DIBELLA ENTERTAINMENT'S BROADWAY BOXING SERIES RETURNS TO
FOXWOODS RESORT CASINO ON SATURDAY, JULY 21
DiBella Entertainment returns to the beautiful Foxwoods Resort Casino,
in Mashantucket, CT, with another evening of the acclaimed,
long-running Broadway Boxing series on Saturday, July 21,
headlined by East Hartford's CT's "Marvelous" Mykquan Williams.
Tickets to the event, presented by Nissan of Queens, Azad Watches, OPTYX,
Christos Steak House and Gagliardi Insurance, are priced at $125, $75
and $45, and can be purchased online at Foxwoods.com, Ticketmaster.com,
by calling 800-200-2882, or visiting the Foxwoods box office. Foxwoods
Resort Casino is located at 350 Trolley Line Boulevard, Mashantucket,
Connecticut 06338. Doors will open to the Fox Theater at 6:30 p.m., with
the first fight scheduled for 7:00 p.m.
The show will be
broadcast on LIVE.DBE1.COM,
part of the SportsLive OTT service as part of a partnership with
CBS Sports Digital. Fans can subscribe to the event for $6.95 by
"I'm thrilled to bring Broadway Boxing back to our home
away from home at Foxwoods Resort Casino," said Lou DiBella,
President of DiBella Entertainment. "Headlining the card will be
the explosive 'Marvelous' Mykquan Williams, a Foxwoods staple
from East Hartford, CT, who has six first-round knockouts and
won his first title belt last time out. Touted amateurs and now
exciting prospects Hurshidbek Normatov, of Uzbekistan, and
Russian Radzhab Butaev will continue their impressive rise up
the professional ladder. We will have two women's bouts with the
always-entertaining Shelly Vincent from Rhode Island and world
champion Alicia Napoleon in action. The stacked undercard will
also include promising New England locals Adrian Sosa and Lamont
This will be be our first show back at Foxwoods since the tragic
passing of Foxwoods President Felix Rappaport, DiBella
Entertainment wishes to dedicate this event to Felix and will
honor his memory with a terrific card on July 21."
the main event, popular and undefeated junior welterweight
prospect "Marvelous" Mykquan Williams (11-0, 7 KOs) will clash
with Salem, MA, native Matt "The Mantis" Doherty (8-4-1, 4 KOs),
scheduled for eight rounds. Just 20 years old and managed by the
renowned Jackie Kallen, the all-action Williams has become a
staple at Foxwoods Resort Casino, with nine previous fights at
the property. Williams kicked off his 2018 campaign in style
with two first-round knockouts, most recently stopping Orlando
Felix on May 5, in the initial stanza at Foxwoods Resort Casino,
to capture the WBC UNBC Silver super lightweight title. The
29-year-old upset-minded Doherty will look to bounce back into
the win column after his four-bout winning streak was stopped in
a hotly contested six-round clash against undefeated prospect
Ray Moylette on March 31, in Quincy, MA.
In the eight-round co-feature, popular New England female
fighter Shelly "Shelito's Way" Vincent (22-1, 1 KO), of
Providence, RI, will face off in a junior lightweight bout.
Vincent has won four straight since her only defeat in August
2016 via majority decision in a nationally televised battle to
Heather Hardy in what The Ring Magazine hailed as the "Female
Fight of the Year." She was honored by the Connecticut Boxing
Hall of Fame as their "Fighter of the Year" in 2016, becoming
the first female recipient of the award.
Also featured in a six-round women's bout will be WBA Super
Middleweight World Champion Alicia "The Empress" Napoleon (9-1,
5 KOs), of Lindenhurst, NY. Napoleon seized the world title in
her last bout, earning a brilliant 10-round decision versus
Femke Hermans on March 3, at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY.
In the welterweight division, fast-rising prospect Adrian
Sosa (7-0, 5 KOs), of Lawrence, MA, will fight in a scheduled
six-rounder. The 23-year-old Sosa is coming off his career best
victory, a six-round decision against previously undefeated
prospect Khiry Todd on May 5, at Foxwoods Resort Casino. Sosa
was a 2014 New England Golden Gloves champion and turned pro in
July 2016 following an 18-2 amateur career.
middleweight newcomer Lamont Powell (1-0), of Pawtucket, RI,
will return to the Foxwoods Resort Casino ring in a six-round
tilt. The 25-year-old made his triumphant pro debut on May 5,
with a shutout four-round decision versus Amadeu Cristiano.
fighting on the card in an eight-round welterweight battle will
be top undefeated Russian prospect Radzhab "The Python" Butaev (8-0,
6 KOs), co-promoted by DiBella Entertainment and Fight
Promotions Inc. Following an outstanding 2017 campaign featuring
four dominant victories, this will be the Los Angeles resident's
first fight this year. A highly accomplished amateur, Butaev
compiled an incredible 304-12 record, with 164 knockouts.
NY's Hurshidbek Normatov (6-0, 2 KOs) will square off in a
six-round junior middleweight contest. A native of Uzbekistan,
the 26-year-old Normatov won a six-round decision versus Ronald
Montes on May 5, at Foxwoods Resort Casino. Promoted by DiBella
Entertainment and managed by David McWater's Split-T Management,
Normatov was an experienced amateur competing in 324 bouts and
winning the 2014 European National championship.
Undefeated super middleweight contender Lennox
"2 Sharpe" Allen (20-0-1,
13 KOs), of Brooklyn, NY, will return to the ring following
nearly a three-year absence, in a six-round battle. Allen is a
former WBC CABOFE, New York State and Guyanese Champion.
FINAL QUOTES FOR
Heavyweight Title Showdown
Headlines Action This Saturday,
March 3 Live on SHOWTIME from Barclays Center
in Brooklyn & Presented by Premier Boxing Champions
(March 1, 2018) - Unbeaten WBC
Heavyweight World Champion Deontay Wilder and unbeaten
contender Luis Ortiz exchanged words and went face to
face at the final press conference in Manhattan Thursday ahead
of their main event showdown this Saturday, March 3 live on
SHOWTIME from Barclays Center, the home of BROOKLYN BOXING™, and
presented by Premier Boxing Champions.
Also participating in Thursday's press conference and opening
the SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING telecast at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT
were super middleweight contenders Andre Dirrell and
Jose Uzcategui, who meet in a rematch of their May 2017
matchup on SHOWTIME as they fight for an interim 168-pound world
title in the co-feature.
Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by DiBella
Entertainment and TGB Promotions, start at $50 and are on sale
now. To purchase tickets, visit Ticketmaster.com,
BarclaysCenter.com, or call 800-745-3000. Tickets for the event
can also be purchased at the American Express Box Office at
Here is what the participants had to say Thursday:
"The reason I wanted this fight is not only do I think Ortiz
is one of the best technical fighters in the division, but he's
the boogeyman that everyone is running from. Champions have
avoided him and I've always said I was the best and this is my
chance to prove it.
"This result isn't up to anyone but myself. Every time I get
under the bright lights, I give the fans what they want to see.
This is the best versus the best and that's what boxing
"I had all the excuses in the world to run away from this
fight after he failed the test. There are a lot of good,
up-and-coming heavyweights out there, but I wasn't interested in
them. This fight is how I prove that I'm the baddest man on the
"On March 3, with all the personal things put aside, it's
going to be an honor to fight Luis Ortiz, man to man and father
to father. I know that family is his motivation, just like it is
for me, and that's why I blessed him with this opportunity.
"The exciting thing about Saturday night is for everyone to
see what I'm capable of doing. Luis Ortiz is determined to get
my WBC belt. This is my seventh defense of my title and I've
enjoyed every one. It's a lot of responsibility and I take it
seriously. You'll all see on Saturday night why I've said the
things I've said.
"Everyone knows what I'm expecting Saturday night. I can't
say it enough. I have knocked every opponent out for a reason. I
plan on continuing my knockout streak. That's what I do and
that's what I'm best at.
"This is the best fight right here in boxing that can be
made. It doesn't get any better than this on Saturday night. You
have to be here in person, because you won't want to miss
anything. You never know what you'll see, but Saturday night
will be bombs away."
"I never say anything bad about fighters because inside the
ring, anything can happen. I respect everyone who steps into the
ring. This is my opportunity. This is my time. Deontay is a
great champion but this is my chance.
"Like I always say, this is my time and it's going to be a
great triumph. This is big for all of Cuban boxing and I will
make my country proud.
"This is going to be like two trains on the same track about
to collide. I'm going to win and I'm going to take his belt.
"This is not a video game. This is not using controllers. You
have to actually step into the ring with me on Saturday night.
"Deontay is scared. He's talking a lot of nonsense. He's
worried about what I'm going to do. This is my time. I'm going
to show everyone.
"I'm 100 percent ready to go. Sparring has been amazing and
I'm totally prepared for Deontay Wilder. Deontay's biggest
mistake is that he talks too much.
"I looked into his eyes and I knew that I'm not going to lose
this opportunity. I'm going to be the first Cuban and the first
Latino born outside the country to win a title. Saturday night
will be historic.
"The public gave me this opportunity to fight for the title
and beat you for your belt. I'm going to make the most of my
chance and knock Deontay Wilder out."
"It was a rocky start for me in our first fight. He caught me
with a good shot in the early rounds, but I was able to fight
through it. I started to dominate the second half of the fight
but he had definitely thrown my game off. I still weathered the
storm and made good things happen. This fight is very deserving
of a rematch and I'm looking forward to it.
"This fight right here is one of the beautiful moments we
have in boxing. There were two wrongs that night in the last
fight. I'm really happy with everyone who has made this rematch
and gave the sport what it deserves.
"Now Jose Uzcategui and myself both have chances to prove
ourselves again. This is going to be the worst opportunity of
Uzcategui's life. But it will be the best opportunity for me.
"This is my opportunity to prove all of the critics wrong
this time. I'm not the favorite, and it's a beautiful thing. I'm
going to change every single mind on Saturday night. I'm
stepping up to the plate, and I'm preparing to hit a home run.
"Virgil Hunter has definitely helped me with my mental game.
We've worked on a masterful game plan. Virgil is tough to work
with but we did all of the necessary things we had to in order
to accomplish what we have to on Saturday.
"The next two years or more will be the best years of my
career. I've been blessed with an illustrious career. This is a
new look for me and I feel good. I have a very tough, hungry
fighter in front of me and I can't wait to prove myself."
"We're not doing anything differently heading into this
fight. I've put the time in at the gym every day to make sure
that the fight ends conclusively this time.
"Before I even got to the ring in the first fight I felt some
animosity from the referee towards me and it kind of led to what
happened in the fight.
"Saturday night you're not just going to see that I'm a
boxer-puncher, but you'll see my full power on display.
"I'm happy to be in this rematch. I hope that Dirrell brings
action like he's talking about on Saturday. I don't want to
chase him around the ring all night.
"I'm ready to accomplish my dreams, and that involves beating
Andre Dirrell more decisively than last night and leaving no
doubt at all who the better fighter is."
LOU DIBELLA, President of DiBella
"Deontay Wilder put everything aside to face one of the
greatest amateur heavyweights in the history of boxing. This
fight is happening because Deontay is that good and he's that
proud. Deontay is ready to prove that he's the baddest man on
"There is a sensational off-television undercard beginning at
5:30 p.m. at Barclays Center that includes a group of top
contenders and prospects. It's really a loaded undercard from
top to bottom.
"That great undercard includes a woman's title fight
involving Alicia Napoleon. Everyone involved in this fight has
made an effort to have women's boxing represented on our cards
and I'm proud to be able to deliver that for fans.
