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GUILLERMO RIGONDEAUX VS. MOISES FLORES, DMITRY BIVOL VS. CEDRIC AGNEW, LUIS ARIAS VS. ARIF MAGOMEDOV

          VIRGIL HUNTER & JOHN DAVID JACKSON

WARD-KOVALEV 2: “THE REMATCH”

SATURDAY, JUNE 17, 2017

AT MANDALAY BAY EVENTS CENTER, LAS VEGAS

PRESENTED LIVE BY HBO PAY-PER-VIEW®

 

LAS VEGAS, NV (June 15, 2017) – On Wednesday, June 14, the televised undercard of Andre Ward vs. Sergey Kovalev 2: “The Rematch” sat down to participate in roundtables with the media during Fight Week Powered by Monster. Head trainers Virgil Hunter (Team Ward) and John David Jackson (Team Kovalev) followed the group of boxing talent with respective roundtables of their own. Ward-Kovalev 2: “The Rematch” 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.

Below is what the participants had to say:

Virgil Hunter, Trainer of Andre Ward

“[Andre’s] ring IQ speaks for itself but the worst mistake you can make is to underestimate the opponent’s IQ. We take it all the way to the top, whoever we’re fighting. The mindset is you’re the best in the world. You’re the best that ever did it. You don’t want to stop the bar on eight when you can go all the way to 10. The bar is set at 10 in giving Sergey the credit that he rightfully deserves. Look, I’ve said it before, but I’m a Sergey Kovalev fan. Just not this fight. But I’m a fan of his. I knew a long time ago that if we ever moved up to light heavyweight that we would meet. I understood that a long time ago.

“You can never tell what’s going on in a fighter’s mind. I tend to let Andre set the tone. If we have to change it up, then I’ll come in and we might change up a few things. But he’s been doing it so long and I trust him. I know exactly what I’m looking at when he’s fighting. He can set the tone. If the frustration becomes an asset for us, we’ll stay there and keep him frustrated.

“Me knowing Andre’s mindset and how he approaches things, I told him that we’ll train for a knockout. It doesn’t mean it’s going to come, but we’ll train for it. It’ll be quite evident in the fight. He’s going to get hit because you got to get hit to win and get knockouts. He’s been hit by Sergey and he described the punches just as I see the punches on TV, very sharp… not concussive but sharp. [A knockout] is a possibility. I’ve only trained Andre to purposefully knock out somebody twice – the first one was Chad [Dawson], the second one was this one. I never trained him to knock anybody out, but those two I did. Only twice have we changed strategy to stop somebody.

“What we want to do is make sure Sergey doesn’t get the flush punch. He might graze you, he might rush punch, he might punch you like ‘get off me’ as opposed to being planted and zeroed in and ‘boom’ give him that shot. Sergey never landed another punch after the knockdown. So, if Andre was hurt, how could he make Sergey miss? All you got to do is watch it after the knockdown.

“I’ll have to take Sergey at his word, but when I look at the fight, I just don’t see where he got tired. He continued to throw and he continued to press. I don’t see personally where he got tired and I think I can identify fatigue in a fighter pretty well. But I have to take him at his word.

“No, Andre never made any excuses about his fight. Look, it was a tough fight, a great fight. If you came to the fight and participated in the fight, you don’t have any excuses. I’m not making any excuses; I’m just saying we’re going to have a different fighter. That doesn’t guarantee victory or anything, just a different fighter.”

John David Jackson, Trainer of Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev

On the first fight against Ward:

“My opinion is the same now as it was that night: Sergey won the fight. If you look at the first half of the first fight Sergey dominated. If you look at the second half of the fight Ward got back in the game but Ward didn’t come back and dominate like the way everyone says he did. Especially with the knockdown, Sergey won the fight hands down but he unfortunately didn’t get the decision. For this fight, if he can fight the second half of this fight the way he fought the first half of the last fight, then of course we will win the fight. He has proved it publicly that he can outbox Ward at his own game. The question now is, can Ward come back and try to outbox Sergey at Sergey’s game? That is highly doubtful. Ward isn’t a big puncher and can he take Sergey’s body shot? We’ll see in the second fight what happens but if Sergey fights the second half of this fight the way he fought the first half of the last fight then he wins. I had the first half 5-1 or maybe 6-0 for Sergey but the second half I had it 3-3 or at best 4-2 for Ward. So, when you count in the knockdown, Sergey won the fight.”

On whether it’s the game plan to knock out Ward:

“No. Sergey needs to stick with his jabs and his combinations, put every round in the bank just like we did the first fight but in the second half he needs to sustain that attack. Don’t falter and he will win. If he goes for the knockout, he may not catch Ward. Ward is a very defensively sound-minded fighter. Sergey needs to be smart.”

On Sergey’s tiredness, late in the first fight:

“There is a different conditioning coach now so hopefully that helps him physically as well as mentally. They seem to work well together. If he did his job than Sergey will be fine. For the first fight Sergey was running 14 miles a day and I asked him why. I told him he was going to wear his legs out. He is still running but not nearly as much. He is saving himself for this time around. I told him that although he was fatigued he hid it pretty well. I couldn’t tell that he was fatigued. He got a different coach for the conditioning part and that should work for him. If it works for him physically, it will help him mentally. And that is a tremendous blow to help him win this fight. Now that he has brought a new guy in let’s see if that is what he needed to be more successful in his pursuit of Andre Ward.”

On prediction for the fight:

“I give Andre a lot of credit for being a very defensive-minded fighter. The fight might go the distance but that’s ok. We aren’t worried about that. If it goes the distance and Sergey does what he is supposed to do, he dominates; he should win hands down. Just think about this: if Sergey hadn’t slowed down and kept up the same pace he had, what would Ward have done differently? He would have gotten his ass whooped the same way because Sergey beat him in the first half of the fight the way he wanted to. Sergey slowed down and that allowed Ward to get back in the game. If he didn’t slow down, then what would Ward do? He would have still lost the second half of the fight the way he lost the first half. Sergey allowed him to get back in the game. He didn’t just do it; Sergey allowed him to get back in the game because he got tired.”

On the knockdown in the first fight:

“I wasn’t surprised he got up because Sergey didn’t hit him flush. It was kind of a grazing shot. It wasn’t full with his knuckles. If Sergey had hit him with a solid shot, Ward probably wouldn’t have gotten up. He got hit with a shot that wasn’t solid.”

On changes for this fight:

“We worked on the inside game. Both fighters held a lot and Sergey was to blame for that also. Now Ward thinks that he is going to hurt Sergey to the body and probably break him down. Well, guess what? If you watch Ward’s fights he grabs a lot. He is not a true inside fighter. He grabs a lot and he holds and hits with the free hand. As good as Sergey punches, do you think that he is going to stand there and take those kinds of punches to the body? No. Sergey’s mentality is different. He is a survivor-type fighter. He is defensively sound. Once he gets hit he is going to take off. He is not going to stand there and take those kinds of punches.”

Guillermo Rigondeaux (17-0, 11 KOs), WBA World Super Bantamweight Champion

“I can’t wait for Saturday night. The Mexican boxing community is going to be out there and every Mexican is ready for war, so we’re ready to put on a spectacular fight on Saturday. I believe my preparation has always been excellent and the Cuban school of boxing has always been something I’ve focused on. I believe, on Saturday, June 17, it will be shown. I train for one boxer at a time and when it comes, it comes. You just train hard all the time. No boxer intimidates me in any way. [Flores] is a good boxer and I’m impressed by his style, but I’m not intimidated by anyone. It’s a God-given gift to move [the way I do] in the ring and have the reflexes I have. It just kicks in. I go to work when I step into the ring.

“I’m 122 pounds, I’ve always been at 122 but I’ll still beat anyone at 126. Weight isn’t really much of a big issue for me. I just want the big names and the big fights. For really good quality boxing, it’s not really about size. It’s more about heart, conditioning, speed, experience, excellence – everything I’ve gone through. We live everyday based on the results and the good work we put in. All the people are intimidated to get in the ring with me.

“When you have two superstars like that – and two friends of mine – it’s hard to determine [who will win]. But they’re going to put on an excellent show on Saturday, June 17. Andre Ward will truly have to prove whether he’s the real champ and this is the real test.’

