Detroit-based super flyweight Ja’Rico “Great Lakes King” O’Quinn notched yet another impressive victory last Friday night.
Fighting in the co-main event of a show at the Sound Board in Detroit’s Motor City Casino and Hotel, O’Quinn (11-0-1, 8 KOs) scored a TKO 3 (2:38) over battle tested Mexican veteran Alex Rangel (17-9-4, 11 KOs).
The undefeated O’Quinn, one of Detroit’s best bets to be their next world champion, sent the overwhelmed Rangel to the canvas once in round two and then three more times in the third before the merciful stoppage.
O’Quinn and trainer Chad Jaquillard have been working hard and it shows in the clear improvements in every fight.
His promoter, Dmitriy Salita, says that 23-year-old O’Quinn is ready for a step up to the world level.
“Jarico O’Quinn is extremely impressive. With each fight, he is developing into a world-class professional fighter. This is a weight class is scarce for American talent, but Ja’Rico, throughout his amateur career and now as a pro, is showing that he is one of the best in the world. I believe he is the next in line to bring a world title to the city of Detroit.”
Roy Jones Jr. (RJJ) Boxing Promotions announced today that it has reached an agreement with highly respected announcer Sean Wheelock to handle blow-by-blow responsibilities for all its shows to live stream on UFC FIGHT PASS®.
The inaugural RJJ Boxing on UFC Fight Pass event was January 26, when "Mighty" Aston Palicte (25-2-1, 21 KOs) knocked out Jose "Chiquiro" Martinez (20-1-2, 13 KOs) in the second round to become the mandatory challenger for WBO Junior Bantamweight World Champion and fellow Filipino, Donnie Nietes.
The Jan. 26th show was the first under a new agreement between Palicte's promoter, RJJ Boxing, and UFC FIGHT PASS®, to live stream up to 72 professional boxing events over the next three years.
When building a brand," RJJ Boxing CEO/Co-Founder Keith Veltre said, "it is extremely important to have crucial people to be a part of that brand. When fans tune in the first impression, they see is the commentator. Adding a veteran like Sean Wheelock adds to the credibility and story-line that Roy Jones Jr Boxing is building. Roy and I feel lucky to add such a great asset as Sean."
Known more for his mixed-martial-arts work, Wheelock has commentated numerous boxing matches during his celebrated career, including the last two years for RJJ Boxing, in addition to shows that aired on ESPN Friday Night Fights, CBS Sports Network and Cancun Boxing.
Wheelock also worked as a pro boxing referee and he currently serves as a member of the Kansas Athletic Commission.
"It's an honor to work for RJJ Boxing Promotions as its blow-by-blow commentator for this new game-changing series on UFC FIGHT PASS," Wheelock commented. "Roy is my all-time favorite fighter and his partner, Keith Veltre, is a rising super-star promoter. This also continues my great relationship with UFC FIGHT PASS. It's an absolute dream gig for me."
In addition to RJJ Boxing, Wheelock also commentates on UFC FIGHT PASS for Karate Combat, Quintet Grappling, World Lethwei Championship and M-1 USA MMA.
King's Promotions is pleased to announce that it has entered into co-promotional agreement's with four highly touted undefeated fighters, WBO number-three ranked bantamweight Duke Micah undefeated welterweights Janelson Figueroa Bocachica & Poindexter Knight, Jr. and super lightweight Greg Outlaw.
"I am very excited to sign these future stars in boxing and to be working side by side with Eric Bentley in developing these 4 future champions," said Marshall Kaufffman of King's Promotions.
"Each boxer has their own unique qualities and each one I believe has what it takes to go on to be a World Champion."
"One of the things we've learned now that we've hit our two-year mark as a promotional entity is the importance of working with others. Our biggest successes have come in joint ventures with other promoters and I don't think we've had a better ally than Marshall and Kings Promotions since we started. This is the first step in our company getting its bearings back and making sure we put the fighters first, and this partnership with Kings Promotions will open up a lot of doors to work with various networks and platforms as well as maintain a high activity level. Hopefully this is the start of a much bigger venture together," said Eric Bentley, COO of Real Deal Sports and Entertainment.
Micah of Accra, Ghana has a record of 22-0 with 18 knockouts. The 2012 Olympian is a seven year professional. Micah has climbed the rankings based on wins such as a 3rd round stoppage over previously undefeated Ekow Wilson (14-0) to win the WBO African Bantamweight title; Another stoppage win over Wilson 21 months later; A win over undefeated Matthew Chanda (7-0) to win the Commonwealth Bantamweight title; Jonathan Aguilar (23-4) to win the WBC International Bantamweight title; Jose Gonzalez (23-4) and his last bout which was decision win over Thomas Snow (19-3) on June 9th in Brooklyn.
Bocachica, 20 years-old of Detroit has a record of 13-0 with nine knockouts. Bocachica began boxing at the age of eight, and started winning amateur tournaments such as the 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014 Ringside Championships, 2012 National PAL Championships, and 2015 Detroit Open-class Golden Gloves. He was ranked number one in his division in the United States from 2013 to 2015, and sixth on the 2016 Independent Worldwide Amateur Boxing rankings. Bocachica is a three-year professional, and has wins over Pablo Sanchez (10-2), and his last bout which was a 1st round stoppage over Victor Abreu that took place on January 19th in Puerto Rico.
Knight of Philadelphia, has a record of 6-0 with three knockouts. Knight, of North Philadelphia, won the National Golden Gloves while competing in the middleweight division.
The 23 year-old compiled an amateur record of 45-5 with 15 knockouts, and before winning the National Golden Gloves, was a two-time Pennsylvania State Golden Gloves winner. He has continued to step up the competition; in his last two bouts he has wins over Gregory Averil Young (4-0) & a 1st round knockout win over Travis Castellon (16-4) on November 9th in Philadelphia.
Outlaw of Bowie, Maryland, has a record of 7-0 with two knockouts. The 25 year-old Outlaw is a four-year professional, who is stepping up with each fight. In his last bout, Outlaw defeated Mack Allsion IV (8-1-1) on December 8th in his hometown of Bowie, Maryland. A former amateur standout, Outlaw has developed a massive following in the DMV-area, a thriving community in the world of boxing.