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Jermell Charlo vs Joachim Alcine: PBC on NBCSN Weigh-In Results & Photos   Leave a comment

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Caleb Plant 161.25 vs. Tyrone Brunson 161.5
Levan Ghvamichava 142.5 vs. Cameron Kreal 142.5
Jermell Charlo 155.75 vs. Joachim Alcine 152.75 (main event)
Tony Harrison 156 vs. Cecil McCalla 155.5 (co-main event)
Devonte Williams 152 vs. Rick Graham 150
Latrondia Jones 154 vs. Conswella Lucas 149
Jonathan Morales 162 vs. Patrick Simea 165
Jesse Gonzales 139 vs. Kenny Williams 140.5
Tony Adeniran 166 vs. Andrew Sosa 164.75
Lucia Osegueda 133.5 vs. Jasmine Clarkson 135
Bahodir Mamadjonov 141.75 vs. DeMarcus Corley 137.5
David Limerick 139 vs. Rolando Rivas 137.5
Allison Edwards 132.5 vs. Kathryn Talley 131
Christon Edwards 152.25 vs. Anthony Bowman 151

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Venue: NRG Arena, Houston, Texas
Promoter: Leija-Battah
TV: NBCSN (11 PM ET)

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Ringside results from Sheet Metal Workers Local 19: Wilson pummels Martinez en route to a unanimous decision   Leave a comment

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Philadelphia, PA (October 30, 2015) – In what was originally scheduled to be Garrett Wilson (15-9-1, 9 KOs) defending his Pennsylvania State cruiserweight title against Anthony Ferrante (13-7, 8 KOs [1 NC]), Wilson instead had to settle for a rematch with Pedro Martinez (7-8, 3 KOs), who weighed in over 50 lbs north of their first encounter at cruiserweight. Although Martinez’s breasts were obscenely large, the added weight may have improved his durability. Then again, he showed more clever skills than in his previous fight with Wilson, when he was dispatched inside 3 rounds. This time he lasted the 8-round distance and actually won some of the early stanzas. Nonetheless, Wilson dominated the fight from round 4 onward and won a unanimous decision.

In the co-main event Angel Ocasio (7-0-2, 2 KOs) returned from a near 3-year layoff to defeat Bryne Green (7-8-1, 3 KOs) by 6-round unanimous decision. The fight was much closer than the scorecards suggested but the right man won. Ocasio will return on the next Sheet Metal Workers Hall card on December 4.

Details on the full “Mischief Mayhem” Hard Hitting Promotions card follow in chronological order. The event kicked off at 7:30 PM with a 10-count for the recently departed ex-boxer and trainer Elizabeth Sherman. (Aside: Click HERE for good coverage on Sherman’s life and passing by John DiSanto)

Seifullah Jihad Wise [135.6 lbs] TKO1 Wilfredo Ceballos [136 lbs]

In the opening bout of the evening, scheduled for 4 rounds, Seifullah Jihad Wise (2-1) from Philadelphia took on Wilfredo Ceballos (0-2) from East Orange, NJ. After a tentative opening minute, Wise walked Ceballos down with 1-2 combinations and eventually coerced him into taking a knee, twice. After the second knee, Ceballos quit, claiming he was hit behind the head. While Ceballos’ claims are probably accurate, he also bent over, pointing the back of his head toward his opponent. The referee had no choice but to wave the fight off. The official time of the stoppage was 2:49 into round 1.

Hakim Bryant [159.6 lbs] TKO3 Yoeglys Duverger [159.4 lbs]

In the next bout, also scheduled for 4 rounds, Haakim Bryant (1-0, 1 KO) from Asbury Park, NJ squared off against Yoeglys Duverger (0-2, 0 KOs) from Miami Florida. After a fast start Duverger gassed and was clinching and pushing midway through round 1. He however did close well by landing clean, straight punches. Bryant struggled to find his rhythm in the early going. Round 2 went similarly but Duverger never rebounded after his early surge and was dropped twice by body shots. The exhausted Duverger was unable to show signs a life again and was battered until the referee took mercy on him. The official time of the stoppage was 2:19 into round 3.

