July 17, 2014 by · Leave a Comment
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ATLANTIC CITY – Regional MMA champions usually face a long line of worthy challengers, but that’s not always the case.

Given the high stakes involved, some fighters may beeschewing the traditional route of fighting the toughest opponents available and are instead focusing on maintaining outstanding records in the hopes of attracting the attention of UFC bosses.

And that sometimes means passing on the chance to win a championship.

Case in point: Cage Fury Fighting Championships lightweight titleholder Paul “The Irish Dragon” Felder has his belt, but he has struggled to find an opponent for his first title defense.

A hard-nosed striker who won the crown with a second-round TKO of veteran Marc Stevens in March, Felder is unbeaten in seven professional fights and is considered one of the brightest prospects not already in the UFC.

He says after the Stevens fight, his opponent pool shrank drastically.

“I’m not saying these guys are cowards. They’re looking out for their careers, too. It’s just kind of a hard fight to take. Everybody is like ‘I don’t want to take that fight — I want to get called to the UFC.’ But that’s not what (the UFC is) looking for. When you beat tough kids, that’s when you go,” said Felder, who has stopped five of his seven opponents with strikes. “I want to fight whomever is going to get me closest to the UFC and get me noticed by Joe Silva and Dana White. That’s the only other organization I want to fight for.”

Cage Fury officials say they thought they had secured an opponent for Felder on several occasions.

Two Canadians – including Alex Ricci (8-2) – were offered the fight but ultimately turned it down. CFFC CEO Rob Haydak said the fighters declined to face Felder because they claimed they were on the “short list” to be called to the UFC. Another fighter — also a champion of a regional promotionand who also sports a stellar record — said he could not take the fight because, according to Haydak, he needed more than seven weeks for his training camp.

“This is such a here-and-now sport that a loss can literally set a fighter back a couple of years,” said Haydak, who has owned CFFC for four years and has held shows in numerous states on the East Coast.“Paul is 30 years old and his window is closing a little quicker than a typical young buck. It’s frustrating to hear a guy say he’s a fight or two away from the UFC and doesn’t want to take a tough fight. Quite frankly, it’s a cowardly approach. Managers protecting their fighters is becoming a huge problem on the regional level. The UFC is caught up on records and these managers are flocking to states where commissions will allow any two fighters with a heartbeat to fight one another, regardless of records.”

With Felder set to defend his title at the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City on August 9, CFFC matchmaker Arias Garcia spent nearly six weeks trying to find himan opponent. Felder, meanwhile, was told to keep training and preparing for a fight that everyone hoped would take place. Finally, Tennessee’s “Relentless” Craig Johnson (6-2) agreed to take the fight.

Felder says he now can begin to develop a strategy for facing Johnson, a grinding wrestler who punches hard from close range. The 34-year-old has earned all six of his victories by either TKO or submission, and both losses were by split decision.

Felder said preparing for Johnson is a far different task than getting ready to fight Ricci, who is a kickboxer and Muay Thai specialist similar to himself.

And now Felder has only a few weeks to do it.

“This whole time we’ve just been training for anything, which is fine, but it’s mentally kind of challenging,” said Felder, who believes that not only is he close to a UFC call, but that his style of fighting also helps. “I’m not afraid to stand in there and throw elbows and knees and kicks. I get taken down and beat up a little bit but I still come back. I think that’s what they’re looking for.”

Haydak said that CFFC champions have a long tradition of accepting all challenges and never turning down a fight. He listed former titleholders George “The Silencer” Sullivan, Aljamain “The Funk Master” Sterling, and Sean “Shorty Rock” Santella among those willing to fight anyone, anywhere. Sullivan and Sterling are both currently in the UFC, while Santella is considered a top prospect.

Haydak added that his organization was very fortunate that Johnson accepted the fight.

“He’s a very, very good fighter. His wrestling is high level and he has knockout power,” Haydak said. “He’s the first guy who didn’t hesitate to fight Paul. I have a tremendous amount of respect for him and if he ends up being our champion, then I know he’ll fight anyone.”

About Cage Fury Fighting Championships

Cage Fury Fighting Championships returns to the Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa in Atlantic City on August 9. CFFC 38 will feature a stacked fight card, including three title fights.

