Boxing News Stories and New Press Releases

 

Boxing News Stories and New Press Releases

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THE TAKEOVER CONTINUES TONIGHT IN TEXAS AS TEOFIMO LOPEZ TAKES ON FORMER WORLD TITLE CHALLENGER DIEGO MAGDALENO
 
NEW YORK (February 2, 2019)- Tonight, boxing’s hottest star, undefeated lightweight Teofimo Lopez (11-0, 9 KOs) continues his “Takeover” when he takes on former two-time world title challenger Diego Magdaleno (31-2, 13 KOs) in a ten-round lightweight bout at  Ford Center at the Star, the practice home of the Dallas Cowboys in Frisco, Texas.

The fight, which is for the USBA, NABA and NABF Lightweight titles, will air live on ESPN+ at midnight E.T.  and will precede that highly anticipated WBO Light heavyweight Title rematch between Eleider Alvarez and Sergey Kovalev.

Lopez of Brooklyn, NY was the ESPN 2018 Prospect of the Year, has built his lofty reputation with explosive knockout victories over the likes of Vitor Jones Freitas, William Silva and Mason Menard, Those three had a combined record of 73-5.  Lopez now looks to take the next progressive step up the ladder as he fights the battle-tested Magdaleno.

Lopez weighed 134.8 lbs, while Magdaleno was 134.7 lbs.

“I am extremely proud, and grateful that I can be the co-feature for a huge card like this. Fighting in Dallas and where the Cowboys practice at, shows us we’re that much closer to bigger and better things,” said Lopez.

“A win will definitely let everyone know that in 2019 we’re fighting for the world title.”

“You can expect a great and entertaining fight along with a celebration that will go viral”

Said David McWater of Split-T Management, “I am like everyone else, I can’t wait to see what he does tonight.”
 

Aston Palicte stops Jose Martinez in second round

Rising Filipino star earns mandatory rematch with WBO Jr. Bantamweight world champion Donnie Nietes

ALPINE, Cal. (February 2, 2019) – The next great Filipino boxer, “Mighty” Aston Palicte, knocked out his previously unbeaten Puerto Rican opponent Jose “Chiquiro” Martinez in the second round of this past Thursday night’s World Boxing Organization (WBO) Junior Bantamweight World Title Eliminator, before a sold-out crowd in the Oak Ballroom at Viejas Casino and Resort in Alpine, California.

Aston Palicte nails Jose Martinez with a hard right hand.

Palicte vs. Martinez, presented by Roy Jones Jr. (RJJ) Boxing Promotions in association with Miquel Cotto Promotions, was the inaugural event live-streamed on UFC Fight Pass® under a new agreement between Palicte’s promoter, RJJ Boxing, and FIGHT PASS, to live stream up to 72 professional boxing events over the next three years.

Palicte (25-2-1, 21 KOs), rated No. 2 by the WBO, took on No. 4 ranked Martinez, the reigning North American Boxing Federation (NABF) champion, in the main event to determine the mandatory challenger for WBO junior bantamweight title-holder Donnie Nietes, the four-division world champion, also from the Philippines.

Aston Palicte (R) scores with a right cross to Martinez.

Palicte was coming off a controversial 12-round split draw with Nietes last September for the then vacant WBO Junior bantamweight championship.  Many at ringside felt that Palicte should have won the Filipino showdown and now he will have a richly deserved match.

“I knew Aston wanted to make a statement against Martinez and boy did he ever deliver,” RJJ Boxing CEO/Co-Founder Keith Veltre said. “What a way to start our series on UFC Fight Pass.  From the opening fight to the main event there was nothing but action.  Our matchmaker, Guy Taylor, has been delivering great content.”

After a standard feeling-out first round, Palicte exploded in the second round, as he walked through Martinez’ punches, showing no respect for his opponent’s power.  Palicte dropped Martinez with an overhand right, repeating the decking moments later with the same punch.  Martinez beat the count, but Palicte unleashed a flurry of unanswered punches, which resulted in the referee halting the action.

“I will start the process on making a deal with Nietes’ people,” Veltre added.  “We’re looking forward to seeing Aston become world champion.”

In the co-featured event, a rare showdown between a pair of unbeaten prospects, Fort Worth, Texas featherweight Edward “Kid” Vasquez (6-0) out-boxed Brandon “2 Smooth” Cruz (6-1, 4 KOs), fighting out of nearby San Diego, in a back-and-forth fight for a key win by way of a sixth-round split decision.

Compton, CA junior featherweight Daniel Constantino (3-2-1, 1 KO) pulled off a mild upset in the FIGHT PASS opener, defeating San Diego’s Dilan “El Rey” Miranda (4-2, 3 KOs) by way of a six-round majority decision.

San Diego featherweight Jessica Juarez (2-0, 1 KO) won a four-round majority decision over Kailyn Hansen (1-3).  Redlands, CA welterweight Anthony “The Future” Franco (4-1-1) and Los Angeles heavyweight Oscar Torrez (4-0, 1 KO) both won four-round unanimous decision, respectively, against Los Angeles’ David Morales and Ignacio Zambrano (2-5), of Whittier, CA.

Below are the official results:

OFFICIAL RESULTS

MAIN EVENT – WBO Jr. BANTAMWEIGHT WORLD TITLE ELIMINATOR

Aston Palicte (25-2-1, 21 KOs), Bago City, Negros Occidental, Philippines

WTKO2 (2:18)

Jose Martinez (20-1-2, 13 KOs), Las Marias, Puerto Rico lbs.

CO-FEATURE – FEATHWERWEIGHTS

Edward Vasquez (6-0, 0 KOs), Fort Worth, Texas

WDEC6 (59-55, 58-56, 54-55)

Brandon Cruz (6-1, 4 KOs), San Diego, California

JUNIOR FEATHERWEIGHTS

Daniel Constantino (3-2-1, 1 KO), Compton, California

WDEC6 (59-55, 59-55, 57-57)

Dilan Miranda (4-2, 3 KOs), San Diego, California by way of Mexico

FEMALE FEATHERWEIGHTS

Jessica Juarez (2-0, 1 KO), San Diego, California

WDEC4 (40-36, 40-36, 38-38)

Kailyn Hansen (1-3, 0 KOs), Whittier, California

WELTERWEIGHTS

Anthony Franco (4-1-1, 0 KOs), Redlands, California

WDEC4 (40-36, 39-37, 38-38)

David Morales (2-2-1 (0 KOs) Los Angeles, California.

HEAVYWEIGHTS

Oscar Torres (3-1, 1 KO), Los Angeles, California

WDEC4 (40-36, 40-36, 40-36)

Ignacio Zambrano (2-5, 0 KOs), Torrance, California

 

CHRISTIAN CARTO, DARMANI ROCK HEADLINE RAGING BABE’S FEB. 8 “PHILLY SPECIAL” ON FACEBOOK FIGHTNIGHT LIVE
 
Fan-friendly, interactive FREE platform averaging almost 323,000 views per show in Season II as it opens 2019 at 2300 Arena in Philadelphia. Online: https://www.facebook.com/FaceFIGHTNIGHTLIVE/
NEW YORK (Feb. 1, 2019) – Having eclipsed the four-million views mark to close out the 2018 calendar year, FIGHTNIGHT LIVE Powered by Everlast opens the first quarter of 2019 with an outstanding six-card lineup featuring six different promotions and spanning five cities, beginning on Friday, Feb. 8 in South Philadelphia.
 
The free and interactive Facebook series rings its opening bell next Friday at 2300 Arena in South Philly by showcasing an exceptional, standing-room-only card put together by Raging Babe. Partnering with forward-thinking promoter Michelle Rosado on next week’s “Philly Special” featuring several undefeated prospects – including bantamweight Christian Carto (17-0, 11 KOs) and heavyweight Darmani Rock (13-0, 8 KOs) – FIGHTNIGHT LIVE is sure to get its 2019 schedule off to a hot start.   
 
“We’re excited to partner with FIGHTNIGHT LIVE for our debut Philly event,” said Rosado. “The fights on the card and the fighters themselves have captured the attention of fight fans all over, even outside of the Philadelphia area, so we’re thrilled to give people the opportunity to see the fights live.”
 
Carto meets veteran southpaw Victor Ruiz (22-10, 15 KOs) in the main event, as the 22-year-old prospect looks to continue to make his case as a contender.Rock will fight in the card’s co-feature, while undefeated Marcel Rivers (6-0, 4 KOs) of North Philadelphia meets Derrick Whitley (4-0-1) of Springfield, Mass. in a special welterweight attraction. Amateur heavyweight standout Sonny Conto of South Philadelphia – a recent signee of monolithic promotion Top Rank – will also be featured in his pro debut as part of a seven-bout card.
 
“We couldn’t be happier to begin our New Year at 2300 Arena with the outstanding lineup that Raging Babe has assembled for the Feb. 8 ‘Philly Special,'” said Mark Fratto, Principal and Director of Business Development, Linacre Media. “We’ve been able to showcase nearly 500 up-and-comers on our platform, and Christian Carto is special prospect who we’re really pleased to feature on Facebook. Darmani Rock always brings the thunder, and watch out for the pro debut of Top Rank signee Sonny Conto as well.”
 
Now in its second season, FIGHTNIGHT LIVE Powered by Everlast is the fan-friendly Facebook platform that – among other aspects – prides itself on the real-time conversations held between fight commentators and the viewing audience. FIGHTNIGHT LIVE has showcased more than 450 fighters and 15 promotions during 26 live event broadcasts from 18 different cities since May 2017, and in doing so, the interactive platform has generated the loyal interest of fight fans from across the United States and around the globe, including significant audiences in Mexico, the United Kingdom and other parts of Europe, and even fans in South America, Asia and Australia.  
 
Unbeaten Ortiz steps to face Oxnard’s Quiroz for WBC Youth title Feb. 23rd at Twin River
 
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Wednesday, Jan. 30th, 2019) — The belt has been worn by some of the sport’s all-time greats, whether it’s pound-for-pound kings from another era or today’s rising stars. 
 
Canelo Alvarez, Timothy Bradley Jr., Danny Garcia, Humberto Soto, Jorge Arce, Leo Santa Cruz — all at one time or another were crowned youth champions by the World Boxing Council, arguably the sport’s most recognizable sanctioning body, and all went on to become world champions, cementing their status as ring legends.
 
On Saturday, Feb. 23rd, 2019, two undefeated lightweights will have the opportunity to join the long list of former and current youth champions, many of whom, again, have gone on to achieve greatness unmatched by their peers.
 
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) at Twin River Casino Hotel in an eight-round bout on the main card of CES Boxing’s 2019 season opener on VIVE TV Network for the vacant WBC World Youth Lightweight Title, a belt previously held by former world champions Juan Diaz, Daniel Estrada and Josesito Lopez. The latter recently battled welterweight world title-holder Keith Thurman on national television and is trained by the world-renowned Robert Garcia, founder and owner of the famed Robert Garcia Boxing Academy in Oxnard. 
 
For nearly two decades, Oxnard — located 61 miles west of Los Angeles — has been a hotbed for boxers looking to take their careers to the next level. Following a long layoff due to alcohol abuse, former world champion Kelly Pavlik relocated to Oxnard in 2012 to begin the final stretch run of his career, which ended with three consecutive wins. Two-time Lithuanian Olympian Egidijus Kavaliauska packed his bags in 2013 to move to Oxnard to train with Garcia before launching his pro career. Five years later, he’s the reigning NABF welterweight champion with a perfect 21-0 record.
 
Garcia also trains his younger brother, four-time world champion Mikey Garcia, and former WBA World Featherweight Champion Abner Mares while shuttling between his Oxnard and Riverside locations, so the sparring is always competitive. Quiroz himself has sparred with former WBO world champion Ray Beltran and unbeaten lightweight prospect Ryan Garcia. 
 
A graduate of Hueneme High School in Oxnard who began boxing at 8 years old, Quiroz recently won his 10th pro fight in Tijuana in December, flattening Luis Cueto in 76 seconds.
 
“I’m ready for this fight. I’ve been working hard and I’ve been waiting for an opportunity like this since I turned pro,” Quiroz said. “I have a great team with me and I will bring that title home with me to Oxnard.” 
 
The New England-born Ortiz began crafting his skills at the age of 7 at the Worcester Boys & Girls Club at the behest of his father, who told him to take his pent-up aggression — most of which he unleashed at school — and put it to use in the gym. Under the tutelage of regional icon Carlos Garcia, Ortiz boasted a 100-14 amateur record, winning almost every New England tournament in the process, and advanced to the semifinals of the 2006 U.S. Olympic trials in Nevada, where he eventually lost to Gary Antuanne Russell. 
 
A full-time union carpenter who also attends school and takes care of his daughter, Ortiz turned pro in 2016 and has continued to climb the ladder with each fight. In just his fourth bout, he blasted unbeaten Michigan prospect Glenn Mitchell, then took down 16-fight vet Derrick Murray in December of 2017. Eight months ago, his last fight since being sidelined with a minor injury, Ortiz faced the hard-hitting, upset-minded Tyrone Luckey of New Jersey and broke him down within three rounds, scoring the knockout with six seconds to go before the bell.
 
“I’m looking forward to putting on a great show,” Ortiz said, “and being crowned the new WBC Youth World Champion. It’s a stepping stone toward becoming the pound-for-pound best fighter in the world.”

QUIROZ OF Oxnard boasts a 10-0 record as he prepares for his Saturday_ Feb_ 23rd_ 2019 showdown against Jamaine Ortiz for the vacant WBC World Youth Lightweight Championship.

Ortiz-Quiroz is one of three title bouts on a stacked fight card Feb. 23rd.
 
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. All fights and fighters subject to change. 
 
The WBC Youth Title is as prestigious as it gets for fighters 23 and younger. Time has proven the famed green belt is a legitimate stepping stone to world-title success. From Alvarez to Arce, many notable WBC youth alumni have gone on to reach boxing’s pinnacle. Alvarez, who captured the WBC Youth title as a welterweight in 2009, is boxing’s most recognizable star, a world champion in three different weight classes and one of the richest athletes in professional sports after signing a $365 million deal with video streaming service DAZN in October.
 
Other former youth title-holders who’ve gone on to win world titles include Erik Skoglund, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., Kermit Cintron, Devon Alexander, Rodolfo Lopez, Billy Dib and Daniel Ponce De Leon. In an interesting side note, Connecticut’s Chad Dawson, who began his career under the guidance of CES Boxing president and CEO Jimmy Burchfield Sr., joined that list in 2007 when he won the first of four world titles by defeating Tomasz Adamek for the then vacant WBC light heavyweight crown. Dawson also joins fellow Connecticut native Matt Remillard as the only CES fighters to capture WBC youth titles; Dawson won the youth middleweight title in 2003 while Remillard won both the super featherweight and featherweight titles in 2006 and 2008, respectively.
 
In addition to the WBC youth title bout, regional 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. Also, hard-hitting heavyweight Juiseppe Cusumano (17-2, 15 KOs) battles “Brutal” Brendan Barrett (7-1-2, 5 KOs) of Ventura, Calif., for the National Boxing Association (NBA) World Heavyweight Title in an eight-round special feature.
 
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. Unbeaten Providence featherweight Ricky De Los Santos (6-0, 1 KO) returns in a separate six-round bout, his first since September.
 
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.
 
The Feb. 23rd fight card streams live on VIVE TV Network, a revolutionary ultra-high definition live event platform available globally on every screen in every format. The event begins at 7 p.m. ET with the live stream launching at 8. VIVE TV is available on Roku, Amazon Fire TV Stick, Android TV and all Apple and Android devices for $5.99 by signing up at https://tickets.vivetv.network
 
Visit www.cesboxing.comwww.twitter.com/cesboxing or www.facebook.com/cesboxing for more information, or follow CES Boxing on Instagram at @CESBOXING. 

 

UNDEFEATED LIGHTWEIGHTS THOMAS MATTICE AND WILL MADERA TO CLASH IN NEW CO-FEATURE OF SHOBOX: THE NEW GENERATION THIS FRIDAY LIVE ON SHOWTIME® 

Mattice-Madera Added To Three-Fight Telecast After Logan Yoon Suffers Injury While Training

NEW YORK – January 28, 2019 – Undefeated lightweights Thomas Mattice and Will Madera will face off in the new co-feature of this Friday’s ShoBox: The New Generation tripleheader live on SHOWTIME from Main Street Armory in Rochester, N.Y.  Mattice (13-0-1, 10 KOs) and Madera (12-0-2, 6 KOs) will meet in an eight-round co-featured bout on the telecast, which begins at 10 p.m. ET/PT and is headlined by the return of undefeated super middleweight prospect Ronald Ellis against once-beaten DeAndre Ware.  

The Mattice vs. Madera bout was added to the telecast after unbeaten 140-pound prospect Logan Yoon suffered a knee injury while training to face Richard Zamora.  Mattice, a native of Cleveland, Ohio, returns for his fourth bout on the prospect developmental series.  In his last fight, the 28-year-old fought to a split-draw in an immediate rematch with Zhora Hamazaryan on September 28 onShoBox.  Mattice had edged Hamazaryan in a controversial split-decision in July and granted his opponent an immediate rematch.  Prior to his first bout with Hamazaryan, Mattice had won six consecutive bouts via knockout.  

The 28-year-old Madera is a native of Albany, N.Y. and was a three-time New York Golden Gloves Champion.  In his toughest test to date, Madera fought to a draw with then-unbeaten Wesley Ferrer in 2017.  Madera, who comes forward and presses the action, will face yet another undefeated opponent in Mattice in his national television debut.  In the opening bout of the telecast, former No. 1-ranked U.S. amateur Abraham Nova (14-0, 10 KOs) will face fellow-unbeaten Oluwaseun Joshua Wahab (16-0, 10 KOs), of Ghana, in an eight-round super featherweight bout.   

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

About ShoBox: The New GenerationSince its inception in July 2001, the critically acclaimed SHOWTIME boxing series, ShoBox: The New Generation has featured young talent matched tough. The ShoBox philosophy is to televise exciting, crowd-pleasing and competitive matches while providing a proving ground for willing prospects determined to fight for a world title.

Some of the growing list of the 79 fighters who have appeared on ShoBox and advanced to garner world titles includes: Errol Spence Jr., Andre Ward, Deontay Wilder, Erislandy Lara, Shawn Porter, Gary Russell Jr., Lamont Peterson, Guillermo Rigondeaux, Nonito Donaire, Devon Alexander, Carl Froch, Robert Guerrero, Timothy Bradley, Jessie Vargas, Juan Manuel Lopez, Chad Dawson, Paulie Malignaggi, Ricky Hatton, Kelly Pavlik, Paul Williams and more.  

Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by GH3 Promotions in association with Greg Cohen Promotions, are priced at $100 for VIP Ringside, $50 for Preferred Seating, $30 for General Admission and $2,000 for VIP Tables.  Tickets can be purchased by calling 585-232-3221.

CONTACTS:SHOWTIME Sports: (212) 708-1339Steve Pratt, BZA/Showtime: (310) 408-4555Marc Abrams, GH3 Promotions: (856) 287-7611

 

The USA Boxing News’ own Jack Obermayer joins the class of 2016 inductees into the Pennsylvania Boxing Hall of Fame

Story by Frank Bartolini

Drafted into the Army in June 1965,  Jack served from July 1965 to  June 1967 with the 87th Engineer Battalion. Jack battled in the jungles of Vietnam in his last twelve months of duty. “That was it. After your  tour was done, they (the Army) had no more use for you and sent you  home” 

After his honorable discharge, Jack returned to his native Staten Island NY and embarked on his nearly fifty-year odyssey of pugilistic literature. Around the same time , marriage brought him to live in South Jersey, where he still resides today. 

Those early years were recalled by former editor of Ring Magazine author and International Boxing Hall of Fame inductee Nigel Collins when he remarked, “I first met Jack at the Blue Horizon in 1969 when Russell Peltz started promoting there. I met Jeff Jowett around the same time. We used to sit with each other in the balcony. Our mutual love of boxing brought the three of us together and created a life-long friendship. I came to enjoy his wacky personality. Jack can dish it out, but he also can take it, which is a trait I always admired in a ball buster.”

A good natured wise acre, Jack coined monikers for many of those ringside, to name a few, Jeff Jowett, “Jowett Boy”, publicist Marc Abrams “The King”, Roc Nation Matchmaker Eric Bottjer “The Creep” and yours truly ” Butt Crack”.  When “KOJO” refers to someone by their nickname,
, he does so with the utmost affection.

     New Jersey approved legalized gambling in Atlantic City in the late 1970’s and the proprietors of the newly opened casino’s discovered boxing was a great draw. This led to the “City By The Sea” hosting fight cards several nights a week and on weekends, most of which Obermayer, Jowett and Collins attended together. So much so, once when entering the press room, Top Rank matchmaker Bruce Trampler, a International Boxing Hall Of Fame inductee, to quip “Here they are – the three sickos.”

One thing Collins wanted to make clear is Jack is a compassionate and generous man. Nigel recalled, “When I was in between jobs, broke and had no car, Jack would come over and drive me to the supermarket. It was something I’ve never forgotten and mentioned it in my induction speech at the International Boxing Hall of Fame last summer.”

Jack Obermayer PA Boxing Hall of Fame 2016.

Famed writer Jack Obermayer of The USA Boxing News being inducted into the Pennsylvania Boxing Hall of Fame 2016.

Cassius Clay’s  ten-round decision over Doug Jones at the “The Old Madison Square Garden” was the first live fight Jack attended. But his crazy love for the sweet science dates back to watching bouts on the Dumont Television Network.  During his teen years Jack took a stab at amateur boxing. Although he does not remember the first fight he covered, he believes it was in October of 1968.

Philadelphia boxing icon, promoter Russell Peltz, International Boxing Hall Of Fame inductee, who became emotional at times throughout the ceremony, co-hosted the evening’s affair and presented the Jack his plaque.

The editors of The USA Boxing News, John and Alex Rinaldi first met Jack ringside in Atlantic City in 1989. One half of the “Boxing Twins” or simply known in boxing circles as “The Twins” John Rinaldi said “I love his column, On the Road with Jack because it takes readers into the world of club fights featuring fighters on the way up. It also demonstrates the popularity of boxing throughout the United States, not just in the cities, but in the small towns, as well. Jack writes about fights that a typical fight fan will not ever get a chance to read about, if it were not for that column.”

