Boxing: Broadway Boxing

Foreman wins, back to diaper duty

April, 5, 2013
Yuri Foreman got his second win after almost two years away from the ring, on Thursday evening in New York City at Roseland ballroom. On the card, promoted by Lou DiBella, Foreman boxed smartly and won a unanimous decision over six rounds against foe Gundrick King, from Alabam.

The three judges saw it 60-54 for Foreman, who rose to 30-2 (8 KOs) with the W. King slid to 18-10.

I wasn't able to attend, so I texted congrats to my Park Slope neighbor.

"You free for a quick chat?" I asked Foreman this morning. "A bit later," he responded, "I'm busy with the boys at the moment."

Love it.

Yuri and his wife Leyla welcomed a baby boy, little Elijah, into the world on Feb. 24. And here you have a fighter, the morning after a six round scrum, knee deep in diaper duty. Elijah's brother Lev, age 2, is also in the mix.


A DiBella welter, "Jo Jo" Ion Dan, rated No. 6 by the WBC, crept closer to a title shot with a UD8 win over Damian Frias.

Another Brooklyner, Gabriel Bracero of Sunset Park, also inched closer to a most meaningful scrap, with a UD8 win over Pavel Miranda.

His trainer Tommy Gallagher told NYFightblog that he's heard people are "looking at us to fight Mike Alvarado in Denver. It would be a good fight," Gallagher said of the possible faceoff against the man who won the interim WBO 140 pound crown against Brandon Rios on March 30. "Gabe will try, he'll bleed, it'd be a good fight."

We chatted in the early AM, but Gallagher didn't sound like he needed a drop of coffee to get jazzed about another one of his fighters, Ecuadorean heavyweight Ytalo Perea, who won his pro debut March 23 in Maryland.

"I've never see a fighter like the kid from Ecuador, 19 years old greatest ... puncher, he's a big Frazier or Marciano, no definition, this is the kid," he said. Expect to see Perea on a DiBella show in May, he said. "I have never been so ... excited, what a pure natural puncher. Since 1965 I've been in the gym business, I worked with Michael Dokes, Tim Witherspoon, Michael Bentt, Riddick Bowe a couple fights, Perea has more natural ability than I ever met. He hits the heavy bag, people stop to watch him."

The NYFightBlog 2012 Boxer of the Year

December, 31, 2012
Boxing in New York picked up the pace in 2012. The new series at the Barclays Center took off, and the debut in October was a success. Having a focal point is an immense boost to the local scene, as young fighters can know that they have a stage ready for them when they're ready to rock. Madison Square Garden has taken notice and is getting more active booking fights cards, with a slate booked into the Theater Jan. 19. All these men can benefit from the amped-up buzz in NYC.

Ladies and gents, here is your 2012 NYC Top Ten Pound-For-Pound List.

1) PETER QUILLIN He has an XL personality and his boxing has been improving, fight by fight. No reason why Quillin shouldn't be a full-on star in 2013. The 29-year-old Manhattan resident retired Winky Wright in June, and then whacked Hassan N'Dam around, exiting the Barclays Center with the WBO middleweight belt, on Oct. 20. He is the NYFightBlog BOXER OF THE YEAR. (No. 3 last year)

2) PAULIE MALIGNAGGI Paulie escaped the Barclays Center with a W over young Mexican rumbler Pablo Cano on Oct. 20, and was looking forward to a career-best payday rematch against Ricky Hatton. Hatton's body didn't cooperate, and he was stopped in his return bout. So the 32-year-old Bensonhurst tactician is still hunting Plan B. We wonder -- and suspect he wonders -- if he has lost a quarter-step, or if he can return in his next bout in fine form, with peppy legs, a busy jab, the whole package. We're betting yes ... but just in case, he's been setting up business prospects and is doing a bangup job as an analyst for Showtime, so if he has lost a foot off his fastball, 2013 will find Malignaggi with options regardless. (No. 2 last year)

3) DANNY JACOBS Last year, he thought he would die. This year, Jacobs has been climbing his way up the middleweight ladder, and doing it with as much grace and charm as any pugilist out there. The Park Slope resident, age 25, looks to rise to 25-1 when he gloves up Feb. 9 at Barclays. He kicked cancer's ass, I suspect he will do the same a few times in the ring this year, and by the end of the year, he should be ready to tackle a titlist. I root for him -- sorry, just being honest. (No. 8 last year)

