Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Action Jackson England Reacts To WBC Asia Title Victory

Press Release: March 31, 2020 By Dragon Fire Boxing - All action Australian Jackson England is still buzzing in the wake of picking up his first WBC strap which came in the form of their Asia Boxing Council super featherweight title. 
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England produced arguably a career best performance on the Dragon Fire Boxing Thunderdome event in Metro City, Perth where he stopped Jason Tinampay in two rounds to claim the green belt in front of his hometown crowd in just his thirteenth contest as a professional. 

England opened up about his first WBC title victory, “I am absolutely over the moon to become a champion with the WBC and I’d like to thank the WBC for giving me the opportunity to fight for the title and I really feel that I put on a performance that is worthy of contesting a WBC title. 

“I was very happy with my performance and I believe it was one of the best of my career. I want to thank everybody at the Onyx fight team for getting me ready for all of my fights. I think I’m improving all the time and the my results would suggest that, so I am really grateful to the team for what they’ve done in the gym with me.  

“I also have to say a massive thank you to my manager The Big Boss Man, Tony Tolj and Dragon Fire Boxing who continue to deliver me top class opportunities which is unprecedented for a fighter of my age and experience as a professional.” 

England now adds the WBC Asia title to his Australian featherweight title and the 22-year-old discussed his plans now moving forward in the professional ranks. 

England said, “I have got the taste for titles now so hopefully next time out I can fight for another title or defend my WBC title. Either way I’d like to remain at title level and continue to work my way up the world rankings as my goal is to go all the way in the boxing game. 

“My first focus is making sure my family and loved ones remain healthy during the COVID-19 outbreak, but after this situation clears up I want to be straight back into title action and I believe I have the right team to get me ready for whatever is next and I know Tony Tolj will continue to get me great opportunities and I'm ready for anyone, anywhere, anytime.” 

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Friday, March 27, 2020

Updated Coronavirus Boxing-Related Cancellations/Postponements 3/27/2020

In addition to the announcement earlier this week by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) that the scheduled 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, Japan has been postponed until 2021 due to the ongoing Coronavirus epidemic, the sport of Boxing has continued to see postponements and cancellations made due to the virus.  Among the announcements made this week were an announcement by the Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) group of promoters that it has cancelled all its scheduled events through the month of May. The World Boxing Organization (WBO) has also announced that it has suspended sanctioning bouts through the month of June. This likely was a contributing reason in the scheduled May 9th Undisputed Women’s Middleweight world championship fight between champion Claressa Shields and Marie Dicaire, which was scheduled to take place in Flint, MI as the main event of a Showtime televised Boxing card here in the United States. The promoter of the card, Salita Promotions has not announced a possible rescheduled date as of this writing. Rounding out the announcements as of this writing this week, the scheduled Atlantic City Hall of Fame induction weekend, which was scheduled to take place in Atlantic City, NJ between June 26th-28th has been postponed until the fall of the year on dates yet to be announced. For more information about the Atlantic City Boxing Hall of Fame please visit: https://www.acbhof.com/

In an effort to gather as much information as possible regarding postponements/cancellations, and potential rescheduling, updates will continued to be released in condensed-form once per week until such time as the Boxing schedule can resume. As announced last week however, while it is not appropriate under the present circumstances to present readers with the type of content and information that they are accustomed to when the sport is in its normal active state, any and all Boxing-related content sent to us in the form of press releases/announcements from promoters and television/streaming networks will continue to be made available to readers while the sport, much like the rest of the world, waits for things to get back to normal. We will continue to do our best to keep readers informed regarding postponements/cancellations and we thank our readers again for their continued patience during this unintended pause in the Boxing schedule.

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Thursday, March 26, 2020

Aussie Dylan Winter signs with Dragon Fire Boxing

Press Release: March 26, 2020 By Dragon Fire Boxing - Light Heavyweight Dylan ‘Soldier’ Winter has signed with Oceania management juggernauts Dragon Fire Boxing as he looks to continue his progression in the professional ranks. 
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Winter has reached 3-0 as a professional, with his last outing seeing him defeat amateur sensation and unbeaten Perth based Serbian Vasilije Radovic via a unanimous decision, in what many deemed Winter to be a long shot.

Winter opened up about his recent victory and his plans moving forward.

Winter said, “I was really happy with my last fight on the Thunderdome 33 event in Metro City, Perth, and thank you to Tony Tolj for getting me on and allowing me to show off skills in one of the featured fights. The Thunderdome series is an iconic part of Australian boxing so to be able to compete on these events really means a lot to me.

“Radovic had reportedly gone to Cuba for a training camp and he came to win but I knew I’d be too much for him and I proved that in the fight. People can underestimate me all the want but I’ve shown when I get in there they are facing someone with the attitude of stone cold killer.