Moises Flores (25-0, 17 KOs), Interim WBA World Super Bantamweight Champion

“I feel great; I’m level-headed. I’m trying to take advantage of the opportunity and do what I need to do. [Rigondeaux] being favored is not really a big deal. I’ve been the underdog during my last five fights, so this is nothing new to me. I understand the game. I’m humble; I’m OK with it, I’m ready. I’m ready to fight.

“[My reach and height] is definitely an advantage. We’re definitely going to use that advantage – we just need to use it the right way. His age will play a part in [the fight], so we need to take advantage of it and my youth. But I’m sure he’s done his job in the ring and in the gym. But so have I. I think it will be one of the toughest fights of my career because of his boxing style. He operates from a distance, his legs are strong and he’s intelligent. He doesn’t have the same speed he once had, but he’s still fast. We just need to attack him and trap him. I think my boxing style can slow him down.

“These are the opportunities you train for. He’s a boxer in every sense of the word. But what can he – or any rival – do to me that life hasn’t already done to me. [Rigondeaux] is the posterchild of a real boxer and, for all that, I give him credit. People talk because they love to see action, blood, a horror movie. They want to see combat. Rigondeaux has talked a lot and we’re going to confront him in the ring. There will be action, there will be blood. I work for that.”

Dmitry Bivol (10-0, 8 KOs) – Interim WBA Light Heavyweight Champion

On changing opponents from Sullivan Barrera to Cedric Agnew, a Southpaw:

“Any fight with any level opponent can create problems for a fighter. This is boxing and anything can happen. I think that if I follow the plan that we have set everything is going to be good. I am definitely glad with the way things have gone now. It is my 11th fight and I am glad to be fighting on such a big event on HBO Pay-Per-View. It is a great honor. It is a great achievement for me. We have set certain goals with my manager, my trainer, my promoter and the rest of my team and so far, everything is going by the plan. I am very glad that everything is going the way it is.”

On the Russian light heavyweights:

“I have certain pressures in my career and in boxing most of those pressures come from what I have to accomplish for myself. The goals I have set are for myself. It really isn’t a competition or a comparison to other fighters from Russia or any other fighters in the division. As long as I am achieving what I have set out to do and as long as I am going beyond what I am supposed to be doing fight after fight, that is the achievement for me. That’s a win for me.”

On his opponent:

“I never really try to set the main goal of knocking somebody out. Obviously, I want to showcase a good, exciting fight. I will be looking for openings and if there are openings I will use as many of them as I can. Hopefully, I can try to finish the fight earlier but I am ready to go the full ten rounds if I have to.”

Cedric Agnew (29-2, 17 KOs) – Former WBO Light Heavyweight World Championship Challenger

On his opponent:

“I think he is a pretty tough competitor but that goes without saying because everyone is a tough competitor. My thing is to overcome what I am dealing with that night and to impose my will on him and come out with the victory. It is going to be an all-out war. I am just trying to take it to him the whole fight. The things they say about him [Bivol] are the same things they said about Kovalev. I didn’t run from Kovalev. I can take a hit. I just need to stand in there and try to overcome that storm for the first few rounds and stay focused, stay grounded and stay ready.”

On his title fight with Kovalev in 2014:

“I just underestimated him. It was a learning experience. I grew from it. I am still trying to grow. Afterwards, we went back to the gym and we worked on different things and worked on perfecting different parts of my craft. We’re not quite where we need to be but things are moving in the right direction. People don’t know certain things that a fighter deals with on fight night and in training camp. He could be feeling physically ready but not mentally ready. We need to give fighters a chance to prove themselves and comeback after a loss. People look at fighters like they are not human but we are human too.”

On his confidence for this fight:

“If I wasn’t confident I wouldn’t be taking this fight. My thing is to fight the best-of-the-best in my weight class, to prove to myself and prove to the naysayers out there. I have been the underdog in quite a few fights and it doesn’t bother me at all. My thing is, those who really know me know I am not an underdog. It is going to be an action fight. It is going to be a grit and grind war out there. I am here to showcase my talent, my skills and it is going to be an amazing fight. You’re gonna see me fight a hell of a fight. You’re gonna see a lot of Cedric Agnew come Saturday night.”

Luis Arias, USBA Middleweight Champion (17-0, 8 KOs)

“I should have been at this stage (in my career) already but timing is everything. For whatever reason, my timing is now. I’m a little late; I’m 27 and should be fighting for a world title by now. But give it another year and I’ll be fighting for a world title. I’m just going to make a statement. I’m going to get him [Magomedov] out of there and I’m just going to start calling out some names.

“The middleweight [division] is definitely one of the top divisions in the game right now; I think it’s middleweight, welterweight and heavyweight that are the popular divisions in the game. I’m coming out at the perfect time. There’s a mega-fight coming in September in my weight class. The goal is to get the winner.

“[Magomedov] has a good record. He has the best record that I’ve fought so far. I honestly don’t feel like he’ll be my toughest opponent. But like I said, we’ll have to wait and see. He’s coming off a loss; he got dominated by an opponent. He’s fighting an undefeated champion, who is very confident and strong. Had the best camp I ever had. We’ll just have to wait and see. If he’s willing to take it, I’m willing to dish it out for 10 rounds but it will be over before then. We’ll find out Saturday night.”

Arif Magomedov (18-1, 11 KOs) – Former NABO Middleweight Champion

On his only career loss:

“It was a long time ago; it was more than one year ago. I know I did a big mistake, I know what it was and right now I am preparing completely different. We are going to see everything is going to work for me for sure. I know why I lost the fight before and I know where I made my mistake. That guy was not very good and I was fighting in even more better fighters. I know how I’m going to work to (give him a loss).”

On his opponent:

“He’s a very good boxer; he never had a loss and I watched a lot of his fights. I saw the video on the internet about him and he’s very fast and a very tough guy. I think he is one of the best opponents I ever had. Anybody who saw my fights on the internet probably tell that I’m going all the time straight, I give a lot of power punches and I’m doing a lot of combinations all the time.”

On extra motivation coming to the United States as the underdog:

“I got the goal to have performance here in the United States and I am reaching it step-by-step. I’m going to the big shows and I know that one day I’m going to be a champion. People in the United States love boxing more than in my country. People are very loud here and you can feel the fans are very (interested) in the boxing; they know who is good in boxing.”

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DIBELLA ENTERTAINMENT'S

BROADWAY BOXING RETURNS TO FOXWOODS

SHELLY VINCENT FEATURED IN SPECIAL ATTRACTION FEATHERWEIGHT CONTEST

HARTFORD LIGHTWEIGHT CONTENDER MATT REMILLARD

CONTINUES COMEBACK IN HOMECOMING BOUT

SATURDAY, JUNE 3

FOX THEATER AT FOXWOODS RESORT CASINO, MASHANTUCKET, CT

New York, NY (5/22/17) - On Saturday, June 3, DiBella Entertainment will return to the Fox Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino, in Mashantucket, CT, for the latest exciting installment of its popular Broadway Boxing series, presented by Nissan of Queens, Azad Watches, OPTYX, and Christos Steak House. The card will feature a bevy of New England talent, including fan favorite Shelly "Shelito's Way" Vincent in an eight-round special attraction featherweight bout, as well as lightweight Matt Remillard on the comeback and welterweight prospect Mykquan Williams on the rise.

"I am happy to bring another great card back to Foxwoods, which continues to be a terrific venue for Broadway Boxing," said Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment. "Fans will not want to miss the always-entertaining Shelly Vincent, who is a great ambassador for women's boxing. The stacked undercard will include local New England favorites Matt Remillard, Mykquan Williams, Jonathan Figueroa, and Khiry Todd, as well as Russian future world champion Radzhab Butaev and a battle between unbeaten heavyweight prospects Ruslan Shamalov and George Arias."

