The 2019 Houston Golden Gloves came to a conclusion yesterday and open division boxers from 108 pounds to 201+ pounds have earned their way to The Texas State Golden Gloves.
Special recognition goes out to Giovanni Marquez and Oscar Perez, who engaged in an all out war to decide who would represent The Gulf LBC at 141 pounds, with Marquez earning the decision. These two young men fought with elite level skill, determination, grit, and heart for three rounds and had the crowd on their feet for the entire bout. Many in the crowd stated this was the best amateur bout they had seen in a very long time and some said it was the best amateur bout they had ever seen.
Boxers that earned their way to The Texas State Golden Gloves are as follows.
Agustin “Augie” Arellano, who was also known by fight fans as “Tiger Pelon” was a Houston, Texas based middleweight who fought in the professional boxing ranks from 1936 to 1947, compiling a record of 50 wins, 36 loses, and 11 draws.
Augie was also a distinguished combat veteran who served in the United States Army as a Paratrooper, making five combat jumps in three separate invasions, including the Invasion of Normandy in World War II. As accomplished in his military service as he was in the boxing ring, he received a Purple Heart and Silver Star for his efforts while serving his country.
Born in Sombrete, Zacatecas, Mexico, he was billed as a “Mexican fighter” while he competed in the professional ranks, but he actually was raised and lived in Houston, Texas for the majority of his life. It was in Houston that Augie first took an interest in boxing after being bullied as a child. He found a boxing program at a local ‘Boys Club’ and from there competed as an amateur and his early years as a professional. A crowd favorite in his hometown of Houston, Texas, he was nicknamed “Tiger Pelon” due to his ferocious demeanor in the ring.
After establishing himself as a contender in and around the Houston area, he was one of the first in the area to venture to New York, where continued his assault on the middleweight division, facing and holding his own against the best in his division there as well. From there he fought most of his bouts in the The State of New York, as well as the Houston and Gulf Coast areas.
He fought regularly from 1936 until 1942, when he began his military service as a full time soldier. After serving his country and being honorably discharged he returned to the ring in 1946 as a light-heavyweight, and fought until 1947.
He was rarely stopped in his career and most of his loses were by decision, against the better connected contenders in New York. A legitimate contender, he fought many of the best top ten contenders and champions of his time, including Willie McCoy, Sonny Horne, Fred Apostoli, Michele Palermo, Joey Greb, Georgie Abrams, Tami Mauriello, Coley Welch, Artie Levine, Ken Overlin, Jackie “Kid” Berg, Artie Dorell, and James Elder and Lou Schwartz.
IBF Welterweight World Champion, Errol Spence Jr. (24-0, 21 KO’s) of Dallas, Texas is slated to face Four-Division World Champion Mikey Garcia (39-0, 30 KO’s) of Oxnard, California, in the super-fight of 2019. The 12 round bout will take place at The ATT (Dallas Cowboys) Stadium in Arlington, Texas, on March 16, 2019, and will feature two of the best in the boxing business, at the prime of their careers.
Both fighters are well known to be men of action over words and both let their fists do the talking rather than engaging in distasteful behavior, therefore the press conferences have been conducted in a highly professional manner. Both men have been respectful towards their opponent as well as giving recognition to each other for their many accomplishments.
The bout and it’s build up definitely has an old school feel about it, something in the vein of a Hagler vs Leonard, or a James Toney vs Reggie Johnson. The fight doesn’t need any pre-fight drama to have an electric energy, as everyone in the boxing world and even casual boxing observers know, that when two undefeated champions, in the prime of their career fight each other, a possible all-time great bout is destined to take place. Even the fighters are very excited about facing each other, knowing that a win over the other, will mean being mentioned in the same sentence as the greats of the welterweight division. History in the making!
Errol Spence Jr :
“This is something I’ve been waiting for my whole life. I’m focused and prepared for this challenge. It’s gonna be all eyes on me and Mikey in that ring and I can’t wait. I’m happy that someone is challenging me, and I have been looking for an opponent like him. He’s established himself in this sport, and I’m looking for a skillful Mikey Garcia to bring the best out of me on March 16.”
