Thursday, May 18, 2017

#Boxing Triple-header announced for July 15




Tickets to go on Sale Wednesday, May 24 at 10 a.m. PST  

LOS ANGELES (May 17, 2017) - The white-hot super featherweight division will be on full display July 15 when two world title fights come to Los Angeles' "Fabulous" Forum as part of a stacked tripleheader on HBO Boxing After Dark.

In the main event that has "Fight of the Year" written all over it, newly crowned WBC World Super Featherweight Champion Miguel "El Alacran" Berchelt (31-1, 28 KOs) will make his first title defense against former world champion and mandatory challenger Takashi Miura (31-3-2, 24 KOs).

In the co-main, Panamanian superstar and WBA Super Featherweight World Champion Jezreel "El Invisible" Corrales (21-0, 8 KOs) will look to keep his title and undefeated record, as he makes his stateside debut against a resurgent Robinson "Robin Hood" Castellanos (24-12, 14 KOs), hot off his massive upset victory over two-time world champion Yuriorkis Gamboa.

Opening up the televised card, WBC International Light Heavyweight Champion Joe Smith, Jr. (23-1, 19 KOs) will return West from Long Island to put his belt on the line against the Miami-based Sullivan Barrera (19-1, 14 KOs) in a battle of heavy-handed sluggers.

"The super featherweight division is absolutely stacked with skilled, high-action fighters right now, and the four competitors atop this card are competing to see who will be the top dog," Oscar De La Hoya, Chairman and CEO of Golden Boy Promotions said."Add to that a showdown between two of the top light heavyweights in the world in Smith and Barrrera, and you have all the makings of a trio of absolute wars on July 15."

Riding a 10-consecutive knockout streak culminating in an 11th-round stoppage of Francisco "El Bandido" Vargas in January, Berchelt -- fighting out of Merida, Mexico -- will look to continue his winning ways in just his second fight on American soil.

Friday, May 12, 2017

@StarBoxing debuts "FightNight Live" on Facebook


Boxing, MMA streaming series debut draws 40,000 views, and still climbing.
The reviews are in, and the numbers are in, and the decision is unanimous: the debut of FIGHTNIGHT LIVE, on Facebook Live Thursday evening from Mohegan Sun in Connecticut, was a KO victory.
Watchers of the stream, which drew 37,000-plus "uniques" on fight night, and continues to draw clicks, enjoyed a Star Boxing® main event topped by a junior middleweight scrap between vet Delvin Rodriguez and up 'n comer Courtney Pennington.
More numbers: Almost 3,000 comments were shared by watchers during the four plus hour show, which provided incredible value for fans of the sweet science. Fans said things like, "This is the future of the sport, live FREE streaming." "This stream is giving expose to young guns that would not ordinarily get it on broadcast TV!" "After tonight's streaming many will talk about it and many more will watch if there's a next time, this is the bomb!"
"I was inundated with complimentary texts, emails and calls almost as soon as the stream started, and it was a lot of fun watching the numbers swell from 27 views at the start of the broadcast to 40,000-plus by now," said Mark Fratto, Principal of Linacre Media. "Like many others, we believe that the present and future of 'televised' boxing, MMA, Muay Thai and really all live sports is digital. Further, by putting these events on Facebook we're providing an interactive environment for fight fans to not only view the events, but to connect with each other and provide their own real-time commentary during the bouts. We believe in high-quality, cost-efficient production that can give fans free access to hundreds of global, national and regional live fight nights without breaking the bank of the promoter and also without sacrificing what sports fans have come to expect from their viewing experience - multiple camera angles, graphics, replays and behind-the-scenes access and interviews. We don't want traditional fans, digital customers and cord-cutters to be relegated to trying to watch other spectators' live feeds off their cell phones."
Promoter Joe DeGuardia went on air during the main event. He was visibly impressed and shared his enthusiasm while watching Pennington spring the upset.
"This has been incredible," DeGuardia said. "It is great that fans will now be able to see more fights on a platform with massive reach. This is good for everyone and a perfect way for fighters to expand their fan base. I am pleased to be involved."

@Twitter Recap from Ringside for @StarBoxing's #SlugfestAtTheSun

Courtney Pennington defeats Delvin Rodriguez
Kali Reis overcomes Ashleigh Curry
Daniel Gonzalez blanks Samuel Amoako
and more
Ringside Twitter Recap
From Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, CT
By Alex Pierpaoli
Ringside Report

As is our tradition here, if we covered a fight live and tweeted details from ringside** we like to post a recap later for any of you anti-social media types. Here is a chronological recounting of our live-tweets from ringside, made slightly more grammatical and a little bit less hashtaggie.
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**On this occasion we kept getting a security notice from Google Chrome and were locked out of Twitter for awhile. It came online right around bout number three.

we are ringside from @MoheganSun for @starboxing's #SlugfestAtTheSun tune in here for more updates.

