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Philadelphia, Penn. --Despite a driving snowstorm, fans packed a sold-out SugarHouse Casino to watch the continued rise of bantamweight Christian Carto, as the 21 year-old remained perfect with a eight-round unanimous decision over James Smith.

The show, which took place this past Friday night was promoted by King's Promotions.

Carto was very sharp with his punches, and controlled the action against a willing opponent in Smith.

Carto used his full arsenal, as he was pinpoint with his jab, accurate with his books and worked the body effectively throughout the contest.

Carto thrilled his throngs of supporters as he constantly was on the offensive, and showed his dominance by cruising to the victory by scores of 80-72 twice and 79-73.

Carto of Philadelphia is now 14-0.  Smith of Detroit is now 12-2.

In the co-feature, Christopher Brooker wrestled the WBF Americas Super Middleweight title with a hard fought eight-round unanimous decision over Jamaal Davis in a battle of Philadelphia-based super middleweights.

Most of the fight was contested at close quarters with Brooker using his size on the inside to get the better of the action.  Davis had moments using his uppercut, but it was Brooker's uppercut and body work that was the difference in the battle.

Brooker won by scores 79-73 twice and 77-75 to raise his mark to 13-5.  Davis 16-13-1.

Anthony Mercardo stopped previously undefeated Tyrone Crawley after Crawley could not continue due to a hand injury after round three of their scheduled eight-round super lightweight bout.

Mercado of Arecibo, PR is now 11-3 with 10 knockouts.  Crawley of Philadelphia is 7-1

Ronny Hale spoiled the professional debut of Dominique Mayfield by scoring a 1st round knockout in the scheduled four-round heavyweight bout.

Hale went right after Mayfield and scored three knockdowns in just 100 seconds.

Hale of Austin TX is 4-11 with all of his coming by knockout

Victor Vazquez needed just one round to stop David Gonzales in their scheduled eight-round super lightweight bout.

Vazquez scored one knockdown before the bout was halted at 1:56.

Vazquez of Yonkers, NY is 10-3 with 4 knockouts.  Gonzales of Philadelphia falls to 8-3-2.

Despite scoring two knockdowns, Jerrod Miner had to settle for a majority draw with Rondarrious Hunter in their four-round super flyweight bout.

Miner took a card 39-35, while two cards read even at 37-37.

Miner of Philadelphia is 1-1-1.  Hunter of Atlanta is 1-2-1.

Lightweight standout William “Babyface” Silva masterfully outclassed ultra-tough Arkansas based Guatemalan Rogelio “El Loco” Casarez to become the NBA World and IBO Continental lightweight champion Saturday, March 3 at Banquet Masters in Clearwater, FL.

Headlining a six bout card promoted by Fire Fist Boxing Promotions that was broadcast live across the world on Fite.tv, Silva was in control throughout the contest.

The Plant City, FL based Brazilian dictated the pace, peppering Casarez with jabs, straight rights, uppercuts and body punches. Casarez, who made multiple attempts to turn the match into a slugfest, repeatedly found himself on the end of Silva’s crisp punches. Casarez bled heavily from a cut that literally soaked the ring canvas but displayed tremendous heart and a remarkable chin.

All three judges scored the bout 100-90.

“I knew that Casarez was a tough opponent but I knew what I had to do to dictate this fight,” Silva said after his victory. “I’m pleased with my performance and want to fight the big boys at 135!”

With the victory, Silva improves to 25-1 with 14 KO’s. Casarez slides to 13-7 (5 KO’s).

Middleweight Antonio “T2” Tarver Jr. impressively overcame a 22 month layoff to down 14 fight veteran Carlos Dixon. Born and raised in Orlando, FL and now fighting out of Tampa, FL, Tarver Jr. quickly took control. After dominating the opening round, Tarver hurt Dixon in the second stanza and teed off until the bout was mercifully stopped.

With the victory, Tarver Jr. improves to 5-0 with 4 of those wins coming by knockout.

Popular cruiserweight Nick “The Showstopped” Iannuzzi of Tampa scored a highlight-reel third round knockout over Arkansas’ Lemarcus “Frieght Train” Tucker. Fighting for the first time in 3 ½ years, Iannuzzi looked to get reacclimated in the squared circle. Moments before the bell sounded to end round one, Iannuzzi dropped Tucker with a hard straight right hand.

