Undercard of Thurman vs. Garcia : Sergey Lipinets vs. Clarence Booth
February 22, 2017
According to manager Alex Vaysfeld, who handles the career of junior welterweight contender Sergey Lipinets, his boxer will be returning to the ring in a couple of weeks. The dangerous puncher will return on March 4th, as part of the undercard to the big welterweight unification between Danny Garcia and Keith Thurman at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. “He’s fighting March 4th on the undercard of Keith Thurman and Danny Garcia. He’s fighting Clarence Booth,” said Vaysfeld to BoxingScene.com.
The hard-hitting Lipinets (11-0, 9KO’s) last fought on December 10th at the Galen Center on the campus of USC where he stopped the rugged Lenny Zappavigna in eight. Currently Lipinets is the top rated challenger in the IBF, who’s belt is held by Julius Idongo. In April, Indongo – who also holds the IBO title – will collide with WBA champion Ricky Burns in a unification clash. The winner will be obligated to fight Lipinets next or face the possibility of being stripped. Vaysfeld confirmed the IBF’s position to BoxingScene.com – “He’s the mandatory for the winner of Indongo and Burns.” But first things first, Lipinents has to get past Booth. “We’re not looking past anybody,” promised Vaysfeld.
Joshua Greer Jr. Opening up Shobox March 10
February 22, 2017
Opening the telecast will be an eight-round bantamweight “Detroit vs. Chicago” showdown between James Smith (11-0, 6 KOs) and Joshua Greer, Jr. (11-1-1, 4 KOs). The 26-year-old Smith was a standout amateur, going 110-9 en route to a bronze medal at the National Golden Gloves. He holds an amateur win over current top-10 bantamweight Antonio Nieves.
Smith, a 5-foot-4, is making his ninth start in Michigan, his seventh in Detroit and first at MGM Grand. A six-year pro, Smith has been victorious in three consecutive matches since a no-contest on Feb. 6, 2016. He is coming off a second-round TKO over Szilveszter Ajtai last Jan. 22 in his fourth consecutive scrap at Masonic Temple in Detroit.”This is a great opportunity to better my career and keep moving it into the right place,” said Smith. “A victory would get me ranked and keep me moving up the ladder. Plus the world will get to see me for the first time. I want to put on a good show, no matter how it goes. I just want it to be a competitive and exciting fight.”
Greer, a 22-year-old Chicago native, was a Chicago Golden Gloves Champion. He will be coming down in weight to face Smith, having normally campaigned around 120 pounds. He was last seen stopping Cristian Renteria in the fifth round in October of last year. Before that he took the undefeated record of the Dominican Republic’s Juan Gabriel Medina (then 10-0, 9 KOs) via unanimous six-round decision. Greer suffered the lone loss of his career in the fifth fight of his career, a majority four-round decision against fellow unbeaten Stephen Fulton in December 2015.
“I feel really good about this. I’m ready and can’t wait for it to happen,” said Greer. “I don’t know much about James Smith, but I know we fought the same opponent, Antwan Robertson, and he got dropped by him. And I stopped him within 24 seconds of the first round. Training is going great. I have the best sparring you can ask for, guys like Adrian Granados, Eddie Ramirez, Hank Lundy. I will be well prepared for this fight. If it was tomorrow, I’d be ready.”
Fight Week : Adrian Granados vs. Adrien Broner
February 14, 2017
Article By: FightNews.com
Adrian Granados (18-4-2, 12 KOs) will be in his biggest fight as a pro when he takes on former four-division world champion Adrien Broner (32-2, 25 KOs) on February 18th. The fight will take place at the Cintas Center on the campus of Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio. Broner will be 1) fighting at home and 2) enter the fight as the heavy favorite. Neither of these facts worry Granados or his management.
“Anybody can work with a fighter when he is winning. My first involvement with Adrian was for his narrow decision loss to Brad Solomon in 2015. We expressed to him following the fight that we were impressed by his performance. Him not getting the decision was irrelevant to us. It’s all about the journey for us. He’s in a very tough fight with Broner, but Granados is the type of fighter who rises to the occasion in the big fights as he showed vs. Amir Imam,” said Andrew Zak of Journeyman Management.
How has your training camp been for this fight?
I am in excellent condition. I have had two training sessions per day. One in the morning and one in the evening. I am ready to go.
Are you still working your full time job?
Not anymore. I am a full time boxer now. Much respect and thanks to Andrew Zak and his Journeyman Managment team. They saw a lot of potential in me in my disputed loss to Brad Solomon on the undercard of Mayweather vs. Pacquaio. Thanks to them, I can fully concentrate on boxing now. I have worked a full time job and trained for a long time. I have a full appreciation for what they are doing for me.
How have you kept yourself mentally focused following your upset of unbeaten Amir Imam over a year ago?
It looked like I was going to get a few different major fights after beating Imam. Things just did not materialize but thank God that I now am getting a much bigger opportunity and fighting Broner. I give Broner a lot of respect. He has been very respectful to me throughout this promotion. He also was willing to fight me when others declined.
How have you been handling so much media attention due to the magnitude of this fight and who you are fighting?
It was a bit overwhelming in the beginning when the fight was officially announced. I have gotten used to it now and I definitely feel I belong in a big fight like this.
Do you feel that you will have to tighten up your defense in order to deal with the power and speed of Broner?
Honestly I am not really focusing on what Broner is going to be doing but more so on what I need to do. People underestimate my defense and honestly my offensive skills, as well. It’s forgotten by some that I was a very talented amateur also. I will put my skills on full display February 18th.
Does your strategy change fighting Broner in his hometown?
Not at all. I am going to try several things until I find that combination that is successful. There are going to be a lot of fans of mine at this fight as well. 4 hours from Chicago is nothing. I will have my support there for sure.
What would a win over Broner do for your career?
It would not only be career changing but also life changing. It is seriously that big of a victory. I’m not saying it is going to be easy, but I can tell you that I am coming to win.
Abel Ramos vs. Ivan Baranchyk for the Main Event Feb. 10 Live on ShowTime
January 30, 2017
Article By: BoxingScene.com
Miami, OK – Holden Productions, DiBella Entertainment and Fight Promotions Inc. return to the Buffalo Run Casino for an outstanding evening of boxing Friday, February 10 in Miami, OK. The card is highlighted by a quadrupleheader airing live on Showtime at 10:05 PM ET as part of the ShoBox: The New Generation series and features eight fighters with a combined record of 100-6-4 and 76 wins by knockout. Headlining is a 10 round showdown between USBA and WBC USNBC junior welterweight titlist Ivan “The Beast” Baranchyk and Abel Ramos. A perfect 13-0 with 10 knockouts, Baranchyk fought on ShoBox last September, shutting out previously unbeaten Zhimin Wang. Residing in Brooklyn, NY by way of Russia, The IBF #7 ranked Baranchyk became the Buffalo Run Casino’s adopted son and is a member of Holden Productions’ “Four State Franchise.” He is promoted by Holden, DiBella Entertainment and Fight Promotions Inc.
Fighting out of Arizona, Ramos has an impressive 17-1-2 professional ledger and 12 victories by KO. In May 2016, Ramos needed less than 5 rounds to stop undefeated Dario Ferman and he owns impressive victories over Carlos Villa (4-0) and Roberto Ramirez (13-1). The 25-year-old Ramos also has draws against Levan Ghvamichava (9-0-1) and Maurice Hooker (12-0-1). “With an all-action main event between Baranchyk and Ramos, the American debut of Jon Fernandez, a battle of two unbeaten light heavyweights and the return of Trey Lippe-Morrison, this card represents what ShoBox is all about,” said Lou DiBella. ShoBox is a great series and I’d like to congratulate Showtime’s Gordon Hall for winning the Taub Award for the outstanding job he’s done running the program.” In the untelevised portion of the undercard, heavyweight Kenzie Witt, 9-0-2 (8 KO’s), and welterweight Jarrett Rouse, 10-0-1 (4 KO’s), will face opponents to be named.
Tickets can be purchased by logging onto Stubwire.com/event/shoboxthenewgeneration/buffaloruncasino/miami/14075.
Adrien Broner vs. Adrian Granados Press Events Have Begun!
January 6, 2017
Article By: BoxingScene.com
Adrien Broner is predicting a tough night’s work on Saturday 18th February when he meets Adrian Granados at the Cintas Event Center in Cincinnati, Ohio live on BoxNation. Speaking during training camp over the holiday season, ‘AB’ revealed: “I ain’t never met the man, I just know he’s a hell of a fighter.” Granados wiped out previously unbeaten Amir Imam, who racked up an impressive 18-0 record with 15 stoppages prior to the fight in November 2015, which has only enhanced his reputation.
“He’s just come off a fantastic, electrifying win against a great prospect who they were bringing his name up to fight me. He went out there and stopped him! I want to congratulate him on that.” The American Granados has drawn comparisons with Marcos Maidana, who handed Broner his first professional defeat, given his Mexican descent but the four weight World Champion insists: “There is only one Maidana and he’s retired!” Whilst Granados’ record reads four defeats, two came via a split decision and the other two a majority decision result, with Broner aiming to be the first man to stop the 27 year old. “He’s got nothing to lose, he’s fighting for the opportunity to be where I am. That’s why he’s very dangerous. He can fight. I know this is not going to be a walk in the park,” concluded ‘The Problem’ who was talking with FightHype.
