Shane Mosley Jr. Debuts on BKB Fight Card June 27th

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LAS VEGAS, June 16, 2015 – BKB, known for its action-packed, close-range style of boxing, added additional fights to the card for the third event with son of Hall-of-Fame boxer “SugarShane Mosley, Shane Mosley Jr., making his BKB debut in “The Pit” against Boston’s own Jason Kelly.  BKB3 is being held at Mandalay Bay Event Center on June 27 at 10 p.m. ET and will be available on Pay-Per-View from DIRECTV and DISH, as well as cable and telco providers through IN DEMAND and Vubiquity for $29.95. 
“BKB is an exciting brand of boxing forcing fighters to put up or shut up,” said Mosley Sr. “My son’s fighting style is a perfect fit for the BKB format. All of his wins have come by way of a knockout and we plan to continue that trend at BKB3.”

BKB3’s main event features the inaugural Heavyweight Championship fight between BKB veteran Julian Pollard and former K1 Heavyweight Tyrone Spong. A $30,000 bonus will be awarded to the fighter if he knocks out his opponent.

Featuring seven action-packed fights, BKB will again provide its exclusive HitChip technology, which debuted at BKB2 last April, providing the PPV audience stats on punching power and velocity data. To incentivize fighters further, BKB3 will give $10,000 bonuses for “punch of the night” and “BKB HitChip hardest punch.”

Mosley Jr. has been added to an exciting fight card that includes:
Heavyweight: Julian Pollard – Brockton, MA vs. Tyrone Spong – Miami, FL
Middleweight: Shane Mosley Jr. – Pomona, CA vs. Jason Kelly – Boston, MA
Light Heavyweight: Chris Spang – Las Vegas, NV vs. Samuel Horowitz – Chicago, IL
Jr. Middleweight: Urmat Ryskeldiev – Kyrgyzstan vs. Marcus Willis – Fort Myers, FL
Jr. Middleweight: Janks Trotter – Calgary, Canada vs. Ed Paredes – Hollywood, FL
Lightweight: Travis Castellon – Ft. Lauderdale, FL vs. Arturo Quintero – San Jose, CA
Jr. Middleweight: Anthony Castellon – Ft. Lauderdale, FL vs. Antonio Johnson – St. Paul, MN

Tickets for BKB3 are available and can be purchased at the Mandalay Bay Events Center Box office or ticketmaster.com.  For more information on BKB or how to catch all the hard-hitting knockouts, please visit BKB.TV. To join the conversation and get updates use #BKB and follow BKB on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

About BKB:
Based in Las Vegas, Nevada, BKB is a close-range form of boxing that encourages and rewards proactivity, aggression and technical precision. The sport, led by Co-Commissioners and Executive Producers Jon Gieselman, Alex Kaplan and Chris Long, is designed to provide a more action-oriented and intensive form of boxing. BKB places a heightened emphasis on close-range offensive and defensive boxing techniques, precision punching within its unique format. For more information on BKB format, rules, events and fighters, visit www.bkb.tv

Forgotten Legends: Jesus Chavez

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By: Steve Gallegos

The life of a prize fighter has many up’s and downs. There is the thrill of victory, the agony of defeat, as well as the chance that they may not come out of the ring the same as they came in. One fighter who can say they have experienced all of these was former Jr. Lightweight and Lightweight champion JesusEl MatadorChavez.

Chavez was an all action, come forward, aggressive fighter who most of the time was never in a bad fight as he mixed it up with some of the best in his division during the late 90’s and 2000’s. Chavez was born in Chihuahua, Mexico and was later raised in Chicago, IL. At age 16, Chavez decided to take part in an armed robbery and by doing so, he spent four years in prison and was deported back to Mexico. He would then come back to the United States illegally and resided in Austin, TX where he would begin his boxing career.

Chavez turned pro in August of 1994 and would go 22-1 over the next four years and would claim the NABF Jr. Lightweight title in the process. 1997 would be a big year for Chavez as he began to get some national exposure. In August of 1997, He scored an impressive fifth round TKO over Wilfredo Negron on USA’s Tuesday Night Fights and he would follow it up three months later with another impressive TKO win over former world champion Troy Dorsey, on the Lennox Lewis vs Andrew Golota Pay Per View undercard.

