Toussaint Takes Conwell Into Deep Waters
Conwell Scores 9th Round Stoppage!
(October 8th) Showtime's, ShoBox: The New Generation, resumed for the first time since March with Long Island's WENDY "THE HAITIAN FIRE" TOUSSAINT (now 12-1 5KO's) taking on heralded prospect, #9 world rated (IBF) jr. middleweight CHARLES "BAD NEWS" CONWELL (now 13-0 10KO's) in a 10-round IBF USBA jr. middleweight championship bout.
From the opening bell, Toussaint and Conwell remained at the center of the ring trading punches, gauging distance, and feeling out the oppositions power. Conwell, known for his body work, got right down to brass tacts, digging to the body, which Toussaint handled well through the first five rounds of the scheduled ten round bout. While Conwell was winning the rounds, Toussaint was always in the fight.
Toussaint who mainly fought behind his jab looking to counter punch, had his best round in the sixth, landing three punch combinations, finishing with a sharp left to the body. In the eighth round, Toussaint and Conwell traded as both men began to open up, feeling the pressure with the close of the fight impending.
To no surprise, in the ninth, Conwell went on the attack, looking for the big finish. After Toussaint stood tall, taking Conwell's best shots for the entirety of the fight, Conwell landed a big uppercut, breaking the nose of Toussaint, causing him to take a knee. Unable to continue Conwell scored the KO victory 2:42 into the ninth round. Conwell improves to 13-0 10KO's, Toussaint falls to 12-1 5KO's.
Star Boxing congratulates Charles Conwell and his team and wish them luck and success in the future.
“The Beast” Blasts “The Storm”: Joe Smith Jr.
Ko’s Eleider Alvarez Through the Ropes In 9th Round!
(August 24th) JOE "THE BEAST" SMITH JR.'s (now 26-3 21KO's) WBO Light Heavyweight World Title Eliminator against ELEIDER "STORM" ALVAREZ (now 25-2 13KO's) on ESPN+, ended in absolutely thrilling fashion, last night, as the upset minded Smith Jr. strapped up his boots, clocked in, and went to work. A devastating 9th round knockout sent the former world champion through the bottom two ropes, landing on the ring apron. On this night, the Long Islander known affectionately as the "Common Man," was anything but.
After controlling the action from the first round on, with a lethal jab and thudding, powerful shots, Smith Jr. mixed his attack in the middle rounds landing to the body as well.
After relentlessly battering Alvarez round after round, Smith threw a missile, straight right hand down the pipe, followed by a stinging power jab. The combo obliterated Alvarez, sending him through the ropes and onto the ring apron, reminiscent of Smith Jr.'s incredible 2016 knockout, when he launched legend Bernard Hopkins straight through the ropes and on to the Forum floor. The knockout last night came 26 seconds into the 9th-round.
The game plan from both fighters was clear from the start. Alvarez was looking to counter the aggression of Smith Jr., while Smith Jr. was looking to pressure Alvarez, until he could not take it anymore.
"I stopped a former world champion who's never been stopped before," said Smith after the fight, "And I proved that I can box very well, and still get the knockout. I watched tape of him and I seen if you give him pressure, he starts to lay back a little bit and get a little too comfortable and relaxed. So, I just wanted to keep my jab in his face and stay busy. That was the game plan, and we stuck to it."
At the time of the stoppage Smith Jr. was leading on all three cards, 80-72, 79-73 (x2). CompuBox credited Smith with landing 54 more punches and throwing 194 more punches than Alvarez, at the time of the stoppage. Smith will now face the winner of Maksim Vlasov vs Umar Salamov for the vacant WBO Light Heavyweight Championship of the World.
CEO of Star Boxing JOE DEGUARDIA had this to say about Smith Jr.'s impressive performance, "What a spectacular performance and knockout finish by Joe Smith Jr. It is truly special watching him fight. He is the epitome of hard work, grit and determination, and makes all of us at Star Boxing proud. I have spent my life in boxing, yet I yell and jump from my seat watching him fight, he truly is exciting to watch. Congratulations to him and the entire team on a phenomenal performance."
