News: Molina Beats Camacho; Victor Manuel Cayo; Joe DeGuardia

On Friday night from the beautiful Roseland Ballroom in New York City Joe DeGuardia Star Boxing put together an excellent seven bout card featuring some of boxing’s hottest up and coming prospects. The card was broadcast live on the always entertaining ESPN2 “Friday Night Fights”. In the main event of the evening, Alexis Camacho lost a hard fought ten round decision to Carlos Molina..

Each fighter gave as good as he got throughout the fight, with Molina using a slightly higher work rate to out hustle Camacho. Camacho continuously stalked Molina throughout the fight but Molina was the busier fighter, landing combinations from the outside while the heavy handed Camacho looked for one big shot to close the show. With the loss Camacho drops to (17-2, 16KO) while Molina improves to (15-4-1,5KO).


In the co-feature bout of the evening Star Boxing’s rising jr. welterweight, “The New” Ray Robinson (10-0,4KO) easily took apart previously undefeated Darnell Jiles (8-1- 1,3KO) in three rounds.

The first round was a feeling out round with Robinson pressing the action looking to messure the shorter Jiles. From the first round on it was all Robinson though as he displayed great hand speed and ring generalship landing crisp combinations to both the head of body of Jiles. With Robinson seemingly landing at will Jiles did not answer the bell to sound round four, giving Robinson a well deserved third round TKO.


In the opening TV bout of the evening, Star Boxing’s hot light heavyweight prospect Yathomas Riley (6-0,3KO) dominated the very tough Julius Jackson (2-3), winning a four round unanimous decision.

Riley landed bombs with both hands in the first, dropping Jackson twice, once with a crisp combination, and then the second time with a lead right hook to the head.

The rest of the fight saw Jackson absorb serious punishment from Riley as Riley landed vicious combinations to both the head and body. All three judges had Riley pitching a shut out, with scores of 40-34, 40-34, 40-34.

Other results from Friday night’s show.

Terrell Nelson TKO2 Wes Taylor
Bryant Pappas TKO1 Chris Ray
Dennis Douglin KO1 Roberto Irizarry
Eddie Irizarry L6 Guillermo Sanchez


HOLLYWOOD, FL, February 13 – Unbeaten junior welterweight contender Victor Manuel Cayo was in top form on January 30th, as he scored a near-shutout nine round decision victory over his toughest foe to date in Noe Bolanos, thrilling a packed house at the UVI Sports & Fitness Center in St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands.

“The fans were great in St. Thomas and they really pushed me to one of my best performances ever,” said Cayo. “Bolanos was tough, but I knew he couldn’t beat me.”

The 90-79, 89-81, and 88-82 victory lifted the 24-year old Cayo’s stellar professional record to 20-0 (14 KOs) and allowed him to retain his WBA Fedecaribe junior welterweight title for the second time. Now the native of Santo Domingo, who is world ranked by the WBA, has his sights on bigger game at 140 pounds.

“I’m ready for a world title shot,” said Cayo. “I’ve paid my dues, I’ve beaten everyone who has been placed in front of me, and now I believe it’s time to fight one of the champions. I know I’m young, but I will prove to all my fans that I have what it takes to become a world champion.”


In 1988 a young Morris Park boxer by the name of Joe DeGuardia won the New York State Golden Gloves open 147 lb. championship by defeating fellow New Yorker, Larry Barnes. While DeGuardia would hang up the gloves and choose to pursue a career in law before later forming the world renown boxing promotional company Star Boxing, Barnes turned pro, compiling an outstanding professional record of 44-3,17KO and in the process won the NABF and New York State welterweight championship, as well as challenging for the IBF world welterweight and light middleweight championships. While DeGuardia and Barnes never met again inside the ring as combatants the two did work together as companions with DeGuardia in the role of promoter and Barnes as boxer.

While DeGuardia exclusively promotes professional fighters on a world wide basis now, he is still very active in amateur boxing and the Golden Gloves. DeGuardia is an intricate part of the Morris Park Boxing club, a gym started by his father that has been producing some of New York City’s top boxing talent for the last 30 years. This year, which marks the 82nd annual New York City Daily News Golden Gloves, the club sent an astonishing 15 fighters to the tournament. The Daily News Golden Gloves, the oldest and largest amateur boxing tournament in the world, will hold fights throughout the city over the next three months, with champions being crowned at the Theater at Madison Square Garden on April 16-17.

“Winning the New York Golden Gloves was one of the proudest moments of my entire boxing career,” says DeGuardia, CEO of Star Boxing. “Growing up in the Bronx, it was something that I always wanted and always strived for. Being a Golden Glove Champ, I always take pride in giving other champions a chance to perform and showcase their skills in the pro’s on one of my shows. We have a show coming up this Friday the 13th at Roseland Ballroom in New York City and with this year’s Gloves just getting under way we thought it would only be fitting to load the card with past champions. Past New York Golden Glove champions that are on the card include Eddie Irizarry, Darnell Jiles, and Denis Douglin, who is making his pro-debut. We also have our jr. welterweight “The New” Ray Robinson fighting against Jiles in the co-feature. Just like his idol, the real Sugar Ray Robinson, “The New” Ray Robinson also fought and won the Golden Gloves as an amateur. Last but not least we have our exciting light heavyweight Yathomas Riley who was the 2006 National Golden Gloves Champion also on the card. Having all of these Golden Gloves Champion’s on the card I feel very strongly it’s a testament to the fact that boxing is still alive and still prospering, especially in New York and the surrounding tri- state areas. We are expecting to have a very exciting night of boxing in New York City on the 13th, we are hoping that everyone has a chance to come out and see it.”

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