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Daniel “Miracle Man” Jacobs,’ Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller & Dimash “Lightning” Niyazov Host Media Day at
Gleason’s Gym, Thursday, October 26
WHO:          DANIEL JACOBS, Former World Middleweight Champion
                   JARRELL MILLER, Brooklyn, NY 19-0, 17 KOs
                   DIMASH NIYAZOV, Brooklyn NYPD Officer, 
                   From Staten Island, NY, 12-0, 5 KOs
WHAT:        The three combatants are in preparation for their respective fights on the November 11 card at NYCB LIVEhome of the                          Nassau Veterans Memorial ColiseFighters will be available for interviews as well as their workout.
WHERE:     Gleason’s Gym
                  130 Water Street
 Brooklyn, NY  11201
                  (718) 797-2872
WHEN:       Thursday, October 26
                  11:00 am – Dimash Niyazov
                  Noon – Jarrell Miller
                  1:00 pm – Daniel Jacobs
FACTS:      JACOBS vs. ARIAS and MILLER vs. WACH are presented by Matchroom Boxing USA, in association with Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment, Salita Promotions and Roc Nation Sports. The SELDIN vs. ORTIZ bout is presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Star Boxing.  NIYAZOV will fight on the non-televised portion of the undercard. The event takes place Saturday, November 11 at NYCB LIVE, home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum and will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.  BROOKLYN BOXING on Long Island is an extension of SE’s BROOKLYN BOXING™ brand. For more information, visit
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Heralded Prospects Ruben Villa and Michael Dutchover to appear on non-televised undercard this Saturday night at Turning Stone Resort Casino

PHILADELPHIA, PENN./ORANGE, Calif. (Oct. 19, 2017) – Heralded prospects, featherweight Ruben Villa (8-0, 4KOs) and junior lightweight Michael Dutchover (6-0, 4 KOs) will return to action this Saturday night on the non-televised portion of an HBO Boxing After Dark® card at the Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, New York.

Villa of Salinas, California will take on 103 fight veteran German Meraz in a featherweight bout, while Dutchover of Santa Fe Springs, California via Midland, Texas will fight Anthony De Jesus Ruiz in a junior lightweight contest. 

Michael Dutchover

Villa and Dutchover are co-promoted by Banner Promotions and Thompson Boxing.

Both are training in Santa Fe Springs, California and are ready for their 2nd appearances on the East Coast.

Each fighter chimed in with thoughts on their respective battles.

“Everything has gone good in training camp.  I just fought four weeks ago, but I stay ready and that is the case now. I am ready for Saturday night,” said Villa.

Meraz is by far the most veteran opponent that Villa has faced.  He has been in the ring with 25 undefeated opponents and 9 world champions.

“I just need to be patient against him.  He has over 100 fights and knows his way around the ring.  If a knockout presents itself then I have to take it, but I want to display my skills.”

Being on a big card has the 20 year-old Villa excited, and he is looking to endear himself to the New York fight crowd.

“I am excited to be fighting on a bigger show.  It motivates me to do better and get on the broadcast someday soon.  It is very exciting to be on these types of events.”

This will be the ninth bout for Villa in just fifteen months he is very happy about the progress of his career.

“When I signed the plan was to be active, and that has been the case.  I would like to get one more fight in this year.  But I first I am very excited to put on a great performance on Saturday night.”

Dutchover has moved his camp from Texas to California, and the results have been very good as he heads into his bout on Saturday.

“Everything is going great.  I just fought last month, and I felt good.  I am ready to go back to the east coast, and put on a great show.”

Like Villa, Dutchover was very impressive in his east coast debut on April 14th, and he is looking to cement himself as one of the top prospects in the junior lightweight division.

“This is nothing new.  I have fought on big shows before in the amateurs. The ring is my home.  As long as I am in the ring, I will do my thing and put on an impressive performance.”

Even though Dutchover has very little to go on when it comes to scouting Ruiz, Dutchover is already a young veteran and is leaving no stone unturned.

“I do not know much about him, but I am prepared for anything he will bring, and then I will adjust.  I have had many different sparring partners with diverse styles, so that gets me ready for any opponent.”

“I planned for this, and I train hard.  I am always ready when I get the call for a fight.  I am glad that I have been busy, and I have been improving with each fight, and next year should be a good year in my career.  I have a mentality that if I train hard, the fight is easy.  When I get in the ring, I just like to have fun.”

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October 18th, RENO — Let’s Get It On Promotions and the Atlantis Casino Resort and Spa are pleased to announce an exciting night of world-class professional boxing Saturday, November 17th, 2017 at the Reno/Sparks Convention Center.  The card will be co-headlined by lightweight sensation Gabriel Flores Jr., and Reno’s own Oscar Vasquez in separate bouts.

The youngest-ever Top Rank Inc. signed fighter, Gabe Flores Jr. (4-0, 3KOs) is on a meteoric rise in the fight game.  The Stockton, CA seventeen-year-old manages to fight as he is completing high school.  For the third time he will fight in Northern Nevada, where he regularly draws hundreds from his hometown.  Flores will fight in a four-round lightweight bout.

Reno’s own Oscar Vasquez (14-1) is coming off an impressive ten-round unanimous decision victory this August in Fallon against the tough Javier Gallo.  Vasquez is currently ranked fifteenth in the world in the flyweight division by the World Boxing Organization.  Vasquez will be fighting Victory Ruiz (22-7) in a ten-round fight.

Ricardo Lucio Galvan, also from Reno, will be making his pro debut on November 17th.  Galvan, a second-year business major at UNR, is also a Dreamer. He is enrolled in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA) and hopes he can use his boxing career to bring awareness to the issue.  He is an experience amatuer with nearly eighty bouts.  Galvan will be fighting in a four-round jr. lightweight bout.

Carson City’s Diego Elizondo (1-0) will be returning to the ring on November 17th after beating Chandler Clements via unanimous decision in Fallon in August.  Elizondo attributes his toughness to his Basque and Mexican heritage.  He will be fighting in a four-round lightweight bout.

Super flyweight Bruno Escalante (14-3-1) of Redwood City, CA is slated to fight in a six-round bout in Reno.  Escalante is trying to get his world title run back on track after some recent bumps in the road.  Born in Cebu City, Philippines, Escalante is one of a handful of young Filipino boxers who are carrying the torch for Pinoy boxing.  Escalante will be fighting the tough Alex Rangel (17-7).  

Rounding out the card is bantamweight Brent Venegas (3-0) of Stockton, CA.  Venegas is scheduled for a four-round scrap.

More information will be announced soon.  Fight card subject to change.

First bell is at 7pm.  Tickets are available and can be purchased at the Atlantis Gift Shop $35, $65, $100, by calling Atlantis Special Events 888.551.7007 or 775.824.4467, or via


Reno based “Let’s Get It On Promotions” was founded in 2000 by legendary boxing referee Mills Lane. In early 2005 he was joined by sons Terry and Tommy in the operations of the company. Since then, they have promoted boxing events nationwide. They have worked with several of the world’s top prospects, and have guided fighters to world title opportunities. twitter @letsgetitonbox facebook  web


In Matchroom Boxing’s First USA Promotion

Undefeated Lightweight and NYPD’s Dimash Niyazov Added to

Jacobs vs Arias Non-Televised Undercard at NYCB LIVE,

Home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum

 Daniel ‘Miracle Man’ Jacobs takes on undefeated Luis Arias,

Jarrell ‘Big Baby’ Miller faces Mariusz Wach in Heavyweight Tilt,

Cletus “Hebrew Hammer” Seldin battles Roberto “Massa” Ortiz

Saturday, November 11

Televised Live on HBO World Championship Boxing®

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 October 16, 2017.  Long Island, NY — Undefeated New York City police officer Dimash “Lightning” Niyazov (12-0, 5 KOs) born in Shymkent, Kazakhstan, now residing in Staten Island, NY, will fight in a six-round lightweight bout on the non-televised portion of the Jacobs vs. Arias fight card on Saturday, November 11 at NYCB LIVE, home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

“I haven’t fought in NY in a long time,” (August 28, 2015 to be exact) said Dimash.  “My most recent fights were out of state and last one overseas. I can’t wait to see all my fans at home. They all have been waiting for me to fight here. It’s time I bring the shine back home, to my friends and fans. 

Dimash, as well as Jarrell Miller, is promoted by Dmitriy Salita’s Salita Promotions.  The Ukrainian born Salita is a former world title challenger and resides in Brooklyn.  Dimash became a member New York City’s finest three years ago and is based in Brooklyn.

“Dimash is a talented fighter who exemplifies the American dream, which he is living out right now in New York City,” said Salita.  “He is an exciting, popular fighter that brings excitement to every one of his matches.”

Dimash was introduced to boxing at 4 years old in native Kazakhstan.  At age 5 he began to dedicate his time to gymnastics until at 13, when his family moved to the USA, his father began to train him in boxing once again.   “Ever since then I have been in the hurt business,” said Dimash with a smile.

As an amateur, Niyazov had 30 wins against only 3 losses.  He won the NY Empire State Games and NY Metros.  He also traveled with the Kazakhstan team to China prior to the Beijing Olympics.  “I trained in Beijing for two months,” said Dimash about that incredible opportunity.  “And that helped me win the NY Metros.”

Currently, Dimash trains in Brooklyn at the Fight Factory Gym with his father who is his main coach and Akmal Zakirov, his second coach. He trains a couple of hours every day.  “I’m excited to fight on the Jacobs card,” said Dimash.  “I’ve known Danny since I was a teen when we trained in Coney Island houses. He came a long way and I’m proud of him. He gave my countryman GGG (Gennady Golovkin) a tough fight.”

Brooklyn’s Daniel Jacobs (32-2, 29 KOs) will face undefeated Wisconsin-Based Luis Arias (18-0, 9 KOs) in a twelve-round middleweight clash on his Matchroom Boxing debut at NYCB LIVE, home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, New York on Saturday, November 11. In the twelve-round co-feature, in a battle of top ten heavyweights, Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller takes on Mariusz Wach. Opening the telecast will besuper lightweight knockout artists Cletus “Hebrew Hammer” Seldin and Roberto “Massa” Ortiz in a 10-round bout The tripleheader will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT in the US and on Sky Sports in the UK.

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Bethlehem, PA (October 13,  2017) – Local favorite Frank De Alba will take on battle-tested Ivan Najera in the ten-round super featherweight main event on Tuesday night, November 21st at the Sands Bethlehem Event Center.

The nine-bout card is promoted by King’s Promotions.

De Alba of Reading, Pa. has a record of 22-2 with nine knockouts.  

The 30 year-old De Alba has is 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), and 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.

Najera of San Antonio, Texas has a record of 17-3 with eight knockouts.

The 24 year-old Najera is also a six year veteran, who has amassed wins over Pedro Martinez (2-0), Jerry Fuentes (2-0), Angel Hernandez (8-1), Stan Martyniouk (13-1), and his last bout when he won an eight-round majority decision over Francisco Valdez on March 25th in Guadalajara, Mexico.

In the eight-round co-feature, undefeated Mykal Fox will battle Marlon Aguas in a welterweight bout.

Fox of Forestville, Maryland has a record of 14-0 with four knockouts.

The 21 year-old Fox continues to step up the competition, and he is coming off an eight-round unanimous decision over Damiel Sostre on June 3rd in Fort Washington, Maryland.

Aguas of Ecuador has a record of 9-1 with six knockouts, and is looking to get back in the win column after being stopped by undefeated Ivan Golub on March 25th in Miami, Oklahoma.

Also in an eight-round bout,  Victor Vasquez (8-3, 3 KOs) of Yonkers, NY will square off with undefeated Ricardo Garcia (14-0, 9 KO’s) of Santo Domingo, Domincan Republic in a lightweight fight.

An exciting undercard has been put together that will features some of the best prospects in the Lehigh Valley:

In four-round bouts:

Highly-touted prospect Joseph Adorno (4-0, 4 KOs) of Allentown, PA will take on an opponent to be named in a super featherweight bout.

Juan Sanchez (3-0, 1 KO) of Bethlehem, PA will take on pro debuting Derrick Pitts of Cincinnati, OH in a featherweight contest.

Josephat Ortiz (2-0, 1 KO) of Reading, PA will fight Bryan Perez (2-8-1, 1 KO) of Carolina, Puerto Rico in a featherweight bout.

Jose Elizondo (2-3-1) of San Antonio, Texas will fight Hector Bayanilla (1-0-1, 1 KO) of Allentown, PA in a super bantamweight affair.

Michael Polite-Coffie of Brooklyn, NY will make his pro debut against an opponent to be named in a heavyweight fight.

Harold Lopez (1-0-1, 1 KO) of Allentown, PA will take on an opponent to be named in a bantamweight fight.

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 To charge by phone call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000.

Two-Time World Champion Demetrius Andrade 

camp quotes and photos

Andrade battles Alantez Fox on Saturday, October 21 from Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, New York

Providence, RI. (OCT. 13, 2017) – Undefeated two-time junior middleweight world champion, Demetrius “Boo Boo” Andrade chimed in on his upcoming 12 round middleweight bout with undefeated Alantez Fox when he makes his return to HBO® that will take place on Saturday, October 21st from Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, New York.

Demetrius Andrade

The bout will be the live co-feature of an HBO Boxing After Dark tripleheader card that will feature Jazreel Corrales defending the WBA World Super Featherweight Title against undefeated Alberto Machado and Ryan Burnett taking on Zhanat Zhakiyanov (tape delay) in a Bantamweight Unification Bout. The HBO telecast will begin at 10:05 p.m. ET/PT.

The Corrales vs. Machado bout is promoted by Golden Boy Promotions.

The Andrade – Fox bout is promoted by Banner Promotions, Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing and A-Team Promotions, in association with DiBella Entertainment.

Andrade has been training at the Big 6 Gym in his native Providence, and he is ready to make a statement on October 21st.

Demetrius Andrade flexing his muscles

“Its me again!  Camp is going well.  I’m getting some quality tall guys for sparring and working on implementing my gameplan for the fight.  I’m on schedule weight wise, and feeling good.  We’re just about a week away.  I’m excited to get back on HBO, and the fans are excited about the likelihood of future matchups with some of the other stars in the division.  First things first, and that means I have to take care of business against Alantez Fox on October 21st,” said Andrade.

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Host of the October 21st event, Turning Stone Resort Casino is an award-winning destination resort, which continues to distinguish itself as a premier venue for fight-of-the-year level boxing. The October event will mark Turning Stone’s 23rd nationally-televised boxing event, cementing the resort as a leading destination for nationally-televised combat sports. Turning Stone is celebrated for its noteworthy boxing events such as boxing legend Mike Tyson selecting the resort as the venue for his world debut as a promoter, Muhammad Ali’s daughter Laila Ali made her boxing debut at Turning Stone and in April 2015, Turning Stone was selected to host “Fight of the Year” contender – Matthysse vs. Provodnivkov – over arenas in Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Miami.  Turning Stone features world-class amenities including four hotels, more than 20 signature restaurants and dining options, two spas, an all-new 125,000 square foot Las Vegas style gaming floor, a cabaret-style Showroom, a 5,000 seat arena, five golf courses, several bars, cocktail lounges and nightlife venues with live entertainment every weekend.

Tickets for this highly anticipated matchup are on sale now and available for $65 for ringside seats and others priced at $25, $30, $40 and $49, plus any applicable fees.  Tickets can be purchased in person at the Turning Stone Resort Box Office, by calling 315-361-7469 or online at Ticketmaster (

Corrales vs. Machado is a 12-round fight for the WBA Super World Super Featherweight Championship, to be held Saturday, October 21 at the Turning Stone in Verona, New York. The main event is presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Cotto Promotions. The event is sponsored by TECATE, THE OFFICIAL BEER OF BOXING, Casa Mexico Tequila, and Thor: Ragnarok, and will be televised live on HBO Boxing After Dark beginning at 10:05 p.m. ET/PT.

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LOS ANGELES (Oct. 3, 2017) Undercard fighters on the Oct. 13 edition of Golden Boy Boxing on ESPN and participants on the Oct. 6 edition of LA FIGHT CLUB hosted a media workout today at Azteca Boxing Club ahead of their respective events.

On the Oct. 18 edition of Golden Boy Boxing on ESPN, Fidel “The Atrisco Kid” Maldonado, Jr.  (24-3-1, 19 KOs) will take on Ismael Barroso (19-1-2, 18 KOs) in the 10-round main event for the vacant WBA Fedelatin Super Lightweight Title. In the co-main event, former WBA Interim Super Lightweight Champion Pablo “El Demoledor” Cesar Cano (30-6-1, 21 KOs) will battle against Argentina’s Marcelino “Nino” Lopez (32-2-1, 17 KOs) in a scheduled 10 rounds of super lightweight furry. In the TV swing bout of the night, LA’s newest competitor from Mexico City, Marvin Cabrera (5-0, 4 KOs) will participate in four or six rounds of super welterweight action against Cesar Soriano (10-1, 5 KOs). Indio’s Ruben Rodriguez (1-0, 1 KO) will participate in four rounds of super lightweight combat against Mexico City’s Israel “Isra” Villela (5-6, 2 KOs). Parral, Mex’s Oscar Duarte (11-0-1, 7 KOs) will be in a scheduled eight-round lightweight battle against a soon-to-be announced opponent, and Dallas’s Javier Martinez (2-0, 2 KOs) will participate in a six-round featherweight bout against Ricardo Arias (1-1-1).

Below is what undercard fighters on the Oct. 13 edition of Golden Boy Boxing on ESPN had to say at today’s media workout:

 MARCELINO “NINO” LOPEZ, Super Lightweight Contender:

“I’m happy knowing that this fight will be very big and important. It is especially important to win if I want to keep moving up in my career. I am ready to give good battle. I know that Pablo Cesar Cano is young but experienced boxer, but I’m very experienced as well. I’m only focusing on Oct. 13 right now, and then we’ll see what happens, though we know we want a very big fight next.”  

“I’m being held to a higher standard because I’ll be fighting on television, and that motivates me. I feel good. Hopefully, some of the little details from the previous disappointments are fixed this time around. When it comes down to it, it’s on you. You have to work on yourself. I’ve been training really hard.”

MARVIN CABRERA, Super Welterweight Prospect:

“Everybody wants to be on TV, and I respect that, and that’s how we’re training. We’ve been training for more than 2 months. I’m really excited and this is a great opportunity. It’s going to be a show inside the ring. That’s what the fans want, I’m excited to give that to the fans.”

 RUBEN RODRIGUEZ, Super Lightweight Prospect:

“My first professional fight took place in August of this year and it was exciting, especially because I opened up the Cotto-Kamegai card. Now that it’s my second fight, I still feel some pressure because I’ll be fighting in my hometown of Indio, California, and I have family and friends going. But I focus on fighting, not on what happens outside.”

OSCAR DUARTE, Lightweight Prospect:

“I’m very happy to return to the ring, and to enjoy doing what I like most, which is fighting. We have worked on new things, and we are excited to bring those to the ring. My last two fights were in Mexico, but I’m ready to fight again in the United States.”

 JAVIER MARTINEZ, Featherweight Prospect:

“Like any other fighter, I’m working on discipline. That’s the struggle, staying focused. This has been one of the best training camps I’ve ever had. I feel like in this fight I’m going to show all my skills. In other fights I was a little too aggressive. This time I’m going to be smarter. I’m an exciting fighter. Everyone should come out to see the fight.”

Oct. 13 Golden Boy Boxing on ESPN: Tickets for the event start at $25 and will be available at the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino box office, by calling 1-800-827-2946, or by purchasing online at

Maldonado, Jr. vs. Barroso, a 10-round super lightweight fight for the vacant WBA Fedelatin Super Lightweight Title, is presented by Golden Boy Promotions. The event is sponsored by “TECATE, THE OFFICIAL BEER OF BOXING.” and Hennessy, “Never Stop. Never Settle.” Doors open at 5:00 p.m. ESPN Deportes will transmit the fights live from Fantasy Springs Resort Casino at 10:00 p.m. ET/7:00 p.m. PT. ESPN3 will live stream of all the fights on the card beginning at approximately 8:30 p.m. ET/ 5:30 p.m. PT.

Gonzalez vs. Diaz is an eight-round lightweight fight presented by Golden Boy Promotions and sponsored by “TECATE, THE OFFICIAL BEER OF BOXING,” and Casa Mexico Tequila. The event will be held at the Belasco Theater on Friday, October 6. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. PT and the first fight and Ring TV livestream begins at 6:15 p.m. PT.  The Boxeo Estelar broadcast will air on Estrella TV and will begin at 10:00 p.m. ET/7:00 p.m. PT and also be livestreamed on and on YouTube via LBI Media, Inc.’s Fenomeno Studios.

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Vancouver 2010 re-analysis programme and Pre-Games Anti-Doping Taskforce to provide level playing field for all clean athletes at PyeongChang 2018

In the lead up to the upcoming Olympic Winter Games, and while the Sochi 2014 investigations are still ongoing, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has put in place special measures to protect clean athletes. These include:

  • The re-analysis of stored samples from the Olympic Games Vancouver 2010; and
  • A robust programme of targeted pre-tests.

 Vancouver 2010 Re-Analysis Programme

The re-analysis of samples from the Olympic Games Vancouver 2010 followed an intelligence-gathering and risk-assessment process that started in January 2017 in consultation with WADA and the International Federations. The process is now completed, ahead of the statute of limitations for the samples collected, expiring in February 2018.

Out of the 1710 urine samples available from Vancouver 2010, 70% (1195 samples) were analysed, including the samples from all medallists and all Russian athletes. Three adverse analytical findings (AAFs), all coming from one athlete, are being taken forward for results management.

“This wide ranging re-analysis is another demonstration of the IOC’s commitment to fight against doping and to protect clean athletes,” said IOC President Thomas Bach.

“The Vancouver 2010 reanalysis programme was done in full cooperation with WADA and with the help and support of stakeholders such as International Federations and experts,” he added.

The re-analysis programme has now entered its result management phase and details of the case can be provided only once the case has been concluded and the athlete has been notified of an Anti-Doping Rule Violation, per legal obligation.

The analyses on samples collected during the Olympic Winter Games Vancouver 2010 were performed with improved analytical methods, in order to possibly detect prohibited substances that could not be identified by the analysis performed at the time of the Games.

“With regard to the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018, pre-Games anti-doping tests are already underway with a special focus on high risk sports and nationalities,” concluded Bach.

The Vancouver re-analysis followed similar re-analysis programmes for the Olympic Games Beijing 2008, which has concluded, and London 2012, which continues.

 Pre-Games Anti-Doping Taskforce

Building on the success of the Pre-Games Anti-Doping Taskforce set up prior to the Olympic Games Rio 2016, the IOC and WADA have established a similar pre-Games Task Force ahead to PyeongChang 2018.

This initiative will reinforce the importance of intelligent and intensive testing on prospective athletes through a coordinated effort amongst all relevant Anti-Doping Organisations at the national and international levels.

The aim of the Pre-Games Taskforce is not to replace the Pre-Games testing programme but rather to identify potential testing gaps and make recommendations to the relevant organisations to take necessary corrective actions.

WADA, in collaboration with the IOC, will provide oversight of this Pre-Games Taskforce that includes a representative of the Winter International Federations (IF) and the following National Anti-Doping Organisations (NADOs):

  • Anti-Doping Denmark (ADD);
  • Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES);
  • Japan Anti-Doping Agency (JADA);
  • United Kingdom Anti-Doping (UKAD); and
  • United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA).

Assessments and risk analysis, focused on sports or countries that present a potential risk with a particular emphasis on Russian athletes, were completed by the Task Force in August and detailed recommendations were sent to IFs and NADOs in September.

The commitment of all Winter Olympic IFs, NADOs and National Olympic Committees (NOCs) between now and the Games will continue to help protect the integrity of sport and the right of clean athletes to compete on a level playing field.

 Sochi 2014 Forensic and Analytic Investigations Underway

These measures come in addition to the IOC’s firm actions with regard to the findings of the McLaren Report on doping and manipulation in Russia which showed that there was a fundamental attack on the integrity of the Olympic Games and on sport in general. In this respect, the IOC established in July 2016 the Inquiry and Disciplinary commissions, whose work is ongoing.

The Disciplinary Commission, chaired by IOC Member Denis Oswald, is responsible for investigating the alleged doping violations by Russian athletes at the Olympic Winter Games Sochi 2014 in particular addressing the question of doping and manipulation of samples from Russian Olympic athletes. Since, according to Prof McLaren, he “was not a Results Management Authority under the World Anti-Doping Code and therefore does not have the authority to bring forward Anti-Doping Rule Violation (ADRV) cases against individual athletes. (…) It will be up to each Results Management Authority to determine whether the provided strands of evidence, standing alone or together build a sufficiently strong cable to support an ADRV in an individual case”, the Oswald commission has to provide this evidence in particular by a forensic analysis of the samples bottles meeting legal standards.

