Recent Boxing Stories and Press Releases

RECENT BOXING STORIES and PRESS RELEASES

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 Boxing For The World 5K Run a Success in Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico (July 30, 2018) – Last Sunday (July 22nd) in Caguas, Puerto Rico,  Boxing For The World staged a 5K run, which served as a  fundraiser for The Make A Wish Foundation of Puerto Rico facility . The facility (home) houses children with Cancer and other terminal illnesses.  The facility sustained major damages due to Hurricane Maria . 
The main sponsor was the WBC and their WBC Cares program.
No less than 20 of the greatest fighters in Puerto Rico took part in the walk such as:
Tito Trinidad,  Juanma Lopez, Ivan “Iron Boy” Calderón, Orlando “El fenomeno” Cruz, Alex ” El Nene” Sanchez, Daniel “Pipino” Alicea, Daniel Santos, Victor “Luvy” Calleja, Josue Dickie Camacho, Nelson ” El Fueguete” Dieppa, Mac Williams, Angel ” La Abispa” Chacon, Samuel Serrano, Alfredo “El Salsero” Escalera, Angel “Cholo” Espada, Andy ” El Huracan” Agosto,  Jesus Rojas, Manny Maldonado (olimpico), Aristides Gonzalez and John John Molina.
Also on hand was Trinidad’s mother, Dona Irma,  who served over a 1000 bowls of her famous chicken broth.  
Mercedes Simmons, who is a board member for Boxing For The World as well as the CEO of Pretty Girl Promotions was ecstatic about the turnout for the great event.
“We are so happy that the legends of Puerto Rico boxing came out to support this very important cause.  The building is vital for those children in need, and  we are on our way to rehabbing the facility after the terrible damage it sustained during the hurricane.  The WBC really came through, and really was a huge help to this fundraiser.” said Simmons.
“WBC did a great thing. I informed them that Daniel Alicea’s WBC Continental belt and NABF belt were stolen from him house while he was undergoing chemotherapy.  When I approached Mauricio Sulaiman and Jill Diamond from the WBC, without hesitation they agreed to redo the belts and also sponsor the 5k”
“The first edition of Boxing for the World 5k, a project of I am Working for the World Foundation exceeded our expectations,” said Abner DiSilva, President of I’m Working for the World Foundation. “For the first time in Puerto Rico’s history we were able to unite boxing legends under one roof for a great cause . These boxing icons changed their boxing gloves for sneakers and ran/walked to help those in need.  This is the beginning of our new model, to maximize their reach to bring awareness to humanitarian needs not only in the island but in the entire world .
Everyone should do their part, not just with words but with actions. We’re grateful for overwhelming support and we hope more Athletes and people join our movement . We’ve already received calls  inquiring about our next event and for that we are grateful.”

 

VIDEO: Michael Dutchover Delivers Emphatic One Punch Knockout Friday Night

PHILADELPHIA, Penn. / ORANGE, Calif. (July 23, 2018) – Junior lightweight Michael Dutchover (10-0, 7 KOs), captivated a sold-out crowd with an electrifying one-punch knockout of Sergio Ramirez (4-3, 4 KOs) Friday night from the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, Calif. “I timed it just right,” said the 20-year-old Dutchover. “He came at me with a lazy punch, and I just unloaded that right hand, and he dropped like a fly.” Dutchover barely broke a sweat in his tenth career win. The Texas native, who conducts his training camps in Los Angeles with trainer and manager Danny Zamora, made his 8-round debut, but clearly didn’t need the rounds to score what is likely his most emphatic win to date.

“You go into every fight expecting a tough challenge,” Dutchover said. “I was ready to go the full eight rounds, but I’m glad I was able to end it early and give the fans something to talk about.”

Dutchover is promoted by Banner Promotions and Thompson Boxing. 

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Photos by Carlos Baeza / Thompson Boxing

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Zhora Hamazaryan Ready for National Television  debut tonight on ShoBox: The New Generation

Undefeated Lightweight battles Thomas Mattice on ShoBox: The New Generation, TOMORROW NIGHT,  Friday, July 20th at The WinnaVegas Casino Resort in Sloan, Iowa.
     
PHILADELPHIA, Penn. / ORANGE, Calif. (July 19, 2018) – Undefeated lightweight Zhora Hamazaryan (9-0, 6 KOs) weighed in at a ready 134.8 pounds, the same as his opponent Thomas Mattice.  They will square off an in eight-round bout that will be part of a ShoBox: the New Generation tripleheader that will take place tomorrow night, Friday, July 20th at The WinnaVegas Casino Hotel in Sloan, Iowa.  
Hamazaryan from Armenia, is promoted by Banner Promotions and Thompson Boxing.
The broadcast on SHOWTIME® will begin at 10 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the west coast).
 Photos Credit: Rosie Cohe/SHOWTIME
 
FINAL QUOTES: 
HAMAZARYAN
“This is a step-up fight and I’m honored to be fighting in the United States.
“I got some great training and sparring in Los Angeles. America is the fighting mecca and all the greats eventually make it to America. Now it’s my time.
“I don’t talk much. I’m pretty quiet. I let my gloves do all the talking.
“I’ve had more than 200 amateur fights. I have strength in both hands. I’m a boxer-puncher; My style is the classic boxer-puncher.”
MATTICE
“I don’t know anything about my opponent, but my coaches have watched some videos and we will have a plan.
“Having been on ShoBox before, I know what to expect. There will be some nerves, but I won’t be overwhelmed. I’ll be more comfortable. I’ll be a lot more comfortable.
“I’ll have to use my jab and use my distance and my range. I’ll do whatever I have to do to get the win.
“Against [Rolando] Chinea I knew if I got one shot he would go down, and that’s exactly what happened.”

Michael Dutchover takes on Sergio Ramirez TOMORROW NIGHT in Ontario, California

     

PHILADELPHIA, Penn. / ORANGE, Calif. (July 19, 2018) – Talented junior lightweight prospect Michael Dutchover (9-0, 6 KOs) aims to continue the hot start to his career when he battles Sergio Ramirez (4-2, 4 KOs) in the “Path to Glory” main event this

Friday night at the Doubletree in

Ontario, California
The pair weighed in at Thursday’s weigh in, with Dutchover reaching the contract weight limit of 133 lbs., while the challenging Ramirez was slightly under at 132.5 lbs.
The marquee attraction is Dutchover’s first since turning professional nearly two years ago. The 20-year-old out of Midland, Tex. is riding a wave of confidence heading into Friday’s fight.
“I spar with wold champions and contenders all the time so I’m ready to put on a great show,” said Dutchover, who is promoted by Banner Promotions and Thompson Boxing. “I put in an excellent training camp just like always. I can go the full eight rounds if I need to, but I don’t think I will.”
All fights will be live streamed on TB Presents: Path to Glory via Thompson Boxing Facebook page and ThompsonBoxing.com
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WBO Middleweight Title Bout Negotiations: Billy Joe Saunders vs. Demetrius Andrade  

 

July 12th 2018

To: FRANK WARREN   QUEENSBERRY PROMOTIONS

Mr. DEMETRIUS ANDRADE

Mr. EDWARD FARRIS MANAGER

Re: WBO Middleweight Title Bout Negotiations  Billy Joe Saunders vs. Demetrius Andrade

Gentlemen:

Please be advised the parties have ten days (10) upon receipt of this letter to negotiate and reach an agreement concerning the WBO Middleweight Title Bout between Billy Joe Saunders and Demetrius Andrade. If an accord is not reached within the time frame stated herein, a Purse Bid will be ordered pursuant to our WBO Regulations of World Championship Contests. 

The minimum acceptable bid for the WBO Middleweight division is $200,000.00 (TwoHundred Thousand Dollars). Any of the parties involved may request a purse bid procedure at any time during the negotiation process.

Yours truly,

Luis Batista Salas, Esq.

 2016 U.S. Olympian Charles Conwell battles Travis Scott This Saturday in New Orleans

New York, NY (July 12, 2018)–This Saturday, undefeated and 2016 U.S. Olympian Charles Conwell (7-0, 5 KOs) takes on his toughest opponent to date when he takes on Travis Scott (19-3, 5 KOs) in a super welterweight bout scheduled for six-rounds at The Lakefront Arena in New Orleans.

Conwell, 20 years-old out of Cleveland will look to continue his winning ways against Scott, who will be facing his 3rd straight undefeated opponent. 

Charles Conwell

Charles Conwell

“I have never been more excited to put on a show, and I am looking to gain new fans in New Orleans,” said Conwell. 

The bout can been seen live on ESPN+ beginning at 4:30 p.m. ET.

Conwell is managed by Split-T Management and promoted by DiBella Entertainment & Holden Productions.

Photo Credit: DiBella Entertainment

 

Split-T Management Signs Undefeated Power Puncher Anthony Barnes

New York, NY (July 9, 2018)-Split-T Management has signed undefeated super middleweight Anthony Barnes.
Barnes of West Bloomfield, Michigan has a record of 10-0 with 8 knockouts.
The 27 year-old Barnes began boxing at the age of 15, and racked up an amateur record of 62-10 with 25 knockouts.
Barnes was a five-time Michigan Golden Gloves Champion.
He turned professional on October 12, 2012 with a 3rd round stoppage over Steve Wofford.  Barnes has continued to win, and is coming off a 1st round stoppage over veteran Lenwood Dozier on April 13th in Detroit.
Barnes, who is trained by Javan “Sugar” Hill, has juggled his career with being a Process Server. 
“I signed with David McWater because he was a straight shooter,” said Barnes. “What you see is what you get.  I asked people I know he manages and people who know him. Everyone says good things to  about him, which confirmed by what I thought.”
Said Split-T Management CEO, David McWater, “Anthony has movie star looks, and one punch power that can knock any super middleweight out. We share similar thought and a plan on how he can become champion and in 3 years. I see him not only as a champion, but one of the big attractions in boxing”
Barnes will be back in action this Friday night, July 13th, when he takes on Dwayne Williams in a six-round bout on a show that is promoted by Carlos Llinas CLIP Promotions at The MotorCity Casino Hotel in Detroit.

 

 

 

Split-T Management Fighter
Michael Moore to appear on this season of 
The Contender
New York, NY (June 29, 2018)-Middleweight Michael Moore will appear on the upcoming season of the Contender.
The highly anticipated 12-episode season, from MGM Television and Paramount Television, will premiere on EPIX® on Aug. 24, 2018 at 10 PM ET/PT.
Moore of Cleveland, Ohio has a record of 15-1 with 7 knockouts.
The 31 year-old Moore, who is riding a two-fight winning streak will be able to gain worldwide exposure by competing on the popular television program.
Moore is reformed from a hard life on the street.  With drugs, death and family suicide prevalent around him,  Michael Moore is a natural hustler and leader. Married with two kids, Moore is constantly moving from state to state with his family in tow in pursuit of the boxing dream. 
“I feel blessed to be part of The Contender series because I know there were a lot of other fighters out there that are good like me and have stories of hardship like me,” said Moore.
“At the time I was approached by Split-T Management, I was going through a rough patch in life as money was really tight, bills were piling, and I had recently pulled out of the biggest fight of my life which was going to be nationally televised due to an injury a week before the bout.  I felt lost because I didn’t know what I was going to do. When I was a kid, I would hustle to make some money but as a man with a wife and two kids, I can’t get involved in those kind of stuff but I have to make something happen to keep a roof over their heads and food on their plates.”
“This opportunity couldn’t come at a better time and I plan to take full advantage of changing the lives of my family.”
“I want to thank Split-T Management and people  of The Contender for giving me this opportunity to change my life and when you see me, you will see a father, a husband, a man, a fighter who works his darnest because there is a lot on the line when it comes to Michael Moore.”
“When we were approached on who we thought would be great for the Contender Series, Michael first came to my mind because he is a good fighter who has such a great story behind him,” said Moore’s manager David McWater, CEO of Split-T Management. “Once you get to hear his words, and  hear his story you will instantly be a fan.”

WBO News: Officials Named for Title Bout Between World Champion Gilberto ‘Zurdo’ Ramirez and Roamer Alexis Angulo
 
The World Boxing Organization (WBO) announced the officials for this Saturday, June 30, clash between WBO Super Middleweight Champion Gilberto ‘Zurdo’ Ramírez, from Mexico, and WBO Latino Champion and eighth ranked at 168 pounds Roamer Alexis Angulo, from Colombia.
The bout will take place at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, as part of a boxing evening presented by Top Rank.
Gary Ritter of Oklahoma, will be the referee of the fight. Ritter, who has worked as a referee in professional boxing for 17 years, has been the third man in the ring for world title fights in Japan, Mexico and the United States.
Javier Álvarez, of Texas, David Sutherland, of Oklahoma and Levi Martínez, of New Mexico, were appointed judges for the bout.
The WBO supervisor will be Richard De Cuir, of Sacramento, California.
For Ramírez (37-0, 25 KOs), this will be his fourth defense of the title he won at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on April 9, 2016. That night, he defeated German Arthur Abraham via unanimous decision.
Angulo (23-0, 20 KOs) became WBO Latino champion in Mexico with a second round TKO over local favorite Ronald Mansilla. The Colombian returned to Mexico for his second title defense in February, and knocked out Evert Bravo in the first round.
Ramírez-Angulo will be televised live on BoxNation, ESPN and ESPN Deportes at 9 p.m. ET.
Fernando Gaztambide
WBO Press
4 DIVISION WORLD CHAMPION ERIK MORALES CONFIRMED FOR FOURTH ANNUAL BOX FAN EXPO, DURING MEXICAN INDEPENDENCE WEEKEND, SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 15, IN LAS VEGAS
Box Fan Expo is the ultimate fan experience event that gives boxing fans the opportunity to meet-and-greet top fighters, current and former world champions, boxing celebrities and industry people in an up-close personal setting.
 
Tickets On-Sale Now at EventBrite
Las Vegas (June 28, 2018) – Four-division world champion Erik “El Terrible” Morales has confirmed that he will appear, have a booth and hold a Meet & Greet with his fans at the Las Vegas Convention Center for the fourth Annual Box Fan Expo on Saturday September 15, 2018 from 10a.m to 5pm, during Mexican Independence weekend. The Boxing Expo will also coincide with the highly anticipated rematch between Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez vs Gennady ‘GGG’ Golovkin, that will take place later that evening.
Morales will have merchandise to sell to his fans, as well as photos, signatures and memorabilia. This is Morales first appearance at the Boxing Expo and is looking forward in meeting his fans.
Erik Morales Nicknamed “El Terrible,” is a retired Mexican boxing legend and is being inducted into the International Boxing Hall of fame in Canastota on June 10th, 2018). Morales compiled a 52-9 record in 61 fights, including 41 straight wins to start his career, and won world titles in four different weight classes (junior featherweight, featherweight, junior lightweight, junior welterweight). He also ended Manny Pacquiao’s six-year unbeaten streak in 2005 with a unanimous decision win. 
Morales notable fights came against Marco Antonio Barrera (nicknamed “The Baby Face Assassin”). The Morales versus Barrera trilogy is one of Boxing’s most famous fight trilogies of all time, involving two of Mexico’s most revered boxers. Their memorable fights were also named Ring Magazine’s fight of the year on February 19, 2000 and once again on November 27, 2004.
About Box Fan Expo
Box Fan Expo has been a huge success with fans and boxing industry people. Many boxing stars have attended the last three Expos such as Floyd Mayweather, Mike Tyson, Roberto Duran, Tommy Hearns, Marco Antonio Barrera, Roy Jones Jr., Marcos Maidana, Sergio Martinez, Keith Thurman, Danny Garcia, Tim Bradley, Deontay Wilder, Amir Khan, Shawn Porter, Fernando Vargas, Zab Judah, James Toney, Vinny Pazienza, Mikey Garcia , Mia St.Johns, Leo Santa Cruz, Badou Jack, Terry Norris , Riddick Bowe , Earnie Shavers, Leon Spinks, Danny Jacobs, Abner Mares, Jorge Linares, Brandon Rios and many more…
Exhibitors such as boxing gear, apparel, new equipment’s, energy drinks, alcohol, supplement products, broadcasting media, sanctioning bodies and other companies who wish to participate will once again have a chance to showcase their brand to fans, media and the boxing industry.
Tickets to the Box Fan Expo are available online at: 
Box Fan Expo is the ultimate boxing fan experience event, which allows fans to Meet and Greet Boxing Superstars of today, current and former world champions, Legends of the sport and other boxing Celebrities at their booth. On Site, fans will experience different activities from Autograph Sessions, Photo Sessions, FaceOff with your favorite boxers, as well as a chance to purchase merchandise and memorabilia from their booth, plus so much more… you won’t want to miss this must-attend Expo!
Box Fan Expo will also feature top boxing organizations, promoters, ring card girls, famous trainers and commentators as well as boxing gear companies “ALL UNDER ONE ROOF”.
Throughout the next few months leading up to the Event, there will be weekly updates on the many stars that will commit their appearance at the Boxing Expo. And for anyone in the Boxing industry or other Exhibitors (non-industry), who would like to be involved and reserve a Booth, contact Box Fan Expo:
Telephone number: (514) 572-7222 or Las Vegas Number (702) 997-1927
For any inquiries please email: boxfanexpo@gmail.com

BANNER PROMOTIONS FIGHTER
BRANDON ADAMS
TO PARTICIPATE ON THE CONTENDER

 

LOS ANGELES – JUNE 27, 2018 – Premium pay television network EPIX® has announced the 16 fighters who will be facing off with one another for the championship belt on the revival of boxing franchise series The Contender this fall. The highly anticipated 12-episode season, from MGM Television and Paramount Television, will premiere on EPIX on Aug. 24, 2018 at 10 PM ET/PT.
Hosted by undefeated boxing champion Andre “Son of God” Ward, the first-of-its-kind competitive documentary series for the network will feature 16 fighters pushing their limits in grueling elimination-style fights and testing their grit and determination to achieve their boxing dreams. The fighters will be overseen by legendary boxing coach Freddie Roach,and renowned Philadelphia trainer Naazim Richardson. 
“The Contender takes unscripted TV to its grittiest.  It has incredible professional fighters and real professional fights.  The edge of your seat drama and true stories sets a tone that our audiences will be expecting and I love it,” said Mark Burnett, President of MGM Television.
 
“With this new iteration of The Contender, the focus is on the gritty, personal stories of the fighters battling for boxing glory,” said Michael Wright, President, EPIX. “It was important for us to find individuals who not only displayed the boxing chops and resilience in the ring, but who also showed a depth of heart and humor outside of it. Our 16 fighters are vivacious, tough, funny, sensitive, driven and inspiring, and we are excited for our fans to get to know their stories and root for them inside the ring and out.”
The 16 Contenders come from a wide variety of professional boxing backgrounds and stations in life, bringing their unique stories, personalities, strengths and motivations to the series.
Each fighter will be vying to be declared the new 160-pound middleweight champion of The Contender and take home the winner’s six-figure purse – a prize, which, for all the fighters, represents a better life for their families and loved ones who have been there with them through all the ups and downs of their journeys. 
The 16 fighters on The Contender this season are:
  • Ievgen “The Ukranian Lion” Khytrov, Age: 29, Rank: 20, Hometown: Brooklyn, N.Y.- A Ukrainian immigrant, Olympian, Ievgen Khytrov recently relocated to America to pursue his dream of becoming a world champion and to create a better life for his family. A dedicated, quiet, religious man. He’s also the one to beat. 
  • Eric “Babyface Assassin” Walker, Age: 34, Rank: 68, Hometown: Plaquemine, La. – Incarcerated at 15 years old and spent 14 years behind bars for robbery and attempted murder, Eric “Babyface Assassin” Walker learned to box while in prison. He is now fighting for a second chance at life, living proof that it’s never too late to live out your dreams.
  • John “Apollo Kid” Thompson, Age: 29, Rank: 70, Hometown: Newark, N.J. – After losing his mother to AIDS at six years old, this married performing artist, painter and fighter, John “Apollo Kid” Thompson is here to prove to the world that he can’t be boxed into a single category despite holding impressive titles including the 2015 WBA-NABA Super Welterweight, WBO Inter-Continental Super Welterweight and Boxcino Tournaments.
  • Malcolm “The Punisher” McAllister, Age: 27, Rank: 172, Hometown: Long Beach, Calif. -Always at the center of schoolyard fights growing up, Malcolm “The Punisher” McAllister now channels his energy into helping others rebuild outside of foreclosure and his young, growing family. In boxing has built an impressive KO record and the 2014 Golden Gloves title on his journey to take the title of The Contender.
  • Brandon “The Cannon” Adams, Age: 28, Rank: Inactive, Hometown: Los Angeles, Calif. – A bold fighter in the ring, Brandon “The Cannon” Adams knows firsthand what it means to push through adversity and step up to care for his family when there’s no one else around to. Coming from a poverty stricken neighborhood, this larger than life father of two marks his return to boxing after a three year hiatus, initiated by a loss to fellow competitor, John Thompson.
  • Quatavious “Cash” Cash, Age: 26, Rank: 161, Hometown: Las Vegas, Nev. – This Atlanta native is the current record-holder for fastest KO in Georgia, a four0time Golden Gloves state champ and Bronze medalist. Quatavious Cash is fighting for his late mother and for the chance to prove that a life of fighting street gangs can be channeled for good.
  • Shane “Sugarman” Mosley, Jr., Age: 27, Rank: 149, Hometown: Santa Monica, Calif. – The lone single contender, son of legendary Hall of Fame boxer “Sugar” Shane Mosley, Shane “Sugarman” Mosley Jr. is fighting to step out of his father’s shadow and carve out his own legacy. 
  • Daniel “El Chapulin” Valdivia, Age: 25, Rank: 116, Hometown: Tulare, Calif. – A natural salesman and real estate agent by day, nicknamed “El Chapulin” (“Grasshopper”) for his boundless energy, Mexican immigrant Daniel Valdivia was born to step into the ring. With several titles including the NABF Super Welterweight Champion as an underdog, he’s chasing fame to prove giving up college for boxing was the right move. 
  • Michael “The Silverback” Moore, Age: 31, Rank: 252, Hometown:Cleveland, Oh. – Reformed from a hard life on the streets, fraught with drugs, death and family suicide, Michael Moore is a natural hustler and leader. Married with two kids, Moore is constantly moving from state to state with his family in tow in pursuit of the boxing dream. 
  • Gerald “G5” Sherrell, Age: 24, Rank: 216, Hometown: Pittsburgh, Pa. – A fan of the original Contender series growing up, Gerald “G5” Sherrell is an undefeated and explosive fighter with a level of unrivaled and self-proclaimed swagger. Hailing from the projects, this multiple time Golden Gloves, Silver Gloves and Junior Olympic competitor, this local zoo security guard by day, and young father by night, is looking to bring boxing glory back to his hometown of Pittsburgh.
  • Morgan “Big Chief” Fitch, Age: 34, Rank: 154, Hometown: Pittsburgh, Pa. – Injury-plagued throughout his career, the Native American hailing from Southern Louisiana is a married father of three. Knowing that he’s old for the sport, Morgan “Big Chief” Fitch has one last shot at making his boxing dreams come true.
  • Marcos “Mad Man” Hernandez, Age: 24, Rank: 104, Hometown: Fresno, Calif. – Having been bullied from a young age after an accident left him with burns on 30 percent of his body, Marcos “Mad Man” Hernandez is fighting for his young autistic son, in hopes that he won’t be bullied the same way he was. With Junior Olympics, 2012 Blue and Gold titles and “Mexican-go-forward” style fighting he may be overlooked and underestimated.
  • Tyrone “Young Gun” Brunson, Age: 33, Rank: 39, Hometown: Philadelphia, PA – At a time when he needed to sell drugs to support himself at the age of 13, a stepfather’s ultimatum: be grounded or go to the boxing gym was his saving grace. Now a humble father of two, and sitting with one of the best rankings in the competition, his 24 KO’s send a signal that he will not fight silently but his cocky attitude has beat him more than just once. 
  • Lamar “Omega” Russ, Age: 31, Rank: 115, Hometown: Wilmington, N.C. -One of four kids raised by a single mom and the first person in his family to graduate college, Lamar “Omega” Russ takes pride in being the underdog, and beneath the loud exterior is a boxer that needs to prove he can put his money where his mouth is. HBO, ESPN and a first round KO on Showtime do all the talking. 
  • John “The Rock” Jackson, Age: 29, Rank: 63, Hometown: St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands – A divorced father of two, this slick and agile boxer, Virgin Islander John “The Rock” Jackson started fighting at 12 years old, following in his world champion father Julian Jackson’s footsteps at the Pan American Games and 2008 Olympics. He comes from wealth but cares for the underprivileged and dreams of making his island proud bringing visibility to those struck by recent natural disasters. 
  • Devaun “Unique” Lee, Age: 30, Rank: 82, Hometown: Jamaica Queens, N.Y.When one of his friends was shot and killed at 16, Devaun “Unique” Lee knew he needed a way out from the mean streets of Queens. Boxing keeps him straight. So do long hours fueling airplanes and caring for his five year old daughter. The real love of his life. Fatherhood and the sport are the motivation to take his NY State Middleweight championship to the next level. 
The original Contender series ran for four seasons (2005-2009) and launched multiple fighters into contention for world titles, including title winners Sergio Mora, Cornelius Bundrage, Sakio Bika, and Sam Soliman.  
Eric Van Wagenen serves as executive producer and showrunner of the revived franchise alongside Mark Burnett. The format is owned by MGM Television and Paramount Television.
EPIX is available nationwide through cable, satellite, telco and streaming TV providers including Charter Spectrum, Cox, Verizon FiOS, AT&T U-verse, Dish Network, Sling, PlayStation Vue and, as of June 13, Comcast.
About MGM Television
MGM Television is a leading producer and global distributor of premium content for television and digital platforms, with distribution rights to original productions and a robust catalog of television episodes and feature film titles including such premiere entertainment franchises as James Bond, Rocky, Stargate and The Hobbit trilogy.  Current scripted and unscripted projects include Fargo (FX); Vikings (HISTORY); The Handmaid’s Tale (Hulu); Get Shorty (EPIX); The Voice (NBC); Survivor (CBS); Shark Tank (ABC); Teen Wolf (MTV); Steve Harvey’s FUNDERDOME (ABC); Beat Shazam (FOX); Signed (VH1); Lucha Underground (The El Rey Network); and through its distribution entity, Orion TV Productions, the syndicated daytime courtroom series Lauren Lake’s Paternity Court and Couples Court with The Cutlers. In addition, MGM owns Evolution Media, the innovative unscripted television producers of The Real Housewives of Orange County, The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, Vanderpump Rules, Vanderpump Rules: Jax and Brittany Take Kentucky, and Sweet Home Oklahoma (Bravo); Botched (E!); Bug Juice (Disney Channel) and Growing Up Supermodel (Lifetime).MGM’s television programming regularly airs in more than 100 countries worldwide.  For more information, visit www.mgm.com.
About EPIX
EPIX, an MGM company, is a premium pay television network, delivering the latest movie releases and biggest classic film franchises, plus original programming including series, documentaries, and comedy specials – all available on TV, on demand, online and across devices. Launched in October 2009, EPIX became profitable in its first year of existence and is now available nationwide to 70 million homes through cable, telco, satellite and emerging digital distribution platforms. A pioneer in the development and proliferation of “TV Everywhere,” EPIX was the first premium network to provide multi-platform access to its content online at EPIX.com and to launch on Xbox, PlayStation®, Android phones and tablets, and Roku® players. EPIX is also available across hundreds of consumer devices including Apple TV, iPhone and iPad, Amazon Fire TV, TiVo, Chromecast, and Android TV, delivering more movies than any other network with thousands of titles available for streaming. For more information about EPIX, go to www.EPIX.com. Follow EPIX on Twitter @EpixHd (http://www.twitter.com/EpixHD) and on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/EPIX), YouTube (http://youtube.com/EPIX), Instagram (http://instagram.com/EPIX) and Snapchat @EPIXTV.
About Paramount Television
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 Andrey Fedosov returns with 1st round knockout in Phoenix
PHILADELPHIA, PENN / CHICAGO, ILL. (July 2, 2018)–Heavyweight contender and Boxcino Heavyweight champion, Andrey Fedosov (30-3, 25 KOs) returned to the ring with a 1st round stoppage over Francisco Mireles in Phoenix, Arizona.

Fedosov of Russia, made quick work of Mireles and will be back in the ring later this month.

Andrey Fedosov

Andrey Fedosov

“It was great to have Andrey back in the ring,” said Artie Pelullo, President of Banner Promotions, who along with Hitz Boxing, promote the 32 year-old Fedosov.
“The heavyweight division is hot now with a lot of great opportunities, and with another win or two, we can see Andrey in a big fight.”
“I am happy that Andrey is back in the ring, and in a short time, he will be back in contention to compete for the heavyweight championship of the world,” said Bobby Hitz, President of Hitz Boxing.
For regular updates on our fighters, events, and promotions, please check Banner Promotions Facebook Page , and follow us on Instagram and Twitter @BannerBoxing 
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Ruben Villa Scores Impressive Knockout Win on Saturday Night

PHILADELPHIA, Penn. / ORANGE, Calif. (July 2, 2018) – Fast rising featherweight Ruben Villa (12-0, 5 KOs) used an explosive sixth round to knock out Ricardo Lopez (7-3-2, 6 KOs) in the “New Blood”main event Saturday night from Omega Products International in Sacramento, Calif.

Villa, a southpaw fighting out of Salinas, Calif., showed off his superior skill set to a sold out crowd that witnessed a devastating knockout win.
Throughout the fight, Villa used a sharp jab to set up left uppercuts and straight rights. While most boxers use the jab as a range finder, Villa uses it to inflict pain on his opponent either by landing it, or sending an unexpected power shot to the head or body.  
The 21-year-old also found success on the defensive side, limiting Lopez to very few clean looks.
The thrill ride came toward the end of the sixth round when a multi-punch combination floored Lopez. The Mexican fighter would get up, but it would prove a poor decision. Villa promptly unloaded power shot after power shot until referee Edward Collantes put a stop to the carnage at the 2:49 mark.
“I was landing solid punches in every round,” remarked Villa, who is promoted by Banner Promotions and Thompson Boxing. “I knew I would be able to take him out. I wore him down and in the sixth I just let me hands go and I caught him with a lot of heavy punches. I was surprised he got up. He was a tough guy.” 
For regular updates on our fighters, events, and promotions, please check Banner Promotions Facebook Page , and follow us on Instagram and Twitter @BannerBoxing
 
Photos by Carlos Baeza / Thompson Boxing
Diego De La Hoya stops Jose Salgado
Story by Kirk Lang 
Photos by Al Derouin
Diego de la Hoya vs Jose Salgado

Diego de la Hoya (L) vs Jose Salgado (R)

June 8, 2018 – Verona, NY – Super bantamweight contender Diego de la Hoya – headlining an ESPN-televised show from Turning Stone Resort Casino – put himself closer to challenging for a world title with an impressive one-sided beating of veteran Jose Salgado en route to a 7th round stoppage.  

Although de la Hoya never dropped Salgado, nor ever seemed to truly stun him, his quick hands, always thrown in combination with bad intentions, had some kind of an effect, as Salgado’s corner offered up a “No mas” for their fighter between rounds 7 and 8.  

Diego de la Hoya

De la Hoya looked very good considering he was coming off of a 265-day layoff, which was partly his fault. He and Salgado were supposed to have faced off in December but de la Hoya came in four-and-a-half pounds over the limit. When financial penalties for the excess pounds couldn’t be agreed upon, the fight was scrapped.  

Diego de la Hoya (R) pounding Jose Salgado (L)

Diego de la Hoya (R) pounding Jose Salgado (L)

Salgado, 122, of Cozumel, Mexico, showed he had a strong chin but his fists were unable to make de la Hoya, 122, of Mexicali, Mexico, think twice about charging in with quick rapid-fire bursts of hooks, right hands and body shots. An accidental headbutt in the second round opened up a cut over Salgado’s right eyebrow.  

Travell Mazion won an eight-round unanimous decision over Daquan Pauldo

Travell Mazion won an eight-round unanimous decision over Daquan Pauldo

De la Hoya opened up the third round rather impressively, with a series of hard left hooks. While he could have boxed more often during the fight, de la Hoya would say later he made it a brawl to give the fans a good show. The third would see de la Hoya mixing in the right uppercut far more often than in the previous two frames. When it seemed to be getting the better of Salgado with just under a minute left in the round, the 28-year-old managed to land a beautiful jab that knocked de la Hoya’s head back. However, that would be Salgado’s only highlight reel shot, so in effect, Salgado would endure four more rounds of being on the receiving end of a legal leather assault. He at least kept things interesting by taking a good shot and being fairly busy with his hands, even though his punches had little to no effect on Oscar de la Hoya’s first cousin.  

Mazion punching Daquan Pauldo

Travell Mazion (R) punching Daquan Pauldo

In the fourth round, a left hook at the end of a combination backed Salgado into the ropes. Salgado, who apparently has a much bigger heart than his skill set, motioned at de la Hoya to bring it on. Rated #1 by the WBO and #2 by the WBC, De la Hoya did bring it on. He opened up a cut around Salgado’s other eye in the fifth frame, this time from a punch and not an accidental clash of heads. De la Hoya’s aggressive attack – including two consecutive right hands, the second better than the first – had Salgado breathing a little heavy toward the end of the round. A short time later, with about five seconds left in the round, de la Hoya connected with a great left hook-straight right combination.  

