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Press Release – Jose Ibarra – 18 Year Old North Carolina Boxer With Big Dreams And Talent To Match

Jose Ibarra.jpgRaleigh, NC (November 1) – Ask eighteen year old boxer Jose Ibarra what he wants from boxing, and he will stop everything to quickly and confidently tell you, “I want to be a world champ, and support my family.  I want ten title defenses, and I want to move up weight classes for my titles!”

 

Ibarra, who is looking to make his pro debut at the end of 2017 or the early part of 2018, is a rarity among North Carolina boxers.  At the young age of eighteen, he has over eighty amateur fights, he has a work ethic second to none, his fluidity in the ring and million dollar looks have earned him rightful comparisons to the great Manny Pacquiao, and oh, by the way, he is ambidextrous.

 

Ibarra is quick to tell you he is no natural in the sport of boxing.  Everything he has up to this point, he has had to work for it.  He will also tell you his cousins and brother are the reasons he fights with such a nasty chip on his shoulder.  Ibarra started coming to the gym at eight years old with his brother.  “I wasn’t as motivated as my brother and cousins, but I took some lumps, and I slowly got into it.  They would always get the upper hand with me, because I really didn’t know what I was doing, and they were bigger than me.  As time went on, I got more motivated, and then one day I caught my brother with a shot that really got his attention.  He knew I was real, and I just started working harder and harder.”

 

Eventually, Ibarra would surpass his cousins and older brother.  Coach D (Derrick Reed), who has trained Ibarra from day one will tell you, “Jose comes from a family of good fighters, but Jose kept showing up and working day after day, and he left them all.  His raw talent and work ethic caught up to each other and man, he has the potential to be the best not just from around here, but in the world.”

 

Ibarra contributes his drive to his father.  Ibarra’s father came from Mexico unable to read, but found a way to San Antonio, TX and then to Willow Springs, NC.  His father has made a tremendous life for himself starting as a migrant worker caring for a large family to becoming a successful businessman looking out for and taking care of many Mexican families coming to the United States looking for a better life.  “My father did all of this for me and my family without being able to read Spanish or English.  He stressed to me no matter what your circumstances are.  If you work hard, you will get something out of it.  It may not be the greatest, but you will get something to be proud of out of it.  You will be something.”

 

The nasty chip Ibarra keeps on his shoulder comes from his brother.  After Ibarra started getting the best of his brother, and his brother saw Ibarra’s talent really starting to take off in the sport, the older Ibarra  would always whisper, “You will never be better than me.”  This motivates Ibarra to push harder and harder especially when Ibarra feels like he is doing well in sparring, shadow boxing, hitting mitts, or the bags.  But, one lesson Ibarra’s brother taught him that sticks out more than any other.  “My brother is always telling me to let my hands go.  Let my hands go.  One day he came up to me in the middle of sparring and told me every fighter has two arms, two legs, one head, and one heart.  Every fighter is the same with no real advantage, so let my hands go and earn an advantage.  That has stuck with me ever since.”

 

Ibarra, who has a four month old daughter, is a student of the game.  While Coach D tutors other fighters, Ibarra shadow boxes in the background and effortlessly connects to the instructions Coach D is giving.  When someone mentions Ibarra made the adjustments Coach D just yelled to another fighter, Ibarra unassumingly flashes a million dollar smile.  Someone yells, “Look at the Mexican Pac Man.”  Ibarra turns toward them and says, “Just like Pac Man.  I’m going to come from nothing to be something!”  And in North Carolina, a boxing star by the name of Jose Ibarra is born.

 

For More Info On Jose Ibarra Contact   Chris Williams 919 244-0416   chriswilliams@cboxinginfo.com

Press Release – Thursday Night Fights Represents Positive Shift In The North Carolina Boxing Culture

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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.

