N’dou impressed with Brook; Ramos-Shimoda on 7/9; Gomez vs. Proctor on Friday


Lovemore N’dou believes unbeaten Welterweight star Kell Brook (ranked #2 by the World Boxing Organization) is on the brink of winning a World title. Brook defeated the Australian-based South African in his first outing under new promoters Matchroom Sport, impressing all-comers in his first 12 round fight at the Hillsborough Leisure Centre in his hometown Sheffield.

N’dou has never been stopped in his 63-fight career but in the late stages of the fight, Brook had the sell-out crowd on their feet as the 39 year-old looked ready to go – N’dou held on though and he then told the 25 year-old that he will go all the way.

“Kell gave a great performance and I was the first one to walk up to him after the fight and whisper in his ear that he was going places as a fighter and will become World Champion someday,” said N’dou. “He will eventually win the World title as long as he is not pushed into deeper waters too soon. He has a great promotional company in Matchroom Sport behind him, I like the way they treat fighters. The respect and treatment they gave to my camp was tremendous. He also has a great training team in the Ingles. I wish him all the best in the future.”

“It was a great performance from an up-and-coming prospect. He boxed a lot better than I expected. Kell is very accurate with his power shots. He showed speed, timing, accuracy, ring movement and power. He would have stopped any other fighter on the night but I’m just one of those fighters it’s impossible to stop.”

Brook will be back in the ring in the autumn in Sheffield as he builds towards a World title shot, and as Brook’s star rises, big-name fights are on the agenda. N’dou has a draw with Matthew Hatton on his CV and believes that a fight between Brook and the Mancunian would be a winner.

“It would be a great fight,” said N’dou. “Matthew has one of the toughest chins out there and his fitness is phenomenal. He proved against Saul Alvarez that he can take and handle a big shot. Kell on the other hand has great speed and moves well in the ring. It would be interesting.”

Another fight on the agenda down the line is Brook versus Amir Khan. The pair have been involved in a war of words on Twitter after Khan questioned N’dou’s credentials as an opponent. Brook suggested the pair meet in the ring and now N’dou has had his say on the WBA Light-Welterweight champ’s comments.

“It’s very disappointing for Khan to make comments like that,” said N’dou. “He has to learn to give respect where it is due. He fought a lot of fighters over the hill when he was coming up.

“Khan needs to remember he is very amateurish and that’s why he got knocked out in the past. Don’t be surprised if he gets knocked out again by another nobody.

“Khan beat a shell of Paul Malignaggi who had already been in wars against me and the likes of Miguel Cotto, in fact Malignaggi hasn’t been the same since the last two fights he had against me – Kell Brook has a great chance of beating Khan.”

Ramos vs. Shimoda on Lara vs. Williams undercard on 7/9

As the Co-Feature to the Paul “The Punisher” Williams-Erislandy Lara 12-ROUND MAIN EVENT BOUT, the Ramos-Shimoda CHAMPIONSHIP BOUT WILL BE PIT THE WBA #1-ranked Rico Ramos (19-0, 10 KOs) challenging World Champion, Akifumi Shimoda (23-2-1, 10 KOs) in a 12-round bout for the Tokyo native’s World Boxing Association (WBA) Super Bantamweight Championship.

The championship event is promoted by Goossen Tutor Promotions and hosted by Caesars Atlantic City with the Williams-Lara bout being presented in association with Golden Boy Promotions and the Ramos-Shimoda bout being presented in association with Teiken Promotions. The Williams vs. Lara and Shimoda vs. Ramos bouts will be broadcast on HBO’s Boxing After Dark beginning at 10:15 PM ET/PT (delayed on the west coast). Doors open at 6:30pm and first bout begins at 7:00pm. Tickets, priced at $300, $200, $100 and $50, can be purchased at the Boardwalk Hall box office or by calling Ticketmaster at (800) 736-1420 or online at www.ticketmaster.com.

Gomez-Proctor, Caballero-Santiago and Orozco-Beeman in action on Friday

LOS ANGELES, June 30 – The stage is set for a night of hard-hitting boxing action at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif. as young fistic phenoms Frankie Gomez, Randy Caballero and Antonio Orozco, along with some of Southern California’s most exciting young talents, prepare for key bouts on Friday, July 1.

