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Arizona Boxing News & Notes with Don Smith: IBP Show 37 Update, Celebrity Fight Night & More

Boxing Fans, Heavyweight Justin Jones (19-0-2-11 knockouts) has been scratched from the Iron Boy 37 boxing show at the Celebrity Theatre show in Phoenix on 2/25. He was scheduled to challenge B. J. Flores for an NABA heavyweight title bout (10 rounds) but decided to skip the Phoenix bout and accept another offer elsewhere. B. J. remains committed to the card and a replacement foe will be named soon. It isn?t official; but the bout at the Celebrity could be the last dance in the ring for the 38 year old Cruiserweight/Heavyweight pugilist, a resident of Scottsdale Arizona.

The scheduled Co-Main has the Arizona boxing community talking. Middleweight Andrew ?Hurricane? Hernandez (17-5-1-8 knockouts) has agreed to fight his former amateur nemesis Sijuola Shabazz (6-2-5 knockouts) who owns two victories over Hernandez when the two warriors were teenagers; expect a war with plenty of fireworks in their battle.

Popular super bantamweight ?Ziggy? Romero (7-0-1) from Maryvale, a suburb of Phoenix, is still looking for an opponent after a proposed foe backed out. If Ziggy is left off the 2/25bout sheet he will be moved to the April 7 Iron Boy 38 show at the same venue in April.

Another notable subtraction from the card is heavyweight newcomer Chris Gruler who was discovered to be ineligible to fight at the event due to a discovered suspension order. Brothers Adam & Hector Lopez (promoted by Journeyman Promotions) are expected to fight on the card and a search for foes is ongoing. Also, Alexis Zazueta (9-0), rumored to be on the card, has removed his availability saying he wasn?t ready and furthermore won?t return to the ring until he is 100% ready.

Undercard: Here is a released list of 5 completed bouts agreed upon: Luis Espinoza vs. Christian Bartolini in a four round contest, Edgar Ortiz vs. Carlos Medina in a four round contest, Lenny Correa vs. Gabriel Rodriguez in a fur round contest, Joel Moran vs. Jesus Ibarra in a four round contest,
20 year old Daron ?Sweet Tay? Williams (5-0-2 knockouts) has been matched with super bantamweight Raymond Chacon, 6-22, in a four round contest. Other fighters waiting for confirmed matchups include: former Olympic hopeful Adrian Servin, former US Marine Jaime Bojado and Yulian Tembotov, a former world class amateur champion who wowed fight fans who witnessed the Ukrainian native (1-0-1 knockout) dispose of Robert Ramirez on 10/29 in Tolleson Arizona. He is a special talent.

The show begins at 6 PM while the event doors open at 5 PM. For those who indulge in drinking of alcoholic beverages, the Celebrity club (downstairs) open at 4 PM. Ticket prices range from $29.00-$54.00 with each ticket carrying a surcharge.

Tickets are available at the Celebrity Theatre in Phoenix and for further info, dial 602-267-1600. We would like to commend Iron Boy Promotions for donating show tickets to U.S. Military veterans.

Boxing News: 2017 has a number of upcoming and tantalizing televised bouts scheduled for the calendar year and ABNN would like to suggest networks and promoters should ponder the presentation of a match between WBO Super Middleweight Champion Gilberto Ramirez (34-0-24 knockouts) vs. Jesse Hart (21-0-17 knockouts). Hart called out Ramirez after knocking out Phoenix Middleweight Andrew Hernandez (17-5-1) in Las Vegas on November 4 of 2016. ABNN was in the dressing room when a member of Team Hart called out Ramirez. He fighter stayed humble during shout-out for Ramirez to battle their man.

We think calling out an opponent is good PR for the sport and we had no problem when Andrew Hernandez called out John Vera at the Celebrity Theatre recently. However, we have issues with his behavior because b Vera was injured (knuckle contusion) during the fight and the Phoenix middleweight deterred the fighter from getting immediate medical attention for his wounded hand. Hernandez is currently working out at Gent?s Boxing (North Phoenix) in preparation of his 2/25 battle with Shabazz at the Celebrity. Hernandez admits he congratulated Vera verbally and also shook his injured hand. In his defense, he wasn?t aware of the injury; now he knows?..The Arizona Boxing/MMA Commission is still tinkering with the existing regulations governing boxing and we expect new directives and changes to be announced before the thermometer hits 100 degrees Fahrenheit in Arizona; we can only hope!

