News: Al Bernstein Channel Shows Exciting Boxing; TKO Boxing Presents "A Warriors Homecoming"
The August 21 Crown Boxing card provided surprises and some near surprises in an exciting 7 fight card, and all the matches can still be seen on the Al Bernstein Boxing Channel at www.ibnsports.com. Al Bernstein, who called the matches at ringside said, "The hallmark of a really good evening of boxing is competitive action and results that are very much in doubt. That's exactly what this Crown boxing show provided." He added, "There were knockdowns, comebacks, and even some controversy to spice things up.."
Article posted on 26.08.2009
Oliver McCall defended his IBA Heavyweight crown in a spirited and close battle with Franklin Lawrence. The unanimous decision for McCall was hotly debated and a call for a rematch was immediate. The 44 year old McCall showed grit and determination by winning the last several rounds to pull out the win.
Here are some highlights from the rest of the card:
Junior welterweight prospect Lawrence Hughes was hurt badly in the first two rounds by Phoenix product Marcos Mendias and looked like he was on the verge of his first defeat, when he came back to score a dramatic third round TKO.
A favorite who did lose, but in courageous fashion, was Brian Battease. He was knocked down by Dustin Day in round one and suffered a fractured ankle. He fought the remaining rounds anyway and he and Day produced an exciting four round split decision match, with the verdict going to Day.
Lightweight Ricardo Calzada and Jeff Watkins, two men with outstanding amateur careers, faced each other in their pro debut. The result was a well fought four round slugfest. Watkins went down in round one but came back with rallies of his own over the next few rounds. Calzada, a 19 year old with power and aggression, did enough to win a hard fought decision.
TKO BOXING PRESENTS “A WARRIORS HOMECOMING” SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 19TH IN HARTFORD, CT.
HARTFORD, CT (August 25, 2009) Tickets are now on sale for “A WARRIORS HOMECOMING” an outstanding evening of world class professional boxing set for Saturday, September 19th at Nomads Adventure Quest in South Windsor, CT.
Starting at $45, tickets can be purchased in advance by calling 860-290-1177 or 860-508-6431.
“A WARRIORS HOMECOMING” is presented by Chet Koerner’s TKO BOXING Promotions, originators of the nationally acclaimed “HOMETOWN HEROES TO WORLD CHAMPIONS” boxing series.
Said Koerner, “We’re very proud to bring a world class boxing event to the terrific boxing fans in the New England area. This is TKO BOXING’s first event in Hartford and we’re looking forward to this being the first of many outstanding events we promote in the area.”
“A WARRIORS HOMECOMING” is headlined by the return of the Fighting Pride of Hartford, Connecticut, undefeated featherweight Matt “THE SHARP SHOOTER” Remillard,
The 23 year old Remillard, 18-0-0 with ten knockouts, returns home following two outstanding road victories this year.
On July 10th, the Manchester born Remillard brutally stopped Tyler Ziolkowski in the first round at the Reno Events Center in Reno , Nevada . Prior to that, he stopped former world title challenger Jesus Perez in the third round in Baltimore , Maryland on April 2nd.
Remillard’s last New England bout was a six round decision over former world champion Mauricio Pastrana on November 13, 2008 in Providence , Rhode Island .
Co-headlining “A WARRIORS HOMECOMING” is the New England debut of sensational junior lightweight prospect Kermit “BAZOOKA” Gonzalez of St. Petersburg, Florida.
The 23 year old Gonzalez, .6-0-2 (3KO’s), has quickly built a name for himself in the boxing world with outstanding, action packed performances in both his native Florida and Nevada .
Rounding out “A WARRIORS HOMECOMING” is a trio of young local newcomers making their pro debuts including heavyweight heavyweight Steve “VOODOO” Kerner, junior middleweight Kelly Luchs and junior lightweight Joseph “CHIP” Perez, all of whom will appear in four round bouts.
Further details on “A WARRIORS HOMECOMING” will be announced shortly.
Nomads Adventure Quest is located at 100 Bidwell Road in South Windsor ; CT. Doors on the evening of the event will open at 6pm with the first bell at 7:30pm.
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