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Durham, NC (October 17) – The perception of North Carolina boxing is downright awful if not embarrassing.  Mention the words North Carolina boxing to anyone outside of the tar heel state, and the negative responses vary between padded records, easy wins, a joke, uncommitted, and trash.  Well, the wind of change is blowing, and Thursday Night Fights presented by Raging Babe represents a positive shift in the North Carolina Boxing culture.

 

The North Carolina sports scene is driven by college sports.  Whether it is basketball or football, the media and fans are laser focused on their teams.  Goodness forbid a winning team exist, because all of the water cooler talk, flag flying, newspaper, radio, and internet attention is focused on a winning college team.  There is No shame or negative tag being placed on this attitude.  It is a grand, acceptable culture.  The great college fans of the state have shown flexibility to pro sports.   If you build a winner, they will come with passion.  When the Carolina Panthers win, fans come out in droves to support them.  When the Carolina Hurricanes won the Stanley Cup in 2006, the state was Hurricane crazy (Hell, I was at game 7).  The same will be for the Charlotte Hornets, if and when they begin to win.  The key is North Carolina sport’s fans love winners, and to this point, no one has built a winning boxing product in North Carolina, yet!

 

All due respect to the promoters, fighters, managers, and supporters who have paved the way and previously attempted to do something positive in the North Carolina boxing scene.  Some where along the way each has positively touched the sport, but ultimately, all have failed.  Promoters need long pockets, must be committed to all fighters and not just a preferred individual, be a good business person, and committed to the sport.  Fighters need to stop making excuses, dedicate themselves to becoming good boxing technicians, choose managers (Not friends) who can truly guide their career, and when calling themselves pros, do professional things like attending press conferences, media calls, appearances or anything set up to further their professional career.  This is no Bull Shit!  When Ali passed, I fielded multiple calls and received emails from the media looking for a local, professional, Triangle fighter willing to go on TV, radio, or internet to provide a quote about Ali and his passing.   Not one fighter from Durham to Raleigh was willing.   NOT ONE!  Also, there are thousands of fighters in other cities, who work a full time job, yet, they call themselves a pro and still get their full time training in.  No fighter is perfect, but real pro fighters find a way until they get their break, and that’s a fact.  I digress.  Managers need to have great business sense, be willing to make their client’s needs top priority, and truly know the game of boxing not fake represent what and who they know.  Oh, yeah.  It does help if the manager has a bank account above one thousand dollars and a credit card with a positive balance greater than one thousand.  Yep, you might actually have to help client in an emergency situation.  None of this matters if the community does not support boxing.  There are many out there willing to support a positive boxing movement.  Promoters, fighters, and managers need to give potential supporters something to follow.

 

Thursday Night Fights presented by Raging Babe on paper provides a finish to a base previously started by promoters like Paul Marinaccio, Dave Moore, Walter Johnson, and Tony Meeks.  All wanted North Carolina fighters in the best fights, but none was able to pull it together.   Marinaccio, who was part of the largest boxing event ever in North Carolina, Dave Moore, who had the most potential of all the promoters, Johnson, who is a consistent club show maker, and Meeks, who had the momentum and the attention of the boxing world somehow were unable to do what Raging Babe Michelle Rosado and Hall of Fame match maker Russell Peltz have pulled together October 19th at the Durham Armory in Durham, NC.  Rosado and Peltz have magically convinced some of the best, young fighters in North Carolina to not only fight on their card, but to fight each other.

