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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
Photos: André Boge/Universum Box-Promotion
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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…)
By Scott Ploof and Billy “Loops” Luppert at ringside
Photography by Emily Harney
The two-time national amateur champion from Worcester, Massachusetts, Edwin “La Bomba” Rodriquez brought a piece of history back to his hometown as for the first time since 1967 professional boxing returned to Mechanics Hall. Rodriguez (10-0, 7 KOs) was successful in his first professional fight in his hometown and in front of a packed audience. He was relentless and went right after Thompson (15-14-1, 5 KOs) early and often as he threw bombs at his adversary. The “Homecoming” celebration for Rodriguez was complete when he stopped veteran Patrick Thompson in the second round at 2:11 after Thompson’s corner threw in the towel. Click here for the entire report and photo gallery.
WBC #1 lightweight Urbano Antillon (25-0, 18 KOs) will face Tyrone ‘Fists Of Fury’ Harris (23-4, 15 KOs) on Top Rank’s May 1 Azteca America-televised show at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. The event takes place on the eve of Pacquiao-Hatton. Also in action will be “Contender: Season One” star Alfonso Gomez (18-4, 8 KOs) against Juan Manuel Buendia (14-2-1, 8 KOs) in a ten round welterweight matchup. Unbeaten lightweight Diego Magdalano (8-0, 3 KOs) is also in action. The card will consist of seven bouts in total. Doors open at 5:30PM, first bell at 6PM, live TV at 7PM (10PM ET)
Undefeated world champion Juan Manuel “Juanma” Lopez was named the Boxer of the Year for 2008 by the Puerto Rico Boxing Commission. Lopez won all of his four of fights last year in a combined five minutes and captured the WBO jr. Featherweight Championship in June with a spectacular first round knockout of champion Daniel Ponce de Leon. (more…)
Photos: Pavel Terekhov
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WBC heavyweight champion Vilali Klitschko weighed in at 249.1 lbs. for his world title defense against mandatory challenger Juan Carlos Gomez. Gomez, a former world champion at cruiserweight weighed 230.4. They collide Saturday night in front of a worldwide TV audience in Stuttgart, Germany.
By Bob Ryder
Saturday, March 28 marks the return of boxing to the Royal Oak Music Theatre in suburban Detroit. Carlos Llianes Productions (CLIP) and Ron Remus Productions will present a scheduled 9 bout card featuring Motor City favorites Darryl Cunningham and Alexis Hloros in separate contests. Both are in the midst of winning streaks as Cunningham has won his last six and Hloros is undefeated in his last ten. Cunningham will be tested in the six round main event by the ever tough Ted Muller who has boxed the likes of Bronco McKart and Peter Manfredo, Jr. . Also on the card a battle of undefeated heavys will pit local favorite Rich “Super” Power against Chris “The Exorcist” Price. $30 General Admission tickets are still available by contacting the Royal Oak Music Theatre box office at 248-399-2980 or www.royaloakmusictheatre.com or through www.tickets.com. Doors open at 7 PM, first bell is at 8 PM.
WBC Super Middleweight title holder Carl Froch has commented on his April 25th SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING-televised collision with former undisputed middleweight champ Jermain Taylor at The Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut. “He’s talking about going to war and shutting me up but let’s face it, does he really want to get into the trenches with someone like me? He’s going to find out very quickly in there that I can walk the walk as well as talking the talk because this is a major showcase for me to put the world on notice just what I’m all about.” (more…)
Heriberto Ruiz 121.8 vs. Mauricio Martinez 122
(IBF Intercontinental junior featherweight title)
Greg Kielsa 237.4 vs. Arthur Cook 254
(Canadian heavyweight title)
Jason Douglas 169.6 vs. Hugo Lomeli Gonzalez 173.8
Phil Boudreault 150.8 vs. Justin Fountain 149.4
Felix Mercedes 151.2 vs. Paul Watson 147.3
Kara McLeod 124 vs. Amanda Ayotte 124.4
Venue: Casino Rama, Rama, Ontario
Promoter: Orion Sports
By Gary “Digital” Williams at ringside
The record of Baltimore welterweight James “Keep ‘Em Sleepin'” Stevenson remained perfect tonight with a second round TKO over Westminster, MD’s Ken Dunham in the main event of the Baltimore Pro Boxing card at Martin’s West in Woodlawn, MD. Stevenson dropped Dunham four times using a strong barrage of body shots before referee Gary Camponeschi stopped the contest at 2:35 of the second round. Stevenson is now 7-0, seven KO’s while Dunham is now 5-8, three KO’s. The knockout earned Stevenson the East Coast Championship and an extra $500. (more…)
The Garage Sports Bar and Grill, 2241 Crowne Point Dr., in Cincinnati will host the “open to the public” weigh-in for “3 THE HARD WAY” at 5 pm on Friday afternoon. Featured fighters who will be present at the weigh-in include welterweight contender and 2000 Olympic Silver Medalist Ricardo Williams Jr., Sensational Welterweight prospect Rashad Holloway and current amateur phenom and 2-Time US Olympian Rau’Shee Warren.
