Russell Jr. vs. Diaz Jr. Final Press Conference

WBC Featherweight Champion Gary Russell Jr. and Joseph Diaz Jr. held their final press conference Thursday before their May 19, clash, at the MGM National Harbor in Oxon, Maryland.  It will not be only a clash of Juniors but also a clash for former Olympians. Gary Russell Jr. participated in the 2008 Olympics, while Diaz Jr. was part of the 2012 U.S. Olympic team. The two combatants will meet for the WBC Featherweight World Championship.  It’s easy to see how the composure, etiquette and vacillating respect these “juniors” display is rooted in more than mere sportsmanship. The fight will be part of Showtime Championship Boxing telecast. The fighters were joined on stage by their fathers Gary Russell Sr., Joseph Diaz Sr. and Showtime President of Sports & Events Programming, Stephen Espinoza.

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WBC Gary Russell Jr. is chomping at the bit to get back in the ring after a year off, and eager to defend his title. Russell Sr. stated the long wait was due to politics.  However, Russell Jr.’s main goal is to get a rematch with pound for pound king Vasyl Lomachenko.  The Russells believe in the prestige of the WBC strap.  “As long as I have this strap, nobody is walking in here and taking it.” He knows Diaz will be at his best but Russell is not concerned. “I believed in my ability to make necessary adjustments no matter what my opponent brings to the ring.” Russell Jr also heap praised on his opponent. “Diaz worked his way up the ranks to get this fight. He did everything you have to do to get in position to fight for the world title.”

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Number 1 contender, Joseph Diaz Jr. believes it is his moment.  “I absolutely think Gary is overlooking me.” Diaz Jr. continued to say he was very excited for a chance at the title.  “I trained for this my whole life. This opportunity has been presented to me by my hard work.” Diaz Jr. confidence is sparked by his trainer Diaz Sr. “It’s a blessing to be in this position. I really believe that God didn’t bring us this far only to bring us this far.” Russell Jr. is fast fighter. Joseph’s a little slower but he’s actually faster than most people think.

Russell Jr. stated he thought it was ironic that both are trained by their fathers. “I think that that’s pretty cool because at the end of the day that’s your last line of defense. When you go to your coaching, that’s your last line of defense. When everything goes wrong in the ring, you go to your corners and your corners gives you instructions what’s going wrong and why it’s going wrong, you have to have a level of trust and belief in your corner.”

May 19, 2018, that trust will be on full display when the two combatants enter the ring at the MGM Harbor part of a two-part Showtime Telecast featuring Russell Jr. vs. Joseph Diaz Jr. in the U.S. and Adonis Stevenson vs Badou Jack in Toronto.

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Adrien Broner vs. Jessie Vargas

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Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York

Jessie Vargas (29-2-1, 10 KOs) fought to a Majority Draw, against Adrien Broner (33-3-1, 24KOs) in a late action pulsed bout.  Vargas used his height to land jabs which took Broner out of his game. He followed up with several body shots which slowed the already cautious Broner.  Vargas would continue to focus on the body which seemed to bother Broner. Vargas built upon his activity up until round 7. In round 7, Broner would adjust his style and land an over hand right which kept Vargas honest.  He would follow up his right with several body shots which secured him the middle rounds.  As Vargas slowed, Broner became more active landing straight rights which resulted in several bruises and a cut over Vargas’ left eye.  In round 10, Broner landed two consecutive uppercuts to close out the round, nearly sending Vargas down. Vargas would recover in round 11, However, Broner would continue to land 1’s and 2’s never going for the knock out. In round 12, Vargas returned to his old form, landing jabs and an over hand right to keep Broner at bay. Vargas would dance and use Broner’s pension for inactivity to cruise to the end of the 12th round. The fight was then ruled a draw 115-113, 114-114, 114-114.

Unbeaten Middleweight Jermall Charlo (27-0, 21 KOs) knocked out Hugo Centeno (26-2, 14 KOs) with a brutal left hook at :55 of round two, to claim the WBC Interim Middleweight Title.  Charlo started off round 1 establishing his flinching jab. Centeno stormed out in round 2 hoping to smother Charlo with his height. To make a long story short, he did not succeed. Charlo answered with to right’s and a left hook over Centeno’s right- which sent Centeno to sleep. Charlo is now the WBC Interim Middleweight Champion, and the number one contender for Gennady Golovkin’s WBC Title.