 

Marko “The Bull City Bully” Bailey 5-0 (3 KO’s) faces Steve “The Answer” Massey 4-1 (4 KO’s) in a Main event and state rivalry as nasty as Duke/Carolina basketball.  In the Co-Main event, two undefeated fighters Monrico Goldston 5-0 (3 KO’s) of Durham will battle Joseph Jackson 8-0 (6 KO’s) of Greensboro in a personal war that has the feel of a NC State/UNC football game.  Carlos Olmeda 2-0 (2 KO’s) faces Vinnie Denierio 2-2 (1 KO), a fighter Marko Bailey had to fight to the death 2x, all because Olmeda has a personal grudge with Bailey.  Bailey took some liberties humiliating Olmeda in a sparring session, and Olmeda has not let go.  Olmeda promises to do to Denierio what Bailey couldn’t.  Stop Denierio.  Arguably, the two most talented fighters in North Carolina “Dangerous” Donnie Marshall 5-0 (4 KO’s) and Blake “KO King” Mansfield 4-1 (2 KO’s) are also on the card.  While Marshall is facing proven veteran Marcos Primera 20-35 (13 KO’s) and Mansfield, after a six month layoff, faces Courtney McCleave 2-7 ( 1 KO), both vow they will eventually fight each other.

 

Thursday Night Fights also features undefeated Heavyweights Darmani Rock 8-0 (5 KO’s), Hasim Rahman Jr. 2-0 ( 2 KO’s), undefeated Middleweight Landry Kore  6-0 (2 KO’s) of  Denmark, and undefeated, Super Lightweight sensation Wellington Romero 12-0-1 (6 KO’s).  But, this card is all about North Carolina and Raging Babe’s last laugh vendetta.  It looks like the concrete is being poured, bodies are being buried, and Michelle Rosado will be the last woman standing as North Carolina Boxing shifts to national prominence.

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VAZQUEZ, COBBS, AND BROOKS

 VICTORIOUS IN AGUASCALIENTES, MEXICO

 

LAS VEGAS, NV (October 17, 2017) – Undefeated prospects, super-flyweight Damien “Sugar” Vazquez (12-0, 6 KOs), super-lightweight, Blair “The Flair” Cobbs (7-0, 5 KOs), and light-heavyweight Tye Brooks (1-0, 1 KO), all who fight under the Prince Ranch Boxing (PRB) management banner, were victorious this past Saturday at the Palenque de la Feria in AguascalientesMexico.  The card was promoted by Damien Vazquez’s “Sugar Promotions” in associations with Malibu Films and SOBA Recovery Centers.

 

In the scheduled 8-round main event, Damien Vazquez, stopped his opponent Ivan Galicia Morelos, retiring the Mexican native who didn’t come out for the fifth round.  Blair Cobbs went the distance with Hugo Padilla, winning a unanimous 6-round decision.  Tye Brooks won his pro debut with a first round knockout over Ivan Najera.  New signee’s, flyweight Maryan Salazar (6-2, 4 KOs) and lightweight Issac Avelar (13-0, 8 KOs) were also victorious.  Avelar went the distance for the first time winning an 8-round unanimous decision, while Salazar won a 4-round unanimous decision.

 

“I was very happy that the Prince Ranch Boxing team went out there and got victories, going 5-0 in Mexico,” said Greg Hannely president of Prince Ranch Boxing. “The goal is to keep our stable of boxers constantly fighting.  With each bout they are getting the experience they need to help them prepare fight bigger fights.  We have big plans moving forward and as we grow, the boxing world will take notice.”

 

“It was a great show with a lot of up and coming talent,” said president of Sugar Promotions Oscar Vazquez. “Sugar Promotions is just getting started and we are off to a great start.  We will be making an announcement shortly about our next show.”

 

“Vazquez, Cobbs and Brooks, all gained quality experience and confidence with these victories,” said head trainer Clarence “Bones” Adams, “All the hard work in the gym is paying off.  All three of them will be back in the gym next week, ready to put in more work.”

 

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Mario Serrano   Sugar Promotions Prince Ranch

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Wednesday, Oct. 18th, 2017

 

CES MEDIA ALERT

 

Gotti III debuts Oct. 27th at Twin River Casino in first step toward building his own legacy through MMA CES MMA 46

AXS TV

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Oct. 18th, 2017) — When he used to rummage through his father’s boxing memorabilia as a child, or sit next to him on the couch years later watching mixed martial arts, John Gotti III had no idea he’d one day step through those cage doors himself, alone, face-to-face with every fighter’s biggest adversary.

