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Former Welterweight and Middleweight contender and Professional Bull fighter Luis Folledo passes at 79

LUIS FOLLEDO –  The former Madrid, Spain 1960s world rated welterweight and middleweight contender died on May 21, 2017 at the age of 79. He was born in Madrid, Spain on October 10, 1937 and fought professionally from 1958-1969. He compiled a record of 128-6-1 (KOs 59) and was only stopped four times. Between February 1962 and March 1968 he was ranked as high as # 3 in the world by The Ring magazine.

Luis Folledo

Folledo was also a professional bullfighter who made his debut on February 2nd, 1964 at the Barbastra Bullring in Huesca, Spain. The Spanish Boxing Federation threatened to take away his boxing license because of this. He held the Spanish welterweight title from March 5, 1960 until May 19, 1962 and the Spanish middleweight title from May 19, 1962 until his retirement in 1969. He was unsuccessful in three tries at the European middleweight title, losing to Laszlo Papp in 1963 (tko 8); Nino Benvenuti in 1965 (ko 6); and Juan Carlos Duran in 1967 (tko 12).

During his career he defeated such fighters as Fred Galiana, Marcel Pigou, Abdelkader Ben Buker, Michel Diouf, Hector Constance, Sugar Boy Nando, Jean Ruellet, Souleymane Diallo, Jose Ungidos,  Diego Infantes,  Boswell St Louis, Armand Vanucci, Richard Bouchez, Tony Smith, Yoland Leveque, Francisco Fiori, and Milo Calhoun. His six losses were to Nino Benvenuti, Laszlo Papp, Brian Curvis, Juan Carlos Duran, Chris Christensen and Sugar Boy Nando.     

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Tornado Sanchez dies in car accident

By Gabriel F. Cordero

May 20. Sad to report that former WBA interim world champion David “Tornado” Sánchez and his brother Jonathan were killed in an automobile accident earlier today. Their vehicle collided with a trailer on the Hermosillo-Kino Coastal Highway. Rafael Soto (Sanchez manager) has confirmed the tragedy to the media.

David Tornado Sanchez in action

Sánchez, just 25, last fought on April 7 in Puerto Peñasco, Sonora, and there was talk of a possible rematch against former world champion Luis Concepción. He had a professional record of 31-4-2, 23 KOs.

Pennington Decisions Rodriguez
Story by Kirk Lang
Photos by Richard Esposito
May 11, 2017 – Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun Arena – Courtney Pennington, who during one point in his young career managed a single victory in six fights (with losses and draws stopping his progress), is now seeing his career on the upswing. The 30-year-old from Brownsville, Brooklyn pulled off his biggest win, and his third consecutive upset, with a 10-round decision over longtime junior middleweight contender Delvin Rodriguez, known for his fan-friendly style and for being a regular face on ESPN2’s “Friday Night Fights.” Prior to Rodriguez, Pennington bested Khiary Gray-Pitts in February and ex-Marine Boyd Melson last November. Pennington defeated Rodriguez by scores of 98-92 twice and 97-93.“I appreciate the opportunity,” said Pennington. “I felt that my skills were superior tonight. All of boxers dream to be world champion. I would like to fight the best but I’ve got some ways to go.”

Rodriguez is a three-time world title challenger and the former USBA welterweight champion. His best days, it could be said, are behind him, but he still showed recently he is not ready for retirement, as he proved in a decision victory over competent boxer Shawn Cameron last July. Cameron had only one loss on his record when he faced off against Rodriguez. Even against higher caliber competition, Rodriguez gave a good account of himself, going the full 12 rounds in a challenge of WBA champion Erislandy Lara in June 2015.

But styles make fights and Pennington, 154 ¼, had the hand speed, and perhaps more importantly the quick and shifty footwork, to make Rodriguez, 156 ¼, look like retirement may be on the horizon. Pennington’s edge in youth was on display in the opening round as he largely peppered Rodriguez with jabs while also proving an difficult target to hit. In and out summarized Pennington’s game plan at the outset.

However, the younger man seemed to slow down a step as early as the next round, and as a result, Rodriguez showed a bit of his old self, the fighter who used to be known for throwing punches in bunches. Pennington also made the mistake in the third round of remembering his footwork but forgetting to stay busy. Each man had their moments in the fourth frame. Pennington clearly seemed relaxed as he switched from a conventional stance to southpaw, and back again. Rodriguez, 29-9-4 (16), managed to get Pennington, 11-3-2 (5), along the ropes at one point, but Pennington deftly maneuvered his way out. Rodriguez never landed consistently but then again, Pennington was still being a bit shy with punches, especially considering he was the more youthful man in there.

The fifth round marked a turning point for Pennington, who would once again get busy and stay busy. While usually piling up points with the jab, he landed his best punch of the first half of the fight – a beautiful straight right – with 12 seconds remaining in the stanza. Pennington would continue to impress with a steady volume of punches as the rounds went on. In the 9th round, when it seemed Rodriguez might get to him along the ropes, Pennington escaped and went back to tattooing Rodriguez’ face. Even if his punches lacked serious firepower, they at least had some pop. Blood was streaming down Delvin’s left nostril by round’s end and the 37-year-old also developed a nice mouse underneath his right eye. Also, between rounds 9 and 10, a slight laceration could be seen above Rodriguez’ left eye.

Often in a fight where a boxer is behind on the scorecards, the one likely to lose tries to at least let the leather fly in the hopes of a knockout, or maybe to take that round on points in an effort to edge the fighter on the scorecards, if the judges have it closer than it might appear. However, there was no furious rally from Rodriguez in the final three minutes of the fight. Perhaps he’s had too many wars to summon up one more round of action like the Rodriguez of old, or rather, of young. He was only able to muster some fists of fury in the closing seconds of the bout.

Rodriguez, a longtime fighter with Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing, left the ring as Pennington was being announced the winner. While no one got to hear what his future plans might be, Rodriguez acknowledged a day earlier in an interview for a Star Boxing broadcast segment that he couldn’t afford to look bad because he’s “at the end of my career now.”
Whether he hangs up the gloves or not in the wake of his defeat to Pennington, Rodriguez has opportunities outside of getting in the ring and trading punches. He has done broadcast work for ESPN Deportes and he recently opened up an upscale bar and lounge in his hometown of Danbury.

Meeting of the IOC Executive Board in Lausanne – Information for the media

The Executive Board (EB) of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) will meet on 9 June in Lausanne.

May 18 – The EB will receive and discuss two reports from the Working Group currently looking into the candidature procedure. The working group consists of the four IOC Vice-Presidents and has been tasked with exploring how to make the candidature procedure more proactive, more collaborative and less expensive in the future.

There will be two reports:

  • A report on the Olympic Games 2024 and 2028.
  • A second report on the reform of the candidature procedure that will be applicable to the Olympic Winter Games 2026.

Programme of the IOC EB meeting

Friday 9 June

Time  (local time) Meetings / Events
8.50 a.m. Photo opportunity
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.  IOC Executive Board meeting
6 p.m. (tbc) IOC President’s press conference – available via teleconference and Periscope

Media accreditation:
Accreditations are processed online. Media representatives wishing to cover the meeting are requested to register by Friday 2 June on the IOC website.

If you have already registered for previous meetings, please access your profile using your email address and tick the box June 2017 IOC Executive Board meeting.
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Should you have any issues when registering, please do not hesitate to contact us at pressoffice@olympic.org.

Accreditation cards will be distributed from 10 a.m. at The Olympic Museum or from 08:00 to 08:45 at the IOC Headquarters should you be covering the photo opportunity.

Venues:
The meeting will take place at the IOC Headquarters:
Avenue Général Guisan 70, Pully

The IOC President’s press conference will take place at The Olympic Museum:
Quai d’Ouchy 1, 1006 Lausanne

Media facilities:
A Media Working Room will be set up at The Olympic Museum (Gallerie) and will be equipped with Wi-Fi and other necessary connections.

Accommodation:
Media representatives are requested to make their own arrangements.

IOC President’s press conference: teleconference call
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TERENCE CRAWFORD vs. FÉLIX DÍAZ

WORLD JR. WELTERWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP

FIGHT WEEK MEDIA SCHEDULE  

Saturday, May 20, at Madison Square Garden

Live on HBO World Championship Boxing® 

NEW YORK (May 12, 2017) — Undefeated World Junior Welterweight Champion and top pound for pound fighter TERENCE “Bud” CRAWFORD (30-0, 21 KOs), of Omaha, Neb., will make his 2017 debut, Next Saturday!  May 20, at the Mecca of Boxing, Madison Square Garden.  This will also be his debut headlining in the big room — a testament both to his talent and his growing popularity.  Crawford will be defending his unified World Boxing Organization (WBO) / World Boxing Council (WBC) / Ring magazine titles against former Olympic gold medalist and top-rated contender FÉLIX DÍAZ (19-1, 8 KOs), of Brooklyn by way of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, in a marquee all-action fight.  It will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing, beginning at 10:15 p.m. ET/PT.  

 The telecast will open with RAY “Sugar” BELTRAN (32-7-1, 20 KOs), of Phoenix, AZ by way of Ahome, Mexicoand JONATHAN “The Last Inca” MAICELO (25-2, 12 KOs), of North Bergen, New Jersey by way of Callao, Peru, going mano a mano in a high-stakes battle of world-rated lightweight contenders.  Sanctioned by the International Boxing Federation (IBF) as a world lightweight title elimination bout, the winner of the 12-round rumble will also lay claim to the vacant World Boxing Association (WBA) International and the NABF and NABO lightweight titles, currently held by Beltran.  The world championship event will also feature the Pride of Newark and 2016 U.S. Olympic silver medalist SHAKUR STEVENSON(1-0) on the non-televised undercard.

Promoted by Top Rank®, in associationith DiBella Entertainment, Tecate and Madison Square Garden, remaining  tickets to the Crawford vs. Díaz world championship event are priced at $250, $150, $100, $75, $50 and $35.  They can be purchased at the Madison Square Garden Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, Ticketmaster charge by phone (866-858-0008), and online at www.ticketmaster.com and www.thegarden.com.

 * FIGHT WEEK MEDIA SCHEDULE *

(All Times are Eastern Daylight Time)

 TUESDAY, MAY 16

TERENCE CRAWFORD / EVERLAST FAN MEET & GREET

Modell’s Sporting Goods in Times Square

234 West 42nd St. (Between 6th and 7th Aves.)

New York, NY 10018

WEDNESDAY, MAY 17

MEDIA WORKOUTS

Mendez Boxing Gym

23 East 26th St.

New York, NY 10001

THURSDAY, MAY 18

FINAL PRESS CONFERENCE

Madison Square Garden Expo Center

FRIDAY, MAY 19

OFFICIAL WEIGH-IN

Madison Square Garden Expo Center

 SATURDAY, MAY 20

FIGHT DAY!

Madison Square Garden Arena

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CANELO ALVAREZ SHUTS OUT JULIO CESAR CHAVEZ, JR. IN CINCO DE MAYO WEEKEND SPECTACULAR AT SOLD-OUT T-MOBILE ARENA IN LAS VEGAS
CANELO ANNOUNCES MEGAFIGHT WITH UNIFIED MIDDLEWEIGHT CHAMPION GENNADY “GGG” GOLOVKIN — SEPTEMBER 16 SHOOTOUT TO BE BIGGEST FIGHT IN THE SPORT  

LOS ANGELES (May 6, 2017) – No sooner did boxing’s biggest star Canelo Alvarez (49-1-1, 34 KOs) dispatch Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. (50-3-1, 32 KOs) in a dominant shutout victory over 12 rounds at the sold-out T-Mobile Arena on presented live on HBO Pay-Per-View, than the middleweight superstar announced that boxing’s biggest fight – a showdown with Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (37-0, 33 KOs) – would take place on Mexican Independence Day weekend on September 16. Canelo beat Chavez, Jr. from pillar to post, earning a unanimous decision with all three judges scoring the fight 120-108.

 “Tonight, I showed I could move, I could box, I showed as a fighter I can do all things,” Canelo said. “I thought I was going to showcase myself as a fighter that could throw punches, but he just wouldn’t do it. I’ve shown I can do lots of things in the ring, anything a fighter brings-I’ve shown I can showcase myself. I wanted to try something new, I never sit down in sparring and I didn’t want to sit here. GGG-you are next, my friend. The fight is done. I’ve never feared anyone, since I was 16, fighting as a professional. When I was born, fear was gone. I never got my share of fear. I’m very happy, and the rivalry is going to show my skills even more. I’ve had difficult fights, and that will no doubt be a tough fight. But, I always say, Canelo Alvarez is the best because I fight the best.”
 

“I feel very excited; in September, it will be a different style-a big drama show,” said Golovkin. “I’m ready. Tonight, first congrats to Canelo and his team. Right now, I think everyone is excited for September. Canelo looked very good tonight, and 100 percent he is the biggest challenge of my career. Good luck to Canelo in September.”

Canelo and GGG

Celebrities in attendance for the sell out crowd of 20,510 at T-Mobile Arena for Canelo vs. Chavez, Jr. included Oscar De La Hoya, Chairman and CEO of Golden Boy Promotions, Bernard Hopkins, Golden Boy Promotions business partner and future Hall of Famer, Julio Cesar Chavez, Sr., Mexican boxing legend and father to Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr., former professional boxer and world champion Evander Holyfield, former three-division world champion Marco Antonio “Baby-faced Assasin” Barrera, former four-division world champion Erik “El Terrible” Morales, four-division world champion Juan Manuel “Dinamita” Marquez, WBC Diamond, WBA and Ring Magazine Lightweight World Champion Jorge “El Niño De Oro” Linares, former WBC Super Featherweight World Champion Francisco “El Bandido” Vargas, Middleweight world champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin, two-division world champion Andre Ward,  UFC fighters Nate and Nick Diaz, comedian Dave Chapelle, musician and actor Ice Cube, Mexican singer, songwriter and actor Pepe Aguilar, EXTRA television host Mario Lopez, Mexican actor and model Gabriel Soto, Mexican regional artist Regulo Caro, Mexican regional artist Gerardo Ortiz, Mexican actress Geraldine Bazan, singer, songwriter and actress Paula DeAnda.

  “Canelo beat me, he beat me at the distance,” Chavez, Jr. said. “He is a very active fighter-he’s very good and he beat me. I wanted to box but he went to the ropes and I just needed to throw more punches. I would’ve attacked more I would’ve been countered by his punches. Nacho told me to do that but the strategy didn’t work. The speed and the distance was the key. I didn’t feel that much power because I felt dwindled, I couldn’t throw as many punches as I wanted. My father kept telling me to throw more punches from the ringside.”

Canelo vs. Chavez, Jr. was a 12-round fight presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with TGB sponsored by Tecate, BORN BOLD, O’Reilly Auto Parts, Adriana’s Insurance and Interjet.  Lemieux vs. Reyes was presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Eye of the Tiger Management, Matthysse vs. Taylor was a 10-round fight presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Arano Boxing and Star Boxing. Diaz, Jr. vs. Avila was presented by Golden Boy Promotions. The event took place on Saturday, May 6 at T-Mobile Arena and was produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View®
 
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 After Huge KO over win over former long-term title holder Wladimir Klitschko  Heavyweight Champion Anthony Joshua looks to grant rematch 

After securing one of the most exciting wins in the history of the heavyweight division, WBA/IBF heavyweight king Anthony Joshua is already considering his options and number one on his short list of future opponents is a rematch against Wladimir Klitschko in Wembley Stadium.

After earning a whopping £12 million ($15.59 Million American Dollars) against Klitschko, Joshua now looks to nearly double that figure in a rematch in the bout that is now being already labeled as the heavyweight Fight of the Century.

Although he has been on the cover of British GQ and is probably one of the most famous and recognizable athletes ever in the history England, Anthony Joshua is still quite humble in success. “I’m not perfect,” reveled Joshua. “But I’m trying.” If he is not perfect with a record of 19-0 (19 KO’s) then Kate Upton is just an average girl.With 90,000 people on hand at Wembley for their first fight if the second fight materializes it should be just as big, if not bigger.

The contract that the two fighters entered into contained a rematch clause that means that either boxer can trigger a rematch if beaten. Therefore, if Klitschko demands one, Joshua will be more than happy to give him one.Besides Klitschko, Joshua is also eyeing fellow Brit Tyson Fury, along with WBO title holder Joseph Parker fighting out of New Zealand, and with WBO title holder Joseph Parker fighting out of New Zealand, and American phenom and WBC heavyweight champion Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder.

Having recently announced that he was “going to conquer America,” Joshua may become the savior of the heavyweight division – the very same division that the Klitschkos have put to sleep for a decade as initially predicted by former champion Lennox Lewis. By securing big and exciting fights and eventually unifying the heavyweight title, Joshua can elevate boxing in America to the zenith it once was and which it maintained for over 100 years in American sports.

Interestingly enough, when Wladimir Klitschko announced after their bout that “the best man won,” meaning Joshua, he may have also ushered into boxing the era of Anthony Joshua and the re-birth of the heavyweight division back to the glamour boy of all of sports.

DANNY (BANG BANG) WOMBER – The former 1950s welterweight contender from Medina, N.Y., passes away at age 90

By Henry Hascup

DANNY (BANG BANG) WOMBER – The former 1950s welterweight contender from Medina, N.Y., passed away on March 26, 2017 at Erie County Medical Center, Buffalo at the age of 90. Born Daniel H. Womber on Jan. 5, 1927 in Chicago, Ill., he was the son of the late Jessie and Beatrice (Moore) Womber. Daniel served in the U.S. Army from 1946-1948 and fought on the Army Boxing Team and on returning home, continued his boxing career while working as a Private Investigator in Bronx, N.Y. Womber fought professionally from 1948 – 1953 and compiled a record of 43-23-11-1 (KOs 10). He was stopped only once. Between June 1952 and February 1954 he was ranked as high as the # 8 welterweight in the world by The Ring magazine. During his career he beat such fighters as Kid Gavilan, Wallace Bud Smith, Kid Dussart, Gus Mell, Wilbur Wilson, Honeychile Johnson, Kid Charolito Spirituano, Lloyd Tate, Dave Marsh, Billy Andy, Jose Alberto Diaz, Roger Baour, Bob Frost and Emmanuel Clavel. He also fought such fighters as Joe Brown, Luther Rawlings, Joey Giambra, Ralph Tiger Jones, Johnny Saxton, Chico Verona, Pierre Langlois, Art Aragon, Arthur Persley, Charley Cotton, Cliff Curvis, Ramon Fuentes, Carmine Fiore, Jimmy Sherrer, Bobby Rosado and Wally Thom. BoxRec

1/6 Scale Mike Tyson Collectible Figure
By Storm Collectibles

Mike Tyson, the former undisputed heavyweight champion of the world and holds the record as the youngest boxer to win the WBC, WBA, and IBF heavyweight titles at the age of 20. Tyson won his first 19 professional bouts by knockout and 12 of them in the first round! Storm Collectibles proudly presents the official Mike Tyson 1:6th Collectible Figure set. The tailor-sculpted head, body and tattoo are highly detailed and crafted based on Mike Tyson’s earliest professional boxing era at the 80’s. Featured with official licensed Everlast boxing gloves, trunks and training equipment. The Youngest World Heavyweight Champion in Boxing History, MIKE TYSON IS BACK!!

The 1/6th scale MIKE TYSON “The Youngest Heavyweight”Collectible Figure specially features:
• Authentic and detailed fully realized likeness of Mike Tyson in his earliest boxer career in late 80’s.
• Real-like facial expression
• Real-like facial expression of “boxing in action”(teeth shown)
• Approximately 11.80” (30 cm) tall
• Tailor-sculpted muscular body-shape at Tyson’late 80’s professional boxing career
• Molded movable arms and legs
• 4 pieces of interchangeable palms
• 1 pair of bare feet

Costume:
• 1 set of grey color causal training outfit
• 1 pair of Everlast professional boxing gloves
• 1 pair of Everlast boxing trunk (Tyson wore on many of his championship fights.)
• 1 pair of boxing boots

Accessories:
• Everlast speed bag with stand

Product Number: SCB10005
Shipping Weight: 6.58 pounds

ANDRE WARD VS. SERGEY KOVALEV 2: 

“THE REMATCH” PRESS TOUR

MONDAY, APRIL 10 – NEW YORK CITY – LE PARKER MERIDIEN

TUESDAY, APRIL 11 – OAKLAND – OAKLAND MARRIOTT

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 12 – LOS ANGELES – THE HOLLYWOOD ROOSEVELT

New York, NY – On Monday, April 10 in New York City, Andre “SOG” Ward (31-0, 15 KOs) and Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (30-1-1, 26 KOs)will formally address the media with details surrounding Ward vs. Kovalev 2: “The Rematch”. The championship event will take place Saturday, June 17 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas and will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View® beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT. 

What:      Ward-Kovalev 2: “The Rematch” – New York City Press Conference

Who:       Andre “S.O.G.” Ward – Unified Light Heavyweight World Champion

                Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev – Former Unified Light Heavyweight World Champion 

                James Prince – Manager of Andre Ward

                Josh Dubin – Manager of Andre Ward

                Daniel Bagdasarov – Egis Klimas’s Assistant

                Michael Yormark – Roc Nation President & Chief of Branding and Strategy

                Kathy Duva – CEO of Main Events

Where:    Le Parker Meridien – Estrela Penthouse

                119 W 56th St., New York, NY 10019

Date:       Monday, April 10, 2017                   

Time:      10:00 a.m. ET – Media Arrival/Brunch Served

                10:30 a.m. ET – Press Conference Begins

Oakland, CA – On Tuesday, April 11 in Oakland, Andre “SOG” Ward (31-0, 15 KOs) and Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (30-1-1, 26 KOs)will formally address the media with details surrounding Ward vs. Kovalev 2: “The Rematch”. The championship event will take place Saturday, June 17 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas and will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT. 

What:      Ward-Kovalev 2: “The Rematch” – Oakland Press Conference

Who:       Andre “S.O.G.” Ward – Unified Light Heavyweight World Champion

                Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev – Former Unified Light Heavyweight World Champion 

                Virgil Hunter – Trainer of Andre Ward

                James Prince – Manager of Andre Ward

                Egis Klimas – Manager of Sergey Kovalev

                Michael Yormark – Roc Nation President & Chief of Branding and Strategy

                Kathy Duva – CEO of Main Events

Where:    Oakland Marriott – Grand Ballroom (First Floor)

                1001 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94607

Date:       Tuesday, April 11, 2017                   

Time:      12:00 p.m. PT – Media Arrival/Lunch Served

               12:30 p.m. PT – Press Conference Begins

                                                 

Los Angeles, CA – On Wednesday, April 12 in Los Angeles, Andre “SOG” Ward (31-0, 15 KOs) and Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (30-1-1, 26 KOs)will formally address the media with details surrounding Ward vs. Kovalev 2: “The Rematch”. The championship event will take place Saturday, June 17 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas and will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT. 

What:     Ward-Kovalev 2: “The Rematch” – Los Angeles Press Conference

Who:      Andre “S.O.G.” Ward – Unified Light Heavyweight World Champion

               Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev – Former Unified Light Heavyweight World Champion 

               Virgil Hunter – Trainer of Andre Ward

               James Prince – Manager of Andre Ward

               Egis Klimas – Manager of Sergey Kovalev

               Michael Yormark – Roc Nation President & Chief of Branding and Strategy

               Kathy Duva – CEO of Main Events

Where:   The Hollywood Roosevelt – Blossom Ballroom

             7000 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

Date:      Wednesday, April 12, 2017                   

Time:     12:00 p.m. PT – Media Arrival/Lunch Served

              12:30 p.m. PT – Press Conference Begins

Ward vs. Kovalev 2: “The Rematch,” a 12-round mega-fight for the WBO/IBF/WBA light heavyweight championships, is presented by Roc Nation Sports, Main Events, Andre Ward Promotions, Krusher Promotions and Corona Extra, and is sponsored by Monster Products and Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. The championship event takes place Saturday, June 17 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas and will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View® beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT.

 

Banner Promotions is pleased to announce that it will live-stream the WBO Lightweight World Championship bout between undefeated champion Terry Flanagan and number-two contender Petr Petrov live exclusively on Twitter in the United States this Saturday.

April 5 – The live stream of Saturday’s Championship fight will be available for free to logged-in and logged-out users exclusively on Twitter and connected devices in the United States. Access to the live stream will be available Saturday night at boxing.twitter.com and on @BannerBoxing. Follow at @BannerBoxing to find out the exact timing of the live stream in the coming days.

“I am very excited about the opportunity to bring the WBO Lightweight World Championship exclusively to Twitter in the United States on April 8th,” said Banner Promotions President, Artie Pelullo. “This is a great opportunity to partner with Twitter on this unique medium, in order to reach a broader fan base and to reach potential new fans of boxing.”

“We are thrilled to partner with Banner Promotions to bring more live boxing to Twitter,” said Anthony Noto, COO at Twitter. “Our passionate boxing fans can view the live stream of the WBO Lightweight World Championship and join the live conversation all on Twitter.”

Saturday’s title bout features the undefeated Flanagan, who will be attempting to make the 5th defense of the title that he won on July 11, 2015 with a 2nd round stoppage over Jose Zepeda. Flanagan, 27 years-old, has made defenses over former world champion Mzonke Fana, as well as his last bout when he stopped Orlando Cruz in 8 rounds on November 26th.

Petrov of Madrid, Spain has a record of 38-4-2 with 19 knockouts, and has won six straight bouts. The 2014 Boxcino Lightweight champion has victories over undefeated Fedor Papazov (14-0), Chris Rudd (13-1), former world champion Gamaliel Diaz, and Marvin Quintero (28-6). In his last bout, he stopped Michael Perez in 6 rounds on September 30th. 

IOC contributes to flood recovery efforts in Peru

April 5 – The International Olympic Committee (IOC) today announced a donation of USD 600,000 to support the immediate recovery efforts in Peru, following the devastating floods in large parts of the country.

In a letter to the President of Peru, Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, IOC President Thomas Bach expressed his sympathy for the Peruvian people at this difficult time. The letter was handed over personally to President Kuczynski today by the IOC Member in Peru, Iván Dibós.

“The Olympic Movement stands ready to help Peru rebuild as the country recovers from this natural disaster,” wrote President Bach. “As a sign of this solidarity, the Olympic Movement has decided to contribute USD 600,000 to the immediate recovery efforts in Peru.”

The contribution is being made jointly by the IOC, Olympic Solidarity and the Pan-American Sports Organisation (PASO) in close consultation with the IOC Member in Peru, Iván Dibós, and it will support the humanitarian relief efforts in the country. 

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IOC sanctions four Russian athletes for failing anti-doping tests at London 2012 following a targeted wave of re-analyses

March 30 – The protection of clean athletes and the fight against doping are top priorities for the International Olympic Committee (IOC), as outlined in Olympic Agenda 2020, the IOC’s strategic roadmap for the future of the Olympic Movement.

In order to support the investigations of Prof. McLaren and his team, the IOC ordered a number of targeted re-analyses of Russian athletes’ samples during the course of 2016.

As part of this process, the IOC today announced that four Russian athletes have been disqualified from the Olympic Games London 2012. The details follow.

Khadzhimurat AKKAEV, 31, of Russia, competing in the Men’s 105kg weightlifting event in which he was registered upon and from which he had to withdraw because of a back injury, has been disqualified from the Olympic Games London 2012. Re-analysis of Akkaev’s samples from London 2012 resulted in a positive test for the prohibited substance dehydrochloromethyltestosterone (turinabol). 

The IOC Disciplinary Commission, composed for this case of Mr Denis Oswald (Chairman), Mrs Gunilla Lindberg and Dr Ugur Erdener, decided the following:

  1. The Athlete, Khadzhimurat AKKAEV:
    1. is found to have committed an anti-doping rule violation pursuant to the IOC Anti-Doping Rules applicable to the Games of the XXX Olympiad in London in 2012 (presence, and/or use, of Prohibited Substances or its Metabolites or Markers in an athlete’s bodily specimen),
    2. is disqualified from the Men’s 105kg weightlifting event in which he was registered upon the occasion of the Olympic Games London 2012.
  2. The IWF is requested to modify the results of the above-mentioned event accordingly and to consider any further action within its own competence.
  3. This decision enters into force immediately.

The full decision is available here.

Mariia BESPALOVA, 30, of Russia, competing in the Women’s hammer throw event (Qualification and Final) in which she ranked 11th, has been disqualified from the Olympic Games London 2012. Re-analysis of Bespalova’s samples from London 2012 resulted in a positive test for the prohibited substance dehydrochloromethyltestosterone (turinabol). 

The IOC Disciplinary Commission, composed for this case of Mr Denis Oswald (Chairman), Mrs Gunilla Lindberg and Dr Ugur Erdener, decided the following:

  1. The Athlete, Mariia BESPALOVA:
    1. is found to have committed an anti-doping rule violation pursuant to the IOC Anti-Doping Rules applicable to the Games of the XXX Olympiad in London in 2012 (presence, and/or use, of Prohibited Substances or its Metabolites or Markers in an athlete’s bodily specimen),
    2. is disqualified from the event in which she participated upon the occasion of the Olympic Games London 2012, namely the Women’s hammer throw event.
  2. The IAAF is requested to modify the results of the above-mentioned event accordingly and to consider any further action within its own competence.
  3. This decision enters into force immediately.

The full decision is available here.

Mariia BESPALOVA, 30, of Russia, competing in the Women’s hammer throw event (Qualification and Final) in which she ranked 11th, has been disqualified from the Olympic Games London 2012. Re-analysis of Bespalova’s samples from London 2012 resulted in a positive test for the prohibited substance dehydrochloromethyltestosterone (turinabol). 

The IOC Disciplinary Commission, composed for this case of Mr Denis Oswald (Chairman), Mrs Gunilla Lindberg and Dr Ugur Erdener, decided the following:

  1. The Athlete, Mariia BESPALOVA:
    1. is found to have committed an anti-doping rule violation pursuant to the IOC Anti-Doping Rules applicable to the Games of the XXX Olympiad in London in 2012 (presence, and/or use, of Prohibited Substances or its Metabolites or Markers in an athlete’s bodily specimen),
    2. is disqualified from the event in which she participated upon the occasion of the Olympic Games London 2012, namely the Women’s hammer throw event.
  2. The IAAF is requested to modify the results of the above-mentioned event accordingly and to consider any further action within its own competence.
  3. This decision enters into force immediately.

The full decision is available here.

 

Gulfiya KHANAFEEVA, 34, of Russia, competing in the Women’s hammer throw event (Qualification) in which she ranked 16th, has been disqualified from the Olympic Games London 2012. Re-analysis of Khanafeeva’s samples from London 2012 resulted in a positive test for the prohibited substance dehydrochloromethyltestosterone (turinabol).

