Boxing’s March Madness: A month of non-stop action

By Xavier Porter,

February 11, 2017

Brooklyn, N.Y. – It may be February but the anticipation of next month’s fight schedule has fight fans on writhing their seats. The month of March, synonymous with college basketball as being “March Madness”  in lieu of all the teams playing their hardest, vying for an opportunity to play in the big dance, in the field of 68.                 In March, the sport of boxing will see the same aggression, the same mental focus and toughness, where fighters will dig down deep to reach their highest goals.

March 4, 2017 – Barclays Center

Main Event – WBC/WBA Welterweight Unification Championship bout (Showtime Boxing)

12 Rounds

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photo courtesy of Xavier Porter/

In the words of Thurman “someone’s (0) has got to go.” This is a match-up that fight fans have been eager to see. Both men have appeared to develop a disdain for one another. Neither fighter will hold back. With a fight of this magnitude there’s a great chance that it will not go the distance. Both men possess knockout power and will not be afraid to let go and exchange.

Keith “One Time” Thurman – WBA welterweight champion

“Two of the best welterweights going to-toe; I’m truly looking forward to this fight. I asked for this fight; there’s too much on the line. This fight you do not want to miss.”

“I applaud him for his accomplishments but most of them were at 140lb. Now he’s stepping up to 147lb and trying to make a statement on March 4. The only problem is he signed the wrong contract. I got two 12-round fights in the Barclays Center; the third time is a charm. Danny Garcia you’re getting knocked out.”

“I have an (0) and I’m not afraid to let it go. If you can beat me then beat me. I will do any and everything it takes to make sure that I am victorious at the end of the day.”

Danny “Swift” Garcia – WBC welterweight champion

“I want to thank CBS. I want to thank Al Haymon. I want to thank all the fans in Brooklyn. This will be my sixth fight here at the Barclays Center. I feel great. Come March 4 I’ll be the unification champion.”

“This ain’t anything new to me. I’ve been in in unification fights before; I’ve been the underdog, I’ve been the a-side, I’ve been the b-side, I’ve did it all.”

“Come March 4 we’re going to get the victory and my hand will be raised at the end of the night.”

Also appearing on the undercard of this spectacular bout is rising talent and undefeated super welterweight contender Erickson “The Hammer” Lubin (17-0, 12 KOs) facing  Jorge Cota (25-1, 22 KOs) in an elimination bout for the WBC super-welterweight championship. For Lubin, this will be the best opponent he’s faced in his career. Expect Cota to test the young talent and seek a thrilling victory.

The newly signed Mayweather Promotions phenom Richardson Hitchins is scheduled to make his professional debut. Born and raised in Brooklyn, the 2016 Haitian Olympian, is ready to begin his journey towards one day winning a world title.  

Richardson Hitchins

“I feel like I’m in the right situation to start my career. I’m looking wow my home crowd and my city with my ability. I know the people of Haiti will come out and support me along with my friends and family. I have a long career ahead of me and it starts on March 4.”

Heather “The Heat” Hardy is also making her return back to the ring. Hardy (18-0, 4 KOs) will be fighting in her nineteenth professional fight. This will be the WBC international featherweight champion’s first fight since winning a back and forth slugfest over Shelito Vincent this past summer. That fight was a key factor with the increased popularity of having women’s boxing shown on major television networks. The Hardy-Vincent fight broadcasted live to millions of fans around the world on NBCSN. Hardy will be facing former title challenger Helen Joseph (9-3-1, 8 KOs) in a super bantamweight contest.

Heather Hardy

“I’m grateful and excited to be back in the ring at Barclays Center next month. I’ve had to hustle extra hard these past few months since the insurance issue shut down the New York boxing scene for the last quarter of 2016. I am truly happy to be back at home where I belong, doing what I love.”

And finally, just announced to appear on the card will be former WBC light heavyweight champion Chad Dawson (34-4, 19 KOs) taking on former WBC international light heavyweight champion Andrzej Fonfara (28-4, 16 KOs) in a 10-round bout. Both men are at the crossroads of their respective careers. A win for either of the two will bring them closer to getting another shot at a world title.

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

Philly Fight Night – 2300 Arena, Philadelphia, PA

On March 10, the main event of this fight card will feature Anthony Burgin (10-2, 2 KOs) vs. Avery Sparrow (5-1, 3 KOs) in a terrific competitive matchup of young Philadelphia fighters. Burgin vs Sparrow is an old-fashioned all-Philly rumble. Both men know with each other well and are ready to put their relationship to the side to give fight fans an awesome fight.

Philadelphia has a rich tradition of boxing. The great team of Peltz, Rogers, Hand, and Rosado are committed to showcasing up and coming talent within the city. They strongly believe in giving the city of Philadelphia fights cards that support the “grass roots” of boxing. Philly Fight Night is a quarterly boxing series that showcases the best young talent in the area in competitive matches. The Burgin-Sparrow fight tops a full bout card at the 2300 Arena in South Philadelphia. Along with the main event Philly Fight Night will have several other competitive fights showcased. The card is being promoted by Peltz Boxing Promotions, Inc., BAM Boxing and Joe Hand Promotions. It will be streamed live by For more information contact:

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)

The two-time Olympic gold medalist Shields has a great opportunity to expand the sport even more as she will be the first female professional boxer to headline a televised fight card. The Flint, Michigan native will be taking on a tough, experienced fighter in Hungary’s Szabados, the number one ranked female fighter in her division from her country. Shields will have many fans, friends, and family in attendance on fight night and will look to win the vacant NABF middleweight belt in dominant fashion.

photo courtesy of Trapphotos

photo courtesy of Trapphotos

With a desire to have more women’s boxing matches shown on mainstream televised networks Showtime Boxing and DiBella Entertainment (along with Salita Promotions) have taking the lead in being the bridge to connect fans to the women fighters of the sport. After the successful Heather Hardy-Shelly Vincent championship matchup on NBCSN this past summer, along with the great championship battle between Amanda Serrano (5x world champion) against Yasmin Rivas (former 3x world champion) (which was featured on ShoBox Extreme, on the undercard of the Badou Jack-James DeGale super-middleweight unification championship fight), the rise and want for more women’s boxing matches on “live television” is well deserved.