Celebrity Fight Night: Arguably the greatest boxer ever to lace up a pair of boxing gloves, Muhammad Ali drew his last breath on June 5, 2016 while a patient in a Phoenix, Arizona Hospital. On March 18, the 23rd Annual Celebrity Fight Night Event will celebrate the life of Ali at a charitable event brought to fruition through the vision of Arizona businessman and Philanthropist Jimmy Walker with the acknowledged approval of the Ali family. This year?s star studded gala will be held at JW Marriot Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa located at 5350 E. Marriot Drive, Phoenix, Arizona 85054. We will update our readers with any additions or subtractions on the list f performers and audience guests.

I was a working journalist when ?Fight Night? was introduced in 1994 and although I have never attended the socially conscious gala but, I am aware of Fight Night?s growth and the Jimmy Walker Foundation?s commitment to raise money that will benefit the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center at Barrow Neurological Institute, an estimated $20 million dollars so far, as well as other charities. Singer Reba McIntyre returns for the 11th year to emcee the festivities. And David Foster, 16-time Grammy Award winning song writer and producer will serves as Musical Director for his 18th year.

Special guests expected to attend include the following partial list of celebrities: Lonnie Ali, Harrison Ford, Larry Fitzgerald, Carson Palmer, Smokey Robinson, Brooks & Dunn, Billy Crystal, Mike Love, Dennis Quaid, Larry King, Evander Holyfield, Brian McKnight, Verne Troyer, Sharon Stone, Ernie Shavers, Nancy Lieberman, Billy Blanks and many more surprise guests are expected to attend.

In addition to Music, celebrity guests and Ali tributes, the event will hold a special auction with exquisite items up for bid. Individual Tickets for Celebrity Fight Night start at $1,500-$5,000. To purchase tickets of get more information, visit or call 602-956-1121. ABNN has been invited and we expect to be there and cover the event.

Book Report: Retired Arizona boxing referee Roger Yanez has written a book titled ?The Death of Professional Boxing.? His literary effort can be ordered online or at your local bookstore for $18.00. You won?t find it on any store bookshelf because it is printed on demand.

Roger Yanez worked inside the ring for almost 5 decades; ending his career after working Jesus ?El Martillo? Gonzales?s fight at Fort McDowell Casino on 4/25 in 2005.

It was a career marred by controversy and scored ?unfavorably? within the boxing industry. We interviewed more than a dozen people familiar with the work of Roger Yanez in the ring and almost everyone described him as a ?nice? guy, but, nobody we talked to graded him with a passing mark as a referee and one retired boxer described his overall performance in the ring as ?awful.?

His darkest professional moment came on October 9 in 1990 at the La Mancha Athletic club in Phoenix Arizona where he refereed a bout between Alex ?The San Fernando Hammer? Garcia versus Bernard ?The Bull? Benton, former WBC Cruiserweight Champion. The contest was officially stopped by Yanez at the 2:42 mark of the second stanza. The bout featured on ?Tuesday Night Boxing? was carried nationally by USA Cable Network and the on air commentators covering the action were experienced broadcasters-Sean O?Grady and Al Albert.

Yanez was widely criticized for failing to stop the fight after Benton was pinned in the corner and knocked unconscious by Garcia. According to published reports, Benton took 32 answered punches before finally falling face down on the unforgiving canvas. Commission Officials studied film and decided that Yanez was not in a proper position to make a timely decision that would have spared the beating administered by Garcia.
Buzz Alston, Commissioner of the Arizona State Boxing Commission, said the decision was made after a review of the bout complaints from television viewers & spectators at the venue. O?Grady and Albert also condemned Yanez for his inability to control the ring action. Yanez, a contracted laborer, was verbally admonished and his services were discontinued until July 7, 1992. A friend of Yanez said it would be incorrect to label the referee?s absence from the ring as a suspension because there is no state statue addressing a suspension of a contracted laborer-however an administrative layoff achieved the same goal as a temporary suspension; a softer fate than he deserved.

Although we applaud anyone?s effort in writing a book, Mr. Yanez could have better told his story by writing an editorial and submitting it to media sources including blogs, face book, etc. As a book, it rambles and doesn?t resonate with readers who would have preferred that Yanez write his autobiography and share his experience with readers. He includes plenty of pictures in the book; but for reasons unknown, doesn?t implement them in his storyline.

Instead, he spent the the majority of his pages telling us that the main problem with boxing is that most of the people functioning in the industry don?t know the rules of the sport and he thinks greed and the lack of quality judging has blackened the eye of boxing. As I evaluate his resume, I don?t see him as the right person to make an accurate diagnosis on what is wrong with boxing?..roger & out!

Boxing News: 6 time World Champion Michael Carbajal and his estranged nephew, Keenan ?Beedo? Carbajal aka Keenan Scott Brazier were in Maricopa Court Superior Court in Phoenix on Thursday 2/2 at 9 AM to settle t a fraud case wherein Carbajal was listed as the Plaintiff and ?Beedo? was listed as the defendant.

