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Wed February 7, 2018

New York City (January 30, 2018) DIBELLA ENTERTAINMENT (DBE) has signed highly touted undefeated heavyweight prospect OLEKSANDR "Sasha" TESLENKO to an exclusive promotional contract. Teslenko will make his DBE debut on Broadway Boxing, next Wednesday, February 7, at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill in Times Square, New York City. Broadway Boxing is presented by Nissan of Queens, Azad Watches, OPTYX, and Christos Steak House.

The powerful 25-year-old Teslenko, who stands 6'5", sports a record of 11-0 with 9 KOs, and will face KEENAN HICKMAN (6-2-1, 2 KOs), of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, in an 8-round bout.

Born in Chernivtsi, Ukraine, Teslenko took up boxing at age eight when his father brought him to a gym to learn how to defend himself. As an amateur, Teslenko became a three-time Ukrainian National champion while accumulating an impressive 224-23 record. During this time, Teslenko also earned a degree in Marketing from the University of Chernivtsi and served in the Ukrainian Army alongside DBE stablemate Ivan Golub.

Teslenko took a bold step in search of success as a professional boxer, leaving his family behind, relocating to Canada with little contacts and settling in Toronto. Sharing a house with three other Ukrainians and sleeping on a mattress on the floor, Teslenko worked construction to earn extra money while taking classes to learn English. He made his pro debut in September 2015.

"My goal is to become the Heavyweight Champion of the World and I know by working with Lou DiBella that is now possible," said Teslenko. "I'm very happy to be making my New York debut on February 7 and will put on a great performance. The fans in attendance will know they are witnessing a future threat to the heavyweight throne.

Sasha is one of the most talented heavyweights that I've come across," said LOU DIBELLA, President of DiBella Entertainment. "He had an impressive amateur career and possesses the tools to someday fight for the Heavyweight Championship of the World. We look forward to working with Sasha and his team as he strives to become one of the best heavyweights in the world."

Teslenko is coming off a second-round knockout of Nick Guivas on October 14, in Ontario, Canada. Earlier in 2017, Teslenko was victorious in two fights held in California with an eight-round decision against Bernardo Marquez on February 24, followed by a third-round knockout of Juan Goode on July 22.

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

Tickets for BROADWAY BOXING, promoted by DiBella Entertainment and presented by Nissan of Queens, Azad Watches, OPTYX, and Christos Steak House, are currently on sale and are priced at $125, $100, $75 and $55. Tables are also available for purchase for this event, with VIP tables going for $1,000 per table (5 seats at $200 per seat), Ringside tables for $500 (5 seats at $100), and $375 tables (5 seats at $75). Tickets are available for purchase by calling the DiBella Entertainment office at (212) 947-2577. Doors open at 6:30pm with the first bout scheduled for 7:00pm. B.B. King Blues Club & Grill is located at 237 W. 42nd Street between 7th and 8th Avenues in Times Square


Fighter Spotlight: Dmitry Bivol

The Hot Young Prospect Opens Up About Childhood and Family

Salle Medecin, Monte Carlo: WBA Light Heavyweight World Champion Dmitry Bivol (11-0, 9 KOs) is slated to defend his title against Trent Broadhurst (20-1, 12 KOs) on Saturday in Salle Medecin, Monte Carlo and live on HBO Boxing After Dark® at 5:45 p.m. (live ET/tape-delayed PT). Bivol was elevated from Interim Champion to Regular Champion by the WBA after former WBA Super World Champion Andre Ward retired and former WBA Regular Champion Badou Jack vacated. This will be Bivol's first voluntary defense of the belt and his fourth fight this year. He became the interim champion when he dethroned Felix Valera, and handed the Dominican boxer his only defeat, in May 2016.

