Tuesday, September 11, 2007
Despite their current contract dispute, promoter Dino Duva is sending his support to junior welterweight contender Kendall “Rated R” Holt and his quest to secure a rematch against WBO Champion Ricardo Torres.
Holt (22-2, 12 KOs) suffered a controversial eleventh-round stoppage during his challenge of Torres last week at Salon Jumbo del Country Club in Barranquilla, Colombia.
Allegations have been leveled of bottles being thrown, ringside personnel grabbing Holt, an early stoppage by the referee, and a dangerous lack of order during the fight.
“After reviewing some highlights from the fight, I just want to say that I support Kendall’s bid for an immediate rematch. I think it’s warranted and the right thing for the WBO to do. There were a number of improprieties evident to me in watching the tape.”
Sunday, September 02, 2007
WBO Junior Welterweight Champion Ricardo Torres successfully defended his title earlier tonight when he stopped challenger Kendall Holt in the 11th round.
Torres completely controlled the fight from the start and never let up. The final round was the beginning of the end for Holt. Torres knocked his opponent down with a left hook and when Holt got back up to his feet, a final flurry forced referee Yino Rodriguez to stop the fight.
Surprisingly, Torres actually thought that he was losing the fight going into the final rounds, the reason why he turned up the heat so late in the bout:
“I was aware that I was down by two or three points, so I gambled in the 10th and 11th rounds. I exposed myself but landed the punches that put Holt in bad shape. He was a tough opposition, and his strength and stamina really affected me,” Torres said.
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.
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.
Wednesday, April 18, 2007
We are just days away from arguably the most important match-up in the six- year history of the popular Showtime boxing series, “ShoBox: The New Generation”. On Friday, April 20th, at Bally’s Atlantic City, WBO #1 rated Kendall “Rated R” Holt (21-1, 12KO’s) from Patterson, NJ is set to clash with the WBO #2 rated “Mighty” Mike Arnaoutis (17-1-2, 9KO’s) of Atlantic City, NJ, in a 12- round WBO Jr. Welterweight Eliminator for the #1 mandatory spot.
Arnaoutis, who trains about 15 minutes away from Bally’s A.C., has shifted his training hours to late afternoon to prepare for his evening performance.
“We’ve had a great training camp. We’ve had good sparring partners to emulate Holt’s style and I’ve made the adjustments necessary to win” stated a confident Mike Arnaoutis.
“Kendall Holt is an awkward fighter, but just look at their records. If you make the comparison you’ll see that Arnaoutis is the better fighter” said Mike Michaels, an advisor for “Mighty” Mike and Cestus Management. “In only his 12th pro-fight Arnaoutis fought a monster in Juan Urango, the former IBF Jr. Welterweight Champion. Urango was supposed to be indestructible-Arnaoutis made him look like a club fighter. No disrespect to Holt, but he isn’t in the same league as Arnaoutis”
Saturday, March 03, 2007
Two fighters who have made a name for themselves on the popular Showtime boxing series, “ShoBox: The New Generation,” return to the network for the most significant fight of their respective careers. In arguably the finest, most meaningful match-up in the six-year history of “ShoBox,” World Boxing Organization (WBO) No. 1 contender Kendall Holt will take on No. 2 contender Mike Arnaoutis in a WBO 140-pound elimination bout Friday, April 20, 2007.
The winner of the sizzling showdown of New Jersey natives and “ShoBox” regulars will become the mandatory challenger for WBO Junior Welterweight Champion Ricardo Torres and have an opportunity to join a growing list of “ShoBox” fighters who have gone on to become world champions, including Ricky Hatton, Robert Guerrero, Juan Diaz, Jeff Lacy and Joan Guzman.
The “ShoBox” telecast will air live at 11 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the west coast). Star Boxing and Duva Boxing will co-promote the fights at Bally’s Atlantic City.
Saturday, November 04, 2006
In a battle of undefeated welterweights in the co-feature, Shamone Alvarez won an eight-round majority decision over Enrique Gutierrez. Photo: Ed Mulholland/Showtime
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. – In an exciting, hard-fought bout, once-beaten Kendall “Rated R” Holt dealt previously undefeated Isaac Hlatshwayo his first loss and captured the vacant North American Boxing Organization (NABO) super lightweight title with a super impressive, 12-round unanimous decision in Friday’s main event on “ShoBox : The New Generation.” Holt scored three knockdowns and won going away.
In a battle of unbeaten welterweights on the Duva Boxing-promoted co-feature at Bally’s Casino Ballroom, Shamone Alvarez was credited with a flash knockdown in the first-round en route to winning a majority eight-round decision over fast-closing Enrique Gutierrez. The doubleheader aired on SHOWTIME at 11 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the west coast).
Holt (21-1, 13 KO’s) of Paterson, N.J., was making his first start in 14 months, but he showed no signs of ring rust. He dropped the world-ranked Hlatshwayo once in the ninth, 11th and 12 rounds en route to winning by the scores of 119-106 twice and 116-109.
Tuesday, October 24, 2006
NEW YORK – A humble, soft-spoken young man and dedicated Christian, Issac “The Angel” Hlatshwayo was a choirboy when he was young. However, he was no angel.
One of five children, Hlatshwayo was a street fighting kid.
“I used to provoke guys to get them to fight me,” Hlatshwayo said. “It was just a matter of me enjoying fighting.”
For a time, none of his relatives were quite sure how to handle the baby-faced boy brawler, whose passion for pavement punching began when he started beating up the neighborhood kids in the poor community where he was born in South Africa. Ultimately, however, his grandmother would step in.
“It was my Granny who motivated me to get started in boxing and join a boxing club,” Hlatshwayo said. “She thought it would help discipline me. In the African tradition, it is the grandmother who is the grand matriarch of the family, and whose word commands a great deal of respect.
“I had been getting into a lot of tough street fights and Granny was not happy with me. She persuaded my parents to allow me to join an amateur boxing club. It was all over after that. Once I got that smell of the leather and the liniment in my nostrils, there was no looking back.”