News: Otis Griffin; Riddick Bowe; Tarvis Simms; Havoc Boxing
JULY 15th, 2010, RENO - Let’s Get It On Promotions and current USBA light-heavyweight champion, Otis “Triple OG” Griffin, have entered into a long term promotional agreement. Griffin, with a record of 22-6, 9 KOs is also ranked #10 in the world in the IBF.
Article posted on 15.07.2010
Griffin, who was the winner of Fox’s The Next Great Champ boxing reality TV show in 2004, has been on an impressive winning streak.. In April of 2009, he traveled to Florida to fight former super-middleweight world champion, Jeff Lacy, and lost a majority decision in Lacy’s native Tampa, FL. Most boxing fans and writers believe that Griffin won seven out of the ten rounds, and was on the wrong end of a hometown decision. Since then, Griffin has been on a rush, coming off of three impressive wins. In November, Griffin made his way to New England to fight the popular Joey McCreedy. Although Otis was the underdog going into his opponent’s hometown, he executed a perfect game plan and came out with a unanimous decision victory. In May, Otis traveled to New York to challenge the dangerous Byron Mitchell for the vacant light-heavyweight USBA title. Again the underdog, Griffin pulled off the win with his excellent boxing.
Griffin is slated to headline on August 28th in Fallon, NV on the third annual “Rural Rumble” show. Being from Sacramento, CA, his regional fans will have a chance to see him fight on the West Coast.
“Otis is in a great spot right now.” Says Terry Lane of Let’s Get It On Promotions. “He is looking at a world title shot soon. He is a perfect fit for Let’s Get It On Promotions.”
“The partnership with Let’s Get It On Promotions will help me achieve my dream of becoming a world champion.” Says Griffin. “I feel great at 175 lbs and there are some great opportunities out there for me.”
Griffin and Lane will be participating in a discussion panel this Saturday about the business of boxing at the African American Cultural Center at 220 Bell St, Reno, NV. The discussion panel begins at noon and will also feature former Nevada Athletic Commissioner Luther Mack. The discussion series is part of the continuing month-long events commemorating the historic Johnson vs. Jeffries fight. It is open to the public.
More details on Otis Griffin’s August 28th fight, and additional information about Rural Rumble 2010 will be announced shortly.
FORMER TWO-TIME HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION OF THE WORLD, RIDDICK “BIG DADDY” BOWE TO SIGN AUTOGRAPHS AND FILM REALITY SHOW THIS SATURDAY IN ROCKVILLE CENTER, NY
ROCKVILLE CENTER, NEW YORK (July 15, 2010)—This Saturday at Cannons Blackthorn Irish Restaurant and Bar in Rockville Center, New York, former two-time Heavyweight champion of the world, Riddick “Big Daddy” Bowe will be on hand for a very special evening with his fans.
Bowe will not only be greeting his fans but signing autographs while filming his reality show.
The champ will be on hand from 7pm to 11pm and he will sign boxing gloves for $40 and photos for $30.
Cannon's Blackthorn is located at: 49 North Village Avenue Rockville Centre, NY for further information call 516-594-1222 after 5pm
Bowe, a former Silver Medal winner at the 1988 Seoul Olympics captured the IBF/WBC/WBA Heavyweight championship in 1991 with his thrilling win over Evander Holyfield. After two defenses, Holyfield took the title back in the rematch.
He won the WBO championship in 1995 with a sixth round knockout over Herbie Hide. Bowe made one defense with a sixth round stoppage over former Cuban amateur star Jorge Luis Gonzalez before stopping Holyfield in the third and final installment of what has become one of the greatest trilogies of all-time
Tarvis Simms Eager for One More Shot!
Norwalk, CT (July 12) – Even though he has tasted defeat just once in twenty seven professional bouts, Tarvis Simms’ career has not gone as planned.
In 2005 when he was a perfect 24-0, Simms entered the hometown of title contender Robert Frazier for what looked to be a step in the right direction. After ten rounds of stifling the local favorite, silencing his adoring fans in the process, the bout was surprisingly ruled a draw. The official scorecards left Simms both shocked and disgusted, but what happened next was simply unimaginable.
Although he was world rated and seemingly on the cusp of landing a match up with an elite middleweight, the Norwalk, CT native found himself on the shelf for an extended period of time. Before he knew it, two and a half years of his blossoming career were gone.
