Tuesday, March 27, 2018

The KAYO Heard Around the World: Whyte vs. Browne

British heavyweightDillian Whyte (23-1, 17 KOs) made a statement against Australia's Lucas Browne (25-1, 22 KOs) on Saturday in London, England. The previously undefeated Browne stepped into the ring looking to capture Whyte's World Boxing Council Silver Heavyweight Title, a belt that he captured last October with a unanimous decision victory over Robert Helenius. Whyte, who hopes to get a heavyweight title shot against Deontay Wilder or Anthony Joshua, dominated the fight from the opening bell. Throughout the first few rounds, Browne, who appeared out of shape, did little to counter Whyte's offensive onslaught in front of the capacity crowd at the O2 Arena. Browne suffered a cut above his left eye in the second round that later proved to be problematic. By the sixth round, the 38-year-old, former bouncer looked like an extra from television's The Walking Dead.

The brutal beating came to an end at the 0:37 mark of the sixth round of a scheduled twelve round contest, when Whyte connected with a big left hook to Browne's head. The shot sent Browne straight down to the canvas, where he laid face down until medics could reach him to provide oxygen and medical care. The former World Boxing Association Heavyweight Champion regained consciousness, after what felt like hours, and was removed from the ring on a stretcher. He was later taken to a nearby hospital for further tests and was cleared by a physician.

Fight fans are now left to wonder who Dillian "The Body Snatcher" Whyte will fight next. Will he get a shot at the American, Wilder, or will he have the opportunity to avenge his December 12, 2015 TKO defeat to Great Britain's Joshua? Only time will tell...

You can see the highlights from Whyte vs. Browne, including the brutal knockout, in the below video: 

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Thursday, March 22, 2018

Canelo vs. GGG II: Boxing's Latest Soap Opera

Regardless of how you scored Canelo vs. GGG I last September, it was an entertaining, marquee bout that was good for the sport of boxing. To the delight of the boxing and overall world of sports, the two men are scheduled for a 2018 Cinco de Mayo rematch at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Unfortunately, this bout is now in danger of being postponed and/or cancelled due to Canelo's February double failed drug tests, and the reaction of GGG's camp. As many of you already know, Canelo's camp claimed that he ate meat contaminated with the banned substance, clenbuterol, a substance commonly found in contaminated Mexican meat. GGG and members of his camp, including his trainer Abel Sanchez, did not buy into this excuse. They pointed out that Canelo's trainers, Eddy and Chepo Reynoso, are Mexican butchers who should have known to steer their fighter clear of meat contaminated with this performance enhancing substance.

This issue, along with claims from Sanchez that Canelo illegally wrapped his hands in the first bout, are causing drama leading up to this fight. On Tuesday at a meeting with the media in Big Bear Lake, California, GGG ripped apart Alvarez and his camp, as well as members of the Nevada State Athletic Commission for being too lenient towards Canelo because of the fighter's popularity around the world. The fighter and his trainer both believe that Canelo was advised to use the substance in hopes of having an advantage in their May rematch. These claims were immediately rejected by Eric Gomez, the president of Golden Boy Promotions. About 24 hours later, Canelo responded to GGG's accusations with the following message, "I'm going to kick your fucking ass."

In closing this reporter has to ask himself, will Canelo vs. GGG II happen? And if not, will GGG fight Billy Joe Saunders? Furthermore, I would like to know why a millionaire, Mexican boxer was eating contaminated meat? I mean Canelo is no Dustin Johnson, a man who has gone on record praising the positive aspects of eating contaminated meat... (j/k).

As yet another boxing soap opera unfolds before our eyes, I urge you to stay tuned to The Weigh-In, as our expert and lovable staff members analyze and break down the biggest stories in the world of combat sports. Who knows? You may eventually get another angry rant about the state of boxing from Luis Cortes, or a professional wrestling (aka wrassling) article from Steve Ward leading up to Wrestlemania 34. And if you are really lucky, The People's Redhead may pull himself away from analyzing contaminated meat to discuss the Bellator Heavyweight Grand Prix.