Thomas “TJ” Velasquez [128 lbs] UD4 Jose A. Carmona [126.5 lbs]

In the following bout, and final 4-rounder, Thomas “TJ” Velasquez (1-0, 1 KO) from Philadelphia waged war with Jose A. Carmona (0-2, 0 KOs) from Puerto Rico. Velasquez started off fast and furious and dropped Carmona with a left hook early in the first round. Carmona caught a break when the referee paused the fight to have Carmona’s corner fix the tape on one of his gloves. The action was pretty even after the break, but TJ resumed his control in round 2, albeit at a far more measured pace. As Velasquez appeared to fade Carmona closed round 2 the stronger, arguably stealing the round. In round 3 TJ was hurt badly and dropped by a left hook. When action resumed both fighters slugged it out until Velasquez was able to hurt Carmona with a left hook of his own. Going into the final round, the fight was on the table and TJ rose to the occasion. He dominated the 4th stanza and secured his victory. The official scores read 39-36, 38-36, and 38-36 all for Velasquez.

A ten minute intermission followed the Valasquez-Carmona brawl, which concluded with the singing of the national anthem.

Marcos Leonardo Jimenez [137 lbs] TKO5 (Rafael?) Eduardo Reyes [135 lbs]

Next came the first of two 6-rounders: Marcos Leonardo Jimenez (20-6, 13 KOs) from the Dominican Republic vs Eduardo Reyes (10-4, 5? KOs) from Mexico. Jimenez walked Reyes down behind a tight guard and a good jab, methodically breaking Reyes down with hooks to the body and the head. In round 2 Reyes really sold a borderline low blow that Jimenez landed, buying himself a few minutes to recover. Nonetheless, Reyes was dropped legitimately later that round by a right hand (although he feigned a foul). A frustrated Reyes retaliated by hitting Jimenez after the bell to close round 2. Reyes then had a much better round 3, courtesy of getting his punches off first, but he probably lost it anyways. Jimenez is the stronger, more technically sound fighter and was the ring general from start to finish. Round 4 was clear for Jimenez as his dominance became routine. In the following round Reyes was dropped twice by left hooks to the body before the referee waved it off. The official time of the stoppage was 1:59 into round 5.

Angel Ocasio [140.4 lbs] UD6 Bryne Green [140.7 lbs]

In the second 6-rounder, and co-feature of the night, Angel Ocasio from Philadelphia tangled with Bryne Green from Vineland, NJ. Ocasio often waited too much in the opening round but edged it based off his brief explosions of power shots that seemed to shake Green up. However, the explosions diminished in the following round and Green’s jab was the stand-out weapon. Ocasio was very reluctant to jab with Green, who has the longer reach. Be that as it may, Ocasio found a home for his right hand in round 3 and won it clearly. Then again, Green resumed outboxing Ocasio with his jab in round 4. The fight continued in Green’s favor in the 5th round until Ocasio flurried at the end of the round and scored a technical knockdown as Green lost balance and used the ropes to keep himself up. The knockdown lit a fire in Green who became the stalker in the final round and was the effective aggressor. The fight was very thin with the knockdown appearing to be the difference. Unfortunately the judges missed a good fight and had Ocasio winning wide, 60-53, 59-54, and 59-54 on all cards.

Garrett Wilson [210.5 lbs] UD8 Pedro Martinez [251.4 lbs]

Finally, in the 8-round main event, Pedro Martinez tried his luck again with the last man to knock him out, Garrett “The Ultimate Warrior” Wilson. He was partially successful. Ultimately he made it to the finish line and was competitive for the first 3 rounds. But after Wilson nearly decapitated him in round 4, Pedro had very few bullets left in his chamber. Wilson hurt Martinez again in round 6 and Pedro was reduced to survival mode for the remainder of the fight. The official scores were 77-75, 78-74, and 78-74 all for Wilson.

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Ryan Bivins is a professional boxer, the creator of Sweet Boxing Ratings, and a member of the voting panel for the Pennsylvania Boxing Hall of Fame. You may email him at rgbivins@gmail.com and listen to him Tuesday nights on The Ruckus, part of the BadCulture Radio Network.