A personal experience a few weeks ago strengthens John’s quote. Eric Bottjer and I were attending a nondescript club show in a unheard of town, Lutherville, Maryland. Entering the venue after being patted down for weapons at the door, we see none other than “KOJO” and Jowett sitting at a table ringside. Knowing there were fights closer to their home in Philly that evening, we asked what are you doing here? Jack looked up and humbly answered, “A new town.” That’s dedication personified.

Rinaldi went on to say “It was a great coup for us that The USA Boxing News was able to obtain his services for our publication. It really happened when Boxing Update/Flash went under. By then Ring Magazine cut down on smaller fight shows. He is not only a credit to our newspaper, but a true credit to boxing. Jack has that old-time style that my brother Alex and myself, along with thousands of our readers enjoy. I think Jack should be in every Hall of Fame out there, including The International Boxing Hal of Fame, because he is the type of writer that bleeds the sport.”

During his induction speech Jack reminisced about all the people he met and friends he made in particular Jowett, Collins and Peltz. Summing it all up Mr. Obermayer said, “What else can I say, it’s been a great fifty years.”

A member of the New Jersey Boxing Hall of Fame since 2005, “KOJO” was honored by the Boxing Writers Association of America with the John F.X. Condon award for long and meritorious service to the sport of boxing back in 2011.

Other inductees included into the Pennsylvania Boxing Hall of Fame were:

The late Ralph Citro a noted cut man who worked in the corner for over 125 world championship fights.

George Chip, the World Middleweight Champion for less than a year in 1913 before losing it to Al McCoy. A New Castle, Pennsylvania native, Chip who’s true name is George Chipulous, had a career record of 41-17-3 (36 KO’s), plus 100 no-decisions matches.

Augie Scimerca, owner of the renowned Augie’s Gym in South Philadelphia. Augie trained and or managed Philly brawlers, such as Super Middleweight World Champion Charles Brewer, Tyrone Crawley, Calvin Grove, Earl Hargrove, Buster Drayton, Ramon Santana and many others. All the gyms scenes in the first Rocky movie were filmed at Augie’s.

A list of boxers enshrined include Benny Amparo, Bob Baker, Johnny Bizzaro, Harry Bobo, Hugh Kearny, Andre Prophet, Monty Sherrick, Joe Thomas and Chucky T.

Trainers inducted, George James, Duke Dugent and Jimmy Arthur.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (Re: June 11, 2016, Pay-Per-View BKB fight)

 

Belfast New York’s BKB Hall of Fame to

get World-Wide Pay-Per-View Attention

May 24 – BELFAST, NEW YORK – Scott Burt’s promotional efforts since 2009 just proven golden.  On June 11, in Miami, Florida, the first fight for the esteemed National Police Gazette authorized belt since 1889 will take place, bringing much attention to Belfast, New York.  In 1889 John L. Sullivan famously defeated Jake Kilrain in 75 rounds, outside in 104 degree weather; a fight that lasted 2 hours and 16 minutes.  He trained for that fight in Belfast, New York, under the guidance of local trainer William Muldoon.  After that fight, the Gazette held on tight to its sole authority to name Bare Knuckle Champions, and because of the introduction of gloves to the sport in 1892, never issued the Bare Knuckle Boxing Championship belt again. 

 On June 11, 2016, from the Miccosukee Resort & Gaming in Miami, Florida, Bobby Gunn will be defending Scott Burt’s Police Gazette-Authorized World BKB Heavyweight Championship belt and his 71-0 record against the #3 World Ranked Shannon "The Cannon" Ritch (25-2). Gunn's BKB Heavyweight Championship is authorized by the National Police Gazette Magazine and is overseen by the prestigious Bare Knuckle Boxing Hall of Fame and its’ president, Scott Burt. The BKB Hall of Fame has been long regarded around the World as the Holy Grail of BKB.

On June 11, 2016, from the Miccosukee Resort & Gaming in Miami, Florida, Bobby Gunn will be defending Scott Burt’s Police Gazette-Authorized World BKB Heavyweight Championship belt and his 71-0 record against the #3 World Ranked Shannon “The Cannon” Ritch (25-2). Gunn’s BKB Heavyweight Championship is authorized by the National Police Gazette Magazine and is overseen by the prestigious Bare Knuckle Boxing Hall of Fame and its’ president, Scott Burt. The BKB Hall of Fame has been long regarded around the World as the Holy Grail of BKB.

The Gazette watched Burt with a close eye from 2009 when he started his Hall of Fame until last February when they contacted him for a meeting where they offered him complete control of the belt without any strings attached….and with it, also handed Burt complete and sole World-wide authority to name Champions.  “I was floored’” stated Burt, “completely caught me off-guard.  What an honor; honestly, one of the biggest honors and responsibilities that I’ve ever had.  I do not take this lightly, that’s for sure….and with that passing in February I went to work making contacts, inquiries, and connections.  Long story short, people who love combat sports have been looking for something new, something new that is with refreshing leadership that puts both the sport and the fighters themselves first and foremost, and according to the Gazette, that’s me.  To the point, this has resulted in an eight-bout fight night June 6 in Miami, Florida on pay-per-view.  It will feature on the undercard, American BKB Champion Danny Batchelder (44-0) defending his title while the main event will feature reigning World BKB Champion and 2015 Hall of Fame Inductee Bobby Gunn (71-0) vs top 10 ranked Challenger Shannon Ritch, a very dangerous and skilled man.  I am announcing today that pay-per-view has JUST launched for “Toe-The-Line” Bare Knuckle Boxing Fight night June 11.  Folks can purchase ppv today at futureofthegame.tv. There is a current early-bird special at only $14.99 right now. I think it says you’ll need to use Paypal, so if you don’t have an account there, it’s very, very, simple to get one at Paypal.com.

This will be available WORLD-WIDE. Congratulations to the people of the little old but very, very, proud, town of Belfast, New York. Belfast is the keeper of not only Holy Grail of ALL of Boxing….the National Police Gazette belt, but also of the World’s only Hall of Fame dedicated to the bareknucklers; pioneer and current alike. What an exciting time this is in the Combat World.  My plan has always been to promote the town of Belfast and Allegany County by making it known throughout the World how important Belfast is to the sport of boxing…and this event does just that.  I will be there in the middle of the ring presenting our belt for the entire World to see” concluded Burt.

If you want to actually attend the historic fight night where the belts are on the line for the first time since 1889 you can buy on-site attendance tickets at BareKnuckle.tv. 

The fight is presented by David Feldman’s Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship and will be streamed LIVE in every country around the world on futureofthegame.tv.  Pre-orders for the entire card are $14.99 until 3 days before the fight then they will be $19.99.

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Thursday 12 May 2016

UK Anti-Corruption Conference organised by UK Prime Minister Cameron welcomes efforts of sports organisations in the fight against corruption

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) presented its initiatives in the fight against corruption at the International Anti-Corruption Summit organised by British Prime Minister David Cameron on Thursday in London.

IOC Member and President of the International Paralympic Committee Sir Philip Craven chaired a panel on sport and was joined by the IOC’s Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer, Pâquerette Girard Zappelli, at the conference. The summit adopted a “Global Declaration Against Corruption.”

“Corruption is at the heart of so many of the world’s problems. We must overcome it if our efforts to end poverty, promote prosperity and defeat terrorism and extremism are to succeed,” the declaration reads. “Today’s Summit has demonstrated the deep commitment of a significant number of countries, businesses and members of civil society to work together to tackle this scourge.” Read the full declaration here.

The conference issued a communiqué that said: “We welcome the work of the international sports organisations to strengthen openness and improve governance so that they meet global best practice. We urge them to achieve the highest global standards and regain public trust through a culture of good governance. We recognise the autonomy of international sports organisations conferred under national laws. We believe this must be exercised responsibly and be earned by continually demonstrating good governance in a spirit of openness.” The conference specifically welcomed the initiative of the IOC to launch “an International Sport Integrity Partnership in the margins of a meeting of the International Forum for Sport Integrity in Lausanne in early 2017.” Read the full communiqué here.

The aim of the conference was to galvanise a global response to tackle corruption in all areas of society. As well as agreeing to a plan of action to tackle corruption in all its forms, the conference dealt with issues such as corporate secrecy, government transparency, the enforcement of international anti-corruption laws, and the strengthening of international institutions. It brought together world leaders and representatives from business and civil society.

IOC President Thomas Bach said: “We appreciate that this summit has acknowledged the efforts of the IOC and sports organisations. The IOC has all the instruments in place and the resolution to fight effectively against corruption. But like any other organisation we are not immune to wrongdoing. In such cases we have a proven record of swift action. The reforms of Olympic Agenda 2020 have strengthened our position to implement our zero tolerance policy in this respect. As welcomed by the Summit, we will take the fight against corruption further by launching the International Sports Integrity Partnership.”

IOC Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer Girard Zappelli said: “We used this opportunity to present all the measures undertaken by the IOC in the fight against corruption. Through Olympic Agenda 2020 the position of the IOC Ethics Commission has been strengthened and transparency has been increased. This includes a Consultants Register for the Olympic Games Bid Process and many other measures. We have proven that we are actively fighting against corruption. For instance, the IOC took immediate action against Lamine Diack already in November 2015 when the first allegation arose against him. As a result of our action he no longer has any position in the IOC. Nevertheless, we continue to actively look into the matter and have become a civil party to the French investigation.”

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USABNWEBITECES Boxing press bannerWOODS, WILLIAMS PUT THEIR OWN REPUTATIONS AND RECORDS ON THE LINE AGAINST ONE ANOTHER MAY 13TH

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (May 6th, 2016) — Manny Woods has heard all about the so-called tough fight cities in the United States, among them Philadelphia, Los Angeles, New York and even Providence, R.I., the home of five-time world champion Vinny Paz and The Contender star Peter Manfredo Jr.Next Friday, Woods (15-4-1, 5 KOs) hopes to show New Englanders what his home state, Florida, is all about when he faces undefeated New Haven, Conn., welterweight Jimmy Williams (10-0-1, 5 KOs) on enemy turf.

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UNDEFEATED WELTERWEIGHT JIMMY Williams of New Haven, Conn., puts his record on the line Friday, May 13th, 2016 in his toughest test to date when he faces tough St. Petersburg, Fla., veteran Manny Woods in a six-round bout on the undercard of CES Boxing’s “THE BATTLE FOR THE CAPITAL” card at Twin River Casino in Lincoln, R.I. Williams hasn’t lost in 11 pro fights while Woods enters next Friday with back-to-back wins under his belt and victories in five of his last six. The Woods-Williams bout is one of nine fights on the card, which is headlined by the all-Providence showdown between super middleweights Peter Manfredo Jr. and Vladine Biosse.

“Down here, it’s either kill or be killed, man,” said Woods, a St. Petersburg native who enters his Friday, May 13th, 2016 at Twin River Casino with back-to-back wins under his belt and victories in five of his last six fights.

“There’s so much talent around here where I’m from. You have no choice but to get better being from this area.”

Though it often fails to get mentioned among the notoriously celebrated fight regions, Florida has produced a copious amount of talent over the years.

Multi-division world champion and all-time great Roy Jones Jr. was born in Pensacola, located in the northern part of the state just east of Louisiana. Former Olympic medalist and three-time world champ Antonio Tarver hails from Orlando, 100 miles east of St. Petersburg. Keith Thurman, the reigning World Boxing Association (WBA) welterweight champ, lives just 24 miles north in Clearwater and Ronald “Winky” Wright, a former two-time junior middleweight world champion, spent his entire career in St. Petersburg despite being born and raised in the nation’s capital.

Woods never had to look far for inspiration during his first few years as a pro and now, after spending most of his career in the southeast United States fighting in Florida, Mississippi and Louisiana, the 29-year-old right-hander heads north next week to showcase his talent in front of a new audience.

“I’m bringing St. Pete to the house,” he said. “You can expect a lot of excitement.”

For Williams, the 29-year-old former football player turned boxer, this will be the toughest test of his young career. Woods is giving up nearly three inches in height, but is adept at fighting on the inside and working the body, which may be his key to success against the taller, rangier Williams.

“Many Woods brings a lot to the table,” Williams said. “It’s definitely a step-up fight for me. I think it’s a fight that will show what kind of level I’m on.”

This is perfect timing for Williams, who returns for the first time since December and just the second time in the last 15 months due to a hand injury that sidelined for almost all of 2015. He looked a bit rusty in his recent win over awkward, defensive-minded veteran Chris Gray – also of Florida – but is on the precipice of turning 30, an important milestone for all fighters looking to see where they rank among their peers.

“I think this is the fight that will show my fans and give me the confidence I need to keep taking those steps,” he said.

When he turned pro at the age of 26, a late start by most standards, no one really knew what to expect from Williams, both short- and long-term. He had dedicated most of his 20s to football, even earning tryouts with the NFL and CFL before a groin injury derailed his dreams of playing professionally. He returned to his first love, boxing, and debuted in 2013 as the swing bout on a nationally televised NBC Sports card.

With a heavy workload in his first year — six fights in just 10 months — Williams progressed rapidly. He learned from his only blemish, a majority draw against Greg Jackson in 2013, and hasn’t lost since. With his 30th birthday coming up in September, now’s the time to take that next step and see how he measures up against a fighter with a comparable resume.

Even with a minor setback last year stemming from his knockout win over Eddie Caminero momentarily slowing his momentum, Williams’ goals haven’t changed.

“I still want to become a world champion one day and whoever I have to fight to get there, I’m willing to take that path,” he said.

Woods’ manager, Damian Walton, has made it clear his fighter is no stepping-stone. Woods heads to Rhode Island just six weeks after his most recent win, so while he hasn’t had much time to recover, he’s also sharp from having stayed in the gym since beating Elias Espadas on April 1st.

“Manny, taking this fight on the short notice we took it on, people think that’s a negative,” Walton said, “but it’s really like a positive for Manny because he’s one of those types of people where when he’s got that push and drive in him at the right time he just wants to keep the train going.

“To be honest with you, when the fight first came up I was kind of against it because of the time. He said, ‘Man, look, I’ve already got this drive and momentum going. Let’s go get that.’ That’s that lion champion spirit that Manny’s got up in him. You tell Williams he’s going to have to bring his ‘A’ game or it’s going to be a long night for him.”

On a stacked card with so many pick-’em fights, Williams-Woods has Fight of the Night potential written all over it as both combatants take a step up in competition.

“I don’t get too caught up in that trash talking, but I work hard,” Woods said. “I’ve got kids at home. It’s either kill or be killed. I work hard, I bust my own. I put the work in, so come next weekend when that bell goes ‘ding!’ it’s going to be me and him and we’re going to give the fans a show.”

CES Boxing’s May 13th card is headlined by the intra-city, all-Providence super middleweight showdown between “The Pride of Providence” Peter Manfredo Jr. (40-7, 21 KOs) and “Mr. Providence” Vladine Biosse (15-7-2, 7 KOs).

Limited tickets for “THE BATTLE FOR THE CAPITAL” are priced at $46.00, $66.00, $151.00 (VIP) and $201.00 (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.

Standing room tickets are also available for $46.00 directly through Twin River Casino and can also be purchased online at www.twinriver.com or www.ticketmaster.com or at the Twin River Casino Players Club. All fights and fighters are subject to change and tickets are non-refundable.

The Manfredo-Biosse headliner at “THE BATTLE FOR THE CAPITAL” is one of nine fights on a stacked card featuring two title bouts in addition to the professional debuts of two accomplished amateurs from Worcester, Mass.

Worcester’s Khiary Gray (12-0, 9 KOs) also returns on May 13th and puts his Universal Boxing Federation (UBF) Northeast Junior Middleweight Title on the line against Fort Meyers, Fla., vet Quinton Willis (10-3-2, 5 KOs) in an 8-round bout while undefeated Springfield, Mass., junior welterweight Zack Ramsey (7-0, 3 KOs) steps back into the ring for the first time since 2014 to face 20-fight vet Issouf Kinda (17-3, 7 KOs) of New York in a six-round bout.

Regional standouts Nick DeLomba (8-1, 2 KOs) of Cranston, R.I., and the undefeated Freddy Sanchez (7-0, 5 KOs) of Worcester face off in a 6-round bout for the vacant New England Super Featherweight Title.

The May 13th undercard also features a six-round rematch between Stoughton, Mass., super featherweight Travis Demko (4-0, 1 KO) and Mohamad Allam (2-1, 1 KO) of Holyoke, Mass. The two faced one another in September with Demko winning by unanimous decision in a 4-round bout.

Also returning to Twin River, unbeaten Framingham, Mass., lightweight Julio Perez (4-0) faces Providence’s Cido Hoff (0-0-1) in a 4-round bout. Worcester’s Kendrick Ball Jr. makes his professional debut in a 4-round super middleweight bout against Providence’s Tunde Odumosu while fellow Worcester native Jamaine Ortiz debuts in a 4-round super lightweight bout against Skowhegan, Maine vet Josh Parker (0-2-1).

Visit www.cesboxing.com, www.twitter.com/cesboxing or www.facebook.com/cesboxing for more information and use the hashtags #ManfredoBiosse and #Battle4TheCapital to join the conversation.

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Contacts:
Michael Parente, Classic Entertainment & Sports, (401) 263-4990 or michael@cesboxing.com.
Kim Ward, Twin River Casino, (401) 475-8352 or kward@twinriver.com

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Ekaterinburg, Russia (May 5, 2016)–This Friday night, in Ekaterinburg, Russia undefeated WBO European Super Featherweight champion Evgeny Chuprakovwill be back in action when he makes the second defense of his title, when he takes on fellow undefeated Sebastian Tlatlik on a card promoted by German Titov Promotions.

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WBO European Super Featherweight champion Evgeny Chuprakovwill in training for next fight.

Chuprakov (15-0, 8 KO’s) of Ekaterinburg is currently ranked number-5 by the WBO and number-12 by the IBF.  Tlatlik is 10-0 with 9 knockouts.“I have a real test coming up in my next fight. The opponent has a very serious record, and I have trained my best for this fight. I want to make sure that I am ready and in top condition.  I am looking forward to this fight!”, said Chuprakov. “This is a big fight for Evgeny.  He has turned into a serious contender, and we know he has been working very hard.  With a big performance on Friday, we are looking to bring him back to the United States and put him in a significant fight,” said Banner Promotions President, Arthur Pelullo.

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May 4 Boxing storyCES%20Boxing%20%20press%20bannerQUIET, CONFIDENT WILLIS PACKS A MAJOR PUNCH HEADING INTO MAY 13TH TITLE BOUT WITH UNDEFEATED GRAY 

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (May 4th, 2016) — Between he and his brother, Marcus, also a professional fighter, Quinton Willis describes himself as the “mellow one.”

That is, until he’s asked whether or not his upcoming opponent, undefeated junior middleweight Khiary Gray, has ever faced anyone of his caliber. Willis didn’t even need to hear the rest of the question.

“No,” he said matter-of-factly. “Not at all.”

While it doesn’t quite register as “trash talk” — at least not what Gray is used to — it’s obvious the Fort Myers, Fla., vet carries a cool, quiet confidence into his upcoming Universal Boxing Federation (UBF) Northeast Title bout against Gray on Friday, May 13th, 2016 in the eight-round co-feature of “THE BATTLE FOR THE CAPITAL,” presented by CES Boxing at Twin River Casino.

Limited seated tickets for “THE BATTLE FOR THE CAPITAL” are priced at $46.00, $66.00, $151.00 (VIP) and $201.00 (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.

Standing room tickets are also available for $46.00 directly through Twin River Casino and can also be purchased online at www.twinriver.com or www.ticketmaster.com or at the Twin River Casino Players Club. All fights and fighters are subject to change and tickets are non-refundable.

On paper, Willis (10-3-1, 5 KOs) faces long odds against the undefeated, reigning champion from Worcester, Mass., who sports a 12-0 record with nine knockouts — seven in the opening round — but the 32-year-old right-hander is coming off a strong camp, aided by both his brother and father, Larry Willis, who helped break down Gray’s extensive video library.

“Normally I have to go in there blind and just rely on my own talent,” Willis said, “but now we kind of know what he wants to do and what kind of fighter he wants to be.

“A lot of times he’s deceptive in doing the same stuff over and over again, but, at the same time, it’s different, and he triesto tweak it. We’re just trying to pick up on the habits he does consistently. It’s definitely different getting some film we can work off of. Normally, we don’t get that benefit, so it’s a big thing.”

Willis’ manager, Damian Walton, upped the ante, predicting the possibility of a short night for Gray if he doesn’t respect Willis’ punching power.

“This dude Gray ain’t fought nobody like Willis. He ain’t seen nobody like Willis,” Walton said. “We’re coming to their house to take that belt. We’re not coming to lay down. We’re not going to make it easy for him. We’re coming to give him eight rounds of hell. To be honest, it might not even go eight rounds.

“He better bring his ‘A++’ game. He ain’t ever fought no one that hits as hard as Quinton Willis. He’ll have to be ready for that. It ain’t going to be no fun and games in there. I caught a little interview and [Gray] is a little too comfortable for this fight. That’s a problem for me. This is the real deal right here.”  

Gray, who actually rivals Willis in his reserved, laid-back demeanor, hasn’t had much to say since the fight was announced in late March, simply pointing out he knows little about Willis and doesn’t seem too concerned with finding out more. He’s equally unfazed by the talk emanating from Willis’ camp.

He heard it last year from Kenton Sippio-Cook, who went to sleep in just under three minutes, and again in February from Cameron Rivera, who never even made it up the steps, derailed by a broken wrist two weeks before the fight.

“Everyone can talk, but it’s about what happens in the ring. That’s how I see it,” Gray said. “Once someone gets punched, their whole game plan goes out the window. We’ll see what happens.”

Willis has won his last three while Gray enters next Friday’s bout having just gone 10 hard rounds with Nicaraguan challenger Eduardo Flores in February, the first time he had gone the distance since his third pro fight in November of 2014. Flores was the last-minute replacement for Rivera, agreeing to the fight less than 36 hours before the weigh-in.

With no background information to digest — Gray didn’t even know what Flores looked like until they stood face-to-face at the scale — Gray found himself learning on the job in what proved to be his most challenging, yet rewarding, victory.

