ST. LOUIS (December 18, 2012) – Christmas came early for lightweight power-broker “Dangerous” Dannie Williams in the form of an ESPN Friday Nights Fight main event showdown on January 11 against John “The Hammer” Molina Jr. (24-2, 19 KOs) in a explosive crossroads fight for both boxers, at Indian School in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
“I’ve been waiting to get back into a meaningful fight,” Williams said from training camp in Youngstown, Ohio, “so I can get back in the lightweight picture. That’s what this fight is all about. I look at this fight like all of my fights as the biggest of my life.”
Williams (22-2, 18 KOs) is only two fights removed from a disappointing loss by 10-round decision to Hank Lundy (21-1-1) for the North American Boxing Federation (NABF) title, while Molina suffered a devastating first-round knockout in his last fight to World Boxing Council (WBC) 135-pound champion Antonio DeMarco. Both of these fights aired on national television, setting back the fighters’ respective careers.
Williams, who was WBC No. 9 rated going into the Lundy fight, has regrouped, winning his most recent fight this past October by way of a seventh-round knockout of Rynell Griffin.
Molina’s most significant win, ironically, was an 11th round stoppage of Lundy in 2010 for the North American Boxing Organization (NABO) lightweight title. The previously unbeaten Lundy (18-0-1), who was dropped in the eighth, had a substantial lead on all three judges’ scorecards (98-91, 98-91, 97-92) when Molina finished him off in the 11th as the referee halted the fight with Lundy trapped on the ropes and hurt.
“I’m really up for this fight because he’s the guy who beat the guy who beat me,” Williams noted. “I’m going to show the boxing world that my Lundy fight was a fluke. Molina’s last fight was disappointing. I don’t think he can take a big punch. It’s not like Lundy can hit. DeMarco hit him with some good punches, but I can’t wait to see how he reacts when I hit him.”
The fight between Williams and Molina, who have combined to knock out 37 opponents in 46 total wins, has the potential to start 2013 off with fireworks. “A loss derails either fighter’s career and the winner gets right back in the picture,” Williams’ head trainer Jack Loew remarked. “With these two guys, no matter what game plan is set, once they get touched, their manhood takes over. They’re both warriors, real fighters, and this can be a very exciting fight. Dannie just has to fight for 10 rounds, although this isn’t the type fight that figures to go the distance. Against Lundy, we had a great game plan and it worked for two or three rounds. Then, Dannie hit a wall and for whatever reason, he stopped fighting.
“This is a crossroads fight for both fighters. This isn’t like being a cat with nine lives. This is the third opportunity Steve’s (co-promoter Steve Smith) gotten Dannie on national television, the first against (Eloy) Perez (LDEC10 in 2009), and then Lundy. This fight could mean the difference between ever getting a world title shot or not. I’ve let Dannie know what this fight means and the pressure is on him to win. Dannie has to be professional and go into this fight in a better mind set than he did against Lundy. He can’t dance around and box. He has to come forward and be aggressive. Dannie Williams is always going to be a power puncher.”
“Dangerous” Dannie Williams (L)
(photo by Bob Barton)
Co-Promoted by Rumble Time Promotions (President Steve Smith) and DiBella Entertainment, the 28-year-old Williams has overcome numerous obstacles growing up in the Peabody Projects in Saint Louis, Missouri. He showcased his potential as an amateur, capturing a gold medal in the 2004 National Golden Gloves Tournament, and defeating undefeated, former World Boxing Association (WBA) lightweight champion Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios.
“What I know for sure is that Dannie will fight the fight of his life and come out with a big win in dramatic fashion,” Smith added. “I do want to thank Doug Loughrey (boxing programming director), of ESPN, for keeping this fight together. ESPN fans are going to love the non-stop action, as long as it lasts. Dannie just had an off night against Lundy. Dannie Williams is a beast with power in both hands and good boxing skills, too.”
Go online to www.RumbleTimePromotions.com for more information about Williams or any of his Rumble Time Promotions stable-mates.
