Boxing News: Ricky Burns, Luis Ramos, Mendy vs Naugler

21.10.08 - Commonwealth Super-Featherweight Champion Ricky Burns is already having nightmares about facing Ghanaian hardman Yakubu Amidu on Friday 14 November at Glasgow's Kelvin Hall. Burns was involved in a tough scrap against another Ghanaian Osumanu Akaba to win the title last month in London, and now faces another hard night against power-punching Amidu who has knocked-out all but one of his 17 opponents..

He said, "These Ghanaian's are hard, hard, fighters, so when I saw that this guy Amidu was from Ghana I groaned! Then when I looked at his record and saw that he has belted out 16 of his 17 opponents I had nightmares later that night!

"It's good that he has instilled this fear in me already because it's given me the buzz I need to win and to train harder than ever to beat this guy and keep hold of my Commonwealth crown,

"He might have an awesome record littered with knockouts but he going to come unstuck against a good boxer like me,

"The fight against Akaba was a great learning fight and to come through a tough twelve-rounder has done me the world of good. I've watched the fight again and there's plenty to learn from it and to practice in the gym,

"I'm just looking forward to returning to Scotland a champion and defending my title in front of my home fans and it's going to be a great night."

Burns features as chief support to Kell Brook's British Welterweight title defence against Kevin McIntyre that also features a top quality undercard.

Tickets are available from Morrison Boxing 0141 554 7777, Ticket Scotland 0141 204 5151 and Frank Warren 01992 550 888.


Kell Brook (Sheffield, England) vs. Kevin McIntyre (Paisley, Scotland)

Ricky Burns (Coatbridge, Scotland) vs. Yakubu Amidu (Accra, Ghana)

8 X 3 Minute Rounds Welterweight Contest
Michael Jennings (Chorley, England) vs. TBA

8 X 3 Minute Rounds Super-Middleweight Contest
Kenny Anderson (Edinburgh, Scotland) vs. TBA

4 X 3 Minute Rounds Featherweight Contest
James Ancliff (Fettercairn, Scotland) vs. Mo Khaled (Sheffield, England)

4 X 3 Minute Rounds Welterweight Contest
Gary McMillan (Edinburgh, Scotland) vs. TBA

4 X 3 Minute Rounds Lightweight Contest
George Watson (Newcastle, England) vs. John Baguley (Rotherham, England)

4 X 3 Minute Rounds Welterweight Contest
Ryan Scott (Wishaw, Scotland) vs. TBA


LOS ANGELES, CA (October 20, 2008) Santa Ana lightweight sensation Luis Ramos will be back in action this Friday night, October 24th to face Sadot Vazquez in a six round bout at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, California, it was announced this afternoon by manager Frank Espinoza.

The 19 year old Ramos, 7-0 (5KO’s), has quickly become the most talked about prospect in the crowded Southern California boxing scene. Just three weeks ago he thrilled the packed house at the Doubletree Hotel with a first round knockout of Puerto Rican veteran Celestino Rodriguez.

A native of Fort Worth, Texas , Vazquez brings a record of 3-2-1 (1KO) into the battle with Ramos.

Said Espinoza, “Luis has stayed in the gym over the last three weeks and is in outstanding shape. It’s a quick turnaround since his last bout but he’s very serious about his conditioning and preparation. He’s ready to put on another great performance for the terrific fans at the Doubletree.”

“Since turning professional one year ago, Luis has been very busy. This will be his eighth fight which is truly a testament to his hard work.”

On July 30th, Ramos made his broadcast debut with a devastating fifth round stoppage of Aaron Dominguez. The scheduled six rounder was broadcast on ESPN2’s Wednesday Night Fights from the Sycuan Resort and Casino in EL Cajon , California .

Advance tickets for this Thompson Boxing Promotions event can be obtained by calling 714-935-0900 or by visiting their website at

The ESPINOZA BOXING CLUB was started in 1991 by Los Angeles area businessman Frank Espinoza. Espinoza has earned numerous accolades for his management skills from many boxing newspaper and internet writers.

In 2006, Espinoza was awarded the Manager of the Year award from the World Boxing Hall of Fame and inducted into the California Boxing Hall of Fame.

In the September 2008 issue of Ring Magazine, Espinoza was praised for his outstanding handling of the career of junior featherweight world champion and “Pound for Pound” superstar Israel “EL MAGNIFICO” Vazquez.

Vazquez is currently ranked on numerous Pound for Pound lists including # 4 by Yahoo Sports, # 5 by Ring Magazine and # 7 by ESPN.

Espinoza also has managed retired former world champion Martin “EL GALLITO” Castillo and currently manages world ranked Alex Valdez and Miguel “EL ANESTESISTA” Huerta in addition to undefeated prospects Manuel “SUAVECITO” Roman, Jesus “POLLO” Hernandez, Luis Ramos, Carlos Molina, Abraham Lopez and Ronny Rios.