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Cage Fury Fighting Championships ( is a pioneer in bringing prominent and elite MMA talent to the East Coast. Since CFFC’s debut, past, and current champions have competed at the highest level. Before they were in the UFC, Jim and Dan Miller were both CFFC champions. That legacy remains the same today. Three current CFFC champions, George Sullivan, Aljamain Sterling, and Charlie Brenneman are currently on the UFC roster. Current UFC fighters Zach Makovsky, Nick Catone, Nah-Shon Burrell, and John Howard have also competed in CFFC prior to their entry to the UFC. Also, CFFC helped jumpstart the career of Internet fighting sensation Kimbo Slice, whose first foray into MMA came in the CFFC cage when he fought former boxing champion Ray “Merciless” Mercer. CFFC continues to thrive as one of the best regional promotions in the world while focusing on treating fighters with respect and giving the fans the ultimate MMA experience.

Ring of Combat and Dead Serious MMA – “MMA Battles” Review

July 16, 2014 by · Leave a Comment
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Ring of Combat and Dead Serious MMA partnered to present “MMA Battles” on from Schuetzen Park in North Bergen, New Jersey. This event had another stacked lineup, something Ring of Combat and Dead Serious MMA has become synonymous with. This time the amateurs were showcased on this 13-bout mega card that featured 7 finishes. ROC and Dead Serious Fighting Championship continue to be the linchpin of East Coast MMA and this card reiterated that dominance in the Tri-State area.

In the main event, Robert Bodden defeated Chad Gudmundsson via unanimous decision. Bodden used his wrestling to get the fight to the mat multiple times and keep Gudmundsson on his back. Bodden was strong in top control and relentless on the ground. Bodden also had several hard takedowns that took the fight out of Gudmundsson as he found it difficult to get back to his feet and when he did, Bodden was again in his face using his wrestling and grappling to get the fight to the mat.

In the co-main event, Andy Segovia defeated Chris Alcala via unanimous decision. This was another fight where wrestling was king as Segovia took Alcala down time after time and had solid control inside of the guard of Alcala. Alcala looked for triangles and armbars from the bottom, but Segovia was ready and defended the submission attempts well as he would score with punches and control the action on the mat.

Travis Spadafora scored the quickest win of the night as he defeated Robert Wallin via guillotine choke in 47 seconds. Wallin shot in for a double leg takedown that Spadafora stuffed against the fence. Wallin kept working for the takedown and left his head and neck vulnerable. Spadafora sunk in the choke and when the fighters hit the mat, Spadafora locked in the choke full force from his back and Wallin tapped out.

In other action, Jenna Serio, Daniel Pereira, George Maldarelli, Yasmin Almonte, O’Brayan Ramirez and Miguel Lopez all scored submission wins as they climbed their way up the ladder in their respective divisions.

You won’t find a more thrilling card then this one. Be sure to catch all of the action as Ring of Combat and Dead Serious present “MMA Battles” exclusively on pay-per-view at Order now and own it for life on VOD.

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Atlantic City, NJ—Middleweight prospect Thomas LaManna, of Millville, NJ, faces the toughest test of his three-year pro career when he goes against Jamaal Davis, of Philadelphia, PA, in a scheduled eight-round fight on Saturday evening, Aug. 23, in the Grand Ballroom at Bally’s Atlantic City.

Headlining the seven-bout card is a scheduled 10-round welterweight contest between Mike Jones, of Philadelphia, and Jaime Herrera, of Franklin Park, IL. The card will be streamed live by First fight is 7.30 p.m.

LaManna (right) turned pro early in 2011 and he has a record of 14-0, 7 K0s. He is ranked No. 5 among 160-pounders by the United States Boxing Association (USBA).

In his last fight April 12, also at Bally’s, he earned unanimous eight-round decision over Ahsandi Gibbs, of Tampa, FL. This will mark LaManna’s sixth fight at Bally’s.

“I’ve been waiting for this fight for a while because I feel I need to prove something to myself,” LaManna said. “Jamaal Davis is a tough, nitty-gritty veteran who’s been in the ring with everybody. This is a huge step for me, but if I want to become a relevant boxer, I have to beat Jamaal Davis.

“Bally’s in Atlantic City has been my second home and has been great to me. I’m excited to be the co-feature again and to be part of another Philly vs. Jersey battle.”

Davis, 33, is 14-11-1, 6 K0s. He has lost his last three, all against world-class competition: Patrick Majewski, of Atlantic City, NJ; Yuri Foreman, of Brooklyn, NY; Jorge Melendez, of Manati, Puerto Rico.

