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A determined Mike Dallas Jr shined brighter than the desert sun that was beating down on the ring set outdoors at Soboba Casino on the evening of Friday, June 22. In his fourth consecutive fight on ESPN ‘Friday Night Fights’ Dallas locked leathers with Javier Castro and displayed blazingly fast hand-speed throughout the title fight, which marked Dallas’ first 12-round dance.
In round 6, Dallas caught his opponent with a heavy left and after seeing Castro stunned, unleashed a relentless assault forcing the referee to step in and stop the bout. Analyst Teddy Atlas was quick to comment on how Dallas is maturing as a fighter and pointed out how he was displaying great boxing prowess as he switched to the body and avoided Castro’s attempts to clinch.
The pride of Bakersfield, Dallas is trained by the 2011 Boxing Writer’s Association of Americas (BWAA) Trainer of the Year, Virgil Hunter and managed by the ‘First Lady of Boxing’ Jackie Kallen. The ‘Silent Assassin’ made plenty of noise on this night, becoming the WBO junior welterweight Latino champion and, with the win, improved to 19-2-1, with 8 wins by way of knockout, in the process.
Talented trainer Virgil Hunter (who also trains WBA/WBC super middleweight world champion Andre Ward) went 2-0 on the evening when he also called the shots for Sacramento’s Brandon Gonzales in the co-main event for his impressive win over Elie Augustama (6-5, 3ko). Gonzales improved to 16-0, with 10ko in his eight-round unanimous shutout victory.
Augustama re-opened a cut above the left eye of Gonzales that he had sustained during training and almost forced him to withdraw from the bout. Gonzales was able to avoid stitches, allowing him to continue training and ultimately outclass his opponent to remain unbeaten.
The event, promoted by Goossen Tutor Promotions, also featured another talented young star from Sacramento in Guy Robb, who improved to 8-1, 4ko after a knockout victory over Rodrigo Aranda at 2:22 of round 5. Former Olympian Javier Molina engaged in an all-out brawl with Octavio Navarez and scored a TKO3 victory, improving to 11-1 with 5 knockouts.
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2008 U.S. Olympian Demetrius “Boo Boo” Andrade continued his march towards a world title shot, knocking out Rudy Cisneros at the end of the first round on Saturday, May 5 at Mohegan Sun Arena in Connecticut. Andrade (17-0-0, 12ko), a fast-rising junior middleweight from Providence, is rated in the world’s top ten by two of the alphabet sanctioning bodies – the WBO and IBF.
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The gifted, young southpaw established his lightning-quick jab early, followed with some solid body punching, and closed the show with a perfect right, left combination that dropped Cisneros (12-4, 11ko) with three seconds left in the opening round. Chisneros, a Contender, Season Two participant, was taken out of the ring on a stretcher because he was dizzy. He reportedly was healthy in the locker room and taken to Backus Hospital for precautionary reasons only.
Andrade, who is co-promoted by Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing and Banner Promotions, explained that he simply followed the game plan: “The game plan was to use my jab to set-up opportunities,” he said. “I kept throwing punches early and saw that he dropped his right… and there it goes! I knew he’d walk into it.
“I work hard to make my fights easier. Tonight I threw combinations and established my jab. I’m sitting down on my punches and that comes from ring generalship. I’m putting it together – a little of this, a little of that. If the knockout comes, it comes, but when the shot is there, I take it. I’m not hitting him with a pillow; I’m hitting him with a brick.
DeGuardia predicted super star status for his ace: “We’ll keep him busy, like we said,” DeGuardia commented after the fight. “He fought here February 10 and his next fight is June 29. We’ll make an announcement next week about who he’ll be fighting. It’ll be on a national network. We’re looking at top opponents to fight him but it isn’t easy.
“I think Demetrius can be my best fighter ever. He can eclipse what Antonio Tarver did. He’s ready right now for a world title fight. Canelo [Alvarez], [Shane] Mosley, [Floyd] Mayweather and [Miguel] Cotto… I’m confident about Demetrius fighting anyone of them, or anybody in the world. I tried to get him [Andrade] for Canelo’s fight [on Saturday] and he [Alvarez] turned him down. Mayweather is the superstar today. I’m confident that this [Andrade] is the next superstar, as long as all of the stars stay aligned.”
Robert Delgado – Los Angeles
Undefeated light heavyweight Eleider Alvarez convincingly beat Rayco Saunders by way of unanimous eight round decision on the televised opener of ESPN‘s popular boxing series Friday Night Fights. Saunders, a 37-year-old who had previously boxed 246 rounds, had only been halted once and had thus been brought in to give Alvarez rounds – something he did well at the Bell Centre in Montreal on Friday, April 20.
