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Aydin-Hernandez, Kretschmann-Bakthov, Airich, Godrey Injured – News

Herbie Hide Matt Godfrey Selcuk Aydin Steffen KretschmannBad news for Herbie Hide: The WBC Final Eliminator in the cruiserweight division between the “Dancing Destroyer” and Matt Godfrey that was originally scheduled to take place on March 6th in Cuxhaven, Germany, has to be postponed for at least eight weeks because Godfrey suffered a hand injury while preparing for the fight. Nonetheless Hide (46-4, 42 kos) will make his next appearance on March 6th in an eight-rounder against an opponent to be announced.

“I am fired up to get back to Cuxhaven”, says Hide. “I wasn’t happy with my last performance here and I am glad about the chance to show my fans the real ‘Dancing Destroyer’. I am not coming here for playing. I will use this fight to prepare for Godfrey. My goal is to become the first former heavyweight champion to win the cruiserweight title and nobody will stop me on my way.”

The co-main event features WBC international welterweight champion Selcuk Aydin (16-0, 13 kos) who will make his return to the ring after a three months break due to a rib injury. “Mini-Tyson” is set to defend his title against ring veteran Luis “Morochito” Hernandez (22-3, 15 kos) from Ecuador (fighting out of New York).

Besides Hide and Aydin two of the most promising German heavyweight prospects, Steffen Kretschmann and Konstantin Airich, will be back in action in Cuxhaven. Kretschmann (13-0, 12 kos) who is already ranked on #39 by the WBC will face Russian contender Denis Bakthov (28-5, 18 kos, WBA #14, WBC #23) in a PABA championship bout. Bakhtov has won his last four fights in row; his last loss was against Vitali Klitschko’s next challenger Juan Carlos Gomez in June 2007 in Ankara, Turkey.

Konstantin Airich (11-1-1, 9 kos) will step into the ring against Czech prospect Ondrej Pala (22-2, 18 kos) who has a win over former world champion Henry Akinwande in his resume.

There will be nine fights in total. Eurosport will broadcast the show from the Kugelbake-Halle in Cuxhaven live from 9.00pm.

X-Cel Worldwide Presents: The Return of Buffalo Boxing

Two-time former champion Byron “Slama from Bama” Mitchell takes on Zach “Jungle Boy” Walters for NABA-US Light Heavyweight title

Buffalo’s own “Italian Hit Man” Paul Marinaccio Appears in Co-main Event
Promoter Nick Garone of X-Cel Worldwide will continue his much-anticipated revival of world-class professional boxing in Buffalo on Friday, February 20, at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center.

The aptly named “Return of Buffalo Boxing” will feature an NABA-US Light Heavyweight Championship between hard-punching two-time super middleweight world champion Byron “Slama from Bama” Mitchell (26-4-1, 19 KOs) and Madagascar’s 6′ 4″ former NABA-US champ Zach “Jungle Boy” Walters (23-3, 18 KOs).

In the co-main event, Buffalo heavyweight and favorite son Paul “The Italian Hit Man” Marinaccio will make his first return to the ring since his heroic stand against top-rated “Big” Michael Grant in an eight-round battle against tough Cleveland veteran Ryan Thompson.

A very special showcase fight will pit X-Cel Worldwide’s newest promotional client, Meacher Major (15-3-1, 13 KOs) of the Bahamas, against ultra-durable Philadelphia warrior Kevin Carmody (10-10-2, 1 KO) in a super lightweight eight-rounder.

Other featured bouts include the professional debuts of former amateur star light heavyweight Lionel Thompson (vs. Rodell Bollar) and cruiserweight Greg Brady (vs. Ohio’s Justin Riegle). Both of these talented newcomers will be looking to begin their careers with impressive performances in their separate four-found fights.

