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REAL COMBAT MEDIA – RCM BOXING NEWS.. by Robert Brizel - Head Boxing Corresp.. - 13h ago

The Difficult Road of Antonio DeMarco

Editorial By Robert Brizel, Head Real Combat Media Boxing Correspondent

In losing five of his last seven bouts by decision, plus getting stopped twice by the late Edwin Valero and Adrien Broner in world title bouts, Antonio DeMarco has not beaten the odds against big promoters in big money fights. His seven losses were to opponents at the world-class level with a combined record of 148-1-1 at the time he fought them, insurmountable odds.




Welterweight southpaw DeMarco, 33-8-1 with 24 knockouts, Lakeside, California, Ha defeated Eddie Ramirez and Juan Castaneda, undefeated challengers. Valero, Broner, Maxim Dadashev, Rances Barthelemy and Omar Figueroa Jr. are among the undefeated fighters DeMarco did not beat. DeMarco beat John Molina Jr., Miguel Roman, and Jorge Linares as the World Lightweight champion. After losing his WBC title to Broner in 2012, DeMarco has won only five of his last 10 bouts at junior welterweight, welterweight, and junior middleweight.




DeMarco, age 33, should either go back to the 135-pound lightweight division or call it a career, as he is being mismatched badly at the higher weight. From Macao to Las Vegas, none of the big money bouts DeMarco lost were in his native Sinaloa, Mexico. At this point, DeMarco is simply being cashed out as an ‘opponent’ for promoter prospects and contender, and Demarco, who gave the first real performance against Valero, is a better fighter than to allow himself to be reduced to journeyman status at this point in his career. For DeMarco to continue his career, give losing five of his last seven bouts, would be a difficult road, too great to overcome at this point.

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Ronica “Queen” Jeffrey new title challenger for  
WBC Female World Champion Eva Wahlstrom
 
RJJ BOXING’s free admission showAug. 2 in Las Vegas
 
BOUTS WILL STREAM LIVE AND EXCLUSIVELY ON UFC FIGHT PASS®
LAS VEGAS (July 15, 2019) – World Boxing Council (WBC) female World super featherweight champion Eva Wahlstrom has a new title challenger, Ronica “Queen” Jeffrey, who has replaced Yareli “Chocolita” Larios, in the August 2nd headliner at the famed Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas.
Roy Jones Jr. (RJJ) Boxing Promotions is offering free admission for this latest installment of RJJ Boxing on UFC FIGHT PASS®, the world’s leading digital subscription service for combat sports, offering free admission to its loyal fanbase in Las Vegas. Fans may register online to receive their free tickets, minimum of eight per person, by going to:
RJJ Boxing co-founder and living legend Roy Jones, Jr. will host a meet-and-great for VIP ticket holders prior to the fights.
The main card will stream live and exclusively, starting at 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT, on UFC FIGHT PASS.
Former European champion Wahlstrom (22-1-1, 3 KOs), fighting out of Finland, captured her WBC female World super featherweight title in 2015, winning a 10-round decision over Natalia Vanesa del Valle Aguirre, followed with four successful title defenses, all by way of 10-round decisions, against Dahiana Santana (35-7), Anahi Esther Sanchez (14-0), Mayra Alejandra Gomez (18-5) and Melissa St. Vil (10-2-4).
Wahlstrom’s fifth title defense in the 10-round main event is now against Jeffrey (17-1, 1 KO), the former IWBF world super featherweight champion from Brooklyn. She is also a former WBC Silver featherweight and North American Boxing Federation (NABF) featherweight title holder.
Also fighting on UFC FIGHT PASS are a pair of Fort Worth, Texas fighters, middleweight John “The Phenom” Vera (18-1, 11 KOs) and featherweight Edward “Kid” Vasquez (6-0) in six-round matches.
The former world top 10-rated Vera takes on past WBA FEDALATIN welterweight champion Ravshan Hudaynazarov (17-1, 13 KOs), the Uzbekistan native living in Las Vegas, in the co-featured event.
Vasquez is matched against Dominican Republic knockout specialist Yeuri “Dinamita” Andujar (4-1, 3 KOs) in a battle of contrasting boxing styles.
UFC FIGHT PASS opens with WIBA bantamweight Interim world champion Rosalinda Rodriguez (10-0, 2 KOs) in a non-title, six-round bout against unbeaten Californian Jamie “The Miracle” Mitchell (5-0-1, 3 KOs).
Undefeated Colombian super bantamweight Brandon Valdes (12-0, 7 KOs) is scheduled to fight on the non-streaming undercard against an opponent to be determined.
The evening starts with a lightweight showdown between Californian Donald Brown (7-0, 5 KOs), the WBC Latino featherweight champion, versus fellow undefeated prospect, Dallas’ Francisco Martinez (5-0, 3 KOs), in a six-round bout.
All fights and fighters are subject to change.

