“Me at my best is a problem for anybody that steps in the ring with me. It’s a lot of things you have to go through to beat me when I’m at my best…I don’t care about who you think you are, I’m going to show you who I am. That’s …… continue reading


Jhonny Gonzalez KOs Francisco Contreras in three

By Francisco Salazar

With Takashi Miura and Miguel Berchelt eyeing a summer date to face off for the WBC title, Jhonny Gonzalez would like to fight the winner or face any beltholder at 130 pounds.

While awaiting any of those opportunities, Gonzalez keeps fighting and winning.

Gonzalez made quick work of Francisco Contreras on Saturday night, knocking out the fighter from the Dominican Republic in round three at the Gimnasio Municipal “Jose Neri Santos” in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico.

The 35-year-old Gonzalez has now won his last five bouts and improves to 63-10 (with 53 knockouts). Contreras falls to 30-6, 23 KOs.

Berchelt is scheduled to defend his WBC 130-pound title against Takashi Miura this June and Gonzalez is hoping to face the winner of that fight. He is ranked No. 6 by the WBC.

That remains to be seen, however. In the meantime, he faced Contreras, who entered the Gonzalez fight having won eight in a row.

After a dull opening two rounds, Gonzalez began to press the action. His persistence paid off as two left hooks to the head dropped Contreras to the canvas. Later in the round, Gonzalez dropped Contreras, this time with a left hook to the body.

Despite being game, Contreras went down a third time, again by a left hook to the body. Referee Rocky Burke stopped the bout as Contreras writhed in pain on the canvas.

“It was a little difficult in the beginning of the fight because we had to dissect his style,” said Gonzalez after the fight. “He utilized the ring, was elusive, and counter-punched. It was just a matter of time before we would catch him though.

“We dropped him with a punch to the head. Once we knew he was going to protect himself on top, that is when we attacked him to the body. He was going to be vulnerable there. He was not going to take those punches.”

Gonzalez could fight another tune-up bout in three or four months but hopes to land a major title opportunity in 2017.

“I’m ready for a world title bout. I’ll fight any of the beltholders but I’d like to see what happens in the Berchelt-Miura fight. WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman told me I’m a possibility to face the winner. That’s what motivates me.”

Flyweight Lourdes Juarez won a 10-round unanimous decision over Karina Fernandez (9-2-1, 3 KOs). Scores were 98-92 twice and 100-90 in favor of Juarez, who improves to 19-2 (with 3 KOs).

Bantamweight Karim Arce, the nephew of Jorge “Travieso” Arce, won a six-round unanimous decision over Alonso Ronquillo (2-4-2). All three judges scored the bout 60-54 in favor of Arce, who improves to 10-0 (with 4 KOs).

Francisco A. Salazar has written for RingTV since October of 2013 and has covered boxing in Southern California and abroad since 2000. Francisco also covers boxing for the Ventura County (California) Star newspaper, and Knockout Nation. He can be reached by email at or on Twitter at FSalazarBoxing.

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Shot of the Day

By Togorashi

The Florida Boxing Hall of Fame was well represented last Saturday as the SJC Boxing Gym celebrated its 28 anniversary in Fort Myers. Several former and current fighters along with fans and supporters shared their memories and emotional stories about what the gym has meant to them. It was a fun day, complete with refreshments, workouts, photos and autographs.

Pictured are 2017 inductee Oscar Montilla, 2010 Inductee and FBHOF MC Bob Alexander, 2017 Keynote Speaker and former All-Army boxing champ Mark Lanton, 2016 Inductee Freeman Barr and 2009 Inductee Steve Canton.

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Hasim Rahman Jr. set for pro debut

By Togorashi

Originally scheduled to turn professional on March 23, Baltimore native Hasim Rahman Jr. will now have his first four-rounder in front of a huge contingent of hometown family and friends on Friday, April 14, at MGM National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Md. Rahman will face Kansas City’s Brian Imes (1-4, 1 KO) on the non-televised undercard portion of a Showtime’s live telecast of undefeated Dmitry Bivol defending his interim WBA Light Heavyweight title against Samuel Clarkson on ShoBox. The 25-year-old Rahman Jr. is son of former heavyweight champion Hasim “The Rock” Rahman.