Despite his stellar record and meteoric rise, with only two professional fights on US soil, most American fans know very little about the 26-year-old light heavyweight from St. Petersburg, Russia. He was born in Tokmak, Kyrgyzstan but moved to St. Petersburg when he was 11 years old. He started boxing at the age of six after watching Mike Tyson fight, but Tyson is not his favorite fighter. He said, "My favorite boxer is Sugar Ray Leonard. He's great. Of course, Muhammed Ali is biggest star. He is very famous. I love to watch fights with Sugar Ray Leonard before my fights. I learn from his fights. I also like to watch Gennady Golovkin, Vasyl Lomachenko, Terence Crawford and Manny Pacquaio, but my favorite is Sugar Ray Leonard."

Bivol trains in Southern California with his trainer, Gennadii Mashyanov, while his family remains back home in Russia. It is difficult for Dmitry to be so far away from his wife and two small children. He explained, "I have two baby sons. My older son is 3 years old and my younger son is eight months old. My family is home in Russia and it is hard to know how fast your babies are growing and you can't be there to see it. Every day I call to them and sometimes my older son calls to me when I am asleep because of the time difference."

When asked what he wanted his fans to know about him, Dmitry said, "I want the fans to know that, since I was a child, boxing is my life. I want the fans to know I am always trying to do my best. I am doing my best in the ring. I don't like to speak bad about my opponents; I just want my fans to like my boxing style and appreciate my work. I am trying to do everything for the fans."

Bivol vs. Broadhurst is a 12-round bout for the WBO Light Heavyweight Title at Casino de Monte Carlo in Salle Medecin, Monte Carlo and televised live on HBO Boxing After Dark® on Saturday, Nov. 4 at 5:45 p.m. (live ET/tape-delayed PT), coupled with a primetime evening replay at 9:45 p.m. (ET/PT).







 New York, NY - July 10, 2017 - Evander Holyfield’s Real Deal Sports & Entertainment is bringing its Real Deal Championship Boxing series to New York City. The first installment is set to take place at the Hammerstein Ballroom, on Friday, August 11th, leading into the city’s Dominican Day weekend, as part of a multi-fight agreement with the Manhattan Center Studios, Inc.    

The televised portion of the event will be live on CBS Sports Network, and looks to carry on the momentum of the series’ inaugural event by pitting some of the sport’s rising contenders against one another in highly competitive and evenly matched bouts. The undercard, which will be live-streamed in its entirety on www.therealdealboxing.com, is expected to feature young, local talent who have been yearning for the opportunity to fight in their hometown since the state passed outrageous insurance regulations, essentially placing an insurmountable barrier on grassroots boxing in New York. This will be the first professional boxing event to take place in a Manhattan venue other than a Madison Square Garden property in almost 18 months.  

 “The main reason I got into promoting was to provide opportunities for today’s young fighters. Being able to bring our Real Deal Championship Boxing series to one of the greatest cities in the world shows the fighters and the fans that our company is the Real Deal,” said four-time world heavyweight champion and recent International Boxing Hall of Fame inductee Evander Holyfield. “Our company is dedicated to building back the New York boxing scene and giving our fighters a chance to perform in front of their friends and families.”  

 “We are very grateful to our partners at the Manhattan Center who have worked diligently with us to structure a multi-fight deal with their properties. August 11 will be a great night of boxing and we hope the fans come out to show their support. It’s no secret that New York has become a very difficult place to run a successful promotion given the state’s new regulations to improve health and safety,” said Eric Bentley, Chief Operating Officer of Real Deal Sports & Entertainment and the former Director of Boxing at the New York State Athletic Commission.  

 “It should be noted that difficult does not mean impossible,” Bentley continued. “We are also taking the health and safety initiative into our own hands by assembling an in-house medical team to observe our fighters and provide them with consistent medical oversight throughout their careers. Most of these athletes risk their lives without proper health coverage, fighting in different states, each with their own medical standards and requirements, that often have inconsistent philosophies on what is or isn’t contraindicative to boxing. We are looking to change that and set a new standard in the sport. This is just the first step in how we will bring boxing back to New York and how Real Deal Sports & Entertainment will make its mark in the industry.”            

VENUM and BEAUTY N THE BOX are proud sponsors of Real Deal Sports & Entertainment.    Additional information on the bout card and how to purchase tickets will be released throughout the week. For more information, please visit www.therealdealboxing.com and visit us at Facebook.com/TheRealDealBoxing, on Instagram @therealdealboxing and on Twitter @therealdealbox.  






