up around boxing, going to the gym with his father even before he could walk.

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​Now facing what should be his toughest test, Younan exudes confidence and determination. “It doesn’t really matter what [Ellis] brings to the table that night,” Younan told Showtime, “anything he does, I’m going to have an answer for it. I’ve dug deep for this fight, I’ve pushed myself mentally to places I’ve never been. I’m peaking at the right time.”

​Ronald “Akeem” Ellis, 28, is from Lynn, MA, but now resides in Los Angeles. He is making his first attempt at a ten-rounder. Ellis possesses significant power, as seven of his professional bouts have ended by TKO in the first two rounds, but he will need to box well if he wants to compete with the technically proficient Younan. Ellis battled a hand injury last year, and Friday marks a return to the ring after almost thirteen months of inactivity.

​Younan is certainly not overlooking his opponent. “I know that Ellis will come in good shape, that he will come prepared. We are preparing for a ten-round dog fight,” said the Brooklyn fighter. “Do I think it will go that long? No, but we are prepared.”

​In the co-feature, Montana Love (8-0, 4 KOs) from Cleveland, Ohio, is set to take on Philadelphia’s Samuel Teah (12-1-1, 6 KOs) in an eight-round super lightweight bout. Also featured in the telecast are Wellington Romero (12-0-1, 6 KOs), a former Dominican Republic Olympian, and Thomas Mattice (10-0, 8 KOs), another Cleveland native, in separate bouts. Mattice will look to continue his undefeated streak as he takes on Puerto Rican born prospect Rolando Chinea (15-1, 6 KOs) in an eight-round super lightweight contest.

​ShoBox: The Next Generation continues to offer boxing fans the chance to see talented prospects at the beginning of their careers. Friday night’s edition features four fighters with undefeated records, offering a fascinating card from top to bottom. The action begins Friday night, live at 10:00 EST on Showtime.

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ShoBox: The New Generation Results: Claressa Shields Outclasses Tori Nelson

By Eric Lunger

Claressa Shields (4-0, 2 KOs), America’s only two-time Olympic boxing gold medalist, exploded onto the women’s professional scene less than two years ago, picking up the WBC and IBF super middleweight world titles in her fourth professional bout. Tonight, she put those titles on the line against undefeated challenger Tori Nelson (17-0, 2 KOs) of Ashburn, Virginia. Nelson, 41, took an unorthodox road to boxing, picking up the sport at age 29 as a way to increase her fitness.

Youth versus age, energy versus experience, talent versus strategy — there were lots of ways to view this fight, but first the first question was: could Nelson compete with Shield’s skill level? It is a serious question because the Flint, Michigan, native appears to be a once-in-a-generation talent.

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The two fighters faced off in the main event on ShoBox: The New Generation, at the Turning Stone Resort and Casino in Verona, NY. Shields came out in the first with a tight, cautious attack, but the hand speed difference between the fighters was abundantly clear. In the second, Shields landed a number of heavy shots, but Nelson nodded her head, like “that was nothing,” but the blows had to be adding up. Nelson fought a smart third round, stepping inside Shields’ attack. In the fourth, Nelson got inside again, but Shields outfought her from off the ropes.

In the fifth, Shields opened with a textbook triple jab, followed by a classic one-two down the pipe. Shields continued to land big shots but Nelson showed herself as durable as she was unintimidated. The sixth was the first really lop-sided round, as Nelson slowed down and offered no offense at all. Tori Nelson fought hard in the seventh, still shaking her head when she got tagged, but no one wins rounds by just hanging on. The eighth was more of the same, and the ninth again saw Nelson hanging on and taking punishment. Shields won the final round convincingly, as she did all the others. That Nelson never went down was a testament to her durability, if nothing else. The judges saw it as a shut-out, 100-90 across the board for Claressa Shields.

In undercard action, Jessie Hernandez (10-1, 7 KOs) of Fort Worth, Texas, took on Ernesto Garcia III (9-2, 5 KOs) of Saginaw, Michigan, in a ten-round junior featherweight clash. Garcia was giving up almost 4 inches in height and 2 inches in reach to Hernandez, who was coming off a fifth round TKO win over previously undefeated Vladimir Tikhonov.

This was an action first round, both fighters coming forward, both willing to throw, but it was not sloppy. Hernandez switched to southpaw to start the second, but Garza got inside and landed a number of good combinations. The Michigan fighter scored a knock down with just seconds to go in the round, catching Hernandez inside with a short left hook. Fireworks started the third, with both men in the middle of the ring, exchanging power shots. But this was a much better round from Hernandez, who went back to orthodox and fought from the outside.