Jermell Charlo Media Workout Quotes & Photos (October 29, 2015)   Leave a comment

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HOUSTON, TX (October 29, 2015) – Before the Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) on NBCSN fight card this Saturday, some of the fighters hosted a media workout at Charlo Brothers Boxing Academy. The card will feature a main event showcasing undefeated rising star Jermell “Iron Man” Charlo (26-0, 11 KOs) out of Houston, Texas taking on former world champion Joachim Alcine (35-7-2, 21 KOs).

Televised coverage will begin at 11 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT with the hard-hitting Tony Harrison (21-1, 18 KOs) taking on Cecil McCalla (20-2, 7 KOs).

Here is what Jermell Charlo had to say before stepping in the ring on Saturday:

JERMELL CHARLO

Fighting here in Houston in front of my hometown crowd with all of my family and friends to support me is huge. This is my first opportunity to fight as a main event in my city, and I’m excited to put on a great show for the fans.

Joachim Alcine does certain things in the ring that I’ve seen and taken note of. There are some things I believe I can take advantage of. Hopefully he makes those mistakes and I can make him pay. But he puts in hard work. I know I’m not just going to go in there and beat him up. I’m going to have to be smart, but it should be a very entertaining fight.

Sometimes too much experience can be a bad thing. Alcine is going to come in there on Saturday and try to use his experience to beat me, but I’m confident he’s going to run into some problems with me.

My plan is to come in strong and powerful, be the faster man, move a lot and try to make him commit to the things he’s used to seeing me do in previous fights. And that’s how we’re going to open him up.

I don’t necessarily have a prediction, but I’m going to knock him out. I don’t know what round it will be, but he’s going down.

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Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by Leija*Battah Promotions, are priced at $163, $109, $49 and $22, plus applicable fees. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased by calling Leija*Battah Promotions at 210.979.3302 or at all Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at 800.745.3000, via the Internet at http://www.ticketmaster.com and at the NRG Stadium South Ticket Windows.

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Tony Thompson vs Malik Scott: PBC on Bounce Weigh-In Results & Photos   Leave a comment

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Tony Thompson 263 vs Malik Scott 235
Haskell Rhodes 138.8 vs Sergey Lipinets 139.8

Javontae Starks 148 vs Samuel Figueroa 149.2
Miguel Cruz 150 vs Anthony Abbruzzese 155.6
James McGirt Jr 162.2 vs Demetrius Walker 164
Gary Antonio Russell 121 vs Eduardo Melendez 121.2
Gervonta Davis 134.6 vs Cristobal Cruz 133.2
Mercio K Figueroa 186.6 vs Kevin Miller 180.2

Venue: The Venue at UCF, Orlando, Florida
Promoter: Warriors Boxing
TV: Bounce TV (9 PM ET)

Gary Russell Jr Media Workout Quotes & Photos (October 27, 2015)   Leave a comment

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (October 28, 2015) – Beltway-area native Gary Russell Jr. (26-1, 15 KOs) held a media workout at The Enigma Boxing Club in Capital Heights, MD on Tuesday as he prepares for his championship bout on November 14 on SHOWTIME.

Russell Jr. will make the first defense of his WBC Featherweight World Championship against Colombia’s Oscar Escandón (24-2, 16 KOs) in the main event of SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING on Saturday, Nov. 14, live on SHOWTIME (10:45 p.m. ET/PT) from Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.

Here’s what Russell Jr., Gary Russell Sr. (Gary’s father and trainer) and Gary Antonio Russell (Gary’s younger brother and undefeated boxing prospect) had to say on Tuesday:

GARY RUSSELL JR.

Training camp is going great, we’re right on course. There was a minor hiccup in the camp because I was supposed to fight on Oct. 24. I started sparring, but once the fight got pushed back to November 14 I cut the sparring off. I didn’t want to peak too early.

Today (Tuesday) was my first day back sparring again. I’m working on my timing, ring generalship and lateral movement.  We’re right on course.

Oscar Escandon is strong and durable. He comes straight forward. If his corner was smart they would try to take away my hand speed which will be a big factor in the fight. He’ll need to close the distance, smother my punches so speed isn’t a factor.

We are working on becoming just as comfortable fighting on the outside as I am fighting on the inside.

A lot of fighters are one-dimensional. We are trying to make that diamond shine on all sides.

