Saturday, September 30, 2017

King's Promotions Presents World Class Pro Boxing - September 29th (Philadelphia, PA)

Friday evening's card opened up with a junior lightweight bout between Maynard Allison (9-2, 6 KOs) and Juan Rodriguez (8-7-1, 6 KOs). Philadelphia's Allison appeared to control the bout until the 3:00 minute mark of the second round, when Allison was struck by a straight overhand right, up the middle, to the head. The Virginian, Rodriguez, walked away the winner by technical knockout in the second round of a scheduled six round bout.

Camden's Robert Irizarry (4-1-1) fought Puerto Rico's Bryan Perez (2-8-1, 1 KO) in a four round, featherweight bout. The bout was highlighted by fireworks in the fourth and final round, when Perez answered the bell throwing a flurry of punches. Irizarry appeared unaffected by the barrage, and spent the rest of the round chasing Perez around the ring. All three judges scored the bout 39 to 37 in favor of the fan favorite, Irizarry.

Upper Darby, Pennsylvania's Brandon Robinson (7-1, 6 KOs) squared off against Virginia's George Sheppard (1-3) in a four round, super middleweight contest. Robinson landed a big shot as the bell rang at the end of the first round. Sheppard fought valiantly in the second round against Robinson, who landed a series of viscous hooks and right overhand punches to his head and body. An accidental collision of heads in the third round briefly stopped the action. Soon after the action resumed, Robinson threw an overhand right that connected with Sheppard's face at the 1:20 mark, which sent him stumbling into the ropes. Sheppard never recovered from the blow and referee, Eric Dali, stopped the contest. This was Robinson's second straight victory by technical knockout at the 2300 Arena. 

The fourth bout featured Erik Spring (10-2-2, 1 KO) and Anthony Prescott (7-7-2, 2 KOs) in a six round, super welterweight bout. Prescott controlled the first three rounds of the bout, and there was a good exchange of punches at the end of the second round between the fighters. Despite landing the more effective punches in the first four rounds of the scheduled six round contest, Prescott appeared to tire in the fifth round. This was not enough for Spring to turn the tide of the bout, and he went on to lose the contest by unanimous decision. Two judges scored the bout 59-55, with a third judge scoring the contest 58-56.

Super lightweights, Darius Ervin (4-1) and David Gonzales (8-2-2, 2 KOs) fought in the fifth contest of the evening. An accidental headbutt in the second round resulted in cuts above each fighters' eyes that required examination by the ringside physicians. The ringside physician who examined Gonzalez called an end to the action after examining the cut above the fighter's left eye. The bout was officially stopped at 1:53 of the second round, and declared a no decision due to an accidental headbutt.

Jerome Conquest (9-2, 1 KO) fought Carlos Rosario (9-3, 1 KO) for the WBF North American Junior Lightweight Title. Conquest scored a knockdown with a big, left upper cut in the fifth round of a scheduled eight round bout. Rosario got back up to his feet and delivered a hard low blow to Conquest, the Strawberry Mansion, Philadelphia native. Rosario went on to control the sixth and seventh rounds. Conquest finished the bout with a strong flurry of punches to the head and body of Rosario. After eight rounds of action, Conquest was crowned the new WBF North American Junior Lightweight with a unanimous decision over the Pennsauken, New Jersey native, Rosario. The judges scored the bout 78-73, 77-74, and 77-74.

Christian Carto's (12-0, 11 KOs) knockout streak came to an end this evening in the main event. However, the Philadelphia bantamweight still shined in his first eight round professional bout. Carto faced Mexico's Alonso Melendez (14-2, 12 KOs) in a professional contest that went the distance, despite Carto decisively winning every round of the contest. Carto effectively landed a series of powerful punches to the head and body throughout the affair, but his southpaw opponent courageously absorbed the damage and stayed on his feet. Carto's solid performance in the bout was reflected in all three judges' scores of 80-72.

Following the concluison of the main event, there were two additional four round bouts. The first contest featured Amir Shabazz (4-2, 1 KO) and Alan Lawrence (2-0, 2 KOs) in a light heavyweight contest. In the first round, Shabazz was knocked out by a Lawrence left hook to the head at the 1:24 mark. The Philadelphia native hit his head hard on the canvas, and had to be attended to by a ringside physician. He was able to walk out of the ring under his own strength after being examined by the physician. The second contest featured Philadelphia welterweights, Rasheed Johnson (2-1, 1 KO) and Demetrius Williams (1-4). Johnson scored a knockout at the 0:56 mark of the first round after he connected with an overhand right to the head of his opponent.