"This will be Deontay's third defense of his title in
Brooklyn at Barclays Center. He successfully defended against
Artur Szpilka and Bermane Stiverne, with two frightening
knockouts. I'm proud to work with Barclays Center and promote
boxing in Brooklyn. This is certainly one of the best venues for
boxing in the world and certainly a venue that is dedicated to
bringing the fans consistently excellent programming inside the
"This fight is getting the kind of reception that it
deserves. If you want to get tickets for Saturday night, I would
call now because they're moving fast."
STEPHEN ESPINOZA, President Sports &
Events Programming, Showtime Sports Inc.
"When we have a fight card like this, the network gets a lot
of credit but these fights truly don't happen unless fighters
like Wilder and Ortiz are ready to take the fights.
"When we announced our schedule back in January, there was
one fight that jumped out to everyone, and it was Wilder vs.
Ortiz. They have 67 fights between them, 67 wins, 0 losses and
62 knockouts. This is part of what we're calling 'March Madness'
on SHOWTIME. All four heavyweight titles, the top four
heavyweights in the world, including Anthony Joshua vs. Joseph
Parker on March 31, facing each other this month on SHOWTIME.
There hasn't been a lineup like that put together by any network
in the history of the sport.
"The titles are great but these fights are about something
else. They're about legacy. When people look back and ask, 'what
kind of fighter was Deontay Wilder?' This is the fight that they
will talk about. More important than knockouts and unbeaten
records, this is why fighters are remembered.
"Dirrell vs. Uzcategui 2 is good enough to be a main event
and they deserve to have a great stage for this rematch. These
are the kind of cards that people look back and say, were you
there that night? If you're not watching this card, you're not a
boxing fan. Because this is the best that the sport has to
BRETT YORMARK, CEO of Brooklyn Sports &
"I can't tell you how excited I am for Saturday night. People
are starting to realize how viable this sport is and that boxing
is a sport on the rise. We're thrilled to be a part of it
"Events like Saturday in Brooklyn are why this sport is
thriving. It features a deep card from top to bottom, 50-50
fights and great fighters with magnetic personalities
"Deontay, even though you weren't born in Brooklyn, we do
consider you our own. We're excited to have Luis Ortiz as well,
for the first time, on Saturday night. This is a card from top
to bottom that's incredible and I'm thrilled to welcome Andre
and Jose to Brooklyn.
"The seats are moving really quickly and this should be one
of the biggest fights we've had at Barclays Center. We're very
excited for this show and look forward to seeing everyone
# # #
ENTERTAINMENT SIGNS UNDEFEATED HEAVYWEIGHT PROSPECT STEPHAN SHAW
ADDED TO BROADWAY BOXING
AT B.B. KING BLUES CLUB &
GRILL, NEW YORK, NY
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2018
New York City (January 30, 2018) Earlier today, DiBella
Entertainment (DBE) announced that it has signed Ukrainian
heavyweight OLEKSANDR "Sasha" TESLENKO. In the spirit of
"Two For Tuesday", DBE has also added fellow undefeated
heavyweight prospect STEPHAN SHAW, of St. Louis,
Missouri, to its roster. Shaw will make his DBE debut on the
February 7 edition of Broadway Boxing at B.B. King Blues
Club & Grill, in Times Square, Manhattan. Broadway Boxing is
presented by Nissan of Queens, Azad Watches, OPTYX, and Christos
The 25-year-old Shaw, undefeated with a record of 9-0 with six
knockouts, will be fighting in New York City for the first time
in a scheduled six-round clash against JOEL CAUDLE
(7-1-1, 5 KOs), of Raleigh, North Carolina.
Following a stellar amateur career that included 2013 PAL and
USA National Championships titles, Shaw turned professional in
December 2013. A graduate of Hazelwood Central High
School in nearby Florissant, Missouri, Shaw gravitated to the
sport at a young age coming from a family of boxers. He trains
with four-time Olympic Boxing coach Basheer Abdullah out of
Arena Gym in San Diego, California. Abdullah was a family friend
and has known Stephan for his entire life, having grown up with
his parents. Stephan's grandfather, Buddy Shaw, was a renowned
trainer in Missouri and acted as a mentor to Abdullah.
"I've watched Stephan fight and, just as important, I've seen
him spar with Deontay Wilder, so I know what he's capable of,"
said LOU DIBELLA, President of DiBella Entertainment.
"Boxing fans in attendance are in for a real treat to see both
Stephan and Sasha fighting in separate bouts on our February 7
Broadway Boxing show."
"I am very excited to have
another boxer managed by Split-T working with Lou," said
DAVID McWATERof Split-T Management. "He is a friend and a
brilliant promoter. Shaw is going to handle his business inside
the ring and Lou and I will do the same outside of it. B.B. King
Blues Club & Grill in New York City is the perfect venue to make
his DiBella Entertainment debut. It's an intimate atmosphere
that will allow for a great introduction to the fans and media."
The February 7 installment of the acclaimed Broadway Boxing
series is headlined by a crosstown clash between undefeated
welterweights NOEL MURPHY (12-0, 2 KOs), of Woodlawn, New
York and Brooklyn's MIKKEL LESPIERRE (18-0-1, 8 KOs)
Junior Welterweight KO Artist Shoh Ergashev Added to Jacobs vs.
The one to watch, 25-year-old knockout
sensation Shohjahon "Descendant of Tamerlane" Ergashev has been
added to the untelevised undercard of the Saturday, November 11,
Danny Jacobs vs. Luis Arias and Jarrell Miller vs. Mariusz Wach
boxing event at NYCB LIVE: Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in
Uniondale, New York.
Jacobs vs. Arias and Miller vs. Wach are
presented by Matchroom Boxing USA, in association with Brooklyn
Sports & Entertainment, Salita Promotions and Roc Nation Sports.
It will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing
beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT. Tickets can be purchased at
ticketmaster.com, NYCBLIVE.com, by calling 800-745-3000 or at
the Ticketmaster Box Office at the Coliseum.
Considered one of the best current prospects
coming out of Central Asia, the popular Ergashev (9-0, 9 KOs) is
a former four-time national champion in his home country. As a
professional, the dangerous southpaw has won his last five
fights in the first round.
"I came to the US to show that I am the best
fighter in the world," said Ergashev. "I look for the knockout
in every fight and November 11 is no different. It's my biggest
stage and I will put on a show!"
To prepare for his six-round showdown,
Ergashev is training at Kronk Gym in Detroit with well-known
Javan SugarHill Steward, who says he is looking fearsome in
"He's a big puncher, with good athleticism and
great potential," said Steward. "I look forward to working with
him and seeing him develop in the talent-rich junior
Promoter Dmitriy Salita says although Ergashev
is a new name in the United States, he is already well-known in
his Uzbek community.
"Shoh has the power, skills and charisma to be
a star in boxing," said Salita. "He has a very loyal fan base as
well. Although it's his first fight in the US, he will have
hundreds of people from his community in New York City and from
around the country, and even from Russia, coming to support him
on November 11."
In his last appearance, in June at the Floyd
Mayweather Boxing Academy in Zhukovka, Russia, Ergashev needed
less than a minute to knock opponent Sunatollo Rakhmatulloev
down twice and stop him at 0:50 of the first round.
In other action that night, undefeated New
York City police officer Dimash "Lightning" Niyazov (12-0, 5
KOs) born in Shymkent, Kazakhstan, now residing in Staten
Island, NY, will also fight in a six-round lightweight bout on
the non-televised portion of the undercard.
DIBELLA ENTERTAINMENT SIGNS TOP
RATED LIGHTWEIGHT CONTENDER
New York City (August 1, 2017) DIBELLA ENTERTAINMENT has
signed top rated lightweight contender RICHARD COMMEY (25-2, 22
KOs), of Accra, Ghana, to an exclusive promotional contract it
was announced today by its President LOU DIBELLA and Commey's
manager MICHAEL AMOO-BEDIAKO.
Commey formally signed the deal while in New York for last
Saturday's Adrien Broner vs. Mikey Garcia bout. He will remain
in New York and train in Brooklyn under the tutelage of Andre
Rozier and Gary Stark Sr.
Over the last year, Commey has been the recipient of two
controversial decision losses. On September 9, 2016, the
then-undefeated IBF mandatory challenger traveled to Reading,
PA, to challenge also undefeated Robert Easter for the vacant
IBF lightweight world title, losing a very close split decision
by scores of 114-113, 112-115 and 113-114.
Three months later, Commey headed to Moscow, Russia, facing
off against Denis Shafikov in an IBF lightweight world title
eliminator. Although seeming to clearly win the majority of
rounds, Commey would once again lose a split decision by scores
of 116-112, 113-115 and 112-116.
Most recently, Commey fought in his native Accra, on March
11, 2017, winning a 12-round unanimous decision over Hedi
Slimani to capture the vacant WBC International Silver
Commey is ranked #4 by the World Boxing Council and #6 by the
International Boxing Federation.
Said DiBella about the signing, "I think Richard Commey is
one of the top lightweights in the world and I'm very excited to
work with him and his management. Richard's two losses were both
by split decision and, in my opinion, he won the Shafikov fight.
"Richard will be training in the New York Area now and will
have better sparring for his future fights. We feel that he can
win a world championship and will pursue that path for him."
DiBella has previously worked with Ghana-based world
champions Ike Quartey and Joshua Clottey.
Said the excited Commey, "It's great to be back in the United
States and I can't wait to show everyone that I can be a world
champion. I feel that I wasn't treated fairly in my world title
fight with Robert Easter and then with Denis Shafikov in the
final eliminator in Russia.
"I want to thank Lou DiBella and DiBella Entertainment for
showing faith and signing me. I also want to thank my manager
Michael Amoo-Bediako for all the hard work he has done for me
over the years and is still doing."
Commey first turned heads in front of an American audience
stopping Bahodir Mamadjonov in his US debut on May 22, 2015, in
the eighth round in Las Vegas, NV.
Stated Bediako, "Lou and I have been talking since February
prior to Richard's fight in Ghana on March 11. After his
victory, we ramped up the conversations and negotiations were
very smooth to be honest. Lou and his team have been a pleasure
to work with."
Andre Ward vs.
Sergey Kovalev II
Saturday, June 17
At Mandalay Bay
Events Center in Las Vegas
by HBO Pay-Per-View
NEW YORK, NY (April 4, 2017) -
Roc Nation Sports, Main Events, Andre Ward Promotions and
Krusher Promotions are pleased to announce the highly
anticipated rematch between the unified Light Heavyweight
Champion of the World, Andre "SOG" Ward (31-0, 15 KOs) and
former title holder Sergey "Krusher" Kovalev (30-1-1, 26 KOs).
Ward vs. Kovalev II "No Excuses" will take place 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.
Team Ward and Team Kovalev will partake in a three-city press
tour the week of April 10 to officially announce the fight,
including New York City, the Bay Area and Los Angeles. Further
details will be available in the coming days.
"I'm going to keep it short and sweet. You got what you asked
for - now you have to see me on June 17. This time...leave the
excuses at home," said Ward.
"I'm glad to know that rematch will happen. I really hope that
Andre Ward will get into the ring for this rematch. Fans of
boxing will see the real Krusher--the one they have missed for
couple of my last fights. For me this rematch is very important
as no other bout in my entire boxing career. Thanks a lot to all
of boxing fans," said Kovalev.
"Roc Nation Sports is proud to be the lead promoter behind a
boxing rematch for the ages," said Michael Yormark, Roc Nation
President & Chief of Branding and Strategy. "Last November,
Andre showed the world he was boxing's best. No doubt he will
build upon his legacy come June 17 in another historic night.