“I want to continue to be in these real fights and give people value for money when I fight. I hav great support so anyone who fights me will be in for a frosty reception.”

Winter is now under the guidance of Australian boxing chieftain Tony Tolj, and Winter weighed in on his decision to sign with one of Australia’s mainstays.

Winter trains with "Big Rig" Dayle Phillips and will be mentored by trainer of WBA Fighter of the decade Chris "The Dragon" John 

‘The Winter Soldier’ stated, “To link up with Tony Tolj who was an integral part of the rise of one of my heroes Chris John is massive for me and I’d like to thank Tony and the team at Dragon Fire Boxing for giving me this opportunity. 

“Tony always gets great opportunities for his fighters and I believe he’ll do the same for me. I believe I have titles in me and when the time is right titles will come. I can promise everyone who faces me they will be iced because I work so hard and I’m already proving that I don’t freeze on the big stages and I'm gonna make some noise in the light heavyweight division.”

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Saturday, March 21, 2020

WBC Australasian Champion Steve Gago signs a new long term deal with Dragon Fire Boxing

Press Release: March 21, 2020 By Dragon Fire Boxing - Steve Gago has followed up from his WBC Australasian title victory in his hometown of Perth by resigning a long term deal with Tony Tolj's Dragon Fire Boxing.  
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Gago has won multiple titles with various governing bodies whilst under the guidance of Tolj and Dragon Fire Boxing and has now committed his long term future to the standout Oceania based setup. 

‘The Timorese Terror’ opened up regarding resigning with Tolj and Dragon Fire Boxing. Gago said, “I’m absolutely delighted to have resigned with Tony Tolj and committing what could be the rest of my career to the Big Boss Man Tony and Dragon Fire Boxing. The reason I’ve done this is because Tony has always looked after me and got me the opportunities I’ve needed. I couldn’t be happier with Tony so I’ve committed to a long term deal with him. 

“I’ve won multiple titles with Dragon Fire and have boxed at the likes of the IBF convention in Macau. I couldn’t be happier with how my career has unfolded but I believe I still have more titles to win and Tony is the man to get me those opportunities.” 

Gago looked impressive as he recorded a sixth round stoppage of Geisler AP as he picked up a WBC belt in front of his hometown fans, and now the Perth native is setting his sights on climbing up the world ratings once again. The welterweight standout who has now contested titles with the WBA, WBO, IBF and WBC discussed his aspirations now he holds a WBC title. 

Gago said, “I was very grateful to be given the opportunity to fight for a WBC title. Everyone grows up dreaming of being a WBC champion so it was nice to win one of their belts. 

“I was really happy with my performance last time out but I believe I still have a lot more to give. I want to push to get into the world top 15 and go from there. I believe this is realistic and something that I can aim for in 2020.

“The welterweight division is full of top class talent and I want real fights. I’ve always said that and I believe that in 2020 that opportunities will present themselves to me and I will be ready to take them.”

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Friday, March 20, 2020

Updated Coronavirus Boxing-Related Cancellations/Postponements 3/20/2020

The ongoing Coronavirus epidemic has continued to result in several cancellations and postponements in the sport of Boxing around the world. It was announced earlier this week that all combat sports events along with non-essential businesses have been shut down in the state of Nevada for thirty days. This has followed similar decisions made by the British Boxing Board of Control, who ruled in accordance with the British government to cancel all combat sports events for the remainder of March and April. This has resulted in several notable promoters including Matchroom Boxing, MTK Global, and Queensberry Promotions all cancelling their scheduled events. SES Boxing in Germany has also announced the cancellation of the scheduled March 28th card headlined by a Light-Heavyweight bout between Zac Dunn and Dominic Boesel has also been cancelled.

The epidemic has also begun affecting scheduled Boxing cards in the country of Australia, who has cancelled all events in the New South Wales region until May 18th. The cancellations include promoter Tony Tolj’s Dragon Fire Boxing’s scheduled BoxingMania 9 event scheduled for March 27th, Team Ellis’ Boxing’s scheduled event for tomorrow (March 21st), and the scheduled April 22nd event at Queensland Country Bank Stadium headlined by a bout between former world champion Jeff Horn and Tim Tszyu. Similarly, live Boxing cards promoted by Zanfer Promotions and Box Azteca in Mexico have been suspended until further notice. 

Cancellations throughout the sport also include the scheduled April 25th Golden Boy Promotions/Main Events promoted card headlined by a Light-Heavyweight bout between Sergey Kovalev and Sullivan Barrera, which was to take place at the Fantasy Springs Resort in Indio, CA, the scheduled April 11th card at the O2 Arena in London, England promoted by Queensberry Promotions headlined by a Heavyweight bout between Joe Joyce and Daniel Dubois. The Joyce-Dubois event has however, been rescheduled for Saturday, July 11th and will still take place at the O2 Arena. Promoter Bob Arum’s Top Rank, Inc. has also announced that the scheduled March 28th card headlined by a World Light-Heavyweight championship fight between champion Artur Beterbiev and IBF number one rated contender Meng Fanlong, which was to take place at the Videotron Centre in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada has also been cancelled. 

