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Froch decisions Johnson; Gonzalez Named Prospect of the Month; Theophane eying Commonwealth strap

Official Attendance: 2,286

Carl Froch, WBC Super Middleweight Champion/Super Six Finalist:

“Everyone is finally starting to acknowledge what I’ve done in successive fights.”

“I wasn’t 100% happy with my performance, because I’m the kind of guy who likes to unload my shots. I didn’t do that enough tonight, but I did enough to win.”

“Johnson is a big, strong light heavyweight and he can hang in with everyone. He is a proud, strong man. He was fading towards the end because I was hitting him.”

“It was a professional performance tonight, which I’m proud of. I did enough to win without taking too many risks.”

“I’m going to stay on the ball. I will have a little bit of a rest, and I’ll go back and see my baby boy Rocco. But, I will stay straight and stay fit.”

“You always learn in every fight. Tonight I solidified that I can box on my last foot and give Ward problems doing that.”

Eddie Hearn, Froch’s Promoter:

“Carl deserves the utmost respect from everyone in the world. He is a real fighter. We don’t have enough people like Carl Froch in boxing.”

“We’re going to build his fight with Andre Ward for what it is: a unification fight between the two best super middleweights in the world.”

“I don’t think there has been anyone who has fought, successively, so many top opponents. Carl is just a fighter.”

Glen Johnson:

“My team has done a wonderful job with my career every since I teamed up with them. We have come up on the short end of the stick sometimes, and they have never given up on me.”

“For me, I will just go home and put more effort into it and see what I can bring next time.”

“It was a close fight. There was a lot of give and take. He hit me with some solid, clean shots.”

“Carl can fight. He is tough. We look forward to seeing a great fight between the two men who have made it to the finals.”

Lou DiBella, Johnson’s Co-Promoter:

“If you don’t love Glen Johnson then you don’t love boxing. It is an honor and privilege to be his promoter and to be his friend. You never get less than 100% from Glen Johnson.”

“Everyone on this team respects the heck out of Carl Froch. If Andre Ward thinks he will have an easy night, he is very wrong.”

“It was a very close fight going into the seventh or eighth round. Glen tried to take him out with one punch and Carl adjusted.”

Leon Margules, Johnson’s Co-Promoter:

“People who came here tonight saw a spectacular fight between two great warriors and champions. Anyone who saw the fight and knows boxing can appreciate the kind of battle Glen and Carl had.”

“For a 42 year old athlete to fight twelve hard rounds like that is a spectacular feat.”

“I’m not disappointed in Glen’s performance; I’m only disappointed in the result.”Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States

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Gonzalez Named Prospect of the Month by Prestigious Latino Boxing Site

Latino boxing site NotiFight.com has awarded junior middleweight power-punching sensation Jonathan "Mantequilla" Gonzalez with their Prospect of the Month award for May.

Considered one of the top young prospects from Puerto Rico, Gonzalez was impressive in knocking out former The Contender contestant Rudy Cisneros in seven rounds at the Chumash Casino in Santa Ynez, California, and live on ESPN Friday Night Fights on May 13. The 21-year-old's record now stands at an eye-catching 13-0 with 13 KOs.

Gonzalez, however, will not rest on this laurel very long.

He will face hard-hitting Richard Gutierrez (26-6-1, 16 KOs) for the NABA and WBO Latino Youth Junior Middleweight Championships at Boricua Invasion II, on June 11, at Roseland Ballroom in New York City and televised live on ShoBox: The New Generation at 10:35 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME.

"He is a fighter with great skill and most importantly, the desire to be the best," said Gary Shaw, Gonzalez's co-promoter.

Team Puerto Rico was developed by promoters Gary Shaw, Lou DiBella, Javier Bustillo and Leon Margules in order to group the best young talent on the island on one team.

Team Puerto Rico's Next Appearance:

Back-to-back, on June 10 and 11 (Friday and Saturday before the 2011 National Puerto Rican Day Parade on Sunday) at the Roseland Ballroom in New York City, Gary Shaw Productions and DiBella Entertainment will present Boricua Invasion I and II, featuring members of Team Puerto Rico Boxing, the eight-man team of Puerto Rico's future ring stars.