Gervonta Davis (20-0, 19 KOs), the undefeated super featherweight scored a 3rd round KO over Jesus Cuellar (28-3, 21 KOs). Davis landed a massive right to Cuellar’s body in the, 1st guiding the hard charging Cuellar into retreat mode.  Davis landed another body shot mid-way in the 2nd, hurling Cuellar to the mat. Cuellar answered the count.  As the round progressed, a distressed Cuellar folded into himself for the remainder of the round.  In round three, Davis closed the show with a flurry of uppercuts and body shots forcing Cuellar to the floor for the 2nd time. Seconds later is a depressed Cuellar is guided down again – causing Referee Estevez to call an end to the bout. Time was 2:55/

Female Featherweight Heather Hardy (21-0, 4 KOs) won an eight round unanimous decision over Paola Torres (10-3-1, 3 KOs). Scores were 78-74, 78-74, 79-73.

Welterweight Fabian Maidana (15-0, 11 KOs), younger brother of Marcos Maidana, won by a third round corner stoppage against Justin Savi (31-16-2, 21 KOs).

 

Mikey Garcia vs Sergey Lipinets

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On Saturday, March 10, 2018, in front of a raucous crowd, Mikey Garcia (38-0, 30 KOs) defeated Sergey Lipinets (13-1, 10 KOs) by unanimous decision- at the Freeman Coliseum, San Antonio Texas.  In round 1, Lipinets landed solid shots which bloodied Garcia. Lipinets had one philosophy throughout the fight- throw punches and charge forward. Garcia would rely on his technical skills and experience to hold off the Russian champion. The usually effective Garcia, landed 169 of 679 total punches thrown; which totaled 25%.  In round 7, Garcia sent Lipinets to the canvas with a left hook. This would be the first time Lipinets tasted the canvas in his professional career.  Lipinets would answer the referee’s count and continue to advance a choking and exhausted Garcia. Lipinets landed 144 of 509 punches, 28%.  Garcia and Lipinets would continue to exchange shots in the later rounds, each refusing to give an inch.

In round 12, Lipinets continued a steady pace- throwing bombs until the final bell.  The judges would award Garcia the victory, by unanimous decision: 116-111, and 117-110 2x. Garcia joins Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez who also won titles at 126, 130, 135 and 140 pounds.  Garcia praised Lipinets after the fight, “He came in exactly as I expected –very tough, very determined and very hungry.” The new IBF Junior Welterweight titlist goes on to say, “He’s a strong fighter and we had to work with angles, footwork and behind the jab because he knew he was going to be there for a long night. He was very determined and dangerous with those overhand rights and left hooks. We had to be very careful but we had a great game plan and were very prepared.”

Kiryl Relikh (22-2, 19 KOs) defeated Rances Barthelemy (26-1, 13 KOs) by unanimous decision.  Avenging a controversial fight, he lost to Barthelemy last year Scores were 117-110, 118-109, 118-109

Gary Russell JR. Weigh In

May 19, 2017

MGM National Harbor, Oxon Hill, Maryland

Showtime Boxing

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Gary Russell Jr. (27-1, 16KOs) 125 ½ pounds vs. Oscar Escandon (25-2, 17KOs) 125 ¾ pounds for the featherweight world Championship.

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Andre Dirrell (25-2, 16KOs) weighed 167 ½ pounds and his opponent Jose Uzcategui (26-1, 22KOs) weighed 166 ½ pounds for the IBF interim super middleweight title.

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Rances Barthelemy (25-0, 13KOs) and his opponent Kiryl Relikh (21-1, 19KOs) weighed 139 ½ pounds.

 

Undercard

Alexandru Marin (12-0, 9KOs) vs German Meraz (55-43, 32KOs) 120.8

Cobia Breedy (9-0, 4KOs) 133 pounds vs. Wilfredo Garriga (4-6, 3KOs) 133.24

Antonio Russell (7-0, 5KOs) 119.6 vs. Jovany Fuentes (7-8, 6KOs) 120.6

Gary “The Last” Russell 137.6 (0-0) vs Joshua Ross (2-3-4) 139.2

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Golden Gloves DC

2017 Semifinal of Washington Golden Gloves – Result

A night of burgeoning champions cooked off on March 11, 2017 at the Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington, MD.  Amateur boxing talent was the highlight of this event.  Washington Golden Gloves Semifinal brought out the DMVs best and brightest.

The results are as follows:

Novice Division:

123 Pounds: 
Brient Rodriguez (Champions) over Jeremiah Duckett (Last Round)
 

Brent Rodriquez of Champion gym beat out Jeremiah Duckett of Last Round Gym

132 Pounds:   Dajuan Concepcion (Headbangers) over Isaiah Harris (Dog Pound) 

DuJuan Conception

Dejuan Concepcion rep’n Headbangers Gym seemed to confuse opponent Isaiah Harris, by switching between fighting stances.  The effective strategy garnered the blue corner a definitive win, and another shot at becoming a Golden Gloves champ.