One of the most popular fighters out of the New England area, Shelly "Shelito's Way" Vincent (19-1, 1 KO), born in New London, CT, but now residing in Providence, RI, will compete at Foxwoods for the seventh time, in an eight-round featherweight bout. Last August, Vincent entered enemy territory to challenge rival Heather Hardy in her adversary's hometown of Brooklyn, NY. Their highly publicized grudge match was nationally televised by NBC Sports Net and was hailed by Ring Magazine as the "Female Fight of the Year" for 2016. Vincent was also honored by the Connecticut Boxing Hall of Fame as their "Fighter of the Year" for 2016, becoming the first female recipient of the award. She rebounded from her only defeat with a unanimous decision victory on December 2, back home in Rhode Island. Before turning pro in October 2011, Vincent was a Connecticut State, Connecticut Golden Gloves, and National Golden Gloves champion as an amateur. Managed by Mike Criscio and trained by Peter Manfredo Sr., Vincent signed with DiBella Entertainment in 2016.

Matt "Sharp Shooter" Remillard (24-1, 13 KOs), of Hartford, CT, will continue his comeback, following a six-year ring absence, in an eight-round lightweight bout. It will be his first fight in his home state since November 2010. A pro since 2005, Remillard is a former WBC Youth, WBC-USNBC, NABF and NABO featherweight champion. His only loss came in March 2011 to the unbeaten Mikey Garcia, now the WBC world lightweight champion. He is trained by Paul Cichon, a local legend and community leader, out of Manchester Ring of Champions Society boxing gym. As an amateur, Remillard accumulated a record of 115-25, and was a two-time Everlast Under-19 National amateur champion.

Highly touted East Hartford welterweight prospect Mykquan Williams (6-0, 4 KOs) has kept a busy pace since turning pro last April. Promoted by DiBella Entertainment and managed by Jackie Kallen, the 19-year-old Williams will return to Foxwoods, where he has built a strong following, for the sixth time, in his first scheduled six-rounder. Williams is also trained by Cichon, whom he's known since he was a child and looks upon as a surrogate father. His biological father was murdered when Mykquan was just a week old. Williams was a decorated amateur with a 45-13 record, highlighted by three gold-medal performances at the Ringside World Championships, in addition to winning the PAL Tournament and Silver Gloves Championships.

Unbeaten New York-based heavyweights will collide in their toughest tests to date, when Russian Ruslan Shamalov (4-0, 3 KOs) meets Dominican George Arias (6-0, 3 KOs) in a six-round contest.

Born in Cherkessk, Russia, and now living in Brooklyn, the 6'5" Shamalov was a two-time amateur MMA champion before switching to boxing and engaging in 30 amateur bouts while participating on the Russian National team. Shamalov turned pro in October 2016 and is trained by Eduard Kravtsov out of Wild Card Gym, in Los Angeles, CA. In his last bout on April 5, Shamalov returned home to Russia and registered a first-round knockout versus Oleksandr Nesterenko in 43 seconds.

Arias was born in San Francisco de Macoris, Dominican Republic, then moved to New York City in 1996, at four years old. However, it wasn't until graduating high school that Arias learned to box at Morris Park Boxing Gym near his home in The Bronx. He won the New York Golden Gloves tournament in 2014 then turned pro that October. Arias recently returned from a 13-month ring hiatus with a four-round unanimous decision versus Jamal Woods in Lawrenceville, GA, on April 29.

Cuban cruiserweight Luis Garcia (14-0, 11 KOs), based out of Peekskill, NY, will see action in a six-round bout. After being denied a berth on the Cuban Olympic team, despite winning in the Cuban Olympic qualifiers preparing for the Games in Beijing, Garcia defected from his native land and settled in Cork, Ireland, where he turned pro in September 2008. Having built his record to a perfect 11-0 over the next 26 months, Garcia then relocated to the United States to resume his career. On December 5, 2015, Garcia made his New York debut at Barclays Center, in Brooklyn, earning a 63-second knockout versus Willie Williams. Anther first-round knockout followed in his last bout on June 25, 2016, at Buffalo Run Casino, in Miami, OK.

Russian amateur prodigy Radzhab Butaev (5-0, 4 KOs), co-promoted by DiBella Entertainment and Fight Promotions Inc. and managed by Vadim Kornilov, will make his second appearance at Foxwoods in an eight-round contest. On November 19, Butaev earned an eight-round shutout victory versus experienced Hungarian Gabor Gorbics to win the NABF junior middleweight title. In his last bout, on April 5, Butaev returned to Russia to stop Baxrom Payazov inside one round. The 22-year-old Butaev, born in Salsk, Russia, and now living in Los Angeles, was a highly accomplished amateur, having compiled an incredible 304-12 record, with 164 knockouts. He participated in the World Series of Boxing as well, finishing at 9-1.

A native of the boxing rich city of Bayamon, Puerto Rico, Jose Roman (3-0, 3 KOs) will make his US debut in a four-round welterweight contest. Roman began boxing at 13 years of age amassing a stellar 124-17 amateur record along the way. He joined the Puerto Rican National team in 2012, winning three consecutive National championships from 2013-2015.

Junior welterweight Jonathan Figueroa (2-1, 1 KO), of Hartford, CT, will fight in a four-round contest. Managed by Vinny Scolpino, Figueroa turned pro on a Broadway Boxing card held at Foxwoods on September 1 last year. Training out of Hartford PAL gym, Figueroa was a 2012 Golden Gloves champion as an amateur.

Welterweight Khiry Todd (3-0, 3 KOs), from Lynn, MA, will make his Connecticut debut in a four-round contest. The 25-year-old Todd had 40 amateur bouts and won the New England Golden Gloves tournament before turning pro last December with a 42-second demolition of Patrick Leal.

Tickets for the June 3 Broadway Boxing event, which is promoted by DiBella Entertainment and presented by Nissan of Queens, Azad Watches, OPTYX, and Christos Steak House, are priced at $125, $75 and $45. Tickets can be purchased online at Foxwoods.com, Ticketmaster.com, by calling 800-200-2882, or visiting the Foxwoods box office. Doors open at 7:00pm, with the first fight scheduled for 7:30pm.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mohegan Sun's Rising Stars Boxing Series

Local Fighter Spotlight: Shawn Cameron

"It's not pretty but it's exciting!"

Brooklyn, NY 4/13/17: On April 15, Brooklyn native Shawn Cameron (10-2, 5 KOs) will square off in an eight-round fight against Madiyar Ashkeyev (7-0, 3 KOs), the undefeated junior middleweight prospect from Kazakhstan on the non-televised undercard of the Mohegan Sun's Rising Stars Boxing Series at the Uncas Ballroom at Mohegan Sun. The card is presented by Main Events and sponsored by Corona Extra.

Cameron, 34, is a southpaw from Brooklyn, New York who trains with Don Saxby at Gleasons Gym in Brooklyn. Shawn has a steady following of fans from his hometown that support him all over the tri-state area. He said, "I make my own posters and people know that I am fighting. My last fight was at the same place, the Mohegan Sun and everyone had to drive up there. As long as I get the information out to these people, they will support me. It's a mixture of everything: some family, a lot of friends, neighborhood people, people from the gym, and so on. They all come to support me."

Shawn admits that Ashkeyev is a tough opponent. According to Cameron, "It seems likes he's been around and he's a very experienced amateur. He did the World Series of Boxing so those guys have brilliant amateur careers. And, of course, he is from Kazakhstan, and everyone knows that "GGG" is the man from Kazakhstan, so a lot of these guys will try to emulate him or try and be that kind of fighter. I saw some things on YouTube, he seems like a come forward and tough guy, basically try and walk through you, and I'm cool with that."

With a fan-friendly style that boxing fans appreciate, Cameron expects the fight to be exciting. He added, "Normally I'm the one going after people. As long as I am physically prepared, I'm not too worried. All I'm worried about is fighting my fight. This guy is a tough guy. The goal is to win at the end of the day. I've seen people win and they look crazy. It ends up being a fight, fight. And most times with me when you have those kinds of fights; it's not pretty but it's exciting!"

Sullivan Barrera vs. Paul Parker is a 10-round light heavyweight bout presented by Main Events and Mohegan Sun as part of the Mohegan Sun's Rising Stars Boxing Series. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. ET. The HBO Latino Boxing telecast begins at 11:00 p.m. (live ET/tape-delayed PT) with the ten-round middleweight match-up between Vaughn Alexander and Andres Calixto Rey. Tickets, which are priced at $50 and $75, are available now through Ticketmaster, the Mohegan Sun box office or the Main Events' office. The card is presented by Main Events and sponsored by Corona Extra.

