Boxing results from the weekend: Ivan Golub; Abdelelah Karroum; Segolene Lefebvre
This past Wednesday night at Sony Hall in the heart of Manhattan, four prized members of the Split-T Management stable had their hand raised in victory on a DiBella Entertainment Broadway Boxing card.
In the main event, welterweight Ivan Golub defended his WBC USNBC title with an easy ten-round unanimous decision over Manuel Alejandro Reyes.
Golub used good body work in the beginning of the fight that slowly set up hard right hands, and the Ukranian came home with the victory by scores of 100-90 twice, and 99-91 to raise his impressive mark to 16-1.
Junior Middleweight Hurshidbek Normatov won a six-round unanimous decision over Calvin Metcalf.
Normatov of Uzbekistan established his jab early, and dropped Metcalf with a right hook in the 3rd frame. Metcalf (9-2) was able to survive, but it was to no avail as Normatov won by scores of 60-53 on all cards and his his mark to 8-0.
Five-time New York Golden Gloves champion, Brian Ceballo was impressive in stopping Ricardo Garcia in the 2nd round of their welterweight contest.
Ceballo of New York City decked Garcia in round two with a perfect right hand to the chin. Garcia was able to get to his feet, but Ceballo was able to pummel Garcia with a combination, and the bout was stopped at 2:33.
Ceballo, who is promoted by 360 Promotions raised his perfect mark to 8-0 while notching his fourth knockout.
Joseph Williams remained undefeated with a six-round unanimous decision over Mario Flores in a cruiserweight bout.
After being off for two years, Williams looked very sharp landing combinations to the head and body, won by scores of 60-54 on all cards to go to 13-0.
What made the win more impressive that Reyes was coming off a win over 16-0 Armando Pina.
Williams is looking to move down to the light heavyweight division by the end of 2019, and challenge for a title.
Abdelelah Karroum Secures Wbc Asia Silver Super Welterweight Title
Following a hard-fought eight-round matchup in the main event of The Ring Fighting Championship (TRFC) VI, France’s Abdelelah Karroum notched his fifth professional boxing win against Singapore’s Alexandrew David, to take home the World Boxing Council (WBC) Asia Silver Super Welterweight title.
As expected, it was an intense battle with both David and Karroum going head-to-head for the full eight rounds in the final event of the night. Despite David’s strong start to the contest in the earlier rounds, Karroum held on and came back strongly in the second half of the matchup, especially in the final two rounds, to maintain his unbeaten fight streak and also earn the bragging rights as Singapore’s best Super Welterweight boxer.
On his victory, the 26-year-old said: “For me, the most important thing was about giving a great show. We’re both good boxers that did that and went the full eight rounds. Alexandrew came and gave his best, and so did I. Thanks to everyone who came down to support me tonight. He’s a Singaporean but I felt like I was at home tonight, and that changed everything for me.”
While it was a tough loss to take, David was magnanimous in defeat and remarked: “Kudos to him as he did what he needed to do tonight to earn the win. I think I started out strong. Took it for granted that I was the bigger stronger guy walking him down, and probably didn’t throw enough punches towards the later rounds.”
In the co-main event of the evening, Singapore’s Hamzah Farouk retained his WBC Asia Continental Super Featherweight title after a long-drawn battle over the full ten rounds against his experienced Thai opponent Paiboon Lorkham.
Taking his professional boxing record to 8-0, the 30-year-old said: “It was a good fight, where I finished ten rounds. I didn’t expect him to be so awkward, so it was very difficult to hit him clean. I think I managed well; I didn’t take any serious punches in the whole ten rounds so I think I did alright.’
‘After this, it’s back to the drawing board, and I’ll keep working hard and fix my craft. I went the distance; I should have finished him earlier I felt, but I went ten rounds with no issues or stamina problems. From here, I’m hoping to next defend the belt against bigger and better opponents, and we’ll take it from there.”
Former Mixed Martial Arts Atomweight Champion Kirstie Gannaway notched her second professional boxing victory via a unanimous decision against Indonesia’s Nadya Nakhoir.
Besides the seven professional boxing bouts where there were also wins for Singapore’s Efasha Kamarudin, Philippines duo Jeson Umbal and Mark Magsayo, and France’s Medi Boufoudi, there were also four amateur boxing matches, all of which were title fights.
The first bout of TRFC VI was a rematch between Raihan Ibrahim and Jared Hoon for the TRFC Men’s Amateur Lightweight title, which Ibrahim once again took home after an end-to-end battle between the two.
Despite going up against a lankier opponent in Josephine Soh, The Ring Boxing Community’s (TRBC) Tawee Tong Yu fought with a lot of heart, delivering powerful punches against Soh to take a unanimous victory and retain her TRFC Amateur Women’s Featherweight title.