Bout 3, Marcus Beckford,155 lbs, East Meadow, NY, 3-6-3 vs Jose Rivera,154 1/4 lbs, of Hartford, CT, 2-1 (2)  6 rounds.

tentative first between these two fighters. Rivera seemed busier. They are using mats in the corner to absorb excess water. Great idea!!

Rated-R Rivera landed several cracking right hooks in this all-southpaw contest.

these two are being a little extra cautious. They probably don't face southpaws like themselves very often. This is like looking in a mirror

Beckford landed a couple single shots in that third but it was Rivera landing big blasts to the head with both hands at round's end

holy crap!! Beckford looked to be doing a little talking in there & seconds later Rivera crashed a right hook against his jaw & ended this

Ref. Ortega gave him a count but halted things with Beckford on his feet but too groggy to go on.

Rivera wins via TKO Round 4 1:50. Wow. Big shot!

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Results from ringside @MoheganSun for #SlugfestAtTheSun

Delvin Rodriguez vs. Courtney Pennington
Results from Ringside
By Alex Pierpaoli
Twitter recap

From the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT...

Bout 1-

Richard Rivera, 177 1/2 lbs, of Hartford, CT, defeated Marco Parente, 179 3/4 lbs, of Toronto, Canada in the first bout of the night. Starting fast, Rivera who goes by the nickname Popeye, charged out of the ring in a style more reminiscent Bluto. Parente met his rugged violence but Rivera asserted himself quickly, finding the range on single power blasts with the right hand to both the ribs and head of Parente. Both fighters looked tired in the third but Rivera continued applying pressure. In the fourth and final frame, Rivera was relentless in pursuing Parente, bringing cheers out of the crowd with every blast he landed. With just 31 seconds to go and Popeye boring in, banging the head and body of a fleeing and increasingly non-violent Parente, referee Danny Schiavone stepped in to halt the action. The winner by TKO at 2:27 of round 4 is Richard "Popeye the Sailor Man" Rivera. 

Richard Rivera improves to 2-0 (2) while Parente backs his way into the pro ranks at 0-1.

Bout 2-

In a duel of debuting pros, Omar Bordoy ,135 3/4 lbs, of Danbury, CT, defeated Jonathon Rojas, 133 1/2 lbs, of Jersey City, NJ, by four round unanimous decision. Bordoy showed superior hand speed and skills to his older but equally untested opponent. Bordoy landed double left hooks and quick overhand rights throughout the fight keeping the tenacious Rojas on the defensive. There was an especially heartfelt embrace and mutual congratulations between the fighters at the final bell. No doubt they both tried hard to win in a spirited contest. The scorecards were 40-36 x 3 all in favor of Omar Bordoy.

Bordoy is now a professional at 1-0 and Rojas is 0-1.

Bout 3-

Jose Rivera,154 1/4 lbs, of Hartford, CT, stopped Marcus Beckford,155 lbs, East Meadow, NY,  in a duel of southpaws. Both fighters were tentative in letting their hands go in round one, gauging the distance on a southpaw foe like themselves. In the second both fighters started landing heavier single shots with Rivera's punches, especially the right hook, finding their mark more frequently. In the fourth, just as Beckford seemed to be talking to his opponent, Rivera fired a bone-crunching right hook to his jaw. Beckford seemed to hang suspended for a beat as the crowd gasped before falling back to the canvas. Referee Mike Ortega gave him the mandatory 8 count and Beckford did pull himself to his feet but Ortega deemed him too hurt to continue. The fight was waved off at 1:50 of round 4.

Jose "Rated R" Rivera improves to 3-1 (3) while Marcus Beckford drops to 3-7-3

Bout 4-

Anthony Laureano, 138 3/4 lbs, of East Hartford, CT, prevailed over Sidney Maccow,140 3/4 lbs, of New York, NY,  4-5 (3) by 6 round unanimous decision. Starting quickly, Sidney Maccow got out in front of a slow-starting Laureano, winning rounds 1 & 2. Halfway through the third round, Laureano seemed to wake up and started throwing big punches, especially to the rib cage of Maccow. Over the next three rounds the geography of the fight changed entirely, with Laureano staying in close and forcing Maccow to banging at a distance that was not to his advantage. In the final round Laureano landed heavily with both hands, thrilling the assembled which had come out in force to support him. When the scorecards were read they were all 58-56 all in favor of Laureano.