“The knockouts are great, but I want people to see more than my punching power,” Gray said. “I want them to see my boxing. I want them to see my angles. I want them to see my different styles.

“[Flores] was a veteran, so he knew what he was doing. I was prepared for that. I felt great. I felt like I could’ve gone two more rounds.”

He might need the stamina against Willis, who has never been stopped and has boxed 58 rounds in 14 fights, compared to just 30 rounds for Gray in 12 bouts.

Born and raised in a boxing family — “I was in the gym when I had a snotty nose and Pampers on,” he says — Willis works well alongside his father and brother, the latter of whom is 16-4-2 as a pro, by keeping his cool when tempers flare in the gym.

“My dad and my brother are a lot more alike,” Willis said. “Me, I fight, come to the gym and train, and they argue. I’m just the one that laughs and keeps working.”

The film study might give him an edge, but Willis considers it a moot point once the bell rings.

“Honestly, everything is cause and effect with boxing,” he said. “No matter how much you film you get or don’t get, everything is going to be different once you get in that ring, regardless of whether or not he’s seen me fight or knows how I like to fight. Once we get in that ring, he has to adjust, I have to adjust. It’s people playing chess.”

Added Gray: “There’s not much tape on him, just some sparring sessions and what he’s been doing at his gym. It doesn’t bother me. I prepare for any style and any type of opponent.”

On May 13th, it’ll come down to who executes, not who watches the most film or pounds his chest the loudest. The battle lines have been drawn in what figures to be the toughest test of each fighter’s respective career.

“I feel a lot better from my last fight to this fight,” Gray said. “I’ve gained an idea of what it’s like to go the distance and how I came out of it, so this will be just another fight for me.”

“THE BATTLE FOR THE CAPITAL” is headlined by an All-Providence super middleweight showdown in the main event between “Mr. Providence” Vladine Biosse (15-7-2, 7 KOs) and “The Pride of Providence” Peter Manfredo Jr. (40-7, 21 KOs).

On the undercard, unbeaten New Haven, Conn., welterweight Jimmy Williams (10-0-1, 5 KOs) faces St. Petersburg, Fla., veteran Manny Woods (15-4-1, 5 KOs) in a six-round bout.

Undefeated Springfield, Mass., junior welterweight Zack Ramsey (7-0, 3 KOs) steps back into the ring for the first time since 2014 to face 20-fight vet Issouf Kinda (17-3, 7 KOs) of New York in a six-round bout and regional standouts Nick DeLomba (8-1, 2 KOs) of Cranston, R.I., and the undefeated Freddy Sanchez (7-0, 5 KOs) of Worcester face off in a 6-round bout for the vacant New England Super Featherweight Title.

The May 13th undercard also features a six-round rematch between Stoughton, Mass., super featherweight Travis Demko (4-0, 1 KO) and Mohamad Allam (2-1, 1 KO) of Holyoke, Mass. The two faced one another in September with Demko winning by unanimous decision in a 4-round bout.

Also returning to Twin River, unbeaten Framingham, Mass., lightweight Julio Perez (4-0) faces Providence’s Cido Hoff (0-0-1) in a 4-round bout. Worcester’s Kendrick Ball Jr. makes his professional debut in a 4-round super middleweight bout against Providence’s Tunde Odumosu while fellow Worcester native Jamaine Ortiz debuts in a 4-round super lightweight bout against Skowhegan, Maine vet Josh Parker (0-2-1).

Visit www.cesboxing.com, www.twitter.com/cesboxing or www.facebook.com/cesboxing for more information and use the hashtags #ManfredoBiosse and #Battle4TheCapital to join the conversation. 

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  NEW YORK (April 26, 2016) — World champions ROMAN “Rocky” MARTINEZ and VASYL LOMACHENKO, the boxing gem of Puerto Rico and undefeated No. 2 world-rated lightweight contender FELIX “El Diamante” VERDEJO, and Hall of Fame promoter BOB ARUM  will host a New York press conference This Thursday! April 28, at Madison Square Garden’s Chase Square.   Media may report at 11:30 a.m. with the press conference beginning at Noon ET.   The media entrance will be located at 32nd St. and 7th Ave.
 The participants will be announcing a Puerto Rican Day Parade weekend  championship card on Saturday, June 11, at The Theater at Madison Square Garden.  Lomachenko (11-1, 3 KOs), of Ukraine, a two-time Olympic gold medalist and the reigning World Boxing Organization (WBO) featherweight world champion, will be moving up to challenge Martinez (29-2-3, 17 KOs), a three-time world champion from Vega Baja, Puerto Rico, for his WBO junior lightweight world title.  Verdejo (21-0, 14 KOs), of San Juan, Puerto Rico, will be defending his WBO Latino lightweight title.  Promoted by Top Rank®, in association with Puerto Rican Best Boxing Promotions and Diamante Promotions, both fights will be televised live on HBO®, beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.
 
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Santa Monica, CA 90404

11:00 a.m. – McWilliams Arroyo

11:30 a.m. – Dominic Wade

12:00 p.m. – Roman Gonzalez

  1:00 p.m. – Gennady Golovkin

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Thursday, April 21 – 4:00 pm ET / 1:00 pm PT

Final Los Angeles Press Conference Ballroom C & D-MEDIA ONLY

Sheraton LAX

6101 W. Century Blvd. 

Los Angeles, CA 90045

12:00 p.m.  – Media Arrival/Lunch

  1:00 p.m.  – Press Conference 

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Friday, April 22 – 3:30 pm ET / 12:30 pm PT

Official Public Weigh-In – OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

The Forum/Inside Arena

Fans please enter through the Ramps 4 & 5 on the North Side of the Venue

12:00 p.m. Media Arrival -Enter The Forum Club, West Side of Venue

12:30 p.m. Weigh-In

Free Parking available through the Prairie Street entrance for media and fans. 

The weigh-in will be streamed live on HBO’s YouTube page beginning 4 pm ET / 1 pm PT

Saturday, April 23

FIGHT DAY

3:00 p.m. – Terrace Opens

4:30 p.m.– Doors Open

4:45 p.m.-First Bell

7:00 p.m. – HBO TELECAST BEGINS

Post Fight Press Conference 30 minutes after main event

“In Ring” (North Side of Ring, Opposite Press Section)

 Post-fight Press Conference Live Stream at https://www.youtube.com/TheEMCvideo – conditions permitting

MEDIA CREDENTIALS:  Approved fight night media credentials can be picked up on Saturday, April 23 beginning at 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. through the Chase Square entrance on the east side of the Forum.  Please be prepared to show a photo ID (driver’s license or passport) to pick up your credential.

MEDIA PARKING: Parking for credentialed media only will be in Lot “E” through the Chase Entrance. The Chase Entrance is on Kareem Court, just South of Manchester Boulevard. The cost for Lot “E” is $15.00. 

Boxing Superstar and Undefeated, Unified World Middleweight Champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin, 34-0 (31KO’s) will defend his titles (WBA, IBF, IBO and WBC “Interim’) against Undefeated Mandatory Challenger Dominic Wade, 18-0 (12KO’s) on Saturday, April 23 at the Fabulous Forum in the main event at UNDEFEATED.

Co-featured will be Consensus #1 Pound-For-Pound Fighter and WBC Flyweight World Champion Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez, 44-0 (38KO’s) battling World Ranked Contender McWilliams Arroyo, 16-2 (14KO’s) of Puerto Rico. 

Both bouts will be televised Live on HBO World Championship Boxing® beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/7:00 p.m. PT.

Tickets for UNDEFEATED, priced at $400, $300, $200, $100, $60 and $30, are now on sale through Ticketmaster (Ticketmaster.com,1-800-745-3000) and the Forum Box Office. 

Golovkin vs. Wade is promoted by K2 Promotions, GGG Promotions and in association with TGB PromotionsGonzalez vs. McWilliams is presented by K2 Promotions in association with Teiken Promotions and PR Best Boxing Promotions

 SOCIAL MEDIA: For more information, visit www.K2Promos.comwww.GGGBoxing.comwww.TGBPromotions.com,  www.FabulousForum.com and www.HBO.com/boxing.

Follow on Twitter at Gennady Golovkin @GGGBoxing, Dominic Wade @_DomoWade, 

Roman Gonzalez @chocolatitobox, Tom Loeffler/K2 Promotions @TomLoeffler1, TGB Promotions @TGBpromotions, the Forum @theForum and HBO Boxing @HBOBoxing and become a fan on Faceboowww.facebook.com/GGGBoxingwww.facebook.com/TheForum and www.facebook.com/HBOBoxing.

 


TOP RANK downloadolympic_rings_on_white_206913INTERNATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEE
 
PRESS RELEASE

Wednesday 13 April 2016
www.olympic.org

 

Brazilians set to deliver successful Olympic Games – Still hard work to be done

International Olympic Committee (IOC) Coordination Commission Chair Nawal El Moutawakel has backed Brazil and the Brazilians to deliver successful Olympic Games this August at the close of the 10th and final IOC Coordination Commission visit to Rio de Janeiro (11-13 April 2016).

Her statement came after three days of meetings in the Brazilian host city, which included a venue tour of the Olympic Park and Deodoro sites, a meeting with the three levels of Government (Federal, State, and City), and presentations by the Rio 2016 Organising Committee on the status of the preparations.

Speaking after the meetings, El Moutawakel said, “As we enter the final 114 days until the opening of the Olympic Games Rio 2016, and despite the complex political and economic context, we are confident that Brazil and the Brazilians are on track to deliver successful Olympic Games with an outstanding legacy. The strong support from the local authorities, as well as the partnership and solidarity shown by the IOC, International Federations, National Olympic Committees, and other Olympic partners, in line with Olympic Agenda 2020, has been invaluable to the Rio organisers, as they finalise their preparations. I’d like to thank all of those involved for their hard work and dedication to this project.”

She continued, “The last stretch is always the hardest. During the operational phase that we are entering now, there are thousands of details still to manage, and their timely resolution will make the difference between average Games and great Games. The Rio 2016 team is ready to rise to this challenge and deliver Olympic and Paralympic Games that will reflect Brazilians’ warmth, hospitality and passion for sports. We believe that Rio 2016 will make the host nation proud.”

Rio 2016 President Carlos Arthur Nuzman commented, “This last visit of the IOC Coordination Commission has helped us a lot on this journey towards the first Olympic Games in South America. Thanks to the solidarity and support from the IOC, International Federations, and National Olympic Committees during this difficult time for Brazil, we will be ready. We will not be complacent in the last mile. We know that we still have important elements to finalise before the Opening Ceremony on 5 August. We are working hard with all of our partners on each of these points and we are more confident than ever that Brazilians will deliver great Games.”

The Commission’s confidence was reinforced by the fact that many of the venues are finished, with the venues 98% complete overall; that 33 test events had been successfully completed with positive feedback from the competing athletes; and that popular backing for the Games remains strong, with over 70% support in Rio de Janeiro. This final figure underlines that the local citizens see the Games as a positive element in the development of their city and country.

The Olympic flame will be lit on 21 April in Ancient Olympia, and the Olympic Torch Relay will begin in Brazil on 3 May. The Relay will bring the message of the Games to the whole country and underline their important legacy, which will include improved public transport, better waste management, better city operations, job training, state-of-the-art sports facilities and new schools. All of which will provide benefits for generations to come. The Commission congratulated the Rio 2016 team and its Government partners for their work in this important area.

During its meeting, the Commission also received updates from the organisers and their partners in areas such as athlete and National Olympic Committee (NOC) services, sport and International Federation services, media operations, spectators, transport, marketing, technology and the Paralympic Games.

The Olympic Games Rio 2016 will begin on 5 August 2016.

TOP RANK downloadolympic_rings_on_white_206913Brazilians set to deliver successful Olympic Games – Still hard work to be done

APRIL 13, 2016. International Olympic Committee (IOC) Coordination Commission Chair Nawal El Moutawakel has backed Brazil and the Brazilians to deliver successful Olympic Games this August at the close of the 10th and final IOC Coordination Commission visit to Rio de Janeiro (11-13 April 2016).

Her statement came after three days of meetings in the Brazilian host city, which included a venue tour of the Olympic Park and Deodoro sites, a meeting with the three levels of Government (Federal, State, and City), and presentations by the Rio 2016 Organising Committee on the status of the preparations.

Speaking after the meetings, El Moutawakel said, “As we enter the final 114 days until the opening of the Olympic Games Rio 2016, and despite the complex political and economic context, we are confident that Brazil and the Brazilians are on track to deliver successful Olympic Games with an outstanding legacy. The strong support from the local authorities, as well as the partnership and solidarity shown by the IOC, International Federations, National Olympic Committees, and other Olympic partners, in line with Olympic Agenda 2020, has been invaluable to the Rio organisers, as they finalise their preparations. I’d like to thank all of those involved for their hard work and dedication to this project.”

She continued, “The last stretch is always the hardest. During the operational phase that we are entering now, there are thousands of details still to manage, and their timely resolution will make the difference between average Games and great Games. The Rio 2016 team is ready to rise to this challenge and deliver Olympic and Paralympic Games that will reflect Brazilians’ warmth, hospitality and passion for sports. We believe that Rio 2016 will make the host nation proud.”

Rio 2016 President Carlos Arthur Nuzman commented, “This last visit of the IOC Coordination Commission has helped us a lot on this journey towards the first Olympic Games in South America. Thanks to the solidarity and support from the IOC, International Federations, and National Olympic Committees during this difficult time for Brazil, we will be ready. We will not be complacent in the last mile. We know that we still have important elements to finalise before the Opening Ceremony on 5 August. We are working hard with all of our partners on each of these points and we are more confident than ever that Brazilians will deliver great Games.”

The Commission’s confidence was reinforced by the fact that many of the venues are finished, with the venues 98% complete overall; that 33 test events had been successfully completed with positive feedback from the competing athletes; and that popular backing for the Games remains strong, with over 70% support in Rio de Janeiro. This final figure underlines that the local citizens see the Games as a positive element in the development of their city and country.

The Olympic flame will be lit on 21 April in Ancient Olympia, and the Olympic Torch Relay will begin in Brazil on 3 May. The Relay will bring the message of the Games to the whole country and underline their important legacy, which will include improved public transport, better waste management, better city operations, job training, state-of-the-art sports facilities and new schools. All of which will provide benefits for generations to come. The Commission congratulated the Rio 2016 team and its Government partners for their work in this important area.

During its meeting, the Commission also received updates from the organisers and their partners in areas such as athlete and National Olympic Committee (NOC) services, sport and International Federation services, media operations, spectators, transport, marketing, technology and the Paralympic Games.

The Olympic Games Rio 2016 will begin on 5 August 2016.

sF5m6lxAPRIL 12, 2016.
This is an exciting time of year for so many reasons, not just because the weather is turning and our long, cold winter is turning into spring and eventually summer, but because we’re breaking new barriers in combat sports in a way only we know how.

CES 35It’s with tremendous pleasure and pride we take our act to Massachusetts this weekend as we promote our first mixed martial arts in the Bay State since the inception of our MMA division in 2010. This has been a long time coming; while we’ve always considered Rhode Island our home base, we’ve always had the intent to expand and develop our brand in different regions, a testament to our success and the loyalty of our fan base.MAY13 POSTER

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Classic Entertainment & Sports CEO Jimmy Burchfield Sr

Finally, more than five years after our initial foray into mixed martial arts, we’ve arrived in Massachusetts, the home of many great fighters both past and present, among them Jorge RiveraKenny FlorianJoe Lauzon and Boston’s John “Doomsday” Howard, the first of many fighters who paved their way to the Ultimate Fighting Championships (UFC) under the guidance of CES MMA. 

On Saturday night at the historic North Shore Music Theatre, we bring you an event featuring the present and future of mixed martial arts in the Bay State, featuring the long-awaited return of Gloucester native Pedro Gonzalez along with Peabody’s Rico DiSciullo, a rising star in the bantamweight division. As always, we turn an eye toward our storied past as well as we honor Massachusetts fighters and current UFC standouts Charles Rosa and Rob Font for their contributions to the growing success of regional mixed martial arts along with the memories they provided to us and our fans when fighting under the CES MMA banner. 

We promise this will be the first of many events in Massachusetts, and our expansion won’t stop there. Since we first entered the cage in 2010, our MMA division has experienced tremendous growth and success unparalleled in the northeast. We’ve earned a reputation as a gateway to the UFC for many fighters and landed a worldwide broadcast partnership with AXS TV, opening doors for competitors across the world to showcase their abilities on our grand stage. 

This time around, we’re starting even earlier with the development of new talent; in addition to seven professional fights, Saturday’s card features five amateur bouts with each fighter competing for a promotional contract with CES MMA. 

Fighters across the globe understand the impact from fighting for our company. CES MMA is no longer a local, regional promotion. This is a worldwide organization with the intent to expand to all corners of the globe, providing must-see entertainment to those who’ve been with us from Day 1 and those who are just experiencing what we’re about for the first time.

Spring has sprung and it’s not just evident in the cage, but in the ring as well; our boxing division is also ready to launch a tremendous event at Twin River Casino on May 13th as “The Pride of Providence,” the iconic Peter Manfredo Jr., returns to the ring for the first time in more than two years to face undefeated Providence prospectAngel Camacho Jr. in a super middleweight showdown that will have fight fans talking for years to come. This event is in such high demand that front row seats are already sold out and the rest of the arena will soon following, a fitting end to the spring as we prepare to usher in the summer months.

Promoters come and go, but we have the best team in combat sports and our brand and longevity speaks for itself. CES is associated with success and every time the lights turn on and that bell rings, we break new ground and set the bar even higher. Join us this spring as we continue our journey to the top of our respective field and make history along the way.

 

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FRANCISCO VARGAS VS. ORLANDO SALIDO

LOS ANGELES 

PRESS CONFERENCE QUOTES

JUNE 4 AT THE STUBHUB CENTER IN CARSON, CALIFORNIA

AND TELEVISED LIVE ON HBO®

LOS ANGELES (March 31, 2016) – WBC Super Featherweight World Champion Francisco “El Bandido” Vargas (23-0-1, 17 KOs) and fellow Mexican warrior and former three-time world champion Orlando “Siri” Salido (43-13-3, 30 KOs, 1 NC) today hosted a Los Angeles press conference to discuss their 12-round battle set for June 4 for Vargas’s title at the Stub Hub Center in Carson, Calif. and to be televised live on HBO Boxing After Dark®.

Below is what the fighters, their trainers, managers and promoter had to say at today’s press conference:

FRANCISCO VARGAS, WBC Super Featherweight Champion:

“I’m very grateful to HBO, Golden Boy Promotions and my managers for this opportunity.

“I’m very motivated to be fighting a great warrior like Orlando Salido.

“I’m going to be in the best shape in order to give you a war.

“Everybody knows when two great Mexican warriors get in the ring, not one of them will take a step back.”

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ORLANDO SALIDO, Mexican Boxing Warrior and Former Three-Time World Champion:

“Thank you to the WBC and Team Vargas for giving me this opportunity.

“I am going to be ready; I am preparing myself for a war. We know it’s going to be a great fight.

“I need to prepare myself for ‘Fight of the Year.'”

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

“This fight between two Mexican warriors is sure to be a sight to behold in the ring on Saturday, June 4 at the Stub Hub Center in the City of Carson and live on HBO Boxing After Dark.

“The Stub Hub Center in Carson, California has been home to some of the most epic fights of this era and on Saturday, June 4 another chapter will be added to its action-packed history when Francisco ‘El Bandido’ Vargas fresh from his Fight of the Year victory over Takashi Miura in November 2015 on the Cotto-Canelo undercard, will defend his WBC Super Featherweight World Title for the first time against former three-time world champion Orlando ‘Siri’ Salido in a 12-round bout presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Zanfer Promotions.

“This fight will surely be a ‘Fight of the Year’candidate, making it a can’t-miss fight. You hear that, Southern California fight fans? You can’t miss this exciting event so be sure to get your tickets now while they last.

“The fans are going to win and Mexico’s going to win.”

RALPH HEREDIA, Manager for Francisco Vargas:

“Thank you to HBO for this great opportunity for this big stage. Francisco is very excited and he knows what is at stake.

“Orlando Salido is a great fighter. He has been a champion and in a few nominations for ‘Fight of the Year.’

“When two Mexican fighters come together, not one of them will take a step back. Most Latinos grew up watching boxing or soccer so this is a great event for us. It’s going to be a tremendous fight.”

MOSES HEREDIA, Co-Manager for Francisco Vargas:

“We have got another ‘Fight of the Year’ coming in 2016 with this for Francisco Vargas.

“Thank you to HBO for the presence and stage for this fight.

“Come June 4 there will be fireworks and explosions and we will make somebody dance and it’s not going to be my fighter. On June 4, we will remain the champion.”

JOSE SANTOS MORENO, Trainer for Orlando Salido:

“The way these guys fight, you’re going to see a lot of action. Thank you to Team Vargas for this opportunity.”

SEAN GIBBONS, Manager for Orlando Salido:

“Thank you for everyone coming out today. We have a great turnout today so I can only imagine what June 4 will look like.

” I would pay to see this fight; I would buy a ticket for it. Hope to see everyone June 4.”

TONY WALKER, Director of HBO Sports:

“Thank you to Oscar De La Hoya and Golden Boy Promotions for putting together such an outstanding card.

“Thank you Francisco and Orlando. When everyone talks about this being a ‘Fight of the Year’ candidate and no one disagrees, you know you have a good fight on your hands.

“We promise you a great broadcast on HBO. A second fight will be adding to the broadcast, to be named soon.”

“Who will win? That is everyone’s question. The world deserves these kind of matches: the best against the best.

“May the best fighter win because us, the fans, already have.”

JOSE “PEPE” SULAIMAN JR, CEO of the WBC’s Los Angeles Office:

“The WBC wishes to acknowledge Oscar De La Hoya, Golden Boy Promotions, Zanfer Promotions, HBO and Stub Hub Center, which has hosted some of the most intense wars in boxing.

Brendan Hannan, Vice President of Marketing, Communications and Digital at LA Galaxy and Stub Hub Center:

“We are thrilled to host another premiere boxing event at the premiere boxing venue in California at the Stub Hub Center on June 4. We look forward to seeing you all there.”

