I spoke with the young phenom Tristan Kalkreuth after his win on the Canelo vs Kovalev undercard, and he wanted to make sure to thank his Latino fans for their support. Kalkreuth has a very bright future in boxing, keep your eyes on him!
Juan Manuel Marquez feels there have been too many great Mexican boxers to name one as the best, but named Salvador Sanchez and Ruben Olivares as two who could definitely be called the best, depending on personal preferences and opinions.
On the same night that Golden Boy Boxing decided to delay the Canelo vs Kovalev main event until the Nate Diaz vs Jorge Masvidal fight ended, as well as stream the “BMF Championship” on the MGM Grand big screens, Elie Sechback asked Juan Manuel Marquez who he thinks is boxing’s BMF “Baddest Motherf*****” Champion.
Elie Sechback took a couple of minutes to admire my western wear and give me his opinion on Leonard vs Hagler, DelaHoya vs Trinidad and Spence vs Porter. Thanks again Elie and I’ll be looking out for the video on The Big G’s boxing philosophy on ESNEWS!
Yung Holy was a little disappointed that his opponent wasn’t allowed to fight after he knocked him down, but was still satisfied with his win overall. His pro debut was a very successful one and a great start to his young career. A first round KO in 16 seconds!
Blair “The Flair” Cobbs improved his record to 13-0-1 with 8 KO’s, and wins the NABF Welterweight title in the process. Blair The Flair fought the opening, televised bout on the DAZN streamed Canelo vs Kovalev undercard.
Rising prospect Tristan Kalkreuth notches his third win in and continues to impress. Kalkreuth fought a tough fighter with double his professional experience in a great learning bout. Kalkreuth undoubtedly gained valuable experience from the match and we learned that Kalkreuth is a real fighter that can and will respond when his opponent’s resistance and skill levels increase. Congratulations to the young man on a job well done.
Please enjoy this link to a great article/interview written by Kelsey McCarson for The Sweet Science. The article/interview was written in April 2019, before Regis “Rougarou” Prograis won his WBA 140 pound title in Lafayette, Louisiana.
Regis is set to fight IBF champ Joshua Taylor in London on October 26 for the WBA and IBF titles, as well as the Muhammad Ali trophy in The World Series of Boxing final.
In the interview we get to know a little more about Benton and his background in the sport of boxing, told in his own words. Mentored in boxing by his father Bill Benton along with the late Al “Potato Pie” Boulden, he has become one of the most sought after and savvy trainers in town.
Benton is also known as one of boxing’s good guys, who approaches boxing as his job, while respecting the game and all of it’s constituents.
PTSD Foundation of America/ Camp Hope, Houston, Texas:
WBO World Junior Lightweight Champion Jamel “Semper Fi” Herring and WBO/ NABO Light Heavyweight Champion Alfonso “El Tigre” Lopez were in Houston, Texas on September 26, 2021 supporting military veterans at The PTSD Foundation of America/Camp Hope.
Both champions were very generous with their time, signing autographs, speaking to and taking photos with the veterans at Camp Hope, showing appreciation for the men and women that have sacrificed to serve our country.
Both men are also in preparation for upcoming title bouts.
Herring is set to defend his WBO World Junior Lightweight Title against Lamont Roach on November 9 in Fresno, California on a card that will be shown on ESPN Plus.
Lopez is set to defend his WBO/NABO National and NBA and ABO World Titles as well as challenge for the WBC/NABF Light Heavyweight Title against Tommy “Kryptonite” Karpency on November 16th in Conroe, Texas.
The day was also a special one for the U.S. Marine Corps veteran and 2012 Olympian Herring, as he sacrificed spending time with his wife on their wedding anniversary to attend this event to support his fellow vets that battle PTSD.
In a video interview we did with Herring that was unfortunately cut short due to technical difficulties, Herring expressed the importance of giving back to and sacrificing for others as a part of his job as a world champion and leading by example.
Special thanks to Jamel Herring and his wife for their service and sacrifice on their special day as well as to Alfonso Lopez III, Chris Stalder, Felix Ramirez, and Ron and Lynn Collins of El Tigre Promotions for helping to make this event possible.
A special thanks also to Hosanna Rull / Combat Sports Media for documenting and covering the event. All photos are courtesy of Hosanna Rull / Combat Sports Media, IRULL Photos.