Also scheduled for four-round battles are undefeated light welterweight Michael Faragon (4-0) of Guilderland, New York, (vs. Youngstown, Ohio’s Shane Gierke) and 6′ 6″ heavyweight Johnny Davis of Niagara Falls, New York, who will also make his debut against Akron, Ohio’s George Jacobs.
Rounding out the action will be a featherweight four-rounder between deceptively skilful Harvey “Chi Chi” Murray (2-2-2, 1 KO) of Rochester, New York, and tough Pennsylvanian Omar Carrol.

“We’ve got a terrific night of boxing for the Buffalo fans that have been waiting more than five years for live, local fights,” said an optimistic Garone. “With a light heavyweight championship fight, Paul Marinaccio coming back after his unbelievably strong performance against Grant, our newest X-Cel fighter Meacher Major out to prove himself in a tough test and an undercard filled with local talent, we’re confident that fans in Western New York will come out to support the return of pro boxing.”

Garone, who says he’s received tremendous help in putting together this blockbuster event from local boxing staples like Jimmy Ralston of Olympia Boxing Club, is “overjoyed” by the response to his shows from local boxing fans. “We did our first event at the Seneca Niagara Casino and it was fantastic. I’m honored to be helping to revive a sport with such a rich history in this area.”
Tickets for “Return of Buffalo Boxing” are priced $30, $50 and $100, and are available by calling 631.878.1676.

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Undefeated Prospect Ashanti Jordan Returns March 7 at the HP Pavilion

Golden Boy Promotions undefeated heavyweight prospect, Ashanti “The Boss” Jordan (7-0, 6 KO’s), is scheduled to return to the ring, March 7, 2009 at the HP Pavilion in San Jose Ca, on the HBO Boxing After Dark triple header, featuring Robert Guerrero, James Kirkland and Victor Ortiz.

A former three-time San Francisco Golden Gloves champion, Jordan, makes his way back to the Bay Area as he faces a stiff challenge in Hermann Binek (7-1, 6 KO’s). Known for his tremendous knock out power, Ashanti also has the rare ability to box and move laterally.

When asked about fighting near his hometown of Fairfield Ca, an excited Jordan stated, “Ever since I turned pro back in 2007, I’ve always wanted to fight in the Bay Area. Come March 7th that will become a reality. I’m looking forward to this big event and I’m pumped up about fighting near my hometown. I have a ton of family and friends that will be making the trip. I’m working hard and I’ll be ready to go.”

Tickets for this hard-hitting event, priced at $200, $100, $60 and $25 are on sale at the HP Pavilion Ticket Office,, all Ticketmaster ticket outlets or by calling 408.998.TIXS, 415.421.TIXS or 510.625.TIXS.

This explosive event is promoted by Golden Boy Promotions and sponsored by Cerveza Tecate and Southwest Airlines. Doors open at 3:00pm and the first bell rings at 3:30pm. The HBO Boxing After Dark telecast begins at 10:00pm ET/PT.

USA Boxing Week in Review – February 9

The 2009 National Silver Gloves championships were contested, February 5-7, at the Hilton Garden Inn in Independence, Mo. The annual event showcases many of the nation’s top 10-15-year-old boxers as they vie for a national title. All of the competitors in the three-day event earned their spot in the National Silver Gloves by competing in local and regional qualifiers before advancing to the national level.

The Silver Gloves often provide an early showcase for future stars of the sport, and seven of the nine 2008 United States Olympians competing in the event before moving on to the senior level.

Forty-five champions were crowned over the weekend with six 2008 titlists repeating the feat in 2009. The 2009 National Silver Gloves champions are:


55 lbs: Juan Aguilar, Desert Hot Springs, Calif.
60 lbs: D’Angelo Sandate, Arvada, Colo.
65 lbs: Jordan White Waldorf, Md.
70 lbs: Zimmie Dickinson, Waldorf, Md. (defending champion)
75 lbs: Ruben Villa, Salinas, Calif.
80 lbs: Miguel Alcantara, Los Angeles, Calif.
85 lbs: Gabriel Rojas, Lancaster, Calif.
90 lbs: Wrylee Padilla, Rock Springs, Wyo.
95 lbs: Eric Chavez, Aloha, Ore.
100 lbs:Cesar Pineda, Hillsboro, Ore.
110 lbs: Angel Alba, Cudahy, Calif.
115 lbs: Quintayse Samples, Atlanta, Ga.

