“Tonga Tyson” - Hemi Ahio Joins Stablemate Junior Fa
In Broadway Boxing Salt Lake City Action!
(November 5th) DiBella Entertainment has signed Undefeated Heavyweight Contender Hemi "The Heat" Ahio (15-0, 10 KOs), of Auckland, New Zealand, to an exclusive promotional contract.
The hard-hitting Ahio will make his debut under the DiBella Entertainment banner on Friday, November 15, in a scheduled 10-round bout against Joshua Tufte (19-3, 9 KOs), of Kernersville, NC, at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. The featured attraction bout of the Broadway Boxing event will be live streamed exclusively on UFC FIGHT PASS®, the world's leading digital subscription service for combat sports, starting at 9:00 p.m. MST/11:00 p.m. EST/8:00 p.m. PST.
Advance tickets, priced at $200 VIP, $100 Ringside, $60 and $30, plus service fees, are on sale now and can be purchased just click below. The Salt Palace Convention Center is located at 100 S W Temple, in Salt Lake City, UT 84101. The first bout on the night of the event will be at 7:00 p.m. MST.
"I'm really appreciative of DiBella Entertainment having the faith in me to be successful in the United States," said the 29-year-old Ahio. "Bring on the good times. I can't wait to fight on Friday, November 15."
"Hemi has the potential to be a big player in the heavyweight division," said Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment. "Known as the 'Tongan Tyson' in New Zealand, he's a huge puncher with fast hands and an exciting come-forward style. Coming off a big knockout of an undefeated prospect in Saudi Arabia, Hemi is back in the US and ready to shine on UFC Fight Pass, Friday, November 15 in Salt Lake City."
Renowned as a street fighter in Auckland, Ahio was jumped by six assailants in early 2013 in his hometown and stabbed in the chest. Despite his life-threatening injury, Ahio was able to knock out three of his attackers with the other three running away from the free-swinging, bloodied New Zealander. Following the notorious incident, Ahio was taken to a boxing gym by his uncle and had his first professional bout on October 18, 2013, which he won by first-round knockout.
With his tremendous hand speed and devastating power, the aggressive Kiwi heavyweight, born to Tongan parents, has drawn comparisons stylistically to a young Mike Tyson. Ahio captured the IBO Oceania-Orient and New Zealand Heavyweight Titles, winning a unanimous decision in his first 10-rounder against Daniel Tai in September 2017. Victorious three times in 2019, he returns to the United States following a first-round knockout of Ali Kiydin on July 12 in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. On March 2, 2019, Ahio made his US debut with a seventh-round stoppage versus Ed Fountain in Columbus, Ohio.
Headlining the Broadway Boxing event, fellow New Zealand heavyweight Junior Fa (18-0, 10 KOs) battles US Olympian Devin Vargas (21-5, 9 KOs), of Sylvania, OH, in a scheduled 10-round bout.
UFC Fight Pass and Broadway Boxing
Come to Salt Lake City, Utah Friday, November 15th, Featuring KO Artists Jumior Fa and Hemi Ahio
Ukranian Welterweight Ivan Golub Will Also See Action!
(October 31st) DiBella Entertainment's nationally acclaimed Broadway Boxing series hits Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, UT, on Friday, November 15. The 111th edition of Broadway Boxing will be live streamed exclusively on UFC FIGHT PASS®, the world's leading digital subscription service for combat sports. The event features two undefeated heavyweight contenders from New Zealand in separate bouts; Junior Fa and Hemi Ahio. Broadway Boxing is presented by Nissan of Queens, Azad Watches, OPTYX, Christos Steak House and Gagliardi Insurance.
"I'm thrilled to bring Broadway Boxing to Salt Lake City, Utah, where New Zealand heavyweights Junior Fa and Hemi Ahio have a large and passionate following in the Tongan community," said Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment. "On Friday, November 15, live on UFC Fight Pass, boxing fans will see the world-ranked Fa take another step toward a world title shot as well as the power-punching brawler Ahio, who is always in exciting fights. Also, coming off two impressive wins earlier this year, Ukrainian welterweight contender Ivan Golub will be featured as well."
Fighting out of Otahuhu, New Zealand, the 30-year-old Fa (18-0, 10 KOs) will take on former US Olympian Devin Vargas (21-5, 9 KOs), of Sylvania, OH, in the 10-round main event.
Standing 6'5" and a frequent training partner of WBC Heavyweight World Champion Deontay Wilder, Junior Fa is world ranked #7 by the WBO. He had an impressive amateur career that included two victories against future heavyweight champion Joseph Parker. Fa kicked off 2019 with a stunning first-round knockout of Newfel Ouatah on March 2, in Columbus, OH. He then won a 10-round unanimous decision against veteran Dominick Guinn on June 28, in Temecula, CA.
Winner of three of his last four fights, Vargas returns to battle following a fifth-round stoppage of previously undefeated Irish heavyweight Niall Kennedy on August 17, in Springfield, MA. A 2018 loss to future heavyweight champion Andy Ruiz was preceded by victories against Tommy Washington Jr. and Galen Brown.
Co-featured in a 10-round heavyweight clash, Hemi Ahio (15-0, 10 KOs), of Auckland, New Zealand, faces battle-tested veteran Joshua "Too Tuff" Tufte (19-3, 9 KOs), of Kernersville, NC.
A professional for six years, the 29-year-old heavy-handed Ahio is coming off an impressive a first-round knockout of Ali Kiydin on July 12 in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. On March 2, Ahio made his United States debut with a seventh-round stoppage against Ed Fountain in Columbus, OH. Ahio captured the IBO Oceania-Orient and New Zealand Heavyweight Titles in 2017.
Tufte hits the ring against Ahio with eight years of professional experience, including encounters with Adam Kownacki, Daniel Martz, Curtis Harper, Carl Davis and Richard Carmack. Competing on April 13, Tufte came up on the short end of an eight-round hard-fought fight with Jerry Forrest in Lynchburg, Virginia.
Also in action on November 15 will be welterweight contender Ivan "The Volk" Golub (17-1, 13 KOs), of Brooklyn, NY. Co-promoted by DiBella Entertainment and Fight Promotions Inc., the Ukrainian southpaw has had two outstanding victories in 2019; a 10-round unanimous decision versus Manuel Reyes on April 10 and a fifth-round stoppage of Joaquim Carneiro on August 1. As an amateur, Golub accumulated a 270-32 record, while becoming a five-time Ukrainian National champion, and won bronze medals at the Junior World Championships in 2006 and at the World Championships in 2009. He also participated in the World Series of Boxing, winning all five of his bouts.
More information and additional bouts for this exciting card will be announced shortly. Now in its 17th year, Broadway Boxing is presented by Nissan of Queens, Azad Watches, OPTYX, Christos Steak House and Gagliardi Insurance.
Mykquan Williams and Tresean Wiggins Battle
To Entertaining But Controversial Majority Draw!
(all photo credit Ed Diller/DiBella Entertainment)
(October 25th) On Thursday night, DiBella Entertainment debuted its long-running Broadway Boxing series at the Generoso Pope Athletic Complex on the campus of St. Francis College in Brooklyn, NY, presented by Nissan of Queens, Azad Watches, OPTYX, Christos Steak House, and Gagliardi Insurance. The 110th edition of the series was streamed live on UFC FIGHT PASS®, the world's leading digital subscription service for combat sports.
The night included a special tribute and memorial 10-count in honor of Patrick Day, who tragically passed away on October 16, succumbing to the traumatic brain injury he suffered in his fight held in Chicago, IL.
The event also participated in a charitable cause, as a portion of each ticket sold went toward St. Francis College's Robert J. McGuire Scholarship, which is part of the school's mission to encourage and educate first generation college students.
"Marvelous" Mykquan Williams, 139.2 lbs., of East Hartford, CT, headlined the card in his second trip as a pro to New York City, facing dangerous veteran Tre'Sean Wiggins, 139.4 lbs., of Johnstown, PA. What transpired turned out to be Williams' toughest test in the 21-year-old's young career, providing many thrills and ebbs and flows that had the boisterous crowd on their feet for much of the contest. The southpaw Wiggins, who held a five-inch height advantage, had the upper hand for the first six minutes of action, with Williams working to get on the inside. In the fourth round, Williams closed the gap to dish out a feverish attack to the body that visibly bothered his foe. Williams also found a home for his powerful left hook upstairs, which became a key weapon of his as the rounds went by. A huge left hook stunned Wiggins in the fifth and "Marvelous" Mykquan took advantage of the moment with a follow-up barrage. Wiggins recouped and pumped his jab to fire straight lefts over the next two rounds as Williams pressed forward. Williams twice staggered Wiggins with left hooks to the head in the seventh stanza. Both fighters had success in the eighth and final frame, with Williams again digging to the body. What appeared to be a close-but-clear victory for the East Hartford resident ended in a controversial majority draw, with a 77-75 tally for Williams overruled by two 76-76 scorecards. Defending his WBC USNBC super lightweight title for the first time, Williams' record was extended to 15-0-1 (7 KOs). Managed by Jackie Kallen, Williams is trained out of Manchester Ring of Champions Society boxing gym in Connecticut by Paul Cichon. Fighting to the third draw of his career, Wiggins is now 11-4-3 (6 KOs).
Heavyweight prospect George Arias, 241.2 lbs., of The Bronx, NY, began the co-main event against Gabriel Hernandez, 225.4 lbs., of San Diego, CA, boxing on his toes and firing a consistent jab. However, by the midway point, both boxers stood shoulder-to-shoulder and banged away at each other for the remaining rounds in an exciting battle. Arias primarily focused on his foe's ample midsection and Hernandez's best weapon was his overhand right. After eight rounds, Arias improved to 15-0 (7 KOs) via unanimous decision with tallies of 80-72, 79-73, and 77-75, while Hernandez, now 10-1 (9 KOs), suffered his first defeat.
