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Anthony Joshua vs. Alexander Povetkin 
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#GarciaPorter Dad vs. Dad

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Alvarez vs. Kovalev; Bivol vs. Chilemba 
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Ringside Results from Foxwoods #BroadwayBoxing

East Hartford's Mykquan Williams improves to 12-0;
Shelito Vincent notches a victory
Broadway Boxing from the Fox Theater
By Alex Pierpaoli

DiBella Entertainment's Broadway Boxing returned to Foxwoods Resort and Casino in Uncasville, CT tonight with a six bout card, co-featuring Myquan Williams, the 140 pound prospect, and veteran featherweight female, Shelito Vincent in separate 8 round bouts. 

Mykquan Williams 140lbs, of East Hartford, CT defeated Matt Doherty 138lbs of Salem, MA by 8 round unanimous decision. Williams dropped Doherty twice in the opening round, the first time with a sizzling left hook that Doherty never saw coming which sat him down hard. And the second was a similar shot that made him fall forward, touching the canvas with both gloves. Doherty collected himself in round two and started landing chopping shots of his own. Williams remained in control with speedy combinations but after getting over the first round shock of Williams punches, Doherty became able to withstand even harder shots as the rounds went on. This was the 20 year old, Williams first time fighting eight rounds and his first time spending more than 3 minutes at the office in his last three fights, all of which ended by first round kayo. Doherty refused to be number four and kept trying despite absorbing lots of leather from Marvelous Mykquan. By round four there was some redness around the right eye of Williams where Doherty was catching him with lefts. At the end of round 5, Williams mocked Doherty, sticking his tongue out and grinning, frustrated Doherty was still refusing to go quietly. Williams cracked Doherty with two and three punch combinations repeatedly but was never again able to put him down or hurt him. Although warned several times by referee Shada Murdaugh the back and forth trash-talking lasted right till after the final bell when there was no traditional sportsmanlike embrace between the combatants. But Williams remained poised, patient and following a plan to victory over the distance with a durable, never-quit, 29 year old in front of him. Not a bad learning experience. The scorecards were 77-73 and 80-70 x 2 all in favor of Mykquan Williams.

Marvelous Mykquan Williams goes to 12-0 (7) and tough Matt Doherty drops to 8-5-1 (4)

Shelly Vincent 126lbs of Providence, RI squeaked past Calixta Silgado 124lbs of Tolu, Colombia by 8 round Majority Decision. In a rematch of an October Broadway Boxing clash in the same Fox Theater ring, Silgado and Vincent fell back into the similar roles of boxer versus puncher. Vincent pressed forward and Silgado thumped at her with both hands as she advanced. After a slow first, Vincent made the fight in the second, pressing Silgado back and banging at her head and body with both hands. In the final 30 seconds of the second, Silgado jammed a right uppercut up into Vincent's chin that got her attention. In the third, Vincent complained to ref. Danny Schiavone about Silgado using her elbows on Vincent as she bulled her way inside. Schiavoine warned Silgado for the elbows and Vincent for complaining and told them both to keep fighting. On this night Vincent's usual head movement on the way in and speedy flurries once inside were infrequent if not altogether absent. Whether due to Silgado's chopping counters or the fading reflexes in a now 39 year old Vincent was unclear. As the rounds wore on this observer saw Silgado landing more effectively over the eight round distance but the officials disagreed. The official scorecards were 76-76 by Don Trella overruled by scores of 78-74 in favor of Vincent by judges Steve Weisfeld and Robert Paolino. 

Vincent improved to 23-1 (1) while Silgado fell to 16-10-3 (11). Addressing the crowd after the decision was read, Vincent talked over the boos and said she hoped for the rematch with Heather Hardy she was promised three years ago.

