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Bryant “Pee Wee” Cruz Gets W on Westchester DiBella Show

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BRYANT “PEEWEE” CRUZ

REMAINS UNBEATEN IN THRILLER

ON BROADWAY BOXING’S WESTCHESTER COUNTY DEBUT AT THE HILTON WESTCHESTER IN RYE BROOK, NY

FRANK GALARZA BLASTS OUT FOE IN 76 SECONDS

(Photo Credit: Ed Diller/DiBella Entertainment)

New York, NY (2/20/15) – In front of a sellout crowd of his hometown fans, junior lightweight prospect Bryant “Peewee” Cruz, of Port Chester, NY, headlined DiBella Entertainment’s Broadway Boxing debut on Friday night, in Westchester County, at the beautiful Hilton Westchester, in Rye Brook, NY. Cruz, 130, showed tremendous heart to recover from a knockdown in round two then engage Jorge Pazos, 128¼, of Guamuchil, Sinaloa, Mexico, in a slugfest the following frame. By the midway point of the scheduled eight-rounder, Cruz took back control of the contest, using his jab to set up combinations and outbox Pazos. Showing superior hand speed, Cruz used left hooks to punctuate flurries upstairs. By the seventh round, a bruised Pazos’ face had swelled up from all the punishment he’d taken. After eight exciting rounds, the judges tallied 78-73 twice, and 77-74, all for “Peewee” Cruz, who improved to 14-0 (7 KOs). Pazos dropped to 14-8-1 (8 KOs).

(Photo Credit: Ed Diller/DiBella Entertainment)

Brooklyn junior middleweight prospect Frank “Notorious” Galarza, co-promoted by DiBella Entertainment and New Legend Boxing, needed just 76 seconds of a scheduled eight-rounder to demolish veteran Raul Munoz. Galarza, 156, walked down Munoz, 154¾, testing his right hand upstairs. Moments later, one of those straight rights landed to the side of the head causing Munoz to double over then stumble into the ropes, resulting in the referee’s stoppage. Widely considered one of the top 154lb. up-and-coming fighters in all of boxing, Galarza, now 16-0-2 (10 KOs), is poised to break into the upper echelon of his division in the near future. Munoz saw his record drop to 23-18-1 (16 KOs).

In a battle of Bronx residents, Peter Dobson, 148, used his jab to set up right uppercuts and hooks to break through the tight guard of Tyrell White, 145½. Keeping White backing up and against the ropes, Dobson’s combinations were doing damage. Dobson remained the busier fighter as he continued to pound away over the ensuing rounds until the referee had seen enough. The stoppage came at 2:38 of round three, upping Dobson’s record to 3-0 (1 KO), while White remained winless at 0-3.

Popular cruiserweight Alex Vanasse, 195¾, from nearby Carmel, NY, made his pro debut against Richard Ballard, 194, of Los Angeles, that had the adoring crowd on its feet the entire route. It was a Pier-Six brawl from the outset, with each taking turns smashing each other with explosive power shots. In round two, a straight right dropped the southpaw Vanasse, but he arose and battled his way back into the fight. In the fourth, Vanasse staggered Ballard with right hooks and went in for the kill, wailing away with wild hooks until his adversary was defenseless to force a referee stoppage at the 2:08 mark. Ballard’s record dropped to 0-2.

In his most impressive performance as a professional, Bronx’s former #1-rated U.S. amateur and now highly touted prospect Chris Galeano earned a shutout six-round unanimous decision on three scores of 60-54 to remain unbeaten. After outboxing Javier Loya, of Phoenix, AZ, in round one with a consistent jab, Galeano closed the gap, pinning his foe against the ropes and banging away. Focusing his combinations to the body, Galeano, 160, was forcing Loya, 157½, normally a pressure fighter, to step back. Galeano’s right hook upstairs was landing repeatedly and doing damage. A straight right snapped Loya’s head back in round four. Over the final two rounds, Galeano unleashed superb combinations, rocking Loya with more straight rights. The decision victory increased Galeano’s record to 7-0, while Loya dropped to 7-3 (6 KOs).

