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Julian Williams Scores Unanimous Decision Victory Over Ishe Smith in Exciting Main Event of PBC on Bounce from The Chelsea Inside The Cosmo in Vegas

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Light Heavyweight Lionell Thompson Defeats Prospect Earl Newman In Co-Main Event
 
Undefeated Featherweight Tugstsogt Nyambayar Hands Harmonito Dela Torre First Loss With 10-Round Unanimous Decision
 
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LAS VEGAS (November 18, 2017) – Former world champion Ishe Smith (29-9, 12 KOs) of Las Vegas showed grit and heart in the main event of Premier Boxing Champions on Bounce live from The Chelsea inside The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas as he faced hard-hitting contender Julian Williams (24-1-1, 15 KOs) in a thrilling 10-round super welterweight bout. But the young Philadelphian was too much for the 39-year-old Smith as he landed more clean shots despite Smith throwing combination after combination throughout the fight.
 
Williams came out swinging, landing shots to the head and body throughout the first round. Smith let his hands go in the second round before sustaining an accidental head butt that opened a cut above his left eye. Williams took advantage of the cut into the third round landing several right hands, but Smith was not deterred as he threw combinations of his own. Midway through the fifth, Smith threw several flurries of punches staggering Williams. But Williams bounced back quickly landing a hard uppercut.
 
In the seventh round, Smith landed a hard left hook to the body of Williams. A second accidental head butt stopped the action in the eighth as blood poured over Smith’s eye. The ninth round saw action from both sides, but ended with Smith throwing several combinations to the end the round. There was a third accidental head butt in the 10th caused Smith to double over, but he showed his veteran spirit and finished the fight. In the end, the judges ruled a unanimous decision victory in favor of Williams with scores of 99-91, 98-92 and 97-93.
 
“I came out and fought my ass off,” said Smith. “The judges saw what they saw. This was first time I got cut in a fight so that was weird. The cut was bothering me a little bit, but I was able to weather the storm. He is a good upcoming kid and I think I did the best I could. I could have taken a tune up and fought somebody easier, but I hung in there and gave it my all.”
 
“The win was good and it was a great experience,” said Williams. “Ishe Smith is a tough customer. There is a reason he’s never been caught. Everyone was talking about his experience, but I’ve got experience too. This is my second world champion I’ve fought. I carried that experience into this fight. He is a gritty veteran and I had to fight on his home turf. It was a great learning experience for me.”
 
In the co-main event, Lionell Thompson (19-4, 11 KOs) of Buffalo, NY dominated the 10-round light heavyweight bout putting pressure on previously undefeated prospect Earl Newman (10-1-1, KOs) of Brooklyn, NY. Thompson controlled the fight early and working the left hand throughout the second round. He hit Newman with a hard upper cut midway through the third round causing Newman to fall back against the ropes causing Referee Robert Byrd to step in and give Newman a standing eight count, which was ruled a knockdown. With a minute to go in the fourth round, Thompson knocked Newman to the canvas with for the first time in the promising prospect’s career. Newman was slow to get up, but was able to continue to fight.
 
Newman turned out his best round of the fight in the eighth as he caught Thompson with a counter right hand, landing more punches to Thompson’s head and body. In the 10th and final round, Newman stalked Thompson around the ring as he maintained his composure, finishing the fight much stronger than he started it, but it wasn’t enough. The judges ruled the fight a unanimous decision in favor of Thompson with scores of 96-92 and 97-91 twice.
 
“I felt great going into this fight and I think it showed in the ring,” said Thompson. “I felt confident, I got two knockdowns early in the fight and I just tried to keep that momentum going. This is a great way to come back after an eight month layoff. My plan is to keep this win streak going.”
 
“This was my worst performance of my career,” said Newman. “It is the first time I’ve ever been knocked down – as a professional or an amateur. It happens in boxing. He was crafty. He kept moving around and that kind of threw my game plan off. I have to work on my jabs and defense going into my next fight.”
 
In the opening bout of the telecast, 2012 Olympic Silver medalist hailing from Mongoloa, Tugstsogt Nyambayar (9-0, 8 KOs) earned a hard-fought unanimous decision against previously unbeaten Harmonito Dela Torre (19-1, 12 KOs) of Miami. The bout started out close with Nyambayar throwing and landing solid punches, but he got caught with a hard hook in the second, sending him to the canvas. He was able to overcome the knockdown, throwing harder and more accurate punches, opening up a cut over Dela Torre’s right eye in the fifth round. Nyambayar continued to land precise hard punches to the head and body throughout the rest of the fight. In the end, the judges scored it 79-73 and 78-73 twice, all for Nyambayar.
 
“This fight was a great fight for me. it was the experience I needed,” said Nyambayar. “I was tested after an eight-month layoff. I moved up two weight classes for this fight. He’s much bigger than me. He kept me on my toes and it’s what I need to be a better fighter. He caught me off balance with that knock down, but as you can see that kicked me into gear and I dominated,”
 
“I didn’t perform my best, there’s some things I need to work on,” said Dela Torre. “I should have got him out of there sooner when I had the opportunity. He was a hungry great opponent and it was a great fight for the fans.”
 
PBC on Bounce was promoted by Mayweather Promotions and TGB Promotions and sponsored by Corona: La Cerveza Mas Fina.
 
