UPCOMING MAIN BOXING EVENTS . . . . June 22 Shields Vs. Gabriels, Detroit, MI . . . Sat July 14th Prograis Vs. Velasco, jr welterweights, from New Orleans. . . . Sat July 14th, from Kuala Lampur - -  Pacquaio Vs. Matthysse, welterweights. . . July 28 Garcia Vs. Easter, lightweight unification championship, from Los Angeles . . . Sat Jul 28 London,England WhyteVs. Parker, heavyweights . also Katie Taylor vs Connor,  and Brook vs Cook, super-weltwerweights . . .  Aug 4, from Atlantic City,  Kovalev Vs Alvarez, light-heavyweights . . . Aug 25 Danny Garcia Vs. Porter, welterweight championship . . . . .for more news, stay in tune on TruFanBoxing.com  . . . 











Sergey Kovalev vs. Eleider Alvarez Set for Saturday, August 4 at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City

Televised Live on HBO World Championship Boxing®

Atlantic City, N.J. – May 12, 2018 – Two-time light heavyweight world champion Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (32-2-1, 28 KOs) puts his WBO Light Heavyweight World Title on the line against long-time WBC Light Heavyweight number one Contender Eleider “Storm” Alvarez (23-0, 11 KOs) at the Etess Arena in the brand new Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City on Saturday, August 4, 2018. The event, promoted by Main Events and Krusher Promotions in association with Groupe Yvon Michel, will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT. This will mark Kovalev’s 14th appearance on HBO® with Alvarez making his network debut.

Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday, May 18.

Kovalev vs. Alvarez will be the first professional boxing event to take place at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City, which opens on June 28. Kovalev, 35, of Chelyabinsk, Russia, will be fighting for the fourth time in Atlantic City, including his 2014 victory over future Hall of Famer Bernard Hopkins, which unified three of the four light heavyweight world titles. The only light heavyweight world title Kovalev has not had the chance to win belongs to WBC Light Heavyweight Champion Adonis “Superman” Stevenson. Kovalev and Stevenson have come close to getting in the ring several times, but “Superman” seems set on avoiding the hard-hitting Russian.

Undefeated Eleider Alvarez also knows a little something about being avoided by Stevenson. Alvarez defeated Isaac Chilemba in 2015 to secure the WBC mandatory position and the opportunity to face Adonis for his piece of the light heavyweight crown. Since then, Alvarez is 4-0 with notable wins over former world champions Jean Pascal and Lucian Bute. After more than two years since becoming the mandatory contender and almost one year since his last fight, Stevenson still has not agreed to fight Alvarez, so Eleider jumped at the opportunity to face Kovalev for the WBO World Title when the offer arrived.

Kovalev explained, “Alvarez has earned his title shot but Chickenson dodged him; just like he dodged me. I want to fight the best in my division. Alvarez took the fight with me without hesitation. I respect that and I am excited to face him in my return to Atlantic City.”

Egis Klimas, Sergey’s manager, added, “Eleider Alvarez is a great competitor. That is probably why Stevenson refused to fight him. Sergey will face anyone, any time, any place. If Adonis is too scared to take the fight, Sergey is happy to step up and fight Alvarez. He earned this opportunity.”

Main Events’ CEO and Kovalev’s promoter, Kathy Duva, said, “Entering our 40th year in this business, we are so excited to return to Atlantic City and honored to be the first fight in this beautiful new venue. Atlantic City, and the Etess Arena in particular, were home to so many amazing fights with Evander Holyfield, Michael Moorer, and the late, great Arturo Gatti, just to name a few. The Atlantic City fans have always come out to support Sergey and, fortuitously, this event will take place during the French-Canadian Construction Holiday when the Jersey Shore fills up with vacationers from Quebec. We’re going to have a great crowd on August 4th!”

According to Alvarez, “I am extremely happy. I said yes as soon as I had the offer! I waited for a long time to get a shot at a world title. I don’t want to hear about Adonis Stevenson anymore: I am focused on Sergey Kovalev! I am really motivated, it is a huge fight against a really high-class opponent. Kovalev is right now the best fighter of the division. I wanted to fight in a world championship bout to show my talent and now I finally have the opportunity. I know it is a really hard fight, but I will work hard to become world champion. This is my dream. I am a boxer who loves challenge and who performs at my best when I am challenged. I now have what I want. Kovalev is an all-around solid fighter, with a good jab, good technique and a hard puncher, but my trainer knows him well! I have no doubt, I will be the next WBO champion.”

Alvarez’s promoter, Yvon Michel, added, “The experience that Eleider Alvarez has now makes gives him solid chances to win that important clash! He is fighting with passion and adrenaline. He deserves his world title fight in front of his crowd. I am convinced that Eleider Alvarez has what it takes to beat Sergey Kovalev and to bring a third light heavyweight title back in Quebec!”

Eleider is managed by Stéphane Lépine, who explained, “The offer from Kathy Duva arrived and we were really happy. Fighting against Sergey Kovalev, an established and recognized name of the boxing world, on HBO, we couldn’t ask for any better opportunity! For me, it was a no brainer; we had to accept that amazing offer. We were also too tired to wait for Adonis Stevenson.”

Marc Ramsay, Eleider’s trainer, has faced Kovalev before as the trainer for Jean Pascal. He said, “‘Eleider is an experienced fighter, he has fought in other opponent’s backyard, he also fought in front of huge home crowd. We were waiting for a title shot for so long, he is now very ready to perform. The objective for him when we started

together in the pro ranks was to become world championship fight. That is a promise I made him when he arrived in Montreal from Colombia. I am really confident that Eleider have what it takes to become world champion.”

“Sergey Kovalev will face his toughest opponent in over a year in undefeated Eleider Alvarez when World Championship Boxing returns to Atlantic City,” said Peter Nelson, Executive Vice President, HBO Sports. “The boardwalk has been the site of many memorable moments throughout the years and we look forward to this light heavyweight title showdown on August 4.”

“We are thrilled to bring championship boxing to the Boardwalk and to host it at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City. This event will mark the first sporting event at Hard Rock Live at Etess Arena which is all new and a venue that our boxing fans will truly enjoy. Our world-class facility will be the ultimate location for events and entertainment”, stated Bernie Dillion, vice president of entertainment at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City.












Las Vegas (March 19, 2018) - Five-Time World Champion Zab Judah has confirmed that he will appear at the "Barrett VIP Group" booth and hold a Meet & Greet with his fans at the Las Vegas Convention Center for the 4th edition of Box Fan Expo that will take place Saturday May 5, 2018 from 10am to 5pm, during Cinco De Mayo fight weekend. 


Judah will once again appear at this year's Expo, where he will be will be signing gloves, photos and have merchandise for fans to enjoy. Boxing fans will also have a great opportunity to take pictures with this boxing star also known as "Super". 

About Zab Judah
Judah is an American professional boxer and future hall of famer in the sport of boxing. He is a Five-Time former world champion in two weight classes, having held the IBF and WBO junior welterweight titles between 2000 and 2004; the IBF junior welterweight title again in 2011 and the undisputed welterweight title in 2005, which included a reign as the lineal champion from 2005 to 2006. 


About Barrett VIP Group
Barrett VIP Group also known as BVG was co-founded in 2018 by former world heavyweight champion Monte Barrett. BVG is a unique concierge services that specializes in providing fight night experiences, catered to the needs of their clients that are looking to get close to the action and get the ultimate adventure with customized or pre-selected sports packages. BVG has close relationships with prominent fighters from past and present, which allows to provide their clients the best possible treatment, in an up close, personal and action-packed setting. BVG is based in Manhattan, New York. For more info go to 


Judah joins, Shannon Briggs, Badou Jack, Kelly Pavlik, Erik Morales and Fernando Vargas among early commitments to this year's Box Fan Expo.

Box Fan Expo has been a huge success with fans and boxing industry people. Many boxing stars have attended the last three Expos such as Floyd Mayweather, Mike Tyson, Roberto Duran, Tommy Hearns, Marco Antonio Barrera, Roy Jones Jr., Marcos Maidana, Sergio Martinez, Keith Thurman, Danny Garcia, Tim Bradley, Deontay Wilder, Amir Khan, Shawn Porter, Fernando Vargas, Zab Judah, James Toney, Vinny Pazienza, Mikey Garcia , Mia St.Johns, Leo Santa Cruz, Badou Jack, Terry Norris , Riddick Bowe , Earnie Shavers, Leon Spinks, Danny Jacobs, Abner Mares, Jorge Linares, Brandon Rios and many more...





Spence Vs Peterson Results; Notes

Errol Spence TKO 8 Lamont Peterson
01/20/2018    BROOKLYN

 The Main Event was the first defense of Spence IBF title he had won last year from Kell Brook . . . Spence started early and fast and Peterson never had time to adjust or get into any type of rhythm. After round 5, Peterson was taking heavy punishment and didn't have the power to thwart his opponent, or slow down Spence.  Peterson's trainer, Barry Hunter, wisely stopped the fight one second into the 8th Round.  Score SPENCE TKO 8.



“I want to thank Lamont. A  lot guys turned down the fight and he took like a real warrior and I commend him for that."

 “Everybody knows I’ve been waiting on “Sometimes” Thurman.  Since I was 15-0 I’ve been calling this guy out and he keeps making excuses.  Let’s get it on."  "He has two of the belts and we both have big names. Its an easy fight to make and I want it."


“He was getting the shots on me early. He was the better man tonight."

"I always respect Barry’s decision. If he asks me to fight a million people, I will. If he asks me to stop. I will stop. I will never question his decision. I know he has my best interests at heart."

Hunter, Peterson's trainer:

It was really hard, but if you know Lamont, you know he was not going to give up. So I had to stop it. At the end of the day this is my son right here. And there is nothing more valuable than his well being. If it comes to him or winning, I pick him.

