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Undefeated middleweight prospect makes ShoBox debut Friday night vs. Xavier Tolliver in El Paso
MIAMI (Nov. 9, 2011) – Unbeaten, 21-year-old middleweight Michael “The Brazilian Rocky” Oliveira, according to his head trainer Orlando Cuellar, has the potential to be a Brazilian version of Oscar de la Hoya.
Oliveira (15-0, 12 KOs) makes his nationally televised debut Friday night (Nov. 11) against veteran Xavier “The X-Man” Tolliver (23-7, 15 KOs) in an eight-round on a World Championship edition of Shobox: The Next Generation, LIVE on SHOWTIME® at 11:05 PM/ET (delayed on the West Coast) from Cohen Stadium in El Paso, Texas.
Mashantucket, CT/New York, NY – Friday October 21st, DiBella Entertainment will present “Octoberfist: Fight Night Done Right”, an exciting doubleheader on ShoBox:The New Generation, from the beautiful MGM Grand at Foxwoods. The event will be co-headlined by a sizzling super middleweight showdown between Edwin “La Bomba” Rodriguez (19-0, 14KO’s) and Will “Power” Rosinsky (14-0, 8KO’s), and rising junior welterweight contender Gabriel “Tito” Bracero (17-0, 3KO’s) taking on Daniel Sostre (11-4-1, 4 KO’s) for the vacant NABF title. Both bouts are scheduled for 10 rounds and will be televised live on SHOWTIME® at 11 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast). Read the rest of this entry “
By J.D. Vena at ringside
MANCHESTER, NH – At last night’s 10th annual ‘Fight To Educate’ card at the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester, NH, unbeaten 2008 Olympian Demetrius “The Cape Verdean Assassin” Andrade of Providence, RI, gave 2-time world challenger, Saul “Baby” Duran a painful reminder to drop out of the “school of hard knocks,” following last night’s one-sided beating. Duran, 157, of Cuidad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico, has been on the losing end down the stretch of his long career whose best days were competing at the 135 limit. Andrade, 156 ¼, spent little time feeling out his ripe opponent as he had in his previous win over a month ago, against Contender Season II winner, Grady Brewer. From the opening round, Andrade punished Duran with head-turning right hooks from his southpaw stance and didn’t let up until Duran retired on his stool after the third round.
The win lifted Andrade’s record to 15-0 with 10 KO’s and was more of a showcase to the local New Hampshire following who lately haven’t had the opportunity to see future world class talent in their neck of the woods as often as they would like. Duran fell to 38-19-2 with 31 KO’s.
Another future contender, Danny “Boy” O’Connor of Framingham, MA scored a rare 1st round knockout of Jamal Del Cid of Agua Prieta, Sonora, Mexico. O’Connor, 145, the smooth-boxing southpaw and 2008 Olympic alternate, jumped all over Del Cid at the opening bell and finished Del Cid with a right hook to the body and straight left to the head. O’Connor, now 15-1 with 4 KO’s, was coming off his first loss as a professional, an 8-round decision loss to unbeaten prospect Gabriel Bracero in a live bout on ShowBox this past April. It was O’Connor’s first bout under the tutelege of heralded boxing trainer and former world title challenger, Ronnie Sheilds of Houston.
In the co-feature, Tilton, NH’s Jose “Stinger” Medina showed once again that his right hand is becoming a dangerous weapon for his opponents to defend. After some earlier disappointments in his career to world rated fighters, Elvin Ayala and Matthew Hatton, Medina has enjoyed a big 2011, thanks to his preferred punch. After a competitive two minutes with 1992 Olympic Bronze medalist Anibel Acevedo of San Juan, PR, Stinger, 161 ½, stung the veteran with a series of straight rights that dropped him between Medina’s legs. Acevedo, 162 ½, managed to beat the count which fortunately ended at the end of the first. Acevedo elected not to be swarmed in round 2 by the energized Medina who last month salvaged an 8-round draw with former jr. middleweight champion, Joachim Alcine. Medina is now 15-9-1 with 7 KO’s.
