Corley, Johnson, Nicholson Victorious in Washington, D.C. by Robert Uzzell

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DeMarcus “Chop Chop” Corley, still in incredible shape at age 40, scored a one-sided unanimous decision over Daniel Attah on Saturday evening. Corley weighed in at an unbelievable 133 pounds, after spending close to 20 years fighting world class opposition at 140.

Corley dropped Attah five times, once round 4 and twice each in rounds 5 and 8. Attah was game enough to last until the final bell, however, to scores of 100-86, 99-86, and 100-85. With the win, Chop moves to 42-22-1 (25 KOs). Attah drops to 28-19-1 (11 KOs). The FightJournal.com exclusive video interview with Corley will follow this week.

In a special Washington, DC grudge match, Alexander “The Great” Johnson took on Henry “Sugar Poo” Buchanan. In what was billed as an even matchup, it didn’t take long for the winner to be decided.

About a minute into the opening stanza, the southpaw Johnson caught Buchanan with a straight left near the ropes and it was lights out. Buchanan tried unsuccessfully a few times to get up but couldn’t recover. Once he got to his feet, he was in no shape to continue. The referee waved the fight off at 2:10 of round one. Johnson improves to 16-2, (7 KOs), while Buchanan falls to 21-4 (14 KOs).

In the opener, Demond “D’BestAtIt” Nicholson stopped Dennis “The Shark” Sharpe in the fourth round of a scheduled six round bout. I’m used to seeing guys drop as soon as Nicholson hits them. However, the game New Jersey native Sharpe fought as if he came for more than a paycheck on Saturday night.

Nicholson brought out the big left hooks to go along with the huge right hand that fans are used to seeing. The accumulation of punches paid off as Nicholson was able to end Sharpe’s night early. Nicholson improves to 10-0 (10 KOs). Sharpe falls to 17-13-4 (4 KOs).

Bouts with Hector Camacho, Jr and Jeff Lacy were both cancelled. Camacho, Jr was scratched due to injury. Former IBF champion Jeff “Left Hook” Lacy was scheduled to face Rayco Saunders, but the bout was cancelled with no explanation. A trip to the locker room found Jeff Lacy up in arms about not being able to fight. Lacy claims he, as well as Saunders were ready to fight and that there was no money availbale to pay the fighters. He asked me to contact him to get his side of the story and I am obligated to appease both sides (promotion and fighter) on this issue.

Sports celebrities in attendance at various activities during the weekend:

“Sugar” Ray Leonard
Ronald “Winky” Wright
Keith Holmes
Mark “Too Sharp” Johnson
Sharmba “Little Big Man” Mitchell
Riddick “Big Daddy” Bowe
Seth “Mayhem” Mitchell

The sponsor of this event was GFS Entertainment. Please go to gfsent.com to check them out!

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Weights from Washington, DC!

The GFS Entertainment Group brings the stars out in Washington, DC tomorrow afternoon. Here are the weights for tomorrow’s participants:

Demond Nicholson 161, Dennis Sharpe 163

Jarrett Hurd 154, Damon Antoine (N/A)

Henry Buchanan 173, Alexander Johnson 174

Jeff Lacy 178, Rayco Saunders 174

Main Event:

DeMarcus Corley 133, Daniel Attah 135

Fans you don’t want to miss this event! The celebrities will be out in full force. Some of the folks you’ll see tomorrow are Sugar “Sugar” Ray Leonard, Ronald “Winky” Wright, Floyd Mayweather Sr, Roger Mayweather, Jeff Mayweather, former Washington Redskin Brian Mitchell, Sharmba Mitchell, William Joppy and more.

See more details about the event by selecting the link here:

http://thefightjournal.com/2014/08/29/the-gfs-entertainment-group-hosts-celebrity-weekend-of-champions/

DONT MISS IT!

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Mchunu-Wilson Press Conference

Press release:  NBC Sports Fight Night presents its first afternoon broadcast of the year on NBC this Saturday, September 20th, at 3 p.m. ET. The fourth afternoon network boxing broadcast since the Fight Night series premiered in 2012, the show will feature South African heavy-hitter Thabiso “The Rock” Mchunu (16-1, 11 KOs) against unorthodox Garrett “The Ultimate Warrior” Wilson (13-7-1, 7 KOs) for the NABF Cruiserweight Title and in the co-feature, undefeated Karl “Dynamite” Dargan (16-0, 8 KOs) will take on Angino “The Nightmare” Perez (16-5, 14 KOs).

