Gradovich-Dib card Twitter recap @KOFantasyBoxing

Gradovich beats Dib 

Twitter recap from Ringside at Foxwoods

by Alex Pierpaoli

originally posted live on @TalkinBoxing’s Twitter Feed

Sergei Kovalev in the ring here w/ the Mexican-Russian Evgeny Gradovich & Fifty Cent is about to rap his way into the ring w/Billy Dib

Here we go with the main event…Billy Dib versus Evgeny Gradovich, 12 rounds Featherweights

Billy Dib out-crowds & out-crafts Gradovich in round one, crowd seems a little awestruck after 50’s entrance & a less than explosive rd 1

Ref Eddie Claudio talking to both guys about the rough stuff in round three

Gradovich landed several hard blows in round 3, clearly his best round so far. Ref. Claudio breaking these guys quickly which is hurting Dib

Gradovich seems to be breaking Dib down. Seems like the Australian is wilting a bit under the pressure.

coming into round number 5 & there’s swelling around brow of Dib; Gradovich landing hard jab & quick left hook, his shots doing more damage

Lots of bleeding coming from a wound behind ear of Gradovich; likely caused by Dib’s elbow. Dib has capitalized on it too.

Dib is boxing well in the 6th but the strength appears to be leeching out of him, his mouth is wide open; meanwhile Gradovich is strong

The gash in the side of Dib’s head, over the ear, is downright grisly. It looks like a hole.

Gradovich has really reduced number of jabs he’s throwing & Dib has made the most of it. The jab makes opportunities & Dib isn’t allowing it

Ref Eddie Claudio just made things interesting here by taking a point from Evgeny Gradovich. Looked like it was for holding.

Ok, now things r getting ridiculous. Ref. Claudio takes a point from Billy Dib which kind of makes both deductions, er, well, pointless

It looks as though we are beginning 2 see right into the head of Billy Dib. If brain tissue starts 2 leak out just know you were warned

Gradovich came out and cracked Dib with a left hook to start the round. The Mexican-Russian is clearly landing the harder blows here

Hard 2 tell what’s going on with these scorecards; several rounds have been close BUT overall picture is Gradovich doing the hurting

a hard left & a right from Gradovich spin the head of Dib but the Mexican-Russian may be too tired 2 follow up. Big round for Gradovich

Final round coming up and both guys are going to come out scorching…

Billy Dib’s chin is clearly made of something stronger than just flesh and bone. Gutsy gutsy effort here from the Aussie

Waiting on the scorecards here for the final bout of the night of a decent card. Fifty Cent may not see it the same way however…

we have a split decision, 114-112 for Dib, overruled by 114-112 X 2 for Evgeny Gradovich in what was a very entertaining scrap

Evgeny Gradovich remains undefeated and picks up the IBF World Belt while improving to 16-0 (8) while Billy Dib drops to 35-2 (21)

4 rounds, welters, up now. this is your swing-bout. Jimmy Williams of New Haven CT making pro-debut versus Raynard Younger of Alpharetta GA

Jimmy Williams controlling things in round one. Not a tremendous amount of contact but the blows that mattered came from JW

Looked like Williams may have caught an elbow with an uppercut which had to smart but no sign he’s hurt his hand, 2-0 in rds for J.Williams

Jimmy Williams outboxing Raynard Younger through three. Landing heavy shots to body and head. Younger not hurt at all but not winning either

some blood coming from the mouth of Younger in the final round of what’s a very workman-like performance for Jimmy Williams

Correction, this is Jimmy Williams SECOND bout as a pro, and it’s probably his second win as well. Waiting on the scorecards here in CT

After 4, the judges all see it the same way-40-36-all for Jimmy Williams of New Haven CT now 2-0 (1) while Raynard Younger falls to 0-2

Junior Middles, Willie Nelson versus Michael Medina is up now, this is the co-featured bout

Willie Nelson just connected w/ a sneaky right hand w/ his back along the ropes & being pressured by Medina & a second knockdown, it’s over!

