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LOS ANGELES (Nov. 6, 2017) Former unified featherweight champion Yuriorkis “El Ciclon de Guantanamo” Gamboa (27-2, 17 KOs) will step in to fight Jason “El Canito” Sosa (20-2-4, 15 KOs) in a 10-round super featherweight fight at the Theater at Madison Square Garden in the televised opener to Kovalev vs. Shabrankskyy. The event takes place Saturday, Nov. 25 and will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.
Gamboa, a 35-year-old native of Guantanamo, Cuba, is an Olympic Gold Medalist who shot to the top of the Featherweight rankings to win two world titles, defeating the likes of Orlando “Siri” Salido and Daniel Ponce De Leon before officially moving up to 130 pounds. Gamboa has also faced stiff competition as a super featherweight, with wins against Darleys Perez and Rene “El Gemelo” Alvarado under his belt. Gamboa is replacing Robinson “Robin Hood” Castellanos, who pulled out of this fight due to an injury.
“I’m excited for this great opportunity to fight Sosa on the undercard of Kovalev-Shabranakssy,” said Gamboa. “A win over Sosa on HBO could push me back into title contention. I’m a fighter with many aspects and dimensions, and that’s what I’ll bring in my fight against Sosa. For my last fight, I wasn’t prepared well. This time I will be very much prepared, so I can walk away with my hand raised.”
“I’m excited for Gamboa,” said Zeferino Ramirez of ZR Entertainment. “This is the fight we wanted. And I expect big things in 2018. He’ll be ready for any 130-pound champion if he is successful on November 25.”
The 29-year-old Sosa, of Camden, NJ, is the former WBA World Super Featherweight Champion. He earned his title by handing Javier “El Abejon” Fortuna his first loss as a pro with an 11th-round knockout in Beijing, China in June 2016. Sosa successfully defended his title with a 12-round decision win over Stephen Smith in Monte Carlo in November 2016 before returning several months later in a tough fight against Vasyl “Hi-Tech” Lomachenko in April 2017. Sosa is also known for fighting to an impressive majority draw against former WBA Super World Featherweight Champion Nicholas “Axe Man” Walters and for stopping former world title challenger Jerry “The Corpus Christi Kid” Belmontes in only one round.
“People think we have an easier opponent in Gamboa since Castellanos beat him, but we’re not buying into that,” said Sosa. “Maybe Gamboa didn’t take Castellanos seriously. We expect to see the very best Gamboa on Nov. 25. Having said that, this is not about who we are fighting; this is about why. We are fighting to make Puerto Rico proud after what all the people who live there have been through recently.”
Open media workout for Thomas LaManna, Jason Sosa, Christopher Diaz, & Steven Ortiz on Saturday, November 11th at TKO Fitness in Cherry Hill, New Jersey
Media workout begins at 2 PM ET
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Cherry Hill, NJ (November 2, 2017)–On Saturday afternoon, November 11, four of the finest boxers that train in Cherry Hill, NewJersey will hold an open media workout in advance of their upcoming high-profile fights.
Welterweight contender Thomas LaManna, former junior lightweight world champion Jason Sosa, undefeated lightweight Steven Ortiz and undefeated junior lightweight Christopher Diaz will workout for media and fans at TKO Fitness in Cherry Hill, New Jersey
WHO: Thomas LaManna (24-2, 9 KOs)–Welterweight; Fights 11/18 in Atlantic City Jason Sosa (20-2-4, 15 KOs)–Jr.Lightweight; Fights 11/25 on HBO in NYC Steven Ortiz (7-0, 2 KOs) lightweight fighting in NYC on 12/9 Christopher Diaz (21-0, 13 KOs)–Jr. Lightweights\; Fights 12/9 on ESPN in NYC Raul “Chino” Rivas–Trainer of all four above fighters
What: Open Media workout
When: Saturday, November 11th at 2 PM
Where: TKO Fitness 1615 North Kings Highway Cherry Hill, NJ 08034
Thomas LaManna headlines on against Samuel Amoako on Saturday, November 18th at The Claridge in Atlantic City
Jason Sosa battles Robinson Castellanos on Saturday, November 25th at The Theater a Madison Square Garden Live on HBO Championship Boxing®
Christopher Diaz takes on Casey Ramos on Saturday, December 9th at The Theater at Madison Square Garden and live on ESPN.