There's no excuses, the rematch is on."
"After the last fight, we are preparing for another unbelievable
experience. Can't wait for the bell to ring! This is sure to be
another nail-biting roller coaster ride," said Kathy Duva, CEO,
Main Events. "This is the only fight that Sergey wants right now
and he refused to settle for anything less than the chance to
get his belts back. I'm told that Roc Nation and Andre Ward have
lots of great ideas for the promotion and we can't wait to see
them in action!"
"After a razor thin decision last November in their first
meeting, the boxing community has been eagerly waiting for a
Ward-Kovalev rematch," said Tony Walker, Vice President, HBO
Pay-Per-View. "These are two world class prizefighters who
embrace being on the sport's biggest stage. Like Andre and
Sergey, we can't wait for June 17th at the Mandalay Bay Events
Center in Las Vegas."
"This spectacular rematch of pound-for-pound champions will be a
'can't-miss' fight at the Mandalay Bay Events Center," said
Richard Sturm, President of Entertainment and Sports for MGM
Resorts International. "We look forward to working with both Roc
Nation Sports and Main Events once again on this championship
event which should be one of the most thrilling fights of 2017."
Known for his strong character and integrity outside the ring
and his warrior's instinct inside it, 33-year-old Andre Ward's
skill and talent were apparent early in his outstanding amateur
career. He racked up every title in the books, culminating in a
gold medal in the light heavyweight division at the 2004 Olympic
Games in Athens, Greece. As the only male American boxer to
claim Olympic gold in the past
decade, Ward joined the likes of Muhammad Ali, Sugar Ray Leonard
and Oscar De La Hoya. He turned professional on December 18,
2004, scoring a second round technical knockout victory over
Chris Molina at Staples Center in a fight that was televised
live on HBO. He has gone on to rack up an undefeated record
since then, building an ever-growing legion of fans in the
process. After becoming the Ring Magazine and WBA Super
Middleweight World Champion, rising to the number two spot on
the pound-for-pound list and winning the 2011 Fighter of the
Year Award (ESPN, Sports Illustrated, Ring Magazine and the
Boxing Writers Association of America), it was announced that
Ward signed an exclusive promotional agreement with Roc Nation
Sports in January 2015, opening a new chapter in his storied
boxing career. Ward returned to the ring on June 20, 2015 at the
Oracle Arena in front of his hometown fans in Oakland,
California and scored a ninth-round knockout over Paul Smith. On
March 26, 2016, Ward made his highly publicized 175-pound debut
against Cuba's undefeated and IBF number one rated light
heavyweight contender Sullivan Barrera and came out victorious.
Ward continued his conquest of the light heavyweight division on
August 6, 2016, with a unanimous decision over Alexander Brand.
Immediately following the win, Ward announced that he will be
taking on unified Light Heavyweight Champion Sergey Kovalev in
the ultimate showdown for division supremacy and recognition as
the best pound-for-pound fighter. In the most anticipated fight
of 2016 on November 19 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Ward
would prove to the world his dominance as one of boxing's top
pound-for-pound fighters by becoming the unified World Light
Heavyweight Champion with a unanimous decision win over Kovalev,
the reigning WBA, IBF and WBO titleholder.
Sergey "Krusher" Kovalev, the Russian Wrecking Ball, 34, is
currently ranked #2 Pound-for-Pound by Ring Magazine and has
been dominating boxing's light heavyweight division with his
aggressive, fan-friendly style since his breakout performance
against then-unbeaten Nathan Cleverly in 2013 when he won the
WBO Light Heavyweight World Title. One year after winning his
WBO title Sergey went on to defeat future Hall-of-Famer Bernard
"The Alien" Hopkins in a 12-round unanimous decision victory to
add the WBA and IBF Light Heavyweight World Titles to his
mantle. His rise to boxing stardom has been meteoric, as he has
gone from an unknown fighter from Chelyabinsk, Russia to
headlining HBO Pay-Per-View in just four years after signing
with his first promoter, Main Events. In his last fight, Kovalev
went the distance against former two-time world champion Andre "SOG"
Ward. The bout ended in a highly-contested unanimous decision
against Sergey even though Kovalev managed to knock down Ward
and many thought the cards should have gone in his favor. Out of
Kovalev's 30 career victories 26 have come by way of knockout.
Additionally, he has entered into championship rounds only three
times in his professional career. Kovalev has always sought to
test himself against the best boxing has to offer; he wants to
prove in the ring that he deserves that mantle.
Ward vs. Kovalev II "No Excuses," a 12-round mega-fight for the
WBO/IBF/WBA light heavyweight championships, is presented by Roc
Nation Sports, Main Events, Andre Ward Promotions, Krusher
Promotions and Corona Extra, and is sponsored by 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.
FELIX DIAZ CALLS OUT TERENCE CRAWFORD
"TO BE THE BEST, YOU HAVE TO FIGHT THE BEST.
I WANT CRAWFORD!"
New York, NY (9/12/16) - There aren't many fighters these
days calling out undefeated two-division world champion Terence
Crawford, one of boxing's pound-for-pound best. Felix Diaz is,
though. This is a fight that should be made.
Diaz (18-1, 8KO's), the only boxer to win an Olympic gold
medal for the Dominican Republic, is coming off a
career-changing performance back in July. He dominated highly
regarded, undefeated welterweight contender Sammy Vasquez,
though he is a true super lightweight. Following his victory
over Vasquez, Diaz signed with promoter Lou DiBella, with the
goal of fighting the biggest names in the sport, and Crawford is
at the very top of his list.
"I would love to fight Crawford," said Diaz emphatically. "I
believe that our styles match up perfectly and will make for a
tremendous fight. I also believe that my style will give him a
ton of problems. Gamboa had success against him, but Gamboa was
a smaller guy. I am a big, strong 140-pounder. He has never
faced someone like me. I fought Peterson in his backyard and I
have no problem coming to Omaha. All that yelling, screaming and
cheering for the hometown fighter goes out the window when the
bell rings. It's just me and him in the ring, and I would bring
it all night long."
Crawford had hoped to land a shot against Manny Pacquiao, and
was rumored to be one of the leading candidates to face the
future first ballot Hall-of-Famer. Pacquiao ultimately chose to
take on WBO welterweight champion Jessie Vargas, leaving
Crawford and Top Rank in search of an acceptable dance partner
for Crawford. Diaz believes he is the solution and sees the
fight as an easy one to make.
"I am with DiBella now, and I know that he has worked with
Bob Arum and Top Rank many times in the past. Also my manager Al
Haymon and Bob are able to work together as well, so there are
no obstacles to get this fight done. This would be a tremendous
fight for boxing and for TV. If he moves around the ring, I will
chase him down and force him to fight me. If he wants to stand
and trade with me, even better. I will be ready for whatever he
The Vasquez fight came on short notice, Diaz' first fight
after losing a questionable majority decision to former 140lb.
world champion Lamont Peterson. Diaz believes he beat Peterson,
having pushed him around the ring in Peterson's backyard. Diaz
adamantly disagrees with that decision and believes he can do
the same thing to Terence Crawford in Omaha or anywhere else.
"At the end of the day, Peterson and I both produced a great
fight, and now it looks like he is going to be taking on Cotto.
For him to get the fight against Cotto shows you the caliber of
fighter he is. For me to perform the way I did against him, in a
fight that many people felt I should have won, shows you the
caliber of fighter that I am. To be the best, you have to fight
the best. I believe that I am the best super lightweight in the
world and beating Crawford would prove that."
VS. ANDRE WARD
“POUND FOR POUND” SHOWDOWN OFFICIALLY SET FOR SATURDAY, NOVEMBER
PRESENTED LIVE BY HBO PAY-PER-VIEW®
OAKLAND, CA (Aug. 6, 2016) - On Saturday, Nov. 19 the world’s
best pound-for-pound boxer will be crowned. Sergey “Krusher”
Kovalev (30-0-1, 26 KOs), the WBO, WBA and IBF Light Heavyweight
World Champion, and Andre “S.O.G.” Ward (30-0, 15 KOs) Two-Time
World Champion, officially announced their long-awaited showdown
following Ward’s victory over Alexander Brand at the conclusion
of the live HBO World Championship Boxing® telecast Saturday
night at Oracle Arena in Oakland. Kovalev vs. Ward will take
place Saturday, Nov. 19. The event will be produced and
distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View beginning at 9:00 p.m.
ET/6:00 p.m. PT and is presented by Main Events, Roc Nation
Sports, Krusher Promotions and Andre Ward Promotions.
Kovalev and Ward are currently ranked the number two and
number four pound-for-pound boxers in the world, respectively,
by The Ring Magazine, making their hotly anticipated fight only
the third bout in the history of The Ring Magazine
pound-for-pound list to pit two undefeated top-five ranked
pound-for-pound fighters against each other. Odds makers and
pundits have this fight evenly matched at 50-50 and it is poised
to be a sure-fire 2016 Fight of the Year candidate. History will
be made on Nov. 19th!
Making the fight even more intriguing, Kovalev and Ward are
polar opposites. The Russian Wrecking Ball Sergey “Krusher”
Kovalev is an unbeaten knockout artist sitting atop boxing’s
light heavyweight division. With his ferocity in the ring and
his charisma outside of it, Krusher is on his way to becoming
the sport’s next big star. The last American man to win an
Olympic Gold Medal in boxing, Andre “S.O.G.” Ward is already a
future Hall of Famer. Known for his strong character and
integrity outside the ring and his warrior’s instinct inside it,
Ward has not lost a fight, amateur or professional, since he was
12-years-old. Kovalev’s seemingly unstoppable offense-first
approach stands in stark contrast to Ward’s slick, defensive
style that has been an unsolvable riddle for every foe he’s
Neither man has faced an opponent like this before. Who will
be the next “Pound for Pound” king? Find out Saturday, Nov. 19!
Live on HBO tonight, when asked about whether or not Ward is
ready to face him Kovalev said, “I think he is ready. I am ready
too. The fight against Chilemba was similar to how it is going
to be against Andre Ward. He is a really great champion and he
proved this today. I just want to say, let’s do it November 19
Ward responded, “I am excited, man. I am looking forward to
it. I want to be the light heavyweight champion of the world. I
got past this step. He got past his step. We will see you in
November. I have been doing this for 22 years and if I am not
ready to fight the best now then I will never be ready. I have
been preparing for these moments since I been a kid. You got to
respect Sergey for the way he has gotten to where he has gotten.
He didn’t have any soft touches. He wasn’t protected. He wasn’t
really pushed by the media. He is a guy who should get a lot
more credit than he has. The winner of this fight could possibly
be pound-for-pound #1.”
Additional details for the event, including ticket
information, will be released shortly.
*The Ring Magazine began publishing pound-for-pound rankings
Kovalev, the Russian Wrecking Ball, 33, has been dominating
boxing’s light heavyweight division with his aggressive,
fan-friendly style since his breakout performance against
then-unbeaten Nathan Cleverly in 2013. His rise to boxing
stardom has been meteoric, as he has gone from an unknown
fighter from Chelyabinsk, Russia to headlining HBO Pay-Per-View
in just four years after signing with his first promoter, Main
Events. Out of of Kovalev’s 30 career victories 26 have come by
way of knockout. Additionally, he has entered into championship
rounds only twice in his professional career. Kovalev has always
sought to test himself against the best boxing has to offer; he
wants to prove in the ring that he deserves that mantle.