Jose Roman, 150.2 lbs., of Bayamon, Puerto Rico, controlled the action with deft footwork and a stiff jab against Tanzanian Fabian Lyimo, 151.6 lbs., based in Silver Spring, MD. Whenever Lyimo tried to get on the inside, he was met with a jab-straight right combination to the chin. In the third, Roman targeted the body with left and right hooks. As Lyimo was absorbing a great deal of punishment, the referee halted the action at the 0:57 mark of the fifth frame. With the TKO victory, Roman upped his record to 10-0 (5 KOs), while Lyimo dropped to 23-11-2 (15 KOs). Roman turned pro in September 2016 and was a three-time member of the Puerto Rican National Boxing team as an amateur.
Jose Gonzalez, 123.4 lbs., of Harlem, NY, improved to 13-0-2 (4 KOs) with an eight-round unanimous decision against Ramon Contreras, 121.6 lbs., of Quellon, Chile. A point was deducted from Gonzalez in round eight for excessive holding. Scorecards read 78-73 twice, and 76-75, all for Gonzalez. Contreras' record fell to 15-8 (6 KOs).
In his New York City debut, Colombian Olympian southpaw Juan Carlos Carrillo, 179.8 lbs., of Barranquilla, outboxed heavy-hitting Nigerian Afunwa King, 175.6 lbs., of The Bronx, NY, for four rounds to win a unanimous decision on three tallies of 40-36. Carrillo upped his record to 2-0 (1 KO), while King is now 1-1 (1 KO). Carrillo was among Colombia's most decorated amateurs, with a record of 388-23, winning gold at the 2012 Colombian National Games, 2012 Pacific Cup Tournament, 2011 Colombian National Championships, 2010 Colombian Youth National Championships, and silver at the 2014 Central American & Caribbean Games.
Super featherweight contender Tiara Brown, 129.6 lbs., of Washington, D.C., defended her WBO NABO title for the first time, winning a majority decision against a game Vanessa Bradford, 128.2 lbs., of Edmonton, Canada. A full-time police officer in Washington D.C., where she was named the 2019 Police Office of the Year by the Metropolitan Police Department of D.C., Brown bobbed and weaved her way inside, applying pressure and landing in combination against Bradford with speed, power and precision. Whether it was by left hooks upstairs or right hooks to the body, Brown worked to counter Bradford's aggression. The Canadian's offense kept the eight-round fight competitive, which resulted in one judge scoring the contest a draw. That scorecard was overruled by tallies of 79-73 and 77-75 in favor of Brown, now 9-0 (6 KOs). Bradford is now 5-2-2.
Pablo Valdez, 147.4 lbs., of New York, NY, stopped Jimmy Rosario, 145.4 lbs., of Vega Baja, Puerto Rico, at the 1:58 mark of round two, to improve to 3-0 (3 KOs). Rosario left the ring with a record of 3-9 (2 KOs).
Jude "King Zar" Franklin, 128.4 lbs., of Brooklyn, NY, patiently stalked Jayron Santiago, 128.8 lbs., of Bayamon, Puerto Rico, searching for openings to land punches with bad intentions. Santiago was rocked near the end of round two with an overhand right-left hook to the body combination. In the sixth stanza, Franklin landed cracking left hooks and overhand rights with intensity. While standing toe-to-toe with Santiago, Franklin clipped his adversary with right uppercuts. To his credit, Santiago weathered the storm and fired back to hear the final bell. With scores of 59-55, and 58-56 twice, Franklin improved to 10-0-1 (8 KOs) with the unanimous decision victory, while Santiago's record evened out at 6-6-1 (4 KOs). Before turning pro in February 2016, Franklin accumulated a 60-11 amateur record and won gold medals at the NY Metros Tournament, twice at the Bergen County Tournament, Battle of the Tri-State Tournament and at the Trinidad and Tobago National Championships, as well as a silver medal at the 2014 Junior Olympics.
As Khalid Twaiti, 121 lbs., of Brooklyn, NY, planted sharp jabs to the midsection, Jose Alfredo Flores Chanez, 117.8 lbs., of Tijuana, Mexico, quickly resorted to flailing wild haymakers in round one. In the second, Twaiti looked to cut off the ring and land in combination with his foe trapped against the ropes. Twaiti kept the proper distance throughout to keep Flores at bay and measure his straight right hand upstairs. Whenever Flores made it past Twaiti's jab, the Brooklynite unleashed blistering flurries of punches. Going the six-round distance for the first time, Twaiti improved to 6-0 (3 KOs) with a shutout victory on three tallies of 60-54. Flores' record dipped to 7-11 (4 KOs). Trained by Don Saxby out of Gleason's Gym, Twaiti turned pro in February 2017 after compiling a 74-15 amateur record.
In an entertaining scrap, Ariel Lopez, 119.6 lbs., of Brooklyn, NY, let Victor Trejo Garcia, 118.8 lbs., of Tlalnepantla, Mexico, take the lead and focused on counter shots early. Lopez had the heavier artillery, but the game Trejo Garcia answered almost every punch with a flurry of his own. In the last round, a cut was opened over Lopez' left eye. After six rounds, the scorecards read 59-55 Lopez, 60-54 Trejo Garcia, and 57-57, ending in a draw. Lopez remained unbeaten at 13-0-1 (8 KOs) and Trejo Garcia is now 17-11-2 (8 KOs).
With a consistent body attack, Melissa St. Vil, 131.8 lbs., of Brooklyn, NY, pressured her way inside to dominate Dahiana Santana, 136.2 lbs., of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, over six frames to earn a unanimous decision with scores of 60-54 twice, and 59-55. St. Vil improved to 12-4-4 (1 KO), while Santana dropped to 36-12 (15 KOs).
Toka Khan Clary Seizes WBA NABA US
Super Featherweight Title In Broadway Boxing Thriller,
WBA Super Middleweight Champion Alicia Napoleon-Espinosa Defends Her Title With Impressive TKO Win!
(all photo credit Ed Diller/DiBella Entertainment)
(August 30th) On Thursday 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 Nissan of Queens, Azad Watches, OPTYX, Christos Steak House, and Gagliardi Insurance. The event was streamed live on UFC FIGHT PASS®, the world's leading digital subscription service for combat sports.
In the main event, Toka Kahn Clary, 128 lbs., born in Monrovia, Liberia, and now living in Providence, RI, battled Irvin Gonzalez, 127 lbs., of Worcester, MA, in a thrilling 10-round contest with the vacant WBA NABA US super featherweight title at stake. The fierce battle featured exciting exchanges, shifts in momentum and, ultimately, a clear winner. Trained by Freddie Roach, southpaw Kahn Clary began pumping his jab, looking to plant his straight left on the body and head. Early on, Gonzalez threw flurries of punches, but Kahn Clary's straights were finding their target and bloodied his nose in the second stanza. To his credit, Gonzalez was not discouraged by Kahn Clary's success and fired back with fervor whenever he could. The bout turned into a slugfest in the fifth with Kahn Clary and Gonzalez trading blistering shots. Kahn Clary's straight left counter was his best weapon, but Gonzalez always had a response, often in combination. By round seven, the two adversaries were standing shoulder-to-shoulder with Kahn Clary digging to the body and Gonzalez throwing his straight right. A short right hook briefly shook Gonzalez in the eighth and his nose was bleeding profusely by the ninth, but he continued his offensive attempts, despite being outworked. In the final frame, Kahn Clary had Gonzalez trapped in a neutral corner and threw everything he could to score a knockout. Gonzalez looked exhausted but refused to give up, doing his best to retaliate with heavy shots until the bell sounded. The judges tallied 99-91 twice, and 98-92, all for Kahn Clary via unanimous decision to improve his record to 27-2 (18 KOs). Kahn Clary indicated after his victory that he will likely now compete in the super featherweight division. Though Gonzalez, 12-2 (9 KOs), lost for the second time in a row, his brave effort helped to redeem him following a disastrous outing in May that resulted in a TKO defeat.
World champion Alicia "The Empress" Napoleon-Espinosa, 161 lbs., of Lindenhurst, NY, defended her WBA super middleweight title for the second time in impressive fashion, stopping Schemelle Baldwin, 163 lbs., of Newark, DE, inside four rounds in the co-main event. Napoleon boxed on her toes at the outset, jabbing and throwing in combination when in front of Baldwin. By the end of round one, Napoleon was targeting the midsection. Baldwin attempted to land countershots when she felt there was an opening. The champion's intelligent use of angles allowed her to land precise uppercuts and thudding body shots. Napoleon began to apply pressure, forcing Baldwin to be stationary and not move as much as she had earlier. Near the end of round three, the tough Baldwin absorbed an extended barrage of punches against the ropes without throwing much in return. In the fourth, Napoleon continued her attack, pinning Baldwin back up against the ropes and unloading her arsenal. By the midway point of the round, the referee felt that Baldwin had taken too many heavy blows and halted the action at the 1:30 mark. Napoleon, now 12-1 (7 KOs), captured her world title in March 2018, via 10-round unanimous decision against the previously unbeaten Femke Hermans. She then made her first defense last August, earning another 10-round unanimous points win against Hannah Rankin. Baldwin, a four-time Golden Gloves champion, is now 3-1-1 (2 KOs) as a pro.
Going the eight-round distance for the first time in his career, southpaw Hurshidbek "Hershey" Normatov, 152 lbs., of Andijan, Uzbekistan, now based in Brooklyn, NY, captured the WBA NABA US super welterweight title via unanimous decision versus Walter Wright, 154 lbs., of Seattle, WA. Normatov fired stiff jabs whenever Wright stepped inside and began to throw punches in bunches as the rounds wore on. Wright's primary plan of attack was to attempt counters with looping shots around Normatov's tight guard. However, Normatov's straighter punches and higher work rate did more damage. The scores were 80-72 twice, and 79-73, all for Normatov, now 9-0 (3 KOs). Wright returns to the Emerald City with a 17-7 (8 KOs) record. As an amateur, Normatov accumulated a 190-40 record and won the European Amateur National Championships in 2014.
