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DEONTAY WILDER TO DEFEND WBC HEAVYWEIGHT WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP AGAINST
MANDATORY CHALLENGER BERMANE STIVERNE LIVE ON SHOWTIME® ON SATURDAY,
NOV. 4 AT BARCLAYS CENTER IN BROOKLYN & PRESENTED BY
PREMIER BOXING CHAMPIONS
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Wilder vs. Stiverne World Title
Rematch Headlines SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® Tripleheader Beginning
Live At 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT
BROOKLYN (Oct. 5, 2017) -
WBC Heavyweight World Champion Deontay Wilder will defend his title
against mandatory challenger Bermane Stiverne on Saturday, Nov. 4 live
on SHOWTIME in a rematch of their 2015 world title fight. The event is
presented by Premier Boxing Champions from Barclays Center, the home of
Wilder (38-0, 37 KOs) dethroned defending champion
Stiverne in January 2015 via unanimous decision in what was the
promising challenger's toughest fight to date. With the win, Wilder
became the first American heavyweight champion in nearly a decade and he
has gone on to defend the title five times. Stiverne (25-2-1, 21 KOs)
remains the only Wilder opponent to go the distance with the
hard-hitting Tuscaloosa, Ala., native who has knocked out every other
professional opponent on his long resume.
Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by DiBella
Entertainment and TGB Promotions, are on sale now and can be purchased
at ticketmaster.com, barclayscenter.com or by calling 800-745-3000.
Tickets can also be purchased at the American Express Box Office at
Barclays Center. Group discounts are available by calling 844-BKLYN-GP.
The Nov. 4 main event will be the second heavyweight
world championship bout to air live on SHOWTIME on back-to-back
Saturdays. On Oct. 28 unified heavyweight world champion Anthony Joshua
will meet Kubrat Pulev for Joshua's IBF and WBA world titles in the main
event of a fight card from Cardiff, Wales.
After Wilder vs. Stiverne I, Stiverne was hospitalized
at University Medical Center in Las Vegas for severe dehydration and
muscle damage, which he claimed affected his performance in his first
title defense. Stiverne bounced back with a win over Derric Rossy and
has been advocating for a rematch since.
"Stiverne asked for it, so he's going to get it," Wilder
said. "Whatever happens happens. Ask and you shall receive. I'm relieved
to be getting my mandatory out of the way. At least now I won't have to
deal with that down the road.
"In the first fight, I broke my hand in the third round,
and I still dominated. That was a lot of the reason why it went the
distance. This time it's a different day, different time and different
fight. This time it won't end well for him.
"Despite all of these obstacles that are thrown in my
path, it still will not stop me from reaching my ultimate goal, which is
to be the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world.''
Stiverne replaces Luis Ortiz, who was pulled from the
fight by the WBC on Wednesday after he failed a VADA anti-doping test.
"Stiverne will pay for Luis Ortiz screwing up," Wilder
Stiverne was in camp preparing to fight Dominic
Breazeale in a heavyweight attraction on the Nov. 4 undercard. Now the
Haitian-born Las Vegas resident gets a shot at winning back the
heavyweight crown he first won with a knockout of Chris Arreola in 2014.
"I am ready, willing and able to seize back my title
from Wilder," Stiverne said. "We all know that Wilder dodged a bullet in
the first fight, but not this time. It was my fault, but I learn from my
mistakes. On November 4, Wilder will feel my pain."
After defeating Stiverne, Wilder went on to knockout
each of his next five challengers including twice as the headliner on
SHOWTIME. Wilder-Stiverne II will be the 10th heavyweight world
championship fight to air live on SHOWTIME in the last two years as the
heavyweight division continues its resurgence.
"The show must go on, as they say, and Deontay Wilder
still plans to put on a show for New York City," said Lou DiBella,
President of DiBella Entertainment and promoter of the stacked Nov. 4
event. "Considering Stiverne's status as mandatory challenger, he was
always going to be a roadblock in Deontay's quest for heavyweight
unification. Now it's time to see if Deontay can clear that roadblock
and continue on his path to becoming the undisputed heavyweight champion
and the most recognizable and dominant force in boxing."
In the SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING co-feature, former
welterweight world champion Shawn Porter will battle perennial contender
Adrian Granados in a matchup of two all-action fighters. In the opening
bout of the three-fight telecast beginning at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT,
unbeaten contender Sergey Lipinets will take on Akihiro Kondo for the
vacant IBF Junior Welterweight World Championship.
