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WELSH lightweight prospect Mitch Buckland is on a mission to win as many titles as he can.
The Cardiff southpaw, 19, has watched his older brother Gary win numerous belts in the past few years, but now he’s started a collection of his own.
Last weekend Mitch defeated Bridgewater’s tough Dean Mills to win the vacant British Masters bronze crown and he believes it will be the first of many.
“Winning a title was like a dream come true. You always imagine winning a belt growing up and when that day comes you can’t believe it,” he said.
“Before that fight I’d only boxed 14 rounds in total so it was great to jump straight up to eight rounds. The next step is ten rounds and then hopefully 12.
“I remember when Gary won his first title, it spurred him on more and he went on to win the Celtic and then the British title.
“Before my brother ever won any titles I used to look at British champions and think ‘god they’re so good, can I ever get to that level?’ Now, though, I’ve seen what it takes through watching Gary.
“I know that as long as you put the hours in at the gym and you keep learning, you can get there.
“Welsh boxing is going well at the minute. Nathan Cleverly is a world champion and, then there’s Gary and Gavin Rees and a few others winning things. It’d be lovely to have my name mentioned alongside those.”
A natural next step for Mitch would be a Welsh title clash with reigning champion Craig Woodruff.
However, Mitch defeated the Newport man in a four-rounder last year and it seems Woodruff isn’t keen on a return.
“We’ve been trying to get a fight with Craig Woodruff, but he doesn’t seem to want it,” Mitch explained.
“Obviously I want to win the Welsh title, but it seems we might have to go for the Celtic title instead. There’s also the possibility of Woodruff himself fighting for the Celtic and me boxing someone else for the vacant Welsh belt.
“Either way I’m going in the right direction and getting closer to where I want to be as boxer.”
Dunkin Signs Arizona Fighter, New York
Waits & Iron Boy 7
Less than 8 hours after Nonito Donaire lost his WBO Super Bantamweight title to Gullermo Rigondeaux,rampant rumors suggesting Rigondeaux failed a post fight drug test and therefor would face a suspension and forfeit the title he won from Donaire on 5/13 at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. After spending a few hours trying to track down the rumors, I decided to call Donaire’s manager Cameron Dunkin who didn’t respond. Then I called the New York City Athletic Commission and tried to talk to Edison Alban in the Public Relations Department. He wasn’t there,but I did leave my information with an assistant who promised to pass on my request to Edison. After making the call, I sent a formal request asking for results of the drug test. If either party fails the test,the bout will be ruled as a “no contest” and the fighter who failed the test will be placed on suspension and fined heavily. New York administers a very stringent test and anything and everything is detected or so I’m told. A number of fighters aren’t able or don’t even try to fight to fight in New York because the state requires a very tough physical before a boxing license is issued.
While waiting for NY to respond, Laz Benitez, PIO, New York Department of State, sent an email asking me to forward specific questions, so I did. New York is good about responding quickly. His response came 20 minutes after I emailed him. The official test results will be in toward the end of April and readers will know when I know. In this day and age of social media, readers may inform me.
I mentioned placing a call to Cameron Dunkin. The reason was two fold.My second reason for touching base with him was to chat about his signing of 17 year old Arizona boxing prospect Alexis Zazueta who recently won a 114 lb division title at the Regional Finals in Nevada. The win qualifies him for the Nationals in Salt Lake City Utah In May. Alfonso Olvera, another Arizona amateur, also made it to the finals in Salt Lake. A win for both men would be huge.
Alexis has fought in state and national tournaments shows and I have watched some of his You Tube footage. Gook looking fighter with some pop in his right hand. He has all of the intangibles, good attitude, strong work ethic and an ear for listening. Based on what I have seen, my report on his is excellent and he should make a solid professional. I was calling Cameron to ask him if he was going to allow Alexis to box in the Golden Gloves National. There is always danger of an injury and for that reason, Alexis might be pulled from the Golden Gloves competition. Hopefull, Cameron or Zazuets Trainer Armondo Lopez will lift the phone and relay the decision. I always wondered why boxing didn’t pick up Pepto Bismo as a sponsor. Cameron also manages Victor Ortiz, Kelly Pavlik and many more. Dunkin is a perennial candidate for Fight manager of the year and boxers swear to his loyalty. So, he isn’t a sharp dressed man, but who cares?