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Vito Mielnicki Jr. Explosive in Historic Pro Debut 
The Youngest Boxer Ever in The State of New Jersey drills Tamarcus Smith in front of a supportive crowd at The Prudential Center and was SportsCenter Number-seven Play of the Day 
 
(Photos by Mikey Williams / Top Rank)

Roseland, NJ (July 15, 2019) – Vito Mielnicki Jr. lived up to the hype as he blasted out Tamarcus Smith in just 76 seconds in what was an historic professional debut on Saturday night at The Prudential Center in Newark. 

The 17 year-old Mielnicki became the youngest boxer ever granted a license in The Garden State, and the Roseland, New Jersey native thrilled a crowd of nearly 1,000 of his own supporters who came out to witness the fight.
Mielnicki landed a booming right-left combination that sent Smith face-first into the bottom rope, and the fight was waved off by referee Shada Murdaugh at 1:16 of the opening frame.
The fight, which was streamed live on ESPN+, and the knockout earned the number-seven spot on ESPN SportsCenter. 
The fighter nicknamed “White Magic” was very happy with his performance.
“It was exactly how I envisioned it.  With the crowd and everything, it made it a lot more electric,” Said Mielnicki.  “I worked for this my whole life, and I knew everything was going to payoff tonight.”
On the finish, “I waited for the right moment to throw the overhand right.  We worked on it all camp.”
Mielnicki, who will be entering his senior year at West Essex High School, is looking to get back in the gym and start preparing for his school year. 


“I go back to school in September. I will consult with my manager Anthony Catanzaro and see what the best fit is for me in terms of a promoter and platform.  I just want to thank all of my trainers who were with me all camp.  I want to thank Top Rank especially Bob Arum and Carl Moretti who put me on their card, commissioner Larry Hazzard for believing in me.  I also want to thank all of my family friends who came out tonight.”
Mielnicki with the first round KO!!
Vito Mielnicki Jr talks about his historic and explosive 1st round KO in debut fight

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Gerald Washington KOs Robert Helenius in Minnesota – Video Highlights

By Robert Brizel, Head Real Combat Media Boxing Correspondent

 Minneapolis, Minnesota (July 15th, 2019)– For eight rounds on Saturday, July 13, 2019, at the Minneapolis Armory, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, heavyweights Gerald Washington and Robert Helenius stood in front of each other jabbing in slow motion. Helenius led in the punch count and on the scorecards, but none of the punches thrown by both combatants seemed of consequence.

Late in the eighth round, Washington, now 20-3-1 with 13 knockouts, Vallejo, California, staggered Helenius, 28-3 with 17 knockouts, Helenhamn, Denmark, backward with a power right to the head. Helenius held on. Washington’s next punch, a straight right to the face fo Helenius, send Helenius backwards, down and out. Washington, 3-3-2 in his previous eight bouts, made a statement. Work hard in the boxing game, and anything is possible.

Result: Gerald Washington KO 8 Robert Helenius, Heavyweights (2:32)
Referee: Gary Wiezwa. Helenius was knocked out backwards on his back.

Washington knocks out Helenius in 8th round of heavyweight bout | HIGHLIGHTS | PBC on FOX - YouTube

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Pernell ‘Sweet Pea’ Whitaker Crossing A Virginia Beach Street

By 13newsnow.com

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — Norfolk native and Olympic boxing gold medalist Pernell “Sweet Pea” Whitaker was hit and killed at a busy Virginia Beach intersection, police tell 13News Now.

The accident happened just after 10 p.m. on Sunday at the intersection of Northampton Boulevard and Baker Road. Arriving officers found a man had been hit by a car. He died at the scene.

The driver of the vehicle stayed and spoke with police.

Police have not identified the man, but family members have posted on social media, confirming the victim is the 55-year-old boxing legend.

Whitaker’s professional career spanned from 1984 to 2001, where he became a four-weight world champion. He won the gold in the 84 Olympics in the Lightweight category, and after retiring, he was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2006.

Whitaker was born in Norfolk and made Hampton Roads his home.  In 2014, he made national headlines after evicting his own mother from a home he purchased for her.

In a coincidence, his own brother was hit and injured by a car last year in Norfolk.

Following Sunday night’s accident, traffic on westbound Northampton Boulevard was shut down for several hours but it has since reopened.

Pedestrian Noel Brown and many others cross at Northampton Boulevard and Baker Road. They all say it’s a dangerous intersection.

“The light changes real fast,” Brown said. “As soon as I get across the street, suddenly it changed, and you have to stop in the middle and wait for the traffic to go and then you can go.”

