Undisputed at Madison Square Garden January 7th 2006

Official press release.

Don King returns to the Theater at Madison Square Garden to promote a blockbuster card with three world title fights—two of which are for undisputed world championships—on Jan. 7.

Don King Productions has also announced seven great undercard matches featuring five undefeated fighters supporting an already fabulous “Undisputed” event Saturday at the Theater at Madison Square Garden headlined by world welterweight king Zab “Super” Judah, from Brooklyn, making a mandatory defense against World Boxing Council No. 1-ranked contender Carlos “Tata” Baldomir, from Argentina; World Boxing Association and WBC cruiserweight champion Jean-Marc Mormeck opposing International Boxing Federation champion O’Neil “Supernova” Bell to determine the undisputed champion at the 200-pound weight limit; and IBF junior flyweight champion Will “Steel” Grigsby making a mandatory defense of his crown against No. 1-ranked Ulises “Archie Solis, from Mexico. Also on the card are Undefeated No. 1 IBF Cruiserweight Steve ‘USS’ Cunningham, Heavyweight Contender Owen ‘What the Heck’ Beck, Three-Time WBA Middleweight Champion William Joppy, Leading IBF Contender Mark ‘Poison’ Suarez and Undefeated James ‘Spider’ Webb Meet for No. 1 Ranking; Brooklyn’s Undefeated Featherweight Elio ‘The Kid’ Rojas, Undefeated Canadian Heavyweight Knockout Artist Bermane ‘B.Ware’ Stiverne, and Zab Judah’s Undefeated Brother Josiah ‘Gorilla’ Judah Will All Appear Continue reading Undisputed at Madison Square Garden January 7th 2006

WBC orders Jermain Taylor to fight Winky Wright next

Fresh off of his 2 wins against B-Hop, Jermain Taylor had dreams of fighting a cupcake in front of his hometown Arkansas crowd. Instead the WBC ordered Taylor to make his next defense against Winky Wright.

Now for the fun part, the boxing politics. Gary Shaw, who is Winky Wright’s promoter, is saying the purse to fight in Arkansas would have to be enormous. Shaw is also considering Vegas or New York for the fight.

And in this corner…. Lou DiBella, Jermain Taylor’s promotor. He is saying he won’t allow a fight in Winky’s hometown of Florida. DiBella went on record saying “The fight can’t go to Tampa, and it’s not going to Tampa,” DiBella said. “If it went to purse bid, we would just not fight the fight.”

If they pulled this move, Taylor would be stripped of his WBC title. Then, DiBella says “It’s not about the belts. It’s about winning and making money,” and “I gotta do what’s best for my fighter, for his career and his future,” …..huh?

Damn it is hard to love boxing sometimes. Stay tuned.

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Joey Eye Boxing at the Sovereign Bank Arena 10-21-05

Friday Night Fights II
Joey Eye Boxing & NIT Management
Sovereign Bank Arena 10-21-05

There was a bit of last minute shuffling but Joey Eye still managed to pull of a crowd pleaser at the Sovereign Bank Arena in Trenton New Jersey. The main event between unbeaten prospect Chucky Cavallo and knockout artist Berry Butler had to be canceled due to an injury sustained to Cavallo’s left hand during a sparring session late in the week. Some are calling BS on the injury…

Instead the numerous fans in attendance were treated to a boxing clinic by Terrance Cauthen, an impressive bounce back victory by Jon Gaddis, a hard fought battle by Doel Caraquillo and Rami Ibrahim, the professional debut of Sean Bullock who made quick work of his opponent, and some of the finest ring girls on the East Coast provided by Rix Mag. Click here for the blow by blow details.