“I was always in shape and ready to go”, Simms said in regards to the long layoff. “I was constantly in contact with different promoters across the nation to get on cards but nothing panned out.”
Simms resurfaced in 2007 and scored five consecutive victories during next two years, defeating the likes of former world champion Carl Daniels and spoiler Marcus Upshaw. After defeating Upshaw, Simms’ long awaited opportunity came, albeit when he least expected it.
Nine days before fight night, Simms got a call about facing top rated super middleweight Allan Green on the Showtime Network. Even though he returned to the gym 48 hours prior to the fight offer, he accepted the potential career defining opportunity.
As per the short notice, Simms struggled to make weight and still put forth a valiant effort come fight night, but it wasn’t enough. He ultimately dropped competitive a ten round decision and hasn’t fought since.
With his lone defeat now nine months behind him, the 39 year old southpaw is itching for what may very well be his final opportunity. As a skilled technician who has taken minimal punishment during his career, Simms is eager to show that he can outpoint any middle or super middleweight on the planet.
“I’m willing to fight any of these top guys, just give me fair notice and a reasonable offer”, exclaimed Simms. “I know Kelly Pavlik is on the comeback trail, so if he wants to get it on I’ll take the next plane to Youngstown. I am ready to prove to the world that age 39, I haven’t lost a step. All I need is an opportunity.”
THE INAUGURAL EDITION OF HAVOC BOXING IS SET FOR SATURDAY NIGHT AUGUST 7TH IN BROOKLYN
Local favorites Curtis Stevens, Will Rosinsky, Sadam Ali, Mauricio Martinez, Gary Stark Jr. and Joselito Collado to see action at the Aviator Sports Center in Brooklyn, New York
BROOKLYN, NEW YORK (July 13, 2010)—On Saturday night August 7th, Havoc Boxing will make its initial foray in to boxing promotion as the upstart Promotion presents a terrific night of boxing at the Aviator Sports Complex in Brooklyn, New York.
In the main event, Curtis “Showtime” Stevens will see action a Super Middleweight bout scheduled for ten rounds against Corey Cummings
Stevens, of the boxing hotbed of the Brownsville section of Brooklyn is one of the most feared punchers in the Super Middleweight division and has a record of 21-3 with fifteen knockouts.
Stevens started out his career as one of the most ballyhooed prospects in boxing as he racked up thirteen straight victories with eleven knockouts. After suffering a controversial stoppage defeat to veteran Marcos Primera, Stevens scored a eight round unanimous decision in the rematch that took place four months later.
After winning four consecutive bouts, Stevens dropped a ten round unanimous decision to former U.S. Olympian Andre Dirrell in a bout that was shown on HBO.
Stevens went on to win four consecutive bouts which included a three round pounding over then undefeated Piotr Wilczewski (22-0) in front of predominantly Polish crowd in Newark, New Jersey.
In Stevens last bout, he came out strong before dropping a twelve round unanimous decision to former member of the Contender Jesse Brinkley (34-5) in an IBF title elimination bout on January 29 in Brinkley’s hometown of Reno, Nevada.
Cummings of Baltimore, Maryland has a record of 17-4 with thirteen knockouts.
Cummings won his first fifteen fights which included twelve wins coming by knockout. He then lost two in a row with the second coming to former WBC Middleweight champion Keith Holmes.
Cummings dropped two of his next three which includes losses to former Light Heavyweight champion Montell Griffin and Interim Light Heavyweight champion Chris Henry.
In his last bout, Cummings scored a ninth round stoppage over Demetrius Davis on March 29, 2009 in Baltimore.
In the co-feature, Former world Bantamweight champion Mauricio Martinez will take part in a ten round bout against former Light Flyweight champion Mauricio Pastrana.
Martinez, a native of Panama has a record of 35-9-1 with twenty-three knockouts.
Martinez was 8-0-1 in his first nine bout before being stopped and overmatched against twenty-six fight veteran and future world champion, Freddie Norwood way back on May 31st, 1997. Martinez split his next four fights with a win over undefeated Antonio Diaz and two losses to future WBC Super Bantamweight champion Hecto Arcero Sanchez.
