WELTERWEIGHT WORLD CHAMPION
ERROL SPENCE JR. TO DEFEND AGAINST FORMER CHAMPION LAMONT
PETERSON SATURDAY, JANUARY 20 LIVE ON SHOWTIME®
BARCLAYS CENTER IN BROOKLYN
BROOKLYN (Nov. 21, 2017)
- Undefeated IBF Welterweight World Champion Errol "The Truth"
Spence Jr. will make the first defense of his title when he
takes on former two-division world champion Lamont Peterson on
Saturday, January 20 live on SHOWTIME. The event is presented by
Premier Boxing Champions from Barclays Center, the home of
SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING coverage begins live at 9 p.m.
ET/6 p.m. PT and will feature undercard attractions that will be
announced in the near future.
Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by DiBella
Entertainment and TGB Promotions, are priced starting at $50,
and go on sale Wednesday, Nov. 22 at 10 a.m. ET. Tickets can be
purchased at ticketmaster.com, barclayscenter.com or by calling
800-745-3000. Tickets can also be purchased at the American
Express Box Office at Barclays Center starting Thursday, Nov. 23
at noon. Group discounts are available by calling 844-BKLYN-GP.
The SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING telecast will also be available
in Spanish via secondary audio programming (SAP).
"I'm pleased to be promoting Spence vs. Peterson, one of the
very best matchups in the welterweight division and in all of
boxing," said Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment.
"Spence is not only one of the best welterweights in the world,
but one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in boxing. In
Peterson, he faces another elite welterweight and a two-time
world champion. Spence vs. Peterson will bring the heat to
Barclays Center on a chilly January 20. This is yet another
night in the outstanding run of big time fights on SHOWTIME
"Spence vs. Peterson is an intriguing matchup between two
elite welterweights looking to reach the top of this marquee
division," said Tom Brown, President of TGB Promotions. "Errol
Spence is a rising star with his sights set on title unification
and the top of the pound-for-pound list, but he's going to
receive a stern test from Lamont Peterson, a multiple division
champion whose resume is filled with top class opponents. It's
going to be another fantastic atmosphere at Barclays Center and
a great night of fights live on SHOWTIME."
"With his breakout performance against Kell Brook, Errol
Spence established himself as one of top fighters in the
welterweight division, if not in all of boxing," said Stephen
Espinoza, Executive Vice President and General Manager, SHOWTIME
Sports. "Never one to rest on his laurels, Errol continues to
seek out the toughest available opponents, and he has found
exactly that in Lamont Peterson. Lamont has never backed down
from a challenge, and as a result, he has a wealth of experience
with one of the strongest resumes in the division. This type of
high profile, dangerous matchup is the quintessential SHOWTIME
CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING main event."
"BROOKLYN BOXING enjoyed a banner year in 2017, and we are
looking forward to carrying that momentum into 2018," said Brett
Yormark, CEO of Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment. "Spence vs.
Peterson sets a strong precedent for the year, with two top
welterweights returning to the ring at Barclays Center to
compete for recognition in one of the sport's most talented
Spence (22-0, 19 KOs), of Dallas, traveled to England to
dethrone IBF 147-pound champion and hometown favorite Kell Brook
on May 27 on SHOWTIME in one of the defining fights of 2017. The
27-year-old, who had long been touted as boxing's next big
thing, fulfilled his promise with a breakthrough performance,
fracturing Brook's orbital bone en route to an 11th round TKO. A
2012 U.S. Olympian, Spence will enter the ring at Barclays
Center for the third time after most recently stopping former
champion Chris Algieri in an April 2016 main event. He will
fight in Brooklyn for the fourth time; he earned his title shot
by knocking out Leonard Bundu at the Ford Amphitheater at Coney
Island Boardwalk in August 2016.