The IOC Disciplinary Commission, composed for this case of Mr Denis Oswald (Chairman), Mrs Gunilla Lindberg and Dr Ugur Erdener, decided the following:

  1. The Athlete, Gulfiya KHANAFEEVA:
    1. is found to have committed an anti-doping rule violation pursuant to the IOC Anti-Doping Rules applicable to the Games of the XXX Olympiad in London in 2012 (presence, and/or use, of Prohibited Substances or its Metabolites or Markers in an athlete’s bodily specimen),
    2. is disqualified from the Women’s hammer throw event in which she participated upon the occasion of the Olympic Games London 2012.
  2. The IAAF is requested to modify the results of the above-mentioned event accordingly and to consider any further action within its own competence.
  3. This decision enters into force immediately.

The full decision is available here.

Victoria VALYUKEVICH (maiden name: Victoria GUROVA), 34, of Russia, competing in the Women’s triple jump event (Qualification and Final) in which she ranked 8th, and for which she was awarded a diploma, has been disqualified from the Olympic Games London 2012. Re-analysis of Valyukevich’s samples from London 2012 resulted in a positive test for the prohibited substance dehydrochloromethyltestosterone (turinabol).

The IOC Disciplinary Commission, composed for this case of Mr Denis Oswald (Chairman), Mrs Gunilla Lindberg and Dr Ugur Erdener, decided the following:

  1. The Athlete, Victoria VALYUKEVICH:
    1. is found to have committed an anti-doping rule violation pursuant to the IOC Anti-Doping Rules applicable to the Games of the XXX Olympiad in London in 2012 (presence, and/or use, of Prohibited Substances or its Metabolites or Markers in an athlete’s bodily specimen),
    2. is disqualified from the Women’s triple jump event in which she participated upon the occasion of the Olympic Games London 2012,
    3. has the diploma obtained in the Women’s triple jump event withdrawn, and is ordered to return the same.
  2. The IAAF is requested to modify the results of the above-mentioned event accordingly and to consider any further action within its own competence.
  3. The Russian Olympic Committee shall ensure full implementation of this decision.
  4. The Russian Olympic Committee shall notably secure the return to the IOC, as soon as possible, of the diploma awarded in connection with the Women’s triple jump event to the Athlete.
  5. This decision enters into force immediately.

The full decision is available here.

In December 2016, the IOC also extended the mandate of the Oswald Commission to examine all samples collected from Russian athletes during the Olympic Games London 2012, following the findings of the completed Independent Person Report.

Thirty Russian athletes had already been sanctioned thus far by the IOC as a result of the IOC’s re-analysis programme, which began prior to the Olympic Games Rio 2016 and is ongoing. This programme was intended to provide a level playing field for all clean athletes at the Olympic Games Rio 2016, and consisted of targeted pre-tests and re-analysis of stored samples from the Olympic Games Beijing 2008 and London 2012, following an intelligence-gathering process that started in August 2015.

The additional analyses on samples collected during the Olympic Games Beijing 2008 and London 2012 were performed with improved analytical methods, in order to possibly detect prohibited substances that could not be identified by the analysis performed at the time of these editions of the Olympic Games.

For further details, please consult the following factsheet.

WORLD JR. WELTERWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
TERENCE CRAWFORD AND FELIX DIAZ
NEW YORK PRESS CONFERENCE
Next Tuesday! April 4, 11:30 A.M. ET
Chase Square at Madison Square Garden
NEW YORK (March 28, 2017) — Undefeated World Junior Welterweight Champion TERENCE “Bud” CRAWFORD and No. 3 world-rated contender FELIX DIAZ will host a New York press conference Next Tuesday! April 4, at Chase Square in Madison Square Garden to announce their 12-round world title fight. The news conference will begin at Noon, with doors opening at 11:30 a.m. ET. Joining the fighters will be their respective promoters, Bob Arum.and Lou DiBella. All the participants will be available for one-on-one interviews.
Media should enter at Chase Square at 32nd St. and 7th Ave.

Terence Crawford

Promoted by Top Rank®, in association with DiBella Entertainment and Madison Square Garden, the Crawford vs. Diaz world championship event will take place on Saturday, May 20, at Madison Square Garden. It will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing®, beginning at 10:15 p.m. ET/PT.

Crawford (30-0, 21 KOs), of Omaha, Neb., already a two-division lineal world champion, has won five of his last seven bouts by stoppage. The consensus Top-Five pound-for-pound fighter and 2014 Fighter of the Year will be making his second defense as the unified World Boxing Organization (WBO) / World Boxing Council (WBC) / Ring magazine 140-pound world champion.
Diaz. (19-1, 9 KOs), from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, is a 2008 Olympic gold medalist. A natural junior welterweight, Diaz has been forced to campaign at welterweight because viable opponents in the in 140-pound division have been running from him. The only blemish on his record was a disputed 12-round welterweight majority decision loss to two-division world champion Lamont Peterson in 2015. Diaz bounced back from that loss with a dominant unanimous decision victory over previously undefeated contender Sammy Vazquez.
For fight updates go to www.toprank.com, or www.hbo.com/boxing, on Facebook: facebook.com/trboxing, facebook.com/trboxeo or facebook.com/hboboxing,
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Use the Hashtag #CrawfordDiaz to join the conversation on Twitter.

IOC Statement on IOC Member Mr Frank Fredericks

The IOC Executive Board (EB) met today to discuss the allegations in the ongoing procedure initiated by the French Judicial Authorities against former IAAF President Mr Lamine Diack and his son Papa Massata Diack, the then marketing consultant of the IAAF. The IOC EB reiterated its full commitment to cooperate with the French Judicial Authorities as the IOC has the status of “Partie Civile” in this ongoing procedure.

As far as the allegations against the IOC Member in Namibia, Mr Frank Fredericks, are concerned, the IOC EB emphasises the presumption of innocence and takes note of his decision to step down as Chair of the Evaluation Commission for the Olympic Games 2024. He has also announced his intention not to participate in the Candidate City Briefing 2024 for IOC Members and Summer Olympic International Federations in July in Lausanne and in the IOC Session in September in Lima, Peru, which will decide on the host city for 2024. Additionally, he has decided to provisionally suspend himself from the IOC Coordination Commission for the Youth Olympic Games Buenos Aires 2018.

The IOC EB also takes note of the recommendation of the IOC Ethics Commission for Mr Fredericks. The full recommendation of the IOC Ethics Commission can be found here.

After careful deliberation, the IOC EB took the following decision:

– In line with the recommendation of the IOC Ethics Commission, the IOC EB accepts his resignation from the Evaluation Commission for the Olympic Games 2024.

– In line with the recommendation of the IOC Ethics Commission, the IOC EB accepts his provisional self-suspension from the IOC Coordination Commission for the Youth Olympic Games Buenos Aires 2018.

– The IOC EB accepts Mr Fredericks’ non-participation in the Candidate City Briefing 2024 for IOC Members and Summer Olympic International Federations in July 2017 in Lausanne and the IOC Session in Lima, Peru, in September 2017.

– In line with the IOC Ethics Commission, the IOC EB recalls the importance of respecting the principle of the presumption of innocence. It also notes Mr Fredericks’ categorical rejection of the allegations made against him.

– The IOC President informed the IOC EB that he will appoint IOC Member Mr Patrick Baumann, Secretary General of the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) and President of SportAccord, as the new Chair of the IOC Evaluation Commission for the Olympic Games 2024. Ms Lingwei Li, IOC Member in China, will be appointed as the Interim Chair of the Coordination Commission for the Youth Olympic Games Buenos Aires 2018.

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Deontay Wilder Scores Sensational Fifth Round KO Over

Gerald Washington To Retain WBC Heavyweight World Title

Jarrett Hurd Defeats Tony Harrison By Ninth Round KO To

Secure IBF Junior Middleweight Title

 Dominic Breazeale Stops Izuagbe Ugonoh In Action-Packed

Brawl To Win by Fifth Round KO 

BIRMINGHAM, AL. (February 25, 2017) – Undefeated heavyweight world champion Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder (38-0, 37 KOs) knocked out Gerald “El Gallo Negro” Washington (18-1-1, 12 KOs) in the fifth round of the main event of Premier Boxing Champions on FOX and FOX Deportes at the Legacy Arena in Birmingham, AL.

In front of a crowd of 12,346 fans, Wilder was able to give his home state crowd another scintillating victory. Although Washington stole some of the early rounds, Wilder’s patience paid off as he was able to find his pace and finish Washington in the fifth frame.

Deontay Wilder -vs-Gerald Washington-February-25-2017.

In the blistering televised opener, Dominic Breazeale (18-1, 16 KOs) stopped previously unbeaten Izuagbe Ugonoh (17-1, 14 KOs). Ugonoh controlled the fight early landing heavy blows to both Breazeale’s body and head, but Breazeale was able to compose himself and stormed back to knock out Ugonoh in impressive fashion.

The co-main event featured Jarrett Hurd (20-0, 14 KOs) knocking out Tony Harrison (24-2, 20 KOs) in the ninth round of their contest.

Here is what the fighters had to say following their bouts:

DEONTAY WILDER

“I knew he was going to come in excited to fight for a world title. I just kept calm and found my rhythm. I really knew he was going to tire out, and when he did I took advantage.

“It was all about timing. I’m very smart when it comes to using different tactics in the ring.

“Fighting here in Alabama is a blessing. The people here show up to support me and I love them for it. I’m always going to support and be here for my Alabama family. To see the crowd’s response tonight meant a lot to me.

“As I’ve been saying, I’m looking to unify the division. I think it’s critical to have one fighter and one champion, and that’s Deontay Wilder. Let’s hope Joseph Parker is ready for me because I’m definitely ready for him.”

GERALD WASHINGTON

“I just got a little impatient. I was trying to go for it. It was an even boxing match. I could have kept it like that and kept it boring. I don’t know why I fell asleep there. I guess I lost a little focus.

“I caught him with one shot when he was coming in. But instead of me keeping that play going and keep pushing him back and keep him in control by keeping him in the center of the ring, I tried to get on him. I was trying to play a little counter punch role and catch him coming in. He just caught me.

“It’s just an experience. You have to follow the game plan and stay focused, stay patient. You may not get all the shots you want in the beginning, but you have to play the game all the way out and then things will start to happen.”

JARRETT HURD

“We wanted to take our time with him because Harrison can box and move. But every time he fights he wears down toward the end. 

“During the sixth round, he caught me with a good shot inside my left eye. But I managed to fight through it and get the win.

“It feels great to be a champion. I’ve never had a feeling this great before. It’s pure Accokeek power. I can finally pull my pants up now. My pants were falling down, but I finally got my belt.”

DOMINIC BREAZEALE

“It took a little time for me to find my pace, but eventually I found my Rhythm. Izu came in in great shape and with guns blazing. He came at me with some stuff that I wasn’t expecting. Him being the lighter guy I wasn’t really expecting the power he possessed.

“I was able to connect some big shots tonight, especially with my right hand. You see what happens when I put him down and he never really recovered.

“Coming off the loss to Joshua, this win puts me right back in there. This is what I’ve always asked for. My team does an incredible job of getting me any fight I ask for, and I wanted to fight an undefeated guy like Izu. He’s a big, strong, athletic guy.

“Tonight, the story was about me having the heart of a lion, getting knocked down, but getting right back up to finish this fight.”

IZUAGBE UGONOH

“I expected that I was going to knock him out. I believed I would accomplish that, but he didn’t surprise me with anything. I was landing some good shots to both his body and his face.

“Breazeale showed a lot of heart though, and I think that his experience really helped him. I think a fight like Anthony Joshua really helped him realize that he could take anything and win the fight. He did that tonight.

“Honestly, I just got tired. I gave him what I had and then I got tired. When he came back at me I wasn’t able to keep up and finish through on my game plan.

“The plan was to really use my double jab, and I’m not making any excuses. This is the fight game. This was a great opportunity for me, a big step up, and I was hoping to get it done. I didn’t, but that is part of sports. I’m not used to losing, but that time came today. I’m still a dangerous man to fight.”

The card was promoted by DiBella Entertainment in association with TGB Promotions and Bruno Event Team.

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DEONTAY WILDER TKO 5 GERALD WASHINGTON
02/25/17 – COMPUBOX 
Total Punches Landed / Thrown
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
WILDER 4/24 4/18 4/19 9/22 12/30 0/0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0/0
16.7% 22.2% 21.1% 40.9% 40% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
WASHINGTON 6/23 9/25 9/26 4/16 2/8 0/0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0/0
26.1% 36% 34.6% 25% 25% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
Jab Landed / Thrown
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
WILDER 3/19 3/14 1/9 3/12 3/16 0/0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0/0
15.8% 21.4% 11.1% 25% 18.8% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
WASHINGTON 2/7 5/17 1/7 0/5 1/5 0/0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0/0
28.6% 29.4% 14.3% 0% 20% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
Power Punches Landed / Thrown
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
WILDER 1/5 1/4 3/10 6/10 9/14 0/0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0/0
20% 25% 30% 60% 64.3% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
WASHINGTON 4/16 4/8 8/19 4/11 1/3 0/0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0/0
25% 50% 42.1% 36.4% 33.3% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
Final Punch Stat Report
Total Total Punches Total Jabs Power Punches
WILDER 33/113 13/70 20/43
29.2% 18.6% 46.5%
WASHINGTON 30/98 9/41 21/57
30.6 % 22 % 36.8 %
Note
Wilder landed 9 power shots in fifth round after landing just 11 in the previous four rounds.

GENNADY “GGG” GOLOVKIN & CARLOS CUADRAS 

LOS ANGELES MEDIA WORKOUT

 

Tuesday, February 28 – 11:00 A.M. PT

Wild Card West Boxing Gym – Santa Monica, CA

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WHO:         

GENNADY “GGG” GOLOVKIN

Unified Middleweight World Champion

                      CARLOS “PRINCIPE” CUADRAS, Former WBC Super Flyweight Champ

                      ABEL SANCHEZ, Trainer of Golovkin

                      RUDY HERNANDEZ, Trainer of Cuadras

                      TOM LOEFFLER, Managing Director of K2 Promotions

 

WHAT:        Los Angeles Media Workouts

 

WHEN:       Tuesday, February 28, 2017

                      11:00 a.m. PT – Media Arrival

                      11:30 a.m. PT – Carlos Cuadras

                      12:00 p.m. PT – Gennady Golovkin     

       

WHERE:     Wild Card West Boxing Gym

                      1630 21st Street 

                      Santa Monica, CA 90404

                      –Suggested Media Parking at Adjacent Ralph’s Grocery Parking Lot

FACTS:       Unified Middleweight World Champion, GENNADY “GGG” GOLOVKIN, (36-0, 33 KO’s) and Former WBC Super Flyweight World Champion CARLOS “PRINCIPE” CUADRAS, (35-1-1, 27 KO’s) will host Los Angeles Media Workouts on Tuesday, Feb. 28 at the famed Wild Card West Boxing Gym in Santa Monica, CA. 

On Saturday, Mar. 18 Golovkin will defend his titles (WBC, WBA, IBF, IBO) in a divisional showdown against WBA Middleweight World Champion and Mandatory Challenger DANIEL “THE MIRACLE MAN” JACOBS, (32-1, 29 KO’s) at “TheMecca of Boxing”, Madison Square Garden. Golovkin and Jacobs have an extraordinary, combined 35 consecutive knockouts heading into this highly anticipated battle. 

Featured on the undercard, Carlos Cuadras will battle DAVID “SEVERO” CARMONA, (20-3-5, 8 KO’s) in a 10-round super flyweight bout. Cuadras will be returning to the ring following his epic “Fight of the Year” candidate against ROMAN “CHOCOLATITO” GONZALEZ this past September at The Fabulous Forum in Los Angeles. 

The HBO Sports special “24/7 Golovkin/Jacobs” will premiere Saturday, Mar. 4 at 10:30 p.m. (ET/PT).  The special will provide all-new content including portraits of both fighters’ path to this significant showdown. The show will also be available on HBO ON DEMAND®, HBO GO® and HBO NOW and affiliate portals.

The championship event will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT. 

GOLOVKIN vs. JACOBS is presented by K2 Promotions. Tickets priced at $1000, $600, $400, $300, $200 and $100, are now on sale and can be purchased at the Madison Square Garden Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, Ticketmaster charge by phone (866-858-0008) and online at www.ticketmaster.com or www.thegarden.com

 

Lillehammer 2016 celebrates one-year-on successes while athletes set sights on PyeongChang 2018

One year ago today on 21 February 2016, the flame of the Winter Youth Olympic Games (YOG) Lillehammer 2016 was extinguished after 10 days of competition, but the city, nation and participants continue to reap the benefits of the Winter YOG, while many of the rising stars make steps towards Olympic Winter Games success.

An NOK 20 million (USD 2.4 million) surplus from the Games has recently been announced by the Norwegian Olympic Committee (NIF), consisting of profit and the state guarantee, all of which will go back into the national sports system. In addition to the NOK 1 million contribution from the International Olympic Committee, NOK 6 million of the surplus has been pledged to the new Lillehammer Legacy Centre, a place where young people can come to be educated and train for their future careers in sport; NOK 11 million will go to a youth volunteer fund; NOK 2 million to healthy eating workshops; and the remaining NOK 1 million will support a biennial youth games and a youth volunteer conference.

Internationally, young athletes from Lillehammer 2016 continue to strive on the world stage. Sixty-four athletes made the jump from the first YOG in Innsbruck in 2012 to the Olympic Winter Games Sochi 2014. This number of YOG athletes is set to increase at PyeongChang 2018, with athletes such as Alpine skier Mélanie Meillard (SUI) who, since winning Youth Olympic gold, is now a serious contender on the FIS World Cup circuit; US snowboarder Chloe Kim, who went straight on to pick up another X Games gold; and YOG cross country champion Magnus Kim (KOR) has continued his winning streak as recently as this week, claiming gold at the Asian Winter Games 2017.

All existing venues of the Olympic Winter Games Lillehammer 1994 used and upgraded for Lillehammer 2016 continue to be used for national and international events. As a further boost to the ’94 legacy, which saw the original Main Media Centre transformed into a University College for the city that now hosts almost 5,000 students, a Youth Olympic Village was constructed for Lillehammer 2016 with the help of an IOC NOK 108 million contribution, and now provides home to some 360 students.

IOC President Thomas Bach said: “With the success of the Winter Youth Olympic Games Lillehammer 2016, the legacy of 1994 has passed to the next generation. Lillehammer 2016 showed us all the power of sport to inspire young people. This is what the YOG is all about. The YOG will be remembered as the moment that launched the sporting careers of many young athletes; and, thanks to the innovative YOG programme, a new generation of leaders is looking to the future with confidence, making the world a better place through sport.”

Lillehammer 2016 CEO Tomas Holmestad commented: “Here in Lillehammer the Youth Olympic Games have contributed lots to the city. The Winter YOG have made the Lillehammer region into a centre for winter sport in Norway and almost in the world – a true legacy from the Games. The Olympic venues from 1994 are being used every day and [after the refurbishment for YOG 2016] I know that for another 20 years that they will be operational and fully up-to-date.”

With the strong support of government and the National Olympic Committee (NIF) from the outset, Lillehammer 2016 was central to a 10-year plan to boost youth sport nationwide by not only supporting young athletes, but also producing the next generation of coaches, leaders and volunteers, while creating new competencies and enthusiasm for sport, both regionally and nationally. This goal is already starting to come to fruition as the 230 young leaders and change-makers involved in the Games from all 19 counties continue to be active in their fields and their communities.

Lillehammer 2016 was also used as a showcasing of sports and new innovations to inspire the young spectators, with 21,000 schoolchildren enjoying their “Dream Day” at the Games. Over 200,000 spectators experienced top-level sports competition and the “Sjoggfest” concept, which offered hundreds of cultural and music acts and included the “Try the Sport” initiative, which saw 22,000 taking part.

Echoing the Games slogan “Go beyond. Create tomorrow”, Mayor Espen Granberg Johnsen commented: “If you give the responsibility to the youth from day one, if you trust them and believe in them, they will show to you that they will succeed. That was what we saw last winter and what will mean a lot to us in years to come.”

Lausanne, Switzerland, will host the next Winter Youth Olympic Games in January 2020.

Short-Notice APPRECIATION BREAKFAST FOR OUR CHAMPION BOBBY GUNN

 Scott Burt & Joe Curcio would like to invite everyone who can make it to an impromptu short-notice breakfast this Thursday, February 23, at ACE’S RESTAURANT on Main Street in Belfast, around 10:30am!

Bobby and his son Bobby Jr. are coming into town to get a break from all the craziness that has been going on in their lives over the last several months leading up to last week’s televised gloved pay-per-view fight versus the legend Roy Jones Jr. Although Jones won the fight, Bobby won the night in the amount of positive PR he obtained for both the sport of Bare Knuckle Boxing AND our town of Belfast.   Through it all, Bobby continually sang the praises of our little town World-wide; he loves Belfast, our Hall of Fame, and the individuals that make us truly unique. Joe and I know this is late notice, but please PASS THE WORD! Everyone takes care of their own bill; just order off Carol & Jim’s menu and pay for it yourself as you’d normally do. Joe & I have a Presentation Gift of Appreciation for Bobby to give him from the People of Belfast for the positive spotlight he has shined upon us. For people travelling in, Ace’s is easy to find; dead center in middle of town on Route 19; our Main Street.

Use the larger open side of Ace’s first folks. Let’s hope for a nice turn out, even with the late notice.   We are proud, appreciative people, and Bobby LOVES us, just as we do him. If you want anything autographed just bring it along, and of course your camera too! This will be fun. Can you make it???

New Jersey Boxing Hall of Fame Newsletter

Volume 22 Issue 2     E-Mail Address: hhascup@yahoo.com    February 2017

Next meeting date – PRESIDENT  –  Henry Hascup 59 kipp ave, Lodi, N.J. 07644  (1-973-471-2458)

Thursday, March 2nd       

 * The next meeting for the New Jersey Boxing Hall of Fame will be on Thursday, March 2nd, at the Faith Reformed Church located at 95 Washington St. in Lodi, N.J. which is right at the corner of Washington and Prospect St., starting at 8:00 P.M.  

 Because of a scheduling conflict we are having our regular monthly meeting a week later. Thursday, March 30th will be our next meeting.

We had approx 550 boxing fans and family members attend. You can go to the NJBHOF web site to see 100’s of pictures of the event – 47th Annual New Jersey Boxing Hall of Fame Induction & Award Ceremonies Was A BIG Success!

* Our next Induction ceremonies will be on Thursday, November 9th at the Venetian in Garfield. 

* At this meeting we will be taking names for possible induction into the New Jersey Boxing Hall of Fame. If you know of someone, please make sure he or she is up to the standards of our Organization, which is included with this Newsletter. You can even nominate yourself. Also, if you have any information on the person, please send it to me by this meeting.

The 2017 Hall of Famers will be announced at the March meeting. 

Ring Notes:   

*Ring # 25 has their monthly meetings at the Senior Citizen Hall in Kearney. Contact President, Kathy Gatti, at 201-320-0874.

*Ring # 8, of New York will have their next meeting on Thursday, February 23rd at the Plattduetsche Park Restaurant located at 1132 Hempstead Turnpike, Franklin Square, NY 11010. – Joe Smith Jr., who recently scored a knockout over the Legendary Bernard Hopkins will be the guest speaker. Contact President Jack Hirsch at ajhirsch5@aol.com 516-790-7592

* The New York State Boxing Hall of Fame (NYSBHOF), sponsored by Ring 8, has announced its 15-member Class of 2017. The sixth annual NYSBHOF induction dinner will be held Sunday afternoon (12:30-5:30 p.m. ET), April 30, at Russo’s On The Bay in Howard Beach, NY.

Living boxers heading into the NYSBHOF include Manhattan welterweight Gaspar “El Indio” Ortega (131-39-6, 69 KOs), Yonkers’ world heavyweight title challenger Renaldo “Mr.” Snipes (39-8-1, 22 KOs), Yonkers middleweight Doug “Cobra’ Dewitt (33-8-5, 19 KOs), and “The Bronx Bomber,” world middleweight title challenger Alex Ramos (39-10-2, 24 KOs)

Posthumous participants being inducted are Queens’ former middleweight and light heavyweight world champion Dick Tiger (60-19-3, 27 KOs), Brooklyn/Manhattan light heavyeight world champion Jose “Chegui” Torres (41-3-1, 29 KOs), and Williamsburg middleweight world champion “The Nonpareil”, Jack Dempsey (51-4-11, 23 KOs).

Non-participants heading into the NYSBHOF are Queens’ International agent Don Majeski, Long Island matchmaker Ron Katz, Manhattan manager Stan Hoffman and past Ring 8 president/NYSAC judge Bobby Bartels.

Posthumous non-participant inductees are Brooklyn boxing historian Hank Kaplan, Long Island cut-man Al Gavin, Bronx referee Arthur Donovan and New York City columnist Dan Parker.

For information contact President Bob Duffy, 164 Lindbergh St., Massapequa Park, NY 11762 – 516-313-2304

* The Atlantic City Boxing Hall of Fame 

May 26-28, 2017 at the famed Claridge Hotel at Park Place Boardwalk in Atlantic City. Among those honored (all listed alphabetically):

Boxers (resident and non-resident): Arturo Gatti, Larry Holmes, Leavander Johnson, Matthew Saad Muhammad, Dwight Muhammad Qawi, Mike Rossman, Michael Spinks, Mike Tyson

Trainers and Cutmen (resident and non-resident): Lou Duva, Mike Hall Jr., Bill Johnson

Promoters, Managers, Advisors, Matchmakers, Ring Announcers: Don Elbaum, Frank Gelb, Don King, J. Russell Peltz

Officials (Commission, Judges, Doctors and Referees): Dr. Frank Doggett, Larry Hazzard Sr., Steve Smoger

Media (Writers, Photographers, Artists, Digital, Historians): Dave Bontempo, Jack “KO JO” Obermayer, Bert Sugar
Special Contributors: Ken Condon, Dennis Gomes, Bob Lee

First Annual Atlantic City Boxing Hall of Fame Weekend!”
 The Claridge Hotel will play host both to the enshrinement as well as a series of events including (but not limited to):

  • A red carpet meet and greet;
  • Invitation only rooftop cocktail reception;
  • and an Ultimate Fight Fan Experience Expo (an interactive boxing and entertainment experience with exhibits, merchandise and memorabilia from top fighters and brands available for purchase and photo opportunities and autograph sessions) that is open to the general public.

Perhaps by then, the city will be back in the boxing fold and hosting major events. Until then, there at least exists the efforts to remind the masses of what the sport has always met to the area.

“Having been a part of boxing in Atlantic City throughout my broadcasting career as well as being in the corner with my brother George; the idea to preserve Atlantic City’s boxing legacy is long overdue,” stated Roy Foreman Senior Vice President of ACBHOF. “The Hall of Fame will play a key role in bringing the sport back to prominence in a city that is known as one of the original meccas for the sport of boxing.”

The ACBHOF plans to provide updates in the coming months on room packages, a detailed schedule of events and expected celebrity appearances at the inaugural event, to be announced on its website at www.ACBHOF.com and through social media (@ACBHOF on Facebook/Instagram/Twitter).

* New Jersey Golden Glove Tournament is under away. We are inclosing a flier which lists all the up-coming shows.

 FINALLY: MEMBERSHIP DUES ARE DUE!   If you are just joining our organization you pay a total of $20 for the 1st yr  ($10 to join & $10 for the year). If you are already a member you pay only $10.

 Keep Punching,                                       

President, Henry Hascup  

       

CANELO ÁLVAREZ AND JULIO CÉSAR CHÁVEZ, JR. 

TO EMBARK ON FOUR STOP INTERNATIONAL PRESS TOUR 

BEGINNING MONDAY, FEBRUARY 20

 Live Streams & Embeds For Each Press Conference Below

 CANELO VS. CHÁVEZ, JR. TAKES PLACE SATURDAY, MAY 6 AT
T-MOBILE ARENA PRESENTED LIVE BY HBO PAY-PER-VIEW®

All Events Are Open To The Public!

 LOS ANGELES (Feb. 20, 2017) – Two-division world champion Canelo Álvarez (48-1-1, 34 KOs) and former WBC World Middleweight Champion Julio César Chávez, Jr. (50-2-1, 32 KOs) will embark on a four city international press tour beginning Monday, February 20 to engage with fans and the media ahead of their Cinco de Mayo weekend showdown set for Saturday, May 6 at T-Mobile Arena. Canelo vs. Chavez, Jr. will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT.

Canelo and Chavez, Jr. will kick-off the four city, international press tour in Mexico City onFeb. 20 that will travel to New York on Feb. 21, Houston on Feb. 23, and end with a press event and fan fiesta blowout in Los Angeles on Feb. 24.

Tuesday, February 21 – New York, New York

Location: Hard Rock Café New York – Live Venue 

1501 Broadway New York, NY 10036 (Corner of Broadway and 43rd St.)

Press & Fan Arrival Time: 12:00 p.m. ET

Press Conference Begins: 1:00 p.m. ET

Live Stream – https://youtu.be/TZPIcS1lpH4

 Thursday, February 23 – Houston, Texas

Location: Minute Maid Park

501 Crawford St, Houston, TX 77002

Press & Fan Arrival Time: 12:00 p.m. CT

Press Conference Begins: 1:00 p.m. CT

Live Stream:  https://youtu.be/u-6wABEe9pI

Friday, February 24 – Los Angeles, California 

Location: Plaza Mexico  

3100 E. Imperial Hwy, Lynwood, CA 90262

Press & Fan Arrival Time: 2:00 p.m. PT 

Fan Fiesta Begins: 5:00 p.m. PT

Live Stream:  https://youtu.be/dY9cn0Ktnnc

Canelo vs. Chávez, Jr. is a 12-round fight presented by Golden Boy Promotions and sponsored by Tecate, BORN BOLD. The event will take place on Saturday, May 6 at T-Mobile Arena and will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View® beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT.

Tickets priced at $1,500, $1,250, $1000, $800, $600, $400, $300, $200, $125 and $75, not including applicable service charges and taxes, with a total ticket limit of 12 per person (a limit of 10 per person at the $1,500, $1,250, $1000, $800, $600, $400 price levels and a limit of two per person at the $125 and $75 price level), are on sale now. To charge by phone with a major credit card, call 888-9-AXS-TIX (888-929-7849).  Tickets also will be available for purchase at www.t-mobilearena.com or www.axs.com.

 

New Jersey Golden Gloves Tournament excites the crowd as tomorrow’s champions gain Golden Gloves Titles

By Ruben Gonzalez

February 18 – Linden, New Jersey. Linden High School’s gymnasium was bathed in bright orange paint. Not surprisingly, the tiger is their mascot. The ferocity of this animal is well known, and in a way,  was also representative of the battles that were to take place later that night when Linden High played host to the New Jersey Golden Gloves tournament.