The final press conference took place today.

Thabiso Mchunu: Thanks to Main Events, NBC and Kathy Duva for this opportunity to showcase my skills. I know Garrett Wilson is a tough opponent. I just have to do my magic and put on another great show.

Garrett Wilson: I want to thank Main Events for having me back on the card and Foxwoods for hosting this event. I have nothing but respect for Mchunu, he is an awesome fighter. He beat Eddie Chambers and I have the utmost respect for Eddie Chambers, so if he can beat Eddie I know he is a great fighter. I didn’t lose my belt. To me it is still MY belt. This to me is a defense of my belt. I trained hard. I am looking forward to an exciting fight. I want to once against become the NABF champion.

Karl “Dynamite” Dargan: I would like to thank Main Events and Angino Perez for taking the challenge. We had a great camp. I don’t know too much about Perez but I know he knows how to win. I don’t have too much to say I am just looking forward to Saturday.

Angino “The Nightmare” Perez: Usually we get last minute calls and we don’t have much time to train. I don’t know Dargan but I have only heard good things about him. I appreciate the opportunity and just want to give people a good fight.

Kathy Duva: Welcome everyone to the beautiful Foxwoods Resort Casino. This is going to be our fourth show on broadcast NBC. We are very proud to bring boxing back to network television. This card is going to bring a lot of excitement to the Saturday afternoon line-up. We plan on making boxing fans out of casual fans with this card.

Thank you to Foxwoods. I want to thank the commission. It is such a pleasure to work with the staff here. Tickets are still available through http://www.ticketmaster.com and through Foxwoods box office. Special discounts are still available. It is going to be an exciting afternoon of boxing. Come out, enjoy the fights and then take advantage of all that Foxwoods has to offer.

With these fights we have the potential for absolutely anything to happen. The cruiserweight division is what the heavyweight division used to be years ago. The most electrifying fights take place in this division. They are the same size that Joe Frazier was when he was in his prime. They changed the name of the heavyweight division. The current heavyweights are twice the size of what they used to be. People in the heavyweight division are outweighing their opponents by 50 pounds. I have struggled to understand why the cruiserweight division isn’t popular.

This is going to be a great fight. They are coming to win. That is what makes this sport so exciting.

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Featherstone and Veazey on Separate Paths to Stardom!

Baltimore, MD (September 17, 2014)Jerome Featherstone and Joey “Bazooka Joe” Veazey are both talented rising boxing stars that generate attention in the Baltimore area. The two have matches Saturday evening as part of Baltimore Boxing Promotions’ “Wiggle, Wiggle, Wiggle” card at the Myers Pavilion.

Their journeys leading up to September 20 however are about as different as possible.

A late comer to the sweet science, Featherstone was an established athlete before putting on a pair of gloves. He was a superstar wrestler at Boys Latin High School and went on to make his mark as a 165 pounder for Oklahoma State University.  In 2012, Featherstone walked into the Baltimore Boxing & Fitness Gym interested in learning the sport; he was a natural that quickly turned heads.

Fifteen months later, he won the Golden Gloves in the Washington, DC/Baltimore region and went on to compete in the national tournament against the best fighters in America. He’s won all but two of his fights and will have his final amateur bout Saturday evening against Francisco Bustos for the East Coast Middleweight Championship.

A high school junior, Veazey fought his first fight at seven and has been a success ever since. Humble and mature, an unusual combination even for top professional athletes, he’s a two-time regional titlist, one-time National Silver Gloves winner and 2009 Ringside World champion. This year, Veazey captured a silver medal at the Junior National Golden Gloves. He’s still a few years away from entering the pros but has the chance to win another title when he meets Keayen Coleman for the Maryland State Welterweight Championship.

“Jerome and Joey took very different paths into boxing,” said Smith, a former boxer that has promoted in the beltway region the last decade. “Joey grew up around the gym and has been fighting since he was very young. Jerome is a late bloomer in boxing who made up for lost time by being a fast learner with an excellent athletic background. Those in attendance Saturday night will get to see two of the best up and comers we’ve got.”

