ARUM: PACQUIAO VS. BRADLEY III SET FOR APRIL 9, 2016 IN LAS VEGAS

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Story by:  Chip Mitchell

Manny Pacquiao will settle the score in a rubber-match on April 9 with Timothy Bradley Jr , says promoter Bob Arum.

This fight was initially billed as Pacquiao’s final fight, but sources close to Team Pacquiao say “not so fast, my friend.”

“We won’t sell it as Manny’s final fight,” Arum told BoxingScene.com on Tuesday. “We won’t do that for the simple fact that – anything could happen. Sure, it could very well be his last ever fight. But should he turn around one day and say he wants to fight again, we will look like a bunch of hucksters in selling the fight that way.

Pacquiao, (57-6-2, 38 KOs) has been sidelined since his loss to Floyd Mayweather Jr. last May.  However, “Pac-Man” has deemed the shoulder to be completely healed and he’s ready to go for April.

Bradley, (33-1-1, 13 KOs) won the first encounter by a close margin in a fight that many (not me) thought Pacquiao won.  The rematch saw Bradley seemingly ready to seize control early on, then inexplicably attempting to become Mike Tyson over the second half of the fight.

While Pacquiao is pursuing political aspirations, Bradley is fresh off a November knockout of Brandon Rios.  I’m not sure if it was Bradley being featured in that fight as much as Teddy Atlas.  Either way, you have to give some credibility to the matchup of trainers.  I don’t think they like each other and it brings intrigue to a matchup that some fans don’t want to see.

Win, lose, or draw, I think Pacquiao’s ultimate goal is a Mayweather rematch… for legacy, for clarity, and, of course, for payola.

More to come as news breaks…

 

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OMAR DOUGLAS WINS BACK AND FORTH BATTLE OVER FRANK DE ALBA ON PREMIER BOXING CHAMPIONS TOE-TO-TOE TUESDAYS

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BETHLEHEM, PA. (December 30, 2015) – Unbeaten Omar Douglas (16-0, 11 KOs) gritted out a 10-round unanimous decision over Frank De Alba (17-2-2, 6 KOs) on Tuesday night’s edition of Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) TOE-TO-TOE TUESDAYS on FS1 and BOXEO DE CAMPEONES on FOX Deportes from Sands Bethlehem Event Center in Bethlehem, Pa.

Douglas started to turn up the heat up in round two as he landed two hard left hooks that stopped De Alba in his tracks. De Alba was able to gain confidence in round three, as he was able to counter effectively against Douglas.

Round five had the best two-way action of the first half of the fight with both guys digging deep to gain an advantage.  Douglas seemed to get the better of the exchanges as he landed the harder combinations. Douglas began to take over the middle rounds and in round eight, a left hook rocked De Alba and put him in danger for this first time in the fight.

The two fought hard down the stretch and excited the crowd with Douglas winning in the end by majority decision by scores of 97-93, 96-94 and 95-95.

In the co-main event, Miguel Cruz (12-0, 11 KOs) remained perfect by scoring a seventh-round stoppage over Virgil Green (11-4, 3 KOs) in a scheduled eight-round welterweight battle.

Cruz was dominant throughout the fight and in round four he rocked Green with a left hook that had his opponent stumbling into the corner. In round seven, Cruz landed a perfect right and left hook that put Green down.

Sensing his moment, Cruz quickly finished the deal with two hard lefts that forced referee Benjy Esteves to stop the fight at 1:32 of round seven. Cruz’s power punches proved to be most dangerous as he connected on 46 percent of them.

In the televised opener, Christopher Brooker (7-1, 5 KOs) worked hard and earned an eight-round unanimous decision over previously undefeated Leo Hall in a light heavyweight bout.

Brooker controlled most of the action and came out with a strong first round landing some solid punches in close on Hall.  In round five, Brooker landed a solid combination that sent Hall back to the ropes and had him in trouble. He was far more accurate throughout the night, landing 49 percent of his total punches and 53 percent of his power punches.

In his strongest moment of the fight in round seven, Brooker landed a perfect right on the chin that drew a big reaction from crowd. The judges scored the fight 80-72 and 79-73 twice all for Brooker.