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The 12th Round: A Fresh Start for South American Boxing

By toshiro

By Mauricio Sulaiman
WBC President – Jose Sulaiman´s son

I want to begin by expressing to our dear Don Majeski our sincere support and best wishes for a the family problem he is facing at this time and our prayers are with him at all moments as his beloved wife Trudi is under medical care. Don Majeski is one of the most passionate persons in our sport. He has been involved since he was a teenager and is considered to be one of most knowledgeable experts in the world but most importantly is a true friend, one who would take a bullet for my father and who is as dear as a brother to all in the Sulaiman family and the boxing world in general.

I embarked on a trip which has brought to me some of the nicest feelings in a long time. I first visited Buenos Aires, Argentina where I met so many “old” friends, so many persons who spent countless hours with my father and I listened to countless stories about the good times they all shared with Don Jose and the WBC family through out the years. My flight from Panama to Buenos Aires was a red eye which was supposed to land at 6am, we had to fly to Paraguay due to zero visibility forcing the airport to be closed in Argentina. I eventually arrived and was treated to a great lunch by Ruben Bartolome and Sampson Lewkowicz. The rest of the day was basically full of meetings with different groups, friends and champions.

We held a press conference which was one of the nicest experiences I have enjoyed as President of the WBC. 250 persons showed up we talked boxing for 4 hours! Argentina is a great boxing country, so rich in history and so much potential to create many future champions. Boxing is extremely popular second in interest just being soccer. TYC Sports, a cable Tv Network broadcasts more than 100 cards every year and has been doing so for 25 years.

There was great interest as the WBC has proved Argentine´s Heiland to fight Charlo for the final elimination bout to determine the mandatory challenger of the middleweight division. WBC Superlighweight queen Erica Farias was present and her fight vs WBC welterweight champ and world Pound per Pound champion Cecilia Braekus will happen june 9 in Stockholm.

This glove is signed by Pope Francis “Francisco” and will be used to be part of BoxVal Argentina

Carlos Baldomir case was discussed as it has been confirmed that all accusations are false and were manufactured by his former wife only to hurt him. We will diligently work to plead the Santa Fe authorities to free him from jail as he is innocent and all tests and testimonies have proven such.

Amateur Boxing was also a major topic and the “Superliga” was announced which will be an amateur national tournament. The success of the WBC Amateur committee has been tremendous with support to many countries in which amateur competition has been superb. Canada, Spain, Peru, Nicaragua, California, Colorado, Illinois and other states of USA, and many states in Mexico, etc…. SuperLiga was announced with it´s President Marcos Arienti and the exitement was huge. Sergio Maravilla Martinez will be the ambassador and members of many states and provinces of Argentina are eager to begin. BoxVal which is the boxing program under Scholas Ocurrentes Foundation by Pope Francis will also take part of the boxing program for Argentina.

This is the SuperLiga Belt
This is one of the programs which is working in a successful manner in Argentina “Boxing without chains” as boxing lessons and training are given inside jail.

I was fortunate to spend time with family members of boxing icons like Firpo, Galindez and Monzon, Some champions were there like Martinez, Marcelo Dominguez, Santos Laciar, Marcela Acuña, Monica Acosta and Farias…. Coggi, Vazquez others were there too…… Some of the great journalists like Oswaldo Principi, santos Nicolini, Walter Nelson, Carlos Irusta and my gratitude goes to Silvana Carsetti who put a team together to organise such a wonderful event. The farewell dinner hosted by my friend Jorge Britto was memorable as the Tango filled the room, the jazz set the mood and I was even fortunate enough to play a song with such top musicians that magical night in Argentina.

