Tonight on Showtime Boxing, Philadelphia’s “Killa” Keenan Smith (8-0, 3 ko) puts his undefeated record on the line when he takes on Benjamin Whitaker(10-1, 2 ko’s) of San Antonio in a 8 round bout in Las Vegas. Both are making their major network TV debut.
This signifies a decent step up in competition for Smith, whose best career win to date comes against a fighter with 3-3 record. He weighed in at 141.8 lbs.
The 31-year-old Whitaker is on a three fight win streak since being stopped by a good Russian prospect in California. The combined record of his last three victims is 27-5-1.
Whitaker weighted in at 146.2 lbs. Lots of questions to be answered. Smith had a good amateur career – but some extended pro layoffs – do you think he will translate into a “next level” fighter? Is Whitaker more than a down south opponent despite his solid record?
A big spot for two hopefuls. Tune in tonight for a 4 fight card starting at 10 pm EST.
PK Sports is on location at The Space in Westbury, NY. It’s a matter of respect for Thomas LaManna (16-0, 7 ko’s) tonight when he takes on Antoine MrEasy Douglas (16-0-1, 10 ko’s) in a battle of undefeated middleweights. Both have an 0 but many are calling Douglas a sizable favorite. Word is that Cornflake is prepared for battle – so may the best man win. LaManna of Millville, NJ checked in at 157.8 lbs. Douglas, of Burke Virginia, is a tad heftier at 159.8 lbs. This fight will serve as the main event on the next edition of Showtime Boxing‘s ShoBox: The Next Generation. TV goes live at 10pm EST.
On December 3, 2010 live on Showtime – West Philly’s Eric “Outlaw” Hunter (15-2, 8ko’s) lost by disqualification against former Cuban Olympian Luis Franco (8-0, 5ko’s) – the official time of stoppage was 2:34 in round 8 because of repeated low blows. It was a tough spot for Hunter who took the fight on less than two-weeks notice, traveling to fight on Franco’s promoters card on the opposite side of the country.
While the loss may be a very tough pill for Hunter to swallow at the moment, it gives him an opportunity to learn and grow. Even the all-times greats have taken losses at one point or another. It is all about how you bounce back from adversity. If Hunter is to be the true champion that many feel that he can be, he will learn from this experience and bounce back stronger. Stay tuned…
On the under card, local Jr. Middleweight Julian Williams improved to 4-0 with a 6 round unanimous decision win over Mario Evangelista.
Philly Keith Sports was granted an exclusive ringside photographers pass for this event at the Chumash Casino. Check out the full photo gallery shot by staff photographer John Costill
Finally – someone stepped up and gave Philly Welterweight Mike Jones (22-0, 17 ko’s) a fight! The Peltz Boxing / Atlantic City / ShoBox main event had moments of good two-way action and when push came to shove – MJ gave everyone a glimpse of something they have wanted to see for some time now – how he would respond under pressure. In the end the result was the same as it has been as Irving Garcia (17-4-3, 8 ko’s) of Vega Baja, Puerto Rico succumbed to Jones power in the 5th round. There will be a bit of controversy as the final punch delivered was a clear low blow – but this punch only expedited the obvious as Jones had Garcia in a world of trouble, unleashing about 10 unanswered punches on the ropes.
Garcia kept it close it in the early round choosing to fight fire with fire. His jab consistently landed and after two round caused a nice sized mouse under Jones eye. What really mattered were the power punches and Jones packed more mustard on his shots. Working behind a jab that found more snap as the fight progressed, Jones would follow with multiple combinations and uppers that Garcia just could not handle.
After a run of dull fights – Jones did his best work in the biggest fight of his career which was televised across the globe on Showtime. Big things seem to be in the immediate plans for the fighter now dubbed as the top prospect in the 147 lb division..
The co-feature was a shocker as veteran Leonardo Tyner scored a hard earned 9th round KO over the highly touted Antwon Smith of Florida.
It looks like Philly Welterweight Mike Jones (21-0, 17 ko’s) is finally getting the buzz he and his team have been craving. With fights featured on Fox, highlights of others shown on HBO along with radio spots on regional ESPN shows, it is safe to say that he is no longer an unknown commodity outside of our area. The quest to world wide acceptance as a legitimate contender continues as on July 9th as MJ will headline an edition of ShoBox: The Next Generation with a 12 rounder against Irving Garcia (17-4-3, 8ko’s) of Vega Baja, Puerto Rico.
Jones comes into this bout with a top 10 rating in every organization that matters. As of press time, he ranks #2 in the WBO, #3 in the WBA, #7 in the IBF & #7 by the WBC. While the number of sanctioning bodies that exist is flat out ridiculous – there is some truth in the numbers. In this case it means that Mike Jones has earned his way into the bigger picture, even if some of the ratings are a bit high for a fighter who lacks a signature win.
Garcia is being billed as Jones toughest test to date. The Puerto Rican ruffian has put in some solid rounds against good prospect. in his four loses. While he has shown flashes, it is also worth noting that he has been knocked out twice in his career. The first KO came courtesy of WBA title mandatory challenger Said Ouali. Garcia was also knocked out in his most recent fight – a viscous, smelling salts type at the hands of another hot prospect, Luis Abregu. To Garcia’s credit this match against Abregu was a fantastic 5-alarm firefight that Garcia was arguably leading before the stoppage. It will be interesting to see how Garcia conducts himself in the ring after such a tough loss.
The co-feature is an interesting one as Antwon Smith of Florida will take on journeyman Leonardo Tyner in a 10 rounder. Smith made his name the hard way – going into hometowns as an opponent and getting the win against recognizable names.
