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Friday, July 15, 2016

Milch to Fight this Month

Junior Middleweight Tony Milch is scheduled to fight at York Hall in London, England on July 30. Milch has fought at York Hall twice before, including his last fight last month.

The undefeated Brit has faced only one opponent with a winning record. He has won two six round affairs. His next fight is scheduled for a career high eight rounds.

Milch is 10-0 with one KO. The 35 year old doesn't have an announced opponent as of yet.

Monday, July 11, 2016

Chilemba Takes Kovalev the Distance

Light heavyweight Isaac Chilemba dropped a unanimous decision to Sergey Kovalev tonight in the latter's hometown of Ekaterinburg, Russia. Kovalev, who the Transnational Boxing Rankings rate as the number 2 pound-for-pound fighter in the world, holds three world championship straps. He is the number one contender for the linear light heavyweight championship.

Chilemba proved to be a tough opponent for Kovalev. He used constant movement to avoid Kovalev's vicious right hand. Kovalev said after the fight, "Target moves every time. His style is very uncomfortable for me." Chilemba jabbed effective and landed the right to the body without receiving a counter on numerous occasions.

Kovalev controlled center ring, and though he was outboxed for the majority of each round, a few powerful shots erased all of Chilemba's work nearly every time. Kovalev's power was the difference.

The Russian star possesses a thunderous jab and a scary right hand. Chilemba tip toed on a tightrope for the first six rounds until he fell in the seventh. Kovalev finally caught up with the crafty defensive fighter and landed a hellacious combination. A right punctuated the punishment. Chilemba fought with all of his heart to stay upright, but he stumbled backward and fell to the canvas.

Isaac rose, but his legs weren't sturdy. It seemed that, for the first time in his career, Isaac could be stopped. But he managed through and refused to run in the eighth. He landed a left hook and jabbed to win the first two minutes and 30 seconds of the eighth, but Kovalev won the round with another frightening combination. Somehow, Chilemba managed to remain on his feat.

Isaac fought well the rest of the way, but the outcome was no longer in doubt. Chilemba's jab and defense were world class. The man from Malawi can sometimes rely too much on those attributes, but he utilized the right to the body and left hooks to the head against Kovalev. Kovalev was simply too powerful and too aggressive. When the two traded, Kovalev's advantage in power was evident.

Roy Jones Jr. said of Isaac, "Chilemba is a puzzle you have to figure out. You might beat him, but you'll have to work for it." Kovalev won with scores of 118-109, 117-110, 116-111, but he had to work for it. The Jewish Boxing Blog scored the fight 117-110 for Chilemba.

Kovalev improves to 30-0-1 with 26 KOs. He faces Andre Ward in November in what is considered to be a superfight.

Chilemba became only the second fighter to go the full 12 rounds against Kovalev. Bernard Hopkins is the only other boxer to take Kovalev even past eight rounds, Isaac's record is now 24-4-2 with 10 KOs

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Introducing Pavlo Ishchenko

Pavlo Ishchenko was a decorated amateur before turning professional last fall. Ishchenko fought in the 2012 Olympics on the famed Ukrainian team led by Vasyl Lomachenko. He lost to American rising star Joseph Diaz Jr. in the first round. In 2013, he won gold at the European championships.

Ishchenko was born in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky in the southeastern part of Russia. He attended school in Kherson, Ukraine, a city near disputed Crimea. There Pavel attended the local Chabad. Lou DiBella Entertainment's profile claims he has a Jewish parent.

Ishchenko has since moved to Brooklyn to pursue his professional boxing career. On September 18, 2015, Ishchenko made his pro debut in New Jersey. The super featherweight stopped Nicholas Rodriguez in the second round. One month later, he KOed 13-fight veteran Dzmitri Agafonau, who sports a winning record.

Nicknamed "Wild Man," Pavlo won a six-round unanimous decision over Rafael Vazquez in New York last February. Ishchenko is only 24 years old and at 5'7" is a good height for his weight class. With 294 wins in a 317-fight amateur career, Ishchenko is a prospect to watch.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Brooks Wins in Comeback Fight

Michael "Lefty" Brooks entered the ring for the first time in two years on April 17. After suffering his first two career losses, both against good opposition, Brooks took a small step in reclaiming his past position as a climbing contender.

In Gimnasio Pedro Cruz in Santiago de los Caballeros, Dominican Republic, Brooks defeated Oscar Rodriguez on points. This was Michael's first scheduled four-rounder since 2011.

