Sunday, June 30, 2019

Results from Ringside @Foxwoods

Chad Dawson returns to the ring at Foxwoods;
Homecoming Kings pro-am show results
By Alex Pierpaoli



Last night at the Fox Theater in Foxwoods Resort and Casino in Uncasville, CT, New Haven, CT's Bad Chad Dawson returned to the ring after 27 months since losing to Andrezs Fonfara. Dawson struggled with rugged southpaw Quinton Rankin but scored a unanimous decision victory in the Main Event of the pro-am boxing card of more than six hours. In the professional co-feature The Mighty Midget, Tramaine Williams, also of New Haven, raised his unbeaten record to 18-0 defeating Neil Tabanao of the Philipines in a 10 round featherweight bout. More CT prize fighters saw action in five other bouts on the professional portion of the card and the night began with Promoter Jimmy Burchfield's Amateur Invitational, 8 amateur bouts held under the auspices of USA Boxing.

In the Main Event, Chad Dawson, 178lbs., defeated Quinton Rankin, 179lbs, of Charlotte, N.C. by eight round unanimous decision. Dawson a three time 175 pound titlist showed flashes of his former self especially in the early going but Rankin was determined to play spoiler. The all-southpaw contest saw some clutching and grappling in the fourth when Rankin grabbed his way out of trouble in response to several blasts from Bad Chad and at one point both men slumped into the ropes in a tackle. 

In the fifth round Dawson was landing more often and heavier when Quinton Rankin caught him with an uppercut that sent him straight down into a crouch. Rankin fired a cuffing right at Dawson as he was down and then Referee Mike Ortega stepped in and did more meddling than officiating. He had ruled Dawson down, however there was never any eight count and the time Ortega took to warn Rankin for the shot he took at Dawson while he was on the deck seemed purposefully slow. The bout continued and Rankin looked to capitalize on his hurt opponent but he wasn't able to do it cleanly and he clipped Dawson with an elbow forcing Ref. Ortega to pause the action and penalize Rankin for the infraction.  

Over the next three rounds Dawson shook off the cobwebs and kept Rankin from getting so close again by keeping a right jab in his face and chest. When the decision came at the end of eight it was a lopsided one with scores of 80-68, and 78-72 x 2.

Dawson raised his record to 35-5 (19) while Rankin's fell to 15-6-2 (12).


Tramaine "The Mighty Midget" Williams, 123lbs, of New Haven, CT, beat Neil John Tabanao, 123lbs, of Mandaue City, Philippines. Williams, a speedy southpaw counter-puncher, stung Tabanao with shots he could barely see coming but he was never able to stun the cagey Filipino with more
than one at a time. Tabanao's well-timed offense made for some tangles of arms and elbows and Ref. Arthur Mercante Jr warned the featherweights for grappling on several occasions. If Tabanao couldn't get his fists to Williams head cleanly, at least by letting his own hands go he could prevent Williams from landing cleanly. Tabanao had his best round in the sixth when Williams tired a bit but Midget came on strong in the tenth landing several big left hand bolts, his best shots of the fight. When the scorecards were read it was unanimous in favor of the Mighty Midget, two judges saw it 99-91 and the third had it 98-92.



Tabanao drops to 17-6 (11) while Williams moves to 18-0 with six wins inside the distance.



Jose Rivera, 161lbs, of Manchester, CT rushed after Luca Podda, 153lbs, of Miami, FL, driving him back along the ropes and hurting him in the first round. Podda was able to counter Rivera during his attack in the first and caused Rivera to hesitate at times. In the fifth Rivera scored a knockdown but Podda got up quickly and wasn't seriously hurt. At the end of six the judges saw it 59-54 x3 all for the CT fighter. 



Rivera improved to 8-4 (5) while Podda dropped to 7-4 (3)


Nathan Martinez, 125lbs, of New Britain, CT defeated Jose Homar Rios, 127lbs, of Hawley, MN by four round unanimous decision. Both fighters landed big shots in the opening round but then Martinez did the bulk of the hurting for the rest of the 12 minute contest. The judges tabbed Martinez the victor by 3 scores of 40-36.



