Talented unbeaten featherweight contender and 2008 United States Olympian Gary Russell Jr. and five 2012 U.S. Olympians will be featured on “Night of the Olympians” this Friday, Nov. 9, on ShoBox: The New Generation live on SHOWTIME® (10 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) from Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif.
So what kind of pro careers will the Olympians fighting this Saturday go on to have? Russell, of course, is off to an excellent start. For the others, you’ll have to stay tuned.
Below is ShoBox expert analyst and boxing historian Steve Farhood’s Top 10 list of the U.S. Olympians since 1976 who accomplished the most as professionals:
1. Sugar Ray Leonard: Beat Thomas Hearns, Wilfred Benitez, Roberto Duran and Marvin Hagler, and won titles from welterweight to light heavyweight. The best fighter I’ve ever covered.
2. Floyd Mayweather: Has rarely been challenged, much less beaten. The last man to defeat him: Serafim Todorov at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta.
3. Pernell Whitaker: Defensive wizard Whitaker is among greatest lightweights of all time. His crowning achievement was domination of Julio Cesar Chavez (though judges called the fight a draw).
4. Roy Jones Jr.: Virtually untouchable in his prime. He was such a special talent that he rose to heavyweight and won a share of that world title.
5. Oscar De La Hoya: Carried boxing on his golden shoulders. Fought everyone from Chavez to Mayweather to Bernard Hopkins, and won titles at six weights.
6. Evander Holyfield: Amazing overachiever was the best cruiserweight in history and went on to beat Riddick Bowe and Mike Tyson at heavyweight.
7. Michael Spinks: Forget the loss to Tyson at heavyweight; he was a brilliant boxer and huge right-hand puncher in a lengthy reign at 175 pounds.
8. Andre Ward: Already in the top two or three of today’s pound-for-pound rankings. He has the potential to rise even higher.
9. Michael Carbajal: It’s not easy for a 108-pounder to be named Fighter of the Year, but Carbajal did so. He raised the profile of the lighter weights as much as any other fighter.
10. Virgil Hill: A master boxer who enjoyed a pair of reigns as light heavyweight champion. He was beaten only once, by Hearns, during an awesome 10-year title run.
Russell Jr. (20-0, 12 KO’s), of Capitol Heights, Md., will face Roberto Castaneda (20-2-1, 15 KO’s) in the Saturday’s ShoBox 10-round main event.
The five 2012 U.S. Olympians – heavyweight Dominic Breazeale, of Anaheim, Calif., cruiserweight Marcus Browne, of Staten Island, N.Y., super middleweight Terrell Gausha, of Cleveland, Ohio, junior middleweight Errol Spence, of Desoto, Texas, and bantamweight Rau’Shee Warren, of Cincinnati, Ohio – will box in four-round pro debut fights.
Breazeale takes on Curtis Tate (4-3, 4 KOs), of Oakland, Tenn., Browne will meet Codale Ford (2-0), of Fort Gibson, Okla., Gausha will face Dustin Caplinger (2-3, 1 KO) of Chillicothe, Ohio, Spence will be opposed by Jonathan Garcia (3-3, 1 KO), of Aguadilla, Puerto Rico, and Warren collides with Luis Rivera of Ponce, Puerto Rico (1-2).
The event is presented by Golden Boy Promotions and sponsored by Corona. Doors open at 5:00 p.m. PT with the first live fight at 5:30 p.m.
Tickets priced at $25, $35 and $45 are available at the Fantasy Springs Box Office, by calling (800) 827-2946 or online at www.fantasyspringsresort.com.
THOMAS “CORNFLAKE” LAMANNA TO FIGHT ERICK HERNANDEZ PEREZ THIS SATURDAY
MILLVILLE, NJ (November 7, 2012)—THIS SATURDAY NIGHT at the New Jersey Motorsports Park, undefeated Jr. Middleweight Thomas “Cornflake” LaManna will hope to celebrate his 21st birthday with a win over Erick Hernandez Perez in a scheduled six round bout in the main event of a big night of professional boxing.
LaManna is 9-0 with five knockouts is coming off a six round split decision victory over tough Yolexcy Leiva on August 18th in Atlantic City.
“Perez is a tough fighter and I have seen him”, said LaManna.
“He has just come off a draw with an eighteen fight veteran so I know he is coming to win but I have been training every day and even have gotten some great advice from Bernard Hopkins when I was sparring his nephew Demetrious. I also want to thank my sparring partners Julian Williams, Jesse Hart & Ismael Garcia. I have extra motivation fighting in front of my hometown fans and I expect fireworks.”
“I want to thank Brad Scott and Carolyn Watson of the New Jersey Motorsports Park for giving this event an opportunity.”
Perez of Cancun, Mexico has a record of 2-2-1 with two knockouts and is coming off a four round draw with Daniel Garcia (10-7-1) on September 29th.
Jon Bolden (5-5, 5 KO’s) of New York, NY takes on Dennis Benson ((1-4, 1 KO) of Norfolk, VA in a four round Heavyweight bout.