The Inquiry Commission, chaired by the former President of Switzerland Samuel Schmid, was tasked with addressing the systematic manipulation of the anti-doping system in Russia as outlined in the McLaren Report in particular with regard to the Olympic Winter Games Sochi 2014. This commission is also in charge of the forensic analysis of the samples bottles.

The IOC has been re-analysing all 254 urine samples collected from Russian athletes at the Olympic Winter Games Sochi 2014, since Prof. McLaren’s mandate did not include a full re-analysis of all these samples. 

These measures are in line with the change of philosophy to protect the clean athletes outlined in Olympic Agenda 2020, the IOC’s strategic roadmap for the future of the Olympic Movement.



Britain‘s oldest former world champion Terry Downes who defeated Sugar Ray Robinson at middleweight dies aged 81

  • Former world boxing champion Terry Downes has died at the age of 81
  • During his illustrious career Downes defeated legendary Sugar Ray Robinson
  • The iconic star passed away peacefully in his sleep, his family have confirmed

The Paddington Express has come to the end of his journey.

Terry Downes, Britain’s oldest world champion, has passed peacefully away at 81.

Much-admired for his brave, aggressive style, Downes shares with Randolph Turpin the distinction of having achieved a British victory over Sugar Ray Robinson.

Equally loved for his quick wit, Downes had this to say of his defeat of the legend considered by many the greatest boxer of all time, when Robinson was 41 years old: ‘I didn’t beat Sugar Ray, I beat his ghost. ‘

Downes won his world middleweight title by beating the brilliant Paul Pender and also recorded a win over a third great champion, Joey Giardello.He leaves his wife Barbara, five children and eight grand-children, as well as the boxing world in mourning.

A statement from his family read: ‘Terry Downes BEM, the former world middleweight champion, has died aged 81.

‘Terry passed away peacefully on the morning of 6th October. At the time of his death he was Britain’s oldest living world champion

‘Terry was a beloved husband, father and grandfather to his wife Barbara, his five children and eight grandchildren, and will be enormously missed.

‘The family ask for their privacy to be respected at this time.’

Anthony Crolla and Ricky Burns gear up for big battle

SAN DIEGO (October 7, 2017) -Below is the weigh-in video for TODAY’S battle of former world champions Anthony Crolla and Ricky Burns as they meet in a 12-round lightweight bout that will headline a big day of boxing that will be televised EXCLUSIVELY IN THE UNITED STATES, LIVE ON AWE- A WEALTH OF ENTERTAINMENT, beginning at 2 PM ET/11 AM PT

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This October 21, boxing will return to Prudential Center!
World Boxing Super Series will feature the cruiserweight quarter-final showdown between IBF champion Murat “Iron” Gassiev (24-0, 17 KOs) and former world champion Krzysztof Wlodarczyk (53-3-1, 37 KOs).
One of the hardest punchers in the sport, the 23-year-old Murat Gassiev made his U.S. debut in 2015 and delivered four straight knockout victories, including a “Knockout of the Year” contender when he flattened Jordan Schimmel in the first round in May 2016. But he will have a great obstacle against the battle-tested former champion Krzysztof Wlodarczyk as he enters the October 21 matchup on a four-fight winning streak.
The action-packed fight night will also feature Polish contender Mateusz Masternak facing off against once-beaten Stivens Bujaj as well as unbeaten Polish Super Welterweight Maciej Sulecki taking on former title challenger Jack Culcay. Plus New Jersey’s own Julian Rodriquez and Skender Halili and 2016 Olympians.
Get your tickets today and get ready to rumble at The Rock!
Daniel “Miracle Man” Jacobs’ Hosts New York City Press Conference to Announce First Fight With Matchroom USA
Tuesday, October 3 at 12:30 P.M.
 WHO:         Eddie Hearn, Matchroom Boxing
                   Daniel Jacobs, Former World Middleweight Champion
                   Jacobs’ November 11 Opponent
WHAT:        Press conference to announce Jacobs’ first fight of his multi-fight deal with Matchroom Boxing USA
WHERE:     230-fifth
                    230 Fifth Ave (Corner of 27th)
                    New York, NY  10001
WHEN:        Tuesday, October 3, 2017
                    Noon – Doors Open / Food Served
                    12:30 pm Press Conference Begins
FACTS: Eddie Hearn and Matchroom Boxing delighted to announce their first American signing as Daniel Jacobs pens a multi-fight deal as part of Matchroom Boxing’s new venture in the US. The former Middleweight World ruler will make his debut under the new banner as ‘The Miracle Man’ aims to reclaim his World champion status. The event takes place Saturday, November 11 and will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.

Williams Stops Kinda In Defense of WBC US NBC Welter Title

By Kirk Lang

Aug. 26, 2017 – Mashantucket, CT – Foxwoods Resort Casino – In the main event of live action that would precede a theater showing of the Floyd Mayweather-Connor McGregor match-up from Las Vegas, welterweight Jimmy Williams ended things with a bang. After being patient for almost four rounds, one perfect right hand sent Bronx, New York’s Issouf Kinda out on his back. Williams was awarded a 4th round TKO. The time was 1:26.

It was sort of those “what happened” moments. The two fighters had been in a clinch – the result of a grab and hold maneuver by Kinda – and both were managing to hit each other with at least one hand they broke free. However, when referee Steve Smoger stepped in to officially break them apart, both men threw a much more meaningful punch than what they tagged one another with before Smoger stepped in – and both threw almost simultaneously.

Kinda missed his big left hook and grazed the top of Smoger’s head with it. Williams’ punch was short straight right hand that traveled under the hook and sent Kinda crashing.

Within seconds, Somger was beginning a count. Before he could finish, a ringside doctor stepped in and forced a stoppage. Kinda’s cornermen stormed the ring, clearly irate over a knockout punch thrown during the break. However, Williams informed The USA Boxing News that Smoger “told us to punch out the break.”

He added, “I saw Kinda swing first so I responded with my punch.”

Half a dozen or more of Foxwoods’ security personnel entered the ring to keep things under control.

The left hook Kinda missed Williams with wasn’t his first big miss of the night. In fact, in the opening round, as the closing seconds were winding down, he sent himself to the canvas with a wild left hook.

Kinda also hit the deck in the second frame as Williams was coming forward with punches, but Smoger felt this trip to the canvas was the result of Williams stepping on Kinda’s foot, and thus ruled no knockdown.

Over the first couple of rounds, Williams for the most part proved to be very patient. Often utilizing a double jab and straight right offense, he knew he would break his opponent down eventually. Trained by New Haven’s Brian Clark -who was former light heavyweight champion Chad Dawson’s amateur and early professional career trainer – Williams, like Dawson, employs lateral movement religiously and racks up points with the jab and right hand before hurting his prey and going in for the kill.

In this case, Kinda was taken out before getting hurt. But he did make the mistake of throwing a much-too-wild left hook. Williams saw the opening, and landed a beautiful right before Kinda’s hook could reach Williams’ right jaw.

Williams, of West Haven, CT, raised his record to 14-0-1 (5) while Kinda saw his record fall to 18-5 (7). Kinda was on a three-fight win streak prior to facing Williams.

“Kinda was a true test for me,” said Williams, who successfully defended the WBC USNBC welterweight title he earned in his previous fight, a dominant points win over Rhode Island’s Nick Delomba back in April. “I just want to keep showing the world I’m one of the top welterweights in the world.”

In other action, Juiseppe “The Sicilian Nightmare” Cusumano – one of promoter Jimmy Burchfield’s newest fighters – made quick work of Wilmington, Delaware’s Robert “Double R” Dunton.

Making his ring walk to music from the film The Godfather , and with Gianni Russo – who played Carlo Rizzi in that movie classic – as part of his entrance mob, it is clear Cusumano has hopes of being the next Italian heavyweight to make it big. 

“‘I’ve got a lot of power and I can knock anybody out,” said Cusumano after stopping Dunton.

Cusumano, at 6′ 4″ seemed to tower over the smaller Dunton, especially when they had to touch gloves before the opening bell.  “Double R,” who had already tasted defeat 16 times in his career, at least tried to make a fight of it.  Early on, he rushed at Cusumano and fired off two left hooks to the head followed by a right to the body. He would get off some more shots before Cusumano stopped being patient.

With little more than a minute remaining in the round, “The Sicilian Nightmare” put together a nice left hook-straight right combination. The hook missed but the right landed flush. Cusumano, 239, followed up with five consecutive rights to the head. Dunton, 257, tried his best to block with both hands but he wasn’t firing back. Cusumano followed the right-hand barrage with a left hook, and ended matters with a straight right, left hook, right uppercut assault before forcing referee Al Lobianco to step in and stop the slaughter. The official time was 2:00.

Cusumano, formerly of Carini, Sicily, but now claiming residence in Richmond, Virginia, improved his record to 12-1 (10).  Dunton saw his ledger dip to 11-17-1 (6). Cusumano has now won 10 straight since his only pro loss back in 2012.

“He’s going to be our next Rocky Marciano,” said Russo.

While Cusumano’s backers and supporters are playing up his Sicilian roots, the fighter himself said to the crowd, “I love everybody.”

King’s Promotions signs Super Middleweight prospect Brandon Robinson
battles George Sheppard TONIGHT at the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia

Reading, PA (September 29,  2017) – Marshall Kauffman’s King’s Promotions is proud to announce the signing of super middleweight prospect Brandon Robinson to an exclusive promotional contract.

Robinson, 29 years-old of Upper Darby, PA has a record of 6-1 with five knockouts.

Robinson, who got a late start in the sport, has won six fights in a row after his pro debut when he fought 30 pounds over his natural weight-class, and lost to former National Golden Gloves champion Mike Hilton.

Marshall Kauffman  (L) of King’s Promotions is proud to sign super middleweight prospect Brandon Robinson (R).

Robinson has kept a busy schedule as he will be in action tonight, when he takes on George Sheppard at the 2300 Arena in South Philadelphia.  The bout with Sheppard will be the 8th fight in a year for Robinson.

“I am very excited to sign with King’s Promotions,” said Robinson.  “Marshall believes in me and I believe in him.   He will help me get to the top and eventually fight for titles at super middleweight.  Look out for me.  I am just ready to fight, and the next one will be tonight at the 2300 Arena.”

Said King’s Promotions CEO Marshall Kauffman, “Brandon is a late bloomer, but we feel we have a real diamond in the rough.  He brings excitement and he has scored some explosive knockouts.  He already has a good fan base that will only get bigger as he continues to win.  He has a solid team behind him with his manager Lando Rosa and Team Pivot.  We will keep him busy, and I feel he has a chance to fight in some big fights.” 

Undefeated bantamweight sensation, knockout artist, Christian Carto will take on his toughest foe to date when he takes on Alonso Melendez (14-1, 11 KOs) 

in the eight round main event

The bout is scheduled for eight-rounds.

Carlos Rosario (7-2, 4 KOs) of Pennsuaken, New Jersey and Jerome Conquest (8-2, 1 KO) of Philadelphia will meet in a highly anticipated eight-round lightweight bout.

In six-round bouts:

Maynard Allison (9-1, 6 KOs) of Philadelphia meets Juan Rodriguez (7-7-1, 5 Kos) of Haymarket, Virginia  in a junior lightweight bout.

David Gonzales (8-2-2, 2 KOs) of Philadelphia battles Darius Ervin (4-1) of Los Angeles in a super lightweight bout.

Erik Spring (9-1-2, 1 KO) of Reading, PA will fight Anthony Prescott (6-7-2, 2 KOs) of Cherry Hill, NJ in a super welterweight fight.

In four-round bouts:

Brandon Robinson (6-1, 5 KOs) of Upper Darby, PA will take on George Sheppard (1-2) of Virginia. in a super middleweight bout.

Robert Irizarry (3-1-1) of Cherry Hill, NJ fights Bryan Perez (2-7-1, 1KO) of Carolina, Puerto Rico in a super featherweight fight.

Rasheed Johnson (1-1) of Philadelphia battles Demetrius Williams (1-3) of Philadelphia in a welterweight tussle.

Amir Shabazz (4-1) of Philadelphia will square off with Alan Lawrence (1-0, 1 KO) of Newark, NJ in a light heavyweight bout.

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Two-Time World Champion Demetrius Andrade Battles Undefeated Alantez Fox 

Saturday, October 21 from 

Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, New York

Televised Live on HBO Boxing After Dark®

New York, NY. (Sept. 28, 2017) – Undefeated two-time junior middleweight world champion, Demetrius “Boo Boo” Andrade makes his return to HBO® when he takes on undefeated Alantez Fox in a 12 round middleweight bout that will take place on Saturday, October 21st from Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, New York.

The bout will be the live co-feature of an HBO Boxing After Dark tripleheader card that will feature Jazreel Corrales defending the WBA World Super Featherweight Title against undefeated Alberto Machado and Ryan Burnett taking on Zhanat Zhakiyanov (tape delay) in a Bantamweight Unification Bout. The HBO telecast will begin at 10:05 p.m. ET/PT.

The Corrales vs. Machado bout is promoted by Golden Boy Promotions.

The Andrade – Fox bout is promoted by Banner Promotions, Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing and A-Team Promotions, in association with DiBella Entertainment.

Andrade of Providence, Rhode Island was a 2008 United Sates Olympian, and the 2007 World Amateur Champion.  His success has continued in the professional ranks, as he has a perfect professional resume with a record of 24-0 with 16 knockouts.  

Andrade, 29 years-old captured the WBO World Junior Middleweight crown with a 12-round split decision over fellow Olympian and previously undefeated Vanes Martirosyan on November 9, 2013.  Andrade defended the title with a sensational 7th round stoppage of mandatory challenger Brian Rose.

On March 11, 2017, Andrade became a two-time world champion when he won the WBA World Junior Middleweight Championship with a 12-round split decision over reigning champion Jack Culcay in Ludwigshafen, Germany.

Fox of Forestville, Maryland has a undefeated mark of 23-0-1 with 11 knockouts.  

The 25 year-old Fox stands 6’4″, and he has used that height to score impressive victories over Kenneth McNeil, Ronald Montes, Paul Valenzuela Jr., and previously undefeated Patrick Day.

“First of all I need to thank HBO, and especially Peter Nelson for giving me this tremendous opportunity.  Thanks to him, I get a chance to not only have a great fight on October 21st, but I also get to show my fans on prime time that I’m the best fighter in the junior middleweight and now the Middleweight division, “said Andrade. “I can’t wait for the chance to fight more often and against the very best and thanks to HBO I finally have that chance! And I’m looking forward to giving my fans a great performance and I’m going to show them how much I appreciate their support by giving them a great show!”  

“The Olympics were ten years ago.  He is not the same fighter.  I don’t see anything that he will do that can put a loss on my record.  I am going on HBO to put on a boxing exhibition,” said Fox. 

“I am very happy for Demetrius to be back in the ring on HBO.  There are a lot of compelling fights that could take place on HBO for Demetrius’ future career,” said Artie Pelullo, President of Banner Promotions.

“We are very pleased to have Demetrius back in the ring on HBO,” said Joe DeGuardia, President of Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing.  “I have always felt that Demetrius is one of the best fighters in the world, and I feel he has a very bright future.”

“Alantez Fox is a tall, rangy, powerful, and undefeated middleweight contender,” said Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment. “Boo Boo Andrade is a great fighter, but we believe that Fox is up to the challenge.”

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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Host of the October 21st event, Turning Stone Resort Casino is an award-winning destination resort, which continues to distinguish itself as a premier venue for fight-of-the-year level boxing. The October event will mark Turning Stone’s 23rd nationally-televised boxing event, cementing the resort as a leading destination for nationally-televised combat sports. Turning Stone is celebrated for its noteworthy boxing events such as boxing legend Mike Tyson selecting the resort as the venue for his world debut as a promoter, Muhammad Ali’s daughter Laila Ali made her boxing debut at Turning Stone and in April 2015, Turning Stone was selected to host “Fight of the Year” contender – Matthysse vs. Provodnivkov – over arenas in Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Miami.  Turning Stone features world-class amenities including four hotels, more than 20 signature restaurants and dining options, two spas, an all-new 125,000 square foot Las Vegas style gaming floor, a cabaret-style Showroom, a 5,000 seat arena, five golf courses, several bars, cocktail lounges and nightlife venues with live entertainment every weekend.

Tickets for this highly anticipated matchup are on sale now and available for $65 for ringside seats and others priced at $25, $30, $40 and $49, plus any applicable fees.  Tickets can be purchased in person at the Turning Stone Resort Box Office, by calling 315-361-7469 or online at Ticketmaster (

Corrales vs. Machado is a 12-round fight for the WBA Super World Super Featherweight Championship, to be held Saturday, October 21 at the Turning Stone in Verona, New York. The main event is presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Cotto Promotions. The event is sponsored by TECATE, THE OFFICIAL BEER OF BOXING, Casa Mexico Tequila, and Thor: Ragnarok, and will be televised live on HBO Boxing After Dark beginning at 10:05 p.m. ET/PT.

Professional media requesting credentials for Corrales vs. Machado must contact Kelly Abdo, Turning Stone Resort Casino Public Relations Manager at

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Weights from Ontario, California

ORANGE, Calif. (Sept. 22, 2017) – Weights for Friday (tonight’s) night’s card  promoted by Thompson Boxing Promotions, that takes place at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, Calif.

The undercard features Ruben Villa vs Ernesto Guerrero in a six-round bout, and Michael Dutchover taking on Carlos Flores in a four-round bout.  Villa and Dutchover are promoted by Banner Promotions and Thompson Boxing


Ruben Villa 127 – Ernesto Guerrero 126.5

Ruben Villa 127 – Ernesto Guerrero 126.5

All five fights will be livestreamed on TB Presents: New Blood via Thompson Boxing Facebook page and

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. 

Tickets for “New Blood” are priced at $40, $60, & $100 and are available for purchase by calling 714-935-0900, or visiting

Photos by Carlos Baeza / Thompson Boxing

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Michael Dutchover Dishes on Sparring Sessions with Oscar Valdez & Jessie Magdaleno

ORANGE, Calif. (Sept. 21, 2017) – Top junior lightweight prospect Michael Dutchover (5-0, 4 KOs) marks his return to the ring this Friday night against Carlos Flores (4-5-1, 3 KOs) in a featured 6-round bout on the “New Blood” undercard.

Michael Dutchover

The five-fight show, promoted by Thompson Boxing Promotions, takes place at the

Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, Calif.

Tickets for “New Blood” are priced at $40, $60, & $100 and are available for purchase by calling 714-935-0900, or visiting

Dutchover, an accomplished amateur who earned a bronze medal at the U.S. Olympic Trials in 2015 and a runner-up finish at the National Golden Gloves competition a year later, turned professional last year and already possesses a fan friendly style.

Thompson Boxing caught up the with Midland, Tex. native and got his take on relocating to the Los Angeles area, what it was like to spar with two world champions, and his outlook on Friday’s fight.

Your training camp was unlike any other in that you sparred against world champions Oscar Valdez and Jessie Magdaleno, as well as blue-chip prospect Michael Conlan. What was it like going against such high-level talent?

“Sparring against world champions elevates your game and boosts your confidence tremendously. I held my own the first few sessions with Oscar and Jessie and they called me back for other sessions. These guys expect solid work so I was glad that they brought me back. I’m gaining experience from some of the best so it’s awesome. It was also great sparring with Michael. With those three I was able to see different styles that will help me in my development.”

Your opponent Carlos Flores has had an uneven career. How do you get up for a fight where you are the clear favorite?

“You can’t think that every fight is going to be easy. If you’re not ready for a fight then anyone can make you look bad. This sport is unforgiving in that way. I’m going to be on my “A” game and it will show Friday.”

Earlier this year you made the decision to relocate to the Los Angeles area and leave your hometown of Midland, Tex. What has been the toughest part of this move?

“I’m doing what I love to do and that always involves sacrifices. The most difficult part is being away from friends and family and being far from home. I knew moving to Los Angeles was the right choice because if you want to get better, especially in the lower weight classes, this area is the place to be. On any given day you can spar with contenders and world champions so it’s been great for me.”

How do you see Friday’s fight going down?

“I can predict a solid win for me and my team. I’m going to let my punches go and just be active. I’ll work off the jab to open things up and I’m going to show an improved defense. I’m going to look the best I’ve looked so far. That much I know.”

Dutchover is promoted by Banner Promotions and Thompson Boxing.

All five fights will be livestreamed on TB Presents: New Blood via our Facebook page and

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.

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

Kovalev-Shabranskyy NYC Press Conference

Thursday, September 21

Click Here for The Video

Courtesy Main Events

New York, NY: On Thursday, September 21 in New York City, former Unified Light Heavyweight Champion, Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (30-2-1, 26 KOs) and Vyacheslav “Lion Heart Chigonskyy” Shabranskyy, current USNBC  Light Heavyweight Champion (19-1, 16 KOs) will formally address the media with details of their Saturday, November 25 battle. The fight will take place at The Theater at Madison Square Garden and will be televised live on HBO Boxing After Dark beginning 10PM ET/PT.


Sergey Kovalev – Former Unified Light Heavyweight Champion

Vyacheslav Shabranskyy – Current USNBC Light Heavyweight Champion

Egis Klimas – Manager of Sergey Kovalev

Kathy Duva – CEO Main Events

Rolando Arellano – Fighter Relations of Golden Boy Promotions

 DATE:         Thursday, September 21 

TIME:          11:30 AM ET Media Brunch

                   12:00 PM ET Press Conference Start

WHERE:      Renaissance New York Midtown Hotel

                     218 West 35th St, NY, NY, 10001

                     Ballroom (7th floor)

                     Parking: Valet ($55)

About Kovalev-Shabranskyy: The Saturday, November 25 bout between Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev and Vyacheslav Shabranskyy is a 10-round light heavyweight match-up at the Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The event is promoted by Main Events and Krusher Promotions in association with Golden Boy Promotions and will be televised live on HBO Boxing After Dark beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT. Tickets go on sale September 19, 2017 and are available at and the Madison Square Garden Box Office. 

GH3 Promotions News and Notes

Nutley, NJ (September 21, 2017)–Vito Mielnicki’s GH3 Promotions is gearing up for a busy fall schedule.

Middleweight Antoine Douglas (22-1-1, 16 KO’s) has won three in a row since his lone defeat, and that has catapulted him to world rankings of number-8 by the WBC, Number-9 by the WBA and Number-8 by the WBO.  Douglas will be back in action on November 11th in Atlanta.

Undefeated Super Middleweight Ronald Ellis (14-0-1, 10 KOs) will meet Taneal Goyco on November 4th in Springfield, Virginia.

Super Bantamweight Adam Lopez (16-1-2, 8 KOs) will take place on November 18th, and will be announced in the next week.    

Newly signed lightweight Thomas Mattice (9-0, 7 KO’s) will make his GH3 Promotions debut on November 11th in Atlanta on the same card as Douglas.

For more information on GH3 Promotions, Contact:

Marc Abrams– or 856 287 7611

Jake LaMotta, former middleweight champion and subject of the 1980 movie “Raging Bull,” has died at the age of 95.

LaMotta died because of complications from pneumonia and was in a nursing home in Miami, his wife, Denise Baker, told ABC. LaMotta’s wife said the family is in the planning stages of his memorial and funeral.

“He was a great man, sensitive, and had eyes that danced right up to the end. I love him; God rest his soul,” Baker told ABC. “And he never went down!”

Known for his battles with Sugar Ray Robinson and his portrayal by Robert De Niro in “Raging Bull,” LaMotta held the middleweight title from 1949 to 1951 and was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1990.

“Rest in Peace, Champ,” De Niro said in a statement.

LaMotta went 83-19-4 with 30 knockouts in a career that lasted from 1941 to 1954. He fought multiple times in a month several times, earning a reputation as a brawler and the nickname “Bronx Bull.”

On Oct. 2, 1942, at New York’s Madison Square Garden, LaMotta faced Robinson for the first of their six ferocious fights. Robinson, fighting as a welterweight, was 35-0 with 27 knockouts at the time. He bloodied LaMotta and won a 10-round unanimous decision.

After the fight, Robinson said, “I never fought a fighter as strong as he is.”

The following year, LaMotta and Robinson fought twice in the same month at Detroit’s Olympia Stadium. On Feb. 5, 1943, LaMotta handed Robinson his first defeat, with a 10-round unanimous decision that included the Bronx Bull knocking Robinson through the ropes in the eighth round. Three weeks later, Robinson would take the rematch, winning a unanimous decision despite being floored in the seventh round.

Robinson would defeat LaMotta twice in 1945, including a 12-round split decision.

Jake LaMottawas inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1990. 

LaMotta had compiled a 64-11-3 record by late 1947 but hadn’t gotten a shot at the championship. Organized crime controlled much of boxing at the time, so to get a title fight, LaMotta agreed to take a dive against his next opponent, Billy Fox, and paid the mob $20,000.