Officers from the department’s Fatal Accident Crash Team are investigating. So far, police have not said if the driver will face any charges.

“I think they need to get more, a little more timing before the lights change. That time needs to be a little longer. When you go up the street, they have like the sign that says walk and you have 20 seconds to get across. One of those. They need to get one of those,” said Brown.

Brown said the victim and his family are in his thoughts and prayers.

In a coincidence, his own brother was hit and injured by a car last year in Norfolk.

Following Sunday night’s accident, traffic on westbound Northampton Boulevard was shut down for several hours but it has since reopened.

Pedestrian Noel Brown and many others cross at Northampton Boulevard and Baker Road. They all say it’s a dangerous intersection.

“The light changes real fast,” Brown said. “As soon as I get across the street, suddenly it changed, and you have to stop in the middle and wait for the traffic to go and then you can go.”

Officers from the department’s Fatal Accident Crash Team are investigating. So far, police have not said if the driver will face any charges.

“I think they need to get more, a little more timing before the lights change. That time needs to be a little longer. When you go up the street, they have like the sign that says walk and you have 20 seconds to get across. One of those. They need to get one of those,” said Brown.

Brown said the victim and his family are in his thoughts and prayers.


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Pernell ‘Sweet Pea’ Whitaker Killed A Crossing Virginia Beach Street

By 13newsnow.com

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — Norfolk native and Olympic boxing gold medalist Pernell “Sweet Pea” Whitaker was hit and killed at a busy Virginia Beach intersection, police tell 13News Now.

The accident happened just after 10 p.m. on Sunday at the intersection of Northampton Boulevard and Baker Road. Arriving officers found a man had been hit by a car. He died at the scene.

The driver of the vehicle stayed and spoke with police.

Police have not identified the man, but family members have posted on social media, confirming the victim is the 55-year-old boxing legend.

Whitaker’s professional career spanned from 1984 to 2001, where he became a four-weight world champion. He won the gold in the 84 Olympics in the Lightweight category, and after retiring, he was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2006.

Whitaker was born in Norfolk and made Hampton Roads his home.  In 2014, he made national headlines after evicting his own mother from a home he purchased for her.

In a coincidence, his own brother was hit and injured by a car last year in Norfolk.

Following Sunday night’s accident, traffic on westbound Northampton Boulevard was shut down for several hours but it has since reopened.

Pedestrian Noel Brown and many others cross at Northampton Boulevard and Baker Road. They all say it’s a dangerous intersection.

“The light changes real fast,” Brown said. “As soon as I get across the street, suddenly it changed, and you have to stop in the middle and wait for the traffic to go and then you can go.”

Officers from the department’s Fatal Accident Crash Team are investigating. So far, police have not said if the driver will face any charges.

“I think they need to get more, a little more timing before the lights change. That time needs to be a little longer. When you go up the street, they have like the sign that says walk and you have 20 seconds to get across. One of those. They need to get one of those,” said Brown.

Brown said the victim and his family are in his thoughts and prayers.

In a coincidence, his own brother was hit and injured by a car last year in Norfolk.

Following Sunday night’s accident, traffic on westbound Northampton Boulevard was shut down for several hours but it has since reopened.

Pedestrian Noel Brown and many others cross at Northampton Boulevard and Baker Road. They all say it’s a dangerous intersection.

“The light changes real fast,” Brown said. “As soon as I get across the street, suddenly it changed, and you have to stop in the middle and wait for the traffic to go and then you can go.”

Officers from the department’s Fatal Accident Crash Team are investigating. So far, police have not said if the driver will face any charges.

“I think they need to get more, a little more timing before the lights change. That time needs to be a little longer. When you go up the street, they have like the sign that says walk and you have 20 seconds to get across. One of those. They need to get one of those,” said Brown.

Brown said the victim and his family are in his thoughts and prayers.

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REY VARGAS DEFEATS TOMOKI KAMEDA IN CARSON, CA

By ESPN Boxing

CARSON, Calif. (July 14th, 2019) — In an often awkward and ugly affair at the Dignity Health Sports Park, Rey Vargas retained his WBC junior featherweight title by outpointing Japanese challenger Tomoki Kameda on Saturday night.

All three judges scored the fight 117-110 for Vargas.

Loud boos poured in at the end of the bout and after the decision was rendered; while Vargas (34-0, 22 KOs) was effective, he was far from exciting. Kameda (36-3, 20 KOs) certainly tried his best to make a fight, but his efforts were mostly futile.

While the decision was unpopular, it was the correct one.