Round after round, de la Hoya threw punches in bunches, willing to mix it up knowing he had the faster hands and would always get the better of any exchanges. He targeted the body with equal aplomb as he did Salgado’s head. By round six, Salgado had stopped talking smack, perhaps finally realizing the man in front of him had his number. He continued to work Salgado over in the seventh frame. It wasn’t any more dominant a round than others, but Salgado’s corner realized after the stanza that letting this bout continue – it was scheduled for 10 rounds – wouldn’t be in their fighter’s best interest.  

De la Hoya successfully defended his NABF and NABO super bantamweight championships with the win over Salgado and boosted his record to 21-0 (10). Salgado, who has now lost three of his last five fights, saw his ledger dip to 35-5-2 (28). De la Hoya connected on 163 of 425 total punches while Salgado landed 134 of his 374 attempts. The 23-year-old de la Hoya is the mandatory challenger for WBO champion Isaac Dogboe, who won the belt this past April with an 11th round stoppage of Jessie Magdaleno.  

In the Golden Boy Promotions co-feature, undefeated junior middleweight Travell Mazion, 152 ½, of Austin, TX, won an eight-round unanimous decision over Daquan Pauldo, 153, of Orlando, FL. Pauldo was riding a six-fight win streak since losing to Golden Boy fighter Eddie Gomez in January 2014. Two judges had it 77-75 for Mazion and a third scorecard had him a 78-74 victor.  

Mazion had the height and reach in his favor but Pauldo at times found opportunities to get inside and work the body or land an eye-catching shot to the head.  In a handful of rounds, Mazion looked like a super star early on, keeping Pauldo at bay with steady jabs. However, Pauldo would then force the action in his favor, as Mazion failed to maintain his preferred distance. For example, Pauldo landed a crackling left hook with about a minute to go in the fifth round. Thirty second later, Mazion, with his back too close to the ropes, got tagged with a perfect straight right. Every round was competitive and each man had their moments. Mazion seemed to be getting a second wind in the seventh round, as he became busier with the right uppercut and his overall work rate as well. He was even bouncing on his toes early in the eighth and final round. Pauldo did enough to win over many in the audience, as there was a fair share of boos when it was announced Mazion had won the fight.  

“Black Magic” extended his unbeaten record to 13-0 (11) while Pauldo fell to 17-2 (9).  

In undercard action, 33-year-old Isaac Rodrigues, 170, of Mocajuba, Brazil, stopped Frankie Filippone, 168, of Chesapeake, VA, in the fourth round of their scheduled eight-rounder. A right hand sent Filippone to the canvas and once the action resumed, a follow-up assault resulted in another knockdown, this time in the center of the ring. Referee Gary Rosato stepped in immediately and ended matters at the 1:46 mark. Rodrigues is now 25-2 (20) while Filippone falls to 25-8-1 (9). 

“Bullet Proof” Lawrence Gabriel, 203, of Syracuse, NY, scored a second-round TKO victory over Jimmy Levins, 220, of Buffalo, NY. Gabriel dropped Levins twice before referee Charlie Fitch waved it off. The first knockdown was the result of a left hook. The second and final knockdown, in the second frame, came when Gabriel countered a weak left hook from Levins with a crisp straight right. Before that official knockdown, there was a trip to the canvas by Levins that had been ruled a slip. Though not a real knockdown, Levins too far too long to get up from that slip. Perhaps a sign he didn’t really want to be in the ring with Gabriel. Gabriel is now 3-1-1 (1) while Levins remains winless in three pro bouts.  

Alex Rincon, 155, of, Carrollton, TX, scored two knockdowns before registering a first-round stoppage of Engelberto Valenzuela, 151, of Agua Prieta, Mexico. Rincon first sent Valenzuela to the canvas with a left hook to the body. A follow-up barrage of head shots created the second knockdown and forced the stoppage. The official time was 1:35. Rincon is now 4-0 (4) while Valenzuela, with more losses than wins, sunk to 11-14 (3).  

Danielito Zorrilla, 138, of Puerto Rico, stopped Julio Perez, 138, of Aguadilla, Puerto Rico, with a left hook to the body in the second round of a scheduled four-round bout. He raised his record to 7-0 (6) while Perez saw his record slide to 4-3.  

In the opening bout of the night, a battle between two pro debuting cruiserweightsArmus Guyton, 183 1/2, earned a four-round decision over Mike Diorio, 180, of Cortland, NY, by scores of 39-37 (twice) and 40-36. Diorio, who is more familiar with mixed martial arts bouts, suffered a gash over his left eye in the third frame.   

3 TIME WORLD CHAMPION FERNANDO VARGAS CONFIRMED FOR FOURTH ANNUAL BOX FAN EXPO, DURING MEXICAN INDEPENDENCE WEEKEND IN LAS VEGAS

Box Fan Expo is the ultimate fan experience event that gives boxing fans the opportunity to meet-and-greet top fighters, current and former world champions, boxing celebrities and industry people in an up-close personal setting.
 
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Las Vegas (June 26, 2018) – Three-Time world champion Fernando Vargas has confirmed that he and his Feroz Fight Factory Gym will appear, have a booth and hold a Meet & Greet with his fans at the Las Vegas Convention Center for the fourth Annual Box Fan Expo that will take place Saturday September 15, 2018 from 10a.m to 5pm, during Mexican Independence weekend. The Boxing Expo will also coincide with the highly anticipated rematch between Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez vs Gennady ‘GGG’ Golovkin, that will take place later that evening.
Vargas and the Feroz Fight Factory will have merchandise to sell to his fans, as well as photos and memorabilia.
Fernando Vargas, is a retired American boxer of Mexican descent and 3 Time world champion with a Pro record of 31 wins 5 losses and 22 KO’s. He who won a bronze medal as an amateur at the 1995 Pan American Games in Mar del Plata. His nicknames include “Ferocious”, “The Aztec Warrior” and “El Feroz”. Vargas was the youngest open national champion at 16 yrs old. The youngest boxing Olympian at 18yrs old and holds the record in boxing history as the youngest to become jr. middleweight champion at 21 years old.
Some of Fernando’s notable wins came against 5 world champions which includes, Raúl Márquez, Yori Boy Campas, Ike Quartey, Javier Castillejo and Winky Wright. His losses to Oscar De La Hoya, Félix Trinidad, Shane Mosley, and Ricardo Mayorga remain his only career defeats and he is a favorite of American cable TV giant HBO.
About Box Fan Expo
Box Fan Expo has been a huge success with fans and boxing industry people. Many boxing stars have attended the last three Expos such as Floyd Mayweather, Mike Tyson, Roberto Duran, Tommy Hearns, Marco Antonio Barrera, Roy Jones Jr., Marcos Maidana, Sergio Martinez, Keith Thurman, Danny Garcia, Tim Bradley, Deontay Wilder, Amir Khan, Shawn Porter, Fernando Vargas, Zab Judah, James Toney, Vinny Pazienza, Mikey Garcia , Mia St.Johns, Leo Santa Cruz, Badou Jack, Terry Norris , Riddick Bowe , Earnie Shavers, Leon Spinks, Danny Jacobs, Abner Mares, Jorge Linares, Brandon Rios and many more…
Exhibitors such as boxing gear, apparel, new equipment’s, energy drinks, alcohol, supplement products, broadcasting media, sanctioning bodies and other companies who wish to participate will once again have a chance to showcase their brand to fans, media and the boxing industry.
Tickets to the Box Fan Expo are available online at: 
Box Fan Expo is the ultimate boxing fan experience event, which allows fans to Meet and Greet Boxing Superstars of today, current and former world champions, Legends of the sport and other boxing Celebrities at their booth. On Site, fans will experience different activities from Autograph Sessions, Photo Sessions, FaceOff with your favorite boxers, as well as a chance to purchase merchandise and memorabilia from their booth, plus so much more… you won’t want to miss this must-attend Expo!
Box Fan Expo will also feature top boxing organizations, promoters, ring card girls, famous trainers and commentators as well as boxing gear companies “ALL UNDER ONE ROOF”.
Throughout the next few months leading up to the Event, there will be weekly updates on the many stars that will commit their appearance at the Boxing Expo. And for anyone in the Boxing industry or other Exhibitors (non-industry), who would like to be involved and reserve a Booth, contact Box Fan Expo:
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  Ruben Villa Defends WBO Youth Title Saturday from Sacramento, CA

PHILADELPHIA, Penn. / ORANGE, Calif. (June 26, 2018) – Unbeaten featherweight standout Ruben Villa (11-0, 4 KOs) of Salinas, Calif stars in the main event this Saturday when he takes on Mexico’s Ricardo Lopez (7-2-2, 6 KOs) in an 8-round fight that will mark his third start of the year. 
The bout will take place this Saturday, June 30, from Omega Products International in Sacramento.

The slick southpaw defends his WBO Youth title that he won in April in his hometown. Villa thoroughly outpointed Marlon Olea for his first championship as a professional.

“I’m anxious to get back in the ring,” said Villa, who is managed by Danny Zamora. “I like being active. I’m defending my title for the first time. I’ll have a lot of fans in attendance so I’m ready to put on a great show.”
Villa is promoted by Banner Promotions and Thompson Boxing.
Tickets for “New Blood” are priced at $40, $60, & $100, and are available for purchase by calling 714-935-0900, or online at ThompsonBoxing.com.
All fights will be live streamed on TB Presents: New Blood via Thompson Boxing Facebook and ThompsonBoxing.com
The livestream starts at 7:45 p.m. PT / 10:45 p.m. ET with Beto Duran as the blow-by-blow announcer and Steve Kim providing expert, color commentary. 
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. local time with the first bout at approximately 7:45 p.m. Omega Products is located at 8111 Fruitridge Road, Sacramento, CA 95826, and can be reached at 916-635-3335.
For regular updates on our fighters, events, and promotions, please check Banner Promotions Facebook Page , and follow us on Instagram and Twitter @BannerBoxing
Photos by Carlos Baeza / Thompson Boxing
ARDREAL HOLMES DESTROYS DOMINIQUE FOSTER IN 2 ROUNDS

New York, NY (June 24, 2018)-Junior Middleweight Ardreal Holmes (6-0, 4 KOs) of Flint, Michigan remained undefeated as he stopped  Dominque Foster after the 2nd round  of their scheduled four-round bout at The International Banquet and Conference Center in Detroit.

Holmes landed hard straight shots from the southpaw stance on Foster, who had to retire on the stool after the 2nd round with a possible broken nose.

Unbeaten Ardreal Holmes

“I am very happy to get back in the ring and get some of the rust off,” said the victorious Holmes. “Hopefully my promoters can put me right back because I want to make up for lost time. It’s only a matter of time when everyone in boxing will know the name, Ardreal “Bossman” Holmes! “
Holmes is managed by Split-T Management, and CEO David McWater was very happy to have 6’2″ junior middleweight prospect back in the ring.
“Ardreal did what I expected him to do, which was impress the fans with an impressive stoppage.  He has the frame, skills and power to win titles in 4 weight divisions and I expect him to do just that.”

SPLIT-T MANAGEMENT 
JUNIOR MIDDLEWEIGHT ARDREAL HOLMES
IN ACTION TONIGHT IN DETROIT

New York, NY (June 23, 2018)-Undefeated junior middleweight Ardreal Holmes (5-0, 3 KOs) of Flint, Michigan will be back in action tonight, when he takes on Dominque Foster in a scheduled four-round bout at The International Banquet and Conference Center in Detroit.
At Friday’s weigh-in Holmes weighed in at 155.4 lbs.  Foster checked in at the same weight as Holmes.
“I am so excited to get back in the ring because I want to show everyone why I am looked at as one of the best prospects in the country,” said Holmes.
“The fans who attend will get to see one of the best fighters to come out of Michigan in a long time.”

Holmes, who was the number-one ranked welterweight in the U.S., had an outstanding amateur career that culminated in reaching the finals of the Olympic trials.

Holmes competed in over 80 amateur fights, and won several major tournaments including the 2015 USA National Elite Championship.

Holmes is managed by Split-T Management, and CEO David McWater said, “Going into the 2016 US Olympic Trials, I thought Ardreal was the favorite in the welterweight division, and would go on to represent the United States. He is so physically gifted and naturally talented,  I can’t see anything stopping him from being a world champion.”

THE ABRAMS BOXING HOUR SET TO RE-BOOT TUESDAY, JUNE 26TH AT 6:30 PM ET LIVE ON FACEBOOK, YOUTUBE & LIVESTREAM

Philadelphia, PA (June 21, 2018) – THIS TUESDAYThe Abrams Boxing Hourwill re-boot on new platforms at 6:30 p.m. ET / 3:30 p.m. PT.

The show can be viewed LIVE all over the world on ABRAMS BOXING FACEBOOK PAGEABRAMS BOXING YOUTUBE PAGE & ABRAMS BOXING LIVESTREAM PAGE.

The show, will feature 1-on-1 sit-down interviews with the some of the biggest names in the sport, and will also go over the latest boxing news and opinions. The Abrams Boxing Hour will originate from boxing-centric venues throughout the country.

The debut show will originate from The Joe Hand Boxing Gym in Philadelphia.

“I am glad and excited to be able to do a show like this and bring some enlightening and thoughtful boxing conversation with some terrific guests,” said Marc Abrams, host and creator of The Abrams Boxing Hour.

“Doing the show at the Joe Hand Boxing Gym will give the show an authentic feel.  I will be taking the show on the road as well, as I plan to have the most meaningful guests around fights that will get the fans primed and ready for the weekend action. It also will provide an opportunity for fans to be interactive with the guests as we will be answering real-time questions and comments. This will also bring exposure to fighters and events.”

The guests for Tuesday’s show will be announced in the next couple of days.

 

Former Olympian Franco Zurlo dies at 77

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Country    Italy     

Hometown   Brindisi, Puglia, Italy

Born       October 4, 1940 Brindisi, Puglia, Italy

Died       June 17, 2018

Stance     Southpaw  

Height     5′ 3 1/2″ 

Division   Bantamweight

Weight     118-121 lbs.

Franco Zurlo (r) in action

Represented Italy as a bantamweight in the 1964 Olympics losing a decision in the second round to the Soviet Union’s Oleg Grigoryev. Between October 1967 and May 1979 he was rated as high as the # 3 bantamweight in the world by The Ring magazine. During his career he held the Italian bantamweight title for 9 years and was a 3 time European Boxing Union bantamweight champion. His career record: Won 39 (KOs 15) Lost 6 (KOs 2)Drawn 5  Total of 50 bouts.

Mike Lee Breaks Rib in 1st round and despite not being able to breathe, defeats Jose Hernandez to claim NABO Light Heavyweight title

Chicago, Illinois (June 9, 2018) -WBO number-3 ranked light heavyweight contender Mike Lee Broke his rib in the 1st round, but still claimed the NABO Light Heavyweight title with a 10-round unanimous decision over Jose Hernandez at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Illinois.

Lee pressed the action as he looked to land power shots early.  Hernandez fought gamely, but Lee was consistent with his right and left hands.  

Lee showed incredible heart, as in round one, he suffered a broken rib and had trouble breathing throughout the whole ten round fight.

Hernandez was cut from Lee’s work, and the Notre Dame graduate cruised home with the victory by scores of 97-93 on all judges cards.

With the victory, Lee remains perfect with a record of 21-0, and will now look to face any of the world champions in either the light heavyweight or super middleweight divisions.

“I came out wanting the knockout,” said Lee.  “I give credit to Jose, he was tough.  I got a little excited early, and I was a little sloppy.  In the beginning, I was just throwing power shots, I wasn’t double jabbing and using my athletic ability.  Every fight is a learning lesson, and tonight I had to bite down and get the win.”

With the win, Lee will now look to challenge any of the champions and big names in and around his weight class.

“Let’s go.  I want a shot at the world title.  Whether it is at 168 pounds or 175 pounds, I am just waiting on a phone call.  We wanted to fight Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr., but I don’t know what happened with that.  I just want someone with the belt.” 

Marc Abrams at 856 287 7611 or phillyboxing@gmail.com 

Alfonso Olvera vs. Wilberth Lopez Headline “Guerra De Gallos” 
Road Warriors Battle for Hometown Supremacy
TUCSON, Ariz. (June 12, 2018) – Michelle Rosado’s Raging Babe has built a reputation for quality, sold out events across the country, and she returns to Tucson’s Casino Del Sol on Saturday evening, July 21, with Guerra De Gallos, a fight card that is quickly living up to its name.
The scheduled eight-round main event features a hometown battle between two fighters who have earned their stripes fighting tough competition on the road. After competing in other fighters’ backyards and dealing with their opponents’ home crowds and officials, junior welterweights Alfonso Olvera (10-4-1, 4 KOs) and Wilberth Lopez (21-9, 15 KOs) will have a chance to showcase their incredible tenacity and talent in front of their own families, friends and Tucson fans.
Olvera, who has had trouble finding opponents, has faced top competition since turning pro. In his second fight, he went the distance with Ivan Baranchyk, currently unbeaten at 19-0. Olvera’s trail of upsets includes a 2005 unanimous decision over previously unbeaten Ryan “Cowboy” Karl and another over Chicago’s Genaro Mendez.
Lopez, who knocked out Phoenix’s Keenan Carbajal in his professional debut in 2013, has gone on to fight stiff competition across the country. He was the first to take World Super Bantamweight Champion Isaac Dogboe the distance when they met in 2014.  Three years later, Lopez upset Jose Roman (24-2-1, 16 KOs), via unanimous decision in Roman’s backyard. Lopez’s southpaw style and reach kept Roman at bay and earned him the win.
“This is a fight between two highly skilled, local fighters who have never had the benefit of hand-picked opponents and hometown decisions,” said Rosado. “This fight will be one of the best Arizona has seen in years. I’m excited to give Tucson fans what could be Fight of the Year, and to bring back the pride that comes with competing to be the best in the state.”
The card is stacked with Tucson talent. Junior lightweight Jensen Ramirez (5-2-3, 1 KO) makes returns against Jesus Arevalo (2-3), and Tucson junior welterweight Christopher Gonzalez (2-0) will make his return to the Old Pueblo after securing his second win in Phoenix earlier this year. Mike Martinez, Emmanuel Guajardo, Nicholas Rhoads, Judas Estrada and Breenan Macias round out the eight-bout card.
Casino Del Sol has hosted boxing events since 2003, and has become a premier destination for boxing in Southern Arizona. Fernando Vargas, Mia St. John and Yori Boy Campas are just a few boxing legends to have graced the casino’s ring. “We are excited to bring boxing back to Tucson once again,” said Kimberly Van Amburg, CEO of Casino Del Sol. “Our goal is always to provide the best entertainment in Southern Arizona, and Guerra De Gallos will definitely deliver.”
Tickets for “Guerra De Gallos” start at $25, and will be available online at www.casinodelsol.com, by phone at (520) 333-5150 or at the Casino Del Sol Gift Shop beginning Friday, June 15. A press conference is scheduled for Thursday, June 21 at 2 p.m. at the Paradiso Lounge inside Casino Del Sol. The public is invited.
The July 21 card begins at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m. The card is promoted by Raging Babe and Peltz Boxing. For more information, visit www.RagingBabe.com.
Noted boxing judge Chuck Giampa who  worked 135 championship fights dies

Chuck Giampa, who in a 26-year career built a reputation as one of boxing’s best and fairest judges, died Tuesday at a hospice in Las Vegas following a lengthy illness.

An insurance salesman by trade, Giampa began to work as a professional boxing judge in 1984 after a stint working in the amateurs. He would go on to judge 135 championship bouts and worked some of the biggest fights of his era, including Floyd Mayweather-Oscar De La Hoya in 2007 and the Mike Tyson-Evander Holyfield rematch in 1997.

Chuck Giampa

Chuck Giampa

“Chuck was one of the top judges in the history of the sport,” said Marc Ratner, a member of the International Boxing Hall of Fame and the executive director of the Nevada Athletic Commission for much of Giampa’s tenure as a judge.

“He was a consistent guy who you could count on. More important, he was a great guy and never had a bad word to say about anyone.”

Bob Bennett, the current executive director of the Nevada commission, said Giampa was “nice to everyone,” and “had a pleasant way with people.”

Giampa worked his first title fight in 1987, when he judged an IBF heavyweight title match in Las Vegas between Tony Tucker and Buster Douglas. His last major fight was in 2008, when he scored the Joe Calzaghe-Bernard Hopkins light heavyweight fight 116-111 for Calzaghe. He worked his final bouts in 2010, then briefly got into the media.

He was the ratings chairman briefly for Ring Magazine and worked for a period of time for Showtime. He wanted to use his spot in the media to let fighters know what officials are looking for when working a fight and to clear up misconceptions fans may have had about how a fight is scored.

He judged most of the great fighters of his era, including Tyson, Holyfield, Mayweather, De La Hoya, Hopkins, Calzaghe, Sugar Ray Leonard, Thomas Hearns, Julio Cesar Chavez, Riddick Bowe, James Toney and Pernell Whitaker, among others

Undefeated Toledo Fireman DeAndre Ware defeats Enrique Collazo in battle of undefeated Super Middleweights

New York, NY (June 11, 2018)-DeAndre Ware scored the biggest win of his young career as he won an eight-round majority decision over 2012 Olympian and previously undefeated Enrique Collazo in a super middleweight bout at King’s Theatre in Brooklyn, New York.
After a tactical first three rounds, Ware took over the fight with relentless pressure while landing powerful shots to the head and body that forced Collazo to wilt.
Ware, who is a full-time fireman, specifically asked to fight Collazo, and he came through with flying colors as he won by the scores of 77-75 twice, and 76-76.
The bout was the 1st time that Ware navigated the 8 round distance, and he got stronger with each passing round.
“This was the biggest fight of my career,” said Ware.  “I am thankful for this opportunity, and I am looking forward to my career taking off after this big win.  We are on our way to the top.”
Said David McWater, CEO of Split-T Management, “This was a great win for all of us.  DeAndre has been working hard, and was patiently waiting for his opportunity to come, and when it did, he came up with a big performance.  He should be a player in the super middleweight division real soon.”
After fighting through a broken rib, Mike Lee looks towards the future
Chicago, Illinois (June 11, 2018) -Newly crowned NABO Light Heavyweight champion Mike Lee is eyeing a future world title opportunity after his latest conquest, where he fought through a broken rib in his 10-round unanimous decision over Jose Hernandez this past Friday night at AllState Arena in Rosemont, Illinois.
“And the NEW NABO Champ! Tough fight last night. I fractured my RIB in Round 2 and kept fighting 8 more rounds to a victory. It was not a pretty fight, and FAR from my best performance, But I’m proud of myself for pushing through the pain and doing whatever it took to get the W. THANK YOU for all the love and support last night. It means the world. 21-0 !! @ Allstate Arena.”, Lee said on his Facebook account after the fight.
Marc Abrams at 856 287 7611 or phillyboxing@gmail.com 

Renaissance Man Mike Lee inching towards a world title shot 

Lee takes on Jose Hernandez this Friday night at The Allstate Arena in Chicago and Live on 

CBS Sports Network (9 PM ET)
Chicago, Illinois (June 5, 2018) -There might not be a more well-rounded fighter on the planet.
Mike Lee (20-0, 11 KOs), who takes on Jose Hernandez (19-3-1, 9 KOs) this Friday night for the WBO Junior World Light Heavyweight World Title at The Allstate Arena in Chicago, brings all the intangibles that one would want in a professional athlete.
The card will be broadcast live on CBS Spots Network (9 PM ET) with an all-star announce team of International Boxing Hall of Famer Barry Tompkins and renowned Teddy Atlas.
Lee has not taken the route that most fighters take to get to the door of competing for a world title.
There isn’t the big name promoter.  In fact there is no promoter at all.  In a day when most fighters are afraid to test themselves, Lee’s last five opponents (Including Hernandez) have a combined record of 78-10-5.
Does Lee, take a vacation or just relax between fight?  No he doesn’t, you have just as much chance to see Lee talking to major corporations or being a national spokesperson for a major company as you do as seeing him raising money for cancer stricken children.
Lee also brings a heart and determination into the ring as he battled and overcame autoimmune disease 
“Training camp in Los Angeles has been great.  We had a good camp, I am 20-0 for a reason,” said Lee.
“I am not looking past Hernandez, but my dream is to win a a world championship one day.  June 8th is a step towards that.  I have everything in my body and mind towards that, and when I am determined, I am very difficult to beat.”
When Lee talks about what motivated to speak to companies around the country, it was that illness that almost derailed his career that came to mind.
“My career was almost taken away with autoimmune disease, and I wanted to tell my story.  I have been lucky to speak to people and give techniques of visualization and mindset.”
“I am excited to fight in my hometown with a great crowd.  I love fighting in a bigger venue which is a phenomenal arena.  I have waited for this moment, and I can’t wait for Friday night.” 
When WBO number-3 ranked light heavyweight contender Mike Lee (20-0, 11 KOs) takes on Jose Hernandez (19-3-1, 9 KOs) this Friday night at The Allstate Arena in Chicago.  The card will be broadcast live on CBS Spots Network (9 PM ET) with an all-star announce team of International Boxing Hall of Famer Barry Tompkins and renowned Teddy Atlas.
Sacred Downing wins pro debut in Atlantic City
Alejandro Jimenez remains undefeated
  

 

Atlantic City, New Jersey (June 5, 2018)–Two members of the Mis Downing Promotions banner registered victories on Saturday night at Boardwalk Hall.
11-time National Amateur champion Sacred Downing made a successful pro debut by winning a 4-round unanimous decision over Britain Hart in a super bantamweight bout.
Downing, who is the sister of promoter Mis Downing, dominated the action by landing quick combination and bloodied the forehead of Hart.  Downing showed the skills that made her a sensation in the unpaid ranks.  Downing of Trenton, New Jersey won by scores of 40-36 on all cards. 
“It was a good experience, and I am working with my family.  It was amazing, and it’s up to my father and sister when I fight again.”
Jimenez won a 4-round unanimous decision over Dallas Holden in a bantamweight bout.
It was an exciting fight that saw both men hit the deck in round three.  Jimenez floored Holden hard with a big left hook.  Holden came back with more of a flash-knockdown when he landed a grazing right that made Jimenez go to the canvas.  Jimenez sealed the fight with another hard knockdown in round four.
Jimenez of New Hope, PA win by scores of 40-34 and 39-35 twice to raise his mark to 2-0.
“I know that he was going to come hard.  We prepared for what he was going to bring.  When I went down it was a slip.  he did not hit me.  I finished strong and I was happy because we got the victory,” said Jimenez.
The show is promoted The Real Deal Boxing and Mis Downing Promotions
Mis Downing Promotions would like to thank their sponsors which includes The Atlantic City Boxing Hall of Fame, The Claridge Hotel, Fantasea Resorts, AEI Insurance, Urgent Response, HairX, Buy Smart Motors & New Vision Property Management.
Poindexter Knight, Jr. remains undefeated with unanimous decision over Jean Carlos Sepulveda in Atlantic City debut
New York, NY (June 4, 2018)–Poindexter Knight Jr. remained perfect with a 4-round unanimous decision over Jean Carlos Sepulveda in a welterweight bout that took place this past Saturday night at Boardwalk Hall In Atlantic City.
Knight of Philadelphia raised his mark to 4-0.
Despite being cut over his right eye from an accidental headbutt in the opening frame, the poised Knight dominated the action as he featured hard combinations that he worked behind an a accurate jab.
Knight, 22 of Philadelphia won by tallies of 40-36 twice, and 39-37.
“I got headbutted in the 1st round because my opponent kept coming in with his head down.  I re-thought about things and kept my elbow up.  It was a was a great learning experience because I had never been cut in my career. I kept my cool, made adjustments and dominated the fight.” said Knight.
“I am looking forward to getting back in the ring.”
Knight is managed by Split-T Management.
“Poindexter showed a lot because he had a live opponent in Jean Carlos Sepulveda, who was a real good amateur in Puerto Rico,” said Split-T Management CEO, David McWater. “He was cut early in the opening round and proceeded as nothing happened to his eye and dominated the fight.”
Knight is Promoted by Real Deal Entertainment.
     
Webster decisions Riojas in Atlantic City
Wins by Seldon, Ajamu, Wikins and Manzueta
Atlantic City, New Jersey (June 1, 2018)–Super Middleweight Derrick Webster pounded his way to a 10-round unanimous decision over Oscar Riojas in the main event of a five-bout card at The Claridge Hotel.
Mis Downing Promotions promoted the near-capacity show.
With the win, Webster captured the American Boxing Federation Continental Americas Super Middleweight title.
Webster was pinpoint with his jab, which he followed with a solid body work that reddened the sides of Riojas.  Webster stunned the gritty Riojas on several occasions, but the visitor from Monterrey, Mexico showed a good chin and remained on his feet for the ten-round bout.
Scores were all 100-90 in favor of Webster of Glassboro, New Jersey, who is now 26-1.  Riojas is 16-10-1.
“It was boxing in there.  I put on a display.  Roy Jones told me to keep him long, and that’s what I did.  I started the body work a little late, but the jab was my key.  I could have done a little more with the body, but the jab was everything tonight,” said Webster.
“In the 1st round, I hit him with a big right hand, but the bell saved him. I hit him good a couple more times.  Some guys know how to survive, and he is one of them.”
“We have been talking to the USBA about fighting for their title.  That will get me to where I need to be.  I am ready for a world title shot.  I have been putting it out there that I would like fight George Groves or Tyron Zuege.  I will go to China or Germany or wherever to fight those guys.”
Isiah Seldon scored two knockdowns en-route to a six-round unanimous decision over Lamar Harris in a super middleweight bout. 
In round four, Seldon landed a perfect counter right that sent Harris to the deck.  In round five, it was another right that mad Harris’ glove touch the canvas for a 2nd time.
Seldon of Atlantic City won by scores of 60-52 twice and 59-53 and is now 12-1-1.  Harris of St. Louis is 9-15-4.
Prince Badi Ajamu won a eight-round unanimous decision over Edgar Perez in a cruiserweight rematch.  Seldon continued to hammer and wobble Harris in round four.
Ajamu of Camden, New Jersey won by scores of 80-72 twice and 79-73 to raise his mark to 29-4-1.  Perez of Chicago is 7-25.
James Wilkins stopped Joe Gbola at the end of round two of their scheduled four-round featherweight bout.  
Wilkins dropped Gbolo midway through the 2nd round, and then pounded on his opponent for the rest of the round.  The bout was stopped in between rounds.
Wilkins of Brooklun, NY is 4-0 with 4 knockouts.  Gbolo of Newbergh, NY is 3-3-2.
In the opening bout of the evening, Felix Manzueta stopped Antonio Allen in round two of a scheduled four-round welterweight bout.
Manzueta pounded on Allen until the bout was stopped at 1:17.
Manzueta of Dover, Delaware is 2-0 with both wins coming via stoppage.  Allen of Philadelphia is 0-8-1.
The card took place on Atlantic City Hall of Fame weekend, and stars such as Roy Jones Jr., Riddick Bowe, Evander Holyfield, Hector Camacho Jr., Bruce Seldon, Mark Breland, Marlon Starling, Michael Spinks and Jeff Chandler were among the dignateries that were sitting ringside.”
Donald Trump pardons former heavyweight champion and ring icon Jack Johnson with former heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis,  present WBC heavyweight Champion Deontay Wilder, and film legend Sylvester Stallone at the White House

By Ron John Rinaldi

For over 100 years former heavyweight champion and ring icon Jack Johnson and his memory were plagued and marred by a crooked conviction and subsequent prison term for violating one of the vaguest and dragnetting laws of all time – the Mann Act.

The ridiculous Mann Act, which made it illegal to “transport” women or girls across state lines “for the purpose of prostitution or debauchery, or for any other immoral purpose,” was nothing more than a vehicle to nab famous people, particularly African Americans, into a web of false prosecutions. Not surprisingly, it was no secret at the time that Johnson was convicted solely because he was black, and because the woman he was accused of transporting was white. Unfortunately, the former champ had to undergo not only ten (10) months in prison, but also the embarrassment and disgrace that went with it.

President Trump was advised of the plight of Jack Johnson in a phone call with Sylvester Stallone. The actor revealed that Johnson was one of the inspirations behind the Apollo Creed character in the Rocky films.

Thankfully, after former Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama flatly refused to pardon boxer Jack Johnson, this week President Trump took up the gauntlet and did the right thing in cleansing the criminal record of the former heavyweight king and clearing his name and memory in the process.

“He [Jack Johnson] represented something that was both beautiful and very terrible at the same same,” said President Trump. “I am taking this right righteous step to correct a wrong that occurred in our history.”

Surrounded in the Oval Office by former heavyweight champ Lennox Lewis, present WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder, and famed actor and film icon  Sylvester Stallone, Trump signed the pardon.

A well-known boxing fan and champion of the sport, Trump was thrilled to be in the company of Stallone and the boxing greats. He even asked Lennox Lewis, “Lennox, if I really went and started working out, could I take Deontay in a fight? This is forty-and-oh, thirty-nine knockouts,” he said, citing Wilder’s record. “Could I take him in a fight, if I really went to work?” Lewis, replied jokingly, “You’d have to get past those long arms,” he said.

