Saturday, April 21, 2007
Kendall Holt (left) lands a left hand en route to winning a 12-round unanimous decision over Mike Arnaoutis. Photo: Tom Casino/Showtime.
ATLANTIC CITY – Showtime’s popular fistic series “ShoBox: The New Generation” delivers boxing, pure and simple. Friday, in the “ShoBox” main event on Showtime, World Boxing Organization (WBO) No-1 ranked junior welterweight contender Kendall Holt out boxed WBO No. 2 Mike Arnaoutis, pure and simple—at Bally’s Atlantic City. Holt won a unanimous 12-round decision. Two judges scored the WBO title elimination bout 118-109. The other had it 117-110.
In the co-feature, unbeaten heavyweight Mike Marrone registered a majority eight-round decision over previously unbeaten Malachy Farrell. Marrone won by the scores of 78 -74-twice and 78-78.
Friday, April 20, 2007
Unbeaten middleweight sensation “Ireland’s” John Duddy headlines “Tomorrow’s Champions,” presented by Irish Ropes Promotions, on May 18 at the Beacon Theatre in Manhattan.
Duddy (19-0, 15 KOs), rated No. 8 by the WBO, as well as No. 9 by the WBA and No. 13 by the IBF, faces Dupre “Total Package” Strickland (18-1-1, 7 KOs) in the 10 round, non-title main event. Born in Derry, Northern Ireland and now living in Queens (NYC), Duddy is the reigning IBA World and WBC Continental Americas middleweight champion.
New York State middleweight title-holder and Polish knockout artist Pawel “Raging Bull” Wolak (14-0, 9 KOs), fighting out of Mt. Arlington, New Jersey, takes on tough Anthony Little (7-6, 1 KO) in the eight round co-feature.
Also scheduled to fight on the card is Brooklyn middleweight Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin (10-0, 9 KOs), as well as 2004 Irish National Senior amateur champion Henry Coyle (1-0, 1 KO), from County Mayo in Ireland, meets pro debuting Kamel Alolabi; multiple European and Irish amateur champ Aloysius “Alo” Kelly, the light heavyweight from Westmeath, Ireland now living in Queens, making his pro debut against James Singleton (0-2); WBA top rated lightweight Maureen “The Real Million Dollar Baby” Shea (10-0, 5 KOs), from the Bronx; New York City super flyweight Eileen Olszewski (2-0, 0 KOs) versus Kimberly Tomes (0-2). All fighters are subject to change.
Well that was quick…
Former heavyweight champion Joe Frazier told his lawyer to drop the impending lawsuit against his daughter yesterday after they reconciled and she agreed to help him locate his missing business records.
“I talked to my father today and he asked me how I was doing and I told him that I loved him,” Frazier-Lyde said at a press conference that focused on her campaign for city judge.
Frazier’s lawyer said that he eventually agreed to drop the case after a lot of persuasion. However there is still the stipulation that if Frazier’s daughter does not continue with her promise to help her father, the lawsuit will be slapped back on…
“This is about a father’s love for his daughter,” lawyer Michael P. Kelly said. “We’re giving her a chance to live up to her word,” he said. “If we’re not fully satisfied, I’ll be right back, quicker than a Joe Frazier left hook.”
Thursday, April 19, 2007
Mike Arnaoutis and Kendall Holt get close after their weigh-in Thursday. Photo: Tom Casino/Showtime
In arguably the most significant bout in the history of “ShoBox: The New Generation,” Kendall Holt and Mike Arnaoutis will square off in a WBO 140-pound title elimination bout Friday, April 20 on Showtime (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast). In a battle of undefeated heavyweights in the co-feature, Mike Marrone faces Mulachy Farrell.
NOTE: WEIGHTS – Holt weighed 139 1/4 pounds and Arnaoutis tipped the scale at 140 at Thursday’s weigh-in. Marrone weighed 217 ½, Farrell 244 1/2.
The big comeback roars on. Former world heavyweight champion Tommy ‘The Duke’ Morrison will box on a Top Rank fight card at the Grand Plaza Hotel in Houston, Texas on Friday, April 27.
Morrison, 38, will take on ‘Dynamite’ Dale Ortiz, 28, in a four-round bout. This will be Morrison’s second bout on his heralded comeback. On Jan. 22, he returned to the ring, fired a hard left hook and stopped John Castle in the second round in Chester, West Virginia.
“That was my first fight - and win - in 11 years,” Morrison said. “I am determined to keep it going.”
Wednesday, April 18, 2007
NEW YORK – Mike Marrone (17-0, 13 KOs) will face Malachy Farrell (15-0, 12 KOs) in an eight-round battle of unbeaten, hard-hitting heavyweights on Friday, April 20, on “ShoBox: The Next Generation” live on Showtime at 11 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the west coast) from Bally’s Atlantic City .
In the main event that evening, the World Boxing Organization’s (WBO) top two contenders in the junior welterweight division, Kendall Holt (21-1, 12 KOs) and Mike Arnaoutis (17-1-1, nine KOs), clash in a WBO 140-pound title elimination bout. The 12-round fight is one of the most significant fights for both contenders and arguably the most meaningful and compelling match-up in the six-year history of “ShoBox.”
“I am always ready to step up and take a big fight,” Marrone, of Vero Beach , Fla. , said. “This is a great opportunity to fight on national television and prove to the world that I have what it takes to be a champion.”
