Here’s a news video report on Santa Barbara boxer Henry Calles. This story aired Sunday night on KEYT-TV news. Great job by Senior Reporter John Palminteri of KEYT. See you at the Chumash Casino in Santa Ynez this Friday for the bout!
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Unbeaten WBA super middleweight champion Andre Ward (27-0 / 14 by KO) returned to the ring after a fourteen month layoff to win a one-sided twelve round decision over previously unbeaten Edwin Rodriguez (24-1 / 16 by KO) in a nationally televised bout in Ontario, California.
The bout became a non-title fight after Rodriguez failed to make weight at 168 pounds. The fight was marred in round four as referee Jack Reiss took matters in his own hands to deduct two points from each fighter after roughhousing and grappling tactics. Ward was in command in every round though out the fight with quicker and sharper punches.
The judges scorecards were: 118-106, 117-107, 116-108 … my scoring was 118-106, giving every round to Andre Ward, as did Harold Lederman on HBO.
The rematch for Henry Calles is set for Friday, December 6, 2013 at the Chumash Casino Resort, Santa Ynez, California.
As many who have followed Team Duke’s, Henry made his professional debut this past August 16th and fought a four round draw with Zlatko Ledic.
Henry is currently right in the middle of training camp and our team of Sarah Cammann, Mark Lee and myself are right there every step of the way in preparing for our next task at hand.
The last fight was a four rounder and I remember quite well after the end of that bout, walking back to our dressing room with Henry. My exact words were “when we fight this guy again and we will because this was fight of the night here and they will want us back, we will go six rounds” … Henry looked straight back into my eyes with the piercing eye of the tiger and after a slight hesitation said “yeah let’s do this again – yes”.
Mikey Garcia (33-0 / 28 by KO), other than being knockdown in round two, was simply flawless winning by knockout over Rocky Martinez (27-2-2 / 16 by KO) to capture his second world title in a different weight division.
The former WBO featherweight champion Garcia fought a masterful fight breaking down Martinez as every round progressed. A left hook to the liver was the telling punch that put Martinez down at 56 seconds into round eight.
Unbeaten WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (28-0 / 25 by KO) successfully defended his title by stopping top rated challenger Curtis Stevens (25-4 / 18 by KO) after eight rounds. The bout was televised by HBO World Championship Boxing from the Theater at Madison Square Garden, New York.
The bout was one sided, as I had Golovkin winning every round up to the stoppage. Stevens was knocked down in round two and landed a few solid punches in rounds four and five, but Golovkin was never in any serious trouble and was in command throughout the fight.
This was the15th fight in a row, since 2008, in which Golovkin has won without needing to go the distance. It was his eighth successful title defense since winning the middleweight belt in 2010.
Golovkin reminds me of Kostya Tszyu with his style and Jeff Fenech with his aggression. His savageness in the ring is that of a young Roberto Duran when he ruled the lightweights.
On the horizon for Golovkin are super fights: Sergio Martinez (51-2-2 / 28 by KO) or Peter Quillin (30-0 / 22 by KO) at 160 pounds, and possibility moving up to 168 pounds to face Andre Ward (26-0 / 14 by KO) or Carl Froch (31-2 / 22 by KO). My feeling of him moving down to 154 pounds to fight Floyd Mayweather is unlikely; but wouldn’t that be an interesting match up!
On Saturday, October 19, 2013, I attended the California Boxing Hall of Fame induction ceremony at the Sportsmen’s Lodge in Studio City, California. It was a spectacular event hosted by President Don Fraser and his staff.
I was honored and humbled to be there to represent my good friend Harold Lederman for his induction. Harold could not attend because of his commitment with HBO World Championship Boxing to cover the Mike Alvarado vs. Ruslan Provodnikov WBO junior welterweight fight card in Denver, Colorado on that same date. It was special to me because it was Harold himself who requested I be there for him, to speak along with his long time friend Larona Ganaway.