Undefeated Titans Regis Prograis and Joel Diaz Jr. to Battle for NABF Title on June 9 at Turning Stone Resort Casino during Boxing Hall of Fame Weekend

Junior Welterweights Regis Prograis and Joel Diaz Jr. headline “ShoBox: The New Generation” title fight where only one will walk away with the NABF title and an unblemished record

Oneida Nation Homelands (May 8, 2017) Turning Stone Resort Casino is again hosting another exciting night of nationally-televised boxing as Showtime’s series "ShoBox: The New Generation" returns to the Turning Stone Event Center on Friday, June 9. Undefeated junior welterweights Regis Prograis (19-0, 16 KOs) and Joel Diaz Jr. (23-0, 19 KOs) will battle for Prograis’ NABF title in the 10-round main event where only one fighter will walk away with the title and his undefeated record intact. The clash of these undefeated titans takes place on the Friday night of International Boxing Hall of Fame Induction Weekend in Canastota, NY, only a few miles away from Turning Stone Resort Casino.

Trained by Bobby Benton out of Houston’s Main Street Gym, Regis Prograis (19-0, 16 KOs) is among ESPN’s “Prospects to Watch.” Three consecutive appearances on “ShoBox: The New Generation” included decisive victories over 11-0-1 Amos Cowart and 14-0-2 Abel Ramos, as well as a crushing first-round stoppage of the experienced Aaron Herrera. Prograis made his New York debut at the Barclays Center on June 26, 2016, stopping Luiz Florez in four rounds to capture the NABF belt. Ranked no. 4 by the WBC, Prograis was sidelined for several months due to an injury suffered at the gym, but returned on February 11 of this year to score a first-round knockout versus Wilfrido Buelvas in defense of his NABF belt.

Joel Diaz Jr. (23-0, 19 KOs) turned pro in 2010 following an outstanding 85-10 amateur career. Diaz headlined ShoBox in May 2014, earning a 10-round unanimous decision over 14-1 Canadian prospect Tyler Asselstine. His successful 2014 campaign continued with a 3rd round knockout against 8-1 Kevin Aguilar and a 4th round knockout with one body shot over veteran Pedro Navarette that December. In 2016, Diaz scored three wins by stoppage versus former WBC Youth titlist Abraham Gomez, Brazilian champion Joaquim Carneiro and 15-1 Mario Beltre.

The June 9th ShoBox card at Turning Stone also includes a middleweight bout between Steve Rolls (15-0, 9 KOs) and Demond “D’Bestatit” Nicholson (17-1-1, 16 KOs). A pro since 2011, Rolls, from Toronto, earned the biggest victory of his career in his ShoBox debut on December 11, 2015, stopping 9-0-1 prospect and amateur standout Steed Woodall in four rounds. He has since earned two knockout victories in 2016. Rolls had a very successful amateur career, competing on both the 2009 and 2010 Canadian National boxing team, finishing with an 83-14 record overall.

Nicholson is a 24-year-old middleweight from Laurel, MD, with devastating power, scoring all but one of his wins by knockout, including 10 knockout wins during the first round. He has won seven fights with one draw since his only defeat in 2014. Nicholson has impressive wins over former world title challenger Milton Nunez and former IBF Inter-Continental champion Joshua Okine. He is coming off of a draw against 16-0 Immanuwel Aleem, who recently stopped Ievgen Khytrov in a wild back-and-forth brawl that aired on Showtime, though Nicholson appeared to control the action with his size and consistent jab. As an amateur, Nicholson accumulated a record of 110-15 before turning pro in July 2013.

Spain’s Jon Fernandez (12-0, 10 KOs) will open up the televised tripleheader in his second appearance on the ShoBox series, competing in an eight-round junior lightweight bout.