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Yusaf Mack dominates Christian Cruz to retain the USBA Super Middleweight & UBA Light Heavyweight Titles

First District Plaza Results, 11-10-05 Philadelphia, PA

USBA Super Middleweight & UBA Light Heavyweight Title Match

Yusaf Mack 19 – 0 – 2 (11) vs. Christian Cruz 11 – 3 – 1 (9)
Philadelphia, PA Sacramento, CA

During his ring entrance Yusaf Mack & the Hustlers Union came to the ring chanting the slogan “they flew him in from Cali to take mine.. it ain’t happenin’”. Mack, representing 58th & Lancaster to the fullest, showed his Brotherly Love to challanger Christian Cruz by administered one of the worst beatings seen during the Philly 2005 boxing campaign. With the 6th round TKO victory, Yusaf Msck retained the USBA Super Middleweight & UBA Light Heavyweight Titles and is now eyeing up the muscle head Jeff “Left Hook” Lacy or Joe Calazaghe next. Here is how it went down round by round.

Round 1 – Cruz comes out of the corner showing he is ready to give it his all. His strategy of throwing hard overhand rights fail due to Mack’s quickness. Cruz then tried to tie up Yusaf in hopes of working the body but only hugs air. This proves to be a mistake as it leaves Cruz open and Mack begins to connect at will. Cruz then opts to go toe to toe with the champ but Mack gets the best of this as well. Yusaf shows excellent head movements which causes Cruz to miss almost all of his punches and leaves him open for a number of combinations to the head.

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Golden Boy East at the Borgata for HBO Latino

It was a night of the knockout as Golden Boy East, Peltz Boxing Promotions and HBO Latino collaborated to put on a good show in Atlantic City New Jersey. Kassim Ouma punched his way towards a rematch for the Light Heavyweight Title and Philly fighters Rock Allen, Demetrius Hopkins and Phillip McCants all put on impressive displays of their talent. Tonight proved that the Golden Boy East roster is one of the better stables of young talent in the business.

Junior Middleweight
Kassim Ouma (21-2-1 13ko’s) vs. Alfredo Cuevas (25-7-1 17ko’s)
Kampala, Uganda……………………….. Chicago, IL

In his first bout since losing the IBF Light Middleweight Title, Kassim Ouma stepped into the ring with something to prove. He wasted no time disposing Alfredo Cuevas, who until tonight, has never been knocked down in 33 professional fights which earned him recognition as one of the toughest men in the sport.

Round 1 – Ouma comes out blazing against Cuevas who shows he is willing to bang. It doesn’t take long before Ouma catches his opponent with a blistering left which sends Cuevas skidding across the canvas. Cuevas beats the 10 count but continues to eat the lightening fast left of Ouma over and over again. As round 1 nears the end, Ouma keeps firing the left and follows up with a straight right with puts Cuevas on his back once again. Cuevas gets to his feet and wisely avoids any more action until the bell sounds.

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My first trip to the Blue Horizon

photos by Peter Terry / Philly Keith Sports 

This night marked my first ever trip to the #1 boxing venue in the world. The excitement level was high and I did not leave disappointment as promoter Vernoca L. Michael put on a night of blood and guts at the historical Blue Horizon in Philadelphia, PA.

The action was steady all night long and the Philly crowd kept the place rocking as usual. The card featured Ecuadorian Middleweight Luis Hernandez who stole the show with a big knockout. Also putting on memorable displays of talent were Berry Butler, up-and-comer Gee Culmer and NY southpaw Jill Emery.

Pete Terry & Richie Hopkins Blue Horizon 2005

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Joey Eye Boxing results from the Diablo Fight Club in the heart of Kensington

My first two boxing assignments couldn’t have gone better. I broke in at Lagoon Night Club on the waterfront of the Philadelphia suburbs. Next trip was Atlantic City to see a world title fight.

Now it was time to roll up the sleeves and see if I’m really cut out for this racket. Saddoboxing.com was sending me inside of city limits – and the assignment took me across the street from “Needle”Park in the notorious Kensington section of Philadelphia. They could film a horror movie in place officially known as McPherson Park.

