Williams Topples Norton, Walsh Dominates Richards at York Hall

On Friday night, at the excellent Francis and George Warren’s Queensberry Promotions event at York Hall in Bethnal Green, the pack house were treated to a great night of pugilistic action. The slickly produced show had it all, world class boxing, a knockout, oodles of drama and the dethroning of the Cruiserweight King, as Leon ‘Solid’ Williams achieved what many thought would be impossible, when he snatched the Lonsdale belt from long time holder Rob Norton’s iron grip.

Williams-Norton wasn’t a classic fight by a long way, Norton’s awkward southpaw counter punching style ensured that, but it was an intriguing, and at times highly exciting, bout.

Right from the off it was clear that Williams plan was to to play the long game, out of the window had gone the ‘devil may care’ I’m gonna knock him out or get knocked out mindset, instead the 27 year old from Streatham took a much calmer, slow approach.

Warriors Boxing Congratulates O’Connor, Jack on Victories

Warriors Boxing President Leon Margules wishes to congratulate two of his most promising prospects for their impressive victories over the weekend at Foxwoods Resort in Mashantucket, Connecticut.

Fighting in support of the Edwin Rodriguez vs. Will Rosinsky ShoBox-televised main event, 2008 United States Olympic alternate Danny O’Connor (16-1, 4 KO’s) continued to show improvement since relocating to Houston to train with the legendary Ronnie Shields.

Fighting in front of a large group of fans who had made the drive from his hometown of Framingham, Massachusetts, super lightweight O’Connor didn’t disappoint, as he won a six-round unanimous decision over Schenectady, New York’s Bryan Abraham (5-8-2, 5 KO’s).

Serrano Remains Unbeaten with Decision Over Rios in Atlantic City

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ-Raymond Serrano remained perfect as he scored an exciting ten round unanimous decision over Angel Rios at the Tropicana Casino & Resort.

The card was promoted by Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing and was the first show on Azteca America’s new televised boxing series “Boxeo Azteca”

Serrano boxed very well early as he was very pinpoint with his punches. He was very adept with his right hand and body attack. Rios drew oohs and Ahhs in round four as he winged and connected with two big right hands that Serrano took well.

Thomas Dulorme Shines in Panama

PANAMA CITY, Panama -Undefeated Puerto Rican boxer Thomas Dulorme improved his record to (13-0, 10 KO’s) with a dominating, nine-round unanimous decision last night against world title contender Charlie Jose Navarro (20-5, 15 KO’s), at Roberto Duran Arena in Panama. The judges scored the bout 89-81, 89-81 and 90-80, all in favor of Dulorme.

Dulorme was in control of the fight from start to finish. He showed his guts and courage against an opponent who did not yield to the attack. Dulorme won the fight by relying on his speed and combinations versus the Venezuelan.

“I feel really well and thrilled with the achievement,” Duloreme said. “Navarro is a great fighter and I feel like I beat the world champion because I saw his fight with Senchenko (reigning WBA champion) and that was close. This experience will help me improve a lot and achieve my goals in boxing,” said Dulorme, who is promoted by Universal Promotions, Gary Shaw Productions and DiBella Entertainment.

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Rodriguez Decisions Rosinky in Battle of Unbeatens

Mashantucket, CT — Undefeated super middleweight Edwin “La Bomba” Rodriguez won a 10-round decision last night (Friday), sweeping every round on all three judges’ scorecard, against previously unbeaten Will “Power” Rosinsky in the main event on ShoBox: The New Generation LIVE on SHOWTIME® from MGM Grand at Foxwoods in Connecticut.

Rodriguez improved his pro record to 20-0 (14 KOs), while the rugged Rosinsky, of Queens (NY), dropped to 14-1 (8 KOs). The exciting card, presented by DiBella Entertainment, drew 1640 fans.

“I know Will so well,” Edwin said. “He’s a very tough fighter. I knew I had to be on the top of my game and listen to Ronnie (Shields), who has a lot of experience and has worked with so many good fighters. I knew that I had to listen to him through the whole fight. We’re still friends, probably closer friends now. 2012 is going to be a great year.”