US President Donald Trump speaks before signing a posthumous pardon for former world champion boxer Jack Johnson in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, DC, on May 24, 2018. (Shown L-R) Miguel Torruco Garza, Linda Haywood, great-great niece of Jack Johnson,world champion heavyweight boxer Deontay Wilder, Trump, Keith Frankel, CEO of VitaQuest International, actor Sylvester Stallone and former boxer Lennox Lewis. (PHOTO by NICHOLAS KAMM)

The son of former slaves, Jack Johnson was the first black to become heavyweight champion of the world when he defeated the reigning champion Tommy Burns in Australia in 1908. Considering that the then racist sport of baseball took almost 40 more years to permit black players to join their ranks, boxing was way ahead of the other sports by having blacks fight for world boxing titles.

President Trump pardons Jack Johnson

Nicknamed the Galveston Giant, Johnson was the world heavyweight boxing champion from 1908–1915. His legend was cemented two years later when he accepted the challenge of former undefeated heavyweight champion Jim Jeffries. In what was billed as “The Fight of the Century” Johnson pummeled the hapless Jeffries Into submission in the 15th round. In that round, Johnson went after Jeffries and caught him against the ropes with a right uppercut, followed by three left uppercuts that sent the ex-champ Jeffries to the canvas for the first time in his career.

Though he could no longer put up a defense,  Jeffries bravely got up, only to have Johnson hit him with a left hook that sent him to the canvas and through the ropes, and putting his torso outside the ring. Helped to his feet by one of his seconds and a fan, as soon as Jeffries was back in the ring he was rushed again by Johnson, who knocked him down again with a right to the head. As promoter Tex Rickard moved in to separate the fighters, Jeffries got up, but his manager had entered the ring to stop the fight and save his fighter from being knocked out.

WASHINGTON, DC – MAY 24: US President Donald Trump signs an Executive Grant of Clemency for former heavyweight champion Jack Johnson in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC. (Photo by Olivier Douliery-Pool)

In his statement, Trump acknowledged some of the leaders who have pushed for Johnson to be pardoned, including Senator John McCain and the Reverend Jesse Jackson, as well as Stallone. He also took a moment to criticize his predecessor, noting that a series of congressional resolutions had failed to secure a pardon for Johnson. “They thought it was going to be signed in the last Administration, and that didn’t happen,” he said. “That was very disappointing for a lot of people.” He also noted that Johnson had been imprisoned “for what many view as a racially motivated injustice.” Trump was pleased to be able to “correct a wrong that occurred in our history.”

Trump’s years in the boxing world seem to have left him with an appreciation for the sport, and with some enduring friendships—even now, Don King, the aging impresario, seems to be one of Trump’s confidants. Hanging out with Stallone and a couple of heavyweights, paying respectful tribute to Jack Johnson, Trump looked as if he were in his element.

During the ceremony, the WBC even presented Trump with a championship belt.

People can say what they want about President Trump, all we know is that he has consistently been a friend of boxing and has done the honorable thing in pardoning jack Johnson.

“I am overwhelmed,” said Linda Hayword, Jack Johnson’s great-great niece. who pressed Trump for the posthumous pardon. “Our family was deeply ahsamed that my uncle went to prison. I only regret that my older relatives did not live to see this day.”

 

Atlantic City Boxing Hall of Fame Complete Event Schedule

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ. (May 28, 2018) — Below is a complete schedule of events pertaining to the 2nd annual Atlantic City Boxing Hall of Fame induction weekend.

THURSDAY, MAY 31ST

11:30 AM                               Weekend Kick-Off Press conference

                                              Location: Kelsey’s

                                              1545 Pacific Avenue

                                              Atlantic City, NJ 08401

                                              11:00 a.m. – Media Arrival

                                              11:30 a.m. – Press Conference Begins

2:00 p.m.                             MIS DOWNING PROMOTIONS OFFICIAL WEIGH-IN

                                             Location: Atlantic Palace (2nd Floor)

                                             1507 Boardwalk

                                              Atlantic City, NJ  08401

                                             1:30 p.m. – Media Arrival

                                             2:00 p.m. – Weigh-In Begins

 FRIDAY, JUNE 1ST

2:00  PM                              Real Deal Boxing Weigh-In 
                                            Location: Atlantic Palace (2nd Floor)
                                            Atlantic City, NJ 08041
                                            1:30 p.m–Media Arrival
                                             2:00 p.m.–Weigh-in begins 

5:00 PM                              VIP Opening Bell Meet & Greet Plus Silent Auction and                                                    Honoring Women

                                            Location: Claridge Hotel Art Gallery 
                                           123 South Indiana, Avenue
                                            Atlantic City, New Jersey 08401

7:00 PM                             Mis Downing Promotions Fight Card 
                                          Location: Claridge Hotel Celebrity Theater
                                          123 South Indiana Avenue
                                          Atlantic City, New Jersey 08041

SATURDAY, JUNE 2ND

12:00 PM                          Fight Fan Experience  
                                         Location: Claridge Hotel Conference Center
                                         123 South Indiana Avenue               
                                         Atlantic City, New Jersey 08041

7:00 PM                         The Real Deal Boxing in association With Mis Downing Promotions fight card
                                       Location: Boardwalk Hall Adrian Phillips Ballroom
                                       2301 Boardwalk
                                       Atlantic City, New Jersey 08041

SUNDAY, JUNE 3RD

4:00 PM                        Pre-Dinner Reception
                                     Location: Clardige Hotel Ocean View Room
                                     123 South Indiana, Avenue
                                     Atlantic City, New Jersey 08041

6:00 PM                      2018 Atlantic City Boxing Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
                                   Location: Claridge Hotel Celebrity Theater 

                                   123 South Indiana Avenue
                                   Atlantic City, New Jersey 08041 

ALL TIMES ARE EASTERN

Below is a list of all the Inductees, all-time greats, legendary Personalities & Dignitaries that are scheduled to appear throughout the weekend at the 2nd annual Atlantic City Boxing Hall of Fame Induction Weekend hosted at The Historic Clardige Hotel.
Evander Holyfield--Legendary Cruiserweight & Heavyweight champ; 2018 ACBHOF Inductee
Roy Jones, Jr.–Legendary 4 division champion
Vinny Paz-2 division-world champion; 2018 ACBHOF Inductee
Ray Mercer-Former Heavyweight champion; 2018 ACBHOF Inductee
Bruce Seldon-Former Heavyweight champion; 2018 ACBHOF Incuctee
Jeff Chandler–Former Bantamweight champion; 2018 ACBHOF Inductee
Richie Kates–2-time world title challenger; 2018 ACBHOF Inductee
Bobby Czyz-Former 2-division world champion; 2018 ACBHOF Inductee
Hector Camacho, Jr.–Middleweight; son of 2018 ACBHOF Inductee Hector Camacho
Mauricio Sulaiman–President of the WBC; Son of 2018 ACBHOF inductee Jose Sulaiman
Diane Fischer— Promoter; 2018 ACBHOF Inductee
Jean Williams–Judge; 2018 ACBHOF Inductee
Joseph Pasquale–Judge; 2018 ACBHOF Inductee
David Weinberg–Writer; 2018 ACBHOF Inductee
Bernard Fernandez–Writer; 2018 ACBHOF Inductee
Ray Bailey–2018 Photographer; 2018 ACBHOF Inductee
Michael Spinks–Former 2-division world champion
Larry Holmes–Former Heavyweight champion; 2017 ACBHOF Inductee
Riddick Bowe–Hall of Famer 4-time world heavyweight champion
Mark Breland–2-Time world welterweight champion
Marlon Starling–2-time world welterweight champion
Iran Barkley–Former 3-division world champion
DeMarcus Corley–Former Junior Welterweight world champon
John Scully–Former Light heavyweight contender
Larry Hazzard–New Jersey Commissioner; 2017 ACBHOF Indcutee 
Steve Smoger–Hall of famer referee, 2017 ACBHOF indcutee
Dave Bontempo–Broadcaster, 2017 ACBHOF Inductee 
Freddie Roach–Hall of Fame Trainer
Aaron Snowell-Trainer of Champions
Plaxico Burruss–Super Bowl Winning Wide Receiver 
Eddie Alvarez–Former UFC Lightweight champion
Clinton Portis–Former NFL Running Back
Jill Diamond--WBC, 2018 ACBHOF Honoree 
Frank M. Gilliam, Jr.–Mayor of Atlantic City
-PLUS MORE- 

                                       

Marc Abrams ACBHOF / Mis Downing Promotions     phillyboxing@gmail.com / 856-287-7611

Angela Crockett, Communications Director/Atlantic City Boxing Hall of Fame: Where Boxing History Comes to Life

Anthony “Juice” Young signs with Real Deal Entertainment
Young to take on Enver Halili this Saturday night at Boardwalk Hall

Atlantic City, NJ (May 29, 2018) – Boxing manager Rich Masini announced that welterweight Anthony “Juice” Young has signed a promotional contract with Real Deal Entertainment.

Young (18-2, 6 KOs) of Atlantic City will make his debut under the Real Deal Entertainment banner when he takes on this Saturday night when he takes on Enver Halili (10-1, 3 KOs) in a scheduled eight-round bout at Boardwalk Hall in his hometown of Atlantic City.

Anthony Young

Anthony Young

“I am happy to join Real Deal Boxing.  They are an up-and-coming promotion,” said Young.

In Halili, Young will be fighting the brother of a former opponent who defeated Young for one of his two defeats.

“I expect a tough fight.  I saw his fight against Raymond Serrano, and I think he was winning until he got disqualified.  I expect to get the victory..  At the end of the day, he is not his brother Skender.  When his brother beat me, it was just a little setback.”

The Atlantic City native is honored and motivated to be performing on Atlantic City Boxing Hall of Fame weekend.

“It is special to fight at Boardwalk Hall.  I am now at the point of my career, that I am set on bigger fights, and it is an honor to fight on Atlantic City Boxing Hall of Fame weekend.  It motivates me as I want to be be inducted when my career is over.”

Masini, who has managed Young for the last six-years, is excited at the new partnership that he has for his fighter.

“I have seen “Juice” Improve greatly over his last seven fights.  It is Anthony’s commitment and his team led by trainer Raul “Chino” Rivas that have done a great job with his preperation,” said Masini.  “In addition, Anthony’s dad, Teany has helped me in the management end of things.  I am very proud of him.  He has matured inside and outside of the ring.”

“I am looking forward to working with Real Deal Entertainment.  Sal Musumeci has been a long time friend, and this is the final piece of the puzzle in-terms of completing the team around Anthony.  The reason that I am in this business is because of people like Anthony.  He is loyal, dedicated, and now has all of the pieces to become world champion.  We have tried to keep him busy, but in the last eight-months, we have had some fights fall out, but we are back on Saturday against Enver Halili.  “Juice” will be ready to show all that he is on the rise.”

“The Bosnian Prince” Armin Mrkanovic defeats Nicholas Lavin in Queens, New York

Mrkanovic now eyeing rematch with UBF champ Josh Himes

Queens, New York (May 22, 2018) — Armin “The Bosnian Prince” Mrkanovic returned to the ring after an 11-month absence to win a win six-round unanimous decision over Nicholas Lavin in a cruiserweight bout that took place this past Friday night at Amazura Concert Hall in the Jamaica section of Mrkanovic’s hometown of Queens, New York.

Mrkanovic controlled the action, and won by shutout scores of 60-54 on all cards to up his record to 8-3.

Armin "The Bosnian Prince" Mrkanovic

Armin “The Bosnian Prince” Mrkanovic

The bout was the 1st ring appearance for Mrkanovic since his highly controversial defeat against Josh Himes that took place last June 24th in West Virginia.  

In that bout, Mrkanovic should have been awarded the bout as he outboxed Himes, and even asked for a review of the fight by the UBF, but his requests fell on deaf ears, and now Mrkanovic is demanding a rematch for the UBF title. 

“1st of all, it was good to come back and get a win.  It its always special to perform in front of my hometown fans,” said Mrkanovic, whose focus quickly turned to Himes and the UBF.

“I demand a rematch with Himes.  The UBF told me that they would make this happen, and to this point they have been silent.  Everyone who saw the fight knows that I got screwed, so it is only right that we do this rematch.  Himes knows what happened.  He has not even fought since our fight.  I am ready now, so hopefully the UBF and Himes do the right thing and make this happen.”  

Former European super-middleweight champion Dean Francis has died at the age of 44 – with some of the biggest names in British boxing paying tribute.

Courtesy of the BBC.

Bristol-based Francis was diagnosed with terminal cancer in January 2017.

Dean Francis (l) beat Frederic Seillier to win the European super-middleweight title in 1997

Dean Francis (l) beat Frederic Seillier to win the European super-middleweight title in 1997

He also won the Commonwealth light-heavyweight title before retiring with a record of 34 wins and five defeats.

Francis, who was given four months to live when he was diagnosed, had been touted to win a world title and received support from three former world champions.

Sanigar added to BBC Points West: “Thankfully I’ve seen him twice this week. Nigel Benn, Chris Eubank and Joe Calzaghe visited him last week.

“He was outstanding. I think he’ll always be remembered. It was only when people saw him and stood in front of him that they fully realised what a powerful figure he was.”

‘He would’ve won the world title’

After winning the European and British super-middleweight titles, Francis suffered a career-threatening shoulder injury in 1998.

He returned to the ring in 2002 and continued to fight until March 2014, losing to Bob Ajisafe in his final bout.

Calzaghe, who retired with an undefeated record in 2008, fought Francis at amateur level in 1991 and paid tribute while he was undergoing chemotherapy.

“I believe he would’ve won the world title if he didn’t damage his shoulder,” he said.

The news comes on the same day that boxing trainer Brendan Ingle died.

Dean Francis (l) beat Frederic Seillier to win the European super-middleweight title in 1997

British heavyweight Tony Bellew: Hearing the news about Brendan Ingle and Dean Francis is truly heartbreaking. My thoughts are with all family and friends of both men at these difficult times.

Former world lightweight champion Anthony Crolla: Such sad news. A great fighter, if it wasn’t for injuries earlier in his career I’m told he would have been a world champion.

Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn: My family and all at Matchroom send our deepest condolences to the family of Dean Francis, a great fighter and a lovely man.

Marathon Boxing for the World 5K Walk on Sunday, July 22 in Caguas, Puerto Rico.

Puerto Rico (May 23, 2018) – On Sunday, July 22, Marathon Boxing For The World will hold a 5K Walk in Caguas, Puerto Rico,  a fundraiser for Make A Wish Foundation of Puerto Rico facility . The facility (home) houses children with Cancer and other terminal illnesses , sustained major damages due to Hurricane Maria .

No less than 20 of the greatest fighters in Puerto Rico will participate in the walk such as:
1.Felix “Tito” Trinidad
2. Juanma Lopez
3. Felix Verdejo
4. Ivan Calderon
5. John John Molina
6. Daniel Santos
7. Alex “El Nene” Sanchez
8. Daniel “Pipino” Alicea
9. Andy Agosto
10. Eliezer “Waa” Gonzalez
11. Wilfredo Rivera
12. Carita Lopez
13. Luvy Callejas
14. Kiria Tapia
15. Tatiana Ortiz
16. Andy Agosto
17. Wilfredo “Bazooka” Gomez 
18. Nelson Dieppa
19. McWilliams Arroyo
20. Tito Acosta
21 Hector Camacho jr
Mercedes Simmons, who is a board member for the Marathon Boxing World as well as the CEO of Pretty Girl Promotions is thrilled to have such an incredible outreach from the Puerto Rico boxing community.
“This will be a truly amazing event, and we are honored that the legends of Puerto Rico Boxing will hep raise money for this most important cause,” said Simmons.
Organization President Abner Perez 
Vice President  Andy Agosto indicated the champions have all gathered for this cause . 
Abner Perez can be reached @ 787-673-7363.

Split-T Management signs undefeated Junior Lightweight Erick De Leon 

New York, NY (May 18, 2018) – Split-T Management has signed undefeated junior lightweight contender Erick De Leon to an exclusive managerial contract.

De Leon, 26 years old of Detroit by way of Sabina Nuevo Leon, Mexico has a record of 17-0-1 with 10 knockouts.

Before turning professional, De Leon was a three-time (2009-2011) National Golden Gloves champion as well as a Ringside World champion in 2008.  He also was a  2008 National Silver Gloves champion.

De Leon turned professional in 2012, and has amassed wins over Fidel Navarrete (8-1-2), Jose Salinas (10-2-1) & Daulis Prescott (31-4).

In his last bout, De Leon waged a ten-round battle with fellow undefeated top 130-pound contender Andy Vences which ended in a draw.

“I am very happy and blessed to join the Split-T Management family,” said De Leon. “I am motivated, and I know we will do big things together. I can do everything in boxing. My preference is to be aggressive and make it exciting for the fans but it comes down to what I need to do to win.   Whether it is boxing or brawling, I’ll do what I have to do get the W.  I am a gym rat, and I want to be the best, which means I want to fight the big dogs in the 130 pound division.”

Said Split-T Management CEO, David McWater, “I am ecstatic to have a fighter of Erick De Leon stature in the Split-T Management family as well.  He is one of the best Junior Lightweights in the world, and I am looking forward to help him achieve his dream of becoming the Undisputed Jr. Lightweight in the world!

TROY Waters, one of the toughest and most skilful fighters Australia produced, fought bravely until the very end.

By Henry Hascup

He had tackled leukaemia with the same determination with which he took on the best boxers in the world.

KENT: Waters was never sick until cancer diagnosis

His great friend and cornerman Ray Wheatley, for many years Australia’s leading boxing official said, “This is a terribly sad time. Troy was one of the nicest guys you could ever meet and one of the very best fighters ever to represent Australia.

Troy Waters with his wife Michelle back in 2016.

“I only spoke to him last week and he sounded really upbeat. That was the sort of bloke he was.’’

Australia’s most successful fighter, three-time world champ Jeff Fenech said Waters was a great fighter and a great friend.

“I knew Troy from the early 80s and he was always a class guy,’’ Fenech said.

“He was a tremendous fighter who should have been a world champion but fought in a time when there were some really great boxers at his weight on the world scene.

“I first met him in the early 80s at NSW amateur tournaments when I was competing. His father had a makeshift boxing ring out in a paddock at their home on the Central Coast and the boys would train on old punching bags hanging from trees out in the open air.

“The first time I saw the Waters boys fight their dad brought them to Sydney in a caravan that he turned into their dressing room. It was freezing cold in the van but the boys still won.’’

A former Commonwealth junior-middleweight champion, Waters, who lived most of his life on the NSW Central Coast, rode the highs and lows of his life with good grace and a ready smile that belied his horrific start to life as one of three boxing brothers under the brutal control of their father and coach Ces.

Cec Waters with sons Dean, Troy and Guy.

Oldest brother Dean became the Australian heavyweight champion and another brother Guy the Commonwealth light-heavyweight champion.

Troy, born in London, was the youngest, smallest and most talented of the three brothers.

I first met him in 1983 when he was one of Australia’s rising amateur stars competing in the national titles at a sailing club in Sydney. At the time he lived with his father and brothers in a shack on a run-down horse farm at Kulnura on the NSW Central Coast hinterland, surrounded by slow horses and more than 100 stray dogs the family cared for.

Despite the brutal excesses of his eccentric father, Troy’s personality never wavered. He was a gentleman throughout his career and an outstanding fighter.

The 53-year-old is survived by his wife Michelle and two children, son Nate, 17, and daughter Shontae, 13.

He had three shots at world titles and his slugfest with American Terry Norris in 1993 was regarded as one of the most exciting fights of the 1990s. Norris won in the third round after being on the canvas.

Waters also went the distance in world title fights with Italian Gianfranco Rossi and Jamaican Simon Brown.

Super Middleweight Marquis Moore remains undefeated with unanimous decision over Troy Artis in Queens, New York

New York, NY (May 19, 2018) – Super Middleweight prospect Marquis Moore remained undefeated with a six-round unanimous decision over Troy Artis at The Amazura Concert Hall in the Jamaica section of Queens, New York.

Moore used quick combinations and focused on the body to control the action to cruise home with the victory, and he remained perfect at 7-0.

Moore is managed by Split-T Management.

“I got some good work in and I take my hat off to Troy Artis because he came to fight.  I’m already looking forward to get back in the gym and get ready for my next fight,” said Moore.

Said Split-T Management CEO, David McWater, “When I first saw Marquis win the National Golden Gloves, I felt he would be a star in the pros because he has the style and power to become an attraction. He punches real hard , has a great work ethic, and he has a lot of natural ability you just can’t teach. With the help of his trainers Davarryl Williamson and Terry Buterbaugh, I know he will become a World Champion!” 

ABOUT SPLIT-TMANAGEMENT

Headed by David McWater, Split-T Management has amassed one of the top stables in boxing.

Their impressive roster includes:

World Rated Contenders

IBF Super Lightweight Mandatory Title Challenger Ivan Baranchyk

Welterweight  “The New” Ray Robinson

Former Bantamweight Title Challenger  Antonio Nieves

2016 Olympians

Lightweight  Teofimo Lopez

Junior Middleweight  Charles Conwell

Bantamweight Antonio Vargas

Undefeated Prospects

Heavyweights: Stephen Shaw,  Marcus Carter, Yegor Plevako

Cruiserweights: Joshua Temple, “Mighty” Joe Jones

Light Heavyweights: Joseph Williams, Bortirali Mamajonov

Super Middleweights: Isiah Steen, DeAndre Ware, Isiah Jones

Middleweights: Marquis Moore, Raquel Miller

Junior Middleweights: Ardreal Holmes, Hurshidbek Normatov, Fred Wilson, Jr.

Welterweight’s Janelson Bocachica, Poindexter Knight, Mark Dawson, Boubacar Sylla, Brian Ceballo

Junior Lightweight: Erick De Leon

For More information, Contact:

Joe Quiambao at 917-627-6559

     
Derrick Webster takes on Oscar Riojas for the ABF Super Middleweight Title in main event on Friday, June 1st at The Claridge Hotel in Atlantic City
 
Atlantic City Hall of Fame Weekend card to feature Isiah Seldon in co-feature
 
Plus undefeated James Wilkins, Vidal Rivera, Emmanauel Rodriguez & Lester Brown
 
Atlantic City, New Jersey (May 16, 2018)–Rising super middleweight contender Derrick Webster will headline a great night of boxing on Friday, June 1st at The Claridge Hotelwhen he takes tough veteran Oscar Riojas in a ten-round bout for the ABF Super Middleweight Title in the main event of a nine bout card.
 
The show, which will coincide with The Atlantic City Boxing Hall of Fame weekend, is promoted by Mis Downing Promotions.
 
Webster of Glassboro, New Jersey has a record of 25-1 with 13 knockouts.
 
The 35 year-old is a nine-year veteran, and is riding a six-bout winning streak.
 
Webster, who has wins over Frankie Fillipone (22-5-1), Thomas Awimbono (25-5-1), Obodai Sai (23-1), is coming off an eight-round unanimous decision over Francisco Cordero (38-9) on February 10th in Philadelphia.
 
This will be Webster’s 5th bout in Atlantic City.
 
Riojas of Monterrey, Mexico has a record of 16-9-1 with five knockouts.
 
The 34 year-old Riojas is a five year professional who won his first 11 bouts.  Riojas has been in the ring with title challengers Ronald Gavril, Vyacheslav Shabranskyy as well as undefeated fighters Conrad Cummings, Immanuwel Aleem, Francy Ntetu, Enrique Collazo & Ronald Ellis.
 
Riojas is coming off dropping an eight-round unanimous decision to Brandon Robinson on April 6th in Philadelphia.
 
In the special co-feature bout,  Isiah Seldon of Atlantic City will take on Lamar Harris in a middleweight bout scheduled for six-rounds.  
 
The bout will kick off an historic weekend for Seldon, as his father, the former WBA Heavyweight champion of the world Bruce Seldon will be inducted into the Atlantic City Boxing Hall of Fame.
 
The 29 year-old Seldon has a record of 11-1-1 with four knockouts.
 
The eight-year professional is unbeaten in his last five bouts.  In his last bout, Seldon got a disputed draw against Rudy Lozano on February 11th in Humble, Texas.
 
Harris of St. Louis, Missouri has a record of 9-14-4 with five knockouts.
 
The 33 year-old is a 13 year-professional who has faced top opposition who has a win over undefeated Earl Walker (7-0).  Harris has also shared the ring with 12 undefeated fighters, which includes former world champion Shawn Porter and former world title challenger Matt Korobov.
 
Harris is coming off being stopped in 2 rounds by Webster on August 5, 2017 in Atlantic City.
 
In an eight-round bout, Prince Badi Ajamu (28-4-1, 15 KOs) of Camden, NJ will rematch Edgar Perez (7-24, 3 KOs) of Chicago in a cruiserweight bout.
 
In a six-round bout: Kevin Asmat (3-2, 2 KOs) of North Bergen, NJ takes on an opponent to be named in a featherweight bout.
 
In four-round bouts:
 
Isaiah Hart of Atlantic City, NJ will make his pro debut against against an opponent to be announced in a middleweight bout.
 
James Wilkins (3-0, 3 KOs) of Brooklyn, NY will battle Joe Gbolo (3-2-2, 1 KO) of Newbergh, NY in a featherweight bout.
 
Also appearing in four-round bouts against yet to be named opponents are featherweight Vidal Rivera (7-0, 4 KOs) of Camden, NJ; super flyweight Emmanuel Rodriguez (2-0) of Newark, NJ and lightweight Lester Brown (3-0-1, 1 KO) the Bahamas.
Tickets are $150 for VIP Ringside; $120 for Stage seating; $85 for Premium Seating and $60 for General Admission & can be purchased by calling Michelle Register at 609-712-3854 or Ariana Thompson at 706-588-5934
 
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Rosalinda Rodriguez and Ivana Coleman battle for WIBA International Bantamweight title this Thursday night at Grady Cole Center in Charlotte, North Carolina
 
Undefeated prospects Frank Gonzalez & Andrew Strode meet in a six-round bout
 
Santario Martin meets Curtis Waller for WBB Middleweight title
 
Undefeated Francisco Vazquez Irizarry in action
Charlotte, NC (May 15, 2018) – This Thursday night undefeated Bantamweight, Rosalinda Rodriguez will take on Ivana Coleman in the main event of an eight-bout card at the Grady Cole Center in Charlotte, North Carolina.
 
The eight-round bout heads the card promoted by Pretty Girl Promotions.
 
Rodriguez, 31, of Miami Florida has a record of 5-0 with one knockout.  The three-year professional is coming off winning the NABF Bantamweight title with a unanimous decision over Noemi Bosques on October 19, 2016 in Charlotte, North Carolina.
 
Coleman of Slidell, Louisiana is a 10 fight veteran, who will be facing her 10th undefeated opponent in 11 bouts.
 
She is coming off four round unanimous decision defeat to Jasmine Rtega on March 9th in Tampa, Florida.
 
Two special six-round co-main events have been ticketed for “Thursday Night Fights.”
 
In a middleweight bout for the WBB Middleweight title, Santario Martin (3-3, 2 KOs) of Gainesville, Florida takes on Curtis Waller (1-5-1, 1 KO) of Tampa, Florida.
 
In a battle of undefeated bantamweights, Frank Gonzalez (3-0, 2 KOs) of Miami, Florida fights Andrew Strode (3-0, 1 KO) of Colorado.
 
In other six-round bouts, Matthew Strode (24-6, 9 KOs) of Greensboro, North Carolina battles Dennis Sharpe (17-25-4, 4 KOs) of Bayonne, New Jersey in a middleweight bout.
 
Alexander Debovits (4-1-2, 2 KOs) of Buffalo, New York battles Alejandro Esquilin Santiago (0-2) of Tampa, Florida in a heavyweight bout.
 
Francisco Vazquez Irizarry (2-0, 1 KO) of Ponce, Puerto Rico battles Kevin Cooper (1-14, 1 KO) of South Carolina in a lightweight bout.
 
In four-round bouts:
 
Tivan Young of North Carolina will make his pro debut against Hakeem Atkinson(0-3) of Jacksonville, Florida in a super lightweight bout. 
 
Willie Harvey (1-0-1, 1 KO) of Plainfield, New Jersey fights Mose Smith (0-2) of Concord, North Carolina in a heavyweight bout.
 
Tickets are priced at $75, $50 and $35 and can be purchased at www.prettygirlpromo.com 
 
 
Marc Abrams at 856 287 7611 or phillyboxing@gmail.com 

THE REAL DEAL BOXING COMES TO ATLANTIC CITY ON JUNE 2ND FOR A SPECIAL HALL OF FAME EDITION
TOKA KAHN CLARY TO TAKE ON 
EMMANUEL DOMINGUEZ
FOR THE NABA FEATHERWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
 
EVANDER HOLYFIELD TO BE INDUCTED INTO THE
ATLANTIC CITY BOXING HALL OF FAME ON JUNE 3RD

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ. (May 15, 2018):–The eyes of the boxing world will once again be on Atlantic City when Evander Holyfield’s The Real Deal Boxing makes it’s Atlantic City debut on Saturday, June 2nd at the Adrian Phillips Theater inside Boardwalk Hall

 as part of the Atlantic City Boxing Hall of Fame Weekend.
 
With Evander Holyfield as the lead inductee in this year’s Hall of Fame class, The Real Deal Boxing, in association with Mis Downing Promotions and the Atlantic City Boxing Hall of Fame, has put together a sensational card featuring world class fighters along with a who’s who of local talent.
 
Headlining the evening will be The Real Deal Boxing’s top 10 ranked featherweight contender, Toka Kahn Clary (24-1, 17 KOs). The Liberian born southpaw, now based out of Providence, Rhode Island is set to take on Mexico’s Emmanuel Dominguez (22-6-2, 14 KOs) in what promises to be an action-packed high stakes fight for the NABA Featherweight Title.
 
In preparation for the title shot, Clary is currently on the west coast working with Hall of Fame trainer, Freddie Roach at The Wildcard Boxing Gym in Hollywood.
 
“This has been a long, hard training camp. I’ve been pushing myself ten times harder than usual with no distractions other than missing my family.”, explains Clary. “All I do out here is concentrate on boxing. I have a great support team, starting with a new addition, Freddie Roach.”
 
Clary has impressed Roach throughout the past few weeks of training as well.
 
“So far training camp has been great.”, insists Roach, the 7-time winner of BWAA Trainer of the Year award. “I’m continually impressed with Toka’s speed, power and overall skills. The next 3 weeks we will be concentrating on sharpening all the tools and come June 2nd, Team Clary will be ready.”
 
The undercard features an exciting mix of The Real Deal Boxing prospects and a host of next generation New Jersey and Philadelphia based fighters who are willing to be tested early in their careers.
 
The Real Deal Boxing’s Rayonta Whitfield (29-2, 15 KOs), who fights out of Augusta, Georgia will challenge former NABO champion and the pride of Cleveland, Ohio, Antonio Nieves (17-2-2, 9 KOs) in an 8 round bout that should see the winner move into contender status in the bantamweight division.
 
Dagoberto Aguero (13-0, 9 KOs), the undefeated super bantamweight from Florida and one of The Real Deal Boxing’s most promising prospects, will take on the toughest challenge of his career in New Brunswick, New Jersey’s Jorge Diaz (19-5-1, 10 KOs) in an 8 round clash.
 
The Real Deal Boxing’s undefeated Philadelphia based lightweight prospect, Steven Ortiz (8-0, 3 KOs) will take on Massachusett’s Zack Ramsey (8-3, 4 KOs) in an 8 round bout.
 
Atlantic City’s very own, Anthony Young (18-2, 6 KOs) will put his excellent record on the line against the Bronx’s Enver Halili (10-1, 3 KOs) in an 8 round welterweight clash. 
 
In a Philly vs. AC bragging rights battle, Alejandro Jiminez (1-0, 1 KO) will take on Dallas Holden (1-2) in a 4 round featherweight bout.
 
Promising Philadelphia welterweight and recent The Real Deal Boxing signee, Poindexter Knight (3-0, 2 KOs) will look to maintain his perfect record against an opponent to be named in a 4 round bout. 
 
Brandon Robinson (10-1, 7 KOs) of Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, one of the busiest fighters in the game having fought an unbelievable 9 times last year, will appear against an opponent to be named in a 6 round super middleweight bout. Robinson is signed to Marshall Kauffman’s Kings Promotions.
 
Undefeated Bowie, Maryland native and a member of The Real Deal Boxing roster, Greg Outlaw (4-0, 1 KO) will take on Lanoka Harbor, New Jersey’s Dan Murray (3-1-1) in a 6 round junior welterweight battle.
 
Rounding out the stacked card will be two fighters making their pro debuts in separate 4 round bouts. 
 
Decorated national amateur champion, super bantamweight, Sacred Downing of Trenton, New Jersey will take on an opponent to be named and super lightweight, Dalyonn Butt of Philadelphia will take on the Bronx’s Samuel Forjue (0-2).
 
Evander Holyfield himself couldn’t be more excited about The Real Deal Boxing’s AC debut and his induction into the Atlantic City Boxing Hall of Fame.
 
“From my second professional fight to defending the heavyweight championship of the world against George Foreman in one of the biggest fights of the decade, Atlantic City holds a special place in my heart.”, explains the legendary 4 time heavyweight champion now turned promoter.
 
“With my induction into the Hall of Fame, it felt like this was the ideal time to bring The Real Deal Boxing to Atlantic City. We believe Atlantic City is poised to make a comeback as of one of the premier destinations for professional boxing and The Real Deal Boxing is committed to being a part of that.”
 
