The Cintas Center in Cincinatti, Ohio hosted Adrien Broner (33-2-1NC, 24KOs) vs. Adrian Granados (32-1-1NC, 24KOs). The two puglists slugged it out for ten rounds in front of a raucous crowd. Granados started the fight on his toes dipping in and out with pot shots. Broner seemed to time Granados movements to perfection landing visibly unnerving power-shots in Round 2. Broner, after Round 2, became a one-dimensional fighter due to an injured left hand. However, both fighters constantly traded blows with Broner seemingly landing the more effective shots in the later rounds. The action between the two men left both visibly spent by Round 10. The fight was called for Broner in a split decision 97-93 Broner, 97-93 Granados, and 96-94 Broner.
After a 16-month layoff, Lamont Peterson (35-3-1, 17KOs) becomes a 2-time world champ after clutching the WBA welterweight title and effectively ending David Avanesyan’s (22-2-1-, 11KOs) reign. The two worked the inside, exchanging back and forth blows. However, Peterson would spread the point gap by chopping away at Avenesyans’ body, exercising merciless, uninhibited force. As the fight progressed, a clear victor began to emerge. In the weirdest move of the night, Avanesyan attempted to tire out “King Pet’s” legs, by lying on Peterson’s back; resulting in Avanesyan being tossed off, falling into a flip. In the end, the Peterson wins the WBA “Regular” Welterweight Championship unanimous decision 116-112, 116-112, and 115-113. He becomes the #1 contender for the winner of the March 4th bout between Garcia vs Thurman.
Third times the charm. Light heavyweight ‘Sir’ Marcus Browne (19-0, 13KOs) let his right jab loose on challenger Thomas ‘Top Dog’ Williams (20-3, 14KOs). The 2nd round saw Browne begin his ascent to victory by sending Williams to the mat. However, “Sir Marcus” would tradeoff the point, by delivering a blow to the back of Williams head, while he was taking a knee. Williams would make friends with the mat for a total of 3 times, contributing to Browne’s one-sided win. The bout closed 42 seconds into the 6th round.
April 02, 2016, Rosecroft Raceway, Fort Washington, MD.
The Golden Gloves kicked off its Championship Finals with a action packed night of boxing. Adrien Broner fresh of his vicious beating of Ashley Theophane, took in the festivities. In the first bout, Marcus Johnson (LIMLITE) defeated Joshua Woodard (Headbangers Gym) for the 123lbs Championship. In the 132lbs Championship, Blaze Fidler (Hillcrest Gym) defeated Ahmad Jones (UMAR Gym).
In an entertaining bout, Leroy Payne (Headbangers Gym) and Tariq Harris (1st Class Gym) warred in the ring; with Payne pulling off the victory for the 141lbs Championship.
Mike Crain (Dog Pound) defeated Kalonni Daily (Sugar Ray Gym) for the 151lbs Championship. Ashton Sykes (Switch Hitters) won the 165lbs Championship with a win over Antonio Haywood (Hillcrest Gym). The bout was called after Haywood could not continue due to a shoulder injury.
Leonard Poe (Hillcrest Gym) stopped Francis Poulos II (Sugar Ray Gym) in the 1st Round to win the 178lbs Championship.
The 201+ division saw two Championship fights. In the first, Thomas Mottinger (Main Street Gym) defeated Jordon Scott (Woodland Tigers) for the 201lbs Championship. Post fight, Mottinger spoke about how boxing has made him understand true sacrifice. The up and comer works hard, makes time for family, trains constantly all while attending college. Mottinger doesn’t stop there, he gives reverence to his spiritually saying, ” I hope God continues blessing me.
The 2nd bout featured Jimmy Speros (Olympia Boxing Center) who defeated Aaron Blackwell (D-Block).
Davonte Lee (Hillcrest Gym)Donte Lovelace (Headbangers Gym), and Rasheed Wright (Headbangers Gym) all won by walkover.
Malik Jackson (Limelite) won the 114lbs Championship over Paul Jerry (Fighting for the Future). Hector Soto (Downunder Gym) defeated Christopher Glen (Hagerstown Boxing) for the 123lbs Championship. In the 132lbs Championship, Tommy Avelar (Sugar Ray Gym) defeated Ebrima Jawara (Laurel Boxing Club). Avelar, was surrounded by family and friends and was just over the top excited about the next step in his burgeoning career; “Im looking forward to the regional Championship then Nation -wide BABY!”