The New York State Boxing Hall of Fame has also announced that their annual induction ceremony and dinner, which was scheduled for April 19th, will now take place on September 20th at Russo’s On The Bay in Howard Beach, NY. Information regarding the event can be found on the official website of the New York State Boxing Hall of Fame: www.NYBoxingHOF.org 

Due to the uncertainty regarding the Coronavirus epidemic, content here on The Boxing Truth®️ will remain in condensed-form in an effort to keep readers informed regarding cancellations and rescheduling of Boxing-related events. Although it would not be appropriate under the present circumstances to provide readers with the type of content and information that they are accustomed to when the sport is in its normal active state, Boxing-related content sent to us in the form of press releases/announcements from promoters and television/streaming networks will continue to be made available to readers while the sport, much like the rest of the world, waits for things to get back to normal. In the interim, we will continue to do our best to keep readers up to date regarding cancellations and the rescheduling of events and thank our readers for their patience and understanding during this ongoing epidemic.

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Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Andres "Crocodile" Campos Sets Sights On World Ratings

Press Release: March 18, 2020 By Dragon Fire Boxing – Andres "Crocodile" Campos moves to 9-0 and continued his excellent start to his professional career as he dominated undefeated Pedro Villegas 12-0 to retain his WBA Fedebol flyweight title whilst also capturing the WBO Latino flyweight title on the inaugural Dragon Fire Latino event in Santiago de Chile, Chile.  
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The event which saw the Dragon Fire Latino promotional debuts of 23 year old Cuban sensation "King" Raynel Mederos who moved to 4-0 as a professional and "The Rock" Raymond Mascarena Jr who also emerged victorious on the show presented by Tony Tolj and Nicholas "Maverick" Martinez in Chile, was main evented by fast-rising Campos who has put himself into a position that may see him challenge for global honors in the coming 12 months.

23-year-old Campos has been on fire in the pro ranks and has picked up 3 titles since linking up with Dragon Fire Boxing. Campos discussed his rapid progression under the guidance of Tony Tolj and Dragon Fire.

Campos said, "I am very grateful to my manager Tony Tolj, my promoter Nico "Maverick" Martinez everybody at Dragon Fire Boxing for guiding me in such a great way so far in my career. To win titles with the WBA and WBO is amazing and also becoming champion of my country is a great honor. So I am very grateful for the opportunities I have been given so far in the professional game.

"My last opponent Villegas was a tough opponent. He was undefeated and coming to win. I have not had it easy as a pro, I am always in real fights and that's how I like it. If you want to be the best you have to test yourself against real fighters and I am fortunate to have been successful against real fighters.

"Now I want to continue to hopefully climb up the world ratings and put myself in a position to fight for more titles in the coming months. I want to thank the WBA and WBO for giving me opportunities to fight for their titles and I hope that I can fight for many more of them in the future."

One of the guiding lights in Campos' career comes in the form of Dragon Fire Boxing chief Tony Tolj who weighed in on his Chilean charge.

Tolj said, "Andres has been a joy to work with from day one. We had him over in Australia where he worked with the Moloney's, Billel Dib and Bruno Tarimo and their trainer  Angelo and we were all really impressed. He is a great kid and he is going places trust me.

"He's hopefully going to be ranked in the world top 15 in the near future and after the COVID-19 issues are cleared up I want to continue to push him as fast as we can towards major titles as I believe he is definitely going to follow the likes of Andrew Moloney in becoming a world champion."

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Sunday, March 15, 2020

Updated Coronavirus Boxing-Related Cancellations 3/15/2020

As the world continues to deal with the ongoing Coronavirus epidemic, the sport of Boxing has continued to see numerous cancellations and postponements. These cancellations include all combat sports events in the state of California until further notice. All Boxing cards in Japan are cancelled through April 30th.

Kings Boxing Promotions cancelled their scheduled card on March 14th in Bethlehem, PA with a make up date to be announced. The scheduled April 14th World Boxing Super Series (WBSS) season two Cruiserweight final between Mairis Briedis and Yuniel Dorticos, which was due to take place in Riga, Latvia has also been cancelled.

This followed announcements of cancellations by Team Sauerland and Universum Boxpromotion that they have cancelled their scheduled April 4th event in Hamburg, Germany as well as cancellations by Raging Babe Promotions scheduled card on March 27th in Philadelphia, PA, Shearns Boxing Promotions scheduled March 20th event in Framingham, MA all being cancelled due to the ongoing virus epidemic.

