Friday, October 15, 2021

Dominguez Stops Rubio In 5: RJJ Boxing 10/15/2021 Results From Sinaloa, Mexico


Undefeated Welterweight contender Santiago Dominguez scored a dominant fifth round stoppage of Jesus Rubio on Friday night at the Auditorio Benito Juarez in Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico. Dominguez pressed the issue from the outset landing hooks to the body and head as well as mixing in uppercuts and right hands that kept Rubio moving backward trying to evade. Although Rubio was able to land a solid left hook to the head of Dominguez in round four, it was mostly one-sided in Dominguez’ favor. Following a Dominguez combination in round five Rubio turned his back appearing to indicate that he did not want any more and the fight was stopped. Official time of the stoppage was 1:03 of round five. Santiago Dominguez advances to 25-0, with 19 Knockouts. Jesus Rubio falls to 13-5-1, with 7 Knockouts.

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Jr. Lightweight contender Jose Nunez scored a one-sided ninth round stoppage of Osvaldo Maldonado. Nunez implemented a body, head attack from the opening bell consistently forcing Maldonado back and landing hard, thudding punches. Nunez suffered a low blow in round seven where he was on the ground for several minutes and appeared to be debating as to whether he was going to continue the combat. The action was halted when Maldonado’s corner stopped the fight at 1:02 into round nine when Nunez appeared to be nearing putting their fighter on the canvas. Jose Nunez advances to 22-1, with 22 Knockouts. Osvaldo Maldonado falls to 10-2, with 5 Knockouts.

 Featherweight Nazario Castro outworked Enrique Morales over six rounds to earn a unanimous decision. Morales was more active early on, but Castro picked up his pace in the third round and generally landed the harder punches of the two to earn the decision win. Official scores were 60-54, 59-54, and 58-56 all in favor of Castro. Nazario Castro advances to 7-2, with 3 Knockouts. Enrique Morales falls to 3-2, with 0 Knockouts.


This card ended a two night run of Boxing cards promoted by future Hall of Famer Roy Jones’ RJJ Boxing. While cards under the RJJ Boxing banner usually serve as a showcase for prospects nearing contention, these two cards in particular showed a mix of both prospects and contenders nearing the next levels of their respective careers. This observer was particularly impressed by unbeaten Lightweight Jorge Cota, who on night one was dominant in his fight with Edgar Alameda. Despite it only being his fifth professional bout, the nineteen year old Cota displayed a skillset of a fighter that is a seasoned professional and if he is able to continue his winnings ways, he may likely be in the mix of contenders in the talent deep 135lb. Lightweight division sooner than later.  This was followed by a grueling battle that frankly stole the show on night one between Super-Middleweights Lester Martinez and Raiko Santana, who engaged in a near non-stop ten round battle where I felt Santana got the edge due to a knockdown in round eight. Though I could see an argument for Martinez as having won the fight or one that would have resulted in a draw due to the ebb and flow constantly changing hands throughout, I would love to see a rematch between the two.


As for night two, both Santiago Dominguez and Jesus Nunez were impressive in their respective bouts in fights where frankly they did not face much resistance. It would be good however, to see both step up in the caliber of their opposition in their next bouts as both look to progress towards potential world championship opportunities down the road. Both fighters did make convincing arguments with these performances as fighters to watch as 2022 nears.

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Thursday, October 14, 2021

Gallegos Stops Lopez In 5: RJJ Boxing 10/14/2021 Results From Sinaloa, Mexico


Super-Middleweight Manuel Gallegos scored a fifth round stoppage of veteran Gabriel Lopez on Thursday night at the Auditorio Benito Juarez in Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico. Gallegos used his taller height to keep Lopez at distance where Lopez had trouble getting on the inside and being able to close the distance consistently. In round four, Gallegos dropped Lopez with a left hook to the body that sent Lopez down on his knees in a neutral corner. Although Lopez struggled, he was able to beat the count, but appeared clearly hurt. A short combination highlighted by a right hand to the head sent Lopez down for the second and final time as the bout was stopped without a count following the second knockdown. Official time of the stoppage was 1:21 of round five. Manuel Gallegos advances to 19-1, with 16 Knockouts. Gabriel Lopez falls to 10-6-1, with 7 Knockouts.

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In a grueling Super-Middleweight battle undefeated Lester Martinez overcame a knockdown in the late rounds to earn a very hard-fought ten round unanimous decision over Raiko Santana. The fight was fought in close from the outset with both fighters being more than willing to engage and neither really taking a backwards step. Martinez seemed to pull ahead slightly in the middle rounds, but Santana nearly brought the fight to a sudden conclusion when he dropped the unbeaten Martinez with a left hook to the body in round eight. Despite the ebb and flow seeming to shift towards Santana at that point in the bout, Martinez was able to regain his poise and pounded out the decision win. Official scores were 95-94 (On two scorecards), and 97-92 in favor of Martinez.  Lester Martinez advances to 10-0, with 9 Knockouts. Raiko Santana falls to 8-3, with 5 Knockouts.

Undefeated Lightweight prospect Luis Torres scored a second round knockout over late substitute Jose Guevara. Torres systematically walked Guevara down with steady pressure and power punches. The end came in the closing seconds of round two when Torres successfully cornered Guevara and knocked him down with a right hook to the body. Although the end of the round came while Guevara was on the canvas, he was unable to beat the count. Official time of the stoppage was 3:00 of round two. Luis Torres advances to 13-0, with 9 Knockouts. Jose Guevara falls to 6-6-1, with 2 Knockouts.

