This past Saturday at the Alamodome, in San Antonio, TX, super-welterweight prospect, Daniel "The Beast" Baiz (10-1, 5 KOs), scored a victory against Yunier Calzada (6-2-1, 1 KO), in a hard fought 4-round slugfest. Managed by Prince Ranch Boxing's Greg Hannley, Baiz showed his hometown fans why he is must watch boxing.
Toe-to-toe action commenced from the opening bell as both Biaz and his opponent Calzada, went right at each other. Biaz, a southpaw, was throwing hard punches, landing his signature straight left throughout the entire fight, in addition to his powerful right hooks. Calzada, stood his ground, but was getting beat to the punch. Calzada had his moments, but was outworked by Biaz, who was determined to come out victorious in front of his hometown fans. The fight was fought in a phone-booth for four rounds and the fans were thrilled to see these two warriors go at it. At the end, Biaz came out on top as the score cards read 39-37 twice, and 40-36, all in favor of Daniel.
"I'm just wanted to give my hometown fans a great show." said Daniel Baiz, "This was my first time fighting at the Alamodome and it was a great experience. Calzada was a very tough opponent but I wasn't going to be denied in front of all my family and friends. I know with hard work, I can put myself in a great position to land a big fight.'
"Daniel is a hungry fighter who works hard in the gym." manager Greg Hannley stated, "I know he's going to be a tough out for anyone who steps in the ring with him. He's learned a lot since suffering his first loss a couple of fights ago. He's always in great shape and I know with a few more fights, he'll be ready to step up in competition. He's one of the most crowd-pleasing fighters I know and he has the heart of a champion. In this fight he showed why he's so poplar to all those who've seen him fight...he's truly a beast."
This Friday night, undefeated bantamweight Christian Carto will headline a 10-bout card when he takes on his toughest foe to date in Alonso Melendez at The 2300 Arena in Philadelphia.
The card is promoted by King's Promotions.
Carto (11-0, 11 KOs) of Philadelphia has developed into one of the top prospects in the Philadelphia region and combined with his growing fan base, Carto has become a must-see attraction.
"Everything has gone great in camp. I feel really good for Friday," said Carto.
In Melendez, he is fighting a tough fighter from Mexico who sports an impressive mark of 14-1 with 12 knockouts.
"I have seen a few videos of him, and I know he is a southpaw. He is a good fighter, and on paper it looks like he is my toughest fight, but I can tell you for sure after the fight."
Ever since he was an amateur, Carto has been a popular fighter, drawing large crowds, but since becoming a professional, Carto is starting to build into an attraction, where he is starting to acquire more and more fans with each fight.
"I am starting to notice that my fan base is growing. That makes me feel good that people want to come out and see me fight."
This being his 12th fight in 14 months, Carto has kept a busy schedule, and should everything go well on Friday night, Carto could see more action as 2017 closes out.
"I definitely want to get one more for sure and possibly two more fights before the year ends, but first things first is Friday and it's going to be a good night of boxing."
Two fights scheduled for the Eleven Sports broadcast will pit
Carlos Rosario (7-2, 4 KOs) of Pennsuaken, New Jersey and Jerome Conquest (8-2, 1 KO) of Philadelphia will meet in a highly anticipated eight-round lightweight bout.
Mykal Fox (14-0, 4 Kos) of Forestville, MD will take on Marlon Aguas (9-1, 4 KOs) of Quioto Ecuador in a eight-round welterweight bout.
In six-round bouts:
Maynard Allison (9-1, 6 KOs) of Philadelphia meets Juan Rodriguez (7-7-1, 5 Kos) of Haymarket, Virginia in a junior lightweight bout.
David Gonzales (8-2-2, 2 KOs) of Philadelphia battles Darius Ervin (4-1) of Los Angeles in a super lightweight bout.
Erik Spring (9-1-2, 1 KO) of Reading, PA will fight Anthony Prescott (6-7-2, 2 KOs) of Cherry Hill, NJ in a super welterweight fight.
In four-round bouts:
Brandon Robinson (6-1, 5 KO's) of Upper Darby, PA battles George Sheppard (1-2) of Norfolk, VA in a super middleweight bout.