A pro since 2003, Davis has fought some of the best junior middleweights and middleweights up and down the East Coast, including: Peter Quillin, of Brooklyn; Gabriel Rosado, of Philadelphia; Ossie Duran, of Paterson, NJ; Joel Julio, of Miami, FL.

Davis has beaten Doel Carrasquillo, of Lancaster, PA, Josh Onyango, of Trenton, NJ, and Eberto Medina, of Paterson, NJ.

“I know this is a do-or-die fight for me,” Davis said. “Everyone is counting me out but I’m not ready to leave it alone (my career) quite yet. LaManna will be the favorite in this fight and I am the stepping stone but fights are won in the ring and not on paper and not in people’s hearts or their hopes.

“LaManna has skills but he hasn’t fought the kind of opposition I have fought. This could be a whole new ball game for him. I’ll be ready for him but will he be ready for me.”

Six additional fights complete the card.


The Jones-Herrera and LaManna-Davis fights top a seven-bout card at Bally’s Atlantic City. First fight is 7.30 pm. Tickets are priced at $50 and $75 and they are on sale at the offices of Peltz Boxing (215-765-0922) and all Ticketmaster outlets (800-745-3000). Tickets also are on sale at and will stream the card on the internet. The card is being promoted by Peltz Boxing Promotions, Inc., in association with Bally’s Atlantic City.

PinnacleFC 8 results: Rising stars Mark Cherico and Adam Milstead earn impressive wins

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(PRESS RELEASE) CANONSBURG, Pa. – Pinnacle Fighting Championships returned for its eighth event on Saturday night, as 11 mixed martial arts bouts went down inside the Iceoplex in Canonsburg just outside of Pittsburgh. Four professional bouts capped off an electric night of action, including six stoppage victories.
In the main event, Mark “The Pride of Bloomfield” Cherico (7-0) kept his perfect record intact, as the hometown favorite took home a clear-cut unanimous decision victory over Indianapolis native Luis “Shonuff” Guerra (4-2). Guerra gave Cherico’s grinding style fits early in the fight, but Cherico eventually settled into a groove and worked for positions and passes on the ground while also landing strikes in the standup. Cherico scored two knockdowns in the third round, cruising his way to scores of 30-27 on all three judges’ scorecards. With the win, Cherico was awarded the first-ever PinnacleFC professional featherweight title.
In the co-main event, Pittsburgh’s Adam “The Prototype” Milstead (5-1) returned after an 18-month hiatus to earn a first round TKO victory over Georgia’s Nick Smiley (6-4) in heavyweight action. Milstead was aggressive early in the fight, rushing in for a clinch, before landing an uppercut against the cage that lead to an overhand right that dropped Smiley. Milstead reigned down some finishing blows before the referee pulled him off just 50 seconds into the bout. With the win, Milstead is now 5-0 in the heavyweight division.
In other professional action, featherweight Charlie “Mad Man” Gathers (5-5) submitted Jason “The Whip” Willett (4-5) in the second round of their grudge match, while Evolve MMA’s Bhrandon “Bad Intentions” Poindexter (1-0) submitted Steve Jones (0-2) in his professional debut.
In amateur action, Fight Club Pittsburgh’s Jake “Chill” Schilling (6-1) submitted veteran Ethan “The Wolverine” Goss (6-4) with a triangle in the second round to capture the vacant PinnacleFC amateur featherweight title. In the welterweight title bout, Schilling’s FCP teammate Matt “Chief” Hester (4-1) eked out a split decision over PinnacleFC middleweight champion Jim Rendeiro (4-2).
The full event streamed live worldwide via, and the replay can still be purchased HERE.
Full results from PinnacleFC 8:
170 lbs – Matthew Falk (2-1) def. Ja’Rhon Henderson (0-1) via Unanimous Decision
135 lbs – Jonathan Coffman (3-3) def. Osahon Omo-Osagie (1-4) via submission (kneebar) – Round 2, 0:56
180 lbs – Malik Epperson (3-0) def. Vladimir Jean-Philippe (0-2) via Unanimous Decision
170 lbs – Gregg Rudolph (1-0) def. Brandon Eckhardt (1-2) via TKO (punch) – Round 1, 1:08
135 lbs – Cortland Woodard (3-4) def. Zach Forrester (2-6) via Split Decision
170 lbs – Matt Hester (4-1) def. Jim Rendeiro (4-2) via Split Decision – for Welterweight Title
145 lbs – Jake Schilling (6-1) def. Ethan Goss (6-4) via submission (triangle) – Round 2, 1:40 – for Featherweight Title
135 lbs – Bhrandon Poindexter (1-0) def. Steve Jones (0-2) via submission (arm bar) – Round 1, 2:59*
145 lbs – Charlie Gathers (5-5) def. Jason Willett (4-5) via submission (rear naked choke) – Round 2, 3:11*
265 lbs – Adam Milstead (5-1) def. Nick Smiley (6-4) via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 0:50*
145 lbs – Mark Cherico (7-0) def. Luis Guerra (4-2) via Unanimous Decision* – for Featherweight Title
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Siam Fight Productions – “Jr Muay Thai Grand Prix Eliminator” Review