Mikey Garcia :
“It’s a fight that I’ve really wanted, a fight that I asked for, the biggest challenge and biggest fight of my career. Moving up in weight to fight the best champion in the welterweight division,is no easy task, but that’s what I’m prepared to do. That’s the kind of fight that motivates me, the kind of fight that excites me, the fight that is going to bring out the best in me, the fight against Errol Spence. With this fight you have two undefeated fighters, two pound for pound fighters, in their prime, you don’t get that very often in boxing.”
Growing up in Houston, Texas and spending lots of time in it’s boxing gyms, you hear certain names mentioned with reverence when it comes to boxing and all that it entails. Within and between the long hours of time spent in the gym boxers and coaches talk boxing and as young minds often do, the question of “Who’s the best ?” will inevitably come up.
We wanted to know who the best fighters were, the best coaches, the best managers, matchmakers, cut-men, etc and many names were tossed around during those days. One name that always came up when coaches were mentioned was Creed Fountain. Whenever guys had an important professional fight coming up, they usually wanted one of several iconic coaches in town in their corner. Creed Fountain has been one of those guys for the last 45 years and he is still going strong!
I was fortunate enough to be granted a few minutes of Mr. Fountain’s time today at The Plex Performance Center in Stafford, Texas, after he got finished working with former World Champion Erislandy Lara. Mr Fountain was kind and gracious with his time and even suggested we hold our interview in the lobby of the building, so that we would be able to talk without all the background noise of the gym area.
The video of our interview will be below and the transcript of our interview is below the video.
Clutch City Boxing: Sir can you tell us a little about your background and start in boxing?
Creed Fountain: I started a long time ago, back in the 60’s I guess you could say. I was training to be a boxer myself, here in Houston, then I had a car accident and that was the end of that. Then a young boxer at that time named Johnny Baldwin came in. Johnny Baldwin was a bronze medalist and roommate of George Foreman’s in 1968 (Olympics) in Mexico City.
When Johnny came into the city we used to all box and spar with him. After the car wreck I told him, “Man I’m done with boxing” and Johnny said, “No, no, no, no, I want you to train me”. I said, “Man I don’t now nothing about training no fighters”, and he said, “Well we’re gonna learn together”. I said, “Well if that’s what you want, I mean I’m a gym fighter and you are an Olympic fighter, but if you want me to train you, I will”.
So he (Johnny) told his manager Eddie Yates, and Eddie didn’t want me to train him, but Johnny told Eddie, “Look you’re the manager and Creed’s the trainer and that’s the way it’s gonna be”. That’s what got me started in the training business.
Clutch City Boxing: You said you were training to be a boxer yourself before you started training people, who did you train with, or who trained you?
Creed Fountain: Well me and Johnny were working together so Eddie was gonna be my trainer.
Clutch City Boxing: What gym did you guys train at?
Creed Fountain: Oh gosh it was soo long ago, I think it was called Roxy’s Gym, in downtown Houston. It was on the corner of Louisiana and Texas Street, upstairs.
Clutch City Boxing: Who are some of the boxers and clubs that you’ve worked with and around throughout the years?
Creed Fountain: Probably most everybody that came through Houston. I used to work with my boss, Ronnie Shields, I used to be one of his trainers. So I guess all our guys, Reggie Johnson, Bigfoot Martin, Derwin Richards. I’m also a cut-man, you know what my saying was? If your fighter bleeds, call Creed.
So I’ve had the opportunity to work with Juan Diaz, as his cut-man, four time Heavyweight Champion of the World Evander Holyfield, Dominick Guinn, and man it just goes on and on. I’ve practically worked with all the guys from and that came through Houston, most of them.
Clutch City Boxing: I see you’re working with Erislandy Lara now, how about the Charlo twins?
Creed Fountain: Yes I’m working with Lara now, I’m helping out with him, and I’ve also helped worked with the Charlo twins yes. We got a bunch of guys in the gym now that I’m working with.
