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downloadThe 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.”

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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.

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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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May Banner WBO European Super Featherweight champion Evgeny Chuprakov defends title against undefeated Sebastian Tlatlik this Friday in Ekaterinburg, Russia

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WBO European Super Featherweight champion Evgeny Chuprakovwill

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. 

Twin River Casino, located in Lincoln, Rhode Island, is the state’s largest gaming and entertainment venue as well as its top tourist and cultural attraction. Formerly known as Lincoln Park, the renovated facility offers 162,000 square-feet of gaming space with more than 5,000 gaming positions. The casino operates more than 4,200 video slot machines and virtual table games (including blackjack and roulette), as well as 108 live table games including blackjack, roulette, craps, a poker room and more. A great alternative to Connecticut and Massachusetts casinos, this unique gaming facility also hosts simulcasting of the best thoroughbred and greyhound racing from around the country, a 29,000+ square foot Twin River Event Center with headline entertainment, free concerts at the Lighthouse Bar, signature cocktails and premium cigars at Blackstone Cigar Bar, award winning beer and live music at the Shipyard Pub, as well as live comedy & karaoke every weekend at Rhodehouse Live. Home to the incredible Fred & Steve’s Steakhouse, you can have an award-winning steak and seafood dinner, or enjoy the exciting sports bar scene at Wicked Good Bar & Grill, as well as 18 other dining outlets. Twin River offers both smoking (1st Floor) and smoke-free (2nd Floor) casinos. Twin River Casino is situated just 10 minutes from Providence and less than an hour from Boston.

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ROCKY MARTINEZ / VASYL LOMACHENKO
FELIX VERDEJO / BOB ARUM
TO HOST NEWS CONFERENCE ANNOUNCING 
PUERTO RICAN DAY PARADE WEEKEND TITLE FIGHTS
                                                                       
This Thursday!  April 28 at 11:30 A.M. ET
Chase Square at Madison Square Garden
 
 
  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.
 
            For fight updates go to www.toprank.com, or www.hbo.com/boxing
 
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FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION (Media):
 
TOP RANK
Lee Samuels:  702-378-1083 / Lee@toprank.com
Gardy Lopez (Verdejo): 787-246-3668 / GLopez@toprank.com  
Fred Sternburg: 303-548-0707 / TooFred@aol.com
Ed Keenan:  609-399-1330 / Keenan@emcevents.com
  
HBO
Kevin Flaherty:  212-512-5052 / kevin.flaherty@hbo.com
Patrick Byrne: 212-512-1361 / patrick.byrne@hbo.com
 
MADISON SQUARE GARDEN
Larry Torres:  212-631-5178 / Larry.Torres@msg.com
 
MEDIA CREDENTIALS

 

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GENNADY “GGG” GOLOVKIN – DOMINIC WADE

ROMAN GONZALEZ – MCWILLIAMS ARROYO

SATURDAY, APRIL 23 AT THE FABULOUS FORUM

TELEVISED LIVE ON HBO WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING®

 Fight Week Media Schedule

Video of Fight Week Media Events will be Available by Clicking Here!

Video Courtesy K2 Promotions

Wednesday, April 20 – 2 p.m. ET / 11:00 am PT

Los Angeles Media Workouts

Wild Card West Boxing Gym

1630 21st Avenue

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

Watch the Workouts Live Stream – Click Here

To Embed the Stream, Click “Share” then “Embed” under the video

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 

Watch the Final Press Conference Live Stream – Click Here

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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.

 


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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.

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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.

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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

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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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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.


TOP RANK downloadolympic_rings_on_white_206913IOC awards 2018-2024 broadcast rights in New Zealand and Pacific Island Territories

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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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

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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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January 9, 2016.

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

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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 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
 
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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

CES MEDIA ALERT

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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  • Provodnikov seeks vengeance in 2016

    Provodnikov inferno wants another crack at “Fireman” Bradley 

    Siberia, Russia (November 12, 2015)– After his dominant performance this past Saturday when he stopped previously undefeated Jesus Alvarez Rodriguez, former WBO junior welterweight champion, Ruslan Provodnikov is ready for a huge 2016 as he targets the best fighters at junior welterweight & welterweight.

    At the top of his list is WBO Welterweight champion, Timothy Bradley.

    Provodnikov stopped Rodriguez in 4 rounds in the main event at the 7th Edition Monte-Carlo Boxing Bonanza Night of Champions and is looking for the biggest fish to fry as he embarks on the new year.

    The fight was his maiden voyage with new trainer Joel Diaz.

    “This was a good win for me. I felt confident and my defense already felt better. I know that in the next camp things will come together for me and Joel’s training. My goal for next year is to avenge my losses to Lucas Matthysse, Mauricio Herrera, Timothy Bradley and Chris Algieri!”, said Provodnikov.

    Said Diaz, “This was a fight to get him back after the tough fights.  We had a strategy of working on defense and body punches.  He did a little more of that then he did in previous fights.  It will take a couple of fights to get him to where I want.”

    “After the fight he said he wanted to redeem his losses to Matthysse, Bradley and Herrera.  I like that, and there are other opponents such as Danny Garcia.  That would be a great fight because they are both heavy hitters.

    But Bradley is at the top of the list as a rematch of the 2013 Fight of the Year and would be the most desirable fight for the boxing fans.

    Bradley, who was trained for two decades under Diaz, also won on Saturday as he stopped Brandon Rios in 9 rounds under the guidance of new trainer Teddy Atlas.

    “Teddy is a great motivator, and he brings a lot of energy to the corner.”

    One of the memorable moments from Saturday’s Bradley – Rios encounter was a spirited Atlas tirade where he was comparing Bradley to a fireman.

    “Well if Bradley is a fireman, it is Ruslan that brings the inferno to the fight.  If they rematch it would be a tough fight.  After the first fight, everybody knows that Bradley was scarred from the bout.  Bradley was damaged and in a rematch, that is what Bradley would be thinking about, and he would not be focused.  Ruslan would take the initiative and knock him out”  

    “Ruslan looked great.  The collaboration between Ruslan and Joel Diaz is going well,” said Provodnikov’s promoter Artie Pelullo.

    “This win sets everything up for a big 2016.  He indicated to me that he wants to avenge his losses and also seek the biggest fights.  I think he is in prime position to do just that.  I expect to have him in a big fight in the first quarter of 2016. ” 

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  • Monte Carlo, Nov 7 – Ruslan Provodnikov (25-4, 18 KO’s) promised to put on a show and he didn’t disappoint as he overwhelmed unbeaten Jesus Alvarez Rodriguez (14-1, 11 KO’s) in four rounds at the glitzy Salle Des Etoiles in Monte Carlo on Saturday night. With HRH Prince Albert looking on, the former WBO junior-welterweight champion wasn’t unduly stretched as he hit his stride early and pounded away until the finish of their scheduled 10-round welterweight clash. The Russian was the aggressor and although his Mexican opponent had some success counter-punching, he didn’t have the strength to hold off Provodnikov. Rodriguez was sent reeling in the fourth, taking an eight-count after a succession of hooks to the body. After Rodriguez was decked again soon after, referee Stan Christodoulou wisely called a halt. It was Provodnikov’s first win since his narrow April defeat to Lucas Matthysse.

    “I must praise Rodriguez,” said the Russian later. “A lot of big names didn’t want to fight, but he did.”

  • John “Apollo Kidd” Thompson arrives in Manchester, England for October 10th WBO Junior Middleweight world title fight with Liam Smith

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    Manchester, England (October 1, 2015)–WBO number-five ranked junior middleweight contender & Boxcino 2015 champion, John “Apollo Kidd” Thompson arrived Thursday morning in Manchester, England in advance of his October 10th WBO junior middleweight world title clash with Liam Smith that will take place at the Manchester Arena.

    Thompson of Newark, New Jersey, is promoted by GH3 Promotions and Banner Promotions, is excited for the opportunity to become world champion.

    “I am glad to be here, but I have a job to do and on October 10.  That night I will become world champion.”

    For more information, Contact Marc Abrams at 856 287 7611

    Former WBO Jr. Middleweight champion Demetrius Andrade returns to the ring on Saturday, October 17 when he takes on Dario Fabian Pucheta for the WBO International title at The Mohegan Sun

    Providence, RI (September 15, 2015)— It was announced today  at the Rhode Island State House that undefeated former WBO Jr. Middleweight champion Demetrius Andrade will return to the ring on Saturday night, October 17 when  he takes on Dario Fabian Pucheta that will take place at the  Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Connecticut.

    The bout will be contested for the WBO International Jr. Middleweight title.  

    Andrade (21-0, 14 KO’s) will be returning for the first time in 16 months, and the October 17th bout will be the fight that will springboard Andrade back to a world title.

    Andrade defended his title with a 7th round stoppage over Brian Rose on June 14, 2014 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.  

    Pucheta of Benos Aires, Argentina has a record of 20-2 with 11 knockouts. The 28 year-old has won three in a row which includes his last bout when he stopped Bethuel Ushona (32-2) on October 4, 2014 in Windhoek, Namibia.
    The show is promoted by Jimmy Burchfield’s CES Boxing, with the Andrade – Pucheta bout being promoted by Banner Promotions and Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing. 

    t’s about time that I get back in the ring.  I am happy to be fighting at home in front of my fans.  It is the most comfortable place in the world to be, and I look forward to regaining my title and defending in front all my loyal fans.  I just want to thank them for their support during the last year. I look forward to seeing all of my fans at the fight,” said Andrade.

    “I am looking forward to Demetrius getting back in the ring.  We have been in the gym training hard, and he will be ready to put on a good performance on October 17,” said Andrade’s father/trainer, Paul Andrade

    “I am very excited about Demetrius getting back in the ring.  He is one of the top Jr. Middleweights in the world.  I predict within a year that he will be fighting for and winning the Jr. Middleweight championship of the world for a second time,” said Banner Promotions President, Artie Pelullo.

    Said Joe DeGuardia, president of Star Boxing, “I am thrilled that Demetrius is back.   I have always felt he has the ability to be the best in the world, and I expect that within the next year he will be an undefeated 2-time World Champ.”