Steven Ortiz fights Fazliddin Gaibnazarov on Saturday, December 9th at The Theater at Madison Square Garden .
Tickets for the November 18th fight card at The Claridge are priced at $200, $125, $80 and $55 (General Admission) and can be purchased at www.RisingBoxingPromotions.com
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JASON “EL CANITO” SOSA TO CLASH WITH ROBINSON “ROBIN HOOD” CASTELLANOS ON TELEVISED UNDERCARD OF KOVALEV VS. SHABRANSKYY AT THE THEATER AT MADISON SQUARE GARDEN IN NEW YORK CITY
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 25 TELEVISED LIVE ON HBO WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING®
PORTION OF TICKET PROCEEDS TO BE DONATED TO HURRICANE AND EARTHQUAKE RELIEF EFFORTS
NEW YORK CITY (Oct. 19, 2017) Two of the most experienced fighters in the stacked 130-pound division will continue the heated Puerto Rico vs. Mexico rivalry when Jason “El Canito” Sosa (20-2-4, 14 KOs) takes on Robinson “Robin Hood” Castellanos (24-13, 14 KOs) in a 10-round super featherweight fight at the Theater at Madison Square Garden on the televised undercard for Kovalev vs. Shabrankskyy. The event takes place Saturday, Nov. 25 and will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.
Although the competition between Puerto Rico and Mexico runs deep in the ring, Latinos and Hispanics come together and support each other in times of need. In light of the natural disasters affecting Mexico and the Caribbean, a portion of the proceeds of the ticket sales form this event will be donated to relief efforts for Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico and the earthquake in Mexico City when ticket buyers use the code LATINOSUNIDOS to purchase their tickets through Ticketmaster.
“With the terrible natural disasters that have impacted Puerto Rico and Mexico recently, it was incredibly important to us that we find opportunities in boxing to give back to those affected,” said Oscar De La Hoya, Chairman and CEO of Golden Boy Promotions. “Though Puerto Rico and Mexico are rivals when it comes to boxing we stand together united to help these communities recover and rebuild their lives.”
The 29-year-old Sosa, of Camden, NJ and of Puerto Rican descent, is the former WBA World Super Featherweight Champion. He earned his title by handing Javier “El Abejon” Fortuna his first loss as a pro with an 11th-round knockout in Beijing, China in June 2016. Sosa successfully defended his title with a 12-round decision win over Stephen Smith in Monte Carlo in November 2016 before returning several months later in a tough fight against Vasyl “Hi-Tech” Lomachenko in April 2017. Sosa is also known for fighting to an impressive majority draw against former WBA Super World Featherweight Champion Nicholas “Axe Man” Walters and for stopping former world title challenger Jerry “The Corpus Christi Kid” Belmontes in only one round. Sosa’s aggressive style should produce fireworks against Castellanos.
“Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico,” said Sosa. “I have been living there for the last few months and I opened a business there. Now to see the destruction and devastation that my people are going through, it breaks my heart. It was very difficult for me to leave and begin my training camp back in New Jersey to get ready for the fight against Castellanos. This fight is important for many reasons. It is the beginning of the road to becoming champion again and it is my way of giving Puerto Rico a reason to smile and be proud. They are my biggest supporters and that little island shows me so much love. I can’t do much but I can show them that this win is for them. I want to thank Castellanos and HBO for this opportunity.” Continue reading
BRISCOE AWARD WINNERS ANNOUNCED
SOSA, FARMER, HART, HOPKINS, ENNIS, OTHERS TO BE HONORED
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PHILADELPHIA – Philly Boxing History announced the winners of the 10th Annual Briscoe Awards, which will be presented on October 15, 2017, at Xfinity Live! in Philadelphia. The annual event is a celebration of the best accomplishments of the Philly fight scene.