 Spence, who landed 161 punches, while Peterson threw 158 punches.  45 of Spence’s 138 landed power shots were to the body of Peterson.  Spence landed 35 power punches in round five- the most by a Peterson opponent in 18 of his fights tracked by CompuBox.  Spence landed an avg. of 25 of 79 punches in rounds two thru seven.

Attendance at the Barclay's was 12,107.










LAS VEGAS, NV (June 18, 2017) – Andre Ward vs. Sergey Kovalev 2: “The Rematch” took place on Saturday, June 17 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. The championship event, presented by Corona Extra, was produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View®.

Below you can find all of the fight results and fighter quotes:

Sergey Kovalev (30-2-1, 26 KOs) vs. Andre Ward (32-0, 16 KOs)

RESULT: Andre Ward by TKO 2 at 2:29 of the Eighth Round

Andre Ward: “I’m ecstatic, I’m happy. I didn’t predict a knockout, but I said it could happen. I’ve been boxing a long time and, sometimes, a lot of writers and reporters they don’t take you at your word. If you look at my career and the way I’ve gone about things, I’m pretty matter of fact. I’m pretty straightforward. I don’t say anything unless I mean it. I have a lot of respect for Kovalev. He is a world champion. He’s been on top for a long time. He’s a great fighter; there’s not a lot of people that elite. I’m not going to throw him under the bus even though they did a lot of different things. But I knew the temperament that I was fighting. I don’t want to call him a frontrunner, but if he’s not having his way, he’s got to dig deep. I don’t know if he had the right answers tonight. Obviously, he didn’t because the fight got stopped.

“I was breathing, he was breathing, but I’m used to working tired. I’m comfortable being uncomfortable; that’s how we work, that’s how we train. When I saw him put his arms on the ropes in between the rounds – I watch all that stuff – that’s trouble for him. I just needed to keep being smart.

“I think it was plain to see that I broke him mentally and physically. I’m not a person that demands respect or none of that. You don’t have to respect me and I don’t demand anything, but at a certain point and time, you got to give a person their just do. I’m 13 years in and I’ve been doing it against the best.

“What's next? Cruiserweight? Heavyweight? I dream big. Anything is possible when you have God.

“If there are questions marks after this, that has nothing to do with me. I’m going to enjoy my family, kiss my wife and we out.

Virgil Hunter: “I told them (the media) that I only trained Andre for the knockout twice. The first was Chad Dawson. And the second was for tonight. And they laughed at me. But I knew what was going to happen because he (Ward) was healthy. Now we quieted all those who were whining and thought we didn't take it the first time.”

Sergey Kovalev: “He hit with four low blows. The ref didn't call them. I felt I could have continued. This is bullshit.”

Moises Flores (25-1, 17 KOs) vs. Guillermo Rigondeaux (18-0, 12 KOs)

RESULT: Guillermo Rigondeaux by TKO at 2:59 of the First Round

Rigondeaux: “The Mexican was a brave kid. I commend him for getting in the ring with me. He has more guts than a lot of these other guys. We both threw combinations at the same time at the end of the first round. But mine was quicker and more accurate. It was only a matter of time. I fight to give the best performance to the public and all the fans. I am making everyone disappear at 122. I am always available. Tell me who is next. I want all of them, and will take them out one by one. I hope the whole world sees what it is like to get in the ring with me. I am tired of the press and everyone saying I am boring. You see what happens when someone brings the fight to me.”

Flores: “It's not fair. It's clear that the bell rang. He didn't throw a punch the whole round. I was winning the round and he waited for after the bell to throw punch when I dropped my hands down.”

Cedric Agnew (29-3, 15 KOs) vs. Dmitry Bivol (11-0, 9 KO)

RESULT: Dmitry Bivol by TKO at 1:27 of the Fourth Round

Bivol: “I'm very glad the flight went this way. I found my ways that I practiced and I used them and you saw the results. I didn't think he was going to work more as right-handed, as orthodox, but I was ready for everything so the fight ran smooth for me. I tried to open him up but for some reason. he didn't want to go. He was close, he was very defensive and going back. But anyways, I won the fight!”

Agnew: N/A

Arif Magomedov (18-2, 11 KOs) vs. Luis Arias (18-0, 9 KOs)

RESULT: Luis Arias by TKO at 1:16 of the Fifth Round

Luis Arias: “Finally! Your just heard my name. Top 10 all around. Easy work.”

Arif Magomedov: “There's really not a lot I can say about this. He caught me with a really good shot and I couldn't do anything about it.”

Zoltan Sera (28-13, 19 KOs) vs. Junior Younan (12-0, 9 KOs)

RESULT: Junior Younan by TKO at 1:39 of the First Round

Junior Younan: “I wanted to come out and make a statement and I did just that! I knew I could get it done in one round. I did all I could. I worked my ass off! The love that I have gotten since I arrived in Las Vegas has been tremendous. Thank you! And thank you to my promotor, Roc Nation Sports, for getting me to the greatest stage in boxing!”

Zoltan Sera: N/A

Fabiano Pena (16-8-1, 13 KOs) vs. Vaughn Alexander (10-0, 7 KOs)

RESULT: Vaughn Alexander by TKO at the end of the Fourth Round

Vaughn Alexander: “It was a good a good fight for me, another good win. Another step to get me closer to where I want to be, amongst the top middleweights. You know soon maybe next year sometime I can be considered for a World title. I just went in there and worked on my defense, what me and my brother been working on in the gym, throwing more combinations and just taking my time.”

Fabiano Pena: N/A

Christopher Martin (30-9-3, 10 KOs) vs. Tramaine Williams (11-0, 4 KOs)

RESULT: Tramaine Williams by TKO at 1:44 of the Second Round

Tramaine Williams: “He was going to take a beating if they let it go for all eight rounds. He has a family he has to get back to. It’s a good thing the ref stopped the fight. If there were 10 more seconds in the first round I would have had him. It would have been over! I’m pretty happy with my performance but I am I am always going to work to be better. Thank you to everyone for tuning in. I hope to be back in the ring next month. In the meantime, I plan on staying in shape and ready to fight. Thank you to Roc Nation Sports for the opportunity to be on this great card.”

Christopher Martin: “Bullshit.”

Brando Sanudo (5-5, 2 KOs) vs. John Bauza (7-0, 4 KOs)

RESULT: John Bauza by TKO at 1:14 of the Second Round

John Bauza: "That knock down felt great! It was an easy win because I worked hard. I felt strong in the first round. Thanks to all my followers and supporters. I will keep up great work. Whatever my promoters tell me next, will be next."

Brando Sanudo: N/A

Alex Sandro Duarte (6-1, 4 KOs) vs. Bakhram Murtazaliev (9-0, 7 KOs)

RESULT: Bakhram Murtazaliev by TKO at 1:31 of the First Round

Bakhram Murtazaliev: “I'm very happy. The fight went so quickly that I didn't have time to even think about how I felt. I didn't intend to knock him out, it just happened.”

Alex Sandro Duarte: “He was taller and stronger than me. I was fighting in a weight class that was above my normal weight class. I am disappointed.”

Jonathan Steele (7-1, 5 KOs) vs. Enriko Gogokhia (5-0, 2 KOs)

RESULT: Enriko Gogokhia by Unanimous Decision

Enriko Gogokhia: “I thought it was a good fight. I really wanted to knock him out but I also wanted to play with him and make him go a little harder. He was just the fighter I thought he would be and I was prepared for him. I am happy with my performance.”

Jonathan Steele: “Hopefully I will get back in there, I want revenge so hopefully I will be looking forward to a rematch. It was a great fight. I really enjoyed my first time in Vegas, it's a beautiful thing. It was a very humbling experience. I will go harder in the gym and I'll come back out here and continue on my path to become the world champion.”





DAY 2  --- April 11, 2017

Andre Ward vs. Sergey Kovalev 2: "The Rematch"

Oakland Press Conference Photos and Quotes

Oakland, CA (April 11, 2017) - On Tuesday at the Oakland Marriott in Oakland, CA, Unified Light Heavyweight World Champion Andre "SOG" Ward (31-0, 15 KOs) and former Unified Light Heavyweight World Champion Sergey "Krusher" Kovalev (30-1-1, 26 KOs)formally addressed the media regarding their highly-anticipated rematch on Saturday, June 17 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. The championship event, presented by Corona Extra, will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View® beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT.

Tickets for Ward-Kovalev 2: "The Rematch" go on sale to the public on Friday, April 14 at 1:00 p.m. ET/10:00 a.m. PT. Tickets priced at $1,255, $755, $505, $355, $255 and $105 not including applicable service charges will be available on axs.com and at the Mandalay Bay Events Center box office.

Below is what the fighters and dais guests had to say at the press conference:

Andre "S.O.G." Ward - Unified Light Heavyweight World Champion

"I appreciate everybody for coming out today. It's always good to be home in the Bay Area. It's amazing how in a short time, eight, nine, ten years, we put the Bay on the map in terms of the boxing world. Oakland used to be a major fight town, and we got away from it. But through myself and many other young fighters, contenders who may not have had opportunities that I was afforded, we're doing our part to continue to represent the Bay in a major way and that's a beautiful thing.

"I'm excited about this rematch. These are the things I dreamed about as a kid. I love it. I love the back and forth, some people being with me and some people not being with me. I don't mind the stuff they talk about on social media. That's perception. I try and deal in the reality.

