Adonis Stevenson vs. Jesus Gonzales on 2/18; wants Bute after that; Dulorme vs. Reynoso on 2/17
IBF No. 2 eliminator Feb. 18 at Bell Centre in Montreal
Article posted on 06.02.2012
MONTREAL (February 6, 2012) - Super middleweight sensation Adonis "Superman" Stevenson, now being trained by Hall of Famer Emanuel Steward in Detroit, is prepared to successfully defend his International Boxing Federation ("IBF") Inter-Continental belt February 18 against former NABF champion Jesus "El Martillo" Gonzales (27-1, 14 KOs) in the 12-round main event that is also an IBF voluntary eliminator for the No. 2 position.
But Stevenson, rated No. 8 by the World Boxing Association ("WBA"), as well as No. 10 by the World Boxing Organization ("WBO") and No. 15 by the World Boxing Council "WBC") and IBF, also has sights set on a mega-Montreal showdown against IBF super middleweight champion Lucian Bute.
Stevenson vs. Gonzalez headlines a Quebec star-studded "Fast & Furious Boxing Series" event, presented by Mise-O-Jeu and Videotron, at Bell Centre in Montreal.
Stevenson (16-1, 13 KOs), fighting out of Longueuil, Quebec, also is the reigning North American Boxing Association ("NABA") and North American Boxing Organization ("NABO") and International Boxing Federation ("IBF") Inter-Continental super middleweight king.
"I'm going to prove in this fight that I deserve a world title shot," Stevenson said. "I'm going to make a statement because I want Bute! I called him out after my last fight. He said he wants to fight (Andre) Ward or (Carl) Froch, which I can understand but, if they are not available, I want to prove I am the best alternative. I'm not going anywhere and soon he will have to fight me. I will be the No. 2-rated contender after this fight and soon after I will be his mandatory."
Gonzales is slick southpaw out of Phoenix (AZ), who is rated No. 12 by the IBF and No. 14 by the WBC, riding a 10-fight win streak.
"My opponent is a good puncher who has good speed," Stevenson remarked. "I'm going to box him and then catch him. When I do catch him, he's going down. He can't stay up with me.
"I'm training in Detroit with Emanuel Steward. There are many good sparring partners there. I'm getting focused and will be ready for this fight. Emanuel is teaching me good techniques. I'm going to be faster and stronger, use my jab and left hand more, with better footwork, defense and more confidence than ever. I will be a more complete fighter. Emanuel Steward is the step-up I need to win a world title."
Providing chief support for Stevenson-Gonzales in the eight-round co-feature is undefeated North American Boxing Organization ("NABO") light heavyweight title-holder, Colombian native and Montreal favorite Eleider "Storm" Alvarez (7-0, 5 KOs), who takes on former USBA champion Otis "Triple OG" Griffin (23-9-2, 9 KOs), winner of Oscar de la Hoya's The Next Great Champ television reality show.
A loaded undercard features four entertaining eight-round bouts: Montreal light welterweight Dierry "Douggy" Jean (20-0, 13 KOs) vs. former English champion Ryan Barrett (25-9-3, 5 KOs), former NABA super featherweight titlist Arash Usmanee (16-0, 8 KOs) vs. Danish invader Innocent Anyanwu (21-3-2, 12 KOs), unbeaten 2008 Colombian Olympian Oscar "Kaboom" Rivas (8-0, 5 KOs) vs. Croatian kick-boxer Ivica Perkovic (15-12, 11 KOs), and 2009 Canadian National Team member, popular featherweight Tyler Asseltine (8-0, 5 KOs), vs. Andras Varga (5-1-2, 0 KOs).
Also scheduled to fight on the undercard is Quebec heavyweight Didier Bence (4-0, 2 KOs) vs. Stephane "Brutus" Tessier and light welterweight Ghislain Maduma (5-0, 2 KPs) vs. Jeremy Abbott (3-2, 2 KOs) in a pair of six-round bouts; as well as super featherweight Baha Laham (7-0, 2 KOs) vs. Csaba "Little Tyson" Toth in a four-round match. All fights and fighters are subject to change.