The Real Deal Hall of Fame Special Edition takes place Saturday, June 2nd at the Adrian Phillips Theater inside Boardwalk Hall and is presented in association with Mis Downing Promotions and the Atlantic City Boxing Hall of Fame. Tickets are on sale now and priced at $150, $100, $50 and $35. Tickets are available at www.ticketmaster.com and in person at the Boardwalk Hall Box Office. For more information visit www.therealdealboxing.com and www.acbhof.com.
 
. Please send credential and interview requests to publicity@therealdealboxing.com or contact Chris Jay at (805) 258-9420

 

FORMER IBF WORLD CHAMPION 
JONATHAN “SALOMON KING” GUZMAN
SIGNS WITH EL MATADOR MANAGEMENT

QUEENS, NY (May 15th, 2018) – El Matador Management, Inc. has announced the signing of hard hitting super bantamweight contender, Jonathan “Salomon King” Guzman (23-1, 22 KO’s). Felipe Gomez will now be managing the career of hard hitting and former IBF World Super Bantamweight Champion Guzman, who hails from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Gomez will be working closely with Sampson Lewkowicz (Guzman’ Promoter) as they jointly look to keep Guzman busy, while guiding him back toward a world title. 

Jonathan Guzman

Jonathan Guzman

 Guzman won the IBF World Super Bantamweight Title with an 11-round stoppage over Shingo Wake (20-4-2, 12 KO’s) in Japan. Guzman then defended his title against Yukinori Oguni (18-1-1, 8 KO’s) in Kyoto, Japan losing a 12-round unanimous decision.
 
“I been out of the ring for over a year now and I know Felipe Gomez can help jump-start my career again.” said Guzman. “I see the job he is doing with all his fighters and how he has been keeping them busy. That is exactly what I need, someone that can help keep me busy fighting and that also believes in me becoming a World Champion again.”
 
“I am extremely happy to be part of Jonathan Guzman’s team” said Felipe Gomez. “He is an exciting fighter to watch, he reminds me of a mini Mike Tyson. I have big plans for him and I will work relentlessly with Sampson Lewkowicz to help Guzman get back on track. Guzman is a skillful fighter that has tremendous punching power in both hands and I am excited to have him be part of my team!”
 
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  MICHAEL DUTCHOVER REMAINS UNDEFEATED WITH A 3RD ROUND STOPPAGE OVER MIKE FOWLER

PHILADELPHIA, Penn. / ORANGE, Calif. (May  14, 2018) – Top junior lightweight prospect Michael Dutchover (9-0, 6 KOs) of Midland, Tex. continues to improve on his advanced skill set. He knocked out Mike Fowler (6-15, 2 KOs) in the third round (1:19) after landing consecutive body shots that sapped the air out of Fowler’s lungs. 

The fight took place this past Friday night at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, California.

 
Dutchover proved his talent early by connecting with body shots in the second round that floored the shorter Fowler. Dutchover, 20, rarely got hit and displayed superior hand speed and excellent instincts. 
“I wanted to start fast and not have to go the full six rounds,” said Dutchover, who was an outstanding cross country runner in high school. “I figured him out pretty quickly. He wasn’t covering up well and I took advantage.”
Dutchover is trained and managed by Danny Zamora and promoted by Banner Promotions and Thompson Boxing. 
 
For regular updates on our fighters, events, and promotions, please check Banner Promotions Facebook Page , and follow us on Instagram and Twitter @BannerBoxing
 
Photos by Carlos Baeza / Thompson Boxing
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Mykal Fox continues winning ways with unanimous decision over Anthony Mercado
 
Cruz, Yunusov, Ortiz and Coffie remain undefeated
 
“The Fighting Ring Announcer” Alex Barbosa returns to ring with victory
Philadelphia, Penn. (May 14, 2018)–This past Friday night, junior welterweight Mykal Fox remained perfect by winning a eight-round unanimous decision over Anthony Mercado.
 
The bout headlined an eight-fight card at SugarHouse Casino, and was promoted by King’s Promotions.
 
Fox of Forestville, Maryland controlled the action by using his long reach that set up combination punching.  The 22 year-old was solid throughout, and cruised home to the victory by scores of 79-73 twice and 78-74.
 
Fox is now 17-0,  Mercado of Camuy, Puerto Rico is 11-4.
“The Fighting Ring Announcer” Alex Barbosa came back after a nearly two-year layoff to win a four-round unanimous decision over Sergio Aguilar in a super bantamweight bout.
 
Barbosa of Philadelphia won by scores of 40-36 and 39-37 twice to raise his mark to 6-3-1.  Aguilar of Homestead, Florida is 2-8.
 
Romuel Cruz bloodied the nose of Bryann Perez on his way to a four-round unanimous decision in a super bantamweight bout.
 
Cruz of Philadelphia won by scores of 40-36 twice and 39-37 to stay undefeated at 2-0.  Perez of Carolina, Puerto Rico falls to 2-10-1.
 
New King’s Promotions signee, Anvar Yusunov shook of a flash knockdown to win a four-round unanimous decision over Deo Kizito in a super featherweight bout.
 
In round three, Kizito landed a straight left that made Yusunov’s glove hit the canvas.  It was Yusunov’s power shots that bloodied the nose of Kizito, and was the difference in the fight.
 
Yusunov, who is a three-time Olympian from Tajikistan won by scores of 40-36, 39-37 and 38-37 to improve to 2-0.  Kizito of Dubai, United Arab Emirates is 3-2.
 
Jerrod Miner and Desmond Moore battled to a four-round split draw in a bantamweight contest.
 
Each fighter won a scorecard 39-37 and a third card was even at 38-38.
 
Miner of Philadelphia is 1-1-2.  Moore of Bethlehem, PA is 1-0-1.
In the fight of the night, Joshafat Ortiz got off the deck in round one, to come back to stop Jordan Peters in round two of their scheduled four-round super featherweight bout.
 
Peters dropped Ortiz in the first frame with a vicious right hand.  Ortiz was not only able to shake that off, but come back and land a booming right hand that dropped Peters in next frame.  Peters got up, but ate a huge combination, and the fight was stopped at 2:13.
 
Ortiz of Reading, PA is 4-0 with 2 knockouts.  Peters of Washington, DC is 2-2-1.
 
Michael Coffie remained undefeated by stopping Lamar Lewis in the first round of their scheduled four round heavyweight bout.
 
Coffie landed a big combination to the top of the head that sent Lewis down, and the fight was stopped 75 seconds into the fight.
 
Coffie of Brooklyn is 3-0 with 2 knockouts.  Lewis of Conway, Arkansas is 0-2.
 
Joel Flores of Christopher Burgos fought to a spirited four-round majority draw in a junior lightweight bout.
 
Flores of Passaic, New Jersey won a card 39-37, but that was overruled by two 38-38 cards.
 
Flores is 0-0-2.  Burgos of Philadelphia is 0-2-1. 
 
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Boxing Legends Evander Holyfield and Roy Jones, Jr. to attend Mis Downing Promotions card on Friday, June 1st at The Calridge Hotel in Atlantic City

Atlantic City, New Jersey (May 14, 2018)–Two of the greatest fighters of all-time, former cruiserweight and heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield and former four division world champion Roy Jones, Jr. will be special guests as Mis Downing Promotions will officially kick off the Atlantic City Boxing Hall of Fame 2nd Annual Induction Weekend on Friday, June 1st, with a great night of professional boxing at 

The Claridge: A Radisson Hotel.
 The fight card on Friday June 1st in the Celebrity Theater at the Claridge Hotel  will precede a great show that will take place the next evening Saturday June 2nd at Historic Boardwalk Hall {Adrian Phillips Theater} where Mis Downing Promotions will be working in associating with 4-Time Heavyweight Champ Evander “Real Deal” Holyfield and his promotional company Real Deal Sports & Entertainment.
 
“To have Evander and Roy attend my fight card will just add to a great night and weekend in Atlantic City.  These are 2 of the legends of the sport, and knowing that they will be in attendance on June 1st, that will inspire all of the fighters even more,” Said Mis Downing, CEO of Mis Downing Promotions.
 
In the main event, super middleweight Derrick Webster (25-1, 13 KOs) of Glassboro, New Jersey will take part in a ten-round bout.
 
Appearing in six-rounds bouts will be lightweight Christina Linardatou (9-1, 5 KOs) of Athens, Greece; super lightweight John Bauza (9-0, 5 KOs) of North Bergen, NJ; heavyweight Darmani Rock (11-0, 7 KOs) of Philadelphia, PA; featherweight Kevin Asmat (3-2, 2 KOs) of North Bergen, NJ.
 
Seeing action in four-round bouts will be pro debuting super welterweight Isaiah Hart of Atlantic City; featherweight James Wilkins (3-0, 3 KOs) of Brooklyn, NY; super featherweight Javier Oquendo (3-0, 1 KO) of Philadelphia and super lightweight Osnel Charles (12-18-1, 2 KOs) of Atlantic City.
 
Tickets are $150 for VIP Ringside; $120 for Stage seating; $85 for Premium Seating and $60 for General Admission

BELLEW – HAYE LIVERPOOL FIGHT WEEK PRESS CONFERENCE VIDEO

AWE to Air Live Bellew v. Haye II, THIS SATURDAYSaturday, May 5th 

Start Time: 1 PM ET / 10 AM PT

SAN DIEGO, CALIF. – April 30, 2018 -Below is the Liverpool press conference that took place on Monday that kicked off fight week for the much anticipated rematch between former world champions, Tony Bellew and David Haye that will take place at The O2 in London THIS SATURDAY, May 5, live on AWE-A Wealth of Entertainment.

The American broadcast will begin at 1 PM ET / 10 AM PT

The fight card will also be streamed live via KlowdTV on the AWE channel. Visit www.klowdtv.com for additional information.

About AWE LIVE BOXING

AWE LIVE Boxing features live world title championship and elimination bouts showcasing today’s most exciting fighters. Since the inception of AWE’s live boxing events in 2011, AWE has featured over 50 world title fights.

AWE has brought boxing fans some of the most exciting and controversial bouts, including the matchup of Ricky Burns against Ray Beltran for the world title. AWE featured live and exclusively the crowning of American Terence Crawford over Ricky Burns. AWE fans have witnessed the explosive power of undefeated heavyweight Tyson Fury multiple times on the network, including Fury’s victory over Kevin Johnson. In 2017, AWE was the exclusive United States television provider of the first historic matchup between legendary British heavyweight David Haye and Tony Bellew.

About AWE – A Wealth of Entertainment

A Wealth of Entertainment (“AWE”) features a wide range of lifestyles and entertainment programming from exotic travel and outrageous homes to live world championship boxing. AWE is available on over a hundred cable systems, including AT&T U-Verse, ch 147 and 1147 in HD, Verizon FiOS TV, ch 169 and 669 in HD, and DirecTV, ch 387, Frontier Communications ch 169 and 669 in HD, CenturyLink PRISM TV ch. 144 and 1144 in HD, and streaming on DirecTV NOW and KlowdTV. For more information, please visit www.awetv.com

 

Card taking shape for Friday, May 11th at SugarHouse Casino in Philadelphia

Mykal Fox takes on Anthony Mercado in main event

Undefeated Heavyweights meet as Colby Madison fights Michael Coffie in co-feature

“The Fighting Ring Announcer” Alex Barbosa returns to action 

Plus undefeated Romuel Cruz, Desmond Moore, Joshafat Ortiz, & Laured Stewart to see action in separate bouts

PRESS CONFERENCE, WED. MAY 9TH AT 6 PM 

WEIGH-IN, THUR. MAY 10TH AT 5 PM 

ALL EVENTS AT SUGARHOUSE CASINO

Philadelphia, Penn. (April 30, 2018)–Some of the area’s best prospects have been added to a terrific night of boxing for Friday night, May 11th at SugarHouse Casino.

The show is promoted by King’s Promotions.

In the previously announced main event, undefeated junior welterweight, Mykal Fox (16-0, 4 KOs) of Forrestville, Maryland will take on Anthony Mercado (11-3, 10 KOs) of Camuy, Puerto Rico in a bout scheduled for eight-rounds.

In the six-round co-feature, it will be a battle of undefeated heavyweight’s as Colby Madison (6-0-2, 4 KOs) of Owings Mills, Maryland takes on Michael Coffie (2-0, 1 KO) of Brooklyn, New York.

In four-round  bouts:

“The Fighting Ring Announcer” Alex Barbosa (5-3-1, 1 KO) of Philadelphia takes on Sergio Aguilar (2-7, 2 KOs) of Homestead, Florida in a super bantamweight bout.

Romuel Cruz (1-0, 1 KO) of Philadelphia takes on an opponent to be named in a super bantamweight bout.

Jerrod Miner (1-1-1, 1 KO) of Philadelphia battles Desmond Moore (1-0, 1 KO) of Allentown, PA in a bantamweight bout.

Joshafat Ortiz (3-0, 1 KO) of Reading, PA fights Raekwon Blackston (0-1) of Wilson, North Carolina in a super featherweight affair.

Laured Stewart (3-0, 2 KOs) of Sydney Australia takes on an opponent to be named in a middleweight bout.

Joel Flores (0-0-1) of Passaic, NJ squares off with Christopher Burgos (0-2) of Philadelphia in a junior lightweight bout.

Tickets are on sale for $100, $75, $50, and can be purchased at SugarHousecasino.com

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ATLANTIC CITY BOXING HALL OF FAME PRESENT “FIGHT FAN EXPERIENCE” ON SATURDAY, JUNE 2ND AT THE CLARIDGE HOTEL

Atlantic City, N.J. – April 26th, 2018 – As part of the 2nd annual induction weekend, the Atlantic City Boxing Hall of Fame presents the “ACBHOF Fight Fan Experience” which will take place on Saturday, June 2nd at The Claridge Hotel.
“The Fight Fan Experience” is a bonus for boxing fans to an already action-packed weekend that will include a Meet-And-Greet, two professional fight cards, and induction ceremonies.
“The Fight Fan Experience” includes the opportunity to rub shoulders and meet some of the legends of boxing, as well as view the Jack Johnson Exhibit, “Smokin” Joe Frazier Legacy Exist Exhibit, the great sculptures of James O’Neal and Philly Boxing History Exhibit. Fans will experience music by DJ Young Hitta, interactive activities, participation in a Pop-Up Boxing Gym, an opportunity to view and buy Icons of Boxing Memorabilia, and back by popular demand our pop-up barbershop styled by A True Gentleman’s Barber Shop Polo’s Lounge plus much more.
“The Fight Fan Experience will begin at 12 pm and run to 4 PM. Tickets are $15 for general admission and $25 for the Souvenir Package.
Tickets can be purchased online at www.acbhof.com and rooms can be booked by visiting www.claridge.com. A discounted room rate is available until April 30th by using promo code: ACBHOF.
“Last year the Fight Fan Experience was a major hit, and this year we have many more activities and displays for the great boxing fans who come through on Saturday, June 2nd,” said Ray McCline, President of the Atlantic City Boxing Hall of Fame.
“The Induction weekend is a full-plate for everyone who attends, and the “Fight Fan Experience” will deliver a great time with so many different things that it is sure to satisfy their boxing palate.  
All interested sponsors, exhibitors, and vendors who would like to reserve a booth, contact the ACBHOF at (609) 318 -3188 or info@acbhof.com or acbhof@gmail.com.
The Claridge: A Raddison Hotel is a cooperate Sponsor and host venue.

Split-T Management signs National Golden Gloves Champion Isiah Jones

Jones is latest Golden Gloves champion to sign with Split-T Management

New York, NY (April 25, 2018)–Split-T  Management is proud to announce the signing of undefeated super middleweight and former National Golden Gloves Champion, Isiah Jones.

Jones of Detroit, has a record of 6-0 with three knockouts.

The 23 year-old Jones was 52-2 as an amateur, and was the 2016 National Golden Gloves champion.

Jones, who was mentored by longtime and respected Detroit boxing man, Carlos Llinas, possesses a fan-friendly style, as he likes to apply  relentless pressure to his opponent.

His strengths are his natural instincts, and physical strength.  Jones is a fearless fighter who likes to mix it up with his opponent.

“We are very excited to have a fighter like Isiah in the Split-T Management family,” said Split-T Management CEO, David McWater. “Isiah will be the 5th National Golden Gloves Middleweight Champion I have on my roster!”

“I am very excited to sign with Split-T Management because this is a big opportunity for me to get to the next level of boxing,” Said Jones. ” Everyone will  love seeing me fight because I’m all action.  My boxing idol is Marvelous Marvin Hagler and I have adopted his motto ” Seek and Destroy!”  My style is to impose my strength and will on an opponent, inflict as much pain as possible so they realize there is nothing they can do to beat me”.

Said Carlos Llinas, “I have been following Isiah’s career since he was an amateur winning two Detroit Golden Gloves Championships. Detroit is going to see a fighter that will remind you of the Michigan greats of yesteryear.”

ABOUT SPLIT-TMANAGEMENT

Headed by David McWater, Split-T Management has amassed one of the top stables in boxing.

Their impressive roster includes:

World Rated Contenders

IBF Super Lightweight Mandatory Title Challenger Ivan Baranchyk

Welterweight  “The New” Ray Robinson

Former Bantamweight Title Challenger  Antonio Nieves

2016 Olympians

Lightweight  Teofimo Lopez

Junior Middleweight  Charles Conwell

Bantamweight Antonio Vargas

Undefeated Prospects

Heavyweights: Stephen Shaw,  Marcus Carter, Yegor Plevako

Cruiserweights: Joshua Temple, “Mighty” Joe Jones

Light Heavyweights: Joseph Williams, Bortirali Mamajonov

Super Middleweights: Isiah Steen, DeAndre Ware

Middleweights: Marquis Moore, Raquel Miller

Junior Middleweights: Ardreal Holmes, Hurshidbek Normatov, Fred Wilson, Jr.

Welterweight’s Janelson Bocachica, Poindexter Knight, Mark Dawson, Boubacar Sylla, Brian Ceballo

For More information, Contact:

Joe Quiambao at 917-627-6559

Mason Menard training hard for Haney showdown
Beverly Hills, Calif. (April 25,2018) – Lightweight contender Mason Menard (33-2, 24 KOs) is training very hard for his upcoming battle with undefeated Devin Haney (18-0, 12 KOs)  that will headline a ShoBox: The New Generation card, live on SHOWTIME (10 PM ET / PT) on Friday, May 11th at The 2300 Arena in Philadelphia.
 
Menard has set up training camp in Dallas, Texas for this important battle, which is now for the USBA Lightweight title.
 
“Training Camp is Dallas is going great.  I’m feeling comfortable with my new team around me, and being around elite guys in the gym like Errol Spence, Jermell Charlo, Rob Brant and Cem Kilic has made me a better fighter,” said Menard.  “My only real loss was to world champion Ray Beltran. May 11th can’t come soon enough because I am ready to show the boxing world that Devin Haney is taking too big of a step up, and I am back.”
 
This will be the first bout with new Manager, Shane Shapiro of No Limit Mindset Management.
 “I am excited for Mason’s return to the ring.  With a new management team around him, a repaired shoulder, an elite trainer and quality sparring partners, fight fans will see an improved Mason Menard on May 11th,” said Shapiro, CEO of No Limit Mindset.  “I truly believe that being in the gym with guys like Errol Spence and Jermell Charlo for entire camp will bring out the best in Mason.  Devin Haney is a great fighter, and has a lot of hype around him, but come fight night, he will realize that he took too big of a step up in opposition.”  
 

Menard is promoted by Greg Cohen Promotions.

For more information on No Limit Mindset, LLC, contact:
Shane Shapiro 

Ruben Villa Speaks to Troubled Kids at Monterey County Youth Center  

PHILADELPHIA, Penn. / ORANGE, Calif. (April 25, 2018) – One week after winning his first professional title (WBO Youth) in his hometown of Salinas, Calif., prized featherweight prospect Ruben Villa paid a visit to the Monterey County Youth Center where he spoke to at risk adolescents. 

“There were a lot of young kids, kids that are still in high school that never really got the guidance that you would want them to have,” said Villa, who sports an undefeated record of 11-0, 4 KOs. “My message was simple. You can still better your life, but you have to find the motivation that’s going to make you want to change.”

Villa, 21, was fortunate to have found the sweet science at an early age. He started boxing the same year he entered kindergarten. Many youth in Monterey County and the greater Salinas area get involved with gangs at a young age and enter a path of criminal behavior that almost always ends in incarceration. 

“I just tried telling them my story how boxing kept me focus and out of trouble,” Villa said. “At the end of the day, you need to do right by your community. I think these kids want to change and make their family proud, but they need reinforcement and help.”

Although young himself, Villa has developed a reputation for caring deeply for the area he grew up in. The southpaw is always looking for ways to help.

“It’s just one of the qualities that I saw in Ruben when I signed him,” said manager Danny Zamora. “He is very humble and makes me very proud that he is such a positive role model to the community of Salinas. I am glad that he is giving back to the kids that need it the most.”

The Monterey County Youth Center is a residential facility and aftercare program offering educational and rehabilitation opportunities for juvenile court wards. 

Villa is promoted by Banner Promotions and Thompson Boxing.

For regular updates on our fighters, events, and promotions, please check Banner Promotions Facebook Page , and follow us on Instagram and Twitter @BannerBoxing

 

HOT VIDEO & QUOTES FROM

GENNADY GOLOVKIN AND VANES MARTIROSYAN

 2004 Olympians Meet The Press and Each Other

on Martirosyan’s Home Turf

 

Click Here for the Video

Downloadable In Both 4K & 1080 files 

Courtesy GGG Promotions

GLENDALE, CALIF. (April 24, 2018) — Fellow 2004 Olympians and soon-to-be opponents GENNADY “GGG” GOLOVKIN and VANES “THE NIGHTMARE” MARTIROSYAN met with the media — and each other — on Monday at Martirosyan’s gym, the Glendale Fighting Club.  It was the first time the fighters addressed the media, and each other, since announcing their Cinco De Mayo world championship rumble.  Golovkin (37-0-1, 33 KOs), from Karaganda, Kazakhstan, boxing’s longest-reigning  world champion (since 2010), will be defending his World Middleweight Championship crown for the 20th consecutive and record-tying time, against former two-time world title challenger and current No. 1 contender Martirosyan (36-3-1, 21 KOs), from Glendale, Calif.  They collide on Saturday, May 5, under the stars at StubHub Center.  The fight will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing® beginning at 11:00 p.m. ET/PT.

Promoted by GGG promotions, in association with Don King Productions, and sponsored by Tecate, Chivas Regal, Jordan and Hublot, remaining tickets to the Golovkin vs. Martirosyan world championship event are priced at $750, $500, $300, $200, $100 (sold out) and $50 (sold out), and may be purchased online at https://www.axs.com/events/353331/golovkin-vs-martirosyan-tickets?ref=edp_twpost, by phone at (888) 9AXS-TIX, or by visiting the StubHub Center box office.           

 Here is what the fighters had to say:

GENNADY GOLOVKIN

“I am glad to be back in the ring and giving a fight to my fans.  I am happy that Cinco De Mayo will still have boxing.   It is good for the sport.  I want to stay active.  I would like to fight four or five times every year.  Cinco De Mayo is a big night for a fight and for a Mexican-Style fighter like me.  It is very important to me to be fighting again, to be fighting on Cinco De Mayo.  I didn’t want to disappoint the fans who wanted a fight on a Mexican holiday.  I am grateful to the Mexican fans who support me and who supported me after the fight with Canelo and during the past two months.  

“When my fight with Canelo was canceled I never stopped training.   I wanted a fight on Cinco De Mayo.  I stayed in Big Bear working hard with Abel hoping I would still be able to have a fight.

“Canelo?  Right now he is over.  Do I want to have the rematch in September?  We’ll see.  It’s a different deal.  The boxing business is crazy.  I’ll fight Canelo again.  Ask him if he wants to fight me.

“I no longer think about Canelo.  I am only focused on this fight.  I just want to fight Vanes.  I remember him from the 2004 Olympics.  I know he is not easy.  Vanes is a strong and active fighter in the ring.  He is a good fighter .  Vanes is a real guy.  A real fighter.  He is tall and strong.  In 2004, I thought Vanes was the best boxer on the U.S. Olympic team. 

“I have watched some tapes of Vanes’ fights.  His fights with Lara.  The minute the fight was signed Abel brought new ideas to the gym workouts.  And no, I am not going to tell you those new ideas.  The fans at StubHub Center will be watching two Mexican-style fighters from the area.

“I am still comfortable at 160 pounds.  There are no big money fights at 168 pounds and besides, I am small at 160. 

“I only ask for fights.  I want more big fights.  Huge fights.  Title unification fights.  I want to stay champion.  It should be a clean sport.  That is important to me. 

“This fight is very important for boxing.  Fans should not have to miss having a fight on Cinco De Mayo.  This is my gift to the sport.  Thank you to everyone for watching me and supporting me.”         

VANES MARTIROSYAN

“This fight is the biggest test for me.  It will show where I belong in this sport.  I was able to take advantage of this opportunity because I never left the gym, even when previously scheduled fights kept falling through.  I would take a week off and then return to the gym.  It was hard but I never lost faith.  A good fighter stays ready, stays in shape.  How many times have we heard that about an opponent falling out and a replacement getting that golden ticket to fight for a world title? 

“Regarding Canelo, you have to ask, ‘Why did he flunk two drug tests.  Why did he withdraw from VADA?  I don’t believe him.  I don’t buy his excuse about tainted meat.  If, God forbid, I had tested positive because of accidentally eating something, I would have myself tested every day to prove I was clean.  No one wants to see someone cheat his way into a fight.

“That’s why fans love Triple G.  Because he is so good in the ring and because he is clean.  He has always been tested. He wants boxing to be a clean sport as do I. 

“I have been counted out before and I have shined.  This is my time.  Fate has reached out to me and I am ready to seize the moment.  You can never plan for something like this, but you can be prepared, and that’s why I never left the gym. 

“I am excited to show everyone how good I can be.  I feel so fresh and strong.  Fans and Gennady will be amazed .  We may not be Mexican but I guarantee you it’s going to feel like two Mexicans are going to war on Cinco De Mayo. 

“I’m not afraid of Gennady.  I’m psyched to fight him.  This is why I became a fighter.  I’m not the only one taking this fight on short notice.  Everyone has a soft spot.  I’ll find his.  I have no fear.  We are going to war — Mexican Style.  Two trains colliding.  We both love the Mexican Style of fighting.  We’re both hard headed and heavy handed.  To me, it’s not a REAL fight without a lot of Mexican fans.  I’m not fighting to survive.  I’ll be fighting to win! 

“I don’t run like the guy who pretended to eat a bad steak.  Let’s see how Gennady reacts to a fighter who doesn’t move away after being hit.  Gennady’s chin hasn’t been tested the way I’d like to test it.

“Canelo is an easier fight than Gennady.  Gennady has a fan-friendly style.  Canelo ran from my mandatory challenge.  That says a lot about him.  That tells you everything about him.

“When I got the call from Don King, I was laying in bed with the kids.  ‘Hey, man, there’s this guy they call Triple G or something like that, you want to fight?”   I said, ‘Of course.’ That’s how I found out I got the fight.

“Before I knew I had this fight, I asked my wife who her favorite fighter was, besides me.  She told me Gennady Golovkin.  So now I have to beat his ass for that (laughing).”

For more information,  www.hbo.com/boxing; follow on Twitter  @gggboxing, @hboboxing, @VanesBoxing, and @TomLoeffler1; become a fan on Facebook at www.facebook.com/gggboxing, and www.facebook.com/HBOBoxing; follow on Instagram @gggboxing, @vanesboxing,and  @HBOboxing.

Jessie Magdaleno: “I’m Going to Put on a Spectacular Show”

Magdaleno to risk unbeaten record against top contender Isaac Dogboe April 28 at The Liacouras Center in Philadelphia
LIVE on ESPN and Streaming on the ESPN APP

NORWALK, Calif. (April 23, 2018) — World Boxing Organization (WBO) junior featherweight champion Jessie Magdaleno has spent his latest training camp running the mountains near Guadalajara, Mexico, and alongside some of the world’s best fighters at Legendz Boxing in Norwalk, Calif. Magdaleno is preparing for the role of main event headliner against No. 1 contender and interim champion Isaac Dogboe (18-0, 12 KOs) on Saturday, April 28 at The Liacouras Center in Philadelphia.jessie-magdaleno (2)_2

“I’m mentally ready. I’m physically ready,” Magdaleno said. “Being here with {trainer} Manny Robles keeps me ready. The sparring has been great, but I get impatient sometimes and just want to get in the ring for real. I have to stay calm and wait until the fight comes.”

Said Robles: “Dogboe is a real tough opponent. Jessie definitely has to be ready for this fight, and it should be a fan-friendly fight.”

Magdaleno (25-0, 18 KOs) won the world title with a unanimous decision over four-weight world champion Nonito Donaire on Nov. 5, 2016. He has defended his belt once, a second-round stoppage over Adeilson Dos Santos last April. When Magdaleno steps into the ring against Dogboe, it will have been 371 days since the Dos Santos fight.

“It’s been a long training camp, and I’ve been training with some excellent fighters,” Magdaleno said. “I was with {WBO featherweight champion} Oscar Valdez in Mexico, and now, it’s the home stretch. We’re more than ready to get back in the ring.”

The pre-fight drama escalated last month when Dogboe’s father/trainer, Paul Dogboe, told Ghana’s Pulse website: “We hope Magdaleno will not run like a chicken. We hope he makes the weight and comes in with no excuses because we are ready for him. We are ready to eat him like a chicken. We are focused, and our only mission is to devour him, eat the crazy chicken, throw him over the wall of Mexico and present the title to Donald Trump. Magdaleno will run when he sees Isaac.”

Paul Dogboe has since apologized, and Magdaleno is intent on doing his talking inside the ring.

“It’s about experience, staying focused, and doing our job,” Magdaleno said. “Manny keeps me focused on the fight, and that is my main concern.”

Magdaleno-Dogboe will be televised LIVE on ESPN and stream in English and Spanish on the ESPN App at 7 p.m. ET.  Undercard bouts will stream live on ESPN+, available on the ESPN App, beginning at 4 p.m. ET. ESPN Deportes will air the fight at 10 p.m. ET.

Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Peltz Boxing, tickets, priced at $100 (ringside), $65 and $35, are ON SALE NOW and can be purchased at The Liacouras Center Box Office and www.liacourascenter.com, or by calling Peltz Boxing at 215-765-0922.

For more information visit: www.toprank.comwww.espn.com/boxing, Facebook :facebook.com/trboxingfacebook.com/espndeportes; Twitter: twitter.com/trboxing, @ESPN @ESPNBoxeo @ESPNDeportes. Use the hashtag #MagdalenoDogboe to join the conversation on social media.

Golovkin vs. Martirosyan: Huge Crowd Expected at Stubhub

The World Middleweight Championship battle between boxing’s longest-reigning champion GENNADY “GGG” GOLOVKIN and two-time world title challenger and fellow 2004 Olympian VANES “THE NIGHTMARE” MARTIROSYAN is one hot ticket!

The Cinco De Mayo extravaganza will take place on Saturday, May 5, under the stars at StubHub Center in Carson, Calif. HBO World Championship Boxing® will televise it live at 11:00 p.m. ET/PT. Golovkin (37-0-1, 33 KOs), from Karaganda, Kazakhstan will be looking to successfully defend his middleweight crown for a record-tying 20th consecutive time when he goes mano a mano against Martirosyan (36-3-1, 21 KOs), a native of Armenia who hails from Glendale, Calif..

Golovkin and Martirosyan boast a combined record of 73-3-2 (54 KOs) — a winning percentage of 94% with close to 3/4 of those victories coming by way of knockout.

Undefeated Super Flyweight Dylan “The Real Dyl” Price ready for first six-round bout this Saturday at Barclays Center

PHILADELPHIA (April 18, 2018)–This Saturday, undefeated super flyweight, Dylan “The Real Dyl” Price (5-0, 5 KOs) of Sicklerville, New Jersey will take the next progression in his pro career, as he takes part in his first scheduled six-round bout when he battles Edson Eduardo Neri (2-2, 1 KO) of Mexico City at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
The bout will be part of a big night of boxing that is headlined by a bout of former world champions Adrien Broner and Jessie Vargas.
The 19 year-old Price has been training very hard, and is looking forward to his next step in his career. 
I would like to first thank Yahuah, my Elohim for putting me in such a great position to showcase the talent he has given me. My  entire team that is doing a phenomenal job. My promoters Floyd Mayweather and Leonard Ellerbe of Mayweather Promotions. My management team Doc Nowicki, Dejuan Blake and David Price who is my dad/trainer/manager, plus my “Real Dyl” team Lake Tilghman and Will Sanders,” said Dylan Price.
 
“I am super excited to be on such an action packed card once again. I can’t wait to weigh in on Friday, and perform on Saturday. I have had a really good camp with some excellent sparring, and I’m looking forward to my first 6 round bout. Saturday night will be packed with some of the biggest stars in the business, and I’m looking to show that over the next few years I will belong in this company.
 
Price is managed by D and D Management and is promoted by Mayweather Promotions.

 

                         

Robinson wins 10th straight this past Friday night in Philadelphia

Aleem decisions Bates in a battle of undefeated super bantamweights

Knight, Ortiz, Okoth and Cannida remain undefeated

Philadelphia, PA (April 10, 2018) – This past Friday night, super middleweight Brandon Robinson won his 10th straight bout as he won a eight-round unanimous decision over Oscar Riojas in the headline bout of a seven-bout card at the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia.

