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By Lee Bates
Former multi-division world champion James Toney says he has split with longtime promoter Goossen Tutor and will launch his own promotional firm, Light Out Promotions. Toney’s manager/cornerman John Arthur will run the new group, which plans a kickoff in the second week of May at a venue to be named. Fittingly, Toney will headline the debut card.
By Alexey Sukachev
WBA #6 and WBO #7 ranked heavyweight Denis Boytsov (24-0, 19 KOs) will defend his WBA intercontinental title for the first time on June 6 in Germany. Boytsov, who impressively stopped Puerto-Rican Israel Garcia in February, will take on slick American stylist Leo ‘Paco’ Nolan (27-1, 10 KOs). Nolan was earlier scheduled to face New Zealander Shane Cameron but that fight was scratched due to visa problems suffered by Nolan.
By Alexey Sukachev at ringside
Rising cruiserweight prospect Denis Lebedev (17-0, 12 KOs) made a sound statement today with an overwhelming fifth-round TKO over experienced Cuban Eliseo Castillo (20-3-1, 15 KOs). Castillo was down twice in the last round. The fight was held at “Mashinostroitel” Palace of Culture in Balashiha, Moscow Region. Lebedev is expected to be back into the squared circle on April 19 in England. More to come…
By Frank Coleman
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After two somewhat even rounds, Ricardo Williams Jr. (15-2, 8 KOs) brutally knocked out Harrison Cuello (18-9-2, 14 KOs) in third round of a welterweight contest Saturday at the U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati, Ohio. Williams dropped Cuello three times in the third round, twice with crushing left hands to the jaw with the final knockdown at the 1:50 mark. Huge win for the former 2000 Olympic Silver medalist. This is his fifth consecutive win since his return in June 2008 after a three year layoff.
Rashad Holloway (10-1, 5 KOs) won a unanimous decision over Doel Carrasquillo (12-11-1, 10 KOs) in a junior middleweight six-rounder. It was an outstanding battle which was won on the inside by the fast, short punches of Holloway. Carrasquillo was a step slower but he was very game. The competitive battle kept the crowd of 4137 on their feet cheering throughout. The scores were 78-74, 78-74 and 77-75.
James Countryman (14-1, 8 KOs) won a unanimous decision over K. J. Noons (8-2, 5 KOs) in a six round middleweight bout. It was a terrific toe-to-toe six round war in which Countryman won most of the exchanges but Noons never gave up. The scores were 59-55, 58-56 and 58-56.
Heavyweights David Long (6-1-1, 3 KOs) and Kelsey Arnold (1-1-2, 1 KO) fought to a draw in an entertaining four rounder. The scores were 40-36, 37-39 and 38-38.
Featherweight Jesse Carridine (3-0, 2 KOs) knocked out Ramon Santos at 2:11 of the second round. Santos – who was making his pro debut – was down twice in the second round.
Junior welterweight Terrance Crawford (7-0, 4 KOs) knocked out Lucas Rodas (3-5, 1 KO) at 1:52 of the first round. Rodas was down twice.
This was the second installment of the coast-to-coast “HOMETOWN HEROES TO WORLD CHAMPIONS” series in Cincinnati. Saturday’s event was titled “3 THE HARD WAY” and was promoted by Max Brunis of TMAX Events and Chet Koerner of TKO BOXING Promotions.