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.
By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada
Jean Pascal (21-1 14KO) returns home to his Montreal fans for the first time in over a year-and-a-half as he headlines the April 4th show at the Casino de Montreal. This marks the first fight for the super-middleweight since his championship loss versus Carl Froch as he looks to get back on track against fellow title contender Pablo Nievas (22-5-1 15KO) of Argentina. “This is the fight where we see where he can go and what he has learnt,” said promoter Yvon Michel of Pascal who went twelve versus Froch for the vacant WBC title and came out on the wrong end of a unanimous decision. (more…)
By Scott Ploof and Billy “Loops” Luppert at ringside
For the first time since 1967, big time boxing has returned to Worcester, MA’s own Mechanics Hall as it was a “Homecoming” of sorts for Edwin “La Bomba” Rodriquez as he was successful in his first professional fight in his hometown and in front of a packed audience as he stopped veteran Patrick Thompson in the second round at 2:11 after Thompson’s corner threw in the towel. Rodriguez (10-0, 7 KOs) was relentless and went right after Thompson (15-14-1, 5 KOs). He dropped Thompson with a sharp right hook early in the second and then finished him off just a short time later. The “Homecoming” fight card is promoted by DiBella Entertainment. The card is being taped for later broadcast on the popular New York City boxing series, “Broadway Boxing.”
Junior lightweight Ryan Kielczewski improved to (4-0, 1 KO) with a third round TKO over Aaron Chavez. Kielczewski was in control the whole fight, firing away on Chavez. Chavez (2-2) showed a solid chin in withstanding some hard shots. In round three however, Kielczewski drilled Chavez with a right uppercut that he never saw coming and Chavez was out on his back. Chavez tried to beat the count, but the referee determined Chavez was in no condition to continue. Time of the stoppage 2:44.
Middleweight Philip Jackson Benson improved to (3-0, 3 KOs) with a second round TKO over Dameon Marshall (0-2). Marshall was out of gas at the end of round one, and in the second was dropped by a big right hand. He was able to beat the count but was cracked with another huge right hand that sent him down to the canvas and referee Carmelo Oquendo waived off the fight at 1:32 of the round.
Junior middleweight Dustin Reinhold (1-0, 1 KO) was impressive in his first professional bout as he stopped Valdrin Muriqi (0-1) in the fourth round at :42. The fight could have been stopped in round two by referee Bob Benoit as Reinhold landed hook after hook over the taller Muriqi. Reinhold had Muriqi hurt throughout most of the fight and was able to put him away in the final round.
Light heavyweight Valar Boise (1-0, 1 KO) was successful in his first professional bout as he stopped veteran Houston Crayton (0-4) in the second round at 1:17 after his corner threw in the towel. Boise delivered the better punches and out-landed Crayton throughout.
Ireland’s own Stephen Ormond (3-0, 1 KO) now fighting out of Long Island, NY made short work out of Philadelphia’s Jonathan Ocasio (0-4) by stopping him after one round of boxing. Ormond dominated that round landing solid punches. Ocasio, on advice from the ringside physician, was unable to come out of his corner for round two and thus the fight was stopped by referee Bob Benoit.