Official verdict: All three judges submitted a score of 80-72.
Experienced survivalist Saunders – a journeyman from the proud sporting city of Pittsburgh – engaged in a fight that initially contained a slow tempo. Emerging Colombian prospect Alvarez was the quicker pugilist and, blessed with greater poise and superior technique, Alvarez was the aggressor in round one and all his moves were introduced by a forceful jab.
Alvarez varied his attack in round two. He peeled off three punch combos to the body, double-jabbed to the face and, when he changed into a more aggressive gear midway through the stanza, he completely outclassed Saunders who was too tentative in attack. Saunders’ main plus point was his high guard that was, at times, impenetrable but Alvarez was unfazed, returned to the open body which lowered his opponent’s shield and thus opened up a route upstairs.
In the third, Alvarez showed even greater speed. The exquisite jab alone was winning the rounds for the 6-foot tall, Montreal-based 28-year-old, but he also produced excellent flurries, possessed neat footwork, punch placement, was not reckless and his defensive skills frustrated Saunders as the Pennsylvanian prizefighter was unable to cleanly land on Alvarez. When comfortable he had found an opening during a brief Alvarez respite, Saunders threw a couple jabs and right hands but just couldn’t get through Eleider’s forearms and gloves.
Hookercuts sliced through Saunders’ guard in round four as Alvarez’s dominance continued. It wasn’t until the fifth round, though, where Saunders had his best moments as he forced Alvarez into taking backward steps as he sent solitary orthodox jabs into his opponent’s nose in an almost robotic and routine fashion. Saunders also showed more activity in round six. Alvarez was occupied with movement around the ring periphery and, when he attempted to fire a three punch combination, Saunders exploited his open temple by denting it with a right hook.
A 2008 Olympian, Alvarez was back to his confident best in round seven. His double-jab returned and so too did the accurate combination work. Finishing the round emphatically, Alvarez roused the crowd with a powerful flurry as Saunders was caught repeatedly.
Alvarez, who had never been past six rounds, took the fight to Saunders in the eighth, picking up where he had left off in the seventh. For a man with the word ‘War’ printed on his seat, Saunders was just too timid when it came to trading and was nearly out-thrown by Alvarez by a ratio of three to one throughout the contest, however, he took Alvarez into unfamiliar terrain as went an eight round distance for the first time in his still burgeoning career.
Alvarez walked away the clear winner and, with the victory, rose to 8-0-0, 5ko. Saunders dropped down to 22-16-2, 9ko.
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Once revered as an Arturo Gatti incarnate, Michael Katsidis is losing his battle to remain significant between 135 and 140lbs as the game, industrious Australian was defeated by Albert Mensah by way of majority decision at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas on Friday, April 13. Katsidis was busier than Mensah, but it was the Ghanaian whose aggression was the more effective. Katsidis is now 28-6-0, 23ko and has lost four of his last five fights.
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Robert Delgado – Los Angeles
Kendall Holt inflicted a second successive stoppage defeat onto fellow super lightweight campaigner Tim Coleman on Friday, March 16 at the Morongo Casino Resort and Spa in Cabazon, California and the destructive manner of the second round knockout was achieved due to a relaxed and composed approach, according to the victor. This, after Coleman had called Holt a “shot fighter” during the bout’s promotion.
Holt’s match-up with Coleman (19-3-1, 5ko) represented a crossroads bout for both boxers. Prior to fisticuffs, Holt would have hoped to bounce-back from a split decision defeat to unbeaten prospect Danny Garcia, while Coleman was teekayoed in his August, 2011 examination against Vernon Paris and also needed a win.
As early as the opening stanza it was apparent that there was a gulf in talent as Holt began his domination of Coleman, sending him to the deck with a body shot that Tim was able to rise from, however, there was no respite as the brutality continued into the second round where a fistic barrage saw a depleted Coleman crash to the canvas three times prior to the inevitable corner stoppage.
“The fight was good,” said Holt, 30, of Paterson, New Jersey, after his triumph. “I was more patient with my jab than usual. There were a couple of things he was doing in there that got me a little hesitant at first, but [cornerman] Roy [Jones Jr] told me to keep using my jab.
“The more I was relaxed the more I started to see things. I’m percent 100 percent satisfied with this victory,” he concluded having seen his record move to 28-5-0, 16ko.