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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

John DiSanto of the 11th Annual Briscoe Awards Interview Part II

John DiSanto of Philly Boxing History.com and the Briscoe Awards recently sat down with Matt Ward to discuss the 11th Annual Briscoe Awards. The Briscoe Awards is an annual award ceremony that honors the best of Philadelphia boxing from the previous year. "The Briscoe Awards are named in honor of legendary Philly middleweight Bennie Briscoe and the trophies given away – the Briscoe Statue and the Briscoe Medal – all bear the deceased icon’s likeness.  The event brings together the local boxing community, including the award winners, their families, past and present boxers, fight fans, other boxing people, and general sports fans."

Check out the second of two Bonus Round interviews on both SoundCloud and iTunes:

Bonus Round - John DiSanto of the 11th Annual Briscoe Awards Part II on SoundCloud

Bonus Round - John DiSanto of the 11th Annual Briscoe Awards Part II on iTunes

You can also check out part one here.

This year's award ceremony will take place at the Veteran Boxers Association-Ring 1 Clubhouse at 2733 E. Clearfield St. in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Tickets to this event are $20.

For more information on the Briscoe Awards, please visit the official website or contact John DiSanto at 609-377-6413 for tickets and more information on how to support this great event!

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Monday, March 19, 2018

Kathy Duva Interview

Luis Cortes recently interviewed Kathy Duva of Main Events at the company's office in Totowa, New Jersey. Main Events is an internationally recognized boxing promotion that was founded in 1978 by Hall-of-Fame promoter Dan Duva. Kathy, the widow of Dan, has served as Main Event's CEO since 1996. The promotion's roster currently includes a number of talented fighters including light heavyweight world champion, Sergey Kovalev, and light heavyweight contender, Sullivan Barrera.

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

Bonus Round - Kathy Duva Interview with Luis Cortes on SoundCloud

Bonus Round - Kathy Duva Interview with Luis Cortes on iTunes

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Thursday, March 15, 2018

Bryant Jennings Interview

Luis Cortes recently caught up with heavyweight contender and Philadelphia native, Bryant Jennings (22-2, 13 KOs), at Parx Casino in Bensalem, Pennsylvania. Jennings was in the house to watch the inaugural Joe Hand Promotions Presents Xcite Fight Night.

It was announced yesterday that Jennings will fight fellow Philadelphia heavyweight, Joey Dawejko (19-4-4, 11 KOs), on April 28th at the Liacouras Center on the campus of Temple University in North Philadelphia.

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

Bonus Round - Bryant Jennings Interview with Luis Cortes on SoundCloud

Bonus Round - Bryant Jennings Interview with Luis Cortes on iTunes

(Photo - BoxRec.com)

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Monday, March 12, 2018

V is for Mikey Garcia’s VICTORY

Finally! The People’s Red Head has Come Back to The Weigh-In!

San Antonio played host to Mikey Garcia versus Sergey Lipinets Saturday night at the Freeman Coliseum. For those of you who read other boxing blogs, go fuck yourselves! I am completely kidding. There are a lot of different places to get your information from, and The People’s Red Head does not have the market cornered in this respect. However, as you read this article, please notice that The Weigh-In does not follow the masses, we pride ourselves on honest commentary, and are not influenced by mainstream media.

The reason I preface the above is the fact that my man, Mikey Garcia is getting a lot of negative criticism for his unanimous victory over Sergey Lipinets.  Let us not forget that Lipinets was the IBF Super Lightweight Champion heading into Saturday night’s showdown. Lipinets entered the contest with a record of 13-0, with 10 KOs. For Garcia, his body of work speaks for itself. He entered Saturday night’s contest as a three-division champion, looking to make history by acquiring a belt in a fourth weight class.

