BY: Richard Quiñones (Journeymen Boxing) JMB goes corner to corner with updates of what is going on Saturday and we begin with the New Jersey Golden Gloves, which kick off tonight beginning at 7PM at the Christian Brother’s Academy in Lincroft, New Jersey. The 152lb. and 165lb.novices will be in action as well as the 165lb. and 178lb.s novice. There will also be a ton of open class bout this evening and the 144lb. novice class looks to be very competitive this year.
In other amateur news, Mark Sinatra sang a gorgeous tune Friday night as he scored a vicious knockout win over Luis Cintron on Friday night at St. Athanasius School in Brooklyn, advancing to the semifinals of the 2015 New York Daily News Golden Gloves.
Christopher Fernandez (Worldwide BC) showed some grit and toughness as he got past Jose Campos (Yonkers PAL), who just kept coming all night long in a battle of 123-pounders
Joining Fernandez in the semifinals will be Deion Sparks (Judah Bros BC), who dominated Jaison Thompson (John’s Gym) in an easy 3-0 decision.
The 88th annual Daily News Golden Gloves continues Monday at St. Finbar Auditorium in Brooklyn. The 108-pound, 165-pound and 141-pound novices will all step into the ring and compete along with the 141-pound open division.
Sinatra (Brotherhood BC) unleased a nasty right hook in the opening round of their heavyweight affair, and followed that up with a brilliant combination against Cintron (Unattached), who crumpled to the floor.
In pro news, Philadelphia cruiserweight Anthony “Boom Boom” Ferrante will take on Canada’s top-ranked cruiserweight Denton Daley April 17th. According to Ferrante, the bout is slated for eight rounds and will take place in Canada. “I’m giving you a heads up, I’m fighting Denton Daley, April 17th in Canada. Eight rounds, but no belt as of now,” Ferrante said via text to JMB Friday.
The 30-year-old Ferrante (13-7, 8ko’s) was hoping to bounce back from a tough November loss against Alex Guerrero for the vacant NABA cruiserweight title, when he was scheduled to fight Stivens Bujaj in March.However, the cut he suffered against Guerrero had not properly healed, so his scheduled bout was pushed back to July.
Now it appears the eye will be ready for his test against Daley, which is more than a tune-up fight.
Daley (12-1, 6ko’s) suffered his first pro loss when he was stopped in the 12th round of his interim WBA World cruiserweight title against Youri Kayembre Kalenga back in November in Canada. He won the NABA cruiserweight title in 2013 and defended his belt three times.
Atlantic City lightweight Osnel Charles will face Scott Burrell in an eight-round contest March 28th at World Resorts Casino in Queens, New York. Charles (10-12-1, 1ko) has dropped four straight and nine of his last 10, but all of those fights were against very talented competition and hot prospects, with some of those fights being taken on short notice.
Burrell (9-2, 6ko’s) is a banger and is coming off two straight wins. The 26-year-old from Brooklyn, New York, defeated Willy Morillo and Joe Gbolo in 2014, but has not faced nearly the type of competition that Charles has endured in the ring.
In more news, JMB has learned that Sammie “Da Bully” Millhouse will be appealing his Friday night unanimous decision loss to Curtis Morton for the WBU America’s Championship title. “Lost decision, and we have to talk about the commission sabotaging my show. They are horrible,” Millhouse said via text.
Finally in female boxing, Melissa “Mighty” McMorrow travels to Mexico to take on Kenia Enriquez for the WBO World female flyweight title Saturday night at Centro De Convenciones, Rosarito, Baja California. The scheduled 10-round title fight will be the co-main event on the Mayra Alejandra Gomez/Jackie “La Princesa Azteca” Nava 10-round affair that will decide the WBA/WBC World super female bantamweight title.
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