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Ivan Baranchyk: An unlikely journey from Belarus to Miami, Oklahoma

Miami, OK (February 7, 2017) When junior welterweight powerhouse Ivan “The Beast” Baranchyk first entered a boxing gym at age 12 in his native Belarus, he quickly learned why boxing is known as the loneliest sport.

The man who ran the gym I went to was supposed to be the trainer but he had a drinking problem,” Baranchyk recalled. “Instead of teaching us the sport of boxing, he just opened the gym door each day and left us without steady guidance.”

Baranchyk learned much of the sweet science on his own and didn’t have a stable trainer throughout his amateur career. Amazingly, he won the 2009 World Junior Championships and defeated future two-time Olympic Gold Medalist Robeisy Ramirez of Cuba in the process. After continuing to excel as an amateur, the word quickly got out about the Belarusian buzzsaw.

He had offers from promoters across the globe to turn pro and elected to sign with Fight Promotions Inc. Baranchyk relocated to Brooklyn, NY after turning pro in June 2014. Nine victories later, he was matched with fellow unbeaten Nicholas Givhan of Michigan on ShoBox: The New Generation at the Buffalo Run Casino in Miami, OK. A transplanted New Yorker who fought most of his professional bouts at that point in the Big Apple, Baranchyk never heard of Oklahoma and wasn’t sure what the environment would be like.

On paper, the bout was viewed as a tossup and Givhan had more professional experience. Both fighters weren’t known to locals but it took less than half a minute to change that. Just 21 seconds after the opening bell, Baranchyk flattened Givhan with a vicious left hook that was one of 2016’s best knockouts. The standing room only crowd at the Buffalo Run was amazed and wanted to see him fight there again.

Three months later, Baranchyk granted their wish when he made his second straight ShoBox appearance, taking apart previously undefeated Eliseo Cruz Sesma inside of three rounds. The all-action Baranchyk had the crowd on their feet throughout the contest chanting “Beast, Beast, Beast” until the stoppage.

Shortly thereafter, Baranchyk signed with Tony Holden Productions, who promotes Baranchyk alongside DiBella Entertainment and the aforementioned Fight Promotions Inc. He’s since won two more bouts at the Buffalo Run, raising his professional record to 13-0 with 10 knockouts while capturing the USBA and WBC USNBC titles in the process.

I feel very comfortable with the fans out there,” said Baranchyk. “I felt the energy at the Buffalo Run instantly and I’m grateful that the fans have been so supportive of me.”

Holden has been promoting fights for more than two decades and had many crowd attractions, most notably former champions Tommy Morrison and Johnny Tapia. He thought he’d seen it all. This was until a fighter with a background far different from the majority of his fans became an adopted son in the 14,000 person city of Miami, OK.

He’s truly special to the fans at the Buffalo Run Casino and residents of Miami to the point where they’ve adopted him as if he were a lifelong local,” Holden said of Baranchyk, who is a member of Holden Productions’ Four State Franchise. “His style is entertaining and all boxing fans like action fighters. It's amazing because when Ivan first fought here in March 2016 he was virtually unknown and now he’s a house fighter.”

Baranchyk will have a tough task when he faces Arizona’s Abel Ramos at the Buffalo Run Friday February, 10 in the ten round main event of a ShoBox tripleheader. Ramos, 17-1-2 (12 KO’s), has multiple wins over unbeaten fighters including a fifth round stoppage of 13-0 Dario Ferman last May. He’s faced quality opposition and is expected to be Baranchyk’s biggest test to date.

To ensure he’s at his best, the IBF #7 ranked Baranchyk trained in Los Angeles at Wildcard Boxing Club alongside new trainer Edward Kravtsov. With a solid training camp in the books, Baranchyk is prepared to deliver a solid performance Friday evening.

This was a great camp and Wildcard is an awesome environment. It was something I needed to prepare for a good tough opponent in Abel Ramos. I’m fully prepared to entertain my fans at the Buffalo Run Casino. If everything goes as planned and I emerge victorious, I trust my team to get me to the next level."

The ShoBox tripleheader airs at 10:05 pm ET and tickets are available at the Buffalo Run Box Office or by going to stubwire.com/event/shoboxthenewgeneration/buffaloruncasino/miami/14075.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sampson Lewkowicz Issues Challenge to World's Super Top Super Middleweights on Behalf of Boxing Prodigy David Benavidez: Fight My Fighter!

Promoter Sampson Lewkowicz is issuing a challenge to the world's top super middleweights: Help his fighter, David "El Bandera Roja/Red Flag" Benavidez, become the youngest 168-lb champion in boxing history by fighting him.

"He is on a course to smash the old record," said Lewkowicz of Benavidez, but I need a top-10 contender or a world champion to fight him. He'll take on anyone in the world."

Phoenix, Arizona's Benavidez (17-0, 16 KOs), who did his usual steamroll over opponents last Saturday night at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas (this time over Uzbekistan's Shareli Mamajonov in less than two brutal rounds), is only 20 years old. The youngest super middleweight champion in history was Darin Van Horn, who was 22 years, 8 months and 11 days old when he beat Lindell Holmes by KO 11 for the IBF Super Middleweight Championship on May 18, 1991.

"Promoters don't want their fighters to fight him," continued Lewkowicz. "He can't move up the ratings or make boxing history if promoters are too worried about their investments to let their fighters face him. I need the promoters behind the top 10 contenders in the division to step up and see if their fighters can stop his rise. They can't. But I need them to try."

Benavidez is currently rated WBC #14, WBA #7, IBF #13.

"If you are reading this and you promote any super middleweight fighter who has a top-10 ranking or is world champion, call me. We will fight. We hear from opponents looking to get paid for getting knocked out, but never anyone with a top-10 rating. This is your challenge. Call me and let's get it on. Help my fighter become part of boxing history."

 

 

DIBELLA ENTERTAINMENT FOURSOME ENDS 2016 WITH IMPRESSIVE VICTORIES IVAN BARANCHYK AND BILLEL DIB OUTPOINT FOES AT BUFFALO RUN CASINO, IN MIAMI, OK

RYAN KIELCZWESKI AND TEVIN FARMER DELIGHT HOMETOWN FANS WITH DOMINANT PERFORMANCES

New York, NY (12/13/16) - Over the last two weeks, four fighters on DiBella Entertainment's (DBE) roster have registered impressive victories to end the year. On Saturday, December 10, Ivan Baranchyk and Billel Dib entertained the crowd at Buffalo Run Casino, in Miami, OK, with thrilling battles. Featherweight Ryan Kielczweski and junior lightweight Tevin Farmer each dazzled their hometown fans with dominant outings, on Saturday in Quincy, Mass., and in Philadelphia on December 2, respectively. All four are poised to secure breakout opportunities in 2017.

(Photo Credit: Ed Diller/DiBella Entertainment)

Making his fourth straight appearance at Buffalo Run Casino, where he has built a strong local following, undefeated junior welterweight contender Ivan "The Beast" Baranchyk outpointed Wilberth Lopez, of Tucson, AZ, over 10 rounds. Born in Russia, raised in Belarus and now living and training in Brooklyn, NY, the 23-year-old Baranchyk pressed the action, landing power shots throughout. Though, the tough Lopez proved to have a sturdy chin. In the third, a counter by Lopez caught Baranchyk off balance and sent him to the deck momentarily, but he got up quickly and continued to employ his game plan. Baranchyk's high-level offense dominated the remainder of the bout, hurting Lopez at times, but never sending him off his feet. The judges tallied 98-91 twice, and 97-92, all for Baranchyk, now 13-0 (10 KOs), via unanimous decision. Lopez dropped to 15-7 (10 KOs).

In his previous contest, Baranchyk seized the USBA 140lb. title on September 23, with a 10-round unanimous decision over Chinese amateur standout Wang Zhimin. It was Baranchyk's third appearance on SHOWTIME's "ShoBox: The New Generation" series. His other two ShoBox bouts lasted a combined two minutes and 49 seconds, having scored highlight reel first-round knockouts over Shadi Shawareb (9-0-2) last December and Nicholas Givhan (16-0-1) in March.

