Taylor stops Nicklow in return

December 30, 2011 by · Leave a Comment
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Jermain Taylor made a successful return to the ring and the Middleweight division with an eighth round stoppage over Jesse Nicklow in a scheduled ten round bout at the Morango Hotel and Resort in Cobazon, California.

Taylor, who was making his first ring appearance in twenty-seven months came out quick and went right after Nicklow. The bout settled into a solid boxing performance with Taylor featuring his once vaunted jab. Nicklow landed his one big shot of the night when he landed an overhand right that seemed to get Taylor’s attention round three.

Taylor then dominated with the jab for the next several rounds. Taylor was docked a point after round six for clearly hitting Nicklow after the bell. Taylor landed several big right hands in the seventh and that set up Taylor landing a big right and left hook that saw referee Ray Corona stop the fight maybe a bit premature at thirty-six seconds into round eight.

Taylor, 161 lbs of Little Rock, Arkansas is now 29-4-1 with eighteen knockouts. Nickoow, 159 lbs of Baltimore, MD is now 22-3-3.

Andre Dirrell wasted no time in shaking off a twenty-one month layoff by disposing of Darryl Cunningham in round two of a scheduled ten round Super Middleweight bout.

After a feeling out first round, Dirrell landed a huge left that dropped Cunningham in the second frame. It seemed that Cunningham’s corner threw in the towel but referee Jack Reis did not acknowledge the act. Dirrell quickly jumped on Cunningham and dropped him again with a right and the towel was waved again but this time Reis stopped the fight at 2:05 of round two.

Dirrell, 169 lbs of Flint, MI is now 20-1 with fourteen knockouts. Cunningham, 167 1/2 lbs of Detroit, MI is now 24-3.

In a battle of undefeated Light Heavyweights, Luis Garcia won a eight round unanimous decision over a seemingly disinterested Alexander Johnson.

Garcia took what Johnson gave him which were solid yet unspectacular shots throughout the slow paced eight rounds. It seemed that after round two that Johnson wanted to be anywhere but in the ring on this night as he looked around the ring as much as his opponent.

Garcia had success with the right hand and was in control as Johnson threw very few punches (466-222) and landed alot less (193-32) then did Garcia.

Garcia, 174 1/2 lbs of Hatanzas, Cuba won by scores of 80-71; 80-72; 80-72 and is now 12-0. Johnson, 172 lbs of Washington, DC is now 12-1.

JERMAIN TAYLOR AND JESSIE NICKLOW, ANDRE DIRRELL & DARRYL CUNNINGHAM, LUIS GARCIA & ALEXANDER JOHNSON TRIPLEHEADER FINAL QUOTES

December 29, 2011 by · Leave a Comment
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Thursday, Dec. 29, Morongo Casino Resort & Spa, Cabazon, Calif.

Special Edition Of ShoBox: The New Generation

Tomorrow/Friday, Dec. 30, Live on SHOWTIME® at 11 p.m. ET/PT

CABAZON, Calif. (Dec. 29, 2011) – Two of the most recognizable names in boxing will make their long-awaited returns to the ring tomorrow, Dec. 30, when Jermain Taylor and Andre Dirrell are featured in separate 10-round fights on a special edition of ShoBox: The New Generation live on SHOWTIME® (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) at Morongo Casino Resort & Spa in Cabazon, Calif.

Taylor, (28-4-1, 17 KOs), of Little Rock, Ark., is a former undisputed middleweight champion who’ll be making his first start in 26 months when he meets Jessie Nicklow (22-2-3, 8 KOs) of Baltimore, Md., in the main event of a tripleheader. It will be Taylor’s first fight since losing to Arthur Abraham in the Super Six World Boxing Classic on Oct. 17, 2009.

Dirrell (19-1, 13 KOs), of Flint, Mich., hasn’t fought since March 27, 2010, when he won by 11th-round disqualification over Abraham in the Super Six World Boxing Classic. Dirrell’s first fight in 21 months will be against Darryl Cunningham (24-2, 10 KOs), of Detroit, who has won 17 in-a-row.

In the opening bout of the telecast, former Cuban amateur standout Luis “El Leon” Garcia (11-0, 9 KOs) of Cork, Ireland, makes his United States debut when he takes on southpaw Alexander “The Great” Johnson (12-0, 5 KOs, 1 NC) of Oxon Hill, Md., in an eight-round showdown of undefeated light heavyweights.

Garcia, who turned 24 on Dec. 23, is a former world amateur champion. Johnson outpointed previously unbeaten Farah Ennis (17-0 going in) two starts ago on April 2, 2011.

