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Roseland Report: Bracero Upset By Corley

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This nine-fight card promoted by Lou DiBella was something of a slog at nearly five hours. But the 10-round main event between junior welterweights Gabriel Bracero and veteran DeMarcus “Chop Chop” Corley was worth the wait.

Bracero entered the ring 18-0 (3 KOs) and Corley had been on an endless losing streak to similar up and comers. The man who once hurt Floyd Mayweather Jr. and had Cotto on Queer St. went 27-19-1 (22 KOs). Corley, 37, has picked up where Emanuel Augustus left off; skilled, talented, and just faded enough….

Tonight, “Chop Chop” flipped the script. Early in the first the southpaw found a home for his overhand lead left. Bracero probably missed more shots in that round than he did in his first 18 bouts combined.

In the next round Bracero’s right eye was cut from that same overhand lead left. Later in the round, a right hook to the chin put him down hard. He looked done, but beat the count and was lucky to have the bell sound 10 seconds later.

Bracero was still groggy in the third. Rather than attack, Corley was still and minimalist, like a cobra sizing up its prey. He landed that same left again and put him down for the second time. Bracero beat the count but was on rubbery legs when he walked back to his corner.

Corley conserved his energy and cruelly measured the 30-year-old in the fourth. He got caught again in the next round and would have fallen out of the ring if the ropes hadn’t caught him. Bracero’s legion of fans from Sunset Park, Brooklyn, were in hysterics at this point. Luckily, he had vet Tommy Gallagher in his corner; he’s seen it all and behaves that way. If he was freaking out, he hid it very well. His calm must have been reassuring to the fighter who had never been dropped and hurt repeatedly.

The sixth was another rocky one for Bracero, but he got settled in the seventh. While Corley’s still fast hands can short-circuit anyone, he’s never been the best finisher. He let Bracero of the hook. Corley is amazingly well-preserved but his age reveals itself over the duration of a bout. He wastes nothing because he can’t afford to do otherwise.

To Bracero’s credit, he never folded. He collected himself and fought on even terms from the seventh on. He was even awarded a dubious knockdown in the eighth.

Between that lame knockdown and the seemingly close rounds towards the end, I feared the judges might not do the right thing and give Corley his win. (I didn’t start out jaded, boxing made me that way.) Thankfully, the UD scores were 96-90, 94-92 twice.

Popular light heavyweight Seanie Monaghan upped his record to 12-0 (7 KOs), but the near customary knockout never came and victory did not come easily. Opponent Billy Bailye of Bakersfield, CA, put on an unforgettable performance. It wasn’t so much how he fought but how he behaved. He may not know what chutzpah means, but he’s got plenty of it. He clowned and taunted the hometown kid and absorbed an enormous amount of punishment with a devil may care attitude over the eight scheduled rounds. Despite losing by scores of 80-71 twice and 79-72, he won the crowd over—even if Monaghan fans won’t admit it.  He did a little bit of everything: buzzing Monaghan in the first, getting dropped by a right hook to the head in the second, and galvanizing a crowed that was half-asleep before this beer-bellied character appeared. Bailey fell to 11-14-1 (4 KOs).

Junior featherweight Luis Del Valle is one of the better pro prospects to come out of New York and was an excellent amateur who won multiple NY Golden Gloves. Yet he mysteriously flies under the radar, getting nothing like the pub that little guy Gary Stark Jr. once got. That should change this year, as he now goes 15-0 (11 KOs) and will undoubtedly get some TV time. But there’s nothing flashy or charismatic about him. He’s just a fine boxer who does everything well. That’s not always enough. He did enough Saturday to handily beat trialhorse Jose Angel Beranza by UD: 80-72, 78-74, and 79-73. Beranza goes to 34-22-2 (26 KOs). While he’s lost to a who’s who, he’s never an easy out and represents a stern test for any prospect taking a step up.

Israeli cruiser Ran Nakash proved too much for Derek Bryant. Nakash, a volume puncher who grinds on the inside, may be the sleeper of this oft-disrespected division. Many feel that his sole loss against German champ Marko Huck could easily have been judged a draw. There was no questioning his UD victory (78-73 all three cards) tonight. Nakash now goes 26-1 (18 KOs). After spending his career as a smallish heavyweight, Philly’s Bryant dropped down but still fell to 20-7 (17 KOs).

Junior middleweight Boyd Melson won a UD 6 by scores of 60-54 on all three cards. He goes to 8-0 (4 KOs) while his opponent Sean Rawley Wilson fell to 6-6 (1 KOs).

Heavyweight Sonya Lamonakis went punch for punch with Carlette Ewell over six rounds. At times they looked like mirror images of each other. The judges agreed, giving them a draw: 58-56 for each and 57-57. Lamonakis remains undefeated at 6-0-1 (1 KO). Ewell seemed very pleased with the decision and is now 15-7-1 (9).

