Peter Manfredo, Jr. Honored by Connecticut Boxing Hall of Fame induction

Peter Manfredo Jr. landing a right to his opponent's chin   (all pictures courtesy of Emily Harney Photography / The Fight Source)

Peter Manfredo Jr. landing a right to his opponent’s chin
(all pictures courtesy of Emily Harney Photography / The Fight Source)

After spending the majority of his young life training inside a gym or boxing in a ring, Peter “The Pride of Providence” Manfredo, Jr. is enjoying life outside the ring for the first time on a daily basis with his family, as he prepares for his upcoming induction into the Connecticut Boxing Hall of Fame (CBHOF).

Members of the Class of 2014 will be inducted at the 10TH annual CBHOF Gala Induction Dinner on Saturday night, November 8 in the Uncas Ballroom at Mohegan Sun.

The new CBHOF inductees also includes former two-time World Boxing Association (WBA) heavyweight champion John “The Quietman” Ruiz, referee Michael Ortega, International Boxing Federation president Daryl Peoples, trainer Paul Cichon and the late boxing judge William Hutt.

Manfredo (40-7, 21 KOs) starred in the inaugural season of NBC’s reality television show, The Contender. The two-time world title challenger was born and raised in Providence and he now lives in Dayville, Connecticut. A beloved fan-friendly fighter, he was unbeaten in 11 professional fights held in Connecticut. Continue reading

Dusty Hernandez-Harrison to face Michael Clark November 1 in DC


All In Entertainment presents live Professional Boxing on Saturday, November 1, 2014 from the historic DAR Constitution Hall, featuring the very best talent from the Washington, D.C. region.

The Main Event features the long awaited return home of Washington, D.C.’s own undefeated WBC Youth Welterweight Champion, Dusty Hernandez-Harrison (23-0, 12 KOs), as he takes on veteran Michael Clark of Columbus, OH (44-11-1, 18 KOs). Clark has challenged for World Championships, faced world ranked contenders throughout his career and is believed to be the type of challenge needed for Hernandez-Harrison’s career heading towards superstardom.

Eager to return to the ring following an injury to his ankle, Hernandez-Harrison shared that, “This fight is big for me. I’ve been working even harder at camp because I want a strong come back. It will be great to fight in front of my fans here in D.C. They haven’t seen me fight at home in almost a year and a half so my Dad and I are excited for the huge turnout against a really tough opponent like Clark.”

Hernandez-Harrison’s father and trainer, Buddy Harrison, said “Dusty’s been going hard in the gym. We’ve been really demanding of him at training camp and he’s going against some top-notch sparring partners.” In preparation for the match up against Clark, the elder Harrison explained that “He’s tough, no question about it; but we’re ready and I know Dusty will be ready to put on a great show for his fans. We couldn’t be happier to be back in Washington, D.C.” Continue reading

Thomas Dulorme comenzó su entrenamiento en California para combate a finales de año‏


El campeón NABF de las 140 libras, Thomas Dulorme ( 21-1, 14 KO ) de Carolina, Puerto Rico comenzó hoy su preparación en Oxnard, California bajo el mando del reconocido entrenador, Robert García para su próximo compromiso en el cuadrilátero.

Se espera que Dulorme, quien es manejado por el veterano, Cameron Dunkin, este de regreso para finales de año.

“Tenemos varias fechas, pero no queremos adelantarnos hasta que sea oficial, pero de seguro estamos de regreso y será una importante pelea para luego ir en busca de los grandes nombres”, dijo Thomas Dulorme de 24 años de edad,”No peleo desde marzo, pero eso no impedirá que pueda cerrar el año con una gran victoria para mi gente de Puerto Rico”.

Próximamente se estarán dando más detalles.

Dulorme esta clasificado #2 en la Asociación Mundial de Boxeo ( AMB ), #4 en el Consejo Mundial de Boxeo ( CMB ) y en la Federación Internacional de Boxeo ( FIB ) y #5 por la Organización Mundial de Boxeo ( OMB ).

En su última pelea, la cual fue su primera bajo el mando del entrenador, Robert García, el veloz carolinense se coronó campeón de la Federación Norteamericana de Boxeo ( NABF, por sus siglas en inglés ) perteneciente al Consejo Mundial de Boxeo ( CMB ), cuando derrotó al estadounidense, Karim Mayfield ( 18-2-1, 11 KO ) por decisión unánime, el pasado 29 de marzo de 2014 en una pelea transmitida en vivo por la cadena HBO.