Smith is also proud of the kind of people his two featured fighters are.

“Jerome and Joey are champions in and out of the ring. They don’t bring an attitude or sense of entitlement with them regardless of their success. I’ve promoted many of their fights and both are class acts. To me, promoting a quality human being is just as important as the boxing aspect because the community rallies behind good people.”

“Wiggle, Wiggle, Wiggle” features ten additional matches, two of which are also for titles.

To top off this solid evening of entertainment, Baltimore Boxing will honor Murray Smith, late father of promoter Jake Smith. During the evening, the “School of Hard Knocks” Award will be presented in Murray’s honor to Baltimore native and former IBF Junior Middleweight champion Vincent Pettway.

Tickets from $25 and are on sale now by calling 410-375-9175. In addition to the $25 bleacher seats, $35 floor, $50 individual VIP, $350 reserved tables for 10, and VIP tables of 10 for $500 are currently on sale.

All VIP ticketholders can enjoy free hors d’oeurves by Midtown BBQ from 7:00pm-8:15pm.

Doors for “Wiggle, Wiggle, Wiggle” open at 6:30 pm and the opening bell will sound at 8:15. All bouts are scheduled by USA Boxing. There will also be a special 50/50 raffle during the evening. All proceeds are going towards the Baltimore Boxing amateur program, a non-profit which rescued many local youths from the tough Charm City streets and helped develop them into boxers.

For more information, go to Baltimoreboxing.com.

Contact: Matt Yanofsky (Publicist) – 551-206-0578

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Mayhem Results from Las Vegas!

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Recap by: Chip Mitchell

Floyd Mayweather, 47-0 (26 KOs), retained his WBC and WBA welterweight titles, as well as his WBC super welterweight title, with a clear-cut decision over Marcos Maidana, 35-5 (31 KOs). Scores were 115-112, 116-111, 116-111. Maidana was (incorrectly) deducted a point in the tenth round as the combatants got tangled up and Mayweather fell to the canvas.

Also in round eight, Mayweather accused Maidana of biting his hand while Mayweather had Maidana in a headlock. Replays were inconclusive and referee Kenny Bayless didn’t see anything worthy of a deduction.

Mayweather: He bit my fingers. My fingers were numb. My hand was numb. I really couldn’t use my left hand, but I won the best way I know how. We were tangled up in the center of the ring and he bit me. He bit my left hand. I felt sharper in the first fight.

On how he thinks he did
I give myself a C-minus. I could have been better. I got hit with some shots tonight I should’t have got hit with, but that comes with the sport.

On if a Pacquiao fight can be made
I’m going to go back to talk to my team to see what we can assess, to see what the future holds for Floyd Mayweather. And once again, I’m not ducking or dodging no opponent. If the Manny Pacquiao fight presents itself, let’s make it happen.

Marcos Maidana: I thought I won the fight, but if judges like to give the fight to fighters that run I guess they gave it to him. I felt I was the aggressor and kept the pressure.

On Mayweather’s tactics
He kept holding and pushing, but the ref wouldn’t do anything about it. Instead he took points away from me.

On being accused of biting Mayweather
Maybe he thinks I’m a dog, but no I didn’t bite him. He was rubbing my eyes with his glove. Maybe he had his glove in my mouth. That doesn’t mean I bit him.

Undercard results:

Leo Santa Cruz made quick work of  Manuel Roman with a big right hand in round two. Roman tried to get up, but his balance was gone and referee Robert Byrd had no choice but to stop it.

The time of the stoppage was 55 seconds into the second round.

In not the most exciting of fights, Miguel Vazquez relinquished his title Mickey Bey by very controversial split decision. Total punches landed were 89 for Vazquez to 81 for Bey. Scores were split for Bey and Vazquez.

Scores were 115-113 for Bey by Julie Lederman, 115-113 for Vazquez by Adelaide Byrd, and the grossly off the mark 119-110 by Robert Hoyle.

James De La Rosa scores an upset ten round unanimous decision victory over Alfredo “El Perro” Angulo. Angulo was dropped by by a left hand in round two by De la Rosa.

Midway through the fight Angulo started to bleed from his right eye as De La Rosa began to open up. A point was taken from Angulo in the seventh for a low blow.

