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By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Alma Montiel
On Monday, a mass was held in honor of former WBC President Jose Sulaiman at the Basilica de Guadalupe in Mexico City. Hundreds of friends and members of the boxing fraternity were on hand to remember one the best known figures of contemporary world boxing. “It was very hard to be sad because the demonstration of affection of many people in all possible ways. My dad was a great fighter, so he tried and fought and dreamed and in the end it was worth his work,” said Mauricio Sulaiman.
Jose Sulaiman’s ashes will rest for a few days at his home in Lindavista, and then be transferred to French Pantheon where they will remain forever. Last October, Sulaiman had undergone a delicate heart operation, from which he never recovered. (more…)
By Steven J Canton
The SJC boxing gym in Fort Myers played host to a fun filled Saturday with its 4th annual open house and fundraiser. Approximately 150 fans came from all over the state to participate in the many activities, meet the VIP guests in attendance, enjoy the refreshments and see what has made the gym so successful during its 25 years in Southwest Florida. Several SJC boxers entertained the audience with lively sparring sessions, while others hit the speed bags, skipped rope, and trained.
There was a moving tribute and ten-count for former world champion Ezra Sellers, who trained at the SJC Gym and sparred with some of the fighters present while preparing for his title winning victory in Manchester, England against Carl Thompson in 2001. Ezra was just inducted into the Florida Boxing Hall of Fame last June and died suddenly of heart complications last month, leaving behind his wife and two sons. (more…)
By Sam DiTusa
2013 came in like a lamb but went out with a bang, leaving a promise for an exciting 2014. A special thanks to all the promoters and venues which have persevered through the tough fiscal times to keep our great sport alive.
Brian Halquist and the Emerald Queen Casino’s “Battle at the Boat” series is now the oldest running show in the Northwest. Their commitment to the “Sweet Science” sustained many fans through lean years, and has remained a constant for hard core fight fans. Their signing of Zahir Raheem (35-3) has provided EQC fans with some much deserved excitement.
Likewise Ringside Ticket and Patrick Ortiz have resumed the great shows at the Seven Feathers casino in Roseburg,Oregon, as well as continuing the successful shows at the new arena at the Silver Reef Casino in Ferndale, Washington. (more…)
By John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com
Photos by Darryl Cobb Jr.
Now that Artur Szpilka’s visa issues have been resolved and he’s successfully entered the United States, Philadelphian Bryant Jennings can fully focus on his upcoming HBO debut. Then again, Jennings barely took notice of his opponent’s problems while preparing for the biggest opportunity of his three-year career. He always keeps his nose to the grindstone.
“I trained,” Jennings, 17-0, 9 KOs, said a few days before it was clear that Szpilka, 16-0, 12 KOs, would be available to fight. “I’m fighting on January 25th. I haven’t even given it a thought.”
The anticipated 10-rounder between the two undefeated rising heavyweights happens at Madison Square Garden Theater on Saturday night, just before the Mikey Garcia vs. Juan Carlos Burgos championship main event. The fight could help to determine a future force in the heavyweight division, or at the very least, clarify the next generation of contenders that could make a run at a title shot. (more…)
By Matt Richardson
Photo: Gene Blevins/Top Rank
One of the problems with potential boxing superstars, if you can call it a problem, is that they can’t even begin the assignment in front of them before talk inevitably leads to the next biggest challenge. Junior lightweight champion Mikey Garcia, clearly one of the the best talents in the sport currently, is already suffering from this conundrum. “Mikey is one of the few American stars in boxing,” Garcia promoter Bob Arum explained last week on a teleconference call with reporters. “We have Mikey and Andre Ward, Floyd Mayweather and Timothy Bradley and there are not many other Americans who qualify as superstars. Mikey is taking on a lot of these non-Americans in really big fights and where that takes him I am not sure.”