While there were select events that have taken place in the sport globally in recent days, with travel restrictions expanded and the current uncertainty of the Coronavirus, more cancellations throughout the sport could be forthcoming. We will keep readers updated on developments as they become available and will do our best to provide coverage of events that do take place.

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Friday, March 13, 2020

Additional Coronavirus Boxing-Related Cancellations 3/13/2020

In a follow-up to a story released earlier today concerning the Boxing-related cancellations/postponements that have come as a result of the ongoing  global Coronavirus epidemic, additional cancellations have been announced. These cancellations include the scheduled March 20th Boxing card in Melbourne, Australia promoted by Brian Amatruda’s Big Time Boxing, which was to take place at the Melbourne Pavilion as well as the April 3rd card at the same venue also promoted by Big Time Boxing.

As unfortunately more cancellations could be forthcoming around the world, we will be releasing any information in condensed-form going forward in an effort to cover as much information regarding cancellations/postponements due to the ongoing epidemic as possible. We will update readers on any developments as they become available.

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Coronavirus Boxing-Related Cancellations Through The Remainder Of March 2020

As the world continues to deal with the Coronavirus epidemic and prepare for the potential of more cases globally, the sport of Boxing, much as has been the case throughout the rest of the sports world has begun canceling scheduled cards scheduled to take place in North America following similar decisions that have been made by Boxing promoters internationally.. On Thursday, several Boxing cards in several cities in the United States and Canada were all cancelled.

These cancellations include three Boxing cards scheduled to take place between March 12th-March 21st at the Casino de Montreal in Montreal, Canada. This was followed by announcements of cancellations of an April 4th Boxing card in Portland, OR, which was to take place at the Clackamas Armory, the March 14th Premier Boxing Champions card scheduled to be televised on Fox Sports 1 in the United States from the MGM National Harbor in Oxon Hill, MD, two scheduled cards promoted by Top Rank Inc. to take place in the Theater at Madison Square Garden on March 14th and March 17th respectively that were scheduled to be broadcast by ESPN and digital sports streaming network ESPN+ in the United States.   Followed by additional announcements of cancellations of the  March 14th Murphy’s Boxing event in Boston at the House of Blues, the March 19th Broadway Boxing event promoted by Dibella Entertainment in Atlantic City, NJ both of those events  were scheduled to be broadcast on the UFC Fight Pass digital streaming network globally. Golden Boy Promotions announced the cancellation of two events scheduled to be broadcast on digital sports streaming network DAZN events on March 19th at the Avalon in Hollywood, CA and the March 29th scheduled card at The Forum in Inglewood, CA. The March 27th event promoted by PR Best Boxing scheduled to take place at the Rubén Zayas Montañez Coliseum in Trujillo Alto, PR was also cancelled. The March 14th Bareknuckle Fighting Championship (BKFC) Bareknuckle Boxing event scheduled to be broadcast globally by Fite.TV Pay-Per-View from the InTrust Bamk Arena in Wichita, KS was also postponed with a tentative rescheduled date of June 20th being announced with an announcement scheduled for Friday.

As many states and counties are continuing to monitor the spread of the virus, several have declared states of emergency. This prompted decisions by the NBA, NHL, NCAA, MLB, and XFL to suspend their seasons and scheduled events including the remainder of MLB’s Spring Training schedule and the scheduled NCAA College Basketball tournaments. Major League Baseball (MLB) has also announced that the scheduled start of the 2020 regular season would also be delayed, but no announcements have been made as of this writing as to when that might be.

Obviously, the Coronavirus will remain an ongoing story for the foreseeable future. While this will also change the Boxing schedule significantly as more postponements/cancellations across the world could be announced, we here at The Boxing Truth®️ will keep readers updated as to any announcements and rescheduling that might occur as well as to do our best to provide coverage of cards that  remain unaffected by the ongoing epidemic. We will keep readers updated on any developments as they become available.

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Thursday, March 12, 2020

Dragon Fire Boxing announce the launch of Dragon Fire Latino - Debut show on March 14

Press Release: March 12, 2020 By Dragon Fire Boxing – Dragon Fire Boxing are delighted to announce their expansion into the South American market with the launch of their new Dragon Fire Latino brand.  
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Dragon Fire Boxing has been headed up by Tony Tolj for decades, with Tolj being the driving force behind world champions such as WBA Champion of the decade Chris "The Dragon" John, "The Green Machine" Danny Green, Andrew "The Monster" Moloney among other top talents. 

Tolj and Dragon Fire have always been experts in uncovering talent throughout the globe of all shapes and sizes and now have taken their quest to uncover talent to a new level with the creation of Dragon Fire Latino, with its maiden show happening this coming weekend in Santiago de Chile, Chile. 

