Golovkin destroys Fuchigami!

KIEV, UKRAINE (May 12, 2012) Middleweight Champion Gennady Golovkin defended his WBA and IBO Middleweight titles on Saturday night with a brutal third round stoppage of OPBF Champion Makoto Fuchigami at the Ice Palace “Terminal” in Kiev, Ukraine.

With heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko looking on; Golovkin cut Fuchigami above the right eye in the first round from a huge right cross.

Dropping the southpaw hard in the second round from another overhand right and again in the third, Golovkin battered the Japanese champion at will displaying an array of crushing power shots.

Although the game Fuchigami rose after the second knockdown, Golovkin’s continuous attack forced referee Jose Ignacio Martinez to halt the bout at the 1:43 mark of the third stanza.

With the win Golovkin’s record stayed unblemished at 23-0-0 with 20 knockouts while Fuchigami’s nine bout winning streak was stopped bringing his record to 19-7-0 (10KO’s).

A happy Golovkin was pleased with his performance and looked towards a WBA enforced mandatory showdown with WBA “Super” Middleweight Champion Felix Sturm in addition to his plans for fighting in the United States. The WBA has mandated that Sturm must fight Golovkin by September 30, 2012.

“We had a great camp in Big Bear and my punches felt strong early on. I knew Fuchigami was hurt after the first knockdown so I let my hands go in the second round. Abel (trainer Abel Sanchez) and I worked on staying patient and studying my opponent and it worked tonight,” said Golovkin.

“I want to fight Sturm finally and then later this year I would like to fight in the United States, preferably at Madison Square Garden in New York City. I was at Sergio Martinez’s fight there in March of this year and would be very interested in fighting him there.”

Tom Loeffler of K2 Promotions echoed the plans for Golovkin, “We’re very happy with the victory tonight over Fuchigami, he was the best middleweight from Japan and one of the few fighters willing to face Gennady.”

“Our immediate plan is to face Sturm and then have Gennady fight in America. Madison Square Garden has shown great interest in having his US debut there and we have had good discussions with HBO, Showtime and EPIX about broadcasting his fights.”

“Gennady is truly fearless, he’ll fight any champion from 154 to 168, anywhere in the world.

The Golovkin/Fuchigami bout will be broadcast on EPIX on a tape delay, the exact date will be announced shortly.

Other fights on the card:

Vyacheslav Uzelkov UD 8 Ravshanbek Jabbarov
Viktor Plotnykov UD 8 Nugzar Margvelashvili
Dmytro Nikulin UD 8 George Ungiadze
Andriy Rudenko TKO 4 Paata Berikashvili
Isa Akberbayev RTD 3 Mauro Adrian Ordiales
Zaurbek Baysangurov UD 12 Michel Soro


Irish Amateur Boxing Association

Katie Taylor advanced to the last-16 of the AIBA World Women's Championships and Olympic qualifiers following a comfortable win over Rim Jouini in China today.

The Bray woman earned a 19-6 decision over the Tunisian champion over four,two minute rounds at the Olympic Stadium in Qinhuangdao.

Taylor, who is targeting her fourth AIBA World title in-a-row, will now meet Saida Khassenova of Kazakhstan on Tuesday's for a place in the quarter-finals.

Khassenova beat Spain's Jennifer Miranda 19-12 today.

Ceire Smith, who has won two bouts in China so far, will also be in action in the last-16 tomorrow versus Poland's Anna Karolina Michalczuk.

The 7th AIBA World Women's Championships is also acting as the only Olympic qualifier for female boxers.

The three Olympic weight categories for women are flyweight, lightweight and middleweight.

7th AIBA World Women's Championships Qinhuangdao, China

(Afternoon sessions begin at 2pm local time, 7am Irish time)

May 12th

51kg (Last 64)

Ceire Smith (Ireland) beat Veglina Svetlana (Tajikistan) RSC3

75kg (Last 64)

Sinead Kavanagh (Ireland) lost to Francelis Paez Carmona (Venezuela) 19-23

May 13th (Last 32 - Afternoon)

51kg Ceire Smith (Ireland) beat Sarah-Joy Iris Rae (Jamaica) 12-4

May 14th

60Kg (Last 32 - Afternoon)

Katie Taylor (Ireland) beat Rim Jouini (Tunisia) 19-6

May 15th (Last 16 - Afternoon)

51kg Ceire Smith (Ireland) v Anna Karolina Michalczuk (Poland)

60kg Katie Taylor (Ireland) v Saida Khassenova (Kazakhstan)

Irish squad

51kg (Flyweight) Ceire Smith (Cavan)

60kg (Lightweight) Katie Taylor (Bray)

75kg (Middleweight) Sinead Kavanagh (Drimnagh)

Team manager: Anna Moore

Coaches: Peter Taylor and Zuar Antia

Physio: Mary Louis Ryan

Vincent thrives amidst adversity

NEW LONDON, Conn. (May 14, 2012) – Several weeks after celebrating her 33rd birthday, Shelito Vincent finally got the chance to walk the halls of Bennie Dover Jackson Middle School.
“That was supposed to be my school,” Vincent said. “Better late than never, right?”

