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April 12: Barboza-Alvarado Set to Rumble at Staples Center on Lomachenko-Crolla Undercard

Barboza-Alvarado to headline undercard stream on ESPN+ starting at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT

Indian sensation Vijender Singh, Alexander Besputin, and Janibek Alimkhanuly also in action 

Tickets starting at $51.75 available now at AXS.com

 

LOS ANGELES (March 18, 2019) —Undefeated super lightweight Arnold Barboza Jr. is a young contender closing in on a world title shot. Mike Alvarado wants another taste of world championship glory. Barboza, from South El Monte, California, will take on former 140-pound world champion Alvarado in a 10-round super lightweight bout on Friday, April 12 at Staples Center as part of the Vasiliy Lomachenko-Anthony Crolla undercard.
 
Lomachenko-Crolla and the 10-round light heavyweight battle between longtime WBO super middleweight champion Gilberto Ramirez and Tommy Karpency will stream live and exclusively in the United States beginning at 11 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT on ESPN+, the direct-to-consumer sports streaming service from The Walt Disney Company’s Direct-to-Consumer & International segment and ESPN, which will mark its one-year anniversary since launching on the day of the fight. The entire undercard, including Barboza-Alvarado, will stream live on ESPN+ starting at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.  
 
Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Matchroom Boxing USA, tickets priced at $310.50, $207, $103.50, $77.65, and $51.75 (including facility fees) are available now and can be purchased by visiting AXS.com.
 
“I am excited for this opportunity. We know it’s a dangerous fight and that Alvarado possesses power in both hands, but we are going to be ready for whatever he brings,” Barboza said. “It’s been a long time since I’ve fought at home, but I am ecstatic to fight here at Staples Center. It’s a dream come true. We are also excited to fight a former world champion like Mike, and we know he is going to be at his best.”
 
“Fighting on this card is an honor, and come April 12, the world is in for an exciting show,” Alvarado said. “I’m taking full advantage of this opportunity to bring me one step closer to securing my legacy as a champion.”
 
Barboza (20-0, 7 KOs), ranked No 3 by the WBO at 140 pounds, turned pro following a 95-fight amateur career and a stint as a fullback/linebacker at South El Monte High School. He went 3-0 in 2018, including a hard-fought 10-round decision over Mike Reed (23-1 at the time). In Alvarado (40-4, 28 KOs), he is facing a modern-day action hero who has thrilled boxing fans with his willingness to go toe-to-toe. He was one half of the 2012 Fight of the Year versus Brandon Rios, won by Rios via seventh-round TKO. Alvarado scored a unanimous decision in the immediate rematch but proceeded to lose three in a row versus Ruslan Provodnikov, Juan Manuel Marquez, and Rios in the rubber match. 
 
After overcoming personal demons, Alvarado returned to the ring in March 2016 ready for one final run. Since then, he is 6-0 with 5 knockouts. In his previous bout, Oct. 13 on the Terence Crawford-Jose Benavidez Jr. undercard, he blasted out Robbie Cannon with a vicious overhand right in the second round.
 
Also on the card:

Top welterweight contender Alexander Besputin (12-0, 9 KOs) will defend his USBA title against Alfredo Blanco (20-7, 11 KOs) in a 10-rounder. Besputin is currently ranked No. 1 by the WBA.

“I am a top welterweight, and now that I’m ranked No. 1 by the WBA, I can’t be avoided by the champions for long,” Besputin said. “I am ready to put the welterweight division on notice.” 

Janibek Alimkhanuly (5-0, 2 KOs), a former amateur standout from Kazakhstan, will face the rugged Cristian Olivas (16-4, 13 KOs) in a 10-rounder for the vacant WBO Global and WBC Continental Americas middleweight belts. Two of Olivas’ four losses have come via split decision, and he has never been knocked out as a pro.

 “I am training hard with Buddy McGirt, and I know that Olivas is a tough customer who will come forward and make for a great fight,” Alimkhanuly said. “It is a dream come true to fight at Staples Center, and I want to give all of the great fans in Los Angeles a spectacular show. I will show everyone what Qazaq boxing style is all about.”

Super middleweight contender and three-time Indian Olympian Vijender Singh (10-0, 7 KOs) will make his United States debut against Calvin Metcalf (9-1-1, 2 KOs) in an eight-rounder. Singh captured a bronze medal at the 2008 Olympics, becoming the first Indian boxer to claim an Olympic medal.
  
Italian heavyweight Guido “The Gladiator” Vianello (2-0, 2 KOs), who represented his homeland at the 2016 Rio Olympics, will fight Lawrence Gabriel (3-1-1, 2 KOs) in a six-rounder.
 
Los Angeles native Chris “The Boy” Zavala (3-0, 2 KOs) will face Sergio Gonzales (2-2, 1 KO) in a four-rounder at super featherweight.
 
Dominican-born bantamweight prospect Elvis Rodriguez (1-0, 1 KO) will take on Kevin Luna (1-2, 1 KO) in a four-rounder.
 
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Former heavyweight king Tyson Fury Inks lucrative Co-Promotional Deal With Top Rank/ESPN

Heavyweight Star Tyson Fury and Frank Warren’s Queensberry Promotions Ink Co-Promotional Deal with Top Rank, ESPN In Multi-Year Agreement, Lineal Heavyweight Champion will be Key Part of Multiplatform Top Rank on ESPN Lineup in US Details of Debut Fight and Coverage to be Announced Soon

Tyson Fury, one of the world’s most dynamic and popular heavyweight boxers, and Hall of Fame promoter Frank Warren are joining forces with Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum’s Top Rank. The agreement will mean that Fury will be a headline part of the boxing lineup under the historic, long-term Top Rank on ESPN relationship.

Fury, the undefeated lineal heavyweight champion, will have his bouts co-promoted by Top Rank and Queensberry Promotions. The deal calls for a minimum of two bouts per year in the United States.

Since announcing the landmark Top Rank on ESPN agreement in 2017, and expanding it in August 2018, the comprehensive alliance has showcased blockbuster Top Rank fights and content across ESPN networks and ESPN+, the multi-sport, direct-to-consumer streaming service in the U.S.

All the parties will work closely to set and announce the details of Fury’s debut soon.

BT Sport will continue to be the television home in the United Kingdom for all of Fury’s fights.

Top Rank, Fury’s management team MTK Global and Queensberry Promotions, worked seamlessly to close the groundbreaking deal.

“Top Rank is very excited to enter into the promotional arrangement along with Queensberry Promotions for the lineal heavyweight champion, Tyson Fury,” Arum said. “He is a generational heavyweight talent at the peak of his powers. We also look forward to our growing relationship with MTK Global, which represents so many world-class fighters.”

‘I’m delighted that Frank and Queensberry Promotions have teamed up with Top Rank to promote my fights in America,” Fury said. “With ESPN and BT Sport behind me, the biggest sports platforms in the world are now linked up with the best heavyweight in the world!”

“This is a great move for Tyson Fury and a great move for Queensberry Promotions,” Warren said. “By partnering up with ESPN and Top Rank in America, we’re giving our boxers, including Tyson, the opportunity to perform on the biggest and most powerful platforms on both sides of the Atlantic and become truly global stars.”

“MTK Global are thrilled to have played a role in what can only be described as a monumental partnership, no doubt the biggest one in the boxing industry, and we’re looking forward to working more closely with the teams at Top Rank and ESPN well into the future,” said Sandra Vauaghan, CEO MTK Global.

Fury (27-0-1, 19 KOs) won the lineal heavyweight title in November 2015 with a unanimous decision over Wladimir Klitschko, who at the time had made 18 title defenses during a nearly decade-long reign. While never losing inside the ring, Fury relinquished the WBA, IBF, and WBO belts while dealing with well-documented mental health and substance abuse issues. After more than two-and-a-half years away from the ring, Fury, whose weight had ballooned to more than 400 pounds, returned in June of last year.

A pair of wins over Sefer Seferi and Francesco Pianeta set the stage for one of the most dramatic heavyweight title matches in boxing history. Against WBC World Heavyweight Champion Deontay Wilder on Dec. 1 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, Fury put forth a boxing masterclass and survived a hellacious 12th-round knockdown to, seemingly, do enough to defeat Wilder. The judges, however, ruled the bout a split draw. Fury, still just 30, retained his status as lineal champion and realized an against-all-odds comeback story.

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About Top Rank Innovation has been the standard at Top Rank since it was established in 1966 by Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum. The boxing industry’s leading promotional company, Top Rank has shaped, developed, and promoted the careers of top international pay-per-view superstars and Hall of Famers, including Muhammad Ali, Marvelous Marvin Hagler, Tommy Hearns, George Foreman, Sugar Ray Leonard, Aaron Pryor, Alexis Arguello, Oscar De La Hoya, Manny Pacquiao, Floyd Mayweather Jr., Miguel Cotto, Erik Morales, Terence Crawford, and Vasiliy Lomachenko.

Top Rank has promoted some of the most memorable fights in the sport’s history, including 26 Ali events, Leonard vs. Hearns, Pryor vs. Arguello, Duran vs. Leonard, Hagler vs. Hearns, Leonard vs. Hagler, Foreman vs. Holyfield, Morales vs. Barrera, De La Hoya vs. Trinidad, and the most lucrative fight in boxing history, Mayweather vs. Pacquiao. In addition to the previously mentioned super fights, Top Rank possesses one of the largest sports libraries, which includes nearly 10,000 fights.

Known for creating strategic collaborations between athletes, sponsors, and television networks, Top Rank has been an architect of boxing’s global growth by staging high-profile events in landmark settings around the world, including Madison Square Garden, MGM Grand Garden Arena, Staples Center, Wembley Arena, Araneta Coliseum, The Venetian Macao, Yankee Stadium, Radio City Music Hall, The “Fabulous” Forum, and AT&T Stadium. Rank has also been the leader within the boxing industry in creating unforgettable in-arena experiences for fans and embracing 21st  century technological advancements to distribute world-class fights and shoulder programming across a variety of platforms.

About Queensberry Promotions Queensberry Promotions is the promotional vehicle of Hall of Fame Promoter Frank Warren.

Frank Warren has promoted some of the sport of boxing’s biggest names in his 35+ year career including the likes of Prince Naseem Hamed, Joe Calzaghe, Mike Tyson, Frank Bruno and Ricky Hatton; as well as current stars Tyson Fury, Billy Joe Saunders, Josh Warrington and Carl Frampton.

Some of the events promoted by Frank Warren during his illustrious career include: Frank Bruno v Oliver McCall at Wembley Stadium, David Haye v Dereck Chisora at Upton Park, Ricky Hatton v Kostya Tszyu at Manchester Arena, Prince Naseem Hamed v Kevin Kelley at Madison Square Garden and Joe Calzaghe v Mikkel Kessler at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium.

Queensberry Promotions has a long-term exclusive deal in the UK to promote boxing events on BT Sport, the sport broadcast platform of telecoms giant BT.

About MTK Global MTK Global is the world’s foremost fighter management company. Headquartered in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, it was founded in September 2012 by two-time European boxing champion, Matthew Macklin.

MTK Global delivers a wide range of support and services including career development, legal, media, endorsements and sponsorships to more than a hundred professional fighters. It provides boxing shows, events and training gyms in various locations worldwide: Marbella, Spain, London, Manchester, Birmingham, Liverpool, Newcastle, United Kingdom, Johannesburg, South Africa, Sta. Catarina, Brasil and Sydney, Australia.
For general enquiries, email us at: hello@mtkglobal.com
About ESPN+ – ESPN+ is the multi-sport, direct-to-consumer video service from The Walt Disney Company’s Direct-to-Consumer and International (DTCI) segment and ESPN. It reached 2 million subscribers in less than a year and offers fans thousands of live events, on-demand content and original programming not available on ESPN’s linear TV or digital networks, along with premium editorial content.

Programming on ESPN+ includes hundreds of MLB and NHLgames, exclusive UFC and Top Rank boxing events, top domestic and international soccer (Serie A, MLS, FA Cup, UEFA Nations League, EFL Championship, EFL Carabao Cup, Eredivisie, and more), thousands of college sports events (including football, basketball and other sports), Grand Slam tennis, international and domestic rugby and cricket, new and exclusive series, acclaimed studio shows and the full library of ESPN’s award-winning 30 for 30 films. Fans subscribe to ESPN+ for just $4.99 a month (or $49.99 per year) and cancel at any time.

ESPN+ is available as an integrated part of the ESPN App (on mobile and connected devices) and ESPN.com. They are the industry-leading all-in-one digital sports platform, delivering a rich, personalized experience to tens of millions of fans every month.

About ESPN – ESPN, the world’s leading sports entertainment enterprise features more than 50 assets – eight U.S. television networks, ESPN Radio, ESPN.com, ESPN International, ESPN The Magazine and more.  ESPN is 80 percent owned by ABC, Inc. (an indirect subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company) and 20 percent by Hearst.

Undefeated Steve Ortiz sends Jeremy Cuevas to the canvas en route to capturing the vacant USA Pennsylvania Lightweight Title at A Night at the Opera!

 

Steve Ortiz (L) battling Jeremy Cuevas (R).

Saturday night fights at the opera house does not sound right. Especially when you are speaking about North Philly. That is exactly what happened when Hard Hitting Promotions displayed their wares at “The Met” on north Broad Street. Considered at one time to be in disrepair, the former Metropolitan Opera House has been restored down to the final detail of its original luster. Anyone of the estimated 3,700 fans who entered the venue for the first time were awestruck by the $45 million refurbishing.Partners Manny Rivera and Will Ruiz of Hard Hitting Promotions staged the event with house promoter Live Nation. Trying to deliver a quality slate, Hard Hitting matched their charges Samuel Teah and Jeremy Cuevas in with tough opposition. Both of them lost a pair of eight-round decisions by wide margins. Each of these forays were for USA Pennsylvania State Titles.

The main event on this February 23 evening of fisticuffs saw Steve “The Hitman” Ortiz drop Jeremy Cueves twice on his way to earning a unanimous eight-round decision. This all-Philly encounter pitted two young men with similar undefeated records. Ortiz showed more poise by out finessing his hometown adversary. The agressive Ortiz utilized an effective in your face steam engine piston firing style as he repeatedly attacked his southpaw rival. Why for the biggest fight did Cuevas come out imitating “Mean Gene the Dance Machine” was baffling. This approach diminished Cuevas’ chances of winning and Ortiz took full advantage of this by picking his spots and settling down and teeing off with blistering blows.

The winner – Steve Ortiz.

At the end of eight exciting rounds, Steve Ortiz, 25, was declared the winner by scores of 79-71 and 78-72 (twice).

In losing, Cuevas, 23, tumbled to 11-1 (8 KO’s).

With the win and the USA Pennsylvania State Lightweight Championship, Ortiz stays undefeated at 10-0 (3 KO’s).

By picking up this victory, Ortiz’s career continues to prosper as his stock rises. Although Cuevas did suffer a small setback, after a win or two he will return to hot prospect status.

Squaring off for the USA Pennsylvania Super Lightweight Championship, Samuel Teah was nearly shut out by Tre’Sean Wiggins over eight heats. It looked like Teah may have underestimated Wiggins, for he did not have a answer for anything thrown at him.

With the defeat, Teah slides to 15-3 (7 KO’s). Wiggins’ record improved to 11-4-2 (6 KO’s). Being a road warrior for most of his career, Wiggins has been on the wrong side of a couple bad decisions and a couple of those losses and draws should be in the “win” column for him.

As usual, Baltimore-based welterweight Malik “Iceman” Hawkins looked good battling Gledwin Ortiz of Bronx, NY. Hawkins won a hard-fought, eight-round unanimous decision over Ortiz by tallies of 79-73, 78-74 and 77-75. Never giving up, the gutsy Ortiz, 29, pushed Hawkins the entire way. Due to Ortiz’s gallant effort, Hawkins, 23, was able to showcase his talented repertoire.

The victory saw Hawkins remain undefeated at 14-0 (9 KO’s), while the power punching Ortiz left the ring possessing a slate of 6-3 (5 KO’s).

When speaking of hot prospects out of the “City of Brotherly Love” and there is a lot of them, Branden Pizarro’s name is one of the last to be mentioned. As a young tough guy out of North Philly, Pizzaro may achieve more success than his contemporaries. Physically more mature than he was two years ago when he made his pro debut while still in high school, Pizarro exploded on poor Zack Ramsey, of Springfield, MA. The overwhelmed Ramsey took a sound thrashing before succumbing at 1:50 of round one.

Charismatic, exciting, and with crunching power and fast hands, Pizarro is a real “Kid Blast” as he lifted his record to 14-1 (7 KO’s). Getting to spend a weekend in Philadelphia, Ramsey goes home with some cash while he licks his wounds with an 8-6 (4 KO’s) mark.

Organically growing, Hard Hitting Promotions using their own hands and Rivera and Ruiz are now reaping a bountiful harvest with a estimated gross gate of almost a quarter million dollars this evening. Not only have these two young men helped maintain the Philly fight scene, they have made it thrive. Hard Hitting brings boxing back to “The Met” on April 26.

March 17: Paddy Barnes, Vladimir Nikitin and Joseph Adorno Added to St. Patrick’s Day Card at Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden

LIVE on ESPN+ beginning at 3 p.m. ET

NEW YORK CITY (March 4, 2019) — Vladimir Nikitin and Irish sensation Michael “Mick” Conlan are on a collision course for a rematch of their quarterfinal bout from the 2016 Rio Olympics, won by Nikitin via highly controversial decision. Nikitin will fight Juan Tapia (8-2, 3 KOs) in a six-round featherweight bout on the undercard of Conlan’s 10-round featherweight tilt against Ruben Garcia Hernandez on Sunday, March 17 at Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden.
 
Conlan-Hernandez will be the special attraction for this special St. Patrick’s Day card, with the welterweight showdown between Luis Collazo and Samuel Vargas serving as the main event. In the newly announced co-feature, two-time Irish Olympic bronze medalist and former world title challenger Paddy Barnes (5-1, 1 KO) will look to get back in the win column against Oscar Mojica (11-5-1, 1 KO) in a six-rounder at bantamweight. Barnes challenged Cristofer Rosales for the WBC flyweight world title last August and lost via fourth-round knockout.
 
Promoted by Top Rank, tickets priced at $206, $156, $106, $81, $56, and $31 (including facility fees) are on sale now and can be purchased at the Madison Square Garden Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, Ticketmaster charge by phone (866-858-0008), and online at ticketmaster.com and MSG.com.
 
Conlan-Hernandez, Barnes-Mojica and Collazo-Vargas will stream live and exclusively at 6 p.m. ET on ESPN+, the direct-to-consumer sports streaming service from The Walt Disney Company’s Direct-to-Consumer & International segment and ESPN. The entire undercard, including Nikitin-Tapia, will stream live on ESPN+ beginning at 3 p.m. ET.
 
“The fight I want after I take care of business on March 17 is Michael Conlan,” Nikitin said. “He wants revenge, and I want to show everyone that I was, and still am, the superior fighter. I respect Michael and his team. While there is no bad blood outside the ring, we have unfinished business inside the ring.”

Said Conlan: “Nikitin is a rival from the 2016 Olympics and clearly someone who I look forward to fighting in the professional ranks. This is the second time we’ve fought on the same card, and I look forward to seeing his progress as a professional.”
 
Nikitin (2-0, 0 KOs) was a standout amateur for his native Russia who won medals at the European Championships and World Championships. At the 2016 Rio Olympics, his disputed decision over Conlan advanced him to the medal round and made headlines around the globe. Conlan’s double middle-finger salute to the AIBA-appointed judges became the indelible image of the Rio Olympics. As a pro, Nikitin has won a pair of dominant six-round decisions and hopes another victory sets the stage for the long-awaited rematch.
 
In other undercard action:
  
Joseph “Blessed Hands” Adorno (11-0, 10 KOs), the 19-year-old power punching prodigy, will face the durable Victor Rosas (10-8, 4 KOs) in a six-rounder at lightweight. Adorno has seven first-round stoppages on his ledger.
 
Bronx native Josue “The Prodigy” Vargas (12-1, 8 KOs) will take on Adriano Ramirez (10-2, 6 KOs) in an eight-round super lightweight bout. Vargas has won six in a row since a controversial disqualification loss.
 
Puerto Rican super lightweight prospect John “El Terrible” Bauza (11-0, 5 KOs) will make his Top Rank debut against Ricardo Maldonado (8-8-1, 1 KO) in a six-rounder.
 
Lee Reeves (2-0, 2 KOs), a two-time Irish national champion as an amateur, will continue his professional journey against Eduardo Torres (1-1, 0 KOs) in a four-round welterweight fight.
 
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Use the hashtags #ConlanHernandez and #TheConlanRevolution to follow the action on social media. 

Eusebio Pedroza, who fought Barry McGuigan on a famous Irish sporting night, dies aged 62

The Panamanian boxing legend reigned for seven years before losing his world title to McGuigan at Loftus Road

THE GREAT PANAMANIAN boxing champion Eusebio Pedroza has died a day shy of his 63rd birthday following a battle with cancer.

Pedroza, then the reigning WBA World featherweight champion of seven years and the lineal champion of three, lost a 15-round unanimous decision to Ireland’s Barry McGuigan in 1985 on what remains one of the most famous nights in Irish sporting history.

In victory in front of nearly 27,000 fans at London’s Loftus Road stadium, the home of Queen’s Park Rangers Football Club, McGuigan ended Pedroza’s record-breaking run of 19 straight title defences to become Ireland’s first boxing world champion in 35 years.

Both men are considered to be among the finest champions ever produced by their respective countries, and both have since been inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame.

Barry McGuigan and Eusebio Pedroza

Barry McGuigan (R) and Barry McGuigan (R) and Eusebio Pedroza (L) (L)

Pedroza still holds the featherweight record for the most consecutive defenses of his world title.

Born in Panama City in 1956, ‘El Alacrán’ made his professional debut at the age of just 17. Less than five years later, he knocked out Spaniard Cecilio Lastra in Panama to become the WBA World featherweight champion, a mantle he would maintain for seven years as he travelled the world defending his belt.

John Rinaldi (L) with Eusebio Pedroza (R)

Among 19 successful retentions of his title, Pedroza achieved road wins in Puerto Rico, Papua New Guinea, South Korea, Venezuela twice, Italy twice, and America on four occasions.

The Central American warrior was also considered the lineal featherweight champion of the world between 1982 and 1985 by way of a victory over Juan Laporte, who had replaced the great Salvador Sanchez as holder of the green belt following Sanchez’s death in a car accident in ’82.

Having come unstuck against the ‘Clones Cyclone’ in the English capital, Pedroza mounted several unsuccessful comeback attempts over the following seven years before retiring in 1992 with a record of 41-6-1 (25 KOs).

His 19 title defenses remain a record for the featherweight division.

March 23: Pulev-Dinu and Magdaleno-Ramos Headline SoCal Top Rank on ESPN Card at The Hangar
LIVE on ESPN and ESPN Deportes at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT

 

Entire Undercard LIVE on ESPN+ at 6:30 p.m. ET/3:30 p.m. PT

 

COSTA MESA, Calif. (Feb. 27, 2019) — Heavyweight contender Kubrat Pulev, ranked No. 1 by the IBF, will put his rating on the line against Bogdan Dinu in a 10-round showdown on Saturday, March 23 at The Hangar in Costa Mesa, Calif.
 
In the co-feature, former world champions Jessie Magdaleno and Rico Ramos will clash in a 10-round featherweight bout with potential world title implications.
 
Pulev-Dinu and Magdaleno-Ramos will be televised live on ESPN and ESPN Deportes at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT. The entire undercard, including the return of top junior welterweight contender Maxim “Mad Max” Dadashev against Ricky Sismundo, will stream live on ESPN+ beginning at 6:30 p.m. ET/3:30 p.m. PT.
 
Promoted by Top Rank, tickets priced at $75 and $60 are on sale now and can be purchased by visiting www.socafights.com.
 
“I’m excited to be fighting at The Hangar and on ESPN as I continue my quest to become the heavyweight champion of the world,” Pulev said. “I have a great team behind me, and I am focused and ready to take care of business on March 23.”
 
“I know this is a big opportunity for me to get to the top of the heavyweight division,” Dinu said. “I am happy to be fighting in the United States against a really top heavyweight in Pulev. When I win, I will be considered a top contender.”
 
“I haven’t fought in a long time, but I am ready to show the fans that I am the same guy who won the title not too long ago,” Magdaleno said. “I feel comfortable in my new weight class, and now that I’m back, the goal is to become a two-weight world champion.”
 
“I’m thrilled to be fighting on ESPN,” Ramos said. “I would like to thank Top Rank for the opportunity to showcase my skills on boxing’s biggest stage. I’m preparing my best to give the fans a great show. This fight will get me one step closer to becoming a two-time world champion.”
 
Pulev (26-1, 13 KOs) is closing in on a second world title shot, the first coming in 2014 when he put up a valiant effort before being stopped by longtime champion Wladimir Klitschko in the fifth round. He has won six straight since the Klitschko loss, most recently defeating fellow contender Hughie Fury via unanimous decision in front of his hometown fans at the Arena Armeec in Sofia, Bulgaria. Dinu (18-1, 14 KOs), a one-time top amateur in his native Romania, will be making his second ring appearance in America. He is looking to bounce back from a fourth-round stoppage loss to Jarrell Miller.
 
Magdaleno (25-1, 18 KOs) will be fighting for the first time since Isaac Dogboe snatched the WBO junior featherweight world title from him last April in a Fight of the Year contender. Dogboe bounced back from a first-round knockdown to stop Magdaleno in the 11th round. Magdaleno, who had difficulty making the 122-pound limit, hopes a win over Ramos propels him toward a featherweight world title shot.
 
Ramos (30-5, 14 KOs) captured the WBA super bantamweight title on July 9, 2011 in Atlantic City with a stunning one-punch knockout of Akifumi Shimoda. He lost the title the following January to Guillermo Rigondeaux via sixth-round knockout. Ramos has been on a hot streak since a 2015 knockout loss to Claudio Marrero, winning six in a row while campaigning at both super bantamweight and featherweight. He won a pair of fights in 2018, including an eight-round unanimous decision over Daniel Olea last September that streamed on ESPN+.
 
In other undercard action:
 
Javier Molina (18-2, 8 KOs), who represented the United States at the 2008 Olympics, will face knockout artist Abdiel Ramirez (24-3-1, 22 KOs) in a super lightweight bout scheduled for 10 or eight rounds. Ramirez is coming off a stunning knockout victory over Michael Perez on the Vasiliy Lomachenko-Jose Pedraza undercard Dec. 8 in New York City.
 
Detroit product and surging 130-pound contender Erick De Leon (18-0-1, 10 KOs) will fight Jose Luis Gallegos (16-5, 12 KOs) in a dual set for 10 or eight rounds. De Leon hasn’t fought since July 14 when he suffered a shoulder injury in a decision win versus Adrian Young.
 