Dragon Fire chief Tony Tolj opened up about the motivation behind the creation of Dragon Fire Latino. 

Tolj said, “We went over to Chile with Andrew Moloney when he was fighting in a world title eliminator against Miguel Gonzalez and I saw how much talent was in Chile that wasn’t being developed to the fullest potential possibly. I think the South American promoter does a great job but I wanted to add our spin on things so I decided alongside the Dragon Fire Boxing team to create Dragon Fire Latino. 

“We signed Andres Campos and brought him over to work with the Moloney twins, Billel Dib and Bruno Tarimo and we were really impressed with his work ethic and his skill set. He made the team think about maybe looking to bring additional South American fighters on board so we proceeded to do that an put a show together which will take place this weekend.”

We have partnered with Chilean Nico “Maverick” Martinez, he will be hands on is based in Chile but is a licensed pilot so he is literally all over the world. When we were in Chile he really took care of us and we shared so many common visions about building opportunities in Chile and South America, it really is an honour and joy to work with such like minded people as my friend “Maverick” and our ever expanding team.

Nico Martinez opened up about Dragon Fire Boxing Latino “For me is an absolute honor to be partners with Tony Tolj, he is well respected man in boxing and within the time that I have known him he has given us all so much opportunities and the amount of boxing knowledge he has is unbelievable. I am very excited about our future together and Chilean boxing im sure will have a Golden era”

The upcoming event will feature three of Dragon Fire Latino’s latest recruits, with Andres Campos topping the card, defending his WBA Fedebol Flyweight title and contesting the vacant WBO Latino Flyweight title. 

Also featuring on the card are new Dragon Fire Latino signee’s Ramon “The Rock” Mascarena Jr and “King” Raynel Menderos who Tolj also has high hopes for. 

The Australian based Tolj opened up in saying, “I’m very excited about this coming Saturday and the future of Dragon Fire Latino. Ramon Mascarena Jr is a quality Chilean talent who hasn’t had an easy start to his career and I believe this has given him the foundations to go all the way to the top. 

“Raynel Menderos is from Cuba and in my opinion is going to be a massive world standout in the future. He’s 3-0 but has an unbelievable pedigree, and still in his early 20s which will serve him well in his career. 

“I’ve spoken highly of Andres Campos on multiple occasions but he’s a class act and is being moved quickly as a professional as he’s a top talent. I’m really excited for him to continue to win titles this Saturday night and begin a very exciting future for Dragon Fire Latino.”

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Wednesday, March 11, 2020

March 6-7th, 2020 Weekend Thoughts

As sometimes can be the case, there are often too many events across the globe in the sport of Boxing during a relatively short period of time for one to cover every event in singular form. Although this observer takes pride in the amount of Boxing cards he covers during a calendar year, when such circumstances arise where even with advances in technology cannot make the task of covering all cards yours truly would want to cover one by one, it becomes appropriate for me to try and cover as much from multiple events as possible in feature-form. The weekend of March 6th and 7th in the sport served as much as an illustration as to the global appeal of Boxing as any you will find.

Several interesting fights took place over this two-day period from such locations as Northridge, Australia, to Dubai, United Arab Emirates, to Manchester England, to finally Brooklyn, NY. Of course, readers saw the coverage I provided of the event in Dubai on March 6th that featured a little bit of everything in a card that was presented by MTK Global. What about the other events that took place over the two-day period?

We start by discussing some of the events that took place at Metro City in Northridge, Australia. The latest edition of promoter Tony Tolj's Dragon Fire Boxing's Thunderdome series, Thunderdome 33 featured a look at several of the up and coming prospects in the Boxing hotbed of Australia. The Thunderdome series has served as a breeding ground for such talent in the past most notably the Moloney brothers Andrew and Jason Moloney. One highly touted prospect that has been on the rise is Jackson England, who many fans refer to by his nickname “Action Jackson.” The Jr. Lightweight prospect England took an impressive record of 11-1, with 6 Knockouts into the ring on this card to do battle with veteran Jason Tinampay in a bout for the WBC Asain Boxing Council Silver Jr. Lightweight championship.

While some all too often criticize sanctioning organizations for what they view as too many championships, which leads to confusion particularly amongst casual fans, in reality, titles such as those of the Asian Boxing Council, or ABC for short under the affiliation of the World Boxing Council (WBC) are often the first step on a regional level for those fighters who compete out of the Asia-Pacific region of the world, which includes Australia and New Zealand, towards a top rankings in the world rankings similar in nature to the North American Boxing Federation (NABFl, which is also affiliated with the WBC. Now that I have gotten a brief explanation of why such titles do serve an important purpose for fighters for any would be critics, we can discuss what went on in the ring.