Tickets, starting at $60.00, are available to purchase at the Bell Center, at www.evenko.ca, or GYM's office (514-383-0666).
Go on line www.groupeyvonmichel.ca for more information about the Feb. 18 show.
Hot Prospect Thomas Dulorme Graduates; faces Reynoso on February 17th
San Juan, Puerto Rico (February 6, 2012) - Puerto Rico's undefeated welterweight prospect, Thomas Dulorme (13-0, 10 KOs), has graduated from Summa Cum Laude, of The Lyceum Arts and Technology school in Hato Rey, specializing as an AutoCad drafter.
Dulorme, a native of Carolina went on to say, "I'm very happy to achieve one of my lifelong dreams to graduate and have a profession. As an individual, regardless of whether you're a boxer, you should seek to have options and I am happy to have this great achievement and to help secure my future."
"Boxing is my passion, it's the force that makes me get up every morning, but I know that one day it all ends and I will be ready when that day comes," he continued.
Dulorme, 22, also has four years invested in a Bachelors Degree at the Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico (UPPR), concentrating in Civil Engineering. He is scheduled to resume his undergraduate studies in mid-2012.
"Drawing is my first love" stated Dulorme. "My dad is an engineer and I grew up in that environment working with geometry and dealing with the spaces available. I started with small drawings and models and really loved what I was doing. Gradually I improved through specialized classes and eventually jumped to formal education."
Dulorme, while training in boxing, maintained a grade point average of 3.5. He delayed his studies at the UPPR and enrolled at The Lyceum Art and Technology school in Hato Rey, because he had to improve some aspects of his technical drawing, before completing his undergraduate degree.
"I went to the Lyceum because I wanted to improve and finish my studies with all the knowledge needed to practice my profession effectively," said Dulorme. "Promotionally as a fighter, I'm represented by Universal Promotions, Gary Shaw Productions and DiBella Entertianment. I'm very happy with my career both inside and outside the ring."
On February 17, Thomas Dulorme returns to the ring against Mexico's Jose Reynoso (15-3-1, 2 KOs), in a 10 round bout for the vacant NABF welterweight title. He will be the main event on Showtime's boxing series ShoBox: The New Generation at the Chumash Casino in Santa Ynez, California.
The co-feature showcases undefeated 154-pound puncher, his compatriot Jonathan "Mantequilla" Gonzalez (14-0, 13 KO's), who battles global contender Billy Lyell (24-10, 5KOs), in a 10 round fight. Lyell has fought world class fighters such as Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and James Kirkland.
Both Dulorme and Gonzalez were recently selected by ESPN as part of the prestigious "Super25" group, which features the top boxing prospects in the world.
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For more information on Thomas Dulorme and Jonathan "Mantequilla" Gonzalez and Team Puerto Rico Boxing visit www.teampuertoricoboxing.com.
Here is a video of Dulorme in his role as boxer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0qIdjy0bpG8
Fight Night Productions and Ker’s WingHouse To Dedicate This Friday’s “WingHouse Fight Night” To The Memory of Angelo Dundee
TAMPA, Fla. – On Friday, February 10, Fight Night Productions and Ker’s WingHouse Bar & Grill returns to the A La Carte Event Pavilion for “WingHouse Fight Night.” This will be a special night of boxing, as Fight Night Productions will be dedicating the evening, along with a special 10-bell salute and a moment of silence, to the memory of Hall of Fame trainer, Angelo Dundee.
“The boxing world lost an iconic figure, a pioneer and a genuinely kind person, in Angelo Dundee,” said Aaron Jacobs, Chief Executive Manager of Fight Night Productions. “Mr. Dundee would attend our shows on a regular basis and would lend his support to the young, local fighters. Fight Night Productions felt that dedicating this card to memory of Mr. Dundee was a proper way to honor such a great man who did so much for our sport.”
“Angelo came to many of our Fight Night events and our crowd loved him, and he loved them right back,” added Shea Bailey, Vice Executive Manager of Fight Night Productions. “He was always very gracious with his time, and was never too busy to take a picture or shake a hand. We will truly miss Mr. Dundee, and our show on February 10th will be in honor of him.”