Tyrek Irby (Headbangers Gym) defeated Joshua Lee (Umar Gym) for the 141lbs Championship after the Referee call the fight when Lee could not continue due to an arm injury. Young Mr. Irby has aspirations to win the Nationals, after which, become pro.
Mailwak Da’Goot (Hillcrest Gym) defeated Mansabory Conde (Odenton Fitness) for the 152lbs Championship. Tavon Body (Headbangers Gym) would go on to win the Jordon Payne (Woodland Tigers) for the 165lbs Championship.
Mark Duncan (Headbangers Gym) would loose the 178lbs Championship to Genc Pllana (Bowerhouse Boxing Club) The 201lb Championship was settled between Jonathan Surratt (Tony Gym) and Shak Williams (Nomis Youth Network). The Super Heavyweights closed out the night with Cortez Duncan (Umar Gym) defeating Nathaniel Copeland Jr. (D-Block)
BoxHerNews would like to spotlight one of the people who make the Golden Gloves possible. This guy is typically one of the first ones in and last one out. He is a multi-tasker who doesn’t mind giving a helping hand, where ever its needed. Bobby White; Doorman/Bouncer/all around caretaker or all put together, Chairman of the board. And By the way, did we tell you he is “Fresh -To-Def”
On Friday, April 01, 2016, in front of a sold out crowd of 8,172 at the DC Armory in Washington DC, former Super Lightweight Champion Adrien “The Problem” Broner (32-2, 24KOs) stopped Ashley “Treasure” Theophane (39-7-1, 11KOs) by TKO in the 9th round. It was a rough week for Broner. He lost his title for failing to make weight and is also being forced to settle an arrest warrant for felonious assault and aggravated robbery in his hometown of Cincinnati.
Broner took out all his frustrations on Englishman Ashley Theophane. In the early rounds, Broner brushed off Ashley’s overhand rights with vicious uppercuts and body shots. By the middle rounds, it was only a matter a time before the battered Theophane succumbed to Broner’s power. The end came in the 9th round after a Broner uppercut wobbled Theophane. Broner would follow up with a body shot, which later, after replay was shown to be a low blow sending the battered Theophane across the ring. Theophane raised his hand to signal of the low blow, But referee Luis Pabon waived the bout; calling it at 1:10 in the 9th round.
Maryland’s Gervonta “The One” Davis (15-0, 14 KOs) won in spectacular fashion with a sixth round TKO over Guillermo Avilia (16-6, 13KOs). Davis a crowd favorite dominated from the opening bell. The One knocked Avilia down in the 5th round and finished him off at .29 in the 6th round.
“I knew he was a strong opponent. He kept bouncing back and I actually thought he was going to get up at the end too. He is very experienced and I thank him for taking the fight. He brought out the best in me.
“There is always room to get better and better, but this is another step toward my dream.
“I’m happy with my performance and it is even more special to have done it where I made my pro debut, so close to home.
“I’m happy I could get this victory for my team, Floyd Mayweather and everyone that supports me.”
Mike Stafford, the man behind Broners success and trainer since childhood, speaks with boxhernews.com, giving viewers a glimpse into the soul of the man…WBA (Super) Super Lightweight Champion Adrien Broner (31-2, 23 KOs).
Saturday March 12th– Oohs and Ahh’s notify onlookers of the champs’ arrival. Adrien “The Problem” Broner strides through the double doors at the Sugar Ray boxing gym to take in a night of amateur bouts, at the Golden Gloves boxing tournament. With a few accompanying friends in tow, he tries making his way to his seat. However, when you’re one of the most successful and outspoken millennial, in the sport, the trek to finding a seat, can seem like a monumental task. As he makes his way through the crowd, Park Police Officer, McCracker, approaches the Phenom and asks for a picture. The often publically brash, Broner, appears honored by the request and obliges the serviceman. As more and more attendants become aware of his presence, Broner stops to shake hands, take more pics and engage every person wanting to be noticed.