“I knew he had range because he’s taller,” Rosinsky noted. “I wasn’t busy enough. Whether it was 100-90 or 96-94, I still lost. I’m happy it was on Showtime for people to see because, on paper, it looks like crap (100-90 X 3). It was a tough fight. I’m a work in progress and he’s a star in the making.”

IBF Eliminator Tops ‘Miami Warfare’ on Nov. 18

On Friday, November 18, The Winner Sports Promotions, Bad Dog Productions and Warriors Boxing Promotions will proudly present “Miami Warfare” a night of world-class professional boxing at the Miami Airport Convention Center (MACC) in Miami, Florida.

Topping the action will be an IBF junior middleweight elimination bout to determine the #2 contender between Giorbis Barthelemy (25-8-2, 10 KOs) of Hialeah, Florida via Cuba, and Miami’s Charles “Killa” Whittaker (37-12-2, 23 KOs).

39-year-old Barthelemy is coming off TKO 2 over well-respected then-USBA Junior Middleweight Champion Derek Ennis in March. 37-year-old Whittaker is riding a 13-fight winning streak that included picking up the NABO, WBC Caribbean Boxing Federation (CABOFE) and USBA titles.

Holyfield to Make Appearance at Fantasy Springs on Nov. 4

INDIO, Calif., October 21 – Four-Time Heavyweight Champion of the World Evander “The Real Deal” Holyfield will make a special appearance to meet fans and sign autographs inside the Fantasy Springs Special Event Center during the Friday, November 4 edition of “Sólo Boxeo Tecate.”

The appearance of the future Hall of Famer will make what promises to be a memorable night of boxing, which features a middleweight matchup between former World Champion Sergio “The Latin Snake” Mora and longtime contender Jose Alfredo “Shibata” Flores in the TeleFutura “Sólo Boxeo Tecate” main event, even more memorable.

Mora vs. Flores, a 10 round middleweight bout, is presented by Golden Boy Promotions and is sponsored by Cerveza Tecate and AT&T. Doors open at 6:00pm PT on fight night and the first bell rings at 7:30pm PT. The TeleFutura broadcast begins at 11:30pm ET / PT (10:30pm CT).

Tickets, priced at $25, $35 and $45, are on sale now and available for purchase at the Fantasy Springs Box Office, by calling (800) 827-2946 or online at www.fantasyspringsresort.com.

Perez to Face Terry in Oct. 28 ‘Solo Boxeo Tecate’ Headliner

LOS ANGELES – Following an impressive September knockout over Daniel Jimenez, NABO Junior Lightweight Champion Eloy “The Prince” Perez will return to his hometown of Salinas, California on Friday, October 28 to square off against veteran Ira Terry in the 10 round main event of TeleFutura’s “Sólo Boxeo Tecate” at the Sherwood Hall.

Perez vs. Terry headlines a night of world-class professional boxing presented by Don Chargin Productions, Golden Boy Promotions and Paco Presents, and sponsored by Cerveza Tecate. Doors open at 6:00pm, the first bell rings at 7:00pm and the TeleFutura broadcast begins at 10:30pm ET / PT.

Tickets, priced at $125, $75 and $50, are on sale now and can be purchased by calling (831) 261-0532 or (831) 905-7354, at the 2stepsahead Gym (832 South Main Street, Salinas, California) and at the Sherwood Hall on fight night.

Purdy to Defend British Title vs. Lynes on Nov. 9

Lee ‘Lights Out’ Purdy will defend his British Welterweight title against Colin Lynes at York Hall, Bethnal Green on Wednesday 9 November, live on Sky Sports.

Colchester man Purdy claimed the title with a stunning fifth round stoppage over Craig Watson at the M.E.N Arena in Manchester in April and repeated that triumph in his first defence, a rematch against Watson in July in the Oldham man’s backyard, again in the fifth round.