In the third, Iannuzzi decked Tucker with another right. The game Tucker made it back to his feet but was in bad shape. Knowing a knockout was imminent, Iannuzzi put Tucker down for good with a massive right hand, sending the crowd into a frenzy.

Iannuzzi improves to 19-4 (11 KO’s) as Tucker falls to 5-4-1 (3 KO’s).

Featherweight Ricky “Cowboy” Tomlinson of Thonotasassa, FL handed Baltimore, MD native Ernest “Lightning Bug” Hall his first defeat in an entertaining four round contest. With a huge group of supporters cheering him on, Tomlinson worked at a fast pace and was the busier fighter. Both fighters connected with clean shots in this action-packed bout but Tomlinson’s consistency earned him the victory by scores of 40-36 twice and 39-37.

Tomlinson ups his record to 6-3-1 with 2 knockouts and Hall slips to 3-1 (1 KO).

In other bouts, Macon, GA’s Rodriguez Cade, 1-1 (1 KO), knocked out Miami, FL’s Joseph White, 0-2-2, in the closing seconds of a four round bout and junior middleweight Ozodbek Aripov of Fort Myers, FL improved to 2-0 after shutting out ultra-game Savanah, GA native Chaklit Ali Redwood, 0-3 over four rounds.

“It was a great evening of boxing and I’d like to thank all the fans who came out or watched on Fite.Tv,” said Jody Caliguire, CEO of Fire Fist Boxing Promotions. “We had knockouts, great action and all around quality boxing. Fire Fist Boxing is just getting started and our plan is to feature top local and international talent.

Fire Fist’s next card takes place Saturday, June 16 at the St. Petersburg Coliseum and will be headlined by a showdown between Connor Coyle and Danny Pastrana for the NBA Intercontinental middleweight title.

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WBC and IBF World Super Middleweight Champion, and two-time US Olympic gold-medal winner, Claressa Shields, appeared with music legend and fellow female superstar Mary J. Blige in a special 60-second short film that aired during Sunday's worldwide broadcast of the 90th Academy Awards.
 
Directed by Dee Rees and sponsored by Walmart, the film was inspired by Walmart delivery boxes and featured Shields and Blige as superheroes.

A world-famous singer, songwriter, record producer, and actress, Blige is a nine-time Grammy Award winner, a three-time Golden Globe nominee and the first woman to receive multiple Academy Award nominations in the same year (for Best Supporting Actress and Best Original Song). She has sold 75 million records worldwide.
 
In addition to being the current unified WBC and IBF World Super Middleweight Champion, Flint, Michigan's Shields won gold at the 2012 and 2016 Olympics, becoming the first American boxer-female or male-to win consecutive medals. In just her first full year as a professional, Shields was named USA Today: Female Fighter of the Year, Yahoo Sports: Female Fighter of the Year, WBAN: Hottest Rising Star and WBAN: Most Inspirational.
 
Shields (5-0, 2 KOs) is currently hard at work, preparing for her next fight in April on SHOWTIME.

Miami, Fla: Little giants take center stage as the spring season continues for “Boxeo Telemundo Ford” this Friday. Former world title challenger Gilberto “El Yaqui” Parra (26-3, 21KO’s) takes on countryman and former world title challenger Saúl “Baby” Juárez (23-7-1, 12KO´s).

The 10 round main event will take place this Friday at the Auditorio Blackberry in Mexico City. The Mexico compratiots will due battle for the vacant WBC light flyweight latino title. The show is presented by Tuto Zabala Jr.´s All Star Boxing Inc and Producciones Deportivas.

Parra has shared the ring with top notch competition including current world champion Donnie Nietes. He is also riding a 7 fight win streak which includes a victory over former world champion Mario“El dragon” Rodriguez. Juárez resume is impressive as well with victories over former world champions Oswaldo Novoa and Adrian Hernandez twice against each fighter. One factor in this matchup could be the ability of Parra of Ciuadad Obregon Sonora, Mexico to adapt to the high altitude of Mexico City for which the local native Juárez is well accustomed to. The fight itself has all the ingredients for a thrilling matchup as it will be the puncher Parra vs boxer Juárez.

Doors open at 7:30 PM, first bell at 8:00 PM. Auditorio Blackberry, Calle Tlaxcala 160, Cuauhtemoc, Hipódromo Condesa, Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico. Tickets are already on sale @ www.ticketmaster.com.mx. The show is presented by Tuto Zabala's Jr., All Star Boxing, Inc in association with Producciones Deportivas.

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