News: Lou Esa; Santander Silgado; Darley Perez

Lou Esa Inducted Into New Jersey Boxing Hall of Fame - It was recently announced that former heavyweight knockout artist Lou Esa will be inducted into the New Jersey Boxing Hall of Fame. On Thursday evening, November 8, 2012, the New Jersey Boxing Hall of Fame will hold its 43rd Annual Dinner and Induction Ceremonies at the beautiful Venetian, located at 546 River Drive, Garfield, New Jersey starting at 7 p.m..

“I am very excited about this; it truly is an honor,” said Lou Esa. “I am so happy that I can share this with my children. I wanted them to see me get inducted; it feels really good that people recognize what I’ve done and continue to do in the boxing world.”

As a pro Esa was 19-6-1 with 16 KO’s, and had the opportunity to work with Angelo Dundee amongst several other legends who have stepped inside the squared circle. Since retiring, Esa has stayed connected to the sport; he currently trains and manages a handful of professional boxers and MMA fighters, as well as several amateurs.

A USA Boxing coach and referee/judge for the Golden Gloves, Esa is adamant about staying close to the sport and helping pave the way for future generations.

Lou Esa has established himself as a true champion in the sport of boxing; having the chance to personally know him and work with him inside and out of the ring, I can attest that there is nobody with more genuine passion and love for the sport of boxing. Esa bleeds boxing, and day upon day he works with fighters of all ages, passing along experience and knowledge which was bestowed upon him. Esa trains out of Final Round Boxing and Fitness in Whippany, NJ. Recently Esa formed Winning Method Management—a full spectrum management and PR firm for fighters, musicians and other professionals.

Former 7-time champion and close friend, Bobby “The Celtic Warrior” Gunn had the following to say about Esa, “He was one of the craziest fighters inside the ring; he was a threat to anyone on any given night. If he had the proper management and backing, Esa would’ve been a world champion. He is a class act in and out of the ring. Fighters like him are a rare breed, and are a thing of the past.”

Super middleweight prospect Richard Pierson has had the opportunity to work with Esa for the past year. “Lou is one of the nicest tough guys in the world,” said Pierson. “One minute he’s yelling at me, and then seconds later he is telling me he wants the best for me. Lou is a great friend and a father figure to me. He is also a man for the people and has the biggest heart. I am glad to see him get inducted into the Hall of Fame and get the credit he deserves as a fighter.”

In addition to Lou Esa, (13) of boxing’s finest will be inducted into New Jersey’s Boxing Hall of Fame, including:

Joe Antonacci
Lynne Carter
Sal Cenicola
Ricky Meyers
Don Nisivoccia
Pat Prisco
John Riley
Ivan Robinson
Ardash Sahaghian
Tony Santana
James Scott

Undefeated KO artist Santander 'Demolition Man' Silgado Must get past cruiserweight gatekeeper Willie Herring Sat. in Brooklyn

BROOKLYN (March 20, 2012) - In order to get where he ultimately wants to reach in the cruiserweight division, undefeated prospect Santander "Demolition Man" Silgado (20-0, 18 KOs) has to get past gatekeeper Willie Herring in Saturday night's eight-round bout, on the Zab Judah-Vernon Paris card, at Aviator Sports Complex in Brooklyn. Silgado-Herring will be taped live and aired the following day on SportsNet New York ("SNY").

Silgado, now living in Brooklyn, is a knockout specialist from Colombia, as well as arguably the best kept secret in boxing. Fighting for only the second time in the United States, the 26-year-old "Demolition Man" understands that he has to impressively beat veteran Herring (13-9-3, 4 KOs) in order to get closer to being mentioned in the world title shot mix.

Herring is a legitimate upset specialist having stopped former world title challenger Ravea Springs (18-3) by way of his sixth-round technical knockout victory in his last action, in addition to a shocking 2005 split-decision win against another world title challenger, previously unbeaten Troy Ross. The experienced Herring has also fought a draw with Shaun George and been in the ring with world-class Cuban light heavyweight Sullivan Barrera, Olympians Carlos Negron (Puerto Rico) and Victor Bisbal (Brazil), world title challenger Matt Godfrey. Former NABF champion Emmanuel Nwodo is the only fighter to stop Herring in 25 pro fights.

