UPCOMING MAIN BOXING EVENTS . . . July 28 Garcia Vs. Easter, lightweight unification championship, from Los Angeles . . . Sat Jul 28 London,England WhyteVs. Parker, heavyweights . also Katie Taylor vs Connor,  and Brook vs Cook, super-weltwerweights . . .  Aug 4, from Atlantic City,  Kovalev Vs Alvarez, light-heavyweights . . . Aug 25 Danny Garcia Vs. Porter, welterweight championship . . . . .for more news, stay in tune on TruFanBoxing.com  . . . 















DiBella Entertainment returns to the beautiful Foxwoods Resort Casino, in Mashantucket, CT, with another evening of the acclaimed, long-running Broadway Boxing series on Saturday, July 21, headlined by East Hartford's CT's "Marvelous" Mykquan Williams.

Tickets to the event, presented by Nissan of Queens, Azad Watches, OPTYX, Christos Steak House and Gagliardi Insurance, are priced at $125, $75 and $45, and can be purchased online at Foxwoods.comTicketmaster.com, by calling 800-200-2882, or visiting the Foxwoods box office. Foxwoods Resort Casino is located at 350 Trolley Line Boulevard, Mashantucket, Connecticut 06338. Doors will open to the Fox Theater at 6:30 p.m., with the first fight scheduled for 7:00 p.m.

The show will be broadcast on LIVE.DBE1.COM, part of the SportsLive OTT service as part of a partnership with CBS Sports Digital. Fans can subscribe to the event for $6.95 by visiting live.dbe1.com

"I'm thrilled to bring Broadway Boxing back to our home away from home at Foxwoods Resort Casino," said Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment. "Headlining the card will be the explosive 'Marvelous' Mykquan Williams, a Foxwoods staple from East Hartford, CT, who has six first-round knockouts and won his first title belt last time out. Touted amateurs and now exciting prospects Hurshidbek Normatov, of Uzbekistan, and Russian Radzhab Butaev will continue their impressive rise up the professional ladder. We will have two women's bouts with the always-entertaining Shelly Vincent from Rhode Island and world champion Alicia Napoleon in action. The stacked undercard will also include promising New England locals Adrian Sosa and Lamont Powell.

This will be be our first show back at Foxwoods since the tragic passing of Foxwoods President Felix Rappaport, DiBella Entertainment wishes to dedicate this event to Felix and will honor his memory with a terrific card on July 21."

 In the main event, popular and undefeated junior welterweight prospect "Marvelous" Mykquan Williams (11-0, 7 KOs) will clash with Salem, MA, native Matt "The Mantis" Doherty (8-4-1, 4 KOs), scheduled for eight rounds. Just 20 years old and managed by the renowned Jackie Kallen, the all-action Williams has become a staple at Foxwoods Resort Casino, with nine previous fights at the property. Williams kicked off his 2018 campaign in style with two first-round knockouts, most recently stopping Orlando Felix on May 5, in the initial stanza at Foxwoods Resort Casino, to capture the WBC UNBC Silver super lightweight title. The 29-year-old upset-minded Doherty will look to bounce back into the win column after his four-bout winning streak was stopped in a hotly contested six-round clash against undefeated prospect Ray Moylette on March 31, in Quincy, MA.

In the eight-round co-feature, popular New England female fighter Shelly "Shelito's Way" Vincent (22-1, 1 KO), of Providence, RI, will face off in a junior lightweight bout. Vincent has won four straight since her only defeat in August 2016 via majority decision in a nationally televised battle to Heather Hardy in what The Ring Magazine hailed as the "Female Fight of the Year." She was honored by the Connecticut Boxing Hall of Fame as their "Fighter of the Year" in 2016, becoming the first female recipient of the award.

Also featured in a six-round women's bout will be WBA Super Middleweight World Champion Alicia "The Empress" Napoleon (9-1, 5 KOs), of Lindenhurst, NY. Napoleon seized the world title in her last bout, earning a brilliant 10-round decision versus Femke Hermans on March 3, at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY.