Vargas is one of the toughest matchups in boxing. Listed at nearly 5-foot-11 — significantly tall for a 122-pounder — he can control distance from the outside and is adept at smothering his foes as they get close. While not a particularly crowd-pleasing style, it works for Vargas, who methodically wins one round after another.

That continued Saturday night.

Final Punch Stats
FIGHTER TOTAL JABS POWER
Vargas 173 of 793 (22%) 51 of 443 (12%) 122 of 350 (35%)
Kameda 133 of 394 (34%) 13 of 77 (17%) 120 of 317 (38%)
— Courtesy of CompuBox

“The idea was to throw a lot of punches and to have a very intelligent fight,” said Vargas, who made his fifth title defense. “I believe that we made this a very smart fight, an intelligent one. This is a boxer’s style, to fight with precision. I believe that he brought a lot of fans from Japan, and that’s why they don’t agree with the decision.”

Kameda tried his best to close the gap and rush inside on Vargas, but oftentimes he was devoid of the jab and had problems gauging distance. That left him in positions where he couldn’t land clean punches and then ended up in a clinch with the champ.

“First of all, I want to say thank you to everyone,” Kameda said. “I recognize Vargas. I believe that he won the fight tonight, and I respect him as a champion. He won. I need to learn and to practice more in order to get another chance to be champion again. I am very grateful for all the Mexican people. I want to be world champion again.”

Moving forward, Vargas would like to add a couple of more belts to his collection. Asked whom he wanted to face next, he pointed to the IBF and WBA belt holder.

“Danny Roman,” Vargas said. “We need to unify titles — why not? I want all three titles. Danny, we are ready. I am ready whenever you want to fight. You know when a Mexican fights another Mexican, it’s a war.”

Rios stops De La Hoya

Junior featherweight Ronny Rios came up with a career-resurrecting victory by halting Diego De La Hoya in six rounds in an entertaining, back-and-forth battle.


The end came when Rios (30-4, 15 KOs) landed a picture-perfect right uppercut during an exchange with De La Hoya (21-1, 10 KOs) that sent him to one knee. As he got to his feet, the fight was waved off by referee Rudy Barragan.

“I feel great. It is an unbelievable feeling. Especially winning in front of my friends and family who came out here to support me — I want to thank you guys from the bottom of my heart,” said Rios, who hails from nearby Santa Ana and had plenty of support in the building. “I did this for me, but I dedicate this victory to you guys.”

The bout had a fast tempo from the beginning, as both quick-fisted boxers weren’t shy about letting their hands go. Rios, who lost his 2017 attempt vs. Vargas in this same venue, was very deliberate in his approach and wasn’t shy about unleashing left hooks to the body and throwing right hands over the top.


The normally elusive De La Hoya was hit often during back-and-forth volleys with Rios, and his nose was bloodied early. While neither fighter is considered a heavy puncher, Rios’ blows had more impact.

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The scores at the time of the stoppage: 50-46 Rios, 50-45 De La Hoya and 49-46 Rios.

“I told him (Barragan) that I didn’t feel good,” De La Hoya said. “I don’t know what it was. I was hurt in my head. I didn’t feel well. I didn’t feel right. I did my best camp possible and I didn’t do that in the ring. You have to accept the losses just like you accept the wins.”

In a venue where he had his biggest career disappointment against Vargas, Rios came up with perhaps his most important victory.

“I was in a dark place,” said Rios, who credited his trainer for the revival.

“It was very hard to come back, but thanks to my team, especially Hector Lopez, who pushed me. He got me mad, he got me irritated at times. But man, he inspired me to come back, and not for anyone else, but for myself.”

After the Vargas loss, Rios was stopped in six rounds by Azat Hovhannisyan in 2018, but has since reeled off two victories.

“I am proof to fighters all around the world: No matter how many times you lose, you can still come back as long as you believe in yourself,” he said. “No matter what — boxing, your career — just go for it, man. I am not done. I still have a lot more years left. This was a hard camp; I pushed them. They told me to ease up. I would tell them that my opponent was outworking us and I kept pushing.”

Gutierrez stuns Hernandez early

In a stunning upset, previously undefeated Rocky Hernandez, the highly touted 21-year-old junior lightweight from Mexico, was knocked out in the first round by Roger Gutierrez.

Gutierrez was cut inside the mouth early but weathered the storm from the aggressive Hernandez (28-1, 25 KOs) and began to turn the tide with a series of right hands set up by his long jab.

After a few right hands stopped Hernandez in his tracks, a final blow from Gutierrez (22-3-1, 19 KOs) sent him to the canvas. Hernandez tried to rise but was shaky on his feet and deemed unable to continue by Barragan.

“I won with my mentality,” said the 24-year-old Venezuelan, who entered the fight as a heavy underdog. “I came in here to rip his head off, and that’s what you saw. It was my mentality that made the difference. Everyone on my team, my family, my parents, my children — they all believed in me. That’s how I did it.”