Clutch City Boxing: In your opinion, what makes a good boxing coach/corner-man?
Creed Fountain: That’s a good question. I would say, just be honest with your fighters, tell them the truth, and make sure they are doing the right thing. I mean a lot of guys go along with a fighter and let him do what he wants to do, you now? You know, if you ain’t doing it right you ain’t doing it right. If you need to do this, you need to do this, to get it right you know? I’m on your side.
Clutch City Boxing: Okay going along those those lines, what difference do you see between boxers today and boxers in your day?
Creed Fountain: There’s a big difference. Boxers of today don’t want to train unless they got a date, most of them. The majority of them, they want to know they have a fight coming up before they do any serious training. Back in my day we went to the gym every day whether we had a fight or not, we just enjoyed going to the gym.
Clutch City Boxing: What do you think makes a good boxer?
Creed Fountain: One that listens. If he listens to the people that are working with him, he should turn out to be a good fighter. And they can’t be lazy, it’s hard work being a boxer.
Clutch City Boxing: What are some of the things a boxer has to have to be successful?
Creed Fountain: A good jab! That’s the most basic thing in boxing, your jab. If you have a good jab, you work behind your jab, you set up everything behind your jab, and everything else will fall in place.
Clutch City Boxing: Who are some of the coaches you’ve worked with throughout the years? Some guys that maybe you’ve learned from and can respect or have respect for what they do, here in town?
Creed Fountain: Well most of them are deceased. There was Al “Potato Pie” Boulden, Tim Goodall, there were a bunch of guys around town. Those guys and also when guys came into town, other coaches like Yank Durham and all them guys, I would learn a lot by listening and watching them. Houston was a fairly decent fight town back in the 60’s and 70’s, a lot of guys came through. A lot of good fighters and coaches. Guys like Dave Zyglewicz, Joe Brown, Mark Tessman, Cleveland “Big Cat” Williams. We had a lot of big fights in town back then and I learned a lot.
Clutch City Boxing: What’s your thoughts on conditioning for a fighter? Do you think he should run every day, 3 or 4 times a week, do you go by feel or? What’s your opinion on that?
Creed Fountain: I ask fighters, I tell them, there are three things in boxing, do you know what they are? Most of them tell me no, they ask what are they? I tell them, Run, Run, and Run. A lot of times you might not have the skill the other guy has, but if you have the condition you can compete with him. That’s our philosophy here, if we can’t beat them in skill, we beat them with conditioning.
Clutch City Boxing: So lots of running, what do you think, like 5 or 6 times a week?
Creed Fountain: Well you pace yourself, you get your pace you wanna run and you do three miles, four miles, however you wanna run. I like outdoor running, a lot of guys they like running on treadmills, but I don’t like that. I like real running, like the old times, out on the road, or on the track, that’s what I like.
Clutch City Boxing: How much gym work do you like your guys to do for a fight? Let’s say a guy is getting ready for a ten round fight, how much sparring should he do?
Creed Fountain: Well it depends, we spar three days a week. We probably start off sparring four rounds, later add to it, go to six, and just kinda keep going up from there. And you take him a full ten rounds of sparring before he gets to fight night. Most guys they do it that way, now an old veteran they aren’t gonna do that. They already know their body and what they can and can’t do, they might spar six or eight rounds. An old veteran that goes twelve rounds, he might spar six or eight rounds. Now these young guys we got, we will take them the full amount of rounds they are going to fight, at least one time in sparring. If they are gonna fight twelve rounds, they are gonna spar twelve rounds, at least once before their fight. With two or three different guys, that way they get a different look throughout that twelve rounds.
Clutch City Boxing: What do you think has made you soo successful throughout the years?
Creed Fountain: Just hard work, coming to the gym, being dependable, being there every day.
Clutch City Boxing: What are some of the things you stress to your boxers? Let’s say you get a guy that is just starting out, or maybe a guy going from amateur boxing to the pros, what would you stress to him?