    “We are thrilled to bring our Olympian and former world champion Demetrius Andrade back to New England. This is where Demetrius grew up, honed his skills and developed into the championship-caliber fighter he is today, both in and out of the ring. Furthermore, we’re honored to bring this event to one of our favorite venues, Mohegan Sun Casino, and to work in association with two of the most trustworthy, honest and hardest-working promoters in professional boxing, Artie Pelullo of Banner Promotions and Joe DeGuardia of Star Boxing. They are more than just colleagues; they are lifelong friends. With the three of us working together, this event will continue to raise the bar and set the standard for professional boxing in the northeast,” said Jimmy Burchfield, president of CES Boxing. 

    Ticket prices are $25, $50, $125 and $200 (VIP). 
    They can be purchased at www.cesboxing.com or www.mohegansun.com or by phone at 401-724-2243/2254. 

    For more information visit www.cesboxing.com, follow @CESBOXING on Twitter and Instagram and “like” the official CES Boxing Facebook fan page. Details also available at www.starboxing.com and www.banner-promotions.com.

    Undefeated prospect Emmanuel ‘Manny’ Rodriguez is on the rise

    The WBA Fedelatin and WBC Latino bantamweight champion, Emmanuel ‘Manny’ Rodriguez ( 13-0, 9 KO ) of Puerto Rico has been officially ranked # 6 by the World Boxing Association ( WBA ), and #7 by the World Boxing Council ( WBC ).

    Rodriguez captured both titles on August, 22, 2015 by defeating tough Mexican, Alex Rangel via TKO in round 7 at Fajardo, Puerto Rico. ( Video – Rodriguez KO’d Rangel https://youtu.be/BLujMj34QoQ )

    Manny Rodriguez vs. Alex Rangel

    Manny Rodriguez vs. Alex Rangel

    “I’m very grateful with the WBA and WBC because this could mean a world title fight in the near future. I have already defeated two former world title contenders and I’m just waiting for the next step. I feel ready and confident for any challenge I may have. Both, my manager Juan Orengo, and trainer Jim Pagan has done a terrific job. I believe 2016 will be my year”, Emmanuel Rodriguez said.

    On May 2015, Rodriguez knocked out cold in the third round, Dominican Luis Hinojosa, a former world title challenger, and WBA #11 at the momment of the fight. ( Video – full fight Rodriguez vs. Hinojosa https://youtu.be/pOWiCcfQ6lI )

    On October 2014, the undefeated Puerto Rican sensation, captured the WBO Latino title by knocking out Miguel ‘No Fear’ Cartagena  in the first round. Cartagena was a former two time United States National Champion, and 11 times Golden Gloves winner in Philadelphia. ( Video – full fight Rodriguez vs. Cartagena https://youtu.be/sMjC6CysttI ) 

    Rodriguez has other notable victories by unanimous decision over world title contender, David Quijano, and former WBC FECARBOX champion, Felix Perez. 

    Manny Rodriguez vs. Alex Rangel

    Manny Rodriguez vs. Alex Rangel

    Making history:

    At amateur boxing, Rodriguez became the first Puerto Rican boxer to win gold medal at a Youth Olympic Games ( Singapore 2010 ). His record 171-11 included notable victories over former Cuban Olympic gold medal, Robeisy Ramírez, Jonathan González, Vasily Vetkin, among others.

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    Philadelphia, PA (September 3, 2015) – Boxcino 2014 champion Petr “Zar” Petrov (36-4-2, 17 KO’s) will fight undefeated Liam Walsh (19-0, 13 KO’s) in a WBO Lightweight elimination bout on 

    October 10th  in Manchester, England.

     The winner of the fight will be the mandatory challenger for the winner of the WBO Lightweight title bout between Terry Flanagan and Diego Magdaleno, which will take place on the same card on October 10.

     Petrov earned the opportunity on the strength of winning the 2014 Boxcino Lightweight championship when he defeated Fedor Papazov (14-0), Chris Rudd (13-1), and Fernando Carcamo (17-5).

     “This is a great opportunity to fight in a WBO final eliminator, this brings me closer to a world title which has been a lifelong dream of mine. It’s been a long road for me to get to this position, and I want to make my family and friends proud. I want to thank Artie Pelullo for believing in me and for getting me the chance, I won’t disappoint,”said Petrov.

     “Fighting Liam Walsh on his home turf will be tough, but at this point in my career there is no cutting corners. Walsh is in my way, and I must beat him to achieve my goals.  He is a young-strong fighter, but he has never seen anybody like me inside the ring.”

     Said Banner Promotions President, Arthur Pelullo, “This is another case of Boxcino being the springboard to a huge a opportunity.  Petr has earned this opportunity, and we believe that he will win this fight and fight the winner of the main event between Flanagan and Magdaleno.” 

     On April 3rd, Petrov won a 10-round unanimous decision over former world champion Gamaliel Diaz in Corona, California.

     Petrov will join Banner Promotions stablemate John Thompson who will challenge for the WBO Jr. Middleweight title against Liam Smith on the same card.

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  •  UNDEFEATED MEXICAN FIGHTER PEDRO CAMPA TO MAKE HIS U.S. DEBUT AGAINST MIGUEL ANGEL HUERTA AT THE NOVEMBER 6 EDITION OF LA FIGHT CLUBLIVE ON  BOXEO ESTELAR  ON ESTRELLA TV FROM THE BELASCO THEATER IN DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELESTickets on Sale NowLOS ANGELES (October 8, 2015) – Mexican fighter Pedro “Roca” Campa (18-0, 14 KOs) will make his U.S. and LA FIGHT CLUB debut on Friday, November 6 as he puts his undefeated record on the line against seasoned fighter and Angeleno Miguel Angel “El Anestesista” Huerta (28-13-1, 18 KOs) in a 10-round super lightweight main event bout live on Boxeo Estelar on Estrella TV. Bouts will be televised nationally at 10:00 p.m. ET/7:00 p.m. PT and the non-televised undercard fights will be live streamed via The Ring TV’s Roku channel, www.ringtvlive.com and on The Ring TV’s YouTubechannel. The live stream will begin at approximately 5:30 p.m. PT through 7:00 p.m. PT.In the co-main event, local favorite and rising star Joet Gonzalez (12-0, 5 KOs) will be featured in an eight-round super bantamweight co-main event, as part of the Estrella TV telecast. Opening the telecast, newly signed prospect Hector “El Finito” Tanajara Jr. (2-0, 1 KO) of San Antonio, Texas, will make his third LA FIGHT CLUB appearance in a six-round lightweight bout. Featured on The Ring TV’s live stream is Eddie De La Huerta (2-0, 2 KOs) of Los Angeles in a four-round super featherweight bout and Damon Allen (7-0, 3 KOs) of Philadelphia in a six-round lightweight bout. Opening the night and The Ring TV’s live stream will be Alan Campa (13-2, 9 KOS) of Guaymas, Sonora Mexico facing off against Fabiano “Pit Bull” Pena (11-3-1, 8 KOs) of Los Angeles by way of Brazil, as they face off in a six-round super middleweight fight. Opponents will be announced shortly.LA FIGHT CLUB:Pedro Campa vs. Miguel Angel Huerta, a 10-round super lightweight bout and 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, November 6 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, starting at $20 are on sale 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, 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.Making his professional debut in 2011, Pedro Campa of Guymas, Mexico, has been unstoppable, accumulating eighteen wins with fourteen knockouts. The undefeated Campa has recently defeated Noe Nunez and Dario Garibay in 2015 and finished out 2014 with impressive wins over Oscar Avilez and Ramon Villaneuva. Next month, Campa has his focus on LA FIGHT CLUB as he defends his undefeated status against Miguel Huerta Angel and shows American audiences that he is a force to watch. Thirty-seven year old Miguel Angel Huerta of Los Angeles boasts an impressive career, claiming the vacant NBA Light Welterweight title against Allan Vester in Fort Myers, Florida in 2004; the WBO Inter-Continental lightweight title against Marco Angel Perez in Corona, Calif. in 2004; and the vacant NABF lightweight title against Efren Hinojosa in Houston, Texas in 2007. After recent tough losses to Mauricio Herrera, Antonio Orozco and Haskell Rhodes in 2014, Huerta will look to claim victory in his first fight of 2015 against Pedro Campa.Rising prospect Joet Gonzalez of Glendora, Calif. has been steadily climbing the professional ranks since his debut in 2012. Most recently, Gonzalez has impressed fans with wins defeating Ali Gonzalez at the April edition of LA FIGHT CLUB, as well as Jose Angel Beranza in May and Miguel Tamayo in August at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif. Gonzalez will return eager to add to his undefeated record at his second appearance at LA FIGHT CLUB.Hailing from San Antonio, Hector “El Finito” Tanajara has been fighting since 2007 and during that time has won eight national championships. In 2012, he qualified to attend the Veles Cup in Kurgan, Russia and took the gold medal in his weight class. This opportunity led the amateur standout to qualify for the 2016 USA Pre-Olympic trail competition. Winning the tournament and having been selected as one of seven to go to the 2016 Olympic trails, Tanajara decided instead to focus on a professional career. Now, the eight-time national champion made his professional debut as a newly signed Golden Boy Promotions fighter at the August 6 edition of LA FIGHT CLUB with a quick follow up victory at the September 18 edition. He will look to continue his winning streak at the Belasco Theater on November 6.Eddie De La Huerta, of Montebello, Calif., is set to make his LA FIGHT CLUB debut next month after making a successful professional debut in January. Fans took notice of the local fighter at Quiet Cannon in his hometown as he defeated Percy Peterson in January and Rick Quevedo in June. Next month, De La Huerta will look to impress a new crowd as he readies for his first fight in downtown Los Angeles.Damon Allen of Philadelphia exploded onto the scene claiming victory in five fights of his first year as a professional. He followed up with three impressive wins against Anthony Michael Linenfesler and Hector Marengo in 2014 and Luis Rodriguez in 2015. Allen will fight to keep his undefeated record next month and show fans that he is a rising prospect to watch.Also hailing from Guaymas, Mexico, Alan Campa made his U.S professional debut in April 2015 at the Aviator Sports Complex in Brooklyn, NY, where he faced tough opponent Sergiy Derevyanchenko, halting his four bout-winning streak. An experienced fighter boasting thirteen wins in his home country, Campa is hoping to regain his winning streak as he challenges Fabiano Pena in his first appearance at LA FIGHT CLUB.Fabiano Pena of Los Angeles has accumulated an impressive record of ten wins since his professional debut in Balneario Rincao, Santa Catarina, Brazil in February of 2013, where he went on to claim the vacant Brazilian cruiserweight title against Lourival Luiz Da Silva that same year. He made his U.S. debut in 2014 boasting a win against Dave Valykeo at the Wheeling Island Casino Racetrack in Wheeling, West Virginia, and hit a rocky patch with one win and three loses in 2015. Pena will seek redemption as he takes on an evenly matched opponent in Alan Campa.LA FIGHT CLUB is a monthly boxing series featured on the first Friday of each month, with an upcoming show on Dec. 4. The series 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.
  • WBC Middleweight World Champion Miguel Cotto & Former Two-Time World Champion Canelo Alvarez Set for Highly Anticipated Mega-Fight on Saturday, November 21