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Julian Williams Training Camp Notes: Top Contender Faces Former World Champion Ishe Smith in Main Event of PBC on Bounce

 

 

Julian Williams Training Camp Notes
 
Top Contender Faces Former World Champion Ishe Smith in
Main Event of Premier Boxing Champions on Bounce Live from
The Chelsea Inside The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas on 
Saturday, Nov. 18
 
LAS VEGAS (November 16, 2017) – Top contender Julian “J-Rock” Williams is on the path to another world title shot but will first have to get by former world champion Ishe Smith when they meet in the main event of Premier Boxing Champions on Bounce live from The Chelsea inside The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas on Saturday, November 18.
 
Born and raised in Philadelphia, Williams took his training camp to Big Bear, California earlier this year and served as a sparring partner for middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin before heading home to finish training for Smith.
 
“This has been a long camp,” said Williams. “I’ve really been training since June 30. I came back from Big Bear and hit the ground running training with Gabriel Rosado. The fun part comes now when we get to fight.
 
“Training with Golovkin was a great experience. To get to shadow a top five fighter in the world, to see how he moves, to see the kind of work he puts in and the exercises he does, it was very valuable. He gave me some pointers and helped me out so overall it was great.”
 
Williams most recently stopped Joshua Conley in the seventh-round in June as he made his ring return following his first defeat, to then IBF Junior Middleweight Champion Jermall Charlo in a fight Williams believes he’s learned from.
 
“I just got a little impatient with Charlo,” said Williams. “Even the second-round knockdown, I got up and I thought I did enough to make that an even round. Then I got impatient, got caught and I paid the price. This is one of those times though that I think some good can come from a loss. It taught me to be a more patient and smarter fighter.”
 
Now, Williams will face a tough former champion in Smith, the first Las Vegan to capture a world title and a rugged contender who’s faced the very best in the sport for years.
 
“I remember watching Ishe Smith back on ‘The Contender’,” said Williams. I’ve definitely followed his career. He’s a guy who has seen a lot of styles, but he has eight losses for a reason. He makes mistakes.
 
“At the same time, nobody has stopped him. I think I can be the guy to knock him out. I think I have the answer for him. At the end of the day, I expect him to be true to his style. Whether he’s winning or losing, it’s a defense-first approach from him. This will be nothing but business for me on Saturday night.”
 
If Williams can get by Smith on Saturday night in Las Vegas, the 27-year-old has his sights set squarely on a 154-pound world title and is ready for any champion who will get in the ring with him.
 
“I treat every fight like it’s a must-win,” said Williams. “I treated the Conley fight like that and I’ll bring the same intensity on Saturday. I’m just a hungry fighter who’s focused. I don’t care about all the distractions and nonsense.
 
“I’m interested in fighting all of the current champions and I have the ability to beat them all. The choice isn’t necessarily up to me, but they’re all great fighters and I know I’m a great fighter too. I’ll take any of them.”
 
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Televised coverage begins at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. and features Lionell Thompson clashing with unbeaten prospect Earl Newman in a 10-round light heavyweight bout plus unbeaten prospects Tugstsogt Nyambayar and Harmonito De La Torre going head-to-head in a 10-round featherweight fight. 

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PBC on SUPER CHANNEL: Anthony Dirrell v. Denis Douglin Julian Williams vs. Ishe Smith

Anthony Dirrell vs. Denis Douglin
10:30 p.m. ET / 7:30 p.m. PT
 
Friday, Nov. 17, 2017 * Flint, Michigan
 
Julian Williams vs. Ishe Smith
9:00 p.m. ET / 7:00 p.m. PT
 
Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017 * Las Vegas, Nevada
 

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Anthony Dirrell v. Denis Douglin
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EDMONTON, Canada (November 15, 2017) – Double-barrelled boxing action is on tap this week for Canadian boxing fans when Super Channel airs back-to-back Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) events this Friday night and Saturday evening, live from separate venues in the United States.
 
“Super Channel is ecstatic to be working with PBC and love the opportunity to bring two exciting back-to- back nights of live fights to our Canadian subscribers,” said Troy Wassill, Director of Programming, Domestic Distributors & Sports for Super Channel.  “It’s about time Canadians get the chance to see these and other great fights.”
 
 
Friday’s action is headlined by a 10-round super middleweight clash between former World Boxing Council (WBC) Super Middleweight World Champion Anthony “The Dog” Dirrell (30-1-1, 24 KOs), who will be fighting at home in Flint, Michigan, against the only active professional boxer trained by his mother, Denis “Momma’s Boy” Douglin (20-5, 13 KOs), fighting out of New Jersey. The action starts at 10:30 p.m. ET / 7:30 p.m. PT.
 
“Douglin has fought a lot of good fighters and I respect him, but he’s standing in the way of my title shot,” Dirrell said. “This is a chance for me to showcase my skills. I’m going for a stoppage, and I think I’m going to get it in the middle rounds. I want to put on a great performance and give the fans something to see. I’m going to get the job done.”
“I’ve taken a lot of fights on short notice and that’s hurt me in the past, but I’ve had ample time and a great training camp to prepare for this fight,” Douglin commented. “I think Dirrell has a problem with guys who aren’t afraid of him and who will actually give him a fight. With my style and determination, I’m going to bring a lot more than he’s expecting. I’m going to bring it for 10 rounds and I know I’ll have my arm raised at the end of the day.”  
 