In a battle of unbeaten fighters, Hurshidbek Normatov 151lbs of Uzbekistan via Brooklyn, NY knocked out Alexis Gaytan 155lbs of Mission, TX in the most compelling fight of the night. Normatov, a decorated amateur, used quick-feet and sharp, speedy combinations to pepper Gaytan with 2-4 punch barrages before circling, quickly out of range only to do it again. But in the first, the strong and determined Gaytan caught Normatov with a counter right that stunned him. In the second round a clash of heads opened a horrible gash over the right eye of Gaytan. Normatov opens up with both hands when the fight resumes and by round's end Gaytan's face was awash in scarlet.
Gaytan remained clear-headed and determined in the corner as his team did an excellent job preventing what looked like a bad cut from becoming a factor. In the fourth, Gaytan tilted things back in his favor when he drove Normatov to the ropes with body shots and the Uzbek sort of sagged down and half-sat on them prompting Ref. Sharda Murdaugh to call it a knockdown. Normatov is up on his toes and boxing again in the fifth, landing frequently but expending lots of energy while Gaytan's well-timed body-shots are keeping the fight competitive. In the sixth and final round, as Gaytan pressed forward and ducked under a wide left from Normatov, he popped up to throw a hook but Normatov's follow-up right hook was already on the way and it crashed against the chin of Gaytan and turned his lights out. The Texan seemed to hang there a split second, before falling forward onto his face. The fight was stopped immediately at :41 of the 6th round. 

Normatov raised his record to 7-0 (3) while Gaytan loses for the first time, now 4-1 (2).

Adrian Sosa 141lbs of Larence, MA stopped Darnell Pettis 137lbs of Cleveland, OH at 1:24 of the second round. The 23 year old Sosa uses the traditional cross-armed defense and quick, heavy counter punches to batter Pettis for nearly 4 and a half minutes. Pettis came to fight but Sosa was able to use Pettis' aggression aginst him, walking him right into hard counters. Pettis never hit the deck but he was badly staggered on legs of rubber in both rounds before a series of heavy unanswered blasts from Sosa forced Ref. Danny Schiavone step in and wave off the action.

Sosa remains unbeaten, now 8-0 (6) while Pettis goes to 3-10.

Oscar Bonilla 138lbs of Bridgeport, CT defeated Seifullah "Jihad" Wise 140lbs of Philadelphia, PA. Both fighters charged out into an exchange for the first minute of the first, then seemed to steady themselves, picking their shots. The first was close with Bonilla fighting aggressively but Wise standing up to it and countering. In the second that changed. About a minute into the round Bonilla blasted Wise with a left hook to the jaw that forced him to go non-violent along the ropes. Bonnilla opened up with both hands and Wise just tried to cover up with limited success until Ref. Shada Murdaugh stepped in to halt the punishment at 1:20 of round 2.

Bonnilla raised his record to 5-3-2 (1) while Wise dropped to 3-5 (1).

Lennox Allen
 171lbs, of Brooklyn, NY stopped Willis Lockett 173lbs of Tacoma Park, MD in the opening bout of the night. Allen put Lockett down in round one and again in the final seconds of the third. Ref. Danny Schiavone stopped the contest at 3:00 of round 3.

Allen moves his record up to 21-0-1 (14) while Lockett falls to 16-24-6 (5)

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#BroadwayBoxing Twitter Recap

Mykquan Williams dominates rugged Matt Doherty;
Shelito Vincent escapes with Majority Decision over Calixta Salgado
in Broadway Boxing Co-Feature
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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@FistThingsFirst is here, LIVE! at ringside from @FoxwoodsCT for @DiBellaEnt's #BroadwayBoxing card! Featuring @shelitosway & @MarvelousMyke follow along here for updates #boxing

Fighting now in Bout 1, light heavyweights Lennox Allen 171lbs of NYC versus Willis Lockett 173lbs of Tacoma Park, MD  6 rounds #BroadwayBoxing

southpaw Lennox Allen in charge through 3. Lockett down but not hurt in round one. Down again just now off a looping right hook, high on the head. Allen followed it with a hook to the body that sent Lockett down but it was the temple-shot that did the damage. TKO 3 for Allen
*The official time was 3:00 of the 3rd

Up now in Bout 2, super lightweight Oscar Bonilla 138lbs of Bridgeport, CT versus  Seifullah "Jihad" Wise 140 of Philadelphia, PA 

wow, this has broken into a fight, right quick!! Both men leaning forward, shoulder to shoulder, jowl-to-jowl banging. They tangle up. Ref breaks them, again they come forward. Bonilla aggressively, crowding the southpaw from Philly

the final minute was a lot more tactical. Close round. Bonilla the aggressor but Wise countered smartly and often.

Bonilla hammering away at Wise who has suddenly gone non-violent in a neutral corner. Wise has his gloves high but Bonilla swarming him and blasting past the guard. Wise not responding at all. Ref. steps in to stop it. Bonilla scores a TKO!