Buddy McGirt: “I thought I was dying”!
January 6, 2017
Article By: FightNews.com
Former world champion and famed trainer James “Buddy” McGirt is a staple at the annual International Boxing Hall of Fame ceremonies in Canastota, New York, as an invited guest. Many feel that McGirt himself should be an inductee as both a fighter and trainer, like he is in the Florida, New York and New Jersey Boxing Halls of Fame. As a fighter, he was a two-division world champion. As a trainer, he has led multiple well known fighters to upsets and world title victories. He was also a recipient of the coveted Trainer of the Year award.
But, all of these accolades and accomplishments were the furthest things from McGirt’s mind following his recent trip to the Emergency Room. It was a terrifying experience for him to say the least. Fightnews.com caught up with McGirt at his home in Vero Beach, Florida, where is now resting comfortably and recovering.
Buddy first of all how are you feeling?
I am feeling much better than I was 10 days ago.
Please update our readers on the recent events that took place with regards to your health?
Well, a few weeks back I was in California for a fight as the trainer of IBF #1 ranked junior welterweight Sergey Lippinets. Following his victory, I was having difficulty breathing. I didn’t tell anyone which obviously I should have. Instead, I got on a plane and came home to Florida. Upon arriving home, I was still having very serious issues with my breathing. I couldn’t sleep and I was sweating intensely. I mean it was crazy. It felt so unreal. I never felt like this in my life. I had all kinds of things racing through my mind. I thought maybe I was having mental effects from my boxing days. I laid back down and I thought I heard my late mother’s voice telling me to get up. So I got up and my wife Gina asked me why I was sweating so badly. She herself was wrapped in a blanket trying to keep warm. So you can imagine her thoughts when she saw me sweating like that. I was so out of it and sweating so bad that I went outside in my underwear without event thinking. My wife said that we should go to the emergency room as it was 4 am or so. I said let’s wait 30 minutes to see if this passes. She told me I might not be living in 30 minutes and insisted we leave immediately which we did.
Abel Ramos vs. Ivan Baranchyk Main Event Feb. 10 on ShowTime!
December 29, 2016
Article By RingTv.com
Topflight prospect Ivan Baranchyk is slated to headline a ShoBox quadruple-header against knockout artist Abel Ramos on Feb. 10 at Buffalo Run Casino in Miami, Oklahoma, RingTV.com has learned.
The telecast will also include the return of undefeated heavyweight prospect Trey-Lippe Morrison, the son of the late heavyweight champion against an opponent-to-be-named, promoter Lou DiBella said in a phone interview. The two other TV fights are in the process of being finalized, he said. But DiBella couldn’t hide his excitement about the expected main event between Baranchyk (13-0, 10 knockouts) and Ramos (17-1-2, 12 KOs). “It should be an all-action fight,” he said.
Baranchyk, who is from Amursk, Russia and now lives in Brooklyn, won a 10-round decision against Wilberth Lopez on Dec. 10 at Buffalo Run and did the same against previously undefeated Zhimin Wang in September. The 23-year-old is co-promoted by Lou DiBella and Tony Holden and has fought his last four fights at Buffalo Run.
Ramos, 25, recorded a draw against undefeated Maurice Hooker in 2014 and has won three straight by stoppage since he was dominated by Regis Prograis in December of 2015 and retired after the eighth round. Morrison (13-0, 13 knockouts) last fought on Dec. 10, stopping Ty Cobb in the second round.
Nathaniel Gallimore 1st Round KO over Baez!
December 19, 2016
In the co-feature, Jamaican junior middleweight Nathaniel “No Problem” Gallimore (16-1-1, 13 KOs) scored a spectacular first-round knockout of previously unbeaten Angelo “Bombardero” Baez (15-1-1, 11 KOs), the Chilean junior middleweight champion.
Gallimore hurt Baez midway through the opening round and then closed the show with vicious left to the liver that dropped Baez to his knees. In obvious pain, he was unable to get to his feet before the 10 count.
Galiimore, who fights out of Chicago, dedicated the fight to his stablemate, the late Ed Brown (20-0), who was murdered earlier this month. “I saw a tape of him (Baez) and knew he backed up to the ropes,” Gallimore explained the finish. “I practiced that shot in the gym and I’m very happy with the outcome. I told all my teammates back in Chicago that I was dedicating this fight to Ed Brown.”
Sergey Lipinets Stops Lenny Zappavigna in IBF Eliminator!
December 11, 2016
USC Galen Center, Los Angeles, California – In an IBF junior welterweight eliminator – Sergey Lipinets (11-0, 9 KOs) had his stiffest test when he stopped Lenny “Lenny Z” Zappavigna (35-3, 25 KOs) in the seventh round.
For the first three rounds, Lipinets controlled the contest with his boxing ability, but Lenny Z opened up in the fourth round after staggering Lipinets and started unloading with punches. Both boxers were cut during the fourth round and the locations of the cuts suggested a clash of heads, but there was nothing in the televised replays to indicate a clash. During the fifth round, Lenny Z was unloading with punches and staggered Lipinets -but he left himself open and was decked hard by a counter-hook from Lipinets that sent him down. Lenny Z beat the count, he was staggering on his feet but managed to weather the storm as Lipinets was attempting to finish him off.
Lipinets had the edge in the sixth, pushing back Lenny Z with his punches. During the seventh, Lenny Z was staggered again and was being hurt against the ropes. During the eight, Lipinets unloaded with a combination that caused a delayed reaction to send Lenny Z down for a second time. He was pretty busted up and had several cuts on his face, promoting the referee to wave off the contest.
Nathaniel Gallimore vs. Angelo Baez Dec. 17!
November 23, 2016
Junior middleweight prospect Nathaniel Gallimore (15-1-1, 12 KOs) of Illinois by way of Jamaica takes on unbeaten Angelo Baez (15-0-1, 11 KOs) of Chile in a 10 round bout that will be featured December 17 at the Downtown Las Vegas Event Center in Las Vegas. The contracted weight is 154 pounds. Roy Jones Jr (Roy Jones Jr Boxing Promotions) will promote the show with CBS Sports Network televising the card.
Gallimore has reeled off two KO wins in a row following what some felt was a questionable split decision loss this past June. It was his first loss as a pro but his management’s confidence in their man hasn’t wavered. “We’re confident that Nathaniel will give a stellar performance December 17th. Our strong belief in his abilites and talent has not changed. There are decisions that may not go your way sometimes in boxing, as in life. Our team likes to keep things positive. For us it’s all about the journey,” said Journeyman Management CEO Andrew Zak.
Adrian Granados vs. Adrien Broner Febuary 11!
October 25, 2016
Four-division world champion Adrien Broner will face the streaking Adrian Granados in a matchup of top-10 ranked 140-pound fighters. The flashy Broner, who has captured titles at 130, 135, 140 and 147 pounds, has scored two consecutive knockouts in the super lightweight division.
The hard-charging, all-action Granados, who pulled a stunning upset of then-undefeated WBC No. 1 ranked super lightweight Amir Imam in a dominating performance last November on SHOWTIME, thrives in the underdog role and has a deceiving record; his four defeats, all via split or majority decision, have come against opponents with a cumulative record of 52-1.
Adrian Granados Signs to TGB Promotions!
October 10, 2016
Sherman Oaks, California based TGB Promotions has signed world ranked contender Adrian “El Tigre” Granados signs promotional agreement it was announced by Tom Brown, the company’s President.
“We’re very excited to begin working with Adrian, he’s one of the premier talents in the junior welterweight division and one of the true Mexican warriors in boxing. He has a very bright future and we look forward to giving him fights with some of biggest names, and on some of the biggest platforms possible. ” said Brown. “Having worked with numerous legendary Mexican fighters in my career including Gabriel and Rafael Ruelas, Adrian is exactly the type of warrior that boxing fans love,” continued Brown who has worked as a promoter and matchmaker for over three decades.
Joshua Greer Jr. Beats Undefeated Martinez
October 1, 2016
“Bantamweight Joshua Greer (10-1-1, 3 KOs) took the undefeated record of scrappy Juan Gabriel Medina (10-1, 9 KOs) via six-round unanimous decision. Greer came out blazing and dropped Medina in each of the first two rounds, but Medina hung tough and kept it interesting, pressuring Greer and always a split second away from landing a fight-changing shot. He never did. Like an angry water bug, Greer’s speed is something to see, both of fist and foot. He moves around the ring like a hovercraft and then darts in with blazing fists. Given a few more rounds, this one may have gotten even more interesting. Good win for Greer. The scores were 60-52, 57-55 and 57-55”
Abel Ramos Wins the ABO Title
August 26, 2016
“Welterweight Abel Ramos (17-1-2, 12 KOs) one of Arizona’s most promising prospects, picked up his third consecutive win at the Legends Event Center, in Phoenix, AZ, on Friday night over Juan Jesus Rivera (28-15, 18 KOs), who fights out of Aguascalientes, Mexico. The 146lb bout was scheduled for eight rounds of fighting, but didn’t see the final bell as Rivera’s corner stopped the fight just after the conclusions of the seventh round.
