Posts Tagged ‘Mexico City Guerreros’
Moscow Dynamo Shutout Los Angeles Matadors
Next ‘World Series Of Boxing’ PPV Feb.17
HOBOKEN (February 6, 2012) – Host team Moscow Dynamo shutout the visiting Los Angeles Matadors last Friday night in Russia, 5-0, to move into a three-way tie with Dolce & Gabbana Milano Thunder and Astana Arlans, all sporting 6-2 records and 19 points, on top of Group A in the innovative World Series of Boxing (“WSB”).
The Moscow vs. Los Angeles, distributed in the United States by Integrated Sports Media, replaced an originally scheduled Mexico City vs. Beijing match that was cancelled due to visa problems for members of the Chinese team.
The next WSB PPV will air Friday night, February 17, pitting host Mexico City Guerreros against unbeaten Group B leader Baku Fires, and also distributed by the undisputed King of combat sports PPV – Integrated Sports Media – for live viewing at 10:00 PM/ET – 7:00 PM/PT on satellite pay-per-view via DirecTV, DISH Network, iN DEMAND and Avail-TVN, for a suggested retail price of only $24.95. Mexico City vs. Baku will again be available via on-line PPV on Ustream.tv at http://www.ustream.tv/integratedsportsppv.
The WSB features pro boxing competition, on a team basis, Top AIBA boxers without headgear or vests. There is professional-style scoring, three judges, one referee and one supervisor. WSB matches consist of five bouts – bantamweight (120 lbs.), lightweight (135 lbs.), middleweight (160 lbs.), light heavyweight (185 lbs.) and heavyweight (200 and up lbs.) — with five, three-minute rounds. The team with the most wins from the five bouts wins the match.
Monday – 28 February
Guerrero Win Sets Up Pivotal WSB Americas Showdown
Monday – 28 February
On a picture-perfect postcard evening only a true Floridian could love, it was the Mexico City Guerreros who made Miami their home Sunday night, dominating the action at the Solare Coliseum in Doral. Boxing under the stars in their new outdoor home venue, the Miami Gallos lost for the first time in Miami as the Guerreros came into the Gallos’ home and took a 4-1 victory in Week 10 action for the World Series of Boxing (WSB).
For the Mexico City Guerreros, it continues a hot streak they hope will last two more weeks as they have now won five matches in a row to push their record to 7-3 and to vault ahead of the Los Angeles Matadors for first place in the league standings. Week 10 action moves to the West coast Monday as the Los Angeles Matadors get set to host the Memphis Force hoping to keep pace with the red-hot Guerreros.
Asked about his team’s recent success in the ring, Guerreros head coach Francisco Bonilla said this matter-of-factly: “From day one, no matter what we’ve been faced with, we’ve always have had a winning attitude. Success in battle is not a matter of luck but rather it is the result of discipline and the hard work. That’s why we’re allowed to think that we can win.”
For the Gallos, the season has turned to disappointment as the team falls to 3-6 on the year with the squad having put forth a losing effort in each of the last four contests.
In the bantamweight bout, WSB newcomer Oscar Negrete (Barranquilla, Colombia)earned his first victory over Paulo Carvhalo (Gandu Bahia, Brazil), but his fate wasn’t determined until he outworked Carvhalo in the fifth and final round. Negrete used a combination of head and body blows in the hard-fought fifth round and then had to wait out an ever-so-close split decision that ultimately favored the Colombian boxer, 48-47, 47-48, 48-47. Carvhalo falls to 0-2 in WSB action.
In the second bout of the evening, Jordan Gutierrez (Queretaro, Mexico) of the Mexico City Guerreros completely overwhelmed Adrian Martinez (Milwaukee, Wis.) to earn a 49-46, 49-46, 50-45 decision in the middleweight weight class. Martinez has yet to record a win in the inaugural season of the WSB and is now 0-3, while Gutierrez improves to 2-1.
Middleweight (73 kg/160 lbs) Gallo William Williams (Conyers, Ga.) and Guerrero Josip Duric (Zagreb, Croatia) began the third match with both fighters coming out strong. It was Williams, however, who figured out Duric’s game plan, wearing him down with head and body punches. After opening a cut over Duric’s right eye, Williams pulled ahead of the Croatian and finished the bout strong for the win, 49-46, 49-46, 50-45. After a season-opening loss, Williams has now won three straight matches and has the best record of any Gallos fighter. Duric’s WSB record is 1-1.
“I felt pretty good going into the fight, but I knew I had to pace myself,” said Williams. “My dad said that I had to be patient, so that was my focus. Once I opened the cut over his eye I wanted to hit that cut on every shot, I tried to stay calm and focus on that.”