Hernandez was thought to be on the fast track to a world title shot. Now, he faces an uncertain future in the wake of an unexpected loss.

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Shakur Stevenson Kos Alberto Guevara In Newark, NJ

By ESPN Boxing

Newark, NJ (July 14th, 2019)– Rising featherweight star Shakur Stevenson made a triumphant homecoming as he blew out Alberto Guevara in a dominant third-round knockout performance Saturday night in Newark, New Jersey, to retain his regional belt and move to the precipice of a shot at a world title.

Fighting before a partisan crowd of 5,150 in the main event of the Top Rank Boxing on ESPN card at the Prudential Center, Stevenson put on a flawless performance, scoring two knockdowns in the second round before putting Guevara away in the third.

“There is only one way to describe tonight — amazing,” Stevenson said of his first professional fight in his hometown. “Seeing all of my family, friends and everybody from the city come out to support was incredible. We are going to do many more fights and even bigger. We are bringing big-time boxing back to Newark.”

Stevenson is already in a mandatory position to fight for the 126-pound world title held by Mexico’s Oscar Valdez, so he is expected to either fight Valdez by the end of the year or fight for a vacant belt if Valdez moves up to the junior lightweight division as he has talked about doing.

Stevenson would like to fight Top Rank stablemate Valdez for his title but also called out world titleholder Josh Warrington of England.

“I think it’s that time,” Stevenson said of fighting for a title. “I would love to go to England to fight Josh Warrington. We can do that in December. Let’s get it.”

Final Punch Stats
FIGHTER TOTAL JABS POWER
Stevenson 32 of 67 (48%) 9 of 22 (41%) 23 of 45 (51%)
Guevara 5 of 51 (10%) 0 of 23 (0%) 5 of 28 (18%)
— Courtesy of CompuBox

Stevenson opened the fight as the aggressor against Guevara, who is a counterpuncher, and never slowed down. He landed body shots and long right jabs from his southpaw stance to take immediate control of the fight. Guevara had no answers for Stevenson’s offense. In the second round, Stevenson landed a left hand and right to the body to knock Guevara to a knee with 30 seconds to go. A straight left hand dropped Guevara for the second time in the final seconds of the round.

Shakur Stevenson (12-0, 7 KOs), 22, a 2016 U.S. Olympic silver medalist, continued to dominate in the third round before landing a four-punch combination — two shots to the body, followed by a right and left to the head — that dropped Guevara on his back. He tried to get to his feet but could not beat the count from referee David Fields, who waved the fight over at 2 minutes, 37 seconds.

“That was a great performance that I put on for the city of Newark,” Stevenson said. “I’m glad they came out to support me. Top Rank, you all gotta give me better competition. I want the IBF and WBO titles.

“I surprised myself today. I was going for the body a lot. He didn’t look like he was in shape at the weigh-in, so I went to the body and finished him off to the head.”

According to CompuBox, Stevenson landed 32 of 67 punches (48%), while Guevara connected with only 5 of 51 punches (10%).

Guevara, who took the fight on eight days’ notice, was the third opponent for this date with Stevenson. He was originally slated to fight Hairon Socarras (22-0-3, 13 KOs), but Socarras dropped out over various unspecified issues and was replaced by Franklin Manzanilla (18-5, 17 KOs), a former junior featherweight world title challenger, who withdrew last week saying he had flu-like symptoms.

Guevara (27-5, 12 KOs), 28, of Mexico, a two-time bantamweight world title challenger who had been training and was close to the 126-pound weight limit, accepted the fight without hesitation. But he lost his second fight in a row, having been outpointed by former junior featherweight world titlist Hugo Ruiz in January.

Greer edges Potapov in eliminator

In the co-feature, bantamweight Joshua Greer Jr. escaped with a majority decision over Nikolai Potapov in a title eliminator that Potapov dominated for long stretches. The crowd booed the decision and ESPN analysts Andre Ward and Timothy Bradley Jr. both called it a terrible decision, but Greer (21-1-1, 12 KOs), 25, of Chicago, nonetheless moved a step closer to a shot at a world title.

One judge scored the fight 114-114, but the other two gave it to Greer by scores of 116-112 and 115-113.

“He’s very awkward with the Russian style, but at the end of the day, this is the pros. I pulled it out,” Greer said. “The booing didn’t bother me. I know I won the fight. Every time I hit him to the body, I hurt him. I didn’t get the knockout, but I got the win.”