Two exciting matches are on the “Dirrell vs. Douglin” card, presented by Salita Promotions and TGB Promotion, will air in Canada exclusively on Super Channel.
 
The eight-round co-featured event is a rematch between two talented welterweight prospects, Jamontay “The Quiet” Clark (12-0, 7 KOs), of Cincinnati, and Ukrainian Ivan “The Volk” Golub (13-1, 11 KOs), now fighting out of Brooklyn (NY). Clark won a highly-contested, eight-round decision this past June 30th
 
 
The following evening, commencing at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT live from the Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas, world title challenger Julian “J Rock” Williams (23-1-1, 15 KOs), of Philadelphia, will square off against former International Boxing Federation Junior Middleweight World Champion Ishe “Sugar Shay” Smith (29-8, 12 KOs), who will be fighting at home.
 
“I took this fight just like I’ve taken every tough fight over the years,” Smith noted. “I constantly challenge myself to the best and I believe Julian Williams is one of the best in the division. If you look at my resume, all I’ve done is fight the best guys, in their prime, so this is nothing new to me. I’ve reached the point where I’ve seen it all. This fight will get me exactly where I need to be, closer to a world title shot.”
 
“We’ve been working hard for months and I’m ready to get back in the ring,” Williams remarked. “I could fight tomorrow. I know this is an important fight for my career. Ishe is a veteran and he is going to bring his ‘A’ game to try to prove he’s still got it. I’m not going to give him that opportunity. I will be victorious and show that I’m ready to fight the best in the world.”
Three entertaining bouts on the “Dirrell vs. Douglin” card, presented by Salita Promotions and TGB Promotion, will air in Canada exclusively on Super Channel.  
 
In the 10-round co-feature, veteran light heavyweight Lionell Thompson (18-4, 11 KOs) takes on unbeaten prospect Earl Newman (10-0-1, 7 KOs).
 
Thompson is on the trail of a 175-pound world championship and he hasn’t taken the easy road, having challenged the likes of Sergey Kovalev and Radivoje Kalajdzic during his pro career. The 32-year-old out of Buffalo, N.Y. is coming off a knockout victory over Steve Lovett in his last fight February 24. The last time he fought at the Cosmopolitan, he defeated Donovan George by unanimous decision on Sept. 16, 2016.  
 
Newman will be taking a big step forward in taking on his toughest competition to date in Thompson. The 26-year-old Brooklyn-native is coming off a split draw against Paul Parker on Sept. 19 after winning his first 10 pro fights.  
 
In the other televised fight a pair of undefeated super featherweight prospects, 2012 Olympic Silver medalist from Mongolia, Tugstsogt Nyambayar (8-0, 8 KOs), who now fights out of Carson, California, and Filipino Harmonito “Hammer” Dela Torre (19-0, 12 KOs), battle in a 10-round match.
 
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Former World Champion Ishe Smith Clashes With Top 154-Pound Contender Julian “J-Rock” Williams In Super Welterweight Showdown on PBC on Bounce from The Chelsea Inside The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas on Saturday, Nov. 18

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Lionel Thompson Duels Earl Newman In Light Heavyweight Co-Feature Attraction

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Tugstsogt Nyambayar Meets Xavier Martinez in Battle of Unbeaten Prospects

 

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LAS VEGAS (October 23, 2017) – Former world champion Ishe Smith battles top 154-pound contender Julian “J-Rock” Williams in a 10-round super welterweight clash that headlines Premier Boxing Champions on Bounce live from The Chelsea inside The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas on Saturday, November 18.

 

In the co-feature, Lionell Thompson clashes with unbeaten prospect Earl Newman in a 10-round light heavyweight bout. Televised coverage begins at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT with unbeaten prospects Tugstsogt Nyambayar and Xavier Martinez going head-to-head in a 10-round featherweight fight.

 

“This card is going to bring it,” said Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe. “The fans will be presented with variety; veterans and prospects going head-to-head and tough fighting styles meshing come fight night. The main event between Ishe Smith and Julian Williams is going to be an exciting battle! I think Ishe and Julian are going to put on a great show. Both fighters are very tough competitors and fight with everything they have. We also have a great undercard line-up. This is going to be an all-around exciting night of boxing for the fans.”

 

“This is the kind of show that presents something for every boxing fan,” said Tom Brown, President of TGB Promotions. “Ishe Smith is a former champion who still has title aspirations. He’s going up against a young hungry contender on the comeback trail in Julian Williams. Earl Newman will be taking a major step up when he takes on Lionell Thompson in the co-feature and both Tugstsogt Nyambayar and Xavier Martinez will be looking to keep their undefeated records intact. It all adds up to a fun night for boxing fans.”

 

Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by Mayweather Promotions and TGB Promotions, are priced at $29, $39, $59, $69, $89 and $149 and are on sale now. Tickets are available at www.cosmopolitanlasvegas.com or through Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000 andwww.ticketmaster..com.

 

The 39-year-old Smith (29-8, 12 KOs) won his world championship with a majority decision over Cornelius Bundrage on Feb. 23, 2013 to become the first Las Vegas-native to win a world title. He has also challenged top fighters such as Erislandy Lara and Daniel Jacobs and most recently defeated Tommy Rainone and Frank Galarza in his last two bouts.