Longtime welterweight contender Chris “The Heat” van Heerden (26-2-1, 12 KOs) will fight battle-tested veteran Mahonry Montes (35-8-1, 24 KOs) in a bout scheduled for 10 or eight rounds.
 
Top featherweight prospect Tyler McCreary (15-0, 7 KOs) will make his Top Rank debut against Roberto Castaneda (23-11-1, 16 KOs) in a contest scheduled for eight or six rounds.
 
David Kaminsky (3-0, 2 KOs), the 18-year-old former amateur standout, will fight Estevan Payan (1-6-1, 1 KO) in a four-round middleweight bout. Payan has also fought 30 times as a professional mixed martial artist.
 
Bobirzhan Mominov (9-0, 8 KOs) will aim for his fifth consecutive knockout against Jonathan Steele (9-2-1, 6 KOs) in a welterweight battle scheduled for six or eight rounds.
 
Lightweight prospect Eric Puente (1-0) will return in a four-rounder against Alejandro Lopez (1-3, 0 KOs).
 
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Use the hashtag #PulevDinu to follow the action on social media.

 

 

 

 

 

LA-CHENKO: Lomachenko Headlines Staples Center Card April 12 Against Anthony Crolla Exclusively on ESPN+

Lomachenko to defend WBO/WBA lightweight titles against WBA No. 1 contender Crolla

Exclusively on ESPN+ at 11 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT

Tickets go on sale Tuesday, Feb. 26 at 12 p.m. PT

LOS ANGELES (Feb. 25, 2019) — After thrilling Big Apple audiences in his last three bouts, Vasiliy “Loma” Lomachenko is ready to bring his lightweight world titles to the City of Angels.
 
Lomachenko, the pound-for-pound Picasso and the WBA and WBO lightweight world champion, will defend his titles against former lightweight world champion Anthony “Million Dollar” Crolla on Friday, April 12 at Staples Center. In the co-feature, longtime WBO super middleweight world champion Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez will make his light heavyweight debut against an opponent to be announced in a 10-rounder.
 
Lomachenko-Crolla and Ramirez’s fight will stream live and exclusively in the United States beginning at 11 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT on ESPN+ —  the direct-to-consumer subscription streaming service, which will mark its one-year anniversary since launching on the day of the fight. The entire undercard will also stream live on ESPN+ starting at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.
 
Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Matchroom Boxing USA, tickets priced at $310.50, $207, $103.50, $77.65, and $51.75 (including facility fees) go on sale Tuesday, Feb. 26 at 12 p.m. PT. Lomachenko’s last headlining appearance in Los Angeles came in August 2017 at the Microsoft Theater when he defended his 130-pound world title against Miguel Marriaga via seventh-round TKO.
 
“Staples Center is the perfect venue to showcase one of boxing’s great fighters, Vasiliy Lomachenko, who will test himself against a top contender in Anthony Crolla of Great Britain,” said Top Rank chairman Bob Arum.
 
“Los Angeles boxing fans are passionate and knowledgeable, and I look forward to putting on a spectacular show for them at Staples Center,” Lomachenko said. “Crolla is my mandatory challenger, and I like that he always comes to fight. He’s going to make the most of this opportunity.”
 
“I cannot wait for this. These are the fights you are in the sport for,” Crolla said. “People will say that I have got nothing to lose, but I am genuinely going over to LA to shock the world. I will concentrate on me. Firstly, I have to make sure the best Anthony Crolla turns up that night. I’m not worried about that. Preparing for Lomachenko is hard because he’s so unorthodox. He’s that good that when he does something wrong he gets away with it. You wouldn’t teach some of the things that he does. He’s so unique in that respect.” 
 
“I’m delighted that Anthony gets another chance at a world title, this time against pound-for-pound star Vasiliy Lomachenko,” said Eddie Hearn, Managing Director of Matchroom Sport. “After losing his world title to Jorge Linares, Anthony has fought his way back into the mandatory position, and he is more than ready for the challenge. It’s been a fairytale story for him and now he gets another big chance on the big stage in a fight that means everything to him.”
 
Lomachenko (12-1, 9 KOs) entered the professional ranks following an amateur career that included a pair of Olympic gold medals for his native Ukraine and an unprecedented 396-1 record. He set a boxing record by winning world titles in three weight classes in 12 fights, shattering the previous mark of 20 set by Jeff Fenech 30 years prior. He was named 2017 Fighter of the Year by most boxing outlets after forcing all three of his opponents — Jason Sosa, Marriaga and fellow two-time Olympic gold medalist Guillermo Rigondeaux — to quit on their stools.
 
In May 2018, he moved up in weight and captured the WBA lightweight title when he rebounded from a torn labrum and a sixth-round knockdown to stop Jorge Linares at Madison Square Garden with a body shot in the 10th round. That December, in front of a sold-out Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden crowd, he scored a pair of knockdowns and won a wide unanimous decision over WBO lightweight champion Jose “Sniper” Pedraza to unify titles.
 
Crolla (34-6-3, 13 KOs), from Manchester, England, turned pro in October 2006 and won the British lightweight title in 2011. He won the WBA lightweight title with a fifth-round knockout over Darleys Perez in November 2015, knocking Perez out for the count with a vicious left hook to the liver. Crolla defended the belt with an upset seventh-round knockout win against Ismael Barroso, scoring the finishing blow on a right hand to the body. He lost the title via competitive unanimous decision to Linares in September 2016, then lost the immediate rematch by unanimous decision the following March. Crolla earned another world title shot by authoring three consecutive decision wins, including a unanimous decision over former three-weight world champion Ricky Burns in October 2017.
 
Ramirez (39-0, 25 KOs) is ready to make his mark at light heavyweight after making five successful defenses of his WBO world title. The native of Mazatlán, Mexico, is a 10-year pro who won the world title in April 2016 with a shutout unanimous decision over two-weight world champion Arthur Abraham. In his last bout, Dec. 14 in Corpus Christi, Texas, he closed the show strong and defeated Jesse “Hollywood” Hart via majority decision. Ramirez, who has not ruled out returning to super middleweight to defend his title, also has his sights set on the light heavyweight division’s leading names.
 
“I am very motivated because of all the new things I have been doing to advance my career,” Ramirez said. “I am very excited to fight at Staples Center for the first time, as I consider Los Angeles my second home. I knew there will be many Latino fans supporting me. I want to become an idol of Mexican boxing, and nothing will stop me as I work to fulfill my dreams. I am also working with a new trainer, Julian Chua, who is pushing me to become the best fighter possible.”
 
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March 30: Gvozdyk-Ngumbu Tops ESPN Bill at 2300 Arena in Philadelphia

Mean Machine-Ray Robinson welterweight bout tabbed as co-feature
LIVE on ESPN/ESPN Deportes at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT

Abdukakhorov-Obara IBF welterweight title eliminator headlines undercard
LIVE on ESPN+ at 6:30 p.m. ET/3:30 p.m. PT

PHILADELPHIA — The Nail and the Mean Machine are ready for their South Philly close-up.

WBC and lineal light heavyweight champion Oleksandr “The Nail” Gvozdyk will make the first defense of his world title against Doudou Ngumbu on Saturday, March 30 at the 2300 Arena. In the 10-round co-feature, Gvozdyk’s stablemate, top welterweight contender Egidijus “Mean Machine” Kavaliauskas, will take on Philadelphia native Ray Robinson.

Gvozdyk-Ngumbu and Kavaliauskas-Robinson will air live on ESPN and ESPN Deportes at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT. The undercard, including the IBF welterweight title eliminator between Kudratillo “The Punisher” Abdukakhorov and Keita Obara and an appearance by Philadelphia-born heavyweight prospect Sonny Conto (1-0, 1 KO), will stream live on ESPN+ beginning at 6:30 p.m. ET.
 
Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Peltz Boxing, tickets priced at $125, $75, and $50 go on sale Thursday, Feb. 14 at 10 a.m. and can be purchased at 2300arena.com, the 2300 Arena box office at (267) 758-2173, or by calling Peltz Boxing at (215) 765-0922.

“It was a long journey for me to become a world champion, and I plan on showing everyone why I am the best light heavyweight in the world,” Gvozdyk said. “Ngumbu is a tough fighter who I cannot afford to overlook. My goal in 2019 is to unify with the other champions, but before I can do that, I have to take care of business on March 30.”

 
“It is a great opportunity to face arguably the best light heavyweight fighter in the world. After 12 years and 46 fights in my career with serious opposition, I get my first shot at a major world title,” Ngumbu said. “I have the utmost respect for Oleksandr Gvozdyk, a great champion who took the WBC title in a war against Adonis Stevenson. It is not going to be easy, but I believe I am much more experienced as a pro and I intend to use that to my advantage.”

Gvozdyk (16-0, 13 KOs) captured an Olympic bronze medal for his native Ukraine in 2012 as part of a national team that included two-time gold medalist and future promotional stablemate Vasiliy Lomachenko. He climbed the rankings with dominant wins over the likes of Nadjib Mohammedi and Yunieski Gonzalez and won the WBC interim light heavyweight title last March with a unanimous decision against Mehdi Amar. As the mandatory challenger, he traveled to Quebec City and, behind on two of the three judges’ scorecards, knocked out longtime champion Adonis “Superman” Stevenson in the 11th round. Ngumbu (38-8, 14 KOs) is coming off perhaps the most significant win of his career, a 12-round majority decision over then-unbeaten Yoann Kongolo in May of last year. A native of the Democratic Republic of Congo who is now based in France, Ngumbu will be making his first attempt at a world title.

Kavaliauskas (21-0, 17 KOs) is universally regarded as one of the welterweight division’s top contenders, a massive puncher who rolled through then-beaten Roberto Arriaza in three rounds last November in Oklahoma City. He has knocked out five of his last six foes and is the WBO’s top contender for the belt currently held by pound-for-pound great Terence “Bud Crawford. Robinson (24-3, 12 KOs) is a rangy southpaw boxer who rebounded from back-to-back losses early in his career to Shawn Porter and Brad Solomon to win 13 in a row. In his last bout, Feb. 17, 2018 against Yordenis Ugas, he saw that winning streak come to an end when Ugas scored a seventh-round stoppage.
 
“I know a lot of Robinson’s fans will be in Philadelphia to cheer him on, but they will leave the 2300 Arena disappointed,” Kavaliauskas said. “This is the year that I fight for, and win, a welterweight world title. I am ready for anybody, including the Crawford-Khan winner. I will show everyone in Philadelphia and watching on ESPN what the ‘Mean Machine’ is all about.”
 
“I am always excited to come home and put on for my city,” Robinson said. “Every fight is a risk, but the higher the risk, the bigger the reward.” 

Abdukakhorov (15-0, 9 KOs), a native of Uzbekistan who now lives in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, went 2-0 in 2018, including a convincing 12-round unanimous decision over Laszlo Toth in defense of his WBC silver welterweight belt. Obara (20-3-1, 18 KOs), who hails from Tokyo, is one of the division’s heaviest punchers. He knocked out Alvin Lagumbay in three rounds last August, a measure of revenge over the man who knocked him out in two rounds less than four months earlier.     
 
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Hometown favorite Kendrick Ball, Jr.

headlining at home to establish his place in  Worcester’s rich boxing history

March 15, “Every Man For Himself”

WORCESTER, Mass. (February 21, 2019) – Worcester boxer Kendrick “Peppa” Ball, Jr. is living the dream and closing in on some of his goals in the ring.

Ball (11-1-2, 8 KOs), fighting out of his native Worcester, MA, will headline his first show and fight for his first title belt, when he headlines “Every Man For Himself”, the inaugural event presented by Shearns Boxing Promotions (SBP), on Friday night, March 15, at The Palladium in Worcester.  This will be the first time Ball headlines a show, in addition to fighting for his first title, in the six-round main event for the vacant New England middleweight title,

The 26-year-old Ball, promoted by CES Boxing, faces upset-minded Danny “Feel Good Hollywood” Rosenberger (4-6-4, 1 KO), of Youngstown, Ohio.

“This fight is so important for me because I’ve always wanted to headline in my hometown and fight for a title,” the 6’ 3” Ball said.  “Another goal of mine, before I started boxing, was to fight on a card with my cousin, Owen Minor, who will be making his pro debut.  He’s a big puncher and people can expect a big KO from him.

“I’m an exciting fighter who likes to get knockouts.  Expect something big to happen March 15th.  I’m working on boxing more, using my jab a lot, to improve.  I don’t know a lot about my opponent, but I understand he likes to move a lot.”

“Shearns Boxing is happy to have Kendrick Ball, Jr. headline our Mar. 15th card,” SBP promoter Chuck Shearns commented.  “He’s a good kid whose family is rooted in Worcester boxing.  There definitely is a rise in the number of quality fighters coming out of Worcester.  This will probably be our last chance to watch Kendrick Jr. fighting in Worcester before his promoter, CES Boxing, has him fighting on the national scene.”

Ball, who started boxing at 13, experienced an unusual start to his boxing career, losing his first nine amateur bouts, before becoming a decorated boxer who turned pro in 2016.

“I wasn’t really ready, my head wasn’t into boxing when I started,” Ball explained. “I didn’t want to quit, and that experience taught me to never to give up.  I knew that I was good – I had success sparring with pros – but it wasn’t there when I fought.  I kept punching and grew into my own.”

Ball captured gold medals at three Western Golden Gloves Championships, plus top honors at the Rocky Marciano Tournament, also becoming a prestigious USA New England champion.    

Trained by his father, Ken Ball, Sr., who owns and operates Camp Get Right gym in Worcester, Ball Sr. & Jr. have succeeded when many father-son relationships in boxing have often fail.

“We have a tight bond and we’ve been doing this since he was little,” Ball Sr. reported.  “It’s worked out well.  I try to separate father-son and make it trainer-boxer, but that’s hard at times.”

His son added, “It’s all good.  Sometimes it’s difficult and becomes a little hard, but only because he’s pushing me.  He’s my trainer, mostly, during fights.”

Father and son agree that there is a boxing resurgence in Worcester, which has a rich history dating back a century, but it also went through a slow period.  Ball is part of a gifted quartet that’s making noise today in boxing, joining Khiary Gray, Jermaine Ortiz and Irvin Gonzalez.

“Over the last three years,” Ball St. remarked, “boxing has been hot again in Worcester. There are a lot of talented, young boxers in Worcester. Once Khiary turned pro, that triggered a lot of boxers turning pro.”

“We’re all close,” Ball Jr. concluded.  “We’ve trained together and support each other.”

Worcester boxing is on the rise and more talent is turning pro, starting Mar. 15th when Ball’s cousin, Minor, makes his long-awaited pro debut in a four-rounder versus Corey Morley (0-2-1), of Philadelphia.  

Undefeated Providence light heavyweight Angel Camacho, Jr. (15-0, 5 KOs) returns to the ring after a three-year absence in a six-round bout, co-featured event against Dallas challenger Taronze Washington (17-26, 9 KOs).

Undefeated Southbridge, MA welterweight Wilfredo “El Sucaro” Pagan (5-0, 3 KOs) takes on upset-minded Peruvian Carlos Galindo (1-7), fighting out of Woburn, MA, in a four-round clash.

Also fighting on the undercard, all in four-round fights, are Springfield, MA lightweight Calixto Cruz (1-0) vs. TBA, Worcester cruiserweight Jake Paradise (0-2) vs. Francisco Artri Neto (0-2), of Woburn, MA, New Britain, CT Nathan Martinez (2-0) vs. TBA, and Bridgeport, CT junior lightweight Carlos Marrero III (0-2-1) vs. Worcester’s Edwin Rosado (1-8-1, 1 KO).

All fights and fighters are subject to change.

General admission tickets are priced at $25.00 and available to purchase online at thepalladium.net.  Boxers on the card have $50.00 and $25.00 tickets to sell.

Doors open at 6 p.m. ET, first fight at 7 p.m. ET.

Event sponsors include Lundgren Collision, Tecate, Grill 57, Worcester Railers, Worcester Red Sox, Palley Advertising, and Allstate Insurance.

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Heavyweight Star Tyson Fury and Frank Warren’s Queensberry Promotions Ink Co-Promotional Deal with Top Rank, ESPN

In Multi-Year Agreement, Lineal Heavyweight Champion will be Key Part of Multiplatform Top Rank on ESPN  Lineup in US
 Details of Debut Fight and Coverage to be Announced Soon

(Feb. 18, 2019) — Tyson Fury, one of the world’s most dynamic and popular heavyweight boxers, and Hall of Fame promoter Frank Warren are joining forces with Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum’s Top Rank. The agreement will mean that Fury will be a headline part of the boxing lineup under the historic, long-term Top Rank on ESPN relationship. 
 
Fury, the undefeated lineal heavyweight champion, will have his bouts co-promoted by Top Rank and Queensberry Promotions. The deal calls for a minimum of two bouts per year in the United States.
 
Since announcing the landmark Top Rank on ESPN agreement in 2017, and expanding it in August 2018, the comprehensive alliance has showcased blockbuster Top Rank fights and content across ESPN networks and ESPN+, the multi-sport, direct-to-consumer streaming service in the U.S.
 
All the parties will work closely to set and announce the details of Fury’s debut soon.
 
BT Sport will continue to be the television home in the United Kingdom for all of Fury’s fights.
 
Top Rank, Fury’s management team MTK Global and Queensberry Promotions, worked seamlessly to close the groundbreaking deal. 
 
“Top Rank is very excited to enter into the promotional arrangement along with Queensberry Promotions for the lineal heavyweight champion, Tyson Fury,” Arum said. “He is a generational heavyweight talent at the peak of his powers. We also look forward to our growing relationship with MTK Global, which represents so many world-class fighters.”
 
‘I’m delighted that Frank and Queensberry Promotions have teamed up with Top Rank to promote my fights in America,” Fury said. “With ESPN and BT Sport behind me, the biggest sports platforms in the world are now linked up with the best heavyweight in the world!”
 
“This is a great move for Tyson Fury and a great move for Queensberry Promotions,” Warren said. “By partnering up with ESPN and Top Rank in America, we’re giving our boxers, including Tyson, the opportunity to perform on the biggest and most powerful platforms on both sides of the Atlantic and become truly global stars.”

“MTK Global are thrilled to have played a role in what can only be described as a monumental partnership, no doubt the biggest one in the boxing industry, and we’re looking forward to working more closely with the teams at Top Rank and ESPN well into the future,” said Sandra Vauaghan, CEO MTK Global.
 
Fury (27-0-1, 19 KOs) won the lineal heavyweight title in November 2015 with a unanimous decision over Wladimir Klitschko, who at the time had made 18 title defenses during a nearly decade-long reign. While never losing inside the ring, Fury relinquished the WBA, IBF, and WBO belts while dealing with well-documented mental health and substance abuse issues. After more than two-and-a-half years away from the ring, Fury, whose weight had ballooned to more than 400 pounds, returned in June of last year.
 
A pair of wins over Sefer Seferi and Francesco Pianeta set the stage for one of the most dramatic heavyweight title matches in boxing history. Against WBC World Heavyweight Champion Deontay Wilder on Dec. 1 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, Fury put forth a boxing masterclass and survived a hellacious 12th-round knockdown to, seemingly, do enough to defeat Wilder. The judges, however, ruled the bout a split draw. Fury, still just 30, retained his status as lineal champion and realized an against-all-odds comeback story.
 
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About Top Rank
Innovation has been the standard at Top Rank since it was established in 1966 by Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum. The boxing industry’s leading promotional company, Top Rank has shaped, developed, and promoted the careers of top international pay-per-view superstars and Hall of Famers, including Muhammad Ali, Marvelous Marvin Hagler, Tommy Hearns, George Foreman, Sugar Ray Leonard, Aaron Pryor, Alexis Arguello, Oscar De La Hoya, Manny Pacquiao, Floyd Mayweather Jr., Miguel Cotto, Erik Morales, Terence Crawford, and Vasiliy Lomachenko. 

Top Rank has promoted some of the most memorable fights in the sport’s history, including 26 Ali events, Leonard vs. Hearns, Pryor vs. Arguello, Duran vs. Leonard, Hagler vs. Hearns, Leonard vs. Hagler, Foreman vs. Holyfield, Morales vs. Barrera, De La Hoya vs. Trinidad, and the most lucrative fight in boxing history, Mayweather vs. Pacquiao. In addition to the previously mentioned super fights, Top Rank possesses one of the largest sports libraries, which includes nearly 10,000 fights.

Known for creating strategic collaborations between athletes, sponsors, and television networks, Top Rank has been an architect of boxing’s global growth by staging high-profile events in landmark settings around the world, including Madison Square Garden, MGM Grand Garden Arena, Staples Center, Wembley Arena, Araneta Coliseum, The Venetian Macao, Yankee Stadium, Radio City Music Hall, The “Fabulous” Forum, and AT&T Stadium. Top Rank has also been the leader within the boxing industry in creating unforgettable in-arena experiences for fans and embracing 21st century technological advancements to distribute world-class fights and shoulder programming across a variety of platforms.

About Queensberry Promotions
Queensberry Promotions is the promotional vehicle of Hall of Fame Promoter Frank Warren. 
 
Frank Warren has promoted some of the sport of boxing’s biggest names in his 35+ year career including the likes of Prince Naseem Hamed, Joe Calzaghe, Mike Tyson, Frank Bruno and Ricky Hatton; as well as current stars Tyson Fury, Billy Joe Saunders, Josh Warrington and Carl Frampton.
 
Some of the events promoted by Frank Warren during his illustrious career include: Frank Bruno v Oliver McCall at Wembley Stadium, David Haye v Dereck Chisora at Upton Park, Ricky Hatton v Kostya Tszyu at Manchester Arena, Prince Naseem Hamed v Kevin Kelley at Madison Square Garden and Joe Calzaghe v Mikkel Kessler at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium.
 
Queensberry Promotions has a long-term exclusive deal in the UK to promote boxing events on BT Sport, the sport broadcast platform of telecoms giant BT.
 
About MTK Global
MTK Global is the world’s foremost fighter management company. Headquartered in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, it was founded in September 2012 by two-time European boxing champion, Matthew Macklin.
 
MTK Global delivers a wide range of support and services including career development, legal, media, endorsements and sponsorships to more than a hundred professional fighters. It provides boxing shows, events and training gyms in various locations worldwide: Marbella, Spain, London, Manchester, Birmingham, Liverpool, Newcastle, United Kingdom, Johannesburg, South Africa, Sta. Catarina, Brasil and Sydney, Australia.

For general enquiries, email us at: hello@mtkglobal.com
 
About ESPN+
ESPN+ is the multi-sport, direct-to-consumer video service from The Walt Disney Company’s Direct-to-Consumer and International (DTCI) segment and ESPN. It reached 2 million subscribers in less than a year and offers fans thousands of live events, on-demand content and original programming not available on ESPN’s linear TV or digital networks, along with premium editorial content.

Programming on ESPN+ includes hundreds of MLB and NHLgames, exclusive UFC and Top Rank boxing events, top domestic and international soccer (Serie A, MLS, FA Cup, UEFA Nations League, EFL Championship, EFL Carabao Cup, Eredivisie, and more), thousands of college sports events (including football, basketball and other sports), Grand Slam tennis, international and domestic rugby and cricket, new and exclusive series, acclaimed studio shows and the full library of ESPN’s award-winning 30 for 30 films. Fans subscribe to ESPN+ for just $4.99 a month (or $49.99 per year) and cancel at any time.

ESPN+ is available as an integrated part of the ESPN App (on mobile and connected devices) and ESPN.com. They are the industry-leading all-in-one digital sports platform, delivering a rich, personalized experience to tens of millions of fans every month.

About ESPN
ESPN, the world’s leading sports entertainment enterprise features more than 50 assets – eight U.S. television networks, ESPN Radio, ESPN.com, ESPN International, ESPN The Magazine and more.  ESPN is 80 percent owned by ABC, Inc. (an indirect subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company) and 20 percent by Hearst.

 

Subriel Matías faces Hugo Roldán in Undefeated Duel
The world ranked Subriel Matías (12-0, 12 KOs), from the Maternillo neighborhood of Fajardo, Puerto Rico will have another interesting test in his young career on Saturday, March 2nd, when he faces the also undefeated Hugo “Ñato” Roldán (12-0, 6 KOs) of Argentina, in a Jr. Welterweight clash, scheduled for 10 rounds at the Tomás Donés Coliseum in Fajardo, Puerto Rico. [subriel matias prescott (4) Subriel Matias 
Matias, who is ranked #11 in the WBA, #13 in the WBC, and #13 in the IBF, has notable victories over former Olympian Patrick López, Adrián “Diamante” Estrella (who recently became WBC Continental Americas champion after beating the favored Oscar Duarte), former world title contender Fernando David Saucedo, Miguel Cotto Promotions prospect Jeffrey Fontánez, and Breidis Prescott.
 
“It’s a privilege to be among the best in the world. I didn’t even think I was going to become a professional, because I worked and studied, and my career in amateur boxing had me a little unmotivated. Only God knows how grateful I am for everything that is happening”, said Matías.
Subriel Matias Subriel Matias
On his training, Matías stressed: “We are training very well. We are going up against an undefeated opponent that comes with the same thought that ‘I have to win’, and he wants to be ranked among the best. I see the fight as a good opportunity to continue climbing in the rankings”.
 
“Expect a great fight. I don’t know what is going to happen since God has our destinies written. I’m satisfied if my fans can enjoy the fight. I expect to win convincingly and not to leave it to the judges”, Matías added.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Matias vs Estrella
Matias vs Estrella

 

 

Other bouts in the card, known as “Night of TeRRoR 2” on March 2 in Fajardo, include:

 

 

 

Jovanie “Lobito” Santiago (11-0, 8 KOs) of Dorado, PR will face former world title challenger Iván “Macanón” Cano (25-8-2, 15 KOs) from México in a 10-round Jr. Welterweight fight.

 

 

 

There will also be an unbeaten duel at Bantamweight division, with Jonathan “Bum Bum” López (5-0, 3 KOs) of Humacao, taking on José Saant (11-0, 5 KOs) of Ecuador, in a battle scheduled for eight rounds.

 

 

 

Also, Steven “The Punisher” Ruidiaz (4-0, 4 KOs) from Canóvanas, will compete against Jeffrey Ramos (5-4, 2 KOs) of San Juan in a 6-round bout at 135 pounds.

 

 

 

Also fighting, will be Bryan Tanco (6-0, 6 KOs) from San Juan, against Jaime “El Indio” Barbosa (19-16, 9 KOs) from Costa Rica, in a 6-round affair at 168 pounds.

 

 

 

Tickets for sale in Ticketera (https://ticketerapr.com/noche-de-terror)

 

 

 

Photos by Bryan Quiles

 

 

 

Vinny Paz & Micky Ward to be honored this Saturday by USA Boxing Alumni Association at Twin River Casino in Lincoln, RI

 

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo (February 19, 2018) — Two of New England’s all-time greatest amateur boxers, Vinny “The Pazmanian Devil” Paz and “Irish” Micky Ward, will be honored this Saturday (Feb. 23) by the USA Boxing Alumni Association at Twin River Casino in Lincoln, Rhode Island.

