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Arizona Boxing News & Notes with Don Smith: Fraud Reported, Iron Boy 37, RJJ Update & Much More

Boxing Fans, Knockoff is a common term to describe counterfeit goods, made or sold under another?s brand without the name owner?s authorization. Sellers of such goods may infringe on the trademark, patent or copyright of the brand owner by passing off its goods as made by the brand owner and sold to unsuspecting consumers. The federal criminal laws that prohibit any person from trafficking in counterfeit goods focus on the seller and if found guilty, offenders can serve time and pay varying fines.

It is permissible in the United States to sell ?Knockoff? products if the seller has explicit permission from the brand owner and it is clearly marked as a spinoff of a popular product. For example, consumers can now legally purchase designer perfumes, clothes and various accessory products openly without repercussion if the spinoff is agreed upon between the two parties and clearly marked as an imitation version of the original.

If our readers are wondering why ABNN is dedicated space to defining the term ?Knockoff?, the answer is very simple. There is a member of the Arizona boxing community (name withheld) accused of selling counterfeit ?Trademarked? Winning boxing equipment to numerous boxers who are obviously too embarrassed or na?ve to report the crime to police authorities and Winning company representatives. He (aka scum bag) has allegedly sold illegal contraband to more than 20 victims.

His deceptive ploy is very simple. He approaches potential customers and tells them he has a connection at Winning and this connection allows him to offer authentic equipment at a much lower price than consumers can find. He then takes their money and sometimes returns to the foiled with a less than genuine product. One victim cornered the fraudulent peddler and threatened to do bodily harm if he didn?t return the money. The victim is still waiting.

ABNN hopes this fraud alert will motivate victims into taking care of the egregious criminal matter by reporting it and stopping this individual from continuing his illegal activity. Boxers please stand up and do the right thing, pick up the phone! ABNN has forwarded the name of the suspected thief to proper authorities. To prosecute the man, victims must come forward and press charges.

Iron Boy 37: Arizona boxing Matcher Mike Sanchez forwarded the names of 15 boxers who could be on the Saturday, 2/25 Iron Boy 37 Show at the Celebrity Theatre in Phoenix with the understanding that the card is still under construction and perhaps 2-3 of the listed pugilists won?t grace the card due to unforeseeable consequences. Here is the list we have with opponents to be determined : Main Event Super Bantamweight Paul ?Ziggy? Romero, ?The Pride? of Maryvale Arizona, is the show headliner in a bout listed for 6 rounds and was rumored to be a WBU title fight. Ziggy will enter the ring with a record of 7-0-1-1 knockout. Co-Main Action: Middleweight Andrew ?Hurricane? Hernandez (16-5-1-7 knockouts) hopes to get back on the winning track in a scheduled for 8-10 round affair also rumored to be a title fight; at least Hernandez thinks so. Special Bout: bantamweight Alexis Zazueta (9-0-5 knockouts) returns to the valley to fight in a 6 round feature after several bouts outside of his home state. On the under-card are three young fighters who have performed before Arizona boxing fans in the past.

Super bantamweight Daron ?Sweet Tay? Williams (5-0-2 knockouts) hails from the state of Maryland and is known for his speed and relentless pursuit of his opponent; he is on tap for 4 rounds. Local super bantamweight Edgar Ortiz will carry a 3-1-2 knockout record into his 4 round contest.

Former Olympic flyweight hopeful Adrian Servin (2-0-1 knockout) a local fighter, with a strong fan base, hopes to continue his winning ways in a 4 round bout. Iron Boy regular Luis Espinoza (5-0-1 knockout) is a featherweight who needs to develop consistency, in my humble opinion. He has talent and his soon to be parent status might motivate him to fight more often, a career step he needs to take if he is serious about staying in the fight game.