Saturday night should serve as a decent measuring stick as Garcia headlines a card at the Theater at Madison Square Garden in a HBO-televised bout. Garcia (33-0, 28 KO’s) will defend his WBO belt against Juan Carlos Burgos (30-1-2, 20 KO’s). If Garcia is able to defeat the tough but limited Burgos he could move straight up in weight to bigger and better challenges. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photo: Johnny Chaichotchuang
Former Beijing 2008 Olympian Amnat Ruenroeng (11-0, 5KOs) will clash with Rocky Fuentes (35-6-2, 20KOs) over twelve rounds at the Lippatapanlop Hall, Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand on Wednesday. The vacant IBF flyweight title is up for grabs after the former champion Moruti Mthalene suddenly vacated the title on January 13. Ruenroeng was scheduled to meet Mthalene for the IBF title when the South African vacated the championship just nine days before there showdown but IBF #5 Rocky Fuentes, who had been training for eight weeks for another fight which was cancelled, stepped in as a replacement. IBF #7 Ruenroeng has an excellent amateur pedigree having been a bronze medalist in the world championships in Chicago in 2007, a Quarter finalist in world championships in Milan in 2009, bronze medalist at the Asian Games in China in 2010. At Beijing 2008 Olympic Games won two fights before losing in Quarter Final. Ruenroeng has had only eleven professional bouts against the experienced Fuentes who has only lost six of forty-three professional fights. (more…)
Patience. They say knockouts cannot be forced. You should never chase them. A finishing blow is about timing most of all and that can’t be rushed. One must wait for the opening to materialize, recognize the opportunity, and capitalize with devastating power and precision . . . More
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Over the weekend in South Philadelphia, cruiserweights Tony Ferrante and Anthony Caputo Smith met the media in advance their January 31st Pennsylvania State cruiserweight title fight at Harrahs Philadelphia. The show is promoted by Joey Eye Boxing Promotions and XFE. Fighters on the card that were present included lightweights Naim Nelson and Chris Steele (who will compete in the co-feature) jr. lightweight Tevin Farmer, super middleweight Derrick Webster, featherweight Robert Irrazary and welterweight Anthony Prescott.
By Dave Spencer
They’ve both been two trains running a parallel course their entire careers, both drawing full houses and gaining their own audiences, both have risen to the top and most recently have found themselves former world champions looking up in the division to yet another Montreal light-heavyweight, Adonis Stevenson.
Saturday night in a fight that was announced nearly a year ago and had been both boxer’s destiny their entire careers, Jean Pascal (29-2-1, 17 KOs) and Lucian Bute (31-2, 24 KOs) stopped running alongside each other and finally collided head-on in front of 20,479 very loud, very ravenous, very passionate Bell Centre fans with Pascal steamrolling his local rival for close to the duration of the twelve round affair.
Pascal scored a dominating 118-110, 117-111, 116-112 unanimous decision win that was even more convincing in the ring than it was on paper. The former WBC champion dictated the pace, fought when he wanted to and had his opponent gun shy for the duration of the bout which captured Pascal the NABF light-heavyweight belt that previously belonged to Bute to go along with a Diamond Belt from the seemingly endless supply of trinkets from the WBC prize closet. (more…)
By Phil Doherty
Photos: Teresa Giordano and Oscar Palomino
Light heavyweight Azea “The Haitian Hitman” Augustama (16-1, 9 KOs) picked up the vacant WBC FECARBOX belt and a valuable lesson in proper pacing during his eight-round unanimous decision victory over Jermain “Choo Choo” Mackey (18-7, 14 KOs) last night at Casino Miami Jai Alai.
Augustama, the thirty-year old former 2008 Haitian Olympian and Golden Gloves champion, led the offense with higher volume and occasionally higher velocity on his shots against the flat-footed, arm-punching southpaw Mackey. After starting strong in the first three rounds behind double and triple jabs, left hooks to the body and straight rights down the pike, Augustama started to slow, allowing Mackey to mount a minor counterattack in the middle rounds.
Despite his apparent fatigue and a warning from referee Sam Burgos, Augustama accelerated again to score his biggest round in the fifth. A left-hook, straight right, left-hook combination dazed the resilient Mackey and he backed to the ropes in search of a brief reprieve. Sensing an opportunity, the “Hitman” started hitting with a blistering flurry of shots which racked up points but failed to floor the Bahamian. Reinvigorated after withstanding Augustama’s best, Mackey started digging blows to his opponents body to begin the sixth in an attempt to earn back lost momentum. (more…)
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