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New York, NY (5/9/15) – On Friday night, for the second time this year, DiBella Entertainment staged its popular Broadway Boxing series north to the suburbs of Westchester County with an exciting eight-bout card, in front of a raucous sold-out crowd at the beautiful Hilton Westchester in Rye Brook, NY.

Headlining the card, West Point graduate Boyd “Rainmaker” Melson, 153½, White Plains, NY, made his much-anticipated ring return against the always-game Mike Ruiz, 153¾, Glenbrook, NY, in a 10-round super welterweight contest. Ending a 15-month layoff that was spent healing from a right arm injury suffered in his previous bout and a subsequent torn rotator cuff incurred during training, Melson showed no ill effects outboxing Ruiz in an impressive showing. Throughout, Melson displayed tremendous accuracy, focusing on his straighter punches, which were also aided by Ruiz’ lack of head movement. Beating Ruiz to the punch, Melson’s speed was causing his adversary problems, not letting him find a rhythm. Ruiz, who himself was coming off of a year-and-a-half layoff, tried to make it a rough fight in close, having his best moments in round four as the action intensified. Melson, however, kept pumping his jab to establish a distance as much as he could. In the sixth, Melson floored Ruiz and continued to land his straight right well in the following frame. Maintaining control over the closing rounds, Melson went on to win a unanimous decision on scores of 100-89, 99-90, and 98-91, to improve to 14-1-1 (3 KOs). With the victory, Melson, who leads the “Fight To Walk” boxing team and donates almost his entire purse to the JustaDollarPlease organization, which specializes in stem cell research, picked up the WBC USNBC super welterweight title. Ruiz suffered his second loss in a row, dropping to 17-8 (9 KOs).

Popular heavyweight Alexander “Lights Out” Vanasse, 207¼, of Carmel, NY, engaged Raymond Santiago, 234¼, of Amsterdam, NY, in an entertaining brawl with a large, adoring fan base cheering him on. Landing the sharper punches, Vanasse jabbed to the body to set up his hooks upstairs. In round two, a barrage of shots forced the referee to halt the action at 2:58 of the stanza, feeling that Santiago was taking too much punishment. Vanasse improved to 2-0 (2 KOs), while Santiago’s ledger dipped to 1-6.

In a good-action scrap, Maxito “The Anvil” Sainvil, 146¾, Nyack, NY, was much too powerful and aggressive for his Brooklynite foe Anton Williamson. The shorter Sainvil bobbed and weaved his way inside Williamson’s reach, pounding away at the body with hooks from both hands. Applying pressure throughout, Sainvil focused on his uppercut and left hook as the bout progressed. On occasion, Williamson, 146½, was able to land countershots, though a left hook upstairs floored him in the third. After four frames, Sainvil won a unanimous decision on scores of 40-35 twice, and 38-37, to improve to 2-0 (1 KO), while Williamson fell to 1-3.

Southpaw Max Tassy, 169½, of Nyack, NY, was unable to overcome the awkward style of the tall, lanky and switch-hitting Ralph Johnson, 171¼, of Worcester, MA, during their four-round firefight. Overall, Johnson landed more punches, especially on the inside. One judge had the bout a 38-38 draw, but was overruled by two tallies of 39-37 in favor of Johnson, 2-5 (1 KO), awarding him the majority decision victory. Tassy is now 3-1 (1 KO).

Brooklyn’s WBA #7-ranked junior featherweight contender Rafael Vazquez, 122½, earned his seventh victory in a row outboxing Mexico City’s Pedro Melo, 122¾, for eight one-sided rounds. Vazquez’ entire arsenal was on display, mixing in shots to the body and head, particularly with his left hook. A straight right upstairs followed by a left hook to the midsection bent Melo over in obvious pain to end round two. A straight right-left hook combination dropped Melo in the third and a right cross put him down a second time in round five. Vazquez, now 14-1 (11 KOs), continued to be aggressive for the remainder of the fight, winning a unanimous shutout on three identical scores of 80-70. Melo’s record fell to 13-8-2 (4 KOs).

Former world title challenger and WBO European junior welterweight titlist Sergey Fedchenko, 140½, Kharkiv, Ukraine, dismantled the tenacious Renald Garrido, 139½, of Marseille, Bouches-du-Rhône, France, over eight exciting rounds with technical boxing wizardry. Garrido pressured and came forward all night, throwing punches in bunches, though in wild fashion. However, Garrido missed his target often, as the elusive Fedchenko also proved adept at defensive footwork. Fedchenko effortlessly countered Garrido’s aggression with pinpoint straights, overhand shots and hooks. The judges tallied 77-75 twice, and 76-76, with Fedchenko the winner by way of majority decision. With both boxers making their US debut, Fedchenko improved to 34-3 (14 KOs), while Garrido fell to 14-10-1 (2 KOs).

Co-promoted by DiBella Entertainment and Maravilla Box Promotions, the superbly talented amateur prodigy Jonathan “Maravilla” Alonso, 141¼, is now 4-0 (3 KOs) as a pro after scoring a second-round TKO over the headstrong Jose Guzman, 138½, 5-10-1, Bronx, NY. With superior hand speed, Alonso quickly found a home for his overhand right, breaking through Guzman’s guard to tag him on the chin. The unbeaten prospect also wisely dug in shots to the body whenever Guzman applied pressure. Following two completed rounds, Guzman did not come out of his corner for the third stanza.Considered one of the best amateur boxers in Spain’s history, Alonso was born in Moca, Dominican Republic, but moved to Spain at just seven years old. He took up boxing as an amateur at the age of 16, compiling an 85-11 record, including having competed in the 2012 London Olympics. He won gold medals at the Campeonato de España Junior tournament in 2009, as well as at the Campeonato de España tournament in 2011 and 2012. Alonso also picked up silver at Spain’s Golden Gloves tournament and the Bosnian Tournament, both in 2011.

Montreal’s Francy Ntetu, 167½, who is co-promoted by DiBella Entertainment and former light heavyweight champion Jean Pascal, outboxed Milton Nunez, 167½, of Barranquilla, Colombia, over eight frames to win a dominant unanimous decision. Down the stretch, Ntetu’s crisp punches had stunning accuracy, as he repeatedly landed his overhand right and often adding in his left hook upstairs. Scorecards read 80-72, and 79-73 twice. Now 15-0 (3 KOs), Ntetu, a former Canadian amateur champion and veteran of 85 amateur contests, is on the verge of transitioning from prospect to contender. Nunez dropped to 28-14-1 (25 KOs).



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



 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

George Foreman Youth Center / Check out more boxing news and videos at The Boxing Channel.

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



Michelle Corrales-Lewis

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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