Final Punch Stats
FIGHTER TOTAL JABS POWER
Greer 160 of 424 (38%) 44 of 155 (28%) 116 of 269 (43%)
Potapov 139 of 638 (22%) 49 of 371 (13%) 90 of 267 (34%)
— Courtesy of CompuBox

The fight began slowly, with each man looking to get inside, but eventually Potapov began picking off Greer’s punches and countering him well. Greer got tagged repeatedly with right hands and showed no ability to adjust after getting clocked with the same punch over and over. A right hand from Greer shook Potapov in the final seconds of the fifth round, but it was a fleeting moment.

By the eighth round, Potapov (20-2-1, 11 KOs), 29, a Russia native fighting out of New York, had given Greer a bloody nose and appeared to be in control. Greer trainer John Pullman showed ample concern about how the fight was going after the ninth round when he told Greer that he needed to pick up the pace. Greer had a good 10th round and appeared to hurt Potapov with a left hook to the body. Pullman begged Greer for a big 12th round, and while he didn’t deliver a big one, he won it on all three scorecards to gain the victory.

According to CompuBox, Greer landed 160 of 424 punches (38%) and Potapov connected with 139 of 638 (22%).

“We feel we got robbed, as do boxing fans,” said Dmitriy Salita, Potapov’s promoter. “ESPN and the media had Nikolai winning. We are going to appeal the decision. ESPN is a great platform for the sport of boxing. We are grateful for the opportunity and what is just. Nikolai won the fight.”

With the win, Greer moved a step closer to a mandatory shot at the 118-pound world title held by Naoya Inoue, one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world, who next will meet Nonito Donaire in the finals of the World Boxing Super Series tournament this fall. Potapov’s only previous loss came when he quit after seven rounds against former world titlist Omar Narvaez in 2017.

More undercard results

• Junior welterweight Josue Vargas (14-1, 9 KOs), 21, a Puerto Rico native fighting out of the Bronx, New York, won his eighth fight in a row as he stopped Manuel Lopez (14-4-1, 7 KOs), 28, of Denver, at 2 minutes, 50 seconds of the seventh round of their scheduled eight-rounder. He was battering him with clean shots, including several uppercuts, when referee Sparkle Lee stepped in.

• Junior middleweight Vito Mielnicki Jr. (1-0, 1 KO), son of promoter Vito Mielnicki, became the first New Jersey boxer to turn pro at the age of 17 — he was given a special exemption by the New Jersey State Athletic Control Board — and won by first-round knockout of Mississippi’s Tamarcus Smith (2-3, 2 KOs), 24.

Mielnicki, who sold some 500 tickets, knocked Smith cold with a combination that concluded with a right hand at 1 minute, 16 seconds.

• Junior welterweight Julian Rodriguez (17-0, 11 KOs), 24, of Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey, returned from a nearly two-year layoff, caused mainly by injuries, to score a first-round knockout of Hevinson Herrera (24-18-1, 18 KOs), 34, of Colombia, who lost his third fight in a row.

Rodriguez, known as “Hammer Hands,” needed only 59 seconds as he planted Herrera on the mat with a combination for the full count from referee Lee.

“I was very confident in my preparation, so I felt like I had to go in there and do what I had to do,” Rodriguez said. “That’s what [the fans] like about me. When they come here, they see a show.”

• Junior welterweight John Bauza (13-0, 5 KOs), 21, of North Bergen, New Jersey, beat and battered the game Angel Sarinana (10-9-2, 4 KOs), 26, of Mexico, in a shutout decision victory. There was plenty of action, but Bauza won 80-72 on all three scorecards.

• Super middleweight Vijender Singh (11-0, 8 KOs), 33, a 2008 Olympic bronze medalist from India and his country’s only boxing medalist, returned from a 19-month layoff to score a fourth-round knockout of Mike Snider (13-6-3, 8 KOs), 38, of Flemington, West Virginia.

Singh nearly dropped Snider in the second round, and as he hammered him during the fourth round, referee Shada Murdaugh stopped it at 1 minute, 23 seconds.

“It was excellent getting back in the ring after a long time off. It’s great to be here in the USA and to get the win. It was really exciting,” Singh said. “It took me about four rounds to get back in the swing of things. I expected it to take two or three rounds, but it took me four. I felt good.”

• Lightweight prospect Joseph Adorno (13-0, 11 KOs), 20, of Allentown, Pennsylvania, knocked out Adriano Ramirez (10-4, 6 KOs), 35, of the Dominican Republic, in the second round of their scheduled eight-rounder. Adorno sent Ramirez to the canvas with a left hook and then dropped him again with a follow-up combination, and referee Lee wave
d off the fight at 1 minute, 12 seconds.