On the undercard, Star Boxing's other Long Island fighter on the card and Smith's stablemate, WENDY "HATITIAN FIRE" TOUSSAINT, cruised to a wide unanimous decision victory over 'Bubble' veteran ISIAH JONES (9-4 3KO'S). Toussaint had Jones hurt in the 5th round but could not capitalize on getting the knockout. At the final bell, Toussaint won by wide victory (80-72, 79-73 (x2)), as he improved to 12-0 5KO's. New Jerseys, JULIAN "HAMMER HANDS" RODRIGUEZ (20-0 13KO's) lived up to his name, scoring three knockdowns finishing East Hartford prospect "ACTION" ANTHONY LAUREANO (13-1 4KO's) inside of the first-round.
NY’s Most Prolific Promotional Company
Joe Deguardia’s Star Boxing Adapting to Covid-19
Keeps Fighting - 3 Recent Victories and 5 Fights Lined Up!
(August 20th) Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing, the longest running and most consistent promoter in New York, entered 2020 with great expectations. Following a JOE "THE BEAST" SMITH JR. (25-3 20KO's) upset, ESPN main event victory, over then #3 rated light heavyweight JESSE HART (26-3 21KO's) in January and its highly regarded "Rockin' Fights" 38 in February, featuring victories by heavyweight contender, CARLOS TAKAM (39-5-1 28KO's), and Jr. Welterweight punisher CLETUS "THE HEBREW HAMMER" SELDIN (25-1 21KO's), Star Boxing had monthly events scheduled throughout the year and major fights on the horizon. Unfortunately boxing, and the world, came to a screeching halt due to the COVID pandemic.
For the first time in Star Boxing's 28-year history, a staggering double digit number of events were postponed due to the global pandemic. With its back against the ropes, and no clarity in sight, Star Boxing has endured and come out swinging.
In just over a span of a few weeks, Star Boxing has given its fighters great opportunities to shine across the globe in an otherwise desolate boxing market finding ways to battle back the shutdowns.
JULY AND AUGUST VICTORIES:
On July 9, heavyweight contender Carlos Takam appeared in a major heavyweight main event victory on ESPN from the Top Rank bubble in Las Vegas.
On August 7, "SUPER" MARIO ALFANO (15-1-1 4KO's) won the Italian National Super Featherweight Title with a vicious second-round TKO in Italy, on RaiSport. On August 15, undefeated fan-favorite, cruiserweight, RICHIE "POPEYE THE SAILOR MAN" RIVERA (18-0 13KO's) continued his dominance in Daytona Beach, Florida with a first-round TKO.
UPCOMING 5 BOUTS THIS WEEK:
This Saturday night (8/22) Star Boxing invades the bubble at MGM Grand, Las Vegas, on ESPN+, as Joe Smith Jr faces off against ELEIDER "STORM" ALVAREZ (25-1 13KO's) in 12-round WBO World Championship Eliminator main event.
On the undercard, undefeated, 2018 Connecticut Boxing Hall of Fame Fighter of the Year, "ACTION" ANTHONY LAUREAO (13-0 4KO's) takes on heralded undefeated prospect, JULIAN "HAMMER HANDS" RODRIGUEZ (19-0 12KO's) in a 10-round super lightweight bout.
Also highlighted on the undercard is undefeated Long Island rising star WENDY "HAITIAN FIRE" TOUSSAINT (11-0 5KO's) who takes on Detroit's, ISIAH JONES (9-2 3KO's) in an 8-round super welterweight bout.
Also on August 22, but in Florida, undefeated, CURTIS "HARD KNOCKS" JOHNSON (11-0 8KO's), takes his shot at the ABF super featherweight title in Florida against James Early.
And from France, a day before the action packed August 22, undefeated super welterweight, DAVID PAPOT (23-0-1 3KO's) is set to fight against Francis Tchoffo on August 21.