(Photo Credit: Ed Diller/DiBella Entertainment)

Using his adept defensive skills, Ukrainian prodigy Sergey Derevyanchenko, co-promoted by DiBella Entertainment and Fight Promotions Inc., and advised by Al Haymon, now living and training in Brooklyn, quickly neutralized the offense of Vladine Biosse while controlling the action with stiff jabs. Trapping Biosse in a neutral corner in round two, Derevyanchenko unloaded a fusillade of leather. As Biosse sagged down the ring ropes, the referee jumped in to halt the action by TKO at 1:42 of the frame. Derevyanchenko was an outstanding amateur, compiling an astonishing 390-20 record, as well as represent his native Ukraine at the 2008 Olympics and win a bronze medal at the 2007 Amateur World Championships. Derevyanchenko also competed in the World Series of Boxing, where he posted a 23-1 overall record and was the 2012 WSB Team Champion and 2011 and 2012 WSB Individual Champion. Derevyanchenko’s rise up the world rankings is expected to be meteoric and anything less than a world championship would be a disappointment.

Light heavyweight contender Cedric Agnew, 177½, from Chicago, made his DBE debut against fellow southpaw Samuel Clarkson, 178, of Cedar Hill, TX. Whenever in close, Agnew would dig shots to the body. In round two, a double left hook, first to the body then to the head, put Clarkson on the floor. Clarkson fought back gamely, but Agnew’s combinations clearly tired his adversary over the latter rounds. Though Agnew dominated the second half, the judges awarded Clarkson a very controversial split decision, each tallying 76-75, to the bewilderment of the crowd and ringside media. Agnew is now 28-2 (14 KOs), while Clarkson’s record stands at 13-4 (7 KOs).

Georgian-native world-ranked contender Avtandil Khurtsidze, 160, now living and training in Philadelphia, rushed Philip Penson, 159, like a bull, continuing to apply pressure throughout their eight-round middleweight contest. The much-shorter Khurtsidze, standing at 5’4″, bobbed and weaved his way inside then dug into at Penson’s body, slowly breaking him down. A left hook upstairs wobbled Penson into a corner in round four and Khurtsidze unloaded power shots until the referee stopped the contest at the 1:00 mark. Khurtsidze, who demonstrated excellent ability to cut off the ring, earned the third victory of his comeback that began in July 2014, upping his record to 30-2-2 (19 KOs). Orlando, Florida’s Penson suffered the first defeat of his career, dropping to 8-1-2 (2 KOs).

Returning to the ring for the first time since August 2013, junior welterweight prospect Andrew Ruiz, 138, one of the most promising young fighters out of the Robert Garcia Boxing Academy, in Oxnard, CA, resumed his career in his DiBella Entertainment debut, facing Evincii Dixon, 140, of Lancaster, PA. With a sustained attack to the body over six rounds, Ruiz dominated the action in an entertaining affair. Pressuring his way inside, Ruiz outlanded Dixon, often digging to the body to land uppercuts on the inside. At the conclusion of six rounds, scorecards read 58-56 twice for Ruiz, with a dissenting tally of 59-55 for Dixon, though most observers felt Ruiz, now 8-0 (4 KOs), deserved a unanimous verdict. The game Dixon’s record fell to 4-5-1 (2 KOs).

