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By Robert Brizel December 27th, 2014 All Boxing News
Referee Steve Smoger, International Boxing Hall of Fame 2015 inductee, is a spectacular consummate gentleman, the conspicuous 'man in the middle', who is unafraid to get involved, who has made his presence felt in the most difficult of boxing contests.
The true mark of a great professional boxing referee is to do their thing while maintaining control of the ring. Steve has made his indelible mark by remaining prominent as the referee in many important world class title contests, and will continue to do so.
A municipal judge and Air Force Reserve Colonel, Steve is second to Mills Lane in worldwide recognition by boxing historians. The key to qualifying Steve's legacy is that his presence has historical significance.
Steve's career began on June 12, 1984, refereeing a four round welterweight bout between C.B. Mustafa of Detroit and Mike Brown of Philadelphia. Brown was better known as a frequent Blue Horizon fighter back in the day. More...
By Robert Brizel December 5th, 2014 All Boxing Interviews
In an exclusive interview with SaddoBoxing, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania veteran middleweight Eric Mitchell, 23-11-2 with 11 knockouts, talked about his two upcoming bouts, including his vacant World Boxing Union 10 round World Middleweight championship bout in January 2015 with Harry Joe Yorgey, a rematch.
Mitchell drew with Yorgey in his last bout in July 2014. The bout with Yorgey, originally scheduled for December 2014, was rescheduled for a month later due a minor hand injury incurred by Yorgey.
Nicknamed ‘Murder’, Eric Mitchell has been a pro boxer since 1993, over 20 years, and is also the twin brother of retired middleweight boxer Aaron ‘Homicide’ Mitchell, 27-1, who fought between 1993 and 2008.
SaddoBoxing: Eric, will your WBU championship bout with Harry Joe Yorgey take place on a rescheduled date?
Eric Mitchell: “Yes, I think so. I was told the date will be January 17, 2015, but I am not sure of the venue.” More...
By Robert Brizel December 3rd, 2014 All Boxing Interviews
In an international exclusive interview with SaddoBoxing, former World Welterweight and Light Middleweight champion Paul ‘The Punisher’ Williams spoke about his new charitable foundation, The Paul Williams Foundation, his role as motivational speaker to at-risk youth, and his trip to Rutgers University to view the results of a promising study of stem cell research in China.
Williams spoke ringside at Resorts World Casino in Queens, New York, watching a New Legend Boxing fight card on Friday evening, November 21, 2014. Williams was a guest of New Legend boxing promoters Felipe Gomez and Kevin O’Sullivan.
Williams remained cheerful, posing for pictures, signing autographs, and engaging in serious conversations with young fighters on the card providing suggestions and advice. Boxing champions joining Williams at ringside during the card lending moral support were Luis Collazo, Paulie Malignaggi and Junior Jones.
Williams, 33, last fought in February 2012, when he won a 12 round decision over Nobihiro Ishida. Though paralyzed from the waist down due to a motorcycle accident in May 2012, Williams maintains a positive attitude, and is hopeful he will be included in a new stem cell research study in the near future which might enable to regain his ability to walk and fight again.
“I want to walk again. I want to fight again, for the fans!” an enthusiastic Williams noted.
SaddoBoxing: How did your Paul Williams Charitable Foundation get started?
Paul Williams: “Five months ago, my brother-in-law Corey said ‘You have story to tell, maybe you could help out someone else who has gotten hurt, [who is] in the same position and help them to deal with it’ and the foundation was born in that moment.” More...
By Robert Brizel November 21st, 2014 All Boxing Interviews
In an exclusive interview with Saddoboxing ringside at Harrah’s Philadelphia Casino, on Friday evening, November 14, 2014, Pennsylvania boxing promoter Joey Intrieri AKA ‘Joey Eye’ as he is professionally known, discussed his rise to prominence as a Philadelphia Pennsylvania boxing promoter, and the status of the Philadelphia area boxing scene today.