Willie Nelson just smoked his opponent faster than his namesake could smoke a gram of kind buds. Sorry, i couldn’t resist…

The doctors and paramedics are working on Medina who seems to have blown out a knee on his way to the canvas. Major bummer for MM

the end comes at 2:00 of the opening round. Willie Nelson improves to 20-1-1 (12) and Michael medina falls to 26-4-2 (19)

Junior Welters to start things for tv audience; Luis Olivares of GlendaleAZ debuting versus 1-1 Rafael Munoz of HoustonTX

Olivares scores a 1st round TKO in his pro-debut. It was the left hook–3 of them–that did the bulk of the job. Munoz drops to 1-2

Female Junior Feathers in ring now, Shelito Vincent fights Mikayla Nebel, they’re going 4 rounds or less.

Thru the first, Nebel, of Columbus, OH, covering up with high guard so Shelito Vincent, of Providence, RI, went after her ribs

Nebel really showing a lot of effort here but Vincent’s pressure & body punching have her a little intimidated. 2 rounds to none for SV

Mikayla Nebel has some solid fundamentals but she can’t keep Shelito Vincent off of her. Vincent’s left hook reddening face of Nebel.

Mikayla Nebel seemed 2 heat up & catch fire in final round, she’s a lot better than her record suggests. But Shelito Vincent should win

lots of nice counters, a shoulder roll & a hard busy jab should have won her the 4th no doubt. but this is CT & they love CES

All 3 judges scored it 40-36 Shelito Vincent who no doubt won & won big but Nebel clearly won rd 4. Nebel now a deceiving 0-4 as a pro

Bout 2, Featherweights, Luis Rosa of New Haven, CT, vs Jhovany Collado of jamaica, NY. Rosa scores a knockdown in final seconds of 1st

Luis Rosa winging powerful blasts w/ both hands & Collado absorbing them better than in rd 1. Rosa’s defense didn’t make the trip 2nite

unbeaten southpaw Rosa continues 2 dominate w/ heavier harder shots & pressure. Collado hanging in there. 3-0 Rosa w/extra pt in 1st 4 kndn

bout has taken on a rock-`em-sock`em robots feel Both men seem utterly unwilling or unable 2 throw straight punches. just winging in CT

Collado landed several nice body shots in fifth but he’s still getting cracked too much upstairs by Rosa. Much slower pace now.

Collado may have just won that round despite absorbing several very hard shots. He pressured Rosa throughout & landed a lot of his own

Both guys have proven their grit & durability here but would be nice to see more skill. this is crude entertainment but entertaining it is.

Rosa & Collado embrace at the bell. They’ve hit each other with everything but the kitchen sink…not too many jabs though.

all 3 judges agree on a shutout, 80-71, all for Luis Rosa who improves to 13-0 (6) as Jhovany Collado drops to 4-7-2 (1)

8 rounds junior lightweights, Gil Garcia of Houston, Texas versus Ryan Kielczweski of Quincy, MA starting us off here in CT

Kielczweski controlled the action in rd 1 with an educated jab & several well placed uppercuts to the belly of Garcia. In the 2nd…

Rd 2 closer w/ Garcia answering Kielczweski’s attack. Both landed long reaching uppercuts to each other’s faces RK scored w heavier rt.

Ryan Kielczweski boxing well & controlling action thru 3. RK’s jab is accurate & using smart movement of foot & body 2 keep Garcia missing

More of same here in round 4, Kielczweski leading & landing with Garcia pressing but coming up empty

Garcia throwing wild right hands & Kielczweski is large & in charge with the jab.

\Garcia probably notched his best round in the sixth but it still probably wasn’t enough to win it.

Kielczweski landing heavier and heavier blows here. Can he score a kayo? No knockdowns yet & neither guy’s been hurt

waiting on the scorecards now, shouldn’t be any surprises here. Ryan Kielczweski likely to pick up a UD & improve to 16-0 (3)

after 8 rounds it’s unanimous, 80-72 x 2 & 79-73, all three cards in favor of Ryan Kielczweski while Gil Garcia falls to 5-4-1 (1)

Gradovich beats Dib

Evgeny Gradovich bests Billy Dib in bloody scrap at Foxwoods

By Alex Pierpaoli

Originally published on 3/4/13

Featherweight Evgeny “The Mexican-Russian” Gradovich defeated Australian Billy Dib in a bruising and bloody 12 round split decision at Foxwoods MGM Grand Casino last night. The IBF Title bout was co-promoted by Lou DiBella and rapper/actor/mogul Fifty-Cent and was featured on ESPN2’s Friday Night Fights.