Laureano improves his record to 4-0 (2) while Maccow drops to 4-6 (3). 

Bout 5-

Kali Reis, 151 1/4 lbs, of Providence, RI, outpointed Ashleigh Curry, 152 1/2 lbs, of Saint Joseph, MO, over six rounds. Despite the awkwardness of fighting a southpaw, Kali Reis was able to keep Ashleigh Curry on the retreat for much of the contest. Curry was able to exploit her size advantage in close but Reis made adjustments by increasing her shots to Curry's body. In the final round Reis was able to land several heavy jolting shots on Curry which got her clowning a bit in defiance but clowning doesn't score points. Although it was ugly, this observer thought it was Reis who dominated with the more accurate punches even in rounds where there were very few clean punches landed by either fighter to choose from. The judges saw it closer. At the end of six the scorecards read 57-57 from one official, overruled by two cards in favor of Reis at 59-55 and 58-56. 

Kali Reis rose to 11-6-1 (4) with the Majority Decision victory while Ashleigh Curry fell to 7-11-4 (1). 

Bout 6-

Daniel Gonzalez, 145 1/2 lbs, of Woodhaven, NY, won a lopsided unanimous decision over Samuel Amoako,147 lbs, of Accra, Ghana. Gonzalez swarmed Amoako from the start, boxing in and out behind speedy flurries to the head and ribcage of the Ghanaian veteran. Again and again, Gonzalez drove Amoako to the ropes and battered him with quick accurate punches. As the rounds wore on the crowd became frustrated with the monotony of the one-sided bout as Amoako used his defense and elusiveness to keep Gonzalez from breaking him down. Afterwards, Gonzalez said he thought he could have stopped Amoako had the bout been scheduled for 8 rounds instead of 6. No matter. After six the officials were in agreement, all three seeing it 60-54 in favor of Gonzalez.

Danny Gonzalez rose to 14-0-1 (5) while Samuel Amoako dropped to 21-15 (15).

Main Event-

Courtney Pennington, of Brooklyn, NY, 154 1/4 lbs, defeated Delvin Rodriguez,156 1/4 lbs, of Danbury, CT, by lopsided 10 round unanimous decision. Rodriguez was never able to overcome the speedy hands and footwork of Kingpin Pennington despite a consistent effort from the veteran. Pennington blasted Rodriguez with jabs to the mouth and face, swelling his eye and reddening his brow. Rodriguez pursued Pennington relentlessly but he missed often, bedeviled by the always moving and turning Pennington. By the fifth both fighters had swelling around their eyes. Pennington's thickening left eyelid was the result of D-Rod's single right hand blasts that scored occasionally, and on Rodriguez a reddish hematoma grew larger under his right eye from all of the Kingpin's pelting jabs. Rodriguez tried to rally in the final round and a half but Pennington was just too elusive for him and made him miss often. When the bell sounded to end the tenth, Rodriguez held his hands aloft but there was little applause. When the scorecards were read it was unanimous, the officials saw it 98-92 x 2 and 97-93 all in favor of Pennington.

Rodriguez slips to 29-9-4 (16). While Courtney Pennington rises to 11-4-1 (5) and has now won three in a row since his April of twenty-sixteen defeat to Patrick Day. 

Scratched due to medical eval-- Dan Murray, 141 lbs, of Weehawken, NJ vs. Carlos Perez, 137 lbs, of Hartford, CT 

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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

#SlugfestAtTheSun fighters are weighed-in and ready to fight #Boxing

Star Boxing presents Slugfest At The Sun: 
Delvin Rodriguez vs. Courtney Pennington
from Mohegan Sun Arena

Weigh-in video from Wednesday afternoon outside the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT

Delvin Rodriguez 156 1/4 lbs 29-8-4 (16) vs Courtney Pennington 154 1/4 lbs 10-4-1 (5) fight 10 rounds
Kali Reis 151 1/4 lbs 10-6-1 (4) vs Ashleigh Curry 152 1/2 lbs 7-10-4 (1) fight 8 rounds.
Daniel Gonzalez 145 1/2 lbs 13-0-1 (5) vs Samuel Amoako 147 lbs 21-14 (15) fight 8 rounds.
Anthony Laureano 138 3/4 lbs 3-0 (2) vs Sidney Maccow 140 3/4 lbs 4-5 (3) fight 6 rounds.
Marcus Beckford 155 lbs 3-6-3 vs Jose Rivera 154 1/4 lbs 2-1 (2) fight 6 rounds.
Marco Parente 179 3/4 lbs debut vs Richard Rivera 177 1/2 lbs 1-0 (1) box 4 rounds
Dan Murray 141 lbs 1-1 vs Carlos Perez 137 lbs debut in a 4 rounder. 
Omar Bordoy 135 3/4 lbs debut vs Jonathon Rojas 133 1/2 lbs debut in a 4 rounder.