Raeese Aleem

Raeese Aleem

The show was promoted by King’s Promotions.

Robinson dropped Riojas with a left hand in the first round, and he was never challenged against the awkward veteran Riojas.

Poindexter Knight

Poindexter Knight

Robinson, 167.3 lbs of Philadelphia, PA won by scores of 80-71 twice, and 79-72 to rise his mark to 10-1.  Riojas, 168.8 lbs of Monterrey, Mexico is 16-9-1.

Colby Madison and Guillermo Del Rio battled to a six-round majority draw in a heavyweight bout.

Kendall Cannida

Kendall Cannida

Madison was able to draw blood from Del Rio’s right nostril in round three, but Del Rio was able to match Madison punch for punch.  Madison took a card 58-56, while two cards read even at 57-57.

Madison, 247.9 lbs of Owings Mills, MD is 6-0-2.  Del Rio, 198.8 lbs of South Houston, Texas is 2-2-1.

In a battle of undefeated super bantamweights Raeese Aleem was impressive in winning an eight-round unanimous decision over Marcus Bates.

Joshafat Ortiz

Joshafat Ortiz

Aleem scored a knockdown in the opening frame from a left hand.  Aleem continued to push the action by taking the lead, while Bates tried to counter, but it was the effective punching Aleem.  Aleem won by scores of 80-71 & 79-72 twice.

Aleem, 121.9 lbs of Las Vegas is now 11-0.  Bates, 122.9 lbs of Washington, DC is 8-1-1.

Poindexter Knight went the distance for the first time, but still came out with an a easy four-round unanimous decision over Vincent Floyd in a welterweight bout.

Brandon Robinson

Brandon Robinson

Knight knocked Floyd down in round one with a nice left-right combination.

Knight, 149.3 lbs of Philadelphia won by scores of 40-35 on all cards and is now 3-0.  Floyd, 148.3 lbs of Philadelphia is 3-5-1.

Joshafat Ortiz remained undefeated by pounding out a four-round unanimous decision over Evgueny Metchenov in a junior light bout.

Ortiz landed hard shots that drew blood from the nose of Metchenov in round two.  Ortiz won by 40-36 scores on all cards.

Denis Okoth

Denis Okoth

Ortiz, 131.5 lbs of Reading, PA is 3-0.  Metchenov, 130.7 lbs of Forrestville, MD is 0-2.

Denis Okoth won a four-round split decision over Rasheed Johnson in a welterweight fight.

Okoth took two cards by scores of 40-36 and 39-37, while Johnson won a card 39-37.

Okoth, 143.9 lbs of Siaya, KEN is 2-0-1.  Johnson, 147.3 lbs of Philadelphia is 3-2.

Kendall Cannida won a four-round unanimous decision over Carlos Villenueva in a light heavyweight bout,

Cannida sealed the fight with a final round knockdown that came from a nice three-punch combination, and won by scores of 39-36 on all cards.

Cannida, 178.1 lbs of Philadelphia is 2-0.  Villenueva, 173.2 lbs of Philadelphia was making his pro debut.

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Card set for This Friday night’s King’s Promotions show at The Sands Bethlehem Event Center

Frank De Alba battles O’Shaquie Foster in main event

Luther Smith takes on Elvin Sanchez in co-feature

Undefeated fighters Jesus Perez fights Anthony Snonnier

Plus undefeated Juan Sanchez, Denis Okoth, Martino Jules & Laured Stewart

Bethlehem, PA (April 9, 2018) –  A terrific eight-bout card has been assembled for THIS FRIDAY NIGHT!! at the Sands Bethlehem Event Center.

6 undercard bouts have been added to the already announced eight-round super featherweight main event that will pit Frank De Alba (22-2-2, 9 KOs) of Reading, PA taking in O’Shaquie Foster (12-2, 8 KOs) of Houston, TX.

Also previously announced is the six-round co-feature pitting cruiserweights Luther Smith (9-2, 8 KOs) of Bowie, MD taking on Elvin Sanchez (8-3-1, 6 KOs) of Paterson, NJ. 

The show is promoted by King’s Promotions.

The 30 year-old De Alba has a six-year professional who has wins over Andrew Bentley (1-0), Jose Bustos (8-2-3), Bernardo Gomez Uribe (16-3), Kiun Evans (12-2-1), De Alba has had some tough luck as he has had several fights fall through for different reasons.  This will be his 1st bout in just over a year as in his last bout where he won a eight-round unanimous decision over Ryan Kielczewski (26-2) on April 4th at The Sands Bethlehem Event Center.  De Alba has won five straight.

Foster, 24 years-old, was a highly decorated amateur standout.  Foster advanced to the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials where he lost to unbeaten contender, Joseph “Jo-Jo” Diaz. Before that, Foster was a 2010 PAL National Champion, a five-time Ringside National Champion and two-time National Junior Golden Gloves Champion.

Foster is a six-year professional who won his first eight bouts.  Foster has wins over three undefeated fighters including Devin Parker, Lavisis Williams, and his last bout when he defeated Kaylen Alfred on January 20th in Houston. 

Smith, 39, is a three-year professional, who has stoppage wins over two undefeated foes Mike Marshall and Darnell Pierce.

Smith is coming off a 4-round split decision loss to perennial spoiler Lamont Capers on November 30, 2017 in Oxon Hill, Maryland.

The 37 year-old Sanchez is a 10 year professional who has knockout wins over undefeated Venroy July (13-0-2) and in his last bout when he stopped Khalib Whitmore (6-1) on August 11, 2017 in Philadelphia.

In an eight-round welterweight fight, Craig Callaghan (17-1, 7 KOs) of Houston, TX will fight Cesar Soriano Berumen (28-37-2, 17 KOs) of Iztacalco, MX.

In six-rounds bouts:

Juan Sanchez (5-0, 2 KOs) of Allentown, PA takes on Vincent Jennings (5-4, 4 KOs) of Grand Rapids, MI in a featherweight bout.

In a battle of undefeated welterweights, Jesus Perez (3-0, 1 KO) of Reading, PA squares off against Anthony Sonnier (3-0, 2 KOs) of Seattle, WA

In four-round bouts:

Denis Okoth (2-0-1) of Siaya, KEN fights Greg Jackson (8-5, 4 KOs) of Philadelphia in a welterweight bout.

Martino Jules (3-0) of Allentown, PA will take on Phillip Davis (1-1-1) of Worcester, MA in a featherweight bout.

James Robinson (4-9-4, 1 KO) of York, PA will look to upend Laured Stewart (3-0, 1 KO) of Brooklyn, NY in a junior middleweight bout. 

Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by King’s Promotions, are priced at $50, $75 and $100, not including applicable service charges and taxes and are on sale now. Tickets are available at www.ticketmaster.com. To charge by phone call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000.

 

Manny Pacquiao to return to the ring to challenge Lucas Matthysse for the WBA Welterweight title

A little more than a year since his last fight, Manny Pacquiao will return to the ring to challenge WBA welterweight world champion Lucas Matthysse on July 14 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Manny Pacquiao

Manny Pacquiao

“Signed, sealed, and delivered: Proud to officially announce that WBA welterweight world champion Lucas Matthysse will put his title on the line against Manny Pacquiao in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Saturday night July 14 (U.S. time),” Golden Boy Promotions CEO Oscar De La Hoya, who promotes Matthysse, wrote on his social media.

Lucas Matthysse - WBA Wlterweight champion

Lucas Matthysse – WBA Welterweight champion

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Sergio Martinez Maravillabox Promotions signs a multiyear deal with the Philippine prospect Norwegian based Bernard Angelo Torres (3-0, 2KOs), 21 years old.

Torres is a young talented super featherweight with southpaw stance and a lot of international amateur experience as part of the Norwegian national team.

“I have passion for talented southpaws and he certainly is,” Martinez said. Torres made his three pro fights under Maravillabox banner on shows in Norway and Spain, but only as one-fight deals.

 BERNARD TORRES

BERNARD TORRES

Since now he will officially be a member of the company and the star of the Maravillabox Nordic shows together with his citizen, the European female champion Katharina Thanderz.

“He is a very charismatic and a very special guy. He surprises me since the first time I saw it in his pro debut on last October. I think that he has a very good future,” said matchmaker of the company Oscar Zardain.

Torres keep training in Norway with his lifelong coaches Kjell and Roar Soerum.

His official debut as Maravillabox fighter will be on next May 19 in Elche (Spain), on the undercard of Kiko Martinez-Marc Vidal European title.

“As Muhammad Ali said, the champions are made from something they have deep inside them and Bernard is this kind of guy. He has the smile of the champions,” Martinez finished.

 

Undefeated Super Bantamweights Marcus Bates and Raeese Aleem battle in co-feature bout This Friday Night at the 2300 Arena In Philadelphia

Brandon Robinson takes on Oscar Riojas in Main Event

Marcus Bates fights Raeese Aleem in battle of undefeated Super Bantamweights

Plus undefeated  Poindexter Knight, Colby Madison, Joshaphat Ortiz & Kendall Cannida

Philadelphia, PA (April 4, 2018) – Two undefeated super bantamweight prospects will put their record on the line for when Marcus Bates (8-0-1, 7 KOs) of Washington, DC takes on Raeese Aleem (10-0, 5 KOs) of Las Vegas in a terrific eight-round co-feature bout that will take place THIS FRIDAY NIGHT at the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia.

The 7 bout show is promoted by King’s Promotions.

In the main event, rising super middleweight Brandon Robinson (9-1, 7 KOs) of Philadelphia will take on Oscar Riojas (16-8-1, 5 KOs) of Monterrey, Mexico in a bout scheduled for eight-rounds.

Brandon Robinson

Bates and Aleem have to be commended for taking this fight, as fighters in this day and age seemingly stay way from fellow undefeated foes until later in their careers.

They are both ready for what could be a career accelerating fight on Friday.

ON TRAINING CAMP AND THEIR OPPONENT 

Bates –“Everything is great.  I don’t know much about Aleem, I am not much for watching tape of my opponents, I don’t worry about them, they have to worry about me.”

Aleem– “Training went well.  I had good sparring for this fight.  I know he is from Washington, DC.  that’s about all I know about him.”

ON FACING AN UNDEFEATED OPPONENT EARLY IN THEIR CAREER

Bates–“I want to be the best.  For that, I want to fight the best, and even though I have only 9 fights, I am ready to fight anyone.”

Aleem–“It doesn’t matter who is in front of me.  I have been looking to fight other undefeated guys, but they have been ducking me and not taking those fights for various reasons.  Bates accepted the fight, and it is going down on Friday.

ON FIGHTING IN PHILADELPHIA

Bates–“I have fought in Philly twice already, and this will be the 3rd time.  It is a great crowd there, and they have shown me love.  It makes me want to go in there and fight.”

Aleem–“To be able to fight in Philadelphia is a good accomplishment.  I have fought most of my fights in the Midwest, so it is a great opportunity to make some new fans.”

WHAT DOES A WIN DO FOR YOUR CAREER

Bates–“I am focused on this fight, and I only take 1 fight at a time.  After this win, I will talk to my manager and promoter and see what is next.  It’s going down, and someone is getting knocked out.  My fans can follow me on Instagram at _Dream_Crusher_Bates.

Aleem–“A Win does a lot.  It opens up other doors.  I have mentally put in a lot of hard work and focus to stay undefeated.  Not only winning, but looking good is a must.  You will not see any sloppy performance out of me on Friday.  April 6th, I am going in there for 8 hard rounds.  I will put everything on the table”

Colby Madison (6-0-1, 4 KOs) of Philadelphia fights Guillermo Del Rio (2-2, 2 KOs) of South Houston, TX in a six-round heavyweight battle.

Joshaphat Ortiz (2-0, 1 KO) of Reading, PA fights Evgueny Metchenov (0-1) of Forestville, MD in a junior light bout scheduled for four rounds.

Poindexter Knight (2-0, 2 KOs) fights Vincent Floyd (3-4-1, 2 KOs) in a battle of Philadelphia based welterweights.

Rasheed Johnson (3-1, 1 KO) of Philadelphia fights Denis Okoth (1-0-1, 1 KO) of Siaya, KE in a welterweight bout.

Kendall Cannida (1-0) of Philadelphia boxes pro debuting Carlos Villenueva of Philadelphia in a light heavyweight tussle.

Tickets for this great night of boxing can be purchased at www.2300arena.com for $100, $75 and $50

Promotions fighters Pizarro, Cuevas & Teah

Rock, Ellis, Williams and Alday remain undefeated

Philadelphia, PA (April 2, 2018) – This Past Friday night, Malik Hawkins remained undefeated by winning a 10-round unanimous decision over Raymond Serrano to capture the NABA-USA Welterweight title that headlined an action-packed 8 bout card at The Fillmore in Philadelphia.

The sold-out show was promoted by Hard Hitting promotions.

Hawkins used his length to pick and land shots on the inside.  Hawkins raced to the early lead, but the veteran Serrano got going in the middle rounds as he used his experience to get himself back into the fight by winning scrums on the inside and an occasional long right hand.  Down the stretch, Hawkins dug down deep and took control of the fight as seemed to be the fresher fighter.  Hawkins who had never been past seven rounds, paced himself well against a tough Serrano, who never showed any signs of retreating as the two stood and fought until the final bell.

Hawkins of Baltimore, MD won by scores of 98-92, 97-93 and 96-94 to raise his perfect mark to 13-0.  Serrano of Philadelphia was urged on by his loyal fan base, but fell just short, and now drops to 24-5.

Heavyweight prospect Darmani Rock landed a hard right to the body that dropped Ronny Hale down and out at 1:27 of round two of their scheduled six-round bout.

Rock of Philadelphia is now 11-0 with 7 knockouts.  Hale of Austin, Texas falls to 4-12.

Good looking prospect Brandon Pizarro rebounded nicely from his 1st professional defeat by pounding out a 4-round unanimous decision over Pablo Cupal in a lightweight fight.

Pizarro, 18 years-old of Philadelphia won by shutout scores on all cards of 40-36, and is now 9-1.  Cupul of San Diego is 9-24.

Samuel Teah dropped Orlando Rizo three times in the 1st round, and their lightweight bout was stopped at 2:35 of that opening frame.

Teah dropped Rizo with a right hand early in the round.  He followed that up with hard body shot that sent Rizo to the canvas, and finished off Rizo with another right hand.  

Teah of Philadelphia is now 13-2-1 with 6 knockouts.  Rizo of Managua, Nicaragua is 19-13.

Undefeated prospect Jeremy Cuevas got off the deck to come back to win a six-round unanimous decision of Erain Cruz in a super lightweight bout.

Early on it looked like it could have been a rough night for Cuevas as he ate a perfect right hand that sent him to the canvas in round two.  A round later, Cuevas had blood dripping from his nostrils, but the young veteran got himself together and put his combinations together to come to take the rest of the fight, and win by scores of 59-55 on all cards.

Cuevas of Philadelphia is now 8-0.  Cruz of Ocala, FL is 4-5.

It looked like undefeated super middleweight Ronald Ellis would have a short night as he battered Taneal Goyco all over the ring in the first round of their scheduled six-round bout.  Ellis continued to have Goyco in trouble throughout their affair, and dropped Goyco with a right hand in round three.  Goyco hung tough, but took many power shots, and Ellis looked impressive in winning by shutout scores of 60-53 on all cards.

Ellis of Lynn, MA is now 15-0-2.  Goyco of Philadelphia 9-11.

Tramaine Williams won a six-round unanimous decision over Antonio Rodriguez in a featherweight bout.

Williams landed quick combinations, and cut Rodriguez over his right eye in the final round.

Williams of New Haven, CT won by scores of 60-53, 59-55 and 58-56 to raise his mark to 15-0.  Rodriguez of Mexico is 12-21.

Joey Alday, Jr. kept his knockout streak intact by stopping Michael Crain at 1:28 of round three of their scheduled 4-round junior middleweight bout.

Alday dropped Crain round two with a hard combination, and finished him off with a hard left to the body in round three.

Alday of Odessa, Texas is now 7-0.  Crain of Smyrna, DE is 1-2.

King’s Promotions Press Conference at the 2300 Arena at 6 PM ET 

Brandon Robinson ready for 1st headlining appearance against Oscar Riojas on Friday, April 6th at the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia

Marcus Bates fights Raeese Aleem in battle of undefeated Super Bantamweights 
Plus undefeated  Poindexter Knight, Colby Madison, Joshafat Ortiz & Kendall Cannida
Philadelphia, PA (April 2, 2018) – THIS WEDNESDAY, King’s Promotions will be hosting the final press conference for Friday night’s big 7 bout card at the 2300 Arena.  The Press conference will take place at the 2300 Arena beginning at 6 PM ET.
 
Rising super middleweight Brandon Robinson is gearing up for his maiden headlining appearance when he takes on veteran Oscar Riojas in a eight-round bout main event.
 
Undefeated super bantamweight’s Marcus Bates and Raeese Aleem battle in the eight-round co-feature bout.
 
WHO:  Brandon Robinson (9-1, 7 KOs)-Super Middleweight from Philadelphia, PA
            Rasheed Johnson (3-1, 1 KO)-Welterweight–Philadelphia, PA
            Raeese Aleem (10-0, 5 KOs)–Super Bantamweight from Las Vegas
            Marcus Bates (8-0-1, 7 KOs)–Super Bantamweight from Washington, DC
            Poindexter Knight (2-0, 2 KOs)–Welterweight from Philadelphia
            Joshafat Ortiz (2-0, 1KO)–Super Featherweight from Reading, PA
            Kendall Cannida (1-0)–Light Heavyweight from Philadelphia, PA
            Carlos Villenueva–Pro Debuting Light Heavyweight from Philadelphia, PA
            Vincent Floyd (3-4-1, 2 KOs)-Welterweight from Philadelphia
            Marshall Kauffman–CEO of King’s PromotionsWHAT:  Final Press Conference in conjunction with Friday night boxing cardWHEN:  Wednesday, April 6th at 6 PM ET
 

WHERE:  2300 Arena

                2300 South Swanson Street

                Philadelphia         

 

Heavyweight Champion Anthony Joshua pockets $28 million for his title unification win against Joseph Parker

March 31. Cardiff, Wales. Though both Anthony Joshua and Joseph Parker put their undefeated records on the line in a world heavyweight unification bout in Cardiff – only one left the ring the holder of three of the four major sanctioning body belts. That one was none other than Britain’s newest superstar Anthony Joshua.

After twelve rounds of boxing before a capacity crowd of 78,000 at Principality Stadium,  Joshua (21-0, 20 KO’s) slammed home a unanimous decision on all three scorecards by tallies of 110-110 (twice) and 119–109.

Joshua (L) slams Parker (R) with a hard left jab

Although the bout lacked any knockdowns, Joshua consistently landed the harder blows while Parker (24-1, 18 KO’s) was content stabbing out his jab and throwing some punches to the body.

Somehow, Parker’s jab and defensive maneuvers kept the Big Brit fairly off his game, tough Joshua was the only one of the two that landed some thudding shots.

Unfortunately the Italian referee had the conscience of Mahatma Gandhi, and every time there was real action or the possibility of a fighter getting hurt, the referee behaved like Clara Barton and did everything but administer first aid.

 Joshua defended his WBA and IBF belts while Parker is put his WBO title on the line in front a capacity crowd of over 80,000 at the Principality Stadium. 

With the win, Joshua, is was also the 2012 Olympic gold medalist in London,  is expected to face the undefeated WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder, who recently won a hard fought tenth-round stoppage to beat Joe Ortiz earlier in March.

As the home fighter and the headline name on the card, Joshua rightfully earned the majority of the fight purse.  

While fighters will receive a proportion of the revenue from pay-per-view TV sales, with the bout being shown live on Sky Sports Box Office, Joshua will receive the lion’s share of the proceeds. 

Including sponsorship deals, pay-per-view revenue, Joshua is expected to earn close to £20m ($28 million US dollars) from tonight’s bout.

Should Joshua and Wilder meet later this year, the monies should be over twice that.

Parker, on the other hand, was luckily guaranteed £13m ($18.2 million US dollars) from the bout – significantly more than Joshua’s previous opponent, Carlos Takam, who pocketed an estimated £1 million from his defeat to AJ last October. 

Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn recently revealed a world unification bout with Deontay Wilder was provisionally penciled in for November or December 2018

“The fight with Anthony Joshua is unquestionably the biggest fight in world boxing and anyone that knows me knows how much I would love to stage a fight like that.

After beating Parker, Joshua declared that he will “knock out Wilder.”

 “The options are that we go in August in American against someone and then Deontay Wilder, or straight into Wilder. But if we do Wilder it will probably be October, November, December.

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Miss Downing Promotions kicks off Atlantic City Boxing Hall of Fame Weekend with a terrific night of boxing at The Claridge Hotel in Atlantic City on Friday, June 1st
Atlantic City, New Jersey (March 29, 2018)–Mis Downing Promotions will officially kick off the Atlantic City Boxing Hall of Fame 2nd Annual Induction Weekend Friday, June 1st, with a great night of professional boxing at The Claridge: A Radisson Hotel.
 
The fight card on Friday June 1st in the Celebrity Theater at the Claridge Hotel  will precede a great show that will take place the next evening Saturday June 2nd at Historic Boardwalk Hall {Adrian Phillips Theater} where Mis Downing Promotions will be working in associating with 4-Time Heavyweight Champ Evander “Real Deal” Holyfield and his new promotion company Real Deal Sports & Entertainment.
 
“I am ecstatic to be able to promote a great card on Friday June 1st.  We wish to set the tone for the Hall of Fame weekend with a great show at The Claridge, and then again the next night with Evander Holyfield,” Said Mis Downing, CEO of Mis Downing Promotions.
 
Full details on the card and ticket information will be announced shortly.
Mis Downing Promotions would like to thank their sponsors which includes The Atlantic City Boxing Hall of Fame, The Claridge Hotel, Fantasea Resorts, AEI Insurance, Urgent Response, HairX, Buy Smart Motors & New Vision Property Management.

3-TIME WORLD CHAMPION WINKY WRIGHT CONFIRMED FOR FOURTH EDITION OF BOX FAN EXPO TAKING PLACE ON CINCO DE MAYO WEEKEND, SATURDAY MAY 5, IN LAS VEGAS
Box Fan Expo is the ultimate fan experience event that gives boxing fans the opportunity to meet-and-greet top fighters, current and former world champions, boxing celebrities and industry people in an up-close personal setting.
Tickets On-Sale Now at EventBrite
Las Vegas (March 28, 2018) – Three-Time World Champion Winky Wright has confirmed that he will appear to Meet & Greet his fans at the Las Vegas Convention Center for the 4th edition of Box Fan Expo that will take place Saturday May 5, 2018from 10am to 5pm, during Cinco De Mayo fight weekend.
 
Wright will appear for the first time at this year’s Expo, where he will be signing gloves, photos and merchandise at the Box Fan Expo Store Booth for fans to enjoy. Boxing fans will also have a great opportunity to take pictures with the 2018 International Boxing Hall of Famer.
About Winky Wright
Winky Wright is an American former professional boxer who competed from 1990 to 2012. He is a 3-Time light middleweight world champion and remains the last to hold the undisputed title at that weight. Some of Wright most notable wins came against “Sugar” Shane Mosley, Tito Trinidad and Ike Quartey. In 2005, The Ring magazine ranked him as the world’s second-best pound for pound boxer. In 2017, it was announced that Wright had been elected as an International Boxing Hall of Fame member, alongside Vitali Klitschko and Erik Morales, with the induction ceremony scheduled for June 2018 in Canastota, New York.
 
Wright joins, Jessie Vargas, David Benavidez, Jose Benavidez, Zab Judah, Shannon Briggs, Badou Jack, Kelly Pavlik, Erik Morales and Fernando Vargas among early commitments to this year’s Box Fan Expo.
 
Box Fan Expo has been a huge success with fans and boxing industry people. Many boxing stars have attended the last three Expos such as Floyd Mayweather, Mike Tyson, Roberto Duran, Tommy Hearns, Marco Antonio Barrera, Roy Jones Jr., Marcos Maidana, Sergio Martinez, Keith Thurman, Danny Garcia, Tim Bradley, Deontay Wilder, Amir Khan, Shawn Porter, Fernando Vargas, Zab Judah, James Toney, Vinny Pazienza, Mikey Garcia , Mia St.Johns, Leo Santa Cruz, Badou Jack, Terry Norris , Riddick Bowe , Earnie Shavers, Leon Spinks, Danny Jacobs, Abner Mares, Jorge Linares, Brandon Rios and many more…
Exhibitors such as boxing gear, apparel, new equipments, energy drinks, alcohol, supplement products, broadcasting media, sanctioning bodies and other companies who wish to participate will once again have a chance to showcase their brand to fans, media and the boxing industry.
Tickets to the Box Fan Expo are available online at: 
https://boxfanexpo.eventbrite.com  
 
Box Fan Expo is the ultimate boxing fan experience event, which allows fans to Meet and Greet Boxing Superstars of today, current and former world champions, Legends of the sport and other boxing Celebrities at their booth. On Site, fans will experience different activities from Autograph Sessions, Photo Sessions, FaceOff with your favorite boxers, as well as a chance to purchase merchandise and memorabilia from their booth, plus so much more… you won’t want to miss this must-attend Expo!
Box Fan Expo will also feature top boxing organizations, promoters, ring card girls, famous trainers and commentators as well as boxing gear companies “ALL UNDER ONE ROOF”.
Throughout the next several weeks leading up to the Event, there will be weekly updates on the many stars that will commit their appearance at the Boxing Expo. And for anyone in the Boxing industry or other Exhibitors (non-industry), who would like to be involved and reserve a Booth, contact Box Fan Expo:
 
Telephone number: (514) 572-7222 or Las Vegas Number (702) 997-1927
For any inquiries please email: boxfanexpo@gmail.com
More information on the Box Fan Expo is available at: http://www.boxfanexpo.com 
You can follow Box Fan Expo on Twitter at: https://www.twitter.com/BoxFanExpo
 
Las Vegas (March 28, 2018) – Three-Time World Champion Winky Wright has confirmed that he will appear to Meet & Greet his fans at the Las Vegas Convention Center for the 4th edition of Box Fan Expo that will take place Saturday May 5, 2018from 10am to 5pm, during Cinco De Mayo fight weekend.
 
Wright will appear for the first time at this year’s Expo, where he will be signing gloves, photos and merchandise at the Box Fan Expo Store Booth for fans to enjoy. Boxing fans will also have a great opportunity to take pictures with the 2018 International Boxing Hall of Famer.
About Winky Wright
Winky Wright is an American former professional boxer who competed from 1990 to 2012. He is a 3-Time light middleweight world champion and remains the last to hold the undisputed title at that weight. Some of Wright most notable wins came against “Sugar” Shane Mosley, Tito Trinidad and Ike Quartey. In 2005, The Ring magazine ranked him as the world’s second-best pound for pound boxer. In 2017, it was announced that Wright had been elected as an International Boxing Hall of Fame member, alongside Vitali Klitschko and Erik Morales, with the induction ceremony scheduled for June 2018 in Canastota, New York.
 
Wright joins, Jessie Vargas, David Benavidez, Jose Benavidez, Zab Judah, Shannon Briggs, Badou Jack, Kelly Pavlik, Erik Morales and Fernando Vargas among early commitments to this year’s Box Fan Expo.
 
Box Fan Expo has been a huge success with fans and boxing industry people. Many boxing stars have attended the last three Expos such as Floyd Mayweather, Mike Tyson, Roberto Duran, Tommy Hearns, Marco Antonio Barrera, Roy Jones Jr., Marcos Maidana, Sergio Martinez, Keith Thurman, Danny Garcia, Tim Bradley, Deontay Wilder, Amir Khan, Shawn Porter, Fernando Vargas, Zab Judah, James Toney, Vinny Pazienza, Mikey Garcia , Mia St.Johns, Leo Santa Cruz, Badou Jack, Terry Norris , Riddick Bowe , Earnie Shavers, Leon Spinks, Danny Jacobs, Abner Mares, Jorge Linares, Brandon Rios and many more…
Exhibitors such as boxing gear, apparel, new equipments, energy drinks, alcohol, supplement products, broadcasting media, sanctioning bodies and other companies who wish to participate will once again have a chance to showcase their brand to fans, media and the boxing industry.
Tickets to the Box Fan Expo are available online at: 
https://boxfanexpo.eventbrite.com  
 
Box Fan Expo is the ultimate boxing fan experience event, which allows fans to Meet and Greet Boxing Superstars of today, current and former world champions, Legends of the sport and other boxing Celebrities at their booth. On Site, fans will experience different activities from Autograph Sessions, Photo Sessions, FaceOff with your favorite boxers, as well as a chance to purchase merchandise and memorabilia from their booth, plus so much more… you won’t want to miss this must-attend Expo!
Box Fan Expo will also feature top boxing organizations, promoters, ring card girls, famous trainers and commentators as well as boxing gear companies “ALL UNDER ONE ROOF”.
Throughout the next several weeks leading up to the Event, there will be weekly updates on the many stars that will commit their appearance at the Boxing Expo. And for anyone in the Boxing industry or other Exhibitors (non-industry), who would like to be involved and reserve a Booth, contact Box Fan Expo:
 
Telephone number: (514) 572-7222 or Las Vegas Number (702) 997-1927
For any inquiries please email: boxfanexpo@gmail.com
More information on the Box Fan Expo is available at: http://www.boxfanexpo.com 
You can follow Box Fan Expo on Twitter at: https://www.twitter.com/BoxFanExpo
 

Busy Spring for GH3 Promotions fighters 

Nutley, NJ (March 27, 2018)–Starting this Friday, GH3 Promotions will be active as eight of the Promotional outfit’s fighters will be in action over the next six weeks.

Friday night at the Fillmore in Philadelphia, undefeated super middleweight Ronald Ellis(14-0-2, 10 KOs) will take on upset specialist Taneal Goyco (9-10-1, 4 KOs) in a bout scheduled for six rounds.

On the same card, undefeated super welterweight Joey Alday, Jr (6-0, 6 KOs) will battle Michael Crain (1-1) in a four round bout.

On April 12th in Chicago, Kenneth Sims, Jr. (12-1, 4 KOs) will be making his 1st start since his lone defeat when he returns to action in a six-round junior welterweight bout.

On April 21st in Paramus, New Jersey, heavyweight Ronnie Hines will make his professional debut while lightweight Joel Flores, Jr. (0-0-1) will see action in four-round bouts

May 4th will see Alday come back to Philadelphia, and appearing on the same card will be undefeated super bantamweight Malik Jackson (2-0, 2 KOs)

Finally on May 11th, super bantamweight contender Adam Lopez (16-2-2, 8 KOs) will fight in an eight-round bout while undefeated lightweight Thomas Mattice (11-0, 9 KOs) will see action in a six-round bout.

“We are gearing to continue to move our fighters this Spring.  We are planning several big shows in the Summer where our more advanced fighters will continue to step up the competition.  That all begins this Friday in Philadelphia with Ronald Ellis, who is coming off the draw with Junior Younan in a bout we thought he deserved to get the decision.  I am excited to see Joey Alday make his first start under our promotional banner, and what better place to unveil a knockout artist then in front of the knowledgeable boxing fans in Philadelphia,” said GH3 Promotions CEO, Vito Mielnicki.

For More information, Contact:

Marc Abrams at 856 287 7611 or phillyboxing@gmail.com

Jessie Vargas

 

3 TIME WORLD CHAMPION JESSIE VARGAS CONFIRMED FOR FOURTH EDITION OF
BOX FAN EXPO TAKING PLACE ON CINCO DE MAYO WEEKEND, SATURDAY MAY 5, IN LAS VEGAS
Box Fan Expo is the ultimate fan experience event that gives boxing fans the opportunity to meet-and-greet top fighters, current and former world champions, boxing celebrities and industry people in an up-close personal setting.
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Las Vegas (March 26, 2018) – Three Time World Champion Jessie Vargas has confirmed that he will appear, have a booth and hold a Meet & Greet with his fans at the Las Vegas Convention Center for the 4th edition of Box Fan Expo that will take place

Saturday May 5, 2018 from 10am to 5pm, during Cinco De Mayo fight weekend.

Vargas will once again appear at this year’s Expo where he will be launching and introducing his new “Jessie Vargas Tequila Signature Bottle” products. Vargas will be signing gloves, photos and will also have merchandise for fans to enjoy. Boxing fans will also have a great opportunity to take pictures with this boxing star. Vargas will also be involved in a mega fight event versus Adrien Broner on April 21st at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. The fight will be Live on Showtime Boxing, Presented by Premier Boxing Champions “PBC” and co-promoted by Mayweather Promotions and Dibella Entertainment.

Vargas is a Mexican American professional boxer who is a former two-weight world champion, having held the WBA (Regular) and IBO super lightweight titles in 2014 and the WBO welterweight title in 2016.

Vargas joins, David Benavidez, José Benavidez, Zab Judah, Shannon Briggs, Badou Jack, Kelly Pavlik, Erik Morales and Fernando Vargas among early commitments to this year’s Box Fan Expo.