Wise looking hurt & absolutely crestfallen on the stool after the stoppage. Doctor Michael Schwartz examining him. Could have been a damaged jaw that took all the fight out of Wise. Replay shows Bonilla slammed him with a head-spinning right hand to the mouth. TKO2 Bonilla 1:20

next up from Foxwoods! Bout 3, super lightweight Adrian Sosa of Lawrence, MA 141lbs versus Darnell Pettis 137lbs of Cleveland, OH, 6 rounds

Adrian Sosa just scored with a lovely double left hook to the body then head, seconds later he lands another left followed by a speedy short right that makes Pettis do a rubber-legged giant step backwards. Sosa's round, big time.

Pettis is a brave, aggressive guy and Sosa is smartly and artfully nailing him on his way in, using his own momentum against him. Wow! Another beautiful right to the chin staggers Pettis again. He refuses to go down but he's in trouble! Sosa picking his shots. Ref steps in. TKO

The official time of the stoppage was 1:24 of round 2. And that was really a beautiful display of speedy, accurate punching and really wise decision making in his choice of shots. He doesn't waste anything. If a KO can look pretty and brutal, and they can, that one sure did.

Bout 4, super welterweight Hurshidbek Normatov of Uzbekistan, fighting out of Brooklyn, NY, 151lbs versus Alexis Gaytan 155lbs of Mission, TX, 6rds 

Normatov in charge for the first half of the first, beating Gaytan to the punch, bloodying his lip, until Gaytan nails him with a right that stunned him. Normatov moving more now, boxing from a distance.

Normatov landing heavily. Gaytan trying for the belly with some success. Gaytan is being out-volumed here. Time called due to an accidental head-butt and a bloody cut around Gaytan's right eye. Action continues...

Gaytan is a gutsy fighter. He's bleeding and he was on the wrong end of a vicious flurry when the fight resumes after the doc checked his cut. Bell sounds with Gaytan's face awash in blood and Normatov up 2-0 in rounds.

Normatov has quick hands. He blasts out Gaytan's mouthpiece with a speedy right hook in close. Gaytan still trying to land on Normatov, hoping to stun him again like in the first.

Normatov was likely a tremendous amateur. His style is quick of fist and foot, in and out, behind sharp, stinging straight punches and always moving, moving, moving.

Gaytan looks clear-headed and undeterred between rounds. His corner has done a good job on the cut.

Gaytan just fought a good round and may have gotten a little lucky with Ref. Murdaugh's call of a knockdown in the final seconds of the 4th when Normatov sagged into the ropes and sort of sat down on them after a hard body shot.

Normatov has really prominent cheekbones and "looks" like he may cut easily. Of course he's gonna have to get hit a lot more than Gaytan is hitting him to find that out. Gaytan definitely doing better in these rounds though. He's the aggressor, Normatov on the run at end of 5th

OH MY GOD!! Gaytan just went to sleep from a monstrous right hook he never saw coming. Out before he hit the floor and face first into the canvas.

Gaytan up on the stool now. The doctors working with him. The medical staff here in CT is top notch. They're getting him up in stages. Gaytan on his feet now to applause from the crowd. Both fighters embrace. Official time of the KO coming up...

The official time was :41 of round 6. Normatov now 7-0 (4) and that's going to be a #BroadwayBoxing highlight reel KO for twenty-eighteen.

Here comes the co-main event of the evening! @shelitosway of Providence, RI 126lbs against Calixta Silgado of Baranquilla, Colombia 124lbs.  8rounds, female feathers, this is a rematch of an October clash that Vincent won by UD
*Silgado is from Tolu, Colombia

very cautious first from both these women, which I found a little surprising considering it was their 9th together. Silgado in the role of boxer with Vincent the aggressive puncher, pressing the action, Silgado countering. Nothing serious landed yet.

Silgado connected with a hard right uppercut-left hook that seemed to get Vincent's attention in round 2.

Vincent complaining to Ref. Danny Schiavone about being elbowed. He warns Silgado to knock it off and Vincent to stop complaining and fight.

That elbow may have lit a fire in Vincent, she comes roaring out of her corner in the fourth. But Salgado is making Vincent work here. Silgado landing lots of solid uppercuts. Vincent seems a little uninspired here.