Chihuahuan hopeful Marcos “Dorado” Reyes (11-0, 10 KOs) remains undefeated, scoring the biggest win of his career, over former champ Ramon “Yory Boy” Campas (94-14, 76 KOs), tonight in Chihuahua, Mexico at the Gimnasio Quevado on a Promociones del Pueblo card. Fighting on the move, Reyes outboxed Campas over 12 rounds, punishing him in the last round, to win the vacant WBC Fecombox middleweight title. Scores were 114-114, 117-111 and 116-112. In the co-main, Chihuahuan whirlwind Victor Zaleta (8-1, 5 KOs) scored a stunning third round knockout over former title challenger Gilberto Keb Baas (28-19-2, 16 KOs), to win the vacant WBC Fecombox super flyweight title. Look for a full report and photos tomorrow! –– Chris Cozzone
By Francisco Salazar & Rocco Morales at ringside
WBO #6/WBC #10 middleweight Roman Karmazin (38-3-1, 24 KOs) scored a seventh round TKO over former world title challenger Antwun Echols (31-10-4, 27 KOs) on Saturday night at the Playboy Mansion in Beverly Hills, California. Echols dropped Karmazin in round five, but the Russian came back strong in rounds six and seven, finally getting a stoppage with an accumulation of punches. Referee Wayne Hedgepeth waved it off at 1:52
WBC #6 middleweight Miguel Espino (20-2-1, 9 KOs) of “Contender: Season One” fame scored a sixth round TKO over former world champion Alejandro Garcia (26-5-1, 23 KOs). Espino dropped Garcia in rounds four and five. After a competitive round six, Garcia failed to come out for the next round citing a hand injury. (more…)
By Drew Amendola at ringside
Hometown hero and former four-division world champion Roy Jones Jr., (53-5, 39 KOs) outclassed Omar Sheika (27-9, 18 KOs) in winning a fifth round TKO in a light heavyweight clash on Saturday night at the Pensacola Civic Center in Pensacola, Florida. Jones was in command the whole way. Referee Tommy Kimmons waved it off almost immediately after Jones cut Sheika over the right eye. Time was 1:45. Jones adds the vacant NABO 175lb belt to his many world title straps. “I want to give thanks to Pensacola in the house,” Jones announced from the center of the ring after the fight. “I felt really good. I’m ready. With my father, Coach Merk and my team I’m more comfortable. Do you want me back? (Roy asked the crowd that responded with a thunderous yes). I’ll be coming back.”
Unbeaten WBO #7/WBA #9/WBC #12 cruiserweight BJ Flores (23-0-1, 14 KOs) outboxed dangerous Columbian banger Jose Luis Herrera (16-6-1, 16 KOs) over ten rounds. Scores were 98-92, 99-91, 99-91. Flores claimed the vacant NABO belt in his first bout fighting under the Square Ring banner.
Unbeaten bantamweight Kieyon Bussey (7-0, 4 KOs) won a highly controversial six round majority decision over Robert DaLuz (11-17, 9 KOs). Scores were 57-57, and 58-56, 58-56 for the hometown fighter Bussey who took a beating the last few rounds.
In the first world title fight on Irish soil in 13 years, local favorite Bernard Dunne (28-1, 15 KOs) knocked out reigning WBA junior featherweight champion Ricardo Cordoba (34-2-2, 21 KOs) in round eleven on Saturday night at the O2 Arena in Dublin, Ireland. A highly motivated Dunne dropped Cordoba late in round three with a hard left hook, but Cordoba survived the remaining seconds of the round. Cordoba came back strong to drop Dunne twice in the fifth round. Dunne recovered well in the sixth, and seemed to get increasingly stronger as the fight progressed. He finally floored Cordoba three times in the eleventh round to win the world title. Cordoba was taken from the ring on a stretcher.
Middleweight contender Andy Lee (17-1, 13 KOs) won a ten round unanimous decision over Alexander Sipos (19-6-2, 9 KOs). Lee floored Sipos in round six and went on to win 99-91.
By Alexey Potapov at ringside
WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko (37-2, 36 KOs) scored an impressive ninth round TKO over mandatory challenger Juan Carlos Gomez (44-2, 35 KOs) on Saturday night at Hanns-Martin-Schleyer Halle in Stuttgart, Germany. Klitschko methodically broke down Gomez, an ex-cruiserweight world champion, cutting him above the right eye in rouind five. Klitschko was cut on the hairline in round six by a headbutt, but dropped Gomez in the seventh with a big right uppercut. After another dominant round eight, Klitschko dropped Gomez again in the ninth and the fight was soon waved off by referee Daniel van de Wiele. Time was 1:49.
Now fighting as a cruiserweight, former two-time heavyweight champion Chris Byrd (41-5-1, 22 KOs) won a fourth round TKO over little known Matthias Sandow (4-4).
Recent heavyweight title challenger Tony “The Tiger” Thompson (32-3, 21 KOs) scored a fifth round TKO over Adnan Serin (19-10-1).
Unbeaten heavyweight Alexander Ustinov (15-0, 13 KOs) has won a second round TKO over Byron Polley (23-9-1, 11 KOs).
