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Tune into ALL ACCESS: Mayweather vs. Canelo Epilogue premiering tonight/Wednesday, Sept. 25 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME® for an intimate glimpse inside the ropes on fight night and into the rarely seen, uncelebrated aftermath of world championship boxing.
BAM on Boxing: Legends Coming to Bethlehem (Part 4 of 4)
Thomas Hearns, Earnie Shavers, Gerry Cooney and Larry Holmes are four of the Legends of Boxing who will be ringside Thursday night (Sept. 26) for the big boxing card at the Sands Bethlehem. They will be part of a gala cocktail party there during tonight’s weigh-in.
Holmes will be at his home-away-from-home since Easton, PA, is right around the corner from the Sands. The former World Heavyweight Champion is a familiar face at recent fight cards at the venue.
Easton is not the ghetto, nor is it the Garden of Eden. Take a ride through Easton and you realize it is not Monte Carlo, but Holmes made the best of it. He did what he had to do growing up there to help support his family and he did not start boxing until he was 19 years old.
Holmes had fewer than 50 amateur fights and many people did not think that he had the talent to make it onto the big stage, let alone become world champion. He was a sparring a partner for Muhammad Ali, Joe Frazier and Jimmy Young, and he knew that he had what it would take to accomplish his goals.
In June, 1978, Holmes faced the late Ken Norton at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, NV, for the WBC heavyweight belt. Holmes was the underdog but, in one of the greatest heavyweight title fights of all-time, he earned a 15-round split decision despite having torn a bicep muscle in his left arm two weeks before the match. Pull out with an injury? Are you kidding me? Not Larry Holmes!
Holmes has invested his money both inside and outside of boxing. He currently has a restaurant in Easton called Champs Corner. Holmes is known for giving back to his town. He has hosted various events such as a 5k race/walk. The Larry Holmes Charitable Foundation enlightens, encourages and empowers today’s youth by motivating them to adopt a heart-healthy lifestyle and to provide scholarship opportunities.
Not many people give back; Holmes does more than enough to help out his community, employing over 200 people in various ventures over the years. It will be an honor to have these men (Holmes, Cooney, Shavers, Hearns) in attendance tomorrow (Thursday) night and we hope that anyone attending the show not only recognizes what these men have done for the sport but also what they have done for themselves. They are true role models.
The author is a Temple University graduate who is now a part of Peltz Boxing. Follow us on twitter @Peltzboxing and BAM @BAMboxinginc.
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Weights From Sands Bethlehem Event Center
Ronald Cruz vs. Alberto Morales
Photo by: Bryanna Carzo
Alberto Morales 148 vs. Ronald Cruz 148.1
Jason Sosa 129.2 vs. Tyrone Luckey 130.2
Joey Dawejko 238.5 vs. Kevin Franklin 248
Juan Serrano 138.6 vs. Jerome Rodriguez 141
Billy Marks 297 vs. Dan Pasciolla 234
Arturo Trujillo 145.3 vs. Terrell James143.9
Johnny Portillo 122.1 vs. Chris Diaz 122.4
Venue: Sands Event Center Bethlehem (PA)
Promoter: Peltz Boxing Promotions, Bam Boxing Promotions & Legends of Boxing
First Bout: 8:00 pm
Fight will be streamed live on Ustream Universal Streaming Network ustre.am/13qX9
Tickets: $50 & $75 at the door or through TicketMaster.com
USA Boxing Advances Six Boxers to the Semifinal Round at the 2013 Women’s Junior/Youth World Championships
(COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.) – The United States squad continued to roll at the 2013 Women’s Junior/Youth World Championships in Albena, Bulgaria on Wednesday. Six of the 10 American boxers competing in the event have advanced on to the medal round, including 2012 Olympic gold medalist Claressa Shields (Flint, Mich.). Three junior boxers and three youth competitors will compete for the red, white and blue in semifinal round competition on Friday at the Albena Resort in Bulgaria following a rest day on Thursday.
Pinweight Caitlin Orosco (Anaheim, Calif.), featherweight JaJaira Gonzalez (Glendora, Calif.) and lightweight Iesha Kenney (Alexandria, Va.) each won their quarterfinal bouts in junior division action on Wednesday afternoon. The United States went undefeated in the evening’s youth action with light flyweight Marisol Lopez (Stratford, Calif.), welterweight Samantha Kinchen (Lexington, Ky.) and Shields all taking quarterfinal wins.