Box Fan Expo has been a huge success with fans and boxing industry people. Many boxing stars have attended the last three Expos such as Floyd Mayweather, Mike Tyson, Roberto Duran, Tommy Hearns, Marco Antonio Barrera, Roy Jones Jr., Marcos Maidana, Sergio Martinez, Keith Thurman, Danny Garcia, Tim Bradley, Deontay Wilder, Amir Khan, Shawn Porter, Fernando Vargas, Zab Judah, James Toney, Vinny Pazienza, Mikey Garcia , Mia St.Johns, Leo Santa Cruz, Badou Jack, Terry Norris , Riddick Bowe , Earnie Shavers, Leon Spinks, Danny Jacobs, Abner Mares, Jorge Linares, Brandon Rios and many more…

Exhibitors such as boxing gear, apparel, new equipments, energy drinks, alcohol, supplement products, broadcasting media, sanctioning bodies and other companies who wish to participate will once again have a chance to showcase their brand to fans, media and the boxing industry.

Tickets to the Box Fan Expo are available online at:
https://boxfanexpo.eventbrite.com  

Box Fan Expo is the ultimate boxing fan experience event, which allows fans to Meet and Greet Boxing Superstars of today, current and former world champions, Legends of the sport and other boxing Celebrities at their booth. On Site, fans will experience different activities from Autograph Sessions, Photo Sessions, FaceOff with your favorite boxers, as well as a chance to purchase merchandise and memorabilia from their booth, plus so much more… you won’t want to miss this must-attend Expo!

Box Fan Expo will also feature top boxing organizations, promoters, ring card girls, famous trainers and commentators as well as boxing gear companies “ALL UNDER ONE ROOF”.

Throughout the next several weeks leading up to the Event, there will be weekly updates on the many stars that will commit their appearance at the Boxing Expo. And for anyone in the Boxing industry or other Exhibitors (non-industry), who would like to be involved and reserve a Booth, contact Box Fan Expo:

For any inquiries please email: boxfanexpo@gmail.com

More information on the Box Fan Expo is available at: http://www.boxfanexpo.com 

You can follow Box Fan Expo on Twitter at: https://www.twitter.com/BoxFanExpo

and on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/BoxFanExpo 

Undefeated Number-One Ranked Middleweight Contender Demetrius Andrade Ready to Step in to Fight Gennady Golovkin on May 5th

Philadelphia, PA /White Plains, NY (March 26, 2018) — Undefeated, two-time world champion Demetrius Andrade (25-0, 16 KOs) is ready and available for a showdown with unified middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin, should Canelo Alvarez not be cleared by the Nevada State Athletic Commission on April 10th for his May 5th rematch with Golovkin.

Demetrius Andrade

Andrade, who is ranked number 1 by the WBO in the middleweight division, feels that if Alvarez is not cleared by the commission for his recent positive test for Clenbuterol, he would be the most obvious candidate to face Golovkin.

“I am ready, willing and able to step to the plate on May 5th to fight Golovkin,” stated Andrade.  “I am always in the gym, and I will start VADA testing right now.  I guarantee that I will pass all the tests. I know other fighters can’t say the same thing. I am undefeated, and a two-time world champion.  Golovkin went through a period where nobody wanted to fight him.  I am that guy now.  The man nobody wants to fight.  Everyone says what does Demetrius Andrade bring to the table? Besides being the best American middleweight, and one of the top 3 middleweights in the world, everyone knows who I am, and the know how good I am. My question is to those who say that I don’t bring anything to the table. What did Murray, Adama, Geale,  Monroe and Rosado bring to the table?  None of the top contenders want to fight me so I believe that if Canelo is unavailable for May 5th, I want the opportunity to face Golovkin for the unified middleweight championship of the world.”

Golovkin’s Promoter Tom Loeffler stated after Alvarez was temporarily suspended that his fighter will still compete on May 5th with or without Alvarez.

“Whatever the commission does, Gennady would still fight May 5th if Canelo is out,” he said. “If for some reason it’s not against Canelo, we’ll figure out the best course of action at that time, but he is training to fight May 5th.”, Loeffler told Dan Rafael of ESPN.com

Like Golovkin, Andrade is also in the gym, and will be ready should he get the call for May 5th.

Andrade is promoted by Banner Promotions and Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing.

For regular updates on our fighters, events, and promotions, please check Banner Promotions Facebook Page , and follow us on Instagram and Twitter @BannerBoxing 

 

Undefeated Ruben Villa Makes Homecoming Debut in Salinas, California on Saturday April 14th

Undefeated Ruben Villa

Undefeated Ruben Villa

PHILADELPHIA, PENN./ORANGE, Calif. (March 23, 2018)–Heralded featherweight prospect Ruben Villa returns home for the 1st time as a professional as he headlines in the Northern California city of Salinas on Saturday, April 14, from the popular Salinas Storm House.

The show is promoted by Banner Promotions and Thompson Boxing.

“Ruben has been coming along great, and on April 14th, he will thrill his hometown fans,” said Banner Promotions President, Arthur Pelullo.  “We are looking forward to this special night for Ruben, for him not only to put on a great performance in his hometown, but to capture his first championship.”

“This show has been in the works for more than a year,” said Alex Camponovo, who as Matchmaker and General Manager of Thompson Boxing. “It’s an excellent show from top-to-bottom featuring talent from all over the Bay Area and surrounding parts. You have Ruben looking to win his first professional title [WBO Youth] in his hometown.”

Villa, 20, will be locked in a battle with fellow prospect Marlon Olea (13-2, 12 KOs) of Colombia in the 8-round “New Blood” main event where the WBO Youth Featherweight Title is up for grabs. Villa, a southpaw, is currently in Riverside, Calif. with trainer Max Garcia preparing for his main event debut.

“I’m excited to headline my first event,” said Villa, who is co-promoted by Banner Promotions and Thompson Boxing. “I’ve been preparing for this my whole life. It came fast. There’s a lot to be happy about. It’s a title fight, and it will be in front of my hometown fans.”

Villa will certainly receive a challenge from Olea. He holds a unanimous decision loss against WBA World Champion Danny Roman and is known as a pressure fighter with excellent instincts.

“He’s a mover, and he’s quick with his hands,” Villa said. “I’ll be ready for him. We are getting a little bit of everything in this training camp. I’m sparring guys that like to box and guys that are coming in and pressuring.”

New to Villa for this fight has been the abundance of ticket requests from local boxing fans. The former two-time Golden Gloves Champion has already sold 400 tickets, yet the requests keep pouring in.

“To be honest, I’m not sure how it’s going to feel to fight in my hometown,” Villa said. “I tend to tune out all the white noise and just box. I’m sure there will be some moments when I recognize the crowd. I have to enjoy it, but keep my poise.” 

Tickets for “New Blood” are priced at $40, $75, & $125, and are available for purchase by calling 714-935-0900, or online at ThompsonBoxing.com.

Doors open at 4:30 p.m. local time with the first bout at approximately 6:00 p.m. The Salinas Storm House is located at 185 Maryal Dr. Salinas, CA 93907.

All fights will be live streamed on TB Presents: New Blood via Thompson Boxing Facebook page and ThompsonBoxing.com. 

The livestream starts at 6:00 p.m. PT / 9:00 p.m. ET with Beto Duran as the blow-by-blow announcer and Steve Kim providing expert color commentary. 

For regular updates on our fighters, events, and promotions, please like Banner Promotions Facebook Page, and follow us on Instagram and Twitter @BannerBoxing .

Photo by Emily Harney / Banner Promotions

King’s Promotions starts busy Spring with multiple recipients at Sunday’s Briscoe Awards

King’s Promotions has big events on April 6th at 2300 Arena and April 13th at Sands Bethlehem Event Center 

Philadelphia, Penn. (March 24, 2018)–King’s Promotions kicks off a busy Spring season with the promotional outfit’s presence at Sunday’s Briscoe Awards.

King’s Promotions fighters captured the two most coveted awards as Tyrone Brunson will take home the 2017 Fighter of the Year, while Brunson’s memorable battle with Kermit Cintron will be honored as the 2017 Fight of the Year.

The awards are just a prelude to April 6th.  That is when rising super middleweight Brandon Robinson takes on Oscar Riojas in the main event of  a stacked night of boxing at the 2300 Arena.

Just a week later, on April 13th, Frank De Alba battles O’Shaquie Foster in the main event of a loaded card at the Sands Bethlehem Event Center.

“I am very proud of Tyrone for winning the Fighter of the Year.  Also his bout with Kermit is a classic fight, and I am thrilled that King’s Promotions played a part in the two biggest awards on Sunday,” said King’s Promotions CEO Marshall Kauffman.  “This is just the beginning of a terrific three week stretch for us as we have two excellent cards in April with competitive and entertaining bouts from top to bottom.”

The Debut
premieres to rave reviews at First Glance Film Festival
Beverly Hills, Calif. (March. 20, 2018) – Independent movie The Debut Premiered last week to rave reviews at the renowned First Glance Film Festival in Los Angeles.
The film which chronicles 21 year-old Shane Shapiro, a cancer survivor, desire to become a boxing manager.  The movie document’s Shapiro and the unique relationship with his first fighter, middleweight Cem Kilic, one week before their professional debut.
Cem Kilic and Shane Shapiro
The film performed in front of a sold out crowd of more than 300 people, which forced the festival to move the showing of the film to a larger theater which which was The Laemmle Theater in North Hollywood.
The film finished in the top four films out of 16 entered in the festival.
 “This experience of having our film shown on a big screen is beyond words. This moment is much bigger than me, this is for every one who has been touched by Cancer in some way, with a dream a desire there is No Limit to one’s success. I want to thank my family who have always been by my side and my biggest inspiration in life, my grandfather David Wiener, a holocaust survivor who inspires me everyday.” – Shane Shapiro.
The Los Angeles premiere at Shapiro’s alma mater, Beverly Hills High School will be announced shortly.
Shapiro is the Executive Producer.  Matt Conrad is the director.
For more information on the movie, access www.thedebut.life 
Below is the official trailer for the film.
About the First Glance Film Festival
 
First Glance Film Festival 2018: http://firstglancefilms.com/

 

Since our inception in 1996, First Glance Film Festival’s have become one of the fastest growing truly independent film fests in Philadelphia and Los Angeles.
Named five times as one of the “Best Film Festival Investments” and “50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee” by Movie Maker Magazine and “One of the Festivals for the Rest of Us” by Time Magazine, FirstGlance has become a leader in mid-sized film festivals.

 

For more information on No Limit Mindset, LLC, contact:
Shane Shapiro 

ATLANTIC CITY BOXING HALL OF FAME TEAMS UP WITH EVANDER HOLYFIELD, REAL DEAL SPORTS & ENTERTAINMENT AND BOARDWALK HALL FOR LIVE PRO BOXING DURING 2018 INDUCTION WEEKEND

Atlantic City, N.J. – March 21, 2018 – The Atlantic City Boxing Hall of Fame (ACBHOF) teams up with 4-time Heavyweight World Champion and 2018 ACBHOF Honoree, Evander “Real Deal” Holyfield and his company Real Deal Sports & Entertainment, in association with Mis Downing Promotions, for a Fight Night affair at the historic Jim Whelan Boardwalk Hall in Adrian Phillips Theater for a Live Pro Boxing event that will take place on Saturday, June 2nd, from 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM.

According to Ray McCline, President of ACBHOF “This newly formed relationship with 4-time World Heavyweight Champion Evander Holyfield and his promotion company “Real Deal Sports & Entertainment” will have groundbreaking influence in effecting elevated exposure to the Atlantic City Boxing Hall of Fame 2nd Annual Induction Weekend.” 

“Spectra Venue Management is excited to see this Boxing event here at Jim Whelan Boardwalk Hall. We appreciate the efforts of the Atlantic City Boxing Hall of Fame who got us together with the folks from Real Deal Sports and Entertainment. Everyone expressed a desire to try to grow something that could start inside Adrian Phillips Theater and grow into an Arena sized event down the road. Our partners at the CRDA are supportive and encourage our efforts to work with new promoters and cultivate opportunities for bringing new events and people to Atlantic City. There is a rich history of Boxing here which is celebrated by the and visitors alike, a highly interactive Sports & Entertainment Boxing Curation Experience. We are committed to preserving the rich boxing history of Atlantic City, through live historical curation, exhibits, legendary boxing stars, and personal appearances. We will also conduct our annual year-round events, well paired with multicultural entertainment. 

Real Deal Promotions: (http://therealdealboxing.com
In 2017, four-time world heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield partnered with long-time boxing promoter Sal Musumeci to form Real Deal Sports & Entertainment. Real Deal Sports & Entertainment is the parent company to a promotional entity (The Real Deal Boxing), a broadcast series (Real Deal Championship Boxing), and much more soon. The company will promote world-class and entertaining boxing events and will strive to be a company that does what is best for the sport and the fighters.

Boardwalk Hall: (http://www.boardwalkhall.com
Boardwalk Hall and the Atlantic City Convention Center are owned and funded by the New Jersey Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA). Spectra by Comcast Spectacor provides both Venue Management and Food Services & Hospitality to Boardwalk Hall and the AC Convention Center.Historic Boardwalk Hall has played host to a sparkling list of dazzling entertainers and knockout sporting events throughout its 87-year history. A premier entertainment spot for visitors and residents alike, this unique seaside arena has helped to uphold the city’s new slogan “Do AC” by bringing exciting events into Atlantic City in addition to their already stellar variety of offerings.

About the CRDA: ( www.njcrda.com
The only agency of its kind nationwide, the CRDA has used Atlantic City casino reinvestments as a catalyst for meaningful, positive improvement in the lives of New Jersey residents since 1984. Under the 2011 Tourism District Act, the Authority’s mission evolved from statewide projects to becoming the state’s key economic development agency for Atlantic City. CRDA’s expanded responsibilities now include land use regulation, tourism marketing and clean and safe initiatives. The CRDA also oversees Historic Boardwalk Hall (the leading entertainment venue of its size in the country) and the Atlantic City Convention Center. In total, CRDA has invested nearly $2 billion in more than 400 projects statewide, of which $1.8 billion has been invested in Atlantic City, spurring business investments and expansions, and creating permanent jobs in the process. For more information about CRDA and our projects, visit www.njcrda.com. Follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/njcrda.

For destination photos and videos media may visit www.doatlanticcity.com/mediaonline where dozens of assets are available for download. For complete Atlantic City tourism information, visit www.doatlanticcity.com. Also follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/DoAtlanticCity and on Twittera and visitors alike, a highly interactive Sports & Entertainment Boxing Curation Experience. We are committed to preserving the rich boxing history of Atlantic City, through live historical curation, exhibits, legendary boxing stars, and personal appearances. We will also conduct our annual year-round events, well paired with multicultural entertainment. 

Real Deal Promotions: (http://therealdealboxing.com
In 2017, four-time world heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield partnered with long-time boxing promoter Sal Musumeci to form Real Deal Sports & Entertainment. Real Deal Sports & Entertainment is the parent company to a promotional entity (The Real Deal Boxing), a broadcast series (Real Deal Championship Boxing), and much more soon. The company will promote world-class and entertaining boxing events and will strive to be a company that does what is best for the sport and the fighters.

Boardwalk Hall: (http://www.boardwalkhall.com

Boardwalk Hall and the Atlantic City Convention Center are owned and funded by the New Jersey Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA). Spectra by Comcast Spectacor provides both Venue Management and Food Services & Hospitality to Boardwalk Hall and the AC Convention Center.Historic Boardwalk Hall has played host to a sparkling list of dazzling entertainers and knockout sporting events throughout its 87-year history. A premier entertainment spot for visitors and residents alike, this unique seaside arena has helped to uphold the city’s new slogan “Do AC” by bringing exciting events into Atlantic City in addition to their already stellar variety of offerings.

About the CRDA: ( www.njcrda.com
The only agency of its kind nationwide, the CRDA has used Atlantic City casino reinvestments as a catalyst for meaningful, positive improvement in the lives of New Jersey residents since 1984. Under the 2011 Tourism District Act, the Authority’s mission evolved from statewide projects to becoming the state’s key economic development agency for Atlantic City. CRDA’s expanded responsibilities now include land use regulation, tourism marketing and clean and safe initiatives. The CRDA also oversees Historic Boardwalk Hall (the leading entertainment venue of its size in the country) and the Atlantic City Convention Center. In total, CRDA has invested nearly $2 billion in more than 400 projects statewide, of which $1.8 billion has been invested in Atlantic City, spurring business investments and expansions, and creating permanent jobs in the process. For more information about CRDA and our projects, visit www.njcrda.com. Follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/njcrda.

For destination photos and videos media may visit www.doatlanticcity.com/mediaonline where dozens of assets are available for download. For complete Atlantic City tourism information, visit www.doatlanticcity.com. Also follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/DoAtlanticCity and on Twitter t www.twitter.com/VisitAChashtag #DOAC.

Mis Downing Promotions:
Mis Downing Promotions LLC, a New Jersey-based company was established in 2017 by Mis Downing, one of few African-American women to head a boxing company in the Tri-State Region. Mis Downing affectionately referred to as the “Princess of Boxing” has shown a drive, focus, and dedication unmatched by many in the business of boxing. Mis Downing’s mission is to promote quality events where amateur and professional boxers are given a platform and opportunity to display their skills and talents in a High Energy Environments that fuse Music & Entertainment, Fashion, and Fun with the great sport of boxing.

Media Contact 

ACBHOF:
Angela Crockett, ACBHOF Communications Director | 1+ (954) 805-1671 | acrockett.acbhof@gmail.com
Marc Abrams, Abrams Boxing | 1+ (856) 287-7611 | phillyboxing@gmail.com

Real Deal Sports & Entertainment:
Bernie Bahrmasel | 1+ (773) 592-2986 | berniebahrmasel@yahoo.co

WBC WORLD CHAMPION DAVID BENAVIDEZ AND FORMER WBA WORLD CHAMPION JOSÉ BENAVIDEZ CONFIRMED FOR FOURTH EDITION OF BOX FAN EXPO TAKING PLACE ON CINCO DE MAYO WEEKEND, SATURDAY MAY 5, IN LAS VEGAS

Box Fan Expo is the ultimate fan experience event that gives boxing fans the opportunity to meet-and-greet top fighters, current and former world champions, boxing celebrities and industry people in an up-close personal setting.

WBC Super Middleweight Champion Davis Benavidez and former WBA Lightweight Champion José Luis Benavidez

WBC Super Middleweight Champion Davis Benavidez and former WBA Lightweight Champion José Luis Benavidez

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Las Vegas (March 21, 2018) – Current WBC Super middleweight champion David  Benavidez and former WBA lightweight Champion José Benavidez have confirmed that they will appear, have a booth, and hold a Meet & Greet with their fans at the Las Vegas Convention Center for the 4th edition of Box Fan Expo that will take place

Saturday May 5, 2018 from 10am to 5pm, during Cinco De Mayo fight weekend.

Team Benavidez, David and José will appear for the first time at this year’s Expo, where they will besigning gloves, photos and have merchandise for fans to enjoy. Boxing fans will also have a great opportunity to take pictures with these two brothers and rising boxing stars. Fans will also have an opportunity to meet their father and one of the best trainers in boxing, José Benavidez sr.

  • About David Benavidez

David Benavidez is a Mexican-American professional boxer. He has held the WBC Super middleweight title since September 8, 2017 by defeating Ronald Gavril in Las Vegas. David also became the youngest champion in Super middleweight history at the age of 20. He is trained by his Father José Benavidez sr., and he’s also the brother of former world lightweight WBA champion and current top welterweight champion José Benavidez.

About José Benavidez

José Luis Benavidez is a Mexican-American professional boxer and the former WBA lightweight champion. He is currently undefeated with a record of 25 wins and presently competing at the welterweight division. He is the son of boxing trainer José Benavidez Sr. of Arcelia, Guerrero, Mexico, and the Brother of current WBC Super Middleweight Champion David Benavidez. In the late summer of 2016, José was shot in the leg by an unknown assailant while walking his dog in Arizona. The severity of the injuries sustained to his leg left doubt on his professional career. But José was determined to come back stronger than ever. After a rigorous 2 years of rehabilitation of hard work at the gym, José is back and presently a top contender in the Welterweight division.

David and José will join, Zab Judah, Shannon Briggs, Badou Jack, Kelly Pavlik, Erik Morales and Fernando Vargas among early commitments to this year’s Box Fan Expo.

Box Fan Expo has been a huge success with fans and boxing industry people. Many boxing stars have attended the last three Expos such as Floyd Mayweather, Mike Tyson, Roberto Duran, Tommy Hearns, Marco Antonio Barrera, Roy Jones Jr., Marcos Maidana, Sergio Martinez, Keith Thurman, Danny Garcia, Tim Bradley, Deontay Wilder, Amir Khan, Shawn Porter, Fernando Vargas, Zab Judah, James Toney, Vinny Pazienza, Mikey Garcia , Mia St.Johns, Leo Santa Cruz, Badou Jack, Terry Norris , Riddick Bowe , Earnie Shavers, Leon Spinks, Danny Jacobs, Abner Mares, Jorge Linares, Brandon Rios and many more…

Exhibitors such as boxing gear, apparel, new equipments, energy drinks, alcohol, supplement products, broadcasting media, sanctioning bodies and other companies who wish to participate will once again have a chance to showcase their brand to fans, media and the boxing industry.

Tickets to the Box Fan Expo are available online at: 
https://boxfanexpo.eventbrite.com  

Box Fan Expo is the ultimate boxing fan experience event, which allows fans to Meet and Greet Boxing Superstars of today, current and former world champions, Legends of the sport and other boxing Celebrities at their booth. On Site, fans will experience different activities from Autograph Sessions, Photo Sessions, FaceOff with your favorite boxers, as well as a chance to purchase merchandise and memorabilia from their booth, plus so much more… you won’t want to miss this must-attend Expo!Box Fan Expo will also feature top boxing organizations, promoters, ring card girls, famous trainers and commentators as well as boxing gear companies “ALL UNDER ONE ROOF”.

Throughout the next several weeks leading up to the Event, there will be weekly updates on the many stars that will commit their appearance at the Boxing Expo. And for anyone in the Boxing industry or other Exhibitors (non-industry), who would like to be involved and reserve a Booth, contact Box Fan Expo:

Telephone number: (514) 572-7222 or Las Vegas Number (702) 997-1927

For any inquiries please email: boxfanexpo@gmail.com

More information on the Box Fan Expo is available at: http://www.boxfanexpo.com 

You can follow Box Fan Expo on Twitter at: https://www.twitter.com/BoxFanExpo

and on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/BoxFanExpo 

World ranked Yenifel Vicente comes out in the defense of Latinos for apparent derogatory comments by champion’s father and trainer  Isaac Dogboe                                                                                   

Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic – Renowned Dominican boxer Yenifel ‘El Rayo’ Vicente (31-3-2, 23 KO’s) has been aware of the expressions made by Paul Dogboe, father and trainer of the Interim World Boxing Organization champion (WBO) 122 pounds, Isaac Dogboe (18-0, 12 KO’s), who is scheduled to face WBO world champion, Mexican American, Jessie Magdaleno (25-0, 18 KO’s), on April 28 in Philadelphia .

Yenifel Vicente (L)loads up with a right against Lucas Noonan (R)

Yenifel Vicente (L)loads up with a right against Lucas Noonan (R) Premier Boxing Champions

Paul Dogboe had expressed that his son not only will defeated Magdaleno, but deported the Mexican-American born in Las Vegas after the victory by throwing it on the wall that divides both countries and in the celebration, they will present the world title to the President of the United States, Donald Trump.

“If Dogboe defeats Magdaleno, I will ask my promoter Lou DiBella to fight him,” said Yenifel Vicente.

“If we have to fight in Ghana, we will be ready to travel and put the Latinos and people who respect others regardless of their race with a big victory for them. Those comments create hatred and divisions. We live in a world where we all breathe the same air and we are the same. I will not allow them to insult our Mexican brothers and others who work hard in search of a better quality of life, “said Yenifel Vicente.

Yenifel_Vicente leaps in air after his big victory

Yenifel_Vicente leaps in air after his big victory

Vicente has won six consecutive bouts, including the PBC’s Knockout of the Year, a three-round knockout over the undefeated favorite, Juan ‘Baby Tito’ Dominguez.

Vicente’s manager, Raúl Patrana, President of the ‘Spartan Boxing Club’, is willing to help with the fight.

“If Dogboe wins, we are willing to make the necessary arrangements so that Dogboe’s first defense can be against Vicente who is ranked 12th in the WBO and of course in the best coliseum available in Ghana. We wish the best of luck to Magdaleno. At the end, we hope both fighters make a good fight for the fans and leave healthy after that”.

Attached photos by Lucas Noonan / PBC

Fernando Gaztambide

Spartan Boxing Club Press Officer

787-598-4273

Braulio Rodriguez fractures hand in bout with Christopher Diaz bout

NEW YORK, NY (March 20th, 2018) – This past Saturday night at the Hulu Theater in Madison Square Garden, featherweight prospect Braulio Rodriguez (19-3, 17 KOs) locked horns with undefeated prospect Christopher Diaz in a battle for the WBO-NABO Super Featherweight title.

Braulio Rodriguez

Through the first two-plus rounds, Rodriguez was holding his own with Diaz, until Rodriguez hurt his right hand.

Unfortunately Rodriguez could not continue, and the bout was stopped 28 seconds into round four.

Rodriguez was diagnosed with a Metacarpal fracture on his right hand.

Braulio Rodriguez’s broken right hand

“Braulio proved that he can compete with the top 130 pound fighters out there,” said Rodriguez manager, Felipe Gomez of El Matador Management.  “He suffered a freak injury before he could really get going.  He was landing some good shots, and I feel he had a good chance of winning.  When he heals, hopefully we can get a rematch or some big fight as I feel he should be in the mix for those opportunities.

Rodriguez is promoted by Evander Holyfield’s Real Deal Boxing.

Michael Dutchover Dominates in Main Event Debut

PHILADELPHIA, PENN./ORANGE, Calif. (March 19, 2018)–Junior lightweight Michael Dutchover (8-0, 5 KOs) delivered an impressive performance in his main event debut Saturday night from the Doubletree Hotel in Orange, Calif.

Dutchover, 20, thoroughly out boxed and outmaneuvered solid prospect Ricardo Lopez(7-2-2, 6 KOs) to the tune of a one-side, unanimous decision win (scores: 59-55 all around).

Junior lightweight Michael Dutchover (8-0, 5 KOs) delivered an impressive performance in his main event debut Saturday night from the Doubletree Hotel in Orange, Calif.  Dutchover, 20, thoroughly out boxed and outmaneuvered solid prospect Ricardo Lopez

“I felt like I controlled the entire fight from beginning to end,” remarked Dutchover, who is co-promoted by Banner Promotions and Thompson Boxing. “He tried to come on late in the fight, but it was too late for him. I had already figured him out.” 

Indeed, Dutchover put his stamp on the fight from the outset. The first three rounds consisted of the Texas native firing shots from a variety of angles. Lopez, who is based in Tijuana, Mex., tried to get back in the game in the fourth and fifth rounds, but Dutchover used his counter punching ability to stymie the attack.

Junior lightweight Michael Dutchover (L) lands a hard left hook to Ricardo Lopez

Prior to the fight, Dutchover promised to show off a more polished skill set after recently working as the chief sparring partner to world champion Oscar Valdez. He certainly looked like the high-end prospect that many predicted he would become once his impressive amateur run came to a close.

“I wanted to be smart out there,” said Dutchover after the fight. “You can’t overwhelm everyone with natural ability. At some point you’re going to have to think your way out of a tough situation. I think I showed off my ring IQ tonight [Saturday].”

Junior lightweight Michael Dutchover (L) lands a left hook  to Ricardo Lopez

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AMIR IMAM PREPARING FOR JOSE RAMÍREZ

FOR THE WBC SUPER LIGHTWEIGHT WORLD TITLE

 St. Patrick’s Day Saturday, March 17,

at the The Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden

Live on ESPN and the ESPN App

POMPANO BEACH, FLA., March 12, 4:15 pm ET – Amir Imam (21-1, 18 KOs) is in Pompano Beach, Florida, under the auspices of head trainer Stacy McKinley, in final preparations for his March 17 showdown against Jose Ramirez (21-0, 16 KOs) from Avenal, California for the vacant World Boxing Council (WBC) super lightweight belt Saturday, March 17, at the The Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden. 

Imam, 27, rated No. 1 by the WBC, boasts a victory by knockout ratio of 86%, including his last three and five of his last seven.  Ramirez, 25, WBC No. 3 ranked super lightweight, has stopped 76% of the opponents he has faced, including four consecutive and eight in his last 10 bouts

“Amir Imam is coming to Madison Square Garden, The Mecca of Boxing, in New York City, to take down not only Jose Ramirez but Bob Arum too!” boasted Imam’s promoter Don King.  “I can hardly wait for Saturday night.  Start the clock.  Tick-tock, tick-tock.”  T-minus 124 hours 45 minutes till Ramirez-Imam enter the ring, Saturday night . . .

“Yes sir, March 17 is a big day for me and the stakes are real high for both me and him.  It’s the first time I get to fight in the Garden and that’s exciting, knowing that greatness has fought there.  It’s the first time I am fighting in a main event and first time fighting for a world title,” said Imam.  “It’s what I have been working for my whole life and it’s finally here and I’ve got to take advantage of it.

“He’s kind of tall and long just like me, so it’s like seeing each other in the mirror so it is going to be real interesting and it’s going to be an electrifying fight.”

“Ramirez is a tough fighter – a real tough fighter and we know what we’ve got to do to win this fight.  If a knockout comes I will take advantage of it but I am not going in there looking for a straight knockout.  I have to fight real hard and get the rounds under my belt just in case.  He’s been aggressive but he may not come out aggressive – you never know.  I just have to be smart in the ring and adjust to things he will be doing.”

“I can definitely match his power, I can box when I have to, and I can fight.  I can do a lot of things. I can do whatever it takes to get the W.  A lot of fighters these days can’t do that – they are one-dimensional fighters.  If I have to box or if I have to slug I can do it. I think I am the toughest guy in the 140-pund division.

Promoter Bob Arum (C) with Jose Ramirez (L) and Amir Imam (R)

“I can just hear them saying “The New.”

Ramírez vs. Imam will headline a spectacular St. Patrick’s Day boxing extravaganza, The Ramírez – Imam world championship fight will be televised live and exclusively at 8 p.m. EDT on ESPN and stream live on the ESPN App at 6 p.m. EDT.  It will mark the first time Arum and King have battled each other promotionally on the same card since Miguel Cotto defended his World Boxing Association (WBA) super welterweight world title on March 12, 2011. 

Promoted by Top Rank®, and Don King Productions, in association with Madison Square Garden, tickets to the Ramírez – Imam world championship event are priced at $206, $156, $106, $81, $56 and $31, 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 and ;www.msg.com

Undefeated Junior Lightweight Michael Dutchover back in action this Saturday night

PHILADELPHIA, PENN./ORANGE, Calif. (March 13, 2018)- This Saturday night at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, California, budding junior lightweight talent Michael Dutchover (7-0, 5 KOs) headlines the first show of his young career when he faces Ricardo Lopez (7-1-2, 6 KOs). 

Dutchover, 20, hails from Midland, Tex. but moved to the Los Angeles area last year to take advantage of the rich sparring that the region offers. The former amateur standout is making his first start of the year against a fellow prospect in Lopez who will be eager to give him a fight.

Dutchover in action

Michael Dutchover in action

“There’s no doubt that Lopez is thinking upset,” said Dutchover, who is trained and managed by Danny Zamora. “I won’t let him do anything that he wants to do. I plan to dominate the fight. It’s my first main event as a professional so there’s added motivation to give the fans an excellent show.”
 
All signs point to Dutchover delivering the goods on Saturday night. In the lead up to this fight, he spent several weeks in Guadalajara, Mex. sparring with world champion Oscar Valdez.
 
“Spending time with the Valdez camp was an incredible experience,” Dutchover said. “I learned a lot from Valdez. The sparring sessions are what everyone wants to talk about, but it was more than that for me. Just seeing how he conducted himself and how focused he was. That left a lasting impression on me.”
Dutchover is co-promoted by Banner Promotions and Thompson Boxing. 
Thompson Boxing will livestream the main event and the full card on “TB Presents” beginning at 7:00 PM PT. The livestream can be found on the Thompson Boxing facebook page, or on its website at ThompsonBoxing.com.
 
“TB Presents” is anchored by Beto Duran as the blow-by-blow announcer, while Steve Kim will provide expert, color commentary.

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BOOKING AGENT / MANAGER and BOXING HALL OF FAMER RAFAEL MENDOZA DIES AT AGE 80

CANASTOTA, NY – MARCH 10, 2018 – The International Boxing Hall of Fame announced its flags will fly at half-staff in memory of booking agent / manager Rafael Mendoza, who passed away on March 8th in Guadalajara, Mexico from lung cancer. He was 80.

2015 Hall of Fame Inductee Rafael Mendoza:

“During his five plus decades in the sport, Rafael Mendoza was one of the most respected and accomplished people in the boxing world. His keen eye for talent was second to none,” said Hall of Fame Executive Director

Edward Brophy. “The Hall of Fame offers our condolences to his family and joins the boxing community in mourning his passing.”

A former sportswriter, Mendoza advised 26 world champions including Gilberto Roman, Oscar Larios, Chango Carmona, Javier Jauregui, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and Hall of Famers Miguel Canto, Humberto “Chiquita” Gonzalez, Daniel Zaragoza, Alexis Arguello and Pipino Cuevas. Mendoza has also worked with Hall of Fame trainers Eddie Futch, Amilcar Brusa and Nacho Beristain, as well as many leading promoters including Bob Arum’s Top Rank and Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions.