From the opening bell, Ramos continuously found a home for his right hand on the left eye of Rivera, who was game, but overmatched by the skill of the young fighter out of Casa Grande, Arizona. Within minutes of the opening bell, Rivera’s left eye was beginning to swell from the crisp combinations Ramos fired off. As expected, though, Rivera did fight valiantly, and never backed down from the confrontation—even waving his hands at Ramos to “bring the fight to him,” but he never found his rhythm.
It was definitely a crowd pleasing fight, especially for the many Ramos fans in attendance who cheered loudly and often as their fighter battered the journeyman. Rivera’s corner was not as entertained by the fight, and had seen enough blows land on their fighter, and intelligently waved off the affair before the final round could commence.
In addition to the victory, Ramos also took home the Association of Boxing Organizations (ABO) welterweight title. Ramos is looking to string together a series of wins after his only loss, where he was TKO’d in a televised Showtime Shobox bout by the up-and-coming prospect Regis Prograis in Houston, TX, last December.”
By Santino DeFranco at ringside
Photos: Santino DeFranco
Article from FightNews.com
Adrian Granados Wins in Phoenix
July 17, 2016
Top rated super lightweight Adrian Granados (18-4-2, 12 KOs) won a UD vs. Ariel Vasquez (12-16-2, 8 KOs) last night in the Main Event of Iron Boy 34 in Phoenix, Arizona.
Scores were (79-75, 80-74, 80-74).
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Adrian Granados Back in Action Tonight
July 16, 2016
Super lightweight contender Adrian Granados’ (17-4-2, 12 KOs) will return to the ring tonight at the Celebrity Theater in Phoenix, Arizona, against Ariel Vasquez (12-15-2, 8 KOs) of Nicaragua.
The bout is scheduled for eight rounds at a contracted weight of 145 pounds. Granados’ career took a major turn for the best this past November when he upset previously unbeaten WBC #1 ranked super lightweight contender Amir Imam (17-1, 12 KOs) by eighth round KO.
Although this fight is being fought at a catchweight, but Granados’ management made it quite clear that 140 is where he will pursue a world title. “Adrian scored a major upset vs Imam. There have been multiple fight offers at 147 that we as a team declined. Adrian, my new partners Union Boxing Management, and I all agreed that 140 is where he will pursue a world title. Adrian has earned and deserves that,” said Journeyman Management CEO Andrew Zak.
Lipinets stops Castillo in seven
July 15, 2015
Photos: Nabeel Ahmad/Premier Boxing Champions
Unbeaten super lightweight contender Sergey Lipinets (10-0, 8 KOs) scored a seventh round TKO over Walter Castillo (26-4-1, 19 KOs) on Friday night at the Horseshoe Tunica Hotel & Casino in Tunica, Mississippi. Lipinets was cut over the left eye in round four, but he rocked Castillo in round seven and got stoppage with a barrage of punches. Time was 2:45.
Sergey Lipinets is ready for bigger and better
July 14, 2016
By: Francisco Salazar
When the words “boxing” and “Kazakhstan” are used in the same sentence, fans automatically think of unified middleweight titleholder Gennady Golovkin. And rightfully so.
Golovkin has is unified world title belts, sold out arenas and put together a streak of 22 consecutive knockout wins.
While Golovkin’s popularity has skyrocketed over the last couple of years, another Kazakh fighter hopes to blaze his own trail in the boxing world.
Unbeaten Sergey Lipinets is a long ways from fighting in front of large crowds or earning seven-figure purses. But if he continues winning, the possibility could become a reality.
Lipinets will face Walter Castillo Friday night at the Horseshoe Casino in Tunica, Mississippi. The 10-round junior welterweight bout will top a “PBC on ESPN” broadcast, which begins airing at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT.
After a foray in mixed martial arts and an extensive amateur background, the 27-year-old Lipinets has been fighting as a pro since April of 2014.
He faces Castillo (26-3-1, 19 knockouts), who has lost once in his last 12 fights and fought to a majority draw against Keita Obara on Nov. 7 in an IBF junior welterweight title eliminator in Miami, Florida.
“Castillo is a veteran with many more fights than me,” said Lipinets in the lead-up to Friday’s fight. “I know experience will be on his side but I have many fights (in kickboxing) that will make up for my lack of fights in the boxing arena. I’m going to be setting the pace from the opening round. I’m expecting him to be in great shape, so I believe it’s going to be a good competitive fight but one I feel I can win.”
In his last bout on March 15, Lipinets (9-0, 7 KOs) broke Levan Ghvamichava down before knocking him out in the fifth round. Prior to that fight, Lipinets won a 10-round unanimous decision over Haskell Rhodes in a clash of unbeaten fighters on Oct. 30.
ESPN reaches out to larger audiences than the FS1 and Bounce TV networks, respectively. Lipinets believes an impressive performance on Friday night can leave an impression on fight fans wanting to see him again.
“I’m very thankful to be fighting on a great network like ESPN. I’m hoping to score a spectacular knockout and have it be shown on SportCenter’s Top 10 plays. That would be great. One thing the fans watching can count on is me throwing a lot of hard punches. I want to have an electrifying performance.”
Lipinets, who will have trainer Buddy McGirt in his corner, has likely not yet reached his peak as a professional prizefighter.
As the competition gets stronger, more of Lipinets’ strengths and weaknesses will be exposed. Can he continue winning in an impressive manner to the point in which he could become as famous as Gennady Golovkin?
Time will tell.
“I never dreamed everything would come so fast. I’m making a name for myself and everyone is starting to take notice.”
“I’m feeling really confident going into this fight and (I believe) my career is taking off.”
Weights from Mississippi
July 14, 2016
Sergey Lipinets: 141
Walter Castillo: 141.2
Lipinets aims to make SportsCenter’s Top 10 plays
July 13, 2016
By: Dan Rafael
Junior welterweight prospect Sergey Lipinets, a former kickboxer, is moving quickly in his professional career and hopes to maintain his rapid ascent with an impressive performance against veteran Walter Castillo.
Already, Lipinets, who has a crowd-pleasing style, has knocked out veteran former title challenger Cosme Rivera, outpointed Haskell Rhodes to hand him his first defeat and knocked out tough Levan Ghvamichava in the fifth round in his most recent bout on March 15.
Now Lipinets (9-0, 7 KOs) will fight Castillo (26-3-1, 19 KOs) in the scheduled 10-round main event of a Premier Boxing Champions card on Friday (ESPN, 9 p.m. ET) at the Horseshoe Tunica Hotel & Casino in Tunica, Mississippi.
“I never dreamed everything would come so fast,” said the 27-year-old Lipinets, who is from Kazakhstan and based in Valley Village, California. “In only my (10th) fight, I’ll be fighting on national television for the second time, and it’s very beneficial to my career. I’m making a name for myself and everyone is starting to take notice. My career is taking off.”
Lipinets said he is especially motivated because the fight is being televised on ESPN.
“I’m very thankful to be fighting on a great network like ESPN,” he said. “I’m hoping to score a spectacular knockout and have it be shown on SportsCenter’s Top 10 Plays. That would be great. One thing the fans watching can count on is me throwing a lot of hard punches. I want to have an electrifying performance.”
In the scheduled 10-round co-feature, featherweight prospect Tugstsogt Nyambayar (5-0, 5 KOs), the 24-year-old 2012 Olympic silver medalist from Mongolia who now lives in Los Angeles, will square off with Rafael Vazquez (16-2, 13 KOs), 38, a Puerto Rico native fighting out of Brooklyn, New York.
Lipinets is hoping a win against Castillo, 27, of Nicaragua, will put him into the mix for a bigger fight at 140 pounds. He is now working with noted trainer Buddy McGirt, a former two-division world titleholder.
“Buddy and I are working great together,” Lipinets said. “He brings a lot of experience and knowledge to the ring. He comes up with fantastic game plans, as he’s able to see flaws in my opponents. Being that he’s a former fighter, I have a tremendous amount of respect for him. We both know what it’s like to be in the ring and that’s very important to me. I’m happy with his instructions.
“I’ve been working really hard to improve on every aspect of my game. I’m seeing improvement in a lot of areas, especially fighting on the inside. I want to be a well-rounded fighter who can make adjustments in a fight and it all starts in the gym. I’m happy with my sparring sessions. I’m feeling really confident going into this fight.”
Castillo, far more experienced than Lipinets, is coming into the fight just 1-1-1 in his last three bouts, including a decision loss to contender Amir Imam 15 months ago. Castillo is coming off a majority draw against Japan’s Keita Obara in a world title elimination fight in November.
“Castillo is a veteran with many more fights than me,” Lipinets said. “I know experience will be on his side, but I have many fights in kickboxing that will make up for my lack of fights in the boxing arena. I’m not sure how he deals with southpaws, but I’m going to be setting the pace from the opening round. I’m expecting him to be in great shape so I believe it’s going to be a good, competitive fight, but one I feel I can win.”
PBC on ESPN Preview: Sergey Lipinets vs. Walter Castillo
July 13, 2016
This Friday night, July 15, ESPN’s Premier Boxing Champions is back with a junior welterweight main event between prospect Sergey Lipinets and Walter Castillo.
Record: 9-0 (7 KO) Streak: W9 Stance: Orthodox Height/Reach: 5’7″ / 67″ Age: 27
Thoughts: Lipinets ranked No. 4 on my year-end prospect top five at 140 pounds, behind Jose Ramirez, Regis Prograis, and Ivan Baranchyk. They’re all very good prospects at worst.