Press Release – Durham Fight Night Press Conference Quotes and Photos

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Durham, NC (June 15) – Top Catz Boxing kicked off their June 22 Durham Fight Night card with a press conference in Durham, NC introducing Top Catz Boxing CEO Tony Meeks, participants Heavyweight Nate Williams 1-0 (1 KO), “Dangerous” Donnie Marshall 5-0 (4 KO’s), Austin Bryant 4-0 (4 KO’s), and Miree “The Pink Panther” Coleman 6-3 (4 KO’s).

Here are the highlights from the press conference:

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“If you come to our shows, it is entertainment to the max.  Real professionalism.”

“Top Catz Boxing’s goal is to sell out every show, and give young fighters a chance to grow.”

“On June 22, we have some great, young talent fighting from Indiana, Texas, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania.  It is going to be exciting 8 of 10 fights will probably go to the cards.”

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“I’m one of the better fighters in the state of North Carolina.  Whoever steps up to fight me is going to feel it.”

“Basketball prepped me mentally for what I do now as a pro boxer.”

“My slogan is Go Hard! Do Work!”

“My future is my Next fight.”

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“My mom is the biggest Dangerous Donnie Marshall fan.”

“I’m excited to be back on a Top Catz Boxing card, because they always put on a good show.  I enjoy fighting for Top Catz Boxing.”

“I don’t feel pressure.  I just fight.”

“No matter hw much success you have, stay humble.”

“I want to win a title at 160 pounds.  It is either that or death for me trying to win it.”

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“If you are in my weight class (Cruiserweight), you better get out.”

“Hafiz Montgomery has to make weight for this fight, and it’s hard for a fat boy to make weight.”

“Hafiz Montgomery, I’m going to whip your ass!”

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“For anyone wondering why I call myself the Pink Panther, my mom is a two time breast cancer survivor, and my military unit was called the Panthers.  That is why I wear pink in the ring and called the pink panther.”

“This is my tenth pro fight and my opponent just happens to have the last name black.  I will give him a black eye as well as pink eye.”

“I’m coming off of a ten round robbery, and it was a title fight.  if you’d like, you can take a minute to pray for Black.  He will need it.”

“A lot of people say I “Entertain,” but I am just being myself.  When it comes to boxing, I am very serious.”

Tickets to the event, which is promoted by Top Catz Boxing, are priced at $30, $40, and $75. Tickets are available online at http://www.topcatzboxing.com and http://bit.ly/2qHzoZh or can be purchased by calling 919 701-2280.

About Durham Fight Night

Top Catz Boxing presents Durham Fight Night – “A Night of North Carolina’s Rising Stars” Thursday, June 22, 2017 at the Durham Armory located at 220 Foster Street in Durham, NC. Doors open at 6PM. First fight is at 7PM.

Durham Fight Night (#DFN) will be an exciting, fun filled night featuring North Carolina’s best rising stars in professional boxing. Newly crowned UBF Champion Maynard Allison, Carlos Olmeda, Nate Williams, Austin Bryant, and the return of the top entertainer in the sport of Boxing, “The Pink Panther” Miree Coleman are scheduled to compete.

Top Catz Boxing’s commitment to building local talent into stars and creating legendary North Carolina fights and boxers is reflected in Durham Fight Night – “A Night of North Carolina’s Rising Stars.”

For more information about Durham Fight Night – “A Night of North Carolina’s Rising Stars” follow Top Catz Boxing on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram at @TOPCATZBOXING. Use the hashtag #DFN to follow, see, and contribute to exciting news and information on Social Media. You can also visit http://www.topcatzboxing.com

CONTACT
Chris Williams 919 244-0416

MEDIA ALERT REMINDER – Top Catz Boxing Press Conference THURSDAY, JUNE 15, 2017 Rookie’s Sports Bar 4911 Central Park Drive, Durham, NC 11AM EST

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MEDIA ALERT

 

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WHAT:  Top Catz Boxing Press Conference

 