In the welterweight division, fast-rising prospect Adrian Sosa (7-0, 5 KOs), of Lawrence, MA, will fight in a scheduled six-rounder. The 23-year-old Sosa is coming off his career best victory, a six-round decision against previously undefeated prospect Khiry Todd on May 5, at Foxwoods Resort Casino. Sosa was a 2014 New England Golden Gloves champion and turned pro in July 2016 following an 18-2 amateur career.

 Junior middleweight newcomer Lamont Powell (1-0), of Pawtucket, RI, will return to the Foxwoods Resort Casino ring in a six-round tilt. The 25-year-old made his triumphant pro debut on May 5, with a shutout four-round decision versus Amadeu Cristiano.

 Also fighting on the card in an eight-round welterweight battle will be top undefeated Russian prospect Radzhab "The Python" Butaev (8-0, 6 KOs), co-promoted by DiBella Entertainment and Fight Promotions Inc. Following an outstanding 2017 campaign featuring four dominant victories, this will be the Los Angeles resident's first fight this year. A highly accomplished amateur, Butaev compiled an incredible 304-12 record, with 164 knockouts.

 Brooklyn, NY's Hurshidbek Normatov (6-0, 2 KOs) will square off in a six-round junior middleweight contest. A native of Uzbekistan, the 26-year-old Normatov won a six-round decision versus Ronald Montes on May 5, at Foxwoods Resort Casino. Promoted by DiBella Entertainment and managed by David McWater's Split-T Management, Normatov was an experienced amateur competing in 324 bouts and winning the 2014 European National championship.

Undefeated super middleweight contender Lennox "2 Sharpe" Allen (20-0-1, 13 KOs), of Brooklyn, NY, will return to the ring following nearly a three-year absence, in a six-round battle. Allen is a former WBC CABOFE, New York State and Guyanese Champion.




Heavyweight Title Showdown Headlines Action This Saturday,

March 3 Live on SHOWTIME from Barclays Center in Brooklyn & Presented by Premier Boxing Champions

BROOKLYN (March 1, 2018) - Unbeaten WBC Heavyweight World Champion Deontay Wilder and unbeaten contender Luis Ortiz exchanged words and went face to face at the final press conference in Manhattan Thursday ahead of their main event showdown this Saturday, March 3 live on SHOWTIME from Barclays Center, the home of BROOKLYN BOXING™, and presented by Premier Boxing Champions.

Also participating in Thursday's press conference and opening the SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING telecast at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT were super middleweight contenders Andre Dirrell and Jose Uzcategui, who meet in a rematch of their May 2017 matchup on SHOWTIME as they fight for an interim 168-pound world title in the co-feature.

Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by DiBella Entertainment and TGB Promotions, start at $50 and are on sale now. To purchase tickets, visit Ticketmaster.com, BarclaysCenter.com, or call 800-745-3000. Tickets for the event can also be purchased at the American Express Box Office at Barclays Center.

Here is what the participants had to say Thursday:


"The reason I wanted this fight is not only do I think Ortiz is one of the best technical fighters in the division, but he's the boogeyman that everyone is running from. Champions have avoided him and I've always said I was the best and this is my chance to prove it.

"This result isn't up to anyone but myself. Every time I get under the bright lights, I give the fans what they want to see. This is the best versus the best and that's what boxing deserves.

"I had all the excuses in the world to run away from this fight after he failed the test. There are a lot of good, up-and-coming heavyweights out there, but I wasn't interested in them. This fight is how I prove that I'm the baddest man on the planet.

"On March 3, with all the personal things put aside, it's going to be an honor to fight Luis Ortiz, man to man and father to father. I know that family is his motivation, just like it is for me, and that's why I blessed him with this opportunity.

"The exciting thing about Saturday night is for everyone to see what I'm capable of doing. Luis Ortiz is determined to get my WBC belt. This is my seventh defense of my title and I've enjoyed every one. It's a lot of responsibility and I take it seriously. You'll all see on Saturday night why I've said the things I've said.