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Friday, September 29, 2017

Luis Ortiz Failed Another Drug Test...

Luis Ortiz (27-0, 23 KOs), an undefeated heavy champion, tested positive for unnamed banned substances in a recent drug test conducted by the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA). This is the third time Ortiz has failed a drug test. Ortiz is scheduled to face Deontay Wilder (38-0, 37 KOs) for his WBC World Heavyweight Title on November 4th at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The failed drug test now threatens this long-awaited heavyweight bout with cancellation. Dan Rafael of ESPN reported that Ortiz's promoter, Lou Dibella, stated that fans may see a rematch of Wilder vs. Bermane Stiverne (25-2-1, 21 KOs) on November 4th if Ortiz is forced to pull out of his matchup with the defending champion.

Stay tuned to The Weigh-In Boxing Blog and Podcast for more information on Ortiz and his potential heavyweight matchup with Deontay Wilder on November 4th.



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UPDATE and WEIGHTS - King's Promotions Returns to the 2300 Arena in Philly on 9/29

The updated card was announced last night for this evening's King's Promotions show at the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia. The main event now features an eight round, bantamweight bout between Christian Carto (11-0, 11 KOs) and Alonso Melendez (14-1, 12 KOs).

Below is the updated card with fighter's weights:

Christian Carto (118.1 lbs.) vs. Alonso Melendez (117.1 lbs.), eight rounds, bantamweights

Darius Ervin (141.2 lbs.) vs. David Gonzales (143 lbs.), six rounds, junior welterweights

Jerome Conquest (131.9 lbs.) vs. Carlos Rosario (132 lbs.), eight rounds, lightweights

Erik Spring (152.4 lbs.) vs. Anthony Prescott (151.7 lbs.), six rounds, junior middleweights

Maynard Allison (135.8 lbs.) vs. Juan Rodriguez (140 lbs.), eight rounds, junior lightweights

Robert Irizarry (125.8 lbs.) vs. Bryan Perez (128 lbs.), four rounds, featherweights

Rasheed Johnson (147.1 lbs.) vs. Demetrius Williams (147.2 lbs.), four rounds, welterweights

Amir Shabazz (173.8 lbs.) vs. Alan Lawrence (173.5 lbs.), four rounds, light heavyweights

Brandon Robinson (168.1 lbs.) vs. George Sheppard (168.5 lbs.), four rounds, super middleweights

For more information on this exciting night of boxing and to purchase tickets, please visit the 2300 Arena's official website.




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Thursday, September 28, 2017

Throwback Thursday - Gene Pantalone Interview (December 18, 2016)

Check out my December 18, 2016 interview with boxing historian and author, Gene Pantalone! Gene is the author of Madame Bey's: Home to Boxing Legends.

The Matt Ward History Experience Podcast - Episode #11 Notes

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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

2017 Connecticut Boxing Hall of Fame Dinner & Ceremonies

The 13th Annual Gala and Connecticut Boxing Hall of Fame Dinner & Ceremonies will be held on Saturday, October 28th at the Mohegan Sun Ballroom in Uncasville.

For more information on this year's eventinductees, and awardees, please keep an eye on the Connecticut Boxing Hall of Fame Official Website.




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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

ESPN 30 for 30 Presents Tommy

ESPN's 30 for 30 is set to release the latest installment of their sports documentary series tomorrow evening. The documentary, entitled Tommy, focuses on the life and career of world heavyweight boxing champion and actor, Tommy Morrison. Morrison is arguably best known for two accomplishments during his career; his 1990 acting role as Tommy Gunn in Rocky V, and his 1993 victory over George Foreman for the WBO Heavyweight Title.

Morrison was diagnosed with HIV in 1996, after the Nevada Athletic Commission conducted a pre-fight blood test on the former heavyweight champion. Throughout his life, Morrison took a number of tests for the virus, many of which turned up negative. In the years leading up to his death in 2013, Morrison continued to fight professionally with controversy swirling around the boxing world about his health.