Purdy’s second defence is an all-Essex affair against Hornchurch’s Lynes in east London, with the former British and European Light Welterweight champion from Hornchurch having a settle to score with the famous venue where he was on the receiving end of a controversial split decision in the semi-final of Prizefighter in June against eventual winner Yassine El Maachi.

Former Amateur Star Alex Theran Joins Team Colombia

TOTOWA, NJ/ORANGE, CA — The signing of former world amateur star, power-punching Alex “The Prince” Theran, has bolstered an already strong Team Colombia, which is co-promoted by Gary Shaw Productions and Thompson Boxing Promotions.

Theran joins world-rated boxers Darley Perez, Daulis Prescott and Yonnhy Perez, as well as 2008 Colombia Olympian Jhonatan “Momo” Romero, on Team Colombia.

“We’re building a powerhouse with some of the leading fighters in the world on Team Colombia” Shaw said, “Not only was Theran one of top Colombian amateurs of all-time, he was one of the best in the world, and we’re very excited to add him in our growing stable of contenders and promising prospects.”

FN Video: Donaire vs. Narvaez Preview Show

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Championship Doubleheader Live Saturday on Fight Network

LOS ANGELES, October 19 – Two prestigious WBC title belts will be on the line at the Gimnacio Luis Estrada Medina in Guasave, Mexico on Saturday, October 22 when Guasave’s Mario Rodriguez meets Colombia’s Karl Diaz for the WBC Youth Light Flyweight championship and Mazatlan’s Pedro Guevara takes on Jorge Estrada for the vacant WBC Silver Light Flyweight title in the featured “Sabados De Corona” fights which will be televised by Fight Network in Canada, Televisa in Mexico and on AT&T U-verse in the United States.

Rodriguez vs. Diaz and Guevara vs. Estrada, both scheduled for 12 rounds, are presented by Golden Boy Promotions and Box Latino and sponsored by Corona.

The event will air live on Fight Network at 9:30 p.m. ET.

Bernard Hopkins Thrown for a KO

Boxing reached new highs in reaching new lows this past Saturday night at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. In a maneuver more reminiscent of pro wrestling than pro boxing, Chad Dawson’s actions and words during and after the fight showed us why his nickname is “Bad.” Near the end of round two, Bernard Hopkins threw an overhand right, which Dawson easily ducked. However, Hopkins momentum carried him forward, where he found himself leaning on Dawson’s back.

To be fair, Hopkins had been leaning on Dawson’s back in that exact manner during the first round and Dawson was getting angry about it. Hopkins has employed that move in many of his fights. Leaning on your opponent’s back is an age-old tactic in boxing, used to great effect by Muhammad Ali. By leaning on your opponent’s back, you are forcing him to support your weight as well as his own. This can make a fighter very tired in the later rounds.
Most fighters complain to the referee when such things happen. Dawson took matters and Bernard Hopkins into his own hands by lifting the champ into the air and throwing him to the canvas, causing an abrupt and very unsatisfying end to the match.

Fans rightfully felt cheated. They paid good money to watch this fight and were sent home only 5:48 into the match. One thing is for sure. Fight fans will certainly think twice before spending their hard-earned money on a Chad Dawson or Bernard Hopkins fight again. Although Hopkins was not at fault, he will be found guilty by association, albeit undeservedly so.

Hopkins told HBO’s Max Kellerman, seconds after the fight concluded that referee Pat Russell, “Didn’t say he was stopping the fight. He didn’t tell me that, if I didn’t keep fighting, I’d be disqualified. If he said I had to go on, I would have done it with one arm.” According to Hopkins, and borne out by the replay, Russell did tell Hopkins to remain on the canvas. Even if Russell did so out of concern for Hopkins injured left shoulder, it is still a clear violation of the rules for a referee to give advice to either fighter during the contest. That mistake alone is grounds enough for a rematch.