Lipinets looked good in his last fight on March 15, starching Levan Ghvamichava in the fifth round with a brutal body shot. The first round rounds had been close and competitive, but Lipinets had the confidence that Ghvamichava would fall before he did, and he was right. If Lipinets has a clear flaw, it’s in his defense. He’s very much an offensive fighter, and Ghvamichava hit him plenty.
His opponent here can punch, so that could conceivably be an issue. But more likely than not, Lipinets is still at the level where even if he’s getting hit, his firepower is going to do the superior damage and end the fight. If nothing else, he has a future as a good action fighter, and that’s always good for us, anyway.
Sergey Lipinets Training Quotes
July 13, 2016
TUNICA, MS (July 12, 2016) – Undefeated super lightweight Sergey Lipinets is days away from meeting Nicaragua’s Walter Castillo in the explosive main event of Premier Boxing Champions on ESPN and ESPN Deportes Friday, July 15 from Horseshoe Tunica Hotel & Casino in Tunica, Mississippi.
Lipinets hopes a decisive victory over Castillo will put him squarely in the mix of 140-pounds contenders and he has enlisted the help of Buddy McGirt as his new trainer heading into this fight. Here is what Lipinets had to say about his matchup, training camp and more:
On fighting in the main event on ESPN:
“I’m very thankful to be fighting on a great network like ESPN. I’m hoping to score a spectacular knockout and have it be shown on SportsCenter’s Top 10 Plays…that would be great. One thing the fans watching can count on, is me throwing a lot of hard punches. I want to have an electrifying performance.”
On his current training camp:
“I’ve been working really hard to improve on every aspect of my game. I’m seeing improvement in a lot of areas, especially fighting on the inside. I want to be a well-rounded fighter who can make adjustments in a fight and it all starts in the gym. I’m happy with my sparring sessions. I’m feeling really confident going into this fight.”
On facing tough opponent Walter Castillo:
“Castillo is a veteran with many more fights than me. I know experience will be on his side, but I have many fights in kickboxing that will make up for my lack of fights in the boxing arena. I’m not sure how he deals with southpaws, but I’m going to be setting the pace from the opening round. I’m expecting him to be in great shape so I believe it’s going to be a good competitive fight, but one I feel I can win.”
On how he feels his career is progressing:
“I never dreamed everything would come so fast. In only my eighth fight, I’ll be fighting on national television for the second time, and it’s very beneficial to my career. I’m making a name for myself and everyone is starting to take notice. My career is taking off.”
On his relationship with veteran trainer Buddy McGirt:
“Buddy and I are working great together. He brings a lot of experience and knowledge to the ring. He comes up with fantastic game plans as he’s able to see flaws in my opponents. Being that he’s a former fighter, I have a tremendous amount of respect for him. We both know what it’s like to be in the ring and that’s very important to me. I’m happy with his instructions.”
JMBoxing and Union Boxing Team Up
July 13, 2016
Journeyman Management and Union Boxing Management have joined forces and will continue to showcase their talent on an international platform. This Friday LIVE on ESPN’s Premier Boxing Champions, undefeated super lightweight Sergey Lipinets (9-0, 7 KOs) looks to move a step closer to a world title shot when he faces Nicaraguan veteran Walter Castillo (26-3-1, 19 KOs) in the evening’s main event.
Adrian Granados Ready To Return: Eyes John Molina, Ricky Burns
June 21, 2016
By: Steve Kim
On November 28th in Quebec, Adrian Granados (17-4-2, 12KOs) was brought in as a stay-busy opponent for the highly regarded and undefeated Amir Imam. But the rugged Granados pulled the upset by stopping Imam (who was then ranked number one at junior welterweight by the WBC) in eight rounds. There were talks of Granados facing Ruslan Provodnikov in his Showtime debut but that deal never materialized. So as it stands the native of Chicago has not fought in about seven months. So what lies ahead for ‘Tigre’? “We’re in the midst of discussions right now to get him a fight within the next couple of weeks. He should be in the ring by July,” said Andy Zak, who manages Granados. “But nothing is for sure in this business, we know that until the names on the contract nothing’s done – and even then it can fall out.”
“But I think it’s going to happen and we’re going to have a big fight, whether it’s going to be against Mr. (John) Molina or even Ricky Burns.” Molina, recently decisioned Provodnikov at the Turning Stone Resort and Casino in Verona, New York, while Burns captured the WBA 140-title on May 28th by halting Michele DiRocco in eight. Zak promises,”We will be busy and we will be fighting again before the end of the year in a big fight, if not two more times, whether that’s for the world title – that’s up in the air. We’ve already been in discussions with Molina. Right now we’re just focused on the smaller fight.”
Gallimore Suffers Split Decision Loss
June 11, 2016
Super welterweight Virgilijus Stapulionis (27-3-1, 19 KOs) of Lithuania won a ten round split decision over previously unbeaten Nathaniel Gallimore (13-1-1, 10 KOs) of Jamaica. Stapulionis was the aggressor while Gallimore boxed from the outside. Stapulionis suffered a cut over his left eye in round three and Gallimore dropped Stapulionis with a right hand in round five. However a crushing right by Stapulionis hurt Gallimore badly in round six. Bleeding from both eyes in the later rounds, Stapulionis pressed as Gallimore kept his distance. The tenth and final round saw a bloodied Stapulionis and Gallimore battle to the final bell. In the end, the judges scored it 96-93, 96-93 for Stapulionis and 97-92 for Gallimore.
Gallimore (152 lbs.) vs. Stapulionis (153.5 lbs.)
June 10, 2016
Adrian Granados to Return in July
June 8, 2016
WBC #4 super lightweight Adrian Granados (17-4-2) will make his much anticipated ring return on a big card scheduled for July. After knocking out then #1 ranked Amir Imam (18-1) last November in Canada on Showtime, Granados was scheduled to face the new #1 Ruslan Provodnikov (25-4) on June 11 in New York. Instead, Team Provodnikov opted to fight what experts are calling a much easier opponent in John Molina Jr. (28-6).
Ramos, Gallimore, Greer win in Phoenix
May 23, 2016
By Kurt Freitag
Super lightweight Abel Ramos (16-1-2, 11 KOs) scored a fifth round knockout over previously undefeated Dario “Macizo” Ferman (13-1, 10 KOs). Ramos controlled the first three rounds, knocking down Ferman in the third. The aggressive Ferman came out in round four swinging wildly, throwing off Ramos and winning the round. In the fifth round, Ramos hit Ferman with a combo to the body, knocking down Ferman for good. Time was 2:02.
Ramos’ Journeyman management stablemates unbeaten Nathaniel Gallimore (13-0-1, 10 KOs) and super bantamweight Joshua Greer Jr.(8-1-1, 2 KOs) were also victorious. Gallimore won a unanimous decision over Hector Mercado (2-6, 0 KOs) who has never been stopped as a pro. Greer decisioned veteran Raymond Chacon (6-19, 0 KOs) in a very entertaining fight.
The card was promoted by Iron Boy Promotions with Mike Sanchez as the matchmaker.
Weights from Phoenix
May 19, 2016
Abel Ramos (142.5) vs. Dario Ferman (142.9)
Nate Gallimore (155.4) vs. Hector Mercado (157.6)
Joshua Greer Jr. (122.1) vs. Raymond Chacon (121.9)
Video of Gallimore’s 1st Round KO
April 7, 2016
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Gallimore Wins by 1st Round KO
April 7, 2016
It is a promoter’s dream when local fighters, making their pro debuts, win before hundreds of their supporters. That is what happened at Thursday night’s Fight Club OC show from The Hangar at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa, CA.
Before a sold out crowd of 1,432, which was the eighth straight Fight Club OC sellout, Santa Ana’s Ricky Frausto scored a UD win over game Steven Chad McKinney. Frausto scored a 1st round knockdown and kept the pressure on Las Vegas based McKinney all night, and fans showed their appreciation by tossing over $100 into the ring.
Huntington Beach heavyweight Adam Stewart, who had nearly 100 fans in attendance, won his professional debut with a four round split decision over 1-1 Matt McKinney of Oceanside. Two judges scored it 39-37 for Stewart, who was more accurate all night with his punches.
The third local debut fighter saw San Pedro’s Gabriel Green stop San Diego’s Andrew Lagdaan in the second round with appreciate fans again tossing money into the ring.
Undefeated Chicago boxer Nate Gallimore ran his record to 12-0 with a first round TKO over Luis Alfredo Lugo. A hard shot to the liver dropped Lugo and he could not recover in time.
The Fight Club OC show opened with LA’s Cashton Young stopping Dakota Walker in the second round. Young going to 2-0 dropped Walker with a big right and after beating the 10 count, he was floored again and the bout was waved off.
Thursday, June 9th will be the next edition of Fight Club OC.
Nathaniel Gallimore: Weigh-in Video
April 6, 2016
Nathaniel Gallimore (152.5) vs. Luis Alfredo Lugo (152.2)
Nathaniel Gallimore to Fight this Thursday, April 7
Streamed LIVE via the Periscope App!
April 5, 2016
Nathaniel Gallimore (11-0-1, 9 KOs) returns Thursday, April 7th, in a bout that will be streamed LIVE via the Periscope App at 10:00 pm EST.