He accepted the beating from the 42-1 Fox but never went down during their Nov. 14, 1947, fight at Madison Square Garden. Fox won when the fight was stopped in the fourth round.

The outcome raised immediate suspicions. Arthur Daley of The New York Times wrote that the fight was “almost too bold-faced a fake to be a fake.” New York Attorney General Frank Hogan opened an investigation.

LaMotta claimed he had suffered an injury to his spleen during training but went ahead with the fight anyway. The New York State Athletic Commission suspended LaMotta until June and fined him $1,000, not for throwing the fight but for concealing an injury.

In 1949, the mob came through with a title fight. On June 16, at Detroit’s Briggs Stadium, LaMotta took on champion Marcel Cerdan from France. In the first round, Cerdan suffered a shoulder injury when LaMotta threw him to the ring floor. Fighting with only one hand, Cerdan absorbed punches until he was unable to come out for the 10th round, making LaMotta the middleweight champ. A scheduled rematch never happened after Cerdan was killed in a plane crash flying to the United States to train for the fight.

On Sept. 13, 1950, LaMotta staged one of boxing’s great comebacks while defending his title against French boxer Laurent Dauthuille, who had defeated LaMotta the previous year, before the Bronx Bull had won his championship.

For most of the fight, Dauthuille was able to keep out of LaMotta’s range while piling up points. By the 15th round, Dauthuille was ahead on all of the judges’ cards and just had to finish the fight to take the belt. But in the final minute, LaMotta opened up a barrage of punches to Dauthuille’s body and head, finishing the challenger by almost knocking him through the ropes. Dauthuille was counted out with 13 seconds left in the round.

LaMotta’s middleweight belt was on the line Feb. 14, 1951, against Robinson, who was now the welterweight champ. Unlike in their previous fights, Robinson was able to add weight for the fight, coming in 5 pounds under the 160-pound middleweight limit.

The clash became known as the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre. LaMotta couldn’t avoid Robinson’s hail of punches throughout the one-sided contest. With LaMotta bloodied and barely able to see, the fight was stopped in the 13th round. Still, LaMotta didn’t fall.

In December 1952, LaMotta moved to light heavyweight to take on Danny Nardico in Coral Gables, Florida. In the seventh round, Nardico, a former Marine, landed a series of devastating punches that sent LaMotta to the canvas. It would be the first and only time in his career that LaMotta was knocked down, and his corner stopped the fight after the round.

He would retire from boxing two years later.

Born on July 10, 1922, on New York City’s Lower East Side and raised in the Bronx, LaMotta learned to fight at an early age when his father forced him to brawl with other children for the amusement of neighborhood adults. The elder LaMotta paid part of their rent with the coins tossed into the ring.

LaMotta was sent to reform school as a teenager for committing petty crimes. There he learned to box. He would go pro as a boxer in 1941 at the age of 19 and avoided military service because of an ear injury, and the United States entered World War II that December.

After boxing, LaMotta opened several bars, including one in Miami Beach. In 1957 he was sentenced to six months in a Florida jail after he was convicted of aiding and abetting a 14-year-old girl in prostitution. He continued to maintain his innocence.

In 1960, LaMotta appeared before the Senate Subcommittee on Antitrust and Monopoly, which was investigating organized crime’s grip on boxing. There he admitted he had thrown the Fox fight in a confession that made LaMotta a boxing pariah for several years.

LaMotta’s autobiography, “Raging Bull,” was published in 1970. Ten years later, director Martin Scorsese adapted it into a film, with De Niro starring as LaMotta. De Niro would win an Academy Award for best actor, and the movie collected one other Oscar (best film editing) and eight total nominations, including for best picture.

The film propelled LaMotta back into the public eye. After viewing the movie, LaMotta said, “When I saw the film, I was upset. I kind of look bad in it. Then I realized it was true. That’s the way it was. I was a no-good bastard. I realize it now. It’s not the way I am now, but the way I was then.”

In 2015, a second movie based on LaMotta’s life, “The Bronx Bull,” was released starring William Forsythe in the title role.

LaMotta devoted much of his life after boxing to acting, appearing on television and in several low-budget movies. He also did stand-up comedy and had an off-Broadway biographical show called “Lady and the Champ.” LaMotta was married seven times.

In 1997, as part of its 75th anniversary, Ring Magazine named LaMotta as having the best boxing chin. Robinson was named greatest fighter.

Elite Prospect Ruben Villa Battles Veteran Ernesto Guerrero Friday Night in Ontario, CA


ORANGE, Calif. (Sept. 20, 2017) – Ruben Villa (7-0, 4 KOs), one of the featherweight division’s brightest young talents, takes the next step in his development by clashing with veteran Ernesto Guerrero (26-19, 18 KOs) in one of two highly anticipated match-ups on Friday’s “New Blood” undercard.

The 6-roFund bout takes place at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, Calif.

Tickets for “New Blood” are priced at $40, $60, & $100 and are available for purchase by calling 714-935-0900 or visiting

Villa, a southpaw fighting out of Salinas, Calif., turned professional last July and already has produced seven one-sided wins. His opponent for Friday, Mexico’s Guerrero, is no push over. Guerrero has won his last five fights, four of which ended in knockout fashion.

Ruben Villa

“Guerrero’s a veteran so we’ve been extra serious in this camp,” said Villa. “My team believes that I can take him out. My team wouldn’t set me up against an opponent that I wouldn’t be able to handle so I feel ready for this challenge.”

Villa, 20, loaded up on top-level sparring to help bridge the experience gap between him and Guerrero. He spent three weeks in Indio, Calif. sparring against elite competition such as unbeaten, world title contender Joseph Diaz.

“The way Diaz puts his punches together was really impressive,” said Villa, who is promoted by Banner Promotions and Thompson Boxing. “It was a great learning experience for me. It’s not every day you get to spar with someone with that high of a skill level.”

In addition to the knowledge learned from the Diaz sessions, Villa is attempting to sharpen his mental focus for his fight against Guerrero.

“I need to be more intelligent in the ring,” Villa said. “I’ve been a little reckless listening to the crowd and taking unnecessary risks. We sparred against bigger guys during this training camp to help me stay disciplined.”

Also on the “New Blood” undercard, advanced junior lightweight prospect Michael Dutchover (5-0, 4 KOs), who is a close friend and occasional sparring partner to Villa, fights Carlos Flores (4-5-1, 3 KOs) in bout set for 6-rounds.

Like Villa, Dutchover comes from an outstanding amateur career and also shares the same promotional outfits in Banner Promotions and Thompson Boxing.

All five fights will be livestreamed on TB Presents: New Blood via Thompson Boxing Facebook page and

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.

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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Kovalev-Shabranskyy NYC Press Conference
Thursday, September 21
New York, NY: On Thursday, September 21 in New York City, former Unified Light Heavyweight Champion, Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (30-2-1, 26 KOs) and Vyacheslav “Lion Heart Chigonskyy” Shabranskyy, current USNBC  Light Heavyweight Champion (19-1, 16 KOs) will formally address the media with details of their Saturday, November 25 battle. The fight will take place at The Theater at Madison Square Garden and will be televised live on HBO Boxing After Dark beginning 10PM ET/PT.
Sergey Kovalev – Former Unified Light Heavyweight Champion
Vyacheslav Shabranskyy – Current USNBC Light Heavyweight Champion
Egis Klimas – Manager of Sergey Kovalev
Kathy Duva – CEO Main Events
Rolando Arellano – Fighter Relations of Golden Boy Promotions
DATE:         Thursday, September 21 
TIME:          11:30 AM ET Media Brunch
                   12:00 PM ET Press Conference Start
WHERE:      Renaissance New York Midtown Hotel
                     218 West 35th St, NY, NY, 10001
                     Ballroom (7th floor)
                     Parking: Valet ($55)
About Kovalev-Shabranskyy: The Saturday, November 25 bout between Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev and Vyacheslav Shabranskyy is a 10-round light heavyweight match-up at the Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The event is promoted by Main Events and Krusher Promotions in association with Golden Boy Promotions and will be televised live on HBO Boxing After Dark beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT. Tickets go on sale September 19, 2017 and are available at and the Madison Square Garden Box Office. 

Former Heavyweight Contender David Bey dies in industrial accident in Camden. 

Sunday, September 17 – Camden, New Jersey.A former heavyweight boxing champ who was defeated by Larry Holmes died in a construction accident on Thursday.

David Bey (R) fighting Heavyweight Champion Larry Holmes in 1985

David Bey, 60, of Philadelphia, was struck by a piece of metal and killed while working on a mixed-use real estate development project in Camden, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

A representative from his union, Local 179 of the Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters, said Bey was a second generation pile driver who had worked 37 years in the trade.

Former Heavyweight Contender David Bey

“David was a gentleman at all times. He didn’t have a mean bone in his body. He was a devout man of God and regularly would listen to scriptures on the radio,” said Tony Bianchini, the union’s communications director.

Nicknamed “Hand Grenade,” Bey started boxing in the U.S. Army. He made his professional boxing debut in 1981 and he went on to defeat Greg Page in 1984 for the United States Boxing Association’s heavyweight championship.

He made his professional debut in 1981, defeating future undisputed world heavyweight champion James “Buster Douglas by a second round knockout.

He built up a record of 14-0, becoming the first man to stop the durable veteran contender George Chaplin (TKO4) as well as defeating future WBA heavyweight champion Greg Page (W12) to capture the United States Boxing Association heavyweight championship.

In March 1985 Bey was given a title shot by long-reigning IBF heavyweight champion Larry Holmes. After a strong start Bey was knocked down twice and stopped by Holmes  by a technical knockout in the tenth round.

Bey never regained his confidence, losing his USBA title by 11th round TKO to Trevor Berbick in his comeback fight, then being relegated to ‘opponent’ status for the remainder of his career, matched against the likes of James “Bonecrusher” Smith, Joe Bugner in Australia, Tyrell Biggs, Johnny DuPlooy in South Africa, Bruce Seldon, and Zeljko Mavrovic in Germany.

Bey left the ring in 1994. with a ring record of 18-11 (14 KO’s).

“David was inducted into the Pennsylvania Boxing Hall of Fame this year surrounded by his union brothers,” Bianchini said.

OSHA is investigating the accident.

Prograis Becomes Legit Contender with 2nd Round Stoppage of Diaz

By Kirk Lang

Verona, NY – Turning Stone Resort Casino –

In a battle of undefeated super lightweights, NABF champ Regis Prograis proved he is a likely future world champion and stamped himself as a legitimate world title contender with a second-round stoppage of 25-year-old Joel Diaz Jr. The NABF champion – making the second defense of his belt – scored four knockdowns in the second frame before referee Mark Nelson waved it off at the 2:55 mark.

 “”He was tough, he was strong,” said Prograis, a native of New Orleans who relocated to Houston, Texas after Hurricane Katrina. “He popped me a couple of times but I went through it. That’s another opponent I ran through. I still give credit to him but I’m running through everybody. Give me my shot. Terrance Crawford, I’m coming for you. Adrien Broner, I’m coming for you. All of y’all at 140, I’m coming. I’m the boogeyman of the division.”

 In a bout that was being called the best “ShoBox:The New Generation” main event in years, Prograis made sure it would be a memorable one. He showed the paying customers what a star in the making looks like. Diaz got off to a good start, rushing at Prograis at the opening bell and throwing punches in bunches. Even with all the leather coming at him, Prograis stayed calm. He only flicked out a few jab in the first minute of the round and either blocked or used well-executed upper body movement to avoid most of the shots coming his way.            

Prograis began to get more aggressive halfway through the round. It wasn’t long before he forced Diaz to the ropes. As the round went on, Prograis got looser and busier. With about 35 seconds remaining in the stanza, Prograis knocked Diaz back a step with a counter right hook. He followed up with every punch in the book and at one point held his left in the air and waved it in a circular motion a la Sugar Ray Leonard. Clearly his confidence was growing. By the time the bell rang to end the round, Diaz already had substantial swelling around his right eye.

The second round began where the first round left off – with Prograis in command. Ten seconds in, Prograis dropped Diaz with a straight left. Some at ringside had thought Prograis had stepped on Diaz’ lead foot. However, a replay showed he was not on his foot when the knockdown occurred. Diaz got to his feet quickly but Prograis went after him like he was wounded prey.

He followed up with a variety of punches but ultimately scored the second knockdown of the round – a minute later – with a left to the chin.

When referee Mark Nelson ordered the fighters to box, there was still a minute-and-a-half left to go in the frame. Prograis didn’t waste any time. He rushed across the ring and knocked Diaz’ head back with a lead left hand. He shot one left downstairs but another left to the head created knockdown number three. Diaz landed on his back but showed tremendous athleticism as he executed a backward somersault to get to his feet. Even so, he looked a little shaky once he was on both foot and had to try to fight off Prograis. However, if anyone thought it was seconds from being over, Diaz showed a big heart. He fought back, kept trying, but often missed his big swings due to Prograis’ expert upper body movement while standing right in front of his opponent. With 40 seconds left in the round, Diaz cracked Prograis with a solid left hook-right hand combination. But that was his last hurrah. Seconds later, the NABF champion landed two consecutive left hands, the second of which buckled Diaz’ knees. But Diaz kept plugging away.  Both men were swapping leather furiously when Prograis nonchalantly countered a Diaz left hook with a left hook of his own. Typically a southpaw would throw a straight left hand, and throw the right hand, his lead hand, in a hooking fashion. However, Prograis did what felt right to him at the moment. It worked. It created knockdown number four and forced Nelson to end matters. Diaz, it should be noted, got to his feet via another backward somersault. Clearly you can knock this guy down but you can’t keep him down. Why it seemed he would have been executing gymnastics moves all night if Nelson had allowed it to go on.

 “He was tough, he was strong,” said Prograis, who was rated #4 by the WBC before dominating  Diaz in their “ShoBox:The New Generation” main event. He advanced to 20-0 (17) while Diaz, of Palmdale, CA, falls to 23-1 (19).

 In the ShoBox eight-round co-feature, Steve Rolls, 161, of Toronto, Canada, dropped Demond “Da Best At It” Nicholson, 162 ½, in the opening round but had to settle for a points victory. Two judges saw it 77-74 for Rolls while a third judge had it 77-75 for Nicholson.

Rolls promoter, Lou DiBella, admitted at ringside that “The fight could have gone either way.” Showtime broadcasters Steve Farhood and Barry Tompkins both thought Nicholson took the final six rounds of the eight-round contest. Rolls, 161, of Toronto, Canada, sent Nicholson, 162 ½, of Laurel, MD, to the canvas with a left hook to the temple. However, by the time Nicholson got to his feet and the fight resumed, Rolls had less than 10 seconds to try to get Nicholson out of there. It wasn’t enough time.

Nicholson survived and except for a shaky start to the third round, where he grabbed at the ropes twice in the first twenty seconds – apparently not fully recovered from the knockdown the previous round – he seemed to get stronger as the bout went on. In round four, he appeared to hurt Rolls with a right hand upstairs. Nicholson followed up but he didn’t commit to an all-out attack.

 There were many spots in subsequent rounds where each man seemed to show the other too much respect and as a result, the action was sporadic. Nicholson seemed to deserve the final three rounds clearly, especially the eighth and finale frame. At one point, he let loose with a seven-punch combination as Rolls had his back against the ropes. Two judges scored the final three rounds in Nicholson’s favor but a third judge awarded Rolls the last three stanzas.

Rolls remained unbeaten and advanced his record to 16-0 (9) while Nicholson, coming off a draw in his previous fight, fell to 17-2-1 (16).

 Undefeated superfeatherweight Jon Fernandez, managed by former world champion Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez, scored the most emphatic knockout of the night when he dropped Juan Reyes, formerly of Guadalajara, Mexico, with a short right hand near the end of the second round. It was clear Reyes was out of it before he hit the ground. Referee Charlie Fitch waved it off at the 2:36 mark. Fernandez opened up a cut around Reyes’ left eye in the opening round – due largely to repeated right hands  – and in the second frame, he never let up with vicious multi-punch combinations. When Fernandez landed the bout-ending right hand, Reyes’ body had a delayed reaction fall. It looked like he took a seat in an invisible chair, ever so quickly, before he fell flat on his back.

Fernandez, 132 ½, of Madrid, Spain, improved to 13-0 (11) while Reyes, now based in Bell Gardens, CA, dropped to 14-4-3 (2).

“That kid can fight,” said DiBella, who is always good for a comment right after one of his fighters notches a victory. “That guy had never stopped.”



Premier Boxing Champions on FS1 Weigh-in featuring Mario Barrios vs Naim Nelson Live on KING’S PROMOTIONS FACEBOOK PAGE AT 6 PM ET / 3 PM PT

Bethlehem, PA (September 18, 2017)–Today’s weigh-in for Tuesday night’s Premier Boxing Champions on FS1 card will be streamed live on the King’s Promotions Facebook Page beginning at 6 PM ET / 3 PM PT.

The main event will feature undefeated Mario Barrios squaring off with Naim Nelson in a 10-round super lightweight bout

Monday, September 18

6:00 p.m.                      OFFICIAL WEIGH-IN – OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!
                             Location: Berks Room (Located inside Sands Bethlehem Events Center)
                                          77 Sands Blvd.; Bethlehem, PA 18015
                                          5:30 p.m. – Media Arrival
                                          6:00 p.m. – Fighters to scales


Tuesday, September 19

5:30 p.m.                      SANDS BETHLEHEM EVENTS CENTER DOORS OPEN
                                      Location: 77 Sands Blvd.; Bethlehem, PA 18015

6:30 p.m.                      FIRST BOUT BEGINS
10:00 p.m.                    FS1 & FOX DEPORTES BROADCAST BEGINS

Fight night credentials can be picked up on Tuesday, September 19 from 5:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. at the Backstage Entrance. Proper personal photo ID (Driver’s license or passport) is required for credential pick-up.

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 To charge by phone call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000.

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Billy Joe Saunders vs Willie Monroe, Jr. WBO World Middleweight Title Bout to be Streamed LIVE THIS SATURDAY AFTERNOON on Banner Promotions Network Youtube Channel

Exclusive stream in the United States & Canada to begin at 5:30 PM ET 

Philadelphia. Pa.(September 13, 2017)–This Saturday afternoon, WBO World Middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders will take on number-2 ranked Willie Monroe Jr. at The Copper Box Arena in London.

Banner Promotions is pleased to announce the fight will be streamed live exclusively in the United States & Canada on the Banner Promotions Network Youtube page beginning at 5:30 ET / 2:30 PT, with the Saunders – Monroe Jr. fight beginning at 6:30 PM ET.

“We are happy to be able to bring the fans in the United States & Canada this very important title bout.  With the interest in the fight and the ramifications for the winner to be in line to fight the Canelo Alvarez – Gennady Golovkin winner, we expect a big audience on Youtube to view this fight,” said Banner Promotions President, Artie Pelullo. 

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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IOC makes historic decision by simultaneously awarding Olympic Games 2024 to Paris and 2028 to Los Angeles

September 13 – The Session of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) meeting in Lima, Peru, today elected Paris as host city of the Games of the XXXIII Olympiad 2024 and Los Angeles as the host city of the Games of the XXXIV Olympiad 2028.

“Congratulations to Paris 2024 and Los Angeles 2028! This historic double allocation is a ‘win-win-win’ situation for the city of Paris, the city of Los Angeles and the IOC,” said the IOC President, Thomas Bach. 

“It is hard to imagine something better. Ensuring the stability of the Olympic Games for the athletes of the world for the next 11 years is something extraordinary,” Bach commented.

“These are two great cities from two great countries with a great Olympic history. Both cities are very enthusiastic about the Games and are promoting the Olympic spirit in a fantastic way,” Bach added.

While celebrating the decision, Paris and Los Angeles both expressed their excitement in bringing home the Olympic Games.

The idea of a Tripartite Agreement came to light after a working group of IOC Vice-Presidents studied the possibility of a double allocation of the Olympic Games 2024 and 2028. The working group was set up in March 2017. 

With the blessing of the 130th IOC Session that met in Lausanne in July, the IOC, Los Angeles, Paris and their National Olympic Committees have been working together in order to reach the agreement that was ratified by the IOC Session today.

Los Angeles and Paris have put together very inspiring projects. Both have embraced Olympic Agenda 2020, particularly in the way they are planning to use a record-breaking number of existing and temporary facilities.


IOC sets up USD 1 million emergency fund to help hurricane-affected Caribbean NOCs

SEPTEMBER 12 -The Executive Board of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) expressed its sympathy to the people affected by the recent hurricane in the Caribbean.

“All our sympathy and thoughts are with the victims and the families who have lost relatives in this natural disaster and with those who have lost their homes and livelihoods,” said the IOC President, Thomas Bach.

“The IOC stands ready to help the National Olympic Committees (NOCs) of the affected countries to help them rebuild sports infrastructure that has been destroyed,” the President continued.

The IOC is contacting the affected NOCs to find out more about the situation in their countries.

An emergency fund of USD 1 million has been set up to support the Caribbean NOCs and the immediate recovery efforts in the countries affected by the hurricane. The contribution is being made jointly by the IOC, Olympic Solidarity and the Pan-American Sports Organisation (PASO).

The IOC will work closely with the NOCs to assess how badly the sports infrastructure has been damaged and to understand their respective situation. Based on the assessment, a decision will be made on the best way to assist them. Once the full picture is clear, the IOC would consider increasing the original amount of the emergency fund.


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IOC publishes Evaluation Commission 2028 Report – Commission confirms that Los Angeles meets all requirements to host the Olympic Games 2028

SEPTEMBER 11- The International Olympic Committee (IOC) today released the report of the Evaluation Commission 2028, which was tasked with analyzing Los Angeles’ proposal after the city announced its intention to become a candidate for the Olympic Games 2028 on 31 July.

“The report confirms that Los Angeles is ready to host the Olympic Games 2028,” said the Chair of the 2028 Evaluation Commission, Patrick Baumann.

“Los Angeles of course builds on the strong proposal that was put forward for 2024, while providing all the necessary guarantees to make us confident that the Olympic Games can be awarded 11 years in advance,” Baumann added. 

Recognizing the unique opportunity of having two outstanding candidate cities for the Olympic Games 2024, Los Angeles and Paris, the IOC Session in Lausanne in July approved a proposal to “authorize the IOC Executive Board to conclude a tripartite agreement with Los Angeles and Paris and their respective NOCs for the simultaneous election of the host cities of the Olympic Games 2024 and 2028 during the IOC Session in Lima“.

The Session’s decision was contingent upon a number of steps, including the appointment of an IOC Evaluation Commission to analyze the 2028 candidature. This was done by entrusting the IOC Evaluation 2024 to extend its remit to incorporate this task.

The Evaluation Commission 2028 met by phone on 24 August to discuss the documentation submitted by Los Angeles. The city was requested to provide information on whether the candidature it had put forward for the Olympic Games 2024 would remain valid for 2028, and indicate expected changes, including any impact such changes would have on the Games’ operations and budget.

In the report published today, the Evaluation Commission confirms that Los Angeles will keep the 2024 venue master plan, and that UCLA will remain the Olympic Village. It also stresses the continued strong support from all levels of government, as well as from 83 per cent of Angelenos.

The report focuses solely on changes to the Los Angeles proposal since the release of the 

IOC Evaluation Commission 2024 report on 5 July, as well as on the consequences of awarding the Olympic Games 2028 11 years out. It concludes that the many opportunities presented by holding the Olympic Games 2028 in Los Angeles would far outweigh any potential risk of awarding the Games 11 years in advance instead of seven years.

The Commission also outlines that Los Angeles and Paris would mutually benefit from the opportunities for collaboration, shared knowledge and experience that would result from the simultaneous award.

The finalization and ratification of the Tripartite Agreement will take place during the IOC Session in Lima on 13 September.







LOS ANGELES (Aug. 28, 2017) More than 20,000 fans at T-Mobile Arena and millions watching on HBO Pay-Per-View and will be treated to a stacked undercard line-up in support of the Sept. 16 showdown between lineal and Ring Magazine Middleweight World Champion Canelo Alvarez (49-1-1, 34 KOs) and WBC/WBA/IBF/IBO Middleweight World Champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (37-0, 33 KOs).

In the co-main event, Joseph “JoJo” Diaz, Jr. (24-0, 13 KOs) of South El Monte, Calif. will take an important step towards a world title opportunity when he takes on Jorge “Pilon” Lara (29-0-2, 21 KOs) of Guadalajara, Mexico in a 12-round WBC Featherweight title eliminator.

“The Canelo vs. Golovkin undercard will feature some of boxing’s best contenders and rising stars the fans will be in for a treat and won’t want to miss the action,” said Oscar De La Hoya, Chairman and CEO of Golden Boy Promotions. “From Jojo Diaz to Randy Caballero, Diego De La Hoya, Vergil Ortiz, and Marlen Esparza, Golden Boy Promotions has stacked the undercard with some of the toughest fighters in the sport today that are determined to put on great fights for the fans.”