*Concepcion is thinking of switching to Southpaw in the near future

141 Pounds (Female): 
Destiny Day-Owens (Time 2 Grind) over Ladasia Lewis (Tony’s Gym) 

Destiny Day- Owens from Time to Grind Gym showed her medal against Ladasia Lewis, if Tony’s Gym. Ladasia would come off the bell with lightning speed, however she would lose her feet several times, resulting in 2 slips and 3 knockdowns. Owens, the sharper, crisper, more leveled fighter of the two advances to the semi- finals. The bout was called at 1:49 of the 3rd round.


141 Pounds: 
Seung Moon (Sugar Ray Leonard) over Isaac Allen (Deanwood)

The future of boxing:

In what could easily be called the fight of the night, Seung Moon of Sugar Ray Gym brought the Rosecroft crowd to their feet with explosive back and forth action, with opponent, Isaac Allen. The deliberate, face planting punches drew blood from both contenders, however, Moon’s caliber of fight prowess, far excelled those of his rival. Once the Southpaw, took the advice of his corner and ” let go of that right!”, the rest was history. Moon moves onto the Semi-finals next week.


152 Pounds: 
Darnell Pittman (Knowledge Boxing) over Quenten Stevens (Headbangers)
 

Be on the lookout for these two names

Darnell Pittman of Knowledge Boxing and Quentin Stevens of Headbangers gym, beat the breaks off one another in a 3 round battle of wills. The action inside the ring stopped many in their tracks as eyes were glued to the two prospects. Quentin would begin by using his length and reach to distance the point spread, but not to be outdone, Darnell Pittman, relied on his steady hands, pinpoint delivery and overall better conditioning to close out the match. Stevens would receive an 8-count in the final round. We will see Pittman once again during the Golden Gloves semi- final performances.

152 Pounds:  Victor Williams (Raw Assassin) over Salvador Jovel (Sugar Ray Leonard)

Victor Williams of Raw Assassins stopped Salvador Jovel of Sugar Ray Gym. Williams would be checked out by a doctor, but was given the green-light to continue. Williams is making a name for himself as a Balboa type contender who doesn’t quit.

165 Pounds: 
Stefon Jordon (Champions) won by walkover


165 Pounds: 
Elan Trombley (Headbangers) over Leon Tsai (Sugar Ray Leonard)

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Elam Trombley of Headbangers beat out Leon Tsai for a chance at winning the 2017 Golden Gloves. Tsai would lead with straight jabs while Trombley would load his over-hand punches, resulting in better offensive measures.

178 Pounds: 
Victor DeFreitas, Jr. (Sugar Ray Leonard) won by walkover


Open Division:


123 Pounds: 
Marcus Wright (Keystone) over Chris Glenn (Hagerstown)

 Marcus Wright of Keystone Gym outwitted opponent, Chris Glenn of Hagerstown. Wright’s nickname “Almighty” proved true when he went head to head against fellow Pugilist, Chris Glenn of Hagerstown. Both brought the business!

132 Pounds: 
Embrima Jawara (Laurel) over Ahmad Jones (UMAR)


141 Pounds: 
Donnell Poe (Old School) over Reco Todd (Upton)

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141 Pounds:  
Wilfredo Avelar (Sugar Ray Leonard) over Emmanuel Rodriguez (Down Under) 

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152 Pounds: 
 Keeshawn Williams (Next-Up) over Michael Peoples (Tony’s Gym) 


152 Pounds: 
Brian Avelar (Sugar Ray Leonard) over Deonte’ Washington (Diamonds N The Ruff) 


178 Pounds: Keon Burroughs (Headbangers) over Milton Williams (Dream Team)


201+ Pounds: 
Nathaniel Copeland (Tony’s Gym) over Cortez Dunston (UMAR)

Thurman vs Garcia “The Clash for Unification” by Minnie Larry

 

When- Saturday March 4th 2017

Venue- Barclays Center Brooklyn New YorK

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16,533 boxing fans crowded the Barclay Center in boogie down, to see the WBA/WBC welterweight unification bout, in which Keith “One Time” Thurman (28-0, 22KOs) scored a split decision victory over previously unbeaten brawler, Danny “Swift” Garcia (33-1, 13 KOs). The WBA/WBC unification bout lived up to hype, after a querulous journey to the main event. The Premiere Boxing Champions was broadcast live on CBS.

 

 

Thurman had a premonition about the outcome of the night’s event. “I knew that today would be the day I accomplish my dreams. People know I fought my way up the amateurs. This was the first time I fought a real undefeated fighter and I demonstrated my skills tonight. I made my team proud.”