He was born in 1936 and he embarked on a professional boxing career in 1954. He won twenty five of his first twenty nine fights on his way to establishing himself as a top prospect by 1962. The imposing 6’ 2” Amos Lincoln was nicknamed “Big Train” and he looked like he was going to become a force to be reckoned with for some time.
Fighting out of Portland, Oregon early in his career Amos also campaigned throughout the northwest in cities like Seattle, Spokane, Tacoma, Boise and even Vancouver, Canada. In 1957 he made one of his few ventures outside the Northwest as he traveled to Chicago and defeated Marty Marshall. In June of 1962 Amos made his New York debut as he met future champion Ernie Terrell at Madison Square Garden. The lanky, long armed Terrell would box his way to a six round decision. It would be two years before Amos fought again. Appearing in Las Vegas, Lincoln was halted in the second round by Jimmy “King” Fletcher. Amos would bounce back with a decision over clever Chuck Leslie and a ninth round stoppage over highly regarded Thad Spencer.
Monday, April 16, 2007
NEW YORK — The heavyweight championship Fight of the Year is on! Wladimir Klitschko, the IBF and IBO world heavyweight titlist, will defend his belts against former world champion Lamon Brewster in “The Rematch” on July 7 at the 20,000-seat Cologne Arena in Cologne, Germany, it was announced by K2 Promotions.
In their first battle for the WBO championship, Brewster won the title with a fifth round technical knockout on April 10, 2004 in Las Vegas. The dramatic battle was stopped between the fifth and sixth rounds, after Klitschko had knocked down Brewster in the fourth round, but was saved by the bell. Brewster recovered and went on to score a spectacular win to take the title.
“This chance for revenge against Lamon Brewster is a dream come true,” said the 31-year old Klitschko. “He is without a doubt an extremely dangerous opponent, but I always hoped for chance to redeem myself. In the first fight, three years ago, I ran out of gas for some still unknown reason that I still can’t explain. But I am very happy to get back into the ring with Brewster.”
“I will knockout Klitschko again,” said Brewster, “and then no one will be able to say that the first win was a fluke. As fans saw in my knockout win over Luan Krasniqi in 2006, I have no problem fighting in Germany, and am happy to return there.”
Klitschko, a native of Kiev, Ukraine, has a ring record of 48-3, with 43 victories coming by way of knockout. Brewster is 33-3, with 29 KO’s, so the title bout is a true battle of knockout artists. Brewster was the WBO heavyweight champ from 2004-2006. Wladimir Klitschko captured Olympic gold in the heavyweight division in 1996 in Atlanta, and is the current IBF and IBO world heavyweight champion.
One of the most highly anticipated weekends of boxing in Las Vegas history just got bigger. As a prelude to the “Cinco de Mayo” festivities on Saturday night, promoter Dan Goossen announced that Goossen Tutor Promotions will present the first-ever professional boxing event in “The Pearl” – the recently opened 2,500 capacity, state-of-the-art theater at the Palms Casino Resort – on Friday, May 4, 2007, airing live on “ShoBox: The New Generation” (Showtime, 11 p.m. ET/PT).
“With the Cinco de Mayo bout between Floyd Mayweather and Oscar de la Hoya on Saturday,” Goossen observed, “we decided to kick off the weekend by bringing boxing fans a fantastic card featuring the hottest rising stars in the heavyweight division who will be fighting at what is arguably the hottest property in Las Vegas—The Palms.”
In a co-featured bout, undefeated USBA Heavyweight Champion “Fast” Eddie Chambers (28-0, 16 KOs) will have a tall task in taking on Dominick “The Southern Disaster” Guinn (28-4-1, 19 KOs) in a scheduled 10-round heavyweight battle – Chambers is on the fast track to superstardom, while Guinn is trying to regain his former status among the elite heavyweights.
Another popular and unbeaten Goossen Tutor heavyweight, Cristobal “The Nightmare” Arreola (19-0, 17 KOs), will be facing undefeated 2004 U.S. Olympic heavyweight team Captain, Devin Vargas (11-0, 5 KOs) from Toledo, OH in the opening televised bout.
Opening up the show at The Palms on “The Next Great Heavyweight Contenders” event will be Goossen Tutor’s undefeated Malik Scott (27-0, 10 KOs) – who will be featured in a 10-round fight against tough veteran Charles Shufford (20-6-1, 9 KOs) of Las Vegas, Nevada.
News, Notes, and Rumors:
- Infamous boxing promoter Don King has a plan to crown an undisputed heavyweight champion through a series of fights before the end of 2008…
“I think the title should be unified. To have one undisputed, identifiable world champion would make everything better,” King told Reuters in an exclusive interview.
“It would restore the magic,” he said.
King made the statement one day after his latest heavyweight client, Nikolai Valuev, lost his WBA Heavyweight Belt to Ruslan Chagaev. He said that Valuev winning would have given him more power in making his plan a reality but is set on doing so anyway.
King said that it would take roughly $30 million in order to make the tournament happen and that it could be very easy to gather the money, even if it has to come out of his own pocket…
The outcomes of the Briggs-Ibragimov, Klitschko-Brewster, and Maskaev-Peter fights this summer will set up the beginning of the projected series of fights according to King.
- For those of you that are wondering, there hasn’t been an undisputed champion since right before Mike Tyson lost to Buster Douglas in 1990…
- The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation is apparently refusing to release the purse values of Manny Pacquiao and Jorge Solis from their featherweight bout on Saturday night to the public…