Boxing’s March Madness: It has begun


Boxing’s March Madness: It has begun

By Xavier Porter,

March 15, 2017

Brooklyn, N.Y. – To me, being inside the ring is like the real world: you make a mistake it can cost you forever.” – David Lemiuexkingbambamrios-1489468084809

Fresh off the heels of the sensational welterweight unification championship fight between Danny Garcia vs Keith Thurman fight fans were given a follow-up of fights that had tremendous action, hard punching, grassroots boxing, and a knockout that is surely candidate for knockout of the year.

March 11, 2017 – Turning Stone Resort & Casino, Verona, New York, U.S. (HBO)

Main Event – WBO–NABO middleweight title

12 Rounds

Curtis “Showtime” Stevens (29-5, 21 KOs) vs David Lemiuex (36-3, 32 KOs)

A matchup of heavy-handed, power-punching middleweights Stevens vs Lemiuex had the making of a fight that would not go the full twelve rounds. The fate of the fight already sealed in many fans and boxing insiders mind. After months of trading jabs via social media (twitter) both men came into the ring and immediately began landing bombs. In the first round Lemiuex went right on the attack, landing thudding hooks and right hands to both the ribs and face of Stevens. Stevens attempted to fight back but the pace and speed of Lemiuex’s punches were coming in a fast pace. In the second round Stevens appeared to have the timing down of Lemiuex’s punches although Lemiuex was relentless in his attack. Stevens again withstood the onslaught of punches from his opponent and landed well placed hooks and right hands of his own. The fight came to a shocking end in the third round when both men exchanged left hooks; Lemiuex’s landing more clean, flush, and square on the chin of Stevens. The result was Stevens being left unconsciousness for close to (7-8) minutes. Stevens was taken to the hospital for precautionary reasons. He would later inform fans (via social media) that he was up and doing well.

Lemuiex shared his thoughts and feelings towards on defeating his opponent in such a destructive manner and his future plans:

“Stevens was a very tough fighter, a good fighter, but I’m better and I proved it in every way. We had an excellent game plan for him.”

“Sometimes you have to humble yourself or you will be humbled. I made a statement tonight. I knew who I was facing. I knew what I wanted to do. I’m not here to hurt anyone for a long term I just want them out for ten seconds.”

“I’m always up for a challenge. Canelo is an option and also Billy Joe Saunders. Right now GGG is at the top. To be the best I have to fight the best. I would like a rematch with GGG. I’m ready! Are they ready? That’s the question.”

Lemiuex has options and can be matched up with the winner of the super championship fight between Daniel Jacobs vs Gennady Golovkin, which is taking place on March 18 at Madison Square Garden.

March 11, 2017 – Star Boxing – Ludwigshafen, Germany

WBA super welterweight championship


Demetrius Andrade (23-0, 16 KOs) vs Jack Culcay (22-1, 11 KOs)

Demetrius Andrade became a two-time undefeated world champion by defeating defending champion Jack Culcay via split decision (116-112 2x, 115-114 Culcay). The new WBA super welterweight champion used his superior boxing ability and controlled the fight with fast combinations to both the head and body of Culcay. Andrade, landing accurate and precise jabs throughout the fight, kept Culcay at bay where he could not counter with any effective punches. Andrade used his speed, reach, and often landed punches in bunches on the former champion.

Andrade shared his thoughts on the fight and his future plans:

photo courtesy of Star Boxing

photo courtesy of Star Boxing

“I did everything I needed to do. I came to Germany and took the title. Culcay fought like a champion but I was the better man. It feels great. I never lost my belt in the ring so it feels like I’m still the champion, and the new, and still undefeated world champion.”

“I just want to fight the best. Line them up and I will knock all the champions down”.

With the current state of the 154lb division there are many opportunities for Andrade aka “Boo Boo” to become a unified world champion.

March 11, 2017 – King’s Promotions – Sugar House Casino

Main Event – Middleweights

8-Round Bout

Tyrone Brunson (23-6-2, 22 KOs) vs Brandon Quarles (18-3-1, 9 KOs)

photo courtesy of Darryl Cobb Photography

photo courtesy of Darryl Cobb Photography

The Philadelphia knockout artist, who has campaigned during his career between super welterweight and middleweight, continues to improve while on his path towards fighting for a world championship. Brunson, fighting in front of a packed house at the SugarHouse Casino, had to “dig down deep” to pull out a split decision victory against a tough opponent. Brunson used his legs to set up punches off of the jab, which he landed several times with power throughout the fight. Quarles was very game as he had moments where he landed hard shots that kept Brunson honest.  Brunson landed more of the harder punches and came away with the decision of two judges’ scoring the fight in his favor (78-74, 77-75;77-75 Quarles).

March 10, 2017 – Detroit City Gold (ShoBox) (ShowTime Boxing)

Main Event – NABF Middleweight Championship

Claressa Shields (1-0) vs Szilvia Szabados (15-8, 6 KOs)

photo courtesy of Trappfotos

photo courtesy of Trappfotos

Shields, the decorated Olympian, defeated Szabados by TKO stoppage at 1:30 of round four. Shields dominated her opponent throughout the fight, landing punches at will. Szabados was tough but Shields was too talented and too skilled. She is poised in becoming the face of women’s boxing as she is the woman ever to headline a major fight card on one of the biggest networks: Showtime Boxing.