Pennsylvania boxing promoter Joey Eye is best known for his role as one of the top cut men in the corner, working with professional boxers in the Northeastern United States. He also ambitiously promotes his own local boxing shows in ‘The Room’ at Harrah’s Philadelphia, located in Chester, Pennsylvania (a Philadelphia suburb), showcasing local prospects on the way up in co-promotion with XFE and other Pennsylvania sports promoters.
Saddoboxing: “Joey, you are well-known in your role as a boxing cutman. How did you you come interested in boxing? Where did it all start?”
Joey Eye: “When I was ten years old, I got to appear in the Rocky II movie. I was one of the kids in the Rocky movie. From that point, I got involved in Pennsylvania mateur boxing, and then professional boxing, as a promoter, cutman and gym owner.” More...
By Robert Brizel November 14th, 2014 All Boxing Interviews
In an exclusive interview with Saddoboxing, World Boxing Council USNBC regional cruiserweight champion Stivens ‘Steve’ Bujaj, fresh off an eight round decision win over veteran Zack Page on November 8, 2014, at the Masonic Temple in Detroit, Michigan, expressed an interest in defending his title in 2015 against former world champions Glen Johnson and Roy Jones Jr. Bujaj also holds the New York State Cruiserweight title.
Also called ‘Superman’, Bujaj has a professional record of 13-0-1 with nine knockouts. Originally from Albania, Bujaj now fights out of New York City, where he won the Golden Gloves championship in the heavyweight open category in 2009 and 2010.
Bujaj is trained by Billy Jiles, best known as the trainer of such world champions as the late Hector ‘Macho’ Camacho Sr. and Paulie Malignaggi. Bujaj is managed by Don Majeski. Steve Bujaj is currently the number 27 ranked cruiserweight in the world by the World Boxing Council.
SaddoBoxing: Steve, your jaw was injured and you lost a tooth in your ten round draw with Chicago Golden Gloves champion Junior Anthony Wright for the vacant WBC International title in May 2014. When did you return to the gym?
Steve Bujaj: “I have been back in the gym for four and a half months now. I had a jaw fracture, so I had to get a titanium plate installed in my jaw so it could heal. The plate is still in there. I was cleared to fight by my doctors, and by the New York State Athletic Commission, so I’m ready to fight. More...
By Robert Brizel November 10th, 2014 All Boxing Interviews
In an an exclusive SaddoBoxing interview ringside at the Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem before the start of the NBC Sports Network boxing card live broadcast on Saturday evening, November 8, 2014, former world cruiserweight champion and current heavyweight contender Steve ‘USS’ Cunningham spoke about his current situation.
Cunningham last fought in October 2014, when he came off the canvas to stop previously undefeated Natu Visinia in the seventh round at 2300 Arena in Philadelphia.
Cunningham won the USBA Heavyweight title in April 2014 when he came off the canvas three times to win a ten round decision over the previously undefeated Amir Mansour. Cunningham’s recent two wins come over opponents with a combined record of 30-0.
Steve and his wife Livvy have temporarily relocated from Philadelphia to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, with their nine year old daughter Kennedy, who is on the waiting list for a heart transplant to save her life.
A fund was established online to cover Steve’s relocation expenses during the medical waiting period. Health insurance has covered his daughter’s medical equipment. The Cunninghams also have two other children with them, Steve. Jr. is 11 and Cruz is three years old. More...
By Robert Brizel September 30th, 2012 All Ringside Boxing
In one of the bloodiest and exciting ring wars ever fought in the Atlantic City hotel casinos, Polish middleweight Patrick Majewski, fighting nearly blind at times with blood from both eyes fought on with heart and instinct to win a ten round majority decision over Latif Mundy in a rematch war. The bout took place at Resorts Hotel and Casino Superstar Theater in Atlantic City, New Jersey, on Saturday evening, September 29, 2012, promoted by Peltz Promotions and Global Boxing.
The two fighters have now gone at it in center ring bloody toe-to-toe for 18 consecutive rounds, with the crowds on their feet. In the rematch, Majewski's NABF Middleweight title was not at stake. Owing to the bloody outcome, Majewski's next bout, scheduled for Poland, will be delayed.