 

“I took this fight just like I’ve taken every tough fight over the years,” said Smith. “I constantly challenge myself to the best and I believe Julian Williams is one of the best in the division. If you look at my resume, all I’ve done is fight the best guys, in their prime, so this is nothing new to me. I’ve reached the point where I’ve seen it all. This fight will get me exactly where I need to be, closer to a world title shot.”

 

Williams (23-1-1, 15 KOs), one of the top young contenders in the 154-pound division, is working his way back into title contention by taking on a tough former world champion in Smith. The 27-year-old Williams of Philadelphia suffered a KO loss to Jermall Charlo in his first title shot in 2016 and returned to the ring with a TKO victory over Joshua Conley in his last fight on June 30.

 

“We’ve been working hard for months and I’m ready to get back in the ring,” said Williams. “I could fight tomorrow. I know this is an important fight for my career. Ishe is a veteran and he is going to bring his ‘A’ game to try to prove he’s still got it. I’m not going to give him that opportunity. I will be victorious and show that I’m ready to fight the best in the world.” Continue reading

[VIDEO] LARA WINS! CHARLO SHORT-CIRCUITS LUBIN! HURD CATCHES A TROUT!

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.

 

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Lightweight World Champion Robert Easter Retains Title with Hard Fought Victory over Top Contender Denis Shafikov in PBC on Bounce Main Event Friday Night from the Huntington Center in Toledo, Ohio

Lightweight World Champion Robert Easter Retains Title with Hard Fought Victory over Top Contender Denis Shafikov in Premier Boxing Champions on Bounce Main Event Friday Night from the Huntington Center in Toledo, Ohio
 
Super Welterweight Contender Julian Williams Stops Joshua Conley in Round Seven & Jamontay Clark Gets Decision Over Ivan Golub in Showdown of Welterweight Prospects
 
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TOLEDO, OH. (July 1, 2017) – Unbeaten lightweight world champion Robert Easter (20-0, 14 KOs) successfully defended his title for the second time Friday night with a victory over top contender Denis Shafikov (38-3, 20 KOs) in the main event of Premier Boxing Champions on Bounce from the Huntington Center in Toledo, Ohio.
 
“I’m thankful for my team preparing me for this victory,” said Easter. “I give my performance a B- tonight. I could have done a lot better. I fought on the inside more at the beginning of the fight but my team wanted me to box so I was able to do that late and get the win.”
 
The 12-rounds of action were defined by both men having success when imposing their differing styles on each other. Easter had a height and reach advantage that allowed him to jab from the outside in addition to the consistent success he had following up with right hands to Shafikov’s head.  
 
“I know a lot of guys’ weakness is their gas tank so I wanted to go after him and test him early,” said Easter. “Shafikov proved that’s he’s a tough opponent but we were able to get the job done.”
 
Shafikov was never deterred as he continued to press forward and as the fight went on he was able to increasingly frustrate Easter and land looping shots from awkward angles. He was especially fond of a chopping right hand that was able to land while jockeying for position on the inside with Easter.
 
The fight ebbed and flowed for 12-rounds, with both men gaining control for moments before being forced to deal with adversity. Easter was given the unanimous decision and retained his belt, although the judges scores of 120-108 twice and 116-112 did not capture the competitive nature of the contest.
 
“I thought that’d I’d be the first guy to be able to break Shafikov down,” said Easter. “I was able to get the win and I’m going to be ready for everybody out there.”
 
Additional televised action saw super welterweight contender Julian Williams (23-1-1, 15 KOs) return to the ring with a seventh-round stoppage of Joshua Conley (14-2-1, 9 KOs).
 
Williams was dominant from the start in his first outing since losing a world title fight against unbeaten Jermall Charlo in December. The Philadelphia-native pushed Conely to the ropes from the start and began mixing in left hooks and uppercuts that damaged Conley.
 
Conley was able to land occasional power punches, but was never able to slow the attack from Williams. Early in round seven a left to the eye forced Conley to take a knee and try to recover.
 
Williams sensed his opportunity and quickly pounced on Conley, teeing off with power punches until Conley’s corner threw in the towel and forced the referee to stop the fight 58 second into the round.
 
In the televised opener, welterweight prospects Jamontay Clark (12-0, 7 KOs) and Ivan Golub (13-1, 11 KOs) battled for eight hard rounds before Clark emerged with a unanimous decision victory.
 
Clark came out early trying to use his height and reach advantage by jabbing and staying away from Golub, while also mixing in left hands. Golub started out slow in the first two rounds, trying to establish a body attack while taking several hard punches from Clark.
 
Golub and Clark increasingly began to exchange power shots throughout the third and fourth rounds before Golub landed a powerful right hand that clearly shook Clark up late in the fourth. The Cincinnati-native was able to recover and stay on his feet however and return to his corner without being knocked down.  
 
Golub continued to keep the pressure on as Clark regained his composure while spending most of the fifth round moving laterally away from Golub. The final rounds saw Clark returning to his boxing fundamentals as he tried to keep the aggressive Golub at a distance with his jab. After eight rounds of action, the judges ringside saw the fight for Clark by the scores of 77-75 twice and 79-73.
 
