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Aquino and Saleem Both Win



Talented Jr. Welterweight contender Julio Aquino made short work of his last minute opponent and 260lb. one-time prospect Faruq Saleem demolished his equally over-matched foe, as both featured fighters garnered first round knockouts Saturday night at the Adams Mark Hotel in Philadelphia.

Billed by 5-for-life Entertainment as the “Rumble on the Mainline,” these contests were more like “muggings”- with the victims being promoter P.J. Augustine's loyal Philly fight fans.

Headlining this 5 bout fightcard Saleem (inactive since his August 14th bout last year against veteran Otis Tisdale: TKO 6) dwarfed Springfield, Missouri native Shawn Robinson, now 16-12. Saleem, managed by well-known Butch Lewis, was escorted into the ring by former Light-heavyweight and Heavyweight World Champion Michael Spinks. Enjoying a 59lb. weight advantage, Saleem clubbed the fearless Robinson around the ring before referee Gary Rosato halted the bout at 1:52 of round one, after Robinson's 2nd trip to the canvas.

The 201lb. Robinson – one mere pound over the cruiserweight limit- entered the ring a loser in 10 of his last 11 fights, with one no contest, and 8 of those losses were by knockout! While Robinson can be commended for his fortitude and courage, shouldn't his safety have been of concern?

The co-feature saw the fan friendly Julio Aquino attack the lightly regarded Mike Dobbs, now 7-10 (5 Ko's), from the opening bell. The heavy-handed southpaw landed a crushing right hand, which sent the overwhelmed Dobbs to the deck. Beating the count yet still hurt, Dobbs when asked by the referee if he wished to continue, replied, “I think so.”

Unfortunately for the gutsy Dobbs his valor was quickly overcome with a dose of reality. Aquino (now 14-2), sensing victory, swarmed and landed damaging shots with both hands – forcing Dobbs to crumble against the ropes and drop to his knees, in concert with his corner throwing in the towel – ending this one-sided contest at 1:50 of round one.

On the undercard…..Making his pro debut, complete with a marching band grand entrance as the DJ mixed in “Here comes the Champ,” highly touted Philadelphia middleweight Saeed Hawkins didn't let his followers down, with a four round unanimous decision victory over a tough and stubborn Vance Garvey, now 3-8-1. Obviously too early to tell, yet Hawkins did impress with good hand speed, power and a debilitating body attack. Garvey, fighting out of Indiana, must be given his due for even finishing the feet on his feet.

Crowd favorite Tyrone Tate improved to 7-2 (3 KO's), taking a hard earned split-decision victory over resilient Andrew Hutchinson (2-5-1) in a four round cruiserweight fight. Tate appeared to score a knockdown in round three with a short right hand yet the referee ruled it a slip, making for a closer call. Two judges scored the bout 39-37 for Tate, while the third judge saw it 39-37 for the Jamaican-born Hutchinson.

The evening's opening bout saw Washington DC's Larry Brothers (4-10-2) battle to a four round draw against New York's Rohan Natan (3-13-1) in an entertaining middleweight brawl.

There were many breaks in the action in-between fights; for dance contests, ticket giveaways, National Anthem singing contests, etc… There were also some poignant moments, like promoter PJ Augustine calling his dad into the ring to wish him and all the dads a Happy Father's Day. The most special and touching scene truly was seeing veteran referee Frank Cappuccino in the ring as PJ told the crowd about Frank's son, Frank Cappuccino Jr., a Vietnam veteran suffering in the advance stage of Parkinson disease. A touching moment when Mr. Cappuccino emotionally spoke about Frank Jr., his need for 24 hour care and his fundraiser on September 26th at the Pa. National Guard Armory (for more info call: 215-757-3947). Local businessman Joe Mammana was the first to come around with a very sizeable donation.

Mr. Mammana, CEO of Yardley Farms in Yardley,Pa., is very generous within his community.
A 5-for-life Entertainment show, along with the boxing, will always include the DJ supplied music, and all the extras. While this may add to the entertainment-the real show is the fightcard, and if 5-for-life wants to stay successful in the boxing promotion business they must provide there loyal fight fans with better quality, more evenly-matched bouts on future fightcards.