The hope of the Showtime suits and just about every other boxing fan is to see Jones and Smith fight each other soon – a match that will once and for all settle the dust and decide who is THE best welterweight prospect in the business. With that said – a Jones win may just leapfrog him into the upper echelon. While it is a long shot, the pieces could be in place for Jones to backdoor into a fight against Shane Mosley on HBO is the long postponed Mosley – Berto fight can’t be made. Stay tuned… but first order of business is to get past Garcia. Then we can really talk about other things!
Harry Joe Yorgey stock is at an all time high right now after he dealt Detroit’s Ronald Hearns his first career loss (21-1, 17ko’s) in front of a live national audience this weekend on Shobox: The Next Generation.
Yorgey, another former #1 on the Philly Keith local top 10 pound for pound list, is now firmly planted on the national map after he thoroughly outclassed the undefeated son of an all time legend.
The Bridgeport, PA native scored three total knockdowns and hit canvas once before finishing the fight off in round 9 which left Hearns out for the full count. A very good showing for Yorgey, who quiets some critics who say he can’t hang on a national level.
With the win he stays undefeated with a record of 22-0-1.
It’s been reported on ESPN.com that Bridgeport’s Harry Joe Yorgey (21-0-1, 9ko’s) will face Detroit’s Ronald Hearns (21-0, 17ko’s) as the opening fight on the March 28 edition of Shobox: The Next Generation in a battle of undefeated prospects / fringe contenders in search of a road to the big time.
Yorgey, another former #1 on the Philly Keith local top 10 pound for pound list, moved on from the Philly circuit over a year ago and recently won two yoheim titles with a 12 round thumping on the previously undefeated Jason LeHoullier in Tennessee back in August. The fight was ruled a majority decision but the judges must have been intoxicated.
Moving forward, with the legal and managerial obligations which kept him from fighting out-of-the-way, it looks like Team Yorgey and their new promoter Art Pellulo are wasting no time to make their run at the top.
His opponent, Ronald Hearns, son of the old school icon Tommy “The Hitman” Hearns, is also a well-regarded young fighter who has already had major exposure on the big networks. Both are a bit older than most at this stage of their career but all that means to me is that both will lay it all on the line in a fight that has potential to be a very good rumble. Yorgey is more of the boxer, Hearns is more of the puncher, and both want a crack at the world title soon.
It is a great piece of matchmaking here and the winner is in line for a shot at the winner of the IBF title fight between Cory Spinks – Deandre Latimore so be sure to tune in. In the main event, hot Light Heavyweight prospect Andre Dirrell will go in against an opponent TBA soon. Give him hell Harry!
With only 5 days to prepare, Demetrius Hopkins came within a whisker of winning his first world title when he filled in for an ill Ricardo Torres to challenge Kendall Holt for his WBO portion of the Jr. Welterweight title.
The fight which was held at Bally’s in Atlantic City, NJ and televised on Showtime had a steady theme, Holt was the aggressor and Hopkins looked to counter and capitalize on mistakes.
Though the TV announcer made you think that Holt was the second coming, truth is was this fight lacked in entertainment as both men wanted to fight smart as they had little time to prepare for their foe. It ended up going the 12 round distance and Jude Julie Lederman had it 115 – 113 for Hopkins but was overruled by Judges Luis Rivera and Judge Allan Rubenstein with scores of 117 – 111 & 116 – 112 respectively in favor of Kendall Holt.
On Saturday December 13th, 2008 at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, Demetrius Hopkins (28-0, 11ko’s) will get his shot at the title when he faces off against WBO junior welterweight champion Kendall Holt (24-2, 13ko’s) in the main event of this months edition of ShoBox: The Next Generation. The fight comes on less than a week notice as original challenger Ricardo Torres was unable to complete the Holt – Torres trilogy because of an unspecified illness. Hopkins, who is ranked #10 by the WBO, was a man in the right place at the right time as he was already scheduled for action on the untelevised under card against the unheralded Germaine Sanders.
This will be a significant step up for Hopkins who hasn’t fought in over a year due to promotional issues. Now, a full fledged member of Bob Arum’s Top Rank promotional outfit, he is looking to make up for lost time. After Ricky Hatton, the 140 lb division is pretty murky and Hopkins now finds himself in prime position to do some house cleaning in an unsettled area. In his first title shot with a 6 figure payday, look for D-Hop to carry on the championship tradition of the family name. Holt on the other hand, is already saying the 0 is gonna go!
The TV co-feature will pit Jr. middleweights Yuri Foreman (26-0, 8ko’) against James Moore (16-1, 10 ko’s) , both of New York, in a 10 rounder. Fighting off camera will be local Flyweight Qu’ad Muhammed (3-0, 3ko’s) will face Joseph Rios (5-3, 3ko’s) of Texas in a 4 rounder.
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Longtime promoter Don King kicked off the 2006 fight season at the Mecca of Boxing, Madison Square Garden, with a 10 bout card built around Ring Magazine’s 147 lb champion Zab Judah in the Main Event. His assignment was – no lie – a feather duster salesman from Santa Fe, Argentina. A fight that was designed to be a showcase turned into a disaster for the undisputed champ.
Instead of getting blown out early as most “experts” predicted, the unknown Carlos Baldomir shocked the world by earning a unanimous 12 round decision victory over the champion in front of a very pro Judah crowd. The Brooklyn native entered the fight a 16 – 1 favorite and in line for a mega bout with Floyd Mayweather Jr. He left without his titles, a bruised reputation and a thin bank account. It was obvious from the beginning that Judah completely underestimated the lightly regarded Baldomir. The end result was turning in the worst performance of his career. Continue reading 16-to-1 underdog Carlos Baldomir shocks Zab Judah at Madison Square Garden to become Welterweight champion→