For two rounds, it seemed as if WSB newcomer Jeysson Monroy (Medellin, Colombia) would have his way with another WSB boxer making his season debut, Ahmed Elbiali (Sunny Isles, Fla.). But one punch changed all that for Elbiali. Unfortunately for the raw but game Gallos fighter it wasn’t enough to overcome the more experienced Guerrero combatant with Monroy securing the team win for Mexico City 49-46, 49-46, 49-46.
Heavyweights (91+ kg/201+ lbs) Craig Lewis (Detroit, Mich.) and Jose Payares (Caracas, Venezuela) closed out the evening in what would be a very close match. Lewis was the aggressor throughout, though Payares was able to elude enough punches to secure the win, 48-47, 48-47, 48-47. Lewis is now 0-4 on the season while Payares remains undefeated at 2-0.
Tonight’s win for the Guerreros and a possible LA victory against Memphis Monday night, sets up the showdown of the season that will take place Monday, March 14 at the Avalon Hollywood in a battle of the Americas that will go a long way in deciding the WSB league-winner.
- BakuFires and Astana Arlans Both on Track for the Play-Offs
In the WSB Asian conference, Baku Fires and Astana Arlans both took decisive steps towards the play-offs this weekend with convincing shut-outs of their opponents.
The Baku Fires recovered from their first defeat last week against the Pohang Poseidons to exact revenge in their usual style with a 5-0 away win against the same team on Saturday (26 Feb – 2011).
The Astana Arlans took a 5-0 home victory against the Beijing Dragons on Sunday to end the weekend five points behind leaders Baku with only two weeks of the regular season left.
Dolce & Gabbana Milano Thunder Back in Contention for the Play-Offs
Saturday, 05 February 2011 – Switzerland, Lausanne
Dolce & Gabbana Milano Thunder moved to within one point of European conference leaders Paris United and clawed back the best second place spot after a 3-1 victory over the Istanbulls at the Palasharp on Friday night.
Victories for Vincenzo Picardi at bantamweight, world champion Domenico Valentino at lightweight and new signing Eamonn O’Kane (Ireland) at middleweight secured the win.
Nikolajs Grisunins (Latvia) failed to improve his 0-3 record for Milano Thunder after suffering the indignity of a technical draw in the light heavyweight bout, which was stopped in the first round when his opponent, Istanbulls new signing Constantin Bejenaru (Romania), sustained a cut to his right eye.
A 30kg weight advantage for Milano Thunder heavyweight Benjey Zimmerman (Netherlands Antilles) proved counter-productive, since his opponent Oleksiy Sivko (Ukraine) was faster on his feet and claimed a consolation victory for the Istanbulls in a scrappy contest that saw two warnings for both boxers.
Paris United managed a 3-2 away victory in Moscow, despite losing the middleweight bout by walkover because of an injury to Stephane Cuevas. The visitors were already two up before the walkover and light heavyweight Hrvoje Sep (Croatia) sealed the victory for the team with a win on points by unanimous decision over Denis Tcariuk 48-47, 49-46, 50-45. The home team’s Vitaly Kudukhov prevented a Croatian double for the visitors after beating the 2010 youth world champion Filip Hrgovic by unanimous decision 49-46, 49-46, 49-46.
The Mexico City Guerreros moved to within three points of Americas conference leaders the Los Angeles Matadors after a 4-1 victory over the same on Friday. The Guerreros ended a six-match winning streak for the Matadors and extended their own record to three matches unbeaten.
“It was a good experience for my guys,” said LA Matador coach Manny Robles. “We came in with an inexperienced team who gave it all they had. It hink sometimes you learn more from your losses than your wins. We’ll be back.”
The lone victory for the Matadors came at light heavyweight as newcomer Elber Passos (Brazil) forced an early surrender against another WSB new arrival, Cristian Montenegro, who withdrew from the contest in the third round.
I’m real happy with my victory and my first fight in the WSB,” said Passos. “I can’t wait to fight again for the home crowd in Los Angeles. I have a new family with the LA Matadors.”
The weekend’s second match in the Americas conference, which was set to feature Miami Gallos at home against Memphis Force, has been postponed due to a decision handed down by the Florida State Boxing Commission.
In the Asian conference, the Baku Fires are now unbeaten in an astonishing eight matches, although their opponents today – second-placed Astana Arlans – came the closest yet to beating the runaway overall leaders.
The judges had only one point between all the boxers in the first three bouts, with the home team taking the bantamweight and lightweight bouts by split decisions and Yerzhan Mussafirov of the Astana Arlans repeating his week two victory over 2009 world championship bronze medalist Koba Pkhakadze (Georgia) in the lightweight contest. Mussafirov tops the individual rankings at lightweight with a clear advantage thanks to three away wins in four bouts.