“It’s a dream come true to be fighting in the co-main event of the Canelo vs. Golovkin card,” said Joseph Diaz, Jr. “I finally get the opportunity to fight for a title eliminator! I’ve been waiting my whole life to become a world champion. On September 16, I’m going to give it everything I got, for all my fans out there.”

“I haven’t seen too much of [Joseph] Diaz, but I know that he’s a tough opponent,” said Jorge Lara. “I also know that he participated in the 2012 Olympic Games in London. More than anything else, I know that we have to give a great fight, and I hope that he throws punches and brawls.”

Also on the Pay-Per-View telecast will be a battle between two undefeated contenders in the Golden Boy stable. Former IBF World Bantamweight Champion Randy “El Matador” Caballero (24-0, 14 KOs) will face WBC Youth World Super Bantamweight Champion Diego De La Hoya (19-0, 9 KOs) in a 10-round super bantamweight battle for Caballero’s NABF Super Bantamweight title.


“I am so happy and grateful for the opportunity that Golden Boy Promotions has given me,” said Randy Caballero. “I promise to all my friends, family and fans that I will put on a great performance come September 16.”

“I’m very motivated and excited for another great opportunity on the biggest boxing event in some time,” said Diego De La Hoya. “Fights like this one versus Caballero are what bring out the best in me, and I guarantee I will give it my all to put on a great show for the fans. I’d like to thank Golden Boy Promotions, my manager, and Team DDLH for the continued support! See you September 16!”

Randy Caballero

Opening the Pay-Per-View telecast, lightweight contenders Ryan “Blue Chip” Martin (19-0, 11 KOs), andFrancisco Rojo (20-2, 13 KOs) of Mexico City, Mexico will battle it out for Ryan’s WBC Continental Americas and the vacant WBA Intercontinental lightweight titles.

“I realize there are a lot of big fights that can be made right now in the lightweight division,” said Ryan Martin. “There are lot of projections and talks for me to be a part of some of those bigger fights.  But, right now I have to get past Rojo. Preparations are going good, and I will be as sharp as ever on that night. My team is amazing, and my trainers are pushing me really hard.”

“It is an honor to be fighting on the same Mexican Independence Day weekend card as the great Canelo Alvarez,” said Francisco Rojo.  “It’s going to be a great night for Mexico when we both leave the ring with all the belts wrapped around us.”

“Ryan Martin is one of the fastest-rising stars of the lightweight division,” said Tom Loeffler, promoter of Gennady “GGG” Golovkin.  “This battle between two hungry top-10 contenders is a great addition to the card and an exciting way to open the pay-per-view telecast.”

The non-televised undercard is stacked with action-packed bouts featuring Golden Boy Promotions’ strongest contenders and prospects.

Jesus Rojas (25-1-2, 18 KOs) of Caguas, Puerto Rico and Claudio Marrero (22-1, 16 KOs) of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic will clash in a 12-round fight for the vacant WBA Featherweight Title. Vergil Ortiz (6-0, 6 KOs) of Dallas, Texas will take on Cesar Valenzuela (7-1, 2 KOs) of Phoenix, Ariz. in a scheduled six-round super lightweight fight. Marlen Esparza, the 2012 Olympic Bronze Medalist will take on Tania Cosme (5-6-1, 1 KO) of Denver, Colorado. Serhii Bohachuk (4-0, 4 KOs) of Los Angeles will fight in a scheduled four-round welterweight fight against an opponent that will be named shortly in the evening’s first bout.

Canelo vs. Golovkin is a 12-round fight for the middleweight championship of the world presented by Golden Boy Promotions and GGG Promotions and sponsored by Tecate “BORN BOLD”; Hennessy, Never Stop, Never Settle; O’Reilly Auto Parts. Better Parts, Better Prices…everyday!; Fred Loya Insurance; Interjet; Thor: Ragnarok; Fathom Events; Tsesnabank; and Capital Holdings. The event will take place Saturday, Sept. 16 at T-Mobile Arena and will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View beginning at a special time of 8:00 p.m. ET/5:00 p.m. PT.

HBO Sports will air the special “Under The Lights: Canelo/Golovkin” Saturday, Sept. 2 at 10:00 p.m. (E/PT) on HBO.  It’s the final time the two will see each other until fight week unfolds in Las Vegas.

Episode #2 of 24/7 Canelo/Golovkin premieres Saturday, Sept. 9 on HBO immediately following the live Boxing After Dark triple header from the StubHub Center at 10:15 p.m. ET/PT.

Tickets for the closed circuit telecast of Canelo vs. Golovkin at Bellagio Resort & Casino, MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, The Mirage Hotel & Casino, Monte Carlo Resort and Casino, New York-New York Hotel & Casino, Luxor Hotel and Casino and Circus Circus Las Vegas are priced at $75, not including applicable fees. All seats are general admission and are currently on sale. Tickets may be purchased at any MGM Resorts International Box Office, by phone with a major credit card at 1-800-745-3000 or online

Mayweather-McGregor fight reaps in whopping receipts!

According to Showtime sports executive Stephen Espinoza,the Mayweather-McGregor fight has a “very good shot” at being the highest grossing fight of all-time. It may have also exceeded the 4.6 million buys generated by the 2015 Mayweather-Pacquiao fight.

“If we don’t establish a new record,” said Espinoza, “it is going to be very, very close and that would put it head and shoulders above every event other than May-Pac.”

for the fight, Mayweather was guranteed $100,000 plus 70% of the fighters’ share, while McGregor was guaranteed $30 million plus 30% of the fighters’ share. Both fighters will most likely receive over three times these guarantees.

Bronx boxer ‘Irish’ Danny McAloon dies at 74

“Irish” Danny McAloon, a professional boxer from The Bronx who had 45 fights from 1966-81, died Wednesday at age 74 at a hospice in Porter, Maine.

He had been battling Alzheimer’s disease, according to his brother, Bill McAloon.

McAloon compiled a record of 29-15-1 with six knockouts. His most notable fights came against Emile Griffith at Madison Square Garden in 1971 and Vito Antuofermo at the Felt Forum in 1973.

McAloon went the distance both times, losing unanimous decisions.

There will be a memorial service in the New York area in September for McAloon, who graduated from All Hallows High School and Manhattan College and worked as a physical education teacher at Browning School before turning pro.

He will be buried in Florida alongside his wife, Diana.

McAloon is survived by three sons (Daniel Kyle, Scott and William), two brothers (Edward and Bill) and six grandchildren.


September 3rd, 2017 

The WBC and its President Mauricio Sulaiman, decree a day of mourning for the passing of one of the greatest boxers of history, Ultiminio “Sugar” Ramos, aged seventy five. 

“Sugar” Ramos was born on December 2nd I941 in the town of Matanzas, Cuba, where he took his first steps in pugilism. Afer the Cuban Revolution, which banned professional boxing, Ultiminio travelled to Mexico and made it his home. Famed and respected for his mighty punching power in addition to his elusive style, which proved very effective, Ultiminio conquered the World Boxing association (WBA) World Boxing Council featherweight crown on March 21, 1963, defeating the American Davey Moore , to become the first WBC world champion.

In an apt quirk of fate, this larger than life and beloved character, was elected to the Boxing Hall of Fame in 1992, both as Ultiminio Ramos…And as Sugar Ramos. Two for the price of one, which was his motto of sheer fighting effort!
We will always remember Ultiminio as a great champion, but even more so, as a wonderful, friendly, genuine and kind man. A memorable day, some months ago with the inauguration of his café in Mexico City. Unforgettable hospitality from the great man, his attractive kind Wife, plus beautiful family. And that broad beaming smile that was so much him. That event also hosted a press conference with Carlos Cuadras, following his tremendous fight with Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez.
A man of discerning style, always smart and elegant, often rakishly sporting a flamboyant hat, Ultiminio was adored by the people of his adopted country, certainly for his fighting spirit, but also for his unique character, chuckling sense of humor and his love of dancing…and fun! He embraced the rhythm and the very essence of life.
This is the saddest of losses, but the man with the big hands and the larger heart, leaves us with a wonderful legacy of joy and happiness. How lucky is Mexico that he chose it to accomplish the highlights of a magnificent career spanning 66 fights, including 55 wins, with 40 knockouts, four draws and only seven losses.
The loss Is now most surely ours` but what fantastic and indestructible memories he leaves us!

Willie Monroe, Jr. Media Day Quotes, Pictures and Videos

Willie Monroe, Jr. at the Rochester Fight Factory being interviewed. To see his interview CLICK on the photo.

Philadelphia. Pa./Rochester, NY (Aug. 31, 2017) –  This past Tuesday at the Rochester Fight Factory, Willie Monroe, Jr. met a throng of media personel during his media day workout in advance of his September 16th showdown with WBO World Middleweight Champion Billy Joe Saunders at the Copper Box Arena in London, England.

Monroe held court and analyzed many topics regarding the fight and his career as he gets ready for his 2nd world title opportunity. 

Below are quotes, video interviews and images from the event, which included a visit from Rochester Deputy Mayor Cedric Alexander.


“I am battle tested, and I have gone through this and gave a good account of myself against Golovkin. This time, I am going to enjoy the moment a little more. I am enjoying the process.”

“Nothing is given to you, so I have to go take it.” 

“I give people from my city hope.” 

“The one thing that Golovkin and Canelo need, I am going to get my hands on, so they will have to see me.”

“Saunders is a little mouthy. I am a humble guy. It has me motivated, and come September 16th, he will have heck to pay.”

“I want my rematch with Triple-G, but I think Canelo is the more skilled fighter. It will be a great fight. I appreciate both of them for fighting each other.”

“I might feel like boxing his ears off, or I may want to get him out of there.”

“My application to boxing, shows that I am stronger then these

ESPN and Top Rank Announce Mega Comprehensive Multi-year Agreement for New Fight Series

Extensive Trailblazing Distribution Plan Includes

Television, Streaming, Direct-to-Consumer and Pay-Per-View Platforms

Next Top Rank on ESPN is September 22nd on ESPN, ESPN Deportes and the ESPN App

Deal Includes 18 Fights in Year One

ESPN and Top Rank today announced a vast and exclusive, multimedia agreement to make ESPN the home of Top Rank in the U.S. and Canada.  Under the agreement, ESPN will televise live fights on ESPN and ESPN Deportes and stream them on the ESPN App, will stream fights and other Top Rank content on the recently announced ESPN-branded direct-to-consumer streaming service via BAMTech and deliver select pay-per-view (PPV) fight events. It will also air all Top Rank content in English and in French on Canadian sister networks TSN and RDS.  The next Top Rank on ESPNfight card, scheduled for September 22 in Tucson, Arizona, features two WBO World Title Fights with Oscar Valdez (22-0, 19 KOs, Featherweight) and Gilberto Ramirez (35-0, 24 KOs, Super Middleweight) title defenses.

“ESPN is excited to announce this new relationship with Top Rank, the most comprehensive and innovative media agreement in the history of the sport,” Burke Magnus, executive vice president of programming & scheduling, ESPN said.  “We believe in a new vision for boxing that will super-serve existing boxing fans and create legions of new fans through the highest quality boxing content across multiple ESPN platforms – 365 days a year.  Together, ESPN and Top Rank will build the superstars of tomorrow through unrivaled exposure, original content and cutting edge technology.”

In the first year of the deal, ESPN will showcase 18 main events in the U.S. on multiple platforms, including television networks, the ESPN App, the direct-to-consumer service and PPV events, in both English and Spanish, and on Canada’s TSN in English and RDS in French. Top Rank on ESPN content will be widely accessible across multiple platforms, including the ESPN-branded multi-sport direct-to-consumer streaming service, and will feature all undercards, select main events, re-airs of all ESPN and PPV events, Top Rank archival fights and more.

“Top Rank is thrilled to enter into this relationship with ESPN, the top sports media brand in the world,” said Todd duBoef, President of Top Rank.  “This unprecedented partnership offers a 360 approach to the entire boxing vertical, including live world class events, unparalleled coverage as well as access to historical moments in the sport.”

Creative Artists Agency (CAA) served as the media advisor to Top Rank on the landmark agreement with ESPN. Furthering its relationship with the leading sports and entertainment agency, Top Rank has retained CAA Sports to manage its official sponsorship sales efforts, working closely with ESPN.

“The deal puts Top Rank and its best-in-class stable of global fighters at the core of ESPN’s combat sports offering across television, PPV and OTT,” said Alan Gold, Head of CAA’s Sports Media Advisory practice. “Top Rank has consistently and successfully built many of their fighters into global brands, and now will benefit significantly from ESPN’s broad distribution, sales and marketing support and outstanding storytelling.”

The ESPN-branded multi-sport direct-to-consumer streaming service (being developed with BAMTech and debuting in early 2018) will be a key part of the Top Rank Boxing on ESPN multi-platform distribution. The service was announced earlier this month as part of The Walt Disney Company’s acquisition of majority ownership of BAMTech. It will join a wide array of sports programming on service, including approximately 10,000 live regional, national, and international games and events, including Major League Baseball, National Hockey League, Major League Soccer, Grand Slam tennis, college sports and more.

The new ESPN service will be accessed through an enhanced version of the current ESPN app and from authorized MVPDs. In addition to the multi-sport service, the ESPN app will continue to include the news, highlights and scores that fans enjoy today, and consumers who are pay TV subscribers will also be able to access the ESPN television networks in the same app on an authenticated basis.

“Top Rank will be a great partner with high-quality live content, perfectly fit for the new ESPN-branded streaming service we’re building,” said Michael Paull, Chief Executive Officer of BAMTech. “It’s another exciting opportunity for our direct-to-consumer platform to bring sports fans widespread access to their favorite sporting events.

About ESPN

ESPN, Inc. is the leading multinational, multimedia sports entertainment company featuring the broadest portfolio of multimedia sports assets with over 50 business entities. Based in Bristol, Conn., ESPN Plaza includes 950,000 square feet in 16 buildings on 123 acres (116 contiguous), with additional office space (400,000 sq. ft.) rented nearby. The company is 80 percent owned by ABC, Inc., an indirect subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company.  The Hearst Corporation holds a 20 percent interest in ESPN. For more information, visit, @ESPN and @ESPNBoxeo.

About Top Rank

Innovation has been the mantra at Top Rank since it was established in 1966 by Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum. The boxing industry’s leading promotional company for half a century, Top Rank has shaped, developed and promoted the careers of top international pay-per-view superstars and Hall of Famers, including Marvelous Marvin Hagler, Tommy Hearns, Oscar De La Hoya, Manny Pacquiao, Floyd Mayweather Jr., Miguel Cotto, Erik Morales, Terence Crawford, and Vasyl Lomachenko.  Known for creating strategic collaborations between athletes, sponsors and television networks, Top Rank launched in 1980, Top Rank on ESPN which ran for a historic 16 years.  Top Rank then launched another very popular televised boxing series in 1996 titled Solo Boxeo.

Some of the most legendary and spectacular events in boxing history were promoted by Top Rank, which include: 26 Muhammad Ali Events; Leonard vs. Hearns: Arguello vs Pryor; Duran vs. Leonard; Hagler vs. Hearns: Leonard vs. Hagler; Foreman vs. Holyfield; Morales vs. Barrera and De La Hoya vs. Trinidad as well as one of the largest sporting events ever, Mayweather v. Pacquiao.  In addition to the previously mentioned super fights, Top Rank possesses one of the largest sports libraries, which includes nearly 10,000 fights and dates back over 50 years.

Top Rank has been an architect of the global growth of the sport by staging high profile events in landmark settings around the world, including every major arena in Las Vegas, The Venetian Macao, Yankee Stadium, Radio City Music Hall, Madison Square Garden, The “Fabulous” Forum and Cowboys Stadium to name a few. Top Rank has also been the leader within the boxing industry in creating unforgettable in-arena experiences for fans while also producing live telecasts which generate high ratings for our television partners.

About CAA Sports

A division of leading entertainment and sports agency Creative Artists Agency (CAA), CAA Sports represents more than 1,000 of the world’s best athletes, coaches, on-air broadcasters, and sports personalities, and leads all agencies in contract value under management exceeding $7.9 billion, according to Forbes. CAA Sports has completed more than $3.7 billion in new sponsorship business on behalf of its clients and orchestrated precedent-setting agreements for the new Yankee Stadium; the Marquee partnership deal at Madison Square Garden; the naming rights for the San Francisco 49ers Levi’s Stadium and Chase Center, the future home of the Golden State Warriors. CAA Sports Consulting advises, manages, and activates on more than $2.7 billion in sponsorship rights deals on behalf of leading global brands and includes an award-winning experiential marketing practice. Additionally, the agency’s media practice has structured and negotiated more than $37 billion in media rights deals. For more information about CAA Sports, visit

Shane Shapiro and the No Limit Mindset Gym

Beverly Hills, Calif. (August 28, 2017) – Shane Shapiro was like most young men growing up. He had dreams and aspirations on become a professional athlete. Baseball was his game of choice, and he was excelling at it. He was a standout on the diamond and in the classroom, and a college scholarship was inevitable. Then just like that, his dreams of being the next catcher for the Dodgers were thwarted, as he was diagnosed with Thyroid Cancer. 

Thyroid Cancer is a very rare form of cancer, as it is found 1 in 3 million teenagers every year.

Shane Shapiro (R)

Shapiro who had surgery to remove his Thyroid, and is on medication that he has to take for the rest of his life, realized that his new purpose was to help others realize their own dreams and goals. 

While going through this life and death ordeal, one world resonated in Shapiro’s mind. That was word was “Fight”.

“The metaphorical analogy between a cancer fight and a boxing ring is a cliché until you experience it for yourself. If you don’t believe it, ask Daniel Jacobs,’ said Shapiro.

Shapiro, who is from Beverly Hills, California was always a boxing fan, but never imagined himself involved with the sport. 

“I had this new perspective on life, that is that if you want something bad enough, you have to be prepared to die for it. To live and work in a world with these stakes with this code…mimicking the truth I had discovered in my fight against cancer. I could not see any alternative.” 

In 2013, Shapiro began working with a few local amateur boxers. 

“I drove them to local tournaments, did their paperwork, motivated them and started my hands-on style.”

Shapiro then formed his company No Limit Mindset. 

Shapiro worked with two amateurs, which produced four national championships.

In 2014, Shapiro received a tip from a friend, and then Shapiro scouted a 20 year-old fighter named Cem Kilic. Kilic, who is of Turkish decent was living in Germany, who had competed in several international tournaments, and was a national champion.

Shapiro did his due diligence and absorbed as much information as he could on Kilic, and he saw a special fighter. A fighter with heart and hunger, and a No Limit Mindset.

With an obvious language barrier between the two, Shapiro and Kilic spoke about the fighter leaving Germany to pursue his dreams of plying his trade in the United States.

“I got him a VISA without ever meeting him, and he lived with me in my apartment in Sherman Oaks.

“I was an outsider in boxing with no connections, and Cem did not have a trainer. I took him to the Wild Card Gym in Hollywood. 20 Minutes after getting there, Freddie Roach agreed to give us a tryout. The next day, still jet-lagged, Cem sparred and put on a heroic performance, and Freddie agreed to train Cem.”

Cem is now 8-0 with five knockouts, and has sparred with the likes of Miguel Cotto, Jean Pascal, Shane Mosley, Rob Brant, Glen Tapia, Frankie Gomez, Chris Van Heerden, Sergio Mora and Anthony Mundine.

Shapiro has added three top fighters to the No Limit Mindset stable and they are undefeated middleweight Kalvin Henderson (7-0), and most recent signee lightweight contender Mason Menard (33-2).

Shapiro, who is also working on his business administration degree from Drexel University, is also a certified agent by the National Basketball Association.

“I have been a licensed boxing manager for four years, and I can already see what sets me apart from other managers. My drive for success is relentless. My style is hands on, caring, honest and profound. My fighter’s aren’t just my clients; they are family. Cem for example lives with me-although now he has his own room. I am a ferocious negotiator, and will not accept anything but the best for my fighter’s. I am not interested in short money-I’m building a stable of champions, and not chumps. We work too hard, we’ve overcome to settle for anything less.”



World Title Challenger, Willie Monroe Jr. Media Workout on Tuesday, August 29th at the Rochester Fight Factory in Rochester, New York at 2:30 PM

Monroe, Jr. fights for the WBO World Middleweight Championship on Saturday September 16th against undefeated champion Billy Joe Saunders in London, England


Philadelphia. Pa./Rochester, NY (Aug. 28, 2017) – TOMORROW!!! Tuesday, August 29, World-Ranked Middleweight contender, Willie Monroe, Jr. will hold a media workout in advance of his WBO World Middleweight Title bout with undefeated Billy Joe Saunders that will take place on Saturday, September 16th in London, England.

Monroe of Rochester, New York will be available for 1-on-1 interviews and photo opportunities beginning at 2:30 PM ET at the Rochester Fight Factory.

WHO:   Willie Monroe, Jr. (21-2, 6 KOs)–WBO Middleweight world title challenger
             Tim Nolan–Head trainer
             Art Pelullo – President of Banner Promotions

What:   Media workout

When:   TOMORROW!!!! Tuesday, August 29th 
              2:30 PM ET

Where:  Rochester Fight Factory
             121 Lincoln Avenue
             Rochester, NY 14617
             Door C (By the Loading Docks)

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July FIGHTNIGHT LIVE broadcast drew 65,000 combined views as burgeoning combat sports platform continues to heat up this Summer


NEW YORK (August 25, 2017) – Fight fans who want to whet their appetite prior to Mayweather-McGregor will be able to do so on Saturday, Aug. 26, thanks to a new partnership between veteran promoter Jimmy Burchfield Sr. and the FIGHTNIGHT LIVE Facebook series. CES Boxing and the tech-forward, fan-friendly Facebook broadcast platform are set to deliver once again – this time from Foxwoods Resort Casino in Connecticut – from 6-9 p.m. ET this Saturday before action heats up in the desert later that night.

Highlighting the CES Boxing card at Foxwoods’ Premier Ballroom is New London, Conn., native Jimmy Williams (13-0-1, 5 KOs), as he defends his WBC-USNBC Welterweight Title against veteran Bronx N.Y. pugilist Issouf Kinda (18-4, 7 KOs). Also appearing on the card: New London’s Cristobal Marrero (4-0, 3 KOs), Hartford’s Richie Rivera (2-0, 2 KOs) and Jose Rivera (3-1, 3 KOs), Miguel Ortiz (2-0, 1 KO) of Springfield, Mass., and others.

“CES Boxing starts the fireworks with a live, action-packed card at Foxwoods Resort Casino leading up to the Mayweather-MacGregor PPV,” proudly states CES President Burchfield Sr. “We are extremely excited to be partnering with Linacre Media to broadcast this event worldwide on the FIGHTNIGHT LIVE Facebook page.”

Tickets are priced at $55, $90, $155 and $325 and can be purchased online at,, or, or by phone at 401-724-2253 or 800-200-2882. As an added bonus, all CES ticket holders receive a free, reserved seat to the exclusive Pay Per View showing of Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor in Foxwoods’ Grand Theater.

“We’re happy to be involved in what will be a great night for fight fans all over the globe,” said Mark Fratto, Principal of Linacre Media. “In addition to the great crowd that Jimmy Burchfield Sr. and Team CES is sure to deliver with a packed, local card and the May-Mac PPV following on the big screen at Foxwoods, we’re thrilled to deliver all of the action from coast-to-coast and around the world through our Facebook FIGHTNIGHT LIVE channel. We hope a lot of boxing and MMA fans having fight parties will enjoy our free New England Facebook show on any device before turning their attention toward the desert and Showtime.”

The numbers on the FIGHTNIGHT LIVE series have showed promise and potential for the new platform. The July Roy Jones Jr. “Desert Showdown” from Phoenix, the May “Slugfest at the Sun” from Mohegan Sun and the June “Rosemont Rumble” from Chicago drew audiences of 65,000, 44,000 and 31,000, respectively, with more than 6,000 of hours of LIVE video consumed by Facebook users. In addition to the raw viewership numbers, the fully-interactive, fan-friendly productions have seen more than 27,000 collective live post engagements, including more than 15,500 “likes” or “loves,” more than 9,000 comments and 1,600-plus shares.

Facebook FIGHTNIGHT LIVE has been delivered to fans absolutely free since its May 2017 launch courtesy of corporate partners like Barbour One 9, Talent Management and Entertainment Production ( and Northeastern Fine Jewelry (

On Saturday night, August 26, live from Foxwoods Resort Casino in Ledyard, Conn., fans can expect a high-impact, multi-camera streaming experience complete with graphics, animations, replays, interviews and an announce team anchored by blow-by-blow announcer Michael Woods of the TalkBox Podcast, and The Ring and analyst Xavier Porter of, Notorious Boxing and the “Shoot the 5” radio show. To provide spectators with a fully-interactive ringside experience, commentators will ask and respond to questions from the Facebook audience throughout the broadcast.