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Lightweight World Champion Robert Easter’s World Title Defense Against Denis Shafikov to be Live Streamed on Bounce’s New Subscription Service ‘Brown Sugar’ Friday, June 30 at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT

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Lightweight World Champion Robert Easter’s World Title Defense Against Top Contender Denis Shafikov to be Live Streamed on Bounce’s New Subscription Service Brown Sugar

Premier Boxing Champions on Bounce This Friday, June 30 from the Huntington Event Center in Toledo, Ohio Beginning at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT

 

TOLEDO, OH. (June 27, 2017) – An exciting night of Premier Boxing Champions on Bounce action, headlined by unbeaten world champion Robert Easter battling top challenger Denis Shafkov, will be available to be streamed live by fans this Friday, June 30 via Bounce’s new subscription-video-on-demand service Brown Sugar.

 

Brown Sugar features an extensive and one-of-a-kind library of iconic black movies as well as Bounce original programming and series. It is available for mobile phones and tablets in the Google Play Store and iTunes App Store as well as for Amazon Kindle Fire tablets in the Amazon Appstore and for computers at www.BrownSugar.com. There is a free initial trial period for subscribers with a retail price of $3.99/month thereafter. Brown Sugar has Google Chromecast capabilities which allow video to play on televisions directly from mobile devices available for consumers with Android and iOS devices.

 

Bounce and Brown Sugar coverage begins at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT and will feature super welterweight contender Julian “J-Rock” Williams matching up against once-beaten Joshua Conley plus a battle between unbeaten welterweight prospects Jamontay Clark and Ivan Golub.

 

Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by About Billions Promotions in association with Warriors Boxing from the Huntington Event Center in Toledo, Ohio, are priced at $225 $125, $100, $75, $55 and $35, and are on sale now. Tickets can be purchased online by visiting www.ticketmaster.com, or by calling 1-800-745-3000.

 

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THE RETURN: Julian WILLIAMS faces Joshua Conley in a P B C on Bounce card on Friday, June 30

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Julian Williams vs Joshua Conley

 

Story by:  Chip Mitchell

 

There are many  fans and media who were extremely impressed with contender Julian “J-Rock” Williams (22-1-1, 14 KOs) prior to his title challenge versus Jermall Charlo last December.  Included in that number was this journalist, who was eager to see how far the young man could go in our beloved, yet ferocious sport.

 

Williams failed in his quest for the IBF strap against Charlo, and now returns in a super welterweight bout against  Joshua Conley (14-1-1, 9 KOs) on a  Premier Boxing Champions on Bounce card Friday, June 30.

 

Williams vs.  Conley will be the co-feature,  with televised coverage beginning at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT.

 

The main event is IBF World lightweight champion Robert Easter Jr. (19-0, 14 KOs) defending against Denis Shafikov (38-2-1, 20 KOs).

 

Also on the televised portion of the card are unbeaten welterweight prospects Jamontay Clark (11-0, 7 KOs) and Ivan Golub (13-0, 11 KOs) who will battle in an eight-round matchup.

 

I’m eager to see how Williams acquits himself in his return to action, especially with an opponent who packs a bit of a punch.  While Conley’s resume doesn’t have signature names that stand out, the same could be said of Williams heading into his challenge against Charlo.  You could similarly add Errol Spence Jr.’s name to that list, up until his successful title challenge against Kell Brook.  So the intrigue of the unknown lends merit to see how the kid (Williams) reacts in his comeback fight.

 

Williams, to his credit, says all the right things… the things you want to hear a fighter say coming off of an initial defeat.  Yet, as it goes, this is why we ‘fight the fights’ in this theatre of the unexpected.

 

I believe Williams to be a technically sound fighter.  There were a few flaws that Williams himself expressed a need to rectify after his loss to Charlo.  On paper, this seems to be a solid opponent who Williams should defeat after getting quality rounds of work.  However, I doubt if Conley enters the ring thinking he’s  “the opponent” in this high-reward-for-him challenge.

 

As much as the Charlo loss shouldn’t be an indictment on his career, to some fans and (so-called) media it is.  So Williams has to dust off his shoulder and get back in and prove ’em wrong.  In my opinion, I’m equally as intrigued with his trainer, Stephen Edwards.  His journey will go as Williams’s goes.

 

Edwards was hailed the next great trainer, albeit prematurely, by many-a-boxing scribe.  He certainly has the mind for it, as he passed a few of my historical quizzes thrown his way.

 

“I am definitely excited to get back in the ring,” said Williams. “I can’t wait. It feels like it has been two years, not six months. I took my loss on the chin. I tried to learn as much as possible from it and I’m moving forward. Conley is a solid fighter. He only has one loss and it was to Daquan Arnett, who is another good fighter. I know he is coming to win. If he beats me, it opens a lot of doors and takes him to the next stage of his career so I have to come prepared.”

 

“This is a great opportunity for my career and I feel like a win here puts me on the list of up-and-coming 154-pound fighters,” said Conley. “Training camp has been going well. I’m ready to do whatever it takes. I know that it’s going to be a tough fight. I expect Julian to come out fast and try to prove something, but I’m going to stay composed and do what I have to do.”

 

This is a nice comeback fight for Julian Williams.  If he gets past Conley, I’d like to see the young man back in twice this year.  If he passes those tests, it should set him up for a title challenge with the winner of the July 29 fight between IBF titleholder Jarrett Hurd and Austin Trout.

 

Another possibility is a matchup with WBC titleholder Jermell Carlo, Jermall’s younger (by one minute) brother.  It’d be nice to see if Williams can get some semblance of revenge in that contest.

 

First things first, however, as Williams must pass his first test against Conley.  Conley has a good left hook and likes to double hook to the body and head.  He can fight coming forward and off his back foot as he looks to land big.