STAR BOXING SIGNING NEW TALENT
Not only has Star Boxing been adapting and having its fighters highlighted across the globe this summer, but Hall of Fame Promoter, Joe DeGuardia, has been busy adding talent as well. In just the last three weeks, Star Boxing has added 5 quality prospects to its stable:
First, Star inked The Ukrainian duo, now fighting out of Pittsburgh, undefeated super bantamweight, OLEH "UKRAINIAN PITBULL" DOVHUN (10-0 3KO'S) and heavyweight, LYUBOMYR "DEMOLITION MAN" PINCHUK (12-1-1 7KO'S). Then, Across the Atlantic, Star Boxing added two Irish amateur standouts in 21-year-old undefeated welterweight "THE SILENT ASSASIN" RYAN O'ROURKE (3-0) and super middleweight, "SUPERFLY" TONY BROWNE, a highly regarded amateur who will be making his pro debut in the near future. Rounding out the strong new class of Star Boxing elite is Brazilian, undefeated super bantamweight slugger, MICHEL "BABU" DA SILVA (13-0 12KO'S).
JOE DEGUARDIA, President of Star Boxing had this to say about all the activities in July and August: "I am pleased that we are finding opportunities for our fighters and are fortunate to have such varied and positive working relationships around the world. We will keep moving forward. Just like our boxers, we are fighters. These are rough times and we have certainly been hit hard by this pandemic, as has the rest of the boxing industry and world but we will keep punching. When the final bell rings, we will be standing. We are looking forward to hearing the roar of crowd at our FAN filled Star Boxing events soon".
WITNESS THE GREATNESS: THIS IS STAR BOXING
ABOUT STAR BOXING: Star Boxing, Inc. has been in operation since 1992. Founded by Joe DeGuardia, its President and CEO, Star Boxing has worked to produce some of the most exciting and memorable boxing events in recent history. Star has continued to work with and develop a number of very exciting world champions, world-rated contenders and young prospects. Star has consistently brought credibility, integrity, and exciting fights to the boxing industry. For more information on Star Boxing, visit the official website at starboxing.com.
Star Boxing is among the highest regarded and most rapidly expanding boxing organizations in the country. Its premier stature is reinforced by its ability to develop talent and maintain a high profile within the industry and with its broadcast affiliates. Star Boxing regularly stages and televises premium quality boxing matches throughout the world. The swift ascendancy of Star Boxing is largely attributable to the sporting expertise and innovative business vision of the organization’s founder and President, Joe DeGuardia. As the son of a professional prizefighter, DeGuardia can truly boast a lifetime association with the sport of boxing. DeGuardia grew up in the Bronx, learning boxing at his father’s neighborhood boxing gym. He fought his first official bout at the age of nine, and won the Golden Gloves Welterweight crown in 1988, one year before his graduation from law school. Following his admission to the bar, DeGuardia joined the Bronx District Attorney’s Office as a prosecutor. He then went on to develop a successful, Bronx-based independent law practice. Notwithstanding his work as a lawyer, DeGuardia always remained professionally active in the boxing world. This involvement became a full-time dedication in 1990, when he took over management of the Morris Park Boxing Club from his father. In his new capacity as chief operator of the club, DeGuardia transformed the business into one of the busiest boxing gyms in New York, while also using it as a base from which to launch his larger business as a top boxing entrepreneur. Star Boxing, the organization that evolved out of DeGuardia’s broad experience in the boxing industry, works on a flexible business model which enables DeGuardia to develop and promote both exclusive boxing events and boxers, as well as to put together joint-sponsorship events with other major promoters. Thus, there are many different components to his portfolio of promotional ventures. Recently, Star Boxing events have been among the highest grossing, most successful events in boxing, further solidifying its position as one of the most reputable companies in the sport. Among Star’s promoted fighters and events, the Antonio Tarver vs. Roy Jones Jr. trilogy was one of the most successful trilogies in boxing history, generating over 50 million in revenue. Star Boxing shows have been broadcast on both internationally and nationally on Pay-Per-View, HBO, Showtime, ESPN, HDNet, Telemundo and MSG, as well as on the internet, through collaborative efforts with GoFightLive.TV. Through his leadership of Star Boxing, DeGuardia has secured a reputation as among the youngest and most dynamic first-tier promoters in the business. In addition to the guidance of DeGuardia, Star has several high-level industry executives, including matchmaker Ron Katz who is widely considered one of the best matchmakers of all time. Star Boxing is also a proud member of the Boxing Promoters Association (BPA), which was formed in 2009, and is made up of over thirty of the top US Promoters. The BPA was the brainchild of DeGuardia, and his efforts in forming the organization were recognized by the fellow BPA Members, who elected DeGuardia President of the Association. Star Boxing will continue with groundbreaking shows and concepts in the years ahead, as it continues its role as an innovative leader in the exciting world of boxing.