Tickets for Francisco Vargas vs. Orlando Salido are priced at $200, $100, $50 and $25, plus applicable taxes, fees and services charges and are on sale now. Tickets can be purchased at AXS.com, by phone at 888-9-AXS-TIX (888-929-7849), and at StubHub Center Box Office (Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. PT to 6 p.m. PT).  VIP Suites are available by calling 877-604-8777.  For more information on group discounts or VIP packages, call 877-234-8425.

Vargas vs. Salido is a 12-round battle for the WBC Super Featherweight Championship presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Zanfer Promotions and sponsored by Cerveza Tecate, BORN BOLD and Casa Mexico Tequila. The HBO Boxing After Dark telecast begins live at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT.

For more information, visit www.goldenboypromotions.com, www.zanfer.mx, www.hbo.com/boxing and www.stubhubcenter.com; follow on Twitter at @GoldenBoyBoxing, @ZanferBox, @HBOBoxing, @StubHubCenter, @ElBandido130, and @siri_salido; become a fan on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GoldenBoyBoxing, www.facebook.com/zanferpromotions, www.facebook.com/HBOBoxing and www.facebook.com/StubHubCenter; and visit us on Instagram @GoldenBoyBoxing, @HBOBoxing.  Follow the conversation using #VargasSalido

 

         

Demetrius “Boo Boo” Andrade signs a new promotional contract with Banner Promotions and Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing

 
 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Philadelphia, PA. / Bronx, NY (March 25,, 2016) – A Team Promotions, Arthur Pelullo’s Banner Promotions and Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing are pleased to announce the re-signing of former WBO junior middleweight world champion,Demetrius “Boo Boo” Andrade to a new exclusive multi-year promotional contract.
 
“We are very happy to have Demetrius re sign with Joe & I,” said Banner Promotions president, Arthur Pelullo.
 
“We are looking to move forward together with Demetrius becoming one of the major players in boxing.  The next step is to win the WBC world title and then to unify all the title belts.” 
 
“We have promoted Demetrius since he turned pro 7 years ago. We believed then, as we do now, Demetrius is one of the most talented boxers in the world.  We are all looking forward to a bright future together,”said Star Boxing CEO, Joe DeGuardia.
 
“We are excited to get Demetrius career back on track and are are looking forward to have Demetrius be a co-promoter for his career.  He is excited to get back in the ring as quickly and as often as possible,” said Ed Farris of A-Team Promotions.
 

Andrade of Providence, Rhode Island has a record of 22-0 with 15 knockouts.

The 27 year-old former world amateur champion and 2008 Olympian turned professional in 2008 and became the WBO junior middleweight world champion with a 12-round split decision over 2004 United States Olympian Vanes Martirosyan.

He made one defense of the crown by stopping Brian Rose in 7 rounds on June 14, 2014.

He is coming off a 2nd round stoppage over Dario Fabian Pucheta on October 17th in Uncasville, Connecticut.

 
 
 
 

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BKBHOF LogoOFFICIAL BARE KNUCKLE BOXING

HEAVYWEIGHT NO-WRAP RANKINGS

 

March 24, 2016

By Scott R. Burt, President of the Bare Knuckle Boxing Hall of Fame; Belfast, New York

Scott Burt has been endorsed by the late great historian and publisher of The Ring Magazine Bert Randolph Sugar.  In February of 2016 Scott was also authorized by the iconic National Police Gazette to be the sole acknowledger of Bare Knuckle Boxing Champions and sole issuer of belts to represent such.  Steve Westlake, the current publisher of the National Police Gazette, stated “The task, honor, and responsibility now belongs solely to Scott Burt, President of the BKB Hall of Fame in Belfast, New York.  His unselfish dedication to preserving the sport’s amazing history with class and dignity is impressive.”

downloadHolder of National Police Gazette-Authorized WORLD Championship Belt – BOBBY GUNN (71-0, 71 KOs) Hackensack, New Jersey

Linear holder of The National Police Gazette’s Bare Knuckle Boxing World Heavyweight Championship Belt

first awarded to Jake Kilrain in 1887 before being famously won from him in 1889 by The Great John L. Sullivan.

Gunn is only the third man in history to own it.  It is now under complete control and authority of BKBHOF

President Scott R. Burt; the only man in the World authorized to name BKB World Champions

and issue belts representing such since the Gazette did so 130 years ago.

Top 10 Ranked WORLD Heavyweight Contenders:

  1. Danny Batchelder (44-0, 44 KOs)

(Glens Falls, New York – USA)

  1. Kevin Ferguson AKA Kimbo Slice (31-1, 31 KOs)

(Nassau, Bahamas)

  1. Shannon Ritch (25-2, 25 KOs)

(Coolidge, Arizona – USA)

  1. Dhafir Harris AKA Dada 5000 (47-0, 47 KOs)

(Miami, Florida – USA)

  1. Sharif Kemp (36-0, 36 KOs)

(Atlanta, Georgia – USA)

  1. Dan Biddle (19-0, 19 KOs)

(Hockessin, Delaware – USA)                                                                     AUTHORIZED                                   

  1. Anthony Caputo (17-0, 17 KOs)

(Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – USA)                                                            

  1. Jamie Hearn (30-0, 30 KOs)

(Colnbrook, Berkshire – UK)

  1. David Whittom (10-0, 10 KOs)

(Quebec City, Quebec – CANADA)

  1. Michael Ferry (5-0, 4 KOs)

(Newcastle upton Tyne – UK)        

 Holder of National Police Gazette-Authorized AMERICAN Championship Belt – Danny Batchelder (44-0, 44 KOs) Glens Falls, New York

Linear holder of The National Police Gazette’s Bare Knuckle Boxing American Championship title, last held by

The Great John L. Sullivan; he won it by defeating Paddy Ryan in 1882 and was given it by Gazette publisher of the time

Richard K. Fox.  Batchelder is only the second man in history to own it.  This title is now under complete control

and authority of BKBHOF President Scott R. Burt; the Gazette named him the only man in the World

authorized to name Champions and issue belts representing such.

Top 10 Ranked AMERICAN Heavyweight Contenders:

  1. Shannon Ritch (25-2, 25 KOs)

(Coolidge, Arizona – USA)

  1. Dhafir Harris AKA Dada 5000 (47-0, 47 KOs)

(Miami, Florida – USA)

  1. Sharif Kemp (36-0, 36 KOs)

(Atlanta, Georgia – USA)

  1. Dan Biddle (19-0, 19 KOs)

(Hockessin, Delaware – USA)                                                       

  1. Anthony Caputo (17-0, 17 KOs)

(Kennett Square, Pennsylvania)

  1. Mark Brown (14-2, 14 KOs)

(Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)                                                                      AUTHORIZED

  1. Nelson Lopez, Jr. (11-2, 11 KOs)

(Pahokee, Florida)

  1. Mike Liberto (8-1, 8 KOs)

(Bethlehem, Pennsylvania)

  1. Ricardo Marquez (12-3, 12 KOs)

(Phoenix, Arizona)

  1. Ruben Albino (13-4, 13 KOs)

(Ocean City, Maryland)

 

Lists were derived from extensive research based on witnessed accounts, quality of opponents, individual fight styles, submitted records, potential for upward movement, and input from around-the-world experts. Proudly and respectfully announced Wednesday, March 23, 2016, at the Sands Casino in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania,  by Scott R. Burt, President of the Bare Knuckle Boxing Hall of Fame

 

TOP RANK downloadmzl.tmfsjbsyRoach Addresses Pacquiao’s Retirement

03/23/2016

Do you really think this is PACQUIAO’S last fight?  As a trainer, would you say Pacquiao has more quality fights in him?  Is Pacquiao the best fighter you have ever trained?  If not, who are the others?

“I personally don’t know if this will be Manny’s last fight but he is training like it’s going to be his last fight.  Manny has achieved so much in his boxing career and if this is going to be his swan song I know he wants to go out blazing with a spectacular performance.  He’s pouring everything into this training.  If the opportunity for a knockout presents itself during the fight, he’s going to go for it.  He knows how to close the show and he wants this show closed with fireworks.  He wants to finish the book on his boxing career with a spectacular ending.

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Freddie Roach with Manny Pacquiao

“I do think Manny has more quality fights in him.  His power, speed, work ethic are still superior to most others.

“Manny is the greatest fighter I have ever worked with.  I have never seen another fighter accomplish so much.  Forget the raw talent and drive to win, Manny was a great student who never rested on his laurels.  He was a sponge who was always willing to learn new things.  He challenged me to teach him new things.   He made me a better trainer.  For me, it’s been an experience unique to Manny.  I wish I had a million fighters with as much drive and a willingness to learn new things.”

How much do you believe injuries suffered by BRADLEY in each of the first two fights against Pacquiao affected the result?

“To put it simply, Bradley’s injuries were a big factor in both fights because they were caused by Manny during each fight.  Boxing is the hurt business and when you get hit by Manny the force of his punches produce more damage than just to the area where the punches land.  They physically rip you from your core.  Frankly, I’m not convinced Bradley has yet to fully recover from his fight with Ruslan Provdnikov.  And that’s not a knock.  That fight was pure hell.  I give him a lot of credit for surviving that battle as I do for winning it and continuing on as he has.  He’s a tremendous athlete and a gutsy fighter.”

How much of a concern is Pacquiao’s upcoming senate election in terms of being a distraction heading into this fight?  How far can Pacquiao make it in politics in the Philippines? 

“It has been no distraction at all.  He is all business in the ring and the only thing we discuss is the fight with Bradley.  If anything, he seems to be extra motivated to perform well in this fight.  In boxing, Manny was an eight-division world champion.  No one has ever done that.  It’s like Joe DiMaggio’s record for hitting in 56 consecutive games.  It will never be broken.  In boxing, politics and life, Manny has shown us that anything is possible if you work hard and have faith.  He has never been confined by limits.”

As a trainer, how important are the first two fights in terms of breaking down tape when Bradley now has a different trainer that is asking to do things differently, especially against Pacquiao?

Breaking down tape from the previous two fights is very important because I don’t feel Bradley has changed that much.  Sure, we will make some adjustments for the changes his new trainer implemented in the last fight, but as soon as Manny lands some meaningful punches, Bradley will revert back to his old style and that’s what we have to be prepared for.  The log in the ocean is going to end up being a log in the buzz saw.”

HBO Sports presents LEGACY ON THE LINE:  FROM BRADLEY TO PACQUIAO. Chronicling the lessons and controversies Bradley has endured in his high-profile rivalry with the boxing legend from the Philippines, the special debuts SATURDAY, MARCH 26 (midnight-12:30 a.m. ET/PT) and is narrated by Liev Schreiber.

Pacquiao vs. Bradley takes place Saturday, April 9 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/ 6:00 p.m. PT.

– See more at: http://www.toprank.com/news/boxing-promotions-roach-addresses-pacquiaos-retirement#sthash.VyZOyVPe.dpufpuf.


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The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has awarded SKY Network Television Ltd the right to broadcast the XXIII Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018, the Games of the XXXII Olympiad Tokyo 2020, the XXIV Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022 and the Olympic Games 2024, the host city of which has yet to be elected.

IOC President Thomas Bach said: “The IOC looks forward to continuing its long-term partnership with SKY. Together we will ensure the best possible coverage of every Olympic Games, including on free-to-air television. The agreement is another clear demonstration of the enduring appeal of the Olympic Games and the values they represent. Long-term partnerships mean the IOC is able to redistribute revenue to support the Olympic Movement, to support the development of sport at all levels around the world and ultimately support the athletes themselves.”

IOC Vice-President John Coates, delegate IOC Member for broadcast rights in Oceania, said: “We have worked closely with SKY since the Olympic Winter Games Vancouver 2010 in order to deliver extensive coverage on SKY’s platforms in New Zealand. This includes a commitment of at least 200 hours of Olympic Games and 100 hours of Olympic Winter Games on free-to-air, whilst also ensuring that comprehensive coverage is available throughout the Pacific Islands.”

Richard Last, SKY’s Director of Sport said: “The Olympic Games are hugely anticipated events, and we look forward to following all the New Zealanders striving for success on the world stage. We are delighted to be working with the IOC through to 2024, and committed to delivering the very best coverage of the next two Winter and next two Summer Olympic Games on SKY, Prime and digital platforms.”

SKY has acquired the broadcast rights for 2018-2024 on all media platforms in the following territories:

New Zealand, Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Independent State of Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.

The agreement continues the IOC’s current partnership with SKY: http://www.olympic.org/news/ioc-awards-2014-2016-broadcast-rights-in-new-zealand-and-pacific-island-territories/213410  

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“The Siberian Rocky” Ruslan Provodnikov Returns To Headline SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® on June 11 Against John Molina Jr., From Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, N.Y.

Philadelphia, Pa. (March 11, 2016) – Former WBO Junior Welterweight World Champion Ruslan Provodnikov “The Siberian Rocky,” returns to the ring onSaturday, June 11 to headline on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING as he takes on former world title challenger John Molina Jr. in a 12-round super lightweight from bout from Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, N.Y. The clash will be televised live on SHOWTIME (9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT) and it will be available in Spanish via secondary audio programming.

The fight is promoted by Banner Promotions and tickets for the event will go on sale at a later date.

Dubbed the “Siberian Rocky” for his aggressive attack and unyielding will to win, Beryozovo, Russia’s native Ruslan Provodnikov (25-4, 18 KOs) has earned himself a loyal fan base around the globe for his humble nature outside the ring and ferocious intensity inside the ropes.

A nine-year pro, Provodnikov followed up a stellar amateur career with an even more impressive campaign in the professional game. He has had notable wins over several top foes, including a 2015 ‘Fight of the Year’ nominee with Lucas Matthysse, a 2013 Fight of the Year with Timothy Bradley and a 2013 10th- round stoppage over Mike Alvarado that yielded him the WBO Super Lightweight World title.

Covina, California’s John Molina (28-6, 23 KOs) is also highly regarded among boxing fans for his exciting fights. Since turning pro in 2006, the aggressive-minded Molina has delivered action-packed fights such as his 2014 BWAA ‘Fight of the Year’ against Argentine slugger Matthysse and a surprising upset knockout against previously unbeaten Mickey Bey, Jr. in July 2013.

“I have been waiting for a long time to get back in the ring and to give my fans another fight. The opportunity has finally come and I appreciate that SHOWTIME is looking at me as a future star on their network, and I will not let them down,” said Provodnikov.

“I’m very thankful to SHOWTIME and TGB Promotions for this opportunity and promise the fans a great fight. I’m very familiar with Ruslan and have long believed that our styles would make for an outstanding war on June 11,” Molina said. “Fighting on the Hall of Fame weekend means a great deal to me having been a long-time fan of Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini, who is being inducted this year. It would be an honor to fight in front of him and the rest of the inductees.”

“We are very excited to have Ruslan making his SHOWTIME debut on June 11 at Turning Stone Resort Casino during the International Boxing Hall of Fame weekend. This will be another great event, as Ruslan is always in fan-friendly and TV-friendly fights,” said Banner Promotions President Arthur Pelullo.

“Ruslan participated in the Fight of the Year in 2013, Molina was part of the 2014 Fight of the Year, and Provodnikov-Matthysse was a 2015 Fight of the Year nominee. Put all that together, and we expect another Fight of the Year candidate on June 11. As the viewership numbers show across the board, Ruslan is one of the top stars in boxing. He doesn’t know how to make a bad fight.

“On behalf of everybody, I especially want to thank Stephen Espinoza of SHOWTIME for all of his help and work to bring Ruslan to SHOWTIME. This has been a work in progress, and his tireless efforts and patience in getting this deal done have been greatly appreciated. He has shown a real commitment to Ruslan and Banner Promotions, and this is just the beginning of our relationship in making the best and biggest fights possible for Ruslan.”

“We’re very excited for the SHOWTIME debut of Provodnikov on Boxing Hall of Fame weekend. It’s a crossroads fight. Expect fireworks,” said Stephen Espinoza, Executive Vice President & General Manager of SHOWTIME Sports.

Vadim Kornilov, Provodnikov’s manager, said “This is a great opportunity for us. Ruslan is always in Fight of the Year candidates. I think that with all the fans that have been long waiting to see Ruslan return to the ring in the U.S., SHOWTIME has made a great business decision to give Ruslan an opportunity to come back and his fans an opportunity to see him in more of those brawls that they don’t get to see very often!”

For more information visit www.SHO.com/Sports and www.sandseventcenter.com, follow on Twitter @SHOSports, or become a fan on Facebook atwww.Facebook.com/SHOSports.   Follow Banner Promotions on social media at : 

Twitter: www.twitter.com/BannerBoxing ;  Facebook:www.facebook.com/BannerPromotions ; Instagram:www.instagram.com/bannerboxing ; LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/banner-promotions-inc-?trk=biz-companies-cym ; Youtube:www.youtube.com/user/bannervideo  ; Website: www.banner-promotions.com

Thailan promoter“Lieutenant Run wants to make history cooperate with Madame Oh send Raknirun challenge for title on April 1”

March 11 at 14.00 held press conference at Ambassador hotel.

“M150 OneSongchai Boxing” created another history for North eastern for Mahasarakam province.  As of Mahasarakam land Father, Dr. Chokchai Detamorntun, Mahasarakam Governor who is the press conference president by bringing Medical Doctor Kittisak Kanasawat, Mahasarakam Mayor and Mr. Patima Laochai, Thai clothes support for Mahasarakam province and Police Colonel Nirun Yodsapon, Muaysiam Northeastern President together with legendary promoter Songchai Ratanasuban and female promoter Pariyakorn Ratanasuban together with Assoc. Prof. Dr. Aekkaporn Rakkwamsuk, former Vice Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare to promote another historic event for “M150 OneSongchai” on friday, April 1 at Wangnamyen Buddist Temple (Putvanaram Buddhist temple) Keng District, Muang District, Mahasarakam province.

After Raknirun showed beatiful form by winning 10 fights on the row together with get support from Lieutenant Nirun Yodsapon to be the most happiness man to be confidence that audiences will show interest and enjoin Raknirun to keep himself good physical health.  Furthermore, female promoter Pariyakorn Ratanasuban is ready to support Raknirun to be future world Champion.  Raknirun will fight against Hashimu Zuberi from Tanzania for WBO Asia Super Flywight title.

Moreover, M150 OneSongchai Boxing has good full good fight cards such as Chonlatarn Or Piriyapinyo, Jr. Lightweight WBO Asia VS. Issa Nampepeche from Tanzania, Saentanong tor Silachai slams on Takhak Por Petchkaikaew, opens the fight with female Nongnoon Sor Paithong VS Kledpetch Lukmuangkan, female Dennis Castle from England VS AnnAnn Kietcharnsing,

Boxing fans should not miss to watch M150 OneSongchai boxing on Friday, April 1 live televise Channel 7 from  14.00-16.00 

 

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Team of Refugee Olympic Athletes (ROA) created by the IOC

The Executive Board (EB) of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) today created a team of Refugee Olympic Athletes for the Olympic Games Rio 2016. It will be treated at the Olympic Games like all the other teams of the 206 National Olympic Committees (NOCs).

The EB also approved the operational aspects surrounding Team ROA.

  • The name of the team will be Team Refugee Olympic Athletes;
  • Team ROA will get its own welcome ceremony at the Olympic Village, like all other teams;
  • The team will be housed like all the other teams;
  • A team entourage will be appointed by the IOC to meet all the required technical needs of the athletes, including: Chef de Mission, coaches and technical officials (as per official quotas);
  • The team uniforms will be provided by the IOC;
  • For all official representations of the team (including possible medal ceremonies), the Olympic flag will be raised and the Olympic Anthem will be played;
  • The team will march behind the Olympic flag before host team Brazil at the Opening Ceremony;
  • An adequate insurance policy will be contracted;
  • A proper doping control process will be introduced through the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA); and
  • Olympic Solidarity will cover travel and other participation expenses for the team and will continue to support the athletes of the team after the Olympic Games.

As part of the IOC’s pledge to aid potential elite athletes affected by the worldwide refugee crisis, the NOCs were asked to identify any refugee athlete with the potential to qualify for the Olympic Games Rio 2016. Such candidates could then receive funding from Olympic Solidarity to assist with their preparations and qualification efforts.

Forty-three promising candidates have been identified, whom the IOC is now assisting. In view of the complexity of the process and in order to allow sufficient time to finalise and consolidate all the necessary information about these candidates, the EB decided today to close the call for new candidatures. Only under exceptional circumstances requiring the approval of the IOC President will new candidates be considered.

“By welcoming the team of Refugee Olympic Athletes to the Olympic Games Rio 2016, we want to send a message of hope for all refugees in our world,” said IOC President Thomas Bach. “Having no national team to belong to, having no flag to march behind, having no national anthem to be played, these refugee athletes will be welcomed to the Olympic Games with the Olympic flag and with the Olympic Anthem. They will have a home together with all the other 11,000 athletes from 206 National Olympic Committees in the Olympic Village.”

The ROA team for Rio 2016 is expected to number between five and 10 athletes. The participating athletes and the other members of the ROA team will be named by the IOC Executive Board at its next meeting in June this year. The nomination criteria include sporting level, official refugee status verified by the United Nations, and personal situation and background.

Following the approval of Olympic Agenda 2020, the IOC’s strategic roadmap for the future of the Olympic Movement, and in light of the current global refugee crisis, the IOC created a special fund of USD 2 million to develop relief projects through sport in collaboration with NOCs around the world.

Over 15 NOCs have already made use of this fund. Details of some of the projects under way can be found here and here.

The IOC already works with a number of United Nations agencies to help refugees around the world.  For the last 20 years, the IOC and UNHCR in particular have been using sport to support healing and development among young refugees in many camps and settlements around the world. They have consequently seen thousands of refugees benefit from sports programmes and equipment donated by the IOC.

IOC President announces composition of new Commissions and Working Group

February 24, 2016. International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach today announced the composition of the Coordination Commission for the Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022, the Evaluation Commission for the Games of the XXXIII Olympiad, and the Youth Olympic Games (YOG) Tripartite Working Group.

IOC Members Alexander Zhukov, Frank Fredericks and Uğur Erdener were named Chairs of the Coordination Commission Beijing 2022, Evaluation Commission 2024 and YOG Tripartite Working Group, respectively.

Alexander Zhukov was the Chair of the Evaluation Commission for the Olympic Winter Games 2022. The IOC Session 2015 in Kuala Lumpur elected Beijing as host.