Co-promoted by DiBella Entertainment and Fight Promotions Inc., Ivan Baranchyk, 146¼, improved to 4-0 (3 KOs) with a brutal second-round knockout over David Thomas, of Los Angeles. After dropping Thomas, 146½, in the first, the Belarus-native Baranchyk, now living and training in Brooklyn, NY, floored him for good with a right hand-left hook combination. The time of the knockout was 2:07 of round two. Thomas’ record fell to 4-1 (1 KO). As an amateur, Baranchyk won gold at the 2010 Class A Vilnuse tournament, 2011 and 2013 Match Event tournament, 2011 Kostukovichi International tournament, 2011 and 2012 Soligorsk Open International tournament, 2012 Class A Liventsev tournament, 2013 Active Military tournament, 2013 Republic of Belarus Open Cup, 2014 Vitebsk University tournament in Belarus, and was an amateur champion of Belarus from 2009-2014.

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Three Punch Combo: What’s in the Cards for Spence, Kell Brook, and Cotto?

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 THREE PUNCH COMBO: Errol Spence Jr. scored an impressive knockout victory against Kell Brook on Saturday to take Brook’s IBF welterweight title. Both fighters now face interesting possibilities as they move forward in their respective careers.

Spence, who entered the fight with a lot of questions, not only showcased his tremendous skills but proved he has a very good chin as well as the willingness to dig deep when needed. He is without a doubt a future superstar in this sport. With momentum strong right now, he would be wise to be as active as possible even if not landing one of the big names his next time out.

I sense that Spence’s advisor, Al Haymon, will in fact get him back in the ring this summer. One name I would speculate as an opponent is Adrian Granados. Coming off a debatable loss to Adrien Broner, Granados has earned another shot at a top fighter. Granados is not a big puncher, but will put forth a good effort. The translation here is that he is someone that can be sold to the public as an opponent for Spence while bigger names are lined up, and also someone against whom Spence can in all likelihood look impressive once again.

After a summer tilt, I would expect to see Spence back in action towards the end of the year in a more substantial fight. Keith Thurman will still be on the mend at this point, recovering from elbow surgery, so that fight is out until next year. But Haymon has plenty of other welterweights and one that I suspect he steers toward Spence will be Lamont Peterson. Peterson is a name and has a belt. He also has a stated desire to want one of the big names next along with the payday that it would command. With Thurman out, this would seem the likely immediate path for Spence as such a fight would draw plenty of attention and be easy to sell.

As for Brook, he is going to need an extensive rest before restarting his career. He suffered a beating as well as an eye injury in September against Gennady Golovkin and then suffered another beating as well as injuring his other eye against Spence. After a rest, expect to see a tune- up bout followed by a massive fight in the UK against Amir Khan. The Khan fight has always been big and one of the reasons it has not been made is that it could frankly be made anytime with it still being a very significant event. Considering where both fighters are presently in their respective careers, the timing seems right for it to happen sooner rather than later. They both get a big payday and the winner gets well positioned for another big payday in what is a loaded territory at welterweight and junior middleweight.

Errol Spence Jr. and Kell Brook gave us a great fight on Saturday. While their career paths will head in different directions, expect to see both involved in big events once again down the road.

 Miguel Cotto’s Future

 Miguel Cotto announced this week that he would be returning to the ring on August 26th to face Japanese brawler Yoshihiro Kamegai for the vacant WBO junior middleweight championship. Cotto, who split from his promoter Roc Nation last week, will work with Golden Boy Promotions for this fight which will be televised by HBO.

This is an interesting development in the career of Cotto. Reportedly HBO had not been interested in televising the proposed Kamegai fight unless it received assurances from Cotto that it would lead to a bigger fight to be televised by the network. Also, Golden Boy’s involvement in the promotion signals that they could be involved in Cotto’s future. Obviously, this would mean the opponent for a big fight for Cotto would come from under the Golden Boy banner.

The obvious choice for Cotto’s big fight opponent is David Lemieux. Lemieux has been chasing a fight with Canelo Alvarez. However, with Alvarez deciding to go after Gennady Golovkin, Lemieux gets left on the outside looking in. In need of a big fight for Lemieux, Golden Boy saw an opportunity with Cotto having been previously negotiating the Kamegai fight with Roc Nation. A fight between Cotto and Lemieux makes sense for both as Cotto wants a name who isn’t a slick boxer and Lemieux wants a big fight with the payday it commands as well as the opportunity to put a signature win on his resume to bolster his future ambitions.