=Micky Ward (R) vs Arturo Gatti (L) Micky Ward (R) vs Arturo Gatti (L)

 USA Boxing Alumni Association will host a fundraiser and membership drive prior to and during the CES Boxing event, which will be featuring three championship matches, including former NE amateur boxers such as Jamaine Ortiz and Amanda Pavone, plus Shelly Vincent.

 

Vinny Pazienza in his fistic prime Vinny Pazienza in his fistic prime

Paz and Ward will be signing autographs and posing for pictures, starting at 5 p.m. ET, and Sportsworld will conduct a boxing memorabilia auction with a portion of the proceeds going to the USA Boxing Alumni Association.

 

“The USA Boxing Alumni Association wants to thank all new and current members attending the benefit honoring Micky Ward and Vinny Paz,” said Chris Cugliari, USA Boxing Alumni Association Director.  “Both Micky and Vinny exhibited an extraordinary amount of determination and toughness throughout their careers, and the Alumni Association wants to thank them for serving as great examples for today’s amateur boxing champions.  We appreciate all the time and effort that Micky and Vinny have dedicated to promoting amateur boxing and look forward to honoring them for their accomplishments.”

 

 

USA Boxing Alumni Association

Created to champion a lifelong, mutually beneficial relations between USA Boxing and its alumni, –boxers, officials, coaches and boxing fans — The Alumni Association connects generations of champions, inspiring and giving back to USA Boxing’s future boxing champions, in and out of the ring.

The USA Boxing Alumni Association is open to anyone who has a love for boxing and would like to stay connected with amateur boxing.  Members are granted access to a wide variety of special events hosted by the Alumni Association, including its annual USA Boxing Alumni Association Hall of Fame reception.

To join the Alumni Association, simply register at alumni@usaboxing.org for a $40.00 per year membership fee.  New members will receive a T-shirt, keychain and e-wallet.

 

 

Paz, who lives in nearby Cranston, RI, was a decorated amateur boxer who compiled a 100-12 record, highlighted by his gold-medal winning performance at the 1981 National Sports Festival, which aired live on ABC’s Wide World of Sports.

 

As a professional, Pazienza later changed his last name to Paz, and he retired with a 50-10 (30 KOs) record, including five world titles in three different weight classes.  During his pro career, the electrifying Paz defeated the likes of Robert Duran (twice), Lloyd Honeyghan, Gilbert Dele, Greg Haughen, Melvin Paul and Jeff Bumpus, among the more notable.

 

“I have respect for boxing,” Paz commented, “but I don’t miss it because it’s been so long since I’ve boxed.  I do miss the discipline that’s needed to box.  USA Boxing was a good stepping stone to the pros for me.  I love Micky.  He’s a warrior.  I’m proud to be his friend.”

 

Ward, fighting out of Lowell, MA, was a three-time New England Golden Gloves champion.  He started boxing at the age of seven, making his amateur debut against Joey Roach (HOF trainer Freddie Roach’s brother), captured top honors in the 1983 AAU New England and Regional championships. 

 

As a pro, Ward became one of the most popular boxers in the world, compiling a 38-13 (27 KOs) record, including the World Boxing Union (WBU) super lightweight title-winning performance. He was a three-time Fighter of the Year participant in 2001 (Emanuel Augustus, 2002 & 2003 (Arturo Gatti), as well as the first boxer with double-digit losses to earn a $1-million purse.  His notable victims included Gatti, Steve Quinonez, Shea Neary, Reggie Green and Alphonso Sanchez.

 

“USA Boxing taught me how to do the right thing by being with so many good people,” Ward explained.  “I made so many good friendships in the amateurs.  It’ll be great to be with Paz again.  He’s one of New England’s all-time greatest boxers and a great friend.”

 

In addition to being involved in two of the greatest boxing trilogies – Paz vs. Haughen and Ward vs. Gatti – the inspiring lives of Paz and Ward were the subjects of award-winning movies, respectively, “Let It Bleed” and “The Fighters”.  Paz, who recovered from a broken neck to win a world title, was played by Miles Teller, overcoming-the-odds Ward by Mark Wahlburg. 

 

Paz and Ward will be honored in the ring along with another special guest, Hall of Fame referee Steve Smoger, who started in boxing as an official in Atlantic City, New Jersey.  Smoger, who sits on the USA Boxing Alumni Association Board of Advisors, was the third man in the ring for Duran vs. Paz II and Ward vs. Augustus.

 

“Maybe there’s something in the New England water because Vinny and Micky epitomize tremendous fighting heart and spirit,” Smoger remarked.  “Vinny was a firestorm of fighter and tough to officiate.  You had to be on your toes every minute and couldn’t rest during his fights. Micky was a pleasure with officiate, never complained, and he fought ever round.  Both of them always showed me the utmost respect.”

 

“Popeye” returns to the South this Saturday in

Charlotte, North Carolina

Undefeated prospect Richard Rivera

Winning over more fans outside of N.E.

HARTFORD, Conn. (February 18, 2019) – Undefeated prospect Richard “Popeye The Sailor Man” Rivera returns to the South this Saturday night (Feb. 23) in another “stay busy” fight on the “Christy Martin Fight Night” card, presented by Christy Martin Promotions, at Centerstage@Noda in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Last November 30th, Rivera fought in Charlotte for the first time, knocking out local favorite Joshua Robertson in the sixth round.   On Feb. 23 he will face veteran Mexican fighter Jose “Olimpico” Corral (20-23, 12 KOs) in a scheduled six-round bout to be contested at a 187-pound catch-weight.

The Puerto Rican-American fighter didn’t have many supporters last time around but, based on his impressive performance, he won some fans over to his side, and he fully intends to add more this trip.

“Fighting there the first time was an interesting experience,” Rivera said.  “I had some mixed emotions, but the fans there showed me a lot of love. People came up to me after the fight saying how much they enjoyed watching me fight.  It was a good experience for me.  I beat up a local fighter, but they want me back, and I’m going there to get the job done again. 

“The plan is for me to have more fights this year to increase my ring experience.  I feel more confident each fight. All I’m lacking is experience in big fights and that’s coming. The more confident I become in the ring helps me focus better on what I’m doing in there.

“I’ve had a few obstacles along the way, but I love boxing and fighting as ‘Popeye’.  I wake up every morning ready to go.”

Rivera (9-0, 8 KOs), the reigning Universal Boxing Federation (UBF) All America light heavyweight champion, is part of a trio that formed Hartford Boxing Promotions (HBP) last year, which also includes Rivera’s manager/head trainer Tony Blanco and their other partner, Michael Tran.


Blanco noted that this fight for Rivera has added importance.  “We’re talking to a big promoter about a deal to co-promote Richard,” Blanco explained.  “So, he has to look good February 23rd in Charlotte.  He has the right combination of talent and marketability that fans love.

“Going to Charlotte to fight the first time was a good experience.  They liked and respected him so much that he’s heading back by popular demand.  We really love Christy, to be honest.  She has already asked if Richard would fight on a card that she’s promoting in March in Jacksonville, Florida.”

Martin feels the same way about Team Rivera.  “He’s an awesome kid,” she added.  “He’s talented, a solid pro in the ring, and very charismatic outside the ring.  Fans here love him as a fighter and person.  I’ve been saying ‘Popeye’ is coming back and fans here are excited.

“And now he’s stepped out of his comfort zone, fighting outside of New England, in front of different crowds, and against fighters with different styles The sky’s the limit for him.  I think he’s the real deal.”

Tickets are priced at $70.00 (ringside) and $35.00 (general admission and available to purchase at the venue.

Doors open at 6 p.m. ET with the first bout scheduled to start at 7 p.m. ET.

All fights and fighters are subject to change.

CES MEDIA ALERT
Unbeaten lightweight suffering from rare medical condition returns following year-long layoff
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Feb. 18th

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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— There’s no greater fight than the one Michael Valentin has endured since birth, nor is there an opponent more dangerous than the rare medical condition that continues to test his physical and mental toughness.

 
Born with Hirschsprung’s disease, which affects the large intestine, Valentin has had to fight for most of his life, whether it was against schoolyard bullies as a child, or for his right to step back into the boxing ring and do what he does best. 
 
No matter what life throws at him, the 19-year-old Providence, R.I., phenom continues to conquer every obstacle. Exactly one year to the date of his last fight, Valentin (4-0, 1 KO) returns to the ring Saturday night and puts his unbeaten record on the line against Philadelphia’s Christopher Burgos (1-3-1, 1 KO) in a four-round bout on the preliminary card of CES Boxing’s 2019 season opener at Twin River Casino Hotel in Lincoln, R.I.
 
What a wild year it’s been. Following his fourth pro win in February of 2018, a majority decision against Demetrius Williams, Valentin shared his secret with the entire arena, tugging at the waistline of his trunks to reveal he’s worn a colostomy bag since childhood, the source of most of the bullying he endured as a youth. 
 
Over the next year, Valentin and CES Boxing worked hand-in-hand with the Rhode Island Department of Business Regulation to ensure Valentin’s safety in the ring while the young fighter’s story immediately went viral. Fans appreciated Valentin’s candor and drew inspiration from his willingness to chase his dream despite his physical limitations. That summer, he underwent surgery in an attempt to correct his condition, which meant he would’ve been able to permanently remove the colostomy bag. The procedure didn’t take, so Valentin underwent a second surgery shortly thereafter to reattach it, bringing him right back to where he started.
 
“I was emotional,” he said. “No one wants to go through surgery back-to-back.”
 
That didn’t stop him from trying to resume his boxing career. Valentin remained committed to making his long-awaited return. He had, after all, dropped out of school years ago to pursue boxing, making his professional debut in 2017 following 68 amateur fights. The year-long wait finally ended earlier this month when the R.I. commission reinstated Valentin’s license, allowing him to compete on next Saturday’s season opener.
 
“My emotions will be through the roof,” Valentin said. “It’s been a long year. As soon as I walk out, everything is going to hit me, all the surgeries I went through and everything I had to do to get back in the ring.”
 
Given all he’s worked for and everything he’s endured to prove he belongs back in the boxing, Valentin’s drive continues to inspire others. He recently announced he’s dedicating his Feb. 23rd fight to the memory of Seven Bridges, the 10-year-old Kentucky boy who committed suicide after being bullied for wearing a colostomy bag. Bridges’ tragic death sparked others who wear colostomy bags to share photos of themselves via social media in an effort to combat bullying and further normalize a condition that affects a large percentage of the population. 
 
Valentin is quickly becoming a household name in the northeast and has willingly accepted his newfound role as a spokesman and advocate for others facing adversity. He recently attended a benefit for a 10-year-old Rhode Island boy named Travis Williams, who suffers from Caudal regression syndrome, which has forced him to undergo 20 surgeries so far. Valentin underwent 11 procedures before his 10th birthday. Williams expressed his desire to have his own man cave to recover in privacy, so the imPOSSIBLE DREAM in Warwick, R.I., a playground for children with physical limitations, solicited donations from various athletes and organizations to fill Williams’ mancave. Valentin presented the child with a pair of autographed gloves and two tickets to Saturday’s fight.  
 
This is Valentin’s new reality. Professional athletes in the public eye face a certain unspoken responsibility as role models. In Valentin’s case, he’s a rising star in a sport associated with unbridled toughness while constantly battling a medical condition that, try as it might, can’t keep him down for the count. 
 
“That’s what I’m trying to do, trying to motivate a lot of people,” Valentin said. “You can’t be scared of the world because you have a certain condition. I was like that at one time. Thank God, because of boxing, I’m not scared anymore.” PROVIDENCE'S MICHAEL VALENTIN puts his unbeaten 4-0 record on the line Saturday against Philadelphia's Christopher Burgos at Twin River Casino Hotel in Lincoln, R.I. This will be Valentin's first fight since Feb. 23rd of last year PROVIDENCE’S MICHAEL VALENTIN puts his unbeaten 4-0 record on the line Saturday against Philadelphia’s Christopher Burgos at Twin River Casino Hotel in Lincoln, R.I. This will be Valentin’s first fight since Feb. 23rd of last year.
Twenty-two-year-old Worcester, Mass., prospect Jamaine Ortiz (9-0, 4 KOs) faces 21-year-old Oxnard, Calif., standout Ricardo Quiroz (10-0, 5 KOs) in an eight-round bout on the main card for the vacant WBC World Youth Lightweight Title. Headlining is female featherweight sensation Shelly Vincent (23-2, 1 KO) of Providence, R.I., by way of New London, Conn., who faces Budapest veteran Edina Kiss (15-9, 9 KOs) in an eight-round rematch of their 2015 bout, won by Vincent by majority decision. Heavyweights Juiseppe Cusumano (17-2, 15 KOs) of Carini, Sicily and Brendan Barrett (7-1-2, 5 KOs) of Ventura, Calif., battle for the vacant NBA World Title, also in an eight-round bout.
 
Tickets for the event start at $47 and are available online at www.cesboxing.com or www.showclix.com or by phone at 401-724-2253/2254. Next weekend’s event also makes history as part of the world’s first ultra-high definition, high dynamic range event streaming live via VIVE Network TV. The VIVE app is available on Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Google Play (Android TV), iOS, Roku and all smart TVs. Visit https://tickets.vivetv.network to purchase. All fights and fighters are subject to change. Showtime is 6:30 p.m. ET and the live VIVE stream begins approximately at 9.
 
Also on the main card, female super bantamweights Marcia Agripino (3-1-1) of Ledyard, Conn., and Boston’s Amanda Pavone (6-0, 2 KOs) face one another in an eight-round bout for the vacant New England Championship. Taunton, Mass., welterweight Marqus Bates (5-2, 3 KOs) faces Jair Ramos (5-2-2, 2 KOs) of Waterbury, Conn., in a six-round bout and super lightweight Nicholas Briggs (2-0, 2 KOs) of Worcester puts his unbeaten record on the line against Andy Aiello (1-1-1) of Bridgewater, Mass., in a four-round bout. Unbeaten Pawtucket, R.I., super featherweight Ricky Delossantos (6-0, 1 KO) returns in his toughest test to date against U.S. Army National Guardsman Javar Jones (7-1, 2 KOs) of Indianapolis. 
 
Providence junior middleweights Victor Reynoso (2-0, 2 KOs) battles 1-0 John Williams of Baton Rouge, La., who scored a knockout win in his pro debut in August, while fellow unbeaten junior middleweight Lamont Powell (2-0, 1 KO) of Providence faces 29-year-old Kenneth Chery (1-1, 1 KO) of Montreal Quebec. Decorated New York City amateur Arnold Gonzalez makes his long-awaited professional debut in a four-round super lightweight bout against Falls Church, Va., veteran Stacey Anderson (0-4).
 
Visit www.cesboxing.comwww.twitter.com/cesboxing or www.facebook.com/cesboxing for more information, or follow CES Boxing on Instagram at @CESBOXING. 
 
— CES —
 
Contacts:
Michael Parente, CES Boxing, (401) 263-4990 or michael@teamces.com
Danielle Jacaman, VIVE TV Network, (469) 267-2822 or djacaman@vivetv.network
Kim Ward, Twin River Casino Hotel, (401) 475-8352 or kward@twinriver.com.
 
 

Burt Announces Knuckle Town USA’s 2019 Hall of Fame Class!

February 12, 2019. BELFAST, NEW YORK – Fresh back from Cancun, Mexico, where he and Belfast were center ring giving out the historic Police Gazette Medals in a Bare Knuckle Team Mexico versus Team USA event that received 150,000 buys on World-wide pay-per-view, Scott Burt, President of the World’s Only Bare Knuckle Hall of Fame dedicated to the pioneers of the sweet science, proudly announces his Class of 2019 as listed below.  Not only did he give out stunning Police Gazette medals at the end of each of the 12 bouts, but he was also center ring as Bec Rawlings successfully put up and defended her 130 year old Police Gazette Diamond World Belt long under Scott’s care. She did it against very tough Mexican fighter Cecelia Flores. Cecelia suffered a bloodied and broken nose, Bec lost a tooth and spat it out like it was no more than a piece of annoying popcorn husk.

The quality, legal, bare knuckle event held in Cancun not only featured great fights, but World Champion Antonio Tarver and well-known commentator Sean Wheelock continually plugged Belfast and the July 13th Induction Day throughout the boxing event, promoted by David Feldman.  Not only is Antonio a multi-time World Champion, but is also known for playing Mason Dixon in the Rocky movie series, and is a considered a good friend of Scott’s.  “The Boxing World is a very, very small community,” states Scott “and they have rapidly embraced our treasure here in Belfast.  If fact, they have lovingly coined it Knuckle Town, USA and that’s just awesome.  I expect our largest Induction Day yet this year.  What and outstanding Class of 2019 we have!” (For ticket info; www.bareknuckleboxnghalloffame.com, email srburt@aol.com, or text 585-610-3326)

Moments before the bell to start Round 1 her her title defense, Champion Bec Rawlings and Police Gazette President Scott Burt are introduced.

Moments before the bell to start Round 1 her her title defense, Champion Bec Rawlings and Police Gazette President Scott Burt are introduced.

 

2019 BARE KNUCKLE BOXING HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES:

 

Fighter Inductees, in order of when title was obtained:

Jack Havlin – 1888 Police Gazette World Featherweight Champion

Tommy Warren – 1888 Police Gazette World Featherweight Champion

Ike Weir – 1888 Police Gazette World Featherweight Champion

Rebecca Rawlings – 2018 Police Gazette World Featherweight Champion

Arnold Adams – 2018 Police Gazette American Heavyweight Champion

Police Gazette Caretaker Scott Burt congratulats his Champion Bec Rawlings on her successful title defense.

Police Gazette Caretaker Scott Burt congratulats his Champion Bec Rawlings on her successful title defense.

Referee Inductees:

John Fitzpatrick – 1889 Sullivan-Kilrain Richburg, Mississippi, Ring Referee

William Barclay ‘Bat’ Masterson – 1889 Sullivan-Kilrain Time Referee for Kilrain

Bill Clancy – Modern BKB Ring Referee

Dan Miragliotta – Modern BKB Ring Referee

Wayne Spinola – Modern BKB Ring Referee

 

Organizers and Showmen Inductees:

Dave Feldman – Modern BKB Promoter (2018 BKB Promoter of the Year)

Gary Grant – Modern Ring Architect (Builder of the Modern Circled-Square)

Jeff Houston – Modern BKB Announcer

Wyoming State Board of Mixed Martial Arts – Bryan Pedersen, Chairman

Mississippi Athletic Commission – Jon Lewis, Chairman

 

Honorary Inductees:

Belfast Boxing Club Fighters, Trainers, Coaches, and Organizers from the 1980s and 90s

 – “Be-Fast Belfast”

 

Our Marie Backus Person of the Year:

Mort Goldsmith – Caretaker of Fighters

 

 

2019 BKBHOF INDUCTION WEEKEND SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

 

Friday, July 12 (Belfast, New York):

8pm – Beer and Boxing – We’ve reserved the upstairs conference room at the Belfast Hotel to watch some fight videos, highlighted by Billy Backus’s 1970 World Welterweight fight against then Reigning Champion Jose’ Napoles in Syracuse. Billy will be here with us to narrate, comment, and give some behind the scenes stories!

10pm – Ghost Tour of the BKBHOF – Jimmy Holmes, the first person since the Great John L. to sleep overnight in the barns 130 years ago will share some of the spooky experiences he had during the week he stayed there in a flashlight tour of the barns.

 

Saturday, July 13 (Belfast, New York):

10am – Special Cancellation Stamping of Official 2019 Induction Postcards held at Belfast’s United States Post Office on Main Street.

10:30am – Official Ribbon Cutting of the new Police Gazette Boxing Corporation Executive Offices at 25 Main Street.

11am – Meet & Greet with celebrities and inductees at Family Center; 3 Merton

12noon – Annual BKBHOF Induction Brunch and Awards at the Family Center; $55 each.

2:30pm – Tour of the BKBHOF at 5 West Hughes Street – Scott Burt, HOF President and Historian, takes you on a tour of John L. Sullivan’s original 1889 training barns that now house the World’s only Bare Knuckle Boxing Hall of Fame where William Muldoon prepared him for the fight that made him a legend.

 

Sunday, July 14 (Belmont, New York):

1pm to 6pm – Pollywogg Holler – Join us for a relaxing and truly enjoyable day at Allegany County’s most unique setting, Pollywogg Holler (www.pollywoggholler.com). A five-minute walk through the woods leads to a place truly magical. You can purchase beer, wine, wood-fired pizza and enjoy live music and outdoor dancing. Great fellowship!

Boxing Legend Gerry Cooney Launches First “Gerry Cooney’s Boxing Academy”.  Ribbon Cutting & Media Event, February 7th 6:30 pm. 

 Scotch Plains, NJ: YETI MMA is proud and excited to announce that heavyweight boxing legend, Gerry Cooney, has chosen YETI MMA to open his first “Gerry Cooney’s Boxing Academy”.  The grand opening ribbon cutting ceremony and media event will be held on February 7th at 6:30 pm. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gerry Cooney (third from right) and Larry Holmes (L) attending the grand opening of Gerry Cooney’s Boxing Academy

According to Gerry, “When I think back on all that boxing has given me in my life, all the positives, I just felt that now was the perfect time for me to be launching my academy.  Boxing makes you better in life, in all that you do.  You carry the lessons learned in the gym in all aspects of your life.  Boxing not only gets you fit, healthy and strong, but it also provides you with confidence, perseverance and tenacity.  I have known YETI’s owner David Martin for some time now.  He has done some great things at YETI MMA.  I just knew it was the right place for me and my team.  The folks at Title Boxing have helped me in outfitting a great room to help me share my love of boxing to the next generation.  It is a very exciting time for boxing right now.  I hope, in my own way, that I can help keep the great American tradition of boxing alive.”  

Gerry Cooney and some young fighters at Gerry Cooney’s Boxing Academy

New Jersey and boxing are a great pair.  “YETI MMA is all about the athlete’s experience.  Our talented coaches have taken their own personal success and are now working with a wide range of athletes from kids as young as five, teens and adults who desire to achieve their own personal best.  That “personal best” is a wide range.  We have athletes who want to get fit and healthy, want to make “the team” and or who want to compete at the highest amateur and professional levels”, according to David Martin, YETI MMA founder and managing member.  Mr. Martin went on to share, “Gerry is a childhood idol of mine.  We both grew up in Long Island, NY and I worshiped him as a fighter.  To have the ability to know work with him, is a childhood dream come true.

Once bitter rivals - now best of friends, Larry Holmes and Gerry Cooney  at Gerry Cooney's Boxing Academy

Once bitter rivals – now best of friends, Larry Holmes and Gerry Cooney at Gerry Cooney’s Boxing Academy

Mr. Cooney is working in conjunction with Title Boxing.  Since 1998, Title Boxing, has been an authority in the boxing industry through equipment design, integrity in business and our overall

involvement in the sport.  “Gerry has been a fixture in the sport of boxing for over four decades now,” states TITLE Boxing’s Director of Marketing, Doug Ward.  “With that, he brings a wealth of knowledge, both from his own experiences in the ring and some of what has been passed down to him from some of the greatest trainers in the history of the sport. It’s really a testament to the type of person Gerry is, that he’s willing to share that and he’s so committed to giving back to the sport.  We are extremely proud and honored to be a part of this collaboration between YETTI MMA and Gerry Cooney’s Boxing Academy.  We’re really looking forward to seeing some of the talent that’s going to be coming out of that program. “ 

CES MEDIA ALERT

Unbeaten Delossantos, amateur sensation Gonzalez added to stacked Twin River extravaganza

AMATEUR STANDOUT ARNOLD Gonzalez makes his professional debut Feb. 23rd, 2019 at Twin River Casino Hotel in Lincoln, R.I., in a four-round bout against Virginia’s Stacey Anderson.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Feb. 11th, 2019) — The highly-anticipated CES Boxing season opener continues to get better with two major additions to the lineup.

Unbeaten Pawtucket, R.I., super featherweight Ricky Delossantos (6-0, 1 KO) returns for his toughest test to date Saturday, Feb. 23rd, 2019 at Twin River Casino Hotel while decorated New York amateur Arnold Gonzalez makes his long-awaited professional debut on the undercard of a stacked fight card featuring three title bouts.

Delossantos, a former two-sport star at Rhode Island’s William E. Tolman Senior High School, faces Indianapolis native and U.S. Army National Guardsman Javar Jones (7-1, 2 KOs) in a six-round bout while Gonzalez battles Falls Church, Va., veteran Stacey Anderson (0-4) in a four-round super lightweight bout.

The addition of Delossantos and Gonzalez adds even more appeal to a fight card already generating considerable buzz throughout New England and the northeast. Worcester, Mass., lightweight Jamaine Ortiz (9-0, 4 KOs) faces Ricardo Quiroz (10-0, 5 KOs) of Oxnard, Calif., for the vacant WBC World Youth Lightweight Title in an intriguing battle of unbeatens. Heavyweights Juiseppe Cusumano (17-2, 15 KOs) of Carini, Sicily and Brendan Barrett (7-1-2, 5 KOs) of Ventura, Calif., battle for the vacant NBA World Title and Marcia Agripino (3-1-1) of Ledyard, Conn., faces undefeated Amanda Pavone (6-0, 2 KOs) of Boston for the vacant New England Female Super Bantamweight Title. 

Tickets start at $47 and are available online at www.cesboxing.com or www.showclix.com, or by phone at 401-724-2253. The main card will stream live on the subscription-based 4K ultra high-definition platform VIVE Network TV. Visit https://tickets.vivetv.network to purchase. All fights and fighters are subject to change

Gonzalez, a two-time Golden Gloves champion who boasted a 59-9 amateur record, recently sparred 24 rounds with Manny Pacquiaoas the pound-for-pound great prepared for his world-title bout against Adrien Broner. The 24-year-old Ecuadorian prospect is trained by the world-renowned Freddie Roach out of the Wild Card Boxing Gym in California and is managed by George Foreman III, the son of two-time heavyweight champion George Foreman.

Delossantos is a familiar face in New England. The 29-year-old debuted in April of 2017 and continues to improve with each performance. He hasn’t lost a round since his second professional fight and recently blanked tough, New Jersey veteran Jose Ortiz over six rounds last September. He faces a tall order against Jones, an accomplished Army boxer who began his career with seven consecutive wins, two by knockout, and works as a surface maintenance technician for the Indiana National Guard. 

The entire card is headlined by the long-awaited return of female featherweight sensation Shelly Vincent (23-2, 1 KO) of Providence, R.I., by way of New London, Conn., who faces Budapest veteran Edina Kiss (15-9, 9 KOs) in an eight-round rematch of their 2015 bout, won by Vincent by majority decision. Vincent fights at Twin River for the first time since 2016. She is best known for two highly-publicized bouts against Heather Hardy, both of which were nationally televised. The rematch aired live on HBO in October, just the second female boxing bout televised by the network in 25 years.