Created and produced by Linacre Media out of New York City, the FIGHTNIGHT LIVE series features multiple camera angles, graphics, replays and behind-the-scenes access and interviews. The streamed shows are available globally wherever Facebook is available. The initiative not only enables fans from around the world to tune in, but also gives up-and-coming fighters a global platform to showcase their abilities, gives promoters an accessible “broadcast” solution and gives sponsors the ability to reach a mass audience via branded content.

More FIGHTNIGHT LIVE dates will be officially announced in the coming weeks.

FIGHTNIGHT LIVE is available online at:

Follow all the action via social media at FaceFIGHTNIGHTLIVE on Facebook, @FaceFIGHTNIGHTLIVE on Instagram and @FIGHTNIGHTLIVE_ on Twitter, or by using the hashtag #FIGHTNIGHTLIVE. For the latest Linacre Media events and broadcast schedule, follow @LinacreMedia across all social platforms or use the tags #LinacreMediaEvents or #LinacreMediaOnTV.

Two-Time world champion, Steve “USS” Cunningham to release comic book series this fall


Philadelphia, PA (August 25, 2015) – On the eve of his highly anticipated bout with undefeated Andrew Tabiti on Saturday’s Floyd Mayweather – Conor McGregor Pay-Per-View card in Las Vegas, two-time cruiserweight world champion, Steve “USS” Cunningham has announced that he will be releasing a series of comic books this Fall.

Cunningham of Philadelphia will combine his love of comics and his decorated boxing career into an entertaining comic book series that will also feature many of the opponents and personalities of his illustrious 17 year career.

The first strip will feature a fictional depiction of his epic battle with Amir “Hardcore” Mansour that took place in 2014.  Below is a brief video with some of the illustrations that will be featured in the inaugural book.

“Drawing has always been a passion of mine, and people who are artists are inspired from their life experiences.  I have been fortunate to be able to participate in the highest form of theater in professional sports, and that is boxing at the highest level.  I have so many thoughts and ideas from those experiences and I hope to entertain not only boxing fans, but comic lovers from all over the world,” said Cunningham.  


The Money Belt will go to the Victor

Although the Mayweather-McGregor fight is essentially a non-title match, the winner will go away with probably the most expensive and lucrative belt in the last 100 years.

To commemorate the event the World Boxing Council (WBC) has created The Money Belt, which will go to the winner.

The WBC unveiled the prize that they created for the Mayweather/McGregor fight on Wednesday during a press conference for the bout. WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman showed off the belt for the first time at the event in Las Vegas, and it shone as if it was a museum piece.

The belt includes 3,360 diamonds, 600 sapphires, 300 emeralds, and 1.5 kilograms of 24-karat gold, and all of that is positioned on green Italian alligator leather. It is similar to a belt the WBC created specifically for Mayweather’s fight with Manny Pacquiao back in 2015, but this one has much more bling attached to it.

“The WBC has had in floyd Mayweather the most loyakl champion in our history.” said WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman. “he conquered five titles in five differect divisions. In order to clebrate this great event the WBC has created The Money Belt to go to the winner.”




WHO:       CANELO ALVAREZ, Lineal and Ring Magazine Middleweight Champion 

                 GENNADY GOLOVKIN, WBC/WBA/IBF/IBO Middleweight Champion

                 OSCAR DE LA HOYA, Chairman and CEO of Golden Boy Promotions

          TOM LOEFFLER, Promoter of Gennady “GGG” Golovkin

          EDDY REYNOSO, Head Trainer of Canelo Alvarez 

          JOSE “CHEPO” REYNOSO, Manager and Trainer of Canelo Alvarez

          ABEL SÁNCHEZ, Head Trainer of Gennady “GGG” Golovkin

WHEN:     Monday, Aug. 28, 2017

                 10:00 a.m. PT – Media Arrival and Check In

                 12:00 p.m. PT –  Gennady “GGG” Golovkin Workout

                 2:00 p.m. PT – Canelo Alvarez Workout

WHERE:  Microsoft Square at L.A. LIVE

                   800 W. Olympic Blvd.

                 Los Angeles, CA 90015

RSVP:     Media interested in attending the workout are required to register online ahead of the event. Registration form is available here: Media that do not register ahead of time cannot be guaranteed validated parking or entry to the workout. Registration does not guarantee a media credential will be issued onsite.

WHAT:     Former two-division world champion and current lineal and RingMagazine Middleweight Champion Canelo Alvarez (49-1-1, 34 KOs) and WBC/WBA/IBF/IBO Middleweight Champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (37-0, 33 KOs) will host an open to the public media workout at L.A. LIVE on Monday, Aug. 28 ahead of the highly anticipated showdown that will determine the king of the middleweight division. Canelo vs. Golovkin, the battle for the middleweight championship of the world, will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View® beginning at 8:00 p.m. ET/5:00 p.m. PT.

CLOSED CIRCUIT TICKETS:  Tickets for the closed circuit telecast of Canelo vs. Golovkin at Bellagio Resort & Casino, MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, The Mirage Hotel & Casino, Monte Carlo Resort and Casino, New York-New York Hotel & Casino, Luxor Hotel and Casino and Circus Circus Las Vegas are priced at $75, not including applicable fees. All seats are general admission and are currently on sale. Tickets may be purchased at any MGM Resorts International Box Office, by phone with a major credit card at 1-800-745-3000 or online at

FACTS:     Canelo vs. Golovkinis a 12-round fight for the middleweight championship of the world presented by Golden Boy Promotions and GGG Promotions and sponsored by Tecate “BORN BOLD,” Hennessy, Never Stop, Never Settle, O’Reilly Auto Parts, Fred Loya Insurance, Interjet, Fathom Events, Tsesnabank and Capital Holdings. The event will take place Saturday, Sept. 16 at T-Mobile Arena and will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View® beginning at 8:00 p.m. ET/5:00 p.m. PT. 

Episode #1 of 24/7 Canelo/Golovkin premieres Saturday, Aug. 26 on HBO immediately following the live World Championship Boxing double header from the StubHub Center at 9:45 p.m. ET/PT.


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JR. Welterweight Unification – 4 Belts on the Line!
Saturday 10 pm ET – Live on ESPN & ESPN Deportes
Fight Week Events Photos & Video

Weigh-in Takes Place Friday 6 pm ET – Assets will be here Soon Thereafter

Today!  Friday, August 18 
Sheraton Omaha Hotel – Regency Ballroom
Live on ESPN SportsCenter at 6:15 pm ET and
Streamed Live via ESPN app
Full Weigh-In begins at 5:45 ET on  

WBC & WBO Jr. Welterweight Champion  

Terence Crawford 

with Trainer Brian McIntyre and 
IBF & WBA Jr. Welterweight Champion 
Julius Indongo 
with co-promoter and manager Nestor Tobias 

and Matchroom Boxing’s Frank Smith

WBO and WBC  Junior Welterweight Champion Terence Crawford in training

TODD duBOEF:  It is going to be an exciting night on Saturday.  This will be our third event going live on ESPN and what a way to start with Pacquiao, Lomachenko and now the title unification of Terence Crawford and Julius Indongo.  We are going to be in Lincoln, Nebraska this time as Lady Gaga is in Omaha.  We are looking forward to Lincoln, as that’s where the Cornhuskers are.  This is an incredible thing to be able to do.  A lot of time people talk about seeing good fights – guys fight guys that are accomplished – then there’s other guys that want the challenges.  Julius Indongo and his promoter, Matchroom Boxing, have come up in a meteoric rise in the past 18 months and Julius has performed great.  Terence Crawford has exploded onto the boxing scene – going to Glasgow, Scotland and winning the lightweight title and coming back to Omaha in his first defense against Gamboa and winning in sensational fashion. This will be Terence’s ninth consecutive world title fight over two weight divisions.  It is unique in that is a highly-anticipated unification.  Only the second time in the four-belt era that two world champions have fought each other to unify the titles with the winner emerging as the division’s undisputed world champion.
FRANK SMITH:  It is great to be here in Omaha with Top Rank and we are really looking forward to this fight – it is great when fighters want to take challenges.  Julius has traveled all around the world – going to Russia where he won by first round knockout and then taking on Ricky Burns in Scotland in front of a huge crowd.  Julius has been spending the last few days in Omaha – I know he is very calm and very relaxed and really looking forward to the challenge.  It’s great to be involved in a fight like this with all the belts on the line, which doesn’t happen very often.  I know Julius is very confident to go back home with all of the belts in hand.  Terence Crawford is a great fighter and has shown it on many occasions and Julius is very calm and relaxed and looking forward to showing what he does and he has no concerns with the traveling.  He’ll go anywhere to take on a challenge.
NESTOR TOBIAS:  We are really excited.  Julius has trained very hard for this fight.  He is very focused and very comfortable in Omaha.  We spent some time before we came to Omaha training at Freddie Roach’s Wild Card Boxing Club.
JULIUS INDONGO:  Thank you very much for this opportunity.  I know Crawford is a very good and tough fighter and this is a big event.  On Saturday night I will give everything I have and my focus and my game plan and everything is in position.  Just waiting for the weigh-in.  I try and not say too much before the fight, which is something that I am used to.  I prefer to do it in the ring when my opponent is standing in front of me so I can do my work.  I have been in boxing for a long time and not many people know me.  I believe this is the time for me to show the world that a boxer from Africa from Namibia can beat a guy fighting in his home in front of his people.  This is the best way to do it.  I am confident in my styles and techniques that I have learned from years ago.  On Saturday night it is going to be boxing – I am not sure if there is going to be a knockout but I know I can do that if I have to.   I can say now that I have trained hard and my trainer is always there.
TODD duBOEF:  I also want to thank the organizations for accommodating this match because there was everyone trying that had fighters that had mandatories working behind the scenes to help put this unification together.  We are all appreciative of everybody working together to help bring this match with the participants with all four titles of the organizations.  We are very appreciative of them assisting Matchroom and Top Rank.
JULIUS INDONGO:  Yes I would like to also thank the organizations and Top Rank and Matchroom for pushing this fight and helping the negotiations to make this fight happen – for making it all possible.
You have two titles now, but what is your view of the possibility of having all four titles?
JULIUS INDONGO:  My view of this is that I have not focused much on that since I have been busy in the gym.  I have not focused on anything but making sure of my performance on Saturday night.  My focus has been in the gym to make sure my game will be the best ever.  No one will ever forget about this fight.  The organizations were involved in making this fight happen and I appreciate that but I won’t think much about having four titles until the fight is over.
How will it feel walking out of the ring with four belts?
JULIUS INDONGO:  It’s going to mean a lot to me – it will mean all of the hard work and determination got that achievement and it will create more opportunity for me.  I will travel the world with the four titles.  I will take them back to Africa – to my country.  I am going to be very, very happy.
How hard was it to get the organizations to go along with this?
TODD duBOEF:  It was very difficult.  We had to work hand in hand with Matchroom because obviously Matchroom and Indongo had two belts and Top Rank and Crawford had two belts and there were mandatories and everything that was coming into play.  There were people that we had to appeal to and we said, “Hey, this is a rare opportunity that we are able to do this.  Let’s try and work together and have a positive solution for the sport of boxing and I think we delicately managed it.
How long do you think the winner will be able to hold onto those titles?
TODD duBOEF:  I think we should ask that question to the winner, not before we have a winner.  (A), we don’t know who is going to win – Indongo thinks he is going to win and Crawford thinks he is going to win.  Then at that point we will have to see what the order is, who has the mandatory, what order of fights and if all of the organizations can get together and if they can great and if they can’t it will be up to the fighter to make the decisions.  And up to the promoters.  I think it is premature to discuss that right now.
How has your life changed since you won the two titles?
JULIUS INDONGO:  The thing that has really changed is – I do still live in my town in Namibia – and I try to stay focused and try do the right thing in the public.  When someone becomes known to the whole country, most importantly I try not to roll with the wrong friends.  I try and stay home and go to church after work and I do my training program twice a day.   That’s the only way that I could say it can be done.
Do you live in the same place?
JULIUS INDONGO:  Yes, that is where I am staying and where I train.  All of the people are very friendly.  We don’t have too much of a division within the people of everyone in the country, especially in the city.  There is nothing that can distract me wherever I stay or whatever I do – everyone will know in Namibia.
How much better is Crawford than Ricky Burns or Troyanovsky?
JULIUS INDONGO:  I cannot really say much on that because when I fought Troyanovsky and Ricky Burns they were both easier fights than I fought in the last fight, that I fought from home.  The two world title fights that I challenged in were the best training that I have trained.  I had never been as focused with the best game plan so it made it the easiest fights for me.  They were both easier than we ever thought they would be because of the focus on them and the game plan.
Why were you able to focus more for those two fights?
JULIUS INDONGO:  The other fights were happening at home and we used to be too much like let a lot of people in the camp – we used to share invitations – for the two last fights anyway.  The fight was for the championship so there was something that we needed to achieve and change and to improve our image (if we want) to be known in the world.  We had to have focus only on me and the potential and that’s the only way the world was going to get to see me.  The promotion had known what was happening with me and letting everyone else know.  So now everyone was going to see something new again, I know. I have no doubt.  I know.  All I can say is just only if maybe knockout come it may be late.  But waking up, the day of fight, be skillful and focused – everything is in position.  The crowd or the fans, or Terence’s home crowd won’t intimidate me – that is nothing, I cannot afford it, so I travel the same way – it is always the same.
Since you won in the hometowns of the last two titles fights how much confidence does that give you?
JULIUS INDONGO:  Actually they are different conditions I don’t particularly mind because it is already past.  My focus is that it is a blessing from God to keep me and not to let me wander in a sense, and to ask for a provision for myself, my president and my commander in the office that wherever I travel I will be representing all of Namibia.  It’s like I have the whole country of Namibia on my shoulders issued by my president so I have to rely on the game plan and that is the confidence that I rely.  So if I am stepping there I know that my country and Africa is on my shoulders and when the team travels from Namibia to the fight I can only focus on the fight so it motivated me a lot.  So I have to focus only on this fight.
Where did you train for this fight?
JULIUS INDONGO:  When I saw Crawford requested to fight the winner of the fight between me Troyanovsky, which is when I started training for this fight because we don’t have any power and the only way to rely on the big guns when they are requested for it.  So when they gave us the offer we had to go for it so that’s when I started training.  I trained at home in Namibia – where I have always been training. (He came to the States early and trained in Freddie Roach’s gym in Hollywood).
What have you noticed in the viewership of the fights on ESPN?
TODD duBOEF:  One thing I am looking forward to on Saturday is Kurt Warner just finished his [Hall of Fame induction] speech so we won’t have to deal with that on Saturday.  This is all part of a long term game plan of making these fighters come alive to the sports fan.  Obviously there has been an incredible amount of promotion before the Pacquiao fight and mirrored with an incredible amount of promotion for the Lomachenko fight on August 5th and ESPN will be flipping the switch this weekend, taking the weigh-in live and doing all of the same consistent promotion and this is wonderful for the people that are interested in boxing.  Everything has been terrific and to get two of the top guys in front of people that are watching the NFL, NBA and Major League Baseball are able to see the highest level of fights is just a positive step for the sport.
Has there been a change in demographic of who is watching the fights?
TODD duBOEF:  I don’t think there has been a change in demographic I think the perception of the boxing demographic in the United States has been unfortunately tight-capped – an older demographic.  We are looking at these numbers and obviously 18-49 is the number that everybody wants and even with Kurt Warner and the rest of the Hall of Fame going on we went straight up against UFC that night and beat them in both 18-49 and 18-34 which are the most important demos.  And I think additionally, for ESPN that week, we were the second highest rated 18-49 program with the Lomachenko broadcast and in fact over 50% of our audience was 18-49 where baseball was about 32%.  We think that the story that it is an old sport and old people don’t care about it, which was largely spun out by UFC years ago and I think to a certain point there was some truth to it – older demos were on premium channels – the fact is this is very positive, young, multi-cultural through the roof and we are excited to put this on this broad platform.
Is it easy to focus and do what you need to do in your homeland?
JULIUS INDONGO:  I don’t think I have an issue with the fans or the population because it is already something I am aware of.  All I have is to train and just be focused on Crawford and my game plan and do good on my preparation.
Indongo has come so far – a year ago no one knew who he was and now he is on this huge platform…
TODD duBOEF:  This is not an outlier – this is boxing.  This is what happens with boxing.  This is no different than Azumah Nelson coming over on 10 days notice and suddenly getting in the ring and making a name for himself in the United States.  People can change the tide very quickly in the sport of boxing and that happens because of their performances and we have to recognize that his is a global sport.  This is not the Premier League or the NFL or the NBA and we are relatively isolated to a small pool.  Indongo is a very talented fighter who has probably worked his whole childhood figuring out how to master a trade.  And that’s Julius Indongo and what he did was, the door of opportunity opens and he steps through it, and that is the story of boxing.  There are countless stories like that and I think this is not a miraculous one but really goes back to what makes boxing so special.  People that take advantage of those opportunities and suddenly a diamond in the rough is discovered.
What do you have to say about this activity – this is your 4th fight in just over a year?
JULIUS INDONGO:  It really means a lot not only to me but also to my promotion where I train.  When I began they weren’t planning to produce such an event or any opportunity like this or even that matches I had back home.  It is something big and something huge and something useful and it is an appreciation for what Top Rank and Matchroom has put together and I appreciate these opportunities.
TODD duBOEF:  We have given Terence all of the accolades about how great of a fighter he is, which we all know, but I didn’t know he was an internet sensation now.  You have to talk about the Internet sensation!  I thought this was the Brian McIntyre internet sensation in the last fight from “Camp Life,” but at the press conference tomorrow you’ve got to show me your McGregor Challenge.
TERENCE CRAWFORD:  It means a lot to me being it will be the first time that all four belts will be on the line at one time in the division’s history and it has only been done twice in boxing.  I’m just ready for the moment and fight time this weekend.
Prior to Indongo’s 1st round KO in Russia, had your team ever heard of him?
TERENCE CRAWFORD:  No, we never heard of Indongo and we never saw him fight other than the fight he had in Russia.
TERENCE CRAWFORD:  Well, we wanted the Troyanovsky fight but he decided to go with Indongo so when we heard that he got knocked out, we looked at the replay and looked at the fight – that’s when we first took notice of who Indongo really was.
When he fought Ricky Burns who you are familiar with having beaten for the lightweight title, did you think you could make it happen or was it something Top Rank brought to you?
TERENCE CRAWFORD:  We wanted the Ricky Burns fight at 140 as well but they didn’t want to take the fight so they wanted to take the fight with Indongo and perhaps later on in the year we could do the fight between me and Ricky Burns again but Indongo beat Ricky Burns, that’s when we took notice and said well he’s the guy with the other two titles so let’s see if we can make a fight with him and unify.
What do you feel about him traveling anywhere to anyone’s hometown to fight for titles?
TERENCE CRAWFORD:  It shows a lot about his character and his confidence and his ability in the ring.  Him being a two-time world champion in that short amount of time shows that he has a lot of confidence but at the same time he is a little older so he’s at the end of his career coming along so he doesn’t have a lot of choices for what he wants to do.  He can’t wait around.
What do you think of Indongo as a fighter?
TERENCE CRAWFORD:  Indongo is a good fighter.  He is a good boxer – he’s got good legs and he seems like he can punch.  He doesn’t let his opponent get on the inside and do a lot of damage to him
TODD duBOEF:  Do you find any similarities between him and Postol?
TERENCE CRAWFORD:  The only comparison I see is the height.  They have two different styles.  Postol was more straight up and down.  Indongo is a little more elusive.  I think Postol was a little more technical.  Indongo can get a little wild at times.
Do you think Postol is better than Indongo?

TERENCE CRAWFORD:  I can’t say that because I haven’t been in the ring with Indongo but I have been in the ring with Postol.  You can see from the outside but once you get in the ring with somebody it can be a totally difference look so after the fight I can tell you.
What do you think about fighting on ESPN broadening you fan base?
TERENCE CRAWFORD:  It can broaden the fan base it will give more people the opportunity to see who Terence Crawford really is.  To display my talent and my skills to more people – I am just ready for Saturday to come so I can show more people who Terence Crawford really is.
BRIAN McINTYRE:  I am just ready for us to get out there so Terence can show what he’s been working on in camp.  I want him to unify and make history and the 140-pound division.  We can also silence all of the critics that have been saying that his resume is not as good as some fighters.  Not only me but also the whole entire team is excited.  I know he is excited to, to get out there and show ESPN what everybody has been hearing – that he is a great boxer and a damn good puncher and how he can switch from both sides.  So I am excited.  I’m excited for the kid and I’m excited for his family.  I am excited for everybody.
The winner will have all four belts, which is historic.  Will that fighter also be considered pound-for-pound champion?
TERENCE CRAWFORD:  Of course, I think I have been doing a lot in the sport of boxing and I have had my name mentioned in the top three.  I will be looking forward to being the top one, or maybe two after this fight.  It just depends on how people look at it.  In my eyes I think I am top two already, so.
Has it bee frustrating to you that you haven’t gotten credit that you deserve?
TERENCE CRAWFORD:  I try to not think about that.  I can’t worry about what the person thinks about me or says about me.  At the end of the day I’m the one that has to go in there and take the punches.  A lot of people criticize me for who I am fighting because maybe I am not their favorite fighter or maybe I am doing better than their favorite fighter, or there is a fighter that they want to see me fight and the fight doesn’t happen or it does happen then I beat them.  Then they say ‘oh the only reason Terence won was because he is short’ or ‘he won because he was basic’ – there is always going to be an excuse with those types of people.
TODD duBOEF:  We are in a sport that gets dissected constantly by people that are haters, people that have agendas and at the end of the day when you have a kid like Terence Crawford who is brilliant in the ring, we just let the people decide what it is.  We are going to be sold out in Lincoln, Nebraska and we just did 10,000 people in New York – we are not going to chase the game of people and bloggers and things like that that want to be hating because you will never win that game.
How many will Pinnacle hold?
TODD duBOEF:  It is going to hold just over 10,000.
What are your thoughts fighting in Lincoln?
TERENCE CRAWFORD:  I am excited about it being that it’s our state capital and where the Nebraska football team plays.  It is a nice arena and I always wanted to fight in there.  They brought me down there to watch a couple of games and I was always imagining it would be a nice arena to fight in.  Everyone around there always welcomed me with open arms telling me ‘you need to come fight here, you need to come fight here.’  So I am excited that I was able to make that happen.  It’s about a 45-minute drive from Omaha.
TODD duBOEF:  Just imagine, between a 45-minute drive you’ve got Lady GaGa in Omaha and Terence Crawford in Lincoln – not a bad entertainment night in a small area.  Brian are you going to the fight or Lady GaGa?
BRYAN McINTYRE:  Well I am going to go to GaGa as soon as we knock this dude off.  I know her personally.
CARL MORETTI:  Terence is probably boxing’s most active champion at this moment.  His last defense was three months ago against Felix Diaz and he fought in December before that and June before that.  So if you look just before he won the lightweight title it may be eight title defenses in 27 months.  I don’t think you can find a more active champion that has gotten better in the ring defending his title more than Crawford.
How important is it to be active?

TERENCE CRAWFORD:  It is very important.  I am trying to get my name out there and trying to get the recognition that I deserve.  I’m still young and in my prime.
What does it mean if Terence is able to knock out Indongo on Saturday night.
BRIAN McINTYRE:  That would be lovely – to do it in good fashion like that, you can’t ask for nothing better.  You know if you look for a knockout it’s not there.
If you win you have all of the belts – would you rather stay there or move up?
I am at 140 now and come Saturday that is my main focus is Julius Indongo.  We’ll see how the fight goes and after that double back around and see what the next move will be.
How is it when you have quick turnaround to training camp?  Is it easier?
TERENCE CRAWFORD:  Training camp is never easy.  It’s always hard but at the same time, I just had a fight and getting back into the gym and back in the groove of everything.  It’s tougher when you have a long period of time off because this time I was somewhat in shape.
It seems like you were having fun in camp.  Is that normal?
TERENCE CRAWFORD:  We like to have some fun in training camp.  Training camp is always hard work but have fun, hard work, have fun, hard work – if you don’t love what you are doing then you need to get a difference job.  We are dancing every single training camp that we had and play around – that is the different types of things that we do.  In “Camp Life” it might be the first time that people actually got to see that outer Terence Crawford.
Is that important to you to get that out?
TERENCE CRAWFORD:  It’s important for my brand but at the same time it is just I.  I am not into publicizing my every move – make a video and say ‘oh this is what I do for a living,’ I just go with the flow.
If you consider yourself Number 2 pound for pound, who do you say is Number 1?