By Joe Koizumi
WBC#4 Japanese super-fly champ Daigo Nakahiro (20-2, 8 KOs), 115, kept his national belt as he pounded out a nearly lopsided decision (100-89, 99-91 and 98-91) over mandatory challenger Kenji Saegusa (18-8-1, 9 KOs), 114.5, over ten frames on Thursday in his native Hiroshima, Japan. Nakahiro, an intelligent sharpshooter (graduate of Hiroshima Univ.), quickly floored the game challenger with a well-timed left hook in the opening session, and continually took the initiative all the way. Saegusa inexplicably changed his stance to southpaw in this bout and kept on fighting in his unfamiliar stance only to lose almost every round. The speedy champ had him at bay in the last three sessions but failed to finish the fading but still game opponent.
Undercard: Koji Itagaki (8-1, 3 KOs), 108, came off the canvas twice in the third, and earned a majority duke (77-74 twice and 75-75) over ex-OPBF champ Genki Ohnaka (15-5-1, 8 KOs), 108, a tall and lanky southpaw, over eight. Itagaki fought back hard from the fourth on and battered the ex-champ to the punch down the stretch. Promoter: Hiroshima Sanei Promotions.
By Joe Koizumi
Ex-Japanese flyweight champ Kenji Yoshida (14-9, 5 KOs), 114.25, showed a quite different style in outjabbing Jockeylek Sithsoei (10-10-1, 2 KOs), 108.5, winning a shutout decision (80-74 twice and 80-73) over eight on Wednesday in Tokyo, Japan. Yoshida, a notorious bull-fighter always boring in from the head, didn’t display his favorite third punch but kept jabbing and outpunching the game but mediocre Thai opponent all night. But Yoshida seemed to have left his usual zip in a dressing room. Japanese #6 feather Retsuri Lee (12-1-1, 7 KOs), 128, overwhelmed stylish Thailander Daochai Sithsoei (9-7-1, 2 KOs), 125.75, had him on the deck twice and halted him at 1:35 of the fifth round in a supporting eight. Daochai, formerly an excellent amateur boxer, failed to become an Olympian out of Thailand, but looked short of necessary durability and power to be successful in the paid ranks. Promoter: Yokohama Hikari Promotions.
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The Ultimate Fighting Championship® (UFC®) is proud to confirm the remaining bouts for its first-ever event in Nashville, Tennessee. Ryan Bader, Carmelo Marrero, Tyson Griffin, Rafael dos Anjos, Cole Miller, Junie Browning, Gleison Tibau, Jeremy Stephens, Ricardo Almeida, Matt Horwich, Brock Larson, Jesse Sanders, Tim Credeur, Nick Catone, Jorge Rivera, Nissen Osterneck, Rob Kimmons, Joe Vedepo, Tim McKenzie, Aaron Simpson, Ryan Jensen and Steve Steinbeiss complement a stellar main event between former WEC® welterweight champion Carlos Condit and Martin Kampmann at UFC Fight Night™ Live on Spike TV Wednesday, April 1 at 9:00p.m. ET/PT from the Sommet Center . . . Click here for more
For Humberto “Zorrita” Soto of Los Mochis, Mexico the first defense of his WBC Super Featherweight title couldn’t have come at a better place, since Tijuana is where he has been preparing for his fights for most of his professional career. “I want to look good in Tijuana, because this is the place where I spent most of my time training and I spent a lot time here and have enjoyed my time in this city. It will be like a homecoming fight for me no doubt about it,” said Soto, who again is training at the CREA gym in Tijuana for his first title defense. Soto will take on Antonio Davis on Saturday, March 28 in the big championship card “Tijuana Thunder” to be telecast on pay-per-view by Top Rank and headlined by Julio Cesar Chavez Jr and Luciano Cuello. (more…)
A hotly-contested 140-pound world title unification fight between confident, talented world champions Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley and Kendall “Rated R” Holt will take place on Saturday, April 4, live on SHOWTIME at 10:45 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast). In what is being called the biggest international boxing event in Montreal, Canada, since Roberto Duran defeated Sugar Ray Leonard nearly 30 years ago, Bradley and Holt will meet at the historic Bell Centre to unify their respective WBC and WBO titles. In the co-feature on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING, Librado Andrade (27-2, 21 KOs) returns to Montreal to take on Ukraine’s Vitali Tsypko (22-2, 12 KOs) in an IBF super middleweight elimination bout. The main event fighters and their promoters spoke on an international media conference call Thursday. (more…)