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    Roc Nation SportsGolden Boy PromotionsMiguel Cotto Promotions and Canelo Promotions are pleased to announce the highly anticipated clash of two titans in a classic Puerto Rico vs. Mexico battle. On Saturday, Nov. 21, Miguel Cotto (40-4, 33 KOs), the reigning WBC, Ring Magazine and Lineal Middleweight World Champion and the first native of Puerto Rico to become world champion in four different weight classes, and Mexican superstar Canelo Alvarez (45-1-1, 32 KOs), a former WBC and WBA Super Welterweight World Champion will finally meet in the ring at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas for the WBC and Ring Magazine Middleweight World Championship. The championship event will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT.

              The fight promises crowd-pleasing, high-intensity action between two powerful fighters competing in the primes of their careers who are both coming off of impressive, dominating performances in their most recent respective fights. With seven world titles between them, their impressive resumes and their levels of popularity in their home countries, Cotto vs. Canelo is shaping up to be the biggest fight in boxing this year and the biggest fight in the history of the famed Puerto Rico vs. Mexico rivalry. The rivalry, which dates back to the 1930s, has seen epic clashes including those between Salvador “Sal” Sanchez and Wilfredo “Bazooka” Gomez, Julio Cesar “J.C.” Chavez and Hector “Macho” Camacho as well as the last super-fight of the 20th century between “The Golden Boy” Oscar De La Hoya and Felix “Tito” Trinidad.

              Information regarding ticket availability and a press tour for the fight will be announced soon.

              “I will give the fans the fight they want to see,” said Cotto. “As I have always said, during my whole career, I am here to fight the best names and the best fighters. This will be another chapter in my career and I will be ready for him. Fans will enjoy a real fight, another classic battle in the Puerto Rico vs. Mexico rivalry.”

              “Historically, mega-fights are made because fans demand them,” said Alvarez. “In this case, the fans have spoken out, longing for this fight and it is my pleasure to say that it is finally happening. All fights at this level are very important, but this fight in particular has something more. It will hold a special place in history as part of the big rivalry between Mexico and Puerto Rico, and I promise all the fans that this is going to be an event that will not disappoint.”

              “Cotto vs. Canelo is the biggest fight in boxing, period,” said David Itskowitch, COO Boxing of Roc Nation Sports. “Given the fighters’ styles, it has all the makings of a can’t-miss, all-action fight. Couple that with the popularity of both Miguel and Canelo, and you have a true mega-fight that fans have been clamoring for and one that no sports fan should miss. November 21 has all the makings of a fight that will go down in boxing history as one of the greats.”

              “This is the ‘Fight of the Year’ that true boxing fans have been waiting for between two of the biggest stars in the sport today, Miguel Cotto and Canelo Alvarez,” said Golden Boy Promotions Chairman and CEO Oscar De La Hoya. “Cotto vs. Canelo will be an epic showdown, full of non-stop action from the moment the first bell rings. This fight is an example of exactly what Golden Boy Promotions does: puts on the best fights between top fighters in the primes of their careers.”

              “We are excited to bring the fight that the fans of boxing deserve,” said Hector Soto, Miguel Cotto Promotions vice president. “This will be a real fight. On November 21, the world will witness the biggest fight in the history of Puerto Rico vs. Mexico rivalry.”

              “The great rivalry between Mexico and Puerto Rico has a rich history in the sport of boxing,” said Jose “Chepo” Reynoso, Manager to Canelo Alvarez. “Classic fights like Julio Cesar ‘J.C.’ Chavez vs. Hector ‘Macho’ Camacho and Wilfredo Gomez vs. Salvador Sanchez are prime examples of the history of that great rivalry. Cotto-Canelo will become part of that history, a fight that most likely will be the biggest fight to date due to the great popularity of both of the warriors. Fans demanded this fight and now have it!”

              “Miguel Cotto and Canelo Alvarez have earned the adulation and respect of fans the world over for both stepping into the ring against the most formidable opposition as well as giving everything in their arsenal to try and win their fights,” said Mark Taffet, Senior Vice President, HBO Pay-Per-View. “Uniquely, Cotto-Canelo is a can’t-miss fan-friendly mega-fight and the most highly anticipated event of the second half of the year. We are delighted to serve as the television partner for this red-hot PPV showdown on November 21 at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.”

              “The Miguel Cotto vs. Canelo Alvarez championship event will be one of the most entertaining, action-packed fights of 2015,” said Richard Sturm, president of sports and entertainment for MGM Resorts International. “We look forward to hosting these two great warriors in November as they deliver boxing fans worldwide a thrilling night from inside the Mandalay Bay Events Center.”

              Miguel Cotto (40-4, 33 KOs) is the reigning WBC, Ring Magazine and Lineal Middleweight World Champion and the first native of Puerto Rico to become world champion in four different weight classes. He is the former WBO Junior Welterweight World Champion, the former WBA Welterweight World Champion, the former WBO Welterweight World Champion and the former WBA Super Welterweight World Champion. He also represented Puerto Rico in the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia. Cotto has competed in 23 world championship fights, compiling a record of 19-4 with 16 knockouts in those bouts. In Puerto Rico, he is hailed as a national hero and the successor of Felix “Tito” Trinidad as the island’s most revered boxer. Cotto is one of the biggest gate attractions in boxing and one of the largest pay-per-view draws among active fighters. In June 2014, Cotto made history in his first fight as a middleweight by dominating Argentine southpaw and defending WBC and RingMagazine Middleweight World Champion Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez (51-2-2, 28 KOs). He is trained by legendary Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach and has fought some of the biggest names in the sport including Floyd “Money” Mayweather and Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao. Cotto owns his own boxing promotional company in Puerto Rico, Miguel Cotto Promotions, and presides over his charity La Fundación El Ángel de Miguel Cotto, a non-profit organization dedicated to combatting childhood obesity. In March 2015, Cotto and Roc Nation Sports announced that they had entered into a partnership that includes a co-promotional agreement with Miguel Cotto Promotions to promote Cotto’s fights. On June 6, 2015, almost one year to the day since his last appearance in the ring, Cotto defended his WBC, Ring Magazine and Lineal Middleweight World Championships against former two-time World Champion Daniel Geale (31-3) at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Cotto scored a thunderous knockdown early in the fourth round before finishing matters with a second knockdown midway through the round, which left Geale unable to continue. He now looks to further cement his Hall of Fame resume with a win over Canelo.

              At the age of 25, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico’s Canelo Alvarez (45-1-1, 32 KOs) has conquered the boxing world, captivating fans both in Mexico and around the globe with his action-packed fighting style, charisma and willingness to take on the toughest challenges. Alvarez’s road to stardom began in 2011 with a win over Matthew “Magic” Hatton for the vacant WBC Super Welterweight World title in March, his first title defense against Ryan Rhodes in June and stoppage victories over Alfonso Gomez and former World Champion Kermit Cintron in September and November respectively. On May 5, 2012, Alvarez defended his belt for the fourth time when he faced future Hall of Famer Sugar Shane Mosley as part of the “Ring Kings: Mayweather vs. Cotto” pay-per-view telecast. Even though the fight lasted 12 rounds, the popular Mexican showed the 40 year-old veteran the road to retirement, winning via unanimous decision. The victory over Mosley set up a September 15 showdown with breakout star Josesito Lopez in which he knocked Lopez down three times before ending the bout with a fifth round technical knockout. Next, boxing’s most popular phenom continued on the path to superstardom with a 12-round unanimous decision over WBA Super Welterweight World Champion Austin Trout on May 4, 2013 in front of over 39,000 fans at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas which made him a unified world champion. The win proved Alvarez’s supremacy at 154 pounds and also made it clear that he was a bona fide ticket seller wherever he decided to fight. On September 14, 2013, Alvarez faced the man on top of the pound-for-pound list, Floyd “Money” Mayweather. He put forth a stellar effort before falling short of victory for the first time as a professional via a 12-round majority decision. The fight ended up being not just the biggest of 2013, but also the second highest grossing bout of all time and the second most watched boxing event ever on Mexican television (only behind this year’s Mayweather-Pacquiao). Since then, Alvarez has won three straight fights, defeating top stars Alfredo “Perro” Angulo on March 8, 2014 via technical knockout in the 10th round and Erislandy “The American Dream” Lara via split decision on July 12, 2014. On May 9, 2015, Alvarez dazzled with a victory over the fierce James “Mandingo Warrior” Kirkland at Minute Maid Park in Houston in front of more than 31,000 fans that featured what many have already deemed the “Knockout of the Year.” Now, Alvarez is on a mission to position himself as the most popular boxer of his generation and break into the top pound-for-pound list when he faces the feared Miguel Cotto on November 21.

              Cotto vs. Canelo, a 12-round fight for Cotto’s WBC and Ring Magazine Middleweight World Championships, takes place Saturday, Nov. 21 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. The fight is presented by Roc Nation Sports, Golden Boy Promotions, Miguel Cotto Promotions and Canelo Promotions and sponsored by Corona Extra; Mexico, Live it to Believe it! and O’Reilly Auto Parts. The event will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT.