"At the end of the day, you've got to see me on June 17, we've got to fight. I don't care what you say, I don't care what the team says. That's going to make headlines. That's all good and part of the business. I understand the business very well and I'm good with that. But if you guys know me - the boxing world knows me, the Bay Area knows me - I don't have to do a lot of talking. To my young guys coming up, you don't have to talk a lot. Just show up when you're supposed to show up. Lock in and do what you got to do to prepare, and when it's time in that biggest moment when the lights come on, find a way to get it done.

"Boxing right now is not like it used to be. It's a climate right now where there's a lot of talking. Guys don't do what they say they're going to do. They don't perform and then they find excuses on why they didn't perform. There's only a handful of guys in history that I know that talked and then backed it up. We don't have a lot of that today. So, it's okay to not be the loudest talker in the room, but when it's time to shine, be that guy. Be the hardest worker. And another thing, I want to encourage every fighter in this room - you don't let anybody beat you before you get in the ring. I don't care what you say, where you're from, what your reputation is, it's a healthy respect you have for an opponent to prepare physically and mentally, you got to have that. But you don't let anybody - media, broadcasters, fighters, anybody - beat you before you get in the ring. You make them earn it. And if they do it, tip your hat to them and give it credit. But you're not beating me on reputations. This is the first time this team has met a team where that stuff isn't working. You beat me, you're going to earn it.

"I hope he's the best he can be. I hope he makes the adjustments he's supposed to make. We're going to get ready. We're not taking it for granted. That's what big rematches and big fights are all about. I want the best Sergey. I want his team to be focused. I want him to be focused and I know my team is going to be focused. Let's see what happens. The question I have for him and his team is, with all that loud talking, who are y'all trying to convince? Me or him?"

Sergey "Krusher" Kovalev - Former Unified Light Heavyweight World Champion

"The other side is saying I have to prove a lot, I have to show a lot. I don't need to prove or show anything. I showed and proved everything on November 19. Anybody who hasn't seen that or doesn't think that, you're going to see it on June 17. This is what I promise and this is what I'm going to do. The ones who think about Andre Ward's victory, you can still pray for him because I'm going to show it on June 17. He got those belts somehow. I think June 17 is going to be the day everybody's going to see the way it's supposed to be."

Michael Yormark - Roc Nation President & Chief of Branding and Strategy

"Hello Oakland! We are so happy to be here today. Today is a truly special day for this community, for this city. Oakland is synonymous with hard work, toughness, loyalty and pride. Today the native son returns. A man who represents all of those characteristics will stand before you, and unlike many in the professional sports world, Andre Ward is here to fight for Oakland! The best boxer in the world, the face of his sport, the hero and icon of this historic town - he fights for you. He did so last November, when he staged an epic comeback against dangerous Sergey Kovalev, and emerged victorious. After Andre's win, there was a lot of talk, a lot of debate, a lot of speculation, a lot of excuses. But Oakland doesn't make excuses, Oakland doesn't talk, Oakland acts.

"In one of his latest posts, Sergey said Andre 'slaps like woman'. Grammatical issues aside, on behalf of all the strong Oakland women in the audience today I'd like to say 'thank you Sergey for the compliment'. As someone who has spent the better part of the past three decades promoting sports and entertainment events, I'll give Sergey a lot of credit - he had some great sound-bites in New York yesterday. He said 'Andre wears a crown'. Actually Sergey, they are belts, you should know, I think a couple of them used to be yours. He said he dislikes Andre - which brings the number of people here in Oakland today that dislike Andre up to a total of two: you and Kathy. But in all seriousness, the stakes could not be higher for this rematch and when Sergey says Andre 'will not show up for this fight,' that tells me he hasn't done his research. Andre has built his career on shining brightest in the biggest moments. June 17 is the biggest of moments - more than just wins and championship belts, this fight will ultimately dictate the fate of each fighter's legacy.

"This is the type of fight that is decided by pride, guts, toughness, overcoming adversity, and who just wants it more. For Andre Ward, being raised by the city of Oakland is his ultimate advantage. He was born with incredible talent and ability, but Oakland gave him his toughness, his pride and his uncanny ability to stare down any challenge, and dominate it. June 17 will be no different - at the end of the night there will be only one champion, and there will be no excuses."

Kathy Duva - CEO of Main Events

"If Andre Ward is half as tough in the ring as his promoter talks, I suppose Sergey may have his hands full. But we are coming to Las Vegas in June and Sergey has one goal in mind and that is to make sure that the winner actually wins the fight this time.

"Sergey Kovalev is probably the biggest perfectionist I've ever met. I've seen him walk away from fights that he knocked his opponent out in two rounds, and then apologize for his performance. Everybody keeps talking about excuses on the other side, and nobody's making any. He is blaming himself, he has apologized to his fans for not making that win emphatic enough so that people could not take it from him because, with all the respect in the world to Andre Ward, he didn't win Sergey's belts they were taken from Sergey."

James Prince - Manager of Andre Ward

"We're excited about June 17, as we were the past year when we took care of Goliath over here. We know what we had to do with them, and now June 17 is right around the corner. I don't know if Sergio's manager repeated everything that Sergio was saying. It seemed to be a disconnection going on. I don't know if he wanted to say what he was saying. I think they're confused today as they're going to be on June 17 in the ring when he sees he can't accomplish the things he wants to accomplish.

"I said it to him yesterday and I'll reiterate it today. For some reason, I get the feeling that he thinks somebody is scared of him. Bullies think that way. He feels like he can say things and impose fear in men of God's heart. I told him men of God, we don't fear nothing because we know no weapon formed against us shall prosper. I know Andre Ward doesn't need any help with him, with the threats he's making and feeling like he wants to hit Andre Ward in his head. A word to the wise, to all that's listening - do what you got to do in the ring, because you're in a place that's called town business. We don't play those kinds of games outside of the ring. Let's stay focused and attempt to try and hit him in the head in the ring, because you're going to have problems with that. But you'll have real big problems outside of the ring.

"Andre Ward's team means something to him. When we speak, our words carry value. For you to get up here and act like what we're saying doesn't mean anything, maybe that's how it goes on in Russia but in the United States of America we put value in what we say. Once again, the United States of America shall be victorious on June 17, and no weapons formed against us shall prosper."

Egis Klimas - Manager of Sergey Kovalev

"Talking is very, very cheap. Trust me, I've been in this business for a while, and I've seen it many times. Managers, trainers, promoters coming in and talking a lot of shit into the microphone. But then it comes to the night, these are the two men that are going to go in the ring, and they're going to fight. Nothing to do with the promotion, nothing to do with the manager, nothing to do with the trainers. Trainers might be giving them the advice, but these two guys are going to survive.

"You can't lie to the people's eyes with what they saw on November 19. I'm not going to talk about it. I'm not going to go there because it's already history. Forget about it. I want everybody to see who's going to be coming to Vegas on June 17, what is going to happen. I want to thank everybody who's involved in this fight and putting it together, HBO Pay-Per-View. I want to thank as always the media because without you guys nobody will know what happened here."

Virgil Hunter - Trainer of Andre Ward

"It's a good fight coming June 17 against the most dangerous and most feared light heavyweight in the world, Sergey Kovalev against a lucky victorious man in Andre Ward. So, I guess this fight here will pretty much settle it. I think if you look at the realistic facts of it all, I think only Sergey's been in the media talking. I think Mr. Klimas should understand that we haven't said a word. The other side has talked about ending people's careers to knocking you out to insulting God almighty. All that's coming from this side so we understand what goes on and I think it's a lot of doubt, it's a lot of anger. I don't see Coach Jackson here today and to be honest I don't expect to see him June 17 because you got to put the blame somewhere.

"I'm looking for a real good fight. Sergey Kovalev is definitely not underestimated. I don't have a problem saying that before we fought I was a fan of his. I'm still a fan of his. I just won't be a fan of his on June 17. This is not me blowing smoke. I admire his skill. I always knew that if we came across each other that it was going to be a tough fight, difficult fight, and a fight of attrition. And I expect the same thing June 17.

"I think Andre said it best when he said somebody's will was going to be broke in that fight. But it would be nice to go into that without biting the hand that fed you. Everybody's an expert from the reporters to the announcers when it comes to judging a fight. All of a sudden, they were all wrong that night. So, I think that's an insult to what goes on in boxing. I think it wasn't right. I think it was wrong particularly since HBO has built Sergey into the star that he rightfully is. Like I said before and I'll say today, I'll challenge anybody to sit with me and show me where he won the fight. He fought a hell of a fight because he's a hell of a fighter, but he didn't win the fight.

"So, I guess all of the answers will be answered June 17. My advice is relax, don't be uptight. You can't drink year in and year out and expect at some point for it not to catch up to you and I would bet money that if we could go internally and see inside that that's one of the causes that's causing him to get fatigued now. It's not the overtraining, it's not this and it's not that. It's just guys are standing up and going 12 rounds now. But you can't drink vodka year in and year out and expect on fight night to fight somebody like Andre."

Tony Walker - Vice President, HBO Pay-Per-View

"On behalf of my Executive Vice President Peter Nelson and the rest of the staff at HBO I'd like to thank everybody for coming out to talk some big-time boxing today. First, I want to thank Michael and Kathy and their staff at Roc Nation and Main Events. It's not easy putting big time fights together no matter how much everybody wants it - and the fighters wanted it. The promoters worked and we have here June 17 one of the biggest sporting events of the year.

"I would also like to thank, as Michael did, the community of Oakland. This has always been a boxing city. We have great viewership numbers from Oakland and the entire Bay Area no matter who seems to fight. So, we appreciate the support - we love the support you give Andre. A great home-grown guy in every way and we know that we're going to do some big business here in the Oakland area and throughout the Bay Area for the fight.

"I would just like to say that the fight will be distributed by all the usual distributors, the cable, the satellite and telephone companies and I guarantee you a good picture, great sound, and a great broadcast that night for the suggested retail price of $54.95. We think we have the best broadcast team in the business and its going to be a fun night to gather friends and the family for a great sporting event.

