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B&B Promotions is the Promotional Company of World Champion Terence Bud Crawford and Trainer Brian McIntyre (Bomac)

Christmas Comes Early for Two B&B Boxing Prospects

Steven Nelson & Kent Cruz Officially Sign with Top Rank

By Bill Green

Steven Nelson 9-0 (8)

Steven Nelson 9-0 (8)

When asked as to how former Omaha native Light heavyweight prospect Steven “So Cold” Nelson 9-0 (8) stays focused he stated, “You wait, you check your phone daily, you go to the gym, and you keep grinding each day.”

Since turning pro that’s exactly what the fast talking and power punching charismatic Nelson has accomplished. But fight after fight, most of the time fighting for a low purse in effort to make sure his team could secure an opponent willing to get in the ring with him. But he started just for a moment to self-doubt. Nelson stated “I wondered if this boxing thing is just going to be part-time, maybe it’s time to start a career. Maybe it’s just not in the cards, sure I know I can fight and I know I can beat most of these guys that are already making nice bread, but I must pay those bills, you know what I’m saying.” But every time I would feel this way BoMac and Bud would say “be patient, it’s coming.”

On November 17, 2017, that time, that phone call, finally rang. On the other end, his manager Brian “BoMac” McIntyre, would cut to the chase and say, “I got some good news for you, young fella, get your shit in order, because you just got signed by Top Rank.”

Nelson would go on to tell me “You never know with Bo because he likes to play jokes, but honestly, something told me right away in his voice that this was for real."

BG: Congratulations, we are extremely happy for you and can’t wait to see your career take off
under the guidance of a World class promotional company such as Top Rank.

Nelson: Thanks BG, I would like to thank all you guys for believing in me, I literally left the gym when Bo called me with the news, and now I’m heading back there. Because when you get a call like that…. you want to prove that your worth it even more.

BG: What do you believe Top Rank saw in you and now officially decided to invest in you?

Nelson: I mean hopefully, they see how I carry myself, that I’m an entertainer, I can box or bang, I’m disciplined and determined.

BG: In 2018, why should people watch you live on ESPN?

Nelson: You never know what you are going to see, you may get Blade slicing you up, you may get Sub Zero icing you, you may get Apollo Creed dancing all over you or Hannibal Lecter stopping you to the liver. But one thing I can guarantee is … you can see them raise my hand time after time.


Kent Cruz 14-0 (9)

Kent Cruz 14-0 (9)

Kent “The Puerto Rican” Sensation 14-0 (9), of St Louis, MO, had a similar journey to where he
is at, but yet had plenty of empty promises and major road blocks along the way.
The super-lightweight former top amateur has always believed in his skills but through “positive thinking” stated “honestly, I became a father and a man at 19, bills started coming in by what seemed truck loads, car payments, house payments etc. It’s tough because you tell yourself be strong, keep grinding but yes of course you heard it all before.”

After several promotional and management issues were cleared, Cruz would meet Brian “BoMac” McIntyre and the pair hit it off right away. “I always believed in what he was saying then and now. I remember thinking, finally I’m in good hands.” BoMac would tell him time after time, “big things are coming, we are going to get you a couple tune-ups, get you ranked and get you in camp with us.”

When Cruz’s phone rang this afternoon, he expected more of the same from BoMac “I thought he was just checking on me, ready to talk about where we are at, what’s next, you know. When he calls it’s not just for chit-chat, it’s usually good business, so at the same time I was curious.” But when I heard the words “I got you signed.” I wise like “Oh dam, I got super excited. I’m like I’m not going to disappoint you or let you down, I’m going to quit my job and everything I’m all
in.”

BoMac was like “slow down laughing, relax, get your life together, were going to get everything lined up for camp first part of the year.Cruz would go on to add “But I doubt I sleep tonight, I’m ready to put this work in and make my city, family and team proud along the way.

BG: Congratulations, we are extremely happy for you. How do you feel about signing with Top Rank?

Cruz: They have a reputation of building champions. The right way too. Cotto was with them, Oscar, Floyd, you name them. I’m super blessed.

BG: ESPN/Top Rank contract will produce 18 shows alone in 2018, what can fight fans expect from you when you hit that big stage?

Cruz: I have fought on a large stage with PBC, but this is different because the team isn’t pieced together. These guys did great business back in the 80’s and now they are going to do it again. I simply can’t wait.
 

It is true that Christmas may have come early for Steve and Kent but look for some late knockout presents by both to show right up on your television sets in early 2018.

Happy holidays and remember…. never stop following your dreams.



BG

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KENT CRUZ “I PLAN TO TAKE HIM OUT”

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Calls were made, emails were sent, heck even social media was put on blast, title reading “I need a 140lb fighter for Oct 21st.” Several replies and quick responses came pouring in, with even some saying, “when and where.” But this matchmaker, quickly found out once you reveal the name Kent Cruz….as the cliché goes, then you simply hear crickets.

Before signing the 5’10 former Amateur star, we knew the task would prove to be difficult but after 20 plus names turning down the fight, we started seeing what all the fuss was about. The positives are clear as day, he’s tall, rangy, good amateur background, and has the flashy record. However, Cruz and B&B both agree there is work needed to reach that next level and this is boxing, anything can happen nor any opponent should never be counted out. Young fighters need to be active and tested and we can’t wait for KC to head to camp with Team Crawford this winter. If you have watched Camp Life than you already know what I’m talking about. We know what others see and the hype that is building around this young man. But what does CEO of B&B Boxing Promotions, Brian “BoMac” McIntyre, along with his world-class trainers in Red Spikes and Esau Diegez see in Cruz?

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Bomac stated “We see a charismatic and respectful young man like Cruz out there self-promoting, grinding in the gym, cutting weight and staying positive each time we see or talk to him. The word professional quickly comes to mind and that’s when you go that extra mile. B&B Boxing Promotions see something in this young man and on Saturday night we believe you will as well.”

This Saturday night, right where it all started, St Louis, MO, live inside the Omega Center, Kent “The Puerto Rican Sensation” Cruz 13-0 (8) will face Houston Texas’s Eric Manriquez in a scheduled 6 round Super lightweight bout promoted by Gateway Sports & Entertainment in association with B&B Boxing Promotions.

While Cruz and Manriquez are the featured Co-main event, several other St Louis fighters are featured including popular Lightweight fighter Leon Spinks III 11-3-1 (7), 1-0 Jr Middleweight Jermain McDonald, Jeremiah Millet making his pro debut at Welterweight, and finally the main event undefeated Super Welterweight Jarvis “The Jackal” Williams 8-0 (5).

A mere 48 hours away from facing the tough and aggressive Manriquez, I caught up with Cruz for a quick interview.


BG: You had quite the amateur career, including winning or finishing second or third in nearly almost all the notable championships, including Youth Nationals, National Golden Gloves, National championships, USA under 19 National Championship, USA National PAL Championship, and of course Ringside.

My question for you is, what experience did you gain and what now name fighters that you faced are now great professional fighters?

Cruz: Well my experience as an amateur was key to my success right now as a pro, being active and sharpening my craft was necessary to get where I’m at right now. To learn so many adverse styles gives me plenty of advantages inside the ring. I faced Gary Allan Russell and split with Eric DeLeon 1-1.

BG: Wow, DeLeon is now with Top Rank and is being positioned for a future title opportunity. How far off do you see your career from the likes of a DeLeon?

Cruz: I need to be active and get a couple 8 rounders, get some quality opposition you know, test myself and put my skills to work. In boxing, opportunity is one thing, but what you do with it may define you.

BG: You fight and train out of the Cherokee Boxing gym located in St Louis Missouri. One of the many top boxing gyms in the area. They say boxing is a dying sport, why do you believe that proves to be false, especially in St Louis?

Cruz: I mean, I like all types of combat and sports but boxing is simply for me. The history and heritage runs deep here in St Louis, so many past champions and success came right off these streets.

BG: With former greats like the entire Spinks family and former champion Devon Alexander, do you believe that the next generation can keep things going as well?

