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Spence Defeats Garcia Unanimously, Results From Arlington, TX

Errol Spence defeated Mikey Garcia by unanimous decision (120-107, 120-108, 120-108) to easily keep his perfect record in tact in front of a lively crowd at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX. Although Garcia, who was moving up in weight, proclaimed the weight difference would not be a factor, it appeared to end up being so as Spence began to make his mark and take control of the bout with each passing round.

Undercard Results:
David Benavidez W J'Leon Love
Chris Arreola W Jean Pierre Augustin
Charles Martin W Gregory Corbin
Fernando Garcia W Marlon Olea
Jesse Rodriguez W Rauf Aghayev
Amon Rashidi W Gabriel Gutierrez
Thomas Hill W Limbert Ponce
Luis Nery W McJoe Arroyo

"Every Man For Himself" Results


Photo: Emily Harney, Shearns Boxing Promotions

WORCESTER, Mass. (March 16, 2019) - A perfect storm struck last night at The Palladium in Worcester, Massachusetts. In the "Every Man for Himself" main event, hometown favorite Kendrick "Peppa" Ball, Jr. headlined his first show at home, in which his cousin, Owen Minor, made his pro debut, all topped by Ball capturing the vacant New England middleweight title.
 
Ball (12-1-2, 8 KOs) used his height and reach advantage, effectively jabbing and mixing in some powerful body shots, to win a unanimous six-round unanimous decision over Danny "Feel Good Hollywood" Rosenberger (4-7-4, 1 KO).
 
"Everything turned out great for me," Ball said after the comment. "I started using by jab in three first round and he couldn't do anything against it. I wanted to knock him out, but I figured why rush it. He's as tough kid. I should have gone to the body more.
 
"It feels to have this belt. I feel like I've been the best middleweight in New England for a long time. I dictated the pace of the fight and did my job."  
 
"Every Man for Himself" was the inaugural event presented by Shearns Boxing Promotions (SBP). "I feel like it was a success," promoter Chuck Shearns reported. "I'm happy. The fights were good. The crowed enjoyed it and that's most important. We'll be coming right back June 14 (at the Worcester Palladium) with our friends from Rivera Promotions and Entertainment. Jose Antonio Rivera will be in his 50th pro fight."
 
In the co-featured event, Southbridge, MA welterweight Wilfredo "El Sucaro: Pagan (6-0, 3 KOs) kept his unblemished record intact, out-boxing upset-minded Peruvian puncher Carlos Galindo (1-8) en route to a win by way of a four-round unanimous decision. 

Former decorated amateur Minor (pictured to the right) didn't disappoint his hometown fans in his long-awaited professional debut, dominating his opponent, Corey Morley (0-3-1), until referee Jackie Morrell waved off the action in round three for a technical knockout.
 
"This was great," Minor remarked after the fight. "Fighting at home in front of my kids and friends and winning by knockout, it doesn't get better than that, so I'm very happy. It's been four years since I fought so there was some rust. It's just going to keep getting better."
 
Bridgeport, CT light weight Carlos Marrera III (1-2-1) earned his first win as a pro, taking a four-round unanimous decision from Edwin Rosado (1-9-1, 1 KO) in the most competitive fight of the night.
 
Worcester cruiserweight Jake Paradise (1-2, 1 KO) entertained his hometown fans, overcoming a legitimate first-round knockout to stop Francisco Artri Neto (0-3) in the second frame, the result of a lethal right to the body.
 
Fighting for the first time in 3 ½ years, Providence light heavyweight Angel Camacho, Jr. (16-0, 5 KOs) worked off some rust against journeyman Larry "Slomoshun" Smith (10-40-1, 7 KOs), of Dallas, who despite being a late replacement, extended Camacho the full six-rounds, albeit it losing a unanimous decision.
 
In the opening bout of the night, New Haven (CT) welterweight Anuel "Tsunami" Rosa improved to 2-0 (2 KOs) when referee Morrell halted the fight in the third round, because Danny Morales (0-8) had endured too much punishment. Rosa dropped Morales at the end of the first round, severely bloodying his opponent's nose during the second round.

Castaneda To Be Showcased At Home

Undefeated junior welterweight prospect Kendo Castaneda will be showcased at home Thursday, March 28, when he puts his unblemished record on the line against his dangerous Dominican opponent, Eudy "AK47" Bernado, in the 10-round main event at Cowboy Dance Hall in San Antonio, Texas.
 