The flow of blood can often confuse judges and make a bout difficult to score. How one judge can score Majewski-Mundy II 95-95 and another 100-90 speaks of a fight bordering on the insane, and the bout emerged as just that due to a head butt which occurred somewhere in the early rounds. The spectacular matchup became a psychological test of will, strength, and courage for Majewski, who knew Mundy had come to win, and was going to test his chin and heart to the final bell.
Majewski won the first round, coming forward and working the left jab often, with Mundy looking to counter with body shots, with limited effectiveness. Both fighters carefully looked for punch scoring opportunities but appeared careful not to punch themselves out. The second round went to center ring, where Mundy came forward and mixed his punches well, forcing Majewski to land jab combinations while moving side to side. Some of the punches went low from both fighters as the bout turned dirty. Referee Benji Esteves Jr. warned both fighters throughout the contest. More...
By Robert Brizel September 26th, 2012 All Ringside Boxing
In the co-main event at Resorts World Casino of Aqueduct Raceway in Jamaica Queens, New York, promoted by New Legend Boxing, Old World Boxing and WON Promotions, light heavyweight Joe ‘The Irish Bomber’ Smith Jr. scored a brutal third round knockout over Yasin Abdur-Rashid in a bout which featured five vicious knockdowns scored by Smith. The bout was doomed to end early as Rashid could not land inside.
The first casino boxing card in New York City history also raised money for the Manhattan Branch of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, with volunteers selling raffles, cookies and candy, accepting donations and taking marathon pledges from boxing fans and casino patrons for charity.
According to promoter Felipe Gomez, “We hope we can continue to raise more money for charitable causes as we do more shows at Resorts World Casino, and hopefully the Genting Group will continue to work with us. Our next show featuring Vinny Maddalone will be held here on December 8, 2012. When our December 8 card ends, we will move from the third to the second floor so everyone can watch Manny Pacquiao’s next fight, which will be on the big screens in the casino sports bar.”
Smith, now 11-1 (11), Long Island, New York, began banging immediately with Rashid, now 7-3, (2), Brooklyn, New York. Smith had a substantial height and reach advantage. Rashid’s only hope was to take the fight to the inside in center ring. Rashid got there but was unable to capitalize on his attack opportunities. More...
By Robert Brizel August 4th, 2012 All Boxing Interviews
In an exclusive telephone interview with Saddoboxing after his controversial ten round majority decision loss to Raymundo 'Sugar' Beltran, which cost him his number one WBC ranking and his NABF title belt, Henry Lundy, better known as Hammerin' Hank insisted he won the bout-and wanted an immediate rematch with Beltran. Lundy spoke eloquently as he outlined the circumstances surrounding the bout, including his issues with the weigh-in and judging, but he did not make any excuses for his performance. Many experts still consider Lundy the best lightweight fighter in the world. The loss seemingly cost him a mandatory title bout with current WBC champion Antonio DeMarco. Lundy's promoter, CES Boxing President and CEO Jimmy Burchfield, currently the most active promoter in the world, had been after DeMarco's camp to put the mandatory bout together with Lundy for over a year without success.
The ESPN2 televised ten round main event resulted in scores of 95-95 a draw, and 96-94, 96-94 for Beltran, a Mexican Freddie Roach fighter out of the Wildcard Gym in Hollywood. If Lundy had won one more round the bout would have been a draw. Lundy, in a critical view of his own performance against Beltran, analyzed the circumstances before, during, and after the bout with Beltran in great detail during the interview.
Saddo: "Hello Hammerin' Hank Lundy! Do you want a rematch with Raymundo Beltran right away or at some point in the future? Does it matter if the rematch is held again in Atlantic City, or in Los Angeles or Las Vegas?"
Lundy: Hello. How are you? Yes. I want do a rematch with Raymundo Beltran right away. I will fight him anywhere! It does not matter where." More...