The idea, at first, was to find a way to make up for lost time with his father after the elder Gotti returned home from prison in 2004, so the two would watch all the big fights together and even attend live shows in New Jersey, just a stone’s throw from their home in Oyster Bay, N.Y.

Only 11 years old at the time, Gotti III took an immediate liking to the raw, unfiltered drama of mixed martial arts — combat in its purest form, as he calls it.

Following a successful, three-year trial run on the New York amateur circuit, the 24-year-old Gotti III makes his long-awaited professional debut Friday, Oct. 27th, 2017 on the preliminary card of “CES MMA 46” at Twin River Casino in Lincoln, R.I., joining forces with the hottest promotion in the northeast.

Tickets for “CES MMA 46” are priced at $40.00, $55..00, $100.00 and $125.00 (VIP) and can be purchased online at www.cesboxing.com, www.twinriver.com, www.ticketmaster.com or www.cagetix.com/ces by phone at 401-724-2253/2254 or at the Twin River Casino Players Club. All fights and fighters are subject to change.

His father, John A. Gotti — nicknamed “Junior” — never envisioned his own son fighting professionally, but has since cast aside any reservations knowing this is more than just a passing interest for Gotti III, who has changed his life both in and out of the gym in anticipation of what he hopes is a long, successful career in a sport often unforgiving for young, up-and-comers.

“I think now as I have chosen this as a profession, although my father is proud of me, I think he regrets fostering my interest,” Gotti III said. “I don’t think he ever thought this would be the end result.

“What father wants to watch his son in this type of environment?”

Gotti III takes his pride in his craft. He doesn’t drink or smoke. He’s not a partier. He briefly boxed as a child, but eventually segued into more traditional team sports before falling in love with MMA. He even tried a stint at bodybuilding, walking around at a heavily-muscled 250 pounds before settling into a more comfortable lifestyle in the welterweight division, where he’ll face Johnny Adams (0-1) of Rutland, Vt., on the 27th.

Naturally, Gotti III faces more than just the opponent standing across from him once the bell rings. He’s a naturally-gifted 24-year-old amateur standout about to enter his prime while looking to carve his own legacy under the shadow of the Gotti name.

There’s a certain pressure that comes with such a distinction — not to mention the fact Oct. 27th is the birthdate of his late grandfather, John Gotti, which is part of the reason he chose to fight on this date — but Gotti III is polished, wise beyond his years, and has cautiously climbed the ladder in anticipation of this day, from working more on his jiu-jitsu in recent months to hiring a strength coach. His last amateur fight was in February, so this will be the first time he steps back into the cage in six months with the hope that all the extra preparation and attention to detail will pay dividends on the 27th.

“I’m excited to be doing something I love,” Gotti III said. “For me to possibly move forward and see what I’m capable of achieving, I need to be tested by the likes of Adams.”

Choosing CES MMA as the destination for his first pro fight made perfect sense for Gotti III. The promotion is in its fourth year with AXS TV as its broadcast partner (the main card of “CES MMA 46” airs on the network beginning at 9 p.m. ET on the 27th) and has a reputation for paving a path to the Ultimate Fighting Championships (UFC) for several prominent fighters, among them Rob Font, Andre Soukhamthath and Charles Rosa.

“I know several fighters who had fought for them and they said they were good guys to work with and they put on a great show,” Gotti III said. “It was a natural.”

The main event of “CES MMA 46” features the return of former CES MMA Middleweight World Champion “Doomsday” John Howard (24-13, 9 KOs) of Boston, who faces submission specialist Roger Carroll (16-14) of Claremont, N.C.

“CES MMA 46” also features the return of rising welterweight prospect Gary Balletto Jr. (4-1, 2 KOs) of Cranston, R.I., who battles Philadelphia’s Sharif Jones (3-2, 1 KO), plus the return of East Providence, R.I., bantamweight Dinis Paiva (9-6, 5 KOs), who faces Pennsylvania vet Brandon Seyler (7-5, 1 KO), both of whom will be fighting on the televised main card.

