33rd Ring 8 Awards on Dec 8 in NYC

The 33rd annual Ring 8 Holiday Event and Awards Ceremony will be held Sunday afternoon (12:30-5:30 p.m. ET), December 8, at Russo’s On The Bay in Howard Beach, New York.

Ring 8 has announced its 2019 award winners, headlined by Fighter of the Decade Amanda “Real Deal” Serrano (37-1-1, 27 KOs), of Brooklyn by way of Puerto Rico; undefeated heavyweight contender (Fighter of the Year) Adam “Babyface” Kownacki (20-0, 15 KOs), of Brooklyn by way of Poland; Legend Award winners three-time, three-division world champion Iran “The Blade” Barkley (43-19,1 27 KOs), of Bronx, and two-time, two-division world champion Junior “Poison” Jones (50-6, 28 KOs), of Brooklyn; and two-time world heavyweight champion “Terrible” Tim Witherspoon (55-13-1, 28 KOs), of Philadelphia, the Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Award winner.

2019 RING 8 Award Winners

Fighter of the Decade: Amanda Serrano
Fighter of the Year: Adam Kownacki
Legends Award: Iran Barkley & Junior Jones,
Muhammad Ali Humanitarian: Tim Witherspoon
Sam Kellerman Media Award: Gerry Cooney & Randy Gordon
Long & Meritorious Service: Daryl Peoples
Uncrowned Champion: John Capobianco
Prospect of the Year: Left “2 Gunz” Gonzalez
Member of the Year: James Monteverde
NYS Official of the Year: Waleska Roldan
Trainer of the Year: Scott Lopeck
Manager of the Year: Keith Connolly
Community Service Award: Michael Corleone
Amateur of the Year: Nisa Rodriguez
Amateur Official of the Year: Michael “Biggie” O’Conner
Good Guy Award: Peter Frutkoff

The famous Jack Johnson Exhibit will be on display, Gerry Cooney will conducted a book signing and special guests will also be on hand.

David Diamante will once again serve as the event’s Master of Ceremonies.

Tickets are $125.00 include a complete brunch with cocktail hour upon entry, followed by seating at the awards ceremony, dinner and dessert, and top-shelf open bar throughout the afternoon. There will also be a silent auction of boxing memorabilia. This event is expected to sell-out and everybody is urged to purchase tickets as soon as possible to secure favorable seating. Donations of any denomination are welcome for those unable to attend the festivities.

Go online to www.Ring8ny.com for more information.

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ESPN+ to air Boesel-Fornling on Saturday

Top Rank and SES Boxing have inked a deal to bring the SES shows in Europe to the U.S. market. The first telecast is Saturday with the WBA interim light heavyweight title fight between Dominic Boesel (29-1, 11 KOs) and Sven Fornling (15-1, 7 KOs) at the Messe Arena in Halle/Saale, Germany. Commentators at ringside will be Sky Sports’ Andy Clarke and Ben Davison, trainer of Tyson Fury.

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Benedict Poelchau, Bob Arum, Ulf Steinforth and Carl Moretti (left to right)

The telecast also features Rio bronze medalist and amateur world champion Mohammed Rabii (9-0, 5 KOs) against Jesus Gurrola (27-14-3, 14 KOs) in a super welterweight clash, heavyweight hopeful Peter Kadiru (5-0, 1 KO) against Perdo Martinez (7-10, 3 KOs), and super middleweight Stefan Haertel (18-1, 2 KOs) against David Zegarra (34-3, 21 KOs).

The next German show on ESPN+ will be in January.

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Boxing back in Salem, Oregon

By Ricardo Ibarra

Regional promoter Pure Combat will stage a mixed combat sports event this Saturday at the Salem Armory in Salem, Oregon, with over twenty total contests scheduled. Boxing, Muay Thai, mixed martial arts, and kickboxing, will all be showcased, with five professional boxing matchups slated for the card. Topping the boxing portion of the lineup will be unbeaten Oregonian Chris Johnson (6-0, 1 KO) squaring off with Seattle area fighter Niko McFarland (4-4-2, 1 KO) in a five-round bout.

Johnson, a crafty southpaw fighting out of Bend, Oregon, was a successful Pacific Northwest amateur before turning pro in March of 2018. He’s racked up six straight wins since entering the paid ranks, with four victories under his belt in 2019 so far. In his last outing, he claimed a five round unanimous decision win over durable journeyman Antonio Neal in September.

