Archive for July, 2012
Credit: Tara Dellavecchia.WPIX 11
NEW YORK, (July 29, 2012) Star Boxing’s President Joe DeGuardia has survived a horrific and tragic fatal car accident while on his way home from “ROCKIN FIGHTS 4,”a sold-out event at The Paramount in Huntington, New York.
DeGuardia was on the Long Island Expressway in his new Mercedes Benz, when he was hit head-on by a Honda that was going the wrong way on the Expressway (just East of Exit ramp 41). The driver of the Honda was killed upon impact. There were reports that the driver of the Honda was operating without headlights on and was impaired. (continue reading…)
By Dan Hanley
I always felt for Billy Backus. Here was an honest pro, plying his trade in a sport that can be as unforgiving as it is violent, while under a media microscope. Billy fought under a pall of great expectations everytime he climbed into that four-cornered cauldron, for there was an incredibly long shadow cast over him from his uncle, former champ Carmen Basilio. And, it seemed, he would be forever dogged by this as the press never let him forget it as he was making his own mark on the game.
DH: Billy, first of all, that’s not your name, is it?
BB: (laughing) I was born Harold William Backus in Canastota, New York. But my father was Harold and my grandfather was Harold and because of all the Harolds in the house I got Billy. Christ, I didn’t even know my name was Harold until I started school. (continue reading…)
Top Super Middleweight Contender Fighing on the Anniversary of His Wife Giving Birth to Premature Twins
New York, NY- On September 29, at the MGM Grand at Foxwoods, Worcester’s favorite son Edwin “La Bomba” Rodriguez (21-0, 14 KO’s) will headline a special edition HBO “Boxing After Dark” Triple-Header when he takes on Union City, New Jersey’s Jason Escalera (13-0-1, 12 KO’s). At stake for Rodriguez against the heavy-handed Escalera is not only his undefeated record but also his standing in the world ratings. Rodriguez is currently rated #3 by the IBF, #4 by the WBC, and #8 by the WBA, at super middleweight. An impressive victory on September 29 will move him a giant step closer to a world championship opportunity. HBO will begin live coverage of the event at 9:30 PM ET/PT.
While his upcoming bout will certainly be one of the most significant dates in his professional boxing career, the date of September 29 has for some time now been a very significant day in the life of Rodriguez. (continue reading…)
FRAMINGHAM, Mass. – Hot light welterweight prospect Danny O’Connor (17-1, 5 KOs) will make history Sunday evening, August 12 when he headlines the first professional boxing event at famed Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts.
Gillette Stadium is home to the three-time Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots and Major League Soccer (MLS) power New England Revolution, which is presenting this special boxing event, in association with DiBella Entertainment.
Report by Chris Morgan
Photos by Brett Ostrowski and Rico Ramirez
SAN JOSE, CA, July 28, 2012 — Questions were answered, tempers flared and the fans were treated to one of the most consistently action packed cards of the year at the HP Pavilion in Downtown San Jose. Local favorite Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero earned a hard fought unanimous decision against the never-say- die Turk, Selcuk Aydin.
Selcuk Aydin (23-0 (17 kos) entered the ring first to ear deafening boos but seemed to enjoy his moment in the spotlight albeit in a negative light, relishing the villain role as he smiled and laughed on his way to the ring. There were a handful of Turkish flag waving fans sprinkled throughout the arena that more than made up for their small numbers with loud chants of “Selcuk, Selcuk, Selcuk”, this showing of support for the foreign “enemy” fighter further spurred the local Guerrero supporters into a frenzy. (continue reading…)