Despite the obvious potential hazards that could happen in this part of town, I watched a very good night of  professional boxing put together by Joey Eye Boxing & N.I.T. Management. The venue was called “The Diablo Fight Club” yet there were no signs outside and information on the internet was non-existent. It looked like a closed down roller skating shop.

Just the type of setting to host a bunch of fights! On this night I was introduced to some local talent who probably made just enough money from these fights to buy a sandwich and a pack of smokes.

Regardless of pay scale, I want to see Jose Medina, Clarence Taylor, Joe Christy, & Carlos Vinas fight again. These guys wasted no time winning over the tough crowd in attendance. Later, Joey Eye would say this was the greatest night of fights that nobody ever saw. There were about 200 people in the crown.

The fights go as follows:

Welterweights
Doel Carrasquillo (3-2) vs. Ivan Korotkovich (0-0-1)
Lancaster, PA …………………..Russia

The night kicked off with international welterweight action putting PA native Doel Carrasquillo against Russian attacker Ivan Korotkovich.

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Atlantic City Road Trip! Wladimir Klitschko squeaks past Sam Peter & Miguel Cotto stops Torres in a Fight of the Year candidate at Boardwalk Hall

With just one professional boxing show under our belt – Philly Keith Sports got a call to the big time. Two floor press passes to cover an HBO / Top Rank boxing event at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey!

The main event was a battle between Kiev, Ukraine’s Wladimir Klitschko and Nigeria’s Samuel “The Nightmare” Peter to see who would be named the #1 contender in the Heavyweight division.  A big puncher against a guy with a tremendous boxing skill and a suspect chin. This one was bound to be interesting.

In the co-feature, Top Rank up-and-comer Miguel Cotto faced unknown WBO Jr. Welterweight champion Ricardo Torres of Columbia. Many say Cotto has the potential to be boxing’s next big Puerto Rican star. This fight certainly helped his cause as it turned out to be a classic.

Also on deck was North Jersey native  Kendall Holt taking on Vladimir Khodokovski.
Wladimir Klitschko vs. Samuel Peter

This was a make or break night for the career of Wladimir Klitschko. His glass jaw is well documented but his boxing skills are under estimated. His opponent Samuel Peter is a guy who is known strictly for his power, comes in with a record of 24 -0 and hopes of becoming king of the division.

Wladimir Klitschko vs. Sam Peter (1)

Peter is widely considered one of the up and coming heavyweights in the circuit but lacks a big name to add to the list of taxi drivers and other unknowns on his resume. The steaks are high as the winner becomes the mandatory to fight Chris Byrd for the IBF Heavyweight Title.

Before both fighters are announced, Michael Buffer asks for a moment of silence and tolls the bell 10 times for fallen warrior and Atlantic City native Leavander Johnson, who tragically died after defending his IBF title last week. Continue reading Atlantic City Road Trip! Wladimir Klitschko squeaks past Sam Peter & Miguel Cotto stops Torres in a Fight of the Year candidate at Boardwalk Hall

Guilty Fight Night results from Tijuana 09-09-05

Medina—The Smart Man’s fighter

Friday night September 9th Tijuana’s mighty El Foro was the scene for yet another round of exciting bouts in Guilty Fights ongoing “Guilty Fight Night” series. It was a big night for fighting and the seats were packed out early with a raucous and ready crowd awaiting local boxing hero, the former five time world champion and current number one junior lightweight contender Manuel “mantecas” Medina 65-14-31 KOs to take on Angel Galindo 13-13-9 KOs in the evening’s main event.

Boasting a long and accomplished record, Medina the local boxing warrior entered the ring primed for his 79th career fight. Medina made his first career start nearly 20 years ago at the early age of 14 and has been tracking glory ever since with 29 of his last 44 fights being for world or regional championships. However, despite his long and storied career Medina has been fairly absent from the ring in recent years. Indeed, Friday’s bout marked his first fight in 13 months and only his second in 21 months. His opponent Angel Galindo, on the other hand came in ready after a big win in Mexico City against the hard hitting Alejo Ramirez.

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