Cruz: The greats set the stage and provide the platform, they believed and so should we. They gave us hope because we now believe that these tough streets, these poverty-stricken areas can and will make champions. Guys like Keandre Gibson, Stephen Shaw, Joshua Temple, Derrick Murray and Jarvis Williams are uprising, just watch.

BG: Wow, lots of hidden talent. Let’s get back to talking about what you do best and that’s fight. Recently, I had a guy tell me, he only has 8 ko’s he must not hit hard. Do you believe that you have plenty of power to get to the next level and what do fighters most underestimate about you?

Cruz: Laughing- You are going to get haters it’s the world we live in. I have been in with some quality guys and you simply can’t knock everybody out nor should that be the only way you know how to win. I can do a little of both, I can use my stick and outbox you or bang you on the inside or outside. Most fighters that talk to me after the fight always say the same thing to me “man, I didn’t know you hit that hard.” So, I guess that speaks for itself lol

BG: Every fighter, has a signature or trademark punch. What is yours and how will you deal with someone that takes it away?

Cruz: Everybody loves my overhand right and although most of my big knockouts come from that I really believe in my left hook to the liver. Like I said, you can’t get by with a couple weapons, I continue to sharpen all my tools.

BG: I know that you are not a big trash talker, another credit to your maturity but what do you say to the comments made by another unnamed trainer “He fights with his hands down, that could be a problem down the line”

Cruz: Well some of the greats fought with their hands low, heck Mayweather went 50-0. I wouldn’t agree that they are low, boxing to me is about distance, range and setting traps. Have him call my team and let’s see if they can make me put them up, set it up BG lol

BG: Alright KC, let’s get you back to cutting that weight lol. Your opponent is a come straight forward no nonsense aggressive Mexican puncher, you have told me on numerous occasions you came up short in the amateurs because your style was fit for the pros. With him coming forward and you wanting to make a statement especially at home, what can we expect on fight night?

Cruz: Fans can expect fireworks. I hope he is as tough as they say and that he is in shape. I’m not one to just try to get some rounds in, there is no overtime, if I see or feel the knockout coming, I will go for it. My home town, my turf, my time, speaking of hands down, he better have his hands glued to his face…. cause I plan to take him out.


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Septemberfest Announcement

Fresh off the biggest and most historic win of Omaha's Own Terence Crawford’s career just about everybody wants to lace up a pair of gloves and perhaps pretend to be the P4P great. We watched in awe as the champ dominated last Saturday night and gave all of us that itch to get in the ring. For all his stablemates that helped in training camp and pushed him along the way, the man nicknamed “Bud”, stated “September 3rd is going to be your night too”.

So, what is the champ referring to?

The champ is referring to next Sunday night’s mega professional and amateur boxing event promoted by B&B Boxing Promotions at Septemberfest. On September 3rd, 2017, a total of 12 boxing matches will take place at the CenturyLink Center SeptemberFest Lot D, located in Omaha, Nebraska. The community driven weekend event will provide music, entertainment, food and what we all crave…. boxing!

 
 

Brian “BoMac” McIntyre, whom is surely among trainer/manager of the year nomination yet again stated “If I get nominated great so be it, but were not about those individual and ego awards. We are a team and that’s what makes us unstoppable.  They better make a big ass award so that the names of Esau Diegez, and Red Spikes names can be on it too. We the three-headed monster. However, that was last week, we are right back in the gym, it’s the Next Generation and youngster’s time to shine. Guess what that means???? It’s time to go to work.”

 
 

Tickets to the event are priced very affordable at $20 which also includes entry to the Septemberfest. Tickets are being sold here

Scheduled to appear in action on September 3rd Fight Night:

Professional Boxers


Abel Soriano- Former amateur star, undefeated professional Mexican bantamweight

Guy Smith Jr- Former State Wrestling champion, and current Nebraska State Welterweight champion

Treven “Top-Flight” Coleman- undefeated lightweight knockout body punisher

Brian “B-Hue” Houston- Former UFC and VFC combat sports warrior

Christian Williams- Former Chicago amateur star, over 140 amateur wins, undefeated as a pro

Kent Cruz "Puerto Rican Sensation"- 12-0 super Lightweight Former amateur star with over 90+ wins Nationals

 

Amateur Boxers


B&B Boxing Academy coach James Henley

Alan Panduro
- 13-year-old 110 lb. 2017 Ringside Champion

Sir Tommy Sutton- 18 yr.--141lbs- open division

Brittany Parker- Women’s Sr. 2017 Ringside Champion

Jose Garibo- 14 yr.- 100lbs- open

Brandon Aguayo- 19-year-old 2017 132lb Ringside Champion

Isaac Aguayo- 13-year-old -2017 85lb Ringside Champion

Perre Sutton- 13 yr. - 90lbs -open division


 
 

At the Septemberfest Event there will also be a special Meet & Greet Opportunity with B&B Boxing Promotions & Omaha's Own Undeafeated Super Featherweight Mexican KO Artist KEVEN "BADASS" VENTURA! It will be a great opportunity for Pictures & Autographs. T-Shirts will be available as well. 

 
 

Doors Open At 6PM, Fights Start at 7PM. Get Your Tickets to B&B Boxing's Septemberfest Event Here

The Blue Man: Julius Indongo

This Saturday night at the Pinnacle Bank Arena, in Lincoln, NE, the first Super Lightweight unification bout since 2004 will take place live on ESPN at 9pm CT.

If you are a promoter it’s an easy decision to have the A side fighter in Terence “Bud” Crawford 31-0 (22) take center stage and go for all the belts. Crawford will more than likely bring out the A list celebrities both locally and nationally as well. Several Husker athletes from the Basketball and Football teams have already planned on sitting ringside. This is opening week for Lincoln Public Schools and for the University of Nebraska students. During fight night, as usual, expect a large and pro-Crawford crowd.  

The critics while just like the prime Roy Jones Jr and Floyd Mayweather will more than likely say “Crawford is good, but who has he fought”. That argument may be the case for casual fans as they may know little of the much taller, enormous reach, and confident undefeated former Olympian in Indongo. While true he has been under the spotlight with most his fights taking place in his home country of Namibia. Maybe just maybe, he was waiting for his time. That time came in late 2016 as Eduard Troyanovksky, the reigning IBF and IBO champion, made the wrong choice in mixing it up with the powerful Super Lightweight. Troyanovsky, was starched in the center of the ring with a beautiful sweeping haymaker from Indongo. The boxing world took notice but those same critics remained stern, “Could have been a lucky punch”. Meanwhile, Scotland’s two-time champion picked up the WBA belt and gambled by choosing the underrated Indongo for a unification bout. This time Burns chose to try and outbox the taller champion and again Indongo would prove to be the real deal by easily winning a lopsided unanimous decision over Burns. Burns would state after the fight “He was much better than I thought, his power is strong and his guard/defense with that reach will be a problem for anyone”.

What’s next? Indongo and his team are going for the ultimate prize a unification for “All the belts” against undefeated P4P Terence “Bud” Crawford 31-0 (22). Just like his previous championship quests he will travel to the champions back yard. We now have Crawford vs Indongo, this Saturday night, August 19th, 2017, live on ESPN 9pm CT, at the Pinnacle Bank Arena. This will be the second ESPN televised series by Bob Arum’s Top Rank.

When asked about Indongo, Crawford stated “he’s big, well-conditioned, confident and best of all he’s hungry. But, the problem is so am I. This is my legacy and I must simply outwork him, train harder than him and be better than him.”

At the end of the day, the public may not know who or what Indongo is about, all that matter is that Terence himself does and that fight fans have lit a fire inside the champion.

We will more than likely know the name Julius “The Blue Man” Indongo after August 19th. He promises to bring “A warrior spirit with him and fight hard to become the best”. He watched ringside when Crawford dismantled Diaz in New York and guess what he still wanted the fight.

My belief is once the smoke clears, you are going to see a good fighter in Indongo……but you more than likely will see a GREAT fighter in Crawford on fight night. We know there are levels to this game and something tells me that the Omaha native will raise the bar once again. But to be sure, just like Terence said “We are going to find out how good he is or isn’t once that bell rings.”

So, true, champ and I simply can’t wait.

