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Diverse Mix of Local Prospects and International Talent Highlight Undercard for Mohegan Sun’s Rising Stars Boxing Series

by on Nov.23, 2016, under Press Releases

New London Heavyweight Cassius Chaney, featured on inaugural show - Photo Courtesy of Ed Diller/ DiBella Entertainment

New London Heavyweight Cassius Chaney, featured on inaugural show – Photo Courtesy of Ed Diller/ DiBella Entertainment

UNCASVILL, CT – This Saturday, November 26, Mohegan Sun and Main Events will premiere the pilot event of Mohegan Sun’s Rising Stars boxing series. Before fans in attendance at the Uncas Ballroom at Mohegan Sun enjoy what should be an action-packed main event between Virgilijus “The Terminator” Stapulionis (18-3-1, 13 KOs) and Patrick Day (12-2-1, 6 KOs) they will be treated to a diverse mix of local prospects and international talent during the undercard bouts.

New Haven’s own Cassius Chaney (7-0, 4 KOs) made headlines as a University of New Haven basketball star but now is making waves in boxing’s heavyweight division with his exciting style and overwhelming presence. Chaney will take on Carlos Sandoval (10-10-1, 7 KOs) of Agua Prieta, Mexico in a four-round match-up. (continue reading…)

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Punch Stats Clearly Favored Sergey Kovalev in Controversial Decision

by on Nov.22, 2016, under Press Releases

Andre Ward and Sergey Kovalev Photo Credits: David Spagnolo/ Main Events

Andre Ward and Sergey Kovalev
Photo Credits: David Spagnolo/ Main Events

LAS VEGAS – In the wake of the controversial unanimous decision victory for Andre Ward over former WBO, WBA and IBF Light Heavyweight Champion Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev on Saturday night which most writers, commentators, and media scored a decisive Kovalev victory, Compubox released the breakdown of their punch stats for the November 19 megafight.

Factoring in the second round knockdown, Kovalev would have taken the fight based on total punches landed, total punches thrown, power punches landed, power punches thrown, accuracy of power punches or jabs thrown. Scoring based on jabs landed would have resulted in a draw. The only metric that could have handed Ward the victory was accuracy, but he was only more accurate in throwing jabs on a round-by-round basis. (continue reading…)

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Photo of the Day: Roy Jones, Jr. Meets Old Friend Kelcie Banks

by on Nov.22, 2016, under Boxing News

By ‘Ice’ John Scullly

Boxing Trainer, former light heavyweight contender

Roy Jones, on the right, embraces Kelcie Banks (photo by John Scully)

Roy Jones, on the right, embraces Kelcie Banks (photo by John Scully)

 

LAS VEGAS — At my 5th official Amateur Boxers Reunion, this one held at the Rival Boxing Store in Las Vegas this past Saturday, 1988 United States Olympic teammates Kelcie Banks and Roy Jones Jr. ran into each other for the first time since those Olympics.

I snapped this photo literally within 30 seconds of them seeing each other. (continue reading…)

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Andre Ward wins controversial unanimous decision over Champion Sergey Kovalev

by on Nov.21, 2016, under Boxing News

 

Kovalev (right) and Ward engage at close range (photo courtesy of HBO Boxing).

Kovalev (right) and Ward engage at close range (photo courtesy of HBO Boxing).

 

Las Vegas, NV, November, 19, 2016 – We the people were led to believe we were going to watch a non-stop pressuring destroyer in Sergey Kovalev go up against a master defensive tactician in Andre Ward. We were wondering whether Kovalev was as good as his record indicated and if so whether it would be enough to overcome the ring intelligence and versatility of Ward. At the end of 12 nail biting rounds Sergey Kovalevs status was validated and even elevated as he arguably was the better boxer in the fight. Andre Ward who was wobbled badly by a jab from Kovalev in the first and dropped hard in the second round from a short right hook was never able to take over the fight or maintain control for long stretches like he has done with all past opponents.

After the first two rounds and the aforementioned knockdown, Andre appeared to be fighting scared, backing up while not throwing anything for fear of what was coming in return, Kovalevs jab repeatedly disrupted the early rounds attack from Ward as well stopping Ward in his tracks several times. By the 4th round Kovalev had discovered something that all past opponents had failed to, he was aware of when Ward was going to initiate a clinch, anticipated it and was able to gain the upper hand either through a headlock or by having one punching arm free. Round 5 went to Kovalev who was fighting very calmly using intelligent patient pressure but always moving forward and throwing. Ward landed his best punch of the fight in the 5th round a flashing piston of a right hand, Kovalev didn’t appear to be bothered by the punch. (continue reading…)

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Alexis Santos Wins New England Heavyweight Title In Broadway Boxing Headliner at Foxwoods

by on Nov.21, 2016, under Press Releases

Photo Credit: Ed Diller/ DiBella Entertainment

Photo Credit: Ed Diller/ DiBella Entertainment

MASHANTUCKET, CT - On Saturday night, DiBella Entertainment returned to the Fox Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino, in Mashantucket, CT, with another action-packed installment of its popular Broadway Boxing series, presented by Cedars Mediterranean Foods, Nissan of Queens, Azad Watches, OPTYX, and Christos Steak House.
The main event featured heavyweight prospect Alexis Santos, 225, of Lawrence, MA, meeting local rival Jesse Barboza, 251, of Hyannis, MA, in a long-awaited scrap, with the vacant New England heavyweight championship at stake. What transpired was a thrilling slugfest that lasted all eight scheduled rounds, with fans cheering on their feet for much of the contest. Each dispensed with their jab and began throwing bombs from the outset. (continue reading…)

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