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Pro Boxing Interview: Dean Burrell

By Adam Ewing Brooklynfights.com recently sat down with boxing prospect, Dean “Bad Newz” Burrell (10-1, 7 KOs) to talk shop. The super lightweight of Jamaican heritage grew up in England where he cut his teeth in the amateurs. For the last several years, Burrell has resided in New York, and he  trains out of the historic Gleason’s Gym in Brooklyn. Dean’s identical twin brother, Scott Burrell, is also a pro boxer, and it is he to whom Dean refers in some of the passages below. “In London, for young black kids growing up, there is a high chance to get involved in stuff...

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Becoming a Women’s World Champ with Sonya Lamonakis

Brooklynfights.com gets the inside scoop on women’s boxing and the path to personal achievement from world heavyweight champion, Sonya “The Scholar” Lamonakis. During a recent morning at the world famous Gleason’s Gym, we explored topics such as how Lamonakis got into boxing and the balance of her professional life as a teacher with sport. Among other topics, Lamonakis also discussed the state of women’s boxing and where she thinks it’s headed. Watch the video now: Presented by Brooklynfights.com Directed by Horatio Baltz & Melanie Hoff Edited by Horatio Baltz Lamonakis was scheduled to compete in a May 30th match...

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Pre-Fight with Prospect Alicia “The Empress” Napoleon

Brooklynfights.com caught up with prospect, Alicia “The Empress” Napoleon (1-0) of Lindenhurst, Long Island in the week before her second pro fight, taking place at Resorts World in Queens, New York on May 30th. Having persevered through a string of prospective opponents that fell out in the runup to the fight, Napoleon is now scheduled to face Hungary’s Melinda Lazar, also 1-0. “I feel like I am going to knock her out.” “Originally I was supposed to fight a handful of girls,” she told brooklynfights.com. “We had altogether 4 girls pull out. So I am on my fifth opponent....

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Exclusive Interview: Keisher “Fire” McLeod-Wells

Brooklynfights.com sat down with Keisher “Fire” McLeod-Wells (7-2) at Brooklyn’s Gleason’s Gym before her 5/30 title fight taking place at Resorts World Casino in Queens. Fire will face Particia Alcivar (8-3) in a rematch having defeated Alcivar via split decision in 2012.The upcoming bout is for the vacant USA New York State Flyweight title. You have a fight coming up for the USA New York State Flyweight title and currently hold the IBA World Flyweight Title. Your opponent, Particia Alcivar lost in a couple recent contentions before winning her last bout. What expectations do you have of her as a...

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Exclusive Interview: Noemi “NoNo” Bosques – Fights in Brooklyn 5/29

Brooklynfights.com interviewed Noemi “NoNo” Bosques (8-2-2) in the run-up to her bout against Brooklyn’s own Heather “The Heat” Hardy (12-0). The women are set to battle May 29th at Barclay’s Center on the Khan/Algieri under-card. Fans can expect fireworks in the ring as two decidedly aggressive and determined fighters go toe-to-toe. Bosques, who hails from Tampa, Florida, says she’s ready for Hardy, and not leaving anything to chance. “I realize that I have to bring it all. I have one chance and this is it. I am training kill or nothing.” Tell us about your training camp regimen in...

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Exclusive Interview: Boxing Champ, Heather “The Heat” Hardy

Brooklynfights.com caught up with WBC International Super Bantamweight title holder, Heather “The Heat” Hardy (12-0-0), at Brooklyn’s Gleason’s Gym, for an exclusive training camp interview. Hardy is preparing for a May 29th bout where she will face off against Florida’s Noemi “NoNo” Bosques (8-2-2) at Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn, on the Khan-Algieri undercard. The fight will be streamed live on SpikeTV, and promises the trademark action-packed excitement for which The Heat is known. “I never get nervous if I am going to win or lose, because I know if I am going to die, I am going to die...

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Inside the Philippines: A Local Perspective on the Mayweather-Pacquiao Fight

After years of anticipation, the mega-fight of the century is upon us. Today, Brooklynfights.com reports on a unique perspective from inside the Philippines via an interview conducted with fight fan, aspiring boxer and fitness trainer, Paul Martin Gabatan. The interview took place in Cebu. “Pacquiao has given so much influence to us, most especially to the poor people. He has shown us that poverty is indeed not a hindrance to success.”   Where will you watch the May-Pac fight, and with whom? Pacquiao fights are always something to look forward to and usually it’s spent with friends over a...

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Exclusive Interview: British Boxing Champ Martin “The Quiet Man” Gethin

Brooklynfights.com goes across the pond to catch up with British pro boxer, Martin “The Quiet Man” Gethin (25-7-1). The 5’6” 31 year old super lightweight has held a number of titles throughout his 11 year career, including the IBF International Lightweight Title, and most recently, the BBofC British Lightweight Title. You held the BBofC British Lightweight Title from January of 2013 until May of 2014, when you lost to Derry Matthews. Just a few months later you challenged Terry Flanagan for it, but weren’t able to reclaim the belt. Tell us about that sequence of events. I won the...

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Exclusive Interview: Frank “Notorious” Galarza aka “The Brooklyn Rocky”

Brooklynfights.com caught up with Frank “Notorious” Galarza, one of the borough’s most promising boxers. Dubbed “The Brooklyn Rocky,” the super welterweight boasts an excellent 17-0-2 pro record. Galarza is among the borough’s most well-known up-and-comers, with three of his fights thus far having been televised on Showtime’s ShoBox. You won the USA NYS Super Welterweight title in September 2013, and have had an impressive string of victories since. On April 10th, with a TV audience on Shobox, you stopped Belgian, Sheldon Moore, with a 3rd round KO. What’s next for Frank Galarza? Hopefully more TV. My plan is to...

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Exclusive Interview: Jonathan “El Conquistador” Cepeda

Brooklyn-based pro boxer, Jonathan “El Conquistador” Cepeda joins Brooklynfights.com for an exclusive interview. Cepeda cites his tenacity, upbringing and faith as the key ingredients in his success in the ring. You have a standout pro record of 17-1, and are ranked 45 in the US, in the middleweight division. At age 30, you’re in your physical prime. What’s your plan to break into the realm of ultra-elite fighters on the national stage? My plan is to get signed with a top promoter and be ready when I get back on the national televised circuit. You’ve talked about learning to...

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