Morrison last fought on February 9, 2008 in Mexico where he defeated Matt Weishaar (6-2-2, 4 KOs) via a third round technical knockout. On September 1, 2013, it was reported that Morrison died of cardiac arrest, resulting from multi-organ failure due to septic shock caused by a Pseudomonas aeruginosa infection. Morrison was 44-years-old at the time of his death.

Tommy will air on September 27th at 8:00 PM EST on ESPN. Make sure to set your DVRs and alerts... ESPN2 rarely disappoints viewers with the 30 for 30 series!

For more information on this documentary, check out the official ESPN page for Tommy.

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Monday, September 25, 2017

King's Promotions Returns to the 2300 Arena in Philly on 9/29

King's Promotions returns to the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia on Friday, September 29th. The card features a number of competitive match ups that are highlighted with the presence of several popular Philly area fighters. The main event features welterweights, Mykal Fox (14-0, 4 KOs) and Marlon Aguas (9-1, 6 KOs) in an eight round bout. Fox, a Maryland native, last fought Daniel Sostre (13-14-1, 5 KOs) in Fort Washington where he won by unanimous decision. Aguas' most recent bout was against Ukrainian prospect, Ivan Golub (13-1, 11 KOs), who defeated the Ecuadorian by technical knockout. The co-feature is a ten round, super middleweight bout between Junior Castillo (14-1, 10 KOs) of the Dominican Republic and Gabriel Pham (9-1, 4 KOs) of Atlantic City. Castillo is coming off of a victory over Elvin Ayala (29-9-1, 13 KOs) for the vacant World Boxing Foundation World Middleweight Title. Pham last fought and defeated Edgar Perez (7-22, 3 KOs) in his hometown this past June.

The eleven bout, card also features lightweight, Jerome Conquest (8-2, 1 KO), and bantamweight, Christian Carto (11-0, 11 KOs). Conquest will face Carlos Rosario (7-2, 4 KOs) in an eight round contest. Conquest, a Philly boxing fan favorite, most recently defeated South Korea's Jae Ho Kim (6-5-1, 2 KOs) at the 2300 Arena in June. South Jersey's Carlos Rosario last fought on May 19th at the 2300 Arena, where he was defeated by Joshua Davis (11-1, 5 KOs) via technical knockout. Carto looks for his twelfth straight victory by knockout against Mexico's Alonso Melendez (14-1, 12 KOs), in his first eight round fight of his professional career. Carto is coming off a second round TKO victory over Philip Adyaka (7-10, 4 KOs) on August 11th. His opponent has not fought for just over two years, when he captured a technical knockout victory over Jesus Limones (11-17-1, 4 KOs) in Mexico.

The card also features the following bouts:

Erik Spring vs. Anthony Prescott, six rounds, junior middleweights

Maynard Allison vs. Juan Rodriguez, eight rounds, junior lightweights

David Gonzales vs. Darius Ervin, six rounds, junior welterweights

Robert Irizarry vs. Bryan Perez, four rounds, featherweights

Rasheed Johnson vs. Demetrius Williams, four rounds, welterweights

Amir Shabazz vs. Alan Lawrence, four rounds, light heavyweights

Sultan Zamir Ululu vs. Christopher Burgos, four rounds, junior lightweights

For more information on this exciting night of boxing and to purchase tickets, please visit the 2300 Arena's official website.



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Friday, September 22, 2017

Philly's Jesse Hart is Fighting for the WBO World Super Middleweight Title on ESPN Tonight!

Fight fans (especially Philly fight fans), don't forget to tune into ESPN/ESPN Deportes tonight to watch Jesse "Hard Work" Hart (22-0, 18 KOs) challenge Gilberto Ramirez (35-0, 24 KOs), for his WBO World Super Middleweight Title in a 12 round contest at the Tucson Convention Center in Tucson, AZ. Hart, a Philly native, last fought on April 8th, when he defeated Mexico's Alan Campa (16-3, 11 KOs) via a technical knockout. Ramirez also fought in April, when he successfully defended his title against Max Bursak (33-5-1, 15 KOs) of the Ukraine.