According to New Jersey Boxing Hall of Fame President Henry Hascup, this tournament and its predecessors have been around since 1929.

This time around, each match was to be fought for  three rounds apiece for three minutes per round. With titles and reputations on the line, energy permeated from the ring as every boxer tried their best to give the audience a good show. By the night’s end there was no shortage of wattage or action.

The beginning of the tournament featured the sport’s future in the two youngest sets of fighters. Jeremy Nieves and Gavin Rutan fought at 95 lbs. Though both fought toe-to-toe for all three rounds, it was Nieves with his constant pressure that gave him the victory.

Next at 119 pounds were Jasiel Nieves and Michael Conforti. Nieves had control throughout the match, cornering his opponent with enough power shots and heavy  blows that it eventually led to a standing count for Conforti. The contest would end prematurely because of an injury sustained to Conforti’s right arm.

With the youngest stepping aside, up came the bruisers.

At 152 pounds, Marco Morales and Sean O’Donnell would be the first representatives of the second heaviest weight class. Morales was the stronger of the two fighters as the match began, leaning on the strength and accuracy of a good right hand. By the third round, however, Morales seemed to be wearing down and O’Donnell soon took advantage of this and hammered away at the body of his tired opponent. At one point he punctuated his body attack by landing a strong right hand blow to the chest that appeared to briefly take the wind out from the lungs of Morales. It turned out to be too little too late for O’Donnell for  it was not enough to overcome his deficit in the first two rounds and Morales came away with a win.

Jennfri Espinal (Photo by Bri Brower)

The fourth fight pitted William Balbonet against Dominican Jennfri Espinal. The latter fought head on and swarmed within the inside reach of Balbonet. Espinal broke his rival’s defenses with a succession of 1-2 punches, eventually gaining an opening to rattle him. By the second round,  Balbonet adjusted and made the contest closer. The third round went better for Espinal as a right hand punch ruffled Balbonet’s helmet. By the end, Espinal rallied against his foe’s counters, proving he was the superior combatant.

After he attained his victory, Espinal credited his complete focus on his training for his great skill. He has forsaken drinking and partying to be in excellent shape. But strength can be psychological. “You have heart, you have everything. You’re not scared, you have everything,” said Espinal.

The heaviest of the night was the 165 weight class with Patrick Fennell and Shane Fowler. The rounds between the two were marked by late rallies as both fighters threw a great deal of leather at one another. But it was Fennell, who  kept control of his opponent, especially in the later rounds. Even as Fowler kept backing up and dodging many of the blows, a few tough lefts to the face from Fennell helped win over the judges.

The 165 weight class had a second card featuring Chris Gerena and Jihad Davis. The first two rounds were fast and furious as a slew of lefts and rights erupted from both men. Even as Davis seemed to get tired and more reserved in his technique, he would answer swiftly and powerfully with a left hand swing . As a result of this strategy, Davis proved to be more successful in scoring with the greater volume of blows and was declared the bout’s winner.

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With everyone peppering their opponent with leather, it was only a matter of time before there was a K.O. This happened in the Joseph Perez  versus Michael Cladd match. Perez came out strong, swinging with reckless abandonment and shooting for a first round KO. Although it initially appeared that Perez’s strategy  and power would quickly overwhelm his foe, Cladd showed that he had much more grit to offer. When Perez began opening  up his defenses,  Cladd quickly took aim at his head. After a relatively close first two rounds, the third round started and in a blink of an eye, Perez for all his power, was down on the mat,  courtesy of a hard Cladd blow. The fight was then called in Cladd’s favor when Perez seemed wobbly and unable to continue.

The second to last fight starred Paul Capaldo and Tim Fong. Steady action filled the ring as they both went back and forth trading blows and wallops with the other. Before long, Capaldo got the upper hand as Fong’s defense fell, resulting in several well executed shots to the dome. Injury would eventually claim another hopeful as the fight ended in Capaldo’s favor.

An Nguyen and Robert Ginyard were the final two entrants into the ring. Unlike the previous bouts, these two were more careful and patient. There were some exciting exchanges like when Nguyen landed three jabs and a cross on Ginyard, and  Ginyard responded with his own combos to the head.  In by the second round, Nguyen, not to be outgunned, sent Ginyard back to the ropes twice with a volley of blows. By the time the results were revealed, Nguyen would prove the final winner.

By night’s end, coordinators of the event could not help but thank their hosts and the volunteers that made the Golden Glove tournament possible. “ The roots of the sport are here [Linden] and we’re happy to see the people come out and see it again,”  said President of the New Jersey Golden Gloves Dan Doyle.

The Golden Glove tournaments are also promoted and held  to support and invest in the  community. “Our main concern here is trying to have the kids do something positive for themselves,” Tournament Director José Rosario said. “If we can save one of these kids from the street then we’re doing our job.”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DANIEL “THE MIRACLE MAN” JACOBS 
OAKLAND MEDIA DAY VIDEO/PHOTOS/QUOTES 
 
GENNADY “GGG” GOLOVKIN VS. DANIEL JACOBS
WORLD MIDDLEWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
PRESENTED LIVE BY HBO PAY-PER-VIEW®
Saturday, March 18, 2017
MADISON SQUARE GARDEN 
 
 
 
Oakland, CA (February 14, 2017) WBA Middleweight World Champion and Mandatory Challenger DANIEL “THE MIRACLE MAN” JACOBS, (32-1, 29 KO’s) held court with the Northern California media at his training camp in Oakland yesterday in preparation for his highly anticipated showdown with Unified Middleweight World Champion GENNADY “GGG” GOLOVKIN, (36-0-0, 33 KO’s) on Saturday, March 18 at The Mecca of Boxing, Madison Square Garden in New York City. 
 
The event will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT. 
 
DANIEL JACOBS
“Gennady is a great fighter; we’ll have multiple game plans to approach the fight. They can plan ahead or overlook me but I’m coming to be victorious on March 18..”
 
“Getting away has been great for me, there’s a lot less distractions in Oakland than if I stayed in Brooklyn.”
 
“I’ve been down twice in my career but I’m but not worried about my chin. He’s a very strong guy but it’s up to me to prove I’m quicker and better.”
 
“I don’t know how hard he punches, I’ve never faced him but anybody can be hurt and I’m confident in my power that I can hurt him. All the questions about my chin and heart will be answered on March 18.”
 
“I’m really a boxer, I’ve just become known as a knockout artist with all my stoppages.”
 
“Having Andre Ward here in my camp is terrific. I have a great deal of respect for him, he’s a role model for me, we’ve known each other since the amateurs. I greatly appreciate his support.”
 
“It’s the biggest fight of my career so I have to make sacrifices by leaving home and coming here, there’s too many distractions in New York. Being away adds to that motivation, it’s a sacrifice missing my 8-year-old son, but it makes me know that everything is worth it. 
 
“Being around so many world class fighters here at Virgil’s gym helps push me and focus. We have smart sparring sessions, not wars.”
 
“In addition to having Andre Rozier as my trainer, bringing aboard Chris Algieri was a great addition. He’s able to help with my nutrition plus he’s fought on the biggest stages in the biggest fights which helps me.”
 
“It feels like home out here, I’ve been here for so long. It won’t feel like home during fight week, I won’t be in Brooklyn before the fight. I’m a true underdog fighting at Madison Square Garden, although I’ve fought there in the past it’s really Gennady’s home.”
 
“I have no idea how it ends, whether by decision or knockout but I will be victorious.”
 
Golovkin and Jacobs have an extraordinary, combined 35 consecutive knockouts heading into this highly anticipated battle. 
GOLOVKIN vs. JACOBS is presented by K2 Promotions. Tickets priced at $1000, $600, $400, $300, $200 and $100, are now on sale and can be purchased at the Madison Square Garden Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, Ticketmaster charge by phone (866-858-0008) and online at www.ticketmaster.com or 
 
SOCIAL MEDIA — #GGGJACOBS
Gennady “GGG” Golovkin –  @GGGBoxing – Twitter, Facebook, Instagram
Daniel Jacobs – @DanielJacobsTKO – Twitter, Facebook, Instagram
HBO – @HBO, @HBOBoxing – Twitter, Facebook, Instagram
Madison Square Garden – @TheGarden – Twitter, Facebook, Instagram
Tom Loeffler (K2 Promotions) – @TomLoeffler1 — Twitter
 
MEDIA CONTACTS
Bernie Bahrmasel/K2 Promotions (Golovkin)
Phone: +1 (773) 592-2986
Tim Smith/Premier Boxing Champions (Jacobs)
Larry Torres/Madison Square Garden
Phone: (212) 631-5178

Belfast, NY to be front and center at Bobby Gunn- Roy Jones Jr. title fight February 17th

Scott’s dream back then was to acquire the original barns that the great John L. Sullivan trained in back in 1889 for the last-ever bare knuckle championship fight of that era, restore them, open them up as the only Bare Knuckle Boxing Hall of Fame in the world, let the world in on Belfast’s private secret, and have Belfast come to the forefront of the boxing world as a result. “Actually,” says Scott, “we have accomplished this and much more.”

Scott Burt (L) with Bobby Gunn (R) training at the Bare Knuckle Boxing Hall of Fame.

He elaborated by referring to last February when the National Police Gazette called him in for a surprise meeting only to give Scott unrestricted sole control of their championship belt – a belt they originated and controlled for over 130 years. Steve Westlake, owner and publisher of the Gazette, stated “Our bare-knuckle champion belt is the Holy Grail of all boxing belts. Bare-knuckle boxing is the original and purest form of the sport. But championship bare-knuckle boxing was suspended in 1892 and not restarted until very recently. Because of Scott’s honesty and sincere approach to our sport, there couldn’t have been a better candidate to take over our belt if we had drawn up what we wanted on a piece of paper. We give Scott the power to be the only one in the world to name bare-knuckle champions. We do not take what we have done here lightly. This is very significant to the boxing world. The time will come when bare-knuckle boxing once again is the top form of boxing. Belfast should be very proud of what Scott has accomplished for them.”

Bobby Gunn (L) training inside the Bare Knuckle Boxing Hall of Fame as Scott Burt (R) looks on.

Scott’s efforts are for historical value not financial gain. So when asked why he wanted to help out Belfast so much, Scott said “When I was a youth and having a few troubles Belfast accepted me into their community as one of their own, which changed my future in a very positive way. At that point I said to my friends ‘someday, somehow, I’m going to thank the Belfast community properly.’ This is it.”

Many world champions have come to Belfast over the last few years due to Scott’s efforts. All are loved by the Belfast community, but none more than current undefeated World Bare Knuckle Champion Bobby Gunn, who has a record of 72 and 0 with 72 KOs. He has come to Belfast many times, and his unique, kind, and loving personality impresses all he meets.

Judy Burt (L) and Bobby Gunn (R)

Scott is part of a team organized to put on a Super Fight on Friday, February 17th, at the Chase Center in Wilmington, Delaware, at which Gunn will face a very dangerous man in four-time world champion Roy Jones Jr. Jones is pound-for-pound one of the top 10 fighters of all time.

Bobby Gunn training in the ring from the ROCKY II movie outside the World Bare Knuckle Boxing Hall of Fame in Belfast, New York.

There will be several bouts that night, with the main event available on worldwide pay-per-view. “What a night this will be!” said Scott. “Four world champions are coming to be in the audience, including reigning World Heavyweight Gloved Champ Tyson Fury, Larry Holmes, Tim Witherspoon and Michael Spinks. While we are so very close to signing our next fight, which will be a bare knuckle event on a Florida Indian reservation, both Roy and Bobby will don gloves for Friday’s fight just like Sullivan and Corbett did back in 1892. The Jones-Gunn fight is being touted as Skill vs Will; one of the top 10 gloved boxers of all time takes on the reigning undefeated bare-knuckle champ. It will be for the WBF World Cruiserweight title. Belfast and the Bare Knuckle Boxing Hall of Fame will be all over the place next week. You can see our logo on the back banner at the Jones-Gunn press conference on the net, and both Bobby and Shannon Ritch – who fights on the undercard and is Bobby’s next bare knuckle opponent – will be wearing our logo on their shorts.”

World Bare Knuckle Hall of Fame president Scott Burt (R) with Bobby Gunn (L).

“Bobby trained hard for this fight,” said Scott. “In fact he came to Belfast and I personally trained him in old school style. I had him blacksmith, chop wood, work out with Sullivan’s swing clubs, pound tires, and run the trails Sullivan ran in 1889. Bobby said it was the best workout he ever had. He also said that with his nearing retirement, Bobby would like to move to Belfast and start a private training camp for boxers.”

“This is truly what is needed,” said Gunn. “Big time boxers want to get away from the limelight and interruptions of daily life, and to have a place all to themselves to train. Twenty years ago, it was the Catskills the boxers traveled to. I now see the future to be Belfast. Working out in publicly populated places opens the door to many bad things including spies from the other team and undesirables that distract. I’ve never felt so welcome and safe in my life as in Belfast, New York. Scott has offered to allow me to build a training barn right next to the Hall of Fame barns and I’m going to take him up on that. It will be built to match the two that are there now. It will house the actual ring Scott acquired from Hollywood that was Apollo Creed’s as featured in the Rocky II movie. I’m very excited about this. You do know, there were indeed three barns back in the day when William Muldoon built them don’t you? You see, I’m a bit of a history buff too!”

If you choose to travel to Wilmington, Delaware, for the February 17th fight night, tickets can be bought at www.firststatefights.com or by calling 484-935-3378 (fights will go from 6pm to 11:30pm). Pay-per-view information can be found at www.indemand.com/event/boxing-jones-jr-vs-gunn. It will air at 9pm ET/6pm PT. The events will also be available on home computers, laptops, Smart TVs, iPhones, iPads, AppleTV, and Android devices on FITE-TV, Flipps, and other OTT (over-the-top) streaming services. The event is a David Feldman Promotion.

GENNADY “GGG” GOLOVKIN training at CAMP in BIG BEAR

 

CLICK TO SEE GGG IN TRAINING AT BIG BEAR

GOLOVKIN vs. JACOBS is presented by K2 Promotions. Tickets priced at $1000, $600, $400, $300, $200 and $100, are now on sale and can be purchased at the Madison Square Garden Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, Ticketmaster charge by phone (866-858-0008) and online at www.ticketmaster.com or 
 
SOCIAL MEDIA — #GGGJACOBS
Gennady “GGG” Golovkin –  @GGGBoxing – Twitter, Facebook, Instagram
Daniel Jacobs – @DanielJacobsTKO – Twitter, Facebook, Instagram
HBO – @HBO, @HBOBoxing – Twitter, Facebook, Instagram
Madison Square Garden – @TheGarden – Twitter, Facebook, Instagram
Tom Loeffler (K2 Promotions) – @TomLoeffler1 — Twitter
 

Classic Entertainment Sports on top of the Field

Twenty-five years in professional boxing is no small feat. At times, it’s felt like an entire century, but we wouldn’t trade this lifestyle, or these incredible experiences, for anything.

I’ve always felt boxing, whether you’re a professional aiming for championship glory or a novice looking to vent frustrations on the heavy bag, demands respect, teaches accountability and breeds camaraderie among those who’ve stepped through the ropes.

To have done this as long as we have at Classic Entertainment & Sports is a testament to our longevity and will to compete. Much like those fighters who answer the bell, our job is to handle what life throws at us and continue punching, even when the sports hit back harder than expected.

Boxing can be a cruel, fickle game. Over the years, new promoters have burst onto the scene, only to fade away without ever leaving their mark, unaware of the relentless drama and deceit that often plagues the Sweet Science. Many great men and women have ventured into the deep end just to get their foot in the door or build a foundation.

We’ve never left.

Twenty-five years ago, we promoted our first event at the Rocky Point Palladium, a now-defunct landmark at the historic Rocky Point Park in Rhode Island, headlined by New Bedford, Mass., legend “Sucra” Ray Oliveira.

In 48 hours, we promote our first event of 2017 to kick off our year-long 25

th anniversary celebration and, in a small twist of irony, one of our featured bouts includes “Sucra” Ray’s son, Ray Oliveira Jr., in his toughest test to date against undefeated Connecticut prospect Jose Rivera.

At CES, we pride ourselves on promoting a family-friendly environment for fighters past and present. Our entire staff, myself included, treats our fighters and their families with the respect they deserve. Once you join Team CES, you’re part of our team for life.

Our reputation speaks for itself. We’ve developed and built champions from all over the world. We’ve brought fighters to the brink of stardom and beyond, including five-time world champion Vinny Paz and fellow Rhode Island icon Peter Manfredo Jr.

On Saturday night, we celebrate our past while looking toward our bright future; we’re excited to present the next generation of championship talent, starting with our reigning UBF International and Northeast Junior Middleweight Champion Khiary Gray of Worcester, Mass., and stablemate Jamaine Ortiz, also of Worcester, an amateur star who competed in the U.S. Olympic Trials.

What has set us apart from others through the years is our commitment to not only building fighters from contenders into world champions, but challenging them to be at their best and to push themselves harder than any trainer or coach can push them. Our fighters fight real fights. We’ve survived and thrived for a quarter of a century because we’ve perfected the delicate balance between developing our fighters the right way and providing our fans with a quality product that will keep them coming back for more.

We’re not just interested in fleeting success. We want to build lifelong relationships with our fighters and fans, all of whom we consider family. Saturday night will be a celebration of our rich history with an eye on our remarkable present and even brighter future.

Promoters come and go, but those truly dedicated to making this sport great and keeping it alive and well in this current climate are the ones who will leave a lasting impression years, decades and even centuries from now.

We are honored to have served you, our loyal fans, for 25 years, and we genuinely could not have done this without you.

Here’s to 25 more!

CARLOS CUADRAS VS. DAVID CARMONA ADDED TO 
GOLOVKIN VS. JACOBS HBO PAY-PER-VIEW® TELECAST 
 
MEXICAN WARRIORS READY FOR NEW YORK CITY BATTLE!
 
Saturday, March 18, 2017
MADISON SQUARE GARDEN 
PRESENTED LIVE BY HBO PAY-PER-VIEW
 TICKETS SELLING FAST!!!
 

LOS ANGELES, CA 

January 24, 2017 – Former World Boxing Council (WBC) Super Flyweight Champion CARLOS “PRINCIPE” CUADRAS, (35-1-1, 27 KO’s) of Mexico City, Mexico returns to battle against cross-town rival and Former World Title Challenger DAVID “SEVERO” CARMONA, (20-3-5, 8 KO’s), also of Mexico City, Mexico, on Saturday, March 18 at The Mecca of Boxing, Madison Square Garden. 
 
Cuadras vs. Carmona, scheduled for ten rounds, will be featured on the televised undercard of the World Middleweight Championship between Unified Middleweight World Champion GENNADY “GGG” GOLOVKIN, (36-0-0, 33 KO’s) and WBA Middleweight World Champion and Mandatory Challenger DANIEL “THE MIRACLE MAN” JACOBS, (32-1, 29 KO’s). The event will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT. 
“I wanted a rematch with Roman Gonzalez but right now my sole focus is on Carmona, we’ve known each other for many years and there is a true rivalry between us,” said Cuadras. “I’m looking forward to settling it in the ring at Madison Square Garden, the home of so many classic battles and in front of the great Mexican boxing fans in New York City and those watching on HBO Pay-Per-View.”
Said Carmona, “Carlos has accomplished a great deal in boxing, being a former world champion and undefeated for many years. However, my time is now and I look forward to being victorious on March 18.”  
“We’re very excited to add this all-Mexican battle between Carlos Cuadras and David Carmona to an already outstanding boxing event,” said TOM LOEFFLER, Managing Director of  K2 PROMOTIONS. “Cuadras is coming off one of the best fights of 2016 in his world title fight with “Chocolatito” last September on HBO and Carmona is looking to prove he’s worthy of another world title opportunity.”  
“Carlos was one of the true breakout stars in boxing last year in his valiant performance against ‘Chocolatito’. We’ve gotten a tremendous response to our showcasing of the lighter weights at our events from boxing fans and the media and we’re very excited to have these two super flyweight battles on the televised undercard.”
“Adding this third bout to the March 18 event continues our commitment to boxing fans in the arena and those watching on HBO Pay-Per-View that we will provide maximum value at our events. Tickets for Madison Square Garden are selling fast and we look forward to another outstanding event on March 18.”  
On September 10, 2016, then undefeated WBC Super Flyweight World Champion Cuadras and three-division world champion ROMAN “CHOCOLATITO” GONZALEZ waged war in a 2016 “Fight of the Year” candidate in front of a huge crowd at The Fabulous Forum and telecast on HBO. 
After twelve epic rounds of world class action, the 28-year-old Cuadras lost a very close decision to Gonzalez in a battle that had the Mexican and Nicaraguan partisan crowds on their feet cheering throughout. 
Carmona is returning to the ring following the toughest test of his seven-year professional career. On May 8, 2016, the 25-year-old Carmona traveled to Tokyo, Japan to challenge undefeated WBO Super Flyweight Champion NAOYA INOUE. Following twelve action packed rounds, Carmona came up short on the judges’ scorecards but validated his standing among the best in the division.  
Presented by K2 Promotions, tickets for “MIDDLEWEIGHT MADNESS” priced at $1000, $600, $400, $300, $200 and $100, are now on sale and can be purchased at the Madison Square Garden Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, Ticketmaster charge by phone (866-858-0008) and online at www.ticketmaster.com 
 
SOCIAL MEDIA — #GGGJACOBS
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Daniel Jacobs – @DanielJacobsTKO – Twitter, Facebook, Instagram
 
HBO – @HBO, @HBOBoxing – Twitter, Facebook, Instagram
 
Madison Square Garden – @TheGarden – Twitter, Facebook, Instagram
 
Tom Loeffler (K2 Promotions) – @TomLoeffler1 — Twitter

IOC and Alibaba Group launch historic long-term partnership as Alibaba becomes Worldwide Olympic Partner through 2028

January 19, 2017- Breakthrough partnership will support the IOC and the Olympic Movement achieve Olympic Agenda 2020 vision in a new digital era.The International Olympic Committee (IOC) and Alibaba Group (NYSE: BABA) today jointly announced a long-term partnership through 2028. Joining The Olympic Partner (TOP) worldwide sponsorship programme, Alibaba will become the official “Cloud Services” and “E-Commerce Platform Services” Partner, as well as a Founding Partner of the Olympic Channel.

The partnership was announced today at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, with IOC President Thomas Bach, Alibaba Group Founder and Executive Chairman Jack Ma and Alibaba Group Chief Executive Officer Daniel Zhang.

Thomas Bach, President of the IOC, said: “In this new digital world, Alibaba is uniquely positioned to help the IOC achieve a variety of key objectives outlined in Olympic Agenda 2020, while positively shaping the future of the Olympic Movement. This is a ground-breaking, innovative alliance, and will help drive efficiencies in the organisation of the Olympic Games through 2028, whilst also supporting the global development of digital opportunities including the Olympic Channel.”

“Alibaba’s partnership with the IOC is built on a foundation of shared values and a common vision for connecting the world and enriching people’s lives,” said Jack Ma, Founder and Executive Chairman of Alibaba Group. “We are proud to support Olympic Agenda 2020, using our innovations and technologies to help evolve the Olympic Games for the digital era.”

Through this partnership, Alibaba’s contributions to the Olympic Movement will include:

  • best-in-class cloud computing infrastructure and cloud services to help the Olympic Games operate more efficiently, effectively and securely, including supporting big data analytics requirements;
  • the creation of a global e-commerce platform for Olympic stakeholders to engage and connect with fans seeking official Olympic licensed products manufactured by the Olympic parties’ official licensees, and selected sports products, on a worldwide basis; and
  • leveraging Alibaba’s leading digital media technologies and know-how to develop and customise the Olympic Channel for a Chinese audience.

“Alibaba is proud to empower the International Olympic Committee in a game-changing digital transformation, while moving another step closer toward our goal to serve 2 billion consumers,” said Daniel Zhang, Chief Executive Officer of Alibaba Group. “We will leverage our experience in serving a young user base to help connect more young people to the Olympic Movement, helping to strengthen our brand through this historic partnership.”

Tsunekazu Takeda, the IOC’s Marketing Commission Chair, said: “We are delighted to be working in the long term with Alibaba for the benefit of the Olympic Movement. This strategic partnership underlines the global appeal of the Olympic values and opens an exciting new chapter in this digital age.”

Alibaba is the first company to make a long-term commitment to the IOC through 2028 and the first Chinese company to commit to the Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022.

Alibaba will support the organisers of each edition of the Olympic Games, and the Olympic Movement around the world. These rights will include advertising and promotional use of Olympic marks and imagery from the Olympic Games as well as marks from the National Olympic Committees.

Alibaba’s global activation rights will include the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018, the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, the Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022 and the Olympic and Olympic Winter Games in 2024, 2026 and 2028 in cities yet to be selected by the IOC.

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CONLAN TO AMERICA
PRESS CONFERENCE TO ANNOUNCE  
IRELAND’S OLYMPIC HERO
MICHAEL CONLAN’S
PRO DEBUT ON ST. PATRICK’S DAY
AT THE “O’MECCA OF BOXING”
 
PLEASE NOTE NEW TIME
This Wednesday!  January 18, at 11 A.M. ET 
Madison Square Garden Chase Square
 
Streamed Live at 11 A.M. ET / 8 A.M. PT
You Tube
Facebook 
 
            NEW YORK (January 16 , 2017) —  Top Rank® will host a press conference to announce the professional debut of Ireland’s Olympic hero MICHAEL “MICK” CONLAN This Wednesday!  January 18, at Madison Square Garden’s Chase Square.  PLEASE NOTE NEW TIMES.  Media report time will be at 10:30 a.m. with the press conference beginning at 11:00 a.m. ET.   Conlan will be joined by his promoter Todd duBoefand manager Matthew Macklin.  All will be available for one-on-one interviews.  Media should use the entrance located off Seventh Ave. and 32nd St.
 
            Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Madison Square Garden, Conlan’s pro debut, which will be as a junior featherweight, is set for Friday, March 17 — St. Patrick’s Day — at the “O’Mecca of Boxing” The Theater at Madison Square Garden.
 
            A 2012 Olympic Bronze medalist and 2015 World Amateur Champion (Ireland’s only male amateur world champion), Conlan produced one of the most memorable moments during last summer’s Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, giving the judges a double-barreled middle-finger salute after getting jobbed out of a victory by them in the bantamweight quarterfinals.  He will begin training in Los Angeles with Manny Robles this week.        
 
            For fight updates go to www.toprank.com,  on Facebook at facebook.com/trboxing, or facebook.com/trboxeo,and on Twitter attwitter.com/trboxing, or twitter.com/trboxeo, Use the Hashtag #MickConlan to join the conversation on Twitter.  

 


IOC sanctions eight athletes for failing anti-doping test at Beijing 2008 and London 2012

January 14 – The protection of clean athletes and the fight against doping are top priorities for the International Olympic Committee (IOC), as outlined in Olympic Agenda 2020, the IOC’s strategic roadmap for the future of the Olympic Movement. To provide a level playing field for all clean athletes at the Olympic Games Rio 2016, the IOC put special measures in place, including targeted pre-tests and the re-analysis of stored samples from the Olympic Games Beijing 2008 and London 2012, following an intelligence-gathering process that started in August 2015.

As part of this process, the IOC today announced that eight athletes have been disqualified from the Olympic Games Beijing 2008 and London 2012. The details follow.

Lei CAO, 33, of China, competing in the women’s 75kg weightlifting event, in which she ranked 1st and for which she was awarded a gold medal, has been disqualified from the Olympic Games Beijing 2008. Re-analysis of Cao’s samples from Beijing 2008 resulted in a positive test for the prohibited substance GHRP-2 and metabolite (GHRP-2 M2). 

The IOC Disciplinary Commission, composed for this case of Mr Denis Oswald (Chairman), Mr Juan Antonio Samaranch and Dr Ugur Erdener, decided the following:

  1. The Athlete, Lei CAO:
    1. is found to have committed an anti-doping rule violation pursuant to the IOC Anti-Doping Rules applicable to the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing in 2008,
    2. is disqualified from all the events in which she participated upon the occasion of the Olympic Games Beijing 2008, namely, the women’s 75kg weightlifting event, and
  • has the medal, the medallist pin and the diploma obtained in the women’s 75kg weightlifting event withdrawn and is ordered to return the same.
  1. The International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) is requested to modify the results of the above-mentioned event accordingly and to consider any further action within its own competence.
  • The Chinese Olympic Committee shall ensure full implementation of this decision.
  1. The Chinese Olympic Committee shall notably secure the return to the IOC, as soon as possible, of the medal, the medallist pin and the diploma awarded in connection with the women’s 75kg weightlifting event to the Athlete.
  2. This decision enters into force immediately.

The full decision is available here

Xiexia CHEN, 34, of China, competing in the women’s 48kg weightlifting event, in which she ranked 1st and for which she was awarded a gold medal, has been disqualified from the Olympic Games Beijing 2008. Re-analysis of Chen’s samples from Beijing 2008 resulted in a positive test for the prohibited substance GHRP-2 and metabolite (GHRP-2 M2). 

The IOC Disciplinary Commission, composed for this case of Mr Denis Oswald (Chairman), Mr Juan Antonio Samaranch and Dr Ugur Erdener, decided the following:

  1. The Athlete, Xiexia CHEN:
    1. is found to have committed an anti-doping rule violation pursuant to the IOC Anti-Doping Rules applicable to the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing in 2008,
    2. is disqualified from all the events in which she participated upon the occasion of the Olympic Games Beijing 2008, namely, the women’s 48kg weightlifting event, and
  • has the medal, the medallist pin and the diploma obtained in the women’s 48kg weightlifting event withdrawn and is ordered to return the same.
  1. The IWF is requested to modify the results of the above-mentioned event accordingly and to consider any further action within its own competence.
  • The Chinese Olympic Committee shall ensure full implementation of this decision.
  1. The Chinese Olympic Committee shall notably secure the return to the IOC, as soon as possible, of the medal, the medallist pin and the diploma awarded in connection with the women’s 48kg weightlifting event to the Athlete.
  2. This decision enters into force immediately.

The full decision is available here 

Chunhong LIU, 31, of China, competing in the women’s 69kg weightlifting event, in which she ranked 1st and for which she was awarded a gold medal, has been disqualified from the Olympic Games Beijing 2008. Re-analysis of Liu’s samples from Beijing 2008 resulted in a positive test for the prohibited substances GHRP-2 and metabolite (GHRP-2 M2), and sibutramine. 

