Las Vegas, September 17,2012 -The Theater of the Unexpected didn’t disappoint fight fans Saturday night, as Sergio Martinez fought skillfully for 35 minutes before running into a trapdoor barrage from Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas. The 37 year-old Argentine showed immense heart, to go with his superlative skill, and fight fans relived all the drama, and soaked up post-fight tidbits on TheSweetScience.com and BoxingChannel.TV.
As editor Michael Woods put it on TSS, “Martinez was like a merry assassin, dissecting the kid, without conscience, gleeful in his expert dismemberment…until the twelfth round, when he got caught, and nearly stopped.”
Award-winning fightwriter David Avila had TSS covered at the other big show in Las Vegas, describing Canelo Alvarez’ effort against undersized and gutsy challenger Josesito Lopez as ”
a 45-caliber automatic against a Howitzer cannon.”
Fight fans who couldn’t get enough logged on to Boxing Channel, and heard what Martinez and Chavez Jr. and promoter Bob Arum had to say postfight about the often one-sided but in the end, utterly memorable fight, and hear from Al Bernstein and Steve Farhood on the Canelo-Lopez “Knockout Kings” card.
Once again, in print, and on the video side, TheSweetScience.com and BoxingChannel.TV covered the big fights before, during and after, proving to be the best one-two punch for boxing news on the Web.
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NBC Sports Network ‘Fight Night’ Returns to Bethlem
BETHLEHEM, PA – Main Events brings NBC Sports Network’s “Fight Night” series back to Bethlehem, PA for the 5th edition of the popular nationally televised boxing program. TV broadcast begins at 9PM ET. Once again, the fights will be held at the beautiful new Sands Bethlehem Events Center. The place is the perfect setting for a fight. Last time, June1st, the Center was packed with real boxing fans. September 21st should be no different.
The trio of televised bouts that top the show all look like winners, but the four additional supporting fights, loaded with local talent, are nothing to sneeze at either.
In the main event, junior middleweight contenders Gabriel Rosado, Philadelphia, 20-5, 12 KOs, and Miami-based Charles Whittaker, 38-12-2, 23 KOs, lock horns in a 12-round, IBF title elimination bout. The winner of the fight, becomes the mandatory challenger for IBF world champion Cornelius “K9” Bundrage. Both fighters are raring to earn their shot, so it figures they will wage war in Bethlehem.
In the 12-round championship co-feature, Bethlehem’s Ronald Cruz, 17-0, 12 KOs, defends his WBC Continental Americas Welterweight Title against Antwone Smith, 21-4-1, 12 KOs, of Miami. Cruz is the undefeated climber, but Smith is easily the best fighter he’s ever faced. The experience Smith brings will clearly put Cruz’ undefeated streak to the test before his hometown crowd.
The third featured bout is a 10-round light heavyweight contest that pits unbeaten Russian, Sergey Kovalev, 18-0-1, 16 KOs, against Buffalo, NY’s Lionell Thompson, 12-1, 8 KOs. Thompson was a lauded amateur who looks to get back to his winning ways after losing a narrow and somewhat controversial decision in his last start. Kovalev has kayoed all but three of his foes, and will look to add Thompson to his body count.
A pair of 6-rounders and a pair of 4-rounders fill out the rest of the night’s action. In a heavyweight match scheduled for six, Allentown, PA’s William Miranda, 5-5-1, faces Philadelphian Pedro Martinez, 6-6, 3 KOs, in what will likely be a rough and tumble battle of big men in need of a win. Both boxers are noted rumblers with a penchant for pleasing crowds. They figure to go right at each other on Friday.
Lightweight Jason Sosa, Camden, NJ, 4-1-3, 1 KO, meets Esteban Rodriguez, Lebanon, PA, 6-2-1, 1 KO in the other 6-rounder. Neither guy is a big puncher, but both are volume brawlers that bring the excitement. Sosa is coming off a pair of thrilling out-of-town draws, that he felt should have gone his way, while Rodriguez continues to build his record. Both are coming to Bethlehem to win.
Alex Sanchez of Camden, NJ, 0-1, will seek his first professional win against Dominique Foster of Hilliard, OH, 1-1-1. Both fighters are in the early stages of their respective careers and will try to make their bones in this Bethlehem four round junior middleweight bout.
Finally, Allentown, PA junior welterweight, Jerome Rodriguez, 0-0-1, squares off with Philly journeyman Kywayne Hill, 1-9, 1 KO, over four rounds. Rodriguez came up even in his pro debut, June 1 in Bethlehem, so he is returning to the Sands to capture that important first win. Hill is a true test for every newcomer he faces and will try to spoil things for Rodriguez on September 21.
Dick Tiger’s daughter Justina Ihetu Keynote speaker at Tuesday’s Ring 8 Meeting
NEW YORK, NY (September 17, 2012) – The daughter of the late, great Dick Tiger, Justina Ihetu, will be the keynote speaker at tomorrow night’s (Sept. 18) Ring 8 monthly meeting, starting at 7:00 pm ET, at the historic Waterfront Crabhouse in Long Island City, New York.
Ihetu authored a book about her father entitled, “In Africa’s Honor: Dick Tiger versus Gene Fullmer III – A Blast from Nigeria’s Glorious Past.”
Tiger (60-19-3, 27 KOs) was a four-time, two division (middleweight and light heavyweight) world champion between 1962-1966. During his 18-year professional boxing career, the International Boxing Hall of Fame inductee defeated the likes of Nino Benvenuti, Jose Torres, Joey Giardello (twice), Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, Don and Gene (twice) Fullmer, Florintino Fermamdez and Terry Downes.
The other guest speaker will be 20-year-old wheelchair boxer Ian Cannon, a sophomore at the University of Hartford who created Roll with the Punches five years ago. Roll with the Punches is a special physical conditioning-and training program created for people with mobility problems that use boxing methods to improve their physical and mental states. Cannon will discuss the advantages for those participating in Roll with the Punches, as well as wheelchair boxing and its future as a sport.
Ring 8 will also celebrate the appointment of a Ring 8 Board of Directors member Atty. Keith Sullivan as a Deputy Commissioner of the New York State Athletic Commission.
Classic boxing films, time permitting, will also be shown at the meeting.
“We’re delighted to have Justina Ihetu speak about her father, the legendary Dick Tiger, who was inducted into the first class of the New York State Boxing Hall of Fame last year,” Ring 8 president Bob Duffy said. “Justina is also a Ring 8 member. Ring 8 is also happy to give Ian Cannon a platform to discuss what he and his special program are all about. We also want to congratulate Keith Sullivan, who will make an excellent Deputy Commissioner. He has been involved in boxing for many years in a variety of positions. I’d also like to acknowledge the State of New York and, in particular, New York State Athletic Commissioner Melvina Latham for appointing Keith to this important position.”
ABOUT RING 8: Formed in 1954 by an ex-prizefighter, Jack Grebelsky, Ring 8 became the eighth subsidiary of what was then known as the National Veteran Boxers Association – hence, RING 8 – and today the organization’s motto still remains: Boxers Helping Boxers.
RING 8 is fully committed to supporting less fortunate people in the boxing community who may require assistance in terms of paying rent, medical expenses, or whatever justifiable need.
Go on line to www.Ring8ny.com for more information about RING 8, the largest group of its kind in the United States with more than 350 members. Annual membership dues is only $25.00 and each member is entitled to a buffet dinner at RING 8 monthly meetings, the third Tuesday of every month, excluding July and August. All active boxers, amateur and professional, are entitled to a complimentary RING 8 yearly membership.