After more than three decades of delivering world-class combative sports events to fight fans in intimate settings throughout Southern California, Roy Englebrecht Promotions today announced that in 2019, he will continue to raise the bar with Fight Night a new Saturday night fight series in the Event Center at the all-new The Gardens Casino in Hawaiian Gardens, California. “I am excited to bring pro boxing to the Event Center and it intimate setting of 1,112 seats,” said promoter and California Boxing Hall of Famer Roy Englebrecht. “This exclusive agreement with the Gardens Casino and its General Manager Ron Sarabi allows us to focus on providing another quality fight series to the millions of boxing fans in Southern California. With these four new shows and our six Fight Club OC shows, we will be the busiest fight promoter in Southern California, bringing fight fans 10 regularly scheduled shows in 2019.” The Gardens Casino Fight Night will launch its first of four shows on Saturday, February 9, with subsequent events scheduled for May 18, August 3, and November 9.
With its $90 million renovation just a few years ago, The Gardens Casino is now a 200,000 square-foot structure and has one of the biggest card rooms in the world. With over 300 tables, daily tournaments, and multiple card game offerings, The Gardens Casino is an amazing entertainment stop in Southern California. “All of us at The Gardens Casino are excited to bring professional boxing and the new Fight Night series to our completely remodeled casino in 2019. Roy Englebrecht Promotions is regarded as one of the top fight promotions companies in California and the eight-year success of their Fight Club OC shows warrants that claim,” stated Ron Sarabi, The Gardens Casino General Manager. “Knowing the quality of that Roy brings to all his shows I know that fans at our Gardens Casino Fight Night shows will get their money’s worth of action. I can’t wait for opening night on Saturday, February 9.” Expected to compete on the February 9 event will be a trio of rising stars sporting a combined record of 24-0, as Jonathan Esquivel (8-0) of Anaheim, Orange County’s Humberto “Filly” Rubalcava (9-0) and Alexander “The Great” Enriquez (7-0) prepare to wow the crowd in Hawaiian Gardens. “With commitments from these top prospects, I am convinced that with one of the best new sports bars in Southern California in the Triple 7 Sports Bar & Grill, allowing fight fans to come early for a great dinner or stay after the show for drinks that The Gardens Casino Fight Night shows will be the most fun you can have on a Saturday night in Southern California,” said Englebrecht. Season Seats will be sold for the four 2019 shows and interested fans can contact Drew Englebrecht at firstname.lastname@example.org for a Season Seat Order Form. Individual show tickets will go on sale to the public on January 9th at www.socafights.com, with all tickets priced at $60.
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On Saturday night WBA World Lightweight Champion Vasiliy Lomachenko (12-1 / 9 by KO) scored a twelve round unanimous decision over WBO World Lightweight Champion Jose Pedraza (25-2 / 12 by KO). With both titles on the line, the bout took place in the Hulu Theater, at Madison Square Garden, New York, and was televised nationally on ESPN.
This was really a tactical matchup with Lomachenko controlling the action. Although Pedraza certainly came to fight, he did his best to make it a competitive affair. This may well have been Pedraza’s best performance ever, but it came against, arguably, the best “pound for pound” fighter in the world today and it just wasn’t enough.
Lomachenko put an exclamation point on the fight in round eleven as he battered Pedraza in a dominant performance and scored two knockdowns! A gutsy Pedraza was reeling and ready to go, but was saved by the bell.
While some may have thought the fight was close, Lomachenko clearly won round after round. The official scores were: 119-107, 117-109, 117-109, while I also scored the bout 117 -109. All in favor of Lomachenko.
With competition in lightweight division relatively thin, Lomachenko has called out undefeated WBC World Lightweight Champion Mikey Garcia (39-0 / 30 by KO). But that will have to wait until after Garcia’s March 16, 2019 showdown with undefeated IBF World Welterweight Champion Errol Spence Jr. (24-0 / 21 by KO).
In the meantime, potential fights that would make sense for Lomachencko would be with undefeated WBA World Junior Lightweight Champion Gevonta Davis (20-0 / 19 by KO) or once beaten Miguel Berchelt (34-1 / 30 by KO) … assuming they can agree on the issue of weight.
Last Saturday night, there was another decision in a high-profile boxing match that had me wondering about the state of judging in professional boxing. Are these judges in the pockets of the promoters or are they simply incompetent?
Just when I thought the Canelo win over Golovkin might take the cake as the worst decision in 2018, here comes Wilder and Fury.
At the Staples Center in Los Angeles, before a packed house of 18,000 fans, undefeated WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder (40-0-1 / 39 by KO) and undefeated lineal heavyweight champion Tyson Fury (27-01 / 19 by KO) fought to a split decision draw.