JASON SOSA, who won the WBA world junior lightweight championship and defended it later in the year, was named the “2016 Philly Fighter of the Year”.
The “2016 Philly Fight of the Year” award will go to JESSE HART and DASHON JOHNSON, for their exciting super middleweight 10-rounder. Hart won the decision, but had to come off the floor to do it.
Other Briscoe Award winners include:
TEVIN FARMER – Prospect of the Year
DAMON ALLEN JR. – The One to Watch
JARON ENNIS – Rookie of the Year
DYLAN PRICE – Amateur of the Year
TEVIN FARMER – Performance of the Year (W10 Ivan Redkach)
TYRONE BRUNSON – Knockout of the Year (KO4 Carlos Hernandez)
TANEAL GOYCO – Upset of the Year (TKO5 Jerry Odom)
BERNARD HOPKINS – Honorary Retirement Award
CHRISTIAN CARTO – Everett Brothers Award
Also one photographer’s individual work will be recognized as the “Photo of the Year” in an exhibit and contest held at the live event on October 15th.
Former welterweight contender GIL TURNER, will be named the sixth honoree of Philly Boxing History’s Gravestone Program.
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The Briscoe Awards are named in honor of legendary Philly middleweight Bennie Briscoe and the trophies given away – the Briscoe Statue and the Briscoe Medal – all bear the deceased icon’s likeness. The event brings together the local boxing community, including the award winners, their families, past and present boxers, fight fans, other boxing people, and general sports fans.
This is the tenth year for the Briscoe Awards, which are presented by Philly Boxing History Inc., a 501(c)3 Non-Profit Organization, dedicated to preserving and celebrating Philadelphia’s great boxing legacy. Past winners at the Briscoe Awards include Bernard Hopkins, Danny Garcia, Steve Cunningham, and many others.
The event returns to Xfinity Live! Philadelphia, the central hub of Philly’s sports stadiums, located at 1100 Pattison Avenue in South Philadelphia. Admission is $5, and tickets can be purchased at BriscoeAwards.com or by calling 609-377-6413. Everyone is welcome.
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The 10th Annual Briscoe Awards will be held on Sunday, October 15, 2017, 1-4 PM, at Xfinity Live!, 1100 Pattison Avenue in South Philadelphia.
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Atlantic City, NJ (June 6, 2017)–Popular native son, welterweight Anthony “Juice” Young will look for his 6th consecutive win when he battles hard-hitting George Sosa in the eight-round co-feature this Saturday night at The Claridge Hotel in Atlantic City.
The show is promoted by Rising Promotions.
In the main event, Thomas “Cornflake” LaManna (22-2, 9 KO’s) takes on Carlos Winston Velasquez (24-28-2, 15 KO’s) in an eight-round welterweight contest
Young of Atlantic City has a record of 16-2 with six knockouts has won five in a row was given the task of fighting Sosa on two weeks notice. Young was training for an all-New Jersey showdown with Juan “The Beast” Rodriguez, Jr. but Rodriguez had to pull out due to an injury.
“My camp has been great. Sosa is a late-replacement, but that really does not matter, because I was preparing for whoever,”said the 29 year-old Young.
Young knows that Sosa is a big puncher, but feels he is a different fighter outside of his home-country of the Dominican Republic.
“Sosa has 15 wins, and I know he has all of his victories by knockout. But he was matched lightly when he fought in the Dominican Republic. It doesn’t matter what he will bring, because I have been preparing for him like he is Floyd Mayweather.”
Young has been preparing in New Jersey under the tutelage of trainer, Raul “Chino” Rivas. Young is in a camp that includes recent world champion Jason Sosa, top contender Tevin Farmer and lightweight contender Michael Perez among others, and Young feels that the switch of trainers, which mirrors this win streak is no coincidence.
“Chino has fixed a lot of my bad habits. He has me working on the jab, pivoting, and working the body. Since moving to Chino, I have improved with every fight.”
This will be the 10th appearance on the Boardwalk for Young, and he will look to his mark to 9-1 in Atlantic City (Young is 2-0 at The Claridge).