In the fourth, Hernandez went back to southpaw and went to work on Garza’s body. He landed one low blow, but otherwise the body assault seemed to be effective, as Garza’s work rate slowed markedly. The fifth was closer, but Hernandez landed the cleaner and more punishing shots. In the sixth, Garza seemed to regain some steam, but both men exchanged hard shots in the middle of the ring – at a pace that looked impossible to sustain. The seventh was a war, with Garza losing his mouthpiece for the second time, and the last thirty seconds again saw a flurry of activity from both boxers. In the eighth there was a drop in activity – it had to come at some point – but still lots of action in a very close round. The ninth went mostly Garza’s way, as Hernandez seemed to fade, or maybe he was taking a round off in preparation for the tenth. Garza began the final round dancing and moving, but the final minute was an incredible battle in the center of the. This was a tremendous fight by both men, and a difficult fight to score. The judges saw it 95-94, 93-95, 97-93, a split decision for Jesse Hernandez.

In the first televised bout, two undefeated prospects, Shohjahon Ergashev (11-0, 11 KOs) of Uzbekistan took on Sonny Fredrickson (18-0, 12 KOs) of Toledo, Ohio, in a scheduled eight-round junior welterweight clash. Ergashev, a five-foot-ten southpaw, currently trains in Brooklyn, NY, while the lanky six-foot-one Fredrickson was looking to run his KO streak to three. With a combined 80% knock out rate between the two men, this fight was not likely to go the distance.

Ergashev landed some heavy left hands early and late in the first round, with Fredrickson unable to match Ergashev’s speed and use of angles. The second round saw more effective boxing and power shots from the Uzbek, though he marred the round — in my view — with some unnecessary show-boating. The end came quickly, however, in the third, as Ergashev staggered Fredrickson with a clean left. The Toledo native tried to survive on rubber legs, but the punishment doled out by Ergashev compelled a stoppage at 1:58 of the round.

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ShoBox Preview: Claressa Shields vs. Tori Nelson, Hernandez vs. Garza

By: William Holmes

On Friday night one of the biggest attractions in women’s boxing, former Gold Medalist and current IBF/WBC Super Middleweight women’s World Champion Claressa Shields will be defending her titles against Tory Nelson.

This bout will be the main event of ShoBox: The New Generation airing on Showtime live from the Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, New York.

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Super bantamweight Angel Hernandez and Super Lightweight Shohjahon Ergashev are expected to compete on the undercard.

The following is a preview of the Hernandez vs. Garza fight and the main event between Claressa Shields and Tori Nelson.

Jesse Hernandez (10-1) vs. Ernesto Garza (9-2); Junior Featherweights

ShoBox has a long history of putting on “crossroad” fights between two young and upcoming prospects. A win for a boxer will usually catapult him to bigger and better opportunities. A loss for a boxer will usually derail any hopes of him obtaining a future world title fight.

The fight between Hernandez and Garza is a perfect example of that.

Hernandez is twenty seven years old and is two years younger than Garza. He will have about a three and a half inch height advantage and about a two and a half inch reach advantage.

Dmitriy Salita is the promoter of Hernandez and he’s been very active the past two years. He fought three times in 2017 and twice in 2016. Garza has also been active, but not as active as Hernandez. He fought three times in 2017 and once in 2016.

Hernandez has seven stoppage victories in comparison to the five stoppage victories of Garza. Hernandez debuted in 2009 but had a five year gap in between his second and third professional fight.

Hernandez has two big wins on his resume. He defeated Glenn Dezurn and Vladimir Tikhobnov. They were both undefeated at the time.

Garza’s only notable win was against Edward Kakembo. His two losses were to undefeated boxers, Jon Fernandez and Neslan Machado.

ShoBox fights are usually hard to pick a favorite due to the series’ history of putting on competitive fights between up and coming prospects that have yet to be tested. However, the physical advantages for Hernandez appear to be too great for Garza to overcome.

Claressa Shields (4-0)vs. Tori Nelson (17-0-3); IBF/WBC Super Middleweight Titles

Claressa Shields is one of Women’s Boxing Biggest stars. Her upside is so high that she’s headlining Friday’s ShoBox card and became a world title holder in only her third professional fight.

She’s a two time Olympic Gold Medalist and won it in 2012 and 2016.

Her opponent, Tori Nelson does not have the amateur pedigree of Shields but women’s amateur boxing did not exist in the Summer Olympics prior to 2012.

Shields is still incredibly young at the age of twenty two. Nelson is nearly twice her age and is forty one years old.

Shields has only fought four times as a professional but already has 2 TKO/KO wins. Nelson has twenty professional fights but only has 2 wins by stoppage. Shields has the clear advantage in power.

Shields was thrown to the fire almost immediately upon turning pro. She defeated Nikki Adler in only her third professional fight and was able to win both the IBF and WBC titles. She has also been active, and has fought three times in 2017 and once in 2016.

Even though Shields fought three times in 2017, she feels like she took some “time off” after he last match, in an era where many champions only fight once to twice a year.

She stated at a recent media workout, “”I am calm – focused – but still hungry like a challenger with the added confidence of being a world champion. I took some time off after my last win but I look forward to getting busy again in 2018.”

Nelson only fought once in 2017 and once in 2016. Her biggest victory to date was a TKO over Mia St. John, but Mia St. John was 46 years old at the time of that defeat.