    For more information: visit  www.rocnation.com, www.goldenboypromotions.comwww.promocionesmiguelcotto.com,www.canelopromotions.com.mx,  www.hbo.com/boxing and www.mandalaybay.com; follow on Twitter at @RocNation, @GoldenBoyBoxing, @RealMiguelCotto, @Canelo, @HBOBoxing, and @MandalayBay; become a fan on Facebook atwww.facebook.com/RocNation,www.facebook.com/GoldenBoyBoxingwww.facebook.com/RealMiguelACottowww.facebook.com/SaulCaneloAlvarez,www.facebook.com/HBOBoxing and www.facebook.com/MandalayBay; and follow on Instagram @rocnation, @GoldenBoyBoxing, @realmiguelacotto, @Canelo, @HBOboxing and @MandalayBay. Follow the conversation using #CottoCanelo.

     About Roc Nation Sports

    Roc Nation Sports, a sub-division of Roc Nation, launched in spring 2013. Founder Shawn “JAY Z” Carter’s love of sports lead to the natural formation of Roc Nations Sports, helping athletes in the same way Roc Nation has been helping artists in the music industry for years. Roc Nation Sports focuses on elevating athletes’ career on a global scale both on and off the field. Roc Nation Sports conceptualizes and executes marketing and endorsement deals, community outreach, charitable tie-ins, media relations and brand strategy. Roc Nation Sports launched its boxing division, a full service promotional company which represents world champions Miguel Cotto and Andre Ward, in August 2014. Roc Nation Sports’ roster includes premiere athletes such as Robinson Cano, Skylar Diggins, Kevin Durant, Geno Smith, Victor Cruz, CC Sabathia, James Young, Dez Bryant, Ndamukong Suh, Rusney Castillo, Yoenis Cespedes, Jaelen Strong, Todd Gurley, Wilson Chandler, Erick Aybar, Frances Tiafoe, Justise Winslow and Willie Cauley-Stein.

    About Golden Boy Promotions

    Los Angeles-based Golden Boy Promotions was established in 2002 by 10-time world champion in six divisions Oscar De La Hoya, the first Hispanic to own a national boxing promotional company. Golden Boy Promotions is one of boxing’s most active and respected promoters, presenting shows in packed venues around the world and has worked with networks such as HBO, HBO Latino, SHOWTIME, SHOWTIME EXTREME, ESPN, Telefutura, Fox Sports 1, Fox Deportes, Televisa and TV Azteca. In its 13 year existence, Golden Boy Promotions has promoted some of the biggest and highest grossing pay-per-view events in the history of the sport. In 2007, the company broke all boxing records with more than four million pay-per-view buys in a single year. Golden Boy Promotions also promoted the fight that formerly held the record for the highest grossing and most pay-per-view buys of all time: De La Hoya vs. Mayweather which generated 2.5 million buys and grossed over $120 million and Mayweather vs. Canelo which generated 2.2 million pay-per-view buys and grossed over $150 million in revenue. The company has also promoted other notable pay-per-view fights featuring fan favorites Bernard “The Alien” Hopkins, Juan Manuel “Dinamita” Marquez, Miguel Cotto, Marco “Baby Faced Assassin” Antonio Barrera, Erik “El Terrible” Morales and Sugar Shane Mosley.  

     About Miguel Cotto Promotions

    Miguel Cotto Promotions is the leading promotional company in Puerto Rico founded by the Five-Time and Four-Division World Champion Miguel Cotto and entrepreneur Hector Soto in 2005. Miguel Cotto Promotions has the vision of developing the best talent in Puerto Rico and Latin America, while searching for the best partnerships in the business to present the best quality shows in the industry. In 2015, Miguel Cotto Promotions launched their most recent project named “Boxeo Al Maximo” in partnership with Univision Puerto Rico network, capturing great ratings results on the new Saturday night fights platform.

     About The Mandalay Bay Events Center

    The Mandalay Bay Events Center is a multi-purpose arena home to World Championship Boxing, premier concerts and special events. With seating for as many as 12,000, the Events Center offers excellent sightlines and state-of-the-art lighting and sound. Prominent events have included concerts such as Justin Timberlake, KISS, Taylor Swift, Kenny Chesney, Alicia Keys, Rihanna, Christina Aguilera, Katy Perry, John Mayer, Metallica, Ozzy Osbourne, Alejandro Fernandez and David Foster & Friends. World championship boxing events have featured fighters including Oscar De La Hoya, Manny Pacquiao, Floyd Mayweather, Shane Mosley and Bernard Hopkins. The Mandalay Bay Events Center also is home to multiple Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) events throughout the year and the annual Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas Auction.

  • 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.

    POSTHUMOUSLY

    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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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.

IBF UPCOMING BOUTS

 

Sat October 03, 2015

Location : Buenos Aires, Argentina

IBF – BANTAMWEIGHT (118 LBS) Mandatory Defense

Promoter : Argentina Boxing Promotions

 

  Boxer
Debora Dionicius
Nat
ARG
VS   Boxer
Luna Torralba
Nat
COL

Tue October 06, 2015

Location : San Antonio, TX

IBF – S. MIDDLEWEIGHT (168 LBS) Eliminator for #1 position

Promoter : TGB Promotions

 

  Boxer
Julius Jackson
Nat
USA
VS   Boxer
Jose Uzcategui
Nat
VEN

Thu October 15, 2015

Location : Trust Stadium, Auckland, New Zealand

IBF IC – WELTERWEIGHT (147 LBS) Optional Defense

Promoter : Duco Events Limited

 

  Boxer
Jeff Horn
Nat
AUS
VS   Boxer
Alfredo Blanco
Nat
ARG

Sat October 17, 2015

Location : New York, NY

IBF – MIDDLEWEIGHT (160 LBS) Eliminator for #1 position

Promoter : Golden Boy Promotions

 

  Boxer
Eamonn OHYPERLINK “http://www.ibfusbaregistration.com/ibfusba_02APR2014/index.php/schedule/3260?view=boxer”HYPERLINK “http://www.ibfusbaregistration.com/ibfusba_02APR2014/index.php/schedule/3260?view=boxer”Kane
Nat
NIR
VS   Boxer
Tureano Johnson
Nat
USA

Sat October 17, 2015

Location : New York, NY

IBF – MIDDLEWEIGHT (160 LBS) Unification

Promoter : Golden Boy

 

  Boxer
David Lemieux
Nat
CAN
VS   Boxer
Gennady Golovkin
Nat
GER

Sat October 17, 2015

Location : Carlton, MN

USBA – LT. HEAVYWEIGHT (175 LBS) Championship

Promoter : Seconds Out Promotions

 

  Boxer
Marcus Oliveira
Nat
USA
VS   Boxer
Cornelius White
Nat
USA

Sat October 24, 2015

Location : Bayamon, PR

IBF – FLYWEIGHT (112 LBS) Eliminator for #1 position

Promoter : PR Best Boxing

 

  Boxer
John Reil Casimero
Nat
PHL
VS   Boxer
McWilliams Arroyo
Nat
PRI

Sat October 24, 2015

Location : Sheffield, England

IBF – WELTERWEIGHT (147 LBS) Optional Defense

Promoter : Matchroom Sport

 

  Boxer
Kell Brook
Nat
ENG
VS   Boxer
Diego Chaves
Nat
ARG

Sat October 24, 2015

Location : Bayamon, PR

IBF – FLYWEIGHT (112 LBS) Eliminator for #1 position

Promoter : PR Best Boxing

 

  Boxer
John Reil Casimero
Nat
PHL
VS   Boxer
McWilliams Arroyo
Nat
PRI

Sat October 31, 2015

 

Quick Quotes

WBOWBO News

Terence Crawford made his next world title bout against Dierry Jean official today during a press conference at Omaha’s CenturyLink Center in an event open to the public.

Dierry Jean Manager Camille Estephan: “I am happy to announce the rematch will be right back here in Omaha. Dierry asked for this fight and when we told him it would be in Omaha he said ‘all the better.’ Dierry has the style and power to beat Crawford. Dierry only wants to fight and beat the best.”

Dierry Jean Trainer Mike Moffa: “Omaha is a great city. It will be a honor for Dierry to take Crawford’s world title belt back to Canada where it really belongs”

Terence Crawford Trainer Brian McIntyre: “This is getting personal. All Dierry Jean will be getting is a good ass-whipping. He will be no factor against Terence.”

Terence Crawford: “Wow – he asked to fight me. That’s good. I like it. I will be 100% prepared -probably more than 100% because of the way Dierry’s team has been talking.”

Note: Dierry Jean lost his passport two days ago and was unable to board his flight. He will be issued a new passport this week.

APPROVAL LETTER FOR VACANT WBO JR. MIDDLEWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP TITLE

APPROVAL LETTER FOR VACANT WBO JR. MIDDLEWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP TITLE

VACANT WBO JR. MIDDLEWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP BOUT

LIAM SMITH VS. JOHN THOMPSON

 

August 24th 2015

Frank Warren

Frank Warren Promotions: Re: Vacant WBO Jr. Middleweight Championship Bout

Liam Smith vs. John Thompson

Dear Mr. Warren:

The WBO World Championship Committee has been made aware that negotiations for a match in Manchester, England on October 10, 2015 between Liam Smith and Michel Soro for the vacant WBO Junior Middleweight Championship of the World started three weeks ago, but despite Top Rank agreeing to the terms, Soro and his managers have repeatedly made strong public statements suggesting that they are at odds with his promoter over the terms presented to them.

We are also aware that in light of assurances that an agreement would be reached, tickets went on sale and your company contracted with numerous suppliers, etc. This situation, ongoing for weeks, has had a detrimental effect on the promotion of the event promotion with the public uncertain as to who Smith’s opponent will be and whether the fight will take place at all.

Given Michel Soro’s dispute with his Promoter and the power and discretion afforded to us by Section 1 (b) 19 of the WBO Regulations for World Championship Contest to determine the contestants for a Vacant Championship, we have decided to proceed pursuant to Section 20 (PROCEDURE WHEN A TITLE IS DECLARED VACANT) and declare John Thompson the “Best Classified Contender Available.”

For the above reasons, we are formally granting permission for Liam Smith to fight John Thompson for the vacant WBO Junior Middleweight Championship of the World.

This determination of the WBO World Championship Committee to allow Thompson to replace Soro will not adversely affect Soro’s position within the WBO World Championship Ratings.