Two good left hooks from Vincent in the final seconds of the fifth but this seems to be Salgado's fight to lose right now. Vincent needs to pour it on in these final 3 rounds. Salgado has landed the more meaningful shots thus far according to this observer.

Vincent is aggressive but she's not moving her head on the way in at all and she's eating punches on her way in.

Vincent flurried a bit in the final thirty seconds of the 6th, may have stolen that round. Good body shots landed by the Rhode Islander,

good exchange in the final seconds of round 7 but again, although Vincent did much of the pressing and coming forward, Silgado landed the solid shots in that encounter.

Well, that one is in the books. There were several close rounds and I'm not scoring them because I'm tweeting my ass off and it's hard to type and see every single punch but I don't think Vincent won a single round definitively. Maybe the first 2 close ones...

Lots of boos from this crowd for the official scorecards, a Majority Decision goes to Vincent by scores of 76-76, overruled by two scores of 78-74. Vincent talking to the crowd, says she wants a rematch with Heather Hardy. She was promised one 3 years ago.

Time for the Main Event, super lightweight @MarvelousMyke 140lbs of East Hartford, CT versus Matt Doherty 138lbs of Salem, MA

Marvelous @MarvelousMyke has Doherty in lots of trouble... He's up after two knockdowns but he's staying up on sheer will. They may stop this between rounds.

Looked like both knockdowns were produced off of left hooks. The first was a lot worse on Doherty than the second. He touched the canvas with both gloves and popped right up from the second.

Doherty just landed a solid left hook of his own that got Williams' attention. Mykquan taking his time. He's not rushing to reel Doherty in yet, there's still fight left in him.

@MarvelousMyke looked at Matt Doherty at the bell to end the third as if he was surprised the Salem native was still standing there. Williams nose is bleeding but he's still in charge. Doherty very aggressive, seems to be un-phased after the shaky start.

Williams landing the much flashier, significant shots but Doherty is bolder than bold and constantly trying, fighting back competitively. Very good opponent for the young prospect @MarvelousMyke

@MarvelousMyke stuck his tongue out at Matt Doherty at the end of rd 5 and Doherty held out his arms as if to say "come get me! I'm still here." Williams landed much heavier in the fifth, scoring with a big right & left hook which may have been the hardest one he's thrown 2nite

These two guys are mugging at each other at the end of each round. Seems as if it's Williams doing most of the mocking and maybe he's a little frustrated he hasn't been able to hurt Doherty again. He's winning these rounds though.

this is entertaining even though @MarvelousMyke is likely winning every round. Doherty keeps trying and the knockdowns in the first must have been because he was cold because he's been hit a lot harder since with no effect.

this one goes to the scorecards and it sure didn't start off looking like it would...

The judges see that one all the same way, 80-73 x 3, Unanimous Decision for @MarvelousMyke who learned a lot in there tonight. Sometimes you hit a guy with your best shots & he doesn't go. Williams never got frustrated, never walked into something foolish, he maintained his poise.
* the official cards were 77-73 and 80-73 x 2

That's all from here, Fight-Fans! Thanks for following along! I'm @FistThingsFirst and I'll see you again next time from Ringside!!

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Sunday, July 15, 2018

Sunday, July 1, 2018

#SlugfestAtTheSun ringside @Twitter recap

Joe Smith Jr and his promoter, Joe DeGuardia, talk to media after the win
Joe Smith Jr. returns with quick stoppage; Kali Reis dominates over 8 rounds; and more from Star Boxing's Slugfest At The Sun

By Alex Pierpaoli
Photos by Vinny Bugge'

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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Hello, Fight-fans! @FistThingsFirst is here ringside @MoheganSun for #slugfestAtTheSun #Boxing

Bout 1 is underway, William Foster, 131.75lbs of New Haven, CT versus Tyrome Jones, 131lbs, of South Bend, IN
At the end of round 2 Jones get the worst of a head butt that is going to make them stop this fight. He looked to be winning that round big as well. He had landed 2 big lefts from the southpaw stance.
Bout 1 ends at 2:27 of round 2. It's gonna be called a No Contest. Round 1 belonged to Foster but the second favored Jones.