Friday's Boricua Invasion I will feature the unstoppable welterweight on everybody's "one to watch" list, Thomas Dulorme (11-0, 10 KOs) vs. former world champion DeMarcus Corley; Juana Diaz, Puerto Rico's highlight-reel welterweight KO specialist Kenny "Battlestar" Galarza (14-1, 14 KOs) vs. Puerto Rican compatriot Irving Garcia and the future superstar already fighting in main events after just two bouts, Jose "Sniper" Pedraza (2-0, 2 KOs). The main bouts of Boricua Invasion I will be televised on ESPN Friday Night Fights.

Saturday's Boricua Invasion II will feature four more members of Team Puerto Rico: featherweight Luis "Orlandito" Del Valle (12-0, 10 KOs) vs. Dat Nguyen; junior middleweight Jonathan "Mantequilla Gonzalez (12-0, 12 KOs); and light welterweight Sanchez vs. Arroyo. Also scheduled for action are Team Puerto Rico light welterweight Jorge "Machito" Maysonet Jr. (3-0, 2 KOs); plus a special off-TV appearance by Puerto Rico-born light welterweight Gabriel "Tito" Bracero (15-0, 1 KO) of Brooklyn. The main bouts of Boricua Invasion II will be broadcast live on Showtime: The New Generation.

Tickets for Boricua Invasion I on Friday, June 10 are priced at $175, $125, $75, $45 and are available through Ticketmaster.com, charge-by-phone, or at any Ticketmaster outlet. On Friday, doors will open at 6:00 pm and the action starts at 6:30.

Tickets for Boricua Invasion II on Saturday, June 11 are priced at $200, $150, $85, and $55 and are available through Ticketmaster.com, charge-by-phone, or at any Ticketmaster outlet. On Saturday, doors will open at 7:00 pm and the action starts at 7:30.

For VIP Package tickets to both nights, please call DiBella Entertainment at 212-947-2577.

The Roseland Ballroom is located at 239 West 52nd Street in New York City.

All bouts are subject to change.

BRITISH CHAMPION ASHLEY 'TREASURE' THEOPHANE TARGETS COMMONWEALTH TITLE

by Stacy Warren: British Champion Ashley 'Treasure' Theophane makes his first defence of the British Title on Saturday 23rd July at the Wembley Arena in London, United Kingdom.

Derek Chirosa and Tyson Fury will contest for the British and Commonwealth titles in the other main event of the evening, followed by a full undercard of the best of UK's top talent.

After beating Lenny Daws for the British title on the 19th February. Theophane has had numerous British fighters request to face him. English champion Nigel Wright, Southern Area champion Darren Hamilton, Steve Williams, Frankie Gavin and Peter McDonagh have all got paper inches by challenging the Champion.

Lee McAllister, the Aberdeen Assassin who is the current IBO International champion at Junior welterweight and former Commonwealth champion at Lightweight challenges for the Junior welterweight Commonwealth title, vacated by WBC number two Ajose Olusegun against Isaac Quartey on Saturday 11th June in Scotland.

McAllister failed in his first attempt at the British title when he was halted by John Murray in the eighth round of their encounter in 2009.

Theophane, who beat IBF World number three Delvin Rodriguez last July and former WBO World champion Demarcus Corley in 2008 has shown interest in fighting McAllister in a unification match up for the 23rd July show on his Twitter account.

The British champion also named former WBC World champion Junior Witter, former European champion Colin Lynes and former British champion Barry Morrison as other possible opponents for his first defence in his New York, New York blog.

Witter and Lynes fight in the Welterweight Prizefighter on Tuesday, then Morrison and McAllister fight on the Saturday.
All four fighters are fighting within the week so will be available if they up for the challenge in six weeks time.

Theophane is currently in New York City training at the World famous Gleason's gym in Brooklyn as he prepares to start his journey to win a Lonsdale belt outright with three defences.

For tickets to the 'BIG BRAWL' at Wembley Arena on Saturday 23rd July.

Buy them online at hoodstarsports.com

For all information on Ashley Theophane. Go to the British champion's website
www.ashleytheophane.com

Article posted on 05.06.2011



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