He was being handled by Main Events and the future couldn’t have looked more brighter; however he would suffer a huge setback. In late 1997, Chavez was once again deported back to Mexico and it would have a huge effect on his boxing career over the next three years. While living in Mexico, Chavez would continue to fight as he would go 10-0 from 1998-2000. His story and popularity as a fighter encouraged many sports writers and politicians to lobby for Chavez to receive a Visa. One of those politiicans who backed Chavez was then Texas Govenor and future U.S. President George W. Bush.

Finally after being away from the U.S. for three years, Chavez was granted a Visa to work and live in the United States. Upon his return to the U.S., he would go 3-0 and would earn a shot at a world title against super featherweight champion Floyd Mayweather. They met on 11/10/01 in San Francisco for the WBC super featherweight title. Chavez fought a spirited effort and took it to Mayweather for 9 rounds until his corner threw in the towel after the 9th. Despite the disappointing loss, Chavez continued to fight on and after winning his next four bouts, he was back in line for another title shot as he faced the very tough Sirimongkol Singwancha of Thailand.

They met on 08/15/03 at the Convention Center in Austin, TX and it was for the WBC super featherweight title. Chavez didn’t disappoint his hometown fans as he won a convincing 12 round unanimous decision. He was now a world champion. His reign however was a short one as he would lose his title six months later to Mexican legend Erik Morales.

As he did against Mayweather, Chavez fought a spirited fight as he rocked Morales early and looked very close to taking him out. He also showed a lot of heart and guts in this fight as he was dropped twice in the second round and rose to his feet and fought hard. He also suffered both shoulder and knee injuries during the bout and fought most of the bout while injured.

The injuries would sideline Chavez for 15 months and he returned to the ring on 05/28/05 as he fought an entertaining brawl with former champion Carlos Hernandez on the undercard of Julio Cesar Chavez’s farewell bout in Los Angeles, CA. This win would put Chavez back in line for another title shot against lightweight champion Leavander Johnson. They met on 09/17/05 at the MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas for the IBF lightweight title.

The bout was one of three bouts on a big HBO Pay Per View co headlined by Marco Antonio Barerra and Shane Mosley. Chavez came out throwing bombs from the opening bell. Johnson, who was a slick boxer puncher, wasn’t able to weather the onslaught brought by Chavez. “El Matador” pummelled Johnson for 11 rounds before referee Tony Weeks stopped the bout. Many observers at ringside felt that the bout should have been stopped sooner. In either case, Jesus Chavez was once again a world champion, however there was very little to celebrate.

After Leavander Johnson went back to his dressing room, he collapsed and was rushed to the hospital where he had emergency surgery for swelling and bleeding on the brain. After being placed in a coma, Johnson died 5 days later. When a fighter dies inside the ring, it can also leave a huge crushing burden on the other fighter and most times that fighter doesn’t recover mentally. Despite the tragedy, the family of Leavander Johnson encouraged Jesus Chavez to continue fighting.

The tragedy would sideline Chavez for 17 months. He returned to the ring on 02/03/07 when he made his first defense of his title against Julio Diaz. Chavez would go down in the third round from the result of a knee injury and was counted out. He clearly was not the same fighter that he was before. It was pretty much the end of the road at the top for Jesus Chavez. He would go 2-4 from 2008-2010 as he became more of a gatekeeper in the lightweight division.

His record as a professional stands at 44-8 with 30 KO’s. He faced tremendous obstacles in and out of the ring and he was able to overcome most of those obstacles, except for the tragedy of the Leavander Johnson fight. Would his already stellar career have been longer and more successful had that tragedy in Las Vegas not have happened? Like many fighters in the Forgotten Legends” series, we are left with the recurring question “What If?”

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Forgotten Legends: Richard Sandoval

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By: Steve Gallegos

Southern California has always been an underrated hotbed for boxing talent. When it comes to boxing, Pamona, CA is known as the hometown of former world champion “Sugar” Shane Mosley. However prior to “Sugar” Shane, Pomona had another world champion that was every bit as exciting and charismatic. That fighter was former Bantamweight champion Richie Sandoval.