I'm not sure what the masses or media felt heading into this contest, but Lipinets heart and skill level seemed to be overlooked by many observers. I am shocked to hear anyone criticize Garcia’s victory. The overall perspective of other media sources and publications have me reminiscing of old college hook ups with randoms. I use that comparison to illustrate that I was not bringing these ladies back to the dorm to hear their opinion on the current climate of the social landscape. Trust me, they were brought back to the dorm so I could shame my socially inept roommate and give ceiling tours. I did not become The People’s Red Head by playing it safe back in those “glory days.” I sure as hell will not play it safe in today’s commentary. Get ready people, this article is going to be raw dog without a bag. However, in order to spare you all a lengthy soapbox commentary, I will pullout at the right time.

Garcia opened up Saturday night’s bout feeling out Lipinets. While many knew Garcia was a huge step up in class for Lipinets, there was no doubt in our minds that this would be a quality match up. Lipinets began to get inside Garcia’s defense around round three. In fact, Lipinets opened rounds three and four finding a home for his jab. Garcia’s chin was getting peppered but as the rounds went on, Garcia reestablished his dominance, and stole the rounds on the judges’ scorecards.

Garcia’s nose was bloodied from the repeated jabs of Lipinets. Lipinets was also beginning to show signs of Garcia’s power on his face. Round five displayed a good exchange. Lipinets opened round five as the aggressor, but Garcia again took over. Round five showed us all that these two were going to continue to trade hooks as their timing was proving perfect for dual contact. Garcia seemed to be getting the better of Lipinets every time they simultaneously landed on one another.

Round six ended up being one of Lipinets' best. Garcia’s corner warned him about getting out of the corners, but Garcia had issues with this throughout the round. Lipinets capitalized landing combos and committing to bodywork. For a moment, I was concerned about Garcia’s attempt to make history. The bell sounded, Garcia retreated to his corner, clearly having lost this round. Thank goodness round seven happened.

Round seven ended up being the most explosive round of the match. Lipinets hits Garcia with a flush left hook. This prompted a fierce exchange where Lipinets leaned right into Garcia’s powerful left hook. Garcia landed a flush punch and Lipinets fell to the canvas for the first time is his professional career. Lipinets immediately bounced up after being dropped, not even enduring a three count. At this point, if you were not a fan of Lipinets, you might have been becoming one.

The fight continued and Lipinets still continued to come forward. He spent rounds eight through twelve giving Garcia his best effort. Lipinets showed he had unquestioned heart and the skill to match it. While overcoming the knockdown was impressive, Garcia dominated the championship rounds and cruised to a unanimous decision victory, further cementing his place in boxing history.

Congratulations to Garcia for a well deserved win. Congratulations to Lipinets for a fantastic performance that was just not enough to overcome the elite talent that is Mikey Garcia. Finally, congratulations to me for attending Garcia’s after party. Do not Google images, shit got weird.

(Ginger Party)

People’s Red Head Out!

Special Thanks To:

Michael “The Mouth” Rapaport

Showtime Boxing for brilliant commentating and statistical analysis

Drew and Mike for years of entertainment in the “D”

Netflix for allowing all comedians, no matter their talent level to post their specials (a real thank you for all the shit I have had to turnoff)

Ward Brothers for handing out mustache rides since the late 80's

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Sunday, March 11, 2018

Joe Hand Promotions Presents Xcite Fight Night - Friday, March 9th (Bensalem, PA)

On Friday night, Joe Hand Promotions showed fans in the greater Philadelphia area that professional boxing has a fantastic new home in the Philly suburbs. Parx Casino in Bensalem, Pennsylvania played host to Joe Hand Xcite Fight Night, a boxing card that featured seven bouts. This highly entertaining night of boxing was headlined by a super featherweight bout between local prospect, Avery Sparrow (10-1, 4 KOs) and Jesus Serrano (17-6-2, 12 KOs). In the opening round, the fighters felt one another out. Sparrow went on the attack from his wide, orthodox stance in the second round. He knocked down his Mexican opponent in the second round with a multi-punch combo, that included big hooks. His opponent rose from the canvas, only to be knocked down again by a series of Sparrow clubbing right hands. Serrano recovered from the second knockdown only to be crushed with a barrage of punches that sent him crashing into the ropes. The fight was stopped at the 2:17 mark of the second round of a scheduled eight round bout.