Ward, 32, the last American man to win an Olympic Gold Medal
in boxing (2004), reigned as the WBA Super Middleweight World
Champion from 2009 to 2015 while fighting mostly out of his
hometown, Oakland, CA. He announced his intention to move to up
to the light heavyweight division in search of a bigger
challenge in 2015, shortly after signing with his current
promoter, Roc Nation Sports. He has been a top rated
pound-for-pound fighter since 2011. Ward is seeking to assume
his place and leave a legacy at the top of the sport.
Heavyweight World Champion Adonis Stevenson Battles Hard-Hitting
Contender Thomas Williams Jr. on Spike Friday, July 29
Videotron in Quebec City, Canada
(9 p.m. ET/8
Plus Former World
Champion Chad Dawson Battles Undefeated
Top Contender Eleider
Alvarez Takes On in Co-Main Event
QUEBEC CITY (June 24, 2016) - Light heavyweight world
champion Adonis "Superman" Stevenson (27-1, 22 KOs) returns to
defend his belt against hard-hitting challenger Thomas "Top Dog"
Williams Jr. (20-1, 14 KOs) in the main event of Premier Boxing
Champions (PBC) on Spike Friday, July 29 from Centre Videotron
in Quebec City, Canada.
Televised coverage begins at 9 p.m. ET/8 pm. CT and features
former world champion "Bad" Chad Dawson (34-4, 19 KOs) against
top light heavyweight contender Eleider "Storm" Alvarez (19-0,
10 KOs) in a 10-round showdown.
Stevenson will be making his seventh title defense and his
second straight defense on Spike. His latest challenge will be
the young and hungry Williams Jr. who comes in with a
straight-forward style and a ton of confidence after he knocked
out Edwin Rodriguez in the second round of their April clash.
"I am very happy to return to the ring on July 29 in Quebec,"
said Stevenson. "I will demonstrate that like fine wine, I am
even better with age. Even though I haven't boxed in 10 months,
I've never left the gym and I'm willing and ready to defend my
"There were many people who had lost trust in me two years
ago after my loss, but here I am" said Williams Jr. "There were
circumstances that led to that result, but I don't make excuses
and that is in the past. I'm coming off of the best performance
of my career and I'm ready to hold that belt on July 29.
Stevenson has never faced a puncher like me."
Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by Group Yvon
Michel (GYM), start at $50, and are on sale now. Tickets are on
sale at Videotron Centre, GYM
(514) 383-0666 or at
Champion Boxing Club
"Adonis Stevenson has been a world champion since 2012 and we
expect another great show on July 29," said Yvon Michel,
President og GYM. "The fights on July 29 will include a group of
ambitious and talented boxers, which promises a show with
intense fighters making statements."
Stevenson won the world light heavyweight title in June of
2013 in Montreal, via a sensational 76-second, first-round
knockout over the then-undisputed king of the division Chad
Dawson. The impressive victory earned Stevenson "Knockout of the
Year" and "Fighter of the Year" accolades. From there, Stevenson
went on to record stoppage victories over Tavoris Cloud and Tony
Bellew while winning a decision over Andzej Fonfara. Born in
Haiti, but fighting out of Quebec, Stevenson defended his title
twice last year as he defeated Sakio Bika and stopped Tommy
Karpency in the third round.
Williams Jr., a 28-year-old from Fort Washington, Maryland,
was introduced to boxing by his father, a former pro fighter. A
dynamite puncher, his biggest victory came in his last bout when
he knocked out Rodriguez in their fast-paced duel. However, the
southpaw has also proven his endurance with unanimous decision
victories over warriors like Michael Gbenga, Yusaf Mack and Otis
Griffin. Prior to the showdown with Rodriguez he scored a
second-round TKO over world-ranked contender Umberto Savigne
A former world champion at light heavyweight, Dawson returns
to the ring looking to earn another world title shot. The
33-year-old owns victories over former world champions Bernard
Hopkins, Antonio Tarver and Tomasz Ademek and is coming off of
victories over Shujaa El Amin. The New Haven, Connecticut-native
will be fighting in Canada for the fourth time in his career.
A 2008 Colombian Olympian fighting out of Montreal, Alvarez
defeated fellow top contender Isaac Chilemba in November 2015 to
solidify his spot amongst the top light heavyweights in the
division. The 32-year-old owned victories over previously
unbeaten Ryno Liebenberg and Andrew Gardner plus triumphs over
veterans Edison Miranda and Alexander Johnson heading into 2015.
Alvarez was impressive in stopping Anatoliy Dudchenko and giving
Isidro Ranon Prieto his first loss leading up to the bout with
PARTNERS WITH DIBELLA ENTERTAINMENT TO AIR BROADWAY BOXING
PRESENTED BY BROOKLYN BOXING™
SATURDAY, MAY 21ST
New York, NY - May 18, 2016 - PIX11 is pleased to announce it
has partnered with DiBella Entertainment, one of the top boxing
promotional companies in the world based in New York, and
Barclays Center, Brooklyn's landmark sports and entertainment
arena, to broadcast "Broadway Boxing: Presented by BROOKLYN
BOXING," a 90-minute special airing on Saturday, May 21.
Sponsored by BROOKLYN BOXING, Nissan of Queens, Optyx, and Azad
Watches, "Broadway Boxing" will air directly following the PIX11
broadcast of the New York Mets' home game against the Milwaukee
Brewers, which starts at 4:10 p.m ET.
Hosted by boxing expert and play-by-play announcer Brian
Custer and PIX11 Sports Anchor Andy Adler, "Broadway Boxing"
will feature a look back at some of the most exciting moments of
the series, voiced by award-winning actor Danny Aiello, and a
recap of the March 30th 10-round New York State
middleweight title matchup between local prospects Chris Galeano,
of The Bronx, and Devaun Lee, of Queens. Galeano and Lee will be
in the PIX11 studio at Barclays Center to discuss the aftermath
of their heated contest.
"Broadway Boxing" will also include an interview with Lou
DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment, who launched the
"Broadway Boxing" series in 2004 as a combination of live
programming and taped-delayed broadcasts. "Broadway Boxing" is
currently the longest running independently produced boxing
series. DiBella will delve into the history of the series, the
importance of club shows and how the grassroots nature of such
allows the sport to thrive.
"Broadway Boxing" will feature a segment hosted by PIX11's
Andy Adler on women's boxing, with fighters Heather Hardy, who
is undefeated in six fights at Barclays Center, and Amanda
Serrano in studio giving their thoughts on the growth and
development of women's boxing and the challenges females
continue to face in what has predominantly been a male-driven
The broadcast will preview the eagerly anticipated Keith
Thurman-Shawn Porter WBA welterweight title bout that will be
televised live by SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING on CBS from
Barclays Center on Saturday, June 25.
"As PIX11 continues to be a local destination for sports, we
are pleased to announce our second boxing special," said Rich
Graziano, President/GM, PIX11. "'Broadway Boxing' will air in
partnership with DiBella Entertainment, presented by BROOKLYN
BOXING, Nissan of Queens, Optyx, and Azad Watches, and give
boxing fans a behind-the-scenes look at local boxing talent,
while reaffirming our commitment to bring the highest quality
sports programming to our viewers."
"We have worked for 12-plus years developing the 'Broadway
Boxing' brand in New York and throughout the country," said Lou
DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment. "It is the finest
local television boxing series in the US, showcasing New York
area and international talent and developing future stars. We
are thrilled to partner with PIX11 and to introduce the series
to its New York viewers. PIX11 is quintessentially New York and
a media force in the tri-state area. Under Rich Graziano's
leadership, this is evidenced by its local sports programming.
'Broadway Boxing' belongs on PIX11."
COMPLETE CARD ANNOUNCED
FOR WEDNESDAY'S BROADWAY BOXING
PORTCHESTER, NY'S BRYANT
"PEEWEE" CRUZ RETURNS FOR FIRST TIME SINCE SHOBOX APPEARANCE
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 20TH
RYE BROOK, NY
New York, NY (4/19/16) - DiBella
Entertainment's Broadway Boxing series heads back up
north to the suburbs of Westchester County on Wednesday for the
third time in a little over a year. The exciting card will take
place at the beautiful Hilton Westchester in Rye Brook, NY.
Headlining the event will be Portchester's own junior
lightweight prospect Bryant "Peewee" Cruz (16-1, 8KO's) in a
scheduled eight-round bout.
The bout on April 20th will be Cruz' first since suffering
his lone loss as a professional, back in December of last year.
In Cruz' ShoBox debut, he took on late replacement Dardan
Zenunaj, a once-beaten, world-rated contender. Cruz got off to a
very fast start, dictating the pace and sweeping all of the
early rounds. However, the hard-charging Zenunaj kept the
pressure on all night and the bout turned into a war halfway
through. After dropping Cruz with a barrage of punches near the
end of the seventh, Cruz' corner elected to halt the contest
between frames. Cruz took the fight as a learning experience and
is eager to get back to his winning ways in front of a hometown
partisan crowd when he steps into the ring tomorrow night
against Jalisco, Mexico's Moises Delgadillo (17-14-2, 8 KO's).
A native of County Cork, Ireland, the 21-year-old Noel Murphy
(5-0, 2KO's) was a multi-time national champion as an amateur
before relocating to Yonkers, NY, and embarking on his
professional career in November 2014. He has quickly built a
passionate local fan base with his dynamic style and will not
disappoint those in attendance when he provides them with
another action-packed performance against Ariel Vasquez
(11-12-2, 8 KO's), of Phoenix, AZ, in their scheduled
The 6'5" 24-year-old unbeaten middleweight prospect Alantez
Fox was a standout amateur boxer who compiled a 165-35 record,
highlighted by gold medals at the Ringside National and Under-19
tournaments in 2010. From Forestville, MD, Fox (18-0-1, 7 KO's)
is trained by his father Troy out of Lloyd Irvin MMA/Boxing Gym.
With exceptional physical tools that include a 79-inch reach,
Fox is ready to take the division by storm as he climbs up the
rankings. He will square off against Josue Obando (14-9-1, 11
KO's), of Guadalajara, Mexico, in an eight-round contest.
Born in Albania, Stivens Bujaj (14-0-1, 9 KO's) moved to
Bronx, NY, at an early age. One of the more popular fighters
throughout the New York fight scene, Bujaj, who recently
relocated to nearby Yonkers, NY, was a two-time NY Golden Gloves
champion before turning pro in 2010. The lone blemish on Bujaj's
record is a split decision draw to fellow contender and IBO
world title challenger Junior Wright in May 2015. During the
bout with Wright, Bujaj suffered a broken jaw. He has since
reeled off back-to-back victories following surgery to repair
his jaw, and is looking to impress as he continues his ascent up
the rankings of the cruiserweight division. On Wednesday, he
will be facing Harvey Jolly (15-22-1, 7 KO's), of Nashville, TN,
in a six-round bout.
World-ranked Australian super featherweight contender Billel
Dib (18-1, 9 KO's), of Sydney, New South Wales, will make his US
debut against Albuquerque, New Mexico's Jose Salinas (9-1-1, 5
KO's) in an eight-round bout. Ranked nine by the WBO and 13 by
the IBF, Dib is determined to secure his 10th straight victory
as he works his way toward a world title shot. A pro since 2011,
Dib has already won the Australian and interim WBO Oriental
super featherweight titles, but would love to add another world
title to the family's collection that includes former champ and
brother Billy's IBF featherweight belt.