Where were you when you first saw McGregor do his warm-up?
TERENCE CRAWFORD:  I was coming from the gym and everyone was watching a video and I asked what it was, then I said I am going to try that.  A couple of days passed then I got everyone together to do the McGregor Challenge.
What’s the best response you’ve gotten since that video went up?
TERENCE CRAWFORD:  I’ve been getting all kinds of response – I have been getting hate response, prejudice response, I’ve been getting a lot of positive response.  People are telling me McGregor will beat me up.  I just laugh – we are just having fun with it.
            Undefeated 140 pound world champions TERENCE “Bud” CRAWFORD and JULIUS INDONGO, collide in a world title unification battle, Saturday, August 19, at Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln, Nebraska.  The winner will be crowned the first undisputed king of the 140-pound division of the four-belt era.   
            The rumble between Crawford (31-0, 22 KOs), from Omaha, the two-division world champion and 2014 Fighter of the Year and the holder of the World Boxing Organization (WBO)World Boxing Council (WBC) and The Ring magazine world titles, and Indongo (22-0, 12 KOs), from Windhoek, Namibia, the International Boxing Federation (IBF) and World Boxing Association (WBA) world champion, making his U.S. debut, will be televised live and exclusively at 10 p.m. EDT on ESPN and ESPN Deportes and stream live on the ESPN app.  Indongo, the ultimate road warrior, won all his world titles on foreign soil.  The live telecast will open with NABF/NABO light heavyweight champion and 2012 Olympic bronze medalist OLEKSANDR GVOZDYK (13-0, 11 KOs), from Kharkiv, Ukraine, defending his titles against CRAIG BAKER (17-1, 13 KOs), of Baytown, TX.  Gvozdyk, world rated No. 2 by the WBC, No. 3 by the WBA and WBO, and No. 5 by the IBF, risks his path to a world title shot against Baker, whose last five victories have come by way of knockout.  The telecast will also feature 2016 Olympic silver medalist SHAKUR STEVENSON (2-0, 1 KO), from Newark, NJ, in a six-round featherweight bout; against DAVID PAZ (4-3-1), of La Plata, Argentina
            Promoted by Top Rank®, in association with Matchroom Boxing, remaining tickets to the Crawford vs. Indongo world championship event are priced at $128, $78, $53, and $28.  They can be purchased online via, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 and at the Pinnacle Bank Arena main ticket office, located in the south lobby, Monday -Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. CT.  Doors will open at 5:00 p.m. CT.      
            The undercard, which will be streamed live via the ESPN app, will feature former WBO junior welterweight world champion “Mile High” MIKE ALVARADO (37-4, 25 KOs), of Denver, in a 10-round welterweight bout; two-time world heavyweight championship challenger BRYANT JENNINGS (19-2, 10 KOs), from North Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in an eight-round bout; MIKE “Yes Indeed” REED (22-0, 12 KOs), from Waldorf, MD, in a 10-round junior welterweight bout and Omaha favorites STEVE NELSON (7-0, 6 KOs) and KEVIN VENTURA(6-0, 5 KOs), fighting in six-round light heavyweight and junior lightweight bouts, respectively.


Confident Williams dedicating first title defense next Saturday to local child who died in tragic drowning 

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (Aug. 16th, 2017) — Since setting his sights on becoming a world champion boxer nearly three and a half years ago, Jimmy Williams has never had to look far for motivation.

As a college student in 2008, Williams learned of the tragic passing of his mother, Belinda, found strangled to death behind an abandoned building. The case remains unsolved to this day, but Williams, the reigning, undefeated World Boxing Council U.S. Boxing Council Welterweight Champion out of New Haven, Conn., continues to fight in her memory, hoping one day to find the closure he’s sought for nearly a decade.  

Photo courtesy of Sean Elliott
REIGNING WBC USNBC welterweight champion Jimmy Williams of New Haven, Conn., above right, and challenger Issouf Kinda of the Bronx, N.Y., left, meet face-to-face for the first time Tuesday at a press conference / pep rally in New Haven to formally announce their 10-round title bout Saturday, Aug. 26th, 2017 at Foxwoods Resort Casino. The event, presented by CES Boxing, precedes the live Pay Per View showing the Floyd Mayweather-Conor McGregor bout at Foxwoods’ Grand Theater. Fight fans who purchase a ticket to the live boxing receive free entry into the closed-circuit event following the fights.

Williams’ mother would’ve been proud; the 30-year-old welterweight, a full-time truancy officer in West Haven whose wife is expecting twins in October, boasts a 13-0-1 record as he prepares to defend his title for the first time Saturday, Aug. 26th, 2017 at Foxwoods Resort Casino against Bronx, N.Y., vet Issouf Kinda (18-4, 7 KOs) in the 10-round main event, presented by Williams’ long-time promoter, CES Boxing.

One week from Saturday, he’ll have a second angel on his shoulder when he climbs through the ropes. Williams is dedicating this upcoming fight to the memory of the late Ben Callahan, a 10-year-old boy from nearby Branford who drowned in a drainage pipe one month ago while swimming with his two brothers in the Brandford River.

Williams is close with the family; the father, Dave Callahan, is a personal trainer at Shoreline Athletics CrossFit in Branford, where Williams works on his strength and conditioning. Through the years, Williams formed a strong bond with Ben. They often worked out together when Williams was in town.

“Great kid,” Williams said. “You see the faith of his family. I’m ready to go out here and be a warrior for myself and show that I’ll fight for anybody that’s lost somebody.”

As Williams prepares for the inevitable challenges of fatherhood, it’s impossible to not feel empathy for a family that suffered such a tragic loss. Confident as ever, Williams knows he’s in for the challenge of a lifetime against the 22-fight vet Kinda, but promises to retain his title, even as his challenger threatens to “bring the belt back to the Bronx.”

“I’ll die in that ring before I give up the title,” Williams said. “I train real hard. I know I’m a champion and I know everybody wants to take what’s mine and what I’ve worked hard for.

“I know where I came from. Nobody’s going to take this. I’m going to show on the 26th why I’m undefeated and why I’ve got the belt.”

The Aug. 26th extravaganza is a rare double-feature; the live boxing event, which features eight bouts, begins at 6 p.m. ET at The Premier Ballroom, and all fans who purchase a ticket receive free entry next door at the Grand Theater for the live Pay Per View showing of the Floyd MayweatherConor McGregor fight in Nevada later that night.

“This is the only place in the world you can see both live boxing and the most talked-about fight in years in one place for just one price,” CES Boxing president Jimmy Burchfield Sr. said.  

Tickets are priced at $55, $90, $155 and $325 and can be purchased online at,, or, by phone at 401-724-2253 or 800-200-2882 or at the Grand Theater Box Office. All $55, $90 and $155 tickets offer buyers a reserved ticket to the Mayweather-McGregor PPV. A $325 ticket purchase includes preferred seating. All bouts are subject to change.

Tickets for the closed-circuit event only can be purchased online at, by phone at 800-200-2882 or through any Ticketmaster location.

As an added bonus, the entire eight-fight card at The Premier Ballroom, presented by CES Boxing, will stream live on Facebook, free of charge, as part of the FIGHTNIGHT LIVE Facebook Series.

Williams’ title defense against the dangerous Kinda comes four months after the New Haven welterweight captured the WBC USNBC title with a resounding win over Nick DeLomba in Rhode Island. Williams has won nine consecutive bouts since his lone blemish, a draw against New Jersey’s Greg Jackson in 2013.

Kinda, a former North American Boxing Organization (NABO) lightweight and WBC Continental Americas super lightweight title contender, handed New England prospect Zach Ramsey his first career loss in May of 2016 and has tangled with the best in the light welterweight division, among them unbeaten Jose Carlos Ramirez, Ismael Barroso and Mike Arnaoutis, whom be defeated by unanimous decision in 2012.

USNBC title-holders have enjoyed great success in their careers. Nine current or former title-holders have gone on to win world titles and 28 others have fought for a major world championship. Since capturing the title in April, Williams has risen to No. 12 among welterweights in the North American Boxing Federation (NABF) rankings.

“He’s a warrior, just like myself,” Williams said of Kinda. “He didn’t come to lose. He came to take whatever’s mine. He knows if he beats me, it puts him back on a roll. He’ll be in grea shape. I’m just ready to go ahead and make the right adjustments and go out and win this fight, somehow, some way.

“It won’t be a walk in the park, but at this level where I’m at now, no fight will be a walk in the park.”

Also on Aug. 26th, both Sicilian heavyweight Juiseppe Angelo Cusumano (11-1, 9 KOs), a.k.a. “Rocky,” and standout Worcester lightweight Jamaine Ortiz (4-0, 3 KOs), who competed in the U.S. Olympic Trials in Reno in 2015, make their Foxwoods’ debuts in separate bouts.

The Foxwoods undercard also includes a six-round junior welterweight showdown between unbeatens Cristobal Marrero (4-0, 3 KOs) of New London, Conn., and Springfield, Mass., native Miguel Ortiz (2-0, 1 KO), plus a cruiserweight showdown between Richard Rivera (2-0, 2 KOs) of Hartford, Conn., and eight-time Ultimate Fighting Championships (UFC) vet Leandro Silva of Sao Paolo, Brazil, an intriguing, four-round crossover bout following in the footsteps of Mayweather-McGregor.

Aug. 26th also features a four-round middleweight bout between Hartford’s Jose Rivera (3-1, 3 KOs) and North Carolina vet Corwin Farmer (1-1), plus the professional debut of super middleweight Jarel Pemberton of Boston, the son of former world-title challenger “Sandman” Scott Pemberton, in a four-round bout against Nathan Schulte (0-2) of Woburn, Mass. Hartford welterweight Jeff Gonzalez, a two-time Western New England Golden Gloves champion, will make his professional debut in a separate four-round bout.

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Oddsmakers favor Floyd Mayweather big over Conor McGregor going into their August 26, 2017 battle

Story by John and Alex Rinaldi

While out in Las Vegas watching the fighters train, we checked on the odds on the upcoming contest between the undefeated Floyd “Money” Mayweather vs. Conor “The Notorious” McGregor, and the “money” appears to be clearly on Floyd to defeat the Irishman rather easily.

The 40 year-old Mayweather is currently a big favorite to not only beat his 29 year-old opponent, but is expected to end the bout early.

Although the “fight” on paper appears to be a mismatch, it should be a pay-per-view blockbuster since Mayweather is the reigning boxing PPV king, while McGregor has headlined four of the six highest PPV events in the history of the UFC.

The bout will take place on Saturday, August 26, at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

In two different sports books in Las Vegas, we saw the following odds favoring Mayweather to win:

At the MGM Resorts International Race & Sports:

Mayweather -575
McGregor +450

At the Venetian/Palazzo Sports Book:

Mayweather -625
McGregor +500

Interesting are the following odds:

Will Go/Won’t Go 9 Full Rounds Proposition
Will Go 9 Full Rounds +130
Won’t Go 9 Full Rounds -160

Knockout/Decision/Draw Proposition
McGregor By Knockout 5/1
McGregor By Decision 13/1
Mayweather By Knockout -170
Mayweather By Decision – Even
Draw 33/1

Pick the K.O. Round Proposition
McGregor by KO in Round 1: 25/1
McGregor by KO in Round 2: 22/1
McGregor by KO in Round 3: 25/1
McGregor by KO in Round 4: 28/1
McGregor by KO in Round 5: 25/1
McGregor by KO in Round 6: 28/1
McGregor by KO in Round 7: 25/1
McGregor by KO in Round 8: 25/1
McGregor by KO in Round 9: 30/1
McGregor by KO in Round 10: 30/1
McGregor by KO in Round 11: 50/1
McGregor by KO in Round 12: 60/1

Mayweather by KO in Round 1: 15/1
Mayweather by KO in Round 2: 12/1
Mayweather by KO in Round 3: 10/1
Mayweather by KO in Round 4: 10/1
Mayweather by KO in Round 5: 12/1
Mayweather by KO in Round 6: 12/1
Mayweather by KO in Round 7: 12/1
Mayweather by KO in Round 8: 10/1
Mayweather by KO in Round 9: 10/1
Mayweather by KO in Round 10: 17/1
Mayweather by KO in Round 11: 17/1
Mayweather by KO in Round 12: 20/1

What those numbers show is that it is highly unlikely that McGregor will be scoring a knockout and that the oddsmakers feel that Mayweather could stop his foe in Rounds 3, 4, 8 and 9. The highest odds for this category is either fighter scoring a final round knockout.

Other interesting categories of betting on this fight are:

Fight Ends In Odd Or Even Round Number Proposition
Odd Round Number +140
Even Round Number -160

Wins BY KO/TKO/DQ In Which Round Proposition
McGregor Round 1-4: 10/1
McGregor Round 5-8: 17/1
McGregor Round 9-12: 20/1

Mayweather Round 1-4: 9/2
Mayweather Round 5-8: 17/1
Mayweather Round 9-12: 7/2

Will Floyd Mayweather Win By Disqualification?
Yes +575
No -850

Will Conor McGregor Get Knocked Down?
Yes -260
No +220

Will Floyd Mayweather Get Knocked Down?
Yes +400
No -500

Will The Fight Go the Distance? (12 Full Rounds)
Yes +250
No -300

Will The Fight Go At Least 2 Full Rounds?
Yes -1200
No +750

Will The Fight Go At Least 4 Full Rounds?
Yes -380
No +310

Will The Fight Go At Least 6 Full Rounds?
Yes -190
No +170

Will The Fight Go At Least 10 Full Rounds?
Yes +155
No -175

So those are the various betting odds for this matchup. If one feels that McGregor can pull off a miracle win, then go for the big odds. If one believes that Mayweather is a sure thing to win, then it would be interesting to choose the various scenarios for him to win and what round.

We believe that the biggest betting will be those picking what round Mayweather would KO his adversary in.

Our prediction is that Mayweather will give the fans a show for the first six rounds, and then get down to business and finish off McGregor anywhere from Rounds 7 to 9.

Good luck out there!

 LAS VEGAS (Aug. 8, 2017) – For the 5th year in a row, The Floyd Mayweather Jr. Foundation’s Back-2-School Giveaway opened its doors to hundreds of families in the Las Vegas community this past Saturday, August 5th, making this the biggest event to date with over 700 families in attendance! The giveaway was held at West Flamingo Park and presented by The Floyd Mayweather Jr. Foundation and Mayweather Promotions joined by The Mayweather Promotions’ fighters.  Families were entertained all day from with entertainment, giveaways, and each child left with a backpack filed with school supplies.
The event was emceed and DJ’d by Hot 97.5 FM DJ Miles who opened the event and entertained the crowd all day. The backpack giveaway area was staffed fighters who included: Badou Jack, Andrew Tabiti, Ishe Smith, Kevin Newman, Charvis Holifield, Ashley Theophane, and Lionell Thompson giving away backpacks to each of the kids throughout the day. The event was also accompanied by activities such as: face painting, physical activities courtesy of The YMCA of Southern Nevada, and science experiments by Discovery Children’s Museum. Food was provided by Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza, Snowie Iced Shave, Papa John’s Pizza, Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, and Sauced Food Truck.
Students presenting a local library card & in grades 5-12 were given a chance to win a brand-new laptop & printer. A total of six participants walked away perfectly suited to start the school year off on the right track with a laptop, printer, and memory card!
The successful outcome of our annual giveaway is a testament to the influence our organization has in the community, said Nicole Craig, President of The Floyd Mayweather Jr. Foundation.  Education is one of the key areas that The Floyd Mayweather Jr. Foundation focuses on, and we look to come back next year with new goals for greater reach!
“To see how much this event has grown and witness how it comes together each year is absolutely amazing! We had to move the event to a bigger and more open location, and we thank the Parks of Clark County and West Flamingo Park for welcoming our organization and allowing us to serve to the families in our community, said Leonard Ellerbe, CEO of Mayweather Promotions.
The Back-2-School Giveaway 2017 would not be possible without the collective efforts of their wonderful sponsors and supporters.
 “It’s always great to be able to give back to the kids, said Badou Jack, former Super Middleweight World Champion. They are our future.”
This event is designed to offer assistance to children and families with the intention of making a positive impact, further their education, and benefit the community as a whole. To get involved with The Floyd Mayweather Jr. Foundation in future events, visit:



THURSDAY: Floyd Mayweather At 5 p.m. ET / 2 p.m. PT

FRIDAY: Conor McGregor At 6 p.m. ET / 3 p.m. PT

Live Coverage Available For All News Outlets; Satellite Coordinates, Embed Codes & Instructions To Download Promotional B-Roll Are Below

WHAT: SHOWTIME Sports will present live HD Satellite and Internet coverage from Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor Media Days as the boxing legend and UFC superstar open their training camps in preparation for their August 26 SHOWTIME PPV® blockbuster from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

Satellite coordinates, YouTube links/embed codes, and instructions to download past-fight, workout and lifestyle b-roll footage are included below. All Footage must credit SHOWTIME.

THURSDAY – Floyd Mayweather Media Day:

5 p.m. ET/2 p.m. PT From Mayweather Boxing Club in Las Vegas

Satellite Window:  5 p.m. PT/2 p.m. PT to 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT.  Approx. 60 Minutes

Satellite Coordinates: Galaxy 25, Transponder 14K Slot AB; Location: 93 degrees west; Bandwidth: 18 MHz; Uplink Freq: 14262 Mhz V; Downlink Freq: 11962 Mhz H; Video: HD 1080i/59.94; Compression: MPEG 2; Chroma: 4:2:0; Modulation: DVBS-2, 8PSK; FEC Rate: 2/3; Symbol Rate: 15.0 Msym/s; Data Rate: 29.709543 mbps; Audio PID(s): 256: Ch. 1: Mono; Ch. 2: Mono

YouTube Link:

YouTube Embed Code:

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FRIDAY – Conor McGregor Media Day

6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT From UFC Performance Institute in Las Vegas

Satellite Window:  6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT to 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT.  Approx. 60 Minutes

Satellite Coordinates: Galaxy 25, Transponder 14K Slot AB; Location: 93 degrees west; Bandwidth: 18 MHz; Uplink Freq: 14262 Mhz V; Downlink Freq: 11962 Mhz H; Video: HD 1080i/59.94; Compression: MPEG 2; Chroma: 4:2:0; Modulation: DVBS-2, 8PSK; FEC Rate: 2/3; Symbol Rate: 15.0 Msym/s; Data Rate: 29.709543 mbps; Audio PID(s): 256: Ch. 1: Mono; Ch. 2: Mono

YouTube Link:


Available B-Roll Footage Includes:

  • Mayweather vs. McGregor World Tour Highlights
  • Floyd Mayweather: Past-fight highlights, Workout & Lifestyle footage
  • Conor McGregor: Past-fight highlights & Lifestyle footage


Matt Huennekens: 702-525-4202


Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor is a 12-round super welterweight matchup that pits the legendary boxer Mayweather against the all-time MMA great McGregor in the main event of an unprecedented four-fight pay-per-view boxing event.  Mayweather vs. McGregor takes place on Saturday, August 26 at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.  The event is produced and distributed live by SHOWTIME PPV and promoted by Mayweather Promotions. 






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LOS ANGELES (August 3, 2017) —  Two-division world champion and pound for pound superstar VASYL “Hi-Tech” LOMACHENKO returns to a Los Angeles ring for the first time in over three years when he headlines an all-action card, This Saturday!  August 5, at Microsoft Theater, located at LA Live!  Lomachenko will be defending his World Boxing Organization (WBO) junior lightweight world title against two-time world title challenger and Top-10 contender MIGUEL “Escorpión” MARRIAGA.  The co-main event will feature three-time world title challenger and top-rated lightweight contender RAY “Sugar” BELTRAN defending his NABF and NABO lightweight titles against former two-time interim World Boxing Association (WBA) super featherweight world champion and the current WBA No. 1 contender BRYAN VASQUEZ.  The four gladiators boast a combined professional record of 102-12-1 (67 KOs). 

Both title fights will be televised live and exclusively at 10 p.m. EDT on ESPN and ESPN Deportes and stream live on the ESPN app.

The non-televised undercard will feature the professional debut of 2016 U.S. Olympian and Los Angeles native MIKAELA MAYER in her first hometown fight since 2008.  She will fight in a four-round lightweight bout.

Promoted by Top Rank®, remaining tickets to the Lomachenko vs. Marriaga / Beltran vs. Vasquez championship event are priced at $130, $105, $80, $55 and $30.  They may be purchased at, by phone at 888-929-7849 or at the STAPLES Center Box Office.  

For more information visit:;Facebook,; Twitter @ESPNBoxeo @ESPNDeportes.  Use the hashtags #LomachenkoMarriaga and BeltranVasquez to join the conversation on Twitter.

CES Boxing, Foxwoods tee up Mayweather-McGregor showdown with star-studded event Aug. 26th 

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Aug. 3rd, 2017) — Two titans of the combat sports industry over the last quarter century, CES Boxing and Foxwoods Resort Casino, team up to bring fight fans an epic night of live championship boxing combined with one of the most highly-anticipated events in the sport’s history.

REIGNING WBC USNBC welterweight champion Jimmy Williams of New Haven, Conn., above right, defends his title for the first time on Saturday, Aug. 26th, 2017 at Foxwoods Resort Casino when he battles Issouf Kinda of the Bronx in the 10-round main event of CES Boxing’s live championship boxing at The Premier Ballroom. Williams won the title in April with an impressive unanimous decision victory over Nick DeLomba. The New York vet Kinda carries an 18-4 record into the Aug. 26th showdown. All ticket buyers receive free entry into the Pay Per View showing of the Floyd Mayweather-Conor McGregor fight next door at the Grand Theater following the live action.

CES Boxing returns to Foxwoods’ The Premier Ballroom on Saturday, Aug. 26th, 2017 as New London, Conn., native Jimmy Williams (13-0-1, 5 KOs) defends his World Boxing Council U.S. National Boxing Council (WBC USNBC) Welterweight Title against Bronx, N.Y., vet Issouf Kinda (18-4, 7 KOs) just hours before the live showing of the Floyd Mayweather-Conor McGregor bout in Nevada at Foxwoods’ Grand Theater.All fight fans who purchase a ticket to Williams-Kinda receive free entry into the exclusive Pay Per View showing of Mayweather-McGregor beginning at 9 p.m. ET. Tickets are priced at $55, $90, $155 and $325 and can be purchased online at,, or, by phone at 401-724-2253 or 800-200-2882 or at the Grand Theater Box Office. All $55, $90 and $155 tickets offer buyers a reserved ticket to the Mayweather-McGregor PPV. A $325 ticket purchase includes preferred seating. All bouts are subject to change.

Tickets for the closed circuit event only can be purchased online at, by phone at 800-200-2882 or through any TicketMaster location.

The live card at The Premier Ballroom also airs live in its entirety on FITE TV Pay Per View for just $14.99 beginning at 6 ET / 3 PT. This landmark event continues the year-long 25th anniversary celebrations for CES Boxing and Foxwoods, which both began operations in 1992; fittingly, both CES and Foxwoods featured the legendary “Sucra” Ray Oliveira of New Bedford, Mass., a member of the CES Ring of Honor, in its inaugural events, the beginning of a long, successful partnership between the two entities.

The tradition continues Aug. 26th as CES brings its brand of competitive, evenly-matched fights to the region’s preeminent combat sports destination while offering true fight fans a once-in-a-lifetime experience featuring the pageantry and splendor of professional boxing on all levels.

“No promoter has brought more events to Foxwoods Resort Casino than CES Boxing,” CES president Jimmy Burchfield Sr. said, “so it’s only fitting we return as we both celebrate our 25th anniversaries.

“Where else on Aug. 26th can you witness live boxing along with one of the most talked-about Pay Per View events in combat sports history in the same venue for just one price?”

“Jimmy Burchfield has been a legend in boxing throughout New England for 25 years, so it’s only fitting he deliver yet another unforgettable boxing card to Foxwoods Resort Casino as we celebrate our 25th anniversary,” said Monique Sebastian, Foxwoods’ vice president of entertainment and entertainment marketing. “We are proud to have had Jimmy as a partner since day one and to have hosted many of his marquee events right here at the ‘Fight capital of the Northeast.'”

The Williams-Kinda 10-round headliner promises fireworks in the welterweight division as the unbeaten Williams faces his toughest test to date against the 29-year-old Kinda, a veteran of 22 professional fights and a former North American Boxing Organization (NABO) lightweight and WBC Continental Americas super lightweight title contender who boasts wins over Philadelphia vet Mike Arnaoutis and previously-unbeaten Zack Rasmey.

Williams is coming off his most impressive win to date, a dominant, 10-round unanimous decision victory over Rhode Island’s Nick DeLomba in April to capture the then-vacant WBC USNBC crown. The 30-year-old Williams, a full-time truancy officer for the West Haven school department, returns to his home base at Foxwoods – where he owns a 3-0 lifetime record – for the first time since July of 2016.