‘Giant’ Rossi Stuns Huck at Press Conference

WBO Cruiserweight Champion Captain Huck (33-1, 24 KOs) could not believe his eyes when he met challenger Rogelio Rossi (17-2-1, 11 KOs) at today´s press conference in Ludwigsburg, Germany. Listed at two meters by BoxRec, the “Argentinian Giant” turned out to be much smaller than that. “Maybe he shrunk of fear,” Captain Huck said. “Doesn´t matter anyway. I don´t care what size he is. I have knocked out taller and smaller opponents. I will clinch a spectacular victory on Saturday night. He will not get my title.” Huck then measured his opponent. The result: 192 centimeters!

Rossi seemed to enjoy the confusion regarding his height. “It´s true, I´m not two meters tall,” he stated. “But I will still defeat Huck. If you´re scared, your opponent looks much bigger than he actually is. I guess this has happened to Huck. I will take his title on Saturday night. I have trained hard and I will win.”

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Robinsky Ready for the Bright Lights

Mashantucket, CT/New York, NY – (10/19/2011) – This Friday, October 21st, Queens, New York-native Will “Power” Rosinsky (14-0, 8KO’s) will step into the national spotlight and look to put his name amongst boxing’s most promising up-and-coming prospects when he takes on highly regarded and top-rated Super Middleweight contender Edwin “La Bomba” Rodriguez (19-0, 14KO’s). Rodriguez-Rosinsky is the main event bout of the evening on DiBella Entertainment’s “Octoberfist: Fight Night Done Right”, at the beautiful MGM Grand at Foxwoods. The show, which will be televised live on ShoBox: The New Generation, will also feature rising junior welterweight contender Gabriel “Tito” Bracero (17-0, 3KO’s) taking on Daniel Sostre (11-4-1, 4KO’s) for the vacant NABF title. Both bouts are scheduled for 10 rounds and will be televised live on SHOWTIME® beginning at 11PM ET/PT (delayed on the west coast).

Rosinsky was a decorated amateur, winning the New York Golden Gloves four times, as well as the 2005 United States Amateur Championship at light heavyweight, before successfully turning pro in 2008 with a first-round TKO over Valetine Fortanelly.

Rosinsky has been featured on DiBella’s Broadway Boxing series a number of times, but the bout against Rodriguez will be his first in the national spotlight. Fighting on SHOWTIME, against one of boxing’s hottest up-and-coming prospects might get some fighter’s nerves going, but with just one week left until the fight, Rosinsky seems as cool and confident as can be.

“Training camp for this fight has been better than great,” said Rosinsky, who trains at the New Legend Boxing Club in Ozone Park, Queens. “I know Edwin from coming up in the amateurs and he is a good guy, but this is a business and unfortunately for him this is a fight I had to take to better my career.”

James Toney Departs for Moscow

James “Lights Out” Toney will depart for Moscow, Russia, this Wednesday, October 19, in advance of his meeting with WBA #1 cruiserweight contender Denis Ledbedev at the Khodynka Ice Palace on November 4.

Wishing to get fully acclimated to the region, Toney (73-6-3, 44 KOs) will continue training in Moscow.

Already in the best physical shape he has been in years, 43-year-old Toney says he’s just putting the final touches on his camp and on fight night Operation Lights Out in Russia will be in full effect.

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DiBella Teams Up with Breast Cancer Charities on Oct. 21

Mashantucket, CT/New York, NY – (10/10/2011) – On Friday October 21st, Lou DiBella’s DiBella Entertainment will present “Octoberfist: Fight Night Done Right”, an exciting doubleheader on ShoBox: The New Generation, from the beautiful MGM Grand at Foxwoods. The event will be co-headlined by a sizzling super middleweight showdown between Edwin “La Bomba” Rodriguez (19-0, 14KO’s) and Will “Power” Rosinsky (14-0, 8KO’s), and rising junior welterweight contender Gabriel “Tito” Bracero (17-0, 3KO’s) taking on Daniel Sostre (11-4-1, 4KO’s) for the vacant NABF title. Both bouts are scheduled for 10 rounds and will be televised live on SHOWTIME beginning at 11PM ET/PT.

