Super Welterweight Rivals Lara-Martirosyan Collide Nov. 10






LOS ANGELES, November 1 – After two years of talking, the wait is almost over and Vanes Martirosyan, will finally fight Cuban star Erislandy Lara. Lara, who is recognized as one of the best fighters in the world, and Martirosyan, an unbeaten 2004 United States Olympian, will put everything on the line in a 12 round WBC Super Welterweight World title elimination fight that will headline the Saturday, November 10 edition of HBO Boxing After Dark at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT. from the Lafite Ballroom at Wynn Las Vegas.


“The fight is almost here and the fans are in for a great night of action,” said the number one rated WBC super welterweight contender who has wanted to corner the trash-talking Martirosyan in the ring since 2010. “My goal is to punish Vanes in this fight because he’s been talking so much trash. This fight has been a long time in coming and I’m going to make him pay for his disrespect.”


“I’m extremely focused and mentally prepared to give fans a great performance on November 10th,” continued Lara. “I’ve worked hard my entire life to get into position to fight for a world championship and Martirosyan stands in my way.  Like all Cuban fighters, we bring a lot of heart and soul into the ring and this fight will be no different. I’m coming to establish myself as the best super welterweight in the world.”


“This fight is dedicated to all those who are suffering and have lost their lives to Hurricane Sandy including the 11 Cubans who were killed by the storm,” continued Lara. “My prayers go out to all of their families.  God Bless!”


“I’m excited to see Lara show his skills on November 10th against Martirosyan,” said Oscar De La Hoya, president of Golden Boy Promotions. “This fight has been a long time coming and we’re excited it is finally happening. I have full confidence that Lara will come out victorious and make a statement that he is a force in the 154 pound weight class.”


“Lara and Martirosyan are two of the top fighters at 154 pounds,” said Lara’s manager Luis DeCubas Jr. “I can guarantee they will put on a great show for everyone watching on HBO. Lara is ready to show the world he’s the best fighter in the division. The winner of this fight will be in a great position and that will be Erislandy Lara!”


A decorated member of the renowned Cuban amateur boxing program, 29-year-old Erislandy Lara (17-1-1, 11 KO’s) is one of the most respected-and avoided-fighters in the world today. In 2011, Lara was on the short end of one of boxing’s most controversial decisions in a July 2011 loss against Paul Williams after which all three judges were suspended indefinitely. Undeterred, the slick and powerful southpaw rebounded in 2012 with a 94 second technical knockout win over Ronald Hearns and a 10-round decision victory over Freddy Hernandez. Now he looks forward to his upcoming November 10 title elimination bout against number two rated WBC super welterweight contender Vanes Martirosyan (32-0, 20 KO’s), a 26-year-old Californian who is coming off of a third round technical knockout win over Troy Lowry in February.

Abregu defeats Dulorme, Mayfield retains NABO title, Vazquez remains IBF champion


From The Turing Stone Resort Casino

Photos By Carlos Baeza / Thompson Boxing



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October 27, 2012 – Gary Shaw Productions in association with Greg Cohen Promotions, DiBella EntertainmentThompson Boxing PromotionsUniversal PromotionsPrize FightJoe Deguardia’s Star Boxing, and Zanfer Promotions presented an amazing night of boxing at theTurning Stone Casino.


In the 10-round main-event, Argentine slugger, Luis Carlos Abregu (34-1, 28 KOs) defeated former undefeated Puerto Rican contender, Thomas Dulorme (16-1, 12 KOs) by way of seventh round TKO to capture the WBC International welterweight title.


Dulorme set the pace early as he boxed and used his jab to keep Abregu at bay.  But in the third round, Abregu landed a powerful right hand and dropped the undefeated contender Dulrome.  Thomas took the full 8-count and regained his composure for the time being.  In the very next round, Dulorme started to use lateral movement and it gave Abregu problems. Just as it seemed Dulorme was starting to find a rhythm, Abregue landed a left hook and sent Thomas to the canvas once again. Abregu’s right hands had found a home and Dulorme was still on wobbly legs and his corner stopped the fight.


“He was too young and maybe with time he’ll become a better fighter,” said Abregu. “He couldn’t get away from my right hand and I knew at some point he was going to get caught with it.  As you can see he did and his corner stopped the fight.”


“I didn’t want them to stop the fight but I respect their decision because they were looking out for me.” Dulorme stated. “I was controlling the fight but he caught me with a good punch but I came up and I was ok.  I’ll take this experience and learn from it.”






The co-feature attraction showcased San Francisco’s undefeated WBO/NABO Jr. Welterweight champion, Karim “Hard Hitta” Mayfield (16-0-1, 10 KOs) vs. Southern California’s, Mauricio Herrera (18-2, 7 KOs).  Mayfield’s NABO title was on the line.


When the opening bell rang, both fighters started off slow.  Mayfield was looking to land his signature overhand right, while Herrera was being the aggressor.  The action started to heat up in the fourth round when Mayfield started to land some combinations.  Herrera wasn’t backing down and snuck in a couple of right hands himself.


In the middle rounds, Mayfield started to find a home for his left hook.  Herrera continued to press the action but was finding it difficult to get off as Mayfield was smothering his punches.  A few powerful punches landed for Mayfield as he started to get into a rhythm.


The fight was close as it entered the final rounds but Mayfield started to land some nice combinations.  Herrera had his moments late but never landed anything special.  Mayfield retained his title with a unanimous decision victory as the scorecards read 96-94, 98-92, 97-93.


“My conditioning was good and I neutralized his punch output with my smothering,” said Mayfield. “I didn’t get hit with too many big shots and I’m happy with the win.  Next time I step into the ring I’m going to pick up my punch count.”


