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Dannie Williams learns from defeat by Lundy

ST. LOUIS (April 11, 2012) - His disappointing loss March 30 to North American Boxing Federation ("NABF") lightweight champion "Hammerin' Hank" Lundy (22-1-1, 11 KOs), headlining ESPN Friday Night Fights, will serve as an invaluable learning experience for "Dangerous" Dannie Williams (20-2, 16 KOs).

Williams dropped Lundy in the opening round with a left hook to the temple, but that turned out to be the start of a humbling evening for Dannie, who got away from his game plan and instead of boxing, he unsuccessfully forced punches going for a one-punch knockout.

Lundy peppered Williams with a stiff jab for most of the night and Dannie was never able to really check Hank's chin. In his first nationally televised main event, Williams ended-up having problems from the aforementioned first-round knockdown until the final bell, never committing to his punches despite pressing a lot of the action.

Since their fight, Lundy has moved-up from No. 4 to No. 2 in the World Boxing Council ("WBC") rankings, positioning him for a world title shot, while Williams dropped from No. 9 to No. 15 in the most recent WBC ratings.

Rumble Time Promotions and DiBella Entertainment co-promote Williams, the 27-year-old from St. Louis who now lives and trains in Youngstown, Ohio.

"Dannie showed a lot of heart fighting the best Hank Lundy, I think, the boxing world has ever seen," Rumble Time Promotions president Steve Smith said. "Dannie knocked down Lundy early but, unfortunately, he didn't finish him off. Dannie jumped out of his game plan after the first-round knockdown. I think Lundy will become world champion. I take off my hat to him for his well-deserved victory. I know these two will fight again on an even bigger stage.

"There is no question in my mind, or Lou DiBella's, that someday Dannie Williams will be world champion. We're getting him right back in the ring for a tune-up fight and then back on ESPN in July. Doug Loughrey has awarded us with another opportunity for Dannie to fight on ESPN Friday Night Fights, the most watched show in boxing. We want to thank him for giving Dannie another chance."

Go online to www.RumbleTimePromotions.com for more information about Williams or any of his Rumble Time Promotions stable-mates.

“A PUÑO LIMPIO” GOES TO HATILLO, PUERTO RICO THIS FRIDAY, APRIL 10

HATILLO, PUERTO RICO- Unbeatens Miguel “Mikito” Soto, Angel “Pito” Fret and prospect Osenohan “Cano” Vazquez will headline the next edition of the series "A Puño Limpio", to be held this Friday, April 13, at the Francisco "Pancho" Deida coliseum in Hatillo, Puerto Rico, in a PR Best Boxing Promotions (PRBBP) presentation, in association with TopRank, to be televised live on WAPA America from 10:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m.

“This time “A Puño Limpio” is going to the Puerto Rico north area, in Hatillo, with eight fights and prospects from the towns near Hatillo. Prospects like Soto, Fret and Vazquez will have the chance of shine in TV nationally and internationally”, promoter Ivan Rivera said.

In the main event, Mikito Soto (9-0, 9 KOs) against Leopoldo Gonzalez (12-5-1, 7 KOs) in a 130 pounds six rounds bout. In another six rounds fight Pito Fret (13-0, 9 KOs) will fight against Eduardo Melendez (4-10, 1 KOs) in the superbantamweight division, and also for six rounds CanoVazquez (6-1, 2 KOs) will face Tommy Bryant (2-6-2) in the junior welters.

Six more four rounds bouts complete the action. Reynaldo Ojeda (5-0, 2 KOs) will face William Lorenzo (2-8) in the lightweights; debutants Daniel Agosto and Jesús Soler will face in the flyweights; debutants Osward Vega and Jesús Cruz, de Arecibo will fight in the junior middleweight division; debutant Jeffrey Ramos will face Andy Crespo (0-1) in the welterweights and also debutant Jan Carlos Salgado will fight versus Waldemar Pagán (1-0).

Tickets availables at Ticketcenter, www.tcpr.com, 1 787 792-5000. Prices are $15 and $35.

IABA UPDATE (AIBA EUROPEAN OLYMPIC QUALIFIERS)

April 10th

IRISH AMATEUR BOXING ASSOCIATION

The Irish Elite squad wound up their final training camp in Kiev, Ukraine today and will travel to Trabzon, Turkey on Wednesday (April 11th) morning ahead of the opening bell for the final Olympic qualifier for European male boxers this weekend.

