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Malik Scott back on track with big Philly win



Philadelphia, Pa. – Prior to Friday night's opening bell Greg Robinson and his Power Productions had reason for concern.  The hard working promoter's top fighter, Luis Alberto Santiago, who recently suffered a bruising defeat on June 4th at the Blue Horizon (Jadschi Green TKO 8), was now injured — canceling the scheduled main event and leaving the night's fightcard with a mere five bouts.  To make matters even worse, the venue was far from being sold-out and Robinson's nephew Jamal Reed would be making his pro debut.

Voted Philadelphia's “Promoter of the Year” in 2002 and 2003, Robinson has established a well-earned reputation for delivering action packed, evenly matched fights.

From early indicators, Robinson's “Philly Barn Burner-part two” would not be living up to all the pre-show hype.  By the time the preliminary fighters made their respective entrances into the ring, shortly after 8PM, the loyal Philly fight fans didn't disappoint. The Philadelphia National Guard Armory turned out a decent sized crowd, and the fans were excited, boisterous and ready for action.

In the main event, popular Philly cruiserweight Glenn Turner needed a big final round to pull out a razor-close six round split-decision victory over tough Newton “the butcher” Kidd from the Bronx.  Kidd (now 3-2) was ahead on all three judges scorecards until getting dropped by a crushing left hand from Turner early in the final round.  Turner, lavishly clad in pink and white trunks and shoes, which stylishly matched his pink hair, sent the local fans home happy by unleashing a brutal barrage on the already hurt Kidd, who struggled to stay up until the bell.
Judge Robert Grasso still saw it for Kidd 57-56, while judges George Hill and Steve Weisfeld both scored it 57-56 for Turner, who improved to 6-1-1.

In the co-feature, one-time highly regarded heavyweight prospect Malik Scott stayed undefeated with an impressive 1st round knockout over an outclassed Drexie Frank James (now 8-7 with 4 KO's), whose claim to fame is his 2001 1st round knockout of former Olympic gold medalist Michael Bennett in 2001.

Scott, enjoying a 20lb weight advantage, improved to 19-0 with his 10th knockout.  Using his strong jab to back the bewildered James to the ropes, Scott fired off a menacing left hook and right hand combination which landed flush in the jaw and sent the hurt James to the canvas, where he stayed and got counted out at 2:25 of the first round.

On the undercard …

Heavyweight, Jamal “the Gooch” Reed put a smile on his uncle Greg Robinson's face as he plundered through the four rounds and came away victorious in his pro debut against a game and willing Scott Meehan, now 0-3.  The winless Meehan, from Lancaster, Pa., was knocked out in his two previous fights yet came to win.  While both fighters were totally exhausted they battled on and earned their applause at fight's end.  Credit should be given to Reed, with no amateur experience, except his fights in the streets, Jamal has vowed to make his mark in the sweet science.  Reed has the size, athleticism and raw talent to develop into a formidable fighter — if he is willing to work and sacrifice.

Philadelphia middleweight Derrick Ennis stayed perfect (now 5-0 with 2 KO's) picking up a four round unanimous decision win over stubborn Vance Garvey (3-9-1).  Ennis, with his blazing hand speed and pin-point accurate punching is one of the brightest young prospects in the talent laden “City of Brotherly Love.”

In the night's opening bout, Eduardo Valdez, fighting out of Queens, NY, took advantage of Rami Ibraham's senseless style of fighting/showboating to stun the house fighter (now 1-2) in round two — knocking him to the canvas with a hard right hand and gaining control of the fight enroute to a four round unanimous decision win. The gutsy and aggressive Valdez earned his first pro victory and improved to 1-1.

Another highlight of the show was six-time World Champion Emile Griffith getting a warm reception as ring announcer, Larry Tornabe introduced the legendary Hall of Famer and called him into the ring.  Griffith delighted the crowd as he jokingly squared off with Philly's own legend, former two-time Heavyweight World Champion Tim Witherspoon.

Power Productions should not be satisfied with the type of fightcard that was presented this night — and neither will the ticket buying public, who expect better quality fights from Philly's # 1 promoter.

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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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