In a four round Light Heavyweight bout, Amir Shabazz (1-0) of Philadelphia, PA will box Abdellah Smith (1-3, 1 KO) of Queens, NY
Gilbert Alex Sanchez (1-1, 1 KO) of Camden, NJ will fight Nasser Abdel Malik (1-0, 1 KO) in a four round Light Heavyweight bout
Antoine Douglas (1-0, 1 KO) of Burke, VA fights pro debuting Carlos Lopez of New York in a four round Middleweight bout.
Moses Molina (1-1, 1 KO) of Bridgeton, NJ will fight Joshua Nieves (0-2) of New York in a four round Super Featherweight bout.
Tickets for this exciting evening of boxing on November 10th are priced at $125 (VIP which includes a meet and greet with former world champions Steve Cunningham & Ray Mercer); $75 and $50 and can be bought by calling (856) 327-8000 & (856) 899-7273
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IABA UPDATE (EUROPEAN WOMEN’S YOUTH AND JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS)
Irish Amateur Boxing Association
Amy Broadhurst is just one win away from gold at the 2012 European Women’s Youth and Junior Championships in Poland.
The Dealgan BC (Dundalk) featherweight registered a 17-12 decision over Turkey’s Esba Yldiv today to guarantee herself at least silver medal from the tournament.
Broadhurst, whose brother Stephen claimed bronze at the IABA hosted 2011 European Youth Championships in Dublin, will now meet Russia’s Svetlana Khilchenko in Friday’s 57kg Junior decider in Wladyslawowo.
Broadhurst, who has now won three bouts in Poland, was on top from the opening bell today en route to what Anna Moore, speaking from ringside in Wladyslawowo, described as a fantastic win.
“Amy boxed incredible well against a tough opponent. It was a fantastic performance and we’re all thrilled with her win, she said.
“Sally Carrig also performed very well. She left absolutely everything in the ring and we couldn’t have asked anymore of her.”
Carrig, who boxes out of the Ennis BC, was in against Hungary’s Diana Hegedus, but despite a typically brave display lost out in the 69kg semi-final.
However, the Clare ace does have the consolation of winning a bronze medal at the tournament. Niamh Folan will also be taking home bronze.
Broadhurst has upgraded to silver and will be hoping to go one better on Friday against Khilchenko at the 20-nation tournament.
The Youth finals will be decided tomorrow.
The Irish team are due to arrive home via Dublin Airport at 11pm on Saturday evening.
2012 European Women’s Youth and Junior Championships Wladyslawowo, Poland
51kg: Oliwia Samsanow (Ireland) beat Jenna O’Reilly (England) 18-15
57kg: Lycia Hennihan (Ireland) lost to Hessia Canonica (Italy) 3-11
50kg: Nikita Casey (Ireland) lost to Irma Testa (Italy) 5-15
60kg: Siadhbh Greene (Ireland) lost to Grygiel Grazyna (Poland) 0-5
75kg: Niamh Folan (Ireland) beat Delibasi Aysegi (Turkey) 12-4
69kg: Aoife Hennigan (Ireland) lost to Sokolovska Anastasiya (Ukraine) RET4
48kg: Kristina O’Hara (Ireland) lost to Hanna Okhotu (Ukraine) 8-11
57kg: Amy Broadhurst (Ireland) beat Elisabeth Wohlgemouth (Germany) 17-7
48kg: Hanna Carthy (Ireland) lost to Johanna Richet (France) RSC3
51kg: Oliwia Samsanow (Ireland) lost Julia Coroli (Moldova) 11-14
54kg: Christine Gargan (Ireland) lost to Sarah Rostron (England) 7-8
60kg: Kayleigh Murrihy (Ireland) lost to Reyhan Cakir (Turkey) 9-15
54kg: Caoilinn McCormack (Ireland) lost to Adelina Zarubina (Russia) 10-27
75kg: Niamh Folan (Ireland) lost to Matrena Viachkina (Russia) RSC1
57kg: Amy Broadhurst (Ireland) beat Esba Yldiv (Turkey) 17-12
69kg: Sally Carrig (Ireland) lost to Diana Hegedus (Hungary) 10-17
Amy Broadhurst (Ireland) v Svetlana Khilchenko (Russia)
Irish Youth squad
48kg:Hanna Carthy (Paulstown BC)
51kg:Oliwia Samsanow (Old School BC)
54kg:Christine Gargan (St Georges BC)
57kg:Lycia Hennihan (Ballinrobe BC)
60kg:Kayleigh Murrihy (Kilfenora BC)
69kg:Aoife Hennigan (Swinford BC)
Irish Junior Squad
48kg:Kristina O’Hara (Emerald BC)
50kg:Nikita Casey (Nenagh BC)
54kg;Caoilinn McCormack (Kilfenora BC)
57kg:Amy Broadhurst (Dealgan BC)
60kg:Siadhbh Greene (Ballinacarrow BC)
64kg:Austeja Auciute (Finn Valley BC)
69kg:Sally Carrig (Ennis BC)
75kg:Niamh Folan (Connemara BC)
Team Manager: Maura Campbell (South Meath)
Director of Boxing: Dominic O’Rourke
Coaches: John McCormack (St Saviours OBA), Damien Walsh (Holy Family GG)
Delegate for the European Women’s Commission Meeting: Anna Moore (St Francis)