Spivey Defeats Martinez
 

“Dangerous” Dorin Spivey won a hard fought unanimous decision over Leo Martinez in the August 28 “War At The Shore” main event. MORE

 
Adamek Outworks Grant
 

Tomas "Goral" Adamek (42-1, 27 KOs) won a hard-fought twelve round unanimous decision victory over former world title challenger "Big" Michael Grant MORE

 
Grant to Face Adamek
 

On August 21, Tomasz Adamek will look to keep his successful boxing voyage to the heavyweight division going when he faces Michael Grant... MORE

 
Rahman KOs Miller
 

Former WBC heavyweight champion Hasim Rahman (47-7-2, 38 KOs) scored a fourth round KO over Shannon Miller (16-5, 9 KOs) on Saturday night... MORE

 
Conference Center Brings Boxing Back To Falls With Powerful Lineup 
 

Conference Center Niagara Falls has served the Cataract City well while operating in the shadows of the glitzy Seneca Niagara Casino Events Center. MORE

 
Grant vs. Adamek is Confirmed!
 

X-Cel's own former #1 Heavyweight contender "Big" Michael Grant will face multiple world champion Tomas Adamek on July 23 at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. MORE

 
The Rock Returns!
 

The Rock Returns on June 19 in Niagara Falls, New York, as fomer two-time heavyweight champion Hasim Rahman will face Troy, New York's Shannon Miller. MORE

 
X-Cel Inks Don Orr!
 

X-Cel Worldwide is proud to announce the signing of Canadian Olympian "Donnie Boy" Orr. MORE

 
Byron Mitchell Q & A
 

Former two-time super middleweight champion Byron “Gator” Mitchell (28-5-1, 21 KOs) says he’s feeling “super” in final preparations for his showdown with Otis “Triple OG” Griffin.
MORE

 
84 Olympic Team Reunion Set!
 

One of the many exciting highlights of the Friday, May 7, "Hassle at the Castle" boxing benefit gala will be a partial reunion of the legendary 1984 Olympic Boxing Team. MORE

 
Hassle at the Castle!
 

Very special professional boxing benefit gala to be held May 7 at Oheka Castle in Huntington, New York. MORE

 
Spivey Steals Show!
 

Unbeaten Buffalo super featherweight Guillermo Sanchez and veteran Dorin Spivey stole the show. MORE

 
Casal to Face Fernandez
 

Promoter Nick Garone and his X-Cel Worldwide have announced most of the opponents for their November 6 “Road to Redemption” event. MORE

 
Casal Heads Full Card
 

The main event features Nick Casal (19-4-1, 15 knockouts) against Christopher Fernandez (18-7-1, 11 KOs)
MORE

 
Byron Mitchell Q & A
 

Former two-time WBA super middleweight champion Byron Mitchell takes on former light heavyweight title challenger David Telesco Wednesday
MORE

Mitchell to Face Telesco
 

Byron “Gator” Mitchell has signed to face former #1 contender David Telesco on October 21 in New York.
MORE

 
Casal Signs with X-Cel
 

Niagara Falls boxer Nick Casal has signed a promotional agreement with Nick Garone of XCel Worldwide Promotions.
MORE

 
 
Major - Clark No Contest
 

The NABA lightweight title fight between Meacher Major and Michael Clark ended suddenly and controversially Friday night in Buffalo, NY. MORE

 
Major to Face Clark for NABA Belt
 

Promoter Nick Garone and X-Cel Worldwide have put together an enticing championship bout for their “Buffalo Beatdown” show on June 19. MORE

 
Mitchell Undeterred by Loss
 

Former two-time world champion Byron “Gator” Mitchell says his comeback won’t be derailed by one setback. MORE

 
Full Report: Mitchell-Walters
 
Former super middleweight champion Byron Mitchell scored an impressive win Friday night in Buffalo, NY on a card promoted by X-Cel Worldwide. MORE
 
X-Cel Worldwide Presents:
The Return of Buffalo Boxing!
 
Two-time former champion Byron "Slama from Bama" Mitchell takes on Zach "Jungle Boy" Walters for NABA-US Light Heavyweight title. MORE
 
Boxing Promoter Donating
to Crash Vctims
 
Boxing promoter Nick Garone of X-Cel Worldwide has announced he will donate $1 from every ticket sold to the families of the 49 passengers killed in the crash of a Continental Flight 3407 near Buffalo. MORE
 
Press Conference/Weigh-In Alert:
 
Promoter Nick Garone of X-Cel Worldwide, Byron “Slama from Bama” Mitchell, Zach “Jungle Boy” Walters, “Italian Hit Man” Paul Marinaccio and other local fighters.
MORE
 
Marinaccio Loses Decision to Grant
 

There was no stunner, no triumphant home return punctuated with a championship-belt trophy.