What the fighters said Thursday:

JERMAIN TAYLOR

“I feel totally different today than I ever have the day of the weigh-in before a fight. I’m not irritable. I didn’t have to dry out. I feel calm and at peace.

“I feel so different because finally, for the first time, I did it right. I put in the hours training in the gym. I did my job and worked hard. I don’t have to drop a bunch of weight. I ate pasta the other night, steak and eggs the other morning. I never could do that before.

“This is the first time I can say that I am entering a fight knowing that I’m in shape. I’m ready to fight.’’

JESSIE NICKLOW

“I know why they want to fight me. They think I’m too small, that I’m a natural junior middleweight. But they’re making a big mistake. I’m not a steppingstone.

“I’m really confident for this. I don’t think Taylor has that confidence. He’s been off two years. I’ve had four fights, two this year, but I’ve never been out of the gym. I definitely feel I can stay close (inside) and fight my style of fight

“My game plan is always the same – to hit my opponent in the face. I’m not changing anything just because I’m fighting a former world champion. Let’s see what he’s got to offer. I know what I’m bringing.

“I’m really looking forward to this.’’

ANDRE DIRRELL

“I have never felt as excited for a fight since I turned pro. I’m really psyched up.

“There’s going to be ring rust, of course. I just don’t want to show it. I’ve trained really hard. I trained through the holidays. It all begins again for me Friday night.

“I want to win, look good, and then go after all the super middleweights. I’m not ducking anybody. I will fight any of the 168-pounders in the world except for my brother, Anthony. People want to see me and Andre Ward fight. All I can continue to say is that that fight will definitely happen.’’

DARRYL CUNNINGHAM

“I’m going to have fun. I appreciate Team Dirrell giving me the opportunity to showcase my skills, and I will showcase my skills on Friday.

“This is such a great opportunity. I just can’t lose and not take advantage of it.

“Lots of people have never given me my due. They look where I come from, my background, the fact my Dad’s a pastor. They’ve always said the “Church Boy” couldn’t make it in boxing because he was too nice a guy and too much of a family man.

“This is my chance to prove them, and everybody else wrong.’’

LUIS GARCIA

“It’s always been my dream to fight in the U.S., and I’m very excited that now it is happening and that it is on SHOWTIME.

“I really want to win and leave a good impression so I can fight in the states all the time. I don’t know anything about the guy I’m fighting. What I do know is that I will give my best.’’

ALEXANDER JOHNSON

“This is a great opportunity for me, fighting on SHOWTIME on such a great card like this. I am determined to come in and show what I am made of and what I can do.

“He may be a bigger name and have the credentials, but that all changes tomorrow.

“After tomorrow, when someone mentions my name, the question isn’t going to be, “who is he?’’

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THREE UNDEFEATED DBE PROSPECTS TO SEE ACTION ON TOMORROW NIGHT IN CABAZON

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New York, NY – (12/29/2011) – This Friday night, former undisputed world middleweight champion Jermain Taylor returns to the ring and the 160-pound division when he faces 24-year-old Jessie “Beast” Nicklow, of Baltimore, MD, in the main event of a special edition of ShoBox: The New Generation, live at 11 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast), from the Morongo Casino in Cabazon, CA. Seeing action on the undercard will be four of DiBella Entertainment’s (DBE) undefeated prospects: lightweight Jose Pedraza (5-0, 4KO’s), welterweight Alex Perez (14-0, 8KO’s), and junior welterweight Ivan Redkach (8-0, 7KO’s). The event is promoted by DiBella Entertainment in association with Gary Shaw Productions.

Pedraza-who is part of a group of fighters known as Team Puerto Rico, promoted by DBE, Gary Shaw Productions and Universal Promotions-is one of the hottest prospects in all of boxing. Pedraza was recently recognized as one of Dan Rafael’s 2011 “Prospects to Watch”, on ESPN.com. Rafael noted that “Pedraza, a 2008 Olympian and 2009 silver medalist at the amateur world championships, is perhaps the most heralded Puerto Rican prospect since Miguel Cotto came out of the 2000 Olympics.” Pedraza, known as “The Sniper”, turned pro in February of this year, and has thus far torn through the competition, scoring three first round knockouts in the process. Pedraza will be looking to capture his first title as a professional when he takes on Herbert Quartey (7-6, 4KO’s) in an eight-round contest for the WBC junior lightweight youth title.

