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Adams, Thompson, Fedosov and Dennis reach Boxcino 2015 Finals

POSTED ON Monday, April 13, 2015  - POSTED IN Boxcino, Boxcino Photos, Events, Fights, News, Photos

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Bethlehem, PA (April 13, 2015)

Brandon Adams and John Thompson won semifinal bouts in the Boxcino 2015 Jr. Middleweight Tournament while Andrey Fedosov and Donovan Dennis scored impressive stoppage victories in the Heavyweight tournament, as all four punched their tickets to the finals in bouts that took place this past Friday at the Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem.

The bouts were televised live on ESPN Friday Night Fights.

The show was promoted by Banner Promotions, Inc.

The finals of both weight classes will take place on Friday, May 22 at the Omega Products International Outdoor Arena in Corona, California and will be aired live on ESPN Friday Night Fights.

Adams hits Gasparyan
Brandon Adams lands the uppercut
Adams took out longtime friend Vito Gasparyan in round seven of their scheduled 8-round bout.

Adams worked very well on the inside as he landed some solid shots to the head and landed to the body nicely. Gasparyan hung tough against his one-time sparring partner but the amount of solid punches began to show on Gasparyan and the bout was stopped 35 seconds into round seven with a badly swollen left ear.

Adams, 155 1/2 lbs of Los Angeles moves onto the finals with a record of 17-1 with 12 knockouts. Gasparyan, 154 lbs of Burbank, CA is now 15-4-5. Adams will not meet John Thompson.

John Thompson won an 8-round split decision over previously undefeated Stanyslav Skorokhod.

Thompson hits Skorokhod
Thompson lands the right hand

Thompson boxed well early as he used his jab to set up three and four punch combinations, while Skorokhod landed some good power shots. Skorokhod was cut around his right eye in round two while Thompson suffered a cut in the same area in round four.

Thompson did well when the fight was in the center of the ring. Skorokhod landed several flush punches but it wasn’t enough as the judges preferred the boxing of Thompson to the tune of 78-74 and 77-75 while Skorokhod won a card 78-74.

Thompson, 154 3/4 lbs of Newark, NJ is now 16-1. Skorokhod, 153 3/4 lbs of Los Angeles via Ukraine is now 9-1.

“I had to box him as he was swinging wild. I outboxed him. He was just swinging and not throwing any straight shots,” said Thompson.

Dennis hits Cojanu
Dennis lands the knockout blow
Donovan Dennis
scored a highlight reel 2nd round stoppage over 6’7″ Razvan Cojnau.

Dennis landed a thudding straight left that landed flush on the chin of Cojanu and the big man fell flat on the canvas and the bout was stopped 59 seconds into round two.

“I used my speed, quick feet and combinations,” said Dennis. “I saw an opening in the first round and then in the second I came with an overhand left that landed right on the button and he crumbled to the canvas.”

The punch was so devastating that it was ESPN Sports Center top play of the night.

On fighting Andrey Fedosov in the finals, “It is going to be a tough fight and I will have to work harder.”

Dennis, 224 1/4 lbs of Davenport, IA is now 12-1 with 10 knockouts. Cojanu, 255 1/2 lbs of Los Angeles via Romania is now 13-2.

Andrey Fedosov shook off a first round knockdown to comeback and register a third round stoppage over Lenroy Thomas.

Fedsov hits thomas
Fedosov works the body

Just seconds into the bout, Thomas landed a straight left and sent Fedosov to the canvas. Fedosov came back in round three and landed a ripping combination that led to Thomas to a knee and and he did not beat referee Gary Rosado’s count at 1:01 of round three.

Fedosov, 220 1/4 lbs of Hollywood, CA via Russia is now 27-3 with 22 knockouts. Thomas, 236 lbs of St. Petersburg, FL is now 19-4

“He was a good opponent. He was fast. I look forward to fighting in the finals,”said Fedosov

Eric Newell won a four-round unanimous decision over Brandon Spencer in a Heavyweight bout.

Newell of Bethlehem, PA won by scores of 40-36 and 39-37 twice

Jon Bolden outworked Ed “Tex” Fountain and scored a six-round unanimous decision in a Heavyweight bout.

Bolden of New York won by scores of 59-55 twice and 58-56 and is now 7-10-1. Fountain of St. Joseph, MO is now 10-2.

In the opening bout, Curtis Morton upset Greg Jackson via a 6-round unanimous decision in a Welterweight bout.

Morton dropped Jackson in round five and won by scores of 60-53 twice and 58-55.

Morton, 146 lbs of Myrtle Beach, SC is now 3-4-2. Jackson, 147 lbs of Philadelphia falls to 5-2-1.