Also on the main card, lightweight Josh LaBerge (11-6, 5 KOs) of Fall River, Mass., returns to face Jonathan Lemke (6-8, 5 KOs) of Auburn, Maine, and bantamweight Rico DiSciullo (7-1, 3 KOs) of Peabody, Mass., faces Justin King (6-5) of Lawrence, Ind.. Justin Sumter (3-1, 2 KOs) of New Haven, Conn., returns in a lightweight bout against Rahway, N.J., vet Shedrick Goodridge (6-9, 2 KOs).

Also returning Oct. 27th, Providence featherweight Marquis Brewster (3-0) battles Raymond Yanez (4-11, 1 KO) of Marion, Ohio, on the preliminary, where joining featherweight Pat McCrohan (2-1, 1 KO) of Berkley, Mass., who faces Buck Pineau (1-3) of Ashland, Maine. New Bedford bantamweight Jessie Pires makes his professional debut in the prelims against Syracuse, N.Y., newcomer Michael Taylor.

Visit www.cesmma.com, www.twitter.com/cesmma or www.facebook.com/cesmma for more information, or follow CES MMA on Instagram at @CESMMA.

— CES —

Contacts:

Michael Parente, Classic Entertainment & Sports, (401) 263-4990 or michael@teamces.com.

Kim Ward, Twin River Casino, (401) 475-8352 or kward@twinriver.com.

AXS TV is a television network dedicated to providing the best in music programming and festivals, comedy performances, current events and mixed martial arts promotions. AXS TV is a partnership between founder Mark Cuban, AEG, Ryan Seacrest Media, Creative Artists Agency (CAA) and CBS. “AXS TV Fights” presents more live mixed martial arts and kickboxing events than any other television network with more than 40 world-class fight cards each year. “The Voice” Michael Schiavello and UFC Hall of Famer Pat Miletich call all the action as champions, challengers, and top prospects take center stage every Friday night.

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UNDEFEATED CLETUS “THE HEBREW HAMMER” SELDIN TO TAKE ON ROBERTO “MASSA” ORTIZ 

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 11 FROM NYCB LIVE, HOME OF THE NASSAU VETERANS MEMORIAL COLISEUM

TELEVISED LIVE ON HBO WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING®

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LOS ANGELES (OCTOBER 13, 2017) – Fists will fly on November 11 when super lightweight knockout artists Cletus “The Hebrew Hammer” Seldin (20-0, 16 KOs) and Roberto “Massa” Ortiz (35-1-2, 26 KOs) square off in a 10-round bout from Long Island’s NYCB LIVE, home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.

The Seldin vs. Ortiz battle will serve as the opening bout of an action-packed HBO card featuring Daniel “Miracle Man” Jacobs in the main event taking on Luis Arias in a 12-round middleweight showdown and rising heavyweight Jarrell ‘Big Baby’ Miller squaring off with Mariusz Wach in the co-main.

Fighting out of Long Island, NY, Seldin is a former WBC International Silver Super Lightweight Champion who has plowed through the competition with devastating power resulting in 78 percent of his fights ending by knockout.

“I’m absolutely ecstatic to fight for the first time on HBO and represent Star Boxing at the Coliseum,” Seldin said “I see this as the second start to my career, this is a great opportunity and now that I have it there’s no turning back, I’m here to stay — bigger fights, bigger venues and on HBO. I just fought recently but as soon as they called about this fight I jumped at it. I’ll be more than ready for Roberto Ortiz on November 11.”

Ortiz, from Torreon, Mexico, has torn through 35 opponents including 10 defenses of the WBC Silver Super Lightweight Championship over three years. The sole blemish on his record came against former Interim WBC World Super Lightweight Champion Lucas “La Maquina” Matthysse.