Perez, a New Jersey Golden Gloves champion, turned pro in 2004 after compiling an impressive 56-3 record as an amateur. Since turning pro, Perez has gained valuable experience sparring with such world champions as Sergio Martinez, Miguel Cotto and Felix Sturm. Perez will square off against Calvin Odom (15-11, 11KO’s) in an eight-round welterweight showdown.

The Ukraine-native Redkach, who now calls Los Angeles his home, is coming off an impressive third-round TKO over Vernon Alston in his last bout on the undercard of Andre Berto’s IBF welterweight championship match against Jan Zaveck, on September 3. Redkach will look to keep things rolling when he takes on Dillet Frederick (8-4-3, 5KO’s) in a six-round junior welterweight contest.

All fighters will weigh-in today at 4PM PT.

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JERMAIN TAYLOR & ANDRE DIRRELL & JESSIE NICKLOW CONFERENCE CALL HIGHLIGHTS

December 28, 2011 by · Leave a Comment
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Former World Champ Taylor, at right against Arthur Abraham, Faces Nicklow at Middleweight;

Super Middleweight Dirrell, at left, Makes Return Against Darryl Cunningham;

Unbeaten Light Heavyweights Luis Garcia and Alexander Johnson Round Out Tripleheader
Friday Night Live on a Special Edition of ShoBox: The New Generation On SHOWTIME®

NEW YORK (Dec. 28, 2011) – Two Super Six World Boxing Classic fighters, former undisputed middleweight champion Jermain Taylor and consensus top-five super middleweight Andre Dirrell, took part in a media teleconference call on Wednesday to discuss their return to the ring on a special edition of ShoBox: The New Generation this Friday, Dec. 30, live on SHOWTIME® (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) from Morongo Casino Resort & Spa in Cabazon, Calif.

The ShoBox main event will spotlight Taylor (28-4-1, 17 KOs), of Little Rock, Ark., in a scheduled 10-round middleweight bout. Taylor’s first start in 26 months represents a return to the division he once dominated. He will face Jessie Nicklow (22-2-3, 8 KOs) of Baltimore, Md.

Long regarded as one of the world’s premier super middleweight contenders, Dirrell will return to the ring for the first time in 21 months when he faces Darryl Cunningham in the co-feature. Dirrell (19-1, 13 KOs), of Flint, Mich., has not fought since winning by 11th-round disqualification over Arthur Abraham in The Super Six World Boxing Classic on March 27, 2010. Cunningham (24-2, 10 KOs), of Detroit, has been victorious in 17 consecutive starts and has not lost since December 2007.

In the opening bout of the telecast, former Cuban amateur standout Luis “El Leon” Garcia (11-0, 9 KOs) of Cork, Ireland, meets southpaw Alexander “The Great” Johnson (12-0, 5 KOs, 1 NC) of Oxon Hill, Md., in an eight-round showdown of undefeated light heavyweights.

Here are what the principals had to say on Wednesday:

JERMAIN TAYLOR:

“It’s great to be back in boxing. I took a few years off but now I’ve got my focus back. I’ve been boxing for 22 years and I’ve never taken a break from boxing. This just woke me up. I’m just really looking forward to getting back in the ring and I’m happy I got such a great team behind me. Al Haymon has taken care of everything. It’s just a blessing to be back in boxing and to have my focus back.

“All my life I’ve been boxing. I just missed boxing so much. I’m working hard and I want to be world champion. It’s not about the money now or any of that. It’s about being on top. I want to be No. 1 again. That’s the only goal now: to be No. 1 again.

“I had every intention of getting back in the ring. I just missed boxing. I was never worried about what was wrong with me. I know my family was concerned, but this is what I love. This is what I’ve done my whole life. It’s who I am.”

How has it been working again with your trainer Pat Burns?

“Working with Pat, it’s like I never left. The man is the same man that he always was. And I’m the same person. It’s just that I lost my focus. And now I’ve got him back and I have to get back on top.

“Everybody loves a comeback and everybody loves a comeback story. Everybody makes mistakes. That’s why I love boxing so much. You can be down and then come back and win a championship and everything is great.

“The thing I remember most about my biggest fights was being hungry. I didn’t really care who it was, I just wanted to be on top. I feel the same way now. I’m older now but I know how to get there. I’ve been in this position before and I feel the same way. Hard work and dedication pay off.

“I’m returning to boxing to be No. 1 and to win the belts.”

ANDRE DIRRELL:

“A lot of people believe I wouldn’t make it as far as I did. I think I showed my world-class talent against both Carl Froch and Arthur Abraham. It showed where I stand in the sport of boxing. I’m looking forward to continuing that ride and getting back in the ring and getting back on top.”

What kept you out of the ring for all this time?