Former world champion Kali Reis, 142 lbs., of Providence, RI, punished an outgunned but game Patricia Juarez, 142 lbs., of Denver, CO, for six entertaining rounds to earn a unanimous decision win with three tallies of 60-54. Reis would throw in combination whenever Juarez tried to close the gap. If Juarez did manage to get inside and clinch, Reis used her free hand to land dizzying uppercuts up the middle. Now 16-7-1 (5 KOs), Reis won the WBC women's middleweight world title in 2016 and has gone the distance with several prominent female fighters, including Christina Hammer twice, Hanna Gabriels, and Cecilia Braekhus. Juarez suffered her second defeat, leaving the ring at 4-2. The Reis-Juarez contest was promoted in association with Star Boxing.
Heavyweight prospect Stephan "Big Shot" Shaw, 251 lbs., of Saint Louis, MO, patiently stalked southpaw Willie Jake Jr., 233 lbs., of Indianapolis, IN, and looked to capitalize any time his adversary made a mistake. While Jake did land some leather, nothing he threw seemed to bother his taller rival. Shaw decked Jake in each of the first three rounds then forced a stoppage in the fourth frame. In round two, Shaw hurt Jake with a right to the body then pounded away until the Indianapolis resident had fallen through the ropes for a knockdown call. In the third, Shaw had Jake trapped near the red corner and a combination felled him again. A chopping right to the top of the head stunned Jake in the fourth and a series of left hooks badly hurt him, persuading the referee to intervene for the TKO at the 0:56 mark. Shaw upped his resume to 12-0 (9 KOs), while Jake, now 8-3-1 (2 KOs), suffered his second consecutive defeat this year.
Jacob Marrero, 127, of Bridgeport, CT, made quick work of the debuting Juan Ibarra, 127, from Willow Springs, NC, needing just 126 seconds to secure a TKO victory. Shortly after the opening bell, a straight left from Marrero hurt Ibarra then another one dropped him. Though Ibarra arose, Marrero went for the finish and landed two powerful right hooks to deck his foe once more prompting the referee to end the contest. The win improved Marrero's record to 4-0 (3 KOs). Compiling an amateur record of 58-9, Marrero was a 2016 New England Golden Gloves Champion, a five-time Connecticut Silver Gloves Champion and a five-time Connecticut Junior Olympics Champion.
Helen Joseph, 118 lbs., born in Nigeria but now based out of New Haven, CT, dominated Martina Horgasz, 118 lbs., of Budapest, Hungary, en route to a six-round shutout victory with three identical scorecards of 60-53. The win upped Joseph's record to 17-3-2 (10 KOs), while Horgasz fell to 5-4 (4 KOs). Joseph, a two-time former world title challenger, briefly held the IBF Inter-Continental featherweight belt in 2013 and has not lost since 2015.
Nelson Perez, 135 lbs., of Marlboro, MA, improved to 2-0 (2 KOs) with a second-round TKO versus Devon Grant, 140 lbs., of The Bronx, NY, now 0-2. The stoppage came at the 2:04 mark of the frame. As an amateur, Nelson won the 2018 New England Golden Gloves Championship and won first place at the Rocky Marciano Championship and Connecticut Championship tournaments that year as well.
Ievgen Khytrov Stops Gabriel Pham
To Capture WBC USNBC Super Middleweight Title
In Broadway Boxing Main Event
Streamed LIVE on UFC Fight Pass!
(August 2nd) On Thursday night, DiBella Entertainment hosted a special edition of its Broadway Boxing Summer Series, titled "Night of the Contenders", from the Monroeville Convention Center, in Monroeville, PA. The event was promoted by DiBella Entertainment, in association with Pinnacle Fighting Championships, and presented by Nissan of Queens, Azad Watches, OPTYX, Christos Steak House and Gagliardi Insurance. The action was streamed live on UFC FIGHT PASS®, the world's leading digital subscription service for combat sports.
Returning to the ring for the first time since competing for "The Contender", Ievgen "The Ukrainian Lion" Khytrov, 167.6 lbs., of Brooklyn, NY, moved up to the super middleweight division to face Gabriel Pham, 167.6 lbs., of Atlantic City, NJ, in the main event. Khytrov turned in a tremendous performance, pressuring his way inside the tall 6'3" frame of southpaw Pham for the entire fight. Continually backing Pham against the ropes, Khytrov pounded the body with stinging jabs and followed up with hooks to the head. Pham attempted to counter off of the ropes, but an undeterred Khytrov maintained control and focused on cutting off the ring. Needing to offset Khytrov's aggression to find any success, Pham increased his work rate near the midway point, attempting uppercuts as the Ukrainian pressed forward, but was never able to shift the momentum. By round six, Pham was growing fatigued and Khytrov's left hook to the body resulted in three knockdowns. The referee waved the contest over following the third trip to the canvas at the 2:38 mark. With the win, Khytrov, now 19-2 (16 KOs), seized the WBC USNBC super middleweight title. Pham's record is now 11-2 (5 KOs). The heavy-handed Khytrov, co-promoted by DiBella Entertainment and Fight Promotions Inc., defeated both Morgan Fitch and Malcolm McAllister by knockout on "The Contender" series last year.
Also fighting in his post-Contender ring return, Eric "The Baby Faced Assassin" Walker, 154.2 lbs., of Plaquemine, LA, took on Jose Antonio "Bachata" Abreu, 155 lbs., of La Romana, Dominican Republic, in the co-featured bout. Walker and Abreu began the contest trading their jab-straight right combinations. Whenever he found an opening, Walker launched powerful overhand rights as well. In the third frame, Walker set up his looping right hands over the top with stiff jabs downstairs. Now in full control, Walker let Abreu walk to him with an attack while he countered off of the ropes with accuracy. In the fourth, Abreu injured his right hand during an exchange and, after issuing an eight-count, the referee stopped the bout due to the Dominican being unable to continue. The time of the stoppage was 1:28. The TKO victory upped Walker's record to 19-2 (9 KOs), with Abreu dropping to 14-6 (8 KOs). While on "The Contender", Walker defeated John Jackson and John Thompson before losing a hard-fought majority decision over five rounds to tournament champion Brandon Adams on May 22, 2018, in Los Angeles.
Ukrainian welterweight contender Ivan "The Volk" Golub, 148.6 lbs., of Brooklyn, NY, used pressure and a varied arsenal of punches to dominate a game Joaquim Carneiro, 150.4 lbs., of Sao Paulo, Brazil. Co-promoted by DiBella Entertainment and Fight Promotions Inc., the southpaw Golub stalked Carneiro and consistently landed in combination, with jabs, straight lefts and right hooks to the midsection throughout the contest. To his credit, Carneiro fought back as best he could, attempting to work the body and trade shots with Golub, but never landed anything significant. In the fourth, Carneiro tried to counter Golub's offense with haymaker overhand lefts. In round five, Golub shifted his focus downstairs and a sneaky right jab sent Carneiro to his knees for a knockdown. Once he arose, a few more lefts and rights to the ribs convinced the referee to halt the bout at the 1:52 mark. The victory improved Golub's ledger to 17-1 (13 KOs), while Carneiro left the ring at 25-11 (23 KOs). In April, Golub captured the WBC USNBC welterweight title with a 10-round unanimous decision against Manuel Reyes. As an amateur, Golub accumulated a 270-32 record, while becoming a five-time Ukrainian National champion, and won bronze medals at the Junior World Championships in 2006 and at the World Championships in 2009. He also participated in the World Series of Boxing, winning all five of his bouts.
In his DiBella Entertainment debut, 20-year-old Puerto Rican junior welterweight prospect Victor Padilla, 139.4 lbs., ended a near two-year ring absence in devastating fashion, stopping Benjamin Borteye, 140.4 lbs., of Silver Spring, MD, inside the opening frame. The southpaw Padilla quickly stunned Borteye with his first jab-straight left then patiently cut off the ring until he had his foe trapped near a corner. Padilla then threw a right jab that decked Borteye. A follow-up barrage to the head and body forced a stoppage at the 1:12 mark to up Padilla's record to 5-0 (5 KOs), while Borteye dropped to 4-8 (4 KOs). Now living in Berlin, NJ, Padilla was born in Vieques, Puerto Rico, and had a stellar amateur career, compiling a 90-7 record while becoming a three-time National champion. He is trained by Raul "Chino" Rivas and fights out of the same camp as IBF Super Featherweight World Champion Tevin Farmer.
Heavyweight prospect Mike Balogun, 233.6 lbs., of Upper Marlboro, MD, overcame a first-round knockdown in the toughest test of his career against Ed Fountain, 240.6 lbs., of St. Louis, MO, to earn a unanimous decision victory. After recovering from his trip to the canvas via a Fountain right hand, the southpaw Balogun found the proper distance to dictate the action with his jab and ring generalship. Over the second half, Balogun began to throw jabs to the body and come back upstairs with straight lefts to keep Fountain from closing the gap, in what was his first scheduled eight-rounder. Scorecards read 78-73, and 77-74 twice, all for Balogun. Now 14-0 (10 KOs), Balogun is a former college football standout who started for the Oklahoma Sooners before playing in the NFL for three years. Fountain's record dipped to 12-6 (5KOs).
Local fan favorite Bill Hutchinson, 134.4 lbs., of Pittsburgh, PA, improved to 17-4-2 (6 KOs) with a third-round stoppage of Charlie Serrano, 127.6 lbs., of Tampa, FL, who fell to 16-5-2 (5 KOs).
Heavyweight Bob Weisen, 195.8 lbs., of Pittsburgh, PA, made his pro debut a successful one, winning a four-round split decision against Dennis Vance (1-1, 1 KO), 235 lbs., of Detroit, MI. Scorecards read 40-36 each way, and 39-37 Weisen.
Mykquan Williams Dominates Rickey Edwards
to Capture WBC USNBC Super Lightweight Title
In Broadway Boxing Main Event!
(all photo credit Ed Diller/DiBella Entertainment)
(May 18th) On Friday 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 Nissan of Queens, Azad Watches, OPTYX, Christos Steak House, and Gagliardi Insurance. The event was streamed live on UFC FIGHT PASS®, the world's leading digital subscription service for combat sports.