Shields appears to be aware of the experience that Nelson possess and has been training hard for this fight. “This training camp I did eight weeks instead of six. A lot of camp has been extremely hard. But I’m so focused and determined on 2018 and starting great and staying busy. I expect my opponent to apply pressure, and to use some dirty tactics. She has more experience, but not that much when you speak of her amateur experience”.

Unfortunately for Shields, women’s boxing is not deep with talent, especially at the higher weights where she competes. This should be an easier win for Shields, especially considering the advance age of Nelson and Nelson’s lack of amateur experience.

But some big fights await Shields if she’s able to emerge victorious. Christina Hammer is a big name in the 160lb division in Women’s boxing and she may be next on Shields agenda. Chris Cyborg of the UFC has also been talked about as a possible future opponent.

As far as her future, Shields stated, “In 2018 I expect great fights against the best contenders. I expect to make history again on SHOWTIME and also looking forward to dropping to 160 to fight against [Christina] Hammer mid-2018. January 12th will be the beginning of great things to come”

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ShoBox Results: Luis Rosa Upset by Yuandale Evans

By: Ken Hissner

At the Masonic Temple & Performing Arts Center in Cleveland, OH, Friday night on Show Box The New Generation and promoted by DiBella Entertainment.

In the Main Event Featherweight Luis “KO King” Rosa, 23-1 (11), of PR/New Haven, Conn. Lost a split decision to Southpaw Yuandale “Money Shot” Evans, 20-1 (14), of East Cleveland, OH, for the WBC Continental Americas title.

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In the first round both fighters came out firing. Evans landed a good right uppercut knocking the head of Rosa back. Rosa came right back with several right’s to the head of Evans. At the minute mark left in the round Evans landed a solid double right hook to the head of Rosa. With half a minute left in the round Rosa landed a solid combination but Evans fired back with a combination of his own. It was an action packed round. In the second round Evans landed a solid straight left to the head of Rosa. Evans used a good jab while Rosa was swinging wildly in return. A good left hand by Evans got Rosa’s attention moving him back several steps. In the last 30 seconds of the round Rosa worked Evans into a corner landing a flurry of punches.

In the third round Evans landed four unanswered punches before Rosa fought back. At the halfway mark Rosa worked the body of vans well following up with a pair of rights to the head. With less than a minute left in the round Evans landed a three punch combination to the head of Rosa. In the fourth round Evans opened up with a flurry of punches. Rosa drove Evans into the ropes with a flurry of body punches. Evans used an effective jab throughout the round while Rosa went head hunting in an action round. Both were landing punches at the bell.

In the fifth round Evans came out firing his jab following with a left to the head of Rosa. Rosa drove Evans into a corner with a flurry of punches. Evans countered well as Rosa kept pushing him back with his head low coming forward with body work. In the sixth round Evans landed a very effective jab and was able to work around Rosa who worked the body when they were inside. At the halfway mark out of a southpaw stance Rosa landed a solid lead left to the head of Evans. Evans backing up countered well to the head of Rosa who was swinging wildly while coming forward.

In the seventh round Rosa kept moving around the ring with Evans on the offense. It seemed Rosa was taking the round off. In the eighth round Evans drove Rosa into the ropes with a flurry of punches. Rosa landed a solid right hand from a southpaw stance rocking Evans at the one minute mark. It was all Sosa up until a minute left in the round rocking Evans again with combinations to the head. With half a minute left in the round Evans turned the table rocking Sosa with combinations. Both were letting it all hang out at the bell.

In the ninth round with Rosa coming forward with body shots Evans countered with right hooks to the head. The fighters got sloppy with warnings from referee Shawn Clark to both fighters using dirty tactics. In the tenth and final round Evans once again started fast with Rosa coming forward with his head throwing punches. At a minute into the round Evans landed a solid left hand to the head of Rosa. The fight got wild with punches from both until Rosa pushed Evans to the canvas. Evans got up firing back while Rosa came forward throwing wild punches with both hands. Both fighters were throwing leather at the bell of a very exciting bout.

Scores were slow coming with scores of 96-94 for Evans, 96-94 for Rosa and 97-93 for Evans. This writer had it 96-94 for Evans.

In the co-feature welterweight Russian Radzhab “The Python” Butaev, 8-0 (6), of Los Angelos, CA, defeated Janer “Jafet” Gonzalez, 19-1-1 (15), of Barranquilla, COL, over 8 rounds.

In the first round Butaev was the aggressor. Just over a minute into the round Butaev rocked Gonzalez with a right to the head. Gonzalez held his hands up high while Butaev on contrast had his left to his side firing the right hand. In the second round both fighters mixed it up in the middle of the ring. Gonzalez became the stalker while Butaev countered well with his right. Not a lot of punches landing in the round.

In the third round just over a minute Gonzalez landed a solid right to the head of Butaev who countered back with a right of his own. Gonzalez may have did just enough to win the round. In the fourth round after a minute Butaev landed a solid left hook to the head of Gonzalez. Halfway through the round Gonzalez landed a good right to the head of Butaev who countered with a solid left hook to the head. There was too much posing on the part of both fighters.

