Good fighters are rampant throughout the sport of boxing, but truly great fighters are a very rare commodity indeed. Most who have seen Welterweight Benjamin Whitaker work his craft in the ring insist the Alamo City fighter is well on his way to becoming one of the brightest stars this city has ever produced.
This Friday night, at La Villita Assembly Hall in Downtown San Antonio, the talented 147 pound fighter will grace the canvas once again and attempt to capture his third consecutive victory as a professional.
Trainer Rick Morones truly believes he has the best young pugilist in San Antonio.
“Benjamin is special,” states the prolific fight trainer. “Just by working with him every day, I know he has what it takes to be a marquee name in the sport. He’s a different type of fighter. He’s a big, strong Welterweight with nothing to lose and everything to gain.”
Most great trainers in boxing insist that attitude determines all of your successes and failures in the ring. Coach Morones claims Benjamin has the mindset of a winner.
“Benjamin is the most humble athlete I’ve ever had the privilege of working with. His work ethic is incredible and he strives for excellence every time he steps in the ring. He won’t settle for anything less than perfection.”
“He never complains and is always willing to do whatever it takes to improve. The sky is the limit for Benjamin Whitaker.”
After getting a late start in boxing, the 28 year old fighter just made his professional debut at the renowned Alamodome on August 11th, 2012. Although he faced a very awkward and unorthodox fighter, the powerful Welterweight fighter knocked out his opponent in two rounds.
On October 27th, Benjamin dominated Jawnta Manson at the Freeman Coliseum to a one-sided four round unanimous decision, in which the powerful Welterweight won every minute of every stanza.
On December 21st, Whitaker will face Andre Lopez in a four round special attraction. Although Benjamin knows very little about his third professional opponent, he’s preparing as if he were challenging Danny Garcia for the WBC Welterweight Championship.
“I don’t really like to focus on what my opponents bring to the ring,’ admits Benjamin Whitaker. “I just know if I work as hard as I possibly can in the gym, I’ll see the results on fight night. This is boxing; and anything can happen in the ring. So I have to prepare physically and mentally for anything that could happen within the fight.”
The hard working fighter is driven to reach the pinnacle of the sport and become an eventual world champion.
But you’ll never hear Benjamin Whitaker talk about his abilities or aspirations.
“You can’t talk about success…you have to be about it. You just have to do it. That’s why I work as hard as I do in the gym. I realize that limitations are within all of us. The only person who can keep me from achieving my goal in boxing is me. So I will do everything I can to reach my personal goals and work as hard as I have to in order to succeed.”
“When I fought in my second Golden Gloves tournament, I was in the locker room and there were different quotes on the wall from different people. The first one that I saw was from Michael Jordan. It said, ‘I always believed that if you put in the work, the results will show’.”
“I took that quote and placed it on the back of my front door. So I see his words every time I walk out of the house. That’s why I work so hard in the gym. Every day I work hard. I truly believe that if I put in the work, the results will show.”
See Benjamin Whitaker work at Leija-Battah Promotions’ “River City Rumble” this Friday Night, December 21st, at La Villita Assembly Hall, in a four round special attraction.
The spectacular Leija-Battah presentation will showcase current WBC USNBC Flyweight Champion Joseph Rios in the main event of the evening.
The holiday bout sheet will also include San Antonio favorites Kendo and Jairo Castaneda, as well as Briton Steven Hall, Benjamin Whitaker, Javier Rodriguez, and Joseph Rodriguez.
Please call 210-979-3302 for ticket availability to this special Christmas time event.
Doors open at 6PM CST, and tickets start as low as $20 for the fantastic 9 bout fight card.
Leija-Battah Promotions – San Antonio’s newest franchise in sports entertainment!!
Cohen Inks Undefeated Adam Trupish
Greg Cohen of Greg Cohen Promotions is proud to announce the signing of undefeated Adam “A-Bomb” Trupish (11-0, 8 KOs) to a promotional contract.
Trupish, from Windsor, Ontario, Canada, is a two-time Olympian and was ranked fifth in the world after the 2007 World Amateur Boxing Championships. He represented Canada at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece, and was the only Canadian boxer (in any weight class) to qualify for the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.
As a professional, Trupish has already enjoyed impressive success. In just 11 fights, he has taken the Canadian middleweight and super middleweight championships and also won and successfully defended the NABA Light Middleweight title.
Along the way, Trupish has scored stoppages over long-time Canadian Middleweight Champion Larry Sharpe (25-8), Brazil’s dangerous Rogerio Pereira (16-1) and useful Detroit veteran Darryl Cunningham (25-3).