New Hampshire featherweight Dan Powers, 121, (4-0, 2 KOs) remained unbeaten within a hard four-round shutout over Luis Rosario, 129 1/2, of Springfield, MA.
Aggressive welterweight Chris Gilbert of Claremont, NH improved to 2-0 with 2 KOs when he landed an Erick Morales-style right upper cut to the jaw of Noel Garcia in the first round. Gilbert, 151 1/4, who was coming off an impressive debut performance, a 2nd round stoppage of MMA veteran, Luis Felix, impressed his “Life Free or Die” neighbors when he feined with an overhand right but turned it into a perfectly placed uppercut.
Former 2-time heavyweight champion, John “The Quiet Man” Ruiz, who has been in town since he opened his new gym in Medford, MA this past Saturday, as well as former heavyweight icon, “Gentleman” Gerry Cooney were in attendence from the earlier pre-fight dinner and auction. Proceeds from the 10th annual Fight To Educate will benefit SEE Science Center (www.see-sciencecenter.org), The Bobby Stephens Fund for Education (www.stepheneducationfund.com), and St. Joseph Community Services/Meals on Wheels (www.mealsonwheelsnh.org).
Last Night’s results:
Jose Medina (15-9-1, 8 KOs), Tilton, NH WTKO2 (3:00) Anibel Acevedo (13-8-1, 11 KOs), San Juan Puerto Rico
Demetrius Andrade (15-0, 10 KOs), Providence, RI WTKO3 (3:00) Saul Duran (38-19-2, 31 KOs), Cuidad Juarez, Chichuahua, Mexico
Chris Gilbert (2-0, 1 KO), Windsor, VT TKO1 (1:33) Noel Garcia (2-12-1, 1KO), Springfield, MA
Danny O’Connor (15-1, 4 KOs), Framingham, MA WTKO1 (1:20) Jamal Del Cid (7-6, 3 KOs), Agua Prieta, Sonora, Mexico
Dan Powers (4-0, 2 KOs), Claremont, NH (40-36, 40-36, 40-36) Luis Rosario (4-16, 2 KOs), Springfield, MA
Demands 40% of Macklin’s Future Earnings if Macklin Wins
Matthew Macklin emerged on the wrong side of a highly controversial split decision when he challenged for Felix Sturm’s WBA world middleweight title in Cologne on June 25. Former undisputed heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis, who was covering the fight for EPIX, a U.S. television channel, said that the decision was a “highway robbery” and one of the worst decisions he had ever seen while a viewers poll on the website of German TV network SAT.1 spoke volumes with 76% of Germans polled believing that Macklin had won the fight as opposed to just 24% for Sturm.
Since the fight, Sturm has repeatedly claimed that a contract for the rematch has been sent to Macklin and he has accused his Irish rival of ducking out of a possible return bout. Sturm’s own promotional company even went so far as to design a poster for a proposed rematch in Cologne in November. However, Macklin has yet to see any contract for the rematch and believes that the whole exercise is a publicity stunt designed to make it look like Sturm is pursuing the rematch when in reality the German wants no part of it. Read the rest of this entry “
By J.D. Vena
It was August, 25th, 2000. As I walked down a the hallway of JFK Catholic High School in Manchester, NH with my friend Mike Nosky, then a writer for SecondsOut.com, we spotted in the distance, a large lumbering figure approaching us. As soon as we could identify George Kimball, he shouted, “I can’t get an internet connection!” We were all there fore the same reason, to cover a 4-fight card headlined by the fading Edwin Santana in an 8-rounder. Mike and I were there because as young aspiring writers, who covered such events for no pay, we did it for the love of the game. For Kimball, who sadly passed away from a long battle of cancer last Wednesday, it was a little more than love of the game. Read the rest of this entry “