“We are going to take advantage of every opportunity, and we are thankful to GBP, Star Boxing, and HBO who have supported us,” Ortiz said. “I am confident I will be able to prove that I am someone to mess with in this sport. We know we are going up against an undefeated fighter, who is powerful. Our mental game will have to be at 100%, and we will have to have the perfect strategy to be able to take him down and leave with the victory. I am hopeful that our styles will give a great fight, and give a performance that everyone can appreciate come fight night.”

“‘Massa’ Ortiz has built a real fan base throughout Mexico because of his action-packed style and power in both hands, and we’re excited to showcase him to a global audience on HBO,” said Golden Boy Promotions CEO and Chairman Oscar De La Hoya. 

“Cletus has thrilled New York fight fans at The Paramount in Long Island for the last five years,” Joe DeGuardia President and CEO of Star Boxing said, “He has sensational knockout power and Roberto Ortiz is also a real banger who comes to fight. We’re grateful to Peter Nelson and HBO for showcasing great matchups and future stars of the sport. We look forward to another exhilarating performance from Cletus.”

FACTS:

Seldin Vs. Ortiz is presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Star Boxing. Jacobs Vs. Arias and Miller Vs. Wach are presented by Matchroom Boxing USA, in association with Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment, Salita Promotions and Roc Nation Sports. The event takes place Saturday, November 11 at NYCB LIVE, home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum and will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT. BROOKLYN BOXING on Long Island is an extension of BSE’s BROOKLYN BOXING™ brand. For more information, visit brooklynboxingshop.com. 

TICKETS:

Tickets for the live event are on sale and can be purchased at ticketmaster.com, NYCBLIVE.com or by calling 800-745-3000. Tickets can also be purchased at the Ticketmaster Box Office at the Coliseum. Read the rest of this entry »

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Reading, PA (October 13, 2017) –Marshall Kauffman’s King’s Promotions is proud to announce the signing of number-one ranked amateur super heavyweight Michael Polite-Coffie to an exclusive promotional contract.

 

The 30 year-old Coffie will make his professional debut on Tuesday, November 21st at the Sands Bethlehem Event Center.

 

“I feel good about signing with King’s Promotions.  It is a real good opportunity to showcase my skills,” said Coffie.  “I have been to a few of their shows, and King’s Promotions always packs the house with real knowledgeable boxing fans.  I like that environment.”

 

Coffie won the 2017 New York Daily News Open Champion where he defeated the number-one ranked fighter in the United States, Nkosi Solomon.

 

Before boxing, Michael and his nine siblings were removed from care from their drug addicted mother, and awarded to the state of New York.  At age two, he was put into foster care and bounced from family to family in each section of Brooklyn.

 

One he reached his teenage years, Michael was placed in a stable family in Malverne, New York.

 

Michael then relocated to Brooklyn and enlisted in the United States Marine Corps.  Michael served for eight years, which included tours in Afghanistan.

 

Michael met his coach Khoury Porter in 2015, and entered the 2016 New York Golden Gloves with just two months of boxing experience

 

Michael is trained by Porter, Ramon Rivera, and Matty Happaney.

 

“We are very excited to have Michael join the King’s Promotions roster,” said Marshall Kauffman.

 

“He is a big strong heavyweight, who is just scratching the surface.  I have seen tapes of him and we think he has enormous potential, and we look forward to seeing him on November 21st make his pro debut.”

 

“I want to be active, and I want to fight as much as possible.  Kinda like when Tyson was coming up, and fighting very frequently.  I live by the motto that if I can see it, I can achieve it,” finished Coffie.

 

For More information on KIng’s Promotions, Contact:

 

Marc Abrams at 856 287 7611 or phillyboxing@gmail.com

Check out my thoughts on Saturday night’s 154-pound title tripleheader.

 

Erislandy Lara, Jermell Charlo, and Jarrett Hurd all defended their titles and hopefully will fight each other to unify titles.

 

On the horizon are Julian Williams, Demetrius Andrade (if a deal to come back to 154 is enticing enough), Vanes Martirosyan, Kanat Islam, Tony Harrison, K9 Bundrage, and Miguel Cotto if he chooses to fight on.