"I would just say that when a lot is on the line, as there is in this fight, there's drama - and there's no better TV then when drama is involved. So, thank you very much and we hope if we don't see you in Las Vegas hopefully you'll get a chance to watch it on HBO Pay-Per-View."

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

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DAY 3.

Andre Ward vs. Sergey Kovalev 2: "The Rematch"

Los Angeles Press Conference


LOS ANGELES, CA (April 12, 2017)

On Wednesday at the Hollywood Roosevelt in Los Angeles, CA, Unified Light Heavyweight World Champion Andre "SOG" Ward (31-0, 15 KOs) and former Unified Light Heavyweight World Champion Sergey "Krusher" Kovalev (30-1-1, 26 KOs)formally addressed the media regarding their highly-anticipated rematch on Saturday, June 17 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. The championship event, presented by Corona Extra, will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View® beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT.

Tickets for Ward-Kovalev 2: "The Rematch" go on sale to the public on Friday, April 14 at 1:00 p.m. ET/10:00 a.m. PT. Tickets priced at $1,255, $755, $505, $355, $255 and $105 not including applicable service charges will be available on axs.com and at the Mandalay Bay Events Center box office.

Below is what the fighters and dais guests had to say at the final press tour stop:

Andre "S.O.G." Ward - Unified Light Heavyweight World Champion

"I want to thank LA, tremendous fight city, tremendous fight town. I've been here a lot as a young boy coming up, taking the trips from Northern California, paying my dues early. I appreciate you guys coming out.

"I told the people in New York, you've got perception and you've got reality. You've got a lot of misinformation coming from that side. You've got a lot of lies coming from that side. A lot of old school tactics. It's 2017 man. All that old school stuff that his side is trying to do, it's not going to work. At the end of the day, we've got a date. You're selling fear, we're not buying it. At the end of the day, you've got to see me June 17. I don't care what you say, I don't care where you're from, I don't care how you came up, it doesn't matter bro. You're going to have to see me June 17, it's that simple.

"I didn't have to take this fight. This fight is for you, the fans. This fight is for the boxing community, because this is the fight everybody clamored about. At the end of the day, where I come from, it's about showing up. It's not about all that talking. It sells tickets, it sells Pay-Per-Views and we get a couple of headlines. But if you watch my career, we don't say anything we just go get it done. June 17 is going to be no different. Reality check."

Sergey "Krusher" Kovalev - Former Unified Light Heavyweight World Champion

"I'm glad to be back in LA, I feel more comfortable here at home than at Oakland. They said I should prove something more, for who? For them? No. I already proved it for myself and for everybody in the boxing world that I came from nothing, nowhere at all as a professional and amateur boxing. I had never been in a world championship or Olympic games, but I came here to the United States and got to where I am right now. Believe in yourself that everything will be good. And I believe in myself and I will get my belts back on June 17. Believe me and be sure I will finish your boxing career."

Michael Yormark - Roc Nation President & Chief of Branding and Strategy

"Ward-Kovalev 2 was officially announced just over a week ago, and since then we have been overwhelmed with hype, media coverage, trash talk, and verbal sparring. In fact, Team Kovalev as the B-side promoter has made a habit of playing nice on the dais and then talking trash to the media when they are a safe distance from Andre - a lot of good it's done so far. But, just as I mentioned in New York, and again yesterday in Oakland, all of this chatter means nothing now and will mean even less come June 17 when the two best pound-for-pound fighters in the world go toe-to-toe, and only one man is left standing as champion - with the loser being left with no one to blame but himself - No Excuses!

"It's quite simple - these guys do not like each other and are literally foaming out the mouth to get back in the ring together. Last November, Andre Ward staged an epic comeback against Sergey Kovalev, and proved he is in a class of his own in the boxing world. Immediately after the match the excuses starting rolling in from Team Kovalev. There was a lot of talk, a lot of debate, a lot of speculation, a lot of finger-pointing and hand-wringing. So, like the true champion that he is on June 17, Andre will be back in the ring with Sergey to once again prove his superiority and continue to cement his legacy as boxing's best."

Kathy Duva - CEO of Main Events

"Michael's speech, as always so eloquent and he did a great job of thanking everyone, so I'm not going to waste your time repeating everything he said. People at HBO, people at MGM, our sponsors, I appreciate everything you do for us. There's one group he didn't thank and I'm going to take the time to do that today. I've done this I hate to admit for 40 years. I was three when I started, I was the youngest publicist in the history of boxing. My job as publicist is to deal with you, the press. I know that you don't make a fortune. I know that most of you do this the same reason I do, for love. We are afflicted by this disease. You come out here, most of you on your own dime, on your own time. Nobody here is going to be a millionaire yet you come and have the same passion as we do. You cover this sport so closely because you share that passion. I want you to know how much Sergey Kovalev and Main Events appreciate that. We're never going to forget you.

"Both Sergey and Andre have a history now. As Michael pointed out, they both have something to prove, they each have a story. Right now, Sergey's story is that he wants his belts back. Andre's story is that he wants respect, because he may have those belts but as Egis just illustrated, the respect is still with this man. And that is because, as Egis said, he went to Wales to win his world title, he went to Philadelphia to win his other world titles when he fought Bernard Hopkins. He went to Canada to fight Jean Pascal. He is champion of the world whether or not he's got the belts at this moment or relinquished them temporarily, he's still a champion to an awful lot of people."

James Prince - Manager of Andre Ward

"Now, to get down to business over here. Kovalev's manager, let me begin with him. The man got up here and said he doesn't talk a lot, but as we can see he had quite a bit to say. He said a lot, but he didn't tell the truth, but I like to shine the spotlight on some of those lies he told. As far as Andre Ward, he's a gold medalist. When you become a gold medalist, that means you fought not only people in Russia, but people around the world. He represented the United States of America in 2004 and won the gold medal. That means you traveled the world and defeated everybody before you. Who can dispute that? We have a good medalist here, which means we have the truth.

"I keep telling these guys over here, beginning with Sergio, I keep telling them that you can't sell no fear to us, we're men of God. We're not buying any fear about what you want to do. We've cracked your code and we're going to pick up where we left off come June 17.

"With that being said, the United States versus Russia. Y'all have a president, Putin I think is his name. And we know Trump, he's a boxing fan. Maybe we need to call on Trump to call Putin. I think Trump's a betting man. We may need to crank up something there between the presidents and see what we can get going. Once again, no weapon formed against us shall prosper. Y'all keep on hoping. They call you 'manager of the year'. I'm going to be 'manager of that night', and that's all that matters."

Egis Klimas - Manager of Sergey Kovalev

"As Michael was saying about Andre Ward, he had one thing right, undefeated. But undefeated doesn't mean the best. Muhammad Ali wasn't undefeated. Many of the great fighters weren't undefeated because they fought real fighters. Nowadays, it's a lot of protection going on.

"Yesterday, we went to Andre's hometown of Oakland. He might be the best in Oakland, I believe that. We've been there. We've been in England, we've been in Canada, we went all around the world which means a world champion. Andre never fought out of - maybe two times, one time he fought Sergey in Nevada and one time he fought in Jersey. Most of his fights were at home in Oakland. We hope this fight is going to be much better. After the press conference, we stopped to grab something to eat. Three or four people from his hometown recognized Sergey and came up to him and said 'we hope this time you won't leave it to the judges. You got robbed, you've got to kick his ass'. That was in his hometown. We'll see you guys on June 17."

Tony Walker - Vice President, HBO Pay-Per-View

"Thank all of you for coming out today to talk some big-time boxing. On behalf of our Executive Vice President Peter Nelson and the rest of the HBO Sports staff, it's really a pleasure to be here talking boxing with folks in LA who are some of the greatest boxing fans in the world. I've got to thank Michael, Kathy, Andre, Sergey and all their staffs for putting together this show. It may have been inevitable, but it's not easy putting together a big-time boxing match nowadays as so many just don't get made.

"This is a showcase event, it's going to be special. We think it'll be one of the biggest sporting events of the year, it's a hot show. The first fight left people wanting more. The fight itself was great, it was tactical and dramatic. There's drama built in the narrative from the first fight coming into today. Drama is always good TV, and we expect a special telecast on June 17."

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

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Rising Super Welterweight Contenders Meet as Hard-Hitting Tony Harrison Battles Undefeated Jarrett Hurd in World Title Eliminator

Top Heavyweight Dominic Breazeale Faces Undefeated Izuagbe Ugonoh in Heavyweight Action Live on Premier Boxing Champions on FOX & FOX Deportes at

8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT

Saturday, February 25 From Legacy Arena in Birmingham, Alabama

BIRMINGHAM, AL (January 24, 2017) - A pair of exciting matchups come to primetime network television on Saturday, February 25 as rising super welterweight contenders Tony Harrison (24-1, 20 KOs) and Jarrett Hurd (19-0, 13 KOs) meet in a 12-round world title eliminator and Dominic "Trouble" Breazeale (17-1, 15 KOs) takes on undefeated Izuagbe Ugonoh (17-0, 14 KOs) in a 10-round heavyweight showdown as part of an exciting night of Premier Boxing Champions on FOX and FOX Deportes action.

Televised coverage begins at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT live from Legacy Arena at the BJCC in Birmingham, Alabama and is headlined by undefeated heavyweight world champion Deontay "The Bronze Bomber" Wilder defending his title in his home state for the fourth time, as he faces once-beaten challenger Andrzej Wawrzyk.