Here is what the fighters had to say Tuesday:

OMAR DOUGLAS

“I feel great. I got some great rounds. The judges might have made it a little bit closer than it really was. But I went into his hometown and did what I do.

“He was about as tough as my last fight. The only thing tougher than the last one was that I had to come here on the road and do it.

“This builds me. It makes me a better fighter. I had a great opportunity tonight and I jumped on it. I feel like I’m the better fighter and tonight I proved it.”

FRANK DE ALBA

“It was a very competitive fight. I think I landed more punches. He was more aggressive, but I was landing more. 

“This is boxing. I just come here to put on a show for the great fans. I thought I won the fight. I knew I beat him inside.”

MIGUEL CRUZ

“It was a great fight, he was a tough opponent who was very agile and mobile. I had to be patient and it was great to get those rounds. I’m coming for the 147-pound division.

“I was definitely trying to break him down slowly. He was mobile, but I didn’t expect him to be so quick.

“I was hurting him every time I hit him and I finally got him out of there.”

 

VIRGIL GREEN

“The hits to the back of the head were the problem. I wanted the ref to do something about it but that’s what hurt me. I never recovered from it.

“I felt like I was frustrating him and out-boxing him. But I never recovered from that blow.”

CHRISTOPHER BROOKER

“It was a good fight. He’s a good boxer, but I had to keep it rough. He has some good experience that kicked in, but my will, my heart and my training kicked in too.

“My loss is what got me motivated for this performance. No more setbacks, only get backs.”

LEO HALL

“I tried to work, We were working in there. I wasn’t surprised by anything. It was a good fight.

“I pushed myself. We got in there and fought. There’s no excuses. We’re going back to work.”

 

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MELSON NOMINATED FOR MOST INSPIRATIONAL OF 2015!

BoydNew York, NY (December 29, 2015) – Junior middleweight boxer and philanthropist Boyd “Rainmaker” Melson has been nominated for Most Inspirational by Ring Magazine.

Having dedicated most of his life during the last 13 years to help cure Chronic Spinal Cord Injuries, Melson’s selfless efforts have been chronicled by various media outlets. The visibility of the cause he fights for and organization he donates 100% of his fight purses to, Team Fight to Walk, has grown tremendously during the last few years.

The 2003 West Point graduate also helped organize three successful “Fighting for the Cure” galas and successfully lobbied New York’s powers that be to reinstate a bill that allocates a percentage of each moving violation towards Spinal Cord Injury research. Last summer, the 15-1-1 junior middleweight along with Dr. Wise Young, Dr. Patricia Morton and others met with Congressman Chaka Fattah at a briefing at the Rayburn House Office Building Washington, DC to discuss clinical trials that could help hundreds of thousands suffering from Spinal Cord Injuries walk again. Word from Congress about the trial going forward is expected within 90 days.

Overall, Melson’s raised more than $350,000 for Team Fight to Walk.

“Last December the WBC honored me with their Ambassador Of Peace Award and this past July the NABF honored me with their Humanitarian Award,” said Melson, who captured the WBC USNBC title with a career best performance in May 2015. “A sport that I was forced to first partake in because of a mandatory gym class at West Point my Plebe (freshman) year along with my belief how I could use the boxing ring in order to help find a way to help people walk again has turned into this.”

“My only hope is that any human being learning of this story, especially children, internalize the following: understand your power of creating a vision, understanding what your own abilities are to achieve that vision and prepare to suffer while holding on to that vision for as long as their is air in your lungs. I believe my experience throughout this journey so far has shown again how one person can be the raindrop that creates the storm of change. What is real in our minds is real. I’m honored that Ring Magazine included me and I hope the publicity helps raise funds and awareness for Spinal Cord Injuries. Thank you to the sport I love for sharing my dream.”

To support Melson, please visit the comment section of ringtv.craveonline.com/news/407191-2015-ring-awards-finalists-for-most-inspirational or tweet @Ringmagazine. For more information about Team Fight to Walk, please visit Teamfighttowalk.com. Tax deductible donations can be made on the website or by texting “Walk” to 20222.