Both men were represented by legal counsel. The session, held at the old Superior Court facility in room 811, was advertised as a ?Damages? hearing after Keenan failed to show up for a mandatory court appearance thus defaulting and giving what was thought to be a legal victory in favor of the Plaintiff; however, Keenan?s counsel argued that due process wasn?t served and the decision to award the champ monetary dames should be vacated. Presiding Judge Lori Horn Bustamante was told that the defendant (Keenan Carbajal) was unaware of a court date change (made by the court) and therefore due process question should be ruled moot.

Judge Bustamante decided to set up a teleconference with the two parties on March 3. ABNN will continue to monitor the case until its conclusion. Keenan?s Grandfather (Danny Carbajal) was present in the court and the brothers didn?t speak to each other which is an apt description of their relationship for more than a decade. Danny was convicted of fraud several years ago and served prison time for his crime.

Short Jabs: The results from the recently concluded Silver Gloves Tournament held in Independence, Missouri are in and the following Arizona Boxers medaled: Jesus Pinder (Sonny?s Gym in Goodyear, Arizona)-Gold, Dorian Khan (F-1 Boxing in Buckeye, Arizona)-Gold, Elijah Garcia (Hammer Boxing in Phoenix )-Silver, Jacob Girardot (Hammer Boxing in Phoenix)-Silver, Maximus Castro (Knockout Boxing in Phoenix)-Silver and Aaron Garcia (Fuentes Boxing in Phoenix)-Silver) ?.we were unable to determine whether or the Chicago Police Department has new leads in the Ed Brown Murder case. He was gunned down by a drive by shooter and the case remains open but unsolved. The young boxer fought in Arizona times and was on his way to a championship until that senseless act of violence ended his life.

In our next issue, we will give readers a rundown on upcoming Arizona amateur boxing events including the 70th Annual Arizona Golden Glove State Championships held at Sonny?s boxing in Goodyear, Arizona. Call 623-806-2421 for direction and admission costs??The next Arizona Boxing & MMA monthly Commission meeting is scheduled for 2/22 (10A.M.) at 1110 West Washington Avenue in Phoenix. They normally last about two hours and the public is invited??. A representative from Fight Hard Promotions will be attend the commission meeting to seek approval of their next fight (3/31) at The Legend Event Center in Phoenix; nothing is official but expect Jose Serrano and Alex Rangel to be on the card?..Arizona boxer Abel Ramos is fighting on Showtime?s ?Next Generations? series seen live on Friday, 2// from Miami, Oklahoma. Heavyweight Trey Lippe Morrison (son of former WBO Heavyweight Champion Tommy Morrison) is off the card due to a cut incurred while sparring; but, his half-brother (James McKenzie Morrison) is on the non -televised under-card. Three of the fights are televised and we give the card thumbs up?..athletes living in the 7 Muslim dominated countries affected by President Trump?s temporary travel ban are elated the ruling by the 9th Circuit of Appeals to lift the ban has been upheld. ABNN supports he decision and e think the thought of erecting a wall between Mexico and U.S.A. is foolish and just plain wrong.

Fury vs. Parker: WBO Heavyweight Champion Joseph Parker Jr. (22-0-18 knockouts) will defend his title against # 2 ranked contender Hughie Fury (22-0-10 knockouts) on April 1 in Auckland, New Zealand. Parker ?s Promoter (Duco Events) won the right to pick the location with a bid of $3,000,011 compared to an opposing bid of $2.8 million made by Fury?s Promoter (Frank Warren). The announcement was made on Friday, February 2 by WBO President Paco Valcarcel. In a bit of irony, the title was held by Tyson Fury (Hughie?s cousin) until Tyson vacated the title to focus on his mental health and drug and alcohol issues. The former champ vows to return and win a championship. That promise brings up an interesting question: would he fight Hughie if his 22 year old cousin should he upset Parker, who is a betting favorite to retain his title.

Parker won the title with a majority decision over Any Ruiz Jr. on 12/10/16 in New Zealand. After his conquest over Ruiz, Parker publicly admitted he would like to unite the titles under one champion and there was talk that his first foe might be 31 year old WBC Champion Deontay Wilder (37-0-36 knockouts) as a first step in accomplishing that goal. Wilder is scheduled to defend his title against 34 year old Gerald Washington (18-0-1-12 knockouts) in Alabama on 2/25/17.

The purse split is estimated at $1.8 million for Parker and $1.2 million for Fury. Singapore was mentioned was mentioned as the possible venue site and although Warren thinks venue location doesn?t matter, but Parker is ecstatic about fighting in his homeland of New Zealand??Until Next Time!

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