Monday, May 8, 2017

#ShoBox returns to @TurningStone Casino on June 9 #boxing

Undefeated Titans Regis Prograis and Joel Diaz Jr. to Battle for NABF Title on June 9 at Turning Stone Resort Casino during Boxing Hall of Fame Weekend

Junior Welterweights Regis Prograis and Joel Diaz Jr. headline “ShoBox: The New Generation” title fight where only one will walk away with the NABF title and an unblemished record

Oneida Nation Homelands (May 8, 2017) – Turning Stone Resort Casino is again hosting another exciting night of nationally-televised boxing as Showtime’s series "ShoBox: The New Generation" returns to the Turning Stone Event Center on Friday, June 9. Undefeated junior welterweights Regis Prograis (19-0, 16 KOs) and Joel Diaz Jr. (23-0, 19 KOs) will battle for Prograis’ NABF title in the 10-round main event where only one fighter will walk away with the title and his undefeated record intact. The clash of these undefeated titans takes place on the Friday night of International Boxing Hall of Fame Induction Weekend in Canastota, NY, only a few miles away from Turning Stone Resort Casino.

Trained by Bobby Benton out of Houston’s Main Street Gym, Regis Prograis (19-0, 16 KOs) is among ESPN’s “Prospects to Watch.” Three consecutive appearances on “ShoBox: The New Generation” included decisive victories over 11-0-1 Amos Cowart and 14-0-2 Abel Ramos, as well as a crushing first-round stoppage of the experienced Aaron Herrera. Prograis made his New York debut at the Barclays Center on June 26, 2016, stopping Luiz Florez in four rounds to capture the NABF belt. Ranked no. 4 by the WBC, Prograis was sidelined for several months due to an injury suffered at the gym, but returned on February 11 of this year to score a first-round knockout versus Wilfrido Buelvas in defense of his NABF belt.

Joel Diaz Jr. (23-0, 19 KOs) turned pro in 2010 following an outstanding 85-10 amateur career. Diaz headlined ShoBox in May 2014, earning a 10-round unanimous decision over 14-1 Canadian prospect Tyler Asselstine. His successful 2014 campaign continued with a 3rd round knockout against 8-1 Kevin Aguilar and a 4th round knockout with one body shot over veteran Pedro Navarette that December. In 2016, Diaz scored three wins by stoppage versus former WBC Youth titlist Abraham Gomez, Brazilian champion Joaquim Carneiro and 15-1 Mario Beltre.

The June 9th ShoBox card at Turning Stone also includes a middleweight bout between Steve Rolls (15-0, 9 KOs) andDemond “D’Bestatit” Nicholson (17-1-1, 16 KOs). A pro since 2011, Rolls, from Toronto, earned the biggest victory of his career in his ShoBox debut on December 11, 2015,

#SlugfestAtTheSun undercard is loaded! #boxing

MAY 11, 2017 
Tickets on sale today
NEW YORK, May 8, 2017

Former WBO Female Middleweight Champion Kali Reis fights against the very tough Ashleigh Curry (7-10-4, 1KO) in a special 6 round Jr. Middleweight Female match that highlights a sensational undercard to the Delvin Rodriguez - Courtney Pennington fight ThursdayMay 11th, at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT.

Reis won the WBO Title April 16, 2016, defeating Maricela Cornejo in New Zealand but lost it in her first defense as she traveled to Germany to take on Christina Hammer in her last fight on November 5th of last year.  Reis is known for her all action style and always brings a large contingent of fans to her fights.

Curry has fought many of the top females in her division and the tough southpaw has given all of them hard fights.  Curry was stopped in her pro debut, but since then has gone the distance in every fight.  She has battled with the likes of Melissa St. Vil, Melissa Hernandez, and Mary McGee.