Martinez heads home to New Britain, now 4-0 (1) while Rios returns to Minnesota at 2-7-1 (1)


Oscar Bonilla on Bridgeport, CT 135lbs defeated Julio Perez of Worcester, MA 132lbs. in an entertaining clash that featured lots of punches landed but not a lot of damage done. Perez did most of the parrying but it was Bonilla's relentless pressure that carried the fight. After six the judges it all saw it in his favor by scores of 59-55.

Bonilla improves his record to 6-3-2 (1) while Perez falls to 4-4. 


Wilson Mascarenhas, 139lbs, of New Bedford, MA went up against debuting Anthony Ramirez of Philadelphia, PA, 138lbs., in a 4 round clash.  Mascarenhas kept his vocal fans happy as he controlled the bout with quicker, heavier hands throughout. At the end of four the officials had it 40-36 x 3 all in favor of the MA native.

Mascarenhas returns to New Bedford at 2-1 while Ramirez heads south to Phillie, now 0-1 as a pro.


Female bantamweights got the professional portion of the card started with a four rounder pitting debuting Marisa Belenchia of New Haven, CT,  110lbs., against Delaney Owen, 111lbs, of Clearwater, FL. Belenchia played forward-marching, aggressive "puncher" while Owen circled and fired straight punches in the role of "boxer" in the most exciting bout of the night. After four the judges saw it 40-36, and 39-37 x 2 all in favor of Belenchia, although this observer thought it looked more like a draw. 

Belenchia is now 1-0 as a pro and Owen is 0-3.





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CES Boxing presents Homecoming Kings
Bad Chad Dawson and Tramaine The Mighty Midget Williams of New Haven, CT headline a pro-am card from Foxwoods' Fox Theater

Photos by Sean Laydon
Twitter recap
Ringside report


Quinton Rankin leans out of the way of Chad Dawson's left hand











Dawson wins in comeback, Williams remains unbeaten, Twitter Recap


Dawson clocks Rankin with a right hand
Chad Dawson struggles in comeback, 
Tramaine Williams moves to 18-0
more from Foxwoods' Fox Theater
Twitter Recap
By Alex Pierpaoli
Photos by Sean Laydon
Ringside report
More photos

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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One amateur bout left to go here @FoxwoodsCT then get ready for the Homecoming Kings show featuring @OfficialBadChad and @Tramaine_Will  #boxing

Owen (L) trades with Belenchia (R)

Live from Foxwoods!! it's time for professional #boxing! I'm @FistThingsFirst and will be here with you live tweeting from Ringside at the Fox Theater


Bout 1 is up, females, 4 rounds, Marisa Belenchia of New Haven, CT, making her Pro debut at 110lbs. goes up against Delaney Owen of Clearwater, FL  111lbs.

spirited first round from these two women. Belenchia's punches look a little short but she was the more poised fighter in the first. Owen looked to be burning through lots of nervous energy.
Owen's jab effective and reddening the face of Belenchia

Owen's punches are straighter and thus a bit speedier. She won that second but Belenchia is aggressive and sometimes that wins rounds, just because. Especially in a 4 rounder.

Belenchia bleeding from a cut along her brow. They bonked heads in that 3rd with about a minute to go and she got the worst of it. That 3rd round was close. Final round now.

Now Owen is cut too. Both women bleeding.

Both women bleeding from their brows and swinging with both hands at the bell. This one was close. Owen may very well have won that but I don' see her getting a decision. Belenchia, the Spider Monkey, gutted this out. Good fight.

Missed the scorecards of 2 judges but one had it 40-36 for Belenchia. She wins a Unanimous Decision and picks up her first pro victory. Fun fight!



Mascarenhas (R) swings at Ramirez (L)

Bout 2, Wilson Mascarenhas of New Bedford, MA  139lbs versus Anthony Ramirez of Philadelphia, PA  138lbs.  
#boxing

Heated first round between these two 140 pounders. Ramirez took more punishment, especially to the ribs.

Mascarehas in charge here through three. Ramirez needs to make something big happen this round...or just not get dropped or stopped.

That's all for that one and it was never even close. Mascarenhas should pick up the decision 40-36. Waiting on the scorecards…

All three judges had it 40-36 for New Bedford's Wilson "Ill Will" Mascarenhas who improves to 2-1. Ramirez backs into his pro-career at 0-1.




