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WILL “POWER” ROSINSKY SUCCESSFUL IN QUEENS DEBUT

ON NEW LEGEND BOXING’S INTERNATIONAL FIGHT NIGHT SERIES

AT RESORTS WORLD CASINO NEW YORK CITY

KEISHER “FIRE” McLEOD-WELLS WINS NEW YORK STATE FLYWEIGHT TITLE

Queens, NY (May 31, 2015) – On Saturday night, New Legend Boxing returned to Resorts World Casino New York City with another action-packed 10-bout card for the latest installment of its popular International Fight Night series, proudly sponsored by Nissan of Queens and Four Ones Taxi. Headlining the event, light heavyweight boxer-turned-New York firefighter Will “Power” Rosinsky fought in his home borough of Queens for the first time as a professional, just blocks from where he grew up in Ozone Park. The card will air tape-delayed on the MundoFox network, on Friday night, June 12, at 1:00am ET.

Squaring off against Dion Savage (a/k/a Shujaa El Amin), of Flint, MI, Rosinsky, now out of Lynbrook, NY, continued his comeback that began in March of this year, following a two-year hiatus while he pursued his dream of becoming a fireman. From the onset, the combatants locked horns and fought shoulder-to-shoulder throughout. Rosinsky, 169.4lbs., a four-time New York Golden Gloves champion, was very accurate with his punches, applying pressure and digging combinations to the body while combining that with his overhand right upstairs. Savage, 170lbs., a former United States Boxing Organization (USBO) titlist, oftenmade the mistake of leaning forward, allowing Rosinsky to land his uppercuts as well. The Flint-resident remained competitive during the middle rounds, throwing wild right hands on occasion, but Rosinsky’s superior work rate proved the difference down the stretch, landing the cleaner shots. After eight frames, the scorecards read 80-72 twice, and 79-73, all for Rosinsky via unanimous decision, as his ledger improved to 19-2 (10 KOs), while Savage fell to 12-7 (6 KOs).

In the co-featured attraction, Brooklyn’s Keisher “Fire” McLeod-Wells, 106.4lbs., challenged Queens’ Patricia “Boom Boom” Alcivar, 111.2lbs.,in a rematch of their epic battle held in March 2012. In their first encounter, both fighters hit the canvas with McLeod-Wells eking out a split decision victory. This time around, McLeod-Wells utilized a persistent jab and constant footwork to outbox Alcivar over 10 heats to earn a unanimous decision on scores of 100-90 twice, and 97-93. McLeod-Wells let her jab set up stinging straight rights to keep her opponent at bay for much of the contest. During the later rounds, Alcivar pressed forward and forged a concerted attack to the body whenever she managed to get in close. With the victory, McLeod-Wells, now 8-2 (1 KO), picked up the New York State flyweight title. Alcivar’s record fell to 8-4 (3 KOs).

Fighting just three weeks after a TKO victory on May 8, the highly touted Jonathan “Maravilla” Alonso, 139.8lbs., co-promoted by DiBella Entertainment and Maravilla Box Promotions, returned to a New York ring to face the ardent Ken Alvarez, 139, of Toa Baja, Puerto Rico, in a fast-paced six-round junior welterweight contest. Alvarez’ offense was his best defense and he sustained a steady pace, while Alonso’s jab probed for openings to land countershots with his quicker fists. By the fourth round, Alvarez’ attack grew sloppy, allowing Alonso to dominate the closing frames. “Maravilla’s” left hook the body was causing Alvarez to double over and wince in pain, and he concentrated on banging downstairs until the final bell. In the sixth frame, a jab to the midsection sent Alvarez crumbling to the canvas for a knockdown. All three judges had Alonso the victor, on scores of 59-54, 58-55 and 57-56, for a unanimous verdict, bringing his record to 6-0 (4 KOs), while Alvarez fell to 6-2-2 (3 KOs). 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.

Middleweight Alicia “The Empress” Napoleon, 155.2lbs., of Lindenhurst, NY, was relentless as she attacked Budapest, Hungary’s Melinda Lazar, 153.2lbs., repeatedly tagging her with overhand rights. Using the ring and moving well, Napoleon employed dazzlingcombinations behind a stiff jab. A left hook in the third rocked Lazar and Napoleon unloaded a barrage of power shots to force a stoppage at the 1:00 mark. Fighting for the first time since her pro debut in August 2014, Napoleon improved to 2-0 (2 KOs), while Lazar dropped to 1-1.