Yours truly,

(Signed by:  Luis Batista Salas, Esq. Ch

 

WORLD BOXING ORGANIZATION RANKING SEPTEMBER 2015

(*Subject to Change / Clasificaciones Sujetas a Cambio)

HEAVYWEIGHT (Over 201 lbs) ( Over 91.17 kgs)
Title Name Country
CHAMPION WLADIMIR KLITSCHKO (Sup Champ) UKR
1 Tyson Fury UK
2 Charles Martin (NABO) USA
3 Anthony Joshua UK
4 Vyacheslav Glazkov UKR
5 Alexander Povetkin RUS
6 Joseph Parker (Oriental) (WBO Africa) NZ
7 Andrey Fedosov (Int-Cont.) USA
8 Luis Ortiz CUB
9 Edmund Gerber KAZ
10 Erkan Teper GER
11 Michael Wallisch (WBO Europe) GER
12 Arthur Szpilka POL
13 Carlos Takam CAM
14 Lucas Browne AUST
15 Vicente Sandez (Latino) MEX
WBA WLADIMIR KLITSCHKO
IBF WLADIMIR KLITSCHKO
WBC DEONTAY WILDER
JR. HEAVYWEIGHT (200 lbs) (90.72 kgs)
Title Name Country
CHAMPION KRZYSZTOF GLOWACKI POL
1 Oleksandr Usyk (Int-Cont.) UKR
2 Marco Huck GER
3 Tony Bellew UK
4 Noel Gevor ARM
5 Dmitry Kudryashov RUS
6 Mateusz Masternak POL
7 Ilunga Makabu SA
8 Damir Beljo (WBO Europe) BA
9 Iago Kiladze UKR
10 Mairis Breidis LAT
11 Roy Jones, Jr. USA
12 Anthony McCracken (Asia Pacific) AUST
13 Murat Gassiev RUS
14 Yunier Dorticos CUB
15 Mirko Larghetti ITA
WBA DENIS LEBEDEV
IBF YOAN PABLO HERNANDEZ
WBC GRIGORY DROZD
LT. HEAVYWEIGHT (175 lbs) (79.38 kgs)
Title Name Country
CHAMPION SERGEY KOVALEV (Sup. Champ) RUS
1 Dominic Boesel (Inter-Continental) GER
2 Artur Beterbiev (International) RUS
3 Jean Pascal HAI
4 Isaac Chilemba MAL
5 Andrzej Fonfara POL
6 Eleider Alvarez COL
7 Yunieski Gonzalez CUB
8 Sean Monaghan USA
9 Sullivan Barrera CUB
10 Lucian Bute ROM
11 Trevor McCumby USA
12 Enrico Koelling GER
13 Umar Salamov (WBO Europe) RUS
14 Mirco Ricci ITA
15 Norbert Nemesapati HUN
WBA SERGEY KOVALEV
IBF SERGEY KOVALEV
WBC ADONIS STEVENSON
SUP. MIDDLEWEIGHT (168 lbs) (76.20 kgs)
Title Name Country
CHAMPION ARTHUR ABRAHAM ARM
1 Gilberto Ramirez (International) MEX
2 Patrick Nielsen DEN
3 Jesse Hart (NABO) USA
4 Tyron Zeuge GER
5 Blake Caparello (Oriental) AUST
6 Rohan Murdock (Asia Pacific) AUST
7 Eduard Gutknecht GER
8 Jamie Cox (WBO Europe) UK
9 Robert Stieglitz GER
10 Isaac Ekpo NIG
11 Hadillah Mohoumadi FRA
12 Rocky Fielding UK
13 Callum Smith UK
14 Tim-Robin Lihaug NOR
15 Martin Murray UK
WBA ANDRE WARD
IBF JAMES DeGALE
WBC BADOU JACK
MIDDLEWEIGHT (160 lbs) (72.58 kgs)
Title Name Country
CHAMPION ANDY LEE IRE
Female CHRISTINA HAMMER GER
1 Billy Saunders (International) UK
2 Arif Magomedov (NABO) RUS
3 Hugo Centeno Jr. USA
4 Artur Akavov (WBO Europe) RUS
5 Ryota Murata JPN
6 Lajos Mark Nagy HUN
7 Tommy Langford (Int-Cont.) UK
8 Tureano Johnson BAH
9 Andrey Meryasev RUS
10 Hassam N’Dam N’Jikam FRA
11 Antoine Douglas USA
12 Matt Korobov RUS
13 Kerry Hope (Oriental) UK
14 Vitali Kopylenko UKR
15 Tony Jeter USA
WBA GENNADY GOLOVKIN
IBF DAVID LEMIEUX
WBC MIGUEL COTTO
JR. MIDDLEWEIGHT (154 lbs) (69.85 kgs)
Title Name Country
CHAMPION VACANT  
Female HANNA GABRIELS CR
1 Saul Alvarez MEX
2 Michel Soro (NABO) FRA
3 Liam Smith UK
4 Austin Trout USA
5 John Thompson (Int-Cont) USA
6 Oleksandr Spyrko UKR
7 Patrick Teixeira (Latino) BRA
8 Sirimongkol Singwancha (Asia Pacific) THAI
9 Vanes Martirosyan ARM
10 Jan Zaveck SLO
11 Predrag Radosevic (WBO Europe) MTG
12 Yuki Nonaka JPN
13 Anthony Yigit SWD
14 Yao Yi Ma (Oriental) CHN
15 Daniel Rosario Cruz (Latino Int.) PR
WBA ERISLANDY LARA
IBF JERMALL CHARLO
WBC VACANT
WELTERWEIGHT (147 lbs) (66.68 kgs)
Title Name Country
CHAMPION TIMOTHY BRADLEY USA
Female CECILIA BRAEKHUS NOR
1 Sadam Ali (Int-Cont) USA
2 Manny Pacquiao PHI
3 Brandon Rios (International) USA
4 Amir Khan UK
5 Jessie Vargas USA
6 Chris Algieri USA
7 Jeff Horn (Oriental) AUST
8 Ray Robinson USA
9 Bradley Skeete (WBO Europe) UK
10 Shawn Porter USA
11 Dmitry Mikhaylenko RUS
12 Fariz Mammadov AZ
13 Errol Spence, Jr. USA
14 Konstantin Ponomarev RUS
15 Cristian Nestor Romero (Latino) ARG
WBA VACANT
IBF KELL BROOK
WBC VACANT
JR. WELTERWEIGHT (140 lbs) (63.50 kgs)
Title Name Country
CHAMPION TERENCE CRAWFORD USA
Female FERNANDA SOLEDAD ALEGRE ARG
1 Lucas Matthysse ARG
2 Jason Pagara (International) PHI
3 Mauricio Herrera MEX
4 Ruslan Provodnikov RUS
5 Jose Felix, Jr. MEX
6 Dierry Jean CAN
7 Amir Imam USA
8 Julius Indongo (WBO Africa) NAM
9 Jack Catterall (Int.-Cont.) UK
10 Maurice Hooker (NABO) USA
11 Adones Cabalquinto PHI
12 Keita Obara JPN
13 Bradley Saunders UK
14 Jonathan Eduardo Chavez (Latino) ARG
15 Leonardo Zappavigna (Oriental) AUST
WBA VACANT
IBF CESAR RENE CUENCA
WBC VACANT
LIGHTWEIGHT (135 lbs) (61.24 kgs)
Title Name Country
CHAMPION TERRY FLANAGAN UK
Female YOHANA BELEN ALFONZO ARG
1 Diego Magdaleno (International) USA
2 Jose Zepeda MEX
3 Petr Petrov RUS
4 Michael Perez (NABO) USA
5 Daud Yordan (Asia Pac. Int.) (Africa) IND
6 Felix Verdejo (Latino) PR
7 Liam Walsh (Int-Cont.) UK
8 Takahiro Ao JPN
9 Ismael Barroso VEN
10 Josh King (Oriental) (Asia Pac.) AUST
11 Sharif Bogere UGA
12 Fernando David Saucedo (Latino Int.) ARG
13 Reynaldo Ojeda PR
14 Yoshitaka Kato JPN
15 Valentine Borg AUST
  **Jayar Inson (Oriental Int.) PHI
WBA DARLEYS PEREZ
IBF VACANT
WBC JORGE LINARES
JR. LIGHTWEIGHT (130 lbs) (58.97 kgs)
Title Name Country
CHAMPION ROMAN MARTINEZ PR
Female RAMONA KUEHNE GER
1 Miguel Berchelt MEX
2 Francisco Vargas MEX
3 Orlando Salido MEX
4 Terdsak Kokietgym (Oriental Int.) THAI
5 Raul H. Centeno (Latino) ARG
6 Juan Martin Elorde (Asia Pacific) PHI
7 Paul Fleming (Asia Pacific Int.) AUST
8 Mitchell Smith (Int-Cont) UK
9 Zoltan Kovacs HUN
10 Orlando Cruz PR
11 Billel Dib (Oriental) AUST
12 Jonathan Oquendo PR
13 Jason Sosa USA
14 Stephen Smith UK
15 Ramain Jacob FRA
WBA TAKASHI UCHIYAMA
IBF JOSE PEDRAZA
WBC TAKASHI MIURA
FEATHERWEIGHT (126 lbs) (57.15 kgs)
Title Name Country
CHAMPION VASYL LOMACHENKO UKR
Female VACANT  
1 Oscar Valdez MEX
2 Jessie Magdaleno USA
3 Matias C. Adrian Rueda (Latino) ARG
4 Chonlatarn Piriyapinyo (Asia Pacific) THAI
5 Kamil Laszczyk POL
6 Satoshi Hosono JPN
7 Romulo Koasicha MEX
8 Eric Hunter USA
9 Jayson Velez PR
10 Jonathan Victor Barros ARG
11 Hiroshige Osawa JPN
12 Tsuyoshi Tameda JPN
13 Carlos Diaz Ramirez MEX
14 Nathaniel May (Asia Pac. Youth) AUST
15 Chris Avalos USA
WBA LEO SANTA CRUZ
IBF LEE SELBY
WBC GARY RUSSELL, JR.
JR. FEATHERWEIGHT (122 lbs) (55.34 kgs)
Title Name Country
CHAMPION GUILLERMO RIGONDEAUX CUB
Female MARCELA ACUNNA ARG
1 Cesar Juarez (International) MEX
2 Nonito Donaire PHI
3 Genesis Servania PHI
4 Zsolt Bedak (WBO Europe) HUN
5 Fernando Montiel MEX
6 Albert Pagara PHI
7 Rey Vargas MEX
8 Julian Evaristo Aristule (Latino) ARG
9 Gavin McDonnell UK
10 Bernabe Concepcion (Oriental) PHI
11 Juan Miguel Elorde (Asia Pacific) PHI
12 Paul Butler UK
13 Hisashi Amagasa JPN
14 Juan Carlos Sanchez, Jr. MEX
15 Shingo Wake JPN
WBA GUILLERMO RIGONDEAUX
IBF CARL FRAMPTON
WBC LEO SANTA CRUZ
BANTAMWEIGHT (118 lbs) (53.52 kgs)
Title Name Country
CHAMPION PUNLUANG SOR SINGYU THAI
Female VACANT  
1 Marlon Tapales PHI
2 Zhanat Zhakiyanov KAZ
3 Shohei Omori JPN
4 Rodrigo Guerrero MEX
5 Ryo Matsumoto JPN
6 Alexis Santiago (NABO) USA
7 Emmanuel Rodriguez PR
8 Alejandro Hernandez MEX
9 Felipe Orucuta MEX
10 Yushi Tanaka JPN
11 Takahiro Yamamoto JPN
12 Suriyan Sor Rungvisai THAI
13 Ernesto Saulong PHI
14 Nikolay Potapov RUS
15 Klaas Mboyane SA
WBA JUAN CARLOS PAYANO
IBF RANDY CABALLERO
WBC SHINSUKE YAMANAKA
JR. BANTAMWEIGHT (115 lbs) (52.16 kgs)
Title Name Country
CHAMPION NAOYA INOUE JPN
Female DANIELA ROMINA BERMUDEZ ARG
1 Warlito Parrenas PHI
2 David Carmona MEX
3 Rex Tso HK
4 Omar Narvaez ARG
5 Jamie Conlan (Int. Cont) UK
6 Petchbarngborn Kokietgym (Asia Pac.) THAI
7 Yoan Boyeaux FRA
8 Luis Nery MEX
9 Ricardo Rodriguez (Latino) MEX
10 Takuma Inoue JPN
11 David Sanchez MEX
12 Srisaket Sor Rungvisai THAI
13 Jerwin Ancajas PHI
14 Sho Ishida JPN
15 Jetro Pabustan PHI
WBA KOHEI KONO
IBF McJOE ARROYO
WBC CARLOS CUADRAS
FLYWEIGHT (112 lbs) (50.80 kgs)
Title Name Country
CHAMPION JUAN FRANCISCO ESTRADA MEX
Female MELISSA McMORROW USA
1 Brian Viloria USA
2 Froilan Saludar (Int. Cont) PHI
3 Hernan Marquez MEX
4 Suguru Muranaka JPN
5 Kevin Satchell UK
6 McWilliams Arroyo PR
7 Zou Shiming CHN
8 Kwanpichit OnesongchaiGym (Oriental) THAI
9 Nawaphon Por Chokchai THAI
10 Koki Eto JPN
11 Yodmongkol Vor Saengthep THAI
12 Ryo Miyazaki JPN
13 Ardin Diale PHI
14 Macrea Gandionco (Asia Pacific) PHI
15 Jake Bornea (Asia Pacific Youth) PHI
  **Iwan Zoda (Asia-Pac. Int.) IND
WBA JUAN FRANCISCO ESTRADA
IBF AMNAT RUENROENG
WBC RAMON GONZALEZ
JR. FLYWEIGHT (108 lbs) (48.99 kgs)
Title Name Country
CHAMPION DONNIE NIETES PHI
Female VACANT  
1 Paipharob Kokietgym (Oriental) THAI
2 Moises Fuentes MEX
3 Akira Yaegashi JPN
4 Raul Garcia MEX
5 Francisco Rodriguez, Jr. MEX
6 Jonathan Taconing PHI
7 Yu Kimura JPN
8 Juan Alejo MEX
9 Felix Alvarado NIC
10 Juan Hernandez MEX
11 Alberto Rossel PER
12 Palangpol CP Freshmart JPN
13 Mzuvukile Magwaca SA
14 Carlos Velarde MEX
15 Raymond Tabugon PHI
WBA RYOICHI TAGUCHI
IBF JAVIER MENDOZA
WBC PEDRO GUEVARA
MINI-FLYWEIGHT (105 lbs) (47.63 kgs)
Title Name Country
CHAMPION KOSEI TANAKA JPN
Female KUMIKO SEESAA IKEHARA JPN
Female Interim ATOM CHAMP: NAO IKEYAMA JPN
1 Carlos Buitrago NIC
2 Takumi Sakae JPN
3 Merlito Sabillo PHI
4 Vic Saludar (Asia Pacific) PHI
5 Xiong Zhao Zhong CHN
6 Jeffrey Galero PHI
7 Jaysever Abcede (Oriental) PHI
8 Byron Rojas NIC
9 Go Odaira JPN
10 Ryuya Yamanaka JPN
11 Julian Yedras MEX
12 Leroy Estrada PAN
13 Jessie Espinas PHI
14 Reiya Konishi JPN
15 Janiel Rivera PR
WBA HEKKIE BUDLER
IBF KATSUNARI TAKAYAMA
WBC WANHENG MENAYOTHIN