Next up, Pa. National Guard Armory, August 6th when Julio Aquino will take on tough, current Pa. State Jr. Welterweight Champion Luis Alberto Santiago in a title elimination bout. Dangerous Terrence “KO” Lewis will be matched in the co-feature. For tickets and information call (215) 668-8619 or (215) 888-9411.

Articles of 2004

2004 Boxing Pound for Pound List



The final boxing pound-for-pound list of the year for 2004.

1. Bernard Hopkins: The top guy from beginning to end, Hopkins took care of Oscar De La Hoya with a body shot in the biggest fight of 2004. Now, he'll wait for Jermain Taylor to progress a little further, or he'll go the rematch route with Felix Trinidad. Either way, Hopkins stands to earn a lot of money in 2005 and extend that all-time middleweight reign.

2. Floyd Mayweather: How long has it been since we've seen Mayweather in a meaningful fight? Certainly not in 2004, when he outpointed the difficult DeMarcus Corley. He's slated for a January outing against a no-name. Enough stalling, already, “Pretty Boy”. Fight someone we care about (preferably Kostya Tszyu), or you'll lose your #2 position sometime in 2005.

3. Felix Trinidad: “Tito” stormed back with a magnificent knockout of Ricardo Mayorga in 2004, and now hopes to capitalize on it with big money fights. He'd like nothing more than a rematch with his only conqueror, Hopkins, but he may also opt for old nemesis Oscar De La Hoya. Either way, Trinidad is sure to fight a big fight sometime in the coming year.

4. Kostya Tszyu: What a difference one fight makes. As recently as late October, the boxing world was wondering whether Tszyu was even serious about the sport anymore. We found out with a second round demolition of Sharmba Mitchell. And that made the junior welterweight division very attractive. Tszyu has several options now, including Arturo Gatti and Mayweather or even a hop up to welterweight to challenge Cory Spinks. Let's hope one of them happens in 2005.

5. Manny Pacquiao: Pacquiao fought twice in 2004, and what a fight the first one was. His thrilling war with Juan Manuel Marquez was the best brawl of the year, and there is a chance that the two rivals will go at it again in 2005. If not, Pacquiao has a list full of options: Marco Antonio Barrera, Erik Morales, etc. Pacquiao will fight one of them in the next year.

6. Marco Antonio Barrera: Another guy thought to be washed up when the year started, Barrera resurrected his career for the second time with a masterful victory over Paulie Ayala and a close decision over rival Erik Morales in another great fight. Barrera is obviously shooting for a return with Pacquiao, who decimated him in November 2003. Barrera says it was an off-night. Hopefully, we'll find out if that was the case.

7. Winky Wright: Winky entered the “superstar” realm in 2004 with a pair of decision victories over Shane Mosley. The first was very impressive, as Wright practically shut Mosley out. The second was closer, but proved once again that Winky was the superior fighter. He'd like a shot at Trinidad or Oscar De La Hoya, but neither will happen. He'd probably be best off shooting for a name like Fernando Vargas or Ricardo Mayorga.

8. Juan Manuel Marquez: After several years on the outside looking in, Marquez is finally in a position to make some money after his courageous performance against Pacquiao. He rose from three first-round knockdowns to wage the fight of his life in a fight that was ruled a draw. It would also be interesting to see Marquez against countrymen Barrera and Erik Morales.

9. Erik Morales: “El Terrible” fought another great fight against Barrera, but, again, it was in a losing cause. He has now lost two of three to his fierce rival, and probably wants nothing to do with him anymore. But, eventually, talk of Barrera-Morales 4 will come up again. In the meantime, Morales could shoot for Pacquiao or Marquez.

10. Glencoffe Johnson: The newest entry, Johnson pumped some life into boxing in 2004 with a pair of upsets of Roy Jones Jr. and Antonio Tarver. Now, he's set to make some really big money in rematches with either, or a shot at old conqueror Hopkins. Either way, Johnson is better than anyone imagined.

11. Jose Luis Castillo: Castillo made some comeback noise of his own in 2004, beating Juan Lazcano for his old vacant title and decisioning Joel Casamayor for another big win. He says he wants Kostya Tszyu next, and if that materializes, boxing fans will be in for a treat. If not, Castillo vs. Diego Corrales is a great fight.