I know that I will be victorious without a doubt. Anyone that you get in the ring with these small, 8-ounce gloves always has a possibility of creating an upset whether he’s a big puncher or not.  It only takes one shot.  It’s the fighters’ job to take away that opportunity.

I’m excited to fight, period.  I don’t even think about this fight being a title defense. It takes a certain type of mental toughness and psychological strength to get in the ring and perform. Anyone who gets in the ring against me is a champion in my eyes.

It’s been about seven months since I fought.  I’m always anxious to get back in the ring.

If I get past Escandon I would love to fight Leo Santa Cruz, we fought in the amateurs.  But we never underestimate any opponent and we are focused on getting this fight out of the way first. Lee Selby is another guy that we’re looking at.  Of course Abner Mares, even though he lost, would be a great fight.  These are the type of guys that we’d like to fight.

Having my family with me during training camp means everything to me. It’s where I get my energy from. A lot of guys feel like they have to get away for training camp, but I don’t have to leave home. My family is the driving force behind my training camp and where I find my power and motivation. At the end of the day, I box for my family.

If my brother ends up fighting on my undercard it would be very cool for me. It will be funny because if he does compete, you will definitely see me work his corner before my title fight.

GARY RUSSELL SR.

I know it’s a championship fight, but we go into every fight like it’s a title fight. We don’t know a ton about his opponent, we just train like champions.

I have six sons, all of them are fighters. They all have different attributes as people that translate differently into who they are as people and in the ring.

Antonio Russell is 4-0, he’s worked really hard all of his life. Outside of the gym, he can fix anything. Antoine, who just qualified for the Olympic trials, is brilliant. I’m very proud of him because he just graduated valedictorian of his class with the highest GPA of anyone in Prince George’s county. Then you have Gary, who is so hard working, he’s the future patriarch of the family. He has an old spirit.

I’m proud of all of my kids and I’m proud that we’re a strong family unit. We learned a lot from Gary’s loss to Vasyl Lomachenko. We have a motto at the gym that hangs from a banner, it says ‘Success is the Ultimate Revenge’ and we’ve lived by that ever since the loss. We learned an important lesson from that fight and have moved on.

Boxing is a fleeting thing, you don’t do it forever. We’re doing our own thing. I’m not worried about what other people have done.

As a father, your paternal instinct kicks in because in this sport, anything can happen. You don’t want to see your son end up hurt. So we train for any circumstance. Because of that instinct, I’ve been strict and hard on my sons in order to try to keep them safe.

GARY ANTONIO RUSSELL (Fighting on the Friday, Oct. 30 non-televised PBC on Bounce TV undercard & potentially the November 14 undercard)

With the way we train and fight, our defense sets up our offense and our offense sets up our defense.

My job is to go in there and win fights. I know my opponent is a tall guy, but I also know that he is not going to win. He doesn’t have the punching power or ring generalship that I have.

Once I win, I’m on to the next. I’m trained to fight consistently. I hope I get this guy out early, if it comes and presents itself. Then I’d love to fight on my older brother’s card two weeks after.

Ringside results from Madison Square Garden: Golovkin & Gonzalez prove a dynamite duo; Lemieux & Viloria are no match   Leave a comment

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New York, NY (October 17, 2015) – In front of 20,548 roaring fans at Madison Square Garden, Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (33-0, 30 KOs) and Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez (43-0, 37 KOs) dismantled some of the most formidable opponents of their careers. David Lemieux (34-2, 31 KOs) and Brian Viloria (36-4 [2 NC], 22 KOs), respectively, were probably the hardest punchers that Golovkin and Gonzalez had ever faced. However, they were completely overwhelmed by the undefeated rising stars, especially Lemieux. While Viloria at least won the first two rounds against Gonzalez on two judges’ scorecards, Lemieux was completely shut-out by Golovkin. He couldn’t get past Golovkin’s 359 jabs, which landed 170 times according to CompuBox. Subsequently Lemieux was never competitive, got dropped in round 5, and was eventually stopped 1 minute and 32 seconds into round 8.

In contrast, Gonzalez mostly threw jabs to distract Viloria while he focused on landing combinations of power punches. He only connected 20/234 jabs according to CompuBox. Who needs a good jab when you land 315/571 bombs? Ultimately it was Gonzalez’s volume that Viloria, 34 years of age and 14 years into his career, couldn’t handle. Viloria was dropped in round 3 and finally stopped 2 minutes and 53 seconds into round 9.