65 lbs: Nico Hernandez, Wichita, Kansas (defending champion)
70 lbs: Amery Zavala, Corona, Calif.
75 lbs: Armando Mercado, Pueblo, Colo.
80 lbs: Christian Bermudez, Brooklyn, N.Y.
85 lbs: Aujee Tyler, Waldorf, Md.
90 lbs: Daniel Ramirez, Richardson, Texas (defending champion)
95 lbs: Hector Valdez, Dallas, Texas
100 lbs: Heriberto Ramirez, Richardson, Texas
106 lbs: Luben Erickson, Orlando, Fla.
112 lbs: Gary Salazar, Fresno, Calif.
119 lbs: Tra-Kwon Pettis, Atlanta, Ga.
125 lbs: Darrion Lawson, Flint, Mich.
132 lbs: Kareem Martin, Clinton, Md.
139 lbs: Junior Younan, Brooklyn, N.Y.
147 lbs: Christopher Johnson, Birmingham, Ala.
165 lbs: Rodney Anthony, Paterson, N.J.

14-15-year olds
80 lbs: Gabriel Muratella, Fontana, Calif.
85 lbs: Stephen Fulton, Jr., Philadelphia, Pa.
90 lbs: Steven Ortiz, Philadelphia, Pa.
95 lbs: Trinidad Sanchez, Pacoima, Calif.
100 lbs: Steve Cross, Covington, Texas
106 lbs: Marshall Sanchez, Houston, Texas (defending champion)
112 lbs: Ray Ximenez, Dallas, Texas
119 lbs: Danyell Lynch, Buffalo, N.Y.
125 lbs: Ricardo Gallegos, Caldwell, Idaho (defending champion)
132 lbs: Manuel Rojas, Dallas, Texas
139 lbs: Semajay Thomas, Chicago, Ill.,
147 lbs: Angel Bojado, Los Angeles, Calif.
156 lbs: Damian Howard, St. Louis, Mo.
165 lbs: D’Mitrius Ballard, Temple Hills, Md.
178 lbs: Jerry Odom, Bowie, Md.
201 lbs. Lamar Richards, Philadelphia, Pa.
201+lbs: Robert Coons, San Diego, Calif. (defending champion)

Unopposed champions
50 lbs: Jerome Williams, Washington DC

60 lbs: William Dierksheide, Huntsville, Texas
178 lbs: Damien Rico, Los Angeles, California
201 lbs: Eduardo Duran, Detroit, Michigan

70 lbs: Detek Slater, Lima, Ohio
75 lbs: Melik Elliston, Denver, Colorado

USA Boxing Gym of the Month

The Victory Boxing Club in Omaha, Neb., is USA Boxing’s Club of the month. Founded by former professional boxer and current minister, Rev. Servando Perales, the Victory Boxing Club provides a ring of refuge for young people in South Omaha.

A former gang member who admits he terrorized the streets of South Omaha, Rev. Perales now provides a positive alternative for young people through boxing. Head Coach John Determan and Perales teach more than boxing; they are mentors for the young people who come to the gym everyday. There are strict guidelines for the boxers who train there, which include no swearing or gang activity as well as respect for themselves and others and maintaining good grades in school.

The gym relies mainly on the donations of others, sponsorships and grants for its operating budget. Yet the Victory Boxing Club was dealt a tough blow in the summer of 2008 as storms drove the boxers and coaches out of its facility. However an anonymous individual who believed in their important mission of changing the lives of young people and providing a positive environment for kids in the area. The benefactor has provided Victory Boxing Club with a 10,000 square foot building.