"Everyone knows what I'm expecting Saturday night. I can't say it enough. I have knocked every opponent out for a reason. I plan on continuing my knockout streak. That's what I do and that's what I'm best at.

"This is the best fight right here in boxing that can be made. It doesn't get any better than this on Saturday night. You have to be here in person, because you won't want to miss anything. You never know what you'll see, but Saturday night will be bombs away."


"I never say anything bad about fighters because inside the ring, anything can happen. I respect everyone who steps into the ring. This is my opportunity. This is my time. Deontay is a great champion but this is my chance.

"Like I always say, this is my time and it's going to be a great triumph. This is big for all of Cuban boxing and I will make my country proud.

"This is going to be like two trains on the same track about to collide. I'm going to win and I'm going to take his belt.

"This is not a video game. This is not using controllers. You have to actually step into the ring with me on Saturday night.

"Deontay is scared. He's talking a lot of nonsense. He's worried about what I'm going to do. This is my time. I'm going to show everyone.

"I'm 100 percent ready to go. Sparring has been amazing and I'm totally prepared for Deontay Wilder. Deontay's biggest mistake is that he talks too much.

"I looked into his eyes and I knew that I'm not going to lose this opportunity. I'm going to be the first Cuban and the first Latino born outside the country to win a title. Saturday night will be historic.

"The public gave me this opportunity to fight for the title and beat you for your belt. I'm going to make the most of my chance and knock Deontay Wilder out."


"It was a rocky start for me in our first fight. He caught me with a good shot in the early rounds, but I was able to fight through it. I started to dominate the second half of the fight but he had definitely thrown my game off. I still weathered the storm and made good things happen. This fight is very deserving of a rematch and I'm looking forward to it.

"This fight right here is one of the beautiful moments we have in boxing. There were two wrongs that night in the last fight. I'm really happy with everyone who has made this rematch and gave the sport what it deserves.

"Now Jose Uzcategui and myself both have chances to prove ourselves again. This is going to be the worst opportunity of Uzcategui's life. But it will be the best opportunity for me.

"This is my opportunity to prove all of the critics wrong this time. I'm not the favorite, and it's a beautiful thing. I'm going to change every single mind on Saturday night. I'm stepping up to the plate, and I'm preparing to hit a home run.

"Virgil Hunter has definitely helped me with my mental game. We've worked on a masterful game plan. Virgil is tough to work with but we did all of the necessary things we had to in order to accomplish what we have to on Saturday.

"The next two years or more will be the best years of my career. I've been blessed with an illustrious career. This is a new look for me and I feel good. I have a very tough, hungry fighter in front of me and I can't wait to prove myself."


"We're not doing anything differently heading into this fight. I've put the time in at the gym every day to make sure that the fight ends conclusively this time.

"Before I even got to the ring in the first fight I felt some animosity from the referee towards me and it kind of led to what happened in the fight.

"Saturday night you're not just going to see that I'm a boxer-puncher, but you'll see my full power on display.

"I'm happy to be in this rematch. I hope that Dirrell brings action like he's talking about on Saturday. I don't want to chase him around the ring all night.

"I'm ready to accomplish my dreams, and that involves beating Andre Dirrell more decisively than last night and leaving no doubt at all who the better fighter is."

LOU DIBELLA, President of DiBella Entertainment

"Deontay Wilder put everything aside to face one of the greatest amateur heavyweights in the history of boxing. This fight is happening because Deontay is that good and he's that proud. Deontay is ready to prove that he's the baddest man on the planet.

"There is a sensational off-television undercard beginning at 5:30 p.m. at Barclays Center that includes a group of top contenders and prospects. It's really a loaded undercard from top to bottom.

"That great undercard includes a woman's title fight involving Alicia Napoleon. Everyone involved in this fight has made an effort to have women's boxing represented on our cards and I'm proud to be able to deliver that for fans.

"This will be Deontay's third defense of his title in Brooklyn at Barclays Center. He successfully defended against Artur Szpilka and Bermane Stiverne, with two frightening knockouts. I'm proud to work with Barclays Center and promote boxing in Brooklyn. This is certainly one of the best venues for boxing in the world and certainly a venue that is dedicated to bringing the fans consistently excellent programming inside the arena.