Many local standouts will also be appearing on ThursdayMay 11th, including undefeated Jr. Welterweight Danny Gonzalez (13-0-1, 5KO's) Woodhaven, NY who faces the dangerous Bryne Green (7-10-1, 3KO'S) Vineland, NJ in an 8 round bout.
Recent Star Boxing® signee Anthony Laureano (3-0, 2KO'S) Hartford, CT takes on Sidney Maccow (4-5, 3KO'S) New York City, NY in a 6 round Jr. Welterweight fight.
Jose Rivera (2-1, 1KO) Hartford, CT returns to the Sun taking on Marcus Beckford, (3-6-3, 1KO) East Meadow, NY in a 6 round Jr. Middleweight match.
Richie Rivera (1-0, 1KO) Hartford, CT fights Marco Parente making his Pro Debut from Toronto, CN in a 4 round Light Heavyweight fight.
Two Pro Debut fighters meet in a 4 round Lightweight battle as Danbury's Omar Bodoy meets Newark's Jonathan Rojas.
Finally, Hartford's Carlos Perez makes his Pro Debut against Jr. Welterweight Dan Murray (1-1) Lakota Park, NJ in a 4 round Lightweight contest.

The first fight begins at 7:30 p.m. ET! Tickets are available by going to our website at, the Mohegan Sun Box Office at (888) 226-7711 (press #4), calling Ticketmaster at 1(800) 745-3000, or going to their website at

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Friday, May 5, 2017

final presser quotes from the #CaneloChavezJr undercard #boxing

Canelo-Chavez Jr Undercard Final Presser Quotes
Lucas Mathysse vs. Emmanuel Taylor
David Lemieux vs. Marco Reyes
Joseph JoJo Diaz vs. Manuel Tino Avila
Marlen Esparza vs. Samatha Salazar

Fighters on the undercard of Canelo vs. Chavez, Jr. hosted a press conference today at MGM Grand Hotel and Casino ahead of their bouts on Saturday, May 6. Co-main event fighters former IBF Middleweight Champion David Lemieux (37-3, 33 KOs) and Middleweight contender Marco "Dorado" Reyes (35-4, 26 KOs) were joined by former WBC Silver Super Lightweight Champion Lucas "La Maquina" Matthysse (37-4, 34 KOs), Welterweight contender Emmanuel "Tranzforma" Taylor (20-4, 14 KOs), NABF Featherweight Champion Joseph "Jojo" Diaz, Jr. and IBA Featherweight Champion Manuel "Tino" Avila (22-0, 8 KOs) on the HBO Pay-Per-View portion beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT. 

Fighting on the preliminary undercard "free view" stream beginning at 7:00 p.m. ET/4:00 p.m. PT, lightweight prospect Ryan "Kingry" Garcia (8-0, 7 KOs) will face Tyrone Luckey (8-6-3, 6 KOs) and flyweight prospect Marlen Esparza (1-0) will take on Samantha Salazar (2-3-1). Former Mexican Olympian Raul "El Cugar" Curiel will make his pro debut against Jesus Sanchez (1-1-2).

Super bantamweight contender Ronny Rios (27-1, 12 KOs) will fight Daniel Noriega (28-10-1, 15 KOs) and lightweight prospect Joseph "Diamante" Aguirre (16-0, 9 KOs) will take on Angel Aispuro (8-4-2) beginning at 5:30 p.m. ET/2:30 p.m. PT. 

Below is what the fighters and their teams had to say at today's final press conference:

ERIC GOMEZ, President of Golden Boy Promotions:

"We at Golden Boy Promotions have stacked this card from top to bottom, and I believe it is our best undercard yet with fighters from three continents here making this a global event on Cinco de Mayo. Throughout the night of May 6, fans will see a range of great action fights from some of our top prospects; to battles of undefeated contenders; to the return of former world champions.

"I also just received confirmation that our May 5th show tomorrow is completely sold out, thank you to all of our fight fans who have sold out this show and our May 6th show.

BERNARD HOPKINS, Future Hall of Famer and Golden Boy Promotions Business Partner:

"I want the young fighters to know this a great opportunity to be on this Cinco de Mayo undercard with Canelo and Chavez, Jr. This is a great moment to become a champion and be a part of this historical event. Take care of business, and be sure to put on a great show."

TONY WALKER, Vice President of HBO Pay-Per-View:

"Our distributors have always told us undercards matter, when you think about it-there is four hours of time to fill. People want to be entertained during that time, so it really helps when you have an exciting undercard to the main event."

"We feel David Lemieux, Lucas Matthysse, Joseph Diaz Jr., all enhance this card and from their strong fan bases in Canada, Argentina and Los Angeles, we expect the fans to be very happy with these great fights."

CAMILLE ESTEPHAN, President of Eye of the Tiger Management:

"This is very exciting, as a fan of boxing, this is an amazing card. Every fight is a must-see. I want to mention the industry of boxing-with the right fights, people come out. We are here to contribute to this great show. David is read, and you can expect fireworks from this co-main event."