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Siam Fight Productions returned to GFL with “Jr Muay Thai Grand Prix Eliminator”. The card featured numerous top-level junior fighters from around the world and multiple title fights as some of the top Muay Thai fighters descended on the Tempe Center for the Arts in Tempe, Arizona.

In the main event, Ryan Sheehan defeated Robert Garcia via split decision to win the Siam 115 lb Title in dramatic fashion. Sheehan used great footwork and picked his shot, especially with hard knees that scored points through the fight. Garcia landed some hard shots in round two four and displayed a great boxing skill set, but it was the well-roundedness of Sheehan that incorporated the kicks, knees and utilized the clinch in the Muay Thai rules fight. Sheehan had tons of experience and it showed in the later rounds as he was more polished in the fight. Garcia fought his heart out and showed off tremendous power, but it was the overall game of Sheehan that decided the outcome.

In the co-main event, Steven Navarro defeated Ty Lai via split decision to win the Siam Title. Navarro used a strong clinch game to outlast Lai after going the distance. Navarro showed off great boxing in the bout as well as he was able to score on the inside with punches while Lai always kept his front leg cocked and bouncing on his toes looking to use it as a weapon. It was a contrast in styles but both youngsters came to bang and showed a ton of heart as they threw strikes until the final bell. With the win, Navarro takes the title back home with him to California.

To watch the champions of tomorrow in one of the most vicious combat sports, tune in to Siam Fight Productions “Jr Muay Thai Grand Prix Eliminator ” and see these young warriors chase their dreams and put in work as gladiators in the squared circle.

Siam Fight Productions is the premier junior Muay Thai event promotions company in North America. We believe that support for youth in the sport of Muay Thai is imperative to their professional as well as personal development. That is why we have dedicated ourselves to creating the ideal venue for sanctioned youth fights with the best possible safety measures available. Our Siam Fight Productions Junior Muay Thai Grand Prix Events and the Siam Cup are the newest addition to the limited number of highly coveted awards in the international Muay Thai community. We will be sending the winner of the upcoming elimination-style tournament to train at Sitsongpeenong Camp in Bangkok, Thailand, where they will be surrounded by some of the world’s greatest fighters and receive instruction from some of the sport’s best coaches.

The American Muay Thai League – “Lopez VS Kairetli” Review

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The American Muay Thai League debuted on with “Lopez VS Kairetli” from the Thurgood Marshall Center in Washington, DC. The night was highlighted by a hotly anticipated main event that showcased some true grit and determination in an all-out battle. The 8 bout card also featured 2 devastating KOs along with some razor close decisions.

In the main event, Ahmet Kairetli defeated Carlos “White Lotus” Lopez via split decision. This was a wild fight as both men scored with bone cracking strikes. Kairetli is an old-style fighter who loves to come full force at his opponents and he did that from the opening bell. The shorter, stockier Kairetli was able to close the distance and score with nice combos on the inside while Lopez looked to clinch to stop the attack of Kairetli. Kairetli showed off a huge cardio advantage too as he pressed the pace from beginning to end. Lopez did a nice job of counter punching, but it was not enough as Kairetli won the fight on sheer guts and determination as he kept his jaw tucked and continued to push the pace and bust Lopez up on the inside. His combos, both kicks and punches, kept Lopez off balance and that is something Kairetli relied on.

In the co-main event, Jovan Davis defeated Omar Estevez via decision. Davis used a huge reach advantage to score with push kicks, high kicks, low kicks and straight punches while the shorter Estevez found it difficult to get past the defense of Davis. Estevez tried to get on the inside and score with hooks to the body, but Davis has solid defense and was able to push Estevez away. Davis kept a workmanlike pace up though out the fight and continued to rack up points as he stayed active from bell to bell.