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Chicago’s Josh Greer Beats East L.A.’s Montelongo in L.A
March 26, 2016
By: David A. Avila
LOS ANGELES-In a cross country battle Chicago’s Josh Greer survived a knockdown in the first round to defeat East L.A.’s Xavier “The Mongoose” Montelongo on Saturday to win the California State Featherweight title.
Several Chicago fighters ventured to the Westin Bonaventure Hotel in downtown L.A. to participate on the All Star Boxing fight card. It was a long night of boxing with most of the bouts evenly matched. In attendance was singer/actor Frank Stallone of Rocky fame and David Koechner who plays the whammy guy in both Anchorman movies.
Montelongo (9-4-1) caught Greer (7-1-1) with a perfectly timed counter right that floored the Chicago fighter but did not seem to hurt him. Greer recovered quickly and rallied furiously in the first round.
Greer seemed to catch Montelongo repeatedly with right hands, but when the East L.A. boxer pinned him against the ropes and took the fight inside it changed the complexion of the fight. But he needed to hold Greer and it wasn’t long before he was warned by referee Jack Reiss to refrain from grappling.
Both fought for control of the fight but it was Greer who continually landed flush right hands. Montelongo had moments when he scored with rapid combinations on the inside but not enough to offset those stifling rights from the Chicago fighter.
Things changed for good in the third round as Greer discovered that rights were the antidote to Montelongo continually diving in. From that point on the Chicago boxer was in control and seemed to stun Montelongo but not enough to drop him.
After six rounds all three judges scored it for Greer 58-55.
Kelin Sharp (5-2) of Chicago defeated L.A. native Ryan True (1-4-1) by unanimous decision after six roundsin a very even middleweight fight. Plenty of blows were exchanged with Sharp winning by outhustling the Los Angeles native.
The very tall featherweight Joshua Zuniga (2-0) of L.A. defeated Pat Gutierrez (0-1) of Las Vegas by technical knockout when the smaller fighter broke his wrist during an exchange of blows in the second round. The fight was stopped at 1:55 of the second round
Indiana’s Fernando Martinez (3-1) out hustled Stockton’s Percy Peterson (1-13-1) in a very even fight that went all four rounds to win by majority decision.
Weights from Los Angeles
March 25, 2016
Joshua Greer Jr. (120.5) vs. Xavier Montelongo (120.5)
Kelin Kado Sharpe (160) vs. Brian True (160.2)
Fernando Martinez (126) vs. Percy Peterson (126.5)
Joshua Zuniga (125.5) vs. Patrick Gutierrez (122.5)
Journeyman Management Returns to Los Angeles
March 22, 2016
Journeyman Management returns to Los Angeles this Saturday, March 26, at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel. Joshua Greer Jr. (6-1-1, 2 KOs), Kelin Kado Sharpe (4-2, 4 KOs), Fernando Martinez (2-1, 1 KO) and Joshua Zuniga (1-0, 1 KO) will see action.
Results from Phoenix
March 12, 2016
Joshua Greer Jr. (6-1-1, 2 KOs) won a majority decision vs. Jesus Pacheco
Scores: (60-54, 59-55, 57-57)
Genaro Mendez (10-3-1, 6 KOs) lost a unanimous decision vs. Alfonso Olvera
Scores: (54-60, 55-59, 55-59)
Edward Ceballos (2-1) and Damon Simon were both disqualified in the first round
Weigh In Pictures from Phoenix
March 11, 2016
Joshua Greer Jr. (5-1-1, 2 KOs) (122) vs. Jesus Pacheco (5-4) (121.7)
Genaro Mendez (10-2-1, 6 KOs) (141) vs. Alfonso Olvera (6-2, 3 KOs) (139)
Edward Ceballos (2-1) (123) vs. Damon Simon (0-3) (122.6 )
Abel Ramos Headlines March 12 in Phoenix
March 2, 2016
Adrian Granados on IntellectualRadio.com
February 24, 2016
Earlier this evening, Adrian Granados appeared on IntellectualRadio.com to update fans on his next fight.
Click the link below to hear the Podcast:
Andrian Granados vs. Viktor Postol?
February 22, 2016
Two of Top Rank’s best fighters are featherweight titleholder Vasyl Lomachenko and junior welterweight titlist Viktor Postol, neither of whom have anything scheduled. But Top Rank bossman Bob Arum is trying to change that and told ESPN.com that he is pitching a “Boxing After Dark” doubleheder to HBO that would feature both of them.
Arum said, ideally, he would match Lomachenko with former featherweight titlist Nicholas Walters, who lost his belt because he was overweight for a defense last June, in the main event.
“We’d like to do that fight and we’ve offered a card to HBO,” Arum said. “We’ll do Lomachenko against Walters or anybody else HBO wants. They say they are considering it and we’re waiting to hear back.”
Lomachenko (5-1, 3 KOs), the brilliant 28-year-old former two-time Ukrainian Olympic gold medalist, has made three title defenses, most recently a one-sided 10th-round knockout of Romulo Koasicha in November on the Timothy Bradley Jr.-Brandon Rios undercard.
Walters (26-0-1, 21 KOs), 30, of Jamiaca, fought his last bout in December at junior lightweight — a draw against Jason Sosa that virtually everybody saw as an easy Walters win — but has maintained that he can still fight at featherweight.
Arum said he is also willing to match Postol (28-0, 12 KOs), 32, of Ukraine, with anyone but would like to do a fight against Chicago’s Adrian Granados (17-4-2, 12 KOs), 26, whose record is very deceiving. He has won four fights in a row, including a major upset of then-undefeated Amir Imam, whom he knocked out in the eighth round in November. Imam was Postol’s mandatory challenger but took the fight to stay busy and paid the price.
All of Granados’ losses are by split or majority decision, three against undefeated opponents: Olympic gold medalist Felix Diaz, Frankie Gomez and Brad Solomon.
In a very impressive performance, Postol claimed a vacant world title in October by 10th-round knockout of Lucas Matthysse in an upset.
“I’d like to do Postol with Granados since he beat the guy who was Postol’s mandatory. I think that adds some spice to the fight and the kid deserves it after that win,” Arum said. “We’d like to do the card as soon as possible but, again, we’re waiting on HBO to give us an answer.”
Journeyman Management goes 1-1 in New Mexico
February 20, 2016
Joshua Greer Jr. (5-1, 2 KOs) won a shutout UD over Gabriel Baxton (2-14, 1 KO). All three judges scored the contest (60-54) in favor of Greer Jr.
Weights from New Mexico
February 19, 2016
Joshua Greer Jr. 123.6 vs. Gabriel Braxton 124
Journeyman Management goes 3-1 in LA
February 6, 2016
In the six round featherweight main event, Joshua Greer Jr. (4-1-1, 2 KOs) won a unanimous decision over Jose Gallegos (2-2, 1 KO). Both fighters were down in round one but it was Greer Jr. who dominated the remainder of the fight by scores (60-54), (60-54), and (59-55).
In a four round light heavyweight bout, Kelin Sharpe (4-2, 4 KOs) won by second round knockout versus Martn Murillo (0-1). Time at stoppage was: 44. Knockdowns were scored in the first and second rounds.
In a four round super featherweight bout, Fernando Martinez (2-1, 1 KO) knocked out Dominic Coca (8-11, 2 KOs) with a body shot in round two. Time at stoppage was 2:55.
In a four round welterweight bout, Ernest Muhammad Jr. (4-1, 2 KOs) was knocked out in the first round by the more experienced Tavorus Teague (3-7-2, 2 KOs). Time at stoppage was 1:48.
A bout headlined by Nathaniel Gallimore (11-0-1, 9 KOs) had to be scratched due to travel complications with his opponent.
Journeyman Management Takes LA
February 4, 2016
There will be 4 fighters showcased in a Private Show tomorrow in LA:
Joshua Greer Jr. (3-1-1, 2 KOs) vs. Jose Gallegos (2-1, 1 KO) @ 122 lbs
Ernest Muhammad Jr. (4-0, 2 KOs) vs. Tavorus Teague (2-7, 1 KO) @ 147 lbs
Fernando Martinez (1-1) vs. Dominic Coca (8-10, 2 KOs) @ 126 lbs
Kelin Sharpe (3-2, 3 KOs) vs. Martn Murillo (debut) @ 160 lbs
Gallimore Headlines in LA Friday
February 3, 2016
Unbeaten middleweight Nathaniel Gallimore (11-0-1, 9 KOs) of Illinois by way of Jamaica takes on power punching Roberto Ventura (14-11, 14 KOs) of Mexico topping a private show Friday night in Los Angeles. The main event bout is scheduled for six rounds at a contracted weight of 162 pounds. Ed Holmes All Star Boxing will promote the show. Gallimore’s managerial stablemates Ernest Muhammad Jr., Kelin Sharpe, Joshua Greer Jr. and Fernando Martinez will be fighting in separate bouts on the undercard.
Gallimore has been moved on the fast track by Journeyman Management, having fought 10 times in 2015. This will be his second fight of 2016, less than two weeks apart. His team feels that he’ll make that leap from prospect to contender this year. “Nathaniel has all the tools to take it to the next level. We fully expect him to break into the world rankings this year,” said Journeyman Management CEO Andrew Zak.