See you ringside,

BG

Kevin Ventura: “I will rise to the occasion once again”

By Bill Green

This Friday night, May 26th , 2017, plans to be a special one for Omaha and B&B Boxing Promotions, Kevin “Badass” Ventura 5-0 (4). On a stacked Top Rank promoted card, televised by UniMas, Ventura will face fellow Mexican puncher, Israel Rojas 10-15 (3), of Sonora, Mexico.

The main event will feature 2x Olympian and the “Pride of Ireland” Michael Conlan 1-0 (1). Other world class fighters appearing on the card are Oklahoma’s undefeated Welterweight, Alex Saucedo 24-0, and the return of Denver Colorado’s blood and guts warrior, Mike “Mile High” Alvarado 36-4 as well. The National televised card will take place at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago, Illinois at begins at 6pm. Tickets can be purchased here

For Ventura to be added to a card like this assures that Top Rank was highly impressed with his explosive knockout over Colorado’s Gregorio Perez last December on the undercard of Crawford-Molina.

At a young but extremely athletic age of 20 years old, the Mexican power puncher will not be wondering what to do with this summer, or more importantly making bad decisions along the way. For Ventura, the life of boxing along with family is all he has ever needed or craved.

Ventura, is not new to the sport as he started between the ages of 11-12 and quickly began to dominate the Midwest circuit. He amassed an incredible record of well over 60 wins and just 3 losses as an amateur before turning pro.

Multiple Golden Gloves wins, medals, trophies and competing in both the Nationals and Olympic trials made him an easy target to join B&B Boxing Promotions under the guidance of Terence Crawford and Brian “BoMac” McIntyre.

I sat down with KV and discussed many things including this Friday’s major opportunity:


BG: Hello Kev. A lot of people have been telling me how strong you look in photos. Obviously, you always train hard but how was camp with the champ?

Ventura: Camp was hard work, but that’s how I want it and like it. I feel very strong right now, training alongside of Terence and all our B&B guys plus Shakur was unreal.

BG: Would it be fair to say that even at the mere age of 20, you are maturing as person and athlete?

Ventura: Yes of course. I can’t even explain it in words. I live a very simple life, boxing, family and home.I have noticed within myself the speed and power is there. But more importantly, I’m hungry, maybe even starving to reach my goals.

BG: Let’s give the fight fans a quick glimpse into your career. Some ask me where did this kid come from, I tell them he’s been here all along. Can you give me some highlights of your amateur career?

Ventura: I loved my time as an amateur representing Omaha at the National Golden Gloves in Las Vegas, and competing pretty much all over. I had only 3 losses and I felt like I won them as well lol. I faced some older and experienced guys that are solid prospects as pro’s now. I fought Jaron Enis 11-0 now and Gary “Antuanne” Russell.

BG: You have displayed plenty of power as a professional with 4 of your 5 fights not lasting the distance. Did you have heavy hands as an amateur as well?

Ventura: I guess so, cause even my first fight I stopped the guy. Almost all my big wins were stoppages as well.

BG: So, who would you compare your style?

Ventura: Honestly, I like to fight like Terence. We both like to study our opponent, assess their strengths and weaknesses and then go for the kill.

BG: Tomorrow night you fight in front of an expected sold out crowd in Chicago. Your opponent, Israel Rojas, is known to be very rugged and comes to fight. He has won 7 of his last 10 as well. What can the Latino and Chicago fight fans expect regarding the matchup?

Ventura: I hear he’s tough and likes to bang, you know me…I would love to mix it up. I think that the fight fans should expect a great fight, when you have two Mexican’s facing each other, you can almost guarantee that we will energize that crowd. However, he wants to fight, I will adapt and will be victorious.

BG: You’re not a big talker and like to prove your skill in the ring but what would you like to tell all your fans?

Ventura: Most people think that I do this for big money. That is not the case, sure I want to provide for my family but I would be a fighter even if I wasn’t getting paid. I want to thank Top Rank and B&B Boxing for believing in me. Shout out to all my fans. For those that doubt me, you too are my motivation. They say I’m being rushed to quickly…. but just like December of 2016, I will rise to the occasion once again!!!

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B&B TO BRING PLENTY OF BOXING FIREWORKS ON JULY 1ST

By Bill Green

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The next upcoming months will be plenty chaotic for most, but for B&B Boxing Promotions, founded by Terence “Bud” Crawford and Brian “BoMac” McIntyre, they wouldn’t have it any other way. As BoMac stated, “This is all we know, this is our job, but it so happens to be a job that we love. Boxing is a part of us.”


“Camp with the Champ” started yesterday up in the all too familiar thin air and high altitude, Colorado Springs, CO. Although, Terence ‘Bud” Crawford 30-0 (21) stays in shape all year long, Team Crawford will spend the next 5 weeks fine tuning their craft in yet another title defense. On paper, several boxing experts have labeled upcoming challenger, Felix Diaz 19-1 (9) as a true test for Crawford. Twitter boxing fans posts consisted of “easily one of his toughest opponents, a former Olympian, confident and gave former two-division champion, Lamont Peterson all he could handle.”

Crawford vs Diaz (Top Rank/Mikey Williams)

Crawford vs Diaz (Top Rank/Mikey Williams)

The 12 rd. Super-Lightweight Title bout between Crawford and Diaz will take place on May 20th, 2017 and to make the stakes even higher…the much-anticipated bout will take place inside the Mecca of boxing, Madison Square Garden. The card will be televised by HBO and promoted by Top Rank Promotions. Set to appear on the undercard is fellow Omaha and B&B knockout artist, Steven “So Cold” Nelson 6-0 (5). Former Team USA Olympian and amateur sensation, Shakur Stevenson, completes the stacked and must see card.

Steven "So Cold" Nelson (Top Rank/Mikey Williams)

Steven "So Cold" Nelson (Top Rank/Mikey Williams)

As the world waits for Crawford, two other B&B boxing stablemates plan to get in on the action, as both Treven “Top-Flight” Coleman 5-0 (3) and Kevin Ventura 5-0 (4) will return to the ring on an upcoming April 29th SCLS Denver Colorado boxing event. Opponents for both Coleman and Ventura are still being finalized but when you train and spar with the “Champ” you are ready for all-comers.

The summer boxing hits keep on rolling for B&B as the big one is planned for July 1st and as they say in the movies…. there’s no place like home. B&B returns to Omaha as a promised loaded Pro and Amateur card will fill the Ralston Arena.

The card will feature a Title defense for Guy Smith Jr 7-2-1 (3), regional titles opportunities for Abel Soriano, Kevin Ventura, Treven Coleman and Steven Nelson. The amateur portion will consist of several top Midwest talents as well.


The undercards are no baby-boomer fireworks, as already in the works is an exciting title fight between Grand Island’s, Mexican power puncher, Oliver Rivera 1-0 (1) and Omaha’s own Nate “S.O.B” Denton 3-0 (3), both have verbally agreed to square off in a 170lb contest.  We also mentioned the big one as evident, to Grover Wiley’s surging amateur and lethal southpaw punching heavyweight, Chad Jones, in making his professional debut to round out the explosive boxing fireworks display.

Oliver Rivera

Oliver Rivera

Nate "S.O.B." Denton

Nate "S.O.B." Denton

Ticket Info and Upcoming Announcements will be released soon via our Facebook Page.

This summer kick back and watch B&B light the fuse and make sure your Independence weekend… packs plenty of punch. 

SO COLD: THE BEST IS YET TO COME

By Bill Green

One would think that going 6-0 with 5 knockouts to start your career should be sufficient or even thrilling to most…. however not when you have goals to crush, money to be earned and more importantly a legacy to cement. For Steven “So Cold” Nelson, of Omaha, growing up was always a challenge, moving from home to home, unsure of the next step. While enlisting in the Military provided structure, discipline and honor, something always felt incomplete. He wanted to be known and looked upon as a champion. While some of those early goals were in fact accomplished, including winning several big amateur tournaments, the feelings and cravings weighed heavenly on his mind. 

Those feelings and cravings are none other than to become and known as a champion.

Becoming a world champion may be a lofty goal for most, but anyone that knows the multi-talented Nelson, know that anything is possible for this young man.

