CLASSICAL NOTEBOOK OF BOXING HISTORY
IT SHOULD BE.
Two World Light
Heavyweight Titles at Stake as
Sergey Kovalev Returns to New York vs. Igor Mikhalkin and
Dmitry Bivol vs. Sullivan Barrera Share HBO Bill
Returns to Manhattan.
Photo Credits: David Spagnolo/Main Events
New York, NY:
Sergey Kovalev continues his rise back to
the top of the light heavyweight division when he returns to the
Mecca of Boxing on Saturday, March 3rd to defend the WBO Light
Heavyweight World Title versus southpaw Igor Mikhalkin, originally
of Irkutsk, Russia, now fighting out of Hamburg, Germany. A skilled
boxer, Mikhalkin puts his ten-bout winning streak on the line as he
steps up to challenge one of the most fearsome punchers in
professional boxing at New York City's Theater at Madison Square
In the co-main event, newly minted WBA World Light Heavyweight
Champion Dmitry Bivol of Russia makes his second defense of the
title against Cuba's streaking Sullivan Barrera, the mandatory
challenger. Viewed as a "toss-up" bout by boxing insiders, Bivol-Barrera
matches a young, explosive champion against an experienced veteran
hungry for his first world title fight. Presented by Main Events,
Krusher Promotions and World of Boxing in association with EC Box
Promotions, the doubleheader will be televised live on HBO World
Championship Boxing®. Ticket information will be announced shortly.
Last month, the Big Apple welcomed Kovalev (31-2-1, 27 KOs), the
two-time light heavyweight world champion, with open arms as he made
his New York debut with a stoppage of Vyacheslav Shabranskyy in the
second round to reclaim his WBO Light Heavyweight World Title at the
Theater at Madison Square Garden. Eager to return to the ring and to
his new home, "Krusher" thrilled his large following of Russian fans
last month and he expects an even bigger contingent to greet him in
March. As he sits comfortably atop the light heavyweight rankings
and in the top five pound-for-pound, Sergey's goal is to put on a
great show for the fans in attendance and watching on HBO.
Kovalev said, "I really enjoyed fighting at Madison Square Garden
in November. It feels like my home. I'm very excited to go back to
MSG and to fight on HBO. Everyone should to have a great time
watching my fight!"
Kovalev's manager, Egis Klimas, added, "It's still very difficult
to find light heavyweights who want to fight Sergey. I'm surprised!
Many thanks to Igor Mikhalkin, who is confident enough to take on
The Krusher and get a big opportunity. I don't think it's a
coincidence that Shabranskyy is Ukrainian and Igor is Russian.
They're tough! Not afraid!"
Mikhalkin (21-1, 9 KOs), 32, a southpaw originally from Irkutsk,
Russia, now resides in Hamburg, Germany. He made his professional
debut in 2007 with a second-round stoppage against Stefan Stanko and
went on to win his first 11 bouts with seven of those wins coming by
way of knockout. The lone blemish on Mikhalin's record is a
unanimous decision loss to former WBO Light Heavyweight Title
contender Aleksy Kuziemski in 2010. In the eight years since, Igor
amassed several belts: the IBO Light Heavyweight World Title, EBU
Light Heavyweight Title and the WBO Intercontinental Light
Heavyweight Title. Mikhalkin will be making his US debut against
Kovalev on March 3.
When asked about his upcoming title shot against Kovalev,
Mikhalkin replied, "It is a great honor for me to fight in the
United States. This will undoubtedly be the biggest and hardest
fight in my career. Kovalev is for me the strongest man in this
weight class. But I feel ready. The fight against Kovalev comes at
the perfect time. I feel stronger than ever and I want to show the
American boxing audience a great fight."
Mikhalkin's promoter, Erol Ceylan, of EC Box Promotions added,
"We are happy to organize this fight together with Main Events.
Kovalev is a big name in the light heavyweight division. Igor has
absolutely earned this fight and he has the class to defeat Kovalev.
Igor has already won many great foreign victories in his career and
I'm sure that he will be successful again."