WHO:  UBF All-American Champion Maynard “Mr. Marvelous” Allison 8-1 (5 KO’s), WBF Jr North American Contenders                    Austin “BabyFace Assassin” Bryant 4-0 (4 KO’s) & Hafiz Montgomery 3-1 (2 KO’s), “Dangerous” Donnie Marshall 4-0             (3 KO), and Miree “The Pink Panther” Coleman 6-3 (4 KO’s)

 

Also…  Tony Meeks CEO Top Catz Boxing

 

WHEN:  THURSDAY, JUNE 15 2017  11AM EST

 

MEDIA – BUFFET STYLE LUNCH To Be Served at 11:00AM EST

 

WHERE:  4911 Central Park Drive, Durham, NC  – Rookie’s Sports Bar – RTP

 

WHY:  To formally announce the JUNE 22, 2017 DURHAM FIGHT NIGHT professional boxing event presented by Top Catz                Boxing featuring Newly crowned UBF All-American Champion Maynard Allison and the WBF title fight between Austin              Bryant and Hafiz Montgomery at the Durham Armory in Durham, NC

 

OTHER:  Tickets to the event are priced at $30, $40, and $75.  Tickets are available online at www.topcatzboxing.com or at                    http://bit.ly/2qHzoZh  Tickets can also be purchased by calling 919 701-2280.

 

INFORMATION:

Top Catz Boxing on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram at @TOPCATZBOXING

 

CONTACT:

Top Catz Boxing  919 701-2280

Chris Williams  919 244-0416

MEDIA ALERT – Top Catz Boxing Press Conference THURSDAY, JUNE 15, 2017 Rookie’s Sports Bar 4911 Central Park Drive, Durham, NC 11AM EST

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WHAT:  Top Catz Boxing Press Conference

 

 

WHO:  UBF All-American Champion Maynard “Mr. Marvelous” Allison 8-1 (5 KO’s), WBF Jr North American Contenders Austin “BabyFace Assassin” Bryant 4-0 (4 KO’s) & Hafiz Montgomery 3-1 (2 KO’s), “Dangerous” Donnie Marshall 4-0 (3 KO), and Miree “The Pink Panther” Coleman 6-3 (4 KO’s)

 

Also…  Tony Meeks CEO Top Catz Boxing

 

 

WHEN:  THURSDAY, JUNE 15 2017  11AM EST

 

 

MEDIA – BUFFET STYLE LUNCH To Be Served at 11:00AM EST

 

 

WHERE:  4911 Central Park Drive, Durham, NC  – Rookie’s Sports Bar – RTP

 

WHY:  To formally announce the JUNE 22, 2017 DURHAM FIGHT NIGHT professional boxing event presented by Top Catz  Boxing featuring Newly crowned UBF All-American Champion Maynard Allison and the WBF title fight between Austin  Bryant and Hafiz Montgomery at the Durham Armory in Durham, NC

 

OTHER:  Tickets to the event are priced at $30, $40, and $75.  Tickets are available online at www.topcatzboxing.com or at http://bit.ly/2qHzoZh  Tickets can also be purchased by calling 919 701-2280.

 

INFORMATION:

Top Catz Boxing on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram at @TOPCATZBOXING

 

CONTACT:

Top Catz Boxing  919 701-2280

Chris Williams  919 244-0416

Press Release – Austin Bryant And Hafiz Montgomery Battle For Vacant WBF Title On June 22 Durham Fight Night Card

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Durham, NC (May 30)Austin Bryant and Hafiz Montgomery were scheduled to meet in Wilson, NC last year in a battle of up and coming Cruiserweights.  What a difference a year makes, because this time, a title will be on the line as Austin Bryant 4-0 (4 KO’s) and Hafiz Montgomery 3-1 (2 KO’s) battle for the vacant WBF North American Regional Title on  Top Catz Boxing’s June 22 Durham Fight Night card.