Super lightweight prospect Mykquan Williams began his career with several first-round knockouts, but after going the 10-round distance for the first time as a pro in Friday night's main event, the East Hartford, CT, fan favorite earned the most impressive win of his career thus far against Rickey Edwards, 137lbs., of Paterson, NJ. Williams, 140lbs., applied pressure and remained the aggressor for all 30 minutes of combat. Consistently throwing a stiff jab, Williams hit his target upstairs and down with straight rights. Williams' attack grew more versatile as the rounds continued, landing left hooks to the body and overhand rights to the head. Edwards fought from a defensive posture for much of the bout, searching for opportunities to land counter shots, but he never really landed anything effective until the final round. His four-inch height advantage didn't bother Williams either. Showing a bit of a mean streak, Williams taunted his foe at times, but never lost focus. With scorecards of 100-90, 97-93, and 96-94, Williams picked up the WBC USNBC super lightweight title while improving to 15-0 (7 KOs). Managed by Jackie Kallen, Williams is trained out of Manchester Ring of Champions Society boxing gym by local legend and community leader Paul Cichon. Edwards' ledger now reads 12-3 (3 KOs).
In the evening's co-featured bout, heavy-handed southpaw Elijah Pierce, 124lbs., of Oklahoma City, OK, earned an upset victory against featherweight prospect Irvin Gonzalez, 126lbs., of Worcester, Mass. In round one, Gonzalez made the tactical error of switching to southpaw himself to deal with his adversary's stance and quickly paid the price for it. Pierce landed a right hook to the body that hurt Gonzalez then followed up with a barrage to send him to the canvas. When Gonzalez arose, he elected to lean against the ropes and trade with Pierce rather than tie him up to clear his head. A straight left decked Gonzalez again before the bell to end round one. Both Pierce and Gonzalez had moments of success in round two, though Pierce had the upper hand, continually finding a home for his straight left upstairs. Back in the orthodox stance to start the third stanza, Gonzalez was controlling the action with jabs and straight rights. However, he once again switched to southpaw and was immediately hit and staggered by a Pierce left hand. When Gonzalez was floored for a third time, the referee intervened to end the contest at the 2:12 mark of the round. With the win, Pierce, now 9-1 (8 KOs), seized the WBC USNBC Silver featherweight title. Gonzalez, who was featured on SHOWTIME's "ShoBox" series last year, suffered his first defeat, and returned home with a 12-1 (9 KOs) record.
World ranked junior lightweight contender Toka Kahn Clary, 129lbs., of Providence, RI, rebounded from his decision loss last October with an impressive fifth-round stoppage of Carlos Reyes, 128lbs., of Mao, Dominican Republic. Southpaw Kahn Clary's advantage in speed was evident from the outset, as he planted stinging jabs and straight lefts to the chin of Reyes. Much of Reyes' offensive output did little to disturb Kahn Clary's rhythm. In the third, Reyes was dropped by a right hook to the head and Kahn Clary stormed out of his corner very aggressively in the fourth frame, landing combinations of power shots that bloodied his foe's nose. Kahn Clary felled Reyes again early in the fifth with a left hook to the body and the bout was stopped at the 0:39 mark of the round. Kahn Clary's record is now 26-2 (18 KOs), while Reyes left the ring at 33-6-1 (23 KOs). Born in Monrovia, Liberia, Kahn Clary immigrated to the United States as a child, initially living in Philadelphia, PA, before settling in Providence, RI. Trained by Peter Manfredo Sr. since his amateur days, Kahn Clary entered the paid ranks in 2012. A highly accomplished amateur with a 119-11 record, Kahn Clary began boxing at age 14 and was a National Golden Gloves champion and a five-time New England Golden Gloves champion.
Heavyweight prospect George Arias, 236lbs., of The Bronx, NY, and Keith Barr, 204lbs., of Glenville, WV, stood shoulder-to-shoulder for eight thrilling rounds of competitive action. Arias targeted the Barr's body right away. With Barr firing back, an overhand right caught Arias on the temple and sent him to the canvas in round two. Once the New Yorker arose, Arias peppered his foe with jabs and straight rights as he regained his composure. Arias continued this pattern in the middle rounds, mixing in left hooks to the body as well. The very game Barr backed Arias to the ropes in the fifth, landing power shots upstairs. Barr did his best to close the gap during the later rounds, but had to absorb a steady flow of hooks downstairs. In round seven, Barr was stunned by an overhand right to the temple, but he responded with hooks of his own. Arias and Barr closed the contest trading shots until the final bell. The judges tallied 78-73 twice, and 77-74, all for Arias, now 14-0 (7 KOs), via unanimous decision. Barr's record dipped to 19-12-1 (8 KOs). Born in San Francisco de Macoris, Dominican Republic, Arias moved to New York City in 1996, at the age of four. After graduating from high school, he learned to box at Morris Park Boxing Gym near his home. Arias won the New York Golden Gloves tournament in 2014 then turned professional that October.
Former cruiserweight champion Marco Huck's second ring appearance in the United States was a short one. Soon after the opening bell, Huck, 217lbs., of Berlin, Germany, and opponent Nick Guivas, 233lbs., of Topeka, KS, fell into a clinch. Huck landed a right hook to the temple of Guivas and dropped him. The same punch resulted in a second knockdown, however the shot came after the referee had called for a break. Following some confusion and with Guivas still groggy and in no condition to continue, the ringside doctor called a halt to the contest on an accidental foul. Huck was then awarded the victory via TKO at the 0:57 mark. The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation Gaming Commission later appropriately changed the bout's result to a no contest. Huck, who officially moved up to heavyweight in June 2018 and now 41-5-1-1NC (28 KOs), held the WBO world cruiserweight title from 2009-2015, making 13 defenses. Guivas' record stands at 14-10-3-1NC (9 KOs).
Junior welterweight prospect Adrian Sosa, 141lbs., of Lawrence, MA, knocked out African Benjamin Borteye, 142lbs., of Silver Spring, MD, in 99 seconds. Applying pressure from the opening bell, Sosa dented Borteye's midsection with a crushing right hook and the Ghanaian dropped to his knees for a full count. Sosa was a 2014 New England Golden Gloves champion and turned professional in July 2016 following an 18-2 amateur career. Sosa upped his record to 11-0 (9 KOs) and Borteye fell to 4-7 (4 KOs).
The 19-year-old junior lightweight prospect Jacob Marrero, 129lbs., of Bridgeport, CT, earned a four-round unanimous decision against Mexican Hugo Aguilar, 132lbs., of Iztacalco, Distrito Federal. The southpaw Marrero kept shooting straight lefts to the body and head while Aguilar's best offensive attempts consisted of overhand rights. One straight left sent Aguilar flying into the ropes near the end of the opening frame. By round three, Marrero was landing in combination and punishing the midsection with powerful right hooks. In the fourth, a left hook upstairs stunned Aguilar then a combination to the body sent him to the deck for a knockdown. All three judges turned in identical scores of 40-35 for Marrero, now 3-0 (2 KOs), while Aguilar remains winless at 0-8. Compiling an amateur record of 58-9, Marrero was a 2016 New England Golden Gloves Champion, a five-time Connecticut Silver Gloves Champion and a five-time Connecticut Junior Olympics Champion.
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In May of 2000, Lou DiBella launched DiBella Entertainment (DBE), a full-service sports and entertainment company, which has become one of the most successful promotional entities in boxing. Serving as matchmaker, television distributor, marketing advisor, and promoter, DiBella has developed an exciting stable of championship caliber, world-class fighters. DBE clearly established itself as an industry leader with the successful launch of its monthly-televised "Broadway Boxing" series in April 2004. Prior to becoming a promoter, DiBella held an 11-year tenure as the Senior Vice President of HBO Sports. He is also a well-known fixture in the film industry, having worked as an Executive Producer for the film "Love Ranch", as an Associate Producer on "The Fighter", and making his acting debut in "Rocky Balboa". The President and Managing General Partner for the Richmond Flying Squirrels baseball team, DiBella proudly wears his 2010, 2012 and 2014 World Series rings, as his team is the class AA affiliate to the San Francisco Giants. In 2017, DiBella also became the CEO of the Montgomery Biscuits baseball team, the AA-affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays. DiBella was inducted into the New York State Boxing Hall of Fame in 2014 and the Connecticut Boxing Hall of Fame in 2015.
Congressman Pete King Lauds World Champion
Alicia Napoleon Upon Victory Broadway Boxing Event!
(World Champion Alicia Napoleon with Congressman Pete King)
(April 15th) Congressman Pete King, of New York's 2nd Congressional District, was present to support one of his most popular constituents, WBA Super Middleweight World Champion Alicia "The Empress" Napoleon last Wednesday night, April 10, at Sony Hall in Times Square, New York City. Featured on the DiBella Entertainment Broadway Boxing event, Napoleon, of Lindenhurst, Long Island, NY, did not disappoint, scoring a second-round knockout of Eva Bajic in front of a packed house of her fans and supporters to raise her record to 11-1 (6 KOs).
Said King about Napoleon's fantastic performance, "Before the fight, Alicia told me that her fight plan was to work the body and then go to the head, and she did that to perfection. Wednesday night's fight was also a family event with her husband, father and brother cheering her on. It was great meeting and talking with them. I'm proud to represent Alicia and her hardworking Lindenhurst family in Congress."
"It was an honor to have Congressman King among my many supporters last Wednesday and I look forward to his continued support for my future fights," said Napoleon.
"Congressman King has represented Long Island for many years and his support of Alicia Napoleon is appreciated," said Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment. "I know that Congressman King is a big boxing fan, since we watched many fights together at the home of the late, great Jack Newfield. Congressman King takes a personal interest in many of his constituents and I think it's great that he is a fan of Long Island's only boxing world champion."
This past December, Napoleon was honored by the Ring 8 sect of the Veteran Boxers Association as the 2018 New York State Female Fighter of the Year. The charismatic Long Islander defeated Femke Hermans on March 3, 2018, to capture the WBA world title then made her first defense five
Ivan Golub Dominates Manuel Reyes
to Defend WBC USNBC Welterweight Title!