Brooklyn's Wesley Ferrer (10-0, 5 KO's) will challenge Luis
Alberto Pelayo (12-6-1, 6 KO's), of Guadalajara, Mexico, in a
six-round lightweight battle. An outstanding amateur, Ferrer was
a two-time NY Golden Gloves champion, 2012 New York Amateur
Boxing champion and New York City Metro Tournament champion, as
well as a participant at the 2013 National Golden Gloves.
Tickets are priced at $125, $75 and $55, and are currently on
sale through the DiBella Entertainment office by calling (212)
947-2577. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with the first bout scheduled
for 7:00 p.m.
The Hilton Westchester is located at 699 Westchester Avenue,
Rye Brook, NY 10573.
at the D" series
To air on CBS
Hall of Fame
Jim Ross & Kevin Kelly
Tickets on sale
for inaugural event Mar. 12 at
Downtown Las Vegas
Zab Judah returns in main event vs. Josh
(February 23, 2016) - CBS Sports Network will be home of the new
monthly professional boxing series, "Knockout Night at The D,"
which officially launches Saturday night, March 12, at the
Downtown Las Vegas Events Center (DLVEC).
It has also been announced that the "Knockout Night at the D"
broadcast team will feature a pair of Hall-of-Fame announcers,
color commentator Al Bernstein and Jim "JR" Ross will handle
blow-by-blow responsibilities, as well as former world
featherweight champion Kevin "Flushing Flash" Kelley, who will
conduct post fight and celebrity interviews.
The "Knockout Night at the D" series, created by the D Las
Vegas and DLVC, along with Neon Star Media and Roy Englebrecht
Promotions, will be held at the DLVEC open air venue located
adjacent to the D Las Vegas. The inaugural event Mar. 12th,
however, will take place inside the DLVEC's 20,000-square-foot
Eight "Knockout Night at the D" events are planned in 2016.
There are three other series broadcast dates - April 16, May 13
and June 10 (subject to normal Nevada Commission approval) -
with other dates to be determined in September, October,
November and December.
"It has been our vision to bring outdoor boxing back to the
city, so it excites us to see this dream of ours come to life at
the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center," Derek Stevens, CEO of the
D Las Vegas and DLVEC said. "We look forward to partnering with
Neon Star Productions to present a series of incredible
match-ups that will be talked about for years to come."
Bernstein is arguably the preeminent boxing announcer in the
world. In 1980, Bernstein joined ESPN as its boxing analyst. The
1988 Sam Taub Award winner for excellence in boxing broadcasting
journalism, Bernstein served as boxing analyst for NBC's
coverage of the 1992 and 1996 Olympics. A 2012 International
Boxing Hall of Fame inductee, Bernstein has been boxing analyst
for Showtime Championship Boxing since 2003, as well as the main
commentator the past four years for Channel 5, a terrestrial
network in the United Kingdom.
"I am extremely happy to be a part of the 'Knockout Night at
the D' series," Bernstein said. "The venue is great, the event
creates a lot of excitement in Downtown Las Vegas, and CBS
Sports Network viewers will see excellent boxing on our
telecasts. The operative word here is fun. I'm looking forward
The wildly popular Ross, who was the voice of the WWE, was
inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2007. Although he is best
known for his work in wrestling, Ross is an experienced sports
commentator who has called professional boxing and mixed
material arts events. He has also developed his own brand of
barbeque sauces and cookbooks.
"I am beyond excited to have this opportunity to broadcast
big time, world-class boxing from the fight capital of the
world, Las Vegas," Ross remarked. "Working with Boxing Hall of
Famer Al Bernstein, the best analyst in the game, and with the
'Flushing Flash', Kevin Kelly, equates to a unique broadcasting
trifecta. Ring the bell...it's Slobber Knocker time!"
Kelley (60-10-2, 39 KOs) captured the World Boxing Council
featherweight championship December 4, 1993 in Reno, by way of a
unanimous 12-round decision, and he successfully defended his
title twice against Jesse Benavidas and Jose Vida Ramos. Kelley,
who lives in Las Vegas, is an experienced boxing analyst.
"I would like to thank the team of CBS Sports Network, the D
Hotel, Al Bernstein and Jim Ross for this life changing moment,"
Kelley commented. "With my hands-on fighting experience and
their knowledge of boxing, we come together perfect like a hand
Five-time, two-division world champion Zab "Super" Judah
(42-9, 29 KOs), fighting out of Las Vegas, meets upset-minded
Albuquerque, NM junior welterweight Josh "Pitbull" Torres
(15-4-2, 7 KOs) in the Mar. 12th 10-round main event.
In the 8-round co-feature, Las Vegas fan favorite Chuy "El
Huracan" Gutierrez (14-0-1, 4 KOs) faces lightweight Leon "The
Third Generation" Spinks III (11-3-1, 7 KOs).
All fights and fighters are subject to change.
Tickets, priced at $65.00 ringside and $20.00 seated general
admission, are now on sale at Ticketmaster.com or the D Las
Vegas box office (702.288-2111). Suites are $1000.00, up to 10
guests, and includes a beverage package. Taxes and fees apply to
all sold tickets.
Doors open at 5:00 p.m. PT with the opening bout scheduled at
6:00 p.m. PT.
The "Knockout at the D" series was developed in partnership
with DLVEC and Neon Star Media.
CBS Sports Network is available across the country through
local cable, video and telco providers and via satellite on
DirecTV Channel 221 and Dish Network Channel 158. For more
information, including a full programming schedule and how to
get CBS Sports Network, go to
EIGHT UNBEATEN FIGHTERS
SQUARE OFF ON SHOBOX: THE NEW GENERATION AS DIBELLA
ENTERTAINMENT CLOSES OUT 2015 WITH CAN'T-MISS QUADRUPLEHEADER,
FRIDAY, DEC. 11 FROM BAYOU CITY EVENT CENTER IN HOUSTON
Local Favorite Regis Prograis Headlines
Fellow Top Prospect Abel Ramos in Main Event
Live on SHOWTIME® at 10 p.m. ET/PT
NEW YORK (Nov. 12, 2015) - ShoBox: The
New Generation returns on Friday, Dec. 11 live on
SHOWTIME® (10 p.m. ET/PT), with a quadrupleheader
featuring eight undefeated prospects with a combined record of
92-0-3 in the final ShoBox telecast of 2015.
Headlining the DiBella Entertainment and Savarese
Promotions-promoted event at the Bayou City Event Center
in Houston will be talented 140-pound local prospect
Regis Prograis (15-0, 12 KOs), who faces Abel Ramos
(14-0-2, 9 KOs) in the 10-round super lightweight main event.
In the co-feature, Bryant Cruz (16-0, 8 KOs) takes on
Wesley Ferrer (10-0, 5 KOs) in an eight-round lightweight
Rounding out the telecast, fast-rising Ivan Baranchyk
(8-0, 7 KOs) faces Andrew Ruiz (9-0, 5 KOs) in an
eight-round super lightweight bout and Steed Woodall
(8-0-1, 5 KOs) and Steve Rolls (12-0, 6 KOs) clash in an
eight-round middleweight match.
"I am thrilled to present such a tremendous card for SHOWTIME
on Dec. 11 featuring eight unbeaten up-and-coming prospects with
a combined record of 92-0-3," said Lou DiBella, President of
DiBella Entertainment. "With each boxer looking to reach the
next level, these types of matchups are exactly what ShoBox
is all about."
"I'm excited to team up with DiBella Entertainment and
SHOWTIME on this great event Dec. 11," promoter Lou Savarese
said. "We can't wait to feature these eight young, undefeated
fighters in their toughest tests to date at Houston's premier
venue, the Bayou City Event Center."
Tickets are on sale and are priced at $40 GA, $60 GA, $150
Table Seats & $200 VIP Ringside. Tickets can be purchased by
or by calling (713) 658-0299.
To date, 135 fighters have suffered their initial defeats on
ShoBox. With eight undefeated fighters on the card, four
more O's figure to go on Dec. 11. The question is, which four?
Prograis vs. Ramos
Last Aug. 7, Prograis made his ShoBox debut with an
impressive eight-round decision over then-undefeated Amos
Cowart. The hard-hitting Prograis landed an impressive 381 out
of 909 total punches thrown, the 18th-highest connect total for
a junior welterweight fight counted by CompuBox over eight
Originally from New Orleans, Prograis and his family have
called Houston home since relocating following Hurricane
Katrina. The bout on Dec. 11 will be Prograis' first in Houston
since June 2014 and he is expected to draw a raucous crowd. The
highly regarded Prograis has tremendous power and speed, but if
he's going to compete against the elite of the 140-pound
division, he must first get by Ramos.
"I want to thank the cities of New Orleans and Houston -- New
Orleans for making me who I am and Houston for taking me in and
making me feel at home," Prograis said. "I am glad to be
fighting back in Houston; this truly is my second home. The city
took me in as one of their own after I moved here during
Hurricane Katrina. Houston is close enough to New Orleans and I
am expecting a great turnout come fight night. My opponent is
undefeated and that's all I need to know. He's coming to win,
and I am sure he will be tough. I am preparing for this fight
just like I do all of my fights, with the mindset that this is
the toughest fight I will ever have. Come Dec. 11, you will see
a spectacular performance."
Like Prograis, the 24-year-old Ramos was a stellar amateur,
winning the bronze medal at the 2010 U.S. Boxing National
Championships before turning pro the following year. Ramos ran
his record to a perfect 8-0, and then met fellow undefeated
prospect Maurice Hooker (currently rated No. 10 by the WBO) on
ShoBox in January 2014. Ramos and Hooker slugged it out
for eight rounds, battling to a majority draw in one of the most
exciting fights on ShoBox that year. The only other
blemish on Ramos' record is another majority draw against Levan
Ghvamichava (15-1-1, 12 KOs). Ramos has reeled off four
consecutive victories with three by knockout, including an
impressive second-round TKO over previously once-beaten Roberto
Ramirez in June. The bout against Prograis will be his first
since signing an exclusive promotional agreement with DiBella
Entertainment. Ramos knows that a victory over Prograis will
show the boxing world that he is one of the most talented
up-and-comers in the division.
"I am very excited to have signed with Lou DiBella,'' Ramos
said. "He's guided so many fighters to the championship level
and I look forward to being added to that list. Right now
though, all of my focus is on Dec. 11 and Regis Prograis. He is
unbeaten just like me. I am sure he will be my toughest fight,
just as I will be his. I am ready to rise to the occasion and
show the boxing world I am one of the best in the division.''
Cruz vs. Ferrer
Both fighters in the co-feature, Cruz and Ferrer, are New
York natives. Cruz was a 2012 National Golden Gloves runner-up
while Ferrer (a 2009 and 2013 Golden Gloves champion) competed
at the 2012 USA Boxing National Championships, defeating 2011
National champion Semajay Thomas. The matchup features two
exciting come-forward boxers aren't afraid to mix it up. Cruz,
now living and training in Houston under the tutelage of Ronnie
Shields, has shown vast improvement since linking up with the
renowned trainer. The bout will be the ShoBox debut for
both young prospects, who will be looking to show they have what
it takes to compete at the next level.
"I finally have the chance to show the world who I am and
what I am about," Cruz said. "I am excited to be stepping in
there with another undefeated fighter who is going to bring the
absolute best out of me. I have been working hard for an
opportunity like this and it is finally here.''
"I will be extremely focused and go in there to do what I do
best," Ferrer said. "I know Bryant Cruz personally and he is a
great fighter, but I have a job to do and will not let him take
away the victory from me."