WBCWBC NEWS

Created on Friday, 29 September 2015 Jorge “Golden Boy” Linares  makes the second defense of his World Boxing Council lightweight championship against Mexican Ivan “Macanon”  On October 10th on a spectacular  card presented by Júpiter Fight Boxing promotions at the Poliedro in Caracas, Venezuela. Jorge is now in the unstinting final stage of his preparation in Japan where he’s based and he’s planning to arrive in Caracas on October 4th. Jose  Machek, Jupiter CEO,  commented that Linares has created a lot of excitement plus keen edged anticipation. great and uncompromising action lies ahead as the style of both boxers is highly explosive.

ISAAC CHILEMBA: ONCE I’M DONE WITH ELEIDER ALVAREZ, ADONIS STEVENSON HAS NOWHERE TO RUN!

Created on Friday, 04 September 2015 13:01 |

Light heavyweight contender Isaac Chilemba is delighted to finally see a light at the end of the tunnel, as the Malawian moves one step closer to a WBC title shot.

As revealed by WBC in the summer, the World Boxing Council was to announce a final eliminator, which included Chilemba, and after Andrzej Fonfara rejected the chance last month, Eleider Alvarez confirmed his participation in the contest.

Respective promoters for the pair are now locked in talks to make the mandatory fight a reality as Chilemba champs at the bit to get his hands on current green belt holder Adonis ‘Superman’ Stevenson.

“First, I’m very happy that Alvarez accepted the challenge and now I know who I’m fighting for this opportunity,” Chilemba told World Boxing News.

“After this fight, I’m going for that WBC belt and to get that championship as I always dreamed I would win.

“Secondly, I and everybody now know that Adonis Stevenson has got nowhere to run and once I am done with Alvarez and become the mandatory contender, Stevenson will have to face my challenge.

“I want to take this opportunity to thank my team for their hard work in getting me to this point.”

Chilemba v Alvarez should conceivably fight before the end of November, given the timescale handed down by the WBC, whilst Stevenson is currently preparing to defend his title against Tommy Karpency on September 11th in Toronto.

That would mean Stevenson versus the winner of Chilemba v Alvarez could happen by the end of next spring and decide who would then be in line for a potential summer unification with WBA, WBO and IBF title holder Sergey Kovalev.airman)

cc:  Top Rank, Michael Borao, Omrani Raycal, Che Guevara, Francisco Valcarcel Esq.ave the speed and the power. I knew after the first punch that it was going to be a knockout. The head shots were so easy. I was really catching him with so many head shots.”

If Mayorga had moved his head it might have been otherwise.

“Mayorga was tough,” Mosley added. “Look out, I’m coming.”

Shane has a right to make a living, however he sees fit.  He is family. But we never want to see family hurt.  

 


TOP RANK downloadolympic_rings_on_white_206913INTERNATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEE PRESS RELEASES

Statement from the IOC President Thomas Bach on the terrorist attacks in Paris

These attacks are deeply shocking. The IOC condemns these barbaric and cowardly acts.

This is not only an attack on the people of France and Paris, this is an attack on humanity and all humanitarian and Olympic Values

We stand united with all people from all around the globe. Our thoughts are of course with the families and friends of those who have been killed or wounded.

We support also the outstanding work of so many men and women in the medical and security fields who are assisting the population in these very difficult moments.

In these dark times, we should remember the unifying power of sport to unite people and communities and to bring peace and reconciliation.  Today all people of goodwill will say: We are all French.

Today,  I have sent a letter of condolence and support to President Hollande and I have ordered that the Olympic flag be put at half-mast to remember this tragedy.

IOC Statement on WADA Independent Commission Report

Monday November 9, 2015

This is a deeply shocking report and very saddening for the world of sport. The IOC trusts that the new leadership of the IAAF with its President Sebastian Coe will draw all the necessary conclusions and will take all the necessary measures. In this context the IOC welcomes the clear commitment expressed by IAAF to do “whatever it takes to protect the clean athletes and rebuild trust in our sport.”

The protection of the clean athletes is a top priority for the International Olympic Committee. This is why in Olympic Agenda 2020 the IOC has undertaken far reaching measures in this commitment.

With regard to the Olympic Games, the IOC will continue to take whatever measures needed to safeguard clean athletes, clean sport and good governance. In the most recent Olympic Summit meeting we have decided to make testing independent from sports organisations and have entrusted WADA to come up with proposals. 

The IOC will also carefully study the report with regard to the Olympic Games. If any infringements on the anti-doping rules by athletes and or their entourage should be established, the IOC will react with its usual zero tolerance policy.

We support the attempt of the independent commission to bring all the facts to light in the interest of the integrity of the sport and the protection of the cleans athletes.

With regard to the police inquiries against the former IAAF President Mr. Lamine Diack the IOC Ethics Commission has today decided to recommend the provisional suspension of his IOC honorary membership. 

 

 

UN General Assembly approves Olympic Truce for Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro 2016

IOC President announces participation of top-level refugee athletes in the Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro 2016.

