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ANDRE WARD VS. SERGEY KOVALEV 2: “THE REMATCH”

 NEW YORK PRESS CONFERENCE

VIDEO, PHOTOS AND QUOTES

 NEW YORK, NY (April 10, 2017) – On Monday at Le Parker Meridien in New York City, Unified Light Heavyweight World Champion Andre “SOG” Ward (31-0, 15 KOs) and former Unified Light Heavyweight World Champion Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (30-1-1, 26 KOs) formally addressed the media on their highly-anticipated rematch on 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. 

 TIDAL members will have access to a special presale beginning on Wednesday, April 12 at 1:00 p.m. ET/ 10:00 a.m. PT. Members can find details for purchasing tickets by visiting TIDAL.com/WardKovalev or by logging in to their TIDAL accounts via web browser, desktop app or mobile app.

 Fans already enrolled for email updates on MainEvents.com will receive an email with the presale information. Anyone interested in receiving the presale code can sign up for email updates at www.mainevents.com. M life Rewards loyalty members, Ticketmaster and AXS/AEG customers will receive access to a pre-sale scheduled from Wednesday, April 12 at 10:00 a.m. PT to Friday, April 14 at 9:59 a.m. PT. To join the M life Rewards program, or for more information, visit mlife.com.

 Tickets for Ward-Kovalev 2: “The Rematch” go on sale to the public on Friday, April 14 at 1:00 p.m. ET/10:00 a.m. PT. Tickets priced at $1,255, $755, $505, $355, $255 and $105 not including applicable service charges will be available on axs.com and at the Mandalay Bay Events Center box office.

 Below is what the fighters and dais guests had to say at the press conference:

 Andre “S.O.G.” Ward – Unified Light Heavyweight World Champion

 I want to thank everybody for coming out today – the media, obviously, HBO, Peter Nelson and their whole team, these guys work tirelessly to get these kinds of things done. I appreciate my team, James Prince, Josh Dubin, Roc Nation and everyone at Roc Nation, JAY Z, Juan and Desiree Perez, Michael Yormark. It’s important to have a good team. We talk a lot about fighting, we talk all about matchups, but when we talk about support, it’s frowned upon. When we see fighters 10, 15, 20 years from now shuffling in a room, nothing to show what they fought for, that’s okay. By the grace of God and by way of my team, that’s not going to happen to me.

 “Unfortunately, there’s perception and there’s reality. Perception is every one thing that’s written, every opinion but as you grow and learn this business, it’s not about perception. Nobody can point to a fight where I turned. Not one point. That’s not in my track record. So, I don’t mind the perception. I don’t care about Instagram. This is chess, not checkers. You can make all the rules you want to make, but it’s about the checkmate. That’s when the game is over.

 “My team is working on life after boxing. Educating me on the ins and outs. A lot of people talk about money, but they don’t talk about the upside. They’re not talking about the personal sponsorships for the fight, and your obligations for the sponsorship. They’re not talking about the television rights and foreign rights, the merchandise. ‘Be tough, keep focus, destroy the fight’. I’m not with that man. I want the whole thing, I want to understand everything. The fight is not the end.

 “They have to understand, there’s nothing scary about this man. You realize we just fought 12 rounds four months ago? Everyone wants to highlight the knockdown, that’s probably one of the most beautiful moments of my career. And did you guys see the other 10 rounds? Nobody’s talking about that. But that’s what makes us who we are. It’s hard concrete down there, we don’t want to fall. We’ve got another drive, we’ve got another gear we’ve got to tap into when we hit adversity and hit the cannons. You guys saw that, in the biggest moment of my career.

 “I didn’t get to where I’m at because there’s something unique about me. I didn’t get to this point by happenstance. Some may not like it, but you got to respect it. You don’t have to, but we’ve earned the position that we have. We don’t mind being understated. The fight is academic. When my team green-lighted it, I said go ahead and announce it. The reality is, you’ve got to see me on June 17. That’s the reality of the situation. I love to talk, it’s all good. We knocked heads for 12 rounds, that’s the reality of the situation. He felt me, he knows. On June 17, that’s how we’re going to do. We’re going to get started a little early. Whether you’re with me, or whether you’re against me, tune in. Appreciate everybody’s time. Don’t miss this fight, June 17. You got what you asked for.”

Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev – Former Unified Light Heavyweight World Champion 

 “Hello everyone. I am thankful the fight will take place on June 17. Well, will take place on paper for now. I’m appreciative of my team and Team Ward that this fight will actually happen. I want to apologize to my fans for my performance the last time but we’re going to get this squared either way. We’re going to see who is the best fighter. I’m very excited for June 17. The only thing I hope is that a week or two before the fight, Andre Ward does not get injured and he has enough balls to come out and fight me on June 17.”

Michael Yormark - Roc Nation President & Chief of Branding and Strategy

 “Legacies are built on seminal moments. When the lights shine brightest, when the challenge seems insurmountable, when the eyes of the world are on you – that is when great athletes see the rarest of opportunities to shape their legacy, to ensure that their name lives on. Evander Holyfield said, ‘a champion shows who he is by what he does when he's tested’. Back in November the two best pound-for-pound fighters in the world tested each other like they had never been tested before in their careers. On that night, World Champion Andre Ward faced a defining moment and countered with an epic comeback victory over Sergey Kovalev. After that showdown, there was a lot of talk, a lot of debate, a lot of speculation, a lot of excuses. But on June 17 we put all of that talk to bed, because Ward-Kovalev 2: “The Rematch” is officially on, and from this day forward there will be no excuses.

 “Andre Ward is the best boxer in the world – there is simply no debate. He is undefeated, breathlessly talented, and has gladly taken on any fighter with the guts to face him. For Andre, this fight represents the final nail in the coffin for the rest of this division and his would-be competitors, and the latest feat in a career that can only be defined as flawless. For Sergey, he has a lot to prove, which may be why he’s been so, let’s call it active on social media. After falling short in November, Sergey has become his own personal hype machine. In one of his latest tweets he demanded Andre, ‘pray to me’. Sergey, I think what you were trying to say was ‘pray for me’, which we all will do before you get back into the ring with Andre on June 17.

 “We return to Las Vegas where all big fights belong, live at the Mandalay Bay Events Center and on HBO Pay-Per-View. Roc Nation is proud to be the lead promoter of this global event, presented by Corona Extra and powered by Monster Products. This event would not have been possible without the support of Richard Sturm and Sid Greenfeig of MGM, and HBO’s Peter Nelson and Tony Walker - I’d like to take this opportunity to specifically thank them. MGM and HBO are synonymous with the biggest and best boxing events and Roc Nation is honored to be working in partnership with them for yet another historic fight. I’d also like to thank our chairman JAY Z and President of Roc Nation Sports Juan Perez for their support of this sure to be epic event. Additionally, a big thank you to our presenting partner Corona Extra, as well as Monster Products. I would also like to acknowledge Le Parker Meridien for their support and hosting us here today. Despite what you read in some corners of the boxing world, this rematch was always inevitable, both fighters wanted it, both promoters wanted it and I would be remiss if I did not sincerely thank Main Events and Kathy and Nicole Duva for their professionalism and class in negotiating and finalizing the June 17 fight. Last but certainly not least thank you to Team Ward – Andre, James Prince, Josh Dubin and Virgil Hunter – not only for once again putting your unblemished, championship record on the line under the bright lights of Sin City, but for being incredible partners throughout this process and the best ambassadors the sport of boxing could possibly ask for. Thank you.”

 Kathy Duva – CEO of Main Events

 Thank you, HBO, thank you Le Parker Meridien, Mandalay Bay and of course our sponsors, Corona and Monster. I’ll make it short and sweet. My greatest hope for June 17 is that the winner wins this time. Sergey’s going to do everything in his power to make sure there’s no question on who that is.

“I expect he’s going to show us all how to get your titles back. And here he is, future light heavyweight champ of the world, Sergey Kovalev.”

 James Prince – Manager of Andre Ward

 “I’d like to thank God for this opportunity, HBO, Peter Nelson. I’d like to thank Roc Nation, who has stood by us 1000%, solid as a Roc. We’re looking forward to this fight coming up, David versus Goliath, part two. Like I said, the last time, and I reiterate the same thing because not much has changed, we’ve cracked the code. Sergey, your code has been cracked, we know who you are now. Come June 17, you will see one of the greatest fights ever. As I stated earlier in the interview with HBO, don’t be surprised if Kovalev gets knocked out this fight. Don’t you be surprised. So, we look forward to that moment and I notice that you’ve been real vocal about a lot of things, but you need to know, we don’t have no fear. So, understand that, once again, the United States will be victorious against Russia as always.”

 Josh Dubin – Manager of Andre Ward

 “This industry, unfortunately, has some nasty, ugly people in it that say and do nasty things and show their behind too much. A lot of the things you hear about our beautiful sport is true. I’m so fortunate to have been blessed by kings, that have enriched my life, to be able to grow and get to know these men. James Prince and Andre Ward have been all class and dignity and professional. They don’t need to tell you what you think might sell a fight, or what you think people might want to hear, but just what’s real. What a breath of fresh air. I thank both of you for enriching my life and allowing me to grow on this journey with you.

 “We’re always hearing about role models, and why aren’t athletes role models – well look no further. You’ve got a family man who is spiritual, you can’t bait him and get him to say what you think he should say or want him to say because you curse him out on social media. We’re not into all that, these are kings over here. You can keep tweeting on your phone over there, but we won already. We won in life, we won in this sport, and we’re just going to continue winning. This is a formality at this point. A formality. So, you can cry and complain and all that, but that’s what bullies do when they don’t get their way. Bullies make excuses, bullies try to intimidate when they don’t get their way. Bullies of all sorts, in the ring and in business. Well, you didn’t get your way, you ain’t getting your way and you’re not going to get your way. Period. The reason that probably is, if we bring in spirituality, is the moral arc of the universe does bend towards good and greatness and kings. So, with that, I say this: you want to tune in to this one, because you’ll want to be able to say, ‘I got to see the best fighter to ever walk in the ring, fight again and conquer again’. Don’t miss it. Thank you.”

 Daniel Bagdasarov – Egis Klimas’s Assistant

 I want to thank the media and MGM. He’s happy about the rematch and that it actually happened. We’re excited about it, we’re ready. Thank you to all the promotions that have gone into the fight, thank you HBO for making this happen. Thank you so much.”

 Peter Nelson – Executive Vice President, HBO Sports

 “I want to thank all the media for being here, this fight came together initially because of what you asked for. First and foremost, I want to thank the fighters, Andre Ward and Sergey Kovalev. The two of them at the zenith of their careers and the apex of their undefeated records deciding to get in the ring against one another, and that’s exactly the expectation that fight fans should have. It’s something to be celebrated and we’re excited we are going to have the rematch on June 17.

 “Again, these two men decided they want to step up and fight each other, the controversy of time when a lot of fighters walk the other way from one another. Some fights, they’re so good, the fighters earn each other’s respect. Some fights are so great that the fighters earn each other’s disrespect. I’ll let all of you decide which one this is.

 “I think that what we’ve seen over the past few months is people arguing more and more about who actually won that fight. Again, the credit is to the fighters because every second of the first fight, they were there to compete. Every second of this rematch, they’re going to be there again. There is too much at stake, in terms of legacy and in terms of pound stature, in terms of this moment and the future. What we know to expect is that on June 17, the stuff of HBO PPV legend gets made. Sergey Kovalev and champion Andre Ward are going to do everything in their power to bring home the belt.”

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David Lemieux and Curtis Stevens

Training Camp Notes

Lemieux is Training in Montreal, Canada and Stevens is Training in Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Lemieux vs. Stevens Happens Saturday, March 11 at Turning Stone Resort Casino

Televised Live on HBO Boxing After Dark

LOS ANGELES (March 2, 2017) - Former IBF Middleweight World champion David Lemieux (36-3, 32 KOs) and WBC Continental Americas Middleweight champion Curtis "The Cerebral Assassin" Stevens (29-5, 21 KOs) are making final preparations in training camp ahead of their slugfest for the WBO Intercontinental, WBC Continental Americas and IBF North American Middleweight titles. The event takes place Saturday, March 11 at Turning Stone Resort Casino and will be televised live on HBO Boxing After Dark® beginning at 11:00 p.m. ET/PT.

 

 

 

 

L-R: Former IBF Middleweight champion David Lemieux trains in Montreal, Canada. WBC Continental Americas Middleweight champion Curtis Stevens with trainer John David Jackson in Fort Lauderdale, FL.)

"After watching these fighters in their respective training camps-I can tell it is personal for both to go in for the kill on fight night," said Oscar De La Hoya, Chairman and CEO of Golden Boy Promotions. "Lemieux is looking bigger than ever, and Stevens has been working day in and day out with John David Jackson. Get ready, fans- this is looking to be a surefire Fight of the Year candidate."

''I'm going to destroy Curtis," said Lemieux. "Training camp is going great, and I'm ready for war. Let's go bum-let's see how tough you are in the ring.''

