Witherspoon defeats Cobb, Maddalone destroys Sheppard; GB Boxing’s women’s squad secures medal hat trick; Baltimore Boxing

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ (OCTOBER 22, 2011)-Raymond Serrano remained perfect as he scored an exciting ten round unanimous decision over Angel Rios at the Tropicana Casino & Resort.

The card was promoted by Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing and was the first show on Azteca America’s new televised boxing series “Boxeo Azteca”

Serrano boxed very well early as he was very pinpoint with his punches. He was very adept with his right hand and body attack. Rios drew oohs and Ahhs in round four as he winged and connected with two big right hands that Serrano took well.

Rios tried to apply tremendous pressure but time and again Serrano was able to cut off Rios with solid combination’s that kept the Bronx, new York native on the receiving end of his flurries..

Rios took some great shots and the two exchanged furiously down the stretch that brought the boisterous crowd at the Tropicana to their feet.

Serrano (17-0) won by scores of 100-90; 99-91 and 98-92.. Rios is now (9-8).

Popular Heavyweight Vinny Maddalone (34-7, 25 KO’s) thrilled his throngs of fans by taking out Journeyman Mike Sheppard just eighty-two seconds into their ten round Heavyweight fight.

Maddalone took out Sheppard with a left to the body that sent Sheppard folding up on the canvas. Sheppard is now 20-13-1.

Jason Escalera (12-0, 11 KO’s) dropped Mickey Scarborough (6-4) three times in round one and finished him off with a ripping right hand in round two to remain undefeated in their scheduled six round Super Middleweight bout. The time of the stoppage was thirty seconds into round two.

Doel Carrasquillo (16-18-1, 14 KO’s) battered Shamone Alvarez (21-5) and scored a fifth round stoppage in a scheduled eight round Welterweight bout. Carrasquillo dropped Alvarez in rounds one and two with some punishing combinations. Alvarez began to score and move on Carrasquillo in rounds three and four. In round five Carrasquillo ripped a right hook that sent Alvarez down for a third time. Carrsqullio then pounced on Alvarez and ripped off six unanswered blows before referee Lindsay Page stopped the bout at 1:16 of round five.

Heavyweight Chazz Witherspoon (29-2, 21 KO’s) took out an overmatched Tyson Cobb (14-3) in round three of their scheduled eight round Heavyweight bout. Witherspoon dropped Cobb with three times in round two with hard combinations. The third knockdown came from vicious body punch at the end of the round. Witherspoon didn’t waste time as he landed a booming right that sent Cobb plummeting to the canvas as 1:07 of round three .

GB Boxing’s women’s squad secures medal hat trick in Rotterdam

The GB Boxing women’s squad is celebrating its best ever medal haul at the European Championships after a spectacular final day of competition in Rotterdam. At one of three Olympic weight categories, Nicola Adams became the first British woman to win a major boxing title, taking gold at the championships with a 15:8 victory over French boxer Sarah Ourahmoune.

A member of the GB women’s squad, flyweight (51kg) Nicola remained cool under fire, as she found herself trailing by a point to Ourahmoune at the midway point.

The English starlet upped the pace and pressure in the third, which paid dividends as she took command of the bout with a session score line of 6:2.

Another change of tactics kept the French boxer looking for answers in the last round, which now saw Nicola box off the back foot, also taking the round 6:2 and a much coveted European gold in the process.

Twenty eight year old Nicola, from Leeds, said: “This means so much to me. Not only have I gained European gold, I have also earned myself valuable ranking points for next years World Championships, which act as the qualifier for the London Olympics.

“This is one of the highlights of my boxing career so far, but Olympic Gold is my real focus now.”

Middleweight (75kg) Savannah Marshall, from Hartlepool, had earlier bagged a bronze medal in Rotterdam after a tough semi-final bout and impressive championship overall.

Facing Dutch boxer Nouchka Fontun, who was backed by a vocal home crowd, 19-year-old Savannah was unlucky to lose 7:15.

Light-welterweight (64kg) Natasha Jonas also secured a bronze in Rotterdam after being narrowly outpointed in the semi-finals against Guizam Tatar.

