By Ricardo Ibarra
Photos by Mike Blair
Undefeated cruiserweight prospect Mike “White Delight” Wilson added a thirteenth consecutive win to his unblemished record on Saturday night at the Jackson County Expo in his hometown of Central Point, Oregon, stopping Ironton, Ohio’s Adam “The Atom Bomb” Collins in the second round. For the third straight time in less than a year, Wilson headlined White Delight Promotions’ “Rogue Valley Rumble”, drawing another record crowd to the arena. (continue reading…)
PROVIDENCE – You’d expect some butterflies or perhaps just a hint of nervous energy from a 23-year-old fighter on the brink of his second championship less than two years into his professional career. Not this fighter.
The stage never seems too big for Khiary Gray. He’s at his best under the spotlight.
“I don’t know what it is with Khiary, but he’s very, very relaxed,” said Gray’s trainer, Kendrick Ball. “Sometimes he seems like he might be too relaxed.”
There’s no mistaking Gray’s calm demeanor for apathy once the bell rings. That initial burst is like a projectile shot out of a cannon. The unbeaten Worcester, Mass., junior middleweight wastes no time exchanging pleasantries or charting tendencies. (continue reading…)
Central New England (Greater Lowell) 70th annual Lowell Sun Charities Golden Gloves Championship Semifinals round results from Lowell
LOWELL, MA – For the second week in a row all 13 matches went the three-round distance in last night’s Central New England (Greater Lowell) semifinals round of the 70th annual Lowell Sun Charities Golden Gloves Championship, featuring open and novice class action, at historic Lowell Memorial Auditorium.
Returning New England welterweight champion Xavier Vega, representing Canal Street Boxing in Lawrence (MA), was a 4-1 winner against Michael Fontenez, of Nashua, NH.
Peter Welch’s Gym in South Boston led the hit parade with three winners, all in the novice class: lightweight Jonathan Depina, welterweight Lipi Fernandes and middleweight Brian Lawrence. The Lowell West End Gym was the only other with more than one winner last night, both in the open class, lightweight Brandon Higgins and light welterweight Jeremiah Perez.
The CNE championship finals, featuring open and novice class matches, will be held next Thursday night (Feb. 4) at Lowell Memorial Auditorium. See the remaining 2016 schedule below as well as last night’s results. (continue reading…)
NEW YORK – On Wednesday night, DiBella Entertainment staged another installment of its popular Broadway Boxing series at New York City’s famed B.B. King Blues Club and Grill in midtown Manhattan in front of a passionate and lively crowd.
The 24-year-old Puerto Rican New Haven, CT, resident and featherweight contender Luis Rosa, 125½, challenged Mexican veteran German Meraz, 124¾, in a scheduled eight-round bout. Switching between his natural orthodox stance and southpaw throughout the opening frame, Rosa began digging left hooks to the body. He continued to apply pressure and land hooks downstairs weakening Meraz’s legs. The Mexican subsequently began slipping to the canvas throughout the ensuing rounds resulting in a point deduction in round five. It was also in that frame that Rosa felled Meraz with a devastating right uppercut. Rosa scored a second knockdown in the seventh en route to winning a unanimous decision on scores of 80-68 and 79-69 twice. Ranked no. 12 by the WBC, Rosa improved his resume to 22-0 (10 KOs) while Meraz dropped to 48-37-1 (29 KOs). (continue reading…)
Sergey Kovalev, WBO, WBA and IBF Light Heavyweight World Champion
“I want to thank you. I am really excited to be here in Canada and repeat this fight again. I am really happy. I am happy to fight Saturday and show you quality boxing. I have nothing to say just watch HBO channel on Saturday night and at the Centre Bell in Montreal. It should be a very interesting fight in the ring because is going to be two good boxers. It is going to be very not a war; it is going to be a mental fight who is personal fight for me. I have nothing to say. He is not a fighter. I hope that he will bring something in the ring. We will be great fight for boxing fans. Appreciate to all my fans worldwide and more to my Canadian fans. Montreal remind me of my hometown in Russia with the snow and the weather. Thank you so much. I will try to make shorter. See you Saturday.” (continue reading…)