AZ Boxing: Gonzales Return, Carlos Castro Debut and much more
- According to Fan Base Promotions, former IBF/NABF Super Middleweight Champion Jesus “EL Martillo” Gonzales (27-2-0) will not fight in Arizona on August 3 as previously announced. Instead, the 27 yer old Arizona Native will take on Elvin Ayala (25-5-1) July 21 at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, Connecticut. Ayala resides in nearby New Haven, Connecticut. The middleweight headliner contest is scheduled for 10 rounds;but, it isn’t televised. The change of time, date, venue and opponent came as a result of Gonzales’ difficulty in finding a trainer. Fan Base asked that the name of the new trainer be withheld until the former champ reports for training in Las Vegas, Nevada. If Gonzales fails to report, presumably the bout is off and Fan Base will start a new search to find a suitable foe. It can be told that the “presumptive” trainer is a veteran with a sound resume and a recognizable name in the world boxing community. Gonzales has been clamoring for a name trainer for years and now he apparently has one. The onetime Top Rank Protege dumped his last trainer almost a year ago
- This is a crossroads fight for Gonzales whose last fight resulted in a 1st round knockout loss at the hands of Haitian “Bad Boy” Adonis “Superman” Stevenson. Gonzales hopes his return as a middleweight will increase his ring speed and add power to his punch; something that was missing in most of his super middleweight fights.
Gonzales should be able to beat the 31 year old Ayala if his head is screwed on straight and his body is fit…..a defeat could spell the end of a career for a very popular and once promising boxer.
- Roger “Black Mamba” Mayweather won a total of 9 major and minor boxing titles during his illustrious ring career. Today he manages a gym in Las Vegas where he tutors and trains fighters. Roger and Bobby Wade, his assistant, were in Arizona on June 16 for the “The Beginning” boxing show held at the Celebrity Theatre in Phoenix. The two highly regarded trainers work with several Iron Boy Promotions fighters including Thomas Valdez, Abel Ramos and Victor Castro.
- The always candid Mayweather took a casual poke at Top Rank Boxing by suggesting that the only way a Top Rank fighter could lose was to another Top Rank fighter, a sly reference to the Manny Pacquia/Timothy Bradley fight result…more from roger! After Azriel Paez (one of Jorge’s sons) was awarded a unanamious but controversial verdict in 140 lb contest over Michael Salcido , Mayweather walked by Azriel Paez in the dressing room area and quipped “did you win”? To which Paez replied …what did you say…Mayweather repeated the question and got the same reply. By now, Paez was mad and said of course I won..why do you ask? Mayweather rfesponded with that’s all I wanted to know did you win? That’s Roger being Roger. Before he departed Phoenix, Mayweather was told that Canadian Light Welterweight Steve “The Dragon Claggett (14-1-1) is challenging Arizona’s budding star Jose Benavidez Jr. (15-0) to fight him anywhere, anytime. Mayweather paused and said if you see him..tell him to keep dreaming. Mayweather is very familiar with both fighters. Claggett fight just outside of Calgary, Alberta Canada on a card that includes the return of Janks Trotter and the debut of huge heavyweight Ed Jackson. The show is produced by Fan Base Promotions .
- “The Beginning” was Iron Boy’s third boxing presentation at the popular venue and the format mirrored the previous two show in that the card featured 8 professional fights and two amateur bouts. Attendance for the June 16 show didn’t match previous Iron Boy Celebrity Theatre presentations; but, the Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. vs. Andy Lee televised contest from El Paso may have convinced some boxing fans stay at home and pull one or two from the fridge…..certainly plausible! All of the pro bouts were scheduled 4 round contests and the only early exit came when undefeated 135 lb Victor Castroknocked out fellow Arizonian Jason Thompson who was making his pro debut. Castro picked up the pace in the fourth round and pummeled the 19 year old Thompson with a barrage of punches that spelled a dramatic end which resulted in a call for the ring physician who revived him and pronounced him okay. Castro’s record now stands at 6-0 w/4 knockouts and he is scheduled to return to the Celebrity Theatre in Phoenix on August 11. Hopefully, his next opponent will have a comparable record. Victor wasn’t the only Castro on the card.
- Hot Prospect Carlos Castro (123 lbs) provided the best performance of the night when he pushed a game but out manned Tony Green around the ring for 4 rounds to gain an impressive unanimous decision .Castro, trained and managed by Andy Soto, was expected to make his pro debut earlier this year after a stellar amateur career but his proposed opponent wasn’t able to join the party. Castro knocked down Green twice and dazzled a boisterous crowd with a display of speed, nimble footwork and punching power rarely seen in debuts. Based on his June 16 effort, Castro could conceivably be headed towards a down the road showdown with local “Superstar” Emilio Colon Garcia aka “Milo-Time” who fights at the same weight. Garcia, trained by Chuck McGregor, is 6-0 and he was sitting ringside at the event. Castro is expected to fight on the August 11 “In Pursuit” card at the Celebrity Theatre. Garcia told reporters after the show that he expected to be on the August 11 Celebrity card also…maybe they will bump into each other.
- Marcos Mendias (147) upped his record to 5-4 as he outpointed Phoenix favorite Arturo Brambila . All 3 scorers it in favor of the 24 year old Mendias who has certainly turned his career around since he joined forces with trainer Andy Soto. It marked a return to the ring after a three year self imposed retirement for Brambila. At the press conference, he told fans that he tried to do other things but nothing seemed right;so he returned to boxing. It was a solid performance for the 33 year old and fans showed their appreciation…it just wasn’t his night. In other bouts, 142 lb Abel Ramos contines to impress with a convincing UD over veteran Jeremiah Torres from New Mexico. All three officials came to the same conclusion: 42-36…Ramos remains undefeated at 4-0 and still waiting to be signed by a major boxing promoter. 134 lb Thomas Valdez convinced Cory Muldrew that he was the best man with a impressive UD win and Valdez remains a prospect to watch. 128 lb Chris Lopez was aggressive and confident in his UD decision over New Mexico’s
- Jazzman Hogue. 148 lb saul Benitez outworked Antonio Moreno in gaining a split decision. As mentioned …Azriel Paez was awarded a UD over Michael Salcido in an odd contest where Paez seemed to searching for a boxing identify..word of advice: just be yourself and not your father. He has skills. In the first amateur bout: Alexis Urbino, Knockout Boxing, defeated
- Alfonso Marquez, San Luis PAL. In the second amateur tiff, Wilbert Lopez, AZ Boxing decisioned Alain Moreno from Eclipse Boxing in Tucson.
- Parting Shots: Support amateur boxing in Arizona by going to the website of Arizona Golden Gloves Boxingor contact any of Arizona’s gyms (Knockout Boxing, etc.) and ask about community Smokers. They are a lot of fun for the entire family. Special congratulations to to Fan Base Boxing CEO Robert Schmick and his lovely wife on the birth of their daughter Madelyn Gail Schmick. She went through some serious complications before her release from a Calgary Hospital. She is now home with her proud parents.