Co-promoted by DiBella Entertainment, Fight Promotions Inc., and Holden Productions' Four State Franchise, Baranchyk is currently ranked no. 12 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.

(Photo Credit: Ed Diller/DiBella Entertainment)

In his second US appearance this year, world-ranked Australian junior lightweight contender Billel Dib, of Sydney, New South Wales, vied against Colombian former world title challenger Carlos Padilla on the undercard at Buffalo Run and outboxed him over eight rounds. Dib was the busier fighter and landed the harder shots. He also had to deal with persistent holding from Padilla, who was warned numerous times. Scorecards read 78-74 twice, and 77-75, all for Dib via unanimous decision. Padilla's record fell to 16-5-1 (10 KOs). Dib has now won 12 in a row since his only defeat in 2012; a loss he avenged via eighth-round stoppage in a rematch. A pro since 2011, Dib has won the Australian and interim WBO Oriental junior lightweight titles, and is also the cousin of former IBF featherweight champion Billy Dib. Rated no. 5 by the WBO and no. 12 by the WBA, Dib, now 21-1 (10 KOs), is highly motivated to prove he belongs with the junior lightweight division's elite.

(Photo Credit: Emily Harney/DiBella Entertainment)
Fighting in his hometown of Quincy, Mass., for the first time in two years, featherweight contender Ryan "Polish Prince" Kielczweski (26-2, 8 KOs) scored an impressive first-round stoppage over Mexico's Francisco Medel, held at Marina Bay SportsPlex on Saturday. Following an aggressive start, Kielczweski blocked a right hook from Medel then countered with a right uppercut upstairs and left hook to the body to drop his foe. With Medel on the canvas in no condition to continue, the bout was halted at the 0:55 mark. Kielczweski was a two-time New England Golden Gloves champion as an amateur, finishing with a 118-26 record. A pro since 2008, the 27-year-old Kielczweski has been featured on ESPN four times thus far, including wins over 11-0 Miguel Soto and 12-1 Ramsey Luna. Heading into Saturday's fight, Kielczweski was coming off of a close 10-round decision defeat to 20-0 Miguel Flores in a thrilling, action-packed ESPN main event in August. Now trained by Steve Maze and reunited with former amateur coach Jimmy Gifford, Kielczweski is determined to work his way back into contender status and title contention in 2017.

Tevin Farmer

On Friday, December 2, junior lightweight contender Tevin Farmer fought at home in Philadelphia for the second time this year, in a 10-round main event at the 2300 Arena, facing DBE stablemate Dardan Zenunaj, an Albanian born in Kosovo and now living in Los Angeles. The bout was very competitive early on, with Zenunaj applying pressure and throwing in combination whenever he had Farmer against the ropes. Farmer remained composed, searching for countering opportunities. He particularly hurt Zenunaj with body shots in the third frame. As Farmer's punch output increased, landing combinations with great accuracy, Zenunaj's activity diminished. Farmer also displayed excellent defensive maneuvers on the inside avoiding much of the leather thrown his way. Despite staging a brief comeback in round nine, Zenunaj would come up short on the scorecards. Defending his NABF 130lb. belt for the first time, Farmer was awarded a unanimous decision with tallies of 99-91 twice, and 98-82. Earning his 17th straight victory, and fourth of 2016, Farmer upped his record to 24-4-1 (5 KOs), while Zenunaj fell to 12-3 (9 KOs). Ranked #3 by the WBC, #7 by the IBF, and #10 by the WBO, Farmer, a great, great nephew of legendary lightweight champion Joe Gans, is on the cusp of a world title opportunity.

-DBE-

 

 

DIBELLA ENTERTAINMENT SIGNS FELIX DIAZ

TO A LONG-TERM PROMOTIONAL AGREEMENT

New York, NY (8/3/16) - Fresh off his sensational upset victory over previously undefeated and top-rated welterweight Sammy Vasquez Jr. on July 16th, Felix Diaz has signed an exclusive long-term promotional agreement with DiBella Entertainment (DBE). The only gold medalist in the history of the Dominican Republic Olympic Boxing team, Diaz, who fights in both the junior welterweight and welterweight divisions, is looking for the absolute biggest names in boxing and is thrilled to be joining the DBE roster.

"Signing with Lou DiBella means that the team around me just got even better," said Diaz. "I have the best advisor in the game in Al Haymon and now I have the best promoter in Lou. Lou can turn me into a household name and promote me the way that I should be promoted. I am very excited to join DiBella Entertainment and I can't wait to get back in the ring with one of the biggest names in the sport."

"Felix Diaz is one of the best fighters in the world between 140-147 pounds," said Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment. "He can compete with anyone at these weights and is capable of beating them. It's not an accident that Felix is the only gold medalist in the history of his native Dominican Republic. We look forward to working with Felix and his management team as we build him into a recognizable name to all boxing fans while pursuing the biggest and best fights available for him."

"I am very excited about Felix joining the DBE team. I have known Lou for over 10 years; no one works harder than him. He is very passionate about this sport and his fighters. I know that he will guide Felix in the right direction and bring him to the top," said manager Jose Nunez.

Coming off a majority decision loss to Lamont Peterson in October of last year, Diaz took the fight against the highly regarded, much bigger, and undefeated Vasquez Jr. on short notice, after Vasquez Jr.'s original opponent Luis Collazo pulled out. Entering the bout against Vasquez as a significant underdog, Diaz took the fight right to Vasquez from the outset and never let off the gas, ultimately winning a unanimous 10-round decision in an absolute war on the undercard of Deontay Wilder's heavyweight title defense against Chris Arreola. It was a sensational performance by Diaz, which was broadcast live and in primetime on the Fox network.

While Diaz is looking at any and all of the top names in the 140-147lb. divisions, there is one name in particular that he has his eye on.

"I want Danny Garcia," stated Diaz. "I have made this very clear to my team that this is the fight I want. If Danny wants to avoid me though, then I want one of the other big names out there. Broner, Burns, Porter, Berto, Bradley, Crawford, I like all of those fights. I don't turn down fights. I have been thrown to the wolves since I first got into this game and I have never backed down from a challenge. I just want to fight the best and I believe that before the end of the year, I will be in the ring with one of the biggest names in boxing."


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BRYANT "PEEWEE" CRUZ WINS WAR ON BROADWAY BOXING IN WESTCHESTER

IRISH NOEL MURPHY IMPRESSES
WITH SHUTOUT VICTORY

WESLEY FERRER REMAINS UNBEATEN

HILTON WESTCHESTER
RYE BROOK, NY

RYE BROOK, NY (04/20/16) - On Wednesday night, DiBella Entertainment staged its popular Broadway Boxing series up north in the suburbs of Westchester County with an exciting card, in front of a passionate and lively crowd at the beautiful Hilton Westchester in Rye Brook, NY.

(Photo Credit: Ed Diller/DiBella Entertainment)

In the evening's main event, junior lightweight prospect Bryant "Peewee" Cruz returned for the first time since his ShoBox appearance in December, engaging Mexican Moises Delgadillo in a thrilling eight-round war of attrition. Cruz' conditioning was key as he overcame a few moments of adversity against a very determined foe, who kept the pressure on throughout. Cruz, 132.8, of Portchester, NY, patiently looked for openings in the first, while countering Delgadillo's offense with combinations. However, Delgadillo, 132.4, of Jalisco, kept a consistent attack to the body to force Cruz into the trenches. A jab-straight right combination in round two staggered Delgadillo and caused him to touch his glove to the canvas for a knockdown call. The Mexican recovered and fought back well to end the frame and continued banging the body in the third. Cruz was finding a home for his overhand right at the midway point shifting the momentum back in his favor. On the inside, Cruz was landing combinations and stunned Delgadillo once again with a right hook in the fifth frame. Maintaining control and dictating the pace down the stretch, Cruz demonstrated a varied arsenal with countershots, left hooks, and straight rights to the body. Hurting Delgadillo with his own hooks downstairs, Cruz outboxed his way through the final stanza to win a unanimous decision on scores of 80-71, 79-72 and 77-75. Cruz improved his record to 17-1 (8 KOs), while Delgadillo fell to 17-15-2 (8 KOs).