McFarland, of Kent, Washington, is proving to be a better fighter than his early record would suggest. He began his pro career in 2016 suffering four consecutive losses, although two of those came against rising undefeated prospect Giovanni Cabrera Mioletti in competitive fights. He changed course a year into his pro career, though, going 4-0-2 in his next six fights. He last fought in June, battling to a four round majority draw against Nick Brindise.

“This fight could go either way,” said matchmaker Leonard Gabriel. “It’ll come down to who wants it more. Johnson has looked good as a young prospect, but this will be the toughest fight he’s had to date. This will tell us a lot about where he’s at. We’ll see if he has what it takes to get to that next level, and I think he has the potential to do so. But McFarland is not a push over. He doesn’t have a great record, but he’s been in some wars against some good fighters. He’s coming to win…I’m excited for this fight.”

Johnson and McFarland will face off over five rounds at the 154 lbs. limit with four additional fights making up the remainder of the pro boxing side of the card.

Popular Portland lightweight Lorenzo Caldera (2-0, 2 KO) will step back into the ring looking to add his third win as pro, taking on Anthony Zender (1-4) in a four-round bout. Caldera, who was a standout local amateur, competing in over one hundred bouts, has shown some potential as a pro. He broke into the paid ranks with a first-round drubbing of Jerold Gregori in April and followed that up with a first-round win over Phillip Schwartz in August. Zender, meanwhile, will be looking to break a four-fight losing run. He last fought in September, suffering a third-round stoppage loss to Christian Camarena in California.

Also on the card will be undefeated Jr. welterweight Nino Delgado (3-0, 2 KOs) taking on Justin Horsley in a four rounder; lightweights Bryan Sanchez and Ryan Atteberry facing off in a four round battle of pro debuters; and lastly Portland’s Joe Aguilar making his entrance into the pro game against an opponent to be announced soon. The rest of the card will feature pro and amateur MMA, kickboxing and Muay Thai.

“We’re trying to build fans on both sides,” said Leonard Gabriel of the promotion’s goal. “We’re putting all these disciplines together in one ring. Its pure combat. Every combat sport there is, we have in one ring on one night. Fight fans that may not go to other combat sports events because they don’t have an interest in them or maybe they haven’t been exposed to them get to see it all with our card…They’re different sports but they’re very similar. The sacrifice and the discipline these fighters make is all the same…We want to expose fans to that so they can appreciate them all.”

“Fans can expect a great night at the fights,” continued Gabriel. “We have a fight for every combat sports spectator. Whether its kickboxing, Muay Thai, MMA, boxing, we have it. We have a lot of young up and coming athletes…A lot of guys looking to break through…We have it all. You need to need to be at the Salem Armory November 16th.”

Doors to the event will open at 4 p.m. with the preliminary card set to start at 5 p.m. For more information visit the Pure Combat Facebook page. The card is also scheduled to stream on FITE TV PPV.

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Oubaali takes aim at Inoue unification clash

By Robert Coster

The co-main event of the Naoya Inoue-Nonito Donaire battle last Thursday saw WBC bantamweight champion Nordine Oubaali retain his title with a convincing decision over the Monster’s younger brother Takuma Inoue.

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This victory has no doubt opened the door for a grudge match between both titleholders and Oubaali says “the sooner, the better. Naoya is over-hyped. Let’s unify our titles.” Fightnews.com® reached the WBC monarch to talk about the possible intriguing showdown between the two unbeaten boxers.

Any remarks about the fight with the younger Inoue brother?

Of course, I am happy that I won clearly as it naturally is a big challenge defending your belt in the opponent’s home country. It was not an easy fight because Takuma came in very motivated. We fought in front of 20,000 of his fans so he gave a 110 % performance. Me on the other hand, I felt not at my best for a number of reasons. We have however identified the weak points and surely my next performance will be even better.

Did you watch Inoue vs Donaire? What did you think of champion Inoue’s performance? Is he really such a “monster”? Are you going to be the monster-tamer?

I watched Naoya’s fight from my locker room and the fight pretty much went the way I expected it. Nonito did very well and he exposed the weaknesses of Naoya. Nonito almost KOed Naoya at some point and I think the Nonito of a couple of years ago would have done the job. Naoya is a good fighter that deserves respect but that’s it, not more and not less. If and when I fight him, I will beat him.