Regional rivals collide on the undercard as Taunton, Mass., welterweight Marqus Bates (5-2, 3 KOs) faces Jair Ramos (5-2-2, 2 KOs) of Waterbury, Conn., in a six-round bout and super lightweight Nicholas Briggs (2-0, 2 KOs) of Worcester puts his unbeaten record on the line against Andy Aiello (1-1-1) of Bridgewater, Mass., in a four-round bout. 

Junior middleweights Victor Reynoso (2-0, 2 KOs) and Lamont Powell (2-0, 1 KO) of Providence face their toughest tests in separate four-round bouts. Reynoso battles 1-0 John Williams of Baton Rouge, La., who scored a knockout win in his pro debut in August, while Powell battles 29-year-old Kenneth Chery (1-1, 1 KO) of Montreal Quebec.

The undercard also features the return of Providence lightweight Michael “Bling Bling” Valentin (4-0, 1 KO), the eclectic 19-year-old who fights despite being born with a rare intestinal disease known as Hirschsprung’s. Valentin endured bullying throughout childhood and fights wearing a colostomy bag. He returns Feb. 23rd one year to the date of his last fight and will dedicate his fifth pro bout to the memory of Seven Bridges, a 10-year-old Kentucky boy who committed suicide after being bullied for wearing a colostomy bag. Valentin faces Philadelphia’s Christopher Burgos (1-3-1, 1 KO) in a four-round bout.

Jose Ramirez Hopes to Defend World Title and KO Cancer

Ramirez -Jose Zepeda and Ray Beltran-Hiroki Okada to be televised LIVE on Sunday, Feb. 10 on ESPN and ESPN Deportes beginning at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT

FRESNO, Calif. (Feb. 6, 2019) — WBC super lightweight world champion Jose Ramirez has a pair of fights this week.

In the ring, the Avenal, Calif., native will defend his WBC super lightweight world title against Jose “Chon” Zepeda on Sunday at the Save Mart Center in Fresno, Calif. Outside the ring, Ramirez will help raise money and awareness for cancer research to assist men, women, and children who are afflicted with the disease.

Ramirez (23-0, 16 KOs) will pay a special visit to the Community Cancer Institute in Clovis, Calif., on Thursday at 12:30 p.m., where he will meet with patients and staff members. He will then auction off his fight-worn purple gloves and assorted fight night attire, with all proceeds benefitting the Community Cancer Institute. A portion of all ticket sales will be donated to the Community Cancer Institute, and Ramirez and his manager, Rick Mirigian, will also donate 1,000 tickets to Community Cancer Institute patients and their families.

“This is not just about boxing. I am proud to dedicate my performance against Zepeda to the fight against cancer and to work with the great people at the Community Cancer Institute,” Ramirez said. “The people in the Central Valley have supported me since my amateur days, and I feel it’s important for me to use my platform in a positive way.

“I lost both of my grandparents to cancer. Rick Mirgian’s mother is battling cancer. It’s a universal thing. So many families know someone who is affected by cancer. When someone has cancer, it hits the whole family. Doing an event dedicated to people suffering from cancer will show them that they are supported and loved.”

Ramirez-Zepeda and the 140-pound showdown between former lightweight world champion Ray Beltran and Hiroki Okada will headline a special Top Rank on ESPN card beginning at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT on ESPN and ESPN Deportes. 

Promoted by Top Rank, tickets to this world championship event priced at $150, $90, $60, $35, and $25 are on sale now and can be purchased at the Save Mart Center box office, Ticketmaster.com, or by calling 800-745-3000.

For more information visit: www.toprank.com, www.espn.com/boxing; Facebook: facebook.com/trboxing; Twitter: twitter.com/trboxing.
 
Use the hashtags #RamirezZepeda and #KOCancer to join the conversation on social media.

 

Jose Ramirez and Gabriel Flores Jr. Visit Community Cancer Institute

Ramirez-Jose Zepeda and Ray Beltran-Hiroki Okada to be televised LIVE on Sunday, Feb. 10 on ESPN and ESPN Deportes beginning at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT 

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CLOVIS, Calif. (Feb. 7, 2019) — WBC super lightweight champion Jose Ramirez has fought for many causes near and dear to his heart and to the citizens of California’s Central Valley. As he readies to defend his title against Jose “Chon” Zepeda on Sunday at Fresno’s Save Mart Center, Ramirez is using his platform to continue the fight against cancer.

Ramirez, along with undefeated prospect Gabriel Flores Jr., visited cancer patients and their families Thursday at the Community Cancer Institute, one of the nation’s premier cancer treatment facilities.

“I lost my grandpa to cancer a few months ago, and I saw how important it was that he had the love and support of his family,” Ramirez said. “If the patient is fighting, then the family should be there fighting as well. I think that’s what you are going to see on Sunday. The whole Central Valley community is also fighting with you guys and will be bringing that motivation and encouragement.”

More than 10,000 fans are expected to pack the Save Mart Center to watch Ramirez, who hails from nearby Avenal. Ramirez will auction off his fight-worn purple gloves and assorted fight night attire, with all proceeds benefitting the Community Cancer Institute. A portion of all ticket sales will be donated to the Community Cancer Institute, and Ramirez and his manager, Rick Mirigian, will also donate 1,000 tickets to Community Cancer Institute patients and their families.

When Ramirez walks to the ring, everyone in the arena will hold up a special sign that reads, ‘”Let’s KO Cancer.”

Ramirez-Zepeda and the 140-pound showdown between former lightweight world champion Ray Beltran and Hiroki Okada will headline a special Top Rank on ESPN card beginning at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT on ESPN and ESPN Deportes. Flores’ bout against Alex Torres Rynn will be part of the ESPN+ undercard stream beginning at 4 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT. 

Promoted by Top Rank, tickets to this world championship event priced at $150, $90, $60, $35, and $25 are on sale now and can be purchased at the Save Mart Center box office, Ticketmaster.com, or by calling 800-745-3000.

WBO orders

Donnie Nietes vs. Aston Palicte II

LAS VEGAS (February 6, 2019) – The World Boxing Organization (WBO) has ordered negotiations to begin for a rematch between reigning WBO Junior Bantamweight World Champion Donnie “Ahas” Nietes and No. 1-ranked, mandatory challenger “Mighty” Aston Palicte.

The WBO contacted the promoters for Nietes and Palicte, respectively, ALA Promotions and Roy Jones Jr. (RJJ) Boxing Promotions, informing them that they have 15 days to reach an agreement regarding Nietes vs. Palicte II.  If an agreement isn’t reached by the Feb. 19th deadline, the WBO will order a purse bid.  The minimal bid is $100,000, but either promoter may request a purse bid procedure at any time during the negotiation process.

Nietes and Palicte fought to a controversial 12-round draw last September for the then vacant WBO junior bantamweight world title. 

“Hats off to the WBO for being so aggressive to attempt to make this fight happen,” RJJ Boxing Promotions CEO/Co-Founder Keith Veltre.  We are looking forward to making this deal happen but, if the deal can’t be made, we are ready for a purse bid.:

The WBO ordered No. 1 ranked Nietes to fight No. 3 rated Kazuito Ioka, on New Year’s Eve in China, for the vacant WBO junior bantamweight crown, in addition to No. 2 Palicte vs. unbeaten No. 4 Jose Martinez last Thursday night in Alpine, California, to determine Nietes’ mandatory challenger.

Nietes (42-1-5, 23 KOs) won by way of a 12-round split decision to capture his fourth world title in four different weight classes, while Palicte (25-2-1, 21 KOs) knocked out Martinez in the second round to set-up another All-Filipino showdown.

Palicte vs. Martinez headlined a show that was the first under a new agreement between Palicte’s promoter, RJJ Boxing, and UFC FIGHT PASS® to live stream up to 72 professional boxing events during the next three years.

 

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After Biggest win of Career, DeAndre Ware Looks for Bright Future
 
Promotional Free Agent sees Big Opportunities in Super Middleweight Division 
NEW YORK (February 6, 2019)-This past Friday night, super middleweight DeAndre Ware registered the biggest win of his career when he took a 10-round majority decision over previously undefeated Ronald Ellis in a bout that was the main of a ShoBox: The New Generation card and live on SHOWTIME. 
The fight, which took place at The Main Street Armory, saw Ware press the action and get inside of the longer Ellis.  Ware was effective inside by working the body and coming up top with good right hands.
The native of Toledo, Ohio, Ware won by scores of 96-94 twice, and 95-95 to raise his mark to 13-1-2 with eight knockouts.
Ware, who was making his 2nd consecutive ShoBox appearance, was able to show his skills after being able to enjoy a full training camp, and now will look for a big opportunity in the super middleweight division.
“I controlled the fight.  The whole fight I was landing the harder shots,” said Ware.  “I finally had a chance to get in shape and have a full camp, and we were able to show what we really have. I applied the pressure.  He was just flicking the jab and it wasn’t doing anything.  I see big things in my future, I am with with a great team with  Split-T Management.” 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“This was another great ShoBox fight between two extremely talented guys. Both deserve much more respect. Deandre once again showed his mettle and character, and outworked his opponent,” said David McWater of Split-T Management.

 
Ware is a promotional free agent, and has the biggest promoters in the world after his services.
 
With this win, Ware not only won the biggest fight of his career as he won NABA US, USBO and WBC Continental Americas titles and will be ranked by all four major organizations.
Photos by Stephanie Trapp / SHOWTIME
 

12-TIME WORLD CHAMPION JAMES TONEY
CONFIRMED FOR FIFTH ANNUAL BOX FAN EXPO, DURING CINCO DE MAYO WEEKEND,
SATURDAY MAY 4, IN LAS VEGAS

Las Vegas (February 7, 2019) – 12-Time world champion James Toney has confirmed that that he will appear and hold a Meet & Greet with his fans at the Las Vegas Convention Center for the fifth Annual Box Fan Expo on Saturday May 4, 2019 from 10am to 5pm, during Cinco De Mayo weekend. The Boxing Expo will also coincide with the highly anticipated fight between Canelo Alvarez vs Danny Jacobs, that will take place later that evening at the T-Mobile Arena.
 
Toney will make his 4th appearance at this years’ Expo, at the Hannibal Boxing Media booth and will be signing gloves, photos, personal items and book copies of Dark Trade, where he is featured on the cover.Fans will also have an opportunity to take pictures with this boxing legend also known as “Lights Out”.
 
About James Toney
Toney is a former IBF middleweight, super middleweight and cruiserweight world champion. He has been regarded as one of the greatest defensive fighters of his era and was unbeaten in his first 46 contests bouts. Toney has fought at the elite level for more than three decades and is a sure first ballot Hall of Famer. Toney holds notable wins over Michael Nunn, Reggie Johnson, Mike McCallum, Iran Barkley, Vassily Jirov,and Evander Holyfield. With over 90 pro fights in his career, not once has he ever been knocked out and no referee has ever had to save him or stop a fight while competing. Toney was also awarded Ring Magazine and Boxing Writers Association of America Fighter of the Year 1991 and comeback fighter of the year 2003.
 
About Hannibal Boxing Media
Hannibal Boxing Media produces the finest boxing books available and is a fast-rising source for first-rate boxing journalism. Hannibal Boxing’s book publishing imprint is Hamilcar Publications. Recent and upcoming book releases include Off The Ropes: The Ron Lyle Story, Dark Trade: Lost in Boxing, and Jacobs Beach: The Mob, The Garden & The Golden Age of Boxing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At the Box Fan Expo this year, James Toney will be signing copies of this new 1st U.S. edition of Dark Trade, where he is featured on the cover. Also at the Boxing Expo, Hall of Fame Broadcaster Al Bernstein will be signing copies of Off The Ropes, where he contributed a foreword as a moving tribute to Ron Lyle. Learn more about Hannibal Boxing and Hamilcar Publications at www.hannibalboxing.com.

 
About Box Fan Expo
Box Fan Expo has been a huge success with fans and boxing industry people. Many boxing stars have attended the last four Expos such as Floyd Mayweather, Mike Tyson, Roberto Duran, Tommy Hearns, Juan Manuel Marquez, Marco Antonio Barrera, Erik Morales, Roy Jones Jr., Marcos Maidana, Andre Ward, Errol Spence Jr., Sergio Martinez, Keith Thurman, Danny Garcia, Tim Bradley, Deontay Wilder, Amir Khan, Shawn Porter, Fernando Vargas, Zab Judah,  James Toney, Vinny Pazienza, Mikey Garcia , Mia St.John, Leo Santa Cruz, Abner Mares Maricela Cornejo, Badou Jack, Terry Norris , Riddick Bowe , Earnie Shavers, Leon Spinks, Danny Jacobs, Jorge Linares, Brandon Rios and many more…
 
Exhibitors such as boxing gear, apparel, new equipment’s, energy drinks, alcohol, supplement products, broadcasting media, sanctioning bodies and other companies who wish to participate will once again have a chance to showcase their brand to fans, media and the boxing industry.
 
Tickets to the Box Fan Expo are available online at: 
 
Box Fan Expo is the ultimate boxing fan experience event, which allows fans to Meet and Greet Boxing Superstars of today, current and former world champions, Legends of the sport and other boxing Celebrities at their booth. On Site, fans will experience different activities from Autograph Sessions, Photo Sessions, FaceOff with your favorite boxers, as well as a chance to purchase merchandise and memorabilia from their booth, plus so much more… you won’t want to miss this must-attend Expo!
 
Box Fan Expo will also feature top boxing organizations, promoters, ring card girls, famous trainers and commentators as well as boxing gear companies “ALL UNDER ONE ROOF”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

New promotional company Shearns Boxing Promotions Announces inaugural show “Every Man For Himself”

March 15 in Worcester, MA

WORCESTER, Mass. (February 6, 2019) – New England’s newest promotional company, Shearns Boxing Promotions (SBP), held a press conference today to formally announce the presentation of its inaugural event, “Every Man For Himself,” on Friday night, March 15, at The Palladium in Worcester, MA.

SBP’s philosophy is to promote entertaining, competitive fights, featuring several fights between New England boxers. Five of the eight fights on SBP’s inaugural card, for example, pit N.E. vs. N.E. fighters.

Worcester fan favorite Kendrick “Peppa” Ball, Jr. (11-1-2, 8 KOs) will face an opponent to be determined in the six-round main event for the vacant New England Middleweight Championship.

In the co-featured event, undefeated Providence light heavyweight Angel Camacho, Jr. (15-0, 5 KOs) returns to the ring in a six-round bout versus Taronze Washington (17-26, 9 KOs), of Dallas.

Always tough Lawrence, MA junior welterweight Agustine Mauras (6-4-3, 3 KOs) throws-down with Oscar Bonilla (5-3-1, 1 KO), of Bridgeport, CT, in a six-round match.

One of Worcester’s most celebrated amateur boxers this century, heavyweight Owen Minor, will make his professional debut in a four-rounder versus Corey Morley (0-2-1), of Philadelphia.  

Undefeated Southbridge, MA welterweight Wilfredo “El Sucaro” Pagan (5-0, 3 KOs) takes on upset-minded Peruvian Carlos Galindo (1-7), fighting out of Woburn, MA, in a four-round clash.

Also fighting on the undercard, all in four-round fights, are Springfield, MA lightweight Calixto Cruz (1-0) vs. Saco, ME’s pro-debuting Llamar Kelly, Worcester cruiserweight Jake Paradise (0-2) vs. Francisco Artri Neto (0-2), of Woburn, MA, and Bridgeport, CT junior lightweight Carlos Marrero III (0-2-1) vs. Worcester’s Edwin Rosado (1-8-1, 1 KO).

All fights and fighters are subject to change.

General admission tickets are priced at $25.00 and available to purchase online at thepalladium.net.  Boxers on the card have $50.00 and $25.00 to sell.

Doors open at 6 p.m. ET, first fight at 7 p.m. ET.

Event sponsors include Palley Advertising, Lundgren Collision, Grill 57, Worcester Railers, Worcester Red Sox and Allstate Insurance.

PRESS CONFERENCE QUOTES

Chuck Shearns, Shearns Boxing Promotions: “We want New England guys fighting each other, which is something Massachusetts has been missing, Rhode Island and Connecticut have been doing it.  We’re hoping to bring it back, it’s our goal.  Every fighter on this card has a reason to win, whether it to further their careers nationally, make their pro debut, a few really need a win, and have some who’ve really stepped up to take tough fights.”

Jimmy Burchfield (CES Boxing promotes Kendrick Bell, Jr. and Angel Camacho, Jr.: “CES Boxing and Chuck, we know business, and we know it takes family. We’re honored that he’s stepping up to the plate.  Promoting a show is a monstrous job.  Life is a family. 

“Worcester is a fighting city. The sponsors Chuck already has means that they recognize a good promotion. There are so many components to promoting.  It may be 8 to 10 weeks without money coming in to fight night.  That’s why so many promoters leave right away. Fight night is easy.  Fighters are the most important.  They risk their lives.”

“Kendrick Ball, Jr.: I want to thank Chuck and Jimmy because I wanted to fight in my hometown, in in the main event, and for a title.  I also wanted to fight on the same card as my cousin, Owen (Minor).  I know I’m the best middleweight in New England and I’m going to win that strap.  Watsch me in the ring!”

Angel Camacho, Jr. “This platform in boxing isn’t just about me.  God game me a talent.  I can reach a lot of kids and tell them they can achieve their goals.  After a few injuries, I was kind of lost, and I didn’t know what to do.  I’m coming back March 15 and getting my 16th win.  I’m excited to be fighting again.”

Owen Minor: “I want to thank Shearns Boxing Promotions for putting me on this show to make my pro debut.  It’s been a long time, but I’m here, and come March 15 to see why I’ here.”

Wilfredo Pagan: “I can’t wait to get my sixth victory.  I don’t know much about Galindo, but I heard he’s a tough fighter.  I’ll do what I do to put on an entertaining fight for the fans.” 

Jake Paradise: “I’m so happy to be here.  I’m getting on with my career and I’m going to put on a good show.”

Edwin Rosado: “I’m going to put on a good show.  I’m training hard to do what I do.”

INFORMATION:  

Facebook.com/ShearnsBoxingPromotions

December 22. Thailand’s Srisaket Sor Rungvisai will return to the Southland on Feb. 24 to make the second defense of his World Boxing Council super-flyweight belt against Mexico’s Juan Francisco Estrada, promoter Tom Loeffler announced Saturday.

Sor Rungvisai (44-4-1, 40 knockouts) affirmed his previous narrow March victory by decision against Nicaragua’s Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez by knocking him out in stunning fashion in the fourth round in September at StubHub Center.

On the same card, former world flyweight champion Estrada (36-2, 25 KOs) knocked down champion and countryman Carlos Cuadras in the 10th round and eked out a narrow unanimous decision, 114-113 on all three judges’ scorecards.

Loeffler said he has interest in making the HBO broadcast a tripleheader as he did with the super-flyweights in September.

One participant could be Japan’s World Boxing Organization champion Naoya Inoue (14-0, 12 KOs).

“We would like to have Inoue on again if we can make it work,” Loeffler said in a text message. “He’s become a huge fan favorite after this last performance on HBO.”

Cuadras may also appear, but Loeffler said it’s “not confirmed when Chocolatito will fight next” after being hospitalized overnight from Sor Rungvisai’s September knockout.

Sor Rungvisai was hailed in his country after flattening Gonzalez, meeting with royalty in the country where he previously worked as a garbage man.

IOC sanctions one athlete for failing anti-doping tests at Vancouver 2010

December 21 – The protection of clean athletes and the fight against doping are top priorities for the International Olympic Committee (IOC), as outlined in Olympic Agenda 2020, the IOC’s strategic roadmap for the future of the Olympic Movement.

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.

As part of this process, the IOC today announced that one athlete has been disqualified from the Olympic Games Vancouver 2010. The details follow.

Teja GREGORIN, 37, of Slovenia, competing in the following events:

·         the women’s 7.5km biathlon event, in which she ranked 9th;

·         the women’s 10km pursuit biathlon event, in which she also ranked 9th;

·         the women’s 15km biathlon event, in which she ranked 36th;

·         the women’s 12.5km mass start biathlon event, in which she ranked 5th and for which she was awarded a diploma; and

·         the women’s 4x6km relay event, in which she ranked 8th and for which she was awarded diplomas;

has been disqualified from the Olympic Games Vancouver 2010. Re-analysis of Gregorin’s samples from Vancouver 2010 resulted in a positive test for the prohibited substance GHRP-2 M2. 

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

       I.            The Athlete, Teja GREGORIN:

                               a.            is found to have committed anti-doping rule violations pursuant to Article 2 of The International Olympic Committee Anti-Doping Rules applicable to the XXI Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, 2010 (presence, and/or use, of Prohibited Substances and its Metabolites or Markers in an athlete’s bodily specimen),

                              b.            is disqualified from the events in which she participated upon the occasion of the Olympic Winter Games Vancouver 2010, namely:

                                                         i.            the women’s 7.5km biathlon event, in which she ranked 9th;

                                                        ii.           the women’s 10km pursuit biathlon event, in which she also ranked 9th;

                                                       iii.           the women’s 15km biathlon event, in which she ranked 36th;

                                                      iv.            the women’s 12.5km mass start biathlon event, in which she ranked 5th and for which she                                                                          was awarded a diploma; and

                                                       v.            the women’s 4x6km relay event, in which she ranked 8th and for which she was awarded                                                                            diplomas;

                               c.            has the diplomas obtained in the above-mentioned events withdrawn and is ordered to return the same to the International Olympic Committee.

    II.            The Slovenian Team is disqualified from the women’s 4x6km relay event. The corresponding diplomas are withdrawn and shall be returned to the International Olympic Committee.

 III.            The International Biathlon Union is requested to modify the results of the above-mentioned events accordingly and to consider any further action within its own competence.

 IV.            The Olympic Committee of Slovenia Association of Sports Federations shall ensure full implementation of this decision.

    V.            The Olympic Committee of Slovenia Association of Sports Federations shall notably secure the return to the International Olympic Committee, as soon as possible, of the diplomas awarded in connection with the women’s 12.5km mass start biathlon and the women’s 4x6km relay event to the Athlete.

 VI.            The Olympic Committee of Slovenia Association of Sports Federations shall also secure the return to the International Olympic Committee, as soon as possible, of the diplomas awarded in connection with the women’s 4x6km relay event to the members of the Slovenian Team.

VII.            This decision enters into force immediately. 

The full decision is available here.

The Vancouver re-analysis followed similar re-analysis programmes for the Olympic Games Beijing 2008, which has concluded, and London 2012, Sochi 2014 and Rio 2016, which continue.

The additional 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 this edition of the Olympic Games.

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MIGUEL ‘MICKEY’ ROMAN DEFEATS ORLANDO ‘SIRI’ SALIDO IN FIGHT OF THE YEAR CANDIDATE AND MAIN EVENT OF HBO BOXING AFTER DARK AT MANDALAY BAY RESORT AND CASINO IN LAS VEGAS
 
FRANCISCO ‘EL BANDIDO’ VARGAS EARNS TECHNICAL UNANIMOUS DECISION WIN AGAINST STEPHEN ‘SWIFTY’ SMITH IN CO-MAIN EVENT AFTER BLOODY LACERATION ON SMITH’S EAR FORCES STOPPAGE
 
RENE ‘EL GEMELO’ ALVARADO AND AARON ‘SILENCER’ MCKENNA SCORE SPECTACULAR VICTORIES ON UNDERCARD

LAS VEGAS (Dec. 9, 2017): Miguel “Mickey” Roman (58-13, 45 KOs) brought new life to his career with a spectacular and dominant ninth-round technical knockout victory against four-time, two division world champion Orlando “Siri” Salido (44-14, 31 KOs) in a Fight of the Year Candidate and main event of HBO Boxing After Dark at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. Roman, a native of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, scored knockdowns in rounds four and eight before the fight was finally stopped at 1:43 of the ninth round after a fight-finishing flurry sent Salido to the canvas for the last time in his career.

(ABOVE: Miguel Roman scored a ninth-round TKO victory against Orlando Salido in the main event of HBO Boxing After Dark at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas)

“It’s my moment, and I want to fight against any champion,” said Roman. “I was doing everything well, even though everything is always against me. But things will change from now on. That’s why I want any champion at featherweight or super featherweight, but on HBO. The new camp, the good work we did, the good training–those changes made the difference and we are all able to see that tonight. Nobody knew, but if I lost, I would have retired. It was very important to fight against a great champion like Orlando Salido and win.”
 
“I’ve beaten young fighters before, but this time it was a matter of age,” said Salido. “Time takes its toll, and obviously I just couldn’t do it. This was my last fight. Thank you to all, to those who will remember me for all the great fights that I had, and to the people who have followed me.”
 
Francisco “El Bandido” Vargas (24-2, 17 KOs) scored a ninth-round technical unanimous decision victory against Stephen “Swifty” Smith (25-4, 15 KOs) of Liverpool, United Kingdom in a scheduled 10-round super featherweight bout. Vargas, a native of Mexico City, Mexico, tried the new boxing skills that he has learned under his new trainer Joel Diaz. However, the fight was cut a bit short in the ninth round after a severe laceration on Smith’s left ear called a halt to the fight. Vargas was victorious with scores of 89-82, 88-83 and 88-83.

“This was a great win for me, and I’m happy I ended the year on a good note,” said Vargas. With my new team, I know I’ll be back soon and in big fights. I want to be world champion again, and I’ll be back very soon.”

Rene “El Gemelo” Alvarado (28-8, 19 KOs) of Managua, Nicaragua headlined the HBO Latino Boxing double-header with an upset split decision victory against Denis Shafikov (38-4, 20 KOs) in a ten-round super featherweight fight. Alvarado defeated the native of Miass, Russia with scores of 96-93, 96-94 and 94-95.
 
Ireland’s Aaron “Silencer” McKenna (1-0), the welterweight prospect who has recently signed with Golden Boy Promotions, made a successful professional debut with a four-round unanimous decision victory against Travis Conley (1-1, 1 KO) in the super welterweight division. McKenna won with three scores of 40-36.
 
Salido vs. Roman was a 10-round lightweight fight presented by Zanfer Promotions, Golden Boy Promotions, Promociones del Pueblo and Tom Loeffler. Vargas vs. Smith was a 10-round super featherweight presented by Zanfer Promotions, Golden Boy Promotions, Tom Leoffler, in association with Matchroom Boxing. The event took place on Dec. 9, 2017 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.
 
Photos and videos are available to download by clicking here. Credit must be given to Golden Boy Promotions for photos and videos used.

Krusher Is Back! Kovalev tops Shabranskyy in Two

December 4, 2017

New York, NY: Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev regained his WBO Light Heavyweight World Title in classic Krusher fashion with a second round stoppage of Vyacheslav Shabranskyy at the Theater at Madison Square Garden and live on HBO World Championship Boxing. Kovalev came out of the gates swinging, knocking down Shabranskyy twice in the first round. The second round continued with more hard shots from The Krusher and a third knockdown. Finally, at 2:36 of the second round, the referee called a halt to the action and Kovalev was named the new WBO champ. 