Robert Irizarry (3-1-1) of Cherry Hill, NJ fights Bryan Perez (2-7-1, 1KO) of Carolina, Puerto Rico in a super featherweight fight.
Rasheed Johnson (1-1) of Philadelphia battles Demetrius Williams (1-3) of Philadelphia in a welterweight tussle.
Amir Shabazz (4-1) of Philadelphia will square off with Alan Lawrence (1-0, 1 KO) of Newark, NJ in a light heavyweight bout.
The first bout begins at 7 PM ET and the broadcast will begin at 9 PM ET.
Tickets for this great night of boxing can be purchased at www.2300arena.com for $100, $75 and $50
St. Louis, MO: It has been a little over a year and a half since Vaughn "The Animal" Alexander (10-0, 7 KOs) was released from prison after serving more than a decade behind bars. During that time, his daughter was born, he signed a promotional contract with Main Events, he hired his long-time friend, George Jakovic, as his manager and he made his television debut on HBO Latino Boxing in April. Throughout all of these changes, Vaughn has remained focused on leaving his old life behind him and tirelessly pushing towards his goal of becoming a world champion, like his younger brother Devon Alexander (former IBF Welterweight World Champion).
The next hurdle in Vaughn's path to dominance is former world title contender and New Haven native Elvin Ayala (29-9-1, 13 KOs). The two are slated to face each other in a ten-round middleweight battle as the main event on the Thursday, October 5 installment of the Mohegan Sun's Rising Stars Boxing Series at the Arena at Mohegan Sun Resort and Casino. Ayala has been in the ring with some of the division's toughest opposition, including his IBF World Title fight against Arthur Abraham, former IBF Middleweight World Champion David Lemieux, Curtis Stevens, Sergio Mora, Sergiy Derevyachenko and Derrick Findley, so this fight is Vaughn's biggest test in the ring since his return to boxing last year. Since then, he is 5-0 with three KOs, but against Ayala, Vaughn will be facing an opponent who brings world champion level experience and hometown crowd support with him.
Vaughn, however, is intensely confident and did not seem fazed when he said, "I respect him. He gets in the ring and he put his life on the line but that's where it stops. He's not intimidating to me because I've been doing this since I was eight years old. I've been around the best of them. Honestly, this is just another fight for me. There's nothing special about him that don't give me any type of problems or anything like that. I'm just looking to go ahead and take care of business. This definitely isn't going the distance. I promise you that!"
According to Jakovic, Vaughn has settled into his new life with ease and is ready for whatever challenges come his way. He said, "His day-to-day is his family and boxing. Boxing is his full-time job and he takes it extremely seriously. He makes sure he gets his rest. He's a family man but his dedication to training is just amazing. I've been around. I've seen hundreds of boxers train. His intensity and his dedication and his love and that's what I think is different from a lot of people. You have to be a special kind of person to fight and he has a passion for it. It shows every time he's fighting. It's going to show on October 5th."
When asked about all the changes in his life Vaughn replied, "I deal with things one day at a time. One thing about me is that when a situation arises, I handle it. After doing 11 years of my life in prison, I signed with Main Events and now I'm able to build on it and get my shot again. You can't allow things to get the best of you. That's just me, that's just been me my whole life. Even with everything on my plate, it's a blessing to even be back here to fight, to even have responsibilities that I can deal with."
Vaughn's intense confidence leads him to believe that not only will he be victorious against Ayala on Oct. 5 but he will also win over Ayala's hometown fans. He added, "I'm very charismatic. From my entrance to me getting in the ring; I am poised in any situation. I'm in his backyard. I'm fighting him where he's from. I'm going to be in control like I always do. I was built for these situations. It doesn't make no difference where I fight at. If it's in a backyard or if it's in Vegas, then I just fought in a duel. It doesn't make no difference where I fight at. The result is going to be the same. They are going to be raising my hand."
About October 5: The Mohegan Sun's Rising Stars Boxing Series hosts its third installment with a rare Thursday Night edition at the Arena at Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Connecticut. The Main Event features a ten-round middleweight match-up between Rising Stars' staple Vaughn Alexander and former middleweight title contender Elvin Ayala. The series is presented by Mohegan Sun and Main Events and feature boxing prospects from New England and around the world. Tickets start at $40 and are available now through Ticketmaster and the Mohegan Sun box office.