In the main event, which will be televised on TeleFutura’s “Sólo Boxeo Tecate,” East Los Angeles’ Frankie Gomez (9-0, 7 KO’s) takes on Hesperia’s Khadaphi Proctor (7-5-1) in an eight round junior welterweight bout. The co-featured bout of the evening will see Coachella Valley favorite Randy Caballero (11-0, 7 KO’s) in search of his sixth consecutive win in at Fantasy Springs when he faces fellow unbeaten Alexis Santiago (7-0-1, 2 KO’s) of Phoenix, Arizona in an eight round fight for the vacant WBC Youth Intercontinental super bantamweight title.

Also featured will be San Diego junior welterweight standout Antonio Orozco (10-0, 7 KO’s) who will risk his perfect record against Joshua Beeman (4-9-2, 2 KO’s) of Providence, Rhode Island.

This night of world-class professional boxing is presented by Golden Boy Promotions and is sponsored by Cerveza Tecate, AT&T and DeWalt. Doors open at 6:00pm PT on fight night and the first bell rings at 7:30pm PT. The TeleFutura broadcast begins at 11:30pm ET / PT (10:30pm CT).

Fans at home can also be part of the action by participating in Cinturón Tecate and voting for the fighter in the main event who displayed the most character in the ring by sending a text message to 55333. Voting will be open through the end of the weekend.

Tickets, priced at $25, $35 and $45, are on sale now and available for purchase at the Fantasy Springs Box Office, by calling (800) 827-2946 or online at www.fantasyspringsresort.com.

Also in action on July 1, Indio’s Eduardo Vasquez (4-0, 2 KO’s) collides with San Bernardino’s Juan Sandoval (4-6-1, 3 KO’s) in a six round featherweight bout, debuting Coachella junior welterweight Guadalupe Salcido battles Lindsay, California’s Stephen Rubalcava (0-4) in a four round fight and female flyweights Seniesa Estrada (1-0) of Los Angeles and Blanca Raymundo (0-3) of Riverside meet in a four round contest.

Tecate, cerveza con carácter, is the largest beer brand to sponsor boxing matches in the U.S. Part of its commitment to make boxing accessible to consumers is the title sponsorship of “Sólo Boxeo Tecate,” which creates an opportunity for local fans to witness some of the most exhilarating fights by today’s up-and-coming prospects. Additionally, Tecate has been a primary supporter of Golden Boy Promotions’ marquee events since 2007, and has launched a variety of initiatives to ensure consumers are part of the boxing experience, including boxer autograph signing sessions, commemorative cans, PPV mail-in rebate offers, and most recently the launch of a mobile museum “Tecate Museo de Boxeo,” which showcases decades of the most memorable moments in the sport.

Punchin’ at the Paradise 12 on July 7th

On Thursday, July 7th, Star Boxing returns to the Paradise Theater in the Bronx, with the latest installment of its “Punchin at the Paradise” fight series. The upcoming show on July 7th, will feature popular Yonkers middleweight/policeman/all-around good guy, Bryant Pappas (12-0, 12KO’s) and exciting Bronx super featherweight prospect Danny Valle (4-0, 3KO’s). The entire show will be broadcast live on GFL.TV.

Pappas, a Yonkers Housing Police Sergeant., is a 12-year veteran on the Yonkers Police force. Pappas, who turned pro in 2005, not only fights because he loves the sport, but also for a special cause. Each fight, Pappas donates his entire purse, including his ticket commission to the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in NYC. Fighting in Bronx, Pappas will certainly have large contingent of fans and supporters on hand as he looks to keep his undefeated record and knockout streak alive when he takes on Colorado’s Allen Medina in a six round middleweight match-up.

Valle, a NY Golden Gloves Champion as an amateur, was born into the sport of boxing. His grandfather was world renowned boxing trainer, Victor Valle Sr., and his father Victor Valle Jr. has trained some of New York’s most notable fighters, including former WBC heavyweight champion Oleg Maskaev.

The 25-year-old Bronx native Valle turned pro in October of 2009, scoring a 2nd round knockout. In his last bout in March, Valle won a four round unanimous decision on Star Boxing’s “March Mayhem” card. Valle is scheduled to meet former amateur rival, and fellow NY Golden Gloves Champion, Angel Torres, in a six round super featherweight showdown. There is bad blood between Valle and Torres that stems from their amateur days. They have talked about fighting one another for years, and now they will finally get a chance to settle the score once and for all on July 7th.

In addition to Pappas’s and Valle’s bouts, the card will also feature two separate exciting professional boxing matches for Bronx bragging rights, as well as four amateur bouts to start the show. The amateur bouts will feature a number of very exciting prospects out of the New York City area.

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