“Well mainly I had to get clearance from the doctor and that took three months. I was finally cleared and then after that I was looking for a TV date and unfortunately a lot of dates were taken, but Gary Shaw was able to get me on this show and I’m really thankful for that. So half and half; half of my problems outside of the ring and half of my problems after what happened in the Abraham fight.”

Is there any question that you’re OK to get back in the ring?

“I’ve thought about it in my workout sessions but for the most part I’ve put it out of my mind. But once I really started to work out hard and spar it really left my mind because I always just believed I would be where I’m at when I left the sport. My only concern now is putting on a good showing for the fans. I’m not too concerned about any of the problems I had after the Arthur Abraham fight.”

Did you watch the Ward-Froch fight and the ones that came after you dropped out?

“I watched them all, and I was excited for them all. I think Froch has improved tremendously since he fought me. Ward has definitely improved. He’s been looking awesome and pretty much pitched a shutout in each of his fights leading up to that championship fight with Froch. I was watching with anticipation and excitement because at the end of the day I still wanted my shot. For the most part it was stressful to watch. At the end of the fights, at like 12 o’clock, I’d be ready to get to the gym because I would be so anxious to get back in there. A lot of the times I would find myself in tears. Just being out for so long and knowing that you’re in your prime and knowing what you can do, so I was stressing for the most part.

“I was excited for every fighter, no lie. Froch was saying a lot, especially after Andre Ward got cut and he was talking about how classless it was and saying how disgraceful it was. That kind of touched me a little bit so I was pretty happy when Andre Ward beat him. I knew Andre would beat him. I wasn’t thinking that I should’ve been in that spot. It was that I could’ve been in that spot that was bothering me. But I’m not going to sit here and say that should have been me and that I regret what happened because I believe everything happens for a reason and my comeback will prove that. I’m just feeling like that could have been me, but I can’t dwell on the past.

“I’ve really enjoyed my career up until the injury and I’m just looking forward to getting in there and showing what I can do. I’m glad the tournament is over and that I can get back in there in 2012. I want to start the rest of my career off with a bang and finish it with a bang. I don’t plan on having any more mishaps for the rest of my career.”

How long will it take to get back to the level you were at before you got injured?

“Well, I think it all depends on the showing that I give on Friday. I want to have a great showing and I want to look good. I want to look excellent and I want to impress the crowd. We’ll move forward from this and hope for no more mishaps.”

Do you still hope to get that fight with Ward?

“Definitely. I know our time will come. I believe that’s what the fans want to see so we’ll give it to them.’’

(Is it true) you’ve also said you wanted to fight Lucian Bute?

“Yes, that’s accurate. He’s fought in his hometown his whole career and fought the same type of fighters. I’m not taking anything away from him. He’s an excellent fighter. He has a great uppercut and a great jab and he’s quick on his feet. But he’s fought B-minus fighters his whole career and I’m not the first to say that. It’s just my evaluation. Every fan wants to see you fight the big dog, whether it be me or someone else. Lucian Bute has a lot to prove, but everyone has a lot to prove. But he has been protected and he cannot deny it.

“My nerves haven’t hit me yet. Once that weigh-in kicks off and I get to see him (Cunningham) and get in his face then I’ll feel it and I’ll be ready to go. But no nerves right now.

“Flint, Michigan, has been on top of the game (over Detroit) ever since Thomas Hearns. We’ve been on top of every division, even the amateurs. For a guy like Cunningham to get a win against me, or even a close fight, the boxing fans of Detroit would feel awesome about it. But I’ll be ready to shut them up and show them who will come out on top after this fight.

“When I was 25 and 26 I knew there was a short window (to win a world title). But guys aren’t retiring now until 34, 35 years old. Look at (Floyd) Mayweather. So my time is now and I want to take advantage of it.

“There are not any short-range goals for 2012; I’m just looking to get the belts. I want to go out there and I want to prove my worth and myself. I’ve had a lot on my mind since my layoff. So for 2012 I’m really just looking to prove the critics wrong. If I can get all the belts in one year then I’m going to try and get all the belts in one year. That’s how hungry I am to get the belts.”

On his brother Anthony fighting in the same division:

“He’s been right there with me the whole time. We just feed off each other’s energy. I think he should go after all the belts and if I’m in the way I’ll step out of the way; just change to another belt and another dream. There are lots of belts out there and more than one or two out there who have them. We’re both just looking to make a name for ourselves. If he’s winning belts and I’m winning belts then it’s all good and we’ll be like another Klitschko. I’m looking forward to all his success and I’m looking forward to mine as well.”