(Photo Credit: Ed Diller/DiBella Entertainment)

Irish Noel Murphy, 144.8, met Nicaraguan Ariel Vasquez, 145, of Phoenix, AZ, in a battle of southpaw welterweights scheduled for six rounds. The exciting bout opened with several heated exchanges and remained that way for much of the contest. Murphy, who employed a steady jab and a quick, stinging straight left when given the proper distance, was able to dominate the action from both the inside and outside. Two overhand lefts by Murphy hurt his adversary in the fourth then a left hook dropped him in the fifth. For the remainder of the contest, Murphy was impressively mixing up blistering combinations to the head and body. All three judges scored the bout 60-52 for Murphy via unanimous decision to improve his record to 6-0 (2 KOs). Vasquez dropped to 11-13-2 (8 KOs). A native of County Cork, Ireland, the 21-year-old Murphy was a multi-time national champion as an amateur before relocating to Yonkers, NY, and embarking on his professional career in November 2014.

Local cruiserweight prospect Stivens Bujaj, 193.6, of Yonkers, NY, knocked out Harvey Jolly, 197.8, of Nashville, TN, inside three rounds. Bujaj applied pressure throughout, throwing hooks to the body to close the gap. A short left hook to the chin hurt Jolly in the second then a follow-up barrage dropped him in a neutral corner. Another left hook felled Jolly in the third and a final right uppercut forced him to the canvas for a full count, ending matters by knockout at the 1:51 mark. Bujaj upped his record to 15-0-1 (10 KOs), while Jolly fell to 15-23-1 (7 KOs). The Albanian Bujaj was a two-time NY Golden Gloves champion before turning pro in 2010.

World-ranked junior lightweight contender Billel Dib, 132.6, of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, made his US debut against a very game Jose Salinas, 132, of Albuquerque, NM, in an eight-round bout. Ranked nine by the WBO and 13 by the IBF, Dib proved to have the quicker and heavier hands, using a jab to find openings for his powerful right hand. Salinas showed a sturdy chin, withstanding those chopping rights to close the distance and trade inside, banging to the body. Dib countered Salinas's aggression with accurate, short rights then backed his foe into a corner with a sustained body attack of his own in round five. Salinas had one more rally in the seventh focusing his leather downstairs, but Dib battled back, shoulder-to-shoulder in the final frame controlling the action. Scorecards read 79-73, 77-75, and 76-76, awarding Dib a majority decision, improving his record to 19-1 (9 KOs). Salinas's record dipped to 9-2-1 (5 KOs). A pro since 2011, Dib has already won the Australian and interim WBO Oriental super featherweight titles. Dib is also the cousin of former IBF featherweight champion Billy Dib.

(Photo Credit: Ed Diller/DiBella Entertainment)

Brooklyn lightweight prospect Wesley Ferrer, 137.6, remained unbeaten with an impressive second-round stoppage over Luis Alberto Pelayo, 137.6, of Guadalajara, Mexico. The southpaw Ferrer backed up Pelayo all through round one with a stiff jab. In the second, Ferrer began to set up combinations off of his jab, dropping Pelayo with a straight left. Once the action resumed, Ferrer hurt Pelayo again with two left hooks to the body then finished him off with a barrage at 2:37 of the frame. Ferrer improved to 11-0 (6 KOs), while Pelayo fell to 12-7-1 (6 KOs). 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.

-DBE-

 

 

ALVAREZ STYMIES COTTO: WRAPUP IN PICTURES

PHOTO CREDITS: Tom Hogan - Hoganphotos/Roc Nation Sports/Golden Boy Promotions

Las Vegas, Nevada Nov 22:  Saul Alvarez scored a win over Miguel Cotto at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas last night  Alvarez took control from the start, and although Cotto won a few of the early rounds, it seemed Alvarez controlled the pace and utilized less energy then his constantly moving opponent. Alvarez gained the WBC middleweight title with a unanimous decision, setting up a potential mega match with Gennedy Golovkin, who many recognize as the "other" middleweight champion. Regardless, Alvarez displayed many boxing skills that has made him one of the world's premier boxers. As the bout went on, Alvarez began landing more power punches as he  stalked Cotto, waiting patiently to see what his opponent had to offer.  

The final tally were all in favor of Alvarez 117-111, 119-109, and 118- 110.

HIGHLIGHT PICTURES OF FIGHT AND UNDERCARD

Newly crowned WBC, Ring Magazine and Lineal Middleweight World Champion Canelo Alvarez (Center) poses with his team after his unanimous decision victory over Miguel Cotto on November 21, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Newly crowned WBC, Ring Magazine and Lineal Middleweight World Champion Canelo Alvarez (Right) lands a right hand en route to a unanimous decision victory over Miguel Cotto on November 21, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Newly crowned WBC Super Featherweight World Champion Francisco “El Bandido” Vargas (left) lands left hand en route to a ninth round technical knockout victory over Takashi Miura on November 21, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

(From left to Right) Future Hall of Famer and Golden Boy Promotions Partner Bernard Hopkins, Ralph Heredia, Newly crowned WBC Super Featherweight World Champion Francisco “El Bandido” Vargas and Golden Boy Promotions Chairman and CEO Oscar De La Hoya pose after his ninth round technical knockout victory over Takashi Miura on November 21, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

2008 Olympic Silver Medalist and undefeated heavyweight prospect Zhang Zhilei (left) throws a left hand en route to a unanimous decision victory over Juan Goode (right) on November 21, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Former WBA and WBO Super Bantamweight World Champion Guillermo "El Chacal" Rigondeaux (right) lands a left hand win route to a unanimous decision victory over Drian Francisco on November 21, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Newly crowned WBC Silver Featherweight Champion Ronny Rios (right) gets his hand raised by Referee Jay Nady after over a unanimous decision victory over Jayson “Star” Velez (left) on November 21, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

ANDRE WARD VACATES WBA SUPER MIDDLEWEIGHT TITLE

AHEAD OF MOVE UP TO THE LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT DIVISION

NEW YORK (November 12, 2015) In advance of his upcoming move up to the light heavyweight division, WBA Super Middleweight World Champion Andre Ward (28-0, 15 KO’s) is vacating his title. Ward originally claimed the belt in November 2009 with a victory over long-time champion Mikkel Kessler in his opening fight of the Super Six tournament.

“I won the WBA belt for my first world title in 2009 and have defended it six times and it’s been a wonderful ride with the WBA,” Ward said. “Gilberto Mendoza and his team have shown me nothing but respect and I’m looking forward to moving up and hopefully winning the WBA light heavyweight belt.”

“Andre Ward has been one of the finest champions in the WBA super middleweight division’s history,” said WBA President Gilberto Mendoza Jr. “We have always been honored to be represented by such a great athlete, gentleman and incredible role model. We wish him the best success in the future and hope we can facilitate the path to him becoming a two-division world champion at light heavyweight.”

Ward’s six successful WBA title defenses came in victories over Allan Green, Sakio Bika, Arthur Abraham, Carl Froch, Chad Dawson and Edwin Rodriguez.

Known for his strong character and integrity outside the ring and his warrior’s instinct inside it, Ward’s skill and talent were apparent early in his outstanding amateur career. He racked up every title in the books, culminating with a gold medal in the light heavyweight division at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. As the only male American boxer to claim Olympic gold since 1996, 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 27 more victories since then, building an ever-growing legion of fans in the process. After 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. The Bay Area product 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, continuing his unbeaten streak which dates back to when he was a 13-year-old amateur. Ward recently stepped in front of the camera for a completely different role, a part in the upcoming New Line/Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/Warner Bros. feature “Creed,” hitting theaters on November 25, a few days following fight week. Fellow Bay Area natives, director Ryan Coogler and the film’s star Michael B. Jordan, reached out to Ward so that he could provide his expertise for the film. In addition to working in front of the camera with Ward, Jordan spent time at Ward’s home gym in preparation for his role as Apollo Creed’s son.

