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Jack beats Brand; Barthelemy defeats Osiobe

Warriors Boxing Promotions' President, Leon Margules, wishes to congratulate all four of his fighters who were victorious this past Friday, May 11.

Making his nationally televised ShoBox: The New Generation debut in the co-main event of a Warriors Boxing event entitled "Shootout at Texas Station", from the Texas Station Gambling Hall & Hotel in Las Vegas, undefeated super middleweight Badou Jack "The Ripper" (11-0, 8 KOs) survived a close fight against awkwardly confusing opponent Alexander Brand (17-1, 15 KOs).

Jack had to call on all his experience to overcome the herky-jerky style of Brand and win via split decision (77-75, 77-75, 75-77).

To his credit, the Swedish import was able to keep his cool and deliver well-placed power shots and control just enough of the rounds, while Colombia's Brand ran around the ring and then jumped in with unconventional punches from strange angles.

On the Texas Station undercard, super featherweight powerhouse Rances "Kid Blast" Barthelemy (16-0, 11 KOs) scored a clear-cut unanimous eight-round decision (79-72, 78-73, 78-73) over Denmark, via Nigeria's Robert "Super" Osiobe (11-5, 6 KOs).

Osiobe went for broke in the early rounds and found limited success, but gradually the strength and wicked body attack of Barthelemy took over. After finding a way to outbox the careful Hylon Williams in his last fight, Barthelemy showed in this fight that he also knows what to do when an opponent tries to bull rush him.

Puerto Rican super middleweight prospect Roberto Jose Acevedo (3-0, 2 KOs) dropped and stopped opponent Martinez Sharod Porter (1-1) of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, at 2:19 of round two. Acevedo displayed tremendous timing and strength while walking down the game Porter.

Meanwhile, on the same night at the Miriam "Betty" Segarra Coliseum in Peñuelas, Puerto Rico, Warriors Boxing Promotions' (co-promoted with Universal Promotions and Gary Shaw Productions) undefeated lightweight sensation Jorge "Machito" Maysonet (7-0, 6 KOs) scored a breathtaking first-round TKO over Gabriel Diaz ( 5-7, 1 KO ). Diaz was down three times before the referee stopped the fight at 1:26.

"All my fighters got what they needed tonight," said the proud Margules. "Badou Jack showed tremendous focus in sticking to the plan against a very awkward opponent. It was a valuable learning experience for an up-and-coming fighter of what to do when a guy doesn't come at you in the conventional way. Rances Barthelemy showed once again why he's a monster at super featherweight. Give Osiobe credit, he came to fight, but after Rances sunk a few of those body shots he settled down quite a bit. Roberto Acevedo and Jorge Maysonet are both developing prospects we look for big things from and they both got early stoppages against decent opponents. These kinds of fights give a young prospect time in the ring and get them ready for the next step up."

For more information on any Warriors Boxing fighter, please visit www.warriorsboxing.com.

Prospect Boxing: Promoter previews June 1st Card

On June 1st , Scotland’s newest force in professional boxing, Prospect Boxing is holding their second professional card of the year at the Rivals Gym,Wishaw. Speaking about the card, former referee turned promoter Paul Graham is looking forward to it "This is our second show of the year, and I'm quite happy that I am able giving another young fighter a pro debut and expanding the list of fighters."

Making his debut is Ayr's Martin McCord, who will feature amongst another four bouts on the evening. A recent cancellation to Iain Butcher's (3-0) fight in Aintree has given Graham the chance to feature Butcher on the June 1st card "The card was looking topnotch, but now we have managed to add rising star Iain Butcher to it. While he was disappointed not to be fighting on the Aintree card it has given him a renewed incentive in his training and I know he is keen to give a five-star performance.”

He added “Its not often you will see two undefeated fighters put there record on the line at this stage in their career, So with that in mind I know both Iain (Butcher) and his opponent Phil Smith will be pushing one another all the way. These are the sorts of fights that make promoting fights worth it! "

“"Like our prior card, the local communities are getting behind their fighters. This time though were using Rivals Gym, which has never actually had a pro boxing show on it before, but the layout for it gives it a good setting, with good views for the crowd. One other benefit are it is licensed as well"


Also featuring on the night, and looking to end a four fight losing streak is Newton Stewart's Giuseppe Daprato who is in action over six rounds against Glasgow’s Ryan McNicol. Mark Bett will be looking for a strong home town support, as he takes on Harthill's “Super” Steve Martin over the six scheduled rounds. Completing the line up is Mitch Prince, who will compete over 6 x 2 minute rounds .

Tickets for the June 1st show at Rivals Gym ,53 Roberts Street,Wishaw. are available from the fighters directly or by contacting 01698 338 888 and are priced £30.


Further information is available from www.prospectboxing.co.uk or on twitter @ProspectBoxing and via www.facebook.com/ProspectBoxing

Article posted on 14.05.2012



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