“I felt I was landing the better shots on the inside,” Herrera said. “I felt I won the fight but the judges weren’t scoring the body shots I was landing in the trenches. I’ll be back.”





In the opening televised bout, Miguel Vazquez (32-3, 13 KOs) and No. 1 contender, Marvin Quintero (25-4, 21 KOs) went the distance in a 12-round bout for the IBF Lightweight title


Early on both fighters were felling each other out but the action started to pick up in the middle rounds.  Quintero was doing his best to cut off the ring against Vasquez who was using his lateral movement to land his shots.  He had success at times, landing some solid hooks to the head Vasquez, but Vasquez continued to back pedal.  The same action continued through the middle and late rounds.  Neither fighter was ever hurt and the fight went the full twelve rounds.


When it was all said and done, Vasquez won by split decision and retained his title.  The scorecards read 115-113 for Quintero and 116-112, 118-110 for Vasquez.




(8-round featherweight bout) Joel Brunker (24-0, 13 KOs) vs. Carlos Fulgencio(19-9-1, 12 KOs) – Australian born Joel Brunker scored a first round knockout when he landed a devastating left hook to the body of Fulgencio.  After Fulgencio couldn’t make the 10 count, the bout was halted at the 1:40 mark.


“I wanted to come out tonight and show everyone that I’m a real fighter,” said Brunker. “When I landed that left hook to the body, I knew he wasn’t getting up.  I want to thank Gary Shaw for believing in me and I promise to keep working hard in the gym.”


(8-round welterweight bout) Javier Flores (8-0, 7 KOs) vs. Alberto Herrera (8-8-1, 5 KOs) – Herrera came out the aggressor and won the early rounds as Flores was trying to find his range.  Herrera kept coming forward Flores held his ground and the fight ended up in the trenches.  Flores’ punches were landing with more force, but Herrera’s chin was holding and the fans were witnessing a great fight.  Herrera was giving the undefeated Flores all he could handle and the middle rounds could have gone either way.  In the final round both fighters went for broke and toe to toe action erupted. When the final bell rang both fighters were standing but it was Flores who squeaked out a majority decision. Scorecards read 76-76, 77-75 twice.


“I was satisfied with my performance and this was a tough fight for me but it was a fight that I needed to prepare me for the next level,” stated Flores. “I learned that I can go six rounds if need be, because not every fight will end in a KO.  Hererra was a lot tougher than I expected but this experience gives me confidence moving forward.”


(6-round light-heavyweight bout) Ryon McKenzie (11-0, 10 KOs) Eric Watkins (7-3, 4 KOs) – In the early rounds both fighters were having their moments, but it was McKenzie who did the most damage.  Watkins did his best to back up McKenzie and he had success at times but his punches never seemed to do any harm.  As the fight progressed, McKenzie’s heavier hands were landing but that didn’t stop aggressive style the Watkins was displaying. McKenzie used his height, reach and superior boxing skills to win a majority of the rounds. McKenzie won by way of unanimous decision with the scorecards reading 58-56 and 59-55 twice.


“Watkins came to fight and I needed to go some rounds so I’m happy with the victory,” McKenzie said. “Going the distance for the first time is something new that I’m happy to embrace and I’m ready to move on to the next one.”


(6-round heavyweight bout) Eric Fields (21-1, 15 KOs) vs. Kevin Franklin (4-5, 1 KO) – In the first round Fields landed left hook to the head of Franklin and a mouse surfaced under his right eye. Fields continued to back up Franklin with his jab and the fight entered the later rounds.  Fields was trying to close out the fight with a knockout, but Franklin was too slick and the fight went the distance. Fields dominated the fight and the scorecards read 60-54 twice and 59-55.


“This was another fight were I feel I learned something new,” said Fields. “It’s time to get back in the gym and work on my craft.”

Demarcus “Chop Chop” Corley Back on the Scene


New York, NY/ Kiev, Ukraine (10/26/12) – Tomorrow night at the Club Sportlife Arena in Kiev, Ukraine, former world champion and now resurgent contender DeMarcus “Chop Chop” Corley (39-19-1, 23KO’s) will once again enter into enemy territory and look to play spoiler for the third consecutive bout when he takes on unbeaten prospect Viktor Postol (19-0, 9KO’s) in a 12-round light welterweight matchup for Postol’s WBC international light welterweight title.

Since signing with DiBella Entertainment, Corley has put together back-to-back upset wins.  First, he defeated previously unbeaten Gabriel Bracero in New York in January and most recently, in May, he knocked out world title challenger Paul McCloskey in McCloskey’s native Ireland.  Now, Corley will look to make it three in a row when he takes on the Ukrainian Postol.

“I’m really looking forward to this fight and putting on a great performance tomorrow night,” said Corley.  “I have seen some video of him and I know that he is a tall, long guy, but that doesn’t worry me.  It is nothing that I haven’t seen before.  That being said, I don’t plan on this fight going the distance.  I didn’t come here to go 12 rounds and leave the scoring in the judges’ hands. I know how it is when you come into someone’s backyard. I have been here before, and I know that the best way to take care of business is to score a knockout and that’s exactly what I plan on doing. I am going to finish first and finish last.  That’s the game plan in this fight and from here on out. I would love to fight Danny Garcia after this, but I am willing to fight any of the top guys or champions from 135-140 pounds.”

At 38 years old, with a career that has spanned 16-plus years, the former WBO light welterweight champion Corley has fought everyone from lightweight to welterweight, including former or current world champions Floyd Mayweather Jr., Miguel Cotto, Zab Judah, Randall Bailey, Junior Witter, Devon Alexander and Marcos Maidana.  Corley has also been in the ring with current world-rated contenders Thomas Dulorme, Lucas Matthysse and Ruslan Provodnikov.