In 2015, Mendoza was elected into the International Boxing Hall of Fame.

 

PETR PETROV READY FOR ELIMINATION BOUT WITH IVAN BARANCHYK FRIDAY NIGHT ON SHOWTIME®
SHOWTIME BOXING: SPECIAL EDITION Live At 10 p.m. ET/PT From Deadwood Mountain Grand in Deadwood, South Dakota

NEW YORK (March 8, 2018) – Despite taking the bout on less than five days’ notice, two-time world title challenger Petr Petrov is ready for his showdown with junior welterweight Ivan Baranchyk, this Friday night on a SHOWTIME BOXING: SPECIAL EDITION live on SHOWTIME(10 PM ET/PT)

Petrov, who has not fought in eleven months since dropping a decision to undefeated WBO Lightweight champion Terry Flanagan, was training for a return bout in his native Spain before getting the call last weekend after Anthony Yigit fell out of the fight with Baranchyk.

Petrov arrived at the Deadwood Mountain Grand in Deadwood, South Dakota, and he is confident going into this important fight.
“I feel good.  I am always training, and was getting ready for a fight in a couple months in my native Spain, so I don’t find this to be a big deal to accept this fight on short notice,” said Petrov.
What made it easy for him to take the fight, was the opportunity to fight for the number-2 position in the IBF.  
“My goal is to be a world champion, and this fight gets me close to that.  I don’t know anything about Baranchyk, but I know he has never fought anyone with my experience, and combined with being on the stages where I have competed will prove to be the distance on Friday night.” 
The Baranchyk (16-0, 10 KOs) vs. Petrov (38-5-2, 19 KOs) bout is promoted by DiBella Entertainment, in association with Fight Promotions Inc., Holden Productions & Banner Promotions.
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PETR PETROV TO FACE IVAN BARANCHYK IN IBF JUNIOR WELTERWEIGHT ELIMINATOR THIS FRIDAY, MARCH 9 LIVE ON SHOWTIME®

SHOWTIME BOXING: SPECIAL EDITION Live At 10 p.m. ET/PT From Deadwood Mountain Grand in Deadwood, South Dakota

NEW YORK (March 6, 2018) – Undefeated 140-pound contender Ivan Baranchyk will now face former world title challenger Petr Petrov this Friday, March 9, in the co-featured bout on SHOWTIME BOXING: SPECIAL EDITION live on SHOWTIME at 10 p.m. ET/PT from Deadwood Mountain Grand in Deadwood, SD. The contest will be an eliminator for the No. 2 position in the IBF junior welterweight world rankings.

Ivan Baranchyk

Petrov replaces Anthony Yigit, who has withdrawn due to illness.

“We are looking forward to having Petr compete this Friday night on Showtime,” said Banner Promotions President, Artie Pelullo.  “Petr is a world championship caliber fighter, and by taking this fight on just five days notice, it shows the character that Petr has.  I expect he will put on a great performance on Friday night and get himself on the doorstep of another world title opportunity.”

“Baranchyk and Petrov are both known for their all-action styles and are never in a bad fight. It is a tremendous addition to this card, and I’m thrilled we were able to put the bout together on short notice. The fact that Petr was training for another fight once again made it possible to create a superior fight under difficult circumstances,” said Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment.

Sporting a record of 38-5-2 with 19 KOs, the 34-year-old Petrov, of Ryazan, Russia, and based in Madrid, Spain, will look to bounce back into the win column following a hotly contested 12-round decision loss to WBO Lightweight World Champion Terry Flanagan on April 8, 2017, in Manchester, England. Prior to the loss to Flanagan, Petrov was on a six-bout winning streak, including victories over Michael Perez, Marvin Quintero and Gamalial Diaz. Over the last 10 years, Petrov’s only other losses have come against world champions Marcos Maidana and Dejan Zlaticanin.

“I am grateful for this opportunity to fight of the number-2 position in the IBF.  A victory will open the doors for me to get another world title shot,” said Petrov.  “Baranchyk is a tough fighter who is right in front of you.  This will not be an easy fight, but I am a veteran who can adapt to any style.”

The Baranchyk (16-0, 10 KOs) vs. Petrov bout is promoted by DiBella Entertainment, in association with Fight Promotions Inc., Holden Productions & Banner Promotions.

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THE USA BOXING NEWS
Book Review
Back from the Edge of Hell
By Pinklon Thomas
As told to John Greenburg

Review by John and Alex Rinaldi

Available through Amazon.com

Former WBC and IBO heavyweight champion Pinklon “Pink” Thomas has written a gritty, no-hold’s barred and poignant autobiography of his life that is sure to send the readers on a roller coaster ride of emotions.

As a youngster, Thomas was a heroin addict, who discovered boxing and managed to change his life around.

Pinklon turned professional on August 29, 1978 with a split-decision win over Ken Arlt at the Seattle Center Arena in Seattle, WA, and ended his career on January 29, 1993 after being TKO’d by Lawrence Carter at the Township Auditorium in Columbia, SC, in a WBF heavyweight title bout.

Pinklon Thomas the new WBC heavyweight champion.

All in all, Thomas compiled an impressive record of 43-7-1 (34 KO’s).

The book goes into detail of his youth growing up in Pontiac, MI, and winding up with the wrong crowd that introduced him into the world of drugs.

PInklon Thomas vs. Tommy Morrison fight poster.

Once Thomas jumps into his boxing career, the readers are treated to his vivid accounts of thrilling battles with the likes of James “Quick” Tillis, Gerrie Coetzee and Alonzo Ratcliff, before being given a shot at Tim Witherspoon for the WBC World Heavyweight Title. By the time he got his championship opportunity, he was unbeaten with a 24-0-1 record.

Thomas’ career began a steady climb once he latched onto Lou Duva as his manager and George Benton as his trainer. Then along came Don King who purchased Pinklon’s contract and sent him on a course to the world title. The legendary Angelo Dundee soon took over as his trainer and everything appeared to be going great for the rising champion.

Pinklon Thomas vs. Mike Tyson program.

Don King comes off as a hero in the story as Thomas gives him credit for enabling him to get his title opportunity and future lucrative battles.

After years of hardship, Thomas appeared to finally reach his dream of being a world champion by defeating Witherspoon and capturing the heavyweight title. Unfortunately, not long after  being given a Hero’s Parade through the streets of Pontiac, Michigan, Pinklon begins to self-destruct personally with his family and falling into the abyss with an addiction to crack cocaine.

Thomas never backs away from the seediness of his secret drug life and shows the reader how quickly drugs can bring about the disinigration of a man who could have been one of the great heavyweight champions of his era.

Remarkably, while still on drugs, with the help of Angelo Dundee, who pops in and out as an angel of mercy to the fighter who appears to be losing his soul, Thomas still is able to beat the Mike Weaver and give tough battles against the likes of Trevor Berbick, Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield. Pinklon gives detailed descriptions of his training regimen and the actual in the ring accounts with such memorable boxing personalities.

Pinklon Thomas vs. Evander Holyfield fight poster.

Of course, the drugs like a Gypsy curse, predictably sends the fighter into the chasm of despair, and that is where Thomas, with the help of Angelo Dundee, begins to climb back to reclaim his life.

Thomas writes an honest book with warts and all about his life and redemption. Later on, past his prime, he fights up-and-coming champions like Riddick Bowe and Tommy Morrison. In his next to last bout he even captures the newly created IBO heavyweight championship belt.

To his credit, Pinklon never makes excuses for his past mistakes and continues to deter others to avoid the ruinous paths he took. He has probably saved the lives of hundreds of lost youths through his later work with juvenile delinquents.

Thomas writes a terrific book that has drama and exciting fight action. It has all the ingredients of a future movie that could win an actor an Academy Award.

From 1983 to 1986, Pinklon Thomas was considered to be the best heavyweight on the planet by many sportswriters.

His journey is a page turner and well worth reading.

This book is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

Fight Week Media Schedule
*All Times are Eastern Time*
Tuesday, February 27
 
11:00 a.m. Media Workout
Kovalev, Mikhalkin, and Bivol – 30 minute sessions each
 
Location: Mendez Gym, 23 E. 26th Street, New York, NY 
Wednesday, February 28
 
12:00 p.m.  Final Press Conference
Location: Chase Square, Madison Square Garden 
11:30 a.m. – Media Arrival   
12:00 p.m. – Press Conference Start – LIVE
Media Entrance – 32nd Street and 7th Avenue – Box Office Entrance 
 
*This is a live event please arrive promptly*
 
Friday, March 2
 
11:30 a.m.   Official Weigh-In
Location: Theater Lobby, Madison Square Garden
11:00 a.m. – Media Check-In 
11:30 a.m. – Weigh-In Begins – LIVE
Media Entrance – 32nd Street and 7th Avenue – Box Office Entrance 
 
*This is a live event please arrive promptly*
 
Saturday, March 3
 
4:00 p.m. Media Check-In Opens
Media Entrance — 33rd Street and 8th Avenue – Glass Doors 
 
4:45 p.m. Theater at Madison Square Garden – Doors Open
 
5:00 p.m. First fights begin
 
10:05 p.m. HBO World Championship Boxing® Telecast Begins
 
*Events/Schedule Subject to Change*
 
 
About March 3:  The Saturday, March 3 main event between Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev and Igor Mikhalkin is a 12-round match-up for the WBO Light Heavyweight World Title at the Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The co-main event features WBA Light Heavyweight World Champion Dmitry Bivol versus Sullivan Barrera in a 12-round title fight. Tickets range from $50 to $300 and are available at TicketMaster.com and the Madison Square Garden box office. The event is promoted by Main Events, Krusher Promotions and World of Boxing in association with EC Box Promotions and will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing® at 10:05 p.m. ET/PT.
 
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to honor Wrestlers with Wall of Fame
 
BELFAST, NEW YORK – “The Bare Knuckle Boxing Hall of Fame will be celebrating their 10th Induction this July 7th weekend in Belfast, and have several special events lined up to mark the occasion” says Scott Burt, BKBHOF President. “Back in the 1800’s there were two major sports, boxing and wrestling.  What better place to have a Wrestling Wall of Fame than in Belfast, New York.  I’ve wanted to do this for some time, and am now ready to give wrestling fans a place to call home too.”  William Muldoon, who built the barns in 1884 in Belfast that currently house the Bare Knuckle Boxing Hall of Fame, also successfully trained the Great John L. Sullivan there in 1889 for the last bare knuckle fight of that era.  Muldoon taught Sullivan grappling moves upstairs in those barns.  Grappling and throwing was allowed back then during a boxing match.  “Ten years ago, when Shane Cline, president of American Grappler, and myself were cleaning out and restoring the upstairs of the barns we couldn’t believe our eyes when we discovered the nail outline and strands of canvas from Muldoon’s original wrestling mat; unbelievable!  A great find for wresting enthusiasts!  There is no better place in the world to honor wrestlers than right there on the walls of Muldoon’s original wrestling room,” stated Burt.  “We have drawn people from all over the world to see where the Great John L. Sullivan trained for his epic 75 round bare knuckle fight against Jake Kilrain for the coveted Police Gazette Belt, now with a Wall of Fame for Wrestlers too, Belfast should expect even more historians and fans to flock to our small but historically significant town.  Belfast is much bigger in the boxing world than local folks know, now with this addition we are set-up to be the same in the wrestling world.  Sullivan, the boxer; Muldoon the Wrestler; and the proud town of Belfast that is home to both is an unbeatable combination.”
 
William Muldoon’s ALL-STAR Wrestlers Wall of Fame will include two inaugural classes. The Founder’s Class (1800s-1950s): Martin “Farmer” Burns, Frank Gotch, George Hackenschmidt, Tom Jenkins, Ed “Strangler” Lewis, William Muldoon, and Clarence Whistler.  The Modern Class (1950s to present): Andre the Giant, Nick Bockwinkel, Bobo Brazil, Hulk Hogan, Walter “Killer” Kowalski, Buddy Rogers, Bruno Sammartino, Gorilla Monsoon, and The Fabulous Moolah.
 
Come and see the unveiling of the Wrestling Wall of Fame during the Bare Knuckle Boxing Hall of Fame’s 10th Induction this July.  Friday July 6 from 6pm to 10pm is a Special Beer, Wine, and Cider Tasting Event at St. Pat’s Hall; Saturday July 7 is Induction Day with guests Rick Jeanneret and Rob Ray from the Buffalo Sabres, current Bare Knuckle Champion Bobby Gunn, legendary referee Bill Clancy, 1970 World Champ Billy Backus, Team USA Jujitsu, and Buffalo Boxer Dick Topinko.  Sunday July 8 from 1pm to 6pm is BKB Hall of Fame Day at Pollywogg Holler.  For more information text Scott at 585-610-3326; website is www.bareknuckleboxinghalloffame.com.
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Heralded prospect Ruben Villa (10-0, 4 KOs) of Salinas, Calif. made it ten straight wins to start his career by outpointing veteran Juan Sandoval
PHILADELPHIA, PENN./ORANGE, Calif. (Feb. 19, 2017)- Heralded prospect Ruben Villa (10-0, 4 KOs) of Salinas, Calif. made it ten straight wins to start his career by outpointing veteran Juan Sandoval (15-18, 5 KOs) of Mexico. Scores: 59-55, 60-54 twice.
 

The bout was the co-feature this past Friday night at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, California.

 
Villa, 20, capitalized on his southpaw stance by landing a strong jab and countering with a right hook that routinely found its mark. Sandoval often looked confused and never managed to find any angles against the busier Villa.
 
“I just tried to keep the pressure on him from start to finish,” said Villa, who is co-promoted by Banner Promotions and Thompson Boxing. “I think he fought a cautious fight, but I was still able to land a lot of punches in every round.”
 
Villa was most impressive in the fourth and fifth rounds when he delivered numerous sets of combinations that stunned the taller Sandoval. While Villa kept his unbeaten streak alive on Friday night, another, less recognizable streak ended. In his previous unanimous decision wins, Villa had won every round on every scorecard. On Friday night, one judge failed to give Villa all six rounds (59-55).
 
“That streak was bound to end sooner or later,” Villa said. “I’ll have to start another one.”

 

“Once again Ruben had a terrific outing on Friday night,” said Banner Promotions President, Artie Pelullo.

 

“Ruben continues his progression and development, and we are extremely pleased at where he is at.  2018 is going to be a big year for Ruben, as we will see him fight for some regional titles in the next 12-18 months.”

 

“Ruben looked impressive yet again against a veteran opponent,” said Ken Thompson, president of Thompson Boxing. “Ruben is developing and maturing quicker than we anticipated. He’ll be back in the ring very soon.”
 
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Top Prospect Ruben Villa (9-0, 4 KOs) in Action TONIGHT!! in Ontario, CA

Philadelphia, Penn./ORANGE, Calif. (Feb. 16, 2018) – Rising featherweight talent Ruben Villa (9-0, 4 KOs) of Salinas, Calif. faced some fight week uncertainty after his initial opponent, Ruben Tamayo, fell in and was replaced by Juan Sandoval (7-20-1, 4 KOs) of San Bernardino, Calif. late Wednesday.

The “Path to Glory” co-feature between Villa and Sandoval is set for 6-rounds and originates from the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, Calif. Tonight.

Villa, a former two-time Golden Gloves winner, gave his take on tonight’s last minute match up, his early dominance on the scorecards, and what its like sparring against heavier competition.Your main sparring partners for this training camp were Joel Diaz, Jr. and Andy Vences. Both fight at a heavier weight class than you (135-140 lbs.). What kind of advantage will that give you on Friday night?

“It’s a tremendous advantage. My trainer, Max Garcia, wanted me to spar bigger, longer guys with respectable records. Both Joel and Andy have hit the 20-fight mark and are highly skilled. I went four-minute rounds with them to make sure I was prepared for Tamayo. They gave me excellent work.”

Is there anything specific that you dialed in on for this training camp?

“I’m trying to use more angles so I can attack in different ways. Also, trying to mix up my movements so I don’t telegraph what I’m trying to do.”

Your opponent, Juan Sandoval, was added at the last minute. How does this affect your preparation?

“It’s boxing. This type of stuff happens all the time especially when you’re first starting out. I’m not too worried. I put in an excellent training camp and I’m prepared for everything.”

Of your five wins that have resulted in unanimous decision victories, you’ve managed to win every round on every scorecard. Did you expect that kind of dominance early on?

“Staying in the gym pays dividends, but at the same time you should see that type of dominance in a prospect. The ability to impose your will boosts your confidence. I see every round of every fight going my way. It’s not arrogance, it’s confidence and you need that belief otherwise you’re in trouble.”

Villa is promoted by Banner Promotions and Thompson Boxing.

All fights will be live streamed on TB Presents: Path to Glory via our Facebook page and ThompsonBoxing.com. 

The livestream starts at 8:00 p.m. PT / 11:00 p.m. ET with Beto Duran as the blow-by-blow announcer and Steve Kim providing expert color commentary. 

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. local time with the first bout at approximately 8:00 p.m. The Doubletree Hotel is located at 222 N. Vineyard Ave. in Ontario, CA 91764 and can be reached at 909-937-0900.

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Photo by Carlos Baeza / Thompson Boxing
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The former 1960s bantamweight contender Felix Said Brami died at the age of 77

By Henry Hascup

Felix Said Brami – The former 1960s bantamweight contender died on February 11, 2018 at the age of 77. Of Tunisian-Hebrew heritage, Brami was ranked as high as the #6 bantamweight in the world by The Ring magazine in 1964. From 1963 to 1966, he was ranked among the top ten world bantamweights. Brami was born in Tunis, Tunisia on September 1, 1940 and fought professionally from 1961-1975. He retired with a career record of 44-10-3 (KO 22/KO by 5).

Felix Said Brami

Late in his career he won and held the French junior lightweight title from May 15, 1971 until March 15, 1975. During his career he defeated such fighters as Mimoun Ben Ali, Antoine Porcel, Tommaso Galli, Brian Cartwright, Federico Scarponi, Jackie Brown, Pierre Vetroff (2-1-1), Alex Ambrose, Renato Galli, Felix Alonso, Paul Rourre, Sean McCafferty, Kouider Meftah, Roland Cazeaux (1-1), Domenico Chiloiro and Marius Cordier. He also fought such fighters as Walter McGowan, Jose Legra, Lothar Abend,  Antonio Puddu, Jean-Baptiste Piedvache, Manuel Barrios, Vicente Garcia, Daniel Vermandere and  Jose Antonio Jimenez.   (IBRO)   

No Limit Mindset LLC fighters primed for a big 2018

Beverly Hills, Calif. (Feb. 12, 2018) – No Limit Mindset LLC. has four fighters that are primed for huge campaigns in 2018.
 
The management company headed by Shane Shapiro will be busy in the first quarter of the year.
 
Middleweight Cem Kilic; lightweight Mason Menard; middleweight Kalvin Henderson and junior welterweight Arnold Barboza, Jr all have been working working hard and have or about to have fights lined up.
 
Cem Kilic (9-0, 5 KOs) will be in action on February 22nd in Dallas, Texas against Taronze Washington.
 
Mason Menard (33-2, 24 KOs) is coming off shoulder surgery nine months ago.  Menard is just now starting his first training camp under the No Limit Mindset banner.  He is now setting up camp in Los Angeles with new trainer John Pullman at the Buddy McGirt Boxing Club.  Menard will be sparring with IBF Junior Welterweight champion Sergey Lipinets for the champ’s March 10 title defense with Mikey Garcia.  Menard will be returning to the ring in April.
 
Kalvin Henderson (8-0, 5 KOs) will fight on March 17th in Birmingham, Alabama for the WBA Fedalatin & IBA International Middleweight titles.
 
Arnold Barboza, Jr (17-0, 6 KOs) will fight Mike Reed on March 10th at the StubHub Center in Carson, California on ESPN.  The bout will be part of the Oscar Valdez – Scott Quigg Featherweight title undercard.
 
Said No Limit Mindset LLC CEO Shane Shapiro, “The first quarter of 2018 is going to be very busy for these four fighters.  I am thrilled at the progress of Cem Kilic.  He is fighting a grizzled veteran fighter in Washington.  He has fought Alfredo Angulo, Austin Trout, Vanes Martirosyan as well as top contenders like Glen Tapia, Yamaguchi Falcao and Brian Vera, so that will be a good test to see where Cem is at.  Mason Menard is coming along very well from his surgery.  He is getting tremendous work with Sergey Lipinets which will more than prepare him for his comeback in April.  Kalvin Henderson is a very intriguing prospect, and he will take his next step in growth on March 17th.  I recently took an advisory role with Barboza, and he has the biggest test on March 10th against Mike Reed,  That is a fight I know he can win, and on a platform like ESPN, a victory will put him right into title contention.”

FOR THE LOVE OF BOXING – MEDIA DAY IN ATLANTIC CITY

Atlantic City, N.J. (Feb.6, 2018) On Wednesday, February 14th, while couples are preparing to head out for Valentine’s Day dinner, Atlantic City’s Thomas “Cornflake” LaManna and Gabriel Bracero of New York, the fighters topping the inaugural card of Rising Star Promotions’ Boardwalk Boxing series will be in the gym, giving their time and sweat to their first love, boxing.

Media are invited to enjoy sandwiches courtesy of White House Subs, and get to know the main event fighters and trainers, who toil day and night for the love of boxing, ahead of their crossroads WBC Championship bout on February 24th.

Some of the world’s greatest fighters have stepped into the Atlantic City Police Athletic League through the years. Gym manager Bill “BJ” Johnson recalls some of the greats – “Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield, Hector Camacho, Bruce Seldon, William Joppy…Manny Stewart brought his fighters over from Kronk to spar sometimes.”

Like so many trainers, however, it wasn’t the star power, or the glitzy lights and fancy suits and dresses that surround a blood stained canvas that made Johnson a boxing devotee. It was love for his sons that first brought him to the PAL gym. His sons have long moved on from boxing, but Johnson’s passion for boxing is still driven by love. “We keep the youth off the street and out of trouble,” said Johnson, who couldn’t count the number of young men and women he’d driven toward a narrow path with the discipline of boxing training. At 76 years old, the veteran trainer gave no indication he’d be divorcing the sport he loves any time soon.

Thomas LaManna, the CEO of Rising Star Promotions, grew up watching the hard-hitting, no quarters given fights made by Hall of Fame matchmaker Russell Peltz, and it was his love for both the Atlantic City boxing atmosphere and those knockdown, drag out battles that Peltz produced that inspired him to get into the boxing promotions game, and he hired Peltz to make sure that fans attending his events would have their hearts stolen by the warriors in the squared circle on the boardwalk.

LaManna’s opponent, Gabriel Bracero exudes love and positivity when talking about how boxing freed him mentally from the physical confines of the prison walls in which he spent seven years in his 20s. Before his good behavior enabled him to transfer to a prison with a boxing program, Bracero would shadow box and run in place in his jail cell, closing his eyes and envisioning himself outside, beyond the walls of the prison, preparing for just this type of opportunity.

On February 14th, you are cordially invited to fall in love with boxing and the personalities that give their sweat and blood for our entertainment and their own glory. Please join us for lunch and an open workout featuring Boardwalk Boxing’s main event fighters, Thomas LaManna and Gabriel Bracero who will step into the ring on February 24th at the Showboat Casino.

WHO: Thomas LaManna–Welterweight–Millville, NJ–25-2, 9 KOs
Gabriel Bracero–Welterweight–Brooklyn, NY–24-3, 5 KOs
Undercard Fighters

WHAT: Media Workout & Lunch

WHEN: Wednesday, February 14th, 11:00 a.m.

WHERE: Atlantic City PAL Gym
250 N. New York Ave, Atlantic City, NJ 08401

LUNCH PROVIDED BY WHITE HOUSE SUBS

FIGHT NIGHT TICKETS: $150, $80 and $55 and can be purchased at: www.risingboxingpromotions.com

For more information and media credentials, Contact: Marc Abrams at phillyboxing@gmail.com or 856 287 7611

Fight Promotions, Inc has signs 2016 Olympian, Heavyweight Bahodr Jalolov to a multi year promotional deal

New York, NY (February 5, 2018) Fight Promotions Inc. is pleased to announce the signing of 2016 Olympian, super heavyweight Bakhodir Jalolov of Uzbekistan, to a promotional contract.

Bakhodir Jalolov

Bakhodir Jalolov

Jalolov, who was the flag-bearer for Uzbekistan for the 2016 Olympics, is a 6’6″ power puncher who participated in approximately 97 amateur bouts, winning 84 by mostly first round knockouts. The 23 year-old is a towering knockout artist who won a myriad of international tournaments including a bronze medal at the 2015 World Championships, and a Gold medal at the 2017 Asian championships. Bakhodir represented Uzbekistan at the 2016 Olympics. He holds wins over many notable prospects from Kazakhstan, Cuba and Europe.

Max Alperovich, the president of Fight Promotions, Inc. commented on the signing: “Bakha is one of the most decorated amateurs in the world and absolutely one of the best super heavyweight prospects in all of boxing. We feel that in one year’s time, he will be ready to fight on the highest levels in boxing. We are very proud to work with a fighter of this caliber.”

“I am very excited about my partnership with Fight Promotions,” said Jalolov. “They are one of the top promoters in boxing. It is my dream to become a World Heavyweight Champion, and I have the right team to help make that dream come true. I’m looking forward to fighting as a professional and challenging the best heavyweights in the world.”

According to Alperovich, Fight Promotions will work in full cooperation with the Amateur Boxing Federation of Uzbekistan. At the request of the Federation, Bakhodir may represent Uzbekistan at the Asian Games and/or 2020 Olympics.

 

Steve Acunto who founded the American Association for the Improvement of Boxing Inc. with the late great Rocky Marciano dies at 101 years old

By Henry Hascup

I just received a phone call from Melvina Lathan telling me that the founder of the AAIB, 101 year old Steve Acunto passed away in his sleep.

Steve is the Co-founder with Rocky Marciano of the American Association for the Improvement of Boxing Inc. (1969). Today, AAIB is among the leading voices in Boxing for Safety Standards and Administrative Competency.

Steve Acunto training young boxers

Steve Acunto training young boxers

For over four decades, Stephen B. Acunto was one of the foremost boxing instructors in the world, teaching alongside Rocky Marciano, Muhammad Ali, and Willie Pep. Steve was head coach of boxing at Westchester Community College, where he developed and taught the only boxing course for college credit in existence. He also taught pugilism at Fairfield University, Concordia College, Sarah Lawrence College, The Purchase Community House, and numerous YMCAs, clinics, and seminars around the nation. Steve has taught over 8,000 boxers – one became world champion, several have been leading contenders, and many have been amateur champions

A former boxer, Steve has been a member of the New York State Athletic Commission since 1945. He was inducted into the World Boxing Hall of Fame in 1988, the New Jersey Boxing Hall of Fame in 1998, and was an inaugural inductee into the New York State Boxing Hall of Fame in 2013. Articles about Steve and his activities have appeared in Sports Illustrated, SPORT Magazine, The New York Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Boxing Illustrated, and a host of other publications. Steve turned 101-years-old on November 15, 2017. No one has given more to the sport of boxing.

Our thoughts and Prayers go out to his daughter Donna and son Steve and all the rest of his Loved ones! Once arrangements are finalize we will send them out.

Former welterweight Contender Stefan Redl dies at 84

By Henry Hascup

2/4/2018.  Stefan Redl age 84 of Wayne passed away peacefully on February 4, 2018 while receiving the loving care and in the presence of his family.

Stafan was born in Hungary to Frank and Katharina Redl. Stefan spent his childhood and his formative years in Hungary growing up in the midst of the Second World War. Following the end of the War, Stefan and his family were deported to Germany. When Stefan arrived back in Germany, his love of boxing had begun. He started boxing as a young man and developed his skills to the point that he qualified for the 1952 Helsinki Olympics where he eventually lost in a split decision in the finals.

Stefan Redl in his welterweight fighting prime

Stefan Redl in his welterweight fighting prime

Four years later in February of 1956, Stefan came to the United States, settled in New Jersey, and became a professional boxer. He fought in the Boston Garden, Chicago Stadium, and four times at Madison Square Garden throughout his fifty-six bought career. His first fight at “MSG” was on August 3, 1956 against Tony Sansone. His second was on February 14, 1958 against Gale Kerwin. His third was against Gil Turner on August 22, 1958, and his fourth was on June 19, 1959 against Florentino Fernandez.

On March 29, 1958 Stefan Redl was named the New Jersey Welterweight Champion after going the full twelve rounds of the Championship Fight and defeating Johnny DiGilio on points. Stefan eventually retired from boxing in October of 1963.

On October 10, 1989 Stefan was inducted into the New Jersey boxing Hall of Fame. He retired with a record of 36 wins, 16 losses, 4 Draws, and 15 KO’s. This was something that he was very proud of and spoke about over the years to his family and friends. Also during the course of his boxing career, Stefan enlisted in the National Guard where he served until 1957 on active duty.

Subsequent to his retirement from professional boxing he started a carpentry construction business named Red-L Construction. He nurtured and built his business over the years and in 1989 dissolved his afore mentioned business and started a new one with his son named S&F Builders Inc.  He worked there with his son until his retirement in 2003 when he turned over the company to his son Frank. Also during his carpentry career he was a member of Carpenter’s Union Local 253.

While Stefan was honing his skills as a boxer in 1958 he met a lovely young woman by the name of Laura Kluesanovitz. They dated for a short time and as fate would have it they fell in love and were married on April 8, 1961. Stefan and Laura decided to settle in Wayne. Stefan decided with Laura not only to settle in Wayne but to build their home themselves. They would call Wayne their home for the rest of their lives together and would raise their three children there as well.

Stefan Redl

Stefan Redl in retirement

Stefan and Laura cherished fifty-six years of loving and loyal marriage together. Stefan loved to sing, particularly yodeling, and was an accomplished accordion player. He also enjoyed hunting on the small farm that he owned in Pennsylvania. Aside from his love of boxing and all of Stefan’s talents and interests, his greatest love was for his family. Stefan was always there for his children and was a devoted husband. Nothing meant more to Stefan that providing for and spending time with his wife and kids.

Stefan is survived by his wife Laura (nee Kluesanovitz) of Wayne, two sons; Frank Redl and his wife Antonette of West Milfrod and David Redl and hs wife Melissa of West Milford, one daughter; Linda Redl of Wayne, five grandchildren; Stefan, Angelica, Julia, Max, and Evan, two sisters; Elizabeth Minihofter and Katharina Edl both of Germany.

Friends and loved ones may visit with the family from 3-7PM on Friday, February 9, 2018 at the VanderMay Wayne Colonial Funeral Homr, 567 Ratzer Rd, Wayne.

Funeral services will be held Saturday February 10 at 8:30am from the funeral home then to Our Lady of Consolation RC Church, 1799 Hamburg Tpk, Wayne where at 9:30AM a funeral mass will be celebrated. Entombment will be in Calvary Mausoleum, Paterson.

RONALD ELLIS vs. JUNIOR YOUNAN SHOBOX: THE NEW GENERATION FINAL WEIGHTS, QUOTES & PHOTOS FOR TRIPLEHEADER TONIGHT LIVE ON SHOWTIME®

Friday, February 2 at 10 p.m. ET/PT from WinnaVegas Casino Resort in Sloane, Iowa

“I let him do all the talking. We’ll just get cracking when we get in there.” – Ronald Ellis

“This is my time. I’m looking to make a statement.” – Junior Younan

Click HERE To Download Weigh-In Photos; Credit Amanda Westcott/SHOWTIME

SLOANE, IOWA. (Feb. 1, 2018) – Undefeated super middleweight prospects Ronald Ellisand Junior Younan made weight on Thursday for their 10-round main event matchup tomorrow/Friday on ShoBox: The New  live on SHOWTIME® (10p.m. ET/PT) from WinnaVegas Casino Resort in Sloane, Iowa. 

FIGHTERS EYE DOWN EACH OTHER AT THE WEIGHT-IN

Younan (13-0, 9 KOs), a former amateur standout, is a highly-touted prospect from Brooklyn taking a major step-up in class against Ellis (14-0-1, 10 KOs), the 2010 National Golden Gloves Champion with two ShoBox appearances under his belt. Both prospects will fight in their first scheduled 10-round bout in Friday’s main event. 

Cleveland native Thomas Mattice (10-0, 8 KOs) and seasoned prospect Rolando Chinea (15-1-1, 6 KOs) meet in the eight-round lightweight co-feature. Mattice, a former sparring partner of Adrien Broner and Shawn Porter, faces his toughest opponent in Chinea, who enters Friday’s co-feature having beat three previously undefeated fighters in his last four bouts. 

In the opening bout of the telecast, Philadelphia’s Sam Teah (12-1-1, 5 KOs) takes on Cleveland’s undefeated Montana Love (8-0, 4 KOs) in an eight-round super lightweight matchup. Love, the 2012 National Golden Gloves Bronze Medalist, makes his national television debut on just four days’ notice, while Teah returns to ShoBox looking to hand another opponent the first loss of their career.

The event is promoted by GH3 Promotions in association with Roc Nation Sports, Victory Promotions, and Ringside Ticket. Tickets are just $10 general admission prior to the event and $20 on Feb. 2. For more information call: 1.800.HOT.WINN ext. 7117.