For more information on The Espinoza Boxing Club, please visit their newly remodeled website at

Mendy vs Naugler

Standing 8 Productions is pleased to announce the return of Jean Paul “The Profound” Mendy to the states on Saturday the 25th of October at the Township Auditorium in the Columbia, SC when Mendy will face Jason “Notorious” Naugler. This bout is for the vacant IBF International Super Middle Weight Belt and is great opportunity for both fighters to get the much deserved recognition from the Boxing world. Mendy is coming off of a layoff of nearly a year and is anxious to get back in ring against a worthy opponent to show everyone that he has the metal to be the next World Champion and is ducking no one on the way to that goal. Jean Paul brings to the ring an unblemished record of 25 wins with 13 of those wins by Knock Out. Gabriel Gaide the promoter of Mendy has big plans for his fighter and is committed to campaigning him in the United States as he and Mendy both realize he will need to fight here to meet the caliber of fighter he has to face to if he expects to be recognized as a contender for a World title shot. The Canadian Light Heavy Weight Champion Jason Naugler has gone the distance with current Light Heavy Weight World Champion Chad Dawson who recently defended his title against Antonio Tarver and Naugler has never been knocked out in any of his bouts including fights with contenders Jesse Brinkley of “the Contender” fame and James McGirt Jr., both fighters being in the upper class of boxing in the Super Middle Weight division Having never been stopped Naugler will definitely bring his A game and a notorious chin and the heart of a champion when he faces Mendy as he too knows he has something to prove to the boxing fans. This fight will be one of if not the best bout ever fought in South Carolinas Capitol City. Standing 8 Productions has done a stellar job in promoting this fight with exposure in every medium available and the VIP and dignitary guest list is a virtual who’s who of Columbia and surrounding area. The event will be Hosted by Actor/Comedian Eddie Griffin with special guest Akon, Akon also is of the same origin and fellow countryman of Gabriel Gaide and Jean Paul Mendy.

The Co-Main event matches Shawn the “Sioux Warrior” Hawk of Sioux Falls, South Dakota against Josh “the Slinger” Green of Clover, South Carolina. Both Green and Hawk have undefeated records and are fighting for the USBO Cruiser Weight Title. These two fighters have similar records and are fighting for the opportunity to move upward in the rankings. This match up could prove to be the fight that will move each of these fighters to the next level and future bouts that will give them the much needed exposure that a young fighter has to have. Green is the youngster in this event, being only twenty one years old, he is in position to fight for several sanctioning organizations youth title. At 6’6” and a cruiser weight and having fought the majority of his fights at Light Heavy he has time and natural growth on his side should he decide to move up to the Heavy Weight Division.

Melinda “the Specialist” Cooper brings her undefeated record to the South Saturday night when she faces Jessica “Goodnite” Mohs in what should prove to be a true test for Melinda as Jessica has only been stopped 4 times in her career. Melinda is coming off of an impressive win over South Carolina native Donna Biggers and is ready for this fight in Biggers home state.

Kelvin “Concrete” Davis former Cruiser Weight Champion takes on fighter Marcus Oliveria. This is the first time Kelvin has campaigned at Light Heavy Weight in his 34 fight career and is ready to show the boxing world he is a contender at the new weight. Oliveria too realizes this is a great opportunity for him to make a statement in the Light Heavy Weight Division.

Mehdi Azri is making his first appearance on this side of the Atlantic and is excited about fighting in front of the American boxing fans. Azri has an impressive 12 win 6 loss record as his losses came at the hands of fighters with a combined win loss record of 89 wins and only 24 losses. Mehdi is focused and ready to take on a game William Ganes as Ganes fights in front of his fans from all around South Carolina. Ganes is trained and Coached by his father Jodi Ganes who is well known in the Low Country for a stellar amateur career and his work with several local young fighters since retiring from boxing as a fighter and moving on to help the sport grow in the South.

Standing 8 Productions is looking forward to bringing more world class fight to this area, and to offering the opportunity to their fighters to fight here and around the world. This fight card is a strong card of evenly matched bouts as Gabriel Gaide brings his philosophy that the fans deserve to see good fights and new talent not normally given the exposure they deserve. This card will be filmed for distribution throughout the Fox Network and rebroadcast in foreign countries as well. A former fighter himself Gabriel Gaide recognizes the need for fresh talent to get the exposure they need while the fan also deserves evenly matched, entertaining events. This Fight Card is a Fight Card for the Boxing Fans. Gabriel Gaide, CEO of Standing 8 Productions is dedicating this event to the World Peace Makers.

Article posted on 20.10.2008

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