The 70th Session of the United Nations General Assembly today approved a resolution for observance of the Olympic Truce for the Games of the XXXI Olympiad in Rio de Janeiro next summer. The resolution was supported by 180 out of 193 UN member states.

Speaking to the General Assembly in New York on Monday, International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach reiterated the important role that sport and the Olympic ideals can play at the service of society by promoting peace, fair play, tolerance and understanding.

“The Olympic Games are the time when the values of tolerance, solidarity and peace are brought to life. This is the time when the international community comes together for peaceful competition,” said the IOC President. “In the Olympic Village, we see tolerance and solidarity in their purest form. Athletes from all 206 National Olympic Committees live together in harmony and without any kind of discrimination. This is the true spirit of ‘Olympic Unity in Diversity’ – athletes from every corner of the world, living together under one roof,” he added.

The resolution calls for the Olympic Truce to be respected from seven days before the start of the Olympic Games until seven days after the Paralympic Games.

During his address to the General Assembly, the President also appealed for help from the member nations to identify top-level athletes who are currently refugees.

“At present, none of these athletes would have the chance to participate in the Olympic Games even if qualified from the sports point of view because, with their refugee status, they are left without a home country and National Olympic Committee to represent,” he told them. Announcing that the International Olympic Committee will invite the highest qualified refugee athletes to participate in the Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro 2016, President Bach added, “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. This will be a symbol of hope for all the refugees in our world, and will make the world better aware of the magnitude of this crisis.”

The resolution, entitled “Building a peaceful and better world through sport and the Olympic ideal,” was formally submitted to the General Assembly on behalf of the Olympic Movement and Brazil by the Organising Committee of the Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro 2016, led by its President, Carlos Nuzman.

President Bach underlined that the Organizing Committee is working to deliver an inclusive Olympic Games.

“The values of tolerance, solidarity and peace are a central part of Rio de Janeiro’s legacy for the Brazilians. These will be inclusive Games – and a unique opportunity to showcase sport as a key tool for peace, social inclusion and tolerance, and in the fight against racial, ethnic or gender discrimination. Through the Olympic Games, the Brazilian people will remind the world of their unique combination of passion and efficiency.” President Bach said.

The Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro will take place from 5 to 21 August 2016 and be followed by the Paralympic Games from 7 to 18 September 2016.

 

IOC announces Lausanne 2020 Youth Olympic Games Coordination Commission

Olympian Danka Bartekova named as youngest-ever Chair of an Olympic Coordination Commission

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) today announced the composition of the IOC Coordination Commission for Lausanne 2020, the third Winter Youth Olympic Games.

IOC President Thomas Bach has appointed as Chair Slovakia’s Danka Bartekova, who will lead the experienced team of Commission members responsible for assisting and guiding the Lausanne Organising Committee in their preparations. Danka, the youngest IOC Member and Olympic bronze medallist in shooting (skeet) at London 2012, is currently enrolled in a PhD at the University of Matej Bel, Banska Bystrica, Slovakia. She will be the youngest ever Chair of a Coordination Commission. and is also on the Coordination Commission for the Youth Olympic Games Buenos Aires 2018.

Members of the Coordination Commission, with its gender balance, represent the stakeholders of the Olympic Movement, including athletes, National Olympic Committees and International Federations. They act as a link between the Organising Committee and other Olympic Movement stakeholders, thereby ensuring the coordination necessary to help deliver yet another successful edition of the Youth Olympic Games.

The full Commission is composed as follows: IOC Members Sergey Bubka – who was Chair of the Singapore 2010 Coordination Commission – Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark, Secretary General of the Turkish Olympic Committee and Member of ANOC Executive Council Nese Gündogan, CEO of Lillehammer 2016 Tomas Holmestad and FIS Secretary General Sarah Lewis.

“This youthful Commission will be very much aligned with the youthful sports-loving spirit of the City of Lausanne. The philosophy of these Youth Olympic Games, with their close link between sport and education, will be a perfect fit for the Olympic Capital,” said IOC President Thomas Bach.

The first meeting of the IOC Coordination Commission for Lausanne 2020 will be convened in October 2016.

IOC awards 2022-2024 broadcast rights in Canada to CBC/Radio-Canada

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) today announced that CBC/Radio-Canada has been awarded the exclusive broadcast rights in Canada for the XXIV Olympic Winter Games in Beijing in 2022, and the Games of the XXXIII Olympiad, the host city of which has yet to be elected.

IOC President Thomas Bach said: “CBC/Radio-Canada is a strong supporter of sport in Canada. We have extended our existing partnership until 2024, with CBC/Radio-Canada committing to continue its broadcast of the Olympic Games as well as year-round coverage of Olympic sports. We also have a pledge on both sides to collaborate on the new global Olympic Channel project. Finally, over 90 per cent of the revenue the IOC generates from this, and indeed all of its commercial agreements, will be distributed back to support sport at all levels around the world.”

“This extension agreement is a clear recognition of the exceptional coverage CBC/Radio-Canada provided for the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games – the most watched Olympics in history”, explains Hubert T. Lacroix, President and CEO of CBC/Radio-Canada. “We are pleased that Canadians across the country will be able to continue to experience with their public broadcaster all the excitement of the Olympic Games, wherever and however they choose to cheer on our best athletes.”

IOC member Gerardo Werthein, Delegate IOC Member for broadcast rights in the Americas, said: “We have worked with CBC/Radio-Canada for many years, and are delighted that we will build upon this foundation and extend this long-term partnership until 2024.”

CBC/Radio-Canada, Canada’s national public radio and television broadcaster, has acquired the rights across all broadcast platforms, including free-to-air television, subscription television, internet and mobile in all languages. The IOC has an existing agreement with CBC/Radio-Canada to broadcast the Olympic Games in 2018 and 2020, please here to find out more.

 

 

Death of Ashwini Kumar, IOC Honorary Member

It is with great sadness that the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has learnt of the death of Ashwini Kumar, IOC Honorary Member in India, at the age of 94.

Mr Kumar joined the IOC in 1973 and became an Honorary Member in 2000. He was a Member of the Executive Board (1980-1987, 1992-1996), Vice-President of the IOC (1983- 1987) and Member of the following Commissions: Olympic Solidarity (1980-1984), Olympic Movement (1983-1987, 1992-1996), Mass Media (1983-1989), preparation of the XII Olympic Congress – Congress of Unity (1985-1987), Radio (1983-1987) and Council of the Olympic Order (1983-1987).

“Ashwini Kumar had a real passion for sport and spent his whole career promoting its values at the highest level of Indian sports administration,” said IOC President Thomas Bach. “It was always a pleasure working with him over so many years. His good advice and contributions were greatly valued and his high integrity was hugely appreciated,” he added.

A long-serving member of India’s police force, Mr Kumar played an active role in sport in India, particularly in hockey as President of the Indian Hockey Federation for 16 years and Vice-President of the International Hockey Federation (FIH) for more than 15 years. He also headed the Indian hockey delegation at the Olympic Games in 1964 and 1968. In addition, Kumar was President of the Indian Basketball Federation and President of the Punjab Olympic Association for 12 years.

Kumar left his mark at the Commonwealth Games Federation and the Asian Games Federation and was elected Life President of the Indian Olympic Association.

Mr Kumar enjoyed playing hockey, boxing and rowing. He also competed in track and field at state and national levels.

The IOC expresses its deepest sympathies to Ashwini Kumar’s family.

Olympic Summit supports next steps in implementation of Olympic Agenda 2020

The leading representatives of the Olympic Movement met today in Lausanne for the fourth Olympic Summit convened and chaired by International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach. The Summit reviewed the implementation of Olympic Agenda 2020, with a particular emphasis on protecting the clean athletes, good governance and autonomy, The Olympic Channel, and the new Olympic Games Candidature Procedure. The participants fully backed the next steps for implementation of the recommendations leading up to and including 2016.

President Thomas Bach said: “This fourth Olympic Summit shows the unity of the Olympic Movement behind the Olympic Agenda 2020 reforms. We cannot overstate the importance of good governance, which leads to credibility. We need credibility for our sports organisations as well as for our sports competitions. With regard to the credibility of sport and the protection of clean athletes, the Summit has taken a major step forward to making anti-doping testing independent from sports organisations.”

Following the Summit, the IOC issued the following communique to Olympic Movement stakeholders.

 

Lillehammer 2016 “rocking the Youth Olympic Games”

With just under 130 days to go to the 2nd Winter Youth Olympic Games in Lillehammer, Norway, this coming February (12-21), the local organisers (LYOGOC) presented their final preparations to the IOC Coordination Commission this week. The young team vowed to combine elite sport competition with a festival atmosphere across the cities in a free event that they describe as “rocking the YOG”.

Chair of the IOC Coordination Commission Angela Ruggiero said, “The team in Lillehammer should be very proud of what they are developing; this event stands out from other sports competitions as a wonderful combination of elite sport, a festive atmosphere and the opportunity for young people to be inspired and learn through sport. All of this is taking place in a nation with a rich Olympic history and awesome venues. Lillehammer 2016 is innovating and taking the Youth Olympic Games to a new level.”

Final plans for the “Sjoggfest” – meaning snow festival and named after the mascot, Sjogg, particularly impressed the IOC Coordination Commission members as an event that appeals to youth culture while testing new concepts and pushing the boundaries of the YOG. Some 1,100 of the world’s best young athletes and future champions will compete in all of the seven sports on the Olympic programme, with some new youth-focused additions over the 10 days of the Games, while spectators and athletes alike will be able to enjoy a daily programme of film, music and arts festivals that brings together some of Norway’s leading talent.

In close collaboration with the International Federations, the Organising Committee has completed its sports initiation programme, which will allow visiting athletes and spectators to try out different sports for themselves under the guidance of expert coaches. Away from the competition venues, a “Sports Lab”-style concept will take place in an urban environment, allowing new sports to be showcased and enjoyed such as telemarking, ice-climbing, parkour, bandy and icestocksport.