Star Boxing Adds Irish Amateur Standout Tony Browne!
(August 14th) Standout Irish amateur TONY BROWNE is set to go pro after signing a promotional agreement with Hall of Fame Promoter JOE DEGUARDIA and Star Boxing.
Star Boxing adds to its talented stable another young Irish prospect after announcing late last week the signing of undefeated Irish super lightweight RYAN O'ROURKE (3-0).
The move ends the decorated amateur chapter of Browne's career who was listed at #4 on Ireland's amateur pound for pound list. Browne represented Ireland internationally, medaling at The Chemistry Cup (World Cup), the Eindhoven Box Cup and a slew of several Irish National Titles.
While Browne who will be campaigning at super middleweight, has had no shortage of professional experience having sparred around the world with some of the best to do it, including Chris Eubank Jr., in his preparation for his bout against James DeGale.
Browne currently trains with Steven O' Rourke in Inchicore alongside his now stablemate, Ryan O'Rourke. Browne is managed by Conor Slater of Slater Consulting. Browne will look to make his pro-debut closer to home in the coming months, with a fight date likely to be revealed in the coming weeks.
Joe DeGuardia of Star Boxing commented, "It is great to welcome Tony to the team. He is one of the most exciting amateurs in world boxing and his pedigree speaks for itself. We believe he is well suited to the pro game and I look forward to seeing him progress."
Tony Browne added, "I'm delighted to have finally turned pro. This has been a dream of mine for a very long time, and this opportunity that has presented itself is one I had to grab with both hands. People have always said I'm suited for the pro game, so I'm raring to show that I am. A big thanks to my team Steven and Conor and of course to Joe and everyone at Star Boxing for this amazing opportunity. I'm looking forward to getting started. I haven't turned pro just to make up the numbers or to win just a couple of belts, I want to be world champion and leave a legacy. That's my goal."
Star Boxing Welcomes Undefeated Brazilian
Super Bantamweight Michel “Babu” Da Silva!
(August 13th) JOE DEGUARDIA'S STAR BOXING continues adding talent to its roster, this time in the form of undefeated Brazilian, super bantamweight, MICHEL "BABU" DA SILVA (13-0 12KO's). Da Silva has no issue bringing the pain as he is currently riding a ten-fight knockout streak.
With all 13 of his fights taking place in his native Brazil, signing with Hall of Fame Promoter, Joe DeGuardia, Da Silva hopes to make a splash in the United States in the near future.
The 122 lb slugger began his boxing career at the age of 12, aspiring to be like his father, Aluisio Da Silva, who was a former boxer. At 15, Da Silva had his first amateur bout, and shortly thereafter participated in the World Championship in Liverpool England with the Brazilian boxing team. Finishing with 52 wins in 59 amateur fights, Da Silva turned to the professional ranks at the age of just 18.
Da Silva had this to say about signing with Star Boxing, "I want to thank Star Boxing for the amazing opportunity! I will work hard to achieve my biggest dream of becoming a World Champion! You can bet that that the world will witness me in some amazing fights!"
"On behalf of Michel Da Silva and the whole Team, I want to thank Star Boxing for the opportunity given," said Da Silva's manager, MARCEL TSHIYOYO. "I really do believe in Michel and I know he will reach his dreams of becoming world champion! We are ready to seize the opportunity!"
