Thursday, June 21, 2018

@StarBoxing presents #SlugfestAtTheSun June 30th

RINGSIDE SEATS 
OFFICIALLY SOLD OUT FOR "SLUGFEST AT THE SUN"
 JUNE 30TH AT MOHEGAN SUN 

OTHER TICKETS STILL AVAILABLE AT $30 AND $45 
(plus $5 facility fee)


UNCASVILLE, Conn. --  New England's passion for the sweet-science is as alive as ever for STAR BOXING'S "SLUGFEST AT THE SUN" on June 30th. Ringside seats for the long awaited return of the "Common Man", Long Island light heavyweight JOE SMITH JR. (23-2 19KOs) against Kentucky's MELVIN "THE ROMANTIC REDNECK" RUSSELL (11-4-2 7KOs) at the Mohegan Sun have been officially sold out

Joe Smith Jr. vs. Melvin Russell will be a scheduled 10-round fight in what should be one of the most anticipated returns in boxing this year for the Long Island fan-favorite. After eleven months out of the ring due to a broken jaw, the #3 (WBC) and #7 (WBA) world rated light heavyweight, Joe Smith Jr. returns in a big way, at the beautiful Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut. After coming off a stellar KO win on NBC against Andrzej Fonfara, and defeating the legend Bernard Hopkins on HBO, Smith Jr. has his eyes set on getting a world championship later this year. 

JOE DEGUARDIA, President and CEO of Star Boxing said, "Ringside seats sold out immediately. It thrills me that New Englanders will be packing the arena alongside the throngs of Long Island and other New Yorkers eager to see the return of Joe Smith Jr , as well as Kali Reis, Anthony Laureano and all of the other great New England talent we are bringing to the Mohegan Sun on June 30th." 

The co-featured event on the card will showcase Rhode Island's two-time middleweight champion KALI "KO MEQUINONOAG" REIS (13-7-1, 4 KOs) against former world title challenger PATY "LA ELEGANTE" RAMIREZ (11-5, 5 KOs) in a scheduled eight-round contest. Reis is coming off a breakout performance last month when she faced the #1 pound-for-pound female fighter and undisputed women's world welterweight champion, CECELIA BRAEKUS (33-0).In what would be the first female bout ever featured on HBO, "KO" dropped Braekhus in the seventh round, the first time the pound-for-pound champ had ever been knocked down in her career.  

June 30th's card promises to deliver a night of action-packed entertainment that will leave audience members off their seats. Tickets at $30 and $45 are still available, however they're going quickly.

THE UNDERCARD:
Along with the much anticipated return of Joe Smith Jr., and the homecoming of co-feature Kali Reis, the undercard features the top talent New England has to offer. Highlighting six-undefeated New England rising stars, includingStar Boxing's 2017 Prospect of the Year" ANTHONY LAUREANO, New London Heavyweight, CASSIUS CHANEY, New Haven native, WILLIAM FOSTER III, and Union Local 941 laborer, JOE FARINA. 

Exciting South Boston, MA junior welterweight, and Union Local 941 railroad laborer,  JOE FARINA (2-0, 2 KOs) throws-down with STEVE MOORE (1-3, 1 KO) in a six-round junior welterweight battle.  

In a pair of six-round fights, Worcester, MA junior middleweight ANDY GONZALEZ (6-2, 5 KOs) has prepared to upset unbeaten WENDY "HAITIAN FIRE" TOUSSAINT (8-0, 2 KOs). Toussaint's last three fights have ended via TKO, and the Long Island fighter plans on extending the streak to four,while Springfield, MA junior middleweight ANTHONY VELAZQUEZ (2-0, 2 KOs) will try to make an impression against ANTHONY WOODS (1-6-1). 

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Joe Smith Jr returns next week on #SlugfestAtTheSun





The "Common Man," Long Island light heavyweight JOE SMITH, JR. (23-2, 19 KOs), returns to the ring after being inactive the past 11 months recovering from a broken jaw. The popular Irish-American will face MELVIN "THE ROMANTIC REDNECK" RUSSELL (11-4-2, 7 KOs) in the 10-round main event.

Smith burst onto the boxing scene in 2016 when he defeated, top rated light heavyweight, Andrzej Fonfara on NBC in Chicago, and again later that year, when he knocked living legend Bernard Hopkins clear out of the ring, becoming the first person to ever KO the former multi-division world champion and future Hall of Famer.