"This is the guaranteed fight of the night on February 25," said Harrison. "This fight is do or die for me and I'm going to remind everyone how gifted I am. Fighting on a network like FOX and FOX Deportes is a blessing. I have deep roots in the south and I'm looking forward to fighting on a card with the big champ Deontay Wilder. Hurd is my toughest opponent to date and the winner of this will catapult themselves to the top of the division. You don't want to miss this fight."

"This is a big fight for me to get in the number one position for a world title," said Hurd. "This lines up a world title shot for me and I'm not going to take it for granted. The time has come for me to step up and overcome this obstacle. Tony is a tall guy who likes to move around and he has some nice power. He's a good fighter and I'm expecting a tough fight. This is a great position to be in and I'm going to work hard to take advantage of it."

"I'm very excited to return to battle once again in Birmingham, Alabama and on FOX and FOX Deportes," said Breazeale. "It's a new year for me and I have great expectation for 2017. It all starts with a victory on February 25. I know my opponent is going to come prepared to protect his perfect record, but I'm going to be ready to do anything to get the victory."

"I'm really looking forward to my first fight in the United States," said Ugonoh. "I'm expecting a tough fight from Dominic Breazeale. He always comes to fight and I know I have to be ready for anything that he can bring to the ring. It's really an honor to fight on the same card as the heavyweight world champion, Deontay Wilder. It's exciting to be fighting on FOX and FOX Deportes in primetime on U.S. television and I'm going to make the most of it."

Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by DiBella Entertainment and Warriors Boxing in association with Bruno Event Team and TGB Promotions, start at $25 (not including applicable fees) and are on sale now. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster and by visiting AlabamaTitleFight.com.

"As a promoter and as a fan, I can't wait for the Harrison-Hurd title elimination fight," said Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment. "Tony Harrison and Jarrett Hurd are two of the hardest hitting, most exciting young contenders in the super welterweight division. Fans can expect fireworks when they clash in Birmingham. The heavyweight fight between Breazeale and undefeated Izuagbe Ugonoh is also a battle of punchers and is a significant matchup in an increasingly competitive heavyweight division. Premier Boxing Champions on FOX and FOX Deportes will have great supporting bouts for Deontay Wilder and the WBC heavyweight championship of the world."

"These two co-featured bouts perfectly compliment the heavyweight world title fight in the main event," said Tom Brown, President of TGB Promotions. "All four top contenders are in position for much bigger fights with a victory, making this a true must-see event."

The 26-year-old Harrison comes into this fight after scoring an explosive ninth-round stoppage of Sergey Rabchenko in July that put him in line for the world title currently held by Jermall Charlo. The winner of his last three fights, Harrison faces a tough challenge in the undefeated Hurd after he took down Cecil McCalla, Fernando Guerrero and Rabchenko in his last three contests. The Detroit-native was unbeaten in his first 21 pro fights and recorded 10-straight knockouts between 2013 and 2015.
Hurd fights out of Accokeek, Md., just south of Washington, D.C. and is perfect since entering the pro ranks in 2012. The 26-year-old defeated three straight unbeaten fighters including a sixth-round stoppage of Frank Galarza in 2015 and a 10th round TKO over Oscar Molina in the co-main event of the Keith Thurman vs. Shawn Porter card in June 2016. Most recently, Hurd stopped former title challenger Jo Jo Dan in the sixth-round of their fight in November of last year and he will now look to solidify his spot at the top of the 154-pound rankings on February 25.

After representing the U.S. at the 2012 Olympics, Breazeale steadily improved and moved up the rankings before an unsuccessful challenge to Anthony Joshua for his heavyweight title in June. Prior to that, the Glendale, California-native picked up victories over veteran competition in Yasmany Consuegra, Fred Kassi and a stoppage of Amir Mansour on FOX in January of last year. Before switching to boxing, Breazeale was a quarterback at the University of Northern Colorado.
Born in Szczecin, Poland to Nigerian parents, Ugonoh is a former Polish kickboxing champion who took up boxing in 2010. Ugonoh is trained by Kevin Barry, the trainer for current heavyweight titleholder Joseph Parker, who Ugonoh trained and sparred with on his way to the world title. The 30-year-old will be making his U.S. debut after scoring knockout victories over Ricardo Ramirez and Gregory Tony in 2016 while fighting out of New Zealand.





Brooklyn, NY January 15; They say there are no winners in a draw outcome, but everyone was a winner last night as Badou Jack and James DeGale battled to a 12 round draw in front of over 10,000 fans at the Barclay Center in Brooklyn NY. Both fighter retained their respected Super-middleweight title belts, and although Jack came on like gangbusters at the end, DeGale had enough resistance to keep the bout a question mark as to to who the true winner would be.

DeGale started fast, getting a flash knockdown in round 1, and Jack scored a huge knockdown in the last round -- making a statement, but DeGale was always throwing punches back, always in the mix, and having his moments, so the scores of 114-112, 113-113 (2X)  seem respectful. TruFanBoxing had Jack slightly ahead after 12 rounds.

In the co-feature, 22 year old Gervonta Davis chopped through Jose Pedraza's defense enroute to a 7th round TKO. Pedraza came out early in a southpaw position and was willing to fight Davis' fight, but the strategy proved to be ill fated, as Davis was right there to tee off with his specialty -- quick, devastating power shots -- and a shot under the heart started the downfall of Pedraza, who never really recovered and was a sitting duck for a right hand that put him on the floor in round 7.







New York, NY (10/28/16)
- DiBella Entertainment ("DBE"), the most active boxing promoter in New York and one of the foremost in the United States, announced Friday that it has released its dates on hold with the New York State Athletic Commission through the end of the year, effectively ending the boxing program in New York until at least 2017. The announcement is a direct result of New York's new insurance requirements, which have made it impossible for promoters to purchase the coverage necessary to do an event in the state and the New York State Athletic Commission's failure to use its authority to alter the requirements.

N.Y. Gen. Bus. Law § 1015, colloquially known as the MMA Law as it also served to legalize Mixed Martial Arts in the state, went into effect on September 1, 2016, requiring promoters to purchase $50,000 in medical coverage and $50,000 in death benefits for all athletes competing in an event; this is an increase from $10,000 in medical coverage and $10,000 in death benefits, but is in keeping with other states at the forefront of boxing safety such as California and Nevada.

However, the law took the unprecedented step of requiring $1 million of coverage per athlete in the event of life threatening brain injury. No insurance carrier has been authorized by the state to offer such a policy and it does not appear that, despite the efforts of various promoters and the Commission, such a policy is imminent.

The practical impact of the law, meant to provide increased safety to professional boxers, is the extinction of boxing in New York and shows being moved to nearby jurisdictions where the insurance requirements provide much less coverage for the athletes.

There has not been a professional boxing event in New York since August 21, when DBE promoted Errol Spence Jr. vs. Leonard Bundu at the Ford Amphitheater in Brooklyn. WBA Middleweight Champion Danny Jacobs, who was born and resides in Brooklyn, had planned to defend his title in September at Barclays Center, but the bout was moved to Pennsylvania due to the insurance barrier.

September 2016 marked the first time in over 11 years since a full calendar month occurred without a professional boxing event in New York.

"There is such a rich history of boxing in New York," said Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment. "And now the sport has, for all intents and purposes, been evicted by a legislature willfully ignorant of both the boxing and insurance industries. The actions of the powers that be in Albany and their political appointees are depriving New York state residents in the sport of boxing from their livelihoods. This is hitting boxers very hard, as most struggle to pay their bills and need to be active. Small businesses are being put at jeopardy with no recourse or ability to continue plying their trade.

"This is a disgraceful abuse of legislative and state power."

In many instances, fighters who have built a fan base in New York are being deprived the opportunity to earn a living.

Heather Hardy, one of the most celebrated female fighters in the world with a passionate fan base in the New York metropolitan area, was scheduled to fight on December 16 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn - one of the dates DBE released today. Hardy, who, in addition to her purses, makes money selling tickets to her fights, will now have to look elsewhere to provide for her family.

"These new insurance restrictions are not just destroying the sport of boxing in New York, they are destroying my livelihood," said Hardy. "Do you have any idea what life looks like for a professional boxer, especially one who is a female and a single parent? With these new laws, fewer shows and dates being moved or canceled, I don't know how I'm going to survive at all, let alone the upcoming holiday season. I'm going to have to go back to delivering books and answering phones to try to cover the bills."

Even if an insurance carrier were eventually approved to offer insurance for life-threatening brain injuries sustained in a boxing match, the costs would no doubt be prohibitive for all but the most high profile shows. Club shows like Broadway Boxing, which DBE has promoted regularly in New York since 2004, would cease to exist and smaller promoters that promote only club shows would be faced with the choice of moving out of state or shuttering entirely without a modification in the law.

The New York State Athletic Commission is authorized to make such a modification per the MMA Law, which states: "The commission may from time to time, promulgate regulations to adjust the amount of such minimum limits." The Commission did promulgate regulations in early September, but did little more than reinforce the minimums set forth in the MMA Law.

On August 27, DBE and another New York based Promoter, Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing, jointly submitted a Public Comment in advance of the Regulations being approved that warned "[A]ll boxing in the state of New York - marquee events and club shows alike - are under an immediate danger of extinction" as a result of the new insurance requirements. A full copy of the Public Comment can be found here: http://dbe1.com/dbe-star-boxings-public-comment-to-nysac-proposed-regulations19-nycrr-parts-206-214/

The warnings provided in the Public Comment, much like the barren boxing calendar, seem thus far to have eluded the attention of those with the authority to bring boxing back to New York. For now, the state where Muhammad Ali fought Joe Frazier, Rocky Marciano fought Archie Moore, and Sugar Ray Robinson fought Jake LaMotta twice is without professional boxing entirely.