Fighting out of Oxnard, CA, and scaling 125, Gradovich is trained by Robert Garcia and was taking the bout versus Dib on short notice. Billy Dib, of New South Wales, Australia, also 125 lbs, won the first two rounds with several jolting jabs and straight rights, coupled with clever movement.

In the third Gradovich began timing Dib’s punches and he struck the Australian with several hard blows forcing Dib to try to get closer and work inside. In the fourth Gradovich started to control the distance and was succeeding in walking Dib down behind a solid jab.

In the fifth the blood really began to flow after The Mexican-Russian landed a hard left hook along with a head-butt or an elbow which caused Dib to stumble backwards, a grisly wound visible in the left side of his head just over the ear. By the end of the round both fighters were awash in the red stuff.

Despite being awfully grisly to look at and bleeding quite a lot, the gash in the side of Dib’s head never obstructed the vision of the Australian or affected the bout. But the referee may have when in round eight he took a point from Evgeny Gradovich for excessive holding and then a few seconds later took a point from Dib for the same infraction.

As the rounds wore on Gradovich continued landing heavier, more damaging blows while the gritty and determined Dib refused to give any quarter. After twelve rounds were complete it seemed the scorecards would reveal a decisive win for Gradovich but somehow Judge Don Ackerman scored the fight in favor of Billy Dib, 114-112. Thankfully he was overruled by Judges Don Trella and Glen Feldman who had the same scores the other way for Gradovich.

With the win, Evgeny Gradovich remains unbeaten at 16-0 (8) while Billy Dib drops to 35-2 (21) and is clearly going to need stitches.

In the co-featured attraction, the six foot three inch giant of a junior middleweight Willie Nelson, of Cleveland, OH, scored a first round technical knockout over Michael Medina, of Los Angeles, CA.

At the start of the round Medina went right to work on the body of Nelson while the taller fighter fired all of his blasts to the head. About halfway through the stanza, with Nelson’s back along the ropes, he fired a left uppercut followed by a powerful overhand right that Medina never saw that put him down hard. Ref. Arthur Mercante Jr. allowed the bout to continue and Nelson made the most of things, winging a right then a left and putting Medina down in a heap which prompted Mercante to halt the bout.

But ESPN’s replay on the arena’s big screens showed that Medina went down more from a badly damaged knee or ankle and not so much the final two blows of Nelson. The first knockdown was an impressive one scored off a big Nelson right and although Medina was stunned he should certainly not be dismissed. The TKO was clearly caused more by injury than the concussive effect of punches. It goes down as a stoppage win for Nelson whose patience and an economy of hard accurate shots prevailed in the 2:00 we saw of him.

Willie Nelson improved to 20-1-1 (12) and Michael Medina dropped to 26-4-2 (19).

Junior welterweight, and promoter Fifty Cent protégé, Luis Olivares, of Glendale AZ, debuted as a pro versus Rafael Munoz, of Houston TX, in the first televised bout of the card.

Rafael Munoz came out fast, throwing quick combinations at an excited pace, probably working out the jitters from a lay-off of nearly two years. Then, with a little over a minute gone in the fight, Luis Olivera fired a quick left as Munoz swung at him from too far away. Olivera’s shot got to the target first and put Munoz down. Rising from the knockdown, Munoz was allowed to continue but Olivera was all over him, firing a fusillade of blows which included three hard left hooks that did all the hurting, putting Munoz down for a second time and prompting ref Johnny callas to halt the bout at 1:38 of round number one.

Luis Olivares notched a first round TKO in his televised pro-debut and Rafael Munoz dropped to 1-2.

Welterweight Jimmy Williams of New Haven, CT scored a workman-like victory over Raynard Younger of Alpharetta, GA. At the end of four rounds the three judges all saw it the same way, 40-36, in favor of Williams, now 2-0 (1), while Raynard Younger fell to 0-2.