The Lopez brothers (Adam & Hector Jr) return to Phoenix. Adam, featherweight division, brings 4-0-2 knockout resume to the Celebrity while Hector Jr, a lightweight, hopes to improve his 4-0-3 knockouts record on 2/25 at the Celebrity. Hector Sr. (their father) won a silver medal while representing Mexico in the 1984 Olympics and he also enjoyed a professional career that earned him a WBO NABO featherweight title during his tenure in the ring. Hector Sr. passed in 2011. His sons are two well-schooled fighters and role models for young boxers to follow.
5 fighters on the list are making their debuts and two of them enter the ring with interesting backgrounds. 140 lb. Jaime Boiardo enjoyed a stellar amateur career in Arizona before joining the Marine Corps. After his discharge, he has decided to turn professional and the young man from Avondale, Arizona expects friends and family members to be on hand to support his debut.

Victor Slavininski is one of 2 Ukrainians on the Celebrity card, the other being super welterweight Yulian Tembotov (1-0-1 knockout). Yulian made his debut in Phoenix last year and wowed boxing fans with his poise, skills and maturity. He has the potential of becoming a boxing superstar. Victor has a wealth of international experience and watching his debut could be a memorable experience according to a source that has seen him in international competition. Both Ukrainians are slated for 4 round bouts. Victor fights at 130.
Lenny Correra (165 lbs.) and Joel Moran (130 lbs.) workout at Pro Edge Boxing in Phoenix and we know Lenny is a late bloomer who can punch. Correra and Moran are scheduled for 4 round debut bouts and so is Power MMA prot?g? Cris Gruler (weight unknown), a former MMA fighter who is making his boxing debut in a 4 rounder.

This card could be well worth watching if the Commission approves foes with fighting skills. Fans don?t like to pay good money to watch mismatches. Executive Director Juan Estrada has told insiders that he is committed to approving quality bouts; he can start with the 2 upcoming cards at the Celebrity Theatre in Phoenix on 1/27 (RJJ) and 2/25 (Iron Boy) and we think he will!

Tickets are still available for the Iron Boy 37 show at $29.00-$39.00 & $54.00. Doors for the 2/25 event open at 5 pm and first bell chimes at 6 pm. Fans that would like to park early and have a drink before gravitating into the boxing spectator experience, the club downstairs pens at 4 pm. Iron Boy 37 will be followed by Iron Boy 38 on Friday April 7 at the Celebrity Theatre in Phoenix.

RJJ Show Update: We thank RJJ Promotions for an update to their 1/27 show at the Celebrity Theatre in Phoenix. The main event remains the same with John ?The Phenom? Vera (15-0-10 knockouts) defending WBA-NABA super welterweight champion putting his title on the line against Salin Labri (20-6). Vera won his 4 fights in 2016 with 3 victories coming by way of knockout. In the Co-Main, Phoenix featherweight Keenan Carbajal (12-2-1) faces off against Gustavo Molina (23-13). Molina has promised an upset and the Mexican boxer plans to stay inside as he battles the taller Carbajal.

In a battle of Arizona bantamweights, Tucson?s Francisco Muro (3-5) battles Phoenix?s Ryan Riddell (2-0) in a 4 round bout in a battle that will feature high energy from both warriors. Opening the evening of boxing at the Celebrity is Russian born super welterweight Ilya Usachav (1-0) against rugged Phoenix boxer Clifford Jordan (2-1) in a 4 round contest. Jordan hasn?t in 8 months; but, his team says he is hungry and ready to fight. Cliff trains at Hammer Boxing in North Phoenix. Ilya now lives in Los Angeles where he trains.

In what could be the sleeper fight of the evening, Cesar Alan Valenzuela (Fuentes Boxing) enters the ring with a 14-4-1 record in his battle against Jose Silveria (17-20) who upset previously undefeated Kevin Lavallee (14-1) last year. Ringside tickets can be purchased for $79.00. General Admission is priced at $29.00. The third seating option is rows 5-13 for $44.00 per seat. First bell is 7 pm, doors open at 6 pm and the club downstairs opens at 5 pm. The Theatre is located on 32nd Street North of Van Buren in Phoenix.