In the fifth round Gonzalez landed a good left hook to the chin of Butaev. After a minute into the round Gonzalez rocked Butaev with a left hook to the head. Gonzalez opened up more in the round. In the sixth round after a minute Gonzalez landed a solid left to the head of Butaev. Gonzalez continued to stalk Butaev dropping his hands for the first time trying to get Butaev to open up.

In the seventh round Butaev became a little more active looking to land that one punch knockout. He outworked Gonzalez enough to win the round. In the eighth and final round Gonzalez landed a solid right to the head of Butaev after thirty seconds into the round. Butaev worked his jab more landing three without return. With less than a minute left in the round Butaev landed a good combination to the head of Gonzalez. George Nichols was the referee.

Scores were 80-72, 79-73 and 77-75. This writer had it 77-75.

2016 Olympian super welterweight Charles “Bad News” Conwell, 6-0 (5), of Cleveland, OH, won a lopsided fight over a game Roque Zapata, 4-2-3 (0), of Cold Pepper, WV, over 6 rounds.

In the first round Conwell used his jab while Zapata was busier for the first half of the round. Halfway through the round Conwell starts opening up with his jab and straight rights to head of Zapata. Conwell landed a good left uppercut to the chin of Zapata. With half a minute to go Zapata landed a good straight right to the chin of Conwell. In the second round after 30 seconds Conwell rocked Zapata with a right to the chin. In the second halfof the round Conwell landed a solid right uppercut to the chin of Zapata. Conwell was looking for a knockout with every right hand. With less than a minute left in the round Conwell landed a solid right knocking out the mouthpiece of Zapata.

In the third round a solid right hand uppercut from Conwell on the chin of Zapata dropped him. Referee George Nichols got to the count of 9 before Zapata got up. With just over a minute left in the round a double left hook to the body and head by Conwell dropped Zapata again for a 9 count by referee Nichols. A game Zapata got up with a bloody nose and fought back well. In round four at the halfway point Conwell landed a solid right hand body shot hurting Zapata. Every right hand Conwell throws has bad intentions with one causing a cut over the left eye of Zapata.

In round five both fighters are mixing it up with Conwell getting the better of the two. A solid left hook to the ribcage by Conwell dropped Zapata. Conwell landed a good double left to the body and head of Zapata. Zapata has little power though fighting back landing his first combination to the head of Conwell. In the sixth and final round there is no quit in Zapata as Conwell is throwing bombs with his right hand. Conwell was warned for a pair of low blows. Conwell then went right after Zapata trying for the knockout. A game Zapata survived six lopsided rounds. Conwell’s manager Dave McWater got right in the ring as the fight landed congratulating his young warrior.

Scores were 60-51 twice and 60-53. This writer had it 60-51.

Heavyweight Junior Fa, 13-0 (8), of Auckland, NZ, dealt Freddy “Too Slick” Latham Jr., 9-1-2 (5), of Pittsburgh, PA, his first loss stopping him at the 1:07 mark of the first round in a scheduled 8.

In the first round a taller Fa used a solid jab followed by a straight right keeping Latham backing up. Fa opened up just after one minute landing over a dozen punches to the head and body of Latham who was defenseless in a neutral corner causing referee Clifford Pinkney to wisely step in to stop the onslaught.

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DiBella Entertainment Boxing on Showtime Preview: Rosa vs. Evans; Butaev vs. Gonzalez; Fa vs. Latham

by B.A. Cass

You don’t have to be Freemason to gain entrance on Friday night to the Masonic Temple & Performing Arts Center in Cleveland, OH where DiBella Entertainment will put on an exciting line up of boxing matches. You don’t even have to be living in the Cleveland area because you can catch the main event, along with the two preceding undercard fights, on Showtime starting at 10 p.m. ET.

The three fights are part of the “ShoBox: Next Generation” series, and the first televised fight will be between Junior Fa and Fred Latham. The next fight will be between Radzhab Butaev and Janer Gonzalez.

The main event of the evening will be between Luis Ross and Yuandale Evens.

Charles Conwell (5-0) vs. Roque Zapata (4-1-3)

Great amateur boxers are often fundamentally more sound than great professional boxers. That’s because the sole objective of the amateur is to win and they do not have to think so much about entertaining the crowd.

Conwell, the youngest member of the 2016 Men’s USA Boxing Team, is just a year into his professional career and still maintains the integrity and solid defense strategy from his amateur days. And yet he’s fun to watch. He knows how to absorb punches without sustaining damage, and he has an impeccable sense of when to go for the kill.

He has won all five of his professional fights by TKO.

Roque Zapata is a jumpy fighter and throws punches as if his fists were just the extensions of his unraveled nerve endings. He moves wildly and can be dangerous. He may not be as skilled a boxer as Conwell, but he’s one of those fighters who could get hit in the face with a block of cement and barely flinch. He often unleashes his most brutal attacks on opponents after he has sustained significant damage himself.