Rodriguez's record doesn't induce intimidation. After the loss to Brooks, he's 1-14 and has been stopped ten times. But all of his fight have been against opponents with winning records.

Brooks is now 11-2-1 with one KO.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Seldin Scores Another Knockout

Cletus Seldin stopped his second consecutive opponent in the first round on June 17 at the Paramount Theatre in Huntington, New York. Jesus Selig was floored twice when referee Arthur Mercante Jr. waved off the contest 2:49 after the opening bell.

Seldin is now 19-0 with 16 KOs. This was his fourth career first round stoppage. Seldin, who has fought his previous five fights at or below the junior welterweight limit of 140 pounds, has entered the rankings of some of the alphabet organizations. FightNews.com rates Seldin as the 16th best junior welterweight in the world.

While Selig has never beaten an opponent with at least five victories and a winning record, he has faced some stiff competition. He lost to John Jackson, who fought for a world title belt last month, in 2012. Jackson stopped Selig in three rounds. Former Olympian and world title challenger Sadam Ali stopped Selig in the sixth round back in 2014. Undefeated prospect Jose Carlos Ramirez KOed Selig in the second round that same year. Seldin scored a better result than all of them.

Jesus Selig falls to 19-4-1 with 12 KOs.

Monday, June 6, 2016

Tony Milch Continues to Win

Junior middleweight Tony Milch kept his undefeated record clean last night with a points victory over Lewis van Poetsch at York Hall in London, England. This was Milch's first fight after a seven month layoff.

Milch won with a score of 40-37. In Britain, four round fights are only scored by the referee. Milch is now 10-0 with one KO. Only one of his victories was against an opponent with a winning record. Van Poetch falls to 4-39 without a KO.

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Foreman Gets Tenth KO

Yuri Foreman stopped Jason Davis in the second round of their bout Friday night at the Resorts World Casino in Queens, New York. Previously considered "feather fisted," Foreman has now stopped two of his last three opponents.

Foreman earned his 34th win 1:55 into the second round when referee Ricky Gonzalez stopped the contest. Yuri is now 34-2 with 10 KOs. Davis was stopped for the second straight fight and the seventh time in his career. He is now 13-12-2 with 4 KOs.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Yuri Foreman Fights Tomorrow

Rabbi Yuri Foreman is scheduled to face veteran journeyman Jason Davis on Friday at Resorts World Casino in Queens, New York. This is Foreman's second fight since 2013.

Foreman's second comeback has moved slowly. After taking two years off due to issues with his management, Foreman won an eight round decision over Lenwood Dozier last December. Foreman, 35, is 33-2 with 9 KOs.

Davis (13-11-2, 4 KOs) is a 34 year old from Vancouver, Washington. He was stopped by a 4-12-3 fighter last August and is 1-1-1 in his last fights (all against opponents with losing records.

Davis started his career 11-1-1, but has won only two bouts since. From 2009 to 2011, Davis was good enough to be fodder for prospects and contenders. He faced and lost to Steve Forbes, Mauricio Herrera, Joel Casamayor, Breideis Prescott, and Frankie Gomez. He also fought to a No Contest against Joan Guzman. He's been competitive with lesser fights since.

Foreman-Davis is scheduled for eight rounds.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Horowitz Draws with Williams

On May 14, Samuel Horowitz fought to a majority draw with Dwayne Williams at the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Indiana. This was only Horowitz's second fight that went the distance.

The judges' scores were 38-35 (Horowitz), 37-37 twice. This snaps Horowitz's four win streak. he is now 6-1-1 5 KOs. Williams was on a five fight losing streak, all against undefeated opponents. He is now 5-6-1 with two KOs.

Monday, May 30, 2016

Duer Wins at a New Weight

Carolina Duer defeated Vanesa del Valle Calderon last month at the Polideportivo Cooperativa Tortuguitas in Buenos Aires, Argentina by unanimous decision. This was a tune-up night for Duer after a nine month layoff.

Duer moved up in weight to fight as a featherweight. She weighed in at 122 pounds. This was the first time Duer fought an opponent with a losing record and a scheduled six rounder in six years.

Duer won with scores of 60-54 twice and the unusual mark of 60-54.5. Duer is now 18-3-1 with 5 KOs. Calderon falls to 5-10 with one KO.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Chilemba to fight Kovalev

Isaac Chilemba is scheduled to face Sergey Kovalev in Ekaterinburg, Russia on July 11.The Transnational Boxing Rankings rated Kovalev as the number one challenger in the light heavyweight division. Chilemba is rated tenth.

