On July 30, 2016, Tevin Sucessful Farmer(21-4-1, 5 ko’s) takes a big step in his journey towards a world title fight. The upcoming assignment has the 25-year-old Philadelphian moving up in weight to face Premier Boxing Champions backed lightweight Ivan El Terribel Redkach (19-1, 15 ko’s) over 10 rounds at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NYC. Public opinion is split with some calling it easy work for the “American Idol” while others saying he is about to run into a Ukranian buzz saw. Vegas has yet to release odds.
This one is a tale of two fighters trending in different directions. Not long ago, many were calling Redkach a “can’t miss” prospect. The former Olympian (representing Ukraine) kicked off his pro career with an 18-0 record and looked good in the process. Today, not everyone is so sure of that label as the now Los Angeles based fighter has gone 1-1-1 in his last three fights, being stopped once and most recently boxing to a draw with the unknown Luis Cruz of Puerto Rico.
The young London based Heavyweight won his first major belt this afternoon with a 2nd round knockout over Charles Martin. It wasn’t even close. The industry hacks say he is the second coming of Lennox Lewis. What do you think? Is the kid legit? Take a look at the video and let me know your thoughts…
March 5, 2016 – Shout out to Marshall Kauffman and Kings Promotions who continue their run of producing very good boxing shows. On this particular evening, the Reading based outfit went live across the country on Showtime Boxing from the Sands Casino in Bethlehem, PA. The on TV fights produced fireworks and the off-TV battles were pretty damn good in their own right.
On a show that was in cahoots with GH3 Promotions and DiBella Entertainment, fight fans saw a young fighter springboard into title contention, a true Fight of the Year candidate and a couple of prospects get put to the test in tough bouts.
The near sell-out crowd was a lively mixture of people from different walks of life and the venue itself seems custom-built to accommodate a professional boxing show. An old-timer said to me “this is how all the fights used to be!”
In the main event – Philadelphia’s Julian Williams “did what he needed to do” and knocked out a tougher-than-advertised Marcello Matano of Italy in the 7th round of their 154 pound IBF title elimination bout.
All items courtesy of Showtime and PR man extraordinaire Marc Abrams
Here is what Julian and his trainer, Stephen Edwards, had to say Tuesday:
“I am extremely focused. There is a lot at stake this Saturday. I am finally in the position I wanted to be in since turning pro.
“I have come to a conclusion that if people don’t have to fight JulianWilliams then they won’t. It hasn’t been that frustrating though because I always have a fight on the books. I can’t worry about the people who won’t fight me. I just have to stay ready and put myself in the mandatory spot. That’s what I am going to do on Saturday night.
“It’s never any challenge fighting at home. I know exactly what I have to do. I don’t cut any corners in camp. The biggest challenge is the waiting because I am so anxious to get in there and get a win, especially in front of my home crowd.
The February 19, 2016 edition of ShoBox – The Next Generation got off to a great start in Atlantic City. Young Super Middleweights Christopher Brooker and John Magda gave fans across the world 8 very hard rounds of action. While the match was entertaining, everyone and their mother felt that Brooker was the rightful winner. He left the AC Boardwalk with a draw. Leave it to the judges to give the Philly fighter the shaft!
The decision was so bad that I turned off boxing to watch a couple of ancient MMA fighters rumble on Spike TV. The slop put out by Kimbo Slice and Ken Shamrock was worse than what was going on the AC boardwalk.
While I was on the couch this particular evening – Ken “Hot Water” Hissner was ringside at Boardwalk Hall. Scroll down to read his recap of a card he says was “marred by bad decisions”.
On February 19, 2016, Philadelphia based Super Middleweight Christopher “Ice Cold” Brooker (7-1, 5 ko’s) is back on the big screen, participating in the first fight of ShoBox: The New Generation’s quadruple header that features many talented-yet-unproven young fighters from across the country.
The assignment is an 8 rounder against Rutherford, New Jersey’s John Magda (11-0, 7 ko’s) – a three-time NJ Golden Gloves champion.
Both boxers are 24-years-old, both built good records in completely different fashions since joining the professional ranks.
March 5, 2016 looks to be a hot date on the boxing calendar as HBO and Showtime go head-to-head featuring rising fighters Julian Williams and Luis Ortiz in their respective main events. Both bouts are of the showcase variety as the two boxers need one more win to secure major fights in their respective divisions. Who will you watch live? Read the break down and let me know your thoughts…
It was announced that former Cruiserweight champion O’Neill Bell died by gunfire in Atlanta on November 25, 2015. The ex-champ was 41 years old at his time of passing.
I’ll never forget the time “Supernova” pulled a come-from-behind 10th round knockout against Jean Marc Mormeck at Madison Square Garden. It was an ice-cold night in January of 2006, I was making my first ever visit to New York City. I was stationed in press at the Mecca of Boxing to witness a true Cruiserweight classic , covering the action for a now-defunct newspaper called Punch News.
With the victory, “Supernova” walked out with the WBA, WBC & IBF titles – becoming the first fighter to unify the titles since Evander Holyfield. This fight would mark his greatest night as a pro and his last big victory in the ring.
This rumble set the tune for the main event where an Argentinian no-name Carlos Baldomir burst onto the national scene by pulling a huge upset over 15-to-1 favorite Zab Judah to win the undisputed Welterweight crown.
The former world champion was 40-years-old at his time of passing.
Last night, live on Showtime Boxing – Philly’s Keenan “Killa” Smith (9-0, 3 ko’s) showed that he is ready for the next level of Welterweight competition by winning an 8 round unanimous decision over a game Benjamin Whitaker (10-2, 2 ko’s) at the D Las Vegas.
Smith started the fight boxing from long-range, moving around the ring and landing some clean shots on his thicker opponent. Midway though the bout, Whitaker battled his way inside – and once he got close – things got physical. There was one stretch of action that included a back body drop, a reverse leg whip and an old-fashioned noogie.