19 year old unbeaten Lightweight prospect Jorge Lugo Cota began the evening by scoring a six round unanimous decision over Edgar Alameda. Cota displayed superb head movement, a consistent a varied jab that he used to dictate the combat from the opening bell. Alameda was very “Game” and tried to fight back, but he was unable to land anything to quell Cota’s head movement or ability to dictate the fight. As the fight progressed, Cota began to implement a steady body attack and it was a flush left hook to the body that sent Alameda down late in round four. Although at times it appeared that the fight could have and perhaps should have been stopped due to the gradual beating Alameda was taking, he was able to last the six round distance in becoming the first to go the distance with Cota. Official scores were 60-53 (On two scorecards), and 60-52 all in favor of Cota. Jorge Lugo Cota advances to 5-0, with 4 Knockouts Edgar Alameda falls to 4-3-1, with 3 Knockouts.

This card was the first of two consecutive evenings of Boxing in Sinaloa, Mexico promoted by future Hall of Famer Roy Jones’ RJJ Boxing. We will continue our coverage on Friday night in addition to offering a summary of the two nights of Boxing. Stay tuned.

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RJJ Boxing 10/15/2021 Official Weights From Sinaloa, Mexico


The official weigh-in for Friday’s RJJ Boxing card took place earlier today in Sinaloa, Mexico. Weights for the card, which will take place at the Auditorio Benito Juarez and be broadcast globally by digital combat sports streaming network UFC Fight Pass are below.


Main Event: Welterweight – 10Rds.


 Santiago Dominguez 146lbs. vs. Jesus Rubio 144lbs.


Jr. Lightweight – 10Rds.


Jose Nunez 132lbs. vs. Osvaldo Maldonado 132lbs.


Jr. Middleweight – 8Rds.*


Jose Valenzuela 135lbs. vs. Jose Vazquez 157lbs.


(*Valenzuela nineteen pounds under the 154lb. Jr. Middleweight limit. Vazquez three pounds over the limit. Bout to go on as scheduled as of this writing.)


Featherweight – 6Rds.


Nazario Castro 126lbs. vs. Enrique Morales 127lbs.

*Card Subject To Change*


RJJ Boxing: Dominguez vs. Rubio takes place on Friday, October 15th at the Auditorio Benito Juarez in Sinaloa, Mexico. The card can be seen globally on digital combat sports streaming network UFC Fight Pass beginning at 10PM ET/7PM PT (U.S. Time.) For more information about UFC Fight Pass including schedules, list of compatible streaming devices/platforms/Smart TVs, availability around the world, local start times in your area, and to subscribe please visit:


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Wednesday, October 13, 2021

RJJ Boxing 10/13/2021 Official Weights From Sinaloa, Mexico

 The official weigh-in for Thursday night’s Boxing card at the Auditorio Benito Juarez in Sinaloa, Mexico, being promoted by Roy Jones’ RJJ Boxing took place earlier today. Weights for the card, which can be seen on digital combat sports streaming network UFC Fight Pass are below.


Main Event:  Super-Middleweight – 10Rds.


Manuel Gallegos 168lbs. vs. Gabriel Lopez 168lbs.


Super-Middleweight – 10Rds.


Lester Martinez 170lbs. vs. Raiko Santana 170lbs.


Lightweight – 10Rds.


Luis Torres 134lbs. vs. Jose Palos 136lbs.


Lightweight – 6Rds.


Jorge Cota 135lbs. vs. Edgar Alameda 136lbs.


*Card Subject To Change*


RJJ Boxing: Gallegos vs. Lopez takes place tomorrow night (Thursday, October 14th) at the Auditorio Benito Juarez in Sinaloa, Mexico. The card can be seen globally on digital subscription combat sports streaming network UFC Fight Pass beginning at 10PM ET/7PM PT (U.S. Time.) For more information about UFC Fight Pass including schedules, list of compatible streaming devices/platforms/Smart TVs, availability around the world, local start times in your area, and to subscribe please visit:


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 Press Release: October 13, 2021 By DAZN – IBF Featherweight ruler meets Martinez whilst ‘Belter’ defends WBC & IBO straps against Baumgardner 

Credit: DAZN


Kid Galahad will make the maiden defence of his IBF Featherweight World Title against former World Champion Kiko Martinez on the same night that WBC and IBO Super-Featherweight ruler Terri Harper returns to put her belts on the line against the USA’s Alycia Baumgardner, live exclusively on DAZN worldwide - excluding Australia and New Zealand.


The World Title double-header lands at the Utilita Arena Sheffield on Saturday November 13 and is supported by a stellar undercard that features Chris Billam-Smith (13-1, 10 KOs) making the first defence of his European Cruiserweight Title, Leeds Super-Bantamweight talent Hopey Price (6-0, 2 KOs), James Flint (9-0-1, 2 KOs) battling Dom Hunt (7-0, 1 KO) for the Central Area Welterweight Title, Donte Dixon (5-0, 3 KO) squaring off with Jordan McCorry (19-7-1, 4 KOs) in an eight-round Super-Featherweight contest,Raven Chapman (1-0, 1 KO), Sheffield Light-Heavyweight Khalid Ayub (1-0) and Oldham debutant William Cawley.


Sheffield’s Galahad (28-1, 17 KOs) turned in a superb performance as he clinically stopped Liverpool’s Jazza Dickens in eleven rounds to claim the vacant IBF crown at Matchroom HQ in Brentwood, Essex back in August – fulfilling his life-long dream of becoming a World Champion.


The Dominic Ingle-trained 31-year-old is targeting supremacy at 126lbs, and has already called for unification fights with the likes of WBC ruler Gary Russell Jr. and WBO Champion Emanuel Navarrete, but must first get past former IBF Super-Bantamweight Champion Martinez (42-10-2, 29 KOs).


Spain’s Martinez is relishing the opportunity to become a two-weight World Champion after suffering a controversial loss at the hands of Manchester’s Zelfa Barrett at The SSE Arena, Wembley earlier this year, and the 35-year-old is well known on these shores having shared the ring with multiple World Champions.


