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By John DiSanto at ringside
Photos: Darryl Cobb Jr. / dcobbjr.com
Super middleweight Dashon “Fly Boy” Johnson came back to Philadelphia Friday night and left another good impression on local fight fans with an active and entertaining 8-round unanimous decision over DeCarlo Perez at the 2300 Arena in South Philly. It was a close and competitive battle. However, Johnson’s bookend knockdowns, one in the first and one in the eighth, gave him the edge he needed to secure the win.
After giving Jesse Hart a hard time in March, Escondido, CA’s Johnson returned east to turn his attention to Atlantic City’s DeCarlo Perez. Things got started at prematurely at Thursday’s weigh-in when a photo op between the two fighters boiled over into a near brawl. The eruption was quickly capped and then reopened in the ring for fight fans on fight night.
Johnson jumped out in round one and dropped Perez with a hard flurry of punches that nearly ended the fight in a hurry. Despite the quick start by Johnson and close call for Perez, the fight was a closely pitched battle for the rest of the night. (more…)
By Jesse Kelly
Undefeated middleweight prospect Luis “Cuba” Arias (14-0, 6 KOs) is set to headline in his hometown of Milwaukee, Wisconsin on Saturday at the Wisconsin Center. Arias will face 24 year-old Jorge “Pantera” Silva (21-10-2, 17 KOs) of Tijuana, Mexico in the night’s main event which is scheduled for 10 rounds. Arias, who signed with Roc Nation Sports in 2015, was a highly decorated amateur boxer who has continued to make a name for himself as a pro while working alongside esteemed trainer John David Jackson. While many prospects begin there boxing careers fighting at home, Arias has boxed on big shows all over the country without the opportunity to fight in his home city.
“Coming back to fight at home is every fighter’s dream,” said the 25 year-old Arias. “I’m excited and blessed to have the opportunity to fight at home. I started my pro career in Vegas, and I never knew when I would come to fight in Milwaukee. My city has always supported me, and I can’t wait to put on a great show for in front of my biggest fans and supporters.” (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Cristian Mijares 125.65 vs. Andres Gutierrez 130
(WBC Silver featherweight title)
Jovylito Aligarben 118 vs. Edgar Jimenez 118
Jose Lopez 140.80 vs. Ivan Álvarez 139.70
Irma Garcia 117.50 vs. Miriam Ávila 117.50
(WBC female bantamweight eliminator)
Venue: Arena Grand Oasis in Cancun
Promoter: Promociones del Pueblo & Pepe Gomez Cancun Boxing
TV: CBSSN (USA), Televisa (Mexico)
Light heavyweight contender Sullivan Barrera (17-1) has been back in the gym for several weeks as he eagerly awaits the phone call that will give him his next assignment. Barrera is looking to bounce back from his first career loss which took place in March against Andre Ward. “I took a couple weeks off after the Ward fight but now I am back at it and ready for the next challenge. I made some mistakes in the Ward fight and we are working on correcting them,” said Barrera.
The 34-year-old Cuban recently parted ways with trainer Abel Sanchez and is now working with Derik Santos. One of the reasons for the move is the close proximity of Santos’ training facility in Boca Raton, Fla. to Barrera’s residence in Miami. Barrera admits to being shocked that he hasn’t received any offers. “I am ready for any of the top fighters anytime. I am very confident my team will secure a top five opponent but I’m surprised that with my high ranking that no one has reached out to us to make a fight,” Barrera stated.