Promoter Kathy Duva of Main Events officially announced on St. Patrick’s Day at the Legends bar and restaurant in New York City that middleweight contender John Duddy (26-0, 17 KOs) will go toe-to-toe with veteran Billy Lyell (18-7, 3 KOs) on Friday, April 24th at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ. Duddy and cruiserweight Patrick Farrell – who is also fighting on the undercard – signed autographs for the fans but did not partake in the traditional celebration of St. Patrick’s Day. “I’m in training in Miami and of all the nights to have to go back they have to pick tonight,” said Duddy. “So have a pint for me!” Duva said: “I am happy to return to the Prudential Center with another installment of the ‘Main Event Boxing Series’ featuring one of today’s most exciting fighters. I know John Duddy’s fans will be as loud and colorful as the Polish fans were when Adamek fought at the Prudential Center!” In February, Duva promoted the first defense of IBF cruiserweight champion Tomasz Adamek against Johnathon Banks at the Prudential Center. She was also the promoter when Adamek captured his title from Steve Cunningham in December 2008 at the same location. An exciting undercard showcasing world-class and top local fighters will be announced shortly. Tickets are $38, $53, $78, $103, or $253, and can be purchased at Prudential Center Box Office or by calling TicketMaster at 201-507-8900.
By Felipe Leon
It has been recently reported that general admission tickets for the PPV mega fight card “Latin Fury 8-Tijuana Thunder” being held at the Plaza de Toros Monumental in Tijuana, MX, on Saturday, March 28th will be free with a donation of canned goods or a kilo of dried food such as beans, rice or flour. The donations can be made at the Tijuana Municipal Palace, Mexico’s version of city hall or at La Mejor 97.7FM, a local regional radio station. It has also been reported that the floor of the 22,000 capacity venue has been set up as the VIP section with tickets being sold to the public. Preferred assigned seating runs from $75-$105 while the limited ringside seats are priced between $145-$175. (more…)
Unbeaten former lightweight champion Paul Spadafora (40-0-1, 16 KOs) has pulled out of his March 31 fight in Pittsburgh due to a sprained left ankle suffered while doing roadwork. Spadafora, who has reunited with former trainer Jesse Reid, was slated to face Carlos Mairena (20-11-1, 17 KOs). That bout may be shifted to another Mike Acri-promoted card on May 9 in Niagara Falls, NY.
The number of fighters who have become world champions after appearing on ShoBox The New Generation since its inception in July 2001 stands at 30. That means viewers likely will be witnessing a future world titleholder approximately every fourth telecast. So who’ll be the 31st ShoBox alum to graduate into greatness? Will it be the supremely talented Andre “The Matrix” Dirrell? Perhaps the rapidly improving Ronald “The Chosen One” Hearns? Or will one of their opponents elevate their status with an upset victory? Stay tuned. The unbeaten fighters return to SHOWTIME on March 28, when super middleweight Dirrell and junior middleweight Hearns face Derrick “Superman” Findley and “Lightning” Harry Joe Yorgey, respectively, in 10-round bouts on a special Saturday edition of ShoBox (live at 11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast). (more…)
By Lee Bates
Saturday’s WBC heavyweight title fight between Vitali Klitschko and Juan Carlos Gomez has been bumped from ESPN and will now be seen on ESPN Classic live at 6PM Eastern. The bout will be also be reairing on short turnaround at 7PM Eastern on ESPN2.
Memphis based Prize Fight Boxing has inked middleweight former amateur standout Dominic Wade of Largo, Maryland to a multi-year promotional agreement. After three attempts for his pro debut, Wade finally entered the professional ranks in stunning fashion last weekend at the Fitzgerald Casino in Tunica, Mississippi. Wade’s bout took less than thirty seconds when he knocked out previously unbeaten Chris Davis (3-0, 1 KO). Just 18 years old, Wade had a decorated amateur background as he was a four-time Junior Olympic Champion and fought his way to the 2007 Olympic Boxing Trials. Wade is trained by Barry Hunter who also shares managerial responsibilities with Paul Wade, who is Dominic’s father. Hunter is known for bringing brothers Anthony and Lamont Peterson as well as Fernando Guerrero to boxing prominence.
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