Harper (11-0-1, 6 KOs) looked sensational as she stopped Norway's Katharina Thanderz in nine rounds to retain her WBC and IBO 130lbs crowns last time out in November 2020 on the undercard of Katie Taylor’s win over Miriam Gutierrez in London. 


The Denaby favourite was set to defend her World Titles in a unification clash with South Korea’s undefeated WBA World Champion Hyun-Mi Choi in May before sustaining a hand injury that has kept her side-lined for a number of months, but will now look to get her career back on track against Baumgardner (10-1, 6 KOs) in Sheffield.


“I am beyond excited for this,” said Galahad. “It will give me a great sense of pride to be making my first World Title defence right here in Sheffield, the city where my boxing journey began with the legend Brendan Ingle. 


“Brendan told me way back when I was 14 years old that if I stuck with it, I would be a World Champion one day – so this will be a special moment for me, and it will be dedicated to Brendan and Alma Ingle. To make my maiden World Title defence right here in front of the incredible people of Sheffield, my family and my fans will be a very special moment. 


“Kiko is a former World Champion and has been in with multiple other World Champions so he has a huge amount of experience. He is a very tough man and never shy’s away during a fight. You’re always going to be in for a hard night’s work with Kiko who will be pushing, pressuring and punching all night long.


“We saw how sharp and hungry he looked against Zelfa Barrett recently so with this being his chance to become World Champion again, I’m expecting an even hungrier and sharper version and I will be preparing for exactly that, with no stones left unturned!”


“The UK is like my second home, I felt robbed against Zelfa Barrett, but all the fans know who the real winner was,” said Martinez. “I hope that this time the judges will be fair with me. Galahad is a very good boxer and I respect him, but I am very confident in my abilities. I am excited with this opportunity. To become a World Champion in a second weight division is my goal.”


“I am very excited to be back out on November 13 and continuing the journey,” said Harper. “It has been a tough year out with the injury, but we have been constantly working in the gym and I feel so much more focused mentally. I couldn’t think of a better return than at Sheffield Arena back in front of the home crowd where I last boxed before lockdown.”


“I hope Terri Harper understands that when you step in the ring with me, I’m throwing bombs,” said Baumgardner. “Terri will feel every punch I throw. My punches are thrown with evil intent and I intend to hurt her, and to become ‘The New’. My time is now, and everyone will know who ‘The Bomb’ is. Don’t let a pretty face fool you. On November 13 I can’t wait to show the world that god has blessed me with talent and I intend to show what happens when talent meets opportunity and my fist meets Terri Harper’s face.”


“After a fantastic performance at Fight Camp, Kid Galahad is back defending his IBF Featherweight World Title for the first time,” said Ed Breeze, EVP Rights at DAZN. “It doesn’t get much better than a maiden title defence in your hometown, against a former World Champion in Kiko Martinez. Terri Harper also returns to the ring after a year out, putting her WBC and IBO Super-Featherweight Titles on the line. This is certainly not one to miss, live on DAZN around the world.”


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Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Fury And Wilder Save The Best For Last?


As there always seems to be in the build up to many of the biggest fights/events in the sport of Boxing, the prelude to the third encounter between undefeated two-time Heavyweight world champion Tyson Fury and former WBC Heavyweight world champion Deontay Wilder was certainly not void of hype, trash talking between the two fighters, and of course the numerous “What If” scenarios and debates amongst both experts and fans as to how the third fight between the two would play out.  Such scenarios and “What If’s are often covered in various pre-fight writings penned by those of us who cover the sport including yours truly. No matter how much one analyzes what may occur when two fighters enter the ring to do battle, sometimes even the most experienced writers/journalists/historians/commentators can be surprised by what takes place. Although some would say that oftentimes such hype prior to a major fight can exceed what actually occurs on fight night and that indeed can be the case, there are times where the fight does the hype that preceded it justice.

This is exactly what happened on October 9th when Fury entered the ring to defend the WBC World Heavyweight championship against the man he took the championship from in February 2020, Deontay Wilder. In previewing this bout, this observer stated that it was my view that it was hard to envision Wilder becoming a more technical fighter in just one fight given the long period between fights and the fact that he had not fought in over twenty months due largely to both the ongoing COVID-19 global epidemic and the legal battle which preceded this third encounter, but to my surprise and I think anyone who looks at things with an objective mindset, Wilder began this fight with a strategy we did not see in the first two bouts, by attacking Fury’s body, most notably with his jab.

While some, particularly casual fans may not see the value in this approach, I felt it carried much of the tempo in the first two rounds as the former champion, now challenger was able to use what was for a time a consistent jab and mixing in right hands to the champion’s body to keep Fury at distance where he had trouble establishing his own tempo. It was this approach that I felt earned Wilder the first two rounds by simply showing patience. For a fighter that has been known primarily for his devastating punching power and not for technique, this was in a lot of ways showing that Wilder could add new elements to his skillset.

Although I was impressed with Wilder’s approach, it was not long before the third encounter went in another direction that was arguably more entertaining if you are a casual fan. In round three, the challenger would be caught by a Fury combination highlighted with a right hand to the head. As I watched this fight, I commented on social media that Wilder made one mistake and for a moment it appeared Wilder was both hurt and that the ebb and flow was firmly in the champion’s favor. Unlike the second encounter, which gradually became more one-sided as it progressed in Fury’s favor, this time Wilder responded as in round four still showing signs of being hurt in the previous round, he decked Fury hard with a right hand that sent the champion down near a corner of the ring.

As he had done when Wilder had knocked him down in the first of their three encounters, Fury did get up.  Despite this, Fury was clearly hurt and moments later Wilder would score his second knockdown of the bout by dropping Fury with another right hand to the head. Some might say that he benefited from a slow count by Referee Russell Mora, who had to stop midway through his count of Fury to tell Wilder to get back to a neutral corner. At this point in the fight, I will be honest with the reader that I was very surprised that Fury was able to beat the count after the second knockdown and that the fight was able to continue.