For the second straight day, Shields’ bout didn’t go the distance. The history-making Olympic champion unloaded on Hungary’s Fanni Kaszanyi in the opening seconds of the contest, trapping her on the ropes and landing several powerful shots. The referee jumped in and gave Kaszanyi a standing eight count and the Hungarian coaches decided they’d seen enough, throwing in the towel only 24 seconds in the bout. The quick win advances Shields on to a semifinal bout with Russia’s Matrena Viachkina on Friday.
Orosco made her tournament debut in Wednesday’s quarterfinal action in a pinweight bout with Russia’s Iuliia Chumgalakova in the afternoon session. Orosco got her United States team off to a winning start, taking a 3-0 win over her Russian foe to claim the first spot in the semifinal round. She will battle Ukraine’s Veronika Shakshuy on Friday.
Gonzalez claimed the second semifinal spot for the United States in her bout with Ireland’s Amy Broadhurst. She took a 3-0 decision over Broadhurst in their featherweight quarterfinal contest to move on to Friday’s semifinal round action. She will face Nazym Ichshanova of Kazakhstan for a berth in the final round.
Kenney continued her strong showing in Bulgaria with a 2-1 victory over Russia’s Kaysarat Khazikhanova in lightweight quarterfinal round competition. Wednesday’s victory earned her a semifinal showdown with Turkey’s Esra Yildiz on Friday.
Lopez kicked off the evening session for Team USA and she did so in victorious fashion with a win in her light flyweight quarterfinal bout. She claimed a 2-1 decision over Romania’s Stefania-Melinda Pantis in her second bout of the tournament to earn the first youth semifinal berth for Team USA. She moves on to a semifinal contest with Bulgaria’s Venelina Valentinova Poptoleva on Friday.
Kinchen was the final United States boxer to compete in Wednesday’s action and she closed the day in style. Utilizing her stalking and aggressive style, Kinchen claimed a convincing 3-0 victory over Ukraine’s Tetiana Ryzhenkova in their welterweight contest. She will face off with Kazakhstan’s Gauhar Yermekbay in Friday’s semifinal round competition.
Junior light bantamweight Ashley Perez (Sparks, Nev.) and junior bantamweight Jessica Galvez (Sparks, Nev.) both dropped their quarterfinal bouts, falling to Italy’s Irma Testa and Armenia’s Ani Hovsepan respectively.
The Women’s Junior/Youth World Championships will be live streamed throughout the tournament at boxing.albena.bg and bgboxing.org. Thursday will be an off day for all of the 2013 Women’s Junior/Youth World Championships competitors and they will return to the ring in semifinal round action on Friday. The 2013 event is the first Women’s Junior/Youth World Championships that the United States has competed in. The U.S. team is the only squad from the Americas in the tournament.
Coaches Jason Crutchfield (Flint, Mich.), William Farris (Lexington, Ky.), Michael Newson (Las Vegas, Nev.), and Bienvenido “Benny” Roman (Brooklyn, N.Y.), will guide the U.S. boxers in Bulgaria with Dr. Larry Lovelace (Oklahoma City, Okla.) serving as the Team Physician.
101 lbs/junior: Caitlin Orosco, Anaheim, Calif./USA dec. Iuliia Chumgalakova, RUS, 3-0
114 lbs/junior: Irma Testa, ITA, dec. Ashley Perez, Sparks, Nev./USA, 3-0
119 lbs/junior: Ani Hovsepan, ARM, dec. Jessica Galvez, Sparks, Nev./USA, 3-0
125 lbs/junior: JaJaira Gonzalez, Glendora, Calif./USA dec. Amy Broadhurst, IRL, 3-0
132 lbs/junior: Iesha Kenney, Alexandria, Va./USA dec. Kaysarat Khazikhanova, RUS, 2-1
106 lbs/youth: Marisol Lopez, Stratford, Calif./USA dec. Lan Xiao, CHN, 2-1
152 lbs/youth: Samantha Kinchen, Lexington, Ky./USA dec. Tetiana Ryzhenkova, UKR, 3-0
165 lbs/youth: Claressa Shields/Flint, Mich./USA won on TKO over Mariya Viachkina, UKR, TKO-1 (:24)
USA Boxing, as the national governing body for Olympic-style boxing, is the United States’ member organization of the International Amateur Boxing Association (AIBA) and a member of the United States Olympic Committee (USOC).