Ricky Nuno made a successful pro debut with a 4-round unanimous decision over Pat Kehoe (1-2) in a jr. middleweight bout.

Mike Liberto won his pro debut with a 4th round stoppage over Darnell Hayes (1-2) in a cruiserweight bout.

Photos by Emily Harney / Banner Promotions

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Boxcino 2015 Jr. Middleweight and Heavyweight semifinals to be held on Friday, April 10 at the Sands Casino Resort in Bethlehem, PA

POSTED ON Wednesday, April 1, 2015  - POSTED IN Fights, News

Philadelphia (March 31, 2015)–It is less than two weeks away from the semifinals of the Boxcino 2015 heavyweight and jr. middleweight tournaments that will take place on Friday night, April 10th and will be held at the Sands Casino Resort in Bethlehem, PA.

The show will be televised live on ESPN’s Friday Night Fights with the Boxcino semifinal fights beginning at 9 PM ET.

All semifinal bouts are scheduled for eight rounds.

In the heavyweight division, Andrey Fedosov (26-3, 21 KO’s) will take on Lenroy Thomas (19-3, 8 KO’s). Fedosov is coming off a first round pounding of Nate Heaven while Thomas won a 7-round drawbreaker over former U.S. Olympian Jason Estrada.

In the second semifinal, Razvan Cojanu (13-1, 7 KO’s) will take on Donovan Dennis (11-1, 9 KO’s).

Cojanu is coming off a 7-round drawbreaker win over Ed Fountain while Dennis stopped Steve Vukosa in 4-rounds.

In the jr. middleweight division, Stanyslav Skorokhod (9-0, 7 KO’s) battles John Thompson (15-1, 5 KO’s).

Skorokhod was very impressive in taking out Michael Moore in four rounds. Thompson took a six round unanimous decision over Ricardo Pinnel.

Brandon Adams (16-1, 11KO’s) battles Vito Gasparyan (15-3-5, 8 KO’s).

Adams stopped Alex Perez in five rounds while Gasparyan won a six-round unanimous decision over previously undefeated Simeon Hardy.

A full undercard will be announced shortly.

This event starts at 7pm. Ticket prices are $100, $75, $50. Tickets can be purchased at, 1-800-745-3000 and at the box office at the Sands Bethlehem Event Center.

Boxcino 2015 Jr. Middleweight and Heavyweight semifinals to be held on Friday, April 10 at the Sands Casino Resort in Bethlehem, PA

POSTED ON Friday, February 27, 2015  - POSTED IN Boxcino, News

Bethlehem, PA (February 26, 2015)–On Friday night, April 10th, a special night of boxing will commence from the Sands Casino Resort in Bethlehem, PA, as the Boxcino 2015 Jr. Middleweight & Heavyweight semifinals will take place on the same evening.

The show is promoted by Arthur Pelullo’s Banner Promotions and will be broadcasted live on ESPN’s Friday Night Fights at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN2

Over the past two weeks, the quarterfinals took place in both divisions, and the match-ups on April 10 are as follows:

In the Jr. Middleweight division:
Brandon Adams (16-1, 11 KO’s) will fight Vito Gasparyan (15-3-5, 8 KO’s) while Stanyslav Skorokhod (9-0, 7 KO’s) battles John Thompson (15-1, 5 KO’s).

In the Heavyweight division:
Andrey Fedosov (26-3, 21 KO’s) will take on Lenroy Thomas (19-3, 9 KO’s) and Razvan Cojanu (13-1, 7 KO’s) squares off with Donovan Dennis (13-2, 10 KO’s).

All four Boxcino semifinal bouts are scheduled for eight rounds.

“We are very excited to be bringing the Boxcino semifinals to the Sands in Bethlehem,” said Banner Promotions President Arthur Pelullo.

“It should be a great night of boxing to determine who the finalists will be in the Jr. Middleweight and Heavyweight divisions.”

This event starts at 7pm. Ticket prices are $100, $75, $50. Tickets can be purchased at, 1-800-745-3000 and at the box office at the Sands Event Center.

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Fedosov, Dennis, Thomas and Cojanu advance in Boxcino Heavyweight tournament

POSTED ON Monday, February 23, 2015  - POSTED IN Boxcino, News

Verona, NY (February 22, 2015)–Andrey Fedosov, Donovan Dennis, Lenroy Thomas and Razvan Cojanu all scored victories in their quarterfinal bouts in the Boxcino Heavyweight tournament at the Turning Stone Resort Casino.

The show was promoted by Banner Promotions and was broadcasted live on ESPN’s Friday Night Fights.

All Boxcino bouts were scheduled for 6 rounds.

Dennis took out previously undefeated Steve Vukosa in round four.