Juarez/El Paso battler Javier “Zorro” Castro (19-1, 17 KOs) will replace Jose Luis Castillo on next weekend’s “Tijuana Thunder” card in Tijuana, Mexico. Castro will face former title challenger Antonio Diaz (45-5-1, 29 KOs), who’d been slated to fight Castillo. Castro was scheduled to fight tonight in Chihuahua, Mexico, but after his fight against Antonio Izquierdo fell out, quickly took up the offer to face Diaz. –Chris Cozzone
A Four Corners area showdown between Elco “The Animal” Garcia (20-7, 9 KOs), of Durango, Colo., and Joe “Ironman” Gomez (16-1-1, 8 KOs), of Bloomfield, N.M., will open up boxing season for the Sky Ute Casino in Ignacio, Colo. They will go ten rounds at 155 lbs on April 25. in the main event of a five-bout card. In the co-main, Farmington’s Victor Barela (9-1-1, 3 KOs) will seek a comeback at 122 lbs., against an opponent TBA, in an eight rounder. Also at eight rounds, welterweight Lucas “The Ghost” Galle (5-3), of Rio Rancho, N.M., will take on Colorado Springs’ Abel Perry (9-3, 3 KOs). At 180 lbs., standout amateur Victor Filerio (1-0), of Bloomfield, takes on TBA; and, in the opening bout, Albuquerque’s Vincent Mirabal (1-0) is up against Abraham Alvarez-Ozuna (0-1), of Mexico. An amateur card at 4:30 will precede the pro bouts, which begin at 7. For tickets call 970-563-7777. — Chris Cozzone
It doesn’t matter if it’s Colombia, Florida, or London, England – super middleweight standout Edison “Pantera” Miranda is a hit wherever he goes. That was certainly the case Friday night at York Hall in the Bethnal Green section of London, as Miranda made a spectacular UK debut with a fifth round stoppage of Joey Vegas. Miranda dropped Vegas twice in the third round before finishing his opponent two rounds later to improve to 32-3 with 28 KOs. Now the globe-trotting Colombian has his sights on the winner of the April 25th championship bout between Jermain Taylor and Carl Froch. “I’ve been chasing Taylor for years, but unless I cut off my legs and become a featherweight, he won’t fight me,” said Miranda. “I’m stunned that he’s actually fighting someone his own size in Froch, and I’d like to see him win so I can force him to fight me. As for Froch, I won over a lot of British fans tonight, and a lot of them told me that they want me to send you packing. I’m ready for that, and I’ll even do it in England, because after tonight, I feel like it’s a second home. All I’ll say is, may the best man win on April 25th, because on April 26th, I’ll be waiting.”
By Lee Bates
World ranked Alex ‘Pollo’ De Jesus (19-1, 13 KOs) of Puerto Rico was handed his first defeat by Argentinian Cesar Cuenca (36-0, 1 KO) last night in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Several sources who were present for the fight stated that De Jesus had Cuenca in trouble several times throughout the fight and deserved the decision. In the end however the judges (Argentina, Uruguay, and Brasil) scores were 116-112, 117-113, and 118-115 in favor of Cuenca by 12 round unanimous decision. With the win Cuenca is now the WBO Latino junior welterweight champion.
Formerly world-rated Yuji Kanemitsu (12-2, 7 KOs), 105, acquired the vacant Japanese minimumweight belt (renounced by the current OPBF ruler Yasutaka Kuroki) as he dramatically scored a really come-from-behind knockout of top contender Masatate Tsuji (12-2-2, 3 KOs), 105, a slick-punching southpaw, at 1:09 of the tenth and final round on Saturday in Tokyo, Japan. (more…)
After his disastrous attempt to move to light heavyweight, 38-year-old, two-time heavyweight champion Chris Byrd (40-5-1, 21 KOs) will resurface today as a cruiserweight on the undercard of the Klitschko-Gomez heavyweight title fight in Stuttgart, Germany. After losing thee out of four by KO, Byrd shouldn’t have any problems tonight as he faces seven-fight novice Matthias Sandow (4-3) in an eight round bout. Also seeing action is recent heavyweight title challenger Tony “The Tiger” Thompson (31-2, 19 KOs), who faces veteran Adnan Serin (19-9-1, 7 KOs).
