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Boxcino 2015 Finals on ESPN “Friday Night Fights” May 22, Corona, CA

POSTED ON Tuesday, May 5, 2015  - POSTED IN Boxcino, Events, Fights, News

ORANGE, Calif. (May 5, 2015) – Junior middleweight Brandon Adams (16-1, 12 KOs) is returning to a familiar situation. After coming up short in last year’s Boxcino finals and suffering the only loss of his career, the Los Angeles-native dropped down one weight class and fought his way back to the 10-round championship fight.

Adams faces the smooth boxing skills of John Thompson (16-1, 5 KOs) of Newark, New Jersey on Friday, May 22, from the Omega Products Outdoor Arena in Corona, Calif. in the Boxcino 2015 junior middleweight championship.

The Boxcino Finals is televised on ESPN’s “Friday Night Fights” (ESPN2 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT) and is co-promoted through Arthur Pelullo’s Banner Promotions and Ken Thompson’s Thompson Boxing Promotions.

“Everything is good, training is going well,” Brandon Adams said. “I’m still in shape from my last fight and I’m coming to get what is mine. I’m going to put on a performance that will make everyone proud.”

“My training camp has been great,” John Thompson said. “I’ve been working hard, staying hungry. I have one day on my mind and that is May 22nd.”

Tickets for the Boxcino Finals are priced at $50, $70, & $100, and are available for purchase online at or by calling 714-935-0900.

In the co-feature, heavyweight talents Donovan Dennis (14-2, 11 KOs) of Cleveland, Ohio and Andrey Fedosov (27-3, 22 KOs) of Russia will meet in a 10-round fight to determine the Boxcino 2015 heavyweight champion.

Dennis and Fedosov have electrified the crowds leading up to the tournament finals. They both showed off their freight train like power by knocking out their respective opponents in the Boxcino quarter and semifinals.

“I’ve been in Los Angeles for training camp, getting good sparring,” Donovan Dennis said. “I know Andrey will be ready, and so will I.”

“I’m glad that I’ve made it into the finals of this great tournament on ESPN,” Andrey Fedosov said. “I’m training very hard in Los Angeles and I’m confident that I will win the fight.”

“I’m looking forward to the Boxcino finals,” said Artie Pelullo, president of Banner Promotions. “The finals will be terrific with two exciting and compelling fights.”

“We couldn’t be anymore excited to be a part of this wonderful tournament that has a long history of producing boxing stars,” said Ken Thompson, president of Thompson Boxing. “All four boxers understand what’s on the line, and I’m positive they’ll come out hungry and put on a tremendous boxing showcase.”

Additional information on the undercard will be announced shortly.

The Omega Products Outdoor Arena is located at 1681 California Ave., Corona, CA 92881 and can be reached at 951-737-7447. Doors open at 5:45 p.m. PT and the first bout begins at 6:15 p.m. PT.

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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.

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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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Monroe Jr. decisions Vera

POSTED ON Monday, January 19, 2015  - POSTED IN News

Verona, NY (1-16-15)–2014 Boxcino Middleweight champion Willie Monroe Jr. scored a 10-round unanimous decision over rugged Bryan Vera in a Middleweight bout that headlined an ESPN Friday Night Fight’s card at the Turning Stone Resort Casino.

The two slugged it out over the first part of the fight with Monroe catching Vera with hooks as he came in. In round four, Vera pinned Monroe up against the ropes and landed some thudding body. Monroe tried to make a case to steal the round with flush shots at the end of the frame. In round five, Monroe landed a hard right hook that drove Vera into the ropes for what was ruled a knockdown. Monroe continued to drill Vera with hard left hands.

In round seven, Vera landed a flush right hand but Monroe came back and cracked Vera with a perfect left. Towards then end of the round, Monroe wobbled Vera with a right hook. Monroe began to box and move and pick Vera apart as Vera looked to slow in the 8th. Vera tried to pressure and make a last stand but Monroe moved and stayed in the pocket that never gave Vera a clear chance to get in a clean shot and won by scores of 98-90, 98-91 and 97-92.