Creed Fountain: The key to boxing is the jab. If you work behind your jab, everything else will fall into place. I heard Larry Holmes talking one day, saying that coaches don’t teach guys to jab anymore, well we teach our guys to jab.
Clutch City Boxing: Okay one last question. As far as sparring goes, do you believe guys should go easy and work with each other, or kinds go after it? What’s your philosophy on sparring?
Creed Fountain: Well my philosophy is guys need to get in there and work, not to try to kill each other, but work. Now on the other hand sometimes you have a couple of guys get in there and they spar like if they are in a real fight. I will stop them and call them over and tell them, hey guys look, ya’ll are not in a real fight, work with one another, you now?
Clutch City Boxing: So work hard but just working?
Creed Fountain: Yeah work. I mean let him feel it but don’t try to knock him out. Because you know that if you get knocked out in the gym, you won’t be able to fight.
*I then ask him several more questions after I had already told him the last question would be the last* I was just very excited to speak to him and got a little carried away.
Clutch City Boxing: When you are looking at a fighter, what are some of the things you see that let you now you are looking at a good fighter?
Creed Fountain: Well there’s a lot of different things you can look at, the way he keeps his hands up, the way he jabs, the way he moves, his balance, a lot of different things. Also does he listen to his corner when he goes back to his corner? I look at all that.
Clutch City Boxing: Who are some of the guys from back in the days that didn’t maybe make it big in the pros but were really good fighters?
Creed Fountain: Oh gosh there were a lot of guys, Anthony “Wildcat” Wiley, Kent Kneeley, Earl Winbush, Freddie Jackson, Ron Collins, Bigfoot Martin. I mean there’s been a lot of guys that were really good, but just didn’t make it as big for whatever reason.
Creed Fountain: Also when you asked me earlier about guys I’ve worked with, I forgot to mention Frank and Thomas Tate, I can’t leave those guys out. Both were champions, Frank was a gold medalist and a world champion.
Clutch City Boxing: You mentioned Bigfoot Martin, who fought more world and former world champions than most people. How was he able to do that without getting hurt?
Creed Fountain: Well Bigfoot knew how to fight without getting hurt, and he was just a really tough guy in the ring, he could take a good shot. But he fought them all, Larry Holmes, Tim Witherspoon, Bonecrusher Smith, George Foreman, he fought them all!
Clutch City Boxing: Well thank you for your time sir and I appreciate you being so forthcoming with all this information.
Creed Fountain: Thank you, you thought enough of me to come give me a shout out.
Clutch City Boxing: Oh man, your name is heard in gyms all over this town. Maybe not as much now because these young kids don’t know much, but when I was coming up, man I heard you name in gyms all over town. If you came up when I did, and you didn’t know who Creed Fountain was/is, you didn’t do anything in boxing.
Top Rank Boxing’s show on Saturday, February 2, 2019, was a great night of boxing that featured three world title bouts, along with several regional bouts, and was an all action affair.
Held at The Ford Center at The Star, practice area and headquarters of The Dallas Cowboys, the event featured fun for the whole family and quality boxing for boxing purists.
Top Rank used the occasion to showcase their young talent, getting them some seasoning and experience, while Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev, was able to get his WBO Light Heavyweight Title back from Eleider “Storm” Alvarez, in a beautiful boxing display.
Results and ringside notes as follows:
Enriko Gogokhiia (10-0, 5 KO’s) Zugdidi, Georgia vs Vitor Freitas (15-4, 9 KO’s) Salvador, Brazil
Gogokhiia has an aggressive style and constantly comes forward, while Freitas appears to be trying to use his movement and footwork, but seems off balance, especially when throwing his punches. Gogokhiia drops Freitas with a right to the body in first round, Freitas was off balance while retreating when he got hit, but it was a clean knockdown. Gogokhiia takes over the bout and mostly batters Freitas around the ring for all of the second and third rounds.
Winner: Gogo by 3rd round TKO after the referee saves Freitas from further punishment.
