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News: Boxeo Telemundo; Melissa Hernandez; Darren Antola; More

Miami, FL: After nearly 9 years of absence in the Tampa area, “Boxeo TELEMUNDO” returns with a dynamic show this Friday, June 4 at the A La Carte Event Pavilion in Tampa, FL. In the main event Mercito “Guerrero” Gesta (17-0-7 KO’s) of Cebu, Philippines will face Oscar “El Estudiante” Meza (19-3-17 KO’s) of Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico in a bout schedule for 12 rounds with the WBO Youth World Jr. Welterweight Title at stake. Also local hero Edner “Cherry Bomb” Cherry (27-6-2-15 KO’s) of Tampa, FL will battle Ira Terry (24-3-14 KO’s) of Memphis, TN in a bout schedule for 10 rounds in the Lightweight division..

The card will also feature the US debut of Noe “El Carbonero” Gonzalez (23-1-15 KO’s) of Montevideo, Uruguay who will face Jose Michael “Michi” Munoz (22-4-11 KO’s) of Mexico in a fight also schedule for 10 rounds in the Middleweight division.

A total of 10 fights are schedule with the first bell at 7:00 PM. The event is being promoted by Tuto Zabala, Jr.and All Star Boxing, Inc. “The New Generation”, Aaron Jacobs and Fight Night Productions, LLC and Chester Koerner of TKO Boxing Productions, LLC. The Gonzalez-Munoz bout is in association with Sampson Boxing, LLC.

The main event will be televised live at 11:35 PM by the Telemundo Network on HD.

Tickets are already on sale at the A La Carte Event Pavillion, 4050 Dana Shores Dr., Tampa, FL or by calling (404) 787-7593.


Hernandez and Jeffrey on Indiana Card

Saturday June 5 in Evansville, Indiana at the National Guard Armory, Melissa "Huracan" Hernandez (12-0-1) and Ronica Jeffrey (3-0) will fight on a card promoted by Billy Reese.. Hernandez will battle slugger Lindsey Garbatt (4-2) in the scheduled 8 round co-main event, and Jeffrey faces (0-1) Samantha Huber in a scheduled six round bout. For more information, contact Brian Cohen, 267-257-8957.


CUTMAN DARREN ANTOLA TO BE AS BUSY AS DEREK JETER ON YANKEE STADIUM FIELD NEXT SATURDAY NIGHT

BRONX, NY (May 28, 2010)—On Saturday night June 5th, A special and historical night of boxing will take place at Yankee Stadium.

The night will be special for many reasons to many people. But for one it will particularly special as for Darren Antola it will be a chance to serve as a cutman for WBA Super Welterweight champion Yuri Foreman in his title defense against former two-division champion Miguel Cotto.

Antola who grew up in North Jersey was a rabid Yankee fan as a kid and like many kids in his neighborhood, had dreams of donning the pinstripes and being a Yankee.

Antola will be a busy man on June 5th as before he accompanies Foreman to the ring, he will be in the corner of emerging prospects Jorge Diaz and Pawel Wolak.

“This fight night is definatly a dream come true for me to participate at Yankee Stadium”, said Antola.

“Growing up I was a huge fan of the Yankees and Don Mattingly and I don’t think I was any different from anybody else on wanting to play for the Yankees and now I can work on the same grounds as Derek Jeter on a high profile stage.”

Antola began to box at the Times Square Gym where he met Jimmy Archer who was the brother of Middleweight contender Joey Archer.

Unfortunately, Antola was in a car accident which cut short any type of in-ring career.

Antola had the fire to stay around boxing and would hang around boxing gyms and just talk boxing with the likes of Lou Duva and legendary cutman Ace Marotta.

Also at the gym was world renowned trainer Tommy Brooks, who just happened to be the son-in-law to Duva.

Also in the gym was another cutman named Jimmy Colotto. Colotto learned his trade from Chicky Ferrera and Charlie Goldman.