Junior welters Danny McDermott and Terry Butterbaugh fought to a six-round draw. McDermott is now 8-3-2 93 KOs). Butterbaugh now goes 6-6-3 (3 KOs).

Heavyweight Thomas Hartwick of Dublin, Ireland went to 4-0 (2 KOs) in winning a UD (40-36 on all three cards) over Richard Mason, 0-4.

Welterweight Alex Perez opened the night’s marathon car with a TKO2 over Josh Sosa. Perez is 15-0 (9 KOs). Sosa now goes 10-2 (5 KOs).

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Odds Review for Friday’s Boxing on Telemundo

Miguel Iturrate

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South Florida promoter Tuto Zabala Jr has a seven fight card planned for the Osceola Heritage Center in Kissimmee this Friday, February 22nd that sees three undefeated prospects headline the show. For more than two decades, Zabala Jr has promoted the sport in Mexico and Florida and Friday’s event will air on Spanish language Telemundo in the United States, so check your local listings for start times.
A pair of ten round bouts hold the main event spots as undefeated Yomar Alamo faces veteran Manuel Mendez at welterweight and likewise unbeaten Carlos Monroe takes on Jonathan Tavira in a middleweight bout.
The 23 year old Alamo is from fight hungry Puerto Rico and he is considered a key piece to promoter Zabala Jr’s plans to run shows back on the island. The 28 year old Mendez once carried the ‘prospect’ label as well but Mendez is 1-3-1 in his last five fights. The experience of being in there with the likes of Sonny Fredrickson (19-1) and undefeated Johnathan Navarro (15-0) will make him Alamo’s toughest test to date. The welterweight division is crowded and Alamo is going to need to keep winning beyond Friday to get noticed, but he already banks on the fervent support of his “boriqua” crowd. Promoter Zabala Jr may be wondering if matchmaker Ruben DeJesus picked the right guy in Mendez. Alamo’s record in Puerto Rico looks to have a good bit of fluff. He didn’t face an opponent with a single pro win until his seventh fight. He faced 40 year old vet Edwin Lopez in 2016, but Lopez hurt his hand in the first round and could not continue, so Alamo is largely untested.
Middleweight prospect Carlos Monroe looks to go 12-0 as he steps in to his first bout scheduled for ten rounds. Veteran Jonathan Tavira provides the opposition for the 24 year old Monroe, who turned pro in December of 2017 and notched 10 fights in calendar year 2018. Monroe has been brought along carefully, as the combined record of his 11 opponents stands at 46-98-8. Tavira has been in there with the likes of Arif Magomedov, Dario Bredicean and Esquiva Falcao, all undefeated fighters on the way up. Tavira hits hard but he has been stopped five times in his six losses, so look for Monroe to improve on his eight KOs to date.
2016 U.S. Olympian Antonio Vargas looks to improve to 10-0 in an eight round bantamweight bout against Lucas Rafael Baez (34-17-5). Vargas was originally scheduled to take on Wilner Soto, a veteran with a 21-5 record and he was a big favorite in that match-up.
Below are the current lines as we start off fight week.
Fri 2/22 – Osceola Heritage Center – Kissimmee, Florida
Welterweight 10 rounds –
Manuel Mendez(16-4-1) +160
Yomar Alamo(15-0)         -210
Middleweight 10 rounds –
Jonathan Tavira (17-6)            +550
Carlos Monroe (11-0)             -1050
Bantamweight 8 rounds –
Lucas Rafael Baez        +1150
Antonio Vargas            -2450
(Opponent change for Vargas, line should be similar for new opponent Lucas Rafael Baez)

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Blake Caparello Looks To Grab WBA Regional Belt This Friday