'' David Lemieux just finished an excessive and demanding training camp that was very productive and where every single objective was met," said Marc Ramsay, trainer to David Lemieux. "Everything is in place not only for a great performance from David but also to make a statement. ''

"This should be a good fight. Me and Lemieux have the same kind of come and get it style," said Stevens. "Some people think of me as just a hard puncher but I'm an all-around fighter. I can slug, I can box. My first reaction is to just take you out-but I can box you too."

"For this fight, I could try to box the first couple rounds and then bring it to him for the rest of the rounds," continued Stevens. "Lemieux is used to coming forward, so in order for me to not allow that, I have to stay right there in the clutch and make sure he backs up. We'll see. No matter what he brings-it doesn't matter, I'm ready to adjust. I see myself winning this fight. Whether it be by knockout or by decision, it doesn't matter. I am really well prepared this time."


"Lemieux is a dangerous opponent, and he is definitely coming to put a hurt on his opponent, said John David Jackson, trainer to Curtis Stevens. "There are small things that Curtis needs to do in this fight, to win the fight decisively and pretty much easily. He has to be smart in his approach, so we are working on things that will allow him to win this fight convincingly."

"Curtis is a better boxer than he gives himself credit for being," continued Jackson. "He just needs to be smart because Lemieux is a very risky opponent. Every fight is different for Curtis, and this fight is definitely different. For this fight, I think he is going to be a better boxer than the fans have ever seen."

Tickets for this highly anticipated matchup are still available and priced at $30, $45, $55 and $75 for ringside seats plus applicable fees and are available at the Turning Stone Resort Box Office by calling 315-361-7469 or online at Ticketmaster(www.ticketmaster.com).

Lemieux vs. Stevens is a 12-round middleweight bout for the WBO Intercontinental, WBC Continental Americas and IBF North American Middleweight titles, presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Eye of the Tiger Management and Main Events, and sponsored by "Tecate, BORN BOLD." The HBO Boxing After Dark® telecast begins at 11:00 p.m. ET/PT.

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Heavy-Handed Middleweight Contenders David Lemieux and Curtis Stevens to Square Off in Can't-Miss Action Slugfest for the NABO Middleweight Title

Saturday, March 11 From Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, New York

Televised Live on HBO Boxing After Dark®

LOS ANGELES (Jan. 16, 2017) - In a fight that fans have been calling for since the middle of last year, former IBF Middleweight Champion and current NABO Middleweight Champion David Lemieux (36-3, 32 KOs) will go toe-to-toe with Curtis "The Cerebral Assassin" Stevens (29-5, 21 KOs) to battle for Lemieux's NABO title on Saturday, March 11. Scheduled for 12 rounds, though few believe it will go that, Lemieux vs. Stevens will take place at Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, New York and will be televised live on HBO Boxing After Dark beginning at 11:00 p.m. ET/PT.

The Montreal, Canada born-and-bred Lemieux is coming off back-to-back impressive victories including a knockout over perennial contender and Freddie Roach-trained Glen "Jersey Boy" Tapia and a hard-fought unanimous decision win against the always-rugged Argentine fighter Cristian Fabian Rios.

"The time for talking is done, and after many long months of hearing Curtis yell about all the things he's going to do in the ring, I'm really looking forward to shutting his mouth on March 11," Lemieux said. "I've told everyone my goal is to once again become middleweight champion of the world. Curtis is in the way, and I'm going to go right through him."

Stevens, who rose from Brownsville, Brooklyn to become former NABF and now Continental Americas middleweight champion has also won two straight fights, with a thunderous knockout over then-undefeated Patrick Teixeira in May of 2016 followed by a unanimous decision victory over James de la Rosa later in the year.

"The wait is finally over!" said Stevens. "No more talking. My hands will do the talking on March 11."

With both Lemieux and Stevens appearing and convincingly winning on the undercard of the Canelo Alvarez vs. Amir Khan show at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, boxing fans quickly began calling for the two contenders to get together in the ring. Both fighters were happy to oblige, engaging first in a war of words, and now in a war of jabs, hooks and uppercuts.

"We often see fighters pretend not to like each other to help draw an audience - these two guys aren't faking it; they don't like each other at all," said Oscar De La Hoya, CEO and Chairman of Golden Boy Promotions. "Given the thunder each holds in both hands and their desire to make a statement in the middleweight division, I think fans are going to be in for a knockout - and a spectacular one at that."

"This is a fight of the year candidate," said Camille Estephan of Eye of the Tiger Management. "We feel that 2017 is David's year to take over through all the experiences he got in the last little while. He improved by leaps and bounds, we want another world title and this is the next step. We are happy to give the fans what they want they have been asking for this fight-here it is! It is one of those that is best described by the phrase, don't blink."

"The fans have been asking for this fight for a while now, and it's not hard to see why!" said Kathy Duva, CEO of Main Events, promoter for Curtis Stevens. "This fight is a perfect, throwback Boxing After Dark main event and I can't wait to see it!"

Host of this epic event, the Oneida Nation's Turning Stone Resort Casino, an award-winning destination resort, continues to distinguish itself as a premier venue for blockbuster boxing. The March 11th fight will mark Turning Stone's 20th nationally-televised boxing event, who also hosted one of the first MMA events in New York this past October, cementing the resort as a mecca for televised combat sports. Additionally, boxing legend Mike Tyson selected Turning Stone as the venue for his world debut as a promoter, Muhammad Ali's daughter Laila Ali made her boxing debut at Turning Stone and in April 2015, Turning Stone was selected to host "Fight of the Year" contender - Matthysse vs. Provodnivkov - over arenas in Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Miami. Turning Stone features world-class amenities including four hotels, more than 20 signature restaurants and dining options, two luxurious spas, 125,000 square foot Las Vegas style gaming floor, a cabaret-style Showroom, a 5,000 seat arena, five golf courses, several bars, cocktail lounges and nightlife venues.

Ticket prices, on sale information and the undercard will be announced shortly.

Professional media requesting credentials for Lemieux vs. Stevens must contact Kelly Abdo, Turning Stone Resort Casino Public Relations Manager at (315) 366.9291 or kelly.abdo@turningstone.com.

Lemieux vs. Stevens is a 12-round middleweight bout for the NABO Middleweight championship, presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Eye of the Tiger Management and Main Events, and sponsored by "Tecate, BORN BOLD." The HBO Boxing After Dark telecast begins at 11:00 p.m. ET/PT.

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Andre Ward Defeats Sergey Kovalev in Close Decision

Results from T-Mobile Arena

Las Vegas, Nevada Nov 20th: In front of a packed house at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada and live on HBO Pay-Per-View, Andre "S.O.G." Ward (31-0, 15 KOs)* won a close unanimous decision victory over Sergey "Krusher" Kovalev (30-1-1, 26 KOs) to steal the WBO, WBA and IBF Light Heavyweight World Titles in a decision that most ringside media thought went the wrong way.

Both fighters were feeling each other out in the first two rounds. The Krusher continued his come-forward attack and knocked Andre down in the second. Ward managed to get up quickly and took several hard shots from Sergey before the bell rang to end the second round. The next several rounds included heavy shots from both fighters and some wrestling-style moments. The majority of the rounds were hard-fought and close. Many writers had the decision going to the other way but all three judges scored the bout 114-113 in favor of Ward.

Andre Ward and Sergey Kovalev Photo Credits: David Spagnolo/Main Events

After the fight, Andre Ward said, "I was not surprised when I heard the decision I don't know where you got that from. I know it was a close fight. The crowd you can hear they thought I won. I have been a champ before. I knew it was going to be a tough fight. It was the first time in my career I was dropped. He did everything I expected him to do. He started to show up as I expected. My coach did a great job. It's hard for me to call myself great. At the end of the day I am a two-weight division champion. Of course I would do a rematch. I am not going to negotiate a fight right now. I will go home and relax and see what's next."

Sergey Kovalev replied, "It's the wrong decision. I don't want to say my opinion. The witnesses are here; they saw it. It's my job. It was a fight of my life. I am disappointed in the judges' decision. He got maybe a few rounds; I agree with that. I kept control. I lost maybe three rounds the whole fight. Of course I want a rematch and I will kick his ass. I want to show good boxing. I am against here, it is the USA, and all the judges were from the USA. He is a boxer. It's a sport. Don't make it politics; it is a sport and I won the fight."

The second fight of the HBO Pay-Per-View telecast was a battle for the NABF Light Heavyweight Title between undefeated prospect Oleksandr "The Nail" Gvozdyk (12-0, 10 KOs) and Isaac "Golden Boy" Chilemba (24-5-2, 10 KOs). Gvozdyk and Chilemba traded some heavy shots for eight full rounds. After the eighth round Chilemba's trainer, Roy Jones, Jr. stopped the fight because Chilemba had suffered a broken right hand. Gvozdyk retained his title and remains undefeated.

Bakhram Murtazaliev Photo Credits: David Spagnolo/Main Events

After the fight Gvozdyk said, "I'm very excited and happy. What more can I say? This is the best feeling!"
Chilemba had little to say after the fight because he was in tremendous pain and could barely speak. However, he did manager to add, "I am devastated. If I hadn't hurt my right arm in the third round it would have been a completely different outcome. I was in an incredible amount of pain from the third round through the rest of the fight."

Fan favorite Curtis "Cerebral Assassin" Stevens (29-5, 21 KOs) opened the HBO Pay-Per-View telecast against James "The King" de la Rosa (23-5, 13 KOs). Curtis knocked down de la Rosa in the first and immediately attacked again as soon as The King returned to his feet but the bell rang soon after to end the round. Stevens managed a cut over de la Rosa's left eye that began to impede his vision in the third. However, Stevens hurt his left hand in the fourth round and the momentum of the fight slowed as a result. Stevens continued to dominate the remainder of the fight despite the injury. A point was taken away from Stevens in the eighth for a low blow but in the end it did not matter as Stevens retained his WBC Continental Americas Middleweight Title with a unanimous decision victory. Two judges scored the contest 96-92 and one judge had the score 98-90.
 

Stevens and De la Rosa Photo Credits: David Spagnolo/Main Events

After the fight Stevens gave an honest review of his performance when he said, "I give myself a C minus. Could have thrown my jab a little more. I am glad I got the W but I am a little disappointed in myself. The jab was good but I could have popped that shit a little more. Hurt my left hand in the fourth round. He's got a hard-ass head. But I am glad I got the win."

When asked about the fight de la Rosa simply said, "I don't have any comments. People saw what it was."

In the final bout before the HBO Pay-Per-View telecast began, heavyweights Darmani "Rock Solid" Rock (6-0, 4 KOs) and Brice Ritani-Coe (4-5-1, 3 KOs) fought in a four round bout. Rock walked away still undefeated with two judges scoring the contest 40-36 and one score care at 40-35 for a unanimous decision for the Philly native.

Two-time Olympic Gold Medalist Claressa "T-Rex" Shields (1-0) made her professional debut against her long-time amateur rival Franchon "The Heavy Hitting Diva" Crews (0-1) who also made her professional debut in a four-round action-packed super middleweight bout. All three judges scored the bout 40-36 in favor of Shields.

Featherweight Tyler "Golden Child" McCreary (12-0, 6 KOs) went the distance against Vincent "Pooh Bear" Jennings (5-3-1, 4 KOs) and earned a majority decision with the judges scoring the bout 57-57, 59-55, 58-56.

The free view opened with junior welterweights Sonny "Pretty Boi" Fredrickson (15-0, 9 KOs) and Gabriel Duluc (11-2, 2 KOs) squaring off for the full eight scheduled rounds before Fredrickson was declared the winner by unanimous decision 78-74, 77-75, 78-74.

Bakhram Murtazaliev (7-0, 5 KOs) made quick work of Botirsher Obidov (6-1-1, 2 KOs) with three knockdowns in the second round before the referee stopped the fight at 2:52 of the the second round.

Beckford and Nursultanov Photo Credits: David Spagnolo/Main Events

In the first fight of the evening middleweight Meiirim "The Sultan" Nursultanov (1-0) made his professional and Main Events' debut with a six-round unanimous decision victory against Henry Beckford with all three judges scoring the contest 60-54.

*Note: All records have been updated to reflect tonight's results.

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sERGEY kOVALEV & ANDRE WARD GRAND ARRIVAL VIDEO & PHOTOS

 kovalev-Ward “Pound FOR POUND” set for Saturday, november 19

at t-mobile Arena in las vegas, nevada presented live by HBO PAY-PER-VIEW®

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Photo Credit: Jim Laurie/Main Events

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Photo Credit: Roc Nation Sports/Tom Hogan – Hoganphotos

 HBO Boxing News: 1-on-1 with Sergey Kovalev (Click to Watch)

 HBO Boxing News: 1-on-1 with Andre Ward (Click to Watch)

                        

 LAS VEGAS, NV (November 16, 2016) – WBO, WBA and IBF Light Heavyweight World Champion Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (30-0-1, 26 KOs) and Two-Time World Champion Andre “S.O.G.” Ward (30-0, 15 KOs) made their grand arrivals at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino on Tuesday, Nov. 15, ahead of their ultimate showdown on Saturday, Nov. 19 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Kovalev vs. Ward "Pound For Pound", a 12-round mega-fight for the WBO/IBF/WBA light heavyweight title at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, is presented by Main Events, Roc Nation Sports, Krusher Promotions and Andre Ward Promotions and is sponsored by MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, Corona Extra, Monster Products, JetLux and Zappos. The championship event will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View® beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT. Tickets are available on axs.com and the T-Mobile Arena box office. 