JOE DEGUARDIA, CEO of Star Boxing had this to say about June 30th, "We are thrilled to be up in New England for this sensational show at Mohegan Sun on June 30th that will be filled with local favorites and headlined by an international favorite (Joe Smith Jr).  Boxing history is full of exciting fighters from New England and on June 30th fans will be treated to local fighters aiming to continue a rich tradition of tough New Englanders." 

#SlugfestAtTheSun is next Saturday night!


UNDEFEATED NEW ENGLAND PROSPECT
"ACTION" ANTHONY LAUREANO RETURNS HOME ON
JUNE 30TH AT "SLUGFEST AT THE SUN" AT MOHEGAN SUN

LAUREANO LOOKS TO CONTINUE HIS RISE AFTER EARNING STAR BOXING'S PROSPECT OF THE YEAR IN 2017


The buzz is growing for STAR BOXING'S "SLUGFEST at the SUN" as it features the much anticipated return of the Long Island Union Laborer, the "Common Man," light heavyweight, JOE SMITH JR. (23-2 19KO's).  The co-feature bout highlights former WBC Women's World Champion, KALI "KO MEQUINONOAG" REIS (13-7-1 4KO's).

Adding to this buzz, STAR BOXING is pleased to announce East Hartford, Connecticut native "ACTION" ANTHONY LAUREANO (7-0 3KO's) will return home to the Mohegan Sun, and fight on the undercard of the already stacked, "SLUGFEST at the SUN" card on JUNE 30th. 

Laureano is looking for his third victory at Mohegan Sun, having previously defeated Sidney MaCcow and John Hernandez at Mohegan Sun.  Most recently, Laureano traveled to Massachusetts, where he took a tough fight against TOBIAS GREEN of Florida, earning the decision victory. 

Fighting five-times in 2017, Laureano continued to tune his skills each and every round.  Showing a relentless will to dig deep in the late rounds of fights, Laureano finished 2017 with two TKO wins, two decision victories, and flashed signs of growing power, visible in his vicious knockout of JAMES LESTOR at "Rockin' Fights." 

ANTHONY LAUREANO had these comments about returning to Mohegan Sun, "I'm humbled and very grateful to be back in Mohegan Sun.  I thank God for letting me come back in the ring once again where my favorite fighters Mickey Ward and [Arturo] Gatti fought their war.  I'm ready to give a great performance for my hometown supporters.  I am Ready to give the crowd what they paid for, an action packed fight." 

Manager and trainer of Laureano, NATE TORRES had these comments about June 30th, "I expect Anthony to put on a show in front of his home crowd!  This should be his best performance to date. We are looking for him to display his boxing ability while, maintaining his signature relentless pressure to close the show!  "Action" Anthony Laureano never disappoints; he comes to fight!"

JOE DEGUARDIA, CEO of Star Boxing said this about Laureano, "I have seen Anthony grow as fighter over his past six fights, and we are very pleased with his progress.  Anthony's come forward, constant pressure style is the kind that fans want to see.  In front of his hometown fans on June 30th, he will prove once again why he embodies the nickname "Action."'

The main event on June 30th features, JOE SMITH JR. who burst onto the boxing scene in 2016 when he defeated, top rated light heavyweight, ANDRZEJ FONFARA on NBC in Chicago, and again later that year, when he knocked the legend BERNARD HOPKINS clear out of the ring, becoming the first person to ever KO the former multi-division world champion.  The co-feature bout highlights New England native, KALI "KO MEQUINONOAG" REIS who is coming off her sensational power punching performance against undisputed women's champion CECILIA BRAEKHUS in the first female bout ever featured on HBO.  Kali thrilled fans around the world in that fight, and promises the same action at Mohegan Sun on June 30th.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

#BFTP Vitali Klitschko

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Sunday, June 3, 2018

Results from Ringside @Foxwoods #Boxing @CESBoxing

Edwin Soto fends off Salim Larbi in CES Boxing's Main Event of a Pro-Am boxing show featuring over five hours of live boxing
By Alex Pierpaoli


