The Late Teofilo Stevenson Reflects On His Life In Boxing

Three time Olympic gold medal champion, and one of the greatest boxers amateur or professional that ever lived, Teofilo Stevenson reflects on his life in boxing.

1972 Munich Games(Gold)
1976 Montreal Games(Gold)
1980 Moscow Games (Gold)
Pan American Games
1971 Bronze
1975 Gold
1979 Gold
World Championships
1974 Gold
1978 Gold
1986 Gold
Central America and Caribbean Championships
1970 Gold
1971 Gold
1972 Gold
1973 Gold
1974 Gold
1977 Gold
North American Championships
1983 Bronze
Friendship Games
1984 Gold


1984 bout against Alex Garcia

John Riel “Quadro Alas” Casimero Plans On Ruining Naoya “The Monster” Inoue’s Las Vegas Debut

WBO bantamweight champion John Riel “Quadro Alas” [Four Aces] Casimero (29-4, 20 KO’s) will face WBA/IBF champion Naoya “The Monster” Inoue (19-0, 16 KO’s) at The Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada on April 25, and he plans on teaching “The Monster” that “Four Aces” is a hard hand to beat.

Although he is promoted by Manny Pacquiao’s MP Promotions and has won world titles in 3 divisions (light-flyweight, flyweight, and bantamweight), Casimero is relatively unknown in the United States and is currently a 7-2 underdog against Inoue, according to Las Vegas oddsmaker reports.

Recently signed to Top Rank,the power punching Inoue is coming into the bout with all the hype and is considered one of the top ten, pound for pound best boxers in the world currently, but Casimero isn’t intimidated in the least. In fact, it was Casimero who called out Inoue in November of 2019, immediately after he demolished Zolani Tete in three rounds, shouting, “Come on Inoue, come on Monster, fight me!”

But although his “Four Aces” fight name might suggest a gambler’s recklessness, Casimero has been very calculated in his preparation for his bantamweight unification bout, keeping his regular team of coaches in Lucas Sugar Ting, Nonoy Neri, and Jason Casimero, while also enlisting the help of sports science expert Angel Memo Heredia Hernandez along with doctorates of boxing science Pedro Roque and Pedro Diaz.

Casimero is well into training camp for the Inoue bout, but he agreed to answer a few questions by telephone interview, in a Clutch City Boxing exclusive:

Why do you feel confident you can beat Inoue? I’m confident because I have been given by God excellent boxing talent and I’m training smartly under qualified boxing coaches Lucas Sugar Ting, Nonoy Neri, Jason Casimero, and my conditioning coach, the living legend Angel Memo Heredia Hernandez.

What difference do you feel it has made for you by working with Angel Memo Heredia Hernandez, Pedro Roque and Pedro Diaz? Coach Memo makes me snappy and have endurance and stamina. Coach Memo is very strict but enjoyable during our hard workouts. He also helps me with nutrition, including the best vitamins and minerals. I want to take this time to thank Cuban coaches Pedro Roque and Pedro Diaz, who have helped me learn boxing fundamentals at their best, amounting to the additional knowledge that has laid a foundation for me to use going into the last six weeks of my preparation for this fight, to ensure success.

Do you predict you will win by knockout or decision? I wanna win against Inoue period. A knockout win would be sweet, while a unanimous decision victory will also be okay.

Do you have any message for your fans in The Philippines? To all Filipino boxing fans all over the world, please support Team John Riel “Quadro Alas” Casimero versus Naoya Inoue. Please watch this very tough fight on April 25, 2021 at Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. I will fight Inoue with everything I have to make all Filipinos proud, so please pray to God for our success!

“They wanna fight easy fights, but then when it comes to the tough fights, they can’t win them because they don’t have the experience.” Melvin Dennis

Melvin Dennis was known as one of the toughest boxers in the world in his time and he is currently one of the most knowledgeable coaches in the world today. Well versed and schooled in the science and art of boxing as well as the business of boxing, Mr. Dennis is a virtual living encyclopedia in the sweet science.