2012 Olympic Silver Medalist, John Joe Nevin (10-0, 4 KOs) of Ireland fought Canada's Alex Torres Rynn (6-1, 3 KOs) in an eight round, lightweight bout. Nevin effectively worked Rynn's body in the first and second rounds. Rynn cringed in pain from the shots, which caused him to go into survival mode against the superior fighter. Rynn who had difficulty defending against Nevin's body shots, was hit in the head with a big left hand in the third round. A Nevin straight right to the face in the sixth round reminded Rynn that he was in a fight, and caused swelling around his eyes. Nevin went back to the body in the seventh round, when he landed powerful shots on his opponent. The eighth and final round seemed more like a track meet than boxing match as Rynn and Nevin took turns chasing one another around the ring. The ringside judges scored the bout 79-73 and 80-72 twice for the former Irish Olympian.

South Jersey's Anthony Prescott (8-8-2, 2 KOs) fought Philadelphia's Isaiah Wise (6-2, 3 KOs) in a super welterweight contest that can best be described as a shootout. Wise utilized his jab in the first round, and later connected on a series of hooks to the body over the course of this round. Prescott, frustrated by Wise's offense in the first round, threw rabbit punches in an attempt to slowdown his opponent's offensive momentum. Prescott dropped Wise with a right hand to the head in the second round. Wise quickly pulled himself up from the canvas only to be hit with a series of big rights to the head. The two men engaged in a brawl that included a number of big head shots to close out the second round. In the third round, a big right hand to Wise's head sent blood and spit flying into the crowd. Wise fought back in the third by pushing his opponent into the ropes with a series of big punches. To the crowd's delight, the two men brawled again as the round came to an end. Prescott landed a nice right hand to the head in the fourth round. Wise responded to this shot by pushing Prescott into the ropes with a big right hook. Wise ended the round by connecting on a huge multi-punch combo, that was highlighted by left and right hooks to the head. Prescott was stumbled in the fifth round with a right hook to the head. Prescott, hoping to clinch his eighth career victory, threw several big hooks in the sixth and final round of the bout. The judges scored the bout 57-56 in favor of Prescott, 57-56 in favor of Wise, and 59-54 in favor of the winner by split decision, Anthony Prescott.

Marcel Rivers (4-0, 3 KOs) fought Rafael De Jesus (0-2) in a four round, welterweight contest. Rivers' power was on display in the opening frame, as he hurt his opponent with a big left hand to the head. Following this round, De Jesus returned to his corner with swelling under his right eye. De Jesus was sent to the canvas in the second round when Rivers connected on a series of inside punches while the two men were wrapped up near the center of the ring. Later in the round, Rivers crushed his opponent with a vicious series of right and left hands that pinned De Jesus up against the ropes. De Jesus appeared to be out on his feet as the second round came to an end. It was no surprise to most of those in attendance that De Jesus refused to answer the bell for the third round.

In what can be described as the "highway robbery" bout of the evening, Gerardo Martinez (2-1, 1 KO), fighting out of the Phoenixville PAL, was defeated by split decision by New York's Vinnie Denierio (3-4, 1 KO) in a four round, lightweight bout. Martinez demonstrated solid offense in the the first round, by landing several good right upper cuts on the taller fighter, Denierio. Martinez came forward in the second round, and landed several straight rights to the head and upper cuts to the body. Most of these upper cuts went undefended by Denierio, who later showed an offensive burst in the second round when he connected with left hands to the head and body of Martinez. As the second round approached its end, blood streamed from the nose of Denierio. In the third round, Martinez hurt Denierio, who appeared exhausted in this round, with a straight right to the head. Denierio, who appeared to be down on the cards, fought desperately in the fourth and final round. His attack was slowed down by a Martinez right upper cut to the jaw. The ringside judges scored the bout 39-37 for Martinez and 39-37 twice for the winner by split decision, Vinnie Denierio.