Spivey Defeats Martinez

By Chris Perry at ringside

“Dangerous” Dorin Spivey won a hard fought unanimous decision over Leo Martinez in the August 28 “War At The Shore” main event at the Virginia Beach Convention Center in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Both fighters went toe-to-toe for ten rounds. Martinez (15-14, 7 KOs) was very busy and pressured Spivey (38-6, 29 KOs) throughout the bout with a straight forward, in-your-face attack. Spivey, however, scored two standing eight counts in the first round and landed the more effective blows throughout to win the contest. The judges score cards read 95-92, 98-90 and 95-94.

In the featured supporting bouts of the show promoted by Nick Garone of X-Cel Worldwide and Daryl DeCroix of Daryl DeCroix Promotions, junior lightweight Meacher Major “Pain” (18-4-1, 14 KOs) defeated Jamar Saunders (5-7-1, 2 KOs) by TKO when the bout was waved off before the start of the fourth round due to a sever cut over Saunders’ right eye and MMA star Antwain “The Juggernaut” Britt won his professional boxing debut knocking out Antonio King (0-1, 0 KOs) forty-nine seconds into round one.

 

Q&A: Dorin Spivey

Photos and report by Chris Perry

 

“Dangerous” Dorin Spivey returns to action in front of his hometown fans in the featured bout of the August 28 “War At The Shore” event promoted by Nick Garone of X-Cel Worldwide and Daryl DeCroix of Daryl DeCroix Promotions at the Virginia Beach Convention Center in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Spivey (37-6, 29 KOs) challenges Chicago, Illinois, based fighter Leo Martinez (15-13, 7 KOs) in the 10-round main event of the card that also features world ranked lightweight Meacher Major “Pain” and mixed martial arts star Antwain “The Juggernaut” Britt making his professional boxing debut.

 

Spivey, 37, has won his last two fights. Last year he defeated Major to capture the NABA lightweight championship and in April he earned a hard fought victory over Tyrell Samuel. Spivey was unable to retain his title, however, due to entering the contest over the lightweight limit.

 

Fightnews spoke with Spivey on August 18 during a day of training at the Bushido Mixed Martial Arts Academy in Portsmouth, Virginia. He talked about training, his weight and the “War At The Shore”. MORE
 

Adamek Outworks Grant!
Wins Tough 12 Round Decision...

August 21, 2010 - Prudential Center, Newark, NJ Ringside
Report: Kurt Wolfheimer at Ringside
Photo: Ed Mulholland

Before a raucous crowd of enthusiastic Polish fans at the Prudential Center in Newark New Jersey, Tomas "Goral" Adamek (42-1, 27 KOs) won a hard-fought twelve round unanimous decision victory over former world title challenger "Big" Michael Grant to retain the IBF International belt and to capture the vacant NABO heavyweight title.

The bout wasn't necessarily about the titles, but more to prove to the world that the six foot one and a half inch tall Adamek could stay in there and swap punches with a big heavyweight similar to the height of the Klitschko brothers and Grant was a good "measuring stick" at six foot seven inches. MORE

 

Grant: Adamek Will Run


By Karl Freitag

Former light heavyweight and cruiserweight world champion Tomasz Adamek has reeled off some good wins since moving to heavyweight. However Michael Grant, whom he faces August 21 on pay-per-view isn’t impressed.

“Everyone’s talking about how he’s slick and all that,” said Grant today. “I don’t see it! All I can see is that he’ll run around. When he comes against punching power, that man is running… it’s speed, combinations, consistency and pressure that will that will basically lead me to being victorious over Adamek.”

Grant says he’s in tremendous shape. “This camp has been like no other, training with Eddie Mustafa. We have a nice formula working together and this is definitely one of the times I’ve trained the hardest. The only time I trained harder than this was for Lennox Lewis. So this is how I know things are basically lining up for me to be victorious.”

Trainer Eddie Mustafa said he’d rate Grant in the top five in the heavyweight division. “Michael is the bigger man, he’s the harder punching man, he’s got the height, reach… he’s got the good jab… everyone is going to see a different scenario, a very different scenario come the 21st.

“I don’t know what Main Events was looking at when they signed Michael Grant. I think they made one of the biggest mistakes in their history!”

Tomasz Adamek vs. 6’ 7" Michael Grant: Will size matter?