(all photo Credit: Ed Diller/DiBella Entertainment)
(April 11th) In front of a packed house on Wednesday night, DiBella Entertainment debuted its long-running Broadway Boxing Series at Times Square's Sony Hall in New York City. The event was streamed live on UFC FIGHT PASS®, the world's leading digital subscription service for combat sports. Broadway Boxing is presented by Nissan of Queens, Azad Watches, OPTYX, Christos Steak House and Gagliardi Insurance.
In the main event, Ukrainian welterweight contender Ivan "The Volk" Golub, 146.6, of Brooklyn, NY, defended his WBC USNBC title for the first time against Manuel Alejandro Reyes, 147, of Los Angeles, CA, in a 10-round battle of southpaws. Golub focused early on the midsection, pounding away with hooks to Reyes' ribs. Reyes, who was pressing forward, made his presence felt in round two when he opened a cut above Golub's right eye with a stinging left hand. With blood dripping down his face for the remainder of the contest, Golub began to time Reyes' advances with his jab-straight left combination to control the action. Left uppercuts sometimes punctuated Golub's combinations that snapped Reyes' head up. Though fatigued, Reyes endured Golub's relentless attack to hear the final bell. The judges tallied 100-90 twice, and 99-91, all for Golub via unanimous decision. Co-promoted by DiBella Entertainment and Fight Promotions Inc., Golub, 16-1 (12 KOs), has now won three in a row since his controversial decision defeat to Jamontay Clark in June 2017. Reyes' record dropped to 11-5-1 (5 KOs). As an amateur, Golub accumulated a 270-32 record, while becoming a five-time Ukrainian National champion, and won bronze medals at the Junior World Championships in 2006 and at the World Championships in 2009. He also participated in the World Series of Boxing, winning all five of his bouts.
Former 2016 Uzbekistani Olympian Bakhodir "The Big Uzbek" Jalolov, 244.4, who trains in Los Angeles, CA, earned his sixth straight knockout since turning pro last May. The 6'7" heavyweight southpaw quickly bloodied the nose of late replacement opponent Brendan Barrett, 234, of Los Angeles, CA, with a stiff jab, resulting in Barrett taking a knee. Jalolov continued his assault when Barrett arose, blasting his adversary with a straight left to the chin for a second knockdown. The referee began a count then, seeing Barrett was in no condition to continue, decided to end the bout at the 2:45 mark of the opening frame. The win earned Jalolov, now 6-0 (6 KOs), the NABF Junior heavyweight title. Barrett's record fell to 7-3-2 (5 KOs). Co-promoted by DiBella Entertainment and Fight Promotions Inc., Jalolov was born in Sariosiyo, Uzbekistan, and is incredibly popular in his native country, with 175,000 social media followers on Instagram. He was a highly accomplished amateur compiling a record of 84-13. A four-time National champion from 2013 to 2016 and the #1 ranked amateur in the world before his pro debut, Jalolov represented his homeland at the 2016 Olympic Games and had the distinguished honor of being the country's flagbearer at the Opening Ceremonies. As an amateur, Jalolov won gold medals at the Asian Amateur Boxing Championships in 2017, World Cup Tournament, Liventsev Memorial Tournament, Great Silk Way Tournament, and Duisenkul Shopokov Memorial Tournament in 2015, and at the World Cup of Petroleum Countries Tournament in 2014. During his amateur career, Jalolov also focused on his education, earning a Master's Degree in Sports Science.
WBA super middleweight women's world champion Alicia "The Empress" Napoleon, 156.2, of Lindenhurst, NY, took on Hungarian Eva Bajic, 153, based in Senta, Serbia, in a nontitle eight-round contest. With her hometown fans loudly cheering her on, Napoleon demolished Bajic in the second frame. A left-right combination floored Bajic shortly after the bell to start round two, then a crushing overhand right sent her back to the canvas. At the advice of the ringside physician, the referee halted the bout at the 1:04 mark. The charismatic Long Islander, now 11-1 (6 KOs), defeated Femke Hermans on March 3, 2018, to capture the WBA world title then made her first defense five months later. The Veteran Boxers Association honored Napoleon as the 2018 "New York State Female Fighter of the Year" at their annual Holiday Awards Dinner last year. She is an outspoken advocate for gender equality and has been featured on national TV, including on FOX 5's "Good Day New York" and the Pickler & Ben talk show. Napoleon competed as an amateur for nine years, winning 11 National titles, including two New York Golden Gloves championships and a National Golden Gloves title.
Southpaw junior middleweight prospect Hurshidbek "Hershey" Normatov, 155, of Uzbekistan and now based in Brooklyn, NY, earned a six-round shutout decision against Calvin Metcalf, 154.4, of Kansas City, MO. Nomatov kept Metcalf at the end of his consistent jab and then found a home for short right hooks. One right hook connected upstairs in the third frame to deck Metcalf. All three scorecards read 60-53, improving Normatov's record to 8-0 (3 KOs). Metcalf now stands at 9-2-1 (2 KOs). As an amateur, Normatov accumulated a 190-40 record and won the European Amateur National Championships in 2014.
Welterweight Brian Ceballo, 148.6, of Brooklyn, NY, promoted by Tom Loeffler's 360 Promotions, needed less than three rounds to defeat Dominican Ricardo Garcia, 148.6, of Reading, PA. In the third stanza, Ceballo felled Garcia with a straight right. Though he arose, Garcia was still hurt and Ceballo dashed in with a barrage of power shots, including a thudding left hook. The referee intervened, ending the bout via TKO at 2:33 of the round. The 25-year-old Ceballo, now 8-0 (4 KOs) as a pro, was a stellar amateur, compiling a 206-13 record while becoming a five-time New York Golden Gloves champion. Garcia's record dropped to 14-6-1 (9 KOs).
Popular junior featherweight prospect Khalid "Pure Gold" Twaiti, 121.4, of Brooklyn, NY, kept the pressure on Jeno Tonte, 118, of Kecskemet, Hungary, forcing him on the back foot with a steady flow of combinations and power punches throughout. With Tonte unable to match Twaiti's intensity and taking too much punishment, the referee ended the contest via TKO at the 1:13 mark of round three. Now 5-0 (3 KOs), Twaiti turned pro in February 2017 after compiling a 74-15 amateur record. Tonte returns home with a 9-7 (8 KOs) record.
Cruiserweight Joseph "Mack" Williams, 198, of Far Rockaway, Queens, NY, made his long-awaited return, following a near two-year ring absence, facing Jose Mario Flores, 198.8, of Woodbridge, VA, in a scheduled six-rounder. For four rounds, Williams dominated his game foe in an exciting brawl. Williams then kept Flores at bay with a stiff jab and combinations for the remaining two frames, en route to a six-round unanimous shutout, with three scorecards of 60-54. Williams upped his record to 13-0 (8 KOs), while Flores dipped to 8-2-2 (4 KOs).
Junior Fa Scores First Round Knockout
On Saturday Night In Main Event of Special Edition
of Broadway Boxing In Columbus Ohio!
(March 4th) On Saturday night in Columbus, OH, world ranked heavyweight Junior Fa (17-0, 10 KOs), of Otahuhu, New Zealand, knocked out former French heavyweight champion Newfel Ouatah (16-3, 9 KOs), in the first round of their scheduled 10-rounder, headlining a SPECIAL EDITION of Broadway Boxing presented by DiBella Entertainment and streamed live on LIVE.DBE1.com, as part of DBE's partnership with CBS Sports Digital and Sportslive.
The event was part of the 31st annual Arnold Sports Festival, the world's largest sports festival, curated by entertainment legend and politician Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Defending the interim WBO Oriental title for the second time, Fa thrilled the crowd at the Voinovich Center with four massive knockdowns of Ouatah, before the referee called a halt to the onslaught at the 2:51 mark of the initial stanza. With the tremendous performance, Fa, ranked no. 9 by the WBO, will continue his rise in the world rankings as he works his way toward a future world title fight.
In the co-featured eight-round heavyweight bout, George Arias (13-0, 8 KOs), of The Bronx, NY, won a hotly contested eight-round majority decision against Robert Simms (8-3, 3 KOs), of Saginaw, MI. Scores at the end of the contest were 77-75 twice and 76-76.
St Louis, MO-based heavyweight prospect Stephan "Big Shot" Shaw (11-0, 8 KOs) scored a huge knockout of Donovan Dennis (12-4, 10 KOs), of Minneapolis, MN, in the third-round of their scheduled eight-round bout.
Rounding out the stellar heavyweight action, Auckland, New Zealand native Hemi "The Heat" Ahio (13-0, 9 KOs) made his US debut a rousing success with a seventh-round stoppage of Ed Fountain (12-4, 5 KOs), of St. Louis, MO, in a scheduled eight-rounder.
Cleveland, OH middleweight prospect Isaiah Steen (12-0, 10 KOs) broke down Chicago southpaw Chris Chatman (15-10-1, 5 KOs) through five-and-a-half rounds. In the sixth frame, a jab-right hand upstairs dropped Chatman for the first time then a combination, punctuated by a left uppercut, felled him again to end matters.
In a highly entertaining 10-round clash for the vacant WBA-NABA super welterweight title, Columbus, Ohio fan favorite Jamie Walker (9-1-2, 3 KOs) fought to a 10-round draw against Dan Karpency (8-2-1, 4 KOs), of Adah, PA.
Broadway Boxing Results from Kings Theater In Brooklyn!
(Photo Credit: Ed Diller/DiBella Entertainment)
(September 30th) DiBella Entertainment celebrated its 15-Year Anniversary of Broadway Boxing on Saturday night by teaming up with fellow New York based promoters The Real Deal Boxing and Uprising Promotions for a stacked card of New York City's most promising prospects at the legendary Kings Theatre in Brooklyn in front of an energetic and near capacity crowd.
The bouts were shown live at DBE's streaming home, LIVE.DBE1.com. Saturday's Broadway Boxing was presented by Nissan of Queens, Azad Watches, OPTYX, Christos Steak House, Gagliardi Insurance, Venum and Medical Arts Radiology.