Monroe, 160 lbs of Rochester, NY is now 19-1. Vera, 160 lbs of Austin, TX is now 23-9.

Brandon Adams made quick work of Lekan Byfield by scoring a 2nd round stoppage in the scheduled 8-round Middleweight bout.

In round one Adams dropped Byfield with a hard right hand. Adams looks sharp as he continued to hurt Byfield and sent him to the canvas two more times in the 2nd frame and the fight was stopped at 1:58 of round two.

Adams, 160 lbs of Los Angeles is now 15-1 with 10 knockouts. Byfield, 158 lbs of Atlanta is now 6-7-2.

“Byfield did what we expected. he tried to fight tough but I gave the fans what they wanted to see.”finished Adams who will now look to his next assignment which will come on February 13 when he takes on Alex Perez in the Boxcino Jr. Middleweight tournament.

Greg Jackson got off the deck to score a 3rd round stoppage over Cornelius Whitlock in a scheduled 4-round Welterweight bout.

In round two, Whitlock dropped Jackson with a booming round house right. Jackson was hurt but was able to get out of the round and it was good that he did as Jackson ripped Whitlock with a hard shot in round three and wobbled him several times more before the fight was stopped at 1:27 of round three.

Jackson, 145 1/2 lbs of Philadelphia is now 4-1-1 with 2 knockouts. Whitlock, 145 lbs of Baltimore, MD is now 3-2-2.

Said Jackson of the 2nd round knockdown, “It was a good shot but it happens in boxing”

“It’s not how you fall but it is about how you get back.

2012 Olympic Bronze medal winner Taras Shelestyuk annihilated Antonio Chaves Fernandez in just 41 seconds of their scheduled 8-round Welterweight bout.

Shelestyuk buckled Fernandez badly with a right hook and then dropped him with follow up combination and Fernandez did not get up. He was down for several minutes and a stretcher was brought out but Fernandez was able to get up and walk out of the ring on his own power.

Shelestyuk, 148 lbs of Los Angeles. CA via Sumy, Ukraine is now 10-0 with 7 knockouts.

Vitor Jones de Oliveira scored an explosive 1st round stoppage over Michael Doyle in a scheduled 6-round Jr. Lightweight bout.

De Oliveira, who is the nephew of the legendary Acelino Freitas, dropped Doyle with a hard right in the opneing seconds of the bout. De Oliveira finished things when jumped all over Doyle and the bout was stopped at 1:24 of round one.

De Oliveira, 132 lbs of Salvador, BRA is now 8-0 with 5 knockouts. Doyle, 126 lbs of Mobile, AL is now 2-14-1.

Cameron Allen scored a 4-round unanimous decision over Borngod Washington in a Light Heavyweight bout.

Allen scored a knockdown in the first round and went on to win by scores of 40-35 on all cards.

Allen, 172 lbs of Battle Creek, MI is now 6-17. Washington, 172 lbs of Queens, NY is now 3-16.

Petrov and Monroe win Boxcino championships

POSTED ON Tuesday, May 27, 2014  - POSTED IN News

PHILADELPHIA (MAY 27, 2014)–Petr Petrov and Willie Monroe Jr. won the Boxcino 2014 lightweight and middleweight tournaments respectively as Petrov stopped Fernando Carcamo in round 8, while Monroe pounded a 10-round unanimous decision over Brandon Adams at the Turning Stone Resort Casino.

Petrov landed a nice right in round three. Petrov kept up the solid pace as he landed some shots inside the long punches of Carcamo. In round four, Petrov landed two solid uppercuts and a right hand on the inside. In round five, Petrov began to work the body with hard lefts that set off a volume of punches to the head.

