On Saturday night, January 14, 2017, undefeated professional boxer, Gervonta “Tank” Davis (Baltimore, Maryland) won his first world title by defeating IBF World Super Featherweight Champion, Jose Pedraza (Cidra, Puerto Rico). Davis-Pedraza was scheduled for 12 Rounds at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, live on SHOWTIME. At the beginning of Round 7, Davis went on an aggressive offensive attack that ended with a huge right hook that floored the champion. Pedraza made it to his feet, but Ricky Gonzalez stopped the fight at 2:36 of round 7. Davis improved to 17-0, 16 by KO, while Pedraza’s record dropped to 22-1, with 12 KOs. Davis joined Joe Gans, Vincent Pettway, and Hasim Rahman as Baltimore’s only boxing world champions. Davis, 22, became the youngest boxer from Baltimore to win a world title.
On Saturday night, December 10, 2016, twenty-three year-old Top Rank® light welterweight professional boxer, Mike “Yes Indeed” Reed (Washington, D.C. by way of Waldorf, Maryland/pro record: 20-0-0, 12 KOs) will face Sidney Siqueira (Sao Paulo, Brazil/pro record: 26-11-1, 17 KOs) in an 8-round fight on the HBO World Championship Boxing® card, held at CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Nebraska. The event is promoted by Top Rank, in association with TGB Promotions, and will feature Terence Crawford making a defense of his WBC and WBO World Super Lightweight Titles against John Molina Jr. in the main event. On October 14, Reed earned his twentieth win, when he defeated Aaron Herrera by 6th Round TKO at the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
On Saturday night, November 5, 2016, twenty-eight year old professional boxer Demetrius “Boo Boo” Andrade (Providence, Rhode Island/Pro record: 23-0-0, with 16 KOs) plans to win his second world title at the MBS Arena in Potsdam, Germany against WBA World Super Welterweight Champion, Jack “Golden Jack” Culcay (Germany by way of Ecuador/ pro record: 22-1-0, with 11 KOs). Andrade-Culcay is scheduled for twelve rounds on the fight card promoted by Sauerland Events, A-Team Promotions, Banner Promotions, and Star Boxing, with television to be determined. Andrade is a former WBO world champion in the light middleweight division. He last fought on June 11, 2016, when he defeated Willie Nelson by TKO on SHOWTIME.
On Saturday night, January 28, 2017, twenty-eight year old professional boxer Mikey Garcia (Moreno Valley, CA by way of Oxnard, CA/pro record: 35-0-0, with 29 KOs) returns to the ring at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada, against WBC Lightweight Champion, Dejan Zlaticanin (Podgorica, Montenegro/pro record: 22-0-0, with 15 KOs). Garcia-Zlaticanin is scheduled for twelve rounds in the lightweight division as the co-main event on the Showtime televised fight card. In the main event, Carl Frampton will defend his WBA Super World Featherweight Title in a rematch with Leo Santa Cruz.
On Saturday night, October 8, 2016, super welterweight boxer, Brandyn “Bad News” Lynch (Los Angeles, California) made his professional boxing debut, displaying an overall package of athleticism, solid boxing skills, and power to defeat Nubion Houston (Shreveport, Louisiana) by technical knockout at 53 seconds of Round 4. Lynch-Houston was scheduled for four rounds on a south Texas boxing show, titled, “Fall Fest Fight Night.” The fight card was promoted by Omar Figueroa’s Panterita Promotions, and held at the Brownsville Sports Park in Brownsville, Texas. In the co-main event, Shane Mosley Jr. defeated Omar Rojas by unanimous decision, and in the main event, Brandon Figueroa defeated his opponent, Raymond Chacon, by unanimous decision.
In response to the World Boxing Council’s (WBC) September 2016 Quarterly Report, twenty-eight year old professional boxer, Demetrius “Boo Boo” Andrade (Providence, Rhode Island/pro record: 23-0, 16 KOs) has questions about his current status as it relates to his participation in the WBC Super Welterweight Division Tournament. A-Team Promotions understands that the boxers involved in the tournament will be able to interact with the WBC Board of Governors at the WBC’s 54th Annual Convention Meetings, to be held at The Diplomat Resort & Spa in Hollywood, Florida, December 11-17, 2016, to ensure their continued participation in this tournament.
Twenty-eight year old professional boxer, Demetrius “Boo Boo” Andrade (Providence, Rhode Island/pro record: 23-0, 16 KOs), is a former WBO Light Middleweight Champion and a 2008 Olympian. He last fought on June 11, 2016, in a Showtime televised appearance against tough title contender, Willie Nelson. In that fight, Andrade dominated Nelson with varied punch combinations, dropped him four times, and won by technical knockout at 1:38 of Round 12.
In the past, Andrade’s boxing abilities created difficulties in finding elite opponents to fight him. After dominating Nelson, the question must be asked: Is Andrade now the most feared boxer in the super welterweight division?
RIVERSIDE, CALIFORNIA, U.S.A. – On Tuesday, August 10, 2016, Riverside Police Officers teamed up with undefeated, former two-time WBO World Boxing Champion, Mikey Garcia (35-0, 29 KOs), to hand out one hundred backpacks and various school supplies to kids in the Casa Blanca neighborhood. The event was part of the annual Riverside Police Department Backpack Giveaway program, held today at the Ysmael Villegas Community Center in Villegas Park. Garcia said, “This was a wonderful opportunity to come out and support these kids. As a parent, it feels good knowing that all of these children will be prepared with the adequate supplies for their first week of school. I’m a big advocate for education, so I gave some advice for the kids to take with them into this new school year. It was an honor to be a part of this program, and to partner with the Riverside Police Department.” The twenty-eight year-old Garcia trains nearby at the Robert Garcia Boxing Academy in Riverside.
On Saturday night, July 30, 2016, twenty-eight year old professional boxer Mikey Garcia returned to the ring at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, after a two and a half year layoff due to a contract dispute with his former promotional company, Top Rank. On the Showtime televised broadcast, Garcia knocked down former WBC World Featherweight Champion Elio Rojas four times, before referee Eddie Claudio called an end to the fight at 2:02 of Round 5. Following Saturday’s TKO win, Garcia’s record improved to 35-0, with 29 KOs, while Rojas’ record dropped to 24-3, with 14 KOs. Garcia-Rojas was scheduled for ten rounds in the junior welterweight division as the co-main event on the fight card promoted by DiBella Entertainment, in association with Cyclone Promotions, and presented by Premier Boxing Champions. In the main event, Carl Frampton won the WBA Super World Featherweight Title by defeating Leon Santa Cruz by majority decision.
On Saturday afternoon, July 2, 2016, Baltimore’s sixteen year-old amateur boxer, Lorenzo “Truck” Simpson, won his third fight in four days at the Kay Bailey Hutchinson Convention Center in Dallas, Texas, to win a gold medal in the 2016 Junior Olympics National Boxing Tournament at 165 lbs. More than 900 young boxers from across the United States qualified and registered for the tournament, which was held June 28-July 2, as part of the Dallas Sports Festival.