Bout 2, Cassius Chaney, 246lbs, of New London, CT meets Elder Hernandez, 250lbs, of Morelia, Mexico  6 rounds, heavies
Cassius Chaney steps over the ropes as his opponent watches
That's it from Elder Hernandez! Cassius Chaney urged him to get up but he'd been down once and knew the end was coming. TKO1 for New London's Cassius Chaney!
The official time was 2:47 of round number 1, @Cassius_Chaney picks up the KO victory, now 13-0 (7) 

Bout 3, Larry Fryers, 146.25lbs, of New York, NY via Ireland, fights Anthony Woods, 150lbs, of Philadelphia, PA
These two fought furiously for the first two minutes of round one before both tired in the final minute. As they tired Fryers was able to land a couple hard, single shots in a close opening round.
Fryers scored a knockdown in the final seconds of the 2nd. It looked like a brushing shot but Woods didn't complain to ref Danny Schiavone. Likely Fryers is up by 3 points in this 6 rounder.
Lots of effort from both these fighters. Woods may have recovered a bit on the cards in that third. Not a lot of clean blows landed by either fighter.
Woods went back to his corner with his hands up so he has at least convinced himself that he has recovered from the knockdown. He may be right.
coming up on the final round here... Woods had better go for broke if he wants this.
Woods (L) digs in versus Fryers 
Ref. Danny Schiavone needed to make himself heard in this fight and took a point from Woods with about a second and a half to go in the fight for an infraction that looked to be unavoidable. Woods has almost no chance mathematically.
There had been shoving and clinching from both fighters and there was no obvious warning to Woods but perhaps in close Ref. Schiavone saw Woods as the troublemaker.
The judges see that one as 60-52 and 59-53 x 2 all in favor of Fryers. So 2 judges only gave Woods a single round.
Just to clarify, that point deduction was for an INTENTIONAL head butt that Woods even admitted to doing when Schiavone called him on it. So it was not for shoving or grappling as it looked. Thanks to @fightpublicist for the scoop!

Yes, some fighters enter the ring to Knights in White Satin... #Jussayin
Bout 4, Joe Farina, 150lbs, of South Boston, MA versus Steve Moore, 149lbs, of Orange, NJ, 4 rounds, jr. middles
Farina walked right out and got dropped. He's up and they're slugging...
The replay shows the right hand Moore used to drop Farina connected more on the gloves than the chin. It was a balance shot. But Moore probably won the first 10-8.
Farina really hammered away at Moore in the second. Again and again he drove Moore back along the ropes punishing him with lefts to the belly and rights to the head.
Farina has battled back from a flash, first round knockdown. In control of the action since then.
Final round here between these junior middles...
Bout 4 is in the books, waiting on the cards. I'm guessing Farina lost the first and that's it. 38-37? Taking a long time to add up 4 rounds,.
One judge had it 38-37 for Moore, overruled by two scores of 38-37 for Joe Farina. South Boston's Farina remains undefeated, now 3-0 (2). 

Bout 5, Wendy Toussaint, 151.5lbs, of Huntington, NY battles Andy Gonzalez, 150.75lbs, of , 6 rounds, junior middles
Wendy Toussaint (L) goes to a neutral corner 
Worcester, MA
Big first round for Toussaint. Gonzalez spent much of the 1st trying to cover up and grab his way through an onslaught of incoming fire from Toussaint.
Toussaint scored a knockdown in that second round but spent so much time getting into a neutral corner Gonzalez was able to recover.
Referee Steve Willis steps between the fighters halfway through round three with Gonzalez getting shelled by Toussaint. 
Wendy Toussaint moves to 9-0 (3) picking up a win via TKO3 1:25 at #SlugfestAtTheSun

Bout 6, Anthony Laureano, 138.25lbs, of East Hartford, versus Juan De la Cruz Rodriguez, 139.5lbs, of Haymarket, VA, 
great first round for Laureano who landed heavy shots with both hands
these two guys are going Gatti-Ward style here. Wow. That was about a minute of pure brawling.
Rodriguez is getting the worst of the punishment through 3 rounds. Not a lot of defense from these two.
Final round coming up for Laureano versus Rodriguez. Lots of punches landed in this one. Gritty effort from Rodriguez but Laureano landing cleaner and harder and more often.
wow, that was a fun fight. Rodriguez started slow but finished strong.
The scorecards are 60-54 and 59-55 x 2 all in favor of @GW_Relentless of East Hartford, CT, now 8-0 (3) 