“I am privileged to fight where I was born. I always look forward to fighting in Atlantic City, and I look forward to putting on a great show on Saturday night.”
Sosa of New Jersey has a record of 15-8 with all 15 wins coming via knockout.
The 30 year-old Sosa is a six-year professional, who began his career in the Dominican Republic with six consecutive knockouts.
Sosa’s losses have come to fighters who had a combined record of 87-7-1 and they included Three undefeated fighters plus contenders Ray Robinson and Ed Peredes.
Sosa has won two consecutive bouts by knockout as in his most recent effort he stopped Jesus Pascual in three rounds on October 29, 2016 in the Domincan Republic.
In six-round bouts:
Gabriel Pham (8-1, 4 KO’s) of Pleasantville, NJ will take on Edgar Perez (7-20, 3 KO’s) of Chicago, IL super middleweight bout. Frederick Julian (4-0, 2 KO’s) of Cambaul, France will take on an opponent to be named in a light heavyweight bout. Dan Pasciolla (9-2-2) of Brick, NJ will battle Lemarcus Tucker (4-2, 2 KO’s) of Batesville, AR in a rematch of heavyweights. Pasciolla took the first bout this past March via six-round split decision.
In four-round bouts:
Donald Smith (4-0, 3 KO’s) of Philadelphia will take on Sidell Blocker (1-7-1) of Pleasantville, NJ in a super featherweight bout.
Chris Thomas (6-0, 3 KO’s) of Toms River, NJ will take on Oscar Valdez (1-2, 1 KO) of Batesville, AR in a middleweight bout
Elijah Vines (3-0, 3 KO’ts) of Philadelphia will take on Henry Tyrone Paige (0-4) of Batesville, ARK in a junior middleweight tilt.
Tomas Romain (2-1) of Brooklyn, NY will fight Lamont White (1-7, 1 KO) of Washington, DC in a lightweight bout.
THE WEIGH IN WILL BE STREAMED LIVE THIS FRIDAY AT 3 PM ET ON THE RISING PROMOTIONS FACEBOOK PAGE
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Kelly Pavlik stopped to chat about his new podcast, called “THE PUNCHLINE“, and who he’d target if he was still boxing.
Pavlik was attending the historical first fight card at MGM National Harbor, featuring Vasyl Lomachenko vs. Jason Sosa.
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I caught up with Tevin Farmer at MGM National Harbor during the Vasyl Lomachenko vs. Jason Sosa fight card.
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Things got hot at the Vasyl Lomachenko vs. Jason Sosa title fight last night at MGM National Harbor.
Two top fighters in boxing’s 130 pound division crossed paths and the results were explosive!
Gervonta Davis and Tevin Farmer had words for each other.
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Keep tuned in leading up to tonight’s Top Rank boxing card on HBO. The triple-header begins at 10:00pm. We’ll keep you posted on undercard action until then, and the televised fights afterwards here at TheFightJournal.com.
Notable attendees I’ve seen so far are US Olympian Shakur Stevenson, who makes his pro debut later this month, former middleweight king Kelly Pavlik, heavyweight hopeful Amir Mansour, Gervonta Davis, and Tevin Farmer, a Philadelphia boxer with interest in tonight’s main event winner.
HBO Televised Card
Vasyl “Hi-Tech” Lomachenko defended his WBO World super featherweight title by defeating Camden, New Jersey’s Jason Sosa via corner stoppage at the end of nine rounds.
Sosa landed his fair share of shots against Lomachenko and won the first round on my card. It was not enough, however, as Lomachnko fought with footwork and hand speed not yet seen in this universe.
Sosa, already experiencing possible weight troubles, ran out of gas as the pack was too much to handle on this night.
No shame for Sosa who stepped up when others stepped aside. Lomachenko vows to try to get fights with every champion at 130. If he fails, he’s moving up to 135 and mentioned fighting Mikey Garcia in a dream fight.