Petrov rocked Carcamo in round six with a flurry of punches that had Carcamo stumbling around the ring. In round seven, Petrov began to pound away in spots before landing a big right hand in the final twenty seconds of the round. Petrov landed a huge left and right just before the bell sounded for good measure. The fight could have been stopped in between rounds but Carcamo came out for the 8th but it did not last long as Petrov landed a left and right and the fight was stopped 40 seconds into round 8.

Petrov, 134 lbs of Madrid, Spain is now 35-3 with 17 knockouts. Carcamo, 135 lbs of Ciudad, Obregon, Mexico is now 17-6.

“We had a game plan and it played out like we wanted,”said Petrov.

“The key was my movement that kept him off balance. He never hurt me to the head, but I felt my body shots. This is a great boom to my career. I want to be big in the United States. This is where great events happen and I plan to have a great career here,”finished Petrov.

Said Carcamo, “This was not my night. He was the better man.”

Willie Monroe Jr. won the Boxcino, NABA and NABO Middleweight titles with a 10-round unanimous decision over previously undefeated Brandon Adams.

Monroe Jr. was successful with his jab in the first three rounds. Late in round three, Adams landed an overhand right that set off a nice exchange on the inside. Adams came on to start round four by battling on the inside but Monroe put together some crisp combinations to close out the frame. Adams began round five working well on the inside only to eat some hard shots in return. Adams came back to land a flush right in the corner.

In round six, Adams landed a good right hand that sent Monroe into the corner. Moments later, Monroe shot back with a good counter left. Adams got into a pattern of following Monroe around the ring and kept getting caught with combinations. Adams had a good round eight as he had Monroe against the ropes for an elongated period. Monroe was able to fight off in spots and land some solid blows. Adams continued to press the action but Monroe was deft at moving away and in round nine began to dance around the ring.

Monroe Jr, 159 1/2 lbs of Rochester, NY won by scores of 99-91 on all cards and is now 17-1. Adams, 158 lbs of Los Angeles, CA is now 14-1.

“That kid is strong as hell,”said Monroe Jr.

“I knew he was strong, I just had to show him things that he has not seen. He shook me up a couple times and I had

Vitor Jones De Oliviera registered a 4-round unanimous decision over Michael Jackson in a Jr. Lightweight bout.

De Oliviera dropped Jackson with a left hook and round three and controlled the action throughout the fight.

De Oliviera, 131 lbs of Salvador, Brazil is the nephew of Brazilian

In a Heavyweight slug fest, Eric George picked up his 1st victory with a 4-round unanimous decision over Raymond Santiago.

George bloodied Santiago’s nose as early as round two and landed the harder shots which led to his victory by scores of 40-36 on all cards.

George, 202 lbs of Niagara Falls, NY is 1-6. Santiago, 232 lbs of Albany, NY is 0-3.

Marcus Hall scored an 4-round majority decision over previously undefeated Cesar Vila in a Jr. Middleweight bout.

Scores were 40-36, 39-37 and 38-38 for Hall, 151 lbs of Rochester, NY and he is now 8-6-1. Vila, 154 lbs of Austin, TX is now 6-1.

Samuel Teah scored a 4-round unanimous decision over Jeremy Graves in Lightweight fight.

Scores were 40-36 on all cards for Teah, 137 lbs of Philadelphia and is now 4-0. Graves, 137 lbs of Niagara Falls, NY is now 0-3.

Oscar Torres scored a 1st round knockdown en route to a 4-round unanimous decision over Cornelius Whitlock in a battle of undefeated Welterweights.

Scores were 40-35 on all cards for Torres, 144 lbs of Anaheim, California and he is now 3-0. Whitlock, 144 lbs of Baltimore, MD is now 3-1-2.

Adams and Monroe Jr. win and earn spots in Boxcino Middleweight final

POSTED ON Monday, April 21, 2014  - POSTED IN News

Verona, NY (APRIL 21, 2014)–Brandon Adams and Willie Monroe Jr. each took home decision victories and punched their tickets to the finals of Boxcino 2014.