The IOC Disciplinary Commission, composed for this case of Mr Denis Oswald (Chairman), Mr Juan Antonio Samaranch and Dr Ugur Erdener, decided the following:

  1. The Athlete, Chunhong LIU:
    1. is found to have committed an anti-doping rule violation pursuant to the IOC Anti-Doping Rules applicable to the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing in 2008,
    2. is disqualified from all the events in which she participated upon the occasion of the Olympic Games Beijing 2008, namely, the women’s 69kg weightlifting event, and
  • has the medal, the medallist pin and the diploma obtained in the women’s 69kg weightlifting event withdrawn and is ordered to return the same.
  1. The IWF is requested to modify the results of the above-mentioned event accordingly and to consider any further action within its own competence.
  • The Chinese Olympic Committee shall ensure full implementation of this decision.
  1. The Chinese Olympic Committee shall notably secure the return to the IOC, as soon as possible, of the medal, the medallist pin and the diploma awarded in connection with the women’s 69kg weightlifting event to the Athlete.
  2. This decision enters into force immediately.

The full decision is available here

Nadzeya OSTAPCHUK, 36, of Belarus, competing in the women’s shot put event, in which she ranked 3rd and for which she was awarded a bronze medal, has been disqualified from the Olympic Games Beijing 2008. Re-analysis of Ostapchuk’s samples from Beijing 2008 resulted in a positive test for the prohibited substances dehydrochlormethyltestosterone (turinabol) and tamoxifen.  
The IOC Disciplinary Commission, composed for this case of Mr Denis Oswald (Chairman), Mr Juan Antonio Samaranch and Dr Ugur Erdener, decided the following:

  1. The Athlete, Nadzeya OSTAPCHUK:
    1. is found to have committed an anti-doping rule violation pursuant to the IOC Anti-Doping Rules applicable to the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing in 2008 (presence and/or use, of a Prohibited Substance or its Metabolites or Markers in an athlete’s bodily specimen),
    2. is disqualified from the Women’s shot put event in which she participated upon the occasion of the Olympic Games Beijing 2008,
  • has the medal, the medallist pin and the diploma obtained in the Women’s shot put event withdrawn and is ordered to return the same.
  1. The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) is requested to modify the results of the above-mentioned event accordingly and to consider any further action within its own competence.
  • The National Olympic Committee of the Republic of Belarus shall ensure full implementation of this decision.
  1. The National Olympic Committee of the Republic of Belarus shall notably secure the return to the IOC, as soon as possible, of the medal, the medallist pin and the diploma awarded in connection with the women’s shot put event.
  2. This decision enters into force immediately.

The full decision is available here

Darya PCHELNIK, 36, of Belarus, competing in the women’s hammer throw event, (qualification and final) in which she ranked 4th and for which she was awarded a diploma, has been disqualified from the Olympic Games Beijing 2008. Re-analysis of Pchelnik’s samples from Beijing 2008 resulted in a positive test for the prohibited substances dehydrochlormethyltestosterone (turinabol).  
The IOC Disciplinary Commission, composed for this case of Mr Denis Oswald (Chairman), Mr Juan Antonio Samaranch and Dr Ugur Erdener, decided the following:

  1. The Athlete, Darya PCHELNIK:
    1. is found to have committed an anti-doping rule violation pursuant to the IOC Anti-Doping Rules applicable to the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing in 2008 (presence and/or use, of a Prohibited Substance or its Metabolites or Markers in an athlete’s bodily specimen),
    2. is disqualified from the women’s hammer throw event in which she participated upon the occasion of the Olympic Games Beijing 2008,
  • has the diploma obtained in the women’s hammer throw event withdrawn and is ordered to return the same.
  1. The IAAF is requested to modify the results of the above-mentioned event accordingly and to consider any further action within its own competence.
  • The National Olympic Committee of the Republic of Belarus shall ensure full implementation of this decision.
  1. The National Olympic Committee of the Republic of Belarus shall notably secure the return to the IOC, as soon as possible, of the diploma awarded in connection with the women’s hammer throw event to the Athlete.
  2. This decision enters into force immediately.

The full decision is available here

Sibel SIMSEK, 32, of Turkey, competing in the women’s 63kg weightlifting event, in which she ranked 4th and for which she was awarded a diploma, has been disqualified from the Olympic Games London 2012. Re-analysis of Simsek’s samples from London 2012 resulted in a positive test for the prohibited substances dehydrochlormethyltestosterone (turinabol) and stanozolol.  
The IOC Disciplinary Commission, composed for this case of Mr Denis Oswald (Chairman), Mr Juan Antonio Samaranch and Mrs Gunilla Lindberg, decided the following:

  1. The Athlete, Sibel Simsek:
    1. is found to have committed an anti-doping rule violation pursuant to the IOC Anti-Doping Rules applicable to the Games of the XXX Olympiad in London in 2012 (presence, and/or use, of Prohibited Substances or its Metabolites or Markers in an athlete’s bodily specimen),
    2. is disqualified from the women’s 63kg weightlifting event in which she participated upon the occasion of the Olympic Games London 2012,
  • has the diploma obtained in the women’s 63kg weightlifting event withdrawn and is order to return the same.
  1. The IWF is requested to modify the results of the above-mentioned event accordingly and to consider any further action within its own competence.
  • The Turkish Olympic Committee shall ensure full implementation of this decision.
  1. The Turkish Olympic Committee shall notably secure the return to the IOC, as soon as possible, of the diploma awarded in connection with the women’s 63kg weightlifting event to the Athlete.
  2. This decision enters into force immediately.

The full decision is available here

Intigam ZAIROV, 31, of Azerbaijan, competing in the men’s 94kg weightlifting event, in which he ranked 6th and for which he was awarded a diploma, has been disqualified from the Olympic Games London 2012. Re-analysis of Zairov’s samples from London 2012 resulted in a positive test for the prohibited substances dehydrochlormethyltestosterone (turinabol).  
The IOC Disciplinary Commission, composed for this case of Mr Denis Oswald (Chairman), Mr Juan Antonio Samaranch and Dr Ugur Erdener, decided the following:

  1. The Athlete, Intigam ZAIROV:
    1. is found to have committed an anti-doping rule violation pursuant to the IOC Anti-Doping Rules applicable to the Games of the XXX Olympiad in London in 2012 (presence, and/or use, of Prohibited Substances or its Metabolites or Markers in an athlete’s bodily specimen),
    2. is disqualified from the men’s 94kg weightlifting event in which he participated upon the occasion of the Olympic Games London 2012,
  • has the diploma obtained in the men’s 94kg weightlifting event withdrawn and is order to return the same.
  1. The IWF is requested to modify the results of the above-mentioned event accordingly and to consider any further action within its own competence.
  • The National Olympic Committee of the Azerbaijani Republic shall ensure full implementation of this decision.
  1. The National Olympic Committee of the Azerbaijani Republic shall notably secure the return to the IOC, as soon as possible, of the diploma awarded in connection with the men’s 94kg weightlifting event to the Athlete.
  2. This decision enters into force immediately.

The full decision is available here

Norayr VARDANYAN, 29, of Armenia, competing in the men’s 94kg weightlifting event, in which he ranked 11th, has been disqualified from the Olympic Games London 2012. Re-analysis of Vardanyan’s samples from London 2012 resulted in a positive test for the prohibited substances dehydrochlormethyltestosterone (turinabol).  
The IOC Disciplinary Commission, composed for this case of Mr Denis Oswald (Chairman), Mr Juan Antonio Samaranch and Dr Ugur Erdener, decided the following:

  1. The Athlete, Norayr VARDANYAN:
    1. is found to have committed an anti-doping rule violation pursuant to the IOC Anti-Doping Rules applicable to the Games of the XXX Olympiad in London in 2012 (presence, and/or use, of Prohibited Substances or its Metabolites or Markers in an athlete’s bodily specimen),
    2. is disqualified from the men’s 94kg weightlifting event in which he participated upon the occasion of the Olympic Games London 2012,
  2. The IWF is requested to modify the results of the above-mentioned event accordingly and to consider any further action within its own competence.
  • The National Olympic Committee of Armenia shall ensure full implementation of this decision.
  1. This decision enters into force immediately.

The full decision is available here

The additional analyses on samples collected during the Olympic Games Beijing 2008 and London 2012 were performed with improved analytical methods, in order to possibly detect prohibited substances that could not be identified by the analysis performed at the time of these editions of the Olympic Games.

“MIDDLEWEIGHT MADNESS”

 GENNADY “GGG” GOLOVKIN & 

DANIEL “THE MIRACLE MAN” JACOBS MEET AT 

MADISON SQUARE GARDEN 

DURING NEW YORK KNICKS GAME 

 

WORLD MIDDLEWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP

Saturday, March 18, 2017

MADISON SQUARE GARDEN 

PRESENTED LIVE BY HBO PAY-PER-VIEW®

NEW YORK CITY (January 9, 2017) Unified Middleweight World Champion (WBC, WBA, IBF, IBO) GENNADY “GGG” GOLOVKIN (36-0, 33 KO’s) and WBA Middleweight Champion and Mandatory Challenger DANIEL “THE MIRACLE MAN” JACOBS (32-1, 29 KO’s) met at center court during the New York Knicks/New Orleans Pelicans NBA game tonight at The World’s Most Famous Arena, Madison Square Garden. They were introduced to the packed house by Hall of Fame Ring Announcer MICHAEL BUFFER

DANIEL “THE MIRACLE MAN” JACOBS, Anoouncer MICHAEL BUFFER, and  GENNADY “GGG” GOLOVKIN at Center Court at Madison Square garden during the New York Knicks basketball game

Golovkin also met before the game with New York Knicks star and “GGG” fan, 

KRISTAPS PORZINGIS. 

On Tuesday, January 10 at 12:00 p.m. ET, Golovkin and Jacobs along with their teams will host a Press Conference in the Madison Square Garden Arena to formally announce their showdown at “The Mecca of Boxing” set for Saturday, March 18, 2017. The championship event will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT. 

Golovkin and Jacobs have an extraordinary, combined 35 consecutive knockouts heading into this highly anticipated battle. 

Presented by K2 Promotions, tickets for “MIDDLEWEIGHT MADNESS” priced at $1000, $600, $400, $300, $200 and $100, are now on sale and can be purchased at the Madison Square Garden Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, Ticketmaster charge by phone (866-858-0008) and online at www.ticketmaster.com 

or www.thegarden.com.

“MIDDLEWEIGHT MADNESS”

 GENNADY “GGG” GOLOVKIN VS. 

DANIEL “THE MIRACLE MAN” JACOBS

WORLD MIDDLEWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP

SATURDAY, MARCH 18 FROM MADISON SQUARE GARDEN   PRESENTED LIVE BY HBO PAY-PER-VIEW®

 

COAST TO COAST PRESS TOUR

TUESDAY, JANUARY 10-NEW YORK CITY

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 11-LOS ANGELES

Gennady Golovkin 

LOS ANGELES, CA (January 4, 2017) Following the outstanding response from fans and media of the announcement to their World Middleweight Championship battle set for Saturday, March 18 at Madison Square Garden, Unified Middleweight World Champion (WBC, WBA, IBF, IBO), GENNADY “GGG” GOLOVKIN, (36-0, 33 KO’s) and WBA Middleweight Champion and Mandatory Challenger, Brooklyn’s DANIEL “THE MIRACLE MAN” JACOBS, (32-1, 29 KO’s) will hold press conferences in New York City and Los Angeles on Tuesday, January 10 and Wednesday, January 11, respectively.

The championship event will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT.

WHO:  GENNADY “GGG” GOLOVKIN, Unified Middleweight World Champion

              DANIEL “THE MIRACLE MAN” JACOBS, WBA Middleweight Champion

              ABEL SANCHEZ, Trainer of Golovkin

              ANDRE ROZIER, Trainer of Jacobs 

              TOM LOEFFLER, Managing Director of K2 Promotions 

              KEITH CONNOLLY, Team Jacobs

 

WHAT: Coast to Coast Press Tour

WHEN/WHERE: 

             Tuesday, January 10, 2017

              Madison Square Garden Arena

              New York, NY

              Enter through South Concierge located at the main entrance 32nd and 7th

                 11:30 a.m. ET – Media Arrival

                 12:00 p.m. ET – Press Conference

                         

             Wednesday, January 11, 2017

              The Conga Room at L.A. LIVE

              800 W. Olympic Boulevard

              Los Angeles, CA 90015

                 11:30 a.m. PT – Media Arrival

                 12:00 p.m. PT – Press Conference

 

Golovkin and Jacobs have an extraordinary, combined 35 consecutive knockouts heading into this highly anticipated battle.

 

Presented by K2 Promotions, tickets for “MIDDLEWEIGHT MADNESS” priced at $1000, $600, $400, $300, $200 and $100, are now on sale and can be purchased at the Madison Square Garden Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, Ticketmaster charge by phone (866-858-0008) and online at www.ticketmaster.com or www.thegarden.com.

SOCIAL MEDIA — #GGGJACOBS

Gennady “GGG” Golovkin –  @GGGBoxing – Twitter, Facebook, Instagram

Daniel Jacobs – @DanielJacobsTKO – Twitter, Facebook, Instagram

HBO – @HBO, @HBOBoxing – Twitter, Facebook, Instagram

Madison Square Garden – @TheGarden – Twitter, Facebook, Instagram

Tom Loeffler (K2 Promotions) – @TomLoeffler1 — Twitter

 

 

 

IOC starts disciplinary procedures against 28 Russian athletes from Sochi 2014

December 23 – Following the publication of the completed WADA Independent Person (IP) Report on 9 December 2016, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced today that 28 Russian athletes* who participated in the Olympic Winter Games Sochi 2014 are now subject to a disciplinary procedure.

The IOC is initiating disciplinary cases against all 28 athletes for whom there is evidence of manipulation of one or more of their urine samples that were collected at the Olympic Winter Games Sochi 2014, as detailed in the IP report earlier in December.

Prof. McLaren had investigated 95 samples of Russian athletes provided to him by the IOC. They led to the 28 athletes with evidence of sample manipulation. They have now been repatriated back to the Lausanne Anti-Doping Laboratory, and re-analysis has already begun on these samples looking for any Adverse Analytical Findings (AAFs).

At this point in time, these 28 new cases are not AAFs, like a positive doping test. However, the manipulation of the samples themselves could lead to an Anti-Doping Rule Violation and sanctions.

“This is the immediate follow-up to Professor McLaren’s Report. The IOC will go beyond the findings of the IP Report by re-analysing all the samples of all the Russian athletes who participated in the Olympic Winter Games Sochi 2014 as well as all those who participated in the Olympic Games London 2012,” IOC President Thomas Bach said.

As of now, 27 Russian athletes have already been sanctioned by the IOC as a result of the IOC’s own re-analysis programme for the Olympic Games Beijing 2008 and London 2012, which began prior to the Olympic Games Rio 2016, and is still ongoing (for London). The IOC will also re-analyse all samples from Russian athletes at the Olympic Winter Games Vancouver 2010. 

The protection of clean athletes and the fight against doping are top priorities for the IOC, as outlined in Olympic Agenda 2020, the IOC’s strategic roadmap for the future of the Olympic Movement.

* Please note that for legal reasons the IOC cannot currently give more detailed information on the cases. This will follow in due course.

 

POVETKIN vs STIVERNE CANCELLED

WBC DENOUNCES POVETKIN FAILED DRUG TEST; 

RECSINDS SANCTIONING OF INTERIM HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE

FIGHT AGAINST STIVERNE;

Serial Banned Substance User Povetkin Fails for 2nd Time in 7 Months

Deerfield Beach, FL  — Top rated heavyweights Alexander Povetkin and Bermane Stiverne were scheduled to fight for the World Boxing Council (WBC) Interim Heavyweight title on Saturday night at the Ekaterinburg Expo Center in Ekaterinburg, Russia.  However, the WBC withdrew it’s sanctioning of the bout due to a Povetkin failed drug test.  The WBC informed both camps of their decision Friday evening and advised the Stiverne camp they should not go through with the fight.  The WBC abides by “Safety First” protocol in their Clean Boxing Program.

Povetkin (31-1, 23 KOs) from Checkhov, Russia was going into the fight rated No. 1 by the WBC.  No. 2 rated Stiverne (25-2-1, 21 KOs) was born and raised in Haiti, now residing in Las Vegas.  They were to fight for the WBC Interim Heavyweight Title, the winner becoming mandatory challenger to current champion Deontay Wilder, who has been incapable of defending due to injury.

The WBC uses VADA (Voluntary Anti-Doping Association) to administer their drug testing.  VADA uses random testing and athletes may be tested at any time.  This is the second fight in which Povetkin has tested positive for a banned substance – this time Ostarine.  Povetkin’s positive sampling was taken December 6 and the WBC and both fight camps were notified of the test results Friday night.  Within a couple of hours of the notification, the WBC tweeted it was “Withdrawing its recognition of Povetkin vs Stiverne due to the positive result of Povetkin for Osterine,” and shortly thereafter wrote in its ruling “The WBC hereby withdraws its sanctioning of the bout for the heavyweight interim world championship and will conduct a thorough investigation of the circumstances of the case and will issue subsequent rulings as required.”

Statement from Stiverne’s promoter Don King:  “To say that I am very saddened and extremely disappointed that Alexander Povetkin was caught again using banned substances would be an understatement.  What is the WBC going to do about it will be the answer.  Bermane Stiverne deserves better than that.  Bermane should be declared the interim title holder.  This is the second time Alexander Povetkin is in the drug abuse program and has embarrassed the WBC causing the WBC’s sanction of the fight as a world title fight being withdrawn.  The firs time was the Deontay Wilder vs. Povetkin May 21 in Moscow.

“Even though it hurts Bermane economically, psychologically and especially psychologically, I want to congratulate the WBC’s Clean Boxing Program.  WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman did himself and his organization, the WBC, proud by withdrawing their sanctioning of the fight..  Thank you WBC, thank you Mauricio Sulaiman, thank you for your honest, dynamic leadership.”

Ostarine is known to increase muscle mass and fat loss as well as increase stamina.  Previously Povetkin was to face WBC titleholder Deontay Wilder on May 21, but tested positive for Meldonium a week prior to the fight.  Meldonium is known to increase blood vessel size, increasing blood, hence, improving once again, stamina.

 

downloadNew Linear Olympic Channel in the U.S. Devoted to Olympic Sports, Athletes and Stories to Launch in
Second Half of 2017

Partnership Includes Significant Commitment of Olympic Sports Programming Hours on NBC & NBCSN

December 15 – In a ground-breaking collaboration to connect fans to the Olympic Movement all year round, the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) and NBCUniversal have created a comprehensive Olympic Channel content and distribution partnership in the United States, all three parties announced today.

During the second half of 2017, the partnership will launch a new U.S. television network under the “Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA” brand that will offer fans year-round Olympic-sport programming from around the world, with an emphasis on their favourite American athletes and teams. The new partnership complements the Olympic Channel, which launched as a worldwide digital platform following the Closing Ceremony of the Olympic Games Rio 2016. Additional details about the launch of the new linear cable channel will be provided at a later date.

Along with the Channel, the partnership also brings additional coverage of Olympic sports programmes that will appear exclusively on other NBCU platforms – including NBC, NBCSN and NBC Sports Digital outlets. The first such coverage begins this Saturday, 17 December, with the Team USA Winter Champions Series.

The three organisations will collaborate to produce and distribute Olympic sports and Olympic-themed programming on a year-round basis between the Games, providing continuity that reflects the idea that, even though the Olympic flame is extinguished at the end of each edition of Games, the athletes’ own compelling stories and journeys continue.

The collaborative programming will emphasise live events from a broad portfolio of summer and winter Olympic sports. It will also include Olympic-themed original content produced by all three parties, such as original programmes produced by filmmakers from around the world commissioned by the global Olympic Channel; rich archival footage from the IOC and NBCU’s library of Olympic features and documentaries; and original Team USA programming contributed by the USOC.

 “Through this exciting new partnership with the USOC and NBCUniversal, we will ensure that U.S. audiences are more closely connected with the Olympic Movement through a more personalised experience,” said Mark Parkman, General Manager of the Olympic Channel. “The evolution of the Olympic Channel in the United States is a significant milestone as we expand our distribution options across the globe in conjunction with our broadcast and National Olympic Committee partners. Placing a spotlight on Olympic sports outside the Games themselves will ultimately bring them more deserved attention and help them grow.”

“The launch of the ‘Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA’ partnership marks an exciting opportunity to promote and celebrate Olympic and Paralympic sport year-round,” said Scott Blackmun, USOC CEO. “Additionally, launching in conjunction with the inaugural Team USA Winter Champions Series broadcast is a great way to serve the fastest-growing fan base in American sports.”

“This is wonderful news for fans of Olympic athletes and Olympic sports, and we’re proud to partner with the IOC and USOC to bring the vision of the Olympic Channel to life in the United States,” said Gary Zenkel, President, NBC Olympics. “The Olympic Channel partnership will provide multiple, year-round platforms to highlight the incredible achievements and inspiring stories of Olympic athletes and the Olympic values they represent, including a full-time home for Olympic sports when we launch the new linear channel in 2017.”

Following the launch of the global digital product and in partnership with rights-holding broadcast partners and National Olympic Committees, the Olympic Channel is developing localised versions, which will offer region- and language-specific user experiences on linear and digital platforms in certain territories, leading to more personalised experiences for Olympic fans around the world.

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About the Olympic Channel

The Olympic Channel is a multi-platform media destination where fans can discover, engage and share in the power of sport and the excitement of the Olympic Games all year round. Offering original programming, news, live sports events and highlights, the Olympic Channel provides additional exposure for sports and athletes 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The Olympic Channel was launched in August 2016 in support of the IOC’s goal, set out in Olympic Agenda 2020, of providing a new way to engage younger generations, fans and new audiences with the Olympic Movement. Founding Partners supporting the Olympic Channel are Worldwide TOP Partners Bridgestone and Toyota. The Olympic Channel is available worldwide via mobile apps for Android and iOS devices and at olympicchannel.com.

About the USOC

Founded in 1894 and headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colorado, the U.S. Olympic Committee serves as both the National Olympic Committee and National Paralympic Committee for the United States. As such, the USOC is responsible for the training, entering and funding of U.S. teams for the Olympic, Paralympic, Youth Olympic, Pan-American and Parapan-American Games, while serving as a steward of the Olympic and Paralympic movements throughout the country. For more information, visit TeamUSA.org.

About NBC Olympics

A division of NBC Sports Group, NBC Olympics is responsible for producing, programming and promoting NBCUniversal’s Olympic Games coverage. It is renowned for its unsurpassed Olympic heritage, award-winning production, and ability to aggregate the largest audiences in U.S. television history. NBCUniversal owns the U.S. media rights on all platforms to all Olympic Games through to 2032.

PARKER vs RUIZ

WBO WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 10

Vector Arena, Mahuhu Crescent, Auckland

Joseph Parker and Andy Ruiz, Jr., will battle for the vacant WBO Heavyweight Title this Saturday in Auckland, New Zealand.  The tape delay will open the December 10 HBO World Championship Boxing® telecast, beginning at 9:35 p.m. ET/PT and will be immediately followed by the Terence Crawford vs. John Molina Jr. Jr. WBO Welterweight Championship fight at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha.

Parker (21-0, 18 KOs), hails from Auckland, New Zealand and Ruiz (29-0, 19 KOs), from Mexico.  The winner of this historic match will become the first world heavyweight champion from their respective country. 

Quotes from the week . . .

BOB ARUM:

Bob, who would you put your money on”  “I don’t put money on fights.  I do give Andy a great chance to win this fight.  I always tell people, the best way to lose money is to bet on a fight.

Andy is in sensational shape for this fight.

Andy has the fastest hands in a heavyweight that I have seen since Muhammad Ali.  And he really stands in there and takes the fight to his opponent.  The winner of this fight will be the preeminent heavyweight.

The competition in the heavyweight division will be great in the years to come and these two will lead it.  Ruiz and Parker will help make the heavyweight division the preier division in boxing.

We’re celebrating my (85th) birthday here in New Zealand on December 8, which really isn’t my birthday because back home where I was born it will be December 7.

 BRUCE TRAMPLER:

This is a historic fight and if I wanted 2 trainers for a fight I would pick these 2. It’s the perfect storm these 2 fighting. I can’t imagine a better matchup. 2 athletic hard fighting guys that won’t take a step back. There are two 2-weight classes in boxing – the heavyweights and then everyone else.

 ABEL SANCHEZ:

We have 2 guy here that are the future of the heavyweight division.  They will show us what  heavyweights are supposed to fight like. I am on a streak but that was Russia and this is New Zealand so we have to start a new streak.

Kevin is an old fashioned kind of trainer like I am. I don’t have strength and conditioning coaches or nutritionists, I do it all myself

Andy lost 35 pounds and it wasn’t plastics or diet. We ran a gym that made him work hard. And he lost the weight a little bit at a time. The guys in my camp weigh-in every day, and they each need to be at same weight or less than they were the day before. So I can tell when they are cheating – eventually it catches up.

There are 68 world champions out there and all of their coaches are geniuses.

Key improvements are up here (pointing to his head). He has skills already. My job is to get him mentally prepared to fight.

Can he stay away from Joes jab?  “Can Joe stay away from Andy’s jabs, and combinations.”

The guy that can impose his will will win. Andy is very confident. The game plan will come after imposing his will.

There are diff ways to lose weight. When you lose the weight you become a sharper puncher. You may lose a little power but gain sharpness.

Heavy work was don in camp – right now we just wait for the fight.  These two guys could fight tomorrow if they needed to.

We sparred 8 4-minute rounds every day that was the hard part and he did 11 the day before I left for Russia.   Andy is in the best shape of his life.

I think Saturday is a tough 12 round fight. We are going to have a fight where they hurt each other. Heavyweights recently have been wrestling. This is going to be a real fight. I know I am going to have to work a full 12 rounds also as well as I know Kevin will too.

They have treated us great in New Zealand.  The people on the streets have been coming up and wishing Andy good luck, even though they aren’t on Andy’s side.

KEVIN BARRY:

This is a great fight. This is the best heavyweight fight of the year. They both have a chance to make history here.  Joseph is a very confident boxer and that rubs off on a fighter.  The crowd will be behind Joseph and that will lift Joseph to new heights.  Joe understands the power he has and it will give him the drive and determination that will carry him.

ANDY RUIZ

This is my chance and I didn’t come all the way to New Zealand to lose.  I know everyone is underestimating me.  I know I trained hard for this fight.  I hear everyone commenting on how I look physically, but imagine now that I am in great shape, how good I will be on Saturday night.  I know I am an exciting fighter – I will use lots of footwork and throw a lot of combinations – and we both hit hard. 

Does Parker have more pressure on him since he’s fighting at home?  “Both of us have pressure.  I don’t know what Parker thinks about how much pressure he has on him, but I hope he feels like he has more pressure.  I am confident in the work that I have done in training.”I know we are both prepped for 12.  I don’t talk a lot of trash or anything.  But when the bell rings we both flip the switch.  I have a family to feed and I fight for them.

This is a great opportunity for me and I’m not leaving New Zealand without that belt.

JOSEPH PARKER

There are two nights to go until the fight and I am very excited for the fight and excited to have it in New Zealand.  We are not underestimating Andy Ruiz.  We know he is in great shape.  We both know that we are in great shape and we each know each other’s strengths and weaknesses. 

Yes, we did spar together.  I was in Las Vegas and new to the sport.  I went in to spar with him (Ruiz) and thought it would be easy because of his size but when we were sparring he hit me pretty good and he chased me out of the ring and now I have to get him back for that.  He’s coming to my backyard.  I have to defend my country.

We use the same routine for this fight as all the others – it is the one that has always worked.

I will use the support in the building to motivate me and will drive me throughout the fight.

Andy wants to take the belt back with him and I want to keep it here.  I want to go out there and win this and win it well.

I know Andy is a nice guy and there is no hate between us.  But when the bell rings on Saturday night we flip the switch and we will each be trying to knock the other guy out.

 Promoted by Top Rank®, in association with TGB Promotions, remaining reserved seat tickets to the Crawford – Molina world championship event, priced at $27, $52, $77 and $127, can be purchased at the CenturyLink Center Omaha box office and all Ticketmaster outlets.  To charge-by-phone call (800) 745-3000.  To order online, visit ticketmaster.com.

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Last month, our loyal fans witnessed one of the most exciting fights of this year, or any year, at Twin River Casino when our junior middleweight prospect Khiary Gray rallied with his back against the wall to knock out the dangerous Chris Chatman in the seventh round of their scheduled eight-round main event bout.

That would’ve been the perfect exclamation point on a tremendous season of boxing at Twin River, and it was initially billed as our final show of the year, but we felt it’d be a disservice to you, our fans, if we didn’t take the stage for one last encore in December to kick off the holiday season in style and officially end the year with a bang.

With that said, we’re just 48 hours away from our year-end event, scheduled for Friday, Dec. 2nd at our home base at the Twin River Event Center, and this will no doubt be a memorable night as we welcome old champions back to the Ocean State while continuing to showcase New England’s many rising stars.

It’s a holiday party featuring music, fun and all the appropriate festivities in addition to a secret special guest who’ll be on hand to help us spread the holiday cheer. If you’re wondering who that is, you’ll just have to wait until Friday night!

More importantly, it’s another great night of fights, presented in association with the U.S. Marine Toys For Tots program. As we always do, we’ll have drop-off boxes on display in the lobby at Twin River, so we ask you to bring an unwrapped toy to donate to those less fortunate than us. Every donation helps and we truly want to make this a special, unforgettable holiday for everyone.

This is also going to be “Carlos Garcia Night” as we honor the legendary trainer from Worcester, Mass., who will be inducted into the National Golden Gloves Hall of Fame. Carlos has coached boxing for 34 years and in that time he’s led two fighters to a National Golden Gloves Championship while guiding the careers of many young up-and-coming fighters from Worcester, including our own Jamaine Ortiz, Kendrick Ball Jr. and Gray, all three of whom dazzled in 2016 with highlight-reel victories.

The Worcester fighters who will be on display Friday night are only part of the story. This is also the homecoming of two great Providence fighters who return to Rhode Island for the first time in several years, super featherweight sensation Toka Kahn and female bantamweight Shelito Vincent, a pioneer for women’s boxing who fought on national television in August, a landmark bout for the sport. They boast 37 combined wins against only two losses, unparalleled success in any market or generation, and on Friday they help us close out the year in separate eight-round bouts against worthy foes, a true holiday treat for their loyal fans.

We’re also excited to bring back Ball Jr., a young, humble up-and-coming middleweight prospect from Worcester who is stepping up to face his toughest test to date against the undefeated Nathan Millier of Canada, a hard-hitting prospect with seven knockout wins in 10 pro fights. This has Fight of the Night written all over it and it’s a major test for both fighters as they step to the plate looking to steal the show on this stacked fight card. This is Ball’s sixth fight of the year since turning pro in May, a lesson to all fighters to stay in the gym and stay ready, because the opportunities will come.

Not to be outdone, Ray Oliveira Jr. of New Bedford, Mass., the son of the legendary “Sucra” Ray Oliveira, returns to face another tough test against Maine’s Matt Probin, a tremendous adversary who is dying to make his mark in New England after scoring a big win on the road earlier this year in Pennsylvania. Oliveira Jr. will fight anyone at any given time and continues to answer the call when pressed into action. This will be another epic fight for both sides! 