Prior to the featured attractions, which will be replayed on HBO, Saturday, Oct. 24 at 9:30 PM ET, the PPV kicked off with Tureano Johnson (18-1, 13 KOs) outslugging, then outboxing Eamonn O’Kane (17-1-1, 5 KOs) in a war. Next, Luis Ortiz (22-0 [2 NC], 19 KOs) destroyed Matias Ariel Vidondo (20-1-1, 18 KOs) in a mismatch that never should have happened, for multiple reasons.

First of all, Ortiz popped dirty for steroids the first time he challenged for an interim WBA world heavyweight title back in 2014, when he obliterated Lateef Kayode in 1 round. Nonetheless, 2 fights and about 400 days later, Ortiz got a second title shot against an inferior opponent (Kayode wasn’t that credible to begin with). It’s hard to say which was more inane, the WBA allowing Ortiz to fight for another title without re-earning the opportunity, or the WBA rating Vidondo among their top 15 heavyweights. Simply put, being Argentina’s heavyweight champion doesn’t make you a world-class contender, no offense to Argentina, which produces many fine fighters in other weight classes. The last time Argentina had a notable heavyweight, Oscar “Ringo” Bonavena was still fighting. (Note: Bonavena’s career spanned 1964-1976)

But I digress…

Ortiz stopped Vidondo inside 3 rounds after 2 knockdowns while Johnson won a wide 12-round unanimous decision over O’Kane. The preliminary fights saw Maurice Hooker (18-0-2, 14 KOs) edge out Ghislain Maduma (17-1, 11 KOs) via unpopular 10-round split decision, Lamont Roach Jr (8-0, 3 KOs) dominate Jose Bustos (7-5-3, 4 KOs) to earn a 6-round unanimous decision, and Ruslan Madiyev (5-1, 3 KOs) drop and batter Sean Gee (2-2, 0 KOs) en route to a 4-round unanimous decision.

Further details and round-by-round accounts of every fight on the card can be found HERE. Quotes from the fighters following their performances (not at the post-fight press conference) can be found below. Video of said press conference can be found below the quotes.

Gennady Golovkin

I feel great; it was a great fight. I felt his power, but I was strong tonight and my punches hurt him. He is a great champion and I’m glad to beat him. I want all the belts; now I have two. The winner of Cotto/Canelo for sure. I’m not sure who will win that fight, but I want to fight the winner next. I’m staying at 160 until I have all the belts.

David Lemieux

I feel like the referee called the fight too early. I am fine. When he stopped it I wasn’t event on the mat; I can keep going. I have a lot of respect for Golovkin as a fighter. We prepared well for this fight but I feel like I waited too long to take some shots tonight and that really hurt me. I want another chance at Golovkin and I will take advantage of it.

Camille Estephan (Lemieux’s manager)

It was too early to stop the fight. That punch that Golovkin threw didn’t even bring David to the mat. David fought valiantly; he showed a lot of heart and skills. But Golovkin’s defense was great; I think that his defense is underestimated.

Bernard Hopkins (Lemieux’s promoter)

Today was a great night of boxing. David did a great job and put on a great performance. But today Golovkin was better and proved that he deserves to be the unified middleweight champion.

Steve Willis (main event referee)

I had to do something. David is very competitive fighter and as long as he was able to throw punches he was going to keep on trying but his chances of winning were decreasing as the fight went on. Against a guy like that (Golovkin) he was going to get really hurt and I’m here to protect the fighters’ health and that’s my top priority. I couldn’t let him continue to receive punishment. I gave him every chance I could and I still hesitated too much. It was over.

Roman Gonzalez

I was in great shape, my conditioning was terrific. We trained very hard in Costa Rica and have great sparring. Brian is a great champion, but tonight I was the better man. Thanks to HBO, Mr. Honda and K2 Promotions. I fight for the people of Nicaragua and this is their victory.

Brian Viloria

Roman is a tremendous fighter. I have nothing but respect for him. I had prepared for a different Roman and he surprised me with his defense and his speed. I do feel like the fight was stopped prematurely; I feel good and can keep going. If I had an opportunity to take him on again I would. I feel like I learned a lot today and would use that for the next time around.

