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Coleman-Paris on Friday; Guinn-Mansour on 8/19; U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Men’s Boxing in Mobile

The card is taking shape for Gary Shaw Production's "Clash at the Chumash" at the Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, California, on August 5 and televised live on ESPN Friday Night Fights.

The sensational main event features a potentially explosive matchup between two of the world's fastest 140-lb fighters, as Tim "Pitbull" Coleman (19-1, 5 KO's) and Detroit's Vernon Paris (24-0, 14 KO's) will meet in a 10-round junior welterweight battle for the USBA Championship.

In the televised supporting bout, Glendale, California's undefeated Art Hovhannesyan (14-0-1, 8 KO's) will be looking to continue his winning ways against a very tough foe in former world title champion Cristobal Cruz (39-12-2, 23 KO's) in a 10-round lightweight bout.

On the outstanding undercard, Miami's undefeated featherweight prospect Luis Franco (9-0, 5 KOs) will take on tough veteran Adolfo Landeros (21-20-2, 10 KOs) in an eight-round test; Guilderland, New York's undefeated Michael "Baby Face Assassin" Faragon (15-0, 6 KOs) will face Memphis, Tennessee's tough Ira Terry (24-5, 14 KOs) over six lightweight rounds; in an eight-round welterweight bout, New York City's undefeated Michael Anderson will face a good test in El Paso, Texas, veteran Bernardo Guereca (16-11-1 3 KOs); and San Ardo, California's Roman Morales (5-0, 4 KOs) will look to remain unbeaten in a four-round featherweight contest against Tabasco, Mexico's Rodrigo Arranda (8-14-2, 2 KOs).

On fight night, the first fight will begin at 5:30 pm Pacific time. Tickets are priced at $35, $45, $55, $70, and $85 are available online at Star Tickets. The Chumash Casino Resort is located at 3400 East Highway 246 in Santa Ynez. For more information, visit www.garyshawproductions.com. For more information about the Chumash, call (800) 248-6274 or visit www.chumashcasino.com.

Amir Mansour, Ronica Jeffrey, Edgar Santana going for belts on Aug. 19

DOVER, Del. — Tickets are selling fast for the Aug. 19 multiple championship night of boxing in the Rollins Center arena at Dover Downs Hotel & Casino. Amir “Hard Core” Mansour, 14(11)-0 will face Dominick “The Southern Disaster” Guinn, 33(22)-7-1 for the WBO NABO Intercontinental Heavyweight Championship, interim title. The NABO title will place the winner among the Top 15 heavyweights in the world.

Going for his first title shot is Edgar “The Kid” Santana, 25(16)-3(1) of Spanish Harlem, N.Y., who will fight for the interim WBA NABA Light Welterweight title. His opponent has not yet been signed.

Former top-ranked Golden Gloves champion “Queen” Ronica Jeffrey, 7(1)-0 will challenge fellow New Yorker Ela “Bam Bam” Nunez, 9(2)-9(1)-1, for the vacant NABF Female Super Featherweight Title. This is Jeffrey’s first professional title opportunity.

The undercard includes newcomers, cruiserweight Lamont “The Problem Solver” Singletary, 1-0 of Dover, who will face William Clint Green, 1(1)-2(1) of Hannibal, Mo. Super featherweight Omar Douglas, who won his debut fight last May at Dover Downs Hotel & Casino, will take on Corey White, 1(1)-2 of Ohio.

Rounding out the undercard are light heavyweight Anthony “Caputo” Smith, 10(8)-0 of Kennett Square, Pa., against Steve “The Spoiler” Walker, 25(17)-27(23) of Hannibal, Mo., and light welterweight “Rockin” Ryan Belasco, 14(3)-5-3 of Wilmington against Fernando “The Whip” Basora, 8(7)-6(6)-1, of Bronx, N.Y. Cruiserweight Dan “Bada Bing” Biddle, 7(5)-1 of Hockessin is also on the card; his opponent has yet to named.

Tickets range from $40 to $200 and may be purchased through VIP Services at 800-711-5882 or online at doverdowns.com. Anyone over 21 with a ticket will receive a complimentary casino table games match play coupon for $10-$50, valid for 30 days at Dover Downs Hotel & Casino. The first bout will begin at 7:30 p.m. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. Will call will be open from 4:30 to 9:30 p.m.

The Winners Bracket Finalists Stake Their Claim in Mobile

(MOBILE, ALA.) – Two exciting bouts in the lightweight division highlighted a strong night of boxing on Monday at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Men’s Boxing in Mobile, Ala. Two-time National Champion Jose Ramirez (Avenal, Calif.) was pushed to the limit in his bout while 2008 Olympian Raynell Williams (Cleveland, Ohio) came back from a deficit in his bout with 2011 USA Boxing National Championships silver medalist Toka Kahn Clary (Providence, R.I.)