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

HE FOUGHT 13 FIGHTS IN 8 MONTHS: MEET ED “BAD BOY” BROWN

badbrownMeet 6’1 welterweight prospect ED “Bad Boy” BROWN, (16-0, 14 KOs), from Chicago.  After an impressive amateur career, where he compiled a 370-20 record, Brown turned professional in 2012, winning his first three bouts via first-round knockouts.  Following a two-year hiatus, which included being wounded eight times during three separate shootings, Brown, under the management of 2007 Boxing Writers Association of America “Manager of the Year” Cameron Dunkin and Harvard-educated matchmaker and promoter Chris Middendorf, embarked on an ambitious eight-month, 13-bout schedule, from May 16 to December 12.  Brown, 24, won them all with only two going the distance.  That’s right, 13-0 (11 KOs)!

“I pride myself on accurately judging talent and I think my track record proves that.  So believe me when I say Ed Brown is the goods,” said Dunkin. “The 2015 fast fights have been about fine tuning his game so that he can be ready for the bigger fights.  It was a grueling schedule between training and fighting, but he passed the tests with flying colors.  He is on the road to become boxing’s next big thing.”

“If you have a talented and exciting prospect like Ed Brown, you can fight him fast. When we sign prospects with these skills and this sort of amateur experience, they will also move fast,” added Middendorf.  “I think that today’s boxing audience craves seeing hot prospects; watching them, loving them or hating them, but buying tickets to see them or turning the channel to see them.  It is the same thing almost across the board in today’s sports world — Mike Trout and Bryce Harper in baseball, Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel in hockey, Odell Beckham and Le’Veon Bell in football — younger, faster, hit harder, amazing athletes, fan favorites.  In boxing, the best young fighters are ‘must see TV.’  Fans want to follow their story as they progress up the ranks as they incrementally challenge themselves by fighting better opposition. That is what we are after and that is what we see in Ed Brown.”

Brown is scheduled to return to the ring in January 2016.

HEAVYWEIGHT SLUGGERS DOMINIC BREAZEALE & AMIR MANSOUR SQUARE-OFF IN PRIMETIME IN PBC ON FOX BATTLE ON SATURDAY, JANUARY 23 AT STAPLES CENTER

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LOS ANGELES (December 29, 2015) – Undefeated 2012 U.S. Olympian Dominic “Trouble” Breazeale (16-0, 14 KOs) and hard-hitting southpaw Amir “Hardcore” Mansour (22-1-1, 16 KOs) will meet in a 10-round heavyweight showdown as part of primetime action on Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) on FOX Saturday, January 23 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles.

PBC on FOX action begins at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT and is headlined by undefeated Danny “Swift” Garcia (31-0, 18 KOs) and former world champion Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero (33-3-1, 18 KOs) in a 12-round welterweight showdown and features Undefeated rising star Sammy “The Sergeant” Vasquez (20-0, 14 KOs) taking on Los Angeles-native Aron Martinez (20-4-1, 4 KOs).

“This is a great opportunity for me and I’m definitely going to make the most of it,” said Breazeale. “Fighting at STAPLES Center in primetime is a dream come true. I’m a California guy and I know I have to put on a big show to make a name for myself. I want to be a world champion and Amir Mansour is standing in my way.”

“I can’t wait to put on a show January 23,” said Amir Mansour. “As a fighter, I am very humbled and appreciative to be apart of PBC on FOX debut. As a boxing fan, I am very pleased to be fighting on the undercard of one of my favorite fighters, Danny Garcia, who is also from Philly. I’m thrilled to be a part of a card like this with so many great fighters.”

“Dominic Breazeale vs. Amir Mansour is an excellent addition to the two welterweight battles already announced for January 23,” said Tom Brown of TGB Promotions. “The heavyweight division is back on the rise and will continue to be in 2016. Breazeale and Mansour are both looking to solidify their place in the division. This fight will not disappoint.”

Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by TGB Promotions, are priced at $300, $200, $100, $50 and $25, not including applicable fees and service charges, and are on sale now. Tickets can be purchased at AXS.com or by phone at 888-929-7849 or at STAPLES Center.