The preliminary card features several Connecticut standouts, among them New London junior welterweight Cristobal Marrero (4-0, 3 KOs), and cruiserweight Richard Rivera (2-0, 2 KOs), junior middleweight Jose Rivera (3-1, 3 KOs) and junior welterweight Jonathan Figueroa (2-1, 1 KO) of Hartford.  

Marrero battles Springfield, Mass., native Miguel Ortiz (2-0, 1 KO) in a six-round battle of unbeatens, a bout originally scheduled for June before Ortiz suffered a shoulder injury in training camp, while Rivera faces his toughest test to date against Auburn, Maine, vet Cristiano Pedro (1-1).

The Aug. 26th preliminary card also features the Foxwoods debut of 6-foot-4 Sicilian heavyweight Juiseppe Cusumano (11-1, 9 KOs), who recently returned from an eight-month layoff in June with a devastating second-round knockout win over veteran Dan Biddle, his ninth consecutive victory.

The relationship between CES and Foxwoods over the past 25 years includes some of the region’s greatest fights and fight cards, a total of 30 events spanning a quarter century.

The highlights include Oliveira’s thrilling majority-decision win over Vince Phillips on ESPN in 2000; Oliveira’s record-setting ESPN showdown with Ben Tackie in 2001, which included 2,729 total punches, the third most punches thrown in a fight; a classic back-and-forth war between “Sandman” Scott Pemberton and Omar Sheika on ESPN in 2003; plus the WBC World Super Middleweight Championship between Eric Lucas and Rhode Island’s Vinny Paz in 2002, followed two years later by Paz’s historic 50th win over Tocker Pudwill.

In 2007, junior welterweight sensation Jaime Clampitt defeated female boxing pioneer Jane Couch for the vacant International Women’s Boxing Federation (IWBF) world title, a card headlined by a thrilling super middleweight bout between Rhode Island icon Peter Manfredo Jr. and David Banks, also on ESPN. Three years later, CES Boxing ushered in a new decade of excellence at Foxwoods with a sold-out crowd at The Fox Theater to witness the highly-anticipated rematch between Connecticut fan-favorite Tony Grano and New Jersey heavyweight “Oak Tree” Mark Brown. Foxwoods was also the home of eight of the first 15 career bouts for former light heavyweight world champion and New Haven native Chad Dawson, who rose to prominence in the early 2000s under the guidance of Burchfield and CES Boxing. 

Fight fans can stream the entire Aug. 26th event live on their television by downloading the FITE app free from iTunes or Google Play and using the instant stream-to-TV function for full-screen viewing, or watch online from any device at The FITE app also works with any Wi-Fi connected TV, iOS and Android devices, as well as streaming devices such as Roku, Chromecast and more. Replays will be available for those unable to watch live.

Visit, or for more information, or follow CES Boxing on Instagram at @CESBOXING.

WHO:          FIGHTERS: Badou Jack, Andrew Tabiti, Ishe Smith, J’Leon Love, plus more!
WHAT:           This year marks the 5th year that The Floyd Mayweather Jr. Foundationand
Mayweather Promotions have been able to put together an event geared toward helping the youth, as we approach the upcoming 2017-2018 school year. The event will be joined by Mayweather Promotions’ fighters who will help to hand out backpacks filled with supplies supplies to more than 700 underprivileged youth from grades K-12. Over the course of the past 4 years, more than 2,500 students in the Las Vegas Valley have benefitted from the combined efforts of all that have chipped in to make this event possible! 
The “Back-2-School Giveaway” is designed to support the Las Vegas community by providing a fun day for families, which will promotes literacy, implements interactive activities and games, entertainment, and resources that benefit the entire community. In addition to each student receiving a backpack with grade appropriate supplies and a book, the event will feature free sports physicals, a live DJ, activities courtesy of the Discovery Children’s Museum, lunch sponsored by Sammy’s Pizza & Papa John’s, games and fun physical activities brought to you aby the YMCA, and a chance to win prizes that are sure to be a great addition to start the school year off! Students in grades 5-12 can also bring their local library card for a chance to win a brand new laptop & printer.
The 2017 Back-2-School Giveaway is sponsored by: Mayweather Promotions, The Money Team, AEG, & FNOM. Other supporters include: MGM Grand, Screaming Images, Healthier 4U, Snowie Shaved Ice, Target, Best Buy, YMCA of Southern Nevada, Discovery Children’s Museum, Sammy’s Pizza, Papa John’s, Sam’s Club, and Krispy Kreme Donuts. For updates and additional information, visit:, Follow on Twitter: @tfmjf, Facebook: at, Instagram at:
WHEN:          Saturday, August 5
                        10:30 a.m. PT – Media Arrival
                        11:00 a.m. PT – Event Begins
3:00 p.m. PT – Event Concludes
WHERE:       West Flamingo Park
                        6255 W. Flamingo Road
                        Las Vegas, NV 89103

Los Angeles Declares Candidature for Olympic Games 2028


IOC to contribute USD 1.8 billion to the local Organizing Committee

July 31 -In line with Olympic Agenda 2020, the IOC is pleased to release today the Host City Contract 2028 following the declaration of candidature by the Los Angeles Olympic and Paralympic Candidature Committee for the Olympic Games 2028. In it, the IOC stipulates that it will make contributions to the Organizing Committee representing an overall estimated value of USD 1.8 billion.  

In comparison to the Host City Contract 2024, the IOC is making two major changes: the IOC will advance funds to a Los Angeles Organizing Committee in view of the longer planning period and to increase participation and access to youth sports programs in the City of Los Angeles in the years leading up to the Games.

“The IOC welcomes this decision of the Los Angeles Olympic and Paralympic Candidature Committee. and we are pleased to release the Host City contract 2028 in a transparent and timely manner,” said IOC President Thomas Bach. “Los Angeles presented an excellent candidature that embraces the Olympic Agenda 2020 sustainability priorities by maximising the use of existing facilities and encouraging the engagement of more youth in the Olympic Movement. Therefore, we are very happy that, as part of this Host City Contract, we are able to increase the access of the city’s youth to sport, and encourage the healthy lifestyle of Angelenos for the next 11 years. We are very confident that we can reach a tripartite agreement under the leadership of the IOC with LA and Paris in August, creating a win-win-win situation for all three partners. This agreement will be put forward to the IOC Session in Lima in September for ratification.”

The IOC will continue to work in close collaboration with Los Angeles in the lead-up to the possible ratification of the tripartite agreement by the full IOC membership at the 131st IOC Session in Lima, Peru, in September 2017.

For further information on the Host City Contract for the Olympic Games 2028, please click here.

Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor World Tour Hits Fever Pitch at New York City Press Conference

By Joseph Rinaldi

NEW YORK (July 13, 2017) – Day three of their blockbuster world  tour sawboxing legend Floyd Mayweather and UFC superstar Conor McGregor continue to trade verbal jabs as the global stars went face-to-face in front of over 13,000 fans at Barclays Center ahead of their Aug. 26 showdown on SHOWTIME PPV from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. After filling venues in Los Angeles and Toronto, an electric crowd greeted the two fighters Thursday as Mayweather and McGregor picked up right where they left off, building on the two increasingly combative press conferences held  Tuesday and Wednesday.The world tour concludes on Friday when the fighters travel to The SSE Arena, Wembley in London. Here is what the fighters had to say Thursday:


“I knew that this was going to be a huge event. We had to give the people what they wanted to see and if we break the PPV record, all I’ll be doing is breaking my own record. “I’m just  thankful to be in this position. To be at this age and compete  against young guys, it’s a blessing. He’s bigger, he has a longer reach and I’ve been inactive. Plus, we’ve never seen him lose standing up. He feels like he’s the best. I was the best when I was competing. So I think I had to come back for this last hurrah. “Even though I haven’t been competing in boxing, you still have young guys calling me out all the time. Even the MMA  fighters call me out. “My thing is that either I’m going to get  him, or he’s going to get me. The outcome is going to be what it’s going to be. Once you have that mindset, you’re going to be  okay. He’s coming for me and I’m coming for him. “Nobody knows  that squared circle like me. I know angles. I know where to touch  you at. I know what you don’t like. I don’t have to watch your tapes. That’s something I’m blessed with. But, he’s unorthodox. So it’ll definitely be something different in the ring. I just  have to keep my composure. “I have to stand up for the Americans and the American fight fans. He represents his country and I  represent the red, white and blue. I represent everyone in this  country.”I’ve been doing this for 21 years in five weigh classes. I’ve never quit.”


 “Floyd saying he’s going to knock me out is the funniest comment of the whole tour. I hope he comes for it and I hope he brings it. I’ll be prepared for anything and anticipate whatever he brings. “I’m in great shape, that’s why I’m not wearing a shirt. I’m in shape to fight right now. I don’t have a nick on my body right now. I’m going to be 100 percent on fight night. “I have a  very high fight IQ. I understand when to go and when not to. Only  me and the opponent can see these details. I’m very confident  whether it’s in a ring or an octagon. “The rounds are two minutes shorter than I’m used to and there’s a lot less action than I’m used to. He’s going to feel like he’s wrestling a bear when we tie up for the first time. He’s too small. I’m going to have my way with him. “I know every shot he throws. I know what to expect. He fights the same every time. So we’re preparing. But he knows nothing about me. He has no idea how I’m going approach him. “I’m not tired of this. It’s really a lot of fun. We’ll keep it professional for now. I could never get tired of this. It’s such a great time to be a fight fan. “Floyd is saying a lot about me tapping out, but he’s never had a true fight. He knows nothing about the game that I’m involved with. We’ll see who is quitting on Aug. 26. “To come back here in New York, where I
made history and become the first fighter in UFC history to win
titles simultaneously, I’m blown away by the support.”


Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor is a 12-round super  welterweight matchup that pits the legendary boxer Mayweather against the all-time MMA great McGregor in an unprecedented event that takes place Saturday, August 26 at T-Mobile Arena in Las
Vegas. The event telecast is produced and distributed by
For more information visit and, follow on Twitter @FloydMayweather,
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In loving memory of Eddie Lopez

Please help us to remember our father, brother, uncle, and champion, Edward Richard  Lopez otherwise known as The Handsome Heavyweight, Eddie “The Animal” Lopez. He will not only be remembered for his boxing career, but also for the wonderful memories he shared with his family, friends, and strangers too lol. He was a man of many words. His stories were extraordinary. Not to mention his jokes that made everyone smile. He was unstoppable and always fought the battle til the very end. He loved all of his children and grandchildren. His legacy will remain in our hearts for eternity.  He wasn’t like any one else and that’s what made him special. 

Eddie “The Animal” Lopez in his fighting prime

Any donations and prayers will be greatly appreciated. Please share this with your family and friends if you can. Thank you so much from the bottom of our hearts. 

– The Lopez family

Eddie Lopez retired with a final record of 25-4-2. Lopez lost to top heavyweights Tony Tucker, Gerry Cooney, Big John Tate and Marty Monroe. The ‘Animal’ had a draw with Leon Spinks and beat South African Jimmy Abbott, who was 12-0 at the time.


Former bantam contender Paul Ferreri passes

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing

The Australian boxing community is in mourning with the passing of former world bantamweight challenger Paul Ferreri (78-13-5, 26 KOs) at the age of 69 years in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on Friday.

Ferreri turned professional in 1968 and captured the Commonwealth bantamweight crown in 1972 by defeating John Kellie over fifteen rounds.

In 1976 Ferreri lost a WBC bantamweight title challenge when Carlos Zarate (42-0-0) was crowned the winner by referee Richard Steele at 2.44 of round twelve at the Inglewood Forum in California.

Ferreri defeated world champions Rolando Navarette in 1976 and Venice Borkhorsor in 1978.

Other notable victories were Rocky Gattelari, Stix McCloud and John Feeney. He was rated in the top 10 by Ring Magazine from July 1973 to November 1982.

World champions Gilberto Roman and Arnold Taylor defeated Ferreri on points. Paul has suffered dementia in recent years.

Funeral details will be published as soon as possible.

IOC makes historic decision in agreeing to award 2024 and 2028 Olympic Games at the same time

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The International Olympic Committee (IOC) today unanimously agreed in principle to award both the Olympic Games 2024 and 2028 at the same time, paving the way for a “win-win-win” situation for the Olympic Movement, Los Angeles and Paris.

The 130th IOC Session met today at the SwissTech Convention Centre in Lausanne to discuss the proposal made by the IOC Executive Board on 9 June.

The IOC membership approved the following proposal:

“Recognising the exceptional circumstances and unique opportunities presented by the candidatures of Los Angeles and Paris for the Olympic Games 2024, the International Olympic Committee takes the following decision:

  1. To authorise the IOC Executive Board to conclude a tripartite agreement with Los Angeles and Paris and their respective NOCs for the simultaneous election of the host cities of the Olympic Games 2024 and 2028 during the 131st IOC Session in Lima;
  2. Should such tripartite agreement be concluded, the 131st IOC Session will ratify the tripartite agreement, thereby electing one city for the Olympic Games 2024 and the other city for the Olympic Games 2028. To that effect, the 130th IOC Session hereby waives the seven-year deadline set out in Rule 33.2 of the Olympic Charter; and
  3. Should such tripartite agreement not be concluded, the 131st IOC Session will proceed with the election of the host city 2024 in accordance with the current election procedure.”

Seconds after this decision, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo signalled their desire to reach an agreement by making a surprise joint appearance before the Session to thank IOC Members.

IOC/Greg Martin

Earlier in the day, the delegations of Los Angeles 2024, led by Mayor Garcetti, and Paris 2024, led by the President of the French Republic, Emmanuel Macron, made outstanding and emotional presentations at the 2024 Candidate City Briefing.

IOC President Thomas Bach called the IOC decision a “golden opportunity” for all concerned.

“Ensuring the stability of the Olympic Games for 11 years is something extraordinary,” the IOC President said later at a press conference with the two mayors and leaders from the two candidatures. “That is why we say this is a great day for the Olympic Games and the Olympic Movement, and it’s a great day also for these two wonderful cities, these two great Olympic cities,” he stressed.

President Bach added that it was only the second time he had been stunned into momentary silence by good news, the first being after he was elected IOC President in 2013.

The two mayors said they were eager to start their discussions over which city would go first and expressed confidence that they can reach an agreement.

“In Olympic history there’s only been 37 times in which there has been a tie for a gold medal. Maybe today is the 38th,” Mayor Garcetti said. “For Los Angeles, it’s a golden opportunity, one that we don’t take lightly.”

Mayor Hidalgo said: “I am fully committed with the Paris team to putting all my energy, our creativity and my resolve into reaching an agreement for Paris to experience once again this Olympic adventure that it has been longing for for 100 years.”

French President Emmanuel Macron said earlier that he had signalled his support for a dual award even before the IOC formally approved the concept.

“We are ready to work with them on this ‘win-win-win’ approach,” President Macron said.


Six candidates approved for IOC Athletes’ Commission elections in PyeongChang

July 10 – OC nominates six representatives to form the Election Committee

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) Executive Board today approved the candidatures of six winter sports athletes for the IOC Athletes’ Commission elections, which will be held during the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 next February.

Welcoming this approval, current Chair of the Commission Angela Ruggiero said: “I am delighted with the calibre of candidates running for a place in the IOC Athletes’ Commission. I have every confidence in each candidate to strongly represent athletes in the Olympic Movement and continue the excellent work of the IOC Athletes’ Commission to date. I wish all of them the best of luck, and urge all Olympians competing in PyeongChang next year to vote for the candidates they wish to represent them on the IOC.”

Nominated by their respective National Olympic Committees (NOCs), the candidates vying for two available positions originate from three continents and represent five different sports.

The candidates* are: Astrid Uhrenholdt JACOBSEN (NOR) (skiing/cross-country); Ander MIRAMBELL (ESP) (skeleton); Kikkan RANDALL (USA) (skiing/cross-country); Emma TERHO (FIN) (ice hockey); Hong ZHANG (CHN) (skating/speed-skating); and Armin ZOEGGELER (ITA) (luge).

Two seats on the Commission will become available in 2018, with current Chair Angela Ruggiero and member Adam Pengilly finishing their terms of office next February. All athletes participating in the next Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang will be eligible to vote for their preferred candidates. After approval by the IOC Session, the two elected Olympians will become IOC Members for an eight-year term.

Find the list of candidates (*in alphabetical order) and their biographies here.

Six representatives have been nominated by the IOC President to form the Election Committee to oversee the IOC Athletes’ Commission election. The Committee is composed of: Nicole Hoevertsz (Chair of the IOC Election Committee and representing the IOC Legal Affairs Commission); Pierre-Olivier Beckers-Vieujant (representing the IOC Ethics Commission); James Tomkins (representing the IOC Athletes’ Commission); Dagmawit Girmay Berhane (representing the IOC Members Election Commission); Ivo Ferriani (representing the Association of International Olympic Winter Federations (AIOWF)); and Mikaela Cojuangco Jaworski (representing ANOC).

The Election Committee will be responsible for ensuring that the procedures and regulations are followed at all times as well as certifying the final vote count.

A joint meeting to discuss future strategies

Following the candidatures’ approval, the IOC Athletes’ Commission joined the Executive Board for a joint meeting in order to discuss the development and implementation of their future strategy.

“Our mission is to represent athletes within the Olympic Movement and support them to succeed on and off the field of play,” explains Angela Ruggiero. “Today, we discussed the key challenges of the Olympic Movement relating to athletes and highlighted the ways in which our strategy would help address these points. I look forward to building on this incredible momentum and maximising the positive impact we can make on behalf of athletes and the Olympic Movement.”

Throughout the strategy development process, the IOC Athletes’ Commission has engaged with a number of stakeholders and partners, including IOC leadership, International Federations and Continental Associations Athletes’ Commissions, to mention but a few.

Vice-Chair of the IOC Athletes’ Commission Tony Estanguet said: “We recognise that the Olympic Movement is not free of challenges, and the IOC Athletes’ Commission has been, and continues to be, key to addressing issues such as doping.”

He added: “We are absolutely delighted to have the full support of the IOC President and IOC Executive Board, and very much recognise the fundamental role of the Olympic Movement stakeholders in the successful delivery of our strategy. We look forward to continuing our strong partnership and collaboration with all stakeholders to ensure that we can serve our peers in the best possible way.”

The IOC Athletes’ Commission will finalise its strategy over the coming months, and it will be formally presented for approval by the IOC Executive Board this September.

An active Commission for and by athletes

Reflecting the Olympic Agenda 2020 aim of placing the athletes at the heart of the Olympic Movement and strengthening the support to athletes, the IOC Athletes’ Commission serves as a link between athletes and the IOC. The majority of members of the Commission are elected directly by Olympic athletes and act as the athletes’ representatives in the Olympic Movement. Members of the Commission are also present on the majority of IOC commissions, and the Chair serves on the IOC Executive Board as a full member.

The goal of the IOC Athletes’ Commission is to ensure that the athletes’ viewpoint remains at the heart of the Olympic Movement decisions. Additionally, an integral part of the work is to support athletes on and off the field of play and to promote the protection of clean sport.

The Commission members are also involved in many key IOC activities and fully integrated into the IOC decision-making process. This includes the process for evaluating Candidate Cities seeking to host the Olympic Games and the composition of the sports programme for the Games.

Montreal boxing referee Marlon Wright dies at age 51

Bill Beacon, The Canadian Press
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Boxing referee Marlon Wright, at his home on May 1, 2017, died on July 7 at age 51. Pierre Obendrauf / Montreal Gazette

Published on: July 7, 2017 | Last Updated: July 7, 2017 7:10 PM EDT

MONTREAL — Marlon B. Wright was remembered Friday as a promising welterweight fighter who went on to become one of Canada’s top boxing referees, officiating title bouts around the world.

The 51-year-old Wright died Thursday night at Sacré-Coeur Hospital surrounded by his family, said Michel Hamelin, head of Quebec’s combat sports commission.

The Jamaica native who grew up in Montreal had been suffering from melanoma, a form of skin cancer, since 2014 but was still working as recently as Feb. 24 when he handled a bout in Quebec City between former super-middleweight champion Lucian Bute and Eleider Alvarez.

Wright’s resume in two decades as third man in the ring includes Kell Brook’s loss to Gennady Golovkin in a middleweight title unification bout in London in September and David Lemieux of Montreal’s middleweight title win over Hassan N’Dam in 2015.

He worked title fights in Europe, Asia and North America but was also a regular on fight cards large and small around Quebec.

“It’s a big loss,” said Hamelin. “We’ll miss him for sure.”

Several fighters, including Bute, Lemieux and World Boxing Council light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson of Montreal, posted messages of condolence on social media.

Despite the accolades, Wright is perhaps best known in the boxing world for his controversial call in 2008, when Bute retained his International Boxing Federation title despite being knocked senseless late in the final round by Librado Andrade.

Wright stopped midway through his count to wave Andrade back to a neutral corner. What some criticized as a long count gave Bute time to get up just before the final bell and get the victory by decision in a fight he had dominated through the first 10 rounds. Wright’s actions, televised live in the U.S., were scorched by many fans and media members, including some who nicknamed him Marlon B. Wrong.

“The Andrade fight really gave him a scar on his career that might have hurt his advancement, but to me, he was one of the best referees I’ve ever seen,” said trainer, cutman and broadcaster Russ Anber. “I always thought he should be up there with the best refs in the game.”

Anber helped train a 12-year-old Wright at the Olympic Boxing Club in Montreal in the early 1980s.

He described the young pugilist as “a hell of a fighter. He had that something — that flow, that co-ordination, that jive.”

Referee Marlon Wright counts out Joachim Alcine, of Montreal, after a sixth round knockout by Daniel Santos, from Puerto Rico, during WBA light middleweight action in Montreal on Friday, July 11, 2008. Wright, one of Canada’s top boxing referees who officiated title bouts around the world, died Thursday night at the age of 51, according to the head of Quebec’s boxing commission. Ryan Remiorz / THE CANADIAN PRESS


Wright turned pro in 1983 but fought only 11 times, going 10-1, all in Quebec. He won his last bout in 1992 over Alain Boismenu. Anber said he could have gone far, but boxing was in a lull in his era and he didn’t have a manager willing to take him on the road, as Anber did with two other Jamaican Montrealers, Otis and Howard Grant.

Otis Grant, who won the World Boxing Organization middleweight title in the 1990s, recalled that one of his first amateur fights was against Wright.

“He is one of only three guys in the world who have victories over me and my brother,” said Grant, who later became Wright’s teammate on the Quebec amateur squad. “He didn’t shine in the pros, but when he transitioned into a referee, he excelled.”

Howard Grant was Andrade’s trainer for the Bute fight and drew a six-month suspension for shoving Wright in the ring.

“I lost my cool in the heat of the moment,” said Howard Grant. “I apologized to him.

“We were friends. We lost one of the good ambassadors for our sport. I’m happy he’s not suffering anymore. He’s had it rough the last few months.”

When Wright decided to become a referee, he had a first-rate mentor in Guy Jutras, who many consider the best Canadian boxing official of all time.

Fight promoter Yvon Michel, a former Canadian Olympic team coach, said he was always pleased when Wright was assigned to one of his fights.

“Most of the time, you didn’t notice him in the ring and that’s a good quality in a ref,” said Michel. “He was a real pro.

“He knew the impact a ref had on a fight. He had good judgement. I know a lot of people will remember him from when he saved Bute but it was the perfect call. He gave the benefit of the doubt to the world champion.”