Rudy Felix, Srijan Munier, Ronaldo Valdez and Phil Verna all scored decisive decision wins, while Brian Keating and Pablo Garcia won via TKO and KO respectively. Keating put together a nice 1-2 combo that dropped his opponent Francis Kubach for good in the second round, while Garcia scored with some solid head kicks that sent James Gregory down and out in round four.

If you love the art of striking, there is no better iPPV for you to order than the “Lopez VS Kairetli”. American Muay Thai League always puts on great shows and this event will up the ante of top level Muay Thai. Order now.

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Victorium III Review

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Victorium MMA debuted on GFL with “Victorium III”, a stacked MMA card from Hayes, Virginia. This event was full speed from bell to bell as these gladiators all showed their mettle inside the cage on a 11-bout card that had 8 finishes.

In the main event, D’Juan Owens (10-7-1) scored a huge win as he defeated UFC vet Dustin Pague (11-10) via rear naked choke in the third round. Pague was coming off an extended stint in the UFC that started in 2011 as a member of TUF 14. In the third round, both fighters stood toe to toe and exchanged leg kicks then Pague clinched up and both men struggled for positional dominance on their feet. When the fight finally hit the mat, Owens was on top as Pague worked from the butterfly guard. Pague rose to his feet and Owens connected with two hard body shots as Pague fired back with a left-right combo. Owens wrestled Pague down to the mat again and got Pague’s back then sunk in the rear naked choke in a fantastic finish to a great fight.

In the co-main event, Dusty Shaw (2-1) defeated Kyle Newson (2-4) via submission in the first round. Shaw got a quick takedown and tried to work an arm triangle. Newson escaped and landed a big takedown, but Shaw locked in an arm in guillotine choke from his back as soon as they hit the mat and got the tapout shortly after.

Brett Glass (4-1) defeated Jonathan Hughes (2-3) via KO in the first round. Both men tested their distance in the early going with striking then Hughes looked for a takedown as he bullied Glass into the cage. Still on their feet, they tussled against the cage for superiority. Both men found their distance again and began to trade strikes until the fight hit the mat and Hughes locked in an armbar. Glass broke free and went to work inside the guard of Hughes landing punched. Glass moved the fight against the cage and was able to KO Hughes with one of his punches from the top. Glass showed great sportsmanship as he stopped punching when he saw Hughes was out.

In other action, Elder Ramos scored a hard fought split decision against Mark Strickland while Alan Stephenson defeated Kenny Gaudreau via TKO in the second round.

Victorium MMA brought down the house once again as they have quickly grabbed a chokehold on Mid-Atlantic MMA and this show continued in that tradition. Order “Victorium III”, and anytime afterwards on video on demand only on GFL.

Pinnacle FC 8 Review

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Pinnacle FC returned to with “Pinnacle FC 8″ from the Iceoplex At Southpointe in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania. Pinnacle FC is one of the top regional promotions in the country and this 11 bout card featured 6 stoppages and was anchored by an explosive main event with a title on the line.

In the main event, Mark Cherico (7-0) defeated Luis Guerra (4-2) via unanimous decision to win the Pinnacle FC Featherweight Title. Cherico was dominant throughout the fight, even with the late opponent change with Guerra. Cherico scored with hard punches in each round from his standup, but it was his wrestling that dominated and was top notch as he took the fight to the ground when he needed to, improved his position and scored with hard punches and elbows consistently. Cherico’s top game was excellent as he was just too heavy on the top and controlled the fight from bell to bell against a very game Guerra. Cherico now becomes a very hot commodity throughout the country. Cherico, an undefeated champion, with a good head on his shoulders, proved that he can compete with anyone in the world in the 145 lb division.

In the co-main, Adam Milstead (5-1) defeated Nick Smiley (6-4) via TKO in the first round in a heavyweight scrap. This fight was pure dynamite. Smiley scored with two huge outside leg kicks that made Milstead give pause. Milstead countered with a huge uppercut against the cage, followed by a right hand that dropped Smiley. Milstead followed up with punches on the ground until the ref stopped the fight. Both men came to throw bombs and they did just that. Milstead connected first to the face and that was the difference in the fight as he hurt Smiley and pounced on him after that.