Dennis dominating Vukosa
Dennis was the much quicker fighter from the outset and landed hard shots on Vukosa from early on. In round three, Dennis dropped Vukosa from a hard combination. Vukosa was never the same as he was staggered a few more times and even looked like he had no defense as he tried to turn his back several times on Dennis until he was dropped again in the fourth round and the fight was stopped at 2:52.

Dennis, 222 lbs of Davenport, Iowa is now 13-2 with 10 knockouts. Vukosa, 218 lbs of Quincy, Massachusetts is now 10-1.

“He was a patient fighter and early on, I took what I could get,” said Dennis. “I was working off my jab and started to connect. I trained very hard and I had a lot more in the tank. I was a little mad that it was stopped early. I can’t wait to get back in the gym and work on getting better.”

Andrey Fedosov scored an emphatic 1st round stoppage over Nate Heaven

In round one, Fedosov dropped Heaven with a thudding left hook. He sent him to the canvas for a 2nd time with a devastating three punch combination that sent Heaven to the deck for a second time and the fight was stopped at 2:53.

Fedosov knocking Heaven Down

Fedosov of Los Angeles via Russia is now 24-3 with 21 knockouts. Heaven, 227 lbs of Ocla, FL. is now 9-2.

“Everything went as planned,” said Fedosov. “My plan was to shorten the distance and use my power and you see what happened.”

Razvan Cojanu won a drawbreaker decision over Ed Fountain.

Fountain did his best to get inside and force that action under the ineffective jab of Cojanu. Both guys had success on the inside during the grueling fight and the bout was even after six.

Fountain started the 7th with a nice left that split open the right eyelid of of Cojanu. Cojanu was able to fight back and land a hard combination on the ropes and that proved to be the difference in the fight.

Cojanu, 265 lbs of Las Vegas via Romania is now 13-1. Fountain, 236 1/2 lbs of Furguson, MO is now 10-1.

Cojanu and Fountain
“I could not see anything and I won the fight with one eye,” said Cojanu.

“Buddy McGirt told me to jab more and that could have made it easier.”

Said Fountain, “I fought hard. The referee did not help me but I will see Razvan again after the tournament.

Lenroy Thomas opened up the Boxcino quarterfinals with a drawbreaker decision over former U.S. Olympian Jason Estrada.

Each guy traded some good shots over the first two-plus rounds. Thomas landed a solid three punch combination in round three. Estrada was effective when he was able to get in the straight right.

In round four, the two clashed heads and it caused a small cut on the forehead of Estrada. The bout was competitive with each guy taking turns being the boss in short spurts. After the sixth round, the bout was a even on the scorecards and they went to the seventh and deciding drawbreaker round.

In that extra frame, Thomas boxed well by landing quick combinations to a visibly tired Estrada and he was declared the winner by unanimous decision.

Thomas, 237 lbs of St. Petersburg, Florida is now 19-3. Estrada, 261 lbs of Providence, Rhode Island is now 20-6.

Lenroy Thomas

“I showed that hard work pays off,” said Thomas.

“In the extra round, I had to dig deep and show my boxing skills.”

Thomas will meet Fedosov in one semifinal while Dennis will battle Cojanu.

Both semifinals will take place on Friday, April 10 at the Sands in Bethlehem, PA

Greg Jackson registered two knockdowns en route to a four round unanimous decision over Paulo Souza in a Jr, Middleweight bout.

Jackson lands a hard jab

Jackson dropped Souza in round two and then again in round four with a wicked left hook to the head.

Jackson, 150 lbs of Philadelphia won by scores of 40-34 on all cards and is now 5-1-1. Souza, 149 lbs of Woburn, MA is now 0-6.

Guillermo Sanchez scored a 1st round stoppage over Pablo Batres in a scheduled 6-round Jr.Welterweight bout.

Sanchez landed a right hook that sent Batres down for the count at 1:44 of round one.

Sanchez, 132 lbs of Buffalo, New York is 15-14-1 with 6 knockouts. Batres, 137 lbs of Tuscon, Arizona is 6-12-1.

Jesus Alvarez Rodriguez opened the night with a 4th-round stoppage over Bryan Abraham in a scheduled 8-round Welterweight bout.

Jesus Alvarez Rodriguez

Rodriguez scored two knockdowns in the 2nd round and seemingly hurt Abraham with every punch after. In round four, Rodriguez landed a hard flurry in the corner and the bout was stopped at 2:48 of round four.

Rodriguez, 145 lbs of Los Mochis, Mexico is now 13-0 with 10 knockouts. Abraham, 144 lbs of Schenectady, New York is 6-21.

Photos by Shane Sims of Banner Promotions

The entire Boxcino tournament is promoted by Arttie Pelullo’s Banner Promotions.

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