boxing website dmboxing.com picked Giovanni “Gio” Cabrera
Mioletti as one of 2018’s top prospects! On Friday, January 11, 2019 he showed
us why! In a 10 round main event presented by Brian Halquist Productions, at
the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, Washington, Gio took out former world rated
veteran Antonio Escalante in just 3 rounds.
The undefeated Gio, fighting out of Chicago, Illinois tipped the scales 129.2 while Escalante, fighting out of El Paso, Texas, weighed in at 128.8, but that’s as close as the fight ever got! Before a packed house, Gio went to work from the opening bell. His movement and ring generalship clearly sent a message to Escalante, that this wasn’t going to be his night. In the second round Gio dropped the veteran with a crisp left hand on the button. Escalante got up and survived the round, but the writing was on the wall. In the third, southpaw Gio stepped on the gas and midway through the round used a right jab to set up a picture perfect combination, left uppercut followed by a right hook. Escalante staggered back and as he was about to hit the deck, Gio added another left hand for good measure. Escalante, again, managed to get up. However he was in no shape to continue and referee Bobby Howard decided it was time to say goodnight to Mr. Escalente. The time was 1:48 of the third round. The win upped Gio’s record to 15-0 w/ 6 KOs while Escalante falls to 29-10 w/20 KOs.
When Roy Englebrecht Promotions kicks off their new four date hybrid fight series at the new ultra-modern Gardens Casino in Hawaiian Gardens, CA on Saturday, February 9th, fans will not only get to see some of the best undefeated boxing talent in Southern California, some great mixed martial arts action, and if that wasn’t enough they will also get to enjoy the most beautiful new casino in Southern California. It will all take place in the Casino’s Events Center as this new series titled the Gardens Casino Fight Night, puts all tickets priced at just $60, on sale today at www.socafights.com.
The February 9th show line up of boxers and mma fighters were introduced recently at a special Press Luncheon at the Gardens Casino. On the boxing side fight fans will see: undefeated 8-0 super middleweight out of Anaheim, Jonathan Esquivel; undefeated 9-0 super bantamweight Humberto “Filly” Rubalcava out of Westminster; 7-0 super featherweight Anthony Casillas out of South Gate; and 1-0 bantamweight Anthony Ramirez out of Fontana. These four undefeated boxers will bring a perfect 25-0 record with 18 knockouts into the Events Center.
There are certain boxers from my past that in retrospect would be champions today. One such boxer was tough enough to be nicknamed “Bad.” He was Bennie Briscoe from Philadelphia and brother you better bet he was just that, “Bad.” He was probably the most feared middleweight of his era and it was a tough time just be a middleweight in Philly. If you were bad there, you were bad everywhere.
Briscoe turned pro in 1962 and would win his first fifteen contests. Among his victims were Charley Scott and Percy Manning. In a return with Manning in 1965, Bennie would suffer his first setback. That year he would also lose to Tito Marshall and Stanley “Kitten” Hayward. In 1966 Bennie would halt the highly respected George Benton.
Bennie was now among the middleweight elite. The year 1967 would see him lose two decisions to the great Luis Rodriguez. Sandwiched in between those losses was a draw in Argentina with a fella named Carlos Monzon. In 1968, he would lose to future light heavyweight titleholder Vincente Rondon. He would knock out Rondon in a 1969 rematch.
Author, Member Boxers Writers Association of America
Boxing is the theater of the unexpected and one of the most unpredictable thing to predict is how a judge will view a fight. Jermell Charlo / Tony Harrison fight was one of those fights that many of us watching the fight saw Charlo the winner but the judges had it for Tony Harrison. Charlo was the aggressor throughout the fight and landed an average of three punches more per round and I had him up by 117-111. While much of the audience were stunned, Charlo allowed Harrison to stay in the fight. He never dominated the fight as the favorite he was and while he stunned Harrison in the last round, he could not finish off Harrison. Compubox saw that Charlo landed more punches in 9 of the 12 rounds but many of these rounds were close and decided by a punch or two so we saw many close rounds, very similar to the Fury – Wilder fight in which there were many close rounds. The difference in the Charlo-Harrison fight was that Charlo never had Harrison in trouble until the twelve whereas in the Fury – Wilder fight, Wilder twice nearly stopped the bout but for the ability of Fury to remained standing against two very brutal knockdown that would have stopped most fighters.
Jermell Charlo may have shown that he would certainly be an underdog against Jarrett Hurd, who is probably the best Super Welterweight in the world and who stopped Harrison when they both fought. Charlo fought a tactical fight and while he was the aggressor, Harrison did effective counterpunching at selected times in the fight. In my view, there were four rounds easy to score but there were eight rounds that were close as Compubox numbers attest. The judges gave most of those rounds to Harrison and they were more impressed with Harrison’s counter punching than Charlo aggressive tactics.
Dominic Breazeale scored a one-punch knockout of Carlos Negron in the ninth round of an entertaining heavyweight bout. Breazeale, with his eyes on Wilder’s belt and with Wilder in the audience watching, was hoping to make a statement. While Breazeale dominated most of the fight, it was not an easy fight as Negron landed a few solid shots of his own as a counter puncher. Breazeale nearly ended the bout at the end of the fourth round when he landed a big right as the bell ended the round, but in the fifth and throughout the sixth, Negron came back with counterpunches of his own and gave himself a chance at an upset. Breazeale finally got control of the bout in the seventh round as his strength took hold and in the ninth, he ended with one big right hand.
Breazeale went on to challenge Wilder after the fight for a shot at his title but we won’t know whether Wilder will give him that shot or look for a bout with Anthony Joshua or rematch with Tyson Fury. Regardless, Breazeale got himself in line for a title shot but right now, the heavyweight has a logjam as Fury draw with Wilder has produced a three way jam at the top with Fury established as a legitimate threat to Joshua-Wilder reign as the best heavyweight and Dillion Whyte late stoppage of Dereck Chisora puts him in the conversation as a title contender, maybe in front of Breazeale.
By Tom Donelson / Author, Member Boxing Writers Association of America
Last Saturday, Saul Canelo Alvarez defeated Rocky Fielding in easy style as he sent the taller Fielding down four times in three rounds and won a easy victory but the real story is Canelo’s next move as he is the main feature for the streaming DAZN and in his first fight at 168 pound, he sold out the Mecca of boxing, Madison Square Garden.
DAZN roared to the number one free app as result of the Canelo fight. It was not that most people didn’t expect any different result of the fight but it does show that Canelo still is a big attraction and capable of carrying DAZN. Golden Boy Oscar De La Hoya noted that at 168 and 160, he has expanded his opponents including British Callum Smith and Gilberto Ramirez at Super Middleweight, a rematch with triple G or a fight with Jacobs, all big money winners.
With the demise of HBO as a boxing powerhouse and the rise of other alternatives like DAZN, we are seeing boxing entering a new world of streaming. Boxing is now moving forward on all fronts to bring fights to a new generation of boxing fans.
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 email@example.com 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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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.