“The Coordination Commission under Chair Alexander Zhukov will support the Organising Committee to further develop the Games plan with a special focus on sustainability and environmental protection, in line with Olympic Agenda 2020,” IOC President Thomas Bach said.

Frank Fredericks, Olympic medallist and former Chair of the IOC Athletes’ Commission, was previously a member of the Evaluation Commission for the Games of the XXX Olympiad and the Evaluation Commission for the Games of the XXXII Olympiad.

President Bach said: “Olympic Agenda 2020, with regard to the organisation of the Olympic Games, puts a special focus on sustainability and the athletes’ experience. This is where Frank Fredericks, as a four-time Olympic silver medallist in sprint and former Chair of the IOC Athletes’ Commission, has great expertise.”

The Candidate Cities* for the Olympic Games 2024 are Los Angeles (USA), Rome (Italy), Budapest (Hungary) and Paris (France).

Uğur Erdener, an IOC Executive Board Member, will lead the YOG Tripartite Working Group, which is primarily made of up of high-ranking experts from the IOC, International Federations and National Olympic Committees, including athletes’ representatives.

“The first four editions of the Youth Olympic Games were a great success. But nothing is so good that it cannot be made better,” said President Bach. “Following the recommendation of Olympic Agenda 2020, this Working Group will now have a wide-ranging debate about potential improvements and adjustments of the overall format of the Games. The diversity of the members guarantees an interesting discussion.”

Buenos Aires will host the next summer edition of the YOG in 2018, with Lausanne picking up the winter YOG baton from Lillehammer in 2020. From the 4th Summer Youth Olympic Games in 2023 onward, the YOG will be organised in non-Olympic years.

The scope and makeup of the Commissions and Working Group are closely aligned with Olympic Agenda 2020. President Bach said: “The composition of the two Commissions and Working Group reflects the commitment to even closer cooperation with the International Federations and National Olympic Committees, with a special focus on the athletes.”

* Cities are listed in the order of drawing of lots

Fight Action From Germany

Story by Per-Ake Persson

Offenbach and Berlin, Germany.

 

  Professional boxing in Germany was off to a quick start in 2016 with two shows staged on the same night on January 9, but in two different cities staged by two different promoters with both having their main events televised live on SAT 1.

   In Offenbach at the Baden-Arena, 20 year-old super middleweight Vincent Feigenbutz, the WBA interim champ and 21-2 (19 KO’s), fought Italian challenger Givovanni De Carolis, 24-6 (12 KO’s), in a rematch. Feigenbutz, 20, a split-decision the first time in what easily was one of the worst decisions of 2015. What was even worse was that De Carolis, 31, a competent boxer, but not top class, unveiled one of Sauerland Event’s biggest hopes for the future as a crude brawler.

  The rematch was made and Feigenbutz was out to prove something, but ran into the same problems as the first time around as De Carolis worked off the jab and forced the German to back off where he had problems defending himself. Feigenbutz shook De Carolis early in the fourth with a right upercut, however, the challenger showed good skills and a big heart and survived and continued to outbox the champion, who in case of victory would have been Germanys youngest “real” titleholder as the WBA days before the fight had upgraded the fight to regular championship status.

  De Carolis plugged away and then in the eleventh and hurt Feigenbutz with a smashing right hand. The German wobbled backwards and turned his back to the action with his opponent following up on his advantage and nailed Vincent on the back of his head. The punch did not seem very hard, but Feigenbutz was now against the ropes unable to protect himself and referee Gustavo Padilla stopped it 32 seconds into the round.

  Wilfried Sauerland was the first to enter ring protesting the stoppage and the blow behind the head followed by his sons Kalle and Nisse all screaming robbery wanting to have De Carolis DQ’D, but the offical result was a TKO and Sauerland never protested the decision. A De Carolis vs Feigenbutz III might be in the cards as Sauerland has options on the new champion, but the best for the German would be to go back to school and try to learn some boxing.

   In the chief support cruiser Noel Gevor, 20-0, outscored Russian Valery Brudov, 42-7, over ten winning on scores of 98-92 and 99-91 twice. At one time, Brudov was a WBA champ and a world class fighter, but those days are far gone.

  Heavyweight Dereck Chisora, 25-5, fought for the third time in a month and stopped Hungarian trialhorse Andras Csomor, 14-9-1 in the second of a scheduled eight-rounder. Chisora could be facing Anthony Joshua with the vacant EBU title at stake later this year.

   Meanwhile in Berlin WBO European heavyweight champ Michael Wallisch, 30, 16-0 (10 KO’s), headlined SES and Pollux Promotion’s show at the Maritim Hotel and outscored survival minded Croatian Ivica Bacurin, 23-9-1 (13 KO’s), over twelve. Bacurin, 33, was a late sub for Marcin Rekowski and did well in lasting the distance, but had a point deducted in the eleventh for exessive holding and was floored in the last round. It was scored 119-106, 118-107 and 120-105.

   Robin Krasniqi, 45-4 and a former world title challenger at 175, dropped down to 168 and took on a tough opponent in Cagri Ermis, 18-10-2, and won a close decision after eight. It was scored 77-75, 77-76 and 78-76. Krasniqi was stopped by WBA ruler Juergen Braehmer last year.

   Middleweight Jan Meiser, 10-0-1, drew with Hungarian Szabolcs Szabo, 10-2-2, after ten in a fight for the WBO Youth title. It was scored 95-95 twice and 97-93 for Meiser.          

   
Classic Entertainment & Sports CEO Jimmy Burchfield Sr.
downloadFebruary 9 
 
To our loyal fans:
 
With football season ending this past weekend in its typical dramatic fashion, we’re reminded of the biggest difference between the Sweet Science and every other organized sport.
 
There is no off-season in boxing. There’s not always downtime to reflect or work on your craft. The biggest fight of the year — or the decade — could be right around the corner. You don’t have to wait until February or any other month. That’s the beauty of boxing. 
 
While most sports wait until the end of their season to host their biggest event, we’re giving your ours in our first show of the year. On Feb. 19th, we kick off 2016 with one of New England’s biggest fights in years, perhaps decades. 
 
Our undefeated champion Khiary Gray of Worcester, Mass., puts his perfect record on the line in the most important fight of his career when he battles for the vacant World Boxing Council (WBC) Youth World Junior Middleweight Title in our main event.
 
Those familiar with boxing know what the WBC stands for with its rich history and long list of former and current world champions. The classic WBC green belt is synonymous with boxing excellence and now one of New England’s most promising young fighters has a chance to wrap it around his waist just 10 days from now.
 
Boxing often gets watered down with too many titles and belts, but the WBC Youth Title is the real deal. The WBC created this prestigious championship 17 years ago to help bridge the gap between world-title contenders and young, up-and-coming fighters not yet ready for that big stage. It’s more than just a piece of hardware for the trophy case, 47 former Youth champions have gone on to win world titles, including Timothy Bradley, Chad Dawson, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., and others, so winning this belt is a step in the right direction for any promising fighter.
 
Much like in football, or any of the other major team sports, we judge the athletes based on how they perform on their sports’ biggest stage. On Feb. 19th, we find out if your young champion, Khiary Gray, is ready to make that jump from a rising star to one of the sport’s most recognized faces. The WBC Youth Title opens doors most fighters never get the chance to walk through.
 
This is what we do here at CES Boxing. We’ve been building champions for decades and we’ve also been one of the biggest advocates for female boxing, a side of the sport that often gets ignored by major-league promoters. We’ve helped develop Jaime Clampitt, Missy Fiorentino and Shelly Vincent into world champions and now we’re joining forces with 4-time world-title challenger reigning International Boxing Association (IBA) World Middleweight Champion Kali Reis to bring another title back to Rhode Island. 
 
A Providence, R.I., native, Reis hasn’t fought here in her hometown in more than three years, but the drought ends on the 19th when she challenges for the vacant Universal Boxing Federation (UBF) World Junior Middleweight World Title in our co-feature. Kali is a remarkable champion and one of the sport’s most battle-tested competitors, having fought everyone from Bermuda to Costa Rica.
 
That’s two world-title fights on one card, and we haven’t even begun to discuss the highly-anticipated Hank Lundy-Terrence Crawford bout on the 27th in New York City. When you think about the sport’s biggest stage, nothing’s bigger than Madison Square Garden, and we’re proud to help put together a career-defining fight for two of boxing’s most charismatic stars.
 
Other sports have captured our nation’s attention span and grabbed the spotlight for years. The dramatic build-up to that final moment with the entire world watching, oftentimes the difference between being a champion and a runner-up, is truly a sight to behold. 
 
In boxing, every fight, every punch, every second, is like a Hail Mary pass or buzzer-beating shot. Boxing takes no days off. In order to be a true champion, you need to eat, sleep and breathe the Sweet Science 24 hours a day, 365 day a year. That’s what separates us from the rest of the crowd. 
 
Make sure to join us on the 19th. It’s going to be a long ride with no breaks in between. 
 
  
Much respect,
 
 
Jimmy
 

 

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passes 100% authority to BKBHOF’s President Scott Burt

 

February 7 -BELFAST, NEW YORK –  In a move that is reflective of all the hard work he has put in to making the World’s Bare Knuckle Boxing light shine brightly on the little town of Belfast New York’s treasured Hall of Fame, the iconic and historic National Police Gazette passed its torch to local man Scott R. Burt Thursday evening, February 4, in Elmira; a control the Gazette has exclusively had since the late 1800s.  From 1877 to 1889, Gazette Publisher Richard K. Fox not only ran the Gazette, but also invented the Championship Boxing Belt and bestowed it upon the Champions of that era.  In 1882 John L. Sullivan beat Paddy Ryan for the American title, but in 1887 Fox stripped it of him and gave it to Jake Kilrain for not accepting a challenge.  At the same time, because Fox was upset with Sullivan, he also changed the title to World instead of American.  Then, famously, in the last-ever bareknuckle fight of that era, Sullivan won the belt back in 1889 in a 75-round 2 hours 15 minute slugfest outside in 104 degree weather.  After that fight, which Sullivan trained for right here in Belfast, bare knuckle bouts were replaced by gloved ones and the belt was never issued again….although talked about much.  

BK #1 Skip ahead 125 years to 2014.  Scott Burt, founder and president of the World’s only Hall of Fame dedicated to the bareknucklers honors Undefeated 71-0 Bobby Gunn by giving him the Bare Knuckle Boxing Hall of Fame belt.  In 2011 Gunn had fought a legal match and won it on an Arizona Indian Reservation; the reason Burt recognized him. BK #3

Last Thursday evening Steve Westlake, the owner of The National Police Gazette, asked to meet with Burt.  Westlake has kept a watchful eye on Burt since he opened the BKBHOF is 2009, and has been so impressed with Burt’s work, knowledge, and sincerity in task since that he unilaterally offered Burt complete control, responsibility, and ownership of the Worldwide issuing of Bare Knuckle belts.  He even gave Burt 100% authority to use the National Police Gazette’s name and logo on the belts if he wishes.  “Wow, what an honor” stated Burt, “The baton has been officially passed from the famous Richard K. Fox of the late 1800s to me.  It is hard to put into words what this means.  The degree of honor and responsibility that comes with this overcomes me.  This is truly a historic moment.  And for the people of Belfast a very, very proud one indeed.  Personally, it is the best stamp of approval I could ever receive.  I am honored and touched beyond words; congratulatory emails have been flooding in to me from all over the World in the last 24 hours….its unbelievable; I’m both stunned and honored at the same time.  This certainly cements Belfast’s position in the Bare Knuckle Boxing World as being BKB’s number one authority.”

The following is the official blog by Steve Westlake of The National Police Gazette posted Saturday, February 6. 

Closing the Squared Circle: The Return of Sanctioned Bare-Knuckle Boxing

 By Administrator | February 6, 2016 NewsPolice Gazette NewsSports

“The end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.”

T.S. Eliot probably was not referring to bare knuckle boxing when he wrote those words. But we do seem to find ourselves in that situation today.

Richard K. Fox took over the National Police Gazette in 1877 and soon began featuring boxing within the Gazette’s pages. This was prize fighting, by the London Prize Ring Rules. There were no gloves, no wraps, no protection of any sort from the waist up. And it was totally illegal in every jurisdiction within the United States.

 

Prize fighting had always been illegal in the U.S. But it was popular nonetheless, until the first high-profile tragedy occurred in 1842. In a match in Hastings, New York, Christopher Lilly essentially beat Thomas McCoy to death. And the combination of a law-enforcement crackdown and the public’s shock at the incident put a pall over the sport in this country for a generation.

With the passage of time, however, the public’s taste for bare knuckle boxing began to return. And then two things happened. Those things were Richard K. Fox and John L. Sullivan.

Fox’s story can be found elsewhere in this website. But in a nutshell, he was the P.T. Barnum of publishing. He refined sensational journalism to a degree never before approached, which is still the template for it to this day. Conflict was king, and shocking, in-your-face depictions of activities society preferred to sweep under the rug was queen. Bare knuckle boxing fit this recipe to a T.

John L. Sullivan, like Muhammad Ali 80 years later, had phenomenal ring skills combined with an uncanny feel for promotion and public relations. Did Fox and Sullivan really hate each other as is commonly thought? After all, Fox was Irish Protestant and Sullivan Irish Catholic. Was it a coincidence that their conflict produced the greatest boxing matches of the late 19th century, bringing Sullivan, the Police Gazette, and boxing in general to heights no one could have imagined? Don’t bet on it.

In 1889, Fox backed the latest of his challengers to try to teach Sullivan a lesson. Jake Kilrain lost that fight, and Sullivan solidified his hold on the bare knuckle boxing championship of the world, winning the Police Gazette championship belt. It would be the last bout to determine that championship for over 120 years.

After more than 10 years of Fox and Sullivan’s efforts, boxing was on the threshold of mainstream acceptance. But there was one catch: it had to be gloved, Marquess of Queensberry Rules. In 1892, Sullivan fought James Corbett for the first gloved championship to be held completely legally in the light of day. From that point on, professional boxing followed the gloved path and the bare-knuckle variety was left to the back alleys and dark corners.

But after more than 100 years of evidence, who are the gloves really protecting? The punch taker or the punch thrower? There are not enough examples yet to do a scientific comparison, but are brain injuries really less common in the gloved version than the bare knuckle? Or is it reversed? One way to answer the question might be to ask which sport has more brain injuries, rugby or American football? Both similar sports. One with no protection, the other with massive amounts of protection. But again, what is being protected more? The recipient of the blow or the deliverer who is so cushioned he can deliver with maximum force each time without worry of doing damage to himself.BK #4

With that—and other factors and influences—in mind, bare knuckle boxing has been experiencing a renaissance. Yet it picks up right where it left off in 1889: as illegal as the day is long. This in spite of the fact that safety precautions are now abundant, so a repeat of a Thomas McCoy incident is remote. Bouts are no longer governed by the London Prize Ring Rules, which allowed stand-up grappling, throwing, and the rule that said if a fighter was able to walk to the center of the ring without assistance the fight would go on. Fighters like McCoy had to rely on his seconds to know he’d had enough and to stop the fight, whereas impartial referees have that job today.

How, then, can a new bare knuckle championship belt be given without condoning illegal activity? The first Americans have the answer! On August 5, 2011, the Yavapai Nation just outside Scottsdale, Arizona, sanctioned a bare-knuckle bout between Bobby Gunn and Richard Stewart under the laws of the Nation. Gunn emerged the victor and claimed the bare knuckle world championship, a claim made more official when Scott R. Burt of the Bare Knuckle Boxing Hall of Fame presented Gunn with a championship belt in 2014.

This belt is the first given to a bare knuckle champion since Richard K. Fox presented his to John L. Sullivan on behalf of the National Police Gazette in 1889. This year, the Police Gazette officially recognizes the authority of Scott Burt’s belt, bringing full circle a sport that has remained in the shadows for 125 years, and giving today’s fans a chance to “know the place for the first time.”

The Police Gazette Heavyweight Champion Belt

Today’s Belts Presented by the Bare Knuckle Boxing Hall of Fame; Top one is the WORLD belt, presented in 2014 to World Champion Bobby Gunn.  The bottom one is the AMERICAN belt; it will be presented this July to Undefeated 44-0 Danny Batchelder at the BKBHOF’s annual Induction Ceremony in Belfast, New York.

Also scheduled to be in attendance July 9 in Belfast is their First-ever Living International Inductee James Quinn McDonagh(fighter and producer of the movie ‘Knuckle’) and the legendary Backyard Brawler and also a 2016 Inductee, Kimbo Slice.

For more information visit Bare Knuckle Boxing Hall of Fame at TwitterFacebook, and the Web.

Ticket info at www.bareknuckleboxinghalloffame

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Gray, Rivera face off for vacant WBC Youth  title Feb. 19th in CES Boxing’s season opener at Twin River

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Jan. 26th, 2016) — For one night and one night only, the infamous green belt, one of boxing’s most recognized symbols of excellence, comes to Rhode Island, and it’ll either stay on the east coast or head west when the night is through.

UNDEFEATED WORCESTER, MASSACHUSETTS junior middleweight Khiary Gray, seen here celebrating his UBF Northeast Title victory in September, will challenge Cameron Sevilla Rivera on Friday, Feb. 19th, 2016 at Twin River Casino in Lincoln, R.I., for the vacant WBC Youth Junior Middleweight Title in just his 12th professional bout. Gray is 11-0 with 9 KOs. The Feb. 19th showdown against the Washington native Rivera is the 10-round main event of CES Boxing's 2016 season opener.

UNDEFEATED WORCESTER, MASSACHUSETTS junior middleweight Khiary Gray, seen here celebrating his UBF Northeast Title victory in September, will challenge Cameron Sevilla Rivera on Friday, Feb. 19th, 2016 at Twin River Casino in Lincoln, R.I., for the vacant WBC Youth Junior Middleweight Title in just his 12th professional bout. Gray is 11-0 with 9 KOs. The Feb. 19th showdown against the Washington native Rivera is the 10-round main event of CES Boxing’s 2016 season opener.

Unbeaten Worcester, Mass., junior middleweight Khiary Gray (11-0, 9 KOs) faces his toughest test to date in the most important fight of his young career Friday, Feb. 19th, 2016 when he challenges Washington’s Cameron Sevilla Rivera (6-2-1, 5 KOs) for the vacant World Boxing Council (WBC) Youth Title in the 10-round main event of CES Boxing’s season opener at Twin River Casino.

Since making his professional debut in June of 2014, Gray’s rapid climb includes 11 bouts in 18 months, a regional title (captured in September courtesy of a vicious knockout win over Kenton Sippio-Cook), and now a shot at the WBC Youth crown, an important step in the development of many young fighters since its inception in 1999.

The WBC Youth program is designed to provide fighters under the age of 24 with an opportunity to gain valuable experience as a precursor to challenging for a world title. The formula has worked; 47 of the fighters who’ve won WBC Youth titles over the past 17 years have gone on to win world championships, a remarkable footnote to a bout that needs no additional hype.

The list of former youth champions to graduate to world-title status includes 77-fight vet Humberto Soto, a WBC title-holder in two different weight classes; Kermit Cintron, Daniel Ponce De Leon, Juan Diaz, Chad Dawson, Devon Alexander and reigning World Boxing Organization (WBO) Welterweight Champion Timothy Bradley, who faces Manny Pacquiao for a third time April 9th in Nevada. Whoever wins Feb. 19th joins elite company.

Gray’s loaded resume features eight consecutive knockout wins, seven in the first round. The 23-year-old right-hander hasn’t been past the second round since November of 2014. Rivera, also 23, won his first four professional bouts by first-round knockout and scored his fifth in August.

 

The Gray-Rivera main event is one of two title bouts on the Feb. 19th card. Female 

middleweight Kali Reis (7-5-1, 3 KOs) of Providence, a former International Boxing Association (IBA) champion and two-time world-title challenger, returns home for the first time in more than three years to fight for the vacant Universal Boxing Federation (UBF) World Middleweight Title.

The well-traveled Reis brings plenty of big-fight experience to the CES’ 2016 debut with a resume that includes bouts against three world champions, including unbeaten WBO Middleweight Champion Christina Hammer, WBO Super Welterweight Champion Hanna Gabriel and reigning WBC 154-pound title-holder Mikaela Lauren. She also faced former World Boxing Association (WBA) Middleweight Champion Teresa Perozzi in Bermuda in 2014, scoring a knockout win in the third round.  

 

Feb. 19th also features the return of five unbeaten prospect, starting with fellow Worcester native Freddy Sanchez (7-0, 5 KO), the hard-hitting junior welterweight who finished 2015 a perfect 4-0, ending with a well-deserved unanimous decision win over New Yorker Sidney Maccow in December.

 

Stoughton, Mass., junior welterweight Travis Demko (4-0, 1 KO) makes his first appearance since September while his last opponent, Holyoke, Mass., native Mohamed Allam (1-1) returns to Twin River in a separate 4-round bout in search of his first win since November of 2014. 

Framingham, Mass., junior welterweight Julio Perez (3-0), who debuted in 2015 and swept the scorecards in three consecutive wins, faces Skowhegan, Maine, native Josh Parker (0-1-1) in a 4-round bout while fellow Framingham vet Timmy Ramos (2-0-1, 2 KOs) returns to Rhode Island two months after fighting to a draw against Cido Hoff, the only blemish on his record.

 

The special attraction of the night features Alaskan middleweight Fatlum Zhuta (2-0-1, 2 KOs) in his second bout at Twin River and first since December. The 27-year-old Albanian made his east coast debut in December, sending the overmatched Deivison Ribeiro to the canvas twice in the opening round to secure an impressive

knockout win.

Tickets for the Feb. 19th season debut are priced at $40, $75 and $125 (VIP) and are available for purchase online at www.cesboxing.com or www.twinriver.com, by phone at 401-724-2253/2254 or at the Twin River Casino Players Club.

 

For more information visit www.cesboxing.com or follow on Twitter at www.twitter.com/cesboxing. Updates are also available at www.facebook.com/cesboxing.

 

— CES —

Contacts:

Michael Parente, CES Boxing, (401) 263-4990 or michael@cesboxing.com.

Kim Ward, Twin River Casino, (401) 475-8352 or kward@twinriver.com.