With recent upsets taking place and pivotal fights on the way in the heavyweight division, Breazeale and Mansour have an opportunity to insert themselves into the world title conversation with an impressive victory on January 23rd.

Since representing the U.S. at the 2012 Olympics, Breazeale has steadily improved and moved up the pro rankings. The 6-foot-7, 30-year-old has only gone the distance twice, including his last start when he won a 10-round unanimous decision over the tough, battled-tested Fred Kassi. The win over Kassi was Breazeale’s third of 2015 after stopping Victor Bisbal in March and Yasmany Consuegra in June. Before switching to boxing, Breazeale was a quarterback at the University of Northern Colorado.

An exciting pressure fighter, the 6-foot-1 slugger Mansour is experienced and primed for an opportunity at the best in the division. He went 20-0 before losing a 10-round decision to Steve Cunningham in a fight in April 2014 in which he dropped the former cruiserweight world champion twice. In his next start, Mansour knocked out Kassi in the seventh round. In 2015, he outpointed Joey Dawejko across 10 rounds in May and fought to a draw against unbeaten Gerald Washington in October.

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OLIVER FLORES TALKS WBA WORLD TITLE FIGHT WITH UCHIYAMA

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LEON, NICARAGUA (December 28, 2015) – With just a few days away from his first world title opportunity, WBA #6 rated super-featherweight contender, Oliver Flores (27-1-2, 17 KOS) talks about his upcoming fight with WBA world champion Takashi Uchiyama (23-0-1, 19 KOs).  Uchiyama vs. Flores is set to take place on New Year’s Eve, December 31, 2015 at the Ota-City General Gymnasium in Tokyo, Japan.

 

Flores speaks on his upcoming showdown with Uchiyama…

 

On December 31, 2015 you fight WBA super-featherweight world champion Takashi Uchiyama for his title.  This will be your first would title opportunity.  How do you feel going into this fight?

 

Oliver Flores:  I’m very excited for the opportunity to be fighting for a world title.  I’m very grateful to my promoter Havoc Boxing, who came through and put this fight together for me.  I’ve worked my whole life to get in this position.  I’m 100 prepared to give Uchiyama the fight of his life.  My body is healthy and I’m in the best shape of my life.  I’m going to seize the opportunity to the best of my ability.

 

What kind of fight are you expecting from the champion?

 

Oliver Flores: Takashi Uchiyama is an incredible fighter.  He’s defended his title many times over and his record is unblemished.  Most of his title defenses have ended in a knockout so I know he’s a very powerful puncher.  I’m expecting him to be aggressive in his approach.

 

How is the relationship with you and your father, who also serves as your trainer?

 

Oliver Flores:  My father Roger Flores is a former pro boxer who has been guiding my corner since I turned professional.  He knows my strengths and weaknesses and is very good at finding flaws in my opponents.  He’s been with me from day one and I wouldn’t want it any other way.

 

How special would it be for you if you were to bring the World Championship home to you countrymen of Nicaragua?

 

Oliver Flores:  To bring the title home would be a dream come true for me.  I have a lot of support from family and friends that will be looking forward to the outcome.  I know I’m the underdog going into this fight but I have a country that will be showing support when I go to battle in Japan.  My goal is to follow in the footsteps of Alexis Arguello and Roman Gonzalez, who brought great pride to Nicaragua?

 

Can you talk about training camp?

 

Oliver Flores:  Training camp has been very demanding.  I’m on a strict diet that has me at my optimum best. I’ve had some great sparring here in Nicaragua where I’m working out with a few different guys.  Everyone is pushing me to the limit.  It’s this type of training camp that’s going to get ready for Uchiyama, who I know is going to be at his best.  I’m executing every possible situation that I feel will come up in this fight.  I’m ready for battle.

 

Without giving up your game plan, what do you feel you’ll need to do to come out victorious against Uchiyama?

 

Oliver Flores:  I need to be aware of his powerful right hand power punchers.  He also likes to land he left hook to the body, so I need to be ready to counter those punches.

 

Are you concerned about getting a fair decision in Japan where Uchiyama resides?