By Bob Ryder
Boxing returns to the Sound Board theatre inside the Motor City Casino-Hotel on Friday, June 10 as promoter Greg Ahrens and matchmaker Carlos Llinas present “Night of Knockouts VII”. Ten bouts are scheduled. In 6 round contests, Darryl Cunningham (32-8, 13 KO’s) takes on William Johnson (11-47-2, 4 KO’s). Chico Crout (11-10-1, 6 KO’s) mixes with Eric Hall (7-9-1, 3 KO’s), Hall last fought here in an entertaining draw with Pete Cantu that many felt he won. Local favorite Anthony Barnes (8-0, 6 KO’s) makes a long overdue hometown return appearance against an opponent TBD and also returning after an absence from the local scene of over 5 1/2 years, Alexis Hloros (16-5-2, 12 KO’s) does battle with Jeremy Marts (12-22, 9 KO’s) in what should be a free swinging contest for as long as it lasts. (more…)
Photos: Team SES / P. Gercke
Tom Schwarz 233.6 vs. Dennis Lewandowski 248
(WBO and WBC Youth heavyweight titles)
Agit Kabayel 232.5 vs. Christian Lewandowski 248.5
Adam Deines 173.25 vs. Karel Horejsek 173.75
Phillip Nsingi 151 vs. Renat Samedovi 153.8
Jurgen Uldedaj 190.25 vs. Ben Nsafoah TBA
Venue: Seebühne im Elbauenpark, Magdeburg, Germany
Promoter: SES Boxing
Photos: Chris Farina / Team Salido
Francisco Vargas 129.6 vs. Orlando Salido 130
(WBC super featherweight title)
Julian Ramirez 125.4 vs. Abraham Lopez 125.6
Gabriel Rosado 159.8 vs. Antonio Gutierrez 159
Venue: StubHub Center, Carson, California
Promoter: Golden Boy
Photos: Dave Nadkarni / Premier Boxing Champions
Artur Beterbiev 174.2 vs. Ezequiel Osvaldo Maderna 177.2
Bryant Perrella 146.4 vs. David Grayton 145.6
Javier Franco 121.8 vs. Vislan Dalkaev 121.4
Balasz Horvath 169.8 vs. Dario Bredicean 167.6
Parnell Fisher 123 vs. Larami Carmona 122.6
Jeremy Bates 246.2 vs. Oscar Rivas 240.8
Venue: Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Photo: Frank Warren Boxing
Liam Smith 154 vs. Predrag Radosevic 153
(WBO super welterweight title)
Zolani Tete 117 vs. Victor Ruiz 116
(IBF International bantamweight title)
Ryan Farrag 118 vs. Karim Guerfi 118
(European bantamweight title)
Paul Butler vs. Petchbarngborn Kokietgym
(No longer a WBO super flyweight eliminator as Butler failed to make weight)
Venue: Echo Arena, Liverpool, England
Promoter: Frank Warren
TV: BoxNation (UK)
Most in pro boxing have voiced opposition to the AIBA’s late minute approval to allow professional boxers to compete against amateurs in the upcoming Olympics in Brazil beginning in August. However, one notable name has come out in support of the idea, and he’s one of the greatest amateur boxers of them all: current WBO featherweight world champion Vasyl Lomachenko.
“If you are talking about this Olympics, 2016, I don’t think it would be a wise idea for any professional who just heard the news to run to the Olympic games right now,” said the 28-year-old two-time Olympic gold medalist who won a professional world championship in his third pro fight. “I think there needs to be more time to prepare for it. The idea of having professional boxers in the Olympics – I am all for it, I like the idea. If you take any other sport – basketball, tennis – any other sport – they support professional athletes and they participate in the Olympic games and it makes it that much stronger.
“I think in the 2020 Olympics there will be a lot more fighters because they will have a lot of time to prepare. BUT, I do not think the big stars in boxing, like Pacquiao and Mayweather, will take the risks in the Olympic games. When they go to the games, there is a chance the amateur can win and they won’t want to take the risk.” (more…)
By Miguel Maravilla
Photo: Tom Hogan – Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Promotions
WBC super featherweight champion Francisco “El Bandido” Vargas (23-0-1, 17 KOs) of Mexico City will have a tough task as he takes on former three-time world champion Orlando “Siri” Salido (43-13-3, 30 KOs) of Ciudad Obregon, Sonora, Mexico this Saturday at the Stub Hub Center in Carson, California live on HBO. “This will be my first defense of my title and I am ready for the big challenge that Salido represents,” Vargas told Fightnews.com®.