Oleksandr Gvozdyk, 13-0 (11 KOs) took Yunieski Gonzalez, 18-3 (14 KOs) out early in this lopsided affair three one sided rounds. Gonzalez never got started, as Gvozdyk dominated from the start, leading to a knockdown in round three. He continued to batter Gonzalez until his corner did what referee Harvey Dock should’ve done earlier- they waved the fight off to save a seriously beaten Gonzalez.
WBO Cruiserweight champion Aleksandr Usyk retained his title with unanimous decision over Michael Hunter to open the HBO telecast. Usyk started out fast, but Hunter had plenty of answers early.
Hunter fights an awkward style, similar to John Thompson of ESPN Boxino fame. Hunter was hurt several times and was hit with every shot in the book, but kept going. This fight had plenty of action and shots landed by both fighters.
Referee Bill Clancy might want to change his name to Steve Smoger III as he could’ve stopped the fight on numerous occasion. However, he allowed Hunter every possible opportunity to recover. All three judges scored it 117-110.
Usyk is now 12-0, 11 KO’s while Hunter loses for the first time and he is 12-1, eight KO’s.
Early undercard results
Hometown fighter (Waldorf, Maryland) Michael “Yes Indeed” Reed won a ten-round unanimous round over tough-as-nails Reyes Sanchez. Reed threw everything but the bathroom sink, including the Manny Pacquiao (also of Top Rank’s stable) ‘slide’ left hand. Sanchez however would not go away.
Reed didn’t have the power to put Sanchez away, but his quickness was too much for the taller fighter. landed solid shodts to the body throughout the contest and mixed in some straight left hands from distance.
Reed raises his record to 22-0, 12 KOs. Sanchez drops to 26-10-2.
Philadelphia’s Jesse “Hard Work” Hart won the NABO and USBA title with a crushing uppercut in the fifth round to stop Alan Campa. Hart had little trouble setting Campa up for his money shot. With the win, Hart will most certainly be looking for a World title shot sometime in 2017. Hart remains undefeated and moves to 22-0, (18 KOs). Campa drops to 16-3, (11 KOs).
Local fighter Patrick Harris won an eight-round decision over durable Omar Garcia. Plenty of back-and-forth action between the fighters as the more talented Harris landed solid shots, while Garcia played the catch-and-counter game all night. All three judges saw it the same, however, at 80-72 for Harris. Harris moves to 11-0, 7 KOs.
In the opening bout, Egidijus Kavaliauskas, (16-0, 13 KOs), opened the doors of the new MGM Nationa Harbor by knocking out Ramses Agaton, (17-3-3, 9 KOs) in the fourth round.
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Vasyl Lomachenko 129.6
Jason Sosa 130 (Sosa cane in at 130.4, then 130.2 prior to making weight)
WBO World Cruiserweight Title Fight
Oleksandr Usyk (11-0, 10 KOs) – 199.4
Mike Hunter (12-0, 8 KOs) – 198.0
Oleksander Gvozdyk (12-0, 10 KOs) – 174.2
Yunieski Gonzalez (18-2, 14 KOs) – 174.8
Mike Reed 141.2 vs Reyes Sanchez 141.4
Patrick Harris 136.0 vs Omar Garcia 136.6
Promoter: Top Rank
Venue: MGM National Harbor, Oxon Hill, Maryland
Ukrainian Vasyl Lomachenko weighed in at 129.6 pounds for his WBO World title defense Saturday night against Camden, New Jersey’s Jason Sosa at MGM National Harbor, Oxon Hill, Maryland.
Sosa initially came in at 130.4 pounds. He stripped down and weighed in at 130.2 pounds in his second attempt.
He has a couple of hours to weigh in again. If he fails to make weight, he won’t be eligible to win “Loma’s” belt.
The championship bout is part of an HBO tripleheader this Saturday. It will be the first ever card at MGM National Harbor.
WBO World cruiserweight title
Oleksandr Usyk (11-0, 10 KOs), 199.4 pounds.
Michael Hunter (12-0, 8 KOs), 198 pounds.
Oleksandr Gvozdyk (12-0, 10 KOs), 174.2 pounds.
Yunieski Gonzalez (18-2, 14 KOs), 174.8 pounds.