By Robert Brizel August 4th, 2012 All Boxing Interviews
Cruiserweight prospect Dan 'Bada Bing' Biddle and his manager Tommy Barnes have called out USBA Cruiserweight champion Garrett Wilson for a future matchup. Biddle looked impressive recently in winning a majority decision over Philadelphia veteran Pedro Martinez at Bally's Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey, on July 7, 2012. Biddle, whose record now stands at 9-2 (5), Wilmington, Delaware, had to fight Martinez at heavyweight instead of cruiserweight when Martinez weighed in at 210 pounds.
"Garrett Wilson is a short puncher who stands in front of you, throws wide punches and misses. I can beat him if Peltz Boxing gives me the opportunity. Wilson is slow, and after awhile he gets tired. I knew Pedro Martinez would get tired. I was waiting for my second wind. I could tell by the way Pedro was throwing; his one punch arm punches were coming in behind me. My right uppercut was getting him good."
Dan Biddle's trainer, Tommy Barnes, predicted his fighter Biddle will beat USBA cruiserweight champion Garrett Wilson if given the chance. Barnes hopes promoter Russell Peltz will give Biddle a USBA cruiserweight title shot in the near future. According to Barnes, "We could use one or two more tune up fights before taking on Garrett Wilson, but we definitely will talk and want the fight. To beat Garrett Wilson, Dan needs sparring partners who are short guys that fight like Wilson, stand in front of Dan and throw punches wide. Given the chance to fight Wilson, Dan will create angles and outbox him. Dan Biddle will beat Garrett Wilson!"
By Robert Brizel July 11th, 2012 All Ringside Boxing
Fighting from the heart, in the best physical condition of his career, the pride of Poland, Patrick Majewski, won the vacant NABF Middleweight title in his second try with a fifth round stoppage of Chris 'The Irish Ghost' Fitzpatrick. While the two fighters appeared evenly matched in physique, height, reach and even weight (both fighters weighed in at 160), it was Majewski who came forward and cut off the ring, backing up Fitzpatrick and using left-right combinations to the head and body to win every exchange and every round.
Fitzpatrick tried his best to counter Majewski, and was game to win. In the end, Fitzpatrick wanted to continue, but the bout ended due to a strange cut controversy. The NABF title bout was the main event of an eight bout card promoted by Peltz Boxing and Global Boxing at Bally's Hotel and Casino on Saturday, July 7, 2012, in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
Majewski, now 19-1 (12), Atlantic City, New Jersey by way of Radom, Poland, entered the ring with a knockout win over Antwun Echols in Mississippi in April 2012. Fitzpatrick, now 15-2 (6), Cleveland, Ohio, entered the ring with a stoppage win over Ken Durham in South Carolina this past February 2012. More...
By Robert Brizel June 13th, 2012 All Boxing Results
Newark card still on, fights to take place on Thursday night, June 13, 2012, at the Robert Treat Best Western in Newark, New Jersey. With four fights left on a disintegrating card, expectations of what was left hit an all-time low on Northeastern area prospects cards. Simply put, it was a boxing card which probably should not have taken place in the first place. The card was promoted by Greg Cohen Promotions and Gabe LaConte's First Round Promotions.
The card valiantly raised funds for a child, Derek DiGregorio, and Derek's Dreams, to raise money to combat Ataxia Telangiectasia disease. Ataxia Telagiectasia is a brutal, progressive, rare genetic disease that affects about 600 Americans. The disease attacks children causing loss of muscle control, cancer, and immune system problems. The Derek's Dreams website is located at www.dereksdreams.com.
In the co-main event, unheralded Tennessee heavyweight Rodrika Ray knocked out local hero John Lennox at 1:53 of the fifth round in a brutal mismatch. An analysis of the 'opponent' Rodricka Ray's record reveals of his ten professional bouts, eight of the people he fought were unbeaten, and the other two had winning records. Ray, now 4-5-1 (2), Jackson, Tennessee, knew something the Newark crowd did not. Of the 11 professional opponents of Lennox, only three had winning records. The only decent opponent on Lennox' record, Boxing 360's Joey Dawejko, ripped Lennox up in the first round in the very same ring in September 2011. Lennox, now 10-2, Carteret, New Jersey, has not been in a real fight with anybody of note besides Dawejko, and was not competitive in that bout.
