EVANDER HOLYFIELD'S REAL
DEAL SPORTS & ENTERTAINMENT ANNOUNCES NEW YORK DEBUT
HAMMERSTEIN BALLROOM, NEW YORK, NY
FRIDAY, AUGUST 11
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
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.
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
“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
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
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
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
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 IVAN "THE
BEAST" BARANCHYK MEETS DANGEROUS ABEL RAMOS IN MAIN EVENT OF SHOBOX:
THE NEW GENERATION QUADRUPLEHEADER FRIDAY, FEB. 10, LIVE ON SHOWTIME®
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
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
"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
"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
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.
TREY LIPPE MORRISON VS. DANIEL
MARTZ - 8 Rounds, Heavyweights
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
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
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
"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
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
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.
# # #
IVAN BARANCHYK AND IVAN
INCLUDED AMONG ESPN'S
"TOP 20 PROSPECTS OF 2016"
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.
(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
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 . . .
KID CREOLE TO MAKE DEBUT IN MASSACHUSETTS
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
“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
Fans can interact with Augustin on
Twitter and Instagram at @_Kidcreole