The Golden Boys Are Worth Their Weight In Gold
Added by Luis Vazquez on August 21, 2013.
When you bring Oscar de la Hoya to an event and place the current 175 pound champion, Bernard Hopkins, and former two-time champion, Paulie Malignaggi at the mikes, and mix in celebrity guests and the best young boxers Golden Boy Promotions has to offer, you have a powder keg of a show. The place was the Best Buy Theater in Times Square on August 20th. The reason was “Golden Boy Presents!” This was the debut of a boxing series that is being covered by Fox Sports 1.
Golden Boy Boxing showcased some of their top young talent, some of which have world championship potential. But the story of the night was the main event, where Danny Jacobs, a cancer survivor, was impressive in dispatching Giovanni Lorenzo (32-6) in the third round. He also claimed the WBC Continental Americas middleweight title as a prize. “This win feels amazing,” Jacobs said. “I knew I had Brooklyn here supporting me and it fueled me in the ring and got me so excited,” he explained.
Danny Jacobs vs. Giovanni Lorenzo (Photo: Marlene Amaya-Vazquez)
The two fighters looked even in speed and skills, but a hard right by Jacobs mid-way through the round stopped the aggressiveness of Giovanni, who was cocky to start. “He hit me with a good left hook and I said, ‘Okay, let’s go,” Jacobs said. Jacobs slugged when he had the advantage. He boxed to determine the geography, and as the second round passed, Jacobs was setting the pace. Gary explained, “He came after me and I said ‘I got something for you.’”
In the third, Gary (26-1) started to land power shots in combination, but when he got head butted and a mouse started forming under his eye, the man who once gave in to adversity in his lone title fight, came back enraged, driving Lorenzo to the ropes with four power hooks. As his quarry was prepared for the coup de grace, a right cross sent Giovanni’s head back and he fell face first to the ground until the ten count closed the proceedings. “He tried to use some Bernard Hopkins tactics on me and get into my head, but I knew I had the skills to beat him.”
Eddie Gomez, the undefeated welterweight out of the Bronx, via Honduras, took his time and was merciless in doling out punishment on Steven Upsher Chambers (24-3-1). After realizing he was faster with the hands and feet than Chambers, Eddie scored precise combinations to the head, hurting him in the opening round. Eddie rarely went to the body, something he does often. Eddie pretty much had felt him out. “They kept saying that he [Steven Upsher Chambers] was a veteran. I never saw him that way.” He headhunted and caught the flatfooted Chambers all night. “I thought he was going to come in to box, but when came forward I knew he didn’t have the power to stop me,” Eddie said.
Eddie Gomez vs. Steven Upsher Chambers (Photo Credit: Marlene Amaya-Vazquez)
Stevens showed a lot of grit and even rallied briefly with a series of two and three punch combos coming out of a tight defense protecting his head. A minute remaining in the fourth saw Gomez drive Chambers to the ropes with another combo until Steve Smoger showed some humanity and stopped it. Gomez is now 15-0 with ten knockouts, and at the tender age of 20, has a lot of great moments ahead. “Once they gave me an opponent, I took the fight immediately.” Eddie shared afterwards, “I knew that Luis Collazo beat him and Luis is a world champion. I need to step it up in my career and face tougher guys like that.”
Former 2012 U.S. Olympian, Light Heavyweight Marcus Browne improved to 6-0 with as many knockouts. He made short work of Robert Hill (1-2) when a left uppercut, 59 seconds into the opening round sent Hill to the canvas writhing in pain as he covered his face as the ten count was completed. “It was a short upper cut to the forehead. I was surprised he went down from that punch,” Browne explained. Marcus has shown that he is past early grooming. His skillset is high and he needs to be stretched by some useful veterans. Marcus agreed. “I’m ready to progress as a professional. I want to go full rounds and hope to learn from those type of fights in the future.”
The best fight of the night was Gausha-Marcum. Terrell was quite pleased to be on this inaugural slow. “It was an honor to be the first fight on Fox Sports 1, as well as to compete on the same card as my Olympic brother Marcus Browne.” Terrell told the audience, “I hope my win (Monday) night was the first of many to come on the network and Golden Boy Live.” But as Terrell (10-2) came in, he was met by a heavy hook, as he felt what three of Austin’s five victims had to go through. But soon thereafter, Terrell hooked to the body and head, and as Marcum was on the ropes absorbing shots, he was hit with a wicked hook after the bell, enraging his corner.
Gausha vs. Marcum. (Photo by: Marlene Amaya-Vazquez)
Terrell, also a 2012 U.S. Olympian and middleweight, punished the out classed Marcum, but every so often, Marcum would score a hook or cross and stay in contention. It all came crashing down in the second Austin hit his back on the canvas in the corner, trying gamely to rise up, but unable to.
(Photo by Marlene Amaya-Vazquez)
In an interesting side note, the swing bout showed off Gary Beriguette, who fought just before the main event, and secured a blood filled four round decision, two of which separated the winner and loser by a single point. Gary was working the inside attack until he pulled away and was caught by a hook and fell. Realizing he needed to get to work, he outhustled his foe Kamal Muhammad (0-2) and floored him in the second. He got butted and had a cut that bled a lot from the right eye, forcing Gary to call on all reserves and he out hustled a lazy Kamal to the decision win.
Celebrities in the house included former 147 pound champ Luis Collazo, boxing fan Ralph Panaguia, and boxing fan Rosie Perez. Oscar De La Hoya made a brief cameo appearance. Emmanuel Gonzalez (12-0) won the opening match by decision over Michael James Doyle.