On top of being a prize fighter, he excels in painting, custom art, tattoos, and shoe designs.

Heck, he even designs his own trunks and ring walk costumes, which have led to his trademark catch phrase “What will he wear tho”. 

I caught up with So Cold, fresh off yet another workout.

BG: Hello bud, how are things? Still on the grind, I’m assuming?

So Cold: Hey, BG, what’s up? Yes, you know me, always training…always staying ready.

BG: BoMac tells me that some things may open up for you in March?

So Cold: Yes, we are talking about a plan, where I could get some fights in Mexico, since I’m out here in San Diego. It’s real close to the border. I mean a lot of guys that started out where I’m at have fought there. They are tough too, no playing over there. Just the way I like it lol

BG: Heck, even in the movie Creed, they make reference to how his first fights were over there even. That’s a brilliant plan, maybe B&B stablemate Abel Soriano 4-0 could get in on some of that action?

So Cold: Abel, yes most definitely. Plenty of smaller guys over there and we could train together too.

BG: All right, let’s talk about the National scene, you made quite the impression with social media folks with the huge ko win over Diaz, followed it up with several sensational stoppages on the way to becoming 6-0 with 5 knockouts. What do you feel like you have to do, to convince the major promoters out there to sign you?

So Cold: I need to stay active, stay on their radar. I’m working on plenty of marketing on both my own and have some key sponsors already in place as well.

BG: We both know that there are levels to this sport, and the major matchmakers, like Top Rank, want to see more of you, basically test you. At times, does it appear as if they are hoping you fail or stumble?

So Cold: Yes, it does feel that way. Tough to read if they want to build me up or use me to help build someone else up. But you know what, it’s not disrespectful. I have a team and that’s what part of their job is to do…make sure that I’m knowledgeable to the situation.

BG: My guess, is that you are used to that type of stuff from your elite amateur days?

So Cold: Yes, sir. I mean they have their favorites heading in, but guess what? My job is to ruin their plan, so I have to remove their first choice, basically take over that top spot.  

BG: So at some point, you will want to beat someone they are high on?

So Cold: Exactly. Upset their bracket lol

BG: Omaha fighters are old school, never call anyone particular out? But if you were willing to, any names?

So Cold: Nah, man, you are right, we are just willing to fight until that final bell. I will say this…I will fight anyone from 5ft to 7ft and anybody from 168 to 180 lol.

BG: The good news is Terence Crawford has an anticipated fight date. Earlier this week Bob Arum stated that the working date is May 20. My guess is we can all but guarantee that you and possibly Kevin Ventura may land on that card?

So Cold: Yes, nothing is 100%, but TC always takes care of us. He is one of the most loyal fighters in the sport. I was able to fight twice on his card in 2016 and it was a true blessing.

BG: Well, I just wanted to congratulate you on the big 2016. I can’t wait to see what is next, nor can your enormous legion of fans. Before I let you go, anything you would like to tell them?

So Cold: Thank you BG, everyone is talking about my 2016. That obviously brings a smile to my face but I’m a perfectionist. I think it was average. I want more. I’m my worst critic. I’m hungry for more and won’t stop until I get it. 2016 was just a glimpse…. the best is yet to come.

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CRAWFORD “Don’t Blink”

By Bill Green

All Photo Credits to Mikey Williams (@4mikeywilliams)/Top Rank

All Photo Credits to Mikey Williams (@4mikeywilliams)/Top Rank

The old cliché goes stay ready at all times, the phone will ring, and it will be time to work. That cliché definitely remains true as HBO received bad news time after time. First powerhouse and cash cow Canelo Alvarez, would suffer in injury in his last bout, forcing him to withdraw from the Dec 10 scheduled date. Next, negotiations failed for GGG vs Daniel Jacobs, pushing that highly anticipated Middleweight clash to presumably, March 2017. So that brings us to Crawford vs Molina. On nearly just 6 weeks to prepare, opponents were sought, all the while, Crawford has made it very clear to all “I want all the belts, to unify, to clear out the division, whoever has a belt I want them.”

Easier said than done, for Top Rank matchmaker’s and HBO executives, as opponent after opponent pulled the normal, asked for crazy amounts of purse compensation, declined when found out the fight would take place in Omaha, or simply despite the above mentioned cliché, frankly weren’t ready for a fight of that magnitude. All promoter’s need an ace up their sleeve, and Hall of Famer, Bob Arum, decided to use it. That ace happened to be a call to Al Hayman, yes the same Al Hayman, that both Top Rank and PBC once had a multi-million-dollar lawsuit against. However, cooler heads prevailed of late and plenty of key matchups and money can/will be made. The call consisted of inquiring about Hayman’s roster, asking who could/would be ready for Crawford on short notice. Just like Crawford, Molina lives by the code, stay ready and good things will happen. Sam Watson, Hayman’s right hand man, hopped on a plane and next thing you know the boxing world was amped for not only Crawford vs Molina, but the big picture…. Top Rank, PBC and HBO doing business together.



Great fights are not based on records; instead great fights are made when both fighters have everything to gain.

For Crawford, a win over a top ten rated contender such as Molina, especially in exciting style, could catapult him to the eventual Pacquiao showdown. After a near flawless and as Bob Arum stated “a beautiful jazz-like performance” over former undefeated #1 rated Super Lightweight champ, Viktor “Iceman” Postol, Crawford 29-0 (20) still wasn’t satisfied. He has stated to many that he could’ve and should’ve “put him away”.

Molina 29-6 (23), fresh off upsetting Ruslan Provodnikov, didn’t have to take this fight, but knows a win over Crawford, would make him an instant target by others, especially in the money department…. not to mention how much an immediate rematch could be worth.

Crawford may be a smaller in stature Super-Lightweight compared to the nearly 6 ft. Molina, but make no mistake, he enjoys being the bigger man/puncher when the bell rings. Molina believes in his power, let’s not forgot that one punch that ended Mickey Bey’s night, after trailing on the scorecards for 11 rds.

At this stage, all fights matter and all title defenses are dangerous. The old cliché goes, you don’t play boxing and I’m willing to bet that both Crawford and Molina definitely won’t be playing tag in there lol

Just a mere 6 days before the bell rings, I caught up with Crawford.


BG: How was camp? I know that you have been doing this awhile now, especially in Colorado Springs. How do you stay motivated, how do you avoid the redundancy?

CRAWFORD: Camp was intense and grueling, we anticipated that we may fight before the end of the year. Every fight is a new challenge. I mean it has to be, you have new opponents, new styles. My team mixes things up all the time, you can never stop learning or sharpening your craft.

BG: We know you train hard for every opponent, but each challenger clearly wants what you have. On paper most see this as a mismatch, but would you agree that the quiet fighters and fights with less theatrics are the most dangerous?

CRAWFORD: I do agree; we were just talking about that. There has been zero trash talk for this fight, all respect. I met John few years back at an event, always new our paths may cross. He’s dangerous, he comes from what we call good people. He always comes to fight, never stops punching.

BG: Certain champions struggle to stay on top, they tend to cut corners, become relaxed, made their money in the sport and stop investing in their craft so to speak. How do you stay disciplined? Will we ever see you unmotivated in the sport why or why not?

CRAWFORD: Again, different challenge, they are all threats. They want what I have, my job is to make sure that I protect it. He’s a solid and seasoned guy, worked his way to the top, nobody gave him anything, he earned it, that’s how I felt 90% of my career. He’s getting another crack, could be his last, I’m sure he won’t lay down, he’s coming to fight. Once you or your team stop paying attention to the little things, that’s when things go south. No, you will never ever see me underestimate anyone, because where I’m from, my struggles, you never forget. We stay grounded by living in the same area, same city, a reminder to not only me but those less fortunate that something good can come from North Omaha. How can I be undisciplined when I’m in the gym everyday trying to motivate the kids and other fighters? I want to be a person they look up to, that’s my job. 

BG: Molina is nearly 6 ft. tall and under his new trainer, is using his jab as a major weapon. Most believe that he will come straight at you hoping to land a Sunday punch. Would you be surprised if he tries to outbox you and if so, are you prepared to be the aggressor in this bout?