Bout 3, Oscar Bonilla of Bridgeport, CT  135lbs  versus Julio Perez of Worcester, MA  132lbs.  6 rounds, lightweights
Perez (R) reaches Bonilla (L) with the jab

speedy first round for these two lightweights. Both men flurried in close, scoring to the body. Perez is taller and longer but so far he's mixing it up, not really using distance yet.

Fun, active bout here. Not a lot of damaging punches landing but there's no lack of throwing. Perez looks to be landing cleaner and straighter but Bonilla is always coming forward and swinging for the guts of Perez with both hands.

Bonilla needed a big fifth round and he got it. He's landed heavy right hand bolts to Perez's head. Perez scores with a left to the chin of Bonilla in the final ten seconds.

Perez doing lots of circling while Bonilla stalks him.

Perez all smiles at the bell. He feels confident with his effort. Fun fight. Let's see who the judges liked more--the slick and speedy boxing of Perez or the forward-marching attacking pressure of Bonilla

all 3 judges scored it 59-55 in favor of Oscar Bonilla. Apparently they didn't care for all the jabs I was enjoying



Bout 4, Nathan Martinez of New Britain, CT   125lbs. versus  Jose Homar Rios of Hawley, MN  127lbs. 4 rounds, featherweights
Martinez (L) ducks under a left from Rios (R)

Rios got the worst of the first minute but then he landed a hard left hook to the short rib that backed Martinez up. Both men able to hurt each other in that opening round.

This bout seemed as though it was going to end early but Rios surged with confidence after landing that first round body shot and now both guys are throwing with bad intentions. Martinez did more damage in that second round but Rios putting up a spirited fight

Rios took a shellacking in that third round. Martinez has a big cheering section here and they enjoyed watching him land combinations on the game but outgunned Rios.

Nathan Martinez of New Britain, CT picks up a unanimous decision win, all three officials saw it 40-36 in his favor. He is now 4-0 (1). Jose Homar Rios falls to 2-7-1 (1) #boxing



Rivera (L) snakes through the guard of Podda (R)
Bout 5,
Jose Rivera of Manchester, CT  161lbs versus  Luca Podda of Miami, FL  153lbs.  6 rounds, junior middles
Rivera came out very aggressively in the first, battering Podda back along the ropes. Podda was able to counter Rivera with a stinging shot he never saw and that seemed to make Rivera a bit more cautious.
Rivera having some difficulty getting inside. He's still winning but he's not as bold or as effective as he was in the first half of round one. we're in round 4 of 6. Podda reaching and poking and Rivera waving him forward, asking him to attack.
Rivera scored a knockdown in the fourth. Podda wasn't hurt but it was a clean shot to the chin that put the taller man on the deck.More
Both guys landed some big sweat-spraying shots in the fifth but Rivera is doing more damage and more connecting.
After six heated rounds Jose Rivera comes away with the unanimous decision by scores of 59-54 x 3


Here we go with our all-New Haven co-featured bouts! Here comes @Tramaine_Will's opponent to "Eye of the Tiger" here's Neil John Tabanao of the Philippines

Here comes @Tramaine_Will The Mighty Midget weighing in at 123 pounds... we're fighting 10 r
Tramaine Williams (R) fires a right at Neil Tabanao (L)
ounds in the Featherweight division...

Neil John Tabanao also scaled 123 pounds.
Cautious first from these two but @Tramaine_Will landed straight lefts to the belly of Tabanao. The Filipino landed a clean right but there wasn't much to choose from in the first.
The drunker members of this crowd are getting a little frustrated with the careful #boxing of @Tramaine_Will but we got a glimpse of the Mighty Midget's monster left when he connected solidly on the head of Tabanao in that second.
@Tramaine_Will landing more often now. He's speedy smart with that left power hand from the southpaw stance. Tabanao can't see it coming.
Ref. Mercante Jr. warns both guys for rough stuff, the fight continues and Williams slams Tabanao with a right hook

Tabanao is losing these rounds but he's undeterred so far. Williams has blasted him with single shots that have raised lots of ooos and ahs from this pro-New Haven crowd but he's yet to hurt the Filipino

@Tramaine_Will putting in the work here. Tabanao connected with a solid right of his own at the end of the sixth. Williams looks winded but he's still in control.