REAL DEAL SPORTS & ENTERTAINMENT
PORTION OF INAUGURAL EVENT
IN ASSOCIATION WITH TOP KNOTCH BOXING
AND KENTUCKY VENUES
FREEDOM HALL, LOUISVILLE, KY
SATURDAY, JUNE 24, 2017 -
LIVE ON CBS SPORTS NET, 10PM ET
New York, NY/Louisville, KY – May
25, 2017 – Evander Holyfield’s
Real Deal Sports & Entertainment, in association with Top Knotch Boxing
and Kentucky Venues, has announced that its promotional debut will be a
quadruple-header televised live on CBS Sports Net, on Saturday, June 24,
at 10pm ET, from Freedom Hall, in Louisville, KY. The inaugural
installment of the “Real Deal Championship Boxing” series, branded as
“Evander’s Tribute to Ali”, will be a part of the local “I AM ALI”
Festival in honor of Muhammad Ali, one year after the champ’s passing.
Headlining the card will be the always-exciting heavyweight contender
Derric Rossy facing Puerto Rican Carlos Negron in a 10-round bout with
the vacant WBC Continental Americas title at stake.
“I am proud to bring this exciting card to Louisville, KY, as well as
to the boxing fans around the world,” said Evander Holyfield, Co-Owner
of Real Deal Sports & Entertainment. “We have entertaining fights
featuring fearless competitors and this is how we want to set the
standard for our company.”
“Real Deal Sports & Entertainment is determined to put on quality,
competitive, entertaining bouts, and we believe that this debut event is
undoubtedly representative of our company’s vision,” said Eric Bentley,
COO of Real Deal Sports & Entertainment. “The main event on June 24 is
truly a crossroads bout, with highly touted Puerto Rican Olympian Carlos
Negron stepping up to challenge the seasoned gatekeeper Derric Rossy,
who has been in with the best and will be hungry to keep his world title
hopes alive. In the co-feature, Puerto Rican Olympian Enrique Collazo
faces his toughest challenge in the battle-tested and always dangerous
Steven Martinez. We will also be showcasing our newly signed, extremely
talented junior lightweight contender Toka Kahn Clary, as he continues
his comeback in a special attraction eight-round bout. A clash of
welterweight prospects will open up the card, with Pete Dobson and
Jeremy Nichols willing to risk their undefeated records.”
Over his 12-plus-year professional career, heavyweight Derric Rossy
(31-12, 15 KOs) has proven his willingness to take on any challenge,
always entertaining fans with his all-action style. Rossy, of Medford,
Long Island, NY, turned pro in 2004 after winning the New York Golden
Gloves tournament and has been promoted his entire career by Sal
Musumeci, now doing business as President/CEO of Real Deal Sports &
Entertainment. His resume reads like a who’s who of heavyweight
contenders, with battles against Eddie Chambers, Alexander Dimitrenko,
Kubrat Pulev, Maurice Harris, Audley Harrison, Fres Oquendo, Vyacheslav
Glazkov, Bermane Stiverne and Erkan Teper. Rossy holds impressive
victories versus Gary Bell, Ray Mercer, Travis Walker, 26-1 Carl
Drummond, 21-1 Joe Hanks and 16-0 Axror Muralimov, and has won numerous
titles including the New York State, NABO, WBC Asian, WBC Fecarbox, WBC-USNBC,
and the IBF North American heavyweight belts. He is coming off of a
second-round stoppage win over Richard Carmack on December 10.
“Facing Negron is another great fight in the right direction for my
career,” said Rossy. “A tall, athletic and tough boxer like Negron is
going to be a difficult task, but at this point in my career, there are
no easy fights. I am looking forward to getting in the ring against
Negron with the WBC Continental Americas belt on the line. There is a
lot of excitement in the heavyweight division again and a win on June 24
will get me back in the rankings and ready to make some noise.”
Carlos Negron (19-1, 15 KOs) is a 2008 Puerto Rican Olympian, from
San Juan. Standing at 6’6”, he turned pro in 2009, and his only loss
came in 2011. Currently riding a six-fight winning streak, Negron won
the WBC Fecarbox title on September 9, 2016, with a first-round TKO over
20-3 Andy Perez. In his last bout, Negron knocked out 17-0 Cristian
Galvez in two rounds, on December 19. The June 24 fight will be his
first stateside appearance since 2010.
“I’m very excited to be back and put up a great fight for the fans in
Louisville, KY,” said Negron. “Rossy is a good fighter, but I am ready
to win this fight and capture the WBC Continental Americas heavyweight
championship. I can’t wait to get to Louisville and get back in the ring
on June 24.”