Published: Jun 04 2010 by: Dana Miller

Between Fighters: Adamek vs. Grant

On August 21, 2010, Tomasz Adamek will look to keep his successful boxing voyage to the heavyweight division going when he faces the older, taller and rangier Michael Grant, who is continuing on the comeback trail after being severely knocked out by Dominick Guinn back in 2003.

The fight will take place at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ, where Adamek has had a lot of success winning fights lately, and has enjoyed a large base of support. Adamek will be taking on a hefty challenge in this fight, which will prove whether or not he can deal with the size and long reach of Michael Grant. If Adamek passes the test on August 21, he could be in line for a big fight with David Haye or either one of the Klitschko Brothers, Wladimir or Vitali. MORE

Rahman KOs Miller

By Bob Caico at ringside
Photo: Boxing Bob Newman

Former WBC heavyweight champion Hasim Rahman (47-7-2, 38 KOs) scored a fourth round KO over Shannon Miller (16-5, 9 KOs) on Saturday night at the Niagara Falls Conference Center in Niagara Falls, NY. Miller staggered Rahman with a big right hand in round one, but “The Rock” roared back to drop Miller in rounds one, two, three and four before the bout was halted at 1:37 of round four.

In the co-feature, middleweight John Mackey (12-5-2, 5 KOs) upset previously unbeaten Olympian Donny Orr (15-1, 6 KOs) by majority decision. Scores were 76-76, 77-75, 77-75. MORE

Conference Center Brings Boxing Back To Falls With Powerful Lineup

Fights for limelight with card featuring ex-heavyweight champion Rahman

By Miguel Rodriguez
NEWS SPORTS REPORTER

NIAGARA FALLS—Conference Center Niagara Falls has served the Cataract City well while operating in the shadows of the glitzy Seneca Niagara Casino Events Center.

Sure, big acts usually go to the casino, while the Conference Center has housed gymnastics meets, along with various dancing and cheerleading competitions.

But Saturday, the six-year-old facility known mostly for providing meeting space for business conventions will step out of the casino’s shadow and into the limelight when it is host to what can be considered the area’s biggest boxing show since 2003, when Joe Mesi’s fight in Buffalo was broadcast on HBO.

Boxing: Rahman Answers
Conference Call

By Miguel Rodriguez
NEWS SPORTS REPORTER

NIAGARA FALLS — Conference Center Niagara Falls has served the Cataract City well while operating in the shadows of the glitzy Seneca Niagara Casino Events Center.

But Saturday, the 6-year-old facility known mostly for providing meeting space for business conventions as well as housing gymnastics, dance and cheerleading competitions will step out of the casino's shadow and into the limelight when it is host to the area's biggest boxing show since 2003, when Joe Mesi fought in Buffalo on HBO.

Professional boxing returns here with former two-time world heavyweight champion Hasim "The Rock" Rahman serving as the evening's star attraction during the seven-bout "The Rock Returns" card at the Conference Center.

Rahman (46-7-2, 37 KOs) fights Shannon Miller (16-4, 9 KOs) in the 10-round main event. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; boxing starts at 7:30. MORE

Showtime for "Donnie Boy" Orr

Undefeated Canadian middleweight "Donnie Boy" Orr (15-0, 6 KOs) has waited a long time for a realistic chance at professional boxing glory.

The wait is over.

Having signed with promoter Nick Garone and his X-Cel Worldwide, Orr will be plugged into a successful boxing program in an area sharing a border with a heavily populated area of his homeland. With his personable nature and exciting pressure-fighting ring style, the plan will be to turn the former Olympian into a local favourite then build him into the kinds of big fights experts predicted he would end up in during his days as an outstanding amateur.

Orr will begin his campaign to a world title on Saturday, June 19 at the Niagara Falls Conference Center in Niagara Falls, New York, when he fights in the main supporting bout to the Hasim Rahman vs. Shannon Miller heavyweight main event.

Orr currently lives in Phoenix, Arizona, where he works and trains under Andy Soto at LA Boxing. MORE

Adamek - Grant Fight Confirmed for August 21 at Prudential Center, Newark, New Jersey

Tomasz Adamek, the IBF International Heavyweight and NABO Heavyweight Champion, returns to Newark’s Prudential Center on Saturday, August 21st when he takes on Michael Grant as part of the acclaimed “Brick City Boxing Series.”  Both titles are on the line. A native of Gilowice, Poland, now fighting out of Jersey City, Adamek has drawn record crowds to Newark’s world class venue during the past year and a half.  He returns in August following a successful trip to Ontario, California, where he outclassed highly rated Chris Arreola in front of Arreola’s hometown fans.