 

 

 

 

 

Ballroom Bash Boxing Alive and Well in Davenport

By Adam J. Pollack

An eight-fight professional boxing card held on Saturday October 15, 2016 to a packed crowd at the Danceland Ballroom in Davenport, Iowa, the largest I have ever seen there, proved that boxing still has a market in Iowa. I was one of the referees.

In the first bout, Fort Wayne, Indiana middleweight Rogelio Sanchez stopped Indianapolis’ Alec Ivy in the 1st round. A barrage in the corner and along the ropes saw Ivy covering and sagging down, not responding to the blows, and referee Bart Baker called a halt to matters.

In one of the most competitive matches of the evening, Moline’s welterweight Carlos “Rocky” Barbosa won a split 4-round decision over Davenport’s Carlos Cabrera. Both were in shape and came to fight. Barbosa was the more skillful and polished of the two, landing the cleaner better thrown punches and demonstrating better defense, but Cabrera was game to the core, firing hard blows throughout, perhaps the heavier punches, and he was quite active and tough.

Marion, Iowa junior welterweight Jeff Farmer won a unanimous 4-round decision over East Moline’s Lupe Jimenez. Farmer had the superior speed, conditioning, and skill, as the rapidly fatiguing Jimenez seemed to be doing all he could to survive and last the 4 rounds, ducking and holding often, forcing me to take a point off for holding in the 4th round. Farmer won all 4 rounds.

Super middleweight Teddy Muller of Moline stopped South Bend’s William Bokhart in the 1st round with a single powerful wide right body shot to the side, decking him for the 10-count.

East Moline’s super-featherweight “Smoking” Joe Perez stopped Brian Strickland of Indianapolis in the 2nd round. Perez scored two knockdowns in the 1st round, the first time with a right to the head, and the second time with a left hook to the body. Three knockdowns were scored in the 2nd, the first two with body shots, and the third with a single right to the head. Strickland tried as best he could, but just was outgunned.

Welterweight Gilbert “the Lion” Venegas, Jr. of East Moline won a unanimous 4-round decision over Thomas Allen of the Bronx. Although Venegas was stronger and landed the harder, cleaner, more effective blows, winning all four rounds on each judge’s card, Allen was skillful, in shape, very game and active with his hands and feet, and takes a great punch. He probably gave Venegas a tougher fight than expected, but Venegas did what he had to do in order to win each competitive round.

Rock Island middleweight Limberth “Limbo” Ponce won a unanimous 4-round decision over the game Charon Spain of Davenport. Spain used his footwork, height, and reach, firing solid blows, but the clever Ponce maintained his defense, pounced on him in spurts, and utilized his superior speedy inside combinations to remain in control and in the lead.

In the main event, for the C.B.A. super middleweight championship, Davenport’s “Stunning” Stephen Edwards won a unanimous 6-round decision over Sterling’s Bruce Rumbolz. The taller and much older 40-something Rumbolz utilized lots of footwork, and a long quick jab to try to remain outside, but Edwards made the more effective charges to the inside, firing off as many blows as he could before they became clinched or smothered.


 

 

 

 

 

 

FRAMPTON, SANTA CRUZ DELIVER A CLASSIC

Brooklyn NY 7/31/2016

It was turn back the clock day in Brooklyn's Barklays Center last night -  reminiscent of the old fight days of days gone by, a truly classic boxing theater classic delivered by two pugilists who refused to stop throwing punches, refusing to give any ground. For featherweights Leo Santa Cruz and Carl Frampton, it was just another fight in their careers that they would give their best.

And the 9000 in attendance loved it. And this is what boxing was, and is all about.

Regardless of who you thought was the winner, every round had fans on the edge of your seat, watching each and every punch from both sides. There was no breaks and the 12th round did not have any kinks. It was pure art and a blur and it came and went --- fast.

Although Frampton secured the victory with the sharper, more powerful punches, it was Santa Cruz volume punching that made the fight what it was, making Frampton rely on his excellent counterpunching.

Give credit to Santa Cruz, who forced the action throughout and made the fight. He came right at his opponent winging and many times abandoned the jab that could have been used more to set up a victory.      

The final tallies were 114-114, 116-112, and 117-111, a majority win for Frampton.

 

 

 

ROC NATION SPORTS BOXER DUSTY HERNANDEZ-HARRISON PARTNERS WITH FILA

Hernandez-Harrison Signs Exclusive Deal with FILA Ahead of Fight

On December 5, 2015 at Osceola Heritage Park in Kissimmee, Florida Live on HBO Latino® Boxing

NEW YORK (Dec. 2, 2015) FILA and Roc Nation Sports boxer Dusty Hernandez-Harrison announced today that they have entered into an endorsement agreement. In the multi-year relationship, FILA will serve as the official training and fight apparel of Hernandez-Harrison as he continues to dominate throughout training camps and ring appearances. Hernandez-Harrison and his team will be decked out in FILA branded apparel and footwear exclusively, starting during fight week appearances for his showdown on Dec. 5 at Osceola Heritage Park in Kissimmee, Florida live on HBO Latino beginning at 9:45 p.m. ET/PT.

“We are very excited to welcome Dusty Hernandez-Harrison to the FILA family, an announcement that puts an exclamation point on a terrific year for the company,” said Jon Epstein, President of FILA North America. “Dusty will add a new chapter to our lineage in the sport of boxing, welcoming the brand back into the ring for the first time in nearly two decades. A proven champion like Dusty is undoubtedly a special talent, who has risen from his start at such a young age, to the now reigning WBC Continental Americas Welterweight Champion. His record in the ring is impressive, but outside of the squared-circle he is an individual who is dedicated to his family and fans.”

“I am honored to join the FILA team ahead of my next ring appearance on Dec. 5,” said Hernandez-Harrison. “As I continue to embark on my pro boxing career, I am confident that FILA will provide me with the gear and support I need to get my job done in the gym and in the ring.”

“Roc Nation Sports is thrilled to be bringing an iconic footwear and apparel brand back to the sport of boxing with one of the sport’s undefeated rising stars, Dusty Hernandez-Harrison,” said Michael Yormark, President & Chief of Branding and Strategy for Roc Nation. “FILA is a company with a rich history and tradition in the sport of boxing and we are honored to be able to bring them together with Dusty on this exciting and dynamic partnership. I strongly believe that this partnership with Dusty represents the beginning of a new chapter for FILA in boxing.”

Washington, DC’s Dusty Hernandez-Harrison made his professional debut as the youngest licensed professional fighter in the United States on June 11, 2011, just a month after his 17th birthday. Twenty-four straight victories would follow before Hernandez-Harrison headlined Roc Nation Sports’ inaugural throne boxing event at The Theater at Madison Square in a fight televised by FOX Sports 1 on January 9, 2015, capturing the vacant WBC Continental Americas Welterweight Championship with a dominant ten-round unanimous decision victory over Tommy “The Razor” Rainone. Since then, he’s continued his winning ways, scoring three more wins, including a first round knockout over James Wayka in his last fight on September 26. On Dec. 5, he’ll look to keep that momentum going in a ten-round welterweight bout from the Osceola Heritage Park Exhibit Hall A in Kissimmee, Florida which will be televised live on HBO Latino beginning at 9:45 p.m. ET/PT. Hernandez-Harrison will be decked out in FILA gear during the fight’s official weigh-on on Friday, Dec. 4, the day before the fight.

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DUSTY HERNANDEZ-HARRISON TO NOW FACE AMMETH DIAZ

ON DECEMBER 5 HBO LATINO® BOXING TELECAST

NON-TELEVISED throne boxing UNDERCARD STACKED WITH

BOXING’S HOTTEST YOUNG PROSPECTS

AT OSCEOLA HERITAGE PARK

IN KISSIMMEE, FLORIDA

NEW YORK, NY (December 2, 2015) Due to a visa issue, Canada’s Steve Claggett will be unable to participate in this weekend’s Dec. 5 televised co-feature bout against Dusty Hernandez-Harrison (28-0, 15 KOs). Hernandez-Harrison will now face Ammeth Diaz (32-12, 23 KOs) of Panama City, Panama in the ten-round welterweight bout which will be the chief support to former WBO Junior Featherweight World Champion Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. (24-1-5, 19 KOs) of Bayamon, Puerto Rico against Rafael “Big Bang” Rivera (20-0-2, 14 KOs) of Tijuana, Mexico. Opening the HBO Latino Boxing series televised event, which will air live beginning at 9:45 p.m. ET/PT from Osceola Heritage Park Exhibit Hall A in Kissimmee, Florida, will be a ten-round light heavyweight bout featuring Colombian slugger Alexander Brand (24-1, 19 KOs) and Russian knockout artist Medzhid Bektemirov (16-0, 12 KOs).

Diaz, a former world title challenger who has won five of his last seven bouts, will look to put a blemish on Hernandez-Harrison’s undefeated record this Saturday. The Panamanian has held both the WBA Fedelatin and WBC Latino Lightweight titles and owns a win over Raymundo Beltran.

In addition to an exciting Dec. 5 televised lineup, some of boxing’s hottest rising stars will be featured on the non-televised undercard. Roc Nation Sports standouts Luis Arias and Wellington Romero along with Miguel Cotto Promotions’ Angel Acosta, Charlie Clemente, Josean Figueroa and Ricardo Rodriguez as well as Freddie Roach protégé Mike Melykian will all see action on Dec. 5 and aim to keep fans on their feet from the opening bell through beginning of the main event.

Tickets priced at $65 and $33, plus applicable service charges, are available for purchase tickets at www.ticketmaster.com and www.ohpark.com. To charge by phone, call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000. Tickets are also available for purchase at the Osceola Heritage Park box office which is open weekdays from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and on Saturday, Dec. 5 beginning at 8:00 a.m.

A native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin now residing in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, undefeated Luis “Cuba” Arias (12-0, 6 KOs) began boxing at the age of seven and compiled an amateur record of 140-25, earning U.S.A Boxing’s number one men’s junior ranking in 2006, the number one men’s under-19 ranking in 2008 and the number one men’s ranking in 2010. He captured the U.S.A. Men’s Under-19 National Championship in 2008 and two U.S.A Men’s National Championships in 2009 and 2010. Arias’ professional debut took place on November 10, 2012 at Staples Center in Los Angeles where he defeated Josh Thorpe via a four-round unanimous decision. He has reeled off 11 victories since, including three in 2015 with his last two coming by way of knockout. On Dec. 5, he’ll look to keep his winning ways going in an eight-round super middleweight bout against Dinisio Miranda 22-12-2 (19 KOs) of Miami, Florida.

Fighting out of Newburgh, New York, but hailing from Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic, Wellington “W.A.R.” Romero (8-0-1, 3 KOs) was a highly decorated amateur who was a proud member of the 2012 Dominican Olympic Boxing Team at the 2012 Games in London. Prior to that, he captured a bronze medal at the 2010 Central American Games and made back to back appearances at the 2011 World Amateur Boxing Championship and the 2011 Pan American Games. On October 26, 2013, Romero made his pro debut, defeating Victor Galindo via a four-round unanimous decision at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Since then he has won seven of his eight fights, with his lone set-back being an October 15, 2015 majority draw against Lazar Stojadinovic that many ringside observers had him winning. In his most recent bout on October 17, 2015 Romero scored a six-round unanimous decision victory against Ramesis Gil. On Dec. 5, he faces Noel Echevarria (11-6, 6 KOs) of Winston-Salem, North Carolina in a six-round junior welterweight bout. Guayama, Puerto Rico’s Echevarria most recently challenged Rod Salka on May 16 for the vacant WBA-NABA USA Super Featherweight title but came up short getting stopped in the sixth round.

Another product of Puerto Rico, Angel “Tito” Acosta (11-0, 11 KOs) will look to keep his perfect record intact on Dec. 5 against Felipe Rivas (2-2, 1 KO) of Nogales, Mexico in a six-round flyweight bout. On March 14 of this year, San Juan native Acosta took on Armando Vazquez for the vacant WBC Fecarbox Light Flyweight Championship at Coliseo Roger L. Mendoza in Caguas, Puerto Rico and came away with the title by scoring a viscous knockout in the seventh round. The undefeated prospect most recently faced Luis Almendarez on August 8, 2015 at Coliseo Hector Sola Bezares in Caguas, stopping his opponent with a first round knockout.

Undefeated Charlie Clemente (10-0, 4 KOs) of Carolina, Puerto Rico will also look to continue his winning ways on the Dec. 5. In his most recent bout on August 8, he scored two knockdowns en route to a four-round unanimous decision win against Elias Polanco at Gimnasio Wilfredo Rivera in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. He will look to improve on his undefeated record when he takes on an opponent to be determined in a six-round flyweight bout.