In the televised co-feature, San Juan, Puerto Rico’s hard-hitting
prospect Enrique Collazo (11-0-1, 9 KOs), a 2012 Olympian, will square
off against Steven Martinez in an eight-round middleweight contest, in
what will be his toughest test to date. Collazo won the WBC Fecarbox
middleweight title on April 22, 2016, with an eight-round unanimous
decision over Oscar Riojas, then defended the belt last September.
Having fought mostly at home in Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic,
this will be Collazo’s first fight in the US since his February 2013 pro
debut that ended in a draw.
Born in Bayamon, Puerto Rico, but now based out of The Bronx, NY,
Steven Martinez (17-3, 13 KOs) is trained by Marco Suarez and has been a
pro since 2009. On December 19, 2015, Martinez earned his most
impressive win, stopping 29-5-1 Jorge Melendez inside two rounds. He has
never been knocked out, and two of his losses came via split and
majority decisions. As an amateur, Martinez accumulated a 103-17 record
and was a three-time New York Golden Gloves champion, three-time New
York Metro champion, two-time Empire State Games champion and a National
Golden Gloves champion in 2008, where he was voted the ‘Most Outstanding
Boxer’ of the tournament.
Junior lightweight contender Toka Kahn Clary (21-1, 15 KOs) will
continue his quest for a world title, competing in an eight-round
special attraction bout. He has rebounded from his only loss last
September with two wins by knockout. Born in Monrovia, Liberia, Kahn
Clary immigrated to the United States as a child, initially living in
Philadelphia, PA, before settling in Providence, RI. Trained by Peter
Manfredo Sr. since his amateur days, Kahn Clary turned pro in 2012. A
highly accomplished amateur with a 119-11 record, Kahn Clary began
boxing at age 14 and was a National Golden Gloves champion and a
five-time New England Golden Gloves champion.
Welterweight up-and-comers “Pistol” Pete Dobson (8-0, 5 KOs), of The
Bronx, NY, and Jeremy “J Flash” Nichols (7-0-1, 2 KOs), of Las Vegas,
NV, put their undefeated records on the line in the eight-round
televised opener. A New York Golden Gloves champion, Dobson is a
fan-friendly, aggressive volume-puncher who can box as well as brawl.
While still an amateur, Nichols, originally from Long Beach, CA, gained
invaluable experience as a sparring partner for Floyd Mayweather Jr.
leading into the mega fight with Manny Pacquiao. Nichols is intent on
testing himself, as Dobson will be his fourth unbeaten adversary upon
turning pro in October 2015. Both Dobson and Nichols will compete in
their first scheduled eight-rounder.
The stacked undercard off-TV will include Real Deal Sports &
Entertainment prospects Devaun “Unique” Lee (7-2-1, 3 KOs), a
middleweight from Queens, NY, and Louisville lightweight Carlos Dixon, a
nationally ranked amateur and three-time regional Golden Gloves
champion, in his pro debut. Two amateur bouts will open up the event.
Tickets for the live event on June 24, promoted by Real Deal Sports &
Entertainment in association with Top Knotch Boxing and Kentucky Venues,
are priced at $105, $79, $58 and $41. Tickets are on sale now and can be
purchased via Ticketmaster, online at this link:
or by calling 800-745-3000. Doors open at 6:00pm ET, with the
first bout scheduled for 7:00pm ET.
|THE HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONS
John L. Sullivan
1892-1896 James J. Corbett
1896-1899 Bob Fitzsimmons
1899-1905 James J. Jeffries
1905 Marvin Hart
1906-1908 Tommy Burns
1908 - 1915 Jack Johnson
1915-1919 Jess Willard
1919 -1927 Jack Dempsey
1927-1930 Gene Tunney
1930-1932 Max Schmeling
1932 -1933 Jack Sharkey
1933-1934 Primo Carnera
1934 - 1935 Max Bear
1935 -1937 James Braddock
1937-1949 Joe Louis
1949 - 1951 Ezzard Charles
1951-1952 Jersey Joe Walcott
1952-1956 Rocky Marciano
1956 -1960 Floyd Patterson
1960- 1961 Ingemar Johannsan
1961-1962 Floyd Patterson
1962-1964 Sonny Liston
1964 -1967 Muhammad Ali
1968 -1973 Joe Frazier
1973 -1974 George Foreman
1974-1978 Muhammad Ali
1978 Leon Spinks
1978 Ken Norton
1978 Muhammad Ali
1978-1985 Larry Holmes
1985-1987 Michael Spinks
1987-1990 Mike Tyson
1990 Buster Douglas
1990 -1993 Evander Holyfield
1993 -1994 Michael Moorer
1994 . . .