Iron Boy 7: Featherweight Guy Robb has replaced Joel Diaz on the May 17 Iron Boy 7 show at the Celebrity Theatre in Phoenix, Arizona. Diaz opted out for a spot on an upcoming ESPN Card which is understandable. Matchmaker Mike Sanchez hopes to present Diaz on a future Iron Boy Card. Robb is 10-1 and will fight a yet to be be determined opponent in a scheduled for 6 round event. Vido Carbajal, Nephew of the 5 time world champ, has replaced Tim Riddell on the card and will face Wilber Lopez in a 4 round amateur contest. Other fighters in the card include: Carlos Castro, Juan Garcia, Chris Lopez, Duardo Valenzuela and Pancho C. De Vaca aka Francisco C De Vaca. Pancho was scheduled to make his debut on the last Iron Boy card, but his opponent failed to make weight. The kid can fight, so let’s hope his debut happens this time around. Oh yes, Isiah McFadden will not be on the May 17 because of the uncertainty of his contract with Fan Base Promotions. McFadden thinks his contract with Fan Base has expire, but, Sanchez say the legal uncertainty surrounding his status isn’t worth the a possible long and expensive legal hassle.
Sanchez, speaking on behalf of Iron Boy, told me the Iron Boy boxing show philosophy is to present the best of Arizona prospects and occasionally showcase a young rising star from outside the Grand Canyon state. That was the intent with Diaz.Sanchez also disclosed he is looking for Middleweights and up to give the card a more divisional balance on the future Iron Boy Cards.Iron Boy hoped to sign Heavyweight Michael Hunter for their May 17 show,but it isn’t going to happen. In other Iron Boy news, veteran featherweight Orlando Salido is working out at the Iron Boy Gym in South Phoenix. Salido, 39-12-2 may move to Arizona according to a close source.
Boxing News: The world boxing community mourns the loss of former heavyweight contender of Carl “The Truth” Williams who passed away at age 53 recently from cancer of the throat. Williams has been described as a poor man’s Muhammad Ali. May be a reach, but he was a very good fighter who unfortunately foughtin the same era as Larry Holmes and Mike Tyson….Victor Ortiz is the fifth pugilist to enter ABC Network’s “Dancing With The Stars” reality show. Expectthe former champ to be eliminated, soon….Highly touted Mario Esparza (1320 hopes to make his professional debut in May. In the meantime, the youngster is sparring with Juan Garcia and Fernando Samaniego at Grant Park Gym under the watchful eye of is trainer, Tom Garcia. Mario is a good kid and talented prospect… Central Gym protegee Daniel Garcia turned 17 on May 17 and will make his professional debut in Las Vegas sometime in August. Happy Birthday and good luck. Daniel can punch and the lad is definitely a top 10 prospect…..Alfonso Olvera won the western Regional Golden Gloves title now he will pursue the National Crown in May in Salt Lake City, Utah. If he wins, according to his Neutral Corner boxing coach Brad Carlton, the young family man who has only 1 amateur loss will turn pro. He is a good defensive pugilist with a strong right hand. and a winning attitude… 16 year old Phoenix amateur standout Alexis Urbina won the USA Boxing Youth National Title in the 141 pound division in Spokane Washington, recently. . He is trained by Brother In Law Andrew Sotowho also works with Mrs. Andrew Soto, Sulem Urbina Soto, a highly talented boxer, hopes to qualify for Mexico’s Olympic Team in 2016…..Local amateur standout Edgar Brito may turn professional in May…. …Tolugh Diamond Baier lost to Detroit prospect Erick De Leon (Top Rank) in New York at Rock City Music Music Hall on April 13. His record is 2-5-1; however, all of his professional fights were against winning fighters with a combined 67-4 record when they met Baier who didn’t turn pro until he was 32. Baier and his manager, Tom Garcia have nothing to be ashamed of. Before the boxing gentleman headed for New York, I talked to him at length and his story will be in my next column…..Light Welterweight sensation Jose Benavidez Jr. is still sporting a soft cast to protect his injured hand but that doesn’t stop him from working soup kitchens and lending his heart and soul to worthy causes. Jose and 5 time world champion Michael Carbajal are expected to attend “Night of Miracles, a fundraiser for Breast Cancer at the Comerica Theatre in Phoenix on May 4. Call 602-379-2888 for tickets. 30-40 current and former athletes are planning to attend..Doors open at 6 p.m.