The night of fights seem to preoccupy Broner’s mellow mood. In just 2-weeks, he will go head to head with fellow boxer, Ashley Theophane,(36-6-1, 11 KOs) who’s a member of the esteemed Money Team. Now, for most, going against any part of the Mayweather machine, would cause one to tremble in intimidation, however 26-year old Broner seems the least bit phased, as he interrupts an intense day of training, to support amateur boxers.
After my many attempts at getting the athlete to speak to me, when I am denied again, do I find myself simply staring at him, waiting for some volcanic like eruption to ooze from his mouth? “The Problem” simply states, “I don’t do interviews”, and he says it with a smile. Ohh Kay, what was that?! The publically feral, and habitually flippant super lightweight champ, I was expecting, gave me a stern, but gracious response. While I know probing him will not be in my best interest, I notice something. What I’ve come to believe about his persona non grata, may be an allusion, a well formulated character, who lives in stark contrast to the man himself. Now my mind and eyes are warring trying to make sense of the person I believed Broner to be, and the kind, generous superstar seated just a couple of feet away.
Once the dust is settled and the fights begin, it’s easy to see the man affectionately known as “Coach Mike” standing off to the side, studying each person entering the ring. Most of the attendees don’t take a second look at the kind gentleman standing towards the back. While unassuming, the always smiling Mike, lurks in the backdrop, quietly. As the many fighters test out nerves and prepare for their moment of stardom, none of the potential prospects pay attention to the one person, who could develop their talents, just like he did with his most famed protégé.
While his appearance isn’t lost on everyone in the packed gym, his show of support for the hungry talent, speaks louder than any knuckle crunching and faces splitting action taking place inside the square-ring. The Ohio born Stafford, on the surface is the complete contradiction to the aura emanating from his famed apprentice. Mike keeps Broner feet planted on the ground. When Mike is in the room, everyone including Adrien Broner listens.
Famed Trainer Mike Stafford took a moment out of his time to talk about Adrien Broner, and offer a couple clues into solving “The Problem”:
As a man; Adrien Broner (he) cares about kids. He got 7 kids now, he is a good father. He has over 20 members at my gym. He helps the kids at my gym. He provides transportation, meal money and uniforms, whenever I come to him he cuts a check; that’s the type of guy he is. Adrien employs a lot of people. He has over fifteen people he employes.
When you see negative articles about him?
You know you got to remember he’s a kid, an inner city kid too. He did a lot of growing up. He is not pushing or smoking dope, he always tested negative for drugs. Most of these guys test positive for a lot of stuff.
Next fight against Ashley Theophane?
Training going great, Adrien is a World Champion, and he acting like a World Champion. It just so happen its Floyd’s fighter. Adrien did not call Ashley out, Ashley called Adrien out, and Al Haymon made the fight happen. Its going to do wonders for Ashley to get in the ring with Adrien. A lot of fighters do not want to fight Adrien. I’ve seen him knock guys out with a jab. Adrien is an all time talented kid. He’s not going let any one steamroll him and take his belt. His smartness is there; all is left is to raise his hand on April 01.
Adrien Broner takes on Ashley Theophane Friday, April 01, 2015 at the DC Armory.
Golden Gloves, the country’s oldest amateur boxing tournament, held its Semi-Finals on Saturday March 20, at the Sugar Ray Leonard community center Palmer Park, Maryland. The action last week was so intense, boxing fans could not stay away. Even, WBA Super Lightweight Champion Adrien Broner (31-2, 23 KOs) interrupted training for his April 01, 2016 against Ashley Theophane (39-6-1, 11 KOs), to check out the Golden Gloves fights.
Deon Giles in the 12-13 year old division, defeated Anthony Pullen. 12-year-old Pullen suffered a loss but was gracious in defeat. He stated “I feel good, I know I can work on some other things like conditioning and breathing.” Pullen lost but was far from being a loser. He gave thanks to his opponent Deon Giles, who will continue on to Championship finals. Both young men have bright futures ahead of them.
Tyrek Irby went toe-to-toe with Brian Avelar. Irby pulled out the gritty win. The knock out of the night belonged to Genc Pllana who scored a 2nd round TKO over D. Marque Hall.