"This fight is getting the kind of reception that it deserves. If you want to get tickets for Saturday night, I would call now because they're moving fast."

STEPHEN ESPINOZA, President Sports & Events Programming, Showtime Sports Inc.

"When we have a fight card like this, the network gets a lot of credit but these fights truly don't happen unless fighters like Wilder and Ortiz are ready to take the fights.

"When we announced our schedule back in January, there was one fight that jumped out to everyone, and it was Wilder vs. Ortiz. They have 67 fights between them, 67 wins, 0 losses and 62 knockouts. This is part of what we're calling 'March Madness' on SHOWTIME. All four heavyweight titles, the top four heavyweights in the world, including Anthony Joshua vs. Joseph Parker on March 31, facing each other this month on SHOWTIME. There hasn't been a lineup like that put together by any network in the history of the sport.

"The titles are great but these fights are about something else. They're about legacy. When people look back and ask, 'what kind of fighter was Deontay Wilder?' This is the fight that they will talk about. More important than knockouts and unbeaten records, this is why fighters are remembered.

"Dirrell vs. Uzcategui 2 is good enough to be a main event and they deserve to have a great stage for this rematch. These are the kind of cards that people look back and say, were you there that night? If you're not watching this card, you're not a boxing fan. Because this is the best that the sport has to offer."

BRETT YORMARK, CEO of Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment

"I can't tell you how excited I am for Saturday night. People are starting to realize how viable this sport is and that boxing is a sport on the rise. We're thrilled to be a part of it

"Events like Saturday in Brooklyn are why this sport is thriving. It features a deep card from top to bottom, 50-50 fights and great fighters with magnetic personalities

"Deontay, even though you weren't born in Brooklyn, we do consider you our own. We're excited to have Luis Ortiz as well, for the first time, on Saturday night. This is a card from top to bottom that's incredible and I'm thrilled to welcome Andre and Jose to Brooklyn.

"The seats are moving really quickly and this should be one of the biggest fights we've had at Barclays Center. We're very excited for this show and look forward to seeing everyone there."

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New York City (January 30, 2018) Earlier today, DiBella Entertainment (DBE) announced that it has signed Ukrainian heavyweight OLEKSANDR "Sasha" TESLENKO. In the spirit of "Two For Tuesday", DBE has also added fellow undefeated heavyweight prospect STEPHAN SHAW, of St. Louis, Missouri, to its roster. Shaw will make his DBE debut on the February 7 edition of Broadway Boxing at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill, in Times Square, Manhattan. Broadway Boxing is presented by Nissan of Queens, Azad Watches, OPTYX, and Christos Steak House.

The 25-year-old Shaw, undefeated with a record of 9-0 with six knockouts, will be fighting in New York City for the first time in a scheduled six-round clash against JOEL CAUDLE (7-1-1, 5 KOs), of Raleigh, North Carolina.

Following a stellar amateur career that included 2013 PAL and USA National Championships titles, Shaw turned professional in December 2013. A graduate of Hazelwood Central High School in nearby Florissant, Missouri, Shaw gravitated to the sport at a young age coming from a family of boxers. He trains with four-time Olympic Boxing coach Basheer Abdullah out of Arena Gym in San Diego, California. Abdullah was a family friend and has known Stephan for his entire life, having grown up with his parents. Stephan's grandfather, Buddy Shaw, was a renowned trainer in Missouri and acted as a mentor to Abdullah.

"I've watched Stephan fight and, just as important, I've seen him spar with Deontay Wilder, so I know what he's capable of," said LOU DIBELLA, President of DiBella Entertainment. "Boxing fans in attendance are in for a real treat to see both Stephan and Sasha fighting in separate bouts on our February 7 Broadway Boxing show."

"I am very excited to have another boxer managed by Split-T working with Lou," said DAVID McWATERof Split-T Management. "He is a friend and a brilliant promoter. Shaw is going to handle his business inside the ring and Lou and I will do the same outside of it. B.B. King Blues Club & Grill in New York City is the perfect venue to make his DiBella Entertainment debut. It's an intimate atmosphere that will allow for a great introduction to the fans and media."