Colotto took Antola under his wing and young Darren began to learn everything there was to know about being a competent cutman.

Antola continued to observe and learn in the gym until he was ready to work his first corner.

Although a little nervous, Antola remembered a very important bit of advice he received from Archer and that is “Don’t Panic and just do your job”

Antola’s first experience with a cut happened in an exhibition bout in Ohio where Antola was working with Archer. The fighter for which Archer was working with suffered a cut just ten seconds into the round, when sitting in the corner, Archer told Antola “Darren, be ready to take care of that cut”

Much to his surprise the nerves were gone and Antola went to work on the fighter’s cut. The cut was not a problem for the remaineder of the fight and Antola had his calling.

Months later, Brooks came to Antola and told him that it was time to leave the exhibition circuit and join him and Duva in the paid ranks. Antola wanted to seek approval from his mentor, and Archer gave him his blessing to become a professional cutman.

From that point on, Antola begun working with Brooks and Duva first at the Red Brick Gym in Newark, New Jersey then later at a gym that Brooks and Duva opened up in West Paterson, New Jersey.

Antola has built up a great reputation for himself as he has been in the corner for Yuri Foreman’s WBA Super Welterweight title winning effort this past November 14th in Las Vegas. Not bad for a kid from New Jersey.

Antola also has manned the corner of other world champions such as former WBO Jr. Welterweight champion Kendall Holt as well as former Heavyweight champion of the world Riddick Bowe and former Jr. Welterweight champion Vivian Harris as well as former two-time cruiserweight title challenger Bobby Gunn.

In addition to Foreman, Wolk and Diaz, Antola also is the chief cutman for some of New Jersey’s finest prospects such as Jeremy Bryan, Victor Valenzuela, as well as Maryland’s undefeated Light Heavyweight, Mark “TNT” Tucker.


ASTANA ARLANS FIRST WSB TEAM TO LAUNCH NAME AND LOGO

Lausanne, Switzerland, 1 June 2010 – The city of Astana in Kazakhstan today became the first of the 12 World Series of Boxing franchisees to launch its team name and team logo. The Astana Arlans will be competing out of the nation's capital in the WSB Asian conference against teams from Baku, Beijing and Delhi from November 2010.

The Astana Arlans' Commercial Manager, Mr Serik Kassymov, explained the thoughts behind the creation of the logo. "The Arlan is the alpha wolf and in our culture this is a very noble predator that is widely respected. We chose this as our logo to reflect both the aggressive nature of the sport but also the fact that boxing is known as the 'noble art'," he said. "We added the boxing gloves to clearly distinguish our sport and the framework in gold

– also a typical colour of our country – with a view to making the logo work as a champion's belt as well."

About the WSB

Ushering in a new era in boxing, the World Series of Boxing is a new global boxing series that is an initiative of AIBA, the International Boxing Association, under the leadership of its president Dr. C.K. Wu. The World Series of Boxing will bring together the best of the amateur and professional boxing worlds. Not only will it be the first truly global professional-style boxing tournament, it will also allow all participants to retain their eligibility to participate in the Olympic Games.

The WSB will comprise 12 city-based Franchise teams spread across three regional conferences: Asia, the Americas and Europe. During the regular season (November 2010 to March 2011), teams in each conference will compete against each other over two home and two away legs (a total of 12 matches per team).

Boxing squads will consist of between 10 and 20 boxers, with a cap on the maximum number of national boxers and a requirement to field between 3 and 6 non-national boxers according to squad size.

The top team from each conference, plus the best second-placed team, will then go through to the play-off series to compete for a place in the team championship final in Macau, China. Separate individual championships will also be held for the best boxers in each of the five weight divisions (54kg, 61kg, 73kg, 85kg, 91+kg).

The four Asian franchises were signed in January at the AIBA Executive Committee meeting

in Xiamen, China. The teams will be based in Astana (Kazakhstan), Baku (Azerbaijan),

Article posted on 30.05.2010



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