Baranchyk vs. Ruiz
Prospects Baranchyk and Ruiz could produce "the fight of the
night" in a matchup that has the makings of a slugfest. The
Ukrainian Baranchyk, 22, has been impressive since arriving in
the U.S. in 2014. He's been on a tear this year, going 5-0 with
five knockouts, all coming in three rounds or less. Baranchyk, a
stablemate of Sergiy Derevyanchenko and Ievgen Khytrov, is
looking impress when he makes his ShoBox debut against
his toughest opponent to date in former nationally ranked
amateur standout and now Robert Garcia-trained Andrew Ruiz.
"I couldn't be more excited about this opportunity,"
Baranchyk said. "I'm looking to follow in the footsteps of my
stablemates Sergiy and Ievgen, who have had some of their best
performances on ShoBox. I know that Ruiz is coming to
fight, and he is going to be the toughest opponent I've faced,
but my dream is to become a world champion and there is nothing
and no one that is going to get in the way of that."
Ruiz was one of the most sought-after amateurs coming out of
the West Coast when he turned pro at 18 in 2012. After his first
year and half as a pro, Ruiz had gone a perfect 7-0, getting
major exposure fighting on a number of high level cards,
included Pacquiao-Bradley I. Following a victory in August 2013,
Ruiz took a break from the sport as he dealt with managerial and
promotional issues. Ruiz signed with DBE last January and made
his anticipated ring return in February, shaking off a bit of
ring rust to get his career back on track. Ruiz, 22, last fought
in August, scoring a sixth-round TKO over Andres Bustamante, his
fifth knockout in nine career victories. Ruiz is looking to
prove that he is the top prospect that so many thought he was
when he takes on the dangerous Baranchyk.
"Baranchyk was an accomplished amateur and is currently
undefeated, but I am ready for the challenge," Ruiz said. "This
is my shot to prove myself and I'm not going to let it slip
Woodall vs. Rolls
The Woodall-Rolls bout pits two former amateur standouts in
their toughest pro fight to date. Woodall was a five-time
England National champion, two-time British champion and a
quarter-finalist in the World Youth Championships before
relocating to the U.S. and embarking on his professional career
at the age of 19. Now 21, Woodall has relocated his training
camp to Houston and linked up with world-renowned trainer Ronnie
Shields. The always-exciting Woodall is an aggressive
come-forward banger with good power in both hands. Woodall made
his debut under Shields last Oct. 7 in New York City and looked
sensational leading Shields to believe that he has what it takes
to one day become a world champion.
"I have a great team that is working with me day after day,"
Woodall said. "I have had the chance to spar some of the best
fighters in all of boxing, including Edwin Rodriguez and Jermall
Charlo, and I am looking forward to putting all that work into
action come Dec.11. I've been putting in the work in the gym and
now is my chance to prove it in the ring."
As an amateur, Rolls competed on both the 2009 and 2010
Canadian National Boxing team, compiling an impressive 83-14
record. In September 2009, he went to the 2009 International
Boxing Association (AIBA) Men's Boxing Championship in Milan,
Italy, where he lost in the round of 16 to 2008 Olympic bronze
medalist Vijender Singh of India. Rolls, who will make his
ShoBox debut, is coming off a unanimous decision last Sept.
19 in his first scheduled eight-round bout.
"Come fight night, I will be more than ready," Rolls said. "I
am looking forward to putting on a great performance in my
national TV debut and showing the world I am a force to be
reckoned with in the middleweight division."
Barry Tompkins will call the ShoBox action from
ringside with Steve Farhood and former world champion Raul
Marquez serving as expert analysts. The executive producer is
Gordon Hall with Richard Gaughan producing and Rick Phillips
COMPLETE CARD ANNOUNCED FOR
FRIDAY NIGHT'S DIBELLA ENTERTAINMENT SHOBOX TRIPLE-HEADER
LOCAL FAVORITES THOMAS LAMANNA & JOEY DAWEJKO HIGHLIGHT EXCITING
BLUE-CHIP PROSPECT SERGIY DEREVYANCHENKO HEADLINES Live On
SHOWTIME® Friday, August 7 At 10 p.m. ET/PT From Bally's
NEW YORK (August
4, 2015) - This Friday night, boxing returns to the Ballroom at
Bally's Atlantic City on Friday, Aug. 7, with an exciting ShoBox:
The New Generation triple-header featuring the return to the
series of Ukrainian blue-chip middleweight prospect Sergiy
Derevyanchenko (5-0, 4 KOs, WSOB: 23-1, 7 KOs) as he faces his
toughest test to date, former world title challenger Elvin Ayala
(28-6-1, 12 KOs) of Reading, Pa. This crossroads battle is
scheduled for eight rounds in the middleweight division and will
be televised live on SHOWTIME (10 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the
In the co-feature, Derevyanchenko's stable-mate, red-hot
prospect Ievgen Khytrov (10-0, 9 KOs), of Krivoy Rih, Ukraine,
squares off against upset-minded Nick Brinson (17-3-2, 7 KOs),
of Rochester, N.Y., in an eight-round middleweight matchup.
ShoBox telecast, undefeated knockout artists Regis Prograis
(14-0, 12 KOs), of New Orleans, La., and Amos Cowart (11-0-1, 9
KOs), of Leesburg, Fla., will clash in an eight-round junior
Returning to the friendly confines of Atlantic City will be
nearby Millville, New Jersey's favorite son, middleweight
prospect Thomas LaManna (16-1, 7KO's) as he is set to square off
against Virginia's Joshua Robertson, in an eight-round
middleweight matchup. The bout on Friday will be LaManna's 10th
appearance in Atlantic City, and his seventh at Bally's since
turning pro in February of 2011. The popular LaManna is coming
off the first hiccup of his professional career, a 6th-round TKO
loss at the hands of highly regarded and world-rated contender
Antoine Douglas on the ShoBox series in March of this year. With
a strong contingent of hometown fans expected to be on hand,
LaManna will look to get back to his winning ways in impressive
Also looking to
get himself back into the win column will be Philadelphia's
popular heavyweight contender Joey Dawejko (14-4-2, 7KO's) as he
squares off against Delaware's Robert Dunton in their
eight-round scheduled matchup. Dawejko was an outstanding
amateur, capturing 14 United States Amateur championships, and
winning Gold at the 2008 World Youth Championship. Dawejko is
also the youngest fighter ever to win the Eastern Olympic Trials
at just 16 years of age. Dawejko is 6-1 in his last seven bouts,
with the lone loss coming in his most recent outing against
fellow contender Amir Mansour. Dawejko's four career losses have
come against opponents with a combined record of 44-1-1. Prior
to the defeat against Mansour, Dawejko had scored four
consecutive highlight reel first-round knockouts. Dawejko has
promised to begin a new knockout streak when he squares off
against the upset-minded Dunton.
action on the card will be DiBella Entertainment's undefeated
Noel Murphy (2-0, 1KO) as he squares off against Stacey Anderson
in their four-round welterweight matchup. Murphy, originally
hailing from Cork County, Ireland, but now living and training
in Yonkers, NY, is an exciting young prospect, with a
seek-and-destroy style and good power in both hands. The
Irishman has already begun to gain a strong following amongst
the large Irish fan-base in New York, with hundreds of fans
cheering him on at his most recent victory in May at Barclays
Center in Brooklyn, on the undercard of Amir Khan's title
defense over Chris Algieri. Murphy will be looking to put on
another show when he squares off against Anderson Friday night.
Rounding out the
card will be Philadelphia's once-beaten Anthony Burgin (8-1,
1KO) as he takes on Pittsburgh's Justin Johnson in a six-round
The card is promoted by DiBella Entertainment in association
with Fight Promotions Inc. and sponsored by Vodka Myagkov.
Tickets for the
event are currently on sale and are priced at $120 and $60.
Tickets can be purchased by calling Ticketmaster at (800)
SPORTS TO PRESENT NEXT "THRONE BOXING" EVENT
ON APRIL 17 LIVE ON FOX SPORTS 1
NEW YORK (March 31, 2015) –
Roc Nation Sports is pleased to announce that the second edition
throne boxing is set for Friday, April 17, 2015 at The Grand
Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut
and will be televised live on FOX Sports 1 at 10:00 PM ET/7:00
PM PT. Headlining the event will be undefeated Russian
cruiserweight sensation Murat “Iron” Gassiev defending his IBF
Intercontinental Cruiserweight Championship against veteran
Felix “Bad News” Cora Jr. of Galveston, Texas in a 12-round main
Tickets priced at $90, $60 and $30, plus any Ticketmaster
charges, are on sale now and are available for purchase at
ticketmaster.com, foxwoods.com or by calling (800) 200-2882. One
dollar from each ticket sold will be donated to the Muhammad Ali
Supporting the main event, several of boxing’s hottest young
fighters will be featured on the April 17 throne boxing
undercard including Dusty Hernandez-Harrison, Junior Younan and
In addition to the great action inside the ring, the April 17
edition of throne boxing, sponsored by Jaybird, TapouT Muscle
and Tequila CAZADORES®, will feature several notable Roc Nation
touches that offer an unprecedented fan experience, including a
live musical performance and a name DJ to keep the energy at a
high level throughout the event.
“All of us at Roc Nation Sports are extremely excited to
continue our throne boxing series on FOX Sports 1 on April 17 at
Foxwoods,” said Roc Nation Sports’ COO of Boxing David
Itskowitch. “We plan to continue where we left off with our
premiere throne boxing event in January by bringing great
fights, a unique musical performance and an unparalleled fan
experience which we know will capture the attention of both avid
boxing fans and a new fans alike.”
BROADWAY BOXING'S NORTHERN EXPANSION
POPULAR SERIES HEADS TO WESTCHESTER COUNTY
FIRST INSTALLMENT TO TAKE PLACE
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 20TH AT THE HILTON WESTCHESTER
IN RYE BROOK, NY
New York, NY (2/4/15) - For the first time in its 12-year
existence, Broadway Boxing heads north to the suburbs of
Westchester County, NY, when DiBella Entertainment stages an
exciting card from top to bottom, headlined by undefeated
prospects Bryant "Pee-wee" Cruz (13-0, 7KO's) and Frank
"Notorious" Galarza (15-0-2, 9KO's) in separate eight-round
bouts at the beautiful Hilton Westchester in Rye Brook, NY.
The red-hot Galarza, seen as one of the most promising and
exciting junior middleweights in all of boxing, is set to square
off against hard-hitting fellow prospect Michael Finney (12-1-1,
10KO's) in a mouth-watering 154lb. affair.
Cruz, from Port Chester, NY, is considered Westchester
county's favorite 'boxing' son and with the Hilton Westchester
just minutes away, Cruz' legion of fans are expected to come out
in droves as the fast-rising junior lightweight continues his
ascent up the ranks of the 130lb. division in what will be his
"This is going to be our first ever Broadway Boxing show in
Westchester and we are truly excited about it. It allows us to
expand the series into a new territory and reach an entirely new
fan-base. We anticipate a terrific card from top to bottom and
hope that this will be the first of many cards to come in the
"First and foremost, I want to thank my promoters DiBella
Entertainment and New Legend Boxing for this opportunity to
showcase my skills. I had a big year last year, but I am
planning on having an even bigger year in 2015. I want to show
the world that I am not only a top prospect but hands-down I am
one of the best fighters in the entire 154lb. division. To do
that, I must continue to look impressive with each and every
outing and, on February 20th, I plan on putting on another
spectacular performance," said Galarza.
"Ever since I turned pro, people all over Westchester have
been asking me when I am fighting here at home. Now the time is
finally here and I couldn't be more excited about it. Fighting
so close to home, it gives a lot of people who haven't had a
chance to see me fight to come out and show their support.