"I have to go through Herring to get where I want to be in the cruiserweight division," Silgado said. "It doesn't really matter what people know or say about who I've fought in the past. I have a great record and will take over the division. I've overcome a lot and will continue to do so by training hard. This year is all about me getting in position for a world title shot."

Silgado, a seven-time Colombian National amateur champion, has a rich amateur pedigree with nearly 200 amateur fights. He is presently rated No. 13 by the World Boxing Association ("WBA") and No. 15 by the World Boxing Council ("WBC").

His highly-respected head trainer, Francisco Guzman Sr., knows they can't afford to look past Herring. "I'm an old-fashioned trainer," he commented. "I learned a long time ago never to take any opponent lightly. Herring is a good fighter and we must capitalize on this opportunity."

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ORANGE, CA (March 20) - The return of undefeated Colombian slugger Darley Perez takes place on Thompson Boxing Promotions "PATH TO GLORY" card at Doubletree Hotel in Ontario on Friday, April 6.

After taking down two opponents in nearby Santa Ynez Valley the Colombian lightweight assassin Darley Perez (24-0, 18 KOs) takes on Tijuana's Alain "Konan" Hernandez (18-9-1, 10 KOs) in the main event scheduled for eight rounds.

Perez, 28, had a three fight knockout streak going until sturdy rock-chinned Fernando Trejo forced a distance fight. That's not unusual. Still, Perez had stopped Oscar Meza, Baudel Cardenas and Wilson Alcorro in their tracks. The Colombian has speed and power and is eager to display them to the always knowledgeable fight crowd at the Doubletree Hotel.

Hernandez, 33, looks to snap a two-fight losing streak when he meets Perez in the ring. His last loss was a five round outing against undefeated former lightweight world champion Paul Spadafora. That's not a bad showing and he looks to begin a winning streak against a rising contender.

Tickets for "PATH TO GLORY" are priced at $75, $45, and $30. They are available now and may be purchased by calling 714-935-0900.

In the co-main event Riverside's Jose "El Niño" Reynoso (15-2-1, 2 KOs) steps back in the ring after a short injury time out and fights James Hope (6-9-1, 4 KOs) of South Carolina in an 8-round junior welterweight clash.

Reynoso, 27, a slick southpaw boxer out of the Capital Punishment Gym, has not suffered a defeat in nearly three years. The Riverside native has never been defeated in California and all of his wins in the last eight years were against opponents with solid, winning records. Reynoso's most impressive win came against fellow Riverside prizefighter Hector Serrano.

Hope, 28, may not have a sterling record but when you look at his past fights he has fought some of the best junior welterweight prospects in the country including Frankie Gomez, Jose Benavidez, Chris Algieri and Jake Giuriceo to name a few. The South Carolina fighter will give anyone he fights a difficult time. He fought undefeated Bayan Jargal to a draw in 2010.

A super bantamweight showdown features undefeated Jonathan "Lil Thunder" Arellano (11-0-1) facing Calexico's hard-hitting Jose Angel Cota (8-6, 6 KOs) in an eight round bout. Ontario's Arellano has a mix of speed and movement that confuses opponents who have all failed to adjust.

Cota is a rough and tough junior featherweight originally out of Mexicali. He recently gave Walter Sarnoi all he can handle and always looks for the knockout. He'll be gunning for Arellano.

Other fights on the card include a welterweight clash between San Bernardino's Joshua Conley (1-0) and L.A.'s Eduardo Herrera (0-4); and other fights showcasing Marcos Brenes, Edgar Flores and debuting twin brother pugilists Carlos Chavez and Alex Chavez.

Bouts subject to change. Doors open at 6:30 pm, and the first bell rings at 7:30 pm. The Doubletree Hotel is located at 222 North Vineyard Avenue in Ontario. The hotel phone number is 909-937-0900.

Article posted on 20.03.2012

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