In a six-round junior featherweight bout, Aguadilla, Puerto Rico’s Josean Figueroa (9-3-2, 7 KOs) will face Antoney Napunyi (11-13, 6 KOs) of Pahokee, Florida. In his last fight on June 6, Figueroa scored an eight-round unanimous decision victory over Jonell Nieves at Coliseo Ismael Delgado in Aguada, Puerto Rico.

In other non-televised undercard action, two Puerto Rico natives will challenge one another in a six-round junior featherweight bout when Ricardo Rodriguez (5-0, 4 KOs) of Mayaguez faces Bryan Perez (2-2, 1 KO) of Carolina. Rodriguez will look to extend his undefeated streak as he did most recently against Luis Hernandez on August 8 at Coliseo Hector Sola Bezares in Caguas when he won a four-round unanimous decision. Perez will be looking to rebound from a third round knockout against Marquel Jones on March 14 at the Sphinx Club in Washington, DC.

Opening the show will be Freddie Roach protégé Mike Melykian of Los Angeles who will be making his pro debut against Jimmy Rosario (0-1) of Bayamon in a four-round welterweight bout. Rosario made his pro debut on May 16, losing a unanimous decision against Ryan Pino at Coliseo Pedrin Zorilla in San Juan.

Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. vs. Rafael Rivera, a ten-round featherweight bout, takes place Saturday, Dec. 5 at Osceola Heritage Park Exhibit Hall A in Kissimmee, Florida. This throne boxing event is presented by Roc Nation Sports and Miguel Cotto Promotions and sponsored by Tequila Cazadores, ctms (Corporate Travel Made Simple) Venue Kings and Sportslock. Also featured will be undefeated Dusty Hernandez-Harrison vs. Ammeth Diaz in a ten-round welterweight bout and Alexander Brand vs. Medzhid Bektemirov in a ten-round light heavyweight bout which is presented in association with Camponovo Sports and Gary Shaw Productions. The tripleheader will be televised live on HBO Latino beginning at 9:45 p.m. ET/PT.

For more information please visit www.rocnation.com. Follow Roc Nation on Twitter and Instagram @rocnation and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/RocNation. Follow the conversation using #throneboxing.

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Bryan Beats Rossy  for Vacant  NABF  Heavyweight    Title

                                     By  David  Selwyn   August  29, 2015

Last   Night   at   Las Vegas  Downtown   Event    Center,    Don   King  promoted  a  Five fight card  that  featured  three   Heavyweight   fights.  The   Venue was outside . When the card  started   at   730  pm   it was   100 degrees  .

The    Main event   featured   Trevor Bryan (15-0)  facing   veteran fighter  Derric Rossy (30-9)   for the vacant  NABF   Heavyweight title   In the first  round  Bryan  knocked down Rossy  and it looked like  it was going to be a quick   KO   victory.   Rossy    survived the knockdown  and fought back hard  and was able to connect a  few good punches to finish round  1    In the second round    Rossy looked  sharp  and landed many power punches  and easily won the round. Rounds 3-6   had  good back and forth action  In round  6   , Bryan had Rossy  hurt again but Rossy   was tough and refused to go down.  After   the sixth round   Rossy was  physically spent    and   had trouble moving and  finding his corner   after rounds  . Bryan   could  not   take advantage of  Rossy’s  physical  condition and the fight went  the   10   round distance  Bryan won a  UD   and his first  title.  The scores   were  97-92  98-91  98-91.

The   other featured    Heavyweight   fight  was   Natu   Vinsu  (12-2) and Joey  Dawejko   (16-2), two heavy punchers who were coming to fight.

In    the first    minute of    the fight , Dawejko   hurt  Vinsu with an overhand right.   Dawejko   then pounced  on Vinsu landing combinations  that   knocked down   Vinsu.  Vinsu   could not recover   from the knockdown   and   Referee  Russell  Mora   called off the fight giving  Dawejko  a   first round TKO   victory.

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GLEN "JERSEY BOY" TAPIA AND
NEW YORK'S "IRISH" SEANIE MONAGHAN
HEADLINE TITLE DOUBLEHEADER
AT PRUDENTIAL CENTER
truTV® to Televise Main Events Live
on Friday, May 8 at 10 P.M. ET
Tickets On Sale
!

NEWARK (April 8, 2015) -- Local favorites and Top-10 contenders GLEN "Jersey Boy" TAPIA and "Irish" SEANIE MONAGHAN will headline an action-packed boxing card to be televised live on truTV at 10 p.m. ET - on Friday, May 8 from Prudential Center in Newark, NJ.
Tapia, who hails from nearby Passaic, will defend his NABO junior middleweight title against one-time world title challenger MICHEL SORO of France. Monaghan, the undefeated World Boxing Council (WBC) Continental light heavyweight champion from Long Beach, NY, will risk his undefeated record, title and No. 3 world rating when he battles 2000 Olympian CLEITON CONCEIÇÃO from Brazil. The four warriors boast a combined record of 91-8-3 (61 KOs) and a winning ratio of 89%, with over two-thirds of their victories by way of knockout.

Promoted by Top Rank®, tickets to the Tapia vs. Soro / Monaghan vs. Conceição boxing event are on sale . Tickets are available at $105, $60, $40 and $25, plus applicable taxes and fees, and may be purchased online at www.Ticketmaster.com, charge by phone at 1-800-745-3000 or any Ticketmaster outlet. Tickets may also be purchased at Prudential Center's box office beginning Monday, April 13, at 11:00 a.m. ET.

"It will be great to be in New Jersey fighting in front of my hometown fans," said Tapia. "Freddie Roach and I have been working very hard in training camp to make May 8 a knockout of a homecoming."
"I am very excited to fight at Prudential Center and live on tru-TV," said Monaghan. "I am defending my title and I am delighted to fight at a great venue where my army of fans can come support me. I want to fight for a world title this year so watch me bring it on May 8 and show the world why I really deserve a world title shot."

"Prudential Center is known as 'The Rock' and we expect this crowd to be just that - ROCKING," said Carl Moretti, Vice President of Top Rank. "Fan favorites Glen Tapia and Seanie Monaghan as well as a host of undercard prospects including local rising star Julian Rodriguez, from Hasbrouck Heights, will make the feeling at The Rock like a Devils-Rangers game."

Trained by Hall of Famer Freddie Roach and co-managed by Pat Lynch, Tapia (23-1, 15 KOs) enters this fight with six of his last seven victories coming by way of stoppage, including his last three. World-rated No. 6 by the International Boxing Federation (IBF) and the World Boxing Organization (WBO), Tapia returns to the ring on the heels of his biggest professional victory, a third-round knockout of former Australian junior middleweight and middleweight champion Daniel Dawson to claim the vacant NABO junior middleweight title. The fight took place on March 7 in Macau, China, and the sellout crowd made up mostly of Chinese boxing fans joyously chanted "Jersey Boy! Jersey Boy!" as the referee raised his hand. It was the second time he hard-hitting Tapia has reigned as the NABO junior middleweight champion. Tapia first claimed the title in 2013 when he upset the previously undefeated contender Abie Han via an eighth-round TKO.

Soro (25-1-1, 15 KO), a native of Abidjan, Ivory Coast who now fights out of Villeurbanne, Rhône, France, enters this fight riding a three-year, eight-bout unbeaten streak with his last three victories coming by way of knockout, including two this year.

Boasting two-fisted power and experience against quality opposition, Soro is a former French and WBO European junior middleweight champion. The only blemish on his record was a 12-round decision loss to International Boxing Organization (IBO) junior middleweight world champion Zaurbek Baysangurov in 2012, though he did knock the defending champion down in the second round and staggered him in the fifth.

One of the top boxing gate attractions in his native New York, Monaghan (23-0, 15 KOs) will be making his 2015 debut. He captured the WBC Continental Americas light heavyweight title in 2012 via an eighth-round TKO of Romaro Johnson. He has successfully defended the title four times during his three-year reign and has won five of his last six bouts by way of knockout. Monaghan is currently world-rated No. 3 by the World Boxing Association (WBA) and No. 6 by the WBC and the International Boxing Federation (IBF).

Conceição (20-6-2, 16 KOs), of São Paulo, Brazil, has scored his last five victories by way of knockout. His strong amateur background included being a member of the 2000 Brazilian Olympic team as well as being a two-time Brazilian National Champion. In his last fight, on February 20, Conceição scored a first-round knockout of Nei De Lima.

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Training Camp Notes: Tony "Lightning" Luis
Perseverance and Resilience
Ontario, Canada: When Tony "The Lightning" Luis (18-2, 7 KOs) steps into the ring on Jan. 30 at Foxwoods Resort Casino to face undefeated Philadelphian Karl "Dynamite" Dargan (17-0, 9 KOs) many will consider him the opponent in their battle for the WBC Continental Americas Lightweight Championship but Luis feels he has already proved he has the perseverance and resilience to give Dynamite a run for his money.

"I have much respect for Karl Dargan," said Tony. "He is slick and quick. In short he is good. To be the best you have to beat the best. I am coming to fight and to win. We both have our work cut out for us. I will be prepared for anything. I know I am the 'B' side fighter and he has had the investment and protection I have not had in my career and it will slant in his favor. I have to fight harder and do more. I have been here before. The pressure is on him to stay undefeated. I have been there in his shoes. I will see Karl Dargan in the ring on Friday, Jan. 30 and may the best man win. To the victor go the spoils."


Lightning Luis did not take the typical road to professional boxing that so many other fighters have. Instead he received a degree from St. Lawrence College in Cornwall, Ontario in Police Foundations. He had planned to become a police officer but then found that his true calling was working with children. Luis decided to pursue a career in social work and became a drug and alcohol rehabilitation counselor at a boys' group home on an Indian reservation in his native Canada. This position, which he still holds today, allows him to work with kids both inside and outside of the boxing ring. His job also allows him to pursue his other passion which is his professional boxing career.

Luis turned pro in 2008 after a rather impressive amateur career. He decided he wanted to make his professional debut instead of waiting for the next Olympic qualifiers. Although he won his first 15 professional bouts, his early career was not without heartbreak. A week and half before his third professional fight Tony's mother died suddenly from an unexpected aneurism. Despite pleas from his father/trainer, Jorge Luis, to withdraw from the fight, Tony proceeded. He defeated Mario Andrade via a fourth round unanimous decision.


He suffered his first professional loss, and only career knockout loss, on ESPN to Jose Hernandez. Despite the loss, Jorge believes it was the best thing that could have happened to Tony at the time. He said, "In retrospect it was a good loss because Tony was at a point where he felt he was invincible. Sometimes, when these young guys get to a certain point, they think they are invincible. They think that they got it down pat. He had scored a few stoppages there. He felt they were all going to go the same way. He got a harsh lesson that night from Hernandez who was just a better man that night."


Tony won his next two fights before suffering a controversial unanimous decision loss to Ivan Redkach for the USBA Lightweight Title. This loss still leaves a bad taste in his father's mouth who said, "I have never digested that loss. I still get comments everywhere I go that the fight should have been at least a draw or we should have been on the winning end of a split decision." However, just like the other hurdles Tony has had to overcome in his career, this loss instilled in him a sense of perseverance and resilience.


Luis's promoter, Greg Cohen, of Greg Cohen Promotions added, "As always, it's terrific working with Main Events and I'm really pleased to be part of this wonderful event. This is exactly the type of fight Tony needs to win to get to the world championship level. He is one of the most intelligent, professional fighters I have ever worked with and I know he is going to perform on Jan. 30 and have the career defining performance he needs. Karl Dargan is an excellent fighter as well and I expect a terrific fight that will have the fans entertained from the opening bell on. I'm really looking forward to this one!"


About January 30


Presented by Main Events in association with Greg Cohen Promotions, the Jan. 30 edition of Friday Night Fights on ESPN2 and will take place at the Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, CT. It features a ten-round lightweight battle between undefeated contender Karl "Dynamite" Dargan (17-0, 9 KOs) against Tony "The Lightning" Luis (18-2, 7 KOs) for the WBC Continental Americas Lightweight Championship in the main event. The co-feature is an eight-round middleweight bout between Thomas Falowo (12-3, 8 KOs) against Russell Lamour (11-0, 5 KOs). The remaining undercard bouts will be announced shortly. Tickets are $40, $60 and $75 and available now through Foxwoods.com and the Foxwoods box office. The doors will open at 5:00 PM ET and the Friday Night Fights telecast will begin at 9:00 PM ET on ESPN2.



Sergey Kovalev vs. Jean Pascal on March 14th 2015

 . . . if Pascal wins on December 6

Boucherville, December 2, 2014 - Main Events and InterBox are proud to announce that an agreement has been reached to present a fight between the reigning unified WBO, IBF and WBA Light Heavyweight World Champion, Sergey "Krusher" Kovalev (26-0-1, 23 KOs) and former WBC and The Ring Light Heavyweight Champion, Jean Pascal (29-2-1, 17 KOs). The fight is to take place in Montréal or Québec City on Saturday, March 14, 2015, but it is contingent on Pascal prevailing over Bolonti on December 6 and on the IBF granting Kovalev a special exception to postpone his mandatory title defense against Nadjib Mohammedi. This mega-bout will be televised live in the United States on HBO. Further details will be announced at a later date.