Having begun his preparation in Mexico City, Vargas has been working with his longtime trainer Guillermo “Sargento” Beccerril and resumed his camp in Southern California as he gears up for the former world champion Salido.
“We had a great, intense, strong preparation just like all the camps and I am ready for this fight,” Vargas said. “Sparring has been great. The guys I sparred really helped me out and prepared me for this fight with Salido.” (more…)
By Bill Green
Undefeated light heavyweight and former Subway commercial star “Irish” Mike Lee (16-0, 10 KOs) returns tonight on Dibella Entertainment’s Broadway Boxing Series at the Resorts World Casino, located in New York City, NY. The main event will feature former lightweight world champion Richar Abril 19-3- 1 (8) vs Jerry Belmontes 21-8 (6) in a 10 round junior welterweight matchup.
Fightnews.com® talked to the undefeated and popular light heavyweight contender literally moments before he tipped the scales. (more…)
Story and photos by John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com
Super middleweight Derrick “Take it to the Bank” Webster, 19-1, 10 KOs, Glassboro, NJ, returns to the ring Saturday night in a scheduled six rounder against Maryland journeyman Lenwood Dozier, 9-10-2, 4 KOs. The fight is the main event at the Grundy Arena in Bristol, PA, and will be Webster’s first appearance since suffering his first pro loss nearly one year ago.
“You know, I thought that a loss would make people want to fight me, but it didn’t do me any justice,” Webster said. “I still had people pulling out on me. So, I wish it (his return) would have been in a little bit earlier.”
Last July, Webster dropped a ten round decision to Arif Magomedov in a Showtime-televised fight for the vacant NABO middleweight title. It was a tough night for the then-undefeated fighter, but he seems to have put the incident in perspective and moved on from it. (more…)
Ronny Rios 126 vs. Efrain Esquivias 126
Zachary Ochoa 139.2 vs. Luis Joel Gonzalez 139.8
Seniesa Estrada 111 vs. Christina Fuentes 113.4
Rafael Gramajo 122 vs. Harold Reyes 123
Pablo Rubio 121.6 vs. Jorge Perez 122
Tenochtitlan Nava 127 vs. Davis Montes 128
Venue: Belasco Theater, Los Angeles
Promoter: Golden Boy
TV: Estrella TV
Richar Abril 139 vs. Jerry Belmontes 138.75
Yuri Foreman 158.25 vs. Jason Davis 161.75
Mike Lee 178.75 vs. Mike Snider 178
Alicia Napoleon 153.5 vs. Latasha Burton 162.25
Julian Sosa 142.5 vs. Isaac Johnson 142.25
Steve Rolls 162.5 vs. Emmanuel Sanchez 163.75
Joe Williams 184 vs. Lamar Harris 183.5.
Marquis Moore 167.5 vs. Turner Williams 165.5
James Wilkins 136.25 vs. Jack Grady 140
Venue: Resorts World Casino New York City, Queens, NY
Promoter: DiBella Entertainment
Tickets available at the door, priced at $125, $75 and $55.
Doors open at 6:00pm with the first bout scheduled for 7:00pm.
Dashon Johnson 162.9 vs. DeCarlo Perez 162.2
Henry Beckford 166.9 vs. Jaba Khositashvili 166.5
Osnel Charles 137.3 vs. Steven Ortiz 137.6
Ray Lopez 251.3 vs. Cassius Chaney 237.3
Jaron Ennis 144.2 vs. Alfred Hall 145.4
LeShawn Rodriguez 157.8 vs. Phil LeGrand 156.9
Jamil Gadsden 160.8 vs. Isaiah Wise 162.4
Jerome Conquest 137.9 vs. Korey Sloane 136.2
Gene Gonzales 111.9 vs. Chayanne Rivera 112.4
Venue: 2300 Arena
Promoter: Peltz Boxing
Tickets are priced at $40, $50, and $75. Available online at wanatix.com or by phone 215-765-0922. Doors open at 6PM. First fight 7PM.