Providence’s own Anthony Marsella Jr., fresh off a big knockout win last month in his Rhode Island debut, returns Friday for his third pro fight along with Worcester’s Cristobal Marrero, another young, 2-0 fighter aiming for his third win of the year. These are two names to keep an eye. We have big plans for both in 2017 and this is only the tip of the iceberg. 

In addition to the familiar faces, we’re proud to introduce two new fighters to our fan base, exciting junior welterweight Khiry Todd from Lynn, Mass., and fellow junior welterweight Anthony Laureano from East Hartford, Conn., who already has one win on his record. It’s the best of both worlds. We’re bringing back two longtime veteran fan-favorites, our young up-and-comers who’ve dominated the headlines in 2016 and new faces who will most certainly make their mark and build their foundation beginning in 2017. a-1

Watching these soon-to-be fan-favorites and veteran stars is like opening a present on Christmas morning. Every fight for a young, up-and-comer is unpredictable and every fighter has a puncher’s chance, which is why the sport of boxing remains must-see theater for any and all sports fans. It’s our pleasure to bring you one more event in 2016. It’s our gift to you. Now we ask you to give generously. Come out and support your local fighters and be sure to bring an unwrapped toy for Toys For Tots.

Enjoy our wonderful year-end party before the holiday season kicks into high gear and make sure you stay on the lookout for our special guest who will be landing on the rooftop at Twin River sometime during the night! We appreciate all of you. We would not be able to do this without you. Thank you for an amazing, unforgettable 2016 season. 

 downloadIOC sanctions seven athletes for failing anti-doping tests at Beijing 2008 and London 2012

November 29 – The protection of clean athletes and the fight against doping are top priorities for the International Olympic Committee (IOC), as outlined in Olympic Agenda 2020, the IOC’s strategic roadmap for the future of the Olympic Movement. To provide a level playing field for all clean athletes at the Olympic Games Rio 2016, the IOC put special measures in place, including targeted pre-tests and the re-analysis of stored samples from the Olympic Games Beijing 2008 and London 2012, following an intelligence-gathering process that started in August 2015.

As part of this process, the IOC today announced that seven athletes have been disqualified from the Olympic Games Beijing 2008 and London 2012. The details follow.

Ilya ILIN, 28, of Kazakhstan, competing in the men’s 94kg weightlifting event in which he ranked 1st and for which he was awarded the gold medal, has been disqualified from the Olympic Games Beijing 2008. Re-analysis of Ilin’s samples from Beijing 2008 resulted in a positive test for the prohibited substance stanozolol.

The IOC Disciplinary Commission, composed for this case of Denis Oswald (Chairman), Gunilla Lindberg and Uğur Erdener, decided the following:

  1. The Athlete, Ilya ILIN:
    1. is found to have committed an anti-doping rule violation pursuant to the IOC Anti-Doping Rules applicable to the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing in 2008,
    2. is disqualified from the men’s 94kg weightlifting event in which he participated upon the occasion of the Olympic Games Beijing 2008,
  • has the medal, the medallist pin and the diploma obtained in the men’s 94kg weightlifting event withdrawn and is ordered to return the same.
  1. The IWF is requested to modify the results of the above-mentioned event accordingly and to consider any further action within its own competence.
  • The National Olympic Committee of the Republic of Kazakhstan shall ensure full implementation of this decision.
  1. The National Olympic Committee of the Republic of Kazakhstan shall notably secure the return to the IOC, as soon as possible, of the medal, medallist pin and diploma awarded in connection with the men’s 94kg weightlifting event to the Athlete.
  2. This decision enters into force immediately.

The full decision is available here.

Pavel LYZHYN, 35, of Belarus, competing in the men’s shot put event (qualification and final) in which he ranked 4th and for which he was awarded a diploma, has been disqualified from the Olympic Games Beijing 2008. Reanalysis of Lyzhyn’s samples from Beijing 2008 resulted in a positive test for the prohibited substance dehydrochlormethyltestosterone (turinabol).

The IOC Disciplinary Commission, composed for this case of Denis Oswald (Chairman), Gunilla Lindberg and Uğur Erdener, decided the following:

  1. The Athlete, Pavel LYZHYN:
    1. is found to have committed an anti-doping rule violation pursuant to the IOC Anti-Doping Rules applicable to the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing in 2008,
    2. is disqualified from the men’s shot put event in which he participated upon the occasion of the Olympic Games Beijing 2008,
  • has the diploma obtained in the men’s shot put event withdrawn and is ordered to return the same.
  1. The IAAF is requested to modify the results of the above-mentioned event accordingly and to consider any further action within its own competence.
  • The National Olympic Committee of the Republic of Belarus shall ensure full implementation of this decision.
  1. The National Olympic Committee of the Republic of Belarus shall notably secure the return to the IOC, as soon as possible, of the diploma awarded in connection with the men’s shot put event to the Athlete.
  2. This decision enters into force immediately.

The full decision is available here.

Aksana MIANKOVA, 34, of Belarus, competing in the women’s hammer throw event (qualification and final) in which she ranked 1st and for which she was awarded the gold medal, has been disqualified from the Olympic Games Beijing 2008. Reanalysis of Miankova’s samples from Beijing 2008 resulted in a positive test for the prohibited substances dehydrochlormethyltestosterone (turinabol) and oxandrolone.

The IOC Disciplinary Commission, composed for this case of Denis Oswald (Chairman), Gunilla Lindberg and Uğur Erdener, decided the following:

  1. The Athlete, Aksana MIANKOVA:
    1. is found to have committed an anti-doping rule violation pursuant to the IOC Anti-Doping Rules applicable to the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing in 2008,
    2. is disqualified from the women’s hammer throw event in which she participated upon the occasion of the Olympic Games Beijing 2008,
  • has the medal, the medallist pin and the diploma obtained in the women’s hammer throw event withdrawn and is ordered to return the same.
  1. The IAAF is requested to modify the results of the above-mentioned event accordingly and to consider any further action within its own competence.
  • The National Olympic Committee of the Republic of Belarus shall ensure full implementation of this decision.
  1. The National Olympic Committee of the Republic of Belarus shall notably secure the return to the IOC, as soon as possible, of the medal, medallist pin and diploma awarded in connection with the women’s hammer throw event to the Athlete.
  2. This decision enters into force immediately.

The full decision is available here.

Natallia MIKHNEVICH, 34, of Belarus, competing in the women’s shot put event (qualification and final) in which she ranked 2nd and for which she was awarded the silver medal, has been disqualified from the Olympic Games Beijing 2008. Reanalysis of Mikhnevich’s samples from Beijing 2008 resulted in a positive test for the prohibited substances methandienone and stanozolol.

The IOC Disciplinary Commission, composed for this case of Denis Oswald (Chairman), Gunilla Lindberg and Uğur Erdener, decided the following:

  1. The Athlete, Natallia MIKHNEVICH:
    1. is found to have committed an anti-doping rule violation pursuant to the IOC Anti-Doping Rules applicable to the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing in 2008,
    2. is disqualified from the women’s shot put event in which she participated upon the occasion of the Olympic Games Beijing 2008,
  • has the medal, the medallist pin and the diploma obtained in the women’s shot put event withdrawn and is ordered to return the same.

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The International Olympic Committee is a not-for-profit independent international organisation made up of volunteers, which is committed to building a better world through sport. It redistributes more than 90 per cent of its income to the wider sporting movement, which means that every day the equivalent of USD 3.25 million goes to help athletes and sports organisations at all levels around the world.

download (2)IOC approves half a billion dollars for sport and athletes for the next four-year Olympic Solidarity Plan

16 per cent increase in funds for 2017-2020 “Quadrennial Plan” will see refugee athletes and NOCs in greatest need benefiting from new sport development programmes

November 11 – The Executive Board of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) today approved the Olympic Solidarity 2017-2020 Quadrennial Plan during a meeting in Lausanne.

The Olympic Solidarity development and assistance budget approved today amounts to USD 509,285,000 and corresponds to the share of the broadcast rights from the Olympic Games (Rio 2016 and PyeongChang 2018) which will be distributed to the National Olympic Committees (NOCs). This represents an increase of 16 per cent in comparison with the 2013-2016 Quadrennial Plan, whose budget amounted to USD 439,870,000.

“This increase shows that the athletes remain at the heart of all our activity.  The huge worldwide success of the Olympic Games Rio 2016 also means that the Olympic Movement continues to enjoy a sound financial situation. This enables us to distribute more than half a billion dollars over the next four years to the National Olympic Committees,“ said Pere Miró, Deputy Director General for Relations with the Olympic Movement and Director of Olympic Solidarity.

The aim of Olympic Solidarity is to organise assistance for all the NOCs, particularly those with the greatest needs, through a variety of world and continental programmes prioritising athlete development, training of coaches and sports administrators, and promoting the Olympic values.

Olympic Solidarity will propose 21 programmes to NOCs across the world with a high focus on athlete development and education. The 2017-2020 Quadrennial Plan proposes two new programmes:

  • Refugee Athlete Support: building on the experience of the Olympic Games Rio 2016, where a Refugee Olympic Team competed for the first time, it was decided to create a dedicated programme that would provide NOCs with the opportunity to identify and support a small number of refugee athletes living in their countries to prepare and participate in international competitions.
  • Athletes’ Career Transition: the aim of this programme is to offer NOCs assistance to support athletes at various stages of their career through financial and supportive measures with a view to enjoying a successful post-athletic career. NOCs will be offered financial support to fund various Athlete Career Programmes (ACPs) and encourage education for athletes.

“All of the Olympic Solidarity programmes have been designed to take into account the recommendations of Olympic Agenda 2020, the strategic roadmap for the future of the Olympic Movement and puts athletes at the heart of our activity,” indicated Pere Miró.

This is also demonstrated by the initiative that consists of building bridges between NOCs. NOCs will be encouraged to reach out to those with the greatest needs in order to see how they can provide them with assistance, either by offering training facilities to their athletes or by sharing working processes and experiences.

Olympic Solidarity programmes have been extremely successful over the past four years and have significantly helped NOCs to secure the participation of their athletes at the Olympic Games thus strengthening the concept of universal participation.

For example, 815 Olympic scholarship holders representing 171 NOCs and 22 sports participated in the Olympic Games Rio 2016. They won a total of 101 medals (33 gold, 26 silver and 42 bronze), as well as 163 Olympic diplomas. This included two NOCs winning their first ever Olympic medal and two NOCs winning their first ever Olympic gold medal.

Also in Rio, 20 teams were supported through the Team Support Grant programme and won eight medals (4 gold, 2 silver and 2 Bronze), as well as six Olympic diplomas.

Furthermore, Olympic Solidarity contributed significantly to the participation costs of all athletes and officials at the Olympic Winter Games Sochi 2014 and the Olympic Games  Rio 2016.

Over the past four years coaches from 172 NOCs benefited from 988 technical courses run by experts appointed by the International Federations, and 641 coaches received individual scholarships allowing them an opportunity to further their coaching skills and education.

NOCs organised 429 courses for sports administrators in their countries and 230 NOC officials and managers received a scholarship to pursue a masters in sports management.

Through the five Olympic Values programmes, Olympic Solidarity reached 94 per cent of the NOCs by funding 715 Olympic Values projects. Olympic Day celebrations were subsidised for around 135 NOCs each year.

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The International Olympic Committee is a not-for-profit independent international organisation made up of volunteers, which is committed to building a better world through sport. It redistributes more than 90 per cent of its income to the wider sporting movement, which means that every day the equivalent of USD 3.25 million goes to help athletes and sports organisations at all levels around the world.

Jack Bodell, former British champion, dies aged 76

By PA Sport

Last Updated: 09/11/16

Former British and European heavyweight champion Jack Bodell has died at the age of 76.

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Jack Bodell in training for his bout with American Jerry Quarry

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Bodell training in his local pub gym, in preparation of the defense of his British heavyweight title against Henry Cooper

Bodell, who was known to have been suffering with dementia, built his reputation in the competitive domestic heavyweight scene of the 1960s and 70s.

The Southpaw first won the vacant British title against Carl Gizzi in 1969.

He lost it in his second defeat by Henry Cooper in his next fight, before regaining it two years later on the night he also won the Commonwealth and European titles from Joe Bugner.

Among other notable fights, Bodell also defeated Brian London. He suffered a knockout loss to Jerry Quarry in 1971, and fought for the last time when he was stopped by Danny McAlinden at Villa Park in 1972.

Bodell fought 71 times in total, winning 58 of those bouts – 31 by knockout – with 13 defeats during a career that lasted for just over a decade

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MANNY PACQUIAO vs. JESSIE VARGAS  

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LAS VEGAS, NEV (November 2, 2016) — In just three days, boxing’s only eight division world champion and the reigningFighter of the Decade Senator MANNY “Pacman” PACQUIAO (58-6-2, 38 KOs), from General Santos City, Philippines, collides with World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight world champion JESSIE VARGAS (27-1, 10 KOs), of Las Vegas.  Pacquiao and Vargas will go mano a mano and toe-to-toe in a high-stakes welterweight showdown.  While Pacquiao will be looking to become a three-time WBO welterweight champion as well as the first senator to win a world title, Vargas will be resolute in enforcing a term limit on the future Hall of Famer’s boxing career.  

Fight week will continue Today!  Wednesday, November 2 at Wynn Las Vegas’s Margaux Ballroom (3131 Las Vegas Blvd South, Las Vegas, Nev. 89109).  Media may report at 12:30 P.M. PT, with the press conference beginning at 1:00 P.M. PT.

Pacquiao vs. Vargas takes place This Saturday!  November 5 at the Thomas & Mack Center on the campus of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.  Pacquiao vs. Vargas and its three co-main event world title fights will be produced and distributed live by Top Rank® Pay-Per-View, beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET / 6:00 p.m. PT, and will be available on all conventional platforms, including all major cable and satellite systems, as well as Top Rank’s digital distribution via www.TopRank.tv and  mobile devices.  

The three additional world championship fights on the pay-per-view telecast include:  four-division world champion NONITO “The Filipino Flash” DONAIRE (37-3, 24 KOs), from General Santos City, Philippines, defending his WBO junior featherweight title against undefeated No. 1 contender JESSIE MAGDALENO (23-0, 17 KOs), from Las Vegas; and newly-minted WBO featherweight champion and two-time Mexican Olympian ÓSCAR VALDEZ (21-0, 18 KOs), from Nogales, Mexico, making his first title defense, against No. 1 contender  HIROSHIGE OSAWA (30-3-4, 19 KOs), from Osaka, Japan.  The pay-per-view telecast will open with the rematch between top-rated contenders Chinese Olympic icon ZOU SHIMING (8-1, 2 KOs), from Guizhou, China, and PRASITAK PAPOEM (39-1-2, 24 KOs), of Buriram, Thailand, battling for the vacant WBO flyweight world title.  Zou a two-time Olympic gold medalist trained by Freddie Roach, will have his hands full against Prasitak, who enters this fight riding a two-year, 12-bout winning streak, with all of his victories coming by way of knockout. 

Promoted by Top Rank, in association with MP Promotions, Wynn Las Vegas and Tecate, remaining tickets to the Pacquiao vs. Vargas world championship event are priced at $1,000, $700, $500, $300, $100 and $50, not including applicable service fees.  Tickets may be purchased at the Thomas & Mack Center Box Office (except on Wednesday, October 19 because of the Clinton – Trump presidential debate), online at http://www.unlvtickets.com/, at UNLVtickets Outlet Town Square Las Vegas and La Bonita Supermarkets.  To charge by phone call 702-739-FANS (3267) or 866-388-FANS (3267).    

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ANDRE WARD MEDIA DAY
Hayward, California – Monday, October 31
 
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Kovalev-Ward “Pound FOR POUND”
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OAKLAND, CA (November 1, 2016) – On Monday, October 31, 2016, Two-Time World Champion Andre “S.O.G.” Ward (30-0, 15 KOs) participated in a media workout in Hayward, California ahead of his pound-for-pound showdown against WBO, WBA and IBF Light Heavyweight World Champion Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (30-0-1, 26 KOs). Kovalev-Ward “Pound For Pound” takes place Saturday, Nov. 19 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The event will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT.
 
Ward put on a full workout session for the media in attendance, consisting of a series of shadow boxing, heavy bag, double end bag, speed bag and then stretching. Also on hand were youths from Camp Sweeney, Alameda County Probation Department’s residential facility in San Leandro, whom Ward spent time speaking with following the workout.
 
Below is what Ward had to say during the media workout:
 
ANDRE WARD, Two-Time World Champion:
 
“I feel that this fight with Kovalev is 50-50. That’s how I approach all of my big fights. I don’t go into the fight thinking, ‘I’ve got a clear-cut advantage here’ or ‘I’ve got to run through this guy.’ Personally, for me, I can’t roll like that. I’ve got to keep myself honest, stay on my grind, keep my head down and force myself to keep working. I truly believe Kovalev is everything they say he is, and I’m everything that I’ve shown over the years.
 
“There are always different game plans, nuances, different things you’re working on but I respect every fight that I fight. I don’t get caught up in the whole puncher thing, anybody can get you out of there if you get hit right. I don’t think I’d be sitting here in this position right now if I hadn’t had these highs and lows. We’ve got to find a way to get it done, and we’re going to find a way to get it done. I don’t care what he’s got in his gloves, who he’s knocked out or what he’s done. My job is to get my hand raised, and that’s what we’re focused on.
 
“I have days where I do some type of cardio in the morning – sprints, distant running – then go back to training camp to get some rest and eat. Then we come to the gym and spar and hit the heavy bag. It’s a monotonous process when you’re in training camp, and that’s pretty much every day. Of course we take days off to rest the body and be smart, but it’s really the same thing every day. As you get closer, you start to pull back a little bit so you don’t over train. That’s normally the week of the fight, so up until the Saturday before the fight, you’re full steam ahead. 100 miles an hour.
 
“Typically, Virgil and I will go through our process together. He watches a lot more film than I do. He’s up until 3:00 a.m. or 4:00 a.m. watching film. As I’ve gotten older, I watch less film. I don’t need to see 10 fights to see tendencies and certain things. I know what I need to see. I may go back and watch a round here and there, but I try and leave room for my instincts. I’m very instinctual. You’ve got to be able to think on the fly thinking on the highest level. I leave room for that. It’s not a checklist you go down. You can’t get into a ring thinking like that. I just believe that who I am and what I have is enough, and that’s what I’m standing on.
 
“Having young guys like Shakur Stevenson around, it starts to make me feel old because I used to be that guy at Roy Jones’s camp, Floyd Mayweather’s camp, hanging around Bernard Hopkins. You see yourself in them. It’s a little weird, because you’re like, ‘man, now I’m the OG.’ But it’s also a beautiful thing because we need more of that. We need champions and top contenders and just fighters in general to open up the door and allow the young guys on the way to be shown how it’s done.
 
“I’m honored for Claressa Shields to say that I am her idol. I admire her story, what she’s come from, and think that she’s amazing in the ring. She’s the real deal. I watch her, I pick up things from her. For her to have two Gold medals is amazing. For her to make her pro debut on this fight card is a beautiful, beautiful thing. I think it’s a perfect situation.
 
“It’s a beautiful thing to be fighting in Vegas. I’m excited. What better time than now in this stage in my career. I’m just excited to continue to prepare so I can do my part to give the fans their money’s worth, those that pay to be there and those paying to watch it. That’s what I’m focused on, and I’m extremely happy to be a part of it. T-Mobile is a new arena, and a new chapter, and to be a part of it is a beautiful thing.”
 
Kovalev vs. Ward “Pound For Pound”, a 12-round mega-fight for the WBO/IBF/WBA light heavyweight title at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, is presented by Main Events, Roc Nation Sports, Krusher Promotions and Andre Ward Promotions and is sponsored by the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, Rosneft and Corona Extra. The championship event will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View® beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT. Tickets start at $55 and are available on axs.com and the T-Mobile Arena box office.
  
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untitled-1Contact: Scott Burt, Bare Knuckle Boxing Hall of Fame President, 585-610-3326

Bobby Gunn to Train in Belfast NY and the Bare Knuckle Boxing Hall of Famefor World Title Fight

OCTOBER 29 -BELFAST- Put away the shiny equipment, expensive training suits, state-of-the art apparatuses and lavish meals, Bobby Gunn is going old-school.   Currently scheduled for November 26 in south Florida, Undefeated 71-0 Bare Knuckle World Champion Bobby Gunn will be putting his covenanted National Police Gazette belt on the line against 26-2 ranked contender Shannon Ritch, a very dangerous and experienced man.   But Gunn believes he has found a secret to prepare for that fight, and local man, President of the Bare Knuckle Boxing Hall of Fame, and the only man in the World given the authority to name Champions by the National Police Gazette, Scott Burt, agrees. “There is no question that Bobby will be in the best shape of his life after training old-school as Muldoon trained Sullivan back in 1889. The door is open to any boxer to go thru the same camp; Gunn, Ritch, Tyson, Fury…” stated Burt. “To have a World Champion here training for a World Champion Title defense is beyond believable. Neither I nor the people of Belfast could be any more excited that Bobby is coming to our small town. Belfast, New York, is where it all started. In fact Sports Illustrated called the Sullivan-Kilrain fight of July 8, 1889, where Sullivan trained in Belfast for it, as the “The Brawl That Started it All.” And now almost 130 years later, Belfast is in the spotlight yet again as it is Gunn’s chosen training camp for the November 26 Gunn-Ritch fight, only the second time the historic belt will be present when fought for.”  

Bobby Gunn (L) and Scott Burt (R)

Bobby Gunn (L) and Scott Burt (R)

“I couldn’t be more excited,” stated Gunn in a phone conversation Thursday night, “I traveled with my team to Belfast last Saturday and toured what Scott has to offer, and it’s absolutely amazing. I’m going to spend a week to 10 days the first part of November in Belfast training just as John L. Sullivan did under the guidance of his legendary trainer William Muldoon almost 130 years ago for the last-ever bare knuckle fight of that era. I’ll be running the same trails Sullivan did, working out in the famous Sullivan-Muldoon barns, using Sullivan’s equipment, chopping wood, blacksmithing, riding horses, plowing, sparring, eating the same food, and adhering to the same sleep and exercise regiment Muldoon forced Sullivan to follow. I couldn’t be more excited. This is the ultimate training camp, and I can’t thank Scott Burt enough for organizing it. Not only me, but World-wide Scott is known as the Holy Grail of Bare Knuckle Boxing, there is no one more respected in the Bare Knuckle World than Scott Burt.   I simply can’t wait to get there.   I’d also like to thank the people of Belfast for allowing me to hold camp there, and former town supervisor and camp sponsor Joe Curcio. The Curcio family is a pillar of the community, and I couldn’t be more honored to have Joe’s support. He is representative of the proud, kind, people that make up Belfast.

Bobby Gunn

Bobby Gunn

“The public is welcome and encouraged to come and watch Bobby workout, even run with him” concluded Burt. “World Champion sparring matches are outstanding; some will be held in the barns themselves, some in the Municipal building. This is a great opportunity for the general public.   We expect huge media coverage of Bobby’s camp and great attention for Allegany County. Exact dates of the camp will soon be announced.” For more information, contact Scott at 585-610-3326 or email srburt@aol.com

 

download (2)IOC sanctions two athletes for failing anti-doping test at London 2012

The protection of clean athletes and the fight against doping are top priorities for the International Olympic Committee (IOC), as outlined in Olympic Agenda 2020, the IOC’s strategic roadmap for the future of the Olympic Movement. To provide a level playing field for all clean athletes at the Olympic Games Rio 2016, the IOC put special measures in place, including targeted pre-tests and the re-analysis of stored samples from the Olympic Games Beijing 2008 and London 2012, following an intelligence-gathering process that started in August 2015.

October 18, 2016. As part of this process, the IOC today announced that two athletes have been disqualified from the Olympic Games London 2012. The details follow.

Apti AUKHADOV, 23, of the Russian Federation, competing in Men’s 85 kg weightlifting event, has been disqualified from the Olympic Games London 2012, in which he ranked second and was awarded the silver medal. Re-analysis of Aukhadov’s samples from London 2012 resulted in a positive test for the prohibited substances Dehydrochlormethyltestosterone (turinabol) and Drostanolone. 

The IOC Disciplinary Commission, composed for this case of Denis Oswald (Chairman), Juan Antonio Samaranch and Ugur Erdener, decided the following:

  1. The Athlete, Apti Aukhadov:
    1. is found to have committed an anti-doping rule violation pursuant to the IOC Anti-Doping Rules applicable to the Games of the XXX Olympiad in London in 2012 (presence, and/or use, of a Prohibited Substance or its Metabolites or Markers in an athlete’s bodily specimen),
    2. is disqualified from the event in which he participated upon the occasion of the Olympic Games London 2012, namely the Men’s 85 kg weightlifting event, in which he ranked second and for which he was awarded the silver medal.
  • has the medal, the medallist pin and the diploma obtained in the Men’s 85 kg weightlifting event withdrawn and is ordered to return these.
  1. The IWF is requested to modify the results of the above-mentioned event accordingly and to consider any further action within its own competence.
  • The Russian Olympic Committee shall ensure full implementation of this decision.
  1. The Russian Olympic Committee shall in particular secure the return to the IOC, as soon as possible, of the medal, the medallist pin and the diploma awarded in connection with the Men’s 85 kg weightlifting event to the Athlete.
  2. This decision enters into force immediately.

The full decision is available here.

Maksym MAZURYK, 33, of Ukraine, competing in the Men’s Pole Vault event (qualification, group A), has been disqualified from the Olympic Games London 2012, in which he ranked 18th. Re-analysis of Mazuryk’s samples from London 2012 resulted in a positive test for the prohibited substance dehydrochlormethyltestosterone (turinabol). 

The IOC Disciplinary Commission, composed for this case of Denis Oswald (Chairman), Juan Antonio Samaranch and Ugur Erdener, decided the following:

  1. The Athlete, Maksym Mazuryk:
    1. is found to have committed an anti-doping rule violation pursuant to the IOC Anti-Doping Rules applicable to the Games of the XXX Olympiad in London in 2012 (presence, and/or use, of a Prohibited Substance or its Metabolites or Markers in an athlete’s bodily specimen),
    2. is disqualified from the event in which he participated upon the occasion of the Olympic Games London 2012, namely the Men’s Pole Vault event, in which he ranked 18th.
  2. The IAAF is requested to modify the results of the above-mentioned event accordingly and to consider any further action within its own competence.
  • The Ukrainian Olympic Committee shall ensure full implementation of this decision.
  1. This decision enters into force immediately.

The full decision is available here.

The additional analyses on samples collected during the Olympic Games Beijing 2008 and London 2012 were performed with improved analytical methods, in order to possibly detect prohibited substances that could not be identified by the analysis performed at the time of these editions of the Olympic Games

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October 8, 2016

PyeongChang 2018 on course for winter test events

The International Olympic Committee (IOC)’s Coordination Commission for the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 wrapped up its seventh visit well pleased with the progress of venue construction.

The Commission, led by IOC member Gunilla Lindberg, assessed every aspect of Games preparations during three days of venue visits and collaborative discussions with the PyeongChang 2018 Organising Committee.

The Games organisers reported that, on average, the new venues in PyeongChang and nearby Gangneung are 90 per cent complete in advance of 26 test events scheduled between this November and April 2017. PyeongChang will host the mountain events; Gangneung will host the ice sports.

“We saw first hand the progress of the construction projects,” Chair Lindberg said at a closing news conference with PyeongChang 2018 President Hee-beom Lee on Friday. “There is no doubt that the venues will be ready for the upcoming test events.”

President Lee also expressed satisfaction with the visit, calling it “a productive three days”.

He added: “With the Rio Games now behind us, it is time for PyeongChang. Based on thorough preparation, we will strive to provide the best of service to all participants and realise our goal of making the PyeongChang 2018 Games Cultural Olympics, Environmental Olympics, Olympics for Peace and Economic Olympics, and pleasantly surprise the world with our performance.”

President Lee also announced that PyeongChang 2018 will launch ticket sales in conjunction with the one-year-to-go milestone celebration in February 2017.

Representatives from all seven winter International Federations (IFs) joined the discussions in PyeongChang, which focused on 10 areas: test events, sport, venues, legacy, Games services, full stadiums, finance, accessibility, governance, and communications and engagement. The Commission and POCOG held two plenary sessions and a series of side meetings devoted to specific topics, such as athletes and National Olympic Committees; sport and IFs; and spectators.

The IFs were particularly focused on preparations for test events involving their sports. The first test event, scheduled for 23-26 November, will be the FIS Snowboard Big Air World Cup. Snowboard Big Air will make its Olympic debut at PyeongChang 2018.

“PyeongChang 2018 is entering the last stages of preparations,” Chair Lindberg said in her closing remarks. “My colleagues and I leave here more confident than ever that PyeongChang 2018 will deliver great Games.”

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IOC sanctions Anna Chicherova for failing anti-doping test at Beijing 2008

The protection of clean athletes and the fight against doping are top priorities for the International Olympic Committee (IOC), as outlined in Olympic Agenda 2020, the IOC’s strategic roadmap for the future of the Olympic Movement. To provide a level playing field for all clean athletes at the Olympic Games Rio 2016, the IOC put special measures in place, including targeted pre-tests and the re-analysis of stored samples from the Olympic Games Beijing 2008 and London 2012, following an intelligence-gathering process that started in August 2015.

As part of this process, the IOC today announced that Anna Chicherova has been disqualified from the Olympic Games Beijing 2008. The details follow.

Anna CHICHEROVA, 34, of the Russian Federation, competing in the women’s high jump event, has been disqualified from the Olympic Games Beijing 2008, in which she ranked third and was awarded the bronze medal. Re-analysis of Chicherova’s samples from Beijing 2008 resulted in a positive test for the prohibited substance dehydrochlormethyltestosterone (turinabol). 

The IOC Disciplinary Commission, composed for this case of Denis Oswald (Chairman), Gunilla Lindberg and Uğur Erdener, decided the following:

  1. The Athlete, Anna CHICHEROVA:
    1. is found to have committed an anti-doping rule violation pursuant to the IOC Anti-Doping Rules applicable to the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing in 2008,
    2. is disqualified from the women’s high jump event in which she placed third upon the occasion of the Olympic Games Beijing 2008.
  • has the bronze medal, the diploma, and the medallist pin obtained in the women’s high jump event withdrawn and is ordered to return these.
  1. The IAAF is requested to modify the results of the above-mentioned event accordingly and to consider any further action within its own competence.
  • The Russian Olympic Committee shall ensure full implementation of this decision.
  1. The Russian Olympic Committee shall in particular secure the return to the IOC, as soon as possible, of the medal, the medallist pin and the diploma awarded in connection with the women’s high jump event to the Athlete.
  2. This decision enters into force immediately.