In the co-main event, the young champion, Dmitry Bivol (12-0, 10
KOs), makes his New York debut and fights in the United States and
on HBO for the second time. Sullivan Barrera (21-1, 14 KOs), who has
become a fixture on HBO, returns to The Garden for his first world
title fight. Both men were very focused on making this fight and
facing each other. Some boxing commentators believe this matchup
could be the fight of the night.
"This is not the first time that I am training for the most
important fight of my career, and this motivates me and makes me
happy! Sullivan Barrera is what we wanted and I am glad that we will
meet in the ring soon," explained WBA Light Heavyweight World
Champion, Dmitry Bivol.
Andrei Ryabinskiy, of World of Boxing, Bivol's promoter,
explained, "We have planned a very active schedule for Dmitry Bivol
and World of Boxing in 2018 and are happy to start the year with an
event at Madison Square Garden on March 3rd with Dmitry Bivol vs
Sullivan Barrera. I would like to thank Kathy Duva and HBO and hope
that our partnership will prosper."
Bivol's manager, Vadim Kornilov added, "We are glad that our
first appearance in 2018 will be against one of the best in the
division in the legendary Madison Square Garden. Sullivan Barrera is
a serious test for Bivol and we have a lot of respect for him taking
this fight. We want to prove to the world that it was not by
accident that this young kid became a world champion in only his
12th ring appearance, he is already fighting on HBO for his third
time, and he is fighting one of the best fighters in the division
with only one career loss that came at the hands of Andre Ward.
Bivol has already been mentioned as a possible pound for pound
prospect by many and we will continue fighting the best out there to
Barrera said, "I came from Cuba with one dream and that was to
win a world title. I know it won't be easy and I know I chose the
toughest road than anyone to get here. But I know all of the tough
opponents I have agreed to fight and hard work will pay off. On
March 3rd, I will become the most deserving light heavyweight
champion in boxing."
Main Events CEO Kathy Duva remarked, "We're ready to showcase the
light heavyweight division again at Madison Square Garden! We have
Kovalev and Barrera both returning to The Theater after big wins in
November and we're adding another light heavyweight champion to the
card! Dmitry is a young champion with a bright future ahead of him
if he can get past Sullivan, which is no easy task. And Sergey is
taking on Igor Mikhalkin, who is a young, but experienced, southpaw
and that's given him some trouble in the past. We'll round out the
show with another lineup of prospects and local guys in great fights
to make sure the fans see a really entertaining and satisfying night
About Kovalev-Mikhalkin: The Saturday, March 3 main event between
Sergey "Krusher" Kovalev and Igor Mikhalkin is a 12-round match-up
for the WBO Light Heavyweight World Title at the Theater at Madison
Square Garden in New York City. The co-main event features WBA Light
Heavyweight World Champion Dmitry Bivol versus Sullivan Barrera in a
12-round title fight. The event is promoted by Main Events, Krusher
Promotions and World of Boxing in association with EC Box Promotions
and will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing®. Ticket
information will be available shortly.
MIDDLEWEIGHT WORLD CHAMPION DAVID BENAVIDEZ RENEWS PROMOTIONAL
CONTRACT WITH SAMPSON BOXING
Sampson Lewkowicz proudly announces that budding superstar, and
WBC World Super Middleweight Champion, David "El Bandera Roja / Red
Flag" has renewed his exclusive Sampson Boxing promotional
20-year-old Benavidez (19-0, 17 KOs), became the youngest super
middleweight world champion in boxing history by winning a split
decision over Romania's Ronald Gavril last September. The
Phoenix-based slugger says he's happy to continue his promotional
relationship with Lewkowicz.
"Sampson is a great promoter and he's done a lot for me," said
Benavidez. "He's always treated me and my team with respect and I
was eager to re-sign with him. I can't wait to defend my title
against the best and become the great fighter I am with Sampson on
Father, co-manager and trainer Jose Benavidez says signing with
Sampson was an easy decision for Team Benavidez.
