Wilson-Castellanos on September 21
FORT MYERS, Fla. (September 17, 2013) – Former U.S. amateur standout Derrick Wilson (10-4-2, 3 KOs), coming off a sensational upset of previously unbeaten prospect Braulio Santos this past June, has the opportunity of his young professional career this Saturday night in Tulum, Mexico, challenging World Boxing Council (WBC) Silver featherweight champion Robinson “Robin Hood” Castellanos (18-9, 11 KOs) in the 12-round main event.
Wilson, fighting out of Fort Myers (FL), was a 2004 National Silver Gloves champion, winning 50 of 57 amateur bouts with all of his losses coming in national competition.
The 24-year-old resurrected his boxing career by upsetting Santos (10-0), something he’s become quite adept at having shocked Charlie Huerta (11-0) in 2009, by way of a first-round knockout.
“I think this fight will be easier for me than my last,” Wilson said. “My last fight was hard, a real challenge, against an undefeated fighter. This guy (Castellanos) has already tasted losing before. I’m more talented than him, skill-wise, and he doesn’t have the power or speed to stay up with me. My skills will overpower him.”
Castellanos, rated No. 2 by the WBC, has won his last 10 fights in a row. He captured his WBC Silver title belt in 2011, stopping Alberto Garza (23-4-1) in the eighth round, and has successfully defended his title six times. His last fight was a win by 12-round split decision over Celestino Caballero (36-4) last April.
“I know if I win this fight,” Wilson remarked, “it’ll open a lot of doors for me. But I’m just thinking about this fight itself. I have too many other things going on in my life and can’t afford to think about what ifs. He (Castellanos) is just another person in the ring with me.”
Wilson’s manager, Si Stern, hopes Castellanos is looking past Wilson, ahead to a Mexican showdown with newly crowned WBC champion Jhonny Gonzalez.
“This is a great opportunity for Derrick,” Stern commented. “He got this shot because of his last fight. Derrick is a young, very good fighter who has turned his career around since getting back with his amateur coach, Larry Wills, who has gotten Derrick fully focused. He’s a completely different fighter now. We have to give credit to Golden Boy Promotions. Wilson isn’t signed with them, but Golden Boy liked what they saw in Derrick, and gave him this opportunity. If Derrick fights the way he did in his last fight, he’ll win Saturday night, positioning him to fight the top featherweights in the world.”
LIONELL THOMPSON SIGNS PROMOTIONAL CONTRACT WITH MAIN EVENTS
TOTOWA, NJ – Main Events announced today that they have signed light heavyweight boxer Lionell Thompson, 14-2, 9 KOs, to a promotional contract. Thompson, an exciting boxer-puncher from Buffalo, NY, was a five time New York State Golden Glove Champion before turning professional in 2009 with a first round KO of Zaid Malik at the Buffalo Convention Center.
The quick win was the start of 12-bout winning streak that included eight knockouts over a three year stretch that took him up and down the East Coast, as well as to Canada and the UK.
In 2012, Thompson lost two bouts, a controversial decision to Canadian Nicholson Poulard, then 17-3, 8 KOs, for the vacant NABA title, and Russian Sergey Kovalev, then 18-0-1, 17 KOs, who three fights later, won the WBO light heavyweight world title.
This year, Thompson bounced back from those setbacks with an explosive TKO of tough Chuck Mussachio in February, and a measured unanimous decision over then-undefeated Yathomas Riley, in his most recent start. Each victory highlighted a different side of Lionell’s impressive skill set.
Thompson said, “I thank Main Events for giving me the opportunity to prove myself once again and for helping me get closer to my dream of becoming a world champion. I’m honored to be a part of a legendary promotional company who has produced so many champions.”
“Lionell impressed us, last year, when he came to fight Sergey Kovalev on less than two weeks’ notice. He is the kind of fighter who will thrive with enough activity and the efforts of a strong team working for him behind the scenes,” said promoter Kathy Duva of Main Events. “Lionell has an exciting style and has proven to us that he will truly fight anyone. We expect fireworks from him in the future and look forward to working with him and his manager, Kevin Dever.”
The 28-year old Thompson, nicknamed “Lonnie B”, has the size, tools and experience to make a move in the talent-rich 175-pound division. Big fights against the top light-heavies are on the horizon if Thompson can keep winning. And now with Main Events firmly in his corner, Lionell Thompson should soon get an opportunity to crack the top-ten rankings.
The Pugilist KOrner: Carlos Molina, Sugar Hill, Paulie Malignaggi, Peter Quillin, and Don Chargin
On this week’s episode of the Pugilist KOrner, we welcome back to the show the new IBF Junior Middleweight Champion “King” Carlos Molina, expert trainer and Kronk Gym leader Javan “Sugar” Hill, two division world champion and expert boxing commentator Paulie “Magic Man” Malignaggi, WBO Middleweight Champion Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin, and Hall of Fame matchmaker and promoter Don “War a Week” Chargin.
To listen to this week’s episode of The Pugilist KOrner, please click on the attached link: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/wcsteelerfan/2013/09/18/tha-pugilist-korner
In the opening segment, the newly crowned IBF 154 pound champ discusses a possible match-up with Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and his future in the packed Junior Middleweight division.
“The Pugilist Korner” is proud to welcome back Kronk Gym leader and expert trainer Javan “Sugar” Hill. The talented boxing mentor discusses his fighter, Adonis Stevenson’s, first title defense against hard punching Tavoris Cloud, which has been slated for a September 28th, broadcast on HBO.
Making his way back to the show is two division world champion, Paulie “Magic Man” Malignaggi. The always entertaining boxing commentator gives his thoughts on Ms. Cynthia Ross, Floyd Mayweather Jr, Danny Garcia, and many other relevant topics in the sport of boxing.
Making another Pugilist Korner appearance is WBO Middleweight Champion “Kid Chocolate” Peter Quillin. The hard working Brooklynite discusses his upcoming bout with Gabriel Rosado, as well as a possible outing with Triple G and Sergio Martinez.
Closing out the two hour program is Hall of Fame legend, Mr. Don Chargin. The sixty year boxing proponent talks about the controversial scoring system of boxing, as well as Floyd Mayweather versus the greatest Welterweights of all time.
The two hour special presentation is hosted by boxing writer, commentator, and ring announcer Joseph Herron, and produced by James King Productions.