The full decision is available here.

The additional analyses on samples collected during the Olympic Games Beijing 2008 and London 2012 were performed with improved analytical methods, in order to possibly detect prohibited substances that could not be identified by the analysis performed at the time of these editions of the Olympic Games.

 

download (2)IOC sanctions three athletes for betting on Olympic competitions in Rio 2016

Protecting the integrity of sport at the Olympic Games is a top priority for the International Olympic Committee (IOC). A number of sound new measures were therefore put in place during the Olympic Games Rio 2016, both in the Olympic Village and behind-the-scenes.

September 28. These measures included a fully operational Joint Integrity Intelligence Unit (JIIU) implemented in collaboration with experts from the Rio 2016 Organising Committee, as well as a reinforced Integrity Betting Intelligence System (IBIS) and, for the first time, the Olympic Movement Code on the Prevention of the Manipulation of Competitions was implemented.

Participants at the Olympic Games are not permitted to bet on Olympic events and are obliged to report any approach or suspicion of manipulation.

The IOC today announced that three athletes have been sanctioned by IOC Disciplinary Commissions for violating the Rio 2016 Rules on the Prevention of the Manipulation of Competitions. As there was no intent to manipulate any event, all three athletes have been issued severe reprimands and obliged to follow and contribute to various integrity educational programmes.

The details follow.

Michael John Conlan, 24, of Ireland, competing in the sport of boxing (AIBA), in the men’s bantamweight (56kg) event, placed bets on boxing events at the Olympic Games Rio 2016.

The IOC Disciplinary Commission, composed for this case of Denis Oswald (Chairman), Angela Ruggiero and Karl Stoss, decided the following:

  1. The Athlete, Michael John Conlan:
  • is found to have violated the Rules for the Application during the Games of the XXXI Olympiad in 2016 in Rio de Janeiro of the Olympic Movement Code on the Prevention of Manipulation of Competitions;
  • is sanctioned with a severe reprimand;
  • is required to demonstrate, in order to have his accreditation validated for the next edition of the Olympic Games in Tokyo in 2020, in the event that he is eligible for that competition, that he has successfully followed the educational programme of the IOC;
  • is required to support, through active participation, the education programmes organised by either the Olympic Council of Ireland, AIBA or the IOC.
  1. The Olympic Council of Ireland:
  • is sanctioned with a reprimand for not having properly informed its athletes about the content of the different rules applicable to them on the occasion of the Olympic Games in Rio, as well as about the content of the contract signed with them;
  • is requested to make sure that the team preparation for the Olympic Games (winter and summer) includes complete education on the prevention of the manipulation of competitions and betting on the Olympic Games, using the material provided to the NOCs by the IOC.
  • AIBA:
  • is recommended to make sure that its rules and regulations for its own competitions are compliant with theOlympic Movement Code on the Prevention of the Manipulation of Competitions and to put in place education programmes on the prevention of the manipulation of competitions and betting on the Olympic Games, using the material provided to the IFs by the IOC.

The full decision can be found here.

 

Steve Gerard Donnelly, 27, of Ireland, competing in the sport of boxing (AIBA), in the men’s welterweight (69kg) event, placed bets on various boxing events at the Olympic Games Rio 2016.  

The IOC Disciplinary Commission, composed for this case of Denis Oswald (Chairman), Tony Estanguet and Karl Stoss, decided the following:

  1. The Athlete, Steve Gerard Donnelly:
  • is found to have violated the Rules for the Application during the Games of the XXXI Olympiad in 2016 in Rio de Janeiro of the Olympic Movement Code on the Prevention of Manipulation of Competitions;
  • is sanctioned with a severe reprimand;
  • is  required to demonstrate, in order to have his accreditation validated for the next edition of the Olympic Games in Tokyo in 2020, in the event that he is eligible for that competition, that he has successfully followed the educational programme of the IOC;
  • is required to support, through active participation, the education programmes organised by either the Olympic Council of Ireland, AIBA or the IOC.
  1. The Olympic Council of Ireland:
  • is sanctioned with a reprimand for not having properly informed its athletes about the content of the different rules applicable to them on the occasion of the Olympic Games in Rio, as well as about the content of the contract signed with them;
  • is requested to make sure that the team preparation for the future editions of the Olympic Games (winter and summer) includes complete education on the prevention of the manipulation of competitions and betting on the Olympic Games, using the material provided to the NOCs by the IOC.
  • AIBA:
  • is recommended to make sure that its rules and regulations for its own competitions are compliant with theOlympic Movement Code on the Prevention of the Manipulation of Competitions and to put in place education programmes on the prevention of the manipulation of competitions and betting on the Olympic Games, using the material provided to the IFs by the IOC.

The full decision can be found here.

 

Antony Fowler, 25, of Great Britain, competing in the sport of boxing (AIBA), in the men’s middleweight (75kg) event, placed bets on boxing events at the Olympic Games Rio 2016.  

The IOC Disciplinary Commission, composed for this case of Denis Oswald (Chairman), Angela Ruggiero and Karl Stoss, decided the following:

  1. the Athlete, Antony Fowler:
  • is found to have violated the Rules for the Application during the Games of the XXXI Olympiad in 2016 in Rio de Janeiro of the Olympic Movement Code on the Prevention of Manipulation of Competitions;
  • is sanctioned with a severe reprimand;
  • is required to demonstrate, in order to have his accreditation validated for the next edition of the Olympic Games in Tokyo in 2020, in the event that he is eligible for that competition, that he has successfully followed the educational programme of the IOC;
  • is required to support, through active participation, the education programmes organised by either the British Olympic Association, AIBA or the IOC.
  1. The British Olympic Association:
  • is sanctioned with a reprimand for not having properly informed its athletes about the content of the different rules applicable to them on the occasion of the Olympic Games in Rio, as well as about the content of the contract signed with them;
  • is requested to make sure that the team preparation for the Olympic Games (winter and summer) includes complete education on the prevention of the manipulation of competitions and betting on the Olympic Games, using the material provided to the NOCs by the IOC.
  • AIBA:
  • is recommended to make sure that its rules and regulations for its own competitions are compliant with theOlympic Movement Code on the Prevention of the Manipulation of Competitions and to put in place education programmes on the prevention of the manipulation of competitions and betting on the Olympic Games, using the material provided to the IFs by the IOC.

The full decision can be found here.

 

The Rio 2016 Joint Integrity Intelligence Unit (JIIU) was responsible for the prevention, monitoring and assessment of any unethical activity related to the Olympic Games, and was supported by the Department of Federal Police (DPF) and the Secretariat of Security for Major Events (SESGE) as well as INTERPOL when needed, such as in the event of a criminal act. The JIIU built on the experience acquired during London 2012, when the IOC operated a Joint Assessment Unit with the UK Gambling Commission – a system that proved successful. 

The IOC’s IBIS, established in 2013, is a mechanism for the exchange of information and intelligence related to sports betting, and is a tool to protect Olympic events from competition manipulation. The IBIS mechanism is continuously strengthened through cooperation with betting operators and regulators that have signed agreements with the IOC who are responsible for monitoring betting activity during the Games and beyond and alerting the IOC directly when suspicious activity is detected. The system was reinforced recently with an enhanced monitoring and information exchange between law enforcement agencies, sports organisations and betting operators/regulators. All the Olympic International Federations that have signed up to IBIS  have their events safeguarded from manipulation by IBIS.

The Olympic Movement Code on the Prevention of the Manipulation of Competitions was approved in December 2015 by the IOC Executive Board, was implemented at the Olympic Games Rio 2016 and is currently being integrated into all International Sports Federations’ regulations.

Please click here for more information on the measures that were put in place in Rio.

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LOS ANGLES PRESS CONFERENCE
 The Conga Room at LA Live 
LOS ANGELES (September 23, 2016) — NONITO “The Filipino Flash” DONAIRE and ÓSCAR VALDEZWorld Boxing Organization (WBO) junior featherweight and featherweight world champions, respectively, top-rated contenders JESSIE MAGDALENO and ZOU SHIMING and Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum will host a press conference luncheon This Tuesday!  September 27, at The Conga Room, located at LA Live (800 West Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles, Calif. 90015.)  The press conference will begin at 1:15 p.m. PT. 
 
They will be announcing their world championship battles which will be the co-main events to the MANNY “Pacman” PACQUIAO – JESSIE VARGAS WBO welterweight world title fight.
 
Donaire (37-3, 24 KOs), a native of General Santos City, Philippines and now living in Las Vegas, a five-division world champion and the 2012 Fighter of the Year, will be defending his world title belt against No. 1 contender and mandatory challenger Magdaleno (23-0, 17 KOs), from Las Vegas, NV, who has won eight of his last 10 fights by knockout.  Valdez (21-0, 18 KOs), a two-time Mexican Olympian who hails from Nogales, Mexico, will be making his first title defense against No. 1 contender and mandatory challenger Hiroshige Osawa (30-3-4, 19 KOs), from Osaka, Japan, and Zou (8-1, 2 KOs), a two-time Olympic gold medalist and three-time World Amateur Champion from Guizhou, China, will battle Kwanpichit Onesongchaigym (39-1-2, 24 KOs), from Buriram, Thailand, in a rematch for the Top-Three world-rated contenders for the vacant WBO flyweight title.  Kwanpichit is riding a two-year, 12-bout winning streak since his sole loss which was to Zou.  All of his victories during his current winning streak have come by way of knockout.  
 
The six gladiators have a combined record of 158-8-6 (104 KOs) — a winning percentage of 92% with nearly 2/3 of those victories coming by way of knockout. 
 
Pacquiao vs. Vargas will take place Saturday, November 5, at the Thomas & Mack Center on the campus of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.   The world championship event will be produced and distributed live by Top Rank® Pay-Per-View, beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET / 6:00 p.m. PT, and will be available on all conventional platforms, including all major cable and satellite systems, as well as Top Rank’s digital distribution via www.TopRank.tv and  mobile devices.       
 
Promoted by Top Rank, in association with MP Promotions and Wynn Las Vegas, remaining tickets to the Pacquiao vs. Vargas world championship event are priced at $1,000, $700, $500, $300, $100 and $50, not including applicable service fees.  They may be purchased at the Thomas & Mack Center Box Office, online at http://www.unlvtickets.com/, at UNLVtickets Outlet Town Square Las Vegas and La Bonita Supermarkets.  To charge by phone call 702-739-FANS (3267) or 866-388-FANS (3267).
 
For fight updates go to www.pacvargas.com or www.toprank.com, on Facebook at facebook.com/trboxing or facebook.com/trboxeo, and on Twitterat twitter.com/trboxing or twitter.com/trboxeo.  Use the Hashtag #PacVargas to join the conversation on Twitter.
 

 

September 13, 2016


download (1)IOC sanctions four athletes for failing anti-doping tests at Beijing 2008 and London 2012

The protection of clean athletes and the fight against doping are top priorities for the International Olympic Committee (IOC), as outlined in Olympic Agenda 2020, the IOC’s strategic roadmap for the future of the Olympic Movement. To provide a level playing field for all clean athletes at the Olympic Games Rio 2016, the IOC put special measures in place, including targeted pre-tests and the re-analysis of stored samples from the Olympic Games Beijing 2008 and London 2012, following an intelligence-gathering process that started in August 2015.

As part of this process, the IOC today announced that four athletes have been disqualified from the Olympic Games Beijing 2008 and London 2012. The details follow.

Maria ABAKUMOVA, 30, of the Russian Federation, competing in athletics (javelin throw event), has been disqualified from the Olympic Games Beijing 2008, in which she ranked 2nd and was awarded the silver medal. Re-analysis of Abakumova’s samples from Beijing 2008 resulted in a positive test for the prohibited substance dehydrochlormethyltestosterone (turinabol). 

The IOC Disciplinary Commission, composed for this case of Denis Oswald (Chairman), Gunilla Lindberg and Ugur Erdener, decided the following:

  1. The Athlete, Maria Abakumova:
    1. is found to have committed an anti-doping rule violation pursuant to the IOC Anti-Doping Rules applicable to the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing in 2008 (presence and/or use of a Prohibited Substance or its Metabolites or Markers in an athlete’s bodily specimen),
    2. is disqualified from the events in which she participated upon the occasion of the Olympic Games Beijing 2008, namely, the javelin throw event in which she ranked 2nd and was awarded the silver medal, and
  • has the silver medal, the diploma and the medallist pin obtained in the javelin throw event withdrawn and is ordered to return same.
  1. The IAAF is requested to modify the results of the above-mentioned event accordingly and to consider any further action within its own competence.
  • The Russian Olympic Committee shall ensure full implementation of this decision.
  1. The Russian Olympic Committee shall notably secure the return to the IOC, as soon as possible, of the silver medal, the diploma and the medallist pin awarded in connection with the javelin throw event to the Athlete.
  2. This decision enters into force immediately.

The full decision is available here.

Inga ABITOVA, 34, of the Russian Federation, competing in athletics (10,000m), has been disqualified from the Olympic Games Beijing 2008, in which she ranked 6th and for which she was awarded an Olympic diploma.  Re-analysis of Abitova’s samples from Beijing 2008 resulted in a positive test for the prohibited substance dehydrochlormethyltestosterone (turinabol). 

The IOC Disciplinary Commission, composed for this case of Denis Oswald (Chairman), Gunilla Lindberg and Ugur Erdener, decided the following:

  1. The Athlete, Inga Abitova:
    1. is found to have committed an anti-doping rule violation pursuant to the IOC Anti-Doping Rules applicable to the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing in 2008 (presence and/or use of a Prohibited Substance or its Metabolites or Markers in an athlete’s bodily specimen),
    2. is disqualified from the events in which she participated upon the occasion of the Olympic Games Beijing 2008, namely, the 10,000m event, and
  • has the diploma obtained in the 10,000m event withdrawn and is ordered to return same.
  1. The IAAF is requested to modify the results of the above-mentioned event accordingly and to consider any further action within its own competence.
  • The Russian Olympic Committee shall ensure full implementation of this decision.
  1. The Russian Olympic Committee shall notably secure the return to the IOC, as soon as possible, of the diploma awarded in connection with the 10,000m event to the Athlete.
  2. This decision enters into force immediately.

The full decision is available here.

Denis ALEXEEV, 28, of the Russian Federation, competing in athletics (400m event round 1), has been disqualified from the Olympic Games Beijing 2008, in which he ranked 23rd.  Re-analysis of Alexeev’s samples from Beijing 2008 resulted in a positive test for the prohibited substance dehydrochlormethyltestosterone (turinabol). 

The IOC Disciplinary Commission, composed for this case of Denis Oswald (Chairman), Gunilla Lindberg and Ugur Erdener, decided the following:

  1. The Athlete, Denis Alexeev:
    1. is found to have committed an anti-doping rule violation pursuant to the IOC Anti-Doping Rules applicable to the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing in 2008 (presence and/or use, of a Prohibited Substance or its Metabolites or Markers in an athlete’s bodily specimen),
    2. is disqualified from the events in which he participated upon the occasion of the Olympic Games Beijing 2008, namely, the 400m event in which he ranked 23rd, and the 4x400m event in which the Russian relay team ranked 3rd and was awarded the bronze medal, and
  • has the bronze medal, the diploma and the medallist pin obtained in the 4x400m event withdrawn and is ordered to return same.
  1. The Russian 4x400m men’s relay team is disqualified from the events in which the Athlete participated upon the occasion of the Olympic Games Beijing 2008, namely the 4x400m event in which the relay team ranked 3rd and was awarded the bronze medal.
  • The Russian 4x400m men’s relay team has the bronze medals, the diplomas and the medallist pins obtained in the 4x400m event withdrawn and is ordered to return same.
  1. The IAAF is requested to modify the results of the above-mentioned event accordingly and to consider any further action within its own competence.
  2. The Russian Olympic Committee shall ensure full implementation of this decision.
  3. The Russian Olympic Committee shall notably secure the return to the IOC, as soon as possible, of the bronze medals, the medallist pins and the diplomas awarded in connection with the 4x400m event to the Athlete and the other members of the relay team.
  • This decision enters into force immediately.

The full decision is available here.

Ekaterina GNIDENKO, 23, of the Russian Federation, competing in cycling (track Keirin event), has been disqualified from the Olympic Games London 2012 in which she ranked 8th and for which she was awarded a diploma. Re-analysis of Gnidenko’s samples from Beijing 2008 resulted in a positive test for the prohibited substance dehydrochlormethyltestosterone (turinabol). 

The IOC Disciplinary Commission, composed for this case of Denis Oswald (Chairman), Gunilla Lindberg,  and Ugur Erdener decided the following:

  1. The Athlete, Ekaterina Gnidenko:
    1. is found to have committed an anti-doping rule violation pursuant to the IOC Anti-Doping Rules applicable to the Games of the XXX Olympiad, London 2012 (presence and/or use of a Prohibited Substance or its Metabolites or Markers in an athlete’s bodily specimen),
    2. is disqualified from the events in which she participated upon the occasion of the Olympic Games London 2012, namely, the cycling track Keirin event in which she ranked 8th and the cycling track sprint event in which she ranked 18th, and
  • has the diploma obtained in the cycling track Keirin event withdrawn and is ordered to return same.
  1. The UCI is requested to modify the results of the above-mentioned events accordingly and to consider any further action within its own competence.
  • The Russian Olympic Committee shall ensure full implementation of this decision.
  1. The Russian Olympic Committee shall notably secure the return to the IOC, as soon as possible, of the diploma awarded in connection with the cycling track Keirin event to the Athlete.
  2. This decision enters into force immediately.

The full decision is available here.

The additional analyses on samples collected during the Olympic Games Beijing 2008 and London 2012 were performed with improved analytical methods, in order to possibly detect prohibited substances that could not be identified by the analysis performed at the time of these editions of the Olympic Games.

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SENATOR MANNY PACQUIAO

ARRIVES IN THE U.S. AT LAX

 Eight-Division World Champion Lands 

Last Night – Mobbed at the Terminal

CLICK HERE FOR THE VIDEO

Courtesy Top Rank

Today’s Press Conference Live at www.toprank.tv

Beginning at 4 pm ET

Tickets to Pacquiao vs. Vargas

Go On Sale TODAY!

 LOS ANGELES (Sept. 7, 2016) – Pacquiao Nation Assemble!

Boxing superhero and reigning Fighter of the Decade, Senator MANNY “Pacman” PACQUIAO, arrived in the U.S. Wednesday, September 7 at LAX.  

Pacquiao (58-6-2, 38 KOs), boxing’s only eight-division world champion and a former two-term congressman, was elected to a Philippine Senate seat in May, garnering over 16 million votes.  He is in the U.S. for only a short time to attend a Los Angeles news conference announcing his title challenge of World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight world champion JESSIE VARGAS (27-1, 10 KOs), of Las Vegas, Nev.  Pacquiao will return to Manila over the weekend in order to attend Monday’s Senate session.  The majority of Pacquiao’s training camp will take place in Manila, while the Senate is in session.   

Pacquiao vs. Vargas will take place Saturday, November 5 at the Thomas & Mack Center on the campus of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.  Pacquiao vs. Vargas and its co-main event fights will be produced and distributed live by Top Rank® Pay-Per-View, beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET / 6:00 p.m. PT, and will be available on all conventional platforms, including all major cable and satellite systems, as well as Top Rank’s digital distribution viawww.TopRank.tv and  mobile devices.  

Promoted by Top Rank, in association with MP Promotions and Wynn Las Vegas, tickets to the Pacquiao vs. Vargas world championship event go on sale today!  Thursday, September 8, at 3:00 p.m. ET / Noon PT.  Priced at $1,000, $700, $500, $300, $100 and $50, not including applicable service fees, tickets may be purchased at the Thomas & Mack Center Box Office, online at http://www.unlvtickets.com/, at UNLVtickets Outlet Town Square Las Vegas and La Bonita Supermarkets.  To charge by phone call 702-739-FANS (3267) or 866-388-FANS (3267).    

SENATOR MANNY PACQUIAO

ARRIVES IN THE U.S. TONIGHT!

 Eight-Division World Champion Lands at LAX Int’l

Aboard Philippine Airlines Flight 102 at 7:30 P.M. PT

Live Arrival Coverage via 

www.pacvargas.com and www.facebook.com/trboxing

https://www.youtube.com/embed/byT5hKcRnUY

Tickets to Pacquiao vs. Vargas

Go On Sale Tomorrow

 LOS ANGELES (Sept. 7, 2016) – Pacquiao Nation Assemble!

  Boxing superhero and reigning Fighter of the Decade, Senator MANNY “Pacman” PACQUIAO, arrives in the U.S. Tonight! Wednesday, September 7.  Pacquiao and his team are scheduled to land at LAX International’s Tom Bradley Terminal aboard Philippine Airlines Flight 102 at 7:30 p.m. PT

Live coverage of Pacquiao’s arrival will be available via www.pacvargas.com and www.facebook.com/trboxing.  

 Pacquiao (58-6-2, 38 KOs), boxing’s only eight-division world champion and a former two-term congressman, was elected to a Philippine Senate seat in May, garnering over 16 million votes.  He is in the U.S. for only a short time to attend a Los Angeles news conference announcing his title challenge of World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight world champion JESSIE VARGAS (27-1, 10 KOs), of Las Vegas, Nev.  Pacquiao will return to Manila over the weekend in order to attend Monday’s Senate session.  The majority of Pacquiao’s training camp will take place in Manila, while the Senate is in session.   

Pacquiao vs. Vargas will take place Saturday, November 5 at the Thomas & Mack Center on the campus of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.  Pacquiao vs. Vargas and its co-main event fights will be produced and distributed live by Top Rank® Pay-Per-View, beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET / 6:00 p.m. PT, and will be available on all conventional platforms, including all major cable and satellite systems, as well as Top Rank’s digital distribution viawww.TopRank.tv and  mobile devices.  

Promoted by Top Rank, in association with MP Promotions and Wynn Las Vegas, tickets to the Pacquiao vs. Vargas world championship event go on sale tomorrow!  Thursday, September 8, at 3:00 p.m. ET / Noon PT.  Priced at $1,000, $700, $500, $300, $100 and $50, not including applicable service fees, tickets may be purchased at the Thomas & Mack Center Box Office, online at http://www.unlvtickets.com/, at UNLVtickets Outlet Town Square Las Vegas and La Bonita Supermarkets.  To charge by phone call 702-739-FANS (3267) or 866-388-FANS (3267).    

For fight updates go to www.toprank.com, on 

Facebook at facebook.com/trboxing or facebook.com/trboxeo, and Twitter attwitter.com/trboxing or twitter.com/trboxeo.  

Use the Hashtag #PacVargas to join the conversation on Twitter.  

 Philippine Airlines Flight Status:  

https://www.philippineairlines.com/FlightResults  

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EXCITING SEPTEMBER FIGHT ACTION AT TWIN RIVER CASINO AND FOXWOODS

September 2, 2016. We’re only a few weeks removed from the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio, a celebration of the world’s greatest athletes competing on the biggest stage while embodying the spirit of sportsmanship and fair play.

The Rio Olympics were a glorious time for the Unites States; our great nation captured 121 medals, including 46 golds. Among the winners were female middleweight boxer and gold medalist Claressa Shields, who became the United States’ first back-to-back medal winner in boxing, male or female; and Shakur Stevenson, who captured silver in the bantamweight division following a spirited championship match with Cuban Robeisy Ramirez Carrazana.

To celebrate our nation’s success in Rio, we’re continuing the party two weeks from now on Friday, Sept. 16th at Twin River Casino with our annual fall boxing event. 14117975_1770511523197383_1060114093742020605_n

“The Future Is Now” is designed to highlight our region’s greatest up-and-coming stars, including undefeated Worcester, Mass., boxers Jamaine Ortiz (2-0, 2 KOs), Kendrick Ball Jr. (2-0-1, 2 KOs) and Irvin Gonzalez (2-0, 2 KOs), plus promising junior welterweight Cristobal Marrero (1-0, 1 KO) of New London, Conn., and impressive welterweight prospect Adrian Sosa (1-0, 1 KO) of Lawrence, Mass. We also have an exciting matchup between two debut welterweights, Miguel Ortiz of Springfield, Mass., and Marqus Bates of nearby Taunton, and a tremendous feature bout between Albanian sensation Fatlum Zhuta (3-0-1, 3 KOs) and Houston native Cameron Burroughs (2-1, 2 KOs), both of whom have scored each of their victories by knockout.SEPT_%2016TH%20POSTER_1

The names and faces you see on the 16th will be household names before you know it. Years from now, when Ortiz, Ball Jr., Marrero and others are headlining major events in fight capitals across the world, we’ll remember these nights when they all starred on the same fight card, all working their way to the top of their respective weight divisions.

When I see a card like this, I can’t help but to think back 10, 15 years when we promoted events at the Rhodes-on-the-Pawtuxet in Cranston, R.I., featuring some of our region’s greatest champions long before they developed into household names of their own.

In those days, it wasn’t uncommon to see Joey Spina, Peter Manfredo Jr., Chad Dawson, Jason Pires and Jamie Clampitt on the same undercard, showcased underneath headliners such as Gary Balletto and Scott Pemberton. Fast forward to the mid 2000s and reminisce about those nights when up-and-comers Matt Godfrey, Josh Beeman and a young Olympian named Jason Estrada flashed their talents on the same stage.

No one knew back then just how good those young, unproven fighters would become, and I’m confident years from now we will look back at nights like Sept. 16th and remember when champions such as Ortiz and Ball Jr. were raw, unpolished talents looking to make their mark in this sport.

Cherish nights like this, because they only come along once in a generation. In addition to celebrating our young stars and the bright future of boxing, we’re celebrating our nation. Once again, the United States dominated the sports landscape with its performance at the Rio Olympics and I can safely say that no matter what our political views are in this important election year, the one thing we all have in common is we’re proud to be Americans and we’re proud of our Olympic stars.

Come join us on the 16th to celebrate not only this wonderful time in the sport of boxing, but the success of all Americans as our nation continues to stand alone as the land of the free and the home of the brave.

Labor Day Weekend is upon us and it’s only fitting we prepare for a spirited celebration of American ingenuity and success at a time in which we honor all American workers for their social and economic achievements through the years. Few sports capture the blue-collar spirit of the American worker like boxing, a sport where many fighters come from nothing and humbly climb the ladder to the top through hard work and sacrifice.

Remember, boxing is a labor of love, and our fighters need your support now more than ever. Sept. 16th is bigger than boxing; it’s about America, our wonderful nation and our workers, who, with their contributions through the years, have built this country into what it is today.

Join the fun on the 16th as honor the red, white and blue and catch a glimpse of our future stars on the sport’s biggest stage. 

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Sergey Kovalev vs. Andre Ward “Pound for Pound”

New York Press Conference

 Tuesday, September 6 at 12:00 PM

Le Parker Meridien

 New York, New York:  On Tuesday in New York City, Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (30-0-1, 26 KOs) and Andre “S.O.G.” Ward (30-0, 15 KOs) will formally address the media with details surrounding their upcoming fight for “Pound for Pound” supremacy and Kovalev’s WBO, WBA and IBF Light Heavyweight World Championships. The event will also be streamed live via KovalevWard.com.

Tickets start at $55 and are available on axs.com, t-mobilearena.com and at the T-Mobile Arena box office.

What: Kovalev-Ward “Pound for Pound” Official Press Conference
 
Who: Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev – No. 2 Pound-for-Pound* and WBO, WBA & IBF Light Heavyweight World Champion
Andre “S.O.G.” Ward – Two-Time World Champion
John David Jackson – Trainer of Sergey Kovalev
Virgil Hunter – Trainer of Andre Ward
Egis Klimas – Manager of Sergey Kovalev

James Prince – Manager of Andre Ward

Kathy Duva – CEO of Main Events

Michael Yormark – Roc Nation President & Chief of Branding and Strategy

Peter Nelson – Executive Vice President, HBO Sports
Where: Le Parker Meridien – The Estrela Room – Penthouse Level

119 W 56th St, New York, NY 10019

 
Date: Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2016
 
Time: 12:00 p.m. ET – Media Arrival and Lunch

12:30 p.m. ET – Press Conference Begins

 
Live Stream:

www.kovalevward.com

 

Kovalev vs. Ward will take place Saturday, Nov. 19 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nev. The event will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT. “Pound for Pound” is presented by Main Events, Roc Nation Sports, Krusher Promotions and Andre Ward Promotions and sponsored by MGM Grand Hotel & Casino.

Kovalev and Ward are currently ranked the No. 2 and No. 4 pound-for-pound boxers in the world, respectively, by The Ring Magazine, making their hotly anticipated fight only the third bout in the history of The Ring Magazine pound-for-pound list to pit two undefeated Top 5-ranked pound-for-pound fighters against each other. Oddsmakers and pundits have this fight evenly matched at 50-50 and it is poised to be a sure-fire 2016 Fight of the Year candidate. History will be made on Nov. 19th!

 

*According to The Ring Magazine

 

 

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DON KING PRODUCTIONS, INC.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  AUGUST 31, 2016

FORMER WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONS 

BERMANE STIVERNE AND ALEXANDER POVETKIN 

TO FIGHT FOR WORLD BOXING COUNCIL

INTERIM HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE

WINNER WILL BE NEXT IN LINE TO FIGHT WBC CHAMPION DEONTAY WILDER

Democratic Republic of Congo – Formerly Zaire, 

And the Philippines Among Possible Hosts

DEERFIELD BEACH, FL – The top two ranked heavyweights by the World Boxing Council (WBC), No. 1 Alexander Povetkin and No. 2 Bermane Stiverne, have recently been ordered to fight for the interim WBC heavyweight title.  The winner will become the interim champion and will defend the title until champion Deontay Wilder, is ready to come back from the injuries sustained in July.

“I would like to thank Don King and the honorable Mauricio Sulaiman of the WBC for giving me this opportunity to fight for the heavyweight title once again,” said Stiverne.  “For the betterment of boxing in general, and the heavyweight division in particular, I plan to knock Povetkin out and bring this title to America.  Then I will get my revenge against Wilder, when he is ready.”

Bermane Stiverne

Bermane Stiverne

Promoter Don King has been fielding calls from interested parties from all over the world that want to host this World Heavyweight Championship fight that will take place by the end of 2016.

Don King lists the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Philippines, the two locations of the most famous Muhammad Ali fights, at the top of the list of possible sites.  Kuala Lumpur is also among international possibilities and of course United States boing hotbeds New York and Las Vegas are sure to be in the mix as well.