Bakhraim Murtazaliev (15-0-1, 12 KO’s) Chelyabinsk, Russia vs Elvin Ayala (29-13-1, 13 KO’s) New Haven, CT
Bakhraim has a strong and classic boxing style while Ayala is looking to use movement. Ayala is bobbing and weaving, landing left hooks at times, but being controlled and kept on the defensive by Bakhraim’s controlled aggression. Ayala stunned and down in the second round, receives a standing eight count. The fight takes a pattern of
bakhraim winning every round, he’s just too young, fast, and strong and although Ayala is occasionally landing sneaky left hooks, it’s not enough to keep Bakhraim off of him.
Winner: Bakhraim by 9th round TKO after knocking Ayala down again and referee stops the bout. Good stoppage.
Ismail Iliev (11-1-1, 3 KO’s) Kara-Bulak,Russia vs Patrick Day (17-2-1, 6 KO’s) Freeport, NY
Day boxing, Iliev stalking, Russian/Mexican style, good evenly matched bout.
Both fighters having success with their respective styles, Pat Day boxing in the Daniel Jacobs style but with less strength and power, but still strong enough to keep Iliev honest.
Iliev is relentless, he just keeps coming and his defense isn’t too bad, while Day is also determined and holding his own.
Great bout, both boxers landing hard punches and both fighting hard, Day stopping and popping while boxing, Iliev moving forward the whole time while fighting aggressively.
At the end of 10 briskly fought rounds Iliev seemed to have slightly edged Day but the judges see it differently, scoring the bout as a unanimous decision for Patrick Day.
Winner: Patrick Day by unanimous decision, and he is the new IBF Intercontinental Super Welterweight Champion.
Jason Sanchez (14-0, 7 KO’s) Albuquerque,NM vs Daniel Olea (13-7-2,5 KO’s) Ixtapa, MX
Sanchez boxes with great technique, very aggressive, without being reckless, and he seemes in full control.
Sanchez sharp with his punches and moes very well in the ring, Olea trying his best but he’s not as well schooled as Sanchez.
Midway thyrough the second round Sanchez knocks down Olea with a perfectly times and thrown, straight right from the guard.
Olea beats the count but is unsteady on his feet, forcing the referee to stop the bout.
Winner: Jason Sanchez by 2nd round TKO.
Janibek Alimkhanuly (5-0, 2 KO’s) Almaty, Kaz vs Steven Martinez (18-5, 13 KO’s) Bronx, NY
Alimkhanuly drops Martinez with shots to head and body in 3rd round, his southpaw style and strength too much for Martinez. Alimkhanuly is aggressive while technically sound, seems to have a solid boxing foundation. Alimkhanuly dominates Martinez for four rounds, hurting him several times, and Martinez’s corner asks the referee to stop the bout in the 5th round. Referee stops the bout in the 5th round at the request of the corner of Martinez.
Winner: Janibek Alimkhanuly by 5th round stoppage.
Isa Chaniev (13-2, 6 KO’s) Nazran,Russia vs Richard Commey (28-2, 25 KO’s) Accra, Ghana
Both fighters come out in the 1st round throwing hard punches, getting right to the point of trying to knock each other out. Commey drops Chaniev with a solid right hand near the end of the 1st round, Chaniev lucky to last the round, wobbling back to his corner at the end of the round. The second round commences and Commey quickly knocks Chaniev down again, this time with a left hook. Chaniev beats the count but is in no condition to continue and Referee Laurence Cole waves the fight off at 39 seconds of the 2nd round
Winner: Commey by 2nd round TKO after blowing Chaniev out in a slugfest, earning him the IBF Lightweight Title
Carmine Tommasone (19-1-5 KO’s) vs Oscar Valdez (25-0, 20 KO’s) Nogales, Mexico
Valdez fighting in his usual style but seems a little rusty as his timing and punch selection seems a little off through the first three rounds. Tommasone moves reasonably well and has a nice jab, but seems to be struggling to keep Valdez from walking him down. Valdez starts to land hard body punches in the 3rd round but Tommasone still trying to box his way into the fight. Valdez drops Tommasone with a nice right hand reaction punch in round 4th and again with a left hook to the body, Tommasone looks to be in trouble. Valdez stalking while landing hard shots through the 5th and 6th rounds,knocking Tommasone down again in the 6th round. Tommasone still game but getting tagged. Early in the 7th Valdez touches Tommasone with a jab then lands a beautiful right uppercut that was perfectly thrown. The referee immediately waves off the fight as Tommasone fought bravely, but got beat up for the most part. Valdez seems to be taking well to having Eddy Reynoso as his new trainer.