Standing a full 6’ 7” with a wingspan of 86”, Grant (46-3, 34 KO's) is, by far, the biggest opponent Adamek (41-1, 27 KO’s) has ever faced as he continues his quest to add the World Heavyweight Championship to his World Light Heavyweight and World Cruiserweight titles.  A former IBC/NABF champ, Grant has been on an 8 bout winning streak since 2003 when he was bested by then undefeated Dominick Guinn. In his last bout on May 7th, Grant scored a first round TKO against Kevin Burnett. MORE

Rahman Charms Niagara Media

Former Heavyweight Champion Hasim “The Rock” Rahman (46-7-2, 37 KOs) kept a big group of assembled local media captivated today, during a press conference at the Niagara Falls Conference Center to announce Rahman’s main event against Troy New York’s Shannon Miller (16-4, 9 KOs) on June 19.

Never short of wit, when informed Miller couldn’t attend because of his job as head of a security firm, Rahman quipped “That’s ok. He’s going to need security when I get through with him.”

“The Rock Returns” is promoted by X-Cel Worldwide in association with The Empire Sports and Entertainment.

The conference was emceed by former #1 heavyweight contender “Baby” Joe Mesi. Also in attendance was Niagara Falls, New York mayor Paul Dyster. MORE

Rahman vs. Miller Headlines in Niagara Falls

On June 19 at the Niagara Falls Conference Center in Niagara Falls, New York, X-Cel Worldwide in association with The Empire Sports and Entertainment will present “The Rock Returns” a night of professional boxing featuring former undisputed and two-time heavyweight world champion Hasim “The Rock” Rahman in the main event and backed up by several of boxing’s most promising local and national prospects.

In just the second fight of his comeback that began in March, Rahman (46-7-2, 37 KOs) will face Troy, New York’s capable Shannon Miller (16-4, 9 KOs) in a fight scheduled for 10 rounds.

Also slated for action are undefeated former Canadian Olympian and recent X-Cel promotional signee Donald “Donnie Boy” Orr (15-0, 6 KOs) in an eight-round tilt, as well as sensational Zambian future star Hastings “Sting” Bwalya (2-0, 2 KOs); and Buffalo, New York’s superb, undefeated light heavyweight Lionel Thompson (2-0, 1 KO) in separate four-round bouts.

“We’ve teamed up with Greg Cohen and The Empire to put on this terrific night of boxing,” revealed X-Cel Worldwide CEO and Founder Nick Garone. “The name Hasim Rahman speaks for itself. He scored the knockout of the decade over Lennox Lewis. We’ve got him taking on a tough guy from New York in the main and then some undefeated kids from nearby and all over the world on the undercard.”

Single-handedly resurrecting a once-flagging local boxing scene, Garone has done five shows in the Buffalo/Niagara area in the last 18 months. “I love doing shows in this area because this area loves boxing!”

Tickets for “The Rock Returns” are available online at championsofboxing.com or by calling 716.278.2195. They are priced at $30, $45 and $65 for ringside, in advance. Special VIP seating is available by calling 631.878.1676. Doors open at 6:30 on fight night and the action starts at 7:30.

Garone Inks “Donnie Boy” Orr to a Promotional Agreement

Nick Garone and X-Cel Worldwide are proud to announce the signing of undefeated middleweight and former Canadian Olympian Donald “Donnie Boy” Orr (15-0, 6 KOs) to a promotional agreement.

“Donnie Orr is a future world champion and we’re delighted he has chosen to join our stable at X-Cel Worldwide,” said a happy Garone. “Niagara Falls (where Garone does many of his shows) is right on the border with his home country of Canada, so we’re sure we’ll see plenty of his countrymen out to support him. Donnie is the kind of tough kid that boxing fans all over the world fall in love with.”

Irish Canadian Donnie Orr had one of the most remarkable amateur careers of any fighter ever to come out of British Columbia, Canada, finishing with a record 137-11. He began training at age nine and went on to win the Emerald Gloves, the Silver Gloves, the Golden Gloves, the Diamond Belt, the BC Provincials, the Road To The Commonwealth Championships, the prestigious Blue and Gold Tournament (and was selected as the tournament’s Best Boxer out of 320 fighters), the Canadian Nationals, and placed fifth at the World Championships as Team Canada’s captain. MORE

Spivey Wins But Loses Title

Photos and story by Chris Perry at ringside

The last time “Dangerous” Dorin Spivey fought at the Norfolk Scope Arena in Norfolk, VA, he had his hometown crowd on their feet with a thrilling victory. Almost eight years later, he did the same. In the main event of the first International Championship Boxing series at the Scope Arena, Spivey (38-5, 29 KOs), from nearby Portsmouth, was impressive winning a unanimous decision victory over tough Baltimore, MD fighter Tyrell “Da Sho Shocka” Samuel (14-4, 6 KOs) with two judges scoring the ten-round fight 100-90 and the third judge scoring the bout 98-92.

