Boxing News & Notes: For: Angelo Dundee, Arizona Boxing News, Busted Knuckle Gym & Jesus Gonzales is in Canada
By Don Smith
- Angelo Dundee passed last week at the age of 90. During his legendary career, he trained 15 World Champions in a body of work that spanned six decades. Dundee was feisty, colorful, entertaining and a master at preparing his corner for the big fight.He may be best remembered for his alliance with Muhammad Ali and Sugar Ray Leonard;but, boxing historians will remind boxing fans that it was Dundee who helped orchestrate Carmen Basilio’s stunning upset victory over Sugar Ray Robinson at Yankee Stadium on September 23, 1957. In essence, he was boxing’s quintessential “ambassador” and fan. Farewell, Angelo and thank you.
- Arizona Boxing News: Lightweight Arlo “Fists Full of Aces Argueta, 4-0-2 knockouts, has stepped away from boxing for personal reasons. He was an amateur standout and a solid pro prospect…family comes first. Junior Middleweight Juan Gonzales has two fights on tap : Friday, 2/10 in Vernon California at El Faro Plaza and then the 20 year old prospect fights on the under card of the Casino Del Sol Show on March 23 in Tucson, Arizona . Juan , no relation to former MLB slugger Juan “Long Gone” Gonzales, sports a record of 4-0-3 knockouts and his poise in the ring is very impressive. Junior Welterweight sensation Jose Benavidez Jr. (14-0-12 knockouts) was scheduled for the casino event but a recurring right wrist injury forced him to forgo his quest for victory # 15 and seek medical relief. . Jose Sr.,his father and trainer, reports that surgery went well and his son is already working out and preparing for his next fight in April or May. The show at the Casino, is available for viewing on Showtime and the headline bout features Undefeated Super Featherweight Diego Magdalindo vs Miguel Beltran in a 12 round NABF Super Featherweight Championship Showdown ….. The Co-Main is Yorndenis “The Black Pearl ” Ugas Hernandez vs Johnny Garcia. Both Welterweights enter the ring with identical 11-0 records. Garcia has 8 knockouts while Ugas has stopped 5. Yorndenis has dropped Hernandez from his ring introduction…no reason given…mom and dad are probably disappointed. One final thought on Jose Benavidez…Canadian Light Welterweight Steve “The Dragon” Claggett has been calling out Jose for 6 months and he wanted the word passed…..so be it!
- Busted Knuckle Gym , located in North Phoenix, Arizona, welcomes back budding Welterweight star Shawn ” Showtime” Porter for preparation of his upcoming TBA fight at the end of this month or early March. Porter is managed by Arizona Rattlers Football Team Minority owner John Lennon. Porter holds an impressive 18-0 record accompanied with 13 knockouts. Mr. Porter, Manny Pacquiao’s # 1 sparring partner, is on track to win a title soon and it couldn’t happen to a nicer guy. . Alan Viers, ring master at the gym, is high on Super Middleweight Trevor McCumby fighting out of Glendale, Arizona. McCumby is managed by Cameron Dunkin, former manager of Jesus “El Martillo” Gonzales. Trevor is 3-0-3 knockouts as a light heavyweight. He will fight at about 172 his next bout. Update: Viers doesn’t know if Porter will cut his Arizona visit short and head for Las Vegas to help Manny prepare for Tim Bradley. Miguel Cotto, a boxer with Arizona ties, will need his A game to defeat Floyd Mayweather. Few boxing insiders think he still has an A game. Roger Mayweather and Jorge “El Maromero” Paez will be acknowledged and honored at Iron Boy Promotions “Night of Legends” Event on 2/17 at the Celebrity Theatre in Phoenix. In addition to a tip of the hat for Paez and Mayweather, 5-6 professional boxing contests are planned. Celebrity is a great place to watch boxing..if the rent wasn’t so steep, promoters would be lined up to use the venue. Greed is not good..Gordon!
- Jesus Gonzales is in Canada getting ready to do battle with Adonis “Superman” Stevenson in Montreal, Quebec on 2/18 at the Bell Centre. Stevenson is trained by H.O.F. Trainer Emanuel Steward after Adonis dropped Otis & Howard Gran; his long time mentors and former friends. So much for the handshake agreement they had. Betting money is on Stevenson as it was on the New England Patriots when they played the New York Giants in Super Bowl 42 & 46. No word on a live stream from the fight. Gonzales is under contract with Fan Base Boxing and their email address is:www.fanbaseboxing.com