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WILLIE “THE MONGOOSE” MONROE JR. TAKES ON BOXING’S MOST FEARSOME FIGHTER GENNADY GOLOVKIN AT THE GREAT WESTERN FORUM THIS SATURDAY

By Ray Flores
May 13, 2015

Willie “The Mongoose” Monroe Jr. on his greatest challenge when he faces the most feared fighter in boxing, Gennady Glolovkin in this Saturday’s HBO event at the Great Western Forum in Los Angeles, Ca.

Monroe who has a record of 19 (KO’s 6), 1 loss and hopes to dethrone the man from Kazakhstan, will be toe to toe with the gentleman Gennady Glolovkin who enters the ring with a record of 32 wins (29 KO’s), 0 losses.

On January 16th of this year Monroe won a 10 round victory with a UD over Brian Vera at the Turning Stone Resort and Casino, Verona, New York and hopes to capitalize on the win by defeating GGG on Saturday. Monroe’s only loss on record was to Darnell Boone March 29, 2011 in a split decision upsetting an unbroken Monroe record at that time at the BB King Blues Club & Grill New York, New York.

Monroe’s only defeat was at the hands of Darnell Boone. Boone defeated Monroe by forcing him to go on the defensive and pummeling him on the ropes and eventually landing a hard right to the head of Monroe in the later rounds knocking him down and resulting in Monroe taking an eight count. If Monroe. No doubt, GGG will be putting on the pressure and the real question is can Monroe handle it?

Gennady, who is probably the most feared fighter in boxing, and is without question the favored fighter. He never ducks a fighter and takes on anyone gutsy enough to get in the ring with him. Which is probably why he has real problems getting opponents. He is a stand up fighter, never mean mouths his opponents and shows them the respect they deserve which is very refreshing in todays boxing environment. He is a credit to himself and his profession, he is a role model for the young and some one to emulate in and out of boxing
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Monroe will have his hands full, he is not to be underrated. Boxing has had a lot of surprises and upsets in the past and Monroe realizes that he is possibly in for the fight of his life. Willie has the potential to put on a great fight, it’s no doubt in the blood. The heart of a warrior, he sees a real opportunity and a shot at fame and fortune. It will no doubt be an action packed fight. Will it go the distance? We shall see. DSC_2769 DSC_2776 DSC_2797 DSC_2805 DSC_2822 DSC_2829 DSC_2853 DSC_2857 DSC_2866 DSC_2868 DSC_2872 DSC_2874 DSC_2877 DSC_2879 DSC_2882 DSC_2884 DSC_2891 DSC_2894 DSC_2899 DSC_2905 DSC_2915 DSC_2952 DSC_2957 DSC_2972 DSC_2973 DSC_2979 DSC_3007 DSC_3021 DSC_3040 DSC_3043 DSC_3071

 
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Posted by on May 14, 2015 in Articles by Ray Flores

 

Photo Gallery from Lomachenko vs. Russell Jr. bout

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Posted by on June 23, 2014 in Articles by Ray Flores

 

Bermane Stiverne Workout Photos at Galen Center

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Posted by on May 7, 2014 in Articles by Ray Flores

 

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Chris Arreola Media Workout Photos

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Photos from Canelo vs. Angulo bout by Ray Flores

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Posted by on March 11, 2014 in Articles by Ray Flores

 

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Angulo vs Alvarez press conference in Los Angeles

Angulo vs Alvarez  press conference in Los Angeles

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Posted by on January 22, 2014 in Articles by Ray Flores

 

SAN DIEGO’S UNPROTECTED FIGHTER, MARKETABLE AND WILLING TO BE TESTED!!!! By Ray Flores

On October 8, 2010 at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario in front of a capacity crowd one of the rarest of events took place in the main event of the evening. Two combatants of equal skill came to wage war for honor, pride, dignity, and respect. Only one would be left standing victorious. Scheduled for six rounds, these two light middleweights would go toe to toe for 4 of the best rounds of boxing the fans will have ever witnessed in along time. The hometown favorite and unbeaten fighter from Riverside, Alberto “Baby Dynamite” Herrera (7-1-1, 5 KO’s) collided head on with San Diego’s, Chris “The Last Chapter” Chatman. Chris, who trains out of the City Boxing Gym in San Diego under the coaching and tutelage of Manny Melchor former WBC/IBF champion, assisted by Carlos Ferreira and managed by Mark Dion has been a relative unknown in LA-Riverside area. He went into this fight as the underdog and was predicted to lose to the favored pugilist from Riverside. Chatman, is a former US Navy Boxing Champion out of Chicago with a record of 8-1, 4 KO’s his only loss was by way of unanimous decision in front of the hometown crowd of Olympian Demetrius Andrade in Rhode Island on October 3, 2009.