The tenacity of the fighters made for an enjoyable night; here are the results:
Kia Allen (Keystone) walkover
Tyquan Johnson (#11 Overcomers) over Samuel Edmunds (Headbangers)
Deon Giles (NOXCUSE) over Anthony Pullen (Oxon Hill)
Chamar Flowers (unattached) walkover
Kelsi Gross (NOXCUSE) walkover
Osei Akinyele (Headbangers) walkover.
Joshua Woodard (Headbangers) over Marlon Cash (Dream Team)
Ahmad Jones (UMAR) over Micah Johnson (Tony’s Gym)
Tariq Harris (1st Class) over Sean Cormeir (Kicked Up)
Leroy Payne (Headbangers) over Donnell Poe (Old School)
Ashton Sykes (Switch Hitters) over Champ Moultrie (Laurel)
Jordon Scott (Woodland Tigers) over Alvin Amana (Switch Hitters)
Paul Jerry (Fighting For The Future) over Duglas Soto (Down Under)
Hector Soto (Down Under) walkover.
Ebrima Jawara (Laurel) vs. Ulises Castaneda (Dog Pound)
Tommy Avelar (Sugar Ray Leonard) over Montel Pridgett (UMAR)
Tyrek Irby (Headbangers) over Brian Avelar (Sugar Ray Gym)
Genc Pllana (Bowerhouse) over D. Marque Hall (Unattached)
Nathaniel Copeland (D-Block) over Timothy Crawford (Sugar Ray Leonard)
The Washington Golden Gloves Championship Finals takes place on April 02, 2015 at the Rosecroft Raceway, Fort Washington, Maryland at 7:30pm.
The Washington Golden Gloves championship tournament continued with the Semi-Finals, Saturday March 12, at the Sugar Ray Leonard community center Palmer Park, Maryland. This hot night of boxing brought out current WBA Super Lightweight Champion Adrien Broner and former WBA Middleweight Champion William Joppy.
Every punch thrown, and every punch taken, had the packed house on the edge of their seats. Alvain Amana won a stunning TKO victory over Daniel Hawkins sending the crowd into an uproar. The fight of the night belonged to Tyrek Irby in the Open Division. The action between Irby and Gregory Outlaw was intense and resulted in each fighter landing strong punches, which could have seen the fight go either way. Irby would take the win after the final bell.
Tonight was a showcase of tenacity, and a battle of wills…..here are the results:
Semifinal bout: Deon Giles (No Xcuse) won over Damare Dawkins (Unattached)
Championship Bout: Shakell Daly (Sugar Ray Leonard) won the title by defeating Donte Baytop (UMAR)
Joshua Woodard (Headbangers) over Sang Kim (Unattached)
Marcus Johnson (Limelite) over Jaqueem Hutcherson (Keystone)
Leroy Payne (Headbangers) over Charles Johnson (UMAR)
Female Championship – Kierra Kerry of D-Block defeated Ladasha Lewis for the female 141lb Championship
Donnell Poe (Old School) won by walkover (other opponent did not make weight)
Kalonni Daly (Sugar Ray Leonard) over Felix Manzueta (Dog Pound)
Champ Moultrie (Laurel) over William Joppy, Jr. (Sugar Ray Leonard)
Alvin Amana (Switch Hitters) TKO victory over Daniel Hawkins (Keystone)
Thomas Mottinger (Main Street) over Nelson Reyes (Champions)
Malik Jackson (Limelite) over Dwayne Holmes, Jr. (Sugar Ray Leonard)
Tommy Avelar (Sugar Ray) over Cody Woodland (Woodland Rec)
Tyrek Irby (Headbangers) over Cody Woodland (Woodland Rec)
Joshua Lee (UMAR) over Dionte Burts (Woodland)
Maiwak Da’goot (Hillcrest) over Alonzo Thompson (Headbangers)
Mark Duncan (Headbangers) over Troy Moody (Old School)
Cortez Dunston (UMAR) over Ralph Alexander (Sugar Ray Leonard)
Nathaniel Copeland (D-Block) TKO victory over Jeraldo Cotto (Tony’s Athletic Club)
Let’s continue to support such positive events. The saga continues March 19.