What is your ultimate goal in boxing?

“I want to have my name mentioned with the (Manny) Pacquiaos and the Mayweathers. Just chasing the titles down. I have a strong, strong desire to become the best that ever did it. As long as I keep my mind set on that I know I can reach a pretty high level. I want to make my grandfather (Leon Lawson) proud. He’s worked so hard and he’s given me so much.”

What do you love most about boxing?

“To just be able to travel the world and to meet new people and to become known all around the world, there’s nothing like it. Unlike MMA, in boxing it takes technique. It takes science and it takes a real will to get in there with a guy for 12 rounds and look good doing it the whole way out. I really love the competition and the adversity and the victory. It all builds your character. From a boxer’s standpoint I love it all. I just love it.”

JESSIE NICKLOW:

“I appreciate the opportunity. We’ve had eight weeks of preparation for this fight. I’m feeling really good and I’m on weight. If Jermain is not where he should be than I’ll be the first one to show it. I’d like to thank God for the opportunity and all he’s blessed me with. I just want to show the world on Friday night what I can do.”

LOU DiBELLA, Taylor’s Promoter:

“Jermain has really re-dedicated himself to this sport and gotten himself in great physical shape. He’s changed his entire lifestyle. He has seen a lot of doctors and neurologists and they have determined that he is at no greater risk than anyone else entering the ring. I’m particularly comfortable with the fact and the way he has dedicated himself to the sport of boxing and that his weight has never been an issue.

“He’s fighting a tough fighter in Jessie Nicklow who, to be quite honest, would not have been given much of a chance to beat Jermain Taylor in his prime. But right now Jermain is coming off his last couple fights that he wasn’t at his best. And if he’s not at his best on Friday night, then Jessie Nicklow is exactly the kind of guy that’s going to show it.”

How hard was it to come back to promote Jermain?

“It was a process and a lot of conversations I had with Al Haymon and knowing that Jermain had been going to some top neurologists in Arkansas and had been checking his health and well-being. Then it became clear that that was going to extend to places like the Mayo Clinic and I received a copy of the medical report from a doctor in Germany that was cc’ed to the Nevada State Athletic Commission. I had a conversation with one of the top neurologists in the world where he was asked if Jermain were his own kid, would he let him get in the ring. His response was, no, he would not let his own kid fight under any circumstance but if you’re asking if Jermain Taylor is any different than any other fighter or if there is any risk then I can’t tell you that. Based on that, I believe that Jermain is a fighter and that’s what fighters do, they fight. I am comfortable that he is OK and that we are doing this for the right reasons. We’re not getting rich by fighting Friday night.”

GARY SHAW, Dirrell’s Promoter:

“I always thought that Andre Dirrell was the class of the Super Six. I think he proved that with his fight against Arthur Abraham coming off a controversial loss to Carl Froch. Unfortunately he didn’t get a chance to finish off the tournament due to an injury that occurred during the Abraham fight. We’re happy to be back on SHOWTIME this coming Friday. Andre will show what he’s got and I assure you we will have a victory. Andre will show his class and hopefully after this fight we will move into a big fight on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING.

“There are plenty of belts to go around. The greatest thing is there will be two American brothers holding all the belts.

“I still think Andre Dirrell is the class of the 168-pound division and I think he will prove that in 2012.”

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JESSIE NICKLOW RETURNS ON MAY 21ST IN BALTIMORE AGAINST JAMES FREEMAN

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LOOKS FOR FUTURE CROSSTOWN

SHOWDOWN WITH TONY JETER

BALTIMORE, MD (May 12, 2011) Middleweight contender Jessie “The Beast” Nicklow heads back to the ring at the next United Boxers Event on Saturday, May 21st at the Maryland Sportsplex in Millersville.

The longtime fan favorite Nicklow, 21-2-3 (8KO’s), will challenge heavy handed Texas veteran James Freeman, 7-3-0 (6KO’s) in a scheduled six rounder in Millersville on the 21st.

Just 24 years old, Nicklow is coming off a devastating first round stoppage of Steve Walker at the inaugural United Boxers Event on April 15th.

“With Walker he came out so aggressively that I just right to the body, dropped him the first time with a left hook to the body, again with a right uppercut and finally with a left hook” said Nicklow.

In regards to his fast return to action, Nicklow is very excited, “I haven’t been able to stay busy which has been a problem. Hopefully this year I can fight five times and stay in great shape. I’d like to fight for a regional title by the end of the year, get a solid ranking and then work my way to a world title shot.”

