Saturday May 21, 2016, the same day the Notorious B. I.G. would’ve turned 44, Showtime sports brought twin magic; Jermell and Jermall Charlo became the 2nd twins to hold World Championships.
Venue- Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Nevada
The feature bout of the evening saw WBA Super Welterweight Champion Erislandy Lara (23-2-2 13KOs) win over Vanes Martirosyan (36-3-1, 21KOs). Martirosyan would press the action but Lara landed the more meaningful shots during the early rounds. Martirosyan focused his shots to Lara’s body, however the veteran, Lara would brush them off. Lara would find his rhythm in the middle rounds landing strong straight lefts, which dictated the action.
The IBF Super Welterweight Championship belt settled nicely in the hands of its current owner for another title defense. Jermall Charlo (24-0, 18KOs) extends his perfect record against former WBA super welterweight champion, Austin ‘No Doubt’ Trout (30-3,17KOs). The early rounds saw Charlo dictate the bout behind a strong left jab and powerful straight right. Charlo damaged Trout’s right eye to the point of closing. However, Trout would recover in the Championship rounds behind a sneaky straight left. Charlo would win the fight by unanimous decision; scores were 116-112 2x and 115-113.
*Fireworks would continue after the bout with mandatory/confused contender Charles Hatley shoving Jermall Charlo instead of Jermell Charlo who he is set to face later this year.
Floyd Mayweather’s vacated WBC Super Welterweight belt was up for grabs in the first bout of the night. It would be one half of the Charlo duo that would snag the 154lb pound Championship after a comeback performance for the ages. Jermell Charlo (28-0, 13KOs) suffered a lackluster performance possibly winning two of the eight rounds fought. John ‘Da Rock’ Jackson (20-3, 15KOs) son of former WBC Middleweight Champion Julian Jackson put on a boxing clinic for seven rounds. Charlo seemed befuddled (the catch word of the evening) by the movement of Jackson. Derrick James, Charlo’s trainer, in between round 7 and 8 lit a fire under Charlo by questioning his stamina. Charlo raced out at the start of the 8th round and landed a hard right hook that turned Jackson into a living statue. Referee Tony Weeks stopped the bout in Round 8. At the time of the stoppage, Jackson was up 69-64 on all scorecards.
Sunday May 8, Lackland Center Jenkins Arean, Lackland Florida.
PBC’s gift to mother’s featured up in comer Super Middleweight Kanat Islam (20-0, 17KOs) vs. Juan De Angel 18-3-1, 17KOs). Round 1 saw Islam land the vicious body shots, which seem to take the steam out of De Angel. in round 2, more of the same, De Angel trying to keep Islam off of him but doesn’t have power which Islam respects. In Round 6, De Angel suffers an ankle sprain which causes him to hit the canvas. De Angel would get up but could not put any weight on the right ankle. As such, the Referee calls the bout giving Islam a TKO in Round 6.
In a no holds barred matchup between friends, Miguel Cruz (13-0, 11KOs) pulled out a tense win against squad mate Samuel Figueroa (10-1, 4KOs). The ‘Frenemies‘ started the bout out cautiously feeling each other out. However, Cruz established a stiff jab which set the tone for the rest of the bout. The rounds would start with Cruz landing the more meaningful shots. It was a toss up going into round 8, with the busier Cruz taking the win. Scores were 78-74, 77-74 for Cruz, and 77-75 for Figueroa.
Dennis Galarza (13-1, 8KOs) pulled out a unanimous decision win against Yardley Suarez (15-4, 9KOs) in an 8 rounder. Galarza controlled 5 of the 7 rounds by keeping his opponent at the end of his jabs. Suarez would experience a surge of energy in the 5th taking advantage of Galarza’s lack of defense. Galarza stayed with a steady pace creeping along the outside, to seal the win. Scores were 77-75, and 78-74×2
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.”
Anthony Peterson (37-1, 24KOs) won a unanimous decision over Samuel Kotey Neequaye (22-2, 15KOs). The two combatants went toe to toe for ten rounds. Peterson would land the more forceful punches. Neequaye could not keep the busier Peterson off of him. The lightweight competition was awarded to Peterson with the scores 100-90, 97-93, and 96-94.
“I’m happy to be back. It felt good to get touched and get some work in. I haven’t gone 10 rounds since March of 2014.” – Anthony Peterson
“A fighter is lying if he says he wants rounds. Fighters want the knockout, but I’m not complaining about getting the work in.” – Anthony Peterson
“He was a little more awkward than I thought he was going to be. He was tough. He threw some wide shots.” – Anthony Peterson
After landing the final blow that gained him the TKO, the outward exuberance shown by the young victor, could be viewed by the audience as a display of hard work and sacrifice. But for this young man, the victory is a testament to his undying devotion to his family; to his cousin, who was senselessly gunned down on Memorial Day, May 30, 2011. The win on this March 5th took an emotional toll, both physically and mentally.
Joshua Woodard bears a weight that no 16-year old kid should have to suffer. Woodard is not in the sport just for the prize, Oh no, there’s more to the story than the sought out ‘W’. The win, this Saturday, comes on the day; his slain cousin would’ve turned 20. It signifies a defeat of a different kind, one where Joshua can avenge his cousin’s death, in a positive manner, on what should’ve been a day of celebration for his family.
As the newscasts moves on to the latest breaking action, when no large groups line the streets to demand justice, and life in general goes on, one of the families living with the emotional heartbreak of losing a member to violence will never forget. So that brings us to the here and now, where five years after a horrific event, one young man brings into focus, what matters most, love. While climbing the ranks as an elite prospect in the world of boxing, Joshua Woodard knows exactly who he is, where he’s from and where he’s going. The win signifies 1 victory for family, but definitely not the last.
Joshua is tearing through the Washington Golden Gloves Tournament. Woodard’s ferocity in the ring is a testament to his commitment, while also, honoring Isaiah’s memory.
On March 05, 2016, Boxhernews.com sat down with Joshua Woodard after his TKO victory and discussed his motivation for boxing.
Minnie: How are you feeling right now?
Woodard: (Crying. After several minutes, he begins to speak)
My cousin Isaiah Daniel Harris was killed Memorial Day, May 30, 2011. I felt his presence in the ring. March 05 is his birthday and so I said I was going to go out there and win.
Minnie: Your cousin was taken from the world he could have given us something special?
Woodard: He was a football player
Minnie: Have authorities caught the person?
Minnie: If his mom were standing her right now what would say to her?
Woodard: She would be proud I’m going to her house and show her I won.
Minnie: What would you say to her?
Woodard: Man, I do not even know, I’m about to start shaking he would be so proud.
Minnie: What was the last thing you told your cousin before he passed?
Woodard: Every night we will play Call of Duty on line till 3 to 4 in the morning. I told him I would talk to him tomorrow. On the night, he died; he sent me a Facebook message to go to the store. That Sunday night, I was supposed to call him. I found out about it on Monday morning on Facebook.
Minnie: How did it make you feel, why do you fight?
Woodard: I’m trying to find my place; because once I started I cannot stop. There is always a light at the end of that dark tunnel. I have a sense of accomplishment, I told myself I was going to do it and I did it. I stood in the mirror and told myself I was going to do it.
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.