This past Saturday at the San Mateo Event Center, Cali Boxing Management’s super bantamweight prospect, Eros Correa (7-0, 6 KOs), remained undefeated with a unanimous decision victory over Zakaria Miri (0-2). Correa goes the distance for the first time in his career, ending his six-fight knockout streak. The fight was promoted by Ambition Empire Promotions.
Correa, who was an alternate on the 2012 US Olympic team, controlled the action from the opening round, using great ring generalship to set up his attack. Miri did his best to counter the combination punching that Correa was displaying, but to no avail. Correa was the aggressor the entire fight and cruised to a unanimous decision. Scorecards read 40-36 across the board all for Correa.
“Being that this was my first time fighting in the Bay Area, where I’m from, I felt I was trying to hard to get the knockout,” said Eros Correa. “I won ever round convincingly, but I felt if I would have settled down a bit, I could have gotten him out of there. It was a great learning experience and now I do believe it’s time for me to move up to six-round bouts. I’m hoping to get back in the ring in next month or early May.
A sizable crowd was there to support Correa, as many of his fans from San Jose, CA, were in attendance.
“Eros’ popularity was evident as about 300 fans from hometown of San Jose showed up,” said Andrew Bocanegra, of Cali Boxing Management. “All though he didn’t get the knockout, he put on a dominating performance for everyone in attendance. We are looking to get him back in the ring sometime in the month of May.”
“Correa showed he can go a full four rounds if needed,” said Jessie Sanchez, of Cali Boxing Management. “In this sport, you’re not going to get the knockout every time you step in the ring, sometime a fighter will have to go the distance. It was a good thing for him to get those needed rounds against a tough opponent, like Miri.”
WBA #13 featherweight, WBO #7 and IBF #8 junior featherweight Arnold “Arni” Khegai will return to action on Saturday, March 30 at the Ice Palace in Vladimir, Russia.
The undefeated ethnic Korean, Ukrainian-born slugger (14-0-1, 9 KOs) will face Dar-Es-Salaam, Tanzania’s Haidari “Blue Fire” Mchanjo (10-5-4, 4 KOs) in a 10-round junior featherweight showdown.
27-year-old Khegai, whose family is from North Korea, but was born and raised in Odessa, Ukraine, had a strong 2018 with three impressive victories.
In May, he took a unanimous decision over respectable veteran Adam Lopez on ShoBox: The New Generation. Then, after a quick stoppage of Uganda’s Mudde Robinson Ntambi in August, he returned to ShoBox in November to take another eight-round unanimous decision, this time over well-regarded contender Jorge Diaz.
“I had a great training camp and I look forward to making another statement on March 30,” said Khegai. “There are a lot of talented fighters and great champions at super bantamweight and I want to fight them all.”
“Arnold has shown that he is a top contender in the division and another impressive victory will get him one step closer towards fighting for the world title,” added his promoter, Dmitriy Salita.
Martin Quinn was on the receiving end of one of the most controversial Irish boxing results of 2018 but doesn’t intend to let this stall his career.
In his last outing, the Crumlin lightweight was narrowly defeated over six rounds by Karl Kelly in a bout which got people talking but, rather than rebuild gradually, Quinn has jumped straight back into an even bigger fight on a bigger stage.
It has been confirmed that Quinn will face Dublin rival Francy Luzoho LIVE on TG4 as part of the game-changing Assassin Promotions and Boxing Ireland Promotions ‘Clash of the Titans’ card at the National Stadium in Dublin on Saturday March 30th, the perfect tonic to a bitter disappointment.
The six-round fight comes four months after his one-point loss to Kelly, a fight which most onlookers, including his opponent’s manager, felt Quinn had done enough to get the win. An immediate rematch looked inevitable but ‘Mighty Martin’ was then dealt another sucker punch when Kelly secured a shot at the vacant Irish lightweight title last month where he was stopped in the ninth round by Feargal McCrory in Belfast.
Quinn has been stewing since that stinging defeat and the opportunity to step up in weight and renew acquaintances with old amateur rival Luzoho was seen as the opportune way to get back into things. Risky for some, it was a no-brainer for the cheerful Dub who declares that “I don’t want to go backwards!”
“I thought, because everyone was saying he lost our fight, that we would go again ASAP. The way I see it is, and I don’t want to keep repeating it, I won that Kelly fight, so I’m going forwards not backwards. I asked Jay [Byrne, Kelly’s manager] what the story was and he said he thinks Karl is retiring so what can I do? I ain’t waiting around. It annoys me even talking about it at this stage, I should be fighting Karl for that belt. I lost a bit of motivation after that fight, I trained hard for that fight.”
In flashy Blanchardstown light welter Luzoho [1(1)-0], Quinn has more than ‘just’ a comeback fight. The pair have history and while it wouldn’t be described as ‘bad blood’, there is a degree of tension. The 31-year-old recalls how “me and Francy fought in the Dublins in the amateurs and he beat me – it could have went either way! Then we got into another final and, on the morning of the final, I woke up with an abscess. They said that they could put it back a week but Francy took the walkover instead.”
Quinn is more than confident of making amends and, having been a pro for over a year longer than Luzoho, he believes he has a crucial edge – despite having to move up in weight. “I’m happy with that,” he professes. “This is at 64kg, I’ll do that with my eyes closed and I’ll hit a lot harder, I’ll be coming in at 67, 68kg. Listen, he’s a good fighter, we’ll see how it goes. Francy is a good boxer, he’s stylish but can he handle the toughness?”
“I’m more experienced. He’s done three rounds, I’ve done six with Karl Kelly who sits on top of you like a nut, I’ve well more experience than him and I’ll show that in the six rounds. You have to do six rounds with someone like me before you’re able for six rounds because I’m as tough as they come and I’ve proved that already. Some people will say ‘oh, he’s only had two more fights’, but two more fights including a six rounder is an awful lot in the pro game – and I’ve had a lot of camps.”
“The only thing I can remember from his pro debut was his entrance – no disrespect to him or anything but that’s all that I can remember. I saw the fight, he’s nothing special. I’m ready for it, I hope he is. This should be a good one, I’m looking forward to it. He’s a good boxer, I’m a good boxer, this will be a good one. My training camp is going great.”
‘Clash of the Titans’ is headlined by a vacant Irish featherweight title fight between Eric Donovan and Stephen McAfee with further domestic dust-ups between light welters Victor Rabei and Jake Hanney, a pair of super featherweight bouts with Allan Phelan taking on Aiden Metcalfe and Kelvin McDonald facing Declan Kenna, and two light middleweights fights with Graham McCormack boxing Jade Karam and Cillian Readon clashing with Jordan Latimer.
The undercard also features appearances for Poleglass lightweight James Tennyson, Killarney super feather Siobhan O’Leary, Kilmacthomas welterweight Dylan Moran, Swords heavyweight Paddy Nevin, Waterford super middleweight Craig McCarthy, Jobstown super bantamweight Carl McDonald, Smithfield welterweight Keane McMahon, Shercock light middleweight and debuts for Milltown light heavyweight Kevin Cronin, Mayfield lightweight Thomas McCarthy, Clondalkin light heavyweight Paul McDonnell, and Kildare light welter Katelynn Phelan.
Tickets for the night cost €40 (general), €60 (ringside), and (€100 VIP) and are available from Ticketmaster.ie or Universe.com or by contacting Martin Quinn directly through his social media or at 085 120 8834.