Boxing: joe deguardia

Gonzalez happy to get state title shot

July, 27, 2012
Fans often grouse that there are so damned many belts floating around that it makes it hard to know who the champs are. Emanuel Gonzalez is fighting for a belt, the NY State junior lightweight crown, on Saturday night, July 28, at The Paramount in Huntington, N.Y. So I asked the 10-0 hitter, who was born in the Bronx and now trains in Puerto Rico in the sweet science, if he thinks there are too many belts, or if he's amped to meet 6-1 Chazz McDowell, a Yonkers resident, and go for that strap.

"This NYS title is just a stepping stone," the 24 year-old, who was a fixture as a street fighter who could whup kids years older than him, said. "It's one step closer to my goal of one day being a world champion. People say there are too many belts around. I don't think so. I think there are a lot of fighters out there and the belts prove how good you are. Getting one belt is difficult ... think about how good a guy has to be to unify. Plus, I think the multiple belts give other fighters opportunities that they may never have gotten if there was only one."

So take that, people who say remedying belt dilution is a main solution in bolstering the sport ...

Junior welterweight prospect Chris Algieri, 14-0-0 (7KO's) will battle Texas veteran Raul Tovar, 10-5-1 (4 KOs) in the main event of the card promoted by Star Boxing, and Joe DeGuardia.

Promoters Association is mad as hell

June, 11, 2012
Promoter Joe DeGuardia is in Howard Beale mode. Saturday night, the Bronx resident determined that enough is enough. I'm mad as hell at this Pacquiao-Bradley decision, he thought, and I'm going to do something beyond kicking and screaming and then waiting for the next goofup.

The head of the Boxing Promoters Association told NYFightBlog that he is calling a meeting of the association and will firmly request that reps from all the athletic commissions attend, so some updated standards and practices for judges can be put into place. He has seen enough wacky decisions, and has had enough of the emails and texts from fight fans who label the sport corrupt and tell him they are done with boxing.

DeGuardia sent out a letter to nearly 60 promoters, which he termed a "call to action. We have to go forward, do things that need to be done to protect boxers from the people who are supposed to be protecting them, the regulators," he said to me.

"We have a sport in which the people who have the most interest in maintaining the credibility of the sport and its financial strength have no input whatsoever on who the officials are. We're going to make sure we take the steps to correct these types of things."

NYFightBlog obtained a copy of the letter, from sources other from DeGuardia:

"On Saturday night there was another decision rendered in a major fight (Pacquaio-Bradley) that jeopardizes the sanctity of our sport and requires immediate action by the boxing world but especially the boxing promoters," the letter started. "The Boxing Promoters Association (BPA) was formed to protect the integrity of the sport and force action upon the state regulators throughout the United States when warranted. The time has come for the promoters to take real action to remedy the all too often outlandish decisions made by State appointed referees and judges that effectively jeopardize the future of our sport, the fighters and the fans."

DeGuardia said he scored the controversial fight in question, the Pacquiao-Bradley tussle, "obviously in favor of Pacquiao." He cited other recent decisions, like the one in which fan favorite Brandon Rios got the nod over Richard Abril on April 14, also in Las Vegas, which spurred fight fans to pepper DeGuardia with negative comments about the sweet science.

In the BPA letter, it reads: "We are no longer willing to tolerate the unprofessional, errant and what some perceive as corrupt scoring that has reached its boiling point with fighters, media and fans alike."

DeGuardia wants the BPA to have a larger role in the sport; judges to be graded and to be chosen not based on political influence, but with input from the promoters; and remedial training for those in need.

"To me, this judging issue is a vital part of our sport, and if the public believes there is something improper going on, we have to fix it," he said.

"Friday Night Fights" main event in flux

February, 7, 2012
Two people will be fighting in the main event of "Friday Night Fights" on Friday at Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, CT. We know as of Tuesday night that Terrance Cauthen, who stepped in for Derek Ennis on super-short notice, because the Philly boxer came down with a high fever, will not be one of the participants.

At least, we think we know. Cauthen's promoter Nedal Abuhumoud told ESPN New York that the New Jersey resident Cauthen "backed out" out of a scrap against 15-0 Demetrius Andrade, a 23-year-old junior middleweight who repped the US in the 2008 Olympics.

The 35-year-old southpaw Cauthen, who won bronze for the US at the 1996 Olympics, sports a 36-7 record. Abuhumoud told us that he went to Cauthen's house in Willingboro, NJ this afternoon to get him to sign the fight contract, after he verbally agreed to taking the gig on the Star Boxing card. "They wouldn't open the door," he said. The promoter said that Cauthen's car was in front of the house, so he believes he was present. He also said Cauthen isn't picking up the phone to answer the promoter's calls.

Abuhumoud told us he called Star Boxing matchmaker Ron Katz to apprise him of the situation. Katz, he said, gave him some more time to get Cauthen into the fold, but indicated he'd find another alternative if Cauthen didn't come to the table.

ESPN New York called Cauthen to get his side, and left a voice mail. We reached out to Katz and Star Boxing chief Joe DeGuardia for an update, as well.

That leaves Rhode Islander Andrade with no dance partner for the ESPN2 dance. Stay tuned for the continuing saga of the disappearing main event...