"My goal is to unify the welterweight division in 2018, but
this fight is a true test and Lamont Peterson is a veteran that
I definitely will not overlook," said Spence. "I sparred him in
the amateurs and I know what he brings to the table. I have to
get through him to achieve my goals and that is what I plan on
doing January 20th."
Peterson (35-3-1, 17 KOs), of Washington, D.C., has won
titles at 140 and 147 pounds while facing some of the biggest
names in the sport, including Danny Garcia, Amir Khan and
Timothy Bradley. The 33-year-old won the WBA 147-pound title in
his last outing Feb. 18 on SHOWTIME before relinquishing the
belt for the chance to challenge Spence. Peterson has won four
of his last five outings, twice fighting at Barclays Center. His
Brooklyn debut saw him defeat Edgar Santana by TKO in 2014
before dropping a narrow majority draw to Garcia in a 2015 main
event in Brooklyn.
"First off, I'm happy to be getting back in the ring," said
Peterson. "I've stayed in the gym and I'm ready to go. This is a
fight I wanted and as I said before when I became a
welterweight, I want to fight the best and make the fights that
people want to see. I'm ready to give it my all and give the
fans a great show."
# # #
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.
Artur Beterbiev vs.
IBF LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT
April 21 in
MONTRÉAL (February 17, 2017)- It's official: Montreal's Artur
Beterbiev (IBF #2 - 11-0-0, 11 KOs) will be in the most
important fight of his career, against Cuban-born Sullivan
Barrera (IBF #7 - 18-1-0, 13 KOs), for the mandatory challenger
position for the International Boxing Federation (IBF) light
heayvweight world title, held by American Andre Ward (31-0-0, 15
KOs). The Beterbiev vs. Barrera clash will take place April 21
in Miami, Florida.
"It is with great pride and confidence that we go into this
fight in Miami," Beterbiev's promoter Yvon Michel (Groupe Yvon
Michel). "In order for Beterbiev to receive maximum credibility,
he needs to demonstrate that he can perform anywhere in the
world. Because Sullivan Barrera, the only top-rated contender to
accept the challenge to face Artur, could not cross the Canadian
border, we agreed to have this fight take place in the United
"We are convinced that the many Quebecers who still live in
Florida, at this time, will come to support Artur, who has made
Quebec the adopted home for him and his young family."
The Beterbiev-Barrera winner will become the mandatory
challenger for the IBF light heavyweight champion, who will have
until September, at the latest, to face the winner.]GYM won the
IBF-ordered purse bid Feb. 2 (2017), winning with a $201,000
(USD) bid to $181,000 for Barrera's promoter, Main Events. Due
to the 75-25 percentage advantage going to the highest ranked
fighter, Beterview will earn $188,250 to $62,750 for Barrera.
Ward won the IBF, WBA and WBO light heavyweight titles with a
12-round unanimous decision win over Sergey Kovalev, November
19, 2017, in Las Vegas.
Beterbiev was impressive in his most recent outing, last
December 23 at the Lac Leamy Casino in Gatineau, stopping
Paraguayan slugger Isidro Ranoni Prieto (26-1-3) in opening
Barrera also displayed tremendous skills
during his most recent performance, this poast Dec. 16 in
California, shattering the previously undefeated Vyacheslav
Shabrankyy (17-0-0), of Ukraine, with a spectacular TKO victory
in the seventh round.
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)
UNDEFEATED SUPERSTAR DANNY GARCIA TO FACE BROOKLYN'S OWN PAULIE
AS PREMIER BOXING CHAMPIONS GOES PRIMETIME ON ESPN AT BARCLAYS
CENTER ON SATURDAY, AUGUST 1
Tickets On Sale Wednesday, June 17 at 10 a.m.
15, 2015) - Undefeated superstar Danny "Swift" Garcia (30-0, 17
KOs) will take on Brooklyn's own Paulie "The Magic Man"
Malignaggi (33-6, 7 KOs) at Barclays Center as Premier Boxing
Champions will be live in primetime on ESPN on Saturday, August
1 with coverage beginning at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT.