Kali Reis (R) lands an uppercut in close on Paty Ramirez
Bout 7, Kali Reis, 144lbs, of Providence, RI versus Paty Ramirez, 146.5 lbs of Aguascalientes, Mexico 
@KO_MoC86 looks so slimmed down. This is like Rocky 3!
Reis off to a quick start which is a good sign for her. She has a tendency to fight to the level of her opposition and hopefully after he last bout she realizes she's the power-broker in there, she can make things happen not wait for them to happen.
Reis landing a chopping right to the chin of Ramirez. No body punching at all here.
former cruiserweight boxer turned bodybuilder from New England @mat2smooth working in the corner of @KO_MoC86 
And so the great Round Card Boy experiment ends not with a bang but a whimper and some scattered boos... 
Round six of Kali Reis vs. Paty Ramirez
round seven underway, Reis controlling the action. Boxing smart, applying pressure. Would like to see some body-shots though.
Kali Reis should come away with the decision here, not sure Ramirez won even a single round. She looked good.
All three judges saw it the same way, 80-72, a shut-out, in favor of @KO_MoC86 who keeps the momentum going after her impressive showing on HBO in May against @1LadyCecilia 

Time for the Main Event! Joe Smith Jr., 179lbs, of Long Island, NY, versus Melvin Russell, 179lbs, of Posrtsmouth, OH, 10 rounds, light heavies, 
Russell was stopped once and it was early, round 2, against Edwin "La Bomba" Rodriguez and I'm guessing Smith hits harder than that so... #buckleup
This one is over and it wasn't pretty while it lasted. Smith put Russell down once with a chopping left and a brushing right that loosed his mouthpiece. Ref. Steve Willis separated them, sent Smith to a neutral corner then waved the bout on. 1/2
Willis realized he hadn't replaced the mouthpiece so he went to the corner man of Russell who cleaned it and inserted it. The bout continued and Smith cornered Russell and caught him with a right uppercut that ended things.
The official time of the stoppage was 1:45 of round 1. TKO victory for @beastsmithjr
Joe Smith Jr after his win over Melvin Russell

Results from ringside @MoheganSun #SlugfestAtTheSun #boxing

Joe Smith Jr and promoter Joe Deguardia after Smith's TKO win
Joe Smith Jr crumples Melvin Russell in ring return;
Kali Reis dominates Paty Ramirez; Anthony Laureano moves to 8-0; more results from Mohegan Sun Arena
By Alex Pierpaoli
Photos by Vinny Bugge'
Twitter Recap

Long Island light heavyweight Joe Smith Jr. returned to the prize ring last night with a first round TKO win over Melvin Russell of Portsmouth, OH, at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT. Smith was fighting for the first time since he suffered a broken jaw in a decision loss to Cuba's Sullivan Barrera last July 15th. Other regional fighters saw action in the ring last night, including top-ranked female Kali Reis, boxing as a welterweight, in her first bout since appearing on HBO in May in what was the cable outlet's first broadcast of a female fight. Though defeated that historic night against the best female welterweight world, Cecilia Braekhus, last night, Reis returned to her winning ways with a unanimous decision, shut-out victory of Paty Ramirez.

William Foster (L) slips a shot from Tyrome Jones
Bout number one ended at 2:27 of round 2 when William Foster, 131.75lbs of New HavenCT and Tyrome Jones, 131lbs, of South BendIN, bonked heads resulting in a bad cut to the brow of Jones. Ringside doctor Anthony Alessi jammed a gauze pad into the wound and shook his head to the referee. Round one had gotten off to a cautious start with Foster the busier fighter while in round 2, Jones connected with two hard straight lefts before the collision of heads ended matters.

Both fighters' records remain unchanged, Foster at 8-0 (6) and Jones at 4-3-1 (1).

Heavyweight Cassius Chaney, 246lbs, of New LondonCT stopped Elder Hernandez, 250lbs, of Morelia, Mexico, at 2:47 of round number one. Within the first minute Chaney put Hernandez down with a right hand and Ref. Steve Willis allowed him to continue. Sensing the knockout, Chaney applied pressure and Hernandez went down again from a brushing shot. Chaney stood over Hernandez for a moment, urging him to get up and fight but Hernandez had done all the fighting he wanted to do on this night. In the moments we saw, Chaney was aggressive and willing to get small, crouch and go to Hernandez' midsection with a lunging right. Several body shots seemed to do what plain old intimidation had gotten started and it was pretty obvious why Hernandez made no effort to rise.
Cassius Chaney (L)  shoots a jab at the body

Chaney raises his record to 13-0 (7) Hernandez falls to 5-3 (3).

