New York, NY (12/4/14) - On Wednesday night, DiBella Entertainment (DBE) hosted an action-packed Special Edition Broadway Boxing card at NYC's famed B.B. King Blues Club & Grill, sponsored by
Manfredi Auto Group and Everlast, headlined by female boxing sensation
Heather "The Heat" Hardy, known as the "First Lady of DBE", putting on
an impressive performance against a very determined opponent in Salt
Lake City's Elizabeth Anderson. Appearing on the undercard, the trio
from the former Eastern Bloc, Ivan Golub, Ivan Baranchyk and Dauren
Yeleussinov, co-promoted by DiBella Entertainment and Fight Promotions
Inc., all kept their undefeated records intact.
the evening's main event, Hardy challenged the spirited Anderson in an
eight-round junior featherweight bout. Once again, Hardy displayed
vastly improved boxing technique, landing countershots with great
accuracy and bobbing and weaving to avoid returning fire. Anderson,
though, was not deterred, continuing to trade leather no matter how
often and hard she was hit, making for some very exciting rounds. Hardy
wisely threw combinations to the body to slow Anderson down, which
proved the difference during the later rounds. Often, Hardy would bend
at the waist to make Anderson miss then pay with powerful overhand
the conclusion of eight heated rounds, the judges' scores of 79-73, and
78-74 twice, awarded Hardy, now 12-0 (2 KOs), a unanimous decision
victory, while Anderson dropped to 3-6. Hardy, who stayed busy in 2014,
winning all five of her bouts, picked up the WBC International female
super bantamweight title in October. She was also the subject of a
documentary film, titled "HARDY" that was executive produced by Lou
DiBella, which followed her around as she set out on her professional
boxing career, beginning in 2012.
(photo credit: Ed Diller/DiBella Entertainment)
New York Golden Gloves champion and Bronx-native Louis Cruz dominated a
very game Rogelio Casarez, of Batesville, AR, in a six-round junior
welterweight contest. During the first three rounds, Cruz outboxed
Casarez landing combinations behind a consistent jab. However, over the
second half, the resolute Casarez was still exchanging power shots,
forcing Cruz to increase the volume of his offense, with a strong focus
on body punches. In round five, one such shot strayed below the belt,
resulting in a point deduction for Cruz. After six rounds, the judges
tallied 59-54, and 58-55 twice, all for Cruz, now 10-0 (4 KOs), via
unanimous decision. With the loss, Casarez' record fell to 7-3 (3 KOs).
Following a second-place finish at the 2011 National Golden Gloves, the
23-year-old Cruz competed in the 2012 US Olympic Trials before turning
pro later that same year.
25-year-old Ukrainian middleweight southpaw Ivan Golub needed just 47
seconds to demolish Joshua Williams, of Batesville, AR. Golub began
throwing in combination and blasting the body and head with his straight
left. It was that shot thrown to the temple that twice sent Williams to
the mat resulting in the stoppage victory for Golub, who is now 4-0 (3
KOs). The loss brought Williams' record to 9-6 (5 KOs). Golub amassed an
astonishing record of 270-32 during his amateur career. He became a
five-time Ukrainian National champion, and won bronze medals at the
Junior World Championships in 2006 as well as at the World Championships
in 2009. He also participated in the World Series of Boxing, winning
all five of his bouts.
undercard also featured a rematch between undefeated DiBella
Entertainment-promoted middleweight prospect Paul Littleton and Lamar
Harris, in a six-round contest. The two engaged in a captivating battle
that ended in a disputed draw, on September 13, that many felt Littleton
deserved to win, in Saint Charles, MO, near Harris' hometown of St.
Louis. The 28-year-old Littleton, originally from Chicago and now living
in Miami, FL, trained by Melvin "Chico" Rivas, began backing Harris up
right away with a stiff jab and hooks to the body. Harris threw a few
wild shots attempting to fend off the attack, but much of his offense
missed the target. Trapping his opponent against the ropes, Littleton
threw a series of combinations to upstairs and down until Harris fell
the canvas in a heap. Seeing that Harris was badly hurt and in no
condition to beat the count, the referee waved off the contest at 2:20
of the opening stanza, bringing Harris' record to 8-11-4 (4 KOs). After
winning the Chicago Golden Gloves three times while accruing an amateur
record of 85-20, Littleton, now 10-0-2 (6 KOs), turned pro in December
2011. He has since beaten three undefeated prospects, including the 7-0
Roberto Acevedo. In June 2014, Littleton signed an exclusive promotional
agreement with DiBella Entertainment and the rematch against Harris was
his third under the DBE banner.
Belarusian-native junior welterweight Ivan Baranchyk stepped back into the ring less
than three weeks after his professional debut, taking on Alfonso
Olvera, of Tucson, AZ. Baranchyk, a short but solid all-out brawler,
pressured Olvera from the outset banging away from all angles. In round
two, Baranchyk threw a barrage of punches upstairs until his adversary
hit the canvas. A second trip to the mat that frame was ruled a slip.
The cagey Olvera survived the knockdown and managed to make it to the
final bell of the four-round contest, but was outworked throughout. All
three scorecards read 39-37 in favor or Baranchyk, who improved to 2-0
(1 KO), while Olvera suffered his first defeat, dropping to 1-1 (1 KO).
As an amateur, Baranchyk won gold at the 2010 Class A Vilnuse
tournament, 2011 and 2013 Match Event tournament, 2011 Kostukovichi
International tournament, 2011 and 2012 Soligorsk Open International
tournament, 2012 Class A Liventsev tournament, 2013 Active Military
tournament, 2013 Republic of Belarus Open Cup, 2014 Vitebsk University
tournament in Belarus, and was an amateur champion of Belarus from
his pro debut, Kazakhstan's 28-year-old southpaw Dauren Yeleussinov
charged out of his corner searching for openings to land his powerful
left hand against Biloxi, Mississippi's Anthony Madden. Bringing down
Madden's guard with shots to the body, Yeleussinov threw an overhand
left to drop his foe hard early in round one. Madden arose but was
felled again by the same shot prompting the referee to halt the bout at
1:56 of the very first round, awarding Yeleussinov a TKO victory.
Madden's record is now 1-7-1 (1 KO). Yeleussinov had an extensive
amateur career that saw him compile a 397-23 record, with more than 100
knockouts. He is a four-time National champion for Kazakhstan and has
won gold twice at the Universiade Championships as well as at the
National Junior Championships.
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