News December 2011

Rusty Luis Garcia marks American debut with a win


By @livefight

Luis Garcia vs Alexander Johnson

Luis "The Lion" Garcia made his Showtime American debut last night on the Jermain Taylor undercard against tough, but limited Alexander Johnson with a near shut-out win across the scorecards of 80-71 and 80-72 twice.

Showing flashes of sublime skill and silly mistakes at times, Luis certainly showed the vast potential he possesses. But an absence from the ring of over a year since his 2nd round demolition of former world level veteran Byron Mitchell, was certainly evident.

The Cuban, based out of Cork, Ireland for the last few years holds amateur wins over Emilio Correa, the man who pushed James Degale all the way in the Beijing Olympic finals. But 'politics' surrounding the squad saw Correa get the spot.

Now campaigning at Light Heavy, the 24-year old has plenty of raw talent that could see him challenge for a strap in the next couple of years so long as his development steps up a level.

Pressing the action from the opening bell, Garcia picked holes in Johnson (who has often sparred the likes of the Dirrell brothers during camp) and at times made him look silly. But other times his low-left hand saw him take unnecessary shots that more experienced opponents could possibly take advantage of.

Overall the showcase was a success, with many observers impressed. But more work is still to be done in the gym, to improve the flaws he showed before he will be ready for the top flight run.

Garcia improves to 12-0 (9ko) whilst Johnson suffers his first loss and slips to 12-1(5ko).


Andre Dirrell returns back to the ring


By @livefight

Dirrell vs Cunningham

Andre 'The Matrix' Dirrell returned back to the ring last night with a win over club-level fighter Daryl Cunningham last night on the Jermain Taylor undercard.

Improving his record to 20-1 (14ko) with a second round stoppage, the fight proved little in reality as to how the lay-off has affected the speedy Michigan native.

Obviously in great shape, the exercise was simply to get used to camp and fighting in front of an audience again.

Cunningham was slow and brought nothing into the bout, creeping slowly behind a double-jab, he was floored in the 2nd. His corner then threw in the towel during his 10-count but the referee rejected it after the fighter clamoured to his feet.

Then he was floored quickly again, the towel once more entered the ring and was rightfully accepted.

Cunningham slips to 24-3 and heads back to club level, whilst Dirrell will now look to fight regularly in 2012 and resume his run at a world title.


Unbeaten Rico Ramos and Guillermo Rogondeaux collide Jan 20


By @livefight

SHERMAN OAKS, Calif. (Dec. 29, 2011) - Goossen Tutor Promotions will kick off 2012 with a World Championship bout headlining on the popular SHOWTIME series, ShoBox: The New Generation on Friday, Jan. 20. The special edition of ShoBox features World Boxing Association (WBA) super bantamweight champion Rico Ramos defending his title for the first time against the WBA interim champion Guillermo Rigondeaux, matching two world champions and two of the sport's rising stars. The bout was originally scheduled for New Year's Eve, but was postponed after a fighter in the co-main event withdrew due to an injury. The championship event will be held at the Pearl at Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nev. and broadcast on SHOWTIME at 11 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast).

Ramos (20-0, 11 KOs), of Whittier, Calif., just outside of Los Angeles, won the WBA super bantamweight title with a seventh-round knockout over defending champion Akifumi Shimoda this past July in Atlantic City. The slick and speedy 24-year-old holds victories over former world title challengers Alejandro Valdez and Heriberto Ruiz, but will be facing his toughest opponent to date in Rigondeaux.

The 31-year-old Rigondeaux (8-0, 6 KOs), of Miami, Fla., by way of Cuba, is one of the sport's fastest rising prospects. An amateur boxing legend in Cuba, Rigondeaux was the 2000 and 2004 Olympic Games Gold Medalist in the bantamweight division. The hard-hitting southpaw defected from Cuba in 2009 and won the interim WBA super bantamweight championship in only his seventh professional fight. He is coming off a first-round knockout over previously undefeated Willie Casey in a March bout in Ireland.

The Pearl at Palms Casino Resort is Las Vegas' premier concert theater boasting seats for up to 2,500 ticket holders. "We are thrilled to partner with Goossen Tutor and SHOWTIME to bring another exciting night of boxing to the Pearl," said Palms President Joseph A. Magliarditi. "The list of athletes on the card is impressive; we are looking forward to a great event."