 

Oliver Flores:  No, I believe the WBA judges will be fair.  Of course my goal is to end the fight early if possible, to avoid any argument.  I know it’s going to be a very difficult task to come out with a victory, but a task I feel I can accomplish.

 

Talk about you relationship with Havoc Boxing Promotions.

 

Olivier Flores: Fighting for Havoc Boxing has been a tremendous blessing to for me and my career.  I signed with them in June and shortly after I had a fight in August.  Now remarkably I’m fighting for a world title and I couldn’t be happier.  As a fighter you want to stay busy and put yourself in position to take your career to the next level.  With Havoc Boxing, I’ve been able to do all of the above.  My dad and I are very pleased to be part of Team Havoc Boxing.

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Weights from Bethlehem, PA

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BETHLEHEM, PA. (December 28, 2015) – Weights for Tuesday’s nights fight card at the Sands Bethlehem Events Center.

 

Photo credit:  Lucas Noonan

 

Omar Douglas 128 – Frank De Alba 129.5 Miguel Cruz 146 – Virgil Green 144.6 Leo Hall 177.6 – Christopher Brooker 174.2 Kyrone Davis 159.6 – Andrew Hernandez 160.6 Stephen Fulton 122.4 – Joshua Greer Jr. 122 Jerome Conquest 140.9 – Christian Molina 137.7 Milton Santiago 140.1 – Angel Hernandez TBA Earl Newman 178.2 – Victor Kpadenou 173.2 Denis Douglin 166.6 – Marcus Upshaw 165.6

Eduardo Flores 153.5 – Junior Castillo 154.5 Chris Colbert 126.3 – Derrick Bivins 124.4 Promoter: King’s Promotions 1st Bell:  6 PM Television:  FS1 at 9 PM ET

 

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 29, 2015 5 PM — Doors Open 6 PM– 1st Bout 9 PM FS1 broadcast Media may pick up their credentials in the backstage entrance of the Sands Bethlehem Event Center

 

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{VIDEO} Undefeated Super Lightweight, Milton Santiago Jr. chimes in on tonight’s fight with Angel Hernandez in Bethlehem, PA

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Bethlehem, PA (December 29, 2015)–TONIGHT, at the Sands Bethlehem Events Center undefeated Super Lightweight, Milton “El Santo”  Santiago (12-0, 3 KO’s) will take on Angel Hernandez (9-5-1, 5 KO’s) in a bout scheduled for eight-rounds.

 

The bout will take place off-tv of a card headlined by Super Featherweights Omar Douglas and Frank De Alba

 

Santiago of Philadelphia will be making his 5th start of 2015 and is excited to finish out the year with another win.

 

Below is a video of Santiago discussing the bout and what he looks forward to in 2016.  Media outlets may copy/paste the embedded code below the video and place it on their digital platforms

 

 

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WBC 2015 BY THE NUMBERS

The end of 2015 is near and what a wonderfully successful year, if we crunch the numbers, as we remember and savor unforgettable fights, several of which were a dream come true!  We also applaud, recognize and salute great champions who keep making history in their respective divisions, with bravery, ballistics and brilliance.

The World Boxing Council is thrilled for the stellar achievements this year, and also for those who’ve worked very hard for our sport.

It was marvelous year, inspiring us to try even harder to do yet better in 2016.

The WBC in numbers:

WBC Title Bouts: 46

By country: United States 23, Japan 5, Mexico 5,Thailand 4, Canada 4, Russia 2, England 1, Monaco 1 and Venezuela 1.

By Cities: Las Vegas 8, Los Angeles 5, England 3 Brooklyn 2, Mazatlan 2, Miyagi 2, Moscow 2, New York 2, Quebec 2, Tokyo 2, Caracas 1, Carson 1, Chicago 1, Chonburi 1, El Paso 1, Greenwich 1, Guamuchil 1, Metepec 1, Mexico City 1, Montecarlo 1, Montreal 1, Nakhon Ratchasima 1, Nakhon Sawan 1 and Osaka 1.

By Division: Heavyweight 4, cruiserweight 2, light heavyweight 4, super middleweight 2, middleweight 5, welterweight 2, super lightweight 3, lightweight 3, super featherweight 2, featherweight 2, super bantamweight 2, bantamweight 2, super flyweight 4, flyweight 2, light flyweight 3, minimum weight 4 .