Star Boxing CEO, JOE DEGUARDIA, believes that "Michel has a fan friendly come forward style with immense power, especially in the super bantamweight division. We are looking forward to working with him."
Star Boxing Signs Undefeated Irish
Super Lightweight Ryan O’Rourke!
(August 7th) Undefeated 21-year-old, super lightweight, RYAN O'ROURKE (3-0) has officially put pen to paper on a promotional agreement with JOE DEGUARDIA'S STAR BOXING.
In signing with Hall of Fame Promoter, Joe DeGuardia, O'Rourke has his sights set on growing his fan base internationally, which is already supported by a strong contingent of fans in Ireland.
CEO of Star Boxing, JOE DEGUARDIA, had this to say on the signing, 'Ryan had an impressive amateur career and since making the switch to the paid ranks, it is clear to see he is very suited to the professional game. He is still only 21 years of age and has a lot of potential. It looks as though he will be a very entertaining fighter in the years to come."
O'Rourke joins a talented stable of fighters, represented by Star Boxing, including former world title challenger JOE SMITH JR (25-3 20KO's), who makes his return August 22 in a WBO Title Eliminator on ESPN against Eleider Alvarez, former WBO Super Lightweight World Champion CHRIS ALGIERI (24-3 9KO's), former heavyweight world title challenger CARLOS TAKAM (39-5-1 28KO's), amongst many other talented fighters.
Known as 'The Silent Assassin', Ryan O' Rourke has shown his quality in the ring, notching 3 quick wins in January, February, and March of this year before the world came to a stop due to the global pandemic.
However, O' Rourke will look to add to his impressive undefeated resume on September 11th in Spain where he steps up for his first 6-round contest.
Ryan O' Rourke had this to say about signing with Star Boxing, "I am delighted to have signed with one of the biggest promoters in the world. I can't thank Joe and Star Boxing enough for the opportunity and I am looking forward to getting started and kicking on in America. My career has been mapped out brilliantly, and I am building up a wealth of experience and fighting regularly. This opportunity is what dreams are made of."
Star Boxing Signs Ukranian Super Bantamweight
Oleh Dovhun & Heavyweight Lyubmyr Pinchuk!
(August 6th) JOE DEGUARIDA'S STAR BOXING is pleased to announce the signing of two Ukrainian standouts in undefeated super bantamweight OLEH "UKRAINIAN PITBULL" DOVHUN (10-0 3KO's) and heavyweight LYUBOMYR "DEMOLITION MAN" PINCHUK (12-1-1 7KO's), who both now live, fight and train out of Pittsburgh, PA.
OLEH "UKRAINIAN PITBULL" DOVHUN
Undefeated 122 lb. southpaw, Oleh Dovhun, began boxing in his hometown of Stebnyk, Ukraine at 10-years-old where he amassed an impressive 347 amateur fights, was a member of the Elite WSB Ottoman Team, which produced greats like Vasyl Lomenchenko, and won 5 Ukrainian National Titles.
(photo credit: Valerie Tamburlin) Now, at 26 with an undefeated professional record of 10-0, Dovhun, made the move to Pittsburgh, PA and has been training out of the Conn-Greb Boxing Club under trainer MICHAEL MCSORLEY. "Oleh is the slickest fighter I have ever worked with," said McSorley, "he is hard to hit and punishes you at obscure angles." Through 10 fights, Dovhun's marquee win came in March of 2019 when he defeated then undefeated prospect Daron Williams (then 7-0 4KO's) for the ABF Super Bantamweight Title.
LYUBOMYR "DEMOLITION MAN" PINCHUK Lviv, Ukraine native, Lyubomyr Pinchuk banked over 250 amateur fights before making the move to Pittsburgh, PA.
(photo credit: Brett Rothmeyer)
The 24 year old prospect fought 6 times in 2019, winning the ABF Cruiserweight Title, and defending it three times in the same year. In July of 2019, Pinchuk defeated then undefeated prospect Johnnie Langston (then 7-0 3KO's) by decision for the ABF Continental America's Cruiserweight Title. Trainer Michael McSorley said this about Pinchuk, "Pinchuk is a throwback fighter who is a fearless and relentless terminator. He is a punishing counter puncher." Pinchuk who tries to emulate himself after his favorite fighter, heavyweight champion, Tyson Fury, will now be campaigning at heavyweight heading into the second half of 2020.