 

I haven’t seen much of a jab from Conley and think this is something Williams can exploit.  When Conley elects to throw the jab, it’s quick.  However, the range sometimes isn’t where it should be.  Also, there are moments in fights where Conley’s jab does a disappearing act.  When this happens, Conley is usually looking to land something big, preferably the big left hook.   Just something to watch in this fight.

 

Check out Williams vs. Conley, June 30 on the undercard of Robert Easter Jr defending against Denis Shafikov.

 

 

The Pulchritude of Pugilism—Sparrow Edges Burgin – Zapata Upsets Jenkins

By: George H. Hanson Jr., Esq.

Follow George at http://www.fightkings.com

Date: Friday, March 10 2017
Venue: 2300 Arena – Philadelphia, PA
Promoters: Peltz Boxing, BAM Boxing, Raging Babe & Joe Hand
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Coverage: Gofightlive.com
Commentators: Marc Abrams & Mike Mittman
Ring Announcer: Steve Mittman
Referees: Gary Rosato, Blair Talmadge & Ronald Ali Bashir
Photos: Darryl Cobb Jr.

Listen folks, it was Pelé—the greatest football player of all time— who as a seventeen year-old led Brazil to its first FIFA World Cup in 1958 showing the world that the Brazilian ginga style could dominate and defeat the European powerhouse in soccer – “the beautiful game.” I couldn’t help reflecting on the artistry of Pelé and his total command of the soccer ball as Anthony Burgin (10 wins – 2 losses – 0 draws – 2 kos) pursued Avery Sparrow (5 wins – 1 loss – 0 draw – 3 kos) in the opening round of their scheduled eight-round main event. Hands held high, the taller Burgin—built like a racehorse—tall and lean—attacked like a miniature Tommy “Hitman” Hearns unloading while stalking. Sparrow eyes on his nemesis sidestepped, dipped and changed directions like he was auditioning for a fight scene in a remake of “The Matrix.” The audience swept up in the titillating scenery—the beautiful game of boxing—would realize after thirty-two minutes that they had just witnessed the front-runner for the Briscoe Award “2017 Fight of the Year.”


Sparrow (L.) connects with the left hook

It is as unusual to have two fighters with a combined experience of eighteen fights to headline a show as it was to have a 17 year-old in the World Cup back in 1958. But, Brazil had Pelé and Philadelphia has “Uncle Russell” Hall of Fame Promoter – J. Russell Peltz and his two cohorts/ protégés Brittany Rogers and “The Raging Babe” – Michelle Rosado. Unlike so many of his contemporaries who have fallen by the wayside and into the promotional graveyard – Peltz – the greatest chameleon of the sweet science has been able to change with the landscape – using traditional tools and social media to fill venues. Thus, it was no surprise when two North Philly kids – Burgin and Sparrow were pitted against each other in the main event. Philadelphia vs. Philadelphia has always been a recipe for success and when boxing is on the menu Peltz is a master chef. “Bad” Bennie Briscoe vs. Eugene “Cyclone” Hart, Troy “Forty” Fletcher vs. Bryan “Boogaloo” Jones and Derek “Pooh” Ennis vs. “King” Gabriel Rosado are a few examples of the mystique and intrigue of intra-city competition and rivalries.

The mercurial Sparrow – whose sole setback was due to disqualification—secured the services of trainer Greg Hackett in preparation for Burgin. On October 2, 2015 – two fights aback in the same ring—Sparrow’s propensity for hitting Jerome Rodriguez in the lower quadrant caused referee Hurley McCall to call a halt in the last round of the scheduled six-rounder. Hackett the iconoclast and kindred spirit would prove to be the perfect fit for the fighter who many believe couldn’t keep his emotions in check and follow instructions.


Burgin (R.) connects with the straight right.

The opening round was close with Burgin working the body nicely and Sparrow boxing from a distance using his jab and the occasional straight right. Burgin settled into the role of the aggressor as they went back and forth in an action-packed fight round after round much to the delight of the fans. The action reached a boiling point in the sixth round as Burgin engaged Sparrow at close quarters and was driving solid shots to his opponent’s body. Sparrow returned fire and threw an uppercut that is proof that he has a micro-chip for a brain and is always thinking at warp speed. While covering up on the inside, Sparrow instead of bending his legs to split Burgin’s guard, simply rotated his shoulders and brought the right uppercut forward while raising his legs – an awkward looking delivery – but the right one given the circumstances. The punch landed on the tip of Burgin’s chin sending him to the canvas.

Burgin was up before referee Rosato could toll the count of three and dusted his gloves. There was one minute and thirteen seconds remaining in the round and Sparrow seized the opportunity and attacked attempting to end the fight. Burgin the consummate professional, never panicked – kept his composure under adverse circumstances and was able to navigate around the ring – defense intact – fired back while clearing his head and making it to the bell.

The fight continued at the same frenetic pace in the next two rounds with the seventh being close and Burgin claiming the final round showing a sense of urgency. Press-row was split with the fight being scored 76-75 either way. No surprise that one judge had it 76-75 for Burgin, the second judge having the same score for Sparrow with the final judge soring it 77-74 for Sparrow who was awarded a split-decision.