The Brooklyn-native Galarza, a NY Golden Gloves champion,
who turned pro in 2010, had a break-out year in 2014, beginning
with his highlight reel second-round knockout over previously
undefeated and highly regarded John Thompson (14-0) on "ShoBox:
The New Generation" in January. Galarza followed up that
performance with another second-round knockout over Franklin
Gomez in April, before returning to the "ShoBox" series and
cruising to an eight-round unanimous decision over undefeated
Sebastien Bouchard (8-0). Galarza finished off the year by
dropping and dominating Johnathan Batista (14-3) before Batista
was disqualified in the fifth round for repeated illegal blows.
Galarza is looking to continue his rise and begin making the
transition from up-and-coming prospect to legitimate contender
when he takes on the dangerous and heavy-handed Finney.
Cruz, the runner-up at the 2012 National Golden Gloves,
turned pro in December of that same year and has kept a busy
schedule, scoring 13 consecutive victories in just under a
two-year span. Backed by Westchester County's premier chain of
sports bars (Mickey, Maggie and Molly Spillane's), Cruz has
quickly become the most popular fighter that the suburb county
of New York City has seen in many years. It will be the first
time Cruz has fought in the county since his amateur days, and
he will be ready to put on a spectacular performance come
Both bouts are being promoted in association with New Legend
Boxing. Additional bouts, including an opponent for Cruz will be
Tickets are priced at $100, $60 and $40, and are currently
on sale through the DiBella Entertainment office by calling
(212) 947-2577. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with the first bout
scheduled for 7:00 p.m.
ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE BIG FIGHT AT MSG . . .
COTTO: "FANS WILL BE THE BIG
Both Miguel Cotto and Sergio Martinez
squared off in the Big Apple today, specifically at the entrance
of Madison Square Garden, the venue where the two will meet face
to face on June 7.
Cotto and Martinez ready for battle June 7th. (Photos Courtesy
But there was bickering in negotiations and it showed by the
aggressiveness of Martinez as he spoke at the podium:
"Don’t forget one thing. We are going to fight because I am the
champion and I’m coming into the ring first and he’s coming in
second, otherwise there would be no fight. I go to the blue
corner and I really don’t care because I’m the champion and if
it wasn’t for that he won’t fight. I will be introduced first in
the ring, because if it wasn’t that way, Cotto
would not fight me. I can imagine on June 7 he’s going to
ask for rose petals, otherwise he won’t walk into the ring. No
more excuses. On June 7th, I’m going to
Cotto was more tranquil, and he stated that a match between
the two would be a winner for the fans. And seeing the
climate in professional boxing these days it is a joy to see the
two top fighters meet - even though Cotto will be putting his
frame into the 160 pound limit.
The questions leading up to this fight are a few. Can Cotto,
being the smaller man, rise up to occasion and beat an opponent
at 160? Can Martinez shake off the rust and return to the same
form as the fighter who dominated the middleweight division in
Martinez hinted that the rust would not be a factor because
as a veteran he knows the value of the challenge in front of
him. "A younger fighter, yes, I would worry about rust, but now
- no" stated the WBC Champ.
There were other questions, not necessarily on Cotto - it was
Gennady Golovkin, the other champion who is cleaning out the
division one opponent at a time. "We'll see, Gennady is a good
fighter who is rising but is not there yet, but my focus right
now is Cotto." It was a perfect answer from the incumbent
champion, who has had knee surgery in the past year as well as
other health issues. If he gets past Cotto, the boxing fans will
salivate at a GGG-Martinez bout, a bout that will have to wait.
Many want to see if Martinez can bounce back from a tougher than
expected defense against Martin Murray, followed by a yearlong
The fight, by the way, will be at the big house - the huge
arena that Cotto has called home nineteen times. "It has been my
dream to fight at the big room at Madison Square Garden , where
so many great fighters have fought" said Martinez, who will
train in Spain for a month then base camp in Miami, FL.
Look for a strong undercard of New
York based fighters. It has worked in the past and was hinted at
the press conference. Martinez is 2-0 in championship bouts
against Top Rank fighters. He beat Kelly Pavlik to win the
title, and defended in 2012 vs Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.
Common opponent: Antonio Margarito. Margarito stopped a young
Martinez at welterweight in 2000, while Cotto split a pair, the
last one stopping Margarito on cuts in 11 rounds a few years
back . . . Martinez will be 40 years young next year, Cotto is 5
years younger . . .
RETURNS TO THE BIG APPLE
TWO-DIVISION WORLD CHAMPION TO DEFEND
TITLE AGAINST JUAN
UNDERCARD TO FEATURE UNDEFEATED HEAVYWEIGHTS
JENNINGS vs. ARTUR SZPILKA
Saturday, January 25 at Madison
Live on HBO Boxing After Dark®
NON-TELEVISED BOUTS TO FEATURE NEW
SEANIE MONAGHAN, FELIX VERDEJO and
NEW YORK (December 16, 2013) -- Undefeated
two-division world champion and Ventura County Police and
Sheriff's Reserve Officer Academy graduate MIKEY GARCIA
returns to the stage where he won his first world
title 12 months earlier -- The Theater at Madison Square Garden
--only this time he'll be defending his second world
championship belt in as many weight classes. Garcia will put his
World Boxing Organization (WBO) junior lightweight title on the
line against two-time world title challenger and current No. 1
contender JUAN CARLOS "Mini" BURGOS. Garcia vs. Burgos will be
televised live on HBO Boxing After Dark®, Saturday, January 25,
beginning at 9:45 p.m. ET/PT. The telecast will open with a
10-round battle between undefeated heavyweight contenders BRYANT
JENNINGS and ARTUR SZPILKA.
These four warriors have a combined record of 96-1-2 (69 KOs)
-- a winning percentage of 97% and a victory by knockout ratio
The non-televised undercard will feature New York's favorite
light heavyweight, undefeated Top-10 contender "Irish" SEANIE
MONAGHAN, 2012 Puerto Rican Olympian and undefeated lightweight
contender FELIX VERDEJO and undefeated super middleweight
contender JESSE HART, the son of Philadelphia boxing legend
Eugene "Cyclone" Hart. The trio of young contenders boast a
perfect record of 39-0 (29 KOs).
"We are proud to be presenting Mike Garcia once again," said
Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum. "We believe Mikey is the next
big superstar in boxing and in 2014 that will become evident."
"We are really excited for Juan Carlos Burgos and his
opportunity to win the world title that he should have already
had," said Arthur Pelullo, president of Banner Promotions, who
co promotes Burgos with Thompson Boxing Promotions . "Juan was
given that very questionable draw against Rocky Martinez last
January 25th at The Garden that robbed him of the title. Mikey
Garcia is a tremendous fighter, but we feel that Juan has the
tools and the experience to get the win and become the new
Junior Lightweight Champion of the World."
"Burgos is primed for a big year in 2014," said Ken Thompson,
president of Thompson Boxing. "He's one of the more talented
boxers in his division and he'll prove that against Mikey
"I'm happy to be returning to the ring," said Garcia. "
Burgos is a very good fighter. He did very well against Rocky
Martinez at The Garden last January and I think he is deserving
of this title shot. There is no question we will give the fans a
very exciting fight."
"I've been looking forward to getting back in the ring,"
Burgos said. "We've had a strong training camp with excellent
sparring sessions. I know Mikey is a tough boxer, but I've been
putting in the work and I expect a win on January 25."
"With his two titles won in three victories on Boxing After
Dark in 2013," said Peter Nelson, director of programming, HBO
Sports, "Mikey Garcia joined an elite class of fighters who
emerged throughout the past season as boxing's rising stars.
Now, we'll see if he can keep up that momentum or if his
challenger Juan Carlos Burgos can steal it for himself. Opening
the show, two undefeated heavyweights, Bryant Jennings and Artur
Szpilka, face off in their HBO debuts, a compelling addition to
the season premiere."
"Madison Square Garden is excited to welcome back one of the
top pound-for-pound fighters in the world -- Mikey Garcia -- for
another great night of world championship boxing," said Joel
Fisher, executive vice president, MSG Sports. "Garcia versus
Juan Carlos Burgos along with Seanie Monaghan and Felix Verdejo
will be a thrilling night for fight fans and a great way to kick
off another exciting year of boxing at The Garden."
Garcia (33-0, 28 KOs), of Oxnard, Calif., returns to the ring
having won 16 of his past 18 bouts by knockout and has not gone
the distance in over three years. He became a two-division world
champion in his last fight, stopping defending WBO junior
lightweight champion Roman "Rocky" Martinez in the eighth round
with a vicious body shot to the liver on November 9, in Corpus
Christi, TX. Garcia won his first world title -- the WBO
featherweight championship -- on January 19, at The Theater at
Madison Square Garden, dethroning two-time featherweight
champion Orlando Salido via an eighth-round technical win that
had Garcia winning virtually every round against the seasoned
veteran. He was forced to vacate the title in his first defense,
for not being able to make the 126-pound weight limit. Though
drained, he was still able to rise to the occasion and knock out
former two-division world champion Juan Manuel "Juanma" Lopez in
the fourth round last June 15. Garcia, 26, had a great year in
2012 too, knocking out one-time world title challenger Bernabe
Concepcion and former world champion Mauricio Pastrana, in the
seventh and second rounds, respectively. He ended his 2012
campaign by knocking out former World Boxing Association (WBA)
featherweight champion Jonathan Barros in the eighth round.
Garcia is trained by his father Eduardo Garcia and co-managed
and trained by his brother, 2012 Trainer of the Year Robert
Garcia, the former International Boxing Federation (IBF) junior
Burgos (30-1-2, 20 KOs), of Tijuana, México, will be making
his third attempt at a world title. After unsuccessfully
challenging Hozumi Hasagawa for the vacant World Boxing Council
(WBC) featherweight title in 2010, he moved up to the junior
lightweight division stringing together a two-year, five-bout
winning streak, including victories over Luis Cruz for the NABO
title in 2011, and former world champion Cristobal Cruz for the
WBC Silver championship belt in February 2012. In July 2012
Burgos stopped undefeated Cesar Vazquez in the third round to
catapult himself into the No. 1 contender position. Burgos
challenged defending WBO junior lightweight champion Rocky
Martinez on the same card that saw Mikey Garcia stop Orlando
Salido. Unfortunately Burgos' efforts were not rewarded the same
way as both fighters walked away with a disputed draw despite
Burgos landing 93 more punches than Martinez, according to
CompuBox statistics, including 70 more power punches, and his
36% connect rate was 13% higher than Martinez. Burgos, who turns
26 on December 26 -- Boxing Day -- returns to ring world-rated
No. 1 by the WBO.
Jennings (17-0, 9 KOs), of Philadelphia, PA, is picking up
steam, winning four of his last five bouts by knockout. One of
the brightest lights among U.S. heavyweight contenders,
Jennings, 29, captured the USBA heavyweight title in June of
2012, winning a 10-round decision over Steve Collins. He
successfully defended that title in December 2012, knocking out
Bowie Tupou in the fifth round. He only had one fight in 2013 --
a sixth-round stoppage victory of Andrey Fedosov in June.
Collins, Tupou and Fedosov had a combined record of 71-5-1 when
they faced Jennings, who enters this fight with a new managerial
and promotional team. He is currently world-rated No. 4 by the
WBC and No. 5 by the WBA.