 

Check it out:

 

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA (October 11, 2017) – Unbeaten female middleweight prospect, Raquel “Pretty Beast” Miller (4-0, 2 KOs) will now face Lisa Garland (15-8, 8 KOs)

when professional boxing returns to the city of San Francisco, CA, on October 21, 2017.  Miller was supposed to battle Sydney LeBlanc (4-4) but the fight fell through.  Miller vs. Garland, a 6-round bout, will serve as the co-feature to Karim “Hard Hitta” Mayfield (19-4-1, 11 KOs) vs. Miguel Dumas (10-0, 7 KOs).  The card titled “Back To Business” will take place at the historic San Francisco Armory.

 

“I’m happy they found an opponent for me as I have a lot of family and friends coming to see me fight,” said San Francisco native Raquel Miller. “Garland has a lot of experience and I know it’s going to be a tough fight.  I believe my hunger and skill will be to much for Garland to handle though.  I’m ready to bring it, and I can’t wait for my hometown fans will see me in action.  I’ll be looking to stop Garland before the final bell rings.”

 

“Back To Business” tickets priced $40 (standing room only), $50 (floor seats tier 3), $60 (floor seat tier 2), $80 floor tier 1, $125 (front seats), and ringside $250, are on sale now at EVENTBRITE.COM or by calling (415) 722-3184.  Doors open up at 4:00 p.m.  First bout at 5:00 p.m.

 

The San Francisco Armory is located at 1800 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94103. Located conveniently at the corner of Mission Street and 14th Street, the SF Armory is served by Muni routes, major bus lines and is easily accessible by BART that serves the East Bay and the airport. Parking can be arranged using local lots or valet.

 

Other Featured Bouts:

8-round bout featherweight bout

Xavier Martinez (9-0, 5 KOs) vs. Jonathan Alcantara (7-16-2, 1 KO)

6-round bout super-lightweight bout

Stan Martyniouk (17-2, 3 KOs) vs. Luis Alfredo Lugo (14-27-1, 3 KOs)

6-round middleweight bout

Ricardo Pinell (14-3-1, 8 KOs) vs. Carlos Ruiz (8-3, 3 KOs)

4-round bout super-lightweight bout

Will Shaw (2-0, 2 KOs) vs. Lenard Davis (1-0-2)

4-round bout super-lightweight bout

Luis Casillas (1-1, 1 KO) vs. TBA

4-round bout featherweight bout

Marquita Lee (3-5) vs. TBA

 

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@fightaction

 

SELMA, CA (October 3, 2017) – Middleweight prospect, Marcos “Madman” Hernandez (10-1, 2 KOs) was honored with a certificate of appreciation from the Mayor of Selma, CA, Michael Derr, and other council-members, in association with the Boys and Girls club.  Hernandez spent time with the kids yesterday being a positive role model.

 

“I feel it’s my duty to be a positive role model to these kids at the Selma Boys and Girls Club,” said Marcos Hernandez. “Spending time with these kids yesterday made me fill complete inside.  I’m going to continue spending time with these kids and steer them in the right direction.  With all the madness going on in today’s world, our young children need someone to look up too and I’m happy to fill that role.”

 

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StubHub Center – Leo Santa Cruz and Abner Mares each fought like they were on a mission Saturday afternoon.  While each combatant utilized a different game plan to achieve their mission, the destination was the same-  Santa Cruz/Mares II.

Santa Cruz, (34-1-1, 19 KOs), retained his WBA World featherweight title with an eighth-round stoppage of Chris Avalos (27-6, 20 KOs).  Scores at the time of stoppage were 69-64, 69-64, and 70-63.  All cards were in favor of Santa Cruz.

Santa Cruz begin to feel Avalos out in the first frame and landed a nice right hand.  In the next few rounds, Santa Cruz began to press the action, at times trying to make the fight rough in close instead of distance.