 

 

 

 

NEW LEGEND BOXING RETURNS TO
RESORTS WORLD CASINO NEW YORK CITY
UNDEFEATED SUPER BANTAMWEIGHT ANTONIO NIEVES
HEADLINES STACKED CARD
SATURDAY, MARCH 28, 2015

Queens, NY (Mar. 20, 2015) – On Saturday, March 28, New Legend Boxing will return to the famed Resorts World Casino New York City with another action packed night of professional boxing for the latest installment of its popular International Fight Night series, proudly sponsored by Nissan of Queens and Four Ones Taxi.

Over the course of boxing history, Cleveland, OH, has been known as a hotbed for producing many talented fighters, including Joey Maxim, Jimmy Bivins and Lloyd Marshall among others. The latest prospect to come out of the hallowed city is undefeated super bantamweight prospect Antonio “Carita” Nieves. On March 28, the 27-year-old Nieves is making his New York debut, in what will be his first bout scheduled for eight rounds. Nieves was a highly touted amateur winning over 60 fights while becoming a five-time Cleveland Golden Gloves champion, a National Golden Gloves silver medalist and competing in the Olympic Trials. Turning pro in November 2011, Nieves, now 10-0 (5 KOs), had a busy 2014, earning five victories, with three by knockout. In August, Nieves outboxed the 5-0 prospect Justin Lopez over six frames, dropping his foe in the second round en route to winning a shutout unanimous decision.

The 26-year-old lightweight power-punching prospect Scott “Bang Bang” Burrell, 9-2 (6 KOs), twin brother to fellow boxer Dean Burrell, was born in Queens, NY, then raised in London, England, before moving back to the US to turn pro in 2010. Now living in Brooklyn, Burrell trains out of Gleason’s Gym under the tutelage of world-renowned coach Hector Roca. Determined to win his third fight in a row following a controversial six-round split decision defeat back in May 2013, Burrell will be competing in his first eight-round contest.

Popular female fighter Cindy “Checkmate” Serrano will see action in a six-round junior lightweight contest. Currently riding a seven-fight winning streak, the Puerto Rican Brooklynite, 22-5-2 (10 KOs), is now a veteran of the ring, having turned pro back in 2003. Serrano became a two-time titlist in 2012, picking up the Women’s International Boxing Association (IBA) International super featherweight title that August, winning an eight-round decision over Kerri Hill, then earning another decision victory over Angel Gladney in November to grab the Universal Boxing Federation (UBF) female lightweight title. In what promises to be a barnburner, Serrano will be facing the equally experienced Fatuma Zarika, 24-9-1 (14 KOs), of Nairobi, Kenya, who is a former Women’s International Boxing Federation (IBF) bantamweight titlist. Zarika will be making her US debut.
Additional bouts and opponents will be announced shortly.
Tickets for this event on Saturday, March 28, are priced at $150, $125, $75 and $50. To purchase tickets, please call (718) 487-4474 or visit http://www.NewLegendBoxing.comwww.NewLegendBoxing.com for more information. Doors open at 6:00pm, with the first bout scheduled for 7:00pm.

Resorts World Casino New York City - 110-00 Rockaway Blvd. Jamaica, NY 11420
 

 

 

Respect all around at Kovalev-Pascal press conference

Unified title fight officially set for March 14, 2015 in Montreal

BOUCHERVILLE, Quebec, Canada, Dec. 22, 2014 - In the first face-off between the triple light heavyweight champion and the former holder of several belts in the same weight division, there was nothing but respect all around at a press conference that was held Monday to officially kick off the unified Light Heavyweight World Championship fight that will take place between Sergey "Krusher" Kovalev (26-0-1, 23 KO) and Jean Pascal (29-2-1, 17 KO). The bout is to be televised on HBO on March 14, 2015 at the Bell Center.

Even though he holds the unified WBO, WBA and IBF Light Heavyweight World Champion title belts, Kovalev praised Pascal highly at Monday's press conference. "He's the best possible opponent I could face in the weight division," said Kovalev, who was named Sports Illustrated's 2014 Fighter of the Year Monday.

"I respect Sergey Kovalev because he is the king of the light heavyweight division," said Pascal, the former WBC, IBO and The Ring Light Heavyweight champion. "This will be the greatest challenge ever faced by a Quebec-based boxer, but with discipline and hard work, as well as the support of local boxing fans, nothing is impossible."

"The Champ" vs the local favourite

Kovalev said he won't be bothered by the fact that the fight will take place in Montreal, where Pascal is one of the most popular boxers on the local scene. "The ring is the same everywhere", he said. "I plan to show who I am to Canadian boxing fans, and I aim to do the things they like to see in a ring." Pascal also promised this will be a fight not to be missed. "If you're a boxing fan, this is the perfect Christmas gift to give to someone you love, because it will be one of the greatest fights ever - and the greatest ever held in Canada."

"This is not my first time in Canada, but each time I come here I'm greatly impressed to see to what extent boxing is a major sport in the Quebec province," said Kathy Duva, CEO of Main Events, Kovalev's promoter. "This will be a high-quality event, and I'm delighted to be working with a first-rate promoter in InterBox and a great network in HBO for this fight that will bring together two great boxers."

"What a great way to end 2014 with this announcement of a such a great fight for the New Year," said InterBox President Jean Bédard. "Sergey Kovalev is the holder of three world titles, but he is first and foremost the boxer that no one wants to face. But it is with great enthusiasm that Jean Pascal has accepted this challenge."

"Sergey Kovalev and Jean Pascal are first-rate competitors who always look to fight against the best and, on March 14, that's exactly what they will do against one another in a World Championship bout," said Peter Nelson, Vice President of Programming at HBO Sports. "Following a key win for his career against Bernard Hopkins, Kovalev will put his three unified titles on the line, which Jean Pascal will try to take away. And let's not forget that the winner will be able to proclaim himself king of the light heavyweight division. This event is absolutely not to be missed!"

Kovalev back in North America

The unified WBO/IBF/WBA Light Heavyweight champion is back from a small vacation in Russia and spending quality time with his wife and infant son, who was born right in the middle of his last training camp. After a short rest, Sergey is now ready to start training for his fight against Jean Pascal. Kovalev is anxious to defend his WBO title for the fifth time, as well as the IBF and WBA titles he wrestled from Bernard Hopkins (55-7-2, 32 KOs) in a wide unanimous decision win on November 8th.

Pascal's sole objective: To become World Champ again

Following the unfortunate turn of events during his December 6th fight, Jean Pascal is hungrier than ever to attain his ultimate objective of becoming world champion again. Marc Ramsey, who accompanied David Lemieux to Brooklyn last December 6th for his bout against Gabriel Rosado will be back in Pascal's corner for the March 14th bout. Roy Jones Jr. and Russ Anber will be assisting Pascal during camp and during the bout.

Tickets on sale

Tickets for the unified Light Heavyweight World Championship fight between Kovalev and Pascal are on sale at the Bell Centre ticket office, at www.evenko.ca, by telephone at 1-855-310-2525 or through Club de Boxe Champion (514-376-0980).

-ME-

 

 

 

 

TWO-TIME WORLD CHAMPION "BAD" CHAD DAWSON

RETURNS TO CONNECTICUT

FOX THEATER AT FOXWOODS RESORT CASINO

MASHANTUCKET, CONN.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 4TH

LIVE ON SHOWTIME

New York, NY (9/22/14) - On Saturday, October 4th, DiBella Entertainment and Warriors Boxing will stage a thrilling SHOWTIME Boxing Special Edition with reigning undefeated IBF champion Rances "Kid Blast" Barthelemy (20-0-0-1NC, 12KO's) defending his super featherweight title against former world title challenger and IBF #3-rated Fernando Saucedo (52-5-3, 8KO's) in the main event.

Also appearing on the telecast will be two-time light heavyweight champion "Bad" Chad Dawson (32-3, 18 KO's) making his long-awaited return to his home state for the first time in five years. The event will air live on SHOWTIME beginning at 9 pm ET/PT from the Fox Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino, in Mashantucket, Conn.

"It means a lot to me to be back fighting in front of my hometown fans, to be back on the East coast and not in enemy territory," said Dawson. "I'm looking forward to putting on a great performance in front of my fans, friends and family in attendance."