WBC #5-ranked lightweight contender Franklin Mamani will now face #1-ranked lightweight Dejan Zlaticanin for the vacant WBC 135-pound title on June 11 on Showtime at The Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, NY. Mamani (21-2-1, 12 KOs), who is the leading available contender in the WBC rankings, replaces the injured Emiliano Marsili, who pulled out of the fight on Tuesday with an illness. Mamani, of La Paz, Bolivia, was already in camp training to fight Chad Bennet for the WBC silver lightweight belt in early July. Now, the 29-year-old Mamani gets a shot at the vacant WBC lightweight world championship in his U.S. debut. Mamani has won 10 straight, including his last three by knockout.
After four telecasts in the last two weeks, CBS Sports Network will be back at ringside again this weekend. Mexican promoter Pepe Gomez has partnered with Neon Star Media to bring its monthly “Cancun Boxing” series to the network. The first show will take place Saturday night (June 4) from Grand Oasis Cancun the Hotel Complex in Cancun, Mexico, which will play host to all events in the series. Jim “JR” Ross and Al Bernstein will handle blow-by-blow and color commentary. Broadcast times and details on CBS Sports Network to follow.
Saturday’s telecast will feature three-time world super flyweight champion Cristian “El Diamante” Mijares (53-8-2, 26 KOs) against undefeated Andres “Jaguarito” Gutierrez in a 12-rounder for the vacant WBC silver featherweight belt.
By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Chris Farina / Team Salido
WBC super featherweight champion Francisco Vargas and former champ Orlando Salido faced off Thursday at the final press conference for Saturday’s high octane world title fight at the famed StubHub Center in Carson, California. Both fighters were very respectful toward each other.
Francisco Vargas: I know Salido has trained hard and so have I. We’re ready to give the fans a great and exciting fight. You don’t want to miss it!
Orlando Salido: I really want to this fight to be remembered by everyone who’s going to be there. I think this is going to be a tremendous fight. I’m going to do the impossible to grab this title and I’m sure I’m going to take this title to Obregon, Mexico. photos
Rances Barthelemy 134.6 vs. Mickey Bey 134.2
(IBF lightweight title)
Emmanuel Rodriguez 119.4 vs. Alberto Guevara 119.8
Caleb Plant 163.8 vs. Carlos Galvan 162.4
Dat Nguyen 128.6 vs. Jesus Lule 130.2
Steve Geffrard 177.2 vs. Samuel Miller 181.6
Dyah Davis 172.8 vs. Leosvy Mayedo 175.8
Courtney Jackson 141.8 vs. Anthony Woods 142.6
Antonio Williams 127.8 vs. Hector Fernandez 128.6
Gervonta Davis 135.6 vs. Mario Macias Rorozco 132.8
LaTondria Jones 155 vs. Latoya Burton 151.2
Venue: Seminole Hard Rock Casino, Hollywood, Florida
Promoter: Mayweather Promotions/Kings Promotions
Reigning WBA welterweight world champion Keith “One Time” Thurman (26-0, 22 KOs) is four weeks out from his June 25 title defense against former IBF champ Shawn Porter (26-1-1, 16 KOs) on CBS live from Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY.
“My goal is to be known as the hardest hitting welterweight in the division,” said Thurman, whose training camp is in full swing in St. Petersburg, Florida. “My lifelong goal is to be the undisputed welterweight champion of the world – and I have a ways to go in unifying the titles. Once I move past Shawn I look forward to the challenge of making my dreams come true. I’m blessed to be where I am today.”
Trainer Dan Birmingham added, “Training is going real well. We know Porter is a come-forward fighter – he is going to try to be on Keith’s chest. I want Keith to box, use his power, use his jab, and use his feints to work the body from the inside. All the things Keith knows how to do. Porter is not a real technical fighter so we’re working on using that to our advantage.”