Conwell has the reach advantage over Zapata, but Zapata has fought taller men before and beaten them. Plus, Zapata is unpredictable. He could give the fundamentally more sound Conwell a hard time.

Junior Fa (12-0) vs. Fred Latham (9-0-2); heavyweight

Fa, a New Zealander, made his professional boxing debut in February of 2016. Since then, he’s kept busy—extremely busy. In just over a year, he’s fought twelve times. That’s a remarkable number of fights for a boxer in today’s age—or in any age, for that matter. Fa is tough and brutal.

Pointing forward with his manicured little beard, the heavy-footed Latham knows how to work a clean jab. He likes to stand in one spot and punch, and it may prove difficult for him to move out of reach of Fa, who is known for his combination assaults.

Radzhab Butaev (7-0) vs. Janer Gonzalez (19-0-1); welterweight

The 23-year-old Butaev was born in Russia just two years after the fall of the Soviet Union. He is despot of the ring—cool, menacing, wielding complete power. Butaev has won all his fights, and all but one of these wins have been by KO.

Janer (19-0-1) makes his US fight debut when he steps into the ring to face Buteav. Janer, who has the advantage of experience, is unknown to US fight fans. Like Buteav, he’s undefeated, but we just don’t know what to expect from him.

However, we can expect one thing of this fight.

Both men will fight as if everything is on the line because everything is. This showcase fight has the potential to advance the career of the man who wins.

Luis Rosa (23-0) vs. Yuandale Evans (19-1); featherweight

Last seen in the sparsely crowded Floyd Little Athletic Center in New Haven, CT where he defeated Carlos Osorio (then 13-6), the 26-year-old Rosa steps into the ring on Friday night as a man determined to win.

We all know that becoming a world champion requires something more than skill. It requires a dedication that borders on the psychotic and something else, something ineffable. Luis Rosa has that all of these qualities.

A smart inside fighter who knows how to make necessary adjustments during a round, Rosa often remains elusive in the ring despite the fact that fights at close range. He’s tough and likes to go

Evans is a different type of fighter, more of a pure boxer. But after suffering a first-round KO to Javier Fortuna in 2012, Evans stayed out the ring for nearly two and half years. He’s fought three times since his return in 2015, and he’s on a winning streak. The Cleveland born Evans is a skilled boxer and he will be fighting for the first in front of a hometown crowd.

Don’t discount Evens just because he’s been less active than Rosa. Disappointing his fans won’t be an option for him when he enters the ring on Friday night. Expect this to be one good fight.

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Benavidez Outpoints Gravil For WBC Strap

By: Sean Crose

Twenty year old David Benavidez aimed to make history Friday evening in Las Vegas as he battled to become the youngest fighter to ever attain a super middleweight championship. The talented, exceedingly hard hitting Phoenix native was putting his 18-0 record on the line against 18-1 Floyd Mayweather protege Ronald Gavril. The bout was the main event of a Showtime Special Edition boxing broadcast and was aired live from the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino.

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Before the Benavidez-Gavril bout, however, two other fights aired live. First, a pair of super middleweights faced off in a ten rounder. Up and comer Caleb Plant, 15-0, started off crisp against Andrew Hernandez, 19-6-1, employing his jab and effectively closing the distance. Plant kept up the momentum throughout the early portion of the bout, yet remained patient so as not to get caught unawares by his opponent.

By the middle rounds it had become clear that Hernandez, brave and game as he was, simply wasn’t as sharp and strong as his foe. Still, the Phoenix native was game. Bleeding from a cut and determined to show he could last, Hernandez did indeed make it to the final bell. The decision, however, went to Plant. While he certainly didn’t look bad, Plant didn’t particularly impress, especially when one considered the fact that Hernandez took the fight on short notice.

Next up, J’Leon Love, 23-1, fought Abie Han, 26-3, in another 10 round super middleweight affair. The early portion of the bout proved to be entertaining. Love’s shots and high guard were proficient enough, but Han’s off-beat style seemed to give Love some trouble, as did some of Han’s shots. To his credit, Love remained patient as the fight carried into the middle rounds. Han was very effective in his own right, though, making for a relatively fan friendly affair.

Then, in the eighth, a serious accidental headbutt impacted Love and sent Han to the ground in serious physical pain. So serious was the clash that ringside physicians had to attend to Han before a decision was read. Sure enough, the poor man – although conscious – had to be wheeled out on a stretcher. Needless to say, the judges ruled it a draw, though one judge had the score insanely biased in Love’s favor.

It was then time for the main event. With the WBC world title at stake, Benavidez and Vegas fighter (by way of Romania) Gavril had twelve rounds before them to prove who was the better man. The first round saw Benavidez trying to land clean while Gavril attempted to work the body. Gravil was excellent in the third – at least until the end, when Benavidez came on strong and started going powerfully to the body himself. The fourth was almost too close to call. Gravil regularly went to the body, but Benavidez had powerful moments.

