By Christopher James Shelton
The USA has diminished from one-time Olympics boxing powerhouse into being a world laughingstock by the 2012 Olympics. Golden Gloves champions include Joe Louis, Ezzard Charles, Michael Spinks, Sonny Liston, Michael Carbajal, Floyd Mayweather Jr., Oscar De La Hoya, Aaron Pryor, Thomas Hearns, Roy Jones Jr., Evander Holyfield and Muhammad Ali. The 2012 USA men’s Olympics boxing team won 0 gold, 0 silver and 0 bronze medals.
Golden Gloves nationally, and especially Phoenix, Arizona, was once an esteemed annual event. Areas like Chicago and New York City still care but the amateur tournament has been in decline for years. During the 1950’s there were no professional sports teams in Phoenix. There was only Arizona State University football and Golden Gloves tournament. From 1955-57, under head coach Dan Divine with Frank Kush as line coach the A.S.U. team compiled a 27-3-1 record. Golden Gloves was spread over several months covering the same fall season as the successful college football team. A photograph from Golden Gloves action was sure to make the front page of both local newspapers, Arizona Republic and Phoenix Gazette. The military played an important sponsorship role as the majority of Golden Gloves boxers were veterans. The population has grown from slightly over 100,000 in 1950 to more than 1,500,000 today. There is currently Phoenix professional sports teams including football, basketball (men and women), baseball and hockey. Arizona Golden Gloves has shrunk from several months to a long weekend.
The idea for my 15 years-old friend, Areti Sotiriou, boxing at Arizona Golden Gloves was seeing her at a Quinceanera last year. She was looking for something to be her specialty alone. She wanted to separate herself from family and friends. Areti is American of Greek-Mexican descent in a decidedly Latino family. She is constantly being hit by her male cousin, Tony, and after a bit punches him hard enough to temporarily back him off. Her punches sound painful. I mentioned boxing and Arizona Golden Gloves to her father, John, a high school friend. John asked Areti if she’d be interested in boxing with her reply, “I’d love to beat the shit out of girls, Dad.” I thought, “Now, that’s a boxer.” Areti had attended a couple of boxing events with her father and me, and seemed to enjoy herself. These were events sponsored or attended by Kelly Fenn, whose father was the “Godfather of Arizona Boxing.” Kelly loves Areti and brought her to the first row of a professional boxing event last year which left her speechless. Areti was finally able to utter, “You could see everything. You could see them sweat and bleed up close. The only thing I didn’t see that I wished was a knockout.” (continue reading…)
Fonfara Holds Off a Determined Doudou Ngumbu, and Tomoki Kameda Defeats Challenger Alejandro Hernandez in Main Event of the SHOWTIME BOXING: Special Edition at the UIC Pavilion
Report by Kerstin Broockmann
Photo by Scott Dray
Full Undercard Report and More Photos to Come
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS, November 1, 2014 – In the main event of SHOWTIME BOXING: Special Edition at the UIC Pavilion, Saturday, November 1, Andrzej Fonfara found a tougher than anticipated test in Doudou Ngumbu. Tomoki Kameda held off challenger Alejandro Hernandez to hang onto his WBO Bantamweight World Championship title, though the aggressive Hernandez was seen by some to have done enough to take the belt. In the final televised bout, Super Featherweight Javier Fortuna scored a knockout in the fifth round after a foul-filled clash with Abner Cotto.
In the main event, “The Polish Prince” Andrzej Fonfara (26-3, 15 KO’s) of Chicago had a lot of work to keep Doudou Ngumbu at bay during their ten-round Light Heavyweight bout. In the first round, Ngumbu moved constantly, presenting a difficult to hit target and tagging Fonfara up the center with jabs. Though Ngumbu most likely won the first round with his attacks to the body and straight head shots, Fonfara managed to avoid too much damage by holding whenever Ngumbu approached. (continue reading…)
Report by Kerstin Broockmann
Photos by Scott Dray
HAMMOND, IN, June 20, 2014 — Though lacking a “name” headliner (Donovan George, who had been scheduled to headline, had to withdraw), Hitz Boxing’s Fight Night at the Venue at the Horseshoe Casino still featured some entertaining scraps as local boxers practiced their craft and faced some live opponents. Simon Buettner won a controversial Majority Decision over William Chouloute in a boxer/brawler matchup that tested both. Russell Fiore didn’t have much time to demonstrate his evolving style as he systematically dismantled Tim Carrizales before stopping him in the second. Will Coix weathered an early onslaught from the game but overmatched Thomas Amaro to dominate their battle en route to a TKO in the third. Antoine Knight showed more grit than he should have as Adan Ortiz proved his mettle at Featherweight with a technically proficient, explosive performance, showing that he could take some heavy shots as well as dishing them out as he scored a fourth round TKO. Heavyweight James Shorter took Nick Asberry into deep water, throwing punishing hooks from inside until the bigger Asberry finally found a way to keep his opponent at the end of his punches and finish him in the fourth. Frank Scalise landed a vicious left hook at will until he put away the hapless Justin Gauthier at the end of the first round. Headliner Dimar Ortuz broke down the heavy-handed but sluggish Ghanaian Daniel Adotey Allotey, never giving his bigger opponent the opportunity to launch a counter-offense until Allotey retired at the top of the fifth. (continue reading…)
Makes his pro debut next Saturday at the Golden Nugget in Atlantic City and LIVE on www.pandafeed.tv
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ, January 19, 2014 — Anthony Caramanno, born and bred in Staten Island, is the only Italian-American to ever win 3 NY Daily News Golden Gloves Championships. After proving his worth in the east coast’s premiere amateur tournament, the 23 year old super-bantamweight is ready to step into the paid ranks, making his pro debut Saturday, January 25th at the Golden Nugget Atlantic City against Bethlehem, Pa’s Michael Varela (0-0).
The fight can be seen LIVE all over the world on www.pandafeed.tv for just $9.99. (continue reading…)
Fonfara, Grenados, Gonzalez and Wright Thrill with Knockouts in Entertaining Undercard
By Kerstin Broockmann
CHICAGO, IL, December 6, 2013 — In another mix of local and international boxing prospects, contenders and journeyman, 8 Count Promotions with Knockout Promotions and Warriors Boxing, drew a large and boisterous crowd to the UIC Pavilion in Chicago. Evanston, Illinois Cruiserweight Junior Wright looked devastatingly impressive in his stoppage of Harley Kilfian. Light middleweight Jonathan Gonzalez dismantled the durable Jaison Palomeque. Middleweight Skyler Thompson did not make Henry Coyle’s job easier, though Coyle took the decision. Jose Romero, Fred Bowen, Trinidad Garcia and Ramiro Bueno Jr. engaged in crowd-pleasing battles to open the evening. Adrian Granados got off to a rough start before finding the path to victory over Carlos Winston Velasquez. Andrzej Fonfara demolished Samuel Miller in crowd-pleasing fashion. The main event got off to a slow start and never really got heated before being stopped for medical reasons to give Krzysztof “Diablo” Wlodarczyk the TKO victory—despite somewhat cautious performances from both cruiserweights, the Pro-Wlodarczyk crowd was ready to stand by their man, and they could not have been happier with the outcome.
The main event featured a 12-round WBC Cruiserweight Championship between defending champion Krzysztof “Diablo” Wlodarczyk (49-2-1, 34 KOs, 199 lbs.) of Poland and Italy’s Giacobbe “Gabibbo” Fragomeni (31-4-2, 12 KOs, 198 lbs.), hoping to regain the title he lost to Wlodarczyk in their second fight, after the two fought to a draw in their first outing. (continue reading…)