Was your victory celebrated in France? I’m sure you would like a rebirth of boxing in France.

France is a country with a rich boxing tradition, but for some reason in the past couple of years it went down. I am currently the only world champion coming out of France so, of course, the media is keen on what I’m doing and the fight was shown live in France. My popularity is rising quickly and many people already recognize me.

I am confident that my success motivates and paves the way for young talents to follow my footsteps. In my training group that my brother Ali Oubaali who is also an ex-Olympian and successful pro boxer leads, there is one of the best upcoming talents – Souleymane Cissokho (Olympic Bronze medal).

One should also not forget that I have two hearts in my chest – besides the French one it is very important for me to also represent the home of my ancestors which is Morocco. My success also ignited a wave of euphoria in Morocco that motivates many young talents to pick up the sport and I am very proud of that.

Inoue has signed up with Top Rank and his next bout will be in the USA. Would you like to be on that card?

Sure, why not? I won my world championship in Las Vegas and it would be nice to come back to defend it. I have trust in my manager Mirko Wolf of MTK Global and I know that MTK is working closely with Top Rank so I am sure good things will come.

So, what is your message to Inoue? You are aiming at 2-0 against the Inoue family?

Naoya Inoue called me out after I beat and dropped his brother in front of him and his fans.
I like Japan so I don’t want to take away their hero from them but I also want his WBA and IBF belts so let’s do it! Anytime, anywhere!

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Zerafa: My heart bleeds

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

WBA #8 middleweight Michael Zerafa is still in shock after his friend and sparring partner, IBF #9 light middleweight Dwight Ritchie, collapsed and died after a body shot during a sparring session in Melbourne on Saturday. Ritchie was helping Zerafa is prepare for a rematch with former WBO welterweight champion Jeff Horn, which is scheduled for December 18 in Brisbane.

“There are simply no words to describe how I am feeling right now,” Zerafa said. “Dwight was one of the most humble people I have ever met. We had known each other since we were teenagers when we were just starting out in the sport. And for the past 10 years, Dwight and I had been supporting each other inside and outside of the ring.

“There had always been a professional and mutual respect between us. (Saturday) was an absolute tragedy, and as tough as it is right now for myself, I can only imagine how difficult the past 24 hours has been for Dwight’s family.

“My heart bleeds for his three children and his beautiful partner. I have spoken to the family and given my deepest condolences. The boxing community has lost a truly great person and I have lost a mate.”

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Keys defeats Monteiro at the Boat

By Ricardo Ibarra
Photos by Mike Blair/Boxingprospects.net

Claiming his eleventh consecutive victory, Tacoma’s Andre Keys (12-1, 5 KOs) scored a unanimous decision win over Manuel Monteiro (7-2, 7 KOs) on Saturday night at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, Washington.
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Headlining the 124th edition of Brian Halquist Productions’ ‘Battle at the Boat’ series, Keys used his superior movement and more accurate punching to out-box the game Monteiro over ten rounds.

Keys had to contend with Monteiro’s aggressive and busy attack early in the bout, but as the fight progressed, he settled into a rhythm and used his better boxing abilities to counter effectively and land the heavier shots. The judges all had Keys winning the fight, though by varying margins. Official scorecards read 99-91, 98-92, and 96-94.

Keys, a former amateur stand-out and pupil of former U.S. Olympic team head coach Tom Mustin, has now strung together eleven straight wins since suffering his lone pro defeat in 2016, with this recent win coming against arguably his most durable opponent to date. Monteiro, meanwhile, drops his second loss in a row. The ten round fight was contested in the Jr. welterweight division.

In the light heavyweight semi-main event of the card, Portland’s Alex Cazac (2-2) defeated local fighter Juan Jackson (2-2), taking a five round unanimous decision win. Cazac overcame a slow start in the first round to take control in the second, pressing well to the head and body. He continued to land consistently throughout the remainder of the fight, controlling most of the action with the more effective attack. The official scores all read 49-46.

Heavyweight Sua Tuani (2-0, 1 KO) added a second win to his pro ledger, defeating Rafael Brewster (0-1) by four round unanimous decision. Tuani dropped Brewster with a body shot a minute into the opening round, and again in the third after unloading with a volley. All three judges scored the fight 40-35 for Tuani.