Mail Bag: I sent an email to Top Rank Boxing asking if TR had a bidding deadline in mind when deciding where the Manny Pacquiao vs. Jeff Horn April fight will be held. The response was no, a surprise to this veteran journalist. 2 days later, ABNN received an email from Horn promoter Craig Stanaway (Duco Events) and Mr. Stanaway asked me to contact him directly if we need anything regarding Pacquiao/Horn bout or WBO Heavyweight Champion Joseph Parker whom Mr. Stanaway and Duco Events also represent. The promoter went to reveal there is renewed talk that Parker will fight Deontay Wilder in a unification bout in the first half of this year. It would be nice if we could email questions to Craig who would then pass them on to his two fighters for their response. Our readers would love to know more about the Champion Parker and contender Horn.

New Hire: Kristian Fasching is the newly appointed Public Information Officer for the Arizona Department of Gaming which means I could be spending quality time with the Wisconsin Native and GB fan at monthly Arizona Boxing/MMA meetings and on 2/11 we met for the first time at the conclusion of the January get together. Kristian replaces Amanda Jacinto who has accepted another position with the Gaming Department.
I had planned to report on the business discussed at the meeting; but unfortunately, my notes were placed in my expensive back pack that I left in a restaurant where I received a heaping case of indigestion. My back pack is history!
I do recall my conversation with Kristian, an attorney and Agency Counsel. He was set to attend the UFC Fight Night on 2/15 which meant he would miss his beloved Packers play The Dallas Cowboys on the same night for a chance to advance in the NFL Playoffs.

I aired my criticisms of the commission with him and he took notes and asked that I email future questions to him and he would try to respond to them quickly. I told the articulate young attorney that I felt part of the distrust I felt towards the commission was a record of incompetence and a failure to communicate with members of the press and die hard boxing fans. I gave him a partial list of my grievances and he said he appreciated my candid remarks and I haven?t heard from him since; just kidding, I know, it take s time to iron out problems especially with the Arizona State legislature in charge of wielding the iron. The Commission should be independent, oh well! On the record, Commission member Scott Peters is the new chairman of the Commission. All we can do is hope for the best. Thank you Kristian for listening to me and quickly updating the Commission website. It has been a continuous problem that has bugged the press and boxing fan seeking event scheduling news and other pertinent boxing information. I look forward to the next scheduled monthly meeting on Wednesday 2/22 at 10 a.m. The mandated meetings are open to the public and feel free to call the commission at 602-364-1721 for more information.

Amateur Boxing Notes: Madison Boxing Coach Ricky Ricardo Rodriguez is holding his next smoker event at the O.C. Elementary School (7009 S. 10th Street kin Phoenix) on Saturday March 11 commencing at 2 p.m. In addition to watching competitive Olympic style boxing, Rodriguez promises a top notch car show. We will see you there. Admission is normally $10.00 for adults?Mark your calendar and prepare for the West Coast Trials ages 8-Elite and held in Albuquerque New Mexico commencing on March 19 and concluding March 25. Elite boxers will qualify for international competition. Event will be held at the Albuquerque Convention Center; stay tuned for further information.

ShowBox: The next Generation: I woke up Arizona boxing Trainer Jesus Ramos late (after 9:30 pm) at his home in Casa Grande, Arizona recently to ask him when his brother, super lightweight Abel Ramos (17-1-2-12 knockouts) was fighting and he confirmed what I already knew; his next opponent is Russian born Ivan Baranchyk (13-0-10 knockouts) on 2/10 in Miami, Oklahoma at the popular Buffalo Run Casino & Hotel in a 10 round Main Event contest that will be aired live on Showtime?s ShowBox: The Next Generation Series. The Co-Main feature pits heavyweight Trey Lippe Morrison (13-0-13 knockouts) against a yet To Be Announced opponent. It is a twin bill feature that should excite boxing fans and further extend the winner?s aspirations to become future champions. Yes, Trey is the son of former WBO heavyweight Tommy Morrison.
ABNN played a small role setting up the main event. Months ago, we suggested the match up to both camps months ago and now it?s happening. Here is how they match-up: At 25, Abel is 2 years older than Ivan. Abel has a 2? reach and height advantage. In Knockout ratio comparison, Ivan stops foes at a 69% clip while Abel stops his opponents 60% of the time.