Host of the June 9th event, the Oneida Nation’s Turning Stone Resort Casino, an award-winning destination resort, continues to distinguish itself as a premier venue for fight-of-the-year level boxing. The June fight will mark Turning Stone’s 22nd nationally-televised boxing event, cementing the resort as a leading destination for televised combat sports. Turning Stone is celebrated for its noteworthy boxing events such as boxing legend Mike Tyson selecting the resort as the venue for his world debut as a promoter, Muhammad Ali’s daughter Laila Ali making her boxing debut at Turning Stone and in April 2015, Turning Stone was selected to host “Fight of the Year” contender Matthysse vs. Provodnikov over arenas in Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Miami. Turning Stone features award-winning, world-class amenities including four hotels, more than 20 signature restaurants and dining options, two spas, five golf courses, an all-new 125,000 square foot Las Vegas-style gaming floor, a cabaret-style Showroom, an expansive Event Center, several bars, cocktail lounges and nightlife venues.

The two voices calling the action for Showtime’s “ShoBox: The New Generation” are blow-by-blow announcer Barry Tompkins and analyst Steve Farhood, who will both be inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame the same weekend of the ShoBox event at Turning Stone.

Prograis vs. Diaz Jr. is a 10-round NABF title bout, presented by DiBella Entertainment. The “ShoBox: The New Generation” telecast on Showtime will begin at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m., with the first bout at 7:30 p.m.



Undefeated Heavyweight Trey Lippe Morrison Seeks 14th Consecutive KO When He Faces Daniel Martz In ShoBox Co-Feature

Live on SHOWTIME at 10:05 p.m. ET/PT

From Buffalo Run Casino in Miami, Oklahoma

NEW YORK (Jan. 30, 2017) - Undefeated super lightweight powerhouse Ivan "The Beast" Baranchyk (13-0, 10 KOs) will face aggressive-minded once-beaten Abel Ramos (17-1-2, 12 KOs) in the 10-round main event of a ShoBox: The New Generation® quadrupleheader on Friday, Feb. 10 live on SHOWTIME® (10:05 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) from Buffalo Run Casino in Miami, Okla.

In the co-feature, rising local favorite and son of the late former world heavyweight champion, Tommy "The Duke" Morrison, hard-hitting heavyweight Trey Lippe Morrison (13-0, 13 KOs) makes his second start on ShoBox when he faces the dangerous Daniel Martz (15-4-1, 12 KOs), of Clarksburg, West Virginia, in an eight-round match.

Undefeated former Dominican Republic Olympian Lenin Castillo (15-0-1, 10 KOs) and former national Golden Gloves champion Joe "Mack" Williams (10-0, 7 KOs), of Far Rockaway, N.Y., clash in a confrontation of undefeated light heavyweights in an eight-round featured bout.

In the opening bout of the telecast, Spain's up-and-coming unbeaten Jon "Jonfer" Fernandez (10-0, 8 KOs) takes on southpaw Ernesto Garza (7-1, 4 KOs), of Fort Hood, Texas, in an eight-round super featherweight scrap.

"The ShoBox main event on Feb. 10 between Ivan Baranchyk and Abel Ramos guarantees fireworks," said Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment. "This is a tremendous quadrupleheader and I am happy to be back at Buffalo Run Casino, where heavyweight Trey Lippe Morrison will look to delight hometown fans with another spectacular knockout. The light heavyweight battle between Joseph Williams and former Dominican Olympian Lenin Castillo features two undefeated prospects, and Jon Fernandez, co-promoted by Sergio Martinez, will collide with Ernesto Garza in a can't-miss clash at junior lightweight."

"I'm looking forward to seeing Ivan against a very good opponent," said Tony Holden. "Give Daniel Martz a lot of credit for taking the fight against Trey -- we had serious difficulties finding an opponent willing to face him. Both Ivan and Trey should be in position to advance their careers with a victory."

IVAN BARANCHYK vs. ABEL RAMOS - 10 Rounds Super Lightweights

The offensive-minded Baranchyk packs outstanding power in both hands. Until winning a 10-round decision over Zhimin Wang last Sept. 23 on ShoBox, he'd won nine consecutive fights by knockout. In his last outing, Baranchyk scored a 10-round decision over Wilberth Lopez on Dec. 10.