Szpilka (16-0, 12 KOs), of Krakow, Poiland, enters this fight
having won 10 of his previous 12 fights by knockout, including
three of the four bouts he fought in 2013. He has picked up an
American following thanks to his two nationally-televised
knockout victories over Mike Mollo in 2013, where both men hit
the deck in each of their action-packed fights. Another
highlight for Szpilka was his 10-round unanimous decision
victory over Brian Minto for the interim WBC Baltic heavyweight
title. He enters this fight world-rated No. 14 by the WBC.
One of New York's top boxing attractions, Monaghan (19-0, 12
KOs), of Long Beach, NY, is the reigning WBC Continental
Americas light heavyweight champion. He captured that title in
June 2012, knocking out Romaro Johnson in the eighth round, and
has successfully defended it twice -- via a 10-round unanimous
decision in October 2012 and in his pay-per-view debut, on the
Timothy Bradley vs. Juan Manuel Márquez welterweight champion
card, by stopping Anthony Caputo-Smith in the third round.
Monaghan enters this fight having won four of his last six
fights by stoppage and world-rated No. 6 by the IBF and No. 10
by the WBA. He will be facing Fabio Garrido (19-4, 15 KOs), of
Säo Paulo, Brazil, in a 10-round light heavyweight battle.
Garrido, who has won his last three fights by knockout, captured
the vacant Brazilian light heavyweight title on December 7,
knocking out Ernesto Gonzalez in the first round.
Verdejo (9-0, 6 KOs), of San Juan, Puerto Rico, has not only
transitioned from a stellar amateur, where he fought on Puerto
Rico's 2012 Olympic team, to an exciting professional, he has
also ignited the passions of his island's boxing fans who
currently have no world champions representing them. In short,
he is showing the potential for being Puerto Rico's next big
boxing star, following the lineage of Felix Trinidad and Miguel
Cotto in attracting legions of fans to his all-action fights not
only in Puerto Rico, but in New York, Las Vegas and Florida.
Verdejo, 20, fought eight times in 2013 and only went the
distance twice. He will be facing Lauro Alcantar (8-0, 1 KO), of
Agua Prieta, México, in a six-round battle of undefeated
Hart (11-0, 10 KOs), of Philadelphia, PA , won all six of his
2013 fights by knockout, with only one of those bouts reaching
the third round. Trained by his father, the highly-rated
middleweight contender of the late '60s and early '70s Eugene
"Cyclone" Hart, the younger Hart, 24, will be taking on durable
veteran Derrick Findley (20-11-1, 13 KOs), of Gary IN. Findley,
who scored a second-round TKO of contender Ronald Hearns in
2012, has gone the distance against undefeated contenders Matt
Korobov, Gilberto Ramirez and J'Leon Love.
TALENT TAPS WEBSTER HALL DEC 18th
NEW YORK (NOVEMBER 15, 2013)--On Wednesday night December 18th,
Dmitry Salita's Star of David Promotions will present a special
night of boxing that that will feature International and local
prospects In the featured bout, 2011 AIBA, Amateur boxing world
champion, European Champion & Ukrainian 2012 Olympian Ievgen
Khytrov will make his long anticipated pro debut in a Super
Middleweight bout scheduled for six rounds.
"I am very excited to make my debut in the boxing capital of
the world, New York City. This has been my dream since I started
boxing. I am going to put on a tremendous performance and
dominate the middleweight & super middleweight divisions for a
long time to come! , said Khytrov. Khytrov is scheduled to
arrive in the US several weeks before the fight and will be
trained by the highly touted trainer of world champions Buddy
American Heavyweight Sensation Jarrell Miller 6-0-1 with 6kos
who is coming off an impressive 2nd round KO over veteran Willie
Chishom will see action in a six round bout. "New York City is
my home, I am the best American Heavyweight," said an excited
Jarrell. "I am going to put the excitement back into the
heavyweight division. Come and see for your own on December
Power punching middleweight prospect Peter Reyes (3-0, 2
KO's) of New York returns after his spectacular KO win on August
22nd in a bout scheduled for six rounds against an opponent to
Also scheduled to see action is undefeated prospect Shawn
Cameron (6-0, 4 KO's) of Brooklyn in a bout scheduled for six
rounds against an opponent to be named. Cameron is coming off a
1st round stoppage on June 29th.
Jr. Welterweight Dimash Niyazov (4-0, 3 KO's) of Staten
Island via Kazakhstan will fight a six round bout.
In four round bouts: Glenford Nickey (2-1, 1 KO) will fight
in a Jr. Lightweight bout.
Jr. Welterweight Marcos Suarez (1-0-1) of Bronx, NY will take
on debuting Richard Bonds of Newburgh, NY.
Jr. Middleweight Rich Neves (6-1-1, 3 KO's) of New York will
also be in action.
All opponents will be named shortly.
Upcoming hip hop sensation K Kutta is scheduled to make a
special music performance and appear at an exclusive holiday
fight after party Webster Hall, a premier NYC night club,
concert venue and New York City landmark is located at 125 east
Doors open at 6PM.
Floyd Mayweather, Jr. (44-0, 26 KO's) retained the WBC
Welterweight title, outpointing Robert "The Ghost" Guerrero
(31-2-1, 18 KO's) 117-111 on all three official scorecards.
Guerrero matched Mayweather's hand speed early in the fight,
especially in the first round. Whenever Mayweather threw a
punch, Guerrero fired back immediately, forcing the undefeated
pound-for-pound king to make adjustments. As the fight went on,
Mayweather brilliantly modified his game plan.
While Mayweather, 36, struggled offensively in round two, he
still managed to slip Guerrero's punches with ease. He started
to land some lead right-hand shots, but Guerrero was right in
Guerrero, a southpaw, kept touching Mayweather with his right
jab in the third round. In the last two minutes, however,
Mayweather started to find his rhythm.
Aside from being trapped in the corner shortly in round four,
Mayweather used his distinguished boxing ability and superior
reflexes to attain the upper hand.
Mayweather's offense really began to click in round five, as he
repeatedly struck Guerrero with his acclaimed lead right-hands.
Guerrero's punch output dramatically dropped by the sixth round,
as Mayweather discovered his comfort zone.
When round eight rolled around, Mayweather could not miss with
his punches. Mayweather's lead right hand was breaking through
Guerrero's defensive guard smoothly.
As a result, Mayweather cruised in the championship rounds en
route to victory.
Abner Mares (26-0-1, 14 KO's) picked up the WBC Featherweight
title, stopping a durable Daniel Ponce De Leon (44-5, 35 KO's)
at 2:20 seconds of the ninth round.
After both fighters released countless power shots the first two
rounds, Mares feinted with a right and caught Ponce De Leon
flush with a swift left hook to the face, flooring the champ
with five seconds left in round two.
Mares, clearly illustrating the superiority in hand speed,
relentlessly attacked Ponce De Leon's body in the beginning of
Employing his exceptional ring generalship, Mares dictated the
pace in rounds five and six. In spite of this, Ponce De Leon
kept pressuring Mares.
Ponce De Leon struck Mares low in round seven with a left
uppercut, and was warned from referee Jay Nady to keep his
punches up. After that, Mares traded his right crosses with
Ponce De Leon's straight left-hand shots the remainder of the
Mares exerted a lot of energy in round eight, while Ponce De
Leon patiently timed him with overhand lefts. Mares showed an
abrasion under his right eye, and on his right shoulder
following the end of the round.
In the ninth round, Mares tagged Ponce De Leon with a sweeping
overhand right, dropping him on his back instantly. Ponce De
Leon, displaying massive swelling on his left cheek, was met
immediately with a large volume of punches in the corner after
rising to his feet from the knockdown. Feeling Ponce De Leon
consumed too many clean punches, referee Jay Nady stopped the
contest without delay.
Leo Santa Cruz (24-0-1, 14 KO's) obtained the vacant USBA Junior
Featherweight title, stopping a courageous Alexander Munoz
(36-5, 28 KO's) in the fifth round. Time of the stoppage was
Santa Cruz, a high volume puncher, temporarily staggered Munoz
with a right cross-left hook combination to the head in the
middle of round one.
Both men exchanged blow-for-blow at a heated pace in the second
round, although Santa Cruz displayed the leverage in power.
Munoz slowed toward the end of the round.
In the third round, Santa Cruz peppered Munoz with a multitude
of shots to the body and head. With fifteen seconds to go in the
round, Munoz collapsed from the accumulation of punishing blows
he absorbed from Santa Cruz, but rose to his feet before referee
Vic Drakulich reached the count of ten.
Santa Cruz continued his heavy assault in round four, almost
dropping Munoz again just before the bell rang. Munoz appeared
ready to quit on his stool after the round concluded.
A minute into the fifth round, Santa Cruz sent Munoz sprawling
into the ropes and onto the canvas after connecting with a hard
left hook to the head. Referee Vic Drakulich had seen enough and
halted the bout.
J'Leon Love (16-0, 8 KO's) won via ten-round split decision over
Philadelphia's Gabriel Rosado (21-7, 13 KO's), claiming the
vacant NABF Middleweight title. The official scores were 95-94
in favor of Rosado, while Love received tallies of 95-94 and an
astonishing 97-92 scorecard.
Both Rosado and Love tried to establish control of the fight by
throwing their left jabs in the first round. Love exhibited the
edge in hand speed.
Love, 25, got his punches off before Rosado in round two, but
Rosado nailed him with a flush right cross to close the round.
Rosado gained confidence in round three, backing Love up with
the jab.With under a minute to go in the round, Rosado caught
Love again with a timely right-hand shot to the chin.
In the beginning of the fourth round, both fighters connected
with rights to the body. Rosado struck Love repeatedly with
right crosses to the head.
Working behind a steady left jab, Love controlled the action in
round five. Rosado, 27, displayed minor swelling under his right
eye as the round concluded.
In a close sixth round, Love unleashed more combinations as
Rosado furiously pressed the action. All of a sudden, Rosado
landed a powerful right-hand shot that sent Love to the canvas
with six seconds left in the round. It was the first time Love
was floored in his professional career.
Love regained his composure at the start of round seven. Yet,
Rosado got the better of the exchanges at the midway point,
connecting once again with the overhand right.
Love and Rosado brawled toe-to-toe in the eighth round. After
Love dropped his mouthpiece, he briefly stunned Rosado with a
clean right cross.
Love exhibited a sturdy chin after Rosado hammered him with
right hands in succession during the ninth round.
In a closely contested tenth round, Rosado landed the cleaner
punches, striking Love with straight rights.
22-year-old Luis Arias (5-0, 3 KO's) captured a six-round
majority decision victory against Donyil Livingston, 28, (8-3-1,
4 KO's) in a highly competitive super middleweight contest.
Official scores were 58-56, 58-55 and 57-57.
Both men unleashed vicious bombs early in round one. However,
Arias displayed the edge in power.
Arias answered in round four, landing a brutal right uppercut as
Livingston's back was against the ropes. Moments later, Arias
scored with consecutive left hooks to the body.
The two battled fiercely in close quarters throughout the fifth
Light heavyweight prospect Badou Jack, 29, improved his professional
record to (14-0, 10 KO's) by stopping Michael Gbenga (13-8, 13 KO's)
with a well-timed, right uppercut to the body in the third round.
Time of the stoppage was 2:26.
After a slow-paced opening round, Jack landed a short, crisp right
cross to Gbenga's jaw in the early moments of round two. Gbenga, 34,
was pushing his punches all fight, leaving himself vulnerable to
Jack's counter shots.
Lanell Bellows (4-0-1, 4 KO's) kept his undefeated record intact,
stopping Matt Garretson (2-1, 1 KO) in the fourth round.