Pascal's fight at the Bell Centre December 6 was already a very important one for his career, but this possibility brings it to a whole new level. Kathy Duva, CEO of Main Events, will be watching the fight with Jean Bédard, as she has accepted the invitation extended by the InterBox president to join him ringside at the gala.

"The negotiation with Main Events went quickly and smoothly, so I know we'll be able to organize a high calibre fight and a great night of boxing. After a pretty mediocre 2014 so far, we're preparing to offer Québec boxing fans one of the best fights we could make in the entire division," said Jean Bédard.

Kathy Duva said, "Sergey has made it very clear since the moment we signed him that he only wants to fight the best fighters. I promised after his demolition of Bernard Hopkins that the next one would be for the money. I'm thrilled to work with Interbox to bring boxing fans the Krusher versus Jean Pascal, which delivers on both fronts! The truth is that these fights are easy to make when both fighters want to be in the big fights and the promoters and managers are willing to be reasonable and work together."

Kovalev brings it all back home

After a grueling year that included being at a United States training camp when his wife gave birth to their first child, the WBO/IBF/WBA Super Light Heavyweight World Champion is currently in Russia enjoying some well-earned downtime. On November 8, Kovalev cruised to a shutout decision against Bernard Hopkins, adding the IBF World Light Heavyweight and WBA Super World Light Heavyweight belts to his own WBO Light Heavyweight Championship.

Pascal wants it more than ever

This InterBox agreement with Main Events has already visibly given the Laval native an extra shot of motivation - as if he needed it - as he moves into the last rounds of preparation for the upcoming bout with Roberto Bolonti. Pascal is certainly looking to a bright future. As former WBC and IBO Light Heavyweight World Champion, Jean Pascal plans to demonstrate his superiority in the division against a well prepared Bolonti up as he works his way to the summit of his sport. Note that he'll be supported by Roy Jones and Russ Anber in his corner on December 6, after a mutual decision to have coach Marc Ramsay join David Lemieux in Brooklyn.

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Krusher Settles into Two New Roles:

Unified Light Heavyweight World Champion and New Father

Krusher Shows Off Custom-Made Baby Gifts

Krusher Shows Off Custom-Made Baby Gifts

Los Angeles, CA:

Sergey "Krusher" Kovalev (26-0-1, 23 KOs) returned home late Monday evening to his family after he added the WBA and IBF Light Heavyweight World Championship belts to his collection, which already included the WBO Light Heavyweight World Championship belt, when he held his newborn son, Aleksandr Kovalev, for the first time.

Because the Baby Krusher was born on October 20 in Los Angeles after Sergey had already left California for training camp in Ft. Lauderdale, FL on October 12, this was the first time father and son got to meet face-to-face. Sergey was able to Skype with his wife, Natalia, and the baby just after she gave birth but Krusher could not take time away from training camp with John David Jackson to fly back to Los Angeles. Doctors had told the Kovalevs that the baby was due on October 18 so they were hoping Natalia would give birth before Sergey left Big Bear Lake to go to Florida; unfortunately, the baby arrived two days late.

Krusher Models Custom-Made

Baby Krusher Robe & Trunks

When he was finally able to hold his son in his arms he said, "I was waiting for this moment for such a long time. The first night I met my son was sleepless but I didn't think about that because I am just finally enjoying time with my family. My newborn son is healthy and that is most important thing to me. I am with my family now for the very first time."

These last several weeks have been action-packed for the 31-year old champ from Chelyabinsk, Russia. In addition to his three title unification and the birth of his first child, he was also named the WBO Fighter of the Year. Sergey explained, "I didn't know at the beginning of the year that I would get three belts by the end of the year. I would have been happy with the two and I am so happy I got three belts."

After his win on Saturday night Kovalev said, "I was too excited to sleep." He left the press conference a little after 2:00 AM ET to call his wife and son as the newly crowned unified champ. He spent all day Sunday wandering alone on the boardwalk just basking in his win.

Monday morning, however, before catching a late flight back home to his family, he travelled to Connecticut to visit his dear friend Magomed Abdusalamov. Mago suffered grave neurological injuries following his fight with Mike Perez earlier this year. After his last title defense against Blake Caparello in August, Sergey auctioned off memorabilia from the fight on eBay and donated the proceeds to help the Abdusalamov family with his medical bills.

Krusher and Mago Pose with WBO Belt

Along with Amin Suleymanov

His manager, Egis Klimas, travelled back with Sergey to Los Angeles and said, "Now Sergey is the happiest person on earth. Finally he met his son, finally he has three belts but he is not done yet. He is looking forward for more sons and more belts."

Sergey's wife, Natalia, has been patiently waiting for her husband to return home to her and her son. "I was waiting for my husband to come home whether with victory or no victory but of course knowing him he brought his newborn son a victory," explained Natalia. "Now we work together to raise our son and we are very, very happy."

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Training Camp Notes: Natu Visinia Fights On

Carson, CA: When Natu "The Truth" Visinia steps into the ring Saturday in Philadelphia, PA, to face veteran Steve "USS" Cunningham, it will be with a heavy heart. Visinia buried his long-time trainer, Charles "Buddy" Bereal, on Oct. 10 after Bereal passed away suddenly from a heart attack.

Visinia, 30, is from, Clinton, Illinois, a small town with a population of 7,500. He travelled to California to train with Bereal for the last five years. When Bereal passed away unexpectedly, Jermaine Lefeiloai, Buddy's long-time assistant trainer, stepped in to finish out Natu's training camp.

Natu said Buddy was excited for the match-up with Cunningham.

Natu "The Truth" Visinia

Photo Courtesy of Final Forum Promotions

"He was more excited than I was about this fight," Visinia said. "This is what he always wanted for me. This fight will be dedicated to Buddy. Jermaine has been with us from the beginning. He knows Buddy's style. He knows my style. We fit in well. It is not like I am starting fresh with someone I'm not comfortable with. I am definitely comfortable with him."

Bereal was a former welterweight from Mexico and Visinia is dedicating the Cunningham fight to him.

"The fact that we lost Buddy is the hardest part," Visinia said. "I have to continue to fight. Having lost Buddy I think I am mentally even stronger than I was when I started training camp. This fight is dedicated to Buddy."

Visinia (10-0, 8 K0s) has managed to stay focused on Cunningham through this tragedy.

Visinia

Photo Courtesy of

Final Forum Promotions

"I am definitely going to be the bigger guy in this fight," he said. "He's got power. He's obviously quick and a faster heavyweight. In my training camp I have been bringing in a lot of faster, smaller guys to spar with so I can get my eyes sharp to face a guy like Steve Cunningham. I look at it like he's got the experience and the advantage over me. It is going to be a great fight. I'm not looking at it any other way.

"I respect Steve and all of the things that he is going through and the sacrifice that he has been through with his family. He's where I want to be. I need to win this fight to get where I need to be. In his last fight with Mansour he showed a lot of heart. Mansour roughed him up in that fight. Steve showed he deserves to be where he is."

Lefeiloai: "We haven't made any major changes. Just real fundamental stuff. I believe he is in great shape. We understand that we are facing a formidable guy."

About October 18

The Oct. 18 edition of NBCSN Fight Night will take place at the 2300 Arena at 2300 Swanson Street in South Philadelphia. It features a 10-round fight between Steve "USS" Cunningham, of Philadelphia, and Natu "The Truth" Visinia, of Lakewood, CA. A 10-round junior lightweight contest between Edner "Cherry Bomb" Cherry, of Wauchula, FL, and Osumanu Akaba, of Accra, Ghana, is the co-feature. Five additional fights open the show at 6PM. Tickets are $50 and $75 and are available by calling Peltz Boxing at (215) 765-0922 or at www.peltzboxing.com. They also can be purchased at Wanamakers Tickets (215-568-2400). The card is presented by Main Events and Peltz Boxing in association with Final Forum Promotions and BAM Boxing. The NBCSN Fight Night telecast will begin at 9 PM ET. Doors open at 5 PM and the first fight will start at 6. The event is sponsored by Rocco's Collision.

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Mansour and Kassi Collide on Triple Header Edition of NBCSN Fight Night Nov. 8 Live from Sands

Sept 29, 2014 Bethlehem, PA: Heavyweight powerhouse Amir "Hardcore" Mansour (20-1, 15 KOs) headlines the final Fight Night edition of 2014 with a ten-round heavyweight battle against Frederic "Big Fred" Kassi (18-2, 10 KOs) on Nov. 8live from Sands Resort Casino in Bethlehem, PA. The Mansour-Kassi match-up will serve as the main event on a triple header edition of Fight Night. Tickets are on sale now.

This will be the third Fight Night appearance for Mansour, the Southpaw from Philadelphia, PA who lost a narrow decision in a Fight of the Year candidate to Steve "USS" Cunningham in his last Fight Night appearance on Apr. 4 in his hometown of Philadelphia.

 

"Hardcore" Mansour

Photo Credits:

Rich Graessle/Main Events

"If a guy sits there and bangs out with me, he's going down," said a confident Mansour. "I just go in there with the mindset that whoever my opponent is they are going to fight the best fight they ever fought against me so that's what I prepare for. Whoever it is, I'm prepared for them to come out to be their best."

Mansour is trained by Howard "Moses" Mosely who said, "From what I gather, [Fred Kassi] is a slick-type of boxer with a lot of slick moves and can give anybody problems, but he's not going to give Amir any problems with the way I'm training him."

Joe Hand, Sr., Mansour's manager, added, "We're anxious to fight this guy. Amir feels he has the power to take care of Fred Kassi. After his last fight with Steve Cunningham, we were finding it hard to find opponents because of Amir's knockout power, so we welcome this match-up against Kassi. Top-ranked fighters refuse to take a fight with Amir. With Amir's style against Kassi's, we expect him to take care of business."

 

Fred Kassi

Photo Courtesy of:

Matt Nussbaum

Kassi hails from Cameroon, Africa and now resides in New Orleans, where he assisted with the recovery of the New Orleans community after the Hurricane Katrina catastrophe. He has never been stopped and 10 of his 18 wins (55.5%) have been by way of knockout.

Mansour may be the favorite, but Kassi isn't intimidated: "I like being the underdog, it motivates me, whenever I was told I couldn't do something, I did it," explained Kassi. "I have nothing but respect for Amir Mansour. He's a big hitter and comes out swinging. I understand the challenge and look forward to showing the boxing world what I'm about. This is going to be a great fight."

The telecast will kick off a big night of boxing at at 8:30 PM ET with a ten-round showdown between two undefeated light heavyweights, Russian Vasily "The Professor" Lepikhin (16-0, 9 KOs) and Brazilian Jackson Junior (15-0, 13 KOs).

The current WBO Oriental and PABA Light Heavyweight Champion Vasily Lepikhin, 29, is coming off a fifth round TKO over Robert Berridge in his Fight Night debut in August where he earned both titles and impressed many viewers with his skill and power. He said, "I am very excited to be back fighting in United States. This is going to be my second fight on NBCSN and I am looking forward to another victory."

 

Vasily Lepikhin

Photo Credits:

Rich Graessle/Main Events

Brazilian Jackson Junior, known as "Demolidor" in the ring, has an outstanding knockout-to-win ratio (13 of 15 for 87%). He impressed many in his U.S. debut in January 2013 when he scored a first round KO of former U.S. Olympian, Dante Craig. Jackson said, "I am thrilled to be fighting in the USA again and grateful for this opportunity. I know my opponent is good and will be ready to give a good fight. My goal is to win this fight and get my rhythm, stay active and win a world Championship for Brazil and for me."

The middle bout features ten-rounds of welterweight action between undefeated Dmitry "The Mechanic" Mikhaylenko (17-0, 6 KOs) of Russia and Emmanuel Lartey (17-2, 8 KOs) of Ghana.

 

Dmitry Mikhaylenko

Photo Credits: Rich Graessle/Main Events

This will be the first Fight Night appearance for Mikhaylenko, 28. Dmitry made his US debut last month with an eight-round unanimous decision victory over Sechew Powell in Atlantic City, NJ after which he signed a co-promotional agreement with Main Events and German Titov Promotions. "I am very happy to be back with Main Events and fighting on NBCSN," said Dmitry. "I will do my best to show to my fans what I am capable of in the ring."

Emmanuel Lartey, known as "Ice Cold", hails from Ghana, Africa and currently resides in Brooklyn, NY. He is a dynamic southpaw fighter who has drawn many positive comparisons to Ghana's greatest boxer, Azumah Nelson. "My goal is to be a world champion and a victory on Nov. 8 gets me one step closer to accomplishing that goal. I'm working very hard to ensure my arm is raised as the victor on Nov. 8," said Lartey.

Emmanuel Lartey

Photo Courtesy of: Final Forum Promotions

Lartey is managed by Sidney Martinez Jr. who added, "We understand that fighting Dmitry Mikhaylenko is no easy task and will be prepared to go a strong ten rounds in order to pull off a decisive victory. Lartey has made many sacrifices and traveled a long way from his native Ghana to get this opportunity and will show the boxing world that he belongs within the upper echelon of his division."