“I’ve known Angelo for a long time, and he was just a great man,” said Jim McLoughlin, boxing trainer/manager, patriarch of the 4th Street Boxing Gym and member of the Fight Night Productions team. “The thing that was unbelievable about Angelo was his passion for always wanting to help with the young, up-and-coming fighters. He had such an eye for talent too. He would see young fighters and just know if they had something special in them. He was also a tremendous motivator. He gets credit for being a great trainer, which he was, but he was probably a better motivator, especially when it looked like his fighter was in trouble. He’d right-the-ship, and get his guy focused no matter what.”
“WingHouse” Fight Night will be headlined by the undefeated, WBC USNBC Flyweight (115 lbs.) champion, Daniel “El Alcaran” Lozano (10-0-0, 7 KOs), who has fond memories of his interactions with the late Angelo Dundee.
“The first time I met Mr. Dundee was actually at my last amateur fight,” said Lozano, who is currently ranked seventh by the North American Boxing Association (NABA), 15th by the North American Boxing Federation (NABF), and 30th by the World Boxing Council (WBC). “I was the main event of the show and there was a buzz in the air because Mr. Dundee was in the audience.”
“I was an underdog in the fight, and ended up winning in the first round,” added Lozano. “After the fight, Mr. Dundee found me, shook my hand and said I’d be a world champion in the near future. I actually saw him a couple months ago and I was sparring with an amateur fighter. After the sparring, my partner said to me, ‘You are going to be a good pro.’ And Mr. Dundee was standing there, and said, ‘He is a good pro, he’s undefeated.’ I was shocked that not only did he remember me, but he knew my record and everything. The man just knew everything there was to know about boxing, and it’s going to be an honor to main-event a card that is dedicated to him.”
Also on this special night of boxing will be the debut of welterweight (152 lbs.) Bryant Perrella, who recently signed a promotional deal with Top Rank Boxing, Pugilist Promotions and Shea Baily Promotions. The Fort Meyers-native is one of boxing’s hottest prospects, collecting an impressive 70-9 record in the amateur ranks, and has faced some of the best competition in the nation.
“It is an honor to be making my pro debut on a card that is dedicated to such a world-renowned trainer and just all-around great man that Angelo Dundee was,” said Perrella. “Not only did Mr. Dundee train Muhammad Ali, but he also guided Sugar Ray Leonard, who was one of my favorite fighters and one of the reasons I got into boxing. This is going to be an unforgettable night.”
Tickets for this night of non-stop action start at only $25 and are currently on sale at all Ticketmaster outlets and www.Ticketmaster.com. For inquires on VIP table availability, please contact Aaron Jacobs (FightNightFL@Gmail.com) and for the most up-to-the-date information on additional fights,
opponents and match-ups, please go to www.FightNightProductions.com or our Facebook® page (search: Fight Night Productions, LLC).
Doors for this event will be open at 7:00 PM, with a bell-time of 8:00 PM.
More quotes from fighters who will be competing on the February 10th show, on the memory of Angelo Dundee:
Alphonso Black (2-0-0, 2 KOs):
“Mr. Dundee was one of the kindest people that I’ve ever met. The man knew the boxing game with his eyes closed. If it wasn’t for him, there’s a chance there wouldn’t have been a Muhammad Ali or a Sugar Ray Leonard. He was more of a father-figure than strictly a boxing coach, and I think that’s why people respected him so much.”
Charlie “The Beast” Serrano (13-2-0, 3 KOs):
“This fight is going to be very special to me. My thoughts and prayers are with Mr. Dundee’s family and friend, and I will put forth a great effort for him.”
The official fighter weigh-ins for “WingHouse Fight Night” are open to the public and will conducted on Thursday, February 9, 2012, at 5:00 P.M., located at the Pinellas Park Ker’s WingHouse Bar & Grill (7790 US Highway 19 North, Pinellas Park, FL 33781). All fighters on the card will be in attendance and available for media and photo opportunities.
For more information on the weigh-Ins, WingHouse Fight Night or fighter-media availability and media credentials, please contact Derek Cuculich with CuCommunications (Derek@Cu-Communications.com).
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