Tabanao just landed a big overhand right and @Tramaine_Will didn't even flinch #solidchin
Coming up on the final round here in Williams-Tabanao.

Williams looking for a kayo here...
Your scorecards are in: @Tramaine_Will picks up a UD victory, scores are 98-92 and 99-91 x 2. Steve Weisfeld was the judge who gave Tabanao 2 rounds. I'd tend to agree with that. But definitely solid win for New Haven own's Mighty Midget



The Main Event @OfficialBadChad of New Haven, CT  178lbs. versus Quinton Rankin of Charlotte, N.C.  179lbs. #HomecomingKings #boxing

Dawson in charge so far, through 1 and a half rounds. Some grappling now. Rankin shoved his forearms in Dawson's face and gets a forceful warning.

Rankin doing quite a bit of clutching and grabbing

This one has gotten awkward and rough. Both guys sank into the ropes after swinging wildly and falling into each other at the start of the second.

This is southpaw versus southpaw and it looks every bit of it.
@OfficialBadChad connected cleanly with rights and lefts in that third and this crowd loved it

Rankin is definitely fighting in "Don't knock me out" mode
Dawson's eye swelled rapidly after catching an elbow in the fifth


Dawson blasted Rankin with a left hand in the final fifteen seconds of the fourth. But much of the round he spent chasing Rankin and getting grabbed.

HUGE uppercut from Rankin puts Dawson down and in massive trouble!! But...

An exuberant Rankin took another whack at Dawson while he was down and Referee Mike Ortega took an interminable amount of time to warn him for the infraction thus insuring Dawson had time to clear the cobwebs. #stunning

If Rankin goes back to that uppercut maybe he can make something happen for himself again here but @OfficialBadChad proving his mettle right now. His eye is swelling and he looks to be on auto-pilot but he won that round.


Chad Dawson looks like a beaten fighter here but Referee Mike Ortega is doing all he can to punish the rough and tumble Quinton Rankin. Just took another point from the North Carolinian. MASSIVE swelling of Dawson's eye.

Dawson is very lucky this is an eight rounder because his eye looks awful. Final round.
Well Chad Dawson is sure to walk out of here with a win but that's certainly not a comeback fight that heralds a triumphant return.

Your scorecards and 80-68, 78-72 x 2 all in favor of @OfficialBadChad who leaves here with a badly swollen eye and a lot to think about. That was not the best opponent to look good against though, that's for sure. Rankin was an awkward and rugged southpaw.

well that's it from here folks, thanks for following along. #boxing


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Tuesday, June 25, 2019

New Haven prizefighters visit City Hall #boxing

Bad Chad Dawson
Chad Dawson, Tramaine Williams and more regional pro-boxers meet the Mayor of New Haven at City Hall
Words and pictures by Alex Pierpaoli



Three time one hundred seventy-five pound world champion Bad Chad Dawson was on the steps of New Haven, CT's City Hall yesterday, along with CES promoter Jimmy Burchfield and Mayor Toni Harp of New Haven to announce Saturday night's pro-am fight card at Foxwoods Resort and Casino. The seven bout professional portion of the card features Dawson's comeback in the Main Event and the undefeated featherweight Tramaine Midget Williams looks to pick up his eighteenth victory in the co-feature. 

Tramaine Williams (L) with trainer Mike Conroy

Boxers and advisers pose with promoter Jimmy Burchfield on the steps of New Haven's City Hall

New Haven Mayor Toni Harp talks to the crowd

Also on hand was New Haven's Jimmy Williams who is preparing for a bout in Las Vegas on the Pacquiao-Thurman undercard on July 20

The bout sheet for Saturday night's card


Saturday, June 8, 2019

Results from Ringside @StarBoxing #JudahSeldin

Seldin wears down Judah,
McGirt draws with Papot,
Williams upsets Alfano
and more 
By Alex Pierpaoli


Last night at the Turning Stone Events Center in Verona, NY, Cletus "The Hebrew Hammer" Seldin stopped Zab "Super" Judah in round eleven to become the NABA Super Lightweight Champ. Seldin staggered the 41 year old Brooklynite in round three and worked hard to walk down the still-clever former two division champion. Watching all the action was this year's International Boxing Hall of Fame Class of 2019 inductees, in town for Sunday's induction ceremony in nearby Canastota.