By Karl Freitag
Over the last decade, Top Rank and former four-division world champion Miguel Cotto have made boxing an annual tradition on the weekend of New York City’s Puerto Rican Parade. The tradition now continues with other Puerto Rican stars. Last year, uber-popular lightweight Felix “El Diamante” Verdejo was the main boricua attraction. On June 11, Verdejo will be on the card again, but the headliner will be three-time WBO jr lightweight world champion Roman “Rocky” Martinez defending his title against WBO featherweight world champion Vasyl Lomachenko in The Theater at Madison Square Garden.
Martinez is seemingly in tough this fight as the talented Lomachenko is running as about a 30:1 favorite. But Rocky, who prepared for the fight with IBF 130lb champion Jose Pedraza, is confident he’ll emerge with a victory. “Many people don’t believe that I can beat this guy, but I believe I’m ‘the man’ in this fight,” said Martinez today. “He’s going to try to make me look bad in front of my people. But I’ve already made the adjustments…I’m very confident that I’m gonna win this fight.
“I’m very happy for this opportunity, and on June 11 boxing fans and all Puerto Rican fans in New York will see me as a champion again. I will enter as a champion and I will exit as a champion that night.”
Photo courtesy Frank Warren
Undefeated WBO junior middleweight champion Liam “Beefy” Smith (22-0-1, 12 KOs) came face-to-face with #11 rated Predrag Radosevic (30-1, 11 KOs) at today’s press conference at the Hilton Hotel in Liverpool. Hometown hero Smith is making the second defense of his world title against WBO Euro beltholder Radosevic this Saturday at Liverpool’s Echo Arena. Promoter Frank Warren has hinted at a potentially huge fight for Smith in September should he overcome Radosevic. However, “Beefy” says there’s no danger of him overlooking his latest challenger.
Liam Smith: “I’m buzzing to get back in the ring on Saturday. I’ve been out of the ring since December and I’ve had a good rest. I’ve been linked with some big names but none of those fights can happen if I don’t win this weekend. I’m fully focused on Predrag Radosevic; he’s a dangerous opponent and has my full attention. I’m from too good a family and too good a gym to overlook anyone.”
Predrag Radosevic: “On Saturday night I’ll be taking that belt home with me. I’m not here as a tourist. I believe I have what it takes to beat Liam and become the new world champion.”
Four division world champion Miguel Cotto has called Canelo Alvarez’ decision to relinquish the WBC belt to Gennady Golovkin “a smart move.” Cotto is still upset about having to pay Golovkin an $800,000 step aside fee, plus a $300,000 sanctioning to the WBC for his bout against Canelo last year. “Greed has destroyed the sport,” Cotto told El Vocero.
As far as his next bout is concerned, Cotto stated that there’s no hurry. He plans to return to the 154lb division with Canelo and Juan Manuel Marquez on his short list for possible opponents for him later this year.
By Karl Freitag
WBO featherweight world champion Vasyl Lomachenko is set to move up in weight to challenge WBO super featherweight champion Roman “Rocky” Martinez on June 11 at The Theater of New York City’s famed Madison Square Garden.
“I didn’t have a big problem to do 126 pounds,” said the two-time Olympic gold medalist from Ukraine. “Of course, it wasn’t easy, but it was never a critical condition where I had to make my weight. As far as moving to 130 pounds, this is a more natural weight for me, and another reason I moved is I was very tired of waiting for any champions or any #1s to fight in that division. Moving to 130 pounds will give me more ability to fight the best fighters in the division and most likely the champions in the division.”