Undefeated champions:

Deontay Wilder (US) 35-0-0, 34 KOs Heavyweight

Gennady Golovkin (Kazakhstan) 34-0-0, 31 Ko’s Middleweight

Viktor Postol (Ukraine) 28-0-0, 12 KO’s Super lightweight

Francisco Vargas (Mexico) 23-0-1, 17 KOs Super featherweight

Shinsuke Yamanaka (Japan) 24-0-2, 17 KOs Bantamweight

Carlos Cuadras (Mexico) 34-0-1, 26 Ko’s Super flyweight

Roman Gonzalez (Nicaragua) 44-0-0, 38 KOs Flyweight

Wanheng Menayothin (Thailand) 40-0-0, 15 Ko’s Minimum weight

Champions by country: Mexico 4, United States 2, Japan 2, Canada 1, Thailand 1, Venezuela 1, Ukraine 1, Russia 1, Nicaragua 1, Kazakhstan 1, Gambia / Switzerland 1.

WBC titles by promoter:

Golden Boy Promotions 6, K2 Promotions 5, Dibella Entertainment 5, Teiken Promotions 5, Promociones Del Pueblo 5, Don King Productions 4, Mayweather Promotions 3, Groupe Yvon Michel 3, Diamond Boxing Promotion 3, World of Boxing 2, Tgb Promotions 2, Main Events 2, Cotto Promotions 1, Warriors Boxing 1, Matchroom Sports 1, Jupiter Fight Boxing 1, Boxing Promotion 1,Nakornluong 1,Top Rank 1 and Roc Nation 1.

WBC AFFILIATED TITLES:

TOTAL FIGHTS: 255

Silver 22, Female 24, International 52, Youth 22, Americas Continental 15, Latino 63, USNBC 13, Baltic 8, EPBC 20, Francophone 8, Mediterranean 10.

Countries: 34

ROC NATIONS SIGNS EDWARD LATIMORE III

Press Release: Roc Nation Sports announced it has signed an exclusive promotional contract with Edward Latimore III, a 30 year-old heavyweight with a record of 10-0 with 6 KOs. Hailing from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Latimore had an amateur record of 40-11, including winning the 2011 Pennsylvania Golden Gloves and the 2011 National PAL as well as winning a silver at the 2011 Ringside Tournament. As an amateur, Latimore defeated several notable Americans, inclusing Dominic Breazeale and Charles Martin. Latimore is trained by Tom Yankello, who has groomed and developed former IBF lightweight titleholder Paul Spadafora and heavyweight contender Calvin Brock.

Latimore turned professional on January 26, 2013, scoring a third-round technical knockout win over John Hill at the Serbian American Cultural Center in Weirton, West Virginia. After tallying knockout victories in three of his next four fights, on February 7, 2015 he fought in his first-six round bout, scoring a unanimous decision victory over Brandon Spencer, again at the Serbian American Cultural Center in Weirton.

In his most recent bout on December 11th, Latimore notched a six-round unanimous win over Jamal Woods at the Wellsburg Banquet Hall in Wellsburg, West Virgina.

Outside the ring, Latimore is both a patriot and an intellectual. He is a radio technician specialist in the Pennsylvania Army National Guard, an AmeriCorps volunteer and is also working towards a degree in Physics and Electrical Engineering at Duquesne University. When he is not strengthening his body for boxing, Latimore exercises his mind to stay sharp inside the ring by playing chess. He has traveled to Moscow and Berlin to compete against world-renowned chess players. In addition, he is also a prolific writer having self-published several books and contributes to blogs.

ROC NATION SIGNS MAURICE HOOKER

Press Release: Roc Nation Sports announced it has signed undefeated junior welterweight Maurice “Mo” Hooker to an exclusive promotional agreement. Hooker was born and raised in Oak Cliff, Texas, a rough suburb of Dallas. At the age of thirteen, Hooker started boxing as a means to defend himself on the streets of his neighborhood. After bouncing around a string of gyms, he found himself a home at Maple Avenue Boxing Gym by way of an outreach program for at-risk youths. His natural talent was soon noticed resulting in him competing as an amateur, during which time he compiled a record of 97-7 with KOs.