“Middleweight is perfect for me; I walk around between 165 and 170 so it’s easy for me to make weight.”

Only looking slightly past Freeman, Nicklow is targeting a cross-town showdown with local rival Tony Jeter.

“It’s hard to get into it, but it’s definitely personal between the two of us. We don’t like each other and we need to settle it in the ring once and for all. It would be a great fight for the fans in Baltimore .”

“My goals for this year are to stay busy, stay in shape and keep winning. We’re off to a good start with the Walker knockout, now it’s on to Freeman, hopefully Jeter, and then maybe Guerrero down the line.”

Nicklow lost to the world ranked Fernando Guerrero in December 2009 in a bout which was broadcast on Showtime.

Also featured at the United Boxers Event on May 21st are Baltimore area fan favorites; Maxell and Emanuel Taylor, James Stevenson, Nick Kisner as well as Dale Robeson-El.

Advance tickets priced at $50 and $35 may be purchased by calling 410-499-5361 or 301-873-7064. VIP Tables priced at $1,000 and $500 are also available.

The Maryland Sportsplex is located at 1031 Benfield Boulevard in Millersville, Maryland. For directions please visit their website at www.mdsportsplex.com. Doors on the night of the event will open at 6:30pm with the first bell at 8pm.

BROTHERS TAYLOR AND JESSIE NICKLOW HEADLINE NEXT UNITED BOXERS EVENT ON SATURDAY, MAY 21

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BALTIMORE, MD (April 29, 2011) Chris Middendorf’s UNITED BOXERS returns on Saturday, May 21st at the Maryland Sportsplex with an action packed card for their second event.

Headlining the second UNITED BOXERS EVENT is the Brothers Taylor, Maxell and Emanuel, along Jessie Nicklow in separate bouts.

The undercard at the UNITED BOXERS EVENT will feature a trio of Maryland’s finest undefeated prospects including welterweight James Stevenson, cruiserweight Nick Kisner and light heavyweight Dale Robeson-El.

“There is an incredible base of talent here, from the 15 year olds in the tremendous amateur programs to the strong young fighters on this card, to the fighters already making names for themselves nationally; Seth Mitchell, Gary Russell Jr., Alexander Johnson and Alantez Fox” said Middendorf.

“The goal with United Boxers is to build around this incredible base of talent locally, promote them nationally, and expand into other areas of the country. If you are building a mining company you need to have gold veins in your mine; an oil company, your wells need to be hitting oil, and with any boxing or sports company you have to have the talent.”

Continued Middendorf, “Right now, the Baltimore-Washington area has some of the best talent in the country at all levels, and it is a very exciting place to be building a new promotional company.”

In the eight round main event, super middleweight Maxell “The General” Taylor of Baltimore, Maryland will face off against Washington D.C.’s Purcell Miller.

Boasting a record of 15-3-1 (6KO’s), the 26 year old Taylor will look to get back in the win column after traveling to Chicago where he challenged local, world ranked contender Donovan George. Fighting him evenly over the first seven rounds in a highly competitive battle, the southpaw Taylor was stopped in the eighth round by the heavy handed George.

Known as “Hard Rock”, Purcell Miller, 23-5-1 (18KO’s), has a reputation for knockout power in each hand. Making a return to the ring after a two year absence, Miller’s last action resulted in an eight round unanimous decision win over veteran Thomas Wilt on May 2, 2009, in Fairfax, Virginia.

In the six round co-main event, Baltimore fan favorite Jessie “The Beast” Nicklow heads back to the ring against hard nosed Texas native James “Boogie” Freeman.

The 24 year old Nicklow, 21-2-1 (8KO’s), is coming off a brutal first round stoppage of veteran Steve Walker at the inaugural UNITED BOXERS EVENT on April 15th. On September 17th, Nicklow battled to a ten round draw with Julius Kennedy in Baltimore.

Hard hitting Freeman has compiled a record of 7-3-0 (6KO’s) fighting in the hotly contested Dallas-Fort Worth area. On July 17, 2010, he stopped Larry Smith in the fourth round, winning the vacant USA Texas State Middleweight Title.

All action attraction Emanuel “The Tranzformer” Taylor, Maxell’s younger brother will face off against St. Augustine, Florida veteran Jose Roman in a six round welterweight bout. The 20 year Taylor , 11-0-0 (9KO’s), has impressed fans and media alike on the East Coast with his fast hands and show stopping knockouts.

Taylor stunned the huge crowd at the first UNITED BOXING EVENT on April 15th with a devastating second round stoppage of Guadalupe Diaz.