12. Oscar De La Hoya: Hard to erase that picture of De La Hoya grimacing in agony courtesy of a Hopkins shot to the ribs, but the “Golden Boy” had no business fighting at 160 pounds. He should drop down to junior middle or even welterweight again if he has any hope of regaining his past form. But 2005 could be the final year for one of boxing's all-time great attractions.

On the brink: Antonio Tarver, Diego Corrales, James Toney

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Heavyweight Joe Mesi Bringing Lawsuit




As reported by the Buffalo News, Joe Mesi is suing the New York State Athletic Commission and the MRI center that conducted tests on the heavyweight boxer after his bout with Vassiliy Jirov. Mesi reportedly suffered brain injuries in the Jirov bout, which has left his boxing status uncertain.

The lawsuit alleges Mesi's medical records were improperly released to the NYSAC. The records, the lawsuit goes on to allege, were then released to the media, prejudicing Mesi's right to have his status reviewed by the appropriate boxing authorities.

The lawsuit does not seek specific monetary damages, as the extent of damages will be affected by whether Mesi is able to resume his career as a leading heavyweight contender.

Mesi hopes to have his status reviewed by the Nevada State Athletic Commission within the coming month. The ruling of the NSAC promises to be key in whether Mesi will be able to resume his boxing career.

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The Best in Chicago Boxing Returns




Dominic Pesoli's 8 Count Productions and Bob Arum's Top Rank Incorporated along with Miller Lite presents SOLO BOXEO DE MILLER, THE ARAGON RUMBLE, another installment of The Best in Chicago Boxing on Friday, January 14th, broadcast live internationally as part of Telefutura's Friday night professional boxing series.

The newly remodeled Aragon Ballroom is located at 1106 W. Lawrence Ave. near the corner of Lawrence and Broadway in Chicago's Uptown neighborhood and is easily accessible, just 4 blocks west of Lake Shore Drive and just 4 miles east of the Kennedy expressway. There are three large parking lots located within a 1/2 block of the Aragon Ballroom. Additionally, the Howard Street Blue Line stops just across the street. Doors will open at 6pm with the first bell at 7pm.

Headlining the action packed card is the American debut of super-bantamweight Ricardo “PIOLO” Castillo, 12-2 (6KO's) of Mexicali, Mexico as he squares off in a scheduled ten rounder against WBO Latino Champion, Edel Ruiz, 24-12-3 (13KO's) of Los Mochis, SI, Mexico. Castillo will be accompanied to the ring by his brother, World Lightweight Champion Jose Luis Castillo.

In the co-main event of the evening, one of Chicago's most popular fighters, middleweight “MACHO” Miguel Hernandez, 14-1 (9KO's), battles hard swinging local veteran “MARVELOUS” Shay Mobley, 7-4-1 (2KO's), of One In a Million a scheduled eight rounder.

The huge undercard bouts include;

Carlos Molina vs TBA, six rounds, junior middleweights
Frankie Tafoya vs TBA, four rounds, featherweights
Ottu Holified vs. Allen Medina, four rounds, middleweights
Francisco Rodriguez vs. LaShaun Blair, four rounds, bantamweights
Rita Figueroa vs. Sarina Hayden, four rounds, junior welterweights

Said Dominic Pesoli, President of 8 Count Productions, “it was a terrific evening last month and our fans were thrilled to be at the Aragon to watch David, Speedy and Luciano. David Diaz's fight against Jaime Rangel was a fight people will talk about for a long time. Our commitment to our fans is to make every event of ours better than the last one. This main event is terrific, both guys are very tough Mexicans who won't take a step back.

The fans love Miguel and Mobley figures to be a very tough opponent. Him and David Estrada had a six round war last June at our show. And the undercard showcases a lot of new, younger talent that is coming out of Chicago right now. Tafoya and Holifield have both had very successful beginnings to their careers and Francisco Rodriguez comes with fantastic amateur credentials and David Diaz says he has all the talent to be a great pro.”

“We've got big plans for 2005 and this show should take up right where last months show left off. The huge crowd loved the action last time and I'm sure they'll say the same thing this time.”

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