"I am looking forward to continuing my pursuit of a world title," said the 5-foot-10-inch Baranchyk, who will make the first defense of his USBA junior welterweight title. "Ramos is a very tough fighter and a ShoBox alum himself, so I will enjoy knocking him out.

"I think I've proved my durability by going 10 rounds in my last two fights. My team wants me to box more and let the knockouts come, so that is something we work on all the time.''

The former European amateur standout, who was born in Minsk, Byelorussia and lives in Brooklyn, is making his fourth appearance on the prospect developmental series. The 24-year-old's two other ShoBox starts, both first-round knockouts versus undefeated foes, totaled a combined 2:49. All 10 of Baranchyk's knockouts have come inside three full rounds, including six in the first.

The skilled Ramos is a five-year pro who has won three in a row, all by knockout in 2016, since his only loss, a ninth-round TKO to highly regarded undefeated Regis Prograis (15-0) in 2015 on ShoBox.

A prospect at 140 pounds and a legit test for Baranchyk, the 5-foot-9-inch Ramos was a stellar amateur. The 25-year-old was the bronze medalist at both the 2010 U.S. National PAL Championships and 2010 U.S. National Championships (at 141 pounds) before turning pro in September 2011.

"I'm very excited for this fight and I am preparing for a war," said Ramos, who possesses an aggressive style, good skills and movement. "Baranchyk likes to fight moving forward as do I, so it is going to be an action-packed main event at Buffalo Run."

Ramos, who grew up in Gettysburg, Pa. and resides in Casa Grande, Ariz., is coming off a seventh-round TKO over Juan Jesus last Aug. 26. In his ShoBox debut in 2014, Ramos and fellow unbeaten Maurice Hooker (12-0-1 going in) slugged it out for eight rounds, battling to a majority draw in one of the most exciting fights on the series that year.


The power-punching Morrison has recorded nine first-round knockouts, three second-round knockouts and one fourth-round KO in a career that began in February 2014. Morrison, who bears a striking resemblance to his late father in both his looks and his fighting style, has fought all but one of his fights in Oklahoma but trains at the Wild Card Boxing Club with Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach.

In his outing before last, Morrison won his ShoBox debut with a ruthless first-round TKO over previously undefeated Ed Latimore (13-0) on Sept. 23, 2016.

Latimore was expected to provide Morrison with his most daunting test but wound up getting demolished, going down twice, in Morrison's first start since he underwent surgery on his right tendon from an injury suffered in January 2016.

"Health-wise, I'm great,'' said the 6-foot-2, 27-year-old Morrison who resides in Hollywood, Calif. "I'm going to approach this fight like I did my last fight, like I do all my fights. I can't afford to look past any fight. I have to take them one at a time. I just have to focus on my opponent.

"My training has been going really good, the transition with me and Freddie continues to be smooth. I just want to continue to improve. I'm hoping for a good performance, and I think I'll have one. All I can do is give the best I can and then whatever happens will happen.''

Morrison, who was born in Vinita, Okla., is one of promoter Tony Holden's group of fighters known as the "Four State Franchise." They include Trey's half-brother Kenzie Morrison, Baranchyk and Dillon and Jesse Cook. The Oklahoma-based Holden promoted Tommy Morrison for most of his career.

The 26-year-old Martz is a classic all-or-nothing heavyweight. All but three of Martz' wins have come via knockout, and he aims to pick up his fifth win over an undefeated opponent when he takes on Lippe Morrison.

Martz, who stands at 6-foot-7, handed heavyweight prospect Alexis Santos his first defeat and has shared the ring with newly crowned WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker.

LENIN CASTILLO VS. JOE WILLIAMS - 8 Rounds, Light Heavyweights

Castillo, who represented the Dominican Republic at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, turned pro in August 2010. He's won three straight by knockout, since boxing an eight-round majority draw with unbeaten Travis Peterkin (15-0) on Aug. 21, 2015.

The 6-foot-2, 28-year-old Castillo has 10 knockouts, and all have come in five rounds or less.

"I know that Williams is undefeated and that he will come in at his best," Castillo said. "Well, I'm coming with my best too, so it going to be an exciting fight. It's two undefeated fighters - the perfect kind of fight for ShoBox."