ESPN's coverage of the card will being at 10:30 PM EST (set your alarms!), and features a 12 round, main event, WBO Featherweight Title fight between defending champion, Oscar Valdez (22-0, 19 KOs) and Genesis Servania (29-0, 12 KOs). Valdez last fought Miguel Marriaga (25-3, 21 KOs) on April 22nd, when he won by unanimous decision over the former WBO NABO Featherweight titleholder. Servania most recently fought and defeated Ralph Jhon Lulu (12-2-2, 5 KOs) on April 29th.

Check out the Tucson Convention Center website for more information on this exciting night of nationally televised, professional boxing!


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Hard Hitting Promotions Returns to the SugarHouse Casino on 9/22

Hard Hitting Promotions returns to the SugarHouse Casino on Friday, September 22nd. The eleven bout card features several popular Philly fighters including Joey Dawejko (17-4-4, 10 KOs), Samuel Teah (11-1-1, 5 KOs), and Branden Pizzaro (7-0, 3 KOs). The main event is an eight round, heavyweight matchup between Joey Dawejko and Demetrius Banks (9-1, 4 KOs). Dawejko is coming off of an April 14th split decision draw against Rodney Hernandez (10-6-2, 2 KOs), while Detroit's Banks is looking to rebound from his first professional loss to Alexey Zubov (15-1, 9 KOs) on June 16th.

Other notable fights on the card include Samuel Teah vs. Istvan Dernanecz (10-6, 7 KOs) and Branden Pizzaro vs. Tyrone Luckey (8-7-3, 6 KOs). Teah looks to continue a four fight winning streak, and three fight knockout streak against his Hungarian super lightweight opponent, who most recently lost two fights by TKO in 2017. Teah vs. Dernanecz is scheduled for six rounds. Super lightweight prospect Pizzaro, who is no stranger to boxing at the SugarHouse Casino, is coming off an August 12th unanimous decision victory over Israel Villela (6-6, 2 KOs) in Pittsburgh. Luckey, who fights out of Neptune, NJ, has not won a fight since beating Anthony Karperis (14-3, 5 KOs) in the fall of 2015. Pizarro vs. Luckey is scheduled for six rounds.

Tonight's card also features the following bouts:

Ray Serrano vs. Claudinei Lacerda, eight rounds, welterweights

Devin Haney vs. Luis Eduardo Florez, eight rounds, lightweights

David Murray vs. Attila Koros, six rounds, light heavyweights

Jeremy Cuevas vs. Donte Bryant, four rounds, junior welterweights

John Bauza vs. TBA, four rounds, junior welterweights

Gadwin Rosa vs. TBA, four rounds, junior lightweights

Angel Pizarro vs. Joseph Cole, four rounds, junior featherweights

Ernesto Almodover vs. TBA, four rounds, junior bantamweights

Doors open at 6:00 PM EST, with the first bout starting at 7:00 PM EST. The show is currently sold out.

For more information on this boxing card, please visit the following site:

Hard Hitting Promotions' Official Website

Hard Hitting Promotions' Facebook Page



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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

RIP Jake LaMotta

Former World Middleweight Champion, Jake LaMotta, died on Tuesday, September 19th in a nursing home from complications from pneumonia. The Italian American fighter who was portrayed by Robert De Niro in the 1980 film, Raging Bull, was 95-years-old. The Bronx Bull fought professionally from 1941 to 1954, and compiled an impressive record of 83 wins, 19 losses, and four draws. He fought some of the top boxers of his day including Sugar Ray Robinson, Billy Fox, and Marcel Cerdan. He captured the World Middleweight Title on June 16, 1949 with a victory over the Frenchman, Cerdan, in Detroit. In 1950, LaMotta successfully defended his title against Tiberio Mitri and Laurent Dauthuille. LaMotta fought his final bout on April 14, 1954 against Billy Kilgore.

Following his retirement from boxing, LaMotta worked in the bar industry, wrote books, acted, and did stand-up comedy. He was inducted into a number of halls of fame, including the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1990. Despite having a few run-ins with the law throughout his life, LaMotta was loved and respected by the boxing world for his intense fighting style. In his later years, LaMotta was often seen attending autograph signings and meet and greets with fans. I had the honor to meet LaMotta in the spring of 2014 at an autograph signing in White Plains, NY.

RIP Jake LaMotta.

