Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Interview With Lamont Roach Jr. In Preparation For His November 30th Bout Against Rey Perez!

Workout video 

Grayton Drops Unanimous Decision; Russell Brothers Score First-Round Victories In St. Petersburg, FL!

Photo credit: Douglas DeFelice / Premier Boxing Champions

Washington, DC welterweight David "Day-Day" Grayton lost by a hard fought ten-round unanimous decision to undefeated Miguel Cruz of Lake Mary, FL on the FS1 telecast that took place at the Coliseum in St. Petersburg, FL. Grayton hurt Cruz in the second round. Cruz came back to give Grayton some problems in the third but suffered a cut under the right eye while doing do. As the fight went on Grayton was sent to the canvas in round six by a right hand from Cruz. Grayton bounced back and both fighters were throwing and landing shots on each other. Grayton landed a shot that opened another cut above Cruz's right eye. All three judges scored the bout 96-93 all for Cruz. Grayton now has a record of (15-2-1, 11 KO's) as Cruz remains undefeated at (17-0, 11 KO's).

WBC featherweight champion "Mr." Gary Russell Jr. was in the venue to show his support for his two younger brother that were part of the undercard of the PBC show. Both brother scored first-round knockouts. 

Antonio Russell knocked out Marco Antonio "La Maquina" Mendoza Chico at 1:15 to improve his record to (10-0, 8 KO's) while Chico is (11-6-1, 7 KO's). 

2016 Olympian, Antuanne Russell scored his third straight first-round knockout, stopping Larry Yanez of Fort Lauderdale, FL at 2:21.  Russell is (3-0, 3 KO's) while Yanez falls to (4-8-2).

Mykal "The Professor" Fox Wins Title In Bethlehem, PA!

(Photos by Daniel Cork)

In the main-event of the Kings Promotions card that took place at the Sands Bethlehem Events Center in Bethlehem, PA, Forestville, MD's Mykal "The Professor" Fox defeated Manuel Alejandro Reyes of Los Angeles, CA in a eight-round bout to capture the UBF All-Americas Welterweight title. 

This was Fox first bout as a welterweight as he wins by scores of 80-72, 79-73 and 78-74 to remain undefeated at (15-0, 4 KO's). Reyes drops to (11-4-1, 5 KO's).

Two more Beltway Area Boxers were on this card.

In a four-round featherweight bout Seat Pleasant, MD's James "Too Slick" Early lost unanimous decision to Juan Sanchez of Allentown, PA. Early lost by scores of 39-37 on all three scorecards.  Early is now (2-2) while Sanchez remains undefeated at (4-0, 1 KO).

Also Lanham, MD heavyweight Ralph Alexander lost by first-round knockout at 1:01 to the debuting Michael Polite-Coffie of Brooklyn, NY.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Quotes Going Into The Spence vs Peterson Bout In January!

"I'm pleased to be promoting Spence vs. Peterson, one of the very best matchups in the welterweight division and in all of boxing," said Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment. "Spence is not only one of the best welterweights in the world, but one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in boxing. In Peterson, he faces another elite welterweight and a two-time world champion. Spence vs. Peterson will bring the heat to Barclays Center on a chilly January 20. This is yet another night in the outstanding run of big time fights on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING."

"Spence vs. Peterson is an intriguing matchup between two elite welterweights looking to reach the top of this marquee division," said Tom Brown, President of TGB Promotions. "Errol Spence is a rising star with his sights set on title unification and the top of the pound-for-pound list, but he's going to receive a stern test from Lamont Peterson, a multiple division champion whose resume is filled with top class opponents. It's going to be another fantastic atmosphere at Barclays Center and a great night of fights live on SHOWTIME."

"With his breakout performance against Kell Brook, Errol Spence established himself as one of top fighters in the welterweight division, if not in all of boxing," said Stephen Espinoza, Executive Vice President and General Manager, SHOWTIME Sports.  "Never one to rest on his laurels, Errol continues to seek out the toughest available opponents, and he has found exactly that in Lamont Peterson.  Lamont has never backed down from a challenge, and as a result, he has a wealth of experience with one of the strongest resumes in the division.  This type of high profile, dangerous matchup is the quintessential SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING main event."

"BROOKLYN BOXING enjoyed a banner year in 2017, and we are looking forward to carrying that momentum into 2018," said Brett Yormark, CEO of Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment. "Spence vs. Peterson sets a strong precedent for the year, with two top welterweights returning to the ring at Barclays Center to compete for recognition in one of the sport's most talented divisions."

Spence (22-0, 19 KOs), of Dallas, traveled to England to dethrone IBF 147-pound champion and hometown favorite Kell Brook on May 27 on SHOWTIME in one of the defining fights of 2017.  The 27-year-old, who had long been touted as boxing's next big thing, fulfilled his promise with a breakthrough performance, fracturing Brook's orbital bone en route to an 11th round TKO.  A 2012 U.S. Olympian, Spence will enter the ring at Barclays Center for the third time after most recently stopping former champion Chris Algieri in an April 2016 main event. He will fight in Brooklyn for the fourth time; he earned his title shot by knocking out Leonard Bundu at the Ford Amphitheater at Coney Island Boardwalk in August 2016. 

"My goal is to unify the welterweight division in 2018, but this fight is a true test and Lamont Peterson is a veteran that I definitely will not overlook," said Spence. "I sparred him in the amateurs and I know what he brings to the table. I have to get through him to achieve my goals and that is what I plan on doing January 20th."

Peterson (35-3-1, 17 KOs), of Washington, D.C., has won titles at 140 and 147 pounds while facing some of the biggest names in the sport, including Danny Garcia, Amir Khan and Timothy Bradley.  The 33-year-old won the WBA 147-pound title in his last outing Feb. 18 on SHOWTIME before relinquishing the belt for the chance to challenge Spence. Peterson has won four of his last five outings, twice fighting at Barclays Center. His Brooklyn debut saw him defeat Edgar Santana by TKO in 2014 before dropping a narrow majority draw to Garcia in a 2015 main event in Brooklyn.

"First off, I'm happy to be getting back in the ring," said Peterson. "I've stayed in the gym and I'm ready to go. This is a fight I wanted and as I said before when I became a welterweight, I want to fight the best and make the fights that people want to see. I'm ready to give it my all and give the fans a great show."

Monday, November 20, 2017

Photos From Kings Promotions Weigh-In In Bethlehem, PA!

All photos shot by Daniel Cork!

Weights From Bethlehem, PA!

Main-Event Welterweights
Myke weighed 143  Manuel Reyes 146.7

(Photos courtesy of Daniel Cork)

Ricardo Garcia 136.7, Victor Vazquezz 137.3 

Super Featherweights
Joseph Adorno 133.1 VS Corben Page 132.8

James Early 128.5  VS  Juan Sanchez weighed 126

Light Featherweights
Jerrod Miner  116.2  VS  116.2 Harold Lopez 113.2

Ralph Alexander 229.8 VS Michael Polite-Coffie 273.8

Super Bantamweights 
Jose Elizondo 119.4  VS  Hector Bayanilla 121.8

Martino Jules Jr 126.3  VS  Weusi Johnson 126.6