But I also think Golden Boy has another potential plan for Cotto. Golden Boy’s main cash cow, Canelo Alvarez, is in a high risk, high reward fight with Golovkin in September. There is no rematch clause if Alvarez wins and, of course, a win by Alvarez cements him as a mega star in the sport. He will be eyeing a return in May 2018 during Cinco de Mayo weekend. With momentum behind him, Alvarez would be wise to seek a name opponent to further boost the event. A rematch with Cotto would not only do huge business but keep the momentum going. For Cotto, it would be a chance to avenge the loss from 2015 to Alvarez and give him one massive payday as his career nears a conclusion.

Miguel Cotto is determined to close his career out with something big and it appears likely he will get his wish.

Kudos to Golden Boy

 When Golden Boy announced its new series on ESPN this winter, I was cautiously optimistic in the fights they would produce. I must say that the matchmaking thus far on this series has been superb and is getting even better with some recently announced cards. These are the types of televised shows the sport needs to generate some badly needed positive buzz.

On June 17th, Pablo Cesar Cano takes on Fidel Maldonado in a junior welterweight contest. This fight is not only very evenly matched but can’t be anything except a slugfest given the styles of the two fighters. Cano is a high pressure fighter who is willing to exchange to get his own punches home. Maldonado has the ability to box, but often gets drawn willingly into wars. In 2015, he had a back and forth shootout with Amir Iman in a fight that got some talk in fight of the year chatter. As a matter of fact, round three was probably round of the year that year. Maldonado has a tendency to fire back when he gets hit and with Cano’s style Maldonado is going to get hit a lot. This one is guaranteed action and a perfect fight for television.

About two weeks later, Golden Boy returns with another ESPN card featuring a high stakes junior featherweight contest between Randy Caballero and Oscar Negrete. Caballero is an undefeated former bantamweight belt holder and is a very skilled boxer puncher. Negrete, also undefeated, has shown much improvement inside the ring in his last few contests. The styles of these two should mix well to provide an entertaining fight. It is also evenly matched, and with so much at stake we should see the best of both men inside the ring.

One point I harp on a lot is the importance of good matchmaking, especially in televised fights. Golden Boy is doing an excellent job so far with their new ESPN series providing high quality, well-matched fights. The boxing public is taking notice and Golden Boy deserves much praise in delivering excellent events for the fans.

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George Foreman Youth Center in Houston Hosts Amateur Event

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George Foreman Youth Center –  -Starting with the ring of the bell on October 22nd, local area boxers will be fighting for a spot to represent the Gulf Coast Region at the USA Boxing National Championships & in International Travel.

Weight categories will include: Pee Wee 8-9, Bantam 10-11, Intermediate 12-13, Juniors 14-15, Youth 15-16, & Elite 18-40 in both Open and Novice divisions. Winners will represent the Gulf area at the 2016 USA Boxing Elite, Youth and Junior National Championships to be held in Kansas City Missouri December 4-10, 2016. This tournament is a sanctioned event through USA Boxing the National Governing Body of Amateur Boxing and is a feeder to National and Olympic recognition.

The George Foreman Youth and Community Center was founded 32 years ago in 1984 by Olympic Gold Medalist and 2-time heavy weight champion George Foreman. The GFYCC is dedicated to providing a safe and secure location for youth to participate in sports and after school activities.

“This year for the first time in Houston boxing history, we are developing an elite international youth boxing team,” said George Foreman, IV. “The team will be selected for the sole purpose of training and traveling to other countries to gain experience on an international platform and promote cultural diplomacy! Utilizing grant and donor funding this team will be representing the George Foreman Youth and Community Center and will be announced Saturday October 22, at the Gulf Region’s Boxing Championship. The team will be reviewed by my father, 1968 Olympic Gold Medalist and 2-Time Heavyweight Champion, George Foreman Sr. The first international trip for this new Houston team is scheduled for Jan. 2017.”