"We are all really happy and excited," he said. "We started with
Sampson and he's done a tremendous job. We are super satisfied with
what he's done and where we are at. We didn't even think twice about
it. I think when this contract ends, we'll sign another one with
Co-manager David Garcia says continuing with Sampson Boxing means
more big fights are on the horizon for the young champion.
"Sampson has been good to work with and David became a world
champion within two years of signing with him, so we're very excited
to be able to continue that. Davis is a phenomenal talent. He is
eager to take on the best in the division and then move up or down
in weight and continue to dominate other champions."
"I'm very proud to continue working with this wonderful team,"
said Sampson Lewkowicz. "David, Jose Sr. and David Garcia are always
gentlemen and very easy to work with. David has a long,
distinguished career ahead of him and it's an honor to be a part of
his rise to the top of boxing."
LUIS ROSA JR. VS.
YUANDALE EVANS MEDIA WORKOUT QUOTES & PHOTOS
Featherweight Prospects Headline ShoBox:
The New Generation Quadrupleheader Friday, Nov. 10 from Cleveland,
CLEVELAND (Nov. 8, 2017) -
Featherweight prospects Luis Rosa Jr.
and Yuandale Evans worked out
for the media today at the Thurgood Marshall Recreational Center in
Cleveland, Ohio prior to their ShoBox: The New Generation 10-round
main event matchup this Friday, November 10 live on SHOWTIME (10
p.m. ET/PT) from The Masonic Temple Live Cleveland.
The ShoBox quadruple header features undefeated Russian standout
Radzhab Butaev taking on
Colombia's Janer Gonzalez in an eight-round welterweight matchup,
and New Zealand's undefeated Junior
Fa facing former Golden Gloves
champion Fred Latham in an
eight-round heavyweight bout. In the telecast opener, decorated
fighter Charles Conwell will
take on Roque "Rocky" Zapata,
who is coming off a three-bout winning streak.
In addition, the 2016 U.S. Olympian Conwell and local Cleveland
fighters Willie Nelson and Isaiah Steen worked out in front of the
Here is what the fighters had to say Wednesday:
LUIS ROSA JR.
"Yuandale's a solid, tough fighter. He's got good pop, but I'm
ready for everything, I'm here to win.
"He wasn't really on my radar, he sort of came out of the
woodwork. We're looking for a world championship and this is a step
"I have no problem coming to Cleveland. I want to be a world
champion, not a state champion or the champion of one country. I'll
go anywhere and be victorious."
"Boxing fans can expect a powerful, fast, smart fighter. I'm the
full package. I fight with both hands, we'll see if he can take it."
"This fight is dedicated to all the people of Puerto Rico. Most
of my extended family still lives there and thank God everyone is
okay after the hurricane."
"I know that he's a Puerto Rican at heart. He's a strong fighter
that comes forward, a good body puncher. But he doesn't have any
boxing skills. He's just a banger who keeps coming forward."
"Defensively, he leaves himself open with his aggressiveness."
"He was not on my radar. I've wanted to fight much tougher guys,
higher-ranked guys. But once the fight was offered, I said yes."
"I want to fight Carl Frampton, Leo Santa Cruz, Gary Russell Jr.,
and a rematch with Javier Fortuna. I want to fight all the top guys
because that's where I belong."
"It feels great to be fighting at home, it's been a long time. I
just want to give back to the city and community for them supporting
me while I've been on the road. Even when I was an 11-year old
amateur, they supported me."
"Expect a show, this will be a war. I can box and everybody knows
I'm a puncher. Fans should be expecting a good fight. I'll have a
huge amount of people backing me."
"It means the world to me that I can fight at home and show
everyone what they've been missing. Last time I fought here [in
Cleveland] was in 2015."
"I know Rocky is a tough fighter, he's beat a couple prospects
and he'll be coming to win."