The punch stats clearly favor Kovalev, who connected for 50 of 113 punch attempts (44%) compared to 16 of 71 for Shabranskyy (23%). The Krusher also landed 62% of his power punches (36 of 58), compared to 30% (8 of 27) for Shabranskyy. Finally, for jabs Sergey landed 25% (14 of 55) and Shabranskyy landed 18% (8 of 44). 

KOVALEV VS. SHABRANSKYY
The Theater at Madison Square Garden

After the fight Kovalev said, “I did it and worked very hard to get to champion status. My brain, mentally, my conditioning, my body – I’m back. It’s my goal to be the best in this division. I am here, I love boxing, I love to make great fights. This makes boxing interesting. We can make good fights for boxing fans, and make boxing history. Let’s find out who is the best. Chickenson is on my list.This is very good for boxing. Let’s do it.”

Patricia Hazzard – Wife of famed Referee and Boxing Commissioner Larry Hazard dies of cancer 
By Henry Hascup
 

December 18 – You know when you receive a phone call at 1:45 in the morning it cannot be good!

Patricia Lundy Hazzard (R)

I am so sad to report that Commissioner Larry Hazzard’s wife Patricia has passed away. She has been battling cancer for some time.

Our thoughts and Prayers go out to the entire Hazzard family, which includes Commissioner Hazzard, their sons Larry Jr., Baron “Kason” and daughter Jenine, as well many grandkids and Great grandkids!

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Dec. 5th, 2017) — 

WHO:

 KHIARY GRAY

Worcester, Mass.

14-3, 11 KOs

GREG JACKSON

Philadelphia, Pa.

8-4-1, 2 KOs

WHAT:

 Final press conference / weigh-in for CES Boxing’s Thursday, Dec. 7th, 2017 event at Twin River Casino.

WHERE:

Wicked Good Bar & Grill

2nd Floor

Twin River Casino

100 Twin River Road

Lincoln, RI 02865

(401) 723-3200

WHEN:

Wednesday, Dec. 6th, 2017

3:30 p.m. ET.

WHY:

Wednesday’s press conference / weigh-in is the final scheduled media event prior to CES Boxing’s Thursday, Dec. 7th, 2017 fight card at Twin River Casino. The official start time Thursday is 7 p.m. ET. Doors open at 6. The FIGHTNIGHT LIVE stream on Facebook begins at 8.

WORCESTER, MASSACHUSETTS LIGHTWEIGHT Jamaine Ortiz, left, returns to the ring for the third time since August and faces his toughest test to date when he battles 17-fight veteran Derrick Murray of Saint Louis on the undercard of CES Boxing’s season finale Thursday, Dec. 7th, 2017 at Twin River Casino in Lincoln, R.I. The year-end 25th anniversary celebration streams live on Facebook via FIGHTNIGHT LIVE. Aleksandra Magdziak Lopes of Marshfield, Mass., returns in the co-main event against Ontario’s Natasha Spence.

Wednesdays weigh-in is open to the public. The main event Thursday features Khiary Gray (14-3, 11 KOs) of Worcester, Mass., facing Greg Jackson (8-4-1, 2 KOs) of Philadelphia, Pa., for the vacant New England Interim Welterweight Title.

Thursday’s event features nine bouts, in addition to a historic retrospect of CES’ quarter century of combat sports excellence, plus the induction of longtime Rhode Island sportscaster Ken Bell into the prestigious CES Ring of Honor. This week’s “Thursday Night Fights” showcase is also presented in conjunction with the U.S. Marine Toys For Tots. All fans are encouraged to bring an unwrapped toy to donate to a family in need during the holiday season.

Tickets are priced at $47.00, $102.00, $127.00 (VIP) and $152.00 (VIP) and can be purchased online at www.cesboxing.com, www.twinriver.com or www.ticketmaster.com, by phone at 401-724-2253/2254 or at the Twin River Casino Players Club. All fights and fighters are subject to change.

MIDDLEWEIGHT KENDRICK BALL Jr. of Massachusetts returns to Twin River Casino for the fifth time this year on Thursday, Dec. 7th, 2017 when he faces New Jersey’s Alshamar Johnson on the undercard of CES Boxing’s season finale

Starring in the eight-round co-main event, Marshfield, Mass., welterweight Aleksandra Magdziak Lopes (18-4-2, 1 KO) faces Ontario’s Natasha Spence (8-3-1, 6 KOs), a two-time world-title challenger. Lopes has won eight of nine bouts, including her long-awaited return to Twin River in April when she defeated Mexico’s Paty Ramirez by unanimous decision.

Providence, R.I., fan favorite Anthony Marsella Jr. (6-0, 3 KOs) puts his perfect record on the line in a six-round lightweight bout against Mexican challenger Oscar Eduardo Quezada (7-4, 4 KOs). Marsella blasted 30-fight vet Israel Rojas in September via fourth-round knockout following a hard-fought win over Texan Abraham Torres in June in which he rounded from his first career knockdown to earn the victory on the scorecards.

Facing his toughest test to date, unbeaten Worcester lightweight Jamaine Ortiz (6-0, 4 KOs) battles 17-fight vet Derrick Murray (13-3-1, 5 KOs) of Saint Louis in a six-round special attraction. One of New England’s hottest prospects, Ortiz is 4-0 in 2017, including a narrow victory over Canton Miller in February and an impressive third-round knockout win over previously-unbeaten Glenn Mitchell in April.

Also representing Worcester, middleweight Kendrick Ball Jr. (8-0-2, 5 KOs) faces Vineland, N.J., native Alshamar Johnson (1-1-1, 1 KO) in a six-round bout and super middleweight prospect Bobby Harris III (1-0) makes his Twin River debut in a four-round bout against Amadeu Cristiano, an accomplished Muay Thai fighter from Sao Paolo, Brazil making his professional boxing debut.

The always-ready Ball Jr. fights for the 11th time since turning pro in May of 2016, an unmatched stretch of productivity for the 6-foot-2, 25-year-old middleweight. He’s won his last four since fighting to a draw with regional rival David Wilson in 2016, defeating opponents with a combined record of 14-2-3.Providence lightweight Michael Valentin (2-0, 1 KO) returns for the third time since debuting in June, this time facing Efren Nunez of Fall River, Mass., in Nunez’s four-round pro debut. Fighting at Twin River for the first time, super middleweight Jarel Pemberton (1-0) of Boston, the son of regional icon “Sandman” Scott Pemberton, battles Rene Nazare (0-1) of Woburn, Mass., in a four-round bout.

The 26-year-old Pemberton, a former lance corporal for the U.S. Marines who served two tours in Afghanistan, debuted for CES in August with a win over Nathan Schulte. Valentin, the youngest fighter on the card at the age of 18, defeated New Bedford, Mass., native Henry Garcia by unanimous decision in June.

The elder Pemberton joins a handful of CES legends attending next Thursday’s event in celebration of promoter Jimmy Burchfield Sr. and CES’ 25th anniversary, among them former cruiserweight world-title challenger Matt Godfrey of Providence, former five-time women’s world champion Jaime Clampitt of Warwick, R.I., the legendary “Sucra” Ray Oliveria of Fall River, Mass., and former welterweight standout Kippy Diggs of Hyannis, Mass., a two-time regional champion. The “Sandman” won 29 fights, 24 by knockout, in a brilliant, 12-year career.

Visit www.cesboxing.com, www.twitter.com/cesboxing or www.facebook.com/cesboxing for more information, or follow CES Boxing on Instagram at @CESBOXING. 

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Top-rated pound-for-pound fighters and Olympic legends VASILY “Hi-Tech” LOMACHENKO.and GUILLERMO “El Chacal” RIGONDEAUX will go mano a mano in a collision of world champions, Saturday, December 9at the The Theater at Madison Square Garden.   This historic battle will mark the first time two-time Olympic gold medalists have fought each other professionally at the highest level.

VASYL LOMACHENKO

Lomachenko will be defending his World Boxing Organization (WBO) junior lightweight world title against the reigning World Boxing Association (WBA) super bantamweight champion Rigondeaux.   The fight, which will headline a spectacular all-action card, will be televised live and exclusively at 9:00 p.m. ET / 6:00 p.m. PT on ESPN and ESPN Deportes and streamed live on the ESPN App. Promoted by Top Rank®, in association with Roc Nation Sports and Madison Square Garden, tickets to the Lomachenko vs. Rigondeaux world championship event sold out two months in advance! 

It is Lomachenko’s second advance sellout in his past three fights. His April 8 title defense against former world champion Jason Sosa sold out the MGM National Harbor one month in prior to the event.

“This is the Big Apple’s second-hottest ticket on the secondary market next to Bette Midler’s Broadway smash, Hello Dolly!” said Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum, founder and CEO of Top Rank. “The Lomachenko vs Rigondeaux title fight is a signature event in the sport of boxing. It matches the two greatest fighters in Olympic boxing facing off against each other. Never before in boxing history have two boxers, each the winner of two Olympic gold medals, faced each other in a professional boxing match.”

“ESPN is excited to showcase this world championship event. For the first time ever, two-time Olympic gold medalists, Lomachenko and Rigondeaux, will go head-to-head and we are thrilled to have the opportunity to showcase the event to boxing fans across our platforms in English and Spanish,” said Burke Magnus, executive vice president of programming & scheduling, ESPN. “It will be a big battle for boxing fans and boxing history,” said Lomachenko. “This battle will open our maximum potential. It will be the best New Years present for boxing fanatics. Trust me on this one!” “I am excited about Vasiliy stepping back in the ring before the year is over. It is a great fight for all boxing lovers and the fans from around the world who asked for it,” said Egis Klimas, Lomachenko’s manager. “It is a historic bout for boxing where for the first time, two boxers, two world champions, each holding two Olympic Gold medals, will meet in the professional ring. I am looking forward to seeing it.” “I’m thrilled to be part of this historic fight on ESPN because I’ve had my eye on fighting Vasyl Lomachenko for a long time,” said Rigondeaux. “I’m thankful that Roc Nation Sports and Top Rank made this fight happen and I can’t wait to make a statement on December 9 in New York City. Weight classes don’t win fights – fighters do – and I look forward to delivering the best performance of my career, beating a fellow legendary Olympian in Lomachenko and solidifying my place as one of the best pound-for-pound fighters of this era.”

“This fight against Vasyl Lomachenko is the marquee challenge that Guillermo has been coveting and we’re grateful for Roc Nation Sports’ hard work in making this a reality,” said Alex Bornote, Rigondeaux’s manager. “Throughout Guillermo’s career, he has never backed down from any fighter or weight class restriction, so we’re very excited to get to work. It’s going to be a battle, but Guillermo will make Cuba, Miami and all of his fans worldwide proud when he beats Lomachenko on December 9.” “There has never been a fight between two, two-time Olympic gold medal winners until now and Roc Nation Sports is thrilled to announce this unprecedented event with ESPN and Top Rank,” said Roc Nation President & Chief of Branding and Strategy Michael R. Yormark. “Boxing fans will have the rare opportunity to watch two of the best Olympians in boxing history fight for supremacy and there’s no doubt this fight at the Theater at Madison Square Garden will be one for the ages. Regardless of weight class, Rigondeaux is ready to deliver an unforgettable performance.”             

Lomachenko (9-1, 7 KOs), of Bilhorod-Dnistrovskyi, Ukraine, who has won his last six fights by stoppage, returns to the Mecca of Boxing ring for the first time since his one-punch fifth-round knockout victory of three-time WBO junior lightweight champion Roman “Rocky” Martinez on June 11, 2016 to claim Martinez’s title. This will be Lomachenko’s third defense of that title in 2017 and fourth overall.   The Martinez victory not only made Lomachenko a two-division world champion, but he once again he broke a record doing it, winning world title No. 2 in a record least amount of fights — SEVEN. He followed that with his first defense of the WBO junior lightweight title, on Nov. 26, totally dominating Nicholas Walters.  The previously undefeated former WBA featherweight world champion quit on his stool after the seventh round with his trainer and father Jobs Walters, telling referee Tony Weeks, ‘”No mas.”  Not only was it a total domination but a boxing masterpiece painted on the canvas by Lomachenko. It concluded a year that had many media outlets declaring Lomachenko the “Fighter of the Year.” This year he stopped former WBA super featherweight world champion Jason “El Canito” Sosa in the ninth round and top-rated contender Miguel Marriaga in the seventh round, on April 8 and August 5, respectively. Lomachenko captured his first world title — the vacant WBO featherweight title — winning a scintillating majority decision over the previously unbeaten and future world champion Gary Russell Jr. on June 21, 2014. It remains the only blemish on Russell’s record.  It was Lomachenko’s third professional bout, tying him with Thailand’s Saensak Muangsurin for fewest fights to win a world title.  Muangsurin won a junior welterweight title in 1975, also in his third professional fightLomachenko successfully defend that title three times during his reign before vacating it to challenge Martinez in 2016. T

he greatest amateur boxer of his era and arguably of all time, Lomachenko first gained international renown by winning gold medals in the 2008 Beijing Olympics and the 2012 London Games as a featherweight and a lightweight, respectively.  He retired from the amateurs with a 396-1 record.

Rigondeaux (17-0, 11 KOs), of Miami, Florida, one of boxing’s long-time elite, has reigned as world champion for seven years.   He returns to the ring with three of his last four victories coming by way of knockout. A career highlight was when he unified the WBA and WBO 122-pound titles by defeating 2012 Fighter of the Year Nonito Donaire on April 13, 2013 at a sold-out Radio City Music Hall in New York. Rigondeaux thoroughly dominated Donaire via a unanimous decision victory, ending the Filipino Flash’s 12-year, 30-bout winning streak, as well as claiming his WBO junior featherweight title. Rigondeaux had a stellar amateur career, winning Olympic gold medals in 2004 and 2000, World Amateur Championship titles in 2005 and 2001, and Pan American Games gold medals in 2005 and 2003, all at 119 pounds, before leaving Cuba to embark on a professional career which began in Miami in 2009. In only his seventh professional fight where both fighters scored knockdowns, Rigondeaux captured the WBA interim super bantamweight title, winning a tough split decision over the vastly more experienced former world champion Ricardo Cordoba in 2010.

After successfully defending the interim title in 2011 with a first-round knockout of previously undefeated former European super bantamweight champion Willie Casey, Rigondeaux won the WBA world super bantamweight championship with a sixth-round knockout of previously undefeated defending champion Rico Ramos, January 20, 2012. Rigondeaux successfully defended that title twice in 2012, blasting out once-beaten Teon Kennedy in the fifth round, which included Kennedy suffering five knockdowns en route to the loss, and winning a dominant unanimous decision over once-beaten contender Roberto Marroquin.

After besting Donaire in their April 2013 title unification fight, he successfully defended the unified title three times via a unanimous decision against former two-time world champion Joseph Agbeko in 2013 and with knockout victories of Sod Looknongtantoy and Hisashi Amagasa in 2014. His reign as WBA super bantamweight champion has extended through this year, with a second-round stoppage of James Dickens last year and a no-contest against Moises Flores on June 17. 

MORE MIDDLEWEIGHT MAYHEM ON DEC. 16: ANTOINE “ACTION” DOUGLAS AND GARY “SPIKE” O’SULLIVAN TO SQUARE OFF IN CO-MAIN EVENT OF WBO WORLD MIDDLEWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP FIGHT BETWEEN BILLY JOE SAUNDERS AND DAVID LEMIEUX

BRAWL TO BE HELD AT PLACE BELL IN LAVAL, QUEBEC, CANADA TELEVISED LIVE ON HBO WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING®

RISING SUPER FEATHERWEIGHT PROSPECT RYAN “KINGRY” GARCIA TO RETURN IN NON-TELEVISED UNDERCARD

December 2 – A pair of middleweights looking to fight their way into title contention will face off on Saturday, Dec. 16 in Montreal as once-defeated Virginian Antoine “Action” Douglas (22-1-1, 16 KOs) and Gary “Spike” O’Sullivan (26-2, 18 KOs) of Cork, Ireland go toe-to-toe for the WBO Intercontinental Middleweight Title in the 10-round co-main event of HBO World Championship Boxing beginning live at 9:40 p.m. ET/PT.

The fight will be the chief support of the WBO World Middleweight Championship showdown between ChampionBilly Joe Saunders and challenger and former IBF World Middleweight Champion David Lemieux. 

At the young age of 25, Douglas has already held numerous regional title belts and has taken the undefeated records of fighters including Thomas “Cornflake” LaManna and Istvan “The Prince” Szili. Douglas is riding a three-fight knockout streak since suffering the only defeat of his career.

“Fighting on such a great middleweight card on HBO will be a great opportunity,” said Douglas. “I’ve seen some fights of Gary’s, and I never underestimate my opponent. I know he’s got a good record and that he always comes to fight. I’ve never been to Canada, so I look forward to expanding my fan base there.”

Known as a true showman with booming knockout power, O’Sullivan is riding a four-fight winning streak culminating with a brutal beating and TKO over Nick Quigley in the main event on Golden Boy Boxing on ESPN in September. At 33 years old, O’Sullivan has faced some of the top middleweights in the division throughout his career including Saunders and Chris Eubank, Jr.

“I’m coming off a tremendous knockout win, and that high has carried into my training for this huge co-main event opportunity,” said Gary O’Sullivan. “I’m excited to be making my HBO debut on such a tremendous card, and will not disappoint in giving everyone a show. Antoine Douglas should be prepared to face the very best version of myself in the ring.”

“The Middleweight division is absolutely stacked, and fans will get to see four of the top-tier fighters on one night in Quebec, Canada,” said Oscar De La Hoya, Chairman and CEO of Golden Boy Promotions. “While Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin sit atop the division, these two fights will likely determine their challengers in the near future. Everything is on the line for all these guys.”

On the non-televised undercard, rising 130-pound star Ryan “Kingry” Garcia (12-0, 11 KOs) will look to defend his Junior NABF Super Featherweight Title in an eight-round fight against Noe Martinez (10-9-2, 6 KOs) of Michoacan, Mexico. The 19-year-old native of Victorville, Calif. is coming off eight knockout victories and will look to defend his title for the second time after earning the title with a spectacular first-round knockout win against Miguel Carrizoza in September and defending it impressively via third-round technical knockout against Cesar Valenzuela in November.

Saunders vs. Lemieux, a 12-round fight for the Saunders’ WBO World Middleweight Championship, is presented by Golden Boy Promotions and Eye of the Tiger Management in association with Frank Warren. Douglas vs. O’Sullivan is a 10-round fight for the WBO Intercontinental Middleweight Title presented by Golden Boy Promotions and Eye of The Tiger Management in association with GH3 Promotions and Murphy’s Boxing. The event is sponsored by Coors Light. The event will take place Saturday, December 16 at Place Bell in Laval, Quebec, Canada and will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing beginning at 9:40 p.m. ET/PT.

Tickets for Saunders vs. Lemieux are priced beginning at $45 to $500 and are on sale. Tickets can be purchased at the Place Bell Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, Ticketmaster charge by phone (866-858-0008) and online atwww.ticketmaster.comwww.goldenboytickets.com or www.placebell.ca/en.

For more information visit www.goldenboypromotions.comwww.eottm.comwww.frankwarren.com andwww.hbo.com/boxing. Follow on Twitter at @GoldenBoyBoxing, @EOTMVD, @hboboxing, @bjsaunders_, @LemieuxBoxing, @Action_Douglas@spike_osullivan, @frankwarren_tv and become a fan on Facebook atwww.facebook.com/GoldenBoyBoxing. Visit us on Instagram at @GoldenBoyBoxing, @eottm_boxing, @saundersbillyjoe, @davidlemieuxboxing, @action_douglass @garyspikeosullivan and follow the conversation using #SaundersLemieux.

IOC and Paris 2024 begin co-construction of Olympic Games Paris 2024

Throughout a two-day orientation seminar, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and Paris 2024 reinforced their commitment to organising the Olympic Games in a spirit of co-construction over the next seven years.

December 1 – “The IOC and Paris 2024 have already enjoyed a strong, collaborative relationship, which allowed for the realization of innovative ideas such as the Tripartite Agreement,” said Chair of the IOC Coordination Commission Pierre-Olivier Beckers-Vieujant. “In a continuation of that partnership, and in line with the objectives of Olympic Agenda 2020 and Games Management 2020, this seminar signaled the next step in ensuring Paris is fully supported on the journey to execute their Games vision and concept.”

Throughout the candidature phase, Paris 2024 embraced key principles of Olympic Agenda 2020, particularly in their plans to use a record-breaking number of existing and temporary facilities, as well as their motivation to use the Olympic Games to spur long-term development of the region.   

As Paris transitions from a Candidate City to an Organising Committee (OCOG), focus will also shift to implementing those Olympic Agenda 2020 recommendations through Games Management 2020.

“Paris 2024 will be the first Games to be fully aligned with Olympic Agenda 2020, and we plan to innovate on every aspect of our ambitious vision, from the legacy to the celebration sites, from the athlete experience to sustainability,” said President of Paris 2024 Tony Estanguet. “The IOC are the perfect partner to help us do this, and it is a pleasure to welcome them to Paris to join our 2024 family.”

The Games Management 2020 framework aims to enhance the flexibility, efficiency and sustainability of hosting the Olympic Games, while also streamlining the management of stakeholder responsibilities.

An integral element of Games Management 2020 will be assisting Paris in optimising cost savings and containing the complexity of the Games with stronger models of partnership with all Olympic Movement stakeholders, including the IOC.

“It is our collective responsibility to implement Olympic Agenda 2020 and to create solutions together to benefit the citizens of Paris and France,” said IOC Executive Games Director Christophe Dubi. “This notion of co-construction between the IOC, the OCOG and stakeholders will be at the core of our setup, which is a very different model to organise the Games than we have used before.”

In keeping with the idea of building the Olympic Games together, representatives from the national, regional and city governments attended the seminar, including Paris Mayor Anne Hildalgo, Sports Minister Laura Flessel and Vincent Roger, who is the delegate responsible for the Olympic Games in the Ile-de-France region. They were joined by representatives from Paris 2024, National Federations, IOC Members in France and sponsors, as well as the French National Olympic and Paralympic Committees, with their respective Presidents, Denis Masseglia and Emmanuelle Assmann, in attendance. 

The introductory workshop included interactive presentations and round table discussions with Olympic and Paralympic Games experts, including athletes, on topics such as sustainability, legacy, athlete experience, stakeholder services, developing engagement strategies, and more.

PRESS CONFERENCE THIS WEDNESDAY AT THE 2300 ARENA AT 6 PM ET

Loaded card set for THIS FRIDAY, December 1st at 2300 Arena in Philadelphia

Tyrone Brunson takes on Manny Woods in main event 

Brandon Robinson takes on Christopher Brooker in explosive co-feature

Jaron Ennis takes on George Sosa 

Omar Douglas & Kyrone Davis in action
Plus undefeated  Shamsuddeen Justice & Colby Madison

Heavyweight contender Joe Hanks takes on undefeated Joel Caudle

Philadelphia, PA (November 29, 2017) – TODAY!!!  King’s Promotions will hold a press conference at the 2300 Arena in conjunction with this Friday night’s big show at the same venue.

The press conference will begin at 6 PM ET

In the main event, exciting Tyrone Brunson will headline when he takes on Manny Woods in the ten-round junior middleweight main event.

WHO: Tyrone Brunson (25-6-2, 23 KOs)–Jr. Middleweight from Philadelphia
           Manny Woods (16-6-1, 6 KOs)-Jr, Middleweight from Saint Petersburg, Florida
           Brandon Robinson (7-1, 6 KOs)–Super Middleweight from Philadelphia, PA
           Christopher Brooker (12-4, 5 KOs)–Super Middleweight from Philadelphia, PA
           Jaron Ennis (16-0, 14 KOs)–Welterweight from Philadelphia
           Omar Douglas (17-2, 12 KOs)–Super Featherweight from Wilmington, Delaware
           Kyrone Davis (12-1, 5 KOs)–Middleweight from Wilmington, Delaware
           Romuel Cruz–Pro debuting super bantamweight from Philadelphia
           Shamsuddeen Justice (1-0)–Jr. Welterweight from Philadelphia
           Marshall Kauffman–CEO of King’s Promotions

WHAT:  Final Press Conference for Friday night’s loaded at the 2300 Arena

WHEN:  TODAY!!! Wednesday, November 29th at 6 PM ET

WHERE:  2300 Arena

                2300 South Swanson Street
                Philadelphia, PA 

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

VIP TICKETHOLDERS WILL HAVE A SPECIAL MEET AND GREET AT 5 PM ON FIGHT NIGHT.  THAT WILL INCLUDE SPECIAL DRINK SPECIALS ($3 DRAFT BEER, $5 CITYWIDE SPECIALS WHICH INCLUDES A SHOT OF WHISKEY AND DRAT BEER AS WELL AS $4 MARGARITAS OR GLASS OF WINE FOR LADIES)

THERE WILL BE A PRESS CONFERENCE ON WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 29TH AT THE 2300 ARENA.

THE WEIGH IN WILL TAKE PLACE ON THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 30TH AT 6 PM AT THE 2300 ARENA

IOC sanctions five Russian athletes and publishes first full decision as part of the Oswald Commission findings

November 27 – Today, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has published new decisions from the Oswald Commission hearings, which are being conducted in the context of the Sochi 2014 forensic and analytic doping investigations. As a result, one Russian skeleton athlete, Sergei CHUDINO; two Russian bobsledders, Sochi 2014 gold medallists Aleksei NEGODAILO and Dmitrii TRUNENKOV; and two Russian biathletes, Sochi 2014 silver medallists Yana ROMANOVA and Olga VILUKHINA, have been sanctioned. The IOC has also published the first full decision including the reasoning of the Disciplinary Commission, related to the case of Russian cross country skier and Sochi 2014 gold and silver medallist Alexander LEGKOV.

More hearings concerning other athletes will be held over the next few weeks.

The IOC Disciplinary Commission, composed for these five cases of Mr Denis Oswald (Chair), Mrs Gunilla Lindberg and Mr Tony Estanguet, decided the following:

Sergei CHUDINOV, Aleksei NEGODAILO, Dmitrii TRUNENKOV, Yana ROMANOVA and Olga VILUKHINA are found to have committed anti-doping rule violations pursuant to Article 2 of The International Olympic Committee Anti-Doping Rules applicable to the XXII Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, in 2014, and are disqualified from the events in which they participated. In addition, the five athletes are declared ineligible to be accredited in any capacity for all editions of the Games of the Olympiad and the Olympic Winter Games subsequent to the Olympic Winter Games Sochi 2014.

·         The full decision on Sergei CHUDINOV is available here.

·         The full decision on Aleksei NEGODAILO is available here.

·         The full decision on Dmitrii TRUNENKOV is available here.

·         The full decision on Yana ROMANOVA is available here.

·         The full decision on Olga VILUKHINA is available here.

The reasoning for these decisions will be communicated in due course.