It was at this point however, that the fight got away from elements of technique and turned into a slugfest between two big men. While a slugfest is a type of fight that will always garner more attention, I felt that after scoring two knockdowns of the champion, Wilder got away from what had worked well for him in the first two rounds, which led to the success he was able to have in landing offense to the head, the body work. In fairness, it should be noted as this observer has often said over the years that fighters are human like the rest of us and while it is understandable in a sense after scoring two hard knockdowns that Wilder would want to be aggressive sensing that his power would be enough to take him the rest of the way toward regaining his world championship, without the set up that led to those knockdowns and by reverting back to his noted seek and destroy mentality, which at it’s core is based strictly on power punching, it allowed Fury time to recover.

As often happens in fights that are deemed “Slugfests,” there is a lot of trading offense between the two fighters, often heavy offense where a punch either way is capable of ending a fight. Even though Wilder was able to gain an advantage in my view in terms of scoring for a period of time, despite suffering the knockdown in round three, by winning the first two rounds and getting two knockdowns of his own in round four, by neglecting what worked well for him early, played into Fury’s hands as the bout progressed. Despite the fact that both fighters continued to trade punches with fight-ending intention, gradually Fury was able to use his 6’9 frame and 277lbs. to his advantage on the 6’7 238lb. Wilder.

With the battle rapidly turning into a war of attrition where Fury opted to use his physicality to turn the tempo of the combat in his favor, the fight continued on. Although there was a clear shift in momentum towards the champion in the middle rounds of this fight, Wilder was still very dangerous and, despite both fighters fighting fatigue, I felt the fight could end at any moment, but as it progressed seeing the punishment both men were dishing out to each other, I wondered what was keeping both up. Usually when something like that comes to mind, you know you have witnessed a fight that can only be described by two words “A Classic.”

Nevertheless, as the fight moved into the late rounds of the scheduled twelve round world championship bout, it appeared that Fury’s physicality was taking a toll on Wilder more so than Wilder’s power punches were on the champion. While Wilder remained extremely dangerous, at this point as the fight moved into the ninth round, I began to wonder two things. One would the fight be able to go the distance with both fighters throwing bombs at each other and two, if it somehow managed to make the twelve round distance, would the knockdowns earlier in the fight have an impact on the overall scoring.

After all, even after what has to be thousands of fights on every level of the sport amateur, professional, and professional bareknuckle bouts that I have covered over my many years covering and writing about Boxing, you never really know what way three judges may be leaning, even though the experience you gain by both watching fights as a fan or covering bouts in the capacity of a journalist can give you the means to make an educated guess. By this point, although I felt Wilder did do some good work early on and did gain the advantage, which for a period of time nullified Fury’s knockdown of him in round three, by round nine with the momentum clearly in Fury’s favor, I wondered if Wilder had one more offensive burst in him that could have made a difference in the scoring if it were needed, even as he looked extremely exhausted both from the pace of the fight as well as the punishment he had taken.

In some ways, the way Deontay Wilder looked at this stage resembled how he appeared for much of the second fight when frankly the combat was more one-sided in Fury’s favor. The obvious difference this time was though he was fatigued, Wilder was still dangerous, still fighting hard, and even as it seemed as though he had, had enough punishment where you almost expected to see either the referee step in or the corner either throw in the towel as was the case in the second fight, or to stop the fight between rounds, Wilder kept fighting and landing offense periodically despite going down for the second time in round ten from a Fury right hand. Despite this, as someone who has unfortunately seen circumstances emerge from fights that were allowed to go on longer than they should have been that have resulted in fighters either suffering permanent damage or dying from injuries suffered in fights, I did start to wonder in the late rounds particularly after the second knockdown in the tenth round,  if Wilder would end up being seriously hurt if the clear visual of extreme fatigue and increased punishment were not enough to convince the referee, his corner, or even a ringside physician that he had taken enough punishment.

By the same token, Fury was not coming out of this fight unscathed and had also taken punishment throughout. Of the two fighters however, the champion seemed to have a little more left in him as he won both rounds nine and ten convincingly in my view. As the fight entered the eleventh round, Fury had pulled away on my unofficial scorecard to the point that if Wilder could not land a fight-ending blow or at least score a third knockdown of the champion, I could not see him being able to win a decision. This was particularly due to both how he looked visibly, his decreased offense later in the fight, which was obviously attributed to fatigue, but may have also been the result of what was later revealed to be a broken right hand, which compromised Wilde’s primary weapon later in the fight. This set the stage for the conclusion of this third battle between two warriors. Round eleven.

It was in the eleventh round where Fury would stun Wilder with a right hand, despite being hurt, the former champion tried as much as he could to hold on to the bigger champion to try and recover, but it was not to be. Fury would score his third and final knockdown of Wilder with a flush right hand to the head that sent the former champion down hard on the canvas. There would be no count as Referee Russell Mora immediately stopped the fight.

There is no disputing the heart Deontay Wilder showed in this fight as similar to when the bout was stopped in the second fight, he protested and insisted he could have continued. A fighter’s heart and courage notwithstanding, I agreed with the stoppage and even in defeat Deontay Wilder can and should hold his head high after putting forth a brave and valiant effort in defeat.  Although Fury having won two of the three fights by what were brutal knockouts should be enough for most to say that the rivalry between the two is over, I am not certain.

It cannot be overlooked that there was a lot of bad blood between the two fighters going into this third bout and, despite Fury showing sportsmanship after the fight in wanting to congratulate his opponent and say good fight, Wilder according to the champion did not or would not return the respectful gesture. While some may choose to make an issue of this and say that “Bad Blood” is often a manufacturing tool to promote bouts and that fighters should not take things seriously in that regard, only Fury and Wilder know if the ill feelings between them is truly legitimate.