Star Boxing CEO JOE DEGUARDIA had this to say about the signing of Dovhun and Pinchuk, "I am very excited to add Oleh and Lyubomyr to the talented stable we have at Star Boxing. Oleh is an exciting fighter in a hot 122 lb. division, and Lyubomyr is a good prospect in a hot heavyweight division. With their skill set, we know with the right opportunities both Oleh and Lyubomyr will prove they belong in the ring with the elite in their respective divisions. I look forward to working with them and for what is to come."
Carlos Takam Starts Fast and Wins
Convincing Unanimous Decision Victory Over Jerry Forrest!
(July 10th) CARLOS TAKAM (now 39-5-1 28KO's) took to the national stage on Thursday night when he faced off with fellow heavyweight contender, JERRY FORREST (now 26-4 20KO's) in a 10-round main event on ESPN. Both men were scheduled to fight different opponents - Oscar Rivas for Takam, and Jarrell Miller for Forrest, but when both fights fell through because of injury and a PED finding respectively, Takam and Forrest took the opportunity to square off.
Takam, who took the fight on just 12-days notice, came in at a strong 245 lbs and used every ounce to his advantage. In the first two rounds, Takam bullied Forrest around the ring sticking his jab, and moving extremely well for his frame. Mid-second round, Forrest landed a left hand, which would be one of his better landed shots of the bout. Takam would answer right back with a sweeping right hand that unsteadied Forrest.
Rounds three and four were more of the same as Takam kept Forrest on his heels, working from both the inside and outside, giving Forrest no opportunity to find his range, or settle in.
A clash of heads caused a cut on Takam's left eye midway through the fight and slowed his momentum in the back half of the fight. Forrest tried to take advantage, looking to land a missile of a left hand, but Takam was able to maintain composure and stave off Forrest's pressure in the late rounds.
In the final frame, Forrest's corner urged him on as he needed a knockout to win, but it was Takam that came out and dictated the action, as he did for most of the fight. Takam kept Forrest at bey with his jab, sneaky overhand rights and veteran experience.
At the final bell, Carlos Takam earned a well-fought victory, winning by unanimous decision. (96-94, 98-92, 97-93) It was an impressive performance from the 39-year-old title seeking heavyweight.
Takam had this to say about the bout, "I was expecting more of a war, but the preparation for this fight was not easy... I was supposed to fight Rivas, but they said he can't fight because of injury. My promoter, Joe DeGuardia, called and said they had a guy, Jerry Forrest, and I searched him up, and said let's go, let's fight."
As for what is next for Carlos Takam, he has two names in mind, "Give me Rivas, and then give me Tyson Fury."
Star Boxing CEO JOE DEGUARDIA, had this to say about Takam's performance, "Tonight Carlos Takam showed why there are levels to this sport. Carlos used veteran prowess, balance and overall boxing ability not usually seen in 250 lb. 39 year old heavyweight fighter. Most importantly he showed that he is a consummate professional. He took this fight on 12 days notice, and few are aware, but, his father passed away only last month. That impacted him greatly but nonetheless he went forward with his commitment to boxing and prepared and performed. We salute his professionalism and look forward to an exciting future for Carlos in a hot heavyweight division."
Catch up on Carlos Takam's last two fights ahead Takam-Forrest
Carlos Takam vs Fabio Maldonado | February 28, 2020 | The Paramount
Carlos Takam vs Craig Lewis | September 14, 2019 | Resorts World Catskills
Cletus Seldin Slugs His Way to a TKO Victory
Over Luis Florez In A Blood Bath Thriller!
(February 29th) Star Boxing's "Rockin' Fights" series was yet again a thriller. Boxing fans around the world were treated to a sensational night of fights from start to finish at the sold-out Paramount, in Huntington, Long Island. If you missed the action, be sure to catch up via FITE.TV, just (click here).
