On Saturday, September 5, bantamweight standout Antonio “Carita” Nieves (12-0-1, 6KOs) of Cleveland, Ohio, makes his much anticipated ring return against Korea’s Tae Woong Jung (3-2-2, 3KOs) for eight rounds or less at the Presque Isle Downs Casino in Erie, Pennsylvania. The fight is part of a big nine bout card organized by Bizzarro Promotions. Recently, Eastsideboxing.com had the pleasure of interviewing Nieves to get his thoughts on Tae Wong Jung, training camp, and his June draw with fellow undefeated prospect Stephon Young (14-0-2, 6KOs).
On Friday, September 18, the Teofista Boxing Series returns to the Deerfoot Inn and Casino for a ten round, all-Canuck showdown between Canadian welterweight champion Steve “The Dragon” Claggett (21-3-1, 14KOs) of Calgary and once-beaten British Columbia prospect Stuart “The Westcoast Warlord” McClellan (12-1-3, 3KOs).
“This is a big fight for western Canada,” explained Promoter Eric De Guzman. “We are in talks with several championship sanctioning bodies at the moment. It will be a special fight!” Claggett is undefeated against Canadian opponents.
On August 11, Lee Baxter Management will present five exciting match-ups at the Woodbine Convention Hall in Toronto, including some of Canada’s brightest stars. In the main event of the evening, Ontario’s own two division Canadian champ Sam Vargas (21-2-1, 11KOs) will take on former WBC Mundo Hispano and FECARBOX champion Ulises Jimenez (21-16-1, 15KOs) of Mexico in a super welterweight ten rounder. Vargas last saw action a little over a month ago in Edmonton, blasting out seasoned Mexican veteran Cesar Chavez (26-9-0, 14KOs) via TKO3. He is currently ranked #2 in the nation by Canadian Boxiana. This is Jimenez’s first fight since 2013, when he moved up to middleweight to fight Adrian Luna Flores for the Mexican championship. Although Jimenez was the more experienced fighter, the naturally bigger Flores was able to use his size advantage to secure a TKO2 victory.
On Saturday, August 29, undefeated Hamilton prospect Kevin Higson (6-0-0) and top contender Francesco Cotroni (10-5-1, 5KOs) of Mascouche, Quebec, will go ten rounds or less for the vacant Canadian Super Welterweight championship. The Higson-Cotroni contest is slated for Mississauga’s Hershey Centre, adding yet another historic event to the venue’s already decorated pugilistic pedigree.
On Saturday, June 27, United Boxing Promotions, in conjunction with OLG Slots Ajax Downs, is proud to present two-division Canadian champion Brandon “Bad Boy” Cook (14-0-0, 8KOs) in WBA Inter-Continental super welterweight championship action against Austrian titlist Gogi “Lionheart” Knezevic (28-5-1, 12KOs) of Vienna. Scheduled for the Ajax Community Centre, this exciting twelve-round attraction is Cook’s first fight in Ajax, Ontario – the “Bad Boy’s” hometown – since turning pro in 2011.
The Teofista Boxing Series (TBS) is proud to announce it’s much anticipated return to the Chinese Cultural Centre in Calgary, Alberta, for a six fight card on Friday, May 29. The main event will feature local middleweight prospect Devin Reti (1-0-0, 1KOs) in a four rounder against battle-tested veteran Antonio Dos Santos (2-9-0, 1KOs) of East Vancouver, British Columbia. An accomplished amateur, Reti started his pro campaign with a bang last November, stopping the more experienced Starr Roberts of North Dakota via second round knockout. TBS is making this fight particularly special for Reti by donating a portion of the proceeds to the Alberta Cancer Foundation in memory of his mother, who recently lost her battle with the disease.
On March 28, United Boxing Promotions kicked off its Spring boxing season with a bang, staging seven fights, featuring a mix of popular veterans and exciting prospects. It was one Ontario’s most intriguing boxing shows in recent memory. Logan McGuinness pitched a near shutout. Donovan Ruddock scored an improbable come-from-behind knockout. Ryan Young – for the first time – was taken the distance. Local favourites Kevin Higson and Junmar Emon went toe to toe for eight hard rounds. Tim Cronin blasted out New Brunswick light heavyweight prospect Travis Connors in under three rounds. Last, but certainly not least, undefeated super featherweight Josh O’Reilly kept his perfect record intact. Talk of March 28 is still echoing throughout Canadian boxing circles, but United Boxing Promotions is right back at it, scheduling three additional Ontario fight cards, slated for May 9 at Steakhouse 17 in Mississauga, June 27 at the Ajax Community Centre, and August 29 at the Hershey Centre in Mississauga.
On Tuesday, April 14, Hamilton lightweight boxer Steve “The Piranha” Wilcox (11-1-0, 5KOs) faces Michael Gadbois (13-0-2, 4KOs) of Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec, for the WBC International Silver Lightweight Championship at the Royal York Hotel in Toronto. The fight, scheduled for ten rounds, is the main event of the annual Shaw Festival boxing gala. With a win, Wilcox will move to within striking distance of the world’s top ten lightweights. “This fight means everything to me,” explained Wilcox. “Winning this fight will move me forward to much bigger things. Things I’ve been training for my whole life.”