The opening bout of the evening featured super lightweights, Nahir Albright (3-1, 1 KO) and Sidney Maccow (4-8, 3 KOs). In the first round of the four round bout that was refereed by Hall of Famer, Steve Smoger, Albright knocked down Maccow with a big left to the head. An Albright multi-punch combo to the head and body later in the opening round, sent Maccow to the canvas for the second time in the match. Maccow came out in the second round with renewed energy. He fought hard, and clearly won the round. The third round was extremely close as both men landed big punches over the course of the round. A cut appeared above Albright's right eye in the fourth round. Albright, who had a very strong start to the bout, appeared exhausted in the final round. The judges scored the bout 40-34 twice and 39-35 all in favor of the winner by unanimous decision, Nahir Albright.

The main event was followed by a six round bout between lightweights, Jerome Conquest (9-3, 1 KO) and Tyrone Luckey (9-8-3, 7 KOs). Luckey, a native of Neptune, New Jersey, knocked Philadelphia's Conquest down in the first round with a right hand to the head. Conquest recovered from the knockdown only to be sent crashing to the canvas by another Luckey right to the head. Despite recovering from the second knockdown, Conquest was hurt. Luckey, seeing blood in the water, went on a short attack that forced referee, Gary Rosato to stop the fight at 2:43 of the first round.

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Thursday, March 8, 2018

Mis Downing Promotions in Association with Silverspoon Promotions Presents Ring Redemptions

Mis Downing Promotions in association with Silverspoon Promotions returns to Atlantic City on Saturday, March 10th. The nine bout card at the Claridge Hotel features an eight round main event between veteran heavyweights, Chazz Witherspoon (36-3, 28 KOs) and Mike Sheppard (25-22-2, 11 KOs). Witherspoon, a former heavyweight contender from South Jersey, has won six straight bouts since losing to Seth Mitchell in 2012. His opponent is a former West Virginia State Heavyweight Champion, who has lost four of his last six contests. One of these defeats was a sixth round knockout loss to James Toney in 2017.

The eight round co-main event features a welterweight contest between Anthony "Juice" Young (18-2, 6 KOs) and Fidel Monterrosa Munoz (38-16-1, 30 KOs). Atlantic City's Young looks to win his eighth straight bout since losing to Skender Halili in 2016. Munoz is a veteran of 55 professional fights. The 29-year-old lost his last three professional fights to Leonardo Zappavigna, Fredrick Lawson, and Ivan Golub.

The card also features the following bouts:

Mike Hilton (8-0, 7 KOs) vs. Hector Perez (3-1, 2 KOs) - six rounds, cruiserweights

Prince Badi Ajamu (28-3-1, 15 KOs) vs. Willis Lockett (15-22-6, 5 KOs) - six rounds, cruiserweights

Gabriel Pham (9-1, 4 KOs) vs. Blake Mansfield (6-1-1, 4 KOs) - six rounds, super middleweights

John Bauza (8-0, 5 KOs) vs. David Morales (13-8, 12 KOs) - six rounds, junior welterweights

Kevin Asmat (3-1, 2 KOs) vs. Edgar Cortes (5-4), four rounds, featherweights

Alejandro Jimenez (DEBUT) vs. Derrick Pitts (0-1), four rounds, bantamweights

Dan Murray (3-1) vs. Latorie Woodberry (1-6-1), four rounds, junior welterweights

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Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Ivan Robinson and Samiyyah Staten Interview

Matt Ward had the opportunity to interview former lightweight champion, Ivan "Mighty" Robinson and his business partner, Samiyyah Staten at the SugarHouse Casino in Philadelphia last week. Robinson works with fighters, including Tyrone Crawley (7-1) and Javier Oquendo (2-0), at Ridiculously FITT Gym in the Frankford section of Philadelphia.