CES Boxing visited the CT woods of Mashantucket last night with a massive fight card from the Fox Theater at Foxwoods Resot Casino. Billed as "The Future of Boxing" the Jimmy Burchfield promoted show featured 14 bouts, seven amateur contests held under the auspices of USA Boxing followed by seven professional. In the Main Event Edwin Soto, 154lbs, of New Haven, CT, defeated Salim Larbi, 154lbs, of Brooklyn, NY, by split decision in a fight where both men traded knockdowns and Soto was absorbing massive punishment in the fight's final seconds. Salim Larbi surprised Soto in round one when he nailed him with an overhand right that crumpled the New Haven boxer. Soto recovered in round two and both men seemed very cautious, wary of each other's power. The next few rounds were very close with both fighters scoring cleanly. In round six Soto caught Larbi with a hard right that sent him reeling back and down on a bit of a delayed reaction. Ref. Mercante Jr. let the fight continue and Soto was unable to finish Larbi off before round's end. In the seventh, Soto controlled the opening half of the round until Larbi connected with a hard uppercut. In the final round with the crowd cheering wildly, Larbi drove Soto into a corner and was slamming him with hard punches with Ref. Mercante looking very closely at the bell. When the scorecards were read the judges saw it 76-74 for Salim Larbi overruled by scores of 75-74 and 76-74 both in favor of Edwin Soto. Interestingly, Judge Don Trella scored the 8th 10-8 for Larbi because Soto was so badly hurt even though he was never off his feet. Had the other judges done the same it would not have altered the outcome in terms of total points.  
With the victory Edwin Soto raised his record to 13-2-2 (5) while Salim Larbi's dropped to 20-10-2 (7). 


Juiseppe Cusumano, 234lbs, of CariniSicily, had no answers for the corpulent but speedier and craftier Robert Simms, 237lbs, of Saginaw MI. From the opening bell Robert Simms showed he was far more agile than he looked, boxing behind a sturdy jab and bedeviling Cusumano with lateral movement. Cusumano spent the night reaching for Simms or trying to wrestle out of clinches. Referee Ken Ezzo reprimanded both boxers for too much clutching and talking on more than one occasion but the mixed bag of factors, especially the punishing jab of Simms proved to be far too much for Cusumano to cope with. At the end of six the judges saw it 59-55 and 58-56 x 2 all in favor of the visiting Robert Simms. 
Simms leaves CT with an upset victory and a record of 7-2 (3) while Cusumano is forced to regroup, now 15-2 (13). 


@Twitter Recap from Ringside @CESBoxing #TheFutureOfBoxing card #boxing

Soto prevails versus Larbi; Williams returns with victory over Aguirre; Agripino scores majority decision over Hansen
and more CES Boxing from Foxwoods
Ringside Twitter Recap
By Alex Pierpaoli

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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The Amateur bouts are all done and here come the pros! Follow along for results from ringside at Foxwoods... #boxing


Bout 1, Carlos Marrero III of BridgeportCT  133lbs fights Jonathan Rojas of NewarkNJ  133lbs, 4rds.

both lightweights went right to work in the first with Marrero landing more effectively. With about a minute to go in the first he belted Rojas with an excellent left hook to the midsection #boxing

round 2 was a better one for Jonathan Rojas who landed several hard body shots of his own. Marrero looks to be tiring at the close of the second

Lots of tugging, shoving and grappling in the third. Marrero seems very tired and possibly a bit hurt. He may have gotten the worst of things as both men sort of wrestled each other to the canvas. Ref Mercante Jr restoring order...

Just a tremendous final 40 seconds or so for Carlos Marrero who looks to have shifted that round back into his favor with multiple blasts to the head and body of a confident Rojas. The third starts with Rojas hesitating...

Heated fourth and final round but Carlos Marrero 3 punctuated it with a hellish body shot and should have done enough to come away with this decision.

The Judges see the fight 39-37, 38-38 x 2 for a Majority Draw! No winner! These gentlemen have to each go home with a draw which I guess is better than suffering another loss. Rojas is now 0-1-1 while Marrero is 0-2-1 This one begs for a rematch. #boxing




Bout #2, Elvis Figueroa of New Haven, CT  169lbs battles Leandro DaSilva of Woburn, MA (Sao Paolo, Brazil) 4 rounds Super Middles 

strong first round for Elvis Figueroa who threw all his punches in combination with bad intentions.