 

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As promised, Thurman started at a breakneck pace, landing several overhand rights, catching the attention of Garcia. Garcia however, would recover and land several counter rights of his own. “One Time” stalked Garcia in the first three rounds, landing multiple right shots, one of which clearly left Garcia in distress. The fight would take an interesting turn in Round 4, when Garcia started to become the prowler. “Swift” would step up his activity and land numerous counter shots leaving Thurman purple and blue above his right eye. The later rounds would see Thurman ducking and diving seemingly willing to coast to an easy victory in his eyes. In Round 12, both fighters would trade thudding shots to bring the unification bout to an end.

 

According to CompuBox stats: Thurman landed 147 of 570 punches (26 percent); and Garcia landing 130 of 434 (30 percent).

 

While Garcia didn’t agree with the decision, he made little attempt to rebuff the judge’s decision saying “I can’t cry over anything. I’ll come back strong like a true champion, I would love to have a rematch to get my titles back. I knew running would be his game plan. Everyone knew that was his game plan. I thought I won and that’s it.” Thurman pulled off the split decision victory, much to the dismay of the pro-Garcia crowd. The scores were 116-112 Thurman, 115-113 Garcia, and 115-113 Thurman.

 

The co-feature bout of the night saw 21-year-old Erickson the “Hammer” Lubin (18-0, 13KOs) gets a world title shot, after leveling fellow super-welterweight, Jorge Cota (23-2, 20KOs). The bout was called after Lubin clocked Cota with an over-hand left, sending the puncher from Sinaloa, to the mat. Time was 1:25 into the 4th round. With the win, Lubin becomes the mandatory challenger for Jermell Charlo’s WBC super-welterweight title.

 

*Lubin is vaulted to number one contender against Jermell Charlo (25-0, 19KOs). A win against unbeaten Charlo, would make Lubin the youngest champion.

 

Undercard for Thurman versus Garcia

 

 

Light heavy weight Andrzej Fonfara, (29-4, 17KOs) proved his medal with a TKO win over Chad Dawson (34-5, 19KOs). Fanfara’s fierce right sent Dawson to the mat in the 9th, a knockdown he would not fully recover from. Referee David Fields called a halt to the fight .38 seconds into the 10th.

 

Junior welterweight Sergey Lipinets (12-0, 10 KOs) took the ‘W’ in the 7th of a scheduled 8 round match against Clarence Booth (14-3, 7KOs). Lipinets finished Booth with a knockdown at 1:33 of the 7th.

 

 

In his pro debut, hometown welterweight Richardson Hitchins, (1-0, 1KO) wins over Mario Perez (1-1) in a 4 rounder. Perez would hit the mat twice. Time was 1:33 in the first round.

 

WBC International featherweight Heather Hardy (19-0, 4KOs) won an 8-round UD over Edina Kiss (13-3, 8KOs).

 

 

PBC on Fox Deontay Wilder KOs Gerald Washington in Round 5

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February 25, 2017

In the knockout that ended it all, the “Bronze Bomber” Deontay Wilder (38-0, 37KOs), remains undefeated, safekeeping the WBC Heavyweight championship belt. Wilder stopped former USC tight and defensive end, Gerald “El Gallo Negro” Washington (18-1,1, 12KOs) 1:45 into the 5th round. The matchup seemed different from Wilders previous fights, with this opponent not being intimidated by a taller Wilder. With only 25-days to prep for the night’s event, Washington maintained ring generalship, and appeared to be the sharper; more aggressive of the two. Wilder initially seemed to sit on right-hand, giving the fight away as he was stalked and chumped around the ring. The early rounds had a seemingly gassed Wilder, being chipped away, round by round. However, In the blink of an eye, one short right hand to the left of Washington’s skull, ended the fight. Something deep inside Wilder was unleashed in lethal fashion, stunning the Alabama crowd, and Washington, who had a comfortable lead.

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Jarret “Swift” Hurd (20-0, 14KO), captured the vacated IBF junior middleweight belt formerly held by Jermell Charlo. “Swift”, losing the match in the early rounds, narrowed the point spread, chopping his more skilled opponent, Tony Harrison (24-2, 20KOs) down. Hurd, who was down 5-0 on the Fox Sports unofficial scorecard, began digging in his shots, on an apparent washed out Harrison. The bout was waved off 2:24 into the 9th.

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After a career defining loss against Anthony Joshua, back in June of 2016, Dominic “Trouble” Breazeale (18-1, 16KOs) showed heart coming off the mat to KO undefeated heavyweight prospect, Izuagbe Ugonoh (17-1,14KOs). Ugonoh controlled the first 2 rounds, setting off stiff double- jabs, against a sluggish Breazeale. The 3rd round Breazeale would hit the mat, only to trade positions with Ugonoh. Breazeale would cock his right, sending his contender through the ropes. Referee Jeff Dodson called the bout 50 seconds into the 5th round.