Weigh-ins completed for Friday’s boxing show at Pechanga

Being a success involves more than just hitting a heavy bag. On Thursday, things got a bit out of hand and more importantly the Press covering the helter-skelter weigh-ins were not getting the necessary photos for their articles to promote the show. This whacky photo says it all. This would have been a good time for a strict disciplinarian like the Da Bear’s coach Mike Ditka to happen by and demand the boxers straighten up. Reminder: good reporting sells tickets.

On Thursday, September 27, 2018, Devin Haney from Las Vegas, Nevada and Juan Carlos Burgos from Tijuana, B. C., Mexico made weight for their ShoBox: The New Generation 10-round main event which will headline a tripleheader live on SHOWTIME (10 p.m. ET/PT) from the Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula, Calif. Haney, the 19-year-old sensation with a 19-0 record with 13 KOs is already making his second appearance in 2018 on the prestigious ShoBox. Plus, this will be his first real test against a polished, more experienced veteran like Burgos (33-2-2, 21 KOs).

In a co-feature, they have the much-anticipated rematch between lightweights, 28-year-old, 5’9″ tall, 73″ reach Thomas “Gunna Man” Mattice (13-0, 10 KOs) and Zhora Hamazaryan (9-1, 6 KOs) who are scheduled to go eight rounds. With the much taller Mattice from Cleveland, Ohio failing to make the contracted 135-pound lightweight limit, his management team leaned on the following excuse. Our fighter, who battled the flu earlier in the week, said he is now feeling 100 percent and ready to go. You as a promoter would think that’s wonderful news. Everyone would think the same except for the Hamazaryan  side who was looking forward to fighting Mattice on a level playing field. He already has the height advantage, the reach advantage and now were going to give him the weight advantage. The insider who did not want to be quoted: “By tomorrow night, my guess is Mattice will be weighing around 143 lbs.”
In their first meeting, most everyone thought Hamazaryan had won decisively, to include the ShowBox announcing team who called the scores favoring Mattice (76-75, 76-75) outrageous, while the third judge had Hamazaryan winning the fight 77-74. So, for those who like rooting for the underdog they’ll once again have Hamazaryan to root for.
Tickets for the event, which is promoted by Devin Haney Promotions and Ringside Tickets Inc., are priced at $19 for General Admission, and then $29, $59, $79, $99, and $129 for Ringside. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Pechanga Casino Box Office at 1-888-810-8871 or online at www.ticketmaster.com.


Lightweights 10-Round Bout: Juan Carlos Burgos 134½ lbs. versus

The signal is the same in every language, “¡Silencio por favor!” After Devin Haney (left) weighed in at 134 ¾ lbs. and his mouthpiece began voicing all these threats and unflattering opinions, Juan Carlos Burgos gave the clown a signal that someone needed to shut-up.

Referee for the Haney vs Burgos bout: Zachary Young; Judges: Sergio Caiz (West Covina, Calif.), Edward Hernandez, Sr. (Moreno Valley, Calif.), Alejandro Rochin (Chula Vista, Calif.)

Zhora Hamaryan who is scheduled to face Thomas Mattice in a rematch of their controversial July 20, 2018 bout at the Winna Vegas Casino & Resort in Sloan, Iowa, weighed in at 134½ lbs., a half pound under the contracted weight of 135 lbs. Hamaryan’s opponent
Thomas Mattice weighed in at 138 ½ lbs., four pounds heavier which would make him a super lightweight.
Referee: Ray Corona; Judges: Sergio Caiz (West Covina, Calif.), Edward Hernandez, Sr. (Moreno Valley, Calif.), Alejandro Rochin (Chula Vista, Calif.)

(photo above) Thirty-year-old, super welterweight, 5’9″ tall DeAndre Ware (12-0-2, 8 KOs) from Toledo, Ohio who is set to face 24-year-old, 6′ tall, Cem Kilic (11-0, 7 KOs) (photo below) from Sherman Oaks, Calif. by way of Frankfurt, Hessen, Germany.

Referee for the bout: Tony Crebs; Judges: Sergio Caiz (West Covina, Calif.), Edward Hernandez, Sr. (Moreno Valley, Calif.), Alejandro Rochin (Chula Vista, Calif.)

DeAndre Ware (r) from Toledo, Ohio and Cem Kilic (l) from Sherman Oaks, Calif. face off.

