Sunday, May 21, 2017

Jordan White Drops Decision In Laredo, Texas!





DC Bantamweight Jordan White was in a Fox Sports 1 televised swing bout on the undercard where WBC Super Middleweight David Benavidez (18-0, 17 KO's) scored an impressive eighth round KO over former world title challenger Rogelio “Porky” Medina (37-8, 31 KO's) on Saturday night at the Laredo Energy Arena in Laredo, Texas. 

Jordan White suffered his first defeat to Adam Lopez of Glendale, California by unanimous decision with the scores of 60-54, and 59-55 twice on the judges scorecards. 

The way the contest was viewed on television White and Lopez looked to have a even first round. In the last minute of round two things changed in Lopez favor. Lopez kept pressing forward landing hard shots to bloody the nose of White in round three. White didn't use the jab as much, but was still able to use his hooks along with uppercuts throughout the closing rounds. White was still able to land shots from time to time, but Lopez kept the pressure up by landing more shots to the head and body of White.

After the bout was over it was told that Jordan White broke his jab hand (left) in the first round. His father/trainer wanted to stop the contest, but it was Jordan that wanted to continue. 

White is looking to have surgery scheduled on his hand as soon as possible. 

Jordan White falls to (4-1, 3 KO's) while Lopez remains undefeated at (7-0, 3 KO's).

Gary Russell Jr. Wins Second Title Defense Over Oscar Escandon!

“Mr.” Gary Russell, Jr. Stops Escandon In Seven!



The TGB Promotions card at the MGM National Harbor Casino in Oxon Hill, MD featured a match-up between WBC Featherweight champion Gary Russell Jr. of Capitol Heights, MD taking on mandatory challenger Oscar Escandon of Tolima, Colombia.

Gary Russell Jr. opened round one working from the outside, and gradually working his way inside landing sharp uppercuts inside the guard of Escandon. In round two, Russell came out the same way he finished the previous round, on the inside landing more body shots. It was almost in the midpoint of round three when Russell landed a solid right hook to send Escandon to the canvas. 

In round five, Russell started well, but Escandon applied some pressure of his own by coming forward throwing shots to the body of Russell. In round six and seven, Russell turned on the heat and put together some 6 punch combinations. 

It was a right hook that landed to the head of Escandon sending him against the rope and down to a knee. Referee Harvey Dock stopped the bout at 59 seconds of round seven.  Russell is now (28-1, 17 KO’s) while Escandon is now (25-3, 17 KO’s).


GARY RUSSELL JR. QUOTES

“First and foremost, I got to say happy birthday to my father. Secondly, I’d like to tell all the fans that came to support me: I love you all. Thank you.

“I want to apologize for the gladiators. The gladiators are warriors. The Dirrell camp, sometimes emotions build up and take the best of us. Please forgive them.

“I fought a tough competitor. I knew Escandon wanted to come and bring his best. I knew he was going to come forward. I was ready for him. We are warriors. 

“Lomachenko, that’s a no-brainer. I don’t want to do it for the fans or for the media, I  want to do it for myself. And I want to do it twice. I’ll knock him out the first time and then, he’ll want me to fight him again.

“I’d love to unify against all the other guys in the featherweight division. I’d like Leo Santa Cruz, Lee Selby, Oscar Valdez."


OSCAR ESCANDON

"I was getting my rhythm going and I felt like Gary was getting tired. I didn't see him coming with the big punch he threw at the end and that was it. I went down and was hoping to get a 10 count but the referee didn't give it to me and he stopped the fight." 

"I knew that Gary was going to go fast from the first to the fifth round and it was part of my strategy to let him do that and get tired. It didn't work unfortunately."


"Now we need to go back to the drawing board to rest and see what my manager has planned for me."


GARY RUSSELL SR.

"I'm ecstatic. I'm really happy. I got three wins. Three stoppages. It's my birthday. I'm 15 minutes from home and I can go home and relax.

"We prepared fully for Mr. Escandon. We knew he was going to do what he did - come forward. I don't want to diminish or take anything away from Mr. Escandon. He really is a hard, rough fighter. Throughout the course of the fight, I instructed Gary to hit him with some good shots. Some hard shots. It is a brutal sport."