Chris came out battling at the sound of the bell in the first stanza against Herrera and scored two knockdowns in that first round and would later become the victor 2:47 in the fourth frame as referee Ray Corona stepped in to stop the fight. Both of these combatants had much to be proud of. This was truly a real credit to great match maker for Thompson Boxing, Alex Camponovo. This contest was a real credit to the spirit and heart of these two fighters and professional boxing.

What was unique about this fight one might ask? It was this, you will always have an underdog, but an underdog with a chance makes one hell of a fight. After many conversations with boxing fans one comment seems to come up time and time again. The sport needs more fighters with the confidence and guts to go toe to toe with fighters who are truly worthy opponents. They seem to understand the marketing of fighters but fail to understand that great fighters need to be tested, and tested often as was the case in this battle. Both fighters will be the better for it. These are some of boxing best prospects. Provided they haven’t scared the crap out of future opponents who may think they need to be avoided because it will hurt their marketability. Chatman has earned his right to face more opponents the caliber of Herrera.

Testing does not mean just the pretty boys of fighting, and or the local hometown favorite, but real hardcore fighters with balls and the desire to face all comers. How often have we seen fighters with a record of 15-0 fighting someone with a 26-23-0 record? Could it be said pretty often? How about fighters who never quite get that shining light yet because of their location, or actually look very good and perhaps too good, to ever get that break. Boxing is a tough sport and boxing fans realize that to make a great fight both boxers must be willing to put in the training time to perfect their skills, be willing to get into the ring with someone who can really test their heart. They must love to fight, fight to win, and rather die than give up.

Boxing has been given a black eye in the past by fighters who were not willing to go the distance, do the training, and make the sacrifices required of great fighters. How many times have the fans paid hard earned dollars to watch two “shinning stars” give an astounding ballet performance instead of a good nose to nose, blow for blow pugilistic contest who’s sole purpose is to discover who is the better combatant?

We see many fighters being brought along as carefully as a new product line from some high tech firm. Sure they fight, but who are they fighting? Are they real opponents? They all say they’ll fight anyone, any time, any place, but is that true? Too many fighters are brought along by being matched with unworthy opponents and when they finally do get that TV spot and meet someone of equal caliber just don’t do that well. Does the fighter really benefit by this practice? Do the fans get what they deserve for their hard earned dollar? Is the sport of boxing better for it? Are we spectators to the best that boxing has to offer?

Chatman and Herrera have earned their right to fight again and to fight opponents worthy of the class of professional fighters they are. Would fans love to see a rematch between these to titans of the ring? You betcha!!! Herrera will have to go back to the gym and hit it hard and wait for that next opportunity. Chris, with the help, guidance and the expertise of Mark Dion, Manny Melchor, and Carlos Ferreira will have to also be back in the gym preparing for that next fight, and hopefully due to his record not be passed over by those fighters deemed too marketable to face him in the ring.

As of this date Fox Sports has yet to show this main event, the best fight of the night. Why? It’s beyond me; I hope Fox Sports airs it soon so that boxing fans will get the chance to see what terrific fighters these two guys are and what a battle royal it was. Herrera had nothing to be ashamed of he fought with great heart against a great fighter and it so happened the better man won that night. Chris made an outstanding performance and fans deserve to see him again. He’s earned it and as with all great fighters he’ll go toe to toe anytime, anyplace with anyone. So who’s willing to step up and test him?

I have just been informed that Chris Chatman will be fighting at the Crowne Plaza Hotel Mission Valley, San Diego, Ca. on November 18th. He will be facing hard hitting Lester Gonzales at the 154.0 lbs weight class for the California State Championship. Boxing fans are in for an opportunity to see this young fighter again.