Holiday Treat as HBO’s “Boxing’s Best” Returns
It’s a holiday treat for HBO® Boxing fans. Over five consecutive nights in late December, HBO Boxing will present seven of the year’s standout fights, showcasing the biggest names in the sport in riveting performances. Featured are signature wins by Floyd Mayweather, Andre Ward, Sergio Martinez and Juan Manuel Marquez plus breakout victories by rising stars Brandon Rios, Adrien Broner and Robert Guerrero.
Starting Tuesday, Dec. 25, HBO will replay seven major league showdowns from this year over five consecutive nights. Each night the action starts at 11:00 p.m. ET/PT. HBO viewers will get to revisit the most memorable, most significant and most compelling bouts that were televised on the HBO service, including a couple of slugfests that are clear favorites for “Fight of the Year” honors.
The “Boxing’s Best” lineup includes:
Tuesday, Dec. 25 at 11:00 p.m. — Floyd Mayweather vs. Miguel Cotto
Wednesday, Dec. 26 at 11:00 p.m. — Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. vs. Sergio Martinez
Thursday, Dec. 27 at 11:00 p.m. — Robert Guerrero vs. Andre Berto
Friday, Dec. 28 at 11:00 p.m. — Antonio DeMarco vs. Adrien Broner
Friday, Dec. 28 at 11:45 p.m. — Andre Ward vs. Chad Dawson
Saturday, Dec. 29 at 11:00 p.m. — Brandon Rios vs. Mike Alvarado
Saturday, Dec. 29 at 11:40 p.m. — Manny Pacquiao vs. Juan Manuel Marquez 4
All times are ET/PT.
*Winners names are in italics.
“Boxing’s Best” will be available on HBO ON DEMAND® and HBO GO®
Fantasy Springs Announces Boxing VIP ~ Erik Morales
December 18, 2012 – INDIO, CALIF. – The pride of Tijuana and the first Mexican boxer to win world championships in four different weight classes, future Hall of Famer Erik El “Terrible” Morales will greet fans at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif. prior to the January 11 edition of ShoBox: The New Generation featuring rising star Ronnie Rios vs. former World Champion Rico Ramos and the return of Coachella’s own Randy Caballero.
The legacy of Tijuana, Baja California’s Erik “El Terrible” Morales (52-8, 36 KO’s) has been set for years thanks to his wins over boxing superstars and world champions Manny “Pac-Man” Pacquiao, Marco Antonio “Baby Faced Assassin” Barrera, Paulie Ayala, Kevin “The Flushing Flash” Kelley, Daniel Zaragoza and Junior Jones, along with his world titles in four weight classes. He has defeated 15 different world champions during the course of his career and his trilogy against fellow Mexican legend and Three-Division World Champion Barrera being considered one of greatest in the history of the sport. Most recently, it was his stirring return in 2010 after nearly three years away from the sport that captivated the boxing world.
“El Terrible” will be on hand to meet fans, sign autographs and take pictures from 7:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. inside the Fantasy Springs Special Events Center. The meet and greet is open to the public with the purchase of a ticket to the event.
The January 11 edition of ShoBox: The New Generation is presented by Golden Boy Promotions and sponsored by Corona. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. PT on fight night with the first bell sounding at 6:30 p.m. PT. The ShoBox: The New Generation telecast will air live on SHOWTIME beginning at 11:15 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast).
Tickets, priced at $25, $35 and $45, are available for purchase at the Fantasy Springs Box Office, by calling (800) 827-2946 or online at www.fantasyspringsresort.com.
IABA UPDATE (QUIGLEY AND MYRES WIN GOLD AND SILVER AT EUROPEAN U/23 CHAMPIONSHIPS)
Irish Amateur Boxing Association
Donegal middleweight Jason Quigley beat German Elite champion Dennis Radovan to claim gold at the European U/23 Championships in Russia today.
The Finn Valley BC ace, a gold medal winner at the 2009 European Youth Championships in Poland, was handed a 17-11 decision after the final bell of today’s 75kg final at the Sports Palace in Kaliningrad.