The February 7 installment of the acclaimed Broadway Boxing series is headlined by a crosstown clash between undefeated welterweights NOEL MURPHY (12-0, 2 KOs), of Woodlawn, New York and Brooklyn's MIKKEL LESPIERRE (18-0-1, 8 KOs)





Undefeated Junior Welterweight KO Artist Shoh Ergashev Added to Jacobs vs. Arias Undercard

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 sparring.

"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 welterweight division."

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.






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 lightweight title.

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

"No Excuses"

Set for Saturday, June 17

At Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas

Presented Live 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.








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 brings."

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."



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 taken on.

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 on HBO.”

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 in 1989.

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.




Light Heavyweight World Champion Adonis Stevenson Battles Hard-Hitting Contender Thomas Williams Jr. on Spike Friday, July 29

From Centre Videotron in Quebec City, Canada

(9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT)

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 crown."

"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 (514) 376-0980.

"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 last November.

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 Chilemba.





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 sport.

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."









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 six-rounder.

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.







"Knockout Night at the D" series

To air on CBS Sports Network

Hall of Fame broadcast team

Al Bernstein, Jim Ross & Kevin Kelly

Tickets on sale for inaugural event Mar. 12 at Downtown Las Vegas Events Center

                   Zab Judah returns in main event vs. Josh Torres

LAS VEGAS (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 tent.

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 to it."

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 in glove."

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 www.cbssportsnetwork.com.







Local Favorite Regis Prograis Headlines Against
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 bout.

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 visiting www.savaresepromotions.com 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 rounds.

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 away."

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 directing.





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 West Coast).
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.

Opening the 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 welterweight showdown.
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 fashion.

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.

Also seeing 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 lightweight matchup.
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) 745-3000




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 event.
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 Center.
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 Wellington Romero.
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.”



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 Westchester debut.
"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 area."

"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 February 20th.
Both bouts are being promoted in association with New Legend Boxing. Additional bouts, including an opponent for Cruz will be announced shortly.

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.





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 Kristal Hart)

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 win, Argentina!"

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 years past? 

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 hiatus.

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.   

TIDBITS: 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 . . .








Saturday, January 25 at Madison Square Garden

Live on HBO Boxing After Dark®



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 of 72%.

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 Garcia."

"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 lightweight champion.

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 lightweight contenders.

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.







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 MgGirt.

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 18th!"

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 be named.

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 11th street.

Doors open at 6PM.

Mike Gerard Seiler
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 his face.
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.

Guerrero came on in the ninth round, but Mayweather's craftiness made him hesitant to release his punches.
As a result, Mayweather cruised in the championship rounds en route to victory.

Mares TKO's Ponce De Leon

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 round three.

Mares continued to beat Ponce De Leon to the punch in round four, as Ponce De Leon tirelessly charged forward.
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 round.
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.
Santa Cruz Impressive Again

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 1:05.
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.

Love Wins Debatable Split Decision

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.
Arias Outpoints Livingston

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.

In round two, Livingston utilized his left jab effectively. Late in the round, Arias caught Livingston with a series of overhand rights and rock-solid body shots, dramatically slowing down Livingston's assault.

With a minute left in round three, Livingston connected with a wide left hook, followed by a flush right hand to the head that momentarily stunned Arias.
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 round.

Despite absorbing some grueling punches during the course of the bout, Livingston closed very strong, backing up Arias late in the sixth round.
Jack Shines Versus Gbenga

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.
Bellows Remains Unbeaten

Lanell Bellows (4-0-1, 4 KO's) kept his undefeated record intact, stopping Matt Garretson (2-1, 1 KO) in the fourth round.

Posted By Michael Gerard Seiler to BOXING LEDGER | LATEST BOXING BLOGS | BOXING ARTICLES | BOXING BLOG FIGHT at 5/05/2013 02:07:00 AM





















































































































































































































































































































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