The main event of Thunderdome 33 was largely dictated by England who consistently came forward and forced the action. This was highlighted by consistent combination punching and frequently pressing Tinampay against the ropes. With his opponent on the ropes, England unleashed a combination of punches highlighted by a left hook to the body of Tinampay that dropped him in the second round. Tinampay rolled on the canvas clearly compromised by the body shot and was unable to continue. The bout was promptly stopped at 2:50 of round two, giving England his twelfth career victory and his seventh career knockout.

Although a criticism that inevitably comes for virtually all prospects throughout the entire sport when they are able to end fights this quickly usually revolves around when said fighter will be tested, all a fighter can do is face the opponent that is in front of them. Impressive performances like the one  England was able to put forth in this fight however, will keep the buzz about him growing as he continues to progress in his career. 

An intriguing Jr. Lightweight bout took centerstage on March 7th as former world title challenger Jono Carroll faced Scott Quigg at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, England. This was the second fight for Carroll after losing a twelve round unanimous decision to Tevin Farmer in a failed bid to win the IBF Jr. Lightweight world championship in March of last year. In Scott Quigg, Carroll faced a fighter who like him was a former world title challenger and who also previously held interim/regular champion status in the World Boxing Association (WBA) rankings as a 122lb. Jr. Featherweight. Quigg however, had been out of competition for more than a year and a half and it was logical to question whether or not it was necessarily wise for him to re-enter competition against a fighter who just recently fought for a world championship.

For eleven rounds, Carroll’s combination punching, quicker hands, and lateral movement were the story of the fight. Although Quigg remained very “Game” throughout, the one-sided combat was finally halted when his corner threw the towel in midway through the eleventh round to prevent their fighter from further punishment. This signaled the end of Quigg’s career as he announced his retirement in the days that followed the fight. What I was particularly impressed by in Carroll’s performance that can at times be called a lost art in the sport is how he dedicated a portion of his offense to the body of Quigg from the opening bell. There are times where fighters do not show this type of consistently in attacking an opponent’s body, despite how it often leads to further success as a fight progresses.

Jono Carroll is not known for his punching power having only scored knockouts in three of his previous seventeen career victories, but this performance does show if s fighter is consistent in their approach and can follow the fight plan, sometimes knockouts/stoppages do come and it does not necessarily have to be strictly related to one’s punching power. This victory will likely keep Carroll, who is rated number nine in the world by the International Boxing Federation (IBF) in the 130lb. Jr. Lightweight division as of this writing, in the discussion for a potential world title shot down the line or at minimum, an opportunity against another top contender that could lead to another opportunity at a world championship.

The action on March 7th concluded with a Heavyweight bout at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY as undefeated rising contender Adam Kownacki faced former European Heavyweight champion Robert Helenius. In previewing this fight, this observer stated that I felt it was crucial that Helenius establish the tempo of the combat from the outset. It was also logical to question as the fight approached what version of Robert Helenius would be in the ring. The fighter who several years ago looked as though he might be one who could dominate the division in a post-Heavyweight era following the exit of longtime kings and division cornerstones Vitali and Wladimir Klitschko or the fighter who has gone through some inconsistency and suffered some setbacks along the way.

As expected by many including this observer, it was Kownacki, a fighter known for his aggressive come forward style that pressed the action from the opening bell. What stood out to me however was the unbeaten Kownacki appeared to be soft in his midsection having weighed in for the fight at 265lbs. Although in regard to Heavyweights especially in the present era of the division a fighter weighing over 260lbs. is not necessarily a negative, it was nevertheless something that caught my eye and I wondered what impact the weight might have on him as the fight progressed.

In the first two rounds of this fight, it appeared as though Helenius could have fallen into a problem he has had periodically throughout his career where a lack of overall activity would allow him to be outworked over the course of the fight as Kownacki established a fast pace. Helenius also had trouble controlling distance between himself and Kownacki as he was consistently forced to fight moving backward. This however, did not discourage him from being willing to engage in some heated exchanges of punches with Kownacki. The former three-time European Heavyweight champion Helenius was able to hold his own in those exchanges.

In round four, Helenius appeared to score a knockdown of Kownacki with a counter right hand. This however, was ruled a slip by Referee David Fields. Even though video replays would later show that Fields made an error in his call, it would turn out to be a mute point. Helenius sensing that his opponent was in trouble pressed forward and dropped Kownacki with a flush right hand that was thrown behind a jab. This time, it was ruled a knockdown by Fields. Kownacki to his credit was able to get to his feet, but he did not appear to have control of his balance. Despite this, Fields likely on the basis of Kownacki being an undefeated fighter known for having punching power of his own, allowed the fight to continue. Helenius would not be denied as a barrage of punches on a staggering Kownacki forced Fields to step in and stop the fight.