In the show’s opener, Bout #1, they have welterweight Anthony Franco (2-1, 1 KO) from Temecula, Calif. (146.5 lbs.), a former U.S. Marine, taking on David Payne (2-1, 1 KO) (145.5 lbs.) from Denver, Colorado. (145.5 lbs.)
In Bout #2, it will be Ricardo Valdovinos (7-0, 5 KOs) from San Diego, Calif. (146.5 lbs.) taking on Kevin Shacks (2-2-3, 2 KOs) from Lansing, Michigan. (Friday morning weigh-in).
Bout #3 has
“I’m one of the best boxers in the game. I think most of my opponents know that, so when they get in the ring with me, that’s why they try to land their best shot as soon as the fight is on. They try, but they don’t touch me. When I fought Mason Menard, skeptics thought I was in over my head and that I didn’t stand a chance. And then I got in the ring and I won. I outclassed Menard. Then, they started saying that Menard was not at his best, that he didn’t bring his ‘A’ game. I’m getting the feeling that I’m not getting the recognition I deserve. I really work hard. I love this sport and I give my all.
“I have been fighting at 132 lbs. since I was 16 and now I’m up at 135 lbs. It takes a lot of discipline. But I have a great team that stands by me and helps me to become the best version of myself.”
“This is my second fight at 135 lbs. I feel good. I feel that I have evolved as a boxer since my last fight. I feel strong. I think it has to do with experience, after time you just learn your lesson and move forward. I am a very skilled boxer and after the Mikey Garcia fight, I learned a lot about myself mentally and physically. I want to get another title shot and I feel this fight is the right opportunity for me since in this fight I’m planning to show the world I’m an elite boxer.
“I don’t believe Haney has fought a fighter with my experience. You can be talented but there are things you can’t teach. No matter how talented you are, you only learn these things over time. “
“I had been recovering from the flu but now I’m 100 percent physically and mentally. In the last match, I lost focus after the knockdown and never was able to get back on track. My cross-country travel from New Jersey to California was rough, and then we had some issues where I lost a few days because of things out of my control.
“It was tight. Every round was tight in the first fight. It depends on how you look at it. I know 80 percent of the people watching think I lost. But there were rounds that I won. The only round he out-landed me was the second and seventh rounds. I didn’t give my best effort in that first fight. That’s why I decided to take the rematch. I didn’t have to take it, but I did. I’m not paid to judge fights. I fight them.”
“I’m just going to pressure him and come forward. I can not leave it in the judges’ hands. I know I have to be the aggressor, so it should only last three or four rounds. The first fight wasn’t very fair. I know that I did everything in the books to look good, to have a clean fight and win, but the judges gave it to him. I wasn’t happy. Now, once I get in that ring, I’ll break him down and I will make the adjustments. He’s not going to win without deserving it again. I’ll make sure of that.”
Lightweight Zhora Hamazaryan (9-1, 6 KOs) wants to show the world he is indeed better than the undefeated Thomas Mattice (13-0, 10 KOs)when they meet in this rematch of their controversial July 21st bout. Many, many boxing fans feel Hamazaryan was on the wrong end of that very bad decision. The native of Armenia has been in Los Angeles training very hard for this rematch. “Everything is perfect,” said Hamazaryan, “My camp has been great, and I am more than ready for Friday night.” Hamazaryan believes what happened before has no bearing on what will happen on Friday night in Temecula. “Because this is a rematch of a loss, I will be taking it far more seriously and you will see a totally different outcome. I didn’t lose that last fight, so I will not be changing my game plan.”
The 22-year-old Hamazaryan feels the experience he gained in that first encounter will be beneficial to him for an even more dominant performance. “I feel like I am the champion. I will do great again, and perform even better. I took this fight to prove that I am better than him. I showed that in the previous fight, and now nothing can stop me.”
The decision was lambasted throughout the boxing world and by Hall of Fame announcer Steve Farhood who called it the worst decision ever on ShoBox and stated Hamazaryan will not let the judges decide his fate in the rematch.
“Everyone was disappointed by the decision because they saw clearly that I had won,” said Hamazaryan. “It was disappointing for the fans, but it did not break me. This time it will not be a decision. I am going to do what I am good at. I will win this anyway, whether it’s a decision or a knockout. Either way, it’s going to be a beatdown. Hopefully, this will be the right decision. I just hope everything will be fair, and I am coming for the win.”
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