Williams, who owns an amateur victory over undefeated prospect Andrew Tabiti, was a three-time New York Golden Gloves Champion and a 2012 National Golden Gloves Champion. A 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Alternate, Williams is popular on the New York fight scene and a union worker outside the ring.

The 28-year-old has been dominant since turning pro in September 2013, however he'll be taking a leap in class in facing former Olympian Castillo.

"I'm already in great shape and I won't be stopped," said Williams, who's fought eight of his 10 fights in New York. "I'm a throwback fighter, the last of a dying breed that will fight and beat anyone in my way. It's hard to find a fighter who can do all this.

"I can't wait till Feb. 10 because I'm finally getting my shot on national television to show the world what I can do. This will open a lot of doors for me and the world will see the next superstar of boxing, Joseph 'Mack' Williams."

JON FERNANDEZ VS. ERNESTO GARZA - 8 Rounds, Super Featherweights

Fernandez, of Bilbao, País Vasco, Spain, is co-promoted by DiBella Entertainment and legendary Argentine superstar and former longtime middleweight world champion Sergio Martinez. He was an amateur champion in his native Spain and member of the Spanish National Team in 2013 and 2014.

A pro since March 2015, the 21-year-old has won eight straight by knockout, all inside five rounds. The 5-foot-10 Fernandez was a chief sparring partner for Carl Frampton as he prepared for his Jan. 28 rematch with Leo Santa Cruz.

"This fight is very important to my boxing career and I will put on a great performance for the fans in attendance and those watching on SHOWTIME," said the 5-foot-11 Fernandez, who is coming off a fourth-round TKO over Mikael Mkrtchan (16-1 going in) to capture the WBC Youth Super Featherweight World Title last Oct. 8.

"Garza is a pressure fighter that throws a lot of punches. He reminds me of Nacif Martinez, who I beat by TKO in Connecticut. I think I can beat Garza by KO, too. His style is perfect for me."

Feb. 10 will be Fernandez' second fight in the United States, and second outside of Spain. He's remained active since turning pro in March 2015; he fought five times that year, and five times in 2016.

A decorated amateur, Garza was a six-time Michigan Golden Gloves champion and the 2008 National Golden Gloves Champion at 119 pounds. The 28-year-old has won seven of eight since turning pro, including victories in his last two fights.

"I'm so excited for this great opportunity," the 5-foot-4-inch Garza said. "It's a dream that's coming true. I finally get a chance to show my talent to the world."

Fernandez vs. Garza is promoted in association with MaravillaBox Promotions and Jaafar Promotions.

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 Rich Gaughan producing and Rick Phillips directing.

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New York, NY (12/30/16) - Following a successful 2016, stablemates Ivan "The Beast" Baranchyk and Ivan "The Volk" Golub were included on Dan Rafael's ESPN list of "Top 20 Prospects of the Year". Both Ivans finished the year winning four fights apiece to bring their records to an identical 13-0, with 10 knockouts for Baranchyk and 11 for Golub. It was a year that increased their visibility on the national stage with two appearances each on SHOWTIME's "ShoBox: The New Generation" series.

                    IVAN BARANCHYK
(Photo Credit: Ed Diller/DiBella Entertainment)

All four of Baranchyk's victories took place at Buffalo Run Casino, in Miami, OK, where he has built a strong local following. Born in Russia, raised in Belarus and now living and training in Brooklyn, NY, the 23-year-old Baranchyk began the year with a 21-second demolition of 16-0-1 prospect Nicholas Givhan, decking him for a full count with one dynamite left hook, to seize the WBC USNBC 140lb. title. The bout was televised by "ShoBox" on March 25. Back in the ring three months later, on June 25, Baranchyk took on his third straight undefeated opponent in the 9-0-1 Eliseo Cruz Sesma, dropping him with an overhand left in the second and finishing him off with a barrage in the third frame. Making his third "ShoBox" appearance on September 23, Baranchyk was taken the 10-round distance for the first time, putting his technical skills, stamina and patience on display as he earned a unanimous decision over 7-0 Chinese amateur standout Wang Zhimin to pick up the USBA junior welterweight title. Another 10-round unanimous decision victory over Wilberth Lopez on December 10 ended the year for Baranchyk.