Hooker (now 19-0-2 as a pro) turned professional on April 29, 2011, taking on the vastly more experienced Tyrone Chatman (7-1, 5 KOs) at the Orpheum Theater in St. Louis. After four rounds, the judges saw the fight 40-36, 37-39 and 38-38, making the fight a split draw.

Undeterred, in his next fight on June 24, 2014, Hooker scored his first professional win, knocking out Wilbert Mitchell (pro debut) in the first round at the Dr. Pepper Arena in Frisco, Texas.

Eleven wins (eight by knockout) later, Hooker took on undefeated Abel Ramos (8-0, 4 KOs) on January 17, 2014 in a bout that was featured on ShoBox from the Cook Convention Center in Memphis. After eight close, hard-fought rounds, the judges saw the fight a draw by the scores of 77-75, 76-76 and 76-76. Hooker followed the draw with a six-round unanimous decision win over Adrian Rodriguez Garza (8-2, 6 KOs) on April 26, 2014 at Fitzgerald’s Casino and Hotel in Tunica, Mississippi.

Four consecutive knockout victories would follow before he took on then-undefeated Eduardo Galindo (10-0-1, 7 KO’s) on June 26, 2015 at the Kay Bailey Hutchinson Convention Center in Dallas. “Mighty Mo” did not disappoint his fans, winning via sixth-round technical knockout victory.
In his most recent outing on October 17th, Hooker defeated Ghislain Maduma (17-1, 11 KO’s). The ten-round decision win came on the undercard of Gennady Golovkin vs. David Lemieux at New York City’s Madison Square Garden.

ORTIZ OVERPOWERS JENNINGS; CAMDEN’S SOSA EARNS DRAW AGAINST WALTERS!

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Photo Credit: Alex Menendez – HoganPhotos/Golden Boy Promotions) VERONA, NEW YORK (December 19, 2015) – The 2015 boxing year culminated with a tremendous show at Turning Stone Resort Casino as WBA Interim Heavyweight Champion Luis “The Real King Kong” Ortiz (24-0, 21 KOs) closed the show by maintaining his title with a knockout-of-the-year candidate over Bryant “By – By” Jennings (19-2, 10 KOs) in the seventh round of their scheduled bout live on HBO Boxing After Dark.

“Today, there is a new era in the heavyweight division,” Ortiz, who landed a vicious uppercut to end the fight, said. “Jennings is fighter who deserves much respect, but he can tell you that I am a force in the heavyweight division. I am going to go out and obtain my objective. “I have been training for a big fight of this magnitude for three years. My strategy was to keep him at a distance and I was able to do that effectively with my reach and my jab. I will fight whoever next, whoever Golden Boy Promotions gives me I will take. Wilder, Fury, Klitschko anyone of them, I am ready to prove that I am the heavyweight world champion. A lot of people say a lot of things about me, but the testing showed that I am a clean fighter.”

“I wasn’t on my game, and he got the best of me,” Jennings said. “I didn’t adjust well and he was the better man.”

The co-main event saw two Super Featherweights – former WBA Featherweight and Super Featherweight World Champion Nicolas “Axe Man” Walters (26-0-1, 21 KOs) and Jason Sosa (18-1-4, 14 KOs) — wage a superb battle with both fighters landing tremendous sharp, accurate shots throughout the fight. While Sosa won the fight on one of the judge’s cards, the fight was ruled a draw as the two other judges had the fight even.

“I am in total shock. I was never in any danger, never hurt,” Walters said. “[Sosa] is a good fighter — the kind of fight I wanted — but I thought I won all the rounds. So surprised this happened to me.”

“I thought I won and am disappointed it was a draw,” Sosa said. “I worked hard, I really thought I won the fight.”

In the HBO Latino Boxing main event light heavyweight Vyacheslav “Lion Heart – Chigonsky” Shabranskyy (15-0, 12 KOs) kept his undefeated record intact slugging out a majority decision over Yuneski Gonzalez (16-2, 12 KOs) in an action-packed brawl that saw both fighters land huge shots throughout the fight.