In other action, Charlie Gathers (5-5) defeated Jason Willett (4-5) via rear naked choke in the second round of a featherweight scrap. Gathers had an edge on the mat, and it was only a matter of time until he found a fight ending submission which he did in the second when he took the back of Willett and got the tapout. Jake Schilling (6-1) defeated Ethan Goss (6-4) to win the Pinnacle FC Amateur Featherweight Title via triangle choke in the second round. Schilling is a touch amateur and after this win, he might consider turning pro.

“Pinnacle FC 8″ was an explosive card that featured high octane fights. Watch as these brave warriors go to battle inside the cage. Be sure to catch all of the action from this event anytime on VOD exclusively at

Chazz Witherspoon Makes a Successful Return to the Ring

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Chazz Witherspoon returned after over 2 years in a very exciting fight with the right opponent to give him the work he needed before Witherspoon ended it at 1:59 of the 8th and final round.

Chazz Witherspoon’s Silver Spoon Promotions made their debut at the Riverwinds Community Center, in West Deptford, NJ, Saturday night.

Heavyweight Chazz “The Gentleman” Witherspoon, 31-3 (23), of Mt. Royal, NJ, put on a fine performance in his return stopping Tyyab Beale, 9-5-1 (3), of Newark, NJ, before a good and vocal crowd.

In the opening round Witherspoon’s punches seemed more on the money in a close round. In the 2nd round Witherspoon right’s rocked Beale who ended the round with a solid left hook to the head. In the 3rd round Witherspoon landed a 3 punch combination driving Beale to the ropes. His jab set up Beale followed by solid right hands. Beale’s left hook was his most effective punch during the round. Witherspoon ended the round having Beale in trouble.

In the 4th round a Witherspoon right hand to the head dropped Beale in a neutral corner. Beale got up fighting mad. Both fighters let it all hang out with Witherspoon rocking Beale who came back each time. This round had the fans off their seats. In the 5th round they picked up where they left off with good exchanges as Witherspoon would land a lead right and Beale come back with a left hook throughout the round.

In the 6th round Witherspoon landed a right cross to the chin of Beale making his knees buckle. Beale starts slowing down as he backs into the ropes as Witherspoon starting to wear him down. In the 7th round Beale comes out dancing for the first time in the fight until a lead right by Witherspoon landed on his chin. Beale once again was back pedaling to get through the round. In the 8th and final round a solid right from Witherspoon had Beale’s eye’s rolling back as he was driven into the ropes.

Witherspoon immediately jumped on him landing several solid rights having him out on his feet as referee Alan Huggins wisely stepped in stopping the fight. The son of former heavyweight champion “Terrible” Tim Witherspoon, Tim “Terrible II” Witherspoon, Jr., 10-5-1 (2), of Philadelphia was upset by Jeff Lentz, 4-0 (1), of Lanoka, Harbor, NJ, who put on a steady attack over 6 rounds in a welterweight match-up.

In the 1st round the southpaw Lentz landed 4 straight punches with Witherspoon keeping his hands up in defense then stuck out his tongue. Lentz came back with 4 more punches. In the 2nd round Witherspoon landed a hard right to the head forcing Lentz to hold on. Lentz kept switching back and forth to orthodox but Witherspoon’s much more experience didn’t seem effected by this. Lentz ended the round with a flurry. In the 3rd round Lentz forced the action looking like the stronger of the two. In the 4th Witherspoon started going to the body with lead right hands. Lentz came back with half a dozen unanswered punches. Lentz ended the round with a 4 punch combo at the bell.

In the 5th round Lentz continued being the busier of the two but may have slowed down by the end of the round being in his first 6 rounder. In the 6th and final round a Witherspoon right hand rocked Lentz. Even though tired, Lentz gave a gutsy finish. Harvey Dock was the referee.

All 3 judges had it 59-55 as did DHB for Lentz.

In the opening bout the grandson of “Jersey” Joe Walcott, Luis Cream, 3-1 (0), of Camden, NJ, lost to Malik “The Freaky Dreaky” Jackson, 1-3-3 (0), of Newark, NJ, in a 4 round light middleweight match-up.

In the first round it was all Jackson with Cream doing the “rope-a-dope” for the most part. In the 2nd round it was more of the same with a little offense from Cream. In the 3rd round Jackson kept up the pressure looking for his first win. He seemed to ice it in the 4th round.