Today I had the honor to meet the President of Uruguay in his office in Montevideo. A former boxer and boxing passionate Dr Tabare Vazquez. Uruguay is having the closing event of a 2 year tournament organised by Sampson under the CUBAP (Uruguay Amateur and Professional Boxing Commission) and its President Sergio Marquez with the best 4 fighters travelling to Mexico for a 2 month camp. To meet the 16 finalists was tremendous, their dreams and determination is humbling and tonight will be a special one in Punta del Este Convention Center ……

Boxing is a great sport. It doesn’t matter if you are in Argentina, Canada, South Africa or Thailand, it is all the same, its our language, its our life. Boxers choose the gym instead of drugs, alcohol and vandalism and use boxing as their bridge to cross ove to another life a better one, one that gives them pride and honor and changes their lives and the ones of their family members, friends and many more who follow the positive deeds and glories conquered by that kid who begun hitting a heavy bag not knowing where that journey would take him or her to.

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Slugger Lemieux added to Alvarez-JCC Jr. card

Slugger Lemieux added to Alvarez-JCC Jr. card

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Tyner-Florez deliver for dearborn fight fans

By toshiro

By Brad Snyder-The Undercard
Photos by Bob Ryder

Lanardo “The Pain Server” Tyner improved to (32-10-2, 20 KOs) with an exciting UD (78-73, 78-73, 77-74) win over Luis Florez (22-6-0). The 8 Round welterweight bout saw Florez dancing away from Tyner in the early rounds. Tyner was able to utilize his punches when he could corner Florez. The body work in the early rounds proved helpful as Florez slowed in the third. Both fighters traded power shots, toe-to-toe, in the 3rd, 4th, and 5th. These exchanges were beneficial to Tyner on the scorecards proving his better connections. Florez made things interesting as he was able to knock down Tyner in the sixth, as they traded blows. The head shot knocked Tyner down, but did not hurt him as he recovered quickly. The 7th and 8th had Florez, again, moving away from Tyner and no longer willing to go toe-to-toe. When Tyner was able to corner Florez, he unloaded. This win was much needed work for Tyner, he told the crowd afterwards.

Ernesto Garza (8-2-0, 5 KOs) won his bantamweight contest against Jesus Rojas (2-2-1, 1 KO) by TKO at the 2:34 mark of the first round. Garza scored three knockdowns, as he overmatched Rojas for the co-main event.

Deandre Ware (8-0-2, 6 KOs) found bad luck as an unintentional head butt at the end of the first round led to a technical draw against Rayco Saunders (23-30-3, 10 KOs) in their light heavyweight fight. Referee Frank Garza ruled the bout a technical draw as Saunders’ corner could not get the cut under his eye to stop bleeding.

Alycia Baumgardner improved to (2-0, 2 KOs) with her TKO at the 1:03 mark of the first over Wendy Toney (0-2). Baumgardner, who has potential in women’s boxing to be a huge star, brought her hometown of Ohio with her for the fight and did not disappoint. Baumgardner was able to drop Toney early in Round 1 of the super lightweight contest. Toney answered the Ref’s count, but Baumgardner exploded on her as soon as the fight resumed. Toney, no longer throwing punches, was given mercy by Referee Patrick Schmidt as he stopped the fight.

Welterweight Janelson Bocachica (6-0, 4 KOs) easily handled his opponent, Darryol Humphery (3-10, 1 KO) by winning a TKO at the 11 second mark of the 2nd Round. Humphery claimed a low blow and Referee Frank Garza gave him the benefit of the doubt, allowing him time to recover. When Humphery could not answer Garza, the fight was waived off.

The rest of the undercard saw welterweight Cortez Chambliss improve to (2-0, 2 KOs) with his 44 second KO in the 1st Round over Dean Walsh Jr. (0-6). Heavyweight Marcus “The Motown Bully” Carter improved to (5-0, 5 KOs) with his TKO 2:55 win in the 2nd Round over Eric Cason (2-5, 2 KOs). Sinan Fradi (2-0-1NC, 2 KOs) defeats light heavyweight Brian Jackson (0-6) at the 2:55 of the 2nd Round by TKO. Cruiserweight Taylor Duerr (3-0-1, 3 KOs) brutally ended Troy Albring’s (0-2) night by knockout at the 58 second mark of the 1st Round.

Road To The Belt was promoted by Jaafar Promotions (Eddie Jaafar). Matchmaker Katie Zepke provided the fights for the capacity crowd at the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center in Dearborn on Sunday, March 26, 2017. [See image gallery at]

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