Although Helenius was not given much chance of succeeding in this fight by some, sometimes all a fighter needs is one victory to revitalize their career. For the thirty-six year old Helenius, this could be such a victory. The win in a fight that was billed as an elimination bout in the WBA Heavyweight ratings catapults Helenius, who was not ranked in the top ten in the world’s respective sanctioning organizations rankings, right back into the discussion of potential Heavyweight championship challengers. Where exactly Helenius will be entered into the equation among the plethora of top contenders remains to be seen.

The events that took place over this two-day period including the previously covered card in Dubai, seemed to continue the trend the sport has been on in recent times. Boxing can truly be the theater of the unexpected. With arguably three separate upsets taking place across the four cards, it is natural to wonder what might happen next. It may indeed be too soon to call the year 2020:a year of upsets and the unexpected, but it certainly generates interest not only among the Boxing enthusiasts, but more importantly the casual fan. When the appeal of Boxing being that anything can happen at any given time is on full display and it succeeds in drawing the interest of potential new fans, the sport thrives. In a sport that is consistently the subject of criticism for its negative aspects, this should be viewed as a good thing. Something that frankly Boxing needs more of.

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Monday, March 9, 2020

Ramirez-Postol Rescheduled For May 9th In Fresno

It has been announced that the WBC/WBO Jr. Welterweight world championship bout between champion Jose Ramirez and former WBC Jr. Welterweight world champion Viktor Postol, which was originally scheduled for February 1st in Haikou, China , will now take place on May 9th at the Save Mart Center in Fresno, CA.

The bout, which will headline a nationally televised Boxing card in the United States broadcast by ESPN, was postponed in January due to the ongoing Coronavirus outbreak that has affected several countries worldwide. Similar to that postponement, several scheduled Boxing cards from China, to Italy, to Japan have all been cancelled or postponed as countries around the world look to combat the virus. For the moment, no scheduled Boxing or other sporting events have been compromised here in the United States due to the ongoing outbreak. 

We will keep readers updated as to any possible Boxing-related postponements, cancellations, or rescheduling as details become available.

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Saturday, March 7, 2020

Weekend Feature March 6th-7th, 2020 Update

We would like to let our readers know that new material discussing some of the action that has taken place in the sport of Boxing over the weekend of  March 6th and March 7th is currently in the works and will be released here on the website on Wednesday, March 11th. Stay tuned. "And That's The Boxing Truth."

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Friday, March 6, 2020

Quigg-Carroll Weights

The official weigh-in for Saturday’s Matchroom Boxing card headlined by a Jr. Lightweight bout between Scott Quigg and Jono Carroll took place earlier today in Manchester, England. Official weights for the full card, which will take place at the Manchester Arena and be televised in the United States on digital sports subscription streaming network DAZN are as follows:

Main Event: Jr. Lightweight - 12Rds.

Scott Quigg 129 3/4lbs. vs. Jono Carroll 130lbs.

Super-Middleweight - 12Rds.

Zach Parker 167lbs. vs Rohan Murdock 167 1/2lbs.

Heavyweight - 10Rds.

Hughie Fury 238 1/2lbs. vs Pavel Sour 243 1/4lbs.

Middleweight - 8Rds. 

Jack Cullen 161 3/4lbs. vs. Tomas Reynoso 162lbs.

Jr. Middleweight - 10Rds.

Anthony Fowler 156 1/4lbs. vs. Theo Tetteh 155 1/4lbs.

Jr. Welterweight - 8Rds.

Robbie Davies 143 1/2lbs. vs. Damian Yapur 143lbs.

Lightweight - 6Rds.

Dean Jones 136 1/2lbs. vs. Aqib Fiaz 135 3/4lbs.

Super-Middleweight - 4Rds.

Bradley Rea 161lbs. vs. Pavol Garaj 163lbs. 

Featherweight - 4Rds.

Ibrahim Nadim 126 1/2lbs. vs. Stefan Nicolae 124 1/4lbs.

Welterweight - 6Rds.

Reshat Mati 146 1/2lbs. vs. Abdallah Luanja 147 1/2lbs.

Bantamweight - 4Rds.

Blane Hyland 115 1/4lbs. vs. Joel Sanchez 116 1/4lbs.

Jr. Welterweight - 6Rds.

Dalton Smith 141 3/4lbs. vs. Benson Nyilawila 141lbs.

Quigg vs. Carroll takes place tomorrow (Saturday, March 7th) at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, England. The card can be seen in the United States and several international countries on digital subscription sports streaming network DAZN beginning at 2PM ET/11AM PT. (U.S. Time) For more information about DAZN including schedules, list of compatible streaming devices/platforms/Smart TVs, availability around the world, and to subscribe please visit: www.DAZN.com

In the United Kingdom and Ireland, the card can be seen on Sky Sports Main Event beginning at 8PM. (Local UK Time) For more information about Sky Sports including schedules and availability in your area please visit: www.SkySports.com. Check your local listings internationally.