Brothers Velvan Tan and Velco Tan both managed to retain their TRFC Amateur title belts after securing unanimous victories against local Angus Ng and Algerian Almoataz Alrgebi respectively.
It was once again a great display of boxing on, on both the amateur and professional front at the sixth edition of TRFC, which is sanctioned by the Singapore Amateur Boxing Association (SABA) and the Asian Boxing Council. It was yet another full house event, with 450 attendees present to watch the 11 fights on display throughout the night.
Mr. Ruchdi Hajjar, founder of Golden Glove Asia Promotions and TRBC, added: “TRFC VI was once again a show of how we’ve been growing – same venue, bigger community and better fights. Everyone had a smile on their face at one point throughout the night, and that shows the success of yet another TRFC event.’
“We’ll keep aiming to inspire the next generation of boxers, supporting the boxing scene locally and hopefully regionally one day. As for TRFC, we want to go a step higher and have a vision to have four title fights – local, regional and maybe world title belts up for grabs – at the end of the year.”
Lefebvre Outbox Griffa, Jamoye Dethrones Mouhib
Undefeated World Boxing Federation (WBF) Womens World Super Bantamweight Champion Segolene Lefebvre retained her title for the fourth time on Friday night, April 12, outboxing Argentinian Laura Soledad Griffa at the Salle Gayant in her home-town of Douai, France.
It was a typical masterclass performance from 25-year-old Lefebvre, who appeared to have the upper hand in every department and at times easily picked off the game Soledad Griffa (33) to win a wide unanimous decision.
Judges Grzegorz Molenda, Jerome Lades and Jean-Marie Natus all scored the fight 99-91 for Lefebvre, who took her record to 12-0 (1). Griffa, who´s only other blemish was a decision loss for the IBF world title last August, drops to 18-2 (1).
Also on the card, another local favourite didn’t have as much success, as Mehdi Mouhib lost his WBF Intercontinental Welterweight title, and undefeated record, to Belgian Steve Jamoye in what turned out to be an excellent fight.
Jamoye (27), a pro since 2010, used all his experience to out-husstle Mouhib (29) in a toe-to-toe battle from first to last bell, and was deservedly awarded a unanimous decision after ten high-paced rounds with scores of 95-94 (Grzegorz Molenda), 96-93 (Christophe Hembert) and 97-92 (Jean-Marie Natus).
On a show promoted by Douai Boxing Club, the new WBF Intercontinental Champion improved his record to 26-7-2 (5), while Mouhib falls to 17-1 (11) but did his very best and can surely come back stronger and learn from the defeat.
Derek Silveira once again New England welterweight champion
Popular Derek “The Surgeon” Silveira operated last night on previously undefeated Roberto “El Viejo, Jr.” Valenzuela, Jr., re-capturing the New England welterweight title, by way of an eight-round unanimous decision in the main event on the “Riot at the Rim” card, presented by Granite Chin Promotions (GCP), at The Rim in Hampton, New Hampshire.
Silveira (16-2, 8 KOs), fighting out of Salem, MA, rocked his 19-year-old Mexican challenger, Valenzuela (14-1, 13 KOs), whose father and cousin also fought on the card, in the first round with a right that dropped his tall, lean opponent. In fact, Silveira stopped Valenzuela’s father two years ago via a second-round stoppage.
The aggressor for most of the fight, Silveira was cruising along until the seventh round, when he suffered a low blow that, naturally, slowed him down considerably, eventually leading to a knockdown in the eighth round, the result of a shot taken to the back of his head,
Silveira originally won the N.E. welterweight title in 2011, holding it for two years, but he never lost the strap in the ring. He was inactive for nearly 3 ½ years and relinquished his title because of inactivity. “I never really lost the belt,” Silveira said after the fight. “I got back what I was supposed to have. This kid hit hard. One of the reasons for this (performance) is that I stayed in shape and had a real training camp instead of training only after work (carpenter). I thought it showed in the ring tonight.
“From watching video of him, I was looking for his right. My coach said to slip it and come back with a right, and I hit him right on the button. But he hit me with some good shots, too, and I was a little gassed in the last two rounds.”
Silveria has some unfinished business, though. He was supposed to face Travis Demko for the N.E. title in an intra-Massachusetts battle for the belt and Bay State bragging rights. Unfortunately, though, Demko suffered an injury during training and withdrew from the title fight.
“He was injured,” Silverira added, “and I respect that. I was excited to be in a title fight with two local guys. I’d definitely like to fight Demko.”
New England cruiserweight champion Chris Traietti (27-4, 21 KOs), who is the GCP promoter, was supposed to fight Gilberto “El Magico” Matheus Domingos for the vacant World Boxing Council (WBC), but the Brazilian was unable to enter the U.S. to fight due to visa issues.