In an exciting scrap, Brooklyn southpaw Mikkel LesPierre, 141lbs., mixed it up with the dangerous Justin Johnson, 140.2lbs., of Pittsburgh, PA, who came in having beaten four previously undefeated opponents and gave the hometowner a stern challenge. While Johnson was the active fighter, LesPierre’s punches were more effective through the six scheduled rounds. In the second frame, Johnson was dazed by several straight lefts, but he came back to exchange plenty of meaningful punches in the next round to the delight of the crowd. LesPierre badly wobbled Johnson with his left hook in the fourth then knocked out his mouthpiece with a straight right in the fifth, but the Pittsburgh-resident remained resilient throwing in combination whenever he could. The judges tallied 60-54 twice, and 58-56, all for LesPierre via unanimous decision. Remaining undefeated, LesPierre’s record improved to 8-0-1 (3 KOs), while Johnson dropped to 5-8-4.

Peter Dobson, an aggressive high-intensity Bronx welterweight, though fighting just above the limit at 147.6lbs., jarred the debuting Ismael Lebron, 143.6lbs., of Hudson, NY, several times in the opening frame with his overhand right, and he continued to have success with that punch in round two. Forcing Lebron into retreat, Dobson landed an overhand right-left hook combination to send his adversary sagging into the ropes for a knockdown. Feeling that Lebron was in no condition to keep fighting, the referee stopped the contest at the 1:16 mark, with the TKO victory upping Dobson’s record to 4-0 (3 KOs).

Slick boxer Brandon Williams, 127.8lbs., of Rochester, NY, took on fellow southpaw Jesus Sandoval, 129, of San Francisco, CA, in a six-round junior lightweight contest. Overall, Williams, promoted by DiBella Entertainment, maintained command with a consistent and stiff jab while coupling that up with straight lefts or left hooks. In addition, his exquisite defensive ability allowed him to avoid the aggressive Sandoval’s leather while staying inside the pocket. By the third stanza, Williams was backing up Sandoval to the ropes landing in combination and clearly broke him down over the closing rounds, chopping away with his power. Scorecards read 59-55 and 58-56 for Williams, with one tally of 57-57, awarding Williams, now 8-0-1, the majority decision, while Sandoval’s record fell to 5-7-3 (1 KO).

Bronx junior welterweight Marcos Suarez, 136.6lbs., engaged Sidney MacCow, 136.6lbs., of Irvington, NY, for four rounds in a hard-fought battle. Suarez, a National and New York Golden Gloves champion, controlled the action early with a thudding jab and the better hand speed. However, in round two, MacCow was able to get inside and bang away at the body and head, resulting in a welt underneath Suarez’ left eye that kept swelling as the match progressed. Over the last two rounds, Suarez’ deft footwork and defense were on display, as he was determined to land countershots. After four rounds, all three judges scored the bout 39-37 in favor of Suarez by way of unanimous decision. Suarez is now 5-0-1 (1 KO), with MacCow’s record evening out at 3-3 (2 KOs).

In a six-round cruiserweight bout, Far Rockaway’s Joe Williams, 183.6lbs., applied pressure and bobbed and weaved his way inside the taller Yuwshua Zadok, 180.2lbs., of Atlanta, GA, focusing on his power shots. He had great success with his overhand right, while much of what Zadok threw missed the target. In the third frame, Williams flustered his opponent by switching to southpaw. Zadok, who fell down after missing with a punch, was visibly tiring in the fifth and the bout was halted shortly after Williams landed a series of left hooks upstairs. The time of the stoppage was 1:42 of the stanza, upping Williams’ record to 6-0 (5 KOs), while Zadok dropped to 2-4-1 (2KOs). Prior to turning pro in September 2013, Williams won silver at the 2011 US Olympic Team Trials and then became the 2012 New York Golden Gloves heavyweight champion.

Debuting Bronx cruiserweight Mike Marshall, 180.6lbs., used his heavier hands to deter the awkward style and work rate of the tall and lanky out-of-towner Ralph Johnson, 182, of Worcester, MA. With a cut adjacent to his left eye in round three, Marshall pressured Johnson into the blue corner and threw with abandon until his foe hit the canvas. Moments later, a right hook dropped Johnson a second time and Marshall jumped in to finish him off and get the stoppage victory at 2:46 of the round. Johnson’s record fell to 2-6 (1 KO

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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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