"It is incumbent upon either the legislature or Commission to take a long look at what they've done and fix it. If there is an honest intention to continue boxing in the state, there must be a modification of the required limits," said DiBella. "I have had endless conversations with insurance brokers and underwriters and any narrative being spun suggesting that a policy with an affordable premium will be in place soon is flatly wrong and not helping restore boxing in New York.

"I have several dates on hold with the New York State Athletic Commission in January 2017 and beyond and I look forward to bringing world class boxing back to New York, but I must have both the assurance that it is legally possible to satisfy the insurance requirements and proper time to promote a show."

DBE returns with live boxing Saturday, November 19, at the Fox Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, CT, and Friday, December 2, at the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia, PA. Tickets are available through the respective venue box offices.



FROM DOUG CAVANAUGH/Henry Hascup . . .


Bill Bossio, a featherweight from Pittsburgh who fought the likes of Sandy Saddler, Harold Gomes and Lulu Perez, has passed away at 88, it has been learned.  Bossio fought from 1949 through 1954, and complied a record of  42-16-3, with 14 KO's.

Bossio is the first successful fighter to be trained by the Famed Trainer Angelo Dundee.  He also represented the USA in the Olympics as a bantamweight in 1948.

In his post-boxing years Bossio worked as a coach at various youth centers.





Welterweight Errol Spence stock went up in Brooklyn last night, as he slowly derailed Chris Algieri, stopping him at .48 of round 5.  It was the former 2012 Olympian's twentieth victory, as he slowly but surely is climbing up the ranks of the welterweight division. Here is what the prime welterweight contender said in the post fight conference:

Errol Spence Jr.
"It meant a lot to get the stoppage. I did something Manny Pacquiao couldn't do, nor Amir Khan. That shows where I'm at in the welterweight division. Everyone wanted to see what I could do against a proven fighter and I blew him out of the water.
"My family doesn't get to see my fight live a lot so it was great for my Long Island family to be here and watch me put on a great show. Seeing the looks on their faces was amazing.
"It was pretty one-sided, I felt. I started slowly. He said he was going to take me to deep waters so I wanted to pace myself. 
"I want a title fight next. Hopefully, it's Kelly Brook, I'm his mandatory and I want him."


Krzysztof “Head” Glowacki (26-0, 16 KOs) retained his Cruiserweight title with a hard fought twelve round unanimous decision over former two-time champion Steve “U.S.S.” Cunningham (28-8, 13 KOs). Glowacki floored Cunningham twice early in round two, and with over two minutes remaining in the round Cunningham was going toe to toe, hoping to return the favor. Glowacki put Cunningham on the canvas again in round ten. A desperate Cunningham went for broke in round twelve, but got caught and dropped again. Scores were (116-108, 115-109, 115-109).

Krzysztof Glowacki

"The plan from the beginning was to hit him with the left hand and you could tell I was hitting with full power. I couldn't hit that hard against Marco Huck because of my injury and now I'm hoping to keep that power up in my next fight.

"Power and precision is my trademark. That's always been my game. I was a little bit reluctant because of the surgery but I got more comfortable as the fight went on.

"The fans were my motivation throughout the fight. I just wanted to give them more and more. I want to thank everyone who came and watched me.

"My promoters will decide my next opponent. But I'll say this, it's going to be a short vacation and then I'm back in the gym."


"He punched with me and caught me coming in. He sat back a lot. I knew after the second round knockdowns that I had to get rounds back and go get him. He's a smart fighter. He caught me.

"I'm just disappointed. I knew I just had to work. The corner kept telling me to go the body more in the later rounds.

"I knew I hurt him a few times with good shots. I was just fighting. Trying to win. That's what champions do. I wanted to be a three-time champion and I took my shot at it.

"I started to get in a rhythm and adapt to his style. I've been down before. I knew I had to go at this guy.

"There was a head butt in the third or fourth round that started the growth on my head. But I'm a warrior and a champion. That stuff doesn't bother me. If a missile hit me, I'd keep going.

"I feel good. I just don't want to be that champion that is getting used for a record builder. I'll talk with my team and figure out the next step."


Controversial decision that is under "Hot Rod" protest.

In a light heavyweight bout, 2012 U.S. Olympian Marcus Browne (18-0, 13 KOs) won a debatable eight round split decision over Radivoje “Hot Rod” Kalajdzic (21-1, 14 KOs). Browne was awarded a knockdown after a Kalajdzic slip, then hit Kalajdzic when he was on the canvas.No foul was called, and the the referee began to count. It was ruled a knockdown, and that point was crucial to the outcome of the bout. Kalajdzic stunned Browne in round four and dropped him hard on the canvas in round six. In the end, scores were 76-74, 76-75 Browne, 76-74 Kalajdzic.

Klaljdzic plans to file a protest on the questionable knockdown, which if changed would result in the bout being ruled a Draw.


"Establishing my jab was the key. Once I did that, he couldn't get past it. He got me with a couple of good shots.

"He caught me with something that grazed me, I didn't even know what it was. I walked into the punch and my corner was trying to get me to avoid it. I got up from it and got back into my rhythm.

"I really wanted to establish that jab and that's what got me the victory.

"I love fighting in front of my fans and family. We gutted this one out and it's on to the next one.

"I'm going to get some rest and spend time with my family. Then I'll get with my team about what is next.

"I thought it should have been unanimous. I feel like he won two rounds at most. Every time he caught me, I always answered back."


"I don't see how I lost. I was the aggressor. He was holding and the referee should have deducted points. Either way, I want a rematch.

"If he believes he could beat me again. He should give me the rematch. I want it as soon as possible.

"He didn't do anything that bothered me. I was doing my thing. I should have listened to my coach more though and I would have stopped him.
"The fans told me I won so hopefully I'll get back on the big stage again.
"He has more amateur experience than me but what I showed is heart. If he feels like he beat me, give me a rematch. This time come to my home."


Brooklyn's Heather "The Heat" Hardy (16-0, 4 KOs) scored a fourth round TKO over Sweden's Anna Hultin (8-3, 2 KOs) in round four of their scheduled eight rounder. Hardy was busy from the start, forcing her opponent into mistakes and scoring two big overhand rights that landed flush in round three.

Lightweight Mario Barrios pitched an eight round shutout against veteran Edgar Gabejan of the Philippines to push his record to 15-0, 8 KOs. Barrios scored a flash knockdown in the first round and dominated the rest of the fight. Scores were 80-71 (3x)

The attendance for the fight was 7,628.




Report From Fight Club OC December 3rd 2015

Adam J. Pollack

 Costa Mesa, California – On Thursday December 3, Roy Englebrecht promoted Fight Club OC at the Orange County Fair and Event Center, a card that featured 11 pro boxing bouts. A packed house was in attendance.

 Super lightweight Ruben Martinez stopped Roshaun Jones in the 1st round. Martinez lacks speed, but nevertheless it didn’t take him long to catch up with Mr. Jones, who was unable to take his blows, going down and out fairly soon after being hit solidly.

 Against Cesar Vila, junior middle Virgilijus Stapulionis kept a good pace and landed very crisp, solid, hard blows to the body and head. Stap decked Vila in the 2nd round with a series of blows to the head and body. Vila retired after the round concluded. Stap is very strong, but tends to load up a bit too much, and he did not appear to be thinking too much about defense, though he didn't need it for this fight.

 Junior Feather “King Tug” Tugstsogt Nyambayayar, a former 2012 Olympic silver medalist, took on Pedro Melo. Tug showed patience, poise, and defensive soundness with his hands up at the same time that he applied good consistent pressure, seeking to land solid shots. He might not have tremendous power, but certainly he has very good power, and he throws his punches in a nice, compact fashion.

 In the 2nd round, Tug dropped Melo with a solid right cross. After Melo rose, Tug showed that he is a finisher, for he rapidly stepped up the pace and fired off nice compact combinations to deck him again. Upon the third knockdown of the round, the referee stopped the contest.

 King Tug may well have been the show’s standout in terms of future potential.

 Super welter Flávio Rodriguez took on Clint Coronel in a fun fight. Rodriguez tended to load up and scream when he punched. Coronel, though not as talented, was very game. He defended some blows, took some others, and fought back as well as he could.

 In the 2nd round, Rodriguez rocked Coronel with a hook, and then decked him with another hook. Coronel rose and fought back hard, landing fairly often, probably more than Rodriguez backers might have liked. However, Rodriguez rocked him again with another left, and after a series of ferocious punches had him very wobbly, the referee was forced to stop the contest.

 One of the closer and more difficult fights to score was the welterweight contest between Luis Bello and Evincii Dixon. Bello essentially is a lightweight/super light, while the larger Dixon is a junior welter/welter. The difference in size and strength was obvious, and had an impact on the contest.

 In the 1st round, Dixon was much faster, stronger, and more active.

In the 2nd round, Bello got busier and probably eeked the round on overall greater number of lands, particularly to the body.

In the 3rd round, Bello might have landed more punches, but Dixon’s blows were so much harder, crisper and cleaner that he probably edged the round.

In the 4th round, Bello again was the busier fighter, but once again Dixon’s blows landed so much more cleanly, and he seemed to be the one in control of the fight. Yet his habit of playing defense and taking breaks made the rounds close.

 Dixon’s superior overall ring generalship and solid lands earned him the split decision victory, 39-37 twice, while the dissenting judge had it 37-39.

  Welterweight Karim Martin, though shorter, was much too fast and active for the stronger Kevin Watts, who simply was not able to catch Martin often enough, and was not busy enough in his attempts to do so over the 6 rounds. The judges had it 58-56 twice and 60-54 for Martin.

 Heavyweight Stephen Shaw required little time to land a brutal right to the head that sent Dan Biddle down and out in the 1st round.

