Three local fighters to begin their quests for glory in Boxcino tournament

Promoter Artie Pelullo/Photo courtesy of


Three local fighters on Friday will begin their quests for a top-10 world ranking when they begin participation in the eight-fighter junior middleweight tournament known as Boxcino.

The creation of longtime promoter Artie Pelullo, Boxcino will give fighters an opportunity to  not only be crowned with two regional titles, but earn top-10 rankings in two major governing bodies. All tournament bouts will be televised by ESPN2. The heavyweight portion of Boxcino will begin a week from Friday.

Brandon “The Cannon” Adams of Norwalk via Lynwood, Vardan “Vito” Gasparyan of Burbank and Cleotis “Mookie” Pendarvis of Los Angeles will box in Friday’s junior middleweight quarterfinals at Mohegan Sun Casino in Unasville, Conn.

Adams (15-1, 10 KOs) will take on Alex Perez (18-1, 10 KOs) of Newark, N.J.; Gasparyan (14-3-5, 8 KOs) will go against Simeon “Candy Man” Hardy (13-0, 10 KOs) of the Bronx, N.Y.; and Pendarvis (17-4-2, 6 KOs) will square off with Ricardo Pinell (10-1-1, 6 KOs) of San Francisco.

Adams lost to Willie Monroe Jr. in the finals of the 2014 Boxcino middleweight tournament.

All quarterfinals bouts are six rounds, semifinals are eight rounds with the championship bout slated for 10.


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The 25th anniversary of Buster Douglas’ KO of Mike Tyson is upon us

James “Buster” Douglas sends Mike Tyson crashing to the canvas 25 years ago in Tokyo, Japan/Photo by Associated Press


Twenty-five years ago today – Feb. 10, 1990 (Feb. 11 in Japan) – James “Buster” Douglas knocked out heavyweight champion Mike Tyson in the 10th round in Tokyo, Japan to shock the world in perhaps the biggest upset in history in a big fight.

Douglas survived an eighth-round knockdown to come back and sock it to Tyson in a way that will always be remembered.

If you want to see it again, or see it for the first time, tune in to ESPN2 tonight (Tuesday) at 11 p.m. to catch the replay.

Interestingly, Douglas lost the three belts he took from Tyson in his first defense when he was knocked out in the third round by Evander Holyfield on Oct. 25, 1990 in Las Vegas. Douglas never again fought for a major title


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Associated Press: TV part of Manny Pacquiao-Floyd Mayweather Jr. deal a go

Floyd Mayweather Jr. is shown here at a Clippers game in 2013/Staff photo by Michael Owen Baker, Los Angeles Daily News


By Tim Dahlberg, Associated Press

HBO and Showtime have agreed on how they would broadcast a fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao, promoter Bob Arum said Thursday, leaving only two remaining issues to be settled before the much anticipated May 2 fight can be signed.

Arum told The Associated Press that the rival networks have come to terms on an announcing team and other details for the pay-per-view blockbuster, and that talks this week have narrowed the remaining differences between the Mayweather and Pacquiao camps.

“We had four issues and we resolved two,” said Arum, who promotes Pacquiao. “Now we’re working on resolving the other two. Unless something else comes up at the last minute, that’s what my take is.”

Arum declined to say what those two issues are, saying he didn’t want to sabotage the negotiations just as they are reaching a critical juncture. And it was not clear whether the Mayweather side views the negotiations the same as Arum, or even if Mayweather will agree to the fight.

Mayweather’s adviser is Al Haymon, who reportedly has been doing the negotiating on his fighter’s behalf. But Haymon doesn’t talk to the media, and Mayweather communicates almost exclusively through social media.

Mayweather’s latest postings showed him enjoying a trip on a private jet to the Caribbean and getting a fish pedicure. He did post on social media last week that a media report the fight was a done deal was a “lie.”

Arum said the major financial points of the fight have been agreed to, including a reported 60-40 split in the purse in Mayweather’s favor. Based on the fight doing a record $200 million or more in revenue, Mayweather’s payday could be at least $120 million.

“There’s a lot of devil in the details and that’s what we’re sorting through now,” Arum said. “The remaining issues are obviously important to the participants, and are things we have to work out.”

Mayweather’s representatives have dictated most of the terms of the fight, and Arum said Mayweather will be the one to announce it if it is made.