Joe Farina, 150lbs, of South BostonMA defeated Steve Moore, 149lbs, of OrangeNJ by 4 round split decision. Joe Farina charged right out and walked into a chopping right that put him flat on his back. Mostly a balance knockdown, Farina wasn't hurt but knew he was in lots of trouble
mathematically in a four rounder. Farina surged in the second, pounding away at Moore, and he kept the pressure on through the final six minutes. At the end of four the judges saw it 38-37 for Moore overruled by two scores of the same score but for Farina (38-37 x2).

Joe Farina raised his record to 3-0 (2) while Moore's fell to 1-4 (1).

Larry Fryers, 146.25lbs, of New YorkNY via Ireland, defeated Anthony Woods, 150lbs, of Philadelphia, PA by six round unanimous decision. Woods and Fryers roared out in round number one, landing solid shots with both hands for the first two-thirds of the opening round. The pace let up over the final minute with Fryers doing most of the leading and Woods most of the countering. In the second Fryers scored a knockdown off what looked like hard but grazing shot to the chin. Woods
Fryers (L) squares-up against Woods
rallied a bit in the second and third but did more making Fryers miss then he did making him pay for it. Fryers was the consistent puncher and the busier puncher throughout. In the sixth Woods lost a point for an intentional head butt. When the decision was read it was unanimous, by scorecards of 60-52 and 59-53 x 2 all in favor of Larry Fryers.

Fryers improved to 7-1 (2) while Woods fell to 1-7-1.

Wendy Toussaint, 151.5lbs, of HuntingtonNY stopped Andy Gonzalez, 150.75lbs, of WorcesterMA at 1:25 of round number three. Wendy Toussaint got right to work at the opening bell, slamming Gonzalez repeatedly with a looping overhand right. Gonzalez fought back but was clearly outgunned and in trouble. Toussaint kept the pressure on in the second, driving Gonzalez back and punishing for any attempts at anything resembling an offense. In the third, Toussaint caught Gonzalez with a wild right and sent him back into the ropes near a neutral corner. Toussaint opened up with both hands, sneaking a left hook past Gonzalez' guard and blasting him with looping rights. Referee Steve Willis had seen enough and stepped in to halt the fight at 1:25 of round 3.

Toussaint raised his record to 8-0 (3) while Gonzalez' dropped to 6-2 (5)
Reis (R) slams Ramirez with an uppercut

Female welterweight, Kali Reis, 144lbs, of Providence, RI defeated Paty Ramirez, 146.5 lbs of Aguascalientes, Mexico by lopsided, eight round decision. Reis started fast with a busy jab and a pressuring offense. Ramirez was game and fought back but Reis was always in control and landing more frequently. This Kali Reis looked very different than the one who thumped Tiffany Woodard in this same ring back in November. Now campaigning as a welter, K.O. Mequinonoag was a speedier and leaner-looking, fourteen and a quarter pounds lighter last night against Ramirez than she was against Woodard. Last night there was little in-fighting and few clinches and perhaps that's why there was far less body-punching than she did against Woodard. She chose mobility and straight punches to the head to dominate last night. To be critical of Reis would only be to reiterate what she herself as stated in the past, she has a tendency to hold back and counter rather than take initiative in her fights and this happened in rare instances last night. At the end of eight three judges' scorecards were 80-72 in favor of Reis.  

Kali Reis raises her record to 14-7-1 (4) while Ramirez drops to 11-6 (5).