As far as fighting Rocky Martinez in front of a hostile crowd one day before NYC’s famed Puerto Rican Day Parade, Lomachenko said, “I’m going to be very disappointed to let the Puerto Rican people down.” (more…)
Photos: Golden Boy Promotions
WBC Super Featherweight World Champion Francisco “El Bandido” Vargas (23-0-1, 17 KOs) and former three-time world champion Orlando “Siri” Salido (43-13-3, 30 KOs, 1 NC) hosted today, a Los Angeles media workout ahead of their upcoming in a 12-round battle that will take place June 4 at the StubHub Center in Carson, Calif. and televised live on HBO Boxing After Dark.
Francisco Vargas: “I’m ready to give another incredible fight to the fans. I have always said I want to fight the best, and Salido is one of the best. The only thing on my mind is to win this fight on Saturday. It’s up to the fans to decide if I’m number one. I’m a technical fighter but it will come down to my intelligence. This will be a very difficult fight on Saturday.”
Orlando Salido: “I’m a warrior and Vargas is a warrior. The ones who will win will be the fans. When you get in to boxing, you are mentally prepared to get knocked down. Every time I’ve been knocked down, I just get back up again and fight. I like to prove everyone wrong and that’s what I plan to do when I go in and fight this young undefeated fighter.” (more…)
Photos: Rey Sanchez
IBF lightweight champion Rances Barthelemy (24-0, 13 KOs), challenger and former champion Mickey Bey (22-1-1, 10 KOs) about their Spike TV showdown on Friday from the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida. The fighters spoke to media and posed for cameras at the Paradise Live Theater before moving into the Hard Rock Live Arena for media workouts.
Here is what they had to say:
Rances Barthelemy: “If we don’t get the knockout, then we are ready to go the distance. My team is prepared to go the distance if we have to, but also to give an entertaining fight. You’re going to see a new Rances Barthelemy in 2016. Don’t miss this fight. Get there early, because it might not go five. Get ready for a great night of boxing.”
Mickey Bey: “You’ll see a throwback fighter in there. I’m like the fighters from back in the day. I’m here looking for the victory. I don’t care how I get it and I can’t predict. But we want to have our hand raised. I’m coming to get what is rightfully mine. Don’t miss it.” (more…)
By Michael Mazzulli / ABC President
As President of the Association of Boxing Commissions, the Board of Directors and I are disappointed in AIBA’s decision to allow amateur boxers to compete with professionals in the Olympics. Even worse than just a majority vote, the vote of 84 to 0 in favor, is a statement in and of itself.
The ABC is committed to fighter safety, so hopefully, the AIBA/IOC Committee will consider the potential risk and future ramifications of allowing amateur boxers to compete with professional boxers. Surely, their decision should be determined by athlete safety. The ABC has spoken about out against this proposal previously, from the use/non-use of headgear, boxing style and experience, method of scoring awards, and a level playing ﬁeld, this proposal is fraught with danger. As we know in boxing, one bad match-up can mean the difference, literally, in life and death.
I hope both the IOC and AIBA will reconsider their stance.
BBBofC Statement: Following the announcement that AIBA are to permit professional boxers to compete in future Olympic Games, the British Boxing Board of Control confirm their objection to such a proposal.
It is the belief of the British Boxing Board of Control that such a move is against the spirit of the Olympics, disrespectful to the many GB Amateur boxers who, throughout the Olympic cycle compete around the world in qualifying tournaments and ultimately dangerous.
It is the hope of the British Boxing Board of Control and many within the professional Sport in Great Britain and throughout the world that AIBA reconsider such a move that is not beneficial to the Sport as a whole.
The AIBA, amateur boxing’s ruling body, on Wednesday approved a short notice proposal to allow professional boxers to compete in the 2016 Olympic games, which begin in about two months. The move, which passed by a vote of 84-0 with four abstaining at a special meeting in Lausanne, Switzerland, has been roundly condemned by most in the pro boxing community.