Two Salutes: Former two time welterweight champion Curtis Cokes celebrates his 76th Birthday on June 15. He lives in Dallas Texas and you can be a part of his celebration by sending him a card to: Curtis Cokes, 618 Calcutta, Dallas Texas, 75241….Our second salutes goes to boxing fans Krystal V. Iglesia and Lumer Ryanyl O Agot. The sweet hearts will wed on May 27 at the Historical Central United Methodist Church in Phoenix, Arizona. Their wedding preamble is taken from the scripture: 1 Corinthians 13:4-7. May you find happiness…Until Next Time!
STEVE “USS” CUNNINGHAM AND KARL “DYNAMITE” DARGAN
ON WEDNESDAY, APRIL 3RD AT ROCK MINISTRIES GYM
WHO: Steve “USS” Cunningham (25-5, 12 KO’s)
Karl “Dynamite” Dargan (12-0, 6 KO’s)
WHAT: Media Workout in advance of their April 20th fights
WHEN: Wednesday, April 3rd at 11:30 am EST
WHERE: Rock Ministries Gym
2755 Kensington Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19134
Lunch will be served after workout!
The main event is an official IBF Heavyweight Voluntary Eliminator fight for the #2 position. The winner must meet #1 or the leading available contender to establish the mandatory challenger for Heavyweight King Wladimir Klitschko.
MUNROE WARNS QUIGG: I’LL FINISH THE JOB
RENDALL MUNROE is desperate to get to grips with Scott Quigg in next month’s vacant interim WBA super-bantamweight title clash.
The pair meet again at Manchester Arena in one of several big undercard fights when Ricky Hatton (45-2) makes his return against Vyacheslav Senchenko (32-1) on Saturday November 24.
Their first meeting in June ended prematurely in a third round technical draw because of a horrific cut to Rendall’s right eye.
Such an inconclusive ending was a disappointment to both warriors and the Leicester southpaw (24-2-1) warned British champion Quigg (24-0-1) said: “I will finish what I started.
“Everything is going good and I am already fit. I am going to go out there and do what needs to be done.
“Scott will turn around and say he was going to knock me out last time and all that rubbish. Fair play to him for having those dreams.
“We were only two and a half rounds into the fight and I was confident I was going to do what I wanted. I hadn’t even started getting going.
“I live clean and healthy so that helped the cut heal up quickly. I have been in full training for more than four weeks now.
“It is good that so many people will see the fight on a big card, because it will show I am still hungry and climbing the ladder.”
Although Ricky’s return has grabbed global headlines, his show features the best of British on a magnificent undercard.
Sergey Rabchenko (21-0) defends his European light-middleweight crown against Frenchman Cedric Vitu (35-1), Martin Murray (24-0-1) will feature in a major contest and Gary Buckland (26-2) risks his British super-featherweight title against local idol Stephen Foster Jr (30-3-1).
Also in action are Hatton Promotions hopefuls James Dickens (12-0), Adam Etches (9-0) and Scott Jenkins (6-0).
All tickets are sold out and broadcast details will be announced shortly.
AZ. Boxing News: Bad Boy Boxing, Rosado Visit, Iron Boy Boxing and much more
For 7 years, Felko Promotions and Fort McDowell Casino have teamed up to offer “Bad Boy Boxing”, an event that features amateur Boxing and amateur MMA action within the confines of a Hexagon Ring. Ironically, the presentation isn’t sanctioned by USA Boxing or the Arizona State Boxing Commissionbecause the Arizona State Boxing Commission doesn’t have a inter Governmental Agreement with the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation; therefore, a hands off policy is in effect. The next Bad Boy Fight Show is scheduled at Fort McDowell Resort Casino inside the Radisson Ballroom on Friday, September 28 at 8 PM. Championship Night follows on Friday, November 30 at the same venue starting at 7 PM.