As for why I am not necessarily convinced that this third chapter will close the book on the Fury-Wilder trilogy, we are talking about two fighters who are at the very top of the division and while there are always fighters and contenders looking to maneuver their way into fighting for a world championship, even in defeat, Deontay Wilder is still a legitimate top-five Heavyweight who can give anyone a tough fight and has dropped Tyson Fury four times in their three fights. With undefeated unified IBF/WBA/WBO/IBO Heavyweight world champion Oleksandr Usyk nearing a rematch against former two-time Heavyweight world champion Anthony Joshua, which could take place in the spring of 2022, Wilder may be a potential opponent for the winner of that fight, if of course the winner of that fight does not pursue a bout with Fury for the Undisputed world championship. With Fury also having WBC number one contender Dillian Whyte in line for a title shot, Wilder will likely have to fight a few fights to get back in contention if a fight with the winner of Usyk-Joshua 2 is not in the cards. For the moment, Wilder should take time to recuperate from what was a grueling three bouts with Fury and two consecutive bouts where he sustained significant punishment.

While it was not long ago where Wilder turned down what was a lucrative offer to sign with digital subscription sports network DAZN, which would have in theory led to an encounter with the then undefeated Joshua for what would have been the Undisputed world championship, a decision that many including yours truly questioned, Wilder did say that he was betting on himself and while there may have been elements of the business of the sport, that could well have been looking out for their best interests as opposed to his, it was a gutsy move that if he were able to avoid the two setbacks against Fury, he would have been in a great position where he may have been able to obtain an even more lucrative offer.  Now having suffered two losses to Tyson Fury, the end is not near for Deontay Wilder as a fighter, but he will need time to recover both physically and mentally before he begins the comeback process. Despite the two losses, he still has the power to see himself back on top of the division and if he takes time to further develop a more disciplined Boxing approach that we saw glimpses of early in this third encounter with Fury, he will likely be right back in the mix.

As for where this series of fights ends up in the discussion in the all-time great trilogies, assuming that there will not be a fourth fight at some point, I am not sure. Most great trilogies throughout Boxing history regardless of weight class all have qualities that make a viable argument as to where they place in such discussion. Since this observer is not convinced that Fury and Wilder will not cross paths again, all I will say in closing is this third bout between the two was one of the best Heavyweight fights, if not the best, I have covered in over twenty-five years writing about and covering Boxing. While this obviously covers an awful lot of ground, I will say that it is also not often that you see a Heavyweight fight in the modern era of the sport, even at the highest level as this was, able to make an argument as being a Fight of the Year candidate. This fight is an exception and even though there is still 2 ½ months to go in 2021, for now, Fury-Wilder 3 has my vote.


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Monday, October 11, 2021

14th Annual Bushwick Film Festival (Oct 20-24) 18th & GRAND: THE OLYMPIC AUDITORIUM STORY


Screening online: Wed Oct 20 - Sun Oct 24, 2021 at

Press Release: October 11, 2021 By GenPop – BROOKLYN,– Los Angeles native and music producer Stephen DeBro trades mic for camera, aiming for a knockout in his debut film, the epic story of a cathedral of violence and the remarkable woman who ran it. For eighty years, boxing, wrestling, roller derby and punk rock rattled the concrete walls of the Olympic Auditorium, reverberating far beyond its downtown LA location, sending shockwaves across the world.  

Ruben Navarro Credit: Willard Ford

In 18TH & GRAND: THE OLYMPIC AUDITORIUM STORY, DeBro chronicles larger-than-life characters and violent clashes—pointing up parallels between what was happening in the ring and in the streets--conflicts over race, gender and identity that continue to roil America.

Deadline: “[...] a fascinating record of power, gender, race and culture told through the lens of one of L.A.’s greatest landmarks. 

From harnessing Mexican-American empowerment via 1940s pachuco Zoot-suited boxing star Enrique Bolaños, threatening norms of masculinity with cross-dressing wrestler Gorgeous George, and nurturing the cocky self-promotion of Muhammad Ali, Olympic promoter Aileen Eaton stopped at nothing to sell tickets, courting controversy while making history. A pioneering woman who thrived in an almost exclusively male domain, Eaton built an empire of violent entertainment through decades of visionary programming and promotion. 

Hyperallergic: "18th and Grand centers on renowned fight promoter, Aileen Eaton. [...] Despite the odds, Eaton managed to thrive in the masculine-centered world." 

DeBro spoke with a host of unforgettable characters, capturing a disappearing culture where stars, mobsters, politicians and artists rubbed shoulders at ringside. In addition to James Ellroy, Mamie Van Doren, Ed Ruscha and John Doe, DeBro documented important voices who passed away during the making of the film, including Hall of Fame announcer Dick Enberg, wrestling star Rowdy Roddy Piper, and high-flying roller derby skater Gwen “Skinny Minnie” Miller. 

Variety: "[...] weaves together boxing, wrestling, punk rock, roller derby and local history with an “only in L.A.” perspective that firmly situates the historic auditorium in the city’s culture." 

Award-winning music supervisor Howard Paar (I’M THINKING OF ENDING THINGS, A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD, CAN YOU EVER FORGIVE ME) blends classic songs with a dynamic score by versatile L.A. funk ensemble Jungle Fire, taking the audience on a high-octane ride through the big fights and growing pains of American society…with volume cranked up to 11.
About the director: 

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Stephen DeBro worked in all facets of the music business before turning his attention to filmmaking. He headed the jazz and eclectic music division of Atlantic Records under legendary founder Ahmet Ertegun, working with a diverse set of artists, including Norah Jones, George Carlin, Kris Kristofferson and Elastica.

Inspired by childhood memories of the Olympic, reawakened by the indelible images of photographer Theo Ehret, DeBro shaped his vision into 18TH & GRAND: THE OLYMPIC AUDITORIUM STORY, a paean to a lost world and cipher to decode an oft misunderstood city.