The official judge’s scores were, a ridiculous 115-111 for Wilder, 114-112 for Fury, and 113-113 a draw … my scorecard was 8 rounds to 4. I gave Wilder two 10-8 rounds due to the two knockdowns he scored, which totaled in points to 114-112 for Fury.
By Tom Donelson / Author, Member Boxing Writers Association of America
Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury fought an entertaining fight in which most pundits viewed Fury as the winner. This was not the controversial decision everyone made it out to be. Many of the rounds were close and while Fury fought a good defensive battle, most of the rounds were decided by one punch or two. The closet to dominant rounds according to Compubox numbers for Fury was the third in which he connected on 11 punches to 4 for Wilder and the tenth in which Wilder was credited with only one punch landed to Fury’s ten punches. Contrast those rounds to Wilder dominant rounds in the ninth and twelfth round in which he sent Fury down.
Dan Rafel of ESPN had the fight in favor of Wilder 114-112 and I could easily see that decision and the 113 to 113 draw was equally reasonable since this card had Fury winning 7 rounds but when you lose two rounds by 10-8, which is negative four points for those rounds. 115 to 111 card was reasonable since that judge had Fury winning 9 rounds and that is not reach either. Could you give Wilder 7 rounds as one judge in his scorecard 115-111? Yes, you could since many of these rounds were simply too close and throughout the bout Wilder was the aggressor. There is no doubt that the two knockdowns matter since on the 113-113 card, those two knockdowns matter as the judge gave two 10-8 rounds as he should have. Those two knockdowns allowed Wilder to keep his version of the titles as if Fury had not been knockdown twice, he would have won the fight.
In the sport of boxing when you are undefeated you are considered on your way to becoming the best, and on Thursday night December 6th four undefeated boxers are on their journey to be the best when they highlight the Fight Club OC show in The Hangar at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa, CA.
How about 11-0 Serhii Bohachuk a monster at super welterweight with all his wins by KO. How about Andreas Katzourakis who might only be 1-0 as a pro but is considered the best 160 lbs. out of Greece. How about 2-0 Sean Garcia from Victorville, who’s bloodline starts with his brother big time prospect Ryan Garcia. How about 1-0 Sergio Gonzalez out of Corona who was a top amateur before turning pro earlier this year.
On Saturday night, unbeaten Giovanni Cabrera-Mioletti (14-0 with 5 KO’s) scored an impressive 7th round TKO over previously unbeaten Headley Scott (11-1 with 10 KO’s). This was the featured main event on Brian Halquist Productions’, “Battle at the Boat 118”, at Tacoma, Washington’s Emerald Queen Casino. This also marks the sixth time, in his short career, Cabrera-Mioletti has scored an impressive win over an undefeated fighter!
The scheduled, 10 round, Super Featherweight (130 pounds) bout saw both fighters coming in trim and ready for action. Cabrera-Mioletti tipped the scales at 129.9 while Scott weighed in at an even 130. But from the opening bell, the superior skilled Cabrera-Mioletti dominated the tough, but awkward Scott. For six rounds he battered, cut, and wobbled Scott. In the 7th he backed Scott into the ropes and unloaded a barrage of punches, forcing referee Jeff Macaluso to call an end to the bout at the 2:27 mark. To Headley’s credit, he never gave up and true to his record of 11 wins with 10 by knockout, he tried to turn out Cabrera-Mioletti’s lights right up until the very end.
I want to tell you about a man for whom I, and many others, have the utmost respect – Maurice “Dub” Harris.
I first met Dub in November 1996, when I was introduced to him by Deborah Sutherland- Hocamp. At that time, Dub was president of the World Boxing Hall of Fame and Deborah was Vice President and Advisor. That October, Deborah had heard me doing play-by-play commentary for a boxing show broadcast on KVEN-AM Ventura radio with Barry Turnbull and, knowing Barry, she later asked him “Who is this guy David Martinez who knows so much about boxing?”
The rest is now history and, as it turned out, meeting Dub began a huge chapter in my life and in my passion for boxing. Dub interviewed me at his Los Angeles (Commerce), California office. Although nervous, I was confident during the interview, and he immediately, on that day, on the spot, welcomed me into the organization, asking me to start officially in January 1997 as a member of the Board of Directors.
Dub told me something at that initial interview that I will never forget, and I applied it to the fullest during my ten year (1997-2007) tenure in the World Boxing Hall of Fame. The quote was “Don’t ever let me down, Martinez.” I must admit, that single phrase prompted me to become the best I could be while serving in the World Boxing Hall of Fame and that quote still motivates me to this day.