The Organising Committee presented its final legacy plans, which aim to write a new Olympic history for Lillehammer and Norway. Twenty-two years after the Olympic Winter Games Lillehammer 1994, all venues are functioning at the highest level for international competition following a series of upgrades for the YOG, including new snow production infrastructure at Hafjell, a new freestyle venue and an updated ski jump profile at the iconic Lysgårdsbakken – the venue also for the Opening Ceremony. The Youth Olympic Village, supported by the IOC’s EUR 13.5 million contribution, has been open since 1 September, and students are already enjoying their new residence ahead of the Games.

For future generations, an Olympic Legacy Centre is being created in Lillehammer, securing its place as the home for international winter sports athletes. In addition, Lillehammer 2016 is already realising its ambition to contribute to the 10-year plan of boosting Norwegian youth sports: 200 young leaders are now fully trained not only to support during Games-time, but also giving them opportunities for future careers in sport. A total of 20,000 children have been invited by Oppland and Hedmark regions to experience a “Dream Day” at Lillehammer 2016, including watching sports competitions and participating in sports initiations, educational activities and festivals.

The Youth Olympic Flame will be lit in Athens on 1 December, to be followed by a Torch Tour that will carry this excitement across the nation with 21 “flame events” taking place across all counties of Norway, organised by young people and highlighting young ”changemakers” who have made a difference through sport in their communities. The start of the Torch Tour will be broadcast live at the annual Norwegian Sports Gala on 9 January.

Tomas Holmestad, Lillehammer 2016 CEO, said, “The Olympic flame may light up Lillehammer for the 10 days of the Games, but that spark is already alive in the city, and the excitement is spreading across Norway. Thanks to the support from our NOC, the national sports federations, government at all levels and the fantastic team in place, we are ready to deliver one big sporting party!”

Almost 7,000 volunteers have signed up to fill the 3,000 places required during Games time and, with close to 70 per cent being under the age of 30 and almost half being  international volunteers, this demonstrates the growing reach and international interest in the YOG among young people.

The fifth and final IOC Coordination Commission visit follows an exciting few days for the host city. Guests from 66 countries gathered in Lillehammer, including the Chef de Mission representatives, 39 Young Ambassadors (YAs), chosen by the NOCs to guide the athletes through their YOG experience, and five of the 15 Athlete Role Models (ARMs) – Olympians and champions who act as sports mentors throughout the Games. The YAs and ARMs took part in the series of workshops, excursions and team-building activities that will be open to the athletes during Games time. This programme, which will be run by leading experts, is intended to support athletes in their future careers on and off the field of play, and covers topics such as healthy lifestyles, anti-doping, illegal betting, injury prevention and life after sport.

For more information on the Youth Olympic Games, please visit: www.olympic.org/yog.

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First test events in view as IOC concludes 5th Coordination Commission visit in PyeongChang

The International Olympic Committee (IOC)’s Coordination Commission for the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 has concluded its fifth visit (22-24 September) to the Korean host city positive about the progress being made, while underlining the importance of test events for the Games preparations. The Commission was joined for the meeting by representatives of the seven International Federations of sports on the programme of the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018, who were able to share their expertise and actively contribute to shaping the project.

Commenting after the meeting, IOC Coordination Commission Chair Gunilla Lindberg said, “The preparations for the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 are developing well. Support from all the local partners continues to be strong, with the national and regional governments both present during our meetings. We were also delighted to have with us representatives of the seven International Federations on the 2018 programme, who brought their sport-specific expertise to the discussions. This was helpful for PyeongChang 2018, as it has now entered the delivery phase of preparations and is working on the detailed services for the athletes and technicians. This will be particularly important for the first sports events early next year, which include important dates on the international calendar, namely an FIS Alpine World Cup, an FIS Freestyle Skiing and Snowboard World Cup, and an IBSF/FIL pre-homologation event.”

She continued, “The venues continue to progress rapidly. We visited Jeongseon and the Alpensia Sliding Centre, and got a really good impression of what the athletes will experience come Games time. I am confident that they will be very pleased. The competition sites remain on schedule for the Games, but the organisers need to maintain their focus, as some delivery dates are very close to the start of the test events. It is important that PyeongChang 2018 delivers these events successfully and, in particular, the first events next February, in order to create a solid basis for its planning and preparations for the Games. This will also be a great opportunity for Koreans to experience elite winter sport and get engaged in the Games, as some of the world’s best athletes in those sports will be present in order to get a feeling for the 2018 Olympic venues.”

Additionally, the Commission was informed that the PyeongChang 2018 Organising Committee (POCOG), the National Government and the Gangwon authorities were working together in a venue legacy advisory group in order to deliver on their commitment to complete the detailed legacy plans for the venues by December. It was underlined by the Commission that one of the key legacies of these Games would be human, with expertise being developed in numerous areas but especially in the organisation of winter sports. The upcoming test events will already start to deliver on that promise, with local staff working closely with federation experts on the competitions.

PyeongChang 2018 Organising Committee President Yang-ho Cho said, “It has been a very productive three days. I feel that we are moving in the right direction to stage great Olympic and Paralympic Games. With the feedback and support of the Coordination Commission, we have made a number of important and critical decisions. As we move further ahead into the operational phase of the Games, I would like to thank the national and International Federations for their guidance and support. Their expertise and Games experience have been instrumental to guiding POCOG.”

The support of local partners was also reinforced during the visit, as the Commission learnt about POCOG’s third-wave restructuring, which has seen the number of staff at the Organising Committee grow in line with the increasing workload that comes as the Games approach. The different levels of government have contributed positively to this evolution by supporting the recruitment and retention of secondees from their respective administrations.

There was also good news on the marketing front, as POCOG announced that it has now reached over 50 per cent of its sponsorship target. This showed the Commission the strong backing of the Korean business community for the Games.

Over the three days, the Coordination Commission heard updates about areas as diverse as Athlete and National Olympic Committee (NOC) Services, Sport and International Federation Services, Media Operations, Spectators, Technology and the Paralympic Games. As well as visiting the Jeongseon Alpine Centre and Alpensia Sliding Centre, the Commission members participated in the ground-breaking ceremony of the PyeongChang Olympic Village.

The next visit of the full Commission will be in March 2016.

Friday 04 September 2015 www.olympic.org

IOC announces emergency two million dollar fund to help refugees

The International Olympic Committee today announced a two million dollar fund that will be made available to National Olympic Committees for programmes focused on refugees.

“We have all been touched by the terrible news and the heartbreaking stories in the past few days. With this terrible crisis unfolding across the Middle East, Africa and Europe, sport and the Olympic Movement wanted to play its part in bringing humanitarian help to the refugees. We made a quick decision that we needed to take action and to make this fund available immediately,” said the IOC President, Thomas Bach. “We have a long term relationship with the United Nations and with the UNHCR and we draw on their help and expertise.  We know through experience that sport can ease the plight of refugees, many of them young people and children, be they in the Middle East, Africa, Europe or in other parts of the world. Our thoughts are with the many refugees risking their lives and the lives of their families to escape danger. ”

NOCs and other interested parties will be asked to submit projects to the IOC for funding. The fund itself is made up of one million dollars from the IOC and a further one million from Olympic Solidarity. 

President Bach added that “because of the nature of the crisis the assessment of projects and the distribution of funds will be carried out extremely quickly. We are able to work on the ground with our partners in the National Olympic Committees and the expert agencies to get help to where it is needed most urgently.”

The IOC already works with a number of United Nations agencies to help refugees around the world.  In April 2014 the two organizations signed a historic agreement aimed at strengthening collaboration. 

The IOC has been working with the UNHCR for two decades and has already seen thousands of refugees benefit from sports programmes and equipment donated by the IOC. 

Last year IOC Honorary President Jacques Rogge completed his first mission as Special Envoy of the United Nations (UN) Secretary-General for Youth Refugees and Sport.

With the goal of raising awareness on the conditions of youth refugees and the impact of sport for their well-being, Rogge visited Syrian refugees currently living in the UN camp of Azraq, located in the desert 100 kilometres east of the Jordanian capital, Amman. The camp currently hosts more than 5,000 shelters housing some 18,000 refugees.

Since 2004, the IOC and UNHCR have organised a “Giving is Winning” programme.  This global solidarity campaign allows athletes, officials and sponsors of the Olympic Games, National Olympic Committees, International and National Federations, and other Olympic Movement stakeholders to donate tens of thousands of clothing items to help refugees . The campaign has already collected over 170,000 items of clothing, which have reached refugees in 23 countries across Africa, Asia, Latin America and Europe.

In 2013 and 2014, the IOC, Worldwide Olympic Partner Samsungand the UNHCR joined forces to distribute IOC Sports Kits to more than 180,000 internally displaced young people living in refugee camps in 20 countries throughout Asia, Africa and Latin America.

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Thomas “Cornflake” LaManna headlines Boxing by the Beach on Saturday, September 26 in Beach Haven Memorial Park in Beach Haven, NJ Plus six-time MMA Heavyweight champion “Brutal” Brendan Barrett, Ian Green, Arturo Trujillo, Kennan Smith and Bienvenido Diaz

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In the main event, Jr. Middleweight Thomas “Cornflake” LaManna will take part in a 6-round bout. LaManna will be looking for his 2nd straight win as he won a 6-round unanimous decision over Joshua Robertson on August 7 in Atlantic City.

LaManna of Millville, New Jersey has a record of 17-1 with 7 knockouts.

Fighting in the 4-round co-feature will be “Brutal” Brendan Barrett.

Barrett, of Little Egg Harbor, NJ, is a 6-time MMA Heavyweight champion, will be making his 2nd professional boxing appearance.

He is 0-0-1 as he fought a disputed draw with James Rankin on May 8, 2009 in Philadelphia.

Also seeing action in a 6-round bouts will be Super Middleweight Ian Green (6-0, 4 KO’s) of Paterson, NJ; Welterweight Keenan Smith (8-0, 3 KO’s) of Philadelphia, PA; Jr. Lightweight O’Shanique Foster (7-0, 4 KO’s) of Orange, Texas

In 4-round Bouts: Welterweight Arturo Trujillo (6-0, 3 KO’s) of Easton, PA will fight an opponent to be named.

Jr. Lightweight Bienvenido Diaz (2-0, 2 KO’s) of Prospect Park, NJ will face Joshua Arocho (3-10-4, 2 KO’s) of Vineland, NJ in a four round bout. 

Smith, Diaz, Foster and Trujillo are promoted by GH3 Promotions.

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