Unfortunately Spivey, who was the NABA lightweight champion before the fight, weighed in heavier than the 135 pound limit which meant that he automatically vacated the title and that only Samuel could win championship. Spivey’s extra weight was an issue that threatened the fight up until the time of the main event but both camps ultimately came to an agreement to make the fight happen. MORE

Boxing Royalty to Attend
“Hassle in the Castle”

Very special professional boxing benefit gala to be held May 7 at Oheka Castle in Huntington, New York

On Friday, May 7, 2010, at the incredible Oheka Castle in Huntington, New York, X-Cel Worldwide and promoter Nick Garone, in Association with Bang Productions and the legendary Lou Duva, are proud to present a star-studded professional boxing benefit gala honoring the Shea Megale Trust for SMA and the Elena Melius Foundation.

Much more than an ordinary night at the fights, “Hassle in the Castle” will feature six world-class professional boxing bouts, as well as countless celebrity guests, high-fashion models, and a special tribute to legendary trainer and manager Lou Duva.

In the main event, power punching two-time former Super Middleweight World Champion Byron “Gator” Mitchell (28-5-1, 21 KOs) will face “Next Great Champ” winner Otis “Triple OG” Griffin (21-6-2, 8 KOs) in a 12-round duel for the USBA Light Heavyweight Title. MORE

Spivey Heading Home to Defend
NABA Lightweight Championship

On April 3 at the Norfolk Scope Arena in Norfolk, Virginia, X-Cel Worldwide’s "Dangerous" Dorin Spivey (37-5, 29 KOs) will defend his NABA Lightweight Championship in his home state against Baltimore’s Tyrell Samuel (14-3, 6 KOs).

The 12-round Spivey vs. Samuel bout will serve as the main event on promoter Jack Fulton’s International Championship Boxing Series (ICB) event.

“Dorin is fighting in his home state against a very tough kid and we’re looking forward to another exciting win for him,” said Spivey’s promoter, Nick Garone. “Dorin is still one of the world’s best lightweights and on April 3, he’ll prove it once again.”

For ticket information, call the Scope Box Office at 757-664-6464.

X-Cel Worldwide Signs
"Dangerous" Dorin Spivey

Promoter Nick Garone of X-Cel Worldwide has signed newly crowned NABA Lightweight Champion “Dangerous” Dorin Spivey (36-6, 29 KOs) from Portsmouth, Virginia, to a promotional agreement.

The battle-tested Spivey came into Garone’s radar with his sensational fourth-round stoppage of X-Cel fighter Meacher Major on November 6. “With such an electrifying knockout of a top-rated opponent like Meacher Marjor, Dorin Spivey reminded the boxing world what a formidable force he remains at lightweight,” said Garone of the victory. What impressed me was not just the power he has in his punches, but also the hellacious shots he absorbed to deliver them.”

In a career spanning 16 years, Spivey has gone to war with several top names in the sport and always accounted well for himself. Garone says the acquisition of Spivey means that with some strategic movement, he now has a one-two punch at the world lightweight championship with Spivey and Major. “Dorin has been mostly inactive in the past couple years and he’s been fluctuating his weight all the way up to welterweight at times. He and I have come to an agreement that he’s a lightweight. That’s where his power and his chin are at their most “Dangerous” I’ll be looking to put him and Meacher into the right fights to make them both champions. They’re both very exciting fighters to watch.”

BOXING: Casal takes unanimous decision

By Tim Schmitt
Niagara Gazette

If Friday night’s fight was truly the Road to Redemption for Nick Casal, that road wasn’t glitzy, but it kept the Niagara Falls light welterweight headed in the right direction.

Casal (20-4-1, 15 KOs) struck his opponent early then stayed strong throughout in winning a unanimous decision in an eight-round bout against Chris Fernandez before an announced crowd of 1,800 at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center.

In green trunks with the phrase, “Kid Kayo” at the belt, Fernandez seemed determined to dictate the pace through the first round, but the tactic didn’t work. Casal, instead, cut Fernandez above his left eye before the first round was complete and the Salt Lake City product had a large gash that needed attention between rounds.

“I wasn’t expecting him to throw so many combinations. He threw one punch after another, I’d block one or two, but he kept coming with four or five at a time. I couldn’t handle it,” Fernandez said after. “I fell behind. And it’s his hometown. I knew that.” MORE

Casal strings two wins together

By Miguel Rodriguez
NEWS SPORTS REPORTER

On a night in which several boxers stepped into the ring for potential career-altering bouts at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center, unbeaten Buffalo super featherweight Guillermo Sanchez and veteran Dorin Spivey stole the show while Niagara Falls' Nick Casal proved he's still got plenty of fight left in his body.