Martin Murray and Domenico Spada come face to face for Monte Carlo’s “Title Tornado”‏

Murray and Spada

Murray and Spada

High-riding middleweight Martin Murray of the UK says he plans to “do a job” on Domenico Spada on Saturday, using the opportunity to demonstrate that he is one of the best middleweight fighters in the world.

Murray was speaking at the media conference for the weekend’s “Title Tornado” tournament in Monte Carlo where the eight boxers came face to face for the first time on Wednesday evening in the famous 151-year-old casino.

It was a veritable United Nations with boxers representing the UK, South Africa, China, the US, Colombia and Italy in attendance.

Having gained momentum in the past year, Murray says he wants to make a major move in 2015 – “there are some big fights out there” – but must first deal with Spada.

The Italian himself pleaded only that Murray not be too defensive. “I hope he will fight . . . I want to give the fans a good show.” Continue reading

Media Predictions for Hopkins vs Kovalev‏


One of the most anticipated fights of the year, the light heavyweight unification bout between Bernard “The Alien” Hopkins and Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev, has the boxing world split with the fight just weeks away.

This will be one of the biggest obstacles of each man’s career as they look to unify titles and stake their claim as the best light heavyweight in the world.

Take a look at how top media members see the Nov. 8 unification bout going:

(Answers compiled by Jack Obermayer) Continue reading

Se suma Luis Cruz a la cartelera del 14 de noviembre en el Coliseo Roberto Clemente‏


Universal Promotions anunció en la tarde de hoy la integración de Luis ‘El Artesano’ Cruz (21-3, 16KO’s) a la magna cartelera que presentará la compañía el viernes, 14 de noviembre en el Coliseo Roberto Clemente de San Juan.

“Lamentablemente y por problemas fuera de nuestras manos, Luis Cruz no pudo pelear en la cartelera que presentamos el 27 de septiembre en Gurabo. Ahora es un hecho que ‘El Artesano’ estará activo en la cartelera del 14 de noviembre en San Juan. Definitivamente el Coliseo Roberto Clemente se estremecerá con la calidad de boxeadores y los competitivos combates que estaremos presentando esa noche”, manifestó el presidente de Universal Promotions, Javier Bustillo.

‘El Artesano’, quien recientemente firmó con Al Haymon, intentará recuperar su lugar entre los principales prospectos del mundo y volverá a pelear ante su gente luego de tres años de ausencia. Cruz no se ve acción en Puerto Rico desde abril de 2011, esto cuando derrotó al mexicano Martín Osorio en Bayamón. El pasado mes de agosto en Washington, Cruz cayó controversialmente por decisión dividida ante el mexicano, Joaquín Chávez. Continue reading

Famous Fighter of the Week: Marvelous Marvin Hagler

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By Matthew Baker

Nicknames like “Smokin’ Joe”, “Sugar Ray”, and “Iron Mike” are a major part of boxing culture. But, in 1982, the Middleweight Champion of the World – whose birth certificate read “Marvin Nathaniel” – actually had his name legally changed: Marvelous Marvin Hagler.

As a teenager, the young native of Newark, NJ saw the destruction of his home in the Newark riots of 1967. Relocating with his family to the Massachusetts town of Brockton (home of the legendary Rocky Marciano), Hagler learned to box and paid his dues, fighting many fearsome middleweights for 6½ years before ever having a shot at the world title. When the chance finally came, he fought Vito Antuofermo to a frustrating draw.

Ultimately, Hagler’s patience and perseverance paid off. When he finally won the championship (against Alan Minter, who beat Antuofermo in 1980), he would continue to hold it for nearly 7 years and 12 successful title defenses, knocking out a record 78% of his opponents. The most famous of these was his legendary 3rd round TKO against Tommy Hearns. He also won a unanimous decision against the formidable Roberto Duran.

Hagler’s reign as Middleweight Champion of the World ended in 1987, when he lost a controversial split decision to Sugar Ray Leonard, who came out of retirement to face him (and subsequently retired again). This exceptionally even match is hotly debated to this day.

After retiring from the ring, Hagler moved to Milan, where he lives today, enjoying national celebrity as a movie star in the Italian cinema a boxing commentator on British television. He has never been knocked out.