Winner: Oscar Valdez by 7th round TKO, as he successfully defends his WBO Featherweight Title.
Diego Magdaleno (31-3, 13 KO’s) Las Vegas, NV vs Teofimo Lopez (12-0-10 KO’s) Brooklyn, New York
In about that pitted the youth, strength, speed, and aggression of Lopez versus the experience and savvy of Magdaleno, Lopez came out a big winner. Both fighters boxed well for the first couple of rounds but the speed and strength of Lopez was evident. After about the third round or so Lopez was in full control and began administering a beat down to Magdaleno. Magdaleno is in no way a soft touch, but Lopez is too strong, fast, and fresh for him and a stoppage seems imminent at the end of the sixth. In the 7th Lopez lands two monster left hooks, dropping Magdaleno down hard and forcing the referee to stop the fight.
Winner: Teofimo Lopez by 7th round TKO, as he retains his NABF, NABA, and USBA Lightweight Titles.
Sergey Kovalev (33-3-2, 28 KO’s) Fort Lauderdale, FL vs Eleider Alvarez (24-1, 12 KO’s) Montreal, Canada
Kovalev gets his title back by out-boxing Alvarez for the entire 12 rounds. Kovalev was on point with his footwork, movement, jab, and combinations, easily outpointing Alvarez and staying out of harms way in the process. Alvarez looked frustrated by his inability to land many clean shots, and resorted to throwing one or two punches at a time, looking for the knockout, while Kovalev nicely mixed his straight lefts and rights, with multi-speed and power combinations to the head and body of Alvarez. Clutch City boxing had the bout scored nine rounds to three for Kovalev and all three judges seemed to agree, scoring the bout as a unanimous decision for Kovalev.
Winner: Sergey Kovalev by 12 round unanimous decision, gaining the WBO Light Heavyweight Title in the process.
Every boxer on the Eleider “Storm” Alvarez vs Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev 2 card, made weight yesterday and are ready for a fantastic night of boxing tonight. The final press conference on Thursday and the weigh-ins on yesterday were held at The Ford Center at The Star, which is part of the newly built ‘megaplaza’ that serves as the headquarters and practice facility for The Dallas Cowboys, that will also host the impressive, Alvarez vs Kovalev 2 fight card.
The card is a stacked one featuring three world title bouts, a regional championship bout and an intercontinental championship bout, with a total of nine bouts of professional boxing for the boxing fans in the Dallas and Frisco, Texas areas to enjoy.
Sergey Kovalev is looking to get back on the winning track after being knocked down three times and stopped in his last fight with Alvarez. If you figure his two loses to Andre Ward into the equation, he’s a man with a lot to prove and it showed in his actions and facial expressions throughout the week. While the WBO Champion Alvarez looked focused and determined, Kovalev has looked distracted and worried, as if the weight of the world was on his shoulders.
Official weights for tonight’s Top Rank Boxing supercard, that will be be shown on ESPN and ESPN+ are as follows:
At the final press conference for the Eleider Alvarez vs Sergey Kovalev rematch, Eleider Alvarez said Sergey Kovalev made a bunch of excuses for losing their last fight. When Crystina Poncher mentioned that Kovalev was winning the fight before he got knocked out and said he just made a mistake but this time would be different, Alvarez stated, “Well if he calls getting knocked down three times an accident, he just may have another accident on Saturday night” .
Alvarez also stated he knows what he did last time to Kovalev was the result of the hard work he and his team did in preparation for Kovalev, and that luck had nothing to do with it.