In his last bout, December 2, 2106 at this venue, Roque Zapata (2 wins – 1 loss – 3 draws – 0 kos) from Panama now fighting out of Culpepper, Virginia – handed junior-middleweight Isaiah Wise his first loss in four fights – winning a four-round majority decision in what many called an upset. Tonight, the twenty-one year-old Zapata would prove that his win over Wise was no fluke and out-boxed local fan-favorite Fred Jenkins Jr. (10 wins – 3 losses – 0 draw – 3 kos) dropping him in the opening stanza – winning a unanimous six-round decision 59-54 twice and 57-56.


Zapata (L.) lands the left hook.

Jenkins took command at the opening bell working behind a stiff jab backing up his shorter adversary. Zapata stayed in a low crouch and was unable to neutralize his opponent’s jab which dictated the pace and kept him at bay. But, with barely ten seconds remaining in the round Zapata countered with a short right hand that connected on Jenkin’s chin sending him to the canvas. Jenkins was up immediately and before the action could resume the bell sounded ending the round.

With stablemate, heavyweight contender— Bryant “By By” Jennings yelling instructions, behind press-row the action resumed in the second stanza with Jenkins again setting the pace. Working behind a stiff jab he landed a few combinations to the body as Zapata circled returning fire. The rest of the fight was close with Zapata being the busier combatant by simply out-working Jenkins who didn’t appear to be at this best. The unorthodox Zapata, fighting from a crouch, is difficult to hit and is effective primarily because he fights with much confidence. Maybe, it isn’t a case of him upsetting Philadelphia fighters but one of him being underestimated.

In a scheduled six-round heavyweight bout, former University of New Haven basketball star Cassius Chaney (8 wins – 0 losses – 0 draws –5 kos) of Philadelphia who holds a degree in Sports Management – squared off against Tom Washington (6 wins – 9 losses – 1 draw – 2 kos) of Lansing, Michigan. Despite a six-inch height advantage, the 6 feet 6 inch Chaney was outweighed by his opponent who tipped the scales at 278 lbs. – a thirty pound disparity. With new trainer – former two-division world champion John David Jackson in his corner, Chaney took the opening stanza with his jab and a few hard rights thrown with a curve around his opponent’s gloves protecting the side of his face. The rather rotund Washington came forward and walked into an uppercut in the second round that discombobulated his equilibrium but didn’t send him to the canvas.

Chaney (R.) lands the right.

There wasn’t much action in the third stanza as Chaney kept his distance jabbing with Washington plodding forward throwing a few punches. However, Washington pinned Chaney on the ropes for part of the fourth round and was able to land to the body with a few good shots. His success was short-lived as the last two rounds settled to a pedestrian pace with Chaney jabbing to the head and body hurting Washington with a straight right with thirty seconds remaining in the fight. The fight lived up to the age-old adage that an ugly win is better than a pretty loss. Chaney won a majority decision as two judges scored it 59-55 with the third recording it 57-57 – a draw.

In his first fight since losing to Roque Zapata last December, Philly junior-middleweight Isaiah Wise (3 wins – 1 loss – 0 draws – 2 kos) returned to action in fantastic fashion stopping Jeffrey Wright (4 wins – 5 losses – 1 draw – 4 kos) of Milwaukee, Wisconsin winning by technical knockout thirty-two seconds of the fourth round of the scheduled six-round bout. The slick-boxing Wright fought on even terms with Wise in the opening stanza – slipping and sliding punches while hurting Wise with a right hand. However, Wise was able to counter with good body punching. The Philly fighter came out bombing in the second round and had his opponent on the ropes where he was falling through and had to be rescued by referee Rosato. Wright was losing the round but was able to capture the stanza with a blistering right toward the end sending Wise to the canvas the referee reaching the count of four before he was able to reach a standing position and finish the round.

Wise was able to even the score in the third round when he hurt Wright with an overhand right, followed him to the ropes wailing away with shots to the head and body sending him to the canvas with a right hook to the ribcage. Wright was up immediately and the action resumed with both competitors slugging to the bell. The fourth round was in its embryonic stages when Wise bounced a blistering right off Wright’s dome sending him crashing to the canvas the referee tolling five before he was able to reach a standing position. The referee motioned for the action to resume but Wright still dazed and stumbled forward and Rosato called a halt declaring Wise the victor by technical knockout in an exciting bout.


Wise (R.) lands the right hook.

In the opening bout of the night North Philadelphia flyweight Tyrone Arzeno lost his professional debut losing a close four-round split decision to Basyzbek Baratov (1 win – 1 loss – 1 draw – 0 ko) of Kyrgyzstan now fighting out of Philadelphia. Arzeno boxed brilliantly in the opening stanza working behind his jab as Baratov threw the overhand right with bad intentions, eventually connected with the left hook. Baratov outworked his adversary in the second round by pressing the action with quick combinations to the body. However, Arzeno was able to hurt him in the third round with a hard right. Arzeno landed the more telling blows in the final two rounds while Baratov connected with quick-scoring combinations that are commonplace in the amateur ranks. Thus, I had it 39-37 for Arzeno similar to one judge. However, the other two judges scored it 39-37 for Baratov.

