Wednesday, October 22, 2014

NYPD And FDNY Prepare To Fight!

Corporal Murphree, wife Ashley, and son Brody Photo Credit: FDNY
Press Release: October 23, 2014 By Tony Shultz- The NYPD and FDNY are going at it again, this time for bragging rights and a great
cause. Boxing teams for both of the city’s Elite First Responders are hard at work training
for their upcoming charity boxing rivalry, and stakes couldn’t be higher!

Proceeds from ticket sales to this years event are going to an incredibly heroic Army
Veteran who enlisted to serve because his family was affected by the September 11th
Terrorist Attacks. Corporal Jesse Murphree tragically lost both his legs and is dealing
with a traumatic brain injury, due to being hit by an anti-tank mine while on a mission in
the extremely dangerous Taliban stronghold of Korengal Valley, Afghanistan. This area

is notorious for being a key to breaking the Taliban and has been the site of numerous
fierce firefighters with enemy forces, so much so in fact, it’s been dubbed "The Valley
Death" by American Forces. Unfortunately Cpl Murpree was a victim of one of those

deadly missions.

The charity boxing event will help raise funds for Cpl Murphree, along with his wife and
son to build a mortgage free, handicap accessible home in their dream location of Tampa,
FL, through the charity “Building Homes for Hero’s” located on Long Island, NY.

Madison Square Garden, which is hosting the event, has named Tony Shultz's FightTown
Promotions as the “Official Marketing Partner” of The 32nd annual “NYC: Battle of the
Badges" Boxing Event at The Theatre at MSG on November 22nd.

“Being that American Forces have dedicated so much, for so long, and put themselves in
harms way to prevent another September 11th Attack” Shultz said when asked about
helping to promote the fight. “As a boxing promoter, this is the best way I felt I could
give back to all the Cpl. Murphree’s and their families, one fight at a time”.

Tickets can be purchased at: or by clicking the fight poster at

About FightTown Promotions:

FightTown is a Boxing Promotions company that focuses on promoting Heavyweight
World Championship Fights. With an emphasis on promoting strong “Rivalry’s”
FightTown is constantly looking to create explosive matchups between Boxing’s Top
Contenders and current World Champions that decide once and for all who is the
Undisputed Heavyweight Champion of the World.

Material Courtesy of: Tony Shultz/FightTown Promotions, The New York City Police Department, The New York City Fire Department, and Madison Square Garden. Used with permission.  

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Golovkin Adds Rubio To Knockout Streak

The Middleweight championship fight between undefeated WBA/IBO world champion Gennady Golovkin and top contender and former two-time world title challenger Marco Antonio Rubio had what appeared on paper to have all the makings of a shootout between two knockout artists.  Golovkin, one of Boxing’s hottest rising stars, who entered the fight undefeated in thirty professional fights, scoring twenty-seven knockouts. The champion also entered having knocked out his previous seventeen opponents and successfully defended his title eleven times.  The champion faced what appeared to be his toughest test to date in Marco Antonio Rubio.

Rubio, the longtime Jr. Middleweight and Middleweight contender and veteran of sixty-six professional fights entered the fight having scored fifty-one knockouts in fifty-nine career wins. Rubio also held interim status in the World Boxing Council’s (WBC) Middleweight ratings.  Before the fight took place however, there was a slight controversy that emerged when Rubio failed to make the 160lb. Middleweight limit at the weigh-in on October 17th.  Rubio who weighed 161 ¾lbs. was fined $100,000 of his purse for the bout, lost his interim status in the WBC’s ratings, and was unable to win Golovkin’s unified championship if he were to emerge from the bout victorious. 

Although Rubio was unable to make weight, the championships as well as Rubio’s previous interim status remained on the line for the champion Golovkin. All the anticipation of what some expected to be a head-on collision between two power punchers culminated when Golovkin and Rubio squared off on October 18th at the StubHub Center in Carson, California.  No matter how a fight may look on paper however, sometimes it does not always appear to live up to the anticipation that often precedes a fight when the fight actually takes place.

Although the first round of this fight was competitive the clear difference was not only the champion’s ability to out land the challenger, but also the systematic approach in which Golovkin set up his offense. Even though what has endeared Golovkin to Boxing fans is his seek and destroy style along with devastating punching power, what should not be overlooked is Golovkin’s approach that sets up his offense.

Golovkin has shown an ability to be aggressive, but at the same time be very accurate with his offense and has also shown patience in waiting for opportunities to present itself without looking recklessly for a knockout. Golovkin’s ability to cut off the ring and be very accurate with his offense is one facet along with his punching power that makes him such a devastating force.