After a rough start that saw both men clutching and grabbing and drawing a warning from the ref, Figueroa really seemed to find a rhythm #boxing

Figueroa beating Da Silva to the punch. Silva doesn't seem to be hurt by Figueroa's shots but he can't get out of the way of them

Another solid round for Figueroa who has Da Silva bleeding from the nose. Coming up on the final round and Da Silva needs something big to happen to turn things in his favor.

That was fun because Da Silva never stopped trying but I'd be surprised if he won a single round. Figueroa outpunched him from the start. Waiting on the scorecards... #boxing

scorecards are 39-37 x 2 and 40-36 all in favor of Elvis Figueroa who improves to 5-0 (2) while Leandro Da Silva drops to 1-2 (1)  




Bout #3, Kendrick Ball Jr of Worcester, MA  162lbs fights Alexis Gaytan of Weslaco, TX  160lbs   6rds, Middles 

Ball flattened with a straight right he never saw. He's up but hurt... down again on a slip, he's gonna get saved by the bell here. Wow! He had been landing nicely up till then but was a bit too relaxed. If he's recovered during the rest he won't fight too relaxed in round 2

wow, that's was a tough close round 2. Gaytan looked to be in control until the final minute where Ball cracked him with a left hook and knocked his mouthpiece out. Great action. Gaytan ahead.

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Edwin Soto, Jimmy Williams & Marcia Agripino fight tonight @Foxwoods

Tonight's highly-anticipated pro-am card features 14 bouts with a wide array of talent on both sides
 
 
MASHANTUCKET, CT- From seasoned, 31-year-old veterans with more than 30 pro fights under their belt to 9-year-old novices looking to shine in their first real test on the sport's biggest stage, Saturday's pro-am boxing event at Foxwoods Resort Casino features an eclectic mix of the region's top talent.

CES Boxing makes its long-awaited return to the iconic Fox Theater Saturday, June 2nd, 2018 with a 14-fight pro-am card, featuring seven amateur bouts beginning at 6 p.m. ET followed by a seven-fight main card beginning at 7:30.

Headlining the event is New Haven, Conn., junior middleweight Edwin Soto(12-2-2, 5 KOs) of New Haven, Conn., who returns to Foxwoods for the first time in four years to face 31-year-old Brooklyn vet Salim Larbi(20-9-2, 7 KOs) in an eight-round showdown.

Welterweight Jimmy Williams(14-1-1, 5 KOs), also of New Haven, faces Utah's Christian Aguirre(7-1, 3 KOs) in a six-round junior middleweight bout. Williams' original opponent, Jose Antonio Abreu, was not licensed to compete, so the 22-year-old Aguirre steps in on four days' notice in what will be the toughest test of his young career.

Thursday, May 31, 2018

#BFTP William Joppy

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Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Joe Smith Jr returns! #SlugfestAtTheSun


THE RETURN OF LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT SENSATION 
JOE "THE BEAST" SMITH JR. 
AT STAR BOXING'S "SLUGFEST AT THE SUN" JUNE 30 TH AT MOHEGAN SUN


In the main event of Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing "SLUGFEST at the SUN" onJune 30th , JOE "THE BEAST" SMITH JR. (23-2 19KO's) will make his extremely anticipated return to the ring at the Mohegan Sun Arena.

Embracing the moniker the "Common Man," Local 66 Laborers Construction Union worker, Smith Jr., exploded onto the national boxing scene beginning in 2016. Backed by his union brothers, Smith Jr. would wield a sledgehammer by day and lace up his gloves to train by night. His work ethic and humble personality gravitated fans towards him, as he quickly became the national champion of the working man.

2016 was truly the year of "THE BEAST," as Smith Jr. took the boxing world by storm. In June, Smith Jr. marched into Chicago, the hometown of, at the time, #2 world rated light heavyweight contender ANDRZEJ FONFARA (then 28-4 16KO's). Pre-fight numbers had Smith Jr. as a 16-1 underdog against the mighty Pole. However, just 1:57 into the first round Smith Jr. threw a right hand that caught everyone in the IUC Pavilion by surprise, dropping Fonfara. Smelling blood in the water, Smith Jr. did not give Fonfara any time to breath, smothering him with a flurry of punches, dropping him for the second time in just over 2 minutes, earning the WBC International Light Heavyweight title, putting his name on the map in the stacked division. 