Ray had last fought dangerous southpaw prospect Maurice 'Freight Train' Byarm in July 2011 in Fitzgerald's Hotel and Casino in Tunica, Mississippi, showing heart in losing a decision to a world ranked ten round fighter. Ray's performance in his previous bout with Byarm should have raised red flags for the Lennox camp, which did not their homework.
Ray landed right hands at will, turning the face of Lennox cherry red, swollen, and with a cut under the left eye. Ray knocked Lennox out, most certainly ending the career of another pretender with a padded record. Lennox, unable to defend himself, got knocked out for the second time, proving winning records mean nothing if you cannot fight. More...
By Robert Brizel June 11th, 2012 All Ringside Boxing
Unbeaten Brooklyn middleweight prospect Frank Galarza went through a bloody round of dangerous hell with opponent Yolexcy 'The Pit bull' Leiva-Martinez in the preliminary bout to the main event at Cordon Bleu Catering Hall on Friday, June 8, 2012. Both fighters swung away in an offensive go-for-broke barrage reminiscent of George Foreman versus Ron Lyle in accelerated motion. It was quickly evident from the opening bell only one fighter would be left standing. The only question was when the wild action slugfest would end. The answer did not take long to arrive.
Galarza, now 7-0 (4), Brooklyn, New York, wound up in big and immediate trouble, causing a big scare as 'Pit bull' Leiva-Martinez, 5-3 with 4 kayos, Nashville, Tennessee, landed an overhand left to the forehead of Galarza causing a horrific long bloody horizontal cut over Galarza's left eye. Red blood was flowing profusely, and just would not stop, raising the possibly Leiva-Martinez might score a lucky stoppage over the highly touted Galarza owing to the injury and rapid flow of blood.
Making good on his nickname, 'Pit bull' Leiva-Martinez came forward as Galarza came forward, fighting like a wild, crazy and insane pitbull. Leiva-Martinez continued headhunting Galarza, but it was not to be. Galarza landed a series of rapid fire overhand lefts to the head of Leiva-Martinez, and 'The Pit bull' went flying across the ring, bouncing off the ropes, prompting a count from referee Samuel Viruet, scored as a knockdown. More...
By Robert Brizel June 11th, 2012 All Ringside Boxing
In perhaps the biggest New York State title bout upset in recent years, a hungry and determined Edward Valdez overturned the apple cart and won the New York State Lightweight title by earning a unanimous eight round decision over defending champion Jonathan Cuba. The bout took place at Cordon Bleu Catering Hall in Woodhaven Queens, New York, on Friday, June 8, 2012. The Friday Night at The Fights card was co-promoted by Old World, New Legend and W.O.N. Promotions.
Former world champions Junior Jones, Luis Collazo, Amanda Serrano and Cindy Serrano, and popular local heavyweights Derric Rossy and Vincent Maddalone, were among boxers in attendance at the event. Collazo and Maddalone were among those who participated in charity raffles for The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's Team in Training, which raised funds to help find better treatments and cures for leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma. Winners got their pictures taken with the boxers, which will be autographed and sent to them later.
Both fighters were of smaller height and proportions (giving the appearance of being in a much lower weight class than middleweight) and were thus evenly matched. However, the normally aggressive come forward champion Cuba did not fight like he did in both of his 2011 title bouts with Ariel Duran. More...
By Robert Brizel June 6th, 2012 All Ringside Boxing
In the co-main event of a six bout card at The Tropicana Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey, promoted by Diane Lee Fischer's Dee Lee Promotions,
light heavyweight prospect Dennis 'The Assassin' Hasson most surprisingly got taken the eight round distance by a very game George 'The Rooster' Armenta.
Armenta, 14-9, (11), Silver Spring, Maryland, a fighter once believed to have great potential but whose results have been mixed, showed up in the best trained physical condition of his 23 bout professional career and tried to win it! While Armenta lacked the speed and power of Hasson, now 14-0, (5), Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, he did press the action forward in the first and outworked Hasson to win the round. More...
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