The faith-center boxing club routinely houses 30 kids a night, keeping them off the streets and focused on a positive goal. Yet the teachings of Determan, a former cop and Perales reach beyond a jab and uppercut. They took 20 inner city kids on their first camping trip and participate in city events such as the annual Cinco de Mayo parade. Through their new facility, the Victory Boxing Club is able to host local shows and participate in community outreach events, such as the Omaha Police Weed and Seed program.

Numerous police officers make time to visit the gym to meet the boxers and build relationships with the community’s young people. While they have enjoyed success in the ring, including 2007 Junior Olympic national champion and number four ranked flyweight Johnny Determan; their measuring stick extends beyond wins and losses.

Determan and Perales believe that being mentors to their boxers outside of the ring as is critical to their success as serving as coaches. They take pride in seeing their athletes succeed in every area and have taken pride in seeing gym members go on to college and into the military.


Twelve United States boxers will travel over the pond to Dublin, Ireland, for the USA vs. Ireland Dual, February 27 and March 2. The boxers representing the United States will be light flyweight Louie Byrd (Denver, Colo.), flyweight Rau’shee Warren (Cincinnati, Ohio), bantamweight Ernesto Garza (Saginaw, Mich.), featherweight Raynell Williams (Cleveland, Ohio), lightweight Eric Fowler (Montgomery, Texas), light welterweight Charles Watson (Johnson City, Tenn.), welterweight Javontae Starks (Minneapolis, Minn.); , middleweight Aleem Whitfield (Geneva, N.Y.), light heavyweight Siju Shabazz (Las Cruces, N.M.), heavyweight Paul Koon (Philadelphia, Pa.) and super heavyweight Michael Hunter (Las Vegas, Nev.) Female champion Queen Underwood (Seattle, Wash.) will join the men’s quad as the lone female competitor. Underwood will battle Ireland’s world champion Katie Taylor in international dual action.


USA Boxing provides annual scholarships to its athlete members. The recipients were announced on February 2. The USA Boxing Foundation awarded a total of $33,000 from the Thomas “Sarge” Johnson Scholarship Fund to 23 deserving college students. Of the 23 recipients, 12 are receiving the scholarship for the first time, while the remaining 11 are continuing with the program. The recipients represent 16 different local boxing committees with Allegheny Mountain being the most represented, having three students receive funding. Scholarships are available to USA Boxing members who have three consecutive years of membership and are not based on performance in the ring.

The 2008-09 recipients are Luis Arias (Milwaukee, Wis./Marquette University, Business Management); Caroline Barry (Colorado Springs, Colo./College of Management and Technology – Walden, Masters in Business); Tahree Carroll (Philadelphia, Pa./Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Respiratory Care); Arturo Crespin (Las Vegas, Nev./New Mexico State University, Undecided); Tiaryn Daniels (Palm Bay, Fla./Brevard Community College, Sports Medicine); Tommy Duquette (Waltham, Mass./Mass Bay Community College, Undecided); Donna Gallardo (Milwaukee, Wis./Milwaukee Area Technical College, Electrical Engineering); Andre Henry (Brooklyn, N.Y./St. Francis College, Pre Med); Brittany Inkrote (Red Lion, Pa./York College, Criminal Justice); Jack Maine (Elwood City, Pa./Slippery Rock University, Elementary Education, Special Education); Luis Mora (Los Angeles, Calif./California State University, Los Angeles, Sociology); Willie Padilla (Rock Springs, Wyo./Western Wyoming Community College, Secondary Education); Kevin Pearson (Fort Pierce, Fla./University of Florida, Family, Youth, and Community Sciences); Joseph Radunzel (Milwaukee, Wis./Marquette University, Accounting); Jeremy Ramos (Colorado Springs, Colo./Pikes Peak Community College, Physical Education); Tracy Rollins (Homewood, Ill./Roosevelt University, Undecided); Jose Saenz (Kansas City, Mo./Rockhurst University, Accounting/CPA); Michael Schreckengost (Imperial, Pa./University of Pittsburgh, Administration of Justice and Kinesiology); Joshua Stone (College Park, Md./University of Maryland, Architecture); Samuel Suska (Pittsburgh, Pa./Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Health and Physical Education); Herman Taylor (Knoxville, Tenn./University of Tennessee at Knoxville, Business); Shawn Weyer (Stillwater, Minn./North Dakota State University, Business and Certification for Massage and Chiropractor); Christian Williford (Lafayette, La./University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Secondary Education)