Castaneda vs. Bernardo, co-promoted by Roy Jones Jr. (RJJ) Boxing Promotions and Leija Battah Promotions, will headline a card to be streamed live on UFC FIGHT PASS, starting at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT. The show is the fourth under a new agreement between Castaneda's promoter, RJJ Boxing, and FIGHT PASS, to live stream up to 72 professional boxing events over the next three years.
 
The 25-year-old Castaneda (15-0, 7 KOs) is coming off his most impressive performance this past December in San Antonio, in which he won a lop-sided 10-round unanimous decision (100-90, 99-91, 98-92) over previously undefeated Gilbert Venegas, Jr. (10-0) to capture the vacant North American Boxing Association (NABA) super lightweight title. Castaneda is ranked No. 14 in the world by the World Boxing Association (WBA).
 
A former Dominican Republic lightweights champion, Bernardo (24-3, 18 KOs) is a dangerous puncher, evident by his 18 knockouts in 24 victories during his 9 ½-year professional career.
 
The co-featured event is another special RJJ Boxing on UFC Fight Pass match-up between unbeaten Baltimore lightweight Xavier Wilson (9-0-1, 1 KO) and once-defeated, hard-hitting John Arellano (9-1, 9 KOs), fighting out of Conroe, Texas, in an eight-rounder.
 
Opening the FIGHT PASS segment of the card is a welterweight class featuring Houston's undefeated prospect Jerrico "Hands of Stone" Walton (11-0, 7 KOs) versus upset-minded Oregonian, Sean "Beast of War" Gee (4-9).
 
Also fighting on the undercard in a pair six-round, intra-state rivalry bouts between unbeaten San Antonio lightweight Joseph "Mongoose" Rodriguez (14-0-1, 2 KOs) and Darryl Hayes (6-12, 1 KO), of Houston, along with Austin, TX knockout artist Alexis Camacho (21-6, 19 KOs) versus Houston junior middleweight Rich "The Ruler" Graham(6-21-4).
 
All fights and fighters are subject to change.
 
San Antonio welterweight Daniel Baiz (13-1, 5 KOs) vs. fellow Texan Joe Sambrano (4-12-1, 2 KOs) in a six-round fight, plus two four-rounders as San Antonio super middleweight Steve Ramos (4-1, 2 KOs) faces (Bryan, TX) Adam "AD" Ealoms.(3-16-3, 1 KO), and San Antonio junior featherweight Henry "World Star" Arredondo (2-0) vs. TBA.
 
Tickets are priced at $109.00 (ringside), $76.00 (floor), $70.00 (VIP/balcony table), $38.00 (stools) and $22.00 (general admission) and available to purchase online at https://lbtickets.ticketleap.com/castaneda-vs-bernardo/.
 
Doors open at 6 p.m. CT, first bout at 6:30 p.m. CT.

From The Projects To Owning Boxing's Ultimate Crown - John "The Quietman" Ruiz


Photo: USA Boxing

From the projects to owning arguably the most respected individual title in sports, John "The Quietman" Ruiz remains the only Latino to capture the coveted world heavyweight title.
 
Ruiz, 47, is a proud Puerto-Rican American boxer who grew-up in a Chelsea, Massachusetts. The two-time World Boxing Association (WBA) heavyweight champion, defeated USA Boxing Alumni Association Hall of Famer Evander Holyfield in the second of their three title fights, to secure for the first time, the world heavyweight crown.

A decorated amateur boxer, Ruiz compiled a 50-5 record, similar to his final pro record of 44-9-1 (30 KOs) between 1992-2010, including gold- medal performances at the All-New England Championships, USA Boxing National Championships and the Los Angeles Olympic Festival, which elevated him to the No. 1 light heavyweight position in the United States ratings.
 
Ruiz was also an outstanding all-around athlete at Chelsea High, particularly in football, in which he was an all-star. He started boxing at the age of seven, eventually developing his skills at the Somerville Boxing Club.

"Boxing was the only sport I figured I'd have a good chance of succeeding," Ruiz (pictured here on far left) explained why he pursued boxing as opposed to football or another team sport. "The other sports you had to go to college, and I didn't have the grades."
 
Ruiz never looked back and no boxer ever got more out of their God-given skills than him. After winning his first tournament (PAL in New Jersey), he became part of the USA Team that traveled to Sweden to compete in a dual-meet.
 
"Outside of Puerto Rico (he lived there for 6-7 years in his early youth)," Ruiz remembered fondly. "I had never traveled outside of the United States. USA Boxing gave me an opportunity to travel there, Australia, Italy and all over the United States. Even more than how those experiences prepared me for the pro ranks, it gave me a taste of life experience, traveling to places I never would have been able to go to on my own. Amateur boxing also gave me structure and confidence in myself for when I turned pro. I also met so many different people, fighters and coaches, from all over the world."
 