Luis Ortiz

I deserve this win and deserve to fight the best. Vidondo did hit hard but he wasn’t good enough to face me. Everyone can see that I dominated the fight. I want to fight the best and I want Golden Boy Promotions to keep its promise and get me the best. I am ready for Klitschko; I know he is running from me.  I am going to come after him. I am just ready to become the heavyweight champion of the world.

Tureano Johnson

This is my first time going 12-rounds and man does it feel good. It was a tough fight, no matter how many times O’Kane went down he kept coming at me. I have respect for him as a fighter.  Winning this title eliminator really makes everything for me come full circle and legitimizes me as a true threat in the middleweight division. You know this was a great fight that everyone enjoyed a true brawl, very Mexican Style. This is the beginning for me, the sky is the limit.

Ruslan Madiyev

I’m very happy with my performance, it was an honor to fight on such a big card here at Madison Square Garden. He was a little awkward but I was able to figure him and win the fight. Thanks very much to Gennady for having me on his card. I look forward to fighting again as soon as possible.

Lamont Roach Jr

Bustos came to fight. He was not backing down throughout the fight but I did not feel threatened by him. I feel like I dominated the fight and was giving him my all. I wanted to end the fight impressively via knockout but he has a strong jaw. This is my last six-rounder and will move up to eight rounds in my next fight, very excited to go there.

Maurice Hooker

I think the fight went a good pace and Maduma was a good fighter. He came prepared to fight.  I knew I had him from the first round when I hit him with my left.  By the fourth round, I grew confident that I was in the lead once I dropped him.  But I grew too confident I think and that is when he caught me by surprise in the sixth round.  I wasn’t as focused as I should have been so I made sure to listen to my corner and keep him at a distance with my jab for the remaining rounds.  I feel that I am ready for a bigger fight and feel confident I can make a statement at 140 pounds. I would love a shot at Broner or any Golden Boy Promotions fighter at 140 pounds, like Antonio Orozco, I can take him.

Highlights from the post-fight presser:

  • GGG wants Floyd Mayweather to come out of retirement and will fight him at 154 lbs.
  • More realistically, GGG wants to fight the winner of Miguel Cotto vs Saul “Canelo” Alvarez.
  • Less realistically, GGG claims he will not fight Canelo or Cotto at a catch-weight.
  • GGG wants to unify “all the titles” before he leaves the middleweight division.
  • Tureano Johnson will probably be GGG’s next opponent, satisfying an IBF mandatory.
  • Lemieux thinks he’ll fight GGG again.
  • B-Hop thinks Lemieux doesn’t have the toolset to beat GGG.
  • Chocolatito will fight whomever his team puts in front of him and doesn’t seem to have any real preference. Fans are mainly interested in fights with Juan Francisco Estrada and Naoya Inoue.

Fight Videos:

Maduma-Hooker & Roach-Bustos

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Golovkin vs. Lemieux was presented by K2 Promotions and Golden Boy Promotions in association with GGG Promotions and Eye of the Tiger Management and was sponsored by Corona Extra, BI Group and Tsesnabank. The event took place on Saturday, October 17 from Madison Square Garden and was produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View.

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Ryan Bivins is a professional boxer, the creator of Sweet Boxing Ratings, and a member of the voting panel for the Pennsylvania Boxing Hall of Fame. You may email him at rgbivins@gmail.com and listen to him Tuesday nights on The Ruckus, part of the BadCulture Radio Network.

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Note: This writer was not actually ringside for these fights. I sat in the balcony (VIEW). However, every card I attend that gets a write-up is part of the “ringside results” series. It just means I was actually there.

NBC results: Peterson squeaks by Diaz; Williams defeats Colon in tragic quagmire   Leave a comment

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FAIRFAX, VA (October 17, 2015) – In an entertaining 12-round scrap, hometown favorite Lamont Peterson (now 34-3-1, 17 KOs) edged out a majority decision over previously undefeated Olympic gold medalist Felix Diaz (now 17-1, 8 KOs) from EagleBank Arena at George Mason University. Peterson and Diaz stood and exchanged shots toe-to-toe for long periods, bringing the crowd into a frenzy time-after-time.  Peterson pressed the action for the majority of the fight, stalking the smaller Diaz to the ropes. Diaz was the busier of the two, countering and flurrying effectively. Sensing he needed a knockout to win, Diaz came out in the 12th and final round with a sense of urgency, taking the fight right to Peterson. In the end it was too little too late though, as Peterson was awarded the majority decision by scores of 114-114, 117-111, 116-112.