Sandoval was an all action, fan friendly, boxer-puncher that thrilled fans throughout the 1980’s. For Richie Sandoval, boxing was in his blood as he came from a fighting family. His brother Alberto was a top bantamweight in the 1970’s who challenged for a world title. Richie was an outstanding amateur winning numerous national titles incuding the National Golden Gloves which he won twice. He earned a spot on the 1980 U.S. Olympic Boxing team, however due to the cold war and the United States boycott of 1980 Olympic games in Moscow, Sandoval wasn’t able to compete. It was a devastating blow and many felt that the lack of olympic exposure robbed Sandoval of the notoriety and bigger paydays.

Despite the olympic disappointment, he moved on and turned pro in November of 1980 and went on a whirlwind of a streak as he knocked out his first 10 opponents. He would go 22-0 with 16 KO’s from 1980-1983. He was becoming a national sensation and was a favorite among fans and media alike. Boxing Analyst’s Al Bernstein and Gil Clancy highly praised Sandoval during this time.

He would then get a shot at a world title when he faced the very talented and experienced Jeff Chandler. They met on April 7th, 1984 at the Sands Casino Hotel in Atlantic City, NJ and it was for the WBA Bantamweight Championship. Chandler came into the bout as a heavy betting favorite and was making the 10th defense of his title. Chandler was also trying to break the record for the most consecutive title defenses in the Bantamweight division. Sandoval however had other plans.

Sandoval made his presence known in the first round as he caught Chandler with a flush right hand that staggered him. Sandoval went on the attack, landing hard lefts and rights and came very close to taking Chandler out. Sandoval controlled the pace of the bout, using his jab to get inside on Chandler and land good combinations to the body and head. He was also slipping and ducking many of Chandler’s shots and he didn’t let the champion get into any kind of a rhythm.
Sandoval would drop Chandler for the first time in his career in the 11th and he would then stop him in the 15th. It was a huge upset win and Richie Sandoval was now a world champion.

Sandoval would close out 1984 with two successful defenses of his title. Sandoval would begin having problems making the Bantamweight limit and would fight at featherweight over the next year going 4-0. The WBA then mandated that he defend his bantamweight title or be stripped of it. Therefore Sandoval would defend his title against the very tough challenger Gaby Canizales.

March 10th, 1986 was a cold, rainy night when Sandoval and Canizales met at the outdoor arena at the legendary Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas. The bout was part of a huge card that featured Thomas Hearns vs James Shuler and the brutal war between Marvin Hagler and John “The Beast” Mugabi.

Richie Sandoval had a very difficult time making the Bantamweight limit and came into the ring dry and weakened. Richie Sandoval came out in the first round, pumping his left jab to good effect. Richie, who was known for his good footwork and movement, elected to stand flat footed with Canizales, which was a surprise to many. As the last minute of round one winded down, Canizales landed a hard combination which included a right uppercut that put Richie Sandoval down. Sandoval got up and was able to make it out of the round, however he was hurt. The knockdown was a confidence builder for Canizales who came out in the second round and landed hard combinations. Richie’s corner told him between rounds that he had to move; however Sandoval elected to stand on the inside and trade shots. Sandoval was pumping his left jab very effectively, however he wasn’t throwing any other punches and being outlanded 2-1 by Canizales.

Rounds 3-4 were much of the same as Sandoval just couldn’t get into a rhythm. In the fifth, Canizales put Sandoval down again with a vicious combination. Richie showed the heart of the champion and once again rose to his feet to make it out of the round. It would only get worse for Sandoval as Canizales would put him down 3 more times in round 7, which would end the fight.

The scene inside the ring would turn frightening as Sandoval layed on the canvas, out cold. Moments later, the stretcher was brought into the ring and Sandoval was taken to the hospital via ambulance. He remained in critical condition over the next few days and would have to undergo brain surgery. He was able to make a full recovery, however his boxing career was over. He retired with a record of 29-1 with 17 KO’s.

He was an outstanding fighter with great potential and promise only to have his career come to a screeching hault. What would have happened had he just elected to vacate his title and move up in weight instead of taking the Canizales fight? Would he have become a multi-division world champion as we see so much today? Instead he became another ‘what if’. Another very good fighter that was robbed of becoming great.

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