In the fourth, a left hook by Santa Cruz wobbled Avalos and Leo went in for the finish.  Santa Cruz was upset that the fight wasn’t stopped at that point, as Avalos survived until the bell.

Santa Cruz continued coming forward, and began to apply a body attack hoping to break Avalos down.  He found pay dirt in the eighth as referee Thomas Taylor stopped the assault at 1:34 into the round.

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Santa Cruz on Avalos

“He did great, he was moving, but I saw little mistakes I can take advantage of,” said Santa Cruz (34-1-1, 19 KOs), who upended Carl Frampton in a January rematch to regain his title. “Let’s bring on the rematch. He paces himself more, he doesn’t go wild, he doesn’t try to knock you out. More speed and movement.

“I think it’s going to be more easy for me. Fighters that create distance make it more easy.”

“I thought I had him in the fourth round.  I gassed out a little bit but I got my air back later. I thought the ref was going to jump in during that round but he let him continue.

Santa Cruz on Mares 

“I want Abner Mares. I said if we both win, we’re going to fight. I’m ready to fight him in Los Angeles in the beginning of next year.”

Chris Avalos

“I’m very upset with the stoppage. We were fighting the whole time. There was no reason to stop this fight. I wasn’t hurt like the referee thought. I want to fight for the title again.”

In the co-feature, Abner Mares (31-2-1, 15 KOs) laid an absolute tallywacking on Andres Gutierrez (35-2-1, 25 KOs) over 10 rounds before referee Jack Reiss stepped in.  The official stoppage was due to a bad cut suffered by Gutierrez.   Mares was ahead 99-91, 99-91, and 100-90 at the time of stoppage.

Although speculation was the cut came from a clash of heads, a punch seemed to be the culprit in this affair.  I thought Gutierrez was going to bring more to the table in this fight.  Credit Mares with bringing his A-Game in this one.

Mares went on the attack early and blood began flowing from Gutierrez as early as the third.  Mares worked the jab and boxed in ways I didn’t imagine, for sure.

As with Santa Cruz, Mares landed a big shot in the fourth round that would’ve discouraged most fights.  However, Gutierrez was game as he came out in the next round, eating power shot after power shot.  Nevertheless, Gutierrez pressed forward as if Mares’s shots were kisses on his cheeks.

Mares continued to attack the eye, which by then was bleeding abundantly.   The referee had no choice but to stop it on the doctor’s advice.

Mares appears to be a completely different fighter under the tutelage of Robert Garcia.  He’s changed his style to the point where Santa Cruz may need to make adjustments in the rematch.  Leo knows what that takes as he did the same in a rematch with Carl Frampton.

Santa Cruz, who watched the fight:

“He did great, but I saw little mistakes that I can take advantage of … the rematch, I want it.”

“He won, he looked great. Hopefully, the fans liked how I did. Now that we both got these wins, I think people want to see the rematch.”

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Abner Mares

“I told everyone that I was here to make a statement. I had a tough opponent and he showed how good he is. It took a lot of punches and a lot of big punches. It was just a matter of time before I stopped him.

“I thought they could have stopped it earlier. He’s a young guy who was too brave for his own good. I was happy with the decision. I deserved the stoppage but I’m happy I got the win.

“I’m a totally different fighter now since I started working with Robert Garcia. We’re going to keep showing that when we fight Leo Santa Cruz.”

Andres Gutierrez
 

“I didn’t feel like the fight should have been stopped. I was hurting him as much as he was hurting me. My cuts did not bother me.

“I want to fight him again or have another shot at the title. I was prepared to fight to the final bell.”

In other action, Antonio DeMarco won by  first-round TKO over an aggressive Eddie Ramirez.  DeMarco, with his back to the ropes caught Ramirez with a short counter uppercut.  Ramirez retreated all the way to the other side of the ring and DeMarco staggered Ramirez.

Ramirez stumbled and his head briefly went between the ropes but he got out just as quick and into defensive position.  Not quick enough for referee Gerard White as he stopped the fight at 1:56 into the opening round.