Returning to the ring for the first time in sixteen months, Zab Judah, 138.25lbs, had moments when he looked like the Judah of a dozen years ago, jabbing well behind the southpaw jab and circling effectively in spots. But 32 year old power-puncher, Cletus Seldin, 138.25lbs, of Long Island, NY, hacked at Judah with both hands relentlessly, forcing him to clutch and grapple often. On the inside Judah would try to keep his head close to Seldin's cheek, preventing the Long Islander from getting room to land a clean power punch. Seldin was content to chop at Judah's waist, landing heavy body shots and banging him with chopping, ugly but effective shots in each round.

In the third Seldin connected with a heavy right that made Judah do an awkward stutter-step towards a neutral corner. The Hebrew Hammer rushed in to finish things as the bell sounded to end the round. In the fourth Judah used distance and movement to buy himself some time and prolong what turned out to be inevitable. Seldin's chopping shots wore on Judah and despite flashes of his past speed, and single shots landed to the head of Seldin, Judah probably didn't win more than two rounds in total.

In the eleventh, Seldin connected with his hammer of a right and Judah's legs went rubbery again. Seldin jumped on him, slamming him with follow-up blasts along the ropes and forcing Ref. Charlie Fitch to step in and call the fight at 1:40 of the penultimate round.

With the win, Seldin climbed to 24-1 (20) with the victory and Zab Judah fell to 44-10 (30).



In the co-featured bout of the night, the son of 2019 IBHOF Inductee James "Buddy" McGirt, James McGirt Jr, 159.5lbs of Vero Beach, FL, had to settle for a draw against David Papot, 156lbs, of Saint Nazaire, France. McGirt Jr. boxed well in the early going, using a jab to bloody the nose of the Frenchman. Papot did much of the pressing while McGirt tried to stymie him with straight punches. As the rounds wore on Papot became more effective but many of the rounds were close, with neither fighter able to stun or hurt the other. The most heated the action got was in the ninth where each boxer landed meaner shots and drew the crowd back into the fight.

At the end of twelve the judges scored it 117-111 for Papot, 115-113 for McGirt Jr and 114-114.

With the even bout, Papot's record goes to 22-0-1 (3) while McGirt's moves to 27-3-2 (14).


In the fight of the night and the biggest upset on the card, Lavisas Williams, 131.5lbs, of Rochester, NY defeated Mario Alfano, 131.5lbs, of Rome, Italy by unanimous decision. In the classic match-up of boxer versus puncher, Alfano played the role of aggressive, onrushing slugger while Williams fleshed out his part as the slick, clever boxer using distance and jabs to control his opponent. Alfano had a great first round and hurt Williams to the body along the ropes. But the second was a different story. Williams adjusted beautifully and slammed jabs into Alfano's face as he came forward and blunted his rushes with lateral movement. The third round was close but after that Williams dominated and rid himself of any cobwebs and negative mojo from having sat on the shelf since a February twenty-sixteen kayo loss on ShoBox. On this night, Williams would not be denied his opportunity to shine in front of alumni of the IBHOF like Michael Spinks, Sugar Shane Mosley and Erik Morales and more, all watching from ringside.

At the end of 12 the judges saw it 78-74 x 2 and 77-75 all in favor of Rochester's Red Williams who improved to 9-1-1 (3) while Alfano sank to 13-1-1 (3).


The son of another IBHOF inductee, Alcibiade Duran Galvan aka Roberto Duran Jr, 147lbs, of Plantation, FL scrapped with Jonathan Pierre, 146lbs, of Vero Beach, FL. At the end of 4, the judges saw it 39-37 for Pierre, overruled by two scores of 39-37 for Duran Jr.

The offspring of Manos De Piedra picked up his third victory in as many fights, now 3-0 (2) while Jonathan Pierre lost for the first time, leaving Verona at 3-1.


Wendy Toussaint, 152.5lbs, of Huntington, NY defeated Lucius Johnson, 160lbs, of Compton, CA by unanimous decision. Toussaint boxed well over the six round distance but Johnson was durable and determined to last the distance. When the scorecards were read they were unanimous, 60-54 x 3, in favor of Toussaint.