At this point in time, most countries have already finalized or are close to finalizing their Olympic boxing teams with amateur fighters. Nevertheless, pros will be allowed to compete in an Olympic Qualification Tournament in Venezuela on July 3-8 with 26 quota places available at Rio 2016. Alexander Lebzyak, head coach of the Russian Olympic boxing team, has reportedly dropped the names of reigning world champions Sergei Kovalev and Denis Lebedev as possibilities for his squad.
Unbeaten WBO lightweight champion Terry Flanagan (30-0 12 KOs) will make the third defense of his title against 42-year-old former world champion Mzonke Fana (38-9, 16 KOs) as chief-support for the July 9 rematch between heavyweight champion Tyson Fury and Wladimir Klitschko at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, England.
Flanagan is predicting a devastating performance on his big hometown return. “Fana is a two-time world champion at super featherweight,” he said. “He’s highly experienced, tough and has a very good jab. He’ll be coming over here looking to take my title but it’s not going to happen. There’s going to be 20,000 Mancunians cheering on two of their own in world title fights. I’m going to pick up where I left off and continue to show everyone that I’m the number one lightweight in the world!”
The boxing series “Boxeo Al Maximo” presented by Miguel Cotto Promotions and H2 Entertainment in association with Roc Nation Sports is ready to headline on Saturday at the Cosme Beitia Coliseum in Cataño that will feature a very attractive Mexico vs Puerto Rico fight in the main event when Kevin Nieves (9-1-1, 5 KOs) of Cataño takes on Alexis del Bosque (11-2, 8 KOs), a Mexican boxer who resides in Dallas in an eight round lightweight bout. (more…)
Photo: Knucklehead Boxing
WBO super middleweight champion Gilberto Ramirez run into his good friend, two-time champion Orlando “Siri” Salido last night at Hill St. Gym in Long Beach. Ramirez has started his camp for his first title defense on July 23 in Las Vegas and Salido will take on Francisco “Bandido” Vargas this Saturday at StubHub Center in Carson, California on HBO.
Photos: Team SES / P. Gercke & U. Koch
Boxing returns on Saturday to the open air floating stage at Elbauenpark in Magdeburg, Germany with not one, but two clashes between unbeaten heavyweights. Headlining will be WBO Youth heavyweight champion Tom Schwarz (16-0, 11 KOs) in his second defense against Dennis Lewandowski (9-0, 4 KOs). In the co-feature, heavyweight Agit Kabayel (14-0, 11 KOs) meets Christian Lewandowski (9-0, 9 KOs), brother of main eventer Dennis Lewandowski.
Here’s what the fighters had to say at the fight week press conference in the Plaza Hotel Magdeburg:
Tom Schwarz: “The Lewandowskis compare themselves with the Klitschkos, they need to know that there’s still a long way up to the Klitschkos…maybe I’ll get a KO, maybe he will! Anything can happen – I want to keep it exciting. But I’m better!”
Dennis Lewandowski: “Tom’s a good man so I’m focused on ten rounds. But, there can also be a KO – and I have heavy hands!” (more…)
Story by John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com
Photos by Darryl Cobb Jr. / dcobbjr.com
Philadelphia’s summer boxing season kicks off Friday night in South Philly at the 2300 Arena with an interesting main event between Atlantic City’s DeCarlo Perez and Californian Dashon Johnson. The 10-round above-the-limit middleweight contest pairs two boxers familiar to local fight fans.
One has been under our noses for years, while the other jumped onto our radar after a glorious losing effort against Jesse Hart in March. Friday the fighters will collide with both their careers on the line.
Dashon Johnson, 20-19-3, 6 KOs, is a tough road warrior from Escondido, CA. He has fought primarily on the West Coast, but has visited our side of the country a handful of times. In March, Johnson made one of those trips east and did his best to put an end to the undefeated streak of favorite Philly son Jesse “Hard Work” Hart.
Hart won a comfortable decision that night, but not before pulling himself off the canvas twice (only one was called a knockdown), and being tested like never before. Johnson was the culprit who nearly derailed the star prospect, and ever since that night, many observers even question Hart’s true potential. (more…)
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