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Results From Dubai

Undefeated Jr. Bantamweight Aliu Lasisi was held to a ten round split decision draw with a very determined Norbelto Jimenz on Friday night at Caesars Palace Dubai in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. At times a tactical and uneventful bout, Jimenz consistently brought the fight to the unbeaten prospect Lasisi. As the fight progressed, even though Jimenz seemed to get the better of most of the exchanges particularly when the two fighters would fight on the inside, Lasisi was able to be effective in landing periodic counter punches on his opponent. Jimenz was sent down to the canvas in round seven, but it was ruled a slip due to the fighters’ legs becoming tangled. Although one could make an argument that Lasisi’s effectiveness over the second half of the fight in countering Jimenz mY have been enough to sway the judges, the three official judges ended up deadlocked as two judges turned in scores of 96-94, splitting for each fighter while the third turned in an even score of 95-95 resulting in a split decision draw. Aliu Lasisi advances to 14-0-1, with 8 Knockouts. Norbelto Jimenz advances to 29-9-5, with 16 Knockouts.

Undefeated Jr. Middleweight Rohan Date scored a fourth round stoppage of Rivo Kundimang. Date was able to stagger Kundimang periodically throughout the fight with hooks to the head and combinations. The end came in round four with a body shot caused Kundimang to turn from the combat and the bout was stopped at 2:19 of the round. Rohan Date advances to 12-0-1, with 9 Knockouts.  Rivo Kundimang falls to 9-3-2, with 5 Knockouts.

In an upset Featherweight Ionut Baluta scored an eight round unanimous decision over former IBF Jr. Featherweight world champion TJ Doheny. Baluta appeared to outwork Doheny in the early rounds. Doheny was able to pick up his pace over the second half of the fight and was deducted a point in the final round for throwing Baluta to the ground. Despite the point deduction, Doheny appeared to be the effective aggressor throughout most of the fight. The three judges however, felt otherwise as all three judges scored the fight in Baluta’s favor. Ionut Baluta advances to 13-2, with 2 Knockouts. TJ Doheny falls to 22-2, with 16 Knockouts.

Undefeated Super-Middleweight Cesar Tapia scored a brutal fight round knockout over Steve Collins Jr. The bout began at a fast pace. Tapia connected with a flush left hook to the head of Collins, the son of former two-division world champion Steve Collins. A short, but brutal barrage of unanswered punches to the head followed that sent Collins down along the ropes. The bout was immediately waved off at 1:54 of round one. Cesar Tapia advances to 12-0, with 7 Knockouts. Steve Collins Jr.falls to 14-4-1, with 4 Knockouts.

In the Heavyweight division undefeated prospect Zhan Kossobutskiy scored a second round knockout over Abraham Tabul. Kossobutskiy dropped Tabul with a right hand to the body in round one a d scored a second knockdown of Tabul in round two with a combination to the head. Tabul took the full ten count following the second knockdown. Official time was 1:32 of round two. Zhan Kossobutskiy advances to 13-0, with 12 Knockouts. Abraham Tabul falls to 17-4-1, 14 Knockouts.

Unbeaten Jr. Lightweight Nurtas Azhbenov scored a first round knockout over JR Magboo. Nurtas Azhbenov advances to 9-0, with 4 Knockouts. JR Magboo falls to 18-5-2, with 9 Knockouts.

Undefeated Featherweight Lalrinsanga Tiau scored a six round decision over Haidari Mchanjo. Lalrinsanga Tiau advances to 3-0, with 1 Knockout.  Haidari Mchanjo falls to 11-8-4, with 5 Knockouts.

In the Jr. Middleweight division, undefeated Faizon Anwar scored a fourth round stoppage over Gideon Agbosu. Faizon Anwar advances to 3-0, with 3 Knockouts. Gideon Agbosu falls to 12-5, with 10 Knockouts.

Undefeated Jr. Bantamweight Sultan Nuaimi scored a four round decision victory over Sulis Barrera to remain unbeaten. Sultan Nuaimi advances to 2-0, with 1 Knockout. Sulis Barrera falls to 4-9, with 0 Knockouts.

This card, which was presented by MTK Global serves as an illustration of the global appeal of the sport of Boxing in bringing a worldwide televised Boxing card to Dubai. It also showed what is great about Boxing and by extension all combat sports. A look at several prospects on the rise, some quick knockouts, as well as some unexpected results. This observer believes two of these fights the main event between Aliu Lasisi and Norbelto Jimenz as well as the Featherweight bout between Ionut Baluta and TJ Doheny could see rematches at some point later this year. The question for MTK Global might be whether they will stage those encounters on the same card or if those rematches will take place on separate cards under the MTK Global umbrella. Clearly a rematch of both fights is warranted.

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