Jones Jr added: :I thought Kendall looked very good. We have a couple of things we got to work on, but I think he’s on his way back.”
Also on the card were Abraham Lopez (17-0-0, 12ko) and Gabriel Tolmajyan (12-2-1, 3ko), with the former winning a decision on points. Monstrous puncher Alejandro Luna (9-0-0, 7ko) stopped Jose Mendoza (7-5-0, 3ko) in four rounds,
super bantamweight Roman Morales (10-0-0, 6ko) scored a decision over six threes against Rufino Serrano (12-4), Roy Tapia (3-0-1, 2ko) and Jose Garcia (1-6-1, 1ko) engaged in a split draw, Derrick Murray (2-0, 1ko) out-pointed Cesar Valenzuela (2-1-1) and Jesus Gutierrez (3-0-0, 1ko) decisioned Manuel del Cid (4-9-0, 1ko).
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On Friday, February 17, two staples fighters of ESPN‘s ever-popular Friday Night Fights platform: big-hitting super middleweight Shawn Estrada (14-0-0, 12ko) and technical super lightweight boxer Mike Dallas Jr (18-2-1, 7ko) both secured decision victories at the impressive College Park Center in Arlington, Texas. Estrada won a convincing eight rounder against Terrance Woods while Dallas Jr shut Miguel Gonzalez out over ten threes.
The event was staged at the state-of-the-art College Park Center, a recently completed construction at the University of Texas. The appearance of Friday Night Fights marked the debut of professional boxing at the 6,200 seater Center that opened it’s doors just three months ago.
The main eventer – Dallas Jr – is trained by an elite-level coach as he receives tutelage from 2011 Futch-Condon award winner Virgil Hunter, primarily known for guiding 2004 gold medal Olympian Andre Ward from the amateur ranks to a professional world championship to the Super Six World Boxing Classic final and a successful unification bout.
Like Ward, Dallas is a sterling boxer, and showed that ability by out-classing Gonzalez from opening bell to closing due to his superior hand-speed, neat reflexes and precise one-two combinations.
While Dallas Jr prevailed with lopsided scores of 100-89 and 100-90, Estrada was almost as successful in denying his opponent, Woods, any upper hand.
The fight, however, almost dissipated the day before shots were slated to be dispatched as Estrada struggled to make weight, with an initial attempt of 196lbs far exceeding the 172lb light heavyweight catchweight. Estrada eventually made it down to 192lbs, yet Atlas noted on the night that it was like a cruiserweight had been put in with a middleweight.
Even though he had well documented injury troubles with his knee and with the weight issues also, Estrada still had too much class for Woods and, despite being unable to enhance his formidable stoppage record, he gained a decision on points based on his finesse.
Denzil Stone – Atlantic City
Emerging heavyweight prospect Magomed ‘Mago’ Abdulsalamov triumphed by way of second round knockout at the Texas Station Casino in Las Vegas as opponent Pedro Rodriguez – an undefeated prospect prior to fight night – was down and out for the count as early as the first meaningful flurry, in the second round, on Friday, February 3. Abdulsalamov was second best in the first round, but battered Rodriguez in the second…
Official verdict: Abdulsalamov wins a knockout in round two.
A hyped fight despite only being a four rounder, there was no love lost during fight week between Abdulsalamov and Rodriguez as the two almost traded shots before the bell had been rung. When it did, Rodriguez went after the Russian looking to take his head off and parade it around the ring on a stick. For moments, it worked, he landed a heavy hand in the middle of Abdulsalamov’s face, forcing the 6’3 Oxnard-based boxer onto the backfoot, however, as the fight grew on, Abdusalamov became more comfortable and began tormenting the Cuban.
In the second round, it was all over. Looking to finish the fight, Abdusalamov slammed hooks into Rodriguez’s ears, sending numerous looping hands behind his opponent’s earmuff guard until Rodriguez keeled over and refused to get back to his feet. The fight showed little of what Abdulsalamov can truly do… his manager, Sampson Lewkowicz, is not shy of praise when describing the heavyweight and, he does train well, has a good coach – Pablo Sarmiento – and a perfect record (which is now 13-0-0, 13ko), yet in the top tier, his flaws – remaining static after throwing a punch – would be exploited unless he continues to learn and adapt in the gym and in the ring.
Abdulsalamov next fight is on March 17 – the highly-publicised St Patrick’s Day card at the Madison Square Garden in New York City headlined by World Crown Sports stablemate Sergio Martinez’s lineal middleweight championship defence against Matthew Macklin. Abdulsalamov, 30, takes on Raphael Zumbano (31-5-1, 24ko) in what is another clear step-up in class in not only skillset, but experience.