Ramirez thought the stoppage was premature and so did I.  Here’s a video below.  You be the judge.

ANTONIO DEMARCO

“I think it was a good decision from the referee. He was taking a lot of solid punches.

“I’m very thankful to Ramirez for taking the fight. I think big things are coming for me. I’m going to talk to my team and see what is next. I think this performance will erase a lot of doubts about me.

“I’m an experienced fighter and I stayed patient. I had great preparation and waited for the right moment. I feel great right now.”

EDDIE RAMIREZ
“That stoppage was way too early. I was not hurt. I was fighting back and I felt like I was recovering. I want an immediate rematch if possible.”
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Santa Cruz KO 8 Avalos

CARSON, CALIF. (October 14, 2017) – Featherweight world champions Leo Santa Cruz and Abner Mares were both victorious in their Premier Boxing Champions on FOX and FOX Deportes fights Saturday night from StubHub Center in Carson, Calif. and officially set up a world championship rematch between the two popular southern California champions in early 2018.

“I want Abner Mares,” said Santa Cruz. “I said if we both win; we’re going to fight. I’m ready to fight him in Los Angeles in the beginning of next year.”

“I’m a totally different fighter now since I started working with Robert Garcia,” said Mares. “We’re going to keep showing that when we fight Leo Santa Cruz.”

In the main event, Santa Cruz (34-1-1, 19 KOs) took care of business and defended his title by stopping Chris Avalos (27-6, 20 KOs) in the eighth round.

“He was very tough and I was fighting the wrong fight,” said Santa Cruz. “I wanted to please the fans and give them a brawl. Once my dad told me how I could stop him easily, I boxed him more and got the stoppage.”

Santa Cruz used his length effectively and set up his jab while firing straight right hands to Avalos’ head. Avalos stayed tough, but was in trouble in round four when Santa Cruz connected with a left hook that stunned Avalos in the corner.

Avalos originally retreated but as Santa Cruz came forward he was forced to brawl through the remainder of the round and took a great deal of punishment. Always game, Avalos continued to fight back and landed punches as Santa Cruz attempted to walk down his opponent.

“I thought I had him in the fourth round,” said Santa Cruz. “I gassed out a little bit but I got my air back later. I thought the ref was going to jump in during that round but he let him continue.”

Finally, in the eighth round, after several more flurries of punishment, referee Thomas Taylor jumped in and stopped the bout 1:34 into the round. Although he was out landed 282-169, Avalos believed he could have continued in the fight.

“I’m very upset with the stoppage,” said Avalos. “We were fighting the whole time. There was no reason to stop this fight. I wasn’t hurt like the referee thought. I want to fight for the title again.”

The co-main event saw Mares (31-2-1, 15 KOs)make the first defense of his title by wearing down and eventually earning a technical decision over Andres Gutierrez (35-2-1, 25 KOs).

Referee Jack Reiss called on the advice of the ringside physician midway through the 10th round, who determined that Gutierrez was unable to continue due to a cut. Although the cut was originally opened by a punch, the commission determined that a series of accidental fouls caused the cut to worsen to the point that the fight was ended, and a final verdict would be decided by the scorecards.

Mares was sharp from the outset, using the jab to get to Gutierrez and teeing off with combinations. The right hand was a weapon all night long and in the second round he connected with the shot that opened up the cut under Gutierrez’s left eye.

“I told everyone that I was here to make a statement,” said Mares. “I had a tough opponent and he showed how good he is. It took a lot of punches and a lot of big punches. It was just a matter of time before I stopped him.”

Gutierrez continued to put up a strong effort and never stopped throwing punches, using his jab to try to keep Mares at bay. However, as the cut worsened throughout the fight, Mares had an easier time landing thudding right hands to Gutierrez’s face.

“I didn’t feel like the fight should have been stopped,” said Gutierrez. “I was hurting him as much as he was hurting me. My cuts did not bother me. I want to fight him again or have another shot at the title. I was prepared to fight to the final bell.” Read the rest of this entry »