Chilemba (24-3-2, 10 KOs) is coming off of a majority decision loss to undefeated contender Eleider Alvarez (rated seventh in the division by the TBR) in November. One judge scored the bout a tie, another had Alvarez winning by two points, and third judge scored the fight 118-110 in Alvarez's favor.

Kovalev (29-0-1, 26 KOs) is one of the best fighters in the world. He's in the top five on many pound-for-pound lists. In three of his last four fights, Kovalev has defeated Jean Pascal twice and Bernard Hopkins, both former lineal light heavyweight champions.

Kovalev-Chilemba is scheduled for twelve rounds and will be for three world title belts. More importantly, the winner will surely be the number one challenger in the light heavyweight division and could be on pace to face pound-for-pound star Andre Ward (fourth in TBR's light heavyweight division) in the near future.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Samuel Horowitz vs. Israel Echavarria

August 22, 2015
Horseshoe Casino
Hammond, Indiana

Horowitz: black trunks
Echevarria: silver trunks

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Seldin Wins by First Round KO

Welterweight Cletus Seldin overwhelmed Orlando Vazquez on March 5 to score a first round knockout at the Paramount Theatre in Huntington, New York.

Seldin rushed Vazquez and landed a hard left hook that sent Vazquez hurling backwards. Vazquez fell as a result of the onslaught. Seldin moves to 18-0 with 15 KOs. Vazquez falls to 18-8-1 with 12 KOs.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Josh Burnham Wins Debut

Middleweight Josh Burnham won his professional debut on February 3 at the Prince Regent Hotel in Chigwell, England. The 22 year old beat Rob Brown, who is 27.

In England, four round matches are scored only by the referee. Jeff Hinds scored the bout 40-37 in Burnham's favor. The 6' Brown is now 1-3.

Monday, March 14, 2016

Wohlman Returns

After a 19-month layoff, Zachary "Kid Yamaka" began his comeback Saturday night. He didn't show much rust in cruising over Lionel Jimenez at the Marriott Convention Center in Burbank, California.

Jimenez lost to Dustin Fleischer by decision on January 16. The 28 year old is likely the first man in 60 years to lose to two different Jewish boxers within a two month span. He is now 2-11 with two KOs. Jimenez has never been stopped.

But the real story was Wohlman and his triumphant return. At 149.5 pounds, he was the heaviest of his career, surpassing his previous high of 148. Yet he was able to showcase his typical movement. Two judges scored the fight 40-36 and one had it 39-37. Wohlman moves to 9-2-1 with 1 KO.

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Dustin Fleischer Wins by Decision

Welterweight Dustin Fleischer stayed undefeated with a decision victory over Lionel Jimenez on January 16 at the ABC Sports Complex in Springfield, Virginia.

Jimenez was Fleischer's most experienced opponent to date. This fight also marked the first time Fleischer has been taken the distance. Two judges scored the bout 40-36 and another saw it 39-37.

Fleischer improves his record to 6-0 with 5 KOs. Jimenez falls to 2-9 with two KOs.

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Horowitz Scores Another Early KO

Samuel Horowitz dominated William Bokhart in a minute and half back in January. The fight took place at the National Guard Armory in Hammond, Indiana.

Horowitz moves to 6-1 with five KOs. Bokhart falls to 1-18.

Horowitz is scheduled to be back in the ring on May 14 at the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Indiana.

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Fleischer, Horowitz, and Milch Back in Action

Undefeated welterweight prospect Dustin Fleischer is scheduled to fight on February 19 at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Fleischer will appear on the undercard of an event televised by Showtime in the United States. Fleischer is 5-0 with 5 KOs. No opponent has yet been named.

Light heavyweight Sam Horowitz is scheduled to get into the ring on January 29 in Elk Grove, Illinois. Horowitz, who is 5-1 with 4 KOs, will fight on the undercard of a "stay busy" bout for undefeated Washington DC prospect Dusty Harrison. Horowitz will be in a four-rounder against an unnamed opponent.

Undefeated junior middleweight Tony Milch is scheduled to do battled on February 27 in York Hall in London, England. The 9-0 (1 KO) 34 year old doesn't have an opponent yet either.

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Josh Burnham to Make Debut in February

Josh Burnham is scheduled to make in professional debut on February 3 at the Prince Regent Hotel in Chigwell, England. Burnham is a native of Bushey, England and had a noteworthy amateur career in his home country. He currently works as a personal trainer. No opponent has yet been named for his debut.