Both Mikhaylenko and Lepikhin are co-promoted by German Titov Promotions. German Titov said, "I would like to thank Main Events for giving us another opportunity to showcase these two very hot Russian prospects, Lepikhin and Mikhaylenko, who are fighting here in United States. We have no doubt these fighters will deliver a good performance."

Both Russian fighters are also managed by Egis Klimas, the same manager who advises WBO Light Heavyweight Champion Sergey Kovalev. Egis added, "It is my pleasure to represent both of these fighters here back in the United States and I am sure they will do a good job in the ring on Nov. 8."

Main Events CEO Kathy Duva said, "Saturday, November 8th will be a huge night for boxing. This card, featuring three bouts and six fighters that have a combined record of 103-5 with 61 knockouts between them and not a single stoppage loss, is a perfect way to start the night early at 8:30 pm ET/5:30 pm PT. I expect all of the winners, and perhaps even some of the losers, to go on to much bigger fights from their start here, as we've come to expect from Fight Night."

Tickets ($50 and $75) are on sale now through ticketmaster.com, the Sands Event Center box office (610-297-7400) or through Peltz Boxing (peltzboxing.com or 215-765-0922).

 

 

BERNARD HOPKINS AND SERGEY KOVALEV NEW YORK CITY PRESS CONFERENCE AND PHILADELPHIA MEDIA ROUND  TABLE

NEW YORK (Sept. 2, 2014) -Bernard "The Alien" Hopkins and Sergey "Krusher" Kovalev held a press conference in New York City and a media roundtable in Philadelphia Tuesday to officially announce their light heavyweight unification bout on Saturday, Nov. 8 taking place at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City live on HBO World Championship Boxing®.

Check out what the fighters and promoters had to say below:

BERNARD HOPKINS, WBA & IBF Light Heavyweight World Champion

"When fighters want to fight, this is what happens. When we really want to do it and our promoters do as well, we get it done.

"I take everything I do extremely seriously. But people ask me, how can I continue to do this? I have no plan or timetable when I put my mind to something.

"I want the best. Hagler fought the best. Ray Leonard fought the best. The Alis of the world, they fought the best. I'm from the era where I fought the best and that's important to me. I receive undisputed status in 2001 and that was special.

"I bloomed late. I didn't bloom by the timing of the experts. I want to make it as difficult as possible for you to come up with a headline for me. I don't want to be on the pound-for-pound list because that would make me human.

"What I'm doing now is making a new legacy and a new list and a new way to judge. 'Where do we put this man? We can't put him in the top 10. He's doing things no one has done!'

"Enjoy this while you can and come see it. Don't worry about when or how I'm going to leave or break down. You guys are all humans, I understand you, but you don't understand me.

"The last time I heard, he [Kovalev] can box. He's shown that he can box...People are traumatized by the punch and the knockout.

"I've been in the game for almost three decades. I look for more of what a guy brings to a gunfight other than bullets...The sweet science is not based on only one thing you can do particularly well.

"If he comes in the game thinking a punch is all he'll need, he might be right, so you should watch.

"I'm walking a tightrope hundreds of feet in the air. He crushes people. Only three or four people survive his hammer.

"There's no pressure on me but one thing that is on Bernard Hopkins - that no other fighter really has to do deal with because they've never been in my situation is - how I continue to keep making history

"Anybody at the right time and the right place can get knocked out. It is his job to do what others try to do. It is my job to do what I've been doing.

"Come November 8 on HBO you get to watch artwork. You're watching Miles Davis and Louis Armstrong with gloves on.

"It's such a testimony to see a 50-year-old man - less than 100 days from now - go 30 plus minutes with a young strong Russian puncher and not get a scratch on him.

"I understand humans have a timeline of when they are supposed to go. Age 35 and you're done - I don't care what sport you're in. It's a fact. I don't know what type of evidence I need to show I'm an alien other than what is there."

SERGEY KOVALEV, WBO Light Heavyweight World Champion

"It is not easy to overlook Hopkins. I think when he's 60 years old he'll be in the same condition. He's an alien, but I have to send him to the moon and maybe from there he'll go by himself to Mars.

"I want to say that one day in Big Bear when I trained, I met Oscar De La Hoya and asked him to sign me and he turned me down, but now here we are on different sides.

"I am not a talker, I am a fighter and I am sure Bernard will promote the fight for both of us.

"I don't really understand what Bernard is saying. It doesn't matter what he says. Even if I understood, I wouldn't care. I don't worry about him. I'll go into the ring and do my job.

"Bernard talks and fights. I just fight.

"I can't say what the fight will be like. This is boxing and anything can happen.

"It is my secret what I will do on fight night. I will give it my all and come out with the win."

OSCAR DE LA HOYA, President & Founder of Golden Boy Promotions

"This fight is the best against the best in the light heavyweight division.

"I really do feel that this is not just a fight, but an event. I am glad that it's on HBO and I'm glad its not on pay-per-view, which it easily could have been, but you have to give credit to the fighters who are doing it for the fans.

"I believe that many people over the years have doubted Bernard Hopkins. He's over 40-years-old, how can he win? All of those questions are no longer being asked. Everything that he does, he deserves.

"At 49-years-old, being the oldest champion in any sport, he deserves tons of respect. The fact that he's facing the 'Krusher,' is just another of the many dangerous fighters that Bernard has faced.

"Being the best middleweight in the history of this sport, with 20 defenses and now to be 49 at light heavyweight, he's still going strong. I'm now convinced he is an Alien."

KATHY DUVA, CEO of Main Events

"This fight is going to be the most anticipated fight of 2014. It's so much fun putting together a fight like this that everyone wants to see. Its great to see the excitement level and the anticipation, you can feel it in the air.

"This is going to be a tremendous event. It's one of those fights that when the bell rings you really won't know what is going to happen. It's not about finding out who's best, its about who is going to win the fight, because both are great.

"This is what boxing is supposed to be and we look forward to November 8.

"The first person I thought of when I saw Sergey Kovalev in the ring was Ray Leonard. I saw the look in his eye and I could tell he was different. I believe he is the most electrifying boxer in the world of boxing and he will prove it on November 8."

ME

 

 

KOVOLOV CRUSHES CAMPARELLO; GETS DATE WITH HOPKINS

In the much-anticipated WBO Light Heavyweight World Championship bout, Sergey "Krusher" Kovalev (25-0-1, 23 KO's*) takes down undefeated Australian challenger Blake "Il Capo" Caparello (19-1-1, 6 KO's) in the second round in the third defense of his WBO Light Heavyweight World Title. Kovalev was under a microscope these last few days with the possibility of a unification bout with Bernard "Alien" Hopkins looming. Krusher did not let the pressure get to him, he focused only on the opponent in the ring with him tonight.

Photo Credits: Rich Graessle/Main Events

Kovalev and Caparello were feeling each other out in the first round. Caparello knocked Sergey off balance in the first and his glove touched the canvas, but Krusher got back up quickly. Blake went down in the second from a crushing body blow but beat the count. He taunted Kovalev to come back at him which Krusher did in relentless fashion. After two more knockdowns, referee Sparkle Lee called it off at 1:47 of round two.

In the final bout before the live telecast on HBO Boxing After Dark, junior middleweight Dmitry Mikhaylenko (17-0, 6 KO's) remained undefeated by unanimous decision in eight rounds against Sechew Powell (26-6, 15 KO's). In the third round, Mikhaylenko had Powell up against the ropes. Dmitry came back out swinging in the fourth and kept Powell in the corner for most of the round. Mikhaylenko came out strong in the sixth but Powell managed to hold his own against the Russian. Dmitry tried hard to finish off Powell in the eighth and final round. Powell did not land many punches towards the end of the fight but the Brooklyn native managed to go the distance against Mikhaylenko's continuous attack. The judges scored the bout 78-74, 79-73, 80-72 all in favor of Mikhaylenko.

Light heavyweight Isaac "Golden Boy" Chilemba (23-2-2, 10 KO's) stopped Cory "Black Ice" Cummings (17-7-1, 13 KO's) in the seventh round. Early in the fight both fighters appeared evenly matched. Cummings is much shorter than Chilemba but the height difference did not appear to both Black Ice. Cummings connected a hard right to Chilemba's chin in the fifth. Isaac came out with a vengeance in the sixth. Cummings' left eye was starting to swell closed in the later rounds. Finally, referee, Eric Dali, stopped the fight at 2:28 in the seventh round to give Chilemba the victory via TKO.

Isaac said after the fight, "I feel good. It was a good fight. He was well prepared for the fight. He came out strong and took some of my best shots until he just couldn't take anymore. I want a title shot next. I am hoping Jean Pascal is the next one; I am hoping to get a chance at him or chance at Kovalev next." His manager, Jodi Solomon added, "I am really proud of Isaac. The work he put in has really paid off and we just need to keep pushing harder. If he keeps pushing I think he is capable of anything."

Fan favorite undefeated heavyweight Adam "Baby Face" Kownacki (7-0, 7 KO's) kept his perfect 100% knockout-to-win ration alive knocking out Wichita, KS native Charles Ellis (9-2-1, 8 KO's) at 0:15 of the fifth round. Kownacki entered Ovation Hall to a rowdy crowd cheering him on. The Polish native (now residing in Brooklyn, NY) came out swinging trying to keep his perfect record in tact. Ellis was able to make contact with a couple of hard shots in the early rounds but eventually succumbed to Kownacki in the fifth. This was the longest fight of Kownacki's professional career so far. Previously Kownacki's longest fight was his fourth round knockout of Yohan Banks on May 22, 2010.

Light Middleweights DeCarlo Perez (12-3-1, 4 KO's) of Atlantic City, NJ and Marcus Willis (13-4-2, 3 KO's) of Ft. Myers, FL faced off for six rounds in the first fight of the evening to go the distance. The fight was close the whole way but Perez managed to squeak out the majority decision victory with the judges scoring the bout 57-57, 59-55, 59-55.

In a heavyweight fight for Philadelphia bragging rights Joey Dawejko (11-3-2, 4 KO's) took down David Williams (7-9-2, 2 KO's) in the first round at 1:48. Dawejko came out of the gates swinging and knocked down Williams three times before the referee finally called the fight.

In the first fight of the evening a Philly vs. Jersey middleweight match-up, Hakim "Braveheart" Bryant (2-0, 1 KO) of Middletown, NJ remained undefeated by knocking out Anthony Watson (0-2) of Philadelphia, PA at 0:38 in the fourth and final round of the contest.

-ME-

 

 

Showtime is Back!

Stevens Will Take On Tureano Johnson in Co-Feature Friday, April 4th at the Liacouras Center on NBCSN Fight Night

Philadelphia, PA: Less than three months after middleweight Curtis "Showtime" Stevens (26-4-0, 19 KOs) knocked out Patrick Majewski in the first round at Resorts International Casino and Hotel, he will take on the undefeated Tureano Johnson (14-0-0, 10 KOs) at the Liacouras Center in Philadelphia, PA on Friday, April 4th. The Stevens-Johnson ten round fight will be the co-feature on the NBCSN Fight Night card that features the heavyweight showdown between Steve "USS" Cunningham (26-6-0, 12 KOs) and Amir "Hardcore" Mansour (20-0-0, 15 KOs).

Stevens, who just celebrated his 29th birthday on March 10th, vowed to stay busy this year, "This is my life and my job. I like to fight and I don't want to have a break too long. I could get a little bit too relaxed. Hopefully I can go six times this year." "Showtime" fought four times in 2013 with a 3-1 record with two knockouts. And after his first round knockout of Majewski on January 24th he is ready for Johnson, "I am back to the old Curtis. It looks like he likes to fight. He likes to stay in the paint, in the dog house and get it on. He looks like a more aggressive Derrick Findley so this fight I might just stay toe-to-toe."

Hall of Fame matchmaker, J Russell Peltz said this about the match-up: "This fight features Curtis Stevens, one of the most exciting middleweights in the division. It is going to be an explosive fight!" Main Events' CEO Kathy Duva said, "We love Curtis. NBC loves Curtis. Everyone is thrilled that he'll be back on Fight Night so quickly. Johnson fought on the undercard of one of our Fight Night cards (Adamek vs Chambers at the Prudential Center on June 16, 2012) and I was impressed by what I saw. This should be a good one."

Stevens/photo Rich Graessle/Main Events

Johnson, 30, originally from Nassau, Bahamas, defeated Willie Fortune via unanimous decision in his last fight at the Morongo Casino Resort & Spa in Cabazon, CA on February 22, 2013. Tureano has only had three fights go the distance in his career (all unanimous decision wins) and has a 71% knockout-to-win percentage. However, Stevens is not intimidated, he said, "He has a lot of knockouts but when you check the guys that he has knocked out its guys with records that are like 6-30. That is what he is supposed to do. If he wasn't knocking them out I believe that would be a problem."

