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“Irish” Wayne Kelly to Be Remembered at 1st Annual FUNdraiser February 1

January 18th, 2014 at 9:00 AM
By Sharon Scrima

A fundraiser in memory of the esteemed boxing referee "Irish" Wayne Kelly will be held at the Allegria Hotel in Long Beach, NY on February 1, 2014 from noon to 4:00 pm.

The date marks the two-year anniversary of Kelly's death from a heart attack at the age of 63. His children, Jackie and Ryan, created the IWK Memorial Foundation in 2012 to commemorate his life as a former Vietnam veteran, a prominent boxing referee, physical conditioning specialist and boxer himself.

The foundation's mission is to "keep his memory alive by giving back to the community by providing financial support and volunteer work to those in need." Money raised from the event will be donated to various non-profit organizations and causes that Kelly supported, including Wounded Warriors and Ring 10 Veteran Boxers Foundation.

Wayne Kelly proudly served as a US Army Ranger in Vietnam where he was awarded the Purple Heart. He fought professionally in the 1970’s and began refereeing in 1989. Kelly was the third man in the ring for such fights as Arturo Gatti’s first championship victory (against Tracy Harris Patterson), as well as the dramatic comeback triumph over Wilson Rodriquez when the Gatti legend was essentially born.

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Patrick Day to Start the New Year on “Friday Night Fights” Card

January 4th, 2014 at 10:00 AM
By Sharon Scrima

Photo credit: Ed Diller/DiBella Entertainment

A year into his budding professional career, light middleweight Patrick Day blossoms into a true prospect as he looks ahead to his first appearance on an ESPN2 "Friday Night Fights" card to be held on January 31, 2014 at the Richard J. Codey Arena in West Orange, New Jersey.

After making his pro debut in January 2013 and winning his first two fights with first round stoppages, Day (5-0-1, 2 KO's) has certainly gotten in some good work. He has gone the distance in his last four fights, including three rather dominating unanimous decisions and a hard fought draw last time out. He stepped up to his first six-round bout in only his fifth pro fight this past August when the level of his competition began to improve against Donald Ward, yet the 21-year old Day maintained his poise and composure to deliver strong performances each time.

Day was handed a majority draw against Urmat Ryskeldiev last month, a fight where the well-known and highly regarded Julie Lederman was the sole judge to score the fight for Day with a score of 59-55. Although the Freeport resident firmly believes he won the fight, Day admits that he may have over-trained for the tough Kyrgyzstan bruiser. However, he views the experience as one from which he will benefit greatly as he begins his second year as a pro.

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Paulie Malignaggi Stars in “Omerta: the Act of Silence”, Making a Push for 2014

December 31st, 2013 at 10:00 AM
By Sharon Scrima

A two-time world champion. An astute and articulate boxing analyst. A successful print model. A featured character in multiple video games. A commercial, film and TV actor. Paulie Malignaggi's versatility and appeal is boundless. His portrayal of a conflicted mobster finding his way to God after living a life of pain, betrayal and hardship in "Omerta: The Act of Silence" is another example of this. Writer, director and executive producer Craig Syracusa is hopeful that 2014 will be the year his film will be released and Paulie's emotional performance shared with a wider public.

Set in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn during a period when the mafia controlled the neighborhood and was idolized by those who wanted to be involved in that world, Malignaggi stars as Reno. An aspiring mobster, Reno first tastes power at the age of 18 and quickly finds himself fully emerged in the world he always dreamed to be a part of. Bound by the code of silence, Reno is arrested and imprisoned years later and is subsequently abandoned by those who fed his entire life with empty promises.

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Timothy Bradley Vs Ruslan Provodnikov: Boxing 101′s “Fight of the Year” for 2013

December 26th, 2013 at 3:00 PM
By Sharon Scrima

'Home Depot Center' photo (c) 2009, Ming-yen Hsu - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/2.0/

Keeping with the theme of reviewing the sport's highlights of 2013, it is the war between WBO welterweight champion Timothy Bradley and bruiser Ruslan Provodnikov on March 16 at the Home Depot Center that earns Fight of the Year honors by Boxing 101.

The justification for this selection goes beyond it simply being a brutal, action-packed, exciting 12 rounds where both men gave it everything they had. While that certainly was the case, this fight was special for other reasons.

At the heart of this mega-drama is Bradley. Coming off a highly controversial split decision win over Manny Pacquiao in June 2012, the undefeated Bradley was at a crossroads. Instead of enjoying the fruits of his labor at an all-time career high, the undefeated Bradley hit rock bottom following the Pacquiao victory. Given universally no acknowledgement of or credit for defeating the Filipino star and enduring senseless threats against his family, Bradley was no longer fighting merely to defend his new title but rather to gain the respect he so desperately craved.

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Gennady “GGG” Golovkin – Boxing 101′s “Fighter of the Year” for 2013

December 21st, 2013 at 9:30 AM
By Sharon Scrima

'Hatton Vs Manny @ MGM LV' photo (c) 2009, Jamie Davies - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/It's that time of year when the boxing community reflects upon the past 12 months to identify the highlights within the sport, including Fighter of the Year candidates. Boxing 101 would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the fighter who we believe to be most worthy of this honor for 2013 — WBA/IBO middleweight champion Gennady "GGG" Golovkin.

There are several fighters to thank for the extraordinary year of boxing we enjoyed this year and who are worthy of consideration for Fighter of the Year, including Floyd Mayweather Jr., Mikey Garcia, Danny Garcia, Timothy Bradley, Sergey Kovalev, Adonis Stevenson and Guillermo Rigondeaux. 

Yet, when applying criteria such as winning big fights, fighting frequently against good opposition and looking spectacular while doing it, Gennady Golovkin (28-0, 25 KO) stands out.

Last year at this time, Golovkin stated that he planned to fight four times in 2013 and was willing to shift to whoever expressed interest in a bout, from Saul “Canelo” Alvarez at 154 pounds, Sergio Martinez at 160 or Andre Ward at 168.

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