That did not dissuade Martinez as he went on to win nine straights, all by knockout which included winning the WBO Bantamweight title with a fifth round knockout over Lester Fuentes in Manchester, England and making one defense which was first round knockout over Esham Pickering in Pickering’s home country of England. Martinez lost the belt to Cruz Carvajal via ninth round stoppage on March 15th, 2002.
Martinez went on to win nine in a row which set him up for another challenge of the WBO Bantamweight title. Martinez lost a controversial majority decision to Ratancchi Singwangcha in Singwangcha’s homeland of Thailand. Martinez won three in a row before being stopped by future world champion Gerry Penalosa.
Since the loss to Penalosa, Martinez has gone 4-2 with his latest outing being a twelve round unanimous decision loss to Heriberto Ruiz on March 20, 2009.
Pastrana has a record of 35-14-2 with twenty-three knockouts.
The native of Monteria, Colombia won his first fifteen bout before scoring a huge upset as he took a twelve round split decision over Michael Carbajal to win the IBF Light Flyweight title on January 18th, 2007 in Las Vegas.
Pastrana made two defenses before losing his belt on the scale before his scheduled title defense against Carlos Murillo on August 29, 2008.
Pastrana simply moved up in weight and captured the WBA Interim Flyweight title with a twelve round unanimous decision over Jose Bonila.
After winning his first twenty-three bouts, Pastrana suffered his pro loss as he dropped a twelve round unanimous decision to Jorge Lacierva.
In the last decade, Pastrana has fought for world titles such as losing a bid to win the IBF Super Flyweight title to Felix Machado on June 16, 2001. Losing twice to IBF Bantamweight champion Rafael Marquez and being stopped in eight by WBA Super Bantamweight champion Celestino Caballero.
Pastrana has dropped four in a row with his most recent bout being an eighth round disqualification loss to Mike Oliver on June 26th, 2010 in Uncasville, CT
In an eight round Light Heavyweight bout, Ronson Frank of Rosedale, New York 15-0 with seven knockouts will risk his undefeated mark against rough and rugged Ariel Espinal, 8-14-4 with three knockouts of Brooklyn.
Uundefeated Light Heavyweight Will Rosinsky will see action an eight round bout against Miguel Hernandez.
Rosinsky has a record of 12-0 with seven knockouts and has quickly become one of the most popular fighters in the New York area.
The native of Brooklyn has developed a string fan base as he has fought eleven of his twelve pro bouts in New York and has been steadily stepping up the competition.
In his last bout, Rosinsky made his second appearance at the famed Madison Square Garden and stopped Angel David Gonzalez in three rounds as part of the Ivan Calderon – Jesus Iribe undercard that took place on June 12th.
Hernandez of Chicago has a record of 20-11 with ten knockouts.
Popular Super Featherweight, Gary Stark Jr. 22-3 with eight knockouts of New York City will return to the ring against Pedro Rincon Miranda, 30-17-2 with twenty-five knockouts of Cartagena, Colombia in a six round bout.
Undefeated Featherweight, Joselito Collado, 10-0 with three knockouts of Jamaica, Queens will take on Ever Luis Perez, 12-19 with nine knockouts of Cartagena, Colombia in a six round bout.
Christian Martinez, 4-0 with four knockouts of New York City will tussle with Hector Rivera, 2-5 with one knockout of Paterson, NJ in a six round Jr. Welterweight bout.
Former 2008 U.S. Olympian Sadam Ali will fight a six round Welterweight bout against an opponent to be named.
Ali has a record of 7-0 with three knockouts. The Brooklyn native, who will be fighting on July 16th in Newark, New Jersey is coming off a four round unanimous decision over forty-two fight veteran and perennial spoiler Martinus Clay on May 21st in New York.
Light heavyweight Andy Mejia, 7-0 with three knockouts will take on an opponent to be named in a six round bout.
In a four round Featherweight bout, Chazz McDowell, 2-0 with one stoppage of Yonkers, NY will take on Jamel Brown, 0-1 of Bronx, New York.
Tickets for this special night of boxing are priced at $50 for all seats and can be purchased at the Following Locations:
The Aviator Box Office
Gleasons Gym (718) 797 2872
Sadam Ali Boxing & Fitness Center (917) 807 3630
New Legend Boxing Club (718) 487 4474
The Aviator Sports Complex is located at:
3159 Flatbush Ave - Brooklyn, N.Y. 11234
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