Casal went the distance in the main event against an opponent who's fought his share of world-class opponents the past year, earning a unanimous decision over veteran Christopher Fernandez, 79-73, 80-72, 79-73.

Casal (20-4-1) hurt Fernandez (18-8-1) early in the fight but his 33-year-old avoided becoming Casal's 16th knockout victim by preventing the 23-year-old junior welterweight from nailing him with three- and four-punch combinations by holding on — at times for dear life. MORE

Spivey - Major Photo Report

Photo: Bob Caico, Jr.

Photo: Bob Caico, Jr.
By Bob Caico

Veteran Dorin Spivey of Portsmith, VA captured the NABA lightweight title with a fourth round stoppage against Meacher Major of the Bahamas. Spivey (36-6, 29 KOs) dropped Major (16-4-1), twice in round two, the second one just before the bell sounded. Both boxers fought a spirited third round, trading bombs on each other and taking turns shaking the other one up. In the fourth, Spivey unloaded a booming right hand that hurt Major and after a flurry of unanswered punches referee Charlie Fitch rightfully called off the action at :52. For more details and photos click here…

BOXING: Casal will fight Fernandez

By Nate Beutel
Niagara Gazette

NIAGARA FALLS — After more than a month of searching, Nick Casal finally has an opponent for the main event of next month’s Road to Redemption card in Buffalo.

The Niagara Falls boxer will meet Christopher Fernandez of Salt Lake City in an eight-round 140-pound light welterweight bout Nov. 6 at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center.

“I opted to take him because he’s a credible opponent — a step up, a big step up,” Casal said Tuesday after a workout. “He’s only lost to his better opponents.”

Fernandez, 33, owns a record of 18-7-1, including two first-round knockouts in his last two bouts. The 5-foot-9 right-hander is “a brawler,” according to Casal’s father and trainer Ray Casal.

“I’m preparing for a 12-rounder even though it’s only eight rounds because I know this one might last until the later rounds,” the younger Casal said. “That’s why this camp, I’m training morning and evening to build up my endurance." MORE

Casal vs. Fernandez at
Buffalo Niagara Convention Center

Promoter Nick Garone and his X-Cel Worldwide have announced most of the opponents for their November 6 “Road to Redemption” event at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center.

In the main event, hometown hero Nick “Hands of Gold” Casal (19-4-1, 15 KOs) will face Salt Lake City’s Christopher “Kid Kayo” Fernandez (18-7-1, 11 KOs) in an eight-round super lightweight showdown.

Fernandez has had mixed success as he’s stepped up his competition, but recently went the distance with highly rated former junior welterweight champion Paulie Malignaggi.

"The first time Nick fought on one of my shows, it was just to get him back in the ring and back to the winning column. This fight against Fernandez represents the next step in our plans," explained Garone. “He’s a tough kid who’s gone some rounds with some very tough guys and even taken a few 0’s along the way from some undefeated fighters. We think he’s a great choice for the fans and for Nick." MORE

Mitchell Wants Spina/Del Valle Winner

Two-time world champion Byron “Gator” Mitchell (28-5-1, 21 KOs) says he’d like to face the winner of tonight’s Joe Spina vs. Lou Del Valle bout at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, Connecticut.

Still riding high from his two-round annihilation of former world title challenger David Telesco at the Hilton Rye Town Hotel in Rye Brook, New York, Mitchell says he’d like to continue that momentum by turning his guns on the winner of tonight’s match.

“Byron would like the winner of this fight to step up and face him. The winner will obviously be in a good position toward obtaining a shot at a world championship, and that’s our main goal,” said Mitchell’s promoter Nick Garone of X-Cel Worldwide.

Casal to Head Nearly Full Card at
Buffalo Niagara Convention Center

Expects a brawl from Fernandez

By Miguel Rodriguez / News Sports Reporter
Photo by Mark Mulville / Buffalo News

A professional boxing card's matchups are never set in stone until the scheduled fighters show up for the official weigh-in the day before the event, but almost all seven matches for the Nov. 6 card at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center have been set.

The main event features Nick Casal (19-4-1, 15 knockouts) against Christopher Fernandez (18-7-1, 11 KOs) in a junior welterweight showdown that might be a tad dangerous for the 23-year-old Niagara Falls native and his new promoter, Nick Garone.