“This sparked the idea to do something fantastic by memorializing ‘The Greatest of All Time’ Muhammad Ali, to the benefit of the people.,” said King  “So, reflecting on my memories and my historical association with The Greatest…Ali, we, his spirit and I, seized upon the idea to create A Salute to Greatness Championship Series by celebrating and paying homage to great boxing champions of the world and paying tribute to great champions of humanity and peace for the world in the spirit of Muhammad Ali, Nelson Mandela, George W. Bush, Shimon Perez, Uri Savir, John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Jr., Larry Holmes, Mike Tyson, Anwar Sadat, Jimmy Carter, Jose Sulaiman (WBC) and Hugo Chavez.  We will spotlight countries that four decades ago held the most memorable heavyweight fights in history.  We will visit new countries that maybe able to have that same impact on, to gain international fame and acclaim, catapulting the name of their country to the forefront of world recognition.”

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Alexander Povetkin

“We want to bring the world together,” King concluded.  “I have been taking calls, for weeks, from interested parties and we will consider all options.  We want to reverse the affects that war, hatred, bombs and bullets have had …and with love, respect, harmony and togetherness we can make a better world.”

“I want to thank the WBC and its President Mauricio Sulaiman for this.” said King.

Bermane Stiverne (25-2-1, 21 KOs), born in Haiti now residing in Las Vegas, won the WBC heavyweight title on May 10, 2014 by 6th round TKO against Chris Arreola.  Stiverne knocked Arreola to the canvas twice in that round when referee Jack Reiss waved the count to end the fight.  Stiverne lost the title via unanimous decision to Deontay Wilder on January 17, 2015.  Stiverne followed that disappointing loss with a win against Derric Rossy on November 4, 2015 to vault him back to top contender and in position for the title.

Alexander Povetkin (30-1, 22 KOs) from Chekhov Russia is the current WBC Silver Heavyweight Champion and former WBA Heavyweight Champion.  Povetkin won the WBA title via unanimous decision win against Ruslan Chagaev on August 27, 2011.  Povetkin had four successful defenses over a two-plus-year reign prior to a losing the belt against Vladimir Klitschko on October 5th 2013.  Povetkin responded to that unanimous decision loss by stringing together four consecutive wins including winning the WBC Silver belt, which represents the No. 1 ranking.


downloadIOC sanctions six athletes for failing anti-doping tests at Beijing 2008

AUGUST 31, 2016. The protection of clean athletes and the fight against doping are top priorities for the International Olympic Committee (IOC), as outlined in Olympic Agenda 2020, the IOC’s strategic roadmap for the future of the Olympic Movement. To provide a level playing field for all clean athletes at the Olympic Games Rio 2016, the IOC put special measures in place, including targeted pre-tests and the re-analysis of stored samples from the Olympic Games Beijing 2008 and London 2012, following an intelligence-gathering process that started in August 2015.

As part of this process, the IOC today announced that six athletes have been disqualified from the Olympic Games Beijing 2008. The details follow.

Alexandru DUDOGLO, 27, of Moldova, competing in the Men’s 69kg weightlifting event, has been disqualified from the Olympic Games Beijing 2008, in which he ranked ninth. Reanalysis of Dudoglo’s samples from Beijing 2008 resulted in a positive test for the prohibited substance stanozolol.

The IOC Disciplinary Commission, composed for this case of Denis Oswald (Chairman), Gunilla Lindberg and Ugur Erdener, decided the following:

  1. The Athlete, Alexandru DUDOGLO:
    1. is found to have committed an anti-doping rule violation pursuant to the IOC Anti-Doping Rules applicable to the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing in 2008 (presence and/or use, of a Prohibited Substance or its Metabolites or Markers in an athlete’s bodily specimen),
    2. is disqualified from the Men’s 69kg weightlifting event in which he participated upon the occasion of the Olympic Games Beijing 2008.
  2. The IWF is requested to modify the results of the above-mentioned event accordingly and to consider any further action within its own competence.
  • The National Olympic Committee of Moldova shall ensure full implementation of this decision.
  1. This decision enters into force immediately.

The full decision is available here.

Nadezda EVSTYUKHINA, 28, of the Russian Federation, competing in the Women’s 75kg weightlifting event, has been disqualified from the Olympic Games Beijing 2008, in which she ranked third and for which she was awarded the bronze medal. Reanalysis of Evstyukhina’s samples from Beijing 2008 resulted in a positive test for the prohibited substances dehydrochlormethyltestosterone (turinabol) and EPO.

The IOC Disciplinary Commission, composed for this case of Denis Oswald (Chairman), Gunilla Lindberg and Ugur Erdener, decided the following:

  1. The Athlete, Nadezda EVSTYUKHINA:
    1. is found to have committed an anti-doping rule violation pursuant to the IOC Anti-Doping Rules applicable to the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing in 2008 (presence and/or use, of a Prohibited Substance or its Metabolites or Markers in an athlete’s bodily specimen),
    2. is disqualified from the Women’s 75kg weightlifting event in which she participated upon the occasion of the Olympic Games Beijing 2008, and
  • has the medal, the medallist pin and the diploma obtained in the 75kg weightlifting event withdrawn, and is ordered to return these.
  1. The IWF is requested to modify the results of the above-mentioned event accordingly and to consider any further action within its own competence.
  • The Russian Olympic Committee shall ensure full implementation of this decision.
  1. The Russian Olympic Committee shall notably secure the return to the IOC, as soon as possible, of the medal, the medallist pin and the diploma awarded in connection with the Women’s 75kg weightlifting event to the Athlete.
  2. This decision enters into force immediately.

The full decision is available here.

Tatyana FIROVA, 33, of the Russian Federation, competing in athletics in the Women’s 400m and 4x400m events, has been disqualified from the Olympic Games Beijing 2008, in which she respectively ranked sixth and second with her teammates. Reanalysis of Firova’s samples from Beijing 2008 resulted in a positive test for the prohibited substances dehydrochlormethyltestosterone (turinabol) and 3a-hydroxy-5a-androst-1-en-17-one (metabolite of 1-testosterone, 1-androstenedione or 1-androstenediol).

The IOC Disciplinary Commission, composed for this case of Denis Oswald (Chairman), Gunilla Lindberg and Ugur Erdener, decided the following:

  1. The Athlete, Tatyana FIROVA:
    1. is found to have committed an anti-doping rule violation pursuant to the IOC Anti-Doping Rules applicable to the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing in 2008 (presence and/or use, of a Prohibited Substance or its Metabolites or Markers in an athlete’s bodily specimen),
    2. is disqualified from all the events in which she participated upon the occasion of the Olympic Games Beijing 2008, namely the Women’s 400m and the Women’s 4x400m relay, and
  • has the medal, the medallist pin and the diplomas obtained in the Women’s 400m and the Women’s 4x400m relay withdrawn, and is ordered to return these.
  1. The Russian Federation Team is disqualified from the Women’s 4x400m relay. The corresponding medals and diplomas are withdrawn and shall be returned.
  • The IAAF is requested to modify the results of the above-mentioned events accordingly and to consider any further action within its own competence.
  1. The Russian Olympic Committee shall ensure full implementation of this decision.
  2. The Russian Olympic Committee shall notably secure the return to the IOC, as soon as possible, of the medals, the medallist pins and the diplomas awarded in connection with the Women’s 400m and in connection with the Women’s 4x100m relay to the Athlete and to the other team members of the Women’s 4x400m Russian Federation Team.
  3. This decision enters into force immediately.

The full decision is available here.

Tigran MARTIROSYAN, 28, of Armenia, competing in the Men’s 69kg weightlifting event, has been disqualified from the Olympic Games Beijing 2008, in which he ranked third, and for which he was awarded the bronze medal. Reanalysis of Martirosyan’s samples from Beijing 2008 resulted in a positive test for the prohibited substances stanozolol and dehydrochlormethyltestosterone (turinabol).

The IOC Disciplinary Commission, composed for this case of Denis Oswald (Chairman), Gunilla Lindberg and Ugur Erdener, decided the following:

  1. The Athlete, Tigran MARTIROSYAN:
    1. is found to have committed an anti-doping rule violation pursuant to the IOC Anti-Doping Rules applicable to the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing in 2008 (presence and/or use, of a Prohibited Substance or its Metabolites or Markers in an athlete’s bodily specimen),
    2. is disqualified from the Men’s 69kg weightlifting event in which he participated upon the occasion of the  Olympic Games Beijing 2008,
  • has the bronze medal, the diploma and the medallist pin obtained in the Men’s 69kg weightlifting event withdrawn, and is ordered to return these.
  1. The IWF is requested to modify the results of the above-mentioned event accordingly and to consider any further action within its own competence.
  • The National Olympic Committee of Armenia shall ensure full implementation of this decision.
  1. The National Olympic Committee of Armenia shall notably secure the return to the IOC, as soon as possible, of the medal, the medallist pin and the diploma awarded in connection with the Men’s 69kg weightlifting event to the Athlete.
  2. This decision enters into force immediately.

The full decision is available here.

Marina SHAINOVA, 30, of the Russian Federation, competing in the Women’s 58kg weightlifting event, has been disqualified from the Olympic Games Beijing 2008, in which she ranked second, and for which she was awarded the silver medal. Reanalysis of Shainova’s samples from Beijing 2008 resulted in a positive test for the prohibited substances stanozolol and dehydrochlormethyltestosterone (turinabol).

The IOC Disciplinary Commission, composed for this case of Denis Oswald (Chairman), Juan Antonio Samaranch and Ugur Erdener, decided the following:

  1. The Athlete, Marina SHAINOVA:
    1. is found to have committed an anti-doping rule violation pursuant to the IOC Anti-Doping Rules applicable to the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing in 2008 (presence of a Prohibited Substance or its Metabolites or Markers in an athlete’s bodily specimen),
    2. is disqualified from the 58kg weightlifting event in which she placed second upon the occasion of the Olympic Games Beijing 2008.
  • has the silver medal, the diploma, and the medallist pin obtained in the 58kg weightlifting event withdrawn, and is ordered to return these.
  1. The IWF is requested to modify the results of the above-mentioned event accordingly and to consider any further action within its own competence.
  • The Russian Olympic Committee shall ensure full implementation of this decision.
  1. The Russian Olympic Committee shall notably secure the return to the IOC, as soon as possible, of the medal, the medallist pin and the diploma awarded in connection with the 58kg weightlifting event to the Athlete.
  2. This decision enters into force immediately.

The full decision is available here.

Intigam ZAIROV, 31, of Azerbaijan, competing in the Men’s 85kg weightlifting event, has been disqualified from the Olympic Games Beijing 2008, in which he ranked ninth. Reanalysis of Zairov’s samples from Beijing 2008 resulted in a positive test for the prohibited substance dehydrochlormethyltestosterone (turinabol).

The IOC Disciplinary Commission, composed for this case of Denis Oswald (Chairman), Juan Antonio Samaranch and Ugur Erdener, decided the following:

  1. The Athlete, Intigam ZAIROV:
    1. is found to have committed an anti-doping rule violation pursuant to the IOC Anti-Doping Rules applicable to the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing in 2008 (presence and/or use, of a Prohibited Substance or its Metabolites or Markers in an athlete’s bodily specimen),
    2. is disqualified from all the Men’s 85kg weightlifting event in which he participated upon the occasion of the Olympic Games Beijing 2008.
  2. The IWF is requested to modify the results of the above-mentioned event accordingly and to consider any further action within its own competence.
  • The National Olympic Committee of the Azerbaijani Republic shall ensure full implementation of this decision.
  1. This decision enters into force immediately.

The full decision is available here.

The additional analyses on samples collected during the Olympic Games Beijing 2008 and London 2012 were performed with improved analytical methods, in order to possibly detect prohibited substances that could not be identified by the analysis performed at the time of these editions of the Olympic Games.

 

Adonis “Superman” Stevenson whips Thomas “Top Dog” Williams in 4 to retain his WBC light heavyweight laurels

Story by Bernard Campbell

Stevenson drops Williams.

Adonis “Superman” Stevenson drops Thomas ‘Top Dog” Williams.

 On July 29 in Quebec City, Canada, the WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis “Superman’ Stevenson battled in a title fight with Thomas “Top Dog” Williams Jr. at the Centre Videotron. Stevenson had a streak going into the fight of knocking out his last 15 out of 17 opponents and looked sharp at the opening bell as he started with his quick signature jabs and occasional right hand leads. He finished the end of the frame by flooring Williams with a sharp left to the chin.  The challenger managed to rise and survive the session.

Stevenson floors Williams.

Stevenson floors Williams.

The second round saw Williams pick up the pace and was aggressive with jolting combinations to win the round unequivocally.

The third frame saw both combatants exchanging power punches, though Stevenson was getting the better of the duel with his pile-driving jabs and left hooks.

Stevenson lands a hard left to Williams' jaw.

Stevenson lands a hard left to Williams’ jaw.

The fourth round was all Stevenson as he blasted Williams a number of times with both fists and finally flattened him with a devastating left to the top of the challenger’s head at 1:57 of the frame to lay claim to the knockout and the retention of his world title.

“Williams wanted to put on some pressure, so I put some on as well,” said Stevenson (29-1, 23 KO’s) after the bout.  “Two men who know how to fight.   We gave a good show and that’s what people want to see.”

The 28 year-old Williams fell to 20-2 (14 KO’s) with the knockout loss.

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What’s  next for the 39 year-old Canadian Champion? A big money fight with the #3-ranked undefeated KO artist Artur Beterbiev (10-0, 10 KO’s)? Beterbiev, 31, of Khasavyurt, Russia, but now residing in Montreal, is a former two-time Olympian. A somewhat lucrative fight with up and comer Sean Monaghan, 28, of New York City, NY? Monaghan (27-0, 17 KO’s) is the reigning WBA NABO light heavyweight titleholder and is ranked #6 by the WBC? Or how about a unification title fight with German light heavy Juergen Braehmer, 37, the WBA regular 175-lb. champ? Braehmer (48-2, 35 KO’s) will be defending his title against former WBO light heavyweight king Nathan Cleverly on October 1.

Time will tell, but I do not think that given Stevenson’s age that he should be as complacent as he was as far as activity is concerned, since his previous fight was ten months ago. In the meantime, Andre Ward and Sergey Kovalev have destiny in November. The light heavyweight division is the place to be!

 

EPSON MFP imageThe New Jersey Boxing Hall of Fame Newsletter

Volume 21 Issue 5/6/7/8 E-Mail Address: hhascup@yahoo.com  August 2016 Next meeting date – PRESIDENT  –  henry HASCUP 59 kipp ave, lodi, n.j. 07644  (1-973-471-2458)

Saturday, August 20th  

 * The next meeting for the New Jersey Boxing Hall of Fame will be on Thursday, August 25th, at the Faith Reformed Church located at 95 Washington St. in Lodi, N.J. which is right at the corner of Washington and Prospect St., starting at 8:00 P.M.  

As the President of the New Jersey Boxing Hall of Fame I am proud to announce that on Thursday evening, November 3, 2016, the New Jersey Boxing Hall of Fame will hold it’s 47th Annual Dinner and Induction Ceremonies at the beautiful Venetian, located at 546 River Drive, Garfield, New Jersey starting at 7:00p.m.  Tickets are priced at ONLY $85.00 per person. Fourteen (14) of Boxing’s finest will be inducted in the New Jersey Boxing Hall of Fame, and they are as follows:

Debra Barnes (Holmdel) – Professional Boxing Judge since 1990. She has judged many Championship and top-flight bouts during her career including George Foreman/Gerry Cooney, Roberto Duran/Vinny Pazienza & Sugar Ray Leonard/Hector Camacho.

Scott DePompe (Kinnelon) – former International Boxing Organization Inter-Continental super lightweight title holder. He beat Michael Corleone capture the IBO Title, and was rated just outside the top 10 in the World at the height of his career. He is now an Amateur coach.

Pat English (Lincoln Park) – An Attorney who represented boxers, managers and promoters for over 34 years. He has been involved in various capacities in well over 200 major bouts (World Championship and/or Bouts appearing on HBO, Showtime, etc.). He has represented World Champions, including Lennox Lewis, Evander Holyfield, Michael Moorer, Pernell Whitaker, Tomasz Adamek & Nicolai Valuev He also represented several managers including Lou Duva, Emanuel Steward and Vincent Scolpino. He is the current Attorney for Main Events.

Nelson Fernandez (Bloomfield) – Boxing Broadcaster, HBO Latino/Manager. Play by Play boxing commenter for HBO LatinoWorld Championship Boxing. He has managed and/or trained 11 World Champions and 39 Regional/Continental Champions.

Derrick Graham (Newark) – Former New Jersey Amateur Champion. Fought Winky Wright, Dave Hilton and Mean Joe Greene as a Pro. His reputation for being a hard-nose, scrappy fighter garnered invitations to spar with boxing greats such as Bernard Hopkins and Oscar DeLaHoya. He is now an Amateur coach.
Cosmo Liaci (Kearney) – Former AAU Champion, Amateur and Professional trainer and former President of the Veteran Boxers Association Ring 20 and Ring 25. As a trainer he trained Conrad Tucker and John Sullivan in the pro ranks and he also trained several young boxers to Amateur titles.

Pat Lynch (Middletown) – 1997 BWAA Manager of the Year, who is best known for managing Arturo Gatti to two World Titles. He also managed John Molnar & Freddie Cadena. He is the current manager of Julian Rodriguez, Glen Tapia and Clarence Booth.

Leon Muhammad (Newark) – Boxing Manager and Advisor to 8 former World Champions, including Tim Witherspoon, Johnny Bumphus, Eddie Mustfa Muhammad and Michael Spinks. He has also worked as a matchmaker for several top promoters including Lou Duva, Don King, Butch Lewis, Top Rank and Murad Muhammad and still works in the business after 40 years.

Rodney Price (Elizabeth) – Former professional fighter who was a National Golden Glove Finalist, 10 time State Champion in the Junior Olympics, Golden Gloves and Diamond Gloves. He now serves as an inspector for the N.J. Athletic Control Board while serving as an Amateur referee and judge.

Ray Ryan (Wall Township) Served over 25 years as an Inspector and timekeeper for the N.J. Athletic Control Board. Currently the most senior timekeeper with the Board and has worked well over 50 World Title fights.

Posthumously:
Jimmy Anest (Hackensack) – He was a deaf mute who fought throughout the 1940’s. He fought some of the best welterweights of his era including Billy Graham, Johnny Bratton and Johnny Cesario.

Phil Berman (Paterson) – NJ Golden Glove and Diamond Glove Champion, who had some of the quickest KO’s both as an Amateur, two under 20 seconds and Pro, including a 28 second KO at Madison Square Garden, which is one of the fastest KO’s ever at the Garden in it’s long history. His career was cut short by an injury he received during World War II, where he received a Purple Heart.

Gerald Hayes (Newark) – N.J. State Super Featherweight Champion who holds a win over Juan Laporte, who was the World Featherweight Champion at the time. He also fought Lupe Pintor, Bobby Chacon, Rocky Lockridge, Alexis Arguello, Bernard Taylor (twice) and Eusebio Pedroza.

Herschel Jacobs (New York) – Gave Rubin “Hurricane” Carter his 1st professional loss. He ended the career of former Light Heavyweight Champion Harold Johnson by stopping him on cuts. He also beat Henry Hank, fought a draw against Jimmy “The Cat” Dupree and went the distance with Ken Norton while being out weighed by almost 30 pounds.

Also, the NEW JERSEY BOXING HALL OF FAME will be honoring our Senior Amateur (Olympic Medallist, Ash Shakur Stevenson), Junior Olympic Amateur & Pro Boxer of the Year (WBA World Super Featherweight Champion, Jason Sosa) as well as the Amateur Official & Coach of the Year, Plus our “2016 Man of the Year” (Tom Kaczmarek).

NOTE: Ash Shakur Stevenson will be boxing for the GOLD MEDAL on Saturday, August 20th.

Ring Notes:
*Ring # 25
has their monthly meetings at the Senior Citizen Hall in Kearney. Contact President, Kathy Gatti, who is the woman to hold such an office, at 1-201-320-0874.

*Ring # 8, of New York will have their next meeting on Tuesday, September 20th at O’Neill’s Restaurant, located at 6421 53rd Drive, Maspeth, NY 11378, starting at 7:00pm. Contact President Bob Duffy 1-516-313-2304.
*Ring #10 –
6th Annual Fundraiser and Awards Banquet – Sunday, September 18th, 2016, 12:00-5:00

Crest Hollow Country Club
8325 Jericho Turnpike, Woodbury, NY 11797Brunch with cocktail hour followed by dinner and dessert / Top shelf open bar
Silent Auction: Boxing memorabilia
SALDA “Steve Acunto Lifetime Dedication Award” – Russell Peltz
Wayne Kelly “Top Referee”Award – Sammy Viruet
Jose Torres “Renaissance Man” Award–Ed Post
Bert Sugar “Historian”Award – Ron Ross
Steve Belloise “Top Contender” Award – Randall “Tex” CobbSpecial Guest – Meldrick Tayor
Tickets: $135

Make checks payable to: Ring 10, 30 Bowdon Rd, Greenlawn, NY 11740
For more information: www.Ring10ny.com or (631) 948-6028 *Briscoe Awards, Sunday, October 16th (1-4 PM) at the XFINITY LIVE in South Philly (1100 Pattison Ave., in the Victory Beer Hall).
 JULIAN WILLIAMS: 2015 Philly Fighter of the YearMANSOUR VS. DAWEJKO: 2015 Philly Fight of the Year

TEVIN FARMER: 2015 Performance of the Year

JESSE HART: 2015 Prospect of the Year

JASON SOSA: Breakout Fighter of 2015

JOEY DA WEJKO: 2015 KO of the Year

CHRISTOPHER BROOKER: 2015 Rookie of the Year

JARON ENNIS: 2015 Amateur of the Year

Plus some special awards including the EVERETT BROTHERS AWARD

Contact John DiSanto, Philly Boxing Hstory Inc., 609-377-6413 – johndisanto@phillyboxinghistory.com

The California Boxing Hall of Fame will hold it’s 16th Annual Induction Ceremonies on Saturday, October 22nd at the “NEW” Sportsmen’s Lodge Events Center in Studio City.

This years Inductees are Gennady Golovkin AKA GGG, Teddy Atlas, Dr. Theodore Atlas, Raul Caiz Sr., Raul Caiz Jr., Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero, Don Fraser, Abel Sanchez, Rene Ramirez, Tom Brown, Mario L’Esperance, Renato Garcia, Jeremy Williams, Mauricio Herrera, Layla McCarter, Zeffie Gonzalez, bd6                       

HENRY HASCUP IS HONORED BY THE NEW JERSEY ASSOCIATION OF USA BOXING

PATERSON, NJ — The world renown sports photographer Barry Taub once said, “If you want to know anything about boxing go see Henry Hascup.”

On July 20 before sellout crowd of about 200 people, the NEW JERSEY ASSOCIATION OF USA BOXING hosted an appreciation dinner in honor of HENRY HASCUP at The Brownstone located at 51 West Broadway in Paterson, New Jersey.

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Henry Hascup holding the belt.

Hascup is the longtime president of the nationally known and respected New Jersey Boxing Hall of Fame (NJBHOF). He is also the president of the New Jersey Diamond Gloves Tournament, as well as the president of the New Jersey Association of USA Boxing. In short, Henry Hascup is New Jersey Boxing.

Besides his fame in the state of New Jersey, Hascup is also internationally recognized as one of the foremost historians in the sport of boxing and a noted ring announcer.

Henry Hascup

Henry Hascup

More importantly, Henry Hascup is a big boxing fan. As a youngster, he became “hooked” on the great sport of boxing after he read his first magazine, “Boxing Illustrated.” 

All these years later, the love and appreciation of the sport still resonates with Hascup. he is also one of the few people ever in the sport of boxing who has done everything from ringing to bell to arranging physicians to be available at ringside.

 Hascup is a very respected boxing figure throughout New Jersey, both at the amateur and professional levels, and was the reason why there was such a large turnout in his honor.

 

 

download (3)International Olympic Committee Press Release

August 5, 2016

The Flagbearers for the Rio 2016 Opening Ceremony

Please find below the link to the list of the 207 flagbearers including for the Refugee Olympic Team, which will march under the Olympic flag, participating in the Opening Ceremony of the Games of the XXXI Olympiad.

The flagbearers are listed in their order of entry into the stadium.

August 4, 2016

images (1)IOC Review Panel decides on the participation of Russian athletes at the Olympic Games Rio 2016

List of 271 athletes communicated to the Russian National Olympic Committee

The IOC Review Panel today announced the participation list for Russian athletes at the Olympic Games Rio 2016. The Executive Board (EB) delegated the final review of entries of Russian athletes to this Panel, which was composed of three IOC Executive Board Members: Ugur Erdener (Chair of the Panel and Chair of the Medical and Scientific Commission), Claudia Bokel (Chair of the Athletes’ Commission) and Juan Antonio Samaranch.

In accordance with the decision of the IOC Executive Board on 24 July 2016 (Read the full decision here), the IOC would accept entries by the ROC only if a number of very strict conditions were met. The role of the Panel was to review this process.

The full list of criteria is provided at the end of this press release.

The Review Panel based its review on the International Federations’ decisions in relation to the entry of each individual athlete in their corresponding sport, which took into account only reliable adequate international tests, and the specificities of the athlete’s sport and its rules, in order to ensure a level playing field.

The Review Panel subsequently reviewed the positon of the independent arbitrator appointed by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in relation to the evidence provided to meet those criteria.

The result from the IOC Review Panel is as follows:

271 athletes will form the team entered by the Russian National Olympic Committee (ROC) from the original entry list of 389 athletes.

NOTES (the list of criteria set by the IOC EB on 24 July 2016):

The IOC EB took the following decision on 24 July concerning the participation of Russian athletes in the Olympic Games Rio 2016:

  1. The IOC will not accept any entry of any Russian athlete in the Olympic Games Rio 2016 unless such athlete can meet the conditions set out below.
  2. Entry will be accepted by the IOC only if an athlete is able to provide evidence to the full satisfaction of his or her International Federation (IF) in relation to the following criteria:

• The IFs*, when establishing their pool of eligible Russian athletes, to apply the World Anti-Doping Code and other principles agreed by the Olympic Summit (21 June 2016).

• The absence of a positive national anti-doping test cannot be considered sufficient by the IFs.

• The IFs should carry out an individual analysis of each athlete’s anti-doping record, taking into account only reliable adequate international tests, and the specificities of the athlete’s sport and its rules, in order to ensure a level playing field.

• The IFs to examine the information contained in the IP Report, and for such purpose seek from WADA the names of athletes and National Federations (NFs) implicated. Nobody implicated, be it an athlete, an official, or an NF, may be accepted for entry or accreditation for the Olympic Games.

• The IFs will also have to apply their respective rules in relation to the sanctioning of entire NFs.

  1. The ROC is not allowed to enter any athlete for the Olympic Games Rio 2016 who has ever been sanctioned for doping, even if he or she has served the sanction.
  2. The IOC will accept an entry by the ROC only if the athlete’s IF is satisfied that the evidence provided meets conditions 2 and 3 above and if it is upheld by an expert from the CAS list of arbitrators appointed by an ICAS Member, independent from any sports organisation involved in the Olympic Games Rio 2016.
  3. The entry of any Russian athlete ultimately accepted by the IOC will be subject to a rigorous additional out-of-competition testing programme in coordination with the relevant IF and WADA. Any non-availability for this programme will lead to the immediate withdrawal of the accreditation by the IOC.

Beyond these decisions, the IOC EB reaffirmed the provisional measures already taken on 19 July 2016. They remain in place until 31 December 2016, and will be reviewed by the EB in December 2016.

Additional sanctions and measures may be imposed by the IOC following the final report of the IP and due legal procedure by the IOC Disciplinary Commission established on 19 July 2016 under the chairmanship of Mr Guy Canivet (Vice-Chair of the IOC Ethics Commission, former member of the French Constitutional Court and President of the French Cour de Cassation) and the IOC EB.

The IOC EB reaffirms its serious concerns about the obvious deficiencies in the fight against doping. The IOC thus emphasises again its call to WADA to fully review their anti-doping system. The IOC will make its contribution to this review by proposing measures for clearer responsibilities, more transparency, better supervision procedures and more independence.

* The IAAF has already established its eligibility pool with regard to Russian athletes.

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The International Olympic Committee is a not-for-profit independent international organisation made up of volunteers, which is committed to building a better world through sport. It redistributes more than 90 per cent of its income to the wider sporting movement, which means that every day the equivalent of USD 3.25 million goes to help athletes and sports organisations at all levels around the world.

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July 27, 2016

Olympic Channel to launch on 21 August 2016

New digital-first platform will be available anytime, anywhere and on any device, at the conclusion of the Olympic Games Rio 2016 
Official Olympic Channel social media handles and olympicchannel.com pre-launch site now live

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) today announced the launch date for its ground-breaking new media destination, the Olympic Channel, where fans can experience the power of sport and the Olympic Movement all year round. Starting Sunday 21 August, after the Closing Ceremony of the Olympic Games Rio 2016, the Olympic Channel platform will be available worldwide via a mobile app for Android and iOS devices and at olympicchannel.com.  

In addition, athletes and fans can follow the Olympic Channel on its newly launched social media handles on FacebookInstagramTwitter and YouTube, and sign up for Olympic Channel updates at olympicchannel.com.  

IOC President Thomas Bach said: “The launch of the Olympic Channel on 21st August is the start of an exciting new journey to connect the worldwide audience with the Olympic Movement all year round. Fans will be able to follow sports, athletes and the stories behind the Olympic Games. The Olympic Channel will inspire us all and reach out to new generations of athletes and fans.” 

With the goal of providing a new way to engage young people, fans and new audiences in the Olympic Movement, the Olympic Channel is a free platform that will present original programming, live sports events, news and highlights offering additional exposure for sports and athletes all year round. Olympic Channel original programming will include both short-form and long-form content, focusing on elite athletes, their quest for success and sport around the world.   

Designed for a global audience, the Olympic Channel digital platform will showcase content from around the world, and will initially be offered in English. Additional features at launch will include fantastic content as video on demand, as well as individual sport pages within a user-friendly and mobile-responsive interface, subtitled in nine different languages. 

The Olympic Channel includes an option to register for a richer and more personalised experience, where users can follow their favourite athletes, teams, sports and countries to receive an individually-tailored content selection. The dynamic environment also allows videos to be easily shared across social media, and encourages users to regularly interact with the Olympic Movement. 

After the launch of the global digital product in August, the Olympic Channel intends to foster partnerships with other Olympic stakeholders, including rights-holding broadcasters and National Olympic Committees to develop localised versions of the Olympic Channel. Localised versions will offer language-specific user experiences on digital platforms, and will also include linear television programming options. 

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About the Olympic Channel 

The Olympic Channel is a digital-first, multiplatform global Olympic media entity, which aims to broadcast the Olympic Movement and its inherent values all year round, especially in the periods between the Olympic Games.