The televised co-feature saw a bizarre end to a hard-hitting bout that began with fast-paced action controlled by Prichard Colon (now 16-1, 13 KOs) against fellow undefeated fighter Terrel Williams (now 15-0, 12 KOs). The bout took its first unusual turn when the referee deducted two points from Colon for a deliberate low blow in the fifth round. Following the point deduction, Williams became the aggressor, while Colon looked to box and counter from the outside. Williams seemed to be the fresher of the two as the fight continued, but with the fighters in a clinch in the 7th round, Williams landed a hard right hand to the back of Colon’s head that sent him to the canvas resulting in a one-point deduction. When action resumed, the fighters went toe-to-toe for the remainder of the round.

There was confusion at the end of the 9th round as Colon’s corner immediately began removing their fighter’s gloves, as they believed the fight had ended.  When the referee informed the corner that there was still one round left they frantically began to re-tape Colon’s gloves. The bell beginning round 10 sounded shortly after, with Colon unready to continue. As Colon was unable to answer the bell at the start of the 10th and final round, the referee awarded Williams a disqualification victory.

Here’s what the fighters and their trainers had to say afterward:

Lamont Peterson

Every time you hear close scores, you get nervous. I thought I controlled the fight and was ahead on points. Having that majority decision kind of shocked me a little bit.

Diaz didn’t surprise me because I knew he would be difficult. I said in the fighter meetings, I’d rather fight taller fighters. He’s a southpaw and he has some great experience. I knew he would be tough because it was his big opportunity and he wanted to win.

It was a good tough 12 round fight. I started out strong and faded in the middle rounds because I started to cramp and it lasted for the rest of the fight, but I knew I had done enough to win the fight. No more playing around, it’s time to move up in weight.

I knew Diaz was a great fighter. He’s been boxing 20 years just like me. At the end of the day, a victory is a victory.

He took good shots. I wasn’t able to get my shots off like I wanted to. I was able to block his shots and he never hurt me.

Barry Hunter, Peterson’s trainer

I thought it was a very tough fight. I thought he did good; of course he could have done better. I thought we were going to get him out of there in the fifth round, but Lamont started to cramp and the cramps lasted throughout the fight. That’s boxing. Just like life, you make adjustments and we did that. I thought Diaz fought great.

Felix Diaz

I fought a great fight. The decision didn’t go in my favor, but I did everything I could. The judges didn’t see it the way everyone else did. I am going to take a little vacation in the states and go back to the Dominican Republic and rest and figure out my next opponent. I just know I did everything I could.

Terrel Williams

I’ve been fighting for years on smaller cards building my resume. I know how to stay composed.

He [Colon] was just another fighter. People kept saying he was so much better, but he was 16-0 and I was 14-0, to me, that’s a 50-50 match up.

Joe Goossen, Williams’ trainer

I thought Terrel’s performance was stupendous. Colon was a very big threat, a great fighter at 16-0 undefeated. We knew we had our hands full. This is why we prepared so hard. Terrel’s a talented kid and he worked hard.

Prior to the start of the main event, Colon was rushed to Inova Fairfax Hospital due to vomiting, fainting and dizzy spells in his dressing room. Promoter Lou DiBella later released a statement regarding Colon’s condition.

Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment

Prichard Colon became symptomatic in his dressing room following his bout with Terrel Williams Saturday afternoon at EagleBank Arena in Fairfax, VA. Within moments, he was under the care of EMTs and was rushed to Inova Fairfax Hospital. He suffered a brain bleed as a result of an injury during the bout and underwent immediate surgery to relieve pressure on his brain. His condition remains critical. Prichard’s family has requested that their privacy be respected at this time. Updates will be provided when appropriate. We ask that everyone join us in praying for Prichard and his family.

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The Premier Boxing Champions on NBC event was promoted by DiBella Entertainment, in association with HeadBangers Promotions.

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