 
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Posted by on October 31, 2010 in Articles by Ray Flores

 

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“Tropical Lightning, Thunder from the Tropics”

By Ray Flores

It was a cool night in Las Vegas, 57 degrees to be exact but anticipation was beyond the boiling point at the MGM Grand. Everyone who was a fan of boxing were either in attendance or watching the HBO event from the comfort of their homes to witness what we hoped to be one of the greatest fights in boxing history. Two dangerous fighters from the tropics have come here to settle the score. Who will be the best pound for pound fighter? Someone was about to go down.

The fighters entered the ring with all the fanfare and spectacle of the gladiators of Rome. The crowd roared with excitement. Only one would prevail. These two island warriors were here to do combat they asked no quarter, and gave none.

The crowd went ballistic at the sound of the first bell, and so it began.

Cotto at the beginning snaped Pacquiao’s head back with a left jab and then another. Cotto pushed Pacquiao back, the Pacman landed a straight left and Cotto countered. Pacquiao showed Cotto some respect at that point. Cotto fought in close matching Pacquiao’s speed and an even exchange of blows ended the first round. Cotto having connected with much more solid punches but the Pacman fired back with sudden furry and the round was even.

With the sounding of the bell for the second round Cotto continued to jab away, Pacquiao fired three punches and Cotto ripped the Pacman with hard jabs. A speedy solid left hook by Cotto, followed by a rapid  response from Manny.  Cotto backs Pacquiao on to the ropes. Pacman fires back with combinations and then more power shots by the little Filipino as Cotto shows he can take Manny’s punches.The round again seems to be even.

Round three the Pacman came out swinging, Cotto was knocked down by a right hook that surprised him. He just didn’t see it coming Cotto was back up and takes a standing eight count. The action continued with Cotto landing  a left jab followed by a right hook. The Pacman fought back landing hard combinations. Cotto fired back snapping the Pacman’s head. At the end of the third round the fight was showing signs of weakness in the Cotto game plan. A mouse was formimg under the right eye of the proud man from Puerto Rico.

As the fight continued Pacquiao’s speed and punching power became more and more dominant. Cotto at times had Pacquiao on the ropes but it appeared to me that the Pacman was just taking a breather. At 1:27 secs in the fourth round Cotto was nailed with a left hook to the jaw and hit the deck for the second time in the fight. As he regained his senses and took another standing eight Cotto appeared to show a sign of doubt and loss of  confidence.

So far to this point Pacquiao had done everything perfectly. In round five Cotto landed a left upper cut that snapped Pacquiao’s head back and stunned by a left hook as he came of the ropes. Manny battled back but seem to have taken more than he gave. Cotto appeared to have won the fifth round.

The sixth round Cotto was trying to battle back but he was beginning to take a lot of punishment. Pacquiao, was trying to finish him off. Cotto nearly went down for a third time from a left hook. Cotto tried to finish the round with a straight right that landed flush on Pacquiao’s face. Despite his efforts Cotto was in trouble.

Pacquiao’s ring generalship and  explosive punches coupled with his ability to throw from all angles were taking their toll on the weary Cotto. A hard right at the beginning of the seventh round shook Cotto. He was withering in the Pacquiao onslaught.  Pacquiao was relentless in his pursuit of Cotto. Cotto was making a valiant attempt to stay away from Pacquiao’s power punches. The referee during the break came over to the Cotto corner and asked him how he was doing, Cotto responded by saying he was alright.

Landing punches with both hands Pacquiao was clearly dominating the fight. Cotto continued to try and stay active but his punches lacked power. He was in full retreat. The Pacman continued to pursue him and continued to try and end the fight. At this point Joe Santiago, Cotto’s trainer, should have stopped the fight. Cotto was taking a lot of punishment.

The ninth round found Cotto just barely holding on. The relentless pursuit of Pacquiao was unending. The referee appeared about ready to stop the fight. During the break Joe Santiago told Cotto just one more. He should have tossed in the towel at that point. Cotto was taking a beating there was a real danger of Cotto of being seriously hurt at this point in the fight. Why the fight had gone this far was anyone’s guess. Perhaps the Roach prediction of the ninth round loomed in Santiago’s mind?