On 1 November, the IOC announced that Alexander LEGKOV was found to have committed anti-doping rule violations pursuant to Article 2 of the International Olympic Committee Anti-Doping Rules applicable to the XXII Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, 2014, and was disqualified from the events in which he participated. In addition, he was declared ineligible to be accredited in any capacity for all editions of the Games of the Olympiad and the Olympic Winter Games subsequent to the Olympic Winter Games Sochi 2014. The decision from the IOC Disciplinary Commission, composed of Mr Denis Oswald (Chair), Mr Juan Antonio Samaranch and Mr Patrick Baumann, on this case was published on the same date.  

·         The reasoning for the decision on Alexander LEGKOV is available here.

The Disciplinary Commission, chaired by IOC Member Denis Oswald, is responsible for investigating the alleged doping violations by individual Russian athletes. Therefore, all the samples collected from Russian athletes at the Olympic Winter Games Sochi 2014 that were available to the IOC were re-analysed. This had two goals – to further review the samples for evidence of doping, and separately to determine if the samples themselves or the bottles had been manipulated or tampered with.

Due to the nature and complexity of the cases, this thorough, comprehensive and time-consuming process has taken several months and had to involve external forensic experts, who had to develop a legally-defendable methodology for all the cases under the jurisdiction of the Disciplinary Commission. Due process has to be followed, and re-analysis is still underway.

The IOC showed its determination to protect clean athletes from the very beginning of the case, in July 2016, by immediately establishing the Disciplinary Commission and the Inquiry Commission, following the publication of the McLaren Report. The IOC took this extra measure as Prof. McLaren did not have the authority to bring forward Anti-Doping Rule Violation (ADRV) cases against individual athletes.

After receiving the results from the final McLaren Report in December 2016, the IOC opened proceedings against the 28 Russian athletes mentioned in the report, which are now being heard by the Oswald Commission.

The Oswald Commission has announced that all hearings for active athletes who could qualify for the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 will be completed shortly. In accordance with the World Anti-Doping Code, confidentiality has to be respected in the interests of the athletes concerned. The purpose of this work is to ensure that the International Federations (IFs) have the necessary tools to protect the qualification competitions. The outcome of the hearings will be announced as soon as possible after each individual hearing. This will allow the IFs to follow up with their own disciplinary hearings immediately, and to take the athletes concerned out of the qualification system as soon as possible.

The decision with regard to the participation of Russian athletes in the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 will be taken by the IOC Executive Board in December based on the findings of the IOC Disciplinary Commission chaired by Samuel Schmid, a former President of Switzerland.

Click here for more information about the IOC Disciplinary and Inquiry commissions and the Sochi 2014 forensic and analytic investigations.

PRESS CONFERENCE THIS WEDNESDAY AT THE 2300 ARENA

Loaded card set for Friday, December 1st at 2300 Arena in Philadelphia

Tyrone Brunson takes on Manny Woods in main event 

Brandon Robinson takes on Christopher Brooker in explosive co-feature

 Jaron Ennis takes on George Sosa 

Omar Douglas & Kyrone Davis in action
Plus undefeated  Shamsuddeen Justice & Colby Madison

Heavyweight contender Joe Hanks takes on undefeated Joel Caudle

Philadelphia, PA (November 26, 2017) – THIS WEDNESDAY, King’s Promotions will hold a press conference at the 2300 Arena in conjunction with Friday night’s big show at the same venue.

The press conference will begin at 6 PM ET

In the main event, exciting Tyrone Brunson will headline when he takes on Manny Woods in the ten-round junior middleweight main event.

WHO: Tyrone Brunson (25-6-2, 23 KOs)–Jr. Middleweight from Philadelphia
           Manny Woods (16-6-1, 6 KOs)-Jr, Middleweight from Saint Petersburg, Florida
           Brandon Robinson (7-1, 6 KOs)–Super Middleweight from Philadelphia, PA
           Christopher Brooker (12-4, 5 KOs)–Super Middleweight from Philadelphia, PA
           Jaron Ennis (16-0, 14 KOs)–Welterweight from Philadelphia
           Omar Douglas (17-2, 12 KOs)–Super Featherweight from Wilmington, Delaware
           Kyrone Davis (12-1, 5 KOs)–Middleweight from Wilmington, Delaware
           Romuel Cruz–Pro debuting super bantamweight from Philadelphia
           Shamsuddeen Justice (1-0)–Jr. Welterweight from Philadelphia
           Marshall Kauffman–CEO of King’s Promotions

WHAT:  Final Press Conference for Friday night’s loaded at the 2300 Arena

WHEN:  Wednesday, November 29th at 6 PM ET

WHERE:  2300 Arena

                2300 South Swanson Street
                Philadelphia, PA 

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

VIP TICKETHOLDERS WILL HAVE A SPECIAL MEET AND GREET AT 5 PM ON FIGHT NIGHT.  THAT WILL INCLUDE SPECIAL DRINK SPECIALS ($3 DRAFT BEER, $5 CITYWIDE SPECIALS WHICH INCLUDES A SHOT OF WHISKEY AND DRAT BEER AS WELL AS $4 MARGARITAS OR GLASS OF WINE FOR LADIES)

THERE WILL BE A PRESS CONFERENCE ON WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 29TH AT THE 2300 ARENA.

THE WEIGH IN WILL TAKE PLACE ON THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 30TH AT 6 PM AT THE 2300 ARENA

For more information and media credentials, Contact:

Marc Abrams  phillyboxing@gmail.com or 856 287 7611  

MEDIA ADVISORY
 
Sergey Kovalev vs. Vyacheslav Shabranskyy
FIGHT WEEK MEDIA SCHEDULE
*All Times are Eastern Time*
 
Wednesday, November 22
 
12:00 noon KOVALEV VS. SHABRANSKYY FINAL PRESS CONFERENCE
Location: Chase Square, Madison Square Garden
11:00 a.m. – Media Arrival   
12:00 noon – Press Conference Start  LIVE
Media Entrance – 32nd Street and 7th Avenue – Box Office Entrance
 
*This is a live event please arrive promptly*
 
Friday, November 24
 
1:30 p.m.  KOVALEV VS. SHABRANSKYY OFFICIAL WEIGH-IN
Location: Theater Lobby, Madison Square Garden
12:30 p.m. – Media Check-In Begins
1:30 p.m. – Weigh-In Begins LIVE
Media Entrance – 32nd Street and 7th Avenue – Box Office Entrance
 
*This is a live event please arrive promptly*
 
Saturday, November 25
 
 6:00 p.m. MEDIA CHECK-IN BEGINS
Media Entrance — 33rd Street and 8th Avenue – Glass Doors
 
6:45 p.m. THEATER AT THE GARDEN DOORS OPEN
 
7:00 p.m. FIRST FIGHT BEGINS
 
10:00 p.m. HBO WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® BEGINS
 
*Events/Schedule Subject to Change*
 
WHAT: Former unified light heavyweight world champion Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (30-2-1, 26 KOs) and WBC USNBC Light Heavyweight Champion Vyacheslav “Lion-Heart Chingonskyy” Shabranskyy (19-1, 16 KOs) serve up a tasty Thanksgiving weekend boxing event at Madison Square Garden sure to thrill fans, with the WBO light heavyweight title on the line. 
The fight will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing® beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT and is presented by Main Events and Krusher Promotions in association with Golden Boy Promotions. Tickets range from $50 to $350 and available online at Ticketmaster.com, at the MSG box office or Main Events’ office by calling (973) 200-7050 or emailing boxing@mainevents.com.
 
Kovalev vs. Shabranskyy is a 12-round fight for the vacant WBO Light Heavyweight World Title promoted by Main Events and Krusher Promotions in association with Golden Boy Promotions. Barrera vs. Valera is a 10-round light heavyweight fight promoted by Main Events in Association with Shuan Boxing Promotions. Gamboa vs. Sosa is a 10-round super featherweight fight promoted by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Peltz Boxing and ZR Entertainment. The event will take place at the Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City, and will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT. 

SLOAN, Iowa (Nov. 16, 2017) – This Friday night, Facebook FIGHTNIGHT LIVE will collaborate with Roy Jones Jr. Boxing Promotions once again to showcase top-notch talent during a special one-hour attraction live from America’s Heartland. Fans from across the globe can catch all the action beginning at 8:30 p.m. ET / 7:30 p.m. CT (local time) from WinnaVegas Casino Resort in Sloan, Iowa, on any device wherever Facebook is available, as the series continues to build with a ninth show on the six month-old platform.

“It’s an exciting time for the boxing community now that Roy Jones Jr. Promotions can help showcase the undercard tomorrow night,” stated Keith Veltre, CEO and CO-Founder. “We know that the young talent can’t always have their family friends in the stands for support, so we are proud to be able to help them showcase their talent for all the world to see on Facebook FightNightLive.” 

The one-hour show on Friday will feature some of RJJ Promotions’ up-and-coming attractions, along with some outstanding Midwest and West Coast brawlers. Fighters expected to be delivered exclusively via the Facebook platform include Arizona’s Abel Ramos (18-2, 13 KOs), Chicago’s Nathaniel Gallimore (19-1, 16 KOs) and California’s undefeated Hector Lopez Jr. (7-0, 4 KOs). They’ll take on a trio of Mexican-born battlers in Cesar Soriano (Mexico City), Esau Herrera (Mexico City) and Israel Rojas (Sonora) who have combined for 62 victories, collectively.

“The FIGHTNIGHT LIVE series continues to grow, from New York to Connecticut to Chicago to Phoenix to New England, and now a great opportunity in the Midwest, with much more to be announced. We’re pleased to be able to work with national promoters like Roy Jones Jr. and Keith Veltre to provide this service to fight fans everywhere,” said Mark Fratto, Principal of Linacre Media. “And the numbers, which have been phenomenal, don’t lie. We look forward to reaching our millionth fan before the New Year in only eight months, and we’re so grateful for everyone’s support.”

Over the first six months of programming, the numbers on the FIGHTNIGHT LIVE series have showed promise and potential for the new platform with an average of almost 106,000 fight fans tuning in per event. The Sept. 9 “Real Deal Promotions: Empire State” from Resorts World Casino (225,000), the August CES “Super Saturday” from Foxwoods (203,000), the Sept. CES “Twin River Twinbill” from Lincoln, R.I. (157,000), the Sept. Star Boxing “Showdown at the Paramount” from Long Island (92,255), the July Roy Jones Jr. “Desert Showdown” from Phoenix (63,000), the May “Slugfest at the Sun” from Mohegan Sun (45,000), the June “Rosemont Rumble” from Chicago (32,000) and the Sept. DiBella “Friday Night Foxwoods Fights” (32,000) saw a total of more than 15,000 total hours of Facebook video consumed by 847,500-plus users across all devices.

In addition to the raw viewership numbers, the fully-interactive, fan-friendly productions have seen more than 126,000 collective live post engagements (15,800-plus per show), including almost 90,000 “likes” or “loves,” almost 15,000 comments and 4,400-plus shares. FIGHTNIGHT LIVE broadcasts are viewed by 76 percent men, 24 percent women. The top demographic is comprised of males ages 25-34, which encompasses approximately 29.6 percent of the audience, on average.

The Sept. 9 “Real Deal Promotions: Empire State” set a new bar with 224,658 views and the Sept. 15-16 DiBella-CES doubleheader carried the series to three-quarters-of-a-million views in just over four months. The Aug. 26 Foxwoods “Super Saturday” show stands out individually with 3,336 live hours of content viewed, while the Sept. 15 DiBella card saw more than 40,000 viewer interactions including almost 39,000 “likes” or “loves.”

On Friday night, Nov. 17, live from WinnaVegas, fans can expect a high-impact, multi-camera streaming experience complete with graphics, animations, replays, interviews and an announce team anchored by Sean Wheelock, Jim Grieshaber and Patrick Ortiz. 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 professional announcers, multiple camera angles, television 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 Winter 2017-18 dates will be officially announced in the coming weeks.

FIGHTNIGHT LIVE is available online at: https://www.facebook.com/FaceFIGHTNIGHTLIVE/

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.

For More Information, Please Contact:
Marc Abrams, Abrams Boxing
Email: phillyboxing@gmail.com

Mark Fratto, Linacre Media
Mobile: 917-698-0865
Email: mfratto@linacremedia.com

Ferdie Pacheco, ‘Fight Doctor’ for Muhammad Ali, Dies at 89

Ferdie Pacheco with Muhammad Ali and Dr. Pacheco’s wife, Luisita Pacheco, in 1977.

 Ferdie Pacheco, “the fight doctor,” a boxing presence for four decades as the physician in Muhammad Ali’s corner and later a ringside television analyst, died on Thursday at his home in Miami. He was 89.

His death was confirmed by his wife, Luisita Pacheco.

In the early 1960s, Dr. Pacheco’s love of boxing drew him to the gritty 5th Street Gym in Miami Beach, where Ali, then known as Cassius Clay, was among the young fighters honing their skills under the renowned trainer Angelo Dundee.

Dr. Pacheco joined with Dundee when Ali rose in the pro ranks and remained with Ali during most of his reign as the charismatic heavyweight champion.

He played a last-minute role in the fight that first brought Ali the heavyweight title.

When Ali’s “wild-eyed” behavior, as Dr. Pacheco put it, caused Ali’s blood pressure to soar at the weigh-in for his February 1964 fight in Miami Beach with Sonny Liston, the boxing commission’s doctor, who took the reading, asked Dr. Pacheco to examine Ali away from the circus atmosphere. Finally calm, Ali told Dr. Pacheco that he had acted “crazy” to scare the famously intimidating Liston, and when the doctor took his blood pressure it was normal.

Dr. Pacheco reported that Ali was fit to fight, and when a battered Liston stayed in his corner as the bell rang for Round 7, Ali took away his championship.

But for all his admiration of what he once called “the most perfect body I’ve ever seen,” Dr. Pacheco became alarmed by the blows Ali took over the years, notably in the so-called Thrilla in Manila in October 1975, when he retained his title in a furious battle with Joe Frazier.

And after Ali took a beating in his decision over Earnie Shavers in 1977, Dr. Pacheco sent letters to Ali and his camp urging that he retire. He received no response, Dr. Pacheco said.

“When Ali wouldn’t quit the exciting world of boxing, I did,” he wrote in “Muhammad Ali: A View From the Corner” (1992), one of several books he wrote. “If a national treasure like Ali could not be saved, at least I didn’t have to be part of his undoing.”

Almost five months later, CBS hired Dr. Pacheco to be a TV analyst for Ali’s fight with Leon Spinks. He went on to become NBC’s director of boxing and ringside analyst, as well as a commentator for Showtime and the Spanish-language network Univision. He won two Emmy Awards, one for a series on Ali.

Ferdie Pacheco, the son of a Spanish-born pharmacist who had come to America from Cuba, was born on Dec. 8, 1927, in the Ybor City section of Tampa, Fla., a neighborhood of Spanish, Italian and Cuban immigrants redolent of the aroma from cigar factories.

He graduated from the University of Florida with a bachelor’s degree in pharmacy and received a medical degree from the University of Miami in the 1950s, then set up two offices in the Miami area as a general practitioner. He often treated poor patients for nothing or a nominal charge.

Photo

 

Muhammad Ali and members of his team in an undated photo. From left, Dr. Ferdie Pacheco, the trainer Angelo Dundee and the assistant trainer and corner man Drew Bundini Brown. The others were not identified. Credit Michael Gaffney

After he began visiting the 5th Street Gym, owned by the boxing promoter Chris Dundee, Angelo’s brother, Dr. Pacheco provided free medical treatment for fighters and their families.

Angelo Dundee recalled that Dr. Pacheco had also helped him calm his boxers who were hypochondriacs. “Ferdie would furnish each of the so-called ‘sufferers’ with aspirins and other harmless medications, telling them they were ‘fine,’ ” Dundee recalled in “My View From the Corner” (2008), written with Bert Randolph Sugar.

Dr. Pacheco, by his count, provided medical assistance to 12 world champions trained by Dundee.

He was also an accomplished artist and storyteller.

“It’s not easy to keep up with a man who has so many strings in the bow that he really needs a harp,” Budd Schulberg, author of the boxing novel “The Harder They Fall,” wrote in a passage — one of a number contributed by boxing figures, writers and family members — in Dr. Pacheco’s “Tales From the 5th St. Gym” (2010).

Dr. Pacheco traced his love of drawing to his boyhood, when his maternal grandfather, a native of Spain, took him to the Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota. In college, he furnished caricatures for magazines to help pay his tuition. He later painted scenes from his childhood in Ybor City and from the boxing world. “I like realism with color and vivacity,” he said.

Some of his works fetched high prices.

Dr. Pacheco was also a prolific writer. In addition to remembrances of what he called the Ali Circus and the characters at the 5th Street Gym, he told of his boxing life in “Fight Doctor” (1977) and of his youth in “Ybor City Chronicles” (1995), in which he described the “old country” ways of his father, Joseph.

Joseph Pacheco “never put on his own shoes, or tied the laces,” he wrote.

“His ritual was to wake up my mother standing by the bed with a cup of espresso and a glass of ice water,” he continued. “When he finished drinking his coffee, she would put his socks on, then his shoes, and tie them.”

In 1970 Dr. Pacheco married Karen Maestas, who danced under the stage name Luisita Sevilla. In addition to her, he is survived by a daughter from that marriage, Tina Pacheco; three children, Dawn, Evelyn and Ferdie Pacheco, from his marriage to Elva Sweeney, which ended in divorce; and two grandchildren.

Ali fought until 1981, when he lost to the journeyman Trevor Berbick. He later began a slide into Parkinson’s disease.

“I told Ali he must quit because of the damage the doctors were seeing to his brain,” Dr. Pacheco recalled in a statement when Ali died in June 2016, but “just like the rest of us, sometimes you don’t like what the doctor prescribes.”

He remembered Ali as “simply the greatest of all time.”

Dr. Pacheco became a vocal advocate for enhanced safety measures for boxers. He also had regrets, despite all his good moments in the world of the ring.

“Why was I, an ethical physician with a large charity practice, part of a sport that allowed death?” he once asked. “I never found a suitable answer.”

 
King’s Promotions is deeply saddened at the passing of Desmond Hammond.
Reading, PA (November 14, 2017) – Hammond of Reading, Pennsylvania passed away on Monday morning at the age of 35.  He was at his home and surrounded by his family.

Hammond was the Director of Operations for King’s Promotions for the better part of the last three years. He was the nephew of King’s Promotions CEO Marshall Kauffman.

Desmond Hammond

“This is such a sad day for my family and for everyone who knew Desmond,” said Kauffman. “Desmond was like a son to me.  He is my sister’s son, and he is basically the same age as my children so we are extremely close.  Desmond came to boxing just a few years ago and he picked up the business so fast.  We have run more shows then anybody in the country, and they all have come off so smoothly.  That was because of Desmond.  He was on top of every detail, which made the events go off without a hitch.  But most of all he was very selfless and caring.  He was always there for someone in need.  He was a great young man, who was very smart, and he was always joking. It was such an honor for me to have him on board with King’s Promotions.  He was such a special person who was loved and will be missed so much.”
 
Besides Kauffman and his family, Hammond is survived by his mother Sheri Clark, sisters Lynchel Hammond and Raven Hammond, brother Steven Brandon, his daughter Dayana, newborn son Donovan and his girlfriend Alisha.
 
The Viewing will be held next Monday, November 20th between 9 am and 11 am at St. John Baptist Church, 436 South 7th Street, Reading, PA 19602.
 

Flowers and gifts can be sent by clicking this link

For More information on King’s Promotions, Contact:

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

Alberto Machado stuns Jezreel Corrales with comeback victory as he overcomes early turmoil to score amazing TKO to capture the vacant WBA jr. lightweight title

 Story by Joseph Catena

Photos courtesy of HBO Sports

October 21 – Verona, NY. Jezreel Corrales suffered three losses in one 24-hour period. First, he was stripped of his WBA jr. lightweight title for failing to make the 130-pound limit in his defense against Puerto Rico’s Alberto Machado. Corrales could do no better than 133 ¼, even after being given time to sweat it out of his system. When the actual fight took place the next night, Corrales was knocked out in the eighth round despite leading on all three judges’ scorecards. This all contributed to his third loss – blowing a shot at a chance to face the world’s best pound-for-pound fighter Vasyl Lomachenko.

Machado and Corrales trade blows.

But, Corrales’ negative trifecta turned out to be a major boost for his Puerto Rican adversary. Although Corrales was stripped of his title, Machado became the new champion with the victory. And he just might get to be the one who faces Lomachenko in the near future.

Machado (19 and 0 with 16 KO’s) was perplexed in the early going in this battle of southpaws. Corrales, of Panama, used his clever boxing skills and awkward looping punches in the first two rounds to keep his taller foe off balance and confused. The Panamanian’s superior footwork and quick, snapping right hand afforded him an early lead and the fight began to look like a technical mismatch.

The challenger, though, found success in the third round with his left hand as he stopped Corrales in his tracks. Corrales became wary of his power and went back to making his opponent miss in round four. The ex-champion was slick and accurate as his head movement eluded Machado’s thunder and he even momentarily stunned the Puerto Rican with a pair of left hands followed by a right. Corrales continued his success in round five in what was perhaps his best round of the night when he planted a hard left hook directly on Machado’s temple. As the two clinched, Machado, 130, was visibly stunned, legs shaky. Following the clinch, he stumbled to the canvas. After he rose and the round continued, Corrales masterfully picked his shots and caused his foe to retreat.

Corrales fires a left hand at Machado.

With the fight slipping out of Machado’s grasp, he became more aggressive in round six. He still, however, could not figure out how to counter the awkward effectiveness of Corrales. Many of Machado’s punches came up short as Corrales moved around the ring. Machado finally landed a right to the chin that hurt Corrales badly. The Panamanian immediately held him, plodded forward and essentially tackled him as both men wound up on the canvas. Late in the round, Machado landed a left-right to the chin and again stunned Corrales before the bell sounded.

Corrales and Machado slug away with bombs.

Corrales cleared his head in round seven and resumed control of the fight as he went back to his slick style and avoided Machado’s power. During round eight, with Corrales again dictating the pace, both southpaws exchanged left hands. Machado’s landed first and with more thunder. Corrales, now 22 and 2 with 8 KO’s, fell forward to the canvas. He barely beat referee Mark Nelson’s 10-count, but was in no shape to continue as Nelson stopped the bout at 2:18 of the round.

Machado-Corrales

Corrales, 26, immediately clamored for a rematch. Machado credited veteran trainer Freddie Roach for giving him good advice and sound strategy.

The new WBA jr. lightweight king Alberto Machado.

 “I knew he would come in with those looping shots,” Machado said. “We also took the gamble because he was coming in with a weight advantage. We took the gamble and we’re world champion now. He hurt me a few times, but I’m a warrior from Puerto Rico. I’ll face anyone.”

Rising Promotions Media week schedule

 
PRESS CONFERENCE THURSDAY AT MALCOM’S LOUNGE IN THE CLARDIGE HOTEL
 

Thomas LaManna to take on Samuel Amoako for LBF Intercontinental Welterweight title Saturday at The Claridge Hotel in Atlantic City

Devin Haney appears in special attraction

Raymond Serrano battles Enver Halili in 10-round co-feature

Adam Lopez fights Jorge Diaz for WBC Fecarbox title

Plus undefeated Alvin Vermall, Frederick Julan & Yurik Mamedov

 
Atlantic City, NJ (November 13, 2017)–Below is the media week schedule for This Saturday’s loaded card at The Claridge Hotel in Atlantic City. 
 

The card is promoted by Rising Promotions, Greg Cohen Promotions, Devin Haney Promotions & Winner Take All Productions.

In the main event, Thomas LaManna (24-2, 9 KOs) takes on Samuel Amoako (23-16, 17 KOs) in a ten round battle for the IBF Intercontinental title.

 
Devin Haney (18-0, 12 KOs) appears in an eight-round special attraction in a junior welterweight bout.
 
Raymond Serrano (23-4, 10 KOs) takes on Enver Halili (10-0, 3 KOs) in a ten round welterweight clash.
 
Adam Lopez (16-1-2, 8 KOs) battles Jorge Diaz (18-5-1, 10 KOs) for the WBC Fecarbox Super bantamweight title in a eight-round bout. 
 
In an four-round junior middleweight bout fights Jeff Lentz (5-1, 1 KO) of Bellmar, NJ takes on Darryl Gause (2-0, 1 KO) of Vineland, New Jersey
 
In a six-round welterweight bout, Yurik Mamedov (7-0, 3 KOs) of Brooklyn, NY battles Vincent Floyd (3-3-1, 2 Kos) of Philadelphia in a welterweight contest.
 

Alvin Vermall, Jr. (13-0-1, 11 KOs) of Catskills, NY will take on Nicholas Lavin (5-6, 4 KOs) of Shelton, Connecticut in a six-round cruiserweight bout.

Frederick Julan (6-0, 4 KOs) of New York, NY will fight Willis Lockett (15-21-6, 5 KOs) of Takoma Park, Maryland in a six-round light heavyweight fight.

Sidell Blocker (1-9-1) of Pleasantville, NJ will fight a rematch with Tomas Romain (4-1) of Brooklyn, NY in a lightweight bout.

 
Jonathan Arroyo of New York will make his pro debut against Steve Moore (0-1) of Orange, NJ in a welterweight bout.
 
 
Tickets for the November 18th fight card at The Claridge are priced at $200, $125, $80 and $55 (General Admission) and can be purchased at www.RisingBoxingPromotions.com 
 

IOC President highlights athletes’ exemplary role as the UN General Assembly adopts Olympic Truce for PyeongChang 2018 by consensus

The Olympic Truce aims to ensure the safe passage and participation of athletes and spectators at February’s Olympic Winter Games in the Republic of Korea.

In a strong sign of confidence of the Member States of the United Nations in the upcoming Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018, the UN General Assembly today adopted the resolution “Building a peaceful and better world through sport and the Olympic Ideal” by consensus. It followed two hours of discussions between the Member States.

The consensus for the Olympic Truce resolution included both the Republic of Korea and the Democratic Peoples’ Republic of Korea as well as the future hosts of the Olympic Games: Japan, China, France and the United States of America.

The resolution calls on the nations of the world to uphold the Olympic Truce for the time of the Olympic Winter Games. The first operative clause of the resolution specifically asks Member States “to ensure the safe passage, access and participation of athletes, officials and all other accredited persons taking part in the Olympic Winter Games and Paralympic Winter Games”. This specific call is especially important, given the time and place of these Olympic Winter Games.

Following the adoption of the resolution, IOC President Thomas Bach said: “For the athletes who will gather in PyeongChang for the Olympic Winter Games, this resolution will carry a special significance, a deeply personal one. With the Olympic Truce resolution, the United Nation General Assembly is creating the conditions for all athletes to compete in peace. Only the UN Member States can guarantee the athletes a safe passage to the Olympic Games. They make it possible for all the Olympic athletes to realise their dream of a lifetime.”

He continued: “The Olympic athletes show the whole world that it is possible to compete with each other while living peacefully together under one roof at the same time.”