In victory, Toussaint rose to 10-0 (4) while Johnson dropped to 4-6-1 (3).


In an all-New York clash, undefeated cruiserweight Alex "Lights Out" Vanasse, 190lbs, of Carmel, NY, met Eric "Caution" Abraham, 191.5lbs, of Schenectady, NY. Both guys were throwing shots that meant business from the start. Abraham's shots seemed more educated but Vanasse was more aggressive and awkward. But in the third Abraham connected with a big blast and sent Vanasse to the canvas. He got up and ref. Benjy Esteves allowed the fight to continue and it did for about ten more seconds. Abraham charged Vanasse and smashed him with two huge rights that put him down and out. Ref. Esteves waved off the fight at 1:52 of the 3rd.

Alex Vanasse looked alert as he left on a stretcher, now at 4-1 (4) while Eric Abraham climbed to 6-4 (3) with the victory.


In the opening fight of the night, Boubacar Sylla, 146.5lbs, of Cincinnati, OH defeated Marquis Hawthorne, 145lbs, of Waco, TX by an unpopular unanimous decision. Scores were 58-56 x 2 and 59-55.

Sylla improved to 10-0 (7) while Hawthorne dropped to 7-11 (1).




#JudahSeldin Twitter Recap

Cletus Seldins stops Zab Judah,
McGirt Jr and Papot draw,
and more action from nearby Boxing's Hometown
by Alex Pierpaoli
Ringside Results


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.
You can follow us on Twitter here

#Boxing now in Bout 1, Boubacar Sylla of Cincinnati, Ohio versus Marquis Hawthorne of Waco, Texas, welterweights, 6 rounds


the taller, rangier Sylla landing well with straight shots through the first two minutes of the second but Hawthorne battled back in the final 20 seconds.


coming up on round number six and Hawthorne has definitely made this competitive. Sylla won the first 2 rounds clearly but Hawthorne has kept the last 4 close by coming on in the final 30 seconds.

He's surging now.


after 6 the officials see it a lopsided, and a little weird, 58-56 x 2, 59-55 all in favor of Boubacar Sylla who improves to 10-0 (7) and draws a flock of vocal boo birds. #IBHOF #BOXING #JudahSeldin





Here’s what tonight’s card looks like... bout 1 is in the books. #Boxing #JudahSeldin




Bout 2-- Alex Vanasse of Carmel, NY versus Eric Abraham of Schenectady, NY, 4 rounds, cruiserweights



thru 2 rounds these southpaws are winging big shots but doing lots of missing. This is a regional clash and so far Abraham's skills are beating the determined unorthodoxy of Vanasse




Eric Abraham just flattened Alex Vanasse in round three. Waiting on the official time. Two huge rights crumpled Vanasse near a neutral corner and caused the ref to wave off the bout.

Vanasse had just gotten up from one knockdown but they're getting the stretcher for him now.

the official time was 1:52 of round number 3. Abraham 6-4 (3) and Vanasse leaves with his first defeat, now 4-1 (4) #JudahSeldin




bout 3, 6 rds, jr middles, Wendy Toussaint 152.5lbs of Huntington, NY versus Lucius Johnson 160lbs of Compton, CA #JudahSeldin #boxing

Through two rounds Toussaint is in control, tagging Johnson with lefts and rights and smartly moving just out of his reach. 2-0 for Toussaint

Johnson is a southpaw and Toussaint just stepped on his lead foot. Johnson complained and Toussaint apologizes. Then he goes back to outboxing him.

Toussaint knocks the mouthpiece out of Johnson's mouth with a right hand

Johnson has made it clear he's not going to go quietly. He lost his mouthpiece in that round, got up from a low blow and switched back and forth from southpaw to orthodox avoiding much of the hurt Toussaint tried to serve him.


After six rounds the judges all see it the same 60-54,a piece, for Wendy Toussaint,  10-0 (4) and Lucius Johnson comes away with the moral victory of having lasted the distance.




Bout 4, Roberto Duran Jr aka Alcibiade Duran Galvan, 147lbs of Plantation FL #Boxing now against The Boogie Man, Jonathan Pierre 146lbs of Vero Beach, FL



After 4 rounds, the judges see it 39-37 for Pierrer overruled by 39-37 x 2 for Duran Jr. #JudahSeldin #boxing


The fisticuffs have been put on pause as the #IBHOF class of 2019 is introduced and they take a few bows in the ring.