Rubio was able to land some punches in the first round, but he could not dictate how the fight was to be fought and Golovkin was able to take Rubio’s offense and keep pressing forward. This would set the stage for the second round. Golovkin continued to apply pressure on Rubio in the second round behind his consistent jab, which set up opportunities to land his right hand. Rubio did land a couple of solid body shots in close, but he could not land anything significant enough to halt the champion’s pressure. A right hand followed by a left uppercut from Golovkin sent Rubio back on the ropes. Golovkin would knock Rubio down with a left hook to the head moments later. Rubio was counted out by Referee Jack Reiss at 1:19 of round two. With the win Golovkin scored his eighteenth consecutive knockout and his twelfth successful title defense of his unified WBA/IBO Middleweight world championship.

Prior to this fight I stated that it would be interesting to see how Golovkin would respond to Rubio’s punching power. It was clear in this fight that the edge in punching power was in Golovkin’s favor. I also stated prior to this fight that it would be of equal interest to see how Rubio would respond to Golovkin’s power. Even though this fight did not last long, Rubio did take some punishment before absorbing the left hook that ended the fight.

Although this ultimately did not prove to be the test that some expected for Golovkin, it was another demonstration of his devastating punching power on full display. Whether or not Marco Antonio Rubio was affected in any way by the difficulty he had in trying to make the Middleweight limit of 160lbs. is a subject for debate. This observer believes that it was more a case of Golovkin being simply the harder puncher of the two more than the potential issue of weight that led to Rubio’s downfall in this fight. As for Rubio’s weight issues, some may criticize a fighter for not making weight. Sometimes, despite all the effort a fighter might make in training, the fighter’s body simply cannot make a weight limit.

I suggested prior to the fight that Rubio may have been looking at this fight as his last chance to win a world championship. If this is not the end for Rubio and if he can no longer make the Middleweight limit, it will be interesting to see what potential options may be available to him in the 168lb. Super-Middleweight division.

As for the champion Gennady Golovkin the outlook for him remains the same as it was following his title defense over Daniel Geale earlier this year. As Golovkin continues to score knockouts Boxing fans and experts alike will continue to question who may be able to give Golovkin a significant test. Off of this latest victory, it will be interesting to see if fighters who are considered by most to be stars of the sport in or around the Middleweight division will be interested in challenging the undefeated champion for his title.

What will be interesting coming out of this fight is if a potential fight between Golovkin and WBC champion Miguel Cotto is on the table in 2015. In addition to retaining his title against Rubio, Golovkin also earned interim status in the WBC’s ratings. Although this is likely the first time a world champion has earned status that would put him in line to challenge for another title in the same weight division, I believe that is a moot point given that a fight between Golovkin and Cotto would be a unification bout if it can be made. For his part following the fight against Rubio, Golovkin called out Cotto, Saul Alvarez, and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. for potential fights.

This observer believes it’s more likely that a fight between either Golovkin and Cotto or Alvarez seems more logical at this point, due to Chavez Jr. fighting in the Super-Middleweight division and it is doubtful that he could move back down in weight to 160lbs. given his own difficulties making that weight when he was campaigning as a Middleweight.  Another scenario if a fight with Cotto, Alvarez, or Chavez Jr. is not what is next for Golovkin is for Golovkin to potentially face Danny Jacobs or Dmitry Chudinov who each hold regular/interim status in the WBA’s ratings. With the situation concerning what might become of the IBF Middleweight championship remaining uncertain for the time being, it will be interesting to see who Golovkin will fight next out of the potential five opponents.

With now twelve successful title defenses a storyline that might become increasingly interesting with each title defense Gennady Golovkin attempts will be the potential march towards the Middleweight championship record for successful title defenses in the division which was set by current unified WBA/IBF Light-Heavyweight world champion Bernard Hopkins, who reigned atop the Middleweight division from 1995-2005 defending his title an incredible twenty times. We will see what the next chapter in the career of Gennady Golovkin has to offer.

“And That’s The Boxing Truth.”

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Friday, October 17, 2014

A Look At Golovkin-Rubio

A story that has continued to garner significant interest in the sport of Boxing in recent years has been the emergence of undefeated unified WBA/IBO Middleweight world champion Gennady Golovkin. A fighter who has simply carved out a path of destruction in the Middleweight division since becoming world champion in 2010.

Golovkin, a native of Kazakhstan has scored seventeen consecutive knockouts and successfully defended his world title eleven times. What has made Gennady Golovkin such a devastating force has been his seek and destroy pressure style that few opponents have been able to withstand. In thirty professional fights Golovkin has scored twenty-seven knockouts registering a career knockout percentage of 90%. Most recently, a title defense this past July, Golovkin scored a third round knockout of former two-time Middleweight world champion Daniel Geale at New York’s Madison Square Garden.