MANNY PACQUIAO AND TIMOTHY BRADLEY

GO COAST-TO-COAST NEXT WEEK TO ANNOUNCE

THEIR WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP SHOWDOWN!

Tuesday, January 19 — Los Angeles

Thursday, January 21 — New York
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LAS VEGAS, NV (January 14, 2016) — Boxing’spound-for-pound superstars, Congressman  MANNY “Pacman” PACQUIAO and TIMOTHY “Desert Storm” BRADLEY, will begin their promotional roadwork next week when they announce their world championship showdown at press conferences in Beverly Hills, Calif., and New York City.  The two fighters will be joined by their respective trainers, Freddie Roach and Teddy Atlas, and Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum.
 
            Pacquiao (57-6-2, 38 KOs), of General Santos City, Philippines, boxing’s only eight-division world champion and the reigning Fighter of the Decade, collides with five-time world champion Bradley (33-1-1, 13 KOs), of Palm Springs, Calif., in a 12-round welterweight championship battle.  Promoted by Top Rank®, in association with MP Promotions, Pacquiao vs. Bradley will take place Saturday, April, 9, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.  It will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View®, beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET / 6:00 p.m. PT.
 
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Noon PT —  Media Report
12:30 P.M. PT —  Press Conference Begins
 
THURSDAY, JANUARY 21
The Theater at Madison Square Garden
Media Entrance: Glass Doors at 33rd St. and 8th Ave.
11:30 A.M. ET —  Media Report
Noon ET —  Press Conference Begins
 
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FBHOFFLORIDA BOXING HALL OF FAME
ANNOUNCES THE
CLASS OF 2016

January 9, 2016.

FIGHTERS: Alexis Arguello, Freeman Barr, Hector Camacho, Sr., Marvin Camel, Beau Jack, Ray Mercer, Mike Quarry, Sugar Baby Rojas

TRAINER: Dave Marks

MEDIA: Al Bernstein, Jimmy Gestwicki, Ira Glass 

PARTICIPANT: Eric Bottjer  

OFFICIAL/COMMISSION: Ric Bays, Tommy Kimmons, Ruby Goldstein

BOXING ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: Don Balas, Frank Gentile

JOIN US FOR A GREAT BOXING WEEKEND AS WE INDUCT THE CLASS OF 2016
JUNE 24,25 & 26, 2016 at the INTERCONTINENTAL HOTEL – TAMPA, FLORIDA
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BARE KNUCKLE BOXING HALL OF FAME Class of 2016

Kimbo Slice finally reached; just added to BKBHOF Class of 2016!

 

Belfast, New York – SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT –  “I have been working for months to a make contact with him, and today it finally happened” stated Bare Knuckle Boxing Hall of Fame President Scott Burt.  “Rounding out the Bare Knuckle Boxing Hall of Fame Class of 2016 will be inductee Kevin Ferguson, better known to all his fans all around the World as Kimbo Slice. 

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Kimbo Slice

JANUARY 12, 2016. Kimbo is one of the most famous backyard bare knuckle brawlers of all time; a living internet fighting sensation that pulled the World in to see and fall in love with our sport.  He has without question been extremely instrumental in promoting the sport to the level it currently is at.  We are proud and honored to have the opportunity on July 9 to induct Mr. Slice into the BKBHOF in Belfast, New York; a small rural Irish town where the Great John L. Sullivan prepared under the guidance of his trainer and hometown hero William Muldoon over 125 years ago.  That fight has recently been called “The Brawl that Started It All” by Sports Illustrated.   Against Jake Kilrain, it went 75 rounds, 2 hours 15 minutes, outside in 104 degree weather.  Sullivan won, and a legend was created.  The wonderful barns that he trained in have been beautifully restored.  Stepping into them is just like stepping into a time machine.  Sullivan’s equipment is there to be seen and handled, along with the ‘cell’ where he was dried out when he had too much to drink, the elaborate ‘Room of Repose’ where they rested and planned, and even Muldoon’s wrestling mat.  Its a wonderful experience.  Kimbo is one of only 4 living bareknucklers ever inducted into our Hall of Fame, the only one in the World dedicated to the bareknucklers.  In this year’s class of living bare knuckle boxing inductees, Kimbo will be joining Undefeated 44-0 American BKB Champion Danny Batchelder and our First-Ever International Inductee James Quinn McDonagh who is an Undefeated 11-0 bare knuckle fighter, author, and the inspiration for the movie ‘Knuckle’.  Also on hand July 9 will be 71-0 Undefeated World Champion Bobby Gunn; our 2015 inductee and belt holder.  The town is ecstatic, and I couldn’t be happier.  Wow…What a Class!!!”  Scott Burt, BKBHOF President.  Tickets available in February via SRBURT@AOL.COM

President Scott Burt announces finalized members!

Contact person: Scott Burt   585-610-3326

JANUARY 9, 2016. Belfast, New York – ORIGINAL PIONEER AND BOXER INDUCTEES: Current American Undefeated 44-0 BKB Heavyweight Champion Dan Batchelder (First to be recognized since 1882), Our First-Ever Living International Inductee (Undefeated fighter, author, and inspiration for the movie “Knuckle”) James Quinn McDonagh, 1879 American Lightweight Champion Arthur Chambers, 1879 Australian Champion Larry Foley, and the iconic National Police Gazette! HONORARY INDUCTEES: Champion James J. Corbett who defeated John L. Sullivan for first gloved title in 1892, Boxing News Magazine (since 1909), The Ring Magazine (since 1922), and The USA Boxing News (instrumental in upstate New York boxing)! As Scott Burt said, “Without question, The USA Boxing News has for the last 25 years been instrumental in shining a positive spotlight on Upstate New York.  Simply put, boxing in New York State would not be what it is today without the influence of The USA Boxing News. One would have a tough time mentioning boxing in New York State without talking about The USA Boxing News, that’s for sure.” PERSON OF THE YEAR: Rochester Boxing HOF president Bob Collins! Undefeated 71-0 World BKB Champion Bobby Gunn to be in attendance too! It doesn’t get any better than this folks! Induction Day is Saturday, July 9, in Belfast, New York. SRBURT@AOL.COM

 

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Howard Davis, most outstanding boxer at 1976 Olympics, dead at 59

Reported by Kevin Iole

 

Howard Davis Jr., who was voted the most outstanding fighter at the 1976 Olympics in Montreal in a year in which the U.S. may have fielded its greatest team ever, died Wednesday at 59 after a short battle with cancer.

Howard Davis Jr. - 1976 Olympic Champion and Olympic MVP.

Howard Davis Jr. – 1976 Olympic Champion and Olympic MVP.

His brother, Kenny Davis, confirmed the news.

Davis won the lightweight gold medal at the 1976 Games, just five years after he had taken up boxing. He was an inspirational figure as he fought for his 37-year-old mother, who had died of a heart attack two days before the Games began.Howard Davis Jr.

The 1976 Olympic boxing tournament featured some of the greatest fighters to have ever lived, including Americans Sugar Ray Leonard and Michael Spinks and Cuban heavyweight Teofilo Stevenson, but it was Davis who won the Val Barker Award as the Games’ most outstanding boxer.

He used his fast hands and precise punches to take the gold, defeating Simion Cutov of Romania in the final match. He’d also beaten the likes of Aaron Pryor and Thomas Hearns in the amateurs.

Howard Davis Jr. vs. Hector Camacho.

Howard Davis Jr. vs. Hector Camacho.

Writing in Sports Illustrated after the Olympics, the legendary Pat Putnam said, “Howard Davis is even more skilled as a fighter than Leonard. A remarkably clever boxer, he thinks people who can take a punch to deliver one are foolish.”

Davis, who had a 125-5 amateur record, told Putnam in Montreal that he didn’t see the sense of getting into slugfests.

I’m no brawler. The Europeans take a lot of punches. They get cut up, and looking ugly is just part of the day’s work. But I don’t want to be ugly. I’m not crazy.

Davis had a solid, though not spectacular, career as a pro. He went 36-6-1 with 14 knockouts as a pro, but failed to win a world title. He lost WBC lightweight title bouts to Jim Watt in 1980 and Edwin Rosario in 1984. He dropped an IBF junior welterweight title match to Buddy McGirt in 1988.

After his fight career ended, Davis stayed in the sport and began training fighters. He eventually began to train MMA fighters as well as boxers and became the striking coach for the American Top Team in Florida. Among his MMA pupils was UFC Hall of Famer and former light heavyweight champion Chuck Liddell. He also promoted MMA fights, and his company, Fight Time Promotions, got a contract with the CBS Sports Network to do shows. In 1976, Davis was signed to a deal with CBS, the first among his teammates to land a network television deal.

Doctors told him he likely had less than a year to live. Davis, who never smoked or drank alcohol, told the SunSentinel that once he learned that, he stopped chemotherapy and tried non-conventional methods to save his life.

But Davis was known for a sunny disposition and a willingness to fight to overcome any obstacle. He reacted with grace when he learned the bad news and vowed to battle to remain alive.

I never ask why I got [cancer]. I just started fighting. If you are a champion, champions don’t quit.

He dropped from 195 pounds to 138, according to Sherdog, but continued to seek a cure. He got off chemotherapy when the doctor estimated he had less than a year to live and tried to find alternative treatment methods.

Randy Gordon, the former chairman of the New York State Athletic Commission, was close with Davis for his entire adult life. He said he’ll remember Davis as an elite athlete but moreso as one of boxing’s true good guys.

“He was a loyal friend and devoted husband, father and brother,” Gordon told Yahoo Sports. ” … He had the fastest pair of hands I ever saw. He was a very hard worker in the gym. On the road, he ran like no fighter I ever saw. In 1979, I clocked him in the mile at 4:20. I am sure if he put his mind to it, he could have approached the world record. He told me a few years ago that he enjoyed training fighters, promoting MMA and playing music – he played guitar – more than he enjoyed fighting. I believe he was Florida’s busiest MMA promoter. To know Howard Davis was to love him. Heaven is gaining one very special angel.”

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INTERNATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEE PRESS RELEASES

 
 

 

INTERNATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEE 

PRESS RELEASE 
Monday 17 December 2015 

IOC publishes unprecedented Olympic Movement Code for preventing competition manipulation

In its bid to strengthen the integrity and credibility of sport and for the successful protection of clean athletes, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) today published the Olympic Movement Code on the Prevention of the Manipulation of Competitions.

A first of its kind, the Code aims to provide the Olympic Movement and its members with harmonised regulations to protect all competitions from the risk of manipulation. Any sports organisation bound by the Olympic Charter is expected to respect the provisions of the new Code, which was approved by the IOC Executive Board during its meetings last week.

On the occasion of the publication of the Code, IOC President Thomas Bach said: “We must do everything we can to protect the millions of clean athletes around the world. Protecting them goes hand in hand with ensuring the environment in which the athletes operate is safe from corrupting influences. Today’s publication of the Code is an important step in fighting manipulation in sport. It is a joint effort of various key stakeholders of the Olympic Movement, particularly the International Federations, and another tangible outcome of Olympic Agenda 2020.”

The Code is a regulatory framework defining the different kinds of violations, minimum standards of disciplinary procedures and the scope of sanctions. All National Olympic Committees (NOCs), International Federations (IFs) and their respective members at the continental, regional and national levels, as well as IOC recognised organisations, are called upon to implement regulations in compliance with the Code. This does not prevent sports organisations from having more stringent regulations in place. In order to ensure its application, these stakeholders are also requested to undertake educational measures for their officials, judges and referees as well as for their delegations to international competitions and to multi-sports events.

The first implementation of the Code at a Games edition will be in Rio de Janeiro next August, following last week’s approval by the IOC Executive Board of the Rules of Application for the Olympic Games.

The IOC took the lead in preparing such a Code following the International Forum for Sports Integrity last April. The Olympic Movement was called upon to develop global standards regarding the manipulation of competitions and related corruption in compliance with the Council of Europe Convention on the Manipulation of Sports Competitions. It also coincided with the IOC’s renewed commitment to protect clean athletes and the integrity of sport as outlined in Olympic Agenda 2020, the IOC’s strategic roadmap for the future of the Olympic Movement.

All measures related to ethics and compliance, transparency and good governance recommended by Olympic Agenda 2020 have now been implemented. Measures include the creation of a USD 10 million fund to prevent match-fixing, manipulation and related corruption.  The IOC has also initiated and is implementing around the world robust educational awareness programmes in cooperation with INTERPOL to prevent Olympic and other sporting events from any kind of manipulation. A new mechanism for reporting potential cases of competition manipulation as well as other violations of the integrity of sport – the Integrity and Compliance Hotline – was also successfully launched earlier this year. Moreover, the IOC has reinforced its Integrity Betting Intelligence System (IBIS) and is enhancing monitoring and information exchange between law enforcement agencies, sports organisations and betting operators/regulators.

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East LA’s Undefeated Julian “El Camaron” Ramirez

to Headline First LA Fight Club of 2016

EAST L.A.’S UNDEFEATED JULIAN “EL CAMARÓN” RAMIREZ TO HEADLINE FIRST LA FIGHT CLUB OF 2016 

UNDEFEATED TOP PROSPECT ABRAHAM LOPEZ SET TO MAKE RETURN TO THE RING AS CO-MAIN EVENT

LIVE ON BOXEO ESTELAR ON ESTRELLA TV FROM THE BELASCO THEATER IN DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES
 
Tickets on Sale Today!
 
Kicking off 2016 with fireworks, the first LA FIGHT CLUB of the new year will feature East L.A’s undefeated Julian “El Camarón” Ramirez (15-0, 8 KOs) in a 10 round featherweight bout headlining the live event on Boxeo Estelaron Estrella TV on January 29, 2016 from Downtown’s Belasco Theater.
 
Undefeated featherweight standout Abraham “Chamaco” Lopez (19-0-1, 14 KOs) will also make his first 2016 appearance in the ring at LA FIGHT CLUB in a 10-round featherweight televised co-main event. Additional fighters on the undercard will be announced soon.
 
The LA FIGHT CLUB event on January 29, 2016 is a 10-round bout taking place at The Belasco Theater in downtown Los Angeles. The event is presented by Golden Boy Promotions. Doors open at 5:00 p.m. and the first bout begins at 5:30 p.m. The Estrella TVBoxeo Estelar broadcast will air live on Friday, December 4 at 10:00 p.m. ET/7:00 p.m. PT., and will also be simultaneously streaming live on estrellaTV.com and on YouTube via Fenomeno Studios: youtube.com/FenomenoStudios. The Ring TV live stream will begin at approximately 5:30 p.m. PT through 7:00 p.m.
 
Tickets for LA FIGHT CLUB are on sale starting at $20 and available for purchase online at www.goldenboypromotions.com or by visiting the Golden Boy Promotions Facebook page. For ticket information, email us at LAFightClub@goldenboypromotions.com.
 
The “Knockout Experience VIP Package” is also available for an additional $25 upgrade and includes VIP entrance, access to an exclusive lounge offering food and beverages for purchase; a meet and greet opportunity with fighters and celebrities attending the event, past guests have included Oscar De La Hoya, Bernard Hopkins, Kate Del Castillo, Mario Lopez, George Lopez, Lucas Matthysse, Randy Caballero and other stars have all made appearances in the past; an automatic entry into the LA FIGHT CLUBgrand prize drawing, which can include but is not limited to: autograph gloves, picture in the ring, backstage access, tour of locker rooms, fighter ring walk, tickets to upcoming boxing events and additional merchandise and prizes.
 

LA FIGHT CLUB MEDIA WORKOUT QUOTES & PHOTOS
 
FIGHTERS SHARED THEIR THOUGHTS ON THE HOLIDAYS AND THEIR HOPES FOR THE NEW YEAR
 
LOS ANGELES (December 2, 2015) – Fighters featured on the December 4 edition of LA FIGHT CLUBheld a special media workout session today ahead of their upcoming bouts at Westside Boxing Gym in Los Angeles. Christian “Chimpa” Gonzalez (11-0, 10 KOs), Oscar “El Jaguar” Negrete (11-0, 4 KOs), Ivan “Striker” Delgado (7-0-1, 2 KOs), and Los Angeles fan favorite Nick Arce (5-0, 5 KOs) were all in attendance showing off their punching power for the press. The fighters talked about their upcoming fights and gave their thoughts on the holiday season, sharing what they are thankful for as they prepare to face their opponents in the ring this Friday. Emilio Sanchez (10-0, 7 KOs) andJoshua Franco (2-0, 1 KOs), fighters not in attendance at today’s event but also featured on the card, were also able to share their hopes for the holiday season. 
 
Below is what the fighters had to say:
 
CHRISTIAN “CHIMPA” GONZALEZ, Super Featherweight Prospect:
“I know Alejandro Ochoa is a tough competitor, he comes to fight and has upset numerous undefeated fighters. He’s never been knocked down or stopped; he’s always won by decision. He has a lot of experience, and we’re very aware of that. We know he’s going to come to fight and put on a show, but I’m looking forward to it. In a way it motivates me, but that’s not getting in my way.
“I’m looking forward to taking a little break. I think this is my last fight of the year, and I’m just going to take the rest of December off, not from running bbut from boxing to let my body rest. I’ve been busy this year; this is my fourth fight in 2015. I’ve been very busy so I’m planning for some rest and enjoy the holidays.
“I don’t think I want to move up to 10 rounders any time soon, I think our next goal by the end of next year is to fight my first 10 rounder. Our plan was to fight six rounds this year, then start fighting eight rounds next year but it came a little earlier so we decided to do it. I feel good. We picked up on the training a little bit-more running, more sparring. Next year, our goal is to fight a 10 round fight.
“I am thankful for my family and their continuous support. I am thankful for all the blessings I have received this year and to belong to a family like Golden Boy Promotions.  This year I celebrated by focusing on my training and spending time with my little brother. We had a great workout at the gym in the morning and stayed in and watched Ladder 49 and End of Watch, two of my favorite movies.”

OSCAR “EL JAGUAR” NEGRETE, Super Bantamweight Prospect:
“I have actually known my opponent for a long time. We fought twice before during my amateur days. I won the first time in Colombia, and he won in Mexico.  We are tied now, and I am hoping to break that tie on Friday night. 
“I think the fight will be very exciting for the fans. I know my style and his style will combine for an entertaining fight.  We both have big hearts and are going to give it our all in the ring. 
 “On Thanksgiving, I went Christmas shopping. I wanted to make sure that I took advantage of the stores opening early and get a few things for my family.  I am grateful for my career; my family here and in Colombia; that we are all healthy; my four victories this year; and my fifth one on Dec. 4, God willing. That I am a part of the Golden Boy Promotions team, and I am very grateful for all the support from fans, family and friends.”

IVAN “STRIKER” DELGADO, Super Featherweight Prospect:
“I have been working very hard for this fight. I want to end the year on a high note and make sure I look good winning. I know Lizarraga Jr. went six rounds against Diego De La Hoya, and I am prepared for whatever he brings to the table. 

“I am looking forward to the holidays, but I plan on maintaining my weight and staying in shape. I want to be ready for a fight in early January. My hope of the upcoming year is to stay undefeated and move up to a co-main or main event. 
 “This past Thanksgiving, I spent the day in the gym preparing for my fight. I am thankful for each day, to be blessed with health, a great team and family.  This all motivates me to be focused and be stronger everyday.”
 
NICK ARCE, Super Featherweight Prospect:
“Ali is a tough cookie. We’ve worked hard on this training camp and we had a good sparring this year at the Westside Boxing Gym -sparrings that come forward 100 percent and that are pushing me to the max. We’ve trained really hard for this fight, and we know what we are up against. We’re ready. 
“I’m looking forward to a little vacation after the fight because I missed Thanksgiving so I couldn’t eat ham, turkey or mashed potatoes. I did spend the day with my family, and I am thankful for the great support system I have around me and the great people I have in my life. I am truly blessed. This year I treated myself to a film, CREED, and we are planning a big dinner celebration after my fight next week.” 
 
EMILIO SANCHEZ, Super Bantamweight Prospect:

“I just want to say that this year has been a great year for me and my family.  I am thankful for our health and for having them by my side. I am also very thankful for having a great team with Frank Espinoza as my manager, Golden Boy Promotions, my promoter, and Manuel Robles as my trainer. I want to thank my team for all their support and their faith in me as a fighter. I am especially thankful for my parents who have always been there for me and supporting me.  I promise them that things are only going to get better for me.”

JOSHUA FRANCO, Super Flyweight Prospect:
“I had a great Thanksgiving, I spent the morning doing an intense workout with my trainer, Robert Garcia and then spent the evening with Robert’s family.  I am thankful to have him as my trainer and have him and his family be my family away from home.  I’m looking forward to seeing my family this holiday season and taking some time off to refresh for a busy 2016. Next year, my goal is to be at eight round fights and be ready for a title bout in 2017.”
 
LA FIGHT CLUB: Gonzalez vs. Ochoa is an eight round bout taking place on Saturday, Dec. 4, 2015 at The Belasco Theater in Los Angeles, California. The event is presented by Golden Boy Promotions and sponsored by Corona Extra. Doors open at 5:00 p.m. and the first bout begins at 5:30 p.m. The Estrella TV Boxeo Estelar broadcast will air live on Friday, December 4 at 10:00 p.m. ET/7:00 p.m. PT., and will also be simultaneously streaming live on estrellaTV.com and on YouTube via Fenomeno Studios: youtube.com/FenomenoStudios. The Ring TV live stream will begin at approximately 5:30 p.m. PT through 7:00 p.m.
 
Tickets for LA FIGHT CLUB are on sale starting at $20 and available for purchase online at www.goldenboypromotions.com or by visiting the Golden Boy Promotions Facebook page. For ticket information, email us at LAFightClub@goldenboypromotions.com.
 
The “Knockout Experience VIP Package” is also available for an additional $25 upgrade and includes VIP entrance, access to an exclusive lounge offering food and beverages for purchase; a meet and greet opportunity with fighters and celebrities attending the event, past guests have included Oscar De La Hoya, Bernard Hopkins, Kate Del Castillo, Mario Lopez, George Lopez, Lucas Matthysse, Randy Caballero and other stars have all made appearances in the past; an automatic entry into the LA FIGHT CLUB grand prize drawing, which can include but is not limited to: autograph gloves, picture in the ring, backstage access, tour of locker rooms, fighter ring walk, tickets to upcoming boxing events and additional merchandise and prizes.
 
