(Joey Abell, left, weighs in at 236.5 while Oscar Rivas, right, was 240.5 at tonight’s official weigh-in’s for tomorrow nights televised heavyweight bout. Photo credit Showtime.)
“Minnesota Ice” Joey Abell will box in Showtime’s opening televised bout tomorrow night at the Centre Videotron in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. The Minnesota heavyweight Abell will face undefeated Canadian heavyweight Oscar Rivas (17-0). Abell stepped up on short notice as Rivas’ has his original opponent fall through. The telecast begins at 10pm on Showtime Extreme. The main event of the night is a clash between James DeGale and Lucian Bute for the WBC super middleweight title. Earlier tonight, Abell tipped the scales at 236.5 pounds while the shorter Oscar Rivas was 4 pounds heavier at 240.5.
Veshawn Owens landed a huge amount of unanswered punches in the second round as Omar Avelar stood along the ropes that forced referee Mark Nelson to stop the bout at 1:30 of the second round. Owens looked sharp in his debut.
Harold Calderon stopped Clifford McPherson at 1:29 of the first round after McPherson threw a right-left that Calderon blocked which sent McPherson to the ground in pain. Referee Mark Nelson began to count as McPherson went down and the ringside physician shortly after said he could not continue.
Celso Ramirez knocked Alex Eastman down three times in the opening round, scoring the knockout victory.
Jonathan Perez won an exciting six round battle against Knight. Perez out landed and out banged Knight but it wasn’t easy. Scores rea 60-53 on all cards.
The forecast for tonight is calm and cool but a storm is set to hit El Rodeo Nuevo Restaurant tonight when Celso “EL NIÑO” Ramirez (1-0, 1 KO) enters the pro ring for the second time in his young career.
Ramirez blew through skilled and usually durable mixed martial artist Alex Wiggs last September in his pro debut at El Rodeo and the large crowd gave him one of the loudest ovations I have seen around here for a fighter making there pro debut.
“Well, the crowd was amazing and really supporting” said Ramirez. When I was walking to the ring, the only thing that was going through my mind was getting the win that night and not letting all my people down, and to give the best show I could give to satisfy the crowd. I got a tough opponent and from the beginning of the camp I knew I was not going to get an easy opponent. We prepared ourselves for the worst. Down at the gym we work on something called “we work hard” “to make it look easy”. I didn’t really know much going into the fight about Alex because it was a last minute switch but I knew it was not going to be easy. We knew the skills he had and we knew he was a tough fighter. I think my performance was pretty good overall and I think the crowd went home satisfied.”
Ramirez will face another mixed martial artist making his pro debut in Alex Eastman of Washington tonight. Eastman is a kickboxer/mixed martial artist training out of American combat academy in Ellensburg, Washington who says he has been doing martial arts his whole life under his father Sean Eastman. Both fighters spoke to us about the match-up.
” I am super excited and the only thing you can expect is EL NIÑO is coming better, prettier, and stronger! It will be a great night not just for me but also for my older brothers and team” said Ramirez.
“ I love competition and am always in wars in my fights” said Eastman. “I’m really excited for the opportunity. I heard that he’s a local guy and a good boxer. I plan on bringing the fight to him. I Feel like he’s underestimating me and I plan on shocking the hometown crowd. This fight is going to be a war and end with my hand getting raised.”
It’s still early in the 18 year old’s boxing career, but the future looks bright for Ramirez in the ring. With such a dominating performance like his last one, it’s hard to keep in mind that he is still a senior in high school and Ramirez says his education won’t stop there either in and out of the ring.
“Even though it’s hard to go to school and then the gym after, I manage to do them both because I know the sacrifice is all worth it. Right after high school, I plan on going straight to college so I make sure I have a back up plan because that’s what my family down at the Circle of Discipline tells me.”
“EL NIÑO” left us with one final message: “Just make sure you guys come out and support not just me, but also my older brothers. I can guarantee you will leave the place with the biggest smile on your face and asking when is the next show. Hopefully you leave as one of the “EL NIÑO” fans!”
Along with the 4 pro bouts, a good line up of amateur bouts are set to kick off the night’s action. Miguel Gomez is set to face Anuar Peralta. Michael Barreto will meet Manny Contreras, and Richard Quiterio will box Nchatxu Vang.
Jonathan “J-Blaze” Perez (10-0, 6 KO’s) will box in this Saturday nights main event at El Nuevo Rodeo Restaurant in Minneapolis, MN. Perez, along with his Circle of Discipline teammates packed the venue back in September and the same type of turnout is expected tomorrow night.