Mayweather fights under contract to Showtime and Pacquiao to HBO, and there was speculation the two networks could hold up the fight by not coming to terms themselves. But talks between top executives have been ongoing for weeks, and HBO issued a statement Monday saying it was not an “impediment” to the fight.

“We stand ready to go,” the statement said. “The principals need to agree to terms and come to a deal.”

An HBO spokesman declined comment Thursday, and Showtime executives were not immediately made available for comment.

While Mayweather has been vacationing, Pacquiao was heading home Thursday to the Philippines after a trip to the U.S. and England. While in Miami for the pageant, Pacquiao attended a Miami Heat basketball game the same night Mayweather was there and the two fighters exchanged numbers and discussed the fight.

They later met for an hour, and Arum said the meeting convinced him that Mayweather wanted to make the fight.

Before heading home, Pacquiao also met in Washington with Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid and on Thursday attended the National Prayer Breakfast, where President Barack Obama spoke.

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Junior lightweight contender Diego Magdaleno re-signs with Top Rank Inc.

Diego Magdaleno

Diego Magdaleno/Photo courtesy of Top Rank Inc.


Diego Magdaleno, ranked as high as No. 3 in the world as a junior lightweight, has re-signed with promoter Top Rank Inc., it was announced Thursday morning by Top Rank.

Magdaleno, 28, is a 5-foot-6 southpaw out of Las Vegas via Los Angeles. He’s 27-1 with 11 knockouts.

“Top Rank is where I want to be,” Magdaleno said. “This is a big day for me and my family.”

Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

“It’s great to have Diego re-sign because 2015 is going to be a great year for Diego in both the junior lightweight and lightweight divisions,” said Carl Moretti, vice-president of operations at Top Rank. “We plan to announce his next bout shortly.”

Magdaleno most recently stopped Hevinson Herrera in the third round in November in Pharr, Texas.

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No, the fight between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. is not done

Floyd Mayweather Jr./Photo by Associated Press


For anyone paying attention to the TMZ report stating the fight between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. is a done deal, it is not. Mayweather today made that clear on the social network Shots with this post: “Laying back, relaxing, enjoying good weather, palm trees and piña coladas. While they continue to lie about making the fight… I’m just going to continue to travel and explore the world on my private jet. #FightNotMadeYet #Jamaica.”

Along with the post, Mayweather was pictured relaxing on a hammock.

An inside source told yours truly just moments ago that the negotiations are moving in a positive direction but that the gut feeling was that it will take between one and two weeks before it would get done. That is, of course, assuming the remaining hurdles are cleared.

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World-traveler Randy Caballero says winning world title hasn’t changed him