Razvan Wins by Decision at Tunica Fitz Casino
January 30, 2016
In a heavyweight bout, Razvan Cojanu (14-2-0, 7 KOs) battled it out for 6 rounds against Grover Young (12-17-3, 8 KOs) . The bout was held at the Tunica Fitz Casino in Mississippi. After six rounds, Razvan Cojanu won by decision.
Gallimore Wins by TKO in Oklahoma
January 24, 2016
In a middleweight bout, Nathaniel Gallimore (11-0-1, 9 KOs) earned a first-round TKO victory over Rahman Yusubov (11-24). Gallimore dominated from the start. After being knocked down earlier in the opening round, Yusobov took a left hook to the head and signaled he no longer wished to continue.
Adrian Granados Update
January 21, 2016
The career of Adrian Granados (17-4-2, 12 KOs) took a turn for the best in November when he upset the WBC #1 ranked super lightweight contender Amir Imam (17-1, 12 KOs). The eighth round KO over Imam has immediately positioned him for some much bigger fights. Granados spoke with Fightnews.com on what the future possibly holds for him.
What is next for you?
My name has been mentioned for some very good possible opportunities. A matchup with WBC champ Viktor Postol, former champ Ruslan Provodnikov, and a rematch with Amir Imam. There’s nothing official, but they are all really good and realistic opportunities.
If you had your choice who would you want to fight?
I would say the order I gave you the names in your previous question would be about right. The fans have showed me a lot of support since the Imam fight. I would be interested to see who the fans would want me to fight next. That’s very important as well.
What was going through your mind when you were dropped in round one vs. Amir Imam?
I was so upset with myself that I got careless like that and so early. I wasn’t hurt. I was more disappointed in myself than anything. I popped right up and made sure the referee knew that I was able to continue.
You had entered the fight as an underdog. How did you manage to keep your composure knowing you were behind so early in the fight as a result of the knockdown?
When I got back to the corner at the end of the round, my father right away addressed what I did wrong. He also advised me to not worry about the knockdown because there was still nearly the full fight to go. That really calmed me down and got me back on the original gameplan. I just had to be more careful defensively.
When did you feel the tide changing in the bout?
I seen things were going in my favor in round four. After that round, I told my corner I knew I had him. It was just a matter of time.
Were you determined at that point to go for the knockout?
I wasn’t going to rush but I didn’t want the fight going to the scorecards. I have been on both ends of that. I didn’t want to take any chances. When I had him hurt in round eight. I just kept punching until the referee stopped it. I was so emotional. I just let out a scream. It was the best feeling in my boxing career.
How has life been since the win?
It has been very different for me. Tons of interviews and the social media has been real crazy. So many people following me and friending me.
How have you kept yourself grounded with the new founded fame?
That has been real easy for me. I know who was there for me before this fight like my family, my real friends, and Andrew Zak and his Journeyman Management team. I welcome new friends but I won’t ever forget who was there for me before this last victory.
You are Mexican-American and grew up in Illinois. Your family is from Mexico and you speak fluent Spanish. Have you noticed more support from the Mexican fans since your victory?
Yes. Very much so on the social media networks. A lot people don’t remember I was very close to representing Mexico in the 2012 Olympics. Ironically the final qualifier for the team came down to me and Jessie Vargas. Two Mexican-Americans. Vargas beat me by two points in the final. So yeah even back then I was in close fights. I’m what you call a wildcard in the big fights. I’m definitely going to make it exciting no matter what.
Nathaniel Gallimore: Coming for the Top Spot
January 21, 2016
By Adam Ewing – Shawnee, OK
This Saturday, January 23, Nathaniel Gallimore (10-0-1, 8 KOs) will be fighting at the Buffalo Run Casino in Miami, Oklahoma. According to boxrec.com, Gallimore is currently the 122 ranked middleweight in the world, making this fight a huge stepping stone in Gallimore’s meteoric rise through the world rankings.
His opponent will be Rahman Mustafa Yusubov (11-23, 9 KO), who is currently ranked as the number one middleweight in his home country of Uzbekistan.
Brooklynfights was able to sit down with Gallimore before he travels to Oklahoma and faces one of the more seasoned fighters placed in front of him.
Growing up in Kingston, Jamaica, was difficult for Gallimore, so when he was twelve, his father moved young Nathaniel to the United States. Gallimore then settled in Illinois, where he eventually picked up the sport of boxing.
“It was rough in Jamaica,” Gallimore said. “My mom and dad were split up. My mom was in Jamaica and my dad was in America. My dad brought me to America when I was eleven. I went to school up here. It was rough in Jamaica. There was a lot of fighting and killing going on. My dad wanted the best for me, so I came here and went to school.”
Gallimore spent four years as an amateur fighter, going 47-4 in that brief period. His amateur career was highlighted when he won the 2011 Chicago Golden Gloves. Winning that tournament boosted Gallimore’s confidence as a fighter, certainly helping him become the successful pro he is today.
“When I won the gloves, it was a big stepping stone for me,” Gallimore said. “My confidence was high, and I knew I could compete.”
“When I started boxing I wanted to learn so much, and I had to work harder than those who started younger.”
As a teenager, Gallimore found himself getting into a bit of trouble. Since his wild, and carefree days, Gallimore has turned his life around and is trying to be a role model for kids coming from similar backgrounds.
“When I was a teenager, I was getting into trouble with the police,” Gallimore said. “I turned my life around and am trying to do something positive. That is when my friend introduced me to boxing. Once I found boxing, I realized what I could do with my life, by changing and a positive role model for others. If it wasn’t for boxing, I don’t know what I’d do right now. I would probably be in the streets. An idle mind is the devil’s playground.”
Gallimore has basically knocked out everyone he has fought. Only three guys have gone the distance with him. In those three fights that went the distance, Gallimore learned a lot about himself as a fighter.
“My first six rounder, a guy name Abreu was a tough veteran,” Gallimore said. “I stunned him in the first round and he almost went but he came back strong and we went the whole six rounds. I really learned a lot from that fight. You can’t think you’re going to knock everybody out.”
“My toughest fight last year was with Michael Finney,” Gallimore said. “He was a really tough guy. I was winning all the rounds, then in the eighth round. I think a minute in, I was venturing off to the right, I was throwing a right hand, he was throwing a left hook, and he dropped me. I got up at the three count. He was trying to finish me but I was moving around and the bell rung.”
Hometown fighters sometimes have the advantage, and in October, Gallimore went out to Burbank California to take on Freddie Roach’s protégé, Urmat Ryskeliev. This fight resulted in the only blemish on Gallimore’s record, a split draw.
“I think I got robbed that fight,” Gallimore said. “I did enough to win that fight. Freddie Roach was in his corner, and I was on his turf, so they let it be a draw. Thankfully they gave me a draw.”
At this point in Gallimore’s career, it’s likely there isn’t a chance for a rematch.
“I’m not interested in a rematch,” Gallimore said. “Maybe down the line, and if he is relevant at that time. My team has bigger plans for me this year. 2016 is my year.”
At no point in his career has Gallimore had the opportunity to fight in front of his home crowd. He has traveled to Indiana, Florida, Arizona, Wisconsin, California, and now Oklahoma. Gallimore doesn’t feel the pressure to knock out his opponent. He just lets the knockouts come, and they do more often than not.
“If the opportunity presents itself, I take it,” Gallimore said. “I don’t go in there looking for a knockout. When I put my punches together, and I’m flowing, if the knockout comes, it comes. I want to do damage, no rush.”
2016 will be a big year for Gallimore. With ten fights in 2015, look for a similar workload from Gallimore this coming year.
“Fans can expect to see me more,” Gallimore said. “The plan is stepping up to eight rounds and eventually ten. This fight is a tune-up, since I haven’t fought since November. I still have to be careful; every fight is dangerous. This fight will be a tune-up and I will go back down to 154. My goal for the end of the year is to be in the top 20 in the world.”
Nathaniel Gallimore Returns Saturday in Oklahoma
January 19, 2016
Tony Holden (Holden Productions) and Chris Hastings (HD Boxing) will promote a fight card this Saturday in Miami, Oklahoma, with unbeaten heavyweight Trey Lippe (10-0, 10 KOs) looking to continue his win streak vs. Thomas Hawkins (4-1, 1KO ) in a six round bout. Lippe is the son of the late former heavyweight champion Tommy Morrison.
In a special featured six rounder, Journeyman Management middleweight Nathaniel Gallimore (10-0-1, 8 KOs) of Illinois by way of Jamaica, will take on Rahman Mustafa Yusubov (11-23, 9 KOs). Also, undefeated Dillon Cook (16-0, 6 KOs) will take on Alphonso Black (8-3-1, 4 KOs) in an eight round super welterweight matchup. Jesse Cook (15-1, 10 KOs) will fight veteran John David Charles (8-7, 2 KOs) in an eight round welterweight contest. Local favorite Jarrett Rouse (8-0, 4 KOs) rounds out the card vs. Juan Parra (2-2, 1 KO) in a four round welterweight bout. Site of the show will be the Buffalo Run Casino with Bobby Dobbs matchmaking the card.
Adrian Granados: “Loss to Frankie Gomez Only Legitimate Defeat on My Record”
January 15, 2016
BACK in November 2015, tough and seasoned light-welterweight contender Adrian Granados pulled off one of 2015’s big upsets in derailing heavily hyped Don King fighter Amir Imam. Granados of Cicely, Illinois tore up the script and, after getting up from a first-round knockdown, stopped Imam via eighth-round TKO.