 Super lightweight Ruslan Madiyev (Madiev) earned a workmanlike unanimous 4-round decision over Tom Herrera, winning every round. Madiyev was much too strong for Herrera, who knew it, so Herrera mostly fought to survive, running around the ring and rarely throwing. Madiyev didn’t exactly go all out to catch up to him and break him down, but he did what he needed to do to win comfortably.

  Welterweights Kevin Watts and Manuel Lopez engaged in a competitive bout, though throughout Watts had the better speed, more compact punches, and better defense and ring generalship. Nevertheless, Lopez came to fight and showed game grit, trying hard, but Watts was just more polished, complete, talented, and skilled. Neither seemed to be a big puncher. Watts won a clear unanimous 8-round decision.

 The show’s final bout was between super lightweights Adan Mares and Pedro Lopez. Neither had much of a punch, but Lopez had the harder punch. Mares had the faster hands and feet and the better ring generalship. Lopez tried to land, but usually missed, while what Mares didn’t land too often himself, and what he landed was relatively light. Mares seemed to be in control for the most part, cautiously boxing, using his skill and footwork, though his punches usually were like taps. In the final round, Lopez finally caught up with him and rocked Mares with several clean blows, but Mares showed his toughness, absorbing the punishment and fighting back gamely. The 6-round fight was scored a majority draw – two judges having it even at 57-57 apiece, while one had Mares edging it 58-56.


Kovalev Stops Mohammedi Early
Remains Undefeated
Final Results from Mandalay Bay

Sergey "Krusher" Kovalev (28-0-1, 25 KOs)* and Nadjib "IronDjib" Mohammedi (38-4, 23 KOs) started off the main event slow, just feeling each other out in the first round. At the start of the second round, Kovalev engaged in an aggressive attack on Mohammedi which knocked the challenger down. In the third round the chants for Kovalev began to ring out from the Las Vegas fans and the champion knocked down Nadjib again. This time the referee stopped the fight at 2:38.

Kovalev Walks Away After Knockdown
Photo Credits: David Spagnolo/Main Events

After the fight Kovalev said, "I am very happy that I got the victory I gave my best; I am happy. I told him stand up. It was short show. People didn't see boxing. I wanted to continue. I tried to continue longer this fight. I didn't see Pascal fight, just a little bit. That was a good fight. What I saw of the fight Gonzalez was much better. If Pascal interested in rematch I am ready. It is boxing. I want to fight this guy too [Gonzalez]. I am ready for anyone. I am ready for any fight, any opponent. It is boxing. It is sport. If fans want to see and promoters want to make the fight, I am happy; I will do it." He then proceeded to throw gifts into the crowd to his fans.
According to Mohammedi, a thumb in the eye made him unable to continue. He said, "I couldn't open my eye. After the knockdown I knew I was in a fight. I started to catch him with shots [in the third]. Kovalev is a skilled fighter and it takes time. Unfortunately, I got a thumb in my eye."

In the first bout on the HBO World Championship Boxing telecast, former light heavyweight world champion Jean Pascal (30-3-1, 17 KOs) faced undefeated Cuban Yuniesky Gonzalez (16-1, 12 KOs) in ten rounds of light heavyweight action. Gonzalez was the aggressor from the first bell. Pacal returned fire with a flurry of punches in the second that seemed to stun Gonzalez. Yuniesky continued his fierce attack on Pascal in the fourth but the former champ continued to counter with equally brutal punches.

Pascal and Gonzalez mix it up.  Photo Credits: David Spagnolo/Main Events

Pascal opened the sixth round with a couple of hard shots. Both men looked fatigued in the last few rounds but continued to trade big shots. At the end of the brutal battle many unofficial scorecards had Gonzalez with the win, however, all three official judges scored the bout 96-94 in favor of the former champion, Jean Pascal, for the win by unanimous decision. Compubox stats showed that both fighters landed around the same number of punches (154 connected for Pascal vs. 163 for Gonzalez), but Gonzalez was the busier man (632 punches thrown vs. 397 for Pascal)

Pascal said, "I was controlling the fight. The fight was following the exact rhythm that I wanted. It was a great fight; very close. I am glad to give the fans another candidate for fight of the year because I think it was. I am going to continue fight best opposition and give a great performance because that is what I do. I am the best." Gonzalez believed he pulled off the upset. He said, "I am so sad. I was the real fighter. That was taken from me. He did not win, I did. I am the real winner."

Undefeated Cuban light heavyweight sensation Sullivan Barrera (16-0, 11 KOs) remained undefeated against Hakim Zoulikha (21-8, 10 KOs) of Villeurbanne, France in the final fight of the non-televised undercard. Barrera knocked down Zoulikha in the second but he quickly got up and came straight at Sullivan. The two traded some tough shots over the next couple of rounds. Finally at 1:34 in the eighth round the referee stopped the fight after Barrera's second knockdown of Zoulikha.

Sullivan had this to say after the fight, "Physically and mentally I felt great! I fought a guy that came in with nothing to lose. I traded with him. And I feel I accomplished what I set out to do and that is to entertain my fans. And all boxing fans!"




Baltimore Boxing to honor Police during “Blood, Sweat & Tears” Card May 29!

Baltimore, MD (May 18, 2015) - Jake Smith’s Baltimore Boxing Promotions will honor the Baltimore Police Department during a special Olympic style card Friday, May 29 at Michael’s Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie, MD.

Tickets for “Blood, Sweat & Tears” can be purchased by calling 410-375-9175 or going to Baltimoreboxing.com. Individual tickets start at $25 and VIP tables of 10 are available for $500. All VIP ticketholders can enjoy free hors d’oeurves from 7-8 pm, the best seats in the house and a special meet and greet with five time world champion Vinny Paz.

During the recent Baltimore Riots, a number of officers were hit with rocks, bricks and others items while attempting to stop violent protests. Overall, more than 100 officers were injured trying to prevent further damage to the city. During the evening, Baltimore Boxing will have a special ceremony honoring the department for their courageous efforts to stop violent protesters.

“Baltimore was a very scary place last month,” said Smith. “I had to shut my gym down and know a lot of people had their businesses destroyed. If it weren’t for the brave men and women in law enforcement, things would’ve been even worse. I commend them for the job they did and honoring them during the card is the least that I can do.”

Fast rising heavyweight Sam “Vanilla Gorilla” Crossed returns to the ring less than three weeks after his most recent bout when he defends his East Coast Heavyweight crown in the main event. Crossed, who is turning professional after this fight, has shown tremendous improvement and always gives fans their monies worth. His opponent will be announced shortly.

Welterweight Allen Burris looks to continue his hot streak against an opponent TBD in the co-featured bout of the evening and other bouts will be announced shortly.

In addition to honoring the policemen and women, Baltimore Boxing is proudly teaming up with Unified Efforts. Since their founding in 2012 by former Baltimore detective Debbie Ramsey, Unified Efforts is a full-service bullying prevention organization that has helped raise awareness throughout the Charm City. To assist with the program, Baltimore Boxing will donate tickets and proceeds from a 50/50 raffle on fight night.
“This is going to be our second time working with Unified Efforts,” said Smith. “Debbie has a great heart and it was an excellent experience having her at our card last November. We are very glad to have Debbie and Unified Efforts promoting a great message in association with the fight card. Michael’s Eighth Avenue has been our most popular venue and was sold out for the last card so I advise everybody to purchase their tickets early because this will be a special event for the community."

For more information on Baltimore Boxing Promotions, visit Baltimoreboxing.com





The Fights have hit town!


Brooklyn Boxing

April 11,2015, at the Barclay Center located in Brooklyn, New York will be holding a unique boxing event and will also be shown FREE on regular television, presented by NBC @ 8:30 est. This is something not to miss!! The evening will be most eventful because the two headliners bouts will be championship fights, with champion that have champion spirit. Presenting Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) on NBC. First bout will be, the only representative in the 2004 Olympic games from Ireland Irish Andy Lee from the U.K., 34-2, 24 KO's) vs undefeated Peter “Kid Chocolate “ Quillin (31-0-22ko's). Lee holds the middleweight title and states “ My confidence is very high. I'm the champion of the world and there's no higher station than that in boxing he'll have to come and take my title.“ The undefeated crowd pleasing Kid Chocolate states “ I'm motivated period.” This should be good!!! WBO Middleweight title is on the line.
The next bout is the ever popular and another undefeated, undisputed, WBA, WBC world champion superstar. Philadelphia own native son Danny “Swift” Garcia (29-0, 17ko's)at a catch weight and non title event. The other gives us son of Washington D.C. Hard hitting boxer puncher Lamont Peterson who is no chump with a nice record of (33-2-1 17ko's). Swift said “I've always felt that I'm one of the best pound for pound fighters in the world. I've won a lot of big fights against the best fighters and my goal is just continuing winning one fight at a time.” Lamont's response is “ I had to prepare for Danny Garcia and Danny Garcia had to prepare for me.” Stay tuned folks!!
Just as exciting this night is the complimentary under-card. An under-card of Olympic

Two-time gold Olympian 2008 Beijing Felix Diaz represented Dominican Republic (16-0)8ko's0goes in against Brooklyn's ever popular Gabriel “Tito” Bracero (23-1 4 ko's).RESULT  

High lighting another Olympian 2012 U.S. Olympian Errol Spence Jr. ( 15-0 12 ko's) against once beaten Samuel Vargas (20-1, 10Ko's).   RESULT SPENCE TKO 4.

Always a popular star, from Staten Island 2012 U.S. Olympian “Sir” Marcus Browne ( 13-0, 10 KO's). takes on trial horse 36 year old Aaron Pryor Jr. (19-7, 12 KO's). RESULT  BROWNE W RTD 6.
Lets not forget the ladies! We'll have super bantamweight contest between Renata Domsodi (12-6 5Ko's) and the first lady of Barclay. Hot Heather “The Heat” hardy ( 12-0 2Ko's) RESULT NC

3Stacked under-card. Should be good!!!