Miguel Iturrate

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This Friday night in Australia, light heavyweight contender Blake Caparello returns to action as he faces youngster Reagan Dessaix for the WBA’s Oceania title in the main event of a planned six fight card at The Melbourne Pavilion.
Dessaix currently holds the belt that Caparello held back in 2017, and the 22-year-old is hoping a win on Friday will put him on the international radar. It is where Caparello, who enters this fight as a 32-year-old, has been and hopes to get to again.
Those are the basics of Friday’s main event, the youngster Dessaix making a significant leap in competition level as he looks to get ranked internationally, while the veteran Caparello is hopeful a win will propel him closer to another world title shot.
Caparello laid claim to the IBO’s world title at 175 pounds back in October of 2013 when he won a comfortable unanimous decision over veteran Allan Green. Caparello, who was 17-0-1 at the time of the Green fight, went on to an introductory fight in the United States, and a win there saw him earn an August of 2014 title shot against WBO champion Sergey Kovalev.
Caparello has to feel he was close to a world title as he had the feared Kovalev down in round one before the “Krusher” took him out in round two. Since then, he has fought Isaac Chilemba and Andre Dirrell, extending both ranked veterans the full fight distance. The March of 2018 loss to Chilemba was for the WBC’s world title, and Caparello managed to go 2-0 the rest of the calendar year.
Green, Kovalev, Dirrell and Chilemba. The bottom line is that Dessaix had a solid amateur career in Australia, but there is no one with resumes like the men Caparello has faced when asked to step onto the world scene.
The WBA’s current world champion is Dmitry Bivol (15-0), who is making the fourth defense of his title in March against hard hitting Joe Smith Jr. The veteran Caparello could mount a case for a mandatory shot against either man with a win on Friday, while Dessaix would likely have to keep fighting and winning before earning a shot at a world title.
The co-feature bout is for the Australian title at 154 pounds and sees 31 year old Billy Klimov facing Joel Camilleri. Camilleri is favored as he has had a lot more professional experience than Limov, who turned professional at 29 years old. Strictly regional stuff here.
Both fights have lines at some of the sportsbooks. Check out the numbers as they were at the start of fight week below.
Fri 2/22 – The Melbourne Pavilion – Victoria, Australia
WBA Oceania Title
Light Heavyweight 10 rounds –
Reagan Dessaix(16-1)         +255
Blake Caparello (28-3-1)    -365
Australian Title
Super Welterweight 10 rounds –
Billy Limov (4-0-1)     +200
Joel Camilleri(16-5-1) -280
Check out the link for the live event right here. http://www.epicentre.tv/events/blake-caparello-v-reagan-dessaix/

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Will Fury’s Deal With ESPN Torpedo The Fights That Fight Fans Want to See?

Arne K. Lang

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For the past few weeks, boxing fans have been led to believe that the rematch between Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder was ever so-close to being a done deal. But in the world of professional boxing where Machiavellian characters seemingly hold all the positions of power, nothing is ever a done deal until it’s finally finalized. Today’s announcement that Tyson Fury has signed with ESPN is the latest case in point. It’s a three-fight deal that will reportedly earn the Gypsy King $80 million if he can successfully hurdle the first two legs.

As Thomas Hauser has noted, what we have in boxing today is something similar to leagues in other sports. There’s the Top Rank/ESPN League, the Matchroom/DAZN League, and the PBC/Showtime/FOX League. We would add that these are intramural leagues. Occasionally there’s cross-pollination, similar to when the Yankees play the Mets in a game that counts in the regular season standings, but basically the boxers in each league compete against each other.

We have no doubt that WBC/WBA/IBF heavyweight ruler Anthony Joshua will eventually fight Wilder and/or Fury, but it now appears that these matches, when they transpire, will have marinated beyond the sell date. The action inside the ring may mirror the Mayweather-Pacquiao dud.

A match between Joshua and Wilder is already somewhat less enticing than it would have been if it had come to fruition last autumn. The odds lengthened in favor of Joshua after Wilder’s raggedy performance against Tyson Fury on Dec. 1 in Los Angeles.

True, the Bronze Bomber almost pulled the fight out of the fire with a thunderous punch but he was out-slicked in most of the rounds and it wasn’t as if he was fighting a bigger version of Pernell Whitaker. Before that fight, casual fans were less tuned-in to Deontay Wilder’s limitations.

It was reported that the Wilder-Fury rematch was headed to Las Vegas or New York, but that Las Vegas fell out of the running when the State Athletic Commission insisted on using Nevada officials. Fury was the one that balked.

In hindsight we should have seen that this was fake news. No Nevada officials were involved in Fury-Wilder I. The judges were from California, Canada, and Great Britain. The California judge voted against Fury, scoring the fight 115-111, a tally for which he was excoriated. The judge from Great Britain, like many ringside reporters, had it draw. The TV crews, especially the crew from Great Britain, left no doubt that Fury should have had his hand raised and the controversy made the hoped-for rematch more alluring.

So who will be Tyson Fury’s next opponent? Speculation immediately centered on Bulgaria’s Kubrat Pulev.

Pulev, who turns 38 of May 4, sports a 26-1 record. He was slated to fight Anthony Joshua in October of 2017 but suffered a torn biceps in training and was forced to withdraw. In his most recent bout he outpointed Hughie Fury, Tyson’s cousin. He’s currently ranked #1 by the IBF.

On Dec. 8 of last year, Bob Arum announced that he had hammered out a deal to co-promote Pulev. It was subsequently reported that Pulev’s first fight under the Top Rank/ESPN umbrella would be against Finland’s Robert Helenius on March 23 in Los Angeles. Six days ago, the distinguished European fight writer Per Ake Persson told his readers that the fight had fallen out, ostensibly because the parties could not come to terms.

Tyson Fury is the most charismatic white heavyweight to come down the pike since Gerry Cooney and the big galoot is bigger than Cooney ever was as he has avid followers on both sides of the Atlantic and Cooney didn’t have social media to enhance his profile. I have little doubt that ESPN will recoup their investment in him. However, deals in boxing are never consummated with an eye on uplifting the sport – on patching things up with the disaffected – and here’s yet another example.

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