The evening concluded with 2016 Uzbekistan Olympian Bakhodir Jalolov making his New York debut. Trained by Joel Diaz, Jalolov, now 2-0 (2 KOs), blasted Mexico's Eduardo Vitela (3-3, 1 KO) with a single straight left hand 30 seconds into the first round that dropped Vitela hard and unable to rise from the canvas, resulting in a TKO victory. The 6'6" southpaw Jalolov is co-promoted by DiBella Entertainment and Fight Promotions Inc. Born in Sariosiyo, Uzbekistan, Jalolov was a highly accomplished amateur compiling a record of 84-13. A four-time National champion from 2013 to 2016, Jalolov represented his homeland at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janiero, Brazil, and had the distinguished honor of being the country's flagbearer at the Opening Ceremonies. As an amateur, Jalolov won gold medals at the Asian Amateur Boxing Championships in 2017, World Cup Tournament, Liventsev Memorial Tournament, Great Silk Way Tournament, and Duisenkul Shopokov Memorial Tournament in 2015, and at the World Cup of Petroleum Countries Tournament in 2014. During his amateur career, Jalolov also focused on his education, earning a Master's Degree in Sports Science.
Trained by Elmo Serrano out of Gleason's Gym, Brooklyn's undefeated junior lightweight prospect Jude "King Zar" Franklin improved to 9-0 (8 KOs) when referee Arthur Mercante Jr.called a stop to the action in the final frame of the six-round fight despite a game effort from the rugged Mexican veteran Danny Flores (15-14-1, 8 KOs). Franklin looked sharp relentlessly attacking the body throughout and ultimately overwhelming Flores.
Brooklyn's own Melissa St. Vil, 11-3-4 (1 KO), handed Mayra Hernandez, now 6-1 (4 KOs), her first defeat, winning a unanimous decision. Known as "Little Miss Tyson", St. Vil, who lost a close majority decision against Eva Wahlstrom for the WBC Super Featherweight World Title back in April, looked excellent in picking up the decision against Oklahoma's Hernandez.
In his Kings Theatre debut, Brooklynite Khalid "Pure Gold" Twaiti (4-0, 2 KOs) looked impressive winning a four-round unanimous decision against Carlos Ramirez (1-3, 1 KO), of Ensenada, Mexico, in a junior featherweight contest. Trained by Don Saxby out of Gleason's Gym, Twaiti turned pro in February 2017 after compiling a 74-15 amateur record.
In other action throughout the night:
Undefeated middleweight prospect Edgar Berlanga (9-0, 9 KOs) continued his unprecedented first round knockout streak by scoring three knockdowns in the opening stanza against Washington, DC.'s Gregory Clark (3-3-1, 1 KOs). Despite Clark's movement, Berlanga stalked his opponent, landing an overhand right for the first knockdown then a flurry that literally sent Clark under the ropes for the second knockdown and finally a left hook to the body for the final knockdown.
In a show stealing scrap, despite being dropped at the very end of the first round, Pablo Valdez (2-0, 2 KOs) stormed back to drop Alexander Serna (1-3, 1 KO) in the second round only to be dropped again himself at the end of the third round. Valdez answered back again decking Serna twice in the fourth and with the second knockdown, the referee waved off the fight thus saving the judges a serious mathematical headache. In just his second fight, Valdez brought hundreds of enthusiastic supporters who erupted over the result of the back-and-forth war.
Undefeated junior middleweight Matthew Gonzalez (7-0, 4 KOs) kept his perfect record winning an unanimous decision against Jordan Morales (3-5, 2 KOs) in a six-round bout. In his fifth fight of the year, 'Lefty', at only 23 years old, is starting to stand out in the crowded field of New York prospects due to his activity and dominant performances.
Junior Younan (14-0-1, 10 KOs) scored an easy first-round stoppage in just under a minute against Evert Bravo (24-9-1, 18 KOs).
Italy's Giovanni Scuderi (1-0), now fighting out of Brooklyn, won a close but unanimous decision in his professional debut versus Maryland's Charles Johnson (1-2, 1 KO) in a four-round cruiserweight bout.
Justin Biggs (5-0, 5 KOs), a multiple Golden Gloves winner, looked sensational in front of his hometown fans stopping Florida's Noe Lozano (2-4) in the final round of a scheduled six-round junior middleweight round bout. Despite a heated weigh-in that almost erupted into an altercation, Lozano could not back up the tough talk.
Broadway Boxing is presented by Nissan of Queens, OPTYX, Azad Watches, Christos Steak House, Gagliardi Insurance, Venum and Medical Arts Radiology.
"Marvelous" Mykquan Williams Dominates
Tough Matt Doherty In Broadway Boxing Main Event!
(all photo creit Ed Diller/DiBella Entertainment)
(July 22nd) 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 Nissan of Queens, Azad Watches, OPTYX, Christos Steak House, and Gagliardi Insurance.
In the main event, 20-year-old super lightweight prospect "Marvelous" Mykquan Williams, 140, of East Hartford, CT, went the eight-round distance for the first time, impressively outpointing Matt "The Mantis" Doherty, 138, of Salem, MA, to earn a unanimous decision. Following three consecutive first-round knockout wins, Williams proved that he had the endurance to remain in control for the full 24 minutes of the contest. However, Williams almost had his fourth straight first-round victory when he dropped Doherty twice in the opening stanza with left hooks. The cagey Doherty showed heart in surviving the attack and fighting back gamely, searching for openings to counter for the remainder of the bout. Williams demonstrated deft footwork, dominating the action by landing combinations in close then sidestepping out of harm's way. Scorecards read 80-70 twice, and 78-74, all in favor of Williams. Doherty's record fell to 8-5-1 (4 KOs).
Now 12-0 (7 KOs), the fast-rising Williams captured the WBC USNBC Silver super lightweight title in May. Promoted by DiBella Entertainment and managed by Jackie Kallen, Williams is trained out of Manchester Ring of Champions Society boxing gym by local legend and community leader Paul Cichon, whom he's known since he was a child and looks upon as a surrogate father. Williams was a decorated amateur with a 45-13 record, highlighted by three gold-medal performances at the Ringside World Championships, in addition to winning the PAL Tournament and Silver Gloves Championships.
Making her 10th appearance at Foxwoods Resort Casino, Shelly "Shelito's Way" Vincent, 126, of Providence, RI, met Tolu, Colombia's Calista Silgado, 124, in a rematch of their encounter last October. Vincent immediately began bobbing and weaving her way inside, planting jabs to the body and left hooks upstairs. Silgado did her best to keep Vincent at bay with counters. The Colombian also used roughhouse tactics, including elbows, attempting to dissuade Vincent from staying in close. However, that only angered Vincent and motivated her to stay aggressive, throwing straight rights to the chin and quick combinations to the body. Unbothered by her opponent's power, Vincent didn't mind getting hit as she closed the distance each round, gifting Silgado some flashy connects, which the judges observed. The final two rounds saw exciting exchanges as Vincent maintained a consistent body attack and Silgado picked her shots well as the New Englander pressed forward. The judges tallied 78-74 twice, and 76-76, awarding Vincent, 23-1 (1 KO), a majority decision victory. Silgado slides to 16-10-3 (11 KOs). Vincent has now won five straight since her only defeat in August 2016 via majority decision in a nationally televised battle to Heather Hardy in what The Ring Magazine hailed as the "Female Fight of the Year." She was honored by the Connecticut Boxing Hall of Fame as their "Fighter of the Year" in 2016, becoming the first female recipient of the award. A very intriguing matchup, one that will make boxing fans very happy, could be in Vincent's immediate future.
What was a very entertaining middleweight contest ended abruptly when southpaw Hurshidbek Normatov, 155, of Brooklyn, NY, handed Alexis Gaytan, 155, of Mission, TX, his first loss by way of devastating knockout. Looking a bit overzealous in focusing on his powershots, Normatov was met with resistance from a determined Gaytan, who countered well. As often happens when a southpaw tangles with an orthodox fighter, a clash of heads resulted in a cut above Gaytan's right eyelid in the second, though it did not interfere with the exciting action. Spurred on by the blood gushing from Gaytan's cut, Normatov stunned his adversary with a straight left then unleashed a barrage of power punches to end round two. Keeping the pressure on, a left hook from Normatov knocked out Gaytan's mouthpiece in the third. Undeterred, Gaytan continued to search for countering opportunities. Gaytan was credited with a knockdown when Normatov, evading shots, bent down at the waist and touched his glove on the canvas in round four. Perhaps now with a sense of urgency, Normatov upped his offensive output, intent on inflicting damage. As Gaytan missed a punch in the sixth, Normatov countered with a thudding right hook that caught his foe clean on the chin and knocked him out cold before he hit the canvas in a heap. No count was needed and the bout ended 41 seconds into round six, increasing Normatov's record to 7-0 (3 KOs). No longer undefeated, Gaytan ended the night with a 4-1 (2 KOs) ledger. A native of Uzbekistan, the 26-year-old Normatov is promoted by DiBella Entertainment and managed by David McWater's Split-T Management. He was an experienced amateur, having competed in 324 bouts and winning the 2014 European National championship.
Quickly making a name for himself as one of the best prospects out of the New England area, Adrian Sosa, 141, of Lawrence, MA, earned the most impressive victory of his young career, battering Cleveland's Darnell Pettis, 137, with blistering power shots throughout the short bout. Pettis was game, but was often caught in exchanges. Near the end of the first, Sosa countered Pettis with a left hook-right uppercut combination that caused Pettis to dip his knees and lose balance, though remaining upright. More cracking straight rights hit their target in round two, wobbling Pettis multiple times. As Pettis leaned forward, he was met with a left hook that staggered him again, resulting in a TKO stoppage 84 seconds into the second stanza. A 2014 New England Golden Gloves champion, Sosa is now 8-0 (6 KOs) as a pro, while Pettis dropped to 3-10. In May, Sosa earned a decision victory against local Massachusetts rival and previously unbeaten Khiry Todd.