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TITUS WILLIAMS SCORES FIRST ROUND KNOCKOUT IN AMAZURA MAIN EVENT

Queens, N.Y. – Ronson Frank’s Uprising Promotions and The New Mexican Promotion returned on Friday night with another exciting slate of boxing, presenting a seven-bout card to an energetic audience at Club Amazura in Queens, New York.

“It was another great night of boxing for Uprising Promotions and the New Mexican Promotion here at Club Amazura,” said Rory Frank, Vice President of Uprising Promotions. “This show had a nice mix of everything. The fights were competitive, and we also saw some exciting knockouts. We want to thank all of the fighters, coaches and fans who brought the energy to make it such an entertaining night.”

In the showcase bout of the evening, featherweight Titus Williams (9-2, 4 KOs) needed less than a round to dispose of Aaron Echeveste Lopez (6-4, 3 KOs). Despite the action lasting less than three minutes, the right-handed Williams put on a very impressive display of well-timed counter punching while holding court in the center of the ring.

About a minute into the opening frame, Lopez looked to flash inside of Williams, only to see the New York native unload a perfectly timed counter right uppercut that immediately flattened his opposition. Lopez got back to his feet, and Williams displayed patience as he methodically stalked his man while looking for another opening. He soon found it just before the close of the opening frame, as Lopez stepped into a beautifully timed counter right hand that put him on his back for a second time.

Lopez did once again climb to his feet, but referee Steve Willis did not like what he saw when he looked into his eyes. He opted to wave off the bout so Lopez did not receive any more damage, with the official stoppage coming at 2:54 of the very first round.

In the co-feature of the evening, bantamweight Ariel Lopez (13-0, 8 KOs) had a game opponent in Ivan Martino Jiminez (5-4, 5 KOs), but he was able to break him down over the course of four frames before getting a deserved stoppage. Lopez continually showed off some quick hands while picking his spots, also throwing hooks around the tightly worn guard of Jiminez to get inside.

Midway through the fourth round, Lopez unleashed a body shot directly to the solar plexus of Jiminez that put him on the floor in obvious pain. Although it looked like Jiminez would be unable to continue, he somehow worked his way back onto his feet. When action resumed, Lopez intelligently returned to the body, backing up a hurt Jiminez until the referee stoppage came at the 1:53 mark of the fourth frame.

In a 143-pound catchweight bout, Cesar Francis (6-0, 4 KOs) engaged in an entertaining six-round scrap with Antonio Sanchez Hernandez (6-7-2, 3 KOs). Francis was able to use his height and length advantage in the early frames, but Hernandez adjusted and slipped well throughout the encounter to force Francis to fight on the inside. While Hernandez was certainly a game opponent, Francis proved that he was on a more elevated level in this one to eventually pick up the well-earned victory.

When the six action rounds concluded, Francis increased the tally on his unblemished record with scores of 60-54 (twice) and 59-55.

Mathew Gonzalez (9-0, 6 KOs) also improved his unbeaten mark on Friday night, making quick work of veteran Federico Jesus Malespina (16-13-2, 2 KOs) in less than one frame. Gonzalez showed off his quickness and ability to pivot in the little time he was allotted before unloading a fight-ending right hook to the body of Malespina. A 10-count was delivered after the vicious blow, officially ending this one 73 seconds after it started.

In his pro debut, Brooklyn welterweight Raymond Wilburg (1-0, 1 KO) engaged in an action-packed first round with Jean Hernandez (0-2) that saw both fighters giving and taking. In the second frame, Wilburg quickly settled in comfortably and started firing some heavy punches with both hands. His powerful strikes were repeatedly finding a home, and this bout was forced to be waved off just 27 seconds into that second round. The stoppage sent the hometown fans into an uproar, making it a successful debut for Wilburg.

In a cruiserweight attraction, Jan Czerklewicz (2-0, 0 KOs) was able to outwork Mike Diorio (0-2) over four frames, moving well and using his length to score flush 40-36 scorecards from the ringside judges.

In the opening fight of the evening, Brooklyn middleweight Hosam Abdeldayem (1-0, 0 KOs) and Daniel Jefferson (0-1) engaged in a competitive four-framer that saw scores all over the place once it concluded. However, it was Abdeldayem who earned his first professional win when the judges turned in those final tallies. The first card was read 39-37 for Jefferson, but that count was nullified with scores of 39-37 and 38-37 in favor of Abdeldayem on the final pair of cards.

Miss the action? Watch the full fight card now via Fight Night Live on Facebook, with Michael Woods and Xavier Porter calling the action from ringside.

Next up for Uprising Promotions is the promotional debut of undefeated heavyweight Vladimir Tereshkin (20-0-1, 10 KOs), who take on Williams Ocando (21-8, 17 KOs) on Saturday night at the Ambassador Theatre in Kingston, Jamaica.