Interested applicants between the ages of 18-40 are required to pay a $50.00 registration fee and pass physical requirements. All applicants must be amateurs and there is no previous fight experience required. If an applicant lies about his or her fight experience, he/she could be disqualified. All fighters are required to sell an allotted number of tickets. The September 28 show wont include women on the card but Bad Boy Boxing has included women in the past. Entertainment is provided by the “Bad Boy” dancers and the announcing chores are handled by two Felko Promotions associates. Don’t expect to see Jimmy Lennon, Ralph Velez or Michael Buffer on mike at center ring, if you go.
Bad Boy Boxing draws well but some local amateurs refuse to get involved because they see the show as gimmicky and unprofessional. According to these same critics, applicants are poorly screened and the officiating isn’t consistent even though some of the personnel received training from the Arizona State Boxing and MMA Commission. The other concern is safety; Bad Boy Boxing fans can get very rowdy after a few big gulps of beers….remember when local bars used to stage tough guy contests…you get the picture.
Before Felko Promotions assumed the role of promoter after Fort McDowell approached others to take the job;but they said no thank you. In light of the controversy surrounding Bad Boy Boxing, an attempt to contact the Arizona Department of Gaming is still ongoing. Interested men and women meeting requirements can contact Len Hayko at 480-772-6000 . Please, don’t jump into the ring blindly….read the fine print.
- Junior Middleweight Contender Gabriel Rosado, alias “King” started training at Busted Knuckle Gym (9/5/12) in Phoenix for his Friday, September 21 battle with Charles Whittaker of the Cayman Islands. 26 year old Rosado, 20-5 w/12 knockouts, is favored to best his 38 year old opponent (38-12-2 with 23 knockouts) and lay claim to the #1 IBF Junior Middleweight ranking. The Cayman Islands are best known for offshore investment and not producing high caliber pugilists; but, Whittaker is ranked #2 while Rosado trails at the #3 position…. winner is promised a title shot at IBF Junior Middleweight Champion Cornelius “K9″ Bundrage down the road. The televised bout (NBC Sports) is being broadcast from the Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, a hop, skip and long jump from Rosado’s hometown of Philadelphia. In actual driving miles, the distance is 61 miles or 98.169984 kilometers. For directions to the Cayman Islands ask Mitt Romney.
Gabriel Rosado turned pro at age 19 after a mere 17 amateur fights. Rosado has some intense supporters. One of them recently posted a boastful challenge to Saul Alvarez on behalf of the “King”…..be careful of what you wish for! Whittaker is a bit of an unknown despite his high ranking and he will face a hostile and skeptical crowd at the Sands on 9/21.
Rosado got the VIP treatment while he was in Phoenix; thanks to his marketing manager (Michelle Rosado) no relation to the fighter. She took her client over to The Phoenix Boys Center, a Arizona historical landmark, where he looked in awe at all the pictures and posters of more than 50 legendary fighters that adorn the walls of the Center made famous by its’ legendary owner and founder Al Fenn. After the tour, he climbed into the Center’s ring and worked out with tough Phoenix Middleweight Isiah McFadden. A few days later (9/11), Michelle arranged an open media workout and press conference for Rosado at the Phoenix South Mountain KROC Center at 1375 East Broadway in Phoenix. Despite the overcast weather (Monsoon warnings), 75-100 boxing fans and local members of the media showed up to watch the contender workout with his trainer Billy Briscoe. Phil Johnson (Phil The Grill Catering) feed everyone ,who got in line, a scrumptious plate of barbecued pork, baked beans and coleslaw . Phil, a Native New Yorker, knows how to quiet a hungry belly. Rosado posed for pictures and answered questions after the workout. Good way to connect with fans.
