On May 21, 2016 – West Philly native Atif Oberlton cemented his name in the local amateur boxing history books by winning the prestigious 2016 National Golden Gloves Tournament of Champions in Salt Lake City, Utah. With the win, the 17-year-old southpaw becomes the youngest Pennsylvania amateur to ever bring home the national title in his weight class.
In a tournament that consisted of top amateurs from around the country, Atif cleaned out a division of grown men over the course of five days. The tournament concluded with the Shulers Gym representative boxing a 5-0 shut out over the highly regarded Shavere Staton, a 25-year-old from Paterson, New Jersey to win the nations 178 pound championship.
While this is an outstanding achievement, Oberlton’s trainer Eugene “Chip” Hart tells us that they will keep it moving. A couple of top-level professional promoters are now showing interest in signing a fighter we first featured as a rising 15-year-old hopeful looking to make a name in the sport.
While it is nice to be noticed, winning Olympic gold seems to be the long term goal for Team Oberlton. The next stop for this group is the Ringside World Champions tournament which will take place July 27-30 in Independence, MO.
Congrats to Atif and Chip on such a great accomplishment. My research team is still looking to find a younger fighter from anywhere in the country to win the Nationals!
Shout out to “The Conqueror” Jerome Conquest who put in serious roadwork in the month of May in preparation for his upcoming fight on June 3, 2016 at the 2300 Arena. His 36+ miles topped my Nike+ monthly leader board, outpacing some top very recognizable names over the course of 31 days.
The 30-year-old super lightweight from North Philly is “feeling good and been on weight for two weeks” as he goes for his 5th consecutive victory when he takes on fellow Philadelphian Korey Sloane.
Thanks to everyone in my feed who consistently push me to get off my ass and out on the road! Feel free to add me on Nike+ (search Philly Keith or Keith Mc). It is open to everyone. I’ll be giving shouts out at the end of every month to those who out run me.
LOS ANGELES (May 25, 2016) – The B. Riley& Co.7th Annual “Big Fighters, Big Cause” Charity Boxing Night returned to The Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland on Wednesday, May 25 for a star-studded night of boxing presented by Golden Boy Promotions to benefit the Sugar Ray Leonard Foundation, and their mission to raise funds for research and awareness towards a cure for Type 1 Diabetes, and to help children live healthier lives through diet and exercise.
Hosted by actor and comedian Bill Bellamy, guests at the exclusive event were treated to Wolfgang Puck cuisine, and a live & silent auction display featuring iconic memorabilia and other one-of-a-kind items and experiences to benefit this important cause. During the live auction, Usher, who plays Sugar Ray Leonard in the upcoming Weinstein Company’s Hands of Stone film, joined Sugar Ray Leonard on stage to help auction off tickets to the film’s upcoming premiere and after-party, along with vintage boxing gloves signed by Robert De Niro.
In the evening’s main event, Philadelphia son “No Smilin” Damon Allen, Jr. (10-0, 4 KOs) maintained his undefeated status and gave the crowd a thrilling fight with his third-round technical knockout of Reynosa, Mexico’s Danny Montoya (10-4, 7 KOs). Allen, Jr. kept the pressure on Montoya, wearing him down landing a flurry of punches toward the end of round three.
People say that boxing is the sport of ultimate sacrifice. On June 25, two of boxings brightest young stars put aside a long standing friendship for the chance to be recognized as top dog in the sports deepest division. The winner of the highly anticipated fight between Shawn Porter (26-1-1, 16 ko’s) and Keith Thurman (26-0, 22 ko’s) will likely gain national prestige and a consistent stream of seven figure paydays. The loser heads to the back of a line that consists of killers such as Danny “Swift” Garcia, Timothy Bradley, Errol Spence, Jesse Vargas and Andre Berto to name a few. High stakes boxing at its finest at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn with Thurman’s WBA portion of the Welterweight crown on the line.
The CBS network will broadcast this Premier Boxing Champions special event live in prime time. This will mark to first time CBS airs boxing in prime time since 1978 when Leon Spinks won the Heavyweight title from Muhammed Ali in a massive upset.
Many boxing fans and insiders are calling this contest the best bout of a stacked summer lineup. If the media suggestions are sincere, the love build between the two pals who often trained together in their amateur days is out the window. Both fighters are talking like they want to knock the others head off to secure their spot in the sports upper echelon. If all goes according to the script, we could be in for a classic.
I’m hearing more than usual chatter about a potential Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor fight. It would certainly be a blockbuster event if both sides could come to an agreement. But with the cross over between a Boxer vs. MMA guy, do you really see it happening?
Floyd was on TV last weekend saying it is a 50/50 chance. McGregor seems to think he will win easily.
I’m extremely doubtful – but with all of that bread on the table – who knows. What do you think?
Hard Hitting Promotions Presented “Live Boxing” Saturday night at the Sheet Metal Workers Hall in South Philadelphia. It was an outstanding show! Promoters Manny Rivera and Will Ruiz (also matchmaker) did a great job with such a solid night of boxing.
In the main event Peruvian lightweight Jonathan “The Last Incan” Maicelo, 24-2 (12), of N. Bergin, NJ, scored a knockdown and defeated Ramesis Gil, 10-15-5 (7), of Santo Domingo, DR, over 8 rounds.
Maicelo countered the oncoming Gil throughout the fight, finally dropping him in the seventh round. Gil could not deal with the hand and foot speed of Maicelo.
Judges Steve Weisfeld and Gail Jasper had it 79-72 while Judge Alan Rubenstein and this writer had it 80-71.
Philadelphia amateur sensation 18 year-old welterweight Jaron “Boots” Ennis, 2-0 (2), wowed the fans stopping Louis Ramos, 0-2, PR, at 0:23 of the first round. The fans went crazy!
“Boots” rocked him with a right hand making Ramos grab him until Ennis got loose turning southpaw and breaking the nose of Ramos with a wicked right hook forcing Ramos to turn his back heading back to his corner.
Per ESPN – “Alexander Povetkin has tested positive for the banned substance meldonium, putting his mandatory shot at world title holder Deontay Wilder in jeopardy.”
Do you still think this fight still happens in Russia on May 21st? I was really interested in seeing how Wilder does defending the WBC portion of the title in Moscow against a hostile crowd.
UPDATE: The May 21, 2016 date in Moscow is officially off but hte fight itself has not been completely ruled out for a later date. Wilder side saying it is canceled, Povetkin saying it is merely postponed and that his drug test came in under the allowed amount of “meldonium“.
$7.5 Million dollars is left on the table. Lawsuits are brewing. The WBC is investigating before making their ruling which could lead to a Povetkin suspension if found guilty. Only in boxing….