Jake LaMotta's BoxRec Page

Jake LaMotta's International Boxing Hall of Fame Page

(Matt Ward and Jake LaMotta in 2014)

(Friend of The Weigh-In, Steve G. and Jake LaMotta in 2003)


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King's Promotions Presents Premier Boxing Champions: Mario Barrios vs. Naim Nelson - Tuesday, September 19th (Bethlehem, PA)

Tuesday night's eight bout card from Sands Bethlehem Event Center kicked off with a four round, super lightweight bout between Jeffrey Torres (4-0, 2 KOs) and Latorie Woodberry (1-5-1). Woodberry, fighting out of Roanoke, was knocked down three times over the course of the first round of action by the Team DSG backed fighter, Torres. The first knockdown was the result of a devastating series of left hooks to the body. The second knockdown came after Torres connected on a left hook to the head of Woodberry. The TKO came at the 1:59 mark of the first round, after Torres landed a right hook to Woodberry’s head. Gary Rosato served as the referee for this bout.

Antuanne Russell (2-0, 2 KOs), of the Russell boxing family, came out at the opening bell swinging for the head and body of his veteran, Mexican opponent, Jesus Lule (11-24-1, 2 KOs). Lule took a great deal of damage from the Russell hooks and upper cuts that landed with precision and power to his head and body. The super lightweight bout was stopped by referee, Benjy Esteves Jr., at the 2:38 mark of the first round of a scheduled four round contest. 

Bantamweight prospect, Antonio Russell (9-0, 6 KOs), younger brother of Gary Russell Jr. and older brother of Antuanne, squared off against Mexico’s Christian Renteria (7-6, 6 KOs) in a six round contest. Russell effectively worked the body of Renteria in the first round, but the heavier fighter (120.2 lbs.) managed to survive the round. Russell controlled the second round by landing a series of powerful combos that appeared to hurt Renteria. Despite the damage he took during the round, the exhausted, Renteria fought valiantly to the end of round bell. Renteria came out swinging in the third round, landing several hooks to Russell’s body and head, but Russell again took control of the round. Russell preserved his undefeated record by landing a right hand to Renteria’s chin. Renteria took a knee and appeared dazed prior to referee, Benjy Estevez Jr. waiving off the fight at 1:26 of the third round. 

Scranton’s Ryan Wilczak (5-0, 3 KOs) fought Allentown’s Devin McMaster (1-3) in a scheduled four round, junior middleweight contest that only lasted 95 seconds. McMaster was first knocked down by a right hook to the head. Despite still appearing dazed, McMaster pulled himself off of the canvas to continue fighting. Wilczak continued his onslaught and dropped McMaster with a left hook to the head at the 1:35 mark of the first round. McMaster who was sprawled out on the canvas, was helped to his feet following the knockout defeat. 

The fourth fight featured featherweights, Juan Sanchez (3-0, 1 KO) of Bethlehem, PA and Gorwar Karyah (1-1, 1 KO) of Philadelphia. In the opening round, Sanchez knocked Karyah down with a left hook to the head. Karyah recovered to finish the round, which was scored in favor of Sanchez. The final round was highlighted by two brutal exchanges at the beginning and end of the round in the red corner. Two of the judges scored the bout 40-37, with one judge scoring it 39-36, all in favor of Sanchez

The televised portion of the card on FS1 began with a light heavyweight contest between Earl Newman (10-0-1, 7 KOs) and Paul Parker (8-2-1, 4 KOs). This fight was a great matchup to open up the national broadcast because it was highly competitive, with both fighters landing big shots throughout the eight round bout. There were fireworks in the third round when both fighters exchanged shots in the middle of the ring. Parker was the aggressor in the fourth round, and appeared to hurt Newman with a big overhand right to the head. The round ended after a series of big punches by each fighter. The final four rounds were very close, and the judge’s scorecards reflected this fact. The judges scored the bout, 79-73 for Newman, 77-75 for Parker, and a 76-76 draw, with the fight ending in a split decision draw.