- 34 year old Albuquerque New Mexico welterweight boxer Hector Munoz has lost 7 of his last 9 fights; but, he is convinced that he can pull off the possible upset of the year when he meets undefeated 23 year old Sadam Ali (15-0- w/ 9 knockouts) in a 10 round bout scheduled for October 27 in Brooklyn, New York, Ali’s hometown. Hector (20-8-1 w/13 knockouts) attributes his new found confidence to a new radical high tech conditioning program and a supportive cast of sponsors (including KNUXX Media and Apocalyptic Sports Nutrition) who have helped restore his self confidence . Ali is ranked #8 by the United States Boxing Association (USBA) and #12 by the North American Boxing Organization (NABO). Ali is a huge favorite over the unranked Munoz ;but, Hector lies in waiting hoping to give Ali an early Halloween surprise.
- SHORT JABS: Congratulations to Muhammad Ali for his prestigious Liberty Medal of Freedom which was awarded to him in Philadelphia on 9/13…… Arizona favorites Javier Loya, Jose Benavidez Jr. and Trevor McCumby will fight on the 10/13 card at the Home Depot Center in Carson California . The trio must be delighted to be under card attractions on a show that features ” The Filipino Flash” Nonito Donaire 29-1 VS. Toshia Nishioka 39-4-3 and Brandon Rios VS. rugged Mike Alvarado. Rios and Alvarado posses identical records; 33-0-w/23 knockouts. Rios will be making his debut as a welterweight and the event will be aired on HBO PPV…. Most boxing fans think Timothy Bradley got smoked with the announcement that Manny Pacquiao (54-4-2 w/38 Knockouts) will face old nemesis Juan Marquez (54-6-1 w/39 Knockouts) for a fourth time, December 8 on HBO PPV at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas …Does Bradley feel a chill?….. Expect Jose Benavidez Jr. to be on the under card….14 year old Alfredo Escarcegar Jr.(Central Gym in Phoenix) is trained by his father Alfredo Sr. In a past column it was reported that Jr. is trained by Jose Benavidez Sr. who does work with the kid; but, Alfredo Sr. is the official trainer. Young Alfredo hopes to make the US Olympic team in 2016.
- Local boxing announcer Ralph Velez is the subject of a short documentary which has been submitted to the Sundance Film Festival. With one in the can, film talk, Ralph is working on another cinematic project and details are forthcoming. Next boxing gig for Velez is the Celebrity Theatre Show for Iron Boy Promotions On October 6. He will also emcee Iron Boy’s September 29 Press Conference at the Filiberto’s Restaurant located at 3220 E. Baseline Road in Phoenix. The event is open to the public and fighters are very accessible and happy to sign autographs and pose for pictures. Here is the lineup for the October 6 Celebrity Show produced by Iron Boy Promotions. Doors open at 6 PM.
Main Event: 135 lb contest Victor Castro (6-0) Phoenix, Arizona VS. Ephrain Martinez (4-2) La Cal, Mexico
128 lb contest Chris Lopez (4-0) Phoenix, Arizona VS. Diamond Baier (2-2-1) Phoenix, Arizona
122 lb contest Emilio Garcia (6-0) Phoenix, Arizona VS. Jensen Ramirez (2-1-1) Tucson, Arizona
135 lb contest Thomas Valdez (3-0) Tucson Arizona VS. Jesus Aguinaga (0-0) Tucson, Arizona
7 Pro Fights 122 lb contest Carlos Castro (1-0) Phoenix, Arizona VS. Angel Gonzalez (0-2) Phoenix, Arizona
168 lb contest Lanell Bellows (2-0) Phoenix, Arizona VS. TBD
190 lb contest Keith Bush (0-0) Phoenix, Arizona VS. Douglas Jackson (0-0) Phoenix, Arizona
3 Amateur 122 lb Contest Francisco D De Vaca VS. Aron Lopez Mexico
122 lb contest Edgar Brito Phoenix, Arizona VS. Andrew Duran Phoenix, Arizona
Bouts 175 lb contest Anthony Sims Las Vegas Nevada VS. TBD
- Iron Boy promotions may make a major announcement at their 9/29 press conference if not here is the scoop. Iron Boy will open a gym in the near future and the fledgling boxing company will soon announce future plans for future shows. Roberto Vargas (CEO) has no plans to pick up stakes and run. The October 6 show is the fourth of five planned shows at the Celebrity Theatre. Click on www.ironboypromotions.com for the latest news…UNTIL NEXT TIME!