ROCKY MARTINEZ SHOWS HIS EXCELENT CONDITION ONE WEEK BEFORE HIS TITLE DEFENSE AGAINST JUAN CARLOS BURGOS IN NEW YORK
DORADO, PUERTO RICO- World Boxing Organization (WBO) junior lightweight champion, Roman “Rocky” Martinez, made today his last training for the media in Puerto Rico, one week before his fight against the #1 contender Juan Carlos Burgos Saturday, January 19 at The Theatre Madison Square Garden in New York, in a Top Rank presentation to be broadcasted on HBO.
Martinez (26-1-1, 16 KOs), who won for the second time the WBO 130 pounds belt on September 15, 2012, when he beat Miguel Beltran Jr. by split decision in Las Vegas, trained for the media today at the Dorado Municipal Gym with his trainer Raul “Papo” Torres and Freddie Trinidad. The Vega Baja native made four rounds of gloves with Trinidad showing good defensive skills and fast hands in the attack. Martinez also worked in floor exercises, shadows, jump the rope and hit the bags.
“We have been working hard for this fight against Burgos because we know he is a good fighter and slick. But I’m better than for the fight against Miguel Beltran”, Martinez said after the gloves with Trinidad. “We have a plan for this fight, but we are ready for all Burgos bring”.
The fight versus Burgos (30-1, 19 KOs), a former featherweight world title challenger is one of an HBO triple-header presented by Top Rank, headlined by the WBO featherweight champion Orlando “Siri” Salido (38-11-2, 26 KOs) defending his crown against Miguel Ángel “Mikey” Garcia (29-0, 25 KOs) and WBA middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (24-0, 21 KOs) against Gabriel “Gabe” Rosado (21-5, 13 KOs).
Martinez, who will to travel to New York next Tuesday, January, 15, made 115 rounds of sparring for this bout.
Puerto Rican sensation, former Olympian Felix “El Diamante” Verdejo (1-0) will make his second professional fight in this show. Verdejo will face an opponent to be announced in a four round junior lightweight bout.
NEWS – Young Lionhearts lose in Ukraine but remain well placed in World Series Boxing
The British Lionhearts lost 4-1 tonight against a highly experienced Ukraine Otamans team in the World Series of Boxing. In a tough away fixture in Kiev, the young Lionhearts team put in a brave performance but was unable to match a Ukraine outfit which featured two of its biggest names in current Olympic champions, Oleksandr Usyk and Vasyl Lomachenko.
A second World Series victory for Wales’ Commonwealth Games gold medallist Sean McGoldrick in the first bout of the evening was the high point of the night for the Lionhearts as the Ukrainian team fought back to record its second win of the season.
Despite the loss, the British Lionhearts remain ahead of the Otamans in Group B of the World Series of Boxing. The Lionhearts are in second place with nine points, following wins against USA Knockouts, Italia Thunder and the German Eagles whilst the Otamans have moved-up to third with eight points from two wins and two losses.
The teams meet again in the home return for the Lionhearts at York Hall in London on Friday 1 March 2013.
Tickets for the return match and the British Lionhearts next home fixture against USA Knockouts on Thursday 11 January 2013 are on sale now, priced £20, and can be purchased at www.britishlionhearts.com or from York Hall.
Details of tonight’s results are below:
Lomachenko and Usyk delight in classy Ukraine victory over Great Britain (4-1)
Lausanne, Switzerland, 11 January 2013 – It was a fantastic show at the packed Acco International Exhibition Center in Kiev as the Ukraine Otamans powered past British Lionhearts at home to move provisionally up to third in Group B. Olympic Champions Vasyl Lomachenko and Oleksandr Usyk entertained the crowds with two sumptuous displays as Olexandr Stretskyy and Oleksandr Gvozdyk also recorded wins to make it a comprehensive victory on the night.