Lightweights, Thomas Velasquez (9-0-1, 5 KOs) and Tyrome Jones (4-2-1, 1 KO) fought in the second televised bout of the evening. From the opening bell, the fight was far more competitive than most boxing analysts may have thought it would be. Velasquez, a Philadelphia fighter, put on display his speed and endurance. Velasquez appeared to have problems with Jones’ style on several occasions throughout the contest. Jones controlled the final round of the contest by landing big shots to the chin and body of Velasquez. Both Jones and Velasquez captured a judge’s scorecard with a score of 59-55, with one judge scoring the bout a 57-57 draw. The fight ended in a split decision draw.

The main event featured super lightweights, Mario Barrios (20-0, 12 KOs) and Naim Nelson (13-4, 1 KO). Philadelphia’s Nelson controlled the first two rounds of the contest, before injuring his left shoulder in the third round. The ringside physician checked Nelson twice during the third and fourth rounds to ensure that he was able to continue. Despite fighting with one good arm from the third round on, Nelson demonstrated solid defense and fought valiantly until the fight was halted by the ringside physician at the 1:41 mark of the seventh round of a scheduled ten round fight. The fight was called off after San Antonio's Barrios hit Nelson on his left, injured shoulder. Gary Rosato served as the referee for the main event on Premier Boxing Champions (PBC).


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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Dustin's Corner: Luke Rockhold Victorious at UFC Fight Night 116

Finally, The People’s Red Head has come back to the Weigh-In!

While Canelo and GGG were going at it Saturday night, Luke Rockhold was also in action. Rockhold reaffirmed his dominance in the 185 pound division by defeating David Branch with ground and pound strikes.

It has been almost two years since Rockhold lost his belt in shocking fashion to Mike
Bisping. Rockhold took the first step toward reclaiming the waist hardware Saturday night.

Round one opened with Rockhold showing octagon rust. David Branch put on a smothering attack, similar to the style Bisping utilized to pull off the upset. Branch smothered Rockhold against the octagon and continued to connect. Branch wisely left no room for Rockhold to release his devastating leg kicks. While being smothered, Rockhold gestured for his corner to calm down. Round one ended with Rockhold taking Branch down.

The take down in round one was the catalyst for a dominating round two performance from Rockhold. Rockhold owned round two. He eventually took Branch down to the canvas and submitted him with strikes.

In true Rockhold fashion, he had a lot to say during his post fight interview. Rockhold advised Georges St-Pierre to get out while he can. We all know how Rockhold feels about the pending bout between Bisping and GSP.

Saturday’s win will put Rockhold back in contention. One would think he gets to face the winner of the Bisping fight. However, the UFC goes off script all the time. The 185 pound division remains murky. There is a lot of talent at the top.

Does Rockhold have a legitimate complaint? It is so hard to say. McGregor gets his belt taken away in under six months time. It is rumored Dana White stripped McGregor of one of his belts after McGregor was caught leaving an upper decker in the executive restroom... We do not fact check people, just report what is what! (LOL)

In all seriousness, interim titles are ruining UFC bouts. Most of them have little to no significant meaning. Rockhold is at the top of the division and deserves a shot to take his title back. However, he will have to take a number.

It was a great weekend of fights, and congratulations to Mr. Rockhold!


- Dustin Johnson, The People's Red Head

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RIP David Bey

The boxing world was shocked to learn of the death of David Bey on September 17, 2017 in Camden, NJ.  Bey was killed in an industrial accident at the Camden Towers on Cooper Street, while working with Local Carpenters' 179. Bey, who was born on March 11, 1957 in Philadelphia, was 60-years-old.

Bey is best remembered by boxing fans for his bout with Larry Holmes for the IBF World Heavyweight Title on March 15, 1985 in Las Vegas. Despite putting up a valiant effort in his challenge to Holmes, he was stopped at the 2:58 mark of the tenth round. Bey also fought a number of well-known heavyweight boxers over the course of his professional career that spanned from 1981 to 1994. His most notable wins came against James "Buster" Douglas in 1981 and Greg Page in 1984. Bey also fought Trevor Berbick (1985), James "Bonecrusher" Smith (1986), Joe Bugner (1986), Tyrell  Biggs (1987), Bruce Seldon (1990), and Joe Hipp (1991). He retired from boxing following his September 17, 1994 victory over journeyman, David Jaco

Bey was a respected member of the Philadelphia boxing community, and was inducted into the Pennsylvania Boxing Hall of Fame (PABHOF) in the spring of 2017. I'm happy to report that I was able to speak briefly to Bey at the 2017 PABHOF's banquet, and shake his hand to congratulate him on his induction into his home state's boxing hall of fame. Bey was a very nice man who will be missed by the boxing community. 