He'll be facing the always-game former world title challenger Tommy Karpency (23-4-1, 14 KO's), from Adah, PA, in a 10-round light heavyweight contest. Since losing to Nathan Cleverly for the WBO title and Andrzej Fonfara for the IBO belt, both in 2012, Karpency has won two straight. In January of this year, Karpency avenged a previous defeat by unanimously outpointing Rayco Saunders, and then picked up the NABA light heavyweight strap with a victory over Dhafir Smith in July.

"I've watched my opponent, Tommy Karpency, and I know he's a hungry guy," assessed Dawson. "He won't be in there just for a paycheck, but I am prepared for whatever he brings."

In search of his third world title, Dawson, of New Haven, will step foot inside a Connecticut ring for the first time since 2009. Upon turning pro in 2001, eight of Dawson's first 15 fights were staged at Foxwoods, a venue in which he is undefeated, making him a local fan favorite.

"I started my career at Foxwoods, my old stomping grounds," reminisced Dawson. "It's hard to believe that it's almost been a decade since I last fought at that venue. I'm excited to be fighting there again and I'm sure it will bring back a lot of memories."

After handing Tomasz Adamek his first loss in 2007 to pick up the WBC light heavyweight title, the southpaw Dawson swiftly cleaned out the division, twice defeating both former champions Glen Johnson and Antonio Tarver. Following a loss to Jean Pascal in Canada, Dawson regrouped to secure the biggest victory of his career, regaining the WBC belt with a 12-round decision over future Hall-of-Famer Bernard Hopkins in April 2012.

Suffering subsequent back-to-back losses in 2012 and 2013, Dawson is once again on the comeback trail. On June 21, 2014, Dawson annihilated the formidable George Blades inside one round. A straight left to the body dropped Blades and a follow-up barrage put him down again for good.

"I've been training in Louisiana for this fight. Against Blades, I came in a bit heavy, but I've been working with my strength and conditioning coach and I will make 175 pounds without a problem. I'm strong and I've got that hunger back."

Now rated #11 by the WBO and #14 by the WBC, Dawson is determined to secure an impressive victory on October 4th in front of his hometown fans, as he climbs back toward another championship opportunity.

"I'm now making my comeback. After this fight, should everything work out as planned, I will be putting myself into position to fight for a world title by next year. I want to end my career on a strong note."

DBE

 

 

 

FIGHTERS READY FOR THE BB KING BLUES CLUB

WEDNESDAY, JULY 23rd

at BB KINGS BLUES CLUB AND GRILL

Former amateur standout Ivan Golub was set to make his second at BB Kings on July 23rd, and the former 5 time Ukranian National Champion's dream of fighting his second fight in the US is on hold right now. Sitting at the podium at a press conference in NY's Soho district, Golub (1-0) expressed his desire to box, but "Unfortunately, I injured my hand last week so I had to pull out of the fight" said Golub through and interpreter, but added that  "he cannot wait to be back."

Also fighting in separate feature bouts on the card will be middleweights Avtandil Khurtsidze (27-2-2, 16KO's), and the eagerly awaited debut of former amateur phenom Sergey Derevyanchenko.

Khurtsidze has been out of the ring for just over two and half years after having VISA and promotional issues in his adopted home of Ukraine. Now living and training in Los Angeles, Khurtsidze is raring to get back into the ring to get his career back under way. Khurtsidze is currently riding a four-bout winning streak since dropping an extremely close decision to former WBA and WBO interim world middleweight champion Hassan N'Dam N'Jikam. Khurtsidze is set to see action against Canada's Richard Reittie (11-3-1, 7KO's) in an eight-round middleweight matchup.

DEREVYANCHENCHO IN DEBUT

Upon the signing of the 2008 Olympian Derevyanchenko, promoter Lou DiBella stated, "Sergey is one of the most decorated amateurs in the world and absolutely one of the best middleweight prospects in all of boxing. We feel that in one year's time, he will be ready to fight on the highest levels in boxing."

Derevyanchenko had an astounding amateur career, which saw him compile an incredible 390-20 record, as well as represent his native Ukraine at the 2008 Olympics and win a bronze medal at the 2007 Amateur World Championships. Like Golub, Derevyanchenko also fought in the World Series of Boxing, where he posted a 23-1 overall record and was the 2012 WSB Team Champion and 2011 and 2012 WSB Individual Champion. Derevyanchenko's career is expected to see a meteoric rise and anything less than a world championship would be a disappointment for the 28-year-old middleweight. Derevyanchenko will face off against Cromwell Gordon in a six-round middleweight matchup.

PROSPECTS AT THE BLUES

Also seeing action on the card will be DBE's former NY Golden Gloves champions and Long Island-natives Joe Smith Jr. (15-1, 12KO's) and Patrick Day (7-0-1, 4KO's). The promising up-and-coming prospects are both looking to improve to a perfect 3-0 thus far in 2014. Smith is set to square off against Tyrell Hendrix (11-4-1, 4KO's) in an eight-round light heavyweight matchup, while Day takes on Brad Jackson (15-9-1, 7KO's) in a six-round junior middleweight bout.

THE MAIN EVENT

Headlining the card will be the much-anticipated return and NYC/DBE debut of former title challenger Patrick "The Punisher" Hyland (27-1, 12KO's), of Ireland, squaring off against Noel Echevarria (11-3, 6KO's) in an eight-round junior lightweight matchup. Hyland has been out of the ring since losing a highly competitive 12-round decision to then-interim WBA world featherweight champion Javier Fortuna in December 2012, due to promotional problems with his former promoter. Hyland officially joined the DBE roster in May and is now ready to resume his career and showcase his skills in front of NYC's diehard Irish boxing fan base, as he looks to once again make another run at a world title opportunity.

DBE/JLM

 

UNDEFEATED CRUISERS TO CLASH IN BROOKLYN

April 23, 2014

        Dmitriy Salita's Star of David Promotions will promote a May 15th card at the Millenium Theater in Brooklyn, NY headlined by two undefeated cruiserweights, Steve Bujaj (12-0) vs. Illinois' Junior "Hurricane" Wright (10-0). Salita said, "much respect to both fighters, who are willing to step up and fight a risky fight. This fight, by far, is biggest test for both. Both men have ample amateur experience and are looking to scramble quickly up the cruiserweight ladder. Bujaj, now 12-0 (9 KOs) is a two-time NY Golden Gloves champion, while Wright won three Chicago Golden Gloves titles. Other boxers slated to appear on the card include heavyweight Jarrell Miller, junior middleweight Steve Martinez, super featherweight Amanda Serrano, as well as Dimash Niyazov and Adam Kownacki.

STR

 

CLOTTEY DEFEATS MUNDINE DOWN UNDER

NEW SOUTH WALES,AUSTRALIA

April 9, 2014

Joshua "The Grandmaster" Clottey went down under (Australia) and fought a virtuoso of a fight as he thoroughly dominated hometown hero Anthony Mundine over 12 rounds to win the WBA International Jr. Middleweight title.

From the very start Clottey showed he was the better fighter and imposed his will on Mundine. Clottey took the fight to Mundine and scored the first of what would be five knockdowns in the 3rd round. The assault continued with Clottey scoring two more knockdowns in the 6th, and one in each the 8th round and 10th round.

The scores were unanimous, 116-108, 115-109, and 117-108 all for Clottey. The fight took place at the Entertainment Center in New South Wales, Australia.

Mundine fought on bravely despite his corner wanting to stop the fight on several occasions but had no answer for the skill, power, and will of Clottey.

This was the most significant win for Clottey since his World Championship victory over Zab Judah in 2008, for IBF Welterweight crown.

Star Boxing CEO and Founder Joe DeGuardia had this to say about Clottey's performance " I am thrilled that Joshua was victorious today. I knew when I signed Joshua to a promotional agreement he would still be a major force in the Jr. Middleweight division. Joshua has the ability to defeat any Jr. Middleweight in the world and this win sets up potentially major fights for Joshua with the likes of Canelo Alvarez, Erislandy Lara, and my Jr. Middleweight champion, Demetrius Andrade. I am looking forward to Joshua's journey back to the World Championship".

DGA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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