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Eastern Regional Report- Aug 5, 2011

By Alec Kohut


With the boxing world focused on Kelly Pavlik’s sudden announcement, let’s focus now on what was lost in the mix on the East Coast this week.


Bad Blood Between Tim Coleman and Vernon Paris Before Tonight’s ESPN Bout


Tim Coleman and Vernon Paris have engaged in quite a war of words this week as they get ready to meet at the Chumash Casino tonight on ESPN2. Maxboxing’s own Gabriel Montoya detailed the feud in a great story yesterday:


I spoke to Coleman Thursday and he said he had just been removed from a casino for trying to take a swing at Paris. The bad blood for Coleman goes back to April when an injury forced him out of their first scheduled bout, and Paris questioned his manhood. Since then Coleman has wanted Paris in the ring.


Now I pay little attention to pre-fight hype and the antics that go on before two pugilists lace ‘em up. And ever though I can tell you without a doubt Coleman’s feelings of anger are real, I still don’t think it makes much difference. Given Paris’ history of less than stellar training and lifestyle habits, combined with his lack of quality opposition, I give Coleman a huge edge. Coleman should wear him down, and as Paris starts to gas, which he always does, Coleman should take over. My prediction: Coleman TKO 8.


It is being reported that Mikey Faragon will be part of the ESPN2 telecast against journeyman Ira Terry, who we saw most recently get demolished by Mikey Perez in May. Faragon’s built a solid following in upstate New York, and I hope we can get to see his progress tonight.


Danny Garcia vs. Kendall Holt, Philly vs. Paterson


It looks like this bout will be on the Hopkins/Dawson undercard on October 15th. And is far more intriguing than the main event. Holt has looked sharp in recent performances, while Garcia looked less than stellar in his decision over Nate Campbell in April. In Garcia’s defense, Campbell is not an easy guy to look good against, but Holt is a huge step up for Garcia. If Garcia is ready for the big time, we better see it here.


Antoine Smith and Dannie Williams Slated for Friday Night Fights August 12th


Florida’s Antoine Smith was starting to look like a legitimate prospect last year until Lanardo Tyner stopped him in nine in Atlantic City last July. Given what Tyner has done since then, the loss looks even worse. So next Friday we get a “go or go home” bout on the Deuce. Smith will face Kermit Cintron, who deserves props for getting back in the just a month after losing to Carlos Molina.


Lightweight Dannie Williams will face Mexican Antonio Cervantes on the card. While it’s hardly the fight we hoped to see, since his bout with Francisco Contreras was cancelled this Saturday in Youngstown. It should give us a chance to see if Williams has corrected some of the mistakes he made in his last fight in July in Youngstown against Oscar Cuero.


Seth Mitchell Will Face Mike Mollo In HBO Debut


It’s been finalized; DC heavyweight will be facing Illinois’ Mike Mollo in his HBO debut on August 27th on the Guerrero/Maidana undercard. Of course Mitchell must beat Mollo to be considered serious at all among the heavies, but Mollo might be able to give him some solid rounds, which Mitchell needs desperately.


DC Featherweight Gary Russell Jr. Also Slated for HBO Debut


Gary Russell Jr. has told Maxboxing that he will be making his HBO debut as well on September 3rd, as part of the Berto/Zaveck telecast, against an opponent TBD. Also on the undercard, not sure if televised, will be Aaron Pryor Jr facing Thomas Oosthuizen of South Africa. Is that the same guy that won the British Open last year?


Dusty Harrison and Prize Fight Promotions Split


Right after 17-year old Dusty Harrison improved to 2-0 last Saturday, the decision was made for he and his promoter Prize Fight Promotions to go their separate ways. While the details are not clear, the main factor was the fact that a 17-year old cannot legally enter into a contract, and Prize Fight opted to not invest any more in his development, without a long-term agreement. Trainer/Father Buddy Harrison tells Maxboxing that Dusty should soon be back in the ring nonetheless.


Maurice Byarm Back in Win Column


After a draw in Texas, DC heavyweight Maurice Byarm, 12-0-1 (8), got back to his winning ways with a six-round shutout of Rodricka Ray, 3-5-1 (1). Byarm has good size, good feet, and still pretty rough being somewhat new to the sport, but he one to keep an eye on as he develops.


Joey Eye Hold Fourth Philly Card of 2011


Next Friday, August 12th, Joey Eye Boxing and David Feldman team up for their fourth show this year at Harrah’s Casino in Chester, PA, just south of Philadelphia. Joey is a boxing guy from head to toe and has consistently staged very entertaining shows at this casino and racetrack. If you’re anywhere near the Philly area, these are great nights of local boxing.


Youngstown Fans Still Get Live Boxing This Month


Despite the Pavlik card in Youngstown being cancelled this weekend, fight fans in the Steel Valley still have a great opportunity to take in some live pro boxing. On Saturday, August 13th Light Out Promotions will hold an outdoor card in nearby Struthers at the Bob Cene Park. Local fan favorite lightweight Jake Guiriceo is scheduled to appear as is junior welterweight Miguel Gonzales, who was very impressive in his outing last month against Christopher Fernandez.


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