Randy Caballero/Photo by Gene Blevins, Los Angeles Daily News


Often times a fighter grows up in California and fights for his first world title in his home state, or perhaps no farther away than Las Vegas. That certainly was not the case for Randy Caballero of Indio.
First he ventured to Japan, where he had to defeat Kohei Oba of Japan with an eighth-round technical knockout in a title-elimination fight in April 2014. Then in October he traveled to Monaco, Monte Carlo and defeated Stuart Hall of England to win the vacant bantamweight world title via unanimous decision.
“It was amazing, a great experience,” Caballero said. “It’s a story I can tell until the day I die. Traveling around the world was a great experience, having to go to Japan and then Monte Carlo.”
The fun for Caballero is just beginning. On Jan. 22 Caballero and his promoter – Oscar De La Hoya – played host to a news conference at De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions offices in downtown Los Angeles. They were there to promote Caballero’s first title defense, which will come Feb. 27 against Alberto Guevara (19-2, 7 KOs) of Mexico at Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio (on Fox Sports 1 and Fox Deportes).
Caballero, 24, couldn’t stop smiling when asked about becoming a world champion. He said things have changed, but he hasn’t.
“I go to the store now and people come up and talk to me and say ‘Hi,’ take pictures with me,” Caballero said. “When I go to the mall, everybody’s coming up to me. Other than that, my life is still the same. I’m the same person. I’ve got to wake up every morning and go run and we train every day.
“Just because I have this belt, that doesn’t change me. I’m going to keep training extra hard to make sure I keep this title.”
Fighters sometimes become complacent after winning a championship. De La Hoya likes the idea that Caballero does not appear to be like that.
“He’s been blessed to win a world title, but he wants more,” De La Hoya said. “That’s what his attitude is all about.”
Although Caballero (22-0, 13 KOs) now lives in Coachella – roughly five miles from Indio – Caballero’s roots are deep in Indio. As cool as it was winning a world title halfway across the world, he expects it will be even better to make his first defense in his virtual backyard.
“To have the title wrapped around me walking inside the ring is going to be great,” Caballero said. “I said I wanted to win a world title there; I didn’t get to. But defending it there is going to be even better because now I have the title with me and to have all my family and friends out there supporting me and with that arena sold out, it’s going to be an amazing time.”
Not if Guevara has anything to say about it.
“It’s my time,” said Guevara, 24. “I have the attitude, I have the talent and I’m going to win this world title come the 27th.”
(John Molina takes on Adrien Broner)
Al Haymon’s “Premier Boxing Champions” series on NBC will debut March 7 and junior welterweight contender John Molina of Covina will take on former three-division champion Adrien Broner (29-1, 22 KOs) in the semi-main event at MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Never shy, Broner was already talking smack during a conference call this week promoting the card, which will be headlined by Keith “One Time” Thurman defending his welterweight belt against former three-division champion Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero.
“I take nothing from John Molina,” Broner, of Cincinnati, said. “I know he’s rough and tough and as cool as Cheetos puffs, but I’m the man and it’s been said once, but I’m going to say it again. I’m the can-man and anybody can get it and John Molina’s the one that’s going to have to take his beating on March 7.”
Molina (27-5, 22 KOs) has never won a major title and he won’t be fighting for one in this bout. But a victory could help him land what would be his second opportunity at a world championship; his first ended in a first-round TKO loss at the hands of lightweight champion Antonio DeMarco in September 2012.
Molina is a huge puncher and believes he can go right through Broner.
“If I felt any different, I would be in the wrong business,” said Molina, 32. “Absolutely, I feel like I’ll be the stronger man in the ring. Again, this is how I feel going into the fight, 100 percent confident that I will be able to implement my will and do what I need to do to become victorious that night.”
Yes, Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao did attend the same NBA game this week. Yes, they spoke at halftime. Yes, they met later and spoke for a bit in a hotel. No, they have not made their fight. Yet. … Longtime promoter Cedric Kushner died this week at age 66 from a heart attack. Among the fighters he promoted was former world champion “Sugar” Shane Mosley of Pomona. … reported that former champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez of Mexico will take on James Kirkland on May 2 at either the Alamodome in San Antonio or Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas. The Golden Boy Promotions fight would be on HBO. … Former junior middleweight champion Sergio Mora (27-3-2, 9 KOs) of Montebello on Feb. 6 will take on Abraham Han (23-1, 14 KOs) at Beau Rivage Resort in Biloxi, Miss. (on ESPN2).

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Manny Pacquiao, Floyd Mayweather Jr. are both taking in tonight’s NBA game between Heat and Bucks in Miami

Manny Pacquiao, left, and Floyd Mayweather Jr. at AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami/Photo courtesy of Hook Right Boxing


The boxing world has been waiting for the fight between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. to be made. Interestingly, both are taking in tonight’s (Tuesday’s) NBA game between the Miami Heat and Milwaukee Bucks at AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami. They are sitting on opposite sides of the court.

Is this a coincidence?


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Middleweight champion Jermain Taylor booked back into jail with no bail

This booking photo provided by the Pulaski County Sheriffs Office show Jermain Taylor. A Little Rock woman said Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015, that Taylor threatened to fatally shoot her 5, 3 and 1-year-old children, and that she knocked the gun away after the cursing middleweight boxing champion put the weapon to her husband’s head. Photo:  Pulaski County Sheriffs Office, AP / Pulaski County Sheriffs Office

Jermain Taylor/Booking photo provided by Associated Press via Pulaski County Sheriff’s office


Middleweight champion Jermain Taylor on Wednesday was booked back into jail after a judge determined he had violated the terms of his release on bail from an August shooting by allegedly pointing a gun at a man’s head and threatening to kill his three children at a parade Monday in Arkansas, the Associated Press reported.

Taylor in August was charged with allegedly shooting his cousin in Little Rock, Ark. He was released on bond and then was arraigned Tuesday on these more recent charges. He pleaded not guilty and again released on bond, but a day later a judge said he had violated the terms of his previous release and is now to be held without bail.

Taylor was to defend his title against Sergio Mora of Los Angeles on Feb. 6 in Biloxi, Miss., but that has been canceled.

Taylor’s moniker is “Bad Intentions.” Seems to fit these days more than ever.

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