Improving to 17-4-2 (12) the 26-year-old – who has been the victim of some debatable decisions during his seven-and-a-half year pro career – says he will now conquer the world in 2016.
Here the warrior known as “Tigre” speaks exclusively with Boxing News:
Q: Belated congratulations on the big win over Amir Imam in November. Would you say that was both the biggest win of your career and your career-best performance?
Adrian Granados: “Yeah, definitely. It was just a great win and I really liked the way I put it all together, with my team and my family and everything.”
Q: There was a lot of hype surrounding Imam, with his promoter Don King going as far as saying his fighter would beat Floyd Mayweather Jnr. You saw through the hype?
A.G: “Yeah. I saw a good fighter, a strong fighter. I only watched one or two tapes of him, that’s all I watch [before a fight] now; I feel a fight out as it goes. But he’s a tremendous talent, it was just that I knew what I could do, what I had in store for him. I wanted to see what happened when I got in there with him.”
Q: What’s next for you or is it still too early here in January?
A.G: “We have a couple of options. We’ve been offered some fights and some promoters want me to go with them. It’s really a day by day thing. We’ll have to see what the best options are. There’s no real rush but I am back in the gym. This win has given my career a big resurgence and I want to be ready for the next one. Spring sounds good, maybe March or April.”
Q: You have been matched tough your whole pro career and you have taken a number of fights on short notice. Was the Imam fight short notice for you?
A.G: “Yeah, it was short notice as well. I had around four weeks. But the fight was on and off two weeks before that, luckily for me, and I was in the gym then. My family really stuck by my side [in the lead-up to the fight] and when I got the call that the fight was definite, I pulled over and thanked God. I said I’m going to dedicate my life to boxing and really focus. I always had a [day] job to do and that was kind of a distraction. Now I’m ready to become world champion. I’m in a great division at 140-pounds, with a lot of great fighters, and I’m right up in there.”
Q: You have lost four and drawn two, yet they were all close fights and the losses were either split or majority verdicts. Do you feel anyone has legitimately beaten you?
A.G: “I tell people, the loss to Frankie Gomez (back in 2011 at lightweight] was [legitimate]. I have a lot of respect for him. That fight was really too soon for me, I’d only had seven fights (according to BoxRec, Granados was 8-1-1 going into the Gomez fight). There were other issues, like with the gloves I wasn’t happy with. And the fight was very close, I think I might have scraped a draw. But that loss was fair and square, even though people come up and tell me I won, which is nice..”
Q: Which points loss bothers you the most, the one to Brad Solomon?
A.G: “Yeah, I almost called it quits in boxing, that was almost the final straw. The last round I had him hugging on for dear life, he was really out on his feet. [After that loss] I really thought, ‘this is why good fighters quit.’ But now I have a resurgence in my career and new management and I haven’t lost since.”
Q: How long have you been working with trainer Buddy McGirt?
A.G: “It was the first time, in the Solomon fight. But my cut man, George Hernandez, had worked a lot with him. George is still my cut man and also my head trainer and Buddy is his assistant; and what a great assistant. So he [Hernandez] has more time to look at things other than cuts. I have a great team around me and it is a team effort. And my family, my mother and father, and my brother, who researches all my opponents, they really help me.”
Q: Is 2016 going to be your year? You have certainly paid your dues. Is this the year your hard work really pays off?
A.G: “Yes, definitely. I have big aspirations. I’m ready for the top names at 140. It’s awesome that all my hard work is coming to fruition. I’m really coming with a vengeance and I want the world title this year.”
Q: One fight that is not on your official record is a win over Jesus Soto Karass in a BKB fight. When was that fight?
A.G: “It was two weeks after the Solomon fight, June or July (of 2015). I was prepared for the fight. Going in, it was all about him, the clips shown were his highlights and I was there to lose. I’m always confident ahead of all my fights, but before that one, I was really smirking, thinking how he didn’t have any idea what was in store for him. It was a unanimous points win, a commanding win for me.”
Q: Is there any possibility of a rematch with Imam, has there been talk of it?
A.G: “There has been [talk]. I don’t know if it will be straight away; the rematch will always be there and I will give him one. But I’ll have to see which are the better options for me [first.]”
Adrian Granados on ESPN Podcast!
January 13, 2016
(Starting @ 36:45 mark of the clip)
Adrian Granados on ESPN Podcast this Wednesday!
January 12, 2016
Top-ranked Super Lightweight Adrian Granados (17-4-2, 12 KOs) will make an appearance on ESPN UK’s “Buncey’s Boxing Podcast” this Wednesday @ 10:00am EST. After upsetting #1 ranked Amir Imam (18-1, 15 KOs) last November in Canada, the 26 year old from Chicago will have plenty to share with his fans regarding potential upcoming bouts.
Journeyman Management Invades Hammond, IN.
January 10, 2016
On Friday, January 22nd, Journeymen Management will showcase 4 fighters at the Hammond Armory. Ernest Muhammad Jr. (4-0, 2 KOs), Joshua Greer Jr. (3-1-1, 2 KOs), Kelin Sharpe (3-2, 3 KOs,) and Fernando Martinez (1-1) will all see action against opponents TBA shortly.
Greer Jr. Suffers Controversial Loss
December 30, 2015
In what was contracted to be a televised 6 round bout, Joshua Greer Jr. (3-1-1, 2 KOs) lost a controversial 4 round Majority Decision to hometown fighter Stephen Fulton (8-0, 3 KOs) last night in Philadelphia. With scores of (40-36) , (39-37), and (38-38), many in attendance were shocked that one judge gave the local fighter all 4 rounds. Greer Jr. dropped Fulton in the 4th round but it was ruled a slip. Greer Jr. is will be back in action January 22nd in Hammond, Indiana.
Joshua Greer Jr. (3-0-1, 2 KOs) @ 122 lbs
Stephen Fulton (7-0, 3 KOs) @ 122.4 lbs
Live Tonight on Fox Sports 1 @ 9pm EST
Greer Jr. in Action this Tuesday, December 29!
December 27, 2015
Undefeated Chicago Bantamweight Joshua Greer Jr. (3-0-1, 2 KOs) has no problem fighting opponents in their own backyards. Since turning professional in September of this year, the 2012 Chicago Golden Gloves Champion has tasted success in Arizona, Wisconsin and California. This Tuesday, December 29th with potentially 85 million viewers watching Live on Fox Sports 1, Greer Jr. will face his toughest test to date when he travels to Pennsylvania to challenge fellow undefeated prospect Stephen Fulton (7-0, 3 KOs).
“I’m no stranger to fighting someone in their hometown. I’ve been here before, I know what it takes, and when the bell rings it’s just me and him. The crowd can’t help.”
Having turned professional just 3 months ago and with Tuesday’s fight being his fifth this year (his third 6-rounder), it’s safe to say his handlers at Journeyman Management see something special in the 21 year old.
“It makes me feel good as a boxer and as a person because I have confidence in myself to know I can do it. My team is always right there to give me the chance and opportunity to showcase what I’ve yet to become.”
While not many fighters are lining up to fight Al Haymon fighters, Greer Jr. doesn’t feel any added pressure versus his opponent standing in his way of achieving the gold.
“That sounds good and looks good on paper (being an Al Haymon fighter) but to me it’s just another person standing in the way. So no added pressure at all; I’m just ready to get in there and handle business.”
Granados on Future Opponents
December 24, 2015
Greer Jr. to Fight on Fox Sports 1!
December 23, 2015
Undefeated bantamweight Joshua Greer Jr. (3-0-1, 2 KOs) will make his nationally televised debut this Tuesday, December 29th as part of the Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) on Fox Sports 1. Greer Jr. will fight Philadelphia-based Stephen Fulton (7-0, 3 KOs) at the Sands Bethlehem Event Center in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. The six round bout is scheduled to open up the Fox Sports 1 telecast @ 9:00 pm EST.
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Accidental Fouls Hand Ramos First Defeat
December 14, 2015
A pair of accidental head butts forced the corner of Abel Ramos (14-1-2, 9 KOs) to save their fighter from further punishment Friday night in Houston. In round five, referee Laurence Cole asked the ringside doctor to look at the cuts on Ramos’ left temple and above his left eye. With both cuts being ruled as caused by accidental head butts, the ShoBox main event continued. Regis Prograis (16-0, 13 KOs) was awarded the TKO victory after round eight when Ramos told his corner “I can’t see;” having just gone eight bloody rounds versus the undefeated hometown fighter.
After the fight, Ramos took to social media to let his fans know that he would be back. “I want to thank everyone for their support tonight! I had some accidental head butts that really took me off my game tonight..no excuses! I will learn from this I will be back stronger!”
Weigh-in Pics from Houston
December 10, 2015
Abel Ramos (139 lbs) vs. Regis Prograis (140 lbs)
Ramos returns to ShoBox Friday
December 9, 2015
Unbeaten Abel Ramos (14-0-2, 9 KOs) of Arizona returns to ShoBox after nearly 2 years. Ramos will take on fellow unbeaten Regis Prograis (15-0, 12KOs). The super lightweight bout is scheduled for 10 rounds and will be the main event aired on Showtime’s ShoBox series. The site location will be the Bayou Event Center, in Houston, Texas, which also happens to be the hometown of Prograis. Lou DiBella (DiBella Entertainment), Lou Savarese (Savarese Promotions), and Alex Khanas (Fight Promotions Inc) will promote the event.