After the fight Shields shared her thoughts regarding her opponent:

photo courtesy of TrappFotos

photo courtesy of TrappFotos

“I put on a good show. I used some good technique. I knew she was tough and that she wouldn’t back down. I didn’t come out there and brawl with her.”

photo courtesy of Trappfotos

photo courtesy of Trappfotos

I went out there to test her. I’m a naturally fast and hard puncher.  I showed my power and showed how I can box like Sugar Ray Robinson and Joe Louis mixed together.”

Honorable Mention:

March 10, 2017 – Detroit City Gold (ShoBox) (ShowTime Boxing)


8 Rounds

Joshua Greer Jr (11-1-1, 4 KOs) vs James Smith (11-0, 6 KOs)

In a battle between bantamweight prospects Greer Jr scored a stunning sixth round knockout of over the previously unbeaten Smith. Greer Jr landed a beautifully timed right hand to the chin of Smith, successfully placing this performance in the “knockout of the year” category.

March 10, 2017 – Peltz Boxing*Bam Boxing*Joe Hand Promotions*Raging Babe

Philly Fight Night – 2300 Arena, Philadelphia, PA

Anthony Burgin (10-2, 2 KOs) vs Avery Sparrow (5-1`, 3 KOs)

photo courtesy of Darryl Cobb photography

photo courtesy of Darryl Cobb photography

In the main event of a stacked fight card, two lightweights from North Philadelphia fought to a full six rounds, with tons of fans standing and applauded both men on their efforts. The venue was packed with 1,247 people in attendance. Sparrow (6-1, 3 K0s) knocked down Burgin (10-3, 2 K0s) with a right uppercut in the sixth round, but the fight was close throughout, with both fighters landing heavy punches. Burgin came on strong in the last round, but it was too late as Sparrow took the eight-round showdown on two cards, 76-75 and 77-74. The other judge saw it 76-75 in favor of Burgin.

March 17 – Premier Boxing Champions/King’s Promotions

Main Event – Heavyweights

10-round bout

Travis “My Time” Kauffman (31-1, 23 KOs) vs Amir “Hardcore” Mansour

A battle between two heavyweights vying for position within the division will take place live in Reading, PA, at the Santander Arena. Both men know each other very well and have one thing in common: they’re both coming to knock each other out. This fight will be shown live on Bounce tv. Check your local listings.

March 17 – Madison Square Garden (HBO) – St Patrick’s Day

Top Rank is putting on an exciting fight card that is featuring Irish Michael Conlan who will be making his professional debut at The Theater at Madison Square Garden, on St. Patrick’s Day. The 2016 Olympian has a style that appeals to the fans as he an aggressive fighter and loves to engage.

Also being featured on the card is Julian “Hammerhands” Rodriguez (15-0, 10 KOs) taking on Jonathan Chicas (15-2, 7 KOs). Rodriguez’s nickname speaks for itself. He’s young but he’s a strong, power-punching super lightweight that continues rise within the ranks.

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March 18, 2017 – Madison Square Garden (HBO – PPV)

Main Event – WBC, WBA (Super), IBF, IBO Middleweight Championship

12 Rounds

Daniel “The Miracle Man” Jacobs (32-1, 29 KOs) vs Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (36-0, 33 KOs)

This is only the third week of March and we still have phenomenal fights scheduled to take place. With the pending mega middleweight championship fight between Daniels Jacob and Gennady Golovkin taking place March 18, Boxing’s March Madness has gotten past its first and second rounds of fights and is fast heading towards it’s “sweet sixteen.” The battle for complete supremacy and the crown of being the middleweight king will come to a complete stop on March 18. There’s no time like the present. Everyone is anxious and waiting to see who will be the winner.

Will it be the ferocious and most feared man in boxing Gennady Golovkin remain undefeated?

photo courtesy of Matthew Heasley Photography

photo courtesy of Matthew Heasley Photography

Will the quite storm of Daniel Jacobs  explode with a triumphant force be the winner?

Photo courtesy of Matthew Heasley Photography

Photo courtesy of Matthew Heasley Photography

March 24, 2017 – Star Boxing Paramount Theater (Huntington, Long Island)

Main Event – New York State Junior Welterweight Championship

10 Rounds

Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing is back and bringing us another great fight card that is sure to have lots of action. With their continued theme of Rockin’ Fights 26 at the Paramount Series we are slated to see in the main event Anthony “Showtime” Karperis (13-2 4KO’S) defending his New York State Jr. Welterweight title against Brooklyn, NY prospect Scott “Bang Bang” Burrell (12-2 8KO’S) in a 10 round contest. Both men are well respected within the boxing community and have tons of fan support. With his twin brother in action in the main event, Dean “Bad News” Burrell is also slated to make an appearance on fight night.