By: Rich Quinones (Ringside commentator)
Trying to get his career back on track, Anthony Ferrante steps into the ring to take on crafty and talented Venroy July in a slated eight-round cruiserweight affair Friday October 24th at the Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington, Maryland.
The stacked card is being promoted by Keystone Boxing and will have several young hot prospects step into the ring.
“I’m so excited to get back in the ring,” said Ferrante exclusively to On “Q” Sports Thursday. “Where this guy is ranked, after I knock him (July) out it will put me right back in the mix.”
July (16-1-3, 6 Ko’s) has only one setback in his career and that was a 3rd TKO loss to Elvin Sanchez back in February of 2013. He is coming off an eight-round majority draw to Quantis Graves in April, which snapped a three-fight win streak.
Against Sanchez, July took the first two rounds, but Sanchez was able to get inside, working the body and dropping the native of St Catherine, Jamaica with a gorgeous right hook to the head. July was able to get back on his feet, but his legs were shaky, prompting Malik Waleed to halt the action at 2:55 of the round.
The time is now for Ferrante. The 30-year-old has dropped four of his last five bouts and is coming off two grueling loses, his last one was against Pedro Martinez back in March, when Martinez pulled off the six-round upset bysimply being more active then Ferrante.
The bout was ugly to watch and afterwards people wandered if something was physically wrong with Ferrante.
“My last fight was me acting totally unprofessional with stepping in the ring in the condition I was. I was hospitalized 20 days before the Anthony Caputo-Smith fight with bi-lateral pneumonia and thankfully had strong enough meds to help me fight the Caputo fight. I did not take any time off when the Pedro fight came. I went to the fight with a 103 fever from the pneumonia returning.”
It showed as he looked sluggish, tired and just not into the fight.
The loss dropped him to 12-6 in his career and to add insult to injury he was slated to fight for the UBF World Cruiserweight Title against Rico Hoye on June 27th, but that was postponed.
The bout was originally scheduled to take place at the Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Michigan.
However, according to Ferrante there were some issues with AG promotions, who co-promoted the card.
“I really do not know what happened to be honest, I was told there was an issue with the two promoters and the whole card is scratched,” Ferrante said.
“It really sucks, I trained so hard, and to be honest, that was the best I have ever felt mentally and physically and I do not know why I got picked for that fight, but I was ready man.”
Ferrante’s career has had its share of ups and downs, especially after he originally defeated Isa Akberbayev two years ago.
“It took a while after a destroyed that punk Isa (Akberbayev) to mentally get back to where I needed to be because basically I was robbed at gunpoint with that fight, with it being changed to a NC for a bullshit steroid test that we proved in court was a lie but it didn’t matter because sadly and it’s not a hidden truth that boxing is corrupt.”
Ferrante took the fight on 21 days’ notice back in 2012 and he was not given much of a chance to win by anyone. He subsequently went into Madison Square Garden and promptly broke down a an undefeated boxer with well over 300 amateur fights. However, after the fight he received a call from the New York State Boxing Commission that he failed his drug test for two injectable steroids.
After being suspended for a year, Ferrante got back into the ring to square off against Smith for the USA Pennsylvania Cruiserweight Title, and his quest to clear his name inside the ring.
Neither happened and he suffered a controversial split-decision loss.
Ferrante scored a gorgeous knockdown in the sixth round and it looked like the bout would be over, but Caputo-Smith beat the count and was saved by the bell.
However, Ferrante and his camp saw it another way. “We watched the fight several times on GFL.tv and he was given a very long count by Steve Smoger. We clocked it at almost 15 seconds, are you kidding me, how can that happen,” an angry Ferrante claimed days after the setback.
“You saw the fight you called it at ringside, and I know you even said you disagreed with the scoring and you scored the fight in favor of me. This is how bad it got. Smith came up to me after the fight and told me that he was sorry, because he knew I won.”
The judges’ scorecards read 95-94 Ferrante, 95-94 Smith and 95-94 for Smith.
No one wants to hear excuses, especially in boxing, but one thing is for sure.
It is all on Ferrante when he steps into the ring against July on the 24th.
“So with that said, I hope when I completely destroy this guy (July) they do not try and pull the same thing,” he concluded.
If he wins he will have earned it. If he loses, rest assure no one will be listening to any more excuses.
Rich Quiñones is an award winning broadcaster and journalist. He is the lead blow-by-blow Boxing voice for GFL.tv and Go Fight Live’s Boxing on Comcast. He has sat ringside calling the action with Monte Barrett, Brian Adams, Amir Mansour, Danny Garcia, James Kirkland, Mark Breland, Ronnie Shields, Teddy Atlas and Lou DiBella, while broadcasting over 200 bouts for GFL in 2013-2014.
He called the 87th Annual New York Daily News Golden Gloves Finals in April, 2014 for Broadway Boxing, and recently called the first ever all-female pro card in North American history in Canada.
Rich is also the lead blow-by-blow voice for Joe Hand’s “Tuesday Night Fights” Boxing series in Philadelphia and created “Against The Ropes” on his sponsored Youtube channel.
Rich is also a contributor to Ringnews24.com and Boxing Let’s Talk. He has also handled calling the action for “Take On” Muay Thai and is exclusive lead blow-by-blow voice for CFFC MMA.