This article is dedicated to the erstwhile combatants.
Contributing Journalist
C.I.O. Favorite IT


It's Andy Lee, who has finished training in Monaco and ready for action in Brooklyn NY on April 11th 2015.


Lee's opponent, Peter "Kid Chocolate" Quillen, puts his unbeaten streak on the line in Saturday's  bout. Photos by Bay Ridge's own BaZooka .. .

The champs and contenders pose for the camera 146 Essex St on April 8, 2015.Across, left to right, Lee, Danny Garcia, Lamont Peterson and far right Kid Chocolate Quillen.



"HARDY" - A Film Depicting the Life of Brooklyn Champion Boxer and Single Mother Heather Hardy to Premiere at DOC NYC, NOVEMBER 16

New York (November 6, 2014) - Heather Hardy has garnered headlines with every punch, and rightfully so, when, as a single mother from Brooklyn, unfiltered, strong-minded and authentic, she decided to become a professional boxer. The new documentary, "HARDY," takes viewers behind the scenes into Heather's complex and unique life as a female fighter, single mother, girlfriend and determined businesswoman. The film is directed by Natasha Verma and executive produced by New York's biggest boxing promoter, Lou DiBella. The film will screen at DOC NYC, the country's largest documentary film festival, at Bow Tie Chelsea Cinemas at 11:45AM on Sunday, November 16, 2014.

"The film is a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to be in my shoes. Nothing was handed to me and I'm not 'lucky' as some people might think," says Heather. "There is so much more to achieving success in this sport beyond training and winning. It's not easy carving out a spot and making myself unforgettable, marketing my brand, selling tickets, and simultaneously being a full-time mother and father."

A selection of the festival's "Jock Docs" section, "HARDY" follows Heather as she works her way from amateur boxer in Brooklyn to professional boxer. The 73-minute documentary reveals the struggles of a woman in a man's world and the turbulent past that influenced Heather to find her talents as a fighter. The film sheds light on the exciting and surprisingly vulnerable woman behind the gloves.

"As a fighter you're trained to be guarded, but Heather is strikingly honest in this revealing film. This is not a boxing film, but a movie about a woman searching for her purpose in life," says DiBella. "Her search for identity is sometimes unconventional and may seem impossible to many, but that's what draws you into the film. The film is full of real life characters, dramatic revelations and edge-of-your-seat moments."

Director Natasha Verma met Heather while on location for a photography project at Gleason's Gym. Heather caught her attention while training for her professional debut.

"When I first met Heather, she was homeless amid Hurricane Sandy raising her daughter as a single mother," says Verma. "She had nothing but two hands and an unbreakable will. After watching her in the ring a couple of times, I was hooked."

First-time director Verma was raised in South Texas and is the youngest-ever Columbia University Journalism graduate as well as the youngest-ever graduate from the University of Texas with two degrees in Broadcast Journalism and Biology (Pre-Medical). She currently works as an anchor for NBC2 News in Fort Myers, Florida.

The documentary features interviews and cameos by Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson, Adrien Broner, Ann Wolfe, Kathy Collins, and Lou DiBella. The film was shot over two years around the New York and Texas areas, at local boxing shows, and inside the legendary Gleason's Boxing Gym in Brooklyn.

"HARDY" is produced by Natasha Verma Productions, Camera And A Dream Productions, and BK Blu Productions, written and directed by Natasha Verma and executive produced by Lou DiBella. For more information on "HARDY" and to purchase tickets to the film, visit: http://bit.ly/1vjLnbd.



'King' Carlos Molina: I Know I Could Beat Canelo or Lara (Again)

Watching Saturday night's pay-per-view fight between former champions Saul Alvarez and Erislandy Lara, IBF Light Middleweight Champion "King" Carlos Molina had to have felt like he wasn't invited to his own party.

Alvarez and Lara duked it out this past Saturday (July 12) at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas with Alvarez winning a close decision over a gun-shy Lara. And while an old-school fighter like Molina appreciates when top contenders don't make excuses and face each other, what bothers the 31-year-old champion is the way the fight was billed.

"The media kept saying that Canelo and Lara was supposedly between the two best fighters at 154 lbs, like I'm not even there," said Molina. "They're trying to overlook me and not give me a chance. And after the way they both looked in there, I know I could beat both those guys. I already beat Lara, not officially, but in the eyes of most people who saw the fight."

Molina has a strong case. When Molina took on Lara in March of 2011, despite what the scorecards said (the fight was ruled a majority draw with two judges scoring 95-95 and one giving Molina the win with a much more accurate 97-93 tally), Molina handled Lara much more handily than Alvarez.

"Every time you see a fight in your weight class, you try to see how you would fight them and neither guy looked really spectacular. Give me the chance and I'll do to Canelo what I did to Lara. I'm the true champion in this weight class."

Molina (22-5-2, 6 KOs) is currently training hard for his next fight, a defense against former champion Cornelius Bundrage in Cancun, Mexico.

"Training is going great. I'm very focused and everything is good. Eager to get in the ring and show once again I belong at the top of the division."




Broadway Boxing gets ready to explode with Melson vs. Ruiz February 12!

New York, NY (January 9, 2014) – On Wednesday, February 12 Army Reserve Captain Boyd “Rainmaker” Melson and Mike “El Cangri” Ruiz will headline the Roseland Ballroom’s final boxing card in a ten round junior middleweight contest. However, both men are fighting for a lot more than the notion of winning the Roseland’s last boxing match.
Melson, residing in Manhattan by way of Brooklyn and White Plains, and Ruiz, who hails from Puerto Rico and resides in Long Island, are two of New York’s most popular prizefighters. Each fighter has appeared in the Big Apple various times, participating in many local classics and knows that a victory could catapult them onto a bigger stage.
With an outstanding 13-1-1 record and four wins by knockout, Melson’s fought thirteen of his bouts in the Empire State. The West Point graduate and 2008 Olympic Alternate dropped a controversial 2012 decision to Delen Parsley in what is widely considered the best match in Broadway Boxing history. Melson also dominated tough veterans Jason Thompson, Gundrick King and Yolexcy Leiva in front of sold out crowds.
A former World Boxing Federation titlist, Ruiz’ record is a deceptive 17-8 with 9 wins by knockout. The charismatic 28-year-old scored a career best victory in July 2012, knocking out world title contender Paul Delgado in his hometown of Atlanta, GA. Like his counterpart, Ruiz took place in memorable bouts in the Big Apple against the likes of Martin Wright (twice), Glen Tapia, Daniel Sostre and Charlie Ota.
“This is going to be a very tough fight for many reasons,” Melson said of his upcoming showdown with Ruiz. “He’s got a lot of experience and was in a lot of close fights that went the other way. Two fights ago, he beat a fighter that fought for a legitimate world title and he’s also faced a lot of top opponents. For most of my fights, I’ve been the clear crowd favorite but Ruiz has a large and vocal fan base of this own. I’m ready for the challenge and know a victory will lead me to better opportunities. I am also excited to have progresses up to the ladder where I am competing for the first time in a bout scheduled for 10 rounds. I owe a special thanks to Lou DiBella for sticking with me and giving me this chance."
Tickets are available at teamfighttowalk.com.
Following the match, Melson’s pledge to help find a cure for chronic Spinal Cord Injuries will continue when he donates 100% of his earnings from his purse to Justadollarplease.org in support of America’s first trial of its kind.




Since this is the holiday season you may have some time off of work to relax and watch a few movies. There are several classic boxing movies that are available at your local video store to fill a void left by a lack of live boxing action. I’m going to list some of my favorites that you may find entertaining. “Gentleman Jim”, the story of James J.Corbett is my personal favorite. Errol Flynn is great as Corbett and Ward Bond is even better as John L.Sullivan.Next up would be Paul Newman as Rocky Graziano in “Somebody Up There Likes Me". Then Robert DeNiro in the story of Jake LaMotta titled “Raging Bull”..

Humphrey Bogart is outstanding in Hall Of Fame author Budd Schulberg’s classic “The Harder They Fall”. Although “Body And Soul” has been made more then once, the original with John Garfield is the best. A cast of Anthony Quinn, Jackie Gleason, Mickey Rooney and a cameo by a very young Cassius Clay can be found in “Requiem For A Heavyweight”.

Robert Ryan is a hard luck, aging but proud fighter in “The Set Up”. Charles Bronson plays a bare knuckle battler and James Coburn is his fast talking manager in “Hard Times”. It’s more then a boxing movie with a great cast like Marlon Brando, Rod Stieger and Lee J. Cobb in “On The Waterfront”. It gave us Brando’s character, Tommy Malloy’s unforgettable line," I coulda’ been a contender”.

Kirk Douglas stars in the classic “Champion”. If you can find it, “Monkey On My Back” is a fine movie based on the life of Barney Ross. “Fat City” is a very popular boxing movie starring Stacy Keach and Jeff Bridges. I always thought that Ving Rhames should have won an award for his outstanding portrayal of Don King in the late author Jack Newfield’s “Only In America”. “The Great White Hope” with James Earl Jones is a terrific film.

There are a few other I have enjoyed over the years that did not get critical acclaim but I thought were worth a view. “Dempsey” with Treat Williams as Jack and Sam Waterson as “Doc” Kearns. “Gladiator” with Cuba Gooding Jr. “Split Decisions” with Gene Hackman. Another oldie is “Golden Boy” with a very young William Holden.

I’m sure there are several that I have overlooked. You can usually catch one of the five Rocky movies that are shown often on television.
I hope you are able to find the time to enjoy some of these fine films.

Jim Amato


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