The matchup was on my wish list for 2017 and we were hoping to cover the event; but, after assessing the cost and time would take to make the trip to catch Abel?s fight, we decided to throw in the towel on the idea and watch the two bouts on Showtime. Here are some of the obstacles facing avid boxing fans who want to attend the event.

Miami, Oklahoma is a town that lists a population of less than 15,000 and we called the Buffalo Run Casino and Hotel to check on available room space on the date of the fight and we were told there were no rooms available for 2/9-2/11 which means Ramos fans would be forced to lodge at a nearby Holiday Inn Express Hotel (1 ? miles from the casino) if they wanted to be present for the fight.

Getting to Miami, Oklahoma is a major problem. The closest airport is in Tulsa and there is no Greyhound Bus Depot in Miami, so riders taking the 2 day bus trip would have to go to Joplin, Missouri and take an Uber or regular cab and travel thirty miles to Miami since Greyhound doesn?t service Miami.
The drive by automobile from Central Phoenix to the Casino is an estimated 16 hours and 48 minutes each way which means listening to a lot of truck driving songs on the way. In actual miles, our odometer calculation reports the trip at 2,309.6 miles if for the round trip if you don?t give up the drive and check into a sanitarium In other words, fans will most likely decide to catch Abel?s 2/10 performance on Showtime.

Boxing Notes: Arizona based cruiserweight B. J. Flores (32-3-1) has indicated he would like to fight at least one more time before he calls it quits. B.J. celebrates his 38th Birthday on January 29 and he is coming off a brutal knockout loss to current WBO Cruiserweight Tony Bellew on October 15. The Scottsdale, Arizona resident might want to consult Dr. Phil before he steps into the ring again. He has been mentioned as a possible addition to the Iron Boy 3 card at the Celebrity Theatre in Phoenix on 2/28 and tongues are wagging that his potential opponent could be former WBO Heavyweight Champion Siarhei Liakhovich ((26-7-16 knockouts) who also lives in Scottsdale; I don?t see it happening and officially a spokesperson for Iron Boy Promotions told ABNN, it won?t happen. Liakhovich last fought and lost in Phoenix against contender Andy Ruiz at the Celebrity Theatre in a very competitive bout and some folks thought he got robbed of the victory?..On Friday January 13, it was announced that Canelo Alvarez will fight Julio Cesar Chavez Jr on May 6 to coincide with Cinco De Mayo weekend and the title bout will be carried by HBO on a PPV basis. Canelo will add 10 lbs. with a catch weight stipulation. Reaction to the accouchement is mixed. Speculation on the site is centered on T Mobile Arena in Las Vegas; but the final decision hasn?t been made?.The NFL is focusing on diagnosis and treatment of concussions, why not boxing?

More News: More hand injuries to report ? Popular Arizona featherweight Carlos Castro continues on the disabled list with a hand injury suffered in his last fight and heal time is taking longer than expected. A source told ABNN that the young featherweight contender might be ready for action by early March. Fight Hard Promotions featherweight Jesus Serrano (14-4-2) has a similar problem and his injury nixed an opportunity for him to fight on the 1/27 RJJ Card at the Celebrity in Phoenix??.veteran Phoenix super welterweight Joey Ruelas (10-2-1) has sufficiently recovered from his elbow injury and is ?likely? headed for San Diego according to his management (Count 8 Media). Joey ?The boxer ?Ruelas turns 35 on 2/19 and we wish him the best. ?..ABNN wasn?t able to cover UFC Fight Night on 1/15 at Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix and our reason might seem lame; but, I was exhausted after my participation in the Rock N Roll Marathon earlier in the day. I don?t have a Man Cave and six pack abs; but, I am still active?be careful on how you read my admission. The event at the downtown arena was expected to sell-out which brings up the rhetorical question, when and where is the next big Arizona boxing show? News flash: Rodriguez ruined Penn?s comeback fight with a brutal TKO victory in Phoenix at the UFC fight night. Penn hasn?t been the same fighter since his surgery on his left eye. ?. Until Next Time!

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