PROVIDENCE – All undefeated junior middleweight Demetrius “Boo Boo” Andrade (21-0, 14 KOs) has ever wanted to do since he first laced up a pair of gloves as a kid is to box and that’s why, after a 16-month stretch of inactivity, totally unrelated to injury, the 2008 U.S. Olympian is returning to the ring October 17 to headline a non-televised show at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut.
A myriad of reasons kept the 27-year-old Andrade out of the ring and without a purse check since June 14, 2014, when he destroyed No. 1 mandatory contender Brian “The Lion” Rose (25-1-1, 7 KOs) in seven rounds, impressively winning on HBO in what turned out to be his first and only World Boxing Organization (WBO) title defense. Andrade, fighting out of Providence, originally captured the vacant WBO 154-pound title November 9, 2013, also aired on HBO, defeating previously unbeaten 2004 U.S. Olympian Vanes “Nightmare” Martirosyan (33-0-1, 21 KOs) by way of a 12-round decision.
During his past 16 frustrating months, Andrade has been stripped of his WBO title, essentially banned from fighting on network television, dropped from all ratings, and unfairly branded as a fighter who talks a big game but turns down tough fights. (continue reading…)
MEDFORD, MA – Quietman Sports Gym, owned and operated by two-time world heavyweight boxing champion John “The Quietman” Ruiz, is hosting the 130th annual USA Boxing New England Championships next month at two Massachusetts venues.
The quarterfinals and semifinals will be held, respectively, November 7 & 14, at Chelsea High School with the championship finals scheduled for Nov. 28 at Plymouth Memorial Hall. Winners in each weight class will advance to the USA National Championships
“This is a great opportunity for amateur boxers,” Ruiz said. “This tournament has great tradition and will feature great matches. It’s an honor and pleasure for Quietman Sports Gym to serve as host of this year’s event. We’re also proud to help raise funds for two great cause: Family Aid Boston (benefiting homeless families) and Chelsea High School High School Scholarship Fund.”
A Chelsea High School graduate, Ruiz is the only world heavyweight champion of Latino heritage. (continue reading…)
These Two Top Pound-for-Pound Fighters Hit Madison Square Garden and Live HBO PPV on Saturday, October 17th
NEW YORK CITY (Sept. 29, 2015) Boxing fans will see the Top Two Pound-For-Pound Fighters in the world on the same card, Saturday, Oct. 17 at the “Mecca of Boxing”, Madison Square Garden and LIVE on HBO Pay-Per-View.
Last week numerous media outlets named WBC Flyweight World Champion Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez and WBA, IBO and WBC “Interim” Middleweight World Champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin to the top of their pound-for-pound lists. (continue reading…)
LOWELL, MA – Forty-two years after he captured his first National Golden Gloves Tournament title at Lowell Memorial Auditorium, Hall-of-Famer Sugar Ray Leonard returns Saturday, October 10 to the same historic building as a television analyst for Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) on NBCSN, promoted by DiBella Entertainment in association with Murphys Boxing, airing live from Lowell, Massachusetts.
PBC on NBCSN is headlined by a 10-round rematch between Framingham (MA) welterweight Danny “Bhoy” O’Connor (26-2, 10 KOs), who is fighting to avenge his 2011 loss to Brooklyn welterweight Gabriel “Tito” Bracero (23-2, 4 KOs). O’Connor and Leonard are two of only four people to ever win the National Golden Gloves and National Amateur Championship in the same year. O’Connor collected both accolades in 2008.
Leonard captured top honors in the lightweight division (132 pounds) of the 1973 National Golden Gloves Tournament, outpointing Hilmer Kenty in the championship final at Lowell Memorial Auditorium. Leonard won the National Golden Gloves Tournament at light welterweight title the following year, while seven years later Kenty became the first professional world champion from Emanuel Steward’s soon-to-become legendary Kronk Gym in Detroit. (continue reading…)
BILOXI, MS – Light heavyweight contender Edwin “La Bomba” Rodriguez (27-1, 18 KOs) will take on undefeated Michael Seals (19-0, 14 KOs) Friday, Nov. 13 on Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) on Spike live from MGM Resorts International’s beautiful Beau Rivage Resort & Casino on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Televised coverage will begin at 9 p.m. ET.
“This is a huge opportunity for me to clearly cement myself as one of the best 175-pounders in all of boxing,” said Rodriguez. “Michael Seals is coming to fight and I know what a win means for him and his career. That being said, this is going to be my night. George Bernard Shaw once said that, ‘life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.’ This victory is a major piece of the puzzle I’ve created for my life. A win on Nov. 13 moves me a major step closer to challenging for a piece of the light heavyweight crown, and there’s nothing and no one that will get in my way of achieving that.”
“I’d like to thank all parties involved for making this fight a reality,” said Seals. “I’ve remained focused mentally and in my training to make sure that I was completely prepared for my opportunity when the time came. I have a strong base and have been blessed with a chance to show the world my talents. I will be ready to go when the bell rings on Nov.13.” (continue reading…)