By the time the middle rounds arrived, the fight had fallen into a pattern: Benevidez would throw the faster, flashier shots while Gravil kept his sights on Benavidez’ torso. It now seemed to be a question of whether or not Gravil’s body blows would eventually pay off. The sixth was largely a Gravil round. Was Benavidez taking a round off – or tiring?

As the fight rolled into the later rounds, Benavidez did indeed seem tired. “You took his best shot,” said Gravil’s trainer, former great Eddie Mustafa Mohammad, “he ain’t got nothing left.” And there was truth to be found in that statement, for Benavidez’ power seemed to have left him, at least to some degree. Yet the man found enough strength to hurt Gravil at the end of the tenth. There was no doubt, however, that Benavidez was taking a lot of punishment himself.

Still, Benavidez came back strong – very strong – in the eleventh. Sure enough, it looked like Gravil might actually hit the mat. The man survived, though. He even got some strong shots in of his own. The round, however, clearly belonged to the rejuvenated Benavidez. The twelfth and last round opened with Benavidez landing strong. Gravil managed to hold on, though. Then, stunningly enough, Benavidez went down from a Gravil shot. The fighter got up and survived the round, but it was some kind of fight.

When all was said and done, Benavidez walked away with the split decision win…and the WBC title belt.

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2-Time Olympic Gold Medalist Claressa Shields Wins World Titles

By: Ken Hissner

At the MGM Grand in Detroit, MI, Friday night Salita Promotions, MGM Grand and ShoBox headlined with 2-Time Olympic Gold Medalist Claressa Shields winning both the WBC World Female and IBF Female Super middleweight titles!

Photo Credit: Showtime Boxing

In the Main Event the 2012 and 2016 Olympic Gold Medalist Claressa “T-Rex” Shields, 4-0 (2), of Flint, MI, stopped the WBC World Female Super Middleweight champion Nikki Adler, 16-1 (9), of Augusburg, Bayem, Germany taking her title and the vacant IBF title at 1:34 of the fifth round of a lopsided fight.

In the opening round Shields landed the first punch a left uppercut to the chin of Adler. Halfway through the round a Shields right hand to the chin buckled the knees of Adler. A miss from a right hand by Adler was countered by a right to the chin from Shields. Already there were marks on the face of Adler. It was a big round for Shields. In the second round Shields went head hunting pounding the head of Adler who had no answer for this. A left hook from Shields to the head of Adler drove her into the ropes and could have been called a knockdown from referee Michael Griffin. It could have been a 10-8 round for Shields. That is how lopsided it was in favor of Shields. In the third round Shields came out on the attack once again as Adler stayed in the pocket with hands held high. Shields got through the defense of Adler with a pair of rights to the head making Adler hold on. As the bell sounded Shields was all over Adler.

In the fourth round Shields finally went to the body with lead rights followed by left hooks to the head of Adler who seems overwhelmed. A right hand lead miss by Adler was countered by a right from Shields to the head of Adler. Shields landed three body shots just prior to the bell. In the fifth round a 3-punch combination from Shields to the head of Adler had her stunned. With a minute left Shields started showboating with hands to her side. A left hook from Shields rocked Adler and Shields followed up with a combination to the head of Adler forcing referee Griffin to step in and stop the mismatch.

“Oh man that was crazy. It’s clear I am happy and blessed having trained for a hard fight and not a war. (Asked to compare this win to her Olympic Gold Medals) I’m more happier now than winning in the Olympics here among my friends,” said Shields. Also in the ring was WBO and WBC World Female middleweight champion Christina Hammer, 21-0 (9), born in KAZ now living in Germany with both talking about a meeting in 2018.

In the co-feature making his US debut southpaw Super bantamweight Vladimir Tikhonov, 16-1 (9), of St. Petersburg, Russia, lost for the first time in his career to southpaw Jesse Angel “The One” Hernandez, 9-1 (7), of Ft. Worth, TX, at 2:25 of the fifth round.

In the opening round Hernandez switched from southpaw to orthodox and back to southpaw as he pressured southpaw Tikhonov who boxed well in a close round. In the second round Tikhonov was landing more punches but Hernandez the stronger punches. Hernandez landed lead rights to the chin of Tikhonov on several occasions out of the orthodox style. It was a good round for Hernandez. In the third round Hernandez made Tikhonov mix it up by pressuring him. Halfway through the round Hernandez landed a right to the chin that knocked Tikhonov off balance as he was going backwards. Tikhonov came in and clashed heads with Hernandez and pushed him back. Hernandez ended the round with a right hand on the side of Tikhonov’s head knocking him halfway through the ropes as the bell sounded.

In the fourth round Tikhonov landed a hard right hook to the head of Hernandez but Hernandez came back strong rocking Tikhonov with combinations. Tikhonov pushed Hernandez off when he was inside.
In the fifth round Tikhonov butted Hernandez purposely and brought a warning from referee Ansel Stewart. Hernandez came back with much pressure driving Tikonov back again and again. When a left hook from Hernandez knocked the head of Stewart back referee Stewart waved it off to prevent Tikonov from suffering anymore punishment.