Ramirez took on 2011 USA Boxing National Championships bronze medalist Kenneth Sims, Jr. (Chicago, Ill.) in his second bout of the tournament. The bout was close from the opening bell to the final second, but only one boxer could emerge victorious. Ramirez pulled out a 23-22 decision over Sims to advance to a final round match-up with Williams. The 2008 Olympian advanced to his second straight winners bracket final with a 30-25 win over Kahn Clary.

Shawn Simpson (Chicago, Ill.) and Rau’shee Warren (Cincinnati, Ohio) will face in the flyweight winners bracket final following victories by both boxers. Simpson won a 16-12 decision over Oscar Cantu (Kingsville, Texas) while Warren took a 29-18 victory over Stephon Young (St. Louis, Mo.).

Amir Imam (Albany, N.Y.) officially announced his intentions in his new welterweight division with a commanding 40-10 victory over Arturo Trujillo (Easton, Pa.) in the winners bracket semifinal. Three-time national champion Errol Spence (Desoto, Texas) will face Imam on Wednesday following his 13-5 victory over Bryant Perrella (Lehigh Acres, Fla.).

In light heavyweight action, Marcus Browne (Staten Island, N.Y.) claimed an 11-8 decision over 2010 National Champion Jeffery Spencer (Fort Carson, Colo.) to join 2011 USA Boxing National Championships silver medalist Jerry Odom (Bowie, Md.) in the light heavyweight winners bracket championship bout.

Lenroy Thompson (Lenexa, Kansas) took down the towering Dominic Breazale (Alhambra, Calif.) in their super heavyweight match-up. Thompson took a 16-7 decision over Breazale and will look for his third straight victory in a match-up with Andrew Shepherd (Fort Carson, Colo.).

All of the winners brackets boxers will be off on Tuesday with the challengers bracket competing in 20 bouts on Tuesday evening.

Monday Evening Results
114 lbs/challengers bracket: John Franklin, Fort Carson, Colo., dec. Gabriel Montoya, Cheyenne, Wyo., 28-14

114 lbs/challengers bracket: Emilio Sanchez, Pacoima, Calif., dec. Adam Lopez, San Antonio, Texas, 30-23

114 lbs/winners bracket: Shawn Simpson, Chicago, Ill., dec. Oscar Cantu, Kingsville, Texas, 16-12

114 lbs/winners bracket: Rau'shee Warren, Cincinnati, Ohio, dec. Stephon Young, St. Louis, Mo., 29-18

132 lbs/challengers bracket: Louis Cruz, Bronx, N.Y., dec. Damon Allen, Philadelphia, Pa., 12-11

132 lbs/challengers bracket: Erick DeLeon, Lincoln Park, Mich., dec. Toribio Ramirez, Bowling Green, Fla., 20-14

132 lbs/winners bracket: Jose Ramirez, Avenal, Calif., dec. Kenneth Sims Jr., Chicago Ill., 23-22

132 lbs/winners bracket: Raynell Williams, Cleveland, Ohio, dec. Toka Kahn Clary, Providence, R.I., 30-25

152 lbs/challengers bracket: Samuel Vasquez, Fort Carson, Colo., dec. Regis Prograis, Houston, Texas 26-10

152 lbs/challengers bracket: Willie Jones, Charlotte, N.C., dec. Luis Olivares, Glendale, Ariz., 11-9

152 lbs/winners bracket: Errol Spence, Desoto, Texas, dec. Bryant Perrella, Lehigh Acres, Fla., 13-5

152 lbs/winners bracket: Amir Imam, Albany, N.Y., dec. Arturo Trujillo, Easton, Pa., 40-10

178 lbs/challengers bracket: Shaborn Ryals, Capitol Heights, Md., dec. Robert Brant, Oakdale, Minn., 20-10

178 lbs/challengers bracket: Caleb Plant, Ashland City, Tenn., dec. Sean Bettencourt, Stoughton, Mass., 18-14

178 lbs/winners bracket: Jerry Odom, Bowie, Md., dec. Siju Shabazz, Las Cruces, N.M., 32-19

178 lbs/winners bracket: Marcus Brown, Staten Island, N.Y. dec. Jeffery Spencer, Fort Carson, Colo., 11-8

201+ lbs/challengers bracket: Laron Mitchell, San Francisco, Calif., dec. Donovan Dennis, Davenport, Iowa, 16-16 (84-79)

201+ lbs/challengers bracket: Jonathan Hamm, St. Paul, Minn., stopped O'Jayland Brown, Sacramento, Calif., RSC-1 (1:17)

201+ lbs/winners bracket: Andrew Shepherd, Fort Carson, Colo., dec. Brett Rather, Las Vegas, Nev., 25-15

201+ lbs/winners bracket: Lenroy Thompson, Lenexa, Kan., dec. Dominic Breazale, Alhambra, Calif., 16-7


Tuesday Bout Sheet

108 lbs/challengers bracket: Gregory Outlaw, Glendarden, Md., vs. David Carlton, Cincinnati, Ohio

108 lbs/challengers bracket: Santos Vasquez, Sparks, Nev., vs. Marco Rangel, Scottsdale, Ariz.