4) ARGENIS MENDEZ The Dominican-born Brooklyn resident won an IBF super featherweight title eliminator over Martin Honorio in July, so we can presume an opportunity will pop for the 20-2 hitter soon. He came up short against Juan Carlos Salgado for the vacant IBF super feather belt in 2011, but we're betting he gets over the title hump in 2013. At 26, he should be in his physical prime. (N0. 5 last year)

5) ZAB JUDAH The Brownsville native is 35, and we're tempted to say he's looking at his last chance when he meets junior welterweight champion Danny Garcia at Barclays in the headliner Feb. 9. But Judah is a name, and a character, and even if he can't get the better of the under-appreciated Philly hitter, Judah will continue to receive opportunities. He's been talking tough ahead of the Garcia bout, and dad is back in his corner, but we still recall the stinkbomb effort he turned in against Amir Khan in July 2011. Will Good Zab or Bad Zab show up at Barclays? (No. 7 last year)

6) JOSEPH AGBEKO Last year's No. 1 went 0-for-2012, as the Bronx based Ghanian didn't glove up once this year. He could have fallen off the list but he gets consideration for what he's done. The 28-2 32-year-old is slated to meet 34-8-1 Luis Melendez on Feb. 22, so he could rise again next year if he regains his step. (No. 1 last year)

6) JOAN GUZMAN The Dominican formerly known as Little Tyson tasted defeat for the first time, losing a technical decision to 17-0 Khabib Allakhverdiev on Nov. 30. At 36, it looks like Guzman (33-1-1) has lost a mile off his fastball. Can he transition to being a clever junkballer, or will he be off this list next year? (Guzman No. 4 last year)

7) PATRICK HYLAND The Irish transplant lost his 0, when Javier Fortuna beat him, with the interim WBA feather crown up for grabs, on Dec. 8, underneath Pacquiao-Marquez, but showed he belonged at that class. We suspect he will learn from the loss and might well come back stronger, secure in the knowledge that that sized stage is appropriate for him. And whatever happens, he can take this to his grave: he is the top boxer in the stable of MTV's Snooki. (Not rated last year)

8) LUIS COLLAZO The 32-5 Queens-based boxer looked sharper than I expected in a win against Steve Upsher Chambers on the first Barclays card. An ex welterweight champion, he's 31, has his head on straight, is freed from promotional entanglements (cough Don King cough) and is backed by Golden Boy, which has the pull to get him opportunities. It is up to him to keep winning, and 2013 could be the year he gets to wrap another belt around his waist. (No. 16 last year)

9) EDDIE GOMEZ The 20-year-old from the Bronx fought and won five times this year. He has confidence galore and perhaps the skills to match it. If he stays healthy, and doesn't let rising fame mess with his head, 2013 could be a breakthrough year for Gomez (12-0). We can see him headlining a ShoBox by the end of the year. (Not rated last year)

10) DMITRIY SALITA/HECTOR CAMACHO JR (TIE) These two will clash underneath Garcia-Judah at Barclays on Feb. 9. The winner gets this spot, the loser drops off. The 35-1 Salita, age 30, is slightly favored for the 152 or under contest, as the 34 year-old Camacho was knocked out cold in his last outing, by 12-1-1 Luis Grajeda in July. (Salita No. 20, Camacho No. 15 last year)

Honorable Mention: Sechew Powell (No. 10 last year), Joe Hanks (last year not rated), Seanie Monaghan (last year not rated), Will Rosinsky (last year not rated), Chris Algieri (last year not rated), Gabriel Bracero (last year No. 13)

Tix available for DiBella's Sandy benefit

December, 17, 2012
A fight card to benefit those struck hardest by Sandy will run Wednesday night at the Roseland Ballroom. The Lou DiBella promotion is headlined by Will Rosinsky, who will take on Otis Griffin in a light heavyweight scrap. Gabriel Bracero and Ivan Redkach will also battle at Roseland.

A silent auction will be held throughout the evening with DiBella Entertainment's president Lou DiBella donating items from his own extensive personal collection.

