Lem Satterfield

Boxing After Dark Fighters make weight for title bouts

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NEW YORK — Mexican WBO featherweight beltholder Orlando Salido and Mexican-American challenger Miguel Angel “Mikey” Garcia weighed 126-, and, 125.6-pounds, respectively at Friday afternoon’s weigh-in in the Theatre at Madison Square Garden, site of Saturday night’s HBO-televised clash.

Salido (39-11-2, 27 knockouts) is 16-2, with one no contest in his past 19 fights, and is riding a streak of five consecutive knockout victories into his clash with Garcia (30-0, 26 KOs), who is after his ninth consecutive stoppage win.

Promoted by Top Rank and K2 Promotions, Salido-Garcia  is the main event of a triple-header whose  undercard features rising junior middleweight Gabriel Rosado (21-5, 13 KOs) opposite Kazakhstan-born WBA middleweight titleholder Gennady Golovkin (24-0, 21 KOS), who is in pursuit of his 12th consecutive knockout win.

Golovkin and Rosado weighed 160, and, 159, respectively, while Puerto Rican Roman “Rocky” Martinez (26-1-1, 16 KOs) was at 129 compared to 129.5 for rival and WBO junior lightweight beltholder Juan Carlos Burgos (30-1, 20 KOs) of Mexico.

Also, Canadian welterweight Mikael Zewski (17-0, 13 KOs) and Brandon Hoskins (16-3-1, 8 KOs), of Hannibal, Mo., were 149.5 and 146.5 for a match up that was contracted for 150 pounds or below.

Cruiserweight prospect Isa Akberbayev (10-0, 7 KOs), of Kazakhstan, will pursue his sixth straight knockout against Philadelphia’s Anthony Ferrante (12-4, 7 KOs), who weighed 196 to Akberbayev’s 196.5.

Junior middleweight Glen Tapia (16-0, 9 KOs), of Passaic, N.J., and Ayi Bruce (14-8, 8 KOs), of Albany, N.Y., were each at 153.5, and light heavyweight Sean Monaghan (16-0, 10 KOs), of Long Beach, N.Y.,  was at 177.5 compared to a grossly overweight Roger Cantrell (15-2, 8 KOs), of Puyallup, Wa., who weighed 184.5.

 

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For other fights, super middleweight Ronald Ellis (6-0, 5 KOs), of Miami, weighed 168.5-to-170 for rival Steven Tyner (3-9-2, 2 KOs), of Akron, Oh., and recent Top Rank signee Felix Verdejo came in at 130.5 in pursuit of his second junior lightweight victory against Tomi Archambault (1-3, 1 KO), who weighed 129.5.

A 19-year-old who has also sparred with Martinez, Verdejo debuted with December’s four-round unanimous decision over Leonardo Chavez, who had knocked out his only previous opponent.

 

TAPIA PUTS THE WORK IN

Tapia has sparred with a who’s who of fighters, including the late Vernon Forrest, Manny Pacquiao, Joshua Clottey, Alfredo Angulo.

In preparation for Bruce, Tapia sparred with ex-beltholder Kendall Holt, middleweight prospect Danny Jacobs, former title contender Pawel Wolak and Curtis Stevens.

“That was over the course of two months that I was training with them. It’s been non-stop. It’s always a good thing to be on a card like this,” said Tapia. “I’m from New Jersey, so all of my fans get to come out here. It’s 15 minutes away. I feel like this is going to be a big year for me. I’ve worked really hard, and I feel like I’ll be back in the gym on Tuesday.”

 

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Tapia is managed by Pat Lynch, who handled the late Arturo Gatti,

“Obviously, we don’t like to look ahead, because he’s in a tough fight, but he’s well-prepared. But this is going to be the breakout year for him,” said Lynch.

“We’ll possibly go one more eight-rounder, and then we’re jumping to 10. I think that the exposure will come during the second half of the year, and that’s what we need.”

 

ANDRE WARD TO BE PART OF HBO’S BROADCAST TEAM

RING, WBA and WBC super middleweight champion Andre Ward will be a ringside commentator for Saturday night’s card.

Ward is recovering from successful surgery to repair his injured right shoulder which forced the cancelation of his scheduled March 2 HBO-televised defense against former undisputed middleweight titleholder Kelly Pavlik.

 

THE PURSES OF THE TOP THREE FIGHTS

Golovkin will earn $350,000 to Rosado’s $150,000, while Garcia will pocket $225,000 tto $200.000 for Salido. Martinez and Burgos are taking hom $150,00 and $50,000, respectively, according to ESPN.com’s Dan Rafael.

 

MONAGHAN RETURNS FROM HURRICANE SANDY DISASTER

Monaghan will return to the ring for the first time since Hurricane Sandy damaged and destroyed his property.

“We lost the floor of my house. We lost my car. Fortunately, Thank God, no one was hurt. My wife and I took offf to Puerto Rico for a week because we had no power,” said Monaghan, 31, with his wife, Beverly, and month old son, Sammie, nearby.

“We couldn’t stay there in the cold with my son. We came back, and my gym had lost power. We spent the entire training camp with no heat, so that was a pain in the butt. But we’re back and I’m ready to rumble.”

Monaghan stands to receive an extra $3,000, the amount of half of Cantrell’s purse, since his rival failed to make weight.

“He’s crying the blues, but I didn’t have it easy either. I was on weight because I’m a professional. But the fight’s probably going to happen anyway and he’s gonna get knocked out,” said Monaghan.

“It will mean a lot to me and my fans to get back out, because 90 percent of the business in my area were washed out and people are dying to go out and have a good time. I’m ready to knock somebody out.”

 

FIGHT OFFICIALS

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Referee Steve Smoger will officiate Golovkin-Rosado, whose judges will be John Potoraj, Tom Miller and Glenn Feldman. Benji Estevez will referee Salido Garcia, whose judges are Don Ackerman, Julie Lederman and John Stewart.

The referee for Martinez-Burgos is Eddy Claudio, with judges John Signorelli, Tony Paollilo and Waleska Roldan.

 

Photo by Chris Farina, Top Rank

Lem Satterfield can be reached at lemuel.satterfield@gmail.com

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