Popular Baltimore based undefeated welterweight James “Keep Em Sleepin” Stevenson makes a quick return to battle following his terrific performance in a shut out six round unanimous decision over Jose Roman on the debut UNITED BOXING EVENT on April 15th. He will be featured in a six round bout against an opponent to be announced.

In the cruiserweight division, 20 year old Slick “Nick” Kisner also makes a fast return on May 21st. Fighting on April 15th at the Maryland Sportsplex in front of his hometown fans, Kisner, 8-0-1 (5KO’s), won a four round unanimous decision over veteran Leo Bercier. Additional information on his four round bout will be announced shortly.

Light heavyweight Dale “Hit Hard As Hell” Robeson, 6-0-0 (4KO’s) returns on May 21st in his first bout of 2011. The Randallstown native won all five of his bouts in 2010, three by early stoppage.

Rounding out the undercard is a four round turf war between Baltimore’s Omar “The Machine” Sims, 5-3-3 (3KO’s) taking on Ivan Ziglar, 3-2-1 (1KO) of Virginia Beach, Virginia.

Advance tickets priced at $50 and $35 may be purchased by calling 410-499-5361 or 301-873-7064. VIP Tables priced at $1,000 and $500 are also available.

The Maryland Sportsplex is located at 1031 Benfield Boulevard in Millersville, Maryland. For directions please visit their website at www.mdsportsplex.com. Doors on the night of the event will open at 6:30pm with the first bell at 8pm.

Nicklow and Kennedy Battle to a Draw; Wheeler Destroys Crawford in Baltimore!

September 19, 2010 by · Leave a Comment
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Baltimore, MD (September 19) – With an enthusiastic crowd backing two of the Beltway Area’s gutsiest pugilists, longtime rivals Jesse Nicklow and Julius Kennedy fought to a thrilling ten round majority draw in the main event of “Baltimore Bad Boys” last Friday evening at the Du Burns Arena.   In what many ringsiders declared as Maryland’s Fight of the Year, both men landed a number of crisp blows in various toe to toe exchanges. Each fighter maintained a solid punch output in close quarters, with Nicklow relying on jabs, uppercuts and right hands, as Kennedy worked off of a steady body attack and straight rights. Both men had their moments, but Nicklow appeared to be the more consistent fighter throughout the contest.   Although multiple media outlets declared Nicklow a close victor, the scorecard of 98-92 in his favor was overruled by two tallies of 95-95.   Nicklow, of Baltimore, is now 20-2-3 (9 KO’s). Kennedy, a Windsor Mills, MD native, left the ring at 7-1-1 (3 KO’s).   “I thought Jesse won the fight,” said Promoter Jake Smith of Baltimore Pro Boxing. “He established himself and landed a lot of good combinations, but it was back and fourth the whole fight. I can’t complain though because it was a heck of a fight and the crowd seemed contempt with the draw.”   One of boxing’s legendary warriors was also thrilled with the action that transpired inside the squared circle.   “I am glad it ended in a draw both guys fought their heart out,” stated Five Time World Champion Vinny Paz. “It was a great fight and the fans definitely got their money’s worth. I hope they fight again!”   Unbeaten cruiserweight Steve “Show Stealer” Wheeler of Baltimore remained perfect with a crushing first round knockout over Virginia’s Donald Crawford. The wildly popular Wheeler put Crawford down for the count with a vicious straight left at 2:27.   Wheeler is now 6-0 with 5 KO’s. Crawford, an unbeaten mixed martial artist who came in on short notice, falls to 0-1.   Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and legendary trainer Kevin Rooney also took in the night’s action from ringside.   Baltimore Pro Boxing’s next card is slated for Saturday, October 23 at the Pikesville Armory.   For more information, go to baltimoreboxing.com   OTHER RESULTS: Heavyweights: Theron Johnson (4-3, 1 KO, Chicago, IL) TKO1 Jed Phipps (18-7, 11 KO’s Baltimore)   Cruiserweights: Maxell Taylor (14-2-1, 5 KO’s, Baltimore) UD6 Francois Ambang (2-7-1, Mechanicsville, VA)

Weights from Baltimore, MD!

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Jesse Nicklow 159                  Julius Kennedy 158.5 (WBF All-Americas and Maryland State Middleweight Championship Bout)   Jed Phipps 218.5                    Theron Johnson 227   Steve Wheeler 199                 Donald Crawford 206   Maxell Taylor 177                     Francois Ambang 183

Promoter: Jake Smith; Baltimore Pro Boxing   Venue: Du Burns Arena (doors open at 6:30 first fight is at 8 pm)   Tickets: 410-675-6900

Nicklow-Kennedy Headlines “Baltimore Bad Boys” September 17!