Fernandez has beaten mostly journeymen and up-and-comers but he has stepped into the ring against two decorated junior welterweights within the past year. Fernandez, of Salt Lake City, was KO'd in three rounds by current WBC light welterweight champ Devon Alexander on Dec. 11 at Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. In April, Fernandez, 33, lost a unanimous eight-round decision to former IBF junior welterweight champion Paul Malignaggi at Foxwoods Resort in Connecticut. MORE

Mitchell Destroys Telesco

Last night at the Hilton Rye Town Hotel in Rye Brook, New York, two-time world champion Byron “Gator” Mitchell’s (28-5-1, 21 KOs) moved one giant step forward in his comeback by devastating former #1 light heavyweight contender David Telesco (30-7-1, 25 KOs) via second-round knockout.

Mitchell floored Telesco with a powerful right at the end of the first round and finished him with a left and a right at 2:01 of the second.

“Byron looked fantastic tonight,” said Mitchell’s promoter Nick Garone of X-Cel Worldwide. “We were using this fight to gauge where he stands and I think the sight of David Telesco going down face first told us everything we need to know. Byron Mitchell is a force at light heavyweight… a very powerful one.”

Q&A: Byron Mitchell

By Bob Caico

Former two-time WBA super middleweight champion Byron Mitchell (27-5-1, 20 KOs) takes on former world light heavyweight title challenger David Telesco (30-6-1, 26 KOs) Wednesday in what should be an entertaining eight-round contest at the Hilton Rye Town Hotel in Rye Brook, NY. Mitchell is looking to rebound from a knockout loss to Beibut Shumenov in May that put a dent on his comeback attempt. The soon to be 36-year old Mitchell wants to get his career back on track and looks forward to competing for a world title again. Fightnews caught up with Mitchell this weekend and spoke to him about the Telesco fight and future plans.

You had two nice wins in your comeback, why take the fight against Shumenov on late notice?

The fight against Shumenov was a risk, but a risk a guy like myself has to take. This guy was ranked in the top 10 with the WBA and only had 9 fights! I wanted to take a fast track into the rating and it backfired. I really feel that if I had the time to train properly and didn’t have to take a 27-hour flight and fight the same night things would have been different. I hope Shumenov beats Campillo in their rematch and maybe he would consider giving me a rematch under fairer terms. MORE

Promoter, Convention Center
reach deal

Casal to headline first of many Buffalo cards

By Miguel Rodriguez
NEWS SPORTS REPORTER

Nick Casal obviously made a good first impression on Nick Garone the last time he fought in Buffalo, so it's understandable the Niagara Falls light welterweight wants to keep looking good for his new promoter.

Casal was among the five Western New York professional boxers who attended a news conference Thursday at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center to promote next month's "Road to Redemption" card at the facility. Casal will fight a still-to-be-determined opponent in the main event of the Nov. 6 seven-fight event at the Convention Center.

Yet, it turns out generating some early buzz for next month's event that will include unbeaten super featherweight Guillermo Sanchez of Buffalo along with former state Golden Gloves champions Lionell Thompson and Excell Holmes of Buffalo was just part of the reason for the media gathering. Garone also announced that his X-Cel Worldwide Promotions company and the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center have entered a three-year agreement to hold at least three boxing shows per year in the facility. MORE

BOXING: Casal set to fight Nov. 6

By Nate Beutel
Niagara Gazette

When Nick Garone was managing fighters, Nick Casal was with Shelly Finkel. When Garone switched to promotion, Casal was with Gary Shaw.

Now with Casal a free agent, Garone swooped right in.

“It seems like in the past we’ve just missed each other,” Garone said by phone Wednesday. “Now we’re finally in a position to work together and help each other out. I’m excited for both sides. I see a lot of potential for this partnership.”

Casal, a Niagara Falls light welterweight, signed a deal with Garone’s company, X-Cel Worldwide, this past weekend. His first fight under contract is set for Nov. 6 at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center. Casal will be the main event.

“I think this is a perfect fit,” Casal said. “I have a good relationship with Nick and he really takes care of his fighters. I really like that he has a blueprint for me. MORE

Hometown Boxers Put on Good Show
Casal Gets TKO Win Over Howard

By Miguel Rodriguez
SPECIAL TO THE BUFFALO NEWS
Photo by James P. McCoy

The "Buffalo Beatdown" boxing card included three Western New Yorkers, and all delighted their fans Friday night by delivering a series of beatdowns at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center.

Buffalo's Excell Holmes and Guillermo Sanchez first got the crowd into a fevered pitch by earning a pair of quick knockout triumphs, while Niagara Falls' Nick Casal sent the estimated 1,700 home happy by closing the five-card event with a thoroughly dominating victory.