Fast forward to December of 2016, and "THE BEAST" was at it again, this time at the Fabulous Forum in California, on HBO, taking on boxing legend and former world champion, in his final fight, BERNARD "THE EXECUTIONER" HOPKINS(then 55-7 32KO's). At the final press conference, Hopkins (then 55-7 32KO's) promised that he would give Smith Jr. the boxing lesson he needed. However the next night, Hopkins found himself staring at the ceiling of the Forum, as he had been viciously beaten out of the ring with a five punch combination late in the 8thof the scheduled 10 rounds. Smith Jr. became the first ever boxer to knock out the legend Bernard Hopkins. 

In his return to The Forum in July of 2017, Smith Jr. took on contenderSULLIVAN BARRERA (then 19-1 14KO's). After a brutal right hand that hit Barrera flush on the forehead, sending him to the canvas, Smith Jr. had his jaw broken late in the first round.  "THE BEAST" went on to grit through the full fight (10 rds) to the judge's decision, broken jaw and all, impressing fans yet again, this time for his will and determination. 

After having his jaw wired shut for over six months, on June 30 th, Joe Smith Jr. returns to the ring at the historic Mohegan Sun Arena, focused on climbing the ladder, back to Light Heavyweight supremacy. 

JOE SMITH JR.  had this to say about his return, "I cannot wait to get back in the ring on June 30th. I have been looking forward to this day since I was told I needed surgery. I plan on showing why I am still one of the best in the Light Heavyweight division."
 
JOE DEGUARDIA, CEO and President of Star Boxing said this, "Joe Smith Jr. turned the boxing world on its head in his wins against Fonfara and Hopkins. I believe he is the hardest hitting light heavyweight, and he proves it every time he is in the ring. I am very excited to have him back on June 30 th at the beautiful Mohegan Sun Arena."

Kali Reis returns to the Sun #SlugfestAtTheSun


Kali Reis  photo by Sean Laydon
KALI REIS COMING OFF HISTORIC BOUT AS FIRST WOMEN'S TELEVISED BOUT ON HBO AGAINST CECILIA BRAEKHUS


STAR BOXING'S "SLUGFEST at the SUN" on JUNE 30th at Mohegan Sun has gone from a stellar card, to unbelievable.  Star Boxing thrilled fans when it announced the long anticipated return of the "Common Man," light heavyweight sensation JOE SMITH JR. (23-2 18KO's).  Today, Star Boxing formally announced that former WBC Women's World Champion, KALI "KO MEQUINONOAG" REIS (13-7 4KO's) will be fighting as the co-feature bout on June 30thagainst SZILVIA SZABADOS (17-11 8KO'S) of Hungary.

KALI REIS is coming off her historic bout with undisputed women's champion CECILIA BRAEKHUS, in the first ever women's bout televised on HBO. Reis and Braekhus put on brilliant performance on the undercard of the GGG-Martirosyan card in California.  The woman's fight was a memorable one that saw great action from start to finish. Reis used a heavy right hand to drop Braekhus in the seventh round and hurt her for a second time in the ninth round, becoming the first women to ever knockdown the champion Braekhus in her professional career.  The decision was read over a sea of boo's from the crowd as Braekhus escaped the power of Reis and retained her titles in a decision win.

Kali is thrilled to be fighting at Mohegan Sun on June 30th.  The fans are equally excited as Kali brings thrilling inside the ring action and a unique and entertaining ring walk, carrying her native warrior pride into the ring, as she does every fight with a centuries' old Native American prayer dance.  She will have her New England fan base behind her as she searches for another win in her professional career as she chases the rematch that Braekhus promised the fans after their title fight just over a month ago.

KALI REIS had these comments about returning to Mohegan Sun, "I am so excited to be back "home" at Mohegan Sun June 30th!  Star Boxing always has action packed fights lighting up this beautiful area.  Joe DeGuardia is keeping me very productive since we signed with him back in November.  I am so pleased with the decision myself and manager Brian made to sign with him and Star Boxing.  Fans can also expect to see an even more determined, skilled, hungry, evolving WARRIOR in there!  The fight on HBO May 5 with Braekhus was such a learning experience and I am grateful for making history in not only women's boxing but my own personal journey as well.  I'm back and promise to put on one heck of a show!"