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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)

There’s no getting around it. Both men have wanted this fight and now it’s here. Both men, former opponents of the current middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin, are two of the strongest punchers in boxing.The former IBF champion Lemieux always comes forward, seeking to knock his opponent out. The “Chin-Checker” and “Cerebral Assassin” Stevens always brings his best and has power in both hands. The winner of this explosive fight will be in line for another shot at a world title.

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March 11, 2017 – Rising Promotions (Claridge Hotel)

Main Event – USBA Cruiserweight Championship

Rising Promotions is scheduled to stage its next event on Saturday, March 11th at The Claridge Hotel in Atlantic City.  Former Cruiserweight world champion Imamu Mayfield is scheduled to take part in the main event and will be fighting for the vacant USBA title. Also being featured on the card will be several amateur fights. Rising Promotions, one of the leaders in showcasing up and coming talent within the New Jersey area, in on pace to produce another great fight card.

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March 11, 2017 – Premier Boxing Champions (Showtime) – MGM National Harbor

Main Event – WBC Feather Championship

Gary Russell Jr. (27-1, 16 KOs) vs Oscar Escandon (25-2, 17 KOs)

12 Rounds

The highly skilled Russell Jr. will be making a second defense of his WBC featherweight title against the interim WBC featherweight champion Escandon. Both men have not fought since 2016. The number one ranked featherweight in the United States taking on the number one ranked featherweight from Colombia makes for an exciting fight. Russell Jr is a slick southpaw with great defense and also possesses some of the fastest hands in boxing. Escandon “El Guerro” loves to break his opponents down by coming forward and throwing non-stop punches.

Co-Main Event

12 Rounds

WBC Super Welterweight Championship

Jermell Charlo (28-0, 13 KOs) vs Charles Hatley (26-1, 18 KOs)

A battle between WBC super-welterweight vs the WBC silver super-welterweight champion has been in the making for years and now it’s finally going to take place. Charlo, one half of the champion Charlo twins (Jermall Charlo/IBF super-welterweight champion) is making his first defense of his championship title.

This fight is not only about the world championship it’s also a battle of the Texans, Charlo being from Houston and Hatley being from Dallas. A win for either man will give them bragging rights to claim that they’re best in their division from the state of Texas.

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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)

The tough and always exciting Brunson will look to secure a win as he continues his pursuit for a shot at a world title. Brunson, who began his career winning his first nineteen professional fights by way of knockout and TKO looks to bring that same drive and determination come fight night. Standing in his path is Quarles, who by all means is no pushover of an opponent, as he will be looking to upset the knockout artist from Philadelphia.

This will be King’s Promotions first show at the SugarHouse Casino in Philadelphia with more exciting bouts to be announced shortly. For more details of the fight card you can visit:

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 (22-2-1, 16 KOs)

In a battle of big and strong heavyweights, along with a potential shot at a heavyweight championship on the line, both men have vowed to inflict pain and win in devastating fashion. Mansour and Kauffman, who know each other very well, have traded labs and punches through social media. On fight expect those jab and punches to have a much heavier effect.

Travis Kauffman

“He’s a forty-five year old fighter and the clock is ticking. I just can’t go out there and just beat him. I need to make a statement. My goal is to become the number one heavyweight champion in the world. In order for me to reach my goal I need to get past Mansour.”

Amir Mansour

“I need to win. I feel as a result of my last fight that they aren’t giving me respect. I have something to prove. I’m going to knock him out. I know what I’m going to do him. I’m going to punish him. This was the wrong the fight for him to make.”

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

Top Rank is putting on an exciting fight card that is featuring Irish Mike 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)

The time has come. There’s no turning back and there’s “NO REMATCH CLAUSE!” Winner takes all. Jacobs vs Golovkin has the potential for being fight of the year. Golovkin has defeated almost all of his by knockout and possesses a knockout rating of 92%. The number one middleweight in the world is facing the number two middleweight in the world. This is the best fighting the best. Jacobs is a champion and world class fighter. He’s overcome the odds time and time again. As Jacobs puts it this is “Mortal Kombat.”

Daniel Jacobs – WBA (regular) middleweight champion

“This is like the video game Mortal Kombat. GGG is like that character Scorpion. Each fight before this was like climbing another level to get to the top, to face the best in the game. GGG has all the belts, he’s at the top, and now I have chance to fight him. I shall finish the game.”

Gennady Golovkin – WBC, WBA (super), IBF, IBO middleweight champion

“This is a huge fight for me, for us, for everybody. I believe Daniel is ready for this fight because I have all the four belts. This is a dream for every fighter. This is very important for us, to be number one in the middleweight division; for today, at this time; not tomorrow, not for the future but for now.”

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Also being featured on this card is the number one pound-for-pound fighter in the world Roman “Chocolito” Gonzalez (48-0, 36 KOs) defending his WBC super flyweight championship title against Wisaksil Wangek (41-4-1, 38 KOs). Wangek, the current WBC silver super flyweight champion, will look to defeat one of the best fighters in boxing.

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

Main Event – New York State Junior Welterweight Championship

10 rounds

Anthony Karperis (13-2, 4 KOs) vs Scott Burrell (12-2, 8 KOs) - New York State Jr. Welterweight title

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.

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