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Press Release: By Probellum – Los Angeles, CA – October 11, 2021 - Probellum is proud to announce the huge promotional signing of boxing legend and nine-time, four-weight world champion Nonito DonaireDonaire (41-6, 27 knockouts) is the reigning WBC Bantamweight champion, and is universally recognized as one of the greatest boxers of the last 20 years. 

Credit: Probellum

The 'Filipino Flash' won his current world title with a fourth round knockout win over Nordine Oubaali earlier this year, while he has also claimed world honours at flyweight, super-bantamweight and featherweight.

He has been involved in some of the biggest fights that the sport has seen, sharing the ring with fellow greats like Jorge Arce, Guillermo Rigondeaux, Vic Darchinyan, Naoya Inoue and Carl Frampton.

An extremely popular figure, Donaire is loved and respected around the world, and will now look to add to his already-earned Hall of Fame legacy by joining forces with Probellum, and continuing his long-time relationship with Probellum President Richard Schaefer.

Probellum's number one goal is to empower fighters and galvanize a global fanbase, while promoting the best and biggest fights to boxing fans around the world, with Donaire's arrival helping to achieve that.

His signing sees him follow in the footsteps of other elite names to team up with Probellum, including Regis Prograis, Badou Jack, Eimantas Stanionis, Arthur Biyarslanov, Taras Shelestyuk, Ricky Burns, Eduardo Hernandez and Brandon Moore.

Probellum has also secured co-promotional agreements with some of the biggest promoters in the sport, such as Wasserman Boxing, Universum in Germany, Maravillabox Promotions in Spain, LNK Boxing in Latvia, Glozier Boxing in New Zealand, Shuan Boxing Promotions in the Dominican Republic, Team Ellis Boxing in Australia, Armin Tan Promotions in Indonesia, and Box Office Sports in Ghana.

"Richard Schaefer has always been a “'fighter’s first' promoter," said Nonito Donaire. "I am convinced that with his vision, leadership skills and passion for the fighters he will elevate the sport and most importantly continue to empower fighters. I am proud to be part of Team Probellum and continue my relationship and friendship with Richard."

"In my past 14 years in active boxing, I have never known a person like Richard," said Nonito's manager and wife Rachel Donaire. "For 20 years he has made his name as the one who stood by the fighters.

"Every person I have spoken to who had worked with Richard had the utmost respect and admiration for his passion for the fighters. When we made the shift to work with Richard, it couldn’t be more true that he was a man of his word; fighters come FIRST.

"Richard is a man I would follow into the fire as his knowledge, experience and compassion to fighters is unrivalled. Congratulations to Richard and his team on Probellum. I couldn’t be more happy to continue this next journey with Richard in our corner."

"Nonito and Rachel Donaire are not just the best husband and wife or fighter and trainer team in boxing today but most certainly in the history of the sport," said Richard Schaefer, President of Probellum.

"Nonito is one of the GREATEST fighters in boxing. A future Hall of Famer and four-division and nine-time world champion, but it is not just his talent in the ring but his personality, charisma and values outside of the ring which make him the champion and role model he is.

"I am fortunate to call him my friend. It is a pleasure and an honor for me to have him join Probellum and I can’t wait to help him unify the bantamweight division and conquer many more world titles."

News on when Donaire will have his first fight after signing with Probellum will be announced in the near future.

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Friday, October 8, 2021

Fury-Wilder III Weights

 The official weigh-in for Saturday’s third encounter between undefeated two-time Heavyweight world champion Tyson Fury, current holder of the WBC Heavyweight world championship, and former WBC Heavyweight world champion Deontay Wilder took place earlier today in Las Vegas, NV. Weights for the entire card, which can be seen on ESPN+ Pay-Per-View, Fox Sports Pay-Per-View, as well as through cable/satellite providers throughout the United States are below.


Main Event: WBC Heavyweight world championship – 12Rds.


Tyson Fury (Champion) 277lbs. vs. Deontay Wilder (Challenger) 238lbs.


Heavyweight – 12Rds.


Robert Helenius 246lbs. vs. Adam Kownacki 258lbs.


Heavyweight – 10 Rds.


Efe Ajagba 237lbs. vs. Frank Sanchez 240lbs.


Featherweight – 10Rds.


Robeisy Ramirez 126lbs. vs. Orlando Ruiz 126lbs.


Super-Middleweight – 10Rds.


Edgar Berlanga 168lbs. vs. Marcelo Coceres 166 1/2lbs.


Heavyweight – 8Rds.


Jared Anderson 240lbs. vs. Vladimir Tereshkin 256lbs.


Featherweight – 4Rds.


Bruce Carrington 127lbs. vs. Cesar Cantu 127lbs.


Jr. Middleweight – 10Rds.


Julian Williams 156 1/2lbs. vs. Vladimir Hernandez 153 1/2lbs.


Heavyweight – 8Rds.


Viktor Vykhryst 233lbs.  vs. Mike Marshall 242lbs.


Fury vs. Wilder III takes place on Saturday, October 9th at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, NV. The fight as well as it’s three bout undercard can be seen in the United States on ESPN+ Pay-Per-View as well as on Fox Sports Pay-Per-View and through cable/satellite providers beginning at 9PMET/6PM PT for $79.99. There will also be a portion of preliminary bouts that will air on ESPN+ and the national Fox Sports 1 cable network beginning at 7PM ET/4PM PT. To order on ESPN+ please visit: To order on Fox Sports please visit: The event will be available through both the ESPN and Fox Sports apps available on mobile, tablet, connected streaming devices, and Smart TVs. To order via cable/satellite contact your cable/satellite provider for ordering information, 


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Everlast Releases First Deontay Wilder NFT on Blockparty An NFT of Wilder’s custom Everlast boxing gloves will launch ahead of fight against Tyson Fury


Press Release: By Everlast and SouceCode Communications - NEW YORK — October 8, 2021 — NFTs are on the rise in the sporting industry and today Everlast, the

leader in fight sports, announced the release of its first NFT in collaboration with world renowned fighter

Deontay Wilder. The NFT will be a replica of the custom Everlast gloves Wilder will wear in his upcoming

fight against Tyson Fury on Saturday, October 9th. 