In his remarks, the President of the United Nations General Assembly H.E. Mr. Miroslav Lajčák said: “The Olympic Games and the United Nations aspire to the same ideal. This is an ideal based on humanity. It says that, no matter what is going on in state capitals around the world, people will always have a space in which to engage and connect. “

The resolution calls for the Olympic Truce to be respected from seven days before the start of the Olympic Games in February 2018 until seven days after the Paralympic Games, and to use this opportunity to harness sport to foster and encourage concrete action that promotes dialogue and reconciliation during the Games and beyond. By adopting this resolution, the international community at the United Nations recognises the power of sport and the relevance of the Olympic Games to bring the world together in peaceful competition, providing hope for a better future.

The resolution was formally submitted to the General Assembly by the Republic of Korea, on behalf of the Olympic Movement and the Organising Committee of the Olympic Games PyeongChang 2018 (POCOG). Lee Hee-beom, President of POCOG, introduced it to the General Assembly.

Republic of Korea Olympic gold medallist and Honorary Ambassador for the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games 2018 Yuna Kim also addressed the General Assembly and said: “I firmly believe the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games will help spread the message of peace through one of the few languages that has the power to unite people around the world: the graceful and universal language of sport.”

The tradition of the Olympic Truce has been to ensure a halt of all hostilities, allowing the safe passage and participation of athletes and spectators taking part in the Olympic Games. Then as now, the Olympic Games are a symbol of hope and peace. The resolution reaffirms that the Olympic values of peace, solidarity and respect are as important across the world today as they were over 3,000 years ago, when the ancient Olympic Games first took place in Greece.

The Olympic Winter Games 2018 will take place in PyeongChang, Republic of Korea, from 9 to 25 February 2018 and will be followed by the Paralympic Games from 8 to 18 March 2018.

CLETUS SELDIN, TYRONE JAMES & 
TOMMY RAINONE LONG ISLAND MEDIA DAY 
Courtesy Matchroom Boxing
 
Tickets on Sale Now
 
Long Island, November 7, 2017  —  The Long Islanders on Saturday night’s card at NYCB LIVE Home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum worked  out today at Westbury Boxing Club. 
 
Tomorrow Jacobs, Arias, Miller, Wach, Seldin and Ortiz hit the Big Apple for workouts at Mendez Boxing Gym (26th & Madison – details below).
 
CLETUS SELDON (HBO Opening Bout at 10 pm ET/PT)
I took this camp no different than any other.  Every training camp I have I always put everything into it.   I will prove to everyone that consistency and hard work will pay off.  Ortiz has the best record in my division he is 35-1 with 20 something knockouts!.  It is unbelievable.  I only have 20 fights, but he’s never fought anybody that’s on my caliber – my strength, my ability, my fierce, coming forward and punching the entire round, of every minute of every round for the entire fight.  I punch extremely hard for a Jewish white kid from Long Island.  I am going in there to bring this guy into the world I have been treating myself to – which is just hell.  I am going to force him to every minute of the entire round, just like the old time fighters did and that’s exactly how I train.
 
TYRONE JAMES (Fights in 3rd bout approx 7:30 pm ET)
The Coliseum is about 5 minutes from my house, and where I grew up and went to high school.  I am bringing a whole lot of people out – a whole lot of family and a whole lot of friends.  I will drive from my house to the fight.  When I fight at the Paramount we sll about $15,000 worth of tickets so that shows you my following is pretty big.  Right now I have sold about $13,00 worth of tickets for this fight and that number is growing.   I am going to put on a great show and it’s going to be fun.
Courtesy Matchroom Boxing
 
MEDIA FIGHT WEEK SCHEDULE
(All Times ET)
 
DANIEL JACOBS CIRCUIT TRAINING WORKOUT
 
Courtesy Matchroom Boxing
 
Jacobs is joined by nutritionist/training partner/sometimes sparring partner/former World Champion Chris Algieri for a circuit training workout.  Jacobs incorporates circuit training into his regular training schedule a few times a week, under the auspices of Davod “Scooter” Honic at CEA Sports in Port Washington, Long Island.
 
 
 
DANIEL JACOBS vs LUIS ARIAS
JARRELL MILLER vs  MARIUSZ WACH
CLETUS SELDIN vs ROBERTO ORTIZ
Saturday, November 11 at NYCB LIVE
Home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
Televised Live on HBO World Championship Boxing®
 
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MEDIA FIGHT WEEK SCHEDULE
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IOC Statement on IOC Member Mr Frank Fredericks

November 7 – The IOC Executive Board (EB) met today to discuss the evolution of the situation of the IOC Member in Namibia, Mr Frank Fredericks.

It followed a meeting of the IOC Ethics Commission on Monday (6 November 2017), shortly after Mr Frank Fredericks was officially charged by a French judge (3 November 2017).

The IOC Ethics Commission stressed that, considering the current status of the file, “it is not in a position to make a recommendation on the value of the facts”. The Commission once again “recalled the importance of respecting the principle of the presumption of innocence for any person concerned by a criminal investigation”. Considering “the impact on the reputation of the IOC”, the IOC Ethics Commission nonetheless recommended suspending Mr Frank Fredericks from all his rights as an IOC Member.

The IOC EB took note of the recommendation of the IOC Ethics Commission for Mr Fredericks and reiterated the full commitment of the IOC to cooperate with the French judicial authorities, as the IOC has the status of “Partie Civile” in this ongoing procedure.

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

“Considering the gravity and urgency of the situation and its impact on the reputation of the IOC, the IOC EB decides to suspend Mr Frank Fredericks from all the rights, prerogatives and functions deriving from his quality as an IOC Member.”

NOTES

Today’s decision by the IOC EB follows a previous meeting of the EB on 7 March 2017 when the Board decided the following: 

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

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

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

  • Deontay Wilder vs. Bermane Stiverne
  • Rematch for Wilder’s WBC heavyweight title

NOVEMBER 4 FROM BARCLAYS, CENTER IN BROOKLYN (Showtime) – 9 p.m. ET

Wilder and Stiverne’s bout will headline the show, but the co-main event could be the most entertaining fight on the card. Former world champion Shawn Porter is still trying to get another shot at a world title, and he’s facing all-action fighter, Adrian Granados. Most would be shocked to see Granados win, but I’m expecting him to at least be competitive.

Porter almost always delivers a high-energy, action-packed performance. This doesn’t figure to be the exception to that rule.

  • Deontay Wilder vs. Bermane Stiverne, rematch, 12 rounds, for Wilder’s WBC heavyweight title
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  • Shawn Porter vs. Adrian Granados, 12 rounds, WBC welterweight title eliminator
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  • Sergey Lipinets vs. Akihiro Kondo, 12 rounds, for vacant IBF junior welterweight title
  •  
  • Dominic Breazeale vs. Eric Molina, 12 rounds, WBC heavyweight eliminator

RAY J ELSON REMEMBERED
1970’s contender who fought the best.

Former light-heavyweight contender Ray J Elson has passed away. Ray was a staple in the New York area in the 1970’s, and his career took an upturn in 1974 with an upset of contender Tommy Hicks. That win got him a bout with light-heavyweight champion Victor Galindez, and although young and green, Ray put up a gallant fight till he was stopped in the 8th round. Ray continued and fought the likes of Davey Hilton, Michael Spinks, and Eddie Mustafa Muhammad, until his retirement in 1979. Although brief, Rays career is what many fighters can only dream of. It also merits the definition of competing at the highest level, even when you are at a decided disadvantage. It was about always defending yourself in the struggle, as his motto “Keep’ em Up” exemplifies.

Ray’s son puts his father’s career and passing in a letter to our website.

Passing of Ray J Elson
To TruFanBoxing.com
It’s with great sadness that I inform you my father Ray J passed away on Friday, October 20, 2017. It’s with great comfort I inform you that he was comfortable and amongst family who greatly loved him. My father’s passion for the sport of boxing never wavered. He often referred to boxers as artists striving to paint a masterpiece that is recognized by all: the masterpiece of winning a championship and putting that belt around your waist. Something that all boxers are aware of is that all odds are against them. However, they still go forward because of the love and passion of all who step in the ring for the Art of Boxing.
So I thank you for recognizing my father but I thank you even more for fighting for the forgotten sport of boxing and the athletes who make up this great sport. Many may not know that Ray was also an accomplished grandfather to my children Gabriella, Angelina and Timothy.

Australian three time Olympian Tony Madigan dies at 87

Australian three time Olympian Tony Madigan has sadly passed away on Sunday October 29 at the age of 87 years. Madigan competed at Helsinki (1952), Melbourne (1956) and Rome (1960).

Tony Madigan in his prime

Madigan boxed the great Muhammad Ali, then known as Cassius Clay, in a semi-final at the 1960 Rome Olympics. Madigan went on to take bronze at the event. He had also fought Clay at the Intercity Golden Gloves light-heavyweight championship in Chicago in 1959 losing by decision.

AOC president John Coates said: “Tony was a true legend of Australian boxing and Olympic history, best known for his battle with Muhammad Ali. He is and will remain Australia’s greatest amateur boxer and a milestone of Australian sporting history.”

Madigan is survived by wife, Sybilla, with whom he lived in the south of France and the UK, as well as son Kendall and brother Mark. Tony Madigan was inducted into the Australian Boxing Hall of Fame in 20

JARELL “Big Baby MILLER and MARUISZ “The Viking” WACH & Matchroom’s Eddie Hearn & Dmitry Salita Discuss Their November 11 Heavyweight Showdown at NYCB LIVE Home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum 

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 EDDIE HEARN:  This big fight on November 11 is very important in the heavyweight division.  Jarrell Miller is making big waves is the US right now and of course in the world rankings and Mariusz who has been, for a long time, they come together and they meet in a pivotal clash on November 11.  Both guys are looking for a chance at the world title.  While this is not an official eliminator for the world title, one thing is for sure, the winner, I believe, will fight for a world title and the loser will not.  This is a huge for both of their careers and is part of a huge show with Danny Jacobs headlining against Luis Arias in a great fight and Cletus Seldin against Roberto Ortiz.

DMITRIY SALITA:  Jarrell Miller is from Brooklyn, NY and has been moving up the ranks from being an undercard fighter and this is a big stage for him fighting with Danny Jacobs.  This is a very serious fight for him and he is in the best shape of his career – the best shape of his life.  He understands this is a big opportunity for him and as Eddie mentioned, after this fight he will potentially fight for the world title and be considered as one of the elite heavyweights.  Jarrell is following a very rich lineage of Brooklyn heavyweights – Riddick Bowe and Mike Tyson.  On November 11 Jarrell Miller will make a name for himself.

MARIUSZ WACH:  Training is going very good and I am ready.  I am very thankful for HBO for giving me this big opportunity and I will not let my people down and I will put on a great show.  You are going to see a lot of motion and a lot of bombs.

JARRELL MILLER:  I can tell you that I am boing to bring excitement back to boxing’s heavyweight division and back in the forefront, especially in America.  I am happy to be here on a big card in a big way and I am going to put on a big show for the fans.  Mariusz Wach had his chance to do what he had to do and he fell short twice and now he is going up against a big strong guy that comes forward and has the highest punch output in boxing.  One thing I can tell you is he signed a contract to fight an opponent that he doesn’t think will come at him.  This fight he won’t look any better than he did in his last fight.  I am the Big Baby, but I am going to give him the pacifier and put him in the crib.  November 11 is my debut on HBO and Eddie Hearn is going to see there is a new player in town, and Big Baby in town, and he’s from Brooklyn. 

MARIUSZ WACH:  That is very good.  I hope that you find sparring partners that same as me that you can beat inside the ring in sparring, but they will be different than me.  I hope you’re ready when you get inside the ring for this big fight.

JARELL MILLER:  It’s always easy to find slow, goofy sparring partners to spar with, but there is nothing like a Big Baby – no one throws as many punches and I knock people out.  Trust me, I’m not worried about him I am only worried about me.  Nobody throws over 90 punches per round, I do.  He’s got losses, I don’t, so don’t worry about it, I’ll make it easy on him and get him out quick..

MARUISZ WACH:  I can’t wait, I will see you in the ring on November 11.

What are your thoughts on the possibility of fighting Anthony Joshua and how do you think that fight would go?

JARRELL MILLER:  It’s actually a stoke of bad luck on Takem’s part because I feel that Takem is nowhere up to par, that he could do two or three rounds at that.  He is too small and doesn’t have enough punching power.  He stands kind of straight up but he is the kind of guy that comes forward but I don’t think he has a chance against Anthony Joshua at this point.  Like I said before, I was getting ready for a fight and I didn’t get the phone call, but it is what it is and they know what I bring to the table.  I don’t know what’s next or who’s next at this point but right now my main focus is on knocking Wach out, whooping his behind then we’ll take it from there.

Eddie, what do you think about the possibility of Miller fighting Joshua?

EDDIE HEARN:  Yes, we require as many contenders as possible.  Jarrell Miler is making a lot of noise right now and we look for potential opponents for Anthony Joshua, particularly in the United States and Jarrell Miller is at the top of the list.   But on November 11 he has a very tough fight against Mariusz Wach, which is an incredible fight.  Coming off a win against someone like Mariusz Wach you can start talking about world title shots.  I think Jarrell Miller is one of the true heavyweights and I know Anthony rates Jarrell highly and he’d be out for a fight with Jarrell Miller.  He’d be one of the perfect guys to come over and take on in the states.  Obviously working with Dmitry and Jarrell there is no reason why an Anthony Joshua/Jarrell Miller fight shouldn’t happen but first he has a very tough fight to get thru on November 11.

How are the preparations for the Miller fight?

MARUISZ WACH:  Camp is going very well – I have been sparring with Derrick Chisora.  I plan to come to the US on November 1 and I will finish up camp there.  I know it’s going to be a hard fight and I know we will be attacking each other with bombs.  There will be a lot of clinching and a lot of going forward – Big Baby has to come in there and fight and box.

How do you rate yourself being entertaining both in and out of the ring?

JARRELL MILLER:  There is nobody more colorful that n in America in boxing right now, especially in the heavyweight division.  It is very important you show the fans who you are and what you’re capable of doing, but it’s hard to show who you are unless you have that platform to do it and I definitely feel that HBO is the ones that put their money where their mouth is and they want to come back in a big way to the heavyweight division to find talents and they came to the right guy.  I am not out here to prove a point just for myself but I have to put on a show for the fans to show them that American boxing is back and it wasn’t dead it was just taking a nap.  With me being the face of it right now is going to be phenomenal and after this fight on November 11, which is going to be another notch in my belt and to let the people know that the heavyweight division is back and Big Baby is here.

DMITRY SALITA:  Jarrell Miller is born and raised in Brooklyn and has always talked the talk and walked the walk and has always fought the toughest guys available and on November 11 we will see a new star.

EDDIE HEARN:  100% – personalities make the sport.  Characters make the sport and Jarrell Miller is the Big Baby and he does have a big mouth, he’s got a good heart and he’s an ambassador for the sport as well.  You know he doesn’t act like a yolk, he’s intelligent and he likes to entertain and that’s what we need in boxing.  When you look at the division right now you need, as many characters as possible and Jarrell Miller, if he can fight and we believe he can and we’ll find out more on November 11.  He has the potential to be a big star.  I think he is great for the sport of boxing and now he is moving up to the elite level and we will find out if he can walk the walk as well as he talks the talk and this is a perfect fight to show that.

Do you feel this will be your toughest fight?

JARRELL MILLER:  No (laughing) every day life is tough.  Getting in the ring and doing what you do is not tough.  I think marriage is more tough for sure.  The fans can say what they want and the media can say wheat they want, but what I am capable of doing and Wach is just going to be another guy that I am going to crush.  Come November 11 everyone is going to know what I’m capable of doing.  I am bringing a whole different kind of Big Baby, a whole different kind of animal, a whole different kind of look.  I always beat people on Plan A – I don’t even have to go to Plan B but I am going to pull tricks out of the hat so I can show people what a real heavyweight looks like with the skills I have.  Nobody moves like me in the heavyweight division.  My ring IQ is definitely unbeatable and on November 11 you are going to see a different style of Big Baby and it’s going to be fun.

Did you notice anything is his last couple fights that showed you advantages you have?

JARRELL MILLER:  I loved watching his last fight – it was like reading a bedtime story and by the third-round I was passed out sleeping already so I have ben watching his fights to go to sleep. 

EDDIE HEARN:  There are other heavyweights out there other than Anthony Joshua – there are two other belts as well.  Of course there is Deontay Wilder and there is also Joseph Parker and I believe the winner of this fight will be in an eliminator for the IBF so they will get an opportunity to become mandatory challenger to Joshua as well so you just don’t have to rely on a voluntary shot, you can earn your position as mandatory challenger.  As far as Jarrell Miller is concerned, I’m sure Dmitriy and the guys know that the more fights the better in terms of developing his profile.  He has a great platform here with HBO to go out and showcase his skills to the people watching throughout America.  In the build up to the fight and on fight night people will see his personality and his character will be shown through on that platform in front of a big audience.  People will be wanting to watch Big Baby Miller again if he puts on a good performance and the pressure is on.  He talks the talk and we believe he will deliver on November 11 and if he does on that platform, in a fight like that, I really feel like it puts him in a great position where outside of the champions, he is one of the top guys and that’s the aim of Dmitriy and their team.

TICKETS for the live event are on sale now and can be purchased at ticketmaster.com, NYCBLIVE.com or by calling 800-745-3000. Tickets can also be purchased at the Ticketmaster Box Office at the Coliseum.

In the main event on Saturday, Nov. 11, Daniel “Miracle Man” Jacobs battle undefeated Luis Arias in a twelve-round middleweight bout at NYCB LIVE, home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum and televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.  Opening the action-packed HBO telecast will be super lightweight knockout artists Long Island’s own Cletus Seldin and Roberto Ortiz squaring off in a 10-round bout.  In the chief-support bout, exciting heavyweight Jarrell Miller looks to stake his claim on a heavyweight title shot and in his way is Polish giant Mariusz Wach.

 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.  Seldin vs. Ortiz is presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Star Boxing. BROOKLYN BOXING on Long Island is an extension of BSE’s BROOKLYN BOXING™ brand. For more information, visit brooklynboxingshop.com.

Anthony Joshua vs Carlos Takam for the heavyweight championship of the world

October 28 – Tonight, heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua squares off against Carlos Takam at the 75,000 seat Principality Stadium in Cardiff. after Kubrat Pulev – the mandatory challenger for his IBF heavyweight world title – pulled out with a shoulder injury, less than two weeks before bout was due to take place.

In America, the fight will be broadcast on SHOWTIME at 5 PM ET.

It is expected to be a record-breaking audience expected at Principality Stadium as more than 75,000 fansare slated to set boxing’s all-time indoor attendance record.

Joshua (19-0, 19 KOs) returns for the first time since unifying the heavyweight division. The undefeated British sensation picked up the WBA belt to go along with his IBF crown on April 29 in a leading Fight of the Year boxing classic with Wladimir Klitschko.

“We’re going to have a war. We’re going to wear our hearts on our sleeves,” Joshua said. “This is what fighting’s about. With me, it ain’t about all this other stuff that goes on outside the ring. When people come to watch me box, they know they’re going to have a good time. They know they’re going to see knockouts.”

Takam (35-3-1, 27 KOs), a 2004 Olympian from Cameroon, seems to talk a tough talk, but can he even put up a fight, much less a challenge against the noteworthy Joshua.

“He’s a world champion, he’s earned his belt,” said the 36-year-old Takam. “But I’m coming here to take it.”

ANTHONY JOSHUA:

READ  Joshua vs. Takam Weigh-In Live Stream

“I’ve never been nervous about fighting but I think this stadium is going to be different. There’s a closed roof. I know the energy and the atmosphere is going to be bouncing up and down off the roof and it’s going to be nothing like before. As I said, if Saturday night is a little bit like the people today here at the public workout, it’s going to be phenomenal.”

“This is what fighting’s about – different styles and different types of opponents. But the best opponent you can work on is yourself so I’ve definitely been improving myself. I can talk about a million things I’ve been working on but at the end of the day, as soon as that first bell rings, that’s when it matters.”

TWO WEEKS AHEAD OF FIGHT NIGHT at

NYCB LIVE Home of the NASSAU MEMORIAL COLISEUM

DANIEL JACOBS JARRELL MILLER & DIMASH NIYAZOV

HOESTED BROOKLYN MEDIA DAY at GLEASON’S

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 LONG ISLAND (October 27, 2017) – In the main event on Saturday, Nov. 11, Daniel “Miracle Man” Jacobs battle undefeated Luis Arias in a twelve-round middleweight bout at NYCB LIVE, home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum and televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.

Opening the action-packed HBO telecast will be super lightweight knockout artists Long Island’s own Cletus Seldin and Roberto Ortiz squaring off in a 10-round bout.  In the chief-support bout, exciting heavyweight Jarrell Miller looks to stake his claim on a heavyweight title shot and in his way is Polish giant Mariusz Wach.   As part of the stacked undercard, undefeated New York City police officer Dimash “Lightning” Niyazov (12-0, 5 KOs) will fight in a six-round lightweight bout.

 DANIEL “Miracle Man” JACOBS

“He has to be super human to beat me and I will be his kryptonite.  I don’t think he has the mentality.  He talks a lot of trash but when you  go in there it’s a different story.  Yeah, you can make it sound good outside the ring – you can trash talk and you can try and hype yourself up but it’s a totally different story once you get inside that ring – you get hit then you realize you are in there with a totally different caliber of fighter.  I am elite compared to the caliber of opponents he has fought in his professional career.  He talks about the amateurs but you can’t talk about amateurs and I don’t know why he’s highlighting his amateur career. I mean, when do we highlight amateur fights at this level – it really doesn’t mean anything now.  There are levels to this game and I am going to show him that on November 11.”

JARRELL “Big Baby” MILLER

“All I am focused on right now is Nov. 11th and doing what I do best and that is delivering a knockout when I step back in that ring. I’m very grateful to HBO, Eddie Hearn and Dmitry Salita  for this  opportunity and I will not disappoint. It took a lot of hard work, dedication and sacrifice to get to this point and I didn’t do it alone…my team has been with me and my fans. Big Baby is coming….beware.”

DIMASH “Lightning” NIYAZOV

“There are 250 cops in my precinct and about half of them will show up.  This guy (points to friend) is a cop in another precinct and he loves boxing and he will come and he will bring a bunch more.  Every time I fight in New York he brings his cop friends and I bring my cop friends.  Between Long Island and New York City there are 35,000 of us.  Each of the other precincts will have about 20 guys there.  It’s great support.  We are a big family.  It is a dream of mine to walk to the ring with hundreds of cops and just me walking down the middle.

“I train every day.  I work night shift from 11:00 pm to 8:00 am.  And now I am here.  I take a little nap after work then I go to the gym.  I think my fight is going to make the card.  I haven’t fought in New York in a long time and I’m very excited about being on this card.  I’ve known Danny since we were 15 training in the Coney Island projects and to see him come up and to become world champion – I am trying to follow his dream.”

 Tickets for the live event are on sale now and can be purchased at ticketmaster.com, NYCBLIVE.com or by calling 800-745-3000. Tickets can also be purchased at the Ticketmaster Box Office at the Coliseum.

 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.  Seldin vs. Ortiz is presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Star Boxing. BROOKLYN BOXING on Long Island is an extension of BSE’s BROOKLYN BOXING™ brand. For more information, visit brooklynboxingshop.com.

Demetrius Andrade – Alantez Fox outdraws main event on HBO Boxing After Dark® 

White Plains, NY/Philadelphia, PA — Demetrius Andrade, two-time and undefeated world champion,  showed that he has the drawing power to go along with his unquestioned ring talent as his bout with undefeated Alantez Fox outdrew both the main event and opening bouts in the ratings last Saturday night by over 90,000 viewers on HBO Boxing After Dark®.

The Andrade – Fox bout peeked at 685,000 viewers.  That number outdrew the main event, the WBA World Super Featherweight title bout between Jezreel Corrales & Alberto Machado. That is an impressive number considering the sports viewing competition was incredibly strong.  That competition was headlined by Game 7 of the American League Championship Series (New York Yankees – Houston Astros) as well as two high-profile college football games featuring Penn State and Michigan as well as Notre Dame and USC.

Those games were all still going on when Andrade and Fox walked to the ring but were well over by the time the main event started.

“To have Demetrius pull in that viewership going against The Yankees, Penn State, Notre Dame, Michigan and USC just shows the interest in an American boxer who can be considered one of the best out there.  Those above mentioned teams are most iconic programs and teams in American sports,” said Artie Pelullo, President of Banner Promotions.

Joe DeGuardia, President of Star Boxing said, “I am very pleased with the ratings.  It is an anomaly when the co-feature bout does a higher rating than the main event.  Additionally, considering that Demetrius’ fight competed with significant live sports competition, including game 7 of a fantastic Yankees-Astros series and major college football games, it shows fans are interested in a talented American boxer with US Olympic pedigree.

UNDERCARD SET FOR
DANIEL “Miracle Man” JACOBS vs. LUIS ARIAS
NOVEMBER 11 AT NYCB LIVE, home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
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 Off-TV Fights Feature….
Westbury Long Island’s Tommy “The Razor” Rainone
Long Island’s Own Tyrone “Pretty Boy” James
Undefeated Lightweight and NYPD’s Dimash “Lightning” Niyazov
Super Bantamweight Jesse Angel Hernandez
UK’s Undefeated Welterweight Conor “The Destroyer” Benn
Uzbekistan’s Shonjahone “Descendant of Tamerlane” Ergashev
 
LONG ISLAND (October 24, 2017) – The off-TV stacked undercard has officially been set for the Saturday, Nov. 11 showdown between Daniel “Miracle Man” Jacobs and undefeated Luis Arias at NYCB LIVE, home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum and televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.
 
Leading the undercard is Jesse Angel Hernandez (9-1, 7 KOs), a 26-year-old southpaw from Fort Worth, Texas, who will battle Glenn Dezurn (9-0-1, 6 KOs) from Baltimore, MD.  Jesse has 16 siblings – nine boys were boxers and six turned professional, including Jose “El Loco” Hernandez, and Rodrigo Hernandez.  Salita Promotions recently signed Hernandez after witnessing an impressive knockout over then undefeated in seventeen fights Russian Vladimir Tikhonov, also a Salita Promotions fighter. 
 
“It’s great exposure to be part of such a big event,” said Hernandez. “I want to be the guy fighting on TV and in the main event in the near future. Dezurn is a steppingstone for me and you can expect an action packed fight ending in a knockout.”
 
Undefeated Connor Benn (9-0, 7 KOs), from Essex United Kingdom, the son of former middleweight and super middleweight world champion Nigel Benn, will battle Highland NY’s Daniel “The Hudson Valley Kid” Sostre (13-14-1, 5 KOs) in a six-round welterweight contest.  Benn has fought in some of the biggest venues in the world (O2 and Manchester Arenas); and on the biggest fight cards, (making pro debut on Martin vs. Joshua card, and also the Golovkin vs. Brock and Joshua vs. Molina events). 
 
“New York here I come!” said Benn. “I’m honored to be the first Matchroom UK fighter to box on a show in America and it’s a massive chance for me to make a big impact in front of a new audience. I’m only 20, I love new experiences and I plan on making this a long journey.”
 