"I've heard from many of my Olympic teammates this week and I'm
excited to show them how I look as a professional. I'm looking
forward to showing my skills to all the boxing fans around the
"It should be an entertaining, good fight. I'm ready to go and
hopefully close the show early. I'm ready for all six or a
"I feel no pressure fighting at home or on Showtime. After
fighting in the Olympics, I'm ready for anything."
"Right now, I'm at the rebuilding stage of my career to become a
world champion. I know a lot about Alexis Hloros, so no issue being
a late addition as an opponent, I'm ready."I haven't fought in
Cleveland since 2009. I love being able to fight at home. It means a
great deal to me. I want my next opponent to be a top 20 opponent
and to fight again on Showtime."
"I know Nunez is a very strong, come-forward fighter, but he's
got no chance on Friday night. Last time I fought in Cleveland was
as an amateur, three or four years ago.
"I feel no pressure at all fighting at home. I'm thrilled to be
fighting at home. Charles and I spar all the time helping each
other. He's like my little brother. We make a great team. Sign the
contract. I'm ready to fight anyone."
# # #
BRONX HEAVYWEIGHT GEORGE ARIAS
ADDED TO STACKED UNDERCARD SUPPORTING
SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING
PRESENTED BY PREMIER BOXING CHAMPIONS
Center, Brooklyn, NY
BROOKLYN (October 3, 2017) - Popular, undefeated Dominican
heavyweight George Arias (8-0, 4 KOs), of The Bronx, NY, has been
added to the undercard of the SHOWTIME Championship Boxing
tripleheader, presented by Premier Boxing Champions, on Saturday,
October 14, at Barclays Center, the home of BROOKLYN BOXING. Newly
signed to promoter DiBella Entertainment, Arias will face Mexican
Mario Heredia (14-5, 12 KOs), a former WBC Fecombox titlist from San
Diego, CA, in a scheduled eight-round contest.
"I am very happy and grateful for this opportunity to sign with
DiBella Entertainment and to be a part of this great event at
Barclays Center on October 14," said Arias. "I look forward to
displaying my talent in front the local fans as I work toward my
goal of becoming a world champion."
"Heavyweight George Arias is a tremendous prospect with an
entertaining, fan-friendly style," said Lou DiBella, President of
DiBella Entertainment. "I am excited to add him to an
already-stacked undercard on October 14 at Barclays Center, in his
first fight under the DiBella Entertainment banner."
Born in San Francisco de Macoris, Dominican Republic, Arias moved
to New York City in 1996, at four years old. After graduating from
high school, he learned to box at Morris Park Boxing Gym near his
home. He won the New York Golden Gloves tournament in 2014 then
turned pro that October. Now trained and managed by Leon Washington
Jr. and advised by Andre Rozier, Arias returned to the ring in 2017
following a 13-month layoff and has won three straight. On June 3,
Arias emerged victorious via unanimous decision after a six-round
war against undefeated Russian prospect Ruslan Shamalov, in the
co-featured bout of DiBella Entertainment's "Broadway Boxing"
series. Arias then made his Barclays Center debut on July 29,
handing Elder Hernandez his first loss by fourth-round stoppage, on
the undercard of the Broner vs. Garcia event. Anxious to thrill his
growing hometown fan base, Arias is determined to add another
impressive victory to his ledger on October 14.
The SHOWTIME Championship Boxing tripleheader presented by
Premier Boxing Champions on Saturday, October 14, features six of
the world's best super welterweights, with three world titles at
stake, from Barclays Center, the home of BROOKLYN BOXING®.
Headlining the card, Erislandy Lara makes the seventh defense of
his WBA title against unbeaten contender Terrell Gausha. WBC titlist
Jermell Charlo takes on the young, hungry and fellow unbeaten
Erickson Lubin in the co-feature and Jarrett Hurd opens up the
telecast defending his IBF belt for the first time against former
champion Austin Trout.
HEAVYWEIGHT WORLD CHAMPION DEONTAY WILDER DEFENDS AGAINST UNDEFEATED
CONTENDER LUIS ORTIZ LIVE ON SHOWTIME® SATURDAY, NOV.