In that fight not only was Golovkin’s power on full display, but he also showed the ability to take a punch. The champion would end the fight by dropping Geale with a right hand that sent the “Game” former champion down to the canvas. What stood out about this fight’s conclusion was not only the devastating manner in which it ended, but also the fact that it came in an exchange of right hands between the two fighters. Golovkin was not only able to knock out Geale, a fighter who had never been stopped previously in his career, but he did so as he absorbed a flush right hand from the challenger. Despite being struck by Geale’s right hand, Golovkin still maintained enough power in his own punch to end the fight.

In my post-fight coverage of Golovkin’s seventeenth consecutive knockout and eleventh successful title defense, I stated that I believe the time has come for Golovkin to face fighters who are considered top stars. Although my opinion remains the same, Golovkin will have one more test to pass before fights against fighters who are considered marquee attractions can be discussed. The test that awaits the champion could possibly be the most dangerous to date. The challenger? Marco Antonio Rubio.

Rubio, a veteran of sixty-six professional fights has been a long time contender in both the Jr. Middleweight and Middleweight divisions and has twice fought for a world title. Much like Golovkin, Rubio is a pressure fighter who is known for his punching power. Much like the champion, the challenger has in his own right shown an ability to compile knockout streaks and has himself registered an impressive career knockout percentage of nearly 78% having scored fifty-one knockouts in fifty-nine career wins.

Although Rubio has come up short in his previous two shots at a world title against Kelly Pavlik and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., he is definitely not someone to overlook and should be viewed as extremely dangerous. The question that I have as this fight approaches is what kind of fight could this look like? Conventional wisdom suggests based on not only each fighter’s style, but more importantly each fighter’s punching power that both fighters will be looking to trade punches right from the opening bell. Even though this fight has all the makings of a tailor-made shootout between two power punchers, it will be interesting to see if either fighter changes his approach and begins this fight at a tactical pace perhaps in thinking that the other is expecting his opponent to go toe to toe from the outset. 

It will be interesting to see how the champion will respond should he get hit flush by Rubio as he did in his last fight against Daniel Geale. Although no one can take anything away from the valiant effort Geale put forth against Golovkin, an argument can be made that Rubio hits harder than Geale, who is a highly skilled boxer, but is not known for his punching power.

It will however, be of equal interest to see how Rubio will respond to Golovkin’s power, particularly if Rubio were to get caught in exchanges with the champion. Rubio has been caught before while in an exchange and that ultimately led to his downfall.

Some may remember Rubio’s encounter with Kofi Jantuah in September 2004 on the undercard of Bernard Hopkins vs. Oscar De La Hoya in Las Vegas. A fight where Rubio entered having knocked out his previous fifteen opponents, this fight would end almost as suddenly as it began. In an exchange of left hooks between Rubio and Jantuah, it would be Jantuah’s that would land flush on Rubio’s chin knocking him down and out in just thirty-three seconds of the first round.

Although some may be tempted to view Rubio’s loss to Jantuah as a possible scenario of how this fight could play out, it is important to remember that the fight between Rubio and Jantuah occurred ten years ago and it was a scenario where two fighters each threw power punches, and Jantuah’s punch simply got to Rubio before Rubio’s punch could land. It was a case of a punch that landed right on the button, but a scenario that could have easily gone the other way. To his credit, Rubio did bounce back from what was a devastating knockout loss to challenge for a world title twice in his career after that fight and has remained a top contender in the years since.

Nevertheless it will be interesting to see if Rubio keeps in mind how Golovkin’s last fight ended in that although he was hit flush in an exchange, he was still able to land the knockout blow after absorbing that punch. Although there may be some who believe that this fight is destined to end in a knockout, it would not surprise me if a tactical fight takes place.

An interesting question that will emerge coming out of this fight will be what could be in store for the winner. With WBC Middleweight world champion Miguel Cotto not expected to fight until sometime in 2015, the newly crowned IBF world champion Jermain Taylor’s legal problems at least temporarily delaying what could be a fight between Taylor and IBF number one contender and former world champion Hassan N’Dam, and the recently vacated WBO world championship being vacated by the undefeated Peter Quillin, it will be interesting to see how the winner of this fight will factor into the equation.

The main storyline of this fight however, is an undefeated unified world champion’s ongoing path of destruction against a fighter who could well be looking at this fight as his last chance to win a world championship. No matter what happens when Golovkin and Rubio meet at the StubHub Center in Carson, California on Saturday night, whomever should emerge victorious, this observer believes that the ingredients are there for what just may be a great fight.

“And That’s The Boxing Truth.”

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