“I was disappointed with Gilberto’s visa situation, but there was no time to let it get me down,” Traitti remarked. “As the promoter, I had to focus on the rest of the card, and it turned out to be awesome. I had every intention of this being the biggest Granite Chin Promotions show and it exceeded my expectations. Hopefully this was the start of our next chapter, upping my game, and I plan to promote two more shows this summer.”
In the most competitive fight of the night, French junior welterweight Romain Tomas (8-2, 2 KOs) pulled off a mild upset in the co-featured event, winning a six-round split decision over previously unbeaten Omar “The Beast” Bordoy (7-1, 2 KOs), fighting out of Danbury, CT.
Lynn, MA welterweight Khiry “TNT” Todd (8-1, 6 KOs) rebounded from his lone pro loss, destroying Mexican challenger Francisco “El Mono” Medal (13-17, 8 KOs), dropping him three times for a statement-like first-round technical knockout.
WBC Latino cruiserweight champion Vinnie “American Nightmare” Carita (20-1-1, 19 KOs), of Pembroke, MA, added another title belt to his display case, stopping Brazilian Claudio “Quexada” Porto (8-5-1, 7 KOs) with a devastating left hook to the liver, resulting in a first-round knockout for the vacant ABF Continental Americas Championship.
Highly-regarded featherweight Tramaine “The Mighty Midget” Williams, a 10-trime national amateur champion from New Haven, CT, remained undefeated and continued his journey towards a world title shot. Williams (17-0, 6 KOs), who was ranked as high at No. 3 in the world before an inactive period, displayed his vast skills during a workmanlike effort en route to an eight-round unanimous decision victory over his veteran Mexican foe, Ernesto “Monito” Guerrero (30-27, 20 KOs). Williams is promoted by Roc Nation Spots.
“Handsome” Henry Gedney (3-0, 2 KOs), fighting out of Gloucester, MA, battered the body of veteran Mexican super middleweight Roberto “El Viejo” Valenzuela (67-79-2, 56 KOs) at the beginning of the opening bell and he continued peppering his opponent upstairs and downstairs throughout their fight. Gedney, a 2017 Rocky Marciano Tournament novice champion, won by way of a fourth-round technical knockout, when referee Leo Gerstel halted the one-sided fight.
Undefeated Providence prospect Anthony “Ai” Marsella, Jr. (12-0, 6 KOs), the reigning IBA Americas welterweight champion, dropped his Mexican opponent, Engleberto “Guarura” Valenzuala (11-16, 3 KOs) early in the first round, then a little later he caught Valenzuela with a powerful left to the body for a knockout. Marsella is promoted by Mayweather Promotions.
In a battle between a pair of pro-debuting junior welterweights, Nelson Perez (1-0, 1 KO) finished off Emmerson Noguiera (0-1) with a vicious right to the body midway through the opening round.
Brooklyn junior welterweight Sidney “Keelo” Maccow (6-8, 3 KOs) pitched a shutout against Andy Aiello (1-3-1), winning all six rounds on the three judges’ scorecards for a six-round unanimous decision.
New Britain, CT featherweight prospect Nathan Martinez (3-0, 1 KO), the 2017 New England Golden Gloves Most Outstanding Boxer, out-classed North Carolina featherweight Chantae “Malik” Bowens (0-2) for an impressive first-round knockout. Martinez trapped Bowens in the red corner and unleashed six rapid-fire punches to close the show.
Boston super middleweight Rob Butler (1-0) won his pro debut in an action fight that opened the night, taking a four-round unanimous decision from journeyman Rodrigo Almeida (1-10).
Ji Hyun Park Schools Game Yu Fei Wu, Retains WBF Title
Former three-belt World Champion Ji Hyun Park from South Korea stayed on track for a potential shot at a fourth world title on Saturday, April 13, when she retained the World Boxing Federation (WBF) Womens International Strawweight title for the first time.
At the massive Bucheon Gymnasium in Seoul suburb Bucheon, the 33-year-old scored a landslide unanimous decision over Chinese challenger Yu Fei Wu, with scores of 100-90, 100-90 and 100-91 from judges Kyung-Han Lee, Yeong Bok Park and Sung-Chul Jo.
Park was basically a level above the eighteen year old Wu, and controlled the fight quite easily, despite Wu being game and never giving up in her attempts to find a way into the fight. The champion was just too crafty and skilled, but never appeared close to getting a stoppage.
A professional since 2005, and a veteran of twenty championship fights, including fifteen successful world title-defenses, Ji Hun Park improved her record to 24-3 (7), while Yu Fei Wu has plenty of time to come again and travels back to China at 7-3 (1).