The finals will take place at the same venue as the semifinals, that being the Turning Stone Resort and Casino and is promoted by Banner Promotions.

The finals will take place on May 23 as will the lightweight finals that will feature Fernando Carcamo and Petr Petrov. Both bouts are scheduled for 10 rounds.

Adams scored an exciting 8-round split decision over Raymond Gatica while Monroe boxed his way to an 8-round unanimous decision over previously undefeated Vitalii Kopylenko.

Adams and Gatica put on a good show that saw them stand toe to toe all over the ring. Adams mixed it up being the aggressor and counter-punching effectively.

The action picked up in round three with some good exchanges. Adams rocked Gatica with a solid right in the next frame. Later in the round, Adams landed another right hand that buckled his opponent. In round six, Gatica tried to make a stand by landing a combination on the ropes but that was short lived as Adams successfully fired off a pair of right hands to stop that flurry. Adams boxed well down the stretch and even put a stamp on the fight by landing a hard right at the bell.

Adams, 161 lbs of San Diego, CA won by scores of 78-74 twice and Gatica, 158 lbs of Austin, TX took a card 77-75.

Adams is now 14-0. Gatica is now 14-3.

“He is a tough guy,” said Adams. “This is the 1st southpaw I had fought. It is a lot tougher, but I got the job done. He taught me a lot in the ring and it was a fun fight.”

Said Gatica, “I won the fight. I was busier and I landed more punches.”

Monroe darted in and out and boxed at a comfortable range. He was quick with his right hooks and quick left hands. Kopylenko looked and remained dangerous throughout the fight and landed a big right hand in round five that sent the mouthpiece of Monroe flying. That was Kopylenko’s high point of the contest as Monroe got back to effective boxing and won by scores of 79-73 twice and 78-74.”

“It was hard but fair,” said Monroe. “I gave him his 1st loss. He was coming but we fought at my range and set up feints and landed good shots.”

Adams commented on the final by saying, “We are going to dance. This is very exciting. He is a flashy southpaw. I am going to train for a slick southpaw. He put on a good show tonight.

Nate Heaven remained undefeated by scoring an explosive 1st round stoppage over Donovan Dennis in a scheduled 8-round Heavyweight bout.

Both guys landed heavy shots until Heaven landed a crushing right to the jaw that sent Dennis down. Dennis got to his feet but was wobbly and the fight was stopped at 3:00 of round one.

“I give all hail to god,”said Heaven. “The right hand is my weapon. I saw him on youtube and saw that he gained weight and got slower. My coach said to relax and I would get him.”

Heaven, 233 lbs of Ocala, FL is now 9-0-1 with 7 knockouts. Dennis, 226 lbs of Davenport, IA is now 11-2.

Marcus Hall scored a 4-round unanimous decision over Raphael Luna in a Jr. Middleweight bout.

Scores were 40-36 on all cards for Hall, 153 lbs of Rochester, NY and is now 7-6. Luna, 152.5 lbs of Albany, NY is now 3-8-3.

Simeon Hardy destroyed Rahman Yusubov inside of a round of their scheduled 6-round Jr. Middleweight bout.

Hardy scored three knockdowns with the 1st and 3rd coming from devastating left hooks at 2:36 of round one.

Hardy, 155 lbs of Brooklyn, NY is now 12-0 with 10 knockouts. Yusubov, 155 lbs of Dallas is now 9-15.

Cecil McCalla remained perfect by scoring a 6-round unanimous decision over Antonio Chaves Fernandez in a Welterweight bout.

McCalla hurt Fernandes in the 4th and cruised home to the victory by scores of 60-54 on all cards.

McCalla, 149 lbs of Randallstown, MD is now 18-0. Fernades, 150 lbs of Brockton, MA is now 4-17-2.

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