"It's going to
be a great fight against Paulie on August 1st," said Garcia.
"I'm looking forward to getting in the ring again, in my fifth
appearance at Barclays Center, and putting on a great show for
the East Coast fans in attendance and the fans watching all over
the world. By the end of the night, I will still be the
undefeated Danny 'Swift' Garcia. To all of the fans that love
me, I love you too. This is for you."
"Although I have
a ton of respect for Danny and his father Angel, both for what
they've accomplished in the ring as well as the bond they share
as father/son, I, like them, am a competitor through and through
and in this sport it's all about testing yourself against the
elite. So I look forward to defending my home turf of Brooklyn
and matching my skills against Danny's at Barclays Center on
"August 1 will mark Danny Garcia's first fight as a true
welterweight," said Lou DiBella, President of DiBella
Entertainment. "It'll take place at Barclays Center, in the
backyard of Brooklyn's Paulie Malignaggi. This high quality PBC
matchup on ESPN is a must-win situation for both fighters."
"We are excited
to host a third outstanding Premier Boxing Champions event and
our first ESPN fight in Brooklyn," said Barclays Center CEO
Brett Yormark. "Danny Garcia always puts on a great show and
there's no bigger fan favorite in Brooklyn than Paulie
Malignaggi. With this fight, we are continuing to establish
Barclays Center as the premier boxing venue in the country."
"This classic Philly versus New York match-up featuring two of
boxing's biggest stars is exactly why ESPN is televising Premier
Boxing Champions," said Brian Kweder, senior director of
programming and acquisitions at ESPN. "Danny Garcia has laid
waste to the junior welterweight division and instead of easing
his way into the welterweight division, he's fighting a former
world champion in Paulie Malignaggi."
Tickets for the
live event, which is promoted by DiBella Entertainment, are
priced at $250, $150, $75 and $45, not including applicable
service charges and taxes, and are on sale Wednesday, June 17 at
10 a.m. Tickets are available at www.ticketmaster.com and at the
American Express Box Office at Barclays Center beginning
Thursday, June 18 at noon. To charge by phone, call Ticketmaster
at (800) 745-3000 (800) 745-3000 FREE. For group tickets, please
call 800-GROUP-BK 800-GROUP-BK FREE.
In addition to
the evening's main event and co-main event, which will be
announced shortly, select undercard bouts will be carried live
on ESPN3. ESPN Deportes will also televise the fight live as
part of its Noche de Combates series and ESPN International will
present live coverage across its networks in Latin America,
Brazil, the Caribbean and Pacific Rim. Live coverage will also
be available through WatchESPN on computers, smartphones,
tablets, Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick, Apple TV, Chromecast,
Roku, Xbox 360 and Xbox One via an affiliated video provider.
Now in his
fourth year as a world champion, Philadelphia's Garcia will
return to headline at Barclays Center for a record fifth time.
Garcia last fought in Brooklyn on April 11 defeating Lamont
Peterson in a rousing 12 round majority decision. The
27-year-old has taken down some of the biggest names in boxing
on his way to an undefeated record, including Amir Khan, Erik
Morales, Lucas Matthysse and Zab Judah.
A former world
champion at 140 and 147-pounds, the 34-year-old Malignaggi will
return to the ring to fight at Barclays Center for the fourth
time as a professional. He has faced a slew of big names
throughout his career and has taken home victories over the
likes of Zab Judah, Vyacheslav Senchenko and Pablo Cesar Cano.