RIP David Bey. 



(David Bey vs. Larry Holmes)


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*Photos courtesy of BoxRec.com.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Premier Boxing Champions Returns to Sands Bethlehem Event Center on 9/19

Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) returns to Sands Bethlehem Event Center in Pennsylvania on September 19th. The card, which is promoted by King's Promotions, will air on FS1 starting at 9 PM EST. As of now, the card features 11 professional bouts. The televised matches on this FS1 "Toe-to-Toe Tuesdays" card includes a ten round, junior welterweight contest between Mario Barrios (19-0, 11 KOs) and Naim Nelson (13-3, 1 KO), and an eight round, featherweight bout between Stephen Fulton (11-0, 5 KOs) and Adam Lopez (8-0, 3 KOs). Barrios, a San Antonio native, is coming off an impressive knockout victory over Jose Luis Rodriguez (22-10, 13 KOs). Barrios faces Philadelphia's Naim Nelson, who has lost his last two bouts to Tre'Sean Wiggins (8-3-1, 6 KOs) and Alejandro Luna (22-0, 15 KOs).

Philly's Stephen Fulton, who is no stranger to fighting at Sands Casino, last fought and defeated Luis Rosario (8-1-1, 7 KOs) at the event center. His opponent, Adam Lopez, is an orthodox fighter from Glendale, CA. He most recently boxed Paul Romero (7-1-1, 1 KO), who he defeated by majority decision.

Tomorrow night's card also features the following non-televised bouts:

Earl Newman vs. Paul Parker, eight rounds, light heavyweights

Jimmy Kelleher vs. George Sheppard, four rounds, super middleweights

Gary Antonio Russell vs. Cristian Renteria, six rounds, bantamweights

Gary Antuanne Russell vs. Jesus Lule, four rounds, junior welterweights

Ryan Wilczak vs. Devin McMaster, four rounds, middleweights

Jeffrey Torres vs. TBA, four rounds, junior welterweights

Thomas Velasquez vs. Tyrome Jones, six rounds, lightweights

Juan Sanchez vs. Gorwar Karyah, four rounds, featherweights

Harold Lopez vs. Manuel Guerra, four rounds, bantamweights

Doors at 4:30 PM EST with live boxing at 6:30 PM.

Tickets can be purchased through the Sands Bethlehem Event Center website and the box office.



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Dustin's Corner: Canelo v. GGG Instant Classic and Ginger Power Fight Recap

Finally, The People’s Red Head has come back to The Weigh-In.

Saturday, September 16th, was not only one of the most anticipated boxing matches of the year, but it was a huge step for the ginger initiative. The People’s Red Boxer, Canelo Alvarez put up an inspired effort against the Kazakhstani heavy hitter, Gennady Golovkin. The contest will definitely be discussed as a fight of the year candidate. No matter how you felt about the results, there is no denying the fight lived up to the anticipation. Please see the people’s recap below:

Early Rounds 1-3
I thought the fight began with Canelo getting the better of the exchanges. In round one and two, Alvarez looked sharp. In round three, GGG came on. In typical GGG fashion, he landed the jab and began to do expert work to the body. At this point, it started to look as if GGG was finding a home for bodywork, but the match was still intense.

Rounds 4-7
Rounds four though seven were important. Canelo spent too much time on the ropes. As a fellow red, I was really concerned for what may happen to his hair. Everyone knows we have a higher tolerance for pain and television hair. Still, GGG was putting in good work against the ropes.

Rounds five through seven were where GGG really began to put in work. Neither fighter wanted to let the other one know they were hurt, but massive hooks were landed in various exchanges. GGG began to really pour the pressure on Canelo. Red heads everywhere were shrieking with fright.

Rounds 8-11
Many of these rounds are left open to interpretation. This fight really demonstrates the impact crowd noise can have in a fight. In addition, it shows what can happen when a fighter closes out the “championship rounds.” GGG had his jab working in these rounds. Canelo landed meaningful power shots that made the crowd come alive.