Long Island's, NABA Super Lightweight Champion, CLETUS "THE HEBREW HAMMER" SELDIN (now 25-1 21KO's) and LUIS FLOREZ (now 25-16 21KO's) fought an electric battle. Seldin came out swinging, in classic "Hebrew Hammer" fashion. Florez, a late replacement, was able to weather the early Seldin storm, and settle in for what would be a gritty seven rounds. Seldin continued his come forward attack, controlling the action, while Florez attempted to counter with bombs, using his length and reach advantage to keep Seldin at bay.
In the 6-round, a vicious cut opened over the left eye of Florez, turning the already competitive fight into a bloodbath. Pinning the Colombian in the corner, Seldin landed a massive right hand that sent blood gushing. As Seldin continued the onslaught putting together combinations to both the head and the body, Florez's cut worsened and the effect of Seldin's relentless pressure on Florez was evident. Referee Al LoBianco had seen enough, calling a halt to the action at the 1:11 mark in the 7th round. With the victory Seldin defended his NABA title and improves to 25-1 (21KO's).
Seldin had this to say about the victory, "I want to thank you all for coming out. This guy was a short notice, tough dude. My trainer said you have to dig deep and stay in his face and that's what I did. That guy [Florez] can take a punch. Let's get to the next one, let's go."
In the co-main event, world rated heavyweight CARLOS TAKAM (now 38-5-1 28KO's) went to battle with Brazilian, FABIO MALDONADO (26-4 25KO'S). Takam established himself as the superior skilled fighter from the opening bell, but Maldonado, to his credit, was a warrior, eating shots, and waving on Takam to bring more. Takam's game plan was clear, attack the body and work his way up. In the 5th, Takam landed three consecutive thudding body shots that even had the sold-out crowd groaning in pain. Takam dominated the fight with a commanding performance, winning by unanimous decision with scores of 100-89 (x2), 100-90. Takam improves to 38-5 1 (28KO's).
Takam was direct in speaking about his victory, "Thank you all for the support. We keep on going!"
WENDY "HAITIAN FIRE" TOUSSAINT (now 11-0 5KO's) picked up exactly where he left off, with a devasting knockout victory over the extremely tough, JERMAINE "REAL STEEL" CORLEY (now 3-9-1 1KO). Corley has battled with top prospects, five of his last six being undefeated. Upsetting two of those prospects, Corley entered with same mindset, however Toussaint would have none of it, landing a devastating right hand that sent Corley to the canvas. To Corley's credit he got up ready to fight, however referee LoBianco did not like what he saw, and called a stop to the fight at 1:52 in the 2nd of the scheduled 6-round fight. Toussaint improves to 11-0 (5KO's).
ALEX "EL TORO" VARGAS (now 6-0 1KO) took a step up against veteran ANTONIO SANCHEZ (now 6-9-1 3KO's) in a 6-round welterweight bout. The rowdy crowd were on their feet as El Toro and Sanchez went to war over the full six rounds. The sensational final twenty seconds of round six saw both men trading shots at will, caution thrown to the wind and only the desire of victory left in the ring. See the final twenty seconds of the fight HERE. At the final bell the judges found in favor of Vargas by unanimous decision. (60-54 (x2), 59-55).
Union electrician (local 3) BARKIM "BARBELIEVES" LOGAN (now 1-0 1KO) battered JACKSON DE SOUZA (now 0-2) over their 4-round fight, as Logan earns the victory in his pro-debut via 3rd round TKO.
PRINCE SLAUGHTER (now 1-0 1KO) impressed in his pro debut, defeating decorated amateur, AHMET "THE TURKISH WOLF" TUNCEL (now 0-1) by a 2nd round TKO. AFUNWA KING (now 2-1 1KO) defeated NADIM SALLOUM (now 1-1) by majority decision. (39-37 (x2) King, 38-38 draw).