4 FROM BARCLAYS CENTER
BROOKLYN (Sept. 20, 2017) - Undefeated WBC Heavyweight World
Champion Deontay "The Bronze Bomber'' Wilder will make his
sixth title defense when he meets hard-hitting Cuban southpaw Luis
"The Real King Kong'' Ortiz on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING,
in an event presented by Premier Boxing Champions on Saturday,
Nov. 4 live on SHOWTIME (9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT) from Barclays
Center, the home of BROOKLYN BOXING™.
exciting lineup of undercard attractions will be announced soon to
support this titanic heavyweight matchup. True heavyweights in every
sense of the word, the 6-foot-7, 228-pound Wilder and the 6-foot-4,
240-pound Ortiz have 60 combined knockout victories.
"I've been waiting for this moment for a long time and I'm
excited that the time has come to meet Ortiz,'' said Wilder. "Luis
Ortiz is considered the boogeyman of the sport and I am the hardest
hitter in boxing. When you put us together in a ring, you will get
one of the best heavyweight fights in a long time. I will unify the
division. This I promise. This is the first step towards unifying.
Any heavyweight that gets in my way is getting knocked out.''
"Wilder has been doing a lot of talking about me and this fight,"
said Ortiz. "I'm tired of hearing it. I'm not that big on talking. I
like to do all my talking in the ring and that's what I plan to do.
I respect him. I know he hits hard, but I hit hard too. It's going
to be a great fight. I can't wait to get in the ring and shut him up
in front of everybody at Barclays Center on SHOWTIME on November
"This fight is happening because Deontay Wilder wants to beat the
best, regardless of the risk," said Lou DiBella, President of
DiBella Entertainment. "He will knock 'King Kong' off the Empire
State Building for the world to see on November 4 at Barclays
"The resurgence of the heavyweight division is going to be on
full display at Barclays Center and on SHOWTIME on November 4," said
Tom Brown, president of TGB Promotions. "Deontay is facing his
toughest challenge yet in the undefeated Cuban, giving him the
opportunity to really prove himself. We are thrilled to be a part of
the action and can't wait until fight night."
Deontay Wilder vs. Luis Ortiz is one of the highlights of what
has been an exceptional year for boxing on SHOWTIME," said Stephen
Espinoza, Executive Vice President and General Manager, SHOWTIME
Sports. "We have consistently delivered the biggest names in boxing
in their most important fights. The main event on Nov. 4 features
two dynamic punchers with a 92-percent knockout ratio between them.
It will be the 21st world championship fight on SHOWTIME this year
and the 16th time we've seen undefeated fighters going head-to-head.
It is clear that no other network is more committed to delivering
the most significant bouts directly to its subscribers than
DOLTON RETURNING TO ACTION FRIDAY, AUGUST 4 AT MGM GRAND
27, 2017) - Detroit-based super welterweight contender Domonique
Dolton is eager to return to action next weekend and get back in the
Dolton (17-1-1, 9 KOs) hasn't fought in 10 months and hasn't fought
in his home state in nearly seven years, but says manager David
Segura, and new trainer Jonathan Banks have him at an all-new level
of skill and fitness and ready for the world's best.
He will take on Brockton, Massachusetts, veteran Antonio Chaves
Fernandez in a six-round fight on the undercard of Salita
Promotions' "BATTLE OF THE BEST" event on Friday, August 4,
at the MGM Grand Detroit.
In the night's main event, two-time Olympic Gold Medalist Claressa
"T-Rex" Shields (3-0,
1 KO) will fight for her first world championship against reigning
WBC Super Middleweight World Champion Nikki
Adler (16-0, 9 KOs)
of Germany, live on ShoBox:
The New Generation (10:30
In the evening's co-main event, junior welterweight KO artist Bakhtiyar
"Bakha Bullet" Eyubov (13-0,
11 KOs) will collide with fellow undefeated prospect Sonny
"Pretty Boi" Fredrickson (17-0,
11 KOs) in a 10-round "Someone's 0 Must Go" showdown at MGM
Grand Detroit and
To open the telecast, undefeated world-ranked super bantamweight Vladimir
Tikhonov (16-0, 9
KOs) of Russia will face Texas slugger Jesse
Angel Hernandez (8-1,
6 KOs) over eight tough rounds between southpaws.
Tickets for the event
promoted by Salita Promotions are on sale now and are priced at
$350, $250, $125 and $60. They will be available at www.ticketmaster.com.