I don’t think anybody in the house could say that they don’t know who Harold is, as Harold is certainly one of the best judges in our era of boxing. He knows the sport as well as anybody; he is fair, honest, and non-biased with his positive expertise on the air with HBO.
48-year old Bernard Hopkins (54-6-2 / 32 by KO) continues to amaze the boxing world with his winning ways. Hopkins scored a 12 round unanimous decision over top rated contender Karo Murat (25-2-1 / 15 by KO) to retain his IBF light heavyweight title at Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey.
Murat came out fast in the early rounds, but it was Hopkins who was more the aggressor from round four throughout fight and was willing to trade with his younger 30-year old opponent. Hopkins did what he had to do to win and stated in a pre-fight interview that he badly wanted the knockout, but was satisfied with the win.
The official scorecards were 117-110, 119-108, 119-108, with Murat being deducted a point by referee Steve Smoger for hitting on the break in round seven, my scorecard was 116-111.
On a quarterly basis I always want to take the time to say thank you to a group of people that help make this website the success that it has become since I brought it to you in July 2007.
These people are: John Boitnott (Web Master), Bob Quackenbush (Proof Reader & Photo Editing), Rusty Rubin (In Rusty’s Corner), Dave Wilcox (Glove2Glove), Jim Amato (Senior Boxing Writer), Tom Donelson (Member Boxing Writers Association), Kathy Kraft (Proof Reader), Phyllis Vincent (Proof Reader) and the many others who have contributed input with their article features and comments to this site. Johnny Ortiz and Steve Corbo are personal friends who offer their views and I respect both as they are pure boxing experts to the highest degree.
A thank you is also in order to John Palminteri (KEYT Newschannel 3 ABC-TV) for his outstanding photos and coverage on the recent Henry Calles professional fight at the Chumash Casino, Santa Ynez, California on August 16, 2013.
With the recent passing of Ken Norton, I want to acknowledge that he was trained by the legendary Eddie Futch, who also trained 21 other world champions. Eddie trained four of the five boxers that beat the great Muhammad Ali; they were Joe Frazier, Ken Norton, Larry Holmes and Trevor Berbick. The anniversary of Eddie’s death is next week on October 10th; we lost Eddie in 2001. I would like to offer a prayer for a man that I consider the best trainer in boxing in my lifetime, Eddie Futch.
After a year layoff, former WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. (46-1-1 / 32 by KO) won a controversial 10 round unanimous decision over Brian Vera (23-7 / 14 by KO) at the StubHub Center in Carson, California.
The fight weight and distance were changed and the fight went on as scheduled televised on HBO. Originally the bout was to be 12 rounds and the weight limit to be 165 pounds, but weight was reduced to a catch weight of 173 pounds due to Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. inability to make weight, with Vera agreeing to that.
Vera came fit to this fight and fought with a high volume of punches throughout. Chavez threw at a lower volume and landed some harder punches, which apparently caught the judges’ eyes. Their scores were 96-94, 97-93 and 98-92, but I saw it differently with Vera winning the bout 96-94. The look on Vera’s trainer (Ronnie Shields) face after the fight told the whole story on this fight!
I consider my first meeting with Ken Norton to be the night of July 2, 1970. My late wife (girlfriend at the time) Constance and I went to the Olympic Auditorium in Los Angeles to see Ken Norton fight an unknown fighter from Caracas, Venezuela by the name of Jose Luis Garcia. In what I call (to this day) one of the biggest upsets I have seen in any arena, Garcia knocked out the previously unbeaten Norton (16-0 / 15 by KO) in eight rounds.
Ken Norton passed away on Wednesday, September 18, 2013 at the age of 70. He is always remembered by boxing fans for his three fights with Muhammad Ali.
In that trilogy, he beat Ali in 1973 (breaking Ali’s jaw as well) in their San Diego bout by a split 12 round-decison. Later that same year, he lost to Ali in Los Angeles by a split 12 round-decision. In their final bout at Yankee Stadium in 1976, many, including myself, thought he beat Ali. He lost the bout and his bid to gain the heavyweight championship by a close, but unanimous 15 round-decision.