Arzeno (L) mixing it up with Baratov

Eighteen year-old super-middleweight Chris “Sand Man” Thomas (4 wins – 0 losses – 0 draws – 2 kos) of Beachwood, New Jersey won a unanimous four-round decision 40-35 twice and 39-36 over thirty-three year-old Mike Rodriguez (0 wins – 3 losses – 0 draws) of Springfield, Massachusetts. Thomas pressed the action at the opening bell and throughout the bout but had a difficult time because the 6 feet 3 inch Rodriguez grabbed and clutched thwarting the onslaught. Referee Bashir penalized Rodriguez deducting a point for excessive holding in the second round. It was an ugly affair round after round.

Thomas (R) on the attack

With Daddy Yankee blaring over the house speakers on the track Gasolina, a supremely confident Marco Ocano (1 win – 0 losses – 0 draws – 1 ko) of Aqua Prieta, Mexico made it from the dressing room to the squared circle where he waited patiently for several minutes for the arrival of his opponent. With an entourage befitting a world champion, Junior-lightweight Joseph Adorno (2 wins – 0 losses – 0 draws – 2 kos) of Allentown, Pennsylvania—decked out in an exquisite white outfit— strolled to the ring, his fans standing and cheering raucously—one of his handlers carrying a large Puerto Rican flag. If the judges awarded points for the ring walk and pageantry – Adorno had already won by a wide margin. The gong sounded to commence the scheduled four-rounder featuring two seventeen year-old pugilists.

Adorno, who is promoted by Top Rank, didn’t waste much time in getting down to business. In the time it takes to complete the first verse and hook to Gasolina – Adorno had dismissed and disposed his opponent—landing a left to the body then going up top with a straight right that froze Ocano in his tracks as though he had stepped into a bear trap. Seizing the moment Adorno unloaded a three punch combination before referee Bashir rescued Ocano from further punishment calling a halt 45 seconds into the bout – declaring Adorno the winner by technical knockout.


Adorno (R.) unleashing on Ocano

Adorno was a hard act to follow. But, undefeated eighteen year-old lightweight Victor Padilla (2 wins – 0 loss – 0 draws – 2 kos) of Vieques, Puerto Rico now residing in Berlin, New Jersey was equally impressive in his bout which followed Adorno’s domination and destruction of Ocano. In a scheduled four-rounder the southpaw Padilla dropped twenty-eight year-old Carlos Castillo (4 wins – 4 losses – 0 draws – 3 kos) of Tucson, Arizona with a left uppercut a few second in the opening round. Castillo who attacked at the bell with reckless abandon was countered with the perfectly placed punch that sent him to the canvas. More surprised than shaken, Castillo was up immediately and referee Talmadge wiped his gloves and signaled for the action to resume. Unabashed, Castillo attacked and was met with an overhand left that ricocheted off his chin re-introducing him to the canvas. Again he was up quickly and appeared willing and able to continue. But, referee Talmadge ended the festivities awarding Padilla the victory by technical knockout at 48 seconds of the opening round.

Padilla (R) sends Castillo to the canvas

In a bout featuring debuting Philadelphia fighters, eighteen year-old junior-featherweight Crystian Pequero was impressive winning by technical knockout 2:12 of the third round of a scheduled four-rounder against twenty-nine year-old Alonzo Davis. Both fighters rushed to the center of the ring at the opening bell and stood toe-to-toe unleashing bombs some landing most missing. After the initial fireworks, Pequero settled down and started going downstairs with hard shots to Davis’ body resembling a mini version of Hall of Famer Mike “The Body Snatcher” McCallum. Davis fought valiantly returning fire but Pequero was winning the war of attrition out landing and hurting him to the body. The bout continued at the same pace into the third round. Pequero continued his assault to the body with Davis fading but still fighting back. Davis was tough but was unable to withstand a well-placed right uppercut to the solar plexus that sent him to the canvas on one knee where he stayed unable to rise before referee Talmadge tolled the ten-count.

Pequero (R.) going to the body

In another all-Philly match-up featuring debuting flyweights, Ernesto “Pete” Almodovar was much too polished for southpaw Steve Lopez—dropping him in the opening round winning a four-round unanimous decision by scores of 40-35 and 39-36 twice. Unlike many fighters in their first professional bout, Almodovar seemed relaxed and was able to land with pinpoint accuracy. Toward the end of the opening round he dropped Lopez with a well-timed right as the southpaw tried to corner him on the ropes. Lopez was more surprised than hurt and was up instantly as referee Rosato began the count. The fight followed a similar pattern with Lopez coming forward and Almodovar using the shoulder roll to evade punishment while countering with straight rights that found their mark. It was an impressive debut for Almodovar who is trained and managed by his cousin Octavio Pineda.


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A MESSAGE FROM THE WBC TO THE BOXING WORLD!

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To all boxers enrolled in the CBP:

 

Dear champions, challengers and fighters, we wish you a great 2017, hoping your dreams and ambitions materialize.

 

As you are aware, every fighter enrolled in the Clean Boxing Program must keep updated information on their whereabouts. This is extremely important, in order to avoid any missed tests , which could become a problem.

 

Remember to promptly notify any changes of location to info@VADA-testing.org

 

Also , we would like to recommend that you take 30 minutes to again view the webinar, which provides important information about PEDS that can help you prevent becoming involved with illegal substances or entangling yourselves in illegal procedures. http://wbcboxing.com/WBCVADA/

 

We are all standing together, shoulder to shoulder, keeping the sport of boxing great and safe! I am very proud of you all and also thank you for showing the world that you truly and deeply care for the sport, for Fair Play and CLEAN BOXING ……..

 

Lets have a great 2017 !