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Photos and story by Ricardo Ibarra
Cruiserweight prospect Mike “White Delight” Wilson (14-0, 7 KOs) kept his unbeaten record intact on Saturday night, taking a six round unanimous decision win over tough journeyman Mike “Concrete” Bissett (10-9, 7 KOs) in front of a loudly supportive hometown crowd at the Jackson County Expo in Central Point, Oregon. Headlining White Delight Promotions’ “Rogue Valley Rumble 4″ card, Wilson overcame an early assault from the experienced fighter from St. Petersburg, Florida to win every round on all three judges’ scorecards.
Bissett, who aside from having eighteen professional bouts under his belt also had extensive amateur career, pressed the action early in the first round, forcing a fast pace with crafty offense in close. Wilson responded to the early assault by stepping up his output and retaliating with hard left hooks and right hands down the middle The action was brisk in the first two minutes of the round with both fighters connecting in the pocket, but by the end of the round Wilson had found a rhythm with one-twos and right hand counters as Bissett stepped in. Read the rest of this entry “
By Christopher Morgan at ringside
LOS ANGELES, CA, April, 23, 2016 — Reigning Middleweight king and kayo artist Gennady “GGG” Golovkin extended his consecutive knockout streak to 22 while simultaneously making the 16th defense of his middleweight title. Gennady’s challenger, undefeated Dominic Wade, was given opportunities to provide a “big drama show”, but it did little to prevent his quick and utter destruction in less than 2 rounds of boxing. The fans were out in full force in an announced crowd of around 17,000. I was in attendance as well so please read along as I give my firsthand impression of Triple G’s latest fistic conquest.
Dominic Wade (18-0, 12 Kos) of Largo, Maryland, is assembled with his entourage near the tunnel leading from the dressing room and the crowd lets him know who they are here for by showering the arena with thousands of boos. The timelessly famous song, “1999”, from the recently deceased artist “Prince” pumps through the arena while Wade makes his walk to the ring. Sam Watson, business partner of Al Haymon, yells to the crowd “Golovkin’s gonna be scared when he gets in the ring with Dominic!” Read the rest of this entry “
By Ricardo Ibarra
Amateur fighters from all over the Pacific Northwest converged on the quaint little town of Wallace, Idaho last Saturday, April 9th for a full evening of boxing competition hosted by the Silver Valley Boxing Club. Twenty-one bouts filled the “Wallace Fight Night 3″ card at the Wallace Civic Auditorium with a healthy crowd of over four hundred attending what is quickly becoming a very popular event in the Northern Idaho area for both spectators and boxing clubs.
The card’s main event featured a 201+ lbs. rematch in which Tacoma Boxing Club’s Ramel Casablanca scored a second round TKO over Matt Leonetti, of Spokane Boxing. Casablanca, an experienced and highly touted amateur, used a measured yet aggressive offense to control the majority of the bout, stalking Leonetti behind a stiff jab and setting up openings for his right hand. Leonetti used his movement to try and stay at range, but Casablanca was effective in getting inside. Mid-way through the first round a hard right dropped Leonetti to a knee. In the second round Casablanca unloaded a barrage that prompted the referee to issue a standing eight-count before deciding to call the fight, giving Casablanca his second win over the Spokane fighter. Read the rest of this entry “
By “Ice” John Scully
“Great fighter….he was one of the most complete technical amateur fighters I’ve ever seen.”
- 2000 U.S. Armed Forces 132 pound Champion Orlando Cordova, talking about Steven Stokes.
Over the course of my years as an amateur boxing coach I’ve been able to travel the country and see some of the biggest names in the sport as they’ve competed in regional and national tournaments well before they became known to boxing fans from all over the world. From the likes of Brian Viloria, Jeff Lacy and Jermain Taylor to Andre Ward, Andre Dirrell, Floyd Mayweather and many others, I’ve been lucky enough to have seen them at the relative beginning of their development .
I’ve also gotten to witness even more many talented and accomplished boxers perform in the very same rings who for one reason or another didn’t quite reach the professional heights of the formerly named. Some of them didn’t sign with the right manager or promoter who could bring them where they wanted to go and where their talents maybe should have brought them, some simply never panned out as professional fighters while others simply never turned professional. Read the rest of this entry “
Story and Photos by Ricardo Ibarra
KALLISPELL, MT — A pair of Pacific Northwest amateur stand-outs made their pro debuts on Friday night at the Flathead County Fairgrounds in Kalispell, Montana. Fighting on Hard Knocks Fight Promotions “Fight Night 5″ card, local crowd favorite Kenny Guzman secured a hard-fought four round unanimous decision win over Chris Wheaton and 2015 U.S. National amateur heavyweight champion Pat Ferguson scored a second round TKO over Billy Martin.
Kalispell’s own Kenny Guzman (1-0) headlined the card, fighting a grueling four round fight against Seattle’s Chris Wheaton (0-3). At the start of the bout it appeared the more seasoned boxing ability of Guzman would carry the fight. For the first two rounds Guzman boxed well behind stiff jabs, stepping in and out of the pocket with crisp combinations. As the second round neared the end, Wheaton appeared drained from the pace set by Guzman. Read the rest of this entry “