Two 2004 United States Olympians recorded professional victories over the weekend with 2004 Olympic champion Andre Ward (Oakland, Calif.) winning a unanimous decision over Henry Buchanan in Leemore, Calif. , on February 6 and junior middleweight Vanes Martirosyan (Glendale, Calif.) claiming a unanimous decision over Billy Lyell on February 7. 2008 Bantamweight Olympian Gary Russell, Jr. (Capitol Heights, Md.) will return to the ring for his second professional fight in a four round featherweight match-up with John Wampash.


February 10

New York Daily News Golden Gloves at Club Amazura in Jamaica, N.Y*

February 11
New York Daily News Golden Gloves at Freeport Recreation Center in Freeport, N.Y.*

Yearly Boxing Event at Ashton Place in Willowbrook, Ill.

February 12

New York Daily News Golden Gloves at Co-op City Recreation Center in Bronx, N.Y. *

February 13

New York Daily News Golden Gloves at Yonkers PAL in Yonkers, N.Y. *

Winter Boxing Show at Hollywood Casino in Aurora, Ill.

February 13-15

East Central Regional Tournament at Charleston Recreation in Charleston, W. Va. **

February 14

Love and War – Valentines Day at the PAL of Manatee County in Bradenton, Fla.

Boxing Show at Fabela Chavez Boxing Club in Carson, Calif.

St. Valentine’s Day Boxing Championships at the David Crockett High School in Jones Borough, Tenn.

Pennsylvania Golden Gloves at the Four Points Sheraton – PGH North in Mars, Pa. *

February 15
Boxing Show at Eddie Heredia Boxing Club in Los Angeles, Calif.

February 17
Boxing at the Wild Horse at Kellner Wedding Hall in Wisconsin Rapids, Wis.

February 17-21
California Golden Gloves at Georie Duke Recreation Center in Vacaville, California*

February 18
New York Daily News Golden Gloves at Hempstead PAL at Kennedy Park in Hempstead, N.Y.*

February 19
Boxing at the IDS at the IDS Building in Minneapolis, MN

February 19-21
Austin Regional Golden Gloves at Givens Recreation Center in Austin, Texas*

February 20
New York Daily News Golden Gloves at Holy Cross High School in Flushing, N.Y. *

February 20-21
Lubbock Regional Golden Gloves at the City Bank Coliseum in Lubbock, Texas*

February 20-22
RGV Golden Gloves at the Brownsville Urban Center in Brownsville, Texas*

El Paso Golden Gloves at El Paso Community College in El Paso, Texas*

February 21
Big Island at Sure Foundation Assemblies in Keaau, Hawaii

Golden Gloves Boxing Show at the Mile High Events Center in Commerce City, Colo.*

Pennsylvania Golden Gloves at Count Time Elizabeth in Elizabeth, Pa. *

Fourth annual Plover Boxing Show at the Elizabeth Inn & Convention Center in Plover, Wisconsin
Davison Boxing Show at V.F.W. Post #4087 in Davison, Mich.

DC Golden Gloves Tournament at the Sugar Ray Leonard Gym in Palmer Park, Md. *

Tri-State Amateur Boxing at the CK Newsome Center in Evansville, Ind.

Club Event at National Guard Armory in Woodward, Okla.

2nd Annual – Capitol Boxing Event at Gold’s Gym in Kiezer, Oregon

February 21-22
Region 14 Boxing Tournament at the Coachella Boxing Club in Coachella, Calif.**

* Golden Gloves qualifying event

** USA Boxing National Championships qualifying event

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