Denzil Stone – Atlantic City
In ESPN Friday Night Fights, former American amateur standout Hylon Williams took on the heavy-handed Rances Barthelemy of Cuba. Barthelemy boxed in a superior fashion, using his left uppercut and landed it with aplomb in the latter half of the fight, slated for eight rounds at the Texas Station Casino in Las Vegas on Friday, February 3. The Cuban, based in Miami, Florida, prevailed due to a one-sided unanimous decision.
Official verdict: 80-72, 79-73 (x2) UD all to Barthelemy.
The two undefeated prospects boxed with the vigour of youth as a high tempo with an aggressive nature was maintained throughout the first two rounds. Barthelemy, who had a four inch height advantage, was the more fierce pugilist, who landed the more telling blows, however, in round two he began fighting his opponent’s style as an inside exchange favoured the shorter-armed Williams. By allowing Williams to box on his toes, his jab – with his great wingspan – became a redundant asset.
While Barthelemy had the power, it was clear Williams had the speed as his swift hands pattered over the Cuban southpaw’s frame in the third and fourth rounds. The momentum Barthelemy had built up, he lost due to trying to be too clever. In round three he switch-hit, going from southpaw to orthodox but it was far from effective and allowed Williams to work.
In round five, Barthelemy’s posturing became more arrogant. He strutted around the ring, admired his own work and returned to his stool with his chest pushed out. It was a stanza he was clearly winning due to his technical smarts yet judges at ringside may be turned off by such in-ring brashness. In the sixth Barthelemy began varying the jab: flicking it out tentatively like a measuring stick and throwing it with more snap in order to land on the head.
Having recaptured the role of ring general, Barthelemy boxed with more aggression and accuracy in the seventh round and scored with a crunching left uppercut early in the stanza. Barthelemy was out-working Williams and, in self-acknowledgement, saluted the crowd before returning to his stool.
Williams, despite being second-best, showed that – along with his speed – he does have one genetic trait that can’t be taught; he can take a punch. Barthelemy landed numerous uppercuts and, with his pre-fight record of 11 of his 14 wins by knockout, not one was hard enough to topple Williams.
With a unanimous decision victory due to three one-sided scores, Barthelemy saw his record jump to 15-0-0, 11ko but Williams, who suffered his first defeat this evening in Nevada, dropped down to 15-1-0, 3ko.
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A recent addition to Freddie Roach’s Wildcard Boxing Club in Hollywood, California, Ruslan Provodnikov (without Roach in his corner) overwhelmed sturdy 140lb opponent David Torres on Friday, January 27 in the Northern Quest Casino, Washington in yet another appearance on ESPN‘s popular fistic series; Friday Night Fights. Provodnikov (21-1-0, 14ko) flattened Torres (21-2-2, 13ko) in the first, cut him up in the fifth and stopped him in the sixth.
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Also on the Airway Heights card were lightweights Ji-Hoon Kim (23-7-2, 18ko) and Yakubu Amidu (28-3-1, 18ko) who engaged in a back-and-forth fight. Punch volume was apparent for both pugilists in the opening stanzas yet Kim, of South Korea, established an authority with the pop in his power shots. An angry cut on the Ghanaian, nicknamed Black Mamba, was opened up in round seven and further aggravated until the end, with Kim prevailing on points.
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Emerging 140lber Ruslan Provodnikov has been training with soon-to-be 2012 International Boxing Hall of Fame inductee – Freddie Roach – at the Wildcard Boxing Club in Hollywood, California. Ruslan (20-1-0, 13ko) is preparing for his January 27 fight against David Torres (21-1-1, 13ko) at the Northern Quest Casino in Washington, scheduled for ten rounds for the WBO Intercontinental title… the fight will headline ESPN’s “Friday Night Fights”.
Freddie said: “I’ve been working with Ruslan in the gym. I can’t be in his corner that night, but he’s a great kid and a great prospect and I plan to work with him in the future.”
Ruslan’s co-manager, Vadim Kornilov, added: “Ruslan has a lot of respect for Freddie and he thinks Freddie will bring a lot of success to the team. Freddie can’t get away to come to the fight – he’s in camp with Julio Cesar Chavez Jr – but he’ll probably send one of his assistants to work Ruslan’s corner that night.
“Ruslan’s very happy with the way his preparation has been going, and he’s looking forward to working with Freddie again.”