LA FIGHT CLUB is a monthly boxing series that showcases the brightest stars in the sport and present these exciting matchups in a nightclub atmosphere with an original setup. The boxing ring is set on the main floor of the Belasco Theater with on-camera standing room for fans in front of the ring similar to a concert pit, as well as reserved balcony and floor seats. Los Angeles’ own DJ Ray of Big Boy’s Neighborhood spins music during the fights and fans are able to dance and mingle with the fighters when the venue converts into a night club, in a VIP experience not matched by any promoter in the industry.

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Tuesday, Dec. 8th, 2015

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Unbeaten Gray, Wiliams highlight CES’ year-end holiday spectacular Dec. 18th at Twin River

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Dec. 8th, 2015) — Bells will be ringing Dec. 18th at Twin River Casino, but not the ones you’ve grown accustomed to hearing at this time of year.

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UNDEFEATED JUNIOR WELTERWEIGHT Khiary Gray (left) of Worcester, Mass., seen here in his November 2014 bout against Vincent Floyd, looks to keep his unbeaten record and knockout streak intact Friday, Dec. 18th, 2015 at Twin River Casino in Lincoln, R.I., as CES Boxing presents its season-ending “Holiday Bash.” Gray is now 10-0 with 8 KOs and has knocked out each of his last seven opponents, six in the opening round. Dec. 18th will be Gray’s 11th professional bout in 18 months since turning pro in June of 2014.

Following another successful season of toe-to-toe fights, epic main events and a surplus of rising stars as the preeminent combat sports promoter in the northeast, CES Boxing is closing out 2015 the only way it knows how, with a holiday party guaranteed to leave fight fans in the giving spirit.

CES Boxing returns to its home base at Twin River on Friday, Dec. 18th, 2015 with its year-end “Holiday Bash,” featuring 11 action-packed bouts, live entertainment and a special appearance by jolly Ol’ St. Nick himself. 

“This is more than just another boxing event,” CES president Jimmy Burchfield Sr. said. “It’s a party, and we want our fans to celebrate the holiday season with us as a way of giving thanks for another tremendous season of boxing while looking ahead to all the great things we have in store for everyone beginning in 2016.”

The Dec. 18th event will be held in conjunction with the Toys For Tots Foundation. All fans in attendance are encouraged to bring an unwrapped toy, which can be left in the collection boxes conveniently located in Twin River’s Interactive Fan Zone (West Lobby).

“Enjoy this night,” Burchfield Sr. said. “Celebrate with us. Wear red, green and white. We want everyone to feel the holiday spirit from the moment that first bell rings up until the final bout of the evening.”

 

Three of New England’s top prospects headline the “Holiday Bash,” starting with unbeaten Worcester, Mass., junior middleweight Khiary Gray (10-0, 8 KOs), who has now won each of his last seven fights by knockout; fellow junior middleweight Jimmy Williams (9-0-1, 5 KOs) of New Haven, Conn., in his Twin River debut; and the long-awaited return of Lowell, Mass., middleweight “Irish” Joey McCreedy (15-8-2, 6 KOs).

Tickets are priced at $40.00, $75.00 and $125.00 (VIP) and available for purchase online at www.cesboxing.com or www.twinriver.com, 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.

As an added bonus, the Dec. 18th “Holiday Bash” also features a live performance by Grammy nominated recording artist Karina Pasian of New York City, plus the induction of former CES ring announcer and current Brockton, Mass., Mayor Bill Carpenter into the CES Ring of Honor.

Whose bell will be rung first on Dec. 18th? Lately, it’s been whoever has stood toe-to-toe with Gray, the rising knockout artist and reigning Universal Boxing Federation (UBF) Northeast Junior Middleweight Champion looking for another victory as he continues his unprecedented run of 11 bouts in just 18 months as a professional.

Gray hasn’t gone the distance since his third pro fight in November of 2014. His fourth bout began a streak of six consecutive wins by first-round knockout. That streak ended in October when South Carolina’s Kevin Cooper took him to the second round, but the fight ended shortly thereafter with another knockout win by Gray, making it seven in a row via stoppage in the past 13 months.

Whoever stands opposite Gray on Dec. 18th hopes to do what no fighter has done in more than a year while Gray is aiming to defend his title and extend his knockout streak.

“I’m just happy to fight again and looking forward to going 11-0,” Gray said. “You guys won’t want to miss it. Someone’s getting knocked out and it’s not going to be me.”

In just a short amount of time, Gray has risen from distinguished amateur to sought-after professional, one of the most feared fighters in the northeast, but he’s not the only 154-pounder turning heads in New England. Williams, a former college football player turned boxer, ends a 10-month layoff and puts his unbeaten record on the line in his Twin River debut.

The New Haven junior middleweight suffered a right thumb injury during his knockout win over Eddie Caminero in February, but stayed in the gym and continued to work on his strength and conditioning throughout his recovery. Dec. 18th marks the third time both Williams and Gray will appear on the same card, perhaps another precursor to a potential showdown between the two in what would be one of the most highly-anticipated New England fights in recent memory.

For now, Williams is simply looking to get past Dec. 18th as he continues to balance life both in and outside of the ring; in addition to his career as a professional boxer, Williams is also an elementary school teacher at Forest Hill in West Haven and is also the West Haven High School freshman football coach, a perfect fit given his stint as a defensive back at Southern Connecticut State University.

Also making his long-awaited return to the ring is McCreedy, the most seasoned of the three Dec. 18th headliners. Since his last bout in September of 2014 against Rich Gingras, McCreedy has battled and conquered personal issues outside of the ring and rededicated himself to his conditioning, dropping from 175 pounds in his most recent fight to 160 for his six-round bout on the 18th against Texas’ Emmanuel Sanchez (6-4, 1 KO).

The undercard of the “Holiday Bash” features more of New England’s rising stars, including undefeated Worcester super lightweight Freddy Sanchez (6-0, 5 KOs), CES’ most recent signing, who puts his record on the line against dangerous New York vet Sidney Maccow (4-3, 3 KOs) in a six-round bout.

Providence, R.I., natives Phil Dudley and Cido Hoff, fighting out of Rhode Island’s 401 Boxing, make their professional debuts in separate four-round bouts; Dudley faces Lawrence, Mass., lightweight Jacob Solis (1-1) and Hoff battles unbeaten super featherweight Timmy Ramos (2-0, 2 KOs) of Framingham, Mass., whom Hoff faced twice as an amateur.

Marlboro, Mass., super featherweight Julio Perez (2-0) aims for his third win of the year against former Greater Lowell Golden Gloves standout Josh Bourque of Salem, N.H., in Bourque’s professional debut and New Bedford, Mass., junior welterweight Ray Oliveira Jr. (3-0, 1 KO) battles 34-fight Brockton vet Antonio Fernandes. Both are four-round bouts. 

Pawtucket, R.I., vet and fan-favorite Eddie Soto (12-9, 4 KOs) makes his Rhode Island homecoming in a four-round bout, his first fight in his home state since 2012, and Albanian middleweight Fatlum Zhuta (1-0-1, 1 KO) of Alaska makes his Twin River debut, also a four-round bout. 

For more information the Dec. 18th “Holiday Bash” visit www.cesboxing.com, follow @CESBOXING on Twitter and Instagram and “like” the official CES Boxing Facebook fan page.

 

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Monday 7 December 2015 

Hockey legend Luciana Aymar announced as an Ambassador for Buenos Aires 2018 

International Olympic Committee (IOC) today announced Argentinian hockey legend Luciana Aymar as an Ambassador for the Youth Olympic Games Buenos Aires 2018, which will take place between 1 and 12 October 2018. 

The four-time Olympic medallist and eight-time FIH Player of the Year got off to a flying start in her role by participating in two days of activities to support the local Organising Committee in its mission to “bring sport to the people”. On Friday she started by hosting a hockey skills clinic at the Madre del Pueblo Club with 350 budding hockey players from the south of the city – an area of Buenos Aires targeted by the local government in need of urban regeneration. Assisted by Argentinian Youth Olympic hockey players, who claimed bronze at Nanjing 2014, together they spent several hours teaching essential hockey skills, giving advice and chatting with the youngsters. 

In collaboration with the International Hockey Federation, on Saturday Luciana made a guest appearance in the lead-up to the opening match between Great Britain and Argentina at the Hockey World League final in Rosario, north of Buenos Aires. To an ecstatic crowd, Luciana gave a brief speech about her new role and what it means to have the Youth Olympic Games in her home country. 

“Being named as an Ambassador for the 2018 Youth Olympic Games in my home country, Argentina, is simply awesome! Buenos Aires is an unbelievably passionate sports city and I’m so excited to be part of such a special occasion. One thing I can guarantee is that everyone coming here for the YOG will have a truly life-changing experience.”  

She added: “I hope that in my role as an Ambassador and by sharing all of my amazing experiences from hockey, I will be able to inspire young people, not only in terms of sport, but also as human beings. Many of the youngsters coming to Buenos Aires will be starting out in their sports careers – some may go on to become Olympians, whilst others may go on to pursue other careers. Regardless of their future, the Olympic spirit that they will experience here in Buenos Aires will teach them all valuable life lessons. I’m sure that each and every athlete lucky enough to participate in the 2018 YOG will embrace this spirit and in doing so provide inspiration to many others in their own unique ways, whichever path they choose.” 

Luciana has been chosen by the IOC to inspire young people through the Youth Olympic Games platforms to get active and enjoy sport. She is the youngest Argentinian athlete to play for the national hockey team, the only player in history to win FIH Player of the Year eight times and has been nicknamed “The Magician” (“La Maga”) for her impressive skills on the pitch that have compared her to footballer Diego Maradona.  

The IOC chooses athletes for each edition of the Youth Olympic Games (YOG). Sporting legends such as Usain Bolt, Michael Phelps, Michelle Wie, Yelena Isinbaeva, Chad le Clos and Yao Ming have supported previous summer YOGs. The promotional campaigns are shared with the 50 million fans the IOC has on its social media channels.

 

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 The 46th Annual New Jersey Boxing Hall of Fame Induction and Award Ceremonies was a Huge Success!!

On Thursday evening, November 12, 2015, the New Jersey Boxing Hall of Fame held it’s 46th Annual Dinner and Induction Ceremonies at the beautiful Venetian, located at 546 River Drive, Garfield, New Jersey starting at 7:00 p.m.

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

John Brown, USBA super featherweight title & NABF super featherweight title, fought World Title fights against Shane Mosley, Diego Corrales & Steve Forbes twice. He also fought Miguel Cotto, Lamont Peterson, Angel Manfredy, Jesus Chavez and stopped Gabriel Ruelas.

NJBHOFDSC_5989-800x523Valentin Contreras, former New Jersey & Regional Amateur Champion. Current International Boxing Commissioner for all Dominican fighters outside Dominican Republic, trainer, etc.

George Hill, Boxing judge since the 1980’s, who judged Gatti/Ward 2 & 3, Plus many World title holders such as Pernell Whitaker, Livingstone Bramble, Terry Norris, Tracy Harris Patterson, Sven Ottke, Charles Brewer, Bernard Hopkins, Ronald Wright, David Tua, Hasim Rahman, Michael Weaver, Jesse James Leija, Wladimir Klitschko vs. Samuel Peter, Arthur Abraham, Miguel Cotto, Antonio Margarito vs. Kermit Cintron, Joshua Clottey vs. Zab Judah, Lucian Bute vs. Edison Miranda, Mikey Garcia, Bryant Jennings, Lamont Peterson vs. Amir Khan

Micky Ward (L) with Oscar De La Hoya (R)

Micky Ward (L) with Oscar De La Hoya (R)

Bill Johnson, Boxing Trainer who he has worked with everyone from former world champions such as his son Leavander, Dwight Muhammad Qawi, Bruce Seldon and Carl “The Truth” Williams.

Andre Kut, Boxing Promoter, he started off as an Amateur Boxer, then trainer, manager and then promoter. Kut’s company, KEA Boxing, was first formed in 1992 to train and manage boxers, then he changed direction in 2004 to concentrate on promoting boxing events. He has kept boxing a live in New Jersey by running many club shows throughout the state.

Curtis Parker, USBA middleweight title, rated as high as #6 in the World back in the early 1980’s. Holds wins over Willie Monroe, Elisha Obed, Mike Colbert, Frank Fletcher & Ricky Stackhouse. He also lost 2 close decisions against Mustafa Hamsho. He also fought John Mugabi, Wilford Scypion, Alex Ramos, Michael Olajide, Frank Tate & Michael Nunn.

Daryl Peoples, the President of the International Boxing Federation (IBF) since May of 2010. Daryl has appeared on the Boxing Digest 50 most influential people in boxing list and has appeared on the boxing power index for the past 2 years.

Mark Taffet, an influential part of HBO fight game – Pay-per-view Marksman. HBO’s senior vice president of sports operations and pay-per-view. The title means Taffet is the primary man responsible for distributing and marketing matches that typically cost fight fans between an additional $40 and $50 to watch. The Rutgers graduate gets his hands much dirtier than that, however, and has thus long been one of the sport’s most anonymous-yet-influential power brokers.

Donald Trump, during the 1980’s Atlantic City was the capital of the Boxing World and Donald Trump had a lot to do with it, including many of Mike Tyson fights.

Micky Ward The Ring Magazine named three of Ward’s bouts Fight of the Year:·, all you have to say is Arturo Gatti. Their 3 fights were among the top trilogies in boxing history.
Micky Ward vs. Emanuel Augustus (2001)
Micky Ward vs. Arturo Gatti I (2002)
Micky Ward vs. Arturo Gatti III (2003)

NJBHOFDSC_6113-800x584Dave Weinberg, produced a number of award-winning features and investigative pieces such as a story about mismatches in boxing. As far as awards are concerned, Dave been honored eight times in the last 13 years by the Boxing Writer’s Association of America in their national writing contest now known as the Bernies. He is also a voter for the International Boxing Hall of Fame.

Henry Hascup with Oscar De La Hoya, Randy Gordon, Larry Hazzard

Henry Hascup with Oscar De La Hoya, Randy Gordon, Larry Hazzard

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Bouie Fisher, Boxing Trainer who trained Bernard Hopkins. He also trained Ivan Robinson and was a part of his two epic fights with Arturo Gatti. He also briefly trained Hasim Rohman along with other countless fighters in the Philadelphia area.

Kevin Smith, Up and coming Light Heavyweight who fought a draw against Mike Quarry only to have his life cut short just 2 months later.

Harry Wiley, Boxing Trainer who trained Sugar Ray Robinson throughout most of his career. He also helped train Henry Armstrong and was the trainer for Muhammad Ali when he fought Jimmy Ellis.

Also, the NEW JERSEY BOXING HALL OF FAME will be honoring their Senior Amateur, Junior Olympic Amateur & Professional Boxers of the Year as well as the Amateur Official & Coach of the Year Plus our “2015 Man of the Year”.

 

SAVE THE DATE   2016 INDUCTION WEEKEND JUNE 24, 25 &26,  TAMPA, FLA for the FLORIDA BOXING HALL OF FAME

Part 2 of comments by those in attendance during the June 2015 Induction weekend

The Florida Boxing Hall of Fame is not yet a ‘physical’ place, but for each and every person in attendance the FBHOF holds a special place in our hearts.  In addition to the impact the weekend held for inductees, our sponosrs, attendees, guest, and board members also shared some insights:

  • James ‘Smitty’ Smith, “This has been another fantastic year.  It seems this ship runs smoother every year.  For me it always emotional to come from the International Hall of Fame to here, my home state, my extended family.”
  • Enrique Encinosa, “This is always a family reunion.  Most of our inductees have been around for decades.  We’ve known each other since we were young, or younger.  There is a sense of family based on our state rather than national or international.  In our Hall of Fame there is sense of both family and fame.  This Hall of Fame celebrates the famous and the not so famous who have been at it a long time and made an impact in this sport.”
  • Steve Canton, FBHOF Vice-President, “It’s always a special time.  The Hall of Fame is the highlight of the year.  This is what it’s about – people!” 
  • Pinklon Thomas, “This weekend is a highlight of my year.  It’s glorious.  To me it’s like waking up and seeing the green grass and the bright sunshine.  This is a bright, happy, glorious weekend.”
  • Bob Alexander, FBHOF Board Member, “It becomes more and more amazing each year.  It never stops getting better.  This year, our weekend was broadcast live around the world!  That’s impressive growth.”
  • Don Cogswell, “When I was inducted in last year’s class it was a highlight of my life.  This year has been another great year, enjoying all the festivities.  I love the seminars – the sharing of knowledge.  This year it was great to present along with Steve, Tommy, and Enrique.  I’m appreciative to be a part of this.”
  • Tuto Zubolo, “The Hall of Fame is incredible.  I’ve been involved since the beginning.  The Hall of Fame has taken gigantic steps – it’s like progressing in dog years.  It doesn’t seem that we’ve only been at this 7-years, it seems more like 7×7.  Each year great steps have been taken.  It’s amazing and great to be a part of it.” 
  • Alan Fields, “High quality inductees in each and every category has brought great respect to the Hall of Fame and is one of the reasons for the great growth we see in the organization.”
  • Fransisco Arreola, “The ability to share the Hall of Fame worldwide this year is great!  We are worldwide.  It was great to be part of the broadcast.”
  • Don Balas,“It’s meeting compadres.”
  • Alex Levin,  “A happy time to celebrate fellow referee and judge, Frank Santore and Mike Ross, being rewarded.  It great to see them receive this well-deserved honor.”
  • Rick Bays, “The Hall of Fame is great for Florida.  It’s great for fighters.  It’s great for all involved.  I admire Butch and Kathy Flansburg; they’ve done something great here.  They had a vision and put it into action.  Our Hall of Fame makes me proud of Florida.”
  • Tommy Torino, “As always, this weekend is wonderful because of the people.  This is all about the people.  And, it’s not simply about what we accomplished, we’ve all been their and done that.  It’s about us getting together to celebrate people – real people, not the window-dressing.”
  • Dwaine Simpson, “When the Hall of Fame donated $500 to our amateur college and intercollegiate club this year, and then Jimmy Resnick doubling that amount, that’s special.  That really touched me.”
  • Kathy Flansburg,  FBHOF Executive Board Member and CFO, “Everybody had a great time, that’s a highlight.  The gift we were able to present to Dwaine, and to have it doubled by Jimmy Resnick, that’s a positive.  Our being able to create an event that celebrates and gives the opportunity for old friends to visit and talk, that’s important to me.
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  • SARTONK DESIGNNot Just Makers of Boxing Belts, SARTONK Promotes Literacy and Social Contribution
  • By Kim ConstantinesThere’s an angelic quality and mystifying attraction to behind-the-scenes work.It’s almost fitting then that the founder and president of Union City, New Jersey based SARTONK, the originator of the modern boxing belt, is a magician.Edward Majian’s sleight of hand has enabled him to relate to the work that fighters put in well before they hoist iconic SARTONK belts above their heads.“Boxing is very much about achieving the impossible,” Edward said. “That’s something that resonates with me because as a magician, the thing that made me most passionate about magic was performing things that showed us that, that which is perceived to be impossible may just be a matter of perspective. In boxing, it’s about overcoming barriers that are seemingly impossible.”
    A SARTONK Championship Belt

    A SARTONK Championship Belt

    Technically speaking, SARTONK started five years ago when Edward performed possibly his biggest “trick” by reviving his grandfather’s legacy with the help of his wife and SARTONK’s executive manager and director of community affairs, Hasmig Tatiossian.

    Edward’s grandfather, Ardash Sahaghian, 92, and grandmother, Nazeli, have been making title belts for over 40 years for the WBA (World Boxing Association), WBO (World Boxing Organization), IBO (International Boxing Organization), and IBF (International Boxing Federation).

    Edward knew the business well because he was raised by his grandparents.

    “My mom and my dad were never really in my life,” Edward said. “They split before I was a year old, and both of them for different reasons were not a part of my life. My grandparents raised me basically from the time I came back from the hospital after being born. The way I describe them is they were the two angels that kind of caught me where I could have fallen into who knows what.”

    Long before they took Edward on as their “son,” Ardash and Nazeli immigrated to the United States in the 1960’s from Romania. Both of Armenian descent, they escaped communism, where Ardash was once tortured in a prison camp. They traveled to both South Africa and Brazil before finally settling in New Jersey.

    Ardash started working in Weehaken for Phil Valentino, a huge boxing fan and jewelry store owner. He helped Valentino make title belts for the up and coming boxing organizations. Ardash was a skilled jeweler and leather craftsman, so he was perfect for the job. So perfect in fact, that Valentino gave Ardash the proverbial keys to the belt-making side of the business. Over the years, almost every major boxing champion has worn a belt that was made by Ardash and accentuated by Nazeli’s delicate touch.

    Edward had no intention of getting involved in the family business despite helping his grandparents in the shop when he was young. Early on, he had his sights set on magic. In college, he got heavily involved with studying social justice and philosophy.

    Joseph Rinaldi receiving the 1st Annual Muhammad Ali-Martin Luther King Jr. Award for Boxing excellence sponsored by SARTONK - The Maker of Championship Belts

    Joseph Rinaldi receiving the 1st Annual Muhammad Ali-Martin Luther King Jr. Award for Boxing excellence sponsored by SARTONK – The Maker of Championship Belts

    Hasmig, meanwhile, moved to New Jersey from California to start an internship at the Elizabeth Coalition for Health and Wellness, where she wrote curriculum for a homeless and economically disadvantaged children’s camp.

    “That summer we just happened to serendipitously meet through a friend of a friend,” Hasmig said. “Somebody that I had just met asked what the origin of my name was, and I said it’s Armenian. He said ‘Oh, I know one other Armenian person.’ As the night developed, he said ‘You have to meet this guy.’ He called Ed and put me on the phone. We talked and Ed came to the bar we were at, and the rest of history.”

    Edward and Hasmig decided to spend three months in Armenia in 2008 as part of a volunteer program for people of Armenian descent who had not yet visited the country, and wanted to immerse themselves directly into their heritage. Edward worked with the Red Cross to create curriculum for children who are grandchildren of refugees from the war. He used his background to promote lessons that focused on non-violent communication. Hasmig worked for a women’s resource center that helps empower and educate woman, which corresponded nicely with her master’s level thesis.