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Alexandru "Spartan" Marin Record Stays Unblemished!

Bantamweight Alexandru "Spartan" Marin out of Silver Spring, MD battle to a six-round unanimous decision over the well seasoned veteran German "Panteonero" Meraz of Agua Prieta, MX at the MGM National Harbor Casino in Oxon Hill, MD.

Marin was the more crafty fighter throughout the six-round bout. He was cutting the ring off, not giving Meraz the opportunity to fight on the move. Marin was landing clean hooks and uppercuts.  Meraz was not going to allow Marin to knock him down but had no offense to make this a competitive fight.  Marin won by shutout on all three scorecards, 60-54 for the unanimous decision. 

Mirin is now (13-0, 9 KO's) while Meraz is now (55-44-1, 32 KO's).

Gary Antonio Russell Gets His 5th Win By Knockout!

"Another Russell", Gary Antonio Russell used the first round as a warm-up to figure out how he was going to finish the fight against Jovany Fuentes of Bayamon, Puerto Rico. Russell dropped Fuentes at the end of the second round with a hard left hook followed with a right uppercut. In the third round Russell landed a quick left hook to the head of Fuentes that dropped him once again during the fight. Fuentes looked as if he couldn't continue, and with a signal from the Fuentes corner referee Brent Bovell put a stop to the contest at 22 seconds in the third round.

Russell remains undefeated with a record of (8-0, 5 KO's) while Fuentes falls to (7-9, 6 KO's).

Gary Antuanne "The Last" Russell Solid Pro Debut Performance!

Super Lightweight Gary Antuanne "The Last" Russell opened his professional career with a outstanding knockout. Russell faced Joshua Ross of Monroe, LA in his pro debut.  The 2016 US Olympian dropped Ross three times during the short contest. Russell landed a straight left hand in the early part of the first round then landed a series of shots that dropped Ross two more times before referee Bill Clancy stopped the contest at 2:25 of the round.

Antuanne Russell starts his promising career off at (1-0, 1 KO) while Joshua Ross falls to (2-4-4).

Cobia Breedy Gets The Unanimous Decision In Oxon Hill, MD!

Featherweight Cobia "The Soldier" Breedy out of Clinton, Md was in a tough bout to open the Showtime card at the MGM National Harbor Casino in Oxon Hill, MD.  Garriga and Breedy were in some even exchanges throughout the fight, but it was the consistent aggressiveness that gave Cobia Breedy the edge. Breedy was able to get the six-round unanimous decision over Wilfredo Garriga of Ponce, PR with the scores of 58-56 and 59-55 twice.

Breedy improves to (9-0, 3 KO's) as Garriga falls to (3-7-3, 2 KO's).



Friday, May 19, 2017

UMAR Boxing Builds New Partnership With House of Boxing Champions For Worthy Cause!



It's been more than 20 years that UMAR Boxing has concentrated on neighborhood growth. Marvin McDowell, owner of the UMAR Boxing Gym that's what his goals continue to be. 

Marvin McDowell:

'We just try to give these kids a chance, a fighting chance, We have an after school program, No Hooks Before Books, where I use the boxing to draw the kids in. Once the kids get in, education is mandatory, so I have a classroom, certified school teacher, computers, the whole nine yards."

"The gym needs the community's support beyond. One thing I found out, if you don't ask, people don't think you need anything, but I'm asking. The gym needs money for travel expenses, supplies and to help feed the kids. We try to put the discipline in these kids, camaraderie, self-esteem, respect, and we are the bully busters."

McDowell said that UMAR is willing to take any help offered.

Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh announced Thursday a partnership between UMAR and House of Boxing Champions, a national foundation that focuses on boxing safety and injury prevention.

Mayor Pugh:

"What defines the city is organizations like this, commitment by individuals in our communities, the folks who are here who want to see their city be better and are willing to put their time and effort into it. I'm excited about it,"

Baltimore Connects has a GoFundMe page set up with a goal to raise $50,000.



Video courtesy of  CharmTV Citizens' Hub