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IBF Saddened by Passing of Ref Wayne Kelly

by on Feb.05, 2012, under Boxing News, Obituaries

By Jeanette Salazar

IBF/USBA Public Relations Director

The late Mr. Wayne Kelly (photo courtesy of

The late Mr. Wayne Kelly (photo courtesy of

The International Boxing Federation is deeply saddened and extends its sincerest condolences to the family of boxing referee Wayne Kelly, 63, who passed away this Wednesday, February 1, from a heart attack. Kelly’s passing has come as a shock to many in the boxing community. He was an active and long-time member of the IBF, regularly attending the organization’s annual conventions and had been a speaker at the referee’s seminar for the convention in 2010. Wayne will be missed very much and by many in the organization.

Kelly, a native New Yorker, briefly boxed himself. Yet his career as a boxing referee spanned over two decades. Wayne officiated several IBF/USBA title fights including Wladimir Klitschko vs. Sultan Ibrigamov and Arturo Gatti vs. Wilson Rodriguez, both notable bouts. However, the fight he will always be remembered for is the first between Riddick Bowe and Andrew Golota. (continue reading…)

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Tarvis Simms Pays Respect to Joe Frazier

by on Nov.09, 2011, under Obituaries, Press Releases

This poem is sent at the request of Tarvis Simms to pay respects to Smokin’ Joe Frazier – RIP
“Brotherly Love”
Written By Tarvis Simms

My Brother has fallen and everyone knows his name
We don’t have the same parents, but our families are still the same

He lived in the city of Philadelphia, I live in another,
it doesn’t really matter because this man was my Brother

My Brother I call him, yet we’d never met face to face,
I have Brothers and Sisters all over the place

You see we are both fighters and our families are one,
around the world it’s a brotherhood that’s second to none

His family’s my family, your family, or theirs,
we’re part of one big family where everyone cares

I’ll look after your kids, please look in on my wife,
should that day finally come I can no longer fight for my life

We dedicate our lives helping our fellow man,
living day after day, doing all that we can

Wherever we’re needed whether nighttime or day,
to fight for the life of another we’ll step in harm’s way
My Brother has fallen after doing what he loved best,
and among the honored, he now stands with the rest

For one more round in the ring, here everyone stands
For my Brother has fallen, God into your hands

Rest In Peace Smokin’ Joe Frazier

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MMA at the MAX This Saturday

by on Oct.06, 2011, under Obituaries, Press Releases

mma-at-the-max1MMA at the MAX
Main Event
Josh Estrada(HCA) 3-0 205lbs vs Quadrey Little (CZ) 3-3 205 lbs

Co- Main Event
Sam Augshi vs Otis Brumfeild(CZ) 7-3 155lbs

Louie Boulahanis (HCA) 2-0 170lb vs Oliver Vazquez(UMMA) 2-0 170lb

Jason Belyew ( Mmaa ) Hwt 1-1-1 vs Tyler Reese(IND) 6-2 Hwt

Scottie Fortner(IFL) 2-0 140lb vs Christine Sarricola(HCA) 1-0 140lb

AJ Masters(CMMA) 3-3 130 lb vs Nathan (CZ) 4-2 130lb

James Etley(NB) 4-2 145lbs vs Rodney Ross(CZ)3-2 145lbs

Sergei Grytsaienko(Ind) Hwt 0-0 vs. Robert Orsesk (MmaM) 0-0 HWT

Jon Manos(HCA) 1-0 170lb vs David Santiago (OLY) 0-0 170lb

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Liakhovich Back In Training

by on Sep.30, 2011, under Obituaries

During the third round of his fearless, bloody campaign against Robert Helenius in Erfurt, Germany this past August, Sergei “White Wolf” Liakhovich suffered fractures of the bones located high on the bridge of both the right and left sides of his nose. His courageous battle through the remaining brutal rounds garnered him a multitude of new fans who having been sending emails praising Sergei’s heart, determination and skills. (continue reading…)

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George Kimball

by on Jul.11, 2011, under Obituaries

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, 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. (continue reading…)

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