All 3 judges had it 40-36 as did DHB for Jackson. Dock was the referee.

Welterweight Kevin Womack, Jr., 4-5-2 (2), of Baltimore, MD, battled to a draw with Anthony Prescott, 3-3-2 (1), of Cherry Hill, NJ, over 4 rounds.

Womack used his longer reach to offset the oncoming Prescott in the opening round. In the 2nd round Prescott landed 4 unanswered punches forcing Womack to grab and hold. In the 3rd round Prescott suffered a bloody nose but came back to land a hard right to the head of Womack. In the 4th round both fighters mixed it up well up to the closing bell in an action packed last round. Huggins was the referee.

Tony Perez 40-36 for Womack, Jon Stewart 39-37 for Prescott and Barbara Perez 38-38 as did DHB.

Middleweight Matthew “Chico” Gonzalez, 1-0 (0), of Vineland, NJ, won a split decision over Portugal’s Rafael Machado, 0-2 (0), of Philadelphia over 4 rounds. In an action packed 1st round Gonzalez seemed to get the better of Machado. In the 2nd round Machado turned it around landing the heavier punches and continued doing the same in the 3rd round. In the 4th round Machado pinned Gonzalez in the corner until Gonzalez spun out and put up some offense of his own that may have been too little too late. Huggins was the referee.

T. Perez 40-36 and B. Perez 39-37 for Gonzalez Stewart 39-37 Machado and DHB 38-38.

Welterweight southpaw, Nick Valliere, 1-0 (1), of Forked River, NJ, stopped Jamil Gadsden, 0-6 (0), of Brighton, NJ, at 2:39 of the 4th round.

In the opening round the southpaw Valliere landed several overhand lefts to the chin of Gadson. In the 2nd and 3rd rounds Valliere continued landing the harder punches keeping Gadsen on the ropes. In the 4th Valliere had Gadsen hurt halfway through the round but just when Gadsen looked like he was finished he fought back. Valliere came back with a flurry of punches forcing referee Dock to wave it off.

ROY JONES JR. PRESENTS “RIVERS RUMBLE 4” FEATURING “THE PITTSBURGH KID” World-Class Professional Boxing Returns to Rivers Casino on the North Shore

July 11, 2014 by · Leave a Comment
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Two true warriors are set to collide in the main event on Friday, July 11 in the Rivers Casino Amphitheater. Former IBF World Champion, Paul “The Pittsburgh Kid” Spadafora, will go toe-to-toe with Three-Time World Title Challenger, Hector Velazquez in “Rivers Rumble 4.” Presented by eight-time world champion Roy Jones Jr. in association with TNT Promotions, the event will feature a night of professional boxing by the river with a full card of action-packed bouts.


Pittsburgh’s own Spadafora is coming off a disputed majority decision loss for the WBA Interim World Title vs. Champion Johan Perez. In this match, Spadafora is on a quest for one final title run.


“Pittsburgh—this is your one opportunity to witness one of the best prize fighters ever from the Steel City, and first World Champion since the original Pittsburgh Kid Billy Conn, in 1941,” said future Hall of Famer Roy Jones Jr. “Believe me, you won’t find a more picturesque venue in this country than Rivers Casino!”


Also included on the fight card for Rivers Rumble 4 is Youngstown, Ohio’s favorite son Jake “The Bull” Giuriceo, Wheeling, WV’s exciting prospect Ronell Green, Puerto Rican crowd pleaser Antonio “Carita” Nieves and more.


“This event is a favorite among guests, and we look forward to bringing boxing back to Pittsburgh,” said Craig Clark, General Manager of Rivers Casino. “The exceptional fighters on the card and Rivers’ outdoor amphitheater make this an event that is not to be missed.”


Rivers Casino will hold a weigh-in party with all the boxers on Thursday, July 10 at 7 p.m. in the Wheelhouse Bar and Grill (must be to 21 to attend).


Tickets are now available for the Rivers Rumble 4 and can be purchased or in the Rivers Casino Gift Shop. Ticket prices are: $100 for Gold Ringside seating, $65 for Silver Reserved seating and $35 for General Admission, plus taxes and fees. For VIP seating, please call 724-513-1416. Gates open at 6:30 p.m., and the first bell rings at approximately 7 p.m. All ages are welcome to attend the event; guests must be 21 years or older to enter Rivers Casino and its parking garage. All bouts are subject to change.

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