Luis Hands Dargan First Career Loss

Dargan and Luis Photo Credits: David Spagnolo/Main Events

Dargan and Luis
Photo Credits: David Spagnolo/Main Events



The much-anticipated main event featured Philadelphian Karl “Dynamite” Dargan (17-1, 9 KOs)* against Tony “The Lightning” Luis (28-5, 18 KOs) for the WBC Continental Americas Lightweight Championship.

The first round started slow with both fighters feeling each other out. Luis appeared to control the second round keeping Dynamite on the ropes. Dargan was down in the third and the referee ruled it a slip. Luis continued to be the aggressor in the fourth. Dargan began to return fire late in the fourth and Luis thew a punch after the bell that enraged Dynamite.

Tony continued to throw bunches of punches to start the fifth including an aggressive body attack. In the later rounds Luis continued to be the aggressor keeping Dargan up against the ropes. Dargan suffered an injury to his left eye in eighth round but the doctor deemed him okay to continue to the ninth round.

Dynamite landed a hard shot in the tenth but Luis countered and knocked down Dargan. He managed to finish the fight but, unfortunately, the cards were not in his favor. Tony Luis won via unanimous decision with the final score 97-92, 99-90 and 97-92 and handed Dynamite his first career loss. Continue reading

“The Pride of Pittsburgh III”: Vasquez vs. Lartey February 20th‏

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High-energy hometown favorite and unbeaten welterweight Sammy Vasquez Jr. (17-0, 13 KOs) will return to action seeking his 10th consecutive victory by knockout when he takes on fellow southpaw Emmanuel Lartey (17-2, 8 KOs, 1 NC), of Brooklyn, N.Y. by way of Ghana, in the 10-round main event of a ShoBox: The New Generation tripleheader live on SHOWTIME® (10 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) from CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pa.

In the co-feature of the Goossen Promotions event, former longtime Cuban amateur star and current third-ranked WBC light heavyweight Humberto Savigne (12-1, 9 KOs, 1 NC), of Miami via Guantanamo, Cuba, will take on undefeated Craig Baker (15-0, 11 KOs), of Baytown, Texas, in an 8/10-round bout.

In the opening bout of the telecast, talented southpaw and WBA No. 7 ranked featherweight Claudio Marrero (17-1, 13 KOs), of Miami by way of the Dominican Republic, will box an opponent to be announced in an eight-round match. Continue reading

El dos veces Campeón Nacional, Miguel Cruz peleará por primera vez ante su gente‏

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El dos veces Campeón Nacional del Boxeo Aficionado de Puerto Rico, Miguel Alejandro Cruz ( 6-0, 5 KO ), natural del barrio Los Flamboyanes de Aguada, estará haciendo su primera pelea en el ámbito profesional en Puerto Rico, el sábado, 21 de febrero en el coliseo Francisco ‘Pancho’ Deida del pueblo de Hatillo, donde en la pelea estelar, el puertorriqueño Emmanuel Rodríguez estará defendiendo su título Latino de la OMB ante el clasificado número 10 por la Asociación Mundial de Boxeo ( AMB ), Luis Hinojosa de la República Dominicana.

Cruz de 5’11” de estatura, terminó con marca de 65-15 en el boxeo aficionado, siendo Campeón Nacional de Puerto Rico en el 2009 y 2012 de las 152 libras. En la actualidad, el invicto boricua entrena en Orlando, Florida bajo la tutela del entrenador, O’neil Watson.

“En el boxeo aficionado estuve peleando muchas veces en Puerto Rico, pero por primera vez pelearé profesional y estoy contento porque podré demostrarle a mi gente lo que traigo en las 147 libras”, dijo Miguel Cruz que continuó,”le voy a dedicar esta pelea a mi mamá porque es la primera vez que me va a ver pelear y hace mucho tiempo que no la veo porque entreno afuera. Ser campeón mundial es importante, es mi meta, pero mi sueño es comprarle una casa y hacerla orgullosa”. Continue reading

Weights from Philadelphia

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Colon – Munoz

Prichard Colon 151.4 – Hector Munoz 153.8
Stephen Fulton 123.1 – Eric Gotay 122.9
Anthony Prescott 150.2 – Grayson Blake 146.7
Kyrone Davis 159.8 – Jonathan Garcia 160
Raynell Williams 133.9 – Ryan Picou 135.5
Jamontay Clark 150.6 – Dominique Foster 150.6
Earl Newman 180 – Yuwshua Zadok 181.1
Antonio Russell 116.2 – Harold Reyes 120

Promoter: King’s Promotions & XFE
Venue: 2300 Arena
1st Bell: 6:45 PM

Tickets for this great night of boxing cost $100, $75 and $50 and can be purchased by calling 610-587-5950 or http://www.hboxing.eventbrite.com

Rafael Vazquez & Luis Rosa Jr. Impress on Broadway Boxing

Photo credit: Ed Diller/DiBella Entertainment

Photo credit: Ed Diller/DiBella Entertainment

On Thursday night, DiBella Entertainment (DBE) hosted an action-packed Broadway Boxing card in front of a raucous sold-out crowd at NYC’s famed B.B. King Blues Club & Grill, headlined by the always-exciting world-ranked super bantamweight contender Rafael Vazquez, who put on an impressive display of punching power.

In the evening’s main event, Vazquez, 122, scored an impressive TKO after four rounds over San Antonio’s Joseph Rios. Following a tame first frame, Vazquez twice dropped Rios in round two with left hooks. In the third, Vazquez was hurting Rios, 120¼, with every punch, particularly his straight rights. A jab-straight right combination to the ear brought a downtrodden Rios to his knees at the end of the fourth round. Rios did not continue on into the fifth. Vazquez improved to 13-1 (11 KOs), while Rios saw his record fall to 13-12-2 (4 KOs). Continue reading

Again: Believe it when you see Pacquiao and Mayweather in the ring

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By Rich Mancuso

What’s going on here? Again this writer refers to the words of Dick Young the late and great New York sports scribe. So Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. had this impromptu meeting Tuesday in Miami at halftime of a basketball game. And now supposedly this mega fight of four years in the making is close to reality.

But is the fight closing in? Once again believe it when you finally see the two in the ring trading fists, because there are still obstacles preventing this fight from becoming and breaking all time revenue records in boxing history.

You hear and read that Bob Arum, who has a promotional contract with Pacquiao, agreed to the major obstacles that have made this a drama good for reality television. The drug testing protocols, date and venue, and split of the purse from all accounts are in place. The rights to televise what would be an all-time pay-per-view revenue maker reportedly have been agreed to be a joint venture with Showtime/CBS and HBO/Time Warner. Continue reading

The Boxcino 2015 Bracket Challenge Contest‏

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Banner Promotions is pleased to announce a brand new interactive contest where fans from all over the United States can be involved in boxing’s premiere tournament–Boxcino 2015!!!

The Contest: Attention fans! Artie Pelullo of Banner Promotions, Inc. is pleased to announce “The 2015 Boxcino Brackets Challenge Contest.”

The Rules:
1.Fill in each slot on the official Banner Boxcino Brackets, making your predictions on which fighters will advance to the semifinal and final rounds in both the Jr. Middleweight and Heavyweight rounds of the 2015 Boxcino Tournament. Continue reading