Top Rank inks Remillard
Undefeated, 24-year-old NABF and NABO champion “Sharp Shooter” Matt Remillard (23-0, 13 KOs), arguably America’s leading featherweight, has signed an exclusive promotional contract with Top Rank.
"Matt is a tremendous, exciting fighter, “Hall of Fame promoter and Top Rank CEO Bob Arum said. “We are very pleased he has joined our organization. Matt will get a lot of national exposure while fighting for Top Rank." The Manchester, Connecticut fighter is rated No. 4 by the World Boxing Association and World Boxing Organization, as well as No. 5 by the World Boxing Council.
“Top Rank has some of the best fighters in the world,” an ecstatic Remillard commented “It’s the best promotional company in terms of moving fighters and getting them big fights. I’m really excited about signing with Top Rank. I remember when I first started fighting that Top Rank was the best promoter and now I’m finally there with them. Bob Arum and his team will get me to the next level where I should be.”
Remillard has shown some signs being like a young Micky Ward, another New Englander known for his vicious, devastating body attacks. Lately, “Sharp Shooter” has been zeroing in on his opponents’ livers with breath-taking shots and, consequently, sudden stoppages.
“Dealing with Top Rank was very professional,” Remillard’s manager Bret Hallenbeck noted about contract negotiations. “We’re looking forward to working with a quality promotional company like Top Rank.”
Guzman Fails Drugs Test
Former world champion Joan Guzman looks as through he will be hit with a heavy fine and suspension from the Nevada State Athletic Commission after testing positive for the banned drug diuretic Furosemide.
Guzman failed the test in December after his bout against Jason Davis.
Guzman, a world champion at super-bantam and super featherweight has constantly battled with his weight which has effected his career badly over the last few years.
Friday 14 January 2011
Mallory Square, Key West, Florida, United States
D&J Management (David Johnson) – DiBella Entertainment (Lou DiBella)
matchmaker: Jim Waldrop
Manfredo Defeats Edouard
On the latest broadcast of ESPN’s Friday Night Fights, middleweight Peter Manfredo Jr, IBF #9, WBC #11 scored a ten round unanimous decision over Daniel Edouard, 23-4-2, 14 KOs.
Manfredo Jr, 37-6-0, 20 KOs, despite a sluggish campaign throughout the first three rounds, turned the fight around when he dropped Edouard with a right hand in round four.
The Haitian was hurt but, even though he survived the round, the shift in the dynamic of the fight was cemented into place from the moment his defensive misstep allowed Manfredo Jr to score the knockdown.
Manfredo Jr clearly outpunched Edouard, 30-year-old, the rest of the way, stunning his game opponent in the seventh and picked scoring spots in the final three rounds. Scores were 97-92, 98-91, 98-91.
“The Pride of Providence” Manfredo, 30-year-old, was a finalist and star in the first season of the TV reality series The Contender. Edouard said he would retire if he lost this fight.
Edwin Rodriguez triumph
Undefeated super-middleweight Edwin Rodriguez, WBA #15, scored a unanimous decision against Aaron Pryor Jr, 32 years-old,. After 10 rounds the judges scored the bout 96-93, 98-91 and 97-92.
Rodriguez, 25 years-old, overcame a potentially serious shoulder injury (suspected tear of the left rotator cuff) to carve out the unanimous verdict.
Pryor, the son and namesake of the 1996 International Hall of Fame inductee Aaron Pryor, who was in his corner, was penalized a point for an elbow blow to Rodriguez's head during the eighth round.
"He was robbed," said the elder Pryor, who waged one of boxing's classic fights against Alexis Arguello a few miles north in Miami. "He lost his spirit after that and the match."
“La Bomba” Rodriguez from Dominican Republic via Worchester, Massachusetts, improved his record to 18-0-0, 13 KOs while Pryor Jr dropped to 15-3-0, 11 KOs.
Friday 14 January 2011
Fantasy Springs Casino, Indio, California, United States
promoter: Golden Boy Promotions (Richard Schaefer)
Erislandy Lara KOs Delray Raines in the first round
In the main event, southpaw middleweight Erislandy Lara annihiliated Delray Raines, after 2.59 of the opening round. Lara managed to drop Raines to the seat of his pants with a perfect right hook, straight left cross combo that bloodied him in the process.
Lara raises his record to 15-0, 10 KOs while Raines drops to 18-9-1, 13 KOs.
In the co-feature, a scheduled six round jr. welterweight contest, Frankie Gomez, despite his best efforts was unable to put away trial horse Luis Lugo, a loser of 9 of his previous 10 bouts, and was instead stretched the distance for the second consecutive time in winning an uninspired unanimous decision victory. With the victory, Gomez improves to 8-0, 6 KOs while Lugo drops to 11-15-1, 6 KOs.
In other action, a scheduled six round super middleweight bout, Ghanian knockout artist Bastie Samir took on his typically soft competition in Greg Hackett.
Hacket landed just one meaningful heavy punch in the fight but Samir landed with a series of unanswered punches, pretty much all to the arms and gloves of Hackett, which prompted referee Pat Russell to stop the fight to the vehement protests of each Hackett and the raucous crowd who booed the stoppage loudly. Samir improves to 8-0, 8 KOs while Hackett drops to 2-5.
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