Ramos’ first big opportunity came in January 2014 on ShoBox. He was an unknown 8-0 fighter who had not even fought past 4 rounds at that time. He took on an unbeaten Maurice Hooker who had almost twice as many professional fights. If that wasn’t enough to overcome Ramos also took the fight on just days notice. Ramos ignored all of these obstacles and fought Hooker to a very respectable draw.
Ramos like Prograis hasn’t tasted defeat, but will enter the bout the underdog. This doesn’t concern him or his team. A week ago they watched his management stablemate Adrian Granados upset the WBC #1 ranked unbeaten Amir Imam by KO no less. So there is no lack of confidence from team Ramos. “We are very confident that Abel will continue the momentum and score his own upset,” said Journeyman Management CEO Andrew Zak.
What do you remember about your fight with Hooker?
I remember I took the fight on very short notice. I was really nervous because I knew I wasn’t fully prepared. I just went out there and made the most of the opportunity. It turned out alright considering the circumstances. That fight actually put me on the map.
How have things been in your career since that fight?
Things have gone really well. Andrew Zak and his team have kept me extremely busy with fights. The activity has really helped me improve as a fighter. I was already a good fighter but the stability with my management behind me has helped me take my career in boxing to another level.
Will this be your first southpaw opponent as a professional?
Yes it will be. I have been preparing for two months with good sparring in that time. I am very well prepared for the switch. I actually have some physical advantages so I may look to box more. I will take it round by round and use what is successful.
Do you feel pressured to go for the knockout fighting in his hometown?
I really don’t. The fight is on national television which takes alot of pressure off of me worrying about a bad decision. Many viewers will get to see me fight. Its up to me to peform and thats what I plan on doing. I am fighting in his hometown but Houston has a large community of Mexican boxing fans. If I fight the way I am capable of I won’t be surprised if I make some new fans during and after the fight.
Did you get to watch your management stablemate Adrian Granados upset victory over Amir Imam last week?
Yes I did. It gave me that much more motivation in preparing for my own fight. I don’t feel that I am the underdog in this fight but I know I will have to be dominate to defeat him in his hometown.
How different will your performance be this time around on shobox than your first appearance?
The viewing audience will see a much different Abel Ramos than they saw nearly two years ago. I will not be nervous at all because this time I am very well prepared. I had a very good complete training camp. I have also really grown as a fighter since that last appearance. I know so much more now. I am a much more complete fighter. I will show this on Friday.
Adrian Granados Appearance on Tha Boxing Voice!
December 3, 2015
Granados to Appear on Tha Boxing Voice this Thursday, December 3rd
December 2, 2015
Fresh of his TKO upset victory this past weekend on SHOWTIME, Adrian Granados (17-4-2, 12 KOs) will be interview this Thursday, December 3rd @ 8:30 EST on Tha Boxing Voice podcast. http://www.blogtalkradio.com/thaboxingvoiceradio
Granados TKOs Imam!
November 28, 2015
By: Dave Spencer
Halfway through the first round on Saturday night at the Vidéotron Centre in Quebec City, it looked like it was going to be an easy night for #1 ranked WBC super-lightweight Amir Imam. A perfectly placed right hand right down the pipe put opponent Adrian Granados on his backside and promises of an early night seemed right around the corner. Granados (17-4-2, 12 KOs) was able to get up and started to land as early as the second round and never let up until referee Alain Villeneuve stepped in and stopped the fight with Amir Imam (18-1, 15 KOs) slumped on the ropes, official time coming at 2:34 of the 8th round.
Whether it was a question of Imam looking for another perfect shot like he had in the first or something else, the undefeated fighter was touched cleanly and repeatedly after the first round. At first it was a pop-gun offense from the Illinois fighter Granados with the shots having little or no effect. But the shots kept coming and by the time of the stoppage, Granados had built a lead on the official scorecards. The cumulative effect had slowed Imam to the point where return volleys were fewer and fewer and often avoided by the 26-year-old Granados, and when the two did go toe-to-toe in what was a good action fight, it was the underdog coming out ahead in the exchanges. By the eighth, there simply was no answer by Imam as he took shot after shot, time after time, being stopped and falling to defeat for the first time. Imam was the mandatory challenger for WBC champion Viktor Postol.
Desert Heat III: Weigh-In Pictures
November 12, 2015
Nathaniel Gallimore: 155 lbs vs. Michael Finney: 149 lbs
Ernest Muhammad Jr.: 145 vs. Jose Caro: 139 lbs
Joshua Zuniga: 130 lbs vs. Misael Chacon: 132 lbs
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First Bout: 7pm
Clarion Hotel Conference Center
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Tucson, AZ 85714
Undefeated Abel Ramos vs. Regis Prograis on ShoBox: December 11
November 12, 2015
By: Round By Round Boxing
On December 11 at the Bayou City Event Center in Houston, eight undefeated prospects with a combined record of 92-0-3 will trade leather in the final ShoBox telecast of 2015.
Headlining the DiBella Entertainment and Savarese Promotions-promoted event will be Regis Prograis (15-0, 12 KOs), who faces Abel Ramos (14-0-2, 9 KOs) in the 10-round super lightweight main event.
Undefeated Nathaniel Gallimore Ready For Tenth Fight of 2015!
November 11, 2015
By: GM Ross / CanadianBoxiana.com
Busy Illinois Prospect Takes on Michael Finney this Friday in Arizona
Undefeated middleweight Nathaniel Gallimore (9-0-1, 8KOs) of Evanston, Illinois, is one of the busiest fighters in boxing. With just under two months remaining in 2015, Gallimore has already fought an astounding nine times, earning big wins over Juan Carlos Rojas, Lauro Alcantar, and Robert Burwell. On Friday, November 13, he returns to the ring yet again to meet Michael Finney (13-4-1, 11KOs) of Alabama in an eight rounder at the Clarion Hotel and Conference Center in Tucson, Arizona. In a recent interview with Fightfan.com, Gallimore seemed very satisfied with his preparation for the upcoming fight. “Camp has been excellent!” said Gallimore. “My coach has set me up with a workout regime that will lead me to victory in this upcoming fight.”
Ten fights is a lot for any boxer, but Gallimore appears unfazed by his busy fight schedule. “I know my management team is moving me fast,” explained Gallimore, “but they are moving me in the right direction. I stay injury free by getting my opponent out of the ring quickly. Staying focused with my schedule comes naturally. I have an intense will to succeed and passion for the sport.” It doesn’t hurt that Gallimore has stopped eight of ten opponents, including six men who fell in under a round. “I don’t initially go into the ring looking for the knockout,” said the Illinois prospect, “but if it presents itself, I definitely take advantage of it. People should expect the whole package. I bring it all.”
In addition to talent, determination, and power, Gallimore benefits from the support of his numerous fans and admirers. “To my friends, family, fans, and supporters, I would like to say that I appreciate all the support and love that you give me,” said Gallimore, “I will make you proud by becoming a world champion!”
Adrian Granados to Face #1-Ranked Amir Imam on November 28
November 10, 2015
WBC #1 ranked super lightweight Amir Imam (18-0, 15 KOs) returns to face Adrian Granados (14-3-2, 9 KOs) in a 10-round bout on November 28 on SHO EXTREME. The undefeated Imam is the mandatory challenger to WBC 140-pound champion Viktor Postol, who won the vacant title with a 10th round TKO of Lucas Matthysse in October. In the SHO EXTREME opener, undefeated heavyweight Oscar Rivas (17-0, 12 KOs) will face Curtis Harper (12-4, 8 KOs) in a 10-round bout. Later, on regular SHOWTIME, IBF super middleweight champion James DeGale (21-1, 14 KOs) will defend his belt against former 168-pound champ Lucian Bute (32-2, 25 KOs). The card takes place at the Vidéotron Centre in Quebec City.
Gallimore-Finney Featured in Tucson on Friday, November 13
November 10, 2015
Unbeaten jr middleweight Nathaniel Gallimore (9-0-1, 8 KOs) will take on Mike Finney (13-4-1, 11 KOs) this Friday in a scheduled eight-rounder at the Clarion Hotel and Conference Center in Tucson, Arizona. Gallimore, based out of Illinois by way of Jamaica, is coming off of an eight round draw his last fight last month with Urman Ryskeldiev (11-3-2, 7 KOs) in his first real test as a pro. He will now face Finney just three short weeks later. Finney was once a promising prospect promoted by Top Rank Inc. and managed by Cameron Dunkin. He has struggled of late, but his four losses are against high grade competition.
The draw in his last fight hasn’t wavered the confidence of his management team ahead of his second consecutive tough challenge. “Nathaniel really stepped up his last fight and performed well. We have the same confidence in him after the draw. For our team, it’s all about the fighter and the journey,” said Journeyman Management CEO Andrew Zak.
The show is promoted by Kenneth Ray Mitchell Sr. (Wildwest Boxing Promotions, LLC). Gallimore’s managerial stablemates unbeaten Ernest Muhammad Jr. (3-0 , 1 KO) and debuter Joshua Zuniga will be featured on the undercard.