Andrade ready for Martirosyan
ATLANTA (October 23, 2013) – Undefeated light middleweight Demetrius “Boo Boo” Andrade (19-0, 13 KOs), a 2008 U.S. Olympian, is on a mission to complete a rare “boxing double” November 9, when he fights 2004 U.S. Olympian Vanes “Nightmare” Martirosyan (33-0-1, 21 KOs) for the vacant World Boxing Organization (WBO) 154-pound title.
Andrade vs. Martirosyan will be part of an HBO tripleheader, airing live from Corpus Christi, Texas, headlined by WBO junior lightweight Roman Martinez’ title defense against Mikey Garcia, in addition to a rematch between former world champions Nonito Donaire and Vic Darchinyan.
In 2007, Andrade captured a gold medal as an amateur at the AIBA World Championships in Chicago. A Nov. 9th victory over Martirosyan would make Andrade one of the few contemporary world champions as both a professional and amateur.
The gifted southpaw can become the first native New Englander to be world champion of a major governing body since Massachusetts-born heavyweight John “The Quietman” Ruiz in 2005, as well as the first Rhode Islander to do the same since Cranston’s light middleweight Vinny “The Pazmanian Devil” in 1991.
“I honestly don’t pay attention to anything other than working hard to reach my goal of becoming world champion,” the 25-year-old said from his Atlanta training camp. “Everything else is irrelevant, at least for right now, as I train for my first world title fight. New England has had a lot of good fighters.
“I do know I am going to be the first (pro) world champion from the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team. I just want to show the boxing world that I am the No. 1 light welterweight in the world and why I will be for years to come. I’m just beginning my legacy. I’m growing in stature and a lot more people are going to know me after November 9th.”
Andrade credits his amateur boxing experience as the primary reason why fighting HBO for the first time won’t be a problem, as well as his 300+ amateur fights giving him an advantage in the ring against any opponent.
“HBO is a big stage and I’m grateful to be fighting on HBO for the first time,” Andrade noted, “but there’s no bigger stage in boxing, world-wide, than The Olympics. I’ve fought under the bright lights, so fighting on HBO won’t be anything new for me, or a distraction in any way.
“I’ve seen and beaten every style, fighting amateur opponents from all over the world, but nobody in the pros has fought anybody like me. I’m going into this fight with a lot of confidence. I’ve prepared for this moment my entire life. This is my time!”
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John Joe Nevin Joins GreenBlood
Ireland’s most celebrated amateur in generations, John Joe Nevin, announced his pro plans yesterday at a press conference in Dublin. Nevin earned an Olympic Silver Medal in the London games and is rated the number one amateur in the world at bantamweight.
Nevin has signed on with newly formed GreenBlood Boxing, a management team based in Philladelphia and London. The group expects to do a deal soon with one of boxing’s leading promoters.
The 24-year-old Nevin, the only Irish male boxer to medal at all the majors – Olympics, World, European and EU Championships – is being lined up for his first professional fight early in 2014. He will start his pro career at featherweight.
“We’re predicting this is the beginning of a golden age of Irish boxing and we wanted to start with the best, John Joe could be the best boxer in Irish history,” said GreenBlood’s Tom Moran. “The Irish amateur system has been way more successful than the U.S. in developing top flight talent in recent years. Our objective is to gather that talent and compliment it by building the entirely untapped Irish boxing market in the United States, while also working in England and Ireland.
“We believe John Joe will prove to be a world champion who helps pack shows with Irish fans. Our job will be to help develop and build that Irish audience in ways boxing has yet to see. The Irish love boxing like the Mexican and Puerto Rican crowds and now we’re bringing the Irish following together with the Irish talent.”
The upstart GreenBlood hosted their first American show two weeks ago in a packed house at Philly concert venue The Electric Factory in an unusual boxing event spiced with popular Boston Irish punk rock band the Dropkick Murphys.
“I’m delighted to sign with GreenBlood Boxing. I saw what they did in Philly. It was great event and a great start. The Irish fans really came out in support,,“ said Nevin. “I’ve done everything I want to do in the amateur ranks. Now is the time to move on and I would like to get in the ring as soon as possible.”
“My goal is to become world champion. I’m confident I can do that and bring a world title back to Ireland. The dream would be defending that world title in Croke Park in Dublin. Right now, we want to get the right promotional deal in place and get started fighting.”
Nevin will train with his club coach Brian McKeown in Ireland and finish with serious training in Philly, where the GreenBlood boxing team will be based.
Rodriguez vs. Rivas, this Saturday @ Cidra, Puerto Rico
Former Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games gold medalist, and Azerbaijan’s 2010 World Youth Championships silver medalist, Emmanuel ‘Manny’ Rodriguez ( 6-0 , 5 KO’s ) will be in action this Saturday, October, 26 at the Jesus M. Freire Stadium in Cidra, Puerto Rico, where José Pedraza will be in the maint event against Alejandro ‘Soma’ Rodríguez.
Rodriguez opponent is taught Mexican, Felipe Rivas ( 14-14-2 , 8 KO’s ) in a 6 rounds, super flyweight division bout.
Rivas has a split decision loss against former two time world champion, Ivan Calderon, and on his last performance, he was defeated by Israel Vazquez via unanimous decision.
“I’m well prepared and ready to rumble on fight night against Felipe Rivas ,” said Emmanuel Rodriguez, “With the help of my trainers Iván Calderon and Félix Pintor , I’ll be at my best for sure”.
Rodriguez trains at the Félix Pagan Pintor Boxing Club in Guaynabo, under the tutelage of Felix Pagan Pintor and former world champion, Ivan Calderon .
“This guy has great talent to be a world champion. He won a gold in Youth Olympics, becoming the first Puerto Rican to achieve that”, said Ivan Calderon, ” Manny has great height and strength at 115 pounds. The important thing is that his learning a lot of the professional boxing style, and expect the best from him because he will look better than ever”.
Pagan Pintor commented “Sooner than later, the fans will see a spectacular prospect from Puerto Rico. The facts are there, his passion and confidence are rising, and this Saturday, Manny will have a great performance”.
The event is promoted by Universal Promotions.
Other amateur boxing achievements by Emmanuel ‘Manny’ Rodriguez:
GOLD – Juan Evangelista Venegas Olympic Cup, 2009
GOLD – International Tournament Jose “Cheo” Aponte, Caguas, 2009
GOLD – Juan Evangelista Venegas Olympic Cup, 2010
GOLD – Angel ‘Cholo’ Espada Cup, Salinas, 2011
2011 Puerto Rico National Champion