In an exclusive Clutch City Boxing interview, he shared his opinion on the the difference between fighters in his day and most fighters in the current world of boxing.

” The biggest difference is, in boxing nowadays, everybody is trying to jockey for a win for their fighters. They don’t wanna fight the best, they don’t wanna fight ones that are in their league, they wanna fight guys with one leg, one arm. They wanna fight easy fights, but then when it comes to the tough fights, they can’t win them because they don’t have the experience. In my day we didn’t skip over anybody, we fought any and everybody, no matter how good or how bad they were, we fought them, that’s what it was all about.

My trainer and my manager, they had the confidence in me, to put me in any fight. They would come to me and say, “What you think about it?” and I would say, ” I’m ready” and they knew I was ready, so we took em, and we fought em.

A lot of the fights I had I didn’t get the decision, especially overseas. I beat a lot of guys overseas, in different places and other states, I didn’t get the decision but I won the fight”

Crosstown Rivalry Heats Up Between Torres and Evans Before Their March 14 Bout In Channelview, Texas

American Boxing Organization (ABO) Regional Heavyweight Champion, Juan “El Jefe” Torres (5-2-1) will battle Shane Evans (1-0) March 14, 2022 at Herrera’s Tejano Nightclub in Channelview, Texas on the El Tigre Promotions “Tejano Knockout” fight card.

There is some bad blood between the two due to a previous matchup not taking place after both verbally agreed to fight.

Whatever the reasons were for their previous bout not taking place, both men have taken this bout personal and we expect to see fireworks on March 14!


1970 USA Boxing National Golden Glove Champion (Welterweight) 
Texas State Middleweight Champion 1975
World Ranked Top 10 Contender (Middleweight)

Born and raised in Houston, Texas (Fifth Ward), Melvin Dennis represents a breed of boxer that would fight anyone at anytime, who’s talent and skills were equal to the world champions of his time, even if his management and promotion wasn’t.

Since retiring from the ring in 1981, Mr. Dennis has remained a fixture in boxing gyms all around Houston, sharing his vast knowledge of the science and business of boxing with amateur and professional boxers as a coach, corner-man, and advisor.

Melvin Dennis, Houston, Texas: 1970 USA Boxing National Golden Glove Champion (Welterweight). Texas State Middleweight Champion in 1975, and world ranked, top ten contender from 1973 to 1981.

Exercise Science Expert Shares His Knowledge On How We Can Improve PED Testing In Boxing


Angel Memo Heredia Hernandez is a graduate of Texas A&M’s Exercise Science Program, a former federal witness in The United States and three other countries in reference to the BALCO perjury trials, after admitting to helping elite athletes use performance enhancing drugs (PED’s), a current anti-doping consultant/analyst, and also one of boxing’s strongest advocates for advanced PED testing.

Hernandez is also the owner of Ameuro Elite Nutrition and Fitness, and one of the most sought after strength and conditioning coaches/nutritionists in boxing today. He’s currently in New York with his S&C client Felix Verdejo as Verdejo finishes final preparations for his bout this Saturday January 18th, against Manuel Rey Rojas.

Mr. Hernandez’s past is no secret but in mentioning his past, it also must be said that he did help the federal government as a witness as well as with his expertise on the subject, and he was been an anti-doping advocate for years now. The above mentioned mistakes happened over eleven years ago, and since Hernandez has been involved in boxing, he, nor any of his clients have been suspected of any improper or illegal activities.

As the Owner/Operator of Ameuro Elite Nutrition and Fitness, and strength and conditioning coach to his clients, Hernandez has been using legal techniques based on his mastery and expertise in nutrition and exercise science, for many years now. His clients have gotten great results without PED’s, and this is the reason some of the biggest names in the sport seek his expertise. Hernandez and his clients are also probably some of the most scrutinized in the sport, sometimes unfairly, based on his past and his clients have consistently shown to be drug free, without exception.