In a closely contested lightweight match-up, Alaska’s William Parra-Smith (3-4-1, 3 KOs) and Marco Garcia (0-0-1) battle to a four-round draw. Parra-Smith employed an aggressive approach from the start, pressing forward and working well in close. Meanwhile Garcia, who was making his first appearance in the paid ranks, worked well off his jab and from a distance. Each fighter had his moments in a close fight. Official tallies read 40-36 for Parra-Smith, 39-37 for Garcia, with the last judge seeing it even at 38-38.

Canadian amateur standout Cody Brown (1-0, 1 KO) made his debut as a professional fighter, scoring a first-round stoppage win over Vancouver, Washington’s Dylan Blakesley (0-5). Brown, of Langley, B.C., dropped Blakesley early in the opening round with a body shot. He dropped him for a second time, again with body shots, before unloading with a barrage that prompted the referee to step in and call it at 1:50 of the first round. The bout took place in the welterweight division.

In the card’s opening match-up, Nikolas Vasquez (1-0, 1 KO) entered the paid ranks with a second round TKO win over Jose Cervantes (0-1), who was also making his pro debut. Vasquez sent Cervantes to the canvas in the first with a right hand. He scored another knockdown, this time with a body shot, mid-way through the second. The referee called it as Cervantes laid on the canvas at 1:45 of the second round. The bout was contested in the welterweight class.

Brian Halquist Productions returns to the Emerald Queen Casino for the next ‘Battle at the Boat’ January 17th. Tickets are available at the EQC box office and all Ticketmaster outlets. For more information visit www.halquistproductions.com or the Battle at the Boat Facebook page.

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Elrich beats Haley by split decision

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

In a two-man war, Sydney based super-middleweight Ali “Technician” Elrich ( 6-0-1,4KO’s) outscored New Zealander, Chase “ Hellboy” Haley (6-6-3,2KO’s) over ten action rounds to capture the WBF world title at the Whitlam centre at Liverpool, Sydney, NSW, Australia on Saturday.

Haley was the aggressor during the contest and continually forced Elrich into the ropes where both super middleweights boxed effectively on the inside. Southpaw Elrich displayed clever footwork that got him out of trouble during the contest and connected with solid head and body shots consistently that kept his opponent off balance.

Scores at the conclusion were split with judge Justin Kennedy 95-94 (Haley) with Kevin Hogan 97-95 (Elrich) and Pat O’Connor 97-93 (Elrich).

The WBF belt was placed around Elrich’s waist by WBF Vice President Paul Saunders. Elrich and Haley had boxed a ten round draw in July that was a crowd pleasing encounter.

In other action, Tasmanian light middleweight Luke “Fast and Cocky” Woods (6-2,2KO’s) edged Koen “Malicious” Mazoudier (6-1,2KO’s) over ten rounds with the IBO Orient title up for grabs. Southpaw Woods came to fight and continually pressured Mazoudier. The Blacktown light middleweight was in excellent condition and consistently connected with solid head and body shots. At the conclusion scores were Judge Wayne Douglas 97-93, Kevin Hogan 97-96,Pat O’Connor 95-95.IBO Asia Vice President Steve Scott presented the belt to Woods.

New Zealand born and Liverpool based super-middleweight Tyson Turner (5-1,3KO’s) stopped Grafton’s, Zac Cotten (1-6-1,1KO) in round five of a scheduled eight round contest.Turner was aggressive in all the rounds that had the fleet footed Cotten on the backmove throughout the bout. In round five Turner had his opponent in trouble and the corner of Cotten threw the towel into the ring and Turner was crowned the winner and new Pro Box New Zealand Champion at 1.57.

Middleweight Caulum Macalister (1-0-0) made a successful professional debut when he outscored Krishna Mudaliar (6-9-2) over six rounds to score shutout decision by scores of Kevin Hogan 60-54, Pat O’Connor 60-54, Wayne Douglas 60-54.

Former national amateur champion Manuer Matet (1-0,1KO) stopped Fijian, William Mel (1-4-1) in round four of a scheduled six in a super featherweight contest. The rangy Matet dominated his shorter opponent who boxed gamely but after being dropped twice in round four the referee Wayne Douglas crowned Matet at 2.07.

Sydney based – New Zealand born Heavyweight Danny Rio (5-3-2,4KO’s) scored a four round shutout over Brisbane based and New Zealand born Patrick Thunder Taito (1-4-1,1KO) over four rounds by scores of 40-36,40-36,40-36.

Promoter Huss El-Achrafi

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