An overhand right that Canelo landed in the eighth made the crowd go wild. Canelo also opened round ten with a nice flurry, but it seemed GGG took over the fight. The eleventh round appeared to be all Canelo. However, due to his earlier work, everyone thought this was GGG’s fight to lose.

12th and Final Round
Both fighters had been in a war and they were still exchanging in round twelve. As the bell sounds, we go to the judges’ scorecards. As we all know, anything can happen at this point. There is no doubt this was a close fight. Anyone would be shocked to see a judge have a lopsided scorecard.

Adelaide Byrd scores the fight 118-110 in favor of Canelo, which created a bigger reaction than the results of the 2017 presidential race. Dave Moretti scored the fight a 115-113 edge for GGG. Don Trella scored the fight an even, 114-114.

Many criticized the lopsided card of Byrd. To this, I say, how dare you all! She clearly loves red heads, and we love her back… Just kidding! However, even I must admit, this score is more lopsided than a woman who gets a discount on breast implants.

With this in mind, it important to consider everything that goes into scoring. I often feel the crowd can influence the scoring of judges. Also, depending on the view, a judge may view something they think has landed, when in reality, it has not landed. The argument will again arise for judges to be sequestered during fights to view the fight on independent monitors that are free of sound in order to produce the most accurate scoring results.

Share your opinion at the Weigh-In Boxing Blog and Podcast. How did you all score it? We would be interested to know how our followers viewed the fight. Also, did the scoring ruin this instant classic? Lastly, do we all think Judge Byrd is dating a redhead? That may be the bigger conspiracy issue to come out of this fantastic fight!

#Byrdluvsreds

The People’s Red Head OUT!

*Thank you to the Sun.co.uk for information regarding the background of Adelaide Byrd.

*Thank you to the boxingscene.com for compubox statistics and judges’ scorecards.



- Dustin Johnson, The People's Red Head

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Friday, September 15, 2017

The Biggest Boxing Match of the Year!

The biggest boxing match of the year is almost here... Gennady "GGG" Golovkin (37-0, 33 KOs) vs. Saul "Canelo" Alvarez (49-1-1, 34 KOs) from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, NV! The winner of this mega-fight will walk away with the WBA (Super), WBC, IBO, and IBF Middleweight Titles. Both men hit the scales earlier Friday afternoon, and weighed-in at 160 pounds, the weight limit for the middleweight world title fight.

The card also features an interesting undercard that should be filled with action. Most notable on the undercard is a matchup between undefeated featherweights, Joseph Diaz (24-0, 13 KOs) and Rafael Rivera (25-0-2, 16 KOs). The winner of Diaz vs. Rivera will be the mandatory challenger for featherweight world title champion, Gary Russell Jr. (28-1, 17 KOs).

An NABF Super Bantamweight title bout between defending champion, Randy Caballero (24-0, 14 KOs) and Diego De La Hoya (19-0, 9 KOs), first cousin of Oscar De La Hoya, is scheduled for tomorrow evening. Ryan Martin (19-0, 11 KOs) and Francisco Rojo (20-2, 13 KOs) are also scheduled to fight for the vacant WBA Inter-Continental Lightweight Title and Martin's WBC Continental Americas Lightweight Title.

The televised portion of the card begins at 8:00 PM EST on HBO pay-per-view.



MW

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Thursday, September 14, 2017

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Matt Farrago Interview

I recently interviewed former professional fighter and current president of the Veteran Boxers Association - Ring 10, Matt Farrago. Matt and I discussed his professional boxing career and the upcoming Veteran Boxers Association - Ring 10 of New York's 7th Annual Gala on Sunday, September 24th at Marina Del Rey in the Bronx, New York.

Check out our Bonus Round interview on both SoundCloud and iTunes:

Bonus Round - Matt Farrago of the Veteran Boxers Association - Ring 10 of New York on SoundCloud

Bonus Round - Matt Farrago of the Veteran Boxers Association - Ring 10 of New York on iTunes

For more information on Matt Farrago and Veteran Boxers Association - Ring 10 of New York's 7th Annual Gala, check out the following links:

For more information and to purchase tickets to this event, please visit Ring10NY.com or call Matt Farrago at 631-948-6028.

Veteran Boxers Association - Ring 10 of New York 7th Annual Gala

Matt Farrago's BoxRec Page



MW

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