With October being National Breast Cancer Awareness month, DiBella has teamed up with the Breast Cancer Charities of America (BCCA), the iGoPink campaign, P3R Publicity and Everlast to help raise awareness with the exciting 10-bout card.

“This is our way to raise breast cancer awareness not just to the thousands of fans that will turn out on fight night, but to the hundreds of thousands at home watching on SHOWTIME’s nationally televised ShoBox event,” said DiBella.”Through their iGoPink campaign, BCCA brings a fresh and innovative approach to finding a cure; hopefully our event on October 21st will assist with them.My sister Maria is a breast cancer survivor and this cause is close to my heart.”

WBF Appoint Gianluca Di Caro as Marketing Director

World Boxing Federation President Howard Goldberg today announced the appointment of London based Gianluca Di Caro as Marketing Director.

Mr Di Caro, who in addition to being the Vice President of the Malta Boxing Commission, is a well known boxing journalist and photographer as well as owns and operates the sport specific International marketing, sponsorship and publicity consultancy – JustListen2This.

The new appointment exemplifies Mr Goldberg and his team’s commitment to the continuing development of the World Boxing Federation, as a leading player on the World Boxing scene, and comes fast on the heels of the recent announcement that South Africa’s Showpony Promotions are to host no less than six WBF title fights on their ground breaking ‘Urban War’ event in Johannesburg on November 19th.

Hennessy Sports Signs Unbeaten Light Heavyweight Lionell Thompson

TORONTO – Hennessy Sports announced today that it has signed undefeated light heavyweight prospect Lionell “Lonnie B” Thompson to an exclusive, long-term promotional contract.

The 26-year-old Thompson (9-0, 6 KOs), fighting out of Buffalo, will be in action October 22 on the Logan Cotton McGuinness vs. Benoit Gaudet undercard, presented by Hennessy Sports in association with Interbox and United Promotions, at The Hershey Centre in Mississauga, Ontario.

“We expect big things from Lionell,” promoter Mick Hennessy said. “He was a decorated U.S. amateur boxer who has developed quickly as a professional. Lionell is a hard working, dedicated boxer and we couldn’t be happier adding him to our growing stable of future champions. We’d also like to thank his manager, Tim Ziccardi, and head trainer, Ross Thompson, for helping to make this happen.”

Al Bernstein Nominated to International Boxing Hall of Fame Ballot

NEW YORK – Al Bernstein, a SHOWTIME® Sports color commentator and one of the most respected and recognized voices in boxing, has been nominated for the ballot of the 2011 International Boxing Hall of Fame in Canastota, N.Y.

This is the first time Bernstein has been nominated to the Hall. Other new nominees include former five-division world champion Thomas “Hit Man” Hearns, former two-division titleholders Mark “Too Sharp” Johnson and Dariusz Michalczewski, and five-time Trainer of the Year Freddie Roach.

Bernstein, who has called more than 2,500 fights and 68 pay-per-view telecasts, has been the voice of boxing for more than 30 years. From 1980 to 2003, Bernstein called boxing telecasts for ESPN as the analyst of the Top Rank Boxing series and served as the boxing expert on the network.

Luis Ramos Jr. Selected As Boxer With Most Character

New York – Luis Ramos Jr. scored an exciting 5th round knockout victory over David Rodela, maintaining his undefeated professional record during the main event of the September 30 “Sólo Boxeo Tecate” broadcast. His performance also impressed the fans at home, who gave him 67% of their text and online votes and, as a result, the title of the boxer with the most carácter of the week, putting Ramos Jr. in the running to receive the next “Cinturón Tecate” (Tecate Belt).

“Cinturón Tecate” is an award created to celebrate the boxers who display the most carácter in the ring during the “Sólo Boxeo Tecate” broadcast each Friday night on TeleFutura. Tecate recognizes that viewers at home are the best judges and allows them to vote for their favorite fighter of the night by sending a text message or visiting www.Univision.com. To thank participating fans, each text submitted gives them the opportunity to win boxing memorabilia, such as T-shirts, autographed pictures and even tickets to future “Sólo Boxeo Tecate” fights.