The primary objectives of the Olympic Channel are the following:

– Provide a platform for the continuous exposure of Olympic sports and athletes beyond the Olympic Games period and help create anticipation while providing opportunities to “re-live the experience” after the Games
– Continuously highlight the relevance of the Olympic Movement’s ideals to the challenges of today’s world
– Provide a platform for sharing the IOC’s very rich patrimonial assets and archives with the world and create additional value and content for the IOC archives
– As a matter of priority, engage the young generations around the world using methods that are relevant to them, building understanding, entertainment and education.

At launch, the Olympic Channel will be a digital platform, with on-demand content available across the web, mobile, tablet and other connected devices, where fans can experience the power of sport and Olympism 24 hours per day, 365 days a year. Audiences will also be able to access content and engage through a variety of social media platforms as part of the Olympic Channel network.  

July 22, 2016

images (1)Second wave of reanalysis reveals banned substances in 45 athletes from Beijing and London

B.    The International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced today that reanalysis of the second wave of samples from Beijing 2008 and London 2012 has resulted in Provisional Adverse Analytical Findings (PAAFs) of 30 athletes from Beijing and Adverse Analytical Findings (AAFs) of 15 athletes from London.*

The latest results bring the total number of athletes who tested positive for prohibited substances from the first and second waves of reanalysis to 98. The third and fourth waves are expected to continue throughout and after the Olympic Games Rio 2016.

The protection of clean athletes and the fight against doping are top priorities for the IOC, as outlined in Olympic Agenda 2020, the IOC’s strategic roadmap for the future of the Olympic Movement. To provide a level playing field for all clean athletes at the Olympic Games Rio 2016, the IOC has put special measures in place such as targeted pre-tests of identified sports and countries. Using the very latest scientific analysis methods, the reanalysis of stored samples from the Olympic Games Beijing 2008 and London 2012 followed an intelligence-gathering process that started in August 2015 and included the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and International Federations (IFs).

“The new reanalysis once again shows the commitment of the IOC in the fight against doping,” IOC President Thomas Bach said.

The second wave of the Beijing 2008 retests focused mainly on medallists, as will subsequent testing. Of the 30 latest PAAFs from Beijing 2008, 23 were medallists. The 30 athletes were from four sports and eight National Olympic Committees (NOCs). The 15 athletes with AAFs from London 2012 represented two sports and 9 NOCs.

In total, 1,243 doping samples from Beijing 2008 and London 2012 were selected to be reanalysed in wave one and wave two.

The athletes, NOCs and IFs concerned are being informed, after which the proceedings against the athletes can begin. All athletes found to have infringed the anti-doping rules will be banned from competing at the Olympic Games Rio 2016.

First Wave

Beijing: 454 selected samples / 30 AAFs / 12 NOCs / 6 sports **

London: 265 selected samples / 23 AAFs / 6 NOCs / 5 sports

Second Wave

Beijing: 386 selected samples / 30 PAAFs / 8 NOCs / 4 sports

London: 138 selected samples / 15 AAFs / 9 NOCs / 2 sports

* Please note that for legal reasons the IOC cannot currently give more detailed information on the cases. This will follow in due course.

** Please note that two of the 31 originally announced PAAFs from Beijing (press release on 17 May 2016) did not turn into AAFs, but one additional PAAF was detected and did become an AAF.

July 20, 2016

imagesIOC Awards 2018-2020 Broadcast Rights in the Caribbean

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has awarded the exclusive broadcast rights in the Caribbean to International Media Content Ltd (IMC), parent company of SportsMax and a subsidiary of Digicel Group, for the XXIII Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang 2018 and the Games of the XXXII Olympiad Tokyo 2020.

IMC has acquired the broadcast rights on all media platforms in all languages in the following 22 territories:

Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, Commonwealth of the Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Cooperative Republic of Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Martinique, Montserrat, St Kitts & Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad & Tobago, and Turks and Caicos.

IMC will partner with broadcasters across the region and leverage all of Digicel’s platforms to deliver live coverage and highlights of the Olympic Games via free-to-air and cable television, as well as all mobile, streaming and other digital media platforms. In addition, the IOC and IMC will work together on distribution and content creation for the IOC’s soon-to-be-launched Olympic Channel.

IOC President Thomas Bach said: “We are pleased that we will be working again in the future with IMC in the Caribbean. This partnership will ensure fantastic coverage, including on free-to-air television, of the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 and the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. We are also excited to be working with IMC on the future development and distribution of the Olympic Channel in the region.”

IOC Member Gerardo Werthein, delegate IOC Member for broadcast rights in the Americas, said: “IMC was our broadcast partner for the Olympic Games in Vancouver in 2010, London in 2012 and Sochi in 2014. Their proven ability to share the magic of the Olympic Games in the region means that this new agreement is great news for sports fans in the Caribbean.”

Olly McIntosh, IMC Managing Director and CEO for SportsMax said; “We are very fortunate for the IOC to have chosen and entrusted IMC/SportsMax once again to bring this most prized event to audiences across 22 countries, as the Olympic Games sit at the top of the sports pyramid.” He continued: “this demonstrates the confidence that the IOC has in the strength of our broadcast and production capabilities, the numerous distribution platforms across TV broadcast, mobile, online and cable TV through Digicel Group – as well as the strong relationships IMC has with regional broadcasters that will allow us to offer the Caribbean unprecedented access to the Olympics and the Olympic Channel.”

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July 19, 2016

download (2)Statement of the Executive Board of the International Olympic Committee on the WADA Independent Person Report

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) received yesterday the World Anti-Doping Agency’s “Independent Person Report”.

“The findings of the report show a shocking and unprecedented attack on the integrity of sports and on the Olympic Games. Therefore, the IOC will not hesitate to take the toughest sanctions available against any individual or organisation implicated,” IOC President Thomas Bach said.

Today, the IOC Executive Board (EB) expressed its appreciation of the work of the “Independent Person” (IP), Mr Richard McLaren. The IOC fully supports his request to continue and finalise his work, in particular since so far the “compressed timeline of the IP investigation did not permit compilation of data to establish an anti-doping rule violation” (IP Report page 4).

The International Sports Organisations will now have to evaluate the IP Report and then take the appropriate measures, according to their respective rules.

  1. This means for the IOC that, following Rule 59 of the Olympic Charter, the EB has today started disciplinary actions related to the involvement of officials within the Russian Ministry of Sports and other persons mentioned in the report because of violations of the Olympic Charter and the World Anti-Doping Code. To accelerate this procedure, the IOC EB has established a Disciplinary Commission and has, following Bye-law 1 to Rule 59 of the Olympic Charter, delegated the task of establishing the facts and granting the hearings required by Bye-law 3 to Rule 59, and by natural justice.

As members of this Disciplinary Commission the following people have been appointed:

  • Guy Canivet (Chair) (Vice-Chair of the IOC Ethics Commission and former member of the French Constitutional Court)
  • Robin Mitchell (Vice-Chair of the IOC Medical and Scientific Commission, Member of the IOC Ethics Commission)
  • Yang Yang (Athletes’ representative on the IOC Ethics Commission)
  • Andrew Ryan (Executive Director of ASOIF)
  • Wolfgang Schobersberger (Representative of the International Winter Sport Federations, Member of the FIS Medical Commission).

The Commission can refer to any external expertise and support to fulfil its mandate.

  1. With regard to the participation of Russian athletes in the Olympic Games Rio 2016, the IOC will carefully evaluate the IP Report. It will explore the legal options with regard to a collective ban of all Russian athletes for the Olympic Games 2016 versus the right to individual justice. In this respect, the IOC will have to take the CAS decision on 21 July 2016 concerning the IAAF rules into consideration, as well as the World Anti-Doping Code and the Olympic Charter.
  2. Given the urgency of the matter the IOC EB has already taken the following provisional measures:
  • The IOC will not organise or give patronage to any sports event or meeting in Russia. This includes plans for the European Games 2019 organised by the European Olympic Committees (EOC).
  • The IOC will not grant any accreditation to any official of the Russian Ministry of Sport or any person implicated in the IP Report for the Games of the XXXI Olympiad Rio 2016.
  • The IOC will initiate reanalysis, including forensic analysis, and a full inquiry into all Russian athletes who participated in the Olympic Winter Games Sochi 2014 and their coaches, officials and support staff. For this purpose, a specific Disciplinary Commission is set up under the chairmanship of Mr Denis Oswald. Following the report of this Commission, the IOC EB will impose all the appropriate sanctions.
  • Because of the detailed references to the manipulation of samples during the Olympic Winter Games Sochi 2014 the IOC asks all International Olympic Winter Sports Federations to freeze their preparations for major events in Russia, such as World Championships, World Cups or other major international competitions under their responsibility, and to actively look for alternative organisers.
  • The IOC asks all IFs for a full inquiry and, in case of implication in infringements of the World Anti-Doping Code, sanctions against Russian National Federations by the respective IF. Such inquiries should be coordinated with the work of the IP, Mr Richard McLaren.

These provisional measures apply until 31 December 2016. They will be reviewed by the IOC EB at its meeting in December 2016.

  1. The EB reiterates and supports the measure already announced by the Olympic Summit on 21 June 2016 to reverse the “presumption of innocence” of athletes from Russia with regard to doping. This means that the eligibility of each Russian athlete will have to be decided by his or her International Federation (IF) based on an individual analysis of his or her international anti-doping record. The EB also took note of the actions already being undertaken by the IFs in cooperation with WADA with regard to targeted international tests of Russian athletes in accordance with the declaration of the Olympic Summit.
  2. In this context, the IOC asks WADA to extend the mandate of the IP, Mr Richard McLaren, to communicate the names of Russian athletes implicated in the “Disappearing Positive Methodology” and the alleged manipulation of the doping tests performed by the Sochi laboratory to the respective International Federations and, where appropriate, to the IOC, in order to allow them to take swift action.
  3. Since, for the IOC as an international non-governmental organisation, the Russian Ministry of Sports and its subordinated organisations such as the Center of Sports Preparations of National Teams of Russia (CSP) and the Russian Federal Research Center of Physical Culture and Sport (VNIIFK) are beyond its reach, it will forward the results of its inquiries to UNESCO and WADA to take further measures and sanctions in application of the UNESCO “Convention against Doping in Sport“ and the World Anti-Doping Code.

7. The IOC EB notes with great concern the deficiencies revealed by the IP, Mr Richard McLaren, in the fight against doping. Therefore the IOC reiterates the call of the Olympic Summit on 21 June 2016 to fully review the anti-doping system by requesting WADA to convene an “Extraordinary World Conference on Doping” in 2017. The Olympic Summit on 8 October 2016 will propose further measures in this respect. This will include proposals to clarify and increase transparency of the respective responsibilities in the fight against doping; the accreditation and supervision procedures of WADA accredited laboratories; and the WADA “International Standards for Laboratories” (ISL).The IOC is reinforcing the request issued by the Olympic Summit on 17 October 2015 to make the entire anti-doping system independent from sports organisations.

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32049781-2185-49d4-bf65-a1774ee62582Philadelphia, PA (July 12, 2016)–Banner Promotions is pleased to announce the re-signing of former world title challenger and Boxcino 2014 Middleweight champion, Willie Monroe Jr. to an exclusive promotional agreement.

Monroe of Rochester, New York has a record of 20-2 with 6 knockouts and is coming off a 10-round unanimous decision over fellow former world title challenger and Boxcino champion, John Thompson on June 11th in Verona, New York.

Those wins catapulted him into a bout with WBA/Interim WBC Middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin.   

Former world title challenger and Boxcino 2014 Middleweight champion, Willie Monroe Jr.

Former world title challenger and Boxcino 2014 Middleweight champion, Willie Monroe Jr.

Monroe performed admirably in the bout, which took place on May 16, 2015 at The Forum in Inglewood, California.  

“I’m excited to re-sign with Banner Promotions. Artie has been nothing but great to me, and he’ll put me in position to fight against the Danny Jacobs and Canelos of the boxing world,” said Willie Monroe Jr.

“It feels good to have a fresh start over. I am coming off of a huge win on Showtime vs. John Thompson, and I now have a great team watching my back with my brother, Trent Monroe, TJ Nolan and Adrian Clark as my Strategic Partner.” 

“Doing what was best for Willie was the focal point in negotiations. We put our heads together and structured a great deal for Willie with Banner Promotions. I am looking forward to working with Artie to map out things for Willie,” said Adrian Clark, Monroe’s Strategic Partner.

“We are excited to have Willie back in the fold,” said Banner Promotions President, Arthur Pelullo.

“Willie has showed not only in the Boxcino tournament, but in his fight against Golovkin, that he is one of the top middleweights in the world.  He had a great performance against John Thompson, and now he is ready for any challenge in the division.  We will be actively pursuing all of those opportunities for Willie.” 

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July 11, 2016

download (3)Rio 2016 is ready to welcome the world

With 25 days to go until the Opening Ceremony, “Rio 2016 is ready to welcome the world” according to International Olympic Committee (IOC) Coordination Commission Chair Nawal El Moutawakel . The Olympic champion, who heads the IOC’s Commission that since 2009 has been following the preparations for the Olympic Games Rio 2016, made this statement after her final pre-Games visit to the Brazilian host city.

After meetings with the Rio 2016 Organising Committee, all three levels of local government (Federal, State and City), and a tour of a number of sporting venues, El Moutawakel said, “Rio 2016 is ready to welcome the world. The Olympians of 2016 can look forward to living in an outstanding Olympic Village and competing in absolutely stunning venues. From views of the Corcovado and Sugar Loaf Mountain to the new state-of-the-art facilities in Barra or Deodoro and the iconic Maracanã Stadium and Copacabana Beach, I cannot imagine more spectacular backdrops for the world’s top sportsmen and women to showcase their talents to a watching world.”

She continued, “I have been visiting Rio regularly since 2009, and I love the Cariocas, and the Brazilians in general.  They are a very warm and hospitable people, who know how to welcome guests and how to live life to the fullest. Spectators visiting Rio this August will be able to fully experience that spirit, as they go to the venues, visit the live sites and discover the city. The Cariocas are going to be celebrating, and this means that Rio de Janeiro will be the place to be this August. The Brazilians have also transformed the city through a legacy vision that they have made a reality. Not just by delivering all the venues and services that the Games require on time, but also by creating a legacy that will benefit local citizens and the whole country for decades. The success of these Games will be their success.”

After successfully hosting 44 test events, the Rio 2016 team and the venues are ready for action, with all the facilities receiving their final Olympic touches before the athletes  start to arrive in about two weeks’ time. The velodrome and equestrian venues, which were being monitored closely by the organisers, are also in the final stage of preparation, and will be ready for the Games.   

The new Metro Line 4, which links Ipanema and Barra da Tijuca, and the Transolimpica Bus Rapid Transit (BRT), linking Barra to Deodoro, will also be fully operational for spectators at the Games. Trains are now running the full length of the metro line, as it enters the final stages of testing. This follows months of work by the Rio State authorities to test the personnel, rolling stock and safety technology of the new line, while the last bits of construction were being completed. The metro will play a key role in a sophisticated transport plan that will see athletes, spectators and local residents take advantage of a number of new pieces of transport infrastructure, such as approximately 150km of new Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) lines that have been built thanks to the catalyst of the Games and which are already, in some cases, changing local peoples’ lives for the better.

The subject of Zika was discussed during the visit. It was underlined that the latest advice of the WHO reaffirms that “there should be no general restrictions on travel and trade with countries, areas and/or territories with Zika virus transmission, including the cities in Brazil that will be hosting the Olympic and Paralympic Games” (full WHO advice here), while the local authorities and organisers explained the ongoing work that is being carried out to minimise the risk to visitors. It was also pointed out that the Games will take place during the winter months of August and September, when the drier, cooler climate greatly reduces the presence of mosquitoes and therefore the risk of infection.

On the wider security front, the Brazilian authorities reinforced their commitment to safe and secure Games, with a combined security force of 85,000 people guaranteeing the security of the Olympic Village, the sports venues and key infrastructure, such as the city’s airports and main roads. Security personnel from 55 countries will be involved in securing the Games.

El Moutawakel was also updated on the work that is being carried out ahead of the Games in the Guanabara Bay and Lagoa venues. The new belt of pipes that has recently been put into service around the Marina da Gloria area is showing its effectiveness, with the latest readings presenting much improved water quality levels in that area. Organisers restated their confidence that both areas of water would provide top-level conditions for the athletes.

Rio 2016 President Carlos Arthur Nuzman commented, “Our journey is now entering its most critical phase: Operation of the Games.  We are obviously very proud that we are ready to welcome the world and we can also see the transformation of Rio everywhere we go.” He continued, “A lot of work lies ahead of us but we have plenty of energy. We will deliver great Games.”

With the Games only weeks away, the city of Rio de Janeiro is getting dressed-up, as elements of the Games’ Look go up across the city. Organisers and local authorities were keen to underline the Carioca and Brazilian spirit that athletes, visitors and Games spectators will find in the city this August. As well as seeing the world’s best Olympic athletes competing in outstanding settings, spectators will be able to take advantage of the Games’ live sites, including in the newly revitalised port area; experience the Olympic spirit Carioca style in the Barra and Deodoro Parks; hang out at the beach; and discover a city and people with an important cultural heritage and a reputation for hosting one of the world’s number one celebrations every year, the Carnival.

An explanation was also given of the legacy that the Olympic Games Rio 2016 has given to the city, and which is starting to materialise already today. This includes new transport infrastructure, sports venues that will become schools or sports facilities for local communities, around 70 new hotels, improved waste management, training for thousands of workers and volunteers, and investments in the city and local businesses that will make the city even more attractive in the years to come. 

John Molina pulls off an upset as he outpoints former WBO super lightweight king Ruslan Provodnikov over 12 fast-paced frames

Story by Frank Bartolini

 June 11 – Verona, NY. The  Boxing dignitaries and fans from around the globe came to this rural area for the International Boxing Hall of Fame induction weekend. The Oneida Indian Nation’s Turning Stone Resort and Casino responded by delivering a rip-roaring night of boxing to the sold-out crowd on hand.

John Molina vs. Ruslan Provodnikov. Photo by Kirk Lang.

John Molina vs. Ruslan Provodnikov. (Photo by Kirk Lang)

Promoted by Art Pelullo’s Banner Promotions, the main event featured underdog John “The Gladiator” Molina Jr., 140, giving one of his best ring performances by outpointing former WBO super lightweight king, Ruslan Provodnikov over twelve, thrilling rounds.

Willie Nelson is dropped in the 12th round by Demetrius Andrade. Photo by Al Derouin.

Willie Nelson is dropped in the 12th round by Demetrius Andrade. Photo by Al Derouin.

“The Siberian Rocky” Provodnikov, 140, started things off fighting out of a crouch and winging blows, but the former WBC lightweight challenger Molina was well prepared as he repeatedly pumped stiff jabs to his adversary’s face.

Ruslan Provoddnikov opens up on John Molina. Photo by Al Derouin.

Ruslan Provoddnikov opens up on John Molina. (Photo by Al Derouin)

Holding his own in toe to toe exchanges in round two Molina said, “I did what I had to do on the inside and jabbed when I got out.”

USABNJULY11Ruslan Provoddnikov batters John Molina in the corner. Photo by Al Derouin.

Ruslan Provoddnikov batters John Molina in the corner. (Photo by Al Derouin)

Sticking to his game plan Molina, of Covina, CA, matched power punches with Provodnikov as he controlled matters with his stabbing jab. As both teed off, a cut opened over Ruslan’s left eye in the fifth. Sneaky left jabs and straight rights found their mark for Molina and Provodnikov’s cheeks began to swell and get puffy. Although his mug resembled a beaten combatant, Ruslan, always the aggressor, landed some hard shots early on, but it was not enough for him to create momentum as John owned the first half of the match.

 Sensing the bout was slipping away, Provodnikov began to mount a rally in the eighth stanza. The fast pace continued throughout as Ruslan began doing some damage by pinning his foe against the ropes and savagely banging away with both fists.

Willie Nelson has the former champ Demetrius Andrade hurt in Round 3. Photo by Al Derouin.

Willie Nelson has the former champ Demetrius Andrade hurt in Round 3. Photo by Al Derouin.

Molina managed to survive the next few rounds and battle back with his own combinations. Molina’s accurate jab, though, was the main weapon that dictated the action even as Provodnikov, of Berezovo, Khanty Mansi, Russia, tried to impose his will.

Punctuating a great outing, Molina banged Ruslan hard over the final three minutes and at one time violently snapped the Russian’s head back with hard right cross.

When all was said and done, Provodnikov, 32, looked like the loser with both cheeks badly swollen and cut over his eye. The judges were all in agreement in picking Molina the victor by tallies of 116-112, 117-111 and Glen Feldman 115-113.

Molina (29-6, 23 KO’s) said afterwards, “I worked hard with my new trainer. It was a fight I needed – a gut check. Provodnikov never stopped coming forward. I worked to get my jab better. He hits hard. Using my God given advantages, my height, quick feet and jab. Things went the way I wanted them to go. I wanted to put on a good show for the fans. I will fight anybody.” 

The 33 year-old veteran concluded by saying, “I have had a successful career in boxing and I’m looking forward to making an even better one. Every fight is serious. I am just getting warmed up. I got business to take care of at one hundred forty pounds.”

Willie Nelson pounds away at former WBO super welter king Demetrius Andrade. Photo by Kirk Lang.

Willie Nelson pounds away at former WBO super welter king Demetrius Andrade. Photo by Kirk Lang.

As tough as they come, Prodnikov’s record now stands at 25-5 (18 KO’s). With the disappointing loss to Molina, the Russian is now 3-3 his last six outings.

Warming up for the Prodnikov vs Molina main event, Demetrius “Boo Boo” Andrade, 154, smacked around Willie “The Great” Nelson before finishing him off in the twelfth in a WBC super welter tile eliminator.

Truly typical boxing business between promoters that always stall a young charge’s employment opportunities has kept the undefeated southpaw Andrade inactive, this being only the former WBO World Super Welterweight king Andrade’s fifth fight in three and a half years. 

The lack of steady bouts, however, had no effect on his game against the rugged Nelson, of Cleveland, OH. All concerns about how Demetrius’ unplanned vacations would play into his ability to perform were quickly removed when he dropped Nelson on his tail in round one.

 “Like I said, I’m still young and my reaction times were good,” explained the 29 year-old former champ.

Keeping his hands high, the six-foot-three Nelson, 154, moved forward, but was not releasing his fists. With his steady aggression, Andrade was having his way – that was until midway through round three when Nelson landed a walloping right uppercut to head of the ex-champ. Staggered and hurt, Andrade was able to remain on his feet and by the end of the stanza landed a hard left right left hook combo to Nelson’s skull as the crowed roared its approval with the slugging action.

Very poised and in full control. Andrade’s impressive arsenal of combinations, that included a solid uppercuts to Nelson’s chin, kept him in full control, Never neglecting working the body, Demetrius kept a steady pace. With Nelson’s weak effort of failed counter shots, it became boring and cat calls were heard from the crowd. Then Bam! At the end of round eleven a barrage of bombs by Andrade, finished off by a left hook to the temple, had Willie crumbled in a corner.

Willie was through and Andrade knew it as he came out blazing to start the last round. Firing bombs Andrade stopped Nelson at the1:38 mark

The win catipulted Andrade into the mandatory challenger position for the newly crowned WBC Super Welterweight champ Jermell Charlo.

Andrade said, “I am coming to get the belt. People can’t run no more. The best must fight the best.”

Describing the action Andrade stated, “Nelson was tall and had a tight defense. I figured him out. I waited for him to throw rights and countered. That’s how I finished him.”

Banner Promoter Art Pellulo said, “Demetrius’ next fight will be for a world title.”  The former 2008 USA Olympian Andrade kept the chatter going by explaining, “It’s been a long time, a true champ continues to shine and get good. I am willing to step in the ring with anyone to prove I’m he best. I want to be the best junior middleweight in the world.”

With the impressive win, Andrade, of Providence, Rhode Island, still has a pristine, unbeaten record of 23-0 (16 KO’s).

With a vey respectable 25-3-1 (15 KO’s) the former NABF super welterweight title holder, Nelson, 29, has more than enough time to bounce back from this loss.

Rances “Kid Blast” Barthelemey Defends IBF Lightweight Title Against Former Champion Mickey Bey

By Thomas Dougherty

June 3 -A sold out crowd showed up to the Seminole Hard Rock Casino in Hollywood, FL to see a full card of fights presented by Kings Promotions and Mayweather Promotions. The fight was featured live on cable network SpikeTV as part of their Premier Boxing Championship series. The main event featured undefeated Rances Barthelemey (25-0, 13 KO) of Las Vegas, NV by way of Arroyo Naranja, Cuba showing his range of technical skills in a split decision over Cleveland, OH native Mickey Bey (22-2-1, 10 KO).

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Rances Barthelemy clocks former champ Mickey Bey during their 12-round title bout at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood on Friday night. Barthelemy would go on to win a split-decision to retain his IBF lightweight crown. 

Bey, 134, won the title in 2014 with a split decision over Miguel Vazquez, arguably the most impressive victory of his career. In 2015, Bey decided not to fight in a mandatory title defense against Denis Shafikov in Macao. The decision was thought to be a business decision, although Bey has struggled with hand injuries in recent years and has only fought once since 2015. Shafikov inherited the vacated title and Barthelemey, 134, claimed it by unanimous decision in December 2015. Bey attempted to reclaim what was once his, “See, I don’t like easy fights, I am the one who asked for this fight! I could of took one of the easier cats, but to me, he was the most challenging.” Bey and his Mayweather Promotions entourage even went as far to enter the ring with a replica IBF Lightweight belt in hand.

Barthelemey started the fight working his left jab and taking full advantage of his four inch reach advantage. Bey controlled the ring well and landed some calculated shots, but it was clear Barthelemey was the aggressor. In Round 2, Bey landed a flurry of punches knocking Barthelemey to the canvas, although the fall appeared to be more of a shove from Bey’s shoulders.

“I knew I had to put pressure on him after the Round 2 drop. That’s exactly what I did,” Barthelemey said.

Barthelemey then showed his versatility by playing good defense and going punch for punch with Bey inside. The South Florida crowd favored Barthelemy with chants and encouragement. Promoter and former champion Floyd Mayweather was in attendance and working with Bey in his corner. Round 6 ended with a flurry of punches landed by Barthelemey, and it was evident that Bey has not worked out the rust from his year-long hiatus. Bey hung in and countered well, but Barthelemey scored more consistently with a wide range of punches.

Judge Roark Young and Richard Green scored the fight 116-111 and 117-110, respectively, in favor of Barthelemey. The split decision came when judge Hilton Whittaker III scored the fight 110-117 in favor of Bey. Whittaker has seen things differently before, as he is banned indefinitely by The New Jersey State Athletic Control Board following a controversial decision on the Paul Williams – Erislandy Lara fight in 2011. The USA Boxing News scored the fight 117-110 in favor of Barthelemey.

The 29 year old Barthelemey rose to the title defense challenge brilliantly, “There is no added pressure from it being a title defense. I just want everyone to see the boxing ability that I have so that I can get the big fights I deserve. Words can’t explain how it feels. I haven’t seen my family in Cuba for eight years. I can’t wait to hug my mother.”

Barthelemey retains the belt and established himself as one of the best lightweights in the world with the likes of WBO Lightweight Champion Terry Flanagan (30-0, 12 KO) , Anthony Crolla (34-4-3), and WBC Champion George Linares (40-3, 27 KO). He will likely move on to a mandatory defense against Ghana’s Richard Commey (24-0, 22 KO). There are rumors that Barthelemey will bump up to 140 in an attempt to battle the WBC Super Lightweight Champion Viktor “The Iceman” Postal (28-0, 12 KO) in what would no doubt be a great fight. He certainly has the tall frame to comfortably add weight without sacrificing speed. Bey will need to get fully healthy and see if his all-star management team can continue to get him big fights.

USA BOXING NEWS WRITER JACK OBERMAYER DIES 

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BKBHOFdownloadBOOK SIGNING TO KICK OFF THIS YEAR’S BKB HALL OF FAME WEEKEND IN BELFAST

Author Barry Broughton

Author Barry Broughton

 

June 21, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Scott Burt, BKB Hall of Fame President; 585-610-3326

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BELFAST, NEW YORK – Bestselling author, Martial Arts Hall of Fame Inductee and Self-Defense Expert Barry A. Broughton, PhD will be kicking off this year’s Bare Knuckle Boxing Hall of Fame Induction weekend in Belfast Friday evening at 7pm at the Belfast Bed & Breakfast.  Broughton’s book, Beyond Self-Defense: AKT Combatives Reality-Based Personal Protection was released earlier this year and has already hit bestseller lists.

Beyond Self-Defense has received high praise and reviews such as “Very Empowering!”, “Excellent resource for college-bound students”, “Great for both novice and experienced practitioners” and “Practical, effective… and easy to understand”. Beyond Self-Defense is currently being used by State University of New York (SUNY) colleges as a textbook for credit Self-Defense courses.

Dr. Broughton has applied his extensive training in the martial arts and years of practice in orthopedics and sports medicine to create the comprehensive reality-based AKT Combatives system. “The concepts and techniques presented in Beyond Self-Defense provide a seamless transition of defense for all ranges and planes of attack, giving you the tools needed to defend yourself in any situation” Broughton says.  “The book also covers topics such as legalities, developing a personal doctrine, the mindset beyond self-defense, intent, safety tips, awareness, preparation, and much more.”

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Barry Broughton Beyond Self Defense

“My goal in writing Beyond Self-Defense”, Broughton said “was to provide a book that offered practical and effective techniques that anyone could execute no matter what their physical ability or experience, while presenting concepts in-depth enough that it could be used in the classroom. The techniques are presented in a logical, progressive and instructional format, as taught in my self-defense courses and seminars.”

“It is an honor to be invited to do a book signing for Scott Burt’s Induction Weekend,” Broughton stated. “The Bare Knuckle Boxing Hall of Fame in Belfast, NY is a hidden gem and is vitally important to the history of boxing and combat sports world-wide. Scott has done an amazing job in bringing global recognition to the Muldoon-Sullivan Training Barns and to the community of Belfast as a whole.”

“We are truly honored that Barry has agreed to do a book signing for us, and look forward to his talk.” states Scott Burt, BKBHOF President.  “Admission of course is free for the Friday evening event.  We’ll also serve ice cream and brownies to make for a nice evening.  Books can be purchased and autographed as you wish that evening.  Dr. Broughton will also make them available at the Induction Brunch on the 9th too.  All information about all the events happening on our main Induction Day, July 9, can be found on our site www.bareknuckleboxinghalloffame.com.

During the 9th’s Induction Ceremony Grandmaster Broughton will also be presenting the BKBHOF with a framed replica of “Broughton’s Rules of Boxing” in commemoration of the 275th anniversary of the Jack Broughton vs. George Stevenson Bare Knuckle fight in 1741.  Stevenson’s death as a result of that bout was the impetus for the initial rules of boxing posted at Broughton’s Amphitheatre in 1743.