Casal, one of the most decorated amateurs to ever come out of Western New York, fought as a pro for the first time in the area and took a good first step toward proving that he still has world-class potential by stopping veteran Shad Howard at 1:30 of the third round. MORE


Mesi Lends Name to
‘Beatdown’ Card

By Miguel Rodriguez
SPECIAL TO THE NEWS


Joe Mesi has insisted for years that Buffalo is a fight town, but now he’s not the only one who shares that belief.

That’s why you’ve probably seen the former No. 1 heavyweight contender starring in a television commercial supporting the upcoming “Buffalo Beatdown” card.

While Mesi has no official affiliation to X-Cel Worldwide Productions — which is promoting the six-fight card Friday night in the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center — there’s a good reason he’s aiding X-Cel President Nick Garone’s quest to attract people to the event that’s scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m.

Buffalo Businesses, Boxing Community Rallying Behind “Buffalo Beatdown”

Promoter Nick Garone of X-Cel Worldwide says he’s proud to be receiving the full support of Buffalo businesses and boxing community for his “Buffalo Beatdown” show on Friday, June 19, at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center.

“This city has been fantastic,” says Garone of the support he’s enjoyed from locals. “People like “Baby” Joe Mesi and Ray Casal (local trainer and father of main event fighter Nick Casal), Jimmy Ralston (local trainer and former top-ranked light heavyweight contender), Don Patterson (local trainer and former fighter) and Juan DeLeon (local trainer/brother of former world champ Carlos DeLeon) have all been fantastic to work with." MORE

Major to Face Clark for NABA Belt

WBA North American Lightweight Championship on the line in Buffalo, New York, on June 19

Promoter Nick Garone and X-Cel Worldwide have put together an enticing championship bout for their “Buffalo Beatdown” show on June 19 at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center in Buffalo, New York.

All-action lightweight Meacher Major “Pain” of the Bahamas will face Columbus, Ohio’s Michael “Cold Blood” Clark (38-5-1, 18 KOs) in a 10-round battle for the vacant NABA Lightweight Championship.

Major turned himself into an instant fan favorite in Buffalo last February by becoming the first man to stop super-durable veteran Kevin Carmody in an exciting shootout. The skilful Clark has been on the cusp of a world title fight in the past and already fought to a draw for the same NABA belt in 2008. MORE
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Tickets Go On Sale on Monday May 18!!!



Full Report: Mitchell-Walters!

By Bob Caico at ringside/Photos Boxing Bob Newman

Former two time super middleweight champion Byron Mitchell scored an impressive win Friday night in Buffalo, NY on a card promoted by X-Cel Worldwide. Mitchell (27-4-1, 20 KOs), now campaigning at light heavyweight, stopped Zach Walters (23-4) of Duluth, MN at the end of the sixth round of a scheduled 12.

Mitchell seemed to tire in the third round and Walters took the opportunity to land some hard shots that shook Mitchell. The Dothen, Alabama resident started to take control in the fourth and landed the more telling blows over the next three rounds. Walters who was bleeding from the mouth was game and was willing to exchange with Mitchell.

Near the end of the sixth round Mitchell landed a hard right that staggered Walters against the ropes that was ruled a knockdown. Between rounds the corner of Walters and the doctor agreed that the fighter could not continue.

Scores were 58-55, 59-54 and 58-55 all for Mitchell at the end of six rounds. With the win, Mitchell claimed the NABA-US Light Heavyweight title and a chance for another world championship in the near future.

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Nick Garone: Pinning Down Success

For over a decade Nick Garone has put his mark on the Boxing world with high quality, exciting events. Starting as a manager, Nick Garone maneuvered his way through the business with skill and tenacity realizing that the next phase would be the promotion side. Working with many television outlets and presenting competitive championship boxing events he has been able to work along side many top names in the business.

X-Cel Worldwide President and CEO Nick Garone has quickly put a chokehold on a reputation as one of professional boxing’s most promising new promoters.

A native of Patchogue, New York, Garone has a Master’s Degree in Communications from Syracuse University where he wrestled on a full scholarship. Among his numerous wrestling distinctions, he was a Division I All-American and an Olympic alternate for the Barcelona Olympic Games in 1992.

By having such accomplishments in a sport so similar to boxing, Garone says he is better able to empathize with his fighters. “I think what helps me relate to these guys is that I was an athlete. I know what it is to run in the morning and to have to lose weight. I was at the top of what I did at one point. Not many people can say that. I’m coming from the athlete’s point of view, but I’m educated as well. I can negotiate for my guys in a very professional way, but I can also relate when they’re frustrated and down. I have a champion’s mentality and that helps me with these guys and gives me the vision of what they’re going through. MORE