Star Boxing CEO JOE DEGUARDIA had this to say about last nights "Rockin' Fights" 38, "The action definitely lived up to the hype. Cletus Seldin once again showed his relentless determination, pressure and power in a war with Luis Florez. Carlos Takam dominated, and is on the sure path to a major heavyweight showdown, and Wendy Toussaint was able to display his skill, and show why we we believe he will be a future world champion. Thank you to all of those that came out to The Paramount and tuned in around the world on FITE.TV and FightNetwork. We are looking forward to the next "Rockin' Fights" on May 8th - we hope to see you there!"
FACTS: ROCKIN' FIGHTS 38 is presented by Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing. "Rockin Fights" is sponsored by Modell's Sporting Goods, The Tudor Advisory Group, 94.3 The Shark and The Inn at Fox Hollow.
The “Common Man” Slays the Odds Again,
Joe Smith Jr. Dominates Jesse Hart In Impressive Fashion NABO Light Heavyweight Title, Seeks World Title In 2020!
(January 14th) When JOE "THE BEAST" SMITH JR. (now 25-3 20KO's) and JESSE "HOLLYWOOD" HART (now 26-3 21KO's) stepped into the ring at the Hard Rock in Atlantic City on Saturday night, more than a victory and the NABO Light heavyweight title was on the line. With the WBO World Light Heavyweight title having been vacated in December, a potential 2020 world title opportunity also looms.
Joe Smith Jr. certainly took advantage of the opportunity, not only dominating Jesse Hart from start to finish, but once again showing why he is such a fan-favorite. From the opening bell, Smith Jr. made his dangerous intentions known, stalking Hart, ripping him to the body and head. In the second-round, Smith Jr. landed a short-left hook to the body that visibly unsteadied the Philly native, who immediately clinched to avoid an early night.
Hart, who entered the ring wearing an executioner mask in honor of his mentor, Bernard Hopkins - who Smith Jr. famously knocked out of the ring and into retirement in 2016 - was not shy about wanting to fight the Long Islander in honor of Hopkins. However, as the exciting main event marched on, Hart had no answer for the brute force and will of Smith Jr.
It wasn't long before Smith Jr. had Hart in trouble once more, this time in the fourth-round, with a savage uppercut followed by a right hand to the temple that had Hart on edge once again. Like much of the fight, Hart would manage to clinch to avoid compounded damage.
After battering Hart around the ring, Smith Jr.'s effective work began to show, culminating in the seventh-round with a devastating sweeping right hand that landed flush, sending Hart to a knee. With only eleven seconds left in the round, Hart was able to survive the round.
"My career was on the line." Said Smith Jr., "I had to come here and prove I belong."
Over the final three-rounds Smith Jr. continued his overwhelming pressure, opening a cut over the left eye of Hart. It looked like Hart would be stopped in that round as well, but a 45 second doctor examination gave him some time to recuperate and avoid being knocked out, but nonetheless, Joe Smith Jr.'s continued his domination.
"I got two Philly guys now and it feels great," Smith said. "It would have been nice to get [Hart] the same way [as Hopkins, via a knockout], but you can't always do that" said Smith Jr. "He's got a lot of heart, he's very tough. He had the will to make it through the fight."
Two judges, and the rest of the ringside observers saw the fight properly, 98-91 and 97-92 for Smith Jr., while third judge James Kinney, ridiculously and disgracefully had it 95-94 in favor of Hart. Smith Jr. earned the clear and complete victory, and the NABO Light Heavyweight Title.
What's next for Smith Jr. is yet to be known, however a lot may be riding on the winner of the Eleider "Storm" Alvarez and Michael Seals fight, next Saturday January 18 from Turning Stone Resort Casino. "Light heavyweight is a hot division," said Smith Jr's promoter and CEO of Star Boxing JOE DEGUARDIA, "We will be there next week. Certainly the winner is a potential opponent for Joe. Whatever happens, this determined, all pressure, common-man has clearly re-established himself as a top light-heavyweight, and perhaps one of the most exciting fighters and humbling stories in boxing."
As for what Joe Smith Jr. wants next, Smith stated: "Whatever my team thinks is best I will go with it," Smith Jr. said "I never turn down a fight."