News: Toka Kahn-Clary; Bruno Escalante, Molina vs. Bey
SAN CARLOS, CA - Hot prospect, Bruno Escalante (8-1-1, 4 KOs) is looking to make a name for himself in the Super flyweight division. Born in Cebu City, Philippines, Escalante now resides in Northern California where he trains with Nonito Donaire, Brian Schwartz and Mike Bazzel.
Having won his last fight by knockout by way of a vicious body shot, Escalante feels his power will be more evident as he's been improving on his body attack. His next opponent will be Manuel Galaviz (7-10, 4 KOs) of Sonora, Mexico on July 26, 2013 at Fox Theater in Redwood City, California. Escalante vs. Galviz will be the co-main attraction of the night.
"I know I have the ability to take out my opponents and slow them down with hard body shots," said Escalante. "I've been improving on body attack for the last few months and I can see why it's so important to go downstairs. With every fight I'm feeling more comfortable throwing my right hook to the ribs. I'm getting better every time I step in the ring."
Manager Herb Stone feels Escalante has the ability to become a world champion and feels his style is fan friendly. Escalante is known for being explosive with his punches.
"Bruno has a lot of talent and he has the skills to become a world champion," Stone said. "This will be his third fight of the year and I can see the improvement with each fight. He's becoming very popular in his hometown of San Carlos where he trains with some of the best fighters in the world. The Fox Theater in Redwood City is becoming a great venue to build up his fan base. I see him fighting for a regional title very soon."
Training with Nonito Donaire has been very instrumental and inspiring to Escalante's career. Donarie started off at the smaller weights and worked his way to the top of the pound for pound list, a feat Escalante sees as inspiration.
"Nonito is one of the best fighters in the world," stated Escalante. "He suffered a loss early in his career but bounced back to gain international recognition with an incredible winning streak. I know if I work hard I can become a world champion and represent my country with honor, just like Donaire and Pacquiao. The time is now to take my career to the next level. On July 26th I'm coming to make a statement."
The Fox Theater Fights is brought to you by Don Chargin Productions and Paco Presents in association with Jorge Marron Productions.
Tickets for the Fox Theater Fights in Redwood City priced $35, $45, $50 and $60 can be purchased at the Fox Theater Box Office, online at FOXRWC.com or PACOPRESENTSBOXING.com, or by calling the Undisputed Boxing Gym (650) 631-3781 or B Street Boxing Gym (650) 342-7408.
The Fox Theater in Redwood City is located at 2215 Broadway Street Redwood City, CA 94063. Doors open at 6:00 PM first fight at 7:00 PM.
SHERMAN OAKS, CA - One is now a veteran member of the Goossen Tutor Promotions stable; the other is a newcomer. One is from the West Coast; the other from the east. But while they differ in those aspects of their lives, John Molina, Jr. and Farah Ennis share at least three similar qualities: both are hitting their prime boxing years at age 30; neither one lacks in confidence and they both come to fight.
Molina (25-3, 20 KOs), from Covina, California and Philadelphia native Ennis (21-1, 12 KOs) will take on undefeated opponents from Floyd Mayweather's promotional company in this Friday night's "ShoBox: The New Generation" doubleheader from The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. The SHOWTIME telecast begins at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast).
Opposing the hard-hitting Molina in the scheduled 10-round lightweight main event will be Mickey Bey, Jr. (18-0-1, 9 KOs). The co-feature will be a scheduled 10-round super middleweight bout pitting Ennis against Swedish-born Badou Jack (14-0, 10 KOs).
"I am looking to get back on track," Molina, who recently switched back to his longtime former trainer Joe Goossen, said. "My last fight (a questionable majority decision loss to undefeated Russian Andrey Klimov last month) was a setback. I still think I did enough to win and I know I'm in phenomenal shape and I plan to go out and dominate this fight. All the ducks are in order; the engines are firing on all cylinders. I think it's going to be a great night this Fridayand I am very excited to be fighting again on SHOWTIME on their 'ShoBox' series."
"Mickey Bey is undefeated, a good boxer and he fights out of the Mayweather camp," Goossen acknowledged. "Being with 'Money,' he's got everything anyone could have at a camp. Obviously, nobody that's been put in front of him has been able to solve the puzzle. It's our job to do that. It's going to be tough; he's a tough kid. But I have every belief in my fighter that he is going to win the fight. John has been training very hard. He's strong right now. He's looking a lot like you would expect John Molina to look, and that bodes well. He's very confident that this is going to be a fight that people are going to be talking about afterwards, and so am I."