Oscar Bonilla, 138, of Bridgeport, CT, needed less than two rounds to secure the first knockout victory on his resume against Philadelphia's Seifullah Jihad Wise. An aggressive Bonilla burst out of his corner at the outset, trapping Wise, 140, against the ropes and banging the body. The local fighter continued to apply pressure in round two, staying on top of Wise, who was too tentative in throwing back meaningful leather. With Wise absorbing another sustained attack against the ropes, the referee opted to halt the contest at the 1:20 mark of round two. Now 5-3-2 (1 KO) in the paid ranks, Bonilla was a New England Golden Gloves champion, while accumulating a 67-6 record as an amateur. Wise suffered his fifth loss in eight bouts.
Light heavyweight contender Lennox "2 Sharpe" Allen, 171, of Brooklyn, NY, shook off the rust from a three-year layoff to stop Willis Lockett, 173, of Takoma, MD, inside three frames. The southpaw Allen began the contest prodding with his jab. A right hook upstairs found the mark and dropped Lockett in the first. The New Yorker then targeted the midsection to break down his foe. A visibly weary Lockett ate a left hook to the body in round three and hit the floor. Discerning that Lockett was unable to continue, the referee immediately waved off the contest without a count, ending matters at the round's 3:00 mark. Now 21-0-1 (14 KOs), Allen is determined to work his way back into title contention. He is a former WBC CABOFE, New York State and Guyanese champion. Lockett's record dipped to 16-24-6 (5 KOs).
Broadway Boxing Results:
Mikkel Lespierre Earns Impressive Stoppage Victory, Roberto Ramirez Upsets Former World Champion Dejan Zlaticanin Raquel Miller Dominates In Her DBE Debut Melrose Ballroom, Astoria, Queens, NY!
(June 22nd) In front of a lively crowd on Thursday night, DiBella Entertainment (DBE) debuted its Broadway Boxing series at Melrose Ballroom, in Astoria, Queens, NY. The bouts were shown live at DBE's new streaming home, LIVE.DBE1.com. Broadway Boxing is presented by Nissan of Queens, Azad Watches, OPTYX, Christos Steak House and Gagliardi Insurance.
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In the main event, Brooklyn's Mikkel Lespierre, 144.2, expertly picked apart and gradually broke down Gustavo Vittori, 146.6, of Concordia, Argentina. Though Vittori came out aggressively to start the bout, LesPierre kept him at a distance looking to create openings for his straight left. Soon he was landing that punch along with combinations and countering well. A left uppercut to the body dropped Vittori in round two. The Argentinean stayed in front of LesPierre all night, but did not show any head movement, leading to a session of target practice for the local southpaw. LesPierre's body shots continued to hurt Vittori and he began to wear down. A right uppercut stunned Vittori in the fourth. LesPierre scored a second knockdown in round six with two rights to the body followed by a left hook upstairs. Early in the seventh, another barrage of shots brought Vittori to his knees and the referee immediately waved off the contest at the 0:38 mark. Vittori will return home with a 20-4-1 (11 KOs) record. In his best performance as a pro, LesPierre, now 20-0-1 (9 KOs), demonstrated that he is ready to take on world class opposition. Born in Trinidad and Tobago, LesPierre moved to the US at age six and was raised in the Flatbush neighborhood of Brooklyn, NY. He is trained by Don Saxby out of Gleason's Gym.
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Brooklyn's Jude "King Zar" Franklin, 127, also a Gleason's Gym fighter, trained by Elmo Serrano, got off to a quick start, decking Mexico City's Enrique Aguilar, 130, in the opening round with a straight right upstairs. Throughout the contest, much of Franklin's offense was focused on the body. Aguilar tried to retaliate with his own attack to the midsection, though Franklin deftly blocked those shots with his elbows and forearms. In round four, Franklin unleashed a torrent of blistering shots downstairs, which resulted in Aguilar unable to come out of his corner for the fifth stanza. The popular Brooklynite upped his record to 8-0 (7 KOs) with the TKO stoppage. Despite his lopsided record, Aguilar, now 8-15 (1 KO), had never before been stopped.
In a wild and bloody brawl that lasted just five-and-a-half minutes, former WBC world lightweight champion Dejan Zlaticanin, 135.4, of Podgorica, Montenegro, was shockingly upset by Tijuana, Mexico's Robert Ramirez, 135.8. Zlaticanin applied pressure in round one but was tagged by uppercuts on his way inside. Montenegro's first boxing world champion retaliated, creating exciting exchanges. A left uppercut-right hand combination from his much taller foe felled Zlaticanin early in the second. With Ramirez intent on doing damage and throwing a combination, Zlaticanin landed two left hooks that badly staggered and nearly dropped the Mexican. Moments later, a series of overhand rights and right uppercuts put Zlaticanin on the deck once more and the referee halted the contest at the 2:32 mark. Losing for the second time, Zlaticanin, 23-2 (16 KOs), suffered a broken jaw and broken nose. Ramirez, now 18-2-1 (13 KOs), earned his fifth straight victory following a TKO loss to Abel Ramos in 2015. His only other defeat came to former world title challenger Carlos Ocampo via split decision in 2013.
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Highly touted female prospect Raquel Miller, 159.8, of San Francisco, CA, impressed in her DBE and New York debut, unloading her arsenal on the very gutsy Hungarian Szilvia Szabados, 154.8, of Miskolc, for six one-sided rounds. Though she was hurt and wobbled on occasion, Szabados, a former world title challenger, showed tremendous heart and never hit the canvas. Miller, clearly the physically stronger boxer, continued to batter her outgunned foe with stiff jabs, right uppercuts, combinations to the body and counterpunches en route to a shutout win on three tallies of 60-54. Szabados, who has shared the ring with Claressa Shields, Alicia Napoleon, Layla McCarter, and Nikki Adler, saw her ledger drop to 17-12 (8 KOs). Managed by David McWater's Split-T Management, Miller turned pro in May 2016 and is now 6-0 (3 KOs). As an amateur, Miller was a 2012 National champion, a silver medalist at the 2012 Women's World Championships, and a 2012 Olympic Team Alternate. She also won the Colorado Springs Golden Gloves tournament in 2013 and won gold at the National Police Athletic League tournament in 2014.
In his New York debut, three-time Puerto Rican National Boxing team member Jose Roman, 149.6, of Bayamon, Puerto Rico, kept the pressure on southpaw Marcus Beckford, 151.4, of Patchogue, NY, for six frames, landing stiff jabs and attacking the body whenever he had his foe trapped against the ropes. As the rounds wore on, Roman began to find a home for his overhand right, using that weapon with increasing regularity. Though he was getting outworked, the game Beckford fought back well in the final three minutes. Three identical scorecards of 59-55 awarded the unanimous decision victory to Roman, now 6-0 (3 KOs), while Beckford's record dipped to 5-9-3 (1 KO).
"Ferocious" George Kambosos Jr. Crushes
Jose Forero In Broadway Boxing Main Event!
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(May 6th) 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 Nissan of Queens, Azad Watches, OPTYX, Christos Steak House, and Gagliardi Insurance. The entire card was streamed on Live.DBE1.com, part of the SportsLive OTT service, as part of a partnership with CBS Sports Digital.
In the main event, Australian world-ranked lightweight contender "Ferocious" George Kambosos Jr., 136, of Sydney, impressed in his DBE and US debut, demolishing Jose Forero, 140, in just 108 seconds. Kambosos felled Forero, of San Francisco, Panama, twice with his powerful straight right. The contest concluded shortly thereafter when Kambosos battered Forero with a barrage, ending with a cracking left hook to force a stoppage. Ranked #5 by the WBA and #11 by the WBO, Kambosos is now 14-0 (8 KOs), while Forero dropped to 13-7-1 (11 KOs). He is training in Los Angeles under the guidance of a fellow Australian transplant, former heavyweight contender Justin Fortune.
Making her ninth appearance at Foxwoods Resort Casino, the popular Shelly "Shelito's Way" Vincent, 127, of Providence, RI, battled Budapest, Hungary's Edina Kiss, 127, for 10 rounds. Managed by Mike Criscio and trained by Peter Manfredo Sr., Vincent consistently pressured her way inside to land shots to the body, often followed by her overhand right. Down the stretch, Vincent had success with her left hook upstairs. Kiss boxed well over the second half, doing her best to keep Vincent at bay with jabs and footwork. Two scorecards favored Vincent via shutout at 100-90, but the third judge had a different perspective, acknowledging Kiss' effort to call the bout a 95-95 draw, resulting in a majority decision victory for Vincent, now 22-1 (1 KO). Kiss' record dropped to 14-7 (8 KOs). Vincent has won four straight since her only defeat in August 2016 via majority decision to Heather Hardy in what The Ring Magazine hailed as the "Female Fight of the Year." She was honored by the Connecticut Boxing Hall of Fame as their "Fighter of the Year" in 2016, becoming the first female recipient of the award.
"Marvelous" Mykquan Williams, 139, of East Hartford, CT, made quick work of Orlando Felix, 139, of Toa Baja, Puerto Rico, stopping him inside the opening frame. A straight right wobbled Felix into the blue corner then a follow-up barrage dropped him. Though Felix arose, another barrage of shots forced the referee to call a halt to the action at the 2:22 mark. Now 11-0 (7 KOs), Williams captured the WBC USNBC Silver super lightweight title. Felix suffered his second defeat, dipping to 12-2-1 (4 KOs). Promoted by DiBella Entertainment and managed by Jackie Kallen, Williams is trained out of Manchester Ring of Champions Society boxing gym by local legend and community leader Paul Cichon, whom he's known since he was a child and looks upon as a surrogate father. Williams was a decorated amateur with a 45-13 record, highlighted by three gold-medal performances at the Ringside World Championships, in addition to winning the PAL Tournament and Silver Gloves Championships.