Co-promoted by DiBella Entertainment, Fight Promotions Inc., and Holden Productions' Four State Franchise, Baranchyk is currently ranked no. 7 by the IBF. Before turning pro in June 2014, Baranchyk culminated his amateur career with a 120-18 record. He won gold at the 2010 Class A Vilnuse tournament, 2011 and 2013 Match Event tournament, 2011 Kostukovichi International tournament, 2011 and 2012 Soligorsk Open International tournament, 2012 Class A Liventsev tournament, 2013 Active Military tournament, 2013 Republic of Belarus Open Cup, 2014 Vitebsk University tournament in Belarus, and was an amateur champion of Belarus from 2009-2014.                                                                                                                    Ivan Golub

The 27-year-old Ukrainian southpaw Golub's four knockouts this year extended his streak to seven in a row. Golub began 2016 on the undercard of Deontay Wilder's heavyweight championship defense on January 16, at Barclays Center, in Brooklyn, needing less than a round to halt Juan Rodriguez. An overhand left dropped Rodriguez and prompted the referee to stop the fight at the 2:41 mark. On March 25, at Buffalo Run Casino, Golub made his national television debut on "ShoBox" against the 9-0 Marlon Aguas. Demonstrating an ability to overcome adversity, Golub traded knockdowns with Aguas in round two then regained control to fell his foe again in the sixth, sending him through the ropes. Aguas retired in his corner before the start of round seven. At Foxwoods Resort Casino, in Mashantucket, CT, on July 21, Golub's powerful straight lefts badly hurt Ernesto Ortiz in the second to force a stoppage at 2:49 of the frame. Golub's next outing on September 23 was his most impressive performance to date, winning the Junior NABF welterweight title with a third-round stoppage over 23-2 James Stevenson on "ShoBox" at Buffalo Run. Golub set a fast pace early on then landed a right hook upstairs to knock knock Stevenson down in the third. Stevenson arose but was met with a barrage of more than 20 power punches before the referee intervened to end matters at 2:51 of the stanza.

Co-promoted by DiBella Entertainment and Fight Promotions Inc., Golub was a sensational amateur, becoming a five-time Ukrainian National champion, winning bronze medals at the Junior World Championships in 2006 and the World Championships in 2009, amassing a record of 270-32 in the process. Golub was a perfect 5-0 in the World Series of Boxing before officially turning pro in June 2014.





Nickname back to good use . . .



Lawrence, MA (January 28, 2014) – Charismatic cruiserweight Jean Pierre “Kid Creole” Augustin is already well-educated about how difficult the business of professional boxing is.

Initially scheduled to enter the paid ranks last September, Augustin, a Lawrence, MA native of Haitian descent, saw his pro debut cancelled on multiple occasions. A two-time Massachusetts State Golden Gloves champion and Gold Medalist at the 2011 Pan American Games Qualifiers, Augustin competed in the 2012 Olympic Trials but lost a decision to Jonathan Hanson. He was hoping to have a few fights under his belt by now, but things didn’t go as expected.

“I was working out two or three times a day to get ready for my original pro debut in September only to find out there was an issue with getting an opponent.” said Augustin. “I then had another date scheduled, took a week off and went back to the gym, but the whole card got cancelled. I also had two dates fall out earlier this month. This was extremely frustrating to say the least since I had a total of six fight dates fall out.”
On Saturday, February 8, Augustin’s long awaited pro debut will finally take place in Weirton, WV against 19 fight veteran Michael Davis. Davis, who faced seven unbeaten fighters, hails from Cincinnati, OH and has been a pro since 2005.
“It’s been a long time coming and I’m extremely anxious to fight. I’m ready to go in there and get a taste of the pros after waiting for too long. A knockout is always nice but I’m going in there with a game plan to win by any means necessary!”
Fans can interact with Augustin on Twitter and Instagram at @_Kidcreole



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