Undefeated New York City police officer Dimash “Lightning” Niyazov (12-0, 5 KOs) will fight in a six-round lightweight bout. Born in Shymkent, Kazakhstan and now residing in Staten Island, NY, Niyazov began boxing at 4 years old. At 13, his family moved to the United States and his father began boxing training in earnest. As an amateur, Niyazov won the NY Empire State Games and NY Metros. He became a member of New York City’s finest three years ago and is stationed in Brooklyn.
 
Shohjahon Ergashev (9-0, 9 KOs), Uzbekistan’s popular 25-year-old four-time amateur national champion will battle Marquis Hawthorne (5-7, 1KO) from Waco, TX, in a six-round welterweight bout. To prepare for his US debut, Ergashev, who has won his last five fights inside of round one, is training at Kronk Gym in Detroit with well-known Javan SugarHill Steward (nephew of legendary Emmanuel Steward). 
 
“Shoh has the power, skills and charisma to be a star in boxing and has a very loyal fan base,” said Salita. “Hundreds of people from his community will be there to support him on November 11.” 
 
Tommy Rainone (26-8-1, 6 KOs) from Rockville Centre, NY, will have a six round welterweight rematch with Mexican Fidel Monterrosa-Munoz (38-14-1, 30 KOs), inwhich Monterrosa-Munoz won by unanimous decision on July 15.  While Rainone began his love affair with boxing at age seven when he saw the movie “Rocky”, he didn’t make his professional debut until age 26. With a loyal fans base that has continues to grow, Rainone won his first eleven professional bouts, including two wins in a five-day span and a third victory 15 days later.
 
“I’m Looking forward to this fight and I’m extremely humbled and blessed to get this opportunity for revenge with the same opponent at the same venue under better circumstances then the first time around,” said Rainone.  “That loss has haunted me for months and I didn’t know if I would get the chance to make the wrong thing right.”
 
Long Islander Tyrone James (4-0, 3 KOs) from Elmont, NY, is carrying the torch of his athletic family and will fight in a six-round welterweight bout.  Tyrone’s father, Derrell, was a standout professional football player and his uncle Jerry was a 1988 Golden Gloves champion. Tyrone started boxing at age 10 and went on to have an outstanding amateur career becoming a 5-time Junior Olympic [MG1] champion and Nebraska Golden Glove champion.
 
“I’m very excited to be fighting so close to home and on such a huge card. As soon as Joe DeGuardia called to offer me the opportunity I jumped at it,” said James. “I was at the first boxing card in July at the Coliseum and knew I wanted to fight there. It’s a great place for my family and friends to see me in action.”
  
Tickets for the live event are on sale now and can be purchased at ticketmaster.com, NYCBLIVE.com or by calling 800-745-3000. Tickets can also be purchased at the Ticketmaster Box Office at the Coliseum.
 
Opening the action-packed HBO telecast will be super lightweight knockout artists Long Island’s own Cletus Seldin and Roberto Ortiz squaring off in a 10-round bout.  In the chief-support bout, exciting heavyweight Jarrell Miller looks to stake his claim on a heavyweight title shot and in his way is Polish giant Mariusz Wach.
 
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. Seldin vs. Ortiz is presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Star Boxing. BROOKLYN BOXING on Long Island is an extension of BSE’s BROOKLYN BOXING™ brand. For more information, visit brooklynboxingshop.com.
 

 Marlon Starling leads the New Jersey Boxing Hall of Fame 2017 Inductee class

Thursday,  October 26th

 * The next meeting for the New Jersey Boxing Hall of Fame will be on Thursday, October 26th, at the Faith Reformed Church located at 95 Washington St. in Lodi, N.J. which is right at the corner of Washington and Prospect St., starting at 8:00 P.M.  


As the President of the New Jersey Boxing Hall of Fame I am proud to announce that on Thursday evening, November 9, 2017, the New Jersey Boxing Hall of Fame will hold it’s 48th Annual Dinner and Induction Ceremonies at the beautiful Venetian, located at 546 River Drive, Garfield, New Jersey starting at 6:45 P.M.  Tickets are priced at ONLY $85.00 per person.

Our 2017 Man of the Year Award goes to Chuck Wepner. Chuck was a Top 10 contender in the heavyweight division from 1973 to 1977. He won the New Jersey Heavyweight Title twice, once against Don McAteer and the other against Randy Neumann. Chuck also won the National Americas Heavyweight Title when he beat former WBA heavyweight Champion, Ernie Terrell. BUT he is most known for fighting Muhammad Ali  into the 15 round and became ONLY the 4th fighter to ever put Ali on the canvas. Of course we all know he served as an inspiration for the Academy Award winning movie Rocky. Now years later his OWN story is on the BIG screen which is called “Chuck”. and is out on DVD and Blue Gray.

Fourteen (14) of Boxing’s finest will be inducted in the New Jersey Boxing Hall of Fame, and they are as follows:

Sal Alessi – Managed, trained and promoted dozens of New Jersey’s finest Boxers, including Bob Rooney Jr., Jeremy Bryan, Glen Tapia, Pat Farrell, Wayne Johnson, plus many more.

Kenny Bogner – One of the most exciting Lightweight contenders in the 1980’s who was rated in the top 10 in the World  in 1983. He finished his career with a 25-2-1 record with 16 KO’s.

Clarence Coleman – He would fight anyone that was put in front of him including Micky Ward, Frankie Warren, Charles Murray, Saoul Mamby, Larry Barnes and John Duplessis.

Greg Everett – An Outstanding Light Heavyweight from the 1980’s and 90’s who fought World Champions Frank Tate and James Toney. He finished his career with a 21-3 record with 17 KO’s.

Anthony Hamm – Trained 14 World Champions including Ray Mercer, Arturo Gatti, Charles “The Natural” Murray, Tracey Patterson, Shannon Briggs, Imamu Mayfield, Ice Al Cole, Sultan Ibragmov, Bobby Czyz and Corey Spinks.

Joey (Eye) Intrieri – Longtime cutman and promoter who has worked the corners of many top fighters in the last 25 years, including Ray Mercer, Bruce Seldon, Ivan Robinson, Jackie Frazier, Tim Witherspoon, Michael Grant and Darren Maciunski.

Johnny Molnar – New Jersey Golden Glove Champion who was undefeated in his first 17 fights as a pro and finished with a career record of 20-2-2 with 10 KO’s.

Bob Rooney Sr. – Trained 23 Golden Glove Champions, 18 Diamond Glove Champions and 5 Amateur Club Champions. Bob also trained state team champions in 1988, 1990, 1991, 1992 & 1996. He trained Nino Gonzalez to a State Title and a fight with Roberto Duran. He was also Chuck Wepner’s sparing partner for 13 years.

Marlon Starling

Marlon Starling – Former WBA & WBC Welterweight Champion of the World. He fought and beat Simon Brown, Mark Breland, Lloyd Honeyghan, Lupe Aquino, Kevin Howard and Floyd Mayweather Sr. He finished his career with a 45-6-1 record with 27 KO’s.

Adrian Stone – Former IBO Light Middleweight & Intercontinental Welterweight Champion. Fought such standouts as Shane Mosley, Vernon Forrest, Sergio Martinez and John Duplessis. He finished his career with a 33-5-2 record with 26 KO’s.

Paul Vegliante – A former New Jersey Amateur Champion who is the President of the AAIB which awards scholarships to Amateur boxers for College. Over the last 5 years they have awarded over $150,000 and he was a main driving force.

 POSTHUMOUSLY

Jimmy Cerello – Outstanding middleweight who was undefeated in his first 29 fights, a streak that came to an end when he lost to World contender Robert Villemain, who beat both Kid Gavilan and Jake LaMotta, and fought Sugar Ray Robinson twice. He finished his career with a 28-5-2 record.

Oscar Goode – Top Light Heavyweight from the 1940’s who beat such standouts as Herbie Katz, Vince Pimpinella and Jackie Caparell. He also fought Roland LaStarza and Johnny Shkor. After his first 52 bouts he was 39-11-2.

Mike Mastandrea – Fought for less then 19 months in which he had 36 fights. 5 times during his career he fought 3 times in a single month. From October 3rd to December 18th, 1942 he fought 9 times. His career came to an end when he  went on to fight a far more important fight in World War II.  He was a paratrooper in the 101st infantry and was killed at the battle of Normandy (D-Day) on June 6, 1944. He was ONLY 21 years old.

Also, the NEW JERSEY BOXING HALL OF FAME will be honoring our Senior Amateur (Aadam Ali), Junior Olympic Amateur (Emmanuel Chance) & Pro Boxer of the Year (Derrick Webster) as well as the Amateur Official (Andrew Mustacchio) & Coach of the Year (Mike Rizzo)

Ring Notes:   

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

 *Ring # 8, of New York will have their next meeting on October 19th at the Plattduetsche Restaurant, Franklin Square, New York – Contact President Jack Hirsch at ajhirsch5@aol.com 516-790-7592.

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

Keep Punching,                                        President, Henry Hascup

Daniel “Miracle Man” Jacobs,’ Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller & Dimash “Lightning” Niyazov Host Brooklyn 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 LIVE, home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.  Fighters 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 brooklynboxingshop.com.

Tickets for the live event, on sale now, can be purchased at ticketmaster.com, NYCBLIVE.com or by calling 800-745-3000.   Tickets can also be purchased at the Ticketmaster Box Office at the Coliseum.

This Week!

 Daniel Jacobs & Luis Arias, 

Jarrell Miller & Mariusz Wach 

Cletus Seldin & Roberto Ortiz 

And Eddie Hearn

To Host International Media Conference Calls

 Thursday, October 26, 3:00 pm ET / Noon PT

Undefeated Heavyweight Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller &

Former World Title Challenger Mariusz “The Viking” Wach

Followed by Super Lightweight Knockout Artists

Cletus “The Hebrew Hammer” Seldin & Roberto “Massa” Ortiz

(877) 839-2942 or (574) 990-2883

Conference ID:  5599268

 Friday, October 27, Noon ET / 9:00 am PT

Former Middleweight World Champion Daniel “Miracle Man” Jacobs &

Undefeated USBA Champion Luis Arias

 (877) 839-2942 or (574) 990-2883

Conference ID:  6585739

 Jacobs vs. Arias  —  Former WBA middleweight king Jacobs (32-2, 29 KOs), is back in action following his brilliant performance in New York against Gennady Golovkin last March. The Brooklyn born ‘Miracle Man’ is targeting world title action in 2018 and will be looking for an explosive performance against the unbeaten American Arias to signal his intent to be recognized as the man in the deeply talented 160-pound division. Wisconsin-based Arias (18-0, 9 KOs), will look to spoil Jacobs’ plans at the first hurdle. The 27-year-old decorated amateur and USBA champion is thrilled to have landed the huge fight he’s been craving and to announce himself on the world scene.

Miller vs. Wach  — Brooklyn’s own unbeaten heavyweight Jarrell “Bib Baby” Miller (19-0, 17 KOs), recorded his 17th win inside the distance this past July when he forced the retirement of Gerald Washington at Barclays Center. The Brooklyn native will look to lay down a marker as he meets Polish giant and former world title challenger, Mariusz Wach (33-2, 17 KOs), who has his mind set on upsetting Miller’s game plan.

Seldinvs. Ortiz  —  This pair of super lightweight knockout artists willsquare off in a 10-round bout.  Fighting out of Long Island, NY, Cletus, “The Hebrew Hammer” Seldin (20-0, 16 KOs) is a former WBC International Silver Super Lightweight Champion who has plowed through the competition with devastating power resulting in 78 percent of his fights ending by knockout.  Roberto “Massa” Ortiz (35-1-2, 26 KOs), from Torreon, Mexico, has torn through 35 opponents including 10 defenses of the WBC Silver Super Lightweight Championship over three years. The sole blemish on his record came against former Interim WBC World Super Lightweight Champion Lucas “La Maquina” Matthysse.

 Facts

JACOBSvs. 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. 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.

Tickets for the live event, on sale now, can be purchased at ticketmaster.com, NYCBLIVE.com or by calling 800-745-3000.   Tickets can also be purchased at the Ticketmaster Box Office at the Coliseum.

BROOKLYN BOXING on Long Island is an extension of BSE’s BROOKLYN BOXING™ brand. For more information, visit brooklynboxingshop.com.

Olympic flame for Pyeong Chang 2018 shines brightly as Olympic Movement shows its support at Ancient Olympia

October 24 – The Olympic flame-lighting ceremony for the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 took place today in Ancient Olympia, Greece. It marks the start of an incredible journey that will bring the Olympic spirit to the Republic of Korea and its citizens, and inspire the entire world.

The Olympic Torch Relay starts the final countdown to one of the greatest athletic and cultural events in the world. Taking place as it does against the backdrop of Olympia, the Olympic flame-lighting ceremony serves more than any other tradition to connect the modern Games with their ancient origins and – like the messengers who proclaimed the sacred Olympic truce – the runners who carry the Olympic flame will carry the message of the Olympic values on their journey.

As a symbol of the good that the Olympic Games can do to bring the world together, the President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Thomas Bach, alongside a number of National Olympic Committee (NOC) leaders, took part in the ceremony to show their support for the Games, which will begin on 9 February next year.

Representatives of the NOCs of the upcoming Olympic Games and Olympic Winter Games included: Tsunekazu Takeda (JPN), Zaiqing Yu (CHN), Denis Masseglia (FRA) and Lawrence F. Probst III (USA). They joined the President of the PyeongChang 2018 Organising Committee (POCOG), Lee Hee-beom and the President of the NOC of the Republic of Korea Kee-Heung Lee, as well as Spyros Capralos from the Hellenic Olympic Committee (GRE).

“As our founder, Pierre de Coubertin, once said: ‘The Olympic Games are a pilgrimage to the past and an act of faith in the future,’” President Bach told the crowd at the ceremony.

He continued: “What better expression of this faith in the future, than the presence of the President of the Hellenic Olympic Committee, together with the Presidents of the National Olympic Committees of the Republic of Korea, Japan, China, France and the United States of America. Together, they represent the future hosts of Olympic Games, PyeongChang 2018, Tokyo 2020, Beijing 2022, Paris 2024 and Los Angeles 2028. Today’s ceremony marks the beginning of the celebration of the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018.” 

The PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Torch Relay is an invitation to join in the celebrations around the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 and be inspired by its message: “Passion. Connected.”

The IOC President was joined by the Chair of the PyeongChang 2018 Coordination Commission and IOC Executive Board Member Gunilla Lindberg and a number of other IOC members.

“I am very proud to be here today in Ancient Olympia to see the Olympic flame begin its journey to PyeongChang in the Republic of Korea,” said Lee Hee-beom, President of POCOG.

He continued: “The start of the Olympic Torch Relay today is one of the most important milestones in our journey to February 9th. The Olympic Torch Relay will be a celebration of the passion that our nation has for the Olympic Movement as we welcome the flame back to our shores for the first time since the Seoul Olympic Games of 1988. Korea is ready to welcome the world again in PyeongChang.”

Also present at the ceremony was Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos.

“Today’s ceremony and the Olympic Games send a very important message to the world, ” he said.  “Under the leadership of President Bach, the Olympic Movement continues to play a unique role in the world.”

Twenty-four-year-old cross-country skier Apostolos Angelis from Greece, who has already secured his participation in PyeongChang 2018, was the first torchbearer. He passed on the flame to famous football player Park Ji-Sung from the Republic of Korea.

Over the following week, the flame will travel around Greece. It will cover 2,129km on Greek territory and will arrive at the Acropolis on 30 October. Some 505 torchbearers will participate, and 36 welcome ceremonies will be held in 20 municipalities over the eight days. The ceremony to hand over the flame to the PyeongChang 2018 Organising Committee will be held at the Panathenaic Stadium on 31 October.

Then the flame will make its way 8,500km east, to the Korean city of Incheon, arriving on 1 November to coincide with 100 days to go until the start of the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018.

Thereafter, the Olympic Torch Relay will see the flame embark on a tour of the entire host country, taking in nine provinces and eight major cities, before it finally arrives at the PyeongChang Olympic Stadium in time for the Opening Ceremony on 9 February 2018.

The Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 will run from 9 to 21 February in PyeongChang, and will feature approximately 3,000 athletes from 95 NOCs.

IBF cruiser king Murat Gassiev KO’s former champ Krzysztof Wlodarczyk in three at Newark’s Prudential Center

October 21- Newark, New Jersey. Highlighting the World Boxing Super Series, IBF  cruiserweight champion Murat Gassiev, the youngest member in the cruiserweight lineup scored one of the best knockouts in years when he dismantled former IBF and WBC champion Krzysztof Wlodarczyk in three rounds in front of a crowd of his Polish faithful.

IBF Champion Murat Gassiev

 

Krzysztof Wlodarczyk down for the count

Gassiev, of Russia,  (25-0, 18 KO) was the aggressor from the opening bell stalking the Polish battler around the ring behind a stabbing jab and some hard combinations.  For some reason, Wlodarczyk, of Poland,  (53-4-1, 37 KO) seemed to be content giving angles and dancing away from the power fists of Gassiev. He only threw a sporadic number of jabs and though they were piercing jabs, they showed little effect upon the champion.

After seeming to breeze through the first two rounds, halfway through the third, Gassiev hammered the challenger with a jarring left uppercut to the jaw that knocked his head back as if it was attached to a hinge.  He then followed the blow with a thudding left hook to the liver that landed like a Russian RS-26 intercontinental ballistic missile.

Murat Gassiev stands at the neutral corner while Wlodarczyk is counted out

Upon impact,  Wlodarczyk crumbled to the dark ring floor writhing in pain and temporarily paralyzed. The referee counted quickly to 10, though he could have easily counted to a thousands. The Polish former champion was in no way going to rise.  

This is the Champions League of boxing and I am going to prove that I am the world´s best cruiserweight. The competition will be tough, but to be the best, you have to beat the best.

 

“It is an honor to be in the World Boxing Super Series,” said the IBF champion Gassiev. “This is the best fighting the best. I have never lost a fight, I am the IBF champion and I look forward to winning the other belts as well to cement my position as the best fighter in the division.”

With the victory, Gassiev will now meet unbeaten WBA World cruiserweight champion Yunier Dorticos (22-0, 21 KOs) in the semifinals of the World Boxing Super Series (WBSS) tournament in his next fight in early 2018.

Dorticos, who was on hand at the fight,  said he’s looking forward to meeting Gassiev in the semifinals of the WBSS tournament, and now he’s got his wish. 

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 brooklynboxingshop.com.
 
Tickets for the live event, on sale now, can be purchased at ticketmaster.com, NYCBLIVE.com or by calling 800-745-3000.   Tickets can also be purchased at the Ticketmaster Box Office at the Coliseum.

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.”

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

WORLD CLASS BOXING RETURNS TO THE RENO/SPARKS CONVENTION CENTER NOVEMBER 17TH

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 ticketmaster.com.

ABOUT LET’S GET IT ON PROMOTIONS

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 https://www.facebook.com/LetsGetItOnBoxing  web letsgetitonboxing.com

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®

Tickets on Sale Now!

 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.

Tickets for the live event, starting at $35, are on sale now and can be purchased at ticketmaster.com, NYCBLIVE.com or by calling 800-745-3000. Tickets can also be purchased at the Ticketmaster Box Office at the Coliseum.

CONTACTS:

Ed Keenan, EMC/Matchroom Boxing USA, (609) 432-7859, keenan@emcevents.com

Anthony Leaver, Matchroom Boxing,

O: +44 (0)1277 359930 M: +44 (0)7813 845144, anthony.leaver@matchroom.com 

Patrick Byrne, HBO, (212) 512-1361, patrick.byrne@hbo.com

Didier Morais, Roc Nation Sports, (212) 889-0440 didier@berkcommunications.com

Mandy Gutmann, Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment, (718) 942-9587, mgutmann@brooklynse.com

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

Two-Time World Champion Demetrius Andrade 

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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 (www.ticketmaster.com).

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 kelly.abdo@turningstone.com.

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OCT. 13 EDITION OF GOLDEN BOY BOXING ON ESPN AND OCT. 6 EDITION OF LA FIGHT CLUB MEDIA WORKOUT QUOTES, PHOTOS AND VIDEOS

FIDEL “THE ATRISCO KID” MALDONADO TO TAKE ON ISMAEL BARROSO ON OCT. 13 AT FANTASY SPRING RESORT CASINO

CHRISTIAN “CHIMPA” GONZALEZ TO TAKE ON FORMER WBC SUPER FEATHERWEIGHT CHAMPION GAMALIEL “EL PLATANO” DIAZ IN LA FIGHT CLUB MAIN EVENT

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Photo Credit: Lina Baker/Seeyouringside Photo 

Video Credit: Golden Boy Promotions

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 www.FantasySpringsResort.com.

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 EstrellaTV.com 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.

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

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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 (www.ticketmaster.com).

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 kelly.abdo@turningstone.com.

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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 ThompsonBoxing.com.

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

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

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 ThompsonBoxing.com.

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 ThompsonBoxing.com.

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

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

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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.

KOVALEV vs SHABRANSKYY PRESS CONFERENCE

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 ticketmaster.com 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–  phillyboxing@gmail.com 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 ThompsonBoxing.com.

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 ThompsonBoxing.com.

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

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.
 
KOVALEV vs SHABRANSKYY PRESS CONFERENCE
 
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 ticketmaster.com 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.”

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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!
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Tuesday, September 19

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6:30 p.m.                      FIRST BOUT BEGINS
                  
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Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by King’s Promotions, are priced at $50, $75 and $100, not including applicable service charges and taxes and are on sale now. Tickets are available at www.ticketmaster.com. To charge by phone call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000.

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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.

UNDEFEATED CONTENDERS AND PROSPECTS TO BE FEATURED ON CANELO VS. GOLOVKIN PAY-PER-VIEW UNDERCARD

JOSEPH “JOJO” DIAZ, JR. AND JORGE “PILON” LARA TO BATTLE IN WBC FEATHERWEIGHT TITLE ELIMINATOR FOR CO-MAIN EVENT

RANDY “El MATADOR” CABALLERO TO FACE DIEGO DE LA HOYA IN CLASH OF UNDEFEATED CONTENDERS FOR NABF SUPER BANTAMWEIGHT TITLE

LIGHTWEIGHT CONTENDERS RYAN “BLUE CHIP” MARTIN AND FRANCISCO ROJO TO OPEN PAY-PER-VIEW TELECAST

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 16 AT T-MOBILE ARENA IN LAS VEGAS

PRESENTED LIVE BY HBO PAY-PER-VIEW®
BEGINNING AT A SPECIAL TIME OF 8:00 P.M. ET/5:00 P.M. PT

LOS ANGELES (Aug. 28, 2017) More than 20,000 fans at T-Mobile Arena and millions watching on HBO Pay-Per-View and www.RingTV.com 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.

Joseph-Diaz

“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 atwww.ticketmaster.com.

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

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“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.

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GRIEF AND MOURNING IN THE WBC- ULTIMINIO “SUGAR” RAMOS HAS DIED

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.

MONROE QUOTES:

“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 http://www.espn.com/boxing, @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 sports.caa.com.

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.”

TODAY!!!

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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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PROGRAMMING ALERT: CES BOXING, FIGHTNIGHT LIVE TO PARTNER FOR AUG. 26 PRE-MAYMAC CARD FREE ON FACEBOOK 

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

Online: https://www.facebook.com/FaceFIGHTNIGHTLIVE/

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 cesboxing.com, foxwoods.com, or ticketmaster.com, 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 (www.barbourone9.com) and Northeastern Fine Jewelry (www.nefj.com).

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, NYFights.com and The Ring and analyst Xavier Porter of BrooklynFights.com, 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: https://www.facebook.com/FaceFIGHTNIGHTLIVE/

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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.”

CANELO ALVAREZ AND GENNADY GOLOVKIN 

TO HOST MEDIA WORKOUT AT 

LA LIVE ON AUG. 28 

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: http://bit.ly/9-16MediaWorkoutRSVP. 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 www.ticketmaster.com.

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.

SOCIAL MEDIA: 

For more info., visit www.goldenboypromotions.com and www.hbo.com/boxing; 

Twitter @GoldenBoyBoxing, @Canelo, @gggboxing, @OscarDeLaHoya, @hboboxing and @TomLoeffler1; 

Facebook at www.facebook.com/GoldenBoyBoxingwww.facebook.com/gggboxing, and www.facebook.com/HBOBoxing

Instagram @GoldenBoyBoxing, @Canelo, @gggboxing, @HBOboxing and @OscarDeLaHoya; and follow the conversation using #CaneloGGG.

 
CRAWFORD vs INDONGO 
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

OFFICIAL WEIGH-IN 
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 www.toprank.tv  

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?

TERENCE CRAWFORD:  Andre Ward.
 
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.
 
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            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 www.ticketmaster.com, 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.

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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 www.cesboxing.com, www.foxwoods.com, or www.ticketmaster.com, 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 www.foxwoods.com, 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!

THE FLOYD MAYWEATHER JR. FOUNDATION AND MAYWEATHER PROMOTIONS 5TH ANNUAL “BACK TO SCHOOL GIVEAWAY” CHARITY EVENT REACHES NEW HEIGHTS WITH OVER 700 IN ATTENDANCE!
 
 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: http://tfmjf.org/connect/.

MAYWEATHER vs. McGREGOR MEDIA DAYS VIA SATELLITE & YOUTUBE

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: http://s.sho.com/2uGDwY7

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: http://s.sho.com/2vPrbpI

SHOWTIME Sports BOX LINK: https://cbs.box.com/s/ogkrd7925aoahng4a4vy8yp4au5z83sv

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

TECHNICAL/SATELLITE CONTACT:

Matt Huennekens: 702-525-4202

MAYWEATHER vs. McGREGOR

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. 

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING

RETURNS TO LOS ANGELES THIS WEEK!

WBO JR. LIGHTWEIGHT WORLD TITLE RUMBLE

VASYL LOMACHENKO VS. MIGUEL MARRIAGA

  • -PLUS –
  • BATTLE OF TOP-RATED CONTENDERS

RAY BELTRAN VS. BRIAN VASQUEZ

-AND –

PRO DEBUT OF L.A. NATIVE / 2016 U.S. OLYMPIAN

MIKAELA MAYER

Click Here for Wednesday’s Workout PHOTOS & VIDEO

 TOP POUND FOR POUND FIGHTER VASYL LOMACHENKO

FEATURED IN NEW INSTALLMENT TOP RANK-PRODUCED 

DIGITAL SERIES “CAMP LIFE”

 Episode No. 1 of Three-Part CAMP LIFE  

is Now Live on Various Digital Platforms!  

 CAMP LIFE: VASYL LOMACHENKO: Episode No. 1 

 https://youtu.be/ YlOzjc6kqgY

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 microsofttheater.comAXS.com, by phone at 888-929-7849 or at the STAPLES Center Box Office.  

For more information visit:  www.toprank.comwww.espn.com/boxing;Facebook