    While they were in Armenia, they kept up with the news of the U.S. economy collapsing. As banks were failing and companies were tanking, Edward and Hasmig came back to an economy that was at an all-time low. They also came back to find that Ardash’s business and legacy were in jeopardy due in large part to a language barrier.

    Edward had been a bit disconnected from the business because he started performing magic at 12 years old. Again, that was his passion in life and he didn’t foresee getting involved in belt making.

    “When I came back, he had told me that things were not going well,” Edward said of his grandfather. “He had kind of been hiding it from me because he didn’t want me to get involved. He didn’t want to impose it on me.”

    Edward and Hasmig got on the computer and started digging around to find out why there had been such a large decline in business.

    “We found out that there were people claiming originality on his designs,” Edward said. “He had no voice essentially to communicate himself and to get recognition. At the time, virtually no one knew who the designer was of these immaculate, very intricate belts. It was completely taken for granted and there were a number of con artists and frauds claiming to be the original makers of these belts. That was nauseating to me. He hadn’t had proper representation.”

    As other people were trying to rewrite the history of the belts so that they could establish their own businesses on false terms, Edward started SARTONK so that he could preserve his grandfather’s dignity and give him the recognition that he deserved.

    “In a way, the founding of this small business is an experiment in social justice in the sense that I wanted to create a company that allows the marketplace to choose authenticity,” Edward said. “I also wanted to create a company that championed social contribution.”

    In regards to that, SARTONK started a literacy program, which features the Ali-King Award.

    The Ali-King Award is an essay writing contest open to 17 to 22-year-old boxers or boxing enthusiasts in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. The contest was named after Martin Luther King, Jr. and Muhammad Ali, and it is unique in that it is sponsored by all but one of the major sanctioned bodies in boxing. The contest prides itself on encouraging youth to explore their own social contributions through boxing and writing.

    L to R - Edward S. Majian, Hasmig Tatiossian, Joseph Rinaldi, Jeanette Salazar

    L to R – Edward S. Majian, Hasmig Tatiossian, Joseph Rinaldi, Jeanette Salazar

    “Hasmig and I both as young students in academics had opportunities to enter essay contests, go to conferences, and speak at conferences,” Edward said. “We recognize the value of doing those kinds of things such as improving your writing skills, improving your comprehension, and having opportunities to do public speaking.”

    Contestants may choose the topic of their essay based on five categories: Autobiographical, Ali and King, The Role of Champions, Women in Boxing, and Materialism and Meaning.

    “The point of the contest isn’t to write an essay for the sake of writing an essay,” Hasmig said. “The point is to get the youth to think critically about their own lives and whether that’s through the lens of thinking about a champion or a figure like Martin Luther King. The bottom line is to reflect about their own lives and to see the role that boxing plays in their lives. We also want them to think about the historic role of boxing. Boxing has been the sport of the oppressed. How do they figure into that history?”

    The essays are reviewed by a committee of judges with three winners being selected and presented with Ali-King statues (made by SARTONK) at an awards ceremony at world-famous Gleason’s Gym in Brooklyn. The first-place winner receives a training session at Gleason’s and lunch with a former World Champion in addition to his or her statue.

    Most of the entries for the annual contest have come from females. Despite calling over 100 gyms in the Tri-State area at least twice, Edward and Hasmig have not received as many essay submissions as they initially hoped for.

    “We’re having trouble getting a lot of entries because these are youth that have the most problems with literacy,” Edward said. “Although they have incredibly reach, deep stories, they’re intimidated by the written word.”

    “The challenge is in getting boxing trainers to support this,” Edward added. “A lot of boxing trainers themselves were at-risk youth who grew up and had a meaningful life through boxing, but did it without much formal education. For the trainers themselves, writing an essay isn’t that much of an intuitive thing, so passing it on to the youth is kind of hard to imagine.”

    Boxing, like most sports, is a phenomenal metaphor for life.

    “The reason why I think the Rocky movies became such a huge success is because boxing speaks directly to that part of every one of us that wants to strive despite adversity,” Edward said. “A lot of the people in this essay contest for instance have something that’s keeping them down. They have a missing parent, maybe two missing parents, a rough neighborhood, or they don’t think that they can go to college. When boxers get in the ring and face each other, sure there’s two people going up against one another, but really, it’s the boxers going in there to face themselves. They go in there to be the best version of themselves as they can be. When they go into that ring, they’re facing their missed workouts, their failed diets, their lack of commitment just as much as much as they’re facing the other person. Boxing is very much about getting up and doing the best that you can.”

    To dig even deeper, Hasmig explained how each round of a boxing match is just a condensed version of life.

    “If we look really carefully at each round, we can detect the psychological development each fighter is going through,” Hasmig said. “When is that moment that they lost confidence? When is that moment when they became overconfident and as a result, took at hit because they were overconfident? When does that positive affirmation when they do something right become the positive perpetual cycle and they keep winning? You have these micro experiences within every fight that really are a reflection of what life is about. What does it take to get us down and what is it going to take to bring us back up?”

    As Edward and Hasmig went from scholars and social activists to business people in the boxing world, they didn’t lose their original identity or their passions. It was just a lesson and a progression in redirecting them.

    It’s clear that their ultimate purpose is to contribute to society and seek out more purpose all while honoring the family legacy.

    That kind of behind-the-scenes work is more than just sleight-of-hand. It’s perspective and ultimately, it’s true magic.

    The City of Bayonne Gifts

    Chuck Wepner Commemorative

    Boxing Belt made by SARTONK

  • Saturday, March 21 marked a special day for the City of Bayonne and Chuck Wepner, as the 75 year old boxer was recognized for his accomplishments in professional boxing. Wepner was born and raised in Bayonne, and reached a pinnacle in his career when he was given the opportunity to fight Muhammad Ali in 1975. Attended by two hundred guests, including former boxing World Champions, the event, held at the Bayonne Community Museum, also celebrated art and legacy.  Ardash Sahaghian, the NJ Boxing Hall of Fame inductee who is responsible for designing most of the championship belts used today was also in attendance with his wife. Bayonne had commissioned SARTONK to make a special belt to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Ali v. Wepner fight — a gift that was kept a tight secret until the event. After congratulatory remarks from Bayonne Mayor Jimmy Davis, Edward S. Majian, President of SARTONK and Ardash Sahaghian’s grandson, was invited to present the belt.
    Chuck Wepner holds up his belt made by SARTNONK - commissioned by Bayonne, NJ

    Chuck Wepner holds up his belt made by SARTNONK – commissioned by Bayonne, NJ

     Today, we’re celebrating a man who fought Muhammad Ali. But that’s not the crux of what he did, and it’s not enough to give us a life lesson. No, this man’s fight began long before that meeting with Ali. This is a man who made adjustments and went the distance. Fought every round and never said no,” said Majian.

     So long as we do not quit, there is no ending, there is no losing. And so, in contemplating this belt, this day, this idea, it’s truly a contemplation about going the distance, making adjustments, and building. It’s about coming from Hudson County. And, today, emerging from Bayonne,” he ended.

     Majian and Mrs. Wepner handed the belt to the former boxer, who proudly held it above his head to the cheers of an enthusiastic crowd.

     A large-scale painted mural of Chuck Wepner, created by local artists Nicholas Macchia and Nestor Uraga, was also revealed.

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    Presidential Candidate

    Donald Trump leads class of 2015

    New Jersey Boxing Hall of Fame Inductees

    By Henry Hascup

    On Thursday evening, November 12, 2015, the New Jersey Boxing Hall of Fame will hold it’s 46th Annual Dinner and Induction Ceremonies at the beautiful Venetian, located at 546 River Drive, Garfield, New Jersey starting at 7:00p.m. Tickets are priced at ONLY $85.00 per person. Fourteen (14) of Boxing’s finest will be inducted in the New Jersey Boxing Hall of Fame, and they are as follows:

    John Brown, USBA super featherweight title & NABF super featherweight title, fought World Title fights against Shane Mosley, Diego Corrales & Steve Forbes twice. He also fought Miguel Cotto, Lamont Peterson, Angel Manfredy, Jesus Chavez and stopped Gabriel Ruelas.

    Valentin Contreras, former New Jersey & Regional Amateur Champion. Current International Boxing Commissioner for all Dominican fighters outside Dominican Republic, trainer, etc.

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    Presidential Candidate and 2015 NJ Boxing hall of Fame Inductee Donald Trump

    George Hill, Boxing judge since the 1980’s, who judged Gatti/Ward 2 & 3, Plus many World title holders such as Pernell Whitaker, Livingstone Bramble, Terry Norris, Tracy Harris Patterson, Sven Ottke, Charles Brewer, Bernard Hopkins, Ronald Wright, David Tua, Hasim Rahman, Michael Weaver, Jesse James Leija, Wladimir Klitschko vs. Samuel Peter, Arthur Abraham, Miguel Cotto, Antonio Margarito vs. Kermit Cintron, Joshua Clottey vs. Zab Judah, Lucian Bute vs. Edison Miranda, Mikey Garcia, Bryant Jennings, Lamont Peterson vs. Amir Khan

    Bill Johnson, Boxing Trainer who he has worked with everyone from former world champions such as his son Leavander, Dwight Muhammad Qawi, Bruce Seldon and Carl “The Truth” Williams.

    Andre Kut, Boxing Promoter, he started off as an Amateur Boxing, then trainer, manager and then promoter. Kut’s company, KEA Boxing, was first formed in 1992 to train and manage boxers, then he changed direction in 2004 to concentrate on promoting boxing events. He has kept boxing a live in New Jersey by running many club shows throughout the state.

    Curtis Parker, USBA middleweight title, rated as high as #6 in the World back in the early 1980’s. Holds wins over Willie Monroe, Elisha Obed, Mike Colbert, Frank Fletcher & Ricky Stackhouse. He also lost 2 close decisions against Mustafa Hamsho. He also fought John Mugabi, Wilford Scypion, Alex Ramos, Michael Olajide, Frank Tate & Michael Nunn.

    Daryl Peoples, the President of the International Boxing Federation (IBF) since May of 2010. Daryl has appeared on the Boxing Digest 50 most influential people in boxing list and has appeared on the boxing power index for the past 2 years.

    Mark Taffet, an influential part of HBO fight game – Pay-per-view Marksman. HBO’s senior vice president of sports operations and pay-per-view. The title means Taffet is the primary man responsible for distributing and marketing matches that typically cost fight fans between an additional $40 and $50 to watch. The Rutgers graduate gets his hands much dirtier than that, however, and has thus long been one of the sport’s most anonymous-yet-influential power brokers.Donald Trump Boxing

    Donald Trump, during the 1980’s Atlantic City was the capital of the Boxing World and Donald Trump had a lot to do with it, including many of Mike Tyson fights.

    Micky Ward, all you have to say is Arturo Gatti. Their 3 fights were among the top trilogies in boxing history. ? The Ring Magazine named three of Ward’s bouts Fight of the Year:

    Micky Ward vs. Emanuel Augustus (2001)

    Micky Ward vs. Arturo Gatti I (2002)

    Micky Ward vs. Arturo Gatti III (2003)

    Dave Weinberg, produced a number of award-winning features and investigative pieces such as a story about mismatches in boxing. As far as awards are concerned, Dave been honored eight times in the last 13 years by the Boxing Writer’s Association of America in their national writing contest now known as the Bernies. He is also a voter for the International Boxing Hall of Fame.

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    Bouie Fisher, Boxing Trainer who trained Bernard Hopkins. He also trained Ivan Robinson and was a part of his two epic fights with Arturo Gatti. He also briefly trained Hasim Rohman along with other countless fighters in the Philadelphia area.

    Kevin Smith, Up and coming Light Heavyweight who fought a draw against Mike Quarry only to have his life cut short just 2 months later.

    Harry Wiley, Boxing Trainer who trained Sugar Ray Robinson throughout most of his career. He also helped train Henry Armstrong and was the trainer for Muhammad Ali when he fought Jimmy Ellis.

    Also, the NEW JERSEY BOXING HALL OF FAME will be honoring their Senior Amateur, Junior Olympic Amateur & Professional Boxers of the Year as well as the Amateur Official & Coach of the Year Plus our “2015 Man of the Year”.

     

 

Klitschko

Klitschko-Fury rescheduled for November 28th

WBA/IBF/WBO heavyweight champion champion Wladimir Klitschko will defend his titles against Tyson Fury on November 28 at ESPRIT arena in Düsseldorf. Tickets keep their validity. Originally scheduled on October 24th the fight has been postponed due to an injury of Wladimir Klitschko. After a comprehensive medical examination, the champion has been given a green light today for the fight to proceed at the end of November. My injury will heal quickly enough for me to enter the ring on November 28. I will promptly continue my training camp preparations and, of course, I am very happy to still be fighting this year, especially for my fans who have already bought their tickets,” said Klitschko.

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Twenty-three-year-old Puerto Rican bantamweight Emmanuel “Manny” Rodriguez has signed with famed manager and adviser Al Haymon, and will be promoted by Warriors Boxing Promotions.

09/29/2015. The undefeated prospect (13-0, 9 KOs) is a three-year pro who most recently fought in August, winning the vacant WBA Fedelatin bantamweight title by knocking out Alex Rangel in the seventh. As an amateur, Rodriguez took the silver at the 2010 Youth World Amateur Boxing Championships, becoming the second Puerto Rican in a row to win a medal in the flyweight division. The island’s flag-bearer at the inaugural Youth Olympic Games, which also took place in 2010, he became that event’s first flyweight champ. Rodriguez is sixth-ranked by the WBA.

Manny will have his U.S. debut on November 25 in Hialeah, Florida, against an opponent who has yet to be named. The fight will air on ESPN.

“For me, it is a dream come true, fighting on ESPN,” says Rodriguez. “I want to be very impressive.”

Says manager Juan Orengo, “Emmanuel is an exceptional talent and signing with Warriors and Al Haymon will propel his career to a world title in a very short time.”

McDonnell Says He’ll KO Kameda

By Robert Ecksel 09/02/2015

When they fought on May 9 at the State Farm Arena in Hidalgo, Texas, WBA World bantamweight champion Jamie McDonnell (26-2-1, 12 KOs), from Doncaster, Yorkshire, United Kingdom, decisioned Tomoki Kameda (31-1, 19 KOs), from Tokyo, Japan, after 12 rounds of action. It was a tough fight. McDonnell was down in the third. The decision was unanimous but it was close. All three judges scored it 114-113.

But when they rematch Sunday afternoon at the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas, this time McDonnell is leaving nothing to chance.

“We know each other inside out because we’ve done 12 rounds,” says McDonnell. “I can’t be sloppy. I’ve got to stay focused. I’ve got to forget the first fight because he’s going to bring his A-game to the table and it could be a totally different fight to the first one. I think it will be a fast paced fight. I started too slowly last time so I don’t want that to happen again. I believe I will stop him late. I took him into the trenches last time but I didn’t put it on him enough. I think I will make that big statement and then move up.”

McDonnell has his eye on WBA World super bantamweight champion Scott Quigg.

“I’d love the Scott Quigg fight,” he says. “That would be a massive night. I’ve already proved that I belong at the elite level and it’s only four pounds. It’s not a massive difference and I am a big bantamweight. I feel I am hitting harder, I’ve been working on my power in the gym and I feel it’s going to pay off. I am really looking forward to this one. I feel I have a lot to prove still even though I am a two-time world champion. But we’re here and we’ve settled quickly and I am just going to soak it all up and I really feel that I am going to destroy Kameda on Sunday.”

“I started too slowly last time so I don’t want that to happen again. I will stop him late.” (Photo: Premier Boxing Champions)

 

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Trick or Treat: Verdejo Returns on Halloween

10/08/2015

Kissimmee, FL (October 5, 2015) – Fans get a special treat on Halloween, when Felix “El Diamante” Verdejo returns to make his second defense of the World Boxing Organization (WBO) Latino Lightweight championship against Brazil’s Josenilson Dos Santos (27-3, 17 KOs) at the Osceola Heritage Park’s exhibition center. The rising Puerto Rican star made the announcement at the Kissimmee Boxing gym during a jam-packed public workout. 

In addition to the title he won in April by scoring a fifth-round stoppage of Marco Antonio Lopez, Verdejo (18-0, 13 KOs) will risk his undefeated record against the veteran Dos Santos in the main event of a “Solo Boxeo Tecate” card on the Spanish-language network UniMas. Presented by Top Rank in association with All Star Boxing, the fight will air at 11 p.m. ET/PT. 

“I’m very happy to return to the same place where fans have treated me so well before,” said Verdejo, who’s scored knockout wins in all three of his previous fights in the Sunshine State. “I want Florida to be one of the main places I fight, along with Puerto Rico and New York. I want to give them all that love back with a big win on October 31.” 

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Repeat Performance: Mosley KOs Mayorga

Shane Mosley was phenomenal in the day: world class, pound-for-pound, a deserving marquee fighter. Saturday night the Forum in Inglewood, California, former three-division champion Shane Mosley (48-9-1, 40 KOs), from Pomona, California, KO’d former two-division champion Ricardo Mayorga (31-9-1, 25 KOs), from Managua, Nicaragua, at 2:59 of the sixth round.

They first fought in September 2009 when Mosley stopped Mayorga in the final second of the final round to win the vacant WBA Inter-Continental super welterweight title.

Much has happened since then. Both fighters have slid. But Mayorga has slid further and faster.

At the age of 43, Mosley, by stopping a 41-year-old who’d rather smoke, drink, and fornicate than train, might think he has a future in the sport. Hopkins has done it. So has Archie Moore. But those guys are anomalies, two of a kind, masters who slipped punches the way Mayorga slips a barmaid a Mickey Finn.

Time isn’t on Mosley’s side (whereas time has already caught up with Mayorga). Boxing is and will always be a young man’s sport. Shane may have stung Mayorga in the second. He dropped him to his knees in the sixth. He has silenced Father Time, for the moment. He has silenced Mayorga for a moment as well.

Mosley was phenomenal in his day: world class, pound-for-pound, a deserving marquee fighter. But he has lost a step, perhaps several steps, and there are more steps yet to lose. He has had a lot of fights. He’s had outside the ring distractions. Shane delivered against Mayorga, as promised, but has still lost four of his last seven fights, to Floyd Mayweather in 2010, Manny Pacquiao in 2011, Canelo Alvarez in 2012, and Anthony Mundine this year.

“All the fans wanted to see me fight,” said Mosley after the bout. “I’m glad I was able to put a fight on for them. I think this was a good fight for me. I think I was a C-plus, but I can do better.

SECA Makes Huge Investment to Build Chinese Boxing League

09/04/2015

SHANGHAI (September 4, 2015) — Chinese sports marketing/management company SECA has started a new Chinese professional boxing venture with Las Vegas-based boxing promotion company Top Rank. A new professional boxing league, League of Fists, will officially launch on September 4th.

Sophisticated System

“League of Fists is aiming to build a league that consists of high level boxing matches in order to provide Chinese boxers and boxing fans not only a sophisticated league system but also developing their boxing experience, as well as helping Chinese boxers compete on the international stage.” said Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum, CEO of Top Rank. For the past three years, Arum has been promoting world championship boxing events featuring Chinese boxers ZOU Shiming and YANG Lianhui. He has made a huge contribution to the development of professional boxing in China. These efforts have set a solid foundation in building up professional boxing in mainland China.

Both Top Rank and SECA acknowledge that there are many world class boxers in China. However, Chinese professional boxing lacks a systematic, scheduled, professional platform to allow more and more boxers to grow. As a result, the League of Fists was developed.

The league organizers, Top Rank and SECA, are planning to host two seasons of boxing matches, the first season kicks off on September 4th in the Shanghai Mercedes Benz Arena; the second season is scheduled to begin between March and August in 2016. Every season will be comprised of 23 rounds with 224 matches. There will be 46 rounds and 448 matches annually. Every new season will have 80 boxers participating in eight different weight classes with 10 boxers in every weight level. There will be two rounds during each week of the season, with 20 matches overall in four different weight divisions. The matches will take place on select weekends Friday and Saturday throughout the season.

Huge investment brings world class professional matches

League of Fists has employed world-class production teams. The promotion operations will replicate every production detail of a Las Vegas event.  No detail in staging, lighting, sound and fan experience will be overlooked. The cost of the first season of League is expected to exceed RMB10million.

Additionally, League of Fists has forged a partnership with Shanghai Five-Star Sports, Tencent Sports and CCTV5, enabling full live coverage on TV, online streaming and mobile devices. It will also work with every major traditional media and social media to put on a multi-dimensional promotion to attract a wider fanbase.

WBO Points Certification

League of Fists will include Fists Fight and Fists of Power to form a complete series of matches with the name of the match being registered as trade mark. Boxers will compete with each other in groups (Fists Fight) producing a Final Four with the boxers in each weight division. They will then be in the crossover elimination matches (Fist of Power) to award a champion at each weight level. The champions will be awarded the WBO Greater China Champion by the World Boxing Organization, and they will have the chance to move on to fights in Macau and the USA. The 80 boxers’ results in each round will be calculated and then entered into the points and ranking system of WBO.

Yelieqiati, who paticipates in the first season of League of Fists, expressed that he felt extremely lucky to be one of the boxers selected to participate in the League of Fists. He always wants a prominent stage to show his talents and he wishes to be the champion on the platform of League of Fists.

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http://www.leagueoffist.com/home/index.html

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IBF

Russian’s Denis Shafikov (36-1-1, 13KOs) has a set date for his bout against Rances Barthelemy (23-0, 13KOs) of Cuba.

According to Ural Boxing Promotions, who co-promote Shafikov with Top Rank, they were advised that a date of November 14th was being finalized at a venue in Las Vegas.

Shafikov and Barthelemy will battle for the vacant IBF lightweight championship. The belt was vacated by Mickey Bey who refused to go forward with a bout against Shafikov.

Premier Boxing Champions is being discussed as the television platform for this match. The exact network has yet to be determined.

This will be Shafikov’s second shot at a world title He previously challenged former champion Miguel Vasquez and lost a twelve round decision.

Barthelemy was competing in his last fight as a junior welterweight, where he dominated former champion Antonio DeMarco. Upon receiving news of a title shot opportunity, he announced that he would move down in weight to accept the fight.