Credit: Everlast/SourceCode Communications

Deontay Wilder is a disruptor in the boxing world and this NFT will commemorate his grit, talent and

dedication to the sport ahead of his match with Fury. Everlast partnered with digital collectibles platform,

Blockparty, to bring the NFT to life, which will be released on the platform at 7pm ET on Saturday,

October 9.

“This fight is incredibly important to me and it is something that I’ve been ready to make happen for

some time now, and I know my fans are ready as well. This NFT felt like another way to help give them

something to take away from the fight and to hold onto as a part of Team Everlast,” said Deontay Wilder.

“I’m excited to see it come to life and help get my fans in the spirit after a long wait. It’s going to be a

fight to remember!”

“At Everlast, we believe in pushing boxing to new limits, from the fighters on our roster to the way we

engage our community. We’re excited to be expanding into cryptocurrency with the launch of our first

NFT alongside Deontay Wilder,” said Chris Zoller, vice president of marketing and product development

at Everlast. “This NFT is not only an opportunity for us to continue to innovate as a brand, but also to

provide boxing fans another way to engage and collect their favorite memorabilia.”

The NFT design was inspired by collecting sports memorabilia, connecting both the digital and physical

worlds in one experience. Everlast is releasing 41 NFTs of the glove on fight day, representing the 41

knockouts that Deontay has had in his career. This weekend’s fight will be the final of the two opponent’s

trilogy fights set and will be available to watch on PPV. The fight will take place in Las Vegas, NV at 7

pm ET.

“Bringing people together in a meaningful way is at the core of what we do at Blockparty, and to have

the opportunity to leverage our platform to engage the boxing community (including fans and athletes) is

an exciting moment for us all,” said Vladislav Ginzburg, CEO of Blockparty. “What the Everlast brand

has created is nothing short of iconic, with one of the strongest communities in the sports &

entertainment world, stemming from its rich history. We’re thrilled to be the partner that helps deepen

relationships within this community through the launch of Deontay Wilder’s first NFT.”

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About Everlast Worldwide Inc.

The preeminent brand in boxing since 1910, Everlast is the world’s leading manufacturer, marketer and

licensor of boxing, MMA and fitness equipment. From legendary champions Jack Dempsey and Sugar

Ray Robinson to current superstars Dustin Poirier and Deontay Wilder, Everlast is the brand of choice

for generations of world champion professional athletes. Built on a brand heritage of strength,

dedication, individuality and authenticity, Everlast is a necessary part of the lives of countless

champions. Based in Manhattan, Everlast’s products are sold across more than 75 countries and 6

continents. For more information, visit

About Blockparty

Blockparty has created a new class of digital collectibles across art, music, and sports to enable users to

share and earn value together. Through its Non-Fungible Token (NFT) Marketplace, Blockparty will

enable fans to fully own, sell, and trade digital assets while allowing creators to build more valuable

relationships with their fans by offering incentives, rewards, and giveaways through digital collectibles.

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Fury-Wilder III: The Final Chapter?


Most associate trilogies as the third chapter serving as the finale. In Boxing however, most trilogies arrive at chapter 3 with a simple process. This process usually consists of two fighters splitting two heated fights, which leads to the culmination of the rivalry between the two in what is thought to be the final battle, the third fight. 


The rivalry between undefeated two-time Heavyweight world champion Tyson Fury and former WBC Heavyweight world champion Deontay Wilder has not been one that most would call a “Normal” trilogy. For it was in their first fight in December 2018 that Wilder, the then unbeaten WBC world champion overcame a deficit on the scorecards by scoring two knockdowns of Fury including a near fight ending knockdown in the twelfth and final round to earn a draw to retain his crown. A decision that even with two knockdowns in his favor, some felt should have gone to Fury. 


While there was over a year between fights one and two, in which both men were able to maintain their unbeaten records, the result of a draw did not quell the issue and fueled demand for the rematch. A rematch that would take place in February of last year with Wilder's WBC crown again on the line. 


This time there was an emphatic outcome. Fury opted to change his approach from his normal elusive style and became more aggressive. In simple terms, he brought the fight to Wilder, which was something that frankly I, or many others did not expect. It was this approach that changed the dynamic of the combat compared to the first fight as it forced Wilder, a fighter known for being a “Knockout Artist,” who can end a fight at any given moment into a position where for the first time in his career, he was the one being pressured and pushed back. This noticeable change made the tempo significantly different compared to the first fight where Fury was able to win rounds with his elusiveness before Wilder was able to make up ground with the two knockdowns that saved his world championship. 


The second encounter was different in that it would be Wilder who would find himself on the canvas for the first time in his career. What stood out to me following the first knockdown Wilder suffered in round three as a result of a right hand to the head from Fury, was that he had trouble with his equilibrium from this point of the fight on and even though he was able to get up from that knockdown, the combat became increasingly one-sided and he was not able to turn the tempo in his favor. Those who saw the coverage of that second fight saw me speculate that Wilder’s equilibrium issues may have been caused by a ruptured eardrum, which Wilder was bleeding from the left ear. Whatever the case might be, Wilder’s offensive output continued to gradually decrease and it was in round five that he would suffer the second knockdown of the bout.  


While I was very vocal in my coverage of the rematch in saying that I felt the fight should have been stopped after round three due to the obvious equilibrium problems Wilder was having in addition to bleeding in his ear and in his mouth, something which I stand by, the fight would go on until round seven when Wilder’s then co-trainer former two-time Welterweight world champion Mark Breland threw the towel in to save his fighter from further punishment. 