114 lbs/challengers bracket: Oscar Cantu, Kingsville, Texas vs. John Franklin, Fort Carson, Colo.

114 lbs/challengers bracket: Emilio Sanchez, Pacoima, Calif., vs. Stephon Young, St. Louis, Mo.

123 lbs/challengers bracket: Tramaine Williams, New Haven, Conn., vs. Joe Perez, Fountain, Colo.

123 lbs/challengers bracket: Joet Gonzalez, Glendora, Calif., vs. Luis Feliciano, Milwaukee, Wis.

132 lbs/challengers bracket: Toka Kahn Clary, Providence, R.I., vs. Erick DeLeon, Lincoln Park, Mich.

132 lbs/challengers bracket: Luis Cruz, Bronx, N.Y., vs. Kenneth Sims, Jr., Chicago, Ill.

141 lbs/challengers bracket: Michael Reed, Waldorf, Md., vs. George Rincon, Carrollton, Texas

141 lbs/challengers bracket: Duran Caferro, Helena, Mont., vs. Semajay Thomas, Chicago, Ill.

152 lbs/challengers bracket: Arturo Trujillo, Easton, Pa., vs. Samuel Vasquez, Fort Carson, Colo.

152 lbs/challengers bracket: Willie Jones, Charlotte, N.C., vs. Bryant Perrella, Lehigh Acres, Fla.

165 lbs/challengers bracket: Luis Arias, Milwaukee, Wis., vs. Chris Pearson, Trotwood, Ohio

165 lbs/challengers bracket: Edgar Alvarado, Jr., San Bernadino, Calif., vs. D’Mitrius Ballard, Temple Hills, Md.

178 lbs/challengers bracket: Siju Shabazz, Las Cruces, N.M., vs. Caleb Plant, Ashland City, Tenn.

178 lbs/challengers bracket: Shaborn Ryals, Capitol Heights, Md., vs. Jeffery Spencer, Fort Carson, Colo.

201 lbs/challengers bracket: Steve Geffrard, Boca Raton, Fla., vs. Robert Jekabson, Chicago, Ill.

201 lbs/challengers bracket: Andrew Tabiti, Las Vegas, Nev., vs. Joseph Williams, Bronx, N.Y.

201+ lbs: Dominic Breazale, Alhambra, Calif., vs. Jonathan Hamm, St. Paul, Minn.

201+ lbs: Laron Mitchell, San Francisco, Calif., vs. Brett Rather, Las Vegas, Nev.

Athlete Quotes

Jose Ramirez

“In comparison to last night’s fight I felt the same, I take every fight seriously. I knew this fight with Kenneth Sims Jr. was going to be a good fight, but I didn’t know how close.”

“I’m going to try and take advantage of the extra day off I get from winning and get my rest.


Errol Spence

“This was my third time facing Bryant Perella, so I already knew what I had to do to win. It was really important to win this one and keep the pressure off, now they have to beat me twice to eliminate me.”

“Tonight I used my ring generalship skills; I was a moving target and he couldn’t catch my rhythm.”

Jerry Odom

“The anticipation for this bout was extra motivation because we had fought before in the National PAL Championship and it was close - 7-6.”

“I was there mentally and that allowed me to beat Shabazz.”

“I’m so close to an Olympic spot, I’m expecting the best from my next opponents.”

“A victory like this gives me a lot of confidence. I’ve only been boxing four years ago, a lot of these guys have been working for this their whole life.”

Lenroy Thompson

“My performance could always get better, I’m going to go to the gym and work on a few things before my next fight.”

“It was a more physical fight then it had to be, but I had the confidence going in because I’ve been working with the Headbangers boxing club in Washington, D.C. and they’ve helped me a lot.”

“Having an extra day of rest will be nice, I’ve never had a day off before in a tournament.”

“In order to pull off these two wins to qualify I have to work hard, not make any mistakes, and be smart.”

USA Boxing, as the national governing body for Olympic-style boxing, is the United States’ member organization of the International Amateur Boxing Association (AIBA) and a member of the United States Olympic Committee (USOC).

Article posted on 01.08.2011



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