Cotto, was again on his bicycle and fighting back when he could, There was no power in Cotto’s punches and he was doing his best to just stay out of the Pacman’s way. Pacquiao was becoming frustrated. Cotto was in terrible shape at the end of the tenth round. What was Santiago’s problem.?

In the 11th round Cotto showed great courage and was just trying to survive the round. Manny was trying to cut off the ring and finish Cotto off at the same time.Cotto was a bloody mess.

Pacman continues to stalk Cotto who just doesn’t seem to have enough energy to finish the round. The referee was setting himself up to stop the fight. Cotto continued to take punishment till Kenny Bayliss finally stepped in and stopped the fight 55 secs in the 12th round.

Manny Pacquiao was just to fast, to powerful, firing to many combinations with deadly accuracy. He took the best of Cottos punches and wasn’t really effected. Manny’s ability to throw punches from different angles that Cotto appeared never to be able to see was the dominant factor in this fight. His ability to find gaps in Cottos defenses was remarkable if not miraculous. He was the much better fighter plain and simple.

Cotto fought with real heart in a valiant but futile effort. The fight should have been stopped much earlier, Cotto didn’t need to absorb all this punishment.

Pacquiao fought a tactical and strategic fight. He was magnificent, speed, power, punching with accuracy from all angles, ring generalmanship, it was total perfection coupled with superb conditioning, discipline and team work.

Now the next question  that is on everyone’s mind. Will the future see a Pacquiao/Mayweather fight? After this fight how can Mayweather continue to side step the Pacman? Does it seem more like when, instead of if? Who else is there for the Manny to fight? But who knows? Mayweather, no doubt will be more elusive than ever. Only time will tell.

 
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Posted by on November 15, 2009 in Articles by Ray Flores

 

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“Best of the Best?” The question is about to be answered

By Ray Flores

Talent, power, aggressiveness, ability in the ring what more can boxing fans ask for in a world class main event. The upcoming battle between Manny Pacquiao and Miguel Cotto is hopefully about to go down in boxing history as one of the greatest fights of all time.

Manny Pacquiao who turned pro at just 16 years of age has grown as a fighter to a living legendary status. Pound for pound one of the greatest fighters the boxing world has ever seen. Taking on world class fighters and defeating them in stunning fashion. Tonight faces one of his greatest challenges having defeated Ricky Hatton, Oscar De La Hoya and the likes, he doesn’t seem to be slowing down but gaining momentum. This will be his greatest challenge yet. Having to move up in weight seems not to have weakened him as does most fighters but he appears to have gotten stronger. Pacquiao’s superb physical conditioning, speed of hands, the power to hurt his opponents with devastating punches as well as his secret weapon, Freddie Roach. Roach, probably the greatest boxing trainer alive today and perhaps in the history of boxing is a brilliant, tactician and strategist. He and Manny have formed an alliance that is closer than the two can be joined at the hip. They are one, both trust each other implicitly. Combined these two are the most formidable team in boxing today. Pacquiao’s record of 49-3-2. 37 KO’s will be Cotto’s greatest challenge.

Cotto will not only have to out box Pacquiao he will have to do it in grand style. Cotto is by no means to be underestimated with a record of 34-1-0, 27 KO’s and will be Pacquiao’s greatest challenge to date. Cotto, a man unafraid of seeing his own blood with the tenacity and aggressiveness of a pit bull is probably the stronger of the two. At age 29, Cotto is also the younger of the two, not that age has anything to do with this contest, he is as dangerous an opponent as any previously faced by Pacquiao. Perhaps the most dangerous at this point in his career. Cotto goes into this fight as the clear underdog, though bigger and stronger Cotto must maximize his size, work the body, force an inside fight and he will have to back Pacquiao up. He has to make Pacquiao respect him at the outset of the fight. Anything less than that and Pacquiao will take the initiative and Cotto will pay a heavy price for not doing so. Like Pacquiao, he has an excellent trainer Phil Landman. Landman was introduced to Cotto by Bob Arum. Phil, who is from South Africa and new to boxing is a conditioning coach who has introduced Cotto to a knew method of training which have produced surprising immediate results. The 5 round defeat of the previously undefeated Carlos Quintana won Cotto the WBA Welterweight title. Cotto’s only defeat was at the hands of Antonio Margarito, who was later discovered fighting with loaded gloves. The bloody 11th round TKO to Margarito 16 months ago, has left many with the opinion that Cotto was permanently damaged and the unanswered question.Was Margarito’s gloves loaded during that fight also?