Perez won a hard fought majority decision last September against a tough fighter by the name of Omar Avelar from Washington. Avelar was a short notice sub because Perez’s original opponent fell through on him. Avelar officially weighed in 15 pounds heavier then Perez and appeared to be 20-25 pounds larger then the Minnesotan on fight night, but Perez says he trained to fight and that the size difference was not going to stop him on that night.
“He was supposed to come in at the fight weight” said Perez. He was over at weigh in’s, but I knew a lot of fans had planned on being there so we didn’t care about the weight. I learned I can’t knock everyone out but it was good experience.”
Perez will fight along side pro teammates Celso Ramirez, VeShawn Owens and Harold Calderon as well as the amateur boxers in the bouts that will kick off the action which begins at 4pm.
“I am going to keep training hard and the fans can expect another exciting night of fights” said Perez. “Celso and the rest of the Circle of Discipline fighters bring a lot of fans and that kind of atmosphere pushes us even more. I wan’t to thank my C.O.D. family and dedicate this fight to my son.
After the live action, fans can stay to watch the Pay Per View clash between Canelo Alvarez and Miguel Cotto.
– The next pro Minnesota boxing show takes place this Saturday, November 21st in Minneapolis at El Nuevo Rodeo Restaurant located in Minneapolis. MN Bantamweight champion Jonathan Perez (10-0) of Minneapolis headlines the card. Exciting boxer Celso Ramirez goes for win number 2 and amateur standout Veshawn Owens will make his pro debut. Harold Calderon, Limberth Ponce, and John Wood are also scheduled to see action. Fights start at 4pm and you can stay to watch the Canelo Alvarez vs Miguel Cotto PPV throughout the venue following the live action. Interviews and more details to come leading up to fight night.
– Boxing is set to return to The Grand Casino in Hinckley, MN on January 22nd, 2016. Duluth’s Andy “Kaos” Kolle (26-4) looks to get back in the swing of things and is penciled in to see action. Kolle’s recent comeback attempts have been derailed by injury but Kolle says he is anxious to get back to return. Also, Duluth amateur standout Ryan Watson is scheduled to be making his pro debut. A huge local showdown is currently in the negotiating process that would bring one of Minnesota’s slickest boxers head to head with one of the state’s heaviest hitters. Stay tuned for more.
– Minneapolis welterweight Delorien Caraway (5-0) has a fight schedule for December 11 in New Jersey against Rashad Bogar (4-6-1). The fight will be streamed at http://www.gfl.tv.
– “Golden” Caleb Truax says he is hungry for a fight and ready to get back to action. Offers have come his way but nothing has been finalized yet. Look for fight announcements to come from the MN middleweight champs team soon.
– Minnesota Vikings defensive star Harrison Smith recently had a bio filmed of him which was shot at the Uppercut Gym in Minneapolis. You can see the short film by CLICKING HERE.
Minnesota’s Rondale Hubbert (10-4-1, 6 KOs) was stopped in round seven by Waldorf, Maryland’s Mike Reed (17-0, 10 KO’s) earlier tonight in Las Vegas, Nevada. Hubbert fought tough, and had a good start to the fight, landing some nice countering right hands to his skilled opponent. Hubbert, who took the fight on a few days notice, started to fall behind as the fight went into the third but made the fight fun to watch and competitive. Reed’s skills and conditioning were apparent as the fight went into the seventh. It seemed like the fight was headed for a decision as Hubbert was taking shots well and firing back but a right hand that landed to the side of his head dropped him early in the seventh. Hubbert held himself from going down but his gloves touched the canvas and a knockdown was awarded by referee kenny Bayless. A hard shot to the head by Reed stunned Hubbert moments later along the ropes. Although in rough shape, Hubbert did not go down and Bayless jumped in to stop the fight at 1:09 of round 7.
MN Jr. Welterweight champ Rondale “Give Em Hell” Hubbert (10-3-1, 6 KO’s) will box Mike “Yes Indeed” Reed (16-0, 9 KO’s) of Maryland tomorrow night at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. Reed is a former 2011 National Golden Gloves champion (Read more on the southpaw Reed here). Hubbert will be stepping in again on only a few days notice as Reed’s original opponent fell out.
Javontae Starks (13-1, 7 KO’s) lost an action filled 8 round unanimous decision to Samuel Figueroa (10-0, 4 KO’s) earlier tonight in Florida. The fight was Nationally televised on BounceTV. Starks and Figueroa traded rounds early, with Figueroa coming on strong in the middle rounds as Starks slowed. Starks rallied in the final rounds but it wasn’t enough to grab the judges decision. All in all, it was a good showing for both fighters. Starks landed some big shots and had some good moments in which he rocked Figueroa, nearly dropping him twice in the bout. Figueroa did well also, negating Starks’ longer reach by getting inside to score hard combinations of his own. Final scores read 78-74, 77-75, 77-75.