Robinson and Staten are partners in A Mighty Thing, a business venture that will manage and oversee all facets of the boxing world. Stay tuned to The Weigh-In for updates on their business over the next few months.

Check out their Bonus Round interview to learn more about the young fighters Robinson is working with, as well as A Mighty Thing Management. The episode is available on both SoundCloud and iTunes:

Bonus Round - Ivan Robinson and Samiyyah Staten Interview on SoundCloud

Bonus Round - Ivan Robinson and Samiyyah Staten Interview on iTunes

For more information on Ivan Robinson, Samiyyah Staten, and A Mighty Thing, please visit the following websites:

The Weigh-In Boxing Podcast Episode #11 (Ivan Robinson - Former Lightweight Boxing Champion)

Ivan Robinson's BoxRec Page

Ivan Robinson's Twitter - @ivanmighty2000

Ivan Robinson's Instagram - ivanmighty2000

Samiyyah Staten's Instagram - thesalondr

Inquiries about A Mighty Thing - (215) 917-5722

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Monday, March 5, 2018

RIP Joey Giambra (1931-2018)

Joey Giambra, the boxer who was known as the "uncrowned champion" for beating most of the top middleweights of his day, died on March 2, 2018 at the age of 86 in Las Vegas, Nevada. William Joseph Giambra was born on July 30, 1931 in Buffalo, New York.

Over the course of his career, which ranged from April 1953 to May 1963, Giambra fought and defeated numerous tough middleweights including, Joey Giardello, Attilio "Rocky" Castellani, Florentino Fernandez, Bernard Docusen, Ralph "Tiger" Jones, Rory Calhoun, Gil Turner, Chico Vejar, Al Andrews, Danny Womber, Pat Lowry, Jimmy Welch, Johnny Sullivan, Jimmy Herring, Sal DiMartino, Italo Scortichini, and Charley Early.

On October 20, 1962, he fought Denny Moyer in a 15 round bout for the vacant World Boxing Association Super Welterweight Title. The fight went the distance with Giambra narrowly losing on the cards. He retired from boxing with an impressive record of 65-10-2. 31 of his victories came by way of knockout. Following his professional boxing career, Giambra served as a referee. He was the third man in the ring for the November 5, 1977 heavyweight bout between Jerry Quarry and Lorenzo Zanon.

RIP Champ.


Deontay Wilder vs. Luis Ortiz Post Fight Breakdown

Finally! The People’s Red Head has returned to The Weigh-In.

What a fight in the heavyweight division. Deontay Wilder took on Luis Ortiz Saturday night in Brooklyn at the Barclays Center. It was a packed house and the crowd was electric. However, this fight did not get off to a fast paced start, as anticipated. In fact, Wilder showed much maturity throughout the bout. Both fighters overcame adversity, but only one could win.

The opening four rounds were a feeling out process. Every punch Wilder threw was met with a counter from Ortiz. I had Ortiz winning the first four rounds. Wilder was not very active, and I do not blame him. Only Matt Ward likes to be hit cleanly in the face, and that is during his sexual escapades (j/k!). The fans started booing due to the lack of inactivity. However, everyone needs to realize that both fighters have the ability to put the other in airplane mode. Any landed shot can comes with extreme consequences.

Ortiz was busier in the beginning of the fight. In addition, I felt Ortiz landed the more meaningful punches in the first four rounds. Fortunately, this was not a four round bout. The fifth round was everything that the fans hoped for. Wilder put Ortiz on the canvas in the fifth round with a right hand directly to his grill piece. This marked the first time Ortiz has been knocked down in his professional career.