“This fight was the most important and most exciting fight of my career,” said Shabranskyy. I did feel a lot of Gonzalez’ punches but I also feel like I hurt him — especially in the last round, he was beginning to sway. If I had a little more time I feel I would have knocked him out.”

“I knew that this was going to be a war and that is what we delivered tonight,” Gonzalez said. “We both gave it our all and didn’t let up. I knew that I needed to knock him out to win this fight but he was more resilient than I thought and didn’t open up enough for the knockout to happened. I did know the fight was very close and should have been a draw in my opinion. I would like the opportunity to fight him again and prove that I am the better fighter.”

In the co-main of the HBO Latino broadcast, rising middleweight “King” Gabriel Rosado (22-9, 13 KOs) shook off some tough early rounds to earn a hard-fought unanimous victory against former IBF Welterweight World Champion Joshua “Grand Master” Clottey (39-6, 22 KOs).

“It has been more than a year since I have been in the ring so I did feel a little I the rust but I feel like this fight really helped me shake it off,” Rosado said. Clottey is a tough opponent, former world champion, definitely a challenge for me in my first fight back. I delivered an entertaining fight tonight and I was happy with my performance. I am ready for my next big challenge, I would like a shot at Canelo [Alvarez] next.”

“Gabriel gave everyone a great performance today,” said Fernando Vargas, Rosado’s trainer. This was our first training camp together and I think we are going to keep growing and make great fights together.”

“This was an off night for me,” Clottey said. “I do think that the fans enjoyed the fight –we are both fighters that do not like to back down. However, I don’t feel comfortable at this weight class, I want to go back down to 154 and continue to fight at junior middleweight.”

Opening the HBO Latino broadcast, former WBA and IBF Featherweight World Champion Yuriorkis Gamboa (25-1, 17 KOs) had all he could handle after a 13-month layoff, squaring off in a lightweight showdown against Hylon Williams Jr. (16-2-1, 3 KOs) of Houston. After 10 rounds of back-and-forth action, the judges awarded Gamboa a hard-fought unanimous decision.

“It feels good to be back in the ring,” Gamboa said. “I trained in Cuba, and I feel that all the hard paid off. I was faster and stronger in the ring. I know I dominated the action tonight, I made sure he knew I was in control from the first round.”

“I felt good about the pace of the fight, I know I hurt him a few times,” Williams said. “This fight should have gone my way.”

In a light heavyweight battle, rising prospect D’Mitrius “Big Meech” Ballard (11-0, 7 KOs) won a shutout unanimous decision against a game Fabiano “Pit Bull” Pena (11-4-1, 8 KOs).

“I am glad I secured the victory today,” Ballard said. “[Pena] was able to go all six rounds with me, but I felt in complete control the entire fight. I think I am ready to step up to more rounds and bigger opponents. I am ready for the next big step of my career and this fight showed that. I want to thank Oscar and Golden Boy Promotions for the opportunity and I can’t wait for the next fight.”

In the opening bout of the evening, middleweight Steven “The Hitman” Martinez (16-2, 13 KOs) emerged with a second round TKO victory over Jorge “Destroyer” Melendez (28-6-1, 26 KOs). Martinez got off numerous combinations in round one and followed it up in round two with a sizzling left hook that floored Menendez. While Mendendez beat the count, Martinez quickly moved in, forcing the referee to wave off the fight at 1:33 of the second round.

Jennings vs. Ortiz was a 12-round heavyweight bout fight for the WBA Interim Heavyweight Title presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Gary Shaw Productions and is sponsored by Corona, Mexico – Live It to Belive It! and Carmelita Chorizo. Walters vs. Sosa was a 10-round junior lightweight bout presented by Top Rank in association with Peltz Boxing Promotions and Warriors Boxing Promotions. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. ET and first fight begins at 6:05 p.m. ET, and the HBO Boxing After Dark telecast begins live at 10:15 p.m. ET/PT.

Gonzalez vs. Shabranskyy, was a 10-round light heavyweight bout presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Star Boxing. The HBO Latino Boxing telecast begins at 12:15 a.m. ET/PT (tape delay).