Boxing superbly on the counter in the face of Radovan’s constant aggression, Quigley, who had his dad Conor and Zuar Antia in his corner, took the first two rounds 5-3 and 5-3 to command a four-point advantage going into the third.
Radovan, as expected, threw caution to the wind in the third, but Quigley held his composure and kept picking up points on the counter to win that frame 7-5 and seal his second top of the podium finish in European competition.
“I’m absolutely delighted with the win, said the newly crowned champion, who was presented with his medal today.
“When I won the bronze here I was very happy to have my second European medal, but when you get to that stage you always want to change the colour and thankfully I did.
Earlier today, Hugh Myres lost out in his bid for gold after being edged out by a single point in his light-flyweight final with Armenia’s Kariun Sogomonyan.
The 2009 AIBA World Youth champion was awarded an 11-10 decision after three tight rounds in Kaliningrad.
Both boxers found had their moments at the Sports Palace, although Myres will feel unlucky that he wasn’t adjudged to have won the second and third frames
Sogomonyan – who seems to be making a habit of beating Irish boxers by a single point as he edged out Evan Metcalfe 15-14 en route to gold at the IABA hosted 2011 European Youth Championships in Dublin – and Myres shared the first 1-1.
Myres (Ryston BC) winged home two solid rights at the start of the second, Sogomonyan responding with a neat left mid-way through a frame which finished level at 4-4.
In the crucial third, Myres cleaner shots looked like they would deliver gold for Ireland, but the Armenian was adjudged to have won the stanza 6-5.
“Jason produced a fantastic performance against a very good opponent. I thought Hugh was very unlucky and I thought that he did enough to shade it”, said Irish team manager and coach John Finn.
Today’s gold and silver medal wins cap an outstanding year for Irish boxing, which has won gold, silver and bronze at every Olympic, World, European and Multi-Nation tournament entered in 2012
Zuar Antia, John Finn and Conor Quigley were working Ireland’s corner in Armenia. The Irish squad are due to arrive home through Dublin Airport at 9.30pm on Wednesday evening.
European U/23 Championships Kaliningrad, Russia
69kg: Thurles Moran (Ireland) beat Tubhi Taha Amara (Israel) 14-10
75kg: Jason Quigley (Ireland) beat Adam Grabecz (Hungary) 16-3
60kg: Mark O’Hara (Ireland) beat Aleko Chadashvili (Georgia) 12-9
64kg: Rohan Date (Ireland) lost to Oleg Nekludov (Ukraine) 9-10
56kg: Declan Geraghty (Ireland) beat Erik Sokolov (Germany) 15-6
75kg: Jason Quigley (Ireland) beat Deniss Kormilin (Estonia) 19-7
49kg: Hugh Myres (Ireland) beat Ory Georges (France) 17-10
69kg: Thurlus Moran (Ireland) lost Pavel Kostromin (Belarus) 9-12
91kg: Christy Joyce (Ireland) lost to Gevory Manukyn (Ukraine) RSC2
56kg: Declan Geraghty (Ireland) lost to Vladimir Nikitin (Russia) 7-17
60kg: Mark O’Hara (Ireland) lost to Maksim Shmiglev (Russia) 10-22
75kg: Jason Quigley (Ireland) beat Victor Carapchevschii (Moldova) 12-9
49kg: Hugh Myres (Ireland) beat David Albrdian (Israel) 16-8
75kg: Jason Quigley (Ireland) beat Maksim Timofeev (Russia) 15-13
49kg: Hugh Myres (Ireland) lost to Kariun Sogomonyan (Armenia) 10-11
75kg: Jason Quigley (Ireland) beat Deniss Radovan (Germany) 17-11
49kg: Hugh Myres (Ryston)
56kg: Declan Geraghty (Crumlin)
60kg: Mark O’Hara (Holy Trinity)
64kg: Rohan Date (St Pauls)
69kg: Thurles Moran (Phibsboro)
75kg: Jason Quigley (Finn Valley)
91kg: Christy Joyce (St Michael’s Athy)
Coach/Team Manager: John Finn
Coach: Zuar Antia
Physio: Conor McCarthy