Born and raised in the Bensonhurst neighborhood of Brooklyn,
"The Magic Man" will step into the ring for the first time since
The first live
Premier Boxing Champions on Primetime ESPN (PBC on ESPN)
telecast, from the USF Sun Dome in Tampa, Fla., will feature a
star-studded 12-round welterweight matchup between undefeated
Keith "One Time" Thurman (25-0, 21 KOs) and Luis Collazo (36-6,
19 KOs) when the series debuts on ESPN on Saturday, July 11, at
9 p.m. The opening fight will showcase a 10-round junior
middleweight matchup between undefeated Tony Harrison (21-0, 18
KOs) and Willie Nelson (23-2-1, 13 KOs)
BRITISH BOXING SENSATION AMIR "KING" KHAN TO FACE
FORMER WORLD CHAMPION CHRIS ALGIERI AS
PREMIER BOXING CHAMPIONS RETURNS TO SPIKE TV ON FRIDAY, MAY 29
LIVE FROM BARCLAYS CENTER IN BROOKLYN
BROOKLYN (April 15, 2015) -
Boxing superstar Amir "King" Khan (30-3, 19 KOs) returns to the
ring to take on former world champion Chris Algieri (20-1, 8
KOs) on Friday, May 29, at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York
as the Main Event in an exciting Premier Boxing Champions (PBC)
card on Spike TV.
The televised action begins
live on Spike TV at 9 pm ET/6 p.m. PT. Doors at Barclays Center
open at 6 p.m. ET.
"I have happy memories of New
York having made my successful U.S. debut there against Paulie
Malignaggi in 2010," said Khan. "I'm delighted to now be
fighting there once again against another champion in Chris
Algieri. Algieri has shared the ring with some tremendous
fighters and shown great skills in those fights so I know I will
need to be at my very best when we meet. In all my fights I
bring excitement, speed and skill and can guarantee more
fireworks on May 29 at Barclays Center."
"I am very excited to get back
into the ring and to be fighting here in New York," said Algieri.
"Fighting at Barclays Center, where I won my world title just
under a year ago, is an added bonus. Amir Khan is a tested
champion and is the matchup that I wanted. I believe this is a
fight that will bring the best out of me."
"I am thrilled to be returning
to Barclays Center for another terrific PBC event," stated Lou
DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment. "Amir Khan is hands
down one of the biggest names in the sport. Coming off a huge
win over Devon Alexander, Khan is on the short list to
participate in a future mega fight. He must first get by the
hometown fan favorite, Algieri. This is a fight that Chris
wanted. He is looking to show the world that he belongs, at the
arena where he shocked the world and upset Ruslan Provodnikov
for a world title. We expect an electric atmosphere come May
"We are excited to bring two
outstanding fighters in Amir Kahn and Chris Algieri to
Brooklyn," said Barclays Center CEO Brett Yormark. "Khan is
among the most talked about and dynamic fighters in the sport,
and Long Island's own Algieri had his career defining win at
Barclays Center last June. Our first PBC event in Brooklyn on
April 11 was a huge success and we expect another big night on
May 29. After less than three years in existence, Barclays
Center is cementing itself as the premier boxing venue in the
"We are thrilled to present
this must-see matchup between of one of the sport's true
superstars, Amir Khan, and the tough-as-nails New Yorker, Chris
Algieri, fighting in front of his hometown fans," said Jon
Slusser, Senior Vice President, Sports, Spike TV.
A 28-year-old star who first
burst onto the scene with his silver medal-winning performance
at the 2004 Olympics, Khan is an exciting fighter who has shown
incredible offensive skills and improved defensive technique
since moving up to the welterweight division. His last two
fights have come against former welterweight world champions
Devon Alexander and Luis Collazo. He cruised to victory in those
two contests and now looks to defeat another former champion
when he battles the tough Algieri on May 29. Fighting out of
Bolton, United Kingdom, the former super lightweight world
champion is eager to make an impression in his first start at
Algieri rose to fame in June
2014 at Barclays Center when he upset Ruslan Provodnikov for a
super lightweight world title. The 31-year-old returns to the
scene of his greatest triumph on May 29 to take on the British
superstar Khan. The former kickboxing champion from Huntington,
New York, built his undefeated boxing record on the strength of
his excellent movement and skill with the jab. His victory over
Provodnikov earned him a shot at Manny Pacquiao in Nov. 2014, a
bout that Algieri ultimately lost. He had previously defeated
strong contenders Mike Arnaoutis and Emanuel Taylor on the way
to his world title.