Tickets can be purchased through Ticketmaster by calling (800) 745-3000, or by calling the DiBella Entertainment office at (212) 947-2577. Tickets are priced at $125, $85, $65 and $45. Doors open at 6 p.m. ET with the first bout scheduled for 7 p.m. ET. The event is sponsored by Manfredi Auto Group and, in association with Everlast and will be aired live on FIGHT NOW TV.

Prospect Redkach is a KO specialist

December, 6, 2012
All due respect to the New Yorkers on Lou DiBella's Dec. 19 Roseland Ballroom card, guys like Queens' Will Rosinsky and Brooklyners Tito Bracero, Travis Peterkin, Zach Ochoa, Jarrell Miller and Mikkel Lespierre. But the one guy on that card who I'm perhaps most excited about, long-term, is Californian Ivan Redkach. That guy has heavy hands, dangerous hands, hands that separate men from their senses and leave them face-down on a canvas in the blink of an eye. In short, he has special power. The Ukrainian Redkach (12-0, 11 KOs) scored a TKO1 win over Tibor Brosch on Oct. 24 at Roseland on the last DiBella card.

He meets 11-8-2 Edward Valdez, a Dominican-born New Yorker, on this card.

The DBE-promoted Broadway Boxing card is being held as a benefit for Hurricane Sandy victims with all of the proceeds from the show to be donated to the American Red Cross. A silent auction will be held throughout the evening, with Lou DiBella donating items from his own extensive personal collection.

Tickets are currently on sale and can be purchased through Ticketmaster by calling (800) 745-3000, or by calling the DiBella Entertainment office at (212) 947-2577. Tickets are priced at $125, $85, $65 and $45. Doors open at 6 p.m. with the first bout scheduled for 7 p.m.

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Broadway Boxing to benefit Sandy victims

November, 26, 2012
Will "Power" Rosinsky (16-2, 9KOs) of Queens will headline a Dec. 19 "Broadway Boxing" card at Roseland, with a portion of the proceeds from the Lou DiBella show going to aid victim hit by Sandy.

One of the sports' most fearsome bangers, Californian Ivan Redkach (12-0, 11 KOs) and Brooklyn's Gabriel "Tito" Bracero (20-1, 3 KOs), who is chomping at the bit for a career-defining scrap, will also be on the card.

"We are going to close our 2012 Broadway Boxing season with one of our strongest cards of the year," DiBella said. "In addition to the great card, we will also be raising money for Hurricane Sandy relief and there will be a silent auction including memorabilia from my own personal collection. Please join us not only for our traditional holiday season beatings card, but more importantly to raise money and awareness for those suffering so badly as a result of Hurricane Sandy."

Tickets are currently on sale and can be purchased through Ticketmaster by calling (800) 745-3000, or by calling the DiBella Entertainment office at (212) 947-2577. Tickets are priced at $125, $85, $65 and $45. Doors open at 6 p.m. ET with the first bout scheduled for 7 p.m. ET.

DiBella announces relief fundraising plans

November, 1, 2012
Lou DiBella, president of DiBella Entertainment, lives on Long Island, one of the hardest-hit areas during this week's storm. Luckily, he only suffered some damage to his home.

On Thursday, the lifelong New Yorker, whose office is in midtown Manhattan, weighed in on the storm, its affects, and shared a plan to raise funds for those hit hardest by the severe winds and rains.

"Where our staff has been greatly inconvenienced and our offices and homes have been left without power, hot water and cell phone service, we suffered no injuries to family, our properties are largely intact and we will be back on our feet shortly," DiBella said. "The tri-state area is the home of DBE and our Broadway Boxing series. So many of our friends, fans and viewers have suffered far greater damage than we have. Breezy Point, the Rockaways and much of the Jersey Shore will never be the same and people are enduring unbearable suffering in those areas and many others. Broadway Boxing will return before the end of the year and the final card of 2012 will be a fundraising effort for those most harmed by Hurricane Sandy. We will work with possible television outlets and venues and an announcement will be forthcoming shortly.

The thoughts and prayers of all of us at DBE are with everyone who has been affected by this catastrophe. All of us who are suffering little more than discomfort, inconvenience and minor property damage should be thankful that we came out of this with what is most important; our families, our friends, our health and our homes. There are many who were not so lucky and they are in the thoughts and prayers of everyone at DBE."