In addition to his aforementioned victory at the Los Angles Olympic Festival, which qualified him as a Team USA member to compete in the World Championships in Australia (finished 6th in the world), perhaps the highlight of his amateur career was defeating Torsten May, the 1992 Olympic gold medal winner from Germany, at a dual meet in Florida.
 
"My association with John goes back to 1990," added Al Valenti, USA Boxing Special Projects Consultant. "I was thrilled that a local kid was honing his skills in the boxing ring. John made an incredible impact on the National Amateur boxing scene in the early nineties; making it all the way to the Olympic Trials in Worcester (MA). Having been involved in the trials was extra special for me because John was such a great competitor and good kid. Boxing history will have a place for John Ruiz, not many survived 36 rounds with Evander. Being the first Latino World Heavyweight Champion was quite an accomplishment for "The Quietman".
 
Ruiz turned pro August 20, 1992, winning a four-round unanimous decision over Kevin Parker. During his pro career, he defeated top contemporary names such as Holyfield, James ThunderJerry BallardFernely FelixKirk JohnsonFres OquendoAndrew Golota and Jameel McCline.
 
History was made March 3, 2013 in Las Vegas, when he became only the second fighter to drop Holyfield en route to his WBA title-winning fight by way of a 12-round unanimous decision, earning him instant notoriety as the first Latino to hold the coveted world heavyweight title belt.

"I'm very proud to have accomplished that," he continued, "but my main goal was to provide for my family and I always maintained that goal. Most fighters don't succeed, but at the end of the day, that's what pushed me. I don't really think about being the only Latino to win the world heavyweight title, but, when I hear people talk about it today, I think, wow, I'm still the only Latino to do that."
 
Several years ago, Ruiz opened a gym (Quietman Sports Gym) in Medford, MA, not too far from where he grew up in Chelsea and trained in Somerville. It has been a registered club member by USA Boxing since 2012, but, more importantly, it's Ruiz' way of giving back to amateur boxing.
 
"I felt there was a need to help more kids and give them an opportunity to get out of the house and do something productive and fun," Ruiz commented. "They all have a chance to work on self confidence and one could possibly become world champion. I feel obligated to help kids because I remember years ago when I was in the same position. They need guidance. If I didn't have all the support I did growing up, I wouldn't have turned out the way I did. I want to help kids understand how to accomplishment their goals."

Today, John lives in Palm City, Florida. He's a correctional officer for the Martin County Sheriff Department.
 
"Winning the world title twice as a pro was awesome," Ruiz concluded, "but I definitely enjoyed the amateurs more than the pros, even though I would have loved to have represented the USA in the Olympics. USA Boxing opened up my mind to different things, taking me off the streets of Chelsea to made me feel......special."  
 
John Ruiz has always preached, "Follow Your Dreams!" and he's still doing that today.


Mia St. John Confirmed For 5th Annual Box Fan Expo

Former WBC women's champion Mia St. John has confirmed that she will appear, have a booth and hold a Meet & Greet with her fans at the Las Vegas Convention Center for the 5th Annual Box Fan Expo on Saturday May 4, 2019 from 10a.m to 5pm, during Cinco De Mayo weekend. The Boxing Expo will also coincide with the highly anticipated fight between Canelo Alvarez vs Danny Jacobs, that will take place later that evening at the T-Mobile Arena.

St.John will appear for the 5th time at this years' Expo, and will be signing gloves, photos, personal items and memorabilia. St.John will also have merchandise to sell for fans to enjoy. Boxing Fans will also have an opportunity to take pictures with this boxing woman icon also known as "The Knockout".

St. John is one of the most decorated and famous female professional boxers of all-time. She is the former WBC, IFBA and IBA world champion who gained popularity by appearing on some of the biggest undercards in boxing history that were headlined by Oscar De La Hoya.  She also has appeared on the cover of Playboy and appeared on many of the popular talk shows all over the world.  On top of that, St. John has done countless charity work, creating the non-profit "El Saber Es Poder" Foundation, which assists Latino-dominant schools in the U.S. St. John and her mother, Maria Rosales, visited schools to stress the importance of family, education, self-empowerment and voting. St.John also has a mental health and homeless program for young adults in honour of her son, that has be been running for the last 4 years. Visit http://miastjohnfoundation.org/ for more info.

St.John joins Juan Manuel Marquez, Vinny Paz, Devin Haney, Earnie Shavers, Al Bernstein, Michael Spinks, WBC, Erik Morales, James Toney and Jessie Vargas as an early commitment to this year's Box Fan Expo.




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