OFFICIAL WEIGHTS:

Super Middleweights – 10 Rounds

Ronald Ellis: 166 ½ Pounds

Junior Younan: 166 ½ Pounds

Lightweights – Eight Rounds

Thomas Mattice: 133 ¾ Pounds

Rolando Chinea: 132 ¾ Pounds

Super Lightweights – Eight Rounds

Sam Teah: 139 ¼ Pounds

Montana Love: 141 ½ Pounds

FINAL QUOTES:

RONALD ELLIS:

“This fight means the most to me because it’s my first main event. I’ve got to win and win decisively, and look real good for the fans watching on TV. If I win, I’ll be right there with the guys like David Benavidez and Ronald Gavril. I’ll be ready to take that next step.

“I let him do all the talking. We’ll just get cracking when we get in there. I’m smarter than him, and I’ll let my hands do the talking.

“He says he might bring it to me but that’s going to be bad news for him. He likes to fight in flurries and then backs off. We’re not going to let him get away with it.

“We sparred years ago, but he was just warming me up though.

“It’s another fight, another day. I have been here before, and he hasn’t. 

“We have to make it look good. The main goal is to win decisively. After this, I want to mix it up with all the top guys in the super middleweight division. 

JUNIOR YOUNAN:

“I’m looking to make a statement. This is a step-up test for me. But I’m coming here to pass the test.

“I feel like this is the right time. I feel like I’m in the best shape of my life. If I’m not ready now I’m not ever going to be ready. It’s time to go.

“He comes in good shape and he comes to fight, but I don’t think he has anything special though.

“My best talent is I can adjust. I’m not a one-dimensional fighter. At the end of the day, I can do whatever he wants to do, and I can do it better than him.

“We sparred and I honestly don’t think he’s that good. I didn’t think much of him. We’re sparring with elite fighters. He isn’t bringing anything we haven’t seen. 

“This is my time. I’m fully focused now. I’ve dedicated my entire being to this fight. Before I was young and I wanted to have fun. The past 12 weeks I didn’t miss a day in the gym. 

“At the end of the day, I want a world title. And I’m not far from reaching my dream. I can’t make mistakes right now.”

THOMAS MATTICE:

“You have to have tunnel vision. I’m not worried about the lights and TV. When I get in there it’s a fight. 

“Sparring with (Adrien) Broner, (Shawn) Porter, (Robert) Easter, it’s been a great learning experience. I probably learned the most from Easter and Broner. With Shawn, he was strong and I held my own. 

“It’s a big step up for me, but I’m ready.

“I am going to box and follow my game plan. Chinea is a durable guy – he puts the pressure on you, and tries to break you down in the second half of the fight. 

“If everything goes as I plan, the fight not go the distance. This will be a good win.”

ROLANDO CHINEA:

“People keep looking past me. I don’t know when they are going to learn, but if they keep looking past me I’m going to keep bringing it. 

“At the end of the day, you can come in with a name but that doesn’t make you a name. I’m living off nobody’s legacy. I bring my A-game every time. Some things in this sport you can’t teach and I think I have those qualities. 

“I always liked watching guys that like to keep the action going. In this sport if you’re going to win you have to dictate a fight and throw punches. You have to keep throwing if you’re going to win.

“My experience is an advantage. I been here and done that and he is just getting his feet wet. 

“My mindset is that I have this chip on my shoulder. Nobody believes in me and I just keep proving everyone wrong. This won’t be an upset when I win.” 

SAM TEAH:

“I’ve progressed so much mentally and physically since my last fight on ShoBox. My team has really developed and they help me get better every day. 

“He’s a slick southpaw, but we’ve been in the gym preparing for southpaws. I’ve been working with Tevin Farmer, Ray Robinson, (Sergey) Lipinets. We’ve been getting good work in the gym. 

“At the end of the day, I was getting ready for a southpaw. We’ll make whatever adjustments we need to make when we get in the ring. We’ll do whatever it takes to win.

“Every name they’ve thrown at me I’ve accepted. After this fight, I’m ready for whatever. 

“We’re going to start it off for Philly this weekend. After I win on Friday we’ll enjoy the Eagles’ win on Sunday.

“I am in the same boat as the last ShoBox fight. I’m facing another undefeated fighter and I’m ready to take another ‘0’.”

MONTANA LOVE:

“When I heard I was on TV I said ‘let’s go, sign the contract.’

“Teah is a boxer-mover. We’re going to outshoot him with sharp shots. 

“I’m versatile. If an opponent comes and wants to crack, we can crack. But if you want to box I can pick you apart. 

“I think the time is right for me. I’ve been getting great sparring, I just left camp with Robert Easter. I’ve been in with Broner, Devin Alexander. The time is right. I’ve been doing this since I was five years old. 

“We train to go eight, 10 rounds. It’s not a problem for me.” 

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Barry Tompkins will call the ShoBox action from ringside with Steve Farhood and former world champion Raul Marquez serving as expert analysts. The executive producer is Gordon Hall with Richard Gaughan producing and Rick Phillips directing.

For more information visit www.sho.com/sports follow on Twitter @ShowtimeBoxing, @SHOSports, #ShoBox, or become a fan on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/SHOSports.

About ShoBox: The New Generation

Since its inception in July 2001, the critically acclaimed SHOWTIME boxing series, ShoBox: The New Generation has featured young talent matched tough. The ShoBox philosophy is to televise exciting, crowd-pleasing and competitive matches while providing a proving ground for willing prospects determined to fight for a world title. Some of the growing list of the 73 fighters who have appeared onShoBox and advanced to garner world titles includes: Errol Spence Jr., Andre Ward, Deontay Wilder, Erislandy Lara, Shawn Porter, Gary Russell Jr., Lamont Peterson, Guillermo Rigondeaux, Nonito Donaire, Devon Alexander, Carl Froch, Robert Guerrero, Timothy Bradley, Jessie Vargas, Juan Manuel Lopez, Chad Dawson, Paulie Malignaggi, Ricky Hatton, Kelly Pavlik, Paul Williams, and more. 

Global Sports Streaming Presents Best in Boxing on Friday, February 16th live from Tijuana, Mexico

Global Sports Streaming (GSS) @GSStreaming is announcing a 6 Live Fight Broadcast partnership with Fight Hub TV @FightHubTV starting with their upcoming February 16th show. Fight Hub TV will live stream the undercard fights from Global Sports Streaming’s show Best in Boxing @bestinboxing. Best in Boxing broadcasts 12 to 13 fights per show and now with a pay per view model in place will work with Fight Hub TV as the lead in to the PPV broadcast. Fight Hub TV will live stream six to seven fights on their YouTube channel youtube.com/fighthub. Fight Hub TV has over 300,000 subscribers and is the largest independent boxing YouTube channel. 

“This is a great partnership for Global Sports Streaming. Marcos Villegas has built a quality channel with a loyal following and we are honored to be working with his company.” Armando Bareño founding member of Global Sports Streaming is on a mission to expand the sport of boxing and working with Fight Hub TV is only accelerating the process. “I’ve always felt that the sport of boxing does a disservice to itself by not broadcasting the developmental stages of a fighters career.” Armando and his Global Sports Streaming team are working to broaden the viewership by broadcasting fights that are overlooked by television networks. 

“I’m very happy in joining Global Sports Streaming and Borizteca Boxing in this venture. It’s the perfect opportunity to provide live fights that provide knockouts to our core subscribers and fight fans via our platform. We look forward to this event and others that will see Fight Hub TV move into broadcasting live fights and events in 2018.” 

Marcos Villegas created Fight Hub TV in 2009 and since than has built Fight Hub into the largest and most subscribed to digital platform for boxing in the world and second biggest in all of combat sports. Boxing fans and combat sport fans have truly found Fight Hub TV to be a great source of information on their favorite fighters and events. 

Fight Fans can watch the undercards on youtube.com/fighthub and change over to bestinboxing.com to watch the pay per view portion of the card. Exciting prospect Dewayne Beamon (13-0 10KOs) of Goldsboro, North Carolina will be fighting Angel Francisco Ramos Serrano (17-1-1 12KOs) of Ensenada, Mexico in the main event. 

The pay per view platform is just step one for Global Sports Streaming as they are preparing to launch their own Netflix style sports streaming service in the second quarter of 2018. “This is an idea I’ve had in my head for years and it’s finally in the process of being built. We will be expanding our sports coverage to an assortment of sports programming. We will be developing our own programming as well as working with sports producers to develop content for the platform,” stated Armando.

Other fighters scheduled to appear on the broadcast are super featherweight Mario Ramirez (9-1, 3 KOs), super lightweight Armando Tovar (8-1, 6 KOs), super welterweight Kevin Torres (6-0-1, 5 KOs) and opening up the Pay-Per-View portion will be super featherweight Roberto Meza (8-1, 4 KOs)

The show begins at 7 PM PST on www.youtube.com/fighthub, and at 10 PM PST on www.bestinboxing.com for $2.99

For more information on Global sports Streaming, Contact:

Armando Bareño at 818-339-7807 or armando@globalsportsstreaming.com

 

Former heavyweight contender of the late 1960’s-early 1970’s Al “Blue” Lewis who fought against Muhammad Ali and Jack O’Halloran passed away in his hometown of Detroit

By Henry Hascup

Former heavyweight contender of the late 1960’s-early 1970’s Al “Blue” Lewis passed away on January 21 in his hometown of Detroit having just turned 75 on December 11. Lewis was best known for his gallant effort against Muhammad Ali in 1972 in which he gave “The Greatest” a good tussle before succumbing by eleventh round TKO. Lewis also had previously served as a sparring partner for Ali.

Lewis first reached contender status with his exciting TKO of then highly ranked Eduardo Corletti in 1968 at the old Olympia Stadium in which he knocked Corletti out of the ring in the first round. He engaged in two tough bouts with Leotis Martin, both losses, one by split decision, before running off a seven bout win streak that kept him in the heavyweight picture. He scored a TKO over Cleveland Williams in that streak before heading to Argentina to tangle with Oscar Bonavena. Some reports have Blue getting robbed in the Bonavena fight, others that the DQ 7 ruling for Oscar was correct. Regardless, Lewis landed the Ali fight in Dublin in his very next outing.

Despite his good showing, the Ali fight proved to be Lewis’ last shot at the big time. A decision loss to Jack O’Halloran less than a year later effectively ended his status as a heavyweight contender. Three more wins over non-descript opposition brought Lewis’ final record to 30(19 KOs)-6.

After retiring from the ring, Lewis could often be found in attendance at local cards in and around the Motor City mingling with the fans. He also spent some time training young Detroit amateur boxers.
The last few years were not kind to Blue. He had been hospitalized and treated in extended care facilities. Alzheimer’s Disease robbed him of his speech by the end. No matter, those who knew him will always remember his voice and friendly welcome whenever one crossed his path.

 

TICKETS ON SALE NOW FOR 
RONNY RIOS VS. AZAT ‘CRAZY A’ HOVHANNISYAN 
 
RIOS TO RETURN HOME IN HEADLINING BOUT AGAINST EXPLOSIVE CONTENDER HOVHANNISYAN ON MARCH 9 EDITION OF GOLDEN BOY BOXING ON ESPN AT THE HANGAR AT THE OC FAIR & EVENT CENTER
 
ALEXIS ROCHA, HOT WELTERWEIGHT PROSPECT AND YOUNGER BROTHER OF RIOS, TO RETURN IN CO-MAIN EVENT
LOS ANGELES (Jan. 31, 2018): Tickets for the showdown between former world title challenger Ronny Rios (29-2, 13 KOs) and explosive 122-pound contender Azat “Crazy A” Hovhannisyan (13-2, 10 KOs) are now on sale. This exciting and competitive battle, which is scheduled for 10 rounds of action for Hovhannisyan’s WBC Continental Americas Super Bantamweight Title, will be the main event of the March 9 edition of Golden Boy Boxing on ESPN at the Hangar at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa, Calif. ESPN Deportes will air the fights beginning at 9:00 ET/6:00 p.m. PT and on ESPN2 at midnight ET/9:00 p.m. PT. ESPN 3 will live stream the fights beginning at 7:30 p.m. ET/ 4:30 PT.
 
Tickets for Rios vs. Hovhannisyan start at $50 and are available for purchase at www.goldenboytickets.com, https://apps.vendini.com/u/dce97456af, the Golden Boy Promotions Facebook page, or by calling 213-233-2957.
 
Rios, 29, is a long-time member of the Golden Boy Promotions stable who has wins against tough competitors such as Jayson “La Maravilla” Velez, Efrain Esquivias and Andrew “El Chango” Cancio. The pride of Santa Ana, Calif. earned his first world title opportunity against Rey Vargas for the WBC Super Bantamweight Championship in the HBO-televised co-main event to Cotto vs. Kamegai in August 2017. Though unsuccessful in what was a spirited effort, Rios will use his hometown advantage to remind fans why he is one of the top contenders in the super bantamweight division.
 
Hovhannisyan is a fiery contender who is hungry for title glory. In his last fight, Hovhannisyan fought with an injured right hand across 10 rounds of grueling action to win the vacant WBC Continental Americas Super Bantamweight Title on the undercard of Linares vs. Campbell in September 2017. This all-action fighter will without a doubt have the support of the Armenian community as he invades the home turf of the local favorite.
 
The March 9th show will be a family affair Rios’ younger brother, power-punching prospect Alexis Rocha (10-0, 7 KOs), will be featured in the televised co-main event, an eight-round welterweight fight against a soon-to-be-announced opponent. Rocha will return after his devastating first-round knockout victory against Pascual Salgado on the Nov. 16 edition of Golden Boy Boxing on ESPN in Cancun, Mexico.
 
In the night’s TV opener, Aaron “Silencer” McKenna (1-0) of Monaghan, Ireland will return after a successful professional debut in a four-round welterweight clash. Maricela Cornejo (9-2, 2 KOs) will fight for the second time since signing with Golden Boy Promotions in a six-round swing bout in the super middleweight division.  Marvin Cabrera (6-0, 5 KOs) of Los Angeles, Calif. will participate in an eight-round super welterweight bout.
 
Opponents for all three fighters will be announced shortly, as will the full undercard.
 
Rios vs. Hovhannisyan is a 10-round fight for the WBC Continental Americas Super Bantamweight Title presented by Golden Boy Promotions. The event is sponsored by Tecate, “THE OFFICIAL BEER OF BOXING” and Hennessy, “Never Stop, Never Settle.” The event will take place on Friday, March 9, 2018 at The Hangar at The OC Fair and Event Center in Costa Mesa, Calif. Doors open at 4:00 p.m. PT. The first fight and the ESPN3 live stream begin at 7:30 p.m. ET/ 4:30 PT. ESPN Deportes will air the fights beginning at 9:00 ET/6:00 p.m. PT and on ESPN2 at midnight ET/9:00 p.m. PT.  
 
Tickets for Rios vs. Hovhannisyan are now on sale and start at $50. Tickets are available for purchase at www.goldenboytickets.com, https://apps.vendini.com/u/dce97456af, the Golden Boy Promotions Facebook page, or by calling 213-233-2957.
 
Media interested in attending Golden Boy Boxing on ESPN: Rios vs. Hovhannisyan must be pre-approved for credentials. Credential applications are due Monday, March 5, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. Click here to apply for a media credential. Submitting an application does not guarantee approval for a credential. You cannot transfer your credentials to someone else. Media will not be credentialed on-site, no exceptions.
 
For more information, visit www.goldenboypromotions.com and
http://www.espn.com/boxing/; follow on Twitter @GoldenBoyBoxing, @OscarDeLaHoya, @ESPN, and @ESPNBoxeo; become a fan on Facebook atwww.Facebook.com/GoldenBoyBoxing; and follow on Instagram @GoldenBoyBoxing and @OscarDeLaHoya. Follow the conversation using #GBPonESPN.

Two-time Light Heavyweight World Champion Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev versus Igor Mikhalkin and WBA Light Heavyweight World Champion Dmitry Bivol versus Sullivan Barrera
New York, NY:    Tickets are on sale for the upcoming showdown between two-time Light Heavyweight World Champion Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (31-2-1, 27 KOs) versus Igor Mikhalkin (21-1, 9 KOs) and WBA Light Heavyweight World Champion Dmitry Bivol (12-0, 10 KOs) versus Sullivan Barrera (21-1, 14 KOs), which takes place on Saturday, March 3 at The Theater at Madison Square Garden. Tickets for this exciting event are priced from $50 to $300 and are available through ticketmaster.com and the Madison Square Garden box office.
 
Promoted by Main Events, Krusher Promotions and World of Boxing in association with EC Box Promotions, the event will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing beginning at 10:05 p.m. ET/PT.
 
About March 3:  The Saturday, March 3 main event between Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev and Igor Mikhalkin is a 12-round match-up for the WBO Light Heavyweight World Title at the Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The co-main event features WBA Light Heavyweight World Champion Dmitry Bivol versus Sullivan Barrera in a 12-round title fight. The event is promoted by Main Events, Krusher Promotions and World of Boxing in association with EC Box Promotions and will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing®. Tickets range from $50 to $300 and will be available through TicketMaster.com, the Madison Square Garden Box office and the Main Events office by calling 973-200-7050 or emailingboxing@mainevents.com.
 

 

Deontay Wilder to defend his WBC heavyweight title against Luis Ortiz on March 3 at the  New York fight at  Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York

  • Deontay Wilder and Luis Ortiz will fight at New York’s Barclays Centre on March 3
  • Wilder, 32, will defend his WBC heavyweight title against the 38-year-old Cuban
  • This is expected to be the toughest test of American Wilder’s professional career

Deontay Wilder is to defend his WBC heavyweight title against Luis Ortiz at New York’s Barclays Centre on March 3.

The American, a long-term target of IBF and WBA champion Anthony Joshua, has, in Ortiz, accepted what is widely considered his greatest test yet.

He will be making the sixth defence of his title having in November stopped Bermane Stiverne when a match-up with Ortiz was cancelled after the Cuban, 38, tested positive for banned substances in a drugs test.

Deontay Wilder (above) and Luis Ortiz, 38, will fight at New York’s Barclays Centre on March 3

Banned diuretics chlorothiazide and hydrochlorothiazide were detected, but he avoided a ban when the WBC found he took them for high blood pressure and fined him £18,497 for failing to disclose he had taken them.

Wilder, 32, was then present when Ortiz stopped the lightly-regarded Daniel Martz in December, and that night told him: ‘I’ve been wanting you. You messed this up. I blessed you with the opportunity and you messed it up.’

This will be Wilder’s 40th professional fight. He is unbeaten in his previous 39, having won 38 by knockout.

Ortiz is also unbeaten, winning 24 of his 28 fights by KO. 

Cuban fighter Ortiz is expected to provide a tough test for WBC heavyweight champion Wilder.

NEWS FROM NOW BOXING PROMOTIONS & VICTORY BOXING PROMOTIONS

January 22, 2018 – Victory and Now Boxing Promotions’ prospects are staying busy in the new year. The promotions’ top prospect, Jaron “Boots” Ennis (17-0, 15KO) is back in action this Friday, January 26th in his hometown of Philadelphia. The 20 year old boxer, widely considered the best prospect in Philadelphia, will appear on the Real Deal Boxing card at Sugarhouse Casino. Brian Norman Jr., son of super middleweight Brian Norman (17-11, 5KO) of Atlanta, won in his professional debut in Houston on Saturday, and Christian Montano advanced to 4-0 (4KO) on the same card. All three fighters are managed by Cameron Dunkin and promoted by Chris Middendorf of Victory Boxing Promotions, and Joseph Dunkin of Now Boxing Promotions. 

Christian Montano

Welterweight Brian Norman, Jr., who is trained by his father, dropped Kire Lucas (0-3) with a body shot before finishing him with another body shot in one minute, 31 seconds of the first round. Montano also finished his opponent in the first round, stopping the experienced Keith Collins with a hook to the body, and straight right to the head at the 1:06 mark.

This Friday, “Boots” will face rugged Mexico City talent Gustavo Garibay (13-9, 5KO), who is the Mexican Super Welterweight Champion, and is a former WBC Latino Super Welterweight Champion. It’s the second fight in the United States for Garibay, his last being a loss to Zhankosh Turarov (22-0, 15KO) in Boca Raton. 

Jaron Ennis

Ennis, who trains with his father, former fighter Derrick “Bozy” Ennis in Philadelphia, last fought in December at the 2300 Arena, where he knocked out George Sosa inside of two rounds. The young pugilist is moving quickly, and fought nine times in 2017. Ennis is three months shy of his 21st birthday. Dunkin and Middendorf may not get him to 21 wins by his 21st birthday, but both feel certain that 2018 will be the real ‘coming out’ year for the young talent. 

“We always like to have Boots fight at home,” said Victory Boxing Promotions founder and Promoter Christopher Middendorf. “He’s getting great experience with veterans like Garibay. This is the first champion-caliber fighter he’s faced, and we’ll get to see how he handles that. I’m hoping the Philly boxing fans get out to support him.”

Tickets for Friday’s event are available at Ticketmaster outlets and at therealdealboxing.com, and are priced at $125 and $50. Doors to The Real Deal Showcase Series I open at 6 p.m., and first bell is at 7 p.m.

For more information:

Marc Abrams
856 287 7611
phillyboxing@gmail.com

Emily Pandelakis
Now Boxing Promotions/Victory Boxing Promotions
602-540-5075
emilyk610@gmail.com

Former WBC Flyweight champion Chartchai Chionoi passes away at age 75
By Henry Hascup

January 21- Earlier today we saw the sad news of Thai legend Chartchai Chionoi (61-18-3, 36) [ชาติชาย เชี่ยวน้อย] passing away this past Sunday at the Nopparat Rajathanee Hospital, aged 75.

The Bangkok born icon debuted in 1959 and later became the second ever Thai world champion back in 1966, when he stopped Walter McGowan in a bloody and fierce contest for the WBC Flyweight title for his first world title reign.

He would defend the belt 3 times, beating McGowan a second time, Efren Torres and Bernabe Villacampo, before losing the belt in 1969 to Efren Torres in their second bout. The following year Chionoi became a 2-time champion as he took the win in a rubber match with Torres.

Former WBC Flyweight Champion Chartchai Chionoi

Sadly the Thai’s second reign was a show one, losing in his first defense to Erbito Salavarria. That could have been the end but not for Chionoi who would turn his attentipn to the WBA title.

In his first bout for the WBA belt he lost to Japanese sensation Masao Oba, but would claim the title months later, stopping Fritz Chervet for the title which had become vacant when Oba had his fatal automobile accident.

Chionoi’s third and final reign saw the Thai score two defenses, as he defeated Susumu Hanagata and Chervet, in a second meeting between the two men, before failing to make weight for a rematch with Hanagata. The rematch with the Japanese speedster saw Hanagata force a 6th round stoppage over the drained Thai, who would fight only twice more before retiring in 1975.

After boxing Chionoi’s health would go on to fail and he would suffer with Parkinson’s disease and the results of it. In recent years his health had faltered more and more and he had been suffering from various health problems, including lung issues which would ultimately be the cause of his death on January 21st.

Although not part of the IBHOF Chionoi has been a Thai boxing legend and was inducted into the WBC Hall of Fame back in 1993. He is often considered among the top 20 or so Flyweight’s of all time and was in numerous bloody, exciting and action packed bouts that helped make him such a key figure in both the Flyweight division and the boxing scene at large.

Rest in Peace Chartchai Chionoi
​October 10th 1942 – January 21st 2018

Introducing undefeated middleweight prospect Eddie Ortiz

Ortiz managed by former Tony Ayala manager Brian Raditz

San Antonio, TX (January 18, 2018) – 26 year-old Eddie Ortiz is trying to be the next in a long line of top fighters from San Antonio, Texas.

 In 2010, The 26 year-old started boxing at the age of 18.  He was a lifelong athlete, who wanted to box his whole life, but his parents would not allow young Eddie to begin fighting until he turned 18.

 Eddie embarked on a successful amateur career where he went 40-5, and along the way he captured the 2012 National PAL title, 2015 U.S. National title that catapulted him to be ranked number-two at middleweight and also a berth in the 2015 U.S. Olympic Trials.

 Ortiz was training at the Zarzamora Gym in San Antonio under the guidance of Tony Ayala, Sr.  

Eddie Ortiz

 Ayala’s son, Tony Ayala, Jr. was managed by Dr. Brian Raditz.  Raditz took over the manager duties of young Ortiz.

 Ortiz turned professional in 2016, and is undefeated with a record of 5-0-2 with three wins coming via knockouts.

 The only two blemishes for Ortiz are two disputed draws when he fought in Philadelphia.

 Ortiz describes himself as a boxer-puncher, who likes to exchange and he uses a lot of movement and footwork.

 Ortiz will be in action on February 17th at The San Antiono Shrine Auditorium.  

 “My next fight is the next step towards my goal of being the top middleweight prospect in Texas, and then being a world champ,” said Ortiz.

 Said Raditz, “He is a two-time National champion, he is tall at 6’3″ and I feel he has a big future in the sport.” 

 For More information, Contact:

 Marc Abrams at 856 287 7611 or phillyboxing@gmail.com

Featherweight Luis Rosa, 26, Died in Car Crash Sunday Morning

 By Keith Idec

Featherweight contender Luis Rosa died in a car accident early Sunday morning.

Lou DiBella, Rosa’s promoter, confirmed Rosa’s death through Twitter on Sunday morning. Rosa was 26.

The New Haven Register reported on its website Sunday afternoon that police responded to the accident at approximately 2:13 a.m. ET in West Haven, Connecticut. According to the story, two unidentified people are in critical condition as a result of the accident, in which a Honda, traveling south on Meloy Road, crossed into the northbound lane, and struck an Acura.

The story didn’t specify which car Rosa occupied or if he was driving.

luis-rosa

Born in Puerto Rico, Rosa lived in New Haven, Connecticut, and fought mostly in his home state, New York and New Jersey during his seven-year pro career. Rosa went 23-1, including 11 knockouts and two no-contests, during his career.

The rugged veteran lost for the first time as a pro in his most recent fight, a highly entertaining battle with Yuandale Evans that Showtime televised November 10 from Evans’ native Cleveland. Rosa lost that closely contested, 10-round bout by split decision to Evans (20-1, 14 KOs).

Here’s DiBella’s Tweet about Rosa’s death: Just received the terrible news that #boxing contender Luis Rosa, Jr. died early this morning in an automobile accident. He was only 26 years old. He came from a close and loving family; prayers to Marilyn and Luis, Sr. & family. #RIPLuisRosaJr

DiBella added this in another Tweet: Luis Rosa Jr’s last #boxing match was Nov 10, 2017. Fittingly, it was #ShoBox @ShowtimeBoxing & it was a thrilling, toe to toe, FOTY candidate. He didn’t get the nod (could have), but he & @YuandaleEvans gave us something to remember. #RIPLuisRosaJr, a #fighter & a good kid.

Rosa produced the biggest win of his career when he defeated super bantamweight contender Luis Del Valle in May 2014. A resilient Rosa overcame a fifth-round knockdown and a point deduction for low blows in the seventh round to defeat Del Valle (then 18-1), a fellow Puerto Rican, by unanimous decision in a 10-round bout HBO Latino televised from Las Vegas.

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing

Krusher Takes Manhattan Two World Light Heavyweight Titles at Stake as Sergey Kovalev Returns to New York vs. Igor Mikhalkin and Dmitry Bivol vs. Sullivan Barrera Share HBO Bill

January 2, 2018

New York, NY:        Sergey Kovalev continues his rise back to the top of the light heavyweight division when he returns to the Mecca of Boxing on Saturday, March 3rd to defend the WBO Light Heavyweight World Title versus southpaw Igor Mikhalkin, originally of Irkutsk, Russia, now fighting out of Hamburg, Germany.  A skilled boxer, Mikhalkin puts his ten-bout winning streak on the line as he steps up to challenge one of the most fearsome punchers in professional boxing at New York City’s Theater at Madison Square Garden. 

In the co-main event, newly minted WBA World Light Heavyweight Champion Dmitry Bivol of Russia makes his second defense of the title against Cuba’s streaking Sullivan Barrera, the mandatory challenger. Viewed as a “toss-up” bout by boxing insiders, Bivol-Barrera matches a young, explosive champion against an experienced veteran hungry for his first world title fight. Presented by Main Events, Krusher Promotions and World of Boxing in association with EC Box Promotions, the doubleheader will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing®. Ticket information will be announced shortly.

Last month, the Big Apple welcomed Kovalev (31-2-1, 27 KOs), the two-time light heavyweight world champion, with open arms as he made his New York debut with a stoppage of Vyacheslav Shabranskyy in the second round to reclaim his WBO Light Heavyweight World Title at the Theater at Madison Square Garden. Eager to return to the ring and to his new home, “Krusher” thrilled his large following of Russian fans last month and he expects an even bigger contingent to greet him in March. As he sits comfortably atop the light heavyweight rankings and in the top five pound-for-pound, Sergey’s goal is to put on a great show for the fans in attendance and watching on HBO.

Kovalev said, “I really enjoyed fighting at Madison Square Garden in November. It feels like my home. I’m very excited to go back to MSG and to fight on HBO. Everyone should to have a great time watching my fight!”

Kovalev’s manager, Egis Klimas, added, “It’s still very difficult to find light heavyweights who want to fight Sergey. I’m surprised! Many thanks to Igor Mikhalkin, who is confident enough to take on The Krusher and get a big opportunity. I don’t think it’s a coincidence that Shabranskyy is Ukrainian and Igor is Russian. They’re tough! Not afraid!”

Mikhalkin (21-1, 9 KOs), 32, a southpaw originally from Irkutsk, Russia, now resides in Hamburg, Germany. He made his professional debut in 2007 with a second-round stoppage against Stefan Stanko and went on to win his first 11 bouts with seven of those wins coming by way of knockout. The lone blemish on Mikhalin’s record is a unanimous decision loss to former WBO Light Heavyweight Title contender Aleksy Kuziemski in 2010. In the eight years since, Igor amassed several belts: the IBO Light Heavyweight World Title, EBU Light Heavyweight Title and the WBO Intercontinental Light Heavyweight Title. Mikhalkin will be making his US debut against Kovalev on March 3. 

When asked about his upcoming title shot against Kovalev, Mikhalkin replied, “It is a great honor for me to fight in the United States. This will undoubtedly be the biggest and hardest fight in my career. Kovalev is for me the strongest man in this weight class. But I feel ready. The fight against Kovalev comes at the perfect time. I feel stronger than ever and I want to show the American boxing audience a great fight.”

Mikhalkin’s promoter, Erol Ceylan, of EC Box Promotions added, “We are happy to organize this fight together with Main Events. Kovalev is a big name in the light heavyweight division. Igor has absolutely earned this fight and he has the class to defeat Kovalev. Igor has already won many great foreign victories in his career and I’m sure that he will be successful again.”

In the co-main event, the young champion, Dmitry Bivol (12-0, 10 KOs), makes his New York debut and fights in the United States and on HBO for the second time. Sullivan Barrera (21-1, 14 KOs), who has become a fixture on HBO, returns to The Garden for his first world title fight. Both men were very focused on making this fight and facing each other. Some boxing commentators believe this matchup could be the fight of the night.

“This is not the first time that I am training for the most important fight of my career, and this motivates me and makes me happy! Sullivan Barrera is what we wanted and I am glad that we will meet in the ring soon,” explained WBA Light Heavyweight World Champion, Dmitry Bivol.

Andrei Ryabinskiy, of World of Boxing, Bivol’s promoter, explained, “We have planned a very active schedule for Dmitry Bivol and World of Boxing in 2018 and are happy to start the year with an event at  Madison Square Garden on March 3rd with Dmitry Bivol vs Sullivan Barrera. I would like to thank Kathy Duva and HBO and hope that our partnership will prosper.”

Bivol’s manager, Vadim Kornilov added, “We are glad that our first appearance in 2018 will be against one of the best in the division in the legendary Madison Square Garden.  Sullivan Barrera is a serious test for Bivol and we have a lot of respect for him taking this fight. We want to prove to the world that it was not by accident that this young kid became a world champion in only his 12th ring appearance, he is already fighting on HBO for his third time, and he is fighting one of the best fighters in the division with only one career loss that came at the hands of Andre Ward. Bivol has already been mentioned as a possible pound for pound prospect by many and we will continue fighting the best out there to prove this!”

Barrera said, “I came from Cuba with one dream and that was to win a world title.  I know it won’t be easy and I know I chose the toughest road than anyone to get here.  But I know all of the tough opponents I have agreed to fight and hard work will pay off.  On March 3rd, I will become the most deserving light heavyweight champion in boxing.”

Main Events CEO Kathy Duva remarked, “We’re ready to showcase the light heavyweight division again at Madison Square Garden! We have Kovalev and Barrera both returning to The Theater after big wins in November and we’re adding another light heavyweight champion to the card! Dmitry is a young champion with a bright future ahead of him if he can get past Sullivan, which is no easy task. And Sergey is taking on Igor Mikhalkin, who is a young, but experienced, southpaw and that’s given him some trouble in the past. We’ll round out the show with another lineup of prospects and local guys in great fights to make sure the fans see a really entertaining and satisfying night of boxing.”

About Kovalev-Mikhalkin:  The Saturday, March 3 main event between Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev and Igor Mikhalkin is a 12-round match-up for the WBO Light Heavyweight World Title at the Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The co-main event features WBA Light Heavyweight World Champion Dmitry Bivol versus Sullivan Barrera in a 12-round title fight. The event is promoted by Main Events, Krusher Promotions and World of Boxing in association with EC Box Promotions and will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing®. Ticket information will be available shortly.