 

Bryant, who is coming off of a highlight reel stoppage of previously unbeaten Lawrence Gabriel, is excited to have his first shot at a professional belt, “I want to become a world champion like Canelo, and this is my first step.”  

 

Bryant is anxious to settle unfinished business with Montgomery. Bryant and Montgomery were scheduled to battle four rounds at the Wilson recreation center last Septmeber, but some issues forced a postponement of the entire card.

 

Fast forward one year, and the “Babyface Assassin” welcomes the moment:  “Hafiz was pretty cocky last time. I only had two fights, and he had three with a loss at the time, but he was talking and telling everyone how he was going to beat me.  Well, he has his chance, and I can get my first title.  Good Luck!”

 

Montgomery of Tom’s River, NJ has fought once since the postponement of his match-up with Bryant. Montgomery scored an impressive TKO of previously unbeaten Julian Poole at Harrah’s Casino in Chester, PA.

 

Bryant vs. Montgomery is the co-Main event on a card headlined by newly crowned UBF All-American Champion Maynard Allison.

 

Also featured on Durham Fight Night – “A Night of North Carolina’s Rising Stars” card will be Top Catz Boxing’s Carlos Olmeda 2-0 (2 KO’s), The ever charming “Babyface Assassin” Austin Bryant 4-0 (4 KO’s), Heavyweight Nate Williams 1-0 (1 KO) is back for his second pro bout, and Dangerous Donnie Marshall 4-0 (3 KO’s) looks to extend his winning streak.

 

Tickets to the event, which is promoted by Top Catz Boxing, are priced at $30, $40, and $75. Tickets are available online at www.topcatzboxing.com and http://bit.ly/2qHzoZh or can be purchased by calling 919 701-2280.

 

 

About Durham Fight Night

Top Catz Boxing presents Durham Fight Night – “A Night of North Carolina’s Rising Stars” Thursday, June 22, 2017 at the Durham Armory located at 220 Foster Street in Durham, NC. Doors open at 6PM. First fight is at 7PM.

 

Durham Fight Night (#DFN) will be an exciting, fun filled night featuring North Carolina’s best rising stars in professional boxing. Newly crowned UBF Champion Maynard Allison, Carlos Olmeda, Nate Williams, Austin Bryant, and the return of the top entertainer in the sport of Boxing, “The Pink Panther” Miree Coleman are scheduled to compete.

 

Top Catz Boxing’s commitment to building local talent into stars and creating legendary North Carolina fights and boxers is reflected in Durham Fight Night – “A Night of North Carolina’s Rising Stars.”

 

For more information about Durham Fight Night – “A Night of North Carolina’s Rising Stars” follow Top Catz Boxing on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram at @TOPCATZBOXING. Use the hashtag #DFN to follow, see, and contribute to exciting news and information on Social Media. You can also visit www.topcatzboxing.com

 

CONTACT

Chris Williams 919 244-0416

Press Release – Tickets To Top Catz Boxing’s Durham Fight Night Are ON SALE Now!

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Top Catz Boxing Is Predicting A Quick Sellout

 

Durham, NC (May 23) – Tickets to Durham Fight Night go on sale TODAY at 12 p.m. EST, and based on the buzz surrounding the event, Top Catz Boxing is predicting a quick sellout.

 

Tickets to the event, which is promoted by Top Catz Boxing, are priced at $30, $40, and $75. Tickets will be available at 12 p.m. EST and can be purchased online at www.topcatzboxing.com and http://bit.ly/2qHzoZh or can be purchased by calling 919 701-2280.

 

Durham Fight Night (#DFN) will be an exciting, fun filled night loaded with North Carolina’s best rising stars in professional boxing, and will feature newly crowned UBF All-American Champion Maynard Allison in the main event.