Ortiz seemed to recover fairly quickly from the knockdown. In round six, Ortiz turned the tables on Wilder. I must be honest; I thought Wilder was going down in round seven. Ortiz caught Wilder with a right-left combination while against the ropes. Wilder looked as if his legs were out from under him. Ortiz poured on the pressure and Wilder wobbled more than I do when walking home from my local watering hole. This round could have been scored a 10-8 round and I would have no problem with it. Wilder looked like he was out on his feet.

After round seven, if there were still questions about the chin of Wilder, he answered all of them. I want his chin tested for performance enhancing drugs. He has a chin of steel; there is no doubt of that now. In addition, Wilder should get credit for how he handles adversity. When Ortiz was pouring it on, Wilder recovered and stuck to his game plan.

Not only did Wilder recover, but he appeared to find a different gear. Wilder knocked Ortiz down twice, earning a stoppage in round ten. As many suspected, Ortiz proved to be Wilder’s biggest test thus far. With the win, Wilder moves to 40-0. With the victory, it appears a Wilder vs. Joshua card is inevitable. Joshua will prove to be another great test for the champ.

Following the victory, Wilder was still criticized for his wild style. I thought Wilder remained patient and really showed his maturity in his victory over Ortiz. It goes to show, you cannot please all the fans. For the ones you cannot please, I would not worry about them. As the masses shout obscenities from their mothers’ basements, Wilder is the champ. I would advise the haters to deal with that fact as they also deal with the fact that women are funny. That is right, women are funny, ask Amy Schumer. Congratulations to Wilder on a well-deserved win.

Special Thanks To:

The Jerky Boys, "I was born to dance, you fuck."

Al Bernstein, one of the best in the business.

Joe Tessitore, for being an absolute stud.

Russian Olympic Curler who got popped for PED’s - fucking unreal! Doping in curling...

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Sunday, March 4, 2018

King's Promotions Presents Live Pro Boxing - Friday, March 2nd (Philadelphia, PA)

Philadelphia's own Christian Carto (14-0, 11 KOs) made a statement on Friday night in front of a sell out crowd at the SugarHouse Casino in Philadelphia. Carto, a bantamweight prospect and local fan favorite, fought Detroit's James Smith (12-2, 7 KOs), who trains out of the legendary Kronk Gym, in an eight round main event. The 21-year-old Carto effectively utilized his jab in the opening frame. In the second round, Smith appeared baffled by Carto's speed, as he continued to connect with jabs to Smith's head at will. Smith, frustrated by his opponent's skills, hit Carto with a low blow in the third round. Before the low blow, Carto had landed several crushing blows to the head and body of Smith. Carto's third round offensive explosion was highlighted with vicious left and right hooks that hurt his opponent. At the end of the fourth round, Carto again hurt Smith with a right hook to the head. Smith, who demonstrated his toughness by absorbing dozens of big shots by Carto, looked gassed by the sixth round. The young Philadelphian bullied Smith during this round, and hurt him again with a multi-punch combo. Smith managed to stay on his feet and survive the round. A big Carto right hand to Smith's head in the seventh almost ended the night for Smith, but the fighter wrapped up Carto and stayed on his feet. In the eight and final round, Smith, who realized he was behind on the cards, came out swinging for the fences. His wild punches did not find their mark and Carto cruised through the round. The judges scored the bout 80-72 twice and 79-73, all in favor of the winner by unanimous decision, Christian Carto.

