May 19, 2014

Casino Miami Jai-Alai show to have a reality feel with taping for NUVO TV

Casino Miami Jai-Alai will have its second boxing show of the year on June 7, only this card also will provide a reality TV angle.

Casino Miami Jai-Alai will have its second boxing show of the year on June 7, only this card also will provide a reality TV angle.

Three of the fights in the announced six-bout card will be taped for an episode of Knockout on NUVO TV, a network featuring English-Spanish-language programming.

Knockout chronicles trainers Floyd Mayweather Sr., Yoel Judah and Ruben Guerrero, who also have guided their world champion sons’ careers.

Mayweather, Judah and Guerrero each will have a fighter on the Jai-Alai card. Mayweather trains welterweight Said Ouali, while Judah and Guerrero guide middleweight Dennis Douglin and junior welterweight Juan Garcia, respectively. The bouts featuring Ouali, Douglin and Garcia are scheduled for 10 rounds.

The program follows the trainers as they prepare their fighters, who participate in a tournament-type format.

“The producers of the show considered several locations to tape their next program,” said Al Bonanni, who has promoted the Casino Miami Jai-Alai cards since the venue resumed boxing activity last year. “We are very fortunate they accepted our offer.”

In addition to the reality program’s segment, the June 7 show will feature popular South Florida-based fighters Azea Augustama, Hairon Socarras and Ahmed Elbiali, all of whom fought on the previous Jai-Alai card on Jan. 18.

• Four-division world champion Juan Manuel Marquez remained a viable candidate for future marquee bouts after his convincing unanimous-decision victory over Mike Alvarado late Saturday in Los Angeles.

Marquez established dominance early with precision punching as he landed multiple combinations to Alvarado’s head in the regional welterweight title bout.

The Mexico native also was effective with lead rights to the body.

Late in the eighth round, Marquez (56-7-1, 40 KOs) solidified his early bout advantage when he dropped Alvarado with a solid right to the head. Alvarado, however, beat the 10-count and floored Marquez with a right to the head early in the ninth round.

Marquez and Alvarado (34-3) exchanged at a frequent and entertaining pace for the remainder of the bout, delighting the crowd at the Los Angeles Forum.

Two judges scored the fight for Marquez, 117-109, and the third also had him winning, 119-108.

After the fight, Marquez didn’t commit to a possible fifth bout with nemesis Manny Pacquiao. Marquez’s first three fights against Pacquiao ended in a draw and two close decision losses before he knocked out his Philippines rival in December of 2012.

“Manny Pacquiao is a great champion, and every fight and preparation is different, so we’ll see how we feel after this one,” Marquez said. “Whatever decision we make [for a fifth Pacquiao fight] will be the best for my family.”

• Miami resident Niko Valdes reached the semifinals of the 2014 National Golden Gloves Tournament last week in Las Vegas. Representing Florida, Valdes defeated Johnny Rosa of Lawrence, Massachusetts, 3-2, in the quarterfinals of the 178-pound weight class.

But Valdes’ hopes of a Golden Gloves national championship ended in the semifinal round, when California’s Malcolm McAllister defeated him, 3-2, on Friday night.

Two additional boxers from the Florida team won national titles. Antonio Vargas of Kissimmee defeated Georgia’s Mikhail Cunningham, 5-0, in the 114-pound final, and Samuel Valentin of Land O’Lakes won the 152-pound final with a 3-2 victory over Nevada’s Quontez McRath.

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