This will be Johnson's first ten round fight. This will also be Johnson's first fight as a co-feature on a national broadcast. He said, "I would like to thank Main Events and my promoter, Gary Shaw, for making this fight possible. On April 4th, the world will be introduced to Tureano Johnson. This has been a long, hard road for me filled with blood, sweat and ruthless determination. I have been begging for this opportunity to pit my skills against the so-called best in my division. However, it is easier said than done in this world of boxing. No one would fight me until now. I respect Curtis Stevens. He is a strong, hard-punching fighter who has been in with the best. But he can't and won't beat me.

Tureano Johnson/Gary Shaw Productions

To all the fans, don't miss this fight on NBCSN. I'm sure it is going to be a throw-back fight. It has been said that I'm not the most "technical" fighter out there. Well it's true. I like to mix it up, throw hard punches, and get a little barbaric in the ring. I'm coming to fight, win impressive, and after April 4th, I know I will get the fights I deserve."

"Showtime" is training for this fight in his hometown of Brooklyn, NY. He said, "I like training in Brooklyn because I am more comfortable. It is home to me; my mind is clearer when I am around positive energy. I can't be too secluded and bored. I need to be around family and friends. So I can just go about my day as regular as possible. It is best to just keep home and have fun."

ME

 

 

Heavyweights Collide in the Fighting City of Philadelphia

"USS" Cunningham to Take on "Hardcore" Mansour

at Liacouras Center on NBCSN Fight Night April 4, 2014

Philadelphia, PA:   Former two-time world champion Steve "USS" Cunningham (26-6-0, 12 KOs) is no stranger to NBCSN Fight Night. The 37 year old heavyweight has appeared in two of the series' marquee afternoon editions of Fight Night on the NBC broadcast network.  On Friday, April 4th Cunningham will return to Fight Night in his hometown of Philadelphia, PA to challenge undefeated heavy-hitter Amir "Hardcore" Mansour (20-0-0, 15 KOs), making his second appearance on the series, for Mansour's USBA Heavyweight Title in a ten round battle at the Liacouras Center on the campus of Temple University.  The fight is the main event on NBCSN Fight Night beginning at 10 pm ET/7 pm PT.

 Mansour, a southpaw from nearby Wilmington, DE, has been banging away on the fringes of the Top Ten in recent years.  He captured the vacant USBA title last summer, scoring a unanimous 12-round decision over Maurice Harris, of East Orange, NJ, at the Dover Downs Casino in Dover, DE. In his last fight on the December 14th edition of Fight Night, Mansour knocked out Kelvin Price, of Pensacola, FL, in seven rounds at Resorts in Atlantic City, NJ. "I'm looking forward to this fight more than any other fight in the past," said Mansour, who recently signed a managerial contract with pay-per-view mogul Joe Hand.  "I'm gonna train for Steve as if my life depends on the win.  I greatly respect Steve, but on April 4th I'm gonna speak to the boxing world, using my hands.  I will not be denied."

Mansour Defeats Price Photo Credits to Rich Graessle/Main Events

Mansour did not compete professionally for over nine years while he served time in Schuylkill Federal Correctional Institution in Minersville, PA for drug possession. Coincidentally, the Liacouras Center is only about one hour away from the prison where he spent the majority of his thirties. He will be looking to prove that he is not too late to the heavyweight party and that he can compete at the highest level. At 6'1" and with an expected 20 pound weight advantage, Mansour will not be intimidated by Cunningham's 6'3" stature. But with a lighter weight comes quickness and boxing fans are wondering how Mansour will be able to handle Cunningham's speed and agility.

Cunningham is coming off an important victory on December 14th against Manuel Quezada in an eight round unanimous decision at Resorts International Casino and Hotel. The win snapped a two fight losing streak that began with his controversial points loss to Tomasz Adamek on NBC on December 22, 2012 and continued with a seventh round TKO loss to Tyson Fury on NBC on April 20, 2013. USS plans to keep his momentum going against the powerful Mansour. A focused Cunningham said, "I'm not going to talk this to death. I'm very focused and taking this seriously." He added, "This time I'm fighting in my backyard and I want to give my fans a spectacular performance. It's time to fight."

Main Events' President & CEO Kathy Duva said, "I'm really looking forward to this fight. It has everything we want on this series -heavyweights in an evenly matched crossroads bout at a great venue in a location that really adds something to the match. You can't ask for more!"

Co-promoter, J Russell Peltz said, "This is not an appearance fight. Instead, this is one of the most intriguing heavyweight fights in recent years. I'm talking about Adamek-Arreola and a slew of heavyweight fights on NBC such as Jennings-Liakhovich, Adamek-Cunningham and the upcoming Adamek-Glazkov match. This one fits right in. Cunningham has to win this fight to remain viable in the heavyweight division. Mansour needs to win to prove to people that despite beating the second tier of heavyweights en route to his 20-0 record he is capable of taking the next step."

 

 

 

Cunningham - Quezada

Photo Credits to Larry Levanti/ Main Events

About April 4th:

The event features a ten-round bout for the USBA Heavyweight Title between Steve "USS" Cunningham and USBA champion Amir "Hardcore" Mansour live on NBCSN Fight Night from the Liacouras Center in Philadelphia, PA. The Fight Night broadcast will begin at 10 pm ET/7 pm PT. The card is presented by Main Events and Peltz Boxing in association with BAM Boxing and Joe Hand Promotions. The co-feature bout and undercard fights will be announced shortly. Tickets are going on sale soon; details to follow.

 

 

 

 

 

NOV 16th RESULTS AND PHOTOS

NBC - TURNING STONE RESORT CASINO

All Photo Credits to Mike Gladysz

Vyacheslav Glazkov def. Garrett Wilson,

unanimous decision, 10 rounds, heavyweights (on NBC Sports)

                                                                   Karl Dargan def. Mike Brooks,

                                            unanimous decision, 10 rounds, lightweights (on NBC Sports)

                                                       Isaac Chilemba def. Michael Gbenga,

                                             unanimous decision, 8 rounds, light heavyweights

           Arias improved to 15-0, def. Latif Mundy,

                        majority decision, 4 rounds, super middleweights

 

                                                                Sevdail Sherifi vs. Quantis Graves,

                                                 fought to a majority draw, 6 rounds, cruiserweights

 

LATE SUB GARRETT WILSON READY TO SEIZE THE DAY AGAINST CZAR GLAZKOV

Mr. Wilson

VERONA, NY - On just three days' notice, Philadelphian Garrett Wilson, 13-6-1, 7 KOs, has agreed to take on rising heavyweight prospect Vyacheslav "Czar" Glazkov, 15-0-1, 11 KOs, in a nationally televised 10-rounder at the Turning Stone Casino in Verona, NY. The opportunity came when Galzkov's original opponent, Tomasz Adamek, was forced to pull out of the bout on short notice due to a stomach virus.

With the fight slated for Saturday afternoon and the chance to perform in front of millions on the NBC network television platform, facing Glazkov amounts to a chance of a lifetime for Wilson. And the fighter known as "The Ultimate Warrior" is ready to make the most of his big break.

"I think this is an excellent opportunity for me to showcase my talent on NBC," Wilson said. "It's a gift, and I am going to make the most of it. Everybody will get to see me. It's amazing!"

Wilson has always been a fighter ready and willing to take on the world. It's not the first time he's stepped into the ring on short notice, but this time the stakes - and possible rewards - have never been greater.

"I've taken fights on 24-hour notice," Wilson said. "I took this fight because I like to fight guys who, on paper, look like excellent fighters, and then show that I am better."

Wilson's resume includes several upset wins, as well as a few truly spectacular knockouts. If the former USBA & NABF cruiserweight champion can do it again on Saturday afternoon, he will make his mark in the heavyweight division and jump-start his career like never before.

"I'm going to give the fans a show," Wilson said. "They call me the "Ultimate Warrior", and this is what I do. I'm always in shape, and I'm always ready for battle. This is the chance I've been waiting for and I'm going to show the world who I am."

The NBC broadcast begins at 2:30 PM with a 10-round showdown between unbeaten lightweights for the USBA Atlantic Coast Region Lightweight Title, Karl "Dynamite" Dargan, 13-0, 7 KOs, and Mike "Lefty" Brooks, 10-0-1, 2 KOs, with the Glazkov-Wilson fight immediately following.

 

DARGAN-BROOKS READY FOR CLASH

DARGAN & BROOKS: VASTLY DIFFERENT FIGHTERS WITH AN IDENTICAL GOAL

VERONA, NY - When promising lightweight prospects Karl Dargan and Mike Brooks square off on NBC national broadcast television, Saturday afternoon, November 16th, fans will see two very different prize fighters who happen to possess a distinctly similar goal - to make the most of their first opportunity to impress a national TV audience.

Dargan and Brooks will clash over eight rounds, at the Turning Stone Casino in Verona, NY, right before the 10-round heavyweight fight between Tomasz Adamek, 49-2, 29 KOs, and Czar Glazkov, 15-0-1, 11 KOs, gets underway. The live NBC broadcast begins at 2:30PM Eastern time.

The disparities between Dargan and Brooks come in several categories.

Karl Dargan, 13-0, 7 KOs, is a proud Philly fighter, while Mike Brooks, 10-0-1, 2 KOs, hails from Long Island, NY. The ring rivalry between Philadelphia and New York has been brewing for about a century, and these 135-pounders are ready to add their two cents to the argument. After eight rounds, only one will leave with bragging rights for their city.

 

Karl Dargan

Dargan said he has everything he needs to win, "I am just going to listen to my corner. I didn't study anything he (Brooks) does. My trainer does that and comes up with a strategy. My job is to execute it. We had a great camp so I'm sure they taught me everything I need to know."

Dargan is right-handed, while Brooks is a southpaw. Lefties can often give an orthodox boxer fits in the ring, and are frequently avoided. However, Dargan has faced two other southpaws as a pro, and handled them both. Brooks believes his left-handed style is one of his biggest strengths, and even advertises it with his nickname of "Lefty".                                                     Lefty Brooks

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JAM-PACKED UNDERCARD SUPPORTS ADAMEK-GLAZKOV

Turning Stone Resort Casino

NBC Fight Night Broadcast 2:30 PM ET/ 11:30 AM PT

VERONA, NY - A jam-packed undercard is scheduled for Saturday afternoon in support of a nationally televised boxing double-header at the Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, NY. In the main event, heavyweights Tomasz Adamek, 48-2, 29 KOs, and Czar Glazkov, 15-0-1, 11 KOs, square off in a 12-round heavyweight eliminator that will determine the #2 IBF contender.

Fight fans can watch that bout, along with an interesting 8-round battle between lightweight prospects Karl "Dynamite" Dargan, 13-0, 7 KOs, and Mike "Lefty" Brooks, 11-0-1, 2 KOs, at home on NBC network TV, beginning at 2:30PM. However, fans who come to the live event at the Turning Stone will be treated to a stacked set of preliminary bouts featuring a sampling of some of today's top young talent.

South African light heavyweight Isaac "Golden Boy" Chilemba, 20-2-2, 9 KOs, clashes with "The Amazing" Michael Gbenga, 13-9, 13 KOs, of Ghana in an 8-round bout. Chilemba is the favorite, but he'll have to be on the lookout for Gbenga's power shots which have taken out every fighter that he's beaten.

In a 6-round cruiserweight fight, Albanian puncher, Sevdail Sheriffi, 9-2-2, 8 KOs, faces Houston's Quantis Graves, 9-0, 4 KOs. The promising Graves is undefeated but "The Sherriff" is a hot, rising hopeful fighting in the US for just the second time. Once the bell rings, questions about each fighter will be answered.

In another 6-rounder, undefeated super middleweight Andy Mejias, 14-0, 6 KOs, Utica, NY, meets tough Philly trial horse, Latin Mundy, 10-8, 4 KOs. All eyes are on Mejias, but Mundy is determined to punch his way back into the picture at 168 pounds, and can't be counted out.

In a 4-round middleweight fight, Trent Laidler of Palm Beach, FL, makes his professional debut against Philadelphia's Anthony Watson, 0-1, who will looking to ruin Laidler's introduction to the sport.

A pair of super middleweights are slated to open the live show in another 4-rounder. Undefeated John Magda, 3-0, 3 KOs, has jumped out to a good start since turning pro in August. He's knocked out everyone so far, and will look to add Maurice Amaro, 2-5, 1 KO, to his budding resume. However, Philly's Amaro is tough, and should give the streaking Magda a real test.

The live, ringside action gets underway at the Turning Stone Resort Casino beginning at 12:30PM.

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Main Events Back on NBC Network TV

November 16th - Adamek vs. Glazkov

TOTOWA, NJ - September 7, 2013 - Boxing is back on network TV on Saturday afternoon, November 16th when Tomasz "Goral" Adamek takes on Vyacheslav "Czar" Glazkov on NBC. The 12-round match for Adamek's IBF North American Heavyweight title on NBC. The fight has been sanctioned for the #2 position in the heavyweight division.

Adamek, 49-2, 29 KO's, is coming off an August 3rd 10 round unanimous decision over Dominick Guinn on NBC Sports Network. Glazkov, 15-0-1, 11 KO's, scored a second round TKO against Byron Polley on the same card. The November 16th afternoon broadcast will begin on NBC at 3PM ET.