By Alexey Sukachev
Tonight, one of the best Russian fighters around Roman “Made in Hell” Karmazin (37-3-1, 23 KOs) will once again step into the ring to make a statement against well-known American veteran Antwun Echols (31-9-4, 27 KOs). At 36 years of age, Roman has no time to waste and so does his future opponent. The fight, which is scheduled for ten rounds, is billed for the NABF middleweight crown and will be featured as a special attraction in the huge boxing card, arranged at Hugh Hefner’s Playboy Mansion in Beverly Hills, California. (more…)
By Alexey Sukachev
Tonight’s WBC heavyweight title fight between champion Vitaly Klitschko and challenger Juan Carlos Gomez will be darkened by sad news coming from Stuttgart, the city where this bout will be held. It was reported earlier today that Edmund Lipinski, one of the most prominent figures in the Russian boxing community and a WBC vice-president, tragically passed away at age 74 while representing the WBC at the championship fight. Lipinski lapsed into coma yesterday morning, was taken to the hospital by ambulance but sadly died never regaining consciousness. (more…)
By Drew Amendola
Declaring himself “Primed and Pumped” for his cruiserweight showdown this Saturday, BJ “El Peligroso” Flores is ready to go toe-to-toe with Columbian banger Jose Luis Herrera for the vacant NABO cruiserweight title. “I have trained very hard and will be coming in well prepared,” said Flores. “This fight WILL not go the distance!” Flores (22-0-1, 14 KOs) is ranked #7 by the WBO and the WBA, #9 by the WBC and #12 by the IBF in addition to being ranked #13 by FightNews. The Miami based Herrera brings a record of 16-5-1 into the battle with Flores, all of his wins and losses coming by knockout. “I am very excited to be fighting for the NABO belt because it will get me closer to facing WBO champion Victor Ramirez,” commented Flores. The Flores vs. Herrera bout will be part of the “MARCH BADNESS” pay per view featuring the return to the ring of boxing legend Roy Jones Jr. in his bout against Omar Sheika. (more…)
Undefeated welterweight prospect Henry Crawford (21-0-1, 9 KOs) signed a managerial contract this past weekend with Pat Lynch. “I am very confident that signing with Pat will get me to that next level,” said Crawford. “He (Lynch) is very well known and respected in the boxing world and I am ready to fight for a title in the very near future—I already have the record to prove it.” Lynch sees a bright future ahead for the Paterson, NJ native; “I am excited to be working with Henry and I believe his talents are ready to be showcased on the national and world stage—he has the total package,” states Lynch.
By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada
In a clenched filled contest at Casino Rama in Orillia Ontario, Heriberto Ruiz (41-7-2, 23 KOs) won a 115-113, 117-111, 116-112 unanimous decision over former world champion Mauricio Martinez (35-9-1, 23 KOs) of Panama. Ruiz who was cut over his right eye in the later rounds captures the IBF Intercontinental Junior Featherweight Title. With the victory, Ruiz gets a shot at former IBF champ Steve Molitor who was watching at ringside for the number one spot in the IBF on June 26th.
Feature story by Felipe Leon
Former WBA light middleweight champion Alejandro “Terra” Garcia of Tijuana, Mexico, often fights two different opponents when he climbs in between the ropes. One is the actual flesh and blood fighter who stands at the opposite corner of the squared circle who, in 31 fights, Garcia has amassed a 26-4-1 (24 KOs) record against. The other is the nerves that are with him every step he makes towards the ring when he leaves the dressing room . . . Click here for more
By Rocco Morales
Alejandro “Terra” Garcia 160 vs Miguel Espino 159
Yogli Herrera 127 vs Alejandro Lopez 126
Antwun Echol 163.5 vs Roman Karmazan 159
*Echols fined 10% of purse, Karmazan elected to fight.