CRAWFORD: No, not at all. We watched his fight with Provodnikov, his new trainer is making adjustments, fighting tall and his confidence is high right now. He is seasoned, he has seen a lot of styles, so just like our team they are going to plan a way for him to be successful. We train for everything; I’m going to be me. Whatever job is necessary to win, that’s what I’m willing and going to do on the 10th.

BG: Most fans don't understand the mental pressure of not only fighting at home, but to not just win, but be impressive each and every time that bell rings. Do you believe that you can silence those critics if you don't KO Molina on Dec 10?

CRAWFORD: No, critics will be there win, lose or draw. I have zero pressure from the press. Everyone keeps saying I need this or that to get Pacquiao….no I need to be me. That is what got me here. What’s important is winning, providing opportunities for my city and to put food on the table for my family. Knockouts come from being focused, capitalizing on your opponent’s mistakes, not by being careless and pleasing others.

BG: Upsets happen in boxing, especially in a fighter’s home town. Why won't we see an upset next Saturday night?

CRAWFORD: Because, we work. We put the time in not just in camp, but each and every day. We live boxing, this is part of our life. Just like anything else in life, you have to be dedicated, make sacrifices and remain focused. We respect him, but once that bell rings, he’s facing not just me, but Omaha, all our struggles. I promise you one thing…that place is going to be lit.

BG: What can fight fans expect on Saturday night?

CRAWFORD: I’m excited to be defending the belts again in the city that built and supported me. I’m excited for Keven Ventura and Steven Nelson to fight on the same card as me. Happy for them and like what they have been writing in the media, they will start the night off and I will finish it…. don’t blink.


“MY HEART HAS BEEN TESTED MY WHOLE LIFE”

 
 

By Bill Green

While trash talk has always been a promoter’s best friend, sometimes things are said that become personal. Most recently, I did an interview with Nelson’s opponent, Chris Harris, of Wichita, KA. His interview described everything I already knew about him, no nonsense, tough, fearless, and confident in his abilities. What I didn’t know is how his opponent, Omaha and B&B’s own, Steven “So Cold” Nelson, would react to Mr. Harris’s comments. Every promoter/manager looks for a way to motivate their fighter. Fight fans I think we found that motivation.

Just over a week away, Steven “So Cold” Nelson, of Omaha, NE, will face fellow Midwest Light-Heavyweight, Chris Harris, of Wichita, KA, in what was already drawn up on paper as a very explosive fight. The closer we get I’m finding out that the fight better arrive sooner because it’s reached its boiling point.

I caught up with Nelson, fresh off another, grueling and intense workout:

BG: Hello Steve, how was camp?

Nelson: Unreal, you know, trained in Cali and been in Springs with the boys for a few weeks now. The whole team was here, felt like old times, felt like family.

BG: How does it feel to not only fight in your hometown but fulfil one of your childhood dreams to fight on the same card as your best friend, Terence Crawford.

Nelson: It means everything to me, makes me fill like the patience, hard work and sacrifices are finally paying off. I’m honestly at ease, not nervous, just straight up amped lol

BG: You will be facing a tough, durable, never been hurt type of fighter in Harris. What else do you know about your opponent?

Nelson: Yes, I hear he’s tough, he’s supposed to be, we are fighting on Top Rank TV. I feel like it doesn’t matter what I need to know about him, all fights are dangerous, he’s another man trying to stop me from reaching my goals. We train for every fight like it’s our last. I’ve studied this game for a long time now, history shows us, never underestimate your opponent.

BG: He is known to have a great chin, took Tommy Morrison’s con, Kenzie Morrison’s best shots and smiled, kept coming. That fight was at Heavyweight even. Any concerns about his power?

Nelson: The last guy I fought (Diaz) was 5-0 (5), I was told the same thing, he’s strong, unbelievable power, never been down and you all saw what happened to him. What people don’t understand is if you just have strength it doesn’t necessarily mean you have power. Of course Heavyweights have big impact on their punches they weigh over 200lbs. But in my opinion, speed plus power has way more of an impact.

BG: So, are you saying that you could be the first man to hurt Harris?

Nelson: Yes, he hasn’t been hit by someone like me that can catch him clean before he normally braces for the punch. I plan on definitely finding out especially early and often to see if his chin is as good as advertised. If he takes my shots, then my hat’s off to him, but I believe in myself and doubt he will take them.

BG: You’re a bit more animated than normal, my guess is you read my article on Harris. We told the viewers that your response would be next. What was your take on it?

Nelson: Yea, I did read it. First of all, if he thinks that he’s going to test my heart and that’s his only strategy than he’s in more trouble than I originally thought. My heart has been tested my whole life, 16 different homes, growing up in the rough/poor neighborhoods, bouncing from place to place, constantly being told by all that I wouldn’t matter, that I was a problem. Then, joining the military, where I just didn’t play army, I did a tour in Afghanistan. I feel like my life has been one giant test, time after time, day after day.  

BG: So if I’m hearing you right, you are saying you will pass his heart test?

Nelson: My heart is so battle tested that I not only passed…I aced it. This dude is going to flunk his own test. We are going to pick up where we left off in Vegas, the question is for him is…how bad does he want to gamble?

In closing all this talk about a test, I do have one question that I believe should be on it…. What will he wear tho?????????

Nelson vs Harris may steal the show, grab your popcorn folks because the action is about to start.

Next Saturday night, December, 10, 2016, tune in on www.toprank.tv or see it live and in person at the Century Link Center, Downtown, Omaha, NE

For tickets click HERE!

See you ringside

BG

 

CHRIS HARRIS “I LIKE TO TEST THEIR HEART”

By Bill Green

Fresh off a YouTube and explosive knockout in Las Vegas, one would think matching Steven “So Cold” Nelson 4-0 (4), would be next to impossible, especially with the bout taking place in Nelson’s hometown, Omaha, NE.

True to form, plenty passed on the opportunity, but one man didn’t. That man is Chris Harris, of Wichita, KA. Harris on paper looks as if he’s just another carefully hand-picked opponent for Nelson, but that is the furthest from the truth.

He is a 26-year-old man that excels in MMA and picked up the sport of boxing because frankly his coaches said he will excel there as well.

So why the 2-1-2 (2) record than? Look deeper into those fights. Harris turned pro at Cruiser-weight in 2014 with a quick ko over Jesse Smith, in both their hometowns, Wichita, KA. In 2015, he would blow out Chris Henning, of Topeka, KA, again in Wichita, KA.

A big fight was presented to him, this time to fight in the Heavyweight division, against Tommy Morrison’s son, Kenzie Morrison 5-0 at the time, in Joplin, Missouri. Just like the fight scheduled with Nelson, Harris accepted the challenge in a heartbeat. Harris would earn a draw with Morrison and most insiders have told me that he in fact was robbed of a unanimous decision. Regardless, of the outcome, Morrison can crack and Harris took the shots well and kept coming.

Just 3 months later, Harris took on another tough customer in Kansas City’s, Lorenzo Selectmon 5-1 at the time with 5 ko’s.  A familiar pattern was established, Harris nearly upset Selectmon, instead earning another draw for his efforts.

Word got around the circuit very quickly, as the rumors spread that not only was Harris tough but that he will fight anybody as well.

The phone rang and another offer was sent his way, this time being on the undercard of top Welterweight contender, Errol Spence’s New York and NBC bout vs Leonard Bundu. The assignment this time was former New York amateur standout, Joseph Williams 9-0 with 7 ko’s. Williams was an Olympic alternate for Team USA back in 2011. His amateur accomplishments would most likely give this writer plenty of carpal tunnel.

Harris would lose his first official contest by unanimous decision. However, Williams and the entire crowd was clearly impressed by his performance.

So that sets us up with Steven “So Cold” Nelson 4-0 (4) vs Chris Harris 2-1-2 (2) on December 10th, 2016 Live on www.toprank.tv

I caught up with Harris just 10 days away from his bout with Nelson

 

BG: Hello, Omaha and B&B thank you for being such a pro, accepting this challenge with Nelson. Tell us what you know about your opponent?