"We are quite pleased to present this classic match-up between a tough, highly respected veteran and two-division former world champion in Adamek, and an exciting, young up-and-coming former Olympic medalist in Glazkov on our next NBC afternoon broadcast," said promoter Kathy Duva.

"Being back on network TV for the third time in just 11 months makes this event that much more special. When Adamek appeared on NBC, last December, he brought the biggest television audience of 2012. We won't be surprised if Adamek-Glazkov garners the biggest audience on broadcast or cable television for 2013, as well.

Duva added, "I cannot thank everyone at NBC Sports enough for this incredible platform and the support that they have shown for professional boxing over the past two years."

Fight venue details are being finalized and undercard fights will be announced shortly.

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"THREE TO SEE"

August 3rd Mohegan Sun

NBC Sports Network Fight Night

Curtis Stevens vs. Saul Roman

Eddie Chambers vs. Thabiso Mchunu

UNCASVILLE, CT - Heavyweight Tony Grano, 20-3-1, 16 KOs, has been trying to punch his way through the heavyweight division since 2005, but the boxer has yet to secure the signature win needed to truly make his mark. Grano has battled and beaten a number of solid heavyweights and took home a few minor belts, but nothing that Grano has accomplished thus far has led to the breakthrough he so desires.

Grano could take a big step toward his goal on August 3rd when he encounters the biggest challenge of his career, former two-division world champion Tomasz Adamek, 48-2, 29 KOs. The 10-round fight is part of the triple header to be nationally televised by NBC Sports Network as part of their Fight Night boxing series.

The other bouts on the broadcast, from the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, CT, are middleweight Curtis Stevens against Saul Roman, and cruiserweight Eddie Chambers versus Thabiso Mchunu. The three 10-rounders begin at 10:30 PM ET.

A win over Adamek on Fight Night is exactly the feat Grano needs to make his name and open the door for an even bigger opportunity. Adamek not only has two world titles to his credit, he has been a major player in the heavyweight division since moving up almost four years ago, with his gutsy title challenge against Vitali Klitschko in 2011 being his only loss in the division. So if Grano can pull the upset next month against this top contender, his options - and potential paydays - will be better than ever before.

Grano's heavy hands are his best weapon - in his previous four starts, three wins ended in knockouts, while he lost the fourth on points to Eric Molina in April . Tony won the NABF belt with a 4th round KO of DaVarryl Williamson last summer, and halted Brian Minto in three rounds before that. Other recent knockout victims include Dominique Alexander and Travis Kauffman.

Of course, Adamek is a tough customer with a granite chin, but Grano will also hold an uncommon home-state advantage over the Polish-born and New Jersey-based contender. Perhaps Tony's proven punching power and hometown crowd can give him the edge he needs to shock the former champ.

Every fighter waits for that perfect opportunity to prove what he's made of. For Tony Grano, that chance finally comes against Tomasz Adamek on August 3rd.

"THREE TO SEE" FIGHT INFO:

August 3rd "Three To See" card at Mohegan Sun, Uncasville, CT. In the main event Curtis Stevens and Saul Roman will clash for 10-rounds in a middleweight war. Also co-featured will be a 10-round cruiserweight battle between Eddie Chambers and Thabiso Mchunu. Heavyweight, Tomasz "Goral" Adamek will take on Tony Grano, Hartford, CT, 20-3-1, 16 KO's, for 10-rounds. Vyacheslav "Czar" Glazkov will be featured on the undercard in an 8 round heavyweight fight, opponent TBA.

NBC Sports Network Fight Night will telecast the August 3rd show beginning 10:30PM EDT.

 

 

KOVALEV AIMS TO KEEP KO STREAK ALIVE

ON JUNE 14 NBC SPORTS NETWORK FIGHT NIGHT

BETHLEHEM, PA - Unbeaten Russian KO king Sergey "Krusher" Kovalev, 20-0-1, 18 KOs, not only has his sights set on Cornelius "Da Beast" White, 21-1, 16 KOs, in their upcoming 12-round title elimination bout on June 14th, at the Sands Casino Resort in Bethlehem, PA. The fast-rising light heavyweight contender is also aiming to keep his impressive knockout streak alive when he meets White in the nationally televised match.

The fight is part of a big boxing triple header to be televised live by NBC Sports Network on the next edition of Fight Night. Also on the bill is a 10-round heavyweight bout between Bryant Jennings, 16-0, 8 KOs, and Andrey Fedosov, 24-2, 19 KOs, and a 10-round welterweight battle between Ronald Cruz, 17-1, 12 KOs, and Ray Narh, 25-2, 21 KOs. The broadcast begins at 8PM ET.

Kovalev has made quite a name for himself over the past year with a collection of showy KOs that have not only disposed of top-shelf opponents and attracted many fans, Krusher's big knockouts have also pushed him up the 175-pound rankings at a speedy pace. One more win on June 14th, and Kovalev will be so close to title shot that he'll be able to taste it. And what better way to win the critical bout than with another knockout.

Undefeated, Kovalev has dispatched eight of his last nine opponents by KO.

In his last outing, Kovalev destroyed former world champion Gabriel Campillo in just three rounds on another Fight Night program. The skilled Campillo could not keep the raging Russian off him, suffering three knockdowns before the fight was stopped. Kovalev may have been favored to win the bout, but no one expected such a dominant performance.

Prior to that, Kovalev halted Buffalo's Lionell Thompson in just three rounds on Fight Night last September. Sergey dropped Thompson twice in the second round and finished the job by sending Thompson on another trip to the canvas just 14 seconds into round three.

Although there were others who recently wilted under Kovalev's artillery, it is these two fights that carved Sergey's reputation as a dangerous puncher and a true title threat. But like any fighter in the spotlight, you're only as good as your last fight. So the pressure is on Kovalev to put his heavy hands to use and continue to exceed expectations by sending opponents home early.

Sergey's latest opportunity to make another statement comes on June 14th, and Cornelius White is the next man on the Kovalev hit list. After this 12-round elimination fight the winner becomes the No. 1 challenger for the IBF crown, currently held by Bernard Hopkins, of Philadelphia, PA. With so much at stake fans can be sure to expect an explosive battle.

 

 

 

BLOCKBUSTER TRIPLE HEADER

NBC SPORTS NETWORK FIGHT NIGHT

JUNE 14th - SANDS CASINO RESORT BETHLEHEM

Bryant Jennings vs. Andrey Fedosov

Sergey Kovalev vs. Cornelius White

                                                                   Ronald Cruz vs. Jaime Herrera

Bethlehem, PA- World-class boxing returns to the Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem on Friday evening, June 14, when a blockbuster triple header of fights with international as well as national implications headlines a card which will be televised live by the NBC Sports Network as part of its popular Fight Night series, beginning 9pm ET.

In a 10-round heavyweight contest, fast-rising Bryant Jennings, of Philadelphia, PA, will come up against powerful Andrey Fedosov, of Shuya, Russia.

Knockout artist Sergey Kovalev faces Cornelius White of Houston, TX, in a 12-round mandated bout for the vacant number 1 position in the IBF light heavyweight world rankings.

In the opening bout, a 10-round welterweight match, Bethlehem's Ronald Cruz hopes to rebound from his first loss as a pro when he takes on rugged Jaime Herrera, of Franklin Park, IL.

Jennings, 28, broke into the world ratings in 2012 by winning all five of his fights (four of them televised by the NBC Sports Network), topped by wins over previously unbeaten southpaw Maurice Byarm, of Washington, DC, and former WBO heavyweight champion Siarhei Liakhovich, of Vitebsk, Belarus. Those wins pushed Jennings' record to 16-0, 8 KOs, and landed him the # 3 spot in the world ratings by the IBF. Pretty heady stuff for a fighter who turned pro in 2010!

Fedosov, 27, also is riding high after knocking out veteran Darnell Wilson, of Takoma Park, MD, in his last fight April 20 in Hammond, IN, bringing his record to 24-2, 19 KOs.

Kovalev, 30, is currently ranked #4 by the IBF, 20-0-1,18 KOs and impressed Fight Night viewers in January with a dominant stoppage of former champion Gabriel Campillo. The highly anticipated test for Kovalev ended when Campillo made three trips to the canvas in round three. Since then, everyone has been buzzing about the Russian puncher, who now fights out of Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Kovalev's previous two starts were also televised by NBC Sports Network.

Cornelius "Da Beast" White, 31, is currently ranked #5 by the IBF and sports a record of 21-1, 16 KOs. The pair will enter the ring with rather similar records, but White will have the size advantage.

In the welterweight matchup, Cruz, 26, hopes to get back on the winning track after losing for the first time when he dropped a 10-round split decision to contender Antwone Smith, of Miami, FL, in his last fight Sept. 21 in the same ring.

A pro since 2009, Cruz is 17-1, 12 KOs. Both Cruz-Brewer and Cruz's previous fight against Prenice Brewer were televised by NBC Sports Network.

Herrera, 24, likes to walk-in and bang, a style which should make his fight with Cruz a war. A pro since 2009, Herrera is 10-2, 5 KOs, but may have been unlucky to drop an eight-round decision to Adrian Granados, of Cicero, IL, in 2012. Many ringsiders felt Herrera did enough to beat Granados, who recently boxed a 10-round draw with Kermit Cintron, of Reading, PA.

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APRIL 20th DAYTIME MSG CARD

A REAL AFTERNOON DELIGHT FOR BOXING FANS

NEW YORK -There was a time when boxing on Saturday afternoon TV was the norm. The old timers will tell you that those were the good old days, when the top fighters and the biggest fights happened during the afternoon, just about every weekend of the year. Back then, boxing fans had to hustle to get their regular Saturday chores and errands finished early, but then it was fight time!

On Saturday AFTERNOON, April 20th, boxing fans will once again be transported back to those good old days, when heavyweights Tyson Fury and Steve Cunningham square off in a 12-rounder at The Theater at Madison Square Garden in a throwback daytime fight to determine the #2 heavyweight contender in the world. Doors open at 1:15PM. The main event and co-feature will be broadcast on NBC, as an afternoon presentation of their Fight Night boxing series at 4:00PM ET.

Die hard and casual boxing fans alike tuned in to see the first afternoon presentation of Fight Night on NBC, which featured Steve Cunningham vs. Tomasz Adamek on Saturday, December 22nd, 2012. With almost 4 million viewers catching piece of the action, it was the highest-rated boxing program to grace American televison in 2012.

Fury, 20-0, 14 KOs, is the latest European hopeful, a popular puncher who measures a staggering 6' 9" in height. He's made waves abroad since turning pro in 2008, and will make his American debut at the Garden on the afternoon of April 20th. Fury has KO'd most of his foes, but in Cunningham, he'll be up against his first former champ and most accomplished opponent to date. Does Fury have the power to topple a fighter of Cunningham's ability?

Now a heavyweight, Cunningham, 25-5, 12 KOs, of Philadelphia, has two world cruiserweight championship belts in his trophy case, and is coming off a frustrating "loss" to Tomasz Adamek in his most recent bout. Although the official verdict somehow went the other way, Cunningham proved just how skilled a heavyweight boxer he really is. But is he skilled enough to hold off Fury, a genuine giant of the ring?

A loaded undercard filled with rising boxing stars, looking to steal the show, is scheduled to get underway shortly after doors open at 1:15 PM.

Topping the set of preliminary bouts is middleweight bomber Curtis "Showtime" Stevens, 23-3, 17 KOs, in an 8-round fight against Derrick "Superman" Findley, 20-3, 13 KOs, that is sure to end in fireworks. Also featured on the card will be undefeated Philly lightweight Karl "Dynamite" Dargan, 12-0, 6 KOs, in a 6-rounder against Sergi Ganjelashvili, plus a potential 6-round sock-fest between cruiserweights Sevdail Sherifi and Josh Harris that may be a real war. Rounding out the undercard is a pair of heavyweight 4-rounders. In the first, Hughie Fury, Tyson's cousin, makes his American debut, while undefeated Adam Kownacki battles Calbert Lewis in the second scheduled 4-rounder.

The show will be the Garden's first daytime professional boxing event in many years. You will have time to take in a great day of boxing and still enjoy the NYC nightlife. Don't miss it!

APRIL 20TH FIGHT INFO

April 20th at The Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York features a 12-round heavyweight battle between Tyson Fury and Steve Cunningham in the main event. Curtis Stevens will take on Derrick Findley in the 8-round middleweight co-feature. Six additional bouts are planned for the undercard. Doors open at The Theater at Madison Square Garden doors open at 1:15PM ET. The main event and co-feature will be broadcast 4PM ET on NBC as a special 2 hour afternoon presentation of NBC Fight Night. The card is presented by Hennessy Sports and Main Events.

The main event is an official IBF Heavyweight Voluntary Eliminator fight for the #2 position. The winner must meet #1 or the leading available contender to establish the mandatory challenger for Heavyweight King Wladimir Klitschko.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photos courtesy of Roc Nation Sports

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