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.
STAGE JUNE 21st
Training Camp Notes: Anthony "Flawless" Flores
"We are going to break Karl Dargan."
Philadelphia, PA: During Anthony Flores' media workout at
Fast Lane Boxing Gym in Philadelphia, PA Monday the Philadelphia
native assured the press that he is ready to challenge Karl
"Dynamite" Dargan on June 21 for his USBA Atlantic Coast Region
Lightweight Title and told fans to "expect fireworks." The 26
year old Flores said fans should not to be distracted by the
Philly vs. Philly aspect of this fight come June 21, "This is
bigger than Philly vs. Philly. I am fighting for a USBA title
and he is defending the USBA title. That's the way that I look
at it and we are ready for it."
Anthony "Flawless" Flores
Philadelphia Fats, Flores' trainer, believes that Flores has
what it takes to defeat Dargan on June 21, "Karl Dargan is in
for a fight. Dynamite only beat Ramesis Gil by one point [ed.
note: two points] but we unanimously beat him every round.
Expect that I will be raising Anthony Flores' hand; that is what
you should expect. Anthony is just overall better than Dargan,
period. We are going to show you and y'all are going to see it.
Dynamite does not have a clue for what is in store for him. He
don't have a clue. We are going to break him. We are going to
break Karl Dargan."
Flores believes preparation for this fight is going to be his
key to victory on June 21, "We prepared very well for Dargan. We
brought a game plan to make Dargan's defense look amateur. When
you are fighting smart and using different moves and angles and
you are not using the same shots that everyone else throws and
you are being crafty, you are gonna hit a guy. You can't miss
every time. If I throw 600 punches and I land 100 punches, I
still hit someone 100 times. That is the way I look at it. I
will have to throw more punches. I can't let him be comfortable.
I can't let him get into a rhythm. I have to be smart."
Fats and Flores have been working at a much higher intensity
for this fight. Flores said, "My trainer has been in the gym
with me until 3:00 in the morning every night. We have been
working our butts off. There are no excuses. We are just putting
in the grit. It is one thing to see what someone is doing when
everyone is watching but when nobody is watching this is three
times what we do." They have also decided to work with longer
rounds to increase stamina, "I have been working with five
minute rounds. It is not at all harder because we are bringing
that same action in five minutes but we are just going to do it
in three minutes."
"I've spoken with Anthony and his trainer, Philadelphia Fats,
and I have no doubt that he is 100% ready," said Flores'
promoter Greg Cohen of Greg Cohen Promotions. "Anthony knows
that with a win over Dargan on national television, he will
propel himself squarely into the title mix at 135 pounds. I'm
looking forward to a career defining performance on June 21."
Trifecta: Gunn Jr scores third straight first round
For Immediate Release
Hackensack, NJ (June 4, 2014) –Fast rising prospect Bobby
Gunn Jr. continued his path of destruction last Saturday at the
Birchwood Manor in Whippany, NJ, taking out Christopher
Strootman in 129 seconds.
After briefly feeling his opponent out, Gunn Jr. decked
Strootman with a crisp overhand right. Moments later, the
Hackensack native ended his Garden State debut in impressive
fashion, sending his foe home early by landing a vicious left
hook to the body. Referee David Fields immediately waved the
bout off as the pro-Gunn crowd cheered their fighter on.
“I had a lot of friends, fans and family at this fight so
this win is something I’ll remember for a very long time” Gunn
Jr., who is now 3-0 with all first round knockouts, stated. “I’m
very happy with the way this fight ended and I’m a Jersey boy so
I plan to fight here again soon.”
Quickly becoming the busiest fighter in the Northeast, Junior
guns for win number four June 14 at the ABC Auditorium in
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.