In a contest too close to call, two of the judges had the light heavyweight bout between Rizvan Alimuradov of the Baku Fires and Marat Modagereev of the Astana Arlans tied at 47-47 after the five rounds. In such circumstances the judges have to choose an overall winner and the decision went to the home boxer, handing the Baku Fires a victory that made home boxer Magomedrasul Medzhidov’s easy victory over Sardor Abdullaev academic.
Baku Fires are now eight points clear of the Astana Arlans at the the top of the Asian conference. To add insult to injury, the Arlans also lost their place as best second place team to Milano Thunder.
The Beijing Dragons’ 3-2 victory over the Pohang Poseidons in Seoul on Saturday included a win for Pedro Lima (Brazil) that puts him second in the individual rankings at middleweight. After the Dragons opened up a 3-0 lead, the Poseidons’ foreign heavyweights replied to recover a point for their team with a technical knock-out for Ahrorbek Qoorbonov (Uzbekistan) at light heavyweight and an emphatic win on points (50-45, 50-45, 50-45) for heavyweight Mihail Muntean (Georgia).
Only two points separate Pohang Poseidons, at the bottom of the Asian conference, from the Beijing Dragons but the Korean team face the apparently invincible Baku Fires away for their next match.
Three Top-Ranked Boxers in Action on Week Seven
26, January, 2011
With six match weekends left to determine who qualifies for the play-offs in April, competition in the World Series of Boxing intensifies further this weekend with rematches of the week six encounters. Nowhere is the competition fiercer than in Europe, where Paris United and Dolce & Gabbana Milano Thunder, separated by only one win, once again face off in Paris on Friday in a match that will feature three of the top-ranked boxers in the competition.
Dolce & Gabbana Milano Thunder face another crunch match as they travel to Paris to face European conference leaders Paris United on Friday. On the previous encounter two weeks ago, Paris United’s home victory was enough to lose the Milan team the coveted best runners-up spot, which will ultimately decide the fourth and final team to go through to the play-offs.
The Paris squad chosen for this week has an impressive 11-1 WSB record and includes two top-ranked boxers, bantamweight John Joe Nevin and light heavyweight Ludovic Groguhe. Milano Thunder are replying with their own top-ranked boxer, Sergiy Derevyanchenko of the Ukraine at middleweight, and new signing Tommy McCarthy from Northern Ireland at light heavyweight, who becomes the first British national to compete in the World Series of Boxing.
Memphis Force host the Mexico City Guerreros at the Desoto Civic Center on Thursday night and will start week seven oF the competition desperately looking for a win. Their last home victory dates back to November 26 last year, since when they have dropped four events in a row. Yahman Phelps will be looking to make his mark on a rematch of his previous encounter with Angel Gutierrez in the lightweight contest, which Phelps lost by walkover last time.
The Mexico City Guerreros have a young squad in action this week, with an average age of just over 20, and will be hoping to repeat their away win against the Force in week six to move closer to Americas conference leaders the Los Angeles Matadors. The L.A. team has a six-point advantage over their rivals and will face the Miami Gallos at the Avalon Hollywood on Sunday.
Three new Russian boxers will debut for the Moscow team in Istanbul on Friday night, including 2008 Youth World Championships silver medalist Grigoriy Nikolaychuk, who will take on the unbeaten Mehmet Topcakan in the bantamweight opener. The Istanbulls also have a new signing, Ireland’s David Oliver Joyce, making his debut at lightweight. Heavyweight Mohammed Arjaoui from Morocco is the only boxer in action for the Istanbulls on Friday who has lost a bout this season.
The boxers in the Beijing Dragons squad that will host overall WSB leaders Baku Fires in Macau on Saturday have yet to win a bout between them. Baku have brought two boxers for rematches at bantamweight and lightweight, since Magomed Abdulhamidov and Ramal Amanov both beat their opponents for this week in the opening match last November. 22-year-old Abdulkadir Abdullayev makes his debut for the Baku team in this week’s heavyweight contest against 18-year-old Xiangyang Cheng.
Having leapfrogged Milano Thunder into the spot as best runners-up after their last match, the Astana Arlans will be looking to secure their position as they travel to Korea to face the re-baptised Pohang Poseidons in the Pohang Indoor Sport Gymnasium on Saturday. Moldova’s Victor Cotiujanschii will be looking to get off the mark for the home team as he faces a rematch of his week one encounter against Alibi Nurmatov in the middleweight bout. The second foreign boxer in action for the Poseidons is Algeria’s Abdelhafid Benchabla, who will face 2009 AIBA President’s Cup bronze medalist Ramzjon Ahmedov in the light heavyweight bout. Benchabla is unbeaten so far this season and is second in the individual rankings, but his position could be under threat from either of his two closest unbeaten rivals, Enrico Kolling of the Istanbulls and Zhavlonbek Usmanov of the Moscow Kremlin Bears, who face each other on Friday.