Angulo, as he did with Canelo Alvarez, came on strong towards the end. However it wasn’t enough as judges scored the fight 98-90, 96-92, and 99-89 for De La Rosa. With the win, he improves to 23-3, (13 KOs). Angulo drops to 23-5, (18 KOs).

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Weights from Las Vegas!

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Fans, see weights below for participants for Saturday night’s “Mayhem” showdown, headlined by champion Floyd “Money” Mayweather and challenger Marcos “El Chino” Maidana.

I thought Showtime made a major mistake with the second set of interview questions. Let the main event participants weigh in and ask them a few questions and let them disappear until tomorrow.

However, 10 minutes after the weigh-in and questions, both participants were sitting next to Brian Kenny answering more questions. The arena was empty. It took all the air out of the event. All the drama was taken from the rematch. At one point, Floyd began to look around the arena while Marcos was answering questions. It was just a bad look.

Weigh-in results:
Floyd Mayweather 146.5 vs. Marcos Maidana 146
(WBC/WBA welterweight, WBC superwelter titles)

Leo Santa Cruz 121 vs. Manuel Roman 122
(WBC super bantamweight title)

Miguel Vazquez 135 vs. Mickey Bey 134.5
(IBF lightweight title)

Alfredo Angulo 162 vs. James de la Rosa 161.5

Humberto Soto 140 vs. John Molina 139.5

Andrew Tabiti 195.5 vs. Caleb Grummet (overweight)

Damian Sosa 136.5 vs. Armando Lopes 139

Fabian Maidana 140 vs. Jared Teer 146.5

Kevin Newman 163.5 vs. Azat Umarzoda 162

 

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Mayhem Undercard Fighters Final Comments!

Fans, check out what the “Mayhem” undercard fighters had to say before Saturday’s showdowns:

Leo Santa Cruz:
“I’m very happy to be on this big undercard. This is the biggest card I could possibly be on. We trained really hard for this fight. It’s the biggest fight of my life because millions of people will be watching and I need to take advantage of that opportunity. I know people think this is going to be an easy fight for me, but you’re going to be surprised Saturday night. I used to spar with Roman and I had to train really hard for him because I know what he brings. I don’t underestimate anybody. Every fighter up there is dangerous. I have to go out there and work hard and give it my best to prove I belong here.

“I’ve trained so hard because I know I have a lot of pressure and expectations on me. I know Roman is a great fighter with great punches but we have to go out and do what we always do. People have said other Mayweather co-main event fighters are better and I’ve heard that. Because of that, this is definitely the biggest fight I’ve been in and I want to get the win and keep getting better fights.

“I have gotten love from fans too and I appreciate that. It’s because of them that I’m here and I keep training hard to get better every time. My brothers and my dad are always with me coming to the gym, watching me spar and it’s because of them that I’m so motivated for this fight. I’m looking to get the stoppage. I want it to end before 12 rounds and get him out of there and look good doing it. People are saying this is easy but no fight is easy. Anyone can surprise you so I always go out there and train like I’m fighting the best and I’m going to continue doing that. If everything goes well with this fight I definitely want to go out and get another belt and unify all the belts in the super bantamweight division.”

Manuel Roman:
“I know we’re both well prepared and we know what to expect from each other.  This is the opportunity of a lifetime and I’m looking to take full advantage of it.

“I know Leo well but this is a business and a tremendous opportunity for me. Winning a world title is every boxer’s dream.

“I’m happy for Leo and the success he’s had, but I’m confident and very well-prepared for our fight on Saturday.  This will be a great fight for the fans.”

Miguel Vazquez:
“I’m ready and well prepared. I have a tough opponent in Mickey Bey but I’m ready to win. I want to dedicate this fight to my family and my team and especially to God for putting me in this position to live my dreams. This is definitely a key fight for me and an opportunity to make a name for myself. I’ve been a champion a long time and made six defenses, but I know a lot of fans don’t know who I am. That’s why I am so looking forward to Saturday.

“I think I have extra motivation for this fight because it is my chance to show the world that I am a real champion and that I deserve to be on a card as big as this. I’m ready to defend and I am well-prepared for what I know is a tough opponent in Mickey Bey.” Continue reading

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