Lowell Brownfield 137 vs Prentice Brewer 140
Giovanni Rubio 164 vs Poppies Martinez 163.2
Alfredo Rivera 163 vs David Ali 155
David Luna 144.5 vs Danny Escobar 146
Francisco Taz Mireles 252.5 vs Andre Fedosov 214
Benjamin Diaz 167.0 vs Joe Mills 167
Joe Schilling 168.0 vs Tyrell Hendrick 168
Venue: Playboy Mansion, Beverly Hills, CA
Promoter: Top Rank
TV: Azteca America
Lucas Matthysse 137.75 vs. Luis Ernesto Jose 136.75
(Vacant WBO Interim junior welterweight title)
Rogelio Rossi 197.25 vs. Orlando Farias 198.5
Alberto Santillan 133 vs. Carlos Rodriguez 133
Alejandro Gomez 135 vs. Leandro Almagro 133
Sebastian Lujan 146.5 vs. Charlie Navarro 145.5
Pablo Barboza 129.5 vs. Eduardo Monge 130.25
Lucas Obregon 132.75 vs. Oscar Mutuerria 134.25
Venue: Estadio Cubierto Newell’s Old Boys, Rosario, Argentina
Promoter: Golden Boy
TV: HBO Plus (Latin America only)
Catch the UFC Unleashed marathon tomorrow night on Spike TV, starting at 6 p.m. . . . Click here for more
Featherweight Fernando Beltran Jr. (32-3-1, 18 KOs) won a close twelve round split decision over Miguel “Mickey Mouse” Roman (25-5, 17 KOs) on Friday night at the Laredo Entertainment Center in Laredo, Texas. Beltran, a two-time former world title challenger, won 115-113, 115-113 on two cards while Roman won 117-111 on the third card. Beltran claimed the vacant IBF Latino featherweight title.
In the co-featured bout, unbeaten junior welterweight prospect Ruslan Provodnikov (12-0, 7 KOs) punished Esteban Almaraz (9-2, 4 KOs) for six rounds, dropping him in round five and winning by scores of 59-54, 60-53, 60-53.
Unbeaten Olympian junior middleweight prospect Demetrius Andrade (4-0, 4 KOs) continued to impress with a second round KO over Arnulfo Javier Romero (3-4). Andrade dropped Romero in round one and knocked him out with an uppercut at 2:53 of the second stanza.
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“The fight is on!” states ARENA-CEO Ahmet Öner after a long meeting with members of the Klitschko management group and K2 promotions regarding the ring size for tomorrow’s WBC heavyweight championship between Vitali Klitschko and Juan Carlos Gomez. Less than 24 hours before the big fight a measurement of the ring showed that it was almost 4 feet shorter than allowed by the WBC rules. “I have been at the venue personally”, says Öner. “The Klitschko management group and K2 promotions are still young companies and mistakes do happen. As we are confident that Juan will beat Vitali we definitely want this fight to happen; after years of boredom we want the world to see a great heavyweight champion again. So we helped them to work out a solution for the ring. Everything is set now and ready to go.”
Roy Jones Jr. 173.25 vs. Omar Sheika 175
B.J. Flores 199.25 vs. Jose Luis Herrera 199.25
Kieyon Bussey 122.25 vs. Robert DaLuz 123.5
Richmond Dalphone 173.75 vs. Eric Clinton 173.75
Kelvin Price 233.75 vs. Kevin Howard 280
Venue: Pensacola Civic Center, Pensacola FL
Promoter: Square Ring
At the U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati for tomorrow night’s “3 THE HARD WAY” card:
Ricardo Williams Jr., 146..5 vs. Harrison Cuello, 145
Rashad Holloway, 146 vs. Doel Carrasquillo, 146
James Countryman, 159 vs. K.J. Noons, 157
Terrance Crawford, 135 vs. Lucas Rodas, 138
David Long, 222 vs. Kelsey Arnold, 230
Jesse Carridine 128 vs. Ramon Santos, 128
Nurpais Torebekov, 238 vs. Rayshawn Myers, 204.5
Advance tickets, priced at $82.75, $43.75 and $26.75, for “3 THE HARD WAY” can be purchased online through Ticketmaster atwww.ticketmaster.com or by phone at 513-562-4949.
Less than 24 hours before the WBC heavyweight championship between titlist Vitali Klitschko and no. 1 contender Juan Carlos Gomez the show may be called off because the ring is too small. At a measurement Friday night the ring was almost 4 feet shorter than the minimum allowed by the WBC rules for championship bouts. ARENA-CEO Ahmet Öner: “This is ridiculous! I really don’t understand how a promoter can be so arrogant and ignorant not to follow the rules and build a ring that is almost 4 feet too small. We are not talking about a few inches here!” (more…)
Weights & photos by Chris Cozzone
From the Hotel Palacio del Sol in Ciudad Chihuahau, Mexico for tomorrow night’s “Palabras Mayores” card promoted by Promociones del Pueblo:
Ramon “Yory Boy” Campas 160 vs. Marco “Dorado” Reyes 159.5
* For the WBC Fecombox middleweight title. Originally, Campas was 161.