Harris: I hear he’s tough but that he’s smaller than me, fights in 170’s. I really don’t get caught up in all that. I train for war.

BG: What is Chris Harris known for, why do you feel like so much respect has been given to you?

Harris: I give the fans my best each and every time out there, I take risks, I never give up and I work extremely hard, making sure my body goes through hell in camp so that the fight is the easy part.

BG: Every fighter has that one punch in their arsenal that they believe if it lands. it’s over. What is Chris Harris’s signature?

Harris: Tough one, my coach believes that I hit equally hard during mits, so I guess that you can say that I have power in both hands.

BG: Fight fans look forward to a great Nebraska vs Kansas matchup on next Saturday night. How do you plan on being victorious on Dec 10th?

Harris: Like you said, I’ve always been the underdog, people always underestimate me, I will give it my all as always. Come to think about it. I will promise you this, I will test his heart in that ring…that’s what I’m known for and that’s what I will do.

 

Look for Omaha and B&B’s own, Steven So Cold Nelson, coming soon……

WHEN: DECEMBER 10TH, 2016 NEXT SATURDAY

WHERE: CENTURYLINK CENTER, OMAHA, NE

TICKETS: www.ticketmaster.com

B&B BOXING PROMOTIONS UPCOMING FIGHT PREVIEW

DECEMBER 10TH 2016, CENTURY LINK CENTER, OMAHA, NE

TOP RANK PROMOTIONS AND HBO WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING

MAIN EVENT

TERENCE “BUD” CRAWFORD, OMAHA, NE 29-0 (20)

VS

JOHN MOLINA JR 29-6 (23), COVINA, CA

(W.B.C AND W.B.O WORLD TITLES ON THE LINE)

PREVIEW:

Great fights are not based on records; instead great fights are made when both fighters have everything to gain.

For Crawford, a win over a top ten rated contender such as Molina, especially in exciting style, could catapult him to the eventual Pacquiao showdown.  After a near flawless and as Bob Arum stated “a beautiful jazz-like performance” over former undefeated #1 rated Super Lightweight champ, Viktor “Iceman” Postol, Crawford still wasn’t satisfied. He has stated to many that he could’ve and should’ve “put him away”.

Molina, fresh off upsetting Ruslan Provodnikov, didn’t have to take this fight, but knows a win over Crawford, would make him an instant target by others, especially in the money department…. not to mention how much an immediate rematch could be worth.

Crawford may be a smaller in stature Super-Lightweight compared to the nearly 6 ft. Molina, but make no mistake, he enjoys being the bigger man/puncher when the bell rings. Molina believes in his power, let’s not forgot that one punch that ended Mickey Bey’s night, after trailing on the scorecards for 11 rds.

At this stage, all fights matter and all title defenses are dangerous. The old cliché goes, you don’t play boxing and I’m willing to bet that both Crawford and Molina definitely won’t be playing tag in there lol

While the matchup has a real Rocky theme to it, Molina all-heart determination vs Crawford’s unreal talent/skill level it appears to be missing something.

That something is right in front of us if we just look hard enough and pay attention to the big picture. That big picture reads Top Rank Promotions is doing business with Premier Boxing Champions. The door is open and since this is the time of the year to give thanks than…. thank you to Al Hayman and Bob Arum for giving fans an assortment of gifts heading into the New Year. One can only imagine a future fight between Crawford and Garcia

 

UNDERCARD BOUTS

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STEVEN “SO COLD” NELSON 4-0 (4) OMAHA, NE

VS

CHRIS HARRIS 2-1-2 (2) WICHITA, KA

(4 RD LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT BOUT)

 

PREVIEW:

Nelson is fresh of an accelerating and destructive knockout over former undefeated Colorado prospect, Reyes Diaz, in Las Vegas. Harris is plenty durable as he just went the distance with a 9-0 prospect in New York. Nelson is oozing with confidence and relishes the moment fighting on the same card as his best friend, Terence Crawford. Harris has stated that all his fights have been this way, always the underdog, always facing the prospect. He wanted to point out that he fought Tommy Morrison’s son to a draw at Heavyweight to boot, and has zero fear of facing the smaller Nelson. This is a beautiful Midwest Nebraska vs Kansas rivalry…only this time it isn’t Basketball. Grab your popcorn cause this one is going to be explosive.

 

KEVIN VENTURA 3-0 (2), OMAHA, NE

VS

RENE “THE BEAST” MARQUEZ 5-3 (2), SCOTTSBLUFF, NE

(4 RD LIGHTWEIGHT BOUT)

PREVIEW:

Another, exciting and explosive fight between two Mexican gladiators. The fight has a real speed (Ventura) vs power (Marquez) feel to it. Ventura is the more polished of the two, with a decorated amateur career, while Marquez is old school, fought in the streets in LA, turned to boxing, has done cage, and basically loves anything to do with fighting. Ventura, has extremely fast hands and can put punches in bunches. Marques loves to load up with hooks and bring the fight towards his opponent. Styles will collide on this one and to make things even more dramatic it’s Western Nebraska vs Eastern Nebraska.

DECEMBER 17TH 2016, RALSTON ARENA, OMAHA, NE

B&B BOXING PROMOTIONS
PRESENTS NEXT GENERATION 3

MAIN EVENT

GUY SMITH JR 6-2-1 (2), OMAHA

VS

JONNY JARABECK 4-0 (1) DENVER, CO

(NEBRASKA STATE WELTERWEIGHT TITLE- 6 RDS)

PREVIEW:

Smith can dominate at times with his jab and size alone. Jarabek has fast hands and beautiful footwork along with a great amateur background. The crowd and fan base for Smith will be a real advantage, but Jarabek’s team took the fight knowing full well what is at stake. This fight is very worthy of a title and could be a classic tactical fight where someone will need to become the aggressor to pull it off. Nebraska vs Colorado…no need to say more.

 
 

 

CO-MAIN EVENT:

TREVEN “TOP-FLIGHT” COLEMAN 4-0 (2)

VS

PAUL WHITEFACE 0-2-1 RAPID CITY, SD

(4 RD SUPER LIGHTWEIGHT BOUT)

PREVIEW:

Whiteface boasts the fact that he already has a win over Coleman a few years back when the two squared off as amateurs. Whiteface remembers it like it was yesterday, while Coleman can’t even remember who Whiteface is let alone accepting that he’s the same fighter back than as he is today. Lots of hype and plenty of trash talk on social media will sure to make this fight a must see. Coleman wants to make a statement while Whiteface wants to prove that he simply has Coleman’s number. Punches with bad intentions will fill the air come fight night.

 

UNDERCARD BOUTS:

ABEL SORIANO 3-0 (1), OMAHA, NE

VS

MIKE DAVIS 0-1 CHEYENNE, WY

(4 RD BANTAMWEIGHTS)

PREVIEW:

Soriano finally finds an opponent his size. Davis is unfazed with Soriano’s vast amateur success and took the fight with little resistance. His manager, Corey Williams, stated “Mike is no pushover, he’s coming to fight, he won’t be intimidated and the kid has a great crowd pleasing style to him.” Soriano has an equally crowd pleasing style to him so there is no way this fight doesn’t have fight fans on their seats.

 

OLIVER RIVERA DEBUT, GRAND ISLAND, NE

VS

FREDERICK PIERCE, TALIHINA, OKLAHOMA

(4 RDS LIGHT-HEAVYWEIGHT BOUT)

PREVIEW Rivera an outstanding Nebraska amateur champion, including winning the Golden Gloves 5 times. Pierce has won several Oklahoma tough man contests, fought in the cage, and owns his own MMA gym. Pierce stated “I’m no elite boxer, but I’m country tough, I’m what you call Nuts and Guts. I promise you this, that crowd and no disrespect to Rivera, they will know the hell who I am after that bell rings. I heard he’s supposed to be fighting in the lower division or whatever, I walk around 180 and am always in shape, so he better pack a lunch.”

Rivera, has vowed to please his already huge legion of Mexican fight fans that he is a breath of fresh air to the scene, one who digs to the body and delivers each punch in effort to ko his opponent. Another clash of styles where paramedics need to be on standby.