Fighters Talk About Biggest Fight
In Australian History
Televised Live on ESPN
This Saturday, July 1, at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT 
Keep Checking back for updates – Courtesy Top Rank & Duco Events
Courtesy Top Rank
Fighter of the Decade and reigning WBO welterweight champion MANNY “Pacman” PACQUIAO, and his opponent, undefeated No. 1 contender JEFF “The Hornet” HORN, hosted a media Q&A on Tuesday in Brisbane, Australia, just days before their historic fight.  They were joined by their respective trainers, Freddie Roach and Glenn Rushton, and Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum    
Pacquiao (59-6-2, 38 KOs), of General Santos City, Philippines, boxing’s only eight-division world champion and the only sitting Senator to capture a world championship belt, and Horn (16-0-1, 11 KOs), from Brisbane, Queensland, Australia,, a 2012 Olympian and Pacquiao’s mandatory challenger, collide This Saturday, July 1, at Suncorp Stadium in front of a national record 60,000 fans.  ESPN will televise the Pacquiao-Horn world title tilt and an all-action three-bout undercard, live, beginning at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT.    
FRED STERNBURG:  The biggest fight in Australian history is just days away.  Fighter of the Decade and Eight Division World Champion Senator Manny Pacquiao will be defending his WBO welterweight title against undefeated and No. 1 mandatory challenger Jeff “The Hornet” Horn.  It is a huge event and it will be televised live to the U.S. on Saturday, July 1, on ESPN, beginning at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT.  We have both Jeff and Manny on and we will begin with Jeff as well as his trainer/manager Glenn Rushton and his promoter Dean Lonergan.  To set the table, it is a pleasure to introduce Hall of Fame Promoter Bob Arum.
BOB ARUM:  Thank you very much.  We are here is Brisbane and it is approximately 9 am on Wednesday morning and Tuesday afternoon in Los Angeles, early Tuesday evening in New York.  There is tremendous excitement for this fight – it is something really special.  The whole country has caught on.  Every newspaper — front page, back page — all over the television, the country has really embraced this event.  The event will be held Sunday afternoon, July 2 in Suncorp Stadium and it will be televised live, including a tremendous three-fight undercard, in the United States by our friends at ESPN.  I am very, very excited about this event between welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao and Jeff Horn.  It’s is going to be a very, very good battle.  I watched Jeff train – I think he’s up for a performance of his life and you are going to see a great, great fight on Saturday night.
JEFF HORN:  I m feeling very excited and I can’t wait for Sunday to come and I am ready to go to war.
GLENN RUSHTON:  I can’t elaborate too much on the ten-point-plan we developed – it is very much a secret — but we are exceptionally confident that if Jeff follows that ten-point-plan, he will emerge victorious.  He has trained incredibly hard and he is as fit as he has ever been.  He is injury fee.  His jaw is as hard as granite.  His heart is as big as Suncorp Stadium, and he is technically very proficient, so it is going to be one heck of a fight come Saturday night over there (USA) and Sunday  afternoon over here.  I think the crowd is going to be shocked as to how good a fighter Jeff is.  I think some have thought this will be a relatively easy fight for Manny Pacquiao and that certainly won’t be the case.  We are looking forward to the biggest boxing event is Australian history.
What was going through your mind when you heard that this fight would happen, and in your hometown?
JEFF HORN:  Yes, it was very unexpected.  I actually couldn’t believe it when I got it but I was thankful that I got it and I jumped at it and said I’ll do it. I said yes, but then I heard it was going to be at Suncorp, it has been more than my dream come true – a world title shot against Pacquiao in my hometown.
Glenn, could you give me your thoughts on that?  When they called and said Jeff would be fighting Manny Pacquiao?
GLENN RUSHTON:  Actually, it felt true to me – it felt correct.  When we sat down with Dean Lonergan of Duco Events, our promoter, I said, ‘Dean, I envision Jeff Horn fighting at Suncorp Stadium for a world title in front of full house.  That’s my dream.  I envisioned it.”  I said ‘can you see that?’  And he gulped a little bit and said ‘well yes I suppose I could see that,’ so he slowly bought into that dream.  It’s a dream that I have had and it felt right.  It felt like everything deserved to be.  I have always believed this would happen.  We are very pleased with it and looking very much forward to seeing this turn into an historic event.
Jeff, what is the largest crowd you have fought in front of?
JEFF HORN:  The largest crowd I have fought in front of would be about 10,000 – that was on the undercard of Parker-Ruiz last December.  This is next level for sure.
What makes you think that you can beat many Pacquiao?
JEFF HORN:  I think I have a style that Pacquiao has not fought before.  I think he is going to struggle with my style.  I am bigger than him.  He may be faster than me but I am pretty quick as well.  I could hit him with the right shot and nobody knows what could happen.
Do you feel like you are fighting a peak many Pacquiao?
GLENN RUSHTON:  We do believe that Manny Pacquiao is at his peak.  Certainly I do not feel he is far off his peak – he is fairly close – he did a terrific job against Jessie Vargas – he was incredibly sharp there – he was picking him off very well.  He did not look like a 38-year-old man, that’s for sure.  He looked very, very good against Tim Bradley and very sharp as well, so if he has fallen from his peak, he has come from such a hard place, he has fallen very slightly, he is still far better than his opposition.  We are looking to fight the best Manny Pacquiao.  We are not looking to fight someone that is past his prime – we are not thinking that way at all – that would be very foolish.  We are preparing to fight the Manny Pacquiao that Freddie Roach has been saying in his training has been looking sharp and knocking people down in sparring and so forth.  So we are here to fight Manny Pacquiao at his best and we are going to bring our own game and there will be no excuses – just two great warriors out there and we are looking forward to this amazing contest.
JEFF HORN:  I think Manny has looked good in his last couple of fights, he probably doesn’t pull the trigger a little bit when he had the chance.  Look, he is still a super fast fighter that has easily taken apart his last few opponents.  I don’t know if he has a knockout in him but who knows?  I will finally find out though.
Jeff – who do you think is the toughest opponent you have fought thus far?
JEFF HORN:  That’s a hard one.  I have fought a lot of tough guys.  Randall Bailey was certainly the hardest puncher I have ever fought – for sure the hardest puncher.  I have fought a lot of tough guys – they have all been really strong.  Rico Mueller was very strong.  Even Ben Rabeh was a really tough fighter.  I could name a heap of my past fights that were tough.
How much of a step up do you think this is from past opponents?
JEFF HORN:  Yes this is definitely jumping a few steps at a time.  I have fought some tough guys – some high-level competition, but Manny Pacquiao has that legendary status.
GLENN RUSHTON:  It is a step up but you’ve got to understand we can only fight the toughest guys we can get hold of.  I spoke to Duco’s matchmaker and I said “Jeff is legit and I want to go up against world-class opponents’ and this is the last ten, they have all been world-ranked.  They all had at least 20 fights under their belt and they must have at least a 90% win record.  The matchmaker thought I was crazy he said most trainers don’t want to fight anyone that’s got a pulse and you want to fight all of these really tough guys.  I said there is a reason for that I’m trying to put Jeff up against as tough an opponent as I can so I can harden him for days when we get an opportunity against a Manny Pacquiao.  I want him to be ready to fight against the toughest guys.  Of course along the way we would have loved to fight a Jessie Vargas or a Tim Bradley but in this game those guys are going to say ‘what’s the upside for me?’  So we fought the toughest people we can and Jeff has risen because of that to become the No. 1 contender – so he is in this position and a lot of people are saying that and after this fight everyone will know who Jeff Horn is come Sunday is Brisbane and Saturday night in the USA – they will all know who Jeff Horn is.
Who do you think gave him the most difficult time in the ring?
GLENN RUSHTON:  I personally feel that having been in the corner for all of his fights – the toughest fight was probably Naoufel Ben Rabeh – remember this was just Jeff’s seventh fight and Rabeh was 35-2 and his two losses were for world titles and some say his loss to Juan Urango was a little bit curious but he was a tough fight to have in only your seventh fight.  It was a winner tale all fight and we took it on two weeks notice and we went to Rabeh’s hometown to fight him.  It was a very tough fight and Jeff lost the first round and after that when I said, ‘Jeff this is winner take all’ – he was covered in blood – it was a very hard first round – there is no second prize here – you could go home with no money in your pocket.  He won every round after that and apparently, well he retired Ben Rabeh, put him in the hospital and he said he suffered more damage in that fight than in either of his two world title fights.  And that was on two weeks notice.  That gives you some idea on how Jeff will look against Pacquiao.  Whatever Manny wants to throw at Jeff, Jeff will rise to the occasion.
There are two ways these fights usually go – the underdog pulls the upset or the underdog looks very bad…
JEFF HORN:  I have just been putting everything into it – training very hard and I think all of that is going to pay off for me.  Manny Pacquiao is going to be surprised about what I take to him in the ring.
Do you think being a lesser known fight is an advantage for you?
JEFF HORN:  I think in the last couple of fights Pacquiao has not lost too much.  To me not being known as a fighter – that might be handy in this fight, as in Manny has not been able to study what I can do and maybe underestimate me in this fight, and in the same way, Pacquiao has fought so many tough guys, that we all know and have watched, so he has definitely got the experience on me.  But will he use that experience?  We will see.
How much motivation do you get from being the underdog, to win this fight?
JEFF HORN:  It does give me massive motivation – it makes me train harder knowing that no one gives me a shot, but I have experienced that throughout my whole career.  I guess this is on another level and there are a lot more people saying I’ve got no chance at all.  I like being the underdog.  It’s fun.
GLENN RUSHTON:  Jeff is a fierce competitor.  He is very determined especially with his big heart he is probably one of the really key factors, he hates losing at anything, whether it is poker or table tennis or whatever it is – he is one of those people that just has to win and I think that has been a real motivating factor – people saying that I’m not going to win is dangerous.  We know we are fighting one of the greatest fighters of all time and we are very mindful and respect Manny Pacquiao’s abilities.  That KO against Marquez, that’s a stone cold KO that takes something out of a fighter – getting knocked out cold like that – that’s got to be haunting to a fighter in the back of his mind.  We have the young hungry lion here – big and mean who is technically very good – he made the finals in the Olympics and won two national titles so he knows he is technically very good, he’s tough and he knows he’s got a great chin.  He knows all of this and he has come off not too long ago loss against Marquez and that’s going to haunt him a little bit when he gets hit with Jeff’s power and it’s going to change things.  There is going to be a time in this fight that there will be a change and you’ll sense that this is a very young guy that is tough and he is going to startle.  We love being the underdog.  It is terrific.  It takes a lot of pressure off Jeff and at the end of the day Manny Pacquiao is just a man.  He is just a man so when we get out there on the night of the fight it’s going to come down to who wants it the most and one thing is for sure, and I assure you, there is no one on this earth that wants it more than Jeff Horn.
MANNY PACQUIAO:  Hello to everyone wherever you are – good evening, good afternoon and good morning.
FREDDIE ROACH:  Don’t miss this fight it is going to be fun.
With all of the other champions and top fighters at welterweight, why did you decide to fight Jeff Horn?
MANNY PACQUIAO:  It is good to fight in a country that you haven’t fought in before and to give a chance to Jeff – he is undefeated and it is good to give him a chance.  He has earned it.
Were you interested in fighting one of the other champions?
MANNY PACQUIAO:  Yes, but also Jeff is the mandatory champion.
Would you like to once again fight in the Philippines?
MANNY PACQUIAO:  We are working on fighting in my country of the Philippines — we would like to do that.
Do you think we could see a Manny Pacquiao knockout against Jeff Horn?
MANNY PACQUIAO:  Different fighters and Freddie and I work to focus on the knockout but we don’t know if it will come but we prepare for safety first and defense and not being careless and doing our job.  If the knockout comes it will come and if I have the chance to knock him out I will grab that opportunity.
FREDDIE ROACH:  It’s been a good training camp and there has been a few knockdowns in this camp and it’s been a while since we have had that and Manny has been looking really sharp in camp and he has had a great camp and he is 100% ready for this fight.
How do you get Manny Pacquiao up for a fight like Jeff Horn compared to all of the huge opponents he has faced in the past?
FREDDIE ROACH:  One thing about Manny we don’t take anyone lightly – Jeff is not that well known but he does have 16 wins and he has fought a couple of names out there, but again, we get ready for everyone and we are in great shape for this fight as we would be for anybody else in the world.
Do you think that with the huge ESPN audience is is a good opportunity to show fans you are still an elite fighter?
MANNY PACQUIAO:  Yes this is a great opportunity to show the fans of boxing that we are still here and not done in boxing so this is a good chance and we believe that a lot of people will be watching and we spoke to Bob (Arum) and we decided to give the people a chance to watch the fight on a free station in America.
Do you think you can be the fighter to bring back the glory days of boxing to free television?
MANNY PACQUIAO:  Bob and I decided to show this fight on free television so people can watch without paying the pay per view for the fight, because I have fought in America many times and people had to pay to watch the fight on television.  For this fight we are giving the people the chance to watch it for free.  It will be live on ESPN.  This is a very exciting fight because it is the first time I am fighting in this country so we are very excited for this fight.
BOB ARUM:  It’s more than that.  Manny is a level above the ordinary fighter.  He is now in the Senate in the Philippines.  He thinks in terms of the people and he did say to me ‘I want this fight seen in America, which has been so good to me, by as many people as possible, for free.’  We were able to make a deal with ESPN and we will have, by far, the most people to ever watch a Manny Pacquiao fight will be Saturday night, July 1 – the start of the 4th of July weekend.  So in effect I think it should be viewed as a gift to the American public, by Manny Pacquiao, who has spent so much time and has done great things in the United States.  I think it’s wonderful that this fight is being shown on free television – on ESPN — and yes I hope that many more fights will be shown on free to air television.
Horn’s trainer said earlier that Manny is not the same after the Marquez KO . . .
FREDDIE ROACH:  The Marquez punch, Manny stepped into that right hand and I think since that fight he has fought wonderfully.  That fight was so long ago to me and since then Manny has been ready for every fight and we waited for Marquez to give us a rematch and he wouldn’t give us one so we are on with Jeff Horn right now.
MANNY PACQUIAO:  For me I am still the same – I am still a boxer – and I disagree.
What do you expect it to be like going into a stadium with a full crowd rooting against you?
MANNY PACQUIAO:  I am a person that loves to fight against my opponent with focus and determination. It gives me extra motivation to have 50,000 to 60,000 fans cheering for him, so that is good for me.  Like when I fought Marco Antonio Barrera in San Antonio, Texas in 2002, I had only five fans for me, and four of them were Freddie and my corner.  It gives me more inspiration and focus.
FREDDIE ROACH:  Well, you know there is going to be a big crowd there and at the beginning they may be rooting against Manny Pacquiao but at the end of the fight everyone in the building will be on Manny’s side.  EVERYONE.
MANNY PACQUIAO:  Thank you so much for everything and for this opportunity to speak to all of the media from around the world and thank you to Bob and to the promoter Dean Lonergan and ESPN.  Thank you
FREDDIE ROACH:  Brisbane is a great place, a wonderful city and it’s great to see the world and make sure you tune in Saturday night on ESPN.
FRED STERNBURG:  Watch it live on ESPN, Saturday at 9 pm ET
BOB ARUM:  And 6 pm where I live on the west coast.
            ESPN’s coverage of “The Battle of Brisbane” will begin on Friday, June 30th, and includes live coverage of the Pacquiao and Horn weigh-in at 7 p.m. ET within SportsCenter on ESPN and within Golpe a Golpe on ESPN Deportes.  During the week of June 26, classic Pacquiao fights will also be available on demand and streaming via the ESPN app, on both ESPN and ESPN Deportes, including Pacquiao vs. Ricky Hatton (5/2/2009), Pacquiao vs. Juan Manuel Márquez (11/12/11) and Pacquiao vs. Tim Bradley (4/12/14). 
            The July 1 telecast will also feature Irish Olympic hero Michael Conlan (2-0, 2 KOs), from Belfast, in a six-round featherweight bout against Jarrett “Juarez” Owen (5-4-3, 2 KOs), of Brisbane, and International Boxing Federation (IBF) junior bantamweight world champion Jerwin “Pretty Boy” Ancajas (24-1-1, 16 KOs), of Cavite City, Philippines, defending his title against top-rated contender Teiru Kinoshita (25-1-1, 8 KOs), of Kobe, Japan.  The live telecast will open with an eight-round middleweight rumble between Shane Mosley, Jr. (10-1, 7 KOs), of Pomona, Calif. and son of former three-division world champion “Sugar” Shane Mosley, and David Toussaint (10-0, 8 KOs), of Canberra, Australia. 
Saturday, July 1st on ESPN and ESPN Deportes
9 p.m. – 10 p.m. ET:  Top Rank Boxing: Undercards & Main Event Preview
–       Shane Mosley, Jr. vs. David Toussaint
10 p.m. – 12:30 a.m. ET:  Top Rank Boxing: Main Event
–       Michael Conlan vs. Jarrett Owen
       Jerwin Ancajas vs. Teiru Kinoshita
–       Manny Pacquiao vs. Jeff “The Hornet” Horn
Sunday, July 2nd on ESPN Deportes
12:30 a.m. – 2 a.m. ET – SportsCenter
            Promoted by Top Rank® and Duco Events, in association with MP Promotions, “The Battle of Brisbane:  Pacquiao vs. Horn” is expected to attract a sellout crowd of 55,000+ fans, eclipsing the previous Australian record of 38,000 set on March 1, 1992 when Azumah Nelson stopped Jeff Fenech in the eighth round to retain his World Boxing Council (WBC) super featherweight title.  The battle between the two Hall of Famer fighters took place at Princes Park in Melbourne.
            For more information visit:,; Facebook,; Twitter,, @ESPN @ESPNBoxeo @ESPNDeportes. Join the conversation #PacHorn.
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Tuesday, June 20 at The Theater at Madison Square Garden


                   Lineal & RING Magazine Middleweight World Cham

                 GENNADY “GGG” GOLOVKIN, 

                   IBO/IBF/WBA/WBC Middleweight World Champion

                 OSCAR DE LA HOYA, Chairman and CEO of Golden Boy Promotions

                 ICE CUBE, Hip-Hop Musician and Actor

                 BERNARD HOPKINS, 

                  Future Hall of Famer and Golden Boy Promotions Business Partner

                 TOM LOEFFLER, Promoter of Gennady Golovkin

                 JOSE “CHEPO” REYNOSO, Manager and Trainer of Canelo Alvarez

                 EDDY REYNOSO, Head Trainer of Canelo Alvarez

WHEN:    Tuesday, June 20, 2017

                  Press Arrival Time: 5:00 p.m. ET

                  Red Carpet Opens: 6:00 p.m. ET

                  Event Begins: 8:00 p.m. ET

WHERE: The Theater at Madison Square Garden

                  4 Pennsylvania Plaza, New York, NY 10001

                  Check-in: Chase Square at 32nd and 7th

                       Red Carpet: located at South VIP Entrance on 31st St. between 7th and 8th


WHAT:    Lineal Middleweight World Champion Canelo Alvarez 

                 (49-1-1, 34 KOs) and IBO/IBF/WBA/WBC Middleweight World Champion 

                 Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (37-0, 33 KOs) will host a press conference in

                 New York on Tuesday, June 20, ahead of their Sept.16 showdown at 

                 T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas presented live by HBO Pay-Per-View®

FACTS:  Canelo vs. Golovkin is a 12-round fight for the middleweight championship

                 of the world presented by Golden Boy Promotions and GGG Promotions 

                 and sponsored by Tecate, BORN BOLD, Hennessy, Never Stop, Never Settle,

                 O’Reilly Auto Parts, Tsesnabank and Capital Holding. The event will take

                 place on Saturday, Sept. 16 at T-Mobile Arena and will be produced and

                 distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View.®






Videos Leading Up to the Big Fight

Today’s Presser – Kovalev abruptly Exits & Ward Responds


1ST RElEASE – Kovalev Fight Week Roundtable


1ST RELEASE – Andre Ward Fight Week Roundtable


Ward Grand Arrival


Kovalev Grand Arrival


Kovalev & Ward on Fighting Inside


Kovalev Media Day Workout


Andre Ward Media Day Workout


Andre Ward Media Day Q & A


Kovalev Media Day Q & A



As i look at this rematch between  Kovalev and Ward  the first  thing I  think of is timing, simply put  Wards was slightly off in their first match  due to inactivity he was a mila-second late pulling the trigger, which I believe  will be    different this time –    punches that just missed  will  find the mark  –   also on the side of Ward I believe he will be able  to find his rhythm  sooner in the fight and  he will have a healthy  amount of respect and awareness for Kovalev’s right hand. I see Ward  feinting at the front door  to get the right hand out of the way then either coming in the side entrance or just countering in front after he eludes the right, also Ward will recognize that although  Kovalev’s right is the danger point, it is his jab that  must set up its delivery so I think Ward will look to take Kovalev’s jab out of  play  by  dominating with his own perhaps a little slip  of his head to either side with a sharp  jab will do the trick then once   he owns the jabbing war he will have easy access to the inside where he is just simply better suited to  be effective then Kovalev is.   As for Kovalev to win  the second time around  he must  do a better job of acting like the longer  taller guy and not just the more explosive guy in other words he must consistently control  range   and use both his jab and feet to do that. Ward comes in 4 inches then kovalev should  be back 7 inches make him earn his way in and make Ward take chances and  make him pay for every inch of real estate in that ring. If you are going to lose  make him beat you on the outside, not in the trenches; and finally when the moments is right throw 3  even perhaps 4 punch combos, instead of the 1  and 2  punch action you settled for in the first fight. Do more when  you can do more. In the end I see  a sharper and mentally more aware Ward winning a unanimous decision.

Ward vs. Kovalev 2: “The Rematch, a 12-round mega-fight for the WBO/IBF/WBA Light Heavyweight World Championships, is presented by Roc Nation Sports, Main Events, Andre Ward Promotions, Krusher Promotions and Corona Extra, sponsored by Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, Jetlux, Life10 Water, Zappos and Powered by Monster. The championship event takes place Saturday, June 17 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas and will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View® beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT.

Tickets for Ward-Kovalev 2: “The Rematch” are available on and at the Mandalay Bay Events Center box office.

Andre Ward declares that outcome of this fight will leave no doubt

“I am looking forward to making a statement,” said undipsuted light-heavyweight champion Andre Ward. “And removing any doubt that may be out there. Some of you [to the press] think I lost the fight, but you’ve got to look at the other side of the coin. There are a lot of people who are convinced I won it.”

The thing is, though, when you have to explain something – then there lies the inherent problem. People absolutely thought he lost the first fight and no matter how many charts and calculations someone produces, the fight viewer’s eyes seem to rule out anything and everything else.

Ward added, “I have learned not to care what so many think if the’re wrong. I am not going to defend myself for winning that fight. I won it and that’s that. And I will leave here on Sunday with everything I brought here – I’m talking about my championship belts.”

Former boxer Errol Christie has died at the age of 53 after losing his fight with lung cancer.

The Leicester-born middleweight is in the Guinness Book of Records as the only British boxer to win ten amateur titles.

However, perhaps his most famous fight came outside the ring when he tussled in the rain with opponent Mark Kaylor.

Leicester-born middleweight Christie is in the Guinness Book of Records as the only British boxer to win ten amateur titles. Pictured, during his fighting days

Leicester-born middleweight Christie is in the Guinness Book of Records as the only British boxer to win ten amateur titles. Pictured, during his fighting days

They were promoting their Wembley title eliminator in 1985, but the pair ended up wrestling in a puddle. 

Christie’s nephew Cyrus plays for Derby County and started for the Republic of Ireland in their World Cup qualifier.

He led the tributes by tweeting: ‘Legends never die, rest in paradise uncle, you’re not in pain anymore’.


Death of Hein Verbruggen, IOC Honorary Member

June 15 – It is with great sadness that the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has learnt of the death of Hein Verbruggen, IOC Honorary Member in the Netherlands, at the age of 75.

A cycling fanatic and a true sports fan, Hein Verbruggen was President of the International Cycling Union (UCI) from 1991 to 2005. He also headed the SportAccord Convention from 2003 to 2013.

“Hein Verbruggen was a fearless fighter for his sport. Thanks to his great engagement and his management skills, he greatly contributed to the success of the Olympic Games Beijing 2008 as Chair of the Coordination Commission. For this he will be always remembered”, said IOC President Thomas Bach.

Hein Verbruggen joined the IOC in 1996 and became an Honorary Member in 2008. He headed the Evaluation Commission for the Olympic Games 2008 (2001) and became Chairman of the Coordination Commission for Olympic Games Beijing 2008 (2001-2008). Verbruggen played an instrumental role in supporting the Organising Committee over the seven years of preparations, and hence contributed significantly to the success of the Games in Beijing.

He was also a member, as a representative of an International Federation, of the Evaluation Commission for the Olympic Games 2004 (1996-1997) and consequently sat at the Coordination Commission for the Olympic Games 2004 in Athens (1998-2001). Throughout his career at the IOC, he was a member of the following Commissions: Marketing (1997-2008), “IOC 2000” (1999), Olympic Truce (2000-2013) and IOC 2000 Reform Follow-up (2002), and was also Chair of the Board of Directors of Olympic Broadcasting Services S.A. (Switzerland) (2003-2014).

Verbruggen started his career in sales before running his own consultancy business. In 1979, he joined the board of the Fédération Internationale de Cyclisme Professionnel (FICP) before becoming Vice-President in 1982, and President in 1984.

He was a Board member of the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations (ASOIF) from 2000 to 2003, and represented the International Federations on the Foundation Board of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) from 1999 to 2002. Verbruggen played an active role within the National Olympic Committee of the Netherlands; he was made an Honorary Member in 2008.

Verbruggen received a number of distinctions during the course of his career. He became an Officer in the Order of Orange Nassau; was made an Honorary Citizen of Beijing, People’s Republic of China, in 2009; and was awarded the Olympic Order in 2010.

The IOC expresses its deepest sympathies to Hein Verbruggen’s family. As a mark of respect the Olympic flag will be flown at half-mast at the IOC Headquarters.