Also appearing on the televised portion of the card is rising middleweight prospect Brandon Gonzales (15-0-1, 10 KOs), of Sacramento, Calif., who will be facing the tough, undefeated 29-year-old, Caleb Truax (18-0-1, 10 KOs) of Osseo, Minn. Gonzales, the 27-year-old stablemate of Andre Ward and protťgť of 'Trainer of the Year' candidate, Virgil Hunter, defeated Ossie Duran in a hard-fought 8-round decision this past October in Atlantic City, NJ. This will be the middleweight fighter's second bout under the Goossen Tutor-Antonio Leonard banner.

Opening the ShoBox telecast, undefeated Matthew Villanueva (6-0-1, 6 KOs) of Burbank, Calif. will fight Mike Ruiz (8-1-1, 3 KOs) of Fresno, Calif. in an 8-round junior bantamweight bout.

"I want to thank Palms for being the host of this very intriguing championship bout. The winner immediately jumps to the top of the class," said promoter Dan Goossen. "Although Rigondeaux has a better knockout percentage then Ramos, Rico is known for one-punch knockout power, and I don't believe anyone at this weight can take it." "As for Gonzalez and Villanueva, both are exciting, aggressive fighters and each have their work cut out for them in their matchups."

Doors for the event open at 5:30 p.m. with the first bout at 6:00 p.m. and the televised portion of the card beginning at 8:00 p.m. (all times PT). Tickets for the event are priced at $50 and $25 and are available at and at The Palms box office starting Friday, Dec. 30 at noon PT.

Marquez wants Tim Bradley if 4th Pacquiao fight doesn't happen


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Juan Manuel Marquez says that if a fourth Pacquiao fight couldn't made for May 2012 then his next hopeful target would be a showdown with WBO light-welter champion Timothy Bradley.

The Mexican hankers for his Filipino nemesis, but if the "Pacman" won't tango again, then Marquez insists he only wants to face the best, and his opinion is that Bradley is the next best option.

Bradley has alleged that he too is interested in making the bout happen. He believes victory over Marquez will more than show his worth to make the Pacman fight for himself straight afterwards.

Marquez broke ties with Goldenboy promotions to pursue his last fight with Pacquiao, after it was made clear that Arum wouldn't do business with them. Now the Mexican is essentially a free agent, a fight between Bradley and Marquez should be straightforward enough to make.

Will Cotto make up the 4th spot ?

But Arum's #1 fighter Pacquiao's date with Mayweather seems to have gone up in smoke with the imminent jailing of the WBC champion on assault charges against his former partner.

Given that three's a crowd, Arum will definitely need a 4th name in the hat so that the odd man out gets a fight.

Maybe Miguel Cotto or even Margarito will figure in 2012's Top Rank merry-go-round of in-house fights.


Mayweather bet $1m dollars on Patriots win


By @livefight

Soon-to-be jailbird Floyd Mayweather reportedly scooped a fortune after backing the Patriots to beat the Broncos the other night.

The Patriots thrashed the Broncos by 41-23, would have swept up a 6-figure sum of cash with the pick.

Mike Colbert, sports book director at M Resort, would neither confirm nor deny that Mayweather placed the wager when asked by the Las Vegas Review-Journal. He did say the fighter is "a valued customer who frequents the books quite often."


PHOTO: Jermain Taylor and Andre Dirrell make weight


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33-year old Jermain Taylor of Little Rock, Arkansas makes his long awaited return to the ring tomorrow night live on Showtime.

Taylor hopes to make a comeback at middleweight, weighing in at 161 lb for the fight with opponent Jesse Nicklow (22-3, 8ko.

Meanwhile Andre Dirrell (19-1, 13ko) hasnít fought since March 2010, following a DQ win over Arthur Abraham, who knocked Dirrell unconcious whilst slumped on the canvas during the Super Six.

Dirrell will be facing Detroit's Darryl Cunningham (24-2, 10 KOs) who has won his last 17 fights in a row.

Irish and Cuban fans will be in for a treat when Luis "The Lion" Garcia (11-0, 9ko)makes his American debut. The Cork-based light heavyweight takes on Alexander Johnson (12-0, 5ko)in a battle of the unbeaten light-heavies.