Hernandez is probably best known as the person that helped Juan Manuel Marquez finally get a definitive win over Manny Pacquiao, in their fourth and final fight, which took place in December 2012. This is the same fight where Marquez left Manny knocked out, face first on the canvas, incredibly, after suffering a broken nose himself from one of the Filipino’s lightning quick punches.

Because of my personal interests and business dealings in boxing, performance enhancing drugs and drug testing protocols, is a subject that has especially interested me in recent years. As a coach, corner man, and friend to the boxers that I work with, their safety is my number one priority and it concerns me, that in the last ten years in particular, PED’s have seemingly become commonplace from the lowest to the highest levels of the sport.

Due to this strong interest, and my limited knowledge on the subject, I decided to seek out Hernandez, who is one of the most knowledgeable people in the world in reference to PED’s and drug testing protocols.

I contacted Hernandez and asked if he could share his knowledge on these matters, in order to help me, and the average boxing enthusiast better understand why boxing needs better testing protocols. Hernandez graciously agreed to answer my questions while busy attending fight week activities with Verdejo.

Below are my questions and his answers:

What percentage of the champions and top ten, world ranked boxers would you estimate are currently using performance enhancement drugs (PED’s)?

It’s hard to determine the number of boxers that could be possibly cheating. Unfortunately many are taking advantage of weak, inconsistent and incompetent testing techniques. I say unfortunately because there are many professional boxers that are clean and play by the rules, and sadly those are often the boxers that are at a disadvantage. The fighters that are clean, follow the rules, and compete with transparency and integrity, deserve a better drug testing system.

Boxing is a brutal sport that pits two trained and conditioned men against each other to see which man can render his opponent unconscious, injure his opponent up to the point that he can no longer continue, or score more damaging blows. When one of those men is using a performance enhancing drug, he’s putting his opponent’s health and/or life at risk.

What type of drug testing for PED’s is currently used in championship bouts, and what are the details of how these tests are administered?

There are several different tests used with urinary, bio passport markers(blood) and “Olympic Style”random drug testing (blood/urine) being the most common.

Out of the three I just mentioned, Olympic Style is the least commonly used, and is the only effective type of testing. It’s only used when both fighters agree to pay for it, and it is expensive, which is one of the reasons it is not commonly used, and also one of the most used excuses not to use it.

The most commonly used testing practice used by most commissions at the moment, is pre-fight urinary screening with no post fight screening, which is a terrible and irresponsible technique in my opinion.

How is it possible that there are possibly, many top level boxers that are able to use PED’s and consistently get away with it?

The testing is weak, inconsistent, and lacks transparency. There are many PED’s that are hard to detect and the testing, and testing protocols are not keeping up with the advances that the cheaters are making. The lack of consistent, random, hard testing isn’t helping much at all There are also organizations such as VADA, who are also not helping the cause, by structuring their testing in such a way that is easy to get around, and ends up being more for show than anything else. They will get in front of cameras and tell everyone that they are cracking down on cheaters, but then turn around and do little to nothing, that will actually discourage from cheating.

I can tell you from experience that VADA is doing a terrible job as far as protecting the clean athletes, because their testing protocols are unsophisticated and there is no transparency in the results of their testing.

As I mentioned before, the most commonly used testing is pre-fight, urine testing with no post fight testing. This does little too protect the clean athletes because a cheating athlete can take a drug test before his fight and pass, and still take something after he passes the drug test, that will be an illegal advantage. Especially if he or she is a main event fighter that will have plenty of time been physicals etc, and their scheduled bout.

The way the testing is set up now, the random testing and the times used, if used at all, is agreed upon and decided only once an athlete signs the contract to fight.
There are many drugs an athlete can take before they sign up for a fight, that will clear out of a system before the athlete is ever tested, and these trainers and athletes know how long they can use these drugs and still test clean once the testing begins.