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Baltimore, MD (September 8) – Jake “The Snake” Smith’s Baltimore Pro Boxing Promotions returns to the Du Burns Arena Friday, September 17 for an action packed card loaded with local talent.   Tickets for “Baltimore Bad Boys” start at just $35 and are available by calling 410-675-6900.   Headlining this outstanding evening of boxing is an intriguing ten round middleweight contest between Free State rivals Jesse “The Beast” Nicklow of Baltimore and Windsor Mill’s “Vicious” Julius Kennedy.   Nicklow, 20-2-1 (7 KO’s), is coming off an entertaining ten round decision victory over prospect Scott Sigmon March 20 at the Du Burns Arena. The former amateur standout, who is also 1-0 as a mixed martial artist, previously won the hearts of boxing fans worldwide during his gutsy performance against elite rising star Fernando Guerrero.   Since dropping his pro debut, the crowd pleasing Kennedy won all seven of his bouts, including three by knockout. In March 2009, the fearless Kennedy entered the hometown of well regarded Aaron Pryor Jr., (12-1), and pulled out a gutsy six round majority decision.  He has also been long awaiting the opportunity to share the squared circle with Nicklow, calling him out on multiple occasions during the last few years.   Nicklow and Kennedy will meet for the vacant WBF America’s and Maryland State Middleweight Championships.   Headlining the undercard is Catonsville, MD cruiserweight Steve “Show Stealer” Wheeler, 5-0 (4 KO’s). The wildly popular Wheeler is a former Maryland Gloves champion and will appear in six rounder against an opponent to be named.   Highly touted and hard hitting Capitol Heights, MD native Thomas “KO” Snow, 12-1 (8 KO’s) returns to his home state for just the second time since 2007 to battle fellow Marylander Dwayne Martin, 2-1 (1 KO), of Laurel in a six round contest.   In bouts scheduled for six rounds, Baltimore’s Maxell “The General” Taylor makes his long awaited return to the ring against Mechanicsville, VA’s Francois Ambang and Jed Phipps of Baltimore takes on Chicago IL’s Theron Johnson.   In addition to the $35 general admission tickets, floor seats are available for $50 and individual VIP seats are $75. Reserved tables are priced at $500, while second row VIP and first row VIP tables are $750 and $1000 respectively.   The Du Burns Arena is located at 1301 S. Elwood Ave in Baltimore. Doors open at 6:30 and the first bout is slated for 8 pm.   For more information, go to www.baltimoreboxing.com.

Nicklow Headlines “Cage Time 3”!

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Ocean City, MD (July 20) – Middleweight boxing contender Jesse “The Beast” Nicklow will step out of the ring and into the octagon for a second consecutive time July 31 when he battles Matthew Dean in the main event of “Cage Time 3” from the Ocean City Convention Center.   Nicklow, who has an outstanding 20-2-2 record inside the squared circle, created a major buzz in his pro mixed martial arts debut, TKO’ing Jacob Estep via ground and pound. The Baltimore native is known as terrific striker with a solid wrestling pedigree.   Dean, 0-1, of Knoxville PA, is a BJJ specialist confident of his ability to pull off the upset.   The co-featured bout pits entertaining light heavyweight Kevin “Cowboy” Killian (1-0) of Ocean City, MD against Canada’s Andrew Craig.   Killian, a Purple Belt in BJJ and Judo Master, participated in the Ultimate Fighter trials before falling short of making it onto national airwaves. The wildly popular Killian entered the professional ranks in style last month, choking out Ray Elliot to a rousing applause from those in attendance.   Local favorites Jeremy Miller and Steven Baker will appear in separate bouts, while Pikesville’s Rich Langley and Ocean City’s Ruben Martinez battle it out for Free State bragging rights.   “July 31 is going to be a special night for fight fans and the Ocean City community,” said Promoter Jake Smith. “There is a lot of talent on this card and every fight has the makings to produce fireworks.”   Tickets starting at $15 are available by calling 1-800-626-2326 or logging onto ticketmaster.com. The Ocean City Convention Center is located at 4001 Costal Highway in Ocean City, MD.   All bouts are scheduled for three five minute rounds and the card is being promoted by Cage Time MMA. Steve Evans is the matchmaker.   Since their inception in April 2010, Cage Time MMA’s world class entertainment has received critical acclaim from both fans and nationally accredited media. Cage Time MMA Promoter Jake “The Snake” Smith has also put on successful boxing cards during the last six years.

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