Victor Zaleta 114.75 vs. Gilberto Keb Baas 114.75
* For the WBC Fecombox super flyweight title
Bladimir Hernandez 160 vs. Carlos Lira 160
Rafael Proano 132 vs. Carlos “Kalim” Guzman 130
Roberto “Batata” Torres 135.5 vs. Angel “Ciclon” Reyna 136
Jesus Cuellar 127 vs. Jairo Hernandez 127
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French bantamweight Malik Bouziane (11-1, 1 KO) dethroned European champion Ian Napa (18-7, 1 KO) by twelve round unanimous decision on Friday night at the Newham Leisure Centre in London, England. Bouziane was in command from the opening bell and prevailed by scores of 118-110, 117-111, 115-113.
By Karl Freitag
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Unbeaten WIBF/WBA female flyweight world champion Susi “Killer Queen” Kentikian (24-0, 16 KOs) scored a one-sided ten round unanimous decision over highly regarded contender Elena “Baby Doll” Reid (19-5-6, 5 KOs) on Friday night at the Sporthalle Hamburg in Hamburg, Germany. Reid, who fought two close fights with female ring legend Regina Halmich in 2004 and 2005, was never in this one as the big-punching champion Kentikian was too fast and too aggressive, wading in and delivering punishment throughout. Although outgunned, the game ‘Baby Doll’ bravely battled to the end, but there was no question whose hand would be raised. Scores were 100-90, 100-90, 100-91.
Also on the card, WBO #1/WBA #2/WBC #3 rated middleweight Sebastian Zbik (26-0, 10 KOs) scored a fourth round knockout over former world title challenger Ruben Varon (31-5, 15 KOs) to defend his WBO Inter-Continental belt. It was a body shot that ended it at 2:13.
Unbeaten heavyweight Sebastian Köber (18-0, 13 KOs) scored a tenth round KO over Jean Claude Bikoi (15-10-1, 8 KOs). Time was 1:02.
Unbeaten light heavyweight Igor Michalkin (9-0, 7 KOs), coming off a second round demolition of former title challenger DeAndrey Abron on March 7, won a six round unanimous decision over Jose Tavares (11-3, 4 KOs) by scores of 59-56, 60-54, 59-56
Local super welterweight Arthur Matern (4-0) topped Michael Recloux (10-8-2, 3 KOs) over four by scores of 39-37, 40-37, 39-38.
By Alexey Sukachev
Columbian kayo terror Edison “Pantera” Miranda (now 32-3, 28 KOs) scored a fifth-round stoppage of British-based Ugandan Joey Vegas (11-5-1, 4 KOs) on Friday night at York Hall in Benthal Green, London, England. Miranda started the bout aggressively but the awkward and defensive-minded local boxer was able to avoid Miranda’s mostly looping shots for two rounds. In the third stanza, however, the Columbian hard-hitter finally found a spot for his powerful left hooks and right crosses, flooring Vegas twice and being warned for punching after the break as well. The Ugandan boxer was able to survive through the fourth round, but in round five Miranda increased his punch output and finally ended the fight with half a minute remaining after a huge barrage of unanswered shots.
Lee Cook (11-1-1, 3 KOs) is a new BBBofC Southern Area lightweight titlist after a one-sided ten-round points win over previously unbeaten Shane Watson (8-1, 1 KO). After an even first round, Cook started to sap the energy from his foe. In round four, Cook increased an output and immediately had Watson in trouble. Light punches helped Watson to avoid more problems in the second half of the fight when Cook eagerly looked for an opportunity to stop the bout with a single punch. After ten rounds the sole scorecard read it as 99-92 in favor of Lee Cook. (more…)
By David Greene
A boxing gym in Brooklyn, N.Y., could be forced to shut its doors after the attorney they hired to handle their paperwork was recently indicted on a slew of charges. H.O.N.K. (Help Our Neighborhood Kids) opened back in November on E. 17 Street in the Sheepshead Bay section of the borough. Owner and trainer Ray Fiore explained, “It’s four letters that just came to me… After disasters and earthquakes, we always rush to other states and countries but nobody thinks about helping our own neighborhood kids.” On Saturday March 21st they need your help as the gym will host an open house, a day-long event that will consist of an evening of amateur boxing and entertainment by three professional comedians as well as food and beverages. H.O.N.K. is located at 2460 E. 17th Street, between Avenue X and Avenue Y, and can be reached by calling: (718) 627-3841. (more…)
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