Doors open for the Gulf Gloves Championships on Saturday October 22nd at 11:00 am with announcements and the presentation of the colors by the United States Army Houston Recruiting Command Baytown Beaumont Company at 12:45 pm. The national anthem will be performed by the internationally acclaimed Houston Brass Quintet! Boxing will begin at 1:00 pm. Championship finals will begin at 1:00 pm on Sunday October 23rd.

Media open workouts for Houston amateur standout boxers will be held Wednesday October 19th at the George Foreman Youth and Community Center at 2202 Lone Oak Road Houston, Texas 77093 at 4:00 pm.

Confirmed attendees for interviews will be:

George Edward Foreman IV: Son of 2 Time Heavy Weight Champion, President of Foreman Public Relations

Marlen Esparza: 2012 Olympic Games Bronze Medalist, 2014 Amateur World Champion, 2006 & 2016 Amateur World Championships Bronze Medalist, Nine-Time USA Boxing National Champion.

Rocky Juarez: 2000 Olympic Games Silver Medalist, 1999 Amateur World Champion, WBC Silver Featherweight World Champion.

Raul Marquez: 1988 Amateur World Championships Bronze Medalist, 1992 Olympic Games Quarter-finalist, IBF Light Middleweight World Champion.

Frank Tate: 1984 Olympic Games Gold Medalist, IBF Middleweight World Champion, NABF Light Heavyweight Champion.

Juan “Baby Bull” Diaz: WBA Lightweight World Champion, WBO Lightweight World Champion, WBA Super-Lightweight World Champion, IBF Lightweight World Champion.

“Sweet” Reggie Johnson: WBA Middleweight World Champion, IBF Light Heavyweight World Champion.

In addition to many Houston area professional boxers and Gulf Boxing Association alumni. Event is sanctioned by USA Boxing – Gulf LBC: 16-25-14268

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Michelle Corrales-Lewis Named New CEO of NV Boxing Hall of Fame

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LAS VEGAS, NV (October 5, 2016) – The Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame (NVBHOF) a non-profit charitable organization which donates to boxing-related causes, is happy to announce Michelle Corrales-Lewis as its new CEO/President. Respected boxing announcer, Rich Marotta, who founded the NVBHOF in 2012, steps down after devoting years of his life to get the organization off the ground.

With a number of boxing greats already inducted, which include world champion fighters, judges, coaches and promoters, the NVBHOF has rapidly established itself as prestigious group not only here in Las Vegas, but around the world. The NVBHOF has multiple fundraising events throughout the year, helping local boxing organizations fulfill their goals to keep boxing alive within the community.

“I took this organization as far as I could and I’m very comfortable where it is at today,” said Rich Marotta. “Michelle is on the scene in Las Vegas, has a myriad of contacts, both in business and with the boxing community, especially the fighters, and is more than ready to completely run the company. She is incredibly capable and has been an indefatigable agent for growth of the NVBHOF the past three years, taking on additional responsibilities each and every year. It brings me great pleasure to announce her as the new CEO of the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame.”

After serving as the NVBHOF Chief Operating Officer for many years, Michelle Corrales-Lewis, is thrilled at her new position within the organization.

“It’s an honor to be chosen as the new CEO of the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame,” said Michelle Corrales-Lewis, widow of former multiple world champion and 2013 NVBHOF inductee, Diego Corrales. “Rich Marotta did a fantastic job building the organization from ground up. His immense work ethic is a great example of how I plan to continue the vision he set forth. My goal is to find a home for the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame, one where fans from all around the world can visit on regular basis. The boxing community is filled with wonderful people that we will honor as inductees each year. I’m truly grateful for the wonderful opportunity that has been presented to me by my dear friend Rich Marotta.”

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