Keep it locked to UprisingPromotions.com and @UprisingNYC for all of the latest information from Uprising Promotions.

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British Heavyweight Action! Dubois Kayos Gorman, Joyce Decisions Jennings

By Robert Brizel, Head Real Combat Media Boxing Correspondent

Greenwich, UK (13th of July, 2019)–Both former world heavyweight champion David Haye and promoter Frank Warren felt Daniel ‘Dynamite’ Dubois was fantastic in the main event at 02 Arena in Greenwich, United Kingdom, on Saturday evening, July 13, 2019.


At age 21, Dubois, 12-0 with 11 knockouts, Greenwich, London, United Kingdom, is the third youngest British heavyweight champion ever, after Joe Bugner and Herbie Hyde.

Dubois, boxing behind the jab at long range disciplined boxing with sparkling accuracy, which spelled knockout, finishing Nathan Gorman with a double left jab followed by an overhand right to the head in the fifth round to win the vacant BBBofC British Heavyweight title.


Gorman was cut on the left eyebrow from a Dubois punch in the second round and got knocked down in the third round after taking several grazing rights to the head. Gorman, 16-1 with 11 knockouts, Nantwich, Cheshire, United Kingdom, never fully recovered. Dubois staggered Gorman in the fifth round, before knocking him out. Gorman had a reach and weight advantage, but Dubois had the better physique and the active jab, with the confidence to walk Gorman down and simply outbox him. Dubois followed his corner advice to just outbox Gorman and break him down after a few rough and tumble exchanges which could have gone Gorman’s way beyond a certain point if Dubois fell for it.

According to promoter Frank Warren, “Look we could have done that. Joyce gets the winner of Charr for a world title. Daniel Dubois in with anybody, if he hits them, they’ll go. He’s silent but deadly. He (Daniel still) needs to work a bit on his defense. He took some good shots (from Gorman). He’s going to have to tighten up on his defense. The good thing is, Daniel took the shots. Boxing’s about boxing to your strength, basic boxing. You work to your strength, (and) you box to your strength. That’s what’s impressive.”

In the preliminary bout to the main event, rising 2016 Olympic Heavyweight Silver Medalist Joe Joyce retains his WBA Gold Heavyweight title and went to 10-0, nine knockouts, London, United Kingdom, with a 12 round unanimous decision over fading 24-4 Philadelphia heavyweight contender Bryant Jennings. It appeared Jennings won the final round, which Boxing Scene, who had the fight even going into the final round, gave to Joyce. The scorecard of one judge 115-112, or otherwise 114-113 seemed more correct-still not enough for Jennings to win in ‘Merrie Olde England’. Jenning was penalized a point in the tenth round for a low blow. The lost point did not impact the scorecards significantly.

The British crowd were quiet despite Joyce’s big win, expecting a better performance. According to promoter Frank Warren, “Joyce went 12 rounds for the first time against a dangerous opponent, but his boxing game showed a lot of holes with room for major improvement. It was a step up for Joyce, with only nine pro fights. That was a step for Joyce on his record, we hope he learned from it.”


02 Arena Greenwich Boxing Results:

Daniel Dubois KO 5 Nathan Gorman, Heavyweights (2:41)
Dubois wins vacant BBBofC British Heavyweight title
Referee; Victor Laughlin

Joy Joyce Win 12 Bryant Jennings, Heavyweights
Joyce retains World Boxing Association Gold Heavyweight title
Scoring: 118-109, 117-110, 115-112 Joyce. Real Combat Media 114-113 for Joyce.
Jennings was penalized a point in round 10 for a low blow.

Liam Williams TKO 2 Karim Achour, Middleweights
Williams wins World Boxing Council Silver Middleweight title

Archie Sharp Win 10 Jordon McCorry, Super Featherweights
Sharp retains World Boxing Organization European Super Featherweight title

Sunny Edwards Win 10 Hiram Gallardo, Super Flyweights
Edwards wins International Boxing Federation International Super Flyweight title

Willy Hutchinson win 6 Josip Perkovic, Light Heavyweights

Dennis McCann Win 4 Jerson Larios, Bantamweights

Jake Pettitt Win 4 Elvis Guillen, Super Featherweights
Guillen was knocked down in the third round, came back to go the distance.

Mark Chamberlain Win 4 Sergio Gonzalez, Lightweights
Gonzalez was down twice in the first round, came back to go the distance.

Micky Burke (Pro Debut) Win 4 Mike Williams, Welterweights

Florian Marku TKO 4 Tommy Broadbent, Welterweights

Hamzah Sheeraz TKO 1 Scott James, Middleweights

Jonathan Palata TKO 1 Ferenc Zsalek, Heavyweights

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