 

STEVEN “SO-COLD” NELSON 4-0 (4), OMAHA, NE

VS

SCOTT FUTRELL 0-2, ST LOUIS, MO

(4 RDS LIGHT-HEAVYWEIGHTS)

PREVIEW:

Nelson will be fighting just 7 days later after his big Midwest showdown on the Crawford Top Rank card. This is un-heard of in this sport and Nelson should be praised by everyone for wanting to still be a part of the show and give his hometown fans another opportunity to see him work on back to back weekends. Only question is…What will he wear though?

 

KEVIN VENTURA 3-0 (2), OMAHA, NE

VS

JEFF FARMER 3-7, DES MOINES, IOWA

(4 RDS LIGHTWEIGHTS)

PREVIEW:

Ventura must be hanging around Nelson as he is yet another who will see back to back action on the 17th. Although he is in a much tougher fight on the 10th with Marquez, he feels like it’s a blessing. “I’m used to fighting every weekend in the amateurs, so I’m used to it, I will take care of business on the 10th and then add win number 5 to my record on the 17th.” Farmer is a tough veteran of the sport and has won 2 in a row. Iowa recently beat the brakes off of Nebraska and Farmer feels like the outcome will be the same on the 17th.

 

NATHANIEL DENTON 2-0 (2), GARNER, KA

VS

CRUSE STEWART DEBUT, CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA

(4 RDS SUPER-MIDDLEWEIGHTS)

PREVIEW:

This fight has huge appeal as Denton is a former Omaha native and is a Lieutenant Police officer. While Cruse, was once a standout Iowa amateur champion, the knock on him is that he had a setback with legal woes and that the time off from the sport may hurt him. Both wanted on the card, knowing fully that a win in front of the champ, Terence Crawford, may open up some doors for their careers. Will it be Denton’s throwback high volume attack or will the inactivity become irrelevant and skills will in fact pay the bills? Both men are outstanding examples of how to turn their careers around not only inside the ring but outside of it as witnessed by both being involved in charity work. Boxing saves lives and on Dec 17th these two will more than likely enter as champions and leave as champions. That being said…who wants to impress the champ??????

 

See you Ringside

BG

 

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DANGER ZONE

OMAHA’S OWN GUY SMITH JR VS DENVER’S JONNY JARABEK

 
 


What makes a tough fight? Is it the matchmaker? Is it the promoter? Is it the style of the fighters? Maybe all of the above, but from being involved nearly 15 years in the sport now, I can tell you that a tough fight is when both fighters have something at risk…something fearful to lose. 

On December 17th, 2016, at the Ralston Arena, just one week removed from Terence Crawford’s Jr Welterweight WBC/WBO showdown with John Molina, another title fight takes place in Omaha. Although, the Nebraska Regional State Welterweight title may not be in comparison as to most, it definitely means the world to both Guy Smith Jr 6-2 (2), of Omaha and Jonny “Drama” Jarabek 4-0 (1), of Denver.

The fight has been in the works for nearly 3 weeks now and as tough of a match-up it appears to be on paper…it was just as tough in making it.

Why, you may ask? The answer is simple. Both boxers know the boxing world can be great one moment and depressing the next. But more importantly it’s the all too familiar risk factor.

In Smith Jr. you have quite the winning streak, especially since joining forces with B&B, training alongside P4P Champ Terence Crawford, and gaining world class training in Brian “BoMac” McIntyre, Red Spikes, Esau Dieguez and Damone Wright.

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But in facing Jarabek, he is facing an undefeated threat. Jarabek has fast hands, a nice in and out game, all the while shooting crisp combinations upstairs and downstairs. To make things even more concerning, he was a top amateur a few years back. His style always reminds me of former WBO Jr Welterweight champion, Chris Algieri. 

Jarabek and his team respect everything that Smith Jr brings to the table. They have scouted him well and remain impressed. Jarabek stated “I’m very impressed with Guy Smith Jr, he oozes with confidence and is a very gritty, tough fighter. He is trained by a great trainer and trains with the P4P number one fighter in the world. I have seen him a couple of times and thought an eventual matchup may take place one day. We are two young hungry fighters vying for a State Title. It is another continued battle between Colorado and Nebraska and I have no problem going to Nebraska and taking anything away from anybody.”

Smith Jr is a natural nice sized Welterweight, while Jarabek is more comfortable at 140. Smith Jr’s jab can neutralize speed and makes rushing in a real problem for his foes. The biggest attribute that Smith Jr has is the fact that he acts and feels already like a champion. This feeling has been with him for a while as he is a former 2x State Wrestling champion. Think Vernon Forrest.

Head trainer and Co-manager of Terence Crawford, Brian “BoMac” McIntyre stated “Guy fight’s better at home, he’s comfortable, he’s locked in. If he’s in shape, we like him in this fight. We believe in him. His style was meant for the pros so all that amateur talk isn’t a factor.”

Smith stated “ I know that all my fights will start getting tougher, going to be matched differently, that’s ok cause just like my wrestling days, I fear nobody, I was always curious to test my talents when I heard someone said this guy or that guy was better than me. In boxing, it’s no different some may favor him, some favor me, you know me BG, I will fight anybody. We are going to prepare for him as if he’s King Kong.”

When discussing the fight with fellow coaches, matchmakers, managers and fight fans you honestly get extremely mixed opinions, another indicator that this fight is a true pickem fight. 

Some say ah “Jarabek has too much experience, had 30+ amateur fights, compared to Smith’s 12.” 

Others state “Jarabek has to face the crowd, hometown, and size of Smith, plus Jarabek is no Daniel Calzada, Smith had a draw with him in Colorado even.”

At the end of the day, we can speculate, we can guess, we can predict even, but none of that matters, because you see both Smith Jr and Jarabek are already winners. They do what most wont… they have decided to risk it all and step into the “Danger Zone”!!!!

-BG

When: December 17th, 2016
Where: Ralston Arena, Omaha, NE
Tickets: www.bandbboxing.com/tickets
Promoter: B&B Boxing Promotions

 
 

B&B wants to extend a big Thank you to Make Believe Studios and Brett Seeley of Brett Seeley Photograhy/SCL (Sparta Combat League)

 

NELSON MAKES BIG NOISE WITH HUGE KO WIN

By Bill Green

Photo: Top Rank

Photo: Top Rank

Las Vegas was warned all week about a winter storm coming to the area in reference to Omaha and B&B’s own, Steven “So Cold” Nelson. They would get a storm and a nasty one in fact. 

In the first bout of this evening’s Top Rank promoted show televised on UniMas, Nelson dropped skilled Colorado power puncher Reyes “Vegas” Diaz.

The 2nd round knockout came in exciting fashion and the video replays have been an even bigger hit on twitter. To make matters even more surreal is the fact that best friend and P4P champ, Terence Crawford, shot the video for Top Rank.

Nelson improves to 4-0 (4), while Diaz suffers his first defeat and drops to 5-1 (5).

I caught up with Nelson moments after the fight: 

BG: Wow, huge KO win for you. Congrats. 

Nelson: Thank you BG, we put the work in and it showed in my performance.

BG: Can you walk the viewers through the fight, in your own words?

Nelson: Ya, he was tough. He was trying to bully me in there. Putting his head in my chest, trying to get me to fight his fight. Pushing me in the corner, trying to impose his will. I just had to stay calm, box him a bit. As the fight progressed, I figured him out. Once he gets ready to throw a power punch he drops his hands for a split second. So I started stepping around those shots and countering. The first time I dropped him it was a straight right hand. He got up, the second time I hit him with a nice left hook. Again, I will give him credit he got up. As the rd started to close, we were mixing it up again, and I stumbled pack a bit along the ropes and went down. The ref called it a knockdown. I really didn’t feel a punch nor was I ever hurt. In the second, my team, kept telling me to step around his shots again and fire the right. He forced me back along the ropes, but this time I saw the opening and stepped to my right. I knew that it landed flush, he crashed pretty hard. The ref didn’t even start a count…he was out. 

BG: Yea, that’s about exactly how I saw it a booming right hand that he just didn’t expect or see coming. Remember, in our interview you stated, straight right and goodnight? What’s next for you?