The draw for the AIBA qualifiers will be made Friday. Boxing begins at the Hayri Gur Spor Salonu venue in Trabzon on Saturday at 1pm (Irish time).

Paddy Barnes, David Oliver Joyce, Ross Hickey, Adam Nolan, Joe Ward, Tommy McCarthy and Con Sheehan will represent Ireland at the qualifiers.

Light-flyweight Paddy Barnes and lightweight David Oliver Joyce have the widest windows of opportunity as semi-final finishes in both weight categories will book tickets for London 2012.

But light-welter Ross Hickey and heavyweight Tommy McCarthy have absolutely no room for error as they must both win gold to secure Olympic qualification.

Current European champion Joe Ward, at 18 the youngest member of the Irish squad, will make the XXX Olympiad if he reaches the light-heavyweight final.

Officially ranked number three in the world by AIBA, Ward, the 2010 AIBA World Youth champion, can also qualify if he reaches the semi-finals and loses, provided he was beaten by the eventual gold medalist as there are three Olympic places available in the 81Kg class.

Welterweight Adam Nolan and super-heavyweight Con Sheehan will represent Ireland at the 30th Olympiad if they get through to the 69Kg and 91+kg finals.

The eagerly anticipated Turkish tournament represents the last throw of the dice for Europe and Irish head coach Billy Walsh is well aware of the bottom line by the banks of the Black Sea.

"Everyone is raring to go and looking forward to competition and hopefully we will make some inroads into qualification. It's going to be very, very tough. It's an Olympic qualifier at the end of the day and it's all coming down to this week, " he said.

"The only prediction I have is that we will be giving it everything. We will be laying everything on the line to try and gain qualification and hopefully we get a little bit of luck along the way."

The Kiev training camp was Ireland's third this year in preparation for the qualifiers and the Irish squad are moving steadily up through the gears according to Walsh.

"I've seen the progression from the first training camp we did in the Curragh. We went to Germany and then here and there has been a steady progression and we're very pleased where we are at the moment. Every division is going to be hard at these qualifiers, but our boys are going to make it hard for everyone else, " he added.

London 2012 Olympians Darren O'Neill, John Joe Nevin and Michael Conlan were also training in Kiev and will remain in the Ukraine for a Multi-Nations tournament, along with Tyrone McCullagh and Chris Phelan.

World number one Katie Taylor also took part in the Kiev training camp. Taylor is preparing for next month's AIBA World Championships and only Olympic qualifier for female boxers in China.

Please see above attachment for tournament details.

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Irish squad for AIBA European Olympic Qualifying Event Trabzon 2012 (April 13th/22nd)

49kg: Paddy Barnes (Holy Family GG)
60kg: David Oliver Joyce (St Michael's Athy)
64kg: Ross Hickey (Grangecon)
69kg: Adam Nolan (Bray)
81kg; Joe Ward (Moate)
91kg: Tommy McCarthy (Oliver Plunkett)
91+kg: Con Sheehan (Clonmel)




Olympic qualifying guidelines for final Olympic qualifiers for Europe (male boxers) Trabzon, Turkey April 13/22



Weight Category


No. of Olympic places for Europe

49Kg:Light-

Flyweight

Paddy Barnes (Holy Family GG)


4

Semi-finalists will qualify

52Kg: Flyweight(Michael Conlan (St John Bosco) has qualified in this weight category)


3

56Kg:Bantamweight(John Joe Nevin (Cavan) has qualified in this weight category)


4

60Kg:

Lightweight

David Oliver Joyce (St Michael's Athy)


4

Semi-finalists will qualify

64Kg:

Light-welter

Ross Hickey (Grangecon)


1

Gold medalist will qualify

69Kg:

Welterweight

Adam Nolan (Bray)


2

Finalists will qualify

75Kg: Middleweight(Darren O'Neill (Paulstown, Kilkenny) has qualified in this weight category)


2

81Kg:

Light-heavy

Joe Ward (Moate)


3

Finalist will qualify plus the semi-finalist that lost to the eventual gold medalist

91Kg:

Heavyweight

Tommy McCarthy(Oliver Plunkett)


1

Gold medalist will qualify

91+Kg:

Super-heavy

Con Sheehan (Clonmel)


2

Finalists will qualify

TOTAL


26 for Europe

Article posted on 11.04.2012



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