Last Saturday night, professional boxing made its return to Miami Beach, on historic Collins Avenue and 67th street at the Deauville Beach Resort with a card presented by Jeff Gibson’s Elite Promotions.
In the main event, 24-year-old heavyweight Mike Marrone (19-1, 14 KOs) made an impressive return to the ring after a two year absence by knocking out a game, hard fighting 31-year-old Joseph Rabotte (8-14-1, 3 KOs) who had gone the distance his previous nine bouts and winning one by TKO. In the scheduled eight rounder, Marrone was able to score the knockout by displaying strong jabs and body shots throughout the fight which lead to a powerful right at 1:49 of the fifth round that ended the fight.
Marrone, training out of McGirt Boxing in Vero Beach, Florida, is now being promoted by Don King, trained by Eddie Chambers Sr. and Victor Ramos, and managed by Jack Luce.
Heavyweight Donato DeMartiis (2-0, 1KO) defeated John Ramos (0-1) by KO in round one.
Light welterweight Roberto “Heat” Lopez (3-0-2, 2 KOs) won by unanimous decision in four rounds over Xavier Burgos (4-1, 1 KO) by scores of 40-36 on all three cards.
Welterweight Luis Cruz (1-0, pro debut) defeated Frederico Vega (1-1, 1 KO) by unanimous decision.
In a women’s bout, Marianne Chubirka (5-4, 3 KOs) defeated Sheri Denise Jacobs (0-1, pro debut) by majority decision by scores of 38-38, 39-37, and 40-36.
There was a long list of notable boxers, promoters, and entertainment industry celebrities on hand taking in the Miami Beach atmosphere and the fights. They included Tavoris Cloud with Al Bananni of DKP, BJ Penn, Matt Damon, members of the cast of Jersey Shore, Tuto Zabala, Luis De Cubas, Timur Ibragimov, Darnell Wilson; local boxing stars Joey Hernandez, Ed Paredes, Eromesele Albert, former light heavyweight champion William Guthrie, recording artist Buddy Jewell, and Florida State Senator Dave Aronberg.