Nelson: Lol Ya I remember that, crazy huh. A little rest but not much, we coming right back on Terence’s card, Dec 10th. This train is going to stay on the track, full steam ahead lol

BG: What is that you wanted Top Rank to see tonight and what is that you believe you gave them?

Nelson: I knew that it was a step up in competition. I know that they wanted to test me, to see what they may or may not have in me. I believe that I passed the test convincingly. As far as what I gave them? I mean hopefully to create or makes some noise in there lol

If you have seen the pictures or videos…I think Steven “So Cold” Nelson made so much noise that we could hear it all the way back in OMAHA!!!!

 

TREVEN TOP-FLIGHT COLEMAN “TIME FOR TAKE OFF”

By Bill Green

This Saturday night, November 5th, 2016, B&B and Omaha’s own, Treven “Top-Flight” Coleman 3-0 (1) returns to the ring as he faces Super Featherweight Anthony Crowder 0-4, of Des Moines, Iowa. 

The Coleman vs Crowder 4 RD Super
featherweight bout will take place in nearby Saint Joseph, MO, at the NoPlace Bar. The entire card is being promoted by John Carden’s Legacy Entertainment which includes a very interesting Midwest Cruiserweight main event matchup between power punching vet Gary “Freak Train” Tapusoa 8-6-1 (7), of Independence, MO vs fellow cruiser and throwback fighter, “Dangerous” Damon Reed 48-19 (32), of Topeka, KS.

While Coleman’s fight appears on paper to be a stay busy fight as the highly publicized and anticipated rematch between former amateur rival Paul Whiteface looms…he definitely is taking this fight serious. 

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Coleman has been training alongside fellow B&B teammate, Steven “So Cold” Nelson, down in San Diego, CA, for several weeks. 

After yet another rough and tough day at the gym, this reporter caught up with the most colorful and brash fighter in B & B’s stable … aka the “slickster”, aka “ lil bro” aka Treven “Top-Flight” Coleman. 


BG: Hello champ, how was camp in California?

Coleman: It was great; I mean the weather was sensational. Coach Basheer is teaching me new things, the technical side of things. I’m able to slow down and concentrate here with big bro Steven right by my side. The sparring and different looks was definitely what I needed. Red, Bo, my pops, and now coach Basheer, that’s a ton of knowledge right there. I’m truly blessed. 

BG:  I think most fight fans at times forget how much importance is needed for the mental part of this game. In other words, you can be in shape physically but if not mentally prepared than the opportunity could lead to disaster. Do you agree?

Coleman: Most definitely, coming out here, is a huge change, but a good one. It allows me to see things clearly. I feel like I’m in a zone.  No distractions, just me and the training. Mentally, I’m on point. My mindset is taking care of Mr. Crowder on Saturday night…it’s the only thing that is on my mind.

BG: I assume you are referring to the upcoming rematch that everyone is eager to see in Whiteface?

Coleman: Yes, like I said. Anthony Crowder is first and I’m taking one fight at a time. TC (Terence Crawford) taught me to never look down the road, focus on my opponent at hand. My opponent is Crowder and this Saturday that is what matters. After that we will deal with what’s his name…Whiteface lol.

BG: So Nelson fights Friday and you fight Saturday, then in December boss man Terence Crawford fights Dec 10 and then back to work for you and the fellas Dec 17 New Generation 3?

Coleman: Yes, sir, me and Steven ready to hold it down. We ready to kick things off with some major W’s. Exciting time for us…. exciting time for Omaha. We gonna set the tone. 

BG: Sounds like a plan indeed champ. What can fight fans expect from you this Saturday night?

Coleman: Well you know me…. it’s time to get passengers on the plane, pilot has been down since May, engines are fired up, all aboard…. it’s time for Take Off!!!


WHEN: THIS SATURDAY NIGHT, NOVEMBER 5TH, 2016 6PM CT START TIME
WHERE: NoPLACE BAR, ST JOESEPH, MO (SHORT DRIVE FROM OMAHA)
PROMOTER: LEGACY ENTERTAINMENT (JOHN CARDEN)
TICKETS: $25 GENERAL ADMISSION/ $50 FLOOR SEATING
FOR MORE INFORMATION: www.bandbboxing.com

NELSON: “His 0 has to Go”

By Bill Green

As previously reported B & B and Omaha’s own Steven “So Cold” Nelson 3-0 (3) returns to the ring this Friday night on a Top Rank promoted card televised by UniMas at the famed Treasure Island located in Las Vegas, NV. 

What we didn’t know at the time is the name of his opponent. It was released about 2 weeks ago that Colorado KO artist Reyes “Vegas” Diaz 5-0 (5) will step in the ring with Nelson in a scheduled 4 RD slugfest.



This reporter knows Diaz well, as I helped match Diaz with fellow Scottsbluff Combat warrior, Chris Saucedo 2-3 (2). Diaz would later be a special guest in Gering, NE for Knockdown in G-Town II, when Saucedo and Vince Martinez put a thrilling and controversial main event. He is well spoken and a real pro inside and outside of the ring. 

Diaz is an orthodox straight ahead puncher, who also likes to turn southpaw, and take chances by forcing the fight on the inside.  His matchmaker, Steve Mestas, wanted this fight badly for his fighter. The team of Mestas and Diaz will be on point come fight night and this is a nice step up in class for Nelson. 

The credentials for Nelson are straight up awesome. His list of amateur accomplishments alone put him as the clear favorite on paper heading into this exciting matchup. 

2012 - Olympic Alternate
2013 - USA Senior National champion
2012 - 2014 All Army Champion
2012 - Armed Forces Champion

As an amateur, he took on some elite talent, now in the pros such as Golden Boy Promotion’s Super Middleweight D’Mitrius Ballard 15-0 (11), Al Haymon/PBC’s Light-Heavyweight Marcus “Sir” Browne 18-0 (13) and Minnesota NABA Middleweight champion, Robert “Bravo” Brant 21-0 (14). Also, worthy of note he has been in camp with Former Super Middleweight P4P king, Andre “S.O.G.” Ward 30-0 (15)


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I caught up with Nelson to gather his thoughts regarding Diaz and to keep his already strong legion updated on his career. 


BG: Well it’s fight week champ, you now have an opponent and to be honest a tough one. What do you personally know about him?

Nelson: I know that he’s 5-0…I know that he’s a step up from my other pro opponents and I also know that I’m ready for him. 

BG: He can effectively turn southpaw and likes to go for the knockout. Does the southpaw stance or his knockout percentage concern you?

Nelson: No, none of it. I have fought plenty of southpaws in both the amateurs and my first opponent in the pro’s was a southpaw. I mean, that plays right into my advantage…straight right and goodnight lol as far as his knockouts go, all I can say is I’m not his other opponents. I believe I’m something different and on Nov 4th I plan on showing and proving that fact. 

BG: Hmmm... this fight has me and I’m sure all the Nebraska/Colorado fan’s pumped. What do you fell are your biggest advantages heading into this potentially fight of the night?

Nelson: I feel like I’m really diverse, we work on so much. Coach Basheer Abdullah has me working on a dozen plans of action. We will figure him out and adapt. Keep in mind most don’t see me as having power…but then after I hit them clean, their plan changes. We know he is tough, we respect that, we plan for that and are prepared for any and everything.

BG: If successful, B&B will keep you busy as you are all ready penciled in as the main event on Dec 17th in your hometown of Omaha, NE. That will be 5 fights this year, is that too much for an athlete these days?

Nelson: Not at all, I mean I would like to stay extremely active. Fight every 45 days. I want to take on challenges, move up the rankings, establish myself, pay the bills with my skills lol

BG: In closing, what can fight fans expect come fight night?

Nelson: They are gonna see me shine and do my thing. I plan on being So Cold in there….and his O has to go!!!


WHEN: THIS FRIDAY NIGHT, NOVEMBER 4TH, 2016
WHERE: TREASURE ISLAND, LAS VEGAS, NV www.treasureisland.com
PROMOTER: TOPRANK www.toprank.com
TV: UniMas & Univision Deportes Network Solo Boxeo (11pm ET/PT)

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