The co-main event of the evening featured an eight round bout between two Philadelphia super middleweights, Christopher Brooker (13-5, 5 KOs) and Jamaal Davis (16-13-1, 7 KOs). Davis, who was making his first title defense, was hit with a Brooker left hand to the head in the first round. Davis spent the second and third rounds trying to keep the brawler Brooker from fighting him on the inside. During exchanges, Davis positioned himself close enough to Brooker to smother most of his punches. Brooker caught Davis with a series of big hooks at the end of the third round, but the defending WBF United States Super Middleweight Champion survived the round. To the crowd's delight, the two men fought a good exchange in the middle of the ring during the fourth round. Tempers flared at the end of the fifth round when Brooker hit Davis in the head after the bell rang. Davis responded with a punch of his own. Referee Blair Talmadge had to jump in between the two fighters to break up the post-bell antics. In the sixth round, Brooker trapped Davis and unloaded a series of punches on him. In the eighth and final round, Brooker, ahead on the cards, looked for a knockout. He hit Davis with a big big right hook, that he followed up with a left hook to the head. Davis was hurt in this round, but the veteran fighter fought valiantly to the final bell. The ringside judges scored the bout 79-73 twice and 77-75 for the winner by unanimous decision, Christopher Brooker

Tyrone Crawley (7-1) and Anthony Mercado (11-3, 10 KOs) squared off in a super lightweight contest. This was supposed to be the first career eight round contest for Crawley, who is the son of Philly boxing legend Tyrone "Butterfly" Crawley. The fight was a competitive contest from the opening bell. Crawley caught Mercado with a big right hand that hurt his opponent as the second round ended. Mercado stumbled into his corner only to answer the bell dazed in the third round. The two men battled through the third round. Following this round, Crawley's left hand was examined by his corner, which included Ivan Robinson, and the ringside physician. Crawley, who appeared to be in immense pain, refused to answer the bell in the fourth round. He later reported to his fans on social media that he had broken a bone in his left hand. Mercado, who was behind on the cards at the time of the stoppage, won by TKO and ended a three fight losing streak.

South Philly heavyweight Dominique Mayfield (0-1) had his professional debut spoiled in front of his hometown fans by veteran fighter, Ronny Hale (4-11, 4 KOs) of Austin, Texas. In the opening round, Hale dominated his rookie opponent. He hurt Mayfield with a multi-punch combo. He followed up this barrage with a big right hand to the head that sent Mayfield to the canvas. Mayfield pulled himself up off the canvas only to be knocked down again by a Hale clubbing right hand to the head. Mayfield, hoping to avoid the upset, rose from the ground dazed and badly hurt. Hale, smelling blood in the water, went on to viciously beat Mayfield with clubbing right and left hands to his head and body, that sent Mayfield crashing to the ground for the third time. Referee Blair Talmadge stopped the bout at 1:40 of the first round of a scheduled four round contest.

New York's Victor Vazquez (10-3, 4 KOs) made quick work of Philadelphia's David Gonzalez (8-3-2, 2 KOs) in a super lightweight bout that was scheduled for eight rounds. From the opening bell, Vazquez dominated Gonzalez. Vazquez TKO'd Gonzalez with a left hook to the head at the 1:56 mark of the first round.

Rasheed Johnson (3-1, 1 KO) was scheduled to fight Vincent Floyd (3-4-1, 2 KOs) in a four round, welterweight bout. Floyd came in overweight for the bout, and as a result, the contest was cancelled. Johnson, looking to not disappoint his fans, fought Rondel McGee in a three round exhibition bout. Johnson totally outclassed his opponent, who appeared to be picked out of the casino lobby, over the course of just under two rounds of boxing. Johnson landed numerous uncontested shots on his opponent in the first round. In the second round, referee Blair Talmadge had seen enough when McGee stopped fighting back against Johnson.

The opening bout of the evening featured super flyweights, Jerrod Miner (1-1-1, 1 KO) and Rondarrius Hunter (1-2-1, 1 KO). Atlanta's Hunter hurt the Philly native with a big right hand to the head at the beginning of the first round. Miner responded by throwing big hooks at his opponent, that did little to no damage. Hunter displayed great defense in the second round as he made Miner miss on a series of right and left hooks. Miner knocked Hunter down with a right hand to the head in the fourth round. Hunter recovered from the knock down and fought to the final bell. The judges scored the bout 37-37 twice and 39-35 for Miner. The contest was ruled a split draw.