Anthony Laureano, 138.25lbs, of East Hartford, defeated Juan De la Cruz-Rodriguez, 139.5lbs, of Haymarket, VA, in what was surely the crowd favorite of the evening. Laureano brought out the vocal fans and they showed him lots of love from the start. Rodriguez fired right back at the 8-10-1 (6).
Laureano (R) blasts Rodriguez with a jab
aggressive Laureano and these two had moments when they stood toe-to-toe in exchanges reminiscent of the junior welterweight classic Ward-Gatti, fought in this same ring back in twenty-oh-two. Laureano controlled Rodriguez throughout the fight, forcing him back and hitting him harder and more often, but lordy there were some exchanges. Very gritty effort from De La Cruz-Rodriguez and I'd say there should be a rematch but it would only be gratuitous, this wasn't a close fight, just a really fun one. Laureano dominated and the scorecards showed it, 60-54 and 59-55 x 2 all in favor of Anthony Laureano, who improves to 8-0 (3). Juan De La Cruz-Rodriguez falls to

Joe Smith Jr., 179lbs, of Long IslandNY, stopped Melvin Russell, 179lbs, of PosrtsmouthOH, at 1:45 of the opening round. Melvin Russell had been stopped only once, back in July of twenty-seventeen he went out in 2 against Edwin "La Bomba" Rodriguez, a super-middle with hands like bricks. Well, when it comes to punching power, Joe Smith Jr.'s thumping jolts are made of an even heavier metal than Russell had already proved vulnerable to; this wouldn't last long. And it didn't. Smith stuck a jab in the face of Russell and to his credit the Ohioan fired back but was quickly overwhelmed by short chopping blasts from the Long Islander and just plain old anxiety. Smith drove Russell back into his own corner and smacked his mouthpiece with a wild-shot. Ref. Steve Willis reached down and picked it up and waved the fighters to resume boxing only to pause, recognizing his error and moving to the corner of Russell to clean and replace the mouthpiece. The fight resumed and Smith was on Russell again. Russell tried to dip and bend out of the way of danger but Smith ripped him with a right uppercut that put him down for the second time. Ref Steve Willis saw there was no need for a count and stopped the action at 1:145 of round one.
Smith and promoter Joe DeGuardia speak to media
Smith improves to 24-2 (20) while Russell falls to 11-5-2 (7).

Afterwards, Smith and his promoter Joe DeGuardia said they hoped for an autumn fight with Sergey Kovalev. "We're looking to go to the top. The whole goal is to get the championship of the world," DeGuardia said.
"I would have liked to get a little bit more rust off," Smith said about his quick victory. "But I'm still happy with the way I closed it out. I can't be mad at that."
Light heavyweight is one of the more talent-loaded divisions in boxing today but Smith has his thoughts about who's tops.
"I believe Kovalev is the best one out there right now(at 175). I see him working hard everyday and it motivates me to get in the gym and train harder just so I can get a shot at him."
            That's a pretty great-looking match-up and hopefully fight-fans will get to see Sergey Kovalev vs. Joe Smith Jr. before year's end.

Saturday, June 30, 2018

weights for tonight @MoheganSun #SlugfestAtTheSun

Joe Smith Jr (L) meets Melvin Russell (R) tonight 


The entire card for Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing's, "SLUGFEST at the SUN" weighed in yesterday outside of the box office at Mohegan Sun Arena, in Uncasville, Connecticut. All eighteen fighters looked fit and ready to go, ahead of tonight's stellar card of fights at Mohegan Sun in Connecticut. Tickets can still be purchased HERE . Doors open at 7:00PM, and the first bout is set for 7:30PM.

Weigh-In Results:


KALI REIS: 144 lbs.
PATY RAMIREZ: 146.5 lbs.

JUAN de la cruz RODRIGUEZ: 139.5 lbs.
Kali Reis (L) fights Paty Ramirez (R)

WENDY TOUSSAINT: 151.5 lbs. 
ANDY GONZALEZ: 150.75 lbs.

JOE FARINA: 150 lbs.
STEVE MOORE: 149 lbs

LARRY GLEESON: 146.25 lbs.


WILLIAM FOSTER: 131.75 lbs.
TYROME JONES: 131 lbs.

The main event features the return of the "Common Man", light heavyweight sensation JOE SMITH JR., as he takes on tough Kentuckian, MELVIN RUSSELL.  In the co-feature bout, KALI REIS, returns home to Mohegan Sun after her brilliant power punching performance on HBO against undefeated champion, Cecilia Braekhus. Also highlighted on the undercard are top New England prospects, ANTHONY LAUREANO, CASSIUS CHANEY and WILLIAM FOSTER.

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Thursday, June 21, 2018

@StarBoxing presents #SlugfestAtTheSun June 30th


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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.

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!



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.