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Bey destroys Rodriguez

Cleveland Ohio’s Mickey Bey entered the ring for his first bout in 2013 and emerged victorious bringing his record to 19-0 with 10 knockouts. Bey defeated Robert Rodriguez by knockout in the third round with a powerful left hook on February 2. Mickey, who recently signed with Mayweather Promotion’s, performed well in his first fight since 2011. His promoter Floyd Mayweather Jr. sat ringside at the event held at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas in the Chelsea Room.

The fight was broadcast live on Fox Sports Networks and Fox Deportes. A replay of the fight is scheduled for March 31, 2013 at Noon EST/9 AM PST on FUEL TV.

He is expected to fight in March in a nationally televised event. An announcement regarding his opponent will be coming soon.

About Mickey Bey

Mickey Bey is a professional boxer from Cleveland, Ohio who has a record of nineteen wins and zero losses with ten knockouts. He is trained by Floyd Mayweather Sr. His next fight will be in March.

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Irish Amateur Boxing Association

The Irish Daily Star sponsored Road to Rio Elite 2013 National Championships get underway at Dublin’s National Stadium tomorrow evening, Friday, February 8th.

The entire tournament will be held at the National Stadium, culminating in finals night on Friday, February 22nd.

For Elite Championships preview, circular and ticket sales information click here here and here

Weigh-in: February 8th, 8.30am to 10.00am and 12.00 noon to 1.00pm. All subsequent weigh-ins from 8.30am-9.30am.

Draw: February 8th at 1.45pm. Seeding will be in operation.

Boxing begins at 7pm on Friday evening.

Keenan Collins vs. George Rivera this Saturday night in Allentown, PA

ALLENTOWN, PA (February 7, 2013)—This Saturday night a big night of boxing will originate from the Rodeway Inn in Allentown, PA promoted Marshall Kauffman’s Kings Promotions.

In the main event, local favorite Keenan Collins will take on George Rivera in the eight round Jr. Middleweight main event. The bout is a rematch of a draw between the two that took place on April 27, 2012< An exciting co-feature has been added as undefeated Jr. Middleweight John Thompson takes on once-beaten Grayson Blake in a six round bout. Collins (14-7-3, 9 KO’s) of York, PA is on a two fight unbeaten streak and has fought some of the top Jr. Middleweights such as former world title challengers Delvin Rodriguez and Gabriel Rosado as well as top contenders Jose Angel Rodriguez, Henry Crawford and Charles Whittaker Rivera (13-7-1, 4 KO’s) of Charlottesville, VA has a similar resume to Collins as he has been in with top competition such as former world champion Manny Siaca as well as contenders Latif Mundy, & James Stevenson. Rivera has key wins over former Contender contestant Jonathan Reid and undefeated Jesse Nicklow. Thompson (10-0, 3 KO’s) of Newark, NJ has been stepping up the competition with each fight. The twenty-three year old has quality wins over Jermond Bourgeois (TKO 2), John Mackey (UD) and his last bout when he scored a six round unanimous decision over Elie Augustama on December 1st at Madison Square Garden as part of the Austin Trout – Miguel Cotto championship fight card. Blake (5-1, 2 KO’s) of State College, PA won his first five contests which includes a six round unanimous decision over then undefeated DeCarlo Perez. Blake will be looking to get back in the win column following his first professional blemish when he dropped a six round unanimous decision to Robert Sockwell on November 10th in Reading, PA In a six round Heavyweight slugfest, Aaron Kinch (4-1-1, 1 KO) of Newark, NJ takes on William Miranda (6-5-2) of Allentown. In a six round Super Featherweight bout, Frankie De Alba (5-1-2, 2 KO’s) of Reading, PA takes on Lancaster, PA native Isaac Suarez (7-2, 3 KO’s) A pair of four round bouts round out the professional bouts: Sammy Quinones (0-1) takes on Charles Mack (0-0-1) of Philadelphia In a Lightweight bout; In a Heavyweight bout, Eric Newell (4-1-1, 2 KO’S) of nearby Bethlehem, PA takes on undefeated Mark Rideout (2-0) of Philadelphia There will be 12 amateur bouts featuring some of the best young talent in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Washington, DC The doors open at 5pm Tickets are priced at $60 (Ringside); $35 (General Admission) with tickets being $5 more at the door and can be purchased at: King’s Boxing 440 Elm Street Reading, PA (610-687-5950) Rodeway Inn 1151 Bulldog Drive Allentown, PA (610-298-1629) Empire Surplus-Home Center 2741 Berneville Road Leesport, PA 19533 (610-926-0500) Hammer Fitness 420 Allentown Drive Allentown, PA 18109 (484-554-8804) The Rodeway Inn is located at 1151 Bulldog Drive in Allentown, PA Bam on Boxing

Philadelphia boxing is in a slump. There has been just one card this year within the city limits—barely–at Harrah’s Philadelphia. The next Philadelphia boxing card is set for April 26 at the National Guard Armory on Roosevelt Boulevard.

As a promoter, I can continue to complain about not having a decent venue, but that is not the only problem holding things up. Times have changed! Fighters no longer are just fighters; they must be able to pay their way with tickets to land a spot on a local card, especially those cards without television.

Expenses appear to be in the same ball park whether the fight is televised or not. Though every card should be held to the same standards, expenses are not on the same level when there is no television income. It is extremely difficult for a promoter to make money on a non-televised show.

Fortunately, there is no shortage of fighters in Philadelphia. Fighters are willing to fight and everyone is looking for a new place to run a show. But if we continue at the current rate, we will finish 2013 with eight cards. Ugh! That is not fair to the fans, not fair to the fighters, not fair to the sport.

Thankfully we have Marshall Kauffman running shows in Allentown/Reading area to keep fighters active, but the urge to have a fight in North Philly or South Philly is running through the fans’ blood.

After the hit that was made at Temple University in December (Bryant Jennings), Philly fight fans and sports fans in general remembered what it was like to be at a fight that was made not only by exciting bouts but also by the energy in the crowd.

If everything happens for a reason then I can assume when everything falls into place we will have the opportunity to give the fans that type of show again.

I am looking forward to what this means for Philadelphia fighters. With fewer opportunities to be on the fighting stage, these boxers will be put in situations when offered a fight that may have them up against another Philadelphia fighter, or a friend, or the fighter’s team may be put in a situation where they need to make it appealing for the matchmakers to use them on local fight cards. This is when we as fans will see who truly wants this, who is ready on short notice and who is willing to do whatever it takes to get under those lights.

This Saturday night there will be some action in Allentown, PA. There are a couple Philadelphia fighters in four-round bouts under the main event which features junior middle weight Keenan Collins, of York, PA, and George Rivera, of Charlottesville, VA. The two fighters fought to a draw in their last bout so the rematch should be entertaining. On the undercard are two Philadelphia guys both from Fastlane boxing that will compete in four-round bouts: Heavyweight Mark Rideout and lightweight Charles Mack. Good luck, guys!

The author is a Temple University graduate who is now a part of Peltz Boxing. Follow us on twitter @Peltzboxing and our intern @bamboxinginc.

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