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ShoBox Results:Keenan Smith Defeated by Ivan Baranchyk in Miami, OK

ShoBox Results: Keenan Smith Defeated by Ivan Baranchyk in Miami, OK
By: Ken Hissner

At the Buffalo Run Casino in Miami, OK, Friday night GH-3 Promotions, D&D Promotions and Victory Promotions on ShoBox the next Generation presented super lightweights Philadelphia’s Keenan Smith against Russian Ivan Baranchyk, of Miami, OK, in the main event.

Photo Courtesy: Showtime

In the main event super lightweight southpaw Keenan “Killa” Smith, 11-1 (5), of Philadelphia, lost for the first time in a foul filled fight to Russian Ivan “The Beast” Baranchyk, 16-0 (10), of Miami, OK, over eight rounds.

In the first round Smith twice picked up Baranchyk tossing him to the canvas on the second one. Baranchyk showed much more power than southpaw Smith who moved well. In the second round a wild left hand by Baranchyk drove Smith into the ropes but referee Ritter could have called it a knockdown but didn’t. In the third round Baranchyk continued to throw power punches while missing quite a bit. Smith does a lot of holding in the round. Both boxers continued to throw punches at the bell as the referee Ritter seemed bewildered in what to do. In the fourth round it was more of Baranchyk showing his power. At the bell both continued to throw punches as referee Ritter once again seemed to lose control of the action.

In the fifth round Smith landed the best punch of his fight with a lead left to the head of Baranchyk. Referee Ritter after many warnings for holding to Smith deducted a point. As both boxers fell to the canvas referee Ritter only wiped off the gloves of Smith. In the sixth round Smith landed a 3-punch combination to start the round. Baranchyk continued to land heavy punches forcing Smith to hold and got warned by referee Ritter for holding. In the seventh round Smith boxed better but got tagged with a right to the head by Baranchyk just inside a minute left in the round. In the eighth and final round at the start referee Ritter failed to have the boxers touch gloves. In the first half of the round Smith boxed well having the best showing of the fight for him. Everything Baranchyk throws he does it with bad intentions. Smith slipped to the canvas twice in the round but seemed to pull out his first round.

The judges scored it 82-71, 79-72 and 78-73 while this writer had it 79-72.

In the co-feature super lightweight Kenneth “Bossman” Simms, Jr., 12-1 (4), of Chicago, IL, lost by majority decision in a mild upset to Puerto Rican Rolando “Iron Man” Chinea, 15-1-1 (6), of Lancaster, PA, over eight rounds.

In the opening round Simms hand speed dominated as he switched to southpaw and back to orthodox keeping Chinea from landing but a few punches. In the second round Simms continued to dominate. In the third and fourth rounds Chinea started to land some punches pinning Simms against the ropes.

In the fifth round it was a big round for Chinea who backed up Simms the entire round while Simms looking tired. In the sixth round Chinea continued coming forward out working Simms who has slowed down considerably since the fourth round. In the seventh round Chinea hurt Simms with a long right hand to the chin. Simms fought in spurts as Chinea continued coming forth. Simms showed much better skills but can’t match Chinea for stamina. In the eighth and final round both fighters looked tired but still throwing punches. Simms seemed to pull out the round as both were landing well up until the bell.

Judges scored 76-76, 77-75 and 77-75 for Chinea. This writer had it 76-76. Referee was Ritter.

Middleweight Antoine Douglas, 22-1 (16), of Burke, VA, stopped Colombia’s Juan “La Amenaza” Angel, 20-7-1 (18), with a body shot in 4 rounds for the vacant WBA-NABA title.

Super bantamweight Glenn Dezurn, 9-0-1 (6), of Baltimore, MD, seemed fortunate to get a draw with Adam “Mantequilla” Lopez, 16-1-2 (8), of San Antonio, TX, over eight rounds.

In the opening two rounds both boxers went to the body until referee Ritter warned Lopez to keep them up. In the third round Lopez came back going to the head of Dezurn. In the fourth round a right hand to the mid-section of Dezurn hurt him. Just prior to the bell Dezurn landed half a dozen punches to the body of Lopez.

In the fifth round Lopez’s power was overcoming Dezurn who showed little in return. In the sixth round the body work of Lopez took quite a bit out of Dezurn who was in his first eight rounder. In the seventh round the body punching continued with Lopez continuing to get the better of Dezurn in a close round. In the eighth and final round Lopez continued overpowering Dezurn. At the bell Dezurn landed a cheap shot to the chin of Lopez that referee Ritter never saw.

Judges scored it 77-75 Lopez, 77-75 Dezurn and referee Ritter 76-76 a draw. This writer had it 78-74 Lopez.

Bantamweight Joshua “Don’t Blink” Greer, Jr., 14-1-1 (6), of Chicago, IL, stopped southpaw Leroy “Lucious” Davila, 5-2 (3), of New Brunswick, NJ, who couldn’t come out for the sixth of a scheduled eight.