Vasyl Lomachenko (r) of Ukraine Otamans
Opening up proceedings was diminutive Ukrainian Ivan Ilnytskyy against exciting British talent Sean McGoldrick. It was the Lionhearts’ 21-year-old who began on the front foot, using his jab well to apply the pressure on Ilnytskyy in the Bantamweight (50-54kg) contest. With his slight height and reach advantage, the accomplished McGoldrick was able to dominate and although he let his guard down in the latter stages and was caught a couple of times, he went on to record a split decision win.
Double Olympic Champion and boxing superstar Lomachenko then made his big entrance to the WSB ring. The Lightweight (57-61kg) southpaw faced 24-year-old Samuel Maxwell and took his time to get a into his rhythm but it was worth waiting for as he came alive in the fourth, unloading some punishing body shots, with a great hook followed by a straight left seeing Maxwell having to take a standing eight count in that round. Lomachenko from then on was on a different level, showing his class on his way to a thunderous victory. Maxwell should take heart however from the performance, standing tall against the best pound for pound boxer in Olympic boxing.
It began tentatively between 26-year-old Ukrainian southpaw Stretskyy and flamboyant Scot Aston Brown. These two solid Middleweights (68-73kg) were evenly matched, both looking to use the jab before throwing the one-two combinations. Stretskyy though enjoyed more success and showed more endeavour, landing cleaner punches throughout, his compact style working well. 21-year-old Brown did show flashes of what he can do but was inconsistent and in the end it was a deserved victory for the home boxer.
Unbeaten Gvozdyk was sublime in the first round against the Lionhearts’ experienced Swede Babacar Kamara of their Light Heavyweight (80-85kg) bout, with the classy 25-year-old Ukrainian sending his opponent crashing to the canvas with a huge left hook. After that, the savvy Kamara worked hard to get himself back into the contest, using his height to repeatedly thwart the attacks of the home boxer. Gvozdyk re-assessed to come up with the goods that ensured the overall victory for his team.
Usyk entertained the crowd with his sensational boxing and true showmanship in the night’s final contest. Fast and powerful, the crowd were chanting the Ukrainian’s name midway through the third following a flurry of thunderous punches that rocked the Lionhearts’ undefeated Tongan Uaine Fa. Grimacing and playing to the fans, Usyk was connecting with some hard shots but the tall Tongan was still managing to land some punches of his own to ensure it was an entertaining contest. These two Heavyweight (91+kg) colossi put on one hell of a battle but 25-year-old southpaw Usyk was just too good, proving he is one of the very best at this level with a classy victory
Great Britain next host the USA Knockouts on Thursday 17 January at the legendary York Hall whilst Ukraine travel to Almaty to face Astana Arlans Kazakhstan the day after.
GH3 PROMOTIONS ANTOINE DOUGLAS SCORES SPECTACULAR 1ST ROUND STOPPAGE IN WOODHAVEN, NEW YORK; GH3 ALSO ANNOUNCES SIGNING OF UNDEFEATED Jr. Middleweight John “Apollo Kidd” Thompson
NEWARK, NJ (January 11, 2013)—On Thursday night sensational Middleweight prospect Antoine Douglas scored explosive first round stoppage over Stanley Harvey in the co-feature of a bout at Cordon Bleu in Woodhaven, New York.
With the victory, Douglas remained perfect with a record of 3-0 with all wins coming via knockout.
The native of Burke, Virginia just outside of Washington, D.C. is signed to Vito Mielnicki’s GH3 Promotions and will be back in action on January 25th at the Turning Stone Resort and Casino in Verona, New York.
Also signed to GH3 Promotions is John “Apollo Kidd” Thompson.
The undefeated Jr. Middleweight from Newark, New Jersey is 10-0 with three knockouts is coming off a six round unanimous decision over Elie Augustama on December 1st at New York’s famed Madison Square Garden as part of the Austin Trout – Miguel Cotto undercard.
Thompson will be back in action on Friday night, January 19th at the Robert Treat Hotel in Newark.
Both Douglas and Thompson are managed by William Mielnicki