"I feel really strong," said Dolton. "I have been sparring with
some of the top fighters in Detroit and I have one of the top
trainers in the game working with me now, Johnathan Banks. I have
all the right people supporting me. I also have one of the top
business leaders locally and nationally, David Segura backing me.
The sky is the limit."
Dolton says although he's been out of the ring, he hasn't been
inactive and the results will be apparent in his upcoming
"I have been working on my craft, putting time into the gym. I am
at a next level in my career now. I learned from the past and I'm
ready to use my skills and experiences to showcase a level of boxing
that true fight fans want to see: speed, power, and footwork that
has taken me a lifetime to develop. My speed and strength are there
and I will showcase this when I am under the lights on August 4."
Segura says he's happy Dolton is part of the resurgence of
professional boxing in Detroit.
"As a long-time
Detroit business leader, I continue to look for ways to invest in
the excitement that is transforming our city. Domonique Dolton is a
world-class fighter that the City of Detroit is going to be proud of
what he will achieve both in and out of the ring. His foundation was
set many years ago under the tutelage of the late Emanuel Steward.
We have high aspirations and expectations of the next level
Domonique Dolton and it begins on Friday Aug 4th, 2017 at the MGM
Detroit. Salita promotions has put together a great card and it will
be an historic night in Detroit boxing."
Even promoter Dmitriy
Salita says he's happy to see Dolton looking sharp and ready to
return to battle. "Dominique is a product of the Kronk Boxing Gym
and Detroit's great history of fighters. I am happy that he will
have an opportunity to showcase his skills in front of his hometown
Better than ever and
ready for the world, Domonique Dolton says he's ready to fulfill the
enormous potential attached to his name for many years.
be fighting against a top-ranked contender within the next 12
months. I am going to get very active and create a lot of excitement
here in Detroit and for my fans worldwide, as they see me build
momentum toward the ultimate goal of being a world champion."
TELEVISED UNDERCARD & TRAINER ROUNDTABLES
PHOTOS & QUOTES FEATURING
GUILLERMO RIGONDEAUX VS.
MOISES FLORES, DMITRY BIVOL VS. CEDRIC AGNEW, LUIS ARIAS VS. ARIF
WARD-KOVALEV 2: “THE
SATURDAY, JUNE 17,
AT MANDALAY BAY EVENTS
CENTER, LAS VEGAS
PRESENTED LIVE BY HBO
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
“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
John David Jackson, Trainer of Sergey
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
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
“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
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
“[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
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
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.”
RETURNS TO FOXWOODS
FEATURED IN SPECIAL ATTRACTION FEATHERWEIGHT CONTEST
LIGHTWEIGHT CONTENDER MATT REMILLARD
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
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
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
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
Rising Stars Boxing Series
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
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.
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
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
“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
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,
“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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
DIBELLA ENTERTAINMENT SIGNS
TO A LONG-TERM PROMOTIONAL
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
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
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
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
(Photo Credit: Ed Diller/DiBella
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.
ALVAREZ STYMIES COTTO:
WRAPUP IN PICTURES
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,
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
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
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
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.
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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
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
"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
"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
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
by telephone at 1-855-310-2525 or through Club de Boxe Champion
TWO-TIME WORLD CHAMPION "BAD"
FOX THEATER AT FOXWOODS RESORT CASINO
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
"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
FIGHTERS READY FOR THE BB KING
WEDNESDAY, JULY 23rd
at BB KINGS BLUES CLUB AND
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
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
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
UNDEFEATED CRUISERS TO CLASH
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.
CLOTTEY DEFEATS MUNDINE
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.
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
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".