Among this year's inductees is Tony DeMarco who is truly of a bygone era. Here he is in a beastly brawl with Canastota's Onion Farmer, the great Carmen Basilio. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=axY9Mb06BX0 … #IBHOF #Boxing #IBHOF30



Back to the fights! Bout 5, Mario Alfano, 131.5lbs of Rome, Italy versus Lavisas Williams, 131.5lbs of Rochester, NY, 8 rounds, lightweights


Alfano swarmed Williams for much of the first, hammering at him along the ropes and forcing him to grab. Williams bleeding from the nose and mouth. Alfano maybe be cut near the hairline over his right eye


Wow, Williams adjusted very well and won that second round, pelting Alfano at a distance and keeping him on the outside. 1-1 in rounds, clearly. good competitive action here.



this is going to get interesting, close second. Williams whacks at him with success at range and Alfano presses forward again and again. Both fighters landed sporadically in that 3rd, this might come down to what style do these judges like more. The presser or the boxer?



That last round was the third, i think i called it the second. The action has been paused here in the 4th to look at a cut on Williams, now it resumes.


Alfano the aggressor in the fourth but he landed very little. Williams circled away throughout the round but pelted Alfano with jabs often, keeping him mostly ineffective. My card is 2-1-1 for Williams of Rochester, NY


Williams had his best round yet in the fifth. Now he's crashing power punches against the skull of the on-rushing Alfano. Williams' southpaw jab has really changed this entire fight. His confidence surging while Alfano's starts to sag.


Williams in control in round six. Alfano is befuddled by the movement the jab and the elusiveness and he tries switching to southpaw for a moment but quickly switches back.

Williams cut over both eyes but still in charge. If there's any justice in this room at all Lavisas Williams just exorcised the demons of his last time through the ropes, a February 19th twenty-sixteen stoppage loss.
Final round... Alfano needs this.


Lavisas Williams of Rochester comes away with the unanimous decision victory by scores of 78-74 x 2, 77-75. That was really fun. Nice little upset.


Mario Alfano falls to 14-1-1 (3) losing for the first time in his one and only bout outside of his native Italia. #boxing




Bout 6, the co-main event, pitting James McGirt Jr. 159.5lbs of Brentwood, NY against David Papot 156lbs of Saint Nazaire, France #JudahSeldin #Boxing




McGirt Jr in control here, Papot's bleeding from an abrasion under his eye. Papot connecting but McGirt is the one doing more damage.


The blood is actually coming from Papot's nose and McGirt is smearing it all over the frenchman's face with the jab.


This is a bit tedious. Neither guy seems able to land anything hard enough to hurt each other.


Good round for Papot. He's closed the distance and is landing more frequently as McGirt tires. #IBHOF #JudahSeldin





McGirt went back to the jab in that 8th round but it was close.


Things just got meaner and harder in that 9th. Both guys landing with heavy shots. Big sweat spraying hooks and straight rights. McGirt got the better of matters. Papot's nose bleeding again.



Both guys looked to be saving some mustard to put behind their shots for the final round. Both are tired. McGirt Jr should be ahead but Papot could be within striking distance especially if he has a big twelfth and scores a knockdown



Interesting body language from both fighters at the bell. They were hesitant to embrace and just sort of nodded and grinned at each other, touched gloves. This was a close one. I didn't score it round by round, that's hard to do while tweeting, but I think McGirt won 7-5, maybe




117-11 for Papot, 115-113 McGirt and 114-114 even. A Draw. And they announced it a "split draw" for some reason. Why are people using that term?? wtf is going on here. It's a Draw! #JudahSeldin





who in God's name wrote this? It's disgusting. This never existed before MMA. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Split_draw 





Main Event Time!! @LifeOfCletus versus @SUPERJUDAH 12 rounds for the NABA Super Lightweight Title #Boxing #JudahSeldin


Zab Judah debuted as a prize-fighter on September 20th, 1996. Yes, 96. 23 years ago. His last bout was January of twenty-eighteen.


Some quick rushes at each other, some grabbing, some wrestling, but Judah able to land with long lefts, Single shots. Seldin pressing, Judah circling a bit.