Vincent (2-0) returned to what would’ve been her alma mater Monday morning to speak to a group of eighth-grade students as part of the school’s Leadership Conference, sharing the graphic, emotional stories of her troubled past in hopes that they don’t travel the same path she did as a youth.

The undefeated female bantamweight from New London, Conn., will return to the ring Thursday, May 24th, 2012 on the undercard of Jimmy Burchfield’s “Up For Grabs” professional boxing event at the Twin River Event Center in Lincoln, R.I., against newcomer Carmen Cruz of Fort Myers, Fla. Whatever free time Vincent has these days is spent training and giving back to the community, the latter of which has become a major priority in her personal life in conjunction with her growing popularity in New London.

“I feel like I owe it to some kid to see to it that the same things that happened to me don’t happen to them,” Vincent said. “I wish someone had done that for me. ”

A “great kid” and “great student” her whole life, Vincent began spiraling out of control at the age of 13 when she was raped by one of her mother’s male co-workers, a family friend and correctional officer who lived next door.

“I began drinking and fighting – any time I felt threatened by someone, I would just start beating on them,” she said. “There were times I wanted to die.”

Vincent’s depression and alcohol abuse worsened six years later when her mother, Tania, died from leukemia at 37, just seven months following the initial diagnosis.

“I rebelled against everyone,” Vincent said.

The constant fighting eventually led to Vincent’s expulsion from the Groton school system, though she later earned her General Education Degree (GED) in New London. Amidst all her troubles, she found an outlet in boxing, training with Kent Ward at Strike Zone. Two days after her mother died – and after only one month of training – she fought her first amateur bout at 19.

“I didn’t want to fight,” she said, “but, before she died, my mom made me promise I wouldn’t stop boxing.”

Vincent showed early promise, but multiple run-ins with the law – along with the death of her grandmother and the inability to find quality opponents – derailed her progress on and off for more than a decade. She served her first jail sentence at 18, followed by two more stints over the next 15 years, all for assault.

“Every time I had something good going for me,” she said, “I ended up back in jail for fighting.”

Her third and final arrest occurred in 2008, which she credits as the turning point in her life.

“Talking with some of the inmates, I started wondering what could happen if I started taking my life seriously,” she said. “After I got out for the third time, I told myself, ‘This time, I’m not going back. I’m just going to come out and box.’”

Vincent soon linked up with New England-based trainer Kurt Reader and quickly got her life back on track. Last year, she won a national Golden Gloves title, capping her amateur career with an 11-4 record before finally making her professional debut at 32 with a win over Karen Dulin in October. Vincent beat Dulin again in March for her second consecutive win, both under the promotional guidance of Burchfield, who signed her shortly before her debut.

Boxing has not only kept her off the streets, but it’s also kept her from reliving her past. No longer stuck in neutral, Vincent is moving forward in hopes of one day capturing a world title while inspiring other troubled youth to change their course in life.

“I’m not depressed anymore,” said Vincent, who is also volunteering for the Haymakers For Hope program in Boston to help raise money for cancer research.

“Right now, the only people I talk to are boxing people, because boxing was the only thing that kept me from being depressed. I’m not around negative people anymore. I’m happy now. I think I have the talent to win some titles; I just need to stay focused. You just know when you get to a certain point that things are going to be different, and I’m at that point now.”

The eight-round main event of “Up For Grabs” features Vladine Biosse (12-1-1, 6 KOs), dubbed “Mr. Providence” due to his strong following in Rhode Island’s capital city, defending his New England Super Middleweight Title against Providence’s Joey “K.O. Kid” Spina (26-2-2, 18 KOs). Unbeaten Burlington, Vt., super middleweight Kevin Cobbs (3-0, 1 KO) will face veteran Borngod Washington (3-10, 1 KO) of Queens, N.Y., in a four-round bout while unbeaten middleweight Thomas Falowo (6-0, 4 KOs) faces La Vista, Neb., native Sean Rawley Wilson (5-10, 1 KO) in a six-round bout.

CES will also introduce another one of its most recent signings when undefeated Medford, Oreg., heavyweight “Irish” Mike Wilson (5-0, 3 KOs) returns to the ring in a four-round bout against Joseph Rabotte (11-20-1, 3 KOs) of Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Super lightweight Zack Ramsey, a former national amateur champion from Springfield, Mass., will make his long-awaited debut against Providence’s Alan Beeman (0-1), while fan-favorite Richard “Bobo The Bull” Starnino (9-7-2, 2 KOs) of Providence will now face Harwich, Mass., native Paul Gonsalves (3-2, 3 KOs) in a six-round light heavyweight bout.

“Up For Grabs” also features the return of former reality television star Richard Gingras (11-2, 7 KOs) of “The Contender,” who, after signing a promotional agreement with Classic Entertainment & Sports, will battle Terrance Smith Jr. (7-13-2, 4 KOs) of Oklahoma City in the six-round cruiserweight special attraction.

Tickets for “Up For Grabs” are $35.00, $50.00, $75.00 and $125.00 (VIP) and can be purchased by calling CES at 401.724.2253/2254, online at or, at the Players Club booth at Twin River, or through any TicketMaster location. Doors open 6 p.m. with the first bout scheduled for 7.

(Twin River has waived its 18+ rule for “Up For Grabs.” Anybody under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult and must enter through the West entrance.)

Article posted on 13.05.2012

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