In the first two rounds it was all Greer showing more punching power than Davila. Davila’s gloves touched the canvas in the first round and referee Gary Ritter called it a push but never wiped the gloves of Davila. Davila boxed better in the second round but didn’t have enough power to hold Greer off. In the third round it was more of the same with Davila showing good speed of hand but no power. In the fourth round Greer hurt Davila with a straight right to the chin and followed with half a dozen more unanswered punches.

In the fifth round Greer landed half a dozen punches to the head of Davila while having him on the ropes. Greer landed quite a few right uppercuts to the body and chin of Davila. Davila’s corner would not let him out for the sixth round to prevent more punishment to their boxer.

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Philly’s Unbeaten Super Lightweight Keenan Smith on top July 14th

Philly’s Unbeaten Super Lightweight Keenan Smith on top July 14th
By: Ken Hissner

The outstanding unbeaten southpaw Keenan Smith from Philly will be on ShoBox July14th in Buffalo Run Casino in Miami, OK, against tough local unbeaten resident Ivan Baranchyk of Russia.


After a stellar amateur career Smith, 11-0 (5), takes on Russian Ivan Baranchyk, 15-0 (10) who now lives in Miami, OK, in a major showdown and a possible “shot in the arm” for Smith.

As far back as June 26, 2007 Smith won the Junior Olympic National Championships at Marquette, MI, defeating such boxers as Santos Jaramillo. The next day Smith defeated Ulixwa Abelino, and on the 29th Jesse Roman. He won the tournament defeating Lavale Wilson on the 30th.

On August 31st of the same year Smith lost to Vitali Varabyev, at Baku, Azerbaijan. The following May 7th he defeated Amir Iman in the 2008 National Golden Glove Tournament of Champions. The next day he defeated Walter Sarnoi, on the 9th defeated Emmanuel Gonzalez and in the championship final defeated Ryan Kielczweski.

On May 6, 2009 Smith defeated Wanzell Ellison at the National Golden Gloves in Salt Lake City, UT, only to lose in a rematch to Amir Iman the following day.
Smith debuted on April 9th of 2010 he defeated fellow Philly boxer Luis Esquilin, 1-3-1, winning every round at the Philly South Arena. Smith weighed 130. Two months later at the legendary Blue Horizon he defeated Alex Montes, 1-0, of Lawrence, MASS. In November he defeated Anthony Royal, 0-0-1, scoring a knockout in the fourth and final round at Harrah’s in Atlantic City, NJ.

On April Fool’s Day in 2011 Smith defeated debuting Joshua Nieves of Hampton, VA, over 4 rounds at the Asylum Arena which was renamed from the Philly South Arena. It would be 10 months before returning to action in April of 2012 defeating by majority over Christopher Finley, 3-3, of Detroit, MI, at the Tropicana Casino in Atlantic City.

It would be over 3 years before Smith returned to the ring on March of 2015 stopping Malik Johnson, 1-5-4, of Newark, NJ, in 3 rounds at the now 2300 Arena in Philly in his first scheduled 6, now up to 145. It would be 2 months later in May when he would defeat Luis Rodriguez, 3-3, of Carolina, PR, over 6 rounds, at the Claridge Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City.

In August Smith knocked out Lavelle Hadley, 2-0, of Youngstown, OH, in the 2nd round of a 6, at the Playground in Atlantic City, weighing 146. In November he posted his biggest victory to date over Benjamin Whitaker, 10-1, of San Antonio, over 8 rounds at the D Casino in Las Vegas, NV.

Smith wouldn’t return until January of 2017 to stop Marquis Hawthorne, 4-5, of Waco, TEX, in the 5th of a 6, at the Bally’s Event Center, in Atlantic City. In his most recent bout in April stopping Edgar Gabejan, 27-33-7, of Rizal, PH, in the 7th of an 8 at the Claridge Hotel & Casino, in Atlantic City.

KEN HISSNER: The first time I saw you fight was at the Lonnie Young Recreation Center in Philly defeating Emmanuel Taylor in one great fight on a great show over Thanksgiving. What a coincidence both of you are managed by Dave Price and promoted by Doc Nowicki?

KEENAN SMITH: It works well.

KEN HISSNER: Didn’t you win an AAU, GG and Junior Olympic titles?


KEN HISSNER: Is your brother Marty your main trainer now?


KEN HISSNER: Have you had the nickname “Killa” since the amateurs?

KEENAN SMITH: Yes even way back then.

KEN HISSNER: This is a big fight against Russian Ivan Baranchyk now in his hometown of Miami, OK. Do you feel any added pressure?


KEN HISSNER: Are your plans to stay at 140 as if in your last fight?


KEN HISSNER: You are featured in one of four 8’s on what looks like a dynamite show of prospects. Any idea if you will be on the televised captions?

KEENAN SMITH: I’m the main event.

KEN HISSNER: I want to wish you all the best of luck in your upcoming fight and future.


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