 

Also featured on Durham Fight Night – “A Night of North Carolina’s Rising Stars” card will be Top Catz Boxing’s Carlos Olmeda 2-0 (2 KO’s), The ever charming “Babyface Assassin” Austin Bryant 4-0 (4 KO’s), Heavyweight Nate Williams 1-0 (1 KO) is back for his second pro bout, Dangerous Donnie Marshall 4-0 (3 KO’s) looks to extend his winning streak, and the return of the top entertainer in the sport of Boxing, “The Pink Panther” Miree Coleman 6-3 (4 KO’s).

 

For more information about Durham Fight Night – “A Night of North Carolina’s Rising Stars” follow Top Catz Boxing on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram at @TOPCATZBOXING. Use the hashtag #DFN to follow, see, and contribute to exciting news and information on Social Media. You can also visit www.topcatzboxing.com

 

CONTACT

Chris Williams 919 244-0416

Press Release – Maynard Allison Wins First Title With A Show-Stealing Performance

 

Raleigh, NC (May 21) – Many ringside observers believed Maynard Allison would walk over Eric Hernandez in their 135 pound battle for the vacant UBF All-American title.  Instead, the previously unbeaten Hernandez (9-1 5 KO’s) forced the best out of Allison, and Allison responded with a well deserved UD win for his first title in a show stealing performance.

 

Allison and Hernandez exchanged leather from the opening bell.  Allison used superior boxing skills to repeatedly land a good, crisp jab and short combinations to control the majority of round one, but Hernandez methodically worked inside Allison’s jab, and a firefight ensued.

 

Round two was much the same, but Hernandez landed a big left hook to Allison’s body followed by a right hand to the head.  Allison woke up and all hell broke loose.

 

In round three, Allison came out winging and landing big punches on the stalking Hernandez.  While Hernandez was being rocked, he kept coming forward forcing Allison into what might be the round of the year in North Carolina boxing. Allison planted his feet and Hernandez tried to put his head in the middle of Allison’s chest.  Neither man gave ground as they blasted each other with soul stealing lefts and rights, body shots, and knee bending head shots.  After the fight, Allison acknowledged he could have easily out boxed Hernandez, but Allison quickly quipped, “I needed to give the fans something, so I stood in and fought.”

 

Round four was Hernandez’s best round, and the only one he won on the judge’s scorecards.  Hernandez jumped in and attacked Allison’s body.  Hernandez would keep pushing and force a visibly exhausted Allison into the corner where Hernandez delivered body shot after body shot which forced the very defensive and tired Allison to double over.  Trapped in the corner, Allison tried to protect his body, but Hernandez started landing thudding shots to Allison’s head.  Just when Allison looked done, he stood flat footed and fired off a barrage of punches that forced Hernandez to stumble backward.  Allison was back on the attack at the end of round four.

 

Rounds five, six, and seven saw Allison control the early stages of each round, Hernandez would deliver punishing body work in the middle of the round, but Allison would check hook and throw a right hand counter to control the ring and a desperate Hernandez.

 

Allison came out fresh for the final round.  He bounced on his toes and repeatedly landed a jab, over hand right, and a left to Hernandez’s body.  Hernandez was still coming, but Allison’s shots were stopping Hernandez in his tracks.  The last minute of the eighth and final round were pure guts as the two warriors stood toe to toe talking to each other and exchanging shot after shot as the crowd stood on their feet and the final bell rang.

 

In the end, the judges scored the fight 79-73 all for the winner and new 135 pound UBF All-American champion Mr. Marvelous Maynard Allison.

 

While coaches Lando and Massey would have preferred Allison keep Hernandez in the middle of the ring, both recognized the heart and will Allison displayed.  “Maynard dug deep and really established himself to win that belt,” said Lando.  Massey would add, “That is the best I’ve ever seen Maynard.  He earned the title.  He worked for every piece of that belt.  Coach Lando has him right.”

 

Maynard Allison earned a title and improved his record to 8-1 (5 KO’s), and is scheduled to return to the ring as the main event June 22 on Top Catz Boxing’s Durham Fight Night card.