After two superb performances earlier in the championships, 27-year-old Natasha went into the last round against her Turkish opponent one point adrift. Despite a big finish by the Liverpudlian, she went down 11:12 and took bronze.

The GB women’s squad boxers were joined in Rotterdam by England rookie Lisa Whiteside who exceeded expectations to take silver in the featherweight (57Kg) division.

In her debut international championship, Lisa, 25, from Preston, came desperately close to grabbing an unlikely gold but lost 14:15 to Natalalila Biriuk (Ukraine).

At the finals, Wales’ Lynsey Holdaway gave a typical gutsy performance before dropping a close 9:13 points decision to Russian Sveltlana Gnevanova in the under 48k final.

GB Boxing’s five strong women’s squad for the European Championship also included Nina Smith, 29, from Essex, who came agonisingly close to victory in the quarter finals of the competition.

With the bout even at its conclusion, the bantamweight (54Kg) eventually lost to Ayse Tas (Turkey) 8:8 with the count back score going against Nina.

Earlier in the competition, fellow GB women’s squad boxer Chantelle Cameron, from Northampton, missed out on a quarter final place at lightweight (60kg).

Despite a gutsy performance, Chantelle, 19, lost to Russian Sophia Ochigava 20:9.

GB Boxing’s Performance Director, Rob McCracken, said: “The team should be incredibly proud of their achievements this week. This was the biggest tournament of the year for the women’s squad, providing a benchmark of how they are progressing in the build-up to 2012, so it was superb to come away with our best ever medal haul. It was a tough competition, but the girls had prepared well and showed great confidence. It’s been a great tournament for the GB squad.”

The women’s team spent a week in a training camp in Poland prior to the European Championships (17-22 October 2011).

Details of all today’s bouts and contests throughout the Championships are available at www.gbboxing.org.uk.

Baltimore Boxing to host Breast Cancer Benefit Card November 11!

Baltimore, MD (October 23, 2011) – Jake Smith’s Baltimore Boxing Promotions will host a special charity card “Boxing For Boobs” Friday, November 11 at the Du Burns Arena in Baltimore.

Tickets to “Boxing for Boobs” are available on Baltimoreboxing.com or by calling 410-375-9175 or 443-848-6059.

The card is stacked with amateur bouts between the Beltway area’s top young fighters along with a full evening of entertainment including music, food, drinks, silent auctions, raffles and special giveaways. All boxers will receive trophies for their dedication to the sport and a percentage of the proceeds are being donated to the American Breast Cancer Foundation.

“This is going to be a special night without question,” said Smith, a former fighter who has promoted both pro and amateur cards. “I’m glad to be teaming up with the American Breast Cancer Foundation while doing all that I can to help them knock out breast cancer. We’re expecting a sellout crowd on November 11 without question.”

General admission is only $20 and VIP tickets are on sale for $50. All VIP ticket holders can enjoy catered food from Palmeres prior to the first bout of the evening. Doors open at 6:30 pm and the first bout is scheduled for 8 o’clock.

About the American Breast Cancer Foundation:

The American Breast Cancer Foundation (ABCF) was established in 1997 as a way for people to have access to early detection and a chance for survival. Each year, we receive thousands of calls from women and men in need of our help. Approximately 50 percent of those callers will already have symptoms of breast cancer.

The American Breast Cancer Foundation is able to provide financial assistance and hope when all seems lost. We are the only national breast cancer organization providing direct financial assistance to uninsured and underserved individuals for the screening, diagnosis, treatment and survival of breast cancer. The ABCF Key to Life Breast Cancer Assistance Program provides beast cancer patients with financial assistance for support items such as emergency treatment, wigs, prostheses and medications. Critical information and referral services are provided to support patients and their families.

To best serve all populations throughout the United States Spanish speaking staff and third party translation services are available to accommodate most languages. ABCF supports research for innovative diagnostic, treatment and patient support methods through leading medical institutions.

The American Breast Cancer Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization guided by a volunteer board of directors. We invite you to join in our mission to give hope to every person threatened by breast cancer. Every act, every gift and every person can make a difference.

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