Cotto, suffered a severe cut in the third round in his last fight with Joshua Clottey, and not being short of heart defeated Clottey in a 12 round split decision. Cotto is one mean courageous warrior. He may be the 3-1 underdog, but none the less there is a hell of a lot of fight in this dog. Will this be a walk in the park for Pacquiao? Many doubt it, this is going to be a battle of wills, and conditioning. Shortly we will all know the truth.

 
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Posted by on November 15, 2009 in Articles by Ray Flores

 

“T’WAS BEAUTY THAT KILLED THE BEAST”

By Ray Flores

Las Vegas – It was as one fan in attendance shouted out “ It’s Godzilla meets King Kong”. What a fight!!! Twelve rounds of action packed “toe to toe” boxing. Two exciting pugilists with excellent boxing skills, instilled with absolute confidence in the belief and commitment to the cause of dominating defeat of their opponent.

The Treasure Island Casino could well have been Kong Island when the Columbian born Yonnie Perez (20-0, 14 KO’s) clashed with the man from Ghana Joseph “King Kong “ (his real name) Abgeko (27-2, 22KO’s). Abgeko, the reining Bantam weight Champion put up a magnificent defense of his title, his third such defense and fresh from victory over Vic “The Raging Bull” Darchinyan.

Perez, at the start of the first round came out battling and had complete command of the first two rounds. During his workout press conference in Santa Fe Springs just a few days before the fight he was getting in every bit of benefit from heavy workouts to build his stamina and some in his camp were concerned that he may over do it. Obviously in this particular case that dedication to physical conditioning would prove to be the extra arrow in his quiver for the Columbian.

Agbeko, after the first two rounds came battling back in the third, swinging from north, south, east and west. The crowd of over 1000 boxing fans roared with excitement, and the battle was on. Blow for blow, toe to toe the battle raged on with Agbeko reaching deep inside to get the upper hand. Perez, battling back using his both his height and reach threw combinations that proved effective against the champion but never really hurt him. Agbeko, answered back with combinations of his own, but came to the realization that he wasn’t really hurting the Columbian with punches that would have flattened an elephant.

A sense of frustration to set in for the champ, who believed he was destined to win. He started throwing more punches, in a valiant attempt to out point the challenger since the power shots were just not working.  Landing a few unintentional low blows, he was warned by referee Robert Byrd to get the punches up. He did so and the fight continued at a furious pace. Yonnie, matching each and every blow along with a few extras thrown in was looking the fresher of the two as they entered the tenth round.

A controversy arose as an alleged accidental head butt dazed Abegko and he failed to properly defend himself, turned his back while Perez kept punching. Perez threw a wicked left hook to Abegko’s body and dropped he champ to the canvas. The referee ruled it a knock down and later stated that he never saw the head butt. I was later informed by one my colleagues that an instant replay clearly showed an accidental head butt. Up to that point it seemed a pretty even match and didn’t deter Agbeko from waging a raging battle with even more determination.

The 11th and 12th rounds found both fighters battling for the fight of their lives. Exchanging blow for blow with undeterred desire for victory, landing vicious blows it was a real testament to their stamina and desire for victory. These two small packages of dynamite continued the combat up to the very last second of the twelfth and final round.

Both fighters were spent of energy but Perez looking the fresher of the two looked like he could have gone another 12, a testament to the “beauty” of his physical conditioning. As both fighters anxiously awaited the decision both camps were claiming victory.

Then the decision, Judge Jerry Roth scored it 116-111, Glenn Trowbridge scored it 117-110, and Judge Barry Druxman, 117-110 in favor of Yonnie Perez.  The new IBF Bantam Weight Champion. Controversial? Maybe, but the determination, hunger for victory and dedication to the training and Perez’s physical condition “t’was beauty that killed the beast”.

 
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Posted by on November 3, 2009 in Articles by Ray Flores