Trupish recently relocated to Las Vegas, where he trains with former world champion and elite-level trainer Eddie Mustafa Muhammad at Muhammad’s Hit Factory gym. It was Muhammad who brought Trupish to Cohen’s attention.
“Eddie came to me with the idea of working with Adam because he’s very bright and he can really punch. Plus he has that strong amateur pedigree. So, I went to Vegas and had a look and I was very impressed. I’m very excited to start working with Adam.”
A master at finding boxing’s hidden gems, Cohen says even though Trupish is at a relatively advanced age for a prospect, his experience level will allow him to step over the normally required developmental years of his pro career.
“Adam has had more fights at an international, elite level than most fighters ever have, so he doesn’t need 30 fights before taking steps up. He’s so much more advanced than the average new professional. It won’t be long before he’s in a world championship fight.”
2012 Ring 8 award winners announced 26th annual NY ceremony rescheduled Feb. 10
NEW YORK, NY (Dec. 19, 2012) – The 26th annual RING 8 Holiday Event and Awards Ceremony will be held Sunday afternoon (12:00-5:00 p.m. ET), February 10 at Russo’s On The Bay in Howard Beach, New York.
Damage from Hurricane Sandy to Russo’s On The Bay forced the event’s postponement from December 9 to Feb. 10.
A star-studded group of past and present world champions and industry dignitaries will be in attendance. Steve Farhood will serve once again as Master of Ceremonies and Dave Diamante will announce the award winners.
Ring 8 has announced its 2012 award winners (see full list below), including new World Boxing Association middleweight champion Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin (Fighter of the Year), Joe Calzaghe (Fighter of the Year), and Bernard Hopkins (Lifetime Achievement),
“Our members really look forward to this gala event every year,” Ring 8 president Bob Duffy said. “Some of the biggest names in boxing will be honored as we proudly continue our record for lending a helping hand to those in the boxing community who are less fortunate, some requiring assistance towards paying their rent, medical expenses, or whatever justifiable need. Each year our Holiday Event and Awards Ceremony celebrates our great sport of boxing, insuring much-needed funding is raised so we may continue our mission for our needy brothers and sisters in boxing. We will never waver from their corners. We had to wait a little longer this year because of Hurricane Sandy, but I’m confident it’ll be another knockout Holiday Event and Awards Ceremony.”
Committed celebrity boxing attendees include world champions Bobby Czyz, Virgil Hill, Iran Barkley, Vito Antuofermo, and Matthew Saad Muhammad, as well as Renaldo “Mr.” Snipes, Tommy Gallagher, Michael Bentt, Harold Lederman, and Earnie Shavers.
2012 RING 8 Award Winners
Fighter of the Year: Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin
Fighter of the Decade: Joe Calzaghe
Uncrowned Champion: David Sears
Coach of the Year (FDNY): Bob McGuire
Coaches of the Year (NYPD): Pat Russo & Dave Seiv
Lifetime Achievement Award: Bernard Hopkins
Official of the Year (Referee): Eddie Claudio
Official of the Year (Judge): John Signorile
Boxing Writer of the Year: Mike Woods
Long & Meritorious Service: Ron McNair
Man of the Year: Frankie Russo Jr.
Prospects of the Year: Floriano Pagliara & Joe Smith
Comeback of the Year: Adam Willett
Last year’s Ring 8 award winners included the now late, great Emanuel Steward, who was honored as Trainer of the Decade, as well as 2008 U.S. Olympian Marcus Browne, the Amateur Boxer of the Year.
Tickets, priced at $125.00 per person, are available to purchase by calling 1.718.729.4862, emailing [email protected] or mailing checks (payable to Ring 8) to Tony Mazzarella, C/O Waterfront Crab House, 2-03 Borden Ave., Long Island, NY 11101. Donations of any denomination are welcome for those unable to attend the festivities.
Tickets include a complete brunch with cocktail hour upon entry, seating at the awards ceremony, dinner and dessert, and top-shelf open bar throughout the afternoon. There will also be a silent auction of boxing memorabilia. This event is expected to sell-out and everybody is urged to purchase tickets as soon as possible in order to secure favorable seating. Boxing and sports memorabilia will be on display.
Program ads are available for Full Page ($150.00), Half-Page ($80.00), and Quarter-Page ($50.00). The deadline for all ads is January 25 and must be emailed ([email protected]) or mailed to Bob Duffy (516.313.2304), 164 Lindbergh St., Massapequa, NY 11762.
Go online to www.Ring8ny.com for more information about Ring 8 or its annual Holiday Events and Awards Ceremony.
Russo’s On The Bay is located at 162-45 Crossbay Blvd. in Howard Beach (718.843.5055).