The next opportunity to vote will be during the October 14 broadcast of “Sólo Boxeo Tecate” which will feature Michael Perez taking on an opponent to be announced from the Coliseo Rafael G. Amalbert in Juncos, Puerto Rico.

Dannie Williams a Power Broker in Lightweight Division

ST. LOUIS — Not only isn’t World Boxing Council (“WBC”) Continental Americas champion Dannie Williams the best kept secret in the lightweight division anymore, the southpaw is arguably the most dangerous 135-pounder in the world, recently breaking into the top 10 for the first time and shooting for the stars.

Co-Promoted by Rumble Time Promotions and DiBella Entertainment, the 27-year-old Williams has overcome numerous obstacles in his life en route to becoming a legitimate contender. No longer just a prospect, he has won 18 of 19 pro fights, 15 by knockout, and recently moved into the WBC ratings at No. 9.

At the request of his longtime promoter Steve Smith, Williams moved from the mean streets of St. Louis to Youngstown (OH). “Boxing has saved me,” the 2004 National Golden Gloves champion explained. “I turned my life around when I left St. Louis for Youngstown. I have some great people around me like (head trainer) Jack Loew, (promoters) Steve Smith, Blake Fischer and Lou DiBella, (manager/advisor) Sam Shapiro…my whole team. They really care about me and want to see me succeed.”

McGuinness-Gaudet, Vargas-Cheikho Fast Approaching

TORONTO – Championship Boxing returns to the Hershey Centre on Saturday night, October 22, headlined by Fan Favorite Logan McGuinness as he takes on Quebec’s Benoit Gaudet in the toughest challenge of his young career. The stellar event ispresented by United Promotions and Hennessy Sports Canada in association with Interbox.

McGuinness (15-0-1, 7 KOs), presently rated No. 11 by the World Boxing Association (“WBA”), is the reigning North American Boxing Association (“NABA”) Lightweight Champion, but the Orangeville, Ontario native will abdicate his belt in order to fight Gaudet for the vacant NABA super featherweight title in the main event.

Former world title challenger Gaudet (24-2, 10 KOs) is a former NABA super featherweight title-holder. The Quebec boxer Gaudet was stopped by defending champion Humberto Soto in their 2009 World Boxing Council (“WBC”) super featherweight championship match, which was the co-feature on the Manny Pacquiao-Ricky Hatton mega-fight card.

Bogere Knocks Out Contreras on Friday’s ‘ShoBox’

LAS VEGAS (Oct. 8, 2011)—In a battle of unbeaten lightweights on Friday’s ShoBox: The New Generation, the charismatic Sharif “The Lion” Bogere knocked out Francisco Contreras in the third round to remain undefeated and continue his rise up the rankings toward a world title fight.

In the co-feature on SHOWTIME from Las Vegas, undefeated junior middleweight Jermell Charlo of Houston won a comfortable unanimous decision against Francisco Santana of Santa Barbara, Calif., by scores of 79-73 twice and 78-74 in an eight-round bout.

As is usually the case in fights involving the high-energy Bogere, a wild fight ended with the Ugandan landing two big right hand shots to the head of his Dominican opponent. The first punch landed early in the third round forcing Contreras to stumble toward the corner. The second grazed off Contreras’ back shoulder and the back of his head as he was turning away from the on-coming assault. Contreras went down flat on his face and was counted out by referee Jay Nady at 2:01.

Kell Brook Signs Endorsement Deal with North Fire

Kell Brook has signed a sponsorship deal with West Yorkshire fire and rescue supply company North Fire ahead of his sold-out World title eliminator on Saturday against Rafal Jackiewicz at the Ponds Forge International Arena live on Sky Sports 1 and HD1.

The unbeaten Welterweight star signed with adidas recently to be the UK spokesman for the sportswear giant and now adds North Fire to the list of companies wishing to associate themselves with the talented 25 year-old.