Although I could spend hours talking about the several excuses and accusations that were made by Wilder, towards Fury, Breland, and even saying that his wardrobe in which he entered the ring were responsible for his performance and subsequent loss, out of respect for the reader, I will move on by simply stating that accusations of Fury potentially cheating from Wilder and those armchair online critics were unfounded. The rift between the former world champion and Breland however, resulted in Breland being fired as co-trainer and former Heavyweight contender and previous Wilder opponent Malik Scott stepping into the trainer’s role. 


Readers may also recall that this third fight, which will take place on Saturday, October 9th at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, NV and can be seen here in the United States on both ESPN+ Pay-Per-View and Fox Sports Pay-Per-View as well as through cable/satellite providers, was not initially going to take place in 2020. It was not long ago that there was a deal in place for Fury to defend his WBC crown against then unified IBF/WBA/WBO/IBO Heavyweight world champion Anthony Joshua in what would have been a bout to determine the Undisputed Heavyweight championship of the world.  As there always seems to be in Boxing however, nothing is quite as it seems as Wilder, was contractually obligated an immediate rematch and despite the announcement that Fury and Joshua were to meet at some point this year, that would not be what would happen as Wilder’s legal fight to enforce his rematch clause was granted via arbitration and thus the third Fury-Wilder bout becomes the first bout in Boxing history as far as this observer has been able to research that comes literally by court order 


The bout was originally scheduled for July, however, further complicating things was Fury testing positive for the COVID-19 virus, which has resulted in the bout taking place on October 9th. As for Anthony Joshua, his side of the Heavyweight world championship equation was thrown a curveball when he lost his unified crown to Oleksandr Usyk on September 25th in London, England via twelve round unanimous decision. So, what was thought to be a year where one World Heavyweight champion would emerge, 2021, will instead be known as the year where everything goes back to square one. 


Now, how will Wilder-Fury III play out? Well, it is important to keep in mind that even though it can be a cliché that anything can happen when two fighters get into a ring and this especially holds true in regard to Heavyweights. The focus going into this fight, despite Tyson Fury’s recent bout with COVID-19 will be on Wilder. Can Wilder make any adjustments from his approach in the second fight, in which he was clearly unprepared for what Fury brought to the ring that night. What psychological effects if any did the first loss of his career, a knockout loss, in which he suffered significant punishment throughout have had on him? 


By the same token, what effects did Tyson Fury suffer from his bout with COVID-19. While there is still a lot of unknowns regarding the virus and the world is still very much in the midst of a global epidemic as a result, some fighters who have come down with the virus have shown no ill effects after recovering from it, others meanwhile have shown what might be lingering effects that have compromised their performance in their returns to the ring. It goes without saying that each case is different and just because a virus might affect an athlete one way does not necessarily mean that it will affect another in the same way. 


In this case, we are talking about two very big men in terms of physical stature as both stand 6’9 and 6’7 respectively and both fight well over the 200lbs. In fact, in the second fight, Fury came in at 273lbs. compared to Wilder’s 237lbs. While it is frankly hard to envision Wilder becoming a more technical fighter in just one year between fights where he has not been active, the most logical scenario would be for him to try and bring the fight to Fury early. This would not only be a way to test if Fury has indeed recovered from COVID-19, but more specifically, he must get the champion’s respect from the outset if this fight is to go any differently from the second encounter.  


If Fury does not have any lingering effects from his bout with COVID-19 and intends to approach this fight similar to how he did the second fight, it will be interesting to see if he will try to end the fight quicker this time around and whether or not Wilder will be ready for such an approach this time. At his best, Tyson Fury is an elusive boxer who uses awkwardness to get the upper hand on his opponents and can outwork them over the course of a fight. While I have no doubts that Fury still remembers how to win fights with that approach, the second fight with Wilder showed that when he wants to, he can score knockouts and do so in devastating fashion. Whether or not that knockout win or the issues outside the Boxing ring and in the legal ring that has led to this third fight will influence his approach is something that remains to be seen. 


Will this third encounter be the final chapter in this rivalry? Obviously, this observer cannot answer that question, but with the rivalry being 1-0-1 in Fury’s favor going into this fight, if Wilder were to regain his crown no matter in the way it might happen, it would obviously open the door for a possible fourth fight between the two if not more. It was after all not long ago that future Hall of Famers Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez engaged in four brutal battles and even though Marquez only won one of those fights after earning a draw in the first encounter and losing two disputed decisions in fights two and three, many would say he got the last laugh by scoring a brutal knockout of Pacquiao in their fourth and final battle. Although this observer honestly felt for a lengthy period of time that there would be a fifth bout between the two, that was not meant to be as both men are now retired. The rivalry between Pacquiao and Marquez however, shows that some rivalries in Boxing do not end in three fights regardless of the outcomes. While it may be unlikely that we will eventually see Fury and Wilder engage in six battles inside the ring as was the case with Sugar Ray Robinson and Jake LaMotta, I personally don’t see this rivalry ending in three fights. Obviously, the outcome of chapter 3 might go a long way in determining whether the story of Tyson Fury versus Deontay Wilder will continue beyond the third fight, but I would not be surprised. We will see how Chapter 3 is written on Saturday, October 9th. 


“And That’s The Boxing Truth.” 


Fury vs. Wilder III takes place on Saturday, October 9th at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, NV. The fight as well as it’s three bout undercard can be seen in the United States on ESPN+ Pay-Per-View as well as on Fox Sports Pay-Per-View and through cable/satellite providers beginning at 9PMET/6PM PT for $79.99. There will also be a portion of preliminary bouts that will air on ESPN+ and the national Fox Sports 1 cable network beginning at 7PM ET/4PM PT. To order on ESPN+ please visit: To order on Fox Sports please visit: The event will be available through both the ESPN and Fox Sports apps available on mobile, tablet, connected streaming devices, and Smart TVs. To order via cable/satellite contact your cable/satellite provider for ordering information, 


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