"Simply put, John is a very dangerous fighter which translates into havng a television friendly style," promoter Dan Goossen pointed out. "And if he can come out and beat the undefeated Bey in spectacular fashion, I believe it puts him right back into the thick of the world championship pool." Goossen continued, "As for Ennis, this is his opportunity to show he belongs with the other highly regarded super middleweights."
Ennis, who is trained by his father Derek "Bozy" Ennis, will be appearing in his second fight since signing on with Goossen Tutor. He registered a unanimous decision victory over highly regarded veteran Anthony Hanshaw on the ESPN televised Molina-Klimov undercard last month. His only loss was five fights ago by controversial majority decision to 10-0 Alexander Johnson. In going up against the 29-year old Badou, a 2008 Olympian representing Gambia, who knocked out Michael Gbenga on the Mayweather-Robert Guerrero undercard, and traveling west to fight under the big spotlight in Las Vegas on SHOWTIME, the ever-stoic Ennis sees this as nothing more than business as usual.
"It's just another fight. I keep my emotions on an even keel," said Ennis, dubbed "The Quiet Storm" because as his co-manager Eddie Woods says: "When he lets those guns go, it's like thunder and lightning."
Moz Gonzalez, Ennis' other co-manager added, "We're coming out to win, not just as an opponent. They say they are going to use Farah as a steppingstone, but that is what we are planning to use Badou Jack for."
"What motivates me is that winning this fight leads to the next fight; a bigger fight. More money. And just keep on moving up the ladder toward a world title," Ennis explained.
PROVIDENCE - In only one year fighting as a professional, unbeaten Providence super featherweight prospect Toka "T Nice" Kahn-Clary's (6-0, 5 KOs), has left a patch of destruction in his wake, crisscrossing the country on his journey.
Last Friday night in his first scheduled six-round bout, the 21-year-old native of Liberia annihilated newly crowned Texas State lightweight champion Pedro Pablo Torres (7-6-2, 5 KOs), dropping him three times en route to another impressive victory by second-round technical knockout, on the non-televised portion of the Top Rank-promoted ESPN Friday Night Fights card at Texas Station Casino in Las Vegas.
In seven pro fights, including a "no contest" due to a cut he suffered, Kahn-Clary has dropped his opponents a total of 16 times, peaked by six knockdowns in his last two fights.
"Good conditioning is part of it," he spoke about his increased power, "but (head trainer) Peter (Manfredo, Sr.) has worked hard with me on sitting on my punches. You don't want your opponent walking through your punches, so you need to punch effectively to keep him back. I didn't think I'd knock this guy (Torres) out but, when I touched him in the first round, I knew I could take him out and that's what I did in the second.
"I feel like I'm improving. I get good sparring at Manfredo's Gym and also with Luis Rosa in New Haven. I have to thank him and his family for being so helpful. Making weight is never a problem for me. I'm always on weight because I think it's my responsibility as a professional and not making weight would embarrass me and my coach. I've had a lot of fights and that's good, but I'd fight every week if I could. I want my name to be recognized and the only way to do that is to fight often in different places and keep winning impressively. I want to be recognized as a top fighter for me, my trainer and family."
Torres had been stopped only once in 14 previous fights and Kahn-Clary's promoter, Top Rank, matched Torres against Kahn-Clary to give Toka rounds. "They were as surprised as anybody that Toka stopped him so early because they thought the fight would go six rounds," Manfredo explained. "We're going to need rounds (Kahn-Clary has fought only 14 rounds as a pro) as he faces tougher opponents. He's only gone four rounds once and that was after waiting 7 ½ hours in the dressing room in a swing bout.
"Toka hit this kid so solid with a shot in the second round that I was surprised he go up to continue. Toka then jumped on him right away and ended it. He's an accurate puncher with good speed who has good weight distribution. He's really adjusted to the professional style, too. He stopped some guys in the amateurs but that's all about scoring points. Now, he's hitting guys on the chin with smaller gloves. Toka's been working on keeping his feet under him. He's so quick and accurate that all he has to do is let his hands go. He's been throwing harder combinations in his past few fights and everything's been set-up by his jab."
Kahn-Clary, who captured a gold medal at the 2010 U.S. National Golden Gloves Tournament, fights out of the new Manfredo Boxing Sports Fitness gym in Narragansett, Rhode Island.