Tag: Jose Luis Castillo
Castillo Can’t Keep Up with Smith, Heavyweights Bring the Fire
By Kerstin Broockmann
Photos by Scott Dray
CHICAGO, IL, February 2, 2013–On ESPN’s Friday Night Fights, presented by 8 Count, Warriors, and Round 3 Promotions, last night at Chicago’s UIC Pavilion, Carlos Molina demonstrated again why he should be in contention for a title, showing great poise and effective offensive and defensive skills in dismantling former title-holder Cory Spinks. Antwone Smith stymied a game but faded Jose Luis Castillo. Local heavyweight Mike Mollo, returning to ring for the first time since 2010, showed lots of heart and decent power against Polish upstart Artur Szpilka, who bloodied and ultimately knocked him out after an entertaining brawl.
The Main Event featured Carlos Molina (21 [16 KOs]-5-2, 153.5 lbs.), who had put one fight between himself and his latest loss, a controversial disqualification against James Kirkland in a fight he was winning, against another southpaw, former title-holder Cory Spinks (39 [11 KOs]-8, 153.25 lbs.) in an IBF Light Middleweight eliminator bout. Spinks holds victories against some respectable opponents, including Ricardo Mayorga and Zab Judah, but has struggled lately, and last night’s bout proved to be no exception. Though the bout began quickly, with both fighters looking to make their mark, Molina found his rhythm in the first round, while Spinks could not get close to Molina. When he tried, charging in with his head low, Molina pushed him down and countered with a flurry of hooks. By round’s end, Spinks was being driven back into the ropes and trying to stop Molina’s onslaught by grabbing Molina arond the waist. Spinks came out behind his jab in the second, a good strategy that initially kept Molina from finding a home for the left hook that proved his best weapon in this fight. By the end of the round, Spinks was again clinching, and sometimes grappling, to avoid punishment from Molina, who was effectively outboxing and outhustling him. The third round was the most competetive of the fight. After a slow start, both boxers engaged and landed some solid blows. Molina started effectively going to the body and continued to counter Spinks with his left hook. (continue reading…)
”This show is indicative of the ever-increasing quality of Friday Night Fights broadcasts. It’s every bit as good as or better than the average Showtime or HBO boxing show. This is just a terrific event from top to bottom.” — Teddy Singleton of Don King Productions
Carlos Molina 153.4 vs. Cory Spinks 153.2
Antwone Smith 155.6 vs. Jose Luis Castillo 151.8
Artur Szpilka 230.8 vs. Mike Mollo 231.6
Don George 164.4 vs. James Cook 161.8
Mike Jimenez 167.8 vs. Jordan Brown 167.8
Jaime Herrera 146.8 vs. Marlon Smith 146.2
Jimmy Murphy 145.4 vs. Aloric Carson 150.2
Sergio Montes de Oca 126.2 vs. Antoine Knight 127
Junior Anthony Wright 197.6 vs. Tim Johnson 203.8 (continue reading…)
CHICAGO, January 27, 2013 — Advance tickets for the FEBRUARY 1 ESPN Friday Night Fights professional boxing event at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago are selling at a record pace according to promoter Dominic Pesoli of 8 Count Productions.
“This show will mark the 15 Year Anniversary of 8 Count Productions promoting events in Chicago and I’ve never seen tickets move so fast for one of our shows,” said Pesoli. “Our last two events at the UIC Pavilion in July and November saw massive crowds and we’re on track for higher tickets sales for this event.” (continue reading…)
CARLOS MOLINA VS. CORY SPINKS
ARTUR SZPILKA VS. MIKE MOLLO
ANTWONE SMITH VS. JOSE LUIS CASTILLO
PLUS DONOVAN GEORGE, MIKE JIMENEZ AND JIMMY MURPHY
CHICAGO — ESPN Friday Night Fights will return to the UIC Pavilion on FEBRUARY 1, 2013 headlined by an IBF Junior Middleweight Title Eliminator between Chicago fan favorite and perennial contender “King” Carlos Molina and two division and five-time world champion Cory “The Next Generation” Spinks.
CHICAGO, IL, July 12, 2012 — Former world champion Jose Luis Castillo made weight easily today at the official weigh-in for his showdown tomorrow night (Friday, July 13) against Ivan Popoca at the “CROSSROADS” boxing event presented by 8 Count and Warriors Boxing at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago and live on ESPN Friday Night Fights.
All the other main participants did as well. (continue reading…)