Mayweather gets 3 months jail from January 6th onwards


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Floyd Mayweather Jr. pleaded guilty to a charge of battery and two counts of harassment and was jailed for three months and fined $2,500 today in connection with a domestic violence incident according to court officials.

He is lucky not to be spending Xmas behind bars after it was decided he would enter custody on January 6th 2012.

He was arrested in September 2010 after he punched the mother of his children at his home. According to an arrest report, Mayweather threatened Josie Harris, saying, "I'm going to kill you and the man you are messing around with".

Mayweather was sentenced to six months in jail on the misdemeanor charges, but 90 days will be suspended if he serves 90 days. He also must perform 100 hours of community service and attend domestic violence counselling.

Mayweather's publicity team have been deathly silent. The woman-beater finds himself in an ironic position after he lambasted the late Diego Corrales for a domestic assault situation prior to fighting him. Offering for his beaten partner to sit at ringside free of charge and watch him beat-up Corrales for his actions.


Natasha Jonas: December Diary


By @TashaJonas

Tasha Jonas

Natasha Jonas continues her exclusive diary for with a look back at her success at the recent Olympic test event. Over the course of three days at Londonís Excel Arena, Olympic hopeful Tasha beat three of the worldís top ten lightweights to claim the gold medal in the 60kg category.

ďTo be honest I thought Iíd got the short straw by drawing the American in the first round. That, no disrespect to her, turned out to be my easiest technical fight. They call her Queen but her nameís Quanitta Underwood (W Pts. 23:15). That was my first bout and I won it well and by quite a margin in the end so I was full of confidence. The Americanís renowned for being a big puncher and a brawler so I was wary not to get too close to her. It was exactly the same as the recent European Championships. Before I got in the ring, they could have put me in with anyone and it wouldnít have mattered.

ďA big, massive thing as well was that I did the weight right. I was at 64kg in Holland and 60kg at the test event. Itís helped me realise how important it is to do the weight properly. They asked me when I got home from Holland if I wanted to do the GB Championships that were two weeks after I got back. I knew that all Iíd do would be struggle to do the weight, wouldnít do it properly and that that could have made a big difference. I said Iíd rather not do that and have a chance at the test event if that was open to me. They said that was fine.

ďIn the semi finals I got the Russian who I beat in the Europeans. It was funny. We got there and on the board it said which teams were competing but it didnít say who was fighting. It came to the first weigh in and I looked at the Russian (Anastasia Belyakova W Pts. 13:11) and thought ďshe looks familiar!Ē and she did exactly the same to me. She looked at me and went ď60? Really?Ē and we both laughed because we were both 64kg two weeks go.

ďI donít know if it was because I was nervous because Iíd had such a good performance in the first fight but the Russian seemed to be the hardest fight. I think she was the most awkward. Thatís not saying anything against Cheng Dong (W Pts. 16:10) in the final because Dong was hard as well but it just felt like the Russian was harder. I felt against Dong that I was the underdog so I had nothing to lose. If I won it was a big bonus and if I lost it was kind of expected.

ďIt was a bit shorter than a normal tournament, only three bouts, but itís probably the best Iíve boxed in a tournament. After it finished I was on a high but I think that was down to who Iíd beaten rather than the actual tournament itself. It was good to have wins in front of Rob McCracken too. He said to me that he thought they were some of the best performances Iíve done for GB so I was glad he saw it. Itís different when another coach tells him that youíve boxed well and then when he actually sees it himself.

ďIt was good to box in the Excel Arena which will hold the boxing events at the Olympics. It was all organised well and the staff were brilliant with us. I just canít imagine what scale itís gonna be on next year but it was nice to be in front of a home crowd and having the biggest cheer being for you for a change instead of somebody else! Itís gonna hold around 10,000 next year and I was under the impression that they were gonna give the tickets away to school kids. There were a couple of schools there but that was a bit disappointing. The seats werenít filled when they could have been. Thatís just a little point but overall it was great.

ďWe get two weeks off now for Christmas and Iím on my works night out in about half an hour. The GB boys have been away in Mauritius but all the girls and coaches who were about went for a meal last Tuesday. Tonightís the works night out for Liverpool City Council who I do some work for.

ďHappy Christmas and, if I donít speak to you before, have a good New Year! Iím trying to do my best!Ē


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