At 0-3, female junior featherweight Mikayla Nebel looks as beatable on paper as she does in person; she’s slightly though sturdily built and looks far more pubescent than adult. But looks don’t win fights as the saying goes and Nebel, of Columbus, OH, is far more talented than her record, showing nice counters, a shoulder roll defense and a hard busy jab versus Shelito Vincent, of Providence, RI.

Starting fast, the aggressive, pressuring Vincent went after the guts of Nebel in round one scoring often to the body. In rounds two and three, Vincent kept her foot on the gas, landing heavier and more frequently while Nebel looked for spots to counter and covered up. In the final frame of the scheduled four-rounder, Nebel went to work behind a well-timed snappy jab that surprised Vincent and blunted the wave of pressure that has become known as Shelito’s Way. By the end of the round the tone of the bout had changed significantly but it was too late to matter.

But the ringside officials didn’t seem to notice the change and all three scored the bout a shutout at 40-36 for Vincent. Had it been scheduled for six rounds though, things would have surely gotten interesting.

In victory, Shelito Vincent improved to 8-0 while Mikayla Nebel dropped to a deceiving 0-4.

Featherweight, Luis Rosa of New Haven, CT bested Jhovany Collado of Jamaica, NY over the 8 round distance in the second bout of the card.

Scoring a knockdown in round one, Rosa is a two-fisted power-puncher whose defense has looked a lot tighter than it did in this instance. Perhaps eager to get things finished early, Rosa squared up and slugged the remainder of the bout and Collado connected often with numerous bolts of his own, though never enough to swing a round in his favor.

When they finished all 3 judges agreed on a shutout, 80-71, for Luis Rosa who improved to 13-0 (6) as Jhovany Collado fell to 4-7-2 (1)

Junior lightweight Ryan “The Polish Prince” Kielczweski of Quincy, MA, outboxed Gil Garcia, of Houston TX over 8 rounds in the night’s opener. Kielczweski scored with heavier blows behind a hard, educated jab throughout but was never able to stun or stagger Garcia. At the end one judge did see Garcia do enough to win a round but the scores were all in The Polish Prince’s favor at 79-73 and 80-72 x 2.

Ryan Kielczweski improved to 16-0 (3) in picking up the win while Garcia heads West for home at 5-4-1 (1).

#GOPDebate analysis & perspective with Jameel “Big Time” McCline

Last night after the Republicans took the stage at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio, for the first of their party’s debates to decide the 2016 Republican Presidential candidate, we spoke with 4-Time Heavyweight Challenger Jameel McCline. In 2014, McCline lost the primary election in South Florida’s 20th District to 23 year incumbent Alcee Hastings. Having been in both the political and fistic arenas, we thought McCline would bring a unique perspective to the first televised debate of the marathon 2016 presidential election cycle.

*Also, the can you hear opened in this video was just seltzer. dammit!

First GOP Presidential Debate is Tonight!

The Republican Party holds their first debates of the 2016 Presidential Candidates this evening, airing live on Fox New channel at 9pm Eastern, from Cleveland, Ohio. And, guess what, fight-fans! There’s even an undercard featuring the long-shot candidates starting at 5pm.

In the Main Event, 10 candidates will square off in what will be more like a parallel news conference(to use Ralph Nader’s term) in which they will field questions from the moderators, Brett Bair and Megyn Kelly, and occassionally from each other.

The participants in today’s GOP debates are as follows (in no particular order)

Main Event

entrepreneur Donald Trump

former Governor of Arkansas Mike Huckabee

Senator Ted Cruz (Texas)

Senator Marco Rubio (Florida)

former Governor of Florida, Jeb Bush

Senator Rand Paul (Kentucky)

Governor of New Jersey Chris Christie

Governor of Wisconsin Scott Walker

Governor of Ohio John Kasich

Dr. Ben Carson

The Undercard

former Governor of New York George Pataki

entrepreneur Carly Fiorina

Governor Bobby Jindal (Louisiana)

Senator Lindsey Graham

former Senator Rick Santorum

Governor of Texas Rick Perry

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