Lots of grabbing. Ref. Charlie Fitch has to put an end to this. The last minute of the second looked more like jiu-jitsu


Zab Judah using the right jab to make Seldin hesitate a bit on the outside.


WOW! Judah boxing well hearing chants of Supah! Supah! when Seldin connects hard in the final seconds of the rd and Judah staggers across the ring. DING! The bell saves him.


They're rumbling in close and Seldin is content with this, digging at Judah's body but Judah's doing it to clear the cobwebs. He's harder to hit with his head right up next to Seldin's and both guy's leaning into each other. Seldin's round.


Judah got tagged with a straight right to the chin and is clutching


Judah landed a shot of his own right at the bell to end the sixth but that was mostly Seldin's round.


Judah using his legs more but Seldin is walking him down. Still some grappling in close, initiated by Judah to prevent Seldin from hacking at him to the guts.


Judah bought himself some time in that round using some distance and lots of right jabs. Seventh round coming up... #Boxing #JudahSeldin


Very nice right hook in close from Judah


Judah really looking good. He's found spaces in there where Seldin just can't hit him. Seldin may be younger and stronger but Zab is just plain better and fighting lots smarter.


Round 11 coming up and we're into the Witching Hour! It's Midnight plus five minutes. #JudahSeldin fighting right on into tomorrow


Ref Charlie Fitch may have been a little quick on that stoppage but Judah got caught with a right hand that wobbled him and Seldin opened up on him, pinning him on the ropes and forcing a stoppage.


Judah has always been a little chinny and they don't call Seldin the Hebrew Hammer for nothing. The official time of the stoppage was 1:40 of the 11th.





Thursday, May 23, 2019

Judah vs. Seldin, Papot and McGirt Jr on #IBHOF weekend

ZAB JUDAH AND CLETUS SELDIN TO FACE OFF IN THE MAIN EVENT FOR THE
 VACANT NABA SUPER LIGHTWEIGHT TITLE
 
DAVID PAPOT AND JAMES MCGIRT JR.TO BATTLE FOR THE VACANT 
WBA INTERCONTINENTAL & WBO INTERNATIONAL MIDDLWEIGHT TITLES
 
New York, 
 
As the buzz continues to grow surrounding International Boxing Hall of Fame Induction Weekend, the June 7th card at Turning Stone Resort Casino, proudly presented by JOE DEGUARDIA'S STAR BOXING is excited to announce that three titles and significant rankings are now at stake.
 
In the main event, 6-time world champion ZAB "SUPER" JUDAH (44-9 30KO's) is set to take on New York knockout artist, CLETUS "THE HEBREW HAMMER" SELDIN (23-1 19KO's), in a bout that has the boxing world ready for fireworks. Star Boxing is pleased to announce that both New York born fighters will be taking their shot at the NABA Super Lightweight Title in a 12-round bout. Judah enters this fight as a winner of his last two, by TKO and unanimous decision, respectively. Judah's illustrious career includes an opponent list of elite boxing talent. With his eyes now set on a victory on June 7th, Judah hopes that it will lead to a super lightweight world title challenge in the near future.  Opposing Judah is New York, Jewish pugilist, Cletus Seldin, who has been feared as one of the hardest punching Super Lightweight fighters.  Seldin was one of the hottest prospects in NY and in 2017 he became the third ever fighter to make back-to-back featured appearances on HBO, alongside Hall of Famers, ROY JONES JR. and MIKE TYSON.  Seldin knows the kind of benefits that will come if he can add a victory against an elite, world known fighter like Judah, on June 7th.

Star Boxing is also pleased to announce that the co-feature bout, between undefeated Frenchman, DAVID PAPOT (22-0 3KO's), currently rated #8 by the WBA and veteran JAMES "BUDDY" McGIRT JR. (27-3-1 14KO's), will be for the vacant WBA Intercontinental and WBO International Middleweight Titles. A win for either fighter will be a major step towards a future world title challenge. Papot, the current French Super Welterweight Champion, will be making his United States debut, against the veteran McGirt Jr., who will be fighting in front of his father, JAMES "BUDDY" MCGIRT, as he will be inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame on the same weekend.

#WilderBreazeale post fight show




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Tuesday, April 30, 2019

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