In fact, there are many that claim to be clean based on their involvement with The Clean Boxing Program and organizations such as VADA, that are not clean, and who use loopholes in the system to cheat, even while involved with these type of programs and organizations.

What steps can the commissions and sanctioning bodies take in order to improve their testing procedures ?

Obviously, to make things better, testing has to be mandatory as well as random. It can no longer be an option. For example, a fighter that wants to fight for a championship should have to sign up for a full year of random urine and blood sampling, Olympic Style. This is the only way we can be sure they are not “cycling” their drug use in a way that benefits them and their chances of winning, while cheating their clean counterparts.

Also there needs to be consistent cooperation between the state boxing commissions and the sanctioning bodies, because at the present time it seems to me that they rarely, if ever, work together to ensure the safety of the boxers. There should also be testing from the commissions and sanctioning bodies, not just one or the other, and it all needs to be done randomly and as often as possible.

As an advocate for better, more consistent, random, and mandatory testing, I am working on advanced testing protocols that will actually help make things fair again for the clean athletes, and I hope to work with an organization such as USADA, in order to implement these protocols in big states such as Nevada, California, and Texas, and eventually all over the world.

This concluded our interview, Mr. Hernandez stated he would stay in touch and let me know when the proper steps were closer to being made, to improve PED testing protocols.

From The Squared Circle To The Red Carpet: Chuck Walker

1976 USA Boxing Olympic Boxing Team member Chuck Walker visited with the El Tigre Promotions team last night at their annual Christmas party, which also served as a retirement party for “Iron” Alicio Castaneda.

Also present at the event were Alfonso ” El Tigre” Lopez, Chris Stalder and Felix Ramirez of El Tigre Promotions, Gina and Lorena of Pure LG Biz and El Tigre Promotions, American Boxing Organization (ABO) President Juan Curiel, as well as Robin Lane, who came to represent his uncles Roy and Henry Harris.

Walker and Castaneda, along with El Tigre Promotions President Alfonso “El Tigre” Lopez shared the same great trainer, Henry Harris, out of Cut and Shoot, Texas.

ABO President Juan Curiel also used the occasion to present The American Boxing Organization Community Champion Award to Alicio Castaneda for his dedication to the sport of boxing as a competitor in amateur and professional boxing over the years, as well as his work with the local youth as a mentor and boxing coach.

El Tigre Promotions Christmas party/retirement party for Alicio Castaneda. 📸 El Tigre Promotions

Walker spends his time these days between Conroe, Texas and Los Angeles, California, where he and business partner Sam Cable run a movie production company Walker-Cable Productions.

Robin Lane, Alicio Castaneda and Chuck Walker

That historic 1976 USA Boxing Olympic Team brought home five gold medals, one silver and one bronze. The team would later produce five professional world champions including three heavyweight champions and two Hall of Famers.

Although a good argument can be made for the 1984 team, the 76′ team achieved their Olympic accomplishments while also facing the Russian and Cuban teams, which the 84′ team did not, due to the Russian and Cuban teams boycotting the 84 games.

Walker shared many stories from his amateur and professional career throughout dinner and later was also interviewed by Gina Stalder of El Tigre Promotions. During that interview, he covered several topics including safety in boxing, his movie production company, and gave some advice to local Olympic hopefulls and 2020 USA Boxing Olympic Team Trials Champions Virginia “Ginny” Fuchs (112 pounds) and Darius Fulghum (201) pounds.

Chuck Walker interviewed by Gina from El Tigre Promotions. *video courtesy of El Tigre Promotions*

On behalf of Clutch City Boxing, El Tigre Promotions, and Pure LG Biz, we would like to thank Mr. Walker for graciously attending the get together as well as sharing his thoughts and knowledge on amateur and professional boxing.

Alicio Castaneda and ABO President Juan Curiel. 📸 El Tigre Promotions