Massachusetts State rivals Khiry Todd, 143, of Lynn, MA, and Adrian Sosa, 142, of Lawrence, MA, engaged in a thrilling six-round welterweight contest between two unbeaten prospects. A fast-paced opening round saw both combatants landing their jabs to set up combinations and Sosa struck first with straight rights and left hooks. Sosa caught Todd with a barrage to start the second and straight rights appeared to bother him, though the Lynn resident collected himself to box well in the final minute. The third frame began with furious exchanges on the inside then Sosa regained control with his jab and straight right from a distance. Todd was more aggressive in round four, finding his target with stinging straight rights and left hooks. They traded left hooks in the fifth, and while Sosa seemed to do more damage, Todd again picked up the pace in the final minute. Sosa controlled the last round with a focused attack on the body. The judges tallied 57-57, 59-55, and 58-56, awarding the majority decision to Sosa, now 7-0 (5 KOs). The first blemish on Todd's ledger left him at 7-1 (5 KOs). The 22-year-old Sosa was a 2014 New England Golden Gloves champion and turned pro in July 2016 following an 18-2 amateur career.
Heavyweight 6'6" southpaw and 2016 Olympian for his native Uzbekistan, Bakhodir Jalolov, 244, made his pro debut against Mexico City's Hugo Trujillo, 256. Trained by Pedro Diaz out of Miami, FL, Jalolov prodded with his jab early to measure the distance to land short, compact straight rights against his much shorter foe. A series of damaging left hooks floored Trujillo in the second frame. By the third, Trujillo was clearly fatigued and a straight left staggered him. Another left hook dropped the Mexican for a second time. He arose on unsteady legs resulting in a stoppage at the 1:14 mark. Trujillo, now 4-1-1 (2 KOs), suffered his first defeat. This contest was promoted by DiBella Entertainment in association with Fight Promotions Inc.
Trained by Don Saxby out of Gleason's Gym, Brooklyn's Khalid "Pure Gold" Twaiti, 125, patiently looking for openings to land stiff jabs and his straight right hand on Joseph Cole, 129, of Marrero, LA. A left hook and overhand right hurt Cole in the opener. An overhand right followed by a left hook dropped Cole midway through the second. A thudding left hook knocked Cole out cold 35 seconds into round three. With the knockout victory, Twaiti is now 3-0 (2 KOs), while Cole's record hit 1-6 (1 KO). Twaiti turned pro in February 2017 after compiling a 74-15 amateur record.
Lamont Powell, 156, of Pawtucket, RI, successfully debuted as a professional, winning a four-round shutout on three scores of 40-35 against Boston's Amadeu Cristiano, 162, now 0-2. Powell's edge in speed was quickly evident and was key to his dominant performance. Powell consistently jabbed to the head and body and was adept at countering his foe's aggression with stiff jab-straight right combinations. Cristiano lost a point in the fourth for holding and hitting.
In a junior lightweight bout scheduled for six rounds, Irvin Gonzalez Jr., 128, of Worcester, MA, squared off against veteran Jonathan Perez, 130, of Barranquilla, Colombia. Gonzalez began the bout often switching stances to confuse his foe and create openings. A right uppercut-straight left combination hurt Perez in round one. The second stanza saw Gonzalez doubling and tripling his left hook to both the head and body; a straight right had the Colombian wobbling into the ropes near the bell. Gonzalez ended the contest in the third with a left hook to the body followed by a left uppercut to drop Perez for a full 10-count. The stoppage came 42 seconds into round three to up Gonzalez' record to 10-0 (9 KOs), while Perez dipped to 37-21 (29 KOs). Trained by his father Irvin Sr., Gonzalez was an accomplished amateur, winning the New England Golden Gloves in 2015 and participating in the 2016 Olympic Trials, while compiling a 90-15 record.
Davhon Shelton, 136, of Pawtucket, RI, successfully turned pro, winning a four-round unanimous decision against Carlos Galindo, 138, of Woburn, MA, with three tallies of 39-37. For much of the contest, Shelton's pressure had Galindo in retreat. Whenever, Shelton had Galindo backed into a corner, he would unleash a volley of body shots. Galindo has lost all three of his professional bouts.
Born in Uzbekistan, but now living and training in Brooklyn, NY, with Andre Rozier, Hurshidbek Normatov, 155, outboxed hard-hitting Colombian Ronald Montes, 154, of Barranquilla, over six rounds to earn a shutout decision with three scorecards of 60-54 in his favor. The southpaw Normatov easily evaded most of Montes' offensive attempts then countering with his jab and straight left. As he warmed up, Normatov's arsenal also included right hooks and combinations downstairs when he worked his way inside. With the win, Normatov improved to 6-0 (2 KOs), while Montes dropped to 18-9 (16 KOs). Promoted by DiBella Entertainment and managed by David McWater's Split-T Management, Normatov was an experienced amateur competing in 324 bouts and winning the 2014 European National championship.
Mikkel Lespierre Edges Noel Murphy
In Thrilling Broadway Boxing Main Event!
(February 8th) In front of a packed house on Wednesday night, DiBella Entertainment returned to B.B. King Blues Club & Grill in midtown Manhattan for the latest installment of Broadway Boxing. The bouts were streamed live on DiBella Entertainment's Facebook page. Broadway Boxing is presented by Nissan of Queens, Azad Watches, OPTYX and Christos Steak House.
In the main event, Noel Murphy, 139.2 lbs., of Woodlawn, NY, by way of County Cork, Ireland, and Brooklyn's Mikkel LesPierre, 139.4 lbs., waged a barnburner for 10 thrilling rounds. It became a war of attrition with many ebbs and flows between the two southpaws. Murphy stormed out of his corner and was the aggressor for the first two frames, focusing a lot of his attack downstairs. In the third, LesPierre stymied that pressure with expert footwork and counter shots. The middle rounds were close, though LesPierre's right hooks created a bruise underneath Murphy's left eye. The sixth featured plenty of exciting exchanges then LesPierre found the proper distance again to land combinations led by his potent uppercuts. With a sense of urgency, Murphy picked up the pace in the ninth and never let up for the remaining six minutes, attacking the body and continually moving forward. However, he also lost a point in round nine for a rabbit punch, which was the deciding factor in the decision. The judges tallied 97-92, and 95-94 twice, all for LesPierre, now 19-0-1 (8 KOs), who seized the WBC USNBC super lightweight title with the victory. Murphy is now 12-1 (2 KOs). Without the point deduction, the bout would have been declared a majority draw. Born in Trinidad and Tobago, LesPierre moved to the US at age six and was raised in the Flatbush neighborhood of Brooklyn, NY. He is trained by Don Saxby out of Gleason's Gym.
In front of a large cheering section, the popular Jude "King Zar" Franklin, 128 lbs., took on Italian Floriano Pagliara, 129.6 lbs., in a battle of Brooklyn. The contest began with wild exchanges, though Franklin was the more accurate puncher. Backing Pagliara into the ropes, Franklin planted a right hook to the body followed by an overhand right upstairs to drop his fellow Brooklynite just one minute into the bout. Trained by Elmo Serrano out of Gleason's Gym, Franklin kept up the pressure, digging shots to the body. A game Pagliara tried to fire back in round two, but that only left himself open for counters. Franklin landed a straight right that decked Pagliara a second time, resulting in a TKO stoppage at 1:31 of the second stanza. Franklin's record now stands at 7-0 (6 KOs), while Pagliara fell to 16-8-2 (7 KOs).
Making his DBE debut, Ukrainian heavyweight prospect Oleksandr "Sasha" Teslenko, 220 lbs., of Toronto, Canada, patiently stalked Keenan Hickman, 269.2 lbs., of Baton Rouge, LA, from the outset, landing stiff jabs to the midsection before launching powerful straight rights. One straight right wobbled Hickman near the end of round one. The same punch dropped Hickman in the second. Though he arose, Hickman endured another 20 seconds of punishment before the referee halted the bout at the 1:09 mark. Hickman's ledger dipped to 6-3-1 (2 KOs). The 6'5" 25-year-old Teslenko, born in Chernivtsi, Ukraine, improved to 12-0 (10 KOs). Teslenko, now managed by Gary Freedman, took up boxing at age eight at the behest of his father. As an amateur, Teslenko became a three-time Ukrainian National champion while accumulating an impressive 224-23 record. During this time, Teslenko also earned a degree in Marketing from the University of Chernivtsi and served in the Ukrainian Army alongside DBE stablemate Ivan Golub.
In his New York debut, East Hartford, Connecticut's Mykquan Williams, 146 lbs., finished Preston Wilson, 142.8 lbs., of Parkersburg, WV, inside the opening frame. Williams quickly found a home for his straight right upstairs, clearly bothering Wilson. Near the bell, a three-punch combination started by a right uppercut dropped Wilson for the full count, ending the contest at the 2:59 mark. Wilson fell to 4-3-1 (3 KOs). Trained by Connecticut Boxing Hall of Famer Paul Cichon and managed by the renowned Jackie Kallen, Williams upped his record to 10-0 (6 KOs). Williams was also a decorated amateur with a 45-13 record, highlighted by three gold-medal performances at the Ringside World Championships, in addition to winning the PAL Tournament and Silver Gloves Championships.
Heavyweight prospect Stephan Shaw, 261.8 lbs., of St. Louis, MO, dominated Joel Caudle, 265 lbs., of Raleigh, NC, over six frames en route to a unanimous decision in his DBE debut. Shaw's offense steadily increased as the fight wore on; beginning with stiff jabs to keep a proper distance to land straight rights and short left hooks. Soon after, Shaw added hooks to the body to his arsenal followed by combinations. Caudle was game, landing his own leather in exchanges, but Shaw remained in control throughout. Scorecards read 60-54 twice, and 59-55, to up Shaw's record to 10-0 (6 KOs), while Caudle, 7-2-1 (5 KOs), suffered his second defeat. Following a stellar amateur career that included 2013 PAL and USA National Championships titles, Shaw turned professional in December 2013. Managed by David McWater's Split-T Management, Shaw trains with four-time Olympic Boxing coach Basheer Abdullah out of Arena Gym in San Diego, California.
Southpaw Jonathan Arroyo, 146 lbs., of Patchogue, Long Island, NY, improved to 2-0 (1 KOs